Network of prehistoric caves dubbed Britains oldest home up for sale

Britain's so-called "oldest home", a network of prehistoric caves which inspired an Agatha Christie novel, are up for sale for the first time in 120 years.

For the hefty sum of £2.5million, someone can find themselves living in Kents Cavern, the series of caves which prompted the creation of The Man in the Brown Suit.

The heritage site has been owned by the same family for over a century but they are now looking to sell the Torquay, Devon-based site to a suitable buyer.

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Receiving UNESCO investment of up to £1million, the site has seen tourists come and go from the family-owned caves since the early 1900s.

A property listing reads: "Kents Cavern is Britain’s oldest home, and a successful and long established independent heritage attraction, with residential accommodation, in a coastal setting in Torquay, Devon.

"It is the most important prehistoric cave complex in Britain with a long and rich record of ancient human occupation. Britain’s first Stone Age people reached Kents Cavern 500,000 years ago.

"Neanderthals used the caverns around 100,000 years ago and the oldest human remains in North-Western Europe were discovered here."

Since then, a cave tour operating every day of the year come rain or shine has been a staple of the Kents Cavern.

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The current owner, an unnamed person, says they wish to retire from the business after 23 years of owning their great-grandfather's initially inherited property.

Those currently in ownership of the property are "not in a position to dedicate themselves to the business" and hope someone will take the reigns.

Bettesworths Chartered Surveyors have since released a guide price of £2m to £2.5m, with Matt Bettesworth, agent of the sale, saying: "We are delighted to offer this totally unique opportunity to the market.

"What a fantastic chance to purchase a very different but hugely successful freehold business with extensive assets, all in a fabulous location, minutes from the beautiful coastline of Torbay and South Devon."

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