World’s oldest post office for sale: business and three-bedroom cottage in Scottish village of Sanquhar is a first-class buy for £275,000

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    World’s oldest working post office for sale

    The world’s oldest working post office, which has been in operation for more than 300 years, is looking for a “new postmaster” because its current owners have decided to retire.

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    World’s oldest working post office for sale

    Current owners Nazra Alam, 67, and her husband Dr Manzoor Alam, 77, took over the business in 2015 but have now put it on the market as they are retiring.

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    World’s oldest working post office for sale

    Sanquhar Post Office in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland opened in 1712 when Queen Anne was on the throne, just five years after the Acts of Union united England and Scotland to create Great Britain.

    It has come up for sale with an asking price of £275,000.

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    World’s oldest working post office for sale

    The property includes the post office, a three-bedroom cottage, a courtyard and some outbuildings that were originally the home of the Mail Coaches Horses.

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    World’s oldest working post office for sale

    Post Office will be working with the local community to try to find a new postmaster to take on the branch.

    In the meantime, the branch remains open for business as usual.

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    More unusual homes for sale: Biodynamic Welsh vineyard

    A biodynamic vineyard producing 100,000 bottles of award-winning wine each year is currently on the market — in Wales. Ancre Hill Estates near Monmouth in the Welsh Borders is renowned for its organic still and sparkling wines.

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    Biodynamic Welsh vineyard

    The first vines were planted there in 2006 and the estate has gained global standing, winning the Bollicine del Mondo in 2012 after its 2008 vintage was voted the best white sparkling wine in the world.

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    Biodynamic Welsh vineyard

    The business was set up by retired chartered accountant Richard Morris, who runs it with his wife, Joy.

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    Biodynamic Welsh vineyard

    Morris sold his transport and logistics business after discovering the land near his home in the Wye Valley was suitable for wine making.

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    Biodynamic Welsh vineyard

    The orangery has doors out into the garden, terrace and pool.

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    Biodynamic Welsh vineyard

    There are several outbuildings on the estate

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    Rental potential

    An unusual Hobbit house-style holiday let has been listed for sale along with a four-bedroom former granary in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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    Former granary

    The main house, a former granary which once stored grain for the Castle Inn across the road, is a stone building with four bedrooms across two floors.

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    Chateau Holz, France

    Considering cashing in your London flat and moving out of the capital for a bit more space, while still being able to commute to work in less than 90 minutes?

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    Chateau Holz, France

    How about taking it to the next level with this 14-bedroom 18th-century French chateau, being marketed as arguably the grandest London commuter home for sale at the moment?

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    Remote windmill, Norfolk

    This remote mill was previously home to a heavily bearded boat builder when it fell into disrepair, decorated mainly by empty whisky bottles. Furniture designer Adam Williams was offered a lifetime lease on the building in exchange for doing it up.

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    Remote windmill, Norfolk

    “I’ve got all my natural history books from the Twenties and Thirties, butterfly collections, all sorts of fishing tackle, everything native to Norfolk. I’ve collected it since I was 12,” he says.

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    St Luke’s Chapel, Chelsea

    A “beautiful and exceptional” Victorian chapel in Chelsea that has stood empty for almost 30 years is up for sale with plans to turn it into a £25 million home.

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    Before: St Luke’s Chapel, Chelsea

    The building has not been used for worship since 1991, but comes with planning permission to convert it into a luxury residence with five bedrooms.

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    The Thurland Wing, Thurland Castle

    A castle wing in Lancashire that comes with a Lordship title is for sale for £1.1 million.

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    The Thurland Wing, Thurland Castle

    The Thurland Wing, in Tunstall, is the principal wing of Thurland Castle, which was divided into 12 houses and flats in 2000. The property dates back to the 11th century, with evidence over some of the doors dating the stones back to that time.

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    Gin Head, North Berwick

    The spot where scientists plotted to trick the Nazis over the D-Day landings is for sale with planning permission for a stunning 10-bedroom double villa.

