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Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:00

Copious character and space in and out

Pel Beggar is not only situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty at Stoke St Milborough; it complements it.

Less than half a century old, this stone farmhouse encapsulates a traditional structure blended with balance and copious character. The external features are further enhanced by 20 acres of its’ own surrounding land and a foray of outbuildings.

Agent, Scott Kemsley, of Balfours explains: “The key factor is the generous 3, 660 square feet this farmhouse offers, allowing great flexibility of use.”

As it is used today there are two living areas, the main accommodation comprises of entrance hall, kitchen diner, study, three bedrooms and two bathrooms; the master room being en-suite. There is separate access to a large generous second suite of rooms. 

In addition there is a games room, dairy, workshop and store room, all offering great potential as does the barn. With a manege and 20 acres this provides great potential for equestrian activities, however would equally suit a huge variety of hobbies or businesses, subject to planning consents.

Scott adds: Stoke St Milborough is one of South Shropshire’s most desirable and popular villages and deservedly so. The views from the property are quite stunning. Pel Beggar is situated seven miles from the popular market town of Ludlow, with Bridgnorth 13 miles and Shrewsbury 29 miles.”

Marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £875,000, for more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Shropshire’s housing market is currently stable following the referendum, according to Tim Main, head of sales at Balfours, who has agreed sales since the UK opted to leave the EU.

He says: “It is inevitable that there will be some turmoil within the financial markets in the coming months. Our domestic property market will follow national trends to some extent, but our local economy - which drives our market - is a lot stronger than it was at the time of the economic downturn in 2008.”

He urged that Shropshire property buyers and sellers should not be afraid to progress sales and purchases: “People still need homes and will still want to move up and down the property ladder for a huge variety of personal reasons, thereby generating supply and demand.

“We have had one or two expats returning, who have delayed their decision due to the uncertainty in financial markets, but others will find properties cheaper with a slightly weaker pound and it may well entice more expats to invest in the UK.

“Generally it is business as usual at Balfours and I am pleased to report that we have agreed sales on the day of the Referendum outcome.”



Friday, 24 June 2016 00:00

Anchored by maturity, lifted by flare

Anchored by maturity, lifted by flare; this well-presented three bedroom Edwardian home is located in the popular village of Minsterley, ten miles west of Shrewsbury.

Marketed by Balfours, internally The Mount has many period features: From sash windows and high ceilings to the decorative timber front gable and arch with recessed front door. The stained glass door and flanking windows is a refurbished feature offering the best of both worlds.

All of the ground floor rooms are accessed from the spacious entrance hall. There are two reception rooms, currently used as living room with bay window and dining room with French doors. There is a downstairs cloakroom.

Agent, Tim Main says: “The jewel in the crown is the very generously sized kitchen breakfast room. This has been tastefully fitted with a kitchen island and contemporary fitted units which complement the high ceilings, while a fireplace and bay window offer an area in which to relax. To the far end of the kitchen is a utility room and below stairs a useful cellar.”

There are three bedrooms on the first floor, together with a family bathroom. A separate shower-room and two dressing rooms, which do, if so minded have the potential as en-suite facility.

The large mature garden incorporates a decked area with direct access to the dining room. Outside there is also parking and a garden shed. The property is close to the Shropshire Hills which is an Area of Outstanding Beauty. This is a living, working place, loved by locals and visitors alike for its quality of environment, for walking and activities of all levels.

The Mount, Horsebridge Road, is marketed with a guide price of £320,000; for more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511.

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A block of 171 acres of predominantly arable land, with farm buildings and excellent potential in south west Shropshire is on the market with Balfours.

Situated amid stunning scenery, at Clunton Hill, Lydbury North, the land has good access via hard-core tracks and provides a set of traditional buildings together with a Dutch barn.

Agent Tim Main of Balfours says: “this is a very useful block of arable land which ranges from 300 metres to 330 metres. In addition to its core agricultural purposes, the farmstead has great potential for conversion, subject to planning permission.” The land and buildings are marketed with a guide price of £1.25m. For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:00

Where Victorian values excel

A beautifully proportioned and presented entrance hall provides a glowing first impression at Forncet. This Victorian five/six bedroom property is located half a mile from Wem town centre and 12 miles from Shrewsbury. Crewe station is just 25 miles. The property comes with its original coach house.

True to the values of Victorian living the entrance hall has a pair of leaded light front doors, which bathes light onto the most exquisite traditional tiled floor. The hall is broad and provides access to three reception rooms and the kitchen.

From either the hall or a side entrance the rear lobby gives access to the utility, two pantries and second staircase at the top of which are currently the office and a second bathroom.  From the rear landing access is to the main landing and front staircase, off which a further five bedrooms and bathroom are to be found.

Agent, Scott Kemsley, of Balfours says: “Forncet, is a beautifully presented Victorian property – with a huge amount to offer. Within the Coach House are two stables, a tack room and the coach house, with three storage rooms above. The property also has traditional storage and two greenhouses to serve the kitchen and main gardens.”

Balfours are marketing Forncet with a guide price of £550,000, for more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Spectacular elevated views across open Shropshire countryside are within the gift of Dunsmore’s vantage point on Grinshill, north of Shrewsbury.

