Unique Property Bulletin 19 August 2012

Engine House & Extras

The Old Engine House (c) 2012 Chris Andrews.

This is a classic example of a former Cornish Tin Mine complex of buildings. The property for sale includes the Engine House, and extra property of the Miners Cottage & Tinners Cottage.

The Engine House has been restored to it’s former glory as befits such a historic Grade II Listed building.

Engine House Tower Interior (c) 2012 Jackson-Stops & Staff.

General Description:-

Engine House: 3 Bedrooms. Bathroom. Shower Room. Kitchen/Dining Room. Sitting Room with Balcony and nice views …

View From Chimney Height (c) 2012 Jackson-Stops & Staff.

Miners Cottage & Tinners Cottage: Open Plan Lounge/Kitchen/Dining Room. Ground Floor Bedroom En-Suite Bathroom. 2 First Floor Bedrooms 1st Floor Bathroom with Shower.

All set in landscaped grounds.

An interesting extra piece of information can be found at …



Location: The Old Engine House & Miners Cottage, Wheal Rose, Scorrier, Cornwall, TR16 5DE.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: Offers over £750,000.

Contact Jackson-Stops & Staff Tel: 01872 261160.

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Gorgeous Golfing Gatehouse

Rowallan Gatehouse (c) 2012 CKD Galbraith

This classic example of a tower house pierced by the archway over the private driveway to the Rowallan Estate looks every part what you could expect from this genre of unusual place to call home.

The Gatehouse does require complete internal refurbishment, but after that will provide a wonderful 2 bedroom house with plenty of character.

Rowallan Gatehouse (c) 2012 WF Millar.

The building is set in about 0.20 acres of ground at the entrance to Rowallan Castle Estate.

An added bonus is the nearby championship Rowallan castle Golf Club designed by Colin Montgomerie.

Although in the country, access to Scotland’s major city of Glasgow is a relatively convenient 20 minute drive via the M77 motorway.

Location: Rowallan Gate House, Rowallan Castle Golf Club, By Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, KA3 2LP.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish equivalent to Freehold).

Guide: Offers over £220,000.

Contact CKD Galbraith Tel: 01292 292319 – Vivien Baillie.

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Beautiful Beachfront Boathouse

Ardlochan Road Boathouse (c) 2012 Knight Frank.

The Boathouse is situated in a unique beachfront location with spectacular views of the coastline. Recently extended and modernised to maximise light and views within the property.

The Boathouse has accommodation over two floors including a magnificent drawing room with oak flooring, wood burning stove and French doors leading to a large decking area overlooking the beach with outstanding sea views. At the front of the house there is also a large downstairs bedroom with en suite bathroom and access that leads to the large decking area. There is a good sized kitchen, dining and lounge area complete with a Rayburn stove providing a warm core to the property. Downstairs is completed with a vestibule and entrance hall as well utility and store rooms.

From the upstairs landing there is further access to three bedrooms and a family bathroom. The large bedroom is a truly wonderful space with coombed ceilings and French doors opening to a small balcony maximising the sea views.

Ardlochan Road Boathouse Interior (c) 2012 Knight Frank.

The two additional bedrooms have built in wardrobes and sit either side of a family bathroom that includes a shower unit and a corner bath.

General Accommodation:-

4 Bedrooms

2 Reception rooms

2 Bathrooms


Coastal Location



Private Parking

View From Beach Front – Horse Not Included (c) 2012 Knight Frank.

Location: The Boathouse, Ardlochan Road, Maidens, Ayrshire, KA19 8LA.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish equivalent to Freehold).

Guide: Offers over £395,000.

Contact Knight Frank Agencies Tel: 0131 222 9600 – Neil Scott.

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See Saw School ?

The Old Sawmill (c) 2012 Pugh & Co.

The most recent use for this building has been as a Sawmill. Full planning consent was granted for a change of use of the property to a children’s day nursery on the 3rd November 2011. This would tend to indicate a planning authority with a pragmatic and sensible approach to helping bring empty buildings back into use. In other words a flexibility with regard to change of use permissions.

So if your profession is as a teacher, you might consider keeping the original planning permission change of use, and seek to amend it slightly so you could build a home on the site and have that marvellous of things: – a traffic-jam-free commute to work each day ! Unusual but excellent on so many level – not just the short commute, but no railway season tickets or expensive car tanks to refuel for work travelling.

This building is detached, and has undergone partial refurbishment, but does require completion.

Interior – The Old Sawmill (c) 2012 Pugh & Co.

Internal area (approximate): Ground Floor, 3,000 sq. ft. with First Floor, 3,000 sq. ft. Yielding a huge are to play with of around 6,000 square feet.

Outside there is around a third of an acre of land. Enough to build a second building – perhaps a detached house. As suggested, maybe an idea to keep the original change of use for the main building, have a bespoke designed newbuild house in the grounds, and have a unique lifestyle with a home and livelihood all in the one purchase.

The Old Sawmill fronts directly on to Union Street which is within 5 miles of Oldham town centre

Location: The Old Saw Mill, Union Street, Royton, Oldham, Lancashire, OL2 5JD.

Tenure: LONG LEASEHOLD. Please Check Out Ground Rent & Related Charges as well as lease length and renewal terms.

