An abandoned cottage which is said to be cursed has seen mysterious signs and messages appear in its windows.
The derelict home, located in south Liverpool, has not been lived in for three years, with its front gates chained shut and its doors and windows boarded up.
Locals walking past the property recently noticed creepy signs and messages around the home, including black and white images of a woman, Liverpool Echo reports.
One message said: “Whoever removes this from its position will receive 48 hours of regret”, while another referred to a “Last Will and Testament.”
The home, located opposite St Michael’s Train Station and on the edge of Priory Woods on Southwood Road, was previously owned by Arthur Robert McKay and Paula Marjatta McKay – the latter being the woman named on the picture.
The couple lived at the house with their son Erik, who died at the property on November 4, 2019 at the age of 57.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Erik’s father died at a relatively young age, leaving Erik and his mother Paula living in the cottage. The cottage has remained derelict since Erik’s death in 2019.
However, the property was recently purchased by Andrew Berry, and the property developer and his construction company Anderson Ross have started renovating the house.
While scaffolding is currently placed around the property and a large amount of clearing work in the expansive back garden taking place, Mr Berry is hoping to turn the cottage into a stunning family home.
“When we first walked in it was shocking. There was huge piles of belongings and stuff everywhere,” Mr Berry said.
“My son turned to me and said ‘this is the worst one you have ever bought’. But I like a challenge. It’s a lovely, interesting property and we want to restore it to its former glory.”
Mr Berry purchased the property and surrounding land earlier this year for just over £230,000 and hopes that when his team are finished with it, the cottage will be transformed into a 4-5 bedroom family home that could sell for around £650,000.
He is currently seeking planning permission to create a sun room extension and new lowered patio at the rear of the property as well as relocating the existing garage and carrying out a host of internal and external alterations.
But does the spooky signs and talk of the home being cursed worry him?
“No,” Mr Berry said. “A few of the lads working on the job like to try and scare each other with noises from the other side of the house.
“Also when were first on site we got a shock when we bumped into an urban explorer who had made his way inside to film. We had to politely ask him to leave.”
Inside the home, which is spread across a first floor and sunken basement area, work has already started to renovate the property.
As part of the plans a number of bedrooms will be created in the basement area, supported by underfloor heating, with the first floor featuring a large dining room, reception room and a walk-through to the new extension at the back.
Mr Berry, who hopes the work will be complete in around six months, added: “Everyone who walks past wants to stop and talk and find out what we are doing to the property, everyone is really interested and excited to see it restored.”