Features By Email Request
Forts, Follies & Towers
A Wider Perspective: Tower For Sale In Full Glory
For this edition, as a result of wonderful readers sending in requests and filling our email inbox, we have had enquiries for forts, follies and towers. So as well as the regular listings in the Bulletin we have picked a few of the desired properties that are in flavour for our readers and include these in a slightly different formatted Feature Article section at the foot of the page. In essence a direct reply to our readers’ requests with very real answers. We hope seeker and seller may become uniquely united as a result.
Towering Features Retained With Class
Details at the foot of this page.
Heads-Up: A Very Unique Bargain?
The Limeworks, Faversham Road, Kent, ME13 0SE
We recently featured this genuinely amazing property conversion a year or so ago at £3,750,000. It then came down to £2,950,000. Further reductions followed to £2,000,000. After this recent auction entry…
…the price is well worth keeping an eye on. CONTRARY TO THE “Property Removed” advisory on the above weblink – at £1,500,000 – IT IS STILL FOR SALE. We recommend you note the auction wording: by order of the asset managers. It is reasonably clear where the price is headed, and Bulletin readers may secure one of the most fabulous conversions we have seen for a decade.
“Before” Renovation: The Limeworks, Faversham Road, Kent, ME13 0SE
Copyright: The War & Peace Collection
The property pictured above is the Limeworks at Faversham. It has has recently appeared as a backdrop for the television programme The Gadget Man. We have featured this property a while back…
Previously it proved to be a firm favourite with many of our readers, so we are delighted to list it for sale with the revised price within the current Unique Property Bulletin for those who missed out last time around.
Current Guide has been reduced from the original figure to:-
Guide : £2,000,000
In amongst our emails, one reader has asked for some higher-end unusual properties to be featured – mentioning that we have had properties between £7,000 and around £250,000 in the last two editions of Unique Property Bulletin, so how about some balance!
We do try to cover all geographic areas of the UK and every price level, so in this edition we will hopefully feature some of the more substantial properties that can make we mortals weaken at the knees! This edition we have several of the style and genre featuring unusual buildings that our more well-healed property sleuths look toward acquiring.
Our next item is a cracker: A unique architect designed abode with seaviews…
Rock & Cantilever
Cilgeraint, Lon Pont Morgan, Abersoch, Gwynedd, LL53 7AG
Wow. If you look through the online brochure photographs, this is indeed a sensational beach-side residence. Fabulously designed and located.
Agency Description: Find a unique plot with breathtaking views, appoint an inspired architect to create a house which makes them visible from every room, engineer a structure which is cantilevered from the rock face, source the best fittings and finishes from around the world and work with the conservation and planning authorities to create an award winning property, or alternatively, acquire Cilgeraint.
Contact – Savills Tel: 01625 417 450 – Mark Holden
Dornoch Castle Hotel, Castle Street, Dornoch, Sutherland, IV25 3SD
One of the functions of the Bulletin is to keep readers up to date with what is on the market and materially important, price movements. Over two years ago we featured this spectacular castle at Dornoch for sale:-
[Dornoch Castle is the third listing down the page]
At that time it was guided at £2,500,000. Now the hotel has been reduced by a cool quarter of a million pounds to £2,250,000. Perhaps more can be shaved off? For the price of a luxury flat in London you can have a proper castle home. In addition also have an income and living which gifts a unique lifestyle into the bargain. From our own hotel owning adventures at the Bulletin some of the most interesting people we have met happened in via this style of establishment. We would heartily recommend it as a lifestyle choice. Anyways here is a castle for sale for our readers who love these amazing places.
The Guide Was
£2,500,000. Now £2,250,000
Contact – Strutt & Parker Tel: 01463 723595 – Kevin Maley
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& Related Entities – Heads Up – Advance Notice
Regretfully due to ongoing health issues by the founder, and the emigration of not one, but two helpers of our core group of writers, the Unique Property Bulletin is being offered for sale.
Ironically in this month, when we celebrate the third year online in what has been an amazing internet transition and transformation from the old paper format, and a publication that goes back to 1987, we have to consider the best way of ensuring the future of this facility and the associated elements which are the Unique Property Bulletin.
Of considerable importance is we do not want to let down those who, over the years, have bought and/or sold their amazing houses, rented, leased, and even just dreamed a little of what life can be like living in a unique building.
The next edition of Unique Property Bulletin will feature what exactly is for sale and the guide price sought. If you are interested, please keep an eye open for our next edition 23 November 2014. Thanks
A Genuine Grand Design
The Blue House, Mariners Drive, Sneyd Park, Bristol, BS9 1QQ.
Agency Summary: A true “Grand Design” – it featured on the eponymous Channel Four property programme of the same name. The house sits within its own enclosed and very private plot to present a family house of outstanding architectural merit and immense enjoyment to live in
Contact – Savills Tel: 0117 933 5800 – Richard Brooks
Fulling Mill, The Weir, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7RA
A photograph that almost resembles a classic landscape painting by Constable.
This is a fully restored mill house plus around 21 acres of beautiful land, and what a water feature in your garden!
Contact – Strutt & Parker Tel: 01962 869999 – George Burnand
Moated Castle – Melting Price?
Caverswall Castle, Blythe Bridge Road, Caverswall, Staffordshire, ST11 9EA
With thanks to our reader who asked for some higher end properties to be included within the main Unique Property Bulletin edition this time around. This is one example of what a little fishing finds, and we really enjoyed landing it to include in this edition. An absolutely fabulous piece of castle that has 18 bedrooms 9 reception rooms 13 bathrooms, and about 20 acres of land. Plus don’t forget the moat!
