Most Expensive House for sale: Inside Britain’s £100m home
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 8, 2012
14-bed mansion for sale with six garages, two pools, private cinema, gym and panic room
Pricey … £100million home Heath Hall Neil Hall
It’s got plenty of potential, plus friendly neighbours, though it’s probably not one for first-time buyers, as it costs £100MILLION.
With 14 bedrooms, a cinema, gym, wine cellar and indoor and outdoor pools, Heath Hall is the most expensive house for sale in Britain.
The brochure alone costs £2,000 but The Sun managed to get a tour, allowing you an exclusive peek inside this phenomenal pile.
Even the bath cost £250,000 — which is more than the average UK property.
The historic, Grade II-listed mansion stands out even on north London street The Bishops Avenue — known as Billionaire’s Row.
The lavish property, which once featured on TV talent search Fame Academy, comes with an oak-panelled library, bar, snooker room, breakfast room and six garages.
You enter through wrought iron gates and a sweeping drive leads up to a solid oak front door framed by a huge red brick archway.
Step inside and the original grand wooden staircase has been lovingly restored.
Some of the rooms are as large as the average flat.
A secret panic room has its own toilet, basin, control panel and separate telephone wires that cannot be cut.
Built in 1910 by sugar magnate William Lyle, the stately home had fallen into disrepair when it was bought in 2006 by tycoon Andreas Panayiotou.
Following a £40million restoration it is expected to be bought by one of the world’s richest families.
But not just anyone can book a viewing. Potential customers must pass a rigorous background check before they are even allowed to buy a copy of the extravagant promotional brochure.
Estate agent Trevor Abrahmsohn, who is in charge of the sale, says: “We don’t consider this house to be on the market. Before you can even look at the brochure we want to know your inside leg measurement. We want to know who you are, what you do, who you bank with — everything.
“If you get past that we might, just might, give you a brochure. But I have to be honest, getting a brochure is a negotiation in itself.”
He adds: “I expect this house will be bought by a Russian or a family from the Middle East.
“English people don’t spend £100million on one property but people from other countries will. Why? Because they can.”
Additional reporting: MATT QUINTON
Towie says the wife
THE house’s owner, property magnate Andreas Panayiotou battled with dyslexia as a child and left school with no GCSEs and unable to read.
He started working for his father before buying a small building in Islington, north London, which he converted into flats – earning a huge profit.
Today he has an estimated fortune of £400million as owner of The Ability Group property and hotel business, making him one of the richest men in Britain.
Andreas, who has written for The Sun about his campaign to raise literacy rates, spent six years having Heath Hall painstakingly restored to its palatial best.
But in the end his wife decided she would rather be an Essex girl – and stay at their 20-acre estate in Epping Forest.