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Unique Property Bulletin 1 December 2013

Stairmaster Not Needed

Tower Ruxley Listing Main

Ruxley Towers, Esher, Surrey (c) 2013 Countrywide/Hamptons/Savills

This is a very picturesque tower and you will need to be fairly fit for the stairs.

Stairmaster definitely not needed for this building. Even if you aren’t up to running a marathon, after a few weeks as a new resident in this fabulous tower, it is very likely you will be filling in the forms for the next London Marathon with a boost in fitness levels.

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Ruxley Towers, Esher, Surrey (c) 2013 Countrywide/Hamptons/Savills

Auctioneer/Agency Description:-

Iconic Grade 2 Listed 3 bedroom tower with panoramic views

Location:- Claygate is a village off the A3 outside Greater London yet still within the M25, striking the perfect balance between lifestyle and accessibility. The M25 is within 3.5 miles (Junction 10) providing access to both Heathrow (13 miles) and Gatwick (26 miles). Kingston upon Thames is 5 miles away and has most retail chains. For the sports enthusiast there is Sandown Park Racecourse at Esher and numerous golf courses nearby.

Tower Ruxley 9 Stairs

Oops – Forgot To Bring In The Milk (c) 2013 Countrywide/Hamptons/Savills

Description:- An Iconic Grade 2 Listed tower built circa 1870 as an addition to Lord Foley’s large country estate. Designed to be impressive and imposing, the tower certainly lives up to the original architect’s ambitions and to this day the property is a landmark building. The property was converted to a residential dwelling in the 20th century and provides one of the area’s most remarkable residences.

 Tower Ruxley 7 View Atop

A Very Rare View – Wow (c) 2013 Countrywide/Hamptons/Savills


Ground Floor – Double height entrance foyer with stunning domed ceiling.

First Floor – Utility room and cloakroom.

Second Floor – Kitchen, reception/dining room.

Third Floor – Double bedroom with en-suite.

Fourth Floor – Double bedroom with en-suite.

Fifth Floor – Double bedroom with ensuite.

Sixth Floor – Reception room (potential to be used as a cinema, home office or further bedroom).

Seventh Floor – At the top of the building is the jewel in the crown and a spectacular roof terrace with breathtaking 360 degree views of surrounding countryside and towards central London. The roof terrace also lends itself as a stunning space for entertaining.

Outside – Courtyard garden.

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Just Look At That Exquisite Ceiling (c) 2013 Countrywide/Hamptons/Savills

Location: 1 Ruxley Towers, Ruxley Ridge, Claygate, Esher, Surrey, KT10 0HA.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £850,000

Contact Countrywide Autioneers on 0870 468411 or Hamptons International Tel: 01372 826 378. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner/auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure …. Tower

and … Tower 

Also Savills have a very professional pdf file with floorplans thereon …

www.savills/Ruxley Tower


London Tower Bridge Beak

Magistrates Court Tower Bridge 1

Tower Bridge Magistrates Courts, London (c) 2013 Jones Lang Lasalle Agencies

Over Half An Acre Of Prime London – And What A Crest.

From one tower to quite a different one. An Old Beak Building, otherwise known as The Tower Magistrates Court – a few paces from the iconic Tower Bridge in London.

This segway from the first Tower listing in this week’s Bulletin is purely accidental. The primary reason for having a scan around the London property scene was as a result of a wonderful reader who has helped the Bulletin over the issues. This lady currently lives in America, and has been looking for something in London to buy for an adventure after a lifetime devoted to a literal world changing endeavour. It would be improper to detail anymore about this lovely reader. However, the reason for mentioning this, is to ask anyone within or outwith the M25 orbital road to consider giving us the heads-up …

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… if they see any buildings that might meet a modest £40k to £70k budget. It would be a nice way to say thankyou to this lady if we could find something for her. Our own effort this week is, unfortunately, at one of the scarier ends of the London price spectrum. Not sure what the Tower Magistrates Court might make – the agents have price on application. The only research we can find is via …

… and that suggests around the £4,000,000 mark. The front of this iconic structure, with the classic design and special crest atop the front is splendid.

