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The Chaff House That Sings


This picture perfect home is situated in one of South Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty villages. It makes a credible contribution.

The Chaff House, Hope Bowdler, is a charming stone built property framed by glorious gardens with the idyllic bucolic scene beyond. Diamond pane windows enhance the mature stone of the house. Step inside and the Chaff character continues to chirp and sing. 

The open porch leads to a large reception hall giving access to the living room, the downstairs shower room, the study, or fourth bedroom and a large kitchen with dining room and utility both off.

Agent Scott Kemsley of Balfours, acknowledges, “this is a property of great integrity, beautifully presented, not only pleasing on the eye, but entirely practical too. The living room is a wonderful space with inglenook fireplace, woodburner and glazing to two aspects.” Ascending to the first floor from the reception hall, there are three double bedrooms, one en-suite plus a family bathroom, good sized landing and storage cupboard.

The partially walled garden is particularly secluded and idyllic, complete with two terraces, one near to the house and the other a tucked away raised sun terrace. There is also a garage and store. Church Stretton is just 2.5 miles while Much Wenlock, Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Telford are all within easy commute.

The Chaff House is marketed by Balfours, with offers invited over £515,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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The Chaff House Main

The Chaff House Garden

The Chaff House Living Room

The Chaff House Rear Elevation

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Old School – Full Marks


The Old School House captures a picture perfect former village school.  It is found in the hamlet of Ellerdine, five miles from Shawbury and some 12 miles from both Shrewsbury and Telford.

Now a four bedroom property it is well laid out with access through the original main front door which opens to the entrance hall, with stairs and main rooms off. This includes two reception rooms; the living room is a spacious 21 feet by 16 feet and incorporating a log burner, while the second reception room is currently used as a dining room.

Also accessed off the hall, the fitted kitchen incorporates an open plan dining space looking out through French doors and offering opportunity for relaxed alfresco breakfasts. Agent, Scott Kemsley, of Balfours says: “The present owner has meticulously renovated the Victorian school, successfully incorporating a number of original features with the comforts of a 21st century living; full marks.”

Bordered by farmland the property offers panoramic views across unspoilt countryside from what was once the playground and is now lawn, garden and pond with garden shed. Scott adds: “This is a fabulous home for anyone wishing to enjoy a Victorian building with a real sense of social history. Gazing through the beautiful gothic shaped picture window, you cannot help but think of the children that will have also gazed through - with half an eye on the blackboard and their teacher, while minds’ eye drifts to playing in streams and trees nearby!”

Two of the four bedrooms have fitted wardrobes; the family bathroom has a bath and shower. There is also a cloakroom with shower, found in the utility room on the ground floor.

The Old School House, Ellerdine, is marketed with a guide price of £400,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Old Sch main

Old Sch kitchen

Old Sch reception room

Old Sch bedroom

old school lawn

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Single Storey Plot – Speedy Sale Agreed


A rare chance to build a dream single storey, architect designed, dwelling in a popular and accessible town location, marketed by Balfours, has been snapped up within three weeks of launch. The plot at Millingtons Way, Frankwell, is found just over the Welsh Bridge, came with full planning permission for a two bedroom residence.

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton says: “The interest and sale, subject to contract, demonstrates an appetite for something a bit special; this was one of those unique opportunities to build to your chosen specification. The plot is situated in the much sought after Frankwell location, close to the town’s amenities, including the Quarry Park, river walks, shops, restaurants and theatre. All are within a short walk.

Alistair continues: “To achieve sales swiftly requires three elements: meticulous preparation pre-sale; a plot or property which has popular appeal and an appropriate guide price. Combined, these factors will drive demand.” Balfours were marketing the plot with a guide price of £140,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Romantic Names Rosehill Mill and Lakeside Cottage Live up to Expectations


A former corn mill, dating back to the 17th century is now a stunning and flexible five bedroom home, with a cottage alongside. Rosehill Mill and Lakeside Cottage are situated at Rosehill, less than four miles from Market Drayton.

