Ringo had originally bought Tittenhurst Park in a bid to save his crumbling marriage to first wife Maureen, but it was only to end in divorce some months later.
For Ringo it was the start of the drifting years, spent on jet-set jaunts, high living and drunken disorder. And it nearly cost Ringo his life.
After a succession of gossip column romances - among them singer Lyndsey de Paul and Stephanie La Motta and actress Nancy Andrews - Ringo collapsed in the South of France. he has peritonitis. He freely admits he "nearly died."
Life was to have other problems for Ringo. he had to stand and watch most of his Beatle souvenirs, momentoes and many personal possesions destroyed by fire when his Los Angeles home was reduced to smouldering rubble.
"You've no idea what its like," says Ringo. "To have to stand there and watch your house burn to the ground."
Barbara Bach was to be the stablising influence. Now they devote their time and energy to Tittenhurst Park, which is a few furlongs away from Royal Ascot racecourse. Ringo is a familiar figure around the area.
Locals say they never look twice now as he passes by. "There's so many celebrities here - Ringo's just one of them," says a local.
Its an area of the country the locals call "celebrity corner". Across the tree-lined road frm Ringo's home lives Anthea redfearn.
"The thing is you become almost immune to the stars. You see them so often the novelty soon wears off. And Ringo's such a nice guy. He always has time for a quick chat," says the local newsagent where Ringo pops in for his "ciggies."
In a nearby car park chauffers polish the vivid contrasting hues of Ritzy Rolls Rpyce's parked in a line. A strange but normal encounter in the car park of the Little Chef that hugs the roadside less than a 100 yards away from the thick surrounding walls of Tittenhurst Park.
The staff are used to people like Ringo walking in at all times of the day and ordering the '24-hour Breakfast Special."
Follow the wall around Ringo's home and you stumble across the rural retreat of Sunningdale. A sleepy English village that boasts a small pub - The nag's head.
Above the wooden bar a bottle of remy Martin brandy lies gathering dust on a shelf. "Reserved for Ringo," mutters one regular into his beer.
Its Ringo's local but "We haven't seen him for a while," confides landlady Jean Williams. She's run the Nag's head pub for the past thirty years.
Ringo calls her "Aunty jean" - On a wall by the bar she keeps her proudest possesion - a framed autographed colour picture of Ringo. "To Aunty Jean - Wish You Were Here - Love Ringo" is written in his familiar scrawl.
"He used to come in here a lot," says Jean. "But we haven't seen too much of him since he got married. I think he must be under the thumb a bit," says the laughing landlady.
"Actually when he does come here Ringo likes nothing better than a game of darts. he's quite a good player. He will come in with a friend or two and they'll have a game in the bar, or he'll challenge one of the locals.
"I think he likes it here because nobody bothers him. He doesn't get a second look. he just comes in and orders brandy. He doesn't really drink anything else."
Ringo is a devoted father and a proud one. His eldest son Zak is now sixteen and is being widely tipped within the music business, to become a better drummer than his father.
Zak started playign the drums when he was very young and was always encouraged by Ringo, who has made sure that Zak "earns his dues the hard way" and isn't overshadowed by "The Beatles son" tag.
Ringo has issued instructions that Zak and his group should learn the ropes by playing small clubs where the group aren't known.
Zak looks the part, surrounded by a massive drumkit given to him by the late Keith Moon - one he once used with The Who.
"Zak is quite an amazing drummer," says rock journalist Chris Charlesworth." He has the kind of animal power you associate with Keith Moon, but has the style of his Dad. I know Ringo is very proud of him. I think at first he was a bit perturbed at the thought of him going into showbusiness because I think he thought he might attract the wrong kind of hangers on, but things seem to be working out very well at the moment."
Ringo has two other children from his first marriage - Jason aged 14 and Lee 11.
"He takes great interest in their education," says photographer Colin Mutlow.
"They go to a local school. he doesn't send them anywhere private, because he says that they couldn't get a better education anywhere else."
Occasionally, Ringo will help out at the school on sports days and fund-raising events.
"He's not there all the time, but he does take a keen interest and has done things like run in the races to raise money and signed autographs and things like that," says Mutlow.
"Its one aspect of his life he doesn't want other people to know about though. I think he likes the fact that he can go to the school, take part in things without being hassled or his children being hassled - I'm sure that's what he likes."