Inside the quirkiest homes on Rightmove
One of our favourite pastimes here at Rightmove HQ is to look for properties that stand out for being unusual in weird and wonderful ways.
Here’s our latest round-up of some of the most unique and unusual homes currently for sale.
A Victorian folly tower in Herefordshire
Folly towers got their name from the fact they were considered interesting architecturally, but of no practical use. But this converted folly now has many important uses – including that it’s now a pretty spectacular home with a 360-degree view of the River Wye and the Black Mountains of southeast Wales.
Known as ‘The Gazebo Tower’, it was built in the 1800’s as part of an effort to beautify the Ross-on-Wye, and to this day it’s considered one of the town’s most striking buildings.
Recently the interior has been redesigned and now looks bright and modern. The cylinder-shaped building must have been a challenge for the architect heading the project, but the result is truly admirable.
There are several features that stand out – the spiral staircase, the battery-operated sky hatch leading to the roof terrace, and best of all, the breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
A converted stone mill in Norfolk
Built in the 1800s, Fodderstone Mill was a five-storey stone mill in Shouldham Thorpe, King’s Lynn.
Back in 1985 it underwent a major renovation which transformed it – and the barn it’s attached to – into a residence. Today, it’s a beautiful home bursting with character and charm.
We absolutely love the exposed brickwork and original timber beams throughout the house, especially in the sitting and landing rooms. And we think the cylinder shape makes the entire design a lot more interesting.
It’s also got a walled garden, a massive kitchen, and plenty of extra space for a home office or gym.
A handcrafted caravan in Cornwall
The Reading Caravan, as it’s called, is based on a classic Victorian design created by a famous wagon-builder named Samuel Dunton.
Clearly much thought and care has gone into creating this tiny mobile house. The oak flooring, stable doors, under floor heating, and even its distinctive shape and colours, make it a great little find.
It’s been built entirely by hand using a galvanised steel chassis as a starting point, and enclosed with buffalo board.
A former tin tabernacle in Isle of Wight
This quirky tin tabernacle church has a local history dating back to 1905. It was a hub for the religious community until the 1990s, when it was purchased by the current owners in 2007, and totally restored in 2010. Currently it’s being used as a holiday home.
Both inside and out, this is a truly unique property. It still retains most of its original features, such as the floor-to-ceiling timber tongue and groove panelling, high-pitched ceiling, and stained glass windows.
The décor, however, is contemporary and gives it a bright and fresh look.
There’s much to love about this house. We’re very fond of the shape of the building, the wide open spaces, and the cube mezzanine construction positioned in the centre of the hall.
To top it off, it sits in the middle of an Area of Outstanding Beauty.
A skinny home in London
This terraced house on Queen’s Road – in the sought-after area of Mortlake – is about eight-foot wide, less than the width of a regular bus.
But when you take a closer look inside, it actually appears to be rather spacious. Hats off to whoever designed the place, as they’ve done a cracking job. The split-level layout is a work of genius and maximises the space.
There are two good-sized double rooms, and the entire place feels bright and airy. And there’s even a lush garden at the back.
The interior décor is also worth mentioning. We love the exposed bricks and the styling throughout the place. Very nice.