Arsenal footballer Sol Campbell puts £24m Chelsea townhouse on sale

Arsenal footballer Sol Campbell puts £24m Chelsea townhouse on sale

August 19, 2021

Ex England and Arsenal footballer Sol Campbell puts his eight-bed Grade II-listed Chelsea townhouse up for sale for £24m

  • Sol Campbell, 46, has put his eight-bedroom Cheyne Walk townhouse on the market for £23.75million
  • The huge Chelsea property boasts views of the River Thames, a cinema room and 55-foot walled garden
  • An extensive refurbishment of the townhouse was designed by Campbell’s wife Fiona Barratt-Campbell
  • The 6ft 2in ex-footballer even added eight-foot-high underground tunnel connecting mews and main house

Sol Campbell has put his exclusive Chelsea townhouse up for sale for a whopping £23.75million. 

The former England footballer recently listed his eight-bedroom townhouse and mews on Cheyne Walk – and has cut £1.25million off the price he asked for it seven years ago.

The property boasts a six-bedroom main house with a drawing room, cinema room and state-of-the-art kitchen, as well as a separate two-bedroom mews house.

The Grade II-listed home has 7,517 sq/ft of living space and also features a lift, a 55-foot walled garden with outside fire and even a private garage.

Campbell, who has an extensive property empire in London and beyond, has put the house through a full refurbishment which was designed by his wife Fiona Barratt-Campbell.

The 6ft 2in centre-back even added an eight-foot-high underground tunnel which links the main house and the mews property at the rear. 

Former England footballer Sol Campbell has listed his eight-bedroom townhouse and connected mews on Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, on the market for a whopping £23.75million

The Grade II-listed home has 7,517 sq/ft of living space and also features a lift, a 55-foot walled garden with outside fire and even a private garage

The property boasts a six-bedroom main house with a drawing room, cinema room and state-of-the-art kitchen, as well as a separate two-bedroom mews house

Campbell has slashed £1.25million off the price tag since he last put the property on the market in 2014. Pictured: The main house’s renovated kitchen with a view out onto the garden

The 6ft 2in centre-back even added an eight-foot-high underground tunnel which links the main house and the mews property at the rear

Campbell has had the house fully refurbished at huge cost. It was designed by his wife Fiona Barratt-Campbell, who has her own interior design firm

Potential buyers are also likely to be drawn in by the spectacular views of the River Thames and glistening Albert Bridge nearby.

The ex-Arsenal man previously listed the property in 2014, just days after he attacked the Labour Party’s proposed mansion tax.

Ahead of the 2015 general election, leader of the opposition Ed Miliband set out the idea of owners with properties worth more than £2millon facing an annual charge in future.

Under the proposed tax, Campbell would have been forced to pay an estimated £250,000 per year on his property to the government.

In an extraordinary series of tweets, Campbell launched a scathing attack on the proposal, writing: ‘#MansionTax? Why should we except this? @UKLabour are the grim reaper of business entrepreneurs or anyone that has done well!

‘Some people only have their houses to support their incomes, some have been lucky or have risked a lot with their properties.

‘They don’t trust bankers or the stocks and shares market and now labour want to penalise everyone with a £2million+ home!’ 

The ex-Arsenal man previously listed the property in 2014, just days after he attacked the Labour Party’s proposed mansion tax

Under the tax proposed ahead of the 2015 general election, Campbell would have been forced to pay an estimated £250,000 per year on his property to the government

The standout property in his portfolio remains his £24m townhouse on Cheyne Walk, which he is believed to have owned since at least 2004

Campbell has been vocal in British politics since retiring as a footballer, and in February 2015 he even announced a bid to become the Conservative Party nominee for Mayor of London, which was ultimately unsuccessful. 

His stinging rebuke of proposals for a mansion tax may be a result of his sprawling property empire, which has been estimated to value £50million.

It has included a £6million mansion in Northumberland which he bought while playing at Newcastle United, and a luxury flat in Carlyle Mansions which is purchased for £4.25m in 2011.

However, the standout property in his portfolio remains his £24m townhouse on Cheyne Walk, which he is believed to have owned since at least 2004.   

Campbell had commissioned interior designer Kelly Hoppen, who he had once dated, to completely re-design the townhouse. However, the job later went to her protégée Fiona Barratt who Campbell married in July 2010

The property is listed by estate agency Knight Frank for £23.75million. MailOnline contacted the agency but they declined to discuss the property

Potential buyers are also likely to be drawn in by the spectacular views of the River Thames and glistening Albert Bridge nearby

Campbell had commissioned interior designer Kelly Hoppen, who he had once dated, to completely re-design the townhouse.

However, he then become involved with her protégée, the then-Fiona Barratt, who had worked for Miss Hoppen for three years.

In July 2010, he married Miss Barratt – who left Miss Hoppen’s firm where she had become head of interior design to set up her own firm in May 2006.

Interestingly, the job re-designing the townhouse subsequently went to his wife following the split. 

Fiona, 41, is a formidably successful businesswoman in her own right.

Having set up her own design firm in May 2006, the company’s first project was Sir Richard Branson’s luxury lodge in Verbier, where she has also created a chalet for the Marquess of Bute.

She is the granddaughter of Sir Lawrie ‘Brickie’ Barratt, the founder of the suburban house-building colossus Barratt Homes.

The property is listed by estate agency Knight Frank for £23.75million. MailOnline contacted the agency but they declined to discuss the property.

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