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Spec House: Your Private Palace Is Ready [Emphasis Added]

More is more: Largest stately home to be built in Britain in 100 years is inspired by The Great Gatsby |

The largest stately home for 100 years, named St John’s House, is set to be built on a £20 million plot of land currently being sold through Sotheby’s International Realty. The 60-acre space at the center of the Oxfordshire countryside presently remains private parkland, situated on the edge of the idyllic Cotswolds village of Ramsden. The estate is expected to boast a glorious view over the surrounding greenery as well as landscaped gardens. Once the building is completed, the estate is estimated to be worth in excess of £100 million.

Ramsden, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 3AY |

Key features:

  1. St John’s House offers the opportunity to build the largest new Palladian home in the UK for over 100 years
  2. The result of a 24-year planning journey
  3. A once in a lifetime opportunity to build a classical masterpiece, South-west facing, with outstanding views over the Cotswolds Area of
  4. Outstanding Natural Beauty
  5. Located in a Golden Triangle between the Cornbury Estate, Blenheim Palace, and the Glympton Estate
  6. 60 acres of parkland with full, detailed Planning Consent for a 68,000 Sq.Ft house.
  7. Indoor pool, spa, sauna, steam, gym, bowling alley and prep-kitchen
  8. Roof gardens / helicopter landing
  9. circa 7.000 sq ft. of ancillary accommodation comprising self-contained guest gazebo, 2 gate houses, guest lodge.

The 6,000 sq.ft principal suite (or twin principal suites if you prefer), occupies the entire top floor.

The first floor offers nine family and guest suites together with a grand study, positioned between the featured Palladian pillars.

The ‘Piano Nobile’ has been designed for entertaining splendor with exceptional (15 ft) ceiling heights and enormous entertaining spaces. From the formal dining room, a glazed link leads to the music room on the west wing; while the east wing leads from the formal living room to a games room galleried above the Orangery, with full height glazing providing views over the secret garden and outdoor pool.

Opening onto the terrace walks, the family level provides the perfect blend of comfort and elegance. With a luxurious kitchen / informal dining room, utility, staff room and vast living spaces; it boasts a viewing room that opens onto your private museum beneath the entrance courtyard. This climate-controlled exhibition area is protected from direct sunlight, and is a safe and secure sanctuary for the display of priceless art, classic cars (up to 50 can be displayed), sculpture and antiquities.

St Johns House offers the ultimate in world-class entertaining, with the ballroom level – inspired by The Great Gatsby – providing a grand reception room, private dining, professional ‘event’ kitchen, bar, private cinema and extensive wine room. The eleven double-height arches open from the ballroom onto the secluded and secure grotto, designed for large-scale outdoor entertaining to provide your guests with the most spectacular uninterrupted landscape and sunset views across the Cotswolds AONB to the Chiltern Hills some 30 miles away.

The ballroom’s mezzanine level provides dedicated, extensive leisure facilities, with an indoor pool, gym, spa, steam, sauna, bowling alley and a preparation kitchen located above the full service ‘event’ kitchen
For further leisure enjoyment, there is an outdoor pool and tennis court, along with endless pathways that meander through the numerous gardens and grounds that form part of the detailed planning consents.

Offering unlimited configuration and security options, zero-carbon [!], an ease of maintenance that only a newly built house can provide, St John’s House offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

STAMP DUTY TO PAY: £3,313,750.00 | Effective Rate: 16.6%

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  • Anonymous March 20, 2022, 10:34 AM

    who is willing to walk that far thru cold wind, rain and snow to get to their car? Its looks like 1/4 mile

    • Auntie Analogue March 20, 2022, 10:46 AM

      My dear Anonymous, one who affords not just the price of that house but also the taxes to be paid on it does not himself fetch one or the other of his several vehicles. He pays one or another of his household staff to fetch it for him. He may not even drive himself about and may instead be chauffeured, so he can sit in the back seat while doing multi-million dollar deals on his phone. Further, he probably owns a helicopter to whisk him to the airport where he boards his private bizjet for flights to and from Davos.

      Nice work if you can get it, n’est-ce pas?

    • LP March 20, 2022, 1:47 PM

      Annonymous- The car (chauffer) drives up to fetch you, you don’t walk down to the garage.

