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Breaking News ! This stunning mansion in Cheshire is the most expensive property on sale in the North West. The Georgian estate is the stuff of lottery winners' dreams and could be yours for a mere £12.5 million. Historic England has described the property of 'national importance' reports the Manchester Evening News. Cogshall Hall estate in Cheshire is currently the most expensive property on the market in the region and on a par with London prices, according to property website Rightmove. Inside the Comberbach mansion you can find five and 13 bedrooms depending if the estate is sold in two lots or sold as one. It has been on the market for around 10 months, since September 2019. Located on a country lane on the edge of a pretty village, it's surrounded by lush green countryside and set back from the road via a long drive. Even the staircase gets a mention by Historic England in its citation on the Grade II listed property (Image: Knight Frank) And it's not just any old mansion house. The only clue about the scale of the property is the unusual abstract metal gates that front it, which are reminiscent of tree branches. Read More Related Articles Calves pictured eating crisp packets as litter louts leave trail of rubbish at beauty spot Read More Related Articles This is why Shotton road was shut as man is arrested for dangerous driving The Grade II-listed country house was built in 1830 for wealthy landowner Peter Jackson. It is constructed from Flemish bond brick with Derbyshire gritstone dressings and stone column porticos. A rear wing was added in the 20th century. The house is a fine example of Georgian architecture dating back to 1830 (Image: Knight Frank) The distinctive mansion entrance has five bays and an Ionic portico, with a similar smaller portico tucked away to the side. It was described as "a house of note" in Peter de Figuereido's tome Cheshire Country Houses. The property is on the market with agents Knight Frank, which sells some of the most expensive and desirable houses nationwide. The house has a massive pond that's the size of a swimming pool (Image: Knight Frank) Historic England describes it as a country house "circa 1830, Flemish bond red-brown brick, grey slate hipped roof, two storeys, rectangular. Five windows to entrance front; seven to right face; five to left face". A recessed flat-roofed kitchen wing was added in the 20th century. The principal rooms are described as having "good plaster cornices with floral, foliar and fruit motifs." The kitchen has an Aga and a large island as well as retaining its authentic architectural features (Image: Knight Frank) The front two rooms have "good panelled plaster ceilings - one has overmantel supported by two dancing maidens in marble." It also has good plaster cornices in its bedrooms which are "less rich than downstairs." In its overall assessment, Historic England describes the property as a "good and complete example of a late Georgian country house". The front of the house has a distinctive Portico-ed entrance (Image: Knight Frank) So, who owns a house like this? The owner of the property is not forthcoming - not surprising given its hefty price tag. What is known is that it has previously been owned (and could still be) by the publicity-shy former Manchester Grammar School student turned venture capitalist Anthony Preston, who established the Pets At Home chain. Mr Preston left Manchester for Oxford University to study modern languages before spending four years with venture capitalist 3i. The indoor pool and spa is a tranquil haven surrounded by palm trees (Image: Knight Frank) The father-of-three went on to build up the Kids Unlimited network of children's nurseries and properties. In a previous interview with the M.
.N about Pets At Home, Mr Preston explained that he set up the company in 1991 and it floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2015, valued at £1.5bn. But it is not clear who owns the mansion now.
The dining room is elegant and tastefully decorated
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What is known is that a major renovation began in 2004, with a restoration of the buildings followed by the gardens. Around 11 years ago, renowned landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith was commissioned to design a new garden in the original walled garden and hall surroundings. A second phase of development began in 2012. Knight Frank describe it as "the quintessential English country house in the middle of about 100 acres of parkland and farmland at the end of a long driveway." It has stabling and extensive secondary accommodation, extensive leisure facilities and an indoor pool and spa with breathtaking gardens.
The lounge has been refurbished sympathetically with a neutral palette
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The agent says the hall "displays the best of Georgian architecture, being symmetrical in proportions, with an exquisite suite of graceful reception rooms of extraordinary quality, and exceptional ceiling height to both the ground and first floors. "This, combined with the large casement sash windows, makes the house very light and airy.
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"The current owners have undertaken an extensive sympathetic scheme of renovation and restoration to bring the Hall back to its former glory, sensitively restoring the wonderful period features that adorn the interiors, whilst seamlessly adding the latest 21st century fittings such as surround sound and Lutron lighting.
The listing describes the impressive indoor pool complex 'with spa and doors out the walled garden with its spectacular water feature'. The estate also has a secondary house with guest accommodation, office, a party room, office, cottage with three bedrooms all around a cobbled courtyard.
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There's a stable yard and outdoor adding to the 'all round facilities', together with landscaped designed gardens and parkland. In total, the floor area is 11,797 to 21,316 square foot and the house has a whopping 98.64 acres of land. And it is a freehold property.
Cogshall Hall is surrounded by beautiful countryside
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There are between four to seven bathrooms and between six and 12 reception rooms - depending if it is sold as an estate or in two separate lots. The hall has outbuildings, a tennis court, swimming pool, stabling and is set in the most 'magnificent and accessible location, ring-fenced by its own extensive grounds and off a quiet rural lane'. Despite this, it's just a 10-minute drive from the M56 which gives easy access to the region. The cities of Chester, Manchester and Liverpool are all within 25 miles and both airports are a half-hour commute away. The nearby village of Comberbach has a Post Office, primary school and pub. It's the kind of house that's worth buying a lottery ticket for.
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