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.
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).
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.
- Royal.gov.uk – 60 Facts, Fact 49
- [ https://www.lilly.co.uk/about-us/erl-wood Erl Wood], Eli Lilly and Company, accessed 20 November 2012
- Daily Mail, 12 September 2008