The price of this house shocked many when it first came on the market in 2006 aimed squarely at anyone in the market for a Californian-style mansion. Designed taste-wise with the Middle Eastern market in mind, it has so far not attracted a buyer and the buyer has stubbornly stuck to their guns on price
This spectacular 103-room four-floor mansion, with 58 acres of landscaped grounds, is currently on the market in Surrey.
With a helipad, 24 bedrooms, a 50-seat cinema, five swimming pools, panic room, squash court, bowling alley, garaging for eight cars, a heated marble driveway, separate staff accommodation and exceptional security, Updown Court has everything an oil-rich potentate, business oligarch or particularly wealthy ambassador could ever dream of - including location.
Central London is 28 miles away, Heathrow just a 20-minute drive, so golf at Wentworth, racing at Ascot, and tea at nearby Windsor Castle should tick all the squillionaire boxes.
By Peter Swain, 23 March 2011