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Friday, 26 January 2018 12:34

Hadnall, Shropshire


An imposing detached house set in a 0.75 acre (0.3 ha) south facing plot with pool and brick outbuilding.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 10:28

Priest Weston, Montgomery


A Grade II four bedroom country home with potential for guest accommodation plus an outbuilding, set in 2.3 acres (.93 ha).

Monday, 22 January 2018 09:11

Sutton Wood, Coalport


A three bedroom cottage and farm buildings with residential planning permission, paddocks and land totalling 14.19 acres (5.74 ha).

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 12:37

Top Location For Town And Country

The best of both worlds, proximity to Shrewsbury town and open country views are on offer on the fringe of Meole Village. Number Six Milnthorpe Close is a modern, detached family home in a sought after location enjoying views over the Rea Brook.

Marketed by Alistair Hilton, head of sales at Balfours, the property comprises of an entrance hall with access to two of the three reception rooms, also to the kitchen with breakfast bar. He says:  “This is a well laid out property with the study immediately accessed from the entrance front door, while the living room and dining room are found to the bottom of the hall, linked by double doors. Each has wonderful views to the garden and landscape beyond, with the lounge providing access to a terrace.”

A cloakroom is to be found off the hall too, while ascending the stairs reveals the master bedroom with en-suite shower room, and three bedrooms sharing a family bathroom. Alistair adds: “Number Six has much to offer, a double driveway, to a detached double garage, with space for a workshop within its generous 25 square meter space.

“This is a wonderfully quiet location, yet it is only three miles from Shrewsbury town centre with all the amenities that provides. Significantly a selection of both primary and secondary, state and private schools are all within walking or cycling distance.”

Balfours are marketing Six Milnthorpe Close with a guide price of £410,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

Please click here for further details.

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A new and innovative development of 30 homes at Minsterley, is enjoying exceptional interest.  

The Orchid Meadow development - which is being carried out in two phases - has, within two weeks of 2018, seen the reservation of two of the newly launched 3 bedroom detached “Tyrell” Homes along with all four of the first phase’s  2 bedroom “Bolton” homes and a further two reservations on the 3 bedroom semi-detached “Lannister”.

The two and three bedroom houses are built by Clutton Homes, with a ground breaking roofing technique, which credits them as the first property developer in the UK to have an entire roof, complete with tiles fitted via a crane.

Agent, Scott Kemsley of Balfours who are marketing the properties says: “We are thrilled to be working with Clutton Homes, they have been innovative in their approach, not only making history with the roofing system, but also their use of intelligent design techniques, from quality modern fittings and craftsmanship to achieve a contemporary fresh and stylish feel.

“Furthermore the development is built within the scope of the “Help to Buy” equity loan - which, along with the abolition of Stamp Duty for people who do not already own a property, is proving to be a real help to purchasers. With the Help to Buy equity loan, the Government lends up to 20% of the cost, so only a 5% cash deposit is needed and a 75% mortgage to make up the rest. The two bedroomed is marketed with a guide price of £145,000, while three bedroomed homes available between £170,000 - £199, 950 are available.”

Scott adds: “These are beautifully presented properties in a great location with more of the development to come on stream. Minsterley is a popular village with good reason; there is a full complement of services including primary school, plus secondary school in neighbouring Pontesbury. Shrewsbury is less than ten miles away, with easy links to the bypass and motorways.”

For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

For further details on some of the remaining Plots please click here 27, 29 and 36.


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Friday, 19 January 2018 16:16

New Chapter For Inspired Sandstone Cottage

It is said that The Chronicles of Narnia, when filmed in the original BBC adaption, incorporated areas within Mulberry Cottage and its 3.2 acres. Here atmospheric and ancient sandstone features both inside and outside this four bedroom home.

Situated nine miles from Whitchurch and 13 from Shrewsbury, Mulberry Cottage is found at Weston Heath, a hamlet half a mile from Weston Under Redcastle. The four bedroom home comes with gardens, two paddocks and a three bay garage.

As with so many cottages, its original small beginnings now render the name a misrepresentation. The current owners have carried out a significant sandstone, oak and sweet chestnut clad extension. Such has been their attention to detail that it is difficult to distinguish new from old.

