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Arts and crafts dormer in Kingsland Valley

21/04/2017

An oasis is to be found at Little Orchard, 41 Kennedy Road, one of Shrewsbury’s most popular residential areas in the Kingsland Valley. Within walking distance of the town centre, yet tucked away in a secluded plot of more than half an acre.

Three of the five bedrooms are on the ground floor, together with three reception rooms. The living room is linked to the dining room and both enjoy the wow factor of south facing French doors to the delightful private garden.

Launched to the market by Balfours, head of sales, Alistair Hilton says: “Little Orchard is a true gem, its approach is via a generous private drive with turning circle and two garages. Over the threshold the reception hall is light and airy with an arts and crafts feel, which flows through this dormer property.”

The kitchen benefits from glazing to two aspects, an Aga provides a focal point with well-appointed fitted units, plus a pantry and utility room - each found off the kitchen.

The master bedroom benefits from a through dressing room to en-suite, there is a family bathroom and downstairs cloakroom. A study completes the ground floor accommodation. On the first floor two double bedrooms share a bathroom, plus generous storage space.

Alistair adds: “Little Orchard is a very well presented – and a unique property in the area. Its location lends to excellent access, not only to the town centre – and a significant choice of private and state schools, but also to the Midlands road networks. 41 Kennedy Road is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £795,000. For more information call Alistair on 01743 353511.

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Little Orchard Main

Little Orchard Garden

Little Orchard Kitchen

Little Orchard Reception

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Residential property holding good against uncertainty

21/04/2017

“The most recent news of a snap election is unlikely to have a significant affect, given the unusually short run from the announcement to ballot day, resulting in less time for hesitancy pre-election and therefore less impact on transactions,” says Alistair Hilton head of sales Balfours.

Figures released this month by two leading mortgage lenders suggesting a slowdown in residential property price growth are contradicted by figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Making sense of the property market in uncertain times, Alistair, says the ONS figures take into account cash buyers, who are driving house price growth. “It is unusual for cash buyers to be spearheading the market, because they think they can use their ability to pay cash as leverage.”

He continues: “Those securing mortgages are finding wage growth at 2.3% is factored in; while this is satisfactory, once today’s increased inflation, currently at 2.1%, is accounted it only leaves 0.2% growth advance. As a result anyone looking to secure a mortgage is feeling the pinch.”

However on the plus side, the adverse effect of inflation rising rapidly, mainly due to Brexit and the fall of the pound against cost of imports, is driving the banks to be more imaginative.

Alistair explains: “Off-set mortgages are becoming more common. This is where the purchaser has a healthy deposit, but only allocates an amount equating to 15% of the loan value. The balance is retained in savings to be deployed to other major purchases, such as car or holiday but the interest accrued is used to pay off the interest on the mortgage.

 

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Flexible package in Area of Natural Beauty

20/04/2017

A property that offers the flexibility for dependent extended family; homework base, or holiday let is on the market.

This “three in one” comes with five acres of grounds, located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nine miles south west of Shrewsbury, at Castle Pulverbatch.

The package comprises a principal house with two cottages, one semi-detached plus a detached cottage.  The principal house has a large sitting room with garden room and wood burning stove. A second wood burning stove is found in the dining room, which links through double doors to the kitchen. A snug completes the ground floor accommodation. On the first floor there are five bedrooms with two bathrooms.

Each of the Cottages has two bedrooms; Number Three Brook Cottages is detached with two reception rooms. Duncan Scobie, of Balfours comments: “The properties are in a great edge of the village position, with the renowned White Horse public house, just a pleasant stroll away passing the historic motte and double bailey with viewpoint. Longden is three miles down the road, with primary school, post office, village stores and very popular tennis club.”

He adds: “The location boasts the most wonderful riding and walking country with access to the Long Mynd, Stiperstones and many circular routes; yet is highly accessible to Shrewsbury and Church Stretton, perfect for running a tourism enterprise. Gardens surround the properties and a brook flows through the front garden, which make up the five acres in the package.

