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Unique Property Bulletin 7 December 2014


Nuclear Bunker For Sale

AAA UKWMO Machynlleth 2

ROC UKWMO Post, Gasworks Lane, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BY


AAA 7 ROC UKWMO Post Gasworks Lane Machynlleth Powys SY20 8BY

ROC UKWMO Post, Gasworks Lane, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BY

Guide: £18,000

For some reason that we are yet to fathom, these underground bunkers are incredibly popular with our readers.

We have now sold the UKWMO ROC Post at Ticehurst exclusively via the Unique Property Bulletin.

Fortunately for this Bulletin we have another – fresh to the market – Royal Observer Corps Bunker listed for sale at UKWMO Machynlleth.

Details at the foot of this page.

Plus the heads-up on a very rare London Underground Station conversion to flats – a chance to mark in your diary the possibility of owning something that might contain some very unusual elements. All included in the feature section for this edition at the foot of this page.


A Little Lighthouse Life

AAA The Bothy, Strathy Point Lighthouse, Caithness & Sutherland, Peter Moore

Strathy Point Lighthouse: Seaview & Lochview (c) Peter Moore

Location: The Bothy, Strathy Point Lighthouse, By Thurso, Caithness & Sutherland, KW14 7RY.

Guide: Offers Over £45,000

Strathy Point Lighthouse Bothy formerly known as Strathy Occasional Lighthouse Keeper’s House represents a little taste of lighthouse life for not too much of a budget. Be careful though, the writer of this got sunburn and sunstroke here. This was entirely unexpected as quite a few Scots, and other nationalities think of the north coast as penguinland. However, in the midst of summer, due to the proximity to the Arctic Circle and the seasonal shift of the Earth’s axis, the sun can be very strong and last very long. Midsummer nights hardly get dark.

In essence a sublime place to live and stay.

Click Here For Further Details of The Bothy at Strathy Lighthouse

Contact: Click Here To Contact The Owner


Signals & Stations

AAA Signal Box Forden featured in Unique Property Bulletin

Signal Box For Sale With Station House at Forden (c) McCartneys

A unique opportunity to purchase a railway station house with signal box about 5.6 miles away from Welshpool and just over 3 miles from Montgomery. The house has flexible accommodation and has lovely views over the surrounding countryside and beyond. Outside there is a good size garden which incorporates the signal box which has been thoughtfully restored over recent years. Also within the grounds is a partly completed detached double garage with room above which could make wonderful self-contained accommodation if required. This most interesting property is just over half a mile from the river Severn.


AAA Station House at Forden featured in Unique Property Bulletin

Station House For Sale With Signal Box at Forden (c) McCartneys 

Location: Station House, Forden, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8NN

Guide: £225,000

Could be a nice place for a unique home and a new owner of the Unique Property Bulletin websites to work from! The signal box is just crying out to be utilised for a wonderful garden office and fine place to work from. With the daily commute being about 30 seconds from the house to the office!

Forden Station House & Signal Box Brochure: Click Here

Or a PDF File Brochure: Click Here

Contact – McCartneys Estates Tel: 01938 531000


London Underground Building Wanted

For A Cash Buyer

AAA Crystal Palace Underground Toilet Street Level Access

Doesn’t Look Much But Can Become A Wow Factor Home (c) Fiona Murray

This unique property wanted section may become a regular part of the Unique Property Bulletin given the number of emails received seeking the raw ingredients of unusual property to convert into a home. You cannot get more raw than the elemental former use of this style of structure.

As an example of what our reader is seeking – a few years ago we featured this amazing transformation of an old London underground loo to a brilliantly designed and refurbished city home by Laura Clark:

London Loo Home Conversion Article: Click Here

Once you get over the initial thoughts of the previous use – plus a deep clean and removal of the former functional excremental fixtures, the result, as exemplified by Laura are astounding.

AAA Crystal Palace Underground Toilet Before Conversion

Laura Clark’s Crystal Palace WC Building “Before” (c) Fiona Murray 

There is something very cool about walking through London – or any other major UK city, and seeing what is regarded by many as a piece of street furniture – the access to an underground W.C., to discover it hides something exceptional and astounding.

Also the fact that this pad was bought in one of the most expensive cities in the world for a reported £65,000 with around £100,000 being spent on renovation, shows not just a very impressive architectural initiative, but especially shrewd business sense. We would conservatively estimate Laura’s Luxury Loo Life abode to be worth near on £450,000 now. Not a bad appreciation in value, even by London standards.

AAA Crystal Palace Underground Toilets After Conversion

Laura Clark’s WC Building “After” (c) Fiona Murray

Which is why we suppose, a reader trawling through our old archived Bulletins has asked if we can find any other basic underground spend-a-penny structure – ready for conversion – to buy?

