Unique Property Bulletin 12 February 2012

Bury Road, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 3DD.

St Mary The Less Church (c) 2012 Evelyn Simak

A dual gem. This former church in Thetford Norfolk was for sale at £300,000 and has now been reduced in price to a very interesting £190,000.

That isn’t the only thing that is curious. This particular building featured in the television series “Dad’s Army” (‘The Showing Up of Lance Corporal Jones’ and ‘Shooting Pains’). So has that little extra interesting element to it.

A 15th century, Grade II* Listed Church with tower which occupies a site of approx 1 acre.

St Mary The Less Church (c) 2012 John D. Wood

Planning consent was granted to turn the property into a 4 bedroom dwelling, but has recently expired and would require renewal of the application.

Freehold: £190,000




Fisherman’s Cove, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9AS.

Fisherman’s Cove (c) 2012 Beresford Adams.

A unique property and unique lifestyle. One of the pleasures sitting down and going through the various processes to find interesting and unusual properties to include in the regular Bulletin is every now and then you just want to get into the car, go have a look, and fairly certain you will make an offer.

This is one such case. The structure is a little unusual, though not wholly unique, but unique enough when you study the brochure. This need for uniqueness in the building is balanced by the location which is really fantastic, and includes your own marine pontoon. As well as a marvellous waterside home, there is a business premises thrown into the deal as well.

Fisherman’s Cove (c) 2012 Beresford Adams.

A nautical residence which offers much potential. Comprising of 35′ long shop with kitchen, dining room and office. Plus two bedroom self contained living accommodation which is in excellent decorative order and ready for immediate occupation.

The ‘piece de resistance’ at Fisherman’s Cove has to be the rear balcony which extends the length of the property providing a magnificent seating area commanding a fantastic uninterrupted outlook over the Estuary and the surrounding mountains beyond and offering a Private Pontoon area for the boating enthusiast.

Not just boats, the world famous Ffestiniog Welsh Highland Railway has a terminus at Porthmadog …



Ffestiniog Railway at Porthmadog (c) 2012 John Firth.

Please note the Ffestiniog Railway Terminus at Porthmadog is about half a mile away from Fisherman’s Cove. The photo above is just top let readers know there are 40 miles of marvellous steam driven narrow gauge railways and engines very nearby.

The Fisherman’s Cove home and business premises with unique lifestyle is in this year’s top ten.

Guide Price: £395,000

Telephone Beresford Adams on: 01766 569 030



The Old Mill House, Newton, Nr Rothbury, NE65 7NN.

The Old Watermill (c) 2012 RG Bolam & Sons

For those allergic to full on conversion projects, here is one made earlier. Fully restored and unique.

This stone built and slated former watermill featuring excellent hardwood finishes and well presented integration of contemporary accommodation with a tranquil rural setting.

The Hamlet of Newtown is approximately two miles from Rothbury, Northumberland. There is a good range of shops and services. Also on the edge of Northumberland National Park, which hosts a wide range of outdoor activities including fishing and golf, there is the opportunity to enjoy relaxation within the renowned countryside of outstanding natural beauty.

The under floor heating is regulated by individual room thermostats.

The accommodation consists of: Entrance Hall, Atrium Reception, Open Plan Studio Living Kitchen, Two Bedrooms, Bathroom.

The Old Watermill (c) 2012 RG Bolam & Sons

There is Courtyard Parking immediately adjacent to the front door is exclusive to the Old Mill House and has visitor capacity without impinging on the ground floor recreation area. While at a higher level, but with access from the parking and a side lane and complimentary to and expanding this area, is a lawn further exploiting the view over the Valley.

Mains Services-Electricity and Water. Private Drainage.

Double Glazing and Central Heating.

Guide Price £225,000


Or telephone RG Bolam and Son Chartered Surveyors & Estate Agents on 01669 668107.


The Keep, Mount Boone, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 9PB.

The Keep (c) 2012 Savills.

A wonderful and unique Keep Building, with spectacular estuary views 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms 5 reception rooms & lift 2nd floor apartment about 6,800 sqft mature terraced gardens ample parking.

The Keep (c) 2012 Savills.

The Keep was built in 1856 on land originally owned by the Seale family. The family made it a condition that the house had to blend in with the castles found at the mouth of the River Dart, hence the tower and crenellations to the southern elevation. The house is listed as being of architectural or historical interest Grade II. The Keep occupies one of the largest gardens in Dartmouth and over the years it has been beautifully landscaped to create a tranquil setting with an abundance of colour, set behind ancient stone walls. A notable feature of The Keep is the location. Mount Boone is a highly desired residential road set away from the town centre, yet the town remains within walking distance.

Hall, cloakroom, dining room, drawing room, music room, library, conservatory, kitchen with AGA and breakfast room, domestic offices, 2 staircases and lift to 1st floor. Master bedroom with dressing room and bathroom en suite, 3 further bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite). 2nd floor apartment with 37′ sitting room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Cellar, 38′ family games room, sunroom.

In all about 6,800 sqft

Mature terraced gardens, ample parking, cobbled courtyard.

Freehold. Guide Price: £2,500,000


Savills Exeter Office: 01392 455 755


The Old Toll House, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, SA19 9NF.

The Old Toll House (c) 2012 BJP Residential

The way we are going, these Toll Houses may well come back into fashion. Not just the restoration of each Toll House, but the reintroduction of their original purpose!


Detached Cottage

Pretty Rural Hamlet

Wonderful Views

Lounge/Dining Room

Fitted Kitchen

1 Bedroom & Bathroom

Garden & Workshops

Onto this house with lots of lovely angles for each room lending it that unique flavour.

The Old Toll House (c) 2012 BJP Residential

The Old Toll house for the Abermarlais Estate, set in a pretty location on the fringe of this small rural hamlet commanding wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. The property has been the subject of much recent refurbishment and provides the following accommodation: Lounge/Dining Room with wood burning stove, Fitted Kitchen, Ground floor Bathroom. First floor Bedroom with fitted cupboards. Double Glazing. The cottage stands on the edge of a spacious garden area which is approached via a gated vehicular entrance that leads to a large parking area. Detached Utility/Workshop block with lean to wood store. Level garden laid to lawn, with herbaceous borders.

The Old Toll House has a spacious garden which is approached by a vehicular gated entrance from the county road and leads to a spacious parking space alongside the Workshop/Utility block.


Guide Price £145,000

A very nice selection of photographs, especially highlighting the unusual and attractively refreshing angular interior rooms can be found at:-


For more even information about this property, please contact BJP Residential, SA19 on 01558 821000



Former Public Convenience, Rose Hill, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1DP.

Former Public Convenience at Fowey (c) 2012 Clive Emson Auctioneers





GUIDE PRICE : £10,000 – £20,000


Our last lot was the Toll Booth where you used to spend-a-penny-to-go-a-mile. It was only a matter of time to when we feature a spend-a-penny-to-go type of building. Don’t scoff. We have seen these go for an incredible amount. One even topped the £100,000 mark last year.

This is a much more modest proposition. With a price guide starting at £10,000. Though if you work that out on our spend-a-penny-ometer, you would need to be a penny millionaire to afford this unusual building. If you do go on to buy it, please consider letting us know what you eventually utilise this building for? Thanks.

Description: An interesting and unusual opportunity to acquire this single storey attractive stone-walled former public convenience block located in an elevated position within this stunning riverside town.

The property could lend itself for a variety of uses subject to all necessary consents being obtainable. Interested applicants are advised to make their own enquiries with the Local Planning Authority, the Cornwall Council. Tel: 0300 1234 151.


Guide Price £10,000

Further details:-