Unique Property Bulletin 1 April 2012

The Real Wheel

Rossett Water Mill (c) 2012 Mr Roger May.

This edition of the Bulletin features a working Water Mill and living accommodation with a bit of a sad story. The current owner has spent 40 years and several hundred thousand pounds restoring a derelict building into this fabulous example of a Grade II listed building – Rossett Water Mill by the River Alyn. Now 68 year old owner Mr Mike Kilgannon is reported in local media interviews as being pressured to sell by the bank.

The building is situated at Chester Road, Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0DE. Dating back to the 16th Century.

General Details:

Living Room.

Garden Room.


Breakfast Kitchen.

Dining Room.

Downstairs W.C.

Utility Room.

Galleried Landing.

Principal Bedroom, En-suite Bathroom.

Two Further Bedrooms.

Shower Room.

The Mill accommodation is set out over three floors and house the mill machinery and original grain store. Externally, to the front there is a lawned area with a mill pond at the side. To the rear of the mill there is an extensive stone flagged courtyard area. Also included in the sale are …

Rossett Water Mill Coach Houses (c) 2012 Mr Mike Kilgannon.

The Coach Houses

A secondary driveway at the side leads to two modern brick-built two-storey Coach Houses. There is also a large meadow field. In all the property extends to approximately 7.5 acres. Planning permission has been applied for conversion of the Coach Houses.

The property is situated on the River Alyn and has full fishing rites with salmon fishing.

Contact Mike Kilgannon: 01244 5700690 or 01244 570069

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £1,250,000. Listed on Rightmove at: £1,100,000.

In a lateral thought process, Mr Kilgannon has listed the building on Ebay.

Online Details ….

Rossett Water Mill On Ebay



The Before Style Version Of A Water Mill Project

Birdham Pool Water Mill (c) 2012 Clive Emson & Co.

On the theme of watermills, following the fabulously restored Rossett Water Mill above, we have this gem – an incredible, but true unique property – for an almost unbelievable auction guide at £5,000 (five thousand pounds). Buyers need to understand this mill may need a lot of money and work to restore.

If any of our readers do buy this or any other unique property, please can you consider contacting ourselves as Tiger Aspect Television Productions have asked us to propose candidate projects for inclusion in their filming for the future series of George Clarke’s television programme, the Restoration Man .

Back to this big project of a watermill. It is situated at Birdham Pool Marina, Birdham, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 7BG. This is a 19th century tidal mill situated in a stunning setting with views over Birdham Pool Marina and across the area known as Chichester Lake.

Birdham Pool Water Mill (c) 2012 Clive Emson & Co.

The Mill is believed to date from 1768 and was used as a tidal mill until 1935 making it the last working tidal mill in Sussex. At this time the then Mill Pond was made into a marina by Birdham Estates Limited. Used during World War II to build and repair naval boats, the marina and mill is steeped in local history, with mention of an even earlier mill occupying this site in the Domesday Book.

Set on its own peninsular and now in need of renovation and repair this Grade II Listed mill offers an extraordinary re-development opportunity.

General Details:

Divided into a number of different rooms, used as a mixture of storage and office space extending to 3,682 sq.ft, many of the rooms look directly out over open water.

Outside: Small area of open grounds surrounding the mill, partly laid to lawn, with a second area on the other side of the lock designated for parking.

Viewings Strictly by prior confirmed appointment with the Auctioneers. Interested applicants view the site entirely at their own risk.

Tenure: New 999 Leasehold with Vacant Possession at an initial ground rental of £100 per annum and pre-emptive right to a berth on normal annual terms.

Guide: £5,000 (Yup that is five thousand pounds).

Contact Clive Emson Telephone: 0845 6036614.

Auction Date (unless SOLD PRIOR) – That means you dear reader. If you like this, try a pre-auction offer, though ONLY after you have inspected and completed your due diligence: 16 April 2012.

Online Brochure ….

Birdham Mill – Auction Details 16 April 2012



Station House

Station House, Warrington (c) 2012 Pugh & Co., Auctioneers.

A substantial part of the former railway station building, currently comprising of open plan offices/training rooms and private office accommodation. A tantalising prospect of converting this unique station building into a place to live and work*. With the ancillary benefit of excellent transport links on your front door. Not that owning a place to live and work under the same roof requires much of a commute. Nice to know that you can live life without a car, if needs be, having a railway train providing a regular service at your front door.

This Station House is situated at Central Way, Winwick Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA2 7TT and extends to approximately 498.20 sq m (5,362 sq ft), with private parking for about 20 cars. Ironic if you do decide to choose life without a car!

General Details:

Offices 296.40 sq m (3,190 sq ft)

Conservatory 40.50 sq m (436 sq ft)

Mezzanine Offices 117.80 sq m (1,268 sq ft)

Ancillary Stores & Kitchen 43.50 sq m (468 sq ft)

Total Gross Internal Area: 498.20 sq m (5,362 sq ft)

* Subject to planning permission. Please note the planning laws are subject to wholesale review that will impact upon such change of use proposals on the likes of this and other buildings. We shall cover this in detail within a future Bulletin.

Tenure: Long leasehold for a term of 125 years from 10th November 1999 at a peppercorn rental. For those concerned that long leasehold isn’t as good as freehold, we always suggest considering where we will be in 125 years! It is NOT the building that is leasehold, it is ourselves that have a lease on life. That simple. So for all intents and purposes any one of us buying this building will own it freehold for the duration of our lives.

VAT: Please note VAT IS payable on this property.

