We have Tatton Hall and Cholmondeley Castle, to name just two, but one majestic country house in Cheshire remains unbuilt.
Grafton Hall could be a 38,000sq ft mansion, with nine bedrooms, staff quarters and its own leisure wing.
At the moment it remains a pipedream.
The entire 55-acre plot, which comes with planning approval already in the bag, is being advertised online.
It lies just outside Tilston, near Malpas, and is available for £2.75m.
Cheshire West and Chester Council approved a Grafton Hall application as far back as 1996. It has since been taken on by multiple architecture firms.
In 2008, the most recently green lit application, Robert Adam Architects said in their design statement their client had asked them to create a ‘modern building in the classical tradition’.
Plans for the main property housed a grand hall, six reception rooms and the nine bedrooms, all en-suite.
The separate leisure wing would be home to a cinema, gym and swimming pool.
Outside a stable block, staff apartments, landscape gardens and an eight-car garage were also planned.
At the time the client ‘intended to live in the house’, but the outline planning permission was granted for the site to be sold ‘speculatively’.
Multiple extensions to the approval have been allowed, including most recently in 2014, now an access road has been built and some of the foundations have been laid.
The estate has been placed on Rightmove by estate agents Jackson-Stops and Staff.
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