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Unique Property Bulletin 20 December 2015

This Edition’s Unique Property Feature:-

Kaizen

改善

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

The Old Station, Station Road, Saintfield, County Down

One of Hundreds Extra Unique Properties: The Old Station, Station Road, Saintfield, County Down 

A few weeks ago we wrote about Kaizen, the philosophy of continual improvement along with how this impacted upon our efforts in helping you find that exceptional place to call home. We also had a little nervousness about moving from publishing the Bulletin from two-week to a longer frequency.

Seems like another case of wasting worry. The quid pro quo to ameliorate going longer between publishing the main Bulletin was, and is, the promise to boost our new social media newsfeeds. We needn’t have been perturbed. The Twitter and Facebook Facebook platforms are a delight to interact with. Even just a few weeks in and they are evolving nicely. As we come to the close of 2015 and travel into the new year of 2016, this edition has a look back on the evolution of our efforts to get you into some property mischief.

The full feature can be read – at the foot of page 2.

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=== Regular Bulletin Listings Now Follow ===

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Mid Edition News

We are starting 2016 with a new Unique Property Syndicate. This will be our 19th. These are run essentially for the enjoyment that they have brought Bulletin readers. However, due to the regular profits returned (click here) part of to the reasoning is to increase respective syndicate members’ individual funds so that the eventual dream home unique property can be afforded. The syndicates are now on dedicated pages, but with password access and notifications alerting members with emails. If you have NOT yet received an email about the latest Unique Property Syndicate 19, please let us know and we shall ensure you are added to our regular email alert list for these syndicates…

Click Here To Be Included For The Unique Property Syndicate Email Alerts

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Lucky Locky

Top Cottage Photo By Jo Turner

Top Lock Cottage, By Grand Union Canal, Stockton, Warwickshire

Photograph Courtesy of Jo Turner

Could this former lock keeper’s cottage be the one for you? Perhaps a future grand union between Bulletin reader and unique home?

Loveitts Agency Summary:-

Idyllic canal side location
Well presented home
Double glazing
Covered patio area to rear
Solid fuel central heating

2 Top Lock Cottage, Adj Grand Union Canal, Stockton, CV47 8LH 3

Top Lock Cottage, By Grand Union Canal, Stockton, Warwickshire

As can be seen from the aerial photograph above, this is a picturesque canal side location. Three bedroom detached former lock keepers cottage. Well presented with secluded garden.

Location: 2 Top Lock Cottage, Adj Grand Union Canal, Stockton, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 8LH

Guide: £280,000

Further Details: Click Here. Nice selection of 20 photographs.

Archived Details For Future Reference: Click Here.

Contact Loveitts Estate Agency Tel: 024 7652 7789. Please can readers mention to external estate agents that they found the place for sale in Unique Property Bulletin. This helps us keep this publication free for everyone.

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The Canal Works – For You?

The Canal Works Building, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
An Apartment In The Canal Works Building, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

An imaginative conversion of the old canal works has yielded several interesting flats. The one for sale has central heating and double glazing. The accommodation consists of; entrance hall, open plan living/dining room and modern fitted kitchen; two bedrooms and a shower room. Externally there is a nice balcony feature. Plus a communal terrace garden.

The Canal Works Building, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire To Balcony

Nice Corner Aspect & Balcony With Waterway Views

Located within walking distance to Hebden Bridge town centre – with a full range of amenities including shops, schools, bus routes and trans pennine rail links to nearby cities and towns.

Location: The Apartment, Canal Works, Hebble End, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 6HH

Guide: £150,000

Further Details: Click Here.

Archived Details For Future Reference: Click Here.

Contact Peter David Properties – Tel: 01422 844403. Please can readers mention to external estate agents that they found the place for sale in Unique Property Bulletin. This helps us keep this publication free for everyone.

