PEOPLE AND PLACES

PEOPLE AND PLACES

Friday, February 8, 2019








A castle might be beyond reach but these historic gatehouses cost less aristocratic sums


We all dream of the day when we own a grand house, but for most of us it’s never going to happen. Perhaps that’s one reason why Downton Abbey and Brideshead Revisited became such TV success stories.
However, there is a way that you can buy into the stately home experience in a small way — and at a far more affordable price. Start looking for a gatehouse.
‘Gatehouses were originally defensive features,’ says Roy Porter, senior curator at English Heritage. ‘They are often architecturally interesting because the owner of the big house — knowing the gatehouse to be the first building a visitor would see — would use it to display his wealth, sophistication and taste.
Charming: This delightful cottage is attached to Harnham Gate, leading to Salisbury Cathedral
Charming: This delightful cottage is attached to Harnham Gate, leading to Salisbury Cathedral
‘In abbey and cathedral grounds, they were used by porters as bases from which to control the access of pilgrims or visitors.’
Gatehouses can make good investments. ‘People love their sense of history and heritage — and they sell well,’ says Ed Church of Strutt & Parker estate agents. ‘They also share the views of the grounds with the main house and are part of it all, by proxy.’
Church could be describing Dave Newman’s gatehouse, outside Weybridge, Surrey, which belonged to the estate that is now Oatlands Park Hotel. The hotel stands on the footprint of a palace built by Henry VIII for his new Queen, Anne of Cleves.hat palace has long since been demolished, but there are still reminders in the grounds of the site’s links with royalty. A cedar tree, one of the first to be brought from the Lebanon, stands in honour of the birth of the Duke of Gloucester.
And the pet cemetery built in the 1700s by the then Duchess of York, complete with headstones, is still on the lawn.
‘We are surrounded by lovely hedges and the grounds are tended by professional gardeners, at no cost to ourselves,’ says Newman, 77, a retired hotelier.
The gatehouse is now on the market priced at £500,000 (johndwood.co.uk).
The charming 74 The Close, Salisbury, for sale for £475,000 (myddeltonmajor.co.uk), is attached to the Harnham Gate that leads into the famous Close for Salisbury Cathedral.
Dating back to the 18th century this Grade I-listed three-bedroom cottage is full of period features, such as gothic arched window panes, but perhaps its biggest selling point is that it is part of The Close community, a rich and diverse collection of characters who have become part of Salisbury folklore.
The author Leslie Thomas, a great raconteur who often wrote for this newspaper, used to relish tales of The Close from his days living there.
‘The word got around that I had written The Virgin Soldiers and some thought the title a little raunchy,’ said Thomas when I chatted with him a few years before he died in 2014. ‘One old dear was heard to say somewhat biblically, “A pornographer has come among us!”’
Thomas lived in The Walton Canonry next to the former prime minister, Sir Edward Heath, who owned Arundells, believed by many to be the most beautiful house in England.
‘Ted was the most famous man in the The Close, but he was the first to invite us to lunch. Looking out from his window to the Cathedral that day I said, “I don’t know how I came to live here. I’m a working-class boy.” Ted said, “So am I.”’

On the market... grand entrances 

BERKSHIRE: This three-bedroom
house is on the Maidenhatch
Estate formerly
owned by the Lyle
family,
of Tate & Lyle. The
Tower was designed by
William Ravenscroft.  truttandparker.com,£600,000
BERKSHIRE: This three-bedroomhouse is on the MaidenhatchEstate formerlyowned by the Lylefamily,of Tate & Lyle. TheTower was designed byWilliam Ravenscroft.  truttandparker.com,£600,000
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE: A stone-built house and
a castellated tower, this
Grade II -listed property
has four bedrooms.
There are also stables,
two flats and barns with
consent for conversion. Knightfrank.com, £1.5million
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE: A stone-built house anda castellated tower, thisGrade II -listed propertyhas four bedrooms.There are also stables,two flats and barns withconsent for conversion. Knightfrank.com, £1.5million
EAST SUSSEX: South Park Lodge is a
four-bedroom gatehouse
on the Sheffield
Park Estate. The house
has two acres of land as
well as access to 30 acres
of communal gardens.
n Fineandcountry.com, £875,000.
EAST SUSSEX: South Park Lodge is afour-bedroom gatehouseon the SheffieldPark Estate. The househas two acres of land aswell as access to 30 acresof communal gardens.n Fineandcountry.com, £875,000.Not all gatehouses are dinky miniatures of the great house at the end of the drive. Shurland Hall in Eastchurch, on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, is set in seven acres and has five bedrooms. It is an imposing property in its own right.
Reminiscent of the great Tudor Palace gatehouse at Hampton Court, it was built in the 16th century for Sir Thomas Cheyney, a courtier. Sir Thomas entertained Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn at the house in October 1532.
Situated in a prime strategic position, overlooking the Thames estuary, the property’s function was to defend London. It was the service wing of a ‘once important medieval house’ and later the home of 266 Squadron during World War II, before it fell into a sad state of disrepair.
In 2006, it was acquired by the Spitalfields Trust, which completely renovated it.
‘My daughter was married here and it made a wonderful setting,’ says Dan O’Donoghue, 71, a champagne importer who has owned Shurland Hall for the past seven years. ‘The Tudor fireplaces are intact and the Georgian windows give it a light and airy feel.’ Shurland Hall is for sale for £2.5 million (fineandcountry.com).


As the saying goes a man's home is his castle but in this case, it really is true.
A spellbinding collection of real-life castle homes from nine states across the U.S. have been uncovered with each fairy-tale pad currently listed for sale.
Ranging in price from $38.5million in Hillsborough, California to $787,000 in Lewisville, Texas, these 19 homes feature everything from multiple swimming pools, wine cellars, elevators and movie theatres.
Among the most boastful in luxury seen, The House of Josephine - gifted from a husband to his wife in 1920 - features 10 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms and 18 acres of green in sunny Lake Wales, Florida.
For those especially desiring the fortified, castle-like feel, a white stoned home in Oak Brook, Illinois offers 18-inch thick walls, a full-size elevator and 12 skylights.
Aside from the price, the gorgeous collection appears to offer something for everyone.
For sale: This six bedroom home featuring 12 bathrooms, two pools and two exercise courts in Hillsborough, California is currently on the market for $38,500,000
For sale: This six bedroom home featuring 12 bathrooms, two pools and two exercise courts in Hillsborough, California is currently on the market for $38,500,000
The updated version: This modernized three-bedroom castle in Los Angeles is currently listed for $19,950,000
The updated version: This modernized three-bedroom castle in Los Angeles is currently listed for $19,950,000
Fit for a king: This yellow and white five-bedroom home in St Helena, California is currently listed for $18,950,000 while featuring a swimming pool in its front
Fit for a king: This yellow and white five-bedroom home in St Helena, California is currently listed for $18,950,000 while featuring a swimming pool in its front
White palace: Also seen in St Helena is this four-bedroom on the market for $16,996,000 while featuring an elevator and two-story library
White palace: Also seen in St Helena is this four-bedroom on the market for $16,996,000 while featuring an elevator and two-story library
All yours: This five-bedroom home complete with a gym, wine cellar, swimming pool, sauna and spa also has a gated private driveway while listed for $7,000,000 in Los Altos Hills, California
All yours: This five-bedroom home complete with a gym, wine cellar, swimming pool, sauna and spa also has a gated private driveway while listed for $7,000,000 in Los Altos Hills, California
Hideaway: This newly renovated 1912 three-bedroom home in Portola Valley, California featuring a pool, guest house and bocce court, is currently listed for $6,495,000
Hideaway: This newly renovated 1912 three-bedroom home in Portola Valley, California featuring a pool, guest house and bocce court, is currently listed for $6,495,000
Chicagoland: This five-bedroom palace featuring 18-inch thick walls, an elevator and 12 skylights is located just outside Chicago in Oak Brook, Illinois, while listed for $4,499,000
Chicagoland: This five-bedroom palace featuring 18-inch thick walls, an elevator and 12 skylights is located just outside Chicago in Oak Brook, Illinois, while listed for $4,499,000
Wooded: This five-bedroom 2001-built home in Armonk, New York is listed for $3,999,999
Wooded: This five-bedroom 2001-built home in Armonk, New York is listed for $3,999,999
Garden palace: This six-bedroom home in Flourtown, Pennsylvania featuring angled ceilings and winding staircases is listed for $1,895,000
Garden palace: This six-bedroom home in Flourtown, Pennsylvania featuring angled ceilings and winding staircases is listed for $1,895,000
Real-life palace: This beautiful 1885 castle tucked away in Wayne, Illinois features five wood-burning fireplaces and a five-story spire while all together listed for $1,800,000
Real-life palace: This beautiful 1885 castle tucked away in Wayne, Illinois features five wood-burning fireplaces and a five-story spire while all together listed for $1,800,000
Spanish estate: This 1920 10-bedroom home called the House of Josephine features 18 acres of green in lake Wales, Florida while listed for $1,599,000
Spanish estate: This 1920 10-bedroom home called the House of Josephine features 18 acres of green in lake Wales, Florida while listed for $1,599,000
Family home: This five-bedroom home in Lewisville, Texas comes complete with a rock waterfall and slide into a backyard swimming pool, while listed for $1,599,000
Family home: This five-bedroom home in Lewisville, Texas comes complete with a rock waterfall and slide into a backyard swimming pool, while listed for $1,599,000
The works: This four-bedroom home on 90 acres of land features its own lake, a 14-stall stable for horseback riding as well as a fenced in pasture while listed for $1,593,000 in Elon, North Carolina
The works: This four-bedroom home on 90 acres of land features its own lake, a 14-stall stable for horseback riding as well as a fenced in pasture while listed for $1,593,000 in Elon, North Carolina
Simple life: This four-bedroom home in Santa Rosa, California also features enough space for its own equestrian center while listed for $1,399,000
Simple life: This four-bedroom home in Santa Rosa, California also features enough space for its own equestrian center while listed for $1,399,000
Emerald palace: This four-bedroom in Lincoln, Massachusetts features a study and a library as well as an extra apartment for a live-in nanny while listed for $1,295,000
Emerald palace: This four-bedroom in Lincoln, Massachusetts features a study and a library as well as an extra apartment for a live-in nanny while listed for $1,295,000
American arches: Accompanying each of the four bedrooms are four private bathrooms in this castle situated in Marengo, Illinois while listed for $1,190,000
American arches: Accompanying each of the four bedrooms are four private bathrooms in this castle situated in Marengo, Illinois while listed for $1,190,000
Golden arches: This two-bedroom home along St Augustine, Florida's shore is listed for $998,000 while equipped with a wine cellar and two-car garage
Golden arches: This two-bedroom home along St Augustine, Florida's shore is listed for $998,000 while equipped with a wine cellar and two-car garage
Fortress: This three-bedroom home in Lincoln, Rhode Island boasts beautiful arched doorways and two cobblestone fireplaces while listed for $849,000
Fortress: This three-bedroom home in Lincoln, Rhode Island boasts beautiful arched doorways and two cobblestone fireplaces while listed for $849,000
Tiny castle: This five-bedroom in Lewisville, Texas may look small but packs a punch with an additional theatre room and game room while listed for $787,000
Tiny castle: This five-bedroom in Lewisville, Texas may look small but packs a punch with an additional theatre room and game room while listed for $787,000

