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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 00:00

Barns attract strong interest at auction

Brook House Barns, Wootten, near Bridgnorth, sold at public auction for in excess of £300,000, without planning permission.

Balfours Property Professionals conducted the auction, of the barns, together with 2.5 acres at the Mytton and Mermaid Shrewsbury. Head of Sales, Tim Main, who conducted the auction said: “We had excellent attendance and moved the auction into the courtyard with sunshine, raising the temperature and interest of both developers and private buyers present.

“Ultimately the hammer dropped at £330,000 for the barn with 2.5 acres, which we and the vendor were very satisfied with for buildings without planning consent,” added Mr Main.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 00:00

Shropshire promoted to London buyers

Shropshire’s stunning property portfolio and healthy lifestyle will be promoted in London next week, May 13, when Balfours Property Professionals exhibit at “The Move to the Country Show.”

Alistair Hilton and Clemmie Radcliffe, town and country sales managers at Balfours will not only be promoting properties currently on their books to the London market, but also the fact that Shrewsbury came top out of 70 major towns in the UK, according to the Royal Society for Public Health, who carried out the survey.

Says Clemmie, “Potential buyers are pleasantly surprised by what Shropshire has to offer, in terms of countryside and market towns, plus of course road network. This latest accolade to Shrewsbury is another positive we can promote.”

The RSPH says that rather than simply counting the total number of different businesses on a high street, it looked at the extent to which business encouraged healthy lifestyles, promoted socialising and wellbeing and allowed greater access to health care and advice. For example leisure centres, health clubs, libraries, pubs and bars scored well, but fast food takeaways, bookmakers and pay day loans scored badly.

Alistair adds: “As it happens I moved up from London just 12 months ago with my young family. We absolutely love Shrewsbury it has a superb town park bordering the river, individual shops, good restaurants and there is lots going on. Out of town there is a diverse range of landscapes within a short distance, from South Shropshire’s Hills to the meres, mosses and woodland walks.

“I am really looking forward to the Move to the Country Show at The Chelsea Old Town Hall, because to talk the talk is just so easy,” adds Alistair. If you would like your property promoting to the London market, call Alistair or Clemmie at Balfours on 01743 353511.

Monday, 27 April 2015 00:00

Tartan in lounge not law

Plans hatched by Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader to change the face of Britain would be bad news for English property transactions should they ever be implemented south of the border.

That is the message from one of the county’s leading property agents, Tim Main, head of sales at Balfours Property Professionals, says, “If the Scottish system was perfect we would have followed suit by now. I often hear people say that vendors in Scotland have peace of mind that a sale is binding the moment it is agreed, preventing buyers from pulling out.

“However in Scotland it is all about commitment of capital; you can’t make an offer until your capital is freed up which, for most of us, means you have to have sold your own house first. That puts quite a stranglehold on the progression of property sales which we don’t suffer south of the border.”

According to Tim the only reason our process is wrong is because it allows you to shop for a house before you are ready. “On balance we have a fair system in England and Wales. Of course it is frustrating when an offer falls through, however it isn’t an everyday occurrence and most sales agreed do come to a positive conclusion.”

He adds: “Tartan might be very in vogue in home décor presently, but I think we have to be very wary of any change to our property law, particularly if strong willed SNPs arrive at the Commons shortly after May 7.”

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 00:00

Maple – chance to turn over a new leaf

There is something very exciting about being the first to live in a brand new home. The Maples at Pump Lane, Bicton Heath, west of Shrewsbury offers precisely this.

This newly built detached four bedroom house carries a ten year guarantee and of course there is no chain. Balfours Property Professionals town sales manager, Alistair Hilton enthuses: “This is a fabulous family home, in a great location with direct access to the playing fields, local school and just a couple of minutes’ drive from the town’s bypass with links to the midlands and the north.

Layout is equally as impressive with an entrance hall giving access to all ground floor rooms. The kitchen and breakfast room is located to the rear overlooking the garden and has bi-folding doors to the terrace. The dining area also links via double doors to the sitting room, promoting a flexible open living space.

A log burner and bay window add character in the sitting room. Downstairs living space is made complete with cloakroom and study/extra bedroom, plus a well-positioned utility linked off the kitchen and within the front of the double garage.

