These are the most unusual homes we saw on Rightmove in 2019
There are hundreds of thousands of incredible homes showcased on Rightmove every day and we love to shout about the quirkiest properties we find.
So to round off 2019, we’ve scoured the website high and low to pick five of our favourite and just downright unusual homes of the year.
From a Victorian bathhouse that’s been converted into an indoor carnival to a London penthouse with a rocky-themed cinema room, this collection of properties is really quite extraordinary.
Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “Stepping through the front door of each of these properties is like being transported into another world, because the unique quirks of each home are like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s a real privilege that we are able to share these homes with the rest of Great Britain and only on Rightmove could you find such a rare collection of unusual properties. I hope they inspire home hunters to find their happy in 2020.”
Join us as we step inside six of the most unusual homes on Rightmove this year…
Inside the crazy carnival house with a very colourful history
A former Victorian bathhouse and makeshift Second World War church which stood derelict for 20 years has been converted into one-in-a-million ‘carnival’ house.
This remarkable four-bedroom property, on the market in a quintessential seaside town in East Sussex for £1.5 million, is filled to the brim with whacky features and classic fairground staples.
One of the most interesting parts of the house is the retro bowling alley in the main reception room, which, according to the agent, previously belonged to Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich.
Elsewhere in the property, your senses will be overloaded with fairground nostalgia as you’ll notice an arcade basketball game, a giant clown’s face above the bowling alley and even a coconut-shy sign above the sink.
This property is listed for sale with Platform Property.
The London penthouse with a Flintstones-esque cinema room
This spectacular penthouse is positioned on a highly sought-after stretch of the river Thames, with some of the best panoramic views across London and Canary Wharf that the city has to offer.
It’s an adult playground, including a hot tub on the roof terrace, while the interior is futuristically designed and serves to represent the absolute epitome of luxury. But the cave-themed cinema room is the real star of the show – the perfect place to watch the Rocky films!
This property is listed for sale Hamptons International.
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The Maltese villa that the Queen once called home
A property that the Queen and Prince Phillip once called home is up for sale on Rightmove for more than £5 million.
Villa Guardamangia, nestled on the outskirts of the Maltese capital of Valletta, is a Palazzo-style mansion which is the only place outside the UK that Queen Elizabeth II has ever called home.
The residence still retains many regal features, however, such as the sweeping sea views over Marsamxett Harbour from its picture-perfect roof terrace as well as authentic architectural characteristics, including an imposing stone façade, an elaborate porch, arched entrance hall, original wide staircase, stone floors and various fire places.
This property is listed for sale Homes of Quality.
Historic castle once owned by Henry VIII’s wives
This grandiose, centuries-old castle has been handed down the generations of British royalty and now it can be yours for £3.25 million.
The original castle was in the ownership of the Royal family for 500 years before it was destroyed during the English Civil War in 1648, with the current structure dating back to the 1830s.
The 10-bedroom property boasts an abundance of period features, from the stone mullioned windows and detailed stone archways to the richly decorated high ceilings – its history is visible at every turn.
The library is stacked with elaborately carved bookcases lining two walls, while the dining room boasts enough space for lavish parties and glitzy events.
This property is listed for sale Savills.
The quirky converted windmill with incredible country views
This beautiful landmark property, believe it or not, is a former windmill and dates from 1850.
Unsurprisingly, the layout is somewhat unconventional, with a spiral staircase winding through the centre of the house.
The signature feature of this charming family home, however, is the observatory on the fourth floor which provides 360-degree panoramic views of the market town below.
This property is listed for sale Hunters-Turner Evans Stevens.