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5th March 2021

Grand Design’s Property For Sale

Dinton Castle Folly

Dinton Castle Folly

This is one of our all time top-ten favourites. A diminutive castle. Unique Property Bulletin has been going for around 25 years, so there is an array of thousands from which to choose. Occasionally that thing you are not supposed to do happens when writing: you end up like a kid in a toy shop and actually buy the subject.

Dinton Castle Folly

Before A Great Deal of Blood, Sweat & Tears

We mention our own journey as hopefully it is one from which you will be able to enjoy some inspiration. Many of this website’s 186,000 readership and especially our 383 property-club members have been incredibly lucky to have experienced the wonders of living on a small island we bought in 2001 and a magnificent lighthouse station on 30 picturesque acres acquired in 2017. Against such significant and genuinely unusual places to live, we pay respect to the sheer willpower it will have taken the current owners of Dinton Castle Folly to transform an utter wreck into an epic, yet comfortable home. Readers, please remember, this is what they bought…

Dinton Castle Folly

The Dilapidated Ruin

Having seen many castles that were brobdingnagian money-pits, this delightful and almost perfect sized folly fort will still have cost a lot to renovate. But should be eminently affordable to upkeep as a home. Ideally, it will make you smile every time you walk up to the front door. The owners have achieved a masterclass example of how to complete this style of renovation well. It just seems a shame that they have not been able to enjoy the home for a little longer…

Dinton Castle Folly

A finely detailed interior that feels like home.

With the ultimate unique guest visiting (before Covid)…

Dinton Castle Folly

Approved By Kevin McCloud.

Two National Treasures: Kevin & A Castle

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Recently the price has reduced by more than £100,000…

Now Guided At £700,000.

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For Further Details

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Earlier Listing…


3rd March 2021 Update

£40,000. Now Sold £98,000

10th February 2021

Blubberhouse For Auction

Guide: £40,000

What is a blubberhouse? Please don’t ask us! We aren’t too sure what a blubberhouse is. But here is one we found last night and it is quite the bargain to help you leave lockdown-town and go to live somewhere that is not too crowded.

The Blubberhouse, Otley.

Hopefully a blubberhouse is not an abattoir or meat processing place. We’d be happier if this was a building where you watched sad movies with your other half and had a quiet cry at the end. That’s our idea of a blubberhouse.

You don’t need to live in a blubberhouse to watch sad films.

But the alternate involves a lot of meat and cleavers.

Not too keen on that.

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For Full Details of the Blubberhouse

Guided at £40,000

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Earlier Listing…


6th February 2021

WATER TOWER

FOR SALE

Guide price £595,000

Water Tower, 1A Moira Road, Ashby De La Zouch,

Leicestershire, LE65 2TU

Further Details

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Earlier Listings

Remote & Idyllic

Building Plot: £39,950 Freehold. Planning For 4 Bed Detached House

Ideal For Telecommuting. 

Escape Coviddy-Cities & Lockdown-Towns.


The view from this proposed 4 bedroom detached house is spectacular…

^^^ The View From The Building Plot At Seabreezes ^^^

Here is the current plan drawing as approved by the local council…

Seabreezes Building Plot For Sale.

£39,500 Freehold.

This is a delicate matter, but as of most recent Covid map we accessed…

Covid Rate Is Very Low: Click Here

Type in the postcode: KW14 7TD

It is a fact that many folk are wishing to live a life that is in a safer area and from where they can telecommute. Whatever else the year 2020 has shown to us, one significant thing is the ability to work from home and telecommute.

You might like to sample some of the journey with Jeremy Clarkson as your guide…..

Getting Here

Jeremy Clarkson can show you the joys of the drive north until he “ran out of country”.

Nowadays folk are seeking to leave coviddy-cities and lock-down towns for a gentler, safer style of life where you can walk and still feel some freedom.

Details of this fully-serviced building plot…

Seabeezes Building Land For Sale

£39,500 Freehold. 

Click Here

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Earlier News: 30th November 2020


St Andrews Day Special

Latest News 30th November 2020

Earlshall Castle + 3 Fortified Cottages

In this year of Covid19 and the 5 pandemic viruses of the past 25 years, with more likely to come, would you like to live somewhere secure, where you could walk for miles without worrying about the Coronavirus? A classically safe castle and environment where you could telecommute remotely to a far-off workplace. All  from the comfort of a castle home and still have space in the 53 acre grounds to breath and live a decent life. Each property may be available at an affordable price?

