Channel Island mansion asks £39.95m, aiming for a new price record

Built in 2014, La Maison de la Vallette on Jersey “ranks as one of the finest private residences to have been created in Britain in recent years.”

A “virtually new” mansion on Jersey has come up for sale, sporting an astonishing £39.95 million asking price.

Selling agency Wilsons Knight Frank calls La Maison de la Vallette “a landmark private estate of international distinction”, going on to say that it “ranks as one of the finest private residences to have been created in Britain in recent years.”

Set in 18 acres in the middle of the island, in Trinity, and approached via a long tree-lined drive, construction of the neoclassical-style house completed in 2014. It was built over five years by a property developer and horse-racing tycoon as his main home, but was put on the market within a year of being finished.

The estate sold in 2015, “well above” its £25m guide price, to become Jersey’s most expensive home. That record was smashed earlier this year, when Eden House in St Brelade reportedly sold for around £31m – some £6m above its £25m asking price.

But now La Maison de la Vallette’s asking price has been dramatically bumped up, by over 45%, to nearly £40m. The property has undergone an “impressive refurbishment” since it was last on the market, says Knight Frank’s Channel Island chief Oliver Rodbourne (who stepped up earlier this year), with input from the likes of Ralph Lauren “finishing the estate to an exceptional standard.”

The pristine 21,000 sq ft main house offers five bedroom suites, a Palladian-style entertaining complex, a cinema room, gym – and a serious office suite featuring a boardroom, general office and dedicated kitchen. There’s also a pair of two-bedroom staff/guest mews cottages, and stables with six loose boxes and a groom’s flat.

Oliver Rodbourne, Head of South East Team and Channel Islands, at Knight Frank: “Wilsons Knight Frank is delighted to be representing the sale of La Maison de la Vallette for the second time. We were lucky enough to be involved in the sale of the property when it was last on the market and achieved a sale well above the guide price. Since then, our client has had an impressive refurbishment carried out at the property, using designers such as Ralph Lauren, finishing the estate to an exceptional standard.

“The pandemic has certainly strengthened the appeal of living on a secure and safe island, and coupled with the tax benefits of citizenship, there really has never been a greater draw to Jersey.

“The property market in Jersey and the Channel Islands, like many markets around the world, has been extremely busy recently – record prices are being achieved and there’s been a significant increase in activity.

“We are expecting to achieve a record price for what it arguably one of the finest properties in Jersey that also commands international recognition.”

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