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Unique Property Bulletin 19 January 2014

Matlock Windmill 

Windmill Matlock Roger Temple

Old Windmill, Span Carr, Chesterfield (c) 2014 Roger Temple

Agency Summary: A stone built Grade 2 listed converted windmill circa. 1807. Set in approximately 1.96 acres of gardens, ground and paddocks. This is a well known local landmark situated in a rural location with easy access to the Peak District National Park 

 Windmill Matlock 2

Old Windmill, Span Carr, Chesterfield (c) 2014 Bothams Mitchell Slaney

Garden Room.

Fitted Breakfast Kitchen.

Sitting Room.

Study/Additional Bedroom (with en-suite facilities).

Downstairs Cloakroom/WC.

Two Additional Bedrooms.

Shower Room/WC.

Extensive gravel driveway and car standing area.

Detached stone built Double Garage.

Stone flag patio and lawn garden to rear offering fine open

Several areas of grassland and paddocks.

Oil fired central heating system.

Windmill Matlock 4

Curve Appeal – The Old Windmill (c) 2014 Bothams Mitchell Slaney

General Description: This unique property is built of local stone and has origins dating back to circa. 1807. The rooms in the tower of the former windmill are circular in shape and are arranged over four separate floors. From the first floor level and the higher floors far reaching views over fields and farmland can be enjoyed. In addition to the converted tower of the former windmill there is a Garden Room which links the tower to the former stone built granary which now forms additional accommodation.

Windmill Matlock 3

Old and New – With A View (c) 2014 Bothams Mitchell Slaney

The property is set in a rural location surrounded by open countryside and the plot extends to 1.96 acres or thereabouts. This property offers enviable opportunity for an individual style of living for the purchaser who is looking to acquire a totally different and interesting property.

Windmill Matlock 5

Old Windmill – Useful Outbuildings (c) 2014 Bothams Mitchell Slaney


Location: The Old Windmill, Matlock Road, Span Carr, Ashover, Chesterfield. S45 0LJ.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: OIRO £475,000.

Contact Bothams Mitchell Slaney Tel: 01246 233 121. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Converted To The Cotswolds

Tower Millway 1

Millway Tower, Gloucestershire (c) 2014 Butler Sherborn

Here is an exquisite looking conversion from a former mill tower to something realy unusual. Tantalisingly the front door beckons to the Bulletin writer of this just to have a look inside. If this Cotswold unique property does it for you, then make a date and go have a look. Maybe let us know how you get on?

 Tower Millway 2

Millway Tower – Contemporary Interior (c) 2014 Butler Sherborn

Agency Description: Originating from 1307 and originally serving as a sawmill by the Monks of Maugersbury, Millway Tower has been converted and extended by the current owner to provide a truly unique property in arguably one of the most sought after areas of the Cotswold with spectacular countryside views.

A stunning converted 14th century mill with spectacular Cotswold views. Open plan sitting/dining reception room, kitchen, master bedroom and bathroom, 3 further double bedrooms, bathroom, 2 wet rooms, study/bedroom, utility, large integrated garage.

 Tower Millway 3

Millway Tower – Nice Long Driveway (c) 2014 Butler Sherborn

Beautiful landscaped gardens and stone terraces. About 1.8 acres.

Lot 2: Planning permission for an additional substantial property totalling over 6,000 sq.ft. About 3.3 acres.

Available separately or as a whole.

Tower Milway 5

Millway Tower – Nice Lights At Dusk (c) 2014 Butler Sherborn

Location: Millway Tower, Nr Stow-On-The-Wold, Gloucestershire GL54 1AQ

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £POA – Telephone 01451 830731

Contact Butler Sherborn Agencies Tel: 01451 830731. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Winston Churchill Better

Inspiration Wherever It Can Be Found – Sir Winston Churchill

Wow. What a really nice surprise. Just returned to the keyboard and the Unique Property Bulletin email box is full of good wishes from readers as a result of the recent absence from the website. What a wonderful surprise. You lot are a really, really good bunch. From the heart, thankyou. The emails have certainly lifted a dampened spirit.

