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Former Cornish silver mine engine house converted into five-story home goes on market for £750,000 

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A former Cornish silver mine engine house that was converted into a stunning five-storey home and featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs has gone on the market for £750,000. 

The Grade II listed property – named Wheal Langford House – is set on the edge of the Tamar Valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty set within the sprawling 3.7 acres that makes the most of the countryside views.

Stonemason Adam Purchase and his partner Nicola Brennan featured on the hit Channel 4 series back in September 2008 – as they set about trying to convert the historic building into a luxury four-bedroom home. 

They planned to convert the 19th century engine house within 12 months but, as is often the case with Grand Designs, they ran out of money and had to complete the build around their day jobs.

They started in 2008 and host Kevin McCloud caught up with them in 2011, when he said the exterior was a ‘testament to Adam’s skill and dedication’ but that the couple were a long way from moving in.

The remote property has a second derelict engine house – which the couple planned to convert to a holiday let – that still has live planning permission.

Wheal Langford mine is believed to have been open before 1824, predominantly for silver, and was amalgamated with Cornwall Silver Mines in 1835.

A former Cornish silver mine engine house - named Wheal Langford House (Pictured) - that was converted into a stunning five storey home and featured on hit Channel 4 show goes on the market for £750,000

A former Cornish silver mine engine house – named Wheal Langford House (Pictured) – that was converted into a stunning five storey home and featured on hit Channel 4 show goes on the market for £750,000

The stunning property's second bedroom features a double glazed window overlooking the countryside grounds. The room has a high, part vaulted ceiling with exposed stonework to one wall alongside two antique style radiators

The stunning property’s second bedroom features a double glazed window overlooking the countryside grounds. The room has a high, part vaulted ceiling with exposed stonework to one wall alongside two antique style radiators

The large bathroom features a freestanding roll topped claw footed oval bath with central chromium mixer tap and shower attachment, low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, slate tiled floor and an antique style radiator. The room is comprised of a large oak sash window with a fanlight above it

The large bathroom features a freestanding roll topped claw footed oval bath with central chromium mixer tap and shower attachment, low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, slate tiled floor and an antique style radiator. The room is comprised of a large oak sash window with a fanlight above it

The Grade II listed property - named Wheal Langford House - is set on the edge of the Tamar Valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty set within the sprawling 3.7 acres that makes the most of the countryside views. Stretching out, running along the valley side from the Engine House is a large open field with wooded margins dropping down the valley side to an attractive stream at the bottom, beside which is a natural swimming pond (Pictured)

The Grade II listed property – named Wheal Langford House – is set on the edge of the Tamar Valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty set within the sprawling 3.7 acres that makes the most of the countryside views. Stretching out, running along the valley side from the Engine House is a large open field with wooded margins dropping down the valley side to an attractive stream at the bottom, beside which is a natural swimming pond (Pictured)

The entrance hall features tall double height cupboards with oak doors, slate flagged flooring and stairs ascending to the first floor with a large arch for understairs storage. The front door has features an arched topped oak fanlight window set centrally in the rear wall with glass flooring beneath

The entrance hall features tall double height cupboards with oak doors, slate flagged flooring and stairs ascending to the first floor with a large arch for understairs storage. The front door has features an arched topped oak fanlight window set centrally in the rear wall with glass flooring beneath

The family room and dining area features a high part vaulted ceiling and a corner raised slate dais with a woodburning stove and part exposed stone wall. Two lights hang from a central beam in the area

The family room and dining area features a high part vaulted ceiling and a corner raised slate dais with a woodburning stove and part exposed stone wall. Two lights hang from a central beam in the area 

The second Engine House (pictured) is derelict but has planning permission for conversion to a holiday letting property. To the right of the entrance gate are two outbuildings, one being an open fronted storage shed and the other has twin doors with large windows on either side and comprises an excellent workshop/studio area

