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Mansion in Thakeham can be yours for £5.5m
This luxury mansion designed by one of Britain’s finest architects could be yours – but only if you have a spare £5.5 million lying around.
The giant 12,500 sq ft home in Thakeham, which sits in three acres of rolling countryside, has been put up for sale.
Boasting nine large bedrooms, huge fireplaces and a luxurious swimming pool, the grade I listed property was built in 1902 by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
He went on to design famous sites including the Cenotaph in London, New Delhi and the First World War Thiepval memorial in France.
The architect had spent 50 years working on many iconic buildings, but said this was “the best private house of the bunch”.
Commissioned by a wine importer named Ernest Blackburn, the mansion was built in a typical Lutyens style, with a huge corridor hall through the width of the house linking all the living rooms together.
Within the property are eight bathrooms, a kitchen, a family room, a dining room, a utility room, huge fireplaces and a double-height drawing room, while outside there is a luxurious swimming pool and landscaped gardens.
It is being sold by estate agents Knight Frank at a guide price of £5.5 million.
However the history of Little Thakeham is complicated – and mildly scandalous.
Ernest Blackburn, a country gentleman and gardener, originally commissioned J Hatchard Smith, a London architect in 1901, to build a country home. But Blackburn hated the halfbuilt house and thought it a large blot on the beautiful landscape.
Through famous landscape gardener Gertrude Jekyll, he was introduced to Lutyens, who was emerging as one of the premier architects in the country.
Lutyens told the owner to pull down the house and replace it with a mansion built from Pulborough rock.
Hatchard Smith was paid off, but a furious public row ensued, with Hatchard Smith accusing Lutyens of professional misconduct, a charge later cleared by The Royal Institute of British Architects.
The catalogue description says: “Soft light pours in from tall stonemullioned windows, wide honey coloured oak planks blend with the mellow stone walls, and beautifully crafted iron door latches open polished oak doors into elegant and comfortable rooms with delightful views over the colourful well stocked gardens and landscape.”
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