Reservoir digs: Victorian underground tanks which held 200,000 gallons of water are converted into luxury five-bedroom home on market for £700,000

Mail Online | 7/27/2017 | Lara Keay For Mailonline
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A Victorian 200,000-gallon reservoir has been converted into a luxurious five-bedroom house and gone on the market for £700,000.

John Bollard and his partner Anne-Marie Tremaine bought the old reservoir, which sits on a hill on the outskirts of the village of Kingskerswell, Devon, in 2002 after seeing an advert for the derelict site.

Series - Tanks - Couple - Ground - Level

Originally it was made up of a series of underground tanks, and when the couple first saw it all that was visible at ground level was four inspection hatches surrounded by steel railings.

They bought it for £74,000 and spent a year and around £300,000 transforming it into the perfect home.

Mr - Bollard - Builder - Lot - Work

Mr Bollard, a 66-year-old builder, did a lot of the work himself but said it was no easy task.

The walls were constructed from 3ft-thick granite boulders, which he had to hammer out by hand for the windows, and the wall between the two chambers was 6.5ft thick.

Reservoir - Parcel - Land - Part - Landowner

The reservoir was built on a parcel of land that was part of a local landowner's estate and supplied water to the village until technology changed in the 1950s.

It was left unused for more than 40 years until the couple bought it.

Three-bedroom - House - Walls - Neighbouring - Bungalow

Originally they built a three-bedroom house in the existing walls, but when a neighbouring bungalow was given permission to add an extra storey five years ago, Mr Bollard and Ms Tremaine got planning permission to build on top as well.

The property now has five bedrooms and is on the market with estate agents Wilkinson Grant & Co.

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It also has a large sitting room, kitchen-****-dining room, study, and sun room, as well as several walk-in wardrobes and en-suite bathrooms.

The living rooms are all on the first floor to take full advantage of the panoramic views of the Devon countryside, with...
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