With some irony, the malady for which the hospital sojourn in Dundee only hurts when you laugh, so no jokey emails please! Too many jokers at the hospital. Plus some curious facts. One of the doctors came away with what seemed an improbable tale. That during Winston Churchill’s 14 years as the MP for Dundee he was famed to remark on leaving his constituency for the last time in 1922 …

“I found myself without an office, without a seat, without a party and without an appendix.” – Sir Winston Churchill.

MP for Dundee? Who knew? It was a fair surprise to find out that one of Britain’s most well known prime ministers – Winston Churchill was a Dundonian MP for so long.

As far as this little puppy goes, on arriving home, I was astonished to find that the late great wartime prime minister was in fact a long serving MP for Dundee. He had indeed been afflicted with the same medical problem as yours truly.

Notwithstanding the propensity of vestigial organ removal that Dundee appears to herald for all sorts of folk, it really is good, almost beyond words, to be back tapping away at this end of the keyboard. Missing an edition of the Unique Property Bulletin is something that goes against the DNA. The last Bulletin hopefully made sense. Though to be frank, it was about 5 minutes after the website buttons were pressed to upload that Bulletin when the doctor, then the ambulance came. Enough of the medical stuff.

Just want to make sure a proper thankyou is extended to everyone who has emailed in with such kind words. I hope that I have managed to reply to everyone. Sincere apologies if I have missed anyone.

Kind and best wishes. Russ McLean

Now without much further ado, and with a little postoperative inspiration from Sir Winston, we continue with this week’s box of goodies for readers of the Bulletin. Though not without a quick reference to the new fiver that is due out soon. May 2014 be the year of the fivers and our readers’ finding their ideal and unique sanctuary.

Winston Churchill on next £5 bank note

New Winston Churchill Five Pound Note (c) 2014 Bank of England


Bats For Books

Library A1

Former Library, Halifax, West Yorkshire (c) 2014 Roy Pugh

This former library certainly has a touch of the Addams Family about it.

Better check out the bats in the belfry. Seriously, even with all the charm that Gothic architecture of this ilk has for many folk, if you have bats, they are now protected and can be an issue for any effort to bring life back to a building. Ironic really given the long associated apocryphal tales of immortality after one bat bite. Favourite bat quote from the film Love at First BiteWith you darling, never a quickie, always a longie. Sorry bad sense of humour attack.

 Bat PDUS Gov

Bats! You Like ? (c) 2014 US Public Domain Library

We should point out that THIS building does NOT have any bats as far as we know. It is just the “Bats In The Belfry” phrase that has brought these cuddly wee creatures to mind !

So here goes with this unusual building which should make an excellent candidate for George Clarke’s next television series. One of the most attractive features is the fact this is an FTSAA = Failed-To-Sell-At-Auction. Meaning, as a buyer, you may very well have a bargain on your hands.

Former Council library building with planning consent for residential development. May also be suitable for other uses subject to obtaining the necessary consents.

Library A2

Former Library, Halifax, West Yorkshire (c) 2014 Roy Pugh

Planning permission was granted on 15th March 2011 (Ref: 10/01109/FUL) for change of use from former library to 4 x 2 bedroom apartments. Interested parties should consult direct with the Local Planning Office, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Northgate House, Market Street, Halifax, HX1 1UN. Tel: 01422 392228.

Location: Former Library, 11 Wade House Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 7PB.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £120,000. Remember this is a Failed-To-Sell-At-Auction. As buyer you have a good bargaining position. Use it.

Contact Roy Pugh Auctioneers Tel: 0844 2 722444. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the owner/auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….


Former Pump House


The Pump House, Harrington, Shropshire (c) 2014 Berriman Eaton

The Pump House was formerly the property of Severn Trent Water and was the Harrington Pumping Station. During recent times the premises have been the subject of a superb residential development which has been carried out to the highest of standards and which provides a unique residence of exceptional calibre. The house has retained much of the original charm and feel of the original building with replacement arched double glazed windows providing an exceptionally light and airy feel. The depth of accommodation is belied by the houses external appearance with well planned living space extending over three storeys with particularly fine lower ground floor leisure provision.


The Pump House – Stylish Interior Layout (c) 2014 Berriman Eaton

The works of conversion have been undertaken to a high standard with fixtures and fittings of supreme quality and excellent joinery throughout. There is a wonderful breakfast kitchen with a comprehensive range of appliances, a lovely blend of both informal and formal reception areas and excellent sleeping provision allied with well appointed bathrooms to the upper storey.