According to the Daily Telegraph, all of the properties are currently being advertised by British estate agents and range from a historic Scottish fortress that once belonged to the earls of Fife to a magnificent hilltop palazzo in Italy.
But you'll need deep pockets to afford one, as even the cheapest of the palatial homes will set you back more than £1 million.
Historic: Parts of the magnificent Castello di Collalto just outside Rome date from the 10th century but if you want to move in, you'll have to cough up more than £7 million
Historic: Parts of the magnificent Castello di Collalto just outside Rome date from the 10th century but if you want to move in, you'll have to cough up more than £7m
Spacious: The nine-bedroom castle sleeps up to 19 people and also boasts seven bathrooms and a separate two-bedroom cottage for staff
Spacious: The nine-bedroom castle sleeps up to 19 people and also boasts seven bathrooms and a separate two-bedroom cottage for staff
Spectacular: The 14th century Thurland Castle has been converted into a number of luxury apartments. The three bedroom Cromwell Wing is yours for £1.1 million
Spectacular: The 14th century Thurland Castle has been converted into a number of luxury apartments. The three bedroom Cromwell Wing is yours for £1.1m
Renovated: The two main rooms in the Cromwell Wing are of vast mediaeval proportions and have retained their original fireplaces and cornice fittings
Renovated: The two main rooms in the Cromwell Wing are of vast mediaeval proportions and have retained their original fireplaces and cornice fittings
Each of the castle dates from a different period, although Westenhanger Castle, near Hythe in Kent, arguably has the most fascinating past.
The castle, a scheduled ancient monument, began life in 1035 during a period of Danish rule under King Canute. Following the Norman Conquest, Westenhanger was passed to a succession of knightly families, including the de Aubervilles, the de Kiriols, the Fogges and the Poynings.
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Permission to crenellate was given by Edward III in 1343 and a curtain wall built to connect with the earlier round tower. By the 1540s, the castle was crumbling and it was completely remodelled by its Elizabethan owner, Thomas Smythe, in 1581.
Impressive though Westenhanger is, it isn't the only castle with a history to be proud of on sale. Thurland Castle in Lancashire, although split into several apartments, still retains its moat and was owned by Sir Bryan Tunstall, a heroic soldier immortalised in a poem by Sir William Raleigh.
He was a hero of the Battle of Flodden in 1513, and was dubbed the 'Stainless Knight' by King Henry VII. He was followed by his son Marmaduke, who became High Sheriff of Lancashire.
Magnificent: The 16th Century Lickleyhead Castle in Auchleven near Aberdeen was built in 1560 by William Leith and boasts seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms
Magnificent: The 16th Century Lickleyhead Castle in Auchleven near Aberdeen was built in 1560 by William Leith and boasts seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms
Imposing: The drawing room at Lickleyhead Castle, which despite it's vast size, is the cheapest of the castles and costs just £1.3 million for the entire property
Imposing: The drawing room at Lickleyhead Castle, which despite it's vast size, is the cheapest of the castles and costs just £1.3m for the entire property
The Lickleyhead Castle library
A bedroom in Lickleyhead Castle
Cosy: Despite it's impressive size, Lickleyhead Castle is cosily furnished with traditional dark wood in the library (left) and romantic four poster beds (right)
Striking: The cream stone Myres Castle near St Andrews comes with two additional properties and has 10 bedrooms, a library, a Victorian kitchen and a billiards room
Striking: The cream stone Myres Castle near St Andrews comes with two additional properties and has 10 bedrooms, a library, a Victorian kitchen and a billiards room
The Victorian kitchen at Myres
The drawing room at Myres
Comfortable: Myres Castle was begun in 1454 and was the ancestral home of the earls of Fife. It's now on the market at £2.5m
Later, Thurland was sold to Sir John Girlington, who fought on the Royalist side during the English Civil War. During a 1643 siege, the castle was badly damaged by Parliamentarian forces and was left in a 'ruinous' condition before being restored in the 18th century.
But not all of the homes are in England. Scotland too has a wealth of impressive properties including the pretty 18th century Bonaly Tower, which was the venue for frequent meetings of the 'Friday Club', a group of leading Edinburgh literati, hosted by owner Lord Cockburn.
Others include Myres Castle near St Andrews, the former seat of the earls of Fife, and the imposing Lickleyhead Castle near Aberdeen, which was built by William Leith in 1560.
Outside of the UK, there's a magnificent Italian palazzo dating from the 10th century. But the Castello di Collato near Rome doesn't come cheap. Of all the properties, it is the most expensive and you'll have to hand over £7 million before you get to move in and become king of the castle.
Heritage: Castle Gogar is just six miles from the centre of Edinburgh and was built in Scots Baronial style. It has seven bedrooms and is on the market for £2.9 million
Heritage: Castle Gogar is just six miles from the centre of Edinburgh and was built in Scots Baronial style. It has seven bedrooms and is on the market for £2.9m
Eclectic: Castle Gogar has its own battlements, towers and turrets within, while outside, the property boasts a menage and a stable block with room for three horses
Eclectic: Castle Gogar has its own battlements, towers and turrets within, while outside, the property boasts a menage and a stable block with room for three horses
Ancient: Westenhanger Castle in Kent dates from 1035 and the reign of King Canute but was modernised during the reign of Elizabeth II. It is on the market for £2.6 million
Ancient: Westenhanger Castle in Kent dates from 1035 and the reign of King Canute but was modernised during the reign of Elizabeth II. It is on the market for £2.6m
The Elizabethan fireplace at Westenhanger Castle
The drawing room at Westenhanger Castle
Elizabethan: Most of the interior owes its shape and size to the first Elizabethan Age and includes period diamond-paned windows and inglenook fireplaces
Famous: The 18th century Bonaly Tower was the venue for frequent meetings of the 'Friday Club', a group of leading Edinburgh literati, hosted by owner Lord Cockburn
Famous: The 18th century Bonaly Tower was the venue for frequent meetings of the 'Friday Club', a group of leading Edinburgh literati, hosted by owner Lord Cockburn
Sumptuous: A three-bedroom apartment within Bonaly Tower is on the market at £795,000 and includes a separate study and a slice of the extensive grounds
Sumptuous: A three-bedroom apartment within Bonaly Tower is on the market at £795,000 and includes a separate study and a slice of the extensive grounds


Then and now: COUNTRY ESTATES

Sprawling £7m estate thought to be last resting place of Robin Hood up for sale for first time in 450 years

He is amongst the ultimate figures of folklore, and Robin Hood is well known for having robbed from the rich to give generously to the poor.
But only the very wealthiest will be able to afford the sprawling estate where the legendary outlaw is thought to have been buried.
Kirklees Estate, on the border of the West Yorkshire village of Hartshead, has been valued by London-based agents Strutt and Parker for £7m.
Kirklees Estate in West Yorkshire, where the remains of fabled outlaw Robin Hood are thought to be buried, is up for sale for the first time in centuries
Kirklees Estate in West Yorkshire, where the remains of fabled outlaw Robin Hood are thought to be buried, is up for sale for the first time in centuries
The huge asking price for the estate - which has gone on sale for the first time in 450 years - entitles the buyer to 750 acres of land, as well as the main house itself.
The sale also includes an annexe, two farmhouses and accompanying buildings, as well as a farm manager’s house and expansive woodland and gardens.
Formerly a Roman encampment called Kirkless Priory, the site is also, according to folklore, the final resting place of the scourge of the Sheriff of Nottingham himself, who it is believed died there and is buried in a tomb on the site.
As well as the famous burial site, the Kirklees Estate also spans 750 acres of land
As well as the famous burial site, the Kirklees Estate also spans 750 acres of land
The estate, owned by the Armytage family since the 16th century, is on the market for the first time in centuries
The estate, owned by the Armytage family since the 16th century, is on the market for the first time in centuries
Unsurprisingly for a figure whose life has inspired countless re-tellings and myths, the manner of his death is also shrouded in mystery.
Legend has it that Robin Hood, weakened by old age and illness and confined to his bed Hood, managed to pick up his bow and fire an arrow out of the window requesting to be buried where it landed.
To the northwest of his grave and also on the historical site, a Grade II listed monument displays the site of the original Norman encampment.
Scourge of the Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood, is believed to be buried on the huge site
Scourge of the Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood, is believed to be buried on the huge site
The Priory was constructed in 1135 by Lord of the Manor, Reyner le Flemyng, and remained occupied until Henry VIII the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century.
Estate agent Claire Whitfield, of Strutt and Parker, said: 'It is a unique opportunity to bring a property like this in both its scale and location.
'The estate represents a unique opportunity to create a very special country estate and despite being on the market for just a few days there has been lots of interest.'
Birthplace of former prime minister Sir Anthony Eden
The 25-acre grounds contain stables and staff quarters. Boasts 19th-century clocktower, billiard room, library and original fireplaces
It was used as a POW camp during World War II
Set in 25 acres of lush parkland and boasting a clocktower, stables and servants' quarters, this stately home was birthplace of former Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden in 1897.
So it was no surprise when the 19th-century Windlestone Hall was valued at almost £2million shortly after Durham County Council put it on the market six years ago.
Now, however, with the Grade II* listed magnificent country pile falling into disrespair, it has been sold off at a bargain £241,000.
Piece of history: Windlestone Hall is thought to have been valued at nearly £2million just a few years ago
Piece of history: Windlestone Hall is thought to have been valued at nearly £2million just a few years ago
Sign of distinction: The 19th-century clocktower would have been in place when former Prime Minister Anthony Eden was born here
Sign of distinction: The 19th-century clocktower would have been in place when former Prime Minister Anthony Eden was born here
Hallhall colour
Deserted for years: The house has not been used since 2003, when a local authority school moved out because it needed major repairs
Elegant decor: One of several ornate ceilings within the beautiful building
Elegant decor: One of several ornate ceilings within the beautiful building
InteriorWindlestone Hall
In 2010, English Heritage refused the proposals by a developer who wanted to build luxury homes on the site

Is property in France and Spain really that 'cheap' after the euro's dive?

Interest in European property on UK search portals is rocketing.
But is it really a good time to buy in the eurozone following the euro's sell-off?
Property is certainly cheaper for those buying in pounds - a €100,000 Normandy cottage now costs around £80,000 compared to £92,000 last summer.
Living the dream: This luxury pad in Costa de La Luz was sold to rugby international Matt Dawson for £1.13m at the top of the market in 2007. It's likely to be worth a fraction of that today
Living the dream: This luxury pad in Costa de La Luz was sold to rugby international Matt Dawson for £1.13m at the top of the market in 2007. It's likely to be worth a fraction of that today
Some claim to offer repossessed flats in Spain at a huge discount with ‘100 per cent mortgages’.
We advise extreme caution about such claims and about diving in full stop.
Spain’s uncertain economic future is one reason to be cautious, but there’s many more, as Dan Hyde and Lauren Thompson explain here.
House prices in Spain and France remain dangerously over-priced, based on their historical average versus rents.
This is a good measure to start with.
It gauges fair value for properties in the same way that a price-to-earnings ratio does for a share on the stock market. In short, you divide the price by the annual earnings of a property then compare this against the average for the past 20 years.
Taking the plunge: A fully furnished three-bedroom villa Mazarrón on the Costa Blanca was up for £191,115 last year - but prices are falling fast
Taking the plunge: A fully furnished three-bedroom villa Mazarrón on the Costa Blanca was up for £191,115 last year - but prices are falling fast
It gives an indication of how far out of kilter the market is today versus its historic norm.
Helpfully, The Economist magazine evaluates all major property markets every three months based on this measure and it combines it with another credible gauge - house prices vs wages.
Its latest study in April concluded that house prices in Spain, which were down nearly 7 per cent on a year earlier, were 27 per cent overvalued.
It was far worse for France. The Economist estimated that a 4 per cent annual rise in prices there had left the market a whopping 47 per cent overvalued.
Britain, in contrast, was judged to be 22 per cent too expensive.
Cheap markets include the U.S. and Germany, both are 19 per cent undervalued, and Japan, which is  a bargain 35 per cent below fair value.
If you want to get even more technical, economists at the forecasting group, Vox, have taken this measure further to calculate overvaluation. The chart of Spain gives food for thought.
The rents measure is not perfect, or the prices vs wages measure, but they are probably the best we have for valuing property markets.
'FRENCH PROPERTY TO RISE - AND THEN FALL UP TO 20%'
Analysis by Danske bank last month painted a gloomy picture for French house prices.
Analyst Frank Olnad Hansen wrote in a broker note: 'We see signs of a bubble in the French housing market and would not be surprised to see French house prices declining 10-20 per cent in coming years.'
Danke said French house prices saw only a minor fall during the financial crisis, rose in 2009 and reached all-time highs in the autumn of 2011 - up 121 per cent since 2000.
It says prices were flat towards the end of last year in Paris and fell slightly in the rest of France, in cities with a population of more than 10,000.
Hansen added: 'The big question is whether this is the beginning of a larger correction in the French housing market. There are several indications that it might be.'
He pointed to signs of a slowdown - fewer mortgages being taken and permits to build new homes - and lenders making provisions for bad debts. He's also concerned about a tightening of the credit purse strings.
'There is little doubt in our minds that the French housing market at the current juncture is vulnerable to a sharp rise in interest rates,' he wrote, although with the current financial woes, the European Central Bank is unlikely to order a hike in the foreseeable future.
Hansen does not believe that the ECB will raise interest rates before 2014 and thinks that French house prices might be able 'to rise strongly on an unsustainable path' for a couple of years making the eventual 'pop' much larger.
Some prefer to latch on to the 'affordability' of property markets (prices vs mortgage repayments) - although it's quite often vested interests keen to talk up the market who do so. Because interest rates are so low, mortgage repayments are low, making markets look cheap.
Other concerns are that the euro, at best, faces more volatility and, at worst, could break up.
Britain's financial future is uncertain but the fortunes of France could be considerably worse if the euro implodes. Spain's economy is already in tatters with unemployment at 25 per cent. And as for Greece, exit from the euro would see property investments crash overnight in sterling terms.
As the Mail on Sunday pointed out this week: 'No one knows how much chaos would result from an exit, if it happened – but the prospect has caused the price of properties in Greece and elsewhere to fall [read the full report].'
Buying Greek property is a huge gamble on the country's future. The odds are slightly better with Spain, but it's still a big roll of the dice.
You should also consider that even if a property market does reach its historic 'fair value', prices could still fall further.
Consider America, which on The Economist's measure, has swung from being wildly overpriced to being 19 per cent too cheap.
But Robert Shiller, the man behind the country's S&P-Case Shiller house price index and a highly regarded economist, says the market has further to fall because of the over-supply of homes: too many were built and remain empty.
Shiller told Bloomberg TV earlier today: 'I'm looking for another 20 per cent decline and that is what it would take to bring them back to the long-term averages.'
It should be noted that Spain has a similar problem with a huge over-supply of houses - and the vast majority of its construction boom was centred on the Costas.
The Economist concludes: 'European house prices came under downward pressure [late in 2011]. The pace of depreciation quickened around the periphery of the eurozone. Appreciation slowed in Germany and France. The euro area’s downturn probably continued into the first quarter of 2012 and may persist beyond that. Unemployment is rising across the continent and banks are under pressure to shore up balance-sheets.
'Prices will struggle to rise in such conditions, in over- and undervalued markets alike.'
C'est la vie: The future price for homes like this four-bedroom villa for sale in Avignon, France, for ¿895,000 is uncertain
C'est la vie: The future price for homes like this four-bedroom villa for sale in Avignon, France, for ¿895,000 is uncertain

