Sheering Hall in Essex has everything an old-style television dropping, hotel terrorising heavy metal band member could wish for.
There’s a pub stacked to the eaves with spirits and a pool table (pictured below), a swimming pool begging to have a car parked in it and old masters in the hallway.
And let’s not forget the red telephone box in the front garden, recording studio in the west wing, a room full of arcade games and plenty rococo furniture all over the place.
But as well as the hoard of gold discs on the lounge wall, what other clues are there to the owner of this 15th Century timber-framed manor house? Take a look, if you dare, at its swimming pool (pictured below), the walls of which are decorated with some fruity gothic artwork featuring partially clad ladies in medieval helmets.
Can you guess? Since 1994 Sheering Hall has been the home of Stephen Harris, the 56-year-old founder, main songwriter and lyricist for the world’s most famous heavy metal band, Iron Maiden.
The property has been lavishly decorated by him over the years as his band has racked up album sales of over 100 million and includes an industrial kitchen and eight bedrooms, fitting for one of the monsters or rock.
But Sheering Hall also makes room for Stephen’s other passion, football. He was a keen amateur footballer in his youth and was asked to train for West Ham at one point, so no wonder the house includes a football pitch with separate ‘away’ and ‘home’ changing rooms.
Otherwise, the property and its grounds offer fairly standard features for a multi-million pound Essex mansion including extensive grounds, a cinema, staff accommodation, tennis court, koi carp ponds and children’s play area, all for sale at £6.75 million.