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Unique Property Bulletin 18 May 2014


Just A Mini Bulletin This Week

Scurdie Ness Alan Morrison

Scurdie Ness Lighthouse Keeper’s Home For Sale (c) 2014 Alan Morrison

Guide £360,000

As July 2014 Offers Are Inbound

An Old Established Unique Property Syndicate Group Is Now Likely To Submit An Offer.

If You Have An Interest Please Contact Us Via:

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Please Note: This is NOT a public share issue.


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Earlier Scurdie Ness Sale information….

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Unfortunately, due to circumstrances beyond our control we are having to put a mini Bulletin online for the time being. In fact we nearly had to cancel this week’s edition completely.

Next week – 25th May 2014 we will be returning to normal. For now, we have a single, albeit interesting unique property, plus the competition, and a review of some property detecting you might like to follow up on for this slim edition. Hone the skills for sleuthing out your own unique home. Plus we list an extra item or two. Including an opportunity for a freelance journalist – budding or seasoned – to come on board and help with this growing website. Sadly our main contributor is unavailable due to health issues for this week. We are hoping next week that things will be okay.


Special Article – 12 Churches List

Church St David RSZ

St. David’s Church: Guide £90,000

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:

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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 which we predicted would come up for sale. It did in fact come up for sale a year or so after we gave our readers the heads-up.

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

Free to enter. Mostly for fun, with a very modest prize. 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


Freelance Journalist Invited

Freelance Journalist Eileen Warren

Starting Small In Print. Who Knows How Far You Can Go? (c) 1963 Eileen Warren

Due to continued expansion in readership levels here at Unique Property Bulletin online, we have a very modest role available for a part-time freelance journalist. Someone with appropriate media skills, and IT knowledge: WordPress website ability a definite asset.

The position will require the regular research and assembly of one in every four of our Unique Property Bulletin online series. This will include all the regular elements to be put together, copy-edited and uploaded online:

6 x Unique Properties & Photograph.

1 x Unique Architectural Building & Photograph.

1 x Unique Try Before You Buy Property & Photograph.

1 x Topical Article Per Edition.

Initially the requirement will be for about 25% of current main upload content to be fully prepared and progressed to online publication. The frequency of the Unique Property Bulletin is one edition each week.

Publication is 9pm Sunday night.

Guidance can be given for any and all areas until the freelancer is comfortable – especially IT and website protocol.

Depending upon how the Bulletin continues to evolve, there is potential to make this a more significant appointment for between 50% and 75% of the website content with increased remuneration as appropriate. In other words, a modest part time freelance relationship has the potential to grow to something much more substantial over time.

This growth path cannot be guaranteed. However, if the past 120 issues are anything to go by, the future holds a reasonable chance of a modest freelance start becoming quite fulfilling and with it, a useful income. Also the possibility of ending up living in a unique genre of home. Indeed, enthusiasm in this direction is an important attribute.

Please apply in confidence to:-

Mr C. McLean, Unique Property Bulletin Ltd., Harbour Cottage, Shore Street, Helmsdale, Sutherland, KW8 6JZ.

Alternatively fill in our online form …

Unique Property Bulletin Email Address Request Form

… and we will provide a private destination email to respect the confidentiality of any personal information etc. Please do NOT email a CV using our generic contact page.

Please Note: You do NOT need to physically commute in any way. As long as you have Broadband and basic wordprocessing/IT skills the required assistance can be undertaken purely online.

This is a very modest freelance income. Initially 4 hours at the recognised “Living Wage” at a four week frequency. Payment gross, on a self-employed basis. Mainly to cover for shortfalls such as has happened this week.

Whilst this is a very modest offering for a freelance journalist or would be unique property writer, there is a proven path of growth here at the Unique Property Bulletin. It is probable that this position may becoming more substantial in nature over time.


Evergreen Headlines

Evergreen 1

A new section has been added to the Unique Property Bulletin.

Accessible via the horizontal top bar menu – second item from left hand side.



