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Leeds estate agent is flushed with success

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A Leeds estate agent is flushed with success – after selling one of Yorkshire’s most unique homes.

For the Grade II Listed house nestling at Alma Cottages in Headingley, Leeds, boasts its own castellated outside loo – furnished with turrets and battlements in the style of castle

So unusual is the outhouse – sadly now not used for its original purpose – that it featured in the BBC TV programme “How We Built Britain”, in which broadcaster David Dimbleby explored the country’s social and architectural history.

These mid-nineteenth century former workers’ cottage has what the Leeds Pevsner called “one of the grandest outside privies in England; in blocks of two with crenellated parapets”.

The renovated stone cottage has just been sold by specialist North Leeds estate agents Castlehill within five days of going on the market for £225,000.

Director Simon Ketteringham said:

“This is a character stone cottage which has been brought into the 21st century with a tasteful programme of renovation

“But the outbuilding offers a rare glimpse into a different era and is a striking example of Leeds’ heritage.

“It’s truly eye-catching – I have not seen anything like it in my career as an estate agent and it provided a big talking point on viewings.

“And while it is not used for its original purpose, it has potential to add an extra dimension to the property with the right creativity and planning application.”

He added:

“The speed with which the property was sold mirrors the improving health of the sales market generally, as more buyers are returning with both the desire and the money to make an offer.”

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The castellated outside loo

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