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.
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.
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.
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.