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Boarded Up On The Bishops Avenue

Mansion on The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead goes on sale for £15 million; it isn’t quite what you’d expect for such a price   Built on...

The Greatness of Grant

Richard E. Grant has proven that Britain can still produce talent; he shined in ‘Can You Forgive Me?’ and deserves an Oscar   Quite the opposite...

Falling Down Flass

Grade II* listed Cumbrian mansion built by opium dealer and once marketed for £1.5 million for sale for just £460,000; it was also the...

A Poldark-esque Pad

Welsh coastal farm with beach and derelict quarry for sale for just £750,000; its environs were home to an alleged spy in the Second...

Mrs Simpson Farmed in Mayfair

Mayfair “farmhouse” where Mrs Simpson began her affair with the then Prince of Wales for sale for 147% more than it was marketed for...

The Art of The Tablescape

‘Tables d’Exception’ launched at Rolls-Royce in Mayfair   On 29th November 2018, the extremely connected and delightfully affable Alexandra Foley organised a party for her client...

From Ceaușescu to The Queen

1967 Rolls-Royce state landaulet originally built for the Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu – but considered too extravagant even by him – and later used...

A Fire Sale

Repossessed Grade I listed Dorset mansion once worth circa £15 million for sale for £3 million; the catch? It’s burnt to the ground   An “exceptionally...

A Dictator Rides

Superb example of the “world’s ultimate limousine” to be auctioned; the Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman was the favourite of dictators across the globe   Produced from 1963...

A Castle With A Catch

Romantic island in Ireland complete with its own castle for sale for just £80,000; there is, of course, a catch   A 0.54 acre island at...

Moscow Nights

John Simpson marks the publication of his novel ‘Moscow Nights’ at Daunt Books in Marylebone   Described as: “An engaging yarn with a strong, sometimes mischievous...

The Final Festivals of 2018

Where to go for food, games and music? Fabio Contissa suggests three festivals worth visiting in the UK before 2018 is out   Padstow Christmas Festival,...

A Cheap Country Cottage

A Lancashire country cottage with 1.4 acres is for sale for less than the price of a parking space in Knightsbridge; it could be...

Word of the Week – Gnomic

Our word of the week just had to be… Gnomic   An ambiguous and enigmatic adjective, our word of the week is “gnomic.” In summary it...

Hit the Road Marilyn

Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird to be auctioned   A 1956 Ford Thunderbird gifted as a Christmas present to Marilyn Monroe in 1955 by her business...

A Rental Ruin

Chelsea estate agent optimistically markets an £850 per week house with unpainted walls and an exposed gas meter by announcing: “It does have a...

Finding Your Station

1937 Bentley shooting brake formerly owned by Mulberry founder Roger Saul to be auctioned today at Goodwood Revival sale   Today at their annual Goodwood Revival...

A Pricey Doer-Upper

Derelict Uncle Monty-esque farmhouse in the countryside of the Lake District National Park World Heritage Site for sale for a staggering sum   Described as “one...

Fame & The Beeb

John Stoddart exhibition of silkscreen prints of his iconic works at Chelsea Arts Club attracts the attention of some BBC heavyweights   On Tuesday, at the...

Rule, Britannia!

“Famously haunted” Chelsea townhouse once home to ‘Rule, Britannia!’ and ‘A-Hunting We Will Go’ composer Thomas Arne and later Shakespearean actress Dame Ellen Terry...

Where could J. K. Rowling take Harry Potter next?

New contributor Jaimee Jenkins examines what might be next for J. K. Rowling   It’s quite rare that an author transcends her literature quite the way...

Styled by Stoddart

‘Photographer to the Stars’ John Stoddart puts his Whitstable bachelor pad up for sale; it truly represents his bon vivant lifestyle   Suave Liverpool born ‘sniper-turned-snapper’...

Win a Knightsbridge Flat (with a Shady Past)

Competition to win a Knightsbridge flat for £10 per ticket neglects to mention its former occupier, a convicted ‘gay sex plot’ royal blackmailer who...