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Locks Away

Lock Keeper's Cottage, Lower Frankton, Nr Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4PB Photo By David Martin MAIN

Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Lower Frankton, Shropshire

Photograph Courtesy of David Martin

This particular former lock keeper’s house is a little more unusual than even we have seen. The building is set slightly away from the canal, and for the most part below it. Although the grounds border very close to the actual waterway – the Montgomery Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.

Agency Summary:-

Former Lock Keepers Cottage
Great Charm & Character
4 Bedrooms, Superb Gardens
Versatile Outbuildings
Nice Rural Location
Extensive Canal Frontage

Accommodation consist of a ground floor kitchen, lounge, dining room, utility room and bathroom. O the first floor – which is on a level with the canal, has four first floor bedrooms and second bathroom. The property has oil fired central heating and double glazed windows. The lock keeper’s cottage has lawns to the front and side. The entire frontage faces onto the Montgomery Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.

Location: Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Lower Frankton, Nr Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4PB

Guide: £345,000

Further Details: Click Here.

Archived Details For Future Reference: Click Here.

Contact Halls – Tel: 01691 622602. Please can readers mention to external estate agents that they found the place for sale in Unique Property Bulletin. This helps us keep this publication free for everyone.

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More Mooring If You Like

Lock Keeper's Cottage, Fradley Junction, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7DN

Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Fradley Junction, Alrewas, Staffordshire

This is the fourth in our initial quartet of canalside properties (in response to popular demand via email). The property is located at Fradley Junction on a canal side setting, a delightful location. Canal side setting with optional mooring to front. Four bedrooms; three reception rooms; breakfast kitchen; utility room; wet room and family bathroom. Triple garage and workshop. Gardens to rear and both sides of the property. Ample Parking. EPC Rating : E.

Lock Keeper's Cottage, Fradley Junction, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7DN View From

The View From Lock Keeper’s Cottage At Fradley Junction, Alrewas

More mooring if you like – The vendors rent a 70 foot end of garden mooring (local rates apply) from the Canal & River Trust. This could be transferred to the new owner if required. Charges applicable.

Location: Shade House, Formerly Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Fradley Junction, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7DN

Guide: £595,000

Further Details: Click Here. Includes 19 fine photographs.

Archived Details For Future Reference: Click Here.

Contact John German Agencies Tel: 01543 419 121. Please can folk mention to external estate agents that they found the place for sale in Unique Property Bulletin. This helps us keep this publication free for all readers.

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Thatched In Lovejoy Land

Plus Garden Office

Knoll Cottage, Little Glemham, Suffolk

Knoll Cottage, Keeper’s Lane, Little Glemham, Nr Framlingham, Suffolk

Knoll Cottage is a Grade II Listed dwelling believed to date from the 17th Century. In recent decades, a sympathetic extension was added to one side creating further ground and first floor accommodation. On the ground floor is a kitchen/breakfast room with cosy sitting area, a utility room, large dining room and spacious sitting room. There is also a cloakroom. On the first floor are five bedrooms, as well as a shower room and bathroom.

Little Glemham, Nr Framlingham 2

Nice Water Feature For Contemplation At Work & Play: Knoll Cottage, Little Glemham

Externally, the house sits in very attractive grounds extending to ¾ acre. These are predominantly laid to lawn, but there is also an extensive pond. The grounds include excellent outbuildings with garaging and offices.

Location: Knoll Cottage, Keeper’s Lane, Little Glemham, Nr Framlingam, Suffolk, IP13 0BB

Guide: £550,000

Further Details: Click Here.

Archived Details For Future Reference: Click Here.

Contact Clarke & Simpson Tel: 01728 724200. 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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Fire Station For Sale

A Home For Classic Car Enthusiasts?

Former Fire Station Close Hill, Redruth, TR15 1EP
Former Fire Station Close Hill, Redruth, TR15 1EP

At just £71 per square foot, this old fire station in Cornwall is competitively priced, and also ideal for vintage car enthusiasts. There are at least two former Top Gear production guys that look in on this website from time to time, and we’d be delighted if they created a really interesting home out of this with space to house a classic car or two in this fire station.

