Infinity & Beyond

Proposed Conversion – Infinity House (c) 2013 D5 Architects & Knight Frank Agencies

For the avoidance of doubt, this is NOT a finished building for sale, but a former water treatment works and plot of land with the all important FULL Planning Permission …

This is a very unusual style of house. The illustrations are the architectural artistic impression of what the finished conversion may look like. How much it will cost to build is up to a quantity surveyor acting for a possible buyer. How much the finished building will be worth is another matter.

There can be little doubt that when finished, Infinity House will be unique. The agents describe this project as a rare development opportunity to build a modern Eco home with wonderful views. Infinity House will occupy a private and secluded position surrounded by green belt in-between the villages of Shenstone and Stonnall.

Agent’s Summary Narrative:-

Planning Permission has been granted for conversion of a previous Severn Trent Water Works site to create a unique four bedroom house with ancillary guest accommodation. The plans are to convert and link two existing circular concrete tanks to create the main family accommodation.

Proposed Conversion – Infinity House (c) 2013 D5 Architects & Knight Frank Agencies

One of the circular structures will comprise of an open plan living space with kitchen and dining area, a study, utility room, guest cloakroom and guest bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room.

The second circular structure will comprise of the master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. There will also be access to the integral garage.

A further existing single storey building will be converted to an ancillary guest suite and will provide a kitchen, sitting room, bedroom and bathroom.

Current Views From Site (c) 2013 D5 Architects & Knight Frank Agencies

The plot amounts to approximately 2.16 acres and will also include a proposed landscaping scheme.

4-5 Bedrooms

1-2 Reception Rooms

3-4 Bathrooms

250.09 – 280.11 sqm



Private Parking

2.16 acres (0.9 hectares)

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Location: Infinity House, Former Treatment Works, Lynn Lane, Stonnall, Walsall, Staffordshire, WS14 0EP.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £400,000 – Building & Plot With Full Planning Permission

Contact Knight Frank Agencies Tel: 0121 362 7878 – Jamie Carter

Online Brochure ….


Sail Away

The Old Windmill, Elston, Newark (c) 2013 Bonfields

There seem to be a lot of former windmills with the sails missing. As someone who loves lighthouses, these landlocked ghosts of lighthouses still hold an attraction. Perhaps not for everyone, but if our emails are anything to go by, there are a significant number of readers who are keen to acquire one of these buildings.

The Old Windmill, Stairmaster Style Workout (c) 2013 Bonfields

Doubling as a circular gym, you will save a lot of money on keep-fit classes. Perhaps get a bit dizzy whilst exercising and have one leg bulked with muscle whilst the other is a bit on the slim side. But well worth it for the view from atop!

The Old Windmill, Interior (c) 2013 Bonfields

General Summary:-

Grade II Listed Windmill

3 Bedrooms

Lovingly Restored & Converted

Situated Over 5 Floors

Approx 0.5 Acre Plot

Wonderful Views

The Old Windmill, Wide Landscape Views (c) 2013 Bonfields

Agent’s narrative:-

This Grade II listed windmill known as the old Black Giant which has been lovingly converted by the current vendors to create a fantastic family home. Situated on the edge of the sought after Nottinghamshire village of Elston offering breathtaking views as far afield as Belvoir Castle and set on an approximately 0.5 acre plot. Comprising: Gravelled sweeping driveway, entrance porch, reception hallway, kitchen, utility, bathroom, dining room, lounge, three bedrooms, single garage and gardens.

Location: The Old Black Giant Windmill, Mill Road, Elston, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5NR.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £525,000.

Contact Bonfields Agencies Tel: 0115 851 2211.

Online Brochure & More Photographs ….


Royal Military Canal

River Bank & Fishing Rights For Sale (c) 2013 Angela Hirst Agencies

By Cue Meadow, Military Road, Rye, we have a section of canal bank as requested by one of our East Sussex readers, with a canal boat needing somewhere berth and own as a home mooring.

The land is situated where the River Rother meets the Royal Military Canal. Access is off the Military Road to the Appledore side of the bridge over the river Rother. The land is between the Cinque Port of Rye and the Village of Appledore.

Measurements of the land are approximately 210′ in length by 70′ in width. These measurements have been given in good faith but are an indication only as the site has not been measured nor surveyed to hyper accurate standards. The site benefits from fishing rights to the centre of the River Rother and investigation should be made directly with the Environment Agency regarding boat moorings.

