Westbury Castle Wings

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Westbury Castle, Prestatyn, Flintshire (c) 2014 Beresford Adams / Eddisons

This is an interesting proposition. The whole castle can be purchased as one lot, or in parts depending on your preference, various wings are available to buy individually.

Available as a Whole or in Separate Lots…

Lot 1 – Mansion House £1,595,000.

Lot 2 – West Wing £2,250,000 (x11 Apartments).

Lot 3 – Westbury Lodge £274,950.

Lot 4 – Dovecote £349,950.

Lot 5 – Abbey Chapel £299,950.


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Glorious Interior – Suitably Armed Gentleman (c) 2014 Beresford Adams / Eddisons

Meanwhile the owners have reserved a website until 2020 which may prove useful to a new owner … www.westbury-castle.co.uk

Agent’s Description: Westbury Castle comprises a magnificent Late Regency Mansion in Tudor- Gothic style which has been sensitively refurbished in part to provide several elements.

Originally constructed in the 1820’s by the 7th Baronet of Mostyn this Grade II listed property comprises three distinct wings with the north and east wings forming the main body of the house. There are also some unusual ancillary buildings:

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Unique Buildings Within A Unique Estate (c) 2014 Beresford Adams / Eddisons

Returning to the main structure: this consists of a magnificent late Regency Mansion in Tudor-Gothic style of interest to private buyers looking for a private home or developers for leisure, commercial or residential uses (subject to planning permission).

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Westbury Castle – Full of Features (c) 2014 Beresford Adams / Eddisons

The Mansion House: A Grade II Listed. It takes the form of three wings around basement-level courtyards. The east and north wings constitute the principal part of the property, housing state rooms on the ground floor and bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor. The second floor provides extensive space and potential for further accommodation. The under croft contains original wine cellars and numerous vaults, some with original stone fittings for 19th century domestic functions (these are detailed later). There are also an additional two apartments on the top floor of the mansion house.

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Exquisite Grade II Listed Building & More (c) 2014 Beresford Adams / Eddisons

Location: Westbury Castle, Abbey Drive, Prestatyn, Flintshire, LL19 9TD

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: Wings Ranging From £274,950 to £1,595,000.

Contact: Beresford Adams Tel: 01745 449 286 or …

Contact: Eddisons Property: 0161 831 1690 – James Cole / John Shaw.

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Toll Taken

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The Old Toll House, Dundee Road, Perth (c) 2104 CKD Galbraith

Looking a little as if the toll has been taken on this diminutive building, one of the key assets are the 7 acres or so that can be bought along with this structure. There is also planning permission to extend the building. Further information from the selling agents.

General Summary:-

A unique early 19th century toll house with planning permission to extend and approximately 2.91 hectares (7.2 acres) of land which has potential for development. For Sale as a Whole or in 2 Lots.

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The Old Toll House – Land To Rear Aspect (c) 2104 CKD Galbraith

Location: The Old Toll House, Dundee Road, Perth, PH2 7JT.

Tenure: Feuhold [Scottish Freehold Equivalent].

Guide: Both Lots – Complete as one: £265,000. Alternatively:-

Lot 1 – Toll House Offers Over: £125,000

Lot 2 – Land Offers Over: £140,000.

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The Old Byre

The Old Byre, Argyll (c) 2003 Argyll Group plc

This Old Byre has beautiful sea views. We entered it into auction and it made significantly more than the reserve, exceeding our expectations handsomely.

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Theatre Royal – Not Just A Facade

Theatre Royal Halifax Unique Property Bulletin

The Theatre Royal, Wards End, Halifax (c) 2014 Eddisons

This is an interesting and unusual proposition. A wonderfully evocative theatre with a splendid facade. However, there is a very useful planning permission that comes with this grand and handsome structure.

Agency Description: Substantial vacant four storey former nightclub and theatre premises. Prominent town centre location. Planning consent for 103 bedroom hotel. Also A3, A4 and C1 uses. Requires renovation.

An imposing and substantial stone built detached property built of stone construction. Entrance from the front elevation leads into an open plan entrance lobby with cloak room and reception area. There are glass doors to the rear left and right hand side which open into Cleopatra VIP Bar fitted with a bar server along the right hand wall. A central staircase from the reception area leads down to the lower ground floor occupying the main bar and dance floor area. A large spacious room with bar serveries to the front and rear of the room and a DJ Booth to the side. The first, second and third floors are currently disused and have a number of offices which could easily be further developed to fully utilise the space.

