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Estate agent asked to sell the most 'compact' residence of his 45-year career

PUBLISHED: 12:09 18 July 2019 | UPDATED: 18:01 18 July 2019

Sheringham estate agent Clive Hedges with the model village he has been asked to sell.
Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham estate agent Clive Hedges with the model village he has been asked to sell. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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It's a 'bijou' residence with 'compact' accommodation and no onward chain, and with a railway track on its doorstep, it is very convenient for transport links.

Some of the cottages featured in the model village on sale at Norfolk estate agents Arnolds Keys' Sheringham branch.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLSome of the cottages featured in the model village on sale at Norfolk estate agents Arnolds Keys' Sheringham branch. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

But, while it may be a rural idyll in a highly sought after area, the latest property Norfolk estate agent Clive Hedges has been asked to market has a somewhat niche appeal.

"It is actually a complete model village," Mr Hedges explained. "We were asked to go and value a house by a gentleman who wanted to downsize to a flat and when he said he was going to dispose of the village as he wouldn't have space, I just couldn't let that happen."

The village pub.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe village pub. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Mr Hedges, who is a partner at Arnolds Keys and runs the firm's Sheringham office, suggested selling the village, which has a church, a pub, a farm and a working model train, and donating half the proceeds to Nelson's Journey, which supports bereaved children and young people.

However, the owner agreed to give the full sale price to the Norfolk charity, which staff at Arnolds Keys' seven Norfolk offices are supporting this year with events ranging from a 82-mile bike ride, to a pub quiz and cake sale.

A row of terraced cottages featured in the model village on sale at Norfolk estate agents Keys Arnolds' Sheringham branch. Picture: KAREN BETHELLA row of terraced cottages featured in the model village on sale at Norfolk estate agents Keys Arnolds' Sheringham branch. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Mr Hedges, who sold his first house - a two bedroomed detatched bungalow in Cromer - for £12,500 in the mid-1970s, said that while the model village was possibly the smallest property he had marketed in his 45-year career, it was by no means the quirkiest.

Other unusual sales have included a village church, Norfolk's smallest house - a tiny one-up-one-down barely large enough to fit a double bed - and Sheringham's Victorian former police station, which, with two cells round the back, he advertised as boasting 'secure accommodation'.

The miniature signal box featured in the model village on sale at Norfolk estate agents Keys Arnolds' Sheringham branch.
Picture: KAREN BETHELL
Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe miniature signal box featured in the model village on sale at Norfolk estate agents Keys Arnolds' Sheringham branch. Picture: KAREN BETHELL Picture: KAREN BETHELL

He also sold a large dolls' house for a local family 15 years ago, with part of the proceeds going to Sheringham Salvation Army, and is hoping the model village, which has its own two centimetre-square for sale sign, will attract a good deal of interest.

"I don't really know how much it's worth, but we have had an enthusiast look at it and as it is being sold for such a good cause, I would be very disappointed if it didn't fetch £200," Mr Hedges said.

The for sale sign in the front garden one of the houses featured in a model village on sale at Arnolds Keys, Sheringham. Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe for sale sign in the front garden one of the houses featured in a model village on sale at Arnolds Keys, Sheringham. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

To view the model village, visit Arnolds Keys, Station Road, Sheringham or phone 01263 822373.

The for sale sign in the front garden one of the houses featured in a model village on sale at Arnolds Keys, Sheringham. Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe for sale sign in the front garden one of the houses featured in a model village on sale at Arnolds Keys, Sheringham. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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