Smashing! Tennis ace Annabel Croft puts her £6.75million six-bed Surrey mansion up for sale – netting a profit of more than £5million
- Annabel Croft and her husband Mel Coleman bought the house near Wimbledon for just £1.6million in 2001
- They knocked down the 1960s-built four-bedroom house and built a Georgian-style mansion in its place
- It has an all-weather tennis court and grand entrance hall and neighbors include comedian Jimmy Tarbuck
Former tennis champion Annabel Croft has served up plans to sell her £6.75 million Surrey mansion – complete with an all-weather tennis court.
The tennis commentator and her investment banker husband Mel Coleman bought the 1960s-built four-bedroom house near Wimbledon for just £1.3 million.
They then demolished the former student digs and built a six-bedroom Georgian-style mansion in its place.
And now they are set to net a tidy profit after putting it up for sale with a guide price of £6.7million, more than the £5million they paid for the original house 20 years ago.
The luxury six-bedroom Georgian-style home boasts a grand entrance hall, five bathrooms, two reception rooms, a large kitchen and breakfast room.
It also has a family room, snug, study and utility room, and lies within an exclusive gated community in Kingston.
Neighbors include comedian Jimmy Tarbuck and former Wimbledon champion Sir Andy Murray tried to buy a house nearby but was out-bid.
Former tennis champion Annabel Croft has served up plans to sell her £6.75million Surrey mansion – complete with an all-weather tennis court
The tennis commentator and her investment banker husband Mel Coleman bought the 1960s-built four-bedroom house near Wimbledon for just £1.3million (pictured together in June 2021)
In the sales listing Wimbledon estate agents Fuller Gilbert & Co say: ‘The house offers ample parking with beautifully landscaped gardens and an all-weather tennis court’
Former British number one Annabel Croft attends the launch of Tennis for Kids in 2017, offering 20,000 free coaching courses to children aged five to eight
The 6,500sq.ft property is described by Wimbledon estate agents Fuller Gilbert & Co as an ‘extremely attractive’ modern family home in a ‘highly-sought after’ and ‘prestigious’ area.
In the sales listing, they add: ‘The house offers ample parking with beautifully landscaped gardens and an all-weather tennis court.
‘The area offers a choice of popular schools together with a wide range of sporting activities including several golf courses.’
Croft and husband Mel, a former international yachtsman, bought the original four-bedroom house in 2001.
She was seen attending the Laver Cup dinner at Somerset House on September 22 this year
The house has a creative and unique design. Pictured is a covered conservatory area with garden seating and plants
Land Registry records show they paid £1.3 million for the property just three days after that year’s Wimbledon tournament finished.
They were granted planning permission by Kingston Council to knock down the four-bedroom house and build a new six-bed one.
In a 2018 interview, Croft said: ‘When we first viewed our house 18 years ago, we couldn’t get through the front door because it was swollen shut.
‘The property had been let to students who’d left a tap on and flooded it! It sat on an acre of land but was overgrown – the grass was waist-high.
Her love for tennis has continued – Annabel Croft attended day 11 of the 2016 French Open at the Roland-Garros stadium in France
The kitchen has an island and seating area, while windows open out into the garden with views over the expansive garden and tennis court
We saw its potential so decided to buy it. Because of the damage, we wanted to pull it down and rebuild.
The insurers, however, insisted on making the house habitable before selling it to us, so for three years we lived there without changing anything, even though it smelled of damp.
‘People always laugh when they hear that we had a tennis court laid before we tackled the house, but there was method in the madness.
‘The kids could then play tennis after school or ride their bikes around the court, which was particularly useful during the building work.’