Once a symbol of opulence and grandeur, a sprawling country house has languished in neglect for six years, captivating locals' curiosity and becoming known as the 'mystery mansion.' Recently, it has come to light that Athanasios Tachmintzis, a Greek property tycoon, hastily departed the property due to a cancer diagnosis, leaving it to fall into disrepair. Now, plans are underway for Tachmintzis to return to the United Kingdom and confront the wreckage of his former home, accompanied by rumours of looted antiques and a puzzling departure, writes the daily mail
Located near the village of Kings Langley in Hertfordshire, the abandoned mansion has attracted intruders and urban explorers drawn by the enigma surrounding Tachmintzis's sudden departure. The mansion remains frozen in time, with plates still stacked in the dishwasher and Tachmintzis's Bentley parked in the driveway. Theories abound, ranging from Russian mafia involvement to an unexpected burglary, but insiders reveal a more personal explanation rooted in family disputes and health challenges.
Contrary to sensationalized rumours, sources close to the Tachmintzis family disclose that the departure was prompted by Athanasios's struggle with his health and the difficulties of maintaining the mansion. Battling cancer, he sought treatment in his native Greece, where he is presently recuperating at his residence in Athens. He always intended to return to the UK and address the state of his lavish property, seeking closure amidst the wild speculations that have plagued his absence.
Regrettably, the mansion has not escaped the attention of opportunistic looters, resulting in losses estimated at around £150,000. Antiques, kitchen items, soft furnishings, and clothing have all been pilfered, exacerbating the challenges faced by Tachmintzis's children in securing the property. The onslaught of unauthorized entries has caused extensive damage, creating a significant headache for the family and further compounding the restoration process.