The Gatehouse At Earlshall Castle.

One of a micro-community of 4 dwellings.

A unique home that you may be able to buy at an affordable price.

Photo courtesy of Google~3D. Virtual tour outwith castle boundary: click here

Unique Property Bulletin feature a very full study of this amazing set of 4 properties in a 53 acre location. You may well afford one of the cottages, or indeed the whole castle. The main boundary is secured by the RAF Luechars airbase up to MoD standard. The remaining boundary can be upgraded if required and monitored by CCTV. If you fancy just one of the 4 buildings, contact Unique Property Bulletin: click here.

Leuchars, St. Andrews, Scotland.

A Castle & Several Buildings + 53 Acres.

Adjacent To Leuchars Airbase.

For full details + plans + analysis…

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Please note the guide on this castle is purely an estimate.

The owner/agent has declined to place a guide on the castle.

 


Earlier News 19/11/2020


For Sale Freehold. Guide: £15,000.

Land and Building, Glaisdale Dale, Whitby, YO21 2PZ

Land and Building, Glaisdale Dale, Whitby, YO21 2PZ

Land and Building, Glaisdale Dale, Whitby, YO21 2PZ

Further Details

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Please note the £15,000 is a guide set by the estate agents and owner.

Here at Unique Property Bulletin we simply give our readers the heads-up.


Earlier News: 22nd October 2020


Iconic Water Tower

For Auction: Guide: £140,000 ~ Auction Date: 4th November 2020

Felsted Water Tower 

Garnetts Lane, Felsted, Dunmow, Essex. CM6 3EJ

 

Felsted Water Tower, Garnetts Lane, Felsted, Dunmow, Essex. CM6 3EJ.

Currently let at £10,600 per annum

Auction Video: Felsted Water Tower, Essex. 


Felsted Water Tower: Location

Courtesy of Google Maps

Felsted Water Tower Auction Details…

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Earlier News: 11th September 2020


For Sale By Auction ~ Guide: Just £17,000 Freehold.

Now Sold: £54,000.

Former UKWMO Nuclear Bunker For Sale

ROC Post, Osier Lane, West Beckham, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6PL

As promised, here are the details of the first of TWO UKWMO nuclear bunkers we have for sale. This one is in East Anglia, the other in Aberdeenshire (that one will be featured in a couple of weeks time). For this update of Unique Property Bulletin we are delighted to commend this very well kept Royal Observer Corps (ROC) bunker.

ROC Post, Osier Lane, West Beckham, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6PL

The owner is a very nice person who telephone Unique Property Bulletin and has asked our advice which was to engage a local estate agent/auctioneer. We are also delighted to feature the ROC UKWMO Bunker on our website to help her sell the property. For those not quite familiar with these underground structures, here is an artists impression…

Standard ROS Bunker Design. Further Details on UKWMO: Click Here.

The location is in East Anglia…

ROC Post, Osier Lane, West Beckham, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6PL

Video of West Beckham UKWMO Bunker

Click on Photo Above To Watch The Video

Last but not least, here are two excellent websites for those looking to research more information regarding ROC UKWMO Bunkers, and in this case West Beckham…

28 Days Later: Click Here

Subterranea Britannica: Click Here

Please remember to mention you found this UKWMO bunker for sale in Unique Property Bulletin. This really does help our volunteers and not-for-profit website to help you. Thanks.

Further Details…

Click Here

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Earlier Update: 7th September 2020


Fancy A Little Extra Help

Finding Unique Property Near To You?

Wherever You Are In The UK, We Can Help You Find Your Unique Style of Home

95% of this website is free. We do occasionally have a modest fundraiser to help this not-for-profit website keep going. If you would like to read more about some of the SECRET ways we find unusual property and at very good prices…

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For The Special Article

You could help us, help you. Best wishes, The Unique Property Bulletin Team


Earlier News: 5th September 2020


Old Police Station For Sale

Park Street, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0EA.

Guide Price: £425,000

Evans  Jones were appointed to apply for planning permission to change the old Hungerford police station into 5 residential units (here). Today we are listing one of those regenerated properties here…

Oops, wrong plans.

