Nested in a luxury golf community near Orlando, FL, this home is somewhat atypical among Floridian mansions, more at home in the shires of 19th Century England than the Sunshine State. Built in 1990 by billionaire British investor, Joe Lewis, the home has hit the market with an asking price of $14.95 million.
The mansion stands at around 17,000 square feet with seven bedrooms in total. It is inspired by 19th British manors with moldings and carved wood panelling. It even has a fireplace lifted directly from an old English home.
The home has all the grandeur and stylings of a Victorian English country manor. The entryway features a marble floor, a grand sweeping staircase, and other period touches—from the wooden columns to the bronze sculpture and other artwork.
The home’s period furnishings and classical architecture should not bely its host of modern amenities, including a spa, a movie theatre and a home gym. Some of the home’s most luxurious features include Tiffany glass bought at auction from Elton John and a carpet, 48 feet across, that was hand-woven in Morocco.
Joe Lewis is a British billionaire, one of the wealthiest people in the world. Most famous perhaps as the owner of Premier League soccer team, the Tottenham Hotspurs, Lewis made his fortune in investing. He is the chairman and main investor in Tavistock Group, which controls a number of real estate, energy, and other business interests.
The home is built right in the midst of a golf course, which Lewis also owns. Located off Lake Butler near the city of Orlando, the house is built on a peninsula. This gives it some privacy as well as gorgeous views of the lake. Mr. Lewis is not listing the golf course at this time.