Historic England has described the property as “of national significance,” reports the Manchester Evening News.
The Cogshall Hall estate in Cheshire is currently the most expensive property on the market in the region and on par with London prices, according to property website Rightmove.
Inside the Comberbach mansion, you can find five and 13 bedrooms depending on whether the estate is sold in two lots or sold as one.
It has been on the market for about 10 months, since September 2019.
Situated on a country road on the edge of a pretty village, it is surrounded by lush green countryside and set back from the road by a long drive.
And this is not just any old mansion. The only clue on the property’s scale are the unusual abstract metal doors facing it, reminiscent of tree branches.
The Grade II listed country house was built in 1830 for wealthy landowner Peter Jackson. It is built from Flemish bonded bricks with Derbyshire stone dressings and stone column porticos. A rear spoiler was added in the 20th century.
The entrance to the distinctive mansion has five bays and an Ionic portico, with a similar smaller portico hidden to the side.
It has been described as “a house of note” in the tome Cheshire Country Houses by Peter de Figuereido.
The property is on the market with agents Knight Frank, who sells some of the most expensive and sought after homes in the country.
Historic England describes it as a country house “circa 1830, Flemish bond red-brown brick, gray slate hipped roof, two storeys, rectangular. Five windows at the front of the entrance; seven on the right; five on the left ”. A built-in flat-roof kitchen wing was added in the 20th century.
The main rooms are described as having “good plaster cornices with floral, leaf and fruit motifs”.
The two front rooms have “good plaster-paneled ceilings – one has a trumeau supported by two dancing maidens in marble.”
It also has good plaster cornices in its rooms which are “less rich than downstairs”.
In its overall appraisal, Historic England describes the property as a “complete good example of a late Georgian country house”.
So who owns a house like this?
The owner of the property is unavailable – not surprising given the high price tag.
What is known is that it previously belonged (and could still be) to shy former Manchester Grammar School student turned venture capitalist Anthony Preston, who started the Pets At Home channel.
Mr Preston left Manchester for the University of Oxford to study modern languages before spending four years with venture capitalist 3i.
The father of three then set up the Kids Unlimited network of nurseries and children’s properties.
In a previous interview with MEN on Pets At Home, Mr Preston explained that he started the company in 1991 and it was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2015, worth $ 1.5 billion. of pounds sterling.
But we don’t know who owns the mansion now.
What we do know is that a major renovation began in 2004, with a restoration of the buildings followed by the gardens.
About 11 years ago, famous landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith was commissioned to design a new garden in the original walled garden and surrounding area.
A second development phase began in 2012.
Knight Frank describes it as “the quintessential English country house in the midst of around 100 acres of parkland and farmland at the end of a long driveway. ”
It has stables and spacious secondary accommodation, extensive leisure facilities and an indoor swimming pool and spa with breathtaking gardens.
The agent says the lobby “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 on the ground floor and first floor.
“This, combined with the large sash windows, makes the house very light and airy.
“The current owners have embarked on an extensive, friendly renovation and restoration program to bring the hall back to its former glory, sensitively restoring the wonderful period features that adorn the interiors, while seamlessly adding the latest 21st century amenities. century such as surround sound and Lutron lighting.
The list describes the impressive indoor swimming pool complex “with spa and doors to the walled garden with its spectacular pond”.
The estate also has a secondary house with guest accommodation, office, party room, office, gîte with three bedrooms all around a paved courtyard.
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There is a stable courtyard and an exterior adding to the “multi-purpose facilities”, as well as landscaped gardens and parks.
In total, the floor area is 11,797 to 21,316 square feet and the house has a whopping 98.64 acres of land.
And it is a freehold property.
There are between four and seven bathrooms and between six and twelve reception rooms – depending on whether it is sold as an estate or in two separate lots.
The hall has outbuildings, tennis court, swimming pool, horse stables and is set in the most ‘beautiful and accessible location, surrounded by its own large grounds and off a quiet rural lane’.
Despite this, it is only a 10 minute drive from the M56 which allows easy access to the area. The cities of Chester, Manchester and Liverpool are all within 25 miles and both airports are within a half hour drive.
The nearby village of Comberbach has a post office, primary school and pub.
This is the kind of house that is worth buying a lottery ticket for.