BRIDGING THE GREAT DI­VIDE

MONEY

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Money -

In Pots­dam sits a Ger­man villa with a unique sense of charm and op­u­lence that re­flects its sta­tus as one of the most im­por­tant pri­vate res­i­dences in Ger­many. The neo­clas­si­cal and baroque-in­spired Villa Kampffmeyer, which is avail­able for sale though Sav­ills for €23 mil­lion (RM111 mil­lion), was built be­tween 1923 and 1924 for en­tre­pre­neur Kurt Kampffmeyer. In the en­su­ing years, the villa was tem­po­rar­ily used dur­ing the Pots­dam Con­fer­ence in 1945, and be­came a sym­bol of Ger­man his­tory when the wall be­tween West and East Ger­many ran through its grounds. Cold war spies and po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers would spend a night in its base­ment be­fore cross­ing the bor­der. Villa Kampffmeyer has since played host to in­ter­na­tional dig­ni­taries and roy­alty fol­low­ing Ger­man re­uni­fi­ca­tion. The 0.8-hectare grounds boast water­side land­scaped gar­dens with cen­tury- old trees, while the metic­u­lously ren­o­vated 1,394sqm prop­erty fea­tures ex­quis­ite silk wall cov­er­ings, an­tique stone fire­places, rich wood­work and im­pec­ca­ble plas­ter­work.

While plans have been drafted for a pri­vate cin­ema and gym, there should be enough space to tide you over in the mean­time, given the size of its mon­u­men­tal rooms. The villa houses a Great Hall, a li­brary with an or­nate cof­fered ceil­ing, a Bulthaup kitchen, a Blue Sa­lon framed by rose gar­dens, a guest wing and a golden bath­room splen­did enough to de­liver the Mi­das touch. www.sav­ills.com ¬

Villa Kampffmeyer has played host to in­ter­na­tional dig­ni­taries and roy­alty.

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