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Unique Property Bulletin 8 December 2013

Grand Designs Fishing Trip

Lifeboat Station Tenby Gordon Hatton

The Old Tenby Lifeboat Station, Pembrokeshire (c) 2013 Gordon Hatton

One That Got Away? Perhaps?

Not Currently For Sale? Though A Reader Visiting Tenby Heard It Was.

So we have written to the Old Tenby Lifeboat Station owners to see if it is. We will give their views, news and reply in a future edition of the Unique Property Bulletin.

This week’s Unique Property Bulletin is a little unusual. A friend was talking about a recent re-run episode of the Grand Designs television series featuring the old Lifeboat Station at Tenby. This being an all time favourite here at the Bulletin a spark of extra enthusiasm was lit. Some interesting background about the Tenby Lifeboat architectural adventure is at …!tenby/galleryPage

… and the amazing plans for this wondrous unique home …!plans/c23s1

It is very important to emphasise that the Tenby Lifeboat Station Grand Design is NOT for sale – though we will be sending the heroic unusual property owners Tim and Philomena O’Donovan a Christmas Card and polite note to see if they might sell 🙂 . Unique Property Bulletin readers are welcome to join the list to be notified if this wonderous building ever comes up for sale: Click Here to be emailed of any future news relating to this old lifeboat station. For now the reason we open this week’s Bulletin is this truly unique building is a type close to our hearts. We just missed buying one ourselves in the 1980’s and have lusted after something like this ever since.

Lifeboat Station Tenby Stephen McKay

The Old Tenby Lifeboat Station, Pembrokeshire (c) 2013 Stephen McKay

The Grand Design television series conversation with our friend came around to how many of these interesting buildings are for sale? Long story short, a small bet was laid, and here, in this Bulletin edition is the result. Gone Fishing for a Grand Design is an apt opener for this week. As many Grand Designs for sale as we could catch. Hopefully you, our reader will enjoy the selection. Even if only to be inspired in designing your own grand home. That is unless you are inclined to make on offer on any of the buildings featured this week.

These are just a few of the 100 + properties that Kevin McCloud has travelled along the property path of life with …

Location: The Old Tenby Lifeboat Station, Castle Square, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7BS. Maybe send Tim and Philomena O’Donovan a Christmas Card yourself to pass on your regards, along with a short, polite note to ask if they could put you on their list of folk to give the heads-up to, if they ever do decide to sell.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £ NOT FOR SALE – Though we would give a right arm to buy this beauty.

Contact – If ever Tim and Philomena O’Donovan decide to sell this magnificent home, we will endeavour to do our very best to feature it in a future Unique Property Bulletin. For now we can just dream. That and look for other lifeboat stations – they do come up for sale occasionally.


Ferry Isle of Wight Roger Kidd

Isle of Wight Ferry (c) 2013 Roger Kidd

So we start the “for sale” element of this week’s Unique Property Bulletin with a sail. From the former Tenby Lifeboat station, heading south-east, and across via the much adored Isle of Wight be ferry, to our first actual Grand Design building:

Grand Designs For Sale – Tane

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Tane – Grand Design, Isle of Wight (c) 2013 Owner’s Collection

This award-winning property was featured as part of the Grand Designs series when it was built in 2010 and was short-listed for the Grand Designs Award and this year was nominated as one of Kevin McCloud’s Top Ten Grand Design Projects following their 100th series. In addition, Tane won the Architect’s Journal Small Build Award 2011 and the RIBA 2011 (Isle of Wight) Award. Located down a quiet lane close to the beach in Binstead on the Isle of Wight, was designed by Lincoln Miles in 2010. The architecture has been the recipient of numerous design awards and has featured widely in the architecture and design press.

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Tane – Grand Design, Isle of Wight (c) 2013 Owner’s Collection

Sitting centrally on a beautiful plot, the house is surrounded by ancient woodland, a short walk through which leads you directly to the beach. It is located off an unmade track in the village of Binstead, 3 miles from the town of Ryde. The port of Fishbourne can be reached by car in five minutes (ferries to Portsmouth take 45 minutes) and Cowes (which runs services to Southampton in 25 minutes) is approximately 15 minutes away by car.

