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    £110 Million London Mega Home With Indoor Pool (PHOTOS)

    Indoor Pool

    Dining Room

    Master Bedroom

    Indoor Pool

    Photography by ADVSR Studios
    Listed with Daniel Daggers
    LOCATION: London, England, UK
    SQUARE FOOTAGE: 29,561
    BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS: 9 bedrooms & 10 bathrooms
    PRICE: £110,000,000
    This newly built home is located in London, England, UK. It is comprised of a main house and guest cottage which are connected via a subterranean art gallery. More

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    £22 Million Home In Surrey, England (PHOTOS + FLOOR PLANS)

    LOCATION: East Road, St. George’s Hills, Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK
    SQUARE FOOTAGE: 21,546
    BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS: 9 bedrooms & 13 bathrooms
    PRICE: £22,950,000
    This stately home, dubbed “Woodlawn”, is located on East Road in St. George’s Hills, Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK and is situated on 3.7 acres of land. More

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    £10 Million Waterfront Estate In England (PHOTOS + FLOOR PLANS)

    Rear Exterior

    LOCATION: Croyde, Braunton, Devon, England, UK
    SQUARE FOOTAGE: 8,810 (main house + guest house)
    BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS: 8 bedrooms & 11 bathrooms (main house + guest house)
    PRICE: £10,000,000
    This waterfront estate is located in Croyde, Braunton, Devon, England, UK and is situated on 3 acres of land. It features a main house and guest house. More

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    Home of the Week: Singer Robbie Williams’s $9.2 Million English Manor House Sits on 72 Acres of Verdant Countryside

    Singer Robbie Williams’s revelations about the “creepiness” of his rambling English country manor house may come back to haunt him.

    Speaking about the home last year on Instagram Live, the British superstar said the house, parts of which date back to the 17th century, “gives (him) the creeps”, and that his eldest daughter had been scared to sleep in one of the rooms. “I said to her, ‘Do you like the bedroom? Do you like the house?’ And she said, ‘That room scares me’. I said, ‘OK, it scares me too. You don’t have to sleep there anymore,’” the 47-year-old former Take That lead singer explained.

    While the comments no doubt made for fun Instagram Live fan  interaction, they might not help Williams’ British realtor Knight Frank find a buyer for the newly-listed property. But there is good news for any potential non-ghost-fearing house-hunters: The current $9.2 (£6.75) million asking price is around $1.8 million less than the roughly $11 million Williams paid for the estate back in 2009.

    The great room. 

    Photo: Knight Frank

    Williams’ Compton Bassett House, named after the leafy country hamlet of Compton Bassett in rural Wiltshire county, around 85 miles west of London, dates all the way back to 1659. The current house was built in 1935 on the site of the original home’s stable block, and was extensively modified in the 1990s, when it was owned by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Sir Norman Foster. (Among Sir Norman’s impressive body of work is Apple’s HQ in Cupertino, California, the Millau Viaduct in southern France and the pickle-shaped 30 St. Mary Axe tower in London, affectionately known as “the Gherkin”.)

    The tennis court with gazebo. 

    Photo: Knight Frank

    Today Compton Bassett House stands in roughly 72 acres of picturesque countryside. A meandering driveway from the main gated entrance, just opposite the 11th century St. Swithin’s Church, leads to the home’s graveled entrance. The main house itself is a long, narrow, three-story structure which sprawls over almost 20,000 square feet and features seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

    A true surprise-and-delight highlight of the home is the so-called “leisure complex” filling most of the lower level. Here, as an escape from the fickle British weather, is a 73-foot indoor heated swimming pool, a hot tub, an adjoining sauna and steam room and a health-club-sized gym. This level also features a large wine cave and self-contained one-bedroom apartment for staff.

    The indoor pool is part of the lower level health club. 

    Photo: Knight Frank

    Up on the first floor is a magnificent 43-foot drawing room with billiards table and stone fireplace. Down a long hallway you’ll find the vast principal bedroom suite with his and hers bathrooms, dressing rooms and a study. On the roof level there are five more ensuite bedrooms (unfortunately, the listing doesn’t reveal which of these gave Williams and his daughter “the creeps”.)

    One of the bedroom suites. 

    Photo: Knight Frank

    Step outside and you’ll find acres of manicured gardens, rolling lawns and woodlands. There’s also Williams’ beloved soccer pitch, a tennis court with summerhouse and a one-bedroom, tile-roofed, 732-square-foot guest cottage. The expansive grounds also feature endless walking trails, horse riding paths and even a quad bike trail which Williams reportedly used for “rage racing” to blow off steam.

    Can’t be bothered with the drive or the 65-minute train ride to London? The house also comes with its own helicopter landing pad, plus a stand-alone hangar and workshop.

    The kitchen. 

