Unique Property Bulletin 25 August 2013

Tower – Leasehold At Lendal

 Tower Lendal Chris Downer

Lendal Tower, York (c) 2013 Chris Downer

This is a visually stunning tower property. Available on a leasehold basis. The agency narrative is fairly short, so it may be worthwhile telephoning the Carter Jonas York Office on 01904 558200 and politely ask for a copy of the old fashioned style of paper sales brochure to be sent out via Royal Mail.

Agency Narrative: An outstanding and unique conversion of a landmark building with exceptional river and city views, a superb roof terrace and a garden in the heart of York. Sympathetically restored and renovated, the Tower blends history of the building with contemporary living. Accommodation comprises: Reception Hall, Sitting Room, Kitchen, Dining Area. There are also three Bedrooms, three Bathrooms and a Lift. Plus a Private Garden, and Large Roof Terrace. The Garage is available to rent separately.

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 Lendal Tower – Lovely Roof Terrace (c) 2013 Carter Jonas

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What A Lovely View From The Tower (c) 2013 Carter Jonas

There is an excellent website for Lendal Tower, from where much information can be studied:-


Plus a range of interactive 360 degree photography….


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 Glorious Tower Interior (c) 2013 Carter Jonas

Location: Lendal Tower, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DP.

Tenure: LEASEHOLD. Please ask the selling agent for further details of the lease terms.

Guide: £1,350,000.

Contact Carter Jonas Agency Tel: 01904 558200. Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the selling agency know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Octagonal Dovecote Conversion

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The Dovecote, Shropshire (c) 2013 Davis White Perry Agencies

These are relatively rare, and make a refreshingly interesting conversion. Something definitely unusual about living in an octagonally shaped home.

Agency Narrative:-

Dining/Kitechen: 17′ x 12’6″ (5.16m x 3.80m) with Oak units, matching drawers, work surfaces and tiled splashback, inset sink and mixer tap, tall cupboard with shelving, matching wall cupboards, display shelving and glass fronted cabinet. Whirlpool hob and inset stainless steel double oven, grill pan, stainless steel cooker hood. Plumbing for dishwasher, radiator, understairs store cupboard, telephone socket, ceramic floor tiling, double doors into garden.

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Dovecote Interior (c) 2013 Davis White Perry Agencies

Staircase from the Hall to Landing:

Living Room: 17’4″ x 14′ (5.28m x 4.26m) two porthole windows, double doors onto a balcony, two radiators, TV aerial socket, telephone socket, store cupboard under stairs.

Staircase to a second floor Landing off which are:

Bedroom One 13’10” x 8’3″ (4.22m x 2.50m) having built-in wardrobe with mirror sliding doors, radiator, telephone socket.

En-Suite Shower Room with tiled shower cubicle, mixer shower, sliding shower screen, pedestal wash hand basin, tiled splashback, low level WC.

A further Staircase rises to a small Landing off of which are:

Bedroom Two 10’10” x 10’8″ featuring the original dome, walk-in Store Room, radiator, two wall light points.

En-Suite Bathroom with panelled bath, tiled splashback, pedestal wash hand basin, low level WC.

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Would Pigeon Pie Be Inappropriate ? (c) 2013 Davis White Perry Agencies

Outside: The property is completely surrounded by its own attractive gardens enclosed by hedges and laid to lawn with inset flower beds, there is a mixed orchard of apple, pear, cherry and almond tree. There is double width parking at the front and a single Garage.

Location: The Dovecote, 19 Longford Park, Nr. Newport, Shropshire TF10 9AA.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £299,950.

Contact Davis White Perry Agencies Tel: 01952 811003. Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Competition: 10/- Prize

Blast From The Past Ten Shillings Prize

A blast from the past. When pocket money really was worth a few bob. Following the very popular £100 prize a few weeks back we thought it a good idea to pop another competition on the Bulletin. Alright, there will be a few readers thinking: what sort of prehistoric money is that? [anyone younger than 40 years old], whilst the rest will be thinking what a bunch of miseries over there calling that tight-wad specimen a prize. Ha, that is where you are wrong. This is a special piece of monetary memorabilia. We will explain more to the winner.Above shows the prize for this Unique Property Bulletin competition. Here is the quation:-

Competition HintWhat Was The First Unique Property That We Lived At ?

Free to enter. Competition Closing Date: 12 Noon 12th September 2013

Unique Property Bulletin Competition Entry Contact Page

P.S. The 10 shilling note prize is not technically valid currency anymore. However they can be cashed in at various sources. Indeed we can let you have a cheque for the monetary equivalent. There are even websites that exchange left-over-currency at a less than equitable rate. Avoid these. Ebay will show you how decent collectors pay a fair price for these older keepsakes.


Charming Church

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Picturesque – Former St Mary’s Church, Newport (c) 2013 Savills

Here we have one of the most beautiful looking churches ever featured. However, whilst including this former church building we noticed something spooky. Not with the church, but with this Bulletin! This church, totally at random, appears to have the identical postcode as the Dovecote above. What are the odds? Well at least if you are interested in Dovecotes and Churches to live in, your SatNav only has the one destination to find.

