Tour the palatial home of psychic Uri Geller in Berkshire
The palatial home of renowned psychic and illusionist Uri Geller has just entered the property market.
Sonning Court has been the family home of the Israeli magician since 1986. Spanning over 15,000 sq ft, the nine-bedroom house was briefly available for sale in 2015, but has now been listed once more as Uri relocates to Israel where he established the Uri Geller Museum.
Originally built in 1970, Uri worked closely with his architect to incorporate Palladian architectural influences. Internally, highlights include a state-of-the-art cinema, professional gym, magnificent large glass atrium, and a panorama room with unrivalled views of the River Thames.
The entertainment hall is accessed via a modern stainless steel glass oak staircase, while a separate cellar featuring a wine vault, panic room and safe, sets this home apart from others. New owners will also find an additional nanny residence with its own entrance, which could also be used for guests.
There's nothing low-key about the garden. Spanning 3.6 acres, it gives you a taste of how the other half lives, featuring a heated covered pool, jacuzzi, tennis court and a helicopter pad. If that wasn't enough, there's also Japanese water gardens, a glass meditation pyramid, and 111 metres of moorings — almost unheard of in this prime location. According to the agents, the house has been built on elevated ground, meaning it never floods.
During his three decades in the home, the famous spoon-bender has hosted royalty, world-famous musicians, sport stars and presidents. Fans of Uri's work may recognise the property from the photograph of him standing beside his iconic spoon-covered Cadillac (pictured below).
Speaking about the property, Uri says: 'Externally when I bought the house I extended it to make it more balanced and symmetrical, while internally my passion for design continues as I am a great believer in the ancient art of Feng Shui. Subsequently Sonning Court has been designed so positive energy can flow throughout the house at ease and impact those who are living there.'
The prime river location is one of the reasons Uri has lived here for so long. 'Throughout history, this stretch of The Thames has always been considered as one of the most magical. In-fact, Jerome K. Jerome in his book Three Men in a Boat described Sonning as "the most fairy-like little nook on the whole river" and who can blame him,' he adds.
Sonning Court is currently on the market for £7.95m through Stephen Christie-Miller via Savills.
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