Would-be homeowners often purchase properties which they believe will increase in value down the line. It’s a common and sensible long-term investment, and at the end of it you could find yourself with a tasty profit.
This picturesque 18th century stone house in the middle of the Yorkshire Moors is on sale for £550,000, and the lucky buyer could have a chance to double their investment, but not for the reason you’re thinking: It is believed that there is a Renaissance painting worth £1m hidden somewhere inside!
The piece, painted by Sebastiano del Piombo, was purchased in the early 20th century by George Baxter, a man who became a fiercely defensive hermit after the Second World War. For a while nobody could get near the house, which also contained a number of other artworks, as Baxter would scream “invaders!” and unload his shotgun whenever anyone came close. When he finally passed away in 1959, the painting was nowhere to be found.
Unfortunately for any wood-be treasure hunters, actually finding the piece would require dismantling a significant part of the property. Still, the cost of the house would be money well spent!
‘Woodlands Farm’ is in a wonderful rustic setting in the heart of Yorkshire’s stunning countryside. Sitting on around 10.29 acres, mostly comprised of grassland, the property would be perfect for anyone after some relaxing peace and quiet. Sporting and fishing rights are even included with the purchase.
“The land is bordered to the south eastern boundary by a small stream and further bordered by the River Severn to the north east,” reads Boulton & Cooper’s description of the property.
The stone built dwelling “offers good family accommodation comprising kitchen, living area, dining room, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom”, as well as a number of outbuildings. The decorations throughout the house convey a simplicity that looks wonderful in such a relaxed country setting.
Whether or not you believe in the stories about the hidden painting, the beautiful Woodlands Farm is certainly a work of art all its own.
Woodlands Farm is currently for sale with Boulton & Cooper.
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