THE controversial Dorset Mega-Home, which failed to be raffled off in a contest last year, has gone on the market for £2.5 million - the same price it was on the market for in 2006.

Six-bedroom Avon Place near Ringwood, in an area regarded as the 'Beverley Hills of the New Forest', is described by estate agents Hamptons as 'An exceptionally bright and airy family house'.

"The design focuses on flowing open plan spaces and an extensive use of glass to maximise light to all areas and to take full advantage of its elevated position with far reaching views over the River Avon and Avon Valley," said Hamptons.

In addition to the six bedrooms, the house has six bathrooms, five main reception rooms, a games or snooker room and a cinema.

The luxury Huf Haus, distinguished by its steel and glass design, and a £160,000 supercar were offered as prizes in a raffle designed to sell the property, organised by owners Mark and Sharon Beresford.

They sold almost 30,000 tickets at £25 each, meaning the competition took roughly £750,000.

But they had hoped to sell up to 250,000 tickets and rules of the contest meant the property and car were not triggered as prizes because they had not sold enough.

The rules also stated that any replacement cash prize would amount to 75 per cent of the value of tickets sold, after promotion costs.

However, the top prize handed out after the New Year's Eve draw was just over £110,000, meaning promotion costs must have amounted to some £600,000. The exact figure has not been revealed.

In an interview given to the Bournemouth Echo, the Beresfords said they were running the competition because selling in a conventional manner had not stacked up.

At the time of the competition the house was described as being worth £3 million.

However, the Echo has recently discovered that Avon Place was on the market 13 years ago for a reported £2.5 million.

At the time, Mark Beresford was quoted in a national newspaper, saying: "Since putting it on the market, we have been flooded with 'Huf tourists'. Our agents have had to resort to checking the credentials of prospective 'multi-millionaire' buyers before they take the trouble to show them around."