Standing in approximately 58 acres, Updown Court was conceived and planned as a spectacular mansion of unparalleled scale and luxury. The house extends to just over 50,000 square feet and has accommodation arranged over 4 floors. The house stands in a slightly elevated position with south facing views over the formal gardens and a lake which are framed by mature woodland to offer extensive privacy. Elsewhere in the grounds there is a security lodge adjacent to the magnificent entrance gates, two exceptional staff/guest houses, comprising of nine bedroom/bathroom suites in total and a separate manager’s office. There is underground garaging for at least eight cars and a helipad for private landings. Beyond this is a stable block set close by wrought iron gates which allows for access to secluded bridleways. The house benefits from extensive wooded gardens and grounds within which are two swimming pools and an all weather sports surface. Updown Court has extensive security provision.
“We have incorporated everything you can think of or that anybody can want. This is truly a mansion of the 21st century — there is nothing like this house available,” said Leslie Allen-Vercoe, the developer behind the property, in a telephone interview from London.
The property sits in over 11 acres of landscaped gardens and 46 acres of mature private woodland featuring broadleaf and evergreen trees. Carefully divided into different areas to appeal to all tastes, it includes formal gardens, a dramatic lake with 10 metre fountain, formal lawns and several ponds. Pathways lead through the gardens and run alongside an ornamental stream.
There are a total of 103 rooms, a heated marble driveway & five swimming pools. Described as a “neo-classical Californian” mansion, the home’s central staircase is proudly described as a replica of the one in murdered italian designer Gianni Versace’s Miami digs. The London Evening Standard pointed out only about 50 people in Britain could afford the place. The estate also includes 30 kinds of marble installed over a five year period. There are also two penthouse apartments which open up to a rooftop spa & pool overlooking the property. The properties developer, Leslie Allen-Vercoe, purchased it in 2002 out of receivership for £20 million and has spent an additional £30 million on renovations.
Was $143,500,000 – Now £70,000,000 ($123,000,000 USD) SOLD
Size: 52,000 Sq. Ft.
Speciality Items: 103 Rooms, 11 Acres of Landscaped Gardens, 46 Acres of Mature Private Woodland, Formal Gardens, Lake with 10 Metre Fountain, Formal Lawns, Several Ponds, Security Lodge, Two Staff/Guest Homes, Underground Garage for at Least 8 Limos, Helipad, Heated Marble Driveway, Indoor Squash Court, Bowling Alley, 50 Seat Cinema, Several Ballrooms, Panic Room, Tennis Court, 5 Swimming Pools, Sauna, Jacuzzis.
Address: Updown Court, Chertsey Road, Windlesham, England