Monday 22 October 2018

Couple offer up chance to win luxury six-bedroom mansion in raffle

Dancers Hill House in Barnet, North London is worth more than €5.8 million.

A aerial view of Dancers Hill House near Barnet, north London, which is worth around £5.25 million but is being raffled off (Steve Parsons/PA)
A aerial view of Dancers Hill House near Barnet, north London, which is worth around £5.25 million but is being raffled off (Steve Parsons/PA)

Georgina Stubbs

A couple have decided to raffle off their luxury six-bedroom mansion worth more than £5.25 (€5.8) million after failing to sell it in nine months.

Dancers Hill House is a Georgian grade II listed property which is spread across more than 7,500 square foot of land just inside the M25 on the edge of north London.

It features six bedrooms and bathrooms, two lounges, a cinema room, a gym, a wine room, plus four acres of grounds, including a one and a half acre lake stocked with more than 2,000 fish.

Current owners Nigel and Melanie Walsh said a difficult property market, Brexit and Stamp Duty were hurdles to achieving a sale, so after nine months decided to adopt a creative approach.

Raffling off the property at £13.50 (€15) a ticket after being inspired by similar competitions, Ms Walsh, 65, said it is a “grand old house in lovely surroundings”.

“It is time to move on, and it will be heart wrenching because this is a part of me… it has been a joy, we have had some great fun,” she told the Press Association.

“There is just the two of us now – 7,500 square feet for two people – I mean it is funny, but it is crazy, we just don’t fill it anymore,” she said.

“I just got the feeling the house needed a new family, a new chapter. It has had a fantastic life.”

The mother-of-three said when they bought the house in November 1992, it was in the “most derelict state” and required a lot of work before they moved in in July 1993.

Located just 14 miles (22.5km) from central London, it is within easy access of the capital’s major airports and has been recently renovated.

Ms Walsh said the property has appeared in the children’s television show ChuckleVision, and the 1999 adaptation of Great Expectations was also filmed there.

And in its former lifetime, it has also been used as a school and by the Army as Camp 33 to house Italian prisoners of war in the grounds.

The couple, who have been married for 42 years, have also held birthdays, family gatherings and even their son’s wedding at their property.

Asked who she would like to win the competition, Ms Walsh said: “Someone who will love it as much as we have.

“The people who are buying tickets and entering, I hope and I really mean this sincerely, that they are looking forward to winning Dancers Hill House.

“I would like to see it go to a family who are going to cherish it and have as much fun as we have, and I hope we succeed.”

Those entering the competition have to answer a question and then purchase their ticket.

The draw will be done at random, with the closing date for the competition on December 16 this year, or earlier if all the 600,000 tickets are sold.

For more information and to take part visit www.windancershillhouse.com

Press Association

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