A 70-year-old aristocrat is "interviewing hard" for a young wife after splitting from his partner because she is too old, reports the
Sir Benjamin Slade is searching for a woman who is fit enough to help maintain his two homes, which include a castle in Somerset. Those "past their sell-by-date" need not apply.
The eccentric baronet was in a relationship with a businesswoman, Bridget Convey, but they recently separated. "She is 50 so too old to have children," he explained.
He previously dated the Countess of Carnarvon. "She was very difficult to live with. Good riddance to her."
The warring couple later went to the High Court to fight for custody of their dog.
His last girlfriend "went off with my handyman in 2011, but was already showing signs of madness".
Sir Ben is now on the look-out for a young bride. "I am interviewing hard. I have had a few proposals, but sometimes the women are past their sell-by date and have been over the guns a few times," he told the Daily Mail.
"They have to be fit. I have two castles. I am like a feudal prince when it comes to throwing parties.
"I am also on the Genghis Khan diet, which is recommended for young Lotharios and involves eating sweet potato, sunflower seeds and horny goat weed.
"It was recommended by my French nephew, who is 70 and hasn't a single grey hair. And Genghis had 2000 children."
Sir Ben is troubled by his lack of an heir. He previously advertised for a distant relative to take over the estate, offering to pay for DNA testing for anyone with the Slade surname.
Running a 2000-acre estate, he has explained, is no picnic: "The annual heating bill is £24,000; insurance is £15,000. I've always wished my name was Smith and that I lived in a council house."
Last year he found himself in the press after offering a £1000 "dead or alive" reward to anyone who helped him kill a beaver.