A charming Welsh cottage which has been completely transformed in an incredible renovation is being raffled off for £5 a ticket.
David and Christine Jones bought the three-bedroom home in the Welsh village of Rhoslan, near Criccieth, for £200,000 in 2019, with plans to turn it into a retirement home.
The couple spent the last year renovating the home before deciding to move closer to their family in Lincolnshire due to the pandemic, WalesOnline reports.
Cefn Isa Farmhouse is now worth £485,000 and is being raffled off, with the competition set to close in June.
The home features stunning ancient beams and is just a few moments drive from both the Llyn Peninsula and Snowdonia National Park.
Care home worker Christine, 63, said: “Wales is such a special place for us. David’s mother and father were born in south Wales and I went to school in Bala in the 1970s. We couldn’t believe our luck when we found Cefn Isa Farmhouse, and immediately fell in love with the beautiful and unique surroundings. We could see how it must have been at its best.
“None of us thought we would be living in anything like the current situation and because of it we have made the difficult decision to return to the Lincolnshire area where most of our family live, so we can be closer and support them better.”
After being stripped down to its original features and rebuilt, the classic Welsh home dating from around 1811 opens into a stone-floor hallway with its signature beams overhead.
Both its kitchen and living room boast traditional wood burners, the latter sat in an impressive inglenook commanding the room.
As well as a downstairs bathroom, the ground floor is also home to a bespoke kitchen, complete with vaulted ceilings and skylights.
Its three bedrooms have kept their charm, looking out onto the Welsh countryside, including two with south-facing windows with an ocean view, alongside a modern bathroom with a waterfall shower. Outside, a stone patio provides the perfect space to take in the house’s peaceful surroundings.
Instead of selling their home in the traditional way, Christine and David have decided to raffle off their home for £5 a ticket to raise money for The Children’s Society while still being left the same amount of money as market value.
David, 65, said: “We chose to sell the farmhouse through a competition because everybody wins. We’re able to get the full market value for our home, The Children’s Society gets money they need to help, and someone is going to get a wonderful home for free.
“We’ve supported The Children’s Society for a long time, and we thought what better way to help during the pandemic than raising money for the most vulnerable children.
“We sincerely hope that whoever wins, chooses to live here and enjoy it for how unique it is, and appreciate all the work that has been put into bringing it back to life.”
It comes after their neighbours Ryan Mclean and Katherine Jablonowska also raffled off their stunning home last year – with a Manchester family buying the lucky ticket.
To help others follow in their footsteps, Ryan and Katherine have set up their own raffle management company, CwellynDream Raffle Management.
They are now raffling off David and Christine’s property, with a target of selling 130,000 tickets.
This takes into account administration and legal expenses. If the target is met, the winner will be given the keys to the unfurnished farmhouse including taxes and conveyance fees up to £2,000.