February Unusual Auction Properties of the Month

In this article, we’ve shared a selection of unusual lots available across the UK throughout February 2024. Property auctions are a great place to find unique properties on the open market

Telephone Kiosk, London

(For Sale with Auction House London)

Telephone Kiosk in London - For Sale with Auction House London with a Guide Price of £15,000 (January 2024)

This vacant Grade II Listed telephone kiosk offers a wealth of possibilities pending the acquisition of relevant consents. The property which offers a heritage site by Historic England holds the status of a listed building. While this can be used for multiple purposes, you have ownership rights and the kiosk’s historical significance mandates preservation.

Strategically located on a residential road with proximity to local shops, amenities, and Springfield Park’s open spaces, the kiosk offers a prime setting in London. Excellent transport connectivity is facilitated by the nearby Seven Sisters underground (Victoria line), overground, and rail stations. Benefiting from planning permission for retail use and equipped with mains electricity, this Grade II Listed telephone kiosk is an enticing and unique investment opportunity.

The property will be brought to auction by Auction House London on 8th February 2024, with a Guide Price of £15,000.

Unique Boathouse, Teddington

(For Sale with Savills Property Auctions)

Unique Boathouse in Teddington - For Sale with Savills Property Auctions with a Guide Price of £450,000 (January 2024)

Constructed in 1874 alongside Brookdale House, the boathouse underwent restoration in 1999, adhering to its original footings as part of the Teddington Wharf estate’s planning consent for modern flats. Previously serving as a private recreational boathouse, it harnessed the free hydraulic power of the tidal Thames for boat launching and retrieval until two years ago.

The boathouse boasts a pontoon which is annually licensed by the Environment Agency and ensures boat mooring accessibility at all times. With absolute water frontage on the undefended functional floodplain, the property spans overgrown garden areas and allocated parking. Considered ripe for potential future development or change of use depending on obtaining planning, this vacant property offers a unique opportunity.

Savills Property Auctions will bring the lot to auction on 6th February 2024, with a Guide Price of £450,000.

Former Place of Worship, Burton-on-Trent

(For Sale with SDL Property Auctions)

Former Place of Worship in Burton-on-Trent - For Sale with SDL Property Auctions with a Guide Price of £130,000 (January 2024)

Constructed in the early 1900s, the chapel and its slightly later Assembly Hall at the rear offer a unique investment opportunity. Accessible through entrance doors, the chapel features an open-plan layout and there is a vestry and a link to the rear building, with side disabled access and WC facilities which complete the Chapel area.

The Assembly Hall offers open-plan space, offices along one side, and kitchen and storage facilities. The former Methodist church is in Winshill and is located close to Burton-on-Trent with amenities nearby. The place of worship could be used for multiple uses or converted to residential depending on planning permission.

The lot will be brought to auction by SDL Property Auctions on 29th February 2024, with a Guide Price of £130,000.

Former Chapel, Neyland

(For Sale with John Francis Auctions)

Former Chapel in Neyland - For Sale with John Francis Auctions with a Guide Price of £60-70,000 (January 2024)

An exceptional opportunity awaits for the acquisition of a former Chapel and Vestry, exuding charm and character with captivating original features throughout the building making this an exciting opportunity. While a complete renovation is needed, the property holds immense potential for diverse development possibilities (subject to planning). Nestled in Neyland, it enjoys a convenient proximity to schools, shops, and Neyland Marina, enhancing its appeal.

Comprising a main entrance porch, a chapel, a vestry, a rear porch, a kitchen area, and two WC facilities, this property is a canvas ready for transformation.

John Francis Auctions will bring the lot to auction on 28th February 2024, with a Guide Price of £60-70,000.

Grade II Listed Former Care Home, Liverpool

(For Sale with Pugh Auctions)

Grade II Listed Former Care Home in Liverpool - For Sale with Pugh Auctions with a Guide Price of £500,000 (January 2024)

This substantial semi-detached Grade II listed property occupies an expansive site in a coveted residential area. Once a 14-bedroom care home/HMO, the building now awaits a comprehensive refurbishment program. Offering versatility, the property presents an opportunity for conversion into either a single residential dwelling or a set of individual apartments, depending upon obtaining the necessary planning consent. The generous plot also holds potential for further development, subject to planning approval and this could be rented to multiple tenants.

Nestled along Aigburth Hall Road, the property enjoys proximity to amenities, shops, and schools. West Allerton train station is a short walk away, John Lennon Airport is within 4 miles, and Liverpool City Centre is approximately 6 miles west via Aigburth Road.

Pugh Auctions will bring this lot to auction on 28th February 2024, with a Guide Price of £500,000.

