Part of Bodmin Moor put up for sale… complete with a Bronze Age village

March 1, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

The perfect holiday hideaway for Fred Flintstone has gone on sale –  a slice of secluded British moorland with its own Bronze Age village.

The windswept 144-acre plot on Cornwall’s Bodmin Moor has been uninhabited since the previous residents moved out – 4,000 years ago.

It includes the ancient Black Tar Round House settlement where archaeologists have found the remains of 80 Bronze Age huts and houses.

An incredibly rare opportunity has arisen to buy this large, historic slice of Bodmin Moor that is steeped in legend

An incredibly rare opportunity has arisen to buy this large, historic slice of Bodmin Moor that is steeped in legend

The plot has no amenities apart from a lake and an ancient stone shed and the owner would not be allowed to build anything new.

A buyer would also have to share the sparse landscape with sheep and cows because the area has commoners’ grazing rights.

The nearest neighbours live in the nearby hamlet of Temple, site of the historic Temple Church which has a long association with the legendary Knights Templar.

There is also a historic pub, the Jamaica Inn – the smuggler’s haunt made famous by author Daphne du Maurier’s book of the same name – a few miles east.

The Cornish parcel of land is one of 27 lots being sold by Clive Emson, the regional land and property auctioneer, next month

The Cornish parcel of land is one of 27 lots being sold by Clive Emson, the regional land and property auctioneer, next month

The Clive Emson auction house expects the unique plot to fetch between £20,000 and £40,000 when it goes under the hammer on March 21.

Bosses says buyers could use it for recreational purposes or a Bronze Age tourist attraction or visitor centre.

Graham Barton, auctioneer and regular on BBC One’s Homes Under The Hammer, said: “This is an incredibly rare opportunity. It’s a beautiful part of Bodmin Moor steeped in legend and history. An ancient settlement called Black Tor has been uncovered on the land.

“We’re pretty sure that it’s going to tickle the fancy of a broad spectrum of folk for a variety of reasons including those who just want the land for a place to watch the sun rise and fall with little sign of the 21st century.”

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