Meticulous attention to detail has created this sensational architectural masterpiece and one of the finest estates on the Isle of Man
The Arragon Mooar Estate, Santon, Isle of Man
One of the Isle of Man's most important country estates, at the heart of which sits a unique 23,000 sq ft English country house respecting classic Palladian architecture yet reimagined in a unique elliptical form.
Six en-suite bedrooms. Elliptical drawing room, dining room and library. Elliptical galleried atrium. Kitchen/breakfast room. Snug. Offices' suite. Lift serving lower-ground, ground and first floors. Secret staircase. Secure three-room collection/exhibition space. Function room/lecture suite with catering kitchen. Photographic studio. Superior ceiling heights. Orangery. 360-degree roof terrace. Extensive garaging. Three cottages. Panoramic coastal and sea views. Formal gardens with parterre and ha-ha. About 1 km of sea frontage.
For sale as a whole with 280 acres or in two lots: Arragon Mooar with 180 acres and Ballafurt Farm with 100 acres.
" Everything I do has to mean something." Dr John C Taylor, OBE, owner.
The Arragon Mooar Estate:
The Arragon Mooar Estate is owned by one of the world's greatest living inventors and a leading authority on early English clocks, Dr John C Taylor OBE.
The estate is now offered for sale as a whole, extending to 280 acres, or separately as two lots: the house, Arragon Mooar, with 180 acres and three cottages, and Ballafurt Farm, set in 100 acres.
Arragon Mooar was designed and curated in meticulous detail by Dr Taylor.
Built in red sandstone to an uncompromising specification under the personal supervision of Dr Taylor, Arragon Mooar was completed in 2014 and extends to some 23,000 square feet a bespoke architectural masterpiece that reflects its owner's passion for perfection and endless pursuit of innovation. As Dr Taylor says: " I never like to do what other people have done before."
Arragon Mooar's classical Palladian style is sensitively reinterpreted in an elliptical design ("A round house would have been too easy") echoed in the principal accommodation and galleried atrium.
Crowning the house is a domed copper roof.
Settling discreetly into the landscape and enjoying total privacy and 360-degree views, Arragon Mooar reveals itself gradually when approached via the wildflower-bordered North Drive, where a bronze cannon dating from the 17th century stands sentinel before the house.
A house of immense stature where every detail, from the cantilevered staircase in Ancaster limestone to the three-dimensional effect design of the atrium floor, even the elliptical glassware and crockery, has been carefully considered by the owner.
Presented in flawless decorative order and finished to exacting standards the principal accommodation features:
Six en suite bedrooms (No two bedrooms or bathrooms are alike);
Elliptical drawing room, dining room and library;
Elliptical galleried atrium;
Glass and bottle pantries;
Suite of four offices;
Owner's and guests' cloakrooms;
Lift serving lower-ground, ground and first floors;
Minimum Cat 5 cabling throughout.
Principal facilities include:
Secure three-room exhibition space with electrically operated shutters and CCTV;
Function room/lecture suite with catering kitchen;
Dual washroom facilities.
From the ground floor to its domed ceiling the atrium rises to a height of just over10 metres.
Viewed from above, the three-dimensional effect limestone floor resembles a dahlia. The first-floor gallery houses display cases of mineral and fossil collections and provides access to the roof terrace which wraps around the house, offering spectacular panoramic views over the Manx countryside and coast and towards Snowdonia.
The bespoke carpets were made in Thailand fashioned out of bamboo fibre and produced in one piece to fit the precise measurements of each bedroom.
The orangery was created in memory of Dr Taylor's grandfather who was head gardener at the Ynys-y-Maengwyn estate in Gwynedd and won many prizes for his owner against the Prince of Wales.
The computer-controlled LED chandelier and wall light fittings, where every fuchsia and hibiscus flower is unique, were designed by Dr Taylor, who also created and manufactured the fittings' six-strand wiring system. The petals are of copper, hand painted in vitreous enamel in colours to match the décor of each room. The chandelier in the drawing room features 160 such flowers.
Meticulous design and arguably the island's finest estateMark Holden