'Apprentices' accused of thrashing Said House

£12,000 worth of damage done to Chiswick Mall residence

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The owner of Said House is claiming that he has had to make £12,000 worth of repairs to the property following damage done by contestants in the BBC show 'The Apprentice'.

The fifteen contestants were using the property for filming for the show. It is alleged that they spilt red wine on expensive Wilton carpets, damaged a beech wood floor so badly it needed to be replaced and caused a fire by using an indoor barbeque.

Chester Wedgewood, who owns the property, had rented the property to the BBC for an estimated £5,000 a week. He is selling the property which is available at £3.95 million through Fletcher's Estate Agents. All the damage that had been done has been made good.

The BBC reality show featured Alan Sugar and 15 candidates hoping to learn some of Sugar's entrepreneurial skills. The candidates were all housed elsewhere in the Chiswick area for the duration of the show. The winner, Tim Campbell has been given a job paying £100,000 a year. The former Senior Planner at London Underground, defeated Saira Khan during the final showdown. Tim passed with flying colours the last of a series of business tests. Both finalists were in charge of planning an up market event, recruiting all necessary staff and designing a venue in just two days.

The house, parts of which date back to the 17th Century, has over 6,500 square feet of accommodation and a perfect riverside location on Chiswick Mall. As well as 5 (four en-suite) bedrooms it has a billiard room, a river side garden, a housekeeper's annex and a large conservatory. In addition the property has a large integral garage, magnificent 155ft mature rear garden, and roof terrace. It has been occupied by various luminaries throughout its history including Lord Davison, before undergoing alterations in 1929 during theatre impresario Sir Nigel Playfair's ownership, when he added the 'Gallion' west wing extension.

May 5, 2005