Bernie's posh birthday party
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Bernie Eccleston's daughters celebrate their father's 85th birthday
If Bernie Ecclestone can’t escape to his Swiss ski chalet to celebrate his 85th birthday, it won’t be a problem.
After all, when you have a family fortune of almost $680billion, you can afford to bring the chalet to you.
The Formula 1 boss’s daughter Tamara transformed her West London mansion into a winter wonderland to host a surprise party for her father on Saturday.
Tamara Ecclestone posted this picture on InstaGram during her father's surprise birthday party in London at the weekend.
With its wood panelling and banks of specially planted trees covered in fake snow, the finished effect bore more than a passing resemblance to the family’s $52million chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland.
No expense was spared in giving Tamara’s 57-room, $150million Kensington home a makeover. Its imposing red-brick front was obscured by a wooden cabin facade.
The driveway was covered in white sheeting to make it look snow-covered and extra trees were brought in, reminiscent of the foliage outside Mr Ecclestone’s retreat in the Alps.
The outside was finished with a sign naming it ‘Chalet Bernie’.
The inside was no less impressive, with animal heads mounted on the walls, plush cushions, fur-covered seats and a gourmet dinner.
The tycoon was presented with a birthday cake covered in pictures of his face.
The party has been thrown slightly early, given that Ecclestone’s actual birthday is not until October 28.
Mother-of-one Miss Ecclestone, 31, posted a series of pictures of the festivities on social media.
One showed her posing with her father and sister Petra, 26, in front of fake windows showing a snow-capped landscape outside. It was accompanied by the caption: ‘A night to remember.’
Another picture of her under the ‘Chalet Bernie’ sign with her husband, Jay Rutland, 34, was uploaded along with the message: ‘Celebrating a very special man.'