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By Catherine Reid

A mansion with an incredible 64 bedrooms which has been on the market for five years has finally found a buyer – after slashing millions off its price tag.

Hawkstone Hall, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, was originally for sale in 2012 for a whopping £5 million, but dropped its asking price to £3 million in a desperate bid to secure a buyer.

The Grade I listed stately home – which has wined and dined the Duke of Wellington and writer Samuel Johnson – boasts 64 bedrooms, a ballroom, two cottages and has even been owned by esteemed Members of Parliament.

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For the past 90 years, it’s been in the care of Catholic missionaries and its latest owners have spent five years trying to shift it.

Estate agents Barbers have now confirmed a sale has been agreed and contracts are due to be exchanged imminently.

Sitting on 88 acres, the Georgian mansion was built around 1700 and has a Venetian saloon, numerous reception rooms and 14 bedrooms.

The magnificent bedroom count is boosted to 64 when you take into account the 50 single rooms, built in 1962 by the Redemptorists.

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In June 2012 it was put on the market for £5 million, which was quickly reduced to £4.25 million in November 2014 after estate agents admitted it needs renovation work.

Its price was slashed again to £3 million in 2017 after a £4 million deal fell through last year.

It is being managed by Barbers Estate Agents and the buyer would become only the fourth owner of the hall in its 550-year history.

A spokesperson for Barbers said: “A sale has been agreed and we expect to exchange contracts very soon.”