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Historic house, period features, ideal for downsizing, just £235,000 – and only 13ft square…The country’s smallest detached house hits the market

  • The 13ft home in Grimston Park is the smallest detached house in the country
  • Debra 60 and Dave Bowman, 61, bought the house in February 2000
  • The couple split up and sell them for their individual pensions










Measuring just 13ft square, it is what brokers commonly describe as ‘bijou’.

But the owners of this quirky home hope size doesn’t matter to would-be downers. Because the UK’s smallest detached house is up for sale for £235,000.

Located in Grimston Park in North Yorkshire, it measures just 13ft square above the ground where the only bedroom and sleeping platform are.

Spiral stairs lead to the kitchen, bathroom and living room – which is topped by an impressive glass ceiling – and even a small courtyard.

And if that weren’t enough, buyers will find themselves in the heart of the historic estate, which dates back to 1086 and has hosted monarchs including James I and Queen Anne of Denmark.

The exterior of the UK’s smallest detached house up for sale for £235,000

Owners, Debra Bowman (left), 60, and Dave Bowman (right), 61, sell the quirky home after living there for over 20 years

Owners, Debra Bowman (left), 60, and Dave Bowman (right), 61, sell the quirky home after living there for over 20 years

Debra Bowman in the bedroom in the above ground building

Debra Bowman in the bedroom in the above ground building

The spiral staircase takes you from the ground floor to the underground living areas

The spiral staircase takes you from the ground floor to the underground living areas

Overlooking the private courtyard - the UK's smallest detached house - measuring just 4 square meters - is on the market for £235,000

Overlooking the private courtyard – the UK’s smallest detached house – measuring just 4 square meters – is on the market for £235,000

The house itself is slightly more modern, having been built in the early 1800s as one of two identical gatehouses.

Debra Bowman, 60, who bought the house with her 61-year-old husband Dave, said moving was “one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

The retired energy worker added: ‘Whoever the new owners are they are sure to love the property.

‘It’s a country estate where you feel like you’re in the middle of nature, but you’re only 20 minutes from York or Leeds. It also only takes 30 minutes to clean and who can complain about that!’

The couple, who bought the house in February 2000, are splitting up and selling it for their individual retirement.

Ms Bowman said she “fell in love” with the house and loved to hold barbecues and parties for relatives and neighbors in the surrounding 15 houses.

She added: “[We] formed a nice alliance during the lockdowns and helped each other with shopping, often becoming a real lifeline for each other. Whoever comes after that has a nice community around them.’

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