Unique Property Bulletin 1 January 2012

We are always conscious that each week in the Unique Property Bulletin, best endeavours should be made to have as broad a spectrum of price range as possible – for all buyers’ price brackets. Also to make sure that all regions of the United Kingdom are covered. Sometimes we may cover a little too much on the higher price bracket, or lean to a particular location. Apologies if this happens.

For this edition, we just could not resist this really exceptional and interesting property for starters in Cornwall….

Towan Island

Towan Island (c) 2012 Mr Steve Daniels

Yes that is a footbridge precariously stretched like a thread between the top of the island and the adjacent cliff ! It might make you wonder how that big heavy house was moved across to where it now sits?

Towan Island is a remarkable Cornish landmark with a beautifully restored coastal residence commanding some of the most spectacular sea, beach and coastal vistas in Cornwall. Perched on its own granite rock and boasting spectacular Atlantic views, the house on Towan Island, an Edwardian home built in the 1930s, can be reached only via a 70-ft-high, 100-ft-long footbridge, an absolute rarity that is believed to be the only privately owned example in the United Kingdom. There is direct access to the sandy beach below, and a large sunbathing, stargazing and breakfast terrace overlooks the sea.

The house is appointed with traditional décor with wood flooring and antique furnishings. The luxurious sitting room is elegantly furnished in floral fabrics. Sit out on the terrace and enjoy an unrivalled view to the surfers, the sunset or the stars, or relax in the sitting room that boasts panoramic coastal views. Descend the steps to the sandy beach below or head out along the cliff-top coast path. Fishing, sailing and pleasure boating are all available in the harbour below. There are several golf courses in the vicinity.

Ground Floor: Entrance vestibule, reception hall, sitting room, breakfast/kitchen, one ground floor bedroom, shower room, sun room, study and dining room (or two further bedrooms). Utility room.

First Floor: Bedroom, dressing room, bathroom, laundry room.

Outside: Sun trap slate terraces. Suspension footbridge. Double garage with further parking area.

A unique coastal B&B situated on its own private island, completely surrounded by sea at high tide. A romantic, inspiring location and luxuriously furnished interior. Breathtaking sea views, sunbathing/stargazing terraces and direct access down to Towan beach. The property is 2 hours by car from Exeter. The nearest airport is Newquay (about 15 minutes from the property). Offers sought: £1,250,000.

Full details, please click on the link….

Link – Towan Island full Details


Boat House & Heather Island

Castleton Boat House (c) 2012 Strutt & Parker

Compared to the one and a quarter million that Towan Island above is priced at, this Boat House plus Heather Island seems an absolute bargain at offers over £150,000.

Heather Island (c) 2012 Strutt & Parker

About 2.84 acres (1.15 hectares) in all. The Boat House occupies a sheltered position on the edge of Glac Mhor Bay. The building is of stone and block construction beneath a slate roof with a timber balcony at the first floor and comprises: Ground Floor double doors opening to a boat house with storage racks, winch, shower room with WC and a staircase to the first floor. First Floor large sitting room with galley kitchen and glazed doors to a large terrace with glazed panels overlooking the bay and loch. The double doors open to a concrete slipway down to the water and, in addition, there is a pier leading into the bay. Heather Island extends to about 0.40 acres and lies in the bay between Eilean Mor and Castleton Estate. It has a rocky foreshore with scrub gorse and trees growing on it. It is an ideal picnicking spot.

Castleton occupies a stunning position on the north shore of Loch Fyne and is reached by two half mile long private drives leading off the A83. Argyll is renowned as one of Scotland’s most attractive counties, with the extensive coastline being a particular attraction to sailors and holiday makers.

Lochgilphead has a wide range of shopping, leisure, medical and recreational facilities, while Glasgow provides the wide range of services expected from Scotland’s largest city. Glasgow Airport (77 miles) has daily flights to a number of UK and international destinations.

The surrounding area offers a wealth of outdoor pursuits, whether it be walking, in some of Scotland’s finest scenery, golfing on local courses, sailing on the west coast or observing the stunning wildlife. In addition to the sporting pursuits on Castleton, deer stalking, fishing and low ground shooting can all be rented locally.

Full details, please click on the link….

Link – Castleton Boat House Details Click On This Link


Light House, Talland Bay, Cornwall

Light House (c) 2012 Knight Frank

A really different sort of “lighthouse” to the style we are used to. But we hope unusual enough to merit inclusion in this week’s Bulletin. This is an architect designed 3 bedroom detached holiday homes near Looe with swimming pool. £385,000.

Luxury holiday homes at Talland on this magnificent stretch of Cornwall’s South Coast. The 3 bed houses are grouped round the natural eco swimming pool and represent the best of contemporary design. On site spa, and tennis court.