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The Theatre Royal, Wards End, Halifax (c) 2014 Eddisons

Interestingly, Planning Permission has been approved for the demolition of the rear section of the former theatre (thus leaving the front facade) and the subsequent construction of a 103 bedroom hotel with associated gym, restaurant and meeting rooms, over 6 storeys. The proposed format would suit a mid-range 3 star hotel, either under management or franchise. Plans area available from the instructed agent, Fleurets…


This listing may seem a little left of field. However, several people have called a hotel home – including the writer who loved the way of life and meeting a variety of interesting people by way of the business and building. Other hotel-as-a-home dwellers include: Actor Keanu Reeves; Former Vice President Al Gore; Aviator Howard Hughes; Playright Tennesee Williams; Actor Omar Sharif; French Fashion Icon Coco Chanel; American General Douglas MacArthur and many, many others. Indeed in the world of hotels, there ae a remarkable number of “permanent” residents. It is a very interesting way of life. Here is a thought, and there are more folk than you might think that follow this route – it is often more economical to stay, for example, in a London Hotel on a long term basis than either pay a very substantial capital city rent or mortgage on a small London flat. Just out of interest, if you live in a big city, perhaps spend a few moments working out the arithmetic of this for your own situation – house or hotel – pros and cons. An illuminating exercise.

Location: The Theatre Royal, 1A Wards End, Halifax, HX1 1DD.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £300,000 (earlier guide £300,000 – £350,000) Failed To Sell At Auction 20 Feb 2014.

Please Note: VAT is applicable to the Lot.

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Unique Location – Unique Property Syndicate ?

Duntulm Castle Hotel Des Colhoun

Duntulm Castle Hotel, Portree, Isle of Skye (c) 2014 Des Colhoun

Apologies for the hotelish theme this week. A lot of our original subscribers have become quite keen on this style of life. Especially as our Unique Property Syndicates have bought four hotels over the years. If you would like more information about possibly putting together a dedicated Unique Property Syndicate for the Duntulm Castle Hotel, please email:

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In the past we would have had perhaps a couple of members that would join in at say £25,000 each; one more at £50,000 each and a couple at £100,000 to make the £300,000 offer, then proceed to renovate and resell. However, changes in legislation require a different approach – otherwise this would have to be a formal public share issue. We have run two plc share issues in the past and that can be a very inefficient and financially expensive way of sorting out funding. The more effective way with the new laws is via syndicate member exclusive ownership of specific parts of a subject building. But that is for the lawyers to structure. If, after you have had a look at our Keil Hotel Syndicate £76,000 profit and would like further detail. This can be provided promptly. Just email us if you would like more information on how past syndicates have worked, and the protocol/rules for future Unique Property Syndicates. These earlier syndicates have made quite a lot of profit, especially when a syndicate property has a sea view! Duntulm Castle Hotel certainly has a sea view – a very nice one indeed. Also, the Keil Hotel Syndicate had to cope with a roofless derelict structure – the Duntulm Castle Hotel has a roof! Plus a fully functional 28 Bedroom Building, and a Detached House, with land. All at a price discounted from £495,000 to £300,000 for the whole lot. That is effectively around £10,000 a bedroom wholesale purchase. With our proposed Hotel Room Ownership project, the retail level on room resale is round £20,000 to £25,000 per bedroom. Worth thinking about? Though given past performance, if our Unique Property Syndicate secured Duntulm Castle Hotel, there is a possibility of a resale of the complete building at a respectable profit. The backup plan being resale of individual bedrooms. For the avoidance of doubt, the first stage is purchase of the whole building by a primary syndicate. Then Plan A = Extensive marketing of the whole hotel for sale. If that doesn’t attract an offer nearer to the £500,000 mark, then a room by room sale for the Plan B.

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Duntulm Castle Hotel, Portree, Isle of Skye (c) 2014 Scottish Property Centre

Auctioneer’s Description: Approximately 50 guests can be catered for in this large hotel. The dining room has a spectacular view towards the castle ruins which is a short walk away and the cosy lounge has an open fire. There is also a bright conservatory and public bar.

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Duntulm Castle Hotel – Detached Owner’s House (c) 2014 Scottish Property Centre

The owner’s accommodation is a detached bungalow next to the hotel. The hotel has been run by the current owner since August 2006. Trade is mainly from the increasing number of coach parties or those who are on walking holidays as the area provides undisputedly some of the very best walks on the island. The hotel has also been used as a wedding venue in the past. The sale of Duntulm Castle hotel is a fantastic opportunity to build a successful business mainly due to its size and magnificent location and has forward bookings in place for the year. This Hotel was previously listed for sale at £495,000 and has been reduced in order to achieve a quick sale.

