When it comes to the movers and shakers of the region, they don’t come much bigger than top estate agent Atty Beor-roberts. As retirement approaches, he tells Katie Jarvis about his Cotswold life
As the region’s leading estate agent heads for retirement, he tells Katie Jarvis about his Cotswold life
Traditional, full of character, with charming original features and the most interesting of Cotswold views. We’re talking, of course, of Atty Beor-roberts, for more than 30 years a stalwart of top estate agents Knight Frank. He’s handled some of the Cotswolds’ most fascinating and exclusive properties, involving names such as Kate Winslet, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Liz Hurley and Anne Robinson. Atty (his real name, Alastair, is on so few documents, he has difficulty remembering which) might be retiring as chair of Knight Frank’s central region but – despair not, house-sellers! - he’ll still continue in a consulting role.
He’s not leaping to fill his new-found freedom because much of it will be taken up with existing activities. “Gardening, keeping chickens; being churchwarden, governor of an Oxford prep school, and chairman of the Radley College Beagles – one of only three school-owned packs of hounds in the country,” he lists. And, possibly most important of all, he’s chair of the Cheltenham fundraising board of Maggie’s Centres, supporting people affected by cancer.
“If I’ve ever had a bad day and I go down to Maggie’s, I’ll walk up the path and find an absolute ray of hope there. Everyone is so positive. We aim to raise half a million a year in Cheltenham, but I’ll be doing a lot more to help that grow.”
Atty and wife Celia have three children: Bertie, 22, an Oxford graduate currently working on the defence of prisoners on death row; Daisy, 21, studying property at Oxford Brookes; and Emily, 18, working at a Knightsbridge prep school during her gap year.