The second Engine House (pictured) is derelict but has planning permission for conversion to a holiday letting property. To the right of the entrance gate are two outbuildings, one being an open fronted storage shed and the other has twin doors with large windows on either side and comprises an excellent workshop/studio area 

A two storey timber cabin has been constructed but requires finishing and would provide an excellent studio or possibly even holiday letting accommodation, subject to any necessary consents

A two storey timber cabin has been constructed but requires finishing and would provide an excellent studio or possibly even holiday letting accommodation, subject to any necessary consents 

Wheal Langford Engine House is approached from a country lane via a five bar timber vehicular gate which opens onto a gravelled driveway which sweeps down towards the Engine House. Immediately in front of the Engine House is a pavioured courtyard area with sitting area, built-in planters and a slate ramp leading up to the front door of the Engine House

Wheal Langford Engine House is approached from a country lane via a five bar timber vehicular gate which opens onto a gravelled driveway which sweeps down towards the Engine House. Immediately in front of the Engine House is a pavioured courtyard area with sitting area, built-in planters and a slate ramp leading up to the front door of the Engine House

The mine mostly produced parcels of argentiferous galena silver ore and the second engine house is believed to be a rare internal beam engine building.

The now-converted home has a bedroom and bathroom on four floors, as well as an entrance hall and kitchen/family room on the ground floor.

The top two floors house the sitting room and the master bedroom with an en suite, to enjoy the best views of the surrounding landscape.

The eco-friendly property has a biomass boiler to supply hot water and central heating to the main residence, which is powerful enough to also provide heating and hot water to the second engine house once converted.

There are also solar panels in the paddock which provide an income of about £1,800 a year. The property also has outbuildings, an attractive stream and a natural swimming pond.

Grade II Listed Wheal Langford Engine House is now a beautiful home with an incredible balcony to soak up the panoramic views over an area of outstanding natural beauty

Grade II Listed Wheal Langford Engine House is now a beautiful home with an incredible balcony to soak up the panoramic views over an area of outstanding natural beauty

Stonemason Adam Purchase and his partner Nicola Brennan featured on the well-known Channel 4 design show in 2011 as they set about trying to convert the historic stone building into a five-storey home. They planned to convert the Cornish engine house within 12 months but, as is often the case with Grand Designs, they ran out of money and had to complete the build around their day jobs

Stonemason Adam Purchase and his partner Nicola Brennan featured on the well-known Channel 4 design show in 2011 as they set about trying to convert the historic stone building into a five-storey home. They planned to convert the Cornish engine house within 12 months but, as is often the case with Grand Designs, they ran out of money and had to complete the build around their day jobs 

Wheal Langford mine is believed to have been open before 1824, predominantly for silver, and was amalgamated with Cornwall Silver Mines in 1835

Wheal Langford mine is believed to have been open before 1824, predominantly for silver, and was amalgamated with Cornwall Silver Mines in 1835

The first bedroom features a high vaulted ceiling and one wall of exposed stonework, a double glazed conservation style skylight window, antique style radiator, and an apex wall of glass providing stunning far reaching panoramic countryside views

The first bedroom features a high vaulted ceiling and one wall of exposed stonework, a double glazed conservation style skylight window, antique style radiator, and an apex wall of glass providing stunning far reaching panoramic countryside views

The conversion has incorporated eco credentials that include a biomass boiler to supply domestic hot water and central heating to the already converted main residence

The conversion has incorporated eco credentials that include a biomass boiler to supply domestic hot water and central heating to the already converted main residence

In the nearby village of Calstock some 4 miles is a boatyard and river moorings can be obtained by application. Dartmoor National Park is visible from the top floors of the property lying some 15 miles away

In the nearby village of Calstock some 4 miles is a boatyard and river moorings can be obtained by application. Dartmoor National Park is visible from the top floors of the property lying some 15 miles away

The now-converted home has a bedroom and bathroom on four floors, as well as an entrance hall and kitchen/family room on the ground floor - alongside 3.7 acres of land