Further information on the amazing Crystal Palace Underground WC Conversion:-

Crystal Palace Toilet Conversion – Enthralling Enthronement: Click Here

…and more photographs: Click Here

If you know of one of these styles of building that needs renovating and is for sale, please consider:-

Contacting The Unique Property Bulletin: Click Here

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


Old School For Learning

Bob The Builder Students


The Old School, London Road, Dunkirk, Faversham, Kent, ME13 9LF

The Old School at Dunkirk – outlined in red on the indicative guide plan:


The Old School Guide Plan (c) 2014 Clive Emson

…is a semi-detached property located in the popular village of Dunkirk. It is being offered with Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for conversion to a five bedroom dwelling.

Guide: £320,000

The Old School Dunkirk: Click Here

Contact – Clive Emson Tel: 01622 608400 – Kevin Gilbert or Dave Henwood


Coaching Home 

AAA Garthmyl Coach House

The Old Coach House, Garthmyl, Montgomery, Powys SY15 6RS

This interesting building has a lot to offer. Much has already completed. Plus planning permission is in place for more.

Well worth checking out the online brochure to see the range of pictures which illustrate the extent and style of this unique home project.

Guide: £425,000

The Old Coach House Online Brochure – Click Here

Contact – Strutt & Parker Tel: 01743 248200 – Tom Wright


Unique Property Bulletin Websites

For Sale

Questions & Answers

Wow, what an amazing fortnight since we put the Unique Property Bulletin website up for sale.

AAA Unique Property Bulletin For Sale

There have been several questions. The most relevant actually provides an enigmatic answer. It used to be a big problem to live in a unique property, often times because unusual property is remote, and a significant distance from work. Now as long as any given unusual home has broadband, there may well be a livelihood to be grown from the Unique Property Bulletin. Especially the embryonic online estate agency element. Given that we made other estate agents around £36,000 in commission for them over the last year!

The question we have had most can be paraphrased: “Could the Bulletin and the sister company included in the sale – Unique Property Estate Agency sustain me in a job?”

We cannot guarantee this. But of the THREE elements included (1) The Unique Property Bulletin website is now established as can be seen in the details given, with over:-

1,162,091 Page Views

[as at 7 December 2014].


1,095,434 Page Views

[as at 29 October 2014].

… and very important to note – a regular readership/network of unique property buyers, sellers, and interested readers, plus visitors such as journalists and radio broadcasters etc.. In just three years since transferring the paper format Bulletin to an online facility these numbers have gone from 3,000 to 30,000. So far.

Part (2) is the ability to assemble Unique Property Syndicates. Not for everyone as there is a risk/benefit element that any project manager and new Bulletin owner needs to exercise due diligence on. But the facts – impeccably verified by our solicitors – speak for themselves:-


Unique Property Syndicates Late 1998 to Early 2000

Gross Profit £133,500

Profits Shared Amongst Syndicate Members By The Solicitor



Unique Property Syndicates 2000 to 2001

Gross Profit £125,172

Profits Shared Amongst Syndicate Members By The Solicitor


[After The Second Year – Syndicates Operated Individually]

Solicitors formal statements can be viewed at:-

Unique Property Bulletin Websites For Sale Page 2 – Click Here 

Then we have Part (3) of the Unique Property Bulletin package. The new embryonic estate agency. We would wish this to be much further advanced. Were it not for the current decrepitude of our founder and two volunteer members emigrating we would. Though it does appear that the direction of travel is in favour of online estate agency – witness Rightmove websites – from old fashioned High Street estate agents TOWARDS Online Estate Agency. By dint of good fortune, the Unique Property Bulletin has a reasonable presence in the internet search engines. This free to view Bulletin has, as mentioned, already made OTHER estate agents over £36,000 in the past one year. In fact such has been the goodwill that the Unique Property Bulletin has received “thankyou” donations from unique property sellers of well over £5,500 this last year without even asking, and without our own unique estate agency fully operational yet.

Also the structure of the new unique property estate agency is fairly advanced as exhibited in Part (3) of this sale package:-

Unique Property For Sale: Online Estate Agency: Click Here

Although there can be no guarantees, we believe the evidence exists that the structural change in the way people buy property is occurring. That the move away from traditional High Street estate agencies TO Online Estate Agents has positive momentum:-

Estate Agency Going Online Article: Click Here

To sum up our answer to the question: “Could the Bulletin and the sister company included in the sale – Unique Property Estate Agency sustain me in a job?” We believe the answer is: “ABSOLUTELY”.

The day-job of our founder was venture capital and helping newstart business. 100 new jobs created, amongst which ironically was helping a new High Street Estate Agency rise from an empty unloved old shop. It had to be nursed, but some 11 years on, there is still an estate agency employing staff where once there was closed down shell of a building.

