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The luxury property market is booming. And rooms dedicated to a hobby or passion, for relaxation or just for pure indulgence, are de rigueur for the super rich. From the latest status symbols to traditional luxury rooms - it's not unusual to find wine rooms, fitness suites and even art galleries in today's high class homes.

Wine rooms

A wine cellar is the latest must-have for high-end homes and demand is rising. Not only does a wine collection confer kudos but design-savvy homeowners are including wine cellars as unique and unusual focal points in their luxury homes. For those short on space a spiral cellar - a watertight cylindrical concrete system that is sunk into the ground - can be installed almost anywhere including the kitchen, hallway, study and even the garden. Wine can be stored at optimum humidity, temperature and darkness beneath your feet, with cellars able to hold between 650 and 1,870 bottles.

‘Home owners want cellars to sit in the middle of their modern living space where guests can congregate and admire,’ says Lucy Hargreaves, director of Spiral Cellars. ‘It’s all about where wine can be accessed easily at any time.

‘Where a wine room is required,’ she adds, ‘it is to be an entertaining space in itself, a space where our clients can enjoy their collection as an art form while drinking, dining or even watching films!’

Cinema rooms

The well-heeled like to put their feet up in style and demand is still strong for home cinemas with reference audio and projectors like traditional cinemas. ‘There is now even the opportunity in the States to stream movie premieres the same night they are launched in Hollywood, or watch your favourite films on breathtaking ultra high definition TVs,’ says London-based consultancy, Inspired Dwellings - who specialise in smart home technology. Sophisticated media rooms, especially for families, are growing in popularity. Combining luxury with unobtrusive technology means a relaxed family room during the day can be transformed into a grown-up space at night with hidden wall speakers, drop down screen and atmospheric lighting at the touch of a button.

Games rooms

High-end homes for high flyers must include a games room, with a billiards table as the focus and a dedicated bar area to create a private club feel. Examples of indulgence include a personal 'batcave' - a 3,000 sq ft leisure area, in the basement of a London home, custom-designed by lighting interior designer Ben Rousseau for an urban and contemporary art enthusiast. It includes a bar, games room and underground car port to display a prized Aston Martin.

Fitness suites

An indoor pool remains a symbol of true opulence. A dip before breakfast in your private pool - whatever the weather - really is sumptuous living. Space is essential, although pools can be installed below ground level. The latest must-have is a bespoke well-being suite that encompasses a gym, pool and spa room - all equipped with the latest technology.

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Home Technology by Inspired Dwellings – Interior Design by Lawson RobbWhite spiral cellar with retractable round glass door by Spiral Cellars