The sprawling development will house media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s second daughter Elisabeth and her husband Keith Tyson (pictured together), at an estimated cost in the tens of millions.
Seen from the sky, it looks like one of the many HS2 construction sites dotted around the south of England.
But this huge resort on the edge of the Cotswolds is the site of what is fast becoming one of the country’s most expensive properties.
And like many great designs, it also seems to come with a spiral budget.
The sprawling development will house media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s second daughter Elisabeth and her husband Keith Tyson at an estimated cost in the tens of millions.
The proposed plans show that it will become the ideal place to receive guests.
It will have a covered zinc swimming pool, a spa, a tennis court, three terraces, two dining rooms, a double height entrance hall and nine bedrooms each with their own bathroom. bath.
A large basement, nicknamed “bunker” by a local, will house a cinema, a gallery and a technical room, while the house will have sufficient parking for 15 cars. There will also be a studio for Mr. Tyson – the Turner Prize-winning artist – in a wooded area, and formal fruit, flower and vegetable gardens.
The site is already surrounded by mature trees on all boundaries.
Miss Murdoch, 53, made £ 151million a decade ago when she sold her TV production company Shine – which produces hit shows including the BBC’s MasterChef – to her father’s company News Corp.
Worth around £ 1.2bn after the sale of her father’s 21st Century Fox to Disney, Miss Murdoch is known for throwing extravagant New Years Eve gatherings.
One resident said: “This [construction] has obviously altered feelings in the village but people who have money like to spend it.
“We lived with them digging this basement, the towering cranes and the trucks. We just have to get started. Elisabeth Murdoch can be quite distant but every now and then she will ask if there is anything she can do for the village. We could have worse neighbors.
The resident added: ‘The last time I heard that the estimated construction cost was heading for £ 100million, but that was some time ago now. As far as I know Elisabeth has also purchased two other properties in the area. Miss Murdoch and Mr Tyson, 52, are believed to be staying at one of these properties while the work is completed.
One resident said: “This [construction] has obviously changed feelings in the village but people who have money like to spend it ‘
Another man who visits the site regularly, for which the land alone is worth around £ 10million, said: “The builders didn’t want to say who it was, but they said they were digging eight meters deep for a basement.
“It’s a stunning construction – the place will look like something out of Dallas when it’s finished.”
It is understood that the construction staff have signed a contract agreeing not to speak publicly about the development or the site owner, who will keep an existing gatehouse as staff accommodation.
When the Mall visited last week, security guards guarded access points to the complex, with staff quickly approaching anyone stopping outside.
Miss Murdoch married Mr Tyson, her third husband, in Oxfordshire in 2017. Consent to the planning of the new house was granted in January 2019, with plans for a basement being approved three months later.
Elisabeth Murdoch kisses her father Rupert as they watch the races at the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival on March 18, 2010
Last year, an application for a basement expansion was accepted, with a revised plan for the main house given the green light in January.
Development requests for an associated property yard, geothermal heat pumps, gardens and landscaping remain under consideration.
Britain’s biggest house is believed to be owned by Phones4U billionaire John Caudwell, a mega mansion in Mayfair worth £ 250million.
A spokesperson for Miss Murdoch declined to comment.