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Grab Yourself A Mansion!

£1.65 mansion is yours for £395k... if you can ignore the industrial estate around it.

A SIX-bedroom mansion is set to go on sale next month for a bargain £395,000.

Boasting wood-panelled halls, a five-bar gated entrance, an orchard of apple trees and period features, the property can be bought at such a low price because it is surrounded by an industrial estate.

Experts say that if the property was in a village or open countryside, the same house would go for more than £1.5million.

Grade II-listed Hunts Copse Farm in South Marston, near Swindon, Wiltshire, was once the centre of a 370-acre country estate before the government built an aircraft factory there during the Second World War.

Then came a Honda factory, an industrial estate, and a distribution centre for a DIY chain the size of 20 football pitches.

There are still two acres of private land attached to the mansion and a further acre of land with a lake which will be auctioned as a separate lot.

Despite its surro­un­dings, surveyor Andrew Stibbard says home buyers could live the life of a gentleman farmer. Mr Stibbard said: “It’s surprisingly quiet here on a weekday and at the weekend you’d have the place to yourself.

“Where else are you going to pick up a six-bedroom period house for £395,000?”

Mr Stibbard is marketing the stone-built home for estate agents Moore, Allen and Innocent.

The farmhouse was previously converted into offices but has planning permission to become a hotel and consent pending to turn it back into a family home.

Mr Stibbard said: “I can see this property appealing to a small business looking for office accom­moda­tion in a historic building with interesting features, or a hotelier.

“But equally I can see the appeal to a large family which requires lots of rooms and space.”




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