Britain is home to a number of large country houses, prestigious townhouses and impeccable penthouse flats. But what are the most expensive and luxurious properties that have ever been sold in the UK?
Below, we reveal some of the most expensive properties that have been sold in Britain in recent years:
The Most Expensive Country House
Last year, The Hackwood Park estate was put on the market with an estimated guide price of over £65 million. It was so exclusive that, if you wanted to view the 24 bedroom property, you had to sign a confidentiality agreement and prove your financial status before you were allowed to view it.
Estate agents like Strutt and Parker, who are specialists in luxury properties, ensure anyone visiting opulent properties like the above are genuine buyers.
Those who were lucky enough to view this property would have found 24 bedrooms, 20 bathrooms and 260 acres of stunning grounds, which include an immaculate botanical garden. There’s also a Grade I listed woodland and a deer park.
Dating back to 1680, the property is steeped in history and also came complete with four cottages. It was originally owned by Viscount Camrose, a publishing tycoon before being passed down to his son, John Berry, whose wife inherited it when he died in 1995. A few years later it was sold to an anonymous buyer with a Virgin Island-registered company.
Only one other country house outside of London has been sold for more than this one. In 2011, Park Place was rumoured to have been sold for a whopping £140 million.
The Most Expensive Townhouse
In 2015, Britain’s most expensive home was said to have been sold after three years on the market. Located opposite Hyde Park, this 60,000 sq. ft. property was reportedly under offer at £280 million.
Rutland Gate boasted 20 bedrooms (for the inhabitants) with a further 20 or more bedrooms for staff. During the 90s, it underwent a two-and-a-half year refurbishment with Albert Pinto, the world-famous interior design company, decking the property out. However, the property wasn’t sold fully furnished, as a two-day auction took saw all of the contents (worth a further £50 million) being sold. This meant the purchaser of the property would have some extensive furnishing and decorating to do.
Stamp Duty on this property, if sold for £280 million, is £33.5 million, which would have been enough to secure another luxurious 10,000 sq. ft. penthouse opposite London’s Hyde Park.