Former Stone Chapel, Delph

(For Sale with Pugh Auctions)

Former Stone Chapel in Delph - For Sale with Pugh Auctions with a Guide Price of £425,000 (January 2024)

A stellar development opportunity, this former stone chapel offers approved planning permission and offers the prospect of transforming the existing structure into either 9 small apartments or 7 apartments, including 6 two-bedroom apartments and 1 three-bedroom townhouse spread across the ground, first, and second floors, and mezzanine levels.

There is granted permission to construct 2 four-bedroom semi-detached houses on the adjacent land, expanding the potential of the site. This property is an ideal prospect for a local builder or developer seeking their next project. Strategically positioned at the junction of Delph Lane and Hill End Road, the site enjoys an elevated location within walking distance of the charming Delph village centre and an excellent primary school.  Nestled in the scenic Saddleworth area, the stone chapel benefits from proximity to Greenfield train station and easy access to the M62.

The property will be brought to auction by Pugh Auctions on 28th February with a Guide Price of £425,000.

Independent Chapel with Planning, Deiniolen

(For Sale with Auction House Wales)

Independent Chapel with Planning in Deiniolen - For Sale with Auction House Wales with an opening bid of £125,000 (January 2024)

This exceptional opportunity boasts full detailed planning consent for 7 apartments with parking within Snowdonia National Park, and notably, the property is not a listed building, offering a blank canvas for the right developer. The proposed split allows for 4 two-bedroom flats within the former chapel, 1 two-bedroom flat and 2 one-bedroom flats, with one designated as an affordable unit within the former vestry.

The historical significance of Capel Ebeneser is traced back to its founding in 1823 with numerous rebuilds. Perfectly situated in Deiniolen within Snowdonia National Park, the village offers convenience for adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts. Easy access to the A55, local bus links, and nearby towns such as Caernarfon, Bangor, and Llanberis enhances the appeal of this gem, making it an ideal prospect for developers.

The lot will be brought to auction by Auction House Wales on 26th February 2024 with an opening bid of £125,000.

Former Chapel and School House, Keysoe

(For Sale with Robinson & Hall Auctions)

Former Chapel and School House in Keysoe - For Sale with Robinson & Hall Auctions with a Guide Price of £170,000 (January 2024)

Nestled within the highly sought-after village of Keysoe, this Grade II listed property presents a unique opportunity. The former Baptist Chapel and schoolhouse, with two/three bedrooms, showcases rich historical significance. Both structures have undergone extensive restoration, preserving character features and are worth viewing as a potential investment opportunity.

The brick-built former Baptist Chapel features a sitting/dining room, kitchen, master bedroom with an en-suite shower room, and a guest cloakroom. The barn-style conversion encompasses a sitting/bedroom, another master bedroom, and a family bathroom. Set back from the road with ample off-street parking, the property includes a former paddock offering panoramic views of the open countryside at the rear. Keysoe, just 7 miles from St. Neots and 8 miles from Bedford, provides a serene village setting with a church, a school, and equestrian facilities.

Robinson & Hall Auctions will bring the lot to auction on 21st February 2024 with a Guide Price of £170,000.

Former Day Nursery, Newark

(For Sale with Auction Estates)

Former Day Nursery in Neward - For Sale with Auction Estates with a Guide Price of £125,000 (January 2024)

This former day nursery building is strategically positioned in the heart of Newark town centre, close to the Northgate Train Station with a swift 1hr 15min journey to London. Situated off Appleton Gate and a short walk from Newark Old Market Square, the site offers convenience and connectivity to prime areas.

Featuring an external rear yard, bin store, and forecourt parking for 6 cars, the property holds potential for residential conversion, subject to planning. Plans include a potential 5 x 1-bed apartment scheme available, allowing for a change of use to residential. Additionally, the property suits alternative commercial uses (STP), presenting an ideal development and investment opportunity.

The lot will be brought to auction by Auction Estates on 22nd February 2024, with a Guide Price of £125,000.

Methodist Chapel, Sherston

(For Sale with Strakers Auctions)

Methodist Chapel in Sherston - For Sale with Strakers Auctions with a Guide Price of £165,000 (January 2024)

This detached stone-built chapel is situated in a residential area of the popular Wiltshire village of Sherston and holds promising potential for future development, subject to planning consent. Sherston, a character-filled village boasts picturesque surroundings with the River Avon meandering through the valley. The village offers a thriving community, and amenities like a parish church, primary school, and renowned public house.

The building offers a worship area, a rear hall with a kitchenette, and a lobby with a WC. Externally, the chapel features a small enclosed forecourt, with access to the rear including a narrow bank. On-street parking is available nearby. Sherston’s proximity to Malmesbury, Tetbury, Bath, Bristol, Swindon, and the M4 motorway, along with fast train connections from Chippenham and Kemble to London Paddington, enhances its appeal.

The lot will be brought to auction by Stakers Auctions on 15th February 2024, with a Guide Price of £165,000.