Rod Stewart's $12.2m Essex mansion comes with its own footie field gallery

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Wood House, near Epping Forest in Essex, is home to Sir Rod Stewart and his family. The rock star has owned the property for 30 years.

While the Jacobean-influenced house is spectacular, the gardens and landscaping are equally magical.

Parterre gardens and topiary surround the house - the future buyer will need a couple of gardeners.

There's a sheltered heated pool, with a diving board.

The landscape is laid out in a series of rooms, with surprises around every corner.

Elaborate period features have been retained on the interior.

Panelled walls give this room a sense of intimacy.

The beautiful formal dining room is a step back in time.

A series of beautiful stained glass windows included rondels and scenes illustrating a poem by Lord Tennyson.

Traditional cabinetry is a feature of the large family kitchen.

More cabinetry, by Clive Christian, features in the master suite.

Rod Stewart house in Essex

Come out and play - the grounds include a tennis court.

And there's a full-size football pitch for those home games.

Wind in the Willows - the property even has its own lake with a jetty and shady willow trees.

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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.

While the Jacobean-influenced house is spectacular, the gardens and landscaping are equally magical.
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While the Jacobean-influenced house is spectacular, the gardens and landscaping are equally magical.

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.

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The beautiful formal dining room is a step back in time.
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The beautiful formal dining room is a step back in time.

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.

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The house is on the market for £6,975,000 (NZ$12.2m).

An earlier version of this story showed US dollars, not NZ.

 - Stuff

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