Britain’s cheapest ‘house’, which is just eight feet tall, will go up for auction after being displayed at the Harrogate Flower Show



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

The small building, which measures 2.4 square metres, is part of an elaborate display garden at the Harrogate Flower Show being held this weekend.

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Created by Horticap, which teaches horticulture to underprivileged adults, it is one of three houses on display inspired by the story of the three little pigs.

Britain’s cheapest ‘house‘ goes under the hammer

Accompanied by a straw house and a wooden house, the miniature stone cottage comes with declarative plants, a palisade and a miss piggy figurine.

And it got the stamp 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 have a straw house, a rickety wooden house and they will be knocked down by the wolf.

The house is due to make an appearance at the Harrogate Flower Show

“And we have a stone house that will not be demolished by anyone and will be auctioned off and sold to the highest bidder.

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

“Alan is well behind, he went to see him and he was impressed.”

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

But when that was canceled due to Covid, the charity put the house in storage for two years before its official unveiling today (Wednesday).

It sits on a wooden pallet on the show ground and the charity is said to be willing to deliver it to a buyer within around 10 miles of its base in Harrogate.

Phil, 57, from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, said he thought the structure would be a great addition to a garden and could be used as a dog house, chicken coop or even a children’s house.

He added: ‘There’s nothing inside, so it’s up to the buyer how they want to use it.

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

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

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

“If it’s within 10 or 11 miles, we can deliver it.”

The house will be auctioned tomorrow (Thursday) on Rightmove.

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