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Mansion where Hollywood star Fred Astaire entertained guests including Churchill on sale for £9.5m 


The Mayfair mansion where Hollywood legend Fred Astaire entertained guests including Winston Churchill is now on the market for £9.5m.

The five-storey townhouse on Chesterfield Hill served as a pied-à-terre for Astaire and his sister Adele in the roaring twenties when the pair were starring in the 1927 musical Funny Face in London’s West End.

The dancing duo were at the height of their transatlantic theatre careers when they leased the Grade II listed property from 1928 to 1933 and used it to entertain their high society friends, including royalty, aristocrats and celebrities.

The luxury Mayfair mansion where Hollywood legend Fred Astaire entertained famous guests including Winston Churchill is now on the market for £9.5 million. The five-storey home is a Grade II listed property and was leased by Astaire in 1928 to 1933

The luxury Mayfair mansion where Hollywood legend Fred Astaire entertained famous guests including Winston Churchill is now on the market for £9.5 million. The five-storey home is a Grade II listed property and was leased by Astaire in 1928 to 1933

The principal bedroom suite (pictured) of the luxury mansion, once used by Adele Astaire, occupies the entire second of the home's seven floors, while a matching principal guest suite, which was once Fred Astaire's, takes up the entire floor above

The principal bedroom suite (pictured) of the luxury mansion, once used by Adele Astaire, occupies the entire second of the home’s seven floors, while a matching principal guest suite, which was once Fred Astaire’s, takes up the entire floor above

The dancing duo were at the height of their transatlantic theatre careers when they leased the Grade II listed property and used it to entertain their high society friends, including royalty, aristocrats and celebrities. Pictured: the shower room

The dancing duo were at the height of their transatlantic theatre careers when they leased the Grade II listed property and used it to entertain their high society friends, including royalty, aristocrats and celebrities. Pictured: the shower room

Astaire and his sister hosted guests including Noel Coward, the Princes Edward VIII and George VI. Pictured: Family kitchen

Astaire and his sister hosted guests including Noel Coward, the Princes Edward VIII and George VI. Pictured: Family kitchen

Fred Astaire, pictured, is widely considered one of the most influential dancers of all time with a career spanning 76 years

Fred Astaire, pictured, is widely considered one of the most influential dancers of all time with a career spanning 76 years

They reputedly tap-danced in the first floor drawing room and down the sweeping staircase to entertain guests like Churchill, Noel Coward, the princes Edward VIII and George VI and playboy prince Aly Khan.

Astaire bought a new Rolls Royce Phantom which he would proudly park outside this house and they often dined at Mayfair’s Claridges and Grosvenor House.

Their lease on the property ended when Adele married Lord Charles Cavendish, retired from the stage and moved to Ireland.

Her brother returned to the United States and began his new show The Gay Divorcee in 1934, starring his new dance partner Ginger Rogers.

The house was built in the late 1790s and when the Astaires lived there the road was called John Street.

But the street was badly damaged during the Blitz and the surviving houses, including this one, were renumbered and the street renamed Chesterfield Hill in 1940.

The property has custom lighting and bespoke joinery throughout and is spread over seven floors. Pictured: The dining room

 The property has custom lighting and bespoke joinery throughout and is spread over seven floors. Pictured: The dining room

The games room has a built in bar, wine fridge and a pool table where you can re-enact your favourite movie moments

The games room has a built in bar, wine fridge and a pool table where you can re-enact your favourite movie moments

Pictured: The cinema room is the perfect place to watch a classic film. The Astaire's lease on the property ended when Adele married Lord Charles Cavendish, retired from the stage and moved to Ireland prompting Fred to move back the United States

Pictured: The cinema room is the perfect place to watch a classic film. The Astaire’s lease on the property ended when Adele married Lord Charles Cavendish, retired from the stage and moved to Ireland prompting Fred to move back the United States

The property now has 3,962 sq ft of living space with an entrance hall, reception room, home office, family kitchen, dining room, cinema (pictured), games room, wine cellar, five bedrooms and staff quarters, as well as a lift, terrace and patio

The property now has 3,962 sq ft of living space with an entrance hall, reception room, home office, family kitchen, dining room, cinema (pictured), games room, wine cellar, five bedrooms and staff quarters, as well as a lift, terrace and patio

Today the house has a restored original facade but has been meticulously modernised and refurbished inside.

It has custom lighting and bespoke joinery throughout and provides a luxurious home perfect for entertaining over seven levels.

The property now has 3,962 sq ft of living space with an entrance hall, reception room, home office, family kitchen, dining room, cinema, games room, wine cellar, five bedrooms and staff quarters, as well as a lift, terrace and patio.

The stunning kitchen has a central island, Gaggenau appliances and Quartz stone worktops and the games room has a built-in cocktail bar.

The principal bedroom suite, once used by Adele Astaire, occupies the entire second floor, while a matching principal guest suite, which was once Fred Astaire’s, takes up the entire floor above.

The duo reputedly tap-danced in the first floor drawing room (pictured) and down the sweeping staircase to entertain guests

The duo reputedly tap-danced in the first floor drawing room (pictured) and down the sweeping staircase to entertain guests

Agents Wetherell say the property has had an extensive and luxurious makeover. Pictured: Drawing room on the first floor

Agents Wetherell say the property has had an extensive and luxurious makeover. Pictured: Drawing room on the first floor

The property has been 'meticulously' refurbished throughout, according to agents Wetherell. Pictured: the home's study

The property has been ‘meticulously’ refurbished throughout, according to agents Wetherell. Pictured: the home’s study

The home, described as 'one of the most interesting and special opportunities in Mayfair' features this spacious terrace

The home, described as ‘one of the most interesting and special opportunities in Mayfair’ features this spacious terrace

The house was built in the late 1790s and when the Astaires lived there the road was called John Street. But the street was badly damaged during the Blitz and the surviving houses were renumbered and the street renamed Chesterfield Hill in 1940

The house was built in the late 1790s and when the Astaires lived there the road was called John Street. But the street was badly damaged during the Blitz and the surviving houses were renumbered and the street renamed Chesterfield Hill in 1940

The house also has CCTV security, underfloor heating, control lighting, air conditioning and built-in ‘future-proofed’ televisions.

Peter Wetherell, founder and chairman of Wetherell, who are handling the sale, said: ‘This expansive Mayfair residence was the 1920s and 1930s London home of Hollywood legends Fred and Adele Astaire where guests have included Noel Coward, Prince Aly Khan and Winston Churchill.

‘It has had a luxurious makeover and Wetherell believe that it is one of the most interesting and special property opportunities in Mayfair at present..’

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