December Unusual Auction Properties of the Month

Property auctions are a great place to find unique properties that are rarely available on the open market. In this article, we’ve shared a selection of unusual lots available across the UK throughout December 2023.

Chapel Conversion, Banwell

(For Sale with Hollis Morgan Auctions)

Chapel Conversion in Banwell - For Sale with Hollis Morgan Auctions with a Guide Price of £235,000 (December 2023)

This converted former chapel offers captivating and versatile living spaces across three floors. Boasting a wealth of original period features and picturesque views, the property includes an enclosed rear garden. Offered with vacant possession, this unique residence is situated in the North Somerset village of Banwell, strategically positioned for convenient access to Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Bath, Wells, and the national motorway network.

Banwell itself provides local amenities such as shops, pubs, restaurants, churches and schools. This property presents a unique opportunity as a stunning chapel, suitable for various purposes, including a residence, investment, holiday let, or commercial venture. The current layout features a master bedroom and an occasional bedroom on the mezzanine, with potential for further refurbishment, subject to planning consent.

The property will be brought to auction by Hollis Morgan Auction on 13th December 2023, with a Guide Price of £235,000.

Former Guisborough General Hospital, Guisborough

(For Sale with Allsop Auctions)

Former Guisborough General Hospital in Guisborough - For Sale with Allsop Auctions with a Guide Price of £395,000 (December 2023)

Bounded by roads on three sides, this former Guisborough General Hospital is strategically positioned approximately 0.5 miles northeast of the town centre, offering a range of amenities. Further facilities in Middlesbrough are accessible about 10 miles to the northwest, and Nunthorpe station, situated roughly 5.5 miles east of Guisborough, provides regular services to Middlesbrough and Newcastle via the Durham coastline.

The site encompasses approximately 1.58 acres with various buildings, including a Grade II-listed former workhouse, terraces, a two-storey red brick building, and a not-listed two-storey red brick ‘cottage.’ Vehicular access is available from both Northgate and Church Lane, with parking along the northern and southwestern boundaries.

Allsop Auctions will bring the lot to auction on 14th December 2023, with a Guide Price of 395,000.

Former Methodist Church, South Shields

(For Sale with Agents Property Auction)

Former Methodist Church in South Shields - For Sale with Agents Property Auction with an Opening Bid of £180,000 (December 2023)

This extraordinary opportunity encompasses both commercial and residential potential. The Gothic-style building, a former Methodist Church dating back to the turn of the 20th century, not only stands as an iconic structure but also includes a two-storey terraced house internally connected to the church. If transformed into a self-contained terrace house, it could yield a significant rental income.

The original church accommodation comprises an entrance lobby, hall, two reception rooms, kitchen, utility room on the ground floor, and three bedrooms with a bathroom on the first floor. The house provides limited outdoor space, potentially sharing utilities with the church. Sitting on approximately 0.18 acres in a predominantly residential area, the property has historical significance, having served as both a place of worship and a community hub hosting activities like day nurseries.

The lot will be brought to auction by Agents Property Auction on 13th December 2023, with an Opening Bid of £180,000.

Converted Public House, Aylesbury

(For Sale with iamsold)

Converted Public House in Aylesbury - For Sale with iamsold with a Starting Bid of £425,000 (December 2023)

This well-maintained five-bedroom detached character residence is a former public house in the charming village of Stone. The property boasts spacious living areas, featuring an open-plan kitchen/dining space, a breakfast bar, and an original working fireplace. There are enclosed front and rear gardens, along with parking for two cars at the rear. The public house could be used for commercial or residential purposes.

This home in Aylesbury offers unique character and is conveniently situated with access to various transportation links, including a mainline station to London Marylebone in Aylesbury or Haddenham. Stone Village offers a range of amenities. Viewing is highly recommended to fully grasp the allure of this historic and distinctive property.

The lot will be brought to auction by Modern Method of Auction iamsold on 15th December 2023, with a Starting Bid of £425,000.

2 Bed Character Property, Peterborough

(For Sale with iamsold)

2 Bed Character Property in Peterborough - For Sale with iamsold with a Starting Bid of £400,000 (December 2023)

Upon stepping into Dreams Cottage, a spacious and luminous entrance hall welcomes you with double doors leading to the sitting room. The generously sized entrance hall provides ample space for an ideal home office area if desired by the buyer. There is also an expansive sitting room, dining room and kitchen.

On the first floor of Dreams Cottage, there are two bedrooms and a bathroom. This character property is situated in Wansford, which offers access to the A1 which can take you to the city of Peterborough with all its amenities and a train station that offers a 45-minute ride to London.