The result is a wonderful spacious semi open plan property where character and contemporary are true bedfellows. The scene is set by an oak veranda, each post sitting on sandstone staddle. This leads to a hallway, off which can be found an eight meter by four meter kitchen, day room with French doors opening to a terrace. Opposite the kitchen is the dining room with beams, French doors and a slender sandstone inglenook with an ornate cylinder shaped burner.

There are two further reception rooms, the lounge with traditional inglenook and cupboards to each side and a sitting room. Ground floor accommodation also takes account of utility and wc.  The first floor is found from the hallway stairs that rise to a mezzanine landing where the master bedroom has a Juliet balcony. The four bedrooms share two luxurious bathrooms both freestanding baths and one with shower too.

Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours comments: “Mulberry Cottage has been prudently lavished upon to achieve a bespoke home of quality and character, from copper baths to Habitat Massello oak and stainless kitchen.”

Outside gnarled sandstone features, including rock face from which the stone for the original cottage would have been sourced, together with water feature, gazebo and even a hidden shepherds cave. This Narnia inspiration is now looking for a new inhabitant to pen the next chapter.

Mulberry Cottage is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £696,000. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

Please click here for further details.

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 12:27

A Positive Opening To 2018 Property Market

Shropshire has enjoyed a steady and remarkably certain property market during the past twelve months, writes Alistair Hilton, head of sales at Balfours.

The year closed with properties exchanging and completing right to the Christmas boundary, then opening in the New Year to activity well beyond our expectations. Going forward into 2018 we all have a better picture of what Brexit looks like and significantly, the knowledge that this is now unlikely to be a divorce where Britain is left out in the cold.

This positive outlook was endorsed in the New Year when we launched four new homes at the Orchid Meadow new development at Minsterley and those together with several others within the development were snapped up and reserved within two weeks of going on the market.

No longer is it true that the property market dries up during the late autumn and winter. Perhaps partially due to the internet and hugely flexible communications, but also people are more flexible in their approach, to where they work and live – which for a growing number are one and the same.

Shropshire has weathered the uncertainty of Brexit exceptionally well, operating in a more insular domestic market with confidence in buyers and sellers alike, right through the spectrum. Edge Farm is an example of a two million pound property on which we closed a sale last Autumn.

The vendors had lavished greatly on Edge Farm to create his and her new build dream home extending 9,000 square feet.  Extending to 44 acres in South Shropshire’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the land incorporated a runway with magnificent views for flying machines.  We had strong interest and ultimately there were two parties in serious contention.

It remains too early to judge the effect the abolition of stamp duty on first time buyers will have – but Alistair suspects that the chancellor’s gesture is a gesture which will be acted upon – and Shropshire has a good stock of homes which will fit the bill.

Throughout Balfours territory, Shropshire, Staffordshire and border counties, the residential town and rural markets, development and agricultural land have enjoyed a hugely positive year. During 2018 demand will dictate what will happen to property prices.

We don’t anticipate a huge influx of new stock coming to market, thereby enabling prices of good quality - and well marketed well priced stock - to be a commodity which remains in high demand. Alistair Hilton, is based at Balfours office The Square, Shrewsbury,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Hidden tranquillity in paradise is to be found tucked behind Habberley, one of Shropshire’s hidden gems. Lower Vessons Farm, provides a grade II listed farmhouse, 78 acres of pasture and woodland together with a complete suite of equestrian features. 

The farmhouse has been totally refurbished over the past decade to now comprise entrance hall, living room linking to the conservatory, open plan kitchen breakfast room. French doors from both the kitchen and the study access to the summer room.  The rear porch gives entry to the boot room, downstairs cloakroom, and through to the utility room.

There are four bedrooms, including a second floor suite, where a fifth bedroom could be exchanged for the current sitting room. Three bedrooms on the first floor enjoy a large family bathroom, while a wet room is found within the second floor suite.

On the market with Balfours, agent Scott Kemsley explains: “Lower Vessons Farm is situated in a stunning, elevated rural position. The land comprises 62 acres of permanent pasture and 16 acres of woodland. The present owners have upgraded the equestrian facilities to include an indoor school, 13 stables, with flexible penning for an additional 15 horses. The hacking is superb, wonderfully quiet with an abundance of off road forestry.”

