Islands: Starters & Desserts
The Island of Wiay (c) 2013 Richard Dorrell
We have for Starters on the menu of this week’s Bulletin an island to own – and finish [details at the foot of this page] with one to rent for a while by way of Dessert to sample and see if this unusual style of place to call home is to our readers’ taste.
The Island of Wiay was put up for sale a few month’s ago, but from a lifelong island dweller, we often visit these properties that have been put for sale a while after the media blitz. Why? The island of Sanda is an excellent example. Apart from the wonder and definite adventure we can testify to with living on an island, the price is quite important too. Indeed it can mean the difference between an aye or a nay as far as financially being able to fulfil your dream home is concerned. If a property listing goes a little stale over time, then there may be a natural adjustment in price that favours the buyer. You ! We will shamelessly plug the Unique Property Manual for those who would like to find out exactly how much the new owner of Sanda Island shaved off of the price. That particular island is one of our favourites around the UK offshore locations. It is just spectacular. The price shaving was also quite impressive too. Back to an alternate island beauty – The Island of Wiay.
There is full planning permission to renovate the Crofter’s Cottage, and something not many folk can say they are privileged to enjoy – their very own Anchorage. Plus the modest matter of around 970 acres to roam in the style of Robinson Crusoe. Who of a certain age can ever forget this iconic island theme from the famous television series …
Sorry if that tune gets stuck in your head for a day or two. It may even prompt you into having a look at Wiay Island, or if not that, then to taste the experience of a brief period metaphorically shipwrecked on a small island. Though don’t worry, the one we have located is in the Lake District, so you won’t be lost for the long years [1659-1686] that our erstwhile island hero Robinson Crusoe was on his island adventure for.
Wiay Island Home Renovation Project (c) 2013 Bell Ingram
Back to the Island of Wiay, and the fact it is still for sale after the media has run it’s course. Now might well be the time to see how “negotiable” the owner may be. How much MIGHT YOU be able to slice off of the £500,000 guide is an interesting question? Though we would – again shamelessly – recommend the Unique Property Manual for some hints [all proceeds from the Unique Property Manual go to keeping this website totally free to view].
Island of Wiay Sales Agency Narrative:-
Full Planning Permission [lapsed July 2013 but application to renew is in process] for renovation of Crofter’s Cottage (Ref No: 07/00449)
Stalking, woodcock shooting and trout fishing
Spectacular scenery and extensive wildlife
Summary: A private and accessible island of about 970 acres, lying half a mile off the east coast of Benbecula.
Location: The Island of Wiay lies about half a mile south east of Benbecula and is easily accessed by private boat from Petersport to a sheltered bay on Wiay close to the ruined cottage on the west side of the island.
Imagine This Window View After Renovation (c) 2013 Bell Ingram
Benbecula lies between the islands of North Uist and South Uist, to which it is connected by road causeways. The island is very flat with fertile ground and beautiful sandy beaches on the west whilst the east is peat moorland with a rocky coastline incorporating many small islands and inlets. Benbecula Airport (9 miles) has daily flights to Glasgow, Stornoway and Barra. There are ferry services from Lochboisdale (25 miles) on South Uist to Oban or from Lochmaddy on North Uist to Uig on Skye. Benbecula’s main settlement is Balivanich and the administrative centre for the three islands with council offices, airport and the islands’ bank. Creagorry is the closest main town to Wiay and its co-op supermarket provides for the southern end of Benbecula and the north of South Uist.
Wiay Island Sea Cave (c) 2013 John Allan
Directions: Ferry or Air and private craft from Petersport.
Description: The Island of Wiay is a sheltered island of about 970 acres, predominantly heather clad and with a number of small fresh water lochs and rising to 335 ft at Beinn a’ Tuath. On the west side of the island are the ruins of an old cottage overlooking Bagh na Murla which is a sheltered bay with glorious views to Benbecula and the Uists. Planning Permission (Ref No: 07/00449) has been granted to renovate the existing derelict crofter’s cottage to form a lodge for use by the owners, shooting tenant and holiday letting. An application to renew this consent, which was due to expire on 14 July 2013, is pending consideration (Ref No: 13/00253/PPD).
Historical Note: The island was reported to have six inhabitants in 1861 but has been deserted since 1942. Bonnie Prince Charlie is said to have hidden in the Prince’s Cave on Wiay for a few days as a fugitive after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The cave, known as Prince Charlie’s Rest, is found to the east of the island at the foot of Beinn a Tuath and has clear views over the Minch and to Skye – the Prince would have felt reasonably secure as he watched British Navy warships as they patrolled up and down, searching the seas for him.
