Couple Selling Their 'Luxury' Cottage In A Raffle For Just £5 A Ticket
A couple are selling their £290,000 cottage in a raffle, with tickets priced at just £5.
Katherine Jablonowska and Ryan Mclean have spent the past two years renovating the two-bed property on the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales, close to Snowdonia National Park.
But now they are ready to find it a new home and have launched an online raffle where one lucky winner will get the 19th century house for the price of pint.
The couple have set a target of 80,000 entries, and are asking people who enter to donate an extra £1 to The Children's Society, which helps protect vulnerable children.
If they hit the target, Ryan and Katherine have pledged to match the total donations themselves.
Katherine, 33, and Ryan, 41, have now set up a website where interested parties can visit and flick through a series of photographs of the home, showing how much it has changed in the past couple of years.
Speaking about the competition, Katherine said: "The idea was in the back of our minds for a few years. We had come across raffles in the news every now and then.
"We thought, 'That's a good idea.' So we spent some time researching it - and thought it was a fantastic way to sell a house.
"It gives someone the chance to get on the property ladder. It's a little piece of heaven."
But it hasn't been an easy journey for the couple, who often worked very long days to get the house up to scratch.
Ryan said: "It's been quite the journey. It took approximately 18 months. It was long, hard days - from 9am to 11pm. It was very much a hands-on project.
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"It started off as a working barn so we tried to keep a few of those features, the ones that were hidden when we bought it.
"We got a lot of ideas from Instagram and YouTube.
"There's a big renovating community - the amount of people willing to share ideas."
In order to pay for the large-scale renovation, the couple took on part-time jobs to supplement their income.
Ryan, a chef by trade, said: "Two years ago, we decided to take a break from it all to do this. It turned out to be exactly what we needed.
"But we had some idea of what we were doing. I did come at this with a decent amount of experience.
"We definitely don't want to give the impression that this kind of renovation is really easy!"
The couple added that they are unsure where they are going to go next as their 'plans have gone out of the window' due to the current situation with coronavirus.
Terms, conditions and further information on competition rules can be found here.
Featured Image Credit: SWNS
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