Looking for a new home? You could buy a Scottish village for just €147.000, but you have to deal with a ghost…
Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, a lot of people have been (thinking about) moving. Suddenly, we don’t want to live in tiny apartments amidst busy cities anymore. Instead of that, we want outdoor space. Peaceful quiet. Space to work, live and relax all at once. No wonder the house market has exploded and prices are rising through the roof. However, there are still bargains on the market if you’re willing to make some sacrifices.
If you’ve always dreamt of escaping to the countryside and enjoying nature to the fullest, this might be your ultimate chance. And you don’t even have to have an enormous budget. In the historic county of Perthshire, on the shores of Loch Tay, lies an ancient village called Old Village of Lawers. A village that could be yours for only €147.000 (or £125 000). Yet besides from some semi-ancient native woodland, a mill, trout-fishing rights, a kiln, a private beach and the House of Lawers, the property also comes with a ghost. Yes, you’ve heard that right.
Haunted by the Lady of Lawers
According to the legend, the Lady of Lawers still haunts the village. Even though her existence is disputed, she supposedly lived on the grounds of the Old Village of Lawers in the seventeenth century. Throughout history, she became a local celebrity because of her prophecies. Legend has it she predicted different events, from the collapse of the local church due to a tree to the creation of the railway. They all came true, except for three yet to be fulfilled: “A strange heir will come to Balloch when the Boar’s Stone at Fearnan topples over. A ship driven by smoke will sink in the loch with great loss of life. The time will come when Ben Lawers will become so cold that it will chill and waste the land for seven miles.”
If you’re not afraid of what the Lady of Lawers might have in store for you, however, the 1.34 hectares-big village is quite the bargain. And, like Jon Lambert, partner at selling agents Goldcrest Land and Forestry Group, told Sky News, this is a rare opportunity to buy part of Scotland’s heritage: “The sale offers a unique chance to be the owner and custodian of an area wonderfully rich in history, romance and tradition. The Old Village of Lawers also offers fabulous amenity. The owners can launch a boat on the loch and enjoy fishing, picnicking and camping. It is a very special site.”
Interested? This video gives you a tour of what might be your future home.