Brookside together with the two cottages is marketed with a guide price of £625,000. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Brookside main

Brookside paddock

Brookside sitting room

Brookside cottage kitch

 

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Mellow stone of country house

18/04/2017

One of those unique country gems dating back to the 17th century has been launched to the market by Balfours.

Arriving at Chatwall Home Farm, you are greeted by double fronted gables in mellow stone – a property worthy of its grade II listing. Before entering it is impossible not to appreciate the half acre of manicured gardens, within the 1.43 acres of steading.

All this is set within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, at Chatwall, near the picture box village of Cardington and five miles from Church Stretton, Shrewsbury is 11 miles, access to the M54 and the Midlands is a similar distance.

Internally Chatwall Home Farm has been sympathetically restored retaining may wonderful original features, from inglenook fire places to panelling. There are four reception rooms a large kitchen with central island and Aga. An impressive oak staircase leads to the first floor offering four bedrooms and two bathrooms, there are a further three bedrooms on the second floor.

Agent Scott Kemsley, of Balfours, says: “In addition to the main house, Chatwall Home Farm comes with two self-contained barn conversions; both are immaculately presented with two double bedrooms, ideal for extended family, guest accommodation or considering its locality self-catering units.”

Chatwall Home Farm has a guide price of £1,000,000 and if interested contact Scott at Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Chatwall Main

Chatwall Garden

Chatwall Home Farm Barn

Chatwall Sitting room

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House with yards, workshops and paddocks

17/04/2017

Business premises with a four bedroom farmhouse have been launched to the market by Balfours.

Bull Farm House sits within more than two acres of grounds which provide yards and significant workshop facilities, including a paddock. Located in the village of Letton, the city of Hereford is 13 miles with Leominster a similar distance. Cardiff, Birmingham, Gloucester and Bristol are all less than 80 miles.

Agent, Scott Kemsley of Balfours says: “This is a fabulous opportunity for someone starting or growing a business which needs space. The premises includes a 780 square feet lock up workshop with three phase electric, three storage bunkers and a range of out buildings with large yard all with separate access from the farmhouse.

“The farmhouse is in need of modernisation – providing an open palette of a large living room, kitchen with dining room, entrance hall and downstairs cloakroom. There are four bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor.”

Locally, the market town of Kington eight miles away, offers an extensive range of amenities from shops and pubs to cricket and golf club. There is a wide selection of state and public schools within catchment together with a bus service running through the village.

Bull Farm House is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £400,000, for more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Bull Farm Main

Bull Farm Land

Bull Farm Workshop

Bull Farm Side Aspect

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Shrewsbury agent away to Chelsea

18/04/2017

One of Shropshire’s leading estate agents will be at “The London & Country Property Show” next month. Balfours, whose residential sales department is based in Shrewsbury’s Square, will be represented by sales manager, Alistair Hilton and Duncan Scobie

Alistair says: “This show is an inspirational event for people who have been hovering over the idea of a life changing move. Formerly known as the “Move to the Country Show, the event is a great place to network and contemplate options outside the capital.”

This year’s event will be held at The Chelsea Old Town Hall, London on Wednesday, May 10, when Balfours’ London Office will be among 30 leading firms of Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors from across the country, who will be on hand to offer their advice to homeowners who are planning to invest outside the Capital.

Alistair adds: “The show is for those who are inquisitive about moving away from London, or simply for those looking for a different lifestyle. The show is a great place, not only to weigh-up the pros and cons of locations across the UK, but also to ponder lifestyle residents: From rectories to country estates; farmhouses to ‘chocolate box’ cottages; ski chalets to villas and from Chelsea to Shrewsbury a broad spectrum of properties will be available for sale and to rent,” he adds.

For more information visit www.thelondonoffice.co.uk  or call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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