A house which it is claimed will be Britain’s biggest may now be built near Ramsden in Oxfordshire, and will be worth £70m on completion – according to a recent report.
A report in The Times quoting a Savills valuation says that St. Johns House, which it describes as an ‘oligarch’s dream home’, will be built in the style of a Palladian mansion and extend to 68,000 sq ft on completion. It has recently secured planning permission after some years of negotiation.
Although it makes for an impressive story, The Times report is not technically correct. The record for Britain’s biggest private house most probably belongs to Wentworth Woodhouse near Rotherham in South Yorkshire. Dating back to 1725 Wentworth Woodhouse extends to around 250,000 sq ft and the frontage of 606 ft is believed to be the largest in Europe. The house last changed hands, in need of renovation, for £7m in 2017.
It’s to be hoped that any future new owner of St. Johns House won’t be too disappointed that their new home is, in the scheme of things, actually quite compact.