Donna’s mansion.
Donna’s mansion. mrmike-photography.net

Bizarre way to sell $3 million mansion

A FULLY-furnished $2.9 million Georgian mansion could be yours if you can tackle a Christmas-themed crossword.

To be in with a chance of winning this staggering prize in Aberdeenshire, located on the east coast of Scotland, entrants need to stump up $42 and get their thinking caps on, The Sun reports.

The six-bedroom home comes with a nine-hole golf course and 32 acres, which will be tended to by a housekeeper and groundsman for the first year.

The house boasts four reception rooms, six ensuite bedrooms, two cloakrooms, tennis courts and a helicopter landing pad, a gym and a half-mile private drive with electric gates.

Donna Pirie, the current owner, came up with the idea of creating a competition as she wanted to raise $1.7million for charity.

The 54-year-old has chosen The Yard, a charity that runs adventure play services for youngsters with disabilities and their families in the east of Scotland, to be the recipient of $8.50 from each entry.

Donna bought the home eight years ago, but decided it was too big for her after her children Lauren, 28, and Hollie, 31, moved out.

The crossword punters need to sell.
The crossword punters need to sell. mrmike-photography.net

She said: "I just thought that I have the chance to do something for charity here.

"If you get an opportunity to make a difference then it makes life worthwhile. My kids had moved out and I obviously considered selling the place but I changed my mind.

"I wasn't really sure what to do. I then saw a story down in England about a man who raffled off his property."

She added: "I've worked hard all my life, I had a few gift businesses. I'm a generous, kind individual and I'm able to make a difference."

She is now retired after building up her gift businesses and has no firms plan after she finds a winner for her house.

Donna says she may travel, and plans to spend time with her married daughter Hollie, 31, in New York, but at the moment she's not looking to buy another home.

Every bedroom in the home has an ensuite with a bespoke kitchen including a host of top-of-the-range appliances.

A snooker table, wine cellar, hot tub and a log-burning stove are just some of the other features the winner will be able to call their own.

Cash paid through the entries will mean Donna will recoup the value of her home and furnishings before any excess is given away through donations.

Donna added: "I had the idea that I could do a prize competition and also help out a charity. It's all being done with good intentions.

"Once the value of the prize has been deducted from the total entries, the residual money will be given as a donation.

"£5 from every entry will be given to The Yard, while it is intended that any remaining balance will be given as private donations.

"I wanted to do it for a small charity and a Scottish-based charity so that's why I've chosen The Yard. The money will go towards projects they are working on which will be fantastic."

Donna is hoping for 150,000 entries before the competition closing date on December 1, meaning she will be able to hand at least $1.7 million over to The Yard.

If she receives fewer than 150,000 entries, she will then decide whether to reformat the competition to offer only cash as prizes, rather than her home.

The website has so far had thousands of visitors looking to put their name in for the luxurious property.

The draw will be made on December 3.

Unfortunately, the competition is only open to residents in England, Wales and Scotland, aged 18 years or over.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished here with permission.

News Corp Australia


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