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Duntulm Castle View From The Hotel (c) 2014 Scottish Property Centre

Duntulm is a township on the most northerly point of the Trotternish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye. The village is most notable for its coastal scenery along with the ruins of Duntulm Castle which affords stunning views of the Outer Hebrides. The Trotternish Ridge dominates the landscape and offers some of the best hill walking and views on the island. The Hotel is located in the quiet and peaceful setting of North Duntulm, providing the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding countryside or to enjoy some of the best sea angling the West Highlands have to offer. Portree, the islands capital, is approximately 23 miles south and offers a wider range of facilities. The ferry port of Uig is only six miles way and from here you can take a trip to the Outer Hebridean islands.

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Duntulm Castle Ruin To The Left Of This Photo (c) 2014 Des Colhoun

This 28 bedroom detached hotel, along with a detached house included into the bargain is in an absolutely exquisite location. Genuinely unique views are self evident.

Location: Duntulm Castle Hotel, South Duntulm, Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9UF.

Tenure: Feuhold [Scottish Freehold Equivalent].

Guide: £300,000 – reduced from £495,000 – Lot 24 – Auction Date 27th March 2014 – Remember FTSAA & UPS.

Originally guided at £495,000 through the Scottish Property Centre…


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Unique Property Competition

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Converted Chapel = Home + Income

Chapel Thorne Jonathan Thacker

Old Chapel Conversion, Doncaster (c) 2014 Jonathan Thacker

This converted chapel has several flats within it, and offer a prospective owner an opportunity to live in a unusual home, whilst also enjoying a useful income from the remaining flats.

Agency Description: Residential investment opportunity. Converted former chapel premises. Three one bedroom flats, one two bedroom flat plus a two bedroom maisonette. Approximate current gross annual income £21,360.

The property occupies a prominent site on King Street which is part of the main A614. In the market town of Thorne which lies approximately 10 miles from Doncaster town centre. Junction 6 of the M18 and Junction 1 of the M180 are nearby. Conveniently placed for local shops and all amenities in Thorne town centre.

All flats briefly comprise open plan fitted kitchen and lounge area, one or two double bedrooms and bathroom/WC with shower over bath. All self contained flats with gas combi central heating systems (not tested). Rear car parking area for residents with four spaces.

Chapel Thorne Dave Bevis

Old Chapel Conversion, Doncaster (c) 2014 Dave Bevis

Location: The Old Chapel, King Street, Thorne, Doncaster, DN8 5AU.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £170,000. Failed To Sell At Auction 20 Feb 2014.

Contact Eddisons Agency & Auctioneers – Tel: 0845 505 1200. Or Joint Auctioneer Brown & Co. Tel: 01777 709112. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner/auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Water Feature Watermill

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Old Mill House, Plumpton, East Sussex (c) 2014 Savills

Agency Summary: Old Mill House is situated in the South Downs National Park, about a mile north of the village of Plumpton A beautifully presented Grade II listed 5/6 bedroom house dating from 1450 with restored working watermill. Landscaped gardens with pond and stream, tennis court, swimming pool. In all about 11.4 acres.

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Old Mill House, Plumpton, East Sussex (c) 2014 Savills

Agency Description: A superb Grade II listed timber-framed building that has been modernised and refaced with stucco, this property has been the subject of extension and renovation by the current owners, who have restored the watermill to full working order. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens, Old Mill House is characterised by beams and plasterwork, wooden latched doors and wood-framed latticed casement windows throughout the main house. The floor plans give an excellent overview of the property, and there are many points of interest throughout the house including the sitting room, which is open plan to the drawing room and has an impressive fireplace with glass and chain link guard. The drawing room, which is dual aspect, has views over the gardens to the south east and glass French doors to the western terrace. Separating the drawing room and the dining room is a large brick fireplace, with 360 degree access, a large brick hood and a chain guard. The dining room has a brick floor, and views to the north and east. A wooden door leads to a small hall by the rear door, the utility room and through to the kitchen/ breakfast room. This has been extended to create a lovely open space, cleverly divided by a central chimney housing the large, 7 burner range cooker in the kitchen side, and a wood burner in the breakfast room. The kitchen has a range of bespoke wall-hung and under-counter cupboards, plenty of space for appliances, granite surfaces and a tiled floor. The breakfast bar has views across the terrace to the garden beyond, and a stable door leads out to the northern terrace.

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Old Mill House – Mill Lake Meandering (c) 2014 Savills

The Mill House, also Grade II listed, has been the subject of an award winning, five year restoration project and the watermill components are in full working order, powered by water from the pond and stream. Flour is ground at the mill on a regular basis. It also has guest accommodation in the form of an open plan living/ kitchen room on the ground floor, with en suite shower room with wet room style shower, WC and basin. A door leads to the mill and a second door opens out to a decked terrace above the stream, which leads round to the watermill’s wheel. On the first floor is a games room/projection room; at ground level is a store room.

