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Unique Property Bulletin 9 August 2015

This Edition’s Unique Property Feature:-

Big Bang & Little Boom

Nuclear Bunker Big Boom 1

A Very Modest Front Door: But What Is Beyond & Beneath?

For this edition of the Bulletin we are kind of spoilt for choice. Our featured article covers some underground buildings. But mid-preparation for this edition focussing on the ever popular subterranean structures, we have also had a wonderful former lifeboat station appear onto the sale market. So to give that a fair bit of coverage – especially the picturesque photographs and excellent aerial video – we have added a dedicated webpage. More of that in a few moments.

Feature details at the foot of this page.



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St David’ Lifeboat Station, Pembrokeshire

Former Lifeboat Station, St David's, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6PY MAIN 2

For Sale
Former Lifeboat Station, St David’s, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6PY

Boat Not Included

An amazing property that is being disposed of by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Former Lifeboat Station, St David's, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6PY4

For Sale
Former Lifeboat Station, St David’s, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6PY

There are many beautiful pictures, and an exceptional piece of aerial video footage, so we have dedicated a webpage exclusively for full coverage of this marvellous and evocative building…

Click Here To Read St David’s Lifeboat Station For Sale Page


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Water Station By Dam

Kinder Water Treatment Works
Former Kinder Water Treatment Works, Hayfield, Derbyshire
Tender Deadline: 12 noon on Wednesday, 9th September 2015.

This Bulletin we are very water property orientated. This next offering was sent in by a kind reader to share with others and is a former water treatment works in a spectacular setting.

An excellent way to appreciate the building, the potential, and the splendid location – by Kinder Reservoir is to view the dedicated video for this building…

Click Here To View Excellent Water Treatment Building Video

Agency Narrative: A former water treatment works building, which has been decommissioned. All plant has been stripped from the property and the floorspace extends to approximately 10,000 sq. ft. (929 square metres). Built in 1912, the main building was formerly a filterhouse. Within the embankments at the front of the property are two substantial water tanks which have also been decommissioned and are empty.

The buildings sit in mature landscaped grounds of approximately 0.91 hectares (2.25 acres) surrounded by countryside to the north and Kinder Reservoir and its ancillary facilities to the south, east and west. Much of the site area is formed by an embankment situated to the north of the building The property is located in the Peak District National Park in the Village of Hayfield.

The property is accessed via a private lane which connects to Kinder Road. Hayfield Village centre is approximately 1 mile/1.5km to the South West of the property. The property sits at the bottom of the Kinder Plateau and has extensive views of the stunning peak, which is the highest point in Derbyshire.

Location: Former Kinder Water Treatment Works, Hayfield, Derbyshire, SK23 ___

Guide: Not Disclosed.

Further Details: Click Here

Details & Draft Title Plan Red Line Curtilage: Click Here

Contact: Ian Thomlinson on 01625 536369


Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottages From £79,000

With Walks On A Beautiful Beach Like This…

Rattray Head Lighthouse

Click Here To Study A Lighthouse Keeper’s Home Adventure


Lock Keeper’s Cottage – First of Four

 Terras Crossing Cottage, Sandplace, Cornwall PL13 1PH MAIN

Terras Crossing Cottage, Sandplace, Cornwall

Something must have happened recently in the mainstream press or thereabouts to put a spring in the step of folk looking to buy a lock keeper’s cottage. The reason we think this is because we have had three separate enquiries about this genre of unique home conversion. That is a relatively high cluster of interest in a specific style of unusual property.

So this edition we aim to help our intrepid readers with a selection of lock keeper’s houses for sale.

Terras Crossing Cottage, Sandplace, Cornwall PL13 1PH 3

Picturesque Location – Terras Crossing Cottage, Sandplace, Cornwall

What do you reckon? Does the rowing boat in the foreground needs a clean and lick of paint!

