IT is a fixer-upper's dream. An historic Grade II listed mansion built by one of the region's richest industrialists has gone up for sale.

Originally built in 1869 by famous mill owner Henry Hardman, the iconic Horncliffe Mansion in Bury Road was previously home to a hotel, wedding venue and care home.

It could now be yours and estate agents are open to offers.

The sprawling property is set in a commanding position at the heart of the West Pennines, offering panoramic views of the Rossendale Valley .

Featuring more than 20 rooms and atria, the mansion covers approximately 10,000 square feet, as well as having a 2,000 square feet basement area.

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It also comes with more than three and a half acres of land, including open spaces and mature trees and plants.

However, the house has been vacant since 2009, and the property has sadly fallen into an extensive state of disrepair, leaving it in need of a loving hand to return it to its former glory.

In recent years the mansion has been victim to fire and was covered in blue paint by vandals in August.

Magistrates also intervened in 2017 to prevent the house from being used for an "illegal rave" after it was occupied by group calling themselves Project Freedom.

Horncliffe Mansion has further become a hotspot for paranormal investigators and "urban explorers" ­— who nicknamed the property Jag Mansion due to a large number of dilapidated vintage Jaguar cars found in the grounds.

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Estate agents, Fine and Country, said: "One of Rossendale's most iconic properties, Horncliffe House is an imposing regional landmark, with impressive and outstanding provenance.

"This is a unique opportunity to acquire a property of true heritage, with a Grade II listing recognising its importance and relevance in both the local and regional architectural legacy.

They added: "The property itself is extensive and has fantastic scope for restoration and/or modernisation / improvement to return its former glory.

"Without doubt, this is an unequalled opportunity in the current market, and truly delivers one of a kind scope to deliver a unique and lasting legacy in the narrative of the property market of Rossendale and beyond."

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The property's interior boasts period features, such as ornamented doorcases, cornices, plaster ceilings, stairwells with painted panels, and three fireplaces ­— including one of freely carved stone in the shape of a mantel ­— according to the 1984 list entry.

The buildings exterior incorporates ornate architecture including original facades, a porch with round-headed entrance arch, segmental-headed windows in sides, dentilled cornices, and balustraded parapet with an

ornamental pediment and corner finials.

The multiple bay windows also boast chamfered sills with carved parapets and finials.

No official price is listed for the property but offers are welcome.

Rossendale Council have suggested that planning permission would be considered for uses including flats, offices, spa and hotel or care home.

For more details visit the Fine and Country website.