Chicheley Hall, an 18th Century Buckinghamshire country hotel, has been brought to market on behalf of The Royal Society of a guide price of offers in excess of £7m.
The Grade I listed mansion is located on a private estate with 75 acres of pastoral parkland including a lake, walled garden, mature woodland and farmland. The property has approximately 35,000 sq ft of accommodation.
It features 48 en-suite bedrooms, meeting rooms, dining rooms and a range of reception areas.
In recent years, under The Royal Society’s ownership, Chicheley Hall has been utilised as a venue for conferences and meetings for the world’s top scientists and is also a popular location for private events such as weddings.
The property’s two Grade II* listed former stable blocks are connected to the main house and contain a majority of the en-suite bedrooms, while the former coach house has been converted to a conference centre and has two lecture halls, a meeting room as well as ancillary facilities.
Emma Cleugh, head of institutional, charities and education at Knight Frank who is handling the sale, said: “Chicheley Hall, with its outstanding architecture, is one of the most complete surviving examples of an early Georgian mansion.
“The building retains its original architectural features whilst having undergone careful restoration to ensure it is fit for an array of contemporary uses.”
She added: “We expect this Baroque-style property to attract interest from a range of buyers given its unique profile and the fact that it has planning for hotel, conference and ancillary retail uses – making it a flexible asset suitable for a variety of purposes.”
Henry Jackson, head of hotel agency, said: “The 48 bedrooms, landscaped gardens, modern amenities and business facilities make it one of the country’s renowned wedding and conference venues in a picturesque countryside setting.
“There is also the opportunity to create a spa which will further enhance its offering and develop into one of the best country house hotels in the area.”