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Belgravia home of Prime Minister Stanley goes on the market for £23million

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A stunning Grade II-listed Belgravia property that was once home to Prime Ministers Stanley Baldwin and Margaret Thatcher has gone on sale for £23million. 

The sprawling residence at 93 Eaton Square consists of a main four-bedroom home and an interconnecting mews house with two further bedrooms. 

In addition the property boasts grand reception rooms, spacious patio gardens and eight bathrooms. 

While it is a charming example of a traditional period property, developers estimate it could be worth up to £30million if the next owner was willing to invest in modernising, extending and integrating the two homes to create a single super-prime property complete with mega basement. 

Period features: A Grade II-listed Belgravia property that was once home to Prime Ministers Stanley Baldwin and Margaret Thatcher has gone on sale for £23million. Pictured, the dining room where politicians and royalty have been entertained

Period features: A Grade II-listed Belgravia property that was once home to Prime Ministers Stanley Baldwin and Margaret Thatcher has gone on sale for £23million. Pictured, the dining room where politicians and royalty have been entertained

Grand: The main residence has an entrance hall leading on to the grand main reception rooms, which boasts a 14ft high ceiling, original ceiling coving, three full height sash windows overlooking the garden square and a Regency feature fireplace

Grand: The main residence has an entrance hall leading on to the grand main reception rooms, which boasts a 14ft high ceiling, original ceiling coving, three full height sash windows overlooking the garden square and a Regency feature fireplace

At-home spa: The main bedroom suite boasts this spacious bathroom with a luxurious sunken tub and mirror surround. The suite also boasts a study, walk-in dressing room/wardrobe and direct access to the private patio garden

At-home spa: The main bedroom suite boasts this spacious bathroom with a luxurious sunken tub and mirror surround. The suite also boasts a study, walk-in dressing room/wardrobe and direct access to the private patio garden 

Equipped for entertaining: The dining room in the main four-bedroom property is served by this large family kitchen complete with an island and a separate pantry and utility room (seen through the door on the right)

Equipped for entertaining: The dining room in the main four-bedroom property is served by this large family kitchen complete with an island and a separate pantry and utility room (seen through the door on the right)

Steeped in history: Built in the 1820s, Eaton Square, is largest private garden square and is encircled by a terrace of grand residences designed in classical style with projecting Doric colonnade and porches

Steeped in history: Built in the 1820s, Eaton Square, is largest private garden square and is encircled by a terrace of grand residences designed in classical style with projecting Doric colonnade and porches

In 1913, Stanley Baldwin, then the MP for Bewdley, moved into No. 93 with his wife, Lucy, and their children

In 1990, the property was briefly home to Margaret Thatcher (right) and her husband Dennis after she left office

In 1913, Stanley Baldwin (left), then the MP for Bewdley, moved into No. 93 with his wife, Lucy, and their children. In 1990, the property was briefly home to Margaret Thatcher (right) and her husband Dennis after she left office

Quiet oasis: The property has access to the lush green gardens at the heart of the square (pictured) which offer an escape from the bustle of the city. There is also a separate patio garden off the back of the main residence

Quiet oasis: The property has access to the lush green gardens at the heart of the square (pictured) which offer an escape from the bustle of the city. There is also a separate patio garden off the back of the main residence 

Built in the 1820s, Eaton Square, is largest private garden square and is encircled by a terrace of grand residences designed in classical style with projecting Doric colonnade and porches.

In 1913, Stanley Baldwin, then the MP for Bewdley, moved into No. 93 with his wife, Lucy, and their children.

It was in the dining room and adjoining living spaces that Baldwin entertained his cousin and close friend Rudyard Kipling, as well as high profile figures including Winston Churchill, Neville Chamberlain (who lived at No. 37) and the Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII. 

Baldwin became Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1922 and Prime Minister in 1923, a post he would hold three times (1923-34, 1924-1929 and 1935-1937). 

