- The five-bedroom riverside home belonged to the Royal Ballet prima ballerina Dame Margot Fontaine
- The period property is called Amerdon Bank and is in the Buckinghamshire village of Taplow.
- Amerden Bank is currently on the market and is being sold by property agent Savills with a price tag of £1.65m
this was it The Country House of the Royal Ballet Prima Ballerina at the height of his fame.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Dame Margot Fontaine was considered the best ballerina in the world.
As a retreat from her life on stage at Covent Garden, she moved to the Thames-side village of Taplow in Buckinghamshire. It was here that his family bought a former fifteenth-century coach house called Amerdon Bank.
Amerden Bank is now on hold and is being sold through property agent Savills with a price tag of £1.65million.
The period property is called Amerdon Bank and is being sold by property agents Seville with a price tag of £1.65m
At the height of her fame during the 1950s and 1960s, Amerdon Banks was the country home of the Royal Ballet prima ballerina Dame Margot Fontaine.
The five-bedroom property attracted a community of ballet dancers while Dame Margot was there.
Russian star Rudolf Nureyev often joined him at the estate. He was the first Soviet to move west from the art world.
And fellow ballet star Pamela May and her family established themselves in a wing of the property, while ballet teacher Gerd Larsson stayed in a nearby cottage.
In a biography of Dame Margot, writer Meredith Denman wrote, ‘The loneliness of her London flat was a respite from the weekend spent in Amerson.
The house remained in the Fontaine family until 1999, and Dame Margot’s affinity for property was such that she named one of her American dance studios Emeraden Banks.
Image: Dame Margot Fontaine She spent her entire career as a dancer with the Royal Ballet (formerly the Sadler’s Wells Theater Company).
The former fifteenth-century coach, which was the ballerina’s country retreat, has a large living room with a feature fireplace
The large dining room leads to the property’s main entrance and is painted dark
The five-bedroom home is on a private lane and also has access to a towpath along the River Thames through a secure gate.
The period property features a large conservatory with landscaped gardens, a bright dining room, and a drawing room with a limestone fireplace and French doors opening onto a terrace.
An oak staircase leads to the bedroom on the first floor. The master bedroom has views of the garden and the River Thames and has an attached dressing room.
The house is accessible via a gravel path, and has off-street parking for several cars.
The kitchen at Amerden Bank has a tiled floor that leads through the conservatory that opens to a landscaped garden
The period property features a large conservatory with a seating area and dining table overlooking the landscaped gardens
The house remained in the Fontaine family until 1999, and Dame Margot’s affinity for the property was such that she named one of her American dance studios Amerden Banks.
John Henson of Seville said: ‘This is a wonderfully elegant property with an interesting history, the former home of UK prima ballerina Dame Margot Fontaine and her husband, politician Roberto de Aris.
‘Beyond its notable former inhabitants, Amerdan Bank is a historic period home that retains considerable charm and character, while its secluded garden enjoys access to Towpath, where the owners share the Thames with Bree Lock and the Taplow River. You can take a beautiful walk on the shore.
‘The features and living space of this beautiful home make it ideal for family living and entertaining.’
The entrance has tiled floors, light-colored walls and an oak staircase that leads to the first-floor bedroom
The Victorian home has five bedrooms, with this one large enough for a four-poster bed that overlooks the garden