Date: July 2018
Location: Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, UK
Name: Bulstrode Park – five star, opening 2019
No. of Keys: 60 including five royal suites – between 2,500 and 3,500 sq. ft
Seller: The site, a Victorian Grade II listed mansion was formerly used as offices and staff quarters for WEC UK. The separate 1970s accommodation block, branded “ugly” by local city councillor, garage, cottage and bungalow on site will all be demolished to make way for the development.
The 19th century manor house was previously home to Christian charity WEC International for more than 50 years and used as a training base for future missionaries – and was put up for sale in 2016, with Savills acting for the charity, with a guide price of £15m.
Buyer: Bulstrode Park Ltd who say the historic house will compare to other high-end hotels, including Buckinghamshire’s Cliveden House – where Meghan Markle stayed the night before the recent royal wedding.
The directors of Bulstrode are Abdulla Khalid Hamad Al-Thani (the same as the Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Investment & Projects Development Holding?) and Mansour Mohamed Almesleh, from Qatar.
Childs and Sulzmann have been appointed as the architects and Mecserve to provide building services and sustainability consultancy.
Development Cost: £40m
THPT Comment: Good to see this listed building being put to good use for the long-term future – a sensible planning decision. The site is steeped in history and was originally home to the 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem, widely known as Hanging Judge Jeffreys, who was notorious for sentencing convicted persons to death by hanging!
First Seen: Bucks Free Press