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Mansion and fittings could be yours for just £1

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 26, 2012

  • Dave Rogers, vice chairman of the Torbay Hospital League of Friends, with the amazing £4,000 dolls' house which is first prize in the League's Christmas raffle. Left, some of the hand-made characters and furniture in the ten-room mansion

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A stunning and impeccably furnished ten-room mansion is being raffled for just £1 – and it will make the perfect home, for anyone under four inches tall.

Every detail of the three-storey building is perfect, and is all the more remarkable for being a downscaled replica.

The dolls' house was a labour of love for an elderly Torquay couple, who went to great lengths to create tiny accessories for each room. It is the top prize in a raffle in aid of Torbay Hospital's League of Friends next month.

League vice-chairman Dave Rogers said: "What an amazing Christmas present this will be for some young girl or boy. It will be like having their own Downton Abbey for some lucky youngster."

The house has been conservatively valued at £4,000, but raffle tickets will be sold for just £1 each. "Every room is fully furnished and they have lovingly hand-crafted each tiny piece. Even the toilet roll in the loo is made of real paper," Mr Rogers said.

The couple, who want to remain anonymous, made another dolls' house for the League's Christmas raffle two years ago.

The home also comes complete with its own intriguing family background, which came to light while the couple were constructing their masterpiece. Mr Rogers said: "They discovered that who they thought was the lady's distant cousin in Yorkshire turned out to be her brother. And by an incredible coincidence his hobby is making dolls' houses too."

Tickets will be priced at £1, and will go on sale on October 8. The draw will be made on December 14. Anyone wanting to buy tickets, or sell them on behalf of the League, should call 07814 403279

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