Renters can live in a medieval castle – complete with six bedrooms and a hidden room for treasure – for less than it costs to rent a one-bed flat in central London.
That's after a rarely available apartment came on the market inside the walls of Grade I listed Bamburgh Castle – costing just £1800 a month.
As well as stunning views over the beaches and countryside of Northumberland and six bedrooms, you also get two reception rooms, one study and three bathrooms split over two floors.
And that's before we talk about the feature windows, turret walkways, quirky staircases and the secret room.
The castle has some impressive modern history as well as its ancient one – having been used in films including Transformers and Elizabeth as well as television series including Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
By contrast, that sum of money isn't enough to cover the rent on a one-bed flat on Charlwood Street or even a studio apartment we spotted available on London's Old Brompton Road.
To be fair, the studio comes furnished and the £570 a week you're asked to pay for it does include bills – but we can't help thinking it would probably fit inside a single room of the Bamburgh Castle apartment.
Londoners might also struggle to commute from Northumberland, but then again, there aren't many castle apartments going in the capital either.
And you're not getting medieval plumbing along with the merlons and crenels in Bamburgh Castle – with the apartment finished to a high standard thoughout.
Annabel Williamson, of GSC Grays, who is marketing the property, said: “This is one of the largest apartments available within the castle and a personal favorite of mine, the interior is designed in the ‘Arts and Crafts’ style throughout.
"A new kitchen adds a modern touch, two large reception rooms make this a great place to entertain, but for me it’s about living in a place that has been a home for the Kings of Northumberland with hundreds of years of a rich and varied history."
There are a few restrictions placed on people living there – mainly to do with the workings and safety of the castle – but then there are perks too.
“Bamburgh Castle is steeped in hundreds of years of history and residents of these amazing apartments will not only be living within the walls of a working castle, but able to attend the many events hosted by the castle every year whilst they reside here," Williamson said.
“With this property your home can literally be your castle.”
If you're interested, you should contact Annabel Williamson at GSC Grays Alnwick branch.
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