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Unique Property Bulletin 20 December 2015 Part 2

Part 2

Latest Unique Property Bulletin

Including New Year’s New Competition: 1st January – 29th February 2016

Current Prize: £50


That’s Ice

Winter Can Be A Wonder

Ice Hotel 1

The Ice Hotel – Bedroom Styles Vary & Exude Inspiration

You could get lost in frosty reverie looking through these beautiful photographs…

Ice Hotel – Retrospective: Click Here

Each bedroom has such attention to detail…

Ice Hotel – Individual Bedroom Design: Click Here

Maybe treat yourself to a visit. Before the warm weather returns, and the melting event happens…

Ice Hotel – ‘The Melting’: Click Here

Ice Hotel Team

The Ice Hotel Team

Look and book…

Ice Hotel – Frosty Holiday Packages: Click Here


Ice Hotel – Main Website: Click Here


Watergardens + Home + Business

Lifestyle Life

Penrose Water Gardens, Shortlanesend, Truro, Cornwall 1

Penrose Water Gardens, Shortlanesend, Truro, Cornwall

This could be the embryo for a new element to our regular BulletinLifestyle Living – uniquely. What do you reckon? This beautiful place provides a home, plus an income. The setting is exquisite.

Penrose Water Gardens, Shortlanesend, Truro, Cornwall MAIN

Penrose Water Gardens, Shortlanesend, Truro, Cornwall

Described as a unique commercial water garden/aquatic nursery, venue facility, including Lily Tearooms, Kingfisher Venue and a 3-bedroom apartment. All set in approximately 6.5 acres of delightful wooded valley.

Penrose Water Gardens, Shortlanesend, Truro, Cornwall 2
Penrose Water Gardens, Shortlanesend, Truro, Cornwall

The site also includes commercial polyhouses/workshops which provide an educational facility, well stocked lily ponds and car parking, all set in the picturesque wooded valley in Shortlanesend, just outside Truro.

Penrose Water Gardens, Shortlanesend, Truro, Cornwall 3

Penrose Water Gardens, Shortlanesend, Truro, Cornwall

The business is multifaceted with the fully licensed Lily Tearooms serving breakfast, lunches, cream teas and roasts together with a daily menu of specials utilising seasonal locally sourced ingredients and many of their own salads and vegetables grown on site. The Kingfisher Venue offers a fine, secluded and private venue for special occasions and functions. The Penrose Water Gardens themselves were founded over 40 years ago and visitors are welcome to enjoy a leisurely walk.

Penrose Water Gardens, Shortlanesend, Truro, Cornwall 4

Penrose Water Gardens, Shortlanesend, Truro, Cornwall

The business also offers Walk and Talk facilities for groups who would prefer a more formalised tour and additionally a wide variety of plants are available for sale including water lilies and other native aquatic plants.

Location: Penrose Water Gardens, Shortlanesend, Truro, Cornwall, TR4 9ES

Guide: £1,750,000

Further Details: Click Here

PDF Brochure: Click Here

Archived Details For Future Reference: Click Here

Contact Scott Burridge Commercial – Tel: 01872 277 397. Please can readers mention to estate agents, auctioneers and property owners that they found the place for sale in Unique Property Bulletin. This helps us keep this publication free for all readers.


Unique B&B For Sale

Church Conversion & Around 2 Acres

Parrandier, The Old Church of Urquhart MAIN

Parrandier, The Old Church of Urquhart

We seem to be having quite a few unique lifestyle properties coming inbound for this edition. If there is a demand for these, then we will definitely oblige by including a regular spot in future Bulletins. Please let us know if you are looking for a change of pace and lifestyle click here.

The Old Church of Urqhuart has been trading since 1998 as a very successful 4-Star bed and breakfast business. Garden grounds extending to approximately 2 acres. Self-catering apartment, evening meals and alcohol and wedding-license Excellent rural views. Situated in a picturesque rural location EPC Rating D57.

Old Church of Urquhart Harvest

Parrandier, The Old Church of Urquhart

This converted church is located approximately 5 miles east of Elgin close to both, the Grampian Highlands and the white sandy beaches and dunes of the Moray Firth. The property is about half a mile from the village of Urquhart and presents open, uninterrupted views to the surrounding countryside.

