8. Mentmore Towers – Buckinghamshire
Built between 1852 and 1854, this grand home was meant for Mayer de Rothschild of the Rothschild family banking dynasty. Mayer needed a home close to London where he could store his world renowned antique collection. Following WWII the contents of the home were sold in auction, and Mentmore itself was purchased by the Transcendental Meditation movement in the 1970s and then again by a hotel group in 1997. The hotel company has yet to get permission to break ground on the property, and there are reports of building neglect. You can see the Mentmore in The Mummy Returns twice – first the exterior was use for the O’Connell’s house and then the Mentmore’s Great Hall was used as the interior of the British Museum. The home was also in Ali G Indahouse as the Prime Minister’s country estate.