In recent years the island has been used only for sporting purposes such as woodcock shooting, duck, red deer stalking and fishing. Currently the island holds no stock but in the past the island supported about 200 sheep with good grazing on the lower slopes. The island was farmed until 2003 when the owners bought out the tenant. This island therefore has vacant possession.
The land is registered for IACS purposes and is designated as non LFA. There is a wide variety of wildlife, flora and fauna on the island and there is often the chance of seeing otters, golden eagles, red deer, grouse and woodcock. There are three eagle nesting sites on the island.
The Island of Wiay (c) 2013 Bell Ingram
From most points on the island there are magical views towards South Uist or North Uist and the island of Skye to the east.
A little more information …
Plus details of the main neighbouring islands and some lovely photographs …
and a host of related photographs …
Location: The Island of Wiay, South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS7 5LA [approximate]
Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Equivalent of Freehold).
Guide: £500,000 – But perhaps fish to see if an “offer in the region of” may be considered? Please refer to Island Bargaining and the Sanda Island example.
For Wiay Island Sales: Contact Bell Ingram Agencies Tel: 01738 621 121. 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.
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Brief Encounter – Steam Encounter
Glaisdale Railway Station (c) 2013 Nigel Thompson
A wonderous railway home and business, not to mention some sublime passing steam locomotives …
Real Steam Visitor – The Sir Nigel Gresley (c) 2012 Mick Garratt.
There is also a nearby and popular community owned rail service, more detail of which can be found at…
Well worth reading what a community can do with main gauge and narrow gauge railway lines, when the will to breathe life back into a community – indeed several linked communities – comes about. There is also a nearby narrow gauge railway with special treats for those with a love of steam engines.
Back to the mainline and Glaisdale Railway Station, the estate agency detail is summarised …
Tees Surveyors are delighted to present for sale this 1865 George Edmund Street designed property, originally used as the Station House to Glaisdale station. This property offers not only an idyllic place to live but also the opportunity to take advantage of the thriving established Seasonal Tea-Room business located on site.
This property is located on the scenic Esk Valley line approximately 10 minutes form Whitby. The property itself has undergone refurbishment and modernisation over the past twenty years to bring it up to the modern standards with regards Central Heating and new Sash window installations. However the property still firmly maintains its traditional feel throughout with many preserved original features.
To the rear of the property the land extends to approximately 1/3 of an acre and is laid out with a paved area and two modern Conservatory`s attached to the main building. The first Conservatory leads to Kitchen/ Dining area, this was used for the Tea-Room and can be accessed via the Station car park if you wished to utilise this business opportunity.
The Second Conservatory leads into the Living Room and is perfect for enjoying the Magnificent Views of the grounds, which include; Three Garden Ponds, Lawn, Large Vegetable Garden, Double Greenhouse, Coal Bunker and Two Sheds (one with electricity!).
Glaisdale Railway Station (c) 2012 Tees Surveyors
This property briefly comprises; Entrance, 2 Reception rooms, 2 Conservatory`s, Library (Can be used as Further Reception, Office, or additional Bedroom) Extended Kitchen/ Diner, Landing, Two Bedrooms, Bathroom, Railway Line to Front, Large plot and Gardens to Rear.
Rear Gardens; Large Plot, Large Patio area, Has been used for seating area for Tea-Rooms, 3 Ponds, Raised Flower Boarders with Variety of Trees and Shrubs, Vegetable Gardens.
Location: Glaisdale Railway Station, Glaisdale, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2QL.
Contact Tees Surveyors: 01642 309093 or …
Online Brochure ….
Signal Box Sleuthing
Glaisdale Railway Station Signal Box (c) 2013 J. Thomas
P.S. It might be an idea if you are visiting the Glaisdale Railway Station that is for sale, to enquire about this very interesting Signal Box situated on the opposite the platform – now waiting, it would appear, to be rescued. If you need any factual and proven guidance on how to find out more about this forlorn looking Signal Box, including the owner, and whether it is for sale, or long term lease, just acquire a copy of….
