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Contemporary houseboats with stunning river views
17th of December 2013
houseboat for sale
The Houseboats, Pin Mill, Orwell, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 1JW
Price £345,000

Orwell Houseboat
Designed and built by a company lead by a skilled husband and wife team, these contemporary designed houseboats are in a stunning location at Pin Mill, on the banks of the River Orwell. Pin Mill was once a busy landing point for ship borne cargo, a thriving industry for repairing Thames sailing barges, and home to many small marine based businesses including sail making and is now a charming village. The properties are to be sold off plan, allowing the client to have an input into the layout and finish. The houseboats are built from sustainable materials and will incorporate other environmentally friendly construction methods. more

A B-listed Baronial mansion surrounded by world renowned Achamore Gardens
9th of December 2013
mansion for sale
Achamore House, Isle of Gigha, PA41 7AD
Offers over £900,000
Gigha Mansion House For Sale
The island of Gigha has a milder drier climate the rest of the West of Scotland and is famed for being owned by the resident community who bought it in 2002. The island was bought in 1865 by James Williams Scarlett, whose son built the present day Category B listed mansion. Achamore House has a Scots Baronial exterior, but following a fire in 1900 and an almost complete rebuild, the interior is a fine example of the Arts and Crafts movement. It is probable that Rennie Mackintosh himself worked on the house, and he's not the only famous visitor as both the Queen and Queen Mother have visited too. This 14 bedroom property has been extensively refurbished and the current owners have established a B&B business with 12 letting rooms. Set on an elevated site, it has private gardens of around two acres and has breathtaking views over the Sound of Gigha and the world famous Achamore Gardens, developed by another former owner, Sir James Horlick. more

Be part of a self-sustaining, carbon-neutral community
2nd of December 2013
carbon neutral new town
Owenstown, South Lanarkshire
To be announced
Owenstown - Eco Friendly Village
Owenstown is a proposed, eco-friendly, community-owned town which if planning goes through, will be built on a 2,000 acre site in South Lanarkshire. The town is named after Robert Owen, a famous social reformer who created the nearby 18th century settlement of New Lanark, a groundbreaking village built on the principles of improving the living and working conditions of its residents. Owenstown will be a modern interpretation of New Lanark and will be planned carefully to be largely self sufficient. Owned and managed by a co-operative of its citizens, it will be constructed to high environmental standards with renewable energy and will eventually become carbon-zero. If approved, the project will take up to 10 years to complete and could be the blueprint for similar projects in the UK. more

A barn conversion with castellated elevations
25th of November 2013
converted barn for sale
Stonehouse Farm, Platt, near Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 8LF
Guide price £775,000
Unique Barn Conversion St Mary's Platt Kent
This Kent barn conversion, built in stone with castellated elevations, is truly a unique and wonderful property. As full of character on the inside as the outside, the living room boasts a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and a large central fireplace with stove. This four / five bedroom property would be excellent for any family, particularly one with equestrian interests as it also includes a five acre paddock and timber stable block. Set in a lovely position near the local village cricket pitch, it is close to Sevenoaks (7 miles) and has a mainline railway with services to London less than a mile away. more

Hit the bull's eye with this South Wales barn conversion
18th November 2013
converted barn for sale
Tarw Barn, Nr. Llandanney, Usk, Monmouthshire NP15 1DN
Price £349,000

Barn Conversion In South Wales
Tarw Barn (tarw means bull in Welsh) is a spacious Grade II listed barn conversion, constructed from Welsh pink limestone. It dates back to the 16th Century and was once part of the large, prosperous farm of Treworgan Manor, which sits on the best land of the Llandenny Levels. It has been sympathetically converted to a high standard using traditional and environmentally friendly materials and is part of a two barn courtyard conversion. Inside, there's three bedrooms and two large reception rooms. Outside, it's set in half an acre of gardens with separate one acre paddock, and is close to the historic Monmouthshire market towns of Monmouth and Usk. This is a property that definitely hits the bull's eye. more

