AN ESTATE that was used to film parts of the Lords of the Rings trilogy has sold for £10 million in New Zealand.
The only catch? The 14-year-old dog Bo who lives there has to remain there for the rest of his life.
The Arcadia estate, located near Lake Wakatipu on the South Island was used to film Lothlorien, the land of the elves in the film trilogy.
Sir Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in Lord of the Rings films, even described it as his favourite place on Earth.
Across the 650 acres are bright blue lakes, vast woods as well as large mountainous peaks – perfect for the mythical lands – along with an 11-bed estate.
Lord of the Rings isn’t the only film that used the location, as Hugh Jackman also filmed scenes for Wolverine there too, while The Chronicles of Narnia and even a Taylor Swift music video were filmed at Arcadia.
It has been owned by the same family for 80 years, having first been bought in the 19th century by Joseph Cyprian Fenn, a Cambridge graduate.
After fleeing the UK when his fiancee fell in love with his father, he bought the land which is next to Mount Aspiring National Park, to live on himself.
It was then bought by the parents of Jim Veint, 83, after the Second World War, and has remained in his family ever since.
However, he has since decided to sell after his partner suffered from a stroke last year, wanting to be nearer healthcare services and felt it wouldn’t be fair to choose which of his five children to give it to.
He told local media: “I used to think I was the luckiest kid on earth living here and I have been here virtually ever since.”
He added that he had never thought to retire earlier as “things weren’t difficult and it was a pleasure to get up in the morning and keep going as long as I could”.
However, he made the decision to ensure Bo, a Huntaway working dog lived there even while he left.
Jim explained: “I could never take him away from here now.”
Thankfully the local businessman who bought the land agreed, with the old dog staying there until the end.
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