It’s not hard to tell rock and roll royalty once lived here – just check out the building in the grounds known as The Party Barn, the bedroom with the sign on the door reading “The Bob Geldoff Suite” and the recording studio in the home’s 450-year-old converted water mill.
Taylor, 70, the legendary Queen drummer and songwriter with the Freddie Mercury-fronted band Queen, called Milhanger home for more than 24 years, living here from 1979 to 2003.
Built in 1907, the estate is a mile from the leafy Surrey village of Thursley and around 40 miles from central London. Sprawling across 70 wooded acres, it comes with all those rockstar country mansion must-haves like a tennis court, stables, six-car garage, a heated swimming pool and, naturally, a hot tub.
Taylor moved into Milhanger at the height of Queen’s popularity: the band had just released News of the World, which included both “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.”
With cash in the bank, the drummer is said to have bought the estate from the Rutter family, whose daughter Lindy went on to marry Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.
Today, the estate is in some need of upgrading, which is reflected in the £5 million asking price. Back in 2014 it was listed for £7.95 million, eventually selling in early 2018 to a Qatari business exec for around £6 million.
A crunchy gravel driveway leads to the brick Arts and Crafts-design main house, which includes seven bedrooms in its 17,755 square feet, including a vast third-floor master and the Asian-inspired Bob Geldoff Suite.
Seems the Boomtown Rats singer and Live Aid organiser was a close buddy of Taylor’s and a regular visitor to Milhanger. The sign is still on the door.
During Taylor’s tenure, he expanded the house considerably, adding a huge library/entertainment/billiard room that measures 72 feet by 32, and a 44-foot-long TV and games room on the second floor. On the first floor there’s a wellness complex with a 54-foot-long swimming pool, a gym, Jacuzzi, steam room and changing rooms.
The main house also features an attached, two-story, two-bedroom staff annex, a large glass conservatory off the rustic kitchen—which has an industrial-grade Aga cooking range—a wine cellar and “secure” room.
Staggering distance away is that stand-alone 2,300-square-foot “party barn” where Taylor reportedly held jam sessions for friends.
Also on the grounds is a 10-stall stable block for the horse-lover in the family, a hay barn, a multitude of storage buildings, plus a six-car open bay garage.
The estate’s true surprise and delight feature however, is the former water mill known as Cosford Mill.
Tucked away behind trees, this historic, brick, three-story cottage spans 2,554-square-feet and offers four bedrooms and a 30-foot-long dining room that incorporates the mill’s original water wheel.
During his time at the house, Taylor reportedly used the mill as his recording studio when he was producing songs for his solo albums, like Fun in Space, where he performed all the vocals and played every instrument.
The listing for the estate is held by Savills. Its property agent Ed Tighe explains: “Milhanger is ideal for entertaining on a grand scale, but equally suited to more relaxed family living.”
No doubt he’s hoping to drum-up plenty of interest in this stately estate and snare a buyer.