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Top 6 unusual properties for sale right now

Looking for an unusual home? From a converted lodge house to a cottage with an underground secret, one of these quirky gems might just have your name on it.

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Words by: Matilda Battersby


1. Four-bed converted school house, School Lane, Newington, Folkestone, £699,995

Four-bedroom converted school house, School Lane, Newington, Folkestone, £699,995 - exterior

If you have a thing for asking others not to run in the corridors, this nineteenth century conversion could be the home for you.

The Old School dates from 1869 and was built as a school for Newington and Peene Villages. At one point 120 children would have attended.

Quirky features include exposed beams, oak flooring, wood panelling and vaulted ceilings.

Four-bedroom converted school house, School Lane, Newington, Folkestone, £699,995 - interior

Better yet, it retains its original bell tower and a host of friendly-faced gargoyles on the exterior.

This L-shaped home with a separate annexe is located in the picturesque hamlet of Newington, opposite a 12th-century church.

It might be centuries old, but the house is only minutes away from rail connections that will take you to the gleaming modern world of London St. Pancras in under an hour.

Available via Colebrook Sturrock

2. Four-bed bungalow, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, £375,000

Four-bed bungalow, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, £375,000 - exterior

Who doesn’t want a bungalow in the neo-classical style? Just check out the Ionic columns on this beauty.

This spacious house dates back to the 19th century and one of the external walls has very striking temple-like columns and an imposing front door.

Four-bed bungalow, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, £375,000 - interior

Elsewhere, the home has been modernised sensitively with the addition of a number of bifold or double doors opening out into a courtyard garden.

Three of the bedrooms are in the main house, with a further bedroom, kitchenette and bathroom in the annexe.

Available via Ewe Move

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3. Three-bed unusual property: cottage, Dartmouth, Devon, £385,000

Three-bedroom cottage, Dartmouth, Devon, £385,000

This teensy tiny house of dreams comes with one big surprise – a subterranean studio and storage space that would make any artist drool.

Directly underneath the cottage, this hidden extra space is accessed through a gateway on nearby Newport Street.

Unusual home: Dartmouth cottage - looking inside

The cavernous store, complete with a mezzanine, easily has room to keep a small boat, kayaks and paddle boards, while the studio is full of natural light and possibilities.

Positioned on a colourful, stepped street in the pretty town of Dartmouth, the house was originally a 17th century inn. 

The three bedrooms, living space, kitchen and bathroom on the first floor are small but perfectly Instagrammable.

The bonus space underneath the house has been converted from the inn’s stables – but the proximity to the beach and its underground nature make you think of smugglers or yore.

Available via The Coastal House

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4. Three-bed cottage, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire, Wales, £595,000

Three-bedroom cottage, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire, Wales, £595,000 - exterior

This isn’t just a home, it’s a new lifestyle. This house is surrounded by around an acre of land and comes with a range of outbuildings and garden features, the most impressive of which is a huge treehouse.

Built on the site of a Mediaeval manor, the plot includes fields, woodland, a stream, a small pond, lawn and various secluded nooks for chilling out.

Three-bedroom cottage, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire, Wales, £595,000 - interior

This home is a traditional Welsh slate-roof house with inglenook fireplaces and exposed stone walls that has been updated for a cosy but modern feel.

Located in the village of Martletwy, close to the Haven waterway and the boating centre of Lawrenny, the nearest towns are Narberth and Haverfordwest.

Available via Pembrokeshire Properties

5. Two-bed unusual property: converted lodge house, Chorley, Lancashire, £550,000

Two-bed unusual property: converted lodge house, Chorley, Lancashire, £550,000

This stunning stone-built home is nestled within a walled garden giving it a ‘secret garden’ atmosphere.

Part of it was the former Lodge House to Ellerbeck Hall, dating back to the 19th century.

It is light, bright and modern inside, with plenty of glass overlooking the stunning Japanese-inspired gardens.

Two-bed unusual property: converted lodge house, Chorley, Lancashire, £550,000 - interior

Many of the rooms are round or unusual shapes, but the proportions throughout are generous.

There’s parking space for two cars out front, and easy access to surrounding countryside walks. 

Available via Reeds Rains

6. Five-bed barn conversion, Torrington, £895,000

Five-bed barn conversion, Torrington, £895,000 - exterior

This characterful, 5-bed barn conversion comes with an impressive roundhouse drawing room and a separate cottage onsite, perfect for granny to come and visit - or for use as a separate holiday let.

Grade II listed, it’s brimming with charming traditional features, including window seats, flagstone flooring, vaulted ceilings, exposed wooden beams and a woodburning stove. 

Five-bed barn conversion, Torrington, £895,000 - stream

There’s even a stream bubbling through the gardens, which include a 2.6 acres paddock.

A former threshing barn, once used for storing corn or straw, the building was converted into a family home in 2000 and has been modernised to the max with underfloor heating, velux windows to let in all the light and a sleek fitted kitchen.

Five-bed barn conversion, Torrington, £895,000 - interior

This home comes with several outbuildings, including a garden store and a former granary barn, which enjoys views over the garden and stream and has its own cellar.

Available via D. R. Kivell Country Property

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