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Unique Property Bulletin 17 November 2013

Email Another Castle Please ?

Castle Kames Thomas Nugent RSZ

Kames Castle, Isle Of Bute (c) 2013 Thomas Nugent

Just love the emails that readers are kind enough to send in. This week, a particular missive from one Bulletin reader simply said “Email Another Castle Please?” – following on from an earlier simple email request that we replied to a few weeks ago. How could we resist?

Here is a neat island hideaway with the required castle. Plus several other buildings into the bargain. The overall price level is higher than the standard three bedroom semi-detached, but for 20 acres and also the numerous added buildings, when you add it all up this is quite a reasonable deal with a lot of buildings included plus a very nice sea view. It may be an idea to see if two or three of your friends might like to join in and buy one of the small detached cottages themselves. This would certainly bring the main castle building within financial reach of a much larger number of readers.

Agency Description: Kames Castle dates from the 14th Century at which time it was the seat of the Bannatyne family, whose roots can be traced back to the reign of King Alexander III of Scotland. More recently owned by the Marquess of Bute. A Victorian range of single storey buildings set around two courtyards lies adjacent to the Keep and replaces previous Georgian buildings.

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Kames Castle – Extra Lodges Included (c) 2013 Robb Residential

With its interesting collection of properties, parkland policies and walled garden, Kames Castle represents an excellent opportunity to own and live in an historical property in a situation of great natural beauty. The cottages have been beautifully decorated and are subject to a rolling programme of maintenance and upgrading. They combine to provide either private accommodation or an excellent holiday letting business.

The agents stress that Kames Castle is currently being offered for sale as private accommodation all within a 20-acre Estate. The current owners make use of the cottages for friends, family and, as part of a holiday lettings business…..

The cottage conversions were carried out with due care, attention and sensitivity to the preservation of the integrity of the original buildings. All properties are ‘B’ listed, with the exception of Colmac cottage which is ‘C’ listed.

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Another Cottage Included In The Bargain (c) 2013 Robb Residential

Kames Castle Keep: Ground level general purpose stores, white painted arched great hall at first floor, open hall with flagged floor at second floor. Third floor, open hall with timber floor. A building warrant has been secured for the development of the Keep which could allow for increasing the lettings portfolio. The Keep was built in the 14th Century and, although conversion is an option, it is not necessary and could continue to remain as a focal- point to the Estate.

Marnoc: Reception hall, sitting room, 1 twin and 1 double bedroom, bathroom, dining fitted kitchen. Electric off peak heating, mains water supply, drainage by private septic tank.

Catan: Reception hall, sitting room with open plan archway to fitted kitchen, 1 twin and 1 king-sized bedroom, shower room. Electric off peak heating, mains water supply, drainage by private septic tank.

Clutha: Reception hallway, sitting room, open plan kitchen/dining room with French door access to verandah overlooking walled garden, inner hallway to double bedroom 1 with en suite shower, double bedroom 2 and bathroom. Stairs to first floor of playroom/landing, leading to single bedroom 3, and twin bedroom 4. LPG heating to ground floor, electric heating to first floor, mains water supply, drainage by private septic tank. Garage.

Colmac: Reception hallway, open plan sitting room, fitted kitchen, dining room, double bedroom 1, bathroom. Stairs to twin/double bedrooms 2 & 3. LPG heating, mains water supply, drainage by private septic tank. Attached utility/laundry room.

Kames Lodge: Reception hallway, sitting room open plan to dining room open plan to well equipped kitchen, inner hallway to double bedroom 1 and bathroom. LPG heating, mains water supply, drainage by private septic tank.

Ninian: Reception hallway, sitting room, fitted kitchen, bathroom, separate w.c., single/double bedrooms 1 & 2. Electric off peak heating, mains water supply, drainage by private septic tank.

Blane: Reception hallway, door to courtyard, sitting room with wood burner, kitchen, bathroom, double/single bedrooms 1 & 2. Oil fired central heating, mains water supply, drainage by private septic tank.

Kames: Reception hallway, shower room, general purpose store, double bedroom 1, single bedrooms 2, & 3, bathroom, laundry/utility room, conservatory, day room with log burner, large, well equipped kitchen with Aga and breakfasting/dining space, study/home office, dining room (Great Hall) with log burner, drawing room with log burner and door to gardens. Double garage.

