A historic period house with a storied past and a host of top-notch modern features—including a helipad, a bar and a private Scandinavian-style log cabin—is on the market in the U.K. for £4.25 million (US$5.8 million). Built sometime in the late 1800s, the manor’s history extends far beyond its actual construction.
Another home once stood on the property, a large mansion built some 200 years earlier that was the longtime home of General James Oglethorpe, according to listing agency Savills who listed the home in December. Oglethorpe founded the 13th and final of the original American colonies established by Great Britain, the Province, which is now the state of Georgia. A monument of the general stands in Chippewa Square in Savannah, the city Oglethorpe established in 1733.
After his death in 1785, he was buried in the church opposite the home—where his body remains despite a reported request from Atlanta’s Oglethorpe University to move him to the school—and his home was demolished. It’s not clear how much, if any, of Oglethorpe’s mansion was incorporated into the existing building. Nestled some 20 miles outside of central London, within Upminster, the five-bedroom property, known as Cranham Hall, is surrounded by its gardens, a lake and the neighboring countryside.
The home is full of period features such as wood-burning fireplaces, paneled walls and elegant cornicing as well as more contemporary amenities including an indoor swimming pool and leisure complex with a bar, a sauna and changing rooms, a games room, and a detached barn that houses a two-bedroom flat. Despite its seemingly rural location the home is within walking distance of a London Underground station.
It’s “country living in the suburbs of Greater London,” listing agent Stephen White said in a statement. “A true hidden gem.
Article source: Mansion Global