Water way to enjoy the view

A former lock keeper's lodge on the banks of the River Don at Long Sandall will go under the hammer this month in a unique buying opportunity.
A former lock keeper's lodge on the banks of the River Don at Long Sandall will go under the hammer this month in a unique buying opportunity.
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Anyone who likes messing about on boats - and DIY - might be interested in a property with an idyllic riverside setting near Doncaster.

The former lock keeper’s home on the banks of the River Don will go under the hammer this month in a unique buying opportunity.

It is in the hamlet of Long Sandall, off Clay Lane.

The lock keeper’s cottage is a detached three-bedroom property in an ‘enviable setting’ close to the canal and river waterways north-east of Doncaster. The unusual property will be up for sale at the Blundells auction on May 22 at the Doubletree by Hilton Sheffield Park Hotel and the auctioneers expect bids to reach more than £75,000.

The two-storey dormer bungalow is in a good-sized plot with lawned gardens to all sides.

A driveway provides off-road parking and gated access leading directly to the canal area and locks.

As well as the three bedrooms, the property has a lounge, breakfast kitchen, dining room and bathroom.

But Blundells warn the living space ‘requires some repair and refurbishment’ work.

The property is expected to attract interest at auction because of its unusual setting and potential, as well as its easy access to motorway networks, shops, schools and other local amenities.

Lucy Crapper, senior auctioneer at Blundells’ Auction House, said: “This is a unique opportunity to purchase a building full of potential in a really enviable setting.

“The property is likely to interest not only the residential buyer wanting an idyllic setting for a home, but also a canal boat owner wanting a more permanent residence which incorporates access to their boat or barge.

Viewing is strongly advised to appreciate the wonderful setting of this house.”