Castle Kames Walled Garden

Classic Castle Walled Gardens (c) 2013 Robb Residential

Walled Garden: ‘B’ listed 18th Century former kitchen vegetable and soft fruit garden, now laid mainly to grass, fountain, numerous productive apple, pear, peach and fig trees. Area for kitchen produce.

Greenhouse: Listed Victorian greenhouse with productive vines.

Outbuildings: 4 x former gardeners potting and machinery sheds, 1 with apple store racking.

Tennis Court: All weather surfaced and mesh fenced tennis court.

Grounds: About 20 acres in all parkland type gardens with good open spaces of grass interspersed with mature trees providing shelter, privacy and amenity. Iron gates set in grand stone gate piers are remote controlled and lead via a pleasant avenue to the main Castle Keep courtyard.

 Castle Kames Interior

Fine Castle Interior (c) 2013 Robb Residential

Kames Castle is situated in delightful parkland grounds on the eastern side of the pretty and popular tourist destination of the Island of Bute. The castle policies are just to the northern fringe of Port Bannatyne with its sheltered yachting marina and open countryside.

The town of Rothesay is about 2.5 miles to the south and has shopping, leisure and educational facilities including a larger sized Co-op. Caledonian MacBrayne operates a frequent ferry service to Wemyss Bay, which has direct rail links to Glasgow. A second ferry service runs between Rhubodach on the northern end of the Island of Bute to Colintraive giving closer access to the mainland as well as Argyll and the West Highlands.

Location: Kames Castle, Port Bannatyne, Isle Of Bute, PA20 0QP.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £995,000.

Contact Robb Residential Agencies Tel: 0141 225 3880. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Miller Auction Mill

Mill Reskadinnick 1

 The Old Mill, Reskadinnick, Cornwall (c) 2013 Miller & Son

An interesting and classic old mill in Cornwall, with the all important planning permission is coming up for auction.

Agency Narrative:-

Current Building: Three exterior stone walls of the Old Mill remain with the former gable end visible to the East side. The front and side lawn gardens face South and East respectively and are accessed via a pedestrian gate from the lane. A connection point for a private oil central heating supply tank lies to the east side of the front garden. The rear garden is a particular feature with the stream running along the boundary to Old Mill Cottage. The boundary for Old Mill and the proposed rebuild will include the West side of the stream’s bank. The stream follows around to the North wall elevation where the original wheel can be found. The rear garden is laid to lawn and can be accessed via a pedestrian gate from an unmade lane and could provide an opportunity for parking facilities and a garaging (subject to additional planning approvals).

Proposed Development: Planning permission has been granted for the renovation and re-building of the current stone structure of Old Mill into a brand new three storey residence, PA10/05375. The accommodation stated is in line with the approved planning approval and these plans can be viewed by prior appointment at Miller & Son Agency office in Camborne.

Further details and photographs on the weblink below. 

Location: The Old Mill, Reskadinnick, Camborne, Cornwall, TR14 0BH.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £100,000 – Auction 23rd November 2013. If you read this after the auction, it is always an idea to remember checking if this is an FTSAA – Failed-To-Sell-At-Auction.

Contact Miller & Son Auction Dept Tel: 01209 612255 . Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Unique Property Competition

For this month we have a curious prize. It is an old pound note. Back in the day when this was real pocket money, not a little brass type coin! It may not be of the same value that last month’s competition was, but here is our ‘just for fun’ prize for November 2013 …

Unique Property Bulletin Prize

Memories ! = The November Prize = Just for Fun

It may well be a stretch to say this is lucky pound note. But if you are like us and believe in luck – don’t walk under ladders/one good turn deserves another sort of thing, then perhaps consider putting this old pound in a small picture frame and pop it onto your desk. We were given a similar style vintage ten shilling note by a very dear friend many years ago, and it has brought an extraordinary amount of good luck. So who knows – the above may bring you twice as much luck. Two ten bob notes add up to an old pound. Anyways here is the clue…

Competition Hint – Recent Nuclear Postcode ?

Free to enter. Just let us know your guess of who you think the above Competition Hint refers to? Please email your entry to us by 30th November 2013. You may need to check out a previous edition or tother elements of the Unique Property Bulletin to understand the clue a little better.

Email free entries to:-

Unique Property Bulletin Competition Entry Contact Page


Bonkers For Bunkers

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Discreet – The Bunker, St. Levan, Cornwall (c) 2013 Miller & Sons

As the Unique Property Bulletin UKMWO Ticehurst Bunker sale draws to a close on this website, we have a growing list of folk that are interested in Bunkers. Fortunately we have another candidate to offer. This new property to the Bulletin is not a generic UKWMO style of underground bunker, but a different type of former WWII Bunker.

