Bidders stay on the outside looking in

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IT MIGHT seem like a steal, but buyers may have to take estate agents word for it.

The condition of a 15th-century farmhouse on the outskirts of Sheffield which is up for auction with a reserve of £20,000 means that potential bidders are unable to take a look around the property. OOld Hall Farm - which includes two grade II listed barns and 4.1 acres of land in the hamlet of Brightholmlee - can only be viewed from the outside.

James Ross, director of estate agent ELR, said: “We took the unusual decision to reveal the reserve price as we believed it would attract developers from far and wide. We’ve found this to be the case.

The auction takes place on October 13.