Something like the vintage car scene from the old 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The garage scene where a Ferrari flies out of the plate glass window is memorable. Though not something you would like to repeat. On the subject of unusual homes that cater for the owner’s vintage cars, the unique house that featured in that film came up for sale in 2009 (click here). Even today, most folk wince when the car exits in style out of a plate glass window and lands 20 feet below.

Garage - Ferris Buellers Day Off House

Classic Car Enthusiasts Sometimes Live With Their Cars: Ferris Bueller Building

Back to Redruth. The old fire station has a lot of potential. Let the imagination free on it, and there has to be an interesting architectural conversion in this old station.

Location: Former Fire Station Close Hill, Redruth, TR15 1EP

Guide: £275,000

Further Details: Click Here

Archived Details For Future Reference: Click Here

Contact Redgrave Commercial Agency Tel: 01872 277 314. 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. 

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River Lodge & Fishing Rights

River Lodge, Almondbank, Perthshire, PH1 3NW

River Lodge, Almondbank, Perthshire, PH1 3NW

In times when a mere fishing beat can go for over a million pounds, this river lodge has fishing rights included. So quite a giid catch in more ways than one. Also great for having really fresh fish at dinner. Providing you know the business end of a fishing rod.

River Lodge, Almondbank, Perthshire, PH1 3NW Balcony View

River Lodge, Almondbank – Balcony View

This modernised two bedroom lodge is set in a secluded location overlooking the River Almond. The property enjoys an outstanding elevated position with commanding views from a wide spacious terrace. The house is soundly built of dressed stone walls with pitched slate roofs. The garden and grounds around the house extend in total to just over half an acra. At the foot of the garden is a spectacular riverside decking area ideal for barbecues and entertaining family and friends. The total acreage around the house including the river bed rights are around 0.79 of an acre.

Location: River Lodge, Almondbank, Perthshire, PH1 3NW

Guide: £349,000

Further Details: Click Here

Archived Details For Future Reference: Click Here

Contact Ballantynes Estate Agency Tel: 01738 441 825. Please can readers mention to estate agents that they found the place for sale in Unique Property Bulletin. This helps us keep this publication free for all readers.

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Overcoming Access To Unique Property

Click On The Picture Above To View The Video Excerpt

How Much Fun Is This? 🙂 Just Take A Look At That Video!

Okay this monorail for pedal cycling is pretty left-of-field, even for us, but we couldn’t resist featuring it. What a wonderful idea. Also, there are occasional times when we feature a unique property and access is not easy. At least one earlier property could have done with something like this to connect the island to the mainland…

Towan Island

Towan Island, Cornwall

If you don’t fancy the narrow vertigo inducing footbridge, then a would be just the ticket. By the way, you can holiday on Towan Island – details: click here. Though there is NO Shweeb monorail at Towan Island in Cornwall. Yet!

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House Rules Television

Recruiting Unique Home Owners

Futuro Restoration - Main Website

The Futuro House: One of Our Favourite George Clarke Discoveries

Over the years architect and tv presenter George Clarke has provided some excellent television programmes. He is a firm favourite at this end of the keyboard when we compile each edition of this Unique Property Bulletin. Indeed we’ve been able to send candidate properties in to help programmes, whilst George’s team has reciprocated and given us some excellent unique property – some of the best include…

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Laird Henderson’s Ice House With Architect George Clarke

With George’s team it is always a two way street. The aim – to inspire fellow property eccentrics – whether via the internet or the gogglebox. So we are delighted to help George Clarke’s new production company House Rules (working title – may change).

The production team can be contacted via 07599 882 416Gary McQuillan have asked the following:-

Are you planning to transform the interior of your period home? A new Channel 4 show, George Clarke’s House Rules, wants to talk to you! Do you want to create a stunning look but don’t know where to start? How do you know what features to chuck and what to cherish? We are looking for people who own an old house or flat, to take part in the series which will follow transformations from start to finish and will celebrate the history of your home.

