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7 homes suitable for The Apprentice contestants

Ewich House Ewich House, Crianlarich, Perthshire.  Photo: Property of Galbraith

If money is no object, you could be the owner of the most famous short-term rental property in the country. Photo: Galbraith

The BBC’s The Apprentice is an compulsive watch for many, and one of the great things about it is seeing the magnificent homes the contestants live in while they vie to be hired by Lord Sugar.

Eagle-eyed viewers would have noticed that this year’s wannabes are in the same home as last year — a contemporary mansion with eight bedrooms, an indoor pool, and steam and treatment rooms.

All of these properties for sale are large enough to house an entire cohort of applicants, so if money is no object, take a look ⁠ – and you could eventually be the owner of the most famous short-term rental property in the country.

1. Ewich House, Crianlarich, Perthshire, offers over £750,000

Ewich House Ewich House, Crianlarich, Perthshire.  Photo: Galbraith

Eight bedroom Ewich House is perfectly situated between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Photo: Galbraith

This eight bedroom walk-in house is situated in a rural location about an hour and a half drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The local area is renowned for outdoor activities, with watersports on the nearby lakes and River Tay, hills and forests to explore and ski centers close by.

Ewich House Ewich House, Crianlarich, Perthshire.  Photo: Daniel Wilcox/Galbraith

The property features a wood-fired hot tub and sauna. Photo: Daniel Wilcox/Galbraith

There is a wood-fired hot tub and sauna to relax in after a busy day of challenging tasks. Learn more from Galbraith.

2. Arden House, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, £1.5m

Arden House, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire.  Photo: Vaughan Reynolds

Arden House, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire. Photo: Vaughan Reynolds

This attractive period property was run as a boutique hotel and the existing owners have completely renovated it to give the rooms an eclectic, contemporary feel.

It is being sold with planning permission to convert it back into residential use and will include 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, three spacious reception rooms, a courtyard garden and a car park – where participants’ cars could wait before being taken away at 4am. Available from Vaughan Reynolds.

3. King’s Lynn, Norfolk bid over £1.5m

King's Lynn, Norfolk.  Photo: Purplebricks

The property is well accustomed to accommodating many people as it is often rented out for group stays and special events. Photo: Purplebricks

The pale yellow front door of this Grade II listed Georgian house is a clue as to what to expect inside, as virtually every room is decorated in jewel tones and flamboyant theatrical prints.

Accustomed to accommodating many people, as it is often rented out for group stays and special events, it comprises nine individually designed bedrooms ⁠ – sleeping 18 ⁠ – spread over the main house and a self-contained cottage.

King's Lynn, Norfolk.  Photo: Purplebricks

The rooms of this Norfolk home are decorated in jewel tones and extravagant theatrical prints. Photo: Purplebricks

There is also a large cinema/entertainment room and jacuzzi in the former coach house. In the market via Purplebricks.

4. The Elms, West Pennard, Glastonbury offers over £1.75m

The Elms, West Pennard, Glastonbury.  Photo: Fine & Country

This Victorian house has been completely renovated while retaining its original character and charm. Photo: Fine & Country

Buying an older property often involves work on the house but that is not the case at The Elms as this eight bedroom Victorian Gothic style house has been renovated to a very high standard.

In the last 18 months it has had refurbished, re-wired, re-piped, windows replaced, new central heating installed and the kitchen and all five bathrooms refitted but it has retained its original character and charm.

The Elms, West Pennard, Glastonbury.  Photo: Fine & Country

The Elms has been renovated to a very high standard. Photo: Fine & Country

The inspiring views across the Somerset countryside to nearby Glastonbury Tor and beyond should get the candidates’ creative juices flowing. Find out more from Fine & Country.

5. Villa Formosa, Faro, Portugal €6.5m (£5,732,262)

Villa Formosa, Faro, Portugal.  Photo: O and O property

Villa Formosa includes a large heated swimming pool, gym and cinema. Photo: O and O property

Lovers of contemporary architecture will be delighted with this state-of-the-art property consisting of a five bedroom main villa and a three bedroom guest house currently under construction.

As well as panoramic views of the Algarve coast and glorious sunshine for much of the year, it offers complete privacy, lots of open space, a large heated swimming pool, gym and cinema. Available through O and O Property.

6. Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece, 12.5m (£11m)

Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece.  Photo: Sotheby's International Realty

The 15 bedrooms of this Greek villa overlook the Minoan Sea. Photo: Sotheby’s International Realty

If future contenders for Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment are ever given the opportunity to visit this fabulous whitewashed waterfront mansion, they will likely never want to return home.

Set on a sheltered, sun-kissed peninsula, it features its own sandy beach, swimming pool, spa, multi-level terraces and verandas, and fully equipped gym.

Exterior DaylightAgios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece.  Photo: Stavros Marmaras Photography/Sotheby's International Realty

The villa has its own sandy beach, swimming pool, spa, terraces and porches and gym. Photo: Stavros Marmaras Photography/Sotheby’s International Realty

The 15 bedrooms are minimal but exquisitely furnished to create a soothing atmosphere and frame views of the Minoan Sea.

There are also 20 bathrooms so no one has to share. Contact Sotheby’s International Realty.

7. Mayfair, London W1, £16.5m

Mayfair, London W1.  Photo: Carter Jonas

This Mayfair townhouse is set over six floors. Photo: Carter Jonas

An elegant double fronted town house right in the heart of premier central London and convenient for the infamous boardroom – actually a bespoke set in a studio in Acton rather than a high rise in Canary Wharf.

Spread over six floors, it boasts a magnificent 60-foot reception room, eight en-suite bedrooms, a large top-floor terrace with views over the rooftops, and ⁠—as arriving residents will discover with relief⁠—an elevator that all floors served. Learn more from Carter Jonas.

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