Traditional mansion has basement of secrets inside

The property has been extensively redeveloped since it was bought in 1977

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A converted 17th century farmhouse has gone on the market for almost £1million and although it looks traditional from the outside, it houses secrets in the basement.

The property, set in 23 acres, has been extensively redeveloped since it was bought by architect Rod Hackney in 1977.

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Among the bizarre features of Shaw Bottom Farm in Upper Hulme, Staffordshire, is a secret basement swimming pool connected by an indoor flume.

The heated pool is connected to the upper levels by a twisting water flume and is surrounded by carvings of Indian and Hindu gods, which Mr Hackney added after a trip to Calcutta in the 1980s.

The pool also has optical lighting arched decorative windows and ceiling roses which Mr Hackney sourced from Clitheroe Chapel in Lancashire.

This 405-square metre property also comes with five Jersey cows.​​​​​​

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An aerial view of the five-bedroomed detached farmhouse

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The heated indoor swimming pool on the lower ground floor is connected to the floors above with a flume

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The mansion was bought by architect Rod Hackney in 1977

With five bedrooms, the detached farmhouse is on the market for £950,000 and has a music room with a still-functioning Victorian pipe organ dating back to 1847.

At the centre of the property is a glazed garden room, which leads into the kitchen, cinema room, and sauna area.

Mr Hackney, 75, designed the 20ft water flume which starts in the attic and snakes through the drawing and reception rooms before coming out in the basement pool.

He said: "It's certainly a unique feature. It was a little bit of a spur of the moment thing.

"We were in the process of designing the pool, when I saw a flume at another house that I was looking at for work.

"As soon as I saw it I decided that I just had to have it. There was no other option.

"My wife Tina thought that I was absolutely daft when I told her about it, but I was able to talk her round in the end. You have to try these things."

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A reception room in the mansion

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The property dates back to the 17th century

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Shaw Bottom Farm in Upper Hulme, Staffordshire

He said it took two years overall to make, but that it was worth the effort.

"There was a lot of talk with the manufacturers, because I had to make sure it didn't go too fast," he added.

"There are lots of horizontal curves, which prevent people from racing down it and hurting themselves.

"You literally lie horizontally, switch on the electricity for the lights, push yourself down and four or five seconds later your in the pool."

Mr Hackney has decided to sell the property following the death of Tina, who passed away in 2015.

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The owner decided to sell the property following the death of his wife

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Shaw Bottom Farm in Upper Hulme, Staffordshire, is on the market for £950,000

The father-of-one added: "The whole house has been my experiment, really.

"I've been an architect all of my life, and I've always been of the opinion that it's best to try out bold development in your home to see how they work.

"It's been almost a life's project, redeveloping the home and making it what it is today.

"The swimming pool was the bravest change, I think.

"Before we first started working on it in 1985, there was just foundations underneath the house."

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The incredible property is set in 23 acres

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The 17th century mansion has had extensive work done to it over the years

He said he shudders to think how much the pool cost but what pleases him the most about it is its micro climate.

He added: "The pipe organ is quite a story. I was working on a property in Windermere, and the owner said to me 'there's something here that I think you might be interested in'.

"Almost as soon as I saw it, I wanted it in the music room.

"I can't play the organ properly - only a few odd notes here and there - but I adore it."

He said since Tina passed away the property has become too big for him and although he will miss it dearly, there comes "the time when you need a change."

The property is being sold by Leek-based estate agents Whittaker & Biggs.

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