Huge nuclear war underground bunker with 56 bedrooms goes on sale for £435,000

An underground nuclear bunker built for the Second World War and kept for the Cold War is up for sale.

You could become the proud owner of a 56 bedroom ex-government posting near Salcombe, Devon which comes with soundproofed radio studios and heaps of history, for a cool £435,000.

Its next owner however might also be faced with an immovable resident if rumours of a ghost are to be believed.

Designed to protect those inside from an atomic bomb, interest buyers are reportedly looking at it as a potential hotel or even to just store cheese and wine, Sky News reports.

Hope Cove Bunker's caretaker, Christopher Howell said: "It was designed to be sealed up, a recycled air system was running – and had anything radioactive come this way, that would have offered them some protection.

"The idea was had the bomb gone off they would all congregate here, they would shut down inside, they have enough oil in tanks to run generators for 35 days."

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He went on: "The place was highly secure, people were here 24/7, it was kept fully operational, all systems were kept so they could be brought fully into use if a bomb went off."

The site dates back to 1941 when it was built as a radar station during the Second World War but developments in the following decade saw it operate as a regional government base.

Capable of housing 250 government workers in response to a nuclear attack, the bunker was kept on standby until the 1990s after decades of Soviet threat.

After failing to fetch its reserve price at auction last month, Tom Lowe, from Clive Emson Auctioneers who are looking after the property, said: "We've had people look at it as cheese storage, wine storage, a community area where they rent out different rooms to art exhibitions, dance classes, computer storage – a few people who've had the hotel ideas as well."

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"Lots of old RAF people have come back to have a visit.

"A couple have told me about the wartime pilot who used to come up the steps here, usually at night, footsteps coming up the stairs, his flying boots knocking… have a shake of the gate… and then go back down."

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