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Behind the keyhole: A female entrepreneur’s Jumeirah Golf Estate mansion

B Living UAE takes a look around Kelly Hodgkin’s Hillside villa in Jumeirah Golf Estates

Kelly’s home is modern and luxurious

Located in Jumeirah Golf Estates is an ultra-glamorous, six-bedroom, ten-bathroom mansion that has been expertly furnished with furniture from across Europe. The villa is home to serial entrepreneur Kelly Hodgkin and her family (her husband and three kids). With its own hair salon, gym, cinema and outside barbecue dining area, it’s extremely glamourous and highly Instagrammable, as Kelly documents on her popular account.

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The entrance to the Hillside villa is light and spacious.

Living in Dubai for the last 13 years, Kelly moved into the house in July 2020. “We’d been looking at these (Hillside villas) since they were built,” she explains. “My husband had his heart set on them and the timing was right during the lockdown.” Based in London, LuxDeco helped with the interior design, selecting furniture from around the world to form a simple, elegant look. “We like quite neutral colours, we’re quite minimalist,” says Kelly.

The living areas

On the ground floor, wall-length windows let in lots of natural light. In the centre of the living room, there’s an elevated space that Kelly’s husband uses as an office. “This is the first house we’ve bought that we’ve really made our own,” the mum of three explains.

The dining room and kitchen

Putting in a wall between the living area and the dining room, there’s a dedicated space for entertaining guests. “We host at least once or twice a week,” says Kelly. On the separation wall, there’s a fireplace, that despite being in the desert, Kelly says is used often!

The games room and home cinema

One of the USP’s of the mansion is its basement which has been crafted into an adult’s playground with a bar, pool table and cinema room. The games area then leads out to the salon and gym.

The salon and gym

As a model, influencer and owner of a gym-ware company, Kelly saves time by having her own beauty salon and fitness spacw in the basement of her four floored home. “We have a group bootcamp on a Saturday,” says Kelly, “we have PT’s come in and boxing lessons”

The master suite

On the top floor is the master suite which comes complete with its own Chanel themed living room, bathroom and walk-in wardrobe.

The garden

The pool club-esque outdoor space has been completely renovated to provide the perfect place for entertaining guests. “We love the garden,” says Kelly, “we’ve changed it quite a lot, we removed some of the greenery and expanded it. We retiled the pool and created an outdoor kitchen and BBQ area.”

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