It's the DIY makeover that dreams are made of: man buys a rickety shack for next-to-nothing, does it up and transforms it into money-spinning coastal bolthole. Jealous... much?
While the rest of us were propping up the student union bar with a Diamond White (or was that just me?), enterprising student, Adam Wooler was busy getting his foot on the (rickety) property ladder.
As a student at Plymouth university, Adam scrimped and saved £6,500 to bag himself a windswept, ramshackle timber shed in a remote corner of Cornwall.
Fast-forward 25 years and a significant makeover later – and his unlikey investment has been transformed into a £100,000-a-year luxury rental retreat.
Perched on the edge of a 300ft cliff, the renovated des res enjoys uninterrupted views of Cornwall’s Whitsand Bay and has already paid for itself in rental earnings.
Forty-seven-year-old Adam bought the hut that originally stood on the land in 1988.
Over the years he made few changes, but it was only after marrying wife, Katherine, that they decided to give it a £100,000 overhaul.
The couple now rent out the retreat all year round for between £1,500 and £2,900 a week.
Adam says: ‘It was nothing more than a wooden shack on a cliff with one room and an outside loo when I bought it.
‘I lived in it for 18 months and nearly got blown away with it a few times. I left it as it was for 25 years and couldn’t really afford to do anything with it. It has only been the last 18 months that we managed to get the funding and planning permission in place that we could really do something with it.
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‘We are delighted with how it has turned out. It has been designed to make the most of the views and is now a really romantic getaway’.