The man who made billions from Phones 4U, John Caudwell is raising the bar even higher for extravagant property accessories. While other multi billionaires may be satisfied with traditional interior extras like an indoor spa or cinema, Caudwell is most definitely thinking outside the box. He has just been given permission to build a railway around the grounds in which he lives!
Plans have been revealed, and it was stated that the 28-acre gardens and parkland around his Jacobean mansion are tricky to get around. One would think that once you’ve expended all your energy in finding one of the 50 bedrooms, took a swim in the pool, or embarked on a game of tennis, who has the energy to walk around the grounds?
So instead, Caudwell and his family will be able to step onto the train, and travel three miles around the property without moving a muscle.
It’s not a terrible way for a billionaire to splash his cash. As he is worth around $2 billion, and spends an enormous amount of his own time and money supporting a number of charities, there’s an argument that he has every right to indulge in his property-related whims.
Other unusual property developments of the rich and famous
Caudwell is not the first multi-millionaire with some unusual home improvement ideas. Donald Trump lives in the penthouse of Trump Tower in New York. Possibly the most elaborate addition to the property is a gold and diamond studded door.
Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani, built a 27 storey house, which is thought to have cost $1 billion, and currently qualifies as the world’s most expensive home. Additions to the property are a theatre for 50 people and three helipads.
Russian steel billionaire Alexander Abramov has built an enormous property in New Zealand, complete with several separate homes in lush countryside. He was so keen that his home life wouldn’t be interrupted by a power cut, that he built an on-site power station too.
Lastly, multi-millionaire Iron Maiden bassist, Steve Harris built a pub in his £7 million Essex pad, with a full-sized football pitch in case he decided he wanted to form his own pub team!
Some of these interior luxuries starts to make a 3 mile railway track seem like a fairly modest and understated addition to a property.