Unique Property Bulletin 1 September 2013

Cantick Head – Adventure Awaits

Cantick Head Lighthouse Buildings Calum McRoberts

Cantick Head Lighthouse Keeper’s Houses, Hoy (c) 2014 Calum MacRoberts


All Three Cottages – Offers Over £350,000


From £110,000 to £150,000 Each [Unique Property Bulletin Co-ordinated]

These former lighthouse keepers’ homes have been converted and now consist of the owner’s home and two holiday cottages. All refitted and refurbished from former lighthouse keepers’ dwellings. Possible sale as separate lots from £110,000 to £150,000. Curious?

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Please Note: The owner’s preferred option is to sell the entire property – though as of February 2014 the lighthouse compound is OFF THE MARKET. But if anyone wishes to look at a syndicate purchase of an individual lighthouse keeper’s cottage – the three cottages being sold individually, our Unique Property Syndicate has managed this on two previous lighthouse keeper compounds – so please get in touch. We shall revert to explain how the syndicate purchase co-ordination works.

Photographic Montage of Cantick Head Lighthouses

Location: Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottages, Longhope, Island of Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3PQ.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Equivalent of Freehold).

Guide: “Offers Over” £350,000 – For the ENTIRE Compound. Or a semi-detached light keeper’s house starting at £110,000 [depending how many rooms], or £150,000 for the detached home. Though you will need to Contact Unique Property Bulletin direct if you are interested in purchasing a part of the site rather than the whole Lighthouse Compound.


Windmill Sailing Lower

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Weatheroak Hill Windmill, The Midlands (c) 2013 Allan Morris & Peace

Here is a windmill conversion that was imaginatively marketed with a free Mustang motor car included. The original price for Weatheroak Hill Windmill was £599,000. But this windmill’s asking price has sailed lower. Much lower. Now seeking £360,000. So best be quick as there is a bargain to be had with this unique home.

Owner’s Narrative: Newly converted windmill – With FREE brand new Mustang!! 2 bedrooms 1 reception room plus 1 Gallery viewing area Stunning rural scenery 1 bathroom plus additional toilet. Underground Garage – can house up to 4 cars. Dovecote.

This is a rare opportunity to purchase a ‘one-off’ property in a desirable location with the most stunning panoramic views. The location is convenient for commuting to Birmingham, the national motorway network and the facilities of Alvechurch and Barnt Green.

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Weatheroak Hill Windmill – Character Curves (c) 2013 Allan Morris & Peace

The windmill offers unusual accommodation over five floors that briefly comprises:

A reception hall with fitted cloakroom off; fitted kitchen; living room; a shower room; and two bedrooms, the master bedroom having flexible use having a mezzanine floor.

In addition, the property benefits from a large garage with space for up to four cars, a gravel driveway and courtyard providing parking for numerous vehicles, double glazing, storage heating and stands in a plot of approximately 2.63 acres.

Windmill Weatheroak 3 Well Thought Out Subterranean Garage (c) 2013 Allan Morris & Peace

Location: Weatheroak Hill Windmill, Weatheroak, Alvechurch, Birmingham, B48 7EA.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £360,000.

Contact Allan Morris & Peace Agencies Tel: 0121 738 2355 – Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Chalet Chalet Cheap Cheap


The Blue & White Cabin, Golf Road, Kent (c) 2013 Clive Emson

Continuing our competitvely priced property theme, this chalet in Deal, Kent is one of the best buy buildings on price that we could locate. Especially when compared with a near identical – and less visually attractive – chalet featured a few weeks ago at the incredible price of £200,000. This example guided at £10,000 freehold, could be one of Britain’s most economic properties? If you can find a better bargain, please email us. Ta.

Auctioneer’s Narrative: Semi-rural plot around 300 metres from the beach, overlooking a golf course. Situated on a private road (maintained by the golf club), this blue and white 5m x 5m cabin is of timber construction. We understand the plot extends approximately 25ft x 88ft (7.9m x 26.8m).

We are advised by the sellers that there is gas, sewerage and water in the adjacent roadways, while the electricity and telephone services lie in the overhead cables adjacent to the site. It is considered the cabin may offer potential for the ideal get-away and may even have potential for a variety of future uses, holiday home or, perhaps, that weekend pied-a-terre, subject to all the necessary consents being obtainable.

Interested applicants are advised to make their own enquiries with the Local Planning Authority, the Dover District Council, White Cliffs Business Park, Dover, Kent, CT16 3PJ. Tel: 01304 872486.


The Blue & White Cabin – Nice Views (c) 2013 Clive Emson

Location: The Blue & White Cabin, Adjacent – 1 York Cottages, Golf Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 6RF

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £10,000Auction Lot 36 – Auction Date – 11th September 2013.

