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Unique Property Bulletin 23 November 2014

The Unique Property Bulletin


Castle Lodge Abridged

AAA West Lodge Mauldslie Castle Website

West Lodge, Mauldslie Castle, Carluke, South Lanarkshire ML8 5QD

Copyright: Mauldslie Castle Website

One of our Bulletin crew know this picturesque building and says it is sublime. Inside and outside. Lots of character. A finely built bridge in a similar vernacular to this castle lodge affords the castle lodge an impressive road towards the property, not unlike the bridge at Queen Elizabeth’s home at Balmoral. Here at Mauldslie Castle West Lodge there is an exclusive view of the River Clyde. Also there is a nice piece about the West Lodge on the main Mauldslie Castle website:-

AAA West Lodge, Mauldslie Castle Bridge View M22RDY

Making An Impressive Entrance!

West Lodge, Mauldslie Castle (c) 2014 M22RDY

This picturesque and exquisitely located baronial lodge is well worth further study – clicking onto the online brochure and scrolling thorough the full selection of over a dozen photographs to get your appetite going.

AAA West Lodge 1

West Lodge, Mauldslie Castle, Carluke, South Lanarkshire ML8 5QD

Guide: £350,000

West Lodge, Mauldslie Castle – Online Brochure – Click Here

Contact – John Jackson Dick Tel: 01357 522959


Detached Church of Character

AAA South Chapel, Ashlands Road, Ilkley featured in Unique Property Bulletin

South Chapel, Ashlands Road, Ilkley, LS29 8JT

By popular email demand we are listing a nice church building for sale in this edition. The price sought for this substantial detached former chapel is surprisingly modest for the exquisite masonry in this construction. Current planning permission has been given for office and storage. It is of course up to potential purchasers to exercise proper due diligence to establish the likelihood of any planning permission for residential conversion usage. However this is a very nice looking building and at the price may be the start of an interesting home conversion project.

Guide: £65,000

South Chapel – Online Brochure – Click Here

Contact – Eddisons Tel: 0113 243 0101


Futuro Building Wanted

For A Cash Buyer

 AAA Futuro House Sebastian F-SW as featured in Unique Property Bulletin

 Futuro House Design (c) 2014 Sebastian F-SW

This element to the current Unique Property Bulletin is a little unusual as we normally list property for sale. But following the episode of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Futuro programme on UK television recently…

Futuro Restoration - Main Website

Futuro House Rebuild Project – Click Here

… one of our readers has asked if we can see if there are any of the owners of these Futuro houses willing to sell thie example of this amazing piece of architecture?

Originally designed by Matti Suuronen, approximately 100 were built in a prefabricated form. Manufactured in Finland. Once assembled this unique style of home measures around 13 feet high and 26 feet in diameter.

Matti Suuronen designed them as a ski cabin that would be “quick to heat and easy to construct in rough terrain.” The result was a universally transportable home.

To this end our buyer has indicated that they are happy to look at any remaining Futuro unit in any condition and from any part of the world.

If you have one of these Futuro Homes you would like to sell, please get in touch:-

Unique Property Bulletin Contact page: Click Here

..and we shall be delighted to make the buyer/seller introduction.


Coach: A Promise Kept

AAA Old Coach House Minto - Rettie - As featured in Unique Property Bulletin

The Old Coach House, Minto, Roxburghshire, TD9 8SG

In the emails that we have received since last edition, we have been asked to include some more affordable project properties. This delight is guided at a very reasonable level and hopefully fulfils our promise to at least one of our many readers.

Guide: £30,000

The Old Coach House – Online Brochure – Click Here

Contact – Retties Agencies Tel: 01896 824 074 – Giles Charleton


Signalling Negotiations

Railway Norham 3

Norham Railway Station, Norham, Berwick Upon Tweed, TD15 2LW

Lots of Land + Many Buildings Along The Platform

One year ago we featured this beautiful former railway station, signal box, platform – almost a full train set made real:-

Earlier Unique Property Bulletin Norham Station: Click Here

The reason we remind readers of the anniversary of this unique property is that it may be time to think about a price change? We know for a fact that dozens upon dozens of our readers are looking to buy just this style of property. So given the time it has been on the sale list – and still remains for sale – might we respectfully recommend anyone who is considering buying this genre of home contact the selling agency to see what “flexibility” there may be on price?