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The colloquial term for a judge from the long past is a Beak. Bubonic plague times actually. Fortunately this is a much more modern building. A big detached structure with lots of interesting potential. The Ministry of Justice was looking for £275,000 to £300,000, but following an FTSAA – Fail To Sell At Auction – on 16th October 2013, the guide has now been reduced to £250,000. For good behaviour, how much more might be taken off of that tariff? Adopt the methods of many a forensic witness who has appeared within this court and have a look at comparable prices of detached homes of similar size in the area. Then consider what a bargain – almost a steal – that this former court might be if acquired for say £225,000 !
Auctioneer’s Narrative: The property is situated within the town centre on Middlewich Road (A533) in an area with both residential and commercial uses. Sandbach is a market town that lies adjacent to Junction 17 of the M6 motorway and approximately 4 miles to the north east of Crewe.
Detached two storey former magistrates court, comprising a mixture of offices, meeting rooms and ancillary accommodation.
Whole Building Net Internal Area: 337.05 sq m (3,628 sq ft).
Outside: Parking to the front marked out for fifteen vehicles.
Site Area: Approximately 0.12 Hectares (0.29 Acres). Important Note: The garages to the rear are outside the vendors title.
Location: Former Sandbach Magistrates’ Court, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1HY.
Guide: £250,000 – FTSAA – Post Auction REDUCTION from £300,000 – Formerly Lot 26.
Contact Pugh Auctioneers Tel: 0844 2722444. Please can you help Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.
Online Brochure ….
Former Bank Building, Lancashire (c) 2013 DTZ/Pugh & Co
Originally this bank was placed for sale at a guide of £300,000. On 16th October 2013 it Failed To Sell At Auction. The price sought at the original auction was £175,000 to £200,000. Now it is guided on a post-auction basis of £185,000. That is over £100,000 of money knocked of the original top-end price. Talk about bank robbery! Any readers fancy popping in with an offer lower than the £185,000 and succeeding in buying this large and fine lump of masonry please let us know how you get on? Any bank plans for this large institution would be very interesting. The Main Banking Hall especially is a big space to play with.
Location: The property is located at the intersection with Grimshaw Street and Nicholas Street. The area is predominantly a mixture of retail and office premises. Burnley Central train station is approximately 400 metres to the North.
Description: Corner located former banking hall offered with vacant possession. Below are approximate measurements of the internal accommodation :-
Ground Floor: Banking Hall, Offices – 322.64 sq m (3,473 sq ft).
First Floor: Offices – 25.91 sq m (279 sq ft).
Second Floor: Offices – 118.17 sq m (1,272 sq ft).
Basement: Storage – 123.74 sq m (1,332 sq ft).
Total: – 590.46 sq m (6,356 sq ft).
Outside: Car-parking for approximately 5 cars to the rear.
Location: Former Bank Building, 10 Grimshaw Street, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 2AS.
Guide: £185,000. Another FTSAA – Failed To Sell At Auction – 16 October 2016. Formerly Lot 49
Contact Pugh Auctioneers Tel: 0844 2722444. Please can you help Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.
Online Brochure ….
Formerly Marketed by DTZ
18 Acres + Equestrian + House – Horses Not Included (c) 2013 Emson
Horsey – Aye or Neigh ? Another stable candidate for our equestrian friend from last week. A step change in price with this new offering. But it does come with full Planning Permission for replacing an existing dwelling with a larger one. Plus a further planning application “pending” for the building of 23 holiday chalets.
Brickfields Equestrian Centre, Ryde, Isle of Wight (c) 2013 Emson
The Brickfields Equestrian Centre is set on the outskirts of Ryde and has run as a successful equestrian centre and tourist attraction for many years. Activities on site have included a riding school, horse shows, a blacksmith’s shop and forge, livery, restaurant, café and bar, a retail outlet and, until the end of September 2013, the site hosted the Isle of Wight livestock market and machinery dispersal sales. Brickfields is set in a most attractive semi-rural location with around 18 acres and a return road frontage to Newnham Road.
In addition to the riding school and the associated equestrian buildings, there is a two bedroom bungalow for which Planning Permission has been obtained for demolition and replacement with a larger dwelling. Planning Permission was granted in 2008 for further extension of the equestrian facilities and the construction of a retail store to be built on an area of the car park. We understand that these works have commenced, but prospective buyers are advised to make their own enquiries.
A further separate Planning Application for the construction of 23 holiday chalets is at present pending with the Local Planning Authority, the Isle of Wight Council. The Council have advised that there is a resolution to approve the application for the holiday lodges, subject to a Section 106 Agreement to revoke the permission for the retail unit previously approved on the site.
