Chang­ing places

New own­ers can bring a new sense of style to a prop­erty, as these houses demon­strate

Country Life Every Week - - Property Market -

ALTHOUGH the house is ‘be­lieved to date from the early 19th cen­tury’, no­body seems to know who built el­e­gant, Ge­or­gian Che­quers Manor at Cad­more End, near High Wy­combe, Buck­ing­hamshire, which has been launched on the mar­ket through Sav­ills in Hen­leyon-thames (01491 843001) at a guide price of £5.5 mil­lion. Who­ever it was must have been some­one of status, given the manor’s priv­i­leged set­ting within 67 acres of for­mal gar­dens, wood­land and pad­docks over­look­ing the lovely Ham­ble­den val­ley and the sur­round­ing Chiltern Hills.

This part of south Buck­ing­hamshire has long been the pre­serve of the great and the good and, from 1961, Che­quers Manor was the home of lead­ing in­dus­tri­al­ist Sir David Brown, founder of the epony­mous en­gi­neer­ing firm and one-time owner of ship­builder Vosper Thor­n­ey­croft and car man­u­fac­turer As­ton Martin. Sir David died in Septem­ber 1993 aged 89 and, the fol­low­ing year, re­tired Amer­i­can busi­ness­man Roger Lilly and his Iranian wife, Shahla, bought Che­quers Manor.

The cou­ple com­mis­sioned Lon­don­based in­te­rior de­signer Brian Juhos —uni­ver­sally ad­mired by his wealthy in­ter­na­tional clien­tele for ‘the eclec­ti­cism and taste for the sump­tu­ous that has been the hall­mark of his style as a dec­o­ra­tor’—to re­fur­bish the 5,659sq ft manor house from cel­lar to rafters, at a re­puted cost of £700,000. As pho­to­graphs taken two

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