Property: Three To View - Historic Conversions

SHIP AHOY! The Wiljan was built in Holland in 1910 as a 62-ton sailing boat carrying cargo such as sugar beet, flax and reed and was then called De Tijd Zal 't Leren ("Time Will Teach Us"). She was brought to the river Thames in 1972 by an Englishman who converted and restored the vessel, lining the interior of the saloon and two of the cabins with maple wood from the dance floor of the Lensbury Club in Teddington, most of which had been destroyed by a fire. She's now moored in front of St Mary's Church, close to Battersea Square in London, and has a wheel house, stern store room, engine room, three cabins, heads, saloon and galley, and comes with parking. Foxtons (0171-801 1111) invites offers in the region of pounds 145,000.

THIS SIX-STOREY watch tower in Tynemouth, Northumberland, operational in both world wars and recently featured in a Tyne Tees TV documentary, was converted into a home in 1960. It has one room to each floor, beginning with the 15ft 6in breakfast kitchen and leading up to the first-floor dining room. There is a circular bathroom on the second and the master bedroom on the third. You'll be fit by the time you reach the lounge on the fourth floor, with its views over Tynemouth Priory and the coast. From a fifth-floor bedroom there is a fitted ladder leading to the top- floor sitting area and sun terrace. The price is pounds 120,000 through GA Town & Country (0191-258 0699).

ACTON CASTLE, six miles from Penzance, is a turreted grade II listed building converted into eight apartments, one of which is for sale. Built by John Stackhouse with instructions that it must face St Michael's Mount, the castle has long views of the bay as far as Newlyn, Mousehole and Penzance. All the fittings have been custom-designed and built according to the listing restrictions. The flat has a 36ft-by-17ft drawing room with stone mullioned windows and a kitchen area with a slate floor, maple worktop and butcher's block and fitted appliances. There are two parking spaces and there are also communal gardens. The price is pounds 115,000 through Stratton Creber (01736 360070).

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