It’s the house that inspired hundreds of love stories. So it’s fitting that the Mayfair mansion once home to Dame Barbara Cartland, the most prolific romance novelist of all time, has been put up for sale on ­Valentine’s Day.

The 8,000 sq ft, five-storey townhouse on South Street is available for a cool £40 million – a price tag reflective of modern-day Mayfair that might have made even the racy writer blush.

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