The first lock keeper’s cottage is very competitively priced, and genuinely picturesque. Not only for those with a love of boats and waterside views, but there is even room for a tiny “request-stop” train service. Such a thing is very rare nowadays…

Terras Crossing Cottage, Sandplace, Cornwall PL13 1PH 2

Terras Crossing Cottage: Request-Stop Train Service A Very Walkable Distance From This House

Agency Narrative: This charming former lock keepers cottage sits on the banks of the beautiful East Looe River Estuary and has the most stunning views of the river in both directions. It has recently been completely refurbished to a very high standard and would make an excellent second home or main residence. Nestled beside the tiny request-stop of Sandplace railway station which links Liskeard to Looe this recently renovated Cornwall cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a large open plan living area. The sitting area has a vaulted ceiling and from here there is access to the 53 ft x 14ft terrace which spans the whole length of the cottage. Outside there is a small courtyard a garage and parking for 2 cars.

Location: Terras Crossing Cottage, Sandplace, Cornwall PL13 1PH

Guide: £240,000

Further Details: Click Here

Contact: 01392 832446


Lock Keeper’s Cottage – Second of Four

Tarvers Lock Cottage, Aynho Road, Adderbury, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17 3LS Chris Jones 

Lock Keeper’s Cottage, High Street, Adderbury, Banbury, Oxfordshire

Photo Courtesy of Chris Jones

Our second offering this edition of the Bulletin is this pretty canalside home at Banbury, Oxfordshire.

The property includes:

· 2 reception rooms
· Kitchen/breakfast room
· 4 bedrooms
· Large barn
· Cottage garden
· Leased lock side garden
· Private mooring by agreement with CRT

There is also a very interesting extra building included. Part of the canalside heritage. It has bundles of potential…

Tarvers Lock Cottage, Aynho Road, Adderbury, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17 3LS Chris Jones 2
Extra Building Included: Canalside, High Street, Adderbury, Oxfordshire

Photo Courtesy of Chris Jones

Location: Tarvers Lock Cottage, Aynho Road, Adderbury, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17 3LS

Guide: £450,000 – £495,000

Further Details: Click Here

Contact: 01295 271555



Lock Keeper’s Cottage – Third of Four

1 Top Lock Cottage, Stockton, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 8LH Ian Rob

1 Top Lock Cottage, Stockton, Southam, Warwickshire

Photo Courtesy of Ian Rob

This is our third lock keeper’s cottage for sale. A fine Victorian cottage which has been modernised inside to a very good standard – well worth looking at the interior photographs on the agency link below. Located at the top of the flight of locks at Stockton. Accessed by the well maintained tow path. Off road parking is found by the canal bridge on the A426 and it is then a five minute walk along the canal side to the home. The cottage has two reception rooms and kitchen on the ground floor whilst on the first floor are three bedrooms and the family bathroom. Outside is a large, absolutely stunning garden surrounded by woodland.

1 Top Lock Cottage, Stockton, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 8LH Jo Turner
Top Lock Cottage: The Passing Traffic Is Quiet, Sedate, & Picturesque

Photo Courtesy of Jo Turner

There is a large and beautiful garden. Fully enclosed with well stocked mature borders, raised beds and fruit trees surrounded by woodland. A lovely covered patio area to the rear of the home compliments this idyllic family home.

The village is located just to the east of the A426 road around two miles north-east of Southam, and around eight miles south-west of Rugby. There is good access to the major motorways of M6, M1 and M40 from Stockton. Mainline railway stations can be found in Rugby and Leamington Spa.

Location: 1 Top Lock Cottage, Stockton, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 8LH

Guide: £350,000

Further Details: Click Here

Contact: 01926 267829 – Inside Homes


Lock Keeper’s Cottage – Fourth of Four

Lock Keepers, The Meads, Marshgate Drive, Hertford. SG13 7JY Julian Osley

Lock Keeper’s Cottage, The Meads, Marshgate Drive, Hertford

Photo Courtesy of Julian Osley.

This home was a former candidate property on the television series Homes Under The Hammer.

A beautiful canalside location, this detached, former lock keepers cottage adjoins Hartham Common and The Meads, an area of Hertford rich in wildlife and popular with walkers, boating enthusiasts and anglers. The cottage was purchased in 2009 and was the subject of a complete refurbishment project including two storey extensions. There is approximately a third of an acre riverside plot (which has its own mooring rights).

