Mansion abandoned for 40 years with owner’s red dress still in wardrobe for sale

An eerie abandoned mansion complete with a red dress hanging in the wardrobe has gone up for sale.

For almost 50 years "Red Dress Manor" has stood derelict – but it is far from empty.

The huge four bedroom home dates back to 1725, having last had occupants in the 1970s, Wales Online reports.

The former dairy farm, dubbed Red Dress Manor by locals, is officially called Calcott hall in Llanymynech, Powys, Mid Wales.

Now the Grade Two listed mansion has been put up for sale – and could be yours for just £700,000.

It is a bit of a fixer-upper as it has been battered by vandals and extreme weather in the past.

A 2.3 acre estate, Red Dress Manor has gained national notoriety for its eerie interiors.

The house has stood untouched since its previous owner, Ellen Jones, died.

And many of her earthly belongings remain in place.

Local legend claims Ellen died in the house and so the property has been visited in the past by investigating paranormal groups.

And haunting images have captured the imagination of people for years.

A striking red bridesmaid dress remains hung in the wardrobe, hence where the creepy estate gets its name.

A photograph of Ellen wearing the dress was also hanging on the wall in one of the bedrooms.

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Sadly the picture and the original dress appear to have been taken, although another red dress has mysteriously turned up to replace it.

But that was not the only early possession of Ellen’s to be left on the haunting estate.

Sheets remain on the bed and a floral wallpaper is still decorating the bedroom.

Where the wallpaper has begun to wear, heavy stone covers the walls, a reminder of the original interior when the dairy farm was first built.

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Love letters and notes from friends strewn the floor and haven't been read for almost 40 years, their personal messages now forgotten.

Family snaps line the fireplace, black and white images of people long dead, as dust covers arms chairs and their cushions.

And in the kitchen there are drawers still full of cooking utensils, washing-up in the sink, an old free-standing cooker and a large freezer.

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The living room appears to still have an armchair and a 1930s fireplace, a smashed television and the casing of a grandfather clock.

Over the years the property has been vandalised and many of the items and original features have either been taken or attacked.

Now the property is too dangerous to explore inside, with multiple holes in the roof and collapsing floors right down into the cellar.

Unbelievably, despite the vandals and the ravages of the weather and nature invading the property, there are some surviving original features from different eras to discover and hopefully restore, within the listed building and planning consents.

The property has been on Save Britain's Heritage "at risk" register for many years.

According to the estate agent selling the site, the property is currently progressing through a planning application to completely renovate the main house and convert the barns into up to seven residential homes.

The sale of the site comes with approximately 2.3 acres of land and a further 36 acres of agricultural land with fishing rights along the river Vyrnwy can also be purchased via separate negotiations.

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