Unique Property Bulletin 1 July 2012

Gardyloo With Style

Cromwell Lane Water Tower (c) 2012 Knight Frank Agencies.

Not quite the right use of the word gardyloo, as any water falling on your head from above will be fresh and relatively clean. Any joking asides, this rather splendid specimen of the water tower genre has a distinctive look, very nice views, and most importantly planning permission in place to convert to a 4 bedroom house. Remember television architect George Clarke’s team are on the lookout for buildings such as this that have planning permission in place and a new owner willing to allow the television cameras document on film the progress from old water tower to fabulous unique home….

Restoration Man Television Series – Candidate Application

Cromwell Lane Water Tower is sited on a plot of approximately 0.33 acre in size.

Planning permission reference W10/0052 has been granted for the conversion of the redundant water tower into a single dwelling. The site offers a unique opportunity to create an individual home of approximately 6136 sq ft. A driveway from Cromwell Lane between two residential houses leads to The Water Tower.

4 Bedrooms

4 Reception Rooms

3 Bathrooms



Planning Permission

Private Parking

The Water Tower is situated in the village of Burton Green which has a primary school and village hall. Kenilworth 3 miles, Balsall Common 3 miles, Coventry 7 miles (trains to London Euston from 55 mins), Warwick 7.5 miles.


Location: Cromwell Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1PL.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £335,000.

Contact Knight Frank Tel: 01789 297 735 – Judith Archer .

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Moor Lock


Lock Cottage (c) 2012 Mr David Martin (boat not included!).

Lock Cottage is a canal-side home in Cheshire and consists of a private garden mooring with an extended three bedroom former lock keeper’s cottage. Originally dating from the 1830s, the property sits in adjacent to Bridge 23 of the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.?

Lock Cottage Downstream (c) Savills 2012.

Accommodation: 2 reception rooms – kitchen/breakfast room – Large utility room with WC – 3 en-suite bedrooms – double glazed timber windows – garden running in line with the Llangollen canal (subject to British Waterways right of access) – decked and railed seating area.

Private on line mooring (subject to annual British Waterways fee, currently £12.91/ft)

Situation: The Lock Cottage is situated on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Marbury which has a popular public house whilst a local shop can be found in nearby Wrenbury. It is close to the market town of Whitchurch and has excellent communication links to Nantwich, Chester, Shrewsbury, the Midlands, Manchester and Liverpool.

Whitchurch 4 miles, Nantwich 8 miles, Crewe Railway Station 14 miles, Chester 20 miles, Shrewsbury 21 miles, Liverpool 46 miles (All mileages are approximate).

Location: The Lock Cottage, Marbury, Cheshire, SY13 4LH.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £345,000.

Contact Savills Agency Tel: 01244 32 32 32.

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A Fair Cop

Buckingham Police Station (c) 2012 Lambert Smith Hampton.

We hold our hands up to one of our readers who detected a bias in our weekly Unique Property Bulletins away from the south of Britain. This is mainly because there is more proverbial bang-for-your-buck the further the distance you look to buy a home from metropolitan areas. We do endeavour to have a broad geographical range, but have to plead guilty to a favouring for Scotland and Wales. So we shall endeavour to remedy this by featuring more unusual buildings in the South.

By special request from our reader – he also asked us to keep a lookout in our files for a former police station to buy in the Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire areas. We are happy to oblige, and have this fine looking former police station to propose as a suitable candidate for questioning.

The property comprises a Listed Victorian police station with associated garaging and land to the rear. This building was constructed around 1892. Much of the original internal and external layout remains. There is existing car parking to the front and rear with side vehicular access. The overall site area is 2,140 m2 (0.53 acres) and the site slopes sharply from the north-west (main building location) to the south-east.

Buckingham Police Station Gardens (c) 2012 Lambert Smith Hampton.

An interesting candidate for planning application to completely convert to an unusual home, or alternatively convert part to residential and have part for an increasingly popular home/office configuration.

Last but not least, please do not be worried about the short-stop offer submission demand. There is a long-stop entry date (which will knock several buyers off) and it may very well be the property goes unsold by the deadline. If this happens, you as a potential buyer are in an extremely good position to negotiate the price downward. Even if you miss this one, just email us and we will find more possible buildings to suit your geographic preference and style.

Location: Buckingham Police Station, 50 Moreton Road, Buckingham, MK18 1LA.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £400,000.

Contact Lambert Smith Hampton Tel: 01865 200244 – Mr Richard Waterson.

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This website is a little tricky. You will need to insert the postcode “MK18 1LA” into the site “Location” box and press your keyboard “Return” button to link to the Buckinghamshire Police Station details. Apologies for this. The LSH website doesn’t have an easily connectable direct weblink.


Pumping Station With Plans

Sandbrook Road Pumping Station (c) 2012 Frank Harrington Associates.

