Thursday 13 February 2014 7:32 am

Nuclear bunker on the market for £50,000

A spacious property with space for 16 people has been put on the market with a guide price of just £50,000.

The downside is that the property is a 1978 bunker built by South West Water to keep the region’s sewage flowing in the event of a nuclear attack.

The water company is selling off the site at Coswarth near Newquay as part of its efforts to get rid of redundant real estate. It offers a buyer looking for a war-ready home a roomy if austere recreation room, two dorms, blast-proof doors in keeping with the period and a decontamination shower.

The company has one other bunker, which is not for sale as it’s on an operations site. A SWW spokesperson said the authority had planned to build a third bolthole – but the Cold War ended before construction could begin.

Fifty per cent of the proceeds of the auction in March will be returned to customers through South West Water’s next price setting.

The property is in a particularly secluded location at the moment. Thanks to widespread flooding, it’ll take prospective buyers from London three trains, at least one replacement bus service and around seven hours to get to nearby Quintrell Downs station.

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