This jaw dropping £30m mansion is jam-packed with weird and wonderful inventions – Manchester Evening News

This jaw dropping £30m home is filled with unique features designed by its inventor owner.

Arragon Mooar is a vast new build mega mansion sitting in 280 acres of prime farmland on the Isle-of-Man.

It was designed and built by Dr John Crawshaw Taylor OBE, the Buxton born inventor and entrepreneur, most famous for inventing the thermostat control that switches off a kettle when the water is boiling –  a device in use a billion times a day around the world.

With more than 400 patents to his name his own home was always going to be equally inventive and a showcase for his skills.

‘Elliptical and inventive’

The principal rooms and galleried atrium and the columns in them are elliptical rather than round and viewed from above the individual pieces in the atrium’s limestone floor create three-dimensional petals of a dahlia flower.

He designed the computer controlled LED six strand wiring system that powers light fittings of fuschia and hibiscus flowers with petals made from copper hand painted in vitreous enamel to match the décor in each room.

The chandelier in the drawing rooms boasts 160 flowers.

The atrium

On the wall in the atrium is a three-metre tall Dragon Chronophage clock, the third in a series of four designed by Dr Taylor. The dragon is made from handcrafted scales and can wink, swish its tail, roll out a pearl and ripple its spine. The hour is struck on a genuine Chinese gong.

Bespoke carpets were made in Thailand fashioned out of bamboo fibre and produced in one piece to fit the precise measurements of each bedroom.


Even the glassware and crockery in the cupboards are elliptical.

As Dr Taylor said: “ I never like to do what other people have done before.”

Born in 1936, he lived in Canada for a short time as a child, before returning to England. He went on to attend King William’s College in the Isle of Man and later graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences.

“He worked for his father’s company, Otter Controls, then went on to found his own company in the Isle of Man, Strix, which manufactures his thermostat controls.

At £30m Arragon Mooar is the most expensive property on the market in the north west right now

As well as being a prolific inventor Dr Taylor is also philanthropist and a leading authority on the work of 18th century marine clockmaker John Harrison and designed the Corpus Chronophage as a tribute to John Harrison.


In 2008 he gifted the Corpus Chronophage to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge where it was unveiled by the late Professor Stephen Hawking.

Arragon Mooar was only completed in 2014 but already it would seem Dr Taylor is keen to start another project.

The house and the estate – which includes 1,000 metres of sea-shore – is being sold through Savills in Wilmslow and agent Mark Holden admits his jaw dropped when he walked through the entrance.

‘Truly remarkable’

He said: “It is a truly remarkable property. The elliptical shape creates an optical illusion and the skill and craftsmanship employed to create it is really phenomenal. And it is not just the house but the setting with the grounds and the gardens and its position on the island with unrestricted views and direct beach access.


“The odds are that it will be of interest to an international buyer and that is a matter of that person or that person’s agent seeing details and wanting to know more. There are still relatively good tax advantages of owning a property in the Isle-of-Man with no inheritance tax, no capital gains tax and no stamp duty property tax.”

If the property were in the UK and bought as a second home it would incur stamp duty of £4.413 million!

The main house spans 23,000 sq ft

So what do you get for £30million?

In numbers –  the house extends to 23,000 sq ft, boasts six en-suite bedrooms, each one different, has a drawing room, dining room, library and kitchen breakfast room. There are glass and bottle pantries, a laundry room, snug and a secret staircase to the lower ground floor. There’s also a lift.


Add in a secure three-room exhibition space with electrically operated shutters and CCTV and a function room/lecture suite with catering kitchen and a photographic studio.

Arragon Mooar

The garage – which can accommodate 8 cars – is hidden below the parterre garden which laid out in 17th century English country house style with box hedges, lavender, catmint, roses and a central lawn.


The Aaragon Mooar estate includes 180 acres of farmland and includes three cottages, one with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and two with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, all built mostly of reclaimed local stone.

A track leads from the end of the south drive to the beach at Port Soldrick.

The estate has its own neolithic stone circle

The land also features a 5000-year-old Neolithic stone circle from where there are spectacular views.

There is also a self-contained farm, Ballafurt Far, which comes with 100 acres of farmland let out on an agricultural tenancy and enjoys extensive coastal views. This complex includes a farmhouse, barn and two apartments all of which are currently rented out.

Mark said: “The property can be divided into two lots – Aaragon Mooar and 180 acres as one property and the tenanted farm and 100 acres sold separately.

“Dr Taylor is an incredibly interesting and creative chap who has created an exceptional property and it will be fascinating to see what he does next.”


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