Discount Downton: cut-price country pile that costs the same as a one-bedroom flat in London

With 21 bedrooms, six acres of land and not one, but two spacious conservatories, Cilwendeg House in North Pembrokeshire has been slashed to the bargain basement price of £650,000 (parking space included)

Hands up Downton Abbey fans? If, like us, you've devoted the odd daydream to sashaying down elegant staircases or hiding from amorous suitors behind Doric columns, then you could be in luck: Cilwendeg House in Pembrokeshire could be yours for the trifling sum of £650,000.

That's about the price of a well-appointed one-bedroom flat in London, in case you're wondering.

The rambling 18th-century mansion had been on the market for £1.1 million but failed to drum up any interest. Estate agents believe the proposed mansion tax may be deterring potential buyers.

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Until recently the property had been used as a retirement home for the elderly, but was originally fashioned as a grand country residence by the son of a wealthy lawyer in the 1780s.

According the sales materials the historic home boasts 'splendid Doric and Ionic columns, ornate window surrounds, quoins and a host of other architectural features, which create a magnificent impression.'

castle with French door

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The agents claim it could easily be converted back into a rather splendid family home and the new owners will also count Prince Charles among their well-heeled neighbours.

For the modest price you can expect 21 bedrooms, four large reception rooms, two spacious conservatories as well as offices and servants' quarters. You also get six acres of lush countryside and parking for as many cars as you can afford.

Estate agent Anthony Clay said: 'You try to find a property like Cilwendeg House anywhere else for this price and, quite frankly, you'll
fail.

house with red door

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'It is a really, really good price for the right person. It may not have sold due to worries over a possible mansion tax, which
may or may not come into force in the future. But at this price someone is going to get a real bargain.'

building with brick wall and balcony

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In London, for the same price, we spotted this purpose-built one-bedroom flat in Chelsea's Manor Street on Primelocation.co.uk (opens in new tab). It has just the one reception room and a hightly sought-after balcony.

And good luck parking your car!