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Unique Property Bulletin 30 March 2014

Red Hot Property

Fire Station Summerbridge UPB2

Summerbridge Fire Station, Harrogate, North Yorkshire (c) 2014 Roy Pugh

This week we start with a property that is filled full of hot potential. In fact there is a very nice shiny red item at the end of this initial listing which you might like to add and adorn the outside this building. By way of a little colour and homage to the sterling service a structure like this has provided the community over the years.

Personally, I would by both items. The only thing missing is a pole to slide down on the inside of the building. Whatever else this looks like an interesting prospect to transform into a unique home – subject of course to planning permission.


Summerbridge Fire Station – An Interior Room (c) 2014 Roy Pugh

Auctioneer’s Description: The property is located in Summerbridge fronting the B6165 at the junction with Orchard Close. Summerbridge is situated approximately 11 miles north west of Harrogate town centre and 3 miles east of Patley Bridge. The building is an end terraced three storey former fire station.

Accommodation – sizes in good faith but are approximate:-

Ground Floor: 66.40 sq m (715 sq ft).

First Floor: 18.19 sq m (196 sq ft).

Second Floor: 70.07 sq m (754 sq ft).

Total: 154.66 sq m (1,665 sq ft).

Outside: Hard standing area. Site Area: Approximately 91.56 sq m (109.50 sq yds).


Summerbridge Fire Station, Harrogate, North Yorkshire (c) 2014 Roy Pugh

Planning: Interested parties should consult direct with the Local Authority Officials – Harrogate Borough Council, Knapping Mount, West Grove Road, Harrogate, HG1 2AE. Tel: 0845 3006091.

Just for fun, here is a possible feature to park outside for so many reasons. Not least to put a smile on folks’ faces. What a wonderful machine:-

Fire Engine

1939 Leyland Tiger Pump (c) 2014 Mad Cats

Ebay Listing – Even if you read this after the Ebay auction for the fire engine finishes, please check that it has actually sold. There is a reserve on the machine and it may be that a post-auction bid will secure you a piece of history from 1939. Further details for the fire pump: 07831 500855. Ebay listing:-

Back to the former fire station building….

Location: Summerbridge Fire Station, The Old Warehouse, Summerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 4BG

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £120,000 – Lot 111Auction Scheduled 29th April 2014.

PLEASE NOTE – Land opposite the fire station is guided at £10,000 and may well be worth looking at: Lot 098

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

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GPO-BT Repeaters: £10,000 Guide


Whickham Repeater Station, Newcastle Upon Tyne (c) 2014 Roy Pugh

With the improvement of hardwire telecomms technology, these BT [formerly GPO] Telephone Repeater Stations [TRS] which are scattered all over the United Kingdom are no longer needed. Their original purpose in acting as an exchange and/or signal strength amplification functionary has been bypassed. Now as a result of the improved technology, these curious buildings are being declared surplus and sold off in droves. A decent sized building, along with a reasonable plot area can be bought for a few grand. Land is also important as some TRS sitescan be fairly postage stamp sized. Fortunately, this one has a fair lump of ground:


Whickham TRS – Off Street Parking Can Be Important (c) 2014 Roy Pugh

The trick of course is to find a new use for them. We have our own views, and will probably test one of these in the future. Some folk are lucky enough to persuade the local planning authority for change of use permission to a residential unit. Though one of the important things to ensure is clear access to the main highway….


Whickham Repeater Station, Newcastle Upon Tyne (c) 2014 Roy Pugh

Auctioneer’s Description: Single storey building set within a rectangular shaped compound, offered with vacant possession. Accommodation: The building has a gross internal area of approximately 63 sq m (678 sq ft). Site Area: Approximately 781 sq m (934 sq yds).The property is situated on Swalwell Bank (B6317) opposite the Swalwell Bank Hill Brinoff Gravel Trap. The property is approximately within 0.5 miles of the A1 St Michael’s Way. Newcastle town centre is within 3 miles.

Cost: The purchaser will on completion make a contribution of 1% of the gavel price with a minimum of £500 PLUS VAT towards the Vendor’s costs.

Interested parties should consult direct with the Local Planning Office Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council, Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH. Tel: 0191 433 3000, Fax: 0191 478 3495.

VAT at the prevailing rate is payable in addition to the gavel price.

Location: Whickham TRS, Sand Industrial Estate, Swalwell Bank, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE16 3DJ

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £10,000 – Lot 108Auction Scheduled 29th April 2014.

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

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Unique Property Competition

For this month, the Unique Property Bulletin competition prize is

Twenty Pound Note Prize

Crisp £20 Note – Unique Property Bulletin Prize

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

Competition Hint

In November 2013 we featured a property in Por**** . This month’s competition is what covers the surface of a **** .

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 March 2014. Email free entries to:-

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Church Conversion

Church 18 Park Avenue

Church Flat, Park Avenue, Dundee (c) 2014 Wilsons Auction.

