Rod Stewart's $12.2m Essex mansion comes with its own footie field
This private country estate in Essex covers 10ha and comes with a beautiful Grade II-listed historic residence, but its main claim to fame is the owner.
For the past 30 years, Wood House, near Epping Forest, has been home to Sir Rod Stewart. But now he and his wife Penny Lancaster are moving house to be closer to their children's schools.
So the mansion has to go.
Listing agent Timothy Phillips of Savills Head Office in London describes the estate as "idyllic", at the end of a private lane "conveniently placed for the local amenities yet discreetly positioned for privacy and security". Just what every celebrity needs.
Not surprisingly, the grounds are stunning – think manicured lawns, sweeping, tree-lined driveway, swimming pool, terraced and walled gardens, box hedging, topiary, a boating lake with willow trees, a tennis court and, wait for it, a full-size footie field.
And the house is not too bad, either. As the listing points out: "This is a splendid and imposing historical period residence with conspicuous appeal – the interesting mix of Jacobean style with detailed pargetting to the exterior walls and full height leaded light bay windows with heavy oak mullions is at once impressive.
"There is much of note; the principal reception rooms, adjacent to each other are both grand and welcoming, with outstanding views from the deep bay windows over the rose gardens and grounds beyond. These rooms are superb for entertaining with their magnificent interior decor. The drawing room is particularly splendid with pale oak panelling to the walls with a plaster frieze above, and elaborate ornamental plasterwork to the ceiling. There is a wonderful stone fireplace with carved surround above which is an ornate carved oak over-mantel dated 1607, (TBC) which is understood to have come from Copped Hall. Inset in the deep bays are wonderful examples of Kempe's stained glass windows."
The stained glass windows tell their own story, or more specially, poem. Several of the windows illustrate Tennyson's "The Round of Life".
The house is large enough to cater to a crowd. It has six bedrooms, and the master suite includes elaborate wardrobe and vanity cabinetry by Clive Christian.
But that's not all. The property also has a self-contained Tudor-style cottage, and there is accommodation for a groom in the stables block.
The house is on the market for £6,975,000 (NZ$12.2m).
An earlier version of this story showed US dollars, not NZ.