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Tane – Grand Design, Isle of Wight (c) 2013 Owner’s Collection

The internal space totals over 3,200 sq ft and includes three / four bedrooms, two reception rooms, a living room, kitchen / dining room and a large artist’s studio and office. The latter spaces may, subject to the relevant permissions, be changed into further residential space. The house is on a large, level plot that is made up mostly of lawn, with an area of woodland and a driveway. The plot is 1/3 acre in size and the gardens blend into the bordering woodland, giving the sense of a far larger site. There is also an extensive roof garden that brings one up into the tree canopy.

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Tane – Grand Design, Isle of Wight (c) 2013 Owner’s Collection

The house was designed by Lincoln as his own home. Originally a small and uninspiring 1970s house, this building has been subsumed into a much larger and more dynamic whole. The original building has been reconfigured and clad in a beautiful charred wood and now flows into a large structure composed of glass, concrete and wood. The house remains largely single storey but has a three-floor section on the most private part of the plot that soars into the trees. There is under-floor heating throughout.

The materials have been carefully chosen throughout to create a warm and inviting home that remains a striking and exciting design. Of particular note is the mural designed by the artist Lisa Traxler that covers one of the exterior walls. The house has received extensive praise for its outstanding design including awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Architect’s Journal. For a more in-depth explanation of the various features inside the house see the HISTORY section below.

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Tane – Grand Design, Isle of Wight (c) 2013 Owner’s Collection

HISTORY: Lincoln Miles, working with the artist Lisa Traxler, has created one of the most notable homes to have been built in the UK in recent years. The build incorporates numerous carefully detailed features, some on which are outlined here …

• Much of the flooring throughout the house is reclaimed parquet
• The house is heated using a Daiken air source heat pump, widely considered to be one of the best systems available of its kind
• Floor to ceiling American Black Walnut wood clads much of the internal space and is juxtaposed with numerous glass doors.
• All windows have also been specifically made for the house from American Black Walnut
• A structural and frameless glass roof skylight spans the length of the kitchen and dining area
• Outside there is a large Cedar decked area which provides an excellent space for outside dining
• Although entirely re-wired and re-plumbed, the best features of the original building have been retained, including exposed stone walls
• A serene mirror pool gives definition to the glass and American Black Walnut entrance

Location: Tane, Quarr Road, Binstead, Ryde Isle of Wight, PO33 4EL.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £975,000.

Contact: The Modern House Agencies Tel: 020 7704 3504. 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.

Online Brochure ….


Grand Designs For Sale – Cob


Keppel Gate, Ottery St Mary, Devon (c) 2013 Jackson-Stops & Staff

This is an interesting and very picturesque building, with a curious and ancient way of constructing a house. Cob construction. It also provides a very picturesque and unusual home.

To be clear, this Cob House at Keppel Gate is the original one built by the Grand Designs episode designer – Kevin McCabe. His actual Grand Design is being built on the adjacent plot, so he is selling the original Cob House on this site and retaining the Grand Design candidate. For the avoidance of doubt, we are listing the special guest star, rather than the main act! Though both structures are built under the same principle and very similar vernacular.

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Keppel Gate, Ottery St Mary, Devon (c) 2013 Jackson-Stops & Staff

Key Features:-

4 Reception Rooms

5 Bedrooms

3 Bathrooms

Unique Cob Built Country House

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Keppel Gate, Ottery St Mary, Devon (c) 2013 Jackson-Stops & Staff

Agent’s Summary: Entrance Hall, cloakroom, study, sitting room, garden room, kitchen/breakfast room, conservatory, utility room, principal bedroom/bathroom suite, Guest bedroom/shower room suite, 2 further first floor bedrooms and bathroom, Second floor suite with open plan living room, bedroom and shower room. Detached three storey ancillary building, garage, barn/workshop, gardens orchard and pasture paddocks. About 2 acres.