It is considered that the site offers great scope and potential for a number of alternative uses, subject to all necessary consents being obtainable. Interested applicants are advised to make their own enquiries with the Isle of Wight Council, Seaclose Offices, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QS. Tel: 01983 823552.
Show Jumping Practice, Ryde, Isle of Wight (c) 2013 Emson
Ground Floor: Indoor school, shop and café (approximately 100 covers), commercial kitchen, bar and cloakroom facilities.
First Floor: Office and store rooms.
Horse Yard: Museum barn and working forge, assortment of stalls and stables, loose boxes and four open fronted pole barns.
Bungalow: Originally a two bedroom detached manager’s bungalow and at present arranged as two one-bedroom units for staff use. Each unit is currently arranged as kitchen, living room/bedroom and bathroom.
Outside: The site extends to 18.1 acres (7.32 hectares) including two sand schools, paddocks, pond and a substantial car parking area.
Planning: Planning Consent was granted under reference: P/00066/07-TCP/17828/U, dated 5th August 2008, for extension to the indoor arena to form three additional bays; proposed lean-to to form carriage and heritage museum, reception and coffee area with bed and breakfast accommodation over; proposed building to provide retail and storage/deliveries area and vehicular access, subject to conditions.
Planning Consent was also granted under reference: P/00796/11-TCP/17828/X, dated 28th September 2011, for demolition of the bungalow and construction of dwelling, subject to conditions. Planning Permission is currently pending under reference: P/00795/11-TCP/17828/Y, for demolition of outbuildings and Outline Consent for 23 log cabins, swimming pool and sauna building, bin store and relocation of the sand school, subject to conditions.
Copies of the Planning Consents, Planning Application and proposed plans are available for inspection at the Auctioneer’s Office. Tel: 0845 6001265.
Brickfields Equestrian Centre, Ryde, Isle of Wight (c) 2013 Emson
Location: Brickfields Equestrian Centre, Newham Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 3TH
Guide: £650,000 – £750,000 – Always Remember FTSAA – if you read this item after the auction date – which is 4th November 2013.
Contact Clive Emson Auctioneers Tel: 0845 600 1265 – Rob Marchant or Mike Marchant. Please can you help Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.
Online Brochure ….
Equestrian Buildings & Woodland, Ashford, Kent (c) 2013 Emson
Just in case the equestrian centre and house on the Isle of Wight listed immediately above this item is a little on the exotically priced range, please remember last week’s Bulletin had the Equestrian Buildings & Woodland, Ashford, Kent coming up for auction on 31st October 2013. Fuller details …
Location: Little Criol Wood, Criol Lane, Shadoxhurst, Ashford, Kent, TN26 1AQ
Guide: £110,000 – Auction Lot 5 – Auction Date 31st October 2013 – If reading this after the auction, please remember FTSAA Protocol. It could make your day, week, or even your year.
Contact: Roy Pugh Auctioneers Tel: 0845 8500333 – Kevin Gilbert or Dave Henwood. Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.
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Glimpse of Fine Architecture Through The Trees (c) 2013 Modern House
This week we have a truly unique design from RIBA Award and also Architect of the Year Award winning Piers Smerin.
The house can be found in a truly remarkable and secluded location – a magnificent 22 acre estate that is a short drive from Crowborough train station (from which there are regular services to central London with a one hour commute).
The site, which has been measured at an estimated 21.62 acres, is of a kind that is very few and far between in South East England – tranquil, private, a good distance away from any major roads and, most importantly, of rare natural beauty. The house overlooks a small waterfall and a stream-fed pond, with verdant banks lined with brilliantly coloured rhododendrons and other plants. Beyond are ancient woodlands with a wide variety of trees and areas of bluebell woods and azaleas. There is a large croquet lawn situated close to the house.
Piers Smerin’s Crowborough Design, East Sussex (c) 2013 Modern House
This fine setting has been sensitively treated by Piers Smerin, who has designed a wonderful three-storey wood-clad house with clean, crisp lines and a large outdoor terrace that connects the internal spaces with the outside. The first floor includes five bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and balcony and could potentially connect to a bathroom to make a suite. The second bedroom leads out onto a balcony with wonderful views to the rear. The corridor features window seats, again with great views, and built in book cases.
