I know we’re late on this, but I figured we should do a post on it anyway. This grand estate, dubbed Park Place, recently sold to Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin for a record £140 million or close to $230 million, which chump change for the steel tycoon. He is the richest man in Russia and 14th richest in the world with an estimated net worth of $24 billion. The massive country house was built in the 18th century near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire in Britain (Great Britain or United Kingdom). While the home may be 300 years old, the interior was recently redone by former owner Michael Spink, who bought the property back in 2007 for £40 million. How much did he put into renovation and reconstruction you ask? A whopping £100 million. The property also includes about 200 acres of the parklands, listed monuments, house, cottages, stables and even a boat house.
From Luxatic –
The Franco-Italian mansion once belonged to Frederick Prince of Wales, the eldest son of George II and more recent owners included John Latsis, a Greek shipping billionaire, the local council which ran it as a school and a couple of developers that intended to turn it into a country club.
Rooms of the main house still have the original huge stone fireplaces and stained glass windows and the original sale also included several other properties, including three houses, 10 tenanted cottages and eight other in need of renovation. During the French revolution, the property’s owner back then developed large caves beneath the property into a chamber that can be reached through a tunnel and six vaulted openings.