The former London home of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has gone up for sale – for an eye-watering £30 million.
Number 73 Chester Square in Belgravia, London was the former Conservative leader’s home for 22 years until her death.
After she died in April 2013, the six-bedroom property was purchased and refurbished by Leconfield Property Group. The result blends luxurious new additions while retaining some original features from Baroness Thatcher’s time in the house.
These ‘original’ features include the doorstep house number which was installed by Baroness Thatcher when she moved in in 1991.
With a £30 million price tag, the Grade II listed house is sure to attract a certain calibre of buyer who might appreciate other features from Thatcher’s time in the property such as the bomb-proof steel-lined door and the security glass used for the front windows.
Some aspects of the layout from Baroness Thatcher’s time have also been retained. The design of the ground floor’s formal dining room and study remains as it was when Baroness Thatcher was in residence.
Features added during the refurbishment include a lift and a new bespoke kitchen as well as a gym and a media room and bar area with a wine cellar which can house 500 bottles.
In a nod to the house’s former owner, Leconfield selected Hopton stone – which is also used in the Houses of Parliament – for the entrance hall flooring.
Margaret Thatcher moved into 73 Chester Square in 1991 when she and husband Sir Denis paid the Duke of Westminster £700,000 for a 10-year leasehold. After Sir Denis died in 2003, Baroness Thatcher’s final years were dogged by ill health. When it became impossible for her to manage the stairs at the house, she took a suite at the Ritz Hotel in London, where she died on April 8, 2013.
The property is on the market through estate agent Savills. Richard Gutteridge, head of Savills’ Sloane Street office, said: “The property fully embraces its history and Grade II listed status, whilst the level of craftsmanship has enabled the careful creation of a modern yet traditional home that has cleverly reconfigured the journey through the house.
“If only the walls could talk, one could almost imagine Ronald Reagan and other heads of state sitting with Baroness Thatcher in her dining room.”
Photo credits: Savills/Leconfield Property Group.