These actual plans that were passed by the local authority in Berkshire were for this former police station…

Photo Courtesy of Google Mapping

Via a lot of building works.

Including a whole new 2 storey wing to the left and right of the old structure…

Getting Started On The Renovation & Change of Use Work

The Old Police Station, Park Street, Hungerford, RG17 0EA

The Old Police Station, Park Street, Hungerford, RG17 0EA

Apartment 4 is a spacious first floor apartment with lovely views and its own front door accessed by a private external staircase. There is a kitchen/dining room, a sitting room, two good bedrooms, an en-suite and a family bathroom.

The Old Police Station, Park Street, Hungerford, RG17 0EA

From cop-shop to the sweet cell of success

The Old Police House is very conveniently situated for the High Street, Hungerford Common and the railway station. An internal viewing is strongly advised to fully appreciate the wonderful lifestyle opportunity that this unique conversion offers.

The Old Police Station, Park Street, Hungerford, RG17 0EA

The Old Police Station, Park Street, Hungerford, RG17 0EA

This is a high specification renovation of the Park Street Police Station. This apartment has very clean, crisp lines and is turnkey-ready.

The Old Police Station, Park Street, Hungerford, RG17 0EA

The Old Police Station, Park Street, Hungerford, RG17 0EA

Considering the old police cells would have been very cramped, the architect and builder have made a fine job ensuring wide open spaces now feature prominently on the wanted list for this Berkshire building.


The Old Police Station, Park Street, Hungerford, RG17 0EA

It may be an idea to explore the neighbourhoood via the excellent Google 3D mapping system. During these strange times of Covid19 where we are all needing to make adjustments to ensure the protection and safety of all family, friends, neighbours and the rest of humanity, the advent of Google mapping has been a brilliant, sanity saving creation. To take a virtual tour around the locality click here.


The Old Police Station, Park Street, Hungerford, RG17 0EA

There is actually a choice of other completed former police accommodation from the main estate agent…

 Marc Allen & Co., (01488) 685353 e-mail: sales@marcallen.co.uk   

For Further Details

Click Here

The Old Police Station, Park Street, Hungerford, RG17 0EA


Earlier News: 30th August 2020


Unique Property Bulletin

Free, For You, Forever.

Please note, Unique Property Bulletin are in the process of buying + renovating and taking on PAYE staff in order to help the three volunteers. When we started getting over 100,000 readers at a time. In fact here is evidence of something that shocked us: 186,399 folk looked at just one of our featured properties…

The large volume of result from this took our 3 volunteers and spouses

2 weeks to answer all of the emails + texts + telephone calls.

A good thing. But it overloaded volunteers too close to burnout for this site.

The resale price also made an extra 15%.

Our three volunteers and family members have been struggling with the full magazine format at Unique Property Bulletin for quite a while.

This is a not-for-profit entity and has limited resources in terms staff (zero). We either had to close the website (rather than risk messing some of our readers’ house purchase/sale plans), or we had to arrange a way to afford employed staff and offices. Fortunately, we have a brilliant core group of friends and subscribers.

So we decided to keep the Unique Property Bulletin alive and employ some staff.

To help with this, on 28th February 2020, we purchased these new premises. Primarily due to location and price. This building is within 15 minutes of our volunteers and it was an absolute bargain. Reduced from £240,000 to £120,000 and we bought it for £60,000. Okay we need to budget a decent wedge to get the building back to fully-fit condition. But it is a very large property for not much money…

Main Entrance to Unique Property Bulletin Offices:

280 High Street, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 1JF.

We have been fortunate in this three storey building at 280 High Street, also includes a significant two-storey building in James Street into the sale price…

Bargain Time: Two Buildings For The Price of One.

Our Long Term  Unique Property Club Members Came Together To Help

Ensure That Unique Property Bulletin Would Survive & Thrive.

The photo above shows eight of the nine very large shop/office windows that are on the ground floor. When added to the second and third floors there are fifteen offices and three storage rooms. Plus various amenities such as washrooms and kitchenette facilities for staff to make their lunch. Indeed directly across the road is a very famous landmark, Arbroath Abbey (842 years old) and is a lovely place to go across for lunchtime open-air break…

Arbroath Abbey Opposite 280 High Street.

