Unique Property Bulletin 17 June 2012

Ailsa Craig Island Sales Again

Ailsa Craig Island (c) 2011 Russ McLean.

In old merchant navy circles, to invite a fellow Royal Navy or Merchant Marine sailor for another drink is often met with two words “sail again”.

Here we have a similar theme. An iconic island that many seafarers know of – Ailsa Craig. Last year it was placed for sale at £2,500,000. Unfortunately no one purchased this gem at that time, and after a couple of months, the owners took it off of the market.

This week a new chapter starts. Best news is a cool £1,000,000 has been shaved off of the original asking price.

Here at Unique Property Bulletin we are delighted to feature this island, the small portion of habitable parts we were privileged to have custodianship of from 1999/2000- the Lighthouse Keepers’ Dwellings, Winch House, Railway and Pier etc. These parts are NOT included in the current £1,500,000 price tag, but we understand they are available for purchase by separate negotiation from the chap we sold them to a few years ago.

Ailsa Craig Island – Lighthouse Complex, Winch House, Railway & Pier (c) 2011 Knight Frank.

As far as the old “sail again” phrase goes, we have here a new variation on the nautical theme – this time “sale again”. The island has been placed back up for sale, now with a cool million pounds snipped off of the price.

The current guide price for this wondrous piece of rock is a veritable bargain at £1,500,000. Anyone wishing to have questions answered are directed towards Ran Morgan at Knight Frank property consultants on UK 0131 222 9600.

For our part, as former owners of a significant lump of this rock, we are keen to help any reader of the Unique Property Bulletin should they wish to look at buying the island. All you need to do is send us your questions at Click Here To Contact Us and we shall do our best to answer.

Ailsa Craig Island Lighthouse Complex (c) 2011 Russ McLean.

General description ….

An iconic island lying in the outer Firth of Clyde, 10 miles off the shore. Home to the world’s best known Curling Stone Quarry. Annual rental income of £26,000. One attractive cottage and various old buildings included. In all about 219.69 acres. The vast bulk of the main island is for sale at a guide of £2,500,000. It is worth checking out our Unique Property Manual – Click Here to see how the negotiations for neighbouring Sanda Island went. Maybe save a few thousand pounds on a purchase of Ailsa Craig Island ! Especially as the £1,000,000 mentioned above has already been saved from last year’s guide price.

With regard to Ailsa Craig Island, it is important to note that the Lighthouse Tower and the former Lighthouse Keepers Dwellings are excluded from the main sale. Also the Pier, Railway, Winch House and related land are not part of the main Ailsa Craig Island sale. We would be more than happy help any prospective buyer to make sure they ended up reuniting the whole lot if they were considering buying the main island. Just drop us a brief note of introduction: Click Here To Contact Us .

Ailsa Craig Island is formed from a volcanic plug from a long extinct volcano believed to be over 500 million years old. It is an archetypal island mountain; a symmetrical cone of primitive rock thrusting from the sea 10 miles west of the south Ayrshire coastline and a symbol great natural grandeur. It extends to about 2 miles in circumference and rises to an elevation of over 1100 feet above the sea. Ailsa Craig is known particularly for two main assets. Firstly, it is the breeding ground for one of the largest colonies of gannets in the world and secondly it contains a most important ‘blue hone’ granite quarry, known the world over as the source of granite for curling stones. The lighthouse (not included) was built in 1883-6 by Thomas Stevenson. There is a delightful small cottage at the foot of the cliff on the east side and a ruined castle approximately 60 metres up the path.

Ailsa Craig island is for sale for the first time in many generations. Includes 2 Bedrooms Cottage. Price guide £2,500,000 Freehold. Contact Ran Morgan at Knight Frank on 0131 222 9600.

We put Knight Frank in touch with the owners of the separate lighthouse keepers dwellings which we used to own. You can just see them in our photograph above. Bottom right of the island. These too are now available for sale. So it is possible to buy both the island, and the Lighthouse Complex (excluding the Tower), plus the Pier, Winch House and Railway.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish freehold Equivalent)

Guide: Offers over £1,500,000 (Island only – lighthouse buildings and pier by separate negotiation).

Contact Mr Ran Morgan: 0131 222 9600.

Online Brochure ….




Gwynedd Gem

Stryd Moriah Exterior (c) 2012 Tudor Estates.

After the heady heights of the £1,500,000 for Ailsa Craig Island we are back to the Temporal, with, ironically something Spiritual.

This is a fine little building – Stryd Moriah, Nefyn, Gwynedd, LL53 6HG. The Chapel is situated in the centre of Nefyn a small seaside resort situated on the north coast of the beautiful Llyn Peninsula.

Stryd Moriah Interior (c) 2012 Tudor Estates.

