Unique Property Bulletin 15 April 2012

Magnificent Mansions

Cilwendeg Mansion (c) 2012 Town, Coast & Country Estates.

Anyone familiar with television’s Sarah Beeny and her Restoration Nightmare programme may readily identify some of the challenges such a tantalising but mammoth project can present.

This property is known as Cilwendeg Mansion, and located at Boncath, Pembrokeshire, SA37 0EW. It has 21 Bedrooms, 4 Reception Rooms and 6 Bathrooms.

On instruction from Pembrokeshire County Council, this property for sale is one of Pembrokeshire’s most imposing homes. Set in approximately 6.6 acres of landscaped grounds with fine views across the North Pembrokeshire countryside. The current house dates back to the 1780’s with later remodelling and additions in the 1830’s and 1880’s. Cilwendeg was purchased in the late 1950’s by Pembrokeshire County Council and used as a residential care home until 2010. Although the internal layout reflects this, it is not difficult to visualise the house restored to its original purpose, subject to the necessary planning consents.

A wealth of period features remain including a stone portico, a cantilevered staircase, full width entrance hall with pink marble fireplaces at each end, magnificent plasterwork to the ceiling and Ionic pilasters. The rear elevation looks out across the terraced, south east facing lawns which were originally croquet and tennis lawns.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide – offers in The region of: £1,100,000.

Contact Town Coast & Coutry Estates: 01437 765522.

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Old Nick

Former Police Station & 3 Bed House (c) 2012 Anderson, Shaw & Gilbert.

This might better be called “Old Nick In The North” for it is fairly far up at the top end of the country. Our own experience is the folk are marvellous in these parts when we have bought property hereabouts before.

This offering is for the Old Police Station and attached 3 Bedroom House at Main Street, Golspie, Sutherland, KW10 6TQ. It should be noted that the word Sutherland derives from old Norse as southern land. The Norse perspective was true. To Norsemen this was land to the south. To the general population of Britain, Sutherland is about as far north as you can get without falling off of the edge. So take that into consideration. Better still check out a map for Golspie, or even put “KW10 6TQ” into the Google search engine to understand the location whereabouts.

Please do not be put off by the distance. It is not like emigrating to New Zealand. You are still within a day or so drive of any family and friends in the country. It is also one of the most civilised and friendly locations in the entire nation. True words written from direct experience.

That having been said, this is a former police station. Maybe the fact it has been closed says something about the very low crime rate.

From our perspective, we would just love to buy this house and commercial building, with the proverbial cell to house your mother-in-law when she comes to visit (sorry, an old joke, but well worn ones can still be good).

There is a very nice view from the former Police Station too.

Former Police Station & 3 Bed House (c) 2012 Anderson, Shaw & Gilbert.


Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Freehold Equivalent)

Offers Over £114,000.

Contact Anderson Shaw & Gilbert: 01463 253911.

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Are Tolls Making A Comeback ?

Toll House (c) 2012 Future Property Auctions.

This is a former Toll House and building-plot situated at 104 Smallburn Road, Muirkirk, KA18 3RF. Given recent political announcements, the question could fairly be posed: Are tolls making a comeback? Fortunately in this area not likely. But hopefully this small building will be making a comeback when some kind person pays the housebuilding toll to renovate the thing !

This building has already passed the hurdle of obtaining planning permission. Please study the online brochure for details.

The property consists of a detached cottage and land.

Close to Local Amenities and Transport Links with Access to the M74 Motorway

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Freehold Equivalent).

Guide Price: £65,000 +

Auction Date: 1st May 2012.

Contact Future Property Auctions: 0141-632-6599

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Backwater Boat Lagoon

Backwater at Wroxham (c) 2012 Abbott Countrywide.

This house is actually called “Backwater”. In need of some TLC, this still has some wow factor if you are a boat enthusiast, as there is a mooring, and ready access to the Norfolk Broads. A 3 Bedroom Detached Bungalow, situated at Beech Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8TP. It isn’t often we come across a lagoon view! This one has them aplenty over a private lagoon adjoining Wroxham Broad.

The accommodation currently comprises entrance lobby, dining hall, kitchen/breakfast room, inner hall, sitting room, master bedroom with en-suite shower, two further bedrooms, family bathroom and further riverside lounge. Outside there is a useful summerhouse/garden room with views to the water itself.

There is a waterside Veranda to three sides of the property with some 250 ft of water frontage and mooring dyke. The property stands at the end of a private road behind five bar gates with ample car parking and turning space.

Its moorings give access over Wroxham Broad to the River Bure.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £425,000, recently reduced to £415,000.

Contact Abbott Countrywide: 01603 298079.

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Buy A Railway Instead Of A Rail Ticket ?

Cleethorpes Light Railway Station (c) 2012 Mr John Firth.


