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25th August 2017

steve harris

Iron Maiden founder and leader Steve Harris is considering turning his Essex mansion into a boutique hotel for Iron Maiden fans.

Steve has had the eight-bedroom property on the market for the past five years and originally put it up for sale in 2012 for £6.75 million.

That price was reduced in 2013 by £0.9 million to £5.85 million and in 2015 by another £0.9 million to £4.95 million.

After floating on the market for almost four years, the nine-acre property had its price reduced last year to an even lower guide price of £3.95 million.

Steve told Swedish radio station Bandit Rock:

"It was a little bit crazy to start with, because when I first put it [on sale], I wasn't really sure if I wanted to sell it. 'Cause I was moving abroad, and I thought, 'Well, I don't know if I'm gonna really wanna stay abroad,' so I put it at a silly price, and I thought if somebody wants to pay silly money for it, then they're welcome to it. But then I brought the price down. It's actually a very reasonable price now.

"In an ideal world, I'd like to turn it into a boutique hotel, and I think Maiden fans would go there. I mean, I had a small bar in Portugal — called Eddie's Bar — which is no longer open; it closed a few years ago. But people used to come from all over the world just to go to that little bar, and I think maybe they would go to the house.

"'Cause we recorded some albums there, too, in the studio — 'Fear Of The Dark' we recorded there and a few others — and there's lots of memorabilia there and everything like that.

"So... I don't know. That would be a nice plan. A boutique hotel... it means I could still stay there as well, which would be great. It'd be an ideal world for me, really. Yeah, it'd be nice."

However, Steve also revealed that he will be staying in his current Bahamas home for at least another four years. He has live in the former British colony "for the last ten years.

"My youngest is still in school there. She's gonna have another four years of school, so we'll be living there for at least another four years till she finishes school anyway and see what happens after that.

"That was another reason as well — I had so many problems with my back, and I thought I'd go somewhere warmer and get better, and it's actually made a big difference.

"I got to fifty. I was running around on a football pitch. I was freezing my nuts off. It was wet, rainy, and I thought, 'You know what? I've had enough of this. I think I've done fifty years of my time in England with all this bad weather. I'm out of here'.

"So that was another reason as well, amongst a few other reasons. But I just thought, 'That's it, really.' But it did definitely help with my back and just about everything, really.

"I always wanted to live [in the Bahamas], really, 'cause we made albums in the early 80s at Compass Point studios — we made three albums there. We did 'Piece Of Mind', 'Powerslave' and 'Somewhere In Time' there. And then going back only a few years, we also did 'The Final Frontier' there as well.

"It was great to go back. It was good for me, 'cause I was just living just down the road — my house was five minutes away from the studio, so every day was perfect for me. We've had a lot of good times there.

"Even from when I first went there in 83, I thought, 'One day I'd like to live here'. I really liked it. It made a big impression on me — the place and the people and everything. So I thought, 'One day I'll go there,' and I did."

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