A $40 million mansion home left to rot for 33 years by a friend of Robert Mugabe remains dilapidated two years after he slammed ‘peasants’ who complained about its condition.
The Hamilton Palace property and grounds is set amidst rows of lush trees and resplendent greenery, but has been dubbed the Ghost House of Sussex by disgruntled locals.
Notorious slum landlord Nicholas van Hoogstraten – who is a personal friend of ex-Zimbabwean despot Robert Mugabe – has been building the £40 million palace, replete with golden-domed mausoleum, near Uckfield in East Sussex, since 1985.
Locals have continually vented their anger at the incomplete and rotting property, despite the works starting more than 30 years ago.
When they complained the businessman had left it to rot two years ago Hoogstraten, who now lives in Zimbabwe where he owns a huge plot of land, said: ‘Even the most moronic of peasants would be able to see… that we have been busy landscaping the grounds of the Palace so as to prepare for scheduled works.’
But images and aerial footage secured by MailOnline show the spectacular pad is still in a dire state, with the enormous property covered in scaffolding and the grounds unkempt and messy, with containers littering the back lawn.
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The Ghost House of Sussex: £40MILLION mansion left to rot for 33 years by notorious slum landlord Nicholas van Hoogstraten