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Unique Property Bulletin 11 May 2014

Where Gleneagles Dare

Eagle Glentower 2

Glentower House, Glendevon, Dollar, Perthshire, FK14 7JY

Guide: £675,000

Contact – Strutt & Parker: Tel 0131 226 2500 – Clare Zank


Angel Auction

 Church FPA1

Old Parish Church, High Street, Renfrew, PA4 8QP

Bargain Time? Seems Almost Irreverent In This Case.

But what a wonderful project. The outside is as splendid as this amazing interior. Just click on the weblink below for further information.

Guide: £117,000

Tel – FPA: 0141 632 6599


New Format Unique Property Bulletin

A Photograph of Each Property;

An Address;

A Price;

A Weblink;

A Telephone Number.

Gone will be the long agency description. This is redundant, as the weblinks will have it. We did include descriptions in case weblinks and destination webpages became broken or were taken offline by the forward linked estate agency website. However, the wonderful:

Way Back When Machine

…an internet archive facility cures that worry of lost information.

This will free up the limited volunteer research time to locate more unusual properties, and especially add the a new Editorial – Unique Edge section.


Special Article – 12 Churches List

Church St Columba Stanley Howe MAIN

St. Columba Church (c) 2014 Stanley Howe

Guide: £85,000

Just one of 12 churches for sale.

This week we have a Special Article Feature listing 12 churches for sale. This is an added extra for those readers who like this genre of unusual building. There is a modest £1.56 donation to access this extra list of 12 churches for sale. The modest donation significantly helps towards our fundraising, and pays for this website’s hosting and IT fees. These donations also keeps the main Sunday night, 9pm Unique Property Bulletin FREE to access for everyone. To access this spiritual abode list, please click the following Donate Button – with our thanks and appreciation ….

It is important to note, the Donate/Paypal system doesn’t let you back into the 12 Churches Special Article webpage for a second look – or as many visits as you wish for the currency of the article [two months]. The good news is you can revisit this webpage by clicking here:

Special Article Feature: Return Visit Page – Click Here

Please remember the PASSWORD that your Donation Reply gives you.



Memorial Hall Roger Cornfoot RSZ

Trehafod Memorial Hall & Institute, Trehafod Road, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, CF37 2LR

Substantial Former Memorial Hall – Three Floors – Vacant

Guide: POA

Paul Fosh Auctions – Tel: 01633 254 044


Dixon Dock Domiciled Dwelling

Police Station Alresford

Former Police Station, Station Road, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JG

With locks of potential for becoming a unique home – subject to planning permission

Guide: POA

Lambert Smith Hampton – Tel: 023 8024 9180 – Susan Capon


Unique Property Competition

For this month, the Unique Property Bulletin competition prize is a unique model...

Competition May 2014 Unique Property Bulletin Lifeboat Station

Lifeboat Station (c) 2010 Enesco Ltd

Model of an Old Lifeboat Station – Unique Property Bulletin Prize

This is a very modest prize – for fun. Here is the

Competition Hint

In the first edition from Series 2 of this publication we featured an old LIFEBOAT STATION building which we predicted would come up for sale. It did in fact come up for sale.

The competition question is: what was the name of the town where that old lifebboat station was located?

Free to enter. Just let us know your guess of who you think the above Competition Hint refers to? Please email your entry to us by 31st May 2014. Email free entries to:-

Unique Property Bulletin Competition Entry Contact Page


To The Repositioned Manor Born

Manor Repositioned

Netherby Hall, Longtown, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 5PR

This is a huge property. For many it would take a lottery win. For several readers it is what we present in answer to the emails searching for an escape to the county. It is also worth taking a second look for any of our Unique Property Syndicate members. The repositioning that the selling agent refers to is, in the majority, to do with price. What do folk think of 11 x £100,000 for an adventure? Providing of course that the repositioning could be brought to a position slightly nearer to the million pound mark. Let us know if you would like kept in the loop for a UPS adventure.

Current Guide: £1,4750,000

Tel – Strutt & Parker: 01670 516 123 – Samuel Gibson


Watermill, Tower & Plenty More

A Bit Special – Possible A Unique Property Syndicate

 Cadmore MAIN 1 RSZ

Cadmore Lodge Hotel & Golf Course, Berrington Green, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, WR15 8TQ

Here is a unique set of buildings, plus a 16 bedroom hotel for sale. A genuinely unique property and unique lifestyle.

The price seems to be reducing. First £1,200,000

Then more recently £880,000

The price differential is, of course, subject to fewer elements being included in a sale. The owner appears to be flexible on this, and there is a deal in here somewhere. Especially given the unique properties onsite, and some Bulletin members’ past proclivity to keep buying hotels by accident!

Features: 16 Bedroom Hotel; Approx 58 Acres; Golf Course; Swimming Pool & Gym; Working Water Mill; Medieval Tower; Fishing Lakes.