How European property markets have fared

Despite the crisis engulfing the eurozone, house prices in France have done surprisingly well, rising more than 7 per cent in 2010 and at only a slightly slower pace last year.
Real prices, with inflation factored in, are down 27 per cent since the peak in Spain but down just 7.6 per cent in France. The fall was more than 30 per cent in the UK.
In like-for-like terms, France's homes seem far cheaper than comparatives.  A four-bedroom house in Somerset will cost more than double the cost of an equivalent in Normandy, for example. This is largely because France is a sparsely populated country with 295 people per square mile compared with Britain (660 /sq mile) or Germany (593 /sq mile).
So density has a bearing on house prices. But as events have shown in recent years, the state of the economy - and the amount of lending from banks - has the most dynamic impact.
The chart below, from a report by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, shows the markets falling fastest have been Ireland and Spain.
Both countries built far too many homes, encouraged by profligate lending from banks: read our full report.
RICS European house prices league table:
RICS European house prices league table: The countries with the weakest economies have suffered huge dips

Opulent fashion: Classical mouldings shaped like swirling leaves and baskets of flowers decorate walls and ceilings throughout the mansionGenerations of happy families: Hall as viewed from the former pleasure gardens with the clocktower in the background

Affluent past: Staff quarters and a stable are situated in the extensive grounds
Affluent past: Staff quarters and a stable are situated in the extensive grounds
Born at the hall: Anthony Eden was born at Windlestone in 1897, before going on to become Conservative Prime Minister in the fifties
Born at the hall: Anthony Eden was born at Windlestone in 1897, before going on to become Conservative Prime Minister in the fifties
County Councillor John Shuttleworth said: 'The council might say they have got good value for it, but I wonder.
'My worry is that at a time when the authority needs all the money it can get this is another example of cash being frittered away.'
The council’s bill for securing the hall, £81,000 a year, is thought to be another reason for the sale.
Windlestone was first marketed by the authority in 2006, when it found a buyer who intended converting it and demolishing unlisted parts for luxury flats - but lengthy planning wrangles meant the deal was never concluded.
The new owners do not want their identity to be revealed.
They said: 'It is a private home which is going to be renovated back to its original splendour.'
Michael Gilbey, Durham County Council’s area estate manager, said: 'The council began marketing the property in 2006 and an offer was accepted at that time, but was subject to planning consent.
'The developer spent a number of years negotiating with English Heritage over the scheme, but in 2010 English Heritage refused the proposals.
'We were looking at alternative options when we received an expression of interest, which culminated in the sale of the property.
'We are obliged to obtain the best value for a property.
'In order to meet this requirement, we had to provide 24-hour security for the property while it was vacant, in order to protect it from vandals and metal thieves.'
Gorgeous setting: Windlestone lies within 25 acres of lush parkland
Gorgeous setting: Windlestone lies within 25 acres of lush parkland
Grand interior: The hall boasts a library with dummy bookshelf, many original staircases and fireplaces - but needs major repairs
Grand interior: The hall boasts a library with dummy bookshelf, many original staircases and fireplaces - but needs major repairs
Upstairs downstairs: The northern elevation of the former staff accommodation
Upstairs downstairs: The northern elevation of the former staff accommodation

The house that time forgot: Hundreds of antiques discovered in country mansion where little has changed in 100 years

  • Auctioneers discovered a treasure trove of antiques inside The Hermitage
  • They discovered wine from 1914 and Champagne from 1919
  • Also discovered family photographs spanning almost 100 years
  • Contents of the house will be auctioned in 1,500 lots

Thousands of people have driven past this mansion over the years and looked at its impressive exterior. But few could have imagined the secrets which the 18th Century building holds inside. The mansion, called The Hermitage, in Northumberland, has been described as the house 'that time forgot'.
Antiques: Items untouched for almost 100 years were discovered amongst the 28 rooms in 18th Century mansion The Hermitage in Hexham, Northumberland
Antiques: Items untouched for almost 100 years were discovered amongst the 28 rooms in 18th Century mansion The Hermitage in Hexham, Northumberland
Secrets: The cellars of the house included unopened Champagne bottles from 1919, some in their original tissue paper, and wine from 1914
Secrets: The cellars of the house included unopened Champagne bottles from 1919, some in their original tissue paper, and wine from 1914
Impressive: Thousands of people would have driven past this stunning house over the years, but few could have guessed about its treasures inside
Impressive: Thousands of people would have driven past this stunning house over the years, but few could have guessed about its treasures inside. When auctioneers entered the home recently they discovered a treasure trove of antiques dating back 100 years. Wine from 1914 was discovered along with Champagne from 1919. They also discovered a copy of a 1938  magazine as well as family photographs spanning almost 100 years. Andrew McCoull, managing director of Newcastle based auction house Anderson & Garland, said: 'Time had stood still and the house took on the qualities of a museum. It was a once-in-a-career experience. 'The Hermitage must be one of Hexham's most important and certainly the most hidden home. Thousands will have driven past its entrance, totally oblivious of this fine mansion house. 'The children's toys in the nursery had been left intact. There were christening gowns and rattles sent from London, and charts kept by the children's nanny.
'In the cellars were unopened Champagne bottles from 1919, some in their original tissue paper and packing cases, and 1914 wine. 'Cosmetics and pharmaceutical items, from the 1920s and 1940s, crowded the medicine cupboard. There were diaries and household accounts giving insights into a bygone age of servants, while fishing and hunting records spoke of house parties.
For sale: The contents of the house on the edge of Hexham, described as a 'treasure trove' will be auctioned in 1,500 lots in Newcastle
For sale: The contents of the house on the edge of Hexham, described as a 'treasure trove' will be auctioned in 1,500 lots in Newcastle
Ancient: Pharmaceutical items from the 1920s crowded this medicine cupboard
Ancient: Pharmaceutical items from the 1920s crowded this medicine cupboard. 'Clothes, including military uniforms, were hanging up as if they had just been taken off. 'In the library there was a copy of a 1938 edition of The Field magazine in the rack and there were family photographs spanning almost 100 years. 'In the main bedroom there were wash bowl sets and rooms had wallpaper from the 1920s and 1930s.' The house had been let by owners the Allgood family in 1922 to Brigadier General Hubert Horatio Morant, who had married Isabella Helen Coppin Straker in 1914. Their three children, Doreen Shirley, who died earlier this year, Alice Bettine, who died in 2008, and Major John Locke Straker, who passed away in 1971, all remained unmarried. The contents of the house on the edge of Hexham, described by Mr McCoull as a 'treasure trove', will be auctioned in 1,500 lots at Anderson & Garland's Newcastle base from June 18-21.
Hidden: This now empty 18th Century building had become a time capsule. This image shows the inside of one of the rooms
Hidden: This now empty 18th Century building had become a time capsule. This image shows the inside of one of the rooms
Stored away were also Brigadier General Morant's diaries and letters to his wife from the First World War.
Historic: Jackie Eltringham tries on a Durham Light Infantry helmet - one of the items discovered in the Hermitage
Historic: Jackie Eltringham tries on a Durham Light Infantry helmet - one of the items discovered in the Hermitage. 'What was striking was the enormity of it all, the sheer quantity of memorabilia and ephemera which would normally have been thrown out and which told how a family in the inter-war years lived, and what they did,' said Mr McCoull. 'The Hermitage is a rare survival of a house on a grand scale where the Morant family lived for 90 years and threw little away. 'Items no longer required were neatly wrapped in newspaper, tied with string and stored in the extensive attics. The contents offer us a rare glimpse of life in the inter-war period. 'Only once in a career are you fortunate enough to see a home such as this which has been inhabited but - highly unusually - also left alone to this extent. 'With the sheer scale of the property, the family's possessions could be stored in different cupboards, rooms, lofts and buildings and little was ever disposed of. 'As such, stepping into The Hermitage has been like stepping back in time. The sisters were characters and involved in the community.' Simon Morant, a cousin of the family, said: 'Following the death of Brigadier General Morant and his wife, their son and two daughters stayed at the property until they also died. 'I knew the two Miss Morants, Doreen and Bettine, and had the opportunity to go around the property. That said, even I was not aware to what extent their goods and belongings had accumulated. 'We have taken some of the more poignant things from the estate, including letters from 1840 between my family and theirs, but we very much hope that the remainder of the belongings go somewhere where they will be appreciated.'



Opulent fashion: Classical mouldings shaped like swirling leaves and baskets of flowers decorate walls and ceilings throughout the mansion
The rock-bottom selling price of the beautiful building is particularly bizarre in view of its grand history and beautiful features.
The U-shaped home, near Rushyford, County Durham, has a billiard room, a library with a dummy bookcase leading to its gallery, stables, separate staff quarters and many original marble fireplaces.
Elegant Doric columns and triglyph friezes adorn the house alongside Tudor and Jacobean finishings and classical mouldings shaped like swirling leaves, baskets of flowers and thick trails of plants.
Although in need of urgent repair work, its final selling price has prompted anger from one councillor, who claims owners Durham County Council could have made up to £2million on the sale.
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The charming house features grand staircases, Doric order columns and 12 bay windows at the front. Generations of happy families: Hall as viewed from the former pleasure gardens with the clocktower in the background
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The Hall has a billiard room, a library with a dummy bookcase leading to its gallery and a drawing roomIn 1835, the fifth Baronet, Robert Johnson Eden, replaced his 16th century manor house with Windlestone Hall - a new mansion designed by architect Ignatius Bonomi.
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 Enduring designs: Map showing the listed buildings in and around the 19th-century home
Enduring designs: Map showing the listed buildings in and around the 19th-century home. 'As the hall is a grade II* listed building, we were obliged by law to protect and maintain it while it was under our ownership. The house had a 12-bay balustraded frontage to the east and a balustaded Doric order colonnade across nine bays of the ground floor.
On the death of the fifth Baronet in 1844, the estate and Baronetcy passed to his cousin, Sir William Eden, the fourth Eden of Maryland Baronet and High Sheriff of Durham in 1848.

Anthony Eden was born there in 1897 and later served as a cabinet minister before becoming prime minister from 1955 to 1957.
The estate was then used as a prisoner of war camp for female German prisoners during the Second World War, and afterwards adapted by the council to serve as a school for youngsters with emotional and behavioral difficulties for nearly 50 years.
Glorious countryside: An earlier prospective buyer wanted to build luxury flats on the site - but the new owners intend to restore the home to its former splendourGlorious countryside: An earlier prospective buyer wanted to build luxury flats on the site - but the new owners intend to restore the home to its former splendor.

One of Britain's most expensive country homes has gone on the market - and it really is fit for a Queen. The Grade I listed Mynde Park, set in a 1,180-acre estate, has a right royal price tag - a princely £15m. But the estate agents handling the sale say there is no shortage of potential buyers wanting to view the property.
Home fit for royalty: The Queen held a picnic at the property in rural Herefordshire for 3,000 guests
Home fit for royalty: Mynde Park is Grade I listed and was completely renovated over a three year project by the current owners. The Queen held a picnic here in rural Herefordshire for 3,000 guests in 2003
Expensive taste: One of Britain's most expensive country homes has gone on the market for £15million
It is one of Britain's most expensive country homes and has gone on the market for £15million. Craig Hamilton, the renowned architect, oversaw the restoration including the kitchen and study extension with private walled garden
Mynde Park estate
‘The King’s Hall was described by Nikolaus Pevsner (architectural historian) as 'the finest room in Herefordshire', and has vast ceiling heights and remarkable plaster work. It takes up a large proportion of the house.
Listed: The house has 12 bedrooms, 10 of them ensuites, a drawing room, library, study and morning room
Listed: The house has 12 bedrooms, 10 of them ensuites, a drawing room, library, study and morning room. The spacious master bedroom has two dressing rooms, bathroom and shower
Stately: The estate agents handling the sale say there is no shortage of potential buyers
Stately: The estate agents handling the sale say there is no shortage of potential buyer. The extended kitchen is a wonderful family space with dining and sitting area with door out to the garden
And the guided tour can take up to four hours because there's so much to see. The Queen held a picnic at the property in rural Herefordshire for 3,000 guests. Clive Hopkins, head of Farms and Estates for Knight Frank estate agents, said: 'It is a unique property, one of the finest anywhere in the country. 'We are getting interest from international clients, from Eastern Europe and other parts of the world.'
Most of the ground floor of the Manor House is taken up by a dining room known as the King's Hall
The dining room retains its original panelling, has a fireplace at either end and would comfortably seat at least 24 people
The guided tour of the house can take up to four hours because there's so much to see
The guided tour of the house can take up to four hours because there's so much to see. The drawing room, off the great hall, is one of the many entertaining spaces in the house
Local historians said Mynde Park dates back to 1350 and was once the home of Walter Pye, attorney-general to Charles I
Mynde Park dates back to 1350 and was once the home of Walter Pye, attorney-general to Charles I. The library room enjoys views over the surrounding countryside. But the house also has 12 bedrooms, 10 of them ensuites, a drawing room, library, study, morning room, billiard room, games room, two kitchens and various cellars. The London office of Knight Frank describe the house near the village of Much Dewchurch as 'deceptively compact' inside. A separate five-bedroomed house - the Little Mynde - stands in the grounds, along with six cottages and an entrance lodge. The manor is approached along a mile-long private 'carriage drive' with views of the swimming pool, gardens, lake and the surrounding Herefordshire countryside. Local historians said Mynde Park dates back to 1350 and was once the home of Walter Pye, attorney-general to Charles I.
The Grade I listed Mynde Park house is set in a 1,180-acre estate in Herefordshire
Mynde Park house is set in 1,180-acres of prime arable land with stunning undulating countryside
Picturesque: The Mynde Park estate has a royal price tag of £15million
Mynde Park has views looking out over its own lake
The house was later acquired by the Duke of Chandos who, in 1709, added the King's Hall with its Buggatti and Attari plasterwork. It is currently owned by Caroline and Audley Twiston-Davies, whose daughter Antonia was a God-daughter of Princess Diana.
The Twiston-Davies family spent four years and millions of pounds restoring the manor house to its former glory 10 years ago. The estate hosted the Queen, Prince Philip and 3,000 guests at a picnic in the grounds in 2003. Mr Hopkins said: 'The joy of the manor house is it stands in the middle of its own land at the end of a mile-long drive. 'It will appeal to someone who wishes to be the master of all they survey. 'It is a rare property because this isn't about the location - it could be anywhere in Britain. 'It's all about the property, its grounds and its history,. That's what makes it unique. 'It's only been on the market for two weeks but it is attracting a lot of people and we've shown a few around.'
The great outdoors: The house has been on the market for two weeks but is already attracting a lot of interest
The great outdoors: The house has been on the market for two weeks but is already attracting a lot of interest
The estate hosted the Queen, Prince Philip and 3,000 guests at a picnic in the grounds in 2003
The estate hosted the Queen, Prince Philip and 3,000 guests at a picnic in the grounds in 2003
Regal: The agents handling the sale say there is no shortage of potential buyers wanting to view the house
Regal: The agents handling the sale say there is no shortage of potential buyers wanting to view the house

