Unique Property Bulletin 8 January 2012

Hartland Point Lighthouse

Hartland Point Lighthouse (c) 2012 Mr Nicholas Mutton.

This is a favourite theme here at Unique Property Bulletin. A fabulous property and a little bit special by anyone’s standard.

A former lighthouse tower, which is the rarest of things. We are advised that there is still some accommodation. Though it is very important for readers to clarify this detail, as part of the earlier structure was demolished to build the helicopter landing pad. It is assumed these were the first and second assistant lighthouse keepers part of the dwellings.

Old Structure Part Demolished For Helipad (c) 2012 Mr Trevor Rickard

Grade II listed, Hartland Point Lighthouse, near Bideford in North Devon, was initially erected in 1874 and was permanently manned until 1984 when it then became automated. The picture above was taken in 1973, when the station was manned by four keepers, who lived in the houses in the foreground with their families. When the light was automated in 1984, these buildings were demolished to make way for the helipad.

As well as the lighthouse tower, prospective buyers will also receive the remaining two storey building that is directly attached to the lighthouse tower. Plus of course, the helipad.

For those without a helicopter, the more traditional access is via a surface road that leads up to the side of the cliff to a gated entrance. The site is made up of approximately 16 acres of cliff and coastline. Planning consent has recently been granted for the installation of a solar powered LED beacon and so the Lighthouse itself will be decommissioned.

Hartland Point Lighthouse (c) 2012 Smith Gore & Co.

The Hartland Point Lighthouse is currently owned by the Corporation of Trinity House which came into existence in 1514 and is responsible for the provision and maintenance of lighthouses.

The guide price for Hartland Point Lighthouse is £550,000.

The selling agents can be contacted at Smiths Gore’s Truro office.

UPDATE: We have just been advised that Hartland Point Lighthouse has now been sold. These types of building don’t hang around for long. Two things arise from this.

1] We have a VERY similar lighthouse that is COMING UP for sale soon. Details already in the Unique Property Manual (Our new book is being printed right now and will be on sale from 25th January 2012 – Robert Burns’ 253rd Birthday!).

If Hartland Point Lighthouse floats your boat, then the next, very similar lighthouse tower for sale should also light your candle. The reason is that we understand the asking price of the lighthouse tower HERE is likely to be substantially less than Hartland Point.

2] Also, we are dropping the new owner of Hartland Point Lighthouse a polite enquiry to see if the property will be back up for sale. This actually happened to us with the Strathy Point Lighthouse Complex . We missed it first time, but it did come back around. We managed to buy Strathy by being well prepared in advance, and employing the techniques on this site, and from the accompanying manual . So if you are interested in this lighthouse, or others, please keep an eye on this space and we will alert you to any news.


The Signal Box, West Yorkshire, HD8 8LZ

Copley Lane Signal Box (c) 2012 HSC Property/David Gillooley

This is a fairly rare piece of railway building, even by our standards. A converted Railway Signal Box. Rebuilt to modern standards.

Copley Lane Signal Box (c) 2012 HSC Property/David Gillooley

The Signal Box is situated in West Yorkshire countryside, though not too far away from activity in Shelley village, recently nominated ‘Village of the Year’ in a national competition. Decent sized south facing gardens at several levels set in approximately one acre.

Copley Lane Signal Box (c) 2012 HSC Property/David Gillooley

This unique little building has a Rayburn, for solid fuel central heating in the kitchen, which in turn heats the well insulated home. While a wood burner in the sitting room adds to the cosiness.

Summary details:-

The Signal Box, Copley Lane, Shelley, West Yorkshire, HD8 8LZ

4 Bedrooms.

Original Features .

Garden Set In Approximately One Acre of Land.

Off Street Parking (cars not trains).

Fully Double glazed.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide Price £325,000.

To arrange a viewing, please contact: David Gillooley – 07752174155.

Further details ….

Signal Box Details


Former Kirk, Gorstan, Garve, Highland

Former Gorstan Kirk (c) 2012 Knight Frank.

Kirk House is an imaginative church conversion with a fine, contemporary interior. The exterior of the original Victorian building has been totally preserved with no discernible clue as to what lies inside.

The main door leads into an entrance hall, off of which there is a shower room with shower, WC and wash basin. The kitchen and dining/living area is open plan and has been completed to a high specification; including 5 ring induction hob with downward extractor; steam oven; conventional oven; integral coffee maker; two fridges; freezer; dishwasher and washing machine/drier. All drawers and cupboards are soft close and the drawers have interior lighting. There is a wood burning stove in the dining area and the lighting has multi controls to give a wide variety of possible combinations. From the dining area a shelved corridor which provides display and storage options, leads to two bedrooms with floor to ceiling storage and a bathroom with bath, wc and wash basin.

Former Gorstan Kirk (c) 2012 Knight Frank.

On the upper level is a spacious and bright sitting area with large roof windows to front and rear giving views to the distant hills. Beyond the sitting area is the master bedroom with dressing area and an ensuite bathroom.

3 Bedrooms.

2 Reception Rooms.

2 Bathrooms.


Feuhold (Scottish Freehold Equivalent).

Guide: £450,000.

For further details and contact information, please click the link ….

Kirk House Online Brochure


Ty’r Graig Castle Hotel

Ty’r Graig Castle Hotel (c) 2012 Christies/Tyr Graig Castle Hotel.