      I’ve seen this more than once- an individual with a lot of money on their hands tears down a neighborhood in order to build an extravagant palace only to put it on the market within a year or two when their marriage breaks up, but it’s too late, the neighborhood will never be the same.

  • gwbnyc March 20, 2022, 10:49 AM

    (+/-) 7 years it’s a arcade.

  • Rusty Nael March 20, 2022, 11:06 AM

    “And all your money won’t another minute buy.”
    Dust In The Wind- Kansas

    • ghostsniper March 20, 2022, 11:44 AM

      envy is a terrible thing, isn’t it?

      • B March 20, 2022, 12:37 PM

        I do not see the comment as envy. I see the comment as pity. Ozymandias?
        Unless you are referring to the person(s) undertaking to build this thing?

      • Rusty Nael March 20, 2022, 12:43 PM

        I bet it probably is. Thankfully, I’ve never personally been burdened with it, as I’m very content with what I have.

        • ghostsniper March 20, 2022, 1:26 PM

          But does it buy you another minute?
          Funny how nullification works like that.

          • Rusty Nael March 20, 2022, 1:50 PM

            Why would I be so foolish as to even think I could buy or beg another minute?
            When my time is up, it’s up, and I’ll accept it. Life has always been awesome and bountiful, and whenever it comes to an end, I’ll still be thankful for every second of it.

            And what exactly was nullified?

            • ghostsniper March 20, 2022, 5:28 PM

              “Why would I be so foolish as to even think I could buy or beg another minute?”
              =========
              Because you think that of others, silly ass.

              “And what exactly was nullified?”
              =========
              YOU were nullified but you’re too stupid to realize it, silly ass.

            • Mike Austin March 21, 2022, 2:24 PM

              On his deathbed Hezekiah asked God for more time, and God granted him 15 more years. See Isaiah 38.

              • Anonymous March 21, 2022, 5:07 PM

                Good point, Mike. “Ask, and ye shall receive.”

                However, I think it rather improbable that almighty God would extend that particular type of mercy on a person such as Ghost, who has clearly made known his deep hatred for God.

                But then again, miracles do happen!

                • ghostsniper March 21, 2022, 5:35 PM

                  pedo trolls trying to kiss Mike’s ass.
                  it’s so desperate for a friend
                  Note to pedo troll: lying and stalking is not the way to friendship no matter what the other trolls tell you. stop being a silly ass

  • Sid V March 20, 2022, 11:56 AM

    Having taken some landscape architecture courses, worked with LAs, and in possession of many gardening books, I feel more than qualified in saying that the landscaping is one big f*****g yawn.

    • ghostsniper March 20, 2022, 1:29 PM

      An old architect once told me this about a client that knew it all, “Careful, he has a little knowledge, so he’s dangerous.”

      • Yer Busted March 21, 2022, 10:17 AM

        And old, angry, psychotic, insecure, violent-tempered, wannabe architect once tried to tell everyone here that he performed “over 70,000” architectural projects- an absolutely impossible task for anyone under 150 years of age, and then expected everyone to be stupid enough to believe it.

        It was among several hundred other extremely obvious lies he’s spewed here, and intertwined with his angry, childish insults and constant “correcting” of others in a pathetic attempt to make himself somehow look superior and be a “Mr. Know-it-all” on every topic on the website.

        He sometimes posts rather cryptic babblings that are supposed to mimic the sayings of wise men, yet he falls miserably and hilariously short. Often, he will post conflicting and hypocritical comments- one day saying “he’ll kick so-and-so’s ass,” and the next day admit he’s weak and infirm, desperately relying on his little 9mm pistol- to protect himself from the imaginary boogeymen that incessantly haunt him.

        It has resulted in the demise of his credibility and has served to expose his uncontrollable anger. His cowardice and narcissism have become his calling card.
        And lately, his mental decline has progressed to the point of making him attack multiple others here- unprovoked, and unwarranted.

        “Careful, he has zero knowledge, and fantasizes himself as dangerous.”

        • ghostsniper March 21, 2022, 2:26 PM

          ex-Cali Pete keeps changing it’s handle while trolling like Julia, at least 2 dozen ID’s now.
          Stalking, lying.
          It’s afraid to do that in person, that’s why it hides behind so many ID’s.

  • Univ of Saigon 68 March 20, 2022, 3:54 PM

    For the man whose dick is so tiny he can’t just buy a Hummer.

