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Unique Property Bulletin 3 May 2015

This Edition’s Unique Property Feature:-

Private Islands For Sale or Rent

Go Get ‘Em Tiger

Island Tanera Mor Headline


Tanera Mór Island & Several Houses  (c) 2015 Savills

It has been a while since we visited the ever popular ideal idyll of a private island home. Recently £500,000 has been lopped off of the price tag of a UK island paradise, and on another, bigger island, a sublime property has had a beaming £100,000 clipped from the guide price. So it appears an interesting time to revisit the subject.

Towan Island Steve Parker Unique Property Bulletin


Towan Island, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1EA

Normally islands, especially private islands are the stuff of dreams, but in real life we can, and have made it happen for just a few pounds ~ really!

Though currently, to buy an island can cost over a million pounds. Just read the new Islands For Sale or Rent webpage linked at the foot of this Bulletin page. Notwithstanding that fact, with ingenuity and lateral thinking, we can bring the cost of an island home down to around the £195,000 mark. So whether it is £1 or £195,000 or £1,500,000 for an island home, our mantra is – if we dinosaurs can manage this, then you have a good chance too.

To help those with an island dream, this edition includes a modest feature article about islands below, plus a new, dedicated Islands For Sale or Rent webpage to give those who have a heartfelt yearning either to try or to buy an island and experience that lifestyle some food for thought.

Lighthouse Douglas Head Andy Stephenson

Another Style of Island Dream Home: Isle of Man Lighthouse Cottages

Photograph Courtesy of Andy Stephenson

Also in the main Bulletin listings that now follow, we have a couple of properties that are located on a more populous but equally unique island to study.

Feature details at the foot of this page.

======= Regular Bulletin Listings Now Follow =======

Economic Engine House?

Plot 1, Winsor Lane, Kelly Bray, Callington, Cornwall, PL17 8EW

The Old Engine House, Winsor Lane, Kelly Bray, Callington, Cornwall. PL17 8EW

Plus Free Vegitation!

Definitely a doer upper. Not sure how much money is needed to fuel-up this old engine house, plus any planning hurdles that need to be navigated. But at the nominal price of £10,000 has to be worth a look? Surely?

Auctioneer’s Narrative: Approximately 0.93 hectares (2.31 acres) of amenity land in a pleasant tucked away position on the rural outskirts of the village. Repleat with the historical components from a bygone mining industry including the former engine house and a water in-filled mine opening creating an attractive pond-like feature.

Guide: £10,000.

Location: The Old Engine House, Plot 1, Winsor Lane, Kelly Bray, Callington, Cornwall, PL17 8EW.

Contact: 01392 366555 – Scott Gray/Katie Semmens

Online Details: Click Here



UKWMO Nuclear Bunker

UKWMO Roding Valley Bunker access

UKWMO Roding Valley, Off High Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6BL

UKWMO Roding Valley Off High Road Chigwell Essex IG7 6BL Fencing

UKWMO Roding Valley, Above Ground Site Appearance

We seem to be on a seam of these former underground bunkers recently. Here is an ROC UKWMO post at Chigwell in Essex. Interestingly this one has a half decent fence and gate around it. These structures are very popular with many Bulletin readers. Possibly those who are of the armageddon-outta-here school of thought.


For new readers, you can get a decent idea of what lays beneath the FINISHED AND RESTORED original concept by…

Bob Marshall’s Excellent Graphic of A Typical UKWMO Bunker

UKWMO Roding Valley Guide: £15,000.

Location: UKWMO Roding Valley, Off High Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6BL

Contact: 01245 205778 – Paul Bridgeman/Martin Hardy

Online Details: Click Here



UKWMO Details: Click Here



UKWMO Brundall Details: Click Here


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Methodist Masonry

Methodist Church, South Green, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 7RR

Methodist Church, South Green, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 7RR.

An interesting detached former church located in the picturesque rural hamlet of South Green, conveniently situated for the A249 leading to the M2 Motorway.

The property has fine rural views. There is potential for, perhaps, conversion of the building into a residential unit, subject to all necessary consents being obtainable.

Guide: £135,000

Location: Methodist Church, South Green, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 7RR.

Contact: 01622 608400John Stockey/Dave Henwood

Online Details: Click Here


Lighthouse Homes Alighted

By A Bright Reduction of £100,000

Lighthouse Douglas 2

Douglas Lighthouse Cottages, Isle of Man

Recent price reduction of £100,000 to £399,950.

