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  • Eric

    Ok, I am going to just skip right past what I do NOT Like about it, since I know there will be others who shall do a FAR Superior job of describing the horrfic interior…

    Instead what I do like, and that I will start with the basment which i LOVE!
    It is a personal taste, but I love big basements! And this one has almost a full list of all the amenities I normally like. Pool, gym, sauna, showers, a rec room with a REAL Butlers pantry! It has a staff rooms (very small mind you) It even has a Garden underground! Something I have always wanted.

    At four floors (plus basement) there is also a great deal of space! The Master Bedroom seems rather smal lfor such a big house however, but the M-Bathroom is actually decent size.

    All in all, if you ignore the interior, and go by just the floor plans, It is an ok house.

    • Teddi

      Eric, you wound me. Did you just say that bathroom was a decent size? Okay, take this bathroom outside of this mansion and put it in a middle class condo or townhouse and I’d agree with you.
      But it’s not a townhouse in Podunk, USA. It’s a huge mansion…in London…with a lawn. Would you really plunk down the MILLIONS this is going to run for that bathroom? I can’t even think about the closet. Actually, forget I asked. I need another woman to answer. I need to know if it’s too much to ask to have a little privacy in the master loo in a home that somehow manages to have 9 bathrooms.

      • Eric


        Well I said decent SIZE, I guess I should have been more clear on what that meant then… The SIZE is ‘decent’ but the use of the space is horrible! An open space toliet jammed next to what looks like a normal bath/shower? no private loo space or storage area for other bath items…

        Terrible usage of space, which is alas, somethign that is not uncommon in a lot of English houses.

        • Teddi

          How can houses which look good on the outside, sound great in the description, suck so much in reality? Where are these architects and real estate visionaries getting their training?

  • Daniel

    I like this, 70s inspired decor and all.

  • Teddi

    I wish I could point out everything that I do like, for example, two butler’s pantries with a dumbwaiter. Finally a house that gets it. There are other great points, but they lost me as soon as I realized there was only one kitchen in a house with a living space of over 17,000 square feet and that one kitchen is in the bloody basement?

    What, English architects, fresh hell is this? Not only is the dining room on a different floor than the only kitchen, but if you or a guests want a midnight snack or a glass of water, they have to go to the lower level to get it. Or do they ring for Jeeves, who might actually be glad for any excuse to get out of the broom closet they think can be considered a bedroom.

    Perhaps I should commend the builders, who even while building a home more than double the size of what is considered a mansion, is subversively trying to force the buyer to be less materialistic. For what other reason would this house be holding a one-mansion-crusade against closets? If you have nowhere to put anything, you don’t buy anything. And they are obviously trying to force husbands and wives to learn as much about each other as possible, body functions and all, hence that “master bathroom”.

    Maybe they can market it as a Jenny Craig/Weight Watchers house. No food pantry so you don’t buy too much stuff at the supermarket, and with the kitchen underground, you’ll either not think it’s worth it to bother to get a snack (less food = weight loss), or burn off the calories getting there and back if you bother to go through the trouble of eating at all. Quite ingenious.

    • Grrrowler

      It’s VERY common in English houses to have the basement in the kitchen. When it’s an English basement like this one I don’t mind it; there’s a lot of light and the main floor is left with more space for the more public rooms. This one nicely compensates for the dining room being on a different floor with the two butler’s pantries and the dumbwaiter. Were it my house, I would put a drinks fridge and snack cupboard in the master study and in the second floor family room. If someone is really hungry and doesn’t want just a snack, it’s a very short down to the kitchen and back in the lift.

      I didn’t think the staff rooms were that small, at least compared to others. The rooms look big enough for a double bed or even two twins, each has a private en suite, and the staff have a “family room” to themselves.

      I can’t explain the lack of closets in so many of the bedrooms. I guess it’s considered that they will be guest rooms so a small freestanding wardrobe will be sufficient.

      • Teddi

        There are a lot of things which are exceedingly common. Doesn’t make them good ideas. Americans may think to have walk in pantries, but they keep putting them in separate rooms. Ridiculous. There’s over 2000 sf on that main floor, someone should be able to stick a little kitchen there and keep the main one in the basement if they are so inclined. No one who cooks and entertains often will be finding that convenient in the least.

        As for the staff bedrooms, take a look at the dimensions. Are they hiring only little people? One side of those rooms isn’t even a double digit. Qualified butlers and HM’s, even nannies are in extremely high demand at the moment and command unbelievable wages. Nice, spacious accommodations are one of the perks they get to demand. This ain’t it. Private bathrooms are now a requirement, not a luxury. This is a newly built home. That’s something they should have taken into consideration.

        The lack of closet space is also something we keep seeing in these British floorplans and another thing they need to change. That and the small, let’s-share-everything ‘master suites’. I use that term loosely in this case. No place for hair and make up. No water closet. No sitting room. One inadequate closet…to be shared. It’s as if some enemy of mine designed this knowing it would bug the hell out of me. Everything I most hate about a kitchen and master suite all in one house. All they’d need to do is move in a couple of cats and it’d be my own personal hell. 😛

        • Limedaiquar

          I dont have a problem with the kitchen being in the basement I would prefer it that way. It say kitchen/breakfast/family and its a 50 ft wide room in the other entertainment areas of the house. If you need to entertain many hire a cook.

          Servants bedrooms are small, they’re never fullsize bedrooms anyways. Atleast they have their own bathrooms, living space, and a kitchenette.

          The master suite has his and her bathrooms and closets, one of them is just gonna have to walk to it. The dimensions are fine for whats pretty much a townhouse.

          • Teddi

            Unless the staff are Lilliputians, those bedrooms are inexcusable. I rented a one bedroom apartment that had a 7×15 closet. That’s bigger than those “bedrooms” and probably bigger than those “master dressing rooms” combined. The townhouse I got after that has a master closet with a length of 12 feet. I grew up in a house built many decades ago that had a maid’s quarters with large bedroom, living room, bathroom and private entrance. This is not a 3rd world dictatorship and these aren’t chambermaids from yesteryear.

            As I said before, well trained, well educated estate staff are in short supply. When the minimum requirement for quality butlers is a bachelor’s degree and most of the 1% are requiring they have a master’s degree and speak multiple languages, and pay them upwards of $200,000, these aren’t people you stick in a broom closet and tell them to be happy they have their own bathrooms and closets. These are not Dickensian times. “The help’ have changed. They know what the demand is and they know there aren’t enough to meet the demand, they’re turning down work over living quarters that don’t meet their standards. The Americans have caught on to that fact. Seems the British have some catching up to do.

            Given my previous comment about closet space in much smaller abodes than this, I won’t even bother to get into the ridiculousness of calling those dressing rooms adequate. Nor will I get into the 2nd master bath’s location in Timbuktu. The one kitchen on a separate floor from the dining room is lunacy to me. Who needs a big function? Hosting a small dinner party or having a couple friends over for a soiree will be inconvenient enough even without a large throng of people to entertain.

  • Grrrowler

    I really like it. There are some minor changes I’d make to the interior design, but I quite like the interior design. I like the contrasting but complementary elements and the different surfaces and textures used throughout. The upper and lower butler’s pantries, with dumbwaiter, are a great feature. I’m not completely sold on the trough-style sink on the kitchen island, but it’s interesting if nothing else. In case anyone hasn’t found them yet, there are more pics on the designer’s site:

    I don’t love that it’s part of a development of three identical houses. It also looks like all three houses share a common driveway and gate. In what is obviously going to be an eight-figure price range, I’d want a house that was truly one of a kind, and didn’t have to share a driveway.


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