An entrepreneur who grew up in a council house has put ‘Britain’s most expensive beachfront home’ up for sale for £15million.
Robert Kay, who left school at 14 with no qualifications, paid £4million for the stunning mansion at the exclusive Sandbanks estate in Poole, Dorset, in 2013.
Now, after renovating the coastal pile on ‘Millionaires’ Row’ where the rich and famous live, Robert is putting it on the market.
The five-bed luxury property, which has an outdoor infinity swimming pool, has gone up for sale just days after a 117-year-old bungalow on the Millionaires’ Row sold for £13.5million.
The £15million modern mansion is on the opposite side on the posh peninsula and looks out onto the beach and Poole Bay.
The stunning beachfront home on the exclusive Sandbanks resort in Dorset – which is home to the rich and famous – has hit the market for a whopping £15million
The luxury five-bedroom property backs right onto the exclusive Sandbanks resort beach
Located on Millionaires’ Row, no expense has been spared in kitting out the mansion, which is touted as being Britain’s ‘most expensive seaside home’. Pictured is the kitchen
The modern mansion has a huge entrance hall, kitchen, dining room and lounge that all have sea views.
There is a gymnasium, cinema room, office, wine cellar and boot room on the ground floor.
Upstairs there is a massive master bedroom suite that also has stunning sea views, en suite bathroom and dressing room along with four more bedrooms, three of which are en suite.
Outside there is a large sun terrace, the pool and landscaped gardens that lead onto the beach – which is the most exclusive in Britain, which counts footballers, actors and Hollywood stars among its residents.
Mr Kay, 65, grew up in a two-bedroom council estate home in Iford, Bournemouth. He started a video rental business in the 1980s and made enough money to invest in the property market.
Robert Dunford, of estate agents Tailor Made, said: ‘We believe this property is Britain’s most expensive beachfront property.
‘There are luxurious homes in coastal hotspots like Cornwall, Jersey and Guernsey that are on for more but they are all inland.
‘This house has direct beach access, there is no road or path of clifftop in the way.
The property was bought by entrepreneur Robert Kay, who grew up in a council house before making his millions. Mr Kay is pictured outside his old council home in Iford, Bournemouth in 2009
The modern mansion was bought by Mr Kay for £4million in 2013 and has a huge entrance hall, kitchen, dining room and lounge that all have sea views
It is packed full of luxury, featuring its own personal gym (pictured), cinema room, office, wine cellar and boot room on the ground floor
Outside the property features a stunning infinity pool. large sun terrace and landscaped gardens that lead onto the beach
It has five bedrooms, with some rooms having unrivaled seaside views over Poole Bay
‘The property was very tired looking when our client went in there.
‘Externally, it is slightly understated in appearance. It is not a modern contemporary home with straight lines and right angles. It has been sympathetically refurbished.
‘Inside, no expense has been spared. The owner stripped it right back and redesigned it all.
‘The table in the dining room was designed and made by the same people that make Sunseeker yachts.
‘The grounds of the property are stunning and could easily be mistaken for a scene in Miami or LA.
The impressive mansion has an elevated upper garden is elevated and a lower garden that offers direct access onto the award-winning Blue Flag sandy beach
Inside, the home feature marble flooring and a modern, white-wash finish
The living room overlooks the sea, with the dining area having been custom built by the same people who design luxury Sunseeker yachts
The £15million modern mansion is on the opposite side on the posh peninsula and looks out onto the beach and Poole Bay
‘The upper garden is elevated, giving privacy and maximising views and the lower garden offers direct access onto the award-winning Blue Flag sandy beach.’
Mr Dunford said the property market in the Poole Harbour area is booming at the moment, largely due to the Covid pandemic.
He said: ‘Sandbanks and Poole Harbour has always been a desirable location but since Covid we are seeing more and more people relocating here from London for a better way of life.
‘The location brings with it the lifestyle. You have Poole Harbour, award winning sandy beaches and the Jurassic Isle Of Purbeck as your playground.
‘That interest is driving up demand for beachfront and waterfront homes of which there is a finite number on the Sandbanks peninsula.’
From a two-bed council house to Britain’s most expensive beachside mansion: the story of Robert Kay
Robert Kay – who grew up on a council estate to become a millionaire
He started life living in a humble two-bedroom council home in Iford, near Bournemouth.
Fast-forward 65 years, and Robert Kay is the owner of Britain’s most expensive beachside mansion – which he is now selling for a whopping £15million.
But despite reportedly having his own private jet and millions of pounds in the bank, Robert’s life wasn’t always so lavish.
Growing up, he was one of six children sharing the two-bed home in Iford. His father worked night shifts at an engineering firm and his mother was a cleaner during the day.
Times were tough. ‘There was no money,’ he told Bournemouth Echo in 2009. ‘I used to go to school in second-hand clothes with someone else’s name on the tags.
‘It created a huge desire in me to have money. It wasn’t a particular amount, just enough so that I had the same as the other kids.’
He left school at 14 with no qualifications and picked up his first job buying and selling toys at markets in Boscombe, Wareham and Salisbury.
After a brief stint working at Hendy Ford, where he reportedly told Mr Hendy Ford he could ‘run the place better’, Robert moved into working for himself.
He drove taxis, cleaned cars and bought and sold vehicles. Then, in the 1980s, invested his money in the video-rental market, setting up his own firm – which led him to the property market, with four of his shops were sold to Blockbuster
From here, he went on to own four nursing homes, before buying the luxury Tracy Park Golf Club and Country Resort near Bath from the Kuwaiti government in 1992 for £2m.
He spent millions on office buildings before then buying the £4million at the exclusive Sandbanks estate in Poole, Dorset, in 2013.