Before the colonies ever even dreamt up the idea of seceding from the empire, this stone manor house was presiding over the rolling hills, willow-dotted ponds, and River Thames in Sonning, England. Today a Grade II listed estate, Aberlash House was then owned by the powerful, and aptly named, Rich family, Lords of the Manor of Sonning. These days, it will take a different sort of rich family to take over ownership of this 9,000-square-foot historic mansion, which is, in fact, set on an island in the middle of the River Thames. Listed with Sotheby's International Realty as "Price Upon Request," the nine-bedroom, seven-bath house—which has been upgraded with a Crestron entertainment system, automated lighting, a 14-camera CCTV security system, media room, and steam room—should fetch upwards of $14M.
· Aberlash [Sotheby's International Realty]