It has no running water, electricity or sewerage. It does have a history of nearly 160 years, in just two family's hands.
Bendigo's historic Samson Cottage is up for sale.
Owner Arthur Doye is asking $260,000 for the heritage-listed cottage and surrounding land. It has been in his family for more than 100 years.
The cottage was built in about 1860, by Tom and Sarah Samson, English emigrants who came to Bendigo during the gold rush.
The couple built the house out of the materials around them on the goldfields, like local stone.
It began as a two room cottage, but grew as the Samson family did.
At the front is a lounge, from which a bedroom opens. This was Mr Doye's grandfather's. Further through is the main bedroom with a dining room.
A kitchen and dairy, with sunken floors for storing perishables, are outbuildings.
The cottage is almost exactly the same today as what the Samson family left, with only an extra chimney and a kiln built later.
The Samson family's heritage has left its legacy in the design of the cottage.
It was built facing south - rather than the north suited to the southern hemisphere.
Despite this, the cottage is warm in winter and cold in summer, thanks to the insulation of the stone walls, Mr Doye said.
His grandparents bought the home in 1908, when his father was about six. His grandfather still lived in the cottage up until about 1970.
It then lay empty for several years, before a young university student asked to let it.
"I said, 'There's no way, there are no services, it's really run down'," Mr Doye said.
But the student kept asking, and Mr Doye relented. The young man fixed it up a bit, added carpets, rendered the walls and built a kiln.
He even rigged up an wind generator for power.
He was the first of several students to whom Mr Doye let the cottage, up until the 1980s. Since then the cottage has lain empty.
My Doye said he was sad to sell the cottage that has been in his family for more than 100 years, but cannot afford to keep paying the rates on it as well as his own home.
"The sad part about it is the younger ones, a lot of them don't care about the history that much," Mr Doye said.
"If you lose it, you lose it forever."
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