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10 bedroom detached house for sale

Benham Park, Speen, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20


Property Description

Key features

  • Historic stately home
  • 28,000 sq. ft. existing mansion
  • Planning consent for additional 110,000 sq.ft
  • Residential or medical park
  • Ten acre lake
  • Two additional houses
  • In all about 130 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A unique opportunity to restore an historic stately home and create one of England's finest properties either as a magnificent country house or high-tech wellness centre.


Benham Park is located on the Berkshire Downs near Newbury, in a gorgeous area classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Conservation Area.

Newbury is renowned as the centre of Southern England, being within easy reach of all major cities, airports, schools and the most enjoyable elements of English country living.

Communications are excellent with London 60 miles, Heathrow Airport 46 miles, Oxford 27 miles (also Oxford Airport) and Newbury 3 miles with a rail service to London Paddington (approx. 50 mins).


With its many Royal connections, the ownership of Benham Park is a remarkable slice of English history in the 'Downton Abbey' mould spanning over a millennium.

The mansion sits in the centre of a magnificent 130 acre park created by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, the celebrated 18th Century Royal landscape designer.

The exterior of this wonderful house and its beautiful gardens and park have been restored and Benham is now ready for a new and glorious chapter. The interior of the mansion is still much as it was when originally built and is rich in architectural history and detail. The exquisitely carved Bath stone ionic capitals at the front; the magnificent cantilevered staircase in Portland stone in the centre of the house and even the ingeniously designed wine cellar that cools by the process of evaporation, have all stood the test of time.

To the north of the mansion lie the cascading terraced gardens originally designed by the renowned garden designer William Andrews Nesfield. On the southern boundary a ten acre lake, conceived as part of the 'Capability' Brown / Henry Holland master plan, providing a truly classic outlook from the mansion. In addition to the main house, there are two further properties; a gate lodge and mill house overlooking the lake.

The new owners will not only have the opportunity to completely refurbish the mansion to their own taste and requirements, they will also have the opportunity to greatly enlarge the existing property and its associated facilities by the addition of very extensive new space to accommodate either family, or business requirements, or both.

Such an opportunity to transform a nationally important stately home back into an elegant and dignified property of such magnificent proportions has not arisen in the English countryside for many years.

Detailed planning consents have been granted to restore the mansion and build new ancillary space to create a total of 140,000 square feet of accommodation either as residential or commercial schemes.

In 2013 planning consents were obtained for two alternatives, residential and medical park. Whilst it is the medical park consent which has been triggered, because the designs are essentially identical it will be very straightforward to resurrect the expired residential consent if required.

This consent provides for the best of both worlds: an historic stately home with its grand reception rooms together with the opportunity to add on a significant amount of new accommodation to provide for all the modern living space and facilities an owner may require.

Please click here for residential brochure

The commercial consent is for a Medical Park with the intention of establishing the world's foremost Wellness Centre, to include extensive medical diagnostics, spa, sumptuous 100 bedroom accommodation and fine dining.

Please click here for Medical Park / Wellness brochure

The owners are seeking investors to join them in this exciting project or will consider a sale of the freehold interest.

For more information on the property or to discuss your requirements, please contact Crispin Holborow or Louise Harrison on 0207 016 3780.

Square Footage: 27,620 sq ft
Acreage: 130 Acres

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
28 May 2017

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