The former King of Greece Constantine is selling his house in Chobham, Surrey, where he moved with his family in 1967 after being expelled by the junta. The asking price is 6.42 million euros, about $8.58 million. The house has five reception rooms, 10 bedrooms, six bathrooms, a big terrace and a heated swimming pool, a tennis court, a meadow for horses and an orchard of 32 acres. It was built in 1883 and is located in the highest point of the region, offering a spectacular view in a purely British environment, with trees and ponds and is close to Eton College and the Ascot racecourse.

The interior has impressive fireplaces, a billiard room with wood-paneled walls, a garage for three cars and special rooms for parties. The British newspaper Sunday times, which published the selling ad, refers to Constantine as the “exiled King of Greece” who resorted in this house in 1967, when the military coup occurred in Greece. It was there that he learned in December 1974 that the Greeks decided in a referendum that they didn’t want him to return. He hasn’t lived in the house for a long time.

The former King is building a vacation home in Porto Heli, Greece, which explains his decision to sell.
The house is being sold “as is”, fully equiped.
Stanyards is an impressive, Victorian country house dating back to 1883 with later additions. It commands the highest point in the area, has magnificent views from its roof terrace and is set in private, secluded grounds of about 8 acres. This beautiful home retains character features and has royal connections with
the family of the King of Greece who resided there.
 The wonderfully proportioned formal reception rooms feature elegant fireplaces and impressive ceiling heights with attractive cornicing. The ground floor accommodation comprises a drawing room with original marble fireplace and archway leading to a further sitting room, dining room with wood panelling and an ornate ceiling, a kitchen/breakfast/family room, Butler’s pantry, 2nd kitchen, utility room and access to a staff annexe. There is a 35′ billiard room with wood panelling, fixed seating and a fully fitted bar.

Upstairs, on the 1st floor, the master bedroom suite has an en suite bathroom and dressing room; there are 3 further bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate WC. On the 2nd floor, there is access to the roof terrace which has a railed surround and a flagpole; there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms on this floor.

The property is approached through an electric gated entrance with an illuminated turning circle and driveway parking. The south facing grounds consist of a large terrace, ideal for summer entertaining, with steps down to a wide expanse of lawn with a fish pond containing koi carp, which has a filtration system. The secluded and private grounds feature a superb array of rhododendrons, and a variety of mature trees including silver birch and fir trees. A running track skirts the perimeter of the grounds; there is a fruit orchard, a paddock, a floodlit tennis court, and an outdoor heated pool. There is an outbuilding adjacent to the paddock which could be converted into stabling. The property backs onto Chobham Common and has its own private access. There is a triple garage with extra wide doors, a car port and dog’s house. The grounds are monitored by CCTV, there is a sophisticated security system, a 64 metre well and an irrigation system.

 

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