A SPRAWLING Victorian mansion has been split in two to make it more appealing to buyers at auction next month.

The Grade Two listed Caple-ne-Ferne estate, one of the largest in St Leonards, failed to sell when it went under the hammer for an asking price of around £1 million in September.

Located in Albany Road, the owners have reduced the rooms from 90 to 70, built walls down the outside of the property to divide it in two and have separated the rooms inside.

Both lots now have around 35 rooms each are now up for sale for a guide price of £350-£375,000.

The North House boasts two floors with six bedrooms, a sauna, play room, steam room and gym. The South House boasts three floors with five bedrooms, a sauna, gym and observation tower with stunning views across the English Channel.

Set in 1.3 acres, there are extensive gardens surrounding the properties and the road frontages are secluded by trees. There are two driveways and ample parking to the front.

Both lots will need some amount of renovation work but auctioneer James Emson is confident they will sell. He said: “They have been split to make them more attractive to buyers and we have already booked some viewings. They are unique and very good value for money. This time I am sure they will sell to the right buyer.”

The auction take place at The Hilton Brighton Metropole hotel on December 11 starting at 11am.

For more information call 0845 8500333 or visit www.cliveemson.co.uk