Kate Youde

For sale: five homes with political connections

  • From Spectator Life

As MPs and peers vacated the Houses of Parliament for their summer holidays last week, we take a look at five homes for sale with political links.

Where Pitt stopped

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Image: Knight Frank

A bronze plaque on the front of Pitt House, a grand Georgian property in Bath, informs visitors of its famous former resident. William Pitt the Younger made the townhouse his home in 1802, the year after the first of his two stints as prime minister came to an end with his resignation. Built a decade earlier, the residence was designed by Thomas Baldwin, the architect of many of the city’s most impressive buildings.

Its connection to the country’s youngest prime minister is not the property’s only political pedigree: it later served as the offices of Bath Conservative Association.

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Now Grade I listed, the house is on the market with Knight Frank for £3.4m. It combines original features such as cornices, high ceilings and period fireplaces with modern conveniences including electric window blinds, an integrated wine cooler and backlit dressing room shelves. There are four bedrooms and a study that could make a fifth, while the first-floor living space offers views of Bath’s weir.

An ambassadorial abode

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Image: Savills

Bought by John Hay Whitney as a country estate following his appointment as US ambassador to the UK by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957, the modernist Cherry Hill was built in the 1930s to the design of the innovative British architect Oliver Hill. A keen golfer, Whitney renamed the property after the Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado, where he and Eisenhower played, and made the most of its position adjoining Wentworth Club, Surrey, by inviting friends for rounds at weekends. He also entertained at Royal Ascot, with the racecourse a 10-minute drive from the house.

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