‘Tiniest’ cottage goes on sale in Colchester - with no bathrooms or hot water - for £77,000

Property has no indoor bathroom or hot running water

A tiny cottage with no indoor bathroom, marketed as “the smallest house in town”, has gone on sale in Colchester with a guide price of £77,000.

The minuscule property at the end of a Victorian terrace has a living room that is just over 6ft-wide in places and a “kitchenette” with a shallow sink to the rear of the ground floor.

The first floor of the two-storey building has a single bedroom and a narrow landing that could double up as a “study area”, according to estate agents Fenn Wright.

The cottage has been used by its owner for the past 30 years as extra storage for an electrical company, and does not have hot water.

Fenn Wright describes the property as “charming” and includes in its listing the specific dimensions of each part of the house.

The agents say the cottage is “quite possibly the smallest house in the oldest recorded town in England,” and “within easy access of local shops, amenities, schools, the Hythe Railway Station and Essex University”.

Owner Malcolm Cross told the BBC he had been happily using the property on Harwich Road until he decided to retire.

“Unfortunately we haven't got bathroom facilities here,” he said. “We've only got cold water and there's a WC outside.

“I bought it from an elderly lady who lived here with her son. It has been perfect for what I've used it for.”

Because it has been used commercially, the cottage doesn’t have a council tax band – and Mr Cross said prospective owners might like to consider using it in the same way he had.

“I love it to this day,” Mr Cross said. “It would be a nice little cottage for somebody if they were willing to do some work on it.”

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