Lock Keeper's Cottage For Sale

Lock Keeper’s Cottage, The Meads, Marshgate Drive, Hertford

Please note, there is no car parking at the property – the nearest car park is approximately 0.2 miles away at Marshgate Drive. Maybe a good excuse to buy a boat as your main mode of transport!

Location: Lock Keeper’s Cottage, The Meads, Marshgate Drive, Hertford. SG13 7JY.

Guide: £659,995

Further Details: Click Here

Contact: 01992 661120



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Former Bathing Station

Interesting Lapsed Planning For Hotel & Marina

Would Make An Amazing Home

Former Bathing Station Ardbeg Road

Former Bathing Station, Ardbeg Road, West Bay, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0RA

Doesn’t look much from the top, but there is a lot of building to be explored below this.

Continuing our waterside theme for this Bulletin we have a very rare item here. Up for auction is a something described as a waterside bathing station. It is not quite the traditional Lido open air swimming pool, but something fairly close to those old fashioned places of holiday fun.

In fact there is a very informative video of this particular property, with excellent photographs from way back when – as an operational facility – right up to date where it really does need some imagination to see how a conversion and restoration might best enhance this place….

Click On The Photo Above To Watch The Video

Though with a decent amount of vision and architectural input, this place has the makings of an exceptional unique dwelling. Subject of course to planning permissions etc. Previous lapsed planning for conversion to a hotel and marina.

Auctioneer’s Narrative: The former Bathing Station accredited by architect Thomas Beveridge built in 1933 on the West Bay Rothesay. Set in a desirable location with first class views of the seafront. Land Registry Title is to the low water tide mark (usually owned by the crown).

Former Bathing Station Ardbeg Road, Bute Thomas Nugent MAIN

Former Bathing Station, Ardbeg Road, West Bay, Rothesay, Isle of Bute

Photograph Courtesy of Mr Thomas Nugent

Previously an enclosed open water swimming area with changing rooms and shower rooms and toilets, on the shore side. The site could be developed subject to the necessary planning permissions to various types of developments, from leisure and recreation to residential luxury dwellings. Previous lapsed planning for hotel with marina. The Isle of Bute lies in the Firth of Clyde, tucked into the spectacular sea lochs of southern Argyll and is less than two hours from the City of Glasgow.

Location: Former Bathing Station, Ardbeg Road, West Bay, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0RA.

Guide: £110,000

Further Details: Click Here

Contact: 0141-632-6599



Chapel Auction

Former Alma Street Chapel, Bacup, Lancashire, OL13 9JA
Former Alma Street Chapel, Bacup, Lancashire

This is a detached two storey former chapel with development potential subject to gaining the necessary consents plus additional parcel of land. The whole of the property is offered with vacant possession.

Location: Former Alma Street Chapel, Bacup, Lancashire, OL13 9JA

Guide: £90,000

Further Details: Click Here

Contact: Pugh Auctioneers Tel: 08442 722444


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For July + August 2015, the Unique Property Bulletin competition prize is a modest:-

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Please Name The Location of This Unique Building…

July & August 2015 Competition

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Architecturally Unique

Please note, each edition we feature the work of a unique architect. These properties are usually NOT currently for sale, but are included to help inspire readers as to the talent that abounds when a good architect’s mind meets the imagination of a unique property person, and something that little bit special is created by the synergy.

Unique Air Floating Sea Home

The Pole House F2 Architects Photo By Matt Lord

The Pole House, Seemingly Suspended In Mid Air Above Fairhaven Beach, Australia
Photo: Matt Lord

We actually featured this visually striking structure back in the Bulletin during March 2015. One of our top ten favourite unique properties. Then last week a kindly reader emailed us with details of a video of the property that aired on television in Australia. We really enjoyed the episode and thought it well worthwhile sharing it with fellow readers of the Bulletin.