The master bedroom enjoys a bay window and en-suite facilities while three further bedrooms are served by the family bathroom. Ultra insulating windows, partially walled good sized garden are among other bonuses of the property.

The Maples, three miles from Shrewsbury’s High Street, is marketed with a guide price of £400,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511 or visit www.balfours.co.uk

Friday, 15 May 2015 00:00

Commercial Property

Property is an issue for every commercial business; our job is to make or save money from property for clients. This is not always straightforward, but Balfours' proven expertise and comprehensive knowledge mean that we can provide expert advice and services covering all types of commercial property.

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We undertake valuations for all types of commercial property and do so for major lending institutions. On behalf of both landlords and tenants we handle rent reviews and lease renewals. Our agency work involves sales and lettings for all types of commercial property and we also undertake development feasibility studies, rates appeals and planning work.

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Thursday, 30 April 2015 00:00

The Land and Estate Management Team

Michael Evans Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239234
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Michael is engaged in the management of traditional estates and in developing them to ensure they have a secure future. He advises landowners on family succession, estate planning and inheritance tax; he is a trustee of several family trusts and estates and is a director of a number of private estate companies.
Jonathan Lovegrove-Fielden Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239231
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Jonathan is primarily involved in the management and administration of traditional family estates and trusts. Some years ago Jonathan converted his own farm to organic status which primarily supports a dairy unit
Peter Wright Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Craven Arms
01588 674032
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Peter became a Partner at Balfours in 1998. His role today incorporates Deputy Managing Partner - in charge of the accounts department and as Balfours' chief valuer and agent for the AMC.
William Colbatch-Clark Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239214
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William is primarily involved in rural estate management, where he has developed expertise in the supervision of mineral and landfill interests and tax planning matters. He also deals with diversification, public access and SSSI's.
Paul Segrott Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Craven Arms
01588 674039
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Paul specialises in farm, rural and commercial estate management, rent reviews and valuations of rural property. He advises on development opportunities in rural areas, acts on acquisitions and disposal of farms, woodland and residential property and handles claims for compulsory purchase and compensation works.
David Groves Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Craven Arms
01588 674030
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David’s expertise is in rural property management, valuations, compensation and rural development. David is a National Council Delegate for Shropshire's Agricultural Valuers Association.
Tim Perkins Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239208
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Tim manages a number of rural estates locally for private and institutional clients. In-house he co-ordinates the firm's marketing team and leads the Health and Safety group.
Rory Galliers Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239216
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Rory oversees the management of a number of estates in Midlands and Wales. Rory is a valuer for the AMC, specialising in rural funding for farmers and businesses.
Richard Jones-Perrott Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239210
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Richard is one of our younger partners, managing a variety of estates throughout Shropshire, Wales and even Devon! Richard is heavily involved in the development and training of young professionals and is an assessor for the RICS.
William Shuttleworth Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Hereford
01981 570727
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William Shuttleworth has been involved in the management of agricultural Estates covering Herefordshire, Shropshire and North Wales for almost 20 years. In addition he has been involved in all other aspects of rural land management.
Tim Lee Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Hereford
01981 570727
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A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he has over 22 years experience in all aspects of rural estate management and general property consultancy, acting on behalf of private and institutional clients and Trustees both as a Resident Agent and in Private Practice. He specialises in Rural Estate Management for private clients.
Justin Stevenson Partner, Head of Planning +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239207
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Justin offers planning advice and estate management, specialising in telecom sites and Single Payment Schemes. Justin is also an examiner for the Central Association of Agricultural Valuer and leads our Renewables department in Shropshire.
Susie King Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239228
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Susie offers clients advice on all aspects of rural estate management and is also our equestrian consultant, using her vast knowledge in this field to offer a full range of services. Susie successfully competes with her own two horses in British Eventing Horse Trials and other equestrian disciplines.
Michael Watney Associate Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239217
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Michael manages rural estates and provides specialist advice in cases of compulsory purchase and compensation. Michael is a specialist in applying for grants.
