The biggest properties for sale on the open market in Britain – both in and outside of London – have been exclusively revealed by Zoopla.
The largest home on the property website is in Devon, in the town of Ottery Saint Mary, and at 22,211 sq ft it’s almost double the size of the 12,451 sq ft mansion in the capital.
Yet the price tag of the country house in Devon – said to be where Oliver Cromwell declared civil war – is significantly less at £5.95million, costing just over a third of the £15.95million one in North London’s Highgate.
For £5.95m, you could get more than 22,000 square feet of country house with 21 acres of grounds in Devon’s Ottery Saint Mary
By contrast, £16.95million buys a 12,500 square feet seven-bedroom mansion on London’s affluent Courtenay Avenue
The seven-bedroom London pile is on Courtenay Avenue, which was recently named the second most expensive street in Britain and is close to Hampstead Heath. It comes with half an acre gardens – a sizeable chunk of land for a home in the capital.
But the Devon property boasts 21 acres, 10 bedrooms, parkland and woodland, and comes with what the estate agent describes as ‘the fascinating Cromwell Fairfax Room where it is believed Civil War was declared in the 17th Century’.
The average price of a home in Ottery, where it is situated, is £433,981, which is up £28,052 on a year ago, according to Zoopla.
By contrast, the average price of a home in Courtenay Avenue is £20,510,200, but that is down £108,741 compared to a year earlier, as buyers’ pandemic desire for the countryside tops demand for the capital.
We take a look inside both properties…
1. Seven-bed house, Courtenay Avenue, London, £16.95million
The property is on a private gated road and boasts a luxurious interior with a large dining room for entertaining
The house for sale in London with the biggest square footage is in the north of the capital, on Courtenay Avenue.
Running parallel with the more famous Billionaire’s Row of The Bishops Avenue, Courtenay Avenue is an even more exclusive no-through road on the borders of Highgate and Hampstead, which was recently named as the second most expensive street in Britain by Zoopla. The £20million average house price there was only topped by Kensington Palace Gardens at £30million.
The Courtenay Avenue house extends across 12,451 sq ft, the equivalent of 1,156.7 square metres, and sits in just over half an acre of land.
It has seven bedrooms, including a main bedroom suite that overlooks the landscaped gardens.
Inside, there is a swimming pool, gym, steam room and sauna, as well as staff accommodation.
The property has a price tag of £16.95million and is on the market via estate agents Bargets.
The Courtenay Avenue home boasts a swimming pool, gym, steam room and sauna, as well as staff accommodation
Deep pockets required: The property has a price tag of £16.95million and is on the market via estate agents Bargets
The house extends across 12,451 sq ft, the equivalent of 1,156.7 square metres, and sits in just over half an acre of land
The house has plenty of space with seven bedrooms, including a main bedroom suite that overlooks the landscaped gardens
Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘Located on Courtenay Avenue, which was recently crowned the UK’s second most expensive street, this palatial property has an enviable location a stone’s throw away from Kenwood House and Hampstead Heath, as well as 24hr security.
‘The property itself is brimming with luxurious touches including a spacious walk in wardrobe, while the fitness suites offer the perfect place to unwind.’
2. Ten-bed house, Devon, £5.95m
This £16.95million house in Devon’s Ottery St Mary has the biggest square footage of any home currently for sale on Zoopla
The property has an impressive dining room where Oliver Cromwell reportedly declared the start of the Civil War
The largest house for sale in the country on Zoopla is in Exeter’s Ottery St Mary. It is called The Chanters House and extends across 22,211 sq ft, the equivalent of 2,063.4 square metres.
The living areas include The Great Library, which is more than 70 ft in length and is where poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s family created one of the West Country’s most impressive libraries,
Meanwhile, the dining room is said to be where Oliver Cromwell hosted a meeting of local people and declared the start of the Civil War in the 17th century.
A story to tell: The Great Library is more than 70 ft in length and was created by poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his family
The property is called The Chanters House and extends across 22,211 sq ft and boasts a large indoor swimming pool
The Grade II listed property has a massive 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and a striking conservatory with a large seating area
There is also a billiards room, a conservatory, a swimming pool and a striking greenhouse.
The Grade II listed property has 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and sits in more than 21 acres, including parkland and woodland that runs down to the River Otter. It has a price tag of £5.95million and is being sold via estate agents Knight Frank.
Zoopla’s Mr Copley said: ‘Chanters House is a true piece of British history, with links to famous figures including Oliver Cromwell and the renowned poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
‘The spacious interior has plenty of beautiful details including carved wooden ceilings and panelling, as well as a beautiful library with over 22,000 books. There’s also expansive grounds with a BBQ area and pool house.’