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Stunning £3.5million home once owned by Bee Gees singer up for sale

It would be a tragedy for a Bee Gees fan to miss out on this stunning home once owned by one of the Gibb brothers.

Lead singer Sir Barry Gibb owned the grand and spacious 1950s mansion until the current owner bought it from him in 1976 – right before the success of Saturday Night Fever.

Russen, which is on the edge of Winkfield village, Berkshire, and comes with more than four acres of grounds, is now on the market with Strutt & Parker for a cool £3.5million.

Bee Gee singer Sir Barry Gibb’s former mansion on the edge of Winkfield village in Berkshire has hit the market for a cool £3.5million 

The home - called Russen - comes with more than four acres of grounds, is now on the market with Strutt & Parker

The home – called Russen – comes with more than four acres of grounds, is now on the market with Strutt & Parker

Dougie Gass, a retired BA captain, bought the home from the former Bee Gee in 1976, residing with his wife and daughters

Dougie Gass, a retired BA captain, bought the home from the former Bee Gee in 1976, residing with his wife and daughters

Mr Gass raised his two daughters there, but now that they have left home, he and his wife plan to downsize

Mr Gass raised his two daughters there, but now that they have left home, he and his wife plan to downsize

The couple have modernised the property over their four decades at the mansion and have given it a polished finish

The couple have modernised the property over their four decades at the mansion and have given it a polished finish

Dougie Gass bought it from the former Bee Gee in 1976. 

At the time the Bee Gees had recently had chart-topping success with Jive Talkin’ in 1975 and You Should Be Dancing in 1976 but Sir Barry had moved to LA several years before that and the house stood empty.

Mr Gass, a retired BA captain, raised his two daughters there, but now that they have left home he and his wife plan to downsize.

They have modernised the property over their four decades at the mansion and have given it a polished finish.

The drawing room features a decorative marble fireplace, high ceiling with ornate ceiling rose, moulded cornicing and a large bay window with doors opening out to the sun terrace.

The kitchen has top range appliances made by Neff, Miele and Fisher & Paykel and the fitted study has bespoke oak furniture.

Lead singer Sir Barry Gibb (pictured in 1978) owned the grand and spacious 1950s mansion until the current owner bought it from him in 1976 - right before the success of Saturday Night Fever

Barry Gibb on January 22, 2011

Lead singer Sir Barry Gibb (left in 1978 and right in 2011) owned the grand and spacious 1950s mansion until the current owner bought it from him in 1976 – right before the success of Saturday Night Fever

The drawing room features a decorative marble fireplace, high ceiling with ornate ceiling rose, moulded cornicing and a large bay window with doors opening out to the sun terrace

The drawing room features a decorative marble fireplace, high ceiling with ornate ceiling rose, moulded cornicing and a large bay window with doors opening out to the sun terrace

 The house has 3,839 square feet of accommodation with a dining room, drawing room, sitting room, large kitchen/breakfast room, study, five bedrooms and four bathrooms

 The house has 3,839 square feet of accommodation with a dining room, drawing room, sitting room, large kitchen/breakfast room, study, five bedrooms and four bathrooms

At the time the Bee Gees had recently had chart-topping success with Jive Talkin' in 1975 and You Should Be Dancing in 1976 but Sir Barry had moved to LA several years before that and the house stood empty. Pictured: A floor plan of the house 

At the time the Bee Gees had recently had chart-topping success with Jive Talkin’ in 1975 and You Should Be Dancing in 1976 but Sir Barry had moved to LA several years before that and the house stood empty. Pictured: A floor plan of the house 

There is also an annex that has a living room with kitchenette, a bedroom and bathroom, which can provide extra guest accommodation, as well as stables and a tack room

There is also an annex that has a living room with kitchenette, a bedroom and bathroom, which can provide extra guest accommodation, as well as stables and a tack room

The house has 3,839 square feet of accommodation with a dining room, drawing room, sitting room, large kitchen/breakfast room, study, five bedrooms and four bathrooms.

There is also an annex that has a living room with kitchenette, a bedroom and bathroom, which can provide extra guest accommodation, as well as stables and a tack room.

The property has beautiful and meticulously maintained grounds of 4.23 acres, combining formal gardens and parkland. 

There is a small lake with a bridge, which is a haven for wildlife, and a ‘secret’ Italian style garden and covered barbecue area.

The house is on the edge of Winkfield village, next to Windsor Great Park.

Homeowner Mr Gass said: 'It's been a lifelong family home. It's a great place to live, the location is fantastic'

Homeowner Mr Gass said: ‘It’s been a lifelong family home. It’s a great place to live, the location is fantastic’

He added: 'I can imagine it appealing to someone from London with a younger family looking to move out of the city but still be in a commutable distance'

He added: ‘I can imagine it appealing to someone from London with a younger family looking to move out of the city but still be in a commutable distance’

The property has beautiful and meticulously maintained grounds of 4.23 acres, combining formal gardens and parkland

The property has beautiful and meticulously maintained grounds of 4.23 acres, combining formal gardens and parkland

There is a small lake with a bridge, which is a haven for wildlife, and a 'secret' Italian style garden and covered barbecue area

There is a small lake with a bridge, which is a haven for wildlife, and a ‘secret’ Italian style garden and covered barbecue area

Mr Gass, 66, said: ‘I think Barry Gibb had been in there from about 1969-70 but then they changed the tax laws and all these celebrities like Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart became tax exiles.

‘He moved out to LA in about 1973 I think, but it’s a bad sign when even the celebrities can’t afford to keep these houses.

‘It stayed empty for a few years and it was a wreck by the time we bought it in 1976.

‘I managed to buy it with a bit of help from my dad and we were prepared to so lots of work to do it up.

‘It’s been a lifelong family home. It’s a great place to live, the location is fantastic.

‘It ticks all the boxes.

‘I can imagine it appealing to someone from London with a younger family looking to move out of the city but still be in a commutable distance.’ 

Mr Gass, 66, said: 'I think Barry Gibb had been in there from about 1969-70 but then they changed the tax laws and all these celebrities like Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart became tax exiles'

Mr Gass, 66, said: ‘I think Barry Gibb had been in there from about 1969-70 but then they changed the tax laws and all these celebrities like Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart became tax exiles’

The house is on the edge of Winkfield village, next to Windsor Great Park

The house is on the edge of Winkfield village, next to Windsor Great Park

The kitchen has top range appliances made by Neff, Miele and Fisher & Paykel and the fitted study has bespoke oak furniture

The kitchen has top range appliances made by Neff, Miele and Fisher & Paykel and the fitted study has bespoke oak furniture

Any nature-loving homeowner would delight in the mansion's grounds, which has a scenic pond 

Any nature-loving homeowner would delight in the mansion’s grounds, which has a scenic pond 



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