In the 1980s, the residence became home to Hendry Ford II, grandson of Ford Motor Company Henry Ford, and his wife, Kathleen DuRoss ford. 

The wealthy Americans bought the property as a city pied-a-terre, in addition to their British country house, Turville Grange, an 18th century manor house near Henley-on-Thames that Henry II had owned since the 1970s. 

Ultimate luxury: The master bedroom, pictured, is traditionally decorated but could be renovated and transformed with a more modern treatment. The large room has space for a king-sized bed and opens directly out onto the patio garden

Ultimate luxury: The master bedroom, pictured, is traditionally decorated but could be renovated and transformed with a more modern treatment. The large room has space for a king-sized bed and opens directly out onto the patio garden

Cosy corner: The study, pictured, is part of the master bedroom suite of rooms and also opens out onto the garden patio. At the moment it is used as a private living room but there would be plenty of space to install a desk to work from home

Cosy corner: The study, pictured, is part of the master bedroom suite of rooms and also opens out onto the garden patio. At the moment it is used as a private living room but there would be plenty of space to install a desk to work from home

Extra accommodation: Attached to the primary residence is a second mews house with two bedrooms. This could be used to house staff, elderly family members or visitors. Above, one of the two bedrooms on offer in the mews house

Extra accommodation: Attached to the primary residence is a second mews house with two bedrooms. This could be used to house staff, elderly family members or visitors. Above, one of the two bedrooms on offer in the mews house

Tucked away: One of the highlights of the property is this large, split-level patio garden which would be ideal for summer parties. It has direct access to the master bedroom and largest guest bedroom in the main house

Tucked away: One of the highlights of the property is this large, split-level patio garden which would be ideal for summer parties. It has direct access to the master bedroom and largest guest bedroom in the main house

Kathleen DuRoss Ford, a former model, accomplished photographer and keen aesthete, transformed 93 Eaton Square into one of the most elegant and gracious homes in Belgravia, commissioning architect Jeffrey Smith and renowned design house Colefax & Fowler to refurbish and decorate the interiors in English country-house style.

Henry II died in 1987 whilst the refurbishment of the Eaton Square residence was taking place. Kathleen continued to spend six months of the year in Britain, entertaining the likes of Jackie Kennedy and Karl Lagerfeld, and spent the remainder of the time in Florida.  

In 1990, Kathleen loaned the property to Margaret and Dennis Thatcher whilst they were in the process of buying a home for themselves after Mrs Thatcher left office. They settled in nearby Chester Square the following year. 

Today the property retains some of the charm that first attracted the Baldwins, the Fords and the Thatchers, but is primed for a new lease of life.

Quaint: One of the guest bedrooms in the main property has been set up as a twin room with two separate beds. As with all of the rooms in the home, there is plenty of scope for the next buyer to modernise and put their own stamp on the place

Quaint: One of the guest bedrooms in the main property has been set up as a twin room with two separate beds. As with all of the rooms in the home, there is plenty of scope for the next buyer to modernise and put their own stamp on the place

Self-contained: The mews property has this separate kitchen utility suite which can also provide extra storage

A view through the primary residence gives an idea of its scale and size

Self-contained: The mews property has this separate kitchen utility suite which can also provide extra storage (left). Right, a view through the primary residence gives an idea of its scale and size

Swimming in room! The bathroom in the master bedroom suite has an enormous shower in addition to the bath, pictured. Although there is currently just one sink there is space to add a second for his-and-hers accommodation

Swimming in room! The bathroom in the master bedroom suite has an enormous shower in addition to the bath, pictured. Although there is currently just one sink there is space to add a second for his-and-hers accommodation

Making yourself at home: This guest bedroom in the main residence is a welcoming space for family and friends. As well as its own television and vanity table, the room also boasts a large window to give the space some natural light

Making yourself at home: This guest bedroom in the main residence is a welcoming space for family and friends. As well as its own television and vanity table, the room also boasts a large window to give the space some natural light

The main residence has an entrance hall leading on to the grand main reception rooms, which boasts a 14ft high ceiling, original ceiling coving, three full height sash windows overlooking the garden square and a Regency feature fireplace. 

