The grim 'bonus' that comes free with $450,000 cottage

Ash Cant
·2-min read

A newly listed cottage hoping to fetch upwards of $A450,000 comes with a peculiar ‘bonus’.

Malton Lodge, in the UK is a charming three bedroom, one bathroom cottage, sitting on the outer limits of the New Malton Cemetery.

“Malton Lodge is a unique detached property located within the heart of Malton, a traditional yet thriving market town,” the Willow Green Estate Agents listing says.

“This period house is characterful, offering a wealth of features throughout, with plenty of scope to update, to integrate the outbuildings and extend to the rear onto the good sized plot.”

Newly listed Malton Lodge comes with a strange bonus feature. Source: Willow Green Estate Agents
Newly listed Malton Lodge comes with a strange bonus feature. Source: Willow Green Estate Agents

While the two-storey home with a “low maintenance” courtyard might be appealing, the added bonus the next potential owner can claim if they so wish is odd, to say the least.

The home also comes with a bonus burial plot, at no extra cost, if the new owner wishes, the Gazette and Herald reported.

Councillor Paul Emberley told the Gazette and Herald the property had been occupied by the same person for about 20 years, before moving to a different part of Malton.

“Town council members subsequently made a decision to sell the asset earlier this year as part of a wider investment programme in order to make substantial improvements to the cemetery,” he said.

Malton Lodge's new owner can claim their bonus burial plot if they wish at the nearby cemetery. Source: Willow Green Estate Agents
Malton Lodge's new owner can claim their bonus burial plot if they wish at the nearby cemetery. Source: Willow Green Estate Agents

Malton Lodge is being sold by the local council to help fund improvement work in the graveyard, namely restoring the gates and the cemetery’s two chapels and widening the road, according to the BBC.

According to the listing, major cities like Leeds, York, Liverpool and Manchester are all accessible by public transport from Malton and the town itself seems quite unique.

“In recent years, Malton has been able to address many of the economic challenges faced by other rural towns,” the listing says.

“It offers a good range of amenities, including supermarkets, quirky shops, artisan food producers, restaurants, cafés and pubs, tennis courts, major high street banks, gyms, a cinema and excellent schools.”

The price guide for the lodge is £250,000, or roughly $A453,980.

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