reportedly shelled out around £4,650,000* for Durrington House, a hulking, Grade II listed Palladian-style pile about 30 miles north-east of London on 46 bucolic acres near Epping Forest on the Essex/Hertfordshire border.
According to information Your Mama dug up on the internets, the country estate includes a substantial main house with four reception rooms, a paneled formal dining room plus a separate morning room, a billiard room, 10 principal bedrooms, five bathrooms, three fireplaces with carved wood mantels, and a wine cellar in the basement. The oldest part of the house dates back to the early 18th century with later additions from the 19th century.
The property's numerous outbuildings four cottages, a stable block and a carriage house with an 18th-century clock tower. The estate's grounds include vast lawns, formal and informal gardens, a rose garden, an orchard, a greenhouse and potting sheds, a croquet lawn, tennis court and alfresco dining terraces.
Mister Stewart's property portfolio includes another country estate just about 30 minutes from Durrington House plus a nearly 13,000 square foot house in Palm Beach (FL) and an almost 19,000 square foot behemoth in the famously steroidal Beverly Park community in Beverly Hills (CA).
*As far as we can tell, £4,650,000 is the last known asking price for the property. A few quick clicks and clacks on Your Mama's handy-dandy currency conversion contraption shows that amount equals $7,239,820 at today's rates. It's not known—or at least it's not yet been revealed—what amount Mister Steward and Miz Lancaster have agreed to pay for the property.
listing photo: Savills (via the Financial Times)