 

A lavish Californian mansion is up for sale for $100million (£60million) - but the price tag appears to be a bit too hefty, because there are still no takers a year after it was first advertised.The house in Hillsborough has 16,000 square feet of floor space and was put on the market in 2013 for the first time in 100 years, by Sotheby's.The potential new owners will have a mansion that boasts seven bedrooms and is just a short drive away from San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge and world-famous Alcatraz prison.
Surrounded by 47 secluded acres of grounds, the property includes 10 bathrooms, a grand-scale ballroom and a fully-stocked library, with the interiors designed by the acclaimed Anthony Hail.Lucky owners can enjoy margaritas in the sun-drenched pool courtyard while taking in the stunning panoramic views of the East Bay.The property has been put up for sale by Christian de Guigne IV, whose great-grandparents built the house.
He used to live in the house with his wife, Vaughn, who he divorced in 2002. According to court documents it was staffed by two housekeepers, three gardeners, a laundress, chef, childcare provider and a part-time chauffeur - and cost $450,000 a year to run.
He said: ‘It's on the market for the first time in nearly 100 years, and this eye-catching property gives commanding views of the bay like no other.‘The property is surrounded by 47 acres of exceptionally rare land and it is one of the largest undeveloped lots known to the town of Hillsborough.’Christian is currently retaining a life estate in the lavish property, giving him exclusive use of the house during his lifetime.
House about that: The opulent mansion is on the market for the first time in 100 years
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House about that: The opulent mansion is on the market for the first time in 100 years
Size matters: The new owners will have plenty of space to relax and entertain guests
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Size matters: The new owners will have plenty of space to relax and entertain guests
Luxury: The house is adorned with fine furniture and fittings
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Luxury: The house is adorned with fine furniture and fittings
 
Splash the cash: You'll need to be swimming in money to afford the property
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Splash the cash: You'll need to be swimming in money to afford the property
Handy: The swimming pool is just yards from the main house
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Handy: The swimming pool is just yards from the main house
Grand: The property is fit for royalty
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Grand: The property is fit for royalty
Stately: A fine chandelier adorns this regal room
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Stately: A fine chandelier adorns this regal room
This satellite image shows the incredible extent of the mansion's grounds
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This satellite image shows the incredible extent of the mansion's grounds
Flower power: Neighbours must be green with envy at the mansion's garden
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Flower power: Neighbours must be green with envy at the mansion's garden
Expansive: The nearest neighbours are quite a distance away
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Expansive: The nearest neighbours are quite a distance away
Way to mow: The new owners might need a little help to keep the grounds in good order
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Way to mow: The new owners might need a little help to keep the grounds in good order
Soothing: The new owners will be able to stroll amongst rows of flowerbeds
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Soothing: The new owners will be able to stroll amongst rows of flowerbeds
Leafy: The grounds feature plenty of trees and greenery
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Leafy: The grounds feature plenty of trees and greenery
The property has been put up for sale by Christian de Guigne IV, whose grandparents built the house
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The property has been put up for sale by Christian de Guigne IV, whose grandparents built the house
Stairway to heaven: Every part of the mansion oozes luxury
Stairway to heaven: Every part of the mansion oozes luxury

A £1m street (lighthouse not included): Five cottages in Britain's most isolated street.... and some of our best sea views are thrown in for free

Yours for less than £1million, an entire row of cottages ... with one very large street light.
Perched on the top of a cliff, the five properties boast south-facing gardens and sea views.
But there is one snag – you will probably need extra-thick curtains because there’s a fully-operational lighthouse and helipad on your doorstep.
Awesome view: Four of the five cottages date back to 1938 with the last built around 1970
Awesome view: Four of the five cottages date back to 1938 with the last built around 1970
Clifftop: The five properties can be seen, right, next to a helicopter launch pad and a lighthouse which is now unoccupied
Clifftop: The five properties can be seen, right, next to a helicopter launch pad and a lighthouse which is now unoccupied
The cottages situated on St Ann’s Head on the south west tip of Pembrokeshire in Wales used to be used as accommodation for lighthouse keepers.
But they have been empty for over a decade since the lighthouse became automated.
Consisting of four three-bedroom houses and one with two bedrooms, the whole row is on the market for £950,000. They are currently owned by Trinity House Corporation, which maintains all of the functioning lighthouses in England and Wales.
Amy Thomas, of Cardiff-based chartered surveyors Cooke and Arkwright, said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a property in a unique and idyllic coastal location.
‘They offer a perfect opportunity for someone looking for a renovation project.’
It would be the perfect hideaway for anyone who has sung along to the song: 'I want to marry a lighthouse keeper...'
The terrace of cottages has been lying empty for a decade and they are being sold by Trinity House who run all the lighthouses in England and Wales. They have been given a list price of £950,000.
The two lighthouses on the section of coastline have been electrified since 1998.
Estate agent Amy Thomas said: 'It is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a property in a unique and idyllic coastal location.
'The cottages were previously used to house the lighthouse keepers and their families, looking after various lights along the Pembrokeshire coastline.
Lighthouse keeper's properties with a sea view: The five clifftop properties at St Ann's Head in Pembrokeshire, three miles from the nearest town. The lighthouse is not for sale
Lighthouse keeper's properties with a sea view: The five clifftop properties at St Ann's Head in Pembrokeshire, three miles from the nearest town. The lighthouse is not for sale
'The cottages have been vacant for approximately 10 years - and are in need refurbishment.
'However, they offer a perfect opportunity for someone looking for a renovation project.'
The idyllic cottages are part of a complex of properties at the remote spot.
Also on the site but not for sale are two lighthouses, a helipad, a helicopter transit lounge and a former fog horn house.
The money from the sale will go to the Trinity House Corporation which has maintained lighthouses and safety for mariners since they were granted a Royal Charter in 1514.
Four of the five cottages date back to 1938 with the last built around 1970.
A lighthouse has been on the site since 1712 to warn seafarers of the dangerous jagged rocks jutting in the Irish Sea.
Miss Thomas, of Cardiff-based agents Cooke and Arkwright, said: 'Two lighthouses were were fuelled by coal fires.
Amazing sea view: The row of cottages which are also available for sale individually. They are all in a poor state of repair
Amazing sea view: The row of cottages which are also available for sale individually. They are all in a poor state of repair
Stunning: The five properties, available for less than £1m together, have some of the best coastal views in Britain but all require modernisation as they have been empty for a decade
Stunning: The five properties, available for less than £1m together, have some of the best coastal views in Britain but all require modernisation as they have been empty for a decade
'The existing lighthouse tower was constructed in 1844. The lighthouse was electrified in 1958 and automated in 1998.'
The lighthouse will carry on blinking away on the headland as a warning to shipping lighting up the night sky outside.
The nearest village of Dale is three miles away - but the real beauty is the panoramic views of the islands of Skomer and Skokholm with puffins, manx shearwaters and guillemots.
Four of the five homes have three bedrooms while the last one has two bedrooms. Each boasts nine-inch thick walls to withstand the battering of the sea and winds.
But Miss Thomas warned: 'The cottages have been vacant for some time and require total refurbishment. But it could be a bargain for the right person.'
Remote hideaway: The five terraced homes at St Anne's Head, are at one of the most westerly points in Wales
Remote hideaway: The five terraced homes at St Anne's Head, are at one of the most westerly points in Wales
Run down: The properties were occupied by lighthouse keepers but the lighthouses were electrified in 1998 so they are no longer needed
Run down: The properties were occupied by lighthouse keepers but the lighthouses were electrified in 1998 so they are no longer needed
Green: The cottages have stunning views and there is a helicopter pad nearby. It is thought that a developer may purchase them to renovate
Green: The cottages have stunning views and there is a helicopter pad nearby. It is thought that a developer may purchase them to renovate
Spectacular: The row of five terraced properties virtually stand alone on the remote, but beautiful, stretch of coastline
Spectacular: The row of five terraced properties virtually stand alone on the remote, but beautiful, stretch of coastline
Coastal paradise: Four of the five homes have three bedrooms while the last one has two bedrooms. Each boasts nine-inch thick walls to withstand the battering of the sea and winds
Coastal paradise: Four of the five homes have three bedrooms while the last one has two bedrooms. Each boasts nine-inch thick walls to withstand the battering of the sea and
Looks perfect, but is that tenth bedroom a little on the small side? Super wealthy prospective house buyers are being provided with a novel try-before-you-buy scheme to entice them to part with vast sums of money for a deluxe new home. Property company Clarenco has made the unusual offer after deciding to sell six properties in its portfolio, including stately homes and a castle.
Eight bedroom Happisburgh Manor in Norfolk comes with a heated pool and is on the market for £800,000
With it's unusual frontage and thatched roof eight bedroom Happisburgh Manor in Norfolk looks like an idyllic country home. It also comes with a heated pool and is on the market for £800,000
White meets beige in a bedroom at Happisburgh Manor in Norfolk and the wide windows ensure that plenty of light can enter the room
White meets beige in a bedroom at Happisburgh Manor in Norfolk and the wide windows ensure plenty of light gets in
Wooden paneling and beams give the dining room at Happisburgh Manor an airy light feel, while the giant rug adds decadence
Wooden paneling and beams give the dining room at Happisburgh Manor an airy light feel, while the giant rug adds an air of decadence
The modern-looking gym at Happisburgh Manor features a rowing machine and a bike. It also has a massage bed in the adjacent room
The modern-looking gym at Happisburgh Manor is complete with a rowing machine and a bike. It also has a massage bed in the adjacent room
The drawing room at Happisburgh Manor features a fire and a coat of arms. There is also a huge mirror and plenty of comfortable chairs
The drawing room at Happisburgh Manor features a fire and a coat of arms. There is also a huge mirror and plenty of comfortable chairs
Potential purchasers are being given the chance to rent out country piles for a weekend to get a true feel of what it would be like to live there. If they go on to buy the property the rental cost will be taken off the sale price.
The stunning homes which went on the market in August were all bought and restored by Clarenco in 2010 and include Happisburgh Manor in Norfolk - with a price tag of £800,000 and Tempsford Mill in Bedfordshire, on sale for £2.8million.
the properties are currently being used as holiday lets, while a sixth, Bath Lodge Castle, is a hotel. However, all are now being sold as individual residencies.
Despite each boasting between eight and ten bedrooms, the properties are actually the smallest in Clarenco's portfolio which also features an abbey and a Napoleonic sea port.
The stunning Tempsford Mill in Bedfordshire which overlooks the River Ivel and includes 6.5 acres of land. It also includes a renovated old mill, a newer extension and outbuildings
The stunning Tempsford Mill in Bedfordshire overlooks the River Ivel and includes 6.5 acres of land. It also comes with a renovated old mill, a newer extension and outbuildings - it is on the market for £2.8million
Tempsford Mill bedroom
The main bedroom at Tempsford Mill has a crisp but simple finish and features a striking purple-backed double bed
Although it has a modern finish the kitchen at Tempsford Mill still has original features from its former days as a mill
Although it has a modern finish the kitchen at Tempsford Mill still has original features from its former days as a mill
There is plenty of room to entertain guests in the main lounge at Tempsford Mill on the white sofas complete with plack and gold cushions
There is plenty of room to entertain guests in the main lounge at Tempsford Mill on the white sofas complete with plack and gold cushions
The dining room at Tempsford Mill oozes with elegance and features a large window and bookshelf
The dining room at Tempsford Mill oozes with elegance and features a large window and bookshelf
Clarenco was established by Dream beds founder Mike Clare, and estate's director David Lobb said he hoped the decision to market the properties in such an unusual way would prove to be a successful one.
He said: 'Given the unique nature of the properties and difficult market conditions, we are looking for a different approach to selling the properties.
'Every year hundreds of people take a luxury break in our fully refurbished country retreats and comment on how beautiful and unusual each of them are. This offer gives potential buyers a chance to experience their beauty and tranquillity before they decide if they want to own one of them.'
Managing director, Suzanne Taylor added: 'The sale of the properties is to fund the expansion of the Clarenco portfolio of unusual and luxury venues in the UK, which are used for weddings, exclusive use, corporate hire and luxury breaks.'
Set in 3.5 acres the historic Bath Lodge Castle near bath features ten bedrooms as well as a huge garden and woodland. Starting price is £1.75million
Set in 3.5 acres the historic Bath Lodge Castle near bath features ten bedrooms as well as a huge garden and woodland. Starting price is £1.75million
With purple curtains and a period piece wardrobe in the corner the main bedroom at Bath Lodge Castle looks fit for royalty
With purple curtains and a period piece wardrobe in the corner the main bedroom at Bath Lodge Castle looks fit for royalty
A chandelier hangs over the fruit bowl on the rustic wooden table in the breakfast room of Bath Lodge Castle
The chandelier hangs over the beautiful rustic wooden table in the dining room area at Bath Lodge Castle
Candles hang from the ceiling and light up the table to give a sense of medieval times at the long dining table in Bath Lodge Castle
Candles in the ceiling light up the table to give a sense of medieval times at the long dining table in Bath Lodge Castle
Stone walls and a striking fireplace stand out as the feature pieces in the drawing room at Bath Lodge Castle
Stone walls and a striking fireplace stand out as the feature pieces in the drawing room at Bath Lodge Castle
The large reception area is furnished with large leather chairs a stag light stand and a antique wooden chair
The large reception area at Bath Lodge Castle is furnished with large leather chairs a stag light stand and a antique wooden chair
The properties are available for rent at between £550 and £1,500 a night.
Two of the properties for sale are being marketed by Savills: Beau Castle in Worcestershire (£2.3million) and Bath Lodge Castle in Somerset (£1.75million). Plas Cilybebyll, a beautiful nine-bedroom home in Neath (£1.5million) is being sold by Savills and Fine & Country.
Happisburgh Manor (£800,000) and Old Morley Hall in Norfolk (£2.5million) are being sold by Savills and Strutt & Parker; Tempsford Mill (£2.8million) in Bedrforshire is being sold by Fine & Country.
The interestingly-shaped Beau Castle in Worcestershire is located on a hill overlooking Wyre Forest and includes nine bedrooms. Offers start at £2.8million
The interestingly-shaped Beau Castle in Worcestershire is located on a hill overlooking Wyre Forest and includes nine bedrooms. Offers start at £2.8million
Even the toilet looks special at Beau Castle with steps leading up to it. The bathroom also features a huge mirror and plenty of cupboard space
Even the toilet looks special at Beau Castle with steps leading up to it. The bathroom also features a huge mirror and plenty of cupboard space
The Beverly Hills mansion that featured in The Godfather and The Bodyguard, and provided a romantic retreat for John F Kennedy and his new bride Jackie on their honeymoon, is being listed for $135 million.
The historic mansion, set on six acres of land close to Sunset Boulevard, has had only four owners since it was built in the 1920s, but countless A-list celebrities, royalty and high-profile figures have been guests there.
From the honeymooning Kennedys, to parties for Rihanna and Prince Albert of Monaco, the legendary Beverly House had become nearly as famous as those who have graced its rooms.
Starring role: Beverly House has appeared in several films, including The Godfather and The Bodyguard
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Starring role: Beverly House has appeared in several films, including The Godfather and The Bodyguard
Romantic retreat: The lavish estate was used by the Kennedys on their honeymoon
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Romantic retreat: The lavish estate was used by the Kennedys on their honeymoon
The sprawling estate, which includes a 50,000sq ft house, cascading waterfalls leading to a swimming pool, and a two-story library, is a mix of period features and luxurious flourishes.
A spa, 22ft tall hand-painted arched ceiling, billiards room complete with a carved fireplace from Hearst Castle in California, and parquet flooring are just some of the features in the 30-bedroom, 40-bathroom estate. Current owner Leonard Ross, who bought the mansion in 1976 when he was just 31, said it takes two hours to show prospective buyers around.
He paid $2 million for the house, but told ABC News that despite its current $135 million price tag the property was an 'investment that could only go up in value'.
He admitted that when he bought the property it was 'much larger than I needed'.
New chapter: The two-story library comes with an open fireplace, wood paneling and carved ceiling
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New chapter: The two-story library comes with an open fireplace, wood paneling and carved ceiling
Original features: The parquet floor and stone fireplace in the billiards room were installed when the house was built in the 1920s
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Original features: The parquet floor and stone fireplace in the billiards room were installed when the house was built in the 1920s
The iconic home, made famous by the horse head scene in The Godfather, is being listed byHilton Hyland, who describe it as a 'perfect combination of Italian and Spanish style'.
The property has an outside terrace that can seat 400 for dinner, an art deco nightclub, tennis courts, gym and array of guest cottages and accommodation for staff.
Built out of terracotta stucco, the H-shaped residence combines Spanish and Italian style. It has intricately carved ceilings and paneled walls, French doors, balconies, arched ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, which overlook the pool and Venetian columns beyond the pool house.
Alongside financier Ross, previous owners included newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who was given the house as a gift by actress Marion Davies, and banking executive Milton Getz, who commissioned Hoover Dam architect Gordon Kaufmann to build the home.
Star billing: The $135 million estate appeared in The Bodyguard, above, as the home of the character played by Whitney Houston
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Star billing: The $135 million estate appeared in The Bodyguard, above, as the home of the character played by Whitney Houston
Dream home: It may have appeared in one of the nightmarish scenes from The Godfather, but Beverly House would be a fantasy for many people
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Dream home: It may have appeared in one of the nightmarish scenes from The Godfather, but Beverly House would be a fantasy for many people
Honeymoon: Jackie and John F Kennedy stayed at the luxury estate after their wedding in Newport
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Honeymoon: Jackie and John F Kennedy stayed at the luxury estate after their wedding in Newport
Room with a view: Huge windows overlooking the gardens and a door opening on to a terrace are found in the dining room
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Room with a view: Huge windows overlooking the gardens and a door opening on to a terrace are found in the dining room
Historic: The home was built in 1925 by architect Gordon Kaufman, who is best known for his work on the Hoover Dam
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Historic: The home was built in 1925 by architect Gordon Kaufman, who is best known for his work on the Hoover Dam
Stylish: The H-shaped home has a flair of Spanish and Italian design
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Stylish: The H-shaped home has a flair of Spanish and Italian design
Party place: A nightclub, pool and terrace that can seat 400 people make Beverly House perfect for entertaining
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Party place: A nightclub, pool and terrace that can seat 400 people make Beverly House perfect for entertaining


