October 12, 2017

Scottish Woman giving away her £1.7million six-bed mansion for just £25 – if you can complete this simple crossword

by Neha Monga

A Scottish woman is offering her £1.7 million six-bedroom Georgian mansion boasting a nine-hole golf course and helicopter pad if you can tackle a Christmas-themed crossword.

To be in with a chance of winning this staggering prize in Aberdeenshire, located on the east coast of Scotland, entrants need to stump up £25 ($42) and get their thinking caps on.

The crossword punters need to sell. Picture: mrmike-photography.net

Donna Pirie, 54, the current owner of the mansion, is hoping to raise £1m ($1.3m) for Scottish-based charity The Yard, who run adventure play services for youngsters with disabilities and their families in the east of Scotland.

Donna’s mansion. Picture: mrmike-photography.net

The house boasts four reception rooms, six ensuite bedrooms, two cloakrooms, tennis courts and a helicopter landing pad, a gym and a half-mile private drive with electric gates.

The master bedroom. Picture: mrmike-photography.net

That’s not all! Donna is also offering to pay all the bills – including the wages for a housekeeper and gardener – for the first year, as well as stamp duty and £2,000 ($2,600) towards legal fees.

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There are also three runner up prizes of £10,000 ($13,000) cash.

The spa bath. Picture: mrmike-photography.net

Donna who bought the home eight years ago, has decided to downsize after both her children moved out.

Donna said she plans to spend time with her married daughter Hollie, 31, in New York, but at the moment she’s not looking to buy another home. She added: ‘I just thought that I have the chance to do something for charity here.’

“If you get an opportunity to make a difference then it makes life worthwhile. My kids had moved out and I obviously considered selling the place but I changed my mind.”

The kitchen. Picture: mrmike-photography.net

“I wasn’t really sure what to do. I then saw a story down in England about a man who raffled off his property.”

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She thinks that doing it this way will mean she gets back the value of her property, and the charity benefit, too.

Donna added: “I had the idea that I could do a prize competition and also help out a charity. It’s all being done with good intentions.

One of Donna’s daughters bedrooms. Picture: mrmike-photography.net

“Once the value of the prize has been deducted from the total entries, the residual money will be given as a donation.

“£5 from every entry will be given to The Yard, while it is intended that any remaining balance will be given as private donations.

“I wanted to do it for a small charity and a Scottish-based charity so that’s why I’ve chosen The Yard. The money will go towards projects they are working on which will be fantastic.”

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The light and airy kitchen has a breakfast bar, large dresser and plenty of storage amid appliances including a coffee maker 

Donna is hoping for 150,000 entries before the competition closing date on December 1, meaning she will be able to hand at least £1 million over to The Yard.

If she receives fewer than 150,000 entries, she will then decide whether to reformat the competition to offer only cash as prizes, rather than her home.

Furnishings including White Company bed linen and antique furniture will also be thrown in as part of the prize

The website has so far had thousands of visitors looking to put their name in for the luxurious property.

The draw will be made on December 3.

Unfortunately, the competition is only open to residents in England, Wales and Scotland, aged 18 years or over.

Outdoors there is a BBQ grill ideal for al fresco dining under the canopied back terrace, with a giant fire pit in the secret garden      


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