13th September, 2017

Secret hideaways to school houses: discover 10 of the most unusual homes

Britain must have some of the world's most unusual homes. We reveal the best across the country. Here you will find secret rooms hidden behind library bookcases and a former Edwardian school house in need of renovation. Prices start from £310,000 to £1,500,000.


1. Converted chapel: Penrith, Cumbria, £425,000

Few properties compare with the Hallows in Cumbria. The original chapel was built in the late 19th century as a private chapel for the nearby Manor House. Now converted, the front entrance leads into an area with cloakroom and then into the entrance hall, with grand stairwell and gothic style arched windows. It has a unique circular tower room with three-bedrooms and would suit a growing family.


2. Mill pond: Newbridge, Isle of Wight, £675,000


Think of your favourite country retreat. This five-bedroom property ticks all the boxes. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and the original feeder pond situated at the front. This 17th century home is impressive both internally and externally. Its location is a haven for walkers and nature lovers.


3. Converted mill: Coddington Mill, Tarporley, POA

Here is a picturesque water mill dating from the 18th century. There is extensive accommodation rich in character with the detailed mill wheel workings on display. The house has a number of individual features, including antique pine doors with stained glass panels. These are believed to originate from a number of chapels in the Chester area. The property has six bedrooms.


4. Dome sweet home: Westerham, Kent, £1,500,000


This architect designed four-bedroom dome property is definitely a home for those looking for something unique and stylish. It has an open plan interior, three reception rooms and a beautiful swimming pool.


5. Green house: Estrela, Lisbon, €1,575,000


This unique house is surrounded by a natural garden and even has a living wall growing on the front of the property. There is a terrace, swimming pool and an office. It would be suitable for those with green fingers or simply looking for something different in Portugal.


6. Church conversion: Blackmore End, Chelmsford, £1,250,000


This Victorian church in the village of Blackmore End has been converted to a very high standard after it was disused and abandoned 30 years ago. The magnificent ground floor has a grand double height entrance hall, triple height sitting room, with five bedrooms.


7. The old post office: Carlton- In- Lindrick, North Nottinghamshire, £310,000

This must be one of our cheapest properties on the market at the moment. The Old Post office retains many of its original features, with exposed pine beams and timbers, and oak floorboards. The sitting room has a wood burning stove set on a raised slate hearth, and a wood fired pizza oven. It has four bedrooms.


8. Grade II Listed mill: Nant Y Coy Mill, Treffgarne, £545,000


This Grade II Listed mill is located in the heart of Pembrokeshire.Formerly a flour mill built in 1844, it has undergone extensive redevelopment during the past 12 years. Now it is used as a business incorporating an art gallery on two levels, which includes a studio workspace for artists in residence, a gift shop and restaurant. This three-bedroom house has so much potential for an ambitious owner.


9. Back to school: Uckfield, East Sussex, £750,000


Here is a house with a difference. This Edwardian detached former school has eight double bedrooms. It is a perfect renovation project for anyone who is looking for a home with charm and character.


10. Hidden hideaway: Clynfyw Mansion, Abercych, £935,000

Step inside a secret world with a hidden room behind the bookcase in this eight-bedroom house. The property is full of potential and could be transformed into a boutique B&B or a country retreat.


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