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Unique Property Bulletin 23 February 2014

Signalling For Future Sales

Signal Box Goxhill Jonathan Thacker

Goxhill Signal Box – Future Network Rail Sale (c) 2014 Jonathan Thacker

We have a steady influx of emails seeking old signal boxes to buy. For conversion to either a permanent unique home, or as we report at the end of this Bulletin, for holiday use. Indeed when you study the details of Newtonmore Signal Box below, it becomes apparent that 2014 is almost FULLY BOOKED for holidaymakers. Ironically this signals that there is clear evidence of interest in this genre of property.

Therefore we decided to take our own advice…

To Study The Unique Property Manual

Readers of the Unique Property Manual will already know how to find future gems – pick up the signals – and gain valuable time to sort out finances, survey and due diligence long before the actual property formally comes up for sale. In response to the various emails asking for former railway signal boxes to be listed, we have followed the guidelines and come up with this future sale of the signal box at Goxhill, North Lincolnshire. Hopefully it ticks the boxes for some of our readers inclined towards former railway buildings.

Two important points:

1] SAFETY: Please be very aware of high speed trains near to railway property and take appropriate precautions. For example wear high visibility jackets. Please NEVER go on railway track that is prohibited. ONLY use proper railway crossings, and in the manner by which their use is intended.

2] We cannot guarantee that any reader will obtain change of use planning permission for conversion to residential use of a signal box. However, as Newtonmore Signal Box below [and many others] illustrate, there is PRECEDENT for such change of use permission. Though safety is often an important consideration if and when deciding on a planning application for one of these structures. Hopefully this early heads-up of a proposed decommission and sale will help give interested readers time to make the relevant enquiries of the local planning authority.

 Signal Box Goxhill Roger Reach MAIN

 Goxhill Signal Box – In Context With The Main Station (c) 2014 Roger Reach

Hopefully our endeavour to locate a signal box coming up for sale is of interest, and answers some of the emails we have been receiving in a satisfactory way. There are other signal boxes being decomissioned. For further details, please consider ordering a copy of the Unique Property Manual please Click Here and ask for our “Signal Box Decommissioning List” to be included.

Location: Goxhill Signal Box, Howe Lane, Goxhill, Barrow On Humber, North Lincolnshire, DN19 7HS.

Tenure: Freehold.


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Online Brochure ….

Not Yet Published – Sale Flagged For 2014/2015

This Is an Advance Notice For Prospective Buyers To Register Interest, Sort Out Finance, Planning Permissions, Etc.

Keep Reading Unique Property Bulletin Online For Further Information As The Sale Of This Building Firms Up – & More Become Available.


Railway Station Residence To Review

Railway Station Longacres Tim Glover

Railway Stationed By Misty Mountains (c) 2014 Tim Glover

We started, and if you read on, will finish by the railways. In between we have another long-line listing. But instead of a signal box, we present a renovated and converted railway station for our readers to review.

Agency Description: Longacres offers a very unique opportunity to purchase a charming former Railway Station which is situated in a desirable location, within mature garden grounds. Originally Banavie Railway Station, the subjects were converted into a dwellinghouse in around 1958, after the cease of the railway line. In more recent years, the property has been thoughtfully extended to create a fantastic home which boasts many of its original features. Located on the banks of the Caledonian Canal, the property enjoys stunning views towards Ben Nevis. The property benefits from oil fired central heating and is partly double glazed, whilst the multi-fuel stove in the lounge is a most attractive feature.

Railway Station Longacres

Former Railway Station, Longacres, Fort William (c) 2014 MacPhee & Partners

Banavie is a small community on the banks of the Caledonian Canal and while the area offers a quiet, rural location, it is only 3 miles from Fort William with all its amenities, schools etc. The area also provides an ideal base to take advantage of the numerous leisure and pleasure activities the region – now known as ’The Outdoor Capital of the UK’ – has to offer.

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 Former Railway Station & Canals, Fort William (c) 2014 MacPhee & Partners

Agency Summary:-

Former Railway Station

Unique Dwellinghouse

Idyllic Location with Stunning Views

In Good Order


Dining Hallway

Kitchen • Utility

4 Bedrooms (2 En-Suite)



Oil Fired Central Heating



EPC Rating: E 54

Location: Former Railway Station Longacres, Banavie, Fort William, PH33 7NG.

