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Inside Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden’s huge 10 bedroom mansion with a farmyard of animals and a famous former owner

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DEBORAH Meaden is known for her savvy business skills as one of the famous panel on Dragons' Den.

But when she's not busy making budding entrepreneurs dreams come true, she enjoys a fabulous life in the country in her 10 bedroom mansion in Somerset.

The huge pile is nestled in somerset and boasts a farmyard full of animals.

The two storey building was built in stages between 1565 and 1765, when it was bequeathed to William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham by Sir William Pynsent, 2nd Baronet, who did not want the house to go to Lord North.

The posh pad also includes four bathrooms and half a dozen reception rooms and offices.

The Grade II listed building also has a huge kitchen and living room.

The home includes impressive grounds for Deborah's animals.

The TV star enjoys walks and rides on her horses, and often takes snaps of beautiful grounds.

Deborah lives in the property with her husband Paul Meaden.

She purchased the home after selling her Weststar Holidays business in 2006 for £33m.

At the time she said: "We have done it up in an ethical way, restoring whatever we can using traditional materials.

"That has cost us at least twice as much as it needed to. I always say: we were lucky to find our home, and it was lucky to find us.

"I do not know anybody in their right mind who would have spent the money on it we have – far more than we will ever get back."

Deborah is a businesswoman who joined Dragons' Den in 2003.

Born in Somerset, Deborah grew up in Essex before moving back to the West Country.

Through the 90s she owned Weststar Holidays and once that had been sold, acquired Fox Brothers, a textile mill, in 2009.

In 2011 she launched The Merchant Fox, a website selling luxury British-made goods.

She has a reported net worth of around £40 million.

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