Unique Property Bulletin 16 September 2012

Lots of Lighthouse Life

St Ann’s Lighthouse Cottages (c) 2012 Cooke & Arkwright.

Lots of lighthouse buildings: FIVE in all. This listing at St Ann’s lighthouse cottages is situated on St Ann’s Head on the Dale Peninsular, the extreme south west tip of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The properties comprise a terrace of five former lighthouse keepers’ dwellings with adjacent garages.

St Ann’s Lighthouse Cottages Viewed From The Sea (c) 2012 Cooke & Arkwright.

It is the first time the properties have been put on the market and they are currently part of a large complex of properties owned by Trinity House. They have been vacant for some time and require total refurbishment, and are available as a whole or as separate lots.

The area has an abundance of wildlife, flora, fauna and maritime species, with porpoises and seals regularly sighted in the waters around St Ann’s Head and Skomer and Skokholm islands. The village of Dale is a popular location for holidays and is home to the Griffin Inn public house, the Boathouse Cafe and the Moorings Restaurant.

Location: St. Ann’s Head, Dale, Haverfordwest, Dyfed, SA62 3RS.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £950,000 for FIVE Lighthouse Keepers’ Houses (approximately £190,000 each).

Contact Cooke & Arkwright Tel : 02920 346 336 – Amy Thomas.

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Pugin Perfection

Mayfield Grange Chapel (c) 2012 Savills.

For those who would like a home without the huge challenges that planning; change of use; listed building consent; project management et. al., bring to the restoration of an unusual building that is for want of a better expression the worse for wear.

here we have a lovely and finished conversion with lots of lovely character that reflects the earlier carnation of this converted chapel.

Approximately 2,466 square feet of accommodation – mezzanine master suite; ground floor guest bedroom; 47ft dining/living area; 21.5ft drawing room area; 2 allocated parking spaces; use of communal gym; communal grounds. Located a short mile of so from Mayfield High Street, and for larger town amenities Tunbridge Wells is about 7 miles away.

The Chapel formed an integral part of the original Mayfield College, designed by the renowned architect Edward Pugin, a specialist in the design and construction of ornate ecclesiastical buildings.

Today, The Chapel is a magnificent centrepiece to the Mayfield Grange development with the clear retention and restoration of many original features, including the gold patterned ceiling, the glorious stained glass windows and the stone carvings.

Mayfield Grange Chapel (c) 2012 Savills.

Complemented by a stylish kitchen with a selection of integrated appliances, beautiful wood flooring and a stunning spiral staircase leading to the mezzanine floor and the master suite, the Chapel is a sophisticated and unique home.

The Chapel faces out onto the restored cricket pitch with countryside views to the south beyond.

Location: The Chapel, Mayfield Grange, Little Trodgers Lane, Mayfield, TN20 6PW.

Tenure: Long Leasehold.

Guide: £849,995.

Contact Savills Tel : 01732 789 700 -Donna Clark.

Online Brochure ….



Auld Lang Syne Of A Mill

Mill at Auldallan (c) 2012 CKD Galbraith.

This is an interesting renovated old mill near to Kirriemuir. The details are sparse, but by the series of photographs at the online brochure linked below, both “The Mill House” and “The Cottage” appear to have had a substantial amount of work completed.

Mill Grounds at Auldallan (c) 2012 CKD Galbraith.

There is also around one and a quarter acres of land with “The Mill”.

This dual property would probably suit a couple with a relative that lives or needs to live nearby but with some independence.

LOT 1: The Mill – 2 Reception Rooms, 4 Bedrooms.

LOT 2: The Cottage – 1 Reception Room, 2 bedrooms.

Mill at Auldallan (c) 2012 CKD Galbraith.

Location: Mill Of Auldallan, Lot 2, By Balintore, Kirriemuir, Angus, DD8 5JT.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Equivalent of Freehold).

Guide: Fixed Price – The Mill: £339,000.

Guide: Fixed Price – The Cottage: £159,000.

Contact CKD Galbraith AgenciesTel :01334 659988 – Mr George Lorimer.

Online Brochure ….



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Emails On Fire

Manchester Road Fire Station – With Planning Permission (c) 2012 Petty Chartered Surveyors.

We are absolutely delighted with the emails thankyou. As a result, this fire station has been listed following the inclusion last week of another big fire station. One of our unique property seekers subsequently asked if there were any more? There are. Here is a BIG lump of a fire station. There are also an interesting range of PLANNING CONSENTS in place. What jumped off the page for us is the permission granted for “6 residential units”. For those of our readers that tackle this size of project there is the build two, and the third is for free for the owner motto. Well worth studying this property in a little more depth if it lights your particular fire.

General Description:- A Grade II Listed building of stone construction with a flat roof. The property was designed and built as a Fire Station, but would lend itself to a number of alternate uses. Internally there is the central core, off which are a series of private offices, a former canteen, sleeping areas and an apartment. The property has in the majority been cleared with a view to refurbishment (plans are available for inspection at the estate agency office). The property has a prominent frontage to Manchester Road. However, there is a substantial yard area to the rear, which allows direct access into the building. There are also a series of out-buildings, which can either be retained, or demolished.

Planning Permission:- This has been granted for a change of use and erection of new buildings to form the following alternative developments: 6 residential units, 6 office units (B1), car showroom, Auction house, restaurant (B3) and associated alterations (Application number 11/060137. Full details are available on application, or alternatively enquires can be made direct to Hyndburn Borough Council on 01254 388111, or e-mail planning at hyndburnbc.gov.uk

Location: Former Fire Station, Manchester Road, Accrington, Hyndburn, BB5 2BH

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £TBAS.

Contact Petty Chartered Surveyors Tel :01282 456677.

