Unique Property Bulletin 12 August 2012

Castle Ready At Conwy

Country House Castle (c) 2012 Knight Frank.

In the scheme of things this is a lot of building for a fair price. Ready to go at £850,000. A unique place to live and a unique lifestyle. Just check out the dedicated website for a taste of this fabulous building ….


Especially the two pages of detailed photographs ….



Ffarm Country House in its day has been both a outstanding private residence and more recently an exceptional niche hotel. It has the great flexibility to be one or the other.

Dating back to the early part of the 18th Century with a later extensive additional along with the crenallations, this Grade II Listed building has been beautifully refurbished in 2006 and 2007 providing comfortable modern day living.

The long drive leads to the front of the house where there is a large sweep of gravel providing ample car parking with an overflow parking area off the main drive. The stone facade is elegant and ornate and the mullioned windows and bays, appealing. The Hall with its grand staircase and cathedral like ceiling and galleried landing is impressive and warmed by a large stove in the fireplace. Off the hall are elegant reception rooms. The large windows making each window light and fresh. Both kitchens are fully equipped and fitted. One ground floor room is presently a bedroom. A separate entrance gives access up to the Ballroom, off which is a bedroom and bathroom. 9 further bedrooms, all en suite on the first and second floors.

11 Bedrooms

3 Reception Rooms

11 Bathrooms




Secondary Accommodation

Private Parking

2.00 acres (0.8 hectares)

Fabulous Floorplan ….

Click Here For Detailed Floorplan (Do Not Scale)

Only wish more agencies would do these. A floorplan frequently gives more than a text based narrative often manages.

Location: Betws Yn Rhos, Abergele, Conwy, LL22 8AR.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £850,000.

Contact Knight Frank Agencies Tel: 01432 273 087 – Jonathan Bengough

Online Brochure ….




Thames Waterside Wharf Mill

Pages Wharf (c) 2012 Hamptons International.

An opportunity to acquire this strikingly unusual waterside property on the banks of the River Thames. The building has versatile accommodation set over three floors and is presented in good decorative order throughout. On the ground floor there is a spacious reception room with two cottage style leaded glazed doors leading out onto the riverside garden. On the first floor there is a second reception room which opens onto a balcony. Adjacent is a study/occasional bedroom. The kitchen encompasses a matching range of eye and base level units with integrated appliances. On the second floor the master bedroom affords elevated views across the river and benefits from an en-suite shower room. The second bedroom is serviced by an independent bathroom.

The riverside garden to the rear is mainly laid to lawn with a flagstone terrace which is ideal for al fresco dining. Beyond which are steps down onto the river and mooring which the property has use of.

Summary Details:-

3 Bedrooms – Master with en suite

2 Bathrooms

2 Reception Rooms





Forecourt Parking

Riverside Gardens

Use of Mooring

Location: Pages Wharf, Mill Lane, Taplow, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 0AD.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £449,950.

Contact Hamptons International Tel: 01628 436216.

Online Brochure ….




Pump House Project

The Old Pump House (c) 2012 Beverley Morgan & Co.

Firstly, make sure you exercise due diligence on mining works. By it’s nature, this is a former colliery pumping house. There are mines eminating from it, so it makes sense to study the shaft and mine plans before considering a purchase, let alone restoration.

Next, check out our planning link below. We may be wrong, but there may be an issue about change of use to residential conversion. Notwithstanding this, the planning legislation covering most of the UK are soon to be changed, and in any event, a good architect or planning consultant from a locally based consultancy will be able to guide you. Anyone watching Kevin McCloud’s Grand Design programme, or George Clarke’s Restoration Man television series will understand that planning permission, even after earlier refusals, can eventually be obtained given the right approach and some persistence.

If all the above haven’t put you off, here are the general details showing what a lot of property you are getting for the money.

The Old Pump House (c) 2012 Mr John Grayson.

The site has a number of industrial buildings in all approximately 17,500 square feet (1625 square metres) plus office building of approximately 549 square feet (87 square metres) set in approximately 1.68 acres (0.68 hectares).

The property is on a relatively level site located at the former British Colliery site at Talywain. There are a number of industrial units as detailed below. Also included is a separate office block.

