Star manager's house for sale
THE manager of Elton John, Barry Humphries and Billy Connolly - Mr John Reid - is offering his house for sale through the London office of Savills.
Lockwell House is a fine example of Edwardian architecture, showing the very best of the period and beautifully maintained. Just 25.6 kilometres from London, the house is well positioned for Heathrow and the motorway network of south England in general.
The house was built in 1911 by Baron Ebury, strongly influenced by Sir Edwin Lutyens, and exhibits the delightful and generous proportions of the style.
The main residence is set close to the centre of its 15 acres and, therefore, enjoys a privacy which in this popular part of the world is difficult to find.
One of its former owners was Air Commodore Campbell and it was rumoured that the legendary Bluebird was stored in the grounds in the 1930s.
The accommodation in the main house comprises three reception rooms, entrance hall, kitchen/ breakfast room.
There is a master suite of bedroom, bathroom and dressing area and there are five further bedrooms and three more bathrooms.
Additional accommodation in the ''East Wing'' Cottage includes a sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and utility room. It is ideal for an elderly relative.
There are also two semi-detached cottages.
What makes this house even more sumptuous is the recently constructed leisure complex in ''The Barn''. This includes a billiard room, gymnasium and sauna, as well as a sitting room in the gallery with a central consul and movie screen which lowers from the ceiling of the billiard room in true Hollywood style.
A long drive leads to the house which is flanked by many mature oak and silver birch trees and well-kept lawns.
The grounds include a hard tennis court and pavilion, a floodlit helicopter pad and a large heated swimming pool with changing rooms.
Lockwell House, near Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire, is being sold by the London office of Savills with a guide price in the region of GBP1.95 million (about HK$22.23 million).
For more information contact Savills Hongkong, 526 3383.