Charlie Watts’ Former Mansion Hits The Market At $9.6m
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A picturesque mansion nestled in the English countryside, once owned by legendary Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, is now up for sale at approximately $9.67 million.
This charming estate, known as Foscombe House, is situated in close proximity to the village of Ashleworth in Gloucestershire. Spanning over 52 acres of lush, rolling green landscape, it exudes timeless allure.
The centerpiece of this property is a grand gothic-style home spanning 10,000 square feet, featuring five bedrooms and generously appointed kitchen and entertainment spaces on the first floor. The second floor houses all the bedrooms, while the third floor boasts a unique smoking room with access to a rooftop terrace.
In addition to the main house, Foscombe House includes several notable structures. A former stable block has been thoughtfully converted into a recreational haven, complete with a sauna, steam room, and a swimming pool. There’s also a spacious 20-car garage, updated to accommodate even a helicopter.
Watts made this estate his home from 1976 to 1983. During his residency, he transformed a 2,000-square-foot guest house into a recording studio, which has since been reimagined as living quarters, offering three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a dining area.
The official listing for Foscombe House proudly describes its setting:
“Foscombe House occupies one of the most magical settings in Gloucestershire, with part of its beauty being that it is set in the middle of its own beautiful parkland grounds, with swathes of wildflower gardens and two sweeping driveways of around half a mile each. This setting, on the summit of Foscombe Hill, enjoys exceptional peace, privacy and unrivaled views, not only across its own grounds but from a higher aspect, unspoiled rural views across to nine counties.”
Steve Jordan Honors Charlie Watts on Rolling Stones’ New Album
The Rolling Stones’ forthcoming album, Hackney Diamonds, features Watts’ drumming even though the drummer passed away in 2021. Watts recorded drum recordings for two songs, “Mess It Up” and “Live by the Sword,” before his passing.
For the rest of the album, the drumming duties were expertly handled by Steve Jordan, a close friend of Watts handpicked to temporarily fill his shoes in the Stones.
Reflecting on his role, Jordan shared his heartfelt sentiments in 2021:
“So they’re happy for me, but they don’t understand that I’d rather not have this be the case. But the Rolling Stones have really, really done everything in their power to make the transition smooth and sympathetic and empathetic. They’ve been cognizant of everyone’s feelings. I personally appreciate that.”