Monday, 24 March 2014

Coastal homes, Ramsgate and Dorset

It's sunny today: let's go to the seaside.
If you get a bit squeamish at the site of plaster-less walls, you should hide behind a cushion until I tell you it's safe to look again, because this stately detached in Ramsgate has walls as bare as they can get.

Now, if you're me, you'll have looked at those pictures and seen space and light and some damn fine fireplaces and thought: "Hey, at least I can see whether the bricks are damp."
But then maybe I should have shown you this pic:

Personally, I'm still seeing space and grand windows and a really interesting renovation job.
It's on West Cliff Road, around 800 yards from Ramsgate's buzzing Royal Harbour.
The house steps up and down a bit inside but basically downstairs are three big rooms, hall, and former loo, with three bedrooms (one squidgy) and former bathroom upstairs.
At the back is a 25-ft garden area but parking may be an issue - double yellows front and side.

It's on the market through Miles and Barr at a  fiver under £180k. Details here.
Ok, it's safe to look again now.

I've no idea what the walls are like inside cottage number 6, above, on Dorset's spectacular White Nothe headland looking out to sea over Weymouth Bay. But I can tell you that there no mains services. At all. 
Rainwater is harvested and pumped in, heating and cooking is by LPG and log burner, there's a septic tank for sewerage and the nearest parking is the National Trust carpark, one-and-a-half miles away.
So why did I pick it? This quote from the auctioneer's catalogue:

Built in approximately 1902 to keep watch on the local smugglers. The sea facing bedroom has a small raised recess with room for a stool on which to sit and survey the coast.
That view, a wooden stool, today's sunshine - oh my!
Reader Nici tipped me off about it and the two-bed cottage is up for auction today, through Savills, with a guide price of £95k. Lot 101 on this list.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Rolling, rolling, rolling, get them houses rolling...

It's been a while since I did a transportation as homes post, but when Wreck reader Grouse sent me a couple of website links, I was inspired!
First the traditional gypsy wagons, above and below. From the website, which carries ads for classic bowtop, showman and gypsy caravans.
Among my favourites are the beautifully restored, 1909 Burton caravan above and below. Definitely not a wreck, but ready for its final decorative paint job.

It's being sold direct at £14k ("no time wasters") email and details here
To get an idea of what decoration can do for a wagon, this gorgeous renovation of a pre-1914, Thomas Of Chertsey showman's wagon (below) is on the market at offers around £20k. Details here.

If what you're after is something cheaper, there were some very cute, towable bowtop wagons on the list. The ones below are all around the £6-7k mark. More here.

If all of that seems a bit too retro, how about a Citroen H Van? French, snub-nosed cuties with a particular penchant for being used as catering wagons.
Grouse sent me a link to H Van World which specialises in these snub-nosed cuties. This one caught my eye - a 1957 original split screen H van in beautiful condition:

It's on the market at £15,220. New MOT, no road tax, no VAT.
Or, if you're up for renovating one yourself, the 1977 HY IN2 catering van below is sold as is at £4995. More details and more vans here.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Waterworks and cottage, near Leek

Wreck reader Jo sent me this one and, while I normally avoid properties that don't have internal pix (I think you need to see the scale of the job), it's interesting enough for me to break my own rule.
Jo found it doing her regular trawl for her own dream buy ("up to 10 acres grazing/pasture land, Cheadle side of Stoke").
It consists of the former water pumping station, above, plus blacksmith's cottage and around.4 of an acre in pretty Longsdon, a couple of miles from the Staffordshire Moorlands town of Leek.

Aside from telling us that it comes with planning permission for conversion to residential use, the estate agent's details are vague to the point of obscurification. Luckily you've got me.
The planning application, here, is actually in relation to two pumping stations - the one being sold, and the one next door (the Rez cafe) which is part of an underground diving site.
Martin Spooner  runs the dive site and is also the property vendor, or at least the name on the planning application.
The application doesn't mention the blacksmith's cottage and there are no details or pictures of that - all of which makes the £250k price tag a tad speculative (particularly given that it was up for auction a few months ago at £150-£200k). I'd have a chat with Martin, he sounds like a nice guy.
The property is on the market through Bury & Hilton. Marginally more here.