From a former windmill to an old fire station – all of these refashioned properties on Zoopla, starting from £260,000, come with a fascinating former life.

1. Five-bedroom detached house in Findern, Derbyshire, for £800,000

Five-bedroom detached house in Findern

It may not have its sails attached anymore, but the round tower clearly marks this Grade II-listed home as a former windmill. It dates back to 1715 but has been carefully transformed into a comfortable family home, with the added bonus of an indoor swimming pool. The tower has been put to good use and contains the dining room, two of the bedrooms and an observation room with panoramic views across the countryside.

Available via Fine & Country 

2. Two-bedroom flat in West Acton, London, for £1,550,000

Two-bedroom flat in West Acton

Warehouse conversions are common in London, but this art deco beauty has been given a seriously stylish makeover. It was originally two flats, but the owners have knocked it into one, with two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study and a vast open plan kitchen-reception room. There’s also two balconies and off-street parking – London’s most sought-after perks.

Available via Marsh & Parsons 

3. Four-bedroom detached house in Winchester, Hampshire, for £1.5m

Four-bedroom detached house in Winchester

Guard house marks the entrance to the Peninsula Barracks which were built in the early 20th century and closed in 1985. Its period features include sash windows, brick fireplaces and a beautiful green-railed veranda. To the western side of the house is a secluded courtyard garden, while there’s also access to the neighbouring gardens at Serles House.

Available via Hamptons International 

4. Three-bedroom detached house in Iford, Lewes, East Sussex, for £865,000

Three-bedroom detached house in Iford

How about this converted school near Lewes, which has been transformed from its austere Victorian origins into a fun family home.  Most of the home is on the ground floor and centred around an open plan living and dining room with triple height ceilings and exposed beams. Upstairs you’ll find the master bedroom with stunning views of the South Downs National Park.

Available via The Modern House 

5. One-bedroom detached house in Charminster, Dorchester, Dorset, for £260,000

One-bedroom detached house in Charminster

This former toll house just outside of Dorchester could make the perfect quirky second home, or work as a holiday let. The 19th Century, Grade II-listed property has been sympathetically updated with a modern shaker-style kitchen and a new, but traditionally-influenced, shower room. It sits in a plot of around a third of an acre and looks out over the Dorset countryside.

Available via Connells 

6. Three-bedroom detached house in Cold Hanworth, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, for £400,000

Three-bedroom detached house in Cold Hanworth

Many churches are converted into flats, where they often lose their original features, but that’s not the case here. This Grade II-listed church is now a one-of-a-kind home, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and living room. Stained glass windows, wooden doors, tiled flooring, ornate stone work and exposed beams are among the features still in place.

Available via Bairstow Eves 

7. Six-bedroom detached house in Hayle, Cornwall, for £875,000

Six-bedroom detached house in Hayle

Once a working water mill, this property has been reinvented as a chic country home. The main house has been arranged so that it can work as one large family home or split into two dwellings, one with three bedrooms and the other with two bedrooms. Outside, a renovated one-bedroom cottage is thriving as a holiday let and there are other outbuildings that could be converted.

Available via Purplebricks 

8. Two-bedroom flat in Woolwich, London, for £375,000

Two-bedroom flat in Woolwich

The fire-engine red doors are an immediate give-away as to the history of this building, which was formerly a fire station. It’s recently been converted and divided into flats, including this two-bedroom apartment which is available with Help to Buy. Woolwich Dockyard Station is on the doorstep, with trains running into Cannon Street and Charing Cross.

Available via Robinson Jackson

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