Director Guy Ritchie plans to convert a disused water tank into a luxury wine cellar at his £9m Wiltshire estate to go with his on-site gin distillery and microbrewery
- Ritchie, 50, wants to store wine under part of Ashcombe House in Wiltshire
- He wants to build a galleried walkway to link it to the sprawling property
- If council give him permission he will buy £3,650 cooler to keep wines chilled
Guy Ritchie (pictured at Aladdin LA premiere) plans to convert a disused water tank underneath part of his £9million country house in Wiltshire into a wine cellar
Guy Ritchie plans to convert a disused water tank underneath part of his £9million country house into a wine cellar – to add to his gin distillery and microbrewery.
The director, 50, wants somewhere to store a large selection of luxury wines at his sprawling 1,200-acre Ashcombe estate in Wiltshire.
He has asked the local council if he can use an underground water storage area underneath an outbuilding to store his collection.
The cellar would boast a galleried walkway linking it to the main house and a £3,650 cooler.
It comes after the star built an al fresco dining area to entertain his friends without permission and was forced to restore the 18th century outhouse to its original state.
Plans submitted to the council on June 28 read: ‘There is currently a large underground disused water storage tank of brick construction located under the gardens to the South of Ashcombe House some eight metres in diameter and about seven metres deep with a domed top.
‘The tank historically held the water supply for what was originally a brew-house on the estate (now the main residence).
‘This drainage system is all now redundant and the chamber is largely empty.
‘It is proposed to construct an underground link from this back to the house and accessed via a new stair located below the existing staircase in the main entrance hall.
‘The brick structure itself will have a galleried walkway around at the new access level with wine bins formed around the walls below this.’
The underground tunnel would be covered in the same red brick as the cellar and be accessibly by a small hatch from the main house.
Describing the £3,650 wine cooling system he said: ‘There will be a temperature-controlled buffer corridor between the house and the cellar in order that the house heating system is not compromised by the cooler cellar requirements.’
The director, 50, wants somewhere to store a large selection of luxury wines at his sprawling 1,200-acre Ashcombe estate in Wiltshire (pictured).
He has asked the local council if he can use an underground water storage area underneath an outbuilding to store his collection (plans pictured)
Ritchie, who acquired the £9million property as part of his divorce settlement with Madonna in 2008, recently directed a live action version of Disney’s Aladdin starring Will Smith.
The Grade II-listed property already boasts a gin distillery and a microbrewery that he has branded ‘Gritchie beer’.
He became embroiled in a planning row when a neighbour spotted illegal modifications to one of the property’s annexes.
Ritchieis being forced to restore a 300-year-old building on his £9 million country estate Ashcombe House to its former glory after building a southern facing al fresco dining area without permission (pictured)
The film director converted the 18th century Orangery in 2016 so that guests could enjoy outside dining around a wood burning stove
Ritchie converted the 18th century building in 2016 so friends such as Brad Pitt could enjoy eating outside around a wood burning stove.
The resident complained the Grade II listed building was protected by law and a subsequent investigation found he had not sought planning permission.
Ritchie, 50, has now submitted a report to the council in which he promises to reverse many of the modifications and seeks retrospective planning permission for the rest, MailOnline revealed earlier this year. The cost is expected to run into the thousands.
A decision on the wine cellar will be made by August 23.
The director (left in May 2008) acquired the £9million property as part of his divorce settlement with Madonna (right)
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