A luxury housing developer is enticing prospective buyers with an unusual incentive - a free pig with every purchase.
Property tycoon Jeremy Paxton has made the bizarre offer to anyone investing in a home on the exclusive Lower Mill estate, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
The rare Gloucester Old Spot pigs will be fully housetrained before they are delivered to their new family.
Those who do not fancy getting trotter marks on their carpets can opt to have their pig kept on a farm and eventually turned into what the developer's glossy magazine describe as the "finest pork loins and rashers of bacon".
"It will make a change from having a labrador," a spokeswoman for Mr Paxton said.
"Pigs take about as long as a puppy to house-train and will then be ready to move in with their new family.
"You don't have to keep it in your house. You can name it, visit it on the farm and then of course enjoy bacon or sausages when they get a bit older.
"People who have come to the estate have found the idea pretty funny."
Mr Paxton, a devoted conservationist, has been breeding the distinctive pig on the estate, and is using the promotion to boost numbers of the Gloucester Old Spot.
The offer, which runs throughout September, has already attracted two buyers who have decided to keep their new friend on the farm, when their house is built next year.
The surreal incentive was however condemned by the RSPCA, who branded the promotion as irresponsible.
A spokeswoman for the charity said: "The RSPCA believe taking on an animal should be a carefully considered decision, based on ability and knowledge to care for that animal in the proper way.
"The RSPCA is opposed to the giving of animals as prizes or free gifts. An animal given as such comes to be owned by a particular individual by chance rather than a deliberate decision of the owner."
The Lower Mill Estate is one of the most ambitious and spectacular housing developments in the UK.
Around 80 homes with price tags ranging from £295,000 to £2 million, have been built on the 600-acre estate, which contains a nature reserve, two sites of special scientific interest, seven lakes and three rivers.
Mr Paxton employed 22 of the world's top architects to design a stunning collection of futuristic homes on the Cotswold nature reserve.
Some of the multi-million properties will boast roofs which open like flowers, and living rooms which can slide out over the lake.