A seven-bedroom home with period features, swimming pool, sauna and an acre of private gardens may seem like a dream to most, but you could make this dream a reality simply by entering a raffle.
Shamus Fitzsimons and his wife Angie have struggled to sell their luxury home, Dullatar House – located just outside Glasgow – so have decided on an unusual approach to finding a buyer by selling £5 raffle tickets to anyone interested in winning the house.
Dullatur House originated in 1745 and was extended substantially in the late 1800’s to form what is now the Mansion House and West Wing.
The house has a lot of period features and is set in one acre of private landscaped gardens, in the sought after conservation village of Dullatur. The home is full of history and is one of the areas most prestigious addresses, whilst enjoying the added benefit of being an unlisted property.
The house is set in private grounds with a walled garden and 250 year old Monkey Puzzle tree, which unique in the area.
Accessed via a leafy private lane, the property has the advantage of being set within a desirable village yet is only minutes from the M80 and main railway network. It affords near total privacy and tranquility in a conservation village setting.
Shamus told Glasgow Live: “It’s a real cracker of a house. I’ve tried to sell it using through the traditional route of an estate agent for the past 12 months but have had no success.”
“Everyone falls in love with the place because it’s just fantastic but unfortunately we’re fishing in a very small pool of people who can afford to buy it.”
“We noticed someone down south was in a similar predicament and decided to raffle it off, so we thought we’d try that too.”
Shamus and his family will be offering the chance to buy raffle tickets to win their home until December this year, when they will choose a winner after giving a donation from the proceeds to charity.
Shamus added: “I lost my job so we realised we couldn’t afford it and we came to the very tough decision that we’d have to sell it.”
“We reduced the price a couple of times but it was to no avail so we thought, instead of the banks flexing their muscles and repossessing this lovely home, why not take matters into our own hands?”
“Angie is a website designer so it was simple enough for us to set up the online competition.”
“It really is a great opportunity for someone or a family to own an amazing house which is unlisted and is in such a desirable conservation area, mortgage free.”
Shamus added: “If we sell all the tickets by December 9th, we’re planning to donate £25,000 to MacMillan Cancer Support as our way of thanking everyone for their support.”
To enter all you need to do is visit the the website, answer a question about the house and pay your £5 entry fee. The closing date for entries is December 18th, 2017 at 12pm.