Unique Property Bulletin 30 June 2013

Windmill at Westdene

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Patcham Windmill, Westdene, Brighthon (c) 2013 Spencer Leigh

Did you guess correctly? What a wonderful piece of characterful mechanism at the top of this marvellous home. Stick your Brighton Rock, we would choose the fine windmill any day. A very nice example, especially as it has the sails. Looks just right. 4 Bedrooms. A lovely finished unique home – ready to move into.

Agency Narrative:

Beautiful Grade II Listed Windmill Home Conversion,

Vaulted Master Bedroom with En-suite.

Three Further Bedrooms.

Unique Style Kitchen/Breakfast Room.

Magnificent Views.

Parking & Triple Garage.


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Character Interior Features As Well (c) 2013 Spencer Leigh

A rare opportunity to acquire a beautifully converted Grade II listed windmill situated in the cosmopolitan city of Brighton with magnificent views over the countryside and towards the sea. The unique accommodation offers an octagonal, double aspect sitting room with doors accessing the garden, a circular kitchen/breakfast room with bespoke cupboards and a conservatory. There is a vaulted master bedroom on the first floor with en-suite bathroom, a family bathroom and three further bedrooms connected via spiral staircases. The second and third floor bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and washbasins. The topmost room in the mill is the capped machine room which houses the massive wheel connecting the sales. Outside there are electrically operated gates opening to a private parking area and detached triple garage. Walled garden, timber summer house, lawn area and Chinese-inspired coy pond. Let’s hope the old mill cat isn’t still lurking about. Those coy can be a very expensive snack for kitty. 

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Beautiful Photograph – Sublime View (c) 2013 Spencer Leigh

Location: Patcham Windmill, Windmill Drive, Westdene, Brighthon, East Sussex, BN1 8YA.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £1,000,000.

Contact Spencer Leigh Agencies Tel: 01273 565566 – 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.



P.S. The agent at Spencer Leigh who took the time to take that brilliant interior photograph by squeezing into the top cap has earnt their commission. Excellent to be able to see this fine equipment – and by the looks of it kept in good order. A pleasure to see. Thankyou.


Engine House

Engine House Padiham

Former Engine House, Padiham, Lancashire (c) 2013 Roy Pugh & Co

This is the “before” photo of some property styles that feature on Kevin McCloud’s Grand Deigns ….


Or George Clarke’s Restoration Man ….


The bread and butter of classic and unique property projects. These are where the literal bricks and mortar of such fine restoration projects are found. Will you be waving your paw in the air at the auctioneer for the old Engine House? Please let us know if you do. Thanks.

Auctioneer’s Summary: Grade II listed former mill engine house approximately 136.78 sq m (1,472 sq ft) with yard area. Site area approximately 663.89 sq m (794 sq yds).

More Information:-


Location: Former Engine House, Shakespeare Street, Padiham, Lancashire, BB12 8RG.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £45,000. Auction Date 18 July 2013 LOT 64. Please remember our motto. After this listing has gone through the auction, check if this has been an FTSAA.

Contact Pugh & Co Auctioneers Tel: 0844 27 22444 – Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….



Ambulance Station

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Ambulance Station, Greater Manchester (c) 2013 Pugh Auctioneers

Roy Pugh have been on the ball this week. Here we have a second offering from the northern auction house. This one has to be for classic car enthusiasts – or possibly footballer! An interesting building that comes complete with couch potato area inside for the paramedics, and an official FIFA goalpost marking on the outside gable end.

Royal Visit Prince Harry visit Salford Ambulance Station Pic by Steve Allen

I See You Have The Football Posts Ready ! (c) 2013 NHS NW Ambulance Service

Situated on Birch Street, Wardle within a residential location approximately 3 miles north east of Rochdale town centre and 12 miles north east of Manchester city centre.

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Ambulance Station Interior (c) 2013 Pugh Auctioneers

Who cares about having a lounge or bedrooms. Here is a wonderful place to keep that classic car.