Photo Attribution: Reg Haar

If you are new to Unique Property Bulletin, this topic of our new Head Office might seem an unusual. But it is vital if we are to keep bringing you unique places that you might like to buy (also we help our readers looking to sell). Here are three random examples from THOUSANDS featured on this website (and in the paper versions before we went online) since 1987 either for sale or where there are others of a similarstyle coming up for sale…

Lock Keeper’s House, Loughborough  Near Leicester. £550,000.

Weird Covid Property Boom. Be Quick: Click Here


Former Dent Station Near To The Lake District. £395,000.

If sold, we guarantee another station like this

will be arriving soon.  Possibly to a platform near to you. 

To study the details and get a taste for railway homes. Click Here


Tonwell Water Tower, Temple Lane, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0HP

This has been under offer, then for sale, then under offer, then for sale like a YoYo. Click Here

If this unique Hertfordshire building floats your boat, best telephone the agents to make sure if it is on or off the sale list. Remember there will ALWAYS be more of these listed on this website. Thanks to the new Unique Property Bulletin HQ offices we will have many more for you. Just keep checking back to this website regularly to make sure you don’t miss that hidden gem of an unusual house. 


Unique Property Bulletin: Earlier Paper Format

Ever since becoming established in 1987, Unique Property Bulletin has  produced a majorly free service to our readers (occasionally there have been fundraisers and some subscriptions were tried for a while to help towards printing costs etc).

But the purchase of the new Unique Property Bulletin and UPS building at 280 High Street opposite to Arbroath Abbey is part of our plan to keep our promise to you our readers…

Unique Property Bulletin

Free, For You, Forever.

Long story short, Unique Property Bulletin only needs 2 of the 15 offices in the new building we bought along with great support from our UPS crew.

So it is likely we shall be renting out the other offices and some of that income will be used to pay staff wages. The building is bought outright with no mortgage and so the books and finances will balance very well.

Though shortly after we bought the building, on 28th February 2020, Covid19 struck and everyone went into lockdown. So we have held off employing staff as it would be unfair to take folk on, only to put them through the stress of being on furlough.

Fortunately, in the meantime, progress on roof repairs is going well, in spite of vertigo by one of our lot clinging onto the scaffolding like it was his wallet…

280 High Street. Unique Property Bulletin Will Be Housed In 2 of The 15 offices

In spite of vertigo, it is important to see the work being completed on the roof. Though egress and entrance was via a third floor window. Climbing out of windows at this heights seems counter-intuitive and very unnatural.

The previous owners of 280 High Street, Swinton Insurance Brokers, had, in fact, spent a significant amount of money maintaining the building. There was some water ingress, but this has been mostly down to lack of maintenance, such as emptying the gutters during the three years that Swinton had left the building unoccupied. After our UPS latest venture on the Island of Arran (and a lot of roof renovation work there), it is a comfort that the dormer window cheeks for 280 High Street have been given a thorough overhaul and no bad news was to be found lurking behind the cheeks. A little bit of quality lead and some replaced tiles, along with an amazing amount of plant life from the Victorian guttering being removed and this elevation of roof is very much fit for purpose again. Which is quite a relief as Arbroath Abbey, directly across the road is a magnificent ruin and illustrates what 700 years of having insufficient maintenance does to a sandstone building. Especially is a coastal seaside town with high, sandy winds such as Arbroath 

Great enjoyment at Unique Property Building to see progress being made on this building. The roof is in remarkably good condition after a gentle amount of TLC. The scaffolding is being removed next week, and the inside of the building is being sorted out.

It is worth reminding you, yup, you, our readers, that all this work is being completed to ensure we can relaunch www.uniquepropertybulletin.co.uk and continue getting you into property mischief.

Three stories up at the roof and writing regular magazine format Bulletins again was fairly far from the mind. Respect to roofers and scaffolders. Working at heights is not the easiest job.

Well worth the effort to get out onto the scaffold.

The roofing contractor advised that this was near pitch perfect and in excellent condition.

Apart from a large amount of grass in the gutters, enough to need a lawn mower. This is now all removed and a cherry-picker crane will be booked regularly to ensure the gutters are maintained properly. Here at Arbroath, the east coast is much drier than the west coast, but is still gets its fair share of rain. When that can’t flow through the rainwater system, the outside stonework and masonry become wet and inside gets a bit damp. All sorted now and Unique Property Bulletin is champing at the bit to relaunch our full, magazine format online service for those buying and selling unusual places to live.

