Mad Dog Ranch was the late Sheffield singer Joe Cocker’s dream home.
An estate covering more than 240 acres in the heart of America’s Rocky Mountains in Crawford, Colorado, the ranch’s centrepiece is Cocker’s grand, seven-bedroom English Tudor-style manor house, set in spectacular grounds encompassing a one-acre swimming pond and vast manicured lawns.
But the property, put up for sale in 2015 by the performer’s widow, Pam, is in growing need of a new owner, as it remains on the market for $4.95 million – £3.93m – more than two years after his death from cancer aged 70.
An auction listed for last September was called off when an offer was received.
However, the deal fell through and the estate is ‘very much available’, said Mandy Nadler, broker associate with Coldwell Banker Devonshire, the firm handling the sale.
The custom-built 16,000 sq ft house boasts a sweeping staircase in the marble-floored foyer, a formal dining area seating 18 and a billiard room with a full-sized bar.
The 1,500 sq ft master suite has a private balcony offering breathtaking views of the peaks.
Alongside the pond are 80 acres of pasture, evergreen forests, a seven-stall barn and a vegetable garden where Cocker grew tomatoes – a far cry from his rock’n’roll lifestyle of the 1960s and 70s.
Mandy said: “Joe and Pam looked high and low for the perfect setting – one that offered amazing scenery and privacy. When he wasn’t touring or in the studio, he wanted a place to relax where he could be a regular guy. He loved to hike and fish, garden and play snooker on the local team. The Cockers were also very involved with the community – they formed the Cocker Kids Foundation.”
Furnishings, artwork and farm equipment are not included in the sale, but could be bought separately.
“There are a few buyers with a lot of interest in the property, but at this time, it is still very much available.”
Cocker, a former gas fitter from Crookes, was known for his distinctive, rasping voice, and began his career singing in Sheffield pubs in the 1960s.
His cover of The Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends reached number one in 1968 – a song he performed at Woodstock the following year. He built Mad Dog Ranch – named after his Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour of the US in 1970 – with Pam in the early 1990s, and was made an OBE in 2007.
A new documentary about Cocker – called Mad Dog With Soul – will be broadcast on Sky Arts on April 22.