Chek's dream home for sale at £3.75m
THE Grade I listed home of troubled Secret Millionaire Chek Whyte is on the market for £3.75m.
Bunny Hall, an 18th century country house with its own leisure complex, is set in 24 acres of formal gardens and open parkland.
It is registered in the name of the tycoon's wife Heather.
Ilkeston born entrepreneur Mr Whyte, who spent his childhood moving in and out of foster care, once said: "To have gone from having nothing to owning stately homes is more than a dream."
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However, his property portfolio plummeted in value earlier this year amid debts totalling more than £30m.
He was declared bankrupt in August for the second time in his career.
This week he succeeded in striking a deal with creditors that could save him from bankruptcy.
Creditors voted on Tuesday in favour of a new individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) that pledges Mr Whyte will pay back debts owed over a period of time. He can now apply to the courts to have a bankruptcy order annulled.
Bunny Hall, Mr Whyte's home for the past nine years, retains many original features, including a coach house and a cheese press.
An 80ft tower with stunning views of the surrounding countryside adjoins the Elizabethan-style house. Within the grounds, there is a restored lime tree walk.
The home also has a colourful history. It was built by Sir Thomas Parkyns, a collector of stone coffins, between 1720 and 1725.
It is thought the architect's fascination for coffins led to the hall becoming a haven for ghostly sightings. In 2002 the Post reported how a medium from Mansfield had found 14 spirits in Bunny Hall — including seven children, a nanny, a horse groom, a cook, and an inebriated butler.
With the ghosts moved on, Mr Whyte embarked on a £1.8m restoration programme under the guidance of English Heritage. He saw Clifton Hall and Colwick Hall through similar facelifts. The former was sold for £3.7m.
Chris Charlton, director of Savills, which is marketing the property, said: "It's a very rare house in terms of its location. We have a lack of country homes with such proximity to Nottingham and East Midlands Airport."
Bunny Hall is said to have all the essentials no multi-millionaire could manage without, including a tennis court with pavilion, a cinema room and a leisure area equipped with gymnasium, steam and sauna rooms, a large indoor heated pool and separate Jacuzzi and spa area.
It has a large orangery, drawing room, library and a circular glazed frosted dome allowing light to flood through into its hallway and staircase.