Nine weeks on (and with the help of 500 workers) Petra Ecclestone offers a glimpse inside refurbished former Spelling mansion
Billionaire heiress Petra Ecclestone has completed the nine week refurbishment of her most recently purchased Los Angeles property, The Manor, that once belonged to Aaron and Candy Spelling.
The sprawling 56,000 square foot mansion was built by the television power couple in 1991 and was bought by the 23-year-old daughter of Formula One mogul, Bernie Ecclestone last summer for a staggering $85million.
Changes made to the property were
imagined in three weeks and realised in an impressive nine, thanks to
the efforts of British designer and builder to the stars, Gavin Brodin,
and a team of 500 workers.
Renovation project: A glimpse inside the pages of the new issue of W Magazine reveals how Petra Ecclestone has refurbished the former Spelling mansion, which she purchased for $85million last year
Out with the old: The magnificent foyer as it was in the days when the Spellings resided at the Manor. Ms Ecclestone's changes took only nine weeks to complete thanks to 500 workers
The reason behind the purchase was
partly investment-motivated and partly so she could spend time in LA to
promote her new 'red carpet, celebrity-driven' fashion line, Stark.
Ms Ecclestone and her husband of six
months, James Stunt showed W Magazine around the newly decorated home,
which boasts 14 bedrooms, a number of living rooms, a pool, solarium,
bowling alley, cinema and bar.
'I know that the house is huge, and yes, it really is quite
overwhelming,' Ms Ecclestone explained to W. 'But with the other houses we looked at that were a similar
size to this, you felt like you were in a museum.
'They didn’t feel
homey. I think because there was a family here previously, it was warmer
Petra Ecclestone relaxes poolside at her new pad that once belonged to the Spellings. The property has 14 bedrooms, a pool, a solarium and a cinema among other amenities and features
The foyer of the 'cozy' house, is a 5,000sq ft space paved in striped black-and-white marble and flanked by a double staircase carpeted with a luxurious black runner.
Though one of the numerous living rooms
is white on white, the Formula One heiress confessed: 'I’ve got quite
masculine taste. I don’t like a lot of pattern… [everything] is very
dark and kind of
sexy, with, like, a boudoir feel to it. You’re not scared if you stain
But the couple,
she admitted, have contrasting tastes when it comes to accent pieces
and art. Hallways are lined with Mr Stunt's portrait collection, the
most prized of which is his series of Sir Peter Lely pieces.
Let me entertain you: The basement of the sprawling property boasts a home cinema with custom seating, a pool room, a bar and bowling alley
The banker enthused: 'All my Lelys are important. In Althorp, the Earl
of Spencer has the Windsor Beauties, which is a very famous group of
pictures by the artist.
'I’ve been trying to rival the Windsor Beauties. I
have more, I think, than him, and I’m just five off the Royal
His wife meanwhile prefers more contemporary pieces like her beloved sculpture by Marc Quinn of twin Pamela Andersons in bikinis.
The Manor: The 23-year-old heiress considers the purchase a good deal and an investment and is excited to spend time in the Los Angeles area as she promotes her new fashion line
On the second floor of The Manor are six
vast guest rooms including
the Prince Charles suite and the 7,000 square foot master suite. The
space incorporates a kitchen, living room, his and hers closets and of
course, a bedroom.
closets take 'walk-in' to another level quite literally with a double staircase leading to a second floor and display cabinets.
The most famous rooms in the former Spelling dwelling have also been converted by Ms Ecclestone. Candy Spelling's doll room is now a spa with a massage parlour, three hair stations and two mani-pedi stations, and the gift wrapping room is a more functional office for the young fashion hopeful's assistant.
The home boasts a motor court with space for 100 cars. Among others, Ms Ecclestone and her husband James Stunt have matching Range Rovers in black and white with personalised grills
But prime real estate for work space
inside the mansion has of course been given to Mr Stunt whose office on
the ground floor will house an enormous aquarium filled with puffer fish
in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles will no doubt be clued in to
the identity of the new resident Brits but just in case there were any
confusion, the lady of The Manor has had
her own coat of arms designed and a Union Jack hangs just outside the
For Ms Ecclestone, these lavish surroundings are nothing new. In January she bought an $87million home in London's Chelsea following a wedding that cost her parents $19million.
Her mother, a Croatian former model named Slavica defended the expense in Grazia, saying: 'It was worth every penny because it made my daughter happy. Who cares about money'
The full interview with Petra Ecclestone appears in the new issue of W Magazine, on newsstands now.