Former Morgue in England Listed as a Beach Cottage
We've seen plenty of beach houses in our time, but this one isn't like any other. That's because this charming little chapel-like beach cottage, located in the idyllic English coastal town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea, used to be a morgue.
Built in 1881 and fully operational until the mid-1960s, this mortuary-turned-England's coastal property du jour even boasts the original mortician's "body slab." (See the quite lovely "view from the headrest" at left).
Though you may initially balk at the unusual feature, the rest of the building is actually in incredible shape, considering that it's been around for more than a century. The Guardian's not too impressed, describing the interior as "gloomy" and the atmosphere as somewhat "morbid," despite the sunny lift offered by the skylights. (It's also "possibly haunted," adds The Daily Mail.)
If you take it for what it is, though, we think it's kind of cool. The structure itself has great bones (forgive the pun), with its high-beamed, cathedral-style ceilings. Not to mention -- the location is fantastic: a prime seaside town known for its surfing. At the moment, the price is only being disclosed to interested buyers, but if it's decent, we could probably get over the fact that the home used to house dead bodies. Could you?
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