On your marks: Live like a sports star Brazilian fever is almost upon us. Rio de Janeiro will host a record number of countries, competing in a record number of sports. The games run from 5 August, with the opening ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium, until 21 August. We have scoured the UK to find 10 properties for sale with sporty connections from swimming pools to stables.
On your marks: Live like a sports star
Brazilian fever is almost upon us. Rio de Janeiro will host a record number of countries, competing in a record number of sports. The games run from 5 August, with the opening ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium, until 21 August. We have scoured the UK to find 10 properties for sale with sporty connections from swimming pools to stables.
Four Winds Park, St George’s Hill, Surrey (price on application)
Swimming competitions used to take place in open water, where participants would often find themselves swimming among the local wildlife. But the British took things in a different direction, when the first proper swimming pool was used for competitions in 1908. The pool with this five-bedroom property, in the famous gated St George’s Hill estate in Weybridge might suit Michael Phelps, who will be going for gold in Rio.
Call Winkworth’s Weybridge office on 01932 854400 www.winkworth.co.uk/weybridge
Greville Place, St John's Wood, London £6,995,000
Bradley Wiggins had an excellent year in 2012. He became the first Brit to win the Tour De France and take gold at the Time Trials in the London games. Wiggins taught himself to cycle in Hyde Park, and started track cycling at the age of 12. This six-bedroom property is right around the corner from where he grew up, with an attractive private garden.
Call Winkworth’s St John’s Wood office on 020 7586 7001 www.winkworth.co.uk/st-johns-wood
Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire £1,750,000
This might make a perfect trophy home for a winning medalist. The property is immaculate throughout with six bedrooms and four bathrooms. But outside, there is an enormous swimming pool, plus a detached barn for team mates to stay for weekends.
Call Winkworth’s Beaconsfield office on 01494 677978 www.winkworth.co.uk/beaconsfield
Stoodleigh, Tiverton, Devon Offers in excess of £1,000,000
These games will be the first to feature athletes born in the year 2000. The youngest member of the British team will be 16-year-old Amy Tinkler (gymnastics – artistic). The oldest will be John Whitaker (equestrian – jumping) who will turn 61 on 5 August. If, like John, you’re into your horse racing, perhaps this property in the West Country may appeal. Is it a four-bedroom farmhouse with established racing stables, used by many top trainers from across the country.
Call Winkworth’s Exeter office on 01392 271177 www.winkworth.co.uk/exeter
Givons Grove, Leatherhead, Surrey £4,500,000
Ethiopian Abebe Bikila won the marathon gold medal at the 1960 games in Rome. He ran barefooted, but may have concluded that losing the shoes allowed him to be more streamlined. The Ancient Greeks had a different outlook – one of the first athletics events involved the competitors racing in armour. If you’re into your long distance running, this eight-bedroom property has 8.5 acres of grounds, and a bespoke 1km grass running circuit.
Call Winkworth’s Guildford office on 01483 339977 www.winkworth.co.uk/guildford
Radley, Hungerford, Berkshire £2,500,000
Serena Williams and her sister, Venus, are the only two professional tennis players to have won four medals. And all of them are gold. Growing up, the sisters were homeschooled by their father, then went on to achieve international stardom. Here is the perfect property to improve your serve with a well-maintained tennis court plus four bedrooms and three reception rooms.
Call Winkworth’s Newbury office on 01635 55 552 www.winkworth.co.uk/newbury
Gloucester Drive, Finsbury Park, London £650,000
Pavlos Kontides is a Cypriot sailor who, in 2012, became the first athlete to win a medal for his country, taking the silver in Men’s Laser back to Cyprus. Similarly, canoeist Benjamin Boukpeti became the first athlete from Togo to win a medal, when he won the bronze for the K-1 slalom at Beijing eight years ago. This two-bedroom property in Finsbury Park is a short walk from the Woodbury Wetlands – two reservoirs – where you can take canoeing and sailing classes.
Call Winkworth’s Highbury office on 020 7989 7000 www.winkworth.co.uk/highbury
Copse Hill, West Wimbledon £5,650,000
The games are compulsive viewing and a great excuse to invite friends over. Will you be hosting a party to mark the event? If so, this five-bedroom property in Wimbledon comes with a cinema room to watch the record-breaking performances in Brazil.
Call Winkworth’s Wimbledon office on 020 8946 2930 www.winkworth.co.uk/wimbledon
The Drive, Cheam, Surrey £3,600,000
Here is the perfect home with a beautiful outdoor pool, a cinema room and five bedrooms. But it also has something that no true sportsperson can live without: a home gymnasium. Arranged over three floors, the property provides an abundance of family space, creating an exceptional environment for entertaining. Outside sees landscaped gardens, complete with three courtyards to ensure all day sun.
Call Winkworth’s Cheam office on 020 8770 7766 www.winkworth.co.uk/cheam
The Green, South Winchester Golf Club, Winchester £585 per week
And finally…2016 will be the first Games in 112 years to include golf as an official sport. Before this, it has only ever been part of the programme in Paris 1900 and St Louis 1904. This cabin would make the perfect golfing retreat. It is located in the South Winchester Golf Course and comes with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
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