The site evolved from a monastery, but is most famous for its use as the Command Headquarters during the Battle of Britain, about which Winston Churchill memorably said ‘Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few’. Churchill and Eisenhower oversaw the 1944 D-Day landings from Bentley Priory.
The Royal Air Force vacated the site in 2008 and its future use was considered through the preparation of specialist local planning guidance. The planning required the restoration of the parkland, sets detailed parameters for the design and scale of new buildings and secures public access to the Mansion House through the development of a museum for the RAF.
Banner Homes (part of the CALA group) acquired an area to the northernmost part of the site and following detailed discussions with both Harrow Council and the Greater London Authority, developed seven new detached family homes.Detailed consultation with the Council and Local Authority helped to deliver a planning permission well within the statutory 8 week period. Each house is individually designed with elegant bays and dormers along with chimneys, porches and gables. These elegant homes were complex to build and use traditional materials that will stand the test of time.
Even within this exquisite development, our homes stand out. Each is bounded by brick walls, with piers and elaborate gates to the front boundaries, to reflect the original historic character of the northern approach to Bentley Priory and add to the privacy of the residents. The view of the London skyline over the surrounding woodlands is stunning.
Internally, no expense has been spared in providing the pinnacle of luxury living. Every detail has been considered, from the magnificent entrance hall through to the annexe over the garage for live-in staff. The kitchens come fitted with a raft of Miele appliances and gadgets.
Two homes in particular redefine luxury; Montrose and Glenthorn each boast a leisure complex consisting of an air conditioned mezzanine gym overlooking an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Following a rigorous workout session, residents can relax in the steam room and shower. The homes have integrated Control 4 systems allowing the music, underfloor heating, air conditioning, security alarm, gate entry, lighting and curtains to be operated with a smart-phone.
Due to the winning combination of extraordinary location and breathtaking homes, achieved prices at the development ranged from £2,000,000 through to just under £5,000,000.
“My Grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, was a great advocate of Bentley Priory. She was a frequent visitor during the War years and beyond as she supported her ‘Fighter Boys’. Consequently, having had the great honour to succeed her as Patron of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association, I recognize that the survivors of ‘the Few’ consider Bentley Priory to be their spiritual home.
I am hugely encouraged by the creative way in which the Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust has worked with assistance from my Regeneration Trust to forge an innovative partnership with the developers – one which can serve as a blueprint for similar heritage projects in the future.”
His Royal Highness Prince Charles