A very big house in the country: Most expensive UK home outside London goes on sale for £75 MILLION
Last updated at 8:57 PM on 3rd June 2011
- Mansion boasts 103 rooms, five swimming pools, bowling alley and cinema
The most expensive country house in the UK has gone up for sale for £75million.
Updown Court has 103 rooms, five swimming pools, two penthouse apartments and a helipad. It stands in 58 acres of grounds.
The residence - in the Surrey village of Windlesham - was originally put up for sale with agents for £70million a few years ago.
Updown Court: This luxury mansion, in Windlesham, Surrey, is on the market for £75million
The enigmatic owner behind Updown is bricklayer's son-turned-property developer supremo Leslie Allen-Vercoe, 67.
His company Rhymer Investments purchased it in 2002 out of receivership for £20million - and has since spent at least £30million on renovation work.
Now, an Irish bank has requested a drive to sell the mansion with a new price tag which reflects the vast sums ploughed into it.
Stately home: The house has 103 rooms, five swimming pools, two penthouse apartments and a helipad
Grand entrance: The hallway has two cast-iron banistered staircases and a row of marble columns
The owner behind Updown Court is property developer Leslie Allen-Vercoe. His company Rhymer Investments purchased it in 2002 out of receivership for £20m
Extra agents, including retired property specialist Colin Penfold, 73, have also been called in as efforts are increased to clinch a sale.
Penfold said: 'It has just about every conceivable luxury. It think it has potential.'
The neo-classical California-style mansion was built in 2002 on the site of an earlier property which was owned during the 1970s by Prince Sami Gayed of Egypt.
The house, which has 24 bedrooms and 23 bathrooms, has been built with some of the world's rarest materials - mainly Italian marble.
Visitors approach the mansion, which is 30 miles from Central London, along a heated marble driveway.
The mansion has a 50-seat cinema, a two-lane bowling alley, a gymnasium, a squash court, a flood-lit tennis court, a lake, a wine cellar for 3,000 bottles and a 'panic room'.
Neighbours include Sir Elton John and Queen guitarist Brian May.
Suitable for sporty types: The mansion boasts five swimming pools and a tennis court
Strike: There is also a two-lane bowling alley
Mr Penfold, from Reigate, believes a wealthy overseas buyer may eventually snap up the property.
He has already had two inquiries - 'one from Surrey and one from abroad'.
Leslie Allen-Vercoe acquired Updown Mansions after a bizarre series of events.
The original Updown Court had been left as a shell after it had been damaged by fire in the Great Storm of 1987 - when a tree apparently fell and ruptured the gas main.
It was subsequently acquired by two investors who themselves were bankrupted and Mr Vercoe then stepped in.
'Yes, I'm an opportunist,' said Mr Vercoe. 'That's what all good businessmen should be.'
Beautiful garden: The £75million home stands in 58 acres of grounds
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