River Bank & Fishing Rights For Sale (c) 2013 Angela Hirst Agencies

The site also benefits from pedestrian and vehicular access. There is a single footpath which runs through the land and it is believed that there may be a water easement also running through the site. The riverbank is laid to grass. Viewing Strictly by appointment with Angela Hirst Chartered Surveyors. Vacant possession. Agents Notes Prospective purchasers are advised to conduct their own investigations through their own solicitors and surveyors. The agency details should be considered only as an indication to assist when deciding whether to view or not. Prospective purchasers are advised to check the boundaries as indicated against the established boundaries on the ground and any official HM Land Registry documents before proceedings.

General Summary:-

River Bank & Fishing Rights For Sale.

Approximately 210′ of River Frontage.

Along the River Rother Between Rye and Iden.

Location: Royal Military Canal Bank, By Military Road, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7NY.

Tenure: Understood to be Freehold.

Guide: £28,000.

Contact Angela Hirst Chartered Surveyors Tel: 0845 521 1980.

Online Brochure ….


Mini Castle

Vellore Mansion House, Falkirk (c) 2013 Savills

A stately pile-ette. Just big enough not to be too onerous. This charming castellated mansion house is Category B Listed. A historic family home with 6 Reception Rooms, 7 Bedrooms (2 En-suite), 4 Bathrooms, a Study & Library. Self Contained Annexe. Mature Garden, Double Garage & Garden Store/Workshop. As has often been said: A Castle for less than the price of a cramped London or Edinburgh Flat”.

Vellore House is set in over three acres of its own grounds in open countryside close to Linlithgow. The house has a southerly outlook over rolling pasture and there are beautiful views from the grounds to the Firth of Forth and distant Perthshire hills. The property benefits from a situation midway between Edinburgh and Glasgow with good accessibility to both the M8 and M9, giving quick access to both of Scotland’s major cities and also north to Stirling. Edinburgh Airport is only 18 miles away.

Vellore Mansion House, Interior (c) 2013 Savills

This splendid mansion house approached by its own tree lined drive. Part of the lands of Muiravonside owned at one time by Alexander MacLeod, aide de camp of Bonnie Prince Charlie. It was extended in the 1780s by a Major Duncan on his return from service in India. Having been besieged in Fort Vellore by Hyder Ali, Major Duncan returned home and set about remodelling the farmhouse to create a replica of Fort Vellore and even included a parade ground (now gone) and the Indian way of dividing fields with mounds of earth topped with trees.

The house has a most distinctive and attractive facade with battlements rising above an imposing central section connecting to wings with arched windows, linked by pepper pot turrets to either side. The appearance is completed by the central porch, also with arched windows and battlements. The comparatively modest proportions of the facade conceal the scale of the building behind, with a three storey central section being flanked by single storey wings.

Vellore Mansion House, Interior (c) 2013 Savills

Location: Vellore House, Maddiston, Falkirk, FK2 0BN.

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Equivalent of Freehold).

Guide: Offers over £995,000.

Contact Savills Tel: 0131 247 3700 – Anna Gardiner.

Online Brochure ….


Left At The Altar

Chapel Ffynnonnau (c) 2012 Countrywide Auctions

This former chapel has been left at the Altar. Currently unsold and awaiting to be rescued. On 11th December 2012 it failed to sell at auction, and may be sitting on the edge of the ledge for someone to visit and see the potential. Especially as it has an attached cottage, which is a little extra incentive to research into this one if you have a liking for former church buildings.

Auctioneer’s narrative:-

Residential Development Opportunity comprising a Grade II Listed chapel with attached cottage. Planning permission and listed building consent was granted by Conwy County Borough Council for the demolition of three sheds, alterations and conversion of the chapel and chapel house to form one dwelling and the erection of garage/workshop. Planning permission was granted on 6th December 2005 under reference 0/30856 and listed building consent was granted on 22nd February 2006 under reference 0/30857. Prospective purchasers must rely on their own enquiries in this respect.

In a letter dated 20th September 2012 from Conwy County Borough Council to the vendor they have stated that the information supplied by the vendor appears to constitute a material start and commencement of the approved development. Additional plans have been prepared by the vendor for the conversion of the school house but these have not been submitted to the Council for approval but will be available in the legal pack for inspection prior to the auction.

