Rock ‘n Roll royalty has handed by way of the doorways of this magnificent London mansion in-built 1775—and possibly all-too-often handed out on the flooring.
For a quarter-century, The Wick, as the home is understood, has been dwelling to legendary The Who lead guitarist and co-founder Pete Townshend.
Perched on a hilltop within the leafy West London suburb of Richmond upon Thames, with jaw-dropping views of the River Thames under—the view is so particular it’s protected by a 1902 British Act of Parliament—this four-story, six-bedroom mansion gives over 8,500-square-feet of inside area.
Earlier than Townshend purchased it, it had been owned by Rolling Stone Ronnie Wooden who had transformed the house’s one-time billiards room right into a recording studio.
It was right here the place the likes of Clapton and Bowie, Jagger and Richard, Harrison and McCartney—coming into by way of a discreet side-street door—regularly showed-up to jam.
“We’d go to sleep on the studio flooring and get up to discover a room filled with musicians who hadn’t been there once we crashed,“ Wooden wrote in his 2003 e book Ronnie: The Autobiography.
However in response to Perry Press, of London property brokers Pereds, that holds the coveted itemizing, an equally fascinating and star-studded a part of the house’s historical past was when Ryan’s Daughter actor Sir John Mills owned The Wick.
“He had numerous pictures of The Queen Mom round when she visited the home, and advised us tales of Sir Laurence Olivier and Gone With The Wind’s Vivien Leigh appearing out a scene from Romeo and Juliet in entrance of the drawing room hearth,” he tells Robb Report.
In response to Press, Sir John purchased the home in 1950, offered it in 1956, and acquired it again once more in 1964 earlier than passing it on to Ronnie Wooden in 1972.
“Nearly as quickly as he offered it to Ronnie, he was calling us to see if it was doable to purchase it again. Both he was sentimentally dedicated to the place, or simply couldn’t make up his thoughts,” says Press.
The Rolling Stone guitarist, who recorded two solo albums at The Wick, would go on to promote the home in 1976 to music business government Derek “Dick” Leahy who produced George Michael, Donna Summer time and Britain’s Bay Metropolis Rollers band.
The Grade 1 listed Georgian-style mansion was designed in 1775 by eminent architect and engineer Robert Mylne for a Girl St. Aubyn. It was constructed on the positioning of the Bull’s Head tavern and was steps away from the then newly created 2,500-acre Richmond Park—nonetheless the biggest royal park in London.
“The design is sort of a doll’s home and provides the phantasm of being way more modest in dimension than it’s. The house was Listed Grade 1 in 1950 for its architectural and historic curiosity,” says Pereds’ Press.
Key options embrace beautiful, oval-shaped residing rooms with stately fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, a sublime drawing room with views of the river, a glass conservatory, a heated pool and pool home, a big storage cellar, plus safe parking for a dozen automobiles.
As for that well-known basement recording studio, little is left. One of many rooms was become a wood-paneled TV room, whereas the opposite is, in response to Press, ripe for changing right into a gymnasium.
Why has Townshend, 76, determined to promote? In response to Press, he and his composer spouse Rachel Fuller got here to the choice after spending over a yr in Covid-19 lockdown at their Oxfordshire nation dwelling, Ashdown Home. With a luxurious house in Central London as effectively, appears The Wick has turn into what Press calls “surplus to necessities.”
However don’t anticipate an excessive amount of negotiation on worth; Mr. Townshend is simply accepting gives “in extra” of £15 million, or $20.8 million.
As for kicking again on the house’s 200 toes of terracing with sweeping views of the Thames, and considering of all the good music created within the basement under? Priceless.
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