Auctioneer’s Narrative: Predominantly single storey, purpose built ambulance station providing office and mess accommodation, kitchen facilities, changing rooms and a triple bay garage accessed by a row of shutter doors to the rear. Total Gross Internal Area (approximate) 1,765 square feet (164sq.m). Site Area (approximately) 0.42 Acres.

Location: Ambulance Station, Birch Street, Wardle, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL12 9QN.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £100,000. Auction Date 18 July 2013 LOT 29. Please remember our motto. Even long after this listing check if this has been an FTSAA [click here to find out what an FTSAA is]

Contact Pugh & Co Auctioneers Tel: 0844 2 7 22444 – Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure …..



Octagonal & Watery

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Weatherly Octagon House, Gwynedd, (c) 2013 Jackson-Stops & Staff

Sounds like a strange James Bond movie title. This listing has been picked as part of the evolution of Unique Property Bulletin. We’ve had a couple of emails asking for unusual buildings added to the relative pallet that we have enjoyed for many years. To be a little clearer, architect design houses as well as former lighthouses; Art Deco as well as former police stations. So in an effort to broaden the taste range, and also keep up with the steady requests for a seaview to be included, we have this octagonal home to study.

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Unusual Octagonal Interior – Sunlight All Round (c) 2013 Jackson-Stops & Staff

Agency Narrative: Weatherly is an outstanding example of a modern marine residence occupying a prominent position in a delightful scenic setting. It is a handsome 3 storey residence with distinctive octagonal façades incorporating Georgian style windows beneath a hipped slate roof. The property has been built to a high specification using modern materials with insulated cavity walls which have been dry lined internally whilst the external façade is finished in a low maintenance render. Weatherly has water frontage and spectacular coastal views against the backdrop of the mountains. Entrance Hall, First floor Sitting Room, Kitchen with Breakfast Area, Decked Balcony, Dining Room/Bedroom 4, 3 Double Bedrooms, Bathroom, Shower Room, Utility/Secondary Kitchen. Lawned Garden, Parking for several cars, Storage Building, Consent for Garage, 60′ Frontage to Harbour, 20′ Fall and Rise Pontoon with mooring.

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Sublime View & A Place For Your Boat (c) 2013 Jackson-Stops & Staff

Weatherly is situated just beyond Porthmadog town centre on the historic Oakley Wharf overlooking the harbour and moorings next to Madoc Yacht Club. Approached via a private road which forms part of the coastal walk Weatherly is within walking distance of the sandy beaches of Borth-y-Gest, Morfa Bychan and Blackrock Sands. The house enjoys an easterly aspect looking across the harbour and Glaslyn Estuary to the Snowdonia Mountain Range. The views from the balconies, sitting room and kitchen extend south beyond the headland to Portmeirion and across Tremadoc Bay towards Harlech Castle and the Cambrian coastline.

Links (approximate mileage): Pwllheli 15 miles; Abersoch 19 miles; Caernarfon 19 miles; A55 Expressway 25 miles; Chester 74 miles; Shrewsbury 82 miles.

Harbour Dues £36.97 inclusive of VAT per linear metre for 2012 for those mooring a boat. Services: Mains water, electricity and drainage.

Location: Weatherly Octagon House, Pen-y-Cei, Nr Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9AY.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £625,000.

Contact Jackson-Stops & Staff Agencies Tel: 01244 328361 – 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.




Menai Mill A Million

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Millhouse, Menai Straight, Island of Anglesey (c) 2013 Williams & Goodwin

Not quite a million – you do have £5,000 change! Though the location really does sell this, even if the unusual nature of the building and the water frontage doesn’t. There aren’t that many island homes with a view of the Menai Strait Bridge.

Agency Summary:

Modernised Millhouse Conversion.

7 Bedrooms.

Boathouse with Flat.

Sheltered Dock Area.

Private Slipway.

Potential for Sailing Centre, B&B, Holiday Rental, or Relatives Flat.

Large Car Park.