Old Church of Urquhart Bell
Belle Bell

Location: Parrandier B&B, The Old Church of Urquhart, Urquhart, By Elgin. IV30 8NH

Guide – Fixed Price (as opposed to ‘offers over’ protocol): £595,000 Freehold

Further Details: Click Here.

Archived Details For Future Reference: Click Here.

Owner’s Website: Click Here.

Trip Advisor Background Information: Click Here.

Contact Bell Ingram Tel: 01463 717 799. Please can folk mention to estate agents that they found this place for sale in Unique Property Bulletin. This helps us keep this publication free for all readers.




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Unique Property Competition

For January & February 2016, the Unique Property Bulletin competition prize is a crisp £50 note:-

Competition Prize - Unique Property Bulletin

Please Name This Unique Building & The Location…


Photograph: 2016 Copyright Russ McLean

The winner is the first drawn from our Competition Box at close of competition on 29th February 2016

Competition Hint

“Victor has a monstrous time on screen, assembling a group of friends and acquaintances”

Email free entries to Unique Property Bulletin:-

Click Here For Competition Entry Contact Page


Architecturally Unique

Please note, each edition we feature the work of a unique architect. These properties are usually NOT currently for sale, but are included to help inspire readers as to the talent that abounds when a good architect’s mind meets the imagination of a unique property person, and something that little bit special is created by the synergy.

Shin Takamatsu Architect

Myoken-San Worship Hall 1

Myoken-San Worship Hall

 Our Top & Commended Architect For This Unique Property Bulletin Is:

Shin Takamatsu

Official Website

Myoken-San Worship Hall Glass Floor

Myoken-San Worship Hall Glass Floor

Walking on this first floor with seemingly nothing between you and a twenty foot fall requires contemplation

Given the Kaizen heading of this Unique Property Bulletin it is apt that we consider some genuinely outstanding architecture from Japan, and as our preference of choice – the brilliant mind of Shin Takamatsu. Specifically his work designing the Myoken-San Worship Hall. This is a marvellous and inspirational transformation of the desires and wishes from the client being transformed into efficient architecture of beautiful design. These words are the guiding philosophy of Shin Takamatsu. There are so many exceptional parts to this building such as the importance of utilising the tall cedar wood trees that were cut down whilst clearing the site. These magnificent tree trunks have been incorporated within the inner structure. Another aspect is the first floor which is made of plate glass and is interesting to walk upon. Further details for the Myoken-San building can be found here. Please consider contacting Shin Takamatsu Architects: click here.

Myoken-San Worship Hall MAIN

Myoken-San Worship Hall


Try Before You Buy

The property included within the try-before-you-buy section of the Unique Property Bulletin – is NOT for sale. Our endeavour is to provide a sample, and actual experience of what it would be like to live in any particular genre of unusual abode. This specific listing is for a short-stay break. Our offering for this edition:-

Unique Holiday At Pole Land?

Not The EU Country, The ANZAC Version

The Pole House F2 Architects Photo By Matt Lord

The Pole House

Photograph Courtesy of Matt Lord

We have had several emails asking about the unique property in the header photograph on our…

Facebook Page

The location is the Pole House, 60 Banool Road, Fairhaven, Victoria, 3231, Australia. The good news is that you can go on holiday there…

Pole House Vacation Website 1 – Click Here

Pole House Vacation Website 2 – Click Here

The Pole House is one of one of our top-ten favourite unique properties of all time. Certainly worth thinking about a cure for the winter blues and jet off to Australia where they are just coming into their summer right now and have a vertical vacation in this amazing design solution for hillside living.

Pole House At Night

The Pole House At Night – Still A Marvel

To further tickle the vernacular taste-buds we have compiled a..

Photo Montage of The Pole House – Click Here

Plus there also is an excellent video on this building…

Click Onto The Photo Above To Watch The Video

Hear is an earlier video presentation with the original architect/owner…

Click Onto The Photo Above To Watch The Video

There has been a major refurbishment along the life of this inspirational house…

Pole House Refurbishment

The Pole House During Refurbishment.