Magistrates Court Tower Bridge 2

Corner Plot In London – Very Desireable (c) 2013 Jones Lang Lasalle Agencies

A Queen’s ransom for mere mortals outside the London arena, but for many in the Capital it is reasonable price given the large area that this court covers. We know some Bulletin readers come out to play at this level, so if you do end up buying this impressive building please consider letting us know? There are several television production companies in regular touch and always looking to feature the future rebuild of such properties.

Magistrates Court Tower Bridge 3

Space To Play With In The Capital City (c) 2013 Jones Lang Lasalle Agencies

Agency Description:-

Size 40000.00 ft2 – (3716.00 m2)

Tower Bridge Magistrates’ Court provides a rare opportunity to create a high-quality residential or hotel conversion of the existing building, with alterations and extensions possible to the rear, subject to obtaining the necessary permissions.

• 0.25 hectare (0.62 acre) site

• Freehold building extending to 40,567 sq ft (3,769 sq m)

• Grade II listed former Magistrates’ Court dating from 1906

• Situated in an established central London residential and commercial location

• Well-connected location in close proximity to transport links

• Sold with the benefit of full vacant possession upon completion

Location: Tower Bridge Magistrates Courts, 211 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2JY.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £POA [estimated £4,000,000].

Contact Jones Lang Lasalle Agencies Tel: 0207 852 4952 Chris Duggan or 0207 7087 5562 Oliver Leedham. Alternatively Knight Frank Agencies’ David Shapland on 020 7861 5455 or Thomas Scaife 020 7861 5429. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner/auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure …. Bridge Magistrates

also at … Bridge Magistrates


Unique Property Competition

For this month, the Unique Property Bulletin competition prize is

Unique Property Bulletin December Competition Jingle Coins

Jingle Coins – Unique Property Bulletin Christmas Prize

Mainly For Fun

This is a very modest prize. The competition clue will become a little clearer by the next issue of the Bulletin. But for early bird entrants here is the

Competition Hint

What Is The Birth Date Of Our Favourite Television Property Programme Presenter ?

Free to enter competition. Just let us know your guess of the birth date of who you think the above Competition Hint refers to? A little web sleuthing required to solve. Please email your entry to us by 31st December 2013. You may need to check out a previous edition or other elements of the Unique Property Bulletin to understand the clue a little better.

Email free entries to:-

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Now Leaving – Station Auction

Station M2

Old Station Cottage, Mangotsfield, Bristol (c) 2013 David James & Partners

Apologies – a late entry. Please don’t miss the auction train on this one. Though if you do, always remember to double check whether this is an FTSAA – Failed-To-Sell-At-Auction. Bargain time beckons beyond the auction deadline on many occasions.

Agency Description:-

Four Double Bedrooms

Four Reception Rooms

Approximately 2 Acre Garden

Three Bay Garage

Large Private Driveway

Period Features

Private Gated Location


‘Alexandra’ No 979, Built 1903 Steam Engine

For sale by auction (if not sold prior) Tuesday 3rd December 2013 6.30pm at the Kendleshire Golf Club, Coalpit Heath, South Glos.

Grade II, four bedroom cottage which was formerly the North Mangotsfield Railway Station and Dramway Toll House built in 1844. Renovated by the current owners in 1998, retaining many period features.

Absolutely splendid ! There is this magnificent specimen of a steam train included into the bargain …

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Old Station Steam Engine – Included (c) 2013 David James & Partners

Garden: Old Station Cottage is a Grade Two Listed former North Mangotsfield Railway Station and Dramway Toll House, built in 1844.

Renovated by the current owners in 1998, it is steeped in history and features its own Standard Gauge 1904 Steam Train with carriage. Used as a Station until the late 1970’s, many of the period features have been retained giving this fantastic family home a unique and fascinating feel. The gardens are mainly lawn, but also have potential to be developed further with outbuildings (subject to planning permission), landscaped rockeries, additional storage and animal pens.

