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9 luxury homes to consider if money is no object

Photo: United Kingdom Sotheby's International Realty
This vast eighth floor reception room is in a £35m Westminster penthouse overlooking the Houses of Parliament. Photo: United Kingdom Sotheby's International Realty (United Kingdom Sotheby's International Realty)

Have you ever wondered what a multimillion pound budget would buy you? The answer is a top-notch property in a great location offering loads of space, privacy and security – and plenty of extras too.

All these fabulous homes demonstrate what you can get with at least £5m to spend, though you’d need nearly 75 times this sum to afford 100-room Chateau d’Armainvilliers, outside Paris. With a price tag of €425m (around £365m) it’s believed to be one of the most expensive houses in the world.

Photo: Dacre, Son & Hartley
Photo: Dacre, Son & Hartley

Surrounded by over three acres of lush gardens, this 100-year old house is just over a mile from the centre of Ilkley, a town crowned by The Sunday Times in 2022 as Britain’s best place to live. Friars Hill is regarded as one of the region’s finest family homes and perfectly proportioned, incorporating five bedrooms, four reception rooms, a library, a detached studio/gym and a purpose-built office in the garage block. Find out more from Dacre, Son & Hartley.

Photo: Knight Frank
Photo: Knight Frank

An Arts and Crafts style waterfront house on a private peninsula on the Salcombe Estuary. Fully renovated, it has 10 bedrooms, four reception rooms and a wealth of period details such as leaded light windows, oak panelling, parquet floors and open fireplaces.

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The 10 acre grounds include a heated swimming pool and pool house, a walled garden, a croquet lawn, a two-bedroom party barn, a cottage and a boathouse, and a further 193 acres, seven more cottages and farm buildings are available by separate negotiation. Contact Knight Frank.

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Photo: Fine & Country
Photo: Fine & Country

Such is the level of luxury in this contemporary seven-bedroom villa that it boasts not one but three swimming pools – saltwater, heated and indoor – plus a jacuzzi. There’s also a sauna, steam room, a cinema room, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, a lift and a sprawling roof terrace where you can sip cocktails while gazing out to sea. Through Fine & Country.

Photo: Beauchamp Estates
Photo: Beauchamp Estates

High-end developer Finchatton has converted two mews houses into a single 5,000 square foot family home, concealed behind the original façade and set over four storeys. Two of the five ensuite bedrooms boast dressing rooms, and it has a ground floor kitchen/diner and reception room, a cinema and sitting room on the lower ground level, and a lift, terrace and garage. Find out more from Beauchamp Estates.

Photo: Christie's International Real Estate
Photo: Christie's International Real Estate

One of Manhattan’s biggest and grandest residences, built for entrepreneur and socialite James Lanier in 1903. The palatial accommodation is spread over eight levels and encompasses nine main and three staff bedrooms, a gallery, formal dining and living rooms, a library, chef’s kitchen, gym, sauna, wine cellar and a courtyard garden. Original features include fluted columns and pilasters, elaborate stone and plasterwork and antique fireplaces. For sale via Christie’s International Real Estate.

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Photo:  One Caribbean Estates
Photo: One Caribbean Estates

Holiday homes don’t get much better than this new beachfront villa, situated on Barbados' west coast and a few steps from the warm Caribbean waters. Relaxing, entertaining and indoor-outdoor living were prioritized in the design, and it features six ocean-facing bedrooms, an infinity pool with pavilions at both ends, a gym, cinema, sun terrace, balconies and verandas. Find out more from One Caribbean Estates.

Photo: Savills
Photo: Savills

This penthouse occupies the sixth and seventh floors of a new development directly opposite Holland Park and comprises 5,500 square feet of internal space and a wraparound roof terrace.

Being available off-plan, the purchasers will have the opportunity to create a truly bespoke home tailored to their tastes. They'll have access to a pool, sauna, steam room, gym, yoga studio and 5* star hotel level service provided by the in-house concierge team . For more information, get in touch with Savills.

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Photo: United Kingdom Sotheby's International Realty
Photo: United Kingdom Sotheby's International Realty

So sumptuous that it gets a name of its own – The Astor, after Viscountess Nancy Astor, the first female MP – this duplex penthouse forms part of a listed 1920s building that was previously ICI's headquarters.

It overlooks the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament and consists of three bedrooms, a reception room, a cinema, a 360-degree roof terrace and a two-bedroom annexe. The lavish reception room, once the directors' dining hall, is adorned with gilded domes and hand-cut oak panelling, and a spiral staircase leads up to mezzanine areas containing a library and games room. Via United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty.

Photo: Brian Love
Photo: Brian Love (Brian Love)

The saying ‘everything’s bigger in Texas’ certainly applies to this property, as it’s considerably larger and more lavish than your typical lodge.

And although it looks like it’s steeped in history, it was only completed in 2005. As well as a 22,000 square foot, eight-bedroom main house, there’s a two-bedroom guest house, a pickleball court, an outdoor kitchen and bar and two pools, all sitting in nine acres of grounds monitored by 24-hour onsite security. By Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate via Mayfair International Realty.

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