 Closed Shop Reopened After Refurbishment

Bulletin Spin Off Project – 2003: Refurbishing A Closed & Empty Shop 

Into One Redolent With Opportunity & Still Employing Staff 11 Years Later

Click Here For Further Details

So the verdict from this end, with experience of reopening 20 closed buildings is that the internet has been part of the success for these projects. So in that vein we firmly believe a new ONLINE estate agency, with some professional guidance available from this end and other professional sources could and indeed should provide an opportunity to create a good internet business with a fine future.

Hopefully, we have helped to answer one of the main questions arising from the Unique Property Bulletin For Sale edition. For further details, statistics and information:-

Unique Property Bulletin WEBSITES For Sale: Click Here


When The Girls Go Bells

AAA Tower Villa Mary Ave Aberlour Banffshire featured in Unique Property Bulletin MAIN

Tower Villa & Bell Tower, Mary Avenue, Aberlour, Banffshire, AB38 9PL

Tower Villa has a charming history and boasts a distinctive granite and sandstone exterior with working bell tower, segmented pediments and gargoyles.

Having originally been built as a girls’ school in 1875 the property was converted to a private dwelling in 1879 for the Headmaster of the local orphanage. The property was also a safe haven for evacuees from Edinburgh during the war.

Guide: offers over £350,000

Tower Villa & Bell Tower Online Brochure: Click Here

Contact – Strutt & Parker Tel: 01463 719171 – Suzanne Moss


St Michael’s Church Apartment

AAA St Michaels Church Standen Park, Parkgate Drive, Lancaster, LA1 3FN featured in Unique Property Bulletin

St Michaels Church , Standen Park, Parkgate Drive, Lancaster, LA1 3FN

This home forms part of a Grade II listed building conversion. Originally built circa 1842 designed by Paley and Austen architects of Lancaster.

St Michaels Manse, St Michaels Church and St Michaels House has now been converted to an unusual home with the luxury of space and the accommodation comprises:- Impressive entrance hallway. Dining/Lounge area. Magnificent formal lounge. Fully fitted modern dining kitchen. Four bedrooms:- Guest bedroom with en suite. Master bedroom with unique stained glass window. Two further bedrooms (one being split level which could be two rooms). Gallery library. Deluxe bathroom. Shower room. Original features include rose stained and arched leaded windows. Stone floors and stairs. Arched doorways and beamed ceilings. Particularly impressive is the domes beamed ceiling in the formal lounge. Outside the property there are well established gardens to the front and side with a patio area and a private driveway which provides ample parking for several vehicles

Guide: £485,000

St Michael’s Church Apartment – Online Details: Click Here

Contact – Sue Bridges Estate Agency Tel: 01524 68811


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


Magnificent Mansion

Many Buildings: Possibly A Unique Property Syndicate?

 AAA Stracathro Mansion at Christmas Time

Stracathro Mansion House At Christmas Time

For sale as a whole or in 3 lots.

The estate comprises a Grand Mansion House, a superb Coach House, a row of 6 Terraced Cottages, an Arboretum, ponds, landscaped and wooded policies.

Possibly a Unique Property Syndicate?

Please Click Here To Enquire Further About Syndicates

Stracathro has been sensitively developed and loved as a mini estate. The view has been enhanced by the creation of two ponds to the south. The policies are host to an abundance of wildlife. The house is screened by policy woodland and being on the crest of a ridge has a commanding outlook to the Angus Glens to the north.

 AAA Stracathro Mansion featured in Unique Property Bulletin

Stracathro Mansion House, Stracathro, Brechin, Angus, DD9 7QF

Lot 1: Stracathro Mansion House

Guide – Mansion House Only: Offers over £1,100,000

Estate Guide: Offers over £1,680,000

Click Here For Stracathro Mansion, Plus Houses & Estate Details

Contact – Strutt & Parker Tel: 01330 826800 – David Strang Steel


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.

Ideas For Within The UFO WC!  

AAA Bigg Market Conversion Illustration UPB

The Bigg Market Flying Saucer WC – “With Added Vision”

This edition with the love of loos being emailed in to us we are deferring to the architect:-

Peter Moore

For this edition’s Unique Property Bulletin Architect Award.

Thanks to his vision and imagination in putting forward an idea to reuse what is otherwise known as the Flying Saucer WC in Bigg Market, Newcastle:-

AAA Big Market UFO WC Copyright Steve Ellwood

The Bigg Market Flying Saucer WC In Newcastle (c) Steve Ellwood

If this could be a bar/coffee shop, then why not a Laura Clark style home?

As for our reader who emailed asking for an old London loo underground, we couldn’t find anything in the capital city for you this month. Though you could write to Laura Clark (we have an address but out of respect to Laura, you will need to privately click here to email us for this). A timeous Christmas card with a polite enquiry to see if she is selling her home may be a good idea. Or even if just to seek the architectural services of Laura on another underground WC conversion when one comes up.

