From Queen Victoria to the Rolling Stones: Iconic London mansion up for sale

From Queen Victoria to the Rolling Stones: Iconic London mansion up for sale


If walls could speak then those of Holmwood House – former home to Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, Prince Albert and, when hunting, Queen Victoria – would likely be censored.

Situated in South London’s Kingston Vale, on the edge of Richmond Park, the gothic-style mansion was originally built as a hunting lodge for Queen Victoria. Since then it has become synonymous with wild parties after rock-and-roll super couple Ronnie and Jo Wood and their family moved in twelve years ago. But now Jo’s had enough it seems and the house is up for sale.

Jo and Ronnie bought the house in 1997 for a cool £2 million. Once lived in by Prince Albert, the couple have carried out countless extensions and renovations on the property and it now boasts seven en-suite rooms, a separate cottage, sauna, swimming pool house, three kitchens and no fewer than 19 toilets.

Each year ‘Woodfest’, a party of 300 of the family’s friends, has been held there – as well as Ronnie’s 60th birthday, Jo’s 50th and their son Tyrone’s 21st – the house has become representative of their decadent lifestyle.

However, since Ronnie left Jo in 2008 for a teenage Russian cocktail waitress, (proving the male midlife crisis can strike anywhere), the house has seen fewer wild parties, with Jo turning her hand to events and hiring out the house for weddings.

But now after twelve years it’s up for sale again, this time with an asking price of £13 million, and is said to have already received an offer. Speaking to the Daily Mail newspaper about her decision to sell, Jo said: “That house needs a big family with lots of kids running around. I don’t use most of it.”


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