View Full Version : 250,000 House Almost Untouched in 100 Years

Sunday, June 19th, 2011, 01:35 PM
It doesn't have a bathroom, heating, drains or even a toilet, but that has not put off scores of interested buyers.
Even though the house has been virtually untouched in 100 years they reckon its a bargain at 250,000.
Its stunning location in the Yorkshire Dales, near Sedbergh, means the house is probably worth 1.5 million when it is renovated.

Buyers of Dandra Garth will get a four-bedroom manorial farmhouse dating back to the 1600s, with a huge attic once used as servants' quarters plus a separate barn and three acres of land.
The grade II listed house in Lower Garsdale was the home of Walter Harper, whose family moved there in 1942 to farm the surrounding land.
His father died in 1968 and his mother passed away in 1972, but Mr Harper continued to farm until the early 1980s.
Now 92, he has moved to a rest home, but until recently he was quite happy living without any utilities or luxuries.
He was content to keep warm in front of his open fires and to boil water on the range to fill a tin bath in the kitchen.
Mr Harper was only persuaded to have electricity at the property 10 years ago, before that he used the gas lights connected to a Calor bottle.
A single tap in the kitchen supplied cold water from an untested spring supply and the loo was an outside earth closet.

It still has a larder and stone shelves that many luxury home owners are now demanding.
Approached up a track and hidden behind high walls, the house has south facing views over its gardens.

Estate agent Tim Brown, of George F White, said: 'There is an incredible amount of interest but I'm not surprised.

'This place is virtually untouched by the 20th and 21st centuries. Properties like this are very rare


Sunday, June 19th, 2011, 07:59 PM
Oh wow, I wonder if there are more houses out there that haven't been touched in years. They could be interesting to learn about.