Dee and Philip Rand escaped to the country after the pandemic hit

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A couple paid double the asking price for a £200,000 cottage – and it doesn't even have a kitchen.

ME sufferer Dee Rand was forced to shield at home in London when the coronavirus pandemic struck in March, leading to the 50-year-old and husband Philip, 49, quickly re-evaluating their city lives.

On finding their dream home – a run-down two-bed cottage 200 miles away in the Shropshire countryside – the couple entered a cut-throat bidding war with more than a dozen other hopeful buyers.

Landing the tiny property for almost £400,000, the pair were faced with needing to oversee an entire renovation, including installing a kitchen.

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Madeleys Chartered Surveyors were flooded with enquiries within hours of putting up the property – in the hamlet of Aston, near Telford – with over 40 people requesting viewings in less than a month.

The "charming country cottage" with breathtaking views of the Wrekin hill, was advertised for cash buyers only due to its condition.

A total of 14 bids were submitted but it was the Rands, from Greenwich in south-east London, who came out on top, with the pair having always dreamed of escaping to the country.

The couple paid double the £200k asking price despite the property not having a kitchen

They entered a bidding war with 13 other hopeful buyers

Dee told the Daily Mail : "We are just over the moon to have secured it. I can imagine myself waking up and looking out at the Wrekin and I know it will be a really happy place for us to live."

While driving instructor Philip added: "Having our own corner of land in the country has been a dream for some time. Of course, the current crisis has made it feel a bit more urgent. We have grown out of city life. We have so many exciting plans for the cottage."

Rural property prices have skyrocketed during the pandemic, with people realising they can work remotely with ease and leave the hustle and bustle of cities behind.

It boasts stunning views
(Image: Geograph)

Madeleys MD Paul Madeley told the Mail getting almost double the guide price for the Shropshire cottage was "astonishing".

He went on to say it is an example of the effect the pandemic has had with people "able to get more for their money" out in the country, while avoiding having to commute.

He added that people are also keen to take advantage of the temporary reduction in stamp duty.