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    Gin Head, North Berwick

    An anonymous person later bought it and commissioned Italian architects Lazzarini Pickering Architetti to design a 10-bedroom, 26,000 sq ft home comprising two vast villas linked by covered walkways and for which planning permission has been granted.

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    Modern Torquay castle

    It may look like a medieval castle from the outside, but this unique property was only built in 1992, though the exterior walls and grounds were built in the 1920s.

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    Modern Torquay castle

    Though the interior is in need of some updating, unique features in the property such as the curved walls of the sitting room offer plenty of scope for potential buyers. The impressive property is on the market for £1.5 million, through Absolute Sales and Lettings.

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    The Old Court, Temple Cloud

    An imposing Grade II-listed former court house – with jail cells converted into bedrooms – is for sale for £795,000.

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    The Old Court, Temple Cloud

    The original 38ft long courtroom – with vaulted ceiling – now serves as an impressive main reception room, while the former cells still have the hatches that were used to pass food to prisoners.

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    Boleskin House, Loch Ness

    The ruined remains of a Scottish manor house overlooking Loch Ness – once owned by Jimmy Page and said to be haunted – is for sale, for £510,000.

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    Boleskin House, Loch Ness

    With jaw-dropping views across the Loch, it would make an incredible renovation project for someone with the vision and funds to do so.

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    Brock Farm and Napps Field, Essex

    Brock Farm and Napps Field boasts one of the few licensed private airstrips in Essex.

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    Brock Farm and Napps Field, Essex

    The property features a lounge area with oak beams, while the games room has a full-size pool table.

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    Remote flatshare

    Billed as one of the UK’s most remote flatshares, a room in the cottage of a working lighthouse on the north Scottish coast is up for rent.

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    Remote flatshare

    The available double room has a lockable door, use of a private living room and sole use of a bathroom.

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    Callingwood Hall, Staffordshire

    The east wing of a pink castle has been listed for sale near Burton-on-Trent. It has been restored to its former glory, revealing many character details.

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    Callingwood Hall, Staffordshire

    Inside there is a large entrance hallway, featuring a chandelier and fireplace, while a smaller hallway down a set of stairs leads to the kitchen and sitting room.

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    Straw-bale house, Cornwall

    A quirky Hobbit-style property has been listed for sale in North Cornwall — ideal for a buyer on a quest for their next adventure.

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    Straw-bale house, Cornwall

    Set in the grounds of a four-bedroom home, which is also included in the package, the straw-bale roundhouse was built by the current owners and brings in a yearly short-let income of around £20,000.

    For sale for £600,000, the roundhouse and four-bedroom main house sit in just under an acre of land in St. Mabyn, three miles east of Wadebridge.

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    Golf Ball, Scotland

    The Golf Ball, in Kinross-shire, Scotland, was a NATO spy base built on the former Second World War airfield, RAF Balado Bridge, where Polish pilots trained on Hurricanes and Spitfires.

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    Golf Ball, Scotland

    The disused Satcom satellite ground listening station and the nine acres of land it sits on is for sale for £950,000.

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    Thames island eco home

    An eco-home accessible only by foot on a private island in the Thames has gone on sale for £1 million.

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    Thames island eco home

    The three-bedroom house,on the island of Wheatleys Eyot, by Sunbury-on-Thames, costs just £2.50 a day to run. It is heated with a pump that uses the same energy it takes to boil a kettle.

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    Converted Hampton Court chapel

    Starting life as a chapel, then a boat repair shop, this converted house has a characterful appearance.

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    Converted Hampton Court chapel

    Formerly made up of two buildings, the home is arranged over two floors, with a New York loft feel and original church fittings and ecclesiastical motifs throughout following a 20-year restoration.

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    Solent Forts, Hampshire

    Originally built to repel invasion by Napoleon, No Man’s Fort, Spitbank Fort and Horse Sand Fort went on sale for £11million.

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    Solent Forts, Hampshire

    The forts sit over a mile out to sea between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

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    Knight Frank

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    Archway Studios

    The majestically quirky Archway Studios is architect Didier Ryan’s award-winning studio-cum-family home, built into a 19th-century south London viaduct.

