Unique Property Bulletin 29 April 2012

Dazzling Delight

The Old Lighthouse (c) 2012 FBM with Fine & Country Estate Agents.

This marvellous building is The Old Lighthouse at St. Ann’s Head, Dale, Haverfordwest, SA62 3RT. Though from our perspective, it looks more like a substantial lookout station. Having lived in one it has the hallmarks of a lookout. In any event it is a wonderful building to live a dream life within, and a fabulous seaview outwith.

The Old Lighthouse (c) 2012 FBM with Fine & Country Estate Agents.

This property has been converted to a 5 bedroom home with a three bedroom annex. As well as a decent seaview, there is one of the finest views of the Pembrokeshire coastline. Not too far away is a deep water harbour at Milford Haven.

The Old Lighthouse (c) 2012 FBM with Fine & Country Estate Agents.

The Old Lighthouse is currently used as two holiday letting homes that provide the current owners with a generous income. However, the main residence could equally be utilised as a stunning family home.

Tenure: Freehold.

Contact FBM / Fine & Country Estate Agents 01834 862138/01437 762233.

Guide. Originally £1,250,000 (June 2010). Now a dazzling bargain at £975,000.

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9,000 O’Clock

The Old Clock Tower, Stables & Coach House (c) 2012 Anne Burgess.

No not a misprint. Approximately 9,000 square feet of building to play with, not far from Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Here we have a raw unique building with a Clock Tower, Coach House & Stables. Planning permission exists for conversion to 8 apartments. A monumental project for many, but if managed well, the 8th apartment could be the profit. The free time, for a free life – sorry another bad pun – but we have never managed to feature a Clock Tower before.

The Old Clock Tower, Stables & Coach House (c) 2012 Jean Aldridge.

There are also wonderful views from Seapark, Kinloss, Forres, Kinloss, IV36 3TT. Formerly known as Eunies Crook. This site was granted to William Ellison and Janet Niven his wife in 1574 by the Abbot of Kinloss and remained in their family until 1800. It then became the property of James Rose until 1829, when he sold it to Frederick Suter; after this it was purchased in 1838 by John Dunbar who made money in shipping. Mr Dunbar further enlarged the house, leaving it to his sister Phoebe on his death in 1845. She had married Edward Dunbar and took the name Dunbar. During the Dunbar ownership the house and gardens were developed, a small museum established and an organ installed.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Freehold equivalent).

Contact CCL Consultancy Ltd: 0845 544 1427.

Guide: £300,000.

Brochure – Please Call/Email The Agents.

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Church, Character & Conversion.

The Church of St Augustine (c) 2012 Countrywide with Bridgfords.

This is the fine looking former church of St Augustine, with real character located at Tillard Avenue, Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK3 0UB. It also has the full residential planning permission, granted by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council on the 3rd February 2012 for the conversion of the existing church to 9 two bedroom apartments with associated external works.

The Church of St Augustine (c) 2012 Countrywide with Bridgfords.

It was placed through Countrywide Auctions recently, but failed to sell, giving the advantage to the prospective buyer in having control any offer, survey, due diligence etc. Also there is less competition than an auction arena. Like the Clock Tower listed above in this week’s Bulletin, this church has planning consent for many units. So there is the opportunity for the intermediate/advanced developer to renovate and convert this property with the possibility of having a free apartment at the end of the effort for their work.

Built in 1891, St Augustines Church has the permission for conversion to seven duplex, and two penthouse dwellings. The drawings can be obtained from the seller’s agent.

Tenure: Freehold.

Contact Bridgford Estate Agents: 0161 477 9393.

Guide Price Reduced From £270,000 to around £240,000.

Online Bridgfords Brochure ….


Earlier Countrywide Auction Brochure ….




Hot Air Hop In

Hop In (c) 2012 Freeman and Forman Agencies.

Otherwise known as an old fashioned Oast House where hops are dried with a kiln and warm air. This delightful example has been converted into a detached 3 Bedroom Detached House, Piccadilly Lane, Mayfield, TN20 6RH.