Harrington is small hamlet located approximately one mile away from the quintessential Shropshire village of Beckbury with its thriving community, primary school, church and highly regarded public house with restaurant. Nearby shopping facilities are available within the bustling village of Albrighton whilst the more extensive amenities of Wolverhampton City Centre, the former new town of Telford and the historic market town of Bridgnorth are easily accessible.


The Pump House, Harrington, Shropshire (c) 2014 Berriman Eaton

The Pump House stands amidst beautiful, rolling Shropshire countryside with fine views over adjoining fields and farmland and yet is in a particularly accessible position. Motor communications are excellent with the M54 (junction 3 Tong) being within a few minutes drive facilitating access to Birmingham, Shrewsbury and the entire industrial West Midlands.

Location: The Pump House, Harrington, Nr Beckbury, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 9DR.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: OIRO £545,000

Contact Berriman Eaton Agencies Tel: 01902 747744. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Barn & Broadband Life

Barn Malton 1

The Old Barn, East Knapton, North Yorkshire (c) 2014 Savills

Agency Summary: 3 reception rooms & study master bedroom with dressing room & wet room 3 further bedrooms with en-suites potential swimming pool & gym self-contained annexe offices with kitchenette workshop gardens & grounds about 3.5 acres

 Barn Malton 2

A Proper Country Barn Kitchen (c) 2014 Savills

Mill Barn is a stunning light and spacious barn conversion completed by the current owners in 2009, set in just over 3.5 acres of grounds, only 8 miles from the market town of Malton.

The barn has undergone an extensive and complete transformation resulting in beautifully designed accommodation combining its origins with contemporary fixtures and fittings. Of particular note is the drawing room, with a pitched roof and featured stone arches, with doors leading on to the decking and south facing garden.

Barn Malton 3

The Old Barn, East Knapton, North Yorkshire (c) 2014 Savills

The current owners have planning in place for an indoor swimming pool at the far end of the barn with ground source heat installed. There are also solar panels on the roof of the barn.

In addition to the main house is a self contained annexe and an office building (B1 & B2) with kitchenette which could be converted into garaging or further accommodation with the necessary consents. For Unique Property Bulletin readers that are so minded, having an office element within a home, can eliminate the awful and wasteful daily commute. It means that if your business is internet based you have the major advantage of being able to work from home. The quality of life index going up several notches.

Location: The Old Barn, East Knapton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8JA.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £750,000

Contact Savills Agencies Tel: 01904 617 820 – Jennifer Kendrew or Ben Pridden. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner/auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Corn Mill – Canal Life

Corn Mill 1

The Old Corn Mill, Rugeley, Staffordshire (c) 2014 Chase Independent

What a wonderful project for those readers who play at this level. A huge canalside building with a significant potential for development into residential use.

Agency Description: A four storey former Corn Mill (date stone 1863) suitable for residential/office use (subject to planning consent) with land to the side. Situated in the centre of Rugeley town along the Trent & Mersey canal system and with-in easy walking distance to the shops, schools, road and rail links.

 Corn Mill Roger Kidd

The Old Corn Mill, Rugeley, Staffordshire (c) 2014 Roger Kidd

The Old Mill has the potential for development into apartments aimed at young professionals whilst the adjoining land would suit new build homes, with the canal side location being an attractive selling point. The area is currently undergoing extensive development and will be an attractive addition to the town and surrounding area. Outlined plans are available in the office and grants unto 50% are available for the development of the Corn Mill.

Location: The Old Corn Mill, Mill Lane, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 2JW.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £1,200,000

Contact Chase Independent Agencies Tel: 01889 582233. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Unique Property Auctions – Update

For two decades our group at this end of the website, in various forms of commercial and domestic life have sold their buildings, and bought properties at auction. It is becoming a much more popular and effective way of transacting building sale and purchase.

Simultaneously at the Unique Property Bulletin we are having to review how the website is run. Like the principles espoused by internet pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee we believe that it should be as free to use as possible.

