Unique Property Bulletin 15 January 2012

Water Tower, Millfields, Plymouth.

Millfields Water Tower (c) 2012 Fine & Country Ltd.

Many people would like to live by the water, so how close can you get? How about ten tons of the liquid above your head? Well maybe not quite. This water tower in Plymouth isn’t quite like some of the more utilitarian designs. It has a certain stonework beauty and presence evident by the photographs – exterior and interior. For those who want the finished article, the work has already been done, and to a high standard in converting this historic building into a truly unique 3 bedroom home of some distinction.

Millfields Water Tower (c) 2012 Fine & Country Ltd.


Summary Details:-

Converted Water Tower

Beautiful Features

Excellent Condition

Large Family Kitchen Garden,

Parking & Garage

Three Bedrooms

Tower with Viewing Platform

City Living

Garden Room

Study & Laundry Room


Millfields Water Tower (c) 2012 Fine & Country Ltd.

The agents, Fine and Country, are seeking offers in excess of £400,000 for this magnificent converted Water Tower that sits within the historic walls of the Millfields hospital development. A beautiful grade II listed building which dates back to 1780, built to provide the head water for the Millfields hospital. The current owners believe that this water tower was still functioning until around 1877 and could possibly be the second oldest water tower in the country.

Further details:-

Converted Water Tower at Millfields – Online Brochure


Powrie Castle, South Powrie, by Dundee. DD4 0QG.

Powrie Castle (c) 2012 Savills.

Powrie Castle dates from the early 17th century. It was built as the northern range to the original keep, which is believed to date from the late 15th century. The two buildings were linked by walls, a courtyard and possibly a further range of buildings to the east which would have been known as the Ladies Quarters. The original Keep is now ruinous. Powrie Castle, as it is today, would have been added as additional and domestic accommodation to the larger Keep, with the Laird’s Chambers at the first floor level.

Powrie Castle (c) 2012 Savills.

The accommodation cosists of 3 Bedrooms; 2 Reception Rooms; 2 Bathrooms; and the Remains of the Original Keep. All set in about 0.635 acres

The selling agents have very helpfully provided a floorplan diagram. These are really great ideas, and help visualise what is behind the narrative within the brochure text. Agents who produce floorplans [provide an excellent service ….

Powrie Castle Floorplan – PDF File

Whilst set in its own grounds, modern city living, or recreational peruits such as golf and watersports are available within a reasonable distance. Dundee City Centre is around 3 miles away, Carnoustie 14 miles; St Andrews 16 miles; Perth 25 miles; and Edinburgh 64 miles.

Powrie Castle (c) 2012 Savills

The castle, which is stone built with a slate roof, was fully restored in 1977 and subsequently rewired in 1989, when it was acquired by the sellers. The original vaulted bakery is now the kitchen, and lies at the western end of the ground floor, with its original bread oven. The original kitchen, at the eastern side, is now the dining room and still retains its original fireplace. In addition there is a bedroom and bathroom at ground floor level. On the first floor is the wooded vaulted drawing room, together with the Laird & Lady’s Bedroom with an en suite shower room in what was the original porch at this level, and access to a study or dressing room in the tower with steps to turret room. Also at first floor level is a further barrel vaulted bedroom. When built the porch was at first floor level and would have been reached by a wooden gallery or stair.

The castle still retains many interesting and historical features with barrel vaulted ceilings, shot holes, ambries, arrow slits, leaded windows with lower shutters, studded doors and Renaissance windows within the original porch. The castle, whilst not large, is ideal for entertaining. It is surrounded by its own gardens and grounds which lead to the original keep.

Offers sought in excess of £595,000 – Freehold.

Full details …..

Powrie Castle – Online Brochure

Or contact the selling agents at ….

Savills, 12 Clerk Street,
Brechin, Angus,
DD9 6AE.

Tel: 01356 628 628


Crowham Oast House, Westfield, East Sussex, TN35 4SR.

Crowham Oast House (c) 2012 Campbell’s Estate Agents

Set along private driveway within a traffic free location is this attractive Double Roundel Oast House that offers generous accommodation, delightful gardens with a heated swimming pool. Plus a Detached Annexe, and far reaching views.

Crowham Oast House (c) 2012 Campbell’s Estate Agents

Summary Details:-


3 Bedrooms

Reception Hall

Two Downstairs Bedrooms


Integral Garage

Master Bedroom

En Suite Shower Room


Dining Room

Living Room

Cottage Annexe






Rural Views

Crowham Oast House (c) 2012 Campbell’s Estate Agents

There is also a Detached Annexe with brick and stone elevations below a tiled roof. The property appears to be of ancient origin and built of reclaimed materials. There is an attractive paved courtyard and stable door.

Offers sought at £650,000 Freehold

Further details ….

Crowham Oasthouse – Online Brochure

Or via ….

Campbell’s Estate Agents,
74 High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AG.

Tel: 01424 774774

The subject of Oast Houses and their original purpose brings us neatly onto our next property….


