Unique Property Bulletin 23 June 2013

Foghorn, Canon & Magazine House

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Foghorn House, Island of Anglesey (c) 2013 Jackson-Stops & Staff

Foghorn House. Sounds like a spare annexe to keep the mother-in-law. Sorry Mums. Even our usual readers may be scratching our heads at this one. Where’s the Tower? We are a little guilty of featuring lighthouse buildings. Though a very high percentage of the UK population – and many of our readers – have expressed a desire to live “next to the sea”. That helps assuage the guilt a little ! The main event here is a fabulous three bedroom detached house, set in around 1/2 acre on the wonderful coast of the Island of Anglesey. But NO lighthouse tower !

Foghorn House Interior

Coastal Home, Colourful Character (c) 2013 Jackson-Stops & Staff

So how about this. Is it a rare thing? We’ve been lucky to encounter a foghorn or two over the years. But this is a bit special. Not just a foghorn, but one so old, that it was originally powered by canon to make a big noise that passing ships could hear! There is even a Magazine building included for your balls.

Agency Narrative: A fascinating and truly unique coastal property created from a former fog house occupying a remote and dramatic headland setting with wonderful views.

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Canon Ball Magazine House (c) 2013 Jackson-Stops & Staff

Accommodation Summary:-

Porch; Hall; Sitting Room; Dining Room; Kitchen with Aga; Breakfast Room; Studio.

3 Bedrooms; 2 Bath/Shower Rooms.

Courtyard with Garden Stores; Walled Gardens;

Former Magazine Building and Fog Houses.

Set in approximately 1/2 acre

Fogorn House View

Foghorn House – View From Your Grounds (c) 2013 Jackson-Stops & Staff

Location: North Stack Fog House, Holyhead Mountain, Anglesey, LL65 1YG.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £595,000.

Contact Jackson-Stops & Staff Agencies Tel: 01244 296024.




Underground – Tank Or Bunker ?

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Water Reservoir Facility, Yorkshire (c) 2013 Ettridge Architecure Hudson Property

At long last a local planning authority with the vision to give new life to these unusual surplus water utility sites. Recycling water buildings. Now that is more like it. Even if you don’t buy this particular gem, perhaps a good idea to keep a note of the architect….


Ettridge Architecure Ltd., may be of considerable help, with experience now gained in this field, to help you with a similar unusual build elsewhere in the UK.

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Water Reservoir Potential (c) 2013 Ettridge Architecure Hudson Property

Agency Narrative: Opportunity to build an underground eco-home as a holiday let! For sale is this former reservoir structure with full planning permission approved for conversion into a small, studio-style zero-carbon self-catering holiday let with parking.

Hudson Property, in partnership with both Hessle-based Ettridge Architecture who specialise in designing eco-friendly residential and commercial property, and Cottingham-based PURE Renewables, one of the leading and longest-established renewable energy companies in East Yorkshire, is delighted to offer a rare and exclusive opportunity to acquire a former underground reservoir, with Full Planning Permission for conversion to a zero-carbon holiday let, in the heart of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

With its raised position just outside the beautiful village of Walkington, this would undoubtedly be in huge demand as a holiday let with a difference!

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Reservoir Renewed Residence (c) 2013 Ettridge Architecure Hudson Property

Walkington itself has a fascinating history, as there was a settlement there as far back as the bronze age. Now it is a thriving and charming village with a stunning pond, two churches, a village store with a post office, and three popular pubs. All this only a 2 mile walk or cycle ride from the reservoir! Furthermore, Walkington is just outside the ancient market town of Beverley. It is also a perfect base from which to explore the east coast, the North Yorkshire moors, the Wolds (including Hockney Country) and the historic city of York.

All in all, an idyllic tourist destination, which when combined with the opportunity to stay in a subterranean property, is surely an offer that will attract bookings not only nationally, but also internationally.

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Plans For A Wonderful Home (c) 2013 Ettridge Architecure Ltd

The planning application, which is for a small, studio-style self-contained building with external terrace as well as space for parking, to be used as self-catering holiday accommodation, was considered by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and eventually approved on the 10th October 2012.

Location: Former Water Utility Building, Wold Road, Walkington, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU17 8SX (or thereabouts).

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £45,000.

Contact Hudson Properties Tel: 01482 645100.




Rare Railway Tunnel

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What Lays Beneath? Former Railway Tunnel, Lancashire (c) 2013 Roy Pugh

You wait for quite a while for a nuclear bunker, or something underground for many readers interested in the UKWMO subterranean sort of thing, then two underground structures appear in the one week!

Here we have a fairly rare railway tunnel. Perhaps worth making a telephone call to Ettridge Architectural and see if there is a viable unique home at the end of the tunnel. Sorry – metaphor torturing is a bit of a hobby here.

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A Long & Winding Road – A Lot Of Potential (c) 2013 Roy Pugh

Auctioneer’s Narrative: The property is situated off Newline Industrial Estate which is access off Newline Road (A6006). Bacup town centre is approximately 1 mile to the north. The end of the M66 motorway is approximately 5 miles to the south west. The property consists of a former railway tunnel approximately 1,138 sq m (12,244 sq ft) plus a yard approximately 0.95 hectares (2.35 acres).

Location: Former Railway Tunnel & Land at New Line, Bacup, Rossendale, Lancashire, OL13 0BY

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £50,000Lot 42 – 18 July 2013.

