Couple raffle £1m Georgian mansion for £2.50 a ticket

Getting on the property ladder is tough but you could secure a house worth £1 million for just £2.50.

Yes, you read that right – someone will get this Grade II listed house, which comes with a luxury loft apartment and butler’s quarters for the price of a coffee.

And on top of that, up to £200,000 will go to NHS and hospice charities.

Owners Guy and Julie Vass snapped up Melling Hall in Carnforth, Lancs., 18 years ago when it was a wreck.

They’ve spent the last decade restoring the property and now that their two sons Jonny, 31, and Tim, 27, have moved out, the couple are planning to downsize to a smaller house.

They are now planning to raffle the property – which was recently valued at £930,000.

Other properties have been sold in the same way in the last few years – with the idea being that sales cover the value of the house but one lucky person gets it for a bargain price.

Retired clothing businessman Guy, 66, said: ‘When we first bought the Hall it was in desperate need of TLC.

‘We started with the roof using local Burlington slate so it was in keeping with the area and then worked down.

‘For us, it was so important to make sure that everything is in keeping with the original character so we fitted cast iron radiators in every room.


‘We refurbished all the original sliding sash windows, renovated the panelled shutters for the windows and every door.

‘In fact, the joiner was here for six months; people must have thought he had moved in with the family.

‘We used only local craftsmen and worked hard ourselves to bring the house back to what you can see today. It’s now ready for the next 250 years.’

Inside, there’s a huge kitchen, three en-suite double bedrooms and even a former butler’s sitting room.

Julie, 62, a manager of a local GP practice, said: ‘Attention to detail is everything in these renovations.

‘Wherever possible original materials were re-purposed such as re-using all the original flooring in slate, stone flag or oak.

‘The finest floor is in the butler’s sitting room, now the dining room, which just shows how important that role was in a Georgian Hall

‘Even the fireplaces were part of the project because we were determined to bring the original fireplaces in local Dent marble back to their former glory.

‘The house is just a fantastic place to live. It gives you everything you could want in a house – great style, tons of space and lots of fun.

‘Although obviously not a small house, the rooms are so well proportioned that they are always warm and welcoming and just great spaces to be in.’

The couple have held lots of parties in the house through the years and even had 100 guests for New Year’s Eve once.

Julie added: ‘When it comes to entertaining, the house just takes it all in its stride.’

The lucky winner will also have the keys to a two-bed loft apartment in nearby Kirkby Lonsdale.

Julie said: ‘The two-bedroom self-contained loft apartment is a bonus and gives excellent views across the countryside from every window.

‘It would also be a great base for running a business from home.’

They decided as well as securing a sale for their house, they wanted to help a local hospice as Guy lost his mother Irene to cancer when she was diagnosed when he was just 16 years old.

He said: ‘She was well cared for at the end and I always knew I wanted to do something.

‘Many years have passed and my head and my heart say this is the right time; Julie and I have worked hard, brought up our two wonderful children here.

‘It’s now time to downsize and rather than just putting the house on the market we decided to take the chance to do something significant to help the local community by looking after our local hospice, the NHS and other deserving charities.

‘End of life care is the one thing no-one wants to talk about but it’s the one thing that everybody needs so Julie and I want to play our part in supporting it.’

The second prize also nets you £5,000, which will be shared between the two entrants who generate the highest number of sales by informing other people of the draw.

The draw will take place on September 15 and tickets can be bought online.

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