The asking price for a controversial derelict stately home has rocketed by almost a third despite the property market slump.
Great Barr Hall, situated near the former St Margaret’s Hospital in Walsall, was on the market for about £2.2 million.
But the price tag has shot up to more than £3 million following the breakdown of a deal to sell the hall to a mystery purchaser.
Negotiations to sell the 12-bedroom mansion were well advanced but the deal on the Grade II-listed property fell through. It has now been returned to the market at the increased price by Buckinghamshire-based agent Van Weenan.
A spokesman said the price rise reflected the status of the property and the accompanying 50 acres of parkland, currently owned by Manor Building Preservation Trust.
Housebuilder Bovis, which has built a multi-million pounds luxury homes development adjacent to the land, said it was not interested in purchasing the hall.