Unique Property Bulletin 7 July 2014

Wet, Wet, Wet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Water Tower, Surrey (c) 2013 Humphrey Bolton

What an avalanche of emails following the earlier water-fire-water-fire edition of the Unique Property Bulletin. We could understand lots of emails about lighthouses, but what is the attraction with converted water towers? Alright we are a little bias towards lighthouse buildings; so in deference to readers here is another Wet, Wet, Wet – sorry Marti Pellow – a fresh Water Tower

This aesthetically handsome conversion is a now a 5 Bedroom Detached House.

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Stairs – Better Than A Gym – The Water Tower, Surrey (c) 2013 Hamptons

Agency Narrative: The Water Tower comprises an intriguing ‘landmark’ property, in the truest sense of the word, having been most imaginatively created and converted by the existing owners since they acquired this Listed Grade II Water Tower in the late 1980’s, and incorporated a Scandia Hus extension at a similar time, resulting in the overall property, now providing quite exceptional and versatile accommodation, which is arranged over three floors.

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The Whole Point – Unique Views (c) 2013 Hamptons

Particular emphasis was placed on high levels of insulation, allowing for the maximum amount of natural light, and the specification throughout is of a high standard. Of particular note are the adaptable semi-open plan reception areas, large first floor balcony (which can be accessed from both the sitting and family rooms) whilst the ground floor dining room and kitchen/breakfast room lead out onto their own terrace and loggia (which is created by the balcony above), and the beautifully proportioned principal bedroom suite. It should also be noted that a further suite could be created by utilising the family room, library and the existing en suite shower room and sauna.

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Not Just Feature Views – Fabulous Windows (c) 2013 Hamptons

Huge principal bedroom with beautifully appointed ‘Japanese style’ bathroom with separate shower

cubicle and wc en suite; 2/3 additional bedrooms; 2 family shower rooms each with wc and one with sauna; reception and inner hallways; downstairs cloakroom; triple aspect first floor sitting room with access out onto a large balcony; family room; library; most attractively fitted kitchen/breakfast room with utility room.

A little extra history …


Location: The Water Tower, Knoll Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2EJ.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £1,350,000.

Contact Hamptons Agencies Tel: 01483 789578 – 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.




Watch This Space: Price = £500


A Real Adventure Awaits – Hampshire (c) 2013 Clive Emson

This is possibly the most inexpensive piece of land in the United Kingdom. It may well be the first half of a very interesting adventure that we have planned. The second half will have to wait. We weren’t disappointed when we saw it. Hopefully you wont be either. Perhaps a little frustratingly we need to wait a couple of editions before we can feature the second part of this for our readers.

For now we are on the hunt for an useful piece of land. Don’t worry about planning permission. You won’t need it, and no, it is NOT going to be a place to put a caravan. We have something far, far more exotic to go on a piece of economic land. Please watch this space.

Meanwhile back to this, almost quarter acre for very little money…

Auctioneer’s Description: 0.23 acre (0.17 hectare) parcel of overgrown woodland situated close to the A3 and Petersfield Golf Course. Directions: Heading south on the A3 the land is situated on the left hand side when taking the A272 Midhurst/Petersfield exit. The land is sited behind the crash barrier at the start of the slip road.

Viewing: Interested applicants may view on site entirely at their own risk. Take great care due to the location and do not proceed on foot on or near the A3 or the slip road.

IMPORTANT: All lots are sold subject to the Common Auction Conditions and Special Conditions of Sale (unless varied by the Sellers Solicitors), together with the Addendum, which will be available on the Auction Day.

Location: Land, Kettlebrook, Liss, Hampshire, GU32 2BY.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £500 to £1,000LOT 85 – Auction 25th July 2013 at Southampton.

Contact Clive Emson Auctioneers Tel: 0845 600 1265 – Donald Wright or Mike Marchant. 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.

Online Brochure ….



Pumping and Planning 

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Bracebridge Pumping Station, Nottinghamshire (c) 2013 Dave Pickersgill

This is an imposing and exquisite example of the art of brickwork at it’s best, and on an industrial scale.

The Bracebridge Pumping Station stands well back from High Hoe Road and is eligible for many potential development opportunities. The land to the front area is former allotments, owned by Bassetlaw District Council and it is believed that they might be wishing to dispose of this area.

