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A fine two bedroom town centre apartment has been launched to the market.

1B, St Mary’s Shrewsbury, ticks all the boxes for those seeking convenience combined with an elegant ambience and capacious living. Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton describes the raised ground floor apartment as exceptional: “This is truly unique, retaining a plethora of period features - while it is two bedrooms the rooms are of generous sizes.

He continues: “St Mary’s provides wonderful architecture and outlooks, together with close by convenience of high street shops, restaurants and transport. However this apartment does come with its own private gated parking.”

Step inside the private entrance where the vaulted hallway is a taster of the fine detail within the apartment. This includes original oak floor throughout, spectacular feature coving to high ceilings, traditional fire surrounds and large sash and bay window in the lounge and dining room respectively.

A high quality contemporary fitted kitchen sits at one end, with the dining area bathed in light from the south facing bay. Each of the bedrooms benefit from fitted wardrobes and traditional fire surrounds. A bathroom is accessed off the hallway together with two storage cupboards, one of significant size. Balfours are marketing 1B St Mary’s with a guide price of £350,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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St Marys Main

St Marys Lounge

St Marys Dining

St Marys Kitchen

Friday, 17 November 2017 17:10

Abermule, Montgomery


A three bedroom farmhouse with stables and outbuildings, set in an elevated position with countryside views, set in 4.9 acres (1.98 ha).

Friday, 17 November 2017 11:04

Development Land Near Oswestry

Development land near Oswestry, with outline planning permission for 13 residential dwellings, with a dedicated private access road through a tree lined avenue, is on the market with a guide price of £300,000. 

Hengoed development is situated in a rural position, yet well placed for commuters to Oswestry , three miles; Shrewsbury, 18 miles; Chester 24 miles; the Midlands and North West are also within easy reach. The land, which extends to 1.7 acres, is marketed by Balfours.

Head of sales, Alistair Hilton, of Balfours comments: “Hengoed Development is in a beautiful rural setting – it has a very pleasing approach through a smart avenue of young trees. It sits on the edge of the hamlet of Hengoed, near Gobowen and Weston Rhyn where many local facilities are within easy reach. The location also offers an excellent mix of state and private schools within the vicinity.

For more information call Alistair Hilton of Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 09:46

Twenty Acres Of Prime Pastureland For Sale

Two roadside pasture fields totalling 20 acres and situated half a mile from Welshpool are to be auctioned later this month. Balfours are marketing the pastureland with the auction to take place on Saturday, November 25, at The Assembly Rooms, Welshpool.

The fields are situated over Red Bank, either side of the B4392, which links Welshpool to Guildsfield. Agent, Duncan Scobie, of Balfours explains: “The land is highly accessible with close by links to a number of major trunk roads in the area.

“The fields are gently undulating and in good heart. They are a rare opportunity to purchase good pasture land noted for its stocking and cropping capabilities.”

The land is to be sold in two lots, lot one comprising of 12.6 acres and lying to the north of Red Bank road; it has mains water and is predominantly ring fenced. Lot two is found on the opposite side of the road and extends to 7.4 acres.

For more information call Duncan on 01743 353511.

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Red Bank Lot 1 2

Do you fancy living in a Welsh barn conversion? The opportunity to buy a large stone barn with planning permission for two homes on the northern fringe of the Brecon Beacons is on the market with Balfours with a guide price of £135,000.

The barn at Abercrai is located one mile from the village of Trecastle and 14 miles from Brecon. Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea and Cardiff are within 22 miles to 45 miles range. Agent, Duncan Scobie says: “This is a beautiful location, found down a farm lane opening into a farm courtyard, with rural surrounds.”

Full planning permission provides for two three bedroom homes, each with a stunning timber “A” frame, open plan living space; and each with ground and first floor bedrooms. Duncan adds: “This would be a great project for a builder, or for an extended family or friends seeking either a permanent home, or a great get-away retreat.”

The barn benefits from shared access, land for gardens and parking. Drainage and electric are available for connection. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Abercrai Barn Main 2

Abercrai Barn Garden

Abercrai Barn Inside

Abercrai Barn Elevations


It is now time for your short-listed agents to make an appraisal of your property.  Having already browsed their shop window, website and advertising, you can either make a telephone call to invite them to visit, or you can call in to their offices. This would seem much more personal than emailing, although if time is of the essence you may take that approach.

Ultimately you are seeking an agent who is polite, professional and knowledgeable. While these qualities will matter to you, they will be even more important in their ability to close a sale on your behalf.

On the appointed day of your property appraisal, they will tell you what they think the guide price should be and how much the property may actually sell for. If all the agents suggest similar amounts, you can be reasonably sure they are accurate. But don’t be surprised if one comes up with a very different figure. They might know something the others don’t!

A good agent will justify their opinion of the value of your property by showing you examples of similar ones that are on the market and those that have sold.

The agent will want to have an understanding of your circumstances and needs. Perhaps you must sell by a certain date because of a job or school move, or there’s a baby on the way and you require a bigger home. To achieve a good working relationship you need to be totally upfront regarding your circumstances and why you are selling.

Make it clear if there are any points that are confidential and for the agent’s background only. These should therefore not to be disclosed to any potential buyers. A good agent will understand sensitive issues and will tailor their services to deal with them.

As the potential client, you should find out what they are going to do for you individually and how they will market your property. Ask if they have a buyers list and if anyone is already springing to mind as a match.

Now is the time to ask if they will accompany the people who come to view and how often they will keep in touch to let you know how things are going. This may have a bearing on fees charged, which is normally based on a percentage of the selling price. Your decision will be based on factors from your property value and justification to who has the most professional, but also personable approach.