Location: Old Mill House, Plumpton Lane, Plumpton, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AH.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £2,950,000.

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Architecturally Unique …

Flood Resistant Design

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Watervilla Kortenhoef, The Netherlands (c) 2014 Waterstudio.NL

Several years ago, one of our building projects flooded. A very good friend, who was also a marine engineer with a fine mind and a knack for lateral thinking, suggested we simply raise the floor. It was a little more complex than that. The main ground floor was concrete and we had to take advice from a structural engineer about putting an additional 12 inch high concrete slab on the base, but long story short this is exactly what happened. The next flood came up (temporary – the local water authority were rebuilding the local water drainage system in the town) to the new, elevated door. With some considerable relief, the water did not come into the building. Without the internal increase in floor level, our building would have flooded again.

This is mentioned as, given the worst rainfall in the UK since records began, it would seem almost insensitive to glibly mention flooded homes and possible remedies. So it is from a perspective of having experienced flooding first hand – and the worry that precedes this that we include a few words and also an unusual home design.

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?Elegant Lines – & A Basement ! (c) 2014 Waterstudio.NL

For those who have some rawness, or concern about this issue, we happened across an architect in the Netherlands, Koen Olthuis, who specialises in finely designed homes that float. Of course the geography of Holland, and the land-below-sea-level issues that exist there, means it is an very good place to go and find some interesting solutions. For what it is worth, this may very well be an important relationship between Holland and Britain in the coming years – how to design newbuild homes in the UK that can withstand the rigours of flood risk. So this edition of the Bulletin we feature one of several elegant solutions from the architect firm of Waterstudio NL and Koen Olthuis.

This watervilla has its ground floor very near to the water level. By using a lot of glass almost every space on the ground floor offers a spectacular view over the water. The surroundings can be enjoyed from the spacious roof terrace as well. Underneath the ground floor there is a full storey under the water level, where bedrooms and the bathroom are situated receiving light from internal divides.

Location: Wherever there is a suitable waterside berth with appropriate planning permission.

Tenure: Depends upon location. Would probably be full ownership of the houseboat. Whilst the wharfage could be freehold or leasehold.

If you think the Bulletin should feature unique berths for sale in future editions, please email us.

Guide: Varies. Please contact the architect directly.

Contact: Waterstudio.NL http://www.waterstudio.nl/contact

Gen. Berenschotlaan 211
2283 JM Rijswijk
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 70 39 442 34

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Try Before You Buy …..

Railway Station – Brief Encounter

Station Newtonmore Sykes

Old Railway Station House, Newtonmore, Cairngorms (c) 2014 Sykes

As is usually the case – property included within the try-before-you-buy section of the Unique Property Bulletin – is NOT for sale. Our endeavour is to provide a sample, and actual experience of what it would be like to live in any particular genre of unusual abode for our readers to possibly call home in the future. This specific listing is for a short-stay break.

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Old Railway Station House – Nice Holiday Interior (c) 2014 Sykes

Holiday Agency Narrative: A very special property which oozes character, The Old Station is a clever conversion of the old Victorian station adjacent to the platform at Newtonmore, offering rail journeys along this highly scenic line, north to Inverness and south to Perth and Edinburgh. This delightfully quirky property retains many of its unusual features, including the old safe, which has been incorporated into the sitting room décor, and original signs for the waiting room and stationmaster’s office. Decorated to a high standard, this charming single-storey property is in an ideal location to explore the popular village (setting for TV’s Monarch of the Glen), enjoy the outdoor activities of the Cairngorms National Park and simply savour the beauty of the Highlands of Scotland – a perfect base for a holiday at any time of year!

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Home Comforts For A Comfortable Holiday (c) 2014 Sykes

All ground floor. Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x adult bunks. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Kitchen. Utility. Sitting room with woodburning stove. Conservatory with dining area. Gas central heating with woodburning stove. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher. TV with Sky, DVD, video player Cd/radio, selection of DVDs and videos. Electricity inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Off road parking for 3 cars. Fenced paved area with garden furniture. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shops and pubs 10 mins walk. Note: Approximately one train per hour passes the property from 8:00am – 11:00pm daily.

Location: Old Railway Station House, Station Road, Newtonmore, Cairngorms, PH20 1AR.

Tenure: Short Stay Holiday Experience.

Guide: Sleeps 6 = 3 Bedrooms. Prices From £285 per week.

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