Unique Property Bulletin 22 January 2012

Ness Knockaird Water Tower, Isle of Lewis HS2 0XF.

The Water Tower at Knockaird (c) 2011 SVA Property Auctions Ltd.

Last week, we featured a sublime conversion of a water tower at Millfields in Plymouth guided at £400,000. The one pictured above is a meagre £20,000.

Link To Earlier Completed Water Tower Conversion

As a before and after exercise to study, this week we start with an example of the raw materials for such a project. A basic water tower. What is perhaps extraordinary is the guide price for the building before any work commences. A veritable bargain at around £20,000 (twenty thousand pounds). Situated at Knockaird on the Isle of Lewis. You will need to catch a ferry, but there is a special discount scheme that has come into operation significantly reducing the ferry fares to Lewis.

The Knockaird Water Tower site comprises a regular shaped area of ground located in fields behind a croft house. It is fenced with concrete post and rylock fencing and a timber stile provides access. The site houses a disused water tower comprising a round concrete tank on concrete stanchions with breeze block walls in between. There are glass brick windows covered with a metal grill and a timber door. The remainder of the area is covered with grass.

Lewis is the northern part of the largest of the Western Isles of Scotland otherwise known as the Outer Hebrides. It is an island of immense natural beauty and contrasts, with deserted golden sandy beaches, long stretches of rocky coastline, miles of heather moorland and small villages and ports. Not surprisingly the island has a long history with seafaring and has had a thriving port at Stornoway since Viking times. Stornoway is the main administrative centre for the Western Isles and is a town on the east coast of the Island. The property is situated at the north tip of Lewis close to the Port Of Ness, 27 miles from Lewis.

Site Area: Approximately151.25 sq.m (0.037Acres)

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish freehold equivalent).

Planning Consents: Interested parties should make their own enquiries with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar – Western Isles Council. Tel 01851 822690

Currently for sale via auction at….

Current Auction Listing – 7th February 2012 – unless sold prior


Point of Ayr Lighthouse, Talacre, Flintshire.

Point of Ayr Lighthouse (c) 2012 Mr Dave Green.

This really unique building is a Grade II listed property, constructed of brick and stone on oak piled foundations. It is approximately 60ft high and 18ft in diameter. Currently being marketed by Strutt & Parker with a guide price of £100,000.

Originally built in 1777 by a Trust of the Mayor, Recorder and Aldermen of Chester, it served as a warning to shipping of the sandy entrance to the Dee and the Mersey. In the early 1820s it was taken over by Trinity House who partially rebuilt it. The tower shone its beacon from then until 1883, when it was superseded by the Dee Light-Ship.

The dunes on which the lighthouse was originally built have retreated inland over the years and it now sits in the middle of the beach. It is accessible on foot at low tide.

Point of Ayr Lighthouse (c) 2012 Strutt & Parker.

The property has the potential to be converted for residential use, subject to the grant of appropriate planning permission, although at the current time the interior is simply made up of several empty floors with stairs leading to the top. On the balcony stands a 7ft tall keeper made from highly-polished stainless steel – the result of a joint project between the current owner and Flintshire County Council.

The property includes approximately 2 acres of beach but this is not fenced and is therefore used by the general public.


* Point of Ayr is the northernmost point of mainland Wales. The lighthouse is situated on the sandy Talacre beach on the west side of the River Dee estuary.

* Talacre is popular with locals and holiday-makers, and Rhyl and Prestatyn offer a wide range of amenities.

* The nearby A55 provides a link along the North Wales Coast as well as to Chester (and the motorway network to Liverpool and Manchester).


From the A548 North Wales coast road between Prestatyn & Holywell, turn off the roundabout towards Talacre beach. The lighthouse is situated on the beach itself.

Further details ….




The White House, Youth Hostel, Scarborough, YO13 0DA.

The White House Hostel, Burniston Road, Scarborough. (c) 2012 CPH Property Services.

For some time the Youth Hostel Association have been seling off buildings. Usually located in exquisite and beautiful surroundings, we have the undernoted building, just one of several, on our radar.

A buyer had come close to completing a deal for this former water mill, now the Burniston Road Youth Hostel, Scarborough. But as of January 2012 the deal fell through, leaving the hostel to welcome another year seeking a buyer.

Guide Price – A bargain at £350,000.

The White House Hostel, Burniston Road, Scarborough. (c) 2012 CPH Property Services.

Duncan Simpson, head of corporate affairs and policy at the Youth Hostel Association, said: “There was some interest in buying the property and at one time we thought we might be close to a sale, but sadly that interest has gone away, as sometimes happens, and the hostel continues to be on the market to sell.”

The White House Hostel, Burniston Road, Scarborough. (c) 2012 CPH Property Services.

Scarborough Youth Hostel opened in 1935. Its first owner and warden was a Mrs Atkinson who eventually sold the business to the Youth Hostel Association. It was out of action for five months from October 1961 due to extensive alterations, increasing the capacity from 50 to 70. The hostel attracted around 5,000 stays each year, with occupancy of 51 per cent.

