Blooming cheap 'house' for sale at Harrogate Spring Flower Show

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Faith Douglas peers out of Britains cheapest house. Picture: SWNS
Faith Douglas peers out of Britains cheapest house. Picture: SWNS

BRITAIN'S cheapest ‘house’ is to go on auction to raise money for charity after being displayed at a flower show.

The 2.7m (8ft) high stone structure has been made by charity Horticap to raise funds for the work it does with adults with learning difficulties.

The tiny building, which measures 2.4sq m, is part of an elaborate show garden at the Harrogate Flower Show being held this weekend.

Created by Horticap, which teaches disadvantaged adults horticulture, it is one of three houses on display based on the Three Little Pigs children’s story.

York Press: Faith Douglas peers out of Britains cheapest house. The house is part of a set design at Harrogate Flower show 2022 and will be on sale on Rightmove from tomorrow morning, pictured at Harrogate Flower Show, April 20 2022. See SWNS story SWLEhouse.
York Press: Faith Douglas peers out of Britains cheapest house. The house is part of a set design at Harrogate Flower show 2022 and will be on sale on Rightmove from tomorrow morning, pictured at Harrogate Flower Show, April 20 2022. See SWNS story SWLEhouse.

Accompanied by a straw house and a wooden house, the miniature stone cottage comes complete with decorative plants, a picket fence and a miss piggy figure.

And it has had the seal of approval from the charity’s patron, legendary gardener Alan Titchmarsh.

Phil Airey, the charity’s operations manager, said: “We do a show garden at the Harrogate Flower Show every year and this year’s theme is the three little pigs.

“We’ve got a straw house, a wooden house that’s rickety and they’ll be blown over by the wolf.

“And we’ve got a stone house that won’t be blown down by anyone and that is going to be auctioned off and sold to the highest bidder.

York Press: Floral designers add finishing touches to their stalls for Harrogate Flower Show 2022, which starts tomorrow. The North Yorkshire Flower show starts tomorrow (Thursday 21st April)  and finishes Sunday 24th April, pictured at Harrogate Flower Show, North
York Press: Floral designers add finishing touches to their stalls for Harrogate Flower Show 2022, which starts tomorrow. The North Yorkshire Flower show starts tomorrow (Thursday 21st April) and finishes Sunday 24th April, pictured at Harrogate Flower Show, North

“It’ll be the cheapest house in the UK. We’re hoping to raise £10,000 for the charity, you can’t buy a house anywhere for £10,000.

“Alan is well behind it, he’s been up to see it and he was impressed.”

The structure was created by dry stone wall builders Jason and Tracey Potter and was set to be used in the 2020 show.

But when that was cancelled due to the Covid, the charity put the house into storage for two years before its official unveiling on Wednesday.

It is sat on a wooden pallet at the showground and the charity would be willing to deliver it to a buyer within around a 10 mile radius of its base in Harrogate.

York Press: Floral designers add finishing touches to their stalls for Harrogate Flower Show 2022, which starts tomorrow. The North Yorkshire Flower show starts tomorrow (Thursday 21st April)  and finishes Sunday 24th April, pictured at Harrogate Flower Show, North
York Press: Floral designers add finishing touches to their stalls for Harrogate Flower Show 2022, which starts tomorrow. The North Yorkshire Flower show starts tomorrow (Thursday 21st April) and finishes Sunday 24th April, pictured at Harrogate Flower Show, North

Phil, 57, said he believes the structure would be a nice addition to a garden and could be used as a dog house, a hen hut or even as a child’s Wendy house.

He added: “There’s nothing inside it, so it’s up to the buyer however they’d want to use it.

“It’s a structure that will look really cute in the garden and it should last a few years, it’s well sturdy.

“It can come with the picket fence and flowers. It won’t be the plants that are in now, but if we get £10,000 for it I’ll come and do some plants.

York Press: Floral designers add finishing touches to their stalls for Harrogate Flower Show 2022, which starts tomorrow. The North Yorkshire Flower show starts tomorrow (Thursday 21st April)  and finishes Sunday 24th April, pictured at Harrogate Flower Show, North
York Press: Floral designers add finishing touches to their stalls for Harrogate Flower Show 2022, which starts tomorrow. The North Yorkshire Flower show starts tomorrow (Thursday 21st April) and finishes Sunday 24th April, pictured at Harrogate Flower Show, North

“It’s on a pallet now, then next Monday morning I’ll come along, dismantle it and out in our van and whoever the new owner, we’ll have to deliver it and sort the logistics out of how to get it in their garden.

“If it’s within a 10 or 11 mile radius, we can deliver it.”

The house is on auction on Rightmove.

York Press: Floral designers add finishing touches to their stalls for Harrogate Flower Show 2022, which starts tomorrow. The North Yorkshire Flower show starts tomorrow (Thursday 21st April)  and finishes Sunday 24th April, pictured at Harrogate Flower Show, North
York Press: Floral designers add finishing touches to their stalls for Harrogate Flower Show 2022, which starts tomorrow. The North Yorkshire Flower show starts tomorrow (Thursday 21st April) and finishes Sunday 24th April, pictured at Harrogate Flower Show, North

The Harrogate Spring Flower Show takes place until Sunday, April 24 at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Visit: www.flowershow.org.uk/

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