It’s modern, lavish and barely been lived in since it was built by a rich Iranian businessman for his wife in 1999.
Palladio, in Sherbourne Hill, near Stratford-upon-Avon, is a veritable playground for the very wealthy, nestling in 10 acres of the Warwickshire countryside.
Not only does it have eight bedrooms and five reception rooms, there is an indoor leisure complex that many hotels would be envious of, and decor that looks straight out of Hollywood. Oh – and an indoor lift to take the strain, if the stairs become too much.
With a guide price of £5,250,000, it’s not surprising that enquiries are coming from overseas buyers, looking to take advantage of a weaker pound following the EU referendum.
John Denney, of Hamptons International’s Country Homes department, which is marketing the property, describes this modern mansion as “amazing”.
“It is unique,” he says, “and has all the toys that you could want, with a leisure complex with pool and Jacuzzi and gym. It will definitely appeal to the continental marketplace and is already attracting enquiries from overseas.”
Despite being a sumptuous and undoubtedly luxurious property, it seems a little unloved.
The wife of the businessman who built it disliked the house so much that she refused to live there, forcing him to sell it just as the paint was drying.
The second owner was Vera Weisfeld, the retail tycoon behind the What Everyone Wants store and one of the wealthiest women in the country.
However, the Scotland-based magnate enjoyed just a few holidays there with her husband Gerald, preferring to stay at her baronial mansion near Glasgow.
It changed hands again, but it is back on the market.
So, what does £5,250,000 buy you?
Opulence, for a start.
No expense was spared in the creation of Palladio, whose design was inspired by Andrea Palladio, the celebrated 16th-century Venetian architect.
The Cretan marble floor was laid and polished over several months by Greek masons who were flown over specially for this job, creating intricate designs, while elaborate doors and fireplaces were shipped from Italy. As well as gilded colonnades and crystal chandeliers, there are spectacular views that money can buy.
Underground plant rooms run the air-conditioning, ventilation and underfloor heating systems, while pressure controls mix air with the water to provide a soft flow to the taps in the kitchens and bathrooms. There’s a sophisticated CCTV and security system, too.
The super wealthy buyer of this piece of Warwickshire will enjoy 25,000 sq ft of palatial living accommodation.
It may not be understated or subtle but it certainly is luxurious.
There is an impressive reception hall, a drawing room, dining room and sun room. A barely untouched ballroom with beautiful wooden floor is crying out for parties, while a billiard room provides further entertaining space.
As you’d expect in this larger-than-life home, the bedrooms are equally impressive. A master suite comes complete with two dressing rooms and the remaining seven bedrooms are all en suite. The indoor leisure complex has swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and gym, plus changing room.
And for guests – or perhaps staff – there is ancillary accommodation with three bedrooms. A garage complex can accommodate four vehicles.
Not surprisingly, Palladio is set in very private grounds. Landscaped gardens and a pond complement the countryside views.
Despite being tucked away in the heart of rural Warwickshire, Palladio is just four miles from Stratford-upon-Avon and four miles from Warwick.
* Agent: Hamptons International, 0203 3151 2414
* Guide price: £5,250,000