Background to this Grand Design’s episode and home owner: Kevin McCabe was born and brought up in East Devon and, as a local builder, first began working on renovating and repairing cob buildings around 30 years ago, before embarking upon the rare skill of building new cob houses, about 22 years ago. Since then he has built up a reputation for building bespoke properties, using the traditional construction techniques of cob and stone.


Keppel Gate, Ottery St Mary, Devon (c) 2013 Jackson-Stops & Staff

Ancillary Building: On the west side of the house the gravel driveway leads round to a detached cob built, slate roofed three storey ancillary building including cider barn and store. The entrance door opens to: Open plan studio, Bathroom, Music Studio, and Shower Room.

Outbuildings: Adjoining the entrance driveway and beside the house is a detached garage building 6.71m x 6.4m (22′ x 21′) internally, with automatic roll up door and power and lighting connected. Adjoining is a lean-to storage shed and further timber log store.

The drive continues around the ancillary building, in the basement of which is a further large cider barn store room/garage, and beyond is the detached cob built barn with stabling (currently used as workshop) with corrugated roof and open storage barn adjoining.

Gardens & Grounds: To the front of the house, on the south side, a flight of stone steps descends from the driveway to a paved terrace with French doors from the kitchen.

Location: Cob House, Keppel Gate, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1TJ

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £995,000.

Contact Jackson-Stops & Staff Agencies Tel: 01392 214222. 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.

Online Brochure ….


Unique Property Competition

For this month, the Unique Property Bulletin competition prize is

Unique Property Bulletin December Competition Jingle Coins

Jingle Coins – Unique Property Bulletin Christmas Prize – Mainly For Fun

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

Competition Hint

What Is The Birthday Of Our Favourite Property Programme Television Presenter ?

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 December 2013. You may need to check out a previous edition or tother elements of the Unique Property Bulletin to understand the clue a little better.

Email free entries to:-

Unique Property Bulletin Competition Entry Contact Page


Grand Designs For Sale – Ice

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Clapham Park Terrace, London (c) 2013 Foxtons

This week’s Unique Property Bulletin endeavour to locate a decent number of available Grand Designs for sale has emphasised how rich the programe is with Kevin McCloud as it’s enduring presenter. Here we have pure Kevin McCloud in words. He describes this current Grand Design as ..

“A temple to minimalist monasticism”

That it is.

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Clapham Park Terrace, London (c) 2013 Foxtons

Programme Narrative: In Brixton in south London design-mad couple Mary Martin and Carl Turner want to build a home that resembles a giant stack of glass cubes that’s a Zen retreat from the noise and chaos of the capital.

This project is bigger and more ambitious than anything they’ve taken on before. In order to save money, Carl decides he has to take on as many of the specialist build jobs as he can. The results are hair raising as the cranes and steel frames hit the narrow plot. But Carl’s biggest test lies ahead, when it comes to finishing the minimalist interior. The tiniest error in the detailing could ruin all the blood, sweat and tears he’s put into building this urban sanctuary.

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Inventive Retracting Corner Wall (c) 2013 Foxtons

Kevin goes on to summarise what is the essence of life for many who read these pages, and certainly a mantra for us at Unique Property Bulletin. That an abode whether in the Unique Property genre, or classic Grand Design feature, should be

“A retreat, home and workplace all in one”

Readers can have a 10 minute flavour of a Grand Design “Revisit” for this particular building. Just love the interior “moving room” plywood pod idea …

Youtube – Ice Cube House – London

In fact there are several very interesting design ideas. Plus “bare books, naked on the shelves” – wonderful.

