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Since 1950, buildings of special architectural or historic interest as identified and protected by English Heritage in England, Cadw (which means ‘Keep’ in Welsh) in Wales, Historic Scotland in Scotland and the Ulster architectural Society in Northern Ireland. In Scotland and Northern Ireland Grades I, II* and II are replaced by Grades A, B and C. These historic buildings are a precious and finite asset of our heritage and culture, and play an influential part in our sense of national and regional identity. Grade II are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them (Grade I buildings are of exceptional interest and Grade II* listed properties are particularly important buildings of more than special interest).

Proceed direct, you're cleared to land in this converted airfield control tower
19th of December 2011
converted airfield control tower for sale
The Control Tower, Claythmore, Perthshire PH1 1NW
Guide price £1,750,000

Converted Control Tower
Situated on a former training airfield, The Control Tower is an out of the ordinary conversion. What was once an airfield control tower is in the process of being transformed to a stunning four storey contemporary home with open plan living areas, a dramatic sun room with a roof terrace and feature 'glass boxes' in the drawing room and master suite which will provide stunning views over the Perthshire hills. The current spec is of the highest standard with state of the art fixtures but as it is not yet built, the purchaser of this cutting edge property will still have a flexible degree of personal input for the interior finishings. If you think this piece of Category C listed aviation history is for you, check your flight plan, proceed direct and glide right in. more

Gothic revival style home moved brick by brick to its current location
12th of December 2011
Grade II listed gothic revival house for sale
Dunstan House, Lickhill Road, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 9EZ
Fixed price £500,000

Gothic Revival House Moved Brick By Brick
It's not often that a house is too good to be left behind but in the 1920's the owners of Dunstan House loved it so much that this Tudor Gothic revival style home was moved brick by brick to its current location. And it's no wonder as this beautiful property has exceptional architectural merit and historic significance. Believed to date back to the 1820s and built from squared limestone, it is Grade II listed and has recently undergone a full, high standard refurbishment. This impressive four / five bedroom property boasts elegant spacious rooms and retains many of its period features. It is set in a most desirable central location within its own private grounds and will no doubt cause its new owners to fall as head over heels in love with it as those almost 100 years ago. more

A house with a Dickens of a tale to tell
31st of October 2011
mansion house with Charles Dickens connection for sale
Bowes, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9HU
Guide price £895,000
Mansion With Charles Dickens Connections For Sale
Bowes Hall is a fine Grade II listed mansion house built during the reign of Elizabeth I and extended in the 17th Century in the late Renaissance style. It's hard to believe looking at Bowes Hall today that it once was a notorious boys' boarding school - there was even a murder at the school. Charles Dickens visited Bowes shortly after the incident and is believed to have used it as inspiration for the abusive boarding school, Dotheboys Hall School featured in one of his most famous novels - Nicholas Nickleby. The house is now far from Dickensian. It has undergone a meticulous programme of restoration, and has five elegant reception rooms, nine bedrooms, beautiful landscaped grounds, a walled garden and a fenced paddock. more

Downton Abbey style property with its very own curse
3rd of October 2011
Jacobean mansion house for sale
Howsham Hall, Howsham, York, YO60 7PJ
Offers over £5,000,000
Howsham Hall For Sale
Grade I listed Howsham Hall is largely late Jacobean with early classical renaissance influences and has only been on the market three times since 1573. The current owner has comprehensively upgraded the house into an exceptional historic 8-10 bedroom home, with 21st Century advancements ensuring a comfortable environment for a modern day stately home. The 83.50 acres of grounds include formal lawns, parkland and pastureland and the sale includes fishing rights and sporting rights. It's the perfect "Downton Abbey-esque" property for those seeking bygone grandeur . . . or is it! Howsham Hall was built on the site of a previous manor house using stone from the nearby Kirkham Priory, an act that was considered sacrilege at the time and it is said that a curse was placed on Howsham Hall and the people that owned it. more

