Cottage for sale that's so tiny you need to fold your bed away and the toilet is in the garden shed

By Joanne Ridout

Cute cottages in Wales are always popular to have a look inside, in person or virtually, with expectations of little cosy spaces and classic cottage features and interiors.

A traditional cottage is usually in a lovely location too, maybe nestled within the countryside or in the middle of a thriving, historic village.

But the property tour of this little sweetie in Snowdonia won't take long at all; it's tiny.

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This happy little house is located in the tiny hamlet of Pant Glas, on the road from Porthmadog to Caernarfon, so well placed to visit either of these attractive coastal towns.

But the property can easily be called central for all that the gorgeous county of Gwynedd can offer.

It is sandwiched between the splendour of Snowdonia and the unspoilt beauty of Llyn Peninsula and its incredible double coastline; that's a very tasty property sandwich indeed.

And the proposed price of the cottage is a rather tasty offering too, if you are looking for that first rung on the property ladder. The cosy house is going to informal tender for a guide price of just £35,000, but obviously could go for more.

Informal tender is when potential buyers are invited by the seller via their estate agent to submit a competitive and private bid by a set closing date. The seller decides the 'winning' bid and the sale progresses as normal.

So for maybe the price of a new family car you could be picking up the keys to a new home.

If you are the winning bidder the first thing you need to do is google 'how to make a room look bigger' or watch George Clarke's Amazing Spaces property programme which specialises in showcasing clever people who have made small spaces work brilliantly for them.

Multi-functional furniture, smaller dimensions and proportions for furniture and kitchen units, clever storage solutions, thoughtful lighting, the choice of colours, and the introduction of reflective surfaces can all help to maximise a cute space into a hard-working space, maximising its potential.

The cottage has a twin (Google maps)
What a view opposite (Google maps)

Approaching the cottage, the view opposite the house is the first thing that grabs you - it's breathtaking with sheep-filled fields rolling towards and up the majestic mountains on the horizon.

The next element of the location to grab you is the cottage itself, not just that it is a wee little abode but also that is one of a pair of little abodes - it has an identical twin on the other side of the large house sandwiched in the middle of this unique terrace.

This trio of terraces definitely make a visually distinctive addition to the street scene.

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The garden gate in the charming stone front garden wall opens into a front garden that could easily welcome a bistro table or deckchair to the space as a very tempting way to enjoy the expansive view ahead of the cottage.

Then into the cottage itself and straight into the lounge and happy days, it easily accommodates a two-seater sofa and armchair and even a wall cupboard and classic Welsh dresser.

Lounge has space for sofa, chair, cupboard and even a Welsh dresser (rightmove / Bob Parry, Porthmadog)
Folding bed frees up space (rightmove / Bob Parry, Porthmadog)
Labelled as a larder rather than a kitchen (rightmove / Bob Parry, Porthmadog)

The room classed by the estate agent as a bedroom is next to the lounge and at the front of the cottage.

It makes sense that the bed in here appears to be a folding one, as when sleep is done, halving the bed size to create more space in the day to use the room for dressing is helpful.

The estate agent has labelled the rear room behind the bedroom as a larder, and this space can currently offer a sink, fridge and some storage but the water feed is not currently connected.

And that's it for the cottage tour but there's still the rear garden to explore, which is a good-sized courtyard.

It comes with a handy garden shed for storage of all the tools and paint pots the new owner is likely to be bringing to the cottage to update it.

But open the door and there's not too much storage space to play with, as this garden shed is a unique one - it houses the property's only toilet.

That's the mystery of the missing toilet solved then.

What's in the garden shed - tools, paint? (rightmove / Bob Parry, Porthmadog)
Mystery on the missing toilet - it's in the garden shed (rightmove / Bob Parry, Porthmadog)

With no shower or bath, and no indoor toilet facilities, plus a tiny kitchen and bedroom, this property sale is highly likely to be a cash-only purchase due to challenges on raising a mortgage.

As there is space in the rear garden, maybe the cottage could be extended into the garden to create a larger kitchen, bedroom and install a shower room, with some clever design to maximise any additions to the floorplan.

The estate agent describes the cottage as in need of complete renovation so there's work to be done here obviously, so it seems like the perfect time to consider maximising the cottage's layout potential, as well as modernising the electrics, plumbing, heating and windows.

Inside, if building regulations and planning allow, the temptation here would be to explore the possibility of making this a totally open-plan space and with the loft area not currently being utilised, how about investigating opening this space up too and maybe installing a crog-loft mezzanine?

Or how about building a set of bunk beds into a wall storage unit so the vertical space is utilised and move the lounge to the mezzanine - with a roof window installed, the views from the sofa might be amazing.

This Tenby holiday apartment called Min Y Mor has made clever use of wall space with built-in bunk beds (www.itemhome.co.uk)
Obviously this is in a much bigger cottage, but it illustrates that a mezzanine level might be an option (holidaycottages.co.uk)

Obviously there are fire safety regulations to consider, so before anything can change, experts need to be brought in to discuss any future plans for the cottage.

There's no current information available on whether the cottage is listed so it's unlikely, but checking with the agent and making your own investigations is imperative, as any changes then would need listed building consent.

The cottage is being sold by estate agent Bob Parry, who state that the property is to be sold by informal tender and all tenders must be submitted in writing to their Caernarfon office no later than noon on Friday, November 12>

Whoever bags this little cutie is going to be busy with the renovation, but the reward will be a character home in one of the most stunning corners of Wales.

How would you maximise the space? What would you do to the cottage? Let us know in the comments section below.

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