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Unique Lifestyle From Utilitarian Upgrade

A Rose By Any Other Name (c) 2012 Clive Emson Auctioneers.

Before you dismiss the idea of a former public house, perhaps have a quick look at one we ended up buying (at a bargain price)…


It took a fair amount of work to renovate, but what we hadn’t expected was the HUGE level of business that commenced immediately the doors of the refurbished building reopened. At the outset, we did have a discussion with the local planning officer about change of use, as from previous experience in the police service, the thought of running a pub wasn’t ideal. The planning officer was excellent. As long as we kept a “bar” in the building, we could serve coffee and non alcoholic drinks along with food and NO change of use rigmarole was required.

So we refurbished the old pub, reopened it and were nearly overwhelmed with the level of business. £40,000 worth of coffee sold in 4 months alone! Who knew there was such a demand.

So what does the current property – the old Rose & Crown have to do with unique property? Well living above the bar was a little unusual – both our own experience, and this current offering have owner’s accommodation included.

The Former Rose & Crown (c) 2012 Clive Emson Auctioneers.

But more importantly, is the alternate aspect of this website. We are really enthusiastic at a unique lifestyle. That is one where there is no dreaded wasteful commute to work in smog ridden, stress filled traffic jams. Where a quality of life exists, and you get to spend some time with your fellow man or woman in a vocation that is interesting.

The Former Rose & Crown Interior (c) 2012 Greenleaf Agencies.

Anyways this narrative digresses. Here is Lot 64. It failed to sell at auction on 13th September 2012 so is fresh, and simply waiting fro you to view and survey. Originally priced by estate agency Greenleaf for £250,000, the auction guide was set at around £230,000. As a buyer in the present environment you are of course in a very strong position.

The Former Rose & Crown Interior (c) 2012 Greenleaf Agencies.

Worth a look? From the photographs this historic building looks in reasonable condition. far better than the old pub we had to virtually rebuild. This listing appears to require a heavy cosmetic refurbishment rather than anything too onerous. Please let us know how you get on if you buy it. Thankyou.

General Details:-

A Detached Grade II Listed period property situated in the village of Allhallows, immediately opposite the Parish Church and surrounded by farmland. The property has a gas heating system via radiators and double glazing.

Ground Floor Entrance hall, living room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, games room and cloakroom with W.C.

First Floor Landing, one bedroom with balcony, three further bedrooms and bathroom with W.C., wash hand basin and bath.

Second Floor Two bedrooms, one with en-suite.

Outside Gardens to rear and side and off-road parking.

Location:The Former Rose & Crown, 26 Stoke Road, Allhallows, Rochester, Kent, ME3 9PF.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £230,000 – £235,000. Well worth a cheeky offer beginning with the number “1” instead of “2” once you have viewed and completed your due diligence on this old Grade II listed charmer.

Contact Joint Auctioneer Clive Emson Tel : 0845 8500333.

Contact Joint Auctioneer Greenleaf Agencies Tel : 01634 256176.

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All Work? Some Play?

Working Mens’ Club, Earby (c) 2012 Roy Pugh Auctioneers.

This is our first Working Mens’ Club featured within the Unique Property Bulletin online. An interesting candidate, not least but it is another failed-to-sell-at-auction job. This building was placed into the auction for sale on 6th September 2012. It is of course now within the “interesting” territory for eagle eyed bargain hunters.

Working Mens’ Club, Earby (c) 2012 Roy Pugh Auctioneers.

Not lest but because the owners have gone to considerable effort and obtained full planning permission to convert this unusual building into 3 homes. Any buyer is not necessarily bound to this, but is establishes a precedent to change the use to a new buyers preference.

General Details:-

Lot 21 – A two storey stone built former club premises on corner site located in an established residential area with full planning permission for conversion and erection of 3 houses.

Full planning consent was granted for the conversion of the club building into 2 houses and for the construction of a 3rd house with all associated car parking on the 18th May 2012 (Application Number 13/12/0128P). Interested parties should consult direct with the local planning office, Pendle Borough Council, Town Hall, Market Street, Nelson, BB9 7LG. Tel: 01282 661714, Fax: 01282 661720.

The property is located in the village of Earby and fronts on to Aspen Lane which is accessed from Water Street which joins directly on to Skipton Rd (A56). Barnoldswick town centre is approximately 2 miles to west. The end of the M65 motorway is approximately 6 miles to the south of the property

To give a flavour of the town, here is a museum nearby. Please note THIS WHEEL IS NOT INCLUDED in any sale. It is placed here to give an indication of what is going on nearby and the facilities that Earby has to offer.

Earby Museum NOT FOR SALE Showing Local Landmarks (c) 2012 Jim Wodward-Nutt.

Location: Former Working Mens Club, Aspen Lane, Earby, Barnoldswick, Lancashire, BB18 6QR.

Tenure: Freehold

Guide: £60,000£75,000 (Failed to sell at auction – maybe have a haggle).

Contact Roy Pugh Auctioneers Tel : 08442 722444.

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Our What Lays Beneath property auction listing ended on 10th Sept 2012….

It “sold” for £17,401. From our experience Ebay building sales CAN and DO fall through, so if this Royal Observer UWWMO Nuclear Bunker interests you, make sure and email the seller to let you have a second chance offer if the high bidder decides not to go ahead. Ebay property auctions are NOT legally binding – hence the frequency of property sales not completing). Remember the http://uniquepropertybulletin.co.uk/back-to-the-future/

principle that we keep banging on about? If this renovated nuclear bunker interests you, there is still a chance you could buy it. Just email the seller at Ebay …

Ebay Nuclear Bunker Listing – Item=180964343617

Contact Owner – Nuclear Bunker UKWMO = joe187232

You may need to register an account with Ebay (if you don’t already have one) in order to make contact with the Nuclear Bunker seller.


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