This amazing place is getting into Unique Property Syndicate territory. Any former syndicate members fancy a new adventure, please get in touch with us: Click Here.

Cadmore MAIN 2 RSZ

Cadmore Watermill, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, WR15 8TQ

Also, watermills and moated island turrets aside, the main 16 bedroom hotel may be eligible to be considered for a:

Hotel Room Ownership Project

Again, if this is something our members would consider for a 100% individual hotel room ownership purchase, ballpark £28,000 if we ran the project, please just Contact Us. Remember this is NOT timeshare project. If we bought this hotel, it would be a 100% hotel room ownership by each participating member. The other buildings would be owned by individual participating members, subject to the usual caveats of the Unqiue Property Syndicate and Hotel Room Ownership projects of the past.

Cadmore MAIN 3 RSZ

Moated Turret Tower With Drawbridge, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

Possibly one of our all time favourite buildings. Simple, elegant and genuinely unique.

Meanwhile we also list the relevant Cadmore website of this very interesting property for those who like the look of this collection of buildings and wish to study them further …

Outright Sale, Unique Property Syndicate or Hotel Room Ownership Enquiries to:-

Unique Property Bulletin – Contact Page


Architecturally Unique …

This week we have an architect from afar, but we repeat solid advice that inspiration for newbuild unique property can come from any quarter. Even the other side of the world. Our architecturally unique property is “The orb” and it comes from the pen of Mr Bojan Simic who works from Victoria Australia….

Orb House

Orb House RSZ

Orb House (c) 2014 Bojan Simic Architect

Bojan Simic Architecture

Contact via this link …


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 this week is:

The Old Coastguard Station

Old Coastguard Station Harry Horton

The Old Coastguard Station (c) 2014 Harry Horton

The Old Coastguard Station, The Dock, Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4SJ

Prices – These vary according to week in the season. Click on main website link below and then check the price for your prefered holiday period.

Main Website…

National Trust Holiday Houses – Tel: 0844 335 1287


Unique Property Bulletin:


Searching, Saving and Shaving

 Air Control Twer Clathymore Pic 2

Clathymore Air Control Tower (c) 2012 Stephen Country Homes

Every now and then we dig deep and study some of the older Unique Property Bulletins that are now online to see how many of the 900+ buildings we featured have sold. Or if they are still for sale, then whether there has been a price shift. Especially a price reduction which may favour our readers. That is one of the main points in searching back-issues of the Unique Property Bulletin – to alert readers to unique bargains that continue for sale.

On the subject of searching and researching back copies of the Bulletin we have had readers email us to ask why we don’t have a “search” facility on the website to help folk focus on their preferred genre of old property.

To share the archive element of this website in a way that readers can follow we need to illustrate a couple of points.

Firstly – front and centre – there is a rich resource of older listings that might just have that unusual home you are looking for. Better still, to paraphrase the iconic accent of Sir Sean Connery, you might shave a bob or two off of the original price.

The Air Control Tower at Clathymore is an excellent case in point. Though it isn’t a few pounds, it is a price reduction of £500,000. This is a huge amount of money to save or even shave. It is also one of the most remarkable restorations we have been alerted to.

 Air Control Tower Clathymore MAIN

Clathymore Air Control Tower (c) 2012 Stephen Country Homes

At the foot of every page in each Bulletin is a “Click Here For The Previous Bulletin” facility. This ensures readers, especially those who just call by occasionally – say once a fortnight or once a month can catch up on several of the regular preceeding Sunday night editions in one go. But more than that, it is possible to go back several months, and click onto an estate agent, or owner’s link that might catch your eye whilst travelling back in Bulletin time.

Althogh, as is often asked by several readers, why no “search” box facility? The answer is that it would be artificially misleading because our website is split over three separate web addresses and two webservers :

Main website – Stateside webhost:

Safety backup website – Icelandic webhost:

Archived editions:

To make loading times more efficient, we archive oldere Bulletins after about a year off of the main websites. So you would have a materially incomplete result if you used a site-specific search-box facility. Worse, you may very well miss what could be a life changing find. In the Clathymore Air Control Tower example above, which is still for sale, by searching older Bulletins:



To ensure you can search all three websites efficiently, we would recommend the following protocol. It may seem dinosaur driven, but it works, and is more thorough that running three sets of searches across three websites manually, site, by site, by site and genre by genre. You can run a fairly straight forward Google search of our three sites in one go. All you need to do is go to the main Google search page and type in, for example:

“unique property bulletin” air control towers

That will, of course bring up a text hyperlink driven result which is very useful, and covers all three Bulletin websites.

