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    Golf Ball, Scotland

    This iconic local landmark, combines modernist design and Cold War retrofuturism.

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    Golf Ball, Scotland

    The Golf Ball, in Kinross-shire, Scotland, is a former NATO spy base.

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    Golf Ball, Scotland

    The disused Satcom satellite ground listening station and the nine acres of land it sits on is for sale for £950,000.

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    Golf Ball, Scotland

    It comes with an emergency power generator room alongside the accommodation block, which housed the station mess, recreation and office facilities.

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    Golf Ball, Scotland

    The radome was opened by Princess Anne in 1985 and was used to intercept satellite communications – Russian ballistic missile launch orders, for example – for 20 years.

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    Golf Ball, Scotland

    The annual T In The Park music festival was held on the airfield between 1997 and 2014.

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    Golf Ball, Scotland

    It’s located a mile from Junction 6 of the M90 and just two minutes from the town of Kinross, with its shops and schools. Edinburgh is only half an hour’s drive away.

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    More unusual homes: Thames island eco home

    An eco-home accessible only by foot on a private island in the Thames has gone on sale for £1 million.

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    Thames island eco home

    The three-bedroom house,on the island of Wheatleys Eyot, by Sunbury-on-Thames, costs just £2.50 a day to run. It is heated with a pump that uses the same energy it takes to boil a kettle.

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    Converted Hampton Court chapel

    Starting life as a chapel, then a boat repair shop, this converted house has a characterful appearance.

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    Converted Hampton Court chapel

    Formerly made up of two buildings, the home is arranged over two floors, with a New York loft feel and original church fittings and ecclesiastical motifs throughout following a 20-year restoration.

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    Solent Forts, Hampshire

    Originally built to repel invasion by Napoleon, No Man’s Fort, Spitbank Fort and Horse Sand Fort went on sale for £11million.

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    Solent Forts, Hampshire

    The forts sit over a mile out to sea between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

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    Knight Frank

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    Archway Studios

    The majestically quirky Archway Studios is architect Didier Ryan’s award-winning studio-cum-family home, built into a 19th-century south London viaduct.

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    The Modern House

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    Archway Studios

    A huge roof skylight draws light in from above, which bounces off the concave outer wall to brighten up what would otherwise be a gloomy space under the arch.

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    The Modern House

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    The Gart, Perthshire

    The Gart near Stirling in Scotland dates back to 1835, but it was substantially rebuilt and extended after suffering fire damage in 1901. It went on the market for £1,750,000 – less than the price of the average Kensington and Chelsea flat.

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    The Gart, Perthshire

    The 100ft long reception room and gin and whisky bar complete with bespoke seating, magenta pool table and statement copper lights are an entertainer’s dream.

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    Kaulbach Island, Nova Scotia

    This island went on sale for just over £4m. It was originally purchased in 1970 for just $11,000.

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    Coldwell Banker Supercity Realty

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    Kaulbach Island, Nova Scotia

    The house was built in 2002 by the current owners, in the grandest of Cape Cod styles.

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    Coldwell Banker Supercity Realty

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    A Swiss Chalet home in London

    Architect Myck Djurberg spent nearly £5million restoring a Swiss chalet which was moved to London in 1882. The master bedroom en suite has a gold parquet floor, and marble and 24-carat gold sinks.

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    A Swiss Chalet home in London

    This fantasy riverside home is constructed from a converted Swiss chalet that now has its own indoor beach.

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    Kennington Water Tower, London

    This £3.6million home was created inside a 100ft water tower built in 1867 and was extended with a stunningly modern, two-storey glass cube.

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    Sotheby’s

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    Kennington Water Tower, London

    The living room was converted from a 30,000 gallon water tank that supplied Lambeth workhouse in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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    Sotheby’s

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    Ladywell Water Tower, London

    Ladywell Water Tower in Lewisham was built between 1898 and 1900 by Earnest Newman, the founder of the Art Workers Guild, a professional body of artists, craftspeople and architects, which is still in existence today.

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    Ladywell Water Tower, London

    There are two flats in the Victorian tower, a one-bedroom flat spread over two floors plus the basement, which the current tenant uses as a music studio.

