Monday, 2 March 2015

RAF control tower (and zombie safe house...)

I have no idea what you'd do with most of these buildings, other than it's just such an amazing and unusual property I had to feature it! 
It's a former RAF bombing range control tower and assorted outbuildings (including one housing it's own generator). Surrounded by a secure compound and with uninterrupted views for miles and miles across the flat lands of Lincolnshire.
Am I the only person here thinking Walking Dead and zombie apocalypse safe house?

It was first spotted by one of my readers but I can't for the life of me find his email now - but whoever you are, thank you!
The property is at Sea Lane, Friskney, about 11 miles from Boston, and consists of the four-storey control tower and observation platform (with flagpole..of course); the generator building; two detached buildings each with a kitchen and several rooms, and a shuttered workshop.

Access is via a private land and the views - across Friskney sands and over the wash - are stunning.
It's on the market through William H Brown with a guide price of £300k - details here and on Zoopla here.

Monday, 23 February 2015

A riverside wreck and two price drops

I don't usually do this but this is a bit of a holding post - just a couple of bits of news on past "wrecks" with price drops and a property spotted by a reader.
But mostly this post is an apology for being behind on posting.
You see I'm in the middle of a battle with a big (ish) US company over intellectual property. I won't waste your time with details (it's here) but trying to fight them as a one-woman army is taking up the time I used to have for 'Wreck' and, truthfully, after the lawyer's letter I got from them this morning I'm feeling a bit scared and sick.
Anyhow - that's nothing to do with you lot, here's some properties to keep you going.

Paul got in touch to let me know that he's reduced the price of the unfinished 'Grand Design' I featured in January.
The Stables, at Kenn (above) just outside Exeter, is basically two properties - one finished, one unfinished - with the price now down £50k from £485k to £435k. Details here.
Alan emailed to say he'd also dropped the price of his property - a former kirk, on Orkney (below) to "offers around £25k" - bargain!

The building, at Rousey, was featured in my three Orkneys wrecks post last summer. Details here.
Finally, the amazing derelict former alehouse pictured at the top of this post was sent to me by reader Wendy.
It's on the river Wye, just outside Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire, and comes with 1.6acres of riverside meadow including canoe launch.
The building is derelict and there are no internal pix  - aside from this artistic shot of the view (!):

It comes with planning permission for a three-bed house and the price has been steadily dropping since it went on the market last July - currently at a fixed price of £195k. On the market through Jonathan Preece, details here.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

A cottage and a tenement, eastern Scotland.

A bit of a little and large mix today with these two properties in the eastern regions of Scotland.
Faemore, above, is in a stunning rural location in Ballindalloch looking out over Glenlivet and Ballindalloch.
The three-bed detached stone and slate cottage comes with around threequarters of an acre of land and a ruined steading:

Estate agents Masson Cairns describe the house as needing "full renovation" but no idea what that means as there are no internal photos.
There's no existing bathroom or kitchen (cast iron fireplace in one of the downstairs rooms) and no information on services.
But... negatives aside, it's an attractive property in a lovely spot and at offers over £90k has masses of potential. More details and plans here, pix on Zoopla here.
Property number two is pretty much Faemore's opposite - town rather country; 15 big rooms instead of half-a-dozen small ones...and internal photos this time but no external ones (well, a couple out the back).
The property is on Castle Place, in the town of Montrose, between Dundee and Aberdeen, and is B-listed with lots of original features.
It's in need of total renovation - with bits of it unsafe - and non-mortgage-able. This may be its listing, here, or it could be the building at risk listed here. In anycase, you're looking at a similar 19th century former tenement.
The pictures are amazing:

There are 15 rooms in total, including a couple of shower rooms and the remnants of a glass room at the back - and the big gardens you can see above.
Most of the properties around it have been converted to apartments and there's scope to do the same with this one.
It's on the market through Right Move at offers over £100k - cash buyers only. Details here

Monday, 26 January 2015

Former farms for sale, Darlington and Wales

My last few posts haven't really been about what we might call "wrecks". Indeed, some of the properties I've picked out have needed little more that titivating. Well, perhaps a little more than titivating...
Anyhow, today I've got two proper wrecks to show you. First a property sent by one of my resourceful readers, Wendy.
Above and below is a derelict former farm and medieval ruin at Coatham Mundeville, near Darlington - Wendy's "wreckiest wreck!"

Coatham Grange is little more than some ancient walls and optimistic drawings (planning permission for a five-bed home with large stable block) but it comes with four acres and a £270k price tag that's dropped by £80k since it first it went on the market almost a year ago.
More info via agents Your Move here, more pix on Zoopla here.
If four acres doesn't do it for you - how about 27?
Clyngwern Farm, below,about nine miles from Carmarthen, is a semi-derelict four-bed farmhouse (the rear wall needs rebuilding). It comes with 27 acres of pasture land; a two-storey stonebuilt former mill, cowshed and other outbuildings.

It's on the market at £250k through The Smallholding Centre. Details here and more pix on Zoopla here

Friday, 9 January 2015

Two unfinished grand designs

The last six months have been all about The Extension. Planning it, permitting it, building it day perhaps... finishing it. 
It was finished enough for Christmas (see below...ahem) and has already made a massive difference to the tiny cottage we've been renovating. Finally we have indoor space to entertain in (there was the Christmas dinner shared under a snow-heavy gazebo; the several parties that required the building of outdoor dancefloors...).
We have just enough cash left to plaster the plasterboard, but I've accepted that the floor will stay as OSB and I've stopped noticing the unrendered blockwork.
Anyhow, all of that is small potatoes compared to the properties I've picked for you today.
Neither are wrecks - both are big, grand unfinished projects put on the market after the wherewithal to complete the job ran out.
Above is Burnfoot Lodge, at the entrance to Springkell Estate at Eaglesfield, in Dumfries. A handsome, detached house with a small garden and great views.
Downstairs is a big, 6m sq kitchen/diner with bi-fold doors, plus good-sized lounge, sitting room, hall, utility and downstairs loo. Upstairs are four bedrooms, master en-suite, and family bathroom.

Lots of nice features - sandstone walls and chunky wood door frames, but plenty more to finish (services seem incomplete?).
It's on the market at offers around £220k through LJ Residential. Details here and on Rightmove here.
My second pick was sent in by Wreck reader Paul. It's actually former stables, replanned as a three-bedroom house and a one-bed apartment:

The properties are just outside the village of Kenn, about six miles from Exeter, and belong to Paul, who wrote: "Stables South is completed but we have run out of money (and interest) with regard finishing Stables North" 

Above:  Stables South, with Stables North below

At £485k it's pricier than I'd usually pick but the completed work is nicely done and it's in a good area and has a pretty garden.

The package is on the market through Kivells, details here

And our own mini-Grand design? Post-Xmas mayhem....