A castellated tower which stands sentry to Balcary Bay
19th September 2011
tower house with sea views for sale
Balcary Tower, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway
Offers over £750,000

Castellated Tower For Sale
The three storey, Category C listed Balcary Tower is picturesquely sited on a promontory overlooking the Solway Firth and Balcary Bay. It has four bedrooms and a spacious sitting room with a glorious picture window with expansive views across the Firth. The house has many character features both internally and externally and is set in approximately 19 acres (7.9 hectares) of land including a 12 acre paddock and is surrounded by wooded grounds. The Tower further benefits from its shore location as it boasts a sea filled swimming pool, a boat house and stores, a slipway, jetty and salmon netting rights. more

Bless this house - a church conversion that's the answer to your prayers
12th of September 2011
church conversion for sale
Cairns House, Stichill, Kelso, Scottish Borders, TD5 7TB
Price £499,995

Church Conversion For Sale Near Kelso
When the current owners first set eyes on Stichill's church, it was in a sorry state. No longer in use, it was all but derelict - the roof was falling in, the land around it was a wilderness and the windows were all broken. It took a lot of work and dedication but the contemporary, high spec conversion of Cairns House has resulted in it being featured on BBC1 Homes Live as one of their "Dream Properties". This C-Listed seven bedroom church conversion retains many beautiful architectural features whilst at the same time effortlessly incorporating a number of 21st century features. The property is set in a walled grave-free garden of almost half an acre! more

You'll feel a little superior in this former nunnery
22nd of August 2011
former convent for sale
St Pega's Hermitage, Deeping Road, Peakirk, Cambridgeshire, PE6
Price £625,000
Former Nunnery For Sale In Cambridgeshire
St Pega's Hermitage is a Grade II listed six bedroom family home set in half an acre of beautiful mature gardens and located within the Peakirk Conservation Area. It has special historical importance as a former place of religious significance - it was a convent retreat up to 2003 when it was bought by the current owners who sympathetically converted the chapel and ancillary accommodation to create a substantial family home. This is a spacious, well converted property with plenty of history and would make a fantastic home for any sister (along with their brother, mum and dad of course). more

Windy Miller, eat your heart out!
15th August 2011
cornmill with planning permission for sale
Union Mill, Lon Graig, Gaerwen, Isle of Anglesey, LL60 6HT
Price £95,000
Cornmill For Restoration In Anglesey Wales
Union Mill (or Melin Sguthan as it is known in Anglesey) is a Grade II listed cornmill believed to date to the late 18th century. This wind powered corn mill was in operation until as late as 1913 and occupies a commanding position with far reaching views over the surrounding countryside. Union Mill promises to be an exciting development opportunity as it has the benefit of detailed planning approval together with Listed Building Consent to create a stunning dwelling house. The mill is set on a plot of almost half an acre. Just like Windy Miller, you can live a self sufficient life in a beautiful converted mill - just lay off the "sleep inducing"cider. more

Be the king or queen of your very own castle
25th July 2011
castle for sale
Powrie Castle, Emmock Road, Dundee, DD4 0QG
Offers over £595,000
Powrie Castle For Sale
Old Powrie Castle is a slice of history on a very manageable scale. It dates from the early 17th century and was built as the northern range to the original keep, (believed to date from the late 15th century). The castle, which is stone built with a slate roof, was in ruins until being fully restored in 1977 when a National Trust for Scotland competition was held to design a plan to restore it. The lucky winner was actually awarded ownership of the castle and made a fantastic job of creating this unique and comfortable family home packed with character. more