Location: Old Station Cottage, Bridge Road, Mangotsfield, Bristol, BS16 9NG.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £550,000Auction Scheduled 3 December 2013. Remember to check if it’s an FTSAA.

Contact David James & Partners Tel: 01454 320144. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner/auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….

Auction Scheduled 3rd December 2013 – Always Remember – Is This An FTSAA ?


Classical Church Conversion

Church Culford 1

Charming & Picturesque: Culford Heath Church, Suffolk (c) 2013 Savills

The Old Church sits in a private location, one of a small number of properties in this small hamlet. It stands about one mile from the A134 and is accessed along an unmade country track, which the property has a right of way across. The property is surrounded by farmland and beautiful Suffolk countryside.

The Old Church is a unique detached Grade II Listed period property of striking Victorian architectural design, dating from the mid nineteenth century and is constructed of brick and flint under a tiled roof. The property provides excellent modern conveniences and accommodation over two floors whilst retaining a wealth of period features associated with a property of its era and style including original stained glass windows, magnificent stone arches and in places original flooring. The accommodation on the ground floor comprises an entrance hall, which was the old Vestry, and is now cleverly fitted out with full height cupboards and has plumbing for a washing machine. The main reception area is of open plan design offering a stunning vaulted sitting room area with corner woodburner.

Church Culford 2

Home Sweet Home (c) 2013 Savills

The spacious kitchen/breakfast room is a light and airy space with dining room at the west end of the church with door leading out in to the garden. In addition there are also two bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground 0floor.The first floor is reached by an impressive feature staircase which leads through to a fabulous galleried sitting room which overlooks the Nave through a wall of glass. The master bedroom suite offers a large walk in wardrobe and en suite shower room.

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Full Of Character – Culford Heath Church, Ingham, Suffolk (c) 2013 Savills

Agency Summary:-

3 Double Bedrooms

3 Reception Rooms

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

Double Cart Lodge


About 0.45 Acres

Outside: The property is approached via a five bar gate and gravelled driveway leading to a double cart lodge with adjoining garage/workshop. It is important to note that from the vendor’s initial enquiries to St Edmundsbury Council, the addition of an annexe, adjoining the cart lodge, may be considered.

The garden is mainly laid to lawn enclosed by fencing and hedging and benefits from a south facing terrace with views over the surrounding farmland and adjacent Kings Forest.

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Exceptional Ecclesiastical Light (c) 2013 Savills

Location: Culford Heath Church, Ingham, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 1PP.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £495,000.

Contact Savills Agencies Tel: 01473 234 800 – Katy Stephenson. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….



Just a short reciprocation to Planet Property – a website with similar and keen efforts to our own in sharing unusual properties with folk….

It is really nice when websites attribute the link from where they found an unusual property.

Much appreciation to Planet Property from Unique Property Bulletin.

Hopefully our readers will find more interesting properties from a kindred website.


Pretty Mill

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The Mill, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire (c) 2013 CKD Galbraith

An architect designed house based on an old mill situated in a rural location with landscaped grounds.

Agency Summary:-

4 Bedrooms – 2 En Suite

Open Plan Reception Room

Luxury Kitchen

Triple Garage With Gym Above

Riverside Location

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The Mill Interior, Strathaven (c) 2013 CKD Galbraith

This is a strikingly pretty and picturesque building set in a landscaped area with many interesting and unusual features within and outwith the main dwelling house. 

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Unique Study – The Bulletin Has Asked Santa Claus For One Of These (c) 2013 CKD Galbraith

The Mill forms part of the East Browncastle settlement, and exclusive steading development of 7 private homes about 6 miles from the popular town of Strathaven. The Mill benefits from easy access to the M74 network affording rapid access to Hamilton (14 miles) and Glasgow (32 miles).

Th Mill is constructed of harled block and exposed stone under a pitched roof. The design is based on an “L” shaped layout over three levels. One of the unique architectural features is the turret which lies at the central angle of the house, providing an impressive entrance to the house on the ground floor as well as a study on the second floor.