The above photograph is one of our favourites from the past four years of the Unique Property Bulletin online, if not one of the best of our 25 years at this publication. Douglas Lighthouse Cottages are such a sublime and picturesque place to live. Okay, the guy who stays in the next lighthouse along is a bit of a motoring fanatic from Top Gear, but he keeps himself to himself prety much most of the time.

As for Douglas Lighthouse Cottages – Some lucky reader has possibly just saved £100,000 given the price reduction this week on their fabulous next home.

Further details: Click Here To View Douglas Lighthouse Cottages For Sale


Courting Again

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

Former Selby Magistrates Court, New Lane, Selby.

The last court we listed had a lot of folk view our online weblink. Not sure why courts hold such an avid interest, but this court caught our eye. So for readers who like court [that sounds a bit iffy] here is another one. It is a handsome building, and again a lot of bricks and mortar for little money.

Please let us know how you get on if your paw goes in the air at the auction and remains there at the fall of the gavel.

Agency Narrative: A detached three storey former magistrates court, comprising a mixture of meeting rooms, offices and cells at ground floor level. 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. If, subject to planning consents etc., you were to make this either your new dwelling, or even a home/office then it could be a very interesting place to live with some nice wood panelling in the old court section to incorporate into your own new venture.

Guide: £100,000

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

Online Details: Click Here For Details

Contact: Eddisons Auctioneers Tel: 0113 243 0101


It’s Been A While Since Plodding

Former Police Station, Kidderminster Road, Stourbridge, DY9 0QN

Former Police Station Kidderminster Road, Stourbridge, DY9 0QN

It’s been a while since we featured one of these old cop shops for sale.

Agency Narrative: The property comprises of a detached brick built two storey building accessed from Kidderminster Road. There is a pitched concrete tiled roof with pedestrian access to the front and side elevation. Internally the property provides mainly cellular accommodation comprising of a reception area, offices, kitchen and WC facilities at ground and first floor level. Externally there are 16 car parking places.

Guide: £495,000

Location: Former Police Station, Kidderminster Road, Stourbridge, DY9 0QN

Contact: Harris Lamb Agencies Tel: 0121 455 9455 – Thomas Morley

Online Details: Click Here


Grand Designs: The Dome House

For Sale

Dome House, Brantfell Road, Bowness on Windermere, Lake District, LA23 3AE

Grand Design’s Dome House, Bowness on Windermere, Lake District

Located In: “One of The Most Beautiful Places Imaginable” – Kevin McCloud

Direct from the owner, this unique property just in – and these buildings are fairly rare beasts. This real Grand Design featured in series 10 of the popular television programme.

The house extends to approximately 6,500 sq ft and was originally built in the 1980s with the seven bedrooms being entirely remodelled by the current owner, architectural practitioner Robert Gaukroger. Dome House has kept the original 1980s structure the transformation has been remarkable. So much so, that this build has the coveted position of having been featured on the renowned television series, Grand Designs, along with appearing in Kevin McCloud’s book ‘The Best of Grand Designs’ as impressive and awe inspiring.

Click On The Photo Above To Watch The Video

Dome House, Bowness on Windermere, Lake District

Click On The Above Photo To Watch The Video

The Final Build Completed: Grand Designs: The Dome House Revisited

The Dome House also has a very useful income stream, with part of the current format being given over to paying guest accommodation.

Guide: £2,300,000.

Location: Dome House, Brantfell Road, Bowness on Windermere, Lake District, LA23 3AE.

Enquiries/Viewings/Contact: Click Here


James Bond & Skyfall

10 Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4AA

Former Port of London Authority HQ & 007 Building

Well we do promise to cover all areas and all price ranges. Heaven knows what the guide is on this magnificent edifice. Were it located in any part of Britain it would command a pretty penny, but as it is located in one of the most expensive real estate locations in the world, then your guess is as good as ours. Suffice it to say, just the look of this handsome building captured our eye.

10 Trinity Square is a Grade II listed building and was opened by Prime Minister David Lloyd George in 1922.

Making An Entrance 10 Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4AA

10 Trinity Square: Possibly The Most Impressive Entrance We Have Featured

Not just that, but this unique property has more recent features, of the secret squirrel, hush, hush variety…

Skyfall James Bond Trinity Square Location EON Productions

10 Trinity Square: Even Better If Daniel Craig Is About To Visit You

Photograph Above Copyright: Eon Productions/Danjaq LLC

Click The Photograph Above To Watch The Video

This remarkable building overlooks the River Thames and was designed by Sir Edwin Cooper; built by John Mowlen & Co., as the new headquarters of the Port of London Authority. In 2012 the building featured in the James Bond film Skyfall: Photo Montage Click Here.

