Don’t feel too sorry for the class of 2016.
Having Lord Sugar mock your efforts on primetime TV can’t be fun, but he’s shelled out a small fortune so the candidates can relax in style after a hard day’s bickering.
This year’s candidates lived at No. 2 Daleham Gardens in Hampstead, a leafy and very expensive area of North London. The good news is filming has already finished, so you can move in straightaway if you like the look of it.
The bad news: you need to be a mega-successful entrepreneur to afford it.
According to the property website Zoopla, it’s available to for rent for £38,783 per month – or a whopping £8,950 per week. (It might not sound it, but this is actually a bit of a bargain. It originally went on the market for £43,333, but the price was reduced by 10 per cent when no one snapped it up.)
It’s also up for sale: if you have have £11,950,000 to spare.
So what do you get for all that moola? Well, there are six bedrooms, not including the staff bedroom (that’s three Apprentice candidates per bedroom, giving snorers a definite advantage).
There are also six bathrooms, five reception rooms, a cinema, a gym, a sauna, a spa, a play room, a large garden, and a roof terrace.
Not bad, but surely Sugar would expect more from a business partner with that kind of money to play with? Here’s what else could he could have got instead of a week at Daleham Gardens.
£8,950 also gets you…
1. Just down the road in not-so-exclusive Cricklewood is a Travelodge where it costs £89.95 to stay the night, with wifi and breakfast thrown into the bargain, so his 18 hopefuls could stay for five and a half weeks and have a room each.
2. Had Sugar done a quick search on Airbnb, he would have come across a modestly described Magnificent 4 Storey London House in nearby Tufnell Park with five-star ratings, costing £3504. So his gang of merry candidates could have stayed here for two and a half weeks. We’ll leave it to the owner to do the hard sell:
Opulent, Grand Scale Living In This Magnificent Restoration Of A Stunning 4 Story Period Property. An Enchanting Mix Of Minimal Clean Lines And French Art Deco. Restored Antique Furnishings, Gorgeous Original HardWood Floors, Original Moldings And Cornice, Huge Floor To Ceiling Windows, Magnificent Fireplaces, Original Victorian Radiators. No Expense Spared.
Yes, we know there’s no cinema and it only sleeps 16, but we’re sure Courtney and the “emperor” would happily swallow their pride and bed down on one of the sofas.
3. But if you really want more for your money, you need to look further afield. Upmarket rental website HomeAway has a Sevillian palace on its books – yes, a palace – that sleeps 18 for a mere £1,591 per week. It has nine ensuite bedrooms, so it would only be two to a room, plus a rooftop terrace and private courtyard. At this time of year the temperature in Seville is still 30 degrees so you won’t need a sauna.
4. …or they could all decamp to the Travelodge in Oldham. Why there? Because that’s the cheapest Travelodge we could find: the non-refundable saver rate is £27 per night. So instead of staying a week, his 18 apprentices could stay for over 18 weeks and each get their own room with a king-size bed. There’s only one small problem: the Oldham Travelodge isn’t actually in Oldham; it’s two miles away on the A663 towards Chadderton.
So a week in Hampstead, five weeks in a palace in sunny Seville or 18 weeks in a Travelodge in Oldham? We know which one we’d choose.
The Apprentice is on Thursdays BBC1 9pm
Radio Times holidays (for those who don’t have a budget of £8,950 per week)
5* Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus, 7 nights B&B from £355pp. Puerto Banus is located in the Nueva Andalucia suburb of Marbella and was designed and built by a local property developer as a luxury marina and shopping complex. It is well known for its beach clubs, buzzing nightlife, designer shops and large yachts in the marina. There is easy access to other resorts along the coast, such as Marbella and San Pedro, where there are plenty of activities on offer. Watersports are in abundance on the beaches, as are boat trips. Golf is also very popular on the Costa del Sol and there are plenty of courses to choose from along the coast. Click here for more details and to book.
4* Fuerteventura Holiday, 7 nights all-inclusive from £459pp. This beautiful island has over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and is the closest Canary Island to the African coast. The island boasts enormous sand dunes and plenty of long sandy beaches. Watersports such as surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing are very popular here and many events are hosted in the South. You could even try a Buggy and Quad Safari or go on a guided Kayak and snorkel excursion. You could even get a ferry over to Lanzarote for the day and see two islands in one trip! Click here for more details and to book.