Remote: Remarkable aerial image of the coastline shows just how isolated the five properties are
California isn't what it used to be, back in the days of swimming pools and movie stars. The state grew at a slower clip the past decade than during any other in its 160-year history, according to the census. Demographers question whether the boom-time growth will ever return. Click on a photo to compare a historical image — when the area was up-and-coming — to a present-day image.
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What do Scottsdale, Arizona, Syracuse in upstate New York and the San Juan Islands off Washington have in common? They are all home to some of the most architecturally inspiring addresses in the United States.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has handed out the 2012 Housing Awards to projects at the pinnacle of design, creativity and sustainability.
The jury recognized projects in four categories - custom-built homes for one family, large structures which sleep many individuals in their own apartments and specialized buildings such as community centers.
The ten homes selected were: The Nakahouse, a space-age home in the Hollywood Hills; Relic Rock, a luxury home in Scottsdale, Arizona; The Pierre, a strange stone inspired home in the San Juan Islands off Washington state; The Camelview Village, a futuristic condo complex in Scottsdale, Arizona; Hampden Lane House in Bethesda, Maryland; The Live Work Home in Syracuse, New York; the luxury Carmel residence in Carmel-by-Sea, California; a new Jesuit Community centre in Fairfield, Connecticut; new low-budget homes in San Francisco and new college halls of residence in Houston, Texas.
Otherwordly homestead: Optima Camelview Village is a 700-unit condominium development comprised of eleven buildings linked by bridges in Scottsdale, Arizona
Otherwordly homestead: Optima Camelview Village is a 700-unit condominium development comprised of eleven buildings linked by bridges in Scottsdale, Arizona
Spiritual setting: The Arizona complex draws inspiration from the surrounding mountains and Native American desert communities
Spiritual setting: The Arizona complex draws inspiration from the surrounding mountains and Native American desert communities
Sit back and relax in your surroundings: A lounge area in the Optima Camelview Village in Scottsdale
Sit back and relax in your surroundings: A lounge area in the Optima Camelview Village in Scottsdale
The American Institute of Architects was established 150 years ago and has more then 79,000 members.
The One and Two Family Custom Residences award focus on remodelling of homes for individual clients. The Carmel Residence in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California was completed by Dirk Denison Architects. The owners wanted to marry a space that worked with the beauty of the natural surroundings and the nearby Pacific Ocean.
All rooms flow from a central courtyard with nooks for the kitchen and office spaces. Areas are separated by screens of solid mahogany and steel which move to allow air and light to circulate throughout the home.
The Hampden Lane House in Bethesda, Maryland by architect Robert M. Gurney is a simple cube where all spaces are utilized. It stands out from others in the neighbor for its style - but nevertheless is an environmentally conscious project.
Nakahouse in Los Angeles, by XTEN Architecture, is an abstract remodel of a 1960s hillside house with fluid indoor - outdoor spaces. Its cantilevered terraces and stark monochrome interior - white steel, plaster and concrete along with deep black plaster walls - give it a futuristic look despite its glamorous location under the Hollywood sign.
Inspired by its surroundings: Located in Carmel Bay, California, the Carmel Residence was conceived around one central room
Inspired by its surroundings: Located in Carmel Bay, California, the Carmel Residence was conceived around one central room
California dream: The home by the coast has niche spaces that hide the kitchen and bedrooms around a central area paneled in solid mahogany and glass sliding doors
California dream: The home by the coast has niche spaces that hide the kitchen and bedrooms around a central area paneled in solid mahogany and glass sliding doors
The art of zen: The open plan nature of the Carmel property allows air and natural light to flow through the entire home
The art of zen: The open plan nature of the Carmel property allows air and natural light to flow through the entire home
The Pierre on the San Juan Islands, Washington was created by Olson Kundig Architects. The owner's desire to use stone throughout the home led to its name (pierre is stone in French). It was conceived as a bunker and is almost camouflaged by the nature which surrounds it.
Rock extrudes into the home, sitting at odds with more luxurious furnishings and fabrics used. Interior and exterior hearths are carved out of existing stone and  the master bathroom sink and the powder room are fully carved out of the rock.
Relic Rock, another property in Scottsdale, Arizona was designed by DCHGlobal Inc. It is almost entirely sustainable - with the structure made of 99 per cent recycled steel. 'Floating' floor plans mean that the rocks around and under the property have been untouched.
Cook + Fox Architects designed the Live Work Home in Syracuse, New York. The home was created as a small, modern loft - an ecologically sound space in response to America's future housing needs that appeal directly to the environment in which they are built.
As Syracuse often has long, dark winters, the home is filled with skylight tubes and perforated screens that allow light to bounce.
Tranquil: Optima Camelview Village in Scottdale, Arizona uses greenery and water features to combat the desert heat
Tranquil: Optima Camelview Village in Scottdale, Arizona uses greenery and water features to combat the desert heat
Room with a view: Nakahouse in Los Angeles is an abstract remodel of a 1960s hillside house
Room with a view: Nakahouse in Los Angeles is an abstract remodel of a 1960s hillside house
Spaceage: Nakahouse is an abstract remodel of a 1960's hillside house
Spaceage: Nakahouse is an abstract remodel of a 1960's hillside house
Go with the flow: The LA home is made from white steel, plaster and concrete with contrasting black plaster walls
Go with the flow: The LA home is made from white steel, plaster and concrete with contrasting black plaster walls
'Multifamily housing' recognizes apartment and condominium design - for both public and private clients that include open and recreational space.
David Baker + Partners designed the Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments in San Francisco - 120 permanent, supportive studio apartments for low-income formerly homeless residents, many with mental and physical disabilities.
The site of the project is a demolished freeway that has been transformed with plenty of green space and local shops. The eclectic style also gives the homes a sense of common identity and place in the neighborhood.
Drawing inspiration from the surrounding mountains and Native American desert communities, Optima Camelview Village in Scottsdale, Arizona (by David Hovey & Associates Architect, Inc.) is made up of 700 separate condominiums linked by planted-draped bridges designed to fend off the harsh climate. It is easy to walk around with plenty of courtyards and jutting landscaped terraces creating serene shelter.
The special housing award by AIA is for the design of housing that fits a specific purpose - homes for the disabled, rehabilitation centers or domestic violence shelters.
Rice University in Houston, Texas enlisted Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company with Hopkins Architects to build McMurtry & Duncan Colleges.
The two buildings are home to 650 students and faculty, weaving squares and tree-lined paths with innovative design that blends with the more traditional buildings on campus.
Also outstanding in this category was the Jesuit Community Center in Fairfield, Connecticut by Gray Organschi Architecture. Encompassing administrative offices, a chapel, community dining room, great room, and library, the Jesuit community wanted a building that would reflect their goal of acting as 'good stewards of the Earth'.
 Star quality: The home, which sits right below the Hollywood sign, has several cantilevered terraces
Star quality: The home, which sits right below the Hollywood sign, has several cantilevered terraces
Visionary: The Jesuit community center in Fairfield, Connecticut uses innovative technologies to reduce both short and long term impact on the environment
Visionary: The Jesuit community center in Fairfield, Connecticut uses innovative technologies to reduce both short and long term impact on the environment
Building blocks: The Jesuit priests wanted their building to exemplify their goal as acting as good stewards of the earth
Building blocks: The Jesuit priests wanted their building to exemplify their goal as acting as good stewards of the earth
Good things in small packages: The LEED Platinum Live Work Home is an efficient, highly adaptable space designed as an urban infill prototype for shrinking cities in Syracuse, New York
Good things in small packages: The LEED Platinum Live Work Home is an efficient, highly adaptable space designed as an urban infill prototype for shrinking cities in Syracuse, New York
The garage of the Syracuse home
The garage of the Syracuse home
Tres belle: Conceived as a bunker nestled into the rock, the Pierre - meaning French for stone - celebrates the materiality of the site
Tres belle: Conceived as a bunker nestled into the rock, the Pierre - meaning French for stone - celebrates the materiality of the site
The Pierre, French for stone, celebrates the owner's affection for a stone outcropping on her property
The Pierre, French for stone, celebrates the owner's affection for a stone outcropping on her property
The Pierre's interior and exterior hearths are carved out of existing stone and left raw
The Pierre's interior and exterior hearths are carved out of existing stone and left raw
Arizona: Relic Rock is the prototype for a sustainable building system that is based on a three dimensional structural grid comprised of 99% recycled steel
Arizona: Relic Rock is the prototype for a sustainable building system that is based on a three dimensional structural grid comprised of 99% recycled steel
The floor planes leave native boulder formations and natural topography untouched
The floor planes leave native boulder formations and natural topography untouched
The interior of the Red Rock home in Arizona
The interior of the Red Rock home in Arizona
San Francisco: Richardson Apartments provides 120 permanent, supportive studio apartments for very-low-income formerly homeless residents, many with mental and physical disabilities
San Francisco: Richardson Apartments provides 120 permanent, supportive studio apartments for very-low-income formerly homeless residents, many with mental and physical disabilities
Green living: The San Francisco homes have on-site social services, generous outdoor and common spaces, neighborhood-serving retail
Green living: The San Francisco homes have on-site social services, generous outdoor and common spaces, neighborhood-serving retail
Bethesda: Hampden Lane House is designed as a cube and is approximately 2200 square feet
Bethesda: Hampden Lane House is designed as a cube and is approximately 2200 square feet
Sleek: The flat roof provides an additional 1100 square feet of outdoor living space with views of treetops and the downtown Bethesda skyline
Sleek: The flat roof provides an additional 1100 square feet of outdoor living space with views of treetops and the downtown Bethesda skyline
The house is intended to be more site sensitive, environmentally conscious, and to provide comfortable, efficient living spaces
The house is intended to be more site sensitive, environmentally conscious, and to provide comfortable, efficient living spaces
No place like home; The exterior of the Bethesda home
No place like home; The exterior of the Bethesda home
Design for life: wo new residential colleges at Houston's Rice University have also been nominated