We also confess a possible interest here? If you are looking for a new career – an adventurous business to run from home – perhaps in the picturesque signal box within the grounds of this property:-

Railway Norham 4

Norham Railway Station Signal Box – A Lovely Home Office

Possibly A New Unique Property Bulletin Website Office

Then you might well be able to acquire the Unique Property Bulletin website with the money you should be able to shave off of the price of this lovely place to live.

Such a prospect of a unique lifestyle and a unique website project with 30,000 readers may appeal to several of our members, and we would be delighted to assist in any way to help make this happen if that is something that lights your imagination.

The current guide for Norham Station is: £420,000

Norham Railway Station House & Buildings’ Brochure – Click Here

Contact – Smith Gore Agencies Tel: 01289 333030 – Lynda Hall


Second Station: More & Less

Railway Station Brentor 1 RSZ

Brentor Station House, Brentor, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0LP.

More buildings. Less price. In response to an email seeking railway stations for sale, we also have this one at Brentor which was featured 9 months ago and has already had £20,000 trimmed off of the price in that period which was originally £595,000:-

Earlier Unique Property Bulletin – Brentor Station – Click Here

Revised & Lowered Price: £575,000

Given the possibility of reactivation…

…there may well be a decent further margin to lower this price?

Railway Station Brentor 2 Owner

Brentor Station House – Classic Station Character

Many of readers would regard reinstatement of the rail line as a positive measure. Whatever else this is an interesting unique property adventure for someone. Possibly you.

Brentor Station Buildings – Online Brochure – Click Here

Contact – Kivell Agencies Tel: 01822 810810


Catch A Court

AAA Selby Magistrates Court

Former Selby Magistrates Court, New Lane, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 4QB

One of our emails has asked for more bargain buildings. Well this court could be a creative catch. Guided at well under one hundred thousand pounds.

A grand detached three storey former magistrates court, comprising a mixture of meeting rooms, offices and cells at ground floor level for the mother-in-law visits. Courts are at first floor level together with additional meeting rooms and facilities, with further meeting rooms and facilities located on the second floor. There is lift access (not tested) to first floor level.

AAA Selby Magistrates Court 1

Interesting Interior – Magistrates Court, Selby Magistrates Court

Guide: £80,000

Selby Court Building – Online Brochure – Click Here

Contact – Roy Pugh & Co., Tel – 0844 2 722444


Unique Property Competition

For this November + December month, the Unique Property Bulletin competition prize is:-

Unique Property Bulletin £100 Prize Note Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle On A Note

This Is Our Modest Prize. Unless Requested, Payment Will Be Made By Cheque.

Competition Hint

“Lookout, The North Sea”

AAA Unique Property Bulletin November December £100 Prize 2014 Competition

Can You Name This Unique Property ?

The first correct entry for the name of unique property – out of the hat – wins the prize.

PLEASE NOTE: The prize is NOT the building, just the £100. Sorry we haven’t reached the level of prize value that enables real buildings to be awarded to winners. Yet!

For our competition last month we found such an obscure unique building, we reckoned nobody would manage a correct answer and our prize fund was relatively safe. Should have known better. We have a lot of very good property sleuths reading the Bulletin. Nine correct answers came in. What an impressive array of unique property hunters out there.

So this time we are throwing down the unique gauntlet. We are running this competition for two months duration [November and December] so we can double the prize fund to £100. But we are also putting a property to identify which we think nobody will manage to guess.

So over to you.

Best wishes and good luck from the Unique Property Bulletin Team

Free to enter. Just let us know have your competition answer by 31st December 2014. Email free entries to:-

Unique Property Bulletin Competition Entry Contact Page


Wet, Wet, Wet

Subterranean Trilogy

Former Water Reservoir For Sale

AAA Bere Alston Reservoir

“As Is”: Former Water Reservoir, Bere Alston, Devon PL20 7EE

For some reason many, many of our readers respond to subterranean structures. We have yet to figure out why. For this edition, we have a selection to pick from. Three for sale and one for inspiration. The latter to show that a good architect and receptive planning authority can secure that all important planning permission that resulted in last Unique Property Bulletin edition’s completed semi-subterranean wonder at Steppingstone. With this next listing we have a former reservoir structure at Bere Alston in Devon and some great potential:-

AAA Bere Alston Reservoir House Project

“Guide Drawing”: Former Water Reservoir, Bere Alston, Devon PL20 7EE

To help readers who emailed in after that particular listing, we have the raw candidate property that may have another semi-subterranean wonder of a home lurking within the empty reservoir tank. The proposed plans are for conversion into a large single storey, four / five bedroom dwelling with study, large gym, extra large double garage and various private courtyards. Most of the receptions and bedrooms are orientated southwards to make the most of the light and views over the adjoining field.

