Tiny property measuring just 10ft by 8ft by entrance to a stately home is on sale for £250,000

A property believed to be the smallest detached house in Britain which measures just 10ft by 8ft has gone on sale for £250,000.

The gatehouse, that stands at the entrance to a grand stately home near Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, has a tiny lounge, kitchen area and bathroom in the sunken basement below the surface that is 13ft long.

On the ground floor is a hallway-cum-dressing area with stairs leading to a mezzanine level where there is a double bed.

The vendors are a couple who have happily lived in it for 14 years but are now looking for something with more space and have put it on the market.

The quirky property, measuring just 10ft 5ins by 8ft 6ins above ground, is one of two gatehouses built at the entrance to Grimston Park, a Grade II Georgian country house.

The smallest detached house in Britain, Sunset Lodge (pictured) is one of a pair of symmetrical lodges built at the entrance to Grimston Park, near Tadcaster, North Yorkshire which has gone on sale for £250,000

Split over two floors the majority of the accommodation is on the lower ground floor where there is a bright but cosy living area complete with a fireplace and mounted TV to maximise space

Split over two floors the majority of the accommodation is on the lower ground floor where there is a bright but cosy living area complete with a fireplace and mounted TV to maximise space

Snuggle up: The new owner's won't have to wait too long for this property measuring just 10ft 5ins by 8ft 6ins to heat up with this built in fireplace

Snuggle up: The new owner’s won’t have to wait too long for this property measuring just 10ft 5ins by 8ft 6ins to heat up with this built in fireplace 

On the ground floor is a hallway-cum-dressing area with stairs leading to a mezzanine level where there is just enough space for a double bed

On the ground floor is a hallway-cum-dressing area with stairs leading to a mezzanine level where there is just enough space for a double bed

Built from Limestone Ashlar blocks and featuring a number of distinctive architectural details, including a stepped roof topped by a kneeling figure of a warrior (as seen above) the new owner can benefit from living on a country estate without the upkeep

Built from Limestone Ashlar blocks and featuring a number of distinctive architectural details, including a stepped roof topped by a kneeling figure of a warrior (as seen above) the new owner can benefit from living on a country estate without the upkeep

Like the character of Audrey Forbes-Hamilton in the hit 1980s BBC comedy series To The Manor Born, the new owner will be able to enjoy the benefits of living on a country estate but without the taxes and the upkeep.

The gatehouse is built from Limestone Ashlar blocks and features a number of distinctive architectural details, including a stepped roof topped by a kneeling figure of a warrior.

Outside there is a lawned garden flanked by mature hedging and a low wall topped by cast iron railings.

Not much space to entertain guests inside but this kitchen is big enough to cook a treat for visitors who don't mind a bit of al fresco dining

Not much space to entertain guests inside but this kitchen is big enough to cook a treat for visitors who don’t mind a bit of al fresco dining

Not so shabby: This extremely luxurious bathroom kitted out in white has been built into the original barrel ceilinged cellar

Not so shabby: This extremely luxurious bathroom kitted out in white has been built into the original barrel ceilinged cellar

There are views over Grimston Park and the associated parkland which stretches down to the banks of the River Wharfe, with Tadcaster visible in the distance and there is space for at least two cars.

Grimston Park itself once played host to James VI of Scotland, who stayed there on his way to being crowned James I of England.

Parts of the estate were used by the RAF during the Second World War and the main property has now been converted into luxury housing.

These beautiful grounds are great to roam around in and the new owner can enjoy the benefits of living in the countryside without having to fork out for hefty taxes or its upkeep

These beautiful grounds are great to roam around in and the new owner can enjoy the benefits of living in the countryside without having to fork out for hefty taxes or its upkeep 

Rachel Macpherson, head of residential sales at Carter Jonas estate agents of York said: ‘The house belongs to a married couple who run a machinery sales company and they have lived there for 14 years, since it first went up for sale.

‘They’ve absolutely loved their time there but decided they wanted more space and so they have decided to rent another property on the same estate.’

With plenty of architectural wonder both inside and out there is a lawned garden flanked by mature hedging and a low wall topped by cast iron railings

With plenty of architectural wonder both inside and out there is a lawned garden flanked by mature hedging and a low wall topped by cast iron railings

She said the house was not suitable for a family but would suit a couple or a single person.

She added: ‘You are not allowed to rent it out for holiday lets but I think it would make the best second or holiday home for people who want to get away from the city at the weekend.

‘You’ve got these beautiful grounds you can roam around in – it’s like being at Downton Abbey, with woodlands and a river.’

There are views over Grimston Park and the associated parkland which stretches down to the banks of the River Wharfe, with Tadcaster visible in the distance

There are views over Grimston Park and the associated parkland which stretches down to the banks of the River Wharfe, with Tadcaster visible in the distance

The property can't be rented out for holiday lets but it would make someone a great second or holiday home for those who want to escape the city

The property can’t be rented out for holiday lets but it would make someone a great second or holiday home for those who want to escape the city

The layout of the tiny property measuring just 10ft by 8ft which stands at entrance to Georgian stately home goes on market for £250,000

The layout of the tiny property measuring just 10ft by 8ft which stands at entrance to Georgian stately home goes on market for £250,000

Small properties always attract attention and one located on the west coast of Wales in the sleepy fishing village of Conwy is reputed to be the smallest house in Great Britain.

Measuring just six feet wide and ten feet tall, it’s known as the Quay House, and has become a popular tourist attraction, fitting just four people at any one time.

According to staff who offer tours, during peak season dozens of excited visitors from as far afield as America, Japan and Australia line up to get a glimpse of this quirky dwelling.    

Moving to the capital and another property is thought to be the smallest flat measuring only 10ft 4in by 8ft 4in, smaller than a snooker table.

Situated in one of London’s most sought-after areas the flat on the eighth floor of an upmarket Knightsbridge block overlooks the exclusive store Harrods. 

The studio flat is the size of a broom cupboard but the location is one of the biggest privileges of living there.

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