A one bedroom maisonette flat set within an elegant corner plot located church conversion in the popular residential area of Stobswell. On the first floor the property comprises of hall, bedroom and bathroom and on the second floor there is a living room and kitchen. There are still some stained glass windows in the property however the windows are double glazed in the main. Home report value of £48,000. EPC – E.

One bedroom maisonette flat in Dundee.

Forms part of a converted, mid terrace church containing 8 flats.

Entrance hallway, lounge, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.

Original features.

Double glazing. 

Location: Church Flat, 18 Park Avenue, Dundee, DD4 6PP.

Tenure: Feuhold [Scottish Freehold Equivalent].

Guide: £36,000 – Auction Lot 16Scheduled For 3rd April 2014 – Home Report At £48,000.

Always Remember FTSAA – Check to see if this has Failed To Sell At Auction, should you happen across this listing after the auction date.

Contact Wilsons Auctioneers Tel: 01294 833 444. Please can readers help Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Former RAF Bargain £19,000

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Saxa-Vord-MoD-MAIN-Mike-Pennington Former MoD Base Saxa Vord (c) 2014 Mike Pennington

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Engineering Telecommute Phoenix?

Engineering Prospect

Former Engineering Works, Halifax (c) 2014 Eddisons

Sadly this is another bankruptcy job. A depressingly familiar story in the engineering sector. Though, as with the phoenix, there is scope to refurbish and reinvent this structure. Possibly a mixed use with a home with your place of work being incorporated within the same structure. As our sister website narrates – a Telecommuter Home.

Auctioneers Description: Vacant prominent former engineering workshop in need of refurbishment. Approximately 377.91m2 (4,068ft2). The property occupies a prominent position along South Parade at the junction with Prescott Street on the periphery of Halifax town centre. South Parade connects with the A629 Skircoat Road which provides access to the motorway network via Junction 24 of the M62 approximately five miles distant. Properties in the immediate vicinity include Volkswagen Skoda, The Shay football stadium and Eureka children’s museum. Halifax train station is also located within close proximity.

The premises comprise a stone built property having a dual pitch slate covered roof. Internally the premises benefits from a solid concrete ground floor, fluorescent strip lighting, offices and WC facilities. Loading access is provided directly from Prescott Street via timber loading door.

Location: The Former Johnston Engineering Premises, 14 South Parade, Halifax, HX1 2LY.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £70,000 – Lot 215 – Scheduled Auction 10th April 2014Remember FTSAA if you see this after the auction date.

Contact Eddisons Auctioneer Tel: 0113 243 0101. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Dorinish Island Update

Dorinish Island in Ireland, Once Owned by John Lennon

Formerly John Lennon’s Dorinish Island (c 2012 Sherry Fitzgerald Agencies

We heartily recommend utilising the “Previous Bulletin” blue-ink click-link at the foot of this page. It is a way of researching several previous editions of the Unique Property Bulletin. The current property sector is shifting from a buyers to a sellers market. Meaning of course as buyers start to exceed the available number of properties for sale, they will need that extra edge to find and secure a truly unique place. If you go back far enough in the previous Bulletin to data mine property, you can come across eye catching things like Dorinish Island, which was owned by Beatles musician, John Lennon, who purchased the island in 1967 leading to it also become widely known as Beatle Island. Dorinish was uninhabited when John bought it from Westport Harbour Board and he was granted planning permission (since lapsed) for a holiday home. Yoko Ono sold the island after John’s death to its current owners. in 1984, four years after Lennon’s death, Yoko Ono sold the island to its current owners for around £30,000.

In 2012 the price sought was around 300,000 Euros. However with the property market in Eire being “challenged” to say the least, and also the long passage of time this island has been floating around for, it might well be productive to contact the estate agent and ask if there is any “flexibility” in the guide price? Please consider emailing us us to advise how you get on? The Unique Property Bulletin Bus adventure seems to be back on the radar and it would be an utter delight to visit Ireland and meeet some of the unique folk on the emerald isle again.

Agency Description: Dorinish is made up of two small islands, Dorinish Beg and Dorinish More, joined by a natural stone causeway and measures 19 acres approximately. Both islands are currently used for grazing sheep who share the island with a wide variety of sea birds including puffins, cormorants and terns. Dorinish can be reached in about 15 minutes from Rosmoney, Murrisk and Lecanvey Piers.

Location: Dorinish Island, Clew Bay, Westport, Co Mayo, Ireland.

Tenure: Believed to be Freehold.

Guide: Euro 300,000 = Approximately £247,000 as at March/April 2014.

Contact Sherry Firzgerald Agencies Tel: Eire, Westport, Co Mayo – 098 29009 – Mr Andrew Crowley. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Listing of Dorinish Island in the Bulletin of 2012

Unique Property Bulletin 30 September 2012

[Dorinish Island appears half way down this edition of the Bulletin]

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Quirky & Curious

Quirky 1 MAIN

The Laurels, Five Ash Lane, Tonbridge (c) 2014 Harpers & Hurlingham

From a Unique Property Bulletin reader “Are there any more quirkier homes please?” We delight in reading through the very welcome emails that come into the Bulletin office, but are not sure what the exact definition of quirky is when it comes to property. In estate agency terms – and it is important to note this website is not an estate agency – we have this listing under the “quirky” column. Perhaps the reader who emailed earlier would let us know if this is their preference? Thanks.

