Couple raffling off cottage they spent two years renovating – for £5 a ticket

Fancy owning a property for just a fiver? Now’s your chance.

A couple are raffling of the two-bedroom cottage they spend two years renovating for just £5 a ticket.

The home, originally biuilt in the early 1800s, sits on the outskirts of Snowdonia National Park on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales.

Katherine Jablonowska and Ryan Mclean purchased the property in 2018 and began turning the former working barn into a luxurious, peaceful home – working 14-hour days on the project.

Now they’re selling it off through a competition to raise some money for charity.

Katherine, 33, and Ryan, 41, have created a website dedicated to the sale, titled ‘Cwellyn Dream’ – with a tagline of ‘£5 could change your life’.


The competition is open now, with a target of 80,000 entries. A winner will be drawn on September 30.

The couple are asking people who enter to donate an extra £1 to The Children’s Society, which helps protect vulnerable children. They have then pledged to match all donations if the ticket total is hit.

Katherine said: ‘The idea was in the back of our minds for a few years. We had come across raffles in the news every now and then.

‘We thought: “That’s a good idea”. So we spent some time researching it – and thought it was a fantastic way to sell a house.

‘It gives someone the chance to get on the property ladder. It’s a little piece of heaven.’

The property is pretty lovely, with two double bedrooms offering stunning countryside views, a dining area with a bespoke kitchen, and a bathroom with a lovely claw-foot tub.

Ryan said: ‘It’s been quite the journey. It took approximately 18 months.

‘It was long, hard days – from 9am to 11pm. It was very much a hands-on project.

‘It started off as a working barn so we tried to keep a few of those features, the ones that were hidden when we bought it.

‘We got a lot of ideas from Instagram and YouTube.

‘There’s a big renovating community – the amount of people willing to share ideas.’


Chef Ryan and hospitality manager Katherine took on part-time jobs in the local area to supplement their incomes while they carried out the renovation.

He added: ‘Two years ago, we decided to take a break from it all to do this. It turned out to be exactly what we needed.

‘But we had some idea of what we were doing. I did come at this with a decent amount of experience.

‘We definitely don’t want to give the impression that this kind of renovation is really easy!’

To enter the competition and read through all the terms and conditions, head to the Cwellyn Dream website.

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