Robbie Williams puts 7-bedroom Wiltshire country house – Compton Bassett House – on the market.
Singer Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field Williams have put up their 7-bedroom period Wiltshire country home – Compton Bassett House – for sale through Knight Frank alongside a stand alone cottage and hangar/workshop.
Sitting on the edge of the small Wiltshire village of Compton Bassett, 3 miles from the pretty town of Calne, 9 miles from Chippenham, is the substantial country home of former Take That boy band member and megastar Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field Williams, who together have created an idyllic and striking country home brimful of personality that’s as suited to entertaining on a grand and lavish scale as it is to raising a family in the folds of rural Wiltshire.
New owners will be among a long list of illustrious residents which also include architect Sir Norman Foster – mastermind behind London’s ‘The Gherkin’.
Commenting on their time at the property, the celebrity couple said in a statement that it has been a place where they have “shared much laughter and joy” with their 4 children.
“Compton Bassett House is most definitely a family friendly house that deserves to have much more laughter and joy within its beautiful walls. We hope the incoming purchaser will enjoy just as much as we have,” the Williams’ added. The couple are increasingly spending time abroad which has prompted them to say goodbye to their much-loved country home.
Robbie Williams‘ main house – also called Compton Bassett House – was demolished in 1929 with the current Compton Basset House, originally built as a stable block, converted into a family residence with extensive renovations and remodelling taking place in the early 90s and later by the celebrity couple.
The upshot is a beautifully modernised period home bragging VIP features and offering comfort and security sitting alongside immersive, eclectic interiors and plenty of breathing room that spans a sizeable 19,913 sq ft across 3 floors.
A modern twist on country living is evident throughout the Williams’ playful interiors and bold statement pieces with only a ‘Let Me Excavate You’ poster – a take on the megastar’s 1997 hit single ‘Let Me Entertain You’ – hinting at who might own this swagger of a 7-bedroom Wiltshire estate.
Luckily there’s plenty of entertaining to be doing via no less than 4 reception rooms alongside a vast leisure complex on the lower ground floor which houses a large indoor swimming pool extending to over 73ft in length, hot tub, steam room, sauna and changing rooms.
Befitting a country house of this scale and calibre, there are 7 bedrooms which include a master bedroom suite, 2 children’s bedroom suites and 4 additional guest suites all with their own sitting rooms.
At the heart of the home is a cavernous kitchen/dining room with statement, peacock blue cabinetry and plenty of elbow room for a large and hungry family.
Another VIP accoutrement in the shape of a helicopter hanger nods enthusiastically to proprietors’ celebrity status and will no doubt come in handy to jet setting new owners who need a speedy journey to and from Compton Bassett House.
Externally the property sits in 71.55 acres of landscaped walled gardens, grounds, parklands and woodlands which the Williams’ have described as ‘magical’. Extensive recreation facilities include paddocks, a tennis court and a football pitch.
Speaking about the recreation opportunities at Compton Bassett House Mr Williams said, “the gardens and trees have enchanted us with their magic, and on rainy days—of which there are many in England—we have played and splashed around the indoor pool, much to our delight.”
There are two self-contained staff flats plus an additional cottage serving as ancillary accommodation for older teens or multi-generational living. Included in the sale of the property is integrated garaging, helicopter hangar and workshop.
Commenting on the sale, Rupert Sweeting, Partner, Knight Frank, believes the property will make an ideal family home.
“Compton Bassett House is a fantastic family house that is ideal for entertaining. Although our clients are sad to be leaving, they’re certain that the next owners will love it as much as they have. The house has the benefit of being on the edge of the village but also has beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding it providing complete privacy and protection”, he said.