Pole House Perspective

The Pole House After Refurbishment

Pole House Interior

The Pole House: Lovely Living Room.

Pole House Interior Bedroom

The Pole House: Bedroom. Waking Up With Glorious Sea Views.

That was try-before-you-buy for this edition of Unique Property Bulletin. So what do you do if you would like to commission the architect to design your own bespoke version in your own preferred location/country.

Study the architect’s website: Click Here.

Then email Franco Fiorentini’s firm at F2: Click Here.

Perhaps let us know how you get on: Click Here. Thanks.



This Edition’s Unique Property Feature:-



Kaizen & Continual Improvement In The Bulletin’s Effort To Help Readers

AAA Limeworks Listed In The Unique Property Bulletin

The Limeworks, Norton, Kent, ME13 0SE. £1,500,000. Still Unsold? Click Here.

From 208 Unique Properties Per Year In 2015 – To Over 500 For 2016

This edition is the final one for 2015. In the past few weeks we have reduced the frequency of the main Unique Property Bulletin. To balance this, the Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds have been increased and revving up with almost daily additions. We hadn’t expected the extra social media to have such a positive impact. Already two folk have bought their unique properties from the FaceTweet links…

Twitter: Regular Additional Lots – Click Here

Facebook: Regular Additional Lots – Click Here

These social media elements have ADDITIONAL buildings to complement the content, features and articles within each Bulletin. For those readers who are new to this publication, it is run by volunteers and on a not-for-profit basis. The aim is to share information on unique property with others of a similar enthusiasm and disposition.

As well as evolving to the point where we can present 500 unique properties instead of the old 208 a year, the longer publication frequency has really helped ease the pressure on our helpers. But we are still down one and a half volunteers from a year ago, and have had to think long and hard about the possibility of going offline for a while. Our good friend Sam decided to do just that with her popular What Sam Saw Today property website. After reviewing the way the Bulletin is put together we think there is a workable solution to avoid taking a sabbatical and making this site dormant. Instead we are on the Kaizen path…


Problem solving and continual improvement. So to relieve some of the inexorable pressure on our small huddle of volunteers and to free up time for related projects we are going to commit to 12 editions of the Unique Property Bulletin for 2016. That will mean one full Unique Property Bulletin once per month for 2016. We will up the Facebook and Twitter additions to as near daily as possible in order to keep us over the 500 unique properties a year (Facebook + Twitter: 300 & Bulletin 208). The main effect will be to ensure we can keep going and not have the souls here burn out.

Also, there is something special about the emails, telephone calls and relationships built up between many readers and this end of the website. Not to mention the huge buzz whenever someone manages to buy that elusive and unusual home. So much promise at a new adventure. It is almost unthinkable to halt that enjoyment and suspend this website for any duration.

Looking to the future, in order to ensure this website isn’t overly reliant on our small band of volunteers, we will be making best efforts to employ a couple of staff writers starting sometime in 2016. To fund this we shall be devoting more energy to rustling up a few more Unique Property Syndicates. In the past, some of our share of the surplus syndicate funds have gone to keeping the Bulletin free. This publication will remain free. Though it is likely we may need to take on some advertising from mainstream estate agencies to help augment the salary for new staff writers. That is unlikely to impact adversely on the Bulletin. Going forward our intent will be for the main monthly edition to have more of an e-magazine type feel to it. We will be adding extra content to each Bulletin in due course. More details of that in the new year. All in all we hope this latest evolution of the Unique Property Bulletin will be the very model of continual improvement. In one word: Kaizen.

So that you don’t miss out on the new monthly publication frequency, it may be a good idea to subscribe to our Bulletin email “Alert” service…

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The rest of this particular section of this Bulletin is devoted to illustrating for folk who have not yet utilising our Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds that there are additional properties, almost on a daily basis that appear on our social media feeds in parallel to the main Bulletin. We weren’t too sure of Facebook nor Twitter and are very recent converts. But have to confess they are very good in helping let many more people know about unusual buildings for sale. Some social media pictures can go on to cause 2,000 to 3,000 extra visitors to the main Bulletin in a day. That was a very pleasant surprise. Some examples of the hundreds of recent extra properties featured via our social media newsfeeds below.

