The cottage time forgot: £275,000 three-bed house goes up for auction

The cottage time forgot: £275,000 three-bed house goes up for auction

September 2, 2021

The cottage time forgot: Derelict three-bed house in remote woodland that is still cluttered with belongings from the past goes up for auction for £275,000

  • Grasshopper Cottage in in Verwood, Dorset, is covered in tree foliage and ivy and looks like it is frozen in time 
  • Three-bedroom house built in the 1870s has been likened to the witch’s cottage in Hansel and Gretel 
  • Estate agents selling the Victorian property insist it is a ‘unique opportunity’ for potential homebuyers 

A derelict three-bed house covered by undergrowth in remote woodland and still cluttered with belongings from decades ago has gone up for auction for £275,000.

Grasshopper Cottage in Verwood, Dorset, is covered in tree foliage and ivy and looks like it is frozen in time but was only left by the previous owner five years ago.

The three-bedroom house built in the 1870s has been likened to the witch’s cottage in Hansel and Gretel due to its setting.

Estate agents tasked with selling the Victorian property insist it is a ‘unique opportunity’ for potential homebuyers.  But the house has a partly caved-in roof and smashed windows throughout and is in need of a complete renovation.

Grasshopper Cottage (pictured) in Verwood, Dorset, is covered in tree foliage and ivy and looks like it is frozen in time

The Victorian cottage is still cluttered with belongings from decades ago and has gone up for auction for a guide price of £275,000

It has 877sqft of accommodation with an entrance hall, two reception rooms, kitchen, pantry, utility and bathroom on the ground floor and three bedrooms on the first floor

Estate agent Meredith Holmes, of Symonds & Sampson, says: ‘The owner was a hoarder and when I first went to look at the house it was rammed full of furniture and books and all sorts’

The cottage does not have mains gas or water and inside there is exposed walls and floorboards and the roof needs urgent repairs

It does not have mains gas or water and inside there are exposed walls and floorboards and the roof needs urgent repairs.

The cottage is not listed and the new owners could just knock it down and start again or may want to restore and extend what is already there.

Estate agent Meredith Holmes, of Symonds & Sampson, said that once renovated the cottage would be worth at least double its guide price.

It has 877sqft of accommodation with an entrance hall, two reception rooms, kitchen, pantry, utility and bathroom on the ground floor and three bedrooms on the first floor.

There are also two sheds and a workshop in the grounds, which total just under an acre and includes paddocks. It is in a secluded position with farmland views, once some of the trees in the garden have been trimmed.

The house has a partly caved-in roof and smashed windows throughout and is in need of a complete renovation

 Estate agents tasked with selling the Victorian property insist it is a ‘unique opportunity’ for potential homebuyers

Ms Holmes says: ‘It would be a huge job to restore it. We’ve had some people looking at it who would demolish it and start again but the majority of people viewing it want to restore it and live in it themselves’

There are also two sheds and a workshop in the grounds, which total just under an acre and includes paddocks

Ms Holmes said: ‘It’s an executor sale so not a huge amount is known about the history of the property.

‘The owner was a hoarder and when I first went to look at the house it was rammed full of furniture and books and all sorts.

‘It would be a huge job to restore it. We’ve had some people looking at it who would demolish it and start again but the majority of people viewing it want to restore it and live in it themselves.

‘The house isn’t listed but I don’t think it would appeal to developers. There are some restrictions because it is in green belt land and close to an SSSI.

‘The garden was a lovely garden once but now it is just completely overgrown and needs some attention.

‘The house has mains electricity but there is no mains gas or water, there is a well in the garden and it has a septic tank.

Ms Holmes says: ‘The garden was a lovely garden once but now it is just completely overgrown and needs some attention’

The property has brick and cob elevations under a slate tiled roof. Pictured: One of the cottage’s three upstairs bedrooms

The house has mains electricity but there is no mains gas or water. There is a well in the garden and it has a septic tank

The cottage is in a secluded position with farmland views, once some of the trees in the garden have been trimmed

She continued: ‘The roof needs some serious attention and it needs extending — at the moment it has three bedrooms upstairs and no bathroom, the kitchen is quite small and there’s just the one bathroom downstairs.

‘But it is incredibly unique, I’ve never seen something like this come up for auction, in terms of its location, setting and the condition it’s in. It is a unique opportunity for someone.

‘It’s literally like stepping back in time, some people have described it as a Hansel and Gretel house.

‘It would take somebody a long time to get it right.

‘I think the guide price is a realistic value taking into consideration the work needed, but the thing with auctions is you never know what people are willing to pay.

‘It’s very difficult to say what it could be worth done up but I think we would be looking at double the guide price easily.’

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