Hotel for Iron Maiden fans? It just may happen.
By David McNally
Playing bass in Iron Maiden comes with many perks; you get to spread the good word of metal, melt some faces off, and see the world. In addition, you get to have the luxury of owning an Essex mansion and be able to consider the idea of converting the home into a boutique hotel, and that’s exactly what Steve Harris is doing.
Ever since moving to the Bahamas in 2003, Harris has had the nine-acre property on the market. He tells Bandit Rock: “I was moving abroad, and I thought, ‘Well, I don’t know if I’m going to really want to stay abroad.’ So I put it at a silly price, and I thought, ‘If someone wants to pay silly money, they’re welcome to it.’ Then I brought the price down – it’s actually very reasonable now.”
The eight-bedroom house, which includes a private horse and cart bar, full-size football pitch with changing rooms, tennis court, and a vintage British telephone box was initially listed at £6.75m ($8,629,874 US Dollar). Harris has since cut the price in half, and if there are no buyers, the property may be converted into a hotel where Iron Maiden aficionados can stay.
He continued: “In an ideal world I’d like to turn it into a boutique hotel. I think Maiden fans would go there. We recorded some albums there and there’s lots of memorabilia and everything like that. It means I could stay there as well, which would be great. It would be nice.”
Would you stay at this hotel? I sure as hell would! Check out the mansion below.