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The great escape; Had the outcome of the Second World War turned out differently, Apley Hall could have become Adolf Hitler's personal home. Annie Roberts discovers more about this fascinating property.

Byline: Annie Roberts

If history had taken a different turn then Hitler may well have been living in Apley Hall, a glorious historic hall in the heart of the Shropshire countryside.

The Fhrer is thought to have set his heart on making the hall his home once the intended invasion of Britain was complete.

Clearly the war time leader had a taste for style.

The Grade II* listed house, built with Grinshill stone in a Gothic style, is a breathtaking country home that has been lovingly restored.

Its current owner is the latest in a long line of individuals who have cherished the property which stands near the village of Norton, seven miles from Bridgnorth and Telford.

"It is truly an amazing place - this is a home for people who want to make a statement," said the owner.

Just four years ago the 'wow' factor was a little harder to imagine. The hall, which is the principal house on the privately - owned Apley Estate, was in need of refurbishment.

The house, commissioned by Thomas Whitmore in 1811, was designed to emulate a romantic castle completed overlooking the River Severn. Hitler may well have yearned to stay in the property, but others from royalty to the author PG Wodehouse were able to get their foot over the threshold.

The hall is even thought to have been the inspiration for Wodehouse's novel Blanding Castle, with the writer's descrip-The hall is now an impressive blend of stately accommodation and contemporary facilities.

The owner said: "I feel very strongly that the grandeur of the reception rooms should suit the setting so the furniture It is important to work with what you have and I think there is a grandeur about these state rooms have soaring fan vaulted ceilings enhanced by ornate plaster, cornices, panelling and deep casement windows -tails has six bedrooms, four with en suite bath or shower rooms and like the billiard room each makes the most of the glorious touches like a cinema room and gym and made good use of the original servant quar-staircase, lit by another cupula, a bedroom home for a family and we converted a lot of the space that was no longer required and brought them to life while retaining While the interior is breathtaking the land-Historic records were researched by the current owner working with landscaped didn't want a football pitch but a formal garden - something that looked the part -protection from development and ensures that the hall's owners can retain the views -sured that as far as the eye can see there is the time and is what people imagine when Apley Hall deserves this protection - a property that has never quite achieved national attention but has been quietly appre-Hitler may never have achieved his proud to have had the privilege of living in the hall and having the chance for it to be and it is now someone else's chance to en-Guide price: pounds 1.75 million.

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Another dimension: The proportions of the rooms are truly impressive as illustrated clockwise from left; bedroom, hallway, drawing room, billiard room and dining kitchen
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