Agency Narrative: Ten Trinity Square is a famous landmark within the City of London, close to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. The building is undergoing a complete refurbishment to 21st century standards of excellence to create an address of real privilege in the world’s greatest financial and business district. The development will feature 41 outstanding residences, a luxury Four Seasons hotel, spa and fine restaurants. The building’s original classical meeting rooms are being restored to provide the facilities for the members Club.

Guide: £POA Leasehold.

Location: 10 Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4AA.

Contact: Strutt & Parker Agencies Tel – 020 7318 4677 – Tess Cavendish.

Online Brochure & Photographs: Click Here


Whilst in the vernacular of 10 Trinity Square and the James Bond frachise, a little extra is added to this Bulletin as we love Judi Dench. When Dame Judi then quotes Tennyson’s Ulysses, what’s not to like and respect. Especially if you get the swansong she alludes to, interwoven with the words spoken and the destination we all head towards, and how it may be approached…

We are not now that strength which in old days

Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;

One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will;

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.


Click On The Above Photo For Dame Judi’s Rendition of Tennyson


Unique Property Competition

Total Prize Fund £220

We have been moved, almost beyond words at the generosity of our annual fundraising effort for the Bulletin’s burgeoning webhosting fees. But in the past few days one of our regular readers has said we need to boost the competition prize from a measly £20. She has taken out a photo-box-ad for a year on the condition we put those funds towards a more handsome prize. So here goes with the new enhanced Unique Property Bulletin competition.

For May + June 2015, the Unique Property Bulletin competition prize is different than normal. First we have a modest prize of:-

Twenty Pound Note Prize

A £20 Prize For The Winner Who Identifies This Waterside Location...

Unique Property Bulletin May and June Competition ID

Wet Wreck or Waterside Winner?

A second, and additional separate prize draw of £200 To The Winner Who Identifies The Owner of this derelict utilitarian structure -with a lot of potential subject to planning permission and a magician of an architect. C’mon, get your property sleuthing brain into gear…

Prize £200 For May To June Bulletin Competition

The winner of either/both prizes is the first drawn from our Competition Box on 30th June 2015.

Competition Hint

“An Iconic View – But Not Too Far

We are hoping to encourage the property sleuthing abilities each and every reader has with this edition’s competition. Best wishes and good luck from the Unique Property Bulletin Team

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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.

Architecture Angles

Christian Tonko Architecture Photo By Eduard Hueber

Photo (c) Eduard Huebers

This uniquely shaped commission is by Christian Tonko. It just oozes architectural initiative, and to the people who love interesting buildings is a sharp piece of creativity to treasure.

So our Top & Commended Architects For This Edition Are:-

Christian Tonko

Further Details + Good Range of Photographs & Contact Details:-

Congratulations on a really nice piece of ergonomic architecture that fits the site well and inspires the mind.


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:-

Your Carriage Awaits

Classic Railway Holiday Experience

Mevy Slip Coach - Railway Holiday Featured in the Unique Property Bulletin. Haparanda Station, St Germans, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 5LU.

Rail Holidays: Haparanda Station, St Germans, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 5LU

A lovely triumvirate of three classes of accommodation this holiday experience gives an indication of what railway rolling stock living might be like

Here at the Bulletin we actually bid on a real railway bridge (decommissioned) with the idea of placing an old static steam engine and some restored railway coaches on the disused bridge structure for either an unusual home, or possibly an unusual style of restaurant experience. We got outbid by £10,000. Still wonder what if the bid had won through on that old bridge.

Anyways, here we have a nice example that you can holiday at, with English gold and Italian velvet in the first class bedroom and bespoke triple bunk beds in the guard’s room. Mevy does not have a trackside location, but instead looks out to the river and rolling hills beyond.

Further Details, Rental Fees, Information: Click Here.

Location: Haparanda Station, St Germans, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 5LU.

Contact: 01503 230783.


