There are many Strange UK houses, check them all out below…
The Traffic Island House – Stanton Drew
At the northern entrance to the village of Stanton Drew, and just before the bridge over the River Chew, is a white thatched, fifteenth-century cottage which was used as a turnpike toll house during the eighteenth century. It is a Grade II listed building and is located on a small triangular traffic-island at a T-junction. Although it’s known as the Round House, it is actually hexagonal and designed in the Picturesque Gothic style. It features a pointed arched door as well as a pointed arched casement with leaded lights. The apex of the thatched roof has a moulding that may represent the cup of an acorn. It was occupied as recently as 2012 and has a shield constructed to protect the front of the property.
‘The House in the Sea’ – Newquay
This is the only house with its own island and suspension bridge in Britain and probably the World. It’s located on a tidal island on the popular surfing beach of Newquay, Cornwall. The Island was first sold in 1838 to the Billing brothers who used it as a potato patch. The suspension bridge was built in 1902 and the house was built in 1910. Owners and visitors have included Dr O’Flaherty, a rich Canadian who played the organ at midnight, Alexander Lodge who invented the Lodge Spark Plug and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle creator of the fictional character Sherlock Holmes. It has been an art gallery and a tea room. There is garage parking for two vehicles … on the other side of the 70ft high and 100ft long suspension bridge.
‘House in the Clouds’ – Thorpeness
One of the best known ‘curious’ houses of Britain is the “House in the Clouds’ which started its life in 1923 as a water tower for the village of Thorpeness. The structure was considered extremely ugly and it was later disguised as a house. It was originally designed for Mrs Malcolm Mason who was responsible for naming it the “House in the Clouds”. During WWII an anti-aircraft shell was accidentally fired through the upper structure but fortunately nobody was injured. In 1979 the main tank was removed and the additional space converted.. The actual cottage is only the top part of the structure and now features five bedrooms and three bathrooms. It no longer operates as a water tower.
Centre Parcs – Tree House
In the UK, Center Parcs is a collection of holiday villages located in very forested areas of the countryside where the accommodation is designed and built to appear rustic and in harmony with the environment. The owners decided to extend the natural living concept and in 2010 construction began on a series of luxury tree-houses. The first were completed in 2010 and are situated in the Sherwood Forest Complex surrounded by 400 acres of woodland. Each tree house has four double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as various reception rooms. Since their construction they have proved to be very topical and highly photogenic with images of the structures appearing across the internet. The tree houses are designed to be eco-friendly.
The Pineapple House – Dunmore
During the 18th century people who had travelled to the Indies and America would often bring back exotic fruits as trophies of their voyages. In particular they would choose items that would keep reasonably well during the lengthy journey such as coconuts and pineapples. The 4th Earl of Dunmore was the last British Governor of Virginia who returned home to Scotland in 1776. The story goes that he was so impressed by the Pineapple that in 1777 he had his traditional summerhouse extended with a giant pineapple as the main feature. The summerhouse overlooks a large walled garden and houses a modest pavilion. The style may be eccentric but the architecture and masonry work is of the highest standard. The property can be rented from the Landmark Trust as holiday accommodation.
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