A beautiful country estate in Dartmoor National Park is up for sale at a very reasonable £4.95 million.
But before you think of retiring to the wilds of Devon, there’s a catch: you have to let Prince Charles fish in your river whenever he wants.
The current owners of Brimptsmead, a six-bedroom Edwardian family home surrounded by nine acres of woodland, bought the property about 27 years ago. At the time they made a deal with the former owner, and our future king.
Under the terms of the sale, Prince Charles retained the right to fish on the property's river bank as long as 24 hours notice is given.
So far, His Royal Highness has never exercised that right, but that doesn’t mean he won’t.
After all, he’s local. The estate, built where the East and West River Darts meet, is surrounded by parkland that remains the property of the Duchy of Cornwall.
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The house is described by estate agents Knight Frank as a "very unusual opportunity in the area.”
Planning permission to build Brimptsmead Estate as a hunting lodge and summer home was given in 1893. The building was completed in 1906 and leased from the then Prince of Wales.
While it’s not a listed building, say Knight Frank, it’s “an impressive arts and crafts architectural style with immaculate stonework and beautiful stone mullion windows that give an abundance of natural light and allow for superb views from the principal rooms”
The property includes two gorgeous three-bedroomed cottages, which the estate agents say are are both are immaculately presented, matching the high standard specifications of the main house.
You’d need plenty of cash though. On top of the five million asking price, you’ll need to find an additional £507,750 for the stamp duty.
But it might all be worthwhile if His Royal Highness pops by with his rods now and then to catch some fish. Who knows? He might stop for supper.
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