Look around September’s most-viewed homes on Rightmove
It’s always fun to see which properties the British public are getting excited about and it’s fair to say September’s most-viewed homes are pretty special.
From a Swiss chalet in Surrey with its own indoor heated beach to a beautiful country barn that featured on Grand Designs, these top five properties really are the best of the best.
There’s something unique and quirky about each of them and we can’t wait to show you around.
Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “There’s always a reason why particular homes generate so much public interest, and it won’t take you long to figure out why this collection of mesmerising properties has proved to be so popular over the past few weeks. Whether it’s home-hunters looking for interior inspiration or people who’re curious to peek inside the most luxurious properties, these astoundingly impressive homes each has something very special about them.”
1) Robert Street, Pontypridd
This incredible church conversion is an attractive Gothic-style building dating to 1887 and outside the garden features a children’s slide going from a first floor ‘castle’ onto the lawn below.
On the market for £425,000, it retains an abundance of characterful original features, such as stained-glass windows and beautiful period fireplaces.
Ian Rees, partner at Hoskins Johnson, said: “Yr Hen Capel is an incredible chapel conversion that oozes style and luxury. Each floor has defined purpose to create an ideal family home. Everyone loves to look inside properties on the internet and something as luxurious and spacious as Yr Hen Capel just allows people to put themselves inside this wonderful home.”
Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside added: “This property is one of the most magnificent renovated homes I’ve seen in recent years. The beautiful stained-glass windows immediately demand your attention and it’s clear to see that the owners had bags of imagination when they created this home. It’s oozing with charm, but also has a real sense of fun about it.”
2) Shooter’s Hill, London
If you’re a thrill seeker then this converted Victorian water tower is for you – as it comes with its own observation deck offering giddy panoramic views of London’s famous skyline.
The stunning five-bedroom property is on the market for a cool £2 million, but it boasts a string of arguably priceless characteristics, namely unobstructed views of Big Ben and other iconic landmarks.
The eight-storey home in Shooter’s Hill in south east London was built in 1896 and retains many of its original features, including beautiful, exposed brickwork in the fourth-floor bathroom.
Natasha Gill, Sales Manager at F&C City Living, said: “The Water Tower is a fabulous Victorian property with a modern twist, steeped in history and filled with character. The 130 ft tower was built in 1896 and retains many of its original features. This would make an excellent family home or investment and represents an opportunity to own a piece of history.”
3) Loxley Lane, Wellesbourne
This stunning, contemporary home featured in the most recent series of Grand Designs, back on 11 September. It’s now on the market for £1 million, and the family home boasts incredible countryside views.
The property is set in 1.5 acres and is fitted with an internal lift for wheelchair access and has been meticulously designed, with some fascinating architectural merits. Its interior is also very cutting edge.
Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “This property really is the result of some masterful design and the end product is quite something. Our Rightmove data scientists revealed that the property saw a huge spike in interest since it was featured on Grand Designs. Between August and September, the listing saw a 1200% month-on-month increase in property views.”
4) Manor House Lane, Leeds
This Tudor-style home is an incredible adult playground, as it boasts an indoor swimming pool and a private cinema room, among many other quirky features.
Its landscaped gardens adjoin Alwoodley Golf Course, with hopeful buyers being asked to stump up £3.95 million to call it their own. The luxurious seven-bedroom property also comes with a triple garage – complete with a separate apartment above – which is perfect for putting up guests for the night.
Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “The Manor exudes a calming sense of tranquillity, with its secluded grounds and array of mature trees making this the perfect place to entertain friends for a spot of al-fresco dining. The heated mosaic pool, Jacuzzi and steam room are naturally a very luxurious bonus.”
5) Hampton Court Road, Surrey
This Swiss chalet plonked on the banks of the River Thames is the ultimate party pad, not least because it boasts its own heated indoor beach and a 24-carat gold bathroom.
The Grade II-listed property, which is understood to have been imported from Switzerland in 1882, is a truly unique property and even counts a submarine door among its many extraordinary features.
The five-storey, four-bedroom house sits next door to Hampton Court Palace and is on the market for £2.85 million.
The pièce de résistance, however, is the remarkable lower ground floor party room which houses a 70t man-made beach filled with 40 tonnes of sand and underfloor heating to give the impression you’re on Copacabana Beach rather than West London.
Inside is a lush oriental garden with hanging swing seats and a Koi carp pond. A bridge allows you to see down to the beach party room with a bar, pool table, wine cellar for 1,600 bottles and a stage area.
For less hectic nights, though, there’s a cinema room behind a hidden door and an indoor spa complex, reached via a door reclaimed from a decommissioned submarine.
Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “Never before have I seen such a beautifully individual, luxurious and charismatic property bursting at the seams with such personality. This home epitomises the variety and quirkiness that Rightmove has to offer and the chalet’s price tag makes it a relative bargain. Every room features something extraordinary and it’s great that our users are able to look inside some of the world’s most interesting properties like this.”