If you had shedloads of money to spend, what type of home would you buy? A historic country seat where you could live like a prince, a contemporary mansion with all mod cons, a holiday retreat in an exclusive resort or a supersized penthouse with breathtaking views? To help make your decision easier, start with this shortlist of some of the most luxurious homes on the market.
1. Colinton, Edinburgh, offers over £950,000
Ideal for a buyer wanting all the trappings of a grand period pile but lacking a multi-million pound budget, the Library Suite is a magnificent first-floor apartment in Bonaly Tower, a historic landmark building set in 10 acres of grounds. The 2,300 square foot home comprises three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a modern kitchen, a drawing/dining room and the mansion’s original turreted library. This features an inglenook fireplace, an elaborate beamed ceiling, a polished wood floor, full-height built-in cupboards and shelves and a small windowed room with original Dutch tiling – the perfect spot for reading or sipping a drink. Through Gilson Gray via ESPC.
2. Baix Empordà, Girona, Spain, €7.9m (approx £6,868,000)
This 15-acre country estate ticks a lot of boxes for someone after for a complete change in lifestyle – and better weather. A short drive from the Costa Brava’s best beaches, it comes with its own vineyard and a wine cellar that blends seamlessly into the landscape. The house, inspired by local Catalan farmhouses, was built in 2007 and includes an open plan living/dining room with a central fireplace and vaulted ceiling, a vast principal bedroom suite, four further ensuite bedrooms, a gym, playroom, beauty salon, a staff flat and a long, heated salt water pool that starts inside and continues out into the garden. Find out more from Lucas Fox.
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3. San Francisco, UK, $14m (approx £11,286,000)
The views from this brand new 5,000 square foot penthouse – on the 60th floor of Millennium Tower, San Francisco’s tallest residential building – are priceless. Its huge great room – with living, dining, kitchen, family and bar areas and opening out to a sheltered terrace – gazes down over the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, San Francisco Bay and the Downtown Financial District, and there are also two huge ensuite bedrooms, a cloakroom, butler’s pantry and a cloakroom. The hotel-style amenities are among the best in the city: a doorman, concierge, valet parking, a fitness and Pilates centre, a saline lap-pool, screening room, lounge, landscaped outdoor terrace with multiple fire-pits, wine storage, a private dining room and a playroom. Contact Sotheby’s International Realty.
4. Knightsbridge, London SW1, £19.5m
Overlooking leafy and uber-exclusive Cadogan Square, this five-bedroom duplex mansion flat has been extensively redesigned by award-winning architect Viktor Udzenija. With its own street entrance, a separate staff entrance and patio garden, it’s arranged across the raised and lower ground floors, with all the living areas on the upper levels to make the most of the high ceilings and natural light. It incorporates a custom-built Siematic kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, bespoke stained glass windows, marble surfaces throughout, hand-sculpted parquet flooring and a home automation system that controls lighting, electric blinds and curtains and multi-media throughout. Find out more from Carter Jonas.
5. Esporles, Palma, Majorca, €24m (approx. £20,864,000)
Three adjoining, traditional stone houses were painstakingly restored and combined to create this beautiful 14-bedroom, 14-bathroom manor house, located on the southern foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains and a 20-minute drive from Palma. The property has been designed to bring the outside in, with large windows to frame the views of the garden, vibrant botanical motifs on ceilings and walls, and multiple terraces, all facing in different directions to connect with nature as much as possible. Get in touch with Engel & Volkers.
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6. Linton, Maidstone, Kent, from £32m
It’s rare to find a country estate as intact as 440-acre Linton Park, which consists of a Grade I listed 12-bedroom mansion, a coach house and further 16 residential properties, gardens, a lake and cricket pitch, arable land, parkland and woodland. When the current owners bought the 18th century house, it was in a sorry state and they’ve spent years restoring and reinstating period features such as fireplaces, plasterwork and sash windows with working shutters. Three grandiose reception rooms run the entire length of the southern front, enjoying spectacular views over the grounds and Weald of Kent beyond. Through Strutt & Parker.
7. Denham, Buckinghamshire, £75m
Denham Place boasts an impeccable provenance. Dating from Tudor times, this Grade I listed private palace was once owned by the Bonaparte imperial family and more recently by Harry Saltzman, co-producer of the James Bond films, and counts both real and Hollywood royalty amongst its famous visitors, who include Queen Elizabeth I, Wallis Simpson, Sean Connery and Gregory Peck. Newly restored, it has 12 bedroom suites, 12 reception rooms, stateroom style entertaining spaces, family and catering kitchens, a chapel, underfloor heating and nearly 43 acres of parkland designed by Capability Brown. Planning consent’s been granted to transform the coach house into a state-of-the-art health spa. Via Beauchamp Estates, Knight Frank and Savills.