Can you Belieb it?

Gloucestershire Echo - - OPEN HOUSE -

FEA­TUR­ING a subter­ranean level, Step­ping­stone wouldn’t look out of place on a James Bond set, although it’s more likely to be the hi-tech base for one of 007’s neme­ses than the man him­self. But there’s no deny­ing that this prop­erty in Frod­sham, Cheshire, which boasts key­less doors and finger­print recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy, would be a gad­get lover’s dream home. It al­ready has A-list cre­den­tials – pop su­per­star Justin Bieber used it as his hide­away base for north of Eng­land dates when he was tour­ing the UK in 2016. Now, in­stead of rent­ing it for a re­ported £17,000 per month, one very lucky per­son can own the fu­tur­is­tic six-bed­room house be­cause it’s been listed for sale for £3.95mil­lion. And a glance at its as­sets re­veals just why Bieber be­lieved it was his per­fect home away from home, thanks to in­door and outdoor five-a-side foot­ball pitches, a zip wire, sports bar and its own he­li­pad. Lo­cated on the slopes of Helsby Hill, the four-storey house is ac­cessed via slid­ing elec­tronic gates (of course) and sits in around two acres of grounds. Step­ping­stone was com­mis­sioned by the cur­rent owner as a dis­creet and unique fam­ily home, com­bin­ing bold mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture with a stun­ning nat­u­ral lo­ca­tion. At ground level, there is a large open-plan entertainm­ent space di­vided by par­ti­tions into a se­ries of sec­tions each with their own in­di­vid­ual style. They in­clude re­laxed and more for­mal sit­ting ar­eas, a din­ing room, kitchen and music area. A stair­case leads be­low ground to a leisure sec­tion with sports bar over­look­ing an in­door hall used for cricket, bad­minton and foot­ball. There is also an in­door pool with sauna/steam room, hot tub, chang­ing rooms and gym. A fam­ily area is sit­u­ated in the tower and set over the first and sec­ond floors. A mas­ter suite with en-suite bath­room is on the sec­ond floor, with two fur­ther bed­rooms on the first floor. A self-con­tained apart­ment on the lower ground floor has in­de­pen­dent ac­cess and opens onto a cen­tral be­low­ground court­yard.

■ Step­ping­stone is for sale through Strutt & Parker, Ch­ester, priced £3.95mil­lion, strut­tand­parker.com

Never say never: This amaz­ing prop­erty is per­fect for any­one plan­ning to take over the world – or who just want’s a lit­tle pri­vacy – and it’s yours for a cool £3.95m

Justin Bieber

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