Overgrown, smashed windows and the roof is caving in but still this 150-year-old abandoned Bournemouth cottage sells for £430,000 after going under the hammer at auction
An abandoned cottage covered by undergrowth, smashed windows and a partly caved-in roof has sold for a whopping £430,000.
The derelict property, named ‘Grasshopper Cottage’, had a valuation of £275,000 before it went up for sale at auction in early September.
But come auction day, interest and bidding on the 150-year-old cottage in Dorset took off.
Built in the 1870s, Grasshopper Cottage has been left to fall into disrepair and now has a partly-caved in roof, smashed windows and no mains gas or water
The entrance to the home, which has just sold for £155,000 more than it’s asking price, shows the overgrown foliage and broken windows
The Victorian property is not listed, and so new owners have the option to knock it down and start it again – or restore and extend what is already there
Grasshopper Cottage was built in the 1870s and was likened to the witch’s cottage in Hansel and Gretel due to its remote woodland setting.
The home had been left to fall into disrepair and now has a partly caved-in roof, smashed windows throughout and no mains gas or water.
Inside, it also has exposed walls and floorboards and needs a complete renovation.
The Victorian property 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.
Derelict: old belongings remain in the cottage, which was left by its previous owners five years ago
One of the three bedrooms shows the ripped wallpaper, dated bed, and broken windows as well as a crack in the wall
The home has an entrance hall, two reception rooms, a kitchen, pantry, utility room and bathroom on the ground floor
Although it looks as if it has frozen in time with the ivy and tree foliage, the previous owners only left it five years ago.
Estate agent Meredith Holmes, of Symonds & Sampson, said that once renovated, the cottage in Verwood, Dorset, would be worth at least half a million pounds.
It has 877 sq. ft. of accommodation with an entrance hall, two reception rooms, a kitchen, pantry, utility room 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.
New owners would need to give the cottage a complete renovation to make it livable, as it has no gas or water mains, only electricity
Entrance and staircase: the cottage has farmland views when the trees are trimmed down
The side of the property: 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.
Ms Holmes said: ‘It was 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.
Foliage grows inwards through the broken windows of the house, which surprisingly just sold for a whopping £430,000 despite its issues
The garden has a well with a septic tank, but is ‘completely overgrown’ now and ‘needs some attention’
‘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.
‘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 was a realistic value taking into consideration the work needed, but the thing with auctions is you never know what people are willing to pay.’