MEDIEVAL history and a slice of the region’s rural grandeur have been put up for sale at the bargain price of … £11.5m.
Buyers can become country gentry overnight by snapping up the Castle Heaton and Shellacres, a home which is certainly not for the average house hunter.
The enormous asking price will be a record sale for recent years in the North East, when the property, which is in the borders, eventually sells.
And a quick glance through the brochure leaves no doubt as to why the price-tag has been set so high.
As estate agents have already advised, properties like this don’t come on the market very often.
The country pile also offers buyers the chance to hand-pick their own neighbours.
The estate includes a six-bed house, a five-bed farmhouse, a granary house with a tower, eleven cottages and two farms.
And in terms of garden features there are few more spectacular than your own castle ruins.
The medieval remains of the original Heaton Castle, believed to have been built by the Grey family and destroyed by marauding Scots, are included in the plot.
Potential buyers are also set to be tempted by added extras, including a pheasant shoot, roe deer stalking and salmon and sea trout fishing.
Estate agent Andrew Rettie, of Strutt and Parker, said the chance to buy such a property was reflected in the asking price.
He said: “This is one of the finest estates to come onto the market in recent years.
“Situated in a very private setting in north Northumberland, Castle Heaton comprises a lovely agricultural, residential and sporting package which is being offered for sale in two lots or as a whole.
“The combined unit provides a buyer with a large and profitable arable farm, some pretty grazings by the river, a main house on an elevated site overlooking the river and other estate houses.
“But it will be of interest not only to an agricultural buyer but also to those keen on salmon and trout fishing with more than two miles of fishing on the River Till. It also offers an exciting driven pheasant shoot. We expect it to attract interest from the UK and overseas.”