By Alex Matthews
A former police station has been converted into a stunning family home – but anyone who fancies spending their nigths in the cells could face a whopping £500,000 bill!
The grade 1 listed former magistrates court and police station in Caernarfon, Wales, is on the market for £525,000 – and includes a former courtroom as a lounge area – and a prison cell converted into a home gym.
The Grade I listed, eight-bedroom home will turn family sagas turn into real-life courtroom drama
Once a magistrates’ court and town hall, the incredible 720-year-old property comes complete with many of its original features and is a stone’s throw from Caernarfon Castle.
Residents are greeted with imposing stone pillars as they walk up their front steps before striding into a lounge area that is so huge it dwarfs its furniture.
The lounge, once the courtroom, still retains the grandiose and drama of its former life of law and order, with its public gallery, decked with rows of chairs and decorated with a gold handrail, looming ominously over-head.
While the room could leave homeowners with criminally expensive heating bills during winter, the space’s ornately decorated domed ceilings and deep bay windows are characteristics that few properties across the country can boast.
Other reminders of the building’s former life include three cells, an interview room and a prison guard’s office.
The courthouse also comes with a a patio style garden, kitchen, dining room, a bunker, two bathroom, six toilets and two of the bedrooms come with en-suites.
According to the website British Listed Building, the former court became a listed building in 1953 because it is ‘an exceptional work of C19 civic architecture, forming the principal component of a group of public buildings including the police station and former jail, and for its contribution to the setting of Caernarfon Castle.’