A hotel that was once the home of Deep Purple’s lead singer has been left to rot – with the guitar-shaped swimming pool he built covered in green sludge.
Frontman Ian Gillan bought the plush property in Wallingford, Oxfordshire with his girlfriend Zoe Dean in 1973.
They are believed to have spent £443,000 on a series of extravagant renovations, including building the giant musical-themed swimming pool in the back garden.
The vast Tudor mansion was once one of the most luxurious homes for miles around – but now sits covered in mould after being left to decay.
In 1995 a couple called Svenia and Paul Franklin bought the mansion and converted it into a 32-bedroom hotel.
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A vast Tudor hotel in Wallingford, Oxfordshire that was once the home of Deep Purple’s lead singer has been left to rot. Pictures show the extent of green mould and dust that has collected inside since Ian Gillan lived there in the 1970s
In 1995 a couple called Svenia and Paul Franklin bought the mansion and converted it into a 32-bedroom hotel called The Springs. Pictured: a mould-covered hotel book and local area guidebook have been left to decay on a mattress inside
Scum on the water! Frontman Gillan and his then girlfriend Zoe Dean spent £443,000 on a series of extravagant renovations, including building a giant musical-themed swimming pool in the back garden complete with guitar-like markings
An aerial view shot shows how the guitar-shaped swimming pool has been left abandoned with green sludge on the bottom
Ian Gillan is pictured in his Deep Purple hey-day in 1976, when he was living at the house in Wallingford, Oxfordshire (left) and years later in 2006 (right)
The Springs was in business for just 19 years until the owners were forced to shut up shop due to rising upkeep costs of the old-fashioned property.
Now urban explorer Warren Tepper, from Hampshire, has taken a look inside the house for his YouTube channel Warren Urbexing.
His video reveals the extent of pond scum and algae covering the pool outside and the thick layer of dust and mould building up on the carpets and ceilings inside.
He said: ‘It’s not every day you get to walk round a Rockstar’s former mansion, so it was very cool on that aspect.
‘It did feel like the mansion of a Rockstar because of the guitar shaped swimming pool that Ian had put in – as well as the extravagant wood work throughout the mansion/hotel, it was a shame that it was converted to a hotel.
Elaborate Tudor ceilings inside are now covered in dust with the panes of several of the large windows missing or broken
‘The pool looked cool as it was a guitar – that just screams ‘a Rockstar owned me’.
‘I would have loved to see the pool with water in it as that would have been amazing, the wooded fence cut the neck off the guitar. but you could still see the base, which looked really good
‘The woodwork in the place was amazing and the ceiling in the main room was spectacular
‘I really love old wood panelling and the hand carving, I have always appreciated the skill, talent and time that goes into a good bit of woodwork.
‘The outside of the building was very cool with an old Tudor look to the mansion.
The vast Tudor mansion (room with fire place pictured) was once one of the most luxurious homes for miles around – but now sits covered in mould after being left to decay
Inside the rooms, the mould, dust and disrepair becomes more and more apparent. Pictured are abandoned safes for hotel guests at The Springs in Wallingford, Oxfordshire before its owners closed it down four years ago
Derelict: Furniture has been left inside the abandoned 32-bedroom mansion in Wallingford, Oxfordshire but tables, chairs, curtains and old telephones are now covered in grime
‘I like that it used to be a Rockstar’s mansion and then it became a hotel and spa for the guests at the golf resort.
‘But I love exploring mansions as you find very cool things. The art was amazing in this location and I loved this place especially because of its ceiling.
‘I heard about the mansion online, I had to visit it very quickly as things don’t stay secret for long in the Urbex community.
‘When walking around you can definitely tell that it was used as a hotel as its last use – all the rooms had names, the massive commercial kitchen, the mailboxes and safes for the hotel where still there.
‘The things I loved the most would have been there when Ian Gillian would have lived there, like all the wood panels, the very cool hand carved fire places and the stairs.’
Is anyone there? Phones can still be found disconnected in each of the 32 abandoned hotel rooms at The Springs, Wallingford
From deep purple to mould green: The elaborate Tudor ceiling of one of the rooms at the house is seen covered in pale green
The woodwork inside is still in tact but covered in dust and dirt from years of decay. The hotel that opened there in 1995 was closed down four years ago and the building left to decay
Ian Gillan, who owned the extravagant property in the 1970s, joined Deep Purple in 1969 after spending much of the decade fronting local bands around Chiswick, London.
The vocalist resigned from the group in June 1973, before launching a solo career with the Ian Gillan Band and Gillan.
Mr Gillan even did a year-long stint as the lead vocalist for Black Sabbath before he reformed with the Hereford rock band in 1984. He has been a permanent member of the group since 1993.
The globe’s loudest band: Who are Deep Purple?
Deep Purple is a Hereford-based rock band who first formed in the late 1960s.
The group is considered to be one of the pioneers of heavy metal and hard rock, though their style has changed substantially over their 50-year career.
They were admitted into the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘globe’s loudest band’ for a 1972 concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre.
Deep Purple was originally founded in 1967, when former Searchers drummer Chris Curtis contacted businessman Tony Edwards about putting together a new ‘super-group’ he planned to call Roundabout.
Musicians, including organ player Jon Lord, began to be recruited onto the team, which then began to live, write and rehearse at Deeves Hall in Hertfordshire.
Bassist Roger Glover and vocalist Ian Gillian perform with Deep Purple on the Perfect Strangers World Tour in Sydney in December 1984
It wasn’t until guitarist Ritchie Blackmore suggested naming the band after his grandmother’s favourite song that the band became Deep Purple.
The band, which has sold more than 100million records worldwide, has undergone a significant amount of line-up changes since the 60s.
In 1968, when they released their debut album Shades of Deep Purple, the group was made up of Nick Simper, Ian Paice, Rod Evans, Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord.
This changed after the band’s breakthrough success in the 1970s – bassist Nick Simper left the band, and Roger Glover took his place.
The band had great success with their sophomore album Fireball, which reached the number one spot on the UK’s album chart.
Deep Purple underwent even more line-up changes, and took an eight-year hiatus, before forming their current band.
Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Steve Morse and Don Airey represent the rock giants today, continuing a revival which began in the early 90s.
They’ve released 20 studio albums in their lengthy career, and were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 after multiple nominations.