Mansion where John Lennon wrote songs for Sgt Pepper goes up for sale… but at £14m you might have to buy with a little help from your friends

  • John Lennon bought property in Weybridge, Surrey, for £20,000 in July 1964 and lived there until 1968
  • He is believed to have written a number of tracks for classic album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at house
  • The 1,110.4 square metre home, called Kenwood, boasts 1.5 acres of land and is on the market for £13,750,000

The mansion where John Lennon is believed to have written tracks for The Beatles' legendary Sgt Pepper's album is on the market for £14m.
Lennon bought the six bedroom property in Weybridge, Surrey, for £20,000 on July 15, 1964, and lived there with his first wife Cynthia.
He lived in the luxury home until 1968 and is thought to have penned a number of tracks for The Beatles' eighth studio album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, released in 1967, at the house.
Up for sale: Kenwood, the former home of John Lennon, is on the market for nearly £14million
Up for sale: Kenwood, the former home of John Lennon, is on the market for nearly £14million
Plush: The six bedroom property has six bedrooms, six reception rooms, six bathrooms and boasts 1.5 acres of land
Plush: The six bedroom property has six bedrooms, six reception rooms, six bathrooms and boasts 1.5 acres of land
History: John Lennon is believed to have written a number of tracks for The Beatles' legendary Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album at the house
History: John Lennon is believed to have written a number of tracks for The Beatles' legendary Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album at the house

John Lennon lived in the property with his first wife Cynthia

Lennon is believed to have penned a number of tracks for Sgt Pepper's at the property
Wife: Lennon lived at the property with his first wife Cynthia (left) and is also believed to have written a number of tracks for Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (right) at the house
The band, formed in Liverpool in 1960, sold 70 million copies of the album.
It featured the hits With A Little Help from My Friends, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, and A Day In The Life. The property - which has been refurbished - contains a full-size snooker table and a heated indoor swimming pool with a sauna. It has six bedrooms, six reception rooms, six bathrooms and boasts 1.5 acres of land.
The 1,110.4 square metre home, called Kenwood, is situated at the heart of the exclusive St George's Hill Estate is on the market for £13,750,000.
It was originally called the Brown House when it was designed by architect T.A. Allen and built by local firm Love & Sons in 1913.
Home: Parts of a home movie showing Lennon at Kenwood in 1967 were featured in the film Imagine: John Lennon
Home: Parts of a home movie showing Lennon at Kenwood in 1967 were featured in the film Imagine: John Lennon
Luxurious: The property is situated at the heart of the exclusive St George's Hill Estate and is on the market for £13,750,000
Luxurious: The property is situated at the heart of the exclusive St George's Hill Estate and is on the market for £13,750,000
Pricetag: Lennon bought the property for £20,000 on July 15, 1964, and lived there until 1968
Pricetag: Lennon bought the property for £20,000 on July 15, 1964, and lived there until 1968
Neighbours: Kenwood is close to Sunny Heights, the former home of Ringo Starr, and a short drive from Kinfauns, George Harrison's former home in Esher
Neighbours: Kenwood is close to Sunny Heights, the former home of Ringo Starr, and a short drive from Kinfauns, George Harrison's former home in Esher
Legend: John Lennon bought the house in 1964 and sold it in 1968
Legend: John Lennon bought the house in 1964 and sold it in 1968
It was renamed by manufacturer Ken Wood when he owned the property.
Parts of a home movie showing Lennon at Kenwood in 1967 were featured in the film Imagine: John Lennon.
Kenwood is close to Sunny Heights, the former home of Ringo Starr, and a short drive from Kinfauns, George Harrison's former home in Esher.
In October 2006, the stunning home went back on the market, with an asking price of 5.95 million pounds.
Costly: The house was sold in January 2007 for £5.8m and is now back on the market being sold by estate agent Knight Frank
Costly: The house was sold in January 2007 for £5.8m and is now back on the market being sold by estate agent Knight Frank
Changing names: The property was originally called the Brown House when it was designed by architect T.A. Allen and built by local firm Love & Sons in 1913
Changing names: The property was originally called the Brown House when it was designed by architect T.A. Allen and built by local firm Love & Sons in 1913
Leisure: The property contains a full-size snooker table and a heated indoor swimming pool with a sauna
Leisure: The property contains a full-size snooker table and a heated indoor swimming pool with a sauna
Naming: The home was renamed by manufacturer Ken Wood when he owned the property
Naming: The home was renamed by manufacturer Ken Wood when he owned the property
Legendary: The Beatles in the Apple offices, in London, for the launch of Sgt Pepper's in June 1967 - the album went on to sell 70m copies
Legendary: The Beatles in the Apple offices, in London, for the launch of Sgt Pepper's in June 1967 - the album went on to sell 70m copies
It was sold in January 2007 for £5.8m and is now back on the market and is advertised by estate agent Knight Frank on their website.
The advert reads: 'Kenwood is situated at the heart of the exclusive St George's Hill Estate, acknowledged as one of the UK's premier private residential addresses.
'The house occupies a superb plateau position set around St George's Hill's renowned golf course, tennis club and leisure amenities.
'Kenwood overlooks magnificent landscaped gardens and grounds and enjoys uninterrupted views of the Surrey Hills.'
Resting place: One of the six bedrooms in the house, which is now on the market for nearly £14million
Resting place: One of the six bedrooms in the house, which is now on the market for nearly £14million
Exclusive: The estate agent's advert says the house is 'situated at the heart of the exclusive St George's Hill Estate, acknowledged as one of the UK's premier private residential addresses'
Exclusive: The estate agent's advert says the house is 'situated at the heart of the exclusive St George's Hill Estate, acknowledged as one of the UK's premier private residential addresses'
Bedrooms : 12
Habitable Size : 600m2
Land Size : 26,000m2
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Surrounded by green hills and bubbling waters of the Creuze and Beauze, this castle welcomes you in the heart of France and the Limousin area.
This former home of a legendary tapestry family, along with its 12th-century chapel, has now been transformed into a beautiful boutique hotel Comprising 10 luxury suites boasting unique atmosphere.
The Château Sallandrouze is an ideal venue for an intimate country break. The shaded pergola overlooking the large park Allows you to fully unwind.
Number of rooms: 10
Depart: Superior
Type of property: Hotel




Dining Area
Dining Area
Due to a sale falling through this genuine distressed sale must be sold over the next 14 days the price is non negotiable and it’s a first come first served basis.
Situated in the heart of the historical town of Aubusson surrounded by green hills and bubbling rivers of the Limousin is this former home of a legendary tapestry family, which has now been transformed into a beautiful boutique hotel comprising 10 luxury suites in 2008.
The property has been completely renovated to the highest standards over a 3 year period from 2005 – 2008 with no expense spared at a cost of around 2.5 million euros, unfortunately due to the fact the property has been empty now for over a year it will require a little freshening up, but this can be achieved at very little cost and time.
The property is spread over 5 levels with the basement holding the kitchens, spa and treatment rooms, boiler room and storage, ground floor is an abundance of reception rooms with fireplaces and luxury wall papers overlooking the lovely landscaped gardens at the back, the rooms all have the original high ceilings and a lovely glass veranda. The next two levels have 10 large spacious and light bedrooms all en-suite and the 5th level is 2 owners’ apartments. The chateau also has lift access to all floors.
This property would be absolutely ideal for anyone wanting a business or a private residence as it’s situated on the outskirts of a busy tourist town.
I must stress at this price this is a bargain and should not be missed it has been priced to sell not to sit looking pretty on the market and has recently been valued at well over 1.5 million euros.
  • Guest Room
  • Guest Room
  • Interior
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Area
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Picture of Boutique Hotel
Picture of Boutique Hotel
Picture of Boutique Hotel
Picture of Boutique Hotel
Picture of Boutique Hotel
Picture of Boutique Hotel
Picture of Boutique Hotel
Picture of Boutique Hotel
Picture of Boutique Hotel
Description Chateau Sallandrouze
Hotel Chateau Sallandrouze




Address
  • Chateau Sallandrouze
  • 24, rue Saint Jean
  • 23200Aubusson
  • France
  • Telephone: +33(5)55675392
  • Fax:+33(5)55675392
  • Official Homepage
Room features Chateau Sallandrouze
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Windows that open
  • Television
  • Hairdryer
  • Central heating
  • Tea/ coffeemaker
  • Minibar
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk
  • Small lounge
  • Telephone
  • Internet
  • WiFi in the rooms
Hotel features Chateau Sallandrouze
  • Elevator
  • Parking lot
  • Garden or park
  • Terrace
  • Child/ Baby Cot
  • Childcare/ Babysitting
  • Conference rooms
  • Massage
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • WiFi in Lobby


The unsellable estate finally finds a buyer! Bel Air's very own Palace of Versailles sells for $102 MILLION after seven years on the market... and the new owner is a 'mystery French billionaire'

