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Believed to be the Smallest Detached Home in Britain Yours for $400,000

Ian Harvey
Credit: Carter Jonas - York

That axiom has been proven once again with a tiny home now on the market in Britain, a home called Sunset Lodge. Although a couple has lived in it for 14 years, its dimensions – about 10 feet by eight feet – are barely big enough for anyone to put in furniture and a television.

If there is one area in life in which size really doesn’t determine cost, it’s real estate. The most important criterion that affects a home’s value is location, as any seasoned real estate sales person can attest.

Credit: Carter Jonas – York

Credit: Carter Jonas – York

Where the house is located is the most appealing aspect of this sale; it’s on a grand estate property near Tadcaster, in North Yorkshire.

The lodge is one of two situated near the front gates of the Georgian-style main house, called Grimston Park, a massive place that’s no longer used as a single family country home, but rather as luxurious housing.

The lodge has access to enormous grounds on which the buyer might wander, close to a river and away from the bustle and busyness of London.

Credit: Carter Jonas – York

Credit: Carter Jonas – York

In fact, Sunset Lodge might make the perfect weekend getaway for an urban dweller who longs to escape one or two nights a week. It’s on the market for the eye-popping price of 250,000 pounds, which is roughly $400,000.

The lodge has been updated in keeping with the estate’s original architecture. For example, there is a luxurious bathroom with a ceiling that undulates and curves, like the curves of the house.

Grimston Park is a grade II* listed Georgian country house in Grimston, nr. Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, designed by Decimus Burton in 1839

Grimston Park is a grade II* listed Georgian country house in Grimston, nr. Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, designed by Decimus Burton in 1839

There is also a dressing room, living room and kitchen on the main floor, and a built-in fireplace that keeps the place toasty warm no matter the weather.

Credit: Carter Jonas – York

Credit: Carter Jonas – York

And up a flight of stairs is a kind of built-in double bed, a place to sleep and little more, but nonetheless a lovely space designed to make the most of every inch of room.

Outside, the view of the River Wharfe is visible in the distance. Living in this tiny house has, in some respects, all the upsides of owning a grand estate – the views, the river, the grounds – and none of the downsides, including mowing the lawn, caring for huge gardens and paying the property taxes.

Credit: Carter Jonas – York

Credit: Carter Jonas – York

 

Credit: Carter Jonas – York

Credit: Carter Jonas – York

Rachel Macpherson, the salesperson from Carter Jonas Real Estate who has listed the property, recently told the Daily Mail that being in the home is rather like being on the estate used for filming “Downton Abbey.”

The gatehouse was built from massive blocks of limestone, and has many elaborate – if slightly odd – architectural details, including a large metal figure of war, in a kneeling position, perched on the roof.

The U.K. seems to cherish odd, almost eccentric homes, like one that recently went up for auction in Wales that came complete with all the belongings of the owner from the 1970s.

In that case, much junk had to be cleared away before anyone could even hope to begin renovations, which would no doubt add significant costs to its low price tag.

Credit: Carter Jonas – York

Credit: Carter Jonas – York

But Sunset Lodge is modern, sleek and completely modernized within its narrow walls.

Whomever decides to put in an offer will likely be an individual who doesn’t suffer from claustrophobia, enjoys the grandeur of English estates, and doesn’t mind being unable to host lavish dinner parties or other social engagements because there simply isn’t any room.

But the British pride themselves on being eccentric, and this house is a reflection of that national characteristic.

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The buyer will be someone – or perhaps two people, but certainly no more – who enjoys their own company, relishes the countryside, and has a whole lot of cash to spend on a very small, if perfectly detailed, home.