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Woman Spends More Than 20 Years Doing Up House She Bought For Just £59

Woman Spends More Than 20 Years Doing Up House She Bought For Just £59

A woman who bought a cottage for just £59 ($74) has spent 22 years turning it into her dream home that's worth almost half a million quid.

Jane Beck, 55, bought the Welsh property back in 1997 and, as you can imagine for the price, it was pretty bloody run down; it was so run down, in fact, that it didn't have running water or electricity.

The property when Jane Beck bought it back in 1997. Credit: Wales News Service
The property when Jane Beck bought it back in 1997. Credit: Wales News Service

Jane said: "We paid £59 for it in 1997 which everyone thought was far too much locally."

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But the mum-of-four could see something in the property and snapped it up before spending years lovingly doing it up to create the beautiful home that's now valued at £450,000 ($569,947).

As well as living in the house with her kids, Jane runs her quilting business from her home and also rents out glamping huts.

Jane says she's not sure how much she has spent doing up the property but says it wasn't all plain sailing whipping the house into shape.

Jane has since spent more than two decades doing it up. Credit: Wales News Service
Jane has since spent more than two decades doing it up. Credit: Wales News Service
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She said: "There were very dark times at the start. My mettle was tested to its breaking point.

"The first night was cold. We slept on a mattress on the floor in the front bedroom - but it was magic.

"Completely unmodernised it was like stepping into the 1930s, no electricity, no water and an outside toilet.

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"On our arrival, a river ran from the back to the front and out of the front door.

"It was dark inside. The garden was very overgrown with yew and laurel obscuring the small windows."

She also runs her business from the property. Credit: Wales News Service
She also runs her business from the property. Credit: Wales News Service

Despite spending years doing it up, Jane says there are still some finishing touches to add.

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"It's taken 22 years to make Emporium what it is now and it's still not finished," she added.

The cottage, near Tregaron in Ceredigion, is thought to date all the way back to 1870 and Jane says she used the house's long history as inspiration for her décor.

"The house was the inspiration," she explained. "Why buy an old house and create a new one? I always wanted to keep it authentic.

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The garden is also pretty swish. Credit: Wales News Service
The garden is also pretty swish. Credit: Wales News Service

"I didn't want to completely lose that romantic ideal and maybe that's a contributing factor to taking so long?

"It's been painted with light and airy colours over the years but I prefer it with deep pigments, creates a bit of theatre; it suits it better."

Featured Image Credit: Wales News Service

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Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]