For the first time in 50 years, a sprawling English countryside estate in posh Henley on Thames, close to the famed estate of George Harrison, is on the market for £6.95 million (US$9.09 million).
Known as Badgemore Grange, the early 19th century estate sits on a little over nine acres of land and backs onto a golf club. It listed earlier this month.
It’s separated from Friar Park—the 62-acre estate bought by Harrison in the 1970s and where he was stabbed by an intruder in 1999—by little more than a country lane. Harrison’s family still owns Friar Park.
“If someone is a keen golfer and a Beatles fan they’ll be in heaven,” said Stephen Christie-Miller, head of listing brokerage Savills Henley on Thames, to Mansion Global.
The six-bedroom house has a double-height reception hall with herringbone woodblock floor, a carved staircase, a sitting room with sash windows and a fireplace with a wood burner, a drawing room and an orangery with access to the garden.
“The grounds are very special,” Mr. Christie-Miller said, “like an arboretum.”
The grounds also hold a tennis court, stables, sunken gardens and a feature pond, “everything you would expect from an English country house,” Mr. Christie-Miller added.
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Despite its age, Badgemore Grange is not a listed property, a boon for some buyers, Mr. Christie-Miller said.
“It’s not listed, so it offers potential to extend it further,” he said. “Most people want an unlisted building. If it’s listed you’ve got English conservation officers all over you.”
Along with the main house, the estate is home to additional residential buildings: a lodge and three cottages that have been used for staff accommodation.
The retired owner is selling to downsize, Mr. Christie-Miller said.
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