A coastguard tower with great sea views
11th of November 2013
coastguard tower for rent
Dungeness Road, Dungeness, Kent, TN29 9NF
Price £1,450 pcm

Dungeness Coastguard Tower
You don't always have to buy to live in a unique property, and this former Coastguards Tower is a great example as it's available for long term rent. It has to be one of the country's most spectacularly located properties, set right on the shingled foreshore of Dungeness just yards from the sea. The accommodation is arranged over four storeys with a kitchen / day room on the ground floor, an en suite bedroom on the first floor, reception room with balcony on the second floor with stunning views over the English Channel and a further bedroom, also with a balcony at the top. The property is surrounded by a large amount of its own unfenced land and has its own parking area but you can also park right outside if you wish. The only downside is that it has an occupancy restriction meaning it can only be continuously occupied for a maximum of three weeks in any four week period. more

A bargain for anyone with a plot of land
4th of November 2013
timber lodge without land for sale
Wells, Somerset, Ba5
Price £12,500

Lodge / Hide For Sale Without Land
Built in 2008, this hexagonal oak and Douglas fir lodge / hide is a two storey structure of approximately 72sqm floor area with a mezzanine floor and minstrels gallery and is for sale without land. All the oak joints and framing in this stunning and extremely sturdy structure were done by a specialist timber framers. It has already been dismantled and the plans and photographic records for rebuilding are included along with the timbers for the floor, walls and roof, the double glazed doors, panels for three front sides and all the metal brackets for the structure. This unique building could have so many functions - a garden room, office, guest accommodation or could be the ultimate childrens playhouse! more

A luxury cob house in the West Country
28th of October 2013
cob house for sale
Keppel Gate, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1TJ
Guide Price £1,100,000

Ottery St Mary Cob House
Ecofriendly, comfortable and economic to live in, the thick walls in cob houses provide thermal mass making it easy to keep warm in winter and cool in summer. Keppel Gate is a three storey house built of cob which has featured in the Telegraph and on TV. It was built by the owner / vendor, Kevin McCabe, one of the leading proponents of cobbing in the country who has a fabulous reputation for building bespoke properties. The house has four reception rooms and five bedrooms and is full of character with curving walls, broad spiralling staircases and has top-spec finishes throughout. There's also a sizeable two-storey detached annexe, garage and barn, all built of cob and the whole is set in about two acres of gardens with orchard, a wood-fired pizza oven (cob, of course) and pasture paddocks. The property is situated at the end of a quiet no-through-road, less than a mile from Ottery St Mary in East Devon and as the owner is currently in the process of building another cob house for himself next door, you'll always have a builder on hand! more

A shapely octagonal house
21st of October 2013
octagonal house for sale
High Shells, Oldhall Drive, Kilmacolm, PA13 4RF
Offers over £329,000

Hexagonal House Kilmacolm
The 1970's aren't always synonomous with the best in architecture but this self build in the footballers wives territory of Kilmacolm proves that there are exceptions to the rule. Built by the current owners and designed as four ‘connected octagons’, this four bedroom home has been recently renovated and is full of great features. A double glazed cupola floods the reception hall with natural light. A gallery office / study area is accessed via a small spiral staircase in the dining kitchen and the lounge has an open fire and French doors leading out to the garden and views across the village to the foothills beyond. It is set in a substantial private plot surrounded by mature trees, and has a feature stream running through it adding tranquillity to its surroundings. more

A lighthouse keepers house and cottage with views over the Irish Sea
14th October 2013
lightkeepers house and cottage for sale
Killantringan Light Keepers House, Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway, DG9 8TW
Offers over £485,000
Lighthouse Keepers House For  Sale Portpatrick
Category B listed Killantringan Lighthouse is four miles from the village of Portpatrick and was in operation from 1900 until decommissioned in January 2007. The property for sale comprises of a lightkeepers cottage and lightkeepers house, both of which are let as self-catering holiday accommodation by the current owners. Perched high on the cliff in approximately three acres of land, the two storey lightkeepers house has six bedrooms downstairs with the living areas on the first floor to maximise the fabulous views of the dramatic coastline and out over the Irish Sea. To the side of the house is the cottage, a detached, single storey property with three bedrooms. Located at the south western tip of Scotland, the area also benefits from a pleasant climate as a result of the Gulf Stream. more

