Paul Hollywood's beautiful ancient home on the market

Paul Hollywood's house

Bake Off star Paul Hollywood is moving on, and is set to make a fair wedge of dough from his decision. He has put his Canterbury home on the market for £795,000 - almost 50% more than he paid for it when he moved in 12 years ago. For your money you get a pretty impressive historic home.

the garden

The medieval Grade I listed home is thought to be one of the oldest private houses in the country, with its own walled garden.

It was built in the 13th century, and features impressive half timbering. Not only that, but cobblestones in the cellar are thought to date back to Roman times. The estate agent's particulars describe it as being full of nooks and crannies, which make it ideal for hide and seek. It's not known whether Paul likes to play.

Sitting room

It's not just a piece of history, however, as Hollywood and his family have enjoyed a beautiful family home. The kitchen is, unsurprisingly, large for a property of this age, and features an impressive range cooker.

For those looking for an insight into Paul's style, the neutral tones, draping of cosy throws, and the odd dashes of Union Jacks, are features throughout the property. These do, however, appear to be the only decorative birdcage and animal-hide foot stool.

Paul Hollywood's kitchen

The master bedroom is described as 'unique and impressive, with "its crown post roof and vaulted beamed ceiling via another staircase" - with adjoining bathroom.

There is even space in the property for Paul to have his own separate study when he needs a break from the kitchen.

Master bedroom

The estate agent quotes the owner as saying: "The village is a fantastic place to live with many of the locals pulling together to make a lovely little community. It would be a perfect house for entertaining particularly at Christmas, when the house really comes into its own with all the decorations complimented by the stunning features."

For a stunning, historic, detached celebrity home within striking distance of London, £795,000 doesn't seem like too much to ask - especially now that the average price of a London pad has hit £536,000.

But what do you think? Would you fancy living in Paul Hollywood's ancient home? Let us know in the comments.

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Paul Hollywood's beautiful ancient home on the market

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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