Unique Property Bulletin 5 February 2012

Radio Station, Peterhead, AB42 3EP.

St Fergus Radio Station (c) 2012, SVA Property Auctions Ltd.

This week we start our Unique Property Bulletin with a relatively inexpensive lot that is coming up for auction on 23rd February 2012 at SVA Auctions. We have never had a Radio Station before. We can also throw in Terry Wogan’s telephone number if you would like to invite him to host your new radio programmes.

The property comprises a corner site of approximately 0.17 hectares whose boundaries are largely defined by 1.7 metre high wire mesh fences on concrete posts. The site is adjoined to the south-west by the A90, to the south-east by Northmoss Farm Road, and to the north-east and north-west by agricultural land. The site entrance off Northmoss Farm Road is a surfaced bell-mouth leading to a pair of metal framed gates. Within the site, a surfaced vehicular access and turning area leads to the former radio station building. Most of the remainder of the site is grass, except for a screen of hardwood trees planted within the site along its north-east and north-west boundaries.

RADIO STATION BUILDING: The building has a gross internal floor area of 80 sq.m and comprises a rectangular shaped main building of 74 sq.m and a small annex of 6 sq.m, both with a roof height of approx. 3.6 metres. It is constructed with a concrete floor, concrete block walls which are rendered externally and a flat roof. The accommodation includes:

Former Power Plant Room: 5.02m x 5.05m, tiled floor, painted block walls, 1.6m wide external doorway, electric metre & switches, various fixed items of redundant power plant;

Exchange Room: 4.93m x 7.20m, lined walls & ceiling;

Canteen: 3.44m x 2.42m, plaster on hard linings, sink unit;

Annex: Including an entrance lobby and w.c. Note: Due to the age and type of the building, certain building components may contain asbestos. Prospective buyers need to rely on their own due diligence in this regard.

Site Area: 0.1775 Ha (0.439 Acre) approx.

Services: Mains electricity is taken to the building. It is understood that mains water is connected.

Further Details ….

Radio Station – Online Information

Price Guide On Application.


The Old Mill, Okehampton, EX20 1PR.

The Old Mill (c) 2012 Clive Emson – Godfrey Short & Squire.


A spacious maisonette flat within a converted water mill. A short distance of the Okehampton town centre. Communal entrance hall, hall, kitchen/breakfast room, lounge/dining room, three bedrooms, bathroom & shower room. Gas central heating, communal garden & off road parking.

Property Description: This spacious period maisonette within the converted Mill offers light and airy accommodation. There are a number of features throughout to include stonework and exposed timbers. The water wheel is in full working condition and the gardens that surround the property are in excellent order. The accommodation briefly comprises; entrance hall, bathroom, kitchen/breakfast room, bedroom three/dining room, lounge, second floor – two bedrooms and shower room. There are pleasant views over the town and surrounding countryside from many of the rooms. Overall this property offers someone the opportunity to own a property within an historic building that could be modernised to create a fantastic home.

Property Location: The market town of Okehampton nestles on the fringes of the Dartmoor National Park and is approximately 23 miles from the Cathedral City of Exeter. Within the town there are a range of local and national shops to include a Waitrose and a Victorian shopping arcade. For those keen on sport there are rugby, football and golf clubs along with a leisure centre and numerous facilities for other sporting activities. There is primary and secondary education within the town.

Directions: For Sat Nav use EX20 1PR. From Godfrey Short & Squire turn left into East Street. Take the next right into Mill Road. Take the left hand fork and the property will be found on the right.

Communal Entrance Hall: With stairs to first floor and door to?

Entrance Hall: With stairs to first and second floor. Doors to?

Living Room: 20’0 (6.1m) max x 18’4 (5.6m). With rear aspect window, front aspect window with views over the town. Three radiators, TV aerial point, storage cupboard with space and plumbing for washing machine.

Bedroom 3: 8’6 (2.6m) x 8’10 (2.7m). With side aspect window and radiator.

Kitchen: 14’9 (4.5m) x 8’6 (2.6m). Matching units comprising; base, drawer and eye level units, work top surface and tiled surround. 1&1/2 bowl sink unit, electric double oven, gas hob and extractor over. Wall mounted gas boiler, radiator and front aspect window.

Bathroom: Matching suite comprising; panelled bath, close coupled WC and pedestal wash basin with tiled surround. Radiator, airing cupboard and extractor fan.

First Floor Landing: Storage in eaves. Doors to:-

Bedroom 1: 18’4 (5.6m) x 15’1 (4.6m). Restricted head height. Wardrobe, storage in eaves, side aspect window and exposed beams.

Shower Room: With close coupled WC, fully tiled shower cubicle and storage.

Bedroom 2: 15’5 (4.7m) x 18’1 (5.5m). Restricted head height. Built in wardrobe with hanging and shelving, radiator, telephone point, side aspect window with views.

Outside: There are communal gardens to the rear of the property.

Further Details, Floorplan & Photos …..

Old Mill Estate Agency Photos Etc

Due for Auction 23rd February 2012 at Clive Emson …..

