Unique Property Bulletin 29 January 2012

Maughold Head Lighthouse Complex, Isle of Man.

Maughold Head Lighthouse Complex (c) 2011 Chris Gunns.

When our Unique Property Bulletin went online just before Christmas 2011 we could not have predicted that within a few weeks we would have almost as much lighthouse property come onto the online Bulletin as that in the old fashioned paper version of the past 25 years combined!

We of course have a fantastic lighthouse tower coming onto the market and is pictured in our part who-done-it and part where-is-it Unique Property Manual.

But over the past few online Bulletin issues we have had Hartland Point Lighthouse – 8 January 2012; then the pint sized lighthouse at Talacre Lighthouse at Flintshire – 22nd January 2012. Now we have another very special unique lighthouse complex. This one at Maughold Head on the Isle of Man ….

The price tag is set at offers in excess of £600,000. The property does require some refurbishment and the actual tower is NOT included in the sale, but pretty much everything else is!

This wonderful place has views to England, Wales and Scotland.

Further Details ….



St. Mor’s Church, Llanfor, Wales, LL23.

St Mor’s Church (c) 2012 Tom Parry & Co.

A redundant and imposing Grade II Listed former Church building of dressed stone construction under a slated roof.

A bargain price of £19,500.

Though as some dry wit once said about living in a church after conversion…. the neighbours are very quiet, but we couldn’t exactly have your pet dog running around the garden looking for things to dig up !

St Mor’s Church is situated in a prominent village centre location, approximately ½ a mile from the market town of Bala.

Entrance Porch (3.2m x 3m) opening to the Main Building (21.4m x 6.4m).

The sale includes the lych gate (covered gateway), but the graveyard is owned by the Community Council so is not included in the sale, but a pedestrian right of way is included over the graveyard along the path coloured yellow on the plan available from the agents.

Offered for sale freehold subject to the usual restrictive covenants a copy of which are also available from the agents.

Stone built former hearse house also included in sale ….

Old Hearse House included in sale (c) 2012 Tom Parry & Co.

Planning: The building currently falls within Class D1 of the Use Classes Order, and any change of use will be subject to planning permission and listed buildings consent. Prospective purchasers are therefore advised to discuss any proposals with the planning department of Gwynedd County Council.

Local Authority: Gwynedd Council, Council Offices, Penarlag, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 2YB.

Snowdonia National Park, National Park Offices, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6LF.

For more information about this property, please contact Tom Parry & Co on 01678 528001.

Online Details ….



Former Doctor’s Surgery, Mossblown, Ayrshire, KA6 5DB.

Doctor’s Surgery, Ayrshire (c) 2012 Future Property Auctions.

This former doctor’s surgery is ideal for anyone suffering hypochondria melodramatis. Even has a dedicated reception area and doctors consulting room.

For readers of a certain age there was a fine television series called Doctor Findlay’s Casebook. A sort of 1960’s version of the BBC TV Casualty series. This is mentioned as one of the key characters at Dr Findlay’s Casebook was Janet the unflappable receptionist.

Doctor’s Surgery, Ayrshire (c) 2012 Future Property Auctions.

This is mentioned as the full name for this doctors surgery which is due to be auctioned on 7th February 2012 is Janet Cottage, Mauchline Rd, Mossblown, Ayrshire, KA6 5DB.

This unusual commercial property would suit a wide range uses, subject to the necessary planning consents. The property comprises two detached buildings: one an Edwardian bungalow, and the other a modern pre fabricated structure. The former usage of the building was as a local doctors surgery with treatment rooms, reception and off road parking. The accommodation comprises: reception room, 3 treatment rooms, storage room, toilet and large cupboard in the bungalow; reception room, 2 treatment rooms, office, w/c and storage room in the second building.

Doctor’s Surgery, Ayrshire (c) 2012 Future Property Auctions.

The village of Mossblown occupies a semi rural location close to the larger conurbation of Ayr. The village itself has a selection of small shops, local supermarket and bar. Close by is access to the M77 motorway, for excellent business links to Glasgow, Irvine, Ayr and beyond. At Ayr can be found the famous racecourse, promenade and large selection of facilities

Potential to convert back to residential use

Gardens and parking to side and rear

Auction Guide: £84,000.

Auction Date: 7th February 2012. REMEMBER to keep an eye out in case this doesn’t sell auction as this places any potential buyer in a very strong position.

Further Details ….



Boulter’s Lock Island, Maidenhead, SL6

Boulter’s Lock Island (c) 2012 Hamptons International.

This is a part of the Thames, famous but hidden, and has had such luminaries as Richard Dimbleby (father of BBC Question Time host David Dimbleby) live on this beautiful waterside location.

This unusual riverside property has a private ground floor front door, opening to an entrance hall with access to a cloakroom and boiler cupboard. Stairs rise to the first floor where the majority accommodation is located. A well proportioned living/dining room features double doors that open out to a large terrace enjoying lovely views over the River Thames.

