Delighted at the response to the lots to be offered on the 5th. The clear favourite in the branches is lot 13 – Gray Thatch in Rownhams – a pretty cottage in need of restoration guided at £175,000. Not ideal for letting though so I expect the investor buyers will be more excited by some of the other lots.

The 21st century in England must be the time and place to be old in. Medical treatment has taken much of the suffering past generations had to put up with in their twylight years away and with the improvements in building standards homes have never been more draft-free, warm and comfortable. I guess there are exception but this is true for the vast majority and on top of this most of the elderly now have greater disposible incme than ever before. If any one in their 60’s wants to downsize to a retirement flat, there is 8 Homefayre House in Fareham being offered in the Pearsons auction on the 5th December. The guide price is only £50,000!

The catalogue for the auction on the 5th December is printed and I have been out delivering them round the branches. It’s fun going through the lots with the estate agency teams and there is a definite buzz of excitment this time. There are 14 lots featured and they range in guide prices from £40,000+ for a plot to £500,000 for a house in 10 acres. Perhaps “something for everyone”.

If you are one of the many people who dream of living in a pretty “chocolate box” cottage with roses round the front door and low walls and leaded windows below a heavy thatched roof set in well-tended gardens then you can make this dream come true. You will need some money and be prepared to work a bit. Pearsons will be offering the very thing at the auction on December the 5th. Lot 13; Gray Thatch, The Green, Horns Drove, Rownhams, Southampton, SO16 8AJ.

This is a potentially delightful detached cottage in a lovely residential area just to the north-west of the city in a sad state of repair but with immense possibilities to improve. There is also space to extend the property with enclosed gardens to the front and rear, subject to permissions.

The house started life in the early 1700’s as two tiny one bedroom cottages and has been in the ownership of the same family now since the 1950’s. The walls are rendered and painted white with timbers visible to the upper elevations and the thatched roof undulates with an eye-brow window to the bedroom on one side.

The charming accommodation includes a central entrance hall which opens into the full width living room complete with a low ceiling and exposed beams and with an open fire at both ends. There is a kitchen and bathroom along the back of the house and beside the chimney a door opens onto a steep staircase leading up to the two bedrooms on the first floor.

Outside there is a well-tended garden laid to lawn with a driveway allowing access to the detached garage and the beds and borders are stocked with a variety of plants shrubs and trees. There is a gate between the house and garage leading the rear garden which is also largely lawn with a tall evergreen tree-line along the back boundary.

The guide price is £175,000 which is certainly low enough to take account of the work needed including the urgent re-thatching that is required.