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    The Modern House

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    Archway Studios

    A huge roof skylight draws light in from above, which bounces off the concave outer wall to brighten up what would otherwise be a gloomy space under the arch.

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    The Modern House

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    The Gart, Perthshire

    The Gart near Stirling in Scotland dates back to 1835, but it was substantially rebuilt and extended after suffering fire damage in 1901. It went on the market for £1,750,000 – less than the price of the average Kensington and Chelsea flat.

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    The Gart, Perthshire

    The 100ft long reception room and gin and whisky bar complete with bespoke seating, magenta pool table and statement copper lights are an entertainer’s dream.

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    Kaulbach Island, Nova Scotia

    This island went on sale for just over £4m. It was originally purchased in 1970 for just $11,000.

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    Coldwell Banker Supercity Realty

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    Kaulbach Island, Nova Scotia

    The house was built in 2002 by the current owners, in the grandest of Cape Cod styles.

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    Coldwell Banker Supercity Realty

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    A Swiss Chalet home in London

    Architect Myck Djurberg spent nearly £5million restoring a Swiss chalet which was moved to London in 1882. The master bedroom en suite has a gold parquet floor, and marble and 24-carat gold sinks.

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    A Swiss Chalet home in London

    This fantasy riverside home is constructed from a converted Swiss chalet that now has its own indoor beach.

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    Kennington Water Tower, London

    This £3.6million home was created inside a 100ft water tower built in 1867 and was extended with a stunningly modern, two-storey glass cube.

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    Sotheby’s

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    Kennington Water Tower, London

    The living room was converted from a 30,000 gallon water tank that supplied Lambeth workhouse in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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    Sotheby’s

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    Ladywell Water Tower, London

    Ladywell Water Tower in Lewisham was built between 1898 and 1900 by Earnest Newman, the founder of the Art Workers Guild, a professional body of artists, craftspeople and architects, which is still in existence today.

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    Ladywell Water Tower, London

    There are two flats in the Victorian tower, a one-bedroom flat spread over two floors plus the basement, which the current tenant uses as a music studio.

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    Halstead Water Towers, Essex

    The towers were built in the mid-1800s by successful Victorian industrialist and textile magnate Samuel Courtauld.

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    Halstead Water Towers, Essex

    The main tower – spread across six floors – features five-foot thick walls.

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    Harold Tower, Isle of Man

    Harold Tower is a Gothic castle that dates back to the 1830s and has plenty of impressive features, including spectacular views over the Isle of Man. It went on sale for £3.95 million.

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    Harold Tower, Isle of Man

    It include an octagonal reception hall, with five sets of double doors leading to downstairs rooms.

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    Ackergill Tower, Scotland

    This 15th-century Scottish castle near John O’Groats went on sale for £3.9million

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    Knight Frank

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    Ackergill Tower, Scotland

    Europe’s largest treehouse lies on the estate, providing a romantic hideaway for two away from the main house.

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    Knight Frank

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    The Old Station House, Shropshire

    This five-bedroom house was listed for £950,000. It was originally Coalport West station, which opened in 1862.

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    Nick Tart

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    The Old Station House, Shropshire

    The Great Western railway carriages in the two-acre garden were restored and converted into luxury holiday accommodation.

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    Nick Tart

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    Culdees Castle, Perthshire

    A seven-bedroom family home went on sale in Crieff, Perthshire…

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    Culdees Castle, Perthshire

    …and it came with its own 200-year-old derelict castle.

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    Burnaby Street, Chelsea

    From the outside, this end-of-terrace house on a residential street in Chelsea looks like any other nice Victorian family home.

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    Martin & Co

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    Burnaby Street, Chelsea

    But step through the door and a riot of pattern and colour transports you eastwards from genteel west London to India.

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    Enchanted Manor, Isle of Wight

    This 11-bedroom Enchanted Manor B&B in Niton on the Isle of Wight was listed for sale for just under £900k.

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    Neil Hunt Photography

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    Enchanted Manor, Isle of Wight

    The Enchanted Manor has two years left on its renewable wedding licence, allowing the next owner to continue hosting intimate weddings.

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    Neil Hunt Photography



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