A CONFERENCE centre in Chesham took top spot in the search for the UK's Top 50 Homes.

Latimer Place featured on ITV's show Britain's Secret Homes over the summer- a series revealing 50 remarkable stories behind the UK's most secret, surprising and intriguing homes The De Vere Venue was crowned the winner.

Presented by award winning broadcasters Michael Buerk and Bettany Hughes, with a star-studded panel of contributors including Sir David Jason who visited Latimer Place, factors taken into consideration during the judging process included each venue's national importance, cultural significance, historical value and beauty.

It was revealed during filming that during WWII, Latimer Place played an integral part in British history, housing German Prisoners of War who were inadvertently revealing secrets of great military importance while being held in the stately home.

Transcripts of these highly secretive conversations have been released revealing clues about code breaking, imminent attacks and war boat technology, helping the nation towards a victorious outcome in WWII.

Tessa Win, general manager of Latimer Place said: "To win the top spot, up against so many fantastic properties was a real honour.

The team at Latimer Place are extremely proud to be associated with a venue with so much significance to British history."

Today, Latimer Place is a conference centre run by De Vere Venues, with 44 meeting event rooms and 147 en-suite bedrooms.