Sir Tim Berners Lee John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Free Web Pioneer – Sir Tim Berners-Lee (c) 2014 John & James Knight

Certainly our Unique Property Bulletin website is structured in this way – free to use by all readers. However, as recent health issues of website contributors have shown, it is not too good an idea to over-rely on one person plus some friends and volunteers to keep this particular website going. Especially as the Unique Property Bulletin .org and twin sites together with the Unique Property Bulletin Archive have powered through the 30,000 individual readership number.

To make sure the Bulletin remains free to use, and improves over time, we have mapped out a way forward. Whilst we are NOT an estate agency, there is a natural tendency to make sales happen along the way as a function of this website whilst sharing details of a whole host of unusual buildings. The most recent being the exclusively handled sale of the Nuclear Bunker at Ticehurst.

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UKWMO ROC Nuclear Bunker Ticehurst (c) 2013 Matthew Bramhall

Several readers – property owners – have asked if we could auction their property. At this precise moment the answer is no. Not in the fully professional manner we would look to. However, during 2014 we aim to remedy the ability to handle property sales via Unique Property Auctions. In fact we already have provisional agreement with a major Scottish and Northern Ireland Property Auctioneer to work together in what is known as a “Joint Agency Instruction” – both selling organisations working together in harmony. We are now looking to an equivalent premier London property auctioneer to complete a UK wide Unique Property Auction network to cover England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

How does this help keep the Unique Property Bulletin free for all readers? By establishing a modest Unique Property Auction venture, this will produce sales, plus a modest revenue stream. Enough to create either two part time, or one full time IT/Journalism post. Yes the volunteers will still gladly contribute. We might even manage to get the “Extra Extra” element back up and running. But with a surer financial footing and more professional structure, the qualitative component and continuity of this website will be safeguarded.

This website sure isn’t William_Shakespeare but for whatever reason it has very pleasantly surprised the volunteers with a meteoric rise in website visitor numbers. Out of appreciation to the readership we really need to take appropriate steps to provide a sufficient income stream in order to create a new job for an appropriately qualified individual and ensure the website’s continuity, regardless of health issues besetting any given volunteer.


 An Earlier Unique Auction Success – & Sold Well (c) 2001 Russ McLean

In the meantime, for any unique property owner, if you would like to consider selling your unusual property via a Unique Property Auction, please get in touch …

Unique Property Auction & Bulletin Contact Page

Within the next few weeks we anticipate being able to steward “Joint Agency Instructions” between our own online Bulletin, and the appropriate regional/national firm of auctioneers.


Architecturally Unique

Leaf House A

Leaf House (c) 2014 Marc Gerritsen / Undercurrent Architects

One of the nice things about this section of the Unique Property Bulletin is the universality of unique architectural design. Modern communications make it possible for a blueprint to be evolved from the drawing board of an architect in one continent, and made real in another part of the world. This week’s unique architect happens to epitomise this by creating designs that are then built on either side of the planet. Projects in Australia and the United Kingdom …

 Leaf House 2

Leaf House (c) 2014 Marc Gerritsen / Undercurrent Architects

This particular design caught our eye due to the elegant use of empirical materials in such an imaginative way. The fabrication and construction was a little more complex. This can be viewed in a film that Undercurrent Architects have complied ..

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Try Before You Buy …..

Restored Ruin – The Pavilion

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The Pavilion, Grewelthorpe, North Yorkshire (c) 2014 Landmark Trust

As is usually the case – 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 for our readers to possibly call home in the future. This specific listing is for a short-stay break.

This week’s offering is a former ruin – The Pavilion. Now restored and available for holiday rental and an interesting experience if you are looking to buy this style of property.

Landmark Trust Description: This little pavilion is dramatically perched above a steep wooded gorge, in the remnants of an outstanding 18th-century garden at Hackfall, conceived and created by the Aislabies. A richly decorated sitting-room opens onto a terrace and from under the ‘ruined’ arches miles of Yorkshire countryside roll out before you.

Location: The Pavilion, Hackfall, Grewelthorpe, Nr Ripon. North Yorkshire HG4 3DE [Postcode Approx]

Tenure: Short Term Holiday Stay.

Guide: Sleeps 2.

4 nights from £269.00 equivalent to £33.63 per person per night

Online Brochure ….


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