Unique Property Bulletin 14 April 2013

Whilst we are having website server host issues, we need to keep our download volumes balanced with the number of readers. So for the time being we will be illustrating most properties with just the one photograph. We fully recommend visitors click onto the onward agency links. Often there are MANY more photographs to show you what each property has to offer.

Castle Haven & Solway Firth

Castle Haven, Borgue, Kirkcudbright (c) 2013 CKD Galbraith

A castle in a coastal castle setting. A brave person with the proverbial deep pockets required for this. Affectionately known as “The Coo Palace”. A lot of work and this would become an exceptional place to call home. Coo or no coo.

Agency Narrative: Fantastic coastal development opportunity. Idyllic rural coastal location, stunning views towards Wigtown Bay and the Isle of Man. An Edwardian model dairy “A” Listed, lapsed planning for residential/business use. For sale as a whole or in 3 lots. Ranging £75,000 – £485,000 http://www.castle-haven.com/price.html . Note the nice proximity to the Solway Firth, and coastal views.

Coastal Views From Castle Haven (c) 2013 CKD Galbraith

A more expansive text can be found of the Buildings at Risk Register …


Further details via the owner’s website …


Location: Castle Haven Corseyard Tower, Borgue, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4UD.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Equivalent of Freehold).

Guide: £485,000.

Contact CKD Galbraith Agencies Tel: 01556 505346 – David Corrie.




A Real Buzz

Good Looking Utility, Architects Design (c) 2013 Anderson Bell And Christie

Award winning architect firm Anderson Bell & Christie have made a marvellous and imaginative endeavour at bringing new life into an old utilitarian building with their design for this conversion project.

An electricity substation may never have looked so good.

Auctioneer’s narrative: The current building on site is a former electricity sub-station (6m x 9m approx) constructed of brick under a flat roof, standing on an essentially rectangular site which falls away from the road frontage towards the canal. Once developed in line with the current planning permission, the property will offer a unique design of house which will be highly desirable.

The property has planning permission granted on the 25th March 2010 to use the former electricity sub station as a three bed dwelling house with rear and roof extensions (Glasgow City Council Application Reference 10/00020/DC) Glasgow City Council Development & Regeneration Services can be contacted on 0141 287 8555 to discuss planning proposals. Further detail in relation to the planning permission may be viewed via…


Location: Adjacent to 216 Rotherwood Avenue, Knightswood, Glasgow, G13 2AY.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Equivalent of Freehold).

Guide: £ Please Call SVA Auctions. Auction Date – 24th April 2013.

Contact SVA Auctions Tel: 0131 624 6640.

Online Brochure ….



Bargain Berkshire Barn

Berkshire Barn With Planning Permission (c) 2013 Smiths Gore

For the area, this is a very good priced property conversion project – an unconverted barn workshop with planning permission for change of use into an attractive one bedroom home.

This historic barn believed to have origins in the 16th or 17th century. Having most recently been used as a workshop with offices above, it now has planning consent to be converted into a residential home. The approved plans (which can be found at www.bracknellforest.gov.uk with reference no. 11/00705/FUL) allow for a one bedroom property, with a sitting room, kitchen and internal courtyard on the ground floor and the bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. There is also parking for one vehicle. Once converted, the property will be a real architectural treat, with the modern internal courtyard contrasting with the many exposed beams.

Please note that the attached garage does not form part of the property and there is no external garden space.

The barn is situated towards the bottom of Scotland Hill, a pleasant residential road in Sandhurst, just yards from Sandhurst station. The immediate area is well served by local shops along Yorktown Road, large supermarkets within 3 miles, as well as plenty of pubs and restaurants. Primary and secondary schooling in both the state and independent sector is also well catered for within two miles. 

Location: The Old Barn, 7 Scotland Hill, Sandhurst, West Berkshire, GU47 8JR.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £120,000.

Contact Smiths Gore Agencies Tel: 01962 857429.




UNIQUE PROPERTY BULLETIN EXCLUSIVE: Advance notice for all lighthouse building readers. A once in a generation sale of a lighthouse keeper’s dwelling, plus assistant keeper’s house, and land, SOON to be included in the Unique Property Bulletin. It is one of the finest settings that we have ever had the good fortune to feature.


Parish Plans In Powys

Former Church Hall, Llanbister, Powys (c) 2013 McCartneys

This former Church Hall is set in a rural village location. In some ways it is a shame that this character building currently has a planning permission for complete demolition and rebuild. Our own Bulletin does advocate, where possible, and aesthetically pleasing, to keep unusual buildings in as original a vernacular as possible. The final word on this, of course. resides with the new owner. Whether to go with the plans for a complete newbuild as detailed in the link below, or to look at some form of existing structure conversion.

Agency Narrative: Llanbister offers fundamental facilities in the form of shop/post office, public house and primary school. A wider range of business and shopping facilities are available at Llandrindod Wells and Newtown 10 and 16 miles away respectively. The whole of Mid Wales offers an abundance of areas of natural beauty renowned amongst the walking and riding fraternity.