Boulter’s Lock Island (c) 2012 Hamptons International.

An open arch leads through to the kitchen which offers a comprehensive range of fitted eye and base level units, quality work surfaces and integrated appliances. The two bedrooms both feature built in wardrobes with the master also benefiting from an ensuite shower room. A well appointed bathroom completes the accommodation.

Summary of Accommodation:

Two bedrooms – ensuite shower room to master


Living/Dining Room



Roof Terrace overlooking the River Thames

Gated Development

Residents Parking

Further Details from Hamptons International: 01628 436094 or 01628 436216 .

Offers sought: £365,000 – leasehold.

Online Brochure….


Some general details of this lovely area ….



Old Kiln Barn Scout Hut, Churt, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2JJ.

Old Kiln Barn Scout Hut (c) 2012 Barnard Marcus.

Freehold Building 450 Square Feet & Land 1.2 Acre Development Potential Planning Permission Studio Vacant Possession.

Location: Churt lies on the A287 to the north of Hindhead and south of Farnham. This popular commuter location benefits from good transport links with the A31 lying to the north at Farnham and the A3 at Hindhead. With the opening of Hindhead Tunnell, the A3 now provides much faster road links north east towards Guildford and the M25 motorway (junction 10) or south via Petersfield to Portsmouth and the coast. Additionally the opening of the Hindhead Tunnell has increased the desirability of this location with the improved transport links. Apart from road links, further transport links are provided by bus routes serving the surrounding area and mainline connections at both Hindhead and Farnham. The property itself lies just outside the village heart of Churt in this rural location on the east side of Old Kiln Lane.

Description: The property comprises a parcel of land extending to approximately 1.2 acres. Located within the site is this timber building beneath the pitched roof, which was formerly utilised as a scout hut and in 1979 planning permission granted for change of use to a studio. Building has a built area of some 450sq.ft. and may be suitable for a replacement to a more substantial building and indeed the creation of an echo friendly style house. An artist impression of such development is included within these particulars and purchasers are deemed to rely on their own enquiries in regard to any planning permission required.

Planning: In 1979 the Scout Hut was replaced with a new building within the village centre and planning permission granted at that time for change of use from the old Scout Hut to a studio. In 2005 a new planning application was submitted and refused under delegated powers for the conversion of the building to provide a residential dwelling comprising an open plan ground floor living/kitchen area with first floor bedroom and en-suite shower/WC. Whilst this planning application was not tested at committee level and refused by delegated powers it may be possible to develop the site as previously mentioned subject to the necessary consents.

Total site area: Approximately 1.2 acres.

Further information: Barnard Marcus Auctions, The Glassmills, Ground Floor Office, 322b King Street, London, W6 0AX. Tel: 020 8741 9990 or 020 8741 9001

Auction Date: Monday 6th February 2012.

Guide Price £100,000 to £125,000 – REMEMBER to keep an eye out in case this doesn’t sell auction as this places any potential buyer in a very strong position.

Online Details ….



Ayton Castle, Eyemouth, Berwickshire

Ayton Castle (c) 2012 Mr Walter Baxter.

Alright so this is a little over the top. But still a HUGE amount of property for price guided at £2,200,000. That price has been reduced from £3,000,000 since June 2011, so you have already saved £800,000.

PLUS you have houses, lodges, cottages and fishing rights thrown into the bargain as well.

This listing is more for some fun than anything else. Though there are a few of our readers who can stretch their budget to this style of building.

Ayton Castle (c) 2012 Knight Frank.

This is Ayton Castle with self-contained flat and grounds extending to 159 acres, 4 houses/cottages, 2 lodges, stable yard with 2 flats and various outbuildings. Fishing on The Eye Water, private garden and extensive policies with good grazing.

Ayton Castle has 7 main reception rooms, 17 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, kitchen/breakfast room, billiards room, extensive domestic offices and a self-contained house keeper’s flat. There are 2 lodges and 4 estate houses/cottages. There is a traditional stone-built stable yard with 2 flats.

Ayton Castle (c) 2012 Knight Frank.

Ayton Castle is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s finest baronial style buildings and was designed by James Gillespie Graham, Scotland’s leading Gothic revival architect of the early 19th century. The Castle is a magnificent example of a Scots baronial house, primarily over two storeys, with a five storey ‘Great Tower’.

There is an array of secondary accommodation at the lower ground floor and basement/courtyard levels including the former servants hall and various store rooms and adjacent accommodation arranged around the service courtyard.

Ayton Castle (c) 2012 Knight Frank.

Approximately half the policies are grazing and half are woodland, all of which are in hand.

17 bedrooms

7 reception rooms

9 bathrooms





Secondary accommodation


Private Parking

159.00 acres (64.3 hectares)



Online Brochure …..