The half-built abandoned mansion a short drive from Kent that’s bigger than Buckingham Palace

The half-built abandoned mansion a short drive from Kent that’s bigger than Buckingham Palace

The impressive structure from a distance Take a short drive over the East Sussex border and you might stumble across an incredible half-built mansion.

The building, which is bigger than Buckingham Palace, is not only unfinished.

It is also mostly-abandoned and to put the icing on the cake – possibly haunted.

It was once said to be the most expensive private house built in Britain for a century and it is bigger than Buckingham Palace.

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It was even dubbed “The Ghost House of Sussex”, our sister site SussexLive reports .

Still haven’t heard of it?

Let us introduce you to Hamilton Place, the jaw-dropping, £40 million mansion which started to come to life in 1985.

But this impressive house remains no more than a huge shell, lying unfinished 35 years later.

Designed for British multi-millionaire Nicholas van Hoogstraten, one of the wealthiest people in Sussex, Hamilton Place is something else.

It’s been the subject of immense investment despite the fact that no one has ever lived in it and there is little sign that anyone ever will.But despite its scale, there is little to hint at its presence as you approach. It is hidden away off of an unassuming junction on the A22 south of Uckfield in East Sussex and the house, bigger than Buckingham Palace, is completely obscured by a thick wooded area.The closest glimpse you can get on foot is of a gated entrance onto the estate that gives nothing away, aside from a bricked unit and a large, white container.But there is a definite sense of unease. Stuck on the gate is a sign ‘High Cross Estate, Private Property, Keep Out’ written in capital letters.If that’s not enough, multiple other signs warn of “shooting in progress”, “dogs running free” and CCTV being in operation. It is a clear message: do not try and come in.It appears not many have, with most recent photographs taken by drones and older photographs taken on site apparently when work was still ongoing.Those photos show an an eerie building, shrouded in scaffolding and overgrowing foliage, with discarded containers, construction equipment and other items littered throughout the grounds. It doesn’t look like anything has happened here for a long time.Few have been inside, but one reporter who did, in 2000, when it was said to be two years off completion, described a grand central staircase and reception hall, with lift shafts already installed and expensive stone balustrades and pillars.Low-level lighting had been installed on the roof, where there was to be a garden, and there was […]

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