F5 Protocol


For those readers, like us, that don’t yet have a thorough knack of the internet, please use the F5 Button. Why? This refreshes the content for any website page you are on. Particularly if that is a dynamic webpage with changing content. Your computer “caches” or stores the page automatically in it’s temporary filing system so when you revisit it, the system doesn’t have to download the whole thing again from the hosting website. The one drawback is if that website has news or useful updates. Sometimes you might miss these until your computer flushes it’s cache. Yup, we aren’t too sure what that means either!

F5 Button Webpage Refresh

To ensure you don’t miss anything, start using the F5 Button on your keyboard every now and then. It flushes your cache don’t you know 🙂

The F5 Button is located at the top row of your keyboard.

Hopefully, like us, something new is learned every day.

We know some things in life we would like to F5


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:

Lifeboat Station Holiday

Lifeboat Station Hawkers Cove Owners Collection

The Old Lifeboat Station, Hawkers Cove, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8HW

A Spectacular Destination To Experience A Unique Holiday

Please Check Website Link Below For Seasonal Tariff:

Tel: 01841 533402


Earlier Editorial Revisited

Old Ordnance Survey Treasures

In order to assist readers searching for unique property, we revisit this earlier editorial item.

This is included in this Bulletin whilst our main contributor is away.

This article was inspired by a treasure of a find. It is possible to replicate this. More so nowadays with many libraries closing down. These documents may be bought at a better price than we originally managed.

Just pick a grid, any grid? Well one in an area that you fancy.

OS Grid Plan RSZ

The OS Grid Map – Ordnance Survey Licence: 100052015. HMSO (c) Crown Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved

In an obscure corner of our local library lurked lots of Ordnance Survey Landranger Maps. Not for loan but for sale. The section where old “retired” books are placed for sale in a large dusty box. But this day it wasn’t old books for sale, but upon closer inspection and some decent ferreting were a whole set of Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 Cased Edition Maps. The sale price was £2 each. A tidy sum way back then. However, the kindly librarian gave a modest discount to dispose of the entire set of 204 Maps in one go. Especially as they were old and now somewhat inaccurate.

For you, me and any astute unique property sleuther, the “somewhat inaccurate” is what we like. A thing to look for. Why? Think about it! Okay we will digress a little and come back to that thought a little later.

For now, the aim of this week’s editorial content is to gift readers with a useful tool to explore the United Kingdom and locate the unexpected unique property. We have found many life changing treasures this way. You too should be able to increase your chances of finding your unique home with the help of the Ordnance Survey.  

As a random choice to illustrate the wonder of Ordnance Survey Landranger Maps we have a look at this random edition that almost fell off of the shelf in the study …

OS Landranger Tiree RSZ

The Ordnance Survey Map Excerpt. Ordnance Survey Licence: 100052015. HMSO (c) Crown Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved

Anything jump off of the page that this excerpt map above has to offer for you yet?

One thing to look out for are …

The Icons, The Icons.

These can be very important.

Ordnance Survey Key

The Ordnance Survey Icon Key. Ordnance Survey Licence: 100052015. HMSO (c) Crown Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved 

Just think about it. Here we have icons of a ..

Windmill, Church, Historic Site, Glasshouse, Police Station, Fire Station, Ambulance Station, Library, Castle, Youth Hostels Railway Station Underground Station etc., etc. Older Landranger series even have lighthouses and more exotic unique property marked. Newer maps have such things as Radar Stations. Just recall the £19,000 bargain we listed a while back at Saxa Vord.

This is almost a list of unique properties, rather than a key of icons for a map series. Within these documents, we have a wonderful and rich source of information. Also worthwhile earmarking/enquiring of the owning authority if any interesting property will be for sale.

