| Back in fashion with a new generation of families|
Fancy owning a big house and having your own country seat?
Take a look at the new breed of country house owners and their new homes.
Second World War, many of the nation's country houses were demolished.
Now, a new generation of grand scale country homes are being built to
The East Midlands certainly has its fare share of mansions
steeped in history. Theres Calke Abbey, Newstead Abbey, Hardwick
and Kedleston Hall to name but a few.
But there are some people in our region - the ones that
can afford it, who want to build brand new country homes for themselves.
So who are the new breed of big house owners?
A new generation of country houses
The new generation of country home owners are the nouveau
riche, the new 'landed gentry'.
country houses like Chatsworth were built by wealthy aristocratic
They range from self made businessmen and millionaires,
to upwardly mobile, wealthy executives and working couples with high profile
A typical new-style country house boasts distinctive architecture
features and a stunning countryside location.
These houses are usually built to specification, using
Like the Victorian era of country home builders before them, the owners
dream of creating a truly special property for the future.
Inside a country house
Inside Out decided to take a look at one of the new country
houses for itself.
beautiful interior of Peter Gadsby's house with meticulous attention
Peter Gadsby is a millionaire property developer who is
having a new house constructed near Derby. Its being built on top
of a hill six miles from the Peak District.
Using specialist architects Robert Adam, he is creating
a home he hopes people will admire for many years to come and sees it
as a legacy to the future.
On the outside it has almost a classical design with a
Gothic arch doorway. But inside its going to have a bright and modern
A room with a view
Englishman's home is his country pile - on site in the Peak District|
Peter bought the land two years ago. He says "At
first there were suspicions we were going to put several houses here.
But once they saw the plans and saw it start to go up I think we overcame
the fears pretty quickly."
"It has been a stress at times but thats been
overcome by the love for what were doing here," says Peter.
"Although it's a family home the hope is that itll
have a lasting impression on the landscape."
"I want someone to drive past here in 70 years time
and stop to look to admire what weve built here."
It's a sentiment that other new country home builders
would agree with.