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Private Space – Eco-Economy – Capital Living (c) 2013 Foxtons

The essence of this particular Grand Design is summarised by Kevin McCloud:

“This building looks like it has been hewn out of a glacier … crystalline … a giant ice cube”

An award-winning and eco-friendly two bedroom house offering modern living space arranged over three floors with a secluded roof garden [pictured above] and gated off-street parking …

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Clapham Park Terrace, London (c) 2013 Foxtons

Key Features

Award winning architecturally stunning house

Versatile living over three floors with secluded roof garden

Timeless modern space diffusing light throughout

Flexible living/work spaces for easy future adaptations

Triple glazing, rain harvesting, solar panels

Designed to low carbon CSH level 5

Patio garden and gated off-street parking

Location: 76 Clapham Park Terrace, Clapham Park, London, SW2 5EA

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £1,495,000

Contact Foxtons Agencies Tel: 020 7704 5757. 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.

As of May 2014 NOW SOLD – old brochure ….

Though an interesting article by the architects retained for this Grand Designs build can be found at …


National Treasure

Kevin McCloud Some Appreciation and Thanks

Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud – Now A National Treasure. Your View?

Given the enjoyment provided to so many, it is a reasonable proposition to assert that Kevin McCloud is becoming one of the country’s “National Treasures”.

He is very self-effacing and would most likely seek to avoid this sort of acclamation.

However such has been the success – in shear numbers watching, added to the longevity of the Grand Designs television series, that Kevin deserves the thanks of many. His recent Man Made Home series has literally cemented the affection which Kevin’s National Treasure status might be awarded. Rudyard Kipling has already described such a person. Kevin can make millionaire property owners at ease and engage with the viewer, whilst at the same time, walk with the classic everyman – as observed in a Zen like quality spend weeks at peace in the most Mazlovian of man made structures with like minded and wonderful people …

Kevin McCloud’ Most Recent Presentation- Man Made Home

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Grand Designs For Sale? – Tower

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 Water Tower BEFORE £2,000,000 and a lot of TLC (c) 2009 Stephen Richards

This landmark water tower in London is also the star of a landmark Grand Design – Episode 100.

Following a huge restoration effort, including an addition of a feature Annexe, the renovated Kennington Water Tower was placed for sale in 2012. Subsequently it had a cool £2,000,000 distilled off of the original price. The current position appears to be that the owners have taken the property off the market. This is not that unusual. Owners of property that don’t sell – in this case not helped by the horrendous Banking Crisis – often take their homes off-market for a while.

We have encountered this very phenomenon over the years. Our advice, and this is based on lucky experience leading to some cracking purchases in the “off-market” arena, is for readers who play at the financial level of this huge building, and also need to operate from the nation’s capital take a few moments to write a short note to the owners – Leigh Osborne and Graham Voce. Just invest in a 60p Royal Mail stamp. Then…

Dear Mr Osborne & Mr Voce, Please forgive this unsolicited enquiry, but I read about your water tower home possibly being for sale from an article in the Unique Property Bulletin. There was a suggestion I drop you a courtesy note to see if you are selling this amazing building, and if so, might you be kind enough to send me sale details? Many thanks and kind regards …

Pop the aforemenioned Royal Mail stamp and send to:

Mr Leigh Osborne and Mr Graham Voce, The Water Tower, Dryden Court, Renfrew Road, Kennington, London, SE11 4NH.

You might be pleasantly surprised at what can result. If you end up really lucky, and we know this does happen, either Leigh or Graham will reply, and you may find a deal to buy this iconic Grand Design can be made.

At the Unique Property Bulletin, we like to do more than just list some unusual buildings. Hopefully along the way if we can help “nudge” folk in a direction that achieves their dream home, then it is a wonderful experience from this end of the website. Sort of a dating game on brick dust and steroids!

If you do write to Leigh and Graham perhaps you could let us know how you get on? Even if you don’t end up buying, there are many folk here who would appreciate a shared update on this monumental and amazing Grand Design. Thankyou. 

Property description [when earlier for sale -16th June 2013] …

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The Water Tower, London (c) 2013 Knight Frank

Possibly one of the top ten the premier conversions iof the Grand Designs series. This is a very special episode of the Kevin McCloud television programme – the 100th edition.

The Kennington Water Tower has five bedrooms, plus “The Cube” addition – old and new side by side, and with some stunning style. It takes a little to get your head around what is where in this structure.

