Luxury mansion on market for £1.75million features secret network of underground caves

Britain’s coolest house has gone on sale for £1.75million – and it comes with its own network of caves.

The five-bedroom property in the leafy Park Estate in Nottingham also boasts gardens with statues and 3,100 square foot of floor space.

The house comes with planning permission to build a massive 7,000 square foot contemporary home on top of the 19th century caves.

The column caves were designed by Alderman Thomas Herbert, a wealthy lace manufacturer, between 1850 and 1876.

They were originally designed to house Herbert’s remarkable collection of life-sized statues of gods, druidical figures and even Christ.

The property also boasts a large entrance hall, sweeping staircase, modern living room and lounge diner.

The three-storey house, which commands stunning views of the city, also has planning permission for a major redevelopment.

An artist’s impression shows permission for an “iconic architectural masterpiece” built on top of the sandstone pillared caves.

Jackson Crane Architects have created plans to more than double the size of the house on the existing plot.

Proposals include an airy sky-lit foyer, vast contemporary open-plan kitchen, entertaining space and a gymnasium.

The design includes an indoor pool, garden room with views of the terrace and caves, a galleried landing, a study, snug, utility area and laundry room, plus two home office rooms.

The property is being sold by Nottingham-based FHP Living, which says it has outstanding views.

A spokesperson said: “We feel this fabulous property sits on one of the largest plots in the prestigious Park estate, in a prime location with commanding views.

“To our knowledge the proposed dwelling will be one of the largest of any contemporary homes that has ever come to the estate and as such will be an exciting project to any discerning purchaser”.

A historic townhouse worth £825,000 with a private cave under the building next door to a castle was put on the market in the same city in March last year.

The Mirror told how huge house in Nottingham’s city centre had nearly 4,000 square ft of accommodation and one of the city’s top restaurants on its doorstep.

Described as an “impressive Grade II listed Georgian town house that was built within the latter part of the 18th Century.”

The property is close to Nottingham Castle and was old with a sandstone cave on the lower floor which was being used as a wine cellar.

The huge house in Nottingham’s city centre had nearly 4,000 square ft of accommodation and one of the city’s top restaurants on its doorstep.

In total, there were four bedrooms and four bath or shower rooms and the house is priced at offers in excess of £825,000.

Jane Dixon, property consultant at FHP Living, the estate agent selling the house, said: “This is an impressive Grade II listed Georgian town house that was built within the latter part of the 18th Century.

“Within walking distance of the city centre and its associated amenities it is also close to the corner of medieval St James’s Terrace and St James’s Street, two of Nottingham’s five original lanes.

“On the lower floor of the property there’s a useful office and music/cinema room both with vaulted ceilings and there’s access to a sandstone cave – which is currently being used as a wine cellar.

“Outside, there’s two car parking spaces and a south facing garden area.”