A couple who offered lucky punters the chance to win their 3.5million five-bedroom home for just 25 have been abused by trolls who claim the competition is a scam.
Helen and Gary Weller designed and built the property on the bank of the River Thames but now want to move away from the gorgeous house in Caversham, Berkshire.
They were struggling to find a buyer for Reve House despite months of searching because of the stagnating property market.
Instead of selling it the conventional way, the couple decided to offer it up to the general public in a competition with an entry fee of just 25.
But now they have been bombarded with nasty emails and messages which Helen has described as 'hurtful poison'.
She wrote on social media: 'I have never experienced such hatred from people I don't know or have never met.
She continued: 'My parents taught me if you can't say anything nice then simply don't say anything, why did yours not teach you the same?'
Mrs Weller told Get Reading:'One thing I would really like to get across is it's not a scam, it's not a con and if it was, you wouldn't be able to pay by credit card.
'We are just giving people the chance to win and live in a really nice house for 25. It's like the lottery but the odds are much better.'
Helen added: 'It's about giving someone who would never be able to afford a home like this a chance to own it.'
'If you can't say anything nice then simply don't say anything' Helen's letter hitting back at trolls in full Dear online and email trolls, Please explain why you do this? I have never experienced such hatred from people I don't know or have never met. Whilst the hurtful poison you pour out doesn't have an effect on me apart from bewilderment, I can see how if i was young, impressionable or an insecure person it would be devastating. Perhaps you could explain to my 91-year-old mother who thinks a troll is a plastic doll and who is protective of her daughter and son in law, why you should say such things about someone you have never met. My parents taught me if you can't say anything nice then simply don't say anything, why did yours not teach you the same? Ask yourself before you do this how would your parents feel reading such stuff about you. So next time you contemplate doing this from your faceless invisibility put your selves in the receivers shoes and remember that your venomous poison only belittles and diminishes you as a person, whilst it just makes me, your victim, grow stronger. Perhaps this is the lesson we need to teach our young.
The elegant family home offers beautiful views across the River Thames and benefits from an 'extremely high specification'.
It is arranged over three floors and has underfloor heating as well as handmade hardwood double glazed windows and doors.
There is also a 3D Pure Theatre cinema system and wireless Sonos sound system cabled throughout the house.
All of the five bedrooms are en-suite including bath, separate shower and double basins.
The stunning drawing room is a focal point on the ground floor with bi-fold doors opening onto the balcony which offers magical views over the garden and the river beyond.
Adjacent to the drawing room is a second lounge and study boasting more riveer views.
The kitchen and breakfast room is located on the lower ground floor with integral Gaggenau and Samsung appliances - with mood lighting fitted around the units and central island.
The bi-fold doors lead to a large outside decking overlooking the garden and The River Thames.
Leading off from this stunning kitchen is a large family dining and sitting room, which in turn leads to the magnificant formal dining room with its own concealed wine cellar using electroplated magnetic glass.
It costs approximately 500 per months in gas, water, council tax and house insurance to run the property - something which Mrs Weller says is 'affordable' for most people.
To enter the competition, would-be homeowners just need to pay a 25 entrance fee and guess where the centre of a ball should be.
Judges will then pinpoint where the exact spot is and whoever is the closest will win the home, where Mr and Mrs Weller have lived for five years.
The couple plan to sell at least 200,000 tickets but if they do not reach that total the winner will take home three quarters of the proceeds.
The competition will last for six months and will finish on the 14th of March next year - but there are only 500,000 tickets on offer.