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Is Rangemore Hall flat the most expensive two-bedroom home in Burton?

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

By Laura Hammond

  • FORMER OWNER . . . Tv's Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey.

  • FOR SALE . . . the Keppel Suite is in the historic Rangemore Hall.

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AS the UK continues to climb out of recession, we often hear that house prices are going up – and that is certainly the case if this property is anything to go by.

This two-bedroom flat in Rangemore Hall was never going to be an option for the more cash-strapped house buyer, but at £585,000 it is a definite contender for the most expensive flat in Burton – or possibly a much wider area.

In fact, the opulent offering, known as The Keppel Suite, is up for grabs at a whopping £500,000 more than the average two-bed flat in and around the town.

It does have a lot to offer, however. As well as its two bedrooms – both with en suite – there is a large kitchen, a drawing room, a library/sitting room, a bathroom and a utility room, adding up to a total living space of 2,600 sq ft.

And that is not counting the exclusive rights to approximately 16 acres of land which surrounds the impressive property.

Scargill Mann and Co, the company responsible for selling the suite, said: "This is a truly rare opportunity to acquire one of only seven exclusive suites within Rangemore Hall. It is simply outstanding.

"Undoubtedly a true feature of the sale is the exclusive right and access over the 16-and-a-half acres of mature parkland, well-stocked lake and mature woodlands. It must be seen to be fully appreciated."

Rangemore Hall was built in 1822 and rebuilt for Michael Bass, head brewer at Bass, Ratcliff and Gretton, in the 1850s.

When his son, Lord Burton, inherited the property he reconstructed and extended the house, adding the Edward VII wing.

It was so named as it was created for a visit from the monarch in 1902. He visited again in 1907 with his mother Queen Alexandra and mistress Alice Keppel, after whom this suite was named.

Nellie Lisa Bass sold the hall to Staffordshire County Council in 1949 for £40,000. It operated as Needwood School for the Partially Deaf for many years, before it was converted into apartments. In March 2006, the Edward VII Wing was purchased by entrepreneur Hilary Devey for £2 million. In 2013, it was put on the market for £1.95 million.

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