By Megan Slack
At first glance, Benifold – an elegant nineteenth-century stately home – does not appear to have much in common with the ‘70s rock ‘n roll world; however, the home is surprisingly fundamental to the industry.
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This 11 bedroom property, located on a tree-lined road in affluent East Hampshire, was the former home of music icon Mick Fleetwood and his wife (and sister-in-law to George Harrison), Jenny Boyd.
Mick Fleetwood and Jenny indulged in Benifold's historic grandeur for four years, between 1970 and 1974, before they left the UK for the golden shores of California where Fleetwood Mac achieved global success.
After a legendary career in music, which included their album Rumours, one of the best-selling albums of all time, Mick wrote an autobiography, Play On in 2015. In this book, the singer penned his unwavering admiration for Benifold – the home where the band created four albums.
A luxe jewel hidden amid seven acres of leafy gardens and greenery – the home epitomizes late Victorian grandeur throughout its 10,000 sq feet, which stretch over three floors. The vast space plays host to a magnificent reception hall, large country kitchen, and a multitude of living areas.
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The master bedroom suite is similarly overflowing with timeless charm – complete with an elegant dressing room and large ensuite bathroom.
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Remnants of Benifold's rich heritage are exhibited in graceful pockets around the interior, from its sweeping statement staircase to its signature high ceilings.
However, the house also showcases contemporary luxuries following an extensive renovation. These ammenties include a new swimming pool, sauna, and shower room; for the mornings, you don’t have time to enjoy the sophistication of the free-standing tub.
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Beyond the glossy black door of the home, the charm continues to flow through its exteriors – with its floral utopian orchid house, tennis court, and kitchen garden for the evenings, the sun blesses England’s southern east coast country. The garden was also recently landscaped to bring out the mature trees and lush lawn, which are a beloved asset of the property.
Though, despite its raw rural surroundings, Benifold is within a stone’s throw of the best of the country’s city, beach, and country destinations. The quintessentially British village of Headley is less than a mile away, while the center of London is only one hour by rail. The port and beach city of Southampton is also only one hour away.
Mick Fleetwood’s house is currently listed with Knight Frank for £4 million (approximately $5.5 million).
We’d be telling lies, sweet little lies, if we said we Benifold wasn’t in our Dreams tonight.
Where does Mick Fleetwood live now?
Mick Fleetwood now lives in the US and has a property near Napili Bay in Maui, where he lives part-time, plus is the owner of a restaurant in Lahaina.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.
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