George is after homes of all sizes, and all architectural periods, including listed properties. Full planning permission and finance must be in place.

To apply, please contact the House Rules team: 07599 882 416 or through email introduction click here (our spam-filter page).

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Howard’s Way?

Like The TV Series? Love A Real Life Version? We Have One Here For You.

The house and business – not the television drama, nor actors!

Howards Way Maritime Television Series
Actors Not Included!

Howard’s Way Television Series: At Its Peak Watched By 14 Million Viewrs

In the 1980’s a popular television series called Howard’s Way ran to 78 episodes. The principle character, Tom Howard was played by actor Maurice Colbourne. The character Tom was made redundant from his job as an aircraft designer after 20 years and was unwilling to remain in the rat race. A sailing enthusiast, Tom decided to pursue his dream of designing and building boats, putting his redundancy into buying the Mermaid Boatyard. You will need to buy the DVD boxset to find out for how much and what drama ensued. It is worth noting that up to 14,000,000 viewers tuned into the series as illustrated by this clip: click here.

Rudders Boatyard MAIN Headline Page

Rudders Boatyard & Badger Cottage & Burton Cliff, Pembrokeshire

I suspect that the owners of Rudders Boatyard may not keenly identify with the big hair and drama of that retro 1980s television series, but the component real life asset parts are definitely available. With subtle differences. Unlike the fictional Mermaid Boatyard, Rudders makes a good profit. The current owner of Rudders Boatyard bought it in circumstances not that far removed from the initial plot-line of the Howard’s Way television series. In real life during the late 1990s Alastair Pollard was looking to decrease the stresses of running a 60 strong IT staff, and had a yearning for a gentler style of living and working. A boatyard was the ideal. The result? Fifteen years of working in a beautifully located business and living in a waterside house with spectacular views. There is much more to Rudders Boatyard and we have dedicated a web page for those who would like to know more.

Badger Cottage Rudders Boatyard 1

Badger Cottage: 4 Bedroom Detached House Is Included In This Sale

A beautiful, detached coastal home with an established commercial boatyard, boat workshop, deepwater pontoon, boat slip, 60 deep water swinging moorings, chandlery, boat sale brokerage, rigid inflatable boat charter, 65 feet of quayside, workboats, pleasure craft, work-plant, cherry-picker, hoist and tools.

Rudders Boatyard 3

All The Ingredients For Your Very Own Howard’s Way.

Before you click onto the dedicated page with further details for Rudders Boatyard & Badger Cottage, please consider that you are buying future employment or retirement income as well as an amazing unique property asset – “a lifestyle home with an income.”

Click Here For Details of Rudders Boatyard & Badger Cottage

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Around & Around

Lower & Lower

Treales Windmill Home

Treales Windmill, Treales Road, Treales, Preston, Lancashire

Not the windmill sails that are getting lower – just the price – so no need to duck when going in. Actually the sails appear to have sailed off into the sunset. But the character remains. This magnificent property is now a three bedroom home. The lower price reflects the need for a little cosmetic work to make this place sparkle. It has £50,000 trimmed neatly off of the asking price.

Converted from a 17th Century Grade II Listed former windmill. Set within a complex of two other properties in a fine rural location with beautiful views across the Fylde plain. Plus a useful out building providing further potential. The property comes with around 6.84 acres of land. The windmill house is in need of a little tender loving care, but that is half the fun.

Location: Treales Windmill, Treales Road, Treales, Preston, PR4 3SR

Guide: Reduced from £500,000 (Click Here) to £450,000

Further Details: Click Here

Archived Details For Future Reference: Click Here

Contact Armistead Barnett Estate Agency Tel: 01995 603 180. Please can readers mention to external estate agents that they found the place for sale in Unique Property Bulletin. This helps us keep this publication free for all readers.

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