Old Mill Auction Information

Guide: £90,000.


Former Lighthouse, Llaneilian, Anglesey Island.

Llaneilian Lighthouses, Anglesey (c) 2012 Williams & Goodwin.


This is becoming really strange. For a quarter of a century these things were very rare. Now we are almost having one in each edition. No complaints this end, other than can’t quite afford the price tag on this spectacular and wonderful example.

One Of The Keepers’ Cottages Llaneilian Lighthouses, Anglesey (c) 2012 Williams & Goodwin.


A freehold former lighthouse complex beautifully set on the coastline of the Isle of Anglesey together with three properties currently used as a main residence and two holiday cottages, all set on the headland extending to around 17 acres of land.

Llaneilian Lighthouses, Anglesey (c) 2012 Williams & Goodwin.

The properties are set within a castle style walled courtyard with views towards the sea from some windows. Recently renovated by the current owners and located on a picturesque promontory on the northern coast of the Isle of Anglesey. Amazing views, and a property which we would happily place in our all time top ten.

Guide Price: £1,500,000.

Enquiries: Williams & Goodwin: 01248 719016

Further Information ….

Online Details – Llaneilian Lighthouses


Carharrack Methodist Chapel, Redruth.

Carharrack Methodist Chapel (c) 2012 Philip Martin – Vebra plc

A large, former village chapel of historic and architectural importance and Listed Grade II*, situated in a central village location and suitable only for limited alternative uses, subject to any necessary consents as outlined in the separate development brief available from the Agents.

Carharrack Methodist Church has become redundant for Methodist worship purposes and is now offered for sale. It comprises a substantial building of magnificent proportions set within the heart of the village and with good access.

Carharrack is a thriving village community convenient for Truro and Redruth with a selection of local facilities for daily needs including general store and post office, public houses, church and chapel. There is a doctors surgery and primary school in nearby St. Day. The village is about 7 miles from Truro, 3 miles from Redruth and 8 miles from Falmouth. The village is just over 2 miles from the main A30 and this provides easy access throughout the county. There is a main line railway link to London (Paddington), at both Truro and Redruth and the village is also well served by a local bus.

Carharrack Methodist Chapel (c) 2012 Philip Martin – Vebra plc

The Methodist Church is a very large rectangular building with a frontage of approximately 15 metres and a maximum depth of 26 metres. It is linked to the former Sunday school which is now being used for Church Services and this latter building is being retained. A date stone in the front gable elevation suggests the building was erected in 1815 and it is believed this replaced an earlier octagonal building erected on the site in 1779. The internal Chapel is magnificent and is known to be one of the largest and best of the Cornish Methodist Chapels with an original seating capacity of approximately 1,000. Of particular merit is the superb panelled horseshoe gallery with clock and which is believed to include the earliest surviving closed gallery pews in Cornwall. The double decker pulpit, rostrum and organ are also splendid features….

Galleried Chapel

Pulpit and Organ

Vestry and Cloakroom

Storage Room/Apse


Guide Price £50,000

Agents Philip Martin, 9 Cathedral Lane, Truro, TR1 2QS. Telephone: 01872 242244.

Further Details ….




Brundall Canal Basin & Houseboat, By River Yare, Norfolk.

Brundall Canal Basin & Houseboat (c) 2012 Waterside Estate Agents.

The last time we had a freehold canal basin was about 20 years ago. They are fairly rare. This one comes complete with a substantial houseboat which has been moored up on site since the late 1940s. The hull of this boat is of concrete construction, being part of a former WORLD WAR II AMMUNITION BARGE. We have never listed one of these before!

The houseboat section is of timber construction under a felt roof and has been significantly improved since the current owners took possession in 2000.

Brundall Canal Basin & Houseboat (c) 2012 Waterside Estate Agents.

This substantial, freehold, waterside plot which extends to just under 1 acre (subject to survey) and includes the freehold of the water basin ground. The plot contains over 600ft of quayside, with a private mooring basin that measures 228ft x 53ft. All set in a sought after location just off of the River Yare.

The property benefits from oil fired central heating by radiators, which can also be powered by a large wood burner. Mains electricity and water are connected with septic tank drainage and there is UPVC sealed unit double glazing throughout. The houseboat has a holiday home classification with occupancy permitted during 11 months of the year.

Brundall Canal Basin & Houseboat (c) 2012 Waterside Estate Agents.
Red Line Title Outline For Guidance Only

The plot is mainly laid to lawn, enclosed by mature tree and hedgerow borders, with multiple external power points and water points. Also included in this sale are a number of out buildings including a large timber workshop, 2 storage sheds, a mower store, a log store and an outside store room/office/gardener’s w/c.

General Accommodation: Entrance Hall – Trap door and staircase down to three huge storage rooms that may offer potential for further accommodation.

Main Accommodation: Living Room: 23’3″ x 17’1″ (13ft min) – Triple aspect with impressive views out over the water. A large wood burner with back burner which can be used to power the central heating. Radiator, part glazed door.