Makes for a fascinating study on how these things go from concept to the built home. Especially as the video covers the rebuild and details of how that went progressed…

Please Click On The Picture Above To Watch A Video Presentation

So Our Top & Commended Architects For This Unique Property Bulletin – With A Rare Second Mention Are:-

Franco Fiorentini & Frank Marioli

F2 Architecture

Contact Via Post & Telephone:

F2 Architecture
Level 1, 450 St Kilda Road,
Melbourne 3004,
Victoria, Australia
Tel: 613 9867 2233

Website: Click Here

Further Details: Click Here

Contact: Click Here


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 for this edition is:-

 Sea Gem

A Unique Holiday 

Sea Gem, 19 The Suttons, Camber, East Sussex, TN31 7SA

Sea Gem, 19 The Suttons, Camber, East Sussex, TN31 7SA

One of the nice things about researching and compiling each edition of Unique Property Bulletin is that you get to share property details with interesting folk. It is excellent when that process turns out to be a two-way-street. Metaphorically.

During 2014 a television production researcher contacted us for possible candidate properties to go on a new t.v., series. We were delighted to share. That compliment has been returned. The series is called “Homes By The Sea” and hosted by environmental design architect Charlie Luxton a.k.a. “Bluey” given the colour of Charlie’s favourite jacket! As well as emailing candidate properties across to the researcher at Homes By The Sea, we also have details back. This particular gem is literally that. Called Sea Gem it sits right on the sea front in East Sussex and is a spectacular design with Antipodean influences plus unique features that make it virtually a one off.

What isn’t too well known is that this property can be rented for holidays. It is a lot of property for the holiday money, and bound to inspire if you chose to visit for a week or even a short 3 day break.

Click On The Photo Above To Watch The Episode
Sea Gem is featured at 5 minutes into the programme.

Location: Sea Gem, 19 The Suttons, Camber, East Sussex, TN31 7SA

Guide: Sleeps 8 – Weekly Rate £3,000 to £5,000. Equating From £54 to £89 per person per night: full week bookings.

Three night breaks £1,500 to £2,000. (Low to Mid Season only)

Further Details: Click Here

Photo Gallery: Click Here

Contact: Click Here and we will be delighted to make the introduction to the property manager.



This Edition’s Unique Property Feature:-

Big Bang & Little Boom

Nuclear Bunker Big Boom 1

Above: Big Bang – A Very Large Nuclear Bunker: Around 37,673 Square Feet

Compared with a much more modest “Little Boom” for sale….

UKWMO Brundall Norfolk MAIN External

Little Boom – A Small Nuclear Bunker
UKWMO Bunker Brundall: The Last We Have of 4 For Sale
Click Here For Details
The Smaller Underground “Bomb Rooms” Are Very Popular.

Going through the daily (and wonderful) emails we receive here at Unique Property Bulletin there was one from a lady who asked us to help sell her “Bomb Room”. The assumption this end was the “Bomb Room” was one of the very popular UKWMO Nuclear Bunkers that seem to sell so very well.

How wrong it is to make assumptions. Instead of a little boom of a bomb room, our reader has an ultimate big bang of an underground complex of many bomb rooms…

Nuclear Bunker Big Boom 2

Big Bang – A Very Big Nuclear Bunker
The Nondescript Entrance To The Bomb Room Leads To Two Humongous Blast Doors

Behind this new listing’s front door (the first picture above) your jaw would probably drop at the massive blast doors that the passageway leads to. Thereafter, we have an extensive ammount of accommodation underground.

Nuclear Bunker Big Boom 4

Big Bang – A Network of Underground Bomb Protection Rooms

The thing is, this big bang bomb room is located in Sweden. We don’t often go too far from UK shores. However this is such a rare property, that when the owner approached us, we couldn’t help ourselves but to share it with Unique Property Bulletin readers.

Plus the fact that anyone who watches Top Gear will understand one of the reasons Top Gear is such a phenomenal success. It is often the car and journey, rather than the distance to the destination that captures the imagination.

