There are some buildings that own the term unique – they are the ‘one and only’ of their style, history and location. And there are some properties that are so well-known as a landmark in the area everyone knows what they are and where they are.
The Old Lifeboat Station in Mumbles near Swansea and on Gower peninsula is both. Striding out into the sea of Swansea Bay, the truly distinctive Grade II listed building rightly demands attention across the water and from the promenade and houses that hug the shoreline of this popular coastal town.
And now The Old Lifeboat Station is for sale with the chance to turn it into an incredible dream home standing above the sea, reminiscent of the Tenby lifeboat Grand Designs transformation. It’s a rare opportunity to make a landmark building in a unique location into one of the best places to in Wales.
Imagine living constantly above the water, surrounded by the water, and with sea and coastal views from every window, and the only access to your home being via a listed pier, or by boat of course.
Strolling to your front door would be wandering down the 225 metre Mumbles Pier, which has been part of Mumbles and Swansea life since 1898. The pier was also awarded a Grade II listing in 1991.
And then midway along the north side of the pier is your front garden path – a lattice girder walkway to the lifeboat station, supported by concrete piles. The Old Lifeboat Station itself is a clap-board construction under a pitched roof with projecting eaves, T-shaped windows, and double sliding doors to the slipway and the ocean.
The bright red roof and window frames ensure that the building can be spotted and admired from ship to shore from the outside, and on the inside the timber framed property extends to about 1,643 square feet.
The impressive internal space is flooded with light, and crowned with character roof and ceiling beams and a floor that, of course, slopes down to the large lifeboat access doors that open out onto the water.
Built in 1934, the building was used as a lifeboat station until 2015 when a new station opened. It’s now being sold for residential use, opening up a fantastic redevelopment opportunity for the next owner.
Whilst the property currently benefits from planning permission for refurbishment and adaptation of the existing building into a restaurant (class A3), under planning application 2019/0561/FUL with Swansea County Council, the sale of the property is contingent on the property being used for residential purposes only.
The Old Lifeboat Station is ready for its next chapter – looking to become a home, and what a wonderful space it could be with thought, care and great design.
Abbey Bennett from Savills says: “It is a real pleasure to bring such a rare opportunity to the market. Grade II listed for its unique character and heritage and occupying an absolutely spectacular location.
“It is being sold for residential use only and, as such, could become a fantastic ‘grand design’ home, or a distinctive holiday let investment.
“And with the current owners committed to investing £18million in the regeneration of the wider Mumbles Pier over the coming years, it is a proposition that we expect to generate huge interest.
“One-off character properties are fascinating to market. Earlier this year we marketed a historic former park lodge for sale, a three-floor Gothic-style building was unique in that it was actually built into the park walls.
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“And despite the park lodge being vacant for a number of years, it attracted a lot of attention and a sale was agreed above the guide price of £170,000.
“We anticipate that the Old Lifeboat Station might attract a similar audience to the park lodge – those seeking a truly unique opportunity, and are committed to bringing this jewel in the ocean back to life.”
The lifeboat is a truly unique purchase, with no comparisons nearby or within Wales to guide a selling price. With this in mind the price is not set, so call the estate agent to have a chat if you fancy making The Old Lifeboat Station your once in a lifetime property purchase. Contact Abbey Bennett at Savills on 029 2036 8926 to find out more. And to make sure you never miss the best dream homes in Wales, renovation stories and interiors, join the Amazing Welsh Homes newsletter, sent out to your inbox twice a week.