The Chapel has potential for re-development subject to planning consent, and comprises:-

Chapel with fixed pews 35 2 x 47 7 (10.72m x 14.50m). Two doors leading to: – Vestry 38 9 x 14 2 (11.81m x 4.32m). Meeting room 12 11 x 11 1 (3.94m x 3.38m). Toilet with high level WC and corner washbasin.

All in all, quite a lot of building for the money sought.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £79,500.

Contact Tudor Estate Agents: 01758 701100.

Online Brochure ….




Former Childrens Hall

Childrens Hall (c) 2012 Innes & MacKay.

We haven’t listed one of these before. This modest stone built detached property has been gently upgraded and modernised, but keeping some of the original features. Within walking distance of Beauly town centre, the former Childrens Hall is situated at Orchard Street, Beauly, IV4 7DR.

The accommodation includes: Hallway, Lounge, Kitchen, Utility Room, Dining Room, Bathroom, 4 Bedrooms with one en-suite.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Freehold Equivalent).

Guide: £210,000.

Contact Innes & MacKay: 01463 251200.

Online Brochure ….




From Childrens Hall To Montessori

Montessori School (c) 2012 Batcheller Monkhouse.

As a progression in the properties this week, we go from a Childrens Hall, to a former and renowned Montessori School. This fine school building is classed in the planning category of D1. There is an adjacent 4 bedroom Victorian property.

Montessori School (c) 2012 Batcheller Monkhouse.

The school and headmaster’s accommodation is situated at Loxwood Road, Alfold, Cranleigh, GU6 8HP.

Montessori School Grounds (c) 2012 Batcheller Monkhouse.


Summary Elements:-

Family Room

Well fitted Kitchen

Utility and Cloakroom

Ground Floor Bedroom Suite

Main Bedroom En-Suite

Office, Quiet Room

Playground and Garden

Magnificent 40″ reception area

2 further First Floor Bedrooms

School: 2 traditional Classrooms


This represents both a unique property, and perhaps a unique lifestyle. For fuller details, please contact the agent.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £1,250,000.

Contact Batcheller Monkhouse Agencies: 01798 879002 / 01798 872081.

Online Brochure ….




Castle Via Lancelot

A Slice Of History (c) 2012 Allen & Harris.

This is a ready made piece of castle-style living without the headache of all the restoration, planning, building warrants, historic building permissions etc., etc.

For a relatively modest price, you can enjoy a little of the style Sir Lancelot had in the days when knights were bold. Just enter Stoke Park along Lancelot Drive, turn left onto Wright Way. Take the second left into Parnell Road, then take the first right towards Vanburgh Lane following the left hand fork towards the Dower House, and there is a parking bay on the right hand side. For SatNav we are advised to punch in the postcode BS16 1WA. But as always, if you end up in a moat, or off a cliff, please don’t blame us. Exercise due caution when operating SatNavs !!!.

This studio apartment with compact living space includes living, kitchen & bedroom areas with vaulted beamed ceiling and modern bathroom, entry phone system and lift with views over the Clock Tower.

Apartment Interior (c) 2012 Allen & Harris.

Lounge, Kitchen, Bedroom Area 16′ 9″ x 13′ 9″ ( 5.11m x 4.19m ) with two sash windows to front.

Kitchen Area: With a single stainless steel sink with mixer taps and drainer unit with cupboards under, electric hob, built in fridge, built in microwave grill oven, wooden effect flooring.

Bathroom 7′ 4″ x 5′ 10″ ( 2.24m x 1.78m ) With a low level w.c., pedestal wash hand basin, panel bath with mixer taps and shower over, shaver point, extractor fan, partial tiling, wooden effect flooring.

Outside: Allocated parking and access to gardens.

Tenure: Leasehold (Ground Rent & Service Charge Approximately £700 Per annum).

Guide: £84,950.

Contact Allen & Harris: 0117 979 8082.

Online Brochure ….




Foxglove Factory

Foxglove Factory (c) 2012 Foxglove Factory.

This is a house submitted by one of our readers and we are delighted to feature. As well as a very unusual building, the Foxglove Factory comes with a very nice detached Garden Office.

The Garden Office (c) 2012 Foxglove Factory.

The location and views are exceptional from the main building and the smaller one has a lovely garden setting.

This property is situated at Gooseberry Lane, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 oPQ.

The Foxglove Factory was designed to be a very warm, well-insulated home, with Argon filled high efficiency double glazing and Wirsbo underfloor central heating.

High quality, FSC sourced, Jatoba hardwood has been used for all windows and doors, not only environmentally concious but also extremely durable. All the internal doors – many of them smoked glass in hardwood frames – are bespoke, made specifically for this house as have the windows (many of them huge).

Stylish Iguzzini lighting has been used throughout, again, very expensive and beautifully made.


Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £450,000.

Contact: thefoxglovefactory at gmail.com

Online Brochure ….


Plus lots of photographs …..




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