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    Halstead Water Towers, Essex

    The towers were built in the mid-1800s by successful Victorian industrialist and textile magnate Samuel Courtauld.

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    Halstead Water Towers, Essex

    The main tower – spread across six floors – features five-foot thick walls.

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    Harold Tower, Isle of Man

    Harold Tower is a Gothic castle that dates back to the 1830s and has plenty of impressive features, including spectacular views over the Isle of Man. It went on sale for £3.95 million.

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    Harold Tower, Isle of Man

    It include an octagonal reception hall, with five sets of double doors leading to downstairs rooms.

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    Ackergill Tower, Scotland

    This 15th-century Scottish castle near John O’Groats went on sale for £3.9million

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    Knight Frank

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    Ackergill Tower, Scotland

    Europe’s largest treehouse lies on the estate, providing a romantic hideaway for two away from the main house.

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    Knight Frank

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    The Old Station House, Shropshire

    This five-bedroom house was listed for £950,000. It was originally Coalport West station, which opened in 1862.

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    Nick Tart

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    The Old Station House, Shropshire

    The Great Western railway carriages in the two-acre garden were restored and converted into luxury holiday accommodation.

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    Nick Tart

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    Culdees Castle, Perthshire

    A seven-bedroom family home went on sale in Crieff, Perthshire…

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    Culdees Castle, Perthshire

    …and it came with its own 200-year-old derelict castle.

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    Burnaby Street, Chelsea

    From the outside, this end-of-terrace house on a residential street in Chelsea looks like any other nice Victorian family home.

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    Martin & Co

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    Burnaby Street, Chelsea

    But step through the door and a riot of pattern and colour transports you eastwards from genteel west London to India.

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    Enchanted Manor, Isle of Wight

    This 11-bedroom Enchanted Manor B&B in Niton on the Isle of Wight was listed for sale for just under £900k.

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    Neil Hunt Photography

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    Enchanted Manor, Isle of Wight

    The Enchanted Manor has two years left on its renewable wedding licence, allowing the next owner to continue hosting intimate weddings.

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    Neil Hunt Photography

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    Sir Peter Scott lighthouse

    This historic Lincolnshire lighthouse was designed by John Rennie – the engineer responsible for Southwark and Waterloo Bridges.

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    Sir Peter Scott lighthouse

    It sits close to the Norfolk border at the mouth of the River Nene Estuary.

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    Dinton Castle, Buckinghamshire

    This mini Buckinghamshire castle featured on Grand Designs in September.

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    Dinton Castle, Buckinghamshire

    It was built in the 18th-century as a folly to house a local gentleman’s fossil collection.

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    Channel 4

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    Fardel Manor, Devon

    Explorer Sir Walter Raleigh’s former family home was been listed for sale in Devon, complete with its own 13th-century chapel and official lordship of the manor.

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    Fardel Manor, Devon

    Grade I-listed, stone-built Fardel Manor is on the southern fringes of Dartmoor and has a fascinating history, dating back thousands of years.

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    The Wilde House, Georgia, USA

    The Foster-Thomason-Miller House, affectionately known as The Wilde House or The Masterpiece on Main, went on sale in the US town of Madison, Georgia, for just over £350,000.

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    The Wilde House, Georgia, USA

    Spanning 5,000sq ft, it would make a fabulous passion project for someone willing to invest significantly in its restoration.

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    Sandaig House & Lodge, Perthshire

    Sandaig House and Lodge on the Knoydart peninsula comes with its own private beach, Sandaig Bay, which reportedly once featured in a list of the world’s best beaches.

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    Sandaig House & Lodge, Perthshire

    Found on the hillside in an area known as “Britain’s last wilderness”, the £750,000 property and land was the setting for Gavin Maxwell’s bestselling memoir Ring of Bright Water, about a life spent there caring for his pet otters.

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    Luggala Lodge, Wicklow

    Seven-bedroom Gothic Revival house, Luggala Lodge, is the glittering jewel in the crown of the Guinness family’s Irish estate.

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    Luggala Lodge, Wicklow

    Luggala Lodge was originally modelled on Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham and is spread over 9,000sq ft.

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