  • Mahtomedi March 20, 2022, 5:22 PM

    Needs a bass pond and a chicken coop.

  • bob sykes March 20, 2022, 5:23 PM

    The destruction of traditional neighborhoods is justified by the creation of iconic structures.

  • Mike Seyle March 20, 2022, 5:25 PM

    I do not care how other people spend their money. It’s theirs. Burn it. Bury it. Squander it. It ain’t mine, so I don’t care.

    • ghostsniper March 20, 2022, 5:30 PM

      Atta boy!
      pedo troll is working overtime in this thread with all it’s alternative universes.

      • Anonymous March 21, 2022, 10:20 AM

        You’re calling Mike Seyle a “pedo troll?”
        Exactly WTF is wrong with you?

        • ghostsniper March 21, 2022, 2:30 PM

          Mike and everyone else see’s you for the lying coward you are.
          Dance pedo trol, DANCE! laff laff lafffff

          • Mike Seyle March 21, 2022, 2:47 PM

            Sometimes, life just leaves me confused. Grateful for a few friends; amused by the chatter. Why would anybody waste money on a theater ticket when they have this site to look at, any time of the day, for free? You’ve got drama, intrigue, abuse, hilarity, education, love, hate, religion, braggadocio, advice, sobriety and hallucinations all in one spot. Guess I’ll restore the bookmark.

  • Dirk March 21, 2022, 10:39 AM

    Lol, tough crowd, Ghost!

    • ghostsniper March 21, 2022, 2:28 PM

      Just ex-Cali Pete, trolling like it always does.
      I’ve kicked it’s stupid ass so many times my foot hurts.

      • Anonymous March 21, 2022, 6:13 PM

        Yeah, that guy is me and I’m him! I’m probably also 70,000 other people here! (one for each of your monumental architectural achievements)
        And yeah, we’re all STALKING you, and we’re all government TROLLS! We live in your head! We might be coming after you- just like in all your bed-wetting nightmares!
        Better check those bushes near your front door again- I/we/it might be hiding there! BOO! (Chuckle…)

        “It’s afraid to do that in person, that’s why it hides behind so many ID’s.”
        REALLY?

        The obvious solution- simply tell me when and where you’d like to meet me IN PERSON. I love to travel, and have a pretty flexible schedule.
        No excuses.
        No name-calling instead of an answer.
        No dodging the subject.
        No pretending that you didn’t read this post.

        And should you refuse to provide a time and place, then your cowardice will be permanently carved in stone for all here to see.
        You can even schedule it a couple weeks to a month from now if that will make it easier for you.

        Heck, I’ll even buy you a steak lunch, so don’t forget your dentures. And maybe we could hit your favorite range- so I can personally vouch for your amazing, expert ability to hit an 8″ steel gong at 1000 yards, and I’ll gladly pay for your ammo.

        SO…… Man up, shut up, or be forever condemned to checking your bushes for “stalkers” every 10 minutes- your choice. Let me know if I can possibly make it any easier for you, OK? Thanks.

  • Hale Adams March 21, 2022, 7:06 PM

    Um, Ghost,

    Never mud-wrestle with a pig — you’ll only get dirty, and the pig actually LIKES it.

    Hale Adams
    Pikesville, People’s still-mostly-Democratic Republic of Maryland

    • Anonymous March 22, 2022, 10:30 AM

      Hale, don’t worry about it.
      Ghost’s severe lack of testosterone guarantees that his cowardice will continue to rule his actions- with the exception of doing his “keyboard commando” BS.

      He’ll ignore the above challenge, and probably insist it never existed. It’s what cowards do.

  • Cascadian March 22, 2022, 1:15 AM

    Meretricious comes to mind, and very poor rendering for such an expensive project. Were the owner to be so stupid to clad the building like a southern california mansion the rain would quickly streak the exterior. As for “zero carbon!”, one has to smile at the gullibility.

  • HH March 22, 2022, 5:35 AM

    There’s a bargain-basement version of this for sale in San Leon, Texas. Built by Dusty Hill, who has gone on ahead. It needs urgent remodeling, but I watched it being built. The view is spectacular.
    http://swamplot.com/for-sale-in-san-leon-dusty-hill-estate/2007-09-05/
    Be advised: San Leon is a scrappy little drinking town with a fishing problem. Occasionally a hurricane will scour the land point where it lies.