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The UK’s largest stately home to be built in a century is inspired by ‘The Great Gatsby’

St John’s House in the Cotswolds is expected to eventually be worth £100 million

Ed Cunningham
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These days, the mega-rich don’t tend to build ridiculously huge estates. Sky-scraping penthouses or townhouses with fancy basements? Sure. But enormous, swanky estates haven’t really been in vogue for ages… at least, until now.

A whopping great big new stately home is set to be built outside the village of Ramsden in the Cotswolds. The project is called St John’s House, and the designs – by world-renowned architect Robert Adam – include an enormous mansion in a neoclassical style. It’s apparently been 24 years in the making, and it looks like it’ll be very, very fancy indeed.

St John’s is likely to be the largest stately home to be built in Britain in more than a century. The 60-acre plot of land alone cost £20 million ($27,184,994), with the eventual property expected to fetch £100 million ($135,667,500). Here are a few pics.

St John's House
Image: Sotheby's International Realty
St John's House
Image: Sotheby's International Realty
St John's House
Image: Sotheby's International Realty

If you didn’t know that people still built this kind of stuff, honestly, neither did we. Current plans include a ‘ballroom level’, climate-controlled ‘exhibition area’, grand reception, bar, professional kitchen, private cinema, sizeable swimming pool and landscaped gardens.

St John’s House was apparently inspired by the mansions of the New York elite in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’, a novel that is, erm, rather famously a comment on wealth and materialism, and a satire of the American Dream. Well, good thing we all interpret art differently, eh?

The plot of land is currently being sold through Sotheby’s International Realty, and you can find out more about the property through both Sotheby’s and estate agent Savills.

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