A Grade I Listed, Grade I Listed eight bedroom home surrounded by thirteen and a half acres in the heart of the Chilterns has been sold in what will seem like a song to those who made the story that led to the last sale seem like a song.
The new owners of Beel House in Little Chalfont have reportedly paid above the £ 3.95 million price quoted by joint agents Savills and Knight Frank.
The property has been home to a number of well-known names in the world of politics and show business over the years.
It was built in the 17th century for the Duke of Buckinghamshire.
In modern times it was the home of the film star Dirk Bogarde. He paid £ 4,000 for it when he bought it in the 1950s.
The star of the hit 1954 film Doctor in the House liked it because it’s at the end of a private drive, away from public attention. It was seven acres back then, not today’s 13, but inside it had a lot more rooms than it does today.
Once the sale was complete, Bogarde brought in construction workers to demolish the former servants’ wing – Bang went 11 rooms, only 15 of which remained, including the one he was most proud of – the 1910 30-foot conservatory (Kay Kendall compared it to a hospital) Outpatient clinic during her visit: The winter garden has since been rebuilt.
The current living space extends to almost 10,700 square meters.
There are eight bedrooms, seven bathrooms (two suites), a games block and a leisure complex with an indoor pool, whirlpool and steam bath.
The privacy that the surroundings offer continues to be a major attraction.
In 2014, the then owner, former UKIP party leader Robert Kilroy-Silk, sold it to a buyer who, after what is reported to be close to 6.5 million.
And there it stayed, neglected and unloved until 2021 and the arrival of a buyer who looks beyond decay and realizes good bones to the extent that the price paid exceeds the £ 3.95 million quoted by joint agents Savills and Knight Frank lay.
Hugh Maconochie of Savill’s Country House Department summarized: “Beel House is the perfect country house residence in many ways: a grand, Grade II listed, historic home near London … the years.
“It would be an extremely exciting project for the right buyer.”