Richard Corbet Associate Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours Shrewsbury
01743 239226
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Richard assists with the management of estates throughout Shropshire and Mid-Wales. As well as passing his APC Richard is a qualified chartered accountant and has a law degree.
Charlie Fitzherbert-Brockholes Associate Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239238
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Charlie gained his professional qualifications in May 2012. Based in Shrewsbury Charlie works with Partner, Tim Perkins advising on rural planning issues, environmental stewardship and farm and cottage lettings as well as general estate management.
Bryn Hill Associate Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Hereford
01981 570727
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Since qualification Bryn has worked in estate and land management throughout Powys, the Welsh Marches and Herefordshire. Currently Vice Chairman of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Agricultural Valuers Association Bryn also has significant experience in a range of compulsory purchase and compensation projects acting for both acquiring authorities and landowners.
Andrew Liddiment Associate Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Craven Arms
01588 674044
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Andrew has considerable experience and has been involved with management for some of the UK’s most prominent and strategic landowners. Andrew has this year joined the marketing committee, bringing fresh and original ideas to the group.
Natalie Liddiment Associate Partner, Land Agent +
Balfours, Craven Arms
01588 674042
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Natalie joined Balfours in 2006 and quickly qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer and has been managing estates in South Shropshire and Herefordshire since.
Amy Henderson Associate, Land Agent +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239237
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Amy graduated from Harper Adams with a degree from the Rural Enterprise and Land Management course in 2012. Amy is now fully qualified and assists Partner Rory Galliers in the day to day management of rural estates.
Julia Phillips Associate, Land Agent +
Balfours, Hereford
01981 570727
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Julia has an honours degree from Aberystwyth and post graduate diploma from Harper Adams. Julia gained her professional qualifications in 2010 and now works with farmers and landowners in Herefordshire and Wales.
Frances Steer Associate, Land Agent +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239206
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Frances joined Richard Jones-Perrott’s team on 03rd January 2017. After completing an MSc at Cirencester in 2013 - Frances has been working for an Agent in West Sussex where she has been involved with professional work, private estate clients and Brighton and Hove City Council’s 10,000 acre Downland Estate. Brought up on an organic farm in Cheshire - Frances is looking forward to coming back to this part of the world.
Charlotte White Associate, Land Agent +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239225
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Charlotte works with Partner Justin Stevenson on Estate Management, Planning and other Agricultural Projects. Charlotte recently qualified obtaining her APC and CAAV exams. She is now working towards becoming a registered Valuer. Rumour has it she is a very skilled tractor driver!
Jack Cooper Assistant Land Agent +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239218
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Jack came from the masters course in Cirencester to work with Balfours’ Partner Richard Jones-Perrott in June. Jack is from the south and has worked with agents in the West Country. He is now living in the Welsh Borders and is closely involved in the management of a large traditional Shropshire estate. He will also be studying to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor and as Richard is an examiner, he should have a good tutor.
Annie Helliwell Assistant Land Agent +
Balfours, Craven Arms
01588 674233
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Annie joined us from Harper Adams in July to take up the role of Assistant Land Agent and will join the Craven Arms team working with Peter Wright and Andrew Liddiment assisting with a wide variety of professional work including valuation, estate management and stewardship work.
Charlotte Jacob Assistant Land Agent +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239219
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Charlotte joined our growing team of young rural surveyors in July to assist Tim Perkins and Charlie Fitzherbert-Brockholes in the management of rural estates in Shropshire. Charlotte is from Worcestershire and went to University at Harper Adams.
Richard Jones Consultant, Land Agent +
Balfours, Shrewsbury
01743 239213
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Richard is a former partner in the business and specialises in valuations for all purposes of rural residential property and survey work. As well as assisting Balfours Richard is clerk to Melverley Internal Drainage Board; Secretary of Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Agricultural Valuers Association and Group Secretary of West Midlands CAAV Group.
Denzil Onslow Consultant, Land Agent +
Balfours, Craven Arms
01588 673314
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Denzil, who was originally a Partner at Balfours now uses his vast knowledge and experience in a consultancy role for the firm, advising on a wide range of Estate Management issues.

Friday, 17 April 2015 00:00

Kingsland Valley cocooned convenience

Proximity, location and space are the proud boasts of 1 Red Barn Lane, tucked into the Kingsland Valley, Shrewsbury.

Vendors, Jon and Susan Good settled here 18 years ago, Jon recalls: “We were attracted to the setting and location. The property is secluded, yet only ten minutes’ walk from Grey Friars and Kingsland Bridge; we have the Rad Brook at the bottom of the garden. For entertaining all main reception rooms open onto the terrace drawing the eye across the Kingsland Valley.”

