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Unique Property Bulletin 23 March 2014

Heads-Up: Advance Signal

Signal Box Kirton Lime Sidings Ian S Top

Kirton Lime Sidings – Future Network Rail Sale (c) 2014 Ian S.

From this photograph above, you might think that this signal box is a small, signal/single storey structure. But it has several floors and a lot of depth …

Signal Box Kirton Lime Sidings David Wright RSZ

Kirton Lime Sidings – Future Network Rail Sale (c) 2014 David Wright

We know by the many, many emails seeking old signal boxes to buy, that these are popular structures for folk wishing to go on a railway adventure with a property purchase of some classic British Rail building at the end of the journey. If in doubt about how popular, then just check out the full bookings availability link for Cliburn Signal Box at the foot of this Unique Property Bulletin. This particular signal box at Kirton Lime Sidings has recently undergone a substantial refurbishment…

Youtube – Cliburn Signal Box Renovation

We have been alerted to the fact it is soon to be declared “surplus to requirements” and sold off. So this first listing is to signal the heads-up for Unique Property Bulletin reader to commence due diligence; research; and if appropriate, start saving up. For this will be coming up for sale – though if you want to know how we know you will need to buy a copy of the modestly priced …

Unique Property Manual

Readers of the Unique Property Manual will already know how to find future gems – pick up the signals and find these future pieces of unique property fun.

Meanwhile, we must reiterate 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 Cliburn Signal Box below, and Newtonmore Signal Box in an earlier Bulletin prove, 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 Kirton Lime Sidings David Wright Interior RSZ

 Kirton Lime Signal Levers – Not Sure Where These Will Go? (c) 2014 David Wright

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: Kirton Lime Sidings Signal Box, Gainsthorpe Road East, Kirton Lyndsey, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 4JH.

Tenure: Freehold.


Contact Network Rail Asset Disposal Agencies Email: NDSRedundantAssets [at]

To help avoid Network Rail being spammed, please replace [at] with @ when retyping the email address.

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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.


Leeds Lodge Liquidation

 Lodge Eddisons

The Lodge, Lidgett Lane, Leeds (c) 2014 Eddisons

During the 26 years we have been compiling Unique Property Bulletins, there has never been such a wholesale disposal of assets. The symptom of “austerity”. The chance to make something good from a bad time.

Here we have a vacant detached Grade II Listed Former Lodge House. In need of complete renovation and modernisation. The property is located to the entrance of the Moortown Child Rents Centre and Moor Allerton Primary School adjacent to the Allerton Grange School on Lidgett Lane mid-way between Roundhay and the amenities of the Moortown District Centre – Local shops and bus routes are also located nearby. The Lodge is within the curtilage of the Grade II listed Moor Allerton Hall.

NOTE The purchaser will be responsible for the Council’s legal and surveyor’s fees amounting to 3.5% of the sale price plus the cost of the searches and preparation of the transfer. The steel door will be removed upon completion. Please refer to planning guidance note in the legal pack.

Location: The Lodge, Lidgett Lane, Moortown, Leeds, LS17 6QR.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £110,000Auction Scheduled 10 April 2014. If you read this after the auction, always remember to check if it is an FTSAA.

Contact Eddidons Auctioneers Tel: 0113 243 0101. 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 Auctions

Entries Now Invited

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

Unique Property Auctions

By studying whether to enter your unusual home into one of our Unique Property Auctions we would emphasise two points:-

1] You will be helping us to help you sell your home, and in turn keep this Unique Property Bulletin website free to use.

2] It should not be understated how powerful a London based auction facility is for our readers who have a unique property – possibly in a remote location – that isn’t selling in the current climate. A way to breathe new life and energise your sales process in what are still challenging times to sell homes.

Just Click Here For Further Details



Be Quick For Nuclear

Is This A Duck & Cover ? – The Old Protect & Survive Films – Spooky.

Nuclear Bunker Cosworth 3

 Coswarth Bunker [PART OF SITE ONLY] Newquay, Cornwall (c) 2014 Webbers

For some reason nuclear bunkers are incredibly popular. Why, is a debate for another day. We can advise that this example has come late to the Bulletin, but if you are quick, this could be yours if you get the old skates on.

FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION on behalf of South West Water on Tuesday 25th March 2014 at Exeter Race Course, Kennford, Exeter, Devon.

Nuclear Bunker Cosworth 2

Coswarth Bunker Interior, Newquay, Cornwall (c) 2014 Webbers

A substantial former underground cold war bunker, situated adjacent to the operational water storage tank just outside Newquay. The site, which is a level grassed area amounting to approximately 0.7 of an acre, has a small brick built building visible above ground which houses a stairwell leading down to the bunker. The bunker, which is of substantial reinforced concrete construction with internal block walls and has internal accommodation arranged as a variety of rooms with a total area exceeding 3000sqft.

The site has direct access from the public highway and offers great potential for a variety of uses (subject to any necessary planning consents/regulations that may be required).

Nuclear Bunker SW Water

 Coswarth Bunker – Plan Drawing (c) 2014 Webbers

Location: Former Coswarth Nuclear Bunker Quintrell Downs, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4LJ.

Tenure: Freehold.


Contact Webbers Auction House Tel: 01271 347880 or 01637 873888. 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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Upside Down House Plans

Upside Down House 1 RSZ

 Architect’s Illustration

St. Ellas Place, Eyemouth, Berwickshire (c) 2014 Smiths Gore/DMD Group

Here we have a proposal to convert an old workshop into what has been described as an Upside Down House.

Agency Description: A unique and exciting opportunity to redevelop a seafront workshop into an attractive upside down house.

The Beacon offers a purchaser the unique and exciting opportunity to redevelop the former workshop into a fantastic, two storey seafront residence. The consent allows for permanent residential occupation providing scope for the property to be a principal property, second home or commercial holiday rental venture.

 Upside Down House 2 RSZ

 Architect’s Illustration

St. Ellas Place, Eyemouth, Berwickshire (c) 2014 Smith Gores/DMD Group

Location: St. Ellas Place, Eyemouth, Berwickshire TD14 5HP.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £90,000 – Building Plot.

Contact Smith Gore Agencies Tel: 01289 333030 – Barbara Pentecost. 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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Unique Property Competition

For this month, the Unique Property Bulletin competition prize is

Twenty Pound Note Prize

Crisp £20 Note – Unique Property Bulletin Prize

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

Competition Hint

In November 2013 we featured a property in Por**** . This month’s competition is what covers the surface of a **** .

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 31st March 2014. Email free entries to:-

Unique Property Bulletin Competition Entry Contact Page


Modernist & Spiritual

 Church St Anthony

 St Anthony’s Church, Owlet Road, West Yorkshire (c) 2014 Allsops

Initially offered at a guide of £250,000 …

… this former church now has an interesting new guide of £90,000. That is on top of being a modernist style of structure that would be of interest to quite a few of our readers. If the email in-tray is anything to go by.

This is a joint auctioneer instruction and will be offered for sale at Allsops Auction on 27th March 2014.

Auctioneer’s Narrative: Occupying a site extending to approximately 0.18 Hectares (0.45 Acres). Possible potential for residential development subject to all necessary consents being obtained. Sale by order of the Diocese of Leeds. The property is situated on the west side of Owlet Road at the corner of its junction with Crag Road. Local amenities are available and the further facilities of Shipley are accessible to the west. Rail services run from Shipley Station. Bradford Beck is to the west and the open spaces of Windhill Recreation Ground are within reach to the north. The further facilities of Bradford are to the south and Leeds city centre is to the east. The M62 and M1 Motorways are within reach and Leeds Bradford International Airport is to the north-east. The property comprises a detached former church arranged over single storey only. The property is internally arranged to provide a main hall, office, side rooms and kitchen/WC facilities.

Accommodation: Former Church Building NIA Approximately 300.6 sq m.

Site Area Approximately 0.18 Hectares (0.45 Acres).

Local Planning Authority: Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Tel: 01274 432111.

To View: The property will be open for viewing every Wednesday and Saturday before the Auction between 4.30 – 5.00 p.m. (Ref: MW).

Location: St Anthony’s Church, Owlet Road, Windhill, West Yorkshire, BD18 2LT.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £90,000Lot 89A – Allsops Auction Scheduled 27th March 2014. Remember FTSAA.