This discreet private gated development set on an 11 acre hillside just yards from the shore. A footpath leads directly to the Southwest coastal footpath and the coves and beaches of Talland Bay. Buyers will benefit from a health club, with indoor swimming pool, gym and tennis court. Externally, the homes are finished in cedar and local Cornish stone. and the interiors will be of an open plan layout centred around spacious kitchen dining and living room areas, and decorated in a contemporary neutral decor. High specification modern kitchens are fully fitted with Neff appliances. The bathrooms have a boutique hotel feel featuring white bathroom fittings and walk in showers. Under floor heating, double glazing throughout and high levels of insulation produce high environmental standards. The hardwood floors give a luxury finish.

Sales and Marketing Suite open on site 7 days a week 9.00 am – 5.30 pm for an appointment to view, please phone 01392 848844

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 1 reception room
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Leisure Facilities
  • Coastal
  • Communal Garden
  • New Development
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Waterside
  • Private Parking
  • Leasehold

Full details, please click on the link….

Link – Bay Light House Click On The Link


Former Milfield School, Northumberland

Milfield Scool (c) 2012 Smiths Gore

A traditional stone former school building with full planning consent for conversion into a two storey family dwelling in an attractive village setting with garden and parking.

The Old School comprises a unique detached stone building in the heart of the village of Milfield. The building has been granted full planning consent for its change of use and conversion into a fabulous four bedroom family dwelling extending to 235 sq m internal living area. The plans have been well thought out with both the south-facing family room and the dual aspect breakfasting kitchen having direct access to the garden. A particular feature of the house will be the full height vaulted entrance hall.

The Old School is located in the heart of Milfield, a village with a cafe, general store and public house. The popular Hugh Joicey C of E first school is just three miles north at Ford and five miles to the south is the market town of Wooler, the Gateway to Cheviots with both first and middle schools, a medical practice, local shops, hotels and a bus service. The larger market towns of Kelso and Berwick-upon-Tweed (16 miles) provide wider shopping and professional service facilities, with Berwick providing direct mainline railway services to the regional cities of Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne (both circa 50 minutes), as well as London Kings Cross (approximately 3½ hours). The A697 also ensures that Edinburgh (57 miles) and Newcastle-upon-Tyne (50 miles), are commutable. Milfield has been a site of human habitation for 4000 years and in Anglo-Saxon times was home of the royal palace known as Maelmin. A heritage trail can now be explored, allowing modern day man to experience a reconstruction of one of the many henges that covered the surrounding area. Easy access is available to the Cheviots, the spectacular Northumberland Coast, the Northumberland National Park and the renowned St Cuthberts Way for the walking enthusiast and there is a wealth of little teashops providing good home baking when the walking is finished. Excellent golf courses and horse riding facilities to be found locally.

Guide £175,000.

Full details, please click on the link….

Link – Former Milfield School


Former Davidson Hospital, Girvan, Ayrshire


Former Davidson Hospital (c) 2012 Knight Frank

The main cottage hospital has a gross internal area 12,798 sq ft with the day hospital having a gross internal area of approximately 3,132 sq ft.

The site is regular in shape and extends to approx 0.984 acres or thereby. Constructed in 1921, the premises comprises the former Davidson Cottage Hospital, a Grade B listed, two storey property with a single storey detached day hospital to the rear.

Former Davidson Hospital In Fitter Days ! (c) 2012 Mary & Angus Hogg

Full planning and listed building consent was obtained on November 2010 for alterations and change of use of the former hospital to form a residential development and associated works.

The site is bound on three sides by establishes, predominantly detached, residential dwellings with bowling greens to the north.

Internally, the property remains laid out in a manner to accommodate it’s previous use as a hospital.

The property also has 10 car parking spaces.

A LOT of hospital for your hard earned cash!

Offers sought £225,000.

Full details, please click on the link….

Link – Davidson Hospital


Rocky Lane, St Agnes, Cornwall

Rocky Lane Houses (c) 2012 Knight Frank

These very unusual detached holiday homes are not too easy to describe. Sort of what you might build if Lego was made out of wood and you let your imagination run away with you!

At first sight we had to include these in the Bulletin. They are a little bit special. Maybe not to everyone’s taste, but the whole point of this website – to run unusual properties by our readers to see if they like or dislike?

These buildings are freehold and start at £295,000. Not bad considering the beautiful location. Only 400 metres from the sandy surfing beach at Trevaunance Cove and the village of St Agnes, Cornwall. Set in the hillside woodland close to the sandy beach, which sweeps down to the Atlantic, with seaborne swells that make the fine surfing. St Agnes is one of those rare finds, a Cornish seaside village that has a year round local population, making it a vibrant location with local shops selling local produce.

This North Cornwall location would make these houses sit in nicely with a variation on the theme of this months Unique Feature – Two Summers & No Winters – Here

1-4 bedrooms

1 reception room

1-3 bathrooms

86.06 – 163.94 sqm


Communal Garden

New Development


Private Parking


Full details, please click on the link….

Link – For Woody Lego Houses


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