Tottenham House

Wow is all I can say about this place! 103 rooms! Tottenham House sure is one hell of a beauty! I’m not surprised it’s Grade 1 Listed.

There has been a house on the site of Tottenham House since the 15th century but the present Palladian mansion dates from 1812-1815 and was designed by architect Thomas Cundy. The present house was built for Charles, 1st Marquess of Ailesbury. The house is quite frankly vast. The house is the ancestral home of David Brudenell-Bruce, Earl of Cardigan who recently lost a legal battle with the estate trustees after the Brudenell-Bruce family fell upon hard times. The trustees had wanted to sell Tottenham House and 200 acres of parkland.

Since 2004 the house has been unheated and unoccupied and quite literally left to decay. It was recently bought by the businessman Jamie Ritblat who is the CEO of the property developer Delancey.

There are various derelict buildings in the grounds: Grade 2 Listed 51 Horse Stable Block, an old greenhouse, a collapsing chapel, various Georgian dwellings.

NOTE: THE PLACE IS GUARDED BY VARIOUS GURKHAS WHO WANDER AROUND THE PLACE. THEY ARE ELDERLY BUT THEY WILL HAVE A FIT IF THEY CATCH YOU. I WAS NOT CAUGHT BUT YOU MIGHT BE SO BE VERY CAREFUL.