Bunking down

Converted Cold War nuclear bunker on the edge of London for sale for £3.5 million

 

Converted from a redundant Cold War nuclear bunker in 1998, The Glass House at Chislehurst in South East London is a most unusual home. It is currently for sale at a price of £3.5 million and certainly will make a perfect home for a family who dream of bunking down in luxury.

 

Bunking down - The Glass House, Kemnal Road, Chislehurst, South East London, BR7 6LY
The Glass House at Chiselhurst began life as a Cold War bunker

Bunking down - The Glass House, Kemnal Road, Chislehurst, South East London, BR7 6LY
The building prior to its conversion to a home

 

Constructed in 1951 as a Regional Control Centre in the grounds of what once formed part of the grounds of the Kemnal Manor estate, this somewhat curious looking building originally included some twenty-one rooms. Whilst some historical reports point to the bunker extending to some thirty to forty feet underground, a 2001 document produced by the Chislehurst Society stated that “there were no signs of deep foundations, and that the bunker appeared to just sit on the surface, or was at least not sunk in the soil to any significant depth”.

 

In its original form, the Chislehurst Regional Control Centre was simply a bunker with “no windows and very thick concrete walls”. It is said to have contained “a map room, bunks, toilets, shower rooms [and] food, water and fuel stores”. In the ensuing years and given it was never required, the building fell into decline before its conversion to a 9,422 square foot home.

 

Bunking down - The Glass House, Kemnal Road, Chislehurst, South East London, BR7 6LY
The main entertaining area takes the form of this 60 foot by 27 foot glass roofed space

Bunking down - The Glass House, Kemnal Road, Chislehurst, South East London, BR7 6LY
The centrepiece of the property comes in the form of a swimming pool under a vast glass roof

Bunking down - The Glass House, Kemnal Road, Chislehurst, South East London, BR7 6LY
The interior is surprisingly light given the building was originally built as a bunker

Bunking down - The Glass House, Kemnal Road, Chislehurst, South East London, BR7 6LY
The bedrooms would not look out of place in an ordinary suburban home

Bunking down - The Glass House, Kemnal Road, Chislehurst, South East London, BR7 6LY
One could almost imagine Ernst Stavro Blofeld in this bathtub

Bunking down - The Glass House, Kemnal Road, Chislehurst, South East London, BR7 6LY
As well as this large roof deck, The Glass House comes with sizeable lawned gardens

Bunking down - The Glass House, Kemnal Road, Chislehurst, South East London, BR7 6LY
A view of the house from the side

Bunking down - The Glass House, Kemnal Road, Chislehurst, South East London, BR7 6LY
A triple garage and additional residential accommodation was added under the lawn at a later date

Bunking down - The Glass House, Kemnal Road, Chislehurst, South East London, BR7 6LY
This floor plan shows how the design of The Glass House centres around the swimming pool

 

The design of The Glass House centres around a swimming pool with glass atrium that floods light into its heart. The ground level features two reception rooms, a kitchen, five bedrooms and three bathrooms whilst on the first floor there is a vast 59’1” by 26’7” reception room opening onto a large terrace. Constructed more recently underneath a sloping lawn is a triple garage and additional guest accommodation that could alternately be used as a games room.

 

The Glass House is for sale through JDM Estate Agents.

 

 

Subscribe to our free once daily email newsletter here:[wysija_form id=”1″]

 

1 COMMENT

  1. Perfect as a next home for Sir Christopher and Lady Meyer. Another canvas for Catherine to wreak havoc on with her Ralph Lauren wallpaper and glue!!!!!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Firing Up A 20th Century Limo

‘Stretched’ 1994 Toyota Century for sale for less than the price of a brand new Ford Fiesta; the rammed full of gadgets limousine comes with a food heating compartment and privacy curtains favoured by notoriously shy Japanese people even.

A Life in a Sentence

Matthew Steeples finds amusement in Twitter handles; a life in a sentence can be found on some of the best profiles.

Moving On – July 2020 – Capone, Conran & Kennedy

Moving on homes owned by the newsworthy – including a country house apartment in a castle currently owned by Jasper Conran and the childhood homes of Al Capone and Jackie Kennedy.

Berkoff on Bears & Barbarians

Acclaimed actor, writer and producer Steven Berkoff responds to an article in ‘The Times’ featuring an image of a sub-human barbarian with a polar bear he’d mercilessly slayed.

Bigging-Up a Bargain Mini Mansion

‘Stately’ Cape Cod style ‘mini mansion’ in North Carolina with 1.14 acres of land for sale for just £44,000; it is situated in a town that was the birthplace of the biggest ever American, a very fat and very tall man named Mills Darden.

A Security Lobotomy at The Botanist

‘The Steeple Times’ reports on anything but a ‘Super Saturday’ at The Botanist on Sloane Square; we share here imagery and a video of a thieving woman whom must be caught.

What’s Dershowitz Got To Hide?

Matthew Steeples questions why Alan Dershowitz is getting so enthusiastic in his defence of the vile paedo procurer Ghislaine Maxwell.

Runners & Riders – The Coral-Eclipse 2020

‘The Steeple Times’ takes a look at the seven horse Group 1 Coral-Eclipse 2020 at Sandown and opts for a tasty outsider for an each way bet.

Will Ghislaine Maxwell Motor On?

As a poll reveals the public believe Ghislaine Maxwell will ‘suicide herself’ in a similar manner to her former master Jeffrey Epstein, the Cash & Rocket ‘charity’ unbelievably announce they are going ahead with another rally in 2021.

Runners & Riders – The Oaks and The Derby 2020

‘The Steeple Times’ analyses the selections for a somewhat damp double at Epsom on ‘Super Saturday’; we suggest enjoying The Oaks and The Derby 2020 at home.

Hooping A Half Price Mansion

Vast Edwardian mansion with basketball court in the roof in Watseka, Illinois for sale at half price it listed for in 2016; it’s on for just £20 per square foot.

Wally of the Week – Disgraceful Dimwit Darren Grimes

As manipulated millennial Darren Grimes gets himself into yet another racism storm with the help of his beloved bigot Dr David Starkey, one has to ask: “Who is this cretin’s puppet master?”

Bow Wine Vaults Back

Acclaimed restaurateur Philip Lawless to reopen Square Mile institution and haunt of city financiers the Bow Wine Vaults on Monday.

Remembering Jeffrey Epstein Albuquerque Style

Statue of late billionaire sex beast Jeffrey Epstein mysteriously appears outside City Hall in Albuquerque, New Mexico (and is promptly removed by officials).

E-Scooter-ing a Shameless Minister For Rent

E-Scooter-ing Out a Minister For Rent – As the government disgracefully announces they’ll be allowing rentable e-scooters on Britain’s roads, Matthew Steeples asks: “Who gave ‘a Robert Jenrick’?” to get this multi-million market going.

The Pargetter Triptych

Matthew Steeples urges fans of ‘The Archers’ to forget the BBC’s revised coronavirus version; until normality returns, give ‘The Pargetter Triptych’ a...

Weather Now

London
light rain
17.2 ° C
18 °
16.7 °
93 %
4.1kmh
75 %
Thu
21 °
Fri
20 °
Sat
20 °
Sun
25 °
Mon
18 °