A Chummy Tourer

Dinky 1925 Austin Seven ‘Chummy’ Tourer to be sold at Bonhams’ Beaulieu sale for less than it cost to buy and restore   A delightful...

A Funicular Feat

Highest asking price ever for a property on Lake Tahoe is sought for a compound complete with two glass funiculars; it could be yours...

A Perfect Estate

Diverse 2,000 acre Suffolk riverside estate for sale for £31.5 million; it has been owned by the same family since the 19th century and...

A Magnificent Mammoth Mansion

Grade I listed Jacobean prodigy house in Hampshire for sale for £10 million; it allegedly is haunted by 14 ghosts and comes with planning...

Ratty on The River

A dream house for ‘The Wind In The Willows’ character Ratty; Devon boathouse for sale for £2.5 million   A Devon house that could be perfect...

A Place In Andalucia

Spectacular hacienda near Seville for sale for £3 million   Anyone who has watched the somewhat cringeworthy television programme A Place In The Sun expects a...

A Cut Cost Chalet

Britain’s weirdest home for sale for a sum 61% lower than the £13 million sum asked for it in 2016; it has been repossessed...

Bentley or Bail?

1986 Bentley Continental convertible originally owned by notorious fraudster Asil Nadir to be auctioned   A 1986 Bentley Continental convertible with coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward...

A Rolls for an Estate

Quirky 1995 Rolls-Royce estate car for sale for just shy of £100,000; it’s perfect for picnics and conveying posh pooches   A 1995 special edition Rolls-Royce...

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did NOT live here

San Francisco condominium with a plaque that falsely claims Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived there for sale for £2.6m; it was actually home to...

Craig’s Centenary

007 numbered Aston Martin owned by Daniel Craig to be sold for charity at auction   A 2014 ‘Centenary Vanquish’ Aston Martin numbered 007 and owned...

Messing About On The River

Converted boat house on the River Thames at Henley for sale for £3.5 million   Those with a desire to live like Ratty in The Wind...

The Perfect Bachelor Pad

Ultimate bachelor pad for sale for £6 million in South Kensington; it has garaging for five cars   Originally a mews that was home to Rothmans’...

Five of the Best – Bonhams’ Gentleman’s Library Sale

Harry Houdini’s escape prop sack to be sold alongside all manner of other unusual items on Valentine’s Day   On 14th February, Bonhams will hold their...

Britain’s Priciest Houseboat

Thames houseboat moored at Cadogan Pier in Chelsea goes on sale for extraordinary sum of £2.5 million   What could likely be Britain’s most expensive houseboat...

The Stars of Beel

Neglected Georgian mansion that has been home to Sir Dirk Bogarde, Basil Dearden, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Matt Aitken and Robert Kilroy-Silk for sale...

The Harem Saloon

1931 Bentley Tourer nicknamed ‘The Harem Saloon’ because of its first owner’s penchant for taking spins with his lady friends for sale for £1.15...

The Finery of Fatland

Vast Greek Revival style Pennsylvania mansion for sale for 56% less than it was marketed for in 2014; it comes with a pub in...

Live for Free in Liverpool

Win a fully furnished, brand new £100,000 studio flat in Liverpool for free; surprisingly there are no catches to the competition   A property developer has...

Farrell Rolls

1966 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III drophead coupé used by Colin Farrell in 2010 crime noir film ‘London Boulevard’ to be auctioned   A 1966 Rolls-Royce Silver...

A Bargain in Belgravia

Fully renovated Belgravia studio with double height reception room for sale for just £455 per square foot   A 2,186 square foot ground and first floor...

A Bargain in Belgravia

Fully renovated Belgravia studio with double height reception room for sale for just £455 per square foot   A 2,186 square foot ground and first floor...

Lord of the Thatch

Former Wiltshire home of ‘Lord of the Flies’ author Sir William Golding for sale for 562% more than he sold it for in 1985   The...

Double Cher

Holmby Hills estate owned variously by Sonny and Cher and Tony Curtis for sale for double what it sold for in 2016   A 12,201 square...

The Seashell

Circular shaped Scottish holiday cottage with just one room for sale for staggering sum of £250,000   A five-star holiday cottage on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on...

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