JK Rowling's childhood home - the inspiration for Harry Potter perhaps
17th July 2011
Grade II listed gothic style cottage for sale
Church Cottage, Coleford Rd, Tutshill, Chepstow, Gloucestershire
Guide price £399,950
JK Rowlings Former House For Sale
Built circa 1852, this detached Grade II listed three bedroom cottage was the family home of JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books. She lived in Church Cottage from the age of 9 until she left home for university at the age of 18 and it's clear she got inspiration from the house to create the multi million pound Harry Potter franchise. While it isn’t quite Hogwarts, the house has a definite gothic enchanted feel about it. And not only did the house leave a mark on JK Rowling, she also left a mark on it - one room has "Joanne Rowling slept here circa 1982" scrawled on the wall. Let's hope Voldemort doesn't come calling! more

A fantasy castle waiting for a lottery millionaire
11th July 2011
Grade I listed castle for sale
Ruperra Castle, Lower Machen, Newport, NP10 8GG
Guide Price £1,500,000
Castle For Sale
Ruperra Castle in Lower Machen in South East Wales is a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument. Built in 1626, it has even played host to royalty - King Charles I stayed at Ruperra Castle in 1645. Sadly, its glory days seem a long way off as the castle has been in a derelict state since the Second World War. The property comprises of a Grade I listed castle requiring total renovation, a house requiring modernisation, a substantial stable block and about 14 acres of land (with a further 16 acre option). This could be the ideal property for someone with vision and deep pockets to create an incredible and historical home and to breathe new life into what should be the jewel in the crown of the region. more

A property that certainly isn't run of the mill
23rd of May 2011
mill house with mill pond for sale
Lupton Mill, Lupton, Near Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2PW
Price £825,000

Mill House In Cumbria For Sale
As the old saying goes, location, location, location. And with the earliest record of this Grade II Listed corn mill being in 1311, it's fair to say our forebears had their pick of the best spots. The mill ceased operation in 1968 and lay derelict until it was purchased in 1985 by the current owners (an architect and his wife) who lovingly and painstakingly rebuilt and renovated it to create the interesting and beautiful four bedroom family home it is today. It retains a wealth of original features including exposed roof timbers and stonework, the original mill wheel, mill pond, mill stones and wooden cogs. Lupton Beck runs through the gardens feeding the 0.39 acre mill pond and there is a boathouse, separate summer house and even a bathing platform for long summer days messing around in the water. more

A medieval monastic manor that once belonged to Henry VIII
16th of May 2011
medieval monastic house for sale
Llanthony Secunda Manor, Church Road, Caldicot, Monmouthshire, NP26 4HT
Price £599,950

Monastic House Dating To The Medieval Ages For Sale
Llanthony Secunda Manor is a late mediaeval listed monastic building that dates back to the middle ages and has a very well documented history. This seven bedroom property boasts many original features such as exposed stone walls, a bread oven, reclaimed flagstone and cobbled floors, leaded windows with shutters, built-in window seats, exposed beams and much more besides. It is one of the oldest buildings in the village of Caldicott and has a south facing walled garden. Also included is a detached barn situated at the entrance of the Manor which has Listing Building Consent to restore and convert it into a studio with first floor mezzanine. All in all a fascinating property with a great story - it even has a few ghosts too! more

Life can still be good even without
wind in your sails

21st March 2011
mill and granary for sale
The Mill, Caston, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 1DF
Guide price £310,000

Mill and Granary For Sale
Here's an opportunity to acquire a piece of UK history in the form of this Grade II* listed mill and granary. Believed to have been constructed in 1864 and in use until around 1940, the Mill is an excellent example of its type and still has the majority of the workings intact. The adjoining former Granary has been converted into a two bedroom / three reception room dwelling. more

Fairytale 16th century thatched cottage<
14th March 2011
thatched house for sale
St Catherine's, Winterborne Whitechurch, Blandford Forum, Dorset
Offers over £459,950
Thatched House For Sale
One of my favourite books as a child was an illustrated version of Snow White and this cottage is identical to the one inhabited by the seven dwarves. Perhaps the illustrator lived in the village of Winterborne Whitechurch where this 16th century thatched cottage is located, or maybe even once owned the house itself. This listed three bedroom detached cottage has recently been sympathetically updated and has many period features including inglenook fireplaces, exposed beams and window seats. There is also a double carport and garage for your horse drawn coaches and even a workshop, perfect for any hardworking dwarves, princes or princesses. more

