Abandoned chalet overlooking Watership Down could be yours for £ 600,000

An abandoned country house overlooking Watership Down is for sale for £ 600,000 – despite fears the roof may collapse.

The 400-year-old retreat, which has its own garden full of rabbits, is “not for the faint of heart” and is too dangerous to enter as the stairs can collapse.

Elizabeth Cottage, in Crookham Common, near Newbury, Berkshire, has been uninhabited for over a decade, but will be released tomorrow for fans of Richard Adams’ 1972 novel.

In addition to the rabbits in the ‘jungle’ garden, there are also mice, rats, deer, badgers and foxes overlooking Watership Down, which can be seen about four miles in neighboring Hampshire.

Derelict cottage overlooking Watership Down is for sale for £ 600,000 – despite fears the roof may collapse

The 400 year old retreat, which includes its own garden full of rabbits, is 'not for the faint of heart' and is too dangerous to enter as the stairs can collapse

The 400 year old retreat, which includes its own garden full of rabbits, is “not for the faint of heart” and is too dangerous to enter as the stairs can collapse

Elizabeth Cottage, in Crookham Common, near Newbury, Berkshire, has been uninhabited for over a decade, but will be released tomorrow for fans of Richard Adams' novel in 1972.

Elizabeth Cottage, in Crookham Common, near Newbury, Berkshire, has been uninhabited for over a decade, but will be released tomorrow for fans of Richard Adams’ novel in 1972.

Adam Hinchliffe of Brighton-based Auction House Sussex said anyone brave enough to take over the cottage and restore it would end up with a dream home.

The house has four bedrooms, its original 400 year old wooden beams and fireplaces and is set in beautiful countryside. There is a one bedroom annex and 1.5 acres of land, much of which is overgrown.

It’s also always close to the M4 and the main train line to London Paddington Station, meaning commuters shouldn’t be put off.

Mr Hinchliffe said: “Properties like this rarely come onto the market. It is in an exquisite location backing onto Crookham Common.

“There’s a certain magic attached to the idea of ​​making a wreck like this, but it’s not for the faint of heart. This property is in need of a total renovation and will be a magnificent property when completed. ‘

He added: “This is one of the last chances before Christmas to buy a home in 2021. Elizabeth Cottage has generated a lot of interest with potential buyers downloading legal packs from our website so it will be interesting to see who’s really in place for such a great project. ‘

Auctioneer Adam Hinchliffe, of Brighton-based Sussex auction house, said anyone brave enough to take over the chalet and restore it would end up with a dream home

Auctioneer Adam Hinchliffe, of Brighton-based Sussex auction house, said anyone brave enough to take over the chalet and restore it would end up with a dream home

The house has four bedrooms, its original 400 year old wooden beams and fireplaces and is set in beautiful countryside.  There is a one bedroom annex and 1.5 acres of land, much of which is overgrown

The house has four bedrooms, its original 400 year old wooden beams and fireplaces and is set in beautiful countryside. There is a one bedroom annex and 1.5 acres of land, much of which is overgrown

A description of the house online reads: ‘An unusual opportunity to acquire a detached four bedroom property on a good sized plot in a rural setting, in need of a complete renovation.

“The property is in poor condition and appears to have been abandoned for many years. Elizabeth Cottage and her grounds sits on approximately 1.5 acres of land, with access to Crookham Common at the rear.

It continues: “The main house has three reception rooms, a kitchen / breakfast room and a utility room on the ground floor.

“On the first floor there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. To the rear of the property there is a one bedroom annex and outbuildings.

“The property has development potential, the adjacent Elizabeth Farm plot obtained planning permission for three detached houses in 2012.”

He adds: “THERE WILL BE NO INTERNAL VISITS OF THE BUILDINGS BECAUSE OF ITS POOR CONDITION. INTERESTED PARTIES ARE ADVISED NOT TO PARTICIPATE. ‘

It's also always close to the M4 and the main train line to London Paddington Station, meaning commuters shouldn't be put off.

It’s also always close to the M4 and the main train line to Paddington Station in London, meaning commuters shouldn’t be put off.

Watership Down was made famous by Adams’ novel about a family of rabbits, which was turned into a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Pictured: the film

Watership Down was made famous by Adams’ novel about a family of rabbits, which was turned into a blockbuster Hollywood movie.

The cottage overlooks the country mansion of opera ghost composer Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber in Sydmonton, five miles from Crookham Common.

It is also a mile from Greenham Common, a disused wartime airfield that was at the center of peace protests in the 1980s.

Here, hundreds of anti-nuclear activists chained themselves to the fences surrounding the base, including sections of Crookham Common, and forced the United States to withdraw its cruise missiles from British soil.

Brighton-based auction house Sussex will sell the chalet in a live auction on Tuesday.

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