Atty Beor-roberts

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

Cotswold Life - - EDITOR’S COMMENT - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: ANTONY THOMP­SON

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.

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