Haunting images show an abandoned mansion that appears to have been deserted in a hurry as chess and snooker games have been left half finished.
The imposing house in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, is just a stone’s throw away from Watford and has been strangely well preserved.
A watch stuck in time lies untouched on a bedside table while designer clothes – including Yves St Laurent, Gucci and Louis Vuitton – are stacked up on rails in a bedroom.
There are also empty fish tanks lined up in a grand hallway and a dishwasher still has the plates inside, washed and ready to use. But above, the kitchen’s roof has begun to collapse after years of neglect.
The previous owner is believed to be a Russian family by the name Kozlowska, but the house is now registered to a Dorset-based company called Ainhurst Enterprises.
The mansion (pictured) in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, is just a stone’s throw away from Watford and has been strangely well preserved
A lone telescope points out of a grand back door towards the sky as it is frozen in time. It has a chair next to it for the user to sit on as they watch the stars
Four or five cars lie abandoned outside the mansion, including a rusted Bentley which is pictured between two buildings
An imposing mantelpiece has a fancy clock and toys strewn across it, with candles and vases making up the decoration above the fire
The owners must have had some cash as the threads are by labels including Yves St Laurent, Gucci and Louis Vuitton
The mansion, which has eight bedrooms, six bathrooms and four reception rooms, is well past its glory days, with five abandoned cars littering the overgrown grounds, including a rusty Bentley.
A Japanese-theme piano takes pride of place in one of the rooms, with the music left out ready to play, while stacks of china sit on a living room table next to oddly white and dust-free sofas.
A huge bathroom contains a jacuzzi bath with half used shampoo and conditioner bottles lined up nearby.
Amazingly, a potted plant is still alive in its pot on a windowsill next to a telescope lined up ready for its owner to look at the night sky.
On a coffee table in the middle of the room is a creepy, half-finished game of chess, further evidence to suggest the previous owner may have fled in a hurry.
The previous owners appeared to be keen scientists, with books across the house on chemistry (left) and biology. Right: A dirty bathroom in the house
A huge bathroom contains a jacuzzi-style bath (pictured) with half-used shampoo and conditioner bottles lined up nearby
A watch stuck in time lies untouched on a bedside table while designer clothes are still stacked up on rails in a bedroom
A Japanese-theme piano takes pride of place in one of the rooms with the music left out ready to play, while stacks of china sit on a living room table next to oddly white and dust-free sofas
One of the rooms has a huge snooker table left abandoned, with the a cue and balls still on the table as if it was left mid-match
The urban explorer who took the images said he had never seen such a well-preserved abandoned house. He said unopened post had filled the entrance hallway, starting in 2016, so it appears the family fled four years ago.
He said: ‘It was an amazing house to visit. I’ve seen a lot of these places and most are in a far worse state than this one.
‘It was literally like the people who lived there got up in the middle of the night and ran without taking anything. There was dry cleaning still in the plastic wrapping – it appears they didn’t even pack a bag.’
He said he believed the former occupants were Russian, but Land registry documents show the house is now owned by Ainhurst Enterprises.
He added: ‘Maybe they fled back to Russia? It must have been a fast move as even their toothbrushes were still there.’
MailOnline tried to contact Ainhurst Enterprises for comment.
The urban explorer who took the images said he had never seen such a well-preserved house. Pictured: Teddies lining the staircase
Teacups and saucers are stacked up on a table near a grand fireplace, while a globe sits alone in the corner of the haunting living room
Books that have remained unread for years line the windowsill that looks out over a vast, green garden in the south east of England
The stunning piano sits in front of the window looking out on to the grounds, with a half finished game of chess eerily sitting on the coffee table
The kitchen – once full of posh utensils and time-saving mod cons – now has part of the roof collapsing in.
Amazingly, a potted plant is still alive in its pot on a windowsill next to a telescope lined up ready for its owner to look at the night sky