And finally…UK’s smallest castle on sale for £550,000



The smallest castle in Britain has been put on the market for the same price as a London flat.

The Grade II listed Molly’s Lodge in the Cotswolds, designed in 1834 by Edward Blore, the same architect who worked on Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Lambeth Palace, is on the market for £550,000.

The beautiful 19th century one-bedroom Wawickshire building is adorned with turrets, an embattled parapet and wrought-iron spiral staircase, and is surrounded by 0.61 acres of stunning grounds complete with gardens, an orchard and ornamental pond.

Estate agent Savills has listed the former gate house, in tiny village Little Wolford, which comes with one master bedroom, two reception rooms and a wood-burning stove in a Victorian fireplace.

Its new owner will also get to enjoy having an extra detached timber cottage with its own bedroom, lounge, bathroom, office and two garages.

The property also has a dining room with mullion windows and a Victorian cast iron fireplace.

It has a bathroom and a sitting room as well as a double carpark and garage which houses an office.

In terms of the grounds, there is a long gravel driveway which leads up to an oak front door.

As well as the  pond and orchard, the owner will inherit vegetable patches and a chicken run.

More than half (54 per cent) of the total properties on sale in London are more expensive than the little castle, and in five of the capital’s boroughs less than a quarter of homes were at or below £550,000.