For sale: Bijou bothies & WCs ... just in need of some tlc!

Toilet block in Cardenden
Toilet block in Cardenden

Even the most enthusiastic estate agent would struggle to conjure up pretty descriptions of the former Council properties going under the hammer.

It’s hardly ‘Grand Designs’ either, but the bothies, closed public toilets and empty lots are all on the market - and will be sold to the highest bidder.

Former school on Ramsay Road

Former school on Ramsay Road

The rather posh Marriott Hotel in Edinburgh is the setting for an auction next week which will include 15 properties across the Kingdom.

And they are hoping that folk with some cash and plenty of imagination turn up to make a bid.

Hosted by SVA property Auctions, the afternoon will see a total of 34 properties go under the hammer.

And hopes are high of a good sale rate.

Shaun Vigers, director and auctineer, said: ‘‘Our September was excellent - 86 per cent of the catalogue sold and raised £1.3m.’’

One of the biggest buildings up for grabs is the former school in Ramsay Road.

Dating back to 1898, the stone building could be ideal for residential use or a retirement home.

Covering some 9000 square feet of floor space, it is significantly bigger than Lot 32 ... a tiny slice of land on Adamson Avenue.

It once housed a Council bothy, but now the triangular piece of land is overgrown and rather unloved.

At just 540 squaree feet, an estate agent would probably describe it as ‘‘compact and bijou.’’

It’s just one of a number of small buildings up for auction - many of them former public loos.

And the former lavvies could sell for up to £15,000

The toilet blocks being sold off include Station Road, Cardenden; High street, Leslie - with an attached garage and garden ground to the rear - Glenwood Centre, Glenrothes (‘‘a modern circular design’’), and the old toilets on Main Road, East Wemyss.

They are all buildings once maintained by Fife Council, and are now all closed.

Mr Vigers said: ‘‘From previous experience of selling public conveniences, we have found that enterprising buyers have been able to turn these wee rooms into useful spaces or retail outlets.

‘‘We would expect the former public toilets to sell for between £35000 and £15,000 depending on location and potential within each property.’’

The sale starts at 2.00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23.