ONE of East Staffordshire’s most important stately homes could soon be under new ownership, after it was put up for sale.
Dunstall Hall, including 85 acres of parkland, a lake, a cricket pitch and outbuildings, has been put on the market by London-based firm Strutt and Parker for £5 million.
Agent Luke Morgan said there had already been considerable interest in the historic house, which is available as a freehold property, and he had high hopes that the asking price would be achieved.
He told The Mail: “We have had a lot of interest in it. The thing about the house is there are two types of end users – someone who has made a few quid and wants a good-sized house, or the commercial buyer, who thinks they can create a swanky hotel or a wedding venue.
“It’s appealing to quite a lot of people.”
Both types of people have expressed an interest in the property, he said.
The Grade II* listed building, which is near Barton, was once home to the son of Sir Richard Arkwright, one of the leading entrepreneurs of the industrial revolution.
It currently belongs to Burton businessman Barry Morgan, who bought it from racing magnate Sir Stanley Clarke in 2005. At the moment it is used for weddings and conferences.
The Mail was unable to contact Mr Morgan for a comment regarding the sale.
Its impressive facade contains 12 bedrooms and seven reception rooms – including a ballroom – as well as offices, staff accommodation and an integral one-bedroom apartment. There is also a converted stable block, which contains a three-bedroom cottage with offices and garages, as well as acres of land, gardens and a lake.
The house has been described as ‘exquisitely decorated’ and a ‘rare surviving gem’.
Agent Mr Morgan said he thought the property was worth over the asking price, but that market forces would dictate what was paid in the end.
“It is worth more than that, but what we get for it depends on who is out there.
“It could be one that goes for a lot more than the asking price with competition. It could easily go above five million, easily.”