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Viewers slam the UK's most expensive houses as "vulgar" and "mean"


The UK's most expensive homes on Channel 4 followed millionaire house hunters last night searching for their dream home – but viewers popped the program for the "vulgar" riches.

The show, which aired last night, went to the exclusive real estate agent Sotheby & # 39; s, which marketed historic homes, mansions, millionaire mansions and penthouse pads to various high-end clients.

The program saw a first-time buyer a staggering £ 4m budget while a Russian agent also offered an unnamed client a virtual tour of a London property on the £ 40m market.

Meanwhile, a Londoner was amazed at how much his £ 2m budget could buy outside the capital.

Viewers beat up Britain's most expensive houses last night when they criticized the fly in the wall documentation for showing "guys with rich silver spoons" looking for property when "many can't afford to eat".

First-time buyers Zak Johnson, 34, and girlfriend Charli Fisher (pictured outside Springfield Court in East Sussex), who were looking for a house with real estate agent Sotheby & # 39; s International Realty, had a budget of £ 4 million

First-time buyers Zak Johnson, 34, and girlfriend Charli Fisher (pictured outside Springfield Court in East Sussex), who were looking for a house with real estate agent Sotheby & # 39; s International Realty, had a budget of £ 4 million

Highgate's 10-bedroom Heathfield House was on the agenda, which is currently on the market for a whopping £ 40million

Highgate's 10-bedroom Heathfield House was on the agenda, which is currently on the market for a whopping £ 40million

Agent Polina offered a nameless Russian client a tour of the incredible London mansion during the show and said her contact was focused on "space and security".

Agent Polina offered a nameless Russian client a tour of the incredible London mansion during the show and said her contact was "space and security" focused.

London-based Ali was motivated by the Covid-19 lockdown to take the plunge and leave the capital for the country with her budget of 2 million pounds

London-based Ali was motivated by the Covid-19 lockdown to take the plunge and leave the capital for the countryside with her budget of 2 million pounds

The mother of two said she fell in love with a £ 1.5 million York estate in the market with a huge tennis court and stables

The mother of two said she fell in love with a £ 1.5 million York estate in the Market for £ 1.5 million, with a huge tennis court and surrounding stables

Also on the program was the £ 2.35million home of former Liverpool Football Club chairman Peter Moore, one of the Wirral's finest

Also on the program was the £ 2.35million home of former Liverpool Football Club chairman Peter Moore, one of the Wirral's finest

The football boss said he was keen to bring his villa to market and offered the real estate agents a tour of his incredibly spacious home

The football boss said he was keen to bring his villa to market and offered the real estate agents a tour of his incredibly spacious home

Many of the viewers were amazed by the program and criticized the riches shown.

One commented, "Only Channel 4 can put on a show about pampered and rich guys with silver spoons at a time when many people can't afford to put food on the table."

Another wrote, "What a hideous program in today's climate."

Another wrote: “These people live in cuckoo land. Spend less on homes and donate more to charity, I say. It's a shame those who can don't. & # 39;

Another added, “I was just watching, people on a budget of millions! I can't take care of that kind of cash. & # 39;

A fourth commented; "One word to describe the whole program – vulgar!"

Many viewers criticized the program, some branding it "hideous" and others "vulgar" given the "current tone in Britain"

Many viewers criticized the program, some branding it "hideous" and others "vulgar" given the "current tone in Britain"

"Gosh, these houses are mean," wrote another, "this program has no soul."

But who exactly are the millionaire house hunters who can inject the money in a brand new mansion in the middle of a pandemic?

RUSSIAN LOOK FOR A & # 39; SECURE & # 39; AT HOME

At the beginning of the documentary, the real estate agents met around Highgates Heathfield House, which was on the market for £ 40 million.

It had ten bedrooms and seven bathrooms on four floors, topped by a glass dome with a glass elevator, not to mention its gym, spa room, steam room, one of the largest indoor pools, and tennis court.

The team was eager to sell the property and hired the help of Agent Polina, who runs the Russian desk in the London office.

She said she had a long black book of contacts who might be interested in the house.

