Ever wondered what it would be like to live in the home of a member of parliament? Those looking to move house in Lincoln now have the opportunity to find out.
Pottergate Lodge has been home to Conservative Lincoln MP Karl McCartney since 2004 but has recently been put on the market at an asking price of £525,000 on the Humberts estate agents’ website.
The seven-bedroom Grade 2 listed building is located in a surprisingly secluded area off Lindum Hill, just a few minutes away from both the city centre and Lincoln Cathedral.
The house consists of four bathrooms, two reception rooms and a Coach House attached to the property, offering the possibility for would-be buyers to work from home or convert it into a studio.
A number of interesting character features such as shuttered windows and cast iron fireplaces remain in place and the property also benefits from having a cellar.
Ample private parking space is provided and there is a lawned front garden with a cobbled area in front of the Coach House.
According to Land Registry data, the house was bought for £325,000 in May 2004. If the asking price is met, McCartney stands to make a £200,000 profit on the property.
After moving to Lincoln, McCartney unsuccessfully stood in the 2005 general election, losing to Gillian Merron before winning the seat in 2010 and increasing his majority in May this year against Labour’s Lucy Rigby.
According to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), McCartney has not claimed accommodation expenses since 2011-2012 and was the only Lincolnshire MP not to do so in 2014-2015.
In 2011 he revealed that he was forced to sleep in his Westminster office due to tougher rules on expenses introduced after the MPs expenses scandal in 2009.
However, last year he claimed over £50,000 in expenses for office costs, staffing and travel, the most of any MP in the county and has seen his salary rise by 10% from £67,060 to £74,000 after Ipsa announced the pay increase for MPs in July 2015.
He is also one of 129 MPs to employ a family member, with his wife Cordelia assisting him as his office manager.
It is not known at present whether the Lincoln MP will move to another property in the city. Karl McCartney has been contacted by The Lincolnite for a comment, but did not respond.