The property is approached from the B4246 which links the A4043 and Pontypool to the south east.


Former Pump House: Is a spacious detached brick built two storey building approximately 24.2m x 30m (29’4″ x 42’7″), entrance doors approximately 3m wide 3.53m high (9’10 width x approximately 11’0″ high).

First floor accommodation of approximately the same size. Total floor area is approximately 129 square metres (6773 square feet) to ground and first floor. The property is built in brick under a slate roof.

Two Stores adjoining: Approximately 62 square metres (667 square feet).

Rear Workshops: Front Section: 23.1m x 10.8m (75’8″ x 35’5″). Rear Section: 27.6m x 13.7m (90’6″ x 44’11”). Total Area approximately 625 square metres (6733 square feet). The property is built in steel portal frame with steel cladding insulated corrugated iron.

Workshop Building: To south part of the site, is built in steel portal frame with steel corrugate iron. Total area approximately 346 square metres (3728 square feet).

Office Block: Two storey block approximately 87.3 square metres (940 square feet).

OUTSIDE: Large storage and circulation area surrounding predominately by concrete posts and wire fencing. We believe that the brick building was constructed approximately 100 – 120 years ago with the industrial buildings being constructed more recently in the 1960’s/1970’s.

PLANNING: Some possible background information after a brief dig about on the web …


Location: Former Pump House, Torfaen, Pontypool, NP4 7TX.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £250,000.

Contact Beverley Morgan & Co Surveyors Tel: 01633 872343.

Online Brochure ….




Enchanting Engine House

The Old Engine House (c) 2012 CKD Galbraith

If ever an industrial style engine building could be descibed as enchanting, this one stands the best chance.

This detached project is one lot for sale amongst a group of four buildings. The owners have recently discounted the price sought from around £225,000 to £165,000.

The other lots (not included – but available separately) who will make up the neighbouring buildings are: Rowallan Stables, Gamekeeper’s Cottage 1, Gamekeeper’s Cottage 2.

This grouping are Category B listed as being of architectural and historic interest. Planning permission for the conversion of the Stables and Engine House to 5 houses and alterations to the cottages was obtained in 1998 although this has now lapsed. Subject to obtaining planning consents again the buildings have huge potential for residential conversion.

Set within the grounds of Rowallan Castle, the Old Engine House is about 3 miles from the village of Kilmaurs and 19 miles from Glasgow easily accessible in a 20 minute drive via the M77.

Rowallan Castle is a fabulous 600 acre country estate with two castles, one dating from the 13th century and the other designed along with the Stables complex by the renowned Scottish architect Robert Lorimer in 1901. It is now the home of Rowallan Castle Golf Club which has a superb championship course designed by Colin Montgomerie.

The Old Engine House includes approximately 0.19 acres of land and is has 2 floors with a footprint of approximately 101m2

Location: The Old Engine House, Rowallan Castle Golf Club By Kilmaurs Ayrshire KA3 2LP.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Equivalent of Freehold).

Guide: £165,000.

Contact CKD Galbraith Agencies Tel : 01292 292319 – Vivien Baillie.

Online Brochure ….




Long Wait At Long Melford

Former Railway Station, Long Melford (c) 2012 Fine Agencies.

Old Doctor Beeching did his work with a hatchet to the rail network as a result of his eponymous Reshaping Of British Railways report back in 1963, and almost 50 years later we are still resonating. As a result of the Beeching’s review, just over 4,000 route miles were cut on cost and efficiency grounds, leaving Britain with 13,721 miles of railway lines in 1966.

Whilst there was much lament at the loss and profound effect on many communities then, a small glimmer of grace from that time to this can be seen in the growing network of preserved railway buildings.

This one at Long Melford will now have a very long wait until it hears the noise of a train go by again. However, it is utopia for those who have a heartfelt love of trains and railways.

Former Railway Station, Long Melford (c) 2012 Fine Agencies.

Opposite Platform Building, Long Melford (c) 2012 Fine Agencies.

General Description:-

The Old Railway Station has been subject to a full and sympathetic conversion consisting of two separate dwellings which offers a very versatile accommodation.

