Huge hedgerow hides £235k abandoned cottage so derelict any buyers are warned ‘do not enter under any circumstances’

A HUGE hedgerow hides a £235k abandoned cottage that is so derelict buyers are warned “not to enter under any circumstance”.

Lavender Cottage, in St Agnes Cornwall, can only be accessed by crawling on your hands and knees.

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This historic cottage has been on the market for two years is classed as too dangerous to allow viewings[/caption]

But exclusive pictures, show the “exciting development opportunity” that awaits potential suitors.

The cottage is on the market with Camel Homes who, in their brochure for the property asks: “Have you got the imagination to turn this derelict property into the home of your dreams?”

It is located on a main road, but is barely visible except for the roof and chimney which poke above an overgrown hedge.

The small property is split in half by a staircase that divides what was once a lounge and a kitchen, leading upstairs to where there were two bedrooms.

An old fridge and freezer remain in the kitchen, near piles of old kitchenware stacked up.

In one snap, a Coke can from the 1980s can be seen, along with empty lemonade bottles.

There are also empty bottles of Corona that date back to the eighties, when people could redeem 10p when they returned the bottles to be recycled.

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

As well as the main part of the cottage, there is an outhouse attached which can only be accessed through a two foot by one and half foot window.

Lavender Cottage was deleted from the Council Tax Register in 1993, as it was deemed substantially derelict at that time by the Valuation Office.

Cob has been used to try and sure up some of the walls, as has concrete in places, such as around the old Rayburn.

In 1996, a planning application for ‘alterations and erection of extension sites’ were ‘approved with conditions’.

Then, in 2002, some elaborate plans were drawn up to completely renovate Lavender Cottage, turning the outhouse into an extension and making the property much larger.

But the plans never came to reality, and the house remained dormant.

Despite the cottage being off limits to any prospective buyers, the estate agents say that they have had a lot of interest in the derelict property.

Last year, someone who was interested in the property, wrote to Cornwall Council for pre-application advice on demolishing the cottage and replacing it with a new house.

But the cottage is located in an area where any new building would be considered unacceptable.

But having been abandoned for so long, the concern raised was that Lavender Cottage no longer had a lawful use as a home.

The letter from Cornwall Council to the interested buyer concluded: “In summary the proposal that you have put forward for residential development through replacement for which Policy 7 of the Cornwall Local Plan is unlikely to be supported as the residential use on the site appears to have been abandoned.

“If you are minded to proceed with the development proposal on this site it is strongly recommended that you first obtain a Lawful Development Certificate to demonstrate that the existing home is in fact lawful.”

The estate agents for Lavender Cottage ask, have you got the imagination to turn this derelict property into the home of your dreams?
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This old fridge and freezer huddle together in their final resting place
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This outhouse can only be accessed through a two foot by one and half foot window
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Empty bottles of Corona that date back to the eighties, when people could redeem 10p when they returned the bottles to be recycled
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Here is a ring pull Coke can from the eighties, and a couple of empty lemonade bottles
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The house is barely visible except for the roof and chimney which poke above an overgrown hedge
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A staircase dividing what was once a lounge and a kitchen, leading upstairs to where there was once two bedrooms
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In 1996, a planning application for ‘alterations and erection of extension sites’ were ‘approved with conditions’
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