These are videos of Updown Court, which The Telegraph calls 'the tackiest house in Britain.' Today the newspaper is reporting that this mega-monstrosity has sold for £36 million ($57 million) -- half of the what was originally asked when the manse was put on the market back in 2005. The new owner is reportedly an unnamed Middle Eastern businessman.
Here are a few details about the property from The Telegraph's Josie Ensor:
The extravagant Updown Court, set in 58 acres in Windlesham in Surrey, is Britain's biggest repossession, larger than both Buckingham Palace and Hampton Court.
The 27-bedroom mansion, billed as “a touch of California in the rolling fields of Surrey”, boasts a heated marble driveway, a master bedroom with its own pool, a banqueting hall, a panic room with its own ancillary air conditioning and a bowling alley.
[The home is] embellished with five acres of marble and 24-carat gold mosaics.
Last July another Telegraph reporter, Iaian Holligshead, had this to say about the place:
Every step is accompanied by the squeak of expensive – but not very attractive – marble. The 100,000-piece mosaic of Mt Fuji above the master suite’s swimming pool is almost unspeakably horrible. The entrance hall is soulless, despite its twin stairwells, copied from Versace’s Miami mansion. The house might have 103 rooms, but you’d find more character in a Hackney bedsit.
Admittedly, the specifications are top class: £7 million was spent on electronics, plumbing and air conditioning alone. Everything can be controlled by laptop from anywhere in the world – useful if you wake up in the middle of the night in, say, Riyadh and realise that you’ve left the lights on in one of your 27 Surrey bathrooms.
Kevin Brass of The National adds a final disappointment:
The house is also next to the M3 motorway, which provides an unpleasant audio backdrop.