The stable door at the front leads into an entrance hall with yorkstone flooring and stairs to the first floor, a cloakroom/utility room offers useful space for kitchen appliances. The kitchen occupies a roundel and is fitted with a comprehensive range of units with beech and granite work tops, a butler sink and a stable door leading to the courtyard garden. The sitting room offers an attractive stone fireplace with windows overlooking the front and an archway leads into the second roundel which is presently used as the dining room and has limestone flooring and a door leading into the front courtyard. The first floor offers a master suite with the bedroom in a roundel and an ensuite dressing room/shower room fitted with a range of wardrobe cupboards. The guest bedroom occupies the second roundel with a built in wardrobe and a vaulted ceiling. Bedroom three offers a window overlooking the front and there is a family bathroom with. Mayfield is a lively village located in the centre of the High Weald in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty with numerous local clubs and societies. The Royal Spa town of Tunbridge Wells is approximately 9 miles to the north.

The Oast House is approached via a five bar gate into a parking area. There are stone retaining walls and steps leading up to a large area of lawn, principally offering wild flowers and a young orchard and offering most delightful views over the surrounding countryside and views towards Mayfield village. There is an additional courtyard area with a lovely central fountain, walled edging and shrub borders with a beech hedge to the front boundary.

Tenure: Freehold.

Contact Freeman and Forman Agencies: 01435 606 021.

Guide: £675,000.

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Cheshire Chapel

Cheshire Chapel (c) 2012 Entwistle Green.

This is a nice, simple, and economic little detached building at Slater Street, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 1DW. Earlier priced at £60,000 the guidance figure has now been lowered to £45,000. Maybe worth putting in a cheeky chapel offer. For example, what building can you buy for £35,000, even in the current climate. Let alone a detached one.

This Chapel at Slater Street, Cheshire, has a vestibule, church hall, kitchen area and two wc’s.

Cheshire Chapel Interior (c) 2012 Entwistle Green.

If you do buy it and intend to apply for planning permission to convert to a home, please think about letting us know. We have a television company that has asked for folk taking on such projects to be introduced to them.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £45,000.

Contact Entwistle Green Agencies: 01925 670 535.

Online Brochure




Low Bill Mill

Bilstone Mill (c) 2012 Bentons Estate Agency.

Low Bill Mill isn’t really the name of this finely converted mill house. But it is what it does – keep your bills low. For not only has there been a really nice and thoughtful conversioan of this unique building into a proper home, and retaining may wonderful original features, but a state of the art hydro-power system has been installed which substantially reduces your household bills. Better still, because of the carbon neutrality, the property is classified as largely carbon neutral which will mean the buyer is eligible for a reduction of £15, 000 in stamp duty payable (purchasers require to exercise their own due diligence on this).

Bilstone Mill (c) 2012 Bentons Estate Agency.

Bilstone Mill, Main Road, Bilstone, Nuneaton, Leicestershire, CV13 6NG occupies an idyllic location on the river Sence in this unspoilt hamlet only three miles from Market Bosworth. The property is a three storey former water mill having undergone an extensive restoration and conversion project. Offering five bedrooms, four en-suite shower rooms and family bathroom with Heritage suites and brand new fully fitted kitchen with Aga, the property offers a wealth of features including magnificent exposed beams and mill workings, oak wood stripped flooring and solid oak doors throughout. There are outstanding views to three sides, south facing gardens and brick double garage.

Bilstone is an unspoilt Hamlet situated only one and half miles from Twycross with its excellent school and yet only three miles from Market Bosworth town centre. The village is particularly well placed for fast access to Birmingham, Nuneaton and Hinckley via the A444, M42 and A5.

5 Bedrooms.

4 En-suite Shower Rooms.

Family Bathroom.

Neutral Carbon Footprint.

Double Garage.

Private Gardens.


Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £650,000.

Contact: Bentons Estate Agency: 01664 563892 or 01664 898174.

Online Brochure ….