It has also been completely renovated and transformed into a genuinely unique home.

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Mole Life – Hidden Surprise (c) 2013 Miller & Sons

We are not just featuring this Bunker for sale, but as a reference source and form of inspiration for readers who are minded to go in this sort of underground direction.

These webpages stay onsite for quite some time, so if you happen across this building after it sells, still take some time to study what can be achieved with one of these old bunkers. There will be empty bunker shells to bring back to similar life in future editions of the Bulletin.

Bunker St Levan 4

Creature Comforts – Note The Daylight Skylight (c) 2013 Miller & Sons

Agency Description: Miller & Son are privileged to offer to the market this unique yet versatile former World War II Cornish Bunker. The current owners imaginatively converted it into a secluded and secure country home offering 3/4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, wet room, 23ft open plan living area incorporating kitchen with light being provided by vented sun tubes. 360 degree panoramic views can be gained from its grassy roof overlooking Sennen Churchtown, St Levan and distant sea views from all angles. The property also benefits from a private drive, good size garden overlooking the open countryside, garage and shed.

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Bunker Bedrooms – Very Cosy (c) 2013 Miller & Sons

Further details on the weblink below.

The Bunker is approached via a private gravelled driveway. Garden laid to lawn to one side gaining open views over countryside. Surrounding The Bunker is an array of mature herbaceous planting. From on top of The Bunker’s grassy roof one can enjoy panoramic 360 degree views over the beautiful adjoining countryside which includes Sennen Churchtown, St Levan and Carn Brea Hill.

Garage: 18’10” x 11’1″ (5.74m x 3.38m). Accessed via double doors to the front with further courtesy door to the rear. Light and power connected. Further large shed with power and light connected.

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A Certain Style – The Bunker, St. Levan, Cornwall (c) 2013 Miller & Sons

Location: The Bunker, Trengothal Farm, The Valley, Porthcurno, St. Levan, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6LZ.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £275,000.

Contact Miller & Sons Tel: 01736 361282. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Hot Property

Fire Station Deakin 1

The Old Fire Station, Erdington (c) 2013 Paul Carr

This is an interesting building – even if you don’t actually buy this particular fire station conversion – though we hope it lights the fire for one of our readers’ desires. The thing is, the conversion of this former fire station shows how clean and neat such a transformation of an old building can be. The photographs alone speak volumes. An inspiration to anyone who is looking at one of the many old fire stations currently hittting the sale market and needing rescued for a fresh life – often as a new, unusual style of home.

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The Old Fire Station – Engine Room Upscaling (c) 2013 Paul Carr

Agency Description. A two bedroom semi-detached property with:-

Reception Hall: Side window, guest cloaks and recessed down lights.

Open Plan Lounge/Kitchen: Chocolate oak units and honey oak block work surface, fully tiled floor area and matching splashback in ‘Anthracite’, gas hob, electric fan assist oven with chimney hood, stainless steel sink and mixer taps, integrated dishwasher and feature under cupboard display lighting. Lounge with Velux windows, exposed natural beams to ceiling and full height feature windows to the front elevation.

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The Old Fire Station – Gardens On Parade (c) 2013 Paul Carr

Study Area: Velux window and patio door to side elevation.

Bedroom One: Bi-fold door to patio/rear garden and exposed natural beams to ceiling, built in wardrobe with double doors housing boiler.

Bedroom Two: Single patio door to rear garden and exposed natural beams to ceiling, walk in cupboard.

Bathroom: Chrome shower with full height tiles and glass shower screen, bath with mixer tap and hand held shower, wash hand basin and w.c., polished chrome heated tower rail, ceramic floor tiles, exposed natural beams to ceiling and Velux window.

Hall: Cupboard with plumbing for washing machine.

Outside: Off road parking to front aspect. Landscaped gardens.

Location: The Old Fire Station, 5a Deakin Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B24 9AJ.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £127,960 = 80% / 20% SHARED EQUITY PROPERTY. Please contact estate agent for further details.

Contact Paul Carr Estate Agents Tel: 0121 353 9200. 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.

