Unique Property Bulletin 8 April 2012

Baby Taransay

Balnagowan Island – Gem In The Sea (c) 2012 Mr Walter Baxter.

For those who can remember the BBC television series Castaway 2000 which propelled temporary islander Ben Fogle to a healthy television career ….


…. here we have a smaller island DIY version, and for the current level of purchase prices, not that bad a bargain too.

Balnagowan Island (c) 2012 CKD Galbraith.

For sale is Eilean Balnagowan, Duror, Appin Highland, PA38 4BW. Situated off of Cuil Bay with outline planning permission for a holiday Bothy. Otherwise uninhabited by people.

Balnagowan Island (c) 2012 CKD Galbraith.

About 36 acres in all. The interesting, indeed vital part of this unique property is doing your homework. The Bothy that needs building has strict planning restrictions. Notwithstanding these, and as one who has lived on small private islands, there is a natural timeframe that introspective solitude can have. Just have a read of the Castaway 2000 book by Mark McCrum, or watch the series when it comes around for repeat. The important thing that you should know, is there are time critical restrictions on how long you can stay on this island at any one go. It appears the aim is to encourage holiday use ….


If you click onto this link you can study the full planning application. This is in, and of itself a good thing to do, regardless of the candidate of purchase. Knowing your way around the planning system is important. This is an excellent weblink to go through and learn from. We will cover the subject of planning law in more detail, including the major changes in planning legislation via a forthcoming online Unique Property Feature.

Back to Balnagowan Island. The location is of course via sea or air access. Distance from Keil, the nearest point to the mainland is about 0.8 miles. Oban about 24 miles. Fort William about 20 miles.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Freehold Equivalent).

Guide: Offers Over: £395,000.

Contact CKD Galbraith Agencies: 01786 434600.

Online Brochure ….




“Simples” – A Real Meerkat Actually Included – (c) 2012 Meridian Business Sales.


Perhaps no longer politically correct to call this type of property a zoo, we are describing it so, at least in this contribution to the Bulletin so we can, at last, tick all the unique property style boxes from “A” to “Z”. There are not that many unique buildings starting with the letter “Z”. Though as an “Animalarium” it can be fair to say we have the “A” and the “Z” in one property.

Animalrium At Borth (c) 2010 Mr Chris Denny.

Here we have a wonderful lifestyle home and living experience for those keen on outdoor life and animals. Your very own mini zoo. Situated at Ynisfergi, Borth, Ceredigion, Wales, SY24 5NA.


This unusual proposition includes an owners bungalow, 12 acres of land, and a fairly unique business .

Located at the seaside village of Borth, the vocational side of this home includes over 150 species of animals from monkeys to reptiles, and of course your very own custody of a real life meerkat.

The advised annual turnover is £167,000 with approximately £22,000 Stock At Valuation. The 12 acres in total is split with approximately 2 acres of zoo and 10 acres of open field. A 2 bedroom self contained bungalow with private grounds.

The Zoo also has a Retail Shop and Cafe with 32 covers.

The Animalarium Includes Retail & Cafe Facilities (c) 2012 Meridian Business Sales.

A 6 foot perimeter boundary fencing and space for approximately 50 on site visitor cars. Please contact the owner’s agent for a full brochure.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £800,000.

Turnover: £176,000 p.a. Stock approximately: £22,000.

Online Brochure*


* A kindly word of advice to estate agents. A key point is to make accessing property sales easy. Any blockages or impediments to a property brochure may put some buyers off. PLEASE make it less complex for buyers to access websites. PLEASE do this, if only to increase the chances of a sale for your clients. THANKYOU.


Dr Who

The Doctor’s Surgery, Kinlochbervie (c) 2012 Drever and Heddle.

Actually Dr Where? For this, you might need a time transporting Tardis, or at least location transporting device for this wonderfully remote building, not that short from the iconic and inspiringly named Cape Wrath.

Formerly a Doctors Surgery at Kinlochbervie, this two bedroomed detached home is, for some of our readers, in an ideal place to site a remote home-based internet business.

The Doctor’s Surgery, Kinlochbervie (c) 2012 Drever and Heddle.

The location in this part of the country is spectacular. Explore in any direction from the fishing village of Kinlochbervie and find wonder and awe.

