Idyllic homes worth £700,000 with hot tub and sauna could be yours for just £3


A couple are putting two properties with a sauna, hot tub and baby grand piano up for raffle, with tickets only costing £3.

The converted properties are located in Wales’ southern Snowdonia and have been valued at £700,000.

Martin and Sue Stephenson have decided to give both the Jerusalem Vestry and their 5-star holiday let, Capel Jerusalem, which sleeps 10, to whoever’s ticket is chosen, Liverpool Echo reports.

Taken together, the homes have seven en-suite bedrooms and are fully furnished.

The couple bought the building 16 years ago as a disused chapel that was in a state of disrepair.

Martin said: “We didn’t really know what we were going to do with it, we just knew that it needed rescuing.

“We’d done a couple of renovation projects, which basically meant we’d lived in a series of building sites, but we’d never tackled anything on this scale before.”

He added: “Our original planning application was for six one-bed homes, as we fully expected the planners to want us to convert it into affordable housing.

“However, they insisted on it being just two houses.

“The building was so large that this presented a challenge in itself, but it also gave us the opportunity to create two luxury homes, whilst preserving some of the character of the building, such as the beautiful ceiling details.”

Sue explained how much graft had gone into making the homes perfect.

“It really was a case of blood, sweat and tears…. and our life savings,” she said.

“For the first two years of development, we were both working full time.

“At weekends we’d travel to Snowdonia to project manage and do whatever we could on-site.

“Once the vestry was habitable we closed our businesses, so we could move into it and concentrate on the conversion.

“We sold our home in Shropshire to fund the rest of the work on the chapel.”

Martin used his expertise and construction knowledge to get every design detail absolutely perfect and Sue, having spent many years working with a renewable heating company, was involved in the design of an efficient and affordable heating system.

She installed underfloor heating, solar panels and an Air Source Heat Pump.

Martin said: “The heating system took a large chunk of the budget, but with such large spaces it’s important to get an even heat, from a system that’s affordable to run.

“It’s a brilliant, eco-friendly system and well worth the investment.”

During lockdown the couple decided to move closer to family.

Rather than selling the home, they decided to give the property to someone via a prize draw.

Sue, a former marketing consultant, said: “A few years ago we put together a joint bucket list.

“It included visiting the Great Wall of China, appearing as extras in TV & film and sword fighting in Japan.

“We also wanted to raise a large amount of money for charity.

“Having completed most items on the bucket list, the prize draw will help us tick the charity box, as well as creating a life-changing opportunity for someone.

“It really is a win-win situation.”

Some of the money from the draw will go towards the Alzheimer’s Society.

Martin explained: “We have sadly lost two relatives to this terrible disease and my dad was diagnosed with dementia a couple of years ago.

“The aim is to sell enough tickets to be able to donate £100,000 to Alzheimer’s Society, to help them in the important research and support services that they offer.

“So far we’ve sold more than 50,000 tickets. This is when it gets interesting.

“We have built a good following on social media, we have a marketing plan in place and we have a monthly prize draw and free ticket scheme, to encourage everyone who’s entered to spread the word.

“The closing date is 11 December and the draw will take place on 18 December 2020.”

Martin and Sue are moving back to their native Yorkshire to be close to elderly parents and grandchildren.

Martin added: “We always planned to move back to Yorkshire, due to family ties, but we have loved living in Snowdonia.

“It’s been a beautiful place to spend lockdown.”