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Cornish Chapel

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The Old Chapel, Tolver Place, Penzance (c) 2013 NCT Agencies

This appears to be an FTSAA – Failed To Sell At Auction. We believe it was originally scheduled for Clive Emson’s 26th July 2013 auction. However, this wonderful piece of solid stonemasonry didn’t sell. So we have a detached former chapel with plans in place and just needs a unique person with the vision and endeavour to create something Devine.

Agency Description: NCT Estate Agents are delighted to announce that Richmond Wesleyan Chapel and School Hall is to be offered for sale. The chapel is a Grade II listed building, principally 2 storey in height and predominantly constructed of granite with granite quoins and dressing under a pitched slate roof. The property itself has gross internal dimensions of some 14.36 sq mtrs x 27 sq mtrs. Within the chapel itself is a raised section to the west comprising the organ and vestry.

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Interior – The Old Chapel, Tolver Place (c) 2013 NCT Agencies

The principal entrance is to the church on the north and southern flanks of the east end elevation. The school building itself is single storey, believed to be constructed of stone and concrete block-work under hipped and transverse pitched roofs and under a slate covering. The hall has a gross internal floor area of about 367 sq mtrs comprising a central hall of 17.7 mtrs x 8 mtrs together with a number of ante-rooms and side rooms off. The hall is set at a higher level to the chapel and reached by external steps from the rear as well as having access to the side road. The chapel itself fronts Tolver Place and there is pedestrian access from the pavement to a large grassed area to the south. A pre-planning application enquiry has been made and the reference is: PA12/02271/PREAPP and this was for the conversion of the former chapel to residential use and demolition of adjacent hall and erection of 4 dwellings. A copy of this report is available on request.

Location: The Old Chapel, Tolver Place, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2AD.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £250,000 [original guide was £250,000 to £300,000 but failed to sell at auction last July 2013]

Contact NCT Estate Agents Tel: 01736 331122. 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.

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Chapel At Tolver Place Penzance Cornwall


Thankyou Samantha

We received a lovely email from Samantha asking if she could borrow one of the properties we had listed. Not that we have any specific ‘ownership’ of the information updated on the Unique Property Bulletin.

Though it is really nice when folk ‘get it’. That is the sharing of things on the internet. This website hopes to do that. Clearly Sam does too.

So in the spirit of appreciation, may we heartily recommend readers have a look at Sam’s website.

It is a little different to ours.

We certainly enjoyed visiting with a fellow property eccentric and list the link here…


Causeway Barn Conversion

Causeway Barn 1

The Causeway, Middlebridge, Hampshire (c) 2013 Carter Jonas

A neat barn conversion project with planning permission in place. Scheduled for auction on the 27th November 2015 [if you read this after 27th November please remember the FTSAA principle].

Agency Narrative: Guide price £225,000 – £250,000 A rare development opportunity * Close to The River Test * Planning Permission to convert barns into three holiday cottages.

Detached House


Development Plot


An adjoining paddock with a right to fish on a nearby stretch of The River Test will also be offered as a separate lot*.

Location: The buildings occupy a delightful position alongside the Test Way, well known for its splendid walks through the countryside in the Test Valley. Bounded by open farmland and the Test Way itself, the property is within a stone’s throw of Sadler’s Mill and the Salmon Leap. The site is a short distance from the historic town centre of Romsey which offers a wide range of amenities.

Lot 1 (i) -Sadler’s Mill Farm Barns: Sadler’s Mill Farm Barns are redundant farm buildings in a typical farmyard setting. Planning Permission has been granted to provide a one bedroom unit, a two bedroom unit and a detached three bedroom unit with loft space accommodation. The buildings have elevations of brick and/or wood cladding under a slate roof and form two sides of the courtyard. The total area is 0.174 acres (0.070 hectares).

*Lot 1 (ii) – Paddock: An adjoining paddock is also available subject to a successful sale of Sadler’s Mill Farm Barns together with the right to join a fishing syndicate with a rod on a nearby stretch of The Test. The total area is 0.687 acres (0.278 hectares).

Planning: Full details of the current permission can be found on the Test Valley Borough Council website under Application No: 12/00009/FULLS and Application No: 12/02021/VARS. Copies of the Planning Permission are also available from the agent’s offices.

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The Causeway, Middlebridge, Hampshire (c) 2013 Carter Jonas

Location: Sadler’s Mill Farm Barns, The Causeway, Middlebridge, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8HL.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £225,000FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER AT 6.00PM. If you read this entry AFTER the auction, please always remember the FTSAA principle.

Contact Carter Jonas Agencies Tel: 01962 842742. 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.

