Unique Property Bulletin 4 March 2012

Corsewall Lighthouse Complex

Corsewall Lighthouse Complex (c) 2012 Mr Graham Hogg.

This first class, unique lighthouse complex consists of the former lighthouse keepers’ dwellings sympathetically turned into a fine hotel. It first came to market via Knight Frank in 2008 when the asking price was around £1,250,000. Now it has come back up for sale. Some parts have been separated from the original sale lot. The current core hotel is now guided at veritable bargain price of £695,000. Indeed recent advice is that this price has been further reduced to £595,000 as the owners, Gordon and Kay Ward, are now keen to retire.

Corsewall Lighthouse Complex (c) 2012 Mr Paul Jenkins.

Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel is one of the most outstanding properties in Dumfries and Galloway. It is set within approximately 19 acres and the grounds incorporate some of Scotland’s most spectacular coastline, allowing guests to enjoy fine panoramic sea views. The hotel is an A-listed building of major national importance. It is still a working lighthouse and the hotel has been trading on the site for approximately 15 years.

The business has a three-star grading from the AA and currently trades with six letting rooms and three suites/self-catering units. There is also a restaurant, lounge and conservatory.

Corsewall Lighthouse Complex – Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Freehold Equivalent).

Price Guide: Offers over: £595,000 (the owners are not obliged to sell or accept any offer, conditional or unconditional).

Please note, the Lighthouse Tower is not included (retained by the Northern Lighthouse Board).

If you are interested, please use our Contact Form on the Unique Property website, and we shall do the honours.


In The Poor House

Former Swordale Poorhouse/Migdale Hospital (c) 2012 Bell Ingram

Whilst having a sojourn in Sutherland, we came across this brilliant bargain by Bonar Bridge. A huge lump of building, or rather buildings for little money. £350,000. If this was in London you could add a zero to the price and double the first two numbers!

Originally built as the Sutherland Combination Poorhouse, and designed by architect Andrew Maitland this property was built between 1863 and 1865. The Poorhouse opened on November 6, 1865.

In 1927, the name was changed to the Swordale Institution and, in 1948, it was handed over to the Northern Regional Hospital Board as part of the new NHS. It was renamed Migdale Hospital in 1958.

Key features:

A substantial and attractive former hospital building situated on an elevated site.

Accommodation set out over two main floors in the main building with various extensions to the rear.

Additional detached building to the front.

Former Swordale Poorhouse Staff Accommodation (c) 2012 Bell Ingram

Listed ‘B’ Grade.

Variety of potential uses such as residential, hotel or specialist uses (subject to planning and listed building consents).

Set in approximately 1.85 acres (0.74 hectares).

Offers over £350,000 are invited.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Freehold Equivalent).

Online Brochure ….


Or telephone agent Bell Ingram: 01463 717 799.


Sanctuary In Sutherland

Carbisdale Water House (c) 2012 Future Property Auctions.


Further along the road in Sutherland, we came across this wee gem. At a £6,000 guide price, this is a cheap and cheerful lot at Carbisdale Tank and Intake, Culrain, Ardgay, Sutherland, IV27 4ET. Though please be careful. I sent one of our lot with a blank check to an auction a few years ago “just in case” any last minute lots came up that weren’t on the main auction list. They spent a grand of my money on a near identical water shed and small field! The main glitch was the 500 mile round trip to go and look at the escape to the country des-res! Needless to say, someone got a think ear for waving their paw at the auctioneer with my cheque in their other hand. Not so much Jack and The Beanstalk, more like Jock and The Pee Hoose.

Notwithstanding that experience, the above photograph illustrates what could be a fine bargain. Six grand guide price for something of tangible value to play with.

Though for anyone thinking what use would that small bit of building be good for?

Consider this: anyone with a towing caravan can work out quite easily what they spend each year on site fees. So a money saving idea might be to club together with six like minded caravan friends and buy this with a grand each into the solicitors to buy a place in the country. Not quite a palace, but this building could definitely serve as a take-off point for mains electricity and water. Probably possible to have a shower and w.c. fitted and use the small diminutive stone building for holiday purposes. Not so much to stay IN the building, but to utilise it as a place to stay AT with your caravan for a few weeks on holiday where you can plug into electricity, water, shower, washing machine and many of the things a traditional run-of-the-mill caravan site would offer.

Though instead of paying site fees, this building and land would be owned by you and a small group of friends. Once bought, it might well be the start of a modest club, where you could buy three or four of these types of building at various locations around the UK. For example one in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland. Excellent bases to explore the local area from. Now that might be the start of an interesting idea, and a new use for these unusual small and very inexpensive buildings. Please let us know how you get on? Ta.

Former Treatment Works and Tank – 315 sq.m (3,400sq.ft) in total

Located forty miles north of Inverness and five miles north of Ardgay in the county of Sutherland

Culrain WTW-37 sq.m (400 sq.ft.)

