How Hugh Hefner is worth more than Shakespeare

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If you've ever wondered how much it would cost to live like royalty, then a new study has the answer. Apparently if you wanted to spend a night in Buckingham Palace - with all 52 luxury bedrooms at your disposal - it would set you back an incredible £1 million.

The figures aren't part of some bizarre launch of the world's most unexpected family B&B business, they have been put together by posh property rental firm Elysian Estates, which has come up with some unexpected results in a study of what it would cost to rent a number of landmark properties.

There are four things we have learned about posh properties from the study.

Windsor castle near London, United Kingdom

1. Royalty can never have too many bedrooms.
Windsor Castle was the most expensive property in the study. The 'per person' price is cheaper than Buckingham Palace - at £5,000 each, but the property is so much bigger that it will set you back a total of £2.25 million in 225 bedrooms. Buckingham Palace is the second priciest on the list and boasts 52 bedrooms.

British Fashion Awards 2015 - London

2. The Beckhams are worth more than Darwin - in property terms at least.
The former home of Charles Darwin, Down House, was quoted at £1,500 per night. Meanwhile, Beckingham Palace would cost £8,000 per night. Well, what would you expect? The former home of the Beckhams does have seven bedrooms, a recording studio and a gym after all.

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3. Sex sells.
Apparently Shakespeare's 16th century three-bedroom home in Stratford would only cost £500 a night to rent. By contrast, the Playboy Mansion would cost £115,000 per night - for 29 bedrooms, the zoo, and grotto. Of course, given that Hugh Hefner has stated that he wants to stay there until he dies, you'll also have to make some room for the elderly playboy in your party.

10 Downing Street, London.

4. 10 Downing Street would make a decent wedding venue if Osborne needs to raise cash.
The site calculated that 10 Downing Street would cost £62,000 a night. For this money, you could have a meal of 60, and then eight of you could stay over in the property's four bedrooms. Ideal wedding arrangement, and handy for a Chancellor looking for ways to balance the books

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Of course, the study overlooks the fact that none of these properties are actually available to rent, and that given their celebrity connections, in some cases, these estimates are a drop in the ocean. If the Queen was looking to make a quick buck by renting her pad out on AirBNB for one night only, it's fair to say there are plenty of oligarchs who would be prepared to stretch to tens of millions for a night - not just a paltry £1 million.

However, there are a surprising number of incredibly posh properties on the rental market, so if you fancied a slice of the high life for a night, it is perfectly possible to arrange. Through Elysian Estates, Pennsylvania Castle can be rented for 20 to stay - from £6,000 a night, and Aldourie Castle sleeps 26 - and will set you back £15,000 a night.

But what do you think? is it worth it? And has this study got its sums right, or would you rather stay in Shakespeare's house than Hugh Hefner's Let us know in the comments.

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How Hugh Hefner is worth more than Shakespeare

The tenth most viewed property of the year on Zoopla, was this beauty in Penrith.

It went on the market in August for just £100,000, and the low price and the opportunity for transformation drew in thousands of people looking for a potential project.

This lovely home was the ninth most popular property of the view. Potential viewers were drawn by the opportunity to buy a five-bedroom detached property, complete with a garage and a drive, for just £187,950.

The eighth most viewed property was another relatively new, detached property, with a garage.

This home also boasts four bedrooms for just £197,950

Seventh place is impressive for a property that only hit the market in November.

It's another relatively new detached property with a garage, at the rock-bottom price - of £180,000

The cheapest home in the top ten comes in at number 6. For just £40,000 you get three bedrooms and a garage in Liverpool.

It's no wonder that so many people, who have been squeezed by soaring property prices, are keen to view a property that offers a glimpse of hope.

In fifth place is the first of two mega-expensive homes on the list - and by far the most unusual. This one, in Newport, south Wales, hit the market in February for £1,899 950.

The 1720s hunting lodge and tower had been transformed during an episode of Grand Designs in 2009 - by a couple who added a dramatic glass extension. Thousands of us couldn't resist having a look around.

This swanky new-ish property in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, made number four, despite only going on the market in October.

It ticks all the boxes that have put so many of these properties on the list - being detached, and offering five bedrooms plus a garage.

The price reflects the fact it offers all that - in one of the priciest parts of the country. It makes it the most expensive property in the top ten.

A detached property in Bradford, offering three bedrooms for just £149,950 made it to number three.

It's perhaps unsurprising that it attracted so much interest, because it's one of the cheapest properties in the top ten, and the many thousands of viewers must have been astonished they could get so much family home for their money.

The joint-second cheapest property on the list is the second most viewed property in the country.

It benefited from the fact that it went on the market at the end of 2014, so had plenty of time to attract viewers. However, the appeal of a detached, 3-bedroom house for just £100,000 drew viewers in their thousands.

The number one most viewed property in 2015 was this 6-bedroom farmhouse in County Durham.

It demonstrates that we're a nation of dreamers, drawn by the affordable £175,000 price tag - as well as the huge potential of a six-bedroom farmhouse, outbuildings, almost eight acres of land and planning permission for a wind turbine.

It's no wonder s many thousands of us popped online to dream of a cheaper and simpler life in the country.


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