A fashionable address! 17th Century mansion with 10 bedrooms, a pool and 28 acres of land that once belonged to controversial Gucci heir Paolo goes on sale for £2.95million

  • The extravagant country pile sits in the village of Rusper, close to the border of Surrey and West Sussex
  • It also boasts a music room, a family room, a games room, six bath and shower rooms and a roof terrace
  • Paolo Gucci, grandson of Guccio, founder of the Italian luxury fashion brand, lived there during the 1980s
  • He once brought assault charges against his brothers and helped have his father arrested for tax evasion

The 17th century mansion once home to a controversial heir of designer brand Gucci, who had his own father arrested, could be yours for a fashionable £2.95million.

The country pile of Normans Rusper, is located close to the Surrey/West Sussex border and comes complete with a music room, family room, games room, kitchen, two utility rooms, lounge, study, 10 bedrooms, an outside pool, six bath and shower rooms, dressing rooms and a perfectly situated roof terrace.

The 28-acre property was the 1980s home of the late Paolo Gucci, a playboy, fashion tycoon and grandson of Guccio Gucci, founder of the Italian luxury brand.

He was the former vice-president and managing director of both Gucci Shops Inc., and Gucci Parfums of America.

The 17th century mansion, pictured, was the 1980s home of the late Paolo Gucci, a playboy, fashion tycoon and grandson of Guccio Gucci, founder of the Italian designer brand, and has now gone on the market to buyers for a cool £2.95million

The property, which sits in the village of Rusper, close to the border of Surrey and West Sussex, boasts ten bedrooms, including this spacious offering, pictured, with plenty of natural light provided through the room’s windows and doors

The property’s warm and cozy lounge area, pictured, is an ideal place to pull up a comfortable chair or a spot on the sofa after a long, hard day. Particularly on those cold winter evenings, a night in front of the house’s impressive fireplace will prove just the tonic

An outdoor swimming pool, pictured, surrounded by leafy hedges, where homeowners can relax and enjoy the summer sunshine, is one of the many intriguing aspects of this property, which has gone on the market for less than £3million

The home’s spacious kitchen, pictured, is largely kitted out in wood to add extra warmth and charm when preparing those big family dinners. Plenty of natural light is also provided through a number of windows scattered around the room

In front of the fireplace, pictured, may have been somewhere Paolo Gucci used to relax. Famous for his squabbles within the family, he once brought assault charges against his two brothers and provided the evidence to have his father arrested for tax evasion

‘Rusper is noted for its charming period houses and cottages and provides good local facilities, including the village stores, primary school, two village inns and the Ghyll Manor Hotel,’ states the listing for the 28-acre property, pictured

Wood is again the theme in the property’s impressive dining area, pictured, creating a warm and charming environment for families to settle down and eat meals together, while overlooking the rest of the 28-acre estate through the room’s windows

The Gucci coat of arms, pictured, adorns the staircase of the property, which comes complete with a music room, family room, games room, kitchen, two utility rooms, lounge, study, 10 bedrooms, an outside pool, six bath and shower rooms, dressing rooms and a perfectly situated roof terrace

The mansion includes a total of six bath and shower rooms, including this tastefully-decorated room, pictured. The town of Horsham is located around five miles south of the property and provides ‘comprehensive shopping facilities’, the listing says

The kitchen, pictured, will have once been used by Paolo Gucci, grandson of the founder of the luxury Italian designer brand. He went on to sell his interest in the company before being declared bankrupt in 1993. On October 10, 1995, he died of chronic hepatitis

A quaint looking chair, pictured, provides somewhere to sit and unwind in one of the 10 bedrooms available in the house. For families looking to bring up children in the area, local schools include Hurtwood House, Farlington, Handcross Park and Pennthorpe

One of the six bath and shower rooms around the property has been brought to life with an underwater-themed painted mural, giving the children the chance to splash about in the tub in the company of fish and other creatures from the ocean

Famous for his squabbles within the family, he once brought assault charges against his two brothers and provided the evidence to have his father arrested for tax evasion.

He later went on to sell his interest in the company before being declared bankrupt in 1993. On October 10, 1995, he died of chronic hepatitis.

The property is believed to date back to the 17th century and is currently on the market with House Partnership.

‘Rusper is noted for its charming period houses and cottages and provides good local facilities, including the village stores, primary school, two village inns and the Ghyll Manor Hotel,’ the listing states.

‘Horsham is about five miles to the south and provides comprehensive shopping facilities. There are excellent road and rail communications including the Gatwick Express (London Victoria in about thirty minutes).

‘Schools in the area include Hurtwood House, Farlington, Handcross Park and Pennthorpe.’

Normans Rusper is on the market with House Partnership for £2,950,000. Visit here for more information.

Paolo Gucci: The ambitious fashion tycoon who even turned on his own family to try and control the empire

Paolo Gucci, pictured, desperately wanted to control the family business

Grandson of the fashion giant founder, Guccio Gucci, Paolo was involved in a bitter power struggle for control of the empire. 

He played a key role initially as chief designer and so his father, Aldo, made him vice-president and managing director of both Gucci Shops Inc., and Gucci Parfums of America in 1977..

But after a period of expansion which saw its products become a firm favourite among the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, the family business fell on hard times.

Disputes among relatives became very public, and his uncle Rodolfo fired him from the parent company in 1978. 

Paolo was angry because he wanted to broaden the firm’s horizons by marketing the name ‘Gucci’ with a licensing operation, but felt he was being stifled by other members of the family, who wanted to keep it small, exclusive and old-fashioned. 

He then tried to break away and sell his own catalogue of luxury products under the name ‘Paolo Gucci’ and demanded compensation from the family empire. He won the costly trademark fight, but the business never ended up taking off. 

When his father fired Paolo from his various roles in the States, his son took drastic steps by providing evidence to the authorities which showed he’d moved profits to offshore companies to avoid paying taxes.

Aldo was then jailed for a year and a day after pleading guilty to evading some $7million in taxes in a US court. 

Paolo also brought assault charges against his two brothers, Roberto and Giorgio, as well as cousin Maruizio – the former head of the fashion house who was later murdered in Milan -after a raucous company board meeting.

He went on to sell his shares in Gucci for a reported $45m, but later managed to rack up huge debts and sought bankruptcy protection in America. 

He was reported to have signed a restructuring plan to pay back his creditors, but died of chronic hepatitis just a week later.   

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