Derelict cottage with mysterious ‘danger’ sign on outside on sale for eye-watering sum


A tiny, boarded up cottage that was formerly a gatehouse is on the market for £120,000, despite having ‘danger’ signs plastered over it.

The remote, woodland home only has one bedroom, a living room, kitchen and bathroom.

There is also a store room accessible from outside.

But all the windows and doors to the eerie-looking former gatehouse are covered with brown boards.

There are two, yellow warning signs which say ‘danger’ on them.

There are no photos of the inside but the estate agents say it’s a “blank canvas.”

However, one home hunter feared it could be a “witch house.”

The property, situated in the village of Castletown, near John O’Groats, Scotland, was being sold by Yvonne Fitzgerald Properties and advertised on Rightmove.

One house hunter Mary Wyrd joked: “Witch house in the woods. Let’s go.”

Mel Barfield said: “This property needs a little work.

“Knock on the door four times to make b*oody Belinda appear.”

The property listing reads: “This attractive property was formerly the gate house and is located in a peaceful woodland setting in approximately 0.0966 hectares.

“The property is of stone and slate construction and has many period features which include ashlar quoins and a canted bay window.

“This home has undergone a restoration programme over recent years and would make an excellent holiday let cottage due to its prominent location.

“Internally the property is a blank canvas and consists of three rooms.

“Planning consent has been granted to transform the house into a stunning holiday home.

“There is scope to extend the cottage to the side and rear should one wish to do so.

“Located in the most tranquil setting which is close to the harbour and within a few minutes walk to the beach, this wonderful cottage is sure to appeal to a wide variety of discerning buyers.

“Access to the cottage is through a gated entrance which leads onto a gravel road. The hard standing is accessed off the gravel road.

“Properties like this are rarely available and it must be viewed to appreciate the character of the home and its stunning countryside setting.”