Unique: Balanced On A Private Glass Basement (c) 2013 Modern House
The entire ground floor is given over to a spectacular open plan living / kitchen / dining room that features an island unit, an open fire and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that lead to an impressive deep terrace. This ‘floating’, covered terrace can be seen as an extension to the living space. The lower ground floor is mainly a service area, with a utility room, plant room, wine cellar and shower and changing rooms that link to the pool area. The pool can either be an open area or, with the sliding doors shut, an enclosed room. Notable in the pool area, and throughout the house, is the shuttered concrete detailing (for which Smerin is renowned).
Full Effect (c) 2013 Modern House
Piers Smerin, as part of his previous practice Eldridge Smerin, has worked on some of the UK’s most renowned houses in recent years and has been the recipient of numerous RIBA and Architect of the Year awards. Further detail of Piers Smerin architect practice can be found at …
Outside Meets & Joins Inside (c) 2013 Modern House
Whilst Inside Meets & Joins Outside (c) 2013 Modern House
With details of the earlier practice, from which this week’s Unique Architecture Feature House is derived …
Location: Sweethaws Wood, Redbridge Lane, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 1UJ.
Contact Modern House Agencies Tel: 020 7704 3504. Please can you help Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/architect know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.
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Try Before You Buy …..
Lake District: Derwent Dessert
Derwent Island and House (c) 2013 Peter Moore – A Prize Winning Photograph.
To be clear, our try-before-you-buy section is for renting holiday experiences, or short term leasing of unusual property. The specific building featured in this part of the Unique Property Bulletin is not usually for sale. Our aim is to give you, our reader, a taste of something before you commit major resources to your own project. To sample the notion before jumping in at the deep end.
This week we featured the Island of Wiay for sale at the top of the menu for Starters. To finish, by way of Dessert, and not quite a desert island, we have the wonderful opportunity open to the vast majority of our readers to VISIT a small private island and soak up the senses with what this style of life holds. Unfortunately this particular island is not for rent on a short term basis [long term maybe], but we want to include something that is accessible to most of the country – and most of our readers. Just to visit for a day and have an idea of what small island life is like.
If you do fancy a Long Lease, we understand the current tenants of 10 years are vacating in December 2013, so at £40,000 a year this could be yours…
Fabulous View – Island & Main House (c) 2013 Les Hodgson
Given the recession and austere times, if Derwent Island and House finds NO new tenant, then it may be worth asking Carter Jonas estate agents to present the National Trust with an offer for a one year lease at say £25,000. It is far better to keep a property “warm” than empty, cold and deserted. There we are back at the desert again. Sorry, we just can’t help torturing metaphors here at the Bulletin.
For many though, a day’s visit will be enough to sample a little of what small island life is like.
Derwent Island Boat House (c) 2013 David Dixon
National Trust Narrative:-
Derwent Island is one of our most fascinating treasures. The 18th Century house on this little wooded island is an intriguing residence just visible from the mainland.
The house is inhabited all year round but open to the public for five days every year, giving you the wonderful opportunity to have a look around the house and garden, find out about island life past and present and imagine yourself living in a house which must have one of the most beautiful commutes to the shops in the country!
After a short trip across the lake in a launch you will be free to explore. There will be lots to do for adults and children alike with treasure hunts, guided tours and other activities.
Throughout its history it has been owned by monks and royalty, in the 16th Century it was inhabited by group of German miners when they came to work in the area. They built a camp on the island, grew vegetables, kept animals and eve brewed beer.
The current house was built by Joseph Pocklington in the 18th century, something of an eccentric; he also built a chapel and a small fort on the island, using the fort for mock battles during annual regattas on the lake.
Contact the National Trust for the latest opening arrangements.
Derwent Island and House (c) 2013 Carter Jonas/National Trust
Location: Derwent Island & House, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DL.
Tenure: Day Visit – Tel: The National Trust: 017687 75936.
Tenure: Long Leasehold – Tel: Mr Julian Lambton: 01539 814905.
Guide: £40,000 Per Annum Long Leasehold – Maybe potential tenants might establish if there is now financial wriggle room on rental level given the recession and austere times?
Contact Carter Jonas Agencies Tel: 01539 814905 – Mr Julian Lambton. Please can you help Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.
Long Leasehold Online Details….
Readers need to exercise due diligence. As a long term island dweller – and onerous pier owner, the writer of this Unique Property Bulletin edition draws the attention of Unique Property Bulletin readers to matters such as …
Before entering into any lease, full independent legal advice should always be taken on the rights and responsibilities PRIOR to signing any documents.