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9 February 2015, 11:31
Seven bedroom Northumberland castle up for rent for less than it costs to let a studio flat in South London.
In a stark example of the north-south divide, residents of Northumberland will be able to bag themselves Bellister Castle for just £1,500 per month.
The 19th Century property is available through the National Trust for just £346 per week and with its striking turrets, stone ramparts and glorious views, it offers a once-in-a-lifetime family residence.
For seven occupants the price would work out at a mere £214 per month.
The spacious property is twelve times cheaper than a studio flat in Chelsea, London, close to the King's Road, which is currently being advertised on Rightmove for £2708 per month.
Although you would not be alone as the castle is said to be haunted by the "Grey Man" - the ghost of a minstrel who having been unjustly accused of being a spy was savaged to death by hounds as he fled the castle.
The castle is on the outskirts of Haltwhistle overlooks the Tynedale Valley and boasts more modern comforts than the 14th century ruins it is attached to.
It has been owned by the National Trust since 1976, and is available to rent unfurnished on a long-term contract subject to a £2,500 deposit.
The house was occupied by two people up until Autumn last year.
Andrew Poad, general manager for the charity in the Hadrian''s Wall area, said:
"While the ruins are of a medieval castle, the home itself was converted into a mock-Gothic house by the famous architect John Dobson in the 1830s to offer the country gent the chance to live in a stately home in miniature.
It is a seven-bedroom family home which is a pocket-size castle.
It could also be a potential business venture as a bed and breakfast, benefiting from excellent access to the east and west via the A69."
The property is part of the Bellister Estate, which was owned by Robert de Ros and his descendants from 1191 to 1295.