Double doors lead to the formal dining room which is serviced by a large family kitchen with a central island, complete with a separate utility room. 

The master bedroom suite boasts a bedroom, a study, bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe/dressing room. It also has direct access to a secluded patio garden. 

There are three further bedroom suites, each with an en-suite bathroom, as well as two guest powder rooms.      

Making an entrance: The central staircase of the main entrance creates a sense of grandeur from the moment you walk in

Making an entrance: The central staircase of the main entrance creates a sense of grandeur from the moment you walk in 

Discreet: The entrance to the two-bedroom mews house, which is connected to the primary residence and offers more space

Discreet: The entrance to the two-bedroom mews house, which is connected to the primary residence and offers more space 

The interconnecting mews house at 35 Eaton Mews North has a lower ground floor wine cellar, with accommodation over ground and two upper floors.    

Sales agent Beauchamp Estates highlight that other houses in Eaton Mews North have a full lower ground floor, so planning could be sought to extend the mews house by circa 600 square foot and expand the existing cellar to create a lower ground floor linking to the lower floor in the main residence.

If remodelled, a new super prime residence could be created with VIP bedroom suites in the mews and two floors of reception rooms in the main residence, designed around the grand salon and patio garden. This extended and refurbished property could be worth up to £30million.

Gary Hersham, Founding Director of Beauchamp Estates says: ‘This Blue Plaque residence at 93 Eaton Square has been the Belgravia home of two legendary Prime Ministers, played a role in the 1936 Abdication Crisis, and been the London home of one of America’s most celebrated dynasties. If extended and remodelled, a new super prime residence could be created that could significantly uplift the current value of the property.’

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Barwood Homes invests in Woodville resi scheme (GB)

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Harworth Group plc has completed the sale of an eight-acre land parcel at Woodville, Derbyshire to Barwood Homes for the delivery of 73 new houses. This represents Harworth’s first transaction with the Northampton-based housebuilder. The land parcel forms part of a 53-acre regeneration site which is owned by Beepart Ltd, part of Dyson Group, the Sheffield-based former manufacturer of industrial materials. Harworth is promoting the site on its behalf through a Planning Promotion Agreement. In April 2022, South Derbyshire District Council granted outline consent for the creation of up to 300 homes on the site, in addition to a c.30,000ft² local center with convenience retail and leisure amenities and over 150,000ft² of employment space for a range of uses.

 

The wider site has been unlocked by the delivery of Derbyshire County Council’s Woodville to Swadlincote Regeneration Route, which opened to traffic in December 2021, providing better access to Swadlincote and traffic relief in Woodville, as well as improved connectivity across the site. Preparation works will commence shortly for the next phases of residential and employment land sales at the development.

 

Ed Catchpole, Regional Director for Yorkshire & Central at Harworth, commented: “This sale is a fantastic start to the development at Woodville and we are pleased to welcome Barwood Homes to the site, who will deliver high-quality new housing for the local community. Our focus is now on bringing forward the rest of the development, utilising our extensive experience in the remediation of complex sites, including earthworks and infrastructure, to ready the remaining residential and employment land.”

 

Luke Simmons, Managing Director of Barwood Homes, added: “We are delighted to be working alongside Harworth on this exciting development. The team is looking forward to engaging with the local community as we gear up to deliver a scheme of excellent quality in design, build and service.”

 

Gavin Rosson, Managing Director of Dyson Group, added: “This first sale of a residential portion of the site is an important step in unlocking the full development potential of the whole, something we have been trying to achieve for many years. Such development will help regenerate Woodville and the surrounding area, somewhere we have had a presence since 1967 and are delighted to participate in.”

