Not so miserable looking medieval cottage rather unfortunately named ‘The Hovel’ on the quaintly named ‘Duck Lane’ for sale for virtually the same price as in 2005
Described as “the only agricultural ‘hovel’ in original condition in England” when it sold for £165,000 in 1997, a truly eccentric thatched house mentioned in the Domesday Book is again for sale for just slightly more than the plainly overly ambitious £375,000 it was offered for in 2005.
Grade II listed ‘The Hovel’ is situated on a non-through road in an idyllic Midsomer Murders-like village in Buckinghamshire named Ludgershall. It has maximum ceiling heights of 6’2” that are propped up by branches of oak and twisted twigs and other features number walls that “wave-in-and-out” made from “billowing plaster” and an original timber door.
Extending to a total of 426 square foot, the pint sized 2 bedroom detached cottage is Grade II listed. It comes with a 155 square foot summer house within its 0.23 acres of gardens and is approached by a path over a brook.
The Numbers – The Hovel, Duck Lane, Ludgershall, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9XZ
November 2019 – Still for sale for £400,000 through Michael Graham ($526,000, €475,000 or درهم1.9 million).
May 2018 – For sale for £400,000 through Michael Graham ($526,000, €475,000 or درهم1.9 million) and featured in the Mail Online as a house “where England’s medieval farmers workers used to hang their hats.”
May 2017 – Listed for sale by Fine & Country for £400,000 ($526,000, €475,000 or درهم1.9 million).
July 2007 – Sold for £100,000 less for just £275,000 ($361,000, €327,000 or درهم1.3 million).
July 2005 – For sale through John D. Wood for £375,000 ($493,000, €446,000 or درهم1.8 million).
2002 – Sold for £250,000 ($329,000, €297,000 or درهم1.2 million).
1997 – Sold by John D. Wood for £165,000 ($217,000, €196,000 or درهم797,000).
Pictured top: An old image of ‘The Hovel’ – when, plainly, its gardens were in better order.