For other readers looking at this genre, we do have some helpful links if you like the look of the Flying Saucer Underground WC at Newcastle:-

Flying Saucer WC Reported By BBC: Click Here

Flying Saucer WC Reported By The Chronicle: Click Here

…plus the original notice: Click Here


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:-

Going On A Gothic Holiday

AAA Gothic Temple Stowe, Buckinghamshire

Gothic Temple, Stowe, Buckingham, MK18 5ED

This Temple, built in 1741, is one of the last additions to the garden at Stowe, formed for Lord Cobham by Charles Bridgeman and his successor, William Kent. That same year, Capability Brown arrived as gardener, to begin his own transformation of the landscape.

AAA Gothic Temple Floorplan Stowe, Buckinghamshire Gothic Temple Unique Floorplan Layout

It feels like an immense privilege to live within this extraordinary landscape, if just for a few days, witnessing the effect of the changing light on the monuments and enjoying the thrill of the scenes that Capability Brown created. The bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom are squeezed into the turrets while the sitting room occupies the main space, which soars to the gilded dome above

Sleeps 4 = 4 nights from £538.00

Equivalent to £33.63 per person per night

Click Here For Gothic Temple Holiday Online Brochure

Contact – The Landmark Trust Tel: 01628 825925


Unique Property Bulletin Main Article




Machynlleth ROC Underground Post

AAA UKWMO Machynlleth 1

 ROC UKWMO Post, Gasworks Lane Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BY


Location: ROC UKWMO Post, Gasworks Lane Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BY

Map Location: Please Click Here

Guide: £18,000 Freehold.

Status: For Sale.

Please Contact: The owner exclusively via the Unique Property Bulletin Please Click Here


UKWMO Bunker Generic Illustration

Please Click Here For Artists Representation of Standard Layout

Excellent Graphic Drawing Thanks To Mr Bob Marshall



AAA UKWMO Machynlleth 2

 Entrance – Going Down

ROC UKWMO Post, Gasworks Lane Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BY

As with all posts the front door takes a bit of negotiating. The Machynlleth ROC post is situated on the edge of Machynlleth which sits in a valley at the start of a long estuary, in the picture it is in the centre between the school playing field and the mountains

 AAA UKWMO Machynlleth 3

ROC UKWMO Post, Gasworks Lane Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BY

The post is dry and in very good condition and had not been touched much since being closed in 1991. Still having the original furnishings.

AAA UKWMO Machynlleth 4

ROC UKWMO Post, Gasworks Lane Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BY

Still having some items as left at the time of closing… Who remembers cigarette vouchers… 🙂 Even the ashtray seemed to have the last dog ends in.

AAA UKWMO Machynlleth 6

ROC UKWMO Post, Gasworks Lane Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BY

After a bit of a tidy up it starts to look a bit better.

AAA UKWMO Machynlleth 7

ROC UKWMO Post, Gasworks Lane Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BY

Local sector map still on the wall. Even though it was snowing and blowing a gale it was surprisingly warm inside just in shirt sleeves.

AAA UKWMO Machynlleth 8

ROC UKWMO Post, Gasworks Lane Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BY

To exit is a clear blue sky at the end of a vertical tunnel.


Location: Map Reference – SH74120077


Further Information & Photographs:-

SubBrit PHOTOS and Information – Click Here 

Thank you to the excellent Subterranea Britannica website for this.



A than you also to the amazing 28 Days Later website.


Aerial location:-


Please feel free to ask any further questions or arrange a viewing:-

Click Here


More Subterranean Style To Come:

London Underground Station

Heads-Up: Home Conversions On The Way

AAA London Underground Iconic Map

A New Home On This Iconic Map (c) TfL – Licence C2010002126

At the other end of the underground home life spectrum is this wonderful, and extremely rare sale of a London Underground Station. We featured it in our edition:-

Click Here For Earlier Details of Brompton Underground Station For Sale 

 AAA LUFS 150 Years Ago This Style Of Fantastic Loco Was Running (c) 2013 Alan Murray-Rust

Brompton Road London Underground Station (c) 2013 Alan Murray-Rust

The original pre-conversion facilities at the property included a drill hall, garages, offices and mess, but the site also includes below-ground areas previously used as part of the former Brompton Road Underground Station. More background detail ….

Brompton Road Underground Station, 206 Brompton Road, London, SW3 0BP.

Guide: £20,000,000 BUT…

A new owner has acquired the site recently and intends to convert it to flats. So if you would like to live in London at what may prove to be a very interesting and unique place, keep an eye on this oen.

The original press release can be seen here …

As soon as the conversion of this historic London Underground Station to new homes is complete – hopefully each commanding a more affordable price for the many flats that will be part of this former station – we will let our Unique Property Bulletin readers know.


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