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Britain's Quirkiest Homes

From windmills to water towers, where are Britain's quirkiest homes

A home which featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs has been put on the market for the first time with a price tag of £3.8m, having been bought by its owners for just £400,000 in 2010. The quirky property features a wooden slide, astroturf flooring and weathered steel cladding.

The property, located in London's Kew Garden conservation area, is just one of many weird and wonderful homes in the country.

It seems an Englishman's home isn't just his water tower - but also his windmill and even pineapple! We're lucky to live in a country with so many bizarre, eccentric and downright bonkers buildings, and owe a great deal to those who invest their time, energy and money into building and restoring them. Thankfully their efforts don't go unrewarded either, because Britain's weird and wonderful houses are also some of the most valuable. All the more reason to make sure they're properly protected, should anything go wrong.

So where are Britain's quirkiest homes?

Old Smock Windmill - Benenden, Kent

This charming four-storey building was formerly a smock mill which got its name from its resemblance to smocks worn by farmers in an earlier period. With massive beams spanning each floor, carrying the original upright shaft giant spur wheel and sack hoist, it is an unusual and fascinating family home.

The Water Tower - London

This nine storey Victorian water tower also featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs, after its owners bought the Grade II listed building and converted it into a family home. With 360 degree views of the city, the 100ft tower - which once held 38,000 gallons of water - has a four-sided glass tank with panoramic views.

The Limeworks - Kent

Located on the outskirts of Faversham, the limeworks is a converted contemporary property made up of two 1930s water towers. The elegant Grade II listed building, which sits on eight acres of land, functioned as a water softening plant up until 1942 and was restored in 2005 and turned into a family home. It was put on the market in 2012 with a listing price of £2m.

Waterworks House

Sitting within five acres of gardens, this four-bedroom property in Derbyshire was once a disused water works. The remarkable building was on the market for £750,000 two years ago, and the property has an extra water tower with planning permission to convert it into a one-bedroom separate dwelling.

The Pineapple - Scotland

This prickly pineapple building is perhaps one of quirkiest properties in the country. It is an 18th century summer house built in the shape of a pineapple, originally built for the 4th Earl of Dunmore after he returned from serving as the Governor of Virginia. It is owned by the National Trust for Scotland and managed by the Landmark Trust as self-catering holiday accommodation.

Jack Sparrow House - Cornwall

This Jack Sparrow inspired property in Cornwall enjoys sweeping sea and country views, and is minutes away from the beautiful Porthallow beach. The unusual one-bedroom cabin definitely has a fairytale vibe to it, and can be rented out for holiday lets and short stays.

Shepherd's hut - Lake District

This cute traditionally styled shepherd's hut in Borrowdale, in the Lake District, is nestled within a small wood, and offers a wood burning stove, fire pit and outdoor wood fired hot tub. While the hut is on the smaller side, the sweeping, panoramic views of the countryside make the hut feel more spacious.

Bell Tent - Norfolk

These quirky bell tents are set in the historical setting of Mannington Hall and Gardens, just outside Itteringham in North Norfolk. The gardens, lakes and parkland around the medieval hall at Mannington surround the tents, which are kitted out with double beds, log burners, and camp fires.

Tree Sparrow House - Cornwall

This quirky tree house sits in an ash tree two metres from the ground and can be accessed via a wooden staircase. The tree house benefits from sea views of Falmouth Bay, and contains a mezzanine double bed and a seating/kitchen area.

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