British couple buy ramshackle hamlet in Normandy for 25,000 euros and plan to turn it into a luxury travel destination

For this couple, it’s a unique opportunity to realize their dream of owning a property.

A British couple bought a hamlet in France for a pittance, as reported The Sun. Paul Mappley and Yip Ward, two 48-year-old landscapers, bought the hamlet of La Buslière in Normandy for only £22,000 (26,193.97 euros precisely).

The hamlet, located in the town of Saint-Cyr-du-Bailleul (Manche), houses a row of cottages, two barns, stable, workshop, well, cider press and communal bread oven, all surrounded by two acres of land.

They lived in a trailer

In the show Help, We Bought a Villagebroadcast Monday on the British channel Channel 4!, the couple let it be known that they wanted to turn the corner into a luxury vacation destination.

Previously, they lived in a trailer in England that belonged to a friend of theirs. For the couple, the prospect of buying a home did not “never [été] on the table”.

But, after their friend told them he would be selling the trailer they were living in, the couple needed to find a new home.

The chance of their life

In 2021, they discover this hamlet which once housed agricultural workers and learn from the owners that it is for sale. Neither one nor two, this couple sees in this hamlet the chance of a lifetime to acquire property.

And BAlthough the renovation project is expensive and time-consuming, the couple said they were happy to take on the challenge. “We don’t have a lot of money to do this, but we would like to be able to try to get it to a point where it doesn’t fall apart,” said one of the owners before adding: “Owning any building is a big dream, but something like this with so much history is an incredible feeling, we are very lucky to be able to do this. It was never intended for us.”

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