A large section of Rangemore Hall was constructed for the visit of King Edward VII in 1902. This wing was commissioned by Lord Burton to provide the King and his entourage with their own private accommodation.
This add on turned out to be significantly larger than the mansion itself and in the event was only used by the Royal party for three days. The King did return for a second visit five years later in 1907 – bringing with him both Queen Alexandra and his mistress Alice Keppel – so Lord Burton could feel it was money well spent!
The Edward VII Wing is now the finest of the residences that Rangemore has been divided into .
Since 2006 it has been fit not just for a king, but for the Queen of the pallets.
Colourful entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den star Hilary Devey was so impressed by it that she snapped it up nearly a decade ago, reportedly beating Robbie Williams, who was born in nearby Stoke, to the property-buying punch.
Buyers can live like a King (or Queen) in this palatial home which is on the market for more than £2 million.
Fluted Corinthian columns topped by an arched stone pediment make a suitably grand entrance.
A panelled door opens onto the first reception area where there is a Travertine marble floor and beautiful plaster work.
Three spectacular reception rooms overlook the property’s terrace, gardens, parkland and lakes.
All of them have impressively high ceilings, intricately carved white marble chimney pieces and tall windows, as well as the Wing’s signature frieze, cornice and ceiling plasterwork.
West of the entrance hall is the King’s study which still has the original strong-room that was installed for HRH.
A concealed, spiral stone staircase is said to have been put in so the King could make discreet visits to his mistress. It now leads to a generously proportioned, self-contained flat, suitable for staff, dependant relatives or guests.
The beautiful kitchen of the wing has been designed and decorated with elegant wall and ceiling plasterwork. It has a concealed dishwasher and a four-oven, LPG Aga cooker with twin hotplates and halogen plates in an illuminated inglenook.
Double French doors with original shutters open on to an expansive sun terrace.
A carved staircase rises to a half-landing with a short flight of steps leading up to the fully restored King Edward VII bathroom. The original, deep bath is set within its original mahogany surround.
On this first floor there is a study fitted with bookcases and storage cupboards, two bedrooms, a steam room and a spiral staircase to the second floor bedrooms.
The principal staircase continues to the second floor and a master suite with four vast windows overlooking the grounds.
The separate guest suite has more stunning parkland views.
A long gallery leads to three further large bedrooms.
The atrium-roofed leisure room on the ground floor has a sunken spa bath and tiled swimming pool.
The grounds of the wing extend to around 9.5 acres.
An original courtyard is surrounded by beautiful stone walls and balustrade crowned by classical urns. Next to it is a four-car garage block.
AGENT: Fine and Country
TEL: 01543 410020
GUIDE PRICE: £2,200,000