THE PROPERTY: This exceptional nine-bedroom Grade II-listed home set in rural Staffordshire was built in the 1850s for the Bass family, who at the time owned the largest brewery in the world. The King Edward VII Wing (which is far larger than the house itself) was added around 1898 at the request of Lord Burton in order to carry favour with the Royal himself, who stayed at the property with his entourage in 1902. He enjoyed his stay so much that Lord Burton was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1904. The King paid another visit in 1907, along with his wife Queen Alexandra and his mistress Alice Keppel.
THE LOCATION: Rangemore Hall sits in the hamlet of Rangemore, which was developed by Michael Thomas Bass to house his employees. He went on to build Rangemore Church, licenced in 1867 and a school in 1873, and the area remains unspoilt. The larger village of Barton under Needwood is fewer than four miles away, and offers a number of shops and restaurants, as well as excellent primary and secondary schools. From Lichfield station, you can reach London Euston in just over an hour.
THE INTERIOR: The furnishings are luxurious and grand, with impressive mahogany doors, intricate ceiling plasterwork, limestone flooring, oak panelling and hand-carved marble fireplaces that make for truly exquisite living spaces. There is an integrated service flat, a swimming pool (with a wave machine), a gym and sauna, as well as a bespoke kitchen with an Aga. The principle staircase rises to a landing, leading to the originally restored King Edward VII bathroom with its glorious mahogany-panelled roll-top bath.
WHY WE LOVE IT: With its own magnificent ballroom that has its own colourful frieze and tall windows, the Wing is the perfect entertaining space. From covetable coving and cornices, chandeliers and high ceilings, the historic details are remarkable. In the summertime, the 10-acres of sweeping parkland, dotted with lakes, is a dream location for sunny rambles.
BUY IT NOW: £1,650,000 with Savills.