Kitchen/Dining Room: 17’1″ x 13’5″ – Range of wall and floor mounted storage units with sink unit and drainer. Built in electric double oven, hob and extractor hood. Partially tiled walls, laminate wooden floor, radiator.

Bedroom: 12’6″ x 11’7″ – Window to side with views over the water, partially glazed door.

Shower Room – Low level w/c, wash basin, double shower cubicle, partially tiled walls, plumbing for a washing machine, built in airing cupboard with hot water tank.

Outside: The full plot extends to approximately 0.98 acres (including the basin) and is mainly laid to lawn, enclosed by mature trees and hedgerow borders with a large double gated entrance.

The plot offers extensive parking for large number of cars/boats. There are several outbuildings which include a large timber workshop: 40ft x 15ft with power and light connected, 2 storage sheds, a mower store, log store and an outside store room/office/gardener’s w/c.

Around the basin are numerous power points and outside taps.

Location: Brundall is a highly regarded village approximately 5 miles from Norwich. The village offers a huge number of local amenities including shops, schools, pubs, restaurants, and its own railway station.


Guide Price: £425,000

Further Details ….

Brundall Canal Basin & Houseboat – Online Brochure



Stilt or Jack Mounted Chalets – Drewsteignton, Exeter.

Drewsington Holiday Chalet (c) 2012 Rendalls.

Having owned a house that was subject to a flooding, this particular property caught the eye. For the avoidance of doubt, this chalet has NO known flooding risk. Indeed it is featured here to make what is a very important and likely to become ever more relevant point. Global warming appears to be real. Whatever your view on that subject, there does seem to be many, many more instances of flooding.

With our property, we had a unique solution to the flooding. A friend, who was a chief engineer from the merchant navy and had a great mind for lateral thought solutions suggested taking a few test boreholes, and if the foundations were up to it put 3 foot of concrete in and raise the floor by 3 feet. It meant losing the 12 foot high ground-floor-to-ceiling rooms to something a little shorter, but hey this is Scotland, and who needs to pay heating bills for three foot of ceiling space that you never use!

The solution was elegant and worked. There was one more flood in the area, but the increased floor height remedied the problem perfectly.

Another way to combat this type of risk (and save a lot of concrete) is to build a house on stilts, or with some form of jack-up device. You often see American television programmes where they jack-up a whole big house and move the thing. They even have “Used House Sale Forecourts” in America, which are something to behold and put used car forecourts well into the shade.

Anyway, given that many places in the UK are becoming flood risk areas, it seemed appropriate to touch on the subject and possible solutions. Also to visually show the type of arrangement that might be re-engineered should the need arise – indeed should the need to raise the house arise!

This chalet is not that unusual – very nice but admittedly not truly unique. However, having experienced the issue of flooding first hand, and knowing of at least two of our readers that have been able to go fishing without leaving their homes, this does illustrate how an engineering solution might be incorporated into a newbuild project where the land acquired is near to water. Lets face it, many of us want that very thing in our ideal home – to be near water. So it behoves us to consider possible ways to tackle the risk and worry that some lower water table, or riverside building plots can bring to waterside dwellings.

Drewsington Holiday Chalet (c) 2012 Rendalls.

This particular property is a 2 bedroom chalet by the banks of the River Teign at Clifford Bridge Park, a small select holiday park in the Dartmoor National Park.

Entrance Hall, Lounge/Diner with Balcony, Kitchen, 2 Bedrooms, Bathroom, Balcony, Parking.

Dartmoor, often described as being the last wilderness in Southern England, is characterised by its distinctive granite tors and the high moorland rises as high as 2000 feet. Less well known are the sheltered wooded valleys. The Upper Teign Valley, with Fingle Gorge – much of which is owned by the National Trust, is a beautiful example of these “hidden” landscapes. And is the location of the Park. There are delightful riverside walks along woodland tracks either upstream through Fingle Gorge to Castle Drogo, or downstream to Steps Bridge and through the Dunsford Nature Reserve – renowned for its wild Spring daffodils.

The accommodation with approximate measurements comprises:-

Open Porch

Entrance Lobby


Kitchen Area

Small Inner Hall

Bedroom 1

First Floor Balcony

Bedroom 2

Outside Balcony

Parking space.

Services: Mains electricity. Private water supply and drainage.

Lease: The Riverside Chalets are subject to a 99 year lease. A copy of the current lease is available for inspection at the Agents’ offices. Ground Rent and Maintenance: The chalets are subject to an annual Ground Rent and Maintenance charge, the latter being for the maintenance of the common parts – grounds, sewerage treatment plant etc.

Agents Note: The Chalets May Not BE Used AS A Permanent Dwelling, AS The Permitted Use IS For Holiday Purposes OnlyFrom 15th March, Until 15th January OF The Following Year. Within This Period NO More Than 28 Days OF Consecutive Occupation BY The Same Party IS Allowed. Pets Are Allowed ON Site With The Permission OF The Owner.

Leasehold £125,000.

Further Details, please telephone Rendalls Estate Agency: 01647 432277.