The Red Towers, doon the watter!
14th February 2011
Victorian mansion house for sale
Red Towers, 4 Douglas Drive West, Helensburgh, G84 9AL
Offers over £750,000
Red Towers Mansion House For Sale In Helensburgh
Red Towers was built in 1898 by famous Glasgow architect, William Leiper (creator of the Templeton carpet factory) and is one of the landmark properties within the pretty town of Helensburgh, surrounded by some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. The imposing Red Towers is an A listed building and has been built in a French chateau style. Previously in use as a care home, it would require change of use from the Planning Department to be returned to it’s original function as a private residence. But what a fabulous family home it would be as it retains a wealth of distinguishing period features and is set in a 1.5 acre walled garden. more

Looking for space and opportunity - this could be the answer to your prayers
24th January 2011
converted church for sale
Parrandier, Meft Road, Urquhart, Moray, IV30 8NH
Offers in the region of £595,000
Church Conversion For Sale
If the opportunity of earning a living from your property is your idea of heaven, then Parrandier Church could well be the answer to your prayers. The church dates back to 1843, is a B-listed building and has seven spacious bedrooms. Parrandier has been running since 1998 as a very successful 4-star B & B business (with alcohol and wedding license) and boasts an additional self-catering apartment. Set in two acres of land, there is planning consent for three lodges for holiday let amongst the trees of the lower part of the grounds to further increase rental revenue. more

A 14th century farmhouse and coach house
24th November 2010
14th century Grade II listed farm for sale
Mill Place Farm, Vowels Lane, Kingscote, East Grinstead, West Sussex
Price £1,800,000

Mill Place Farm Kent
Set in the secluded Medway Valley, Mill Place was originally settled by the Romans who were there for the iron ore, in fact the cannons from the English civil war came from the foundry on this site. Mill Place Farm consists of the main farmhouse, a coach house, equestrian facilities, fishing lakes and 19 acres of land of permanent pasture and woodland with the River Medway meandering through. The four bedroom farmhouse is Grade II listed and dates from the 14th century. It boasts many original features such as a very fine Elizabethan chimney stack, original carved panelling and doors and even a secret passageway through an old cupboard. All in all, a perfect slice of English history! more

A Richard Harding Watt Italianate style villa
15th November 2010
Grade II Listed Italianate villa for sale
Lake House, Legh Rd, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8LP
Price £2,350,000
Richard Harding Watt Villa
To quote from Matthew Hyde’s book A Window on Knutsford, "There are no boring rooms in Lake House". And that's because this Grade II listed mansion was created by none other than Richard Harding Watt. A glove merchant by trade, his visits to France and Italy truly inspired him and so he collected many French and Italian architectural features from demolition contractors to use in his own houses. He was passionate about design and detail and worked with architects to create unique buildings which have lent a distinctive and somewhat exotic air to the Cheshire market town of Knutsford. Located on a prestigious road in a conservation area, this huge seven bedroom house, is a feast for the eyes and senses and could fool anyone into thinking they were actually in an Italian town and not just three miles from the M6 motorway. more

Get yourself fit in a five storey converted windmill
9th November 2010
windmill for sale
Stallingborough Windmill, Riby Road, Stallingborough, Grimsby, North East Lincs, DN41
Price £325,000

Stallingborough Windmill For Sale
Stallingborough Windmill is a Grade II listed tower Windmill and is believed to be the only habitable windmill in North East Lincolnshire. Originally built in 1875, it was converted to a unique home in 1968. It is set in over a quarter of an acre of gardens and is surrounded by picturesque countryside - views of which are panoramic from the vantage point of the upper floors of this multi storey windmill (five storeys have already been converted but there are an extra two which could be converted too). With three / four bedrooms and two reception rooms, all this property lacks is a home gym . . . actually, on second thoughts, it doesn't really need one as anyone buying this superb property will soon be as fit as a fiddle with all these stairs. more