The Hall is of timber frame construction with CGI cladding to walls and roof and block built extension to rear. It is accessed via a shared vehicular driveway and is surrounded by its own grassed grounds

Planning Permission: Outline Planning Permission was granted on 17 August 2012 under application No P/2012/0522 for the “Demolition of redundant Church Hall and erection of a dwelling at The Church Hall, Llanbister, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6TN”, by Powys County Council.

Location: The Church Hall, Llanbister, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6TN.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £30,000.

Contact McCartneys Agency Tel: 01597 823300

Online Brochure and a RANGE OF ADDITIONAL DETAIL ….


Ninth Property From The Top Of This Linked Webpage


1,000,000 Pennies To Spend

Isle of Anglesey Loo (c) 2013 Lucas Estate Agencies

1,000,000 pennies may seem a lot, but it is just £10,000. Before you think yikes, not a loo please, just have a look at the benchmark of what architect Laura Clark managed. An example of what can be achieved with an old loo …


There is a fine sequence of “before” and “after” photographs …..


Agency Narrative: A good opportunity to acquire a former public convenience building which could be suitable for conversion into a number of different commercial uses, subject to the usual consents. The property is located close to Llanerchymedd High Street within Maes Athen Estate. The building is a single storey building of brick/block construction with roughcast and stone cladding panels with a pitched slate roof over. The gross internal floor area extends to some 36.8 square metres. The property is located within Maes Athen Estate which is off the B5111 roadway between Llangefni and Amlwch at the village of Llanerchymedd.

Location: Former Public Convenience, High Street, Maes Athen, Llanerchymedd, Isle of Anglesey, LL71 8DL.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £10,000.

Contact Lucas Estate Agencies Tel: 01248 714567.

Online Brochure …



Loo 2

Waiting For The Wife (c) 2013 Smiths Gore

Our heading is the number “2” for the building – being the second loo listed here – and not referencing anything therein! Though you may need to buy a reference work Living In Small Spaces


… for ideas about how to transform this small piece of real estate into a possible convenient home. Or for other inspiration, get a load of the house on the lollipop stick emerging from the water ….

Small Space Wonders – Photographic Montage

Back to our water loo building. Again we would encourage readers to see exactly what architect Laura Clark has achieved by viewing the weblink photos …

Inspiration – Waterloo Journey Photographs – Laura Clark

Location: Former Public Convenience, Seaton, Cornwall, PL11 3JD (approximate).

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £ Not A Lot For This Po Pot – Please Call 01392 278466.

Contact Smiths Gore Agencies Tel: 01392 278466.

Online Brochure



and finally …..

High Tea

High Legh Water Tower, Near Knutsford (c) 2013 Initiatives Design Ltd

High Tea was often taken in the afternoon. At High Legh, it is taken high up ! Please don’t over focus on this particular building. The illustration by Initiative Design Ltd., is included for two reasons.

The first – it is an excellent example of what a good architect with vision can make of one of the many such water towers coming to market. In fact we would recommend anyone who is looking at such a project consider contacting Initiatives Design Ltd., on 01606 851904. Just think what this fine firm of architects could do with the £17,000 water tower we featured a while ago?

The second reason is our principle of keeping an eye on properties that have been recently sold. The High Legh Water Tower is one such example. That water Tower has now been sold – subject to contract – by Meller Braggins. However, if it really flats your boat, maybe worth asking the new owners if it would sell.

Whatever your taste, and many of our readers have a sweet spot for these old monoliths, the architect’s plan for this meant we had to show what can be done with these magnificent structures. If only for inspiration we show this.

For further inspiration on this water tower, please visit Initiative Design’s website water tower section at …


To make the point about “sold” property coming back to market, here are two very real examples that we would NOT have been able to buy, had this principle of keeping an eye on the “sold” market been neglected. Fortunately both these properties came back, and second-time-around luck smiled on this bunch of property eccentrics.

Ailsa Craig Island Lighthouse Complex (c) 2012 Knight Frank


Strathy Point Lighthouse Complex (c) 2001 Russ McLean.

So well worth keeping an eye open to study whether the likes of High Legh Water Tower come back onto the market. Food for thought?


That’s All Folks – For This Edition

We are still in our backup .org lifeboat website mode. Anyone considering running a website is very much advised to do this – it has kept us online during a turbulent period.

Hopefully, our MAIN website at .co.uk will be fully functional again soon. There is a growing amount of research material building up on that site as an online resource. This was pointed out to us just last week, when we received a VERY welcome email from a chap who had spent several hours reading through the online archives that has built up. That is only 14 months of online material. Try moving 25 years worth of files with plenty of unusual places to call home. We just did. Over 80 boxes full, and all have sore backs to prove it! Hopefully the archive of material being built up online will be of help to you, our reader, in your endeavour to find that very special place.

For the time being, if you need to get in touch, our temporary contact page (whilst the main website is being transferred to a new webserver) is via our sister company …..