Ironbridge Micro-Brewery, Public House & Micro-Cinema, Shropshire.

If the idea of living in a building that used to be part of the ale brewing process appeals, then how about owning your very own ale making micro-brewery?

Better still, a small brewery, plus a public house, plus a small cinema. All in a very famous town called Ironbridge. This is where the first arch bridge in the world to be made from cast iron was built in 1779 and opened New Years Day 1781. Not bad, even by modern day mammoth bridge building standards….

The Ironbridge Over The River Severn (c) 2012 Mr James Humphreys

In 2008, the historic town of Ironbridge added another interesting aspect to it’s pedigree. Mr David Goldingay established the Ironbridge Micro-Brewery.

Ironbridge Micro Brewery (c) 2012 In Memory Of Row 17

In parallel Mr Goldingay sold the excellent ale that he brewed at his licensed premises, The Old Fighting Cocks Pub at Oakengates.

Old Fighting Cock Pub (2012) Mr Gordon Cragg

Not content with brewing the beer, and running a public house within which to sell it, the enterprising Mr Golingay created a “micro-cinema” to complement the all round entertainment …..

Micro Cinema Article

This is a very fresh listing. The micro-brewery, the public house and the micro-cinema are all for sale at a combined leasehold price of £299,995.

Further details ….

Micro Brewery Advertisement


The Old Lobster House, Lower Burnmouth, Berwickshire, TD14 5SP.

Old Lobster House (c) 2012 Smith Gore & Co.


To go with that real ale, how about a lobster!

We have never had a “Lobster House” on unique properties before. This one is converted from an old lobster holding pen.

The Old Lobster House is a charming rendered cottage under a pantile roof, surprisingly spacious and in a raised position on the edge of foreshore with fabulous sea views.

It is situated in the Border village of Burnmouth, six miles north of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Although requiring some updating, having been in the ownership of one family for many years, the cottage provides well proportioned accommodation with period features, such as exposed stone walls, stripped pine doors and exposed beams and already benefits from double glazing.

Burnmouth is a small fishing village with a shingle beach, a public house and restaurant, an active Village Hall and regular bus service, and 3 miles south of the larger town of Eyemouth, which offers both primary and secondary schools, a medical practice and local shops. The larger market town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (6 miles), south of the Scottish border, provides wider shopping and professional service facilities and direct mainline railway services to the regional cities of Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne (both circa 50 minutes), as well as London Kings Cross (approximately 3½ hours). The A1 also ensures that Edinburgh (51 miles) and Newcastle-upon-Tyne (65 miles) are commutable.

The surrounding area has a wealth of opportunities for the recreational enthusiast, with excellent golf courses and fishing facilities to be found locally. Burnmouth itself hosts an annual bike race, known as the “Brae Race” which takes place every May. This stretch of coast is a haven for seals and birds and there are many beautiful walks to be enjoyed in the area.

Asking Price £170,000

Further Details ….

Online Brochure With Very Nice Photographs


Model Railway Village, Southport

Southport Model Railway Village (c) 2012 R. & R.A. Jones

Here is a little bit of fun.

A whole village to buy – and for the bargain price of £150,000! The catch? Well you have to be no taller than 6″. That is six inches not six foot.

Check out ….

Southport Model Railway Village Website

This is actually an unusual property purchase in that it is a tourist attraction at Southport. Established in 1996 Southport Model Railway Village has been a favourite with families and model train enthusiasts from all over the world. This spectacular Model Village consists of beautiful vistas and fabulous panoramic views of the miniature landscape and model trains. Based upon typical south west Lancashire architecture the layout consists of a country scene, village and town. Movement is generated in the Model Village by one of the largest 45mm garden railway systems in the UK. With Five LGB trains continuously running on 500 metres of track.

Southport Model Railway Village (c) 2012 Friends of SMRW & I Like

We have included this item in this week’s Bulletin, not just for fun, but for a possible unique lifestyle choice. For sure we know at least three of our readers this railway and model village attraction will appeal to.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Southport Model Railway Village is for sale leasehold, at £150,000 for the lease. For terms and conditions, please contact the owner directly….

Owner Direct – Southport Model Village

Model Railway Village, The Lower Promenade, Southport, PR8 1RB.

If this enterprise did appeal to any of our readers, we made a quick reconnoitre of house prices and houses for sale nearby as you will really need a life size one to live in if you did negotiate and buy this model village. So we came up with…

Norwood Road, Southport, PR8 6EE. (c) 2012 Halsall Estates £69,950

This is a respectable looking 3 Bedroom Semi-Detached. Further details at ….

Norwood Road Online Brochure

Of course this house is not that unique, but when you consider that with a bit of haggling you could buy this big house and a whole village of small houses, plus your own railway (and check out that video with the trains whizzing by) all for around £200,000, then perhaps this may be an interesting thing to visit. Several thousand people a year pay to visit it, so why not take a look.