The lot will be brought to auction by Modern Method of Auctioneer iamsold on 29th December 2023, with a Starting Bid of £400,000.

3 Bed Cottage, Pwllheli

(For Sale with Property Solvers Online Auctions)

3 Bed Cottage in Pwllheli - For Sale with Property Solvers Online Auctions with an Opening Bid of £115,000 (December 2023)

This well-maintained semi-detached residence is located in the picturesque Llithfaen in Pwllheli, North Wales. The property, adorned with original features and offering expansive views offers a unique character property. Inside, there is a spacious living/dining room, a fully equipped galley kitchen and a small yard, connecting to the family bathroom with a 3-piece suite.

The upper level hosts three bedrooms. Among these, a double bedroom functions as a twin room, a master room with a double bed, and the rear bedroom serves as a sitting room, featuring patio doors opening onto a balcony with expansive countryside views. Given Llithfaen’s popularity, there is also potential for the property to be used as a holiday let.

The property will be brought to auction by Property Solvers Online Auctions on 12th December with an Opening Bid of £115,000.

3 Bed Character Property, Redruth

(For Sale with iamsold)

3 Bed Character Property in Redruth - For Sale with iamsold with a Starting Bid of £350,000 (December 2023)

Presenting a charming residence in the village of St Day in Redruth, this property boasts three double bedrooms, two reception rooms, and a former coach house with stables, providing a unique blend of character and functionality. Featuring beamed ceilings and a fireplace, the house offers a delightful walled garden at the rear including a summerhouse, workshop, and greenhouse. The property also offers parking for up to three vehicles on the driveway, in addition to a detached single garage.

The accommodation inside includes an entrance porch, lounge, kitchen, dining room, study area, three double bedrooms, bathroom/WC, shower room/WC, and a conservatory. With the potential to create a separate annexe for a dependent relative or older child, this property invites exploration to fully appreciate its versatile and characterful living spaces.

The lot will be brought to auction by iamsold on 16th December 2023 with a Starting Bid of £350,000.

Two Floor Linked Detached Beach Fronted Building, Pevensey

(For Sale with Barnard Marcus Auctions)

Two Floor Linked Detached Beach Fronted Building in Pevensey - For Sale with Barnard Marcus Auctions with a Guide Price of £975,000 (December 2023)

This freehold two-floor linked detached building stands prominently along the beach, offering uninterrupted views and the potential for a stunning transformation. With planning permission already secured, the property is poised for conversion into a single dwellinghouse and is available with full vacant possession.

Situated at the top of Seaville Drive in the highly desirable coastal village, The Moorings enjoys an enviable location within a no-through road. The village itself provides an array of shops, restaurants, a popular beach and a mainline railway station just 0.5 miles away. For a broader range of amenities and excellent schooling options, the nearby Eastbourne is easily accessible with a new shopping centre, a mainline railway station and a seafront promenade.

Barnard Marcus Auctions will bring the lot to auction on 19th December 2023 with a Guide Price of £975,000.

Former Bingo Hall, Halifax

(For Sale with Savills Property Auctions)

Former Bingo Hall in Halifax - For Sale with Savills Property Auctions with a Guide Price of £150,000 (December 2023)

Situated prominently at the corner of Broad Street and Orange Street in central Halifax, this substantial property comprises a spacious former bingo hall featuring an impressive art deco-style entrance leading to the main hall at the rear. The versatile layout makes it suitable for redevelopment, offering the potential for alternative uses such as residential, depending upon obtaining the necessary consent.

Located just north of Halifax, the property benefits from recent investments in the surrounding area which makes this a thriving and evolving area with this property offering prospective redevelopment opportunities.

The lot will be brought to auction by Savills Property Auctions on 13th December 2023, with a Guide Price of £150,000.

Former Youth Community Centre, Treherbert

(For Sale with Seel & Co Auctions)

Former Youth Community Centre in Treherbert - For Sale with Seel & Co Auctions with an Opening Bid of £94,000 (December 2023)

This former youth community centre is located near the centre of Treherbert and is complemented by additional extensive accommodation on the lower ground floor. Constructed from brick and stone under a pitched slate roof, the building is currently in reasonable condition but could benefit from internal decorative improvements and modernisation.

Situated at the apex of the Rhondda Valley, Treherbert enjoys good transport links and is nestled at the base of the Rhigos mountain, approximately 2 miles north of Treorchy. The latter provides additional shops, restaurants, and amenities.

The lot will be brought to auction by Seel & Co Auctions on 11th December 2023, with an Opening Bid of £94,000.