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Architecturally Unique

Unique Property Bulletin Architect Award For November 2013



David James & Associates



Featured Unique Property – Architect Design

Coastguard 1

 Proposed Newbuild Design

Old Coastguard Road, Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset (c) 2013 David James

Over a quarter of a century ago Unique Property Bulletin was born in an old Coastguard Station. Long term lease at less than one pound per year. There is more to it than that, but old coastguard buildings hold a special place in the heart here at the Bulletin. Though to be clear, this is not an old coastguard station, but a very modern newbuild and has the style of a proper coastal building. It very much reminded us of our old Coastguard Station – though with a very modern essence -and seemed to sit perfectly as a candidate for this week’s Unique Architecture slot.

Before you have a mindset at £1 a year, please understand that this next listing is in one of the most sought after locations in the United Kingdom at Sandbanks in Devon, and it is a high-end luxurious coastal newbuild designed by David James Architects. Therefore it is an entirely different ballpark.

We have two groups of reader this may appeal to. There are our readers who are well placed to buy such a building and like this sort of structure. We also have the valiant group of folk who wish to build something like this. Hence listing this unique, architect designed coastal property which has full planning permission on the Old Coastguard Road.

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Current Sea View – Old Coastguard Road, Sandbanks (c) 2013 Tailor Made

Agency Narrative: A unique opportunity to purchase this fine waterside plot with full planning permission for a superb detached residence with accommodation of 3361 sq ft which can be custom built to suit the purchaser to create a bespoke home suitable to their requirements. The house has been designed by David James Architects with accommodation over three floors, uninterrupted panoramic harbour views and outside terracing on every floor. The property benefits from direct water access with private sandy beach and owns the foreshore to low water mark. Full plans are available on request.

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Old Coastguard Road – Architect Design (c) 2013 David James

Agency Summary:-

Waterside plot with full planning permission.
Architecturally designed house over three floors.
3361 sq ft of accommodation.
Uninterrupted panoramic harbour views.
Direct water access with potential for jetty and moorings subject to relevant consents.
Exclusive location next to the Royal Motor Yacht Club.

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Design That Inspires The Imagination (c) 2013 David James

Full planning permission has been granted to construct a superb detached residence with 3361 sq ft of accommodation arranged over three floors to include;

• Open plan kitchen/dining room/family room with terrace
• Formal living room with terrace
• Utility room
• Study
• Top floor master bedroom suite with dressing room, en-suite and terrace
• Bedroom two with dressing area and en-suite
• Two further bedrooms
• Family bathroom
• Double garage
• Landscaped gardens

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Old Coastguard Road – Proposed Ground Floor Plans (c) 2013 David James

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Old Coastguard Road – Proposed First Floor Plans (c) 2013 David James

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Old Coastguard Road – Proposed Second Floor Plans (c) 2013 David James

This is a rare and unique opportunity to purchase a waterfront plot in a highly desirable location with an estimated resale price of £4,250,000.

The current dwelling that sits upon the plot is a three bedroom detached bungalow owning a section of the foreshore with a small private beach with accommodation as follows:

For us at Unique Property Bulletin we just love what David James Architects have put together with a 3D visualisation walk through presentation…. 

David James Architects & Associates Ltd
5 Wolterton Road
BH12 1LR

Tel: 01202 755633 

Location: 12 Old Coastguard Road, Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7RL.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: Building Plot: £2,500,000. Estimated Final Value: £4,250,000.

Contact Tailor Made Agencies Tel: 01202 706 006. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/architect know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Try Before You Buy …..

Hunting Tower Holiday

 Hunting Tower Chatsworth Tim Heaton RSZ

The Hunting Tower, Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire (c) 2013 Tim Heaton

Not just a holiday, but an affordable experience of an historic and truly unique structure to stay in. If you are into this style of unusual building as a potential home, this is an excellent try-before-you-buy experience [though please note the Hunting Tower at Chatsworth is NOT for sale – just for rent].

On top of the towering holiday experience, you also have the chance to explore one of the most amazing estate in Britain. Further information at …

So if the Hunting Tower lights your imagination, why not book a short stay?

Location: The Hunting Tower, Chatsworth Estate, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PJ.

Tenure: Holiday Rental Experience.

Guide: Starts From £670 for 4 people for 4 nights. £42 a head – not bad.

Holiday Ratecard:

Contact Chatsworth Estate Office Tel: 01246 565379. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate office know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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