Contact Allsops Auctioneers Tel: 020 7494 3686 – Allsops, or 0113 221 6000 – Joint Auctioneer To View – Sanderson Weatherall (Ref: Luke Barrett). 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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” I Vant To Be Alone! “

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The Hermitage, Ascog, Isle of Bute (c) 2014 Savills

As the famous actress Greta Garbo is attributed as saying: I Vant To Be Alone. Here we have a classic Hermitage for due consideration by those who might like a little monasticism.

Sorry, but with this Hermitage set in a splendid seaview location with around 5 acres of ground on a beautiful island you are likely to have more visitors than you might be able to cope with!

Agency Narrative: The Hermitage is set in arguably the finest location on the Isle of Bute, surrounded by magnificent mature gardens which extend to about 5 acres. It takes full advantage of the beautiful sea views over the Firth of Clyde towards the Ayrshire coast. An outstandingly beautiful and historic island, Bute is situated at the heart of the Firth of Clyde, off Scotland’s verdant west coast. The island possesses areas of great scenic beauty and has been a popular holiday destination since Victorian times. Due to its proximity to the Gulf Stream, the island enjoys a particularly mild climate and it has become known as the “Madeira of Scotland”. Rothesay is about 4 miles from The Hermitage. The town has a population of approximately 5000 with an extensive range of amenities including primary and secondary schooling, shopping, a hospital, swimming pool, sports centre and golf course.

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The Hermitage – Sanctuaty With A Seaview (c) 2014 Savills

Regular ferries (Caledonian MacBrayne) operate from Rothesay to Wemyss Bay (35 mins) and Glasgow city centre and the international airport can generally be reached in under an hour from Wemyss Bay. Wemyss Bay has a direct train link to the city centre. A second ferry from Rhubodach, in the north of the island, to Colintraive allows easy access to Argyll and the West Highlands. The Isle of Bute also offers wonderful hill and coastal walks, 3 golf clubs sea fishing and trout fishing. Owing to the island’s superb location in the Firth of Clyde, with Arran to the south and marinas at Troon, Gourock, Largs, Inverkip and Rhu on the mainland, Bute is an extremely popular sailing destination. Historical and Architectural Note: The Hermitage was originally a school with adjoining schoolmaster’s house, It is understood to date from the 1830s and was substantially altered and extended in the 1880s by Edward La Trobe Bateman, a remarkable individual who was, in the course of a long and varied life, an architect, book illustrator, gold miner, painter and landscape designer. He was an intimate in the early 1850s of pre-Raphaelite artists such as John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti; the latter lived for some months with Bateman in his rented house in Highgate, London. In 1869 Bateman took up permanent residence on Bute, having been appointed landscape gardener to the 3rd Marquess of Bute at Mount Stuart. Around 1885 he leased the school and schoolhouse at Kerracroy from the Marquess of Bute and set about remodelling it as a private residence. He renamed it The Hermitage after his London home. The house is described in the notes to its Category C listing description by Historic Scotland as “an interesting house with a mass of eclectic detailing; extensive half-timbering, varying roof levels, ball-finialed octagonal caps … gabled entrances, timber bracketed verandah and terracotta ridge detailing.

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The Hermitage – Splendid Gardens – Isle of Bute (c) 2014 Savills

An unusual style in its Scottish context, but relatively common within the confines of Mount Stuart”. In addition to his work at Mount Stuart, which included interiors, Bateman worked on the gardens at Ascog House and Ascog Hall, where he is believed to have designed the exceptional fernery. He created a fine garden around The Hermitage with extensive lawns and numerous ornamental shrubs and trees, many of which survive to this day. Bateman died at The Hermitage in 1897, aged 82.

Location: The Hermitage, Ascog, Isle of Bute, PA20 9LN.

Tenure: Feuhold [Scottish Freehold Equivalent].

Guide: £595,000.

Contact Savills Agencies Tel: 0141 222 5875 – Peter Gillespie. Please can readers help 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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Safety Backup Website

We would strongly advise anyone looking to move any part of their business onto the internet to consider having a safety backup website hosted by an entirely different webservice. Ideally in a completely different country and ensure it is with an unrelated webhosting company to the first one. Especially if your livelihood depends upon your business having an internet website. We will cover this important issue in a Special Feature article later in the year.