Agency Narrative: A charming Grade II former ecclesiastical building offering flexible living accommodation with a rural outlook. Situated close to Newport.

Constructed from the remains of an older church that stood on the site, this striking sandstone church dates back to 1800. For the current owners, it has been a real labour of love; spending a number of years carefully converting the derelict building into a unique home with great attention to detail including the use of reclaimed materials.

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Gothic Gallery Style (c) 2013 Savills

An entrance vestibule with shower room off leads up to the full height open plan living/dining area. To the left is the kitchen/breakfast room with utility/pantry, and to the right a study/4th bedroom. To the rear is a sitting room with impressive church window and log burner. The room is given a warmth by the exposed stone and solid wood.

A solid oak staircase leads up to a galleried landing and the three bedrooms; two with en suite shower rooms as well as the family bathroom and all with striking arched windows.

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Comfortably Converted Charming Church (c) 2013 Savills

Outside the house is approached by a drive down to a parking area with double garage. Landscaped gardens surround the house and are divided into attractive areas.

Nestled in a rural position just outside Newport, St Mary’s is well situated for not only the leisure and shopping amenities of Newport, but also the well regarded Adams Grammar School and Newport Girls High School. The M54 is about 7 miles, and Stafford about 14 miles with its trains to London from 1hr 20mins.

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Just A Beautiful Looking Building (c) 2013 Savills

Location: Former St Mary’s Church, Longford Road, Longford, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 9AA.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £550,000.

Contact Savills Agency Tel: 0 1952 239 500 – Lucy Blythe. Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay FREE to use by letting the estate agent know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Tower House – The Sequel

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The Tower House, Kent (c) 2013 Terence Painter

If Lendal Tower House at the top of this week’s Bulletin is not quite the right flavour for you, how about this huge Kent Tower House? It has the potential to be utilised as a single residence, or benefits from planning permission to convert into flats.

Agency Narrative: This is a rare opportunity to acquire this imposing Landmark Grade II Listed building situated in the idyllic seaside town of Westgate-on-Sea. Planning consent was granted in September 2007 and renewed in November 2010 for the conversion of the main building into 19 one, two and three bedroom apartments and an outbuilding into a two bedroom cottage. The property has previously been used as a single residence and could continue to be used as such. The property may also suit a variety of alternative uses, subject to obtaining the appropriate planning consent.

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The Tower House – Exquisite Interior (c) 2013 Terence Painter

Tower House General Description – Tower House is a magnificent Grade II Listed building. It is well known as one of the most significant buildings in the area. Solid brick construction under a variety of roof coverings but predominately of traditional pitched tiled roofs with dormer windows. There is a substantial metal framed conservatory filling a courtyard space between the Tower House and the adjoining building. The window casements are typically of single glazed wooden framed double sash.

Tower House comprises the eastern wing of the former St Augustine’s College. This large Grade II Listed building is now used as a wedding and conference centre as well as providing some serviced office accommodation.

Location: The Tower House, Canterbury Road, Westgate, Kent, CT8 8NL.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £1,800,000

Contact Agencies Terence Painter Properties – Tel: 01843 866866. Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay FREE to use by letting the estate agent/owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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This week the Bulletin content has taken a meander along the more expensive range of property. We know this suits quite a few readers looking at that scale. This is just a quick note of reassurance that we will be covering property in other price ranges next week. Our aim, as always, is to feature the unusual in all price ranges, and all areas of the U.K. Some weeks such as this, we just end up running out of space and time to include as extensive an edition as possible.


Mired In History

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Myres Castle, Auchtermuchty, Fife (c) 2013 Savills

Plenty of history comes with this wonderful castle. Firstly though, what do we have? A Refurbished Castle 6 Reception Rooms 10 Bedrooms – all ensuite Conference Room; Courtyard Cottage; Gate Lodge; ‘Vatican’ Walled Garden; Formal Gardens; Pond; Helicopter Pad (historic?); Tennis Court; Parkland; Wwoods. About 45 acres in all.

General Summary:-

10 Bedrooms.

4 Reception Rooms.

8 Bathrooms.




Secondary Accommodation.

This is a beautifully appointed castle with stunning gardens and parkland grounds, staff flat and gate lodge. Half an hour from St Andrews and within 40 minutes of Edinburgh Airport.

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Myres Castle Lodge House, Auchtermuchty, Fife (c) 2013 Savills

Myres Castle is set on a rise just outside the village of Auchtermuchty in north Fife with panoramic views form the battlements over the surrounding countryside. Fife is famous for its golf courses with St Andrews, ‘the Home of Golf’ being only 19 miles away. Fife also boasts the most northern fox hunt in Great Britain and there are both a National Hunt race course and a polo field just to the north of Perth at Scone.

There are a number of private schools in the area including Glenalmond, Strathallan, Dollar Academy, Kilgraston (Girls) and St Leonards.

