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Zlatan Ibrahimović's former mansion tops chart of Rightmove's most viewed UK properties in 2018

Evening Standard Homes & Property logoEvening Standard Homes & Property 06/12/2018 Prudence Ivey
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A six-bedroom mansion in Cheshire, once reportedly rented for £32,000 a week by former Manchester United footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović, was the most-viewed property on Rightmove in 2018.

The mansion in the village of Hale, one of the fanciest parts of Cheshire and a favourite with footballers, is now on the market for £5 million, after the Swedish striker moved to play for LA Galaxy.

Recently built with an ‘Italian influence’, the house features a games room, wine cellar and gym in 10,000sq ft of living space.

Each of the bedrooms is en suite and some also have dressing rooms, all decorated in a plush dark grey and wood colour scheme.

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As you’d expect from a Premier League footballer’s home, the detached home is extremely private and secure, with a top of the range security system. It’s set behind gates with a private driveway and screened by mature trees.

There are extensive landscaped gardens as well as a decking area with built-in grill for outdoor entertaining.


Of the thousands of properties displayed on the property portal in 2018, all five of the most popular were magnificent mansions set in acres of grounds, spanning the UK from the Highlands in Scotland, to the Devon countryside.

A combination of history and glamour was the biggest draw for people indulging in one of the UK’s favourite pastimes – browsing property porn online.

2) Glenborrodale Castle, Scotland

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The second most-viewed home of 2018 was a 16-bedroom castle in Scotland, on the market for £3.75 million.

Built in 1902, the baronial mansion overlooks Loch Sunart and has a boathouse and jetty.

The sale includes two uninhabited islands and a dramatic terraced garden.

Previously a hotel, the Glenborrodale Castle also has staff accommodation, a gate lodge and coach house.

3) Cappers Lane, Cheshire

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A £5.95 million Cheshire mansion on a 93-acre estate was the third most-viewed home of 2018.

Approached via a tree-lined drive, the property comes with a staff barn and three separate cottages.

There are four reception rooms, an orangery, an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, gym, wine rooms, media room and games room.

The country house estate was once owned by the Tollemache family whose lineage can be traced back to before the Norman Conquest.

4) The Park, St Albans

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A cinema room, parking and car lift and seven en suite bedrooms and eight receptions rooms are all part of a St Albans new build, which was fourth on the list.

Underfloor heating, built-in music system, Lutron lighting and security cameras are further luxury touches.

5) The College, Devon

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The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s family home in Ottery St Mary, Devon, was the fifth most-viewed home on Rightmove’s list.

Appropriately, given the property's literary heritage, the entire ground floor of the west wing of the house is taken up with a wood-lined library.

Designed for Lord Coleridge's 18,000 books, it's the largest library west of Salisbury.

With ten bedrooms, a billiards room, a tennis court, swimming pool, Victorian bird house with aviary palm house and party room, the house is on the market for £7 million.

Related: The world’s most luxurious properties for sale in 2018 (Lovemoney)


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