Unique Property Bulletin 22 April 2012

Baronial With Battlements

Dalnair House (c) 2012 Lairich Rig.

This is a fine looking Scottish Baronial style building called Dalnair House, which is at Croftamie, Glasgow, G63 0EZ. Coming up for auction by SVA Auctioneers on 3rd May 2012. Some lead-in times for an auction are a little on the short side, so please remember to keep an eye on buildings such as this, even if you cannot make the auction on the day. There is a marvellous opportunity on some occasions to buy after the auction if a lot fails to sell. We know, as some of our best purchases have happened this way.

Dalnair House is a B Listed building set in approximately 54 acres, approximately 15 miles northwest of Glasgow City Centre and 20 miles west of Stirling on the edge of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and is some 3 miles from Drymen. Enjoying an outstanding position, the property stands within established woodland creating an attractive parkland setting with views over the surrounding countryside and the Endrick Water.

Constructed during the late nineteenth century to a design by Clarke & Bell, the property is mainly three storey in height, a further storey has been added to a section on the southeast side and thereafter it reduces to two storeys towards the west. An extension and link building, of rendered blockwork construction, were added to the west of the original stone built section in the late 1970’s to provide additional accommodation for its use, at that time, as a hotel. More recently the building has been used as a private nursing home.

The property has been unoccupied for several years and is now in a dilapidated condition.

There is an additional parcel of land, on the southwest side of the A809 which also comprises woodland and extends to approximately 1.5 hectares. Please note the Lodge house is NOT included.

The property had planning and listed building consent for a residential flatted development which expired in February 2011. The consent was the conversion of Dalnair House to form 11 flats and the erection of a new building (to replace the rear extension) to provide a further 15 flats. It is the responsibility of prospective buyers to exercise due diligence on whether planning and listed consents will be reissued

Tenure: Part Feuhold, & Part Long Leasehold. Original lease granted in 1805 for 999 years – see legal pack for further details.

Guide Price: Between £250,000 and £400,000.

Contact SVA Auctions: 0131 624 6640.

Auction Date: 3rd May 2012.

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Ambulance Station

Former Ledbury Ambulance Station (c) 2012 Jonathan Billinger.

Like the original purpose of the building, this is a case of treading carefully and studying the vital signs first ! Here is an excellent piece of property for conversion to some form of home with allied home/office or vocational function to achieve an independent self-supporting lifestyle.

However, there are community concerns that should be taken into account. A little due diligence reveals that the local town council are considering buying the ambulance station and turning into a youth cafe. As per the article in the Ledbury reporter of 9th March 2012 ….


It is probably a 50/50 possibility that the town council may buy the Bye Street building. Though there are other more suitable ones to utilise in the area. If the town council do not buy the Ambulance Station, then one of our readers might like to have a look. The concern to address is that anyone buying this interesting property would be wise to consider some amenity function within a planning permission change of use. It might just be that a proposal for utilising part of the building as a home, with a youth cafe attached would be met favourably. Especially if diplomacy, consultation and a good line of communication is made between a buyer and those in the local area wishing to see an empty building brought back to use.

We have certainly found this approach to be very welcome when revitalising empty shops and the like through our sister website at the Real Dragons’ Den ….


For now, we would invite our Unique Property Bulletin readers to have a look at the former Ambulance Station at, Bye Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2AG.

Total accommodation approximately 131.11m² (1,411ft²).

Site Area: 0.02 hectares (0.06 acres) approximately.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £115,000.

Contact FHP Property Consultants: 0115 841 1137.

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Blues & Twos

The Former Rushden Fire Station (c) 2012 Mr Chris Cursley.

After the Ambulance Station at Ledbury described above, we have a small detour on the blues and twos. Our next offering is a magnificent looking brick structure, formerly known as the Newton Road Fire Station, situated in Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 0HF.

This is a huge piece of building. From the photograph you can just see the old practice tower used to train firefighters to scale tall buildings with ladders etc.

