October 7, 2011 10:10 pm

Hot property: Basement conversions

Five of the best houses around the world with surprising subterranean spaces

Brockhampton House, UK, £4.75m

Where Bringsty, Worcestershire, 11 miles from Worcester. Birmingham is an hour’s drive to the north-east.

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What An 11-bedroom, Grade II*-listed country seat.

Why A problem with Georgian mansions is that they rarely contain discotheques. Luckily a recent renovation has installed one in the basement, next to the three-room wine cellar and walk-in safe. Upper floors have been restored since 1995, keeping the Georgian feel but incorporating modern essentials such as a jacuzzi in the main bedroom suite. The gardens blend into the surrounding 1200 acres of National Trust woods and parkland.

Who Jackson-Stops & Staff, www.jackson-stops.co.uk, tel: +44 (0)1386 840 224

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Martello House, Barbados

Martello House, Barbados, $7.5m

Where Lancaster Ridge, St James, on the west of the island, 30 minutes’ drive north-west from the airport.

What A five-bedroom house commanding west-coast views.

Why This house has an English-themed pub in the basement, with dartboard and massive plasma TV – the perfect venue for watching the footy. For more sophisticated evenings, the pub has a roulette wheel, poker table and wine cellar. Above ground, there are the standard Barbadian mansion amenities of infinity pool, marble floors and sauna.

Who Savills, www.savills.co.uk, www.island-villas.com, tel: +44 (0)20 7016 3811

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La Casa Loriana, Spain

La Casa Loriana, Spain, €50m

Where The Golden Mile, Marbella, 64km (40 miles) from Malaga airport.

What A 10-bedroom holiday mansion on Marbella’s most exclusive strip.

Why Most houses have a first aid kit; this mega-villa has a subterranean “private medical room”. Also in the basement is a cinema, spa, oxygen bath, gym and red and white wine cellars. Up top is a lagoon-style pool with waterfall.

Who Fine and Country, www.fineandcountry.es, tel: +34 952 76 40 10

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100 Hamilton Terrace, UK

100 Hamilton Terrace, UK, £35m

Where St John’s Wood, north-west London, two minutes from Maida Vale tube station.

What A seven-bedroom newly rebuilt townhouse with three-bedroom mews house.

Why London is the capital of spectacular basement conversions. This one has an indoor pool with bar, gym, treatment salon, cinema and games room. This is a great London house for someone who doesn’t want his family ever to leave home.

Who Savills, www.savills.co.uk, tel: +44 (0)20 7472 5000

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The Clarmar Estate

The Clarmar Estate, 16 Yosemite Valley Road, RI, USA, $9.9m

Where Watch Hill, Rhode Island. It’s a three-hour drive south-west to New York and two north-east to Boston. The nearest airport is Westerly State, three miles away.

What A 12-bedroom estate in the upmarket yachtie village of Watch Hill.

Why While everyone else builds gyms and treatment rooms in their basements, the owners of this house have installed a private pub with pool table and stained glass windows. It’s perfect for the pub lover who doesn’t like other pub lovers or wants to beat the smoking ban. Upstairs the rooms are large with high ceilings, bedecked with a mixture of antique and state-of-the-art fittings.

Who Lila Delman Real Estate, www.liladelman.com, tel: US +1 401 284 4820 or UK +44 (0)20 7467 5330

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