Manor house with castle in the garden - why is it just £850k?


An incredible Cornish manor house has hit the market at just £850,000. For your money you don't just get a lavish Georgian home owned by Prince Charles and once visited by the Queen, you also get an 11th century castle in the garden.

There's just one small downside - after 20 years you'll have to give it back.

The property

The house is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall - Prince Charles' estate. It means that the property has incredible royal connections - and the Queen has stayed in the manor house.

It's an impressive home in its own right - with eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms, a dining room, drawing room, library, study, kitchen, pantry, larder, and a cellar. There's also an outdoor pool beside the castle (built in the 19th century).

According to the Telegraph, the grounds have been lovingly redesigned by the current leaseholders - garden designers Isabel and Julian Bannerman - who also installed impressive wooden canons.

For your money you also get a two bedroom lodge in the grounds - which is currently rented out for £420 a month. And of course you get the castle in the garden: Trematon Castle, which was built just after 1066.

The downside

However, its not available to buy. You are only buying a 20-year-lease, which you would have to renew.

The Daily Mail reported that if you were to buy a property like this it would set you back £3 million - so it's a chance to spend 20 years in a house for the fraction of the cost of buying it: it's just that you'd have nothing to show for it in the end.

Not unusual

It's not a particularly unusual arrangement. It's traditionally how the landed gentry tended to operate their estate - they didn't get to pass these vast wealthy estates down through the generations by selling the property off outright.

And there are plenty of unusual estate properties up for rent at the moment. The Duchy of Cornwall is also advertising the Gardener's Cottage at Harewood Park (a 2-bedroom property converted from the stable block) for £750 a month.

Meanwhile the National Trust has a huge range of property to rent, including a 17th century timber framed farmhouse in the Attingham Estate for £1,050 per month and a thatched cottage in the National Trust village of Bossington for £735 per month.

The owners of Castle Howard, meanwhile, are letting the three bedroom cottage that was formerly attached to the post office in Bulmer - owned by the estate and up for rent at £750 a calendar month.

Most expensive property for sale at £90m is a terrace

Most expensive property for sale at £90m is a terrace