An architectural designer discovered a Guinness bottling plant that had been hidden behind a boarded door for decades inside the property he had bought on Church Street, Rugby.
Simon Hawksley, who also owns the registered design of the original rugby ball, bought a street and a public house, restaurant and assorted accommodation were included in the deal.
The hidden warehouse came as part of the package but was not included in the valuation.
The hidden room included 18th century medicine bottles, vintage wine, several second editions of books and a Gaggia coffee machine worth £700.
There was also original machines used to bottle the Guinness and even a Guinness bottle still intact and dated from the 1950s – with ‘Little Church Street’ clearly written on the label.
Simon spent seven months converting the bottling plant into a three bedroom apartment in 2002 and it is now on the market with Fine & Country Rugby.
Simon said: “As soon as I saw the space I could immediately envisage it as a Jackson Pollock Manhattan-style apartment of the 1940s and 50s.”
The property has retained some of its original features.
To find out more about the apartment call Fine & Country Rugby on (01788) 820062 or visit www.fineandcountry.com.