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Myres Castle Pond & Garden, Auchtermuchty, Fife (c) 2013 Savills

The estate of “The Myres” originally formed a part of the lands of the Earl of Fife, and passed by marriage to the Dukes of Albany until forfeited to the crown. Robert Coxwell, Mace Bearer and Sergeant at Arms to James 1 of Scotland, was granted lands including “The Myres” in 1424. His widow married John Scrymgeour whose grandson, also called John, oversaw the refurbishment of both Holyrood Place and Falkland Palace for James V.

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Myres Castle, Fine Interior (c) 2013 Savills

Located south of the village of Auchtermuchty and only 19 miles from St Andrews. Edinburgh airport is about 31 miles. Local shops can be found in Auchtermuchty, with a wider range of services in Cupar and Perth. Edinburgh is also within easy reach.

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Myres Castle, Comfortable & Elegant Interior (c) 2013 Savills

Location: Myres Castle, Auchtermuchty, Cupar, Fife, KY14 7EW.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Equivalent of Freehold).

Guide: £2,500,000.

Contact Savills Agency Tel: 0131 247 3700 – Jamie McNab or Anna Gardiner. Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the selling agency know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Architecturally Unique

Branksea 1 Branksea, Dorset (c) 2013 David Wright Architects / Savills.

Not only architecturally unique, but this home has won many awards for such an exceptional design and structure.

This week’s Unique Property Bulletin Architect Nominee, and Winner, is the David Wright Architectural Design firm ..

David Wright Design – New Build – Branksea

If you would like to have a uniquely inspirational home designed by a top notch and exceptional architectural firm, please take our modest recommendation and contact:-

David Wright Architectural Design
30 Firgrove
61 Bournemouth Road
Lower Parkstone
Poole BH14 OEP

01202 739591

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 Crisp, Contemporary and Elegant Interior (c) 2013 David Wright Architects / Savills.

Agency Narrative: A truly magnificent architect designed home, finished to an exceptionally high specification throughout. The property is built to exacting standards and is set in a enviable position on the waters edge, with Panoramic views across Poole Harbour from Brownsea Island to Arn.

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Day Or Night – A Unique Delight (c) 2013 David Wright Architects / Savills.

The property is the winner of the Poole Pride of Place Award 2005, Best Contemporary Home and The People’s Choice Award.

Agency Summary:

Award Winning Architect Designed House

4 Bedrooms.

5 Bathrooms.

5 Reception Rooms.

Cinema & Gymnasium.


Jetty & Boat Winch.

Triple Garaging.

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Elemental Pleasure (c) 2013 David Wright Architects / Savills.

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Dining In Style (c) 2013 David Wright Architects / Savills.

Location: Branksea Avenue, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4DW.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £3,500,000.

Contact Savills – Tel: 01202 708 888 – Keith Fensom. Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Try Before You Buy …..

Unique Holidays & Rentals

Cliff Top – Cliff Drop – Cliff Visit

LHFSOR Foreland Point Don Cload

Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottages, Lynton, Devon (c) 2013 Don Cload

Wow. What a view. We try to keep our inbuilt bias for lighthouse buildings moderated to a reasonable input on Unique Property Bulletin, but we have been working on one of our sister websites …


… and came across this National Trust lighthouse building which will shortly appear on Lighthouses For Sale Or Rent website. Lynton Lighthouse Compound ISN’T for sale, but it IS for rental and holiday enjoyment …

National Trust Lighthouse Cottage Rental – Lynton Lighthouse

An excellent candidate for try-before-you-buy, to go and spend a few days experiencing? This wonderful example of a lighthouse building sits in one of the most dramatic settings of any we have witnessed. Also it is nice to feature a lighthouse building in the Devonian part of the country.

LHFSOR Foreland Point Christopher R Ware Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottages, Lynton, Devon (c) 2013 Christopher R. Ware

National Trust Narrative: This unique building offers a simpler style of accommodation that is ideal for groups of walkers, birdwatchers and anyone who loves remoteness and extraordinary scenery. You may get a chance to see dolphins, porpoise and gannets fishing at high tide from the lighthouse. which is still operating, and was automated in 1994, but you may be relieved to hear that the foghorn is no longer in use.

LHFSOR Foreland Point Roger Cornfoot

Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottages, Lynton, Devon (c) 2013 Roger Cornfoot

Our guests have spotted Peregrine Falcons in mid flight, buzzards, stonechat and a host of sea birds as well as deer, sheep and ponies on the moor. Woolacombe beach is one of the best in Devon and is ideal for families and surfing. The beautiful village of Porlock with its weir is just a short and delightful car drive away and Exmoor is a delight to explore.

Enjoy a visit to the National Trust’s historic tea-garden and old fishing lodge at Watersmeet, deep in the wooded valley just inland from here. The nearest shops and restaurants are nearby in Lynton and Lynmouth.

Location: The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, Countisbury, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6NE.

Tenure: Holiday & Rental.

Guide: £ – Details From The National Trust….

Contact The National Trust – Tel: 0844 800 2070. Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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