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Former West MP's home on the market for £49m

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 24, 2013

  • The property was built in 1896 for Russell Rea, a Victorian shipping magnate and former Gloucester MP

  • Russell Rea – MP for Gloucester

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A mansion which was once the home of a West Country MP has been put up for sale for £49 million.

The property – regarded as an architectural masterpiece and one of London's finest homes – was built in 1896 for Russell Rea, a Victorian shipping magnate and former Gloucester MP.

The eight-bedroom mansion was made using terracotta detailing and has been comprehensively refurbished by craftsmen and fitted with every modern convenience.

The result is an eight-bedroom home with seven bathrooms, a staggering vaulted reception room, four further living rooms and a galleried hallway.

There is also a cinema, steam room, gym and palatial swimming pool room which looks like something a Roman emperor would bathe in.

The four-storey home, on Lyndhurst Road in Hampstead, London, also has a large garden, outdoor swimming pool and separate staff flat.

It has been put on the market with Beauchamp Estates for £49 million – one of the highest prices for a home in the UK – and 300 times the average house price.

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