Only seven years ago, this opulent building appeared in The Dark Knight Rises as Wayne Manor. It is hard to believe that it is now nothing more than a shell of what it used to be. The walls are crumbling and full of graffiti. The only things scuttling through its decaying rooms are vermin and ghost hunters. These days, the Rainbow House is nothing more than the residence of ghosts. How did things go so wrong for such a gorgeous building? Luckily for you, that is what we are here to talk about.
Just A Normal Couple
Cassey Carrington and Matt Topham were just a regular couple from Staplewood, England. While they were madly in love with each other, they led a fairly unexciting life. When the high school sweethearts bought tickets for the Euro Lottery, they had no idea that it was going to change their lives forever.
Out Of Sheer Luck
They were both only 23 years old. Like most people their age, they were still trying to find their place in the world. He was a decorator and painter, while she was a supervisor at a supermarket. They were happy with the way things were, living in a one-bedroom apartment. When they saw that the jackpot was at $60 million, they wanted to try their luck. To their surprise, they ended up bringing it home!
They Had A Modest Lifestyle
At first, the couple had been generous and modest with the winnings. The first thing on their list was a simple wedding ceremony. New cars came after that. They then bought an average-sized house in the same neighborhood and moved out of the small apartment. After that, they believed that they had nothing else to worry about. However, this was only the beginning of the unimaginable for the couple.
Not Selfish At All
The Tophams took a couple of holidays and showered their loved ones with gifts. For one thing, they gave one of their friends $1.7 million so that he could get out of his debt. In those days, a tipster talked to The Sun about it. They said, “It’s a fantastic gesture and proves [that they] don’t intend to leave their friends behind.” Things only went wrong for them when they decided to upgrade their lifestyle.
The Rainbow House
The Rainbow House is located on the grounds of Wollaton Hall in Nottingham. It has become rather famous after it was featured in a 2012 superhero film called The Dark Knight Rises. You can get there through Adams Hill, which the locals call ‘Millionaires’ Row. It runs parallel to the A52 Derby Road. This was everything that Matt ever wanted. For a lot of people, the seven-bedroom mansion was the house of their dreams. The couple had no idea that it was the beginning of a nightmare.
It Is A Heritage Home
The art deco heritage home was constructed in the ‘30s. Matt and Cassey shelled out $1.6 million to call it theirs. “I have often painted these huge houses and wondered what it would be like to live in one,” he shared with the Daily Mail. He went on, “Now I can find out.” At the time, he had no idea what was going to become of the mansion. Seven years later, it earned a reputation among the locals in the area.
They Had Big Plans
Even though it was already theirs, the couple did not move in right away. Matt and Casey had grand plans for the mansion in question. The total cost of this project was a little more than $6 million. They still had around $60 million to their name at the time, so the Tophams did not mind this. The couple wanted to demolish the house and put up an 8-bedroom house in its place. When the plans came out, the locals could not help but raise their eyebrows at what the couple was planning to do.
In The Teletubby Style
The media called the new design a “Teletubby-style” home. It was going to be primarily underground. It would be an eco-friendly residence that had solar panels. When it comes to amenities like a cinema and a swimming pool. They were also eager to add a second house, as well as a 10-car garage, to the property. Matt and Cassey called it “Serenity,” a name that turned out to be incredibly ironic.
It Stopped All Of A Sudden
While they had big and bold plans for the house, Matt and Cassey did not doubt that they could make them all happen. They assumed that nothing could go wrong since they had millions of dollars to their name. They set about to turn their plans into reality, but it came to a halt all of a sudden. What gives?
They Were Over The Moon
The two of them had already made it. They did not just buy the mansion, but they purchased another one specifically for their family and close friends. With a lot of money in the bank, it was odd that they would abandon the construction like that. Their plan was to erect a spectacular building in that spot, but the Rainbow House remains empty and unchanged. What caused this change in plans?
Now A House Of Horrors
Only seven years ago, the mansion had every potential to transform into the house of their dreams. We are sad to report that you will find nothing more than a graffitied and crumbling building there. This is the kind of thing that gives you a bad impression of the neighborhood. The front of the estate is now overgrown with grass. It stares at you with its windowless eyes from up the hill. These days, it is known as a hotspot for young rebels in search of a thrill. And no, the mansion does not disappoint!
Called The Scariest Place In Nottingham
Locals say that vandals often break into the mansion. Once inside, they would set fires, smash things, and commit various crimes. This happens even though the property has been boarded up. It even comes with security fences to keep people out, to no avail. It did not take long before it was called the ‘scariest place in Nottingham to have your photo taken.’ As you can imagine, it just attracted ghost hunters.
A Lot Of Complaints
Neighbors constantly complain about the property. They are not happy with it, from the offensive graffiti on the exterior to the unkempt lawn that “looks like a forest.” One of the locals spoke to Daily Mail and said, “The Tophams have shedloads of money and should be spending some to end this farce – or at least on security.”
A Health Hazard
“We have been told by the council that all the toilets have been smashed, leaving the drains open. That, in turn, attracted rats,” one of the neighbors shared in an interview. They added, “There is also an empty swimming pool, which is a real danger too. I’m surprised no one has been seriously hurt in there.” What exactly has the couple been up to while this is going on?
The Couple Was Distracted
Matt and Cassey thought that life could not get any better. All of a sudden, however, she learned that there was a bun in the oven. At last, the family of two was going to expand! The couple had been living the life with their newfound fortune and preparing for the baby on the way. This was the reason they ended up neglecting the mansion. They were totally clueless about the current state that it was in.
Everyone Was Disgusted
When they finally returned to the mansion after all the complaints, they were shocked by its sorry state. Matt and Cassey found smashed up toilets, trash everywhere on the property, and animals running wild. There were occult symbols spray-painted on the walls. They were not blind. They could see that it was a health and safety hazard, just like the neighbors told them. The other residents in the neighborhood were furious that the couple let things get this out of hand. Sadly, this was not the end of it either.
Project On Hold
Knowing all of that, it is surprising to see that the house is still standing there. While they had already been granted planning approval, they had to put their plans on hold since the “Teletubby” house was too pricey to build by then. In the end, nothing happened. The Rainbow House simply fell into disuse.
They Have Really Bad Taste
“They’re really lucky kids, with really bad taste,” another resident said. “Not too much sense in it,” a different neighbor shared, “It almost seems like they dreamt it up and decided to do it without thinking.” One of the locals, who asked to remain anonymous, gave their two cents on the situation: “It is a bit of an eyesore though, it won’t be long until it starts crumbling down. It’s been there for years and nothing’s changed with it, so I wouldn’t be surprised if nothing happens for a good long while yet.”
Now Barricaded Shut
The local council knows about the house. As a matter of fact, the ITV even quoted a council report about it. The statement said, “The house has been the victim of anti-social behavior, vandalism, countless arson and nuisance fire attempts, and is now in a state where every opening has been blocked up… and secured by steel sheets.” But is there any truth to the rumors of ghosts haunting the mansion?
What Lies Ahead
With the current state of the property in mind, we doubt that the council will grant a new application. In the end, the Tophams simply filed to have the house demolished on their behalf. Even though the couple now plans to use a different plot of land for their dream house, we have yet to learn what it will look like. If you ask us, there is only one “ghost” haunting the property. We are talking about the ghosts of wasted opportunity!