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

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  • 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.

    To the manor born: Cilwendeg House in Pembrokeshire dates back to the 1780s and could be yours for the trifling sum of £650,000

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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.’

    Dreaming of Downton: The 21-bedroom home which comes which is set in six acres of lush countryside costs roughly the same as a smart one-bedroom flat in London

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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

    Restoration project: The house was built by the son of a wealthy lawyer in 1790 but has spent the last 60 years as a residential home for the elderly

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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.’

    Same same but different: £650,000 will also bag you a one-bedroom flat in this purpose-built block in London

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    In London, for the same price, we spotted this purpose-built one-bedroom flat in Chelsea’s Manor Street on It has just the one reception room and a hightly sought-after balcony.

    And good luck parking your car!

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