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Petra Ecclestone offers sneak peek into renovated former Spelling mansion

Friday - Feb 17, 2012, 12:32pm (GMT+5.5)
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London - 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, and now she’s offering her fans a glimpse inside her humble aboard.

The sprawling 56,000 square foot mansion was built by the television power couple in 1991 and was bought by the 23-year-old last summer for a staggering 85 million dollars.

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.

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.

The younger daughter of F1 mogul Bernie 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,” the Daily Mail quoted her as telling 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 and cosier,” she said.

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 that she has a “masculine taste”.

“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 something,” she said.

However, she admitted that the couple have contrasting tastes when it comes to accent pieces and art. Hallways are lined with Stunt’s portrait collection, the most prized of which is his series of Sir Peter Lely pieces.

“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,” Stunt said.

“I’ve been trying to rival the Windsor Beauties. I have more, I think, than him, and I’m just five off the Royal Collection,” he said.

His wife meanwhile prefers more contemporary pieces like her beloved sculpture by Marc Quinn of twin Pamela Andersons in bikinis.

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.

The 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.





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