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Thankfully A Private Lift Helps A Lot (c) 2013 Knight Frank

This truly unique home has lots of accommodation:-

5 Bedrooms

2 Reception Rooms

4 Bathrooms

Roof Terrace

London Location – With A Genuinely Exquisite 360 Degree Landscape View

Private Parking

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Wonderful Interior Design – Keeps The Original Features (c) 2013 Knight Frank

Agency Narrative: Converted Water Tower for sale in Zone One. An incredible conversion of a listed Venetian style water tower encompassing 5 bedrooms, each with a different theme, two reception rooms, one with panoramic views of London and an eat-in, contemporary designed kitchen.

The tower has an extension, nick named The Cube which houses the kitchen and reception room, as well as providing roof space for a fabulous terrace with skyline views. The Prospect Room at the top of the tower, in what was the original water tank, is the crowning glory of this monumental conversion. First class attention to detail in the entire property has been carefully considered by Sue Timney the well known interior designer.

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Premier Viewing Terrace – London Skyline (c) 2013 Knight Frank

The bathrooms, each with a personality of its own, have views and smart glass windows to switch between clear and opaque glass to ensure no view is unappreciated while privacy is retained when required. Excellent security, a gym, lift, cellar and a garage are added benefits

The tower has an extension, nick named The Cube which houses the kitchen and reception room, as well as providing roof space for a fabulous terrace with skyline views. The Prospect Room at the top of the tower, in what was the original water tank, is the crowning glory of this monumental conversion.

Location: The Water Tower, Dryden Court, Renfrew Road, Kennington, London, SE11 4NH.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: Price Reduction from £6,500,000 to £4,750,000.

Contact: Temporary Email Via Unique Property Bulletin

PLEASE NOTE – The Kennington Water Tower has been taken off the market for a while. If this is something you would like to consider buying, please either write to the owners direct, or keep an eye out in future Unique Property Bulletins. We will update you via the weekly Bulletin as soon as we hear news. Thanks.


Grand Designs For Sale – Sugar

Pett Nigel Chadwick

The Big White House, Pett Level, East Sussex (c) 2013 Nigel Chadwick

Agency Narrative: Back in 2004, the Channel 4 TV programme Grand Designs featured the build of a house that was soon to become a modern icon, while putting the beautiful East Sussex village of Pett Level on the celebrity homes map.

Former Pet Shop Boys/East 17 pop manager Tom Watkins wanted to build a house that would be home to his art collection and his two large dogs, while at the same time giving him a relaxing retreat from his busy media life.

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The Big White House – Interior (c) 2013 Phillips & Stubbs

Having recognised the great location due to being only 90 minutes from central London, Tom already had a timber beach house in Pett Level. But when a neighbour’s bungalow came up for sale, he decided to buy it, demolish it and build a dazzling white modernist house in its place. The build was documented in Grand Designs episode, “A modernist white sugar cube”.

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The Big White House – Garden (c) 2013 Phillips & Stubbs

Youtube – Sugar Cube House – East Sussex

In an interview for The Independent in 2005, Tom Watkins gave some insights into the thinking behind the design of the house:

“My favourite room is the living room at the top of the house. You can see the sea on one side and greenery on the other. It can be a bit like living in a gallery, but at night time it takes on a completely different feel; the room takes on different proportions. When the moon’s out, it illuminates the sea – you can write reams of poetry about it. We deliberately put those windows in: it’s like 25 little vignettes – each one is a painting”.

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The Big White House – Awesome View (c) 2013 Phillips & Stubbs

The quality of life here is great”, Tom concluded. “There are a thousand reasons to be here. It’s an interesting place but not saturated – yet.”

Despite loving his iconic home, Tom wants to undertake a new build challenge and has bought another plot of land in the area. That means that he is selling “The Big White House” and Phillips and Stubbs are delighted to be the sole agent for the sale of this iconic property.

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Priceless: The Walk Beyond The Big Sugar Cube (c) 2013 Phillips & Stubbs

Location: The Big White House, Pett Level Road, Pett Level, East Sussex, TN35 4EH.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £1,675,000

Contact Phillips & Stubbs Agencies Tel: 01797 227338. 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.

