Sir Richard Branson’s childhood home in Surrey is up for sale

PUBLISHED: 17:32 09 November 2020 | UPDATED: 11:23 10 November 2020

Tanyard Farm, where Sir Richard Branson started some of his first business ventures as a teenager. Image: Sotheby's International Realty

Tanyard Farm, where Sir Richard Branson started some of his first business ventures as a teenager. Image: Sotheby's International Realty

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Tanyard Farm in Shamley Green was acquired by the Virgin mogul’s parents in 1963 and is on the market with Sotheby’s for £4 million

Tanyard Farm is full of character. Image: Sotheby's International RealtyTanyard Farm is full of character. Image: Sotheby's International Realty

Sir Richard Branson may well be worth an estimated £3.325 billion and own property across the globe including his own British Virgin Island, Necker, but he grew up in the Surrey village of Shamley Green and his childhood home has recently gone up for sale.

Tanyard Farm, which the Virgin Group founder mentions in his 1998 autobiography, Losing My Virginity, was where Branson’s first business ventures began with the planting of a Christmas tree farm within the 1.4 acre grounds. Branson had hoped to sell the trees but hadn’t counted on rabbits eating their way through the plantings before they were anywhere near fully grown.

A four-bedroom red brick home, on the market with Sotheby’s International Realty for £4 million, Tanyard Farm is set behind electric gates and has a wealth of period features inside including beamed and often double height ceilings.

The beautifully painted bespoke kitchen has masses of work surfaces, a separate larder cupboard and leads to both the garden conservatory and the dining room, while the family room has its own entrance and can be shut off from the rest of the house creating the perfect live-in staff quarters with bedroom and en suite above. There is also potential to expand as required with lapsed planning for additional buildings in the garden.

Many of the rooms at Tanyard Farm have beamed, vaulted ceilings. Image: Sotheby's International RealtyMany of the rooms at Tanyard Farm have beamed, vaulted ceilings. Image: Sotheby's International Realty

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An iron spiral staircase is just one of the interesting features in Sir Richard Branson's childhood home. Image: Sotheby's International RealtyAn iron spiral staircase is just one of the interesting features in Sir Richard Branson's childhood home. Image: Sotheby's International Realty

On the west wing of the house there is a further reception room, a cloakroom and an office overlooking the garden, making this a great property for those working from home. Upstairs, each of the bedrooms is a good double size and three have en suite bathrooms.

The house benefits from a good-sized front garden and large rear garden, which is laid to lawn and is bordered by woodland and pastureland. There are several patios and seating areas and other buildings with lapsed planning permissions.

Situated just a short distance from Shamley Green cricket green, village store, cafe/delicatessen and two local pubs and near to the surrounding villages of Wonersh, Blackheath, Cranleigh and Farley Green, Tanyard Farm sits right in the heart of the some of the most scenic countryside within the Surrey Hills yet is just five miles away from Guildford with its excellent shopping and transport links.

Contact Sotheby’s International Realty in Cobham on 01932 860537.

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