Rare World War II bunker goes under the hammer

Property Auctions

Thursday, July 1, 2010

A World War II bunker/pill box on the exclusive Burgh Island, just off the South Devon coast, is due to go under the hammer with Westcountry Property Auctions.

With a guide price of just £50,000+, bidders will have a rare and possibly unique opportunity to snap up the property at the next auction event being held on 14th July at The Novotel Hotel in Marsh Mills, Plymouth.

Built and designed during World War II as a 'lookout' to protect British shores from invasion, Lot 66, The Block House, is situated in a stunning location on the shore's edge and close to the world famous Burgh Island Hotel.

Inside the property, the interior measures approximately 87.65 sq foot and includes a small kitchenette and a bed/living space. There is outdoor space to enjoy barbeques and the fabulous views, whilst the roof of the building itself gives perhaps the best vantage point of all.

Commenting on the property, Graham Barton, Senior Auctioneer at Westcountry Property Auctions said; "It is very rare for one of these buildings to come to the open market, it's the first one that I've dealt with in more than twenty five years in the Westcountry auction business. It is generating a great deal of interest from within the local community as well as further afield. With some renovations it could provide a beautiful island retreat for its next lucky owner."

The Burgh Island Hotel is famous for its 1930s style and Art Deco architecture and has by virtue of its remote location attracted the patronage of Noel Coward, Agatha Christie, Sir Winston Churchill and Mountbattan.

Burgh Island is closely linked to Agatha Christie, as it served as the inspirational setting for both And Then There Were None as well as the Hercule Poirot mystery Evil Under the Sun.

The auction begins at 1pm on Wednesday 14th July 2010 at the Novotel Hotel, Marsh Mills, Plymouth, PL6 8NH.

To view images of the property click here

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