One of West London’s best known luxury homes, the 47-bedroom Holland Park mansion belonging to movie director and producer Michael Winner, has been put on the market for £17.5m.
So-called Woodland House has long been synonymous with ultra-luxury living but the price tag has come as a shock, with Winner always insisting that the property would fetch £60m. He briefly put the house, kitted with a cinema room, pool, extensive gardens and staff quarters on the market for this sum in 2011, but quickly decided to take it off the market.
Winner, who died earlier this year, bought the house from his multi-millionaire property magnate father back in 1978 and spent millions restoring it. However, Winner’s lavish lifestyle and drove him into financial difficulties later in life and pushed him to say that he would sell his beloved estate to settle his affairs.
Winner has previously fought hard to preserve his real estate legacy, reportedly entering talks with Kensington and Chelsea Council to turn the building into a museum. The talks collapsed after the council failed to find sufficient funds to buy the freehold from Charlotte Townsend, one of Britain’s richest women.
Winner’s wife Geraldine has since said that she would rather the estate sold to a British family that will keep the house intact and that she did not want to see it bought up by overseas investors or developers that would fundamentally change the nature of the building.
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