Formal planning permission for a 40 bedroom nursing home has been granted, and a planning permission for 24 flats is pumping along (sorry). The agents have further details, and plans available for inspection.

It would appear that the local authority – Bassetlaw District Council – is receptive to decent proposals for this site as long as it is brought back from the current state of disuse and decay.

Location: Bracebridge Pumping Station, High Hoe Road, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 2DW.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £350,000.

Contact Fisher German Agencies Tel: 01777 719148 – 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.

Online Brochure …..



Email Train

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Tavistock Railway Station, Devon (c) 2013 Fine & Country

We have been searching our box of properties for a keen reader who emailed us and desires a railway station. Ready to roll. We can email a railway station in reply to our reader.

Here we can illustrate a unique lifestyle as well as a unique home. How? Well this former railway station has been very nicely converted into a home, plus a very useful income from 3 holiday cottages. Plus there is room to shunt a relative (sorry that really is torturing the pun-line).

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Tavistock Railway Station – A Long Time Ago (c) Owner’s Collection

Agency Narrative: Converted Railway Station; Four properties and annexe. Three 5 star holiday cottages. Grade II listed Two Bedroom Annexe; Laundry Room; Store; Ample Parking; Countryside Views.

The owners have lovingly restored this home and their enthusiasm for the project is evident. Indeed the renovation project was filmed by the Channel 4 programme ‘Property Snakes and Ladders’ hosted by Sarah Beeney.

Tavistock Railway Station and holiday cottages are located in the popular market town of Tavistock, it offers a host of activities for visitors and residents alike.

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Before The Wonderful Landscaping Work ! (c) Owner’s Collection

Positioned in Dartmoor National Park with its stunning scenery and outdoor leisure activities people come from around the world to enjoy what is on offer. It hosts plenty of events throughout the year with the famous Goosey fair and music and art festivals to name a few. With its own pedestrian access leading to the town centre , here you will find an array of boutique shops , pubs and restaurants to explore, as well as the Pannier Market a bustling centre with origins back to the 12th Century.

A truly unique proposition that offers great scope to continue running a high class holiday accommodation business that could easily be taken over by any prospective purchaser.

Station House: A delightful three bedroom character property. Offering two reception rooms both featuring stunning fireplaces and ceiling roses. The kitchen is the heart of this home with a delightful hand crafted fitted kitchen with granite work surfaces. Walking through the kitchen you approach two further rooms currently used as offices, boot room with access to the rear elevation of the property. Through the boot room there is access to a two bedroom annex. To the first floor of the property the master suite enjoys views to the front aspect. The vendors have added an ensuite wet room to this room which has suitable effects of luxury. A further two double bedrooms occupy the first floor space along with a family bathroom featuring a slipper bath and open shower.

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Tavistock Railway Station As Original (c) Owner’s Collection

Two Bedroom Annexe: Offers an open plan living room and kitchen, down stairs wet room, stairs to first floor landing approaching a double bedroom with ensuite and a single bedroom. The annex could provide further holiday accommodation.

Three Luxurious Self Catering Holiday Cottages: A successful blend of Victorian architecture with a contemporary twist. All three cottages are offered equipped and have been tastefully furnished to a 5 star standard. All three cottages have a very different decorative approach making them a unique holiday experience. The Refreshment Hall is a three bedroom cottage having sumptuous antique furnishings, an imposing French crown chandelier and original cast iron fireplace within the open plan living room. The Refreshment Hall accommodates six guests.

The Porters Office & Ticketing Hall: Offer two double bedrooms accommodating four guests comfortably.

Each cottage has a divided share of the platform that has also been restored. At the front of the property there is the original car park, and this now incorporates a garden area where you can relax and enjoy the views of Dartmoor and Tavistock over to the Tamar Valley.

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Tavistock Railway Station – Sublime Renovation (c) 2013 Fine & Country

You would really have to visit to see how good this Railway Station renovation is. In fact you can – we link the holiday cottage website below.

Dedicated Tavistock Railway Station website …..


Plus some History …


Location: Old Tavistock Railway Station, Quant Park, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0JQ.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £1,250,000.