So how about an example showing the way this can work for you? Having selected a map grid as illustrated, we can home in on some interesting element. Anything on this small piece of the vast Ordnance Survey Goody Box catch your eye? Well we were drawn to a “Stone Circles & Cairn” on the above map. The reason for “Standing Stones” is personal – just like the eye journey your own mind will take you on with these maps. The Standing Stones for us is due to a very good friend: the late, great Professor Archie Roy and his marvellous book Deadlight

OS Archie Roy Novel Deadlight RSZ

Archie Roy’s Novel: Deadlight (c) 1983 Kilbrannan Publishing

Hence the interest in Standing Stones. This particular novel is like an Alistair_MacLean book-derived-movie combined with a John Buchan thriller. But Archie Roy sets his novel on our beloved Isle of Arran. A little bias from here. This digression is the serendipitous reason we alight on Standing Stones. So where does this land us with unusual property. This Tiree Ordnance Survey map, helped by a quick Google came up with these two unique property finds within a short distance of our map-centred spot…

Steading Tiree

The Old Steading, Isle of Tiree

Guide: £395,000

Closeby on this map location we have another unusual property for sale…

OS Black House RSZ

Unique Cottage on the Isle of Tiree

This unusual style of house has a lot of history. The particular example here has been completely renovated. Available at offers over £190,000 it also benefits from a rental income for holiday lets, if that is what you are looking for. Whilst this cottage is for sale, it also has a holiday rental element…

We can return to the mainland and continue our Ordnance Survey Landranger sleuthing for more unique property. Here is another quick example. A sliver of this map holds an interesting lead …

OS Castle

The Ordnance Survey Map Segment. Ordnance Survey Licence: 100052015. HMSO (c) Crown Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved

The property we focus on in the above Ordnance Survey edition sort of jumps off of the map. Landranger note the presence of a “castle”. More particularly described as Craigend Castle. Following this heads-up we find this…

OS Castle Craigend David Robertson RSZ

Craigend Castle (c) 2014 David Robertson

Further enquiry reveals this splendid structure appears to be for sale. How much? Well we need to leave something for our fellow property slueths to do. Please let us know if you buy this though? We have a television production company on the cusp of wanting to film your efforts if you are so minded.

Notwithstanding media exposure, back to this castle. Here is a little more information…

Craigend Castle Sale Information

and …

The key point is that whatever map you examine, there is an almost definitive supply of unique property candidates for you to search, find, and possibly buy.

Let’s try another to show this is not just a fluke. Reaching for the shelf we pick a fresh sturdy hardbacked Landranger Map. A couple of pounds for a mine of information. Is the investment in a map or two from this archive of 204 old library maps worth it? What does this elemental cartography contain?

OS 3670509838 Approx CC

The Ordnance Survey Map Segment. Ordnance Survey Licence: 100052015. HMSO (c) Crown Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved

More map-scraps you might think. But time after time we have found these wonderful documents like something from Indiana Jones.

A little closer examination reveals another “castle”. This time Clytha Castle. So what does this give us? Not a bargain wreck, but this time round a lovely holiday destination in a fine restored proper looking castle ..

Castle Clytha Peter Barr

Clytha Castle (c) 2014 Peter Barr

Further research from this initial source brings us to an old friend. We recommend a weekend here for many of our castle orientated friends and readers ..

Hopefully, the above illustrations show the value and use that can be found within these finely detailed documents. Our preference is for the hardback, cased style, older maps in paper laminated format.

Though, on the horizon the Ordnance Survey and it’s licensees are moving forward into the digital internet age…

Ordnance Survey 3

So whether you choose brand new digital, or Old Ordnance Survey Treasures, this may very well be what you find. Your own unique home that is a genuine treasure for you and your family. We wish you all the best in your Ordnance Survey Landranger detective work. Within the dusty old library bargain section could lay the Landranger Map for you. Within that map? Well we have given a taste of what each page contains.

We have only brushed the surface. The real essence here is for you to select the map or area that suits you, along with the preferred genre of unusual building to consider for a home. Whatever that may be, we believe the Ordnance Survey can be of real assistance.

Please let us know if this editorial helps you find that long sought after home?

Best regards,

The Unique Property Bulletin Team

P.S. Nearly forgot: “somewhat inaccurate” is actually a good thing for property sleuths. Generally older maps contain references and icons for buildings that newer maps often omit. This is due to older, ruinous or derelict buildings being considered as without value or merit and stricken from the documented record. Anyone with a heart for old and unusual buildings needing a lot of TLC will see this “somewhat inaccurate” description with a different, and possibly life-changing perspective. So older maps do have their uses.

Go On Try An Adventure …



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