Online Brochure ….


Unique Architect

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Tenby Lifeboat Station Grand Designs Project (c) 2013 Argent Architects

This week our endeavour to locate a unique architect is easy. The first listing in the current Unique Property Bulletin may not be for sale, but we have been fortunate to come close at buying two other former lifeboat stations, and the architects for Tenby Lifeboat station would be the first port of call to help with our Grand Design – if and when we succeed – we would look toward Argent Architects to fill the professional requirements of architect. Their work on the former Lifeboat Station at Tenby, and as featured in Grand Designs is exceptional …

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Beautiful Photograph -Lifeboat Station Home (c) 2013 Argent Architects

Unique Architects

Argent Architects,

Penally, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7PU.

Tel: 01834 845440.

Also it is only fair to mention the amazing firm that made real the vision of the lifeboat station owner, and the architect designers…

Unique Constructors

Horan Construction & Civil Engineers

Horan House, Seawall Road, Cardiff, CF24 5TH.

Tel: 029 2049 2048

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Horan Construction – Tenby Lifeboat Station (c) 2013 Argent Architects


Grand Design Watching – Stilwater

Stilwater 5 Stilwater, Killearn (c) 2013 Savills

We started this week’s Bulletin with a Gone Fishing opener. We are closing this edition with a One That Got Away. Sorry.

We had listed the text copy – and delightful photographs – for this building as an “Under Offer” example. To illustrate a lesson we learnt a long time ago. Keep an eye on property that goes “Under Offer”. The reason being that a significant minority of buildings do not progress to a completed sale and return to the market. Over a lifetime we have bought two such examples when the significant minority did, in fact, end up coming back up for sale. So it can be a good thing to keep an eye on properties that spend a time with the “Under Offer” sign on display.

However, between our eagle eyed focus on this Grand Design for sale being “Under Offer” and the compiling of this particular listing, we can confirm from the horses mouth that the sale has now gone through. Congratulations to the new owners. This property is sublime. So much so, that we are keeping it in this week’s Unique Property Bulletin just to inspire the imagination of readers. The photographs show an exquisite waterside home. It really is a Grand Design.

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Stilwater, Killearn (c) 2013 Savills

Agency narrative: Stilwater is a unique contemporary villa in a truly remarkable position perched over a small private loch. It was designed by McInnes Gardner Architects and was completed in 2006 and received recent acclaim on Channel 4’s Grand Designs. Formed over two levels and built under a slate roof, this innovative contemporary home cleverly marries traditional materials with new modern building technology. It is constructed to a specification rarely seen in this country. It features floor to ceiling glass in the main apartments and a terrace which cleverly wraps itself around the ground floor.

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Stilwater, Killearn (c) 2013 Savills

The reception hallway is open plan with the dining area, kitchen and lounge. It has an innovative glass staircase with open risers ascending to the first floor. A change in level defines the dining area which has French doors opening to the terrace. Steps descend into the double height lounge which has a contemporary open fireplace and two sets of French doors opening to the terrace and the front garden.

The kitchen has black high gloss finish units at wall and counter levels incorporating hob, two drawer dishwasher, oven, microwave/grill and plate warmers, all by Miele, and an American style Amana fridge and freezer. The adjacent utility room has units at wall and counter level and is plumbed for washing machine. Doors lead to a WC and a decked terrace. Steps descend from the kitchen into the sitting room which is separated from the kitchen by an impressive aquarium. The sitting room has a free standing corner wood burning stove. A bedroom with en suite shower room, walk in store and WC/washroom complete the ground floor accommodation. Upstairs are four bedrooms, three of which have en suite facilities. The upper hallway has a gallery overlooking the reception hallway and drawing room. The master bedroom, with a floor to ceiling glass wall overlooking the private loch, is of particular note. There are two walk in dressing rooms and an en suite bathroom which is semi open plan to the bedroom. It has a Jacuzzi whirlpool bath, wet room shower, twin glass wash hand basins, sauna and separate WC.