Contact: Auctioneer Pugh & Co: 0844 2 722444.

Guide: £180,000 to £200,000.

Auction Date: 19th April 2012 by Pugh & Co., Auctioneers to be held at the Manchester United Football Club International Suite, West Stand, Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 ORA.

Online Brochure ….

Station House – Auction 19 April 2012 Details



The Steam House

The Steam House (c) 2012 Mr Alan Murray-Rust.

This is an absolutely inspired renovation of an old steam house complex, and can show how old brownfield type property can be brought back into magnificent and meaningful use.

This particular property is the finished item. An apartment within the complex. The photo above shows, in the middle, a set of three gable end buildings, the ones with the circular window at the upper gable part. The property being sold is the one on the left of these three. Located at Hatton Manor, Near Cotes Heath, ST21 6SD.

The Steam House (c) 2012 Butters John Bee.

General Details:

Grade 2* Listed.

Open Plan Living.

Three Bedrooms, En-Suite To Master.

Bathroom & Guest W.C.

The Steam House apartment is situated within the main building of Hatton Manor, and is Grade 2* listed with many exposed period features. The ground floor level has the stunning open plan living accommodation with original steel mechanisms on show to verify the original nature of the property having been a working water pumping station! The kitchen area is situated just off the main living space and has built in appliances and granite worktops. Upstairs there are three bedrooms with stylish en-suite to the master as well as the main bathroom.

Hatton Manor: Originally built as a Victorian Water Pumping Station which dates back to the 1890s, and whose ornate design was insisted on by the then land owner Basil Fitzherbert of Swynnerton Hall. Hatton Manor has been restored to its former grandeur and converted into 25 individual homes, retaining much of the Victorian architecture and industrial vibe throughout. This development will appeal primarily to those buyers seeking an interesting home with a historic twist and luxurious feel which more than addresses the requisites of 21st Century lifestyles.

Tenure: Leasehold with an original Lease of 999 years. Annual service charge payable.

Guide: £230,000.

Contact Butters John Bee, Tel: 01785 813400.

Online Brochure:



A Special Constabulary

Detached Police Station & 3 Bedroom Home (c) 2012 Mr John Lord.

Normally with the Unique Property Bulletin, we try to cover the whole of the UK with as wide a pool of property sources and agencies as possible. This week we seem to have a surfeit of auction centric buildings. Apologies for the narrow nature of the source in today’s issue, but these are so tasty we just want to go and buy some of these crackers coming up for auction ourselves. Hopefully you will feel the same way too.

Here is one possible such building. A fine and handsome sandstone detached police station, which is conveniently located for access to the main M6 motorway, but not too close, and just on the other side of that arterial road is the wonderful Lake District to explore.

We should also preface this particular property, being sold at auction, with the very important point that a ballpark 10% to 30% of property FAILS to sell at auction. If this, or indeed any other auction property featured in the Bulletin doesn’t sell, it brings potential buyers into a VERY strong position.

This building represents our ideal. A unique property that already has that something unusual being an ex-cop shop, plus the added bonus of existing domestic accommodation included. ideal for anyone wanting a unique lifestyle working by their home, but keeping a ten foot commute between the living and working parts!

So onto the detail of this building.

Townhead Police Station, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3SL, is a freehold two storey detached building comprising of a former police station and first floor three bedroom residential flat.

General Details:

Ground Floor: Offices 69.33 sq m (746 sq ft)

Kitchen 12.21 sq m (131 sq ft)

WC’s 5.90 sq m (64 sq ft)

Store 12.19 sq m(131 sq ft)

Total: 99.63 sq m(1,072 sq ft

First FloorLounge, Three Bedrooms, Kitchen, Bathroom

Outside: Gardens to the front and rear and two garages suitable for storage. Site Area Approximately 533.11 sq m (638 sq yds).

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide Price Now Published (4-4-12): £100,000 to £125,000 Publication.

Contact Pugh Auctions: 0844 2722444 or 01942 290850

Auction Date: 19th April 2012.

Online Brochure ….




Bunk Up

Lumley Fee Bunk House (c) 2012 Hyde Harrington.

Our final offering for the Bulletin this week is a delightful Bunk House, originally built as a Victorian School House, and extended over the years.

Lumley Fee is located by Helsington Near Kendal, LA8 8AQ, just south of the Lake District, and has wonderful views towards Lyth Valley, the Lakeland Fells and Morecambe Bay.

General Details:

Ground Floor.

Dining Area.


Laundry Room

Dormitory 1

Dormitory 2

Twin Room

(Dorm accommodation for 20 people over three rooms)

WC/Shower Room 1

WC/Shower Room 2

Disability WC/Shower 1

First Floor.


This is an unusual building, and also represents an opportunity for a lifestyle a little different from the well trodden path. For sure, when our own group had the lighthouse complex on Ailsa Craig Island, you would get a fantastic mix of people making the effort to come across. A generous and interesting flow of folk to spend time with. Hopefully the new owners of Lumley Fee Bunk House will have a similar enjoyable experience, with wonderful views and a fine quality of life.

Background information about the centre can be found at the website ….


Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £300,000.

Contact: Hyde Harrington Agencies: 01539 740500.

Online Brochure ….

Unfortunately we are having difficulty linking the agent’s pdf format brochure. However you should be able to follow the links to this for downloading at….


(7th property from the top of this page)

Alternatively try the old fashioned way and call the agent on 01539 740500 to ask for a brochure in the Royal Mail.