Brookside, Llanaber Road, Barmouth, Gwynedd LL42 1YN

A landmark Victorian castle-hotel situated on the edge of Snowdonia National Park about half a mile out of Barmouth town centre. Situated neatly between the mountains and the sea with excellent views of Cardigan Bay.

Ty’r Graig Castle Hotel (c) 2012 Christies/Ty’r Graig Castle Hotel.

12-bedroom guest accommodation Restaurant and bar (40) Separate 4-bedroom owner’s accommodation Uninterrupted sea views Parking (20) Excellent condition throughout

Guide: £770,000 Freehold

Hotel Website

This castle-hotel might even be worth studying for our unique hotel syndicate. There may well be latitude in the purchase price as commercial mortgage finance is scarce. Therby rarefying and pool of buyers to a very small number. Especially in this climate. The arithmetic also works out on our hotel syndicate past performance experiences. For example the 4 bed residential accommodation part would figure out at say £195,000. Thereafter each hotel room wholly owned at £43,750 plus purchase costs. The building is in very good condition so should be reasonable to upkeep. Check out our main feature about the hotel initiative at ….

Hotel Syndicate – Two-Summers-No-Winters Article

If wanting to study the wholly owned single room initiative for our two-summers-no-winters idea, please contact us here…

Unique Property Hotel Syndicate Note Of Interest

Though if you are a sole buyer, further information and a full property schedule can be obtained from the marketing agents online brochure ….

Ty’r Graig Sale Details


The Moorings, Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4LB

The Moorings, Folly Bridge (c) 2012 Carter Jonas.

An unusual castellated riverside period property within walking distance of the city centre. Entrance hall; 7 licensed bedsits with kitchens; 2 shower rooms; 2 cloakrooms; roof terrace; substantial parking.

Folly Bridge is situated on the south of he city centre, on the River Thames, a short distance from the famous Christchurch meadows, Oxford’s countryside in he city. The internationally renowned and historic university city is host to a cosmopolitan range of facilities of every conceivable kind: museums; theatres; cinemas; art galleries; jazz music; chamber music; opera, and many others. Historic pubs; ports facilities; health clubs; exercise pools and the botanic garden to name a few. All of which are set within walking distance of Folly Bridge.

The Moorings, Folly Bridge (c) 2012 Carter Jonas.

Folly Bridge stands at the ford over which oxen were driven, and subsequently gave rise to he city’s name many years ago; a place visited by Samuel Pepys and painted by Turner amongst others. The first known tone ridge was built on he site in 1085, with the current bridge built between 1824 and 1827. Situated on a small island at the bridge and surrounded by he River Thames The Moorings is an eye-ccatching and unusual castellated house believed to have been built during the early part of the twentieth century.

Currently a house in multiple occupation, the property is configured to provide seven self contained bedsits but also has tremendous potential, subject to he necessary consents to become a fabulous riverside home in the heart of he city. There is large roof terrace and parking for seven cars to the front of the building.

Each of the bedsits have televisions, microwaves, fridge-freezers, washing-machines and proper non-creaking beds. Ideal for student accommodation. In fact the current tenants are students studying at the Oxford Business School, which currently owns the property. So it is quite possible that the new owner will also see its buy-to-let potential. It is already licensed by the council as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) and brings in about £52,000 rental income a year.

Thinking laterally, this may also be a candidate for the two-summers-no-winters idea.

Guide Price: £775,000.

Tenure: Freehold.

Further details and online brochure from agents Carter Jonas …

The Moorings, Folly Bridge – Brochure


Three Reservoirs

Hurworth Burn Reservoir (c) 2012 Mr Philip Barker.

Fresh listing. Fresh water. Fresh fishing. For sale.

The sellers have just listed this on 6th January 2012. Hartlepool Water has put the reservoirs at Hurworth Burn, Crookfoot and Hart up for sale as they are no longer in use.

All three reservoirs are attractive and unique areas of land and water, which could be used for a number of wide-ranging purposes, say bosses.

“I’d like to reassure customers that the sale of these reservoirs will not impact on their supplies,” said Kevin Ensell, Hartlepool Water’s operations manager. “They each have a fantastic history having been here for over a century, but these reservoirs have never been part of our drinking water supply. In fact these reservoirs were used to supply the old docks with water which they turned into steam to power the old ship building industries Hartlepool is famous for. Because these fantastic sites are no longer used today to supply steam, they could be better used for leisure or farming in the area.”

Hurworth Burn is 120 acres of land and woodland between Hartlepool and Trimdon Village which includes the 21 hectare reservoir built in 1867.

Crookfoot Reservoir (c) 2012 Mr Peter Robinson.

Crookfoot, Elwick on the outskirts of Hartlepool, is 69 acres of agricultural land and the 17 hectare reservoir with a small castellated tower built in 1901.

Hart Reservoir (c) 2012 Mr Philip Barker.

The third site for sale is near Hart Village, where two smaller reservoirs were used as balancing lakes to manage the water levels in Hurworth Burn and Crookfoot.

The reservoirs are being sold by estate agents H&H Land and Property who have extensive experience in rural land sales in the North of England.

Director David Quayle, said: “This is the first time we have a trio of reservoirs for sale and all three have potential for a wider variety of business and leisure pursuits. Each site is well stocked with fish and a haven for wildlife making them an ideal and secluded site for many recreational pursuits. With the right planning permission they could be used to extend existing farming or grazing land with the added bonus of reservoirs for irrigation.”

Mr Quayle said the agents had “no idea” what price to expect for the sites.


Further Details ….

Three Reservoirs – Sale and Contact Information