Agency Description: This delightful, quirky detached property sits in the centre of it’s own grounds, occupying a rural position near the hamlet of Marden Thorn situated between the villages of Marden and Staplehurst.

The unique accommodation consists of a double aspect sitting room with open fire and bay windows, a dining/family room with bay windows and fireplace, a kitchen, a boot room, a cloakroom and a double bedroom with shower and washbasin on the ground floor. On the first floor there is a master bedroom, two further bedrooms and a family bath and shower room.

Quirky 2 MAIN

The Laurels – Interior (c) 2014 Harpers & Hurlingham

The gardens wrap around the house providing lawns, vegetable garden, a large decked terrace, bbq area and an above ground swimming pool (with electric and solar heating) and extra patio. Within the garden there is a self contained office/studio with it’s own power, telephone lines and kitchen. Through the gate is the double detached garage with eaves storage above and electric up and over door. There is also a substantial detached workshop with power, lighting and more eaves storage. The out buildings are all alarmed. In front of the garage there is off road parking for several cars accessed by the private lane shared by one other property. As the house is in the centre of it’s grounds the Sun is on the gardens from sunrise until dusk. The property is a short drive from the mainline station and also benefits from being located in the much sought after Cranbrook School Catchment Area.

Location: The Laurels, Five Ash Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 0HT

The neighbouring house is even quirkier – but that isn’t for sale just yet !

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £645,000.

Contact Harpers & Hurlingham Agencies Tel: 01580 715 400. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Architecturally Unique …

Unique Architect – Sculptured Room

 Armadilla 1

The Armadilla Garden Room (c) 2014 Westwood B&B

A very modest offering this week for our unique architect. The reason it appeals at this end of the Bulletin is the thought of having one of these “garden offices” to work from. J K Rowling had a garden office – which we featured in the Bulletin back in 2012 when this wonderful author was selling her amazing home.

Though the upturned boat/armadillo design today appears a more modest endeavour, it is certainly unusual, and perhaps a place to be creative. Especially if you are tapping away at a keyboard connected to an internet website !!! So our Unique Architect for this week is:-

Armadilla Ltd,

The Walled Garden, Rosewell, Midlothian, EH24 9EQ

Tel: 0131 440 1300.

Armadilla 3

The Armadilla As A Garden Office (c) 2014 Armadilla Ltd

Retailer Narrative: At last! A solution to all who require to work from home (or would like to) but have insufficient space or a poor working environment. An Armadilla A12 Garden Office can be dropped into your garden in a few weeks ready for instant use – simply plug it in! Just think – no commuting or traffic congestion, improved work / life balance, a sense of enhanced wellbeing, heightened creativity, reduced carbon footprint and much more. A quality working environment is essential to achieve and maintain productive work output. Also, is your home office a safe or conducive working environment? Trailing cables, desk height, lighting, background noise and disturbances, family wandering in etc The Armadilla Office is exceptionally quiet and with a choice of desk fittings is ergonomically designed for efficient working. Users comment on the sense of inspiration and creativity when working in their Armadilla.

 Armadilla 2

The Armadilla – Versatile Interior (c) 2014 Armadilla Ltd

Clients and business associates will be more impressed with a professional and discrete environment where discussions can take place in confidence and without constant distractions and interruptions. From the outside an Armadilla doesn’t look like an office. It is more akin to a sculpture which will compliment your garden. It will not normally require planning permission and will cost a fraction of the cost of converting your attic or garage into an office or building on another room. Remember, you can take it with you should you move house.

Location: Wherever You Want – Planning Permission Information

Tenure: Freehold – Subject To Your Land Ownership Status.

Guide: FROM £7,000 plus VAT = £8,300 – Price List

Contact: Armadilla Web Page or Tel: 0131 344 0281. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Try Before You Buy …..

Stogursey Castle Gatehouse Stays

Castle Stogursey 1

Stogursey Castle Gatehouse – Properly Moated (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 the picturesque Somerset based Stogursey Castle Gatehouse: 


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To Cross The Moat – Stogursey Castle Gatehouse (c) 2014 Landmark Trust

This diminutive gatehouse still guards the bridge onto a moated island where only the ruins of a once great castle remain. It is hard to imagine a more picturesque setting

The castle ruins on the moat site are yours alone to explore, as is the little bridge from which to dangle your legs. Inside the gatehouse’s thick walls, the sitting room has an open fire.

Location: Stogursey Castle, Castle Street, Bridgewater, Somerset, TA5 1TG.

Tenure: Short Stay Holiday Experience – Castle Gatehouse & Proper Moat Style.

Guide: Sleeps 4 – 4 nights from £413.00 equivalent to £25.81 per person per night

Booking: Landmark Trust Stogursey

Contact Landmark Trust Tel: 01628 825925 or via email …

Please can readers help Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the letting agency/owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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