Take 5…Homes with unique features


We are fortunate that the UK is home to some of the most extraordinary and unusual properties. From new build homes fitted with the latest technology, to historic stately piles with priest holes and follies, there is an array of unique properties on the market if you’re looking for a home with a twist.

Period homes often have beautiful and unique features that offer a wealth of charm, from architectural details to historic interiors. Such characteristics are part and parcel of buying a period property and are what make them historically significant. Some details may have that immediate wow factor, such as turrets or a clock tower, but others are more subtle such as secret passages and hidden cellars.

In the super-prime market, luxurious homes are often filled with unique qualities and facilities to accommodate the most discerning needs of the owners. From state-of-the-art kitchen technology and security systems, to health and wellness amenities, these unique features elevate these houses to levels of luxury above that of the typical home.

From a Grade II* listed house complete with historically significant library, to a neo-Georgian mansion complete with its own hair salon, here are five properties on the market right now that have truly unique features…

Templegarth, Bronygarth, Shropshire

Available for the first time in nearly forty years this classic, square country house is built of stone and offers windows to all four sides maximising the staggering rural views. The private and established woodland is well maintained with an enchanting with a fascinating stone ‘temple’. Reputedly built in 1850, using limestone from Llanymynech, as a folly for The Quinta Estate the temple has been described as ‘one of the most eccentric park structures in Shropshire’.

Gwysaney Hall, Mold, Flintshire

Gwysaney has a colourful and well documented history. Perhaps Gwysaney’s most notable moment was in 1645 when the Hall was besieged and taken by Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads: all that remains from the scars of the battle is damage to the front door caused by a cannon ball!

Highclere House, Barnet, Enfield

A highly impressive architectural designed award-winning detached Neo-Georgian style residence complete with cinema room, hairdressing salon, sauna and video entry system.

The Chanters House, Ottery St Mary, Devon

The Chanters House is an immaculately restored Grade II* Listed house of national historic importance, and the former home to the Coleridge family. The library, added in around 1890 is over 70ft in length, 30ft in height and remains home to the Coleridge library collection which now extends to around 22,000 books all housed in a range of oak carved bookcases.

Milbourne Hall, Milbourne, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Milbourne Hall is one of the region’s most exquisite Grade I Georgian mansion houses. Its octagonal courtyard, with decorative pavers and areas of original cobblestone, is accessed under a tall water tower entrance with a round-headed pedimented carriage arch, affording access to stable units, garaging, stores and apartments.

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