A grand barn conversion with further conversion potential
7th October 2013
converted barn for sale
School Lane, Holmpton, E. Yorkshire. HU19 2QS
Price reduced to offers around £370,000
Barn Conversion In Yorkshire
This stunning four bedroom, four bathroom barn was converted in 2000 to a high standard and has many great features. Inside, there is approx 3,750sq ft of living space, and a large triple arched integral garage which offers potential for conversion to create further accommodation, leisure space or a granny annexe. Set in approx half an acre of gardens in the small East Coast village of Holmpton, it is on a quiet country lane, not far from the village centre, and just 800 yards from the beach and rolling cliffs. more

Be snug and secure in a converted WW2 bunker
30th of September 2013
WW2 bunker for sale
Trengothal Farm, St Levan, Penzance
Price £275,000

Penzance Bunker
Here's a great chance to own a unique piece of British history. Built in 1942, this World War II bunker which once used to protect our shores from enemies lay derelict for decades until a five year project transformed it into a unique Cornish bungalow. Inside a 23ft open plan living area, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a wet room benefit from purpose built sun tubes ensuring that this windowless bunker, has ample natural light. Situated in St Levan on the cliffs of Land’s End, it comes complete with a large garden, driveway, garage and shed and there's 360 degree panoramic views from the property's grassy roof overlooking Sennen Churchtown, St Levan and distant sea views from all angles. more

Get castaway on a Lake District island
23rd of September 2013
island in the Lake District for long term lease
Derwent Island, Derwent Water, Cumbria
Price (lease) £40,000 per year

House On An Island For Sale
Here's a great opportunity to live in one of the National Trust's most unique properties as the lease has just become available. Derwent Island is a beautiful, heart shaped, seven acre retreat, set 150 yards from the Derwent Lake shoreline and just half a mile from the busy town of Keswick. Hidden amongst the woodland is an elegant Grade II listed Italianate style house built by Joseph Pocklington in the 18th century. Two motorboat launches are included for the five minute trip to the mainland as is a quad bike to get around the isle. On the mainland in the lakeside village of Portinscale, a dry dock boathouse and large garage for a car is also thrown in. The successful tenants will be shown how to look after all the important antiques, art works and furniture and will have to open up the property to visitors for five days of the year. The other 360 days they can enjoy the peace! more

A former mill with listed buildings
16th of September 2013
former mill for sale
Hewsons Lane, Barton Upon Humber, North Lincolnshire, DN18 5BL
Starting bid £140,000

Barton Mill For Sale
The former corn mill on Hewson's Lane was built around 1813 for Cook and Sutton and this eight storey tower, attached listed cottage and ancillary buildings offers a unique opportunity to acquire a potential development site in an increasingly popular residential area of Barton upon Humber. There is a design concept in place for a courtyard development of eight houses, but at present there is no planning permission as there are many options with this site. Purchasers will be responsible for obtaining the necessary consent suited to their needs.The site is accessed off Hewsons Lane which in turn leads to Waterside Road opposite the supermarket and close to the Humber Bridge viewing area. more

A former water pumping station on the Cambridgeshire fens
9th of September 2013
former pumping station for sale
Waterfront Lodge, 167 South Brink, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE14 0RZ
Price £150,000

