Billionaire Richard Branson’s Childhood Home in Surrey Hits the Market
Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson now has homes all over the world, but grew up on this country estate in England. The business magnate and philanthropist’s son once gave NYC&G an exclusive look at the family getaway in the Cotswolds, a range of rolling hills approximately two hours away from the hustle and bustle in London. But it seems the elder Branson first got a taste for pastoral life slightly closer to the urban sprawl. Branson’s old family home in Surrey’s quaint village of Shamley Green has hit the market, providing a peek into his childhood. A bucolic beauty, Tanyards Farm asks approximately $5.1 million, or £4 million to be exact.
Tucked away on a 1.4-acre plot at Shamley Green’s center, the property has gardens, woodland, and pastures as neighbors. Once through the imposing electric gates and the front door, the home seems to exist a moment preserved from another time with wood beams at every turn. Surrounded by several patios and seating areas, the house counts 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms within 3,273 square feet.
Bringing to mind Mary Poppins’ bag of surprises, the home has a seemingly endless array of charming and interesting spaces. Each boasts its own personality with spiral staircases or imposing fireplaces, however beamed ceilings and innate coziness unite them all.
Though it has been some time since Branson’s family owned this spread, it is still tightly tied to his legacy. Jason Corbett of United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty has the picturesque listing.