Windlesham Moor

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Windlesham Moor is a country house and royal residence at Windlesham in the English county of Surrey.


It was bought in 1942 for £40,000 by Philip Hill, from whom Sunninghill Park was later bought. He renovated the house in 1944. It was rented furnished from his widow, Mrs. Warwick Bryant, for The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh and The Duke of Edinburgh between 1947 and 4 July 1949.[1]

The house had four reception rooms including a reception hall, dining room, a 50-foot (15 m) drawing room, and a Chinese Room. There was also a study, games room, and loggia. There were five main bedrooms. The nursery comprised two guestrooms joined.

The house was set in 58 acres (230,000 m2).


Across the southern boundary is Erl Wood Manor[2] European research laboratory established in 1967 for Eli Lilly and Company, the USA-based pharmaceutical company.


The current owner is Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

It has been vastly renovated by its current owner, with major extensions to the main house, the addition of a large security gatehouse in 2002, and the inclusion of several other smaller properties into the estate, namely "Winklands" and "Rose Cottage".

The house is seldom occupied for the majority of the year, but is used throughout the summer months (July to September) by its current owner, his family, and other Arab dignitaries.

The property is maintained all year round by a team of property managers, gardeners and security personnel.

A painting of the house and gardens circa 1934, which was claimed to have been painted by Winston Churchill, was discovered and auctioned in September 2008.[3]


  1. ^ – 60 Facts, Fact 49
  2. ^ [ Erl Wood], Eli Lilly and Company, accessed 20 November 2012
  3. ^ Daily Mail, 12 September 2008

Coordinates: 51°22′48″N 0°40′33″W / 51.3801°N 0.6757°W / 51.3801; -0.6757