This former commercially classed building currently has two double bedrooms, a family shower room, and a living area consisting of a kitchen plus living and dining area. It has electric heating and double glazing. There is an easily maintained garden to the rear and a ramp at the front. New planning laws – even the old ones – may make it entirely possible to operate a home based business from this property

This location may be a far way from any and every city, but it is also a a relatively long distance from the madding crowds. This recycled building may not look that much, but for those intrepid enough to make the journey, all around this Highland town is a visual feast for the eyes.

Further background information about Kinlochbervie and the Sutherland area the top of the country, perhaps an idea to make a virtual visit via…


The former Doctor’s Surgery and house is for sale with the general terms …

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish freehold Equivalent).

Guide: Offers over £95,000.

Contact: Drever & Heddle, 7/9 Princes Street, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7BQ. Tel: 01847 894 379

Online Brochure ….




Peak A Chapel

Chapel at Warslow, The Peak District (c) 2012 Bridgford Agencies.

This is a wonderful worshipful converted chapel ready to move into. Dating back to 1848, and has undergone a complete refurbishment. The property is located in the Peak District village of Warslow, approximately 9 miles south of the spa town of Brixton. The chapel is located at Leek Road, Warslow near Buxton, SK17 0JY.

Chapel at Warslow, The Peak District (c) 2012 Bridgford Agencies.

This building has four bedrooms; a large open plan living layout to the ground floor, with door through into sun lounge at the rear. To the first floor, there are three double bedrooms (one of which benefits from an en-suite) and a family bathroom. There is then a large master bedroom that occupies the whole of the second floor, also benefiting from an en-suite. Externally, there is a large rear garden, currently divided into two lawned areas.

Sympathetically converted to retain many of the original unique chapel features.

Tenure: Freehold.

Tel Bridgfords: 01298 359 185.

Guide: £399,950.

Online Brochure ….




Banks Again

Northern Bank, Whitehead (c) 2012 Osborne King Agencies.

Following our recent feature on bank building sales, we are seeing a regular supply of these style of properties coming to market. This is a magnificent and handsome former Northern Bank building, sited at 12 Edward Road, Whitehead, Northern Ireland, BT38 9QB. It is also placed on a substantial, and fairly rare double-corner plot making additional development a possible thing to explore.

The property comprises a 3 storey former dwelling with single storey purpose built Banking Hall. The entire residential accommodation has had the floors removed and the walls taken back to the brick. The Banking Hall is decorated in Northern Bank’s corporate standard and displays the current corporate signage externally.

Whitehead is located approximately 12 miles east of Belfast on the coast road between Carrickfergus and Larne. It is a popular commuter town with an element of commercial premises. The subject property has road frontage on 3 sides and would provide an excellent development/refurbishment opportunity, subject to planning permission.

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency that the residential element of the property was allocated a B2 historic building listing on 12/3/1990. Its Historic Building ref. number is HB22/06/009.

As a point of note the ATM will be removed prior to completion of sale.

Total building internal area is approximately 4,678 sq.ft.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide – Offers In Excess Of £250,000.

Contact – Osborne King Agency: 028 9027 0000.

Online Brochure ….



Halt !

The Halt, Avon Castle (c) 2012 Irving Palmer & Co.

This is a style of railway station, known as a “Halt”. Situated within a couple of miles from the town of Ringwood, Hampshire. A lovely conversion from the old Railway Halt that used to provide access for workers to the 1300 acre Avon Castle Estate on the banks of the River Avon, into a nice contemporary private dwelling.

The Halt, Internal Photo (c) 2012 Irving Palmer & Co.

The accommodati0on contains 3 Bedrooms; 2 Bathrooms; Sitting Room; Conservatory; Kitchen/Breakfast Room; Study; Dining Room; Utility Room, and also a Double Garage. Set in approximately 0.4 of an acre with nice gardens.

These include, as a nod to the past life of this building, a feature railway platform within the gardens.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £600,000.

Details & Brochure – Telephone Irving Palmer Agencies: 01425 479 033.

As an indication of what a “Halt” looks like, here is the relatively nearby Ashley Heath Halt. Please Note, this is NOT what appears within the above Avon Castle Halt grounds, but is included to give our readers an idea of the vernacular.

The Halt, Ashley Heath – NOT Avon Castle (c) 2012 Stuart Buchan.