The properties, set in half an acre and incorporating lake and garden are launched to the market by Balfours with a guide price of £600,000. The county towns of Shrewsbury and Chester 19 miles are 32 miles respectively, while Newport, Nantwich, and Crewe are all within a comfortable commute as is the motorway network.

Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours, says: “This is a stunning and very unique pair of properties which are beautifully presented capitalising on a wealth of features including sandstone, oak beams and the lake.

At Rosehill Mill the living accommodation comprises of entrance hall, large living room with glazing to either side of the herringbone fireplace and woodburner. Adjacent the bespoke kitchen has granite worktops and a pantry off. While the lower ground floor is currently a dedicated snooker room, it still provides space to enjoy easy chairs facing the feature fireplace.

Basement level has the potential to be separate living accommodation, equipped with kitchen, living room, bedroom five and wc. On the first floor the en-suite master-room enjoys idyllic views of the lake from the Juliet balcony. There are a further three bedrooms and a family bathroom. Rosehill Mill has a large carport and garden store.

Lakeside Cottage delivers outstanding outlooks to the lake from the glazed frontage of the living room, also from the kitchen. On the first floor there are three bedrooms a bathroom and separate wc. Says Duncan: “The aspect and presentation of Lakeside Cottage glow, it is best summed up by its healthy letting revenue, based on the last seven years accounts.”

Private and state schools, golf, walking, fishing and cycling are all within range of the properties. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Rosehill Mill Main

Rosehill Mill Pond

Rosehill snooker

Rosehill Mill Sitting Room

Rosehill Mill - Lakeside Cottage

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Bungalow with Annex and Paddock


A bungalow with a self-contained annex, large garden and paddock has been launched to the market by Balfours.

“This individually designed, 21st century build offers wonderful views from a plot chosen by the current vendors, explains agent,” Duncan Scobie, of Balfours. He says: “Nant Y Coed is in a slightly elevated position just outside Welshpool, in the upper reaches of the Severn Valley near the border between England and Wales. It is a wonderful location just over a mile from the market town of Welshpool and less than 20 miles from Shrewsbury and Oswestry.”

The property comprises of a spacious entrance hall with access to all rooms. The kitchen is well equipped with adjoining dining room. The sitting room has glazing to three aspects providing a delightful light room with fireplace. Three bedrooms, one en-suite and a bathroom are also accessed off the hallway.

Beyond the kitchen a utility room links with a large garage and wc.   The first floor annex can be accessed both from a staircase in the main reception hall and via an outside staircase to a balcony. The annex provides a large living room, inner hall, kitchenette, bathroom and double bedroom with built in wardrobes.

Duncan adds: This property is made all the more attractive with extensive landscaped gardens and a 2.55 acre paddock.” Nant Y Coed is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £480,000. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Nant Y Coed Main

Nant Y Coed Paddock

Nant Y Coed Kitchen


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A Guide to Selling Your Home


Once you have decided to sell your home we aim to make the sale process run as smoothly as possible - from marketing to EPC's we are on hand and ready to help.

Firstly we recommend that you gather the following documents - these may help to speed things up once an offer is made: Building regulations certificates for any extensions or alterations you have carried out; invoices for council tax, house insurance and utilities. For those whose property shares communal services, then again appropriate invoices. These will allow prospective purchasers to understand the running costs of your home.

You will also need to instruct a solicitor to act on your behalf and if you have a mortgage you will have to organise your onward financing.

An Energy Performance Certificate EPC is now a legal requirement – we can organise this if you don’t already have one.  A home condition report is a very useful document to prospective purchasers – though ultimately they may choose to commission an independent report, it will certainly give them confidence in their pursuit.

We will need to know which fixtures and fittings you wish to retain and which you are happy to include. We will also send a photographer to take external and internal photographs for your property’s brochure. Now is a good time to declutter, be that the caravan off the drive, or something you have intended to move but just haven’t got around to!

If you are seeking a professional and personal service, we will be with you all the way - at the end of the phone, by email and in person – our dedicated team is there to make the sold sign a very positive experience for you.

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