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Sir Christopher Wren's magnificent home up for sale

The home of one of Britain’s most distinguished architects is on the market for the first time, and could be yours for just £4.25m.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Glorious: Sir Christopher Wren did much of the work himself Glorious: Sir Christopher Wren did much of the work himself

Sir Christopher Wren lived in his Hampton Court home, The Old Court House, in the early 18th century.

The building has an English Heritage blue plaque dedicated to the architect, who designed iconic landmarks including St Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Naval College and the south side of Hampton Court Palace.

Sir Christopher was a Royal Surveyor for 49 years, a post that granted him lodgings at the Old Court House, which he was given a 50-year lease on by Queen Anne in 1708, in lieu of salary arrears for building St Paul’s Cathedral.

In 1706, he carried out an almost complete overhaul of the house, which is the only period home on Hampton Court Green other than Hampton Court Palace, with a garden stretching down to the Thames.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Glorious: Sir Christopher Wren did much of the work himself Glorious: Sir Christopher Wren did much of the work himself

His dining room is now a study but the well-proportioned room, panelled in wood by Wren himself, also includes the same marble fireplace he put in for King William III in Hampton Court Palace.

Patrick Glynn-Jones, of Savills Richmond, which is selling the property, said: “This is an exquisite and historic home. The magnificent first floor drawing room is the standout room of the house.

“Houses of this ilk are few and far between. I can see someone getting emotionally engaged by it, with all its fabulous historical features.”

The six-bedroom house has three bathrooms, three/four reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room, cellars, garage for at least two cars and a river mooring.

The property is owned freehold after a string of leases from generals, admirals and earls.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Glorious: Sir Christopher Wren did much of the work himself Glorious: Sir Christopher Wren did much of the work himself

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Glorious: Sir Christopher Wren did much of the work himself Glorious: Sir Christopher Wren did much of the work himself


Comments (6)

11/04/13

Twickenham Bob says...

Mr Jessel, the former MP for Twickenham maybe be moving before before his successor manages to implement a mansion tax. A move that would affect the capital value dramatically.

The mansion tax would be a levy of 1% of the value above £2 million.

Thus the owner of the Old Court House would be looking at a bill of £22,500 per annum.

Annualised over a decade thats £225,000 so that will help take the stream out the relentless rise in house prices.

12/04/13

DB says...

Twickenham Bob wrote:
Mr Jessel, the former MP for Twickenham maybe be moving before before his successor manages to implement a mansion tax. A move that would affect the capital value dramatically. The mansion tax would be a levy of 1% of the value above £2 million. Thus the owner of the Old Court House would be looking at a bill of £22,500 per annum. Annualised over a decade thats £225,000 so that will help take the stream out the relentless rise in house prices.
Do you think it will have that much of an effect? If someone can afford to pay £4m for a home, I don't think an extra £20k a year bill is going to worry them that much!

12/04/13

Twickenham Bob says...

All advalurem taxes have an impact on house prices. If 1% doesn't have much bite maybe it should be higher?

Plus we have a good historical example.

When rates were replaced - the level of taxes on high end properties tumbled whilst taxes on ordinary houses rocketed. The result was that the value of high end properties grew at a disproportionate rate.

12/04/13

kingstonpaul says...

Russian oligarchs and Bermudan investment companies, please form an orderly queue.

13/04/13

jeremyhm says...

Bob - here is a wonderful unique architectural and historical gem, and all you can think of is a "mansion tax". It was Oscar Wilde who wrote about people "knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing". Ironically, I recall that the late Lady Thatcher was (incorrectly) accused of this once; thus Bob = Lady Thatcher?

13/04/13

Twickenham Bob says...

If this is such a wonderful unique architectural and historical gem - why has the Crown Estate sold off the leases and lost control of these assets? Maybe Margaret Thatcher habit of the selling off the family silver is to play here too, and far more than most people realise.

The Crown Estate owned a number of very important historic buildings in Hampton, meaning that they had control over the building and could stop inappropriate developments.

Take The Pavilions - another building they flogged the freehold too - which Richmond Council rolled over and gave permission for a mega-basement which will completely change it character.

http://search.savill
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S09000119.PDF

No doubt as soon as the building is sold the Oligarch will be wanting a mega-basement, and extensive refurbishments to bring it up to the required international bling standard.

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