Former Pumping Station For Conversion in Wisbech
Waterfront Lodge, built in 1948, was used until 2002 as a water pumping station, housing engines that were used to drain the fen. Now no longer in use, this individual property currently has full planning permission for conversion into a four storey dwelling with four bedrooms. To the front there is a large front garden and the rear garden is formed by part of the waterway including bridge over the waterway with a further 15 feet of bank either side past the bridge. Services are already on site and this unique building is ideally located on the outskirts of Wisbech within easily commutable reach of Peterborough and beyond. A great opportunity for an individual home with a great view. more

Great train robber's house
2nd of September 2013
house of Great Train robber for sale
Spring Cottage, St. Keverne, near Penzance, Cornwall, TR12
Price £500,000
Great Train Robbers House
Picture box perfect and far from the madding crowds, this thatched cottage is tucked deep in the Cornish countryside . . . and that's probably part of the appeal it held for former owner and ex Great Train robber, Brian Field. As the "fixer" of the robbery, he was sentenced to 25 years in jail but on appeal, was released after 5 years and changed his identity to settle down anonymously with his ill-gotten gains. The three / four bedroom house is beautifully presented with feature beams and an inglenook fireplace in the living room. Set in a quarter of an acre of mature landscaped gardens, it's a peaceful retreat for any modern day pirate of Penzance. more

You'll be happy to go back to this school
26th of August 2013
school conversion for sale
Sycamore, Glass, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 4YA
Guide price £275,000
School Conversion In Huntly
It's the end of the summer holidays which means a reluctant back to school for the children. But there's a property on the market that'll make you want to be at school forever and chances are the years you spend here will be even better years of your life than your schooldays. This former schoolhouse has recently undergone a complete refurbishment to create a large six bedroom house. It has the potential to split to create two residential properties (STPP) or would be great for an extended family. Set in good sized grounds, it is located in a tranquil rural setting in the historical village of Glass, near Huntly, a village famous for being the birthplace of David Cameron's father, born at the Cameron family home, Blairmore House. more

A conversion you can bank on
19th of August 2013
former bank for sale
Yr Hen Banc, Fronwnion Street, Trawsfynydd, LL41 4SE
Price £210,000

Converted Bank In Trawsfynydd For Sale
Yr Hen Banc (or The Old Bank) is as the name suggests, a former bank having, until recently, been the local HSBC bank. It is situated close to the centre of the village of Trawsfynydd in the Snowdonia National Park, an area renowned for its outstanding natural beauty. This single storey, stone built building is well constructed and has a slate roof. Inside, it has spacious rooms, high ceilings and characterful panelling on many of the walls. The well arranged accommodation includes a living room with wood burning stove, a modern fitted breakfasting kitchen, dining room and three bedrooms with en suite facilities. more

A converted boathouse on the Holy Loch
12th of August 2013
boathouse conversion for sale
The Boathouse, Shore Road, Strone, Argyll, PA23 8BD
Offers in excess of £245,000

Converted Boathouse In Strone For Sale
Built in 1885-1886, 'The Boathouse' was part of the Dunselma estate owned by James Coats, a wealthy 19th century industrialist who was an avid yachtsman and was president of the Royal Clyde Yacht Club. This C-listed building boasts quality nautical-themed stonework with crow-stepped gables and has fantastic views of Loch Long, the Holy Loch and the Firth of Clyde. Set in three quarters of an acre of fully enclosed land, it has been converted to create a beautiful and unique three bedroom detached property boasting many of the original features and would be ideal as a family, retirement or holiday home. more

Bless this house - a former methodist chapel in Wiltshire
5th of August 2013
chapel conversion for sale
The Chapel, Hindon Road, Dinton, Salisbury, SP3
Price £275,000

Converted Chapel In Dinton For Sale
This former Methodist chapel which was originally constructed in 1895, has recently been converted to a high modern standard whilst retaining a number of its architectural features. The wealth of character blends seamlessly with the modern design and fittings and all the rooms (living room, kitchen / dining room, two en-suite bedrooms and cloakroom), are bright, airy and spacious. The chapel is set in a plot which with just a little work has the potential to be a very pleasant area and there are two allocated parking spaces. It is situated in the popular village of Dinton, about eight miles west of Salisbury. more

