Home once owned by Queen’s grand­par­ents up for sale

Eliz­a­beth vis­ited Woolmers Park of­ten as a child

HT Estates - - HTESTATES - Nam­rata Kohli

All that brouhaha over Brexit not­with­stand­ing, cit­i­zens of UK are tak­ing time out to cel­e­brate Queen Eliz­a­beth’s 90th birth­day and her life this year. One par­tic­u­lar prop­erty as­so­ci­ated with her youth, the home of her grand­par­ents, the Earl and Count­ess of Strath­more, is on the mar­ket.

A private es­tate, Woolmer’ Park is a sprawl­ing Geor­gian coun­try home with eques­trian and polo, shoot­ing and fish­ing fa­cil­i­ties, lo­cated by the River Lea. It has a ring fenced ma­ture park­land in­clud­ing mixed wood­land and is lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately 35 km away from Lon­don.

Queen Eliz­a­beth spent par- tofher early child­hood years vis­it­ing the es­tate. It be­longed to the Queen Mother’s par­ents, the Earl and Count­ess of Strath­more, who ac­quired it in 1927. They spent a large part of their time over there up to World War-II, only mov­ing to the fam­ily seat in Scot­land, Glamis Cas­tle, be­tween July and Septem­ber. Princess Eliz­a­beth and Princess Mar­garet vis­ited and stayed with their grand­par­ents reg­u­larly at Woolmers Park.

This prop­erty is now listed with Sav­ills, a global real es­tate ser­vices provider listed on the Lon­don Stock Ex­change. It’s an A Grade II listed Geor­gian coun­try house that has been com­pre­hen­sively ren­o­vated and ex­tended with five re­cep­tion rooms, large kitchen, fam­ily room, games room and cin­ema room. There are eight bed­rooms and eight bath­rooms (five en suite), and a two bed­room in­te­gral staff flat. Un­usual but true, for an es­tate of this size, there are no pub­lic rights of way.

The royal con­nec­tion has as added colour and in­ter­est to a prop­erty and ac­cord­ing to a spokesper­son from Sav­ills, s, is of in­ter­est to “buy­ers of older coun­try houses, who, of­ten ften see­ing them­selves as the cus­to­di­ans of a his­tor­i­cal home e are hugely in­ter­ested in its heri­ter­itage. The fact that Woolmers mers Park once be­longed t o t he par­ents of The Queen Mother other amongst other em­i­nent fig­ures gures will no doubt strike a chord hord with some.”

Dat­ing back to the 18th Cen­tury (re­built in 1796) – the house has been ex­tended and re­mod­elled by the cur­rent owner – fol­low­ing what the Sav­ills spokesper­son calls – ‘a com­pre­hen­sive and hugely sym­pa­thetic ren­o­va­tion.’

The makeover of the prop­erty in­cludes re­newed plas­ter work, gild­ing and wall cov­er­ings. A sub­stan­tial new north east­ern wing has a large open plan living area with kitchen/break­fast room, morn­ing room and fam­ily room. A leisure com­plex has an in­door swim­ming pool, shower, changing room and WC.

The gar­den sur­round­ing the out­door swim­ming pool has been de­signed by Lu­ciano Gi­ub­bilei, win­ner of the Best Show Gar­den Award at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2014.

Over­all it com­bines grandly pro­por­tioned prin­ci­pal re­cep­tion and bed­rooms, charm­ing fea­tures from the Geor­gian era, with the finest con­tem­po­rary ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties.

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