Contact Clive Emson Auctioneers Tel: 0845 8500333 – Mr Kevin Gilbert or Mr Dave Henwood. Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay FREE to use by letting the estate agent/owner/auction house know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Old Kiln Building – Little Money

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Old Kiln, Auchtermuchty, Fife (c) 2013 Mr Lee Chapman

Promised some bargains in this edition. Here is another one. Built around 1690, the current owner has carried out some remedial works. He is having some difficulty with planning permission to convert into a house. Sometimes it is worth taking a punt to see if a different approach, and especially when local consultation is progressed and problem issues addressed.

Some background….



From research this looks like something that is well under the £10,000 mark.

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 Old Kiln, Auchtermuchty, Fife (c) 2013 Mr Lee Chapman

Owners Description: This was built in approximately 1690 and was part of a whisky distillery known as The Bonthrone Distillery and was the original malting barn and kiln, hence the name of the building, The Kiln Building.

Location: Old Kiln, Burnside Court, Auchtermuchty, Fife, KY14 7FH

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Equivalent of Freehold).

Guide: Current Auction Bid At £4,100 Auction Still Live At Publication Of This Bulletin

Contact Owner Tel: 07898 24 7 365 – Mr Lee Chapman. Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the owner agent know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Competition: 10/- Prize

Blast From The Past Ten Shillings Prize

A blast from the past. When pocket money really was worth a few bob. Following the very popular £100 prize a few weeks back we thought it a good idea to pop another competition on the Bulletin. Alright, there will be a few readers thinking: what on earth is that sort of money is that? [anyone younger than 40 years old], whilst the rest will be thinking what a bunch of miseries over there calling that tight-wad specimen a prize. Ha, that is where you are wrong. This is a special piece of monetary memorabilia. We will explain more to the winner. Above shows the prize for this Unique Property Bulletin competition. Here is the quation:-

Competition HintWhere Was The Unique Property Bulletin Born ?

Free to enter. Competition Closing Date: 12 Noon 12th September 2013

Unique Property Bulletin Competition Entry Contact Page

P.S. The 10 shilling note prize is not technically valid currency anymore. However they can be cashed in at various sources. Indeed we can let you have a cheque for the monetary equivalent. There are even websites that exchange left-over-currency at a less than equitable rate. Avoid these. Ebay will show you how decent collectors pay a fair price for these older keepsakes.


Bargain Workshop – Ten Grandee

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 The Old Workshop, Grindleton Brow, Clitheroe (c) 2013 Roy Pugh

Last week we promised this edition of the Bulletin would have bargains. Hopefully we have delivered a few. Here is the last of the ten grandees for this week. An interesting old workshop in Clitheroe up for auction

Auctioneer’s narrative: The property fronts on to Grindleton Brow close to the intersection with Grindleton Road and East View. Clitheroe town centre is approximately 2 miles to the South.

Description: Semi-detached former workshop and outbuildings with development potential subject to gaining the necessary consents offered with vacant possession.

Accommodation: Approximate measurements:-

Workshop Ground Floor: 40 sq m (430 sq ft)

Workshop First Floor: 39 sq m (420 sq ft)

Workshop Total: 79 sq m (850 sq ft)

Outbuilding 1: 10 sq m (107 sq ft)

Outbuilding 2: 12 sq m (129 sq ft)

Outside: Yard to the front of the property. Site Area: Approximately 118.55 sq m (142 sq yds).

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The Old Workshop, Grindleton Brow, Clitheroe (c) 2013 Roy Pugh

Location: Old Workshop, Grindleton Brow, Grindleton, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4QW.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £10,000 – Lot 84 – Auction date 12 September 2013. Please remember FTSAA protocol.

Contact: Roy Pugh Auctioneers Tel: 0844 2 722444. Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Reservoir Residence

Reservoir Barnacre 1 Barnacre Equilibrium Tank, Preston (c) 2013 Roy Pugh

Our next offering is a reservoir – of sorts. Described as an equilibrium tank this is massive. What to do with it is a good question. Certainly the price sought at £150,000+ indicates someone believes there is significant potential. It doesn’t take much reading to realise why – the planning consent.

Auctioneer’s Narrative: The property is located off Eidsforth Lane in Barnacre in a scenic rural location. The property overlooks the Trough of Bowland. Garstang is approximately 1½ miles to the south west. The Ordnance Survey Grid Reference for the site is SD515475.

Description: Redundant concrete constructed former reservoir tank with planning consent for conversion to a 6 bedroom residential dwelling offered with vacant possession. Site Area: Approximately 0.45 hectares (1.12 acres).

