These two properties for sale have the same asking price of £850,000, but which one would you prefer to buy?
The first is a Grade-II listed castle in Wiltshire that dates back to 1835 and comes with six bedrooms.
It includes a summer house that overlooks a duck pond and two acres of land, with the nearest neighbour approximately one mile away.
With a budget of £850k, would you buy this Grade-II listed castle in Wiltshire that dates back to 1835?
Or would you rather buy this modern two-bedroom flat in West London with the same amount of money?
But for those who prefer to live in a city, the other option is a modern two-bedroom flat in West London – where values tend to be higher than in the rest of the country. It is on the market with the same asking price of £850,000.
The flat is just off Chiswick High Road, in the London borough of Hounslow, and comes with three west-facing balconies and underground parking.
We take a closer look inside each of the two properties to help you decide which property you would prefer to buy with a generous budget of £850,000.
The two properties have the same asking price but are in different parts of the country
The six-bedroom castle in Wiltshire
The six-bedroom castle is in the Wiltshire village of West Ashton, and is set back from the A350 behind mature trees at the end of a gravelled drive and backs onto open fields.
It is called Long’s Park Castle and dates back to 1835, having originally been a lodge for nearby Rood Ashton House.
Long’s Park Castle dates back to 1835 and is currently on the market via estate agents Town & Country Estates
It is perfect for a party with the grand hall able to accommodate a large dining table for plenty of guests
There is a spiral staircase that leads up to the first floor of the castle in the Wiltshire village of West Ashton
The castle is currently used as a holiday let, but could be transformed into a family home in the countryside.
The village of West Ashton has a primary school and a village hall, and is two miles south east of the town of Trowbridge, which has a far greater amount of amenities.
The average value of a property in West Ashton is £364,666, according to property website Zoopla. It compares to an average price across the country as a whole of £310,807.
The property for sale is currently used as a holiday let and it has the benefit of no onward chain
There are period features throughout the castle, including decorative fireplaces and windows
Mixing the old with the new: The kitchen has a traditional Aga and cupboards units with a modern granite work surfaces
The property comes with two acres of land and a summer house that overlooks a duck pond
There are six bedrooms at the castle, providing scope to turn it into a large family home
PROS AND CONS OF BUYING THE CASTLE
- Living in a unique building that has a history stretching back centuries
- Being in a spacious environment, with the countryside on your doorstep
- Being part of a village community, with its own primary school and village hall
- An older property can require a greater amount of regular maintenance
- A larger than average heating bill is likely to come through if you feel the cold
- Need to travel to get to the nearest town of Trowbridge and its amenities
The two-bed flat in West London
The modern two-bedroom apartment is on the second floor of a block of flats just off Chiswick High Road in the West London borough of Hounslow.
There is a spacious hallway leading to the main living room, two bedrooms and the main bathroom.
The master bedroom has built-in storage and an en suite bathroom. Both of the bedrooms have south-facing windows, meaning there is plenty of light.
There are three west-facing balconies, underground parking and a separate utility room.
The modern two-bedroom flat is on the second floor of a block of flats just off Chiswick High Road, in West London
There is a spacious hallway leading to the main living room that includes a kitchen and dining area
The flat comes with three west-facing balconies, as well as sought-after underground parking
The area around Chiswick High Road is undeniably affluent, with leafy green spaces, and plenty of cafes and restaurants.
On a summer’s day, café chairs spill out onto the pavements, with the High Road providing the main shopping area in Chiswick.
The average value of a property in West London is £1,005,741, according to Zoopla, with typically prices around Chiswick High Road dipping to a still impressive £720,723.
The sale of the pristine city apartment is being handled by Featherstone Leigh in Chiswick
Ideal for a professional couple: There are two bedrooms in the second-floor flat
There is a separate bathroom as well as a sought-after en suite in the master bedroom
Both of the bedrooms have south-facing windows and plenty of space for some furniture
The flat is on Kings Place, moments away from the local shops and restaurants on Chiswick High Road
PROS AND CONS OF LIVING IN THE CITY FLAT
- Having the city and all of its amenities on your doorstep
- The new appliances, fixtures and fittings mean you are unlikely to have to replace them anytime soon
- The flat is on the second floor of a block of flats, which provides a layer of security
- Living in a modern city apartment may mean compromising on space
- No views of the countryside, with only balconies being your own private space
- Potentially for noise as your neighbours are in close proximity