The first house (demolished) from an 1831 engraving in "Neale's Views of Seats"
Earlier Houses: The Georgian house of the Crutchleys served as the headquarters of the American 9th Air Force from November 1943 to September 1944. The Crown Estate Commissioners purchased Sunninghill in 1945; however, the House burned down on August 30, 1947, before the Crown Estate was able to begin work on modernizing the House.
Built / Designed For: The Duke and Duchess of York
House & Family History: Sunninghill was sold in 2007 by Prince Andrew, Duke of York, to Kazakhstan businessman Timur Kulibayev for £15.6 million, at least £6 million over its asking price. Mr. Kulibayev never moved into the House and it became increasingly derelict; in July 2009 Bracknell Forest Borough Council were said to be considering seizing the property under the Housing Act 2004 and using it as a homeless shelter.
Garden & Outbuildings: Sunninghill Park was part of Windsor Forest until 1630, when King Charles I granted the Estate to Thomas Carey.
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: EARLIER HOUSE: 2.S. Vol. II, p. 140, 1855.
John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: EARLIER HOUSE: Vol. I, 1818.
Title: Tatler (magazine)
Year Published: NA
Reference: Aug 2014, pg. 100
Publisher: London: Tatler Publishing Company Ltd.
Book Type: Magazine
Title: England's Lost Houses From the Archives of Country Life
Author: Worsley, Giles
Year Published: 2002
Reference: pg. 12
Publisher: London: Aurum Press
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Destruction of the Country House, The
Author: Strong, Roy; Binney, Marcus; Harris, John
Year Published: 1974
Publisher: London: Thames & Hudson Ltd.
Book Type: Softback
House Listed: Not Listed
Park Listed: Not Listed
Seat of: Timur Kulibayev
Past Seat of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Thomas Carey, 17th century. Sir Thomas Draper, 17th century. Jeremiah Crutchley, 18th century; Crutchley family here until 1936. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Earl of Inverness, and Baron Killyleagh, Windsor family, 20th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No