PICTURED: The Nottingham house for sale - complete with its own cave in the garden
IT'S fairies that are sometimes found at the bottom of the garden.
But there's a house in The Park which has something almost as unusual – its very own cave.
And later this month, the three-bedroom detached house in Fishpond Drive could be yours.
Savills is due to auction off the house, which has a guide price of £300,000 to £350,000.
The cave is believed to have been in use since Victorian times, while the house itself dates back to the 1940s.
Bob Crocker, director and auction co-ordinator at Savills, said: "The cave was built by the Victorians who, I'm told, just loved utilising these caves for parties. To find one of this size is quite unique.
"Because it's on two or three levels it's about 20 to 25ft deep.
"We did our first viewings at the weekend and we had eight people look round."
The cave has a fireplace, chimney, and windows.
There are also recesses set into the sandstone.
The house itself is believed to have been built for the former owners of Sisson and Parkers, the well known Nottingham retailer.
Mr Crocker said: "Increasing numbers of auction attendees are seeking to acquire a home for themselves.
"We have properties at all price ranges for this sale and we're expecting good interest from these owner occupiers as well as investors."
As for possible uses for the cave, he added: "You could use it as a garden room but you couldn't live in it without the relevant permissions."
The house is owned by Maisie Stamper.
Linda Robinson, a friend of Mrs Stamper for 50 years, said: "Maisie used to open her garden as part of the annual Park Gardens charity event.
"When my daughter Rachel, now 28, was about four years old, she and a friend would sell cakes and give tours of the cave during the event.
"In later years, Maisie used it as a home for the foxes – she had around six or seven that used to visit."
The sale is at Nottingham Racecourse on Thursday, March 21, at 2pm.
The house and cave are among 24 lots up for sale.
For a catalogue call the Savills auction department on 0115 934 8080.
For more about the house, see Thursday's Property Post.