A Grade II* listed stately home that was reduced to a blackened shell a few years ago has gone on sale for £3m.
The interiors of Coton House in Warwickshire were completely gutted by a blaze in 2010 and it’s taken developer Barry Howard six whole years (“and a fortune”) to restore the mansion to former glories.
Regularly visited by Edward VII in the 1900s, the manor house was originally built in 1787 for an Abraham Grimes, and is one of the area’s most attractive specimens.
Some of the lost features including an elegant staircase and glass dome have been reinstated, but the end result is very much the “state-of-the-art” proposition, complete with home cinema, multi room media, home automation and smart security.
Barry Howard: “The fire ripped right through the building, so there were no ceilings, no floors and no windows, just bare brickwork and stone; it was a derelict ruin and almost everything of historical value had been destroyed. When we embarked upon this extremely ambitious project of restoration we spent an awful lot of time looking at old photographs and researching the history of the building, and I think that in terms of the look of the house, what we have managed to achieved is as close to the original design as we could possibly have wished for.
“This is a house that is steeped in history, and even has a connection to royalty as it is thought that King Edward VII was a regular visitor in the early 1900s. While researching the history we also discovered that at one point it was accessed via its own private drive which had been covered up for over a hundred years. With the help of an archaeologist we were actually able to uncover and reinstate it, so when you approach the house you will be travelling along the exact route that the King used.”
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