With the ever increasing price of railway tickest, it may indeed be an idea. Here we have a marvellously unique lifestyle at South Humberside Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, Three Stations and ample locomotives and rolling stock….


This steam seaside light railway that was built in 1948 and has subsequently been extended twice to its current length, which totals circa 2.25 miles.

Cleethorpes Light Railway Station (c) 2012 Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway.


The Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway is one of the biggest tourist attractions in this seaside tourist town with over 120,000 passengers per annum happily spending time at its well sought after and much enjoyed attractions. The railway was council run till 1990 when the current owners took over the running of the line, they have invested heavily over the years to bring the line to its high standard condition.

The track runs along the seaside calling at three purpose built stations. The main central station has added attractions including a tea room, one of the smallest pubs on the planet ….

Cleethorpes Light Railway Pub (c) 2012 Mr John Shepherd.

…. a museum, a shop where you can buy model railways and souvenirs, a ticket office and a bistro which serves light meals and snacks, every day all year round from 8.30am – 4.30pm. There is an option to purchase the business excluding the Bistro.

The company owns a number of steam locomotives and diesel engines, some of which were purchased with the help of a National Lottery grant in 2006. The rolling stock includes steam locomotives;- “Sutton Belle”, “Sutton Flyer”, “Mountaineer”, “Crompton” and “Mighty Atom/ Prince of Wales” which is the second oldest steam locomotive in the world. Diesel engines include;- “Battison”, “Dudley”, “Dai” and “Toby”. Engines are stored and maintained in the Engine Shed which has repair facilities and equipment and houses up to eight engines at any one time.

Planning permission has been granted to use a small plot of land adjacent to the line to build a carriage shed, which can house over 30 carriages.

The company runs with a small permanent staff and with the help of a number of a number of volunteers, mainly during the peak season and at weekends. There is a supporters association who pay an annual subscription and supporters are kept informed of events by means of a regular newsletter.

The owner and his wife have successfully and happily run the line for the past twenty years investing their time, effort and money to improve all aspects of this narrow gauge railway and its facilities. Rolling stock is now generally in good condition with turnover now coming from three main areas;- a) ticket sales b) shop sales c) catering sales. The newly created bistro has already started to flourish and sales are exceeding expectations.

The business has a 99 year lease which was taken out in 2010 with low rent and rates charges from the local council recognising the importance of the railway to the tourist trade of the town.

The business has three stations each with its own ticket office. The main central station has a tea room, one of the smallest pubs on the planet named ” The Signal Box”, and a museum housing engines not in service. There is a separate shed which houses up to 8 engines for vital maintenance and repairs. Across the road from the station is a shop selling model railways and souvenirs. The lease on the railway line and all of its building runs for 99 years and was granted in early 2010. The current rental is circa £7,500 per annum with rates of circa £3,000 per annum.

The bistro is a separate detached building which has a 25 year lease with rental of £1,500 per annum. It has circa 24 seats and was refurbished and opened in May 2010.

Key Aspects …..

Turnover circa £297,000 per annum. Gross Profit circa £197,000.
Assets include all rolling stock, machinery, equipment and fixtures and fittings
All catering equipment.
Major tourist attraction with over 120,000 passengers per annum.
Over 2 miles or rail track; 3 Stations; Museum; Pub, Café Shop and Bistro.
Option to purchase the business excluding the Bistro (£70.000).
Open all year round at weekend and daily from June – September.
Supporters association in place.
New 99 year lease.
Low rent and rates.

Tenure: Long Leasehold (99 years from 2010)

Guide: £665,000.

Telephone Turner and Butler Agencies: 01895 25 6000.

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Converted Corn Mill

The Brund Corn Mill (c) 2012 Bridgfords.

A beautiful conversion of an 18th century Corn Mill situated on a quiet country lane next to the River Manifold. The Mill sits in its owns grounds which include generous gardens with fabulous views over the surrounding countryside and includes fishing rights over the River Manifold. Situated at: The Brund, Sheen, Buxton, Staffordshire, SK17 0HP.

Gardens At The Brund Corn Mill (c) 2012 Bridgfords.

Carefully restored by the current owners to form a fine four bedroom home, with many original features including old mill workings and the old water wheel.

The accommodation includes: entrance into utility room, inner hallway, downstairs WC, Stone flagged dining area with old mill workings, former water wheel and kitchen complete with electric AGA to the ground floor. The first floor houses a large living area, study area with old grinding stones and master bedroom with ensuite bathroom. To the second floor you will find a studio/bedroom with vaulted ceilings, three further bedrooms and family bathroom. Externally there are 3 garages to the rear, large lawned garden area with mill race. Two patio seating areas, one of which on the banks of the River Manifold and offering beautiful views of the surrounding countryside

Tenure: Freehold.

Offers Over: £595,000.

Contact Bridgford Agencies: 01298 359185.

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