14th October, 2016

Top 10 unusual homes: from windmills to follies

Top 10 unusual homes: from windmills to follies

Unusual properties come in all shapes and sizes. From round houses and dove cotes to pumping stations and tower mills. We have searched Britain and overseas to come up with quirky and quaint homes for sale.


1. Harbury, Wawickshire, £600,000


This is one of our most unusual properties on the market. Harbury Windmill was built in the early 19th century and was converted to provide a three/four bedroom home over four floors. The original mill workings and timbers have been preserved throughout. It is located in the heart of the sought-after village of Harbury which, has four pubs, a library and a primary school.

2. Buxhall, Suffolk, £800,000


If you are looking for an unusual property, this Grade II listed six storey tower mill might be for you. It has everything from a white brick longhouse, a Victorian granary Mill (offering two self-contained apartments) and a further detached timber clad barn, all for £800,000. It also has untouched woodland, tennis court and ponds.

3. 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. The gardens wrap around three sides with a sunken patio and summer house.

4. Comberton, Cambridge, £575,000

Here is a beautiful converted dovecote which dates back to the 18th century. We believe it formed part of the original Wimpole Hall Estate. The current owner has painstakingly and lovingly restored and refurbished the cottage, adding a contemporary twist, while retaining a wealth of character and charm. Located in the heart of this community orientated village and only approximately five miles from the historic university city of Cambridge. The village is ideal for those wishing to commute to work either by bus or bicycle.

5. The Drive, South Cheam, £3,650,000


For a modern twist, Downscroft is the perfect property. The house centres around the open-plan turreted staircase, spiralling from the media, gym and entertainment basement level, up through the living areas and onwards to the sleeping quarters on the top floor. Designed in a modernist style with Art Deco influences, it is certainly a home with a difference.

6. Luccombe, Shanklin, Isle Of Wight,£1,375,000


This six bedroom property is not unusual, but the grounds have a folly and a stone bridge over a stream. Within the main house, you will find an arts and crafts staircase, an inglenook fireplace and a large balcony overlooking the chine.

7. Round House, Sudborough, £499,950


The Grade II listed Round House is full of history. It dates back to the 17th Century and was formerly the home of the late author and wildlife artist Denys Watkins-Pitchford, from 1964 and 1990. It comes with a range of detached brick outbuildings, but it has planning consents to provide an additional annexe or office.

8. Elston Hall, Elston, £525,000


Elston Hall is a historic Grade II listed building set on the edge of the highly regarded village of Elston, Nottinghamshire. The Hall is of particular historical interest as it was once the home of the Darwin family from 1680 until just after the Second World War. It is the birthplace of Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin. Erasmus was the founder of the Lunar Society, which included Robert Boyle, Joseph Priestley and Benjamin Franklin. The church, across the road, contains several memorials to the Darwin family. In later years Elston Hall was divided up into ten individual two-storey residences, which have been sympathetically converted.

9. Widmerpool Hall, Widmerpool, £350,000


Live the Downton Abbey life for less. Here is a two bedroom apartment in a tranquil setting of approximately 20 acres of communal gardens and grounds. The property features high quality fixtures and fittings throughout and an integrated music system.

10.Bury St Edmunds, £220,000


Here is a pretty pink Victorian cottage located within walking distance of Bury St. Edmunds. Outside, there is a terrace where the current vendor enjoys for al fresco dining. It would suit someone who is looking to get on the housing ladder for £220,000.

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