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Unique Property Bulletin 9 November 2014

Features By Email Request

Forts, Follies & Towers

AAA Water Tower Bitteswell Road LE17 4EN Strutt and Parker in Unique Property Bulletin Feature

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.

AAA Water Tower Bitteswell Road Features - Headline Unique Property Bulletin

Towering Features Retained With Class

Details at the foot of this page.


Heads-Up: A Very Unique Bargain?

AAA Limeworks Listed In The  Unique Property Bulletin

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.

AAA  Limeworks, Faversham Road, Kent,

“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…

Unique Property Bulletin – Earlier Review of The Limeworks

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

Further Details….

The Limeworks Conversion – Online Brochure – Click Here



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

AAA Abersoch Pwllheli Gwynedd LL53 7AG Savills Unique Property Bulletin

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.

Guide: £2,950,000

Cilgeraint – Online Brochure – Click Here

Contact – Savills Tel: 01625 417 450 – Mark Holden


Castle Heads-Up

AAA Castle Dornoch Strutt Parker Unique Property Bulletin

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:-

Previous Archived Details: Dornoch Castle – Click Here

[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

Dornoch Castle – Current Online Brochure – Click Here

Contact – Strutt & Parker Tel: 01463 723595 – Kevin Maley


For Sale:

Unique Property Bulletin Websites

& 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

Blue House 1

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

Guide: £1,500,000

Peter Stephens Virtual Tour – Grand Designs – The Blue House

Sale Details:

The Blue House – Online Brochure – Click Here

Contact – Savills Tel: 0117 933 5800 – Richard Brooks


Mill House

AAA Millhouse The Weir Whitchurch Hampshire RG28 7RA Strutt and Parker Unique Property Bulletin

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!

Guide: £2,950,000

Fulling Mill – Online Brochure – Click Here

Contact – Strutt & Parker Tel: 01962 869999 – George Burnand


Moated Castle – Melting Price?

AAA Caverswall Castle

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!

AAA Caverswall Castle 1845 Samuel Hall Carter Unique Property Bulletin

Caverswall Castle Picture (c) 1845 Samuel Hall Carter

Guide: £3,000,000.

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.

Caverswall Castle – Online Brochure – Click Here

Contact – Gascoigne Halman Tel: 01625 590373


Unique Property Competition

For this November 2014 + December 2014 month, the Unique Property Bulletin competition prize is:-

Unique Property Bulletin £100 Prize Note Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle On A Note

[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 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:-

Unique Property Bulletin Competition Entry Contact Page


Architecturally Unique

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 

 AAA Steppingstone Hill Road North Helsby Frodsham WA6 9AQ Savills Unique Property Bulletin

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:-

Chester Chronicle – Steppingstone Article: Click Here

Also an array of other properties from this stable:-

Steppingstone Group: Click Here 

Guide: £4,750,000

Online Brochure – Steppingstone House For Sale – Click Here

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

AAA Freston Tower Landmark Trust in Unique Property Bulletin

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

Freston Tower Holiday Visit Web Page: Click Here


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

AAA Water Tower Bitteswell Road LE17 4EN Strutt and Parker in Unique Property Bulletin The Tower, Bitteswell Road, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4EN

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.

Guide: £549,950

Water Tower At Bitteswell – Online Brochure – Click Here

Contact – Strutt & Parker: 01858 438723 – Edward Brassey


Folly Reinvented

AAA Acton Burnell Tower

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.

Guide: £750,000

Acton Folly – Online Brochure – Click Here

Contact – Strutt & Parker: 01743 284200 – Belinda Hutchinson


Keith Marischal Tower & House 

AAA Keith Marischal House & Tower Savills featured in Unique Property Bulletin Keith Marischal House & Tower, Humbie, West Lothian, EH36 5PA

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

Guide: £1,700,000

Marischall Tower Brochure – Click Here

Contact – Savills Tel: 0131 247 3700 – Jamie Macnab or Anna Gardiner


Interesting Tower With Plans

AAA Cox's Water Tower Savills featured in Unique Property Bulletin

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:

Earlier Water Tower £50,000 Auction Details – Click Here

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:-

Cox’s Tower – Online Sale Detail Brochure – Click Here 

Contact – Savills Tel 01522 508 908 – Rick Westmore


Tower For Eagles Plus A Mansion

AAA Eaglehurst Lutterell Tower Strutt and Parker featured in Unique property Bulletin MAIN

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.

AAA Eaglehurst Strutt and Parker featured in Unique property Bulletin MAIN

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.

 Guide: £6,500,000

Lutterells Tower and Eaglehurst Mansion House Brochure – Click Here

Contact – Savills Tel: 020 7318 5190 – James Mackenzie


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