Auction Guide (Lot 52): £65,000 to £80,000.

Auction Location: Manchester United Football Club.

Auction Date: 6th September 2012 (though keep an eye in case this fails to sell at auction – puts you the buyer in a very good bargaining position).

Contact Pugh & Company Tel: 0844 2 722444.

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Yellowstone Yarn

The Old Yarn Store (c) 2012 Hamptons International.

This is a beautiful conversion of the Old Yarn Store at the former Longfords Mill in Stroud. The thing that caught our eye, apart from the fine yellow Cotswold Oolitic Jurassic Limestone (we swallowed the dictionary there), is the amazing water feature. A remnant of the water power for the hydro generation at the original mill. This feature looks remarkably interesting. Something to study when you are in the garden.

The Old Yarn Store Communal Gardens (c) 2012 Hamptons International.

At the refurbished Longfords Mill lies this Grade II Listed split level apartment. Arranged across two floors, approached via steps up from the parking area. The inner hallway has stairs leading to the first floor and doors radiate to the main accommodation which includes an impressive open plan reception space with both living and dining room as well as a fitted kitchen with integral oven, hob, extractor hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine and beech worktops. The room boasts two windows overlooking the water, character full Cotswold stone and a tall ceiling with exposed beams.

The Old Yarn Store (c) 2012 Hamptons International.

Also on this level is a guest bedroom with ensuite shower room and cloakroom. On the first floor the “L” shaped master bedroom is particularly noteworthy enjoying both space, character and a large ensuite bathroom with space for a tumble drier.

Outside there is parking for two vehicles and the use of communal gardens.?

Location: The Yarn Store, Longfords Mill, Minchinhampton, Stroud, GL6 9LU.

Tenure: Long Leasehold (999 years from 1st January 2004 – so you WILL be drawing your pension when the lease is due for renewal).

Guide: £250,000.

Contact Hamptons International Tel : 01453 568144.

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Bank Fails To Sell

Tempting at Tonbridge (c) 2012 Clive Emson Auctioneers.

This building has a bearing about it that exudes a strength of some sort. Formerly a bank, this was Lot 34 at a recent Clive Emson auction, but didn’t sell on the day.

A substantial two-storey office building, with a prominent main road frontage, located within the town centre of Maidstone, convenient for Maidstone West Railway Station. The property is considered suitable for continued use as offices or, perhaps, conversion into residential units, subject to all the necessary consents being obtainable.

Behind The Bank (c) 2012 Clive Emson Auctioneers.

Interested applicants are advised to make their own enquiries with the Local Planning Authority, the Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JQ. Tel: 01622 602736.

Ground Floor: Entrance leading to lobby, reception area, offices, workshop, storage area, kitchen and W.C.s.

First Floor: Office space, two large workshops, storage area, kitchen and W.C.s.

Outside: Five car-parking spaces.

The current owners have commissioned a design document outlining the change of use and extension into residential. Further details are available from the Auctioneer’s Office.

Location: 6 Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8RP.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £280,000 to £300,000. However as this is one of our favourite buying positions – a property that has failed to sell at auction, it maybe worth popping in an offer around £225,000 and see what the reaction is. Though expect there to be more than a few expletives involved. Notwithstanding this, it was a bank, so be hard nosed in your negotiations, and remember all the times a bank has said no, or disappointed you !

Contact Clive Emson Auction House Tel : 0845 8500333 – Ben Snelling or John Stockey.

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Home of John Lennon (c) 2012 Knight Frank.

The estate agents have appropriately given the title to this offering. Simply….

Imagine . . .

It is priced at what would normally be the high end of property that we feature on Unique Property Bulletin. But is certainly unique in a way that even trumps the regularly unusual and often eccentric fair that is served up here. It is also an extra property, as we usually only put 6 per Bulletin. So without further ado, here is the bonus listing, and a very special one at that.

Home of John Lennon (c) 2012 Knight Frank.

To quote the selling agents: “A rare opportunity to purchase a luxuriously finished family home, formerly owned by John Lennon, set in about 1.5 acres of exquisite gardens within the renowned St George’s Hill Estate.

Kenwood is situated at the heart of the exclusive St George’s Hill Estate, acknowledged as one of the UK’s premier private residential addresses. The house occupies a superb plateau position set around St George’s Hill’s renowned golf course, tennis club and leisure amenities. Kenwood overlooks magnificent landscaped gardens and grounds and enjoys uninterrupted views of the Surrey Hills. At the bottom of the garden there is a wonderful addition in the form of an indoor swimming pool complex offering a heated pool, shower and changing facilities along with further sauna. The mature landscaped gardens and grounds feature attractive York stone, split level entertaining terraces, low box hedging, specimen plants and herbaceous borders extending to approximately 1.5 acres.

This unique house boasts substantial entertaining and family accommodation incorporating many original features alongside a luxury finish.”

Home of John Lennon (c) 2012 Knight Frank.

6 Bedrooms

6 Reception Rooms

6 Bathrooms

1110.41 sq.m.



Secondary Accommodation

Swimming Pool

Private Parking

1.50 acres (0.6 hectares)

Location: Wood Lane, St George’s Hill, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0LH.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £15,000,000.

Contact Knight Frank Agencies Tel : 020 7629 8171 – James Cleland or Tim Garbett.

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