Would a castle surrounded by a moat float your boat? Or perhaps you’d prefer a polka dot house? Whatever your preference, you’re going to love the latest release of unique properties available in the UK this week.
UK Property Portal, Rightmove.co.uk offers homes to buy and rent, and today published their list of the ‘Most Unusual Listings This September’.
Wilson Castle on the Wye
For the discerning person looking to move into a 12th Century Norman castle, Wilton Castle is now on the market. Lovingly restored by its current owners to produce a beautiful residence surrounded by a curtain wall and dry moat, Wilton Castle runs adjacent to an “attractive river,” and comes complete with manicured gardens and landscaped grounds.
The castle was originally built to guard the river crossing on the English / Welsh border, in attempt to prevent the Welsh from stealing land and animals, according to the property listing: “Originally a Mott and Bailey Castle, this was gradually rebuilt with a stone castle and a wet moat, which for 300 years sheltered a garrison of soldiers. In the 16th Century, parts of the castle walls were used to create an impressive Tudor Manor House, which was subsequently destroyed in the Civil War.
The listing says that in 1731, Guys Hospital purchased the Wilton Manor and castle, and for 230 years farmed the area with tenants living in the Castle House. Since 1961, Wilton Castle has been in private hands.
You can purchase the 5-bedroom castle for the equivalent of AUD $2.59 million.
2. Wellington Avenue, Crownthorne, Berkshire
To the untrained eye, this next listing is seemingly just a gorgeous eight bedroom estate in Berkshire, until you explore a little further and uncover the games room, indoor pool, tennis court AND 2-man bowling alley!
Located in one of the Counties most prestigious roads, this home comes packed with warmth and character.
The property has formal gardens designed to compliment the house. It comes with a range of three stables and a heated brick and timber greenhouse.
This listing is available for around AUD $5.65 million.
3. Bond End, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
This four-bedroom home likes to stand out from the rest. As one of Knaresborough’s most recognisable homes (and it’s easy to see why!), this sale comes as a rather unique opportunity.
The Royal Oak, more famously known as the ‘Spotty House’ following the 2014 Tour De France Grand Depart, is both spacious and characterful, according to the Rightmove listing. The property was formerly an 18th Century coaching inn with landlords traced back as far as 1726, when the property was known as the Hare and Hound.
This one is a steal at the equivalent of AUD $1.47 million.
4. Bushy Park, Richmond, Hampton, London
This rather interestingly-shaped home sits in Richmond, London and has a round, modern exterior. Discretely hidden away in a fabulous parkland setting, this curved property has a fascinating history.
The site was first used by the Admiralty during the Second World War and The Rotunda was a circular domed building, containing a 46m pool, used to test torpedoes as they spun around at the end of a metal arm. After the war, the architects Norman and Dawbarn were commissioned to turn the tank into a modern house. They utilised the 4ft thick ‘blast proof’ curved concrete walls in a contemporary style to create a light and open space.
This place comes at the equivalent of a slightly pricey AUD$11.73 million.
5. Cambridge Road, Richmond, Surrey
Once a Grand Designs project, Kew House is an award-winning family home with almost 4,000 sq ft of internal accommodation. Designed by renowned architect Stuart Piercey of Piercy & Company, it was completed in 2014 and was shortlisted for the RIBA House of the Year award in 2015.
Kew House fuses a new glass and steel structure with the remnants of a Victorian stable block.
Buy this little beauty for roughly AUD $6.60 million.
6. Highland Road, London
Here is one of London’s most unique and striking properties, located on a quiet residential road and less than 25 minutes drive from Marble Arch and the West End – one of her previous owners being Her Majesty The Queen.
Built circa 1861, the property was the subject of a total renovation in 1998, which took two years and provides extensive accommodation. The attention to detail is breathtaking, from the ground floor entrance hall, with original doors, to the staggering reception room in the belfry with its 40ft ceilings and roof terrace.
Other features include 3ft thick walls, full fire alarm and security system and a working original church clock.
This listing’s price is available on application.
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