Inside derelict ‘Hansel and Gretel’ cottage abandoned in woods could be yours for £275k

This derelict three-bedroom “Hansel and Gretel” cottage in a remote woodland has gone up for auction for £275,000.

Grasshopper Cottage in Dorset appears frozen in time as it was built in the 1870s and is covered in tree foliage and ivy.

The previous owner left the Victorian property five years ago and it has been compared to the witch’s cottage in the Hansel and Gretel because of its settings.

The three-bedroom house built in the 1870s has been likened to the witch’s cottage in the Grimm’s fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel” due to its setting.

Estate agents selling the cottage have said it is a “unique opportunity” for potential homebuyers, but there is a long list of renovations needed to make the property a home.

It has a partly caved-in roof, smashed windows throughout, there is no main gas or water, there are exposed walls and floorboards inside, and the roof needs urgent repairs.

New owners could knock down the property and start again as the cottage is not listed.

Estate agent Meredith Holmes, of Symonds & Sampson, said the cottage would be worth at least double its guide price once renovated.

The 877 square feet of the house comes with an entrance hall, two reception rooms, kitchen, pantry, utility and bathroom on the ground floor.

There are three bedrooms on the first floor.

The property also has two sheds and a workshop as part of the grounds, which are just under an acre.

Potential owners will be in a secluded location with farmland views – if they cut back the trees in the garden.

Meredith said the previous owner was a hoarder and it would be a “huge job” to restore it.

She added: “We’ve had some people looking at it who would demolish it and start again but the majority of people viewing it want to restore it and live in it themselves.”

Meredith said this home would be a “unique opportunity for someone”.

She added: “It’s literally like stepping back in time, some people have described it as a Hansel and Gretel house.

“It would take somebody a long time to get it right.

“I think the guide price is a realistic value taking into consideration the work needed, but the thing with auctions is you never know what people are willing to pay.

“It’s very difficult to say what it could be worth done up but I think we would be looking at double the guide price easily.”