For a utilitarian building this is quite an attractive little structure. It is also set within a residential areas, with views into the bargain. The current internal layout of the Pumping Station is a large open space of approximately 650 sq. ft., on the ground floor. The planning permission that has been granted provides for the installation of a new first floor which will raise the roof and increase the area of this property to around 1294 sq. ft.

Sefton Council have granted planning permission, reference N/2009/0180 for “the conversion of the former pump house to form one dwelling to include a first floor extension at the rear and to raise the roof height and new boundary treatments”.

Sounds like an interesting project for someone. Not too bad a price for a useful structure, land and planning consent all in place. Please note the importance of the quote “offers in the region of”.

Location: Pumping Station adjacent to 111a Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale, Southport, PR8 3JF.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: Offers in the region of £100,000.

Contact Frank Harrington Associates Tel: 01772 880010.

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Walled Garden Wonder

The Walled Garden House (c) 2011 Hamptons International.

Unusually this isn’t the first walled garden house we have listed. However, it is the finest. A trully breathtaking design within the historic environs of a historic walled garden.

The house is built from contemporary oak frame house clad externally with Siberian larch and influenced by Scandinavian design. The oak frame was designed & built by Oakwrights of Hereford. Built in the former walled kitchen garden of an 18th Century Gothic revival country house, in both a conservation area and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Night Lit Walled Garden House (c) 2011 Hamptons International.

The property enjoys a very private and peaceful position. The south facing drawing room curves to follow the shape of one of the two large ponds, taking full advantage of the waterside setting. The house has been designed to include both passive and active sustainable features, including rainwater harvesting, an air-to-water heat pump and a biomass boiler using sustainable wood pellets which provides carbon neutral underfloor heating. Green roofs, planted with sedum flowers, blend the house with the garden and provide added insulation. More detailed information on The Walled Garden’s ‘eco’ credentials is available on request. Designed as a family home, the Walled Garden offers beautifully appointed accommodation that is bright and versatile, measuring an impressive 4682 sq.ft.

Feature Foyer & Stairway (c) 2011 Hamptons International.

The large reception hall with its contemporary central staircase (with an additional lower handrail for children) leading up to a first floor library area, is one of the most distinctive design features.

The drawing room with dining area and contemporary wood-burning stove provides a fantastic space for entertaining and boasts full length glazing and doors which open on to a decked terrace overlooking the lower pond.

Set in approximately 1.845 acres and hidden behind a high brick and stone wall, the beautifully landscaped grounds offer a picturesque backdrop to this very unique home and enjoy superb rural views up to the Cotswold escarpment. A gated sweeping driveway provides plentiful parking and leads to a large detached outbuilding with a garage, store, workshop and studio, which provides excellent accommodation for those wishing to work from home.

Location: The Walled Garden House, Lampern Hill, Uley, Gloucestershire GL11 5BT.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: Offers in excess of £1,750,000.

Contact Hamptons International Tel: 01453 568144.

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Unique Pod

Unique Pod (c) 2012 UK Hideaways Ltd.

This one is just for fun. Having said that, a good measure we go by here at Unique property Bulletin is would we buy it. In fact we will probably buy one. So on that basis, we hope you will like this fun little Garden House.

Unique Pod Interior (c) 2012 UK Hideaways Ltd.

Kind of strange to think you could buy 318 of these wee buildings for the price of the Walled Garden House illustrated in the previous listing. Though the Walled Garden House is pretty magnificent, so perhaps we shouldn’t be making comparisons.

Unique Pod & Baby Pod (c) 2012 UK Hideaways Ltd.

These Unique Pods can be bought in varying sizes. Typically 2.5 metres wide x 3.09 metres long and 2.5 metres high. Buildings come complete (not assembled on site) with electrical systems, fully insulated, Cedar cladding, Heating (often needing as little as a 60 w heater), Double glazed door and window, CO2 Detector and can be finished in any colour & trim to blend into its surroundings.

Location: Manufacturer at Johnscales, Lyth, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8DG.

Delivery: Not Included, But Delivery Quotations Available From Manufacturer.

Tenure: Not Applicable

Guide: Typically £5,500.

Contact UK Hideaways Ltd Tel: 01539 552111.

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Balnagowan Island Price Reduction

Balnagowan Island (c) 2012 Mr Walter Baxter.


From our earlier edition ….

Unique Property Bulletin – 8 April 2012

Balnagowan Island has had a price reduction from £395,000 to £300,000. Maybe worth a cheeky offer of a £250,000.

Location: Eilean Balnagowan, Duror, Appin, Highland, PA38 4BW.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Freehold Equivalent).

Guide: £300,000.

Contact CKD Galbraith Tel: 01786 434600.

Or Email: dominic.wedderburn at ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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