A couple are raffling off their dream countryside pile worth half a million pounds, as they 'go their separate ways'.

The country cottage is situated in leafy Shrewsbury, and boasts four bedrooms, a kitchen with a top of the range AGA cooker, a walk-in pantry and a living room with a built-in library, plus a self-contained annex called The Granary.

Shrubbery Farm, in Longnor, could be yours for a bargain £2 if you enter the raffle, reports BirminghamLive.

Owners Michael and Linda Chatha have lived there for 17 years, but sadly they can no longer afford the upkeep of the property and have been struggling to find a buyer since last summer. Thus, they've decided to auction it off instead.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Micheal said: "We've been here for 17 years and it's been a privilege to live in our dream country cottage.

"My wife and I have gone our separate ways and we put it on the market last year with two leading estate agents but failed to find a buyer, probably because of the housing market and Brexit.

"We were inspired by a guy who did the same thing with his £800,000 property and he ended up selling £1 million-worth of tickets."

Michael and Linda moved into the property in 2003

The pair are aiming to sell 300,000 tickets so that they can make £600,000, which will cover the cost of the property, stamp duty and legal fees so that the winner will not have to pay for any of this.

But if they don't sell that amount of tickets, then Linda and Michael will offer the winner 90 per cent of the ticket receipts as a cash prize instead.

Tickets cost £2 each and require you to answer a question about the area.

The closing date for entries is  4pm on January 31, 2020 and the winner will be drawn electronically in public at the house with the press (Shropshire Star) and a solicitor present, and notified by email and telephone.

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And if they sell more 300,000 and make more than £600,000 they plan to make a substantial donation to local charity Hope House, who support children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

The dream cottage backs onto a 13th century church and Longmore Hall, which has a medieval deer park. There are virtually no neighbours in sight.

What's more, an Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ primary school is a short walk away, which makes the property ideal for families with young children.

Historic Shrewsbury town is 15 minutes up the road, and Church Stretton and Ludlow are nearby, while it takes around 90 minutes to reach the Welsh coast.

"I was born and bred in Sutton Coldfield and when we had Charlie we used to come out here to go to a country pub and said it would be wonderful to find a place to live here," said Michael, who works in marketing for a software company.

"It was more than we could afford but we said 'you only live once' so we stretched ourselves and it's been a wonderful home and a great investment.

"Our children went to the Ofsted-rated Outstanding school up the road and the local community is great. Ludlow, with all its lovely restaurants, is only 20 minutes away, you can be in Birmingham and Chester within an hour, and within 90 minutes you can be dipping your feet in the water in Aberdovey in Wales."

It could be yours for £2

He added: "We know lots of people from Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham would love the idea of living in a country home but the winner could do what they like with it, whether that's to rent it out, start an Air BnB or sell it themselves.

"It's already started to go viral, with lots of people tweeting about it in America. We've had calls from the James Corden and Ellen shows, and breakfast TV too. The tickets have been selling like crazy in the last couple of hours."

The property was valued last summer by two leading estate agents at £545,000 and £520,000 respectively. Michael says it has more than doubled in value in the last 10 years.