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150-year-old Vermont cottage on sale for just $149,000 comes with hidden JAIL CELLS


LOCKDOWN proving tough? This quaint cottage in Vermont has just the feature to make sticking to the rules a little simpler – SEVEN original jail cells.

The unique family home close to the Canadian border has gone on the market for $149,000 with a very quirky feature.

The cottage on Courthouse Drive in Guildhall, Vermont, hides a quirky secret

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The cottage on Courthouse Drive in Guildhall, Vermont, hides a quirky secretCredit: Joe Martin Photography
Rusty barred doors and creaky bedsteads feature in seven jail cells at the former jailhouse

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Rusty barred doors and creaky bedsteads feature in seven jail cells at the former jailhouse Credit: Joe Martin Photography
A bit of reno is required on the cells at the $149,000 cottage in Courthouse Drive, Guildhall

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A bit of reno is required on the cells at the $149,000 cottage in Courthouse Drive, GuildhallCredit: Joe Martin Photography

With its white clapboard façade, pitched roof and jolly green shutters, the cottage in the town of Guildhall could be straight out of a fairy tale.

But attached to the north wall of the cute home is a former jail with seven original prison cells complete with rusty barred windows and creaky bedsteads, as well as a jailer’s office.

Ripe for renovation, the estate agency Realtor.com urges potential buyers to “bring your own ideas on what this 28ft x 40ft wing could be!”.

Built in 1878, the main house served as the jailer’s residence with lags sent to the attached former Essex County Jail until 1969.

With its address on Courthouse Drive, close to the village green, there’s plenty of prison history in the walls of the 2,190 sq ft property.

The prison cells even have bars stopping lags escaping through the sash windows

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The prison cells even have bars stopping lags escaping through the sash windowsCredit: Joe Martin Photography
The 28ft x 40ft former Essex County Jail is attached to the north wall of the quaint cottage

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The 28ft x 40ft former Essex County Jail is attached to the north wall of the quaint cottageCredit: Joe Martin Photography
Buyers can imagine they are back in the old jailer's office at the home in Courthouse Drive, Guildhall

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Buyers can imagine they are back in the old jailer’s office at the home in Courthouse Drive, GuildhallCredit: Joe Martin Photography

Real estate agent Jennifer Allen told the Daily Mail that while the jail is “fully intact” it has deteriorated and needs work.

With its creepy, cobweb-covered barred doors that run floor-to-ceiling, dusty toilets and sinks, and exposed plaster where the paint has chipped off the walls, it’s no renovation for the faint-hearted.

“There are some historic things—like the old brick—that wouldn’t be able to be taken out, but somebody could take out the bars and turn it into living space,” said Allen.

“It would be great to see somebody buy it that would want to create something out of the jail. I’d love to find a buyer that would be able to bring the jail back so it’s a usable space again.”

The dormer over the jail has already been repaired, so that’s the first step of the reno complete.

But set in almost an acre of idyllic gardens, surrounded by forests and mountains, the house has plenty of other charms.

The house is set in almost an acre of beautiful Vermont land

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The house is set in almost an acre of beautiful Vermont landCredit: Joe Martin Photography
Any budding Todd English will love the replica antique cook stove

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Any budding Todd English will love the replica antique cook stove Credit: Joe Martin Photography
There's no trace of the dusty old jail cells in the bright and spacious dining room

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There’s no trace of the dusty old jail cells in the bright and spacious dining roomCredit: Joe Martin Photography

A replica antique cook stove takes pride of place in the updated kitchen, with its large island and modern appliances.

Character spills through the rest of the family home, with large windows allowing in lots of natural light alongside stunning wooden wainscoting throughout the downstairs living rooms.

Keen cooks will love the walk-in pantry and spacious dining room, while four bedrooms and two bathrooms mean there is a ton of space for a family.

Having last sold for $75,000 in 2018, the potential in this unconventional home is simply cell-ossal.

The bedrooms in the main family home look more comfy than the rickety bedsteads in the attached Essex County Jail

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The bedrooms in the main family home look more comfy than the rickety bedsteads in the attached Essex County JailCredit: Joe Martin Photography
The bathrooms in the main house are a far cry from the dingy and dirty toilets in the jail

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The bathrooms in the main house are a far cry from the dingy and dirty toilets in the jailCredit: Joe Martin Photography
Charming Vermont character runs through the home in Courthouse Drive, Guildhall

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Charming Vermont character runs through the home in Courthouse Drive, GuildhallCredit: Joe Martin Photography
Completely normal looking house for sale comes with a chilling secret – it has its own PRISON





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