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Mansion near village home to Premier League footballers mocked for looking like a ‘leisure centre’

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‘It looks like a leisure centre from 1994!’: House hunters mock design for new £4.8m mansion near village popular with Premier League footballers

  • The six-bed mansion in Mobberley, Cheshire has been brought to life using CGI photos
  • The property sits across from Knutsford, home to top flight stars Wayne Rooney, John Stones and Kyle Walker
  • Listed for £4.8m, the house will include a swimming pool, spa, gym, cinema room and safe room for security 

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A six-bed mansion listed for £4.8 million in a sought-after location, popular with Premier League footballers, has been compared to ‘a leisure centre from 1994’.

The three-floored house, which has not even been built yet, has been brought to life using CGI photos.

The property is set to boast an underground garage, swimming pool, sunken spa pool and gym.

There will also be a cinema, games room, music room and a safe room for added security.

However, one house hunter joked: ‘If you are searching for a dream house that looks like a medium sized market town leisure centre, from 1994…

The proposed development (not pictured) is situated close to Knutsford (above) which is popular with Premier League footballers including Wayne Rooney, John Stones and Kyle Walker

The proposed development (not pictured) is situated close to Knutsford (above) which is popular with Premier League footballers including Wayne Rooney, John Stones and Kyle Walker

‘£4.8 million and this baby’s yours.’

 Another added, ‘The multiple toilets and changing rooms just add to that feel.’ 

The house, located in Mobberley, Cheshire is just across from the village Knutsford, home to many top flight stars like Wayne Rooney, John Stones and Kyle Walker. 

The six-bed pad will be set in six acres of land amid the countryside and will have a lift linking all the floors for maximum luxury.

The house – which has just been reduced in price – is being sold by Savills and advertised through Rightmove.

The listing reads: ‘A rare opportunity to create a unique and spectacular family home offering over 22,500 sq ft of accommodation set in approx six acres of land.

‘The property when completed will offer incredibly light, airy, spacious accommodation.

‘The accommodation is thoughtfully laid out over three floors with a flexible layout that is ideal for modern family living and entertaining on a grand scale.’

Home hunters have compared the house to a council-run leisure centre due to its appearance from the outside

Home hunters have compared the house to a council-run leisure centre due to its appearance from the outside

One user added: 'The multiple toilets and changing rooms just add to that feel'

One user added: ‘The multiple toilets and changing rooms just add to that feel’

One comment read, 'Confused by this. Does the insane price tag actually include the cost of the build? 'It says it's an "opportunity to create"

One comment read, ‘Confused by this. Does the insane price tag actually include the cost of the build? ‘It says it’s an “opportunity to create” 

One comment read, ‘Confused by this. Does the insane price tag actually include the cost of the build? ‘It says it’s an “opportunity to create”.

‘Are you just getting the land and planning permission? And for that right I’d like a few more of the CGI images since you can’t actually, you know, view it.’

Another user replied: ‘I think that’s just the land.

‘Crazy eh, it’s been reduced a few times too, unsurprisingly.’

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Thackeray Group sells London office development for over €35.5m (GB)

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Thackeray Group has sold its Assembly Rooms office development in Putney to a private investor for more than €35.5m (£30m).Assembly Rooms is the first new office development in Putney for over a decade. Designed by Jo Cowen Architects, it provides 26,624ft² of office and retail space over basement, ground, and three upper floors, as well as a gym and panoramic roof terrace to ensure a healthy work-life balance. The Assembly Rooms was designed to ensure a highly sustainable destination through reducing energy usage, increasing positive environmental diversity, and its commitment to the health and well-being of employees.

 

The development was put on the market in April after it was let to Gallaher Limited and NatWest. Gallaher Limited signed a 10-year lease for the 22,218ft² of office space, while NatWest signed a 15-year lease for a 4,406ft² bank on the ground floor and basement.

 

Antony Alberti, CEO and co-founder of Thackeray Group, said: “The sale of the Assembly Rooms follows the successful completion of our business plan for the development and endorses our decision to carry out the first office development in Putney for a decade. It takes our disposals so far this year to £70 million, which provides us with equity for reinvestment into more active opportunities”.

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