Delamere Manor - Gary Barlow's old home in Cuddington
PUBLISHED: 10:42 02 October 2012 | UPDATED: 15:50 14 April 2016
It was once home to Take That star Gary Barlow but everything has changed for the current residents of Delamere Manor WORDS BY EMMAH MAYOH PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIRSTY THOMPSON
The manor, originally built for the powerful Wilbraham family, has only had a few owners, including its famous former resident who decorated and transformed it into his own version of Elton John’s mansion.
The Barlows had trailing bougainvillea painted down a corridor that runs from the entrance hall to the kitchen, heavy Dolce and Gabbana swags adorned the windows and in the master bedroom suite there was a traditional frieze on the ceiling above the bed as well as a grand piano and a staircase leading to a meditation room. Gary also had a recording studio custom-built in what is now used as a party room.
The current owners have kept the integrity and historic feel of the building, since they bought the house in 2005, while also replacing the décor with a traditional but contemporary interior.
They have totally redecorated the interior as well as taking on more ambitious projects like removing staircases – including the one leading to the former meditation room which is now used for storage. They have built a large extension to the side of the house with a terrace, reorganised some rooms to make the most of the lovely views, they have installed their own helipad and built an eventing yard.
One of the major projects was landscaping the 118 acres surrounding the house. Some is used as grazing by sheep owned by a local farmer as well as the horses the couple own. But the land immediately surrounding the house has been extensively remodelled and they have added a jetty on their own lake.
They also have a golf buggy they use to transport themselves to the lake to have picnics – a welcome addition when they realise they have left the glasses back at the house.
The personal element doesn’t just come through in the way they have decorated the house, it is also about the way they use it. The owners regularly hold celebrations in their dedicated party room and also host fundraisers at the house.
Although Gary hasn’t been back to see what they have done with his old home, the work has been given the seal of approval from some other members of the Barlow family including Gary’s mum and brother.
In fact, Gary’s brother still lives next door and his children often play in the grounds of their uncle’s old house.