Mill Strathaven 2

The Mill, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire (c) 2013 CKD Galbraith

Location: The Mill, East Browncastle, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, ML10 6QW.

Tenure: Feuhold [Scottish Freehold Equivalent].

Guide: £550,000.

Contact CKD Galbraith Agencies Tel: 01786 434600 or 01292 292535 – Fiona Fulton. Please can readers help Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner/auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….


Underground Plans

Water Filter Bed Planning Plot

Water Treatment Beds Near Loch, Kinghorn, Fife (c) 2013 Owner’s Photograph

For reasons still not totally clear, we have a large number of readers keen on living underground. Either completely, or with a fair old wedge below the natural level of the earth’s surface.

Always with an eye for this type of project, here is a quicky. Well quicky for us to list, but possibly a longy for the person/s who buy this interesting semi- subterranean plot with planning permission.

This candidate is a former water filter bed…

Water Filter Bed Planning Plot 2

 Water Treatment Beds Near Loch, Kinghorn, Fife (c) 2013 Owner’s Photograph

Owner’s Description:-

Summary: plot of land with full planning permission for 4 bedroom house part of which will be under ground in disused water filter bed, 2 further levels above with outlook over the river forth, secluded location.

Approximately 1/4 Acre Plot.

Vehicular Right of Access to Site.

Pedestrian Right of Access to Site.

Buildings on Site.

Electricity Supplied to Site.

Location: WTW Near Kinghorn Loch, Kinghorn, Burntisland, Fife, KY3 9YG.

Tenure: Feuhold [Scottish Freehold Equivalent].

Guide: £80,000

Contact Owner Direct Via Email Form:- Owner’s Contact Form

Please can readers help Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner/auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….


Architecturally Unique

Marians - Unique Property Bulletin Architecture

The Marians (c) 2013 Ray Hole Architects

This is a taste of what a client with imagination, and a first class architect can inspire. This amazing home is not just a paper exercise. It has received planning permission. So if this style of unusual home appeals to your inner-uniqueness, please consider getting in touch with the architects.

Brief Description:-

This family house, located within sensitive Green Belt land on the outskirts of London, was granted planning consent in 2010. The shell like design provides shelter from road noise and solar gain to the South, whilst opening up to the wonderful views across the Watling Chase Forest and Greater London to the North. Each Shell represents living accommodation for the three generations of family that will live together in the house. At ground floor the shells join together to provide shared accommodation for the whole family which has been designed to be intimate enough for day to day living, whilst at the same time provide the flexibility to accommodate large religious gatherings. The undulating roof form and curved shapes, also allow the visible bulk of the building to be concealed from the Road, which was a key consideration for planning. In addition the sloping site allowed us to use the natural topography to further reduce the visible mass by cutting a basement level into the hill side. The design has a strong connection with the surrounding landscape, which was designed in collaboration with Bowles and Wyre. There are many sustainable features integrated into the design which helps it to achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 rating.

Location: London North / Watling Chase Forest

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £ Not Applicable


Ray Hole Architects
9th Floor, 69 Park Lane
Croydon, CR0 1JD

Tel: +44 (0)20 8662 4600

Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the architect know that you found their designs on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Details ….


Try Before You Buy …..


The Edge

The Edge (c) 2013 Unique Home Stays

Unique Home Stays are not related in any way to Unique Property Bulletin, but they are one of our favourites. Very similar types of unusual property. Although please note this week’s try-before-you-buy property is NOT for sale. It is listed here to give a taste – a pleasant weekend or week – of what this style of unusual place might be like to live in on a long term basis. That and to inspire the imagination.

Background Story … Edge

Location: The White Hut, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall PL11 3AZ [approximate satnav]

Tenure: Short Term Unique Holiday Experience.

Guide: Between £80 to £130 per night. Sleeps 2 – Short Stays – Prices Vary – Please Contact Unique Home Stays.

Contact Unique Home Stays Tel: 44 (0) 1637 881183. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the letting agency know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….


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