UK's 'smallest detached house' is up for sale at £235,000
26th October 2021

One of the smallest detached houses in the country, coming in at just four metres by four metres, is on the market.

Located on the historic Grimston Park Estate in North Yorkshire, the property may be on the smaller side but it boasts all the essentials.

The ground floor houses the bedroom while the spiral staircase leads down to the living room, kitchen and bathroom, as well as a fittingly compact courtyard.

It’s on sale for £235,000 – which is 13% cheaper than the average house price of £267,500 (according to mortgage lender Halifax) – although offers significantly less in terms of square footage.

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Current owners 60-year-old Debra Bowman and 61-year-old Dave Bowman are selling their quirky home after living there for more than 20 years, in order to enjoy their retirement.

The couple officially moved into the two-storey house on February 1 2000 and instantly fell in love with it.

Debra said: ‘Moving to this home was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and whoever the new owners are, they are certain to love the property. 

‘We formerly had a really large, semi-detached home in York, and we were wondering if we actually could handle downsizing quite so drastically from a three-bedroom to a one-bedroom property with ease.

‘The atmosphere made it a no brainer because it was so beautiful, and all our fears were settled really quickly.

‘It is a country estate which makes you feel like you are in the middle of nature, but you are only 20 minutes either way to York or Leeds and just five minutes from really good motorway links, plus only 40 minutes to Leeds Bradford airport.’

They also point out that one of the perks to the tiny property is that cleaning can be completed in under 30 minutes. 

It also has a glass-panelled roof above the living room to let in more light and make the space feel bigger – so residents and guests can enjoy views of the greenery and blue skies outside.

However, Dave and Debra stress that there are a few areas that might take some getting used to.

‘The bedroom is located on the ground floor and features a small spiral staircase which takes you up to the sleeping area,’ says Dave.

‘The mattress is placed on a platform as opposed to a bed frame and if you are a tall person, like myself, you may knock your head on the ceiling a couple of times – like I did.’

The grounds of the house are also steeped in the history of Yorkshire and can be traced all the way back to 1086 in the Domesday book.

So this unique listing has plenty to offer.

Although, let’s not forget about other teeny houses in the UK that have previously been on the market – like the London house that was just 7ft by 8inches wide as well as one in Wales that was just 6ft in width.

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