Next issue we will look at what to expect within an agents fees and what they do once a sale is agreed. At which point it is time to decide who you will appoint to market your home.


Friday, 10 November 2017 17:20

Inspections During A Tenancy - Essential

Inspecting a tenanted property is an essential part of a tenancy, but one that is often disliked by tenants and leaves landlords feeling uncomfortable.

As a result it is easily overlooked, yet landlords are leaving themselves open to finding themselves on the wrong side of the law and out of pocket, according to Charlotte George, MARLA, Head of Lettings at Balfours. 

She says: “While references must always be taken, new and short-term lettings should be inspected regularly to ensure a number of issues are in order and that the property is not being used illegally, for example growing cannabis. Also to check who is living there and that there are no unauthorised occupiers, as both these issues could leave the landlord liable to prosecution.”

The landlord also has legal obligations to keep the property structure, exterior, supply of utilities, space and water heating in good repair. By law the landlord has a duty of care, irrespective of action notice provided; ‘he ought in all the circumstances to have known of the relevant defect’.

Charlotte adds: “Inspections don’t have to be difficult. Using a third party to inspect what is the tenant’s home, puts a personal intrusion for the tenant on a professional footing. Once a tenant is established and settled for the long term it may be that such inspections can be less formal and done in the course of other management duties.”

Property inspections are a regular part of Charlotte’s job, therefore giving her the experience to progress an inspection quickly, with minimum intrusion to the tenant and none of the awkwardness. If you would like to discuss your rented properties, Charlotte George can be contacted on 01743 277069 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A prime Herefordshire farm with extensive woodland has sold for in excess of its £3,225,000 guide price within two months of launch to the market in mid-May this year. The 583 acre Hen House Farm at Bodenham, was snapped up by an investment purchaser, after being offered to the market as a whole or in two lots.

Agent, Andrew Liddiment of Balfours says: “Hen House Farm presented a combination of opportunities incorporating farming, forestry and superb sport including fishing on the River Lugg. The package comprised of a stone farmhouse, with associated traditional and modern buildings, 116 acres of arable, 165 acres of grass land and 79 acres of amenity woodland, totalling 360 acres. The balancing 223 acres, Dinmore Hill provided well-managed, principally mature Oak woodland.”

Andrew continues: “Access to Hen House Farm is via metalled road, running east to west through the farm. Current and past environmental stewardship schemes have achieved excellent habitat for farmland wildlife and game through extensive hedgerow restoration, tree planting and habitat creation.

 “We had strong interest, including a number of international enquiries and were delighted to agree a sale in early July, which has since been completed.  Andrew adds: “Farming businesses are still active market participants but face increasing competition from those seeking a lifestyle package or investment returnsWith strong interest and viewings from as far afield as the United Arab Emirates I think the take home message is you really don’t know who is in the market until launch.

For more information call Andrew Liddiment on 01588 673314, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Residential Sales on 01743 353511, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Hen House Farm



Thursday, 09 November 2017 10:42

Bayston Hill, New 21st Century Bungalow

Clean contemporary lines wrap around this detached bungalow hinting of a 21st century interior – true to the flower from which The Bluebells takes its name, it does not disappoint.

This new build is situated some three miles south of Shrewsbury in Bayston Hill, at Betley Lane, off Lyth Hill Road. It is situated to the rear of its plot and offers glimpses of the Wrekin and open farmland, yet with a bus stop and stores just a few minutes from its door.

Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours says: “The Bluebells has been finished with an eye for design and to a high standard; it is those finishing fixtures that give this property its edge.” From outward appearance that includes brick finish to the lower quarter with cream rendered walls above and windows that stretch the distance of the rendering, an attractive feature.

Open the partially glazed front door to a tiled entrance through to the utility room. The utility lushly equipped and ready to serve its new occupants. A fully glazed oak framed door leads through to the open plan living space. This area is pleasurably light with a glazed bay, separate French doors, deep windows to a second aspect and a roof light above the kitchen area.

The kitchen is defined by units with solid wood countertop, incorporating breakfast bar and engineered wood flooring. A suite of integrated Neve electronics will entice creative cuisine.

Two bedrooms and a bathroom with shower and bath complete this new build which is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £280,000. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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The Bluebells Main

The Bluebells Living Area

The Bluebells Bathroom

The Bluebells Kitchen

A mixed use freehold property at the hub of Minsterley has been launched to the market offering great investment potential.

Holly House has commercial and residential space, comprising of a post office with sorting office; a butcher and a separate fish and chip shop. Above is a spacious three bedroom on the first and second floor.

Launched to the market by Charlie Giffard of Balfours, Holly House is of brick construction under a slate roof; the adjacent, but separate fish and chip shop is of similar construction. Says Charlie: “This is an unusual, but inspiring package which is likely to be of interest to investors and entrepreneurs. Currently the property is achieving a combined income, through the post office and rental, in excess of £30,000, with varying leases on the enterprises.”

The residential accommodation comprises of a three good sized rooms – the kitchen, living room and dining room, plus a utility and cloakroom. On the second floor there are three double bedrooms and a family shower room. A large, partially walled, garden is found to the rear, together with a courtyard to take five or six vehicles plus two garages.

Charlie adds: “This is a must view for anyone seeking a change of lifestyle and livelihood, or an investment project. Minsterley is a large and thriving village which also draws from a wide rural area. In addition to the retail at Holly House the village has a primary school, petrol station with grocery shop and public house. Secondary education is found just one and a half miles away at Pontesbury and in Shrewsbury, ten miles.”

Holly House is marketed with a guide price of £350,000 for more information call Charlie Giffard on 01743 353511.

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Holly House Main

Holly House Sitting Room

Holly House Dining Room

Holly House Garden

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