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Village location with inspirational countryside


Fabulous walks and inspirational countryside surround Crew Green village in which Ashley House is located.

This three/four bedroom home is situated in the heart of the village with primary school, village hall, church and two public houses which are nearby, Shrewsbury, Welshpool and Oswestry are all within ten to 12 miles.

The property comprises of a hall leading to the well-proportioned dining room with access into the living room. Beyond the dining room is a good sized kitchen/breakfast room, a large conservatory, utility which also doubles as a study and cloakroom. First floor accommodationprovides bedroom one with en-suite, two double bedrooms and a nursery/occasional fourth bedroom, plus family bathroom.

Agent, Duncan Scobie, of Balfours, comments: “The kitchen/breakfast room is a great space with a traditional inglenook beam framing the Aga; the room has glazing to two aspects ensuring natural light floods in. Outside Ashley House sits within established gardens with a raised lawn and patio. Sitting on the Shropshire Welsh borders, it offers fabulous walking and riding country, with the Rivers Severn and Vyrnwy and Powys Hills nearby.”

Other external features include a detached double garage. Ashley House is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £310,000, for more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Ashley House Garden

Ashley House Dining

Ashley House Kitchen

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Picture perfect in Plealey


A barn conversion in the heart of one of Plealey, one of Shrewsbury’s most popular outskirt villages is on the market. The Red Barn is just six miles from Shrewsbury and closer to the road network to the Midlands and North.

The four bedroom property, with three reception rooms, garden and garage is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £455,000. Scott Kemsley of Balfours comments: “This is a charming redbrick barn conversion with spacious rooms and an excellent layout.”

The entrance hall opens to each of the reception rooms; the dining room with French doors to the terrace, the study and a magnificent drawing room with feature fireplace, access to the terrace and idyllic rural views. The kitchen is situated between the dining room and the utility room and is well equipped. There are four bedrooms all of good size and one with en-suite facilities, together with a family bathroom.

Scott adds: “This is a characterful property in a great location, aesthetically and practically. Pontesbury village is just down the road with a full suite of amenities from renowned butcher, baker and green grocer, to primary and secondary schools, health surgeries and several renowned eating establishments.” For more information call Scott on 01743 353511.

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The Red Barn - Side Aspect

The Red Barn - Dining Room

The Red Barn - Sitting Room

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Cottage of the month – by name and nature


Outstanding views of open countryside are maximised at this three bedroom cottage in a popular hamlet south of Shrewsbury.

Mayfield Cottage is found at Golding, just six miles from Shrewsbury and Much Wenlock, so highly accessible, yet wonderfully rural.  Semi-detached, the property has been totally renovated, agent, Scott Kemsley, of Balfours explains: “A three bedroom property in such a great location, renovated and ready for living really don’t come up every day. We are marketing Mayfield Cottage with a guide price of £289,000.”

The reception hall gives access to the dining room, sitting room and stairs. The dining room opens through to a fully fitted kitchen with integral appliances. Across the hallway the sitting room is a large room with working fireplace and French doors to the conservatory, the two achieve an abundance of space for family and friends. Two of the three bedrooms have fitted wardrobes, with the bathroom also off a well-proportioned landing.

On arrival the welcome is to gravel parking edged by lawn and flowerbeds. To the rear the large garden is laid to lawn and borrows the most magnificent views. Garage and log store complete the package, on the market with Balfours. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Mayfield Rear Elevation

Mayfield View

Mayfield Conservatory

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Alistair takes helm of Balfours sales


Balfours partners have announced the appointment of Alistair Hilton to head of sales with immediate effect.

Alistair joined the company three years ago to take on a new role as town sales manager. Since then he has succeeded in establishing and broadening the company’s sales.

Speaking on behalf of the partners, Balfours, business manager, Craig Varley, says: “The partners are delighted to have Alistair leading the sales team; a team which has achieved an above target in the last financial year and a very solid start to the new  financial year.

“During the past three years Alistair has been responsible for key developments within the town sales market. He also played a significant role in the residential sales move to prestigious new premises in Shrewsbury’s Square. These two factors have been major contributors to doubling our sales portfolio, client base and turnover,” Craig adds.

Alistair’s mantra and belief: “We are here to help people move,” and “Shrewsbury is a beautiful town in the heart of a fabulous county,” are based on his globetrotting early years, speaking three languages and attending school both in the UK, Europe and the USA. Prior to moving to Shrewsbury he also spent ten years immersed in London’s property market. However he recognised the qualities of his wife’s home town and moved here with her and their two young daughters.

Says Alistair: “Currently we are introducing new technology to work with IT platforms, including social media. Our developments are self-fulfilling with more property appraisals, instructions and ultimately sales, in an increasingly diverse market place, from fabulous town houses and suburban residences to country properties and those with land.”

Drawing on his experience at a prestigious London estate agency, Alistair recognises the importance of an eye for detail combined with speed and efficiency. “These are assets to anyone seeking to put their house on the market. My team strive to minimise stress, maximise potential and drive sales, certainly the past six months has exceeded our expectations.”  If you would like to discuss your property with Alistair call 01743 353511 or visit The Square.

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Frodesley, Shropshire



A beautifully and well-presented spacious period Grade II Listed 3 bedroom barn conversion set within a high quality development in a rural setting.

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Fly Tipping – responsibility and insurance


Our iconic British rural landscape is sadly increasingly blighted by dumped fridges, sofas or heaped black bin bags. Although fly tipping is certainly not a new phenomenon the number of incidents is rapidly rising and this is causing a considerable financial burden on local councils, landowners and occupiers.

The most recent DEFRA survey on fly tipping indicated an annual increase of over 4% of reported cases across England, together with a National Statistics survey demonstrating a 14% increase of cases across Wales.  It is estimated that the cost to English Councils to clear fly tipping was £49.8 million in the 2015/16 financial year[1]; the estimated cost to private landowners is between £50-150 million[2].

The law surrounding the duty of care to dispose of fly tipping is clear, with Councils having a responsibility for areas known as “relevant land”. This is defined as land where all three of the following apply: Open to the air on at least one side; under direct control of the council; publicly accessible -with or without payment.

Landowners and occupiers are therefore responsible to remove all waste outside of “relevant land”.  Council’s and the Environment Agency do have the ability to serve notice on landowners to clear fly tipped waste within a specified time, or to remove the waste and seek reimbursement.  With the law in mind it is not surprising that the NFU estimate that two thirds of all farmers have been affected by fly tipping, or that the cost for disposing of waste on private land far eclipses the costs to local authorities. 

As you might anticipate the predominant instances of fly tipping on private land are in areas close to urban conurbations.  Land or buildings with little or no security and are easily accessible; particularly farm tracks, yards and open gateways are attractive prospects to any fly tipper. 

Therefore making sites secure is, of course, a considerable deterrent. However with ever increasing cost to legally dispose of waste persistence to illegally dispose is escalating too.  A number of insurers do provide fly tipping cover and it is worth investigating should you be concerned that you are in an area where instances are prevalent.  Frances Steer is an associate land agent with Balfours, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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