Viewers of Top Gear will see the presenters get into a candidate test car, and the presenters think nothing of driving, via the Channel Tunnel to somewhere that, after a while watching, does not really seem that far away. Though please be aware that it is a reasonable (but exciting) trek…

MAP – From London To Luleå – Click Here

What an amazing round trip that would be!

Nuclear Bunker Big Boom 3

Big Bang – Big Bomb Protection Rooms

Owner’s Narrative: A unique opportunity to purchase an “underground facility” in Luleå, Sweden close to the airport and railway links. Total area 3,500m2 of 18 chambers between 160m2 and 450m2 plus offices, kitchen, changing room with shower/WC and workshop/storage. The vaults are fully air-conditioned and have humidity control, movement sensor lighting, fully alarmed. Forklift and road access to loading bay.



Please don’t be disappointed if the 37,000 square feet bunker in Sweden is not quite for you. We can virtually guarantee that others, both Big Bang and Little Boom sizes – WILL come up for sale in the UK. If nothing else in this Bulletin is of interest, the principle of preparation for the next big thing is a good one. Recognise this, and start saving for the forthcoming property of your wishes. The opportunity to buy these structures – and othe unique property – really can result in a personal success for our readers.


Back to Big Bang bunker – just to give readers an idea of what 3,500 square metres looks like, this equates to around 37,673 square feet.

Your average living room in a standard dwellinghouse is 12 feet by 12 feet. That is 144 square feet. Approximately 260 living rooms would fit into this Swedish Leviathan. Of course that is not how the current layout of this massive underground bunker is formatted. We just mention small statistical comparison so as to give a quantity that we can get our head around. Whichever way you look at this, it is a very big hole in the ground to play with!

Location: Luleå, Sweden

Guide: Price On Application.

Contact: Click Here

Little Booms…

UKWMO Brundall Norfolk 4

UKWMO Brundall, Norfolk.
ROC Nuclear Bunker For Sale – Guide: £18,000 Freehold
Underground Nuclear Bunker, Royal Observer Corps Master Post, Brundall, Norfolk. Post 35, Number 6 Group (Norwich).

Typical bomb room – underground nuclear bunker…

Excellent 3D Artist Impression By Bob Marshall

We are still wondering why these small underground nuclear bunkers are so popular with Unique Property Bulletin readers. There are several thousand page views for each when a new one comes up for sale. It is almost beyond comprehension as to why so much interest is generated each time we have a fresh UKWMO bunker listed on the Bulletin for sale.

Go figure? One day we are sure to find out the reason.

Location: East of Cuckoo Lane, Brundall, Norwich, Norfolk [Nearby NR13 4JA]

Guide: £18,000

Further Details: Click Here

Contact: Click Here

This week’s feature on underground space is a little shorter than the normal Bulletin would include. However, we have had the two spectacular properties to include this edition – the big bunker and the lifeboat station for sale. The latter has had a page of its very own dedicated to the old St David’s Lifeboat Station (Click Here). Hopefully this gives readers a good amount of material to look at.



UKWMO Brundall Norfolk General Artist Impression 3D

We are still scratching our heads as to why these smaller UKWMO Bunkers sell so quickly. For example…

UKWMO Bunker Ashwell – Sold By Unique Property Bulletin


UKWMO Bunker Ticehurst – Sold By Unique Property Bulletin


UKWMO Bunker Machynlleth – Sold By Unique Property Bulletin

Maybe it has something to do with regular Unique Property Bulletin features in the mainstream media…

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Whatever the reason, if you have an RoC UKWMO Nuclear Bunker for sale, please think about giving the Unique Property Bulletin a go….

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We will do our best to help you sell your bunker. We already have quite a mailing list of folk wanting to be alerted if and when any new ones come up for sale. To see how we rank on the internet for you, please just Google…

“UKWMO For Sale”

We have the top spots on the first page! Not a bad way for you to reach a wide audience of bunker-buyers!

Last but not least, there is still ONE UKWMO Bunker left for sale on the Bulletin, guided at £18,000…

UKWMO Brundall FOR SALE By Unique Property Bulletin

Kindest regards,

Unique Property Bulletin


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