The property has had different uses since being decommissioned, but represents the ideal combination of part residential and part commercial, at least in our eyes, for a unique lifestyle which admittedly we do bang on about a bit. But in fairness, anyone who has experience life away from the drudgery of the 9-5 office treadmill will also sing from that same sheet.

For this handsome building, we leave the rest of the clue finding, research and history examination of you dear reader. There is, for starters, a wealth of rooms and descriptions on the estate agent’s pdf downloadable file via the link below.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: Offers in excess of £500,000.

Contact: Compass Agencies: 01234 214234.

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Dixon of Dock Green & Judge John Deed

Police Station & Magistrates Court at Cromer (c) 2012 I. Braybrook.

To complete our blue light trio, or rather quartet, we have two for the price of one. A Former Police Station, plus a Magistrates Court at Holt Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9EB.

The imagination could run riot with this. Dare say there has been a riot or two discussed in these very walls.

Be your own Beak! Former Cromer Magistrates Court (c) 2012 Jones Lang LaSalle.

The property occupies a prominent position on the south side of Holt Road (A148), approximately ½ mile west of Cromer town centre. Immediately opposite is Cromer railway station, a Morrison’s Supermarket, Halfords, Carpet Right, and a public house. The surrounding area on the south side of Holt Road is mainly residential. The beach, esplanade and Cromer pier are situated circa ½ mile north east of the property.

The building comprises a single storey structure of brick construction beneath a pitched tiled roof, with concrete floors and wooden sash windows. Internally, the former Magistrates Court comprises two courtrooms, a reception/waiting area, interview rooms and WCs. The former Police Station offers a basic standard of accommodation comprising a reception, offices, staff facilities and cells in more recently constructed extension to the rear of the property.

There is a total of 21 car parking spaces provided to the front of the property and 9 to the rear. The site extends to circa 0.9 acres (0.36 hectares), is rectangular in shape and benefits from good frontage onto Holt Road.

Size approximately 6727.44 ft2 (625.00 m2)

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: Price on application.

Contact Jones Lang LaSalle 020 7087 5633.

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Mews & Gates

Royal Drive Mews Lodge (c) 2012 Statons.

Sounds like a firm of solicitors that specialises in representing cats. On a more serious tone, this is a very nicely renovated Mews House situated in Royal Drive, London, N11 3FN and well worth a viewing as it is in a private area of the capital, though within comfortable reach of the North Circular arterial route. Described as a single storey mews home situated in this highly sought after development. The property benefits from its own gated entrance which leads to a private courtyard.

It has more of a look of the traditional Lodge House to a private estate, the sort of design that featured in George Clarke’s popular television series The Restoration Man ….


Though our particular example in the Bulletin this week is the finished item, and anyone having watched the long and winding road of Scott Welch, the former heavyweight boxing champion and his 20 year dream plus several more years restoration of Thorington Gate Lodge in Suffolk, might just like to pay the extra premium that our offering today of Royal Drive Mews House commands. It all depends on how into restoration you are.

Further details of this 2 Bedroom Detached Mews Lodge are available below.

Tenure: Leasehold (many London properties are).

Guide Price: £575,000.

Contact Statons Agency : 020 8445 3694.

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Old Tweed Mill

The Old Mill at Rogart (c) 2012 Bell Ingram.

This derelict building is in the wonderful Highland village of Rogart. The village has a post office and shop, garage, hotel and railway station. Indeed it has a marvellous Railway Bunkhouse which is a unique gem in and of itself.

For additional facilities, the town of Golspie is approximately 9 miles and the city of Inverness 51 miles.

The Old Mill at Rogart (c) 2012 Bell Ingram.

This building, or rather what remains of it is of the old Tweed Mill by the Corrie Burn. The official address is: The old Mill, Rogart, Sutherland, IV28 3XA. This property was granted outline planning consent on 8th July 2008 for conversion to two houses. Plan drawings and further photographs can be found on the undernoted internet link.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Freehold Equivalent).

Guide: Offers over £90,000.

Contact Bell Ingram Agencies: 01463 717 799.

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