Tenure: Feuhold [Scottish Freehold Equivalent].

Guide: £340,000

Contact MacPhee & Partners Tel: 01397 702200. Please can readers help 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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Unique Property Auctions

Entries Now Invited

A warm invitation for all of our unusual property owners to consider selling your unique property via …

Unique Property Auctions

Ruin With A View

Ruin With A View (c) 2003 Argyll Group plc

This old ruin-with-a-view overlooks one of the most famous stretches of water in the world. Little wonder that this derelict, but splendid Art Deco structure made THREE times it’s reserve at auction. A result almost as handsome as the building – which fortunately is well on the way to complete renovation.

To prove the merits of the auction route, this is an example of one of a series of building that we have sold at auction. Now it is time to see if a new Unique Property Auction enterprise will manage similar successful results – for you.

Readers who own an unusual or unique property that they would like to consider selling via a major London auction house, with the joined up efforts of such a large property sale venue combined with our own Unique Property Auctions, please email us for further details …

Click Here To Contact Unique Property Auctions


Cwm Cop Shop

Police Station Ebw Vale Jaggery

Former Police Station, Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Gwent (c) 2014 C Jaggery

We are still mining our box of unusual property for those readers requesting a police station project to convert into an unusual home. Here we have a unique shaped building, which, subject to the planning process, may make a very interesting home.

Agency Description: Detached Former Police Station within the popular village of Cwm, a former mining settlement which is situated three miles south of Ebbw Vale in the county of Blaenau Gwent. The property is of an irregular shape with brick and render elevations beneath a mono pitch roof. Built in the 1980’s occupying a plot of some 0.038 hectares (0.093 acres). Internally, the accommodation includes: Entrance Lobby; Main Reception; Office 1; Office 2; Kitchen including a range of fitted units; Staff W.C; Disabled W.C; Sluice; Store Room. GIA: approximately 67 sq m, (721 sq ft). Externally there is a car parking area to the rear for approximately 4 cars.

Location: Former Police Station, Falcon Terrace, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, NP23 7SA.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £ Price On Application.

Contact Bruton Knowles Agencies Tel: 029 20 028821. Lisa Roberts. 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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Gas Depot & Detached Adventure

Gas Depot & House

Depot & House, Treruffe Hill, Redruth, Cornwall (c) 2014 Eddisons

This is an FTSAA – one of our favourite sort of purchases – a Failed To Sell At Auction – often a bit of haggle room as buyers are in quite a striong position with an FTSAA. The detached building is referred to on the auctioneer’s guide plans as “Gas Cottage”. There is a fair amount of research to be made on this by potential bidders. But there appears to be a bargain to be struck with the seller – National Grid – and if you are lucky, perhaps £99,000 and under might be achievable. But that is perhaps a little cheeky. The place looks industrially “interesting” and with almost half an acre of land, plus a detached two bedroom house and depot use, there may be some form of self sufficient unique lifestyle to be found here. An adventure indeed.

Auctioneers Description: Freehold former depot / Two bedroom house plus yard / Development potential (subject to planning) / Vacant possession.

Location: Redruth lies about 18 miles north east of Penzance and 10 miles south west of Truro. The town is accessed via the A30, the main trunk road linking with Exeter and the national motorway network to the north east. Redruth railway station is within a short walking distance of the site and provides direct rail services to London Paddington as well as the Midlands and the North. Treruffe Hill lies just to the south of the town centre and runs east from Falmouth Road (B3300). The site lies on the north side of the road in a predominantly residential area.

A former depot on a site totalling about 0.19 hectares (0.48 acres). The site includes a two storey two bedroom house and a yard area and offers development opportunities, subject to obtaining the necessary statutory consents. We understand the building has more recently been used as offices.

Location: Land & Buildings at Treruffe Hill, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 2QL.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £150,000 Available After Auction [18 February 2014] – Formerly Lot 111.

PLEASE NOTE: VAT is applicable to this lot.

