Saturday 3 December 2016

Cilla Black's Buckinghamshire mansion goes on sale

Published 06/06/2016 | 12:26

The gates of the home in Denham, Buckinghamshire, that was owned by Cilla Black
The gates of the home in Denham, Buckinghamshire, that was owned by Cilla Black

The eight-bedroom mansion owned by Cilla Black has been put on the market for £4.35 million 10 months after her death.

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The house in Denham, Buckinghamshire, is set at the end of a private gated drive on 17 acres of land and boasts a leisure complex with indoor pool and spa, paddock, tennis court and a detached two-bedroom cottage with its own garage.

Black died in August 2015 after falling and hitting her head at her Spanish villa.

The 72-year-old was sunbathing when she lost her balance, fell and hit her head, which knocked her unconscious.

Her estate in the UK is worth more than £15.2 million, according to her will.

The singer left her fortune to her three sons Robert, Ben and Jack Willis and £20,000 to Penelope Walker, understood to have been her long-standing housekeeper.

The estate agent listing describes it as "the perfect family house with more recreational facilities than most."

It adds: " It enjoys a sunny aspect overlooking its beautifully groomed lawns and offering more recreational facilities than most.

"Built in 1912, the house is 6,400 sq ft and beautifully presented with light and bright accommodation, constructed in brick incorporating quality materials and features.

"The reception hall has an impressive fireplace with elaborate overmantle, triple aspect drawing room with classical detailing and spacious dining room with double doors into the large conservatory, which also has double doors into the kitchen breakfast room. There is a large games room and a cellar."

The listing says the house has monthly running costs of £18,607.

Black died of a stroke on August 1 after falling and hitting her head at her Spanish villa.

Her husband Bobby Willis died of cancer in 1999 and she never remarried.

Born Priscilla Maria Veronica White in Liverpool, Black had spoken of how she would die happy if she were to pass away before any illness could rob her of being able to enjoy life.

She became one of the nation's favourite entertainers after transforming herself from a successful singer in the 1960s to the front woman on shows such as Blind Date and Surprise! Surprise!

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