Winkworth discovers some unconventional houses currently available around the UK...
Many buyers wanting something a little different from the traditional homes available on the market seek unique properties. Not only will they impress your friends, rare features such as stained glass windows, turrets and high ceilings present buyers with a beautiful shell to build your home around. Eco-friendly homes also offer residents lower running costs for water and energy, as well as providing homeowners with less on-going maintenance fees. Indeed, the Department of Energy & Climate Change's research showed that these energy saving improvements on average add up to 14% value on homes in the UK. Those with a keen interest in history will also be drawn to properties like Vanbrugh Castle, which boasts a rich and varied past.
Winkworth explores some unconventional houses we currently have for sale around the UK...
This beautiful church conversion retains plenty of its original character and features whilst providing a comfortable and spacious family home. Complete with exposed beams, extensive stained glass windows and open brick fireplaces; it is ideal for people seeking a property with an unusual character. A games room, library, three extensive gardens and a paved courtyard make this an ideal place to raise a family.
Live like royalty and purchase your own wing of a Grade I listed castle. Built in 1718 by Sir John Vanbrugh on 2.5 acres of land, this four-storey property combines modern luxury with a traditional architecture and a considered use of space. Complete with a 27 ft roof terrace boasting outstanding views of London, a large cellar, off-street parking and communal grounds, this property would make an exceptional and unusual home.
Situated within the prestigious and historic private Royal Herbert Pavilions, this four-bedroom home is made up of a wing from an old military hospital built in 1865. Hard to define, the property can be seen as a combination of a house, bungalow, wing and an apartment and comes with two private entrances, nest-controlled heating, feature fireplaces and a concierge service seven days a week. Recently refurbished with a tennis court, fitness centre, pool, spa and communal gardens, residents can enjoy a range of sports and pampering all within the seven-acre development.
This unique home takes eco-friendly living to the next level and is one of the most efficient purpose built dwellings in Europe, set in glorious countryside. Part of the Hockerton Housing Project, the property comes with renewable solar and wind energy and is built on six acres of land with a further 8.5 acres for agricultural lease. The surrounding land includes vegetable gardens, wildlife ponds and water collection points, a tranquil home in a busy world.
Occupying part of a rail viaduct, this unusual property won prestigious 'House of the Year' in 2013 at the New London Architecture Awards. With cave-like qualities, yet featuring large open-plan spaces and a five-metre-high vaulted ceiling, Archway Studios has been skilfully designed for a homeowner seeking something completely different to your traditional property build. The property has been featured in many high-end publications.