Contact Fine & Country Agencies Tel: 01752 663322 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.

Online Brochure ….



Platform 1: Don’t Cry, Waive Goodbye

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Penmaenmawr Station House, Conwy (c) 2013 Jackson Commercial

There is no point crying when you waive goodbye to Penmaenmawr Railway Station House at £75,000 achieved via recent auction. The best that we can do is learn an IMPORTANT and valuable lesson that cash is king right now, and there are genuine bargains to be negotiated for in order to secure that unique home. Originally we featured this Railway Station guided by the agents at £127,500 in the Unique Property Bulletin


What happened next? Well the old station went to auction. A new guide of £65,000 was set, and we just received an email confirming the gavel went down and with the sound of a loud knock on wood, some lucky person bought this lovely station building for £75,000. Well done.



Unique Architecture

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Emporio (c) 2013 Tailor Made/Owner & Architect Collection

As the online version of Unique Property Bulletin is evolving we are having more folk seeking a little architectural ingredient to be added into the mix. So to see where this interesting path takes us we are looking at the unusual styles of building that are architect designed.

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CGI Sea View From Emporio (c) 2013 Tailor Made/Owner & Architect Collection

For our first foray in that direction we present you our reader with Emporio, a detached, 5 Bedroom, 5 Reception Room, 5 Bathroom, Swimming Pool & Bridge super home. It is what happens when a person with vision, and a quality architect let their imaginations off of the leash.

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Emporio Interior (c) 2013 Tailor Made/Owner & Architect Collection

Just click onto a treat for the unique property hunter …



That is a website.

That is a sublime property.

Here is a whole new unique property world – architect design.

Love it.

Now where did the cheque book go.

Rather than put too much narrative on this page, we will settle for a couple of photographs of Emporio. The dedicated website links can do the rest of the talking – photographs and text – for this unusual building….


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How To Make An Entrance. (c) 2013 Tailor Made/Owner & Architect Collection

Location: Emporio, Brudenell Avenue, Sandbanks, Poole, BH13 7PN.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £3,950,000.

Contact Tailor Made Agencies Tel: 01202 706 006 Please can you help 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.

Online Brochure ….



and finally …..

Try Before You Buy

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Lymm Water Tower, Cheshire (c) 2013 Watersons/Owner’s Collection

From reader reaction, our new addition of Try-Before-You-Buy seems to be well received. So we are making it a permanent addition. Every week we will have a unique rental property as the last featured in the Bulletin. It would be really appreciated if readers who do have a visit at one of the unique property rentals regale us of their mini-adventure. Many thanks.

This week we have the wonderful, and exquisitely old/new balanced architectural masterpiece of the Lymm Water Tower conversion and renovation. It is a long term lease, but that is often a good thing. Like a year in France, if you take a year at a unique property, then you will know if this sort of lifestyle is for you. Especially when there are a lot of stairs, and old age may be creeping on!

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Exquisite Interior & Views Outward (c) 2013 Watersons/Owner’s Collection

In the picturesque village of Lymm in Cheshire, stands a Victorian stone water tower straight out of a fairy tale. The 130-year-old grade II listed landmark is of special architectural and historical interest. Recently renovated into a 5500 ft2 multi-award-winning contemporary home designed by one of Britain’s leading architects.

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An Ensuite Like No Other (c) 2013 Watersons/Owner’s Collection

The wrap around extension follows the shape of the octagonal tower, making allowances for the mature trees which surround the site. Changes in level define the functions of the various spaces, which have been arranged relating to their function and in accordance with the changing quality of natural light as the sun tracks around from one side of the tower to the other. The sun rises on the kitchen and early morning spaces and sets on the dinning, evening spaces. The key Summer Lounge space sits in the middle facing due south. All these spaces have a sensory contact with nature and the seasons due to the use of large panels of low energy structural glass in the façade.

Location: The Water Tower, Tower Lane, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 0BD.

Unique Rental: £5,500 pcm – Reduced from £7,000 pcm so catch yourself a bargain.

Contact Watersons: 0161 941 6767.

Online Brochure and very nice photographs….


Even more amazing when you see pictures of the old tower before renovation, and read up on the history …



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