The Oasts, the Kent home of Michael Bright, boasts four receptions, six bedrooms, a 14-metre swimming pool and stables.

But the £1.95m home is proving hard to shift. Estate agents say the top-end property market has taken a downturn. But there are other theories, one being that those who have that kind of money are concerned the curse of Bright might rub off.

The Brights are keen to sell as repayments on the outstanding £750,000 mortgage are being paid out of Bright's £3m pension fund..