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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 00:00

Surveying and summits

Stepping-up to the challenge is in the blood for one of Shropshire’s up and coming land agents.  In recent weeks Charlie Adkin of Balfours has not only passed her Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors exams; but she has scaled the National Three Peaks, in 24 hours.

Her professional proficiency comes less than three years after joining Balfours as an MSc graduate in Rural Estate Management. During this time she has worked under the guidance of Balfours’ partner, Richard Jones-Perrott, himself a RICS assessor.

Charlie enthuses: “I very much enjoy the estate management work in Shropshire and North Wales – there are some beautiful estates which play a significant role in the ever developing rural landscape. Working with Richard has enabled me to build on both experience and confidence to deal with the many challenges which have come my way.”

Her latest feat was to ascend Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland, more than 3,400 metres in total, all within 24 hours testing logistic skills too. Charlie’s appetite for keeping fit incorporates a number of half marathons, triathlons and this September she will embrace the River Dart for a ten kilometre swim.

Richard Jones-Perrott comments: “We are extremely proud of Charlie; she is extremely professional, diligent and a real people person; qualities which will take her far. To pass her RICS APC is an important milestone in her professional career.”

Charlie, who is just 26 years old, originates from the Cotswolds and now enjoys a work base at New Windsor House, Oxon, Shrewsbury with home in town too.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00

Rare chance to build new house for stables

A rare opportunity to create a new homestead linked to equestrian facilities, incorporating 21 stables and ten acres is on the market.

Lostford Manor Stables is located at Mickley, Tern Hill, Market Drayton, offering excellent road links to the North and the Midlands – an important factor for many equestrian businesses.

On the market with Balfours, the property comprises of 21 boxes eight of which are in a traditional stable yard and the balance being split between two barns, providing American style undercover stabling. Additional buildings include a Dutch barn with lean-tos and a silage clamp. There are four well fenced level paddocks.

Says agent, Tim Main of Balfours: “The facilities come with planning permission for a three bedroom house, creating a superb prospect for an equestrian business. We are marketing the whole with a guide price of £375,000 which represents a golden opportunity to lay down the foundations for 21st century equestrian facilities.”

For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:00

Join us at the Newport Show

Balfours will once again be attending the Newport Show on Saturday 9th July 2016.


We hope you will join us!


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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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