The now-converted home has a bedroom and bathroom on four floors, as well as an entrance hall and kitchen/family room on the ground floor – alongside 3.7 acres of land

This is a very convenient location for access into and out of Cornwall with a main route via the A38 leading through Plymouth in Devon and then onward to Exeter where it accesses the national motorway network. Pictured: The property floorplan

This is a very convenient location for access into and out of Cornwall with a main route via the A38 leading through Plymouth in Devon and then onward to Exeter where it accesses the national motorway network. Pictured: The property floorplan 

Dominic Skerry, from Lillicrap Chilcott, who are selling the property, said: ‘Wheal Langford has been brought back to life by the dedication and hard work of the owners. And provides a unique opportunity to take it to the next level.

‘The main engine house is almost finished but the new owners have the potential to complete the second Grade II Listed engine house which is adjacent for use as a holiday home to generate an income.

‘Wheal Langford sits in 3.7 acres in The Tamar Valley which is quiet and peaceful. There is plenty of space to have a large allotment, keep livestock, and generally be more self-sufficient.’

To find out more about this property, please visit Lillicrap Chilcott here

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Radisson launches new resort in Greece

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Radisson Hotel Group has launched its latest Greek resort in Skiathos. Skiathos, the westernmost of the Sporades islands, is known for its stunning coastline of more than 60 beaches with soft sand and clear blue waters, as well as sea caves, impressive rock formations, and hiking trails on the tree-covered hills along the north shore made famous as the location for the filming of Mamma Mia. The island’s Byzantine churches and monasteries, Venetian-style Bourtzi fortress, and Papadiamantis House with its typical architecture are important parts of the island’s rich history.

 

The resort’s 84 rooms and suites are decorated in a modern, minimalist style, and most of them offer views of the hotel pool or the sea. Private balconies or terraces are available in select rooms, and the resort’s biggest suites feature private whirlpools for ultimate privacy and relaxation. The resort is ideally suited for weddings with its own on-site orthodox chapel and versatile outdoor pool area that offers receptions with stunning views. The main all-day dining restaurant celebrates Greek and Mediterranean flavors on its lunch and dinner menus. The poolside bar offers breakfast treats and late-night snacks as well as a wide selection of drinks and an extensive wine list. For guests looking to keep up their fitness routine, a well-equipped gym is available.

 

“We are excited to offer our guests a fantastic resort experience on the beautiful island of Skiathos, as we continue to expand our Greek resort portfolio. Radisson Resort Plaza Skiathos allows guests to switch off and relax surrounded by stunning natural beauty,” said Yilmaz Yildirimlar, Area Senior Vice President at Radisson Hotel Group.

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Six houseboats for sale starting from £30,000

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Houseboats are often perceived as a cheaper alternative to owning a property on land.

But they come with their own challenges and plenty of hands-on maintenance. And of course, there is the regular job of emptying your toilet.

You’ll either have to continuously cruise or pay for a residential mooring if you live on the boat full-time.

We take a look inside six different type of houseboats that are currently for sale and ask which one would you buy - ranging from one costing just shy of £30,000 (pictured - scroll down for more details) to one that costs £2.5m

We take a look inside six different type of houseboats that are currently for sale and ask which one would you buy – ranging from one costing just shy of £30,000 (pictured – scroll down for more details) to one that costs £2.5m

Houseboats come in various shapes and sizes, including narrowboats – typically 6ft 10 in wide and up to 72 long – and Dutch barges, which are former commercial vessels that can be up to 120ft in length and 20ft wide.

They also come with various price tags and so can accommodate all types of different budgets.

Below, we take a look at six various types, ranging in price from just shy of £30,000 and a more eye-watering £2.5milion.

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘Investing in a home on the water may not float everyone’s boat but for those who do take the plunge, it offers both affordability and freedom to up anchor and move to different areas.

‘With luxurious amenities and spacious living areas, houseboats are a popular choice particularly in and around London.’

