Birch Grove

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This article is about the house. For the community in Canada, see Birch Grove, Nova Scotia. For the preserved steam locomotive, see LB&SCR E4 class.
Birch Grove entrance gates

Birch Grove is the family mansion of former British prime minister Harold Macmillan, who died there in 1986. It is on the edge of Ashdown Forest near Chelwood Gate in East Sussex, England (though the house itself is in West Sussex).

It was the venue for Macmillan's historic meeting with President Kennedy in June 1963.[1]

The house was built in 1926 for Maurice and Helen Macmillan, parents of the future prime minister, and is Grade II listed.[2] It was reported to have been sold in 2011 for £25 million to Dr Jim Hay, having previously been owned by Chinese businessman Larry Yung.[3]


  1. ^ "President Kennedy slept in our parish". Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Birch Grove House, Horsted Keynes". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Eden, Richard (6 November 2011). "Carole Middleton’s racehorse-owning friend Dr Jim Hay buys Harold Macmillan’s former home". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 

Coordinates: 51°03′22″N 0°00′38″E / 51.0562°N 0.0105°E / 51.0562; 0.0105