For those looking to stay in the hustle and bustle of the capital, Highgate's Heathfield House is now on the market for £ 40million

For those looking to stay in the hustle and bustle of the capital, Highgate's Heathfield House is now on the market for £ 40million

The expensive property, located in one of London's most exclusive suburbs, has a gate at the front and a long driveway

The expensive property, located in one of London's most exclusive suburbs, has a gate at the front and a long driveway

The Heathfield House is crowned by a glass dome with a glass elevator and has ten bedrooms and seven bathrooms on four floors

The Heathfield House is crowned by a glass dome with a glass elevator and has ten bedrooms and seven bathrooms on four floors

She said: “I'm Russian myself, originally from Moscow. My client is a wealthy person. Today I'm going to use my wonderful iPhone to show them around. & # 39;

Polina explained that her client was looking for "security and space" before offering the contact a virtual tour of the property.

After the inspection, the agent said, “I have a feeling she liked it. She was absolutely fascinated by this beautiful room. & # 39;

The luxury property, which is on the market for £ 40 million, has a balcony overlooking the extensive garden

The luxury property, which is on the market for £ 40 million, has a balcony overlooking the extensive garden

The huge house, just 6 miles from Selfridge & # 39; s, has a gym, spa, steam room, one of the largest indoor pools and a tennis court

The huge house, just 6 miles from Selfridge & # 39; s, has a gym, spa, steam room, one of the largest indoor pools and a tennis court

LONDONER WHO WANTS A LAND STACK

Londoner Ali was dying to return to Yorkshire from London as he was motivated to leave the capital during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The mother of two lived in London for several years but now wants her children to receive the Yorkshire education they received.

With a budget of £ 2 million, she said she was amazed at how much more for her money she could get when she moved out of the south of the country.

Ali, mother of two, decided to move out of the capital during the Covid-19 lockdown and return to Yorkshire to find a more spacious home

Ali, mother of two, decided to move out of the capital during the Covid-19 lockdown and return to Yorkshire to find a more spacious home

She was offered a tour of an estate in the market for £ 1.5 million that includes a huge living area with an open kitchen, plus a tennis court and wraparound stables

She was offered a tour of an estate in the market for £ 1.5 million that includes a huge living area with an open kitchen, plus a tennis court and wraparound stables

The mother of two, who said she had worked in London for several years, was amazed at how much more her money could buy after returning to the north of the country

The mother of two, who said she worked in London for several years, was amazed at how much more her money could buy after returning to the north of the country

She was shown a six bedroom, five bathroom estate in Yorkshire that was on the market for £ 1.5 million.

The mother of two loved the property, which includes paddocks, a tennis court, and an American barn, and said, “I love this, this is fabulous. I love it. & # 39;

Ali stated, "At this point I think with this property, how much more bang for your buck you are getting."

FIRST BUYER WITH 4 MILLION BUDGET

First-time buyer Zak Johnson, 34, who runs a sustainable fashion brand, and girlfriend Charli Fisher turned to Sotheby & # 39; s International Realty to help them find their dream home.

The couple join a mass exodus that has occurred in the capital since the coronavirus epidemic began.

"It would be nice to have that extra space," said Zak, an avid kitesurfer and diver.

John Fisher, who works in the Sotheby & # 39; s Surrey office, said people are looking for more space outside of town.

A step into the Georgian mansion Springfield Court, which sells for £ 2.995 million, reveals a spacious living room that overlooks the extensive garden

A step into the Georgian mansion Springfield Court, which sells for £ 2.995 million, reveals a spacious living room that overlooks the extensive garden

Springfield Court, a Grade I listed mansion near Rye, East Sussex, has its own wine cellar, library and orangery

Springfield Court, a Grade I listed mansion near Rye, East Sussex, has its own wine cellar, library and orangery

The property, which has a piece of history in every room and is now on the market for £ 2.995 million, also features a spiral staircase

The property, which has a piece of history in every room and is now on the market for £ 2.995 million, also features a spiral staircase

"During the first lockdown, you had people isolating in multi-million pound houses in London that were no bigger than a postage stamp," he said.

The first property he showed the couple is a Grade II listed mansion near Rye, East Sussex, which was on the market for £ 2.995 million.

The Georgian mansion, Springfield Court, was on 7 acres and had its own orangery, wine cellar and library with a bookcase off 11 Downing Street.

"The stairs are amazing," said Charlie, who creates luxury lifestyle content for various brands. “I feel like I'm in a modern Downton Abbey.

Charli and Zac, along with the real estate agent (right), visited the £ 6.95 million Chalfont Manor in Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire.