The White House Hostel, Burniston Road, Scarborough. (c) 2012 CPH Property Services.

Description: A 48 Bed Hostel. Understood to have been originally built as a Water Mill circa.1600. The Property has Potential for a both domestic and commercial uses. (subject to the usual consents which may be required)The Property which includes a Managers House has been successfully running as a Youth Hostel Since 1935, and could continue as such.This property is continuing to operate as a Youth Hostel during the marketing period. It is not anticipated that it will close for business prior the end of October 2010. In the Event of the Purchaser wishing to continue the use as a Hostel,the vendors will be happy to discuss the sale of all fixtures and fittings.Interested in Viewing? Tel: 01723 352235.

General Accommodation Details (a lot)

GROUND FLOOR: Entrance Vestibule:
Reception: 12’5″ x 5’11”
Toilet/Boot Room: 12’0″ overall x 6’10”
Separate WC:
Boiler Room:
Dining Room:
Lounge: 13’10” x 13’3″
Servery Kitchen: 12’9″ x 11’9″
Catering Kitchen: 14’9″ x 12’11”
Utility/rear Entrance:
Reception/Office: 8’2″ x 5’9″
Inner Hallway:
Members Kitchen: 23’6″ x 7’1″

Room1: 14’6″ maximum x 8’7″
Room 2: 14’6″ maximum x 14’5″ maximum
Separate WC:
Separate Shower:
Room 3: 16’4″ x 13’7″

Room 4: 19’3″ x 11’9″
Rear First Floor Landing:
Two Shower Rooms & Two Toilets:
Room 5: 18’0″ overall x 11’9″ maximum
Rear Hallway (within rear annex):
Shower Room & Separate WC:
Room 6: 18’6″ overall x 11’1″
Room 7: 11’7″ x 11’1″
Room 8: 14’5″ x 11’7″
Rear Hallway:
WC, Separate Shower Room & Airing Cupboard:
Lounge/Kitchen Area: 17’8″ overall x 11’6″
Room 9 (suitable for disabled access): 13’0″ maximum x 11’8″
Central Landing with Kitchen Area:
Staff Room 1: 10’9″ x 7’7″
Staff Room 2: 9’5″ plus recess x 7’7″
Shower Room:

Lounge: 13’6″ x 12’10”
Kitchen: 12’7″ x 5’8″
Utility: 7’5″ x 5’2″

FIRST FLOOR: Half Landing:
Bedroom: 12’6″ x 10’9″
Bedroom: 13’3″ x 11’7″
Bedroom: 9’11” x 7’7″ plus recess.

Further Details ….



Loggans Mill Hayle, Cornwall, TR27.


Loggans Mill (c) 2012 Mr Martin Bodman.


This is a late 19th century structure, which once housed a steam-powered mill. The local council are in the process of seeking offers.

For further details, please contact Mr Ben Colman at Cornwall Council Property Department. Telephone: 01872 326985.

For very rough guidance, a local Hayle estate agent has estimated Loggans Mill to be worth in the region of £500,000 to £750,000, depending on future use. The estate agency said: “It depends whether it is going to be a conference centre or flats in the future.”


Dunaskin Ironworks Site, Waterside, Dunaskin, KA6 7JH.


Dunaskin Ironworks (c) 2012 Future property Auctions.

An unusual candidate to include in the Bulletin. We have never had an ironworks before.

This is the former Dunaskin Ironworks set in around 4.41 Acres. To be offerred for sale at Future Property Auctions on 7th February 2012. This lot includes a selection of buildings on substantial plot. Variety of potential uses possible – Subject to development and consents.

As well as the land, there is a selection of buildings, ex-offices and workshops located on site. Dunaskin was the centre of Coal Mining and Iron Workings in the Doon Valley. The premises are situated to Dalmellington Road, which is located approximately 9 miles from south east of Ayr toward Dalmellington on the A713. Waterside is a village in East Ayrshire, Scotland, situated about five miles east of Kilmarnock. It lies on the A719.

No price quoted. Further details ….

Online Details – The Former Dunaskin Ironworks


The Priory, Station Road, Bishops Cleeve,

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 8HJ.

The Priory, Bishops Cleave (c) 2012 Knight Frank.


Charming Grade II Listed former Priory in the heart of Bishops Cleeve. This lovely village home has beautifully proportioned accommodation and generous lawned gardens making it the perfect family house.

Set in private gardens with the Church as a back drop, The Priory is a beautiful family home which has been lovingly restored and improved by the current owners. The accommodation which is arranged over 3 floors is generous with 7 bedrooms including 2 suites and 4 good reception rooms including a dining hall. There are character features throughout including fireplaces, multi-paned sash windows and flagstone floors.

7 bedrooms

4 reception rooms

3 bathrooms



Private Parking

0.45 acres (0.2 hectares)


Guide Proce £1,200,000

Further Details ….