Planning consent was granted on 12th August 2011 (Application Number 11/00467/FUL) for conversion of the property to a single 6 bedroom dwelling with 12,750 sq ft of accommodation proposed including garage, games room, gym and leisure suite and swimming pool. However due to the size of the property is considered suitable for a variety of different residential uses subject to gaining the necessary consents. Interested parties should consult with the local planning office. Wyre Borough Council, Wyre Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton Le Fylde, FY6 7PU. Tel: 01253 891000, Fax: 01253 899000.

From a Unique Property Bulletin perspective we aren’t too sure about the newbuild design. Especially when you research some past Bulletin editions and see what amazing conversions of unusual structures that retain the character of the original building accomplish. Still any new purchaser has the option to create a bespoke structure of their own design brief [subject of course to any required planning permission amendments].

IMPORTANT NOTE – for Unique Property Bulletin readers. Planning permission, for example in the Old Kiln at Auchtermuchty was rejected, whilst this much larger project has been approved. For any readers contemplating the labrynthal complexities of the planning process, we could all do well to study the “Neighbour Responses” for the Barnacre Equilibrium redevelopment


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Barnacre Equilibrium Tank, Preston (c) 2013 Keith Wright

These matters can often be controversial. The Barnacre developer has clearly made an effort to consult with neighbours, and spend time in carefully communicating their plans to those who live nearby. Out of 6 Neightbour Responses 5 were expressly SUPPORTIVE. It is likely that this had a materially positive impact in the decision making process of the planning officials and committee. The result has been that the Barnacre Reservoir Tank has received an approval for Change of Use. As far as planning applications go, this is an interesting and informative thing to study.

Location: Barnacre Equilibrium Tank, Eidsforth Lane, Barnacre, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 1GN.

Tenure: Long Leasehold – for a term of 999-years from 26th February 2007 at a nil ground rent.

Guide: £150,000 – Auction Lot 105 – Auction Date 12 September 2013 – If reading this after the auction, please remember FTSAA Protocol. It could make your day, week, or even your year.

Contact: Roy Pugh Auctioneers Tel: 0844 2 722444. Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Architecturally Unique

Soft & Hairy House

Soft Hairy House Unique Property Bulletin Winner

Soft & Hairy House (c) 2013 Ushida Findlay Architects

Really! “Soft & Hairy House” – that is what this wonderful, architect designed delight is called. It looks like a truly brilliant place to live.

We have included this unusual home partly because it is so way off the norm. But if it floats your boat, and if you are in the position of seeking planning consent on a piece of land, why not send an email to the architects to see if they might design a home to reflect your needs and design desires.

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Wonderous Interior (c) 2013 Ushida Findlay Architects

So if the Soft Hairy House is an inspiration for you, here is our Nominee & Winner for this edition of ….

Unique Property Bulletin

Awesome Architect Award

Ushida Findlay Architects

Carlow House, Carlow Street,

Telephone: 0207 755 6688

Ushida Findlay Narrative: Located on a green field site, the design was guided by the clients’ interest in Salvador Dali. They were particularly inspired by his statement that future architecture would be ‘soft and hairy’. As a result, the building harbours the unexpected – where the architecture moves between dream and reality.

From the outside the building walls seem as if they been pulled directly from the ground with its rough render – the force of this has been so great it has kept the topsoil, allowing the parapet to be hidden under a shaggy fringe of local grass and flora. It is a continuous landscape of inside and out.

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Oh To Live In A Fabulous House Like This (c) 2013 Ushida Findlay Architects

Ushida Findlay Architect Webpage for the Soft & Hairy House …


Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the architect/designer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.


Try Before You Buy …..

Unique Holidays & Rentals

Oasty Holiday

 Oast at Brockhampton Andrew Darge

The Oast House, Whitbourne, Worcestershire (c) 2013 Andrew Darge

Short, sharp and sweet. This week we have an Oast House for the try-before-you-buy theme. Please note, THIS Oast House is NOT for sale. The idea is to take a holiday in an unusual property to see if you like it, and it likes you.

National Trust Narrative: This fine eighteenth-century brick built house stands in a wonderful position on the Brockhampton estate and still has the former hop kilns in place. The Oast House is full of character, has masses of room and makes an ideal retreat deep in the heart of unspoilt countryside. There is an enclosed garden to the rear of the property, and a larger garden to the front.

Location: The Oast House, Brockhampton Estate, Whitbourne, Worcestershire, WR6 5SH.

Contact: For further information, please contact the National Trust Holiday Property Team on 0844 800 20 70. Also, check out the Oast House webpage:-

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