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Luxury mansion in British countryside is for sale

Renovations have turned a neoclassical villa in the English countryside into an £18 million (Dh102.1m) luxury mansion.

designed by two of Britain's best-known architects, Sir John Soane and Sir Edwin Lutyens, Tyringham Hall in the county of Buckinghamshire is up for sale for the first time in 12 years.

Soane completed his work on the property in 1797 for William Praed, a British banker and member of parliament, while Lutyens, who designed the capital city of India, New Delhi, landscaped Tyringham's gardens in the 1920s.

The result: a 24-hectare property with almost a dozen bedrooms, parklands and a swimming pool.

"This villa [was] completed and occupied in the year 1797 after having engaged a large proportion of six of the most happy years of my life," Soane wrote in his memoirs, according to Savills, the estate agent selling the property.

The original main stone house was later revamped by an Austrian architect who added the copper dome.

Lutyens' touches are evident in the gardens and pools. A central gravel path flanked by rectangular lawns ends in a stone balustrade and semicircular steps that lead to the swimming pool.

The current owners worked with English Heritage, a government body, over the renovation of the house, which has four reception rooms, draped in heavy furnishings, a kitchen, a breakfast room and a study on the ground floor.

It also has a games room, spa and cinema. The two-storey house has nine bathrooms and 10 bedrooms. The Stable House, 75 metres from the main building, provides further accommodation and more spa facilities.

The property is 115 kilometres west of London.

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