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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 May, 2005, 15:23 GMT 16:23 UK
Two-room shack sells for 82,000
Chalet at Belstone
The hut is thought to have been built in the 1920s
A Dartmoor hut with a corrugated roof and no gas, electricity or running water has been sold for 82,000.

The two-room chalet, which was sold at auction, was built in the 1920s and is close to the village of Belstone.

Despite the fact that the property cannot be lived in permanently, there was brisk bidding at the auction at Whiddon Down in Devon on Saturday.

It was bought by a Devon man in his 30s, who said an added attraction was its position on an ancient ley line.

'Sense of magic'

Thought to have been built as an artist's studio in the 1920s, there is just a living room/bedroom and a kitchen, with a natural garden outside.

Auctioneer Mike Dunse, property manager for Rendells estate agents, said: "The indication going into the room was it would sell for between 50,000 and 55,000.

"But there is a sense of magic about this place, and the price sailed past that.

"There were up to a dozen people bidding for it, and it was fast and furious," he said.


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