1930s mansion that inspired several famous artists goes on sale for £5.45m

The Roundhouse in Surrey
The Roundhouse in Surrey, which has hosted some of the most famous artists in Britain has gone on sale for £5.45m (Image credit: Channel 4)

A historic Grade II listed 1930s mansion located in Surrey has gone on sale for £5.45 million. 

The Roundhouse in Chertsey, Surrey, spans 6,500 square feet and has hosted some of Britain's most famous artists over the years, from popstars to painters and showcases a range of architectural and house styles.

The current owner, Osman Kent, also owns St Ann's Court and a 18th-century Coach House, which are also included in the sale, and has reduced the house price from £9 million.

Famous architectural inspiration

The Roundhouse was inspired by the renowned modern architect Le Corbusier, who designed homes around the world.

The mansion was designed in 1936 by Sir Raymond McGrath and built the house for stockbroker Gerald L. Schlesinger and his partner the landscape architect Christopher Tunnard.

The 6,500 sqft home includes six bedrooms, dining room, library, kitchen room and garden room on the ground floor. The living room also has a mezzanine floor, which can provide mezzanine ideas to your project.

Osman Kent, the entrepreneur owner of the property, said on Channel 4's Britain's Most Expensive Houses: "We spent two years and a couple of million getting it refurbished but we are now trying to find the next custodian for this house."

Chelsea Flower Show winner designed garden

The home's famous architecture extends to it gardens, which were designed by renowned landscape architect Christopher Tunnard.

The grounds have a wooden walkway, surrounding oak trees and archways which were also painted by Joseph Mallord Turner, one of Britain's most famous painters. 

The modern garden was designed by Chelsea Flower Show winner Juliet Sargeant with the garden also featuring in the BBC series Gardens Through Time, which could provide long garden ideas to your home.

Secret lover's bedroom

The master bedroom with an en suite bathroom and balcony through bifold doors also holds its own history.

Entrepreneur owner Osman Kent reveals that the home was initially built for Slazenger and Tunnard who were secretly lovers who had to keep this secret.

He stated on Britain's Most Expensive Houses: "This bedroom was designed to hide the fact that Slazenger and Tunnard were lovers. It was the 1930's and it was criminal to sleep together for gay people so at a moment's notice this became two bedrooms.

"The double bed split into two single beds and went either side and you can see it was a curtain all around and they pretended that they had a dining table in the middle."

Coach House has been a venue for Pink Floyd

The Coach House, positioned just 65 ft away from the main property, boasts an array of impressive features. 

It encompasses a double-height reception room, a control room, and a spacious live room. Additionally, it offers two studies, a library/board room, a well-equipped kitchen, and a bathroom.

Over the years, this remarkable space has been a welcoming venue for renowned musicians, including Roxy Music, Pink Floyd, Paul Weller, and Girls Aloud.

The estate was acquired by Osman Kent, the founder of the record label Songphonics, in 1997. It was originally owned by guitarist Paul Manzanera, who established the recording studio. This studio witnessed the creation of songs such as Roxy Music's "Flesh + Blood" and "Avalon."

Joseph Mullane
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