On to a (Michael) winner? Mystery buyer snaps up movie director’s mansion for £50m

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  • The mystery buyer of Winner's lavish Kensington mansion, Woodland House, will have large shoes to fill, not to mention 46 rooms including THAT cinema

    We’ve all watched property shows and thought to ourselves, just how on earth do they have a budget to buy that?

    Well a mystery buyer has just splashed out £50m on the late Michael Winner‘s luxurious mansion, Woodland House. The question is – who?

    A house with history: the mansion in London's Kensington was owned by Michael Winner for over 30 years and has 46 rooms, a swimming pool and extensive gardens  Murray Sanders/Associated Newspapers/Rex Features

    The magnificent property in London’s affluent Kensington has 46 rooms – all lavishly decorated – and the lucky buyer will come home to their own cinema room, swimming pool and extensive gardens.

    The mansion belonged to movie director Michael Winner for over 30 years and during that time he spent millions renovating it.

    Pride and joy: The opulent main bedroom was once described as the ‘one of the finest rooms in London

    Converted from three flats originally bought by his father, George, the property is actually still leasehold – and when the lease runs out in 32 years, it will cost the new owner an estimated £15 million more to extend it.

    The beautiful dining room is decorated in a traditional style - Michael Winner was a keen art collector and the house was filled with paintings  Murray Sanders/Associated Newspapers/Rex Features

    The sale has been agreed almost three months after the death of Michael Winner, although he originally wanted leave it to the local council to be used as a museum, but they couldn’t afford the upkeep of the property.

    As can be seen from these photographs, Winner had a penchant for traditional – but lavish – interiors.

    In fact, the opulent red main bedroom was once described as the ‘one of the finest rooms in London’ by King Edward VII.

    This guest bedroom is just a tad more subtle, decorated in duck-egg blue scheme  Murray Sanders/Associated Newspapers/Rex Features

    With chandeliers and marble flooring, no expense has been spared on this bathroom, which one of seven in the mansion  Murray Sanders/Associated Newspapers/Rex Features

    And the property’s past is just as colourful as its interiors.

    Hollywood stars don’t just grace the walls of the cinema room – it’s rumoured that actor Warren Beatty once snogged Michelle Phillips, the Mamas And Papas singer, in this very room.

    Winner’s World: the home cinema, decorated with black and white pictures from the director’s films  Murray Sanders/Associated Newspapers/Rex Features

    Interestingly, there were also rumours that Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who lives next door, was interested in the property, but these have since been discounted.

    So, who would live in a house like this? Watch this space.

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