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Unique Property Bulletin Main Article

This Edition’s Feature

Unique Islands For Sale Or Rent

Go Get ‘Em Tiger

 Corrie Harbour, Isle of Arran - Trevor Littlewood

Simple Island Pleasures

Where It Really Started: The Idyllic Harbour, Corrie, Isle of Arran (c) Trevor Littlewood

This edition is a little unusual. Mainly because the feature is a webpage we are adding to the Unique Property Bulletin website, dedicated to:-

Islands For Sale or Rent

We will post the link in a moment or two. However, the preface to that webpage on islands is possibly worth looking at here in a few words. The reason is in the subtitle:

Go Get ‘Em Tiger

It IS possible for you to have an island life for relatively little money if you do your homework, plus good fortune lends a hand. Whilst I was lucky to live the formative years on a bigger island – Arran – anyone who looks at this picturesque setting, or even the inspiration from the smaller private island – Holy Isle in Lamlash Bay, Arran might find something of interest in this week’s feature and/or the additional Islands For Sale or Rent webpage.

 Holy Isle By Arran LJ Cunningham

Holy Island By Arran (c) LJ Cunningham

It is difficult not to get the island bug! The picture immediately above of Holy Isle which is the smaller neighbour of the larger and magnificent Island of Arran…

 Island of Arran Rob Farrow

The Island of Arran (c) Rob Farrow

If you are, or become lucky enough to live on an island – big or small – it then seeps into your DNA. Hence the next island, first viewed from the west coast of Arran – Blackwaterfoot and the pretty harbour…

Blackwaterfoot Harbour Departing Point For Davaar Island - Stephen McKay

Blackwaterfoot Harbour, Isle of Arran: Departing Point For Davaar Island

Photograph Courtesy of Stephen McKay

…via boat – another excuse to acquire an unusual mode of transport to your new home via Arran sailing across the Kilbrannan Sound. Our jump across this beautiful stretch of water led us to an island called Davaar…

 The Old Coastguard Station Davaar Island Photo Steve Partridge

Davaar Island. Lease of Coastguard Building £1 A Year

Photograph Courtesy & Copyright: Steve Partridge

The lease on the Old Lookout/Coastguard Station pictured above was just one pound a year. Yes that is correct, the first five year lease was of an old coastguard station at around ONE POUND a year. The catch? Well it wasn’t really a catch, but an opportunity for a lot of fun. The Old Coastguard Station/Lookout needed new windows and a significant refurbishment. But just look at the view, which can be appreciated from both the photograph immediately above, and the one below…

The Old Lookout Coastguard Station PRIOR To Renovation Copyright Russ McLean

Davaar Island: The Old Lookout/Coastguard Station PRIOR To Renovation (c) 1984 Russ McLean

What followed was a great deal of enjoyment, and education on how to meet the challenges of small island life. Not that far removed from the Castaway experience of Taransay Island, and the resultant television series [in fact the television production company came across to visit us on Ailsa Craig to shortlist it as a possible candidate in pre-commission of the Castaway series]

Back to Argyll: the owner of the otherwise uninhabited Davaar Island Lookout/Coastguard Station, went on to grant a lease to us for the empty house that the former lighthouse keeper used to live in such was the success of the coastguard station refurbishment. This adjacent and very unique abode was sublime as you might see and possibly agree…

 Davaar Island Lighthouse Keepers House Overlooking The Island of Arran Copyright Ian Cowe

Davaar Island. Lighthouse Keeper’s Home With Views To The Isle of Arran & Blackwaterfoot Harbour From Whence We Sailed

Photograph Courtesy & Copyright of Our Friend: Ian Cowe

Happy days on Davaar Island. The trick here, with all this island living is to be proactive and not reactive when looking for this type of unique property. Hence our subtext on this feature: Go Get ‘Em Tiger. To press the point, perhaps carpe diem as the diems aren’t that manius and those that are can be very raptim! More of this on our main islands page weblinked below. Before going to that new webpage, we must mention the graduation from leasing a place on Davaar Island to purchasing the main buildings, pier, railway and outbuildings on Ailsa Craig Island, as this may illustrate a path that you might like to consider – from leasing to owning….

Ailsa Craig Lighthouse Compound - Just Behind The Bell Johnny Durnan

Ailsa Craig Island (c) Johnny Durnan

On closer inspection, and from a good vantage point, giving a decent idea of what is on Ailsa Craig Island by way of accommodation, land and buildings…

Ailsa Craig Lighthouse Compound MAIN

The Actual Buildings: Ailsa Craig Island Lighthouse Compound, Railway & Pier

Our Mantra: If We Can Do This, You Have A Good Chance Too

The main caveat is whether you LIKE living on an island.

Which is why we always recommend you rent or lease a place on an island first to see if you like it.

Anyways, enough of this preface, and onto the main webpage we have just created:-

Islands For Sale or Rent…


P.S. Tanera Mór Island & Others Are Accessed Via The Weblink Above


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