A pair of dilapidated farmhouses once home to a man who lived alongside his ‘intelligent’ bull are soon to be auctioned in Cornwall, England.
The historic 15th Century ‘Pontious Piece Cottages’ are situated at the heart of a world heritage site in the village of Minions, steeped in Cornish mining history—but their most endearing quality is that the buildings were once home to a man and his beloved bull, ‘Scrunch’.
The late Tony Trewin made headlines for his unique lifestyle, sharing his two adjoining cottages with the highland bull.
Having rescued Scrunch as a calf, Tony always maintained that he was more of a friend than a pet, and he would welcome the animal into his house for feeding every day.
He bottle fed milk to the orphan every night before putting him to bed in the garden shed. The pair had lived a happy reclusive life together, largely without modern technology or comforts.
“I know Scrunch is big and bulls aren’t known for their intelligence, but he’s as loyal and affectionate as any cat or dog,” said Tony in a 2007 interview. “You couldn’t wish for a better pet.”
Thankfully, after Tony’s death, Scrunch was allowed to stay on the land and live peacefully on Bodmin Moor until his own death a few years later.
The pair remained together in death though, with Tony and Scrunch’s ashes being scattered together a short distance from the cottages.
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The property is comprised of two adjoining granite stone cottages which have both fallen into varying degrees of disrepair. In the listing, the estate agents wrote, “The late Tony Trewin occupied Pontious Piece Cottages, in a most unconventional way.
“Tony began letting the calf into the cottages on a daily basis for his feed and the two became more than master and pet, but actually bonded as lifelong friends. Scrunch was looked after and allowed to stay and enjoy his home until he died a few years ago of old age. He was also cremated, with his ashes being scattered next to Tony.”
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“This wonderful and unique story will no doubt be preserved as restoration to Pontious Piece Cottages takes place with another.”
Hoping for a ‘bull market’ during the public auction, they’re selling the property on July 27, 2022 at 6:30pm at Strawberry Fields, Lifton, Devon, with an opening bid of £175,000.
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