Caverswall Castle Picture (c) 1845 Samuel Hall Carter
Though if this type of home is your bag, please study some of the history. It was reportedly bought 2006 by property tycoon Robin MacDonald for £1,700,000. There have been some well reported “licensing” issues in the national press amongst other matters, so it may well be that Mr MacDonald might consider a little bit of negotiating if you are operating at that level.
Contact – Gascoigne Halman Tel: 01625 590373
Unique Property Competition
For this November 2014 + December 2014 month, the Unique Property Bulletin competition prize is:-
Balmoral Castle On A Note
[Unless Requested, Payment Will Be Made By Cheque].
“Lookout, The North Sea”
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 an extremely obscure unique building. We reckoned nobody would manage a correct answer and our prize fund was relatively safe. We should have known better! There are 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 property 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 photograph 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:-
Normally we feature the unique work of an exceptional architect – for inspiration. These properties are generally not for sale. But this week we have an amazing architect designed house that is for sale:-
Steppingstone & Subterranea
Steppingstone, Hill Road North, Helsby, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 9AQ
This is a genuinely amazing and unique design. Please check out the weblink below that contains many interesting photographs of Steppingstone. In part the subterranean sophistication of the architectural brief stems from strictures of UK planning laws.
This property’s owner is a very successful haulier who is also one of the executive team at a company most folk in the UK will have heard of – Stobarts. So it is little wonder he has managed to translate that amazing drive in business to something of a similar high motivation in his architectural wishes:-
Also an array of other properties from this stable:-
Contact – Savills Tel: 01244 32 32 32 – Charlie Kannreuther
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:-
Freston Tower Holiday
Freston Tower, Freston Hill, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 1AD
Freston Tower is a six-storey Tudor folly that looks out over the River Orwell in Suffolk. There is a single room on each floor with the sitting room at the top to take advantage of the unrivalled views.
1 Twin, 1 Double: Sleeps 4 = 4 nights from £409.00
Equivalent to £25.56 per person per night
Tel – The Landmark Trust: 01628 825925
Unique Property Bulletin Main Article
Features By Email Request
Forts, Follies & Towers
We have a simple Feature Article this week. Literally by popular demand, we are answering requests from our readers with direct listings as our feature. Extra additions to the Bulletin that folk are currently looking for. Certain genres of property for sale. All pretty unique – we hope you would agree.
Water Tower Conversion
Agency Narrative: Built in 1900, the Water Tower was completely modernized to a very high standard some 11 years ago. The Water Tower offers beautifully presented accommodation with a light and airy feel throughout. Set over 5 floors, with a lift travelling to all but the top floor the accommodation is both flexible and accessible.
Contact – Strutt & Parker: 01858 438723 – Edward Brassey
The Old Folly, Acton Burnell, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 7PE
Built in 1780 for Sir Edward Smythe Bt of Acton Burnell Hall, the folly became the venue for lavish musical soirees and entertaining his numerous house guests. It was designed by Joseph Bromfield, the fashionable Georgian architect, builder and plasterwork designer noted for his major works at Powis Castle and Attingham Park.
Now reinvented as a fabulous and unusual home.
Contact – Strutt & Parker: 01743 284200 – Belinda Hutchinson
Keith Marischal Tower & House
A self contained tower plus a wonderful house. Set in over 10 acres of mature grounds in a rural location surrounded by rolling farmland. The views from the house to the Lammermuir Hills are absolutely superb.
Historical photographs can be accessed via this link: Click Here
Contact – Savills Tel: 0131 247 3700 – Jamie Macnab or Anna Gardiner
Interesting Tower With Plans
Cox’s Water Tower, Coxs Hill, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 1HH
Agency Narrative: Occupying a site extending to approximately 1 acre in an uphill area of the town is this Grade II listed 4 storey former water tower. Planning permission for the conversion of the existing water tower to 1 dwelling and the erection of 2 further detached dwellings and associated works was granted on the 5th December 2013 application number 130436 and listed building consent application number 130437.
Guide: £POA [2011 Sale Advised At £50,000]
Though previously withdrawn from auction. This is where the principles extolled in the Unique Property Manual [book details, please Click Here ], can be helpful to our readers’ bargaining position. When using the Unique Property Manual it is fairly easy to deduce some important information. For example, this water tower was originally placed for auction by the Anglian Water Authority at the £50,000 mark in 2011:
Though WITH planning permission there is likely to be an uplift in price sought. Maybe let us know how you get on: Click Here to get in touch.
One thing for sure, this is a very elegantly built structure, given the utilitarian nature of it’s purpose.
Currently for sale with Savills:-
Contact – Savills Tel 01522 508 908 – Rick Westmore
Tower For Eagles Plus A Mansion
Lutterells Tower, Eaglehurst, Near Lepe, Hampshire, SO45 1BT
Lutterells Tower From The Shore (c) 2014 Jim Champion
This is a very impressive property. Not just a marvellous tower, but a castellated mansion included in the property sale as well too.
Fortified Mansion House, Eaglehurst, Hampshire
Agency Narrative: Eaglehurst sits on the edge of The New Forest and has commanding views over the Solent. The house occupies a peaceful part of Hampshire which is surrounded by beautiful woodland. The views from Eaglehurst are stunning and provide the most amazing backdrop for this very historical house.
Contact – Savills Tel: 020 7318 5190 – James Mackenzie