A55 within ¼ mile.

Bangor within 3 miles.

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Fabulous Galleried Features (c) 2013 Williams & Goodwin

Further Narrative: Location, Location, Location are said to be the 3 most important aspects for any property so being located on the water’s edge, in a private yet convenient position, and with breath taking sea and mountain views it is hard to imagine finding a property better placed to provide all 3 features. With over 5000 square feet of water fronted accommodation and direct access to the Menai Strait, the sympathetically restored 15th century mill house is not just suited to provide a large family home as is currently the case, but also lends itself to a variety of uses from a sailing school through to holiday, or bed and breakfast establishment. Providing beautifully modernised open plan living accommodation in an old mill house, the property is being offered for sale to include a linked but self-contained cottage, requiring modernisation and a large boat house and workshop store.

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Millhouse, Menai Straight Private Harbourside (c) 2013 Williams & Goodwin

Location: Millhouse, Menai Straight, LLanfairpwll, Island of Anglesey LL61 6PD.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £995,000.

Contact Williams & Goodwin Agencies Tel: 01248 355 333 – 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.




Unusually Unique

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Cramond Road North, Edinburgh (c) 2013 Knight Frank

Following on from our earlier mention about emails requesting a dietary variation to the current Unique Property Bulletin, we have this architect design home. Definitely unusual.

Agency Summary:

4 – 6 Bedrooms.

4 – 5 Reception Rooms.

4 – 5 Bathrooms.



Secondary Accommodation/Lodge.

Private Parking.

Approximately 0.66 Acres of Land Included.

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Architect Designed Interior (c) 2013 Knight Frank

A very individual, detached modern home designed to incorporate ecological technology with ground source heat pumps, photovoltarics and recycled rainwater tanks. Generous family accommodation and attractive garden grounds. Plus a very useful additional building in the form of the Gate Lodge.

10 Cramond Road North is a bespoke property, designed and built about 7 years ago. The house sits in garden grounds of about 0.66 acres with outstanding views across farmland and meadows to The Firth of Forth. In addition to the main residence, there is a two bedroom Gate Lodge and a double garage with studio accommodation above. The main accommodation has up to 6 bedrooms, generous, open plan public rooms, a well appointed kitchen with Aga and four bathrooms.

Also a little bit of due diligence/history …


Located in the tranquil area of Cramond about 4 miles west of Edinburgh city centre. Excellent local shopping and schooling, the city by-pass, International airport, rail and motorway network

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There’s a Gate Lodge Somewhere About Here ? (c) 2013 Knight Frank

Location: 10 Cramond Road North, Edinburgh, EH4 6HS.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Equivalent of Freehold).

Guide: £1,345,000.

Contact Knight Frank Agencies Tel: 0131 222 9606 – 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.




and finally …..

Try Before You Buy

This should be a firm principle for anyone looking to live in an unusual type of home. From first hand experience we saw a couple very keen on moving to an island, but it wasn’t the ideal home that they had hoped for. So whenever we can we recommend folk try before they buy. What better way than spending a weekend, a couple of weeks or even a couple of months at a unique home to see if it suits. Ideally spend a short while in the middle of summer, then the same in the middle of winter. That way you can see for real, whether your choice is right for you, and your style of life fits in with it.

Try A Windmill Before You Buy One Such As Westdene Above

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Windmill View ! Isle of Anglesey (c) 2013 White Beach Holidays

This week our opening feature was the windmill for sale at Westdene. So we are completing this edition with the opportunity to holiday at one of these magnificent styles of building BEFORE you consider purchasing such a structure elsewhere! To make sure you are comfortable with living in, and at such a unique dwelling.

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No Windmill Sails – But You Are Not Buying This One! (c) 2013 White Beach Holidays

Online brochure and lots of details about this wonderful holiday destination…


Or contact the owners via White Beach Holidays, Tan y Felin, Llangoed, Beaumaris, Isle of Anglesey, LL58 8TB. Tel: 01248 490011 – 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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