Solihull News - - PROPERTY TALK -

It’s not widely known, but Am­ber­wood House was one of the most glam­orous ad­dresses in the UK dur­ing much of the 1950s and 1960s. Hol­ly­wood ac­tors, world­fa­mous clothes de­sign­ers, roy­alty and artists all vis­ited the prop­erty, which was the home to the great­est Bri­tish fe­male dancer to ever wear bal­let shoes; Dame Mar­got Fonteyn.

Dame Mar­got fa­mously part­nered with an­other star of the danc­ing world, Ru­dolph Nureyev, most fa­mously in both Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet.

But she had a colour­ful life off stage as well as on. In 1955 she mar­ried Roberto ( Tito) Arias, a Pana­ma­nian diplo­mat and, as well as en­dur­ing his re­peated in­fi­deli­ties, she helped him or­gan­ise an at­tempted coup against the gov­ern­ment of Panama in 1959.

In 1964 Tito was shot by a ri­val Pana­ma­nian politi­cian, leav­ing him quad­ri­plegic. Dame Mar­got later moved back to Panama where she spent the rest of her life and money nurs­ing her hus­band un­til his death. The bal­le­rina her­self died from can­cer in 1991. But be­fore such dra­mas played out, the pair were the toast of the Lon­don so­ci­ety scene at Am­ber­wood House in Knights­bridge. Visi­tors and guests in­cluded Nureyev but also Princess Mar­garet and Antony Arm­strong- Jones, John Wayne, Yves Saint Lau­rent and Pe­ter Sellers.

The five- bed­room man­sion has re­cently been lav­ishly over­hauled and up­graded by de­vel­oper K10 Group, which bought the prop­erty in 2011, win­ning plan­ning in 2016.

The house, which has its own cock­tail bar, cin­ema and 12m swim­ming pool, is for sale at £ 75m.

See k10­group. com for more de­tails.

Dame Mar­got Fonteyn in 1937

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