This pandemic has hit Sir Benjamin Slade, and the weekend-wedding business he runs out of his 14th-century North Petherton estate, hard. With that revenue stream running dry, the 74-year-old baronet is looking to rent out the manor, for $26,000 a month. “We need the punters. We want amusing ones though. Good right-wing, hunting, shooting types,” he told The Times of London. “No lefties or Marxists.” He added, “They can also bring as much wine as they like, as long as it’s high quality and I’m allowed to drink it.”

On the Maunsel House Web site, a smiling Sir Benjamin poses not in tweed but a camo jacket, a submachine gun under one arm and a dog under the other, alongside text that reads, “Maunsel House is a wonderfully welcoming home steeped in the most tremendous history and with, we feel, more than a touch of eccentricity (a reflection of its owner, perhaps!?).” Yes, quite possibly. As The Timesnoted, “It is not the first time the publicity-seeking baronet has placed an advertisement. He made headlines last year after publicising his search to find a wife who could provide him with male heirs. His list of requirements for the perfect ‘breeder’ stated she should be taller than 5ft 6in — preferably 6ft 1in or 6ft 2in — aged between 30 and 40, possess a gun licence and be ‘castle trained’. The search proved unsuccessful and he continues to live alone in a farmhouse on the estate.” So, there you have it: 34 BRs, Pkland vu, 100 acres, 1 eccntrc aristo. (And remember, B.Y.O.B.)