Many of us regard wine fridges, boiling water taps and walk-in wardrobes as the height of luxury but the super-rich are a completely different breed.
They expect tons of space, privacy and security as standard, and wouldn’t look twice at anywhere without ensuite spa bathrooms, self-contained staff and guest accommodation, catering kitchens and leisure and wellness facilities.
We’ve rounded up some of the priciest properties on the market to see what you can get for your money — if you happen to be a millionaire many times over.
1. Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland, offers over £4m
Sitting majestically high above the River Tweed, Glenmayne is a Victorian baronial mansion comprising more than 16,000 square feet of living space and 30 acres of grounds.
The present owners have painstakingly renovated, restored and improved the property to a very high standard while retaining many impressive period features.
The home includes four principal reception rooms, eight bedrooms, a library, snooker room, bar, gym, treatment room and a lift.
It also has equestrian facilities, a three-bedroom lodge house, a groom/chauffeur’s flat and lush landscaped gardens with plenty of room to land a helicopter. For sale through Knight Frank.
2. Malton, North Yorkshire, £7m
Swinton Grange was built in 1905 by the 1st Lord Rothschild as a rather generous wedding gift for his daughter, and is believed to be the finest country house to come on to the open market in the county in over 10 years.
The beautifully maintained main house has four reception rooms, seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two kitchens, a study, games room, gym and offices, plus numerous rooms on the second floor, and there’s a separate two bedroom annex.
You’ll definitely need a gardener, as it’s surrounded by 46 acres of grounds which include formal gardens, parkland and a tennis court. For more information, contact Blenkin & Co.
3. St George’s Hill, Weybridge, Surrey, £12m
Garden Reach is a 26,000 square foot neoclassic modern mansion in the heart of St George’s Hill, an uber-exclusive private estate which counts Elton John, Tom Jones and Cliff Richard amongst its former residents.
Fronted by imposing Ionic columns, the property is set over three storeys, and incorporates a huge entrance hall with a wow-factor staircase, a kitchen/family room, prep kitchen, formal dining room, drawing room, playroom and seven bedrooms.
The principal suite features two dressing rooms, two bathrooms and a balcony.
You won’t have far to go when you want to relax or work out, as the lower ground floor contains a leisure complex complete with indoor pool, hammam, sauna and steam room and space for a gym. Via Fine & Country
4. Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, £18.75m
Few country estates can boast such an illustrious visitors’ book as grade II listed Turville Grange, which comes with 50 acres, a recently refurbished pool house and leisure complex, a stable block and paddock.
For sale for the first time in nearly half a century, this 18th century country house was once owned by Princess Lee Radziwill, sister of Jackie Kennedy, and later by Henry Ford II.
King George V and Queen Mary, Princess Margaret, Aristotle Onassis, David Niven, Sean Connery, Peter Sellers and Liza Minnelli all passed through its doors.
The home has 10 bedrooms, five reception rooms, a lift, and a guest wing in the main house, with two more three-bedroom cottages.
5. Highgate, London N6, £35m
This leafy north London outpost is renowned for huge, one-off contemporary homes, and Heathfield House is one of the most spectacular.
Arranged over four floors, it includes a formal sitting and dining room, a kitchen and breakfast room, five bedrooms with ensuites, a glass lift and a magnificent office at the top that enjoys panoramic views over Hampstead Heath.
The basement is devoted to leisure and wellness, containing a gym, steam room, sauna, games room and swimming pool that opens on to the garden, and there’s a staff lodge and a tennis court.
It’s something of a bargain too, as £5m has been knocked off the original £40m asking price. Find out more from UK Sotheby’s International Realty.
6. Knightsbridge, London SW3, £39.5m
Designed as a church in 1838 by George Basevi, the architect of Belgrave Square, St Saviours House is now a wonderful seven-bedroom house.
The property combines period details such as gothic arches, stone pillars and exposed beams with contemporary fittings, and centres around a spectacular living area with a soaring 12-foot high ceiling.
There’s a kitchen/breakfast room, a chef’s kitchen, a guest annex and an entire leisure floor at lower ground level, consisting of a swimming pool, gym, sauna and treatment, steam and media rooms.
Harrods is moments away so you’ll never get caught short. Available through Savills.