Listed Vic­to­rian man­sion sold for £13 mil­lion

Chris­tian char­ity sells build­ing to pri­vate buyer

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHervert

A GRADE II listed Ger­rards Cross man­sion has been bought – for £13 mil­lion.

Bul­strode Park has been sold to a pri­vate buyer by Sav­ills, on be­half of Chris­tian char­ity WEC In­ter­na­tional.

WEC In­ter­na­tional owned and oc­cu­pied the 106,000 square foot (9,861 square me­tre) Vic­to­rian man­sion since 1967.

It was used as their UK head­quar­ters and a train­ing base for fu­ture mis­sion­ar­ies.

WEC In­ter­na­tional was founded by the English crick­eter Charles T Studd, who played in the orig­i­nal Ashes test.

The mam­moth pad is set in 38.9 acres (15.7 hectares) of ma­ture grounds and was once home to the in­fa­mous Hanging Judge Jef­ferys, who was no­to­ri­ous for sen­tenc­ing con­victed crim­i­nals to death by hanging.

The es­tate has been up for sale at a guide price of £15m since March last year.

Sav­ills say the mar­ket­ing cam­paign brought strong in­ter­est from res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ers, hote­liers and in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion groups.

Gary Witham, di­rec­tor of the ho­tels team at Sav­ills, said: “We are pleased to have sold Bul­strode. It is an out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of Vic­to­rian ar­chi­tec­ture within a stun­ning listed set­ting.

“The in­flu­ence of peo­ple who have trained here has been global and the es­tate has an ex­cit­ing fu­ture un­der new own­er­ship.”

John Bagg, UK di­rec­tor of WEC In­ter­na­tional, said: “The com­ple­tion of the sale of Bul­strode rep­re­sents a deeply strate­gic and sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment in the his­tory of WEC In­ter­na­tional.

“The sale of Bul­strode was the core el­e­ment of a wider re-or­der­ing of our work, which will en­able us to more ef­fec­tively ful­fil our aims and ob­jec­tives.

“We now look for­ward to the un­fold­ing of the next sea­son in our work.”

Sold: Bul­strode Park

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