Some people call Ringo Starr the luckiest man in show business, maybe the world.
This pastoral estate in Surrey isn't likely to change any minds.
We're getting a peek into his "Jacobean country house" -- as real estate agency Knight Frank would have his palatial 18,000-square-foot, 201-acre property -- because the former Beatles drummer recently listed it for sale.
The main house dates to the 1600s. It has a drawing room with a walk-in fireplace (yes, evidently that's a thing) and a family room the size of a ballroom, Variety reports. (Click here or on a photo for a slideshow.)
About 40 miles from central London, the rambling English estate also includes four cottages; a "leisure complex" with indoor pool, gym and steam room; a coach house; a walled (octopus'?) garden; stables and indoor "riding school"; parkland; and even private lakes (plural). The helipad seems almost a given.
As you might expect, it has a proper English name: Rydinghurst. He and his wife, the former Bond girl Barbara Bach, bought it in 1999 for 2 million pounds (about $3 million in today's dollars) -- from a man who is a count, naturally.
Why let it go? "We’re selling our house in Surrey and moving to L.A.," Starr told the Mail on Sunday.
"We’ve had it for 15 years, but we don’t spend enough time there, and L.A. is the right place for us to be now. It’s not that sad, because it’s time for a change.
"And the weather is better over there. I’m really into the healthy lifestyle that they have out in L.A.," he said. They have a home in Beverly Hills.
At 74 years old, the ex-Beatle still tours with his All Starr Band.
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