The historic mansion wing that costs less than a London flat

Why live in a poky flat in the capital, when you can buy a beautiful Georgian mansion wing in Wales for the same price?

A small flat, somewhere in London or an entire wing of an historic Georgian mansion in Wales? Oh, and let's level the property playing field here - they cost around the same price. How's that for a game of 'Would You Rather'? And what's better, it's not even a hypothetical!

old castle with grassland and trees

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A wing of Crosswood Park in Aberystwyth, which dates back as far as the 13th century, is for sale with a sale price in the region of £535,000 - which is less than the average price of a flat in the UK's capital. Interested? We are!

view from house with pillars and grassland

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The main wing of the 3-storey Grade-II listed house - which has has been granted planning permission for a conversion featuring up to 12 bedrooms, including a master en suite that's a fitting size for a grand home - sits in 10-acre grounds, with a tennis court, Japanese summerhouse and fountain. There are all sorts of 18th and 19th-century architectural features, from Corinthian columns to Rococo ceilings, but the real jewel in the crown of this stunning property is the incredible library.

decorative gilded coving with white flooring and golden pillar

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decorative gilded coving with white flooring and candelier

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Dating from 1832, the French Empire-style library is a jaw-dropping sight. With its jewel tones, highly decorative gilded coving and architraves, elegant columns and THAT chandelier, the opulent decor will stop you in your tracks... it could easily prove an endless distraction from even the most gripping of books. The original mahogany shelves can be restored to the space, should you want to keep its heritage as a reading room or study space intact, however, it could easily be transformed into a reception room. Who wouldn't want to share that decor?

bedroom window with grassland and sky

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garden with sky and trees

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Set in an Area of Outstanding Beauty, we can't imagine that a property with this many selling points will be on the market for long. So, who's scrapping the plans to live in London and moving to beautiful Wales?

The property sale is being handled by Lloyd Herbert & Jones.

Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.