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Stilwater, Killearn (c) 2013 Savills

Outside, Stilwater is equally as impressive, with a wrap around terrace at ground floor level and a substantial terrace off the master suite on the first floor. Electric gates open to the gravel driveway which sweeps towards the house and offers parking space for a number of cars. On either side of the driveway are beautiful manicured lawns. To the south side of the house is a level lawn and to the east and north of the house is a private loch. The loch covers some 2.5 acres and is stocked with rainbow trout.

Location: Stilwater, Killearn, Glasgow, G63 9QW.

Tenure: Feuhold [Scottish Freehold Equivalent].

Guide: £1,250,000 NOW OFFICIALLY SOLD

Contact Savills Agencies Tel: 0141 222 5875Andrew Peratt. Please can readers help 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.

Online Brochure ….


Try Before You Buy …..

Grand Design For Rent – Dairy

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Dairy Cottage, Hampshire (c) 2013 Chris Lopez & Neil Mackenzie Matthews

This is a Grand Design try-before-you-buy. Important to note that this building is NOT for sale – it is available to rent and try the style of an actual Grand Design. For a look at the very television episode for this Grand Design

Go on, treat yourself. If you do have a Grandette Design mini adventure with a few days staying at this star property, please let us know how you get on? Thankyou.

Dairy Cottage Filming

Dairy Cottage – Special Guests (c) 2013 Chris Lopez & Neil Mackenzie Matthews

Owner’s Commentary:-

The rebuild was filmed in its entirety for Channel 4’s flagship television series Grand Designs; and the show aired in March 2007. Grand Designs presenter, Kevin McCloud, was impressed with the challenge that Alex & Cheryl had decided to undertake. Transforming a burnt out 17th century cottage into a beautifully modern, yet traditional, home.

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Comforts For You To Enjoy (c) 2013 Chris Lopez & Neil Mackenzie Matthews

The team at Channel 4 were so delighted by the reaction of the British public that they decided that the film crew should return to Dairy Cottage once more. Grand Designs Revisited was filmed in Spring/Summer 2008 and was aired in April 2009.

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Dairy Cottage – Luxury Nap Time (c) Chris Lopez & Neil Mackenzie Matthews

Location: Dairy Cottage, Mockbeggar Lane, Ringwood, Ibsley, Hampshire, BH24 3PR.

Tenure: For Rental.

Guide: From £185 per night – Booking Link Here

Contact Dairy Cottage Owners: Telephone: 44 (0) 7831 444270

Or email: Dairy Cottagen Contact Page

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.

Online Brochure ….

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Dairy Cottage, Hampshire (c) 2013 Chris Lopez & Neil Mackenzie Matthews


Christmas & New Year Editions

Confession time – due to continuing post-operative health problems, and a rest needed after a full year’s Unique Property Bulletin, along with efforts starting our new addition to the website stable – the Lighthouses For Sale Or Rent endeavour – we will be taking one Sunday off over Christmas, and one Sunday off over the New Year. Apologies – just plain worn out !!!

Therefore the Unique Property Bulletins for the festive period will be as follows:-

Sunday Night 15th December 2013 – 9pm Bulletin As Normal.

Sunday Night 22nd December 2013 – Bulletin Edition On Holiday – Apologies For Inconvenience.

Sunday Night 29th December 2013 – Bulletin Edition On Holiday – Apologies For Inconvenience.

Sunday Night 5th January 2014 – 9pm Bulletin As Normal

The WHOLE website will STILL be ONLINE 24 hours a day, 7 days a week THROUGHOUT the holiday period with well over 100 editions and 700 unique properties to read about from the last couple of years online. It may be an idea for readers to have a wander round some of the older editions to see if there are any bargains to be had for the unique properties that have been for sale for a while. Sort of our version of the January sales! The first edition of the New Year Bulletin will be available online at..

9pm Sunday 5th January 2014

Just Google 3 words to find us …

Unique Property Bulletin

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