Inside tiny house on historic estate visited by royalty on sale for £225,000

A tiny historic gatehouse with a kitchen in the basement is on the market for a cool £225,000.

Inside what must be one of Britain's smallest homes are underground country-style living quarters kitted out with a snug but posh bathroom.

The Georgian property is one of two cube-shaped gatehouses on the Grimston Park Estate in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, where generations of royalty have stopped by since the 19th century.

House hunters will be hard pushed to find a smaller detached home to downsize to than the Grade II listed home which its estate agents describe as being "steeped in history".

Measuring at just 10ft 5ins by 8ft 6ins above ground and 408sq ft, clever storage solutions are likely to be needed by whoever moves in.

The home comes complete with underground living quarters and spiral staircase, and is one of two gatehouses that can be found at the entrance of the Georgian country house in the park.

The mezzanine area is finished with olive green wooden planks and vintage-style wall lights.

Down the stairs is the 13ft long basement, complete with tiny living area, kitchen and bathroom kitted out with character furniture.

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The 241 sq ft basement includes yellow walls, a sunroof and tiled flooring.

French doors lead to a sunken garden with shrubs and a seating area.

Its stately exterior is built from Limestone Ashlad blocks and a figure of a warrior can be seen kneeling on the stepped roof.

Outside there is a lawned garden with outdoor furniture and cast iron railings.

The average house price in the market town of Tadcaster is £338,000.

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Grimston Park manor once hosted James VI of Scotland, who visited on his way to becoming the king of England.

It was also utilised by the RAF during the Second World War.

The main property has been converted into luxury housing and a little community, which the new owners of this tiny house can also enjoy.

A spokesman for agents Hunters said: "Steeped in history and built with a Limestone Asher block exterior lies this Grade II listed Georgian gate house opening towards to stunning Grimston Park Estate in a beautiful rural location.

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"This unique detached home has been improved by the current owners and is arranged over two floors, the ground floor and underground living accommodation.

"The current owners have lived in this property for many years and have enjoyed the convenient location and the community that the estate has to offer.

"The estate itself has been visited by many British monarchy since the 1800s and first appeared in the Doomsday Book in 1086.

"The estate boasts stunning countryside and is within reach of the Tadcaster amenities and links to the A64/A1 roads.

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"Rail links in Church Fenton and Ulleskelf a drive away make this the perfect retreat for those who commute to York or Leeds but enjoy the quiet life." Its sister house went up for sale in 2020 for £250,000 with a completely different look.

It boasted a barrel ceilinged cellar bathroom with white mosaic tiles, modern decor and dark wooden accents.

The most striking difference is the stairs – which were straight rather than spiral.

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