A centuries-old Jersey cottage made famous by Jersey's £5 notes is available for rent.
Le Rat Cottage, which is situated on Mont L’Evesque in St. Lawrence, is owned by the National Trust for Jersey.
The two-bedroom house has a functional fire and tenants also get a vegetable patch in the garden.
The house was built in the 16th century, or perhaps the very early 17th century - the earliest known owner being Jean Gibault in 1606. It has featured on the Jersey £5 note since the current banknotes were introduced in 2010.
Rather reassuringly, its name doesn’t refer to rodents, but rather to rates, with L’Office du Jèrriais tracing the name back to "some sort of financial arrangement connected historically with the property".
The house was the first to be bought by the National Trust for Jersey in 1937 for £200, and they now rent it out to generate funds. According to the National Trust, it was at one point used as a pigsty.
Tenants in 2023 will see a slight increase from the 1937 price — estate agents Livingroom are advertising the house for £2,750 per month — but "partial gardening services" are included in the rent, and in true countryside cottage fashion, the house has an Aga cooker.
The estate agents describe the house as "a beautiful granite property situated in a quiet lane in the sought-after parish of St. Lawrence, that is sympathetically refurbished throughout, yet still retaining many original features, Le Rat is extremely charming and boasts an abundance of character".
Pictured - top: Le Rat Cottage, St. Lawrence. (Charley-Kai John)
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