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$1.7m mansion in Canadian Rockies is being given away for a $25 entrance fee and a 350-word letter 

A sick woman who struggled to sell her $1.7 million mansion – a ‘writer’s paradise’ – will give the house away in a letter writing competition for $25 and a 350-letter.

Alla Wagner’s mansion at the foot of the Canadian Rockies in Millarville, Alberta, went on the market last year but the estate agent failed to sell it.

The ailing woman has been confined to just a single floor of the three bedroom, five bathroom house since falling ill six months ago and she wants the massive house to go to a worthy owner.

Wagner’s Facebook page ‘Write A Letter Win A House’ states that entrants should submit a letter of up to 350 words on why they should win the house.

Alla Wagner has decided to give the Canadian Rockies mansion (pictured) away in a letter writing competition after she failed to sell it for $1.7 million through the estate agent

The mansion features a stunning sink-in bathroom which is in the en-suite adjoined to the master bedroom where bathers can soak in hot water while enjoying a view of the snow-capped mountains to the west

The mansion features a stunning sink-in bathroom which is in the en-suite adjoined to the master bedroom where bathers can soak in hot water while enjoying a view of the snow-capped mountains to the west

The home features a large feature room with a double-sided fireplace which can also be enjoyed from the living room through the wooden paneled archway Wagner said her home had provided her family with a blessed lifestyle and given them priceless memories

The home features a large feature room with a double-sided fireplace which can also be enjoyed from the living room through the wooden paneled archway Wagner said her home had provided her family with a blessed lifestyle and given them priceless memories

The huge home features wood-burned accents throughout and each furnishing has been custom made for the property which is situated in Millarville, Alberta, around a 45 minute drive from Calgary, the metropolitan hub of the province

The huge home features wood-burned accents throughout and each furnishing has been custom made for the property which is situated in Millarville, Alberta, around a 45 minute drive from Calgary, the metropolitan hub of the province

Colossal wooden front double-doors greet entrants to the palatial residence which will be given to the winner for just a $25 entrance fee and a 350-word letter

Colossal wooden front double-doors greet entrants to the palatial residence which will be given to the winner for just a $25 entrance fee and a 350-word letter

With an entry fee of $25, she has wisely stated that the competition will only be on once she has hit the $1.7 million she previously had the mansion listed for.

The house is just an hour-and-a-half hour drive from the paradise of the Banff National Park, a heaven of champagne powder for skiers in the winter and of azure blue lakes in the summer.

Designed in neo-Gerogian style it features panoramas of the mountains to the west.

The stunning panorma provides a view of the Canadian Rockies which provide some of the world's best skiing terrain and azure blue lakes in the summer for hikers and mountain bikers

The stunning panorma provides a view of the Canadian Rockies which provide some of the world’s best skiing terrain and azure blue lakes in the summer for hikers and mountain bikers

The expansive kitchen features marble counter-tops and an island unit for cooking, with a massive stainless steel-fronted fridge and a generous wine-cellar on hand for storing the claret and chardonnay

The expansive kitchen features marble counter-tops and an island unit for cooking, with a massive stainless steel-fronted fridge and a generous wine-cellar on hand for storing the claret and chardonnay

The attic is home to an office area where budding authors can sit for hours in the 'writer's paradise' surrounded by their books and with a mountain view for inspiraiton

The attic is home to an office area where budding authors can sit for hours in the ‘writer’s paradise’ surrounded by their books and with a mountain view for inspiraiton

A walk-in closet accompanies the master bedroom with spaces for clothing, perfumes and shoes

A walk-in closet accompanies the master bedroom with spaces for clothing, perfumes and shoes

Woodwork adorns the expansive kitchen and is accompanied by a generous wine-cellar.

The house has a dedicated music lounge on its gallery, a huge dining room which shares a double-sided fireplace with the living room. 

The master bedroom features a hulking wardrobe and an ideally place ensuite where residents can enjoy stunning snow-capped mountain views while they soak in a hot bath.

The master bedroom's bathroom also features a large shower and ample storage for towels, toiletries and dressing gowns

The master bedroom’s bathroom also features a large shower and ample storage for towels, toiletries and dressing gowns

The sumptuous living room flows through the kitchen and front-room with a cosy double-sided fireplace and a big flat-screen TV above

The sumptuous living room flows through the kitchen and front-room with a cosy double-sided fireplace and a big flat-screen TV above

The classy attic features bookcases, artworks and marble statues beside the office area, ideal for a talented writer to relax and work at his or her craft

The classy attic features bookcases, artworks and marble statues beside the office area, ideal for a talented writer to relax and work at his or her craft

She and a panel of judges will review the entries on a rolling basis, before reducing the list down to finalists before a winner is chosen. 

Wagner wrote on Facebook: ‘We had to list our house because of my poor health, which has been especially bad the last 6 months or so.

‘Being confined to only one (upper) floor is becoming unbearable and it is taking a toll on my work and life in too many ways.’

The winner of the letter writing competition will see great value on their submission, with each word roughly equating to $5,000 in equity

The winner of the letter writing competition will see great value on their submission, with each word roughly equating to $5,000 in equity

Stunning details characterize the interior wooden fittings of the home which would make an ideal home for a large family

Stunning details characterize the interior wooden fittings of the home which would make an ideal home for a large family

She described how she had been skeptical before moving to Millarville, having previously been a city dweller, but said the house had given her priceless memories and a blessed family life.

Wagner explains how she was inspired by a similar competetiiton she heard about in Maine in 2015.

Her contest which started on January 15 is scheduled to run for three months, although this may be extended to six months.

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