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The South West's top ten quirky properties

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 09, 2013

  • Beautifully restored, Prince Park, St Wenn, is grand Victorian gothic-revival home, complete with turrets, cupolas, and stained glass

Comments (1) From converted railway stations to former stable yards, one-room cottages to 850-year-old monasteries, we pick the quirkiest homes on sale now in the South West.

Prince Park, St Wenn £985,000

When Joseph Hicks, scion of the St Austell Brewery beer-making dynasty, came home from London to live in Cornwall, he asked his favourite German architect to recreate his much-loved city home… in the middle of the Cornish countryside near Wadebridge. The result is this grand Victorian gothic-revival home, with turrets, cupolas, stained glass and more. It has been beautifully restored with all its original features including the Downton-Abbey style servant's bells.

Jackson-Stops and Staff, Truro, 01872 261160, www.jackson-stops.co.uk

Station House, Brentor £595,000

Formerly the railway station for this pretty Dartmor village near Tavistock, this property is now a three-bedroomed home. But train enthusiasts will still find much to love , including a study created from the old office, with original cupboards and desk, the lamplighter's hut, the former gents cloakroom and, in the garden, the old waiting room.

D R Kivell and Partners, 01822 810810, www.drkivellandpartners.co.uk

Mount Pleasant Cottage, Yarcombe £300,000

This pretty former estate cottage near Honiton in East Devon comes with rural seclusion guaranteed. The stone building is single storey and only has one bedroom but the views towards West Dorset are completely stunning. It also has a one-bed wooden chalet in the three-quarter acre garden – and can only be reached by a 4 x 4 vehicle.

Stags, Honiton, 01404 45885, www.stags.co.uk

Burnicombe Farm, Bridford £995,000

Looking for a house with a Dartmoor tor in the back garden? Of course you are! And this property has so much else to offer too – a thriving blueberry plantation, 63.5 acres, lots of good outbuildings and a charming, newly renovated five-bedroomed farmhouse.

Strutt and Parker, Exeter, 01392 215631, www.struttandparker.com

The Priory, Halberton £775,000

This property dates back to 1154 and was home to monks for many hundreds of years. It's been a private home since the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 and has many wonderful period details, including carved oak beams and mullioned windows. It has an acre of garden

Stags, Tiverton, 01884 256331, www.stags.co.uk

Pilgrim House, Cargreen £635,000

A clever architect has transformed an old Sunday School and former chapel near Saltash in East Cornwall. Now a stylish home with lots of contemporary touches, there is an electrically-operated sliding wall which can divide the property into two, so that you can rent out one half.

Stags, Plymouth, 01752 223933, www.stags.co.uk

The Stables, Littlehempston £500,000

This lovely four-bedroomed house has been converted from a handsome Victorian stable block in a village near Totnes in South Devon. The old courtyard is now a landscaped garden and the main sitting room has bifold doors opening along a whole wall for a real indoors-outdoors feel.

Savills, Exeter, 01392 455755, www.savills.co.uk

The Boathouse, East Looe £139,950

This little bolthole is close to the sea and has been cleverly transformed into a boutique holiday cottage, with one bedroom and a spiral staircase. It commands up to £575,000 rent a week in peak summer and would make a great second home near the sea in South East Cornwall.

Stags, Plymouth, 01752 223933, www.stags.co.uk

Selgars Mill, Uffculme £895,000

This former mill house still has its waterwheel and the renovated interior contains much of the old workings, which make striking additions to the beautiful décor. The property near Cullompton in Mid Devon comes with two holiday let cottages and 8.25 acres of land.

Jackson-Stops and Staff, Exeter, 01392 214222, www.jackson-stops.co.uk

Peak Lodge, Sidmouth £685,000

This pretty Edwardian lodge house, in the grounds of the grand Peak House, set in eight acres of gardens, has fantastic sea views. It has two double bedrooms and a luxury mezzanine bathroom

Wilkinson Grant, Exeter, 01392 875000, www.wilkinsongrant.co.uk

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  • SKoM_  |  November 11 2013, 8:18PM

    "up to £575,000 rent a week" is a hell of a return on £139,950. Shame on the WMN for promoting second homes, the scourge of the Westcountry