This stunning property, on the market with Balfours, offers landscaped gardens with a natural woodland area and paddock. Dunsmore currently provides 362 square metres of living space; however it comes with planning permission to extend.

There are currently four reception rooms and four bedrooms on the first floor. The master bedroom has en-suite facilities, while a family bathroom services the remaining rooms.. The master room has a balcony to the panoramic views and two more rooms have Juliet balconies. There is also a ground floor bedroom with en-suite facilities and the option for separate living and access.  

Agent, Clemmie Daborn of Balfours says: “Grinshill is a much sought after country village location, within easy distance of Shrewsbury and Telford. Architects proposed drawings of Dunsmore present an exciting opportunity for the purchaser to create the home of their dreams.”

The plot with paddock and grounds extends to 1.84 acres, with the added attraction of planning permission to extend and modify. Dunsmore is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £850,000. For more information call Clemmie Daborn on 01743 353511 .

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Imagine stepping out of bed in the morning, flinging back the French doors and taking a dip in your very own swimming pool:  En-suite-swimming doesn’t get much better than that! And after a refreshing dip it can be down to the stables.

The master bedroom is part of the more recent conversions made at Greenfields Barn, the original work having been undertaken in the 1970s to this picturesque property just outside Hodnet and almost equal distance, 15 miles each way to Shrewsbury and Telford.

Returning to the dream the spacious master-suite enjoys access to the swimming pool area. A feature of this house is that rooms are of good proportions, which in total offer more than 4,000 square feet of living space.

The kitchen living space is no exception and it too has French doors, this time from the breakfast area to the terrace.  The ground floor provides three reception rooms, plus the sunroom, a study and an additional bedroom. Service rooms include boot room, pantry, utility and cloakroom. The first floor offers a further three bedrooms, two en-suite and the third having use of the family bathroom.

Outdoor spaces comprise of gardens, two acre orchard, summer house, four acre paddock, stables, barn and dog kennels; in short all required for a thoroughly convivial country-life, plus of course the swimming pool!

Greenfields Barn is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £765,000 for more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511 .

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An individually designed four bedroom house in Shrewsbury’s popular residential location at Copthorne has been launched to the market.

2a Westlands Road is situated in a corner plot and boasts space light and storage as key drivers. Ground floor accommodation includes living room with glazing at both ends, kitchen with adjacent dining room enjoying outlooks and access to the garden. There is also a utility, cloakroom and workshop, plus single garage.

The master bedroom offers en-suite facilities and sumptuous storage space. There are two additional double bedrooms with built in wardrobes, plus a single bedroom.

Agent, Alistair Hilton of Balfours Property Professionals, says: “This is an individually designed property with the benefit of a generous private garden. Add to this its prized location in the heart of the Copthorne district, with local shops and amenities within walking distance.

“The historic county town of Shrewsbury is just two miles, which is either a pleasant walk, or five minutes in the car; there is also good public transport. Ultimately a very convenient location with a fabulous corner situation,” he adds.

2a Westlands Road is marketed with a guide price of £350,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511. Please click here for further details.


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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:00

An evening of art

Balfours held a drinks evening at Willow Gallery in Oswestry recently (19.5.16) where staff and guests were treated to a private gallery viewing.

Pictured from left Balfours’ staff, Craig Varley, business manager; Charlotte George, lettings; Abigail Barker residential office manager and John Scorer, guest.

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A landmark site in the historic market town of Nantwich has been launched to the market. Built when Shakespeare was just 13 years old, in 1577, Churche’s Mansion is a stunning half-timbered Elizabethan mansion, with enchanting diamond lead windows.

As the world marks the four hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this stage is marketed with a guide price of £1.1 million. The oak boards – and stone floors extend 3,500 square feet providing commercial space, a four bedroomed apartment, walled garden and extensive parking.

Head of sales at Balfours, Tim Main says: “This is a fascinating property with unique opportunity - the commercial space was previously an award winning restaurant. Churche’s Mansion was built in 1577, by a wealthy local businessman as his family home; it is a rare surviving merchant’s house, with many original features. Its most recent use was for the sale of antique furniture.”

“For an entrepreneur seeking to lift the curtains on a business where the objective is to impress and fascinate with a memorable backdrop to the experience, then Churches’ Mansion has to be considered. This property’s pedigree speaks for itself, within its historic track record is an era as an award winning restaurant and more recently as one of the best 50 antique shops in the UK; as named by the Independent,” Tim adds.

The stunning ground floor rooms include the dining room, the long oak panelled room and the timber framed front room. The dining room is central and would have originally been known as The Great Hall, used for entertaining, while the long oak room was the “withdrawing room” –for the ladies, after the great feast.

Meanwhile on the opposite side of the dining room the timber framed room was once known as the Buttery, butt being the early word for a barrel. This was the service room, filled with dried goods, many would have been stored in barrels or casks to supply the kitchen, plus barrels of mead, beer and wine. And so the household office in charge of the Butter became known as the Butler.

Much more than a landmark, Churche’s Mansion is a wealth of original 400 year old intrigue, among its stage acts are a delightful walled garden and an apartment where the light shines bright, ready for a new performance in the 21st century.

For more information call Tim Main at Balfours on 01743 353511 . Please click here for further details.

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