Britain’s Most Amazing and Unusual Homes
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We have rounded up 5 of the most unusual houses located around Great Britain, some of which you can now visit for a small fee. Here is our countdown.
1) The Quay House
Let’s start with the smallest house in Great Britain, also known as the Quay House. This little home is quite the tourist attraction amongst people visiting Conwy, Wales. This unique property was lived in until 1900; it was the home of a 6 foot 3 inch fisherman named Robert Jones who was forced to leave when the council declared the property unfit for human habitation. The house is still open to members of the public and you can go inside for just £1.00 or £0.50 for children.
2) The house in the clouds
From small to really, really long take a look at the House in the Clouds, a quirky converted water tower located at Thorpeness, Suffolk. For those wanting to “experience life as it was when England was Merrie England” this is the perfect holiday destination. The building is a whopping 70ft high and currently has 5 bedrooms and three bathrooms with 68 steps from top to bottom.
3) The Thin House in Kensington
If you ever find yourself near Newar South Terrace of Thurloe Square in South Kensington, London you will no doubt stumble upon one of the thinnest properties in the UK. At its thinnest width the building is just over 1- meter. This house is somewhat of an optical illusion in that it’s actually triangular in shape, due to the house being adjacent to a railway. It widens out in the middle, but is still only 34ft across at its widest point. Still, odd shape and all, this house is still valued well over £2 million due to its location in the heart of London’s Royal Borough of Kensington.
4) The Headington Shark
If you have a shark sticking out the top of your roof, you can almost guarantee a place on our list. The Headington Shark, also known as ‘Untitled 1986’ is a rooftop sculpture found at 2 New High Street, Headington, Oxford. The shark first appeared on 9th August 1986 and according to Bill Heine who currently owns the property, “the shark was to express someone feeling totally impotent and ripping a hole in their roof out of a sense of impotence and anger and desperation… It is saying something about CND, nuclear power, Chernobyl and Nagasaki.” Made out of fibreglass the sculpture is said to weigh in at 200kg and is 25feet long and definitely helps to make the house stand out on the street.
5) The Hobbit House
Last on the list, and probably the most original and creative is, The Hobbit House located in Wales. Inspiration for the home came when owner Simon Dale became fed up with his mortgage payments. He took matters into his own hands and in just 4 months created a wooden eco-home that cost just £3,000 to build. For Lord Of The Rings fans this is the ideal home.