A mill house with cottages for a complete lifestyle change
22nd of October 2010
mill with holiday cottages for sale
Pennywort Mill, Trewassick, South Hill, Callington, Cornwall
Guide price £825,000

Mill House For Sale
Pennywort Mill is a Grade II Listed holiday letting complex offering a most ideal home and business in one. As well as a beautiful six bedroom owners residence and grounds of four acres with a large agricultural building, there are three letting cottages generating income. The three storey main house has been renovated to a high standard whilst retaining a wealth of charm and character. It enjoys an open outlook over the complex and countryside beyond. The three letting properties have all been renovated to a high standard and offer a total of five bedrooms in total. The Mill is set at the end of your own private drive in the hamlet of Trewassick, approx. 19 miles from Plymouth and offers a wonderful retreat to someone who dreams of running a holiday letting business. more

Life's not a bitch in this historical tower house
24th September 2010
tower house for sale
Bitchfield Tower, Belsay, Northumberland, NE20
Guide price £3,900,000
Historical Tower House For Sale
Bitchfield Tower is a highly impressive and unique country house set within stunning Northumbrian countryside. The tower, a fine example of a Northumberland Pele tower, dates back to Medieval times. The property but has since been wonderfully restored with great care to its current excellent condition. With four reception rooms and nine bedrooms, the house is a Cluedo delight. The three bedroom staff flat, one bedroom gatehouse, offices and outbuildings would make this the ultimate in "working from home" properties. The gardens and grounds of six acres include a championship sized all weather tennis court, a croquet lawn, beautiful walks winding through the mature woodland and a well stocked trout lake. more

For whom the bell tolls
17th September 2010
toll house for sale
Tollgate House, Marine Drive, Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 2QZ
Offers in excess of £395,000
Toll House For Sale
Tollgate House was built in the late 1800's, and is a Grade II listed building of special architectural and historic interest. It was built around the same time as the famous Great Orme Lighthouse (listed as one of the top ten best lighthouses to stay in by the Sunday Times) and is located on the West Shore, noted for its sunsets over Anglesey. The views from this property are truly spectacular with undisturbed panoramic sea views towards Anglesey and Puffin Island, Penmaenmawr mountain range and towards the twin humps of Deganwy Castle, overlooking the blue flag beach of the West Shore area. The property is arranged over three levels and has three bedrooms, two reception rooms, off road private parking and small garden. A truly character property, with views to die for. more

You'll be blown away by this converted windmill in Kent
27th August 2010
windmill for sale
Mill Hill, Edenbridge Kent, TN8 5DA
Guide Price £695,000
Edenbridge Windmill For Sale
Located in a Conservation Area close to Edenbridge town centre (an hour's journey from London Bridge or London Victoria by train), this stunning Grade II Listed decommissioned windmill conversion stands proudly in a quarter of an acre of beautiful gardens. The original Wallower, the upright shaft and the iron Great Spur Wheel which drove the millstones are still in place and the spiral staircases, slate floors, exposed brickwork and multi-pane casement windows with louvred shutters and deep sills bear testament to this sympathetically undertaken conversion. And those views from the upper floors! more

A Scotsman's home is his castle
25th August 2010
castle for sale
Castle Toward, Toward, Dunoon, Argyll PA23 7UG
Guide Price £2,250,000
Castle Toward For Sale
The tip of the beautiful Cowal Peninsula in Argyll, Scotland, is home to the magnificent Castle Toward - and it could be home to you too if a castle is on your shopping list. A magnificent "B" listed mansion house set within 142 acres of woodland and parkland with shore frontage and views over the Clyde Estuary, Castle Toward is for sale complete with two cottages, a gate lodge complex, walled gardens, a glasshouse and an ornamental water garden. Quick - before the Americans beat you to it. more

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