The Beckhams bought the 1930s Georgian style house for £2.5 million in October 1999, soon after their wedding. The house is located within 17 acres (6.9 ha) of land, in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Previously, it was a council-owned children's home. The Beckhams employ ex-SAS guards for security. The house itself is equipped with a recording studio, gym and a snooker room, along with seven bedrooms. In April 2012, the Beckhams decided to sell the property.