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Iconic Modernist Estate in English Countryside Asks $11.7M

It was the former home and studio of Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera

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Location: Surrey, England

Price: $11,691,000 (£9,000,000)

St. Ann’s Court, a rare example of the modernist English countryside home tradition and the former home and studio of Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, has gone on the market for £9 million (or about $11,691,000)—and it’s quite the show-stopper.

The Grade II*-listed historic eight-acre property in Surrey comprises the main "Round House" (6,500-square-foot) designed in 1936 by architect Raymond McGrath, and a converted 19th century "Coach House" (4,500 square foot) that sits about 22 yards away. The grounds and gardens were designed by Christopher Tunnard. Both buildings have been completely refurbished by the current owners.

The three-story, reinforced concrete Round House is, indeed, circular: Shaped like a cylindrical volume with wedges cut out of it, or, according to McGrath, like "a big cheese, with a slice cut for the sunlight to enter the whole house," the spectacular home features a circular living room with glazed walls and thin copper-clad columns, and on the second floor, a stunning circular master bedroom with glass doors that lead onto a private balcony that looks out onto the gardens and a centuries-old wisteria tree.

Other features and amenities abound: Besides the living room, the first floor also features a dining room, Mondrian-inspired kitchen, library, and a garden room. The upper floors have five more bedrooms and three bathrooms besides the master, and two wedge-shaped roof terraces.

The separate, Tuscan-red Coach House, designed by Steve Marshall, has two studies, a large library and board room, a double-height reception space, kitchen, a guest flat, and a room for games. The rest of the Coach House was built as a recording studio for previous owner Phil Manzanera and is where many of Roxy Music’s tracks were recorded. Take a look around the impressive home, which artfully combines modern architecture with the traditional aspects of the English country home.