For now, we have had two Unique Property Bulletin website offline/outages in March 2014 totalling about an hour in all when our main site has been offline as a result of technical issues at the webhost service. Given our USA internet hosting service has kept us online for 8,760 hours per year, that is a near 99% uptime rate. Okay by us. Though it can be fairly distressing to have your website go offline for even the shortest of times.

Consequently, we recommend a backup system. For example our main website …

is based in America on a U.S., webhosting service. One of the largest in the world. So as safe as we can muster. But as a proper and prudent precaution we have also run a backup website based in Iceland on a completely different webserver …

This means that when you Google “Unique Property Bulletin”, it is statistically remote in the extreme to have both main and backup websites offline at the same time.

So you should always be able to access the Unique Property Bulletin via one of the two main websites. Also, this is a protocol that you might like to employ for your own business or organisation. Backup website safety is an important issue. The main downside is that having your web traffic spread over two or three websites can mess with Alexa Rankings and similar website analytics. A dilution of rank occurs – but rather this than have your site go offline without a backup!


Architecturally Unique ….

Ocean Wave Inspiration 

Robert Oshatz Architect - Fennell Boat Design

Afloat Near To You (c) 2014 Cameron Neilson / Robert Harvey Oshatz

This week’s Unique Architecture is a wonderful floating home in the evocative form of a sea wave profile. At least that is the interpretation from this end of the keyboard. Others may take a different view. Though it is a unique design.

The architect, Robert Harvey Oshatz may be based far away from Old Blighty – in Oregon, Stateside – but the design concept is such that if you have a suitable piece of wharfage in the United Kingdom, this might be your opportunity to “build and berth”. The United Kingdom has over 11,000 miles of coastline which should result in plenty of candidate berths to locate such a wave-design floating house.

Architect’s Description: The Fennell Residence, as a floating house, presented a unique opportunity for design. The imaginative use of curved glue lam beams evoke the poetry of the ripples and contours of a river. The expansive glass facade embraces the river and frames the sunset, and one accesses the deck via an expansive sliding glass door. A master bedroom sits over a study and looks out over the living dining area and out to the river beyond. The curvilinear forms create spacial differentiation that enhance the experience of time as light plays through the daily and seasonal changes.

Unique Architecture:-

Fennell Residence
Portland , Oregon
Designed: 2001
Completed: 2005

Unique Architect:-

Robert Harvey Oshatz, P.O. Box 19091, Portland, Oregon, USA, OR97219.

Tel: (503) 635 4243.

Or via …


Try Before You Buy ….

Cliburn Signal Box Holiday

Signal Box Cliburn MAIN

Cliburn Signal Box, Penrith, Cumbria (c) 2014 Owner’s Collection

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.

This week’s offering is in the ever popular Cumbrian area of the country…

Signal Box Cliburn 1986 Ben Brooksbank

Cliburn Signal Box – Prior To restoration (c) 1986 Ben Brooksbank

Transformed from the near derelict structure photographed above in 1986 to a wonderful restored signal box that the owners share and run as an unusual holiday destination.

Signal Box Cliburn Bob Jenkins RSZ

Cliburn Signal Box, Penrith, Cumbria (c) 2014 Bob Jenkins

Cliburn Signal Box offers a peaceful retreat in the beautiful Eden Valley, close to the market towns of Penrith and Appleby and just a short drive from the Lake District National Park.

Location: Cliburn Signal Box, Station House, Station Road, Cliburn, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3AE.

Tenure: Short Stay Holiday Experience.

Guide: Sleeps Up To 4 – From £47 PPPN – Minimum 3 night booking. Please refer to the owners for more detail.

Availability: Cliburn Signal Box Availability Calendar

For Unique Property Bulletin readers with an interest in railway signal boxes, it is worthwhile studying the occupancy rates. This signal box, and the earlier one at Newtonmore…

…illustrate just how popular these styles of unique property really are. Also well worth a visit for a nice weekend away from the pressures of life.

Contact Gavin and Wendy Matier Tel: 01931 714653. Please can readers help Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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