For sale: Cottage with garden 30ft wide by nearly a mile long

Damian Wilson

Most parents who tell their kids to "go play in the garden" can expect to keep half an eye on what they're up to, but for the new owners of a two-bedroom cottage in Yorkshire, those children could disappear for a couple of days.

Because the garden, a pretty standard 30-foot wide affair, is around three-quarters of a mile long and takes well over half-an-hour to walk up and down. The Gables, a modest little home in Alne, near York, sits on a decent bit of land, and comes in at a decent price too – £340,000 – as retired postmaster Ian Topham and his wife Barbara look for something a bit more manageable.