Whilst being off the beaten track Pontesbury is just two miles and Shrewsbury ten miles, with major cities of Manchester and Birmingham and their airports within easy reach. Lower Vessons Farm is marketed with a guide price of £1,475,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

Please click here for further details.

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For those focusing on the long term gains, investments as a landlord are still a good business and superior to many alternatives. Nevertheless with a record number of government consultations relating to the private rented sector, 2017 was another challenging year for landlords. This therefore is a good time to reflect on some of the key changes and how they affect you as a landlord, writes Head of Lettings at Balfours, Charlotte George, MARLA.

April 2017 marked the beginning of mortgage interest tax relief being slashed; gradually from 100% to zero by April 2020. So, for the 2017-18 tax year, landlords can still claim 75% of the finance costs at the higher rate, with the remaining 25% being deducted at the basic rate. From 2018-19 this will fall to 50%, in 2019-20 25% will be deducted, with the other 75% receiving basic-rate tax reductions.  

As a result of this, some landlords have looked at setting up a limited company in which they can transfer their property portfolio so they can restructure, and others are looking at ways to realign their portfolio to have fewer mortgaged properties.  Landlords with mortgages need to understand what impact the changes to mortgage interest tax relief will have on their profits. For many January means dialog with your accountant relating to personal tax returns. Expert advice on understanding what is coming in against what expenses will more than pay for itself.

April 2018 sees the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into force with any property rented out in the private rented sector requiring a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This will apply to all new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. There are exemptions, also the EPC system, through which all ratings are made, has recently been updated acknowledging that solid walls are more efficient than originally credited.

MEES are arguably one of the most significant pieces of legislation to affect our existing building stock in a generation. I would urge landlords to take advantage of void periods and lease breaks to, ensure you are compliant. If you do have to make improvements these should in turn be reflected in rental value.

Currently, tenants usually foot the bill for tenancy agreements, referencing and credit checks. However the government is planning to ban tenants letting fees and released a  Draft Tenants Fees Bill in November 2017. This revealed details that the charging of fees to tenants will be an offence, also to make it compulsory for agents to be a member of a client money protection scheme.

Under the proposed legislation tenants can be asked to pay only their rent and a deposit; this will also limit holding deposits to no more than one week’s rent, and security deposits at no more than the equivalent of six weeks’ rent. This is likely to come into force next year and will serve to focus landlords attention on agents who provide professional efficiency reflected in cost and quality of service. Landlords dealing directly with tenants will also be in the grip of this bill.

Finally, the government is currently considering whether all letting and managing agents in England must be qualified and regulated to practice and all landlords’ members of a redress scheme to help protect tenants from unfair practices; Wales already has similar legislation in place. We are also hearing suggestions that incentives for landlords, who offer longer tenancies, may be introduced sometime next year.

What should your New Year’s resolution as a landlord be? Keep on top of changes to tenancy legislation and work closely with your agent. After all, our job is to give you the peace of mind and maximise your investment. Wishing you a prosperous 2018, Charlotte George, MARLA.

Monday, 08 January 2018 11:11

A Crisp Finish To New Three Bedroom Homes

The Tyrell is the latest style to be launched from the popular Orchid Meadows development at Minsterley. Balfours are marketing two three bedroom detached homes with features including a magnificent master bedroom and an integral garage linked to utility.

Balfours agent, Scott Kemsley, says: “These are beautifully presented properties opening up a fabulous opportunity, to live in the popular village of Minsterley where there is a full complement of services including primary school, plus secondary school in neighbouring Pontesbury. Shrewsbury is less than ten miles away, with easy links to the bypass and trunk roads to the Midlands and the north.”

Built by Clutton Homes, the “Tyrell” design provides reception hall, lounge, kitchen, separate dining room with French doors to the garden. There is also a wc and utility. People seeking a quality finish will find that Clutton Homes have really gone the extra mile in terms of the design and overall styling of the Tyrell,” says Scott.

Scott adds: “We are thrilled to be marketing the Clutton Homes, where their use of intelligent design techniques, quality modern fittings and craftsmanship achieve a contemporary fresh and stylish feel.”

There are currently just two, three bedroom detached homes of the Tyrell design, each with a guide price of £199,950. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

Please click here for further details of Plot 39 and click here for Plot 40.

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