Listing of former Greys Court estate house is historic first
It’s history in the making as iconic property the Rosary goes on sale for the first time
It’s history in the making as iconic property the Rosary goes on sale for the first time ever, writes LUCY BOON
DATING from the 1800s, the Rosary was previously part of the Greys Court estate and was retained by Sir Miles Stapleton, the ninth baronet, on the sale of Greys Court in 1935. It is his daughter who is now selling the house.
Originally, the house was a much smaller cottage than it is now — having been added on to in 1876 and then again in 1917-18.
It was a building that would have been utilised in some way by the estate, but whatever its original purpose the Rosary today is a pretty country house in an extremely desirable location — this being Shepherd’s Green, which adjoins protected National Trust land.
Talking of land, the house comes with 4.4 acres of its own gardens and grounds, which also give direct access to the Chiltern Way public footpath. Hikers and dog walkers alike will be in heaven.
Nick Warner, a director at Savills in Henley, said: “The fact this is the first time the Rosary has ever come to the market illustrates how rare it is for a property with its history and of its calibre to come up for sale.
“Its versatile layout, extensive grounds and enviable location will, we anticipate, make it highly sought after by those purchasers looking for a long-term country home which they can also sympathetically update.”
Breakdown: Master bedroom suite plus five further bedrooms (four en suite), entrance vestibule, reception/dining hall, drawing room, sitting room, utility/boot room, kitchen/breakfast room, scullery, pantry, part-walled formal garden and paddocks.
Guide price: £2.25 million. For more information, call Savills on (01491) 843001.