  • The Fleur de Lys estate in Bel Air has become the most expensive home ever sold in LA
  • Seven years after it was first put on the market - and with the asking price reduced by $23 million - the property has been sold to a 'highly secretive French billionaire'
  • The 50,000-sq-ft mansion was custom built in 2002 by socialite Suzanne Saperstein and her then husband, Texan billionaire David Saperstein
  • As well as 12 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms, the mansion contains a 50-seat, satin-lined private cinema, a two-storey wood-paneled library stocked with first-edition books and garage parking for nine cars
After years on and off the market, the ‘unsellable’ Fleur de Lys estate in L.A. has finally found a buyer and at $102 million has become the most expensive home ever sold in Los Angeles County.
Three billionaires reportedly engaged in a bidding war for the nearly five-acre trophy estate, the winner closing in 10 days in an all-cash deal that included antique furnishings.
The 50,000-square-foot residence was sold by socialite Suzanne Saperstein, who had the mansion custom built in 2002 with her then husband, Texan billionaire David Saperstein.
After years on and off the market, the 'unsellable' Fleur de Lys estate in L.A. has finally found a buyer and at $102 million has become the most expensive home ever sold in Los Angeles County
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After years on and off the market, the 'unsellable' Fleur de Lys estate in L.A. has finally found a buyer and at $102 million has become the most expensive home ever sold in Los Angeles County
The gilded ballroom features mirror-clad arches based on those in the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles, as well as impressive chandeliers and a ceiling fresco
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The gilded ballroom features mirror-clad arches based on those in the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles, as well as impressive chandeliers and a ceiling fresco
The 50,000-square-foot residence was sold by socialite Suzanne Saperstein, who had the mansion custom built in 2002 with her then husband, Texan billionaire David Saperstein
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The 50,000-square-foot residence was sold by socialite Suzanne Saperstein, who had the mansion custom built in 2002 with her then husband, Texan billionaire David Saperstein
They divorced three years after work was finished, and she first listed property at $125 million in 2007 just as the global economic downturn was taking hold.
Since then the property has been off and on the market and Mrs Saperstein even dropped her price.
It has 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a ballroom, two kitchens, a massive movie theater, a pool, tennis courts, and a nine-car garage. The buyer’s name remains a mystery as it isn’t on the deed, although it is rumored to be a ‘highly secretive French billionaire,’ reports the LA Times.
However the sale does not top the U.S. record set last year when a mansion on nine acres in the Northern California community of Woodside went for $117.5 million.
That deal's buyer and seller were business partners and may have included other considerations.
Three billionaires reportedly engaged in a bidding war for the nearly five-acre trophy estate, the winner closing in 10 days in an all-cash deal that included antique furnishings
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Three billionaires reportedly engaged in a bidding war for the nearly five-acre trophy estate, the winner closing in 10 days in an all-cash deal that included antique furnishings
The Sapersteins divorced three years after work was finished, and Suzanne first listed the property at $125 million in 2007 just as the global economic downturn was taking hold
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The Sapersteins divorced three years after work was finished, and Suzanne first listed the property at $125 million in 2007 just as the global economic downturn was taking hold
As well as its 12 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms, the mansion contains a 50-seat, satin-lined private cinema
As well as its 12 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms, the mansion contains a 50-seat, satin-lined private cinema

It also includes a two-storey wood-paneled library stocked with first-edition booksThe five-acre estate in the Holmby Hills in Bel Air, Los Angeles, was modeled on Louis XIV¿s Palace of Versailles ¿ and certainly contains all the opulent luxuries a modern-day prince could demand
The five-acre estate in the Holmby Hills in Bel Air, Los Angeles, was modeled on Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles – and certainly contains all the opulent luxuries a modern-day prince could demand including a two-storey wood-paneled library stocked with first-edition books, left
The five-acre estate in the Holmby Hills in Bel Air, Los Angeles, was modeled on Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles – and certainly contains all the opulent luxuries a modern-day prince could demand.
As well as its 12 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms, the mansion contains a 50-seat, satin-lined private cinema, a two-storey wood-paneled library stocked with first-edition books and garage parking for nine cars.
Not to mention a gym, a ballroom based on Louis XIV’s Hall of Mirrors at Versailles and a formal dining room.
Italian marble walls, French limestone floors and gold-embossed leather wall coverings all add to the decadent feel.
Outside the property boasts a spa pool with its own kitchen, an ornamental garden, a 1,200-metre running track, a championship tennis court and a folly – plus private quarters to house  up to ten live-in domestic staff.
The property has 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a ballroom, two kitchens, a massive movie theater, a pool, tennis courts, and a nine-car garage
The property has 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a ballroom, two kitchens, a massive movie theater, a pool, tennis courts, and a nine-car garage
Italian marble walls, French limestone floors and gold-embossed leather wall coverings all add to the decadent feel
Italian marble walls, French limestone floors and gold-embossed leather wall coverings all add to the decadent feel
Tucked away behind gates and a 200-yard driveway, the property was commissioned in 1996 by Texan billionaire David Saperstein for his wife Suzanne.
It was completed in 2002 – but less than two years later the couple’s 23-year marriage collapsed.
Mrs Saperstein was awarded the estate in the divorce, and put it on the market in 2007 for $125 million.
Saperstein, who made his fortune developing the idea of using helicopters to provide up-to-date traffic reports, left Suzanne in 2003 for Hillevi Svensson, the family’s 32-year-old Swedish nanny.
The divorce, one of the most expensive in US history, came after Saperstein served his wife with divorce papers as the family’s Gulfstream IV made a stopover in Houston en route from California to Europe. The reason was Texas is thought to be more sympathetic to men than California when it comes to alimony settlements.
Mrs Saperstein was once described in a Vanity Fair profile as ‘probably the world’s No 1 consumer of haute couture and 18th Century furniture’ – rumored to buy matching designer sweaters and shoes in every color available.

Swedish born Suzanne Carlstrand Saperstein was married for 23 years to Houston billionaire David Saperstein. He filed for divorce in Houston in July 2005, when the family's private Gulfstream IV jet landed in Houston for a brief stopoverTucked away behind gates and a 200-yard driveway, the property was commissioned in 1996 by Texan billionaire David Saperstein for his wife Suzanne
David and Suzanne Saperstein's divorce was one of the most expensive in US history, he served his wife with divorce papers as the family’s Gulfstream IV made a stopover in Houston en route from California to Europe
Outside the property boasts a spa pool with its own kitchen, an ornamental garden, a 1,200-metre running track, a championship tennis court and a folly ¿ plus private quarters to house  up to ten live-in domestic staff
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Outside the property boasts a spa pool with its own kitchen, an ornamental garden, a 1,200-metre running track, a championship tennis court and a folly ¿ plus private quarters to house up to ten live-in domestic staff


In a sign that the housing market is improving, more lavish mansions are entering the market with jaw-dropping asking prices. First there was the $190 million estate in Connecticut, and now the West Coast is adding their own record-breaking listing to the housing market. Coldwell Banker recently listed the house at 2585 Riviera Drive in Laguna Beach, California for $65million dollars. According to the Orange County Register, it is the fourth most expensive residence to appear in their listing service in their records that go back more than a decade. Currently it is the second most expensive home in the entire state of California, according to Zillow. It is also estimated to be the largest oceanfront home in the area.
Live like the Romans do: The neoclassical design of the recently listed $65million dollar mansion in Laguna Beach, California looks like something straight out of an Italian dream
Live like the Romans do: The neoclassical design of the recently listed $65million dollar mansion in Laguna Beach, California looks like something straight out of an Italian dream. The home's huge size and unique details explain the hefty price tag. First there's the massive 17,000 square feet of living space and 6,000 square feet of outdoor living space. There are five bedrooms with eight bathrooms and a six-car garage for the vintage collector.
Massive: The house has 6,000 feet of outdoor living space perfect for warm-weather entertaining, in addition to the 17,000 feet of indoor living space
Massive: The house has 6,000 feet of outdoor living space perfect for warm-weather entertaining, in addition to the 17,000 feet of indoor living space
Perfect for kids: The house was built with children in mind with the outdoor pool and hot tub, and a billiards/ping-pong room
Perfect for kids: The house was built with children in mind with the outdoor pool and hot tub, and a billiards/ping-pong room. The master bedroom has his-and-hers closets and bathrooms - with extra space for the women's closet accessed by an elevator down to the basement. The house looks like it was moved straight off a seaside cliff in Italy and moved to the Pacific coast. It was built in the neoclassical style with details such as towering glass doors and terrazzo floors that ooze wealth.
Seaside living: The home has spectacular views of the ocean, and is estimated to be the largest oceanfront home in the area
Seaside living: The home has spectacular views of the ocean, and is estimated to be the largest oceanfront home in the area
Palatial: The house is currently the second highest listing in California according to Zillow
Palatial: The house is currently the second highest listing in California according to Zillow
Palatial: The house's hallways probably provide enough space for a good walk
Extra space: The master bedroom includes his-and-hers bathrooms and closets. One of the closets has extra space in the basement accessed via elevator
Extra space: The master bedroom includes his-and-hers bathrooms and closets. One of the closets has extra space in the basement accessed via elevator
Airy: The house's doors utilize glass to let as much light in as possible
Airy: The house's doors utilize glass to let as much light in as possible
A place to relax: Just one of the house's 10 bathrooms
A place to relax: Just one of the house's 10 bathrooms
Giada DiLaurentis would be right at home in the commercial-caliber kitchen space with it's expansive Italian Carrera marble counter tops and Bonnet range suite. There's room for banquet dining and even chef's quarters for those who would rather be cooked for, than do the cooking. Other amenities include a wine cellar with a tasting room, outdoor pool and hot tub, a billiards/ping-pong room and a full gym with massage room. If friends are drunk from drinking in the wine room, you can offer to have them stay over in the detached guest house modeled after the Philip Glass House in Connecticut.
Room for everyone: The estate includes a detached guest house modeled after the Philip Glass House in Connecticut
Room for everyone: The estate includes a detached guest house modeled after the Philip Glass House in Connecticut
Perfect for entertaining: The house comes with it's own wine cellar and tasting room - great for adult get-togethers
Perfect for entertaining: The house comes with it's own wine cellar and tasting room - great for adult get-togethers
Perfect for entertaining: The house comes with it's own wine cellar and tasting room - great for adult get-togethers
Built in 2010, the home was originally owned by the Irvine family until 2002. The current owner is Ronald K. Loder, according to county records.






your own castle... and village! Island community up for sale in Italy for £3million

  • Small village in region of Umbria boasts a large castle plus its own church
  • Stunning estate is located on Lake Trasimeno and is on sale for £2,911,200
  • With grounds spanning 11 acres, the castle overlooks two private harbours
  • Estate was founded around the 14th century Church of St Francis
  • Price is still cheaper than the average terrace in the heart of London

A small village boasting a giant castle and a church with a bell tower has gone on sale for nearly £3million on an island in the central region of Umbria.
Despite the eye-watering price tag, the property, with all of its alluring features and scenic location, is still cheaper than the average price of a terrace in the heart of London.
It is proving to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for potential buyers, and the perfect property for anyone who has dreamed of becoming lord of the manor.
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The stunning estate is located on Lake Trasimeno, in Italy's Umbria region, and is on sale for £2,911,200
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The stunning estate is located on Lake Trasimeno, in Italy's Umbria region, and is on sale for £2,911,200
The castle overlooks the village's tennis courts, harbours and the nearby coast of Passignano sul Trasimeno
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The castle overlooks the village's tennis courts, harbours and the nearby coast of Passignano sul Trasimeno
The stunning estate is located on Lake Trasimeno and is on sale for £2,911,200 – a million less than the average terraced house in Westminster, one of London’s priciest property markets.
With grounds spanning 11 acres, the castle overlooks the village’s grass tennis courts, its two private harbours and the nearby coast of Passignano sul Trasimeno.
It is a large 10-bedroom luxury escape set over two floors and around three courtyards, with planning permission to be converted into a hotel.
If it becomes a hotel its history could help to lure holidaymakers, as the historic estate was founded around the 14th century Church of St Francis, which later grew to include a monastery.

Today, the castle is a large 10-bedroom luxury escape with planning permission to be converted into a hotel
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Today, the castle is a large 10-bedroom luxury escape with planning permission to be converted into a hotel
Today, the castle is listed as a building of significant historical and artistic interest
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Today, the castle is listed as a building of significant historical and artistic interest
It is listed as a building with significant historical and artistic interest, and has received special protection from local authorities.
The castle tripled in size after renovations from 1885 to 1891, allowing it to accommodate the then fashionable large frescoes and collections of antiques.
Today, the grounds are still home to six battle towers, an old mill and a park in the style of an English garden from the 19th century.
The estate was founded around the 14th century Church of St Francis, which grew to include a monastery
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The estate was founded around the 14th century Church of St Francis, which grew to include a monastery
The castle's architectural features include windows with pointed arches and intricate cornices
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The castle's architectural features include windows with pointed arches and intricate cornices
Located two hours north of Rome, the castle could be the perfect escape or an ideal investment opportunity
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Located two hours north of Rome, the castle could be the perfect escape or an ideal investment opportunity
A spokesperson for LuxuryEstate.com, which has listed the property alongside others selling for more than £10million, said: ‘The castle is listed as a building of significant historical and artistic interest.
‘Its architectural features include windows with pointed arches, intricate cornices and beautiful roof terraces.
‘All of these elements, reflect the architectural styles during the periods of construction and additions to the castle, emphasizing the eclectic tastes of the time.’ 
Design for life: wo new residential colleges at Houston's Rice University have also been nominated
For years, the Citroen 2CV was the laughing stock of British roads.
The upturned pram or tin snail was slow and old fashioned. Conceived before the war, to carry a farmer’s eggs across a rough field, nearly 5million ‘ugly ducks’ were sold.
The last of the quirky little French cars left British showrooms in 1990 costing £4,552 on the road.
But the 2CV has now, most definitely, had the last laugh.
Prices for the 600cc deux chevaux are now rocketing, with refurbished cars selling for £11,000.

The incredible origami house that can change its shape to face the Sun

  • D*Haus concept can 'metamorphosize' into eight different configurations
  • It responds to seasonal, meteorological and even astronomical conditions
  • Incredible design based on the work of mathematician Henry Dudeney
There are houses for cold climates, which are designed to keep in the precious warmth; there are houses for hot climates where architecture allows for air to sweep through and keep inhabitants cool. However, until now, the two were difficult to combine. But this new incredible folding house is able to, in the words of its creators, 'metamorphosize' into eight different configurations to adapt to seasonal, meteorological and even astronomical conditions.

