Warning: make sure you’ve finished your lunch or dinner before looking further.
A four-bedroom house in the southeastern corner of Britain has been listed for sale in a condition likely to make most house hunters squirm. And that’s because the rooms are covered nearly top to bottom in pigeon droppings.
The three-level home in the English county of Devon has no staircase to the upper levels, with one of the floors accessible only by ladder.
Much of the property is filled with old furniture, rubbish and debris, most of which is also covered in bird poo.
On the market for the first time in 40 years, the home has been advertised as a renovation project “not for the faint hearted” and the selling agents are not allowing internal viewings.
Pigeon droppings are known to be hazardous in large quantities and can cause fungus infections and histoplasmosis, which can be fatal.
Due to the home’s rundown state, it is due to go to auction in early April with price expectations of just £45,000 ($84,000).
The property is to be sold “as seen”.
Information provided in the property listing by sales agency Webbers explained that there are several areas of rot and dampness within the property and it requires a complete refit.
“As a result of the works required, we can almost certainly say that the property is not suitable for mortgage lending purposes,” the listing said.
“(It) is in a very poor state of repair with some areas open to the elements and the bay windows in a state of dilapidation and in need of rebuilding.”
It is understood the home was lived in until last year but it is not clear how it became so dilapidated.
The property is located in the seaside resort town of Ilfracombe, which was a popular spot for British domestic tourists in the 1950s.
The home occupies an elevated position within the oldest part of the town and is about a hundred metres from the sea.