Is this Britain's smallest detached house?

A detached house measuring 359 square feet is on the market: is it the smallest in the UK?

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Have you ever dreamed of owning a detached home, but thought that you don't have the budget to cover it? Well this could be your lucky day, because a detached property has gone on the market in Sheffield for just £99,000. The only slight downside is that it's a bit on the small side. In fact it's just a tiny 359 square feet, and features a kitchen/living room, bathroom, and (somehow) a double bedroom. It is being called the smallest detached house in the country.

The home is being marketed by Haybrook estate agents. They say it's a converted Coach House in the grounds of a huge Victorian pile - which has since been turned into flats. Bizarrely, the property also comes with a detached garage - which is pretty huge. It could come in handy if you have any belongings that won't squeeze into the main property.

A spokesperson told the Daily Mirror that this is the smallest detached house they've ever seen, but is it the smallest in the UK?

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It is a long way from being the smallest. That title belongs to Thimble Hall in Youlgrave in Derbyshire, which is officially the world's smallest detached house.

It only has two rooms, uses a ladder as a staircase, and has no running water, bathroom or kitchen. It is owned by the Fredericks Family (who made their fortune in ice cream), and they have plans to use it to house the world's largest thimble collection. The entire property is 11 feet 10 inches by 10 feet 3 inches - and it's only 12 feet 2 inches tall.

The coach house is also a long way shy of being the smallest inhabited house in the country. A hot contender for this title went on the market earlier this year, when a converted storage shed in Islington was put up for sale at £275,000. At 188 square feet it was smaller than some family tents, and the bed was only squeezed into the property by putting it on a platform suspended over the kitchen.

Flats, meanwhile, come far smaller. The tiniest we have come across to date is 7 foot 6 inches by three foot 4 inches, and was made from a storage cupboard in Notting Hill during the property boom of the 1980s. The studio flat hasn't been on the market recently but is said to be worth in excess of £100,000.

But what do you think? Is living on a smaller scale a great way to cut back on excess and live within your means, or would it drive you potty?

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