Delineating floorplans on page 11 of this interesting page-turner presentation

Long Melford Station – A Page Turner

The property consists of an impressive entrance vestibule, sitting room, good sized vaulted kitchen, separate dining room, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Platform 2 would make an ideal self contained annexe subject to all the usual planning consent and building permissions.

Some lovely photographs of this former railway station in full working order at …

Former Glory – Now Quiet With Grace

Not sure if this Youtube link will work here, but a short ways along from Long Melford Station was the level crossing operated by a Princess ! Carmen de Tesca von Dembinska, Princess of the Royal House of Lothringen-Rawicz. Even made it onto the antiquated newsreels of the post-war era at Long Melford Railway …..



Current Property For Sale Summary:-

Converted Railway Station.

Two Separate Dwellings .

Four Bedrooms.

Two Reception Rooms.

Approximately 0.54 Acres of Land.

Around 1,834 sq.ft., of Internal Building Area.

Double Garage.

Location: The Old Railway Station, Rodbridge Hill, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9HN.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £475,000.

Contact Fine Agencies Tel: 01206 564259 – Daryl Parr.

Online Brochure ….




An Island Parish – For Real

Church House and Hall, Bonchurch Shute (c) 2102 Clive Emson & Co.

This is another magical “failed-to-sell-at-auction” property. Placing any potential buyer in a very strong bargaining position.

If you have never been to the Isle of Wight it is a real treat. The requirement to make a ferry journey makes it clear that the destination is that little bit special. In the UK as an island nation, most folk, and especially the ones that we end up becoming friends with via Unique Property Bulletin have a place in their hearts for all types and sizes of islands.

Church House and Hall, Bonchurch Shute (c) 2102 Clive Emson & Co.

Church House and Hall, Bonchurch Shute (c) 2102 Clive Emson & Co.

General Description:-


This splendid Grade II Listed Victorian building is situated in the village of Bonchurch on the edge of the larger town of Ventnor. We believe this to be the first time that the property has been offered for sale having previously served as the village school and in more recent times as the church hall.

In addition to the hall the sale includes a three bedroom cottage, which is now in need of improvement. The property has gardens on three sides including a tree planted in 1969 by the late Lord Mountbatten of Burma, Governor of the Isle of Wight.

Church Hall: Main hall, smaller second hall/meeting room, kitchen and ladies & gents cloakrooms with W.C.’s.

Church House: Ground Floor: Entrance hall, living room, dining room and kitchen.

First Floor: Three bedrooms and bathroom with W.C.

Outside: The hall and cottage have gardens on three sides with St Boniface’s Church to the rear.

Location: Church House and Hall, Bonchurch Shute, Bonchurch, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1NX.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £350,000 to £400,000. Maybe worth a cheeky offer starting with the number “2” !

Contact Clive Emson Auctioneers Tel: 0845 6001265 – Mr Rob Marchant or Mr Dave Henwood.

Online Brochure ….




The Albert Hall

The Albert Hall (c) 2012 Roy Pugh & Co.

Normally we feature a limit of 6 unique properties each week, but couldn’t resist tagging this one on at the end as a seventh here, simple because it would rate as a very unique address. Imagine living at The Albert Hall ! Let alone a huge amount of space to stretch out in..

A wild card but sometimes these actually pan out. There is a vast 6,220 sq. ft on ground and galleried mezzanine floors.

Positively cavernous…

The Albert Hall Interior (c) 2012 Roy Pugh & Co.

The property is situated on Albert Road (A575) adjacent to its junction with Jackson Street in a prominent main road side position. Farnworth town centre lies within a ¼ of a mile and Bolton town centre lies approximately 2½ miles to the north, with access to the motorway network via the M61 spur road less than ½ a mile to the east.

Site Area – Approximately 6975 sq.ft.

Currently a detached warehouse/retail premises, which incorporates predominantly open warehouse area with mezzanine above. A call to the local planning officer would be the least reqyuired to see if they would even entertain a change of use to an unusual home!

To the side of the property is a car park.

Location:Albert Hall, Albert Road, Farnworth, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL4 9EL.

Tenure: Freehold.

Auction Guide: £140,000 to 160,000Auction Date 6th September 2012.

Contact Roy Pugh Auctioneers Tel: : 0844 2722444.

Online Brochure ….





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