A cemetery gatehouse with a bird’s eye view of the graveyard has gone on the market for £350,000.
The 163-year-old building at Louth town cemetery in Lincolnshire, has been converted into a quirky three bedroom home.
It has its own turret and viewing platform that gives views of the spooky location and the countryside beyond.
The building had fallen into a star of disrepair after being left unlived in for seven years before the current owners bought it and extensively renovated it.
Now the Grade II listed property is being sold by Crofts Estate Agents via OnTheMarket.
A quirky Victorian cemetery gatehouse with its own turret and a bird’s eye view of the graveyard is on the market for £350,000. The Grade II listed property, located in the Lincolnshire town of Louth, has been fully-modernised throughout
Pictured: There is a bird’s eye view of the main garden and, to the rear, the graveyard which the property overlooks
The home fell into disrepair after it was abandoned for years before the current owners renovated it. Pictured: the living room
The property, which includes three bedrooms, has been completely modernised throughout. Pictured: the modern kitchen
The redbrick structure sits on top of an arched gateway, which used to be the entrance to the main cemetery in the town.
Now the gate underneath leads to the driveway with off-road parking and the gardens, with the cemetery to the rear.
The unusual castellated turret holds the spiral staircase between the floors.
Dany Vere and his partner Catherine Overton, 46, moved into a caravan in the garden for 11 months while renovations to the derelict property were carried out.
Dany, 45, who makes a living as a landlord, said: ‘It was a bit grim – there was no fence when we arrived so we were just living in a graveyard in the middle of winter.
‘The turret has got to be my favourite feature. You can climb up it and view out over Louth and at night you can see all the stars.
The current owners lived in a caravan while the work was being carried out but decided to sell because the market is good
One of the property’s three bedrooms which have been refurbished before the owners put it up for sale in Lincolnshire
On the first floor there is a lounge, kitchen/breakfast room and bathroom, and the floor above has three bedrooms
The property has planning permission for a single-storey side extension. Pictured: the newly-renovated bathroom
‘The best thing is when you chat to somebody local and tell them what you’ve been able to do with the building – you get a great reaction because nobody wants it to be derelict.
‘Everybody who comes loves it and makes positive comments. We have put it on the market because it’s booming at the moment so we thought we’d try it.’
On the first floor there is a lounge, kitchen/breakfast room and bathroom, and the floor above has three bedrooms.
The property has planning permission for a single storey side extension.
From the second floor the spiral staircase leads up to a landing area with a fixed ladder providing access through a hatch and onto the roof of the turret for the best views.
At the front are two sloping banks planted with a variety of flower bulbs and at the rear the garden is over several different levels but mostly lawn.
At the front are sloping banks planted with a variety of flower bulbs and at the rear the garden is over several different levels
From the second floor of the building, the spiral staircase leads up to a landing area with a fixed ladder providing access through a hatch and onto the roof of the turret for the best views of the graveyard and the surrounding countryside
The 163-year-old building has a viewing platform from the turret and panoramic views of the Lincolnshire countryside
None of the cemetery itself is included in the sale.
Vikki Bennett, spokesperson for OnTheMarket, said: ‘The views from this property are stunning and it’s got such character.
‘I love the gardens too and the vendors have done wonders with the inside of the building.
‘Whoever buys it will be taking on a piece of history that is now a cosy and really well-appointed home.’
Rachael Emmerson from Crofts Estate Agents in Louth said: ‘Everyone in Louth knows Gatehouse Lodge and it’s a privilege to be offering it for sale.
‘It’s great that the vendors have been able to make such a lovely home out of a property that was derelict when they bought it.
‘Now it’s best days are ahead of it as a special home for a buyer looking for something unique.’