Contact Roy Pugh Auction Agencies Tel: 0844 2 722444.

Online Brochure ….



Going Going Not Gone – Booked

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Former Library, Edenbridge, Kent (c) 2013 Nigel Chadwick

Libraries hold a place in our heart here at the Bulletin. Partly because books are in our DNA. Publishing goes back a generation or two in the family. Libraries are the epitome of Carnegie for us. That is a whole philosophy to study and explore.

Previous feelings and thinking on Libraries, and how they have importance and a future, possibly a small game-changer as the vernacular goes ….

Libraries Do Have A Future

[Second property – and article – from the top of this Bulletin ]

Which is why, when a former library comes up for sale, we are keen to see if an adventure awaits. Especially for this one in Kent as it is an FTSAA – Failed To Sell At Auction.

Brief Auctioneer’s Narrative: Freehold Former Library 1728 Square Feet on Site 0.2 Acre Development Potential Subject to Planning Permission. Vacant.

For the avoidance of doubt, this is NOT a Carnegie library. It actually looks like a former church that has been transformed and utilised as a library. Readers will need to research this in more detail before putting any post-auction bids in.

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Library Interior – Looks Like A Former Church ? (c) 2013 Barnard Marcus

Location: Former Library, Church Street, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 5BD.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £295,000. FTSAA Lot 25 – Last Bid £261,000 Auction Date of Non Sale 28 May 2013.

Contact Barnard Marcus Auctioneers Tel: 020 8741 9990.

Online Brochure ….


You Will Need To Scroll Down To Lot 25.

Or Telephone 020 8741 9990 For A Brochure.


Email A Castle Please !

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Lickleyhead Castle and Country Estate (c) 2013 R & R Urquhart

Very old meets very new. Who would have imagined. The reason? We have a gentle, but regular correspondence of email enquiries requesting castles. There is a balance with these things. Like our favourite lighthouses, a temptation exists to focus on the preferred properties of whoever happens to be compiling the weekly edition of Unique Property Bulletin.

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Even A Small Library – Nice Sanctuary (c) 2013 R & R Urquhart

Some restraint is made not to feature too many castles, and endeavour to get the balance right. Here is an answer to several emails. A picturesque baronial piece of stonemasonry that would be a delight to live in.

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Wood Panelled Castle Interior (c) 2013 R & R Urquhart

Lickleyhead Castle and Country Estate Plus Separate Cottage. Summary Details:-

Drawing room

Dining room


Sitting room


7 bedrooms

7 bathrooms


boiler room

Walled garden

Parkland and amenity woodland

Traditional 2 bedroom/2 bathroom cottage

Quite a long list. Plus about 10.7 acres of castle grounds.

Location: Lickleyhead Castle Auchleven, Insch, Aberdeenshire, AB52 6PN.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Equivalent of Freehold).

Guide: £1,350,000.

Contact R & R Urquhart Solicitors Tel: 01463 250025.




Art Deco Returning To Fashion ?

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Art Deco at Hayling Island Hampshire (c) 2013 Jackson-Stops & Staff

Some would say the 1930’s ere of building designs never went out of fashion. Having been lucky enough to own one, we would agree. Fantastic style. Also, hopefully something our readers agree with. At least according to the emails. Hope you like this lovely example at Hayling Island, Hampshire.

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22 Feet High Reception Hall (c) 2013 Jackson-Stops & Staff

This Art Deco icon has the best of two worlds – the classic architecture of a bygone, but enduring age, and a beautiful sight of the sea.

Hayling Island Art Deco House View (c) 2013 Jackson-Stops & Staff

Agency Summary: 22′ High Reception Hall; Sitting Room; Dining Room; Kitchen/Breakfast Room; Study; Cloakroom; Utility Room with Dog Washing Facilities; 4 Bedroom Suites including 1 Bathroom En Suite; 3 Shower Rooms En Suite; First Floor Balcony to Principal Suite; Far Reaching Harbour Views; Integral Double Garage; Landscaped Garden with Direct Harbour Frontage; Underfloor Heating to the Ground Floor; Integrated Home Entertainment System.

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Interior Design Steeped In The Art Deco Genre (c) 2013 Jackson-Stops & Staff

Agency Narrative: This unique seafront house is unashamedly contemporary but with a nod to the classic Art Deco houses of the Bauhaus school, of which several examples can be found in the area and which architectural students travel from all over the world to see.

There is much detailed information on the Jackson-Stops & Staff agency website. We thoroughly recommend clicking on the weblink for that at the end of this listing.

Location: Sinah Lane, Hayling Island, Hampshire PO11 0HH.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £1,575,000.

Contact Jackson-Stops & Staff Agencies Tel: 01243 786316.




and finally …..

Steading Pitoothies

Pittoothies Steading, Aberdeenshire (c) 2013 Strutt & Parker

We had a nice email from a reader with this picturesque former steading for sale, and we promised to pop a mention into the Bulletin. A very fine conversion, and at £495,000 it is a finished project ready to move into. Six bedrooms and plenty of space in the countryside. Known as Pittoothies Steading, Whitehouse, Alford, Aberdeenshire. If you would like more information, please call Julia Willett at Strutt & Parker on 01330 826800 There is a rich selection of photographs to study at …



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