Richard Branson’s Childhood Home Lists for $5.2 Million

Before he was worth an estimated $4.5 billion, Richard Branson was just a (fairly well off) kid growing up in a London suburb. Now, the home where the Virgin Group founder spent his teenage years is on the market for £4.0 million, or roughly $5.2 million.

Located in the town of Guildford, the dwelling is known as Tanyards Farm, and has the quintessentially British look you might expect to find not far outside the U.K. capital. Situated on a gated property with a stone wall, the large brick house with diamond-pane windows comprises four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and sits on 1.4 acres of land. Many rooms have low ceilings with exposed wooden beams, some walls have exposed brick, and there are multiple wood-burning fireplaces. The kitchen is bright thanks to skylights and cheery light green cabinetry; attached to it is an atrium room of sorts with windows on all sides, a stone floor, and fabric draped on the ceiling. There is both a spiral staircase and a regular one leading up to the second level, which is a labyrinth of bedrooms with higher ceilings and more exposed beams.

The kitchen and atrium room beyond that.

The kitchen and atrium room beyond that.

Photo: United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty / Courtesy of Jason Corbett of United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

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Branson, whose empire is made up of numerous companies including an airline, mobile phone provider, publisher, and more, wrote about the home in his 1998 autobiography Losing My Virginity. In the book, the Daily Mail reports, Branson tells how he attempted to plant Christmas trees on the property to eventually sell, only to find that they were eaten by rabbits while he was in boarding school.

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

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