Contact Eddisons Auctioneers Tel: 0845 505 1200 or 0870 853 2525. 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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Unique Property Competition

For this month, the Unique Property Bulletin competition prize is

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This is a very modest prize – mainly just for fun. Here is the

Competition Hint

On Our Paper Version Of The Bulletin Illustrated In Our 100th Online Edition, How Much Is The Guard House Priced At?

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 28th February 2014. Email free entries to:-

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The Good Life – Unique Style

Nurseries House

Park View House, Fourlands, Bentham, Near Lancaster (c) 2014 Richard Turner

A possible escape to The Good Life television series – turbocharged and made real. This currently empty building is being sold off by the receiver. Reduced from £800,000 to a forlorn £600,000 there is a new life here for someone.

Nurseries House Interior

Park View House – Interior, Fourlands, Bentham, (c) 2014 Richard Turner

It has everything you need for a unique way of life – a home, plenty of land, nurseries, massive greenhouses, 1 acre lake. This could be your ticket for leaving high stress city life. On a personal note, if at all possible, do this without a bank. The removal of any debt or mortgage makes the Good Life really good. Removes a huge amount of Maslovian worry and stress.

Good Life BBC

The Good Life Television Series (c) 2014 BBC Television

Agent’s Summary

Reduced Price



15.78 Acres


1 Acre Lake

Income Potential

Nurseries Lake and 15 Acres

One Acre Lake Amongst 15 Acres of Land (c) 2014 Richard Turner

Agent’s Description: Comprising a spacious modern built 4 bedroomed detached country residence with full sealed unit double glazing, oil fired central heating and generous enclosed garden grounds incorporating ample parking and timber twin stables, together with a range of horticultural nursery buildings with a central packing building/office.

Nurseries Glass Houses

Glass Houses Galore, Fourlands, Near Lancaster (c) 2014 Richard Turner

Plus 8,800m² of glasshouses in good condition and circa 5,300m² of former poly tunnel sites which are presently mainly in disrepair; the nursery site also benefits from a good sized concrete yard/parking apron and a circa 1 acre lake/wildlife habitat (all extending to circa 9.31 acres). There are also two adjoining paddocks (1 x 3.96 acres and 1 x 2.29 acres approx) which extend the overall property to circa 15.78 Acres in total.

Nurseries Workshop

Produce Packing Building, Fourlands, Near Lancaster (c) 2014 Richard Turner

Location: Peaks View House & Nurseries, Fourlands, Bentham, Near Lancaster, LA2 7EX.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £800,000 – Now Reduced To £600,000

Contact Richard Turner & Sons Tel: 015242 61444. 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 ….

If there is any problem downloading the pdf format brochure, please telephone the agents, Richard Turner & Sons – 015242 61444 and ask for an old fashioned paper brochure to be posted out.


Thatch II For You

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Thatches At Helford, Helston, South Cornwall (c) 2014 Lillicrap Chillcot

More thatches please. So the emails inbound to the Bulletin say, after we featured a picture perfect thatched honey-pot house last week. Not quite our top ten, but enough of you guys have asked, so here is a second offering, with the all important picture postcard hay heaped atop. In fact there are two houses in the one sale for this particular listing. So whether you are looking for a useful secondary income from holiday letting, or somewhere for a friend or relative to stay, this may be of interest.

 Thatch Helford 2

Two Houses Included – Helford, Helston, South Cornwall (c) 2014 Lillicrap Chillcot

Agency Description: An opportunity arises to purchase two detached Grade II Listed cottages within generous shared gardens enjoying elevated views across and down the Helford River and with the extremely rare benefit of off-road parking for numerous cars. As a main home with letting income, for extended family holidays or many other possible exciting uses, this pair of gorgeous historic cottages offer a unique proposition.

 Thatch Helford River Location

River Location – Helford, Helston, South Cornwall (c) 2014 Lillicrap Chillcot

Cottage 1: Ground Floor: generous sitting/dining room of great character, kitchen.

First Floor: landing, splendid triple aspect and vaulted ceiling principal bedroom, 2 further double bedrooms, bath/shower room.

Cottage 2: Ground Floor: kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room with fireplace and woodburning stove.

First Floor: landing, 2 double bedrooms, bath/shower room.