1. One-bed houseboat, Glasgow, £29,500

This boat is currently moored at Applecross Wharf, in Glasgow, and was converted by the current owners from a former lifeboat escape pod

This boat is currently moored at Applecross Wharf, in Glasgow, and was converted by the current owners from a former lifeboat escape pod

The houseboat is now a home with a brightly-coloured kitchen, and is currently for sale for £29,500 via Home West estate agents

The houseboat is now a home with a brightly-coloured kitchen, and is currently for sale for £29,500 via Home West estate agents

There is one bedroom on the houseboat that is separate from the main living area and it includes some storage space

There is one bedroom on the houseboat that is separate from the main living area and it includes some storage space

This boat is currently moored at Applecross Wharf, in Glasgow, and was converted by the current owners from a former lifeboat escape pod.

It has a brightly coloured kitchen with wood flooring, and one bedroom. It is being sold for £29,500 via Home West estate agents.

2. One-bed houseboat, Brentford, £100,000

This one-bedroom houseboat is currently moored in Brentford, West London, and includes a comfortable living area

This one-bedroom houseboat is currently moored in Brentford, West London, and includes a comfortable living area 

The houseboat is on the market with a price tag of £100,000 and the sale is being handled by Strike estate agents

The houseboat is on the market with a price tag of £100,000 and the sale is being handled by Strike estate agents

The boat is a Dutch barge that has been completely renovated, and includes solar panels as well as a woodburner

The boat is a Dutch barge that has been completely renovated, and includes solar panels as well as a woodburner

This one-bedroom houseboat is currently moored in Brentford, West London, and the £100,000 price tag includes both the purchase of the boat and the rental mooring.

The mooring is in a quiet location and is within walking distance to Brentford high street.

The boat is a Dutch barge that has been completely renovated, and includes solar panels and hot water supplied by an immersion heater. It is being sold by Strike estate agents.

3. Three-bed houseboat, London, £408,000

This stunning Thames barge was built in 1929 and is moored at St Katherines Dock in central London on a leisure mooring where it has been for the past 23 years

This stunning Thames barge was built in 1929 and is moored at St Katherines Dock in central London on a leisure mooring where it has been for the past 23 years

The interior has been converted to include a large living area that has an extensive library and a TV area

 The interior has been converted to include a large living area that has an extensive library and a TV area

The houseboat spreads across 1350 sq ft of space and features three attractive bedrooms - including one with an en suite

The houseboat spreads across 1350 sq ft of space and features three attractive bedrooms – including one with an en suite

The well-presented houseboat has a price tag of £408,000 and it is currently on the market via the Unique Property Company

The well-presented houseboat has a price tag of £408,000 and it is currently on the market via the Unique Property Company

There is a large separate bathroom with a roll top bath and wood on the walls and ceiling, as well as on the floor

There is a large separate bathroom with a roll top bath and wood on the walls and ceiling, as well as on the floor

This stunning Thames barge was built in 1929 and has been converted into a three-bedroom home with central heating and a wood-burning stove.

It is moored at St Katherines Dock in central London on a leisure mooring where it has been for the past 23 years. The mooring costs £12,870 a year.

The boat has a price tag of £408,000 and it is being sold via the Unique Property Company.

4. Two-bed houseboat, West Sussex, £175,000

This marina boat is currently moored in Chichester Habour, which is just four miles from Chichester city centre

This marina boat is currently moored in Chichester Habour, which is just four miles from Chichester city centre

The property has a modern living area and is currently on the market for sale for £175,000 via H2O Homes estate agents

 The property has a modern living area and is currently on the market for sale for £175,000 via H2O Homes estate agents

The smart property boasts two bedrooms with modern coloured lighting, including this one that also features a TV on the wall

The smart property boasts two bedrooms with modern coloured lighting, including this one that also features a TV on the wall

There is a kitchen with white cabinets, a modern worktop and wood effect flooring to complete the monochrome look

There is a kitchen with white cabinets, a modern worktop and wood effect flooring to complete the monochrome look

This marina boat is currently in Chichester Habour and is for sale for £175,000 via H2O Homes.

