What do you think about owning a house which has one room for every day of the year? That’s Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham in South Yorkshire, which is actually Britain’s largest stately home and the largest private residence in Europe.
Since 1999, this mansion is owned by architect Clifford Newbolds, who purchased it for £1,5 million. And, it is now on sale for £7 million, but the new owners could also inherit a £42 million repair bill due to subsidence.
Wentworth Woodhouse is, in fact, five stately homes bolted together (or six if you include the vast adjacent stable block). It is twice as wide as Buckingham Palace and has more than five miles of corridors. The house and its out-buildings stretch over three acres to themselves, covered by 22 Grade II listings, and sit in 250 acres of grounds.
About its size enough tells you the fact that at one time, the maintenance of the house required 85 indoor staff, including nine housemaids and a further 300 outdoor staff.
The house has featured in several period TV dramas, and plays a prominent role in the film biopic of artist J M W Turner.