Outside: very private lawned gardens to both sides of the cottages linked by slate pathways with various terraces facing the view. Large garden studio, approximate 75’ wide parking area. In all, about 1/5 of an acre.

Location: Loloma, Helford, Helford River, Manaccan, Nr. Helston, South Cornwall, TR12 6JX.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £800,000.

Contact Lillicrap Chillcot Agencies Tel: 01872 273473. 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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Architecturally Unique

Bridge House

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 Bridge House – Design: Max Pritchard (c) 2014 Sam Noonan

A few years ago, in one of Scotland’s premier auction houses we went up to £40,000 bidding to buy a bridge. A huge piece of disused masonry over the River Kelvin.

No ordinary bridge – this was featured in an episode of the television detective series Taggart. In one of his first television appearances, actor John Hannah exited the programme from this very spot. We won’t spoil the episode. Sorry a bit of digression here.

Our original idea in bidding to buy the bridge over the River Kelvin was to build a house on that structure. We were outbid at auction on the day, so the project didn’t happen. c’est la vie. But these houses were very popular, especially in times gone by …

Styles Of Bridge House

Whilst looking for bridges to buy for a similar effort, we came across an innovative firm of architects – Max Pritchard – in Australia. They have designed a very interesting and truly unique home.

This could translate well to a UK plot of similar awkward topography. Perhaps worth emailing Max Pritchard.


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 Bridge House – Design: Max Pritchard (c) 2014 Sam Noonan

Architect’s Narrative: An idyllic site of winter creek, billabong, large river red gums, dense wattles and rocky banks called for a house that would “touch the earth lightly”. The solution, a narrow bridge like structure spanning the creek providing the experience of living amongst the trees in an almost untouched beautiful setting.

Winter sun through the north facing windows heats the black concrete floor for reradiation at night. A wood combustion heater supplements the natural passive heating. Double glazing to the living area helps retain the heat. Perforated steel louvres shade the north windows in summer. The narrow plan form allows cross ventilation and is combined with ceiling fans to provide sufficient cooling for summer comfort. Solar hot water heating and photovoltaic cells positioned on the garage roof compliment the sustainable character of the house.

Max Pritchard Architects
PO Box 808, Glenelg, SA 5045, Australia.

Tel: +61 8 8376 2314


This Unique Architect’s Website …


Try Before You Buy …..

Railway Signal Box

As is usually the case – 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 for our readers to possibly call home in the future. This specific listing is for a short-stay break. We really cannot get enough signal boxes, so it is nice to be able to illustrate one first hand for folk to see, and experience what such a gem is like to stay in, when beautifully restored.

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Railway Signal Box, Cairngorms (c) 2014 Sykes Holiday Cottages

Agency Narrative: Something a bit special! This quirky detached wooden property, built in 2004 in the form of a signal box, is adjacent to the station in the Badenoch & Strathspey village of Newtonmore and was featured in The Times’ list of ‘50 best cottages, beach houses and rural retreats’ in January 2013. To make the most of the panoramic views towards the River Spey and Cairngorm Mountains, the accommodation is upside down, with a spacious, open plan living area on the first floor, while on the ground floor are a double bedroom and bathroom with sauna. Decorated to a high standard, this charming property is in an ideal location to explore the village (featured in Monarch of the Glen), and take advantage of the walking in the area. The cottage is 150 metres from a link into the Wildcat Trail – a 7km orbital walk and path network. The other attractions of the Cairngorms National Park are also within easy reach – an excellent base at any time of year!

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Railway Signal Box – View None Too Shabby (c) 2014 Sykes Holiday Cottages

One ground floor double bedroom. Ground floor shower room with shower cubicle, basin, WC and sauna. Utility room. Internal stairs to spacious first floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner and sofa bed. Balcony from sitting area.

Location: Railway Signal Box, Station Road, Newtonmore, Cairngorms, PH20 1AR.

Tenure: Short Stay Holiday Experience.

Guide: Sleeps 4. £Prices vary. Book early as this is a VERY popular building to stay at. Something worth bearing in mind?

Contact Sykes Holiday Cottages Tel: 01244 356666. Please can readers help Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the letting agency/owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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