In addition, there is a neat facility growing in popularity. Not least but it helps your eye scan small photos in bulk very effectively. You can find this Google service by clicking the “Image” text below the main Google search facility. So having typed in:

“unique property bulletin” air control towers

… go and click the Google “Image” button, this is what you find:-

A Photo Gallery To Your Ideal Home

This works for water towers, castles, banks, martello towers, fire stations – the whole nine yards. The A to Z of unique property. All at your finger tips. What caught our eye was Clathymore Air Control Tower as pictured at the head of this editorial section. If you click on that Google thumbnail sized photo, it leads you to the search result from all three of our websites and an article in which this Air Control Tower featured a quarter the way down…

We knew this Air Control Tower was advertised for sale in 2012 at £1,750,000. Seemingly the same in 2013. So curiosity at almost 2 years further on bit us. Was it still for sale in 2014? Was the price still £1,750,000?

The answer was a resounding yes – it was for sale. The price? £1,250,000. Somewhere buried in an old Bulletin is a unique property that now has half a million pounds shaved off of the price. Result.

Whatever property is your preferred style you can save a fortune by digging around in old Bulletins.

One of Our Favourites – Click Here

or the HTML equivalent version for mobile devices…

One of Our Favourites – HTML File – Click Here

Let’s try a couple more unique property searches with the help of Google so we catch the main website, plus the backup and the archives….

Google search …

unique property bulletin” water mill

Then clicking straight onto the Google “Images” for a clearer quicker search we find…

Watermill Delights

One particularly interesting property – what we recall from an earlier listing is Rossett Water Mill featured in the Unique Property Bulletin of 1st April 2012. Even then the starting price of £1,250,000 had been reduced to £1,100,000. So is this gorgeous property still for sale, and if so how much?

Rossett Mill Roger May Rsz

Rossett Water Mill (c) 2012 Roger May

Interesting result. Whilst it has been sold, it was for a much more modest £641,500.

A good shave as Sean Connery might further quip. The point here is that with over 115 Unique Property Bulletins from Series 4 now online, and around 8 unique properties per Bulletin, that is a fairly powerful thing to have at your disposal. In the Rossett Water Mill example, had you used the past Bulletins for a search and rummage ..



Plus secured one of the most picturesque buildings in Britain as your home. The principle of searching and researching old Bulletins is well illustrated, and can also save you a lot of money.

Our apologies for not adding the “search” facility to any given one of the three main websites, but hopefully this above editorial section helps to explains why this is so, and how to navigate in a way that means you can have a good old rummage about in the Bulletin back issues.

It would be really interesting to meet the new owner of Rossett Mill. The mill was sketched by iconic artist J M W Turner in 1795. More recently our own new type of competition prize – unique house models – commissioned a sculpture based on Rossett Water Mill, and which we have taken a liking to as the style of our new range for the Unique Property Bulletin Competition Prizes:

Rossett Watermil

Rossett Water Mill – Immortalised In Miniature (c) 2010 Enesco Ltd

You know when your unique home has “made it” when it becomes the feature of Turner Paintings and finely created ornaments.

Moving on to another searched out candidate for your consideration and to illustrate the use of Googling Unique Property Bulletin in a forensic manner and to show this isn’t a fluke, here is a left of field search to prove we either come up with something, or reach a dead end. Starting with the memory and inspiration from one of our all time favourite unique properties…

Bridge House 3

 Bridge & Bridge House: Penmaenpool, Gwynedd (c) 2013 Strutt & Parker

… we know this has sold. But have been wondering if there are any other bridge cottages. To further illustrate the effective way of searching previous Bulletins we shall Google …

“unique property bulletin” bridge cottage

In the list of results from Google, this comes up….

 Bridge Cottage

Bridge Cottage, Porthmadog For Sale (c) 2014 Tom Parry/Harman/Healy

This was not the bridge cottage we were looking for, nor expecting, but as the wild card that frequents certain television programmes emerged in this edition …

… about two thirds down the Bulletin we have an unusual property many readers may have forgotten about and can be well worth revisiting. We too had lost this curious little railway bridge cottage with the truly unique Ffestiniog railway picturesquely tooting by the front door.

Bridge Cottage John Firth

Not Something You Steaming See Past Your Front Door Every Day! (c) 2014 John Firth

More interestingly for the purposes of this treatise on unique property searching and researching, we find this particular gem did NOT sell at auction. It is still for sale …

So we would encourage anyone interested in this particular building to look at the pre-recession price from November 2001 of £86,500. Perhaps mention this to the estate agent when cheekily offering something south of £99,000. Maybe let us know if you achieved a result?

Whatever else, we hope this week’s Unique Property Bulletin has given our readers an extra tool to use in their quest for an extra special building to buy and call home. Go on, have a bit of fun, dig around in some old online Bulletins. You never know what you might find. Plus, if it a property is to your liking and has been for sale for a while, you may very well end up saving or shaving several thousand pounds by driving a good bargain in the purchase of your future home.

Very best wishes,


Unique Property Bulletin Team


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