Aussies and Kiwis mad about UK mansions

Aussies and Kiwis mad about UK mansions

People from over 100 countries including Australia, South Korea and Indi a taking part in competition to win luxury British lifestyle

3.9.18 LONDON. People around the globe most eager to win a ‘Downton Abbey’ style British mansion in the world’s first truly global luxury property competition have been revealed.

The British and Australians lead the field, with tens of thousands of people buying tickets at for the competition to win a ‘millionaire lifestyle’ prize worth £3million English pounds that includes a mansion with all its the contents, furniture, fully equipped kitchen, a Rolls Royce, quad bike, tractor, £50,000 in English pounds, a housekeeper and gardener paid for a year, golf course, swimming pool, Stamp Duty property tax paid and a separate apartment in the 10-acre grounds.

Historical television drama Downton Abbey depicts the lives of a British aristocratic family and their domestic servants in the early 20th century. Filming for the movie officially got underway at the start of September. 

The prize is designed to provide a complete ‘millionaire lifestyle’, including the mansion and its contents, staff, a car and money to spend.

New Zealanders are the next nation most eager to win the stunning prize, in what is believed to be the first ever global luxury property competition. Then it is people from the United States, South Africa, France, India and Canada, all attracted by the property and its secluded location in the beautiful English countryside in the county of Devon.

In all, people from just over 100 countries are now taking part in the competition, which is raising money for 11 charities including Make a Wish, Farms for City Children and the Red Cross. The competition is entering its final months, running through to 30 November 2018.

Dan Pritchard, representing Ogilvie Promotions, a company set up by the anonymous British businessman who currently lives with his family in the property, says the interest around the world has been phenomenal.

He said: “The idea of selling a house and raising money for charity has really caught on. It took time to set up as a truly global competition but we’ve had interest from people in over 100 countries which is incredible. Outside the UK, it’s Australians and New Zealanders who are leading the way, perhaps because they may have friends and family in Britain. But there has been huge interest from a huge range of countries including India and South Korea. Europeans are keen to, especially in France and Germany.

“It’s not just the house that people are excited about, but also the Rolls Royce and money. And if the winner doesn’t want to live there, the owners will help them sell it and cash in.” 

The current ‘top 10 league table’ of people hoping to win a ‘Downton Abbey’ millionaire lifestyle is UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, South Africa, France, India, Canada, Germany and South Korea. People from over 100 countries including 
Peru, Malaysia, Romania and the Philippines have been taking part.

The luxury mansion is 30 minutes from the famous Devon coastline and just two hours by train from London. The winner can keep it, rent it out or sell.

On the ground floor the mansion features double entrance doors leading into a large hall, drawing room, kitchen, dining room, library, study, breakfast room, bar and double doors on to an entertaining terrace and barbecue area, with steps down to a secluded walled garden. The basement has a wine cellar, utility room, drying room and storage rooms.

Upstairs there are four large en-suite bedrooms. The master suite has its own sitting area, dressing room and French doors opening on to a balcony. The property is fully secured with electric gates, closed circuit television and alarm systems.

The self-made couple who own the home, who wish to remain anonymous, have been married and working in business together for 45 years.  They are donating 20 per cent of the competition proceeds to 11 charities.

The British businessman said: “This all started with wanting to move to be nearer our family but has become a way to raise money for our favourite charities. It’s amazing how people have responded. We’ve been overwhelmed. I think people love the idea of not just winning the mansion but the whole lifestyle, with the Rolls Royce, staff, money and all the contents right down to the stocked wine cellar. It really does mean you can enjoy that ‘millionaire lifestyle’ from day one.”

Tickets are £10 English pounds , plus 50 pence booking fee per transaction with people from around the world able to enter the competition online. For a chance of winning, entrants, who most be at least 18 years old, need to buy a ticket at and successfully answer a multiple-choice question. As well as the main Millionaire Mansion prize, there are nine £10,000 English pound runner-up prizes.

The millionaire mansion competition runs until November 30, 2018. 

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Notes to editors: 
Residents of Northern Ireland, EU countries apart from Britain, and countries where such competitions are not permitted by their own laws cannot enter. Competition terms and conditions apply 

The competition is operated by a company set up by the owners, Ogilvie Promotions, (Registered in England: Number 11028385). Winners will be picked at random by a computer using an algorithm, which will be overseen by an independent legal team. The winners will be notified within three days of the competition closing date.


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