AAA Bere Alston Reservoir House Project Plan

“Guide Plan”: Former Water Reservoir, Bere Alston, Devon PL20 7EE

Guide: £200,000

Contact – Unique Property Bulletin: Please Click Here


Semi Subterranea Water Tank

Site With Potential – For Sale By Auction

 Amlaird Water Tank Design SpaceSix Architects

Amilaird, Near Fenwick, East Ayrshire, KA3 6JG

Copyright Space Six Architects Ltd

This former water tank has been granted planning permission – almost by local acclaim. Indeed one representation from the parish council supported the endeavour asking if it was to be featured on grand Designs! This truly unique and inspirational concept to re-purpose an old brownfield site to a very interesting place to live is for sale at SVA Auctions.

Auctioneer’s Narrative: A corner site with a large concrete water tank which occupies roughly a third of the property. The tank is circular and extends to 460 sq.m approx with a domed roof and internal volume of approximately 2.5 Million litres. The tank is largely below ground. The site is surrounded by a post and wire fence around two metres in height with pedestrian access gates. The ground that is not occupied by the tank is mostly down to grass.

The planning permission granted is for an extremely interesting two storey house essentially built within the tank, it has been carefully designed for maximum day light. The design results in a spacious house over two floors. On the lower ground floor there are five double bedrooms all en-suite together with a lounge. The upper floor is largely open plan with a living room, kitchen, dining room and w.c. Further architects drawings of the proposed development are available from the auctioneers. 

Guide: £POA – Call SVA Auctions on 0131 624 6640 – Lot 6.

Contact – SVA Auctions Tel: 0131 624 6640


A Former Water Tank

Now An Underground Bargain

 AAA Water Tank Pontrhydfendigaid, Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion, SY25 6BL

Water Tank, Pontrhydfendigaid, Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion, SY25 6BL

In our small subterranean series we have this interesting water tank at trickle of pound notes, located at Ceredigion.

Agency Narrative: An opportunity to purchase a former enclosed reservoir water tank located on the outskirts of the village of Pontrhydfendigaid. The tank, which is in part, below ground and part above, measure approximately 33′ x 22′. An area of land has been removed in order to cut an access doorway in together with steps.

Guide: £6,000

Contact – John Francis Agencies Tel: 01970 630721


Architecturally Unique

Please note, each week we feature the work of a unique architect. These properties are 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.  

This Bulletin’s listing of a water tank conversion at Amilaird as illustrated immediately above is materially important to many of our readers who are seeking research, assistance and especially architectural guidance on both design and the granting of planning permission for converting these sorts of unusual structure to unique homes. A fine example of the work of our current commended unique architect is Kilphin Water Tower Conversion

 For Inspiration: Tanking It

AAA Kilphin Water Tank Spacesix Architects featured in Unique Property Bulletin

Kilphin Water Tank Conversion (c) Space Six Architects Ltd

So for this edition our

Unique Property Bulletin Commended Architect


Spacesix Architects Ltd

Berkeley Offices, 116-118 Elderslie Street
Glasgow, Lanarkshire G3 7AW


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 is:-

Holiday At Horning Windmill

AAA Horning Windmill Colin Mitchell as featured in Unique Property Bulletin

 The Windmill, Ferry Road, Horning, Norwich, NR12 8PS

Photograph Copyright 2014 Mr Colin Mitchell

A characterful property built around an old windmill pump. Situated in a prime location, with idyllic views of the River Bure. Stands by shared basin offering tranquil mooring. Boat hire is available by prior arrangement.

Octagonal shape of the cottage provides for an interesting holiday stay in a unique and inspiring home. Large waterside lawn with BBQ area and exterior lights. Small children must be closely supervised at all times.

From £61 p.p.p.n.

Location Map: Please Click Here

Further Details:

Horning Windmill Holiday – Online Brochure – Click Here

Tel: 01692 630507


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