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Dolls’ house listed by agent on Rightmove receives serious enquiries

Property listed on the portal to help raise funds for local charity attracts real house hunters keen on its Georgian looks, agents says.

Nigel Lewis

rightmoveIf you think the pictures of this property for sale on Rightmove from Cotswolds and Warwickshire estate agent Peter Clarke & Co are a little odd, then you’d be right.

Because the three-bedroom property in Shipston-upon-Stour is really a dolls’ house uploaded to Rightmove in a bid to raise cash for a local charity.

This didn’t stop one keen buyer asking to arrange a viewing at the property, branch manager Sally Coombs (pictured, below) told the BBC.

It’s not surprising that the enquirer became confused. The property’s listing on Rightmove has been written to sound like a real one, albeit in a tongue-in-cheek way.

Sally’s listing for property goes into a lot of detail, describing it as a classic Georgian house and that the roof and front elevations swing open to “reveal beautiful accommodation set on three floors, and it is part furnished”.

She also thinks it would make a fantastic Christmas present and would “be bound to give years of joy for your children or grandchildren”.

Peter Clarke & Co told the local paper that the idea came about when a local charity it is involved with called Shipston Home Nursing asked if a dolls house they wanted to sell to raise funds could be displayed within their branch, at which point staff at the branch listed it on Rightmove as well.

The charity is hoping to raise £500 from the sale of the property, which will be available for viewings at the agent’s branch until the end of September.

Unlike many spoof ads uploaded to Rightmove over the years, this one has not been deleted by the portal. It remains live within the agent’s 57 properties listed for the Shipston-upon-Stour area. Unsurprisingly, it is the cheapest.

Bugingham Palace

It’s not the first time an agent has taken to Rightmove with humour in mind. The most recent example until now had been Hertford agent Steven Oates.

Last December one of its employees built a ‘bug house’ called ‘Bugingham Palace’ designed to help encourage creepy crawlies in their garden but then put it up on Rightmove with a £1 million price tag.

The property didn’t achieve a sale. But the agent says the listing attracted 4,500 views compared to the usual 450 it receives for property for sale.


August 7, 2017

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