Film star Cage sells castle
Actor Nicolas Cage is selling his £5 million home on the edge of Bath.
The film star who will be switching on the city's Christmas lights next month is putting 18th century Midford Castle on the market - hard on the heels of his decision to sell his home in The Circus.
It had been said that the Oscar-winning actor had sold his city centre home to concentrate on renovation work at the stone castle.
Cage had bought both properties two years ago.
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A spokesman for the 45-year-old, who will tomorrow join in activities for a fundraising day at the Royal United Hospital, also has a home at Baltonsborough near Glastonbury.
He said: "He will still be staying in the Bath area and he will still be turning on the Christmas lights.
"You will still see him in the Bath area on a regular basis.
"We are looking at having one property to cover all his needs in the Bath area."
Midford Castle is a grade one listed building which has seven bedrooms and comes with two cottages, a ruined chapel and 58 acres of land.
It was bought by Michael and Isabel Briggs in 1961 for just £15,000 and they began a 45-year labour of love to restore everything to its former glory, while modernising the interior.
The castle was built on the whim of card player and raconteur Henry Disney Roebuck, who wanted to live in a castle but could not find one he liked.
Roebuck had made his fortunes gambling and winning at the card tables of wealthy London society in the 1770s.
The castle has an unusual three-sided design, and local legend has it that he designed it so the footprint matched the ace of clubs – a card with which he had the most luck.
But that legend is disputed. Post-war architecture expert Christopher Hussey discounted the theory in 1944, suggesting that Roebuck was "a wealthy romantic who chose the plan and design of the building chiefly for aesthetic reasons."
He also pointed out that the 'stem' of the ace of clubs is a porch added by later owners in the early 19th century.
Cage will be at the RUH for a Ted's Big Day Out event from 12.30 tomorrow and will switch on the Christmas lights on November 26.