AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes is reportedly selling off his luxury mansion in Ayrshire, Scotland.
According to The Sun news portal, the former chairman of the Queens Park Rangers football club is letting go of the mansion, named Skeldon House for £2.2 million (RM13.55 million), as means of saving his business empire amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A view of Skeldon House, one of the three residences on Tan Sri Tony Fernandes’ 18th-century Ayrshire estate in Scotland.
The AirAsia Group CEO’s massive property is listed on the website of prominent real estate firm Savills, which described the place as an “exquisite private and secluded estate in the picturesque Ayrshire countryside”.
The listing was also reported by UK daily The Sun, which claimed Fernandes to be feeling the pinch of the Covid-19 pandemic for his decision to sell the 125-acre property on the South-west of Scotland after living there for seven years.
It said the buildings sit on natural woodland and the banks of the River Doon, immortalised in the poetry of 18th-century Scottish poet Robert Burns.
The property also includes wine cellars, tennis courts, gymnasium and sauna.
A gym and sauna will also enable them to work out in style and comfort.
And an all-weather outdoor tennis court features, nestled in the shadow of the surrounding forest.
A games room surely kept Fernandes entertained.
The 56-year-old tycoon has resided in the property, built on a 125-acre land, for seven years. It has five rooms, a wine cellar, a gymnasium, a sauna, and an outdoor tennis court, among others.
And, amid the carefully manicured lawns, feature two other impressive buildings – the coach house and castle cottage.
The interior is equally opulent, blending traditional features with modern conveniences.
A classy spiral staircase binds the home together, with four bathrooms, a large kitchen and cosy dining room.
Aviation is one of the industries worse hit by the pandemic, and AirAsia is no exception.
Last March, the low-cost airline suspended all its flights when the pandemic first hit the country and the Movement Control Order (MCO) lockdown measure was announced, due to the travel restrictions imposed by the government.
Last month, Fernandes confirmed that AirAsia Bhd dan AirAsia X Bhd (the former’s long-haul flight sister company) have laid off 10 percent of their 24,000 employeesas of late September.
Earlier in June, AirAsia had retrenched about 250 more staff due to the pandemic.