Estate agents struggling to sell a house next to a graveyard throw in a burial plot as a spooky extra

ESTATE agents struggling to sell a house next to a cemetery dug deep to offer buyers a little extra – a free GRAVE.

The council-owned three-bed was put on the market for £250,000 to help fund improvements to the burial site.

But hopes of a potential buyer coffin up the asking price for the detached property are fading because of the grim location.

Town hall bosses are now throwing in a free plot at New Malton Cemetery in Malton, North Yorks., to seal the deal.

Estate agents described it as an "unusual" optional extra "should the owner wish to have this included".

The sale of Malton Lodge will help to fund improvement work to the graveyard's two chapels of rest.

It will also pay for restoring the main cemetery gates and widening access roads.

Malton Mayor Paul Emberley said: "An opportunity arose earlier this year to sell the property when our tenant decided to move to another part of the town.

"Members subsequently made a decision to sell the asset as part of a wider investment programme."

The tenant had lived there continuously for 20 years, he added.

New Malton Cemetery was opened in 1859, and enlarged in 1912.

Burials include the town's dead from both world wars.

If the free grave was not tempting enough, the local funeral directors is only yards away.

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