 

Autobots, transform! This computer generated graphic shows the incredible concept for a house that can 'metamorphosize' into eight different configurations depending on the weather
Autobots, transform! This computer generated graphic shows the incredible concept for a house that can 'metamorphosize' into eight different configurations depending on the weather
For example, in the summer plan, bedroom one faces east and watches the sun rise as its inhabitants wakes up. It can then rotate so that the user is constantly in sunlight, while the house generates energy through its solar panels. The revolutionary home is based on the work of an early 20th Century mathematician who discovered a way to dissect a square and rearrange its parts into an equilateral triangle. The flexibility of the house allows adaptation from winter to summer and day to night by literally moving inside itself. Thick heavy external walls unfold into internal walls allowing glass internal walls to become facades; doors can become windows, and vice versa. The layout consists of two bedrooms, an open-plan living room and a bathroom, but it too can be adapted to suit the needs of different living situations.
Design: The revolutionary home is based on the work of an early 20th Century mathematician who discovered a way to dissect a square and rearrange its parts into an equilateral triangle
Design: The revolutionary home is based on the work of an early 20th Century mathematician who discovered a way to dissect a square and rearrange its parts into an equilateral triangle
Adaptable: Thick heavy external walls unfold into internal walls allowing glass internal walls to become facades; doors can become windows, and vice versa
Adaptable: Thick heavy external walls unfold into internal walls allowing glass internal walls to become facades; doors can become windows, and vice versa
Living space: The layout consists of two bedrooms, an open-plan living room and a bathroom, but it too can be adapted to suit the needs of different living situations
Living space: The layout consists of two bedrooms, an open-plan living room and a bathroom, but it too can be adapted to suit the needs of different living situations. The incredible house is the brainchild of British architects David Grunberg and Daniel Woolfson, who launched the D*Haus company to develop the concept. The shape-shifting home was first conceived as part of Mr Grunberg's graduation project, for which he designed a house that could withstand the extreme sub-Arctic temperatures in Lap Land, a region infamous for its harsh weather. The pair's design, which they call D*Dynamic, is based on the work of English author and mathematician Henry Dudeney, a leading puzzle creator. In 1903 Dudeney invented a way to cut an equilateral triangle into four pieces that could be rearranged into a square, a conundrum he dubbed the 'Haberdasher's Puzzle'. The D*Dynamic house realises this mathematical curiousity as a solution to living in extreme climates. Sections would fold out on rails so interior partitions could become exterior walls in warm weather. The whole building could even rotate to follow the direction of the Sun throughout the day.

Now watch the D*Dynamic house transform. In a release, D*Haus describe their house, which is yet to be built, as 'a product of an applied mathematical realisation'. 'The D*Haus Company is set to cause a revolution in architecture and design by transforming Dudeney’s idea from the conceptual, to the physical,' the release adds. 'Inspired by Dudeney’s logic puzzle, each D*Haus dwelling is capable of adapting to changing patterns of living in the future. 'D*Haus is continuing the journey that Dudeney began by breathing new life into a century-old concept; not only to define a space, but a lifestyle.'

INSPIRED BY THE WORK OF A BRILLIANT AMATEUR MATHEMATICIAN
Henry Ernest Dudeney (April 10, 1857 – April 23, 1930) was an English author and mathematician who specialised in logic puzzles and mathematical games. He is known as one of the country's foremost creators of puzzles.
Mathematical basis: Henry Dudeney's Haberdasher's Puzzle inspired the design of the house. Although Dudeney spent his career in the Civil Service, he continued to devise various problems and puzzles. Dudeney's first puzzle contributions were submissions to newspapers and magazines, often under the pseudonym of "Sphinx." Dudeney later contributed puzzles under his real name to publications such as The Weekly Dispatch, The Queen, Blighty, and Cassell's Magazine. For twenty years, he had a successful column, "Perplexities", in The Strand Magazine. One of Dudeney's most famous innovations was his 1903 success at solving the Haberdasher's Puzzle, which involved cutting an equilateral triangle into four pieces that can be rearranged to make a square. A remarkable feature of Dudeney's solution is that the each of the pieces can be hinged at one vertex, forming a chain that can be folded into the square or the original triangle. Two of the hinges bisect sides of the triangle, while the third hinge and the corner of the large piece on the base cut the base in the approximate ratio 0.982: 2: 1.018. Dudeney showed just such a model of the solution, made of polished mahogany with brass hinges, at a meeting of the Royal Society on May 17, 1905.
  • Lewis Carroll stayed in Charlton Kings, a suburb of Cheltenham, for four days in the 1860s
  • The property was built for Henry Liddell, dean of Christ Church College in Oxford and father of the real Alice
  • Home comes with the mirror that inspired Through The Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There

This is the house where Lewis Carroll met the real-life Alice and stared into the looking glass that transported his much-loved character into another world.
And all of it, including the famous mirror that the adventurous child walked through in the second volume of the author's much-loved series of novels, could be yours for £1million.
The three-storey, five bedroom house in Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire, a suburb of Cheltenham, was home to Alice Liddell and was where Carroll - whose real name was Rev Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - stayed for four days in the 1860s.
The house still features the giant, ornately framed mirror that is said to have inspired the idea behind the second volume of his stories, Through The Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.
Piece of history: This is the magical house where the girl who inspired Lewis Caroll's Alice In Wonderland stories lived and is up for sale for £1million
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Piece of history: This is the magical house where the girl who inspired Lewis Caroll's Alice In Wonderland stories lived and is up for sale for £1million

The Mirror inside Hetton Lawn, Cudnall Street, Charlton Kings.Inspiration: The real Alice, Alice Pleasance Liddell, daughter of the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, a friend of Lewis Carroll

Magical: The 6ft by 5ft mirror that inspired his second book still stands in the home where Lewis Carroll met the real Alice, Alice Pleasance Liddell, right
Grand: Carroll - whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - stayed in the property for four days on a trip to see his friend in Cheltenham
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Grand: Carroll - whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - stayed in the property for four days on a trip to see his friend in Cheltenham
Home: The mirror was in the drawing room of the house, pictured, when Carroll visited in the 1860s
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Home: The mirror was in the drawing room of the house, pictured, when Carroll visited in the 1860s

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman, and photographerThe 'mirror' inside Hetton Lawn, taken in 1981

Inspiration: Carroll noticed the mirror, which gilded frame features interwoven branches, foliage, birds dogs and other figures, and is now placed on the upstairs landing, pictured right when the house was last sold in 1981
The property, last sold in 1981, was built for the Liddell family in 1862 and the daughters of Henry Liddell, the dean of Christ Church College in Oxford, were sent to live there when their mother was expecting her fourth child.
The girls, Alice, Lorina and Edith, stayed with their grandparents, governess and two maiden aunts, and while there received a visit from their father's close friend - Lewis Carroll. The writer's four day visit was very inspirational because scholars say that the Red Queen was based on the girls' governess Miss Prickett, and the White Knight was Dodgson himself.
The house's grand mirror, which at the time was in the drawing room of the house, is 6ft by 5ft in size, and the gilded frame features interwoven branches, foliage, birds dogs and other figures.
It is now placed on the upstairs landing.
Rare chance: The property has this sweet garden and is on the market for the first time in more than three decades
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Rare chance: The property has this sweet garden and is on the market for the first time in more than three decades
Private: The house has a greenhouse, a small vegetable plot, mature trees and a large patio that enjoys sunshine for much of the day
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Private: The house has a greenhouse, a small vegetable plot, mature trees and a large patio that enjoys sunshine for much of the day
Package: Along with the legendary looking glass, buyers in this house will get five bedrooms, a large drawing room with doors to the garden, a study next door, a kitchen/breakfast room and a large dining room
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Package: Along with the legendary looking glass, buyers in this house will get five bedrooms, a large drawing room with doors to the garden, a study next door, a kitchen/breakfast room and a large dining room
Designer: The bright and airy house was the work of architect John Middleton. Middleton was famed for his design of Holy Apostles as well as other churches in Cheltenham
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Designer: The bright and airy house was the work of architect John Middleton. Middleton was famed for his design of Holy Apostles as well as other churches in Cheltenham
Kitchen: Despite some rooms in the Cheltenham house needing some modernisation the property is expected to fetch at least £1million
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Kitchen: Despite some rooms in the Cheltenham house needing some modernisation the property is expected to fetch at least £1million
Snapshot: A photograph taken by Lewis Carroll of Alice Liddell (R), his inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, and her siblings Edith (L) and Ina (C)
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Snapshot: A photograph taken by Lewis Carroll of Alice Liddell (R), his inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, and her siblings Edith (L) and Ina (C)
In the book Alice climbs up onto the fireplace in her home and after pressing against it she finds she can walk through it.
Behind the looking glass is a reflected version of her own house where she find Jabberwocky - the reverse book of poetry that can only be read with the help of the mirror.
In the real-life house, along with the mirror, the buyer will also get a large drawing room with doors to the garden, a study next door, a kitchen/breakfast room and a large dining room.
The private garden is walled and had a large flat  lawn surrounded by grand borders. It also has a greenhouse and a small vegetable patch.
The house is marketed with property website Zoopla.
CARROLL 'HATED HIS FAME' AND HIS REPUTATION WAS TAINTED BY CLAIMS HE WAS FIXATED BY CHILDREN
Rev Charles Dodgson
Lewis Carroll's books made him one of the world's most famous authors, and his classic tales have been loved by generations of children the world over.
But before his death he revealed he wished he had never written his popular Alice books, because he despised the fame their success brought.
The famously private author, whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, developed an ‘intense hate’ of being recognised by strangers.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, depicting the journey of a young girl through a fantasy world, was published under the pen name Lewis Carroll in 1865 by Macmillan and Co.
The phenomenal success of the stories was followed in 1871 by his sequel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
Even Queen Victoria wrote personally to the author saying how much she enjoyed his work.
Carroll died shortly before his 66th birthday in 1898 from pneumonia.
By the time of his death, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland had become the most popular children's book in England. By 1932, it was one of the most popular in the world.
Dodgson was notoriously shy and often refused to sign autographs. In the later stages of his career, he would send collectors who contacted him about his work a printed note denying any connection with Lewis Carroll.
Her father was Dean of Christ Church college and Dodgson was a close friend of the family until there was a mysterious cooling of relations in 1863, when she was 11.
In 2008, another letter from  Dodgson came to light in which the lifelong bachelor appeared to address speculation about whether he was a paedophile.
Following his death aged 65 in 1898, pages from his diaries were censored or destroyed, and none of his ten siblings ever spoke about him to outsiders.

Raise the drawbridge! Rich homeowners are going medieval to protect their homes and installing MOATS

  • Having a moat encircling your property is the latest must-have feature for high-end home-buyers
  • Back in medieval times, moats served as a line of defense, but nowadays they've been re-branded as 'wraparound water features'
  • Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had one included as part of their new $20 million French-style estate
  • J-Lo's former $10 million Bel-Air mansion included an arched footbridge and a cobblestone driveway cross a stone-lined waterway
  • An increasing number of architects serving the rich and famous are including moat-like features in their designs

In the never-ending search for exclusivity amongst high-end home-buyers the latest must-have feature is to have a moat encircling your property.
Back in medieval times, moats served as a line of defense from marauders, but nowadays the concept has been re-branded by exclusive architects as ‘wraparound water features.’
Celebrity home-owners are of course ahead of the curve on this kind of thing and so supermodel Gisele Bundchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a moat included as part of their $20 million French-style estate in Brentwood, California, which they moved into earlier this year.
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a moat included as part of their $20 million French-style estate in Brentwood, California
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a moat included as part of their $20 million French-style estate in Brentwood, California
The couple's extensive water feature looks more like a winding stream than a means of defense and is home to some expensive koi fish rather than alligators. A stone bridge leads to the main entry.
The amazing property was the work of architect Richard Landry, one of the hot designers credited with creating this new trend. Another celebrity who was at the forefront of the trend for ‘wraparound water features’ is Jennifer Lopez.  The star’s former home in Bel-Air, which recently resold for $10 million, includes an arched footbridge and a cobblestone driveway cross a stone-lined waterway that encircles the French-style villa.
Jennifer Lopez's former Bel-Air home included an arched footbridge and a cobblestone driveway cross a stone-lined waterway that encircled the villa
Jennifer Lopez's former Bel-Air home included an arched footbridge and a cobblestone driveway cross a stone-lined waterway that encircled the villa
Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in France: Moats were historically deep, broad ditches used to provide castles and towns with a preliminary line of defense
Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in France: Moats were historically deep, broad ditches used to provide castles and towns with a preliminary line of defense
Moats were historically deep, broad ditches used to provide castles and towns with a preliminary line of defense.
In some places, moats evolved into more extensive water defense systems, including lakes and dams, though in later periods they became largely ornamental.
The modern day equivalent have taken on a much more atheistically pleasing design features.
At one $36-million Beverly Hills contemporary, a narrow ‘demi-moat’ serves a practical purpose and takes the place of a guardrail, which would have obstructed the outstanding views of the city.
Christina Aguilera's fabulous mansion: 'Wraparound water features' are all the rage with architects building properties for the rich and famous
Christina Aguilera's fabulous mansion: 'Wraparound water features' are all the rage with architects building properties for the rich and famous

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