The Queen of England has a new neighbor – an anonymous Russian oil magnate who saw the property via Skype for the first time in October.
Windsor Park Hall, next to Queen Elizabeth IIThe official residence for the weekend is pandemic occurrence, Windsor Castle, sold on December 23 for £ 21.5 million ($ 29 million), according to London-based brokerage behind the sale, Beauchamp Estates.
“At the height of the lockdown, we showed it home on Skype on our phones, room by room, while it was based in Russia,” Jeremy Gee, general manager of Beauchamp Estates told The Post, adding that the buyer made a fortune in the oil industry.
The buyer, who has two teenage children attending private school in the UK, flew in a private jet to see the house in person before closing the house, Gee said.
The nine-bedroom, 18-bathroom home is a replica of Wilfield House, the official home of the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. About 20 miles west of London, the Wick Road property is the biggest deal Surrey has seen in the last five years, Gee said.
“I found a house in the village with all the toys and all the facilities for teenage children,” the buyer told Beauchamp Estates, Gee said.
“They already had a property in central London,” he added, “but they wanted to buy a house outside of London, so the next time they are here, they don’t have to go to London” because of the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. in the Capital of the UK. The buyer also owns homes in Belgravia, London, France and Lake Monaco, he said.
The property has seven acres filled with boxwood fences, fountains, manicured lawns and gardens and tree-lined trails – plus a tennis court and heliport.
The facade of the 29,000-square-foot house is defined by four neoclassical pillars and more than 20 windows. The two-story entrance has a custom-made chandelier and a sinuous staircase to the second floor of the entrance.
“A sale of £ 21.5 million in the country is exceptional,” said Gee, who pointed out that the double bedroom has dual bedrooms and bathrooms and is the size of a full apartment.
Downstairs, the house is decorated with entertainment amenities, including a bowling alley, private cinema, wine room with storage capacity for several hundred bottles, wine tasting room, gym, sauna, steam room, changing rooms, game room, club room and ballroom with a capacity of 120 guests (in non-COVID times). In addition, an indoor pool is housed in a glass room like a conservatory that opens onto the lawn.
“The pool is glorious, conceived as a glass orange tree,” Gee said.
A wealthy real estate investor with a large portfolio previously owned the house but “didn’t need it anymore,” Gee said. Famous British interior designers Nick and Christian Candy, who conceived the uber-expensive 1 Hyde Park in London, built the house in 2012 to emulate classic British architecture.
“Super-prime buyers, whether they are buying a country house or a mansion in the UK, want to buy a slice of British history, architecture and craftsmanship – a slice of‘ Bridgerton ’,” he said, referring The new Netflix hit set in the London Regency era.