Details about Royal Observer Corp Cold War Nuclear bunker monitoring postSee original listing
10 Sep, 2012 22:16:55 BST
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DEVON, United Kingdom
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|Sort By:||For Sale||Building Feature:||Detached|
|Private / Estate agent:||Private||Number Of Bedrooms:||1 Bedroom|
|Radius:||Location Only||Plot Area (m²):||500|
|Property Type:||Bunker||Property Content (m³):||20|
Barton Down ROC Nuclear Bunker
What is it?
What is it?
Since its inception in 1925 as in integral part of the
What are you buying and what is included?
This is a rare opportunity to not only buy a piece of Cold War history but also an interesting freehold property. The property does not have a housing category and is not liable for council tax. You can legally stay in the bunker for up to 28 days per year but this is not tracked in any way. You are buying a 20 x 25 metre plot of freehold woodland just within the Dartmoor national park that contains a small nuclear monitoring station bunker. The plot is surrounded by Forestry Commission owned and managed woodland at the top of a hill. There are access rights in the deeds via a bridle path that is wide enough to drive a car along. There is also permission in the deeds place for the installation of mains utilities, however I have not had a quote for this process. The bunker did originally have a BT phone line but this is no longer in place. There is mobile phone reception outside of the bunker in the wood. The bunker is at an altitude of 240 metres which puts it well above any potential flood risks and it is in a geographically stable area.
The GZI Indicator tube is 4” in diameter and could be used as a chimney with a small wood burner which would make the bunker very cosy.This should be done correctly and as ever (health and safety) a carbon monoxide alarm would be well advised. I have seen this done in other ROC bunkers. A stove to consider would be the Frontier stove that comes with a chimney setup that could be mated with the bunkers GZI Tube.
Some original furniture and features:
Doors, table fixed to wall, cupboard, tool board, noticeboard, door mat, 2 government rubbish bins, hand pump for pumping water fromthe sump (rarely required).
None original features:
Small folding table
12V CRT TV
Separat emergency 25 composting toilet with unused liquid waste container.
Large Ingersoll high security padlock.
Bunker T-Bar key for internal latch.
80w Monocrystaline solar panel.
Where is it?
The bunker is located about 11 miles to the West of Exeter and about 7 miles from Newton Abbot. The nearest village is about 1 miles away and contains a 15th century pub that serves very good food and drink. There is also a small general store. I will not specify the exact location here so the future owner can be reassured of the relative privacy of the location.
What could you use it for?
There are many potential uses for a nuclear bunker in a secluded location. Abundant source of fallen wood for a stove.
Future war – An owner could stock the bunker for along term future senario
Disaster survival situation
Bunker breaks for quiet weekends in the woods
Film set for a specialist film (not that sort)!
HQ for bush craft weekends
Romantic weekend breaks
Bunker breaks for different and exciting short stays
Modern Jedi masters cave
Modern Jedi masters cave
The cellar for a property built on top if planning permission was gained.
Honda EU 2.0i silent suitcase generator available via separate negotiation.
Visit the below address for a video tour of the bunker:
For further information you can visit: http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/roc/db/988399666.007001.html
Please read the ebay policy on property buying. It is just a means to advertise the property and once buyer and seller are happy a solicitor will be required for normal legal property sale processes.
There will be a viewing available for serious bidders with details available on request.
On 09-Sep-12 at 09:58:31 BST, seller added the following information:
Common questions and answers:
Can I drive to the bunker. Yes. Either park 200 metres from it or drive up a bridle path.
What size is it: External plot is 25 x 20 metres. Internal size is 7 feet x 7 feet x 15 feet.
Is it fenced: Not currently. The buyer should check planning regs whether this could be done.
Does it get wet inside: Not unless the hatch leaks. The new hatch does not leak.
Is there a view: The bunker is in a small plot within mixed tree woodland. The view is of trees and ferns. The nearest tree is a silver birch.
Can I build on top: You would need to check planning regs for Dartmoor national park. Their planning dept has a page to submit queries.
How much would fitting mains utilities cost: I do not know so it is worth checking however being off grid has its own advantages and excitement factor!
Can I look around? Yes but message me for details as the site is difficult to find and you will need someone to let you in!
On 09-Sep-12 at 15:34:48 BST, seller added the following information:
ATTENTION ALL BIDDERS
This auction is due to end tomorrow and many interested parties have not been able to view the property. To maintain a fair process it is suggested that all interested parties bid in this auction on the basis that they are not legally bound if they win until they have viewed the property or begun the legal property buying process (as per ebay rules). Should the winner pull out then the second highest bidder will be contacted. This measure is to avoid ending the auction early or re-listing it when there is a winning bid in place.
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