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Hague buys £2.5m mansion in Wales

William Hague has splashed out on a £2.5 million mansion in Wales for his retirement from politics.

The Cabinet minister, who is stepping down from Parliament at the general election, and wife Ffion are buying Cyfronydd Hall in Powys.

"We have had our eyes on Cyfronydd Hall for some time," he told the local County Times newspaper.

"Ffion and I are looking forward to having a home in Wales for the first time and to living in such a beautiful part of the country."

The 10-bedroom, 10-bathroom hall, which went on the market with a guide price of £2.5 million in 2013, is set in nearly 13 acres of grounds.

Commons Leader and former foreign secretary Mr Hague, whose father is from the Machynlleth area, said it was "an ideal place to write books". He has previously penned biographies of William Pitt the Younger and William Wilberforce.

He said the couple would still keep a home in Yorkshire "to keep in touch with old friends" but they were looking forward to moving to Mid Wales very soon.

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