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A phoenix from the ashes

PUBLISHED: 17:28 13 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:14 20 February 2013

Dropmore

Dropmore

One of the most important buildings in the Chilterns is being restored after two devastating fires, with stunning results...

One of the most important buildings in the Chilterns is being restored after two devastating fires, with stunning results...




What: Dropmore, an iconic 18th century Grade 1 listed mansion house, built by Samuel Wyatt, the renowned architect.




It was once home to the Lord Grenville, the Prime Minister responsible for pushing through the abolition of the slave trade. The main house is being renovated into 17 luxury two and three-bedroom apartments.

To the west of the house, the Grade 1 listed service wing, stables and dairy are being developed as part of the Courtyard into a mixture of 13 two and three-bedroom apartments and cottages. A further 23 state-of-the-art two-bedroom apartments are also being built.




Where: Near Taplow, south Buckinghamshire, where the nearest railway station is to be found. Maidenhead is the nearest large town.

Inside: Two major fires devastated the building in 1990 and 1997 but, thanks to the existence of over 100 drawings of the original estate, much of the house has been restored to its original. The marble, for example, had to be specially imported from Northern Tuscany. The show home, a stunning apartment over three floors, has just been opened.

Outside: Set at the end of a long drive, in 220 acres of parkland and landscaped gardens including a pinetum, with its notable collection of conifers.

Price: Guide prices start from £850,000 up to in excess of £4 million.




Agent: Savills. Tel: 01628526792
or visit www.dropmore.co.uk




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