Leading heritage developer City & Country has just two remaining historic townhouses for sale at Bentley Priory - the restored and converted former RAF base that served as Headquarters of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. The exclusive three bedroom houses, named the Marquess Villas, are situated adjacent to the Bentley Priory Mansion House and are set in over 50 acres of landscaped grounds.
Former RAF Bentley Priory was originally built in 1766 and has been sympathetically restored and converted by award winning restoration experts City & Country. Combining a rich historical setting with a modern twist, the Mansion House has been home to several notable residents during its lifetime including: Queen Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, Queen Consort of William IV and John Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Abercorn. Distinguished visitors include Sir Walter Scott, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Winston Churchill.
The Grade II listed Marquess Villas boast a distinguished history of their own; they were originally constructed in 1882 when Bentley Priory was purchased by Frederick Gordon, who proceeded to convert the buildings into a hotel. They were then subsequently used as RAF accommodation during the war effort. Once City & Country began to restore the listed buildings in 2011, their team of dedicated experts quickly realised the importance of restoring the villas, and set about creating a collection of highly sought after residences.
Helen Moore, Managing Director of City & Country, comments: “The Marquess Villas are some of our most characterful and refined properties at Bentley Priory. Our dedicated team of architects, designers and planners spent months sourcing original materials from across the country to ensure the historic fabric of the building was not compromised. They are the only two storey houses for sale within the original listed building’s and are truly unique purchases.”
City & Country’s team of architects spent considerable time researching historical books to ensure the correct materials, fixtures and fittings were used wherever possible. This included the company sourcing matching bricks from the Midlands, whilst the intricate ironwork, which in 1800 was premium, has also been matched and recreated very close to the original work, adding to the buildings authenticity.
Before Restoration After Restoration
The building previously comprised a red brick, single storey parapetted structure, with the greatest challenge posed by the restoration of the villas being the decision to create an entirely new storey, which replaced an ugly asphalted roof with a new pitched copper roof. The extra storey was designed and built by City & Country’s in-house architects in 2013, ingeniously creating another level of accommodation without detracting from the setting of the listed building.
Simon Vernon-Harcourt, Planning and Technical Director at City & Country comments: “We removed the flat roof from the existing building which had been covered in asphalt and replaced it with a contemporary pitched copper roof. The challenge of this, in design terms, was to ensure that the proportions and the detailing of the scheme for the Marquess Villas enhanced and complemented the neighbouring Mansion House. The final result speaks for itself and the whole design team is delighted with the outcome.”
These remarkable houses are 1,960sq ft and 2,110sq ft and feature spacious interiors with handmade John Ladbury kitchens, high quality flooring throughout, Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware and cabinetry to all bathrooms with stylish Hansgrohe brassware. Each home includes balconies to each bedroom with views overlooking the wider landscaped estate, an outdoor terrace area, two allocated parking spaces and 24 hour security and concierge. No. 4 Marquess Villas is £1.35 million and No.3 Marquess Villas is £1.4 million.
Bentley Priory is located a short distance from a variety of cafes and restaurants in Stanmore High Street. Despite the tranquil feel of the development it is less than 13 miles from Central London and ideally sits at the end of the Jubilee line. There is also easy access to the M25 and Heathrow International Airport.
For more information visit: www.cityandcountry.co.uk, or call 0208 950 5959
« all news articles