Room for a little one? Ex-ferryman’s cottage thought to be one of the smallest houses in Britain measuring just 232sq ft goes on the market for £190,000
- One-bedroom cottage on the Isle of Anglesey described as ‘truly unique’
- It is currently being advertised as an AirBnB rental with stays from £110 a night
- One prospective property hunter calls the 17th-century house a ‘posh hut’
A former ferryman’s cottage believed to be one of the smallest houses in Britain has gone on the market for £190,000 – despite being just 232sq ft.
The one-bed on the Isle of Anglesey is described as a ‘truly unique cottage’ that has been restored and extended.
It is currently being advertised as an AirBnB rental with stays from £110 a night.
But property hunters have said the price is excessive – describing it as ‘a hut. A posh hut, but still a hut.’
The property dates back to the 17th century and is located close to the Menai Suspension Bridge, which connects the Welsh mainland with Anglesey.
Called Bwthyn Y Fferiwr – or Ferryman’s Cottage – it used to house the ferrymen who transported people and goods across the Menai Strait before the bridges were built.
It was originally auctioned with a guide price of just £10,000 to £15,000 in 2017 by agents Auction House – but a bidding war saw the hammer go down at £33,000.
The Ferryman cottage on the Isle of Anglesey is on the market for £190,000
The floorplan of the cottage, which originally only had an electricity supply
Described as possibly the oldest and smallest house in Wales, it only had an electricity supply thanks to the house next door and no mains water, sewage or gas.
At the time, buying agent Henry Pryor described the property as ‘the ultimate Welsh love nest, or a hide-away for a budding author’.
He added: ‘Not exactly a solution to the housing crisis but with slightly less room than you could swing a cat this may be the home for some first-time buyer looking for a rung on the ladder.
‘Perhaps unmortgageable in its current condition nevertheless a project for someone with the ambition of Kevin McCloud but the budget of Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester.’
The property has recently been upgraded ‘and lovingly transformed’
It is described as a ‘beautifully restored property located in the heart of Menai Bridge’
The bedroom in the Ferryman’s Cottage, which is Grade ll listed
The cottage is said to be steeped in history and was originally used to house the ferryman
The home’s current listing on Rightmove from agents Dafydd Hardy states: ‘Introducing the Ferryman’s Cottage, a beautifully restored and extended property located in the heart of Menai Bridge.
‘This unique cottage has been lovingly transformed into a modern and light-filled space that retains its historic charm.
‘Steeped in history, the Ferryman’s Cottage is believed to date back to the 17th century and was originally used to house the ferryman who transported people and goods across the Menai Strait.
‘It’s understood to be one of the oldest residential properties in the town, and is rightly Grade II listed.
‘Today, this charming property has been thoughtfully renovated to create a stylish and modern home with architect plans from Russell Hughes.’
The cottage is lit with natural light by a central roof lantern, with an open-plan living room, a bedroom and a shower room.
The restored cottage boasts an elevated patio, which has views across the Menai Strait
The view from the elevated patio at the cottage, which is located in Menai Bridge
Describing the shower room, the description adds: ‘The small but fully functional shower room is a triumph. You won’t be running laps in here but you’ll be impressed with what the owners have done with the space provided.’
The property has been lime plastered inside and out, is heated using electric heaters, has wi-fi, and an elevated patio.
The description goes on: ‘To the rear the cottage boasts an elevated patio, providing glimpses of the Menai Strait and Menai Suspension Bridge, the perfect spot to relax on those long summer nights.
The cottage has its own shower room as part of its ‘stunning interiors and modern amenities’
‘This outside space has been carefully considered with built-in seating, power sockets, and a south-west orientation.
‘With its unique blend of old and new, this home offers the perfect retreat for those seeking something a little different.
‘Overall, the Ferryman’s Cottage is a truly special property that has been lovingly restored.
‘With its unique history, stunning interiors and modern amenities, it is sure to make a wonderful home for the lucky new owners.’
One person who saw the home on reddit, said: ‘In Anglesey? Seriously. Anglesey is lovely, but that price per square foot is beyond belief!’
Another added: ‘It’s mad that they think spending £40k tops on it makes it worth another £113k. Cheeky.’
One said: ‘Gutted they ripped the fireplace out, they could have at least put a log burner in.
‘Definitely could have done a better job keeping it in its original style while still modernising.
‘Having said that I do really love it and I would buy it although not for that much, probably closer to £120-140k.’
But one replied: ‘What do you expect them to do? As far as I can see the roof was falling to bits and the only other change was the fireplace. Looks as good as it can do.’
And one said: ‘It’s a hut! A posh hut but still a hut. The price is mental.’
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