Unique Property Bulletin 13 May 2012

Boat House Bliss

The Beech House Boat House, Lake Windermere (c) 2012 Carter Jonas.

Usually we try to keep the price ranges of property here between the £10,000 and £1,000,000 mark so to cater for all wallets. Especially in leaky wallet economic weather.

The Beech House, Lake Windermere (c) 2012 Carter Jonas.

However, the Beech House and Boat House, virtually perfect in its location, style, structure and of course access to one of the finest lakes in the country, literally floated our boat, even if it is on the top end of many a budget. Here we have a very desireable inland lakeside home at Storrs Park, Bowness-On-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JE.

Along with a very well kitted out boathouse comes the mother ship (sorry). The Beech House sits slightly back and higher up as a fabulous detached residence in it’s own right. Both buildings located within the Lake District National Park overlooking Lake Windermere. Included in the sale is approximately 190 feet of lake frontage, twin jetties, a slip way and boat dock.

View From The Property (c) 2012 Carter Jonas.

Key features:-

6 Bedrooms

3 Reception rooms

6 Bathrooms

Detached House


Lawned Gardens * Approximately 2 Acres of Grounds

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £3,900,000.

Carter Jonas Agencies: 01539 722592.

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Kirk At Kingoldrum By Kirriemuir

Kingoldrum Kirk (c) 2012 Unique Property Bulletin Online.

After the multi-million pound boathouse, we have a much more modest church building at one tenth of the cost. This small oblong Gothic rubble and slate Church is located in the pleasant village of Kingoldrum by Kirriemuir in the county of Angus, DD8 5HW. Kirriemuir is a small market town located 18 kilometres north of Dundee and 88 kilometres south of Aberdeen with good links to the A90 trunk road. The area’s proximity to the Grampian mountains, Glamis Castle and Kirriemuir’s association with Sir J M Barrie, author of Peter Pan attracts tourists, particularly during the summer months.

The building dates from circa 1840 and is a Listed building Grade C(S). The Churchyard surrounding the Church is owned by Angus Council and is not included in the sale.

Accommodation comprises the main Church space with 2 entrance vestibules along the southern elevation.

The Church may be suitable for conversion to a number of alternative uses, subject to all necessary consents being obtained.

When we visited the building a few days ago, the local representative of the Church of Scotland indicated the received wisdom was that the building could do with re-opening and there appeared little objection to any sensitive use, providing the location was respected and use in keeping with the area. The main concern being that the building is still in a reasonable state and some life needs to be breathed back into it.

There is a striking large communal hall within the main body of the building, and the first instinct was the suitability for some form of unique lifestyle rather than unique home. For example an art gallery, or better still a craft centre with coffee shop. There are certainly houses nearby for sale and given the very low cost to purchase two buildings – a small structure such as the church for livelihood, and maybe a small cottage close by to live in – this might make an interesting reduction of stress level for those who may want to slow down a gear or two.

Perhaps the key test on site, on the day, is whether we at the Bulletin would put in an offer. The answer was we were sorely tempted. The photograph was taken on an overcast sky and does not really do the building justice. In our humble opinion this is a pleasant detached property in peaceful surroundings with a new life and sensitive future ahead of it in the right hands.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Freehold Equivalent).

Guide: £40,000.

Contact Church of Scotland: 0131 240 2263.

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Unique Watermill, Unique Home, Unique Lifestyle.

Claythorpe Mill (c) 2012 Andrew Whale.

Every now and then, distilling the 36 or so properties each week into 6 to feature within this Bulletin is a absolute pleasure. This is because we come across an exceptional property amongst what is usually an outstanding crop in any event. This is one such building, or rather two such buildings.

Claythorpe Mill (c) 2012 Pygott & Crone.

We know many of our readers, and think this one will chime with a lot.

It has the triumvirate of what so many of us are looking for: Unique Building; Unique Home; Unique Lifestyle. To be clear this isn’t just an unusual home. The price is for two buildings, when added together gives that elusive third essence: quality of life.

Claythorpe Mill Pond (c) 2012 Pygott & Crone.

The main building consists of an 18th Century Watermill which hosts a museum and a restaurant/tearoom. It is set in a tranquil 1.5 acre picture postcard site. Alongside this, and included in the sale is a 2 Bedroom Detached Cottage.

Claythorpe Mill Cottage (c) 2012 Pygott & Crone.

The current owners have built the business and buildings up over 25 years. Their website gives an insight….


Claythorpe Mill Tea Room With A View (c) 2012 Pygott & Crone.

Located at Claythorpe, Alford, Lincolnshire, LN13 0DU. Please let us know if you buy this as we would love to know how you get on.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £500,000.

Contact Pygott & Crone Agencies: 01205 875261.

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Towering Inferno Splashed

Water Tower At Sutterton (c) 2012 WH Brown & Sequence Agencies.

Location, Location, Location, can easily be replaced with Wallet, Wallet, Wallet. A while ago, in our Unique Property Bulletin of 22nd January 2012 we featured a similar, former water tower to this one. Both are ripe for conversion to a very unusual home. The earlier tower was around £15,000, and this, because it is nearer the traffic jams, air pollution and crowded towns has a higher tag – £125,000. Of course we are a little bias. In reality the £15,000 Knockaird Water Tower is about as remote as you can get, and for some folk a little too far away from civilisation. For others the remoteness and smaller village life is the epitome of civilisation. Basically you pays your money and takes your choice. Or in this case, pays your cash and takes your splash. Sorry will have to stop doing that. Its for my brother you know. He has an unusual sense of humour.

Anyways, back to the water tower at Spalding Road, Sutterton, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE20 9EX.

This particular redundant water tower had full planning permission for conversion to a house, but which has since lapsed. Potential purchaser such make enquiries to Boston Borough Council as to the current suitability of any proposed developments. The site will be sold “as is” and includes approximately a quarter of an acre plot.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £125,000.

Contact Sequence/WH Brown: 01775 711711

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Barn & Beams

Greenoak Barn, Sevenoaks (c) 2012 Savills.

We had an email saying there aren’t enough old barns of the site. So here we have a really nice one. presented with some doocots or dovecots if you are further south.

Currently utilised as a commercial furniture craft workshop, Greenoak Barn is situated by Main Road, Sunridge, Sevenoaks, TN14 6EE.

Any prospective buyer wishing to convert part of all of this 1,700 square feet of glorious barn space to residential use is, of course, advised to contact the local authority planning office.

There is certainly scope for a nice home with the old workshop space on the ground floor and showroom to the first floor, plus off road parking for approximately 6 cars. The selling agent’s website has some nice photographs of the interior with enough old beams to satisfy the most hungry of oak eaters.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £300,000.

Contact Savills: 01732 789 716.

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Spiderman In Silk

Former Silk Mill (c) 2012 Alan De Maid.

No not Tobey Macguire in his latest Spiderman outfit, but the genuine place where much silk used to be spun. In fact to be technically correct no spiders are involved in the silk production, even though silk is often associated with the threads of a spider’s web, and also spiderman uniforms. But we are going a little off message. Back to this building which is a first for us as we have never featured a Silk Mill before.

Former Silk Mill (c) 2012 Alan De Maid.

Former Silk Mill (c) 2012 Alan De Maid.

This former Silk Mill is situated at Main Road, Knockholt, Kent, TN14 7LR. The conversion has already been completed to a fine standard. There are plenty of photographs showing the various aspects of the building with the online brochure link to the estate agent below.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £595,000.

Contact Alan De Maid Agencies: 01689 867057.

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