Steve Harris, the bassist from Iron Maiden, could be the latest entrepreneur to enter the hospitality market, after revealing plans to turn his Essex mansion into a boutique hotel.
The star, who last toured with the band last month, told a Swedish radio station that he is considering transforming his 11-bedroom detached property, Sheering Hall into a hotel for Iron Maiden fans.
The nine-acre property has been on the market for the last five years, first going up for sale with a price of £6.75m, before it dropped to £3.95m.
Harris stills owns the building, which dates back to 1066, despite having moved to the Bahamas in 2003 and after owning a small bar in Portugal, he now believes there is a place in the market for a Iron Maiden inspired boutique hotel.
Speaking to Sweden’s Bandit Rock radio show, he said: In an ideal world I’d like to turn it into a boutique hotel. I think Maiden fans would go there. I had a small bar in Portugal, called Eddie’s Bar, which is no longer open.
“It means I could stay there as well, which would be great. It would be nice.”
Sheering Hall is home to a full-size football pitch, the private House & Cart bar and a British telephone box.
It was also the location for the band’s recording of the 1992 album, Fear of the Dark.