    Photo: Knight Frank

    Don’t expect to see the Williams family (the singer is married to American model and actress Ayda Field) during any viewings, as they recently moved to a $32 million secluded villa overlooking Switzerland’s Lake Geneva. The couple also owns a 10-bedroom mansion in Beverly Hills that the singer bought in 2015 for $32.7 million, as well as a home in London’s tony Kensington neighborhood that the he snapped-up in 2014 for $24 million.
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    The property spans 72 acres. 

    Photo: Knight Frank

    The guest cottage. 

    Photo: Knight Frank

    A bedroom. 

    Photo: Knight Frank

    A bathroom. 

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    Home of the Week: Rock Legend Pete Townshend’s Historic London Mansion Hits the Market for $21 Million

    Rock ‘n Roll royalty has passed through the doors of this magnificent London mansion built in 1775—and probably all-too-often passed out on the floors.

    For a quarter-century, The Wick, as the house is known, has been home to legendary The Who lead guitarist and co-founder Pete Townshend.
    Perched on a hilltop in the leafy West London suburb of Richmond upon Thames, with jaw-dropping views of the River Thames below—the view is so special it’s protected by a 1902 British Act of Parliament—this four-story, six-bedroom mansion offers over 8,500-square-feet of interior space.

    The living room. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Tom St Aubyn for Perods.com

    Before Townshend bought it, it had been owned by Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood who had converted the home’s one-time billiards room into a recording studio.
    It was here where the likes of Clapton and Bowie, Jagger and Richard, Harrison and McCartney—entering through a discreet side-street door—frequently showed-up to jam.
    “We’d fall asleep on the studio floor and wake up to find a room full of musicians who hadn’t been there when we crashed,“ Wood wrote in his 2003 book Ronnie: The Autobiography.

    The Wick offers views of The Thames. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Tom St Aubyn for Perods.com

    But according to Perry Press, of London estate agents Pereds, that holds the coveted listing, an equally fascinating and star-studded part of the home’s history was when Ryan’s Daughter actor Sir John Mills owned The Wick.
    “He had lots of photos of The Queen Mother around when she visited  the house, and told us stories of Sir Laurence Olivier and Gone With The Wind’s Vivien Leigh acting out a scene from Romeo and Juliet in front of the drawing room fireplace,” he tells Robb Report.
    According to Press, Sir John bought the house in 1950, sold it in 1956, and bought it back again in 1964 before passing it on to Ronnie Wood in 1972.

    The regal bedroom. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Tom St Aubyn for Perods.com

    “Almost as soon as he sold it to Ronnie, he was calling us to see if it was possible to buy it back. Either he was sentimentally devoted to the place, or just couldn’t make up his mind,” says Press.
    The Rolling Stone guitarist, who recorded two solo albums at The Wick, would go on to sell the house in 1976 to music industry executive Derek “Dick” Leahy who produced George Michael, Donna Summer and Britain’s Bay City Rollers band.
    The Grade 1 listed Georgian-style mansion was designed in 1775 by eminent architect and engineer Robert Mylne for a Lady St. Aubyn. It was built on the site of the Bull’s Head tavern and was steps away from the then newly created 2,500-acre Richmond Park—still the largest royal park in London.

    The bathroom also has a home office. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Tom St Aubyn for Perods.com

    “The design is like a doll’s house and gives the illusion of being much more modest in size than it is. The home was Listed Grade 1 in 1950 for its architectural and historic interest,” says Pereds’ Press.
    Key features include stunning, oval-shaped living rooms with stately fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, an elegant drawing room with views of the river, a glass conservatory, a heated pool and pool house, a large storage cellar, plus secure parking for a dozen cars.
    As for that famous basement recording studio, little is left. One of the rooms was turned into a wood-paneled TV room, while the other is, according to Press, ripe for converting into a gym.

    The studio where the Stones jammed is now a TV room. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Tom St Aubyn for Perods.com

    Why has Townshend, 76, decided to sell? According to Press, he and his composer wife Rachel Fuller came to the decision after spending over a year in Covid-19 lockdown at their Oxfordshire country home, Ashdown House. With a luxury apartment in Central London as well, seems The Wick has become what Press calls “surplus to requirements.”
    But don’t expect too much negotiation on price; Mr. Townshend is only accepting offers “in excess” of £15 million, or $20.8 million.
    As for kicking back on the home’s 200 feet of terracing with sweeping views of the Thames, and thinking of all the great music created in the basement below? Priceless.
    Check out more photos of the property below:

    The Wick 

    Photo: Courtesy of Tom St Aubyn for Perods.com

    The Wick 

    Photo: Courtesy of Tom St Aubyn for Perods.com

    The Wick
     

    Photo: Courtesy of Tom St Aubyn for Perods.com

    The Wick 

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