The Point?

80% of the undernoted would not normally have reached the main Bulletin.

Simply because as not-for-profit entity run by volunteers – time is at a premium. Plus the space in each Unique Property Bulletin is finite. However, it is very important to us to ensure readers have as much chance as possible to find their ultimate home. Hence the excitement here at being able to substantially add to the overall number of unique properties we can bring to your attention. At first we weren’t keen on Facebook/Twitter, but with two folk already having bought their next building projects via this additional feature, we are becoming more an more enthusiastic about social media. So if you haven’t already checked out the extra properties we have on our social media, here are just a small sample of recent inclusions…

Facebook/Twitter: Example Lot 1 From Hundreds of Extra Unique Properties 

Air Control Tower RAF Wigsley Newark

Air Control Tower RAF Wigsley Newark. PLANNING for residential conversion.

Guide £150,000. Click Here

Air Control Tower RAF Wigsley Newark

In Days Gone By: Air Control Tower RAF Wigsley Newark.


Facebook/Twitter: Example 2 From Hundreds Extra

North Barn, Toft House Farm, Main Road, Aislaby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1SW

North Barn, Toft House Farm, Main Road, Aislaby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1SW

Unsold at auction from £280,000, Click Here reduced in guide to £245,000 Click Here. Possibly lower?


Facebook/Twitter: Example 3 From Hundreds Extra

Former Station Masters House, Bispham Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY2 0SX

The Lancashire railway station in Bispham Road is still for sale? Guided at £100,000 it failed to sell at auction, so the owners might be persuaded to accept a little less: Click Here.


Facebook/Twitter: Example 4 From Hundreds Extra

Windmill Farm & Windmill, Cat & Fiddle Lane, West Hallam

Windmill Farm & Windmill, Cat & Fiddle Lane, West Hallam. Guide: £750,000 – Click Here.


Facebook/Twitter: Example 5 From Hundreds Extra

Mansleton School

Manselton School, Manor Road, Manselton, South Wales, SA5 9PB. Guide Just £50,000 – Click Here.


Facebook/Twitter: Example 6 From Hundreds Extra

Fire Station

Future Flats In Fire Station

Likely AFTER the developers have converted it.

Controversial. This fire station is being redeveloped in Manchester. Originally cost £142,000 to build the whole thing in 1906. Value has crept up a bit by now! Worth keeping an eye on as there maybe flats for sale depending on which developer progresses the project. A beautiful building with an amazing history. Watch this space!

Click Here For Background Information


Facebook/Twitter: Example 7 From Hundreds Extra

Auchingramont Court, Union Street,Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 6NB

Beautiful Flat At £94,000 In This Divine Conversion: Click Here.


Facebook/Twitter: Example 8 From Hundreds Extra


An Animalarium Attracted A Lot of Interest: Click Here.


With These Included In The Sale Who Wouldn’t Be Curious

Victor: ‘I think I saw the new landlord. They are buying our Animalarium’. Sergei: ‘What is an Anamalrium?’


Facebook/Twitter: Example 9 From Hundreds Extra

Old Signal House

Old Signal House For Sale – 1 Penlee Point, Penlee : Click Here.


Facebook/Twitter: Example 10 From Hundreds Extra

Cider Tower

Cider Tower, Cannee – For Sale £160,000Click Here.


Facebook/Twitter: Example 11 From Hundreds Extra

Blacksboat Station, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, AB37 9BN

Blacksboat Railway Station House – £195,000: Click Here.


Facebook/Twitter: Example 12 From Hundreds Extra

Pier For Sale HMS Ganges

Former HMS Ganges Pier, Shotley – £100,000 Click Here.

Looking for somewhere to park your houseboat…


Amazing what sort of megayacht type vessels you could park at the end of this pier and live upon.

Click Here For An Example – Lots of Interesting Photographs


We trust this sample from our Facebook/Twitter newsfeed illustrates the turbo-boost given for readers with lots of extra unique buildings added via social media. For up to date news just click the online media platform of your choice…

Click Here For Extra Unique Property On Twitter


Click Here For Extra Unique Property On Facebook




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