The ‘largest house in London’ worth £ 300 million with 65 rooms and an underground pool and cinema

The largest house in London is – perhaps not surprisingly – Buckingham Palace.

But if you look at privately owned houses, there is one clear winner for the largest house in London, and it is perhaps also one of the most expensive.

The Witanhurst Mansion in Highgate, north London, is just the kind of millionaire block you would expect a rich Russian oligarch to live in, and you will not be disappointed.

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It is home to Russian businessman Andrey Guryev, a man whose fertilizer business is partly owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spin doctor, Vladimir Litvinenko.

Forbes estimates the agricultural magnate is worth £ 5.645 billion, making the estimated £ 300 million price tag on the mansion a considerable part of his wealth.



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However, it still appears to have been a good investment for Guryev after he allegedly bought the property in 2008, according to The Daily Mail.

The house was sold to shell company Saffron Holdings in 2008 for £ 50 million and it will probably be worth a whole lot more now.

The Georgian mansion is listed in Class II and comes with five hectares of land, 65 rooms and a ballroom in oak floors.



Russian billionaire Guryev created a basement with a pool and more

There are also 25 bedrooms with more specially decorated rooms to entertain guests, including a billiard room.

If that wasn’t enough, the current owners got the basement extended after many quarrels with the Camden Council.

In 2011, The Daily Mail reported an application for a £ 50 million extension that would double in size, making room for a 70-foot swimming pool, sauna, hair salon, massage parlor and a massive two-storey cinema suite.

There were also plans for a car lift, jacuzzi, gym and games room as well as a pool bar to visit after a swim.

The huge excavation made Witanhurst only 2,000 square feet smaller than Buckingham Palace, with a 25-seat car park also squeezed into the underground development.

It is also worth mentioning that Highgate residents were not so happy at the time when tons of dirt were transported out every day for several months, the Evening Standard reported.

But the lavish home has not always been so glamorous.

At one point it was in a state of decay after a short stay as the location of the BBC’s Fame Academy in the early 2000s.



Witanhurst is 600 times more expensive than the average home in London

Before the Russian billionaire seized the property, it was once owned by the family of Syrian dictator Bashar Al Assad, before selling it to British developer Marcus Cooper in 2007, according to The New Yorker.

These days, it is impossible to get into the mansion, and owner Guryev, who also owns a five-story penthouse at St George Wharf Tower in Vauxhall, has never spoken to the media.

Although the average house price in London recently exceeded £ 500,000 for the first time, Witanhurst is still 600 times more expensive.

With the secret underground cellar expansion and ever-increasing house prices in London, the number is likely to only increase.

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