As a post script to this listing, it is important to highlight that most planning permissions are time critical. They last for a specific period then lapse. The writer of this week’s Bulletin has been in this precise position and had a very favourable outcome with a similar situation. If a “material start” can be proven to have commenced within the defined period proscribed in the planning permission, then the permission endures – it does not lapse. Hence the inclusion of the note above that Conwy County Borough Council would at least be aware that a material start may have been made. Of course due diligence and further enquiries/proofs are needed, but it may well be that the 2005 planning permission is still valid. In which case a lot of time and hassle may have been saved. As always, the caveat that prospective buyers must rely on their own enquiries is a cardinal rule.

Location: Chapel Ffynnonnau, Llanefydd, Denbigh, Conwy, LL16 5EN.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £170,000Failed To Sell At Auction 11-12-2012: Lot 203.

Contact Countrywide Auctions Tel: 0870 2401140 or Beresford Adams 01745 833941

Online Brochure …


28,000 Acres of Skye

Auch and Invermearan, Bridge Of Orchy (c) 2013 Knight Frank

Alright, maybe not on the island of Skye, nor even at the old fictional television series, of  2000 Acres of Sky, but there are thousands of acres, mountains galore, and “big sky” views at Bridge of Orchy. We started this Bulletin with infinity, so near the end we also popped in something near infinity – of land. We just had to feature this high-end unique wilderness, as, apart from the rarity, it just awes the imagination. Yes many of our readership spectrum may only just look at the photos from this Bulletin and the Knight Frank online brochure, but we know for a fact there are several that could negotiate a very attractive price for this incredible place to live. To appreciate the scale of this huge wilderness, just check out the map showing the title boundaries …

Auch and Invermearan, Bridge Of Orchy (c) 2013 Knight Frank

General Description:-

Awesome wilderness with renewable energy potential. Auch and Invermearan is situated at the heart of the southern Highlands. About 28,313 acres in some of Scotland’s most dramatic and beautiful terrain. A first class deer forest with good salmon fishing and renewable energy potential.

Auch and Invermearan estate is a large, mixed residential, agricultural and sporting estate extending to about 28,313 acres in total. This unique opportunity to purchase a landscape of this scale with such enviable accessibility to the central belt of Scotland to the rest of the UK is extraordinary. Stretching for a distance of about 12 miles from the east to west boundary and about 5 miles from north to south, the estate lies in both Perthshire and Argyll and incorporates land from which water drains to both the east and west coast.

Auch and Invermearan, Bridge Of Orchy (c) 2013 Knight Frank

The vast majority of the estate comprises mountainous hill ground, with several mature woodland plantations and new native woodlands. The inbye pasture is situated around the core of the estate and Auch Lodge. With the residential element and potentially large capacity for hydro/electricity generation, the estate is also managed for sheep production, combined with red deer stalking and tourism.

Auch and Invermearan, Bridge Of Orchy (c) 2013 Knight Frank


6-10 Bedrooms

4-6 Reception Rooms

4 Bathrooms





Secondary Accommodation

Shoot / Sporting

Water & Waterside

28313.00 acres (11457.9 hectares)

Looks Familiar? Rob Roy Country – Bridge Of Orchy (c) 2013 Knight Frank

Location: 28,000 Acres & Buildings, Bridge Of Orchy, Argyll and Bute, PA36

Tenure: Feuhold (Scottish Equivalent of Freehold).

Guide: £8,400,000.

Contact Knight Frank Tel: 0131 222 9600 Ran Morgan, or 0207 861 1064 Clive Hopkins.

Online Brochure ….


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Amazingly Unique

Softening Price

The Limeworks – Former Water Softening Plant (c) 2012 Savills

This former water softening plant is truly unique. The price has recently softened too. Now reduced FROM an eye watering £3,750,000, TO a mouth watering £2,950,000. If you have a serious interest in this utterly amazing place to live, then it is worth noting the online brochure still has the phrase relating to price as “IN THE REGION OF”. Someone is going to have a fantaistic home and at a good price for all the work, effort and imagination that has been invested into this unique structure, which has gone from this….

British Listed Buildings Photo Archive – Water Softening Plant

To this……

The Limeworks – Former Water Softening Plant (c) 2012 Savills

Official address of this former water softening plant: The Limeworks, Faversham Road, Norton, Kent, ME13 0SE. Further details, narrative, history and photos on our Unique Property Bulletin Archive at …..


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