Strangely, Covid19 has meant a huge increase in remote-working…

80%

We have never seen a telecommuting number at that level. It iused to hover around 6% when we first advocated this as a way to live in a remote place such as a private island or a lighthouse property

Full Article: Click Here

If only 25% (rather than 80%) eventually choose to telecommute, this will have a major impact on what we do here. Folk will save a small fortune on train tickets and/or car petrol costs etc. They will save 2 years of their lives from NOT physically commuting. They can spend more quality time with family. Okay., after a 3 month lockdown you might want a bit of space, but here’s the thing, if you move from the city to a rural place with broadband, you can own 30 acres and a lighthouse station for £275,000: so plenty of space to spend time with family, but NOT cooped up in a small semi-detached house inside the M25. The ancillary benefit is you stand a far better chance of NOT catching Covid if you live in a rural place.

We have been banging on about telecommuting even before the internet was invented and the main way to work whilst living at a safe and remote lighthouse wqas by fax. Coronavirus has had some strange effects on our way of life and work.

Now it is almost desirable to live and telecommute from a distant place.

With the progress at Arbroath UPB HQ we will be relaunching our efforts to help you soon enough… 

With the Covid19 lockdown restrictions easing and our own conscience salved by over-engineered safety measures (here), the renovation of 280 High Street plus 1 to 5 James Street has been progressing very well.

The big cracked window helped shave a slice off of the purchase price haggling, but that also meant spending a few quid getting an 8 x 8 foot pane of industrial safety glass installed. The team from Dundee that did this work turned out to be a brilliant company. A wee plug for our  glazing pals: A-Class Glass & Joinery ~ Click Here. We would highly recommend this company and shall be putting more work in their direction.

It was also fascinating to see how these huge sheets of glass are installed… 

You might be amazed at how many people look in shop windows. It is an abvious thing to state, but when you are on the other side of the glass, it is very noticeable that people want to look in.

Possibly a muscle-memory thing.

Or just the natural way we all walk down a High Street in Anytown in the country.

Whatever else, the power of these 9 big windows is awesome.

We put a sign up on Monday and by Wednesday we already had one person wanting to sell us their shop, which is excellent as it fits in with our wider plan to utilise the other 12 offices for rent as business incubator units. Where we help small businesses to grow to the point where they need their own shop, or office or industrial unit. That is more to do with one of our other entities, Tayport Group (rather than Unique Property Bulletin): Click Here.

Just to finish this update, here is an interactive Facebook page of the Unique Property Bulletin Editor. Just click on the blue circle outlined letter “F” to see more photographs (and more unique property for sale)…


Or click this link…

www.facebook.com/RussMcLeanUniqueProperty

Hopefully this segment has helped our regular readers and our new visitors to understand the progress being made to ensure that…

Unique Property Bulletin

Is Made Avaialble

Free, For You, Forever

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Earlier News: 24th August 2020


An Island Home Away From Covid19?

In answer to a fourfold increase in our reader enquiry numbers for remote property that can be utilised as a safe sanctuary, we present a possible solution to the Covid-19 problem.

An island gem for £690,000 for the WHOLE island.

Or one of the two houses at £245,000.

This article has selected one way where you can live on an island in a country with a remarkably LOW Covid-19 fatality rate. So far just 256 souls have passed away from Coronavirus in the entire country. Whereas in Britain there are 46,413 Caronavirus deaths as based on the UK Government’s own figures. Likely nearer 65,000 fatalities depending on which scientists you trust the most.

Being an island makes it even safer from Covid contagion. How about you take a SABBATICAL for 1 year, maybe even 2 years and LIVE ON AN ISLAND? You can telecommute to work. The past 3 months has proven remote working works well. After a year of two, the world WILL be a much safer place and you may have had the adventure of a lifetime. For more information…

Click Here

Please remember this is just ONE of THOUSANDS of islands all over the world. It so happens you can drive to this island from the UK. Albeit a BBC Top Gear style of adventure drive (25 hours). But it certainly can be done, especially if, for example, you are utilising a motorhome RV in your journey.

We will be featuring more islands than normal during the coming weeks as as this is what our readers ~ you ~ have asked for. All the very best and stay safe,

Russ McLean, Editor, Unique Property Bulletin.

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To read about, and study earlier unique property features

Previous Unique Property Bulletin Page

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