Carbisdale Tank – 279 sq.m (3,000 sq.ft)

Total – 315 sq.m (3,400sq.ft)

Description: This property is located forty miles north of Inverness and five miles north of Ardgay in the county of Sutherland. The station at Ardgay provides a direct rail link to Inverness and the south. The Culrain WTW site (6m x 6m) contains a Fyfestone built building (3m x 3m approx) with a flat concrete roof, pedestrian door and boarded up window. It lies in a clearing within an area of coniferous woodland. The Carbisdale Tank site (I8.3m x I5.2m) has a concrete tank (7m x 3.8m approx) built into the ground with inspection hatches and is again surrounded by woodland. Culrain Intake comprises a small concrete weir less than 1m high together with a small intake chamber 1 sq.m approx. The site is undefined on the ground. Potential purchasers should note that the Vendors are selling their whole right, title, interest (if any) together with all liabilities associated with this intake site. Grid refence for Culrain WTW – NH55819518 Grid reference for Carbisdale Tank – NH55065948899.

Feuhold (Scottish Freehold Equivalent)

Guide: £6,000 (if unsold at auction, maybe put a cheeky £3,000 offer in!).

Online Details:-


Contact: Future Property Auctions: Tel 0141-632-6599

Email: info at futurepropertysolutions.co.uk


Bridge For One Pound.

Pensford Viaduct (c) 2012 Dr Duncan Pepper.

Yup the price is right. Six million bricks and some fantastic engineering situated in Somerset. We couldn’t resist featuring this bridge. Originally placed for sale for a nominal one pound in 1984 – it went unsold. We came across an old press cutting we had in our “Bridge” file whilst putting together a future feature article on, and about bridges.

Asides from the above Pensford Viaduct we will be including a near run thing when our good friend, auctioneer Shaun Vigers tormented us into bidding on a redundant bridge in Glasgow. We ended up being outbid on that one, which was probably a good thing as we had an eccentric idea to buy a couple of restaurant railway cars and an old steam engine and make a unique enterprise of a bridge with static restaurant atop.

Somewhat ominously a couple of weeks later the very same redundant bridge appeared on the Taggart television series with someone getting “murrdrd” on it. Or rather off of it. The memory is a little rusty. It was possibly John Hannah or Alan Cumming that took the one way ticket from the particular bridge in Glasgow. If anyone does recall which actor took the plunge, please let us know as it is aggravating not being able to remember!

There are literally thousands of bridges, a huge number redundant after the notorious Beeching railway cuts. Nowadays there can be many uses for these often fabulously built structures. For example in London there is a huge trade in renting or buying “Railway Arches”. These are turned into workshops, cafes and similar revitalised ideas. One of our favourites, in Glasgow, is the wonderfully renovated and stylish Arches Restaurant at 253 Argyle St …..


The Arches, 253 Argyl Street, Glasgow (c) 2012 The Arches Theatre Ltd.

It is also possible to build a house on abridge. It used to be very common a few centuries ago in the main cities of Britain, indeed all over the world as this 1817 photograph of some bridge houses in Prussia readily illustrate….

Anyways, back to the Pensford Viaduct for now. If this does capture your imagination, please Contact Us and we shall do our best to resurrect the seller’s interest in disposing of this mighty structure.


Old Pumping Station

Proposed Waterfront Lodge (c) 2012 Harrison Murray.

Waterfront lodge is a former diesel pumping station and today still houses the engines that were used to run the pumps. Planning permission has been given for a four storey home offering four bedrooms, roof garden, and decking over the waterways to the rear. This will be one of the most unique homes in Wisbech but also offering quality and spacious living accommodation. The vendor will sell this property as is or completed.

Proposed Waterfront Lodge (c) 2012 Harrison Murray.

Situated in Wisbech town which benefits from a variety of shops, leisure centre, public houses, churches, schools, college, museum, restaurants, hotels, post office, hospital, doctors surgery and bus station. There is also access to the A47 to both Kings Lynn and Peterborough.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £250,000 (or the vendor would consider £425,000 in completed if buyer prefers NDIY).

Online Brochure & Contact Details ….




Wet & Swedish

Fen Bank (c) 2012 Balmforth Estate Agency.

OK, so we have gone off of the unique map a little with the title. Though it is accurate. This property is situated at the Riverside Island Marina, Isleham, Ely, Suffolk, CB7 5GL. A wonderful mix of Swedish style A-frame style homes with the all important riverside mooring. This gives access to the wonderful canal network of the Norfolk Broads. Ideal for someone wanting a slightly different home, plus a base to gently explore a fine part of Britain at a lower pace via canal boat (sorry, boat not included in the price).

Fen Bank (c) 2012 Balmforth Estate Agency.

This detached building has two bedrooms and is a south facing waterfront lodge with 35ft riverside mooring, conservatory, garden and calor gas central heating. Parking for cars and boats. Though make sure you park the right thing in the correct spot.

Tenure: Freehold

Guide Price: £169,995

Please note, the Marina levies a service charge to cover the maintenance for the whole site (currently £420 per year).

Online Brochure …

Fen Bank Details