Guitar legend Tony Iommi placed his six-bedroom Warwickshire mansion on the market
It’s the opportunity devoted heavy metal fans can only dream of – a chance to snap up the that rock star pile in the country.
But now they can become masters of their own reality after Black Sabbath guitar legend Tony Iommi placed his Warwickshire mansion on the market for a cool £2.6 million.
The Birmingham-born musician’s house in Lapworth – a six-bedroom, 8,000 sq ft Edwardian residence, built in 1905 – is being sold after it was reported he wanted to down-size following illness.
The property, Netherwood, is described as having original features, including stained glass, leaded light panels and open fireplaces, with extensive gardens and grounds covering six acres.
It is believed the property has been on the market for a number of months and, although Iommi has not publicly announced his plans to move, he did reveal down-sizing was a possibility when he spoke to the Birmingham Mail in November 2012 about his much publicised battle with cancer.
He spoke of always having “fought through adversity” in his life and said “maybe we should get a smaller house”.
He added: “Maybe it’s time to scale down anyway and try to live more of a peaceful life.”
Sitting alongside the house’s traditional features are some far more modern additions befitting a rock star’s home.
The palatial property also comes with a fully self-contained annexe which includes a purpose-built recording studio, as well as a home cinema. The annexe also has a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and en suite.
The main house is also fitted with a “sophisticated sound and music system” and provision for flat screen televisions to most rooms.
It also comes with a comprehensive CCTV and security system, the guide reveals.
Pictures of the beautiful home offer an insight into the guitar hero’s private life, with an array of gold discs and framed photos adorning the walls of one room, which features a full-size snooker table.
Another room features a baby grand piano and an the annexe feature a home cinema.
At the back of the property is an orangery as well as a large and fully-equipped kitchen, which comes with a fitted stainless steel American -style refrigerator with a wine rack next to it.
Iommi is hailed as a seminal influence in heavy rock and metal, inspiring thousands of young guitarists over the years.
He made his name with Black Sabbath who formed in Aston in 1968, and went on to enjoy global success through the ensuing decades.
The band recently toured with three of its original line-up, with Iommi and Osbourne joined by bassist Geezer Butler – playing two sell-out shows at Birmingham’s LG Arena and National Indoor Arena before Christmas.
Last year they released their latest album 13, which was critically acclaimed and topped charts around the world, while Iommi was awarded an honorary degree from Coventry University.
His musical pursuits allowed him to buy the property described by John Shepherd estate agents as being in “one of the finest locations in Lapworth”.