A refurbished modernist beach house on Hayling Island
29th July 2013
modernist beach house for sale
The Beach House, 276 Sea Front, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11
Price £795,000

Modernist Beach House Hayling Island
The Beach House was created by forward thinking architects who brought a different kind of "mod" to the south coast beaches in the early 1960s. Recently refurbished to a high standard, this comfortable and unique five bedroom home boasts clean lines, exposed brickwork and a spectacular open plan living / dining room with full-height windows overlooking the garden. A cantilevered, open-tread staircase in this room is one of many fine original features and the original cedar ceilings and floors of rare Brazilian Paraná pine wood remain. The property is located on the sea front on Hayling Island, a picturesque island just off the Hampshire coast. more

A church conversion that's simply divine
22nd of July 2013
church conversion for sale
St Andrews House, Durie Street, Leven, Fife, KY8
Price £249,950

Character Property In Leven For Sale
Location, location, location! This characterful church conversion is situated in the centre of the Fife town of Leven, 400 metres from two golf courses, a sandy beach and an excellent swimming / leisure centre. Leven is fifteen miles from St Andrews, home of world class golf courses and the oldest university in Scotland. The property has an impressive 460 sqm of floor space and the flexible layout lends itself to allow live / work options. The conversion has been done with skill and care retaining many original and period features which blend perfectly with modern fittings to create a stunning property, the main focal point being the principal open plan living space which boasts a magnificent stained glass window on the the rear wall. There are also five bedrooms (three with ensuite shower rooms), a good sized private garden with a southerly aspect and parking to the front of the property. more

Live in a local landmark
15th of July 2013
converted water tower for sale
The Water Tower, Knoll Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2EJ
Guide price £1,350,000

Water Tower For Sale Godalming
This castellated Grade II listed water tower has been a local landmark since it was built in 1880. It was imaginatively converted to a high specification by the existing owners in the late 1980's who also added a Scandia Hus extension at the same time. Set over four floors the versatile accommodation, includes adaptable semi-open plan reception areas, triple aspect sitting room, family room, a large first floor balcony (accessed from both the sitting and family rooms), dining room, two studies, library, kitchen/breakfast room, a beautifully proportioned principal bedroom suite with "Japanese style" en suite bathroom, two / three further bedrooms and two family shower rooms (one with sauna). more

A former service station with plans for the future
8th July 2013
former service station for sale
Skiddaw Service Station, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QH
Offers over £395,000

Former Service Station For Conversion in Bassenthwaite
If you're looking for a great live / work opportunity, then this attractive former service station could be just the ticket. It's located in a rural location below Skiddaw Mountain within the scenic Lake District National Park and currently has a commercial use, benefitting as it does from being in a prominent trading position on the A591. Situated just six miles from the popular tourist area of Keswick, this unusual building, which was entirely refurbished in late 2010 / early 2011, also has residential planning consent for the addition of a two storey, four bedroom dwelling as well as extension of the retail area. The flexible layout means it would be suitable for a wide range of uses; commercial, retail, studio or redevelopment subject to planning. more

The African Queen of the River Thames
1st of July 2013
hotel barge for sale
"African Queen", Mapledurham, nr Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire
Price £450,000
Hotel Barge On The River Thames
The African Queen is an award-winning 100ft Dutch barge currently operating as a successful hotel barge offering popular long weekend and weeklong cruises between Goring and Henley on Thames. On board are a good sized restaurant area open plan to a large bar, a fully equipped kitchen and good-sized lounge area all benefitting from panoramic views of the passing countryside. To the foredeck there's an additional large seating area for guests and down below, there are eight en suite cabins (accommodating 12 passengers), two crew rooms and a laundry room. The barge which has residential status, is moored in the picturesque village of Mapledurham, and offers a superb opportunity to purchase a successful business model whilst enjoying life on the River. more

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