Greengates Builders Merchants

Sold For £105k

A wooden hut on Dartmoor with no mains power or water has been sold at auction for an amazing £105,000.

The 90-year-old two-roomed Riverside Chalet, with a corrugated iron roof, was built by an artist who lived and worked there in the 1920s.

More recently it has been used as a holiday cottage with its half an acre of land being a campsite.

Although there is no running water, the River Taw flows past the hut, which is near Okehampton, Devon.

The guide price at the auction in Exeter was £75,000. But it was bought by a private individual for £105,000.

The agents, Stags, had described the remote chalet as being in “an unrivalled setting” on the open moor, half a mile from the village of Belstone.

They continued: “This particular part of north Dartmoor has its own unique rugged beauty and the chalet would be an ideal base from which to explore hundreds of square miles of unspoilt scenery.

Access to Riverside Chalet is via a vehicular track from the village of Belstone.

“The grounds, which extend to appro­ximately 0.48 of an acre, are as delightfully untamed as the surrounding moorland with many granite boulders and outcrops.

“The chalet itself has two internal rooms comprising a living room/bedroom and kitchen.”

In July a timber chalet near Penzance, Cornwall, sold for even more at another auction in Exeter. It had a guide price of £25,000 but went under the hammer for £235,000.

“Think we would expect a bit more for our money” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.


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