A STUNNING rural cottage with a dark former life has gone on sale for £725,000.
The Grade II listed property was built on the site of a plague graveyard in the Derbyshire village of Eyam – where three quarters of residents succumbed to the disease in the 17th century.
Villagers selflessly quarantined themselves for a year in September 1665 so as not to spread the deadly plague to outsiders.
The disease – which is thought to have been brought to the village on a piece of cloth – claimed the lives of 260 residents.
Deaths reached six a day, with one woman losing six children and a husband in just over a week.
The village graveyard was shut and bodies were dragged into fields for burial.
In the 18th century the tombstones on the site were removed and a coaching inn was built.
There is a plaque on the outside of the four-bedroom cottage commemorating its former tragic purpose.
The new owners of the cottage will acquire a wealth of traditional features including shutters, sash windows, stone walls, exposed beams and a salting slab in the stone cellar.
The house has its own private rear driveway leading to a large area of off-road parking and around a third of an acre of land.
Downstairs there is an entrance hall with access to the cellar and a large cloakroom, a drawing room, dining room and a bespoke kitchen/breakfast room.
Off the kitchen is a pantry and a large utility room.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms including a master suite and a family bathroom.
On the second floor there is another large bedroom with an en suite bathroom.
The pretty Peak District cottage is surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Eyam village today maintains its community spirit with cafes, shops, a pub, doctor’s surgery, junior school and village institute.
And residents have been reliving history during coronavirus lockdown.
They too have been in quarantine like their historical counterparts in 1665.
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Nathan White, of estate agent Purple Bricks, said: “The house is a bit of a Tardis-type place and is much bigger than it first looks.
“The owner is moving for work reasons and I think it would be an ideal purchase for a family looking to leave London after lockdown.
“You would have all the garden you could want here and then you can just step out of your home and be in the beautiful Peak District National Park.”