It boasts two bedrooms and a bespoke awning allowing use of the deck come rain or shine.

5. Five-bed houseboat, London, £2.5m

This houseboat is currently moored at the prestigious St Katharine Docks, which is London's premier luxury yacht marina

This houseboat is currently moored at the prestigious St Katharine Docks, which is London’s premier luxury yacht marina

This 1930s steel boat for sale has an eye-watering price tag of £2.5million and is being sold by RiverHomes

This 1930s steel boat for sale has an eye-watering price tag of £2.5million and is being sold by RiverHomes

It has been converted into a luxury home with a central atrium stairway to a lower deck, which has five bedrooms as well as access to a jet ski platform

It has been converted into a luxury home with a central atrium stairway to a lower deck, which has five bedrooms as well as access to a jet ski platform

The large living area includes a kitchen with a breakfast bar, as well as a separate dining area with plenty of space to entertain

The large living area includes a kitchen with a breakfast bar, as well as a separate dining area with plenty of space to entertain

One of the more unusual features of the houseboat is a sauna (pictured), which adds a luxurious touch to the property

One of the more unusual features of the houseboat is a sauna (pictured), which adds a luxurious touch to the property

This 1930s steel boat for sale has an eye-watering price tag of £2.5million and is being sold by RiverHomes.

It has been converted into a luxury home with a central atrium stairway to a lower deck, which has five bedrooms as well as access to a jet ski platform.

6. Three-bed houseboat, Hampton, £500,000

This three-bedroom floating home is in Hampton, in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames

This three-bedroom floating home is in Hampton, in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames

It is on a desirable private island located in the middle of the River Thames and is for sale for £500,000 via Water Side Residential estate agents.

It is on a desirable private island located in the middle of the River Thames and is for sale for £500,000 via Water Side Residential estate agents.

The kitchen is well equipped and includes colour coordinated tiles on the walls and a white porcelain sink

The kitchen is well equipped and includes colour coordinated tiles on the walls and a white porcelain sink

This spacious bedroom includes plenty of storage on one wall as well as a good-sized window with a view of the River Thames

This spacious bedroom includes plenty of storage on one wall as well as a good-sized window with a view of the River Thames

This three-bedroom floating home is in Hampton, in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames.

It is on a desirable private island located in the middle of the River Thames and is for sale for £500,000 via Water Side Residential estate agents.

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Abrdn acquires Waddinxveen warehouse scheme (NL)

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abrdn European Logistics Income has signed the purchase agreement for the acquisition of the recently completed warehouse extension at Waddinxveen, the Netherlands, for a total net purchase price of €4.9m. The company exercised its right of refusal over this development located directly adjacent to the existing warehouse bought in 2018. This land, owned by and developed with our tenant Combilo, has provided an additional circa 2,400m² of cooled warehouse space and 157m² of office space. The extension will allow Combilo to service its growing client base, including a Swedish supermarket chain. The lease runs concurrent with the original, with over 11 years remaining, and will generate additional rent of €250,000 per annum, reflecting a yield of 5%. The extension complies with the latest energy neutrality standards in the Netherlands and includes 16 rooftop solar panels, resulting in an A+++ energy rating.

 

In addition, the company has agreed a new 5 year lease with ADER at Unit 3, part of Phase II at its Gavilanes site, Madrid. ADER provides distribution services to companies in the freight and logistics sector and is consolidating its operations in the Gavilanes area with the leasing of this second, 7,375m² building. The annual contracted rent of almost €470,000 per annum is fully CPI indexed and in line with expectations.

 

Evert Castelein, Fund Manager for ASLI, commented: “Supporting our tenants as they expand is a key part of our strategy. This is another example of how flexibility and the option to extend buildings within our portfolio can create additional value over the medium term. The new lease with ADER not only improves the portfolio’s income characteristics, but also underscores the desirability of the Gavilanes assets, which offer access to c. six million people across the wider Madrid area.”

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