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Hot offer: home that will suit someone to a tea

LIFTING THE LID: The quirky teapot design is being sold as seen.
LIFTING THE LID: The quirky teapot design is being sold as seen.

detached. Location: negotiable. A moveable teapot-shaped house made out of recycled material has been put on the market for a guide price of £10,000.

Sculptor Ian Hunter's two-storey building is described as one of Scotland's oddest properties and buyers could have to cart it to their own location away from its current site near Melrose in the Scottish Borders.

However, a dismantle and rebuild service deal could also be struck as part of the unusual package. Selling agents Rettie & Co said the teapot could be used as anything from a quirky fishing hut to a "hobbit hideaway".

The teapot, which is 21ft in diameter, has stood on the site at the village of Lilliesleaf for more than 12 years and was originally used to dry wood for Mr Hunter's sculptures.

He recently turned it into a summer house but, because the lease on his cottage is running out, he needs to sell the teapot.

Mr Hunter said the structure is well-received by visitors.

He said: "Everyone who sees it smiles. It has an effect on everyone.

"Once you're inside it's very peaceful and relaxed.

"I just want a good home for it. It's a fantastic summer house."

Mr Hunter made the teapot using reclaimed wood.

The unusual design came about by accident, he said, as he was using curved struts of timber from a nearby mill.

He added: "The material dictated what shape it was going to be."

Rettie & Co said in its schedule: "If you fancy something a little bit different this year then this fantastic and undoubtedly unique multi-functional two-storey space could be just what you have been looking for and could be put to any number of uses.

"The Magical Teapot would make a fabulous addition to any visitor attraction - as a feature for a children's playground; as a quirky fishing hut; as a reception area, tea room or exhibition space; as a VIP lounge and viewing platform or press office at any outdoor event or simply the most enchanting 'hobbit hideaway'. Sold as seen for collection by purchaser. Supervised dismantling and re-erection service also available by separate negotiation."

While the structure doesn't rank with the more permanently unusual Dunmore Pineapple near Falkirk - which has been called Scotland's most bizarre building - it has been described as one of the strangest.

The design includes a gangway door in the spout leading to the lower floor, and the stairs to the upper floor are in the handle.

The sculptor made another version of the teapot house at one stage but it was vandalised.

The teapot's lid can be opened to allow light and air in, and the structure can be dismantled into sections and rebuilt in a different location. The building has no insulation but could be adapted to include services such as water and electricity depending on its destination.

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