Charli and Zac, along with the real estate agent (right), visited the £ 6.95 million Chalfont Manor in Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire.

The luxury property has a spacious living room with a fireplace and windows overlooking the outdoor pool

The luxury property has a spacious living room with a fireplace and windows overlooking the outdoor pool

The house in Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire also has a lavish dining room with chandeliers and exposed beams on the ceiling

The house in Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire also has a lavish dining room with chandeliers and exposed beams on the ceiling

The couple loved the home, which also includes a landscaped garden designed by Chelsea winner Kate Gould, a swimming pool, as well as a television and playroom

The couple loved the home, which also includes a landscaped garden designed by Chelsea winner Kate Gould, a swimming pool, as well as a television and playroom

The couple were tempted to go over their budget when they were shown the property, which also houses a £ 1 million Steinway cinema room

The couple were tempted to go over their budget when they were shown the property, which also houses a £ 1 million Steinway cinema room

Zak and his partner were spoiled for choice as they were shown around the expensive property and had to decide whether it was worth going over budget

Zak and his partner were spoiled for choice as they were shown around the expensive property and had to decide whether it was worth going over budget

“The ceilings are much higher, so you feel a little more spacious. I love old properties. There is a piece of history in every room. & # 39;

The next property on the viewing list was a Chalfont Manor in the 1920s in Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, which would be beyond their budget.

But Fisher decided to show them anyway, saying, "Even though it's over your budget, there's no doubt that it will be tempting."

“Very often people can look over their budget. When you dangle a few little things, you never know someone might be nibbling. & # 39;

The last property the couple are allowed to visit is the £ 3.5 million Addington House, built in 1450 in the village of Addington, Surrey

The last property the couple are allowed to visit is the £ 3.5 million Addington House, built in 1450 in the village of Addington, Surrey

The property is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Britain and its origins date back to when Henry VIII went there with Anne Boleyn

The property is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Britain and its origins date back to when Henry VIII went there with Anne Boleyn

A spacious kitchen on the property, which is on the market for £ 3.5million, has a central island, large stove, and hanging rustic lights

A spacious kitchen on the property, which is on the market for £ 3.5million, has a central island, large stove, and hanging rustic lights

A step into one of the many rooms at Addington House also reveals a cinema room that can accommodate a number of guests

A step into one of the many rooms at Addington House also reveals a cinema room that can accommodate a number of guests

A step in front of the expensive house also reveals a large garden with a swimming pool and seating area that the couple said was perfect for pool parties

A step in front of the expensive house also reveals a large garden with a swimming pool and seating area that the couple said was perfect for pool parties

With a landscaped garden designed by Chelsea winner Kate Gould, a swimming pool, TV and game room, and a £ 1 million Steinway cinema room, the couple were tempted.

"That's phenomenal," added Zak. "It's hard when you see something over budget because you will always fall terribly in love with it."

The last property on the list was a property dating from 1450 in the village of Addington, Surrey.

As one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Great Britain, its origins date back to when Henry VIII went there with Anne Boleyn.

"I love the property," said Charli. “I love the fact that there is so much history, the fun space. If this were north of London I would definitely say yes. & # 39;

FOOTBALL BOSS DESPERATIVE TO SELL

Football boss Peter Moore was also on the agenda when he enlisted the help of Sotherby & # 39; s to sell his £ 2.35million house on the Wirral

Football boss Peter Moore was also on the agenda when he enlisted the help of Sotherby & # 39; s to sell his £ 2.35million house on the Wirral

Also on the program was the £ 2.35million home of former Liverpool Football Club chairman Peter Moore, one of the Wirral's finest.

The house was hidden behind private electric gates and had a floodlit tennis court, tree house, zip line, pond, and summer house.

The home has eight bedrooms, five bathrooms, and an indoor pool complex, as well as a gym and a summer home.

Tucked behind private electric gates, the house had a stunning reception room, as well as a floodlit tennis court, tree house, zip line, pond and summer home

Tucked behind private electric gates, the house had a stunning reception room, as well as a floodlit tennis court, tree house, zip line, pond and summer home

The huge property also has eight bedrooms, five bathrooms and an indoor pool complex, as well as a gym and summer home

The huge property also has eight bedrooms, five bathrooms and an indoor pool complex, as well as a gym and summer home

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