American History at an English Estate: Lee Radziwill and Henry Ford II Both Once Held This £18.75M Home

It’s not often you find an English estate engulfed in American history on the market, yet here one is. Turville Grange is 49.39 acres of rolling hills, gracious gardens, and adorable houses, all of which have a connection to prominent American dynasties. The Oxfordshire property was picked up by Lee Radziwill and HSH Prince Stanislas Radziwill in 1966. When the couple divorced in 1974, Henry Ford II saw the opportunity to make it his. Now, decades later with these famed past owners passed, the Ford Family Trustees have listed the home for the first time since then, seeking £18.75 million.

Though the Radziwills didn’t hang onto the property as long as the Fords have, their ownership contributed many new stories to the estate, which can be traced back to 1700. Jackie Kennedy often visited, enjoying horseback rides with her sister. The children, Caroline and JFK Jr. are said to have found their fun playing in the gardens. Cementing its importance to them, the families even congregated at Turville Grange for Christmas and Lee named a white cottage ‘The White House’ in their honor.

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During this golden era, many other high-profile figures were hosted as well. The Radziwills entertained Princess Margaret, David Niven, Sean Connery, and fashion designer Oleg Cassini to name a few. The late Henry Ford and his wife, Kathleen DuRoss Ford, continued the tradition of welcoming celebrities to the English countryside, including Michael Caine and Liza Minnelli.

The memories this property holds are most unique, but so is its design. From the 7,998-square-foot main house to the many cottages, sophistication is in high supply. When Lee Radizwill held it, she brought in trusted interior designer Renzo Mongiardino to transform the rooms and Lanning Roper to imagine the gardens. Later, DuRoss Ford put her own spin on it, commissioning architect Jeffrey Smith and renowned design house Colefax & Fowler to give it a look more in line with the countryside location.

Abundantly historic but freshly for sale, Knight Frank and Beauchamp Estates share this listing with a truly singular legacy.