It isn’t just the location. The house lends itself to entertaining with double doors opening into the dining room and a second pair linking dining room and sitting room. The kitchen, which was refurbished in 2012 is Jon’s favourite room; triple aspect glazing, polished stone surfaces and double ovens add a very fresh touch to the house.

The kitchen and the two reception rooms each give separate access to the terrace. Says Balfours town sales manager, Alistair Hilton, “layout is excellent maximising what is a very spacious property. For anyone seeking town convenience combined with countryside feel this is the answer,” he adds.

A log-burner offers a cosy feel to the sitting room for winter evenings. Service rooms on the ground floor comprise, utility, wc and study which could double as sixth bedroom. First floor provides master and second bedroom with en-suite and dressing room facilities, there are three further bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Located in a nearly half acre, predominantly to lawns and mature trees, plus double garage and ample parking, Number 1 Red Barn Lane is indeed something special.  For nearly two decades the Goods and their now grown up family have enjoyed the lifestyle and convenience proffered.

Friday, 10 April 2015 00:00

Designer home in a village location

It is rare to find a house that combines idyllic position, design flair and attention to detail – this does.  The feel is bright and crisp at Orchard House; this is the outcome of the 2010 collaboration between owners Sheila & Keith and designer, David.  They commissioned local architect David Gomersall to create a house that would make the most of a sloping site, on a rural plot in the heart of the village.  Although used to visualising for Zaha Hadid, David’s own designs combine environmental concerns with a distinctive and modern style.  Sheila’s eye for light, colour and movement informs her work as a glass artist and is reflected in the overall concept and the details; ”waves and movement informs my designs and I wanted the same in our home.”  Keith’s practice as a psychologist is shown in the balance and harmony of the house and grounds; “I wanted a house where the boundary between the outside and inside is merged.”  The end result is a stunning property incorporating a wonderful array of ash, Douglas fir and beech fixtures. Reluctantly selling due to their daughter’s ill health, the house provides a unique opportunity for buyers.

Situated in the popular village of Hanwood, less than four miles from Shrewsbury, four bedroom Orchard House commands an enviable location beside the Rea Brook and hence comes complete with fishing rights. Agent, Clemmie Radcliffe, of Balfours Property Professionals acknowledges: “This is a one off with real wow factor for anyone seeking something fresh and contemporary.” The highly flexible accommodation includes a master room with en-suite bath/shower and dressing area, two further bedrooms one of which opens to become a reading area. A fourth bedroom can be found on the lower floor, where it is equally suited as a study or entertainment room.

The lower floor provides a spacious living area; the splendid kitchen is integrated with the large sitting area and dining room with wood-burner and underfloor heating. Clever full height glazing and bi-fold doors create the versatile and superb sunroom and reception hall.  David describes how a “fine balance is played between the large windows facing south for passive solar gain and the restriction of light and excessive heat in the summer. The same can be said for views internally and into the garden and beyond, starting off with snippets and introductions and culminating in large sheets of glazing and vista from the sunroom.”

 Additional living space can be found within the double garage currently used as a studio with wood burner.  Garden sheds, greenhouse and kitchen garden complete the package.

Clemmie adds: “Hanwood has wonderful village facilities, from post office, to primary school, shop and church.” Orchard House is on the market with a guide price of £550,000 for more information call Clemmie on 01743 353511 or visit www.balfours.co.uk

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:00

Milking town and country

The best of all worlds can be found in The Milking Parlour at Hoards Park Barns, less than one mile from the historic market town of Bridgnorth, while enjoying rural setting.

Converted in 2001 this former farm building has charm and character, while serving up spacious living and four bedrooms.

The magnificent timber beams serve as great reminders of its past and none more so than in the living room with large inglenook. The kitchen/dining room encompasses an island and fitted cupboards and a larder, with ample space too for a farmhouse table.

On the first floor are four bedrooms, the large master room with en-suite, two double bedrooms, a smaller room and family bathroom. Agent, Clemmie Radcliffe of Balfours Property Professionals says: “This is a great lifestyle property; there are French doors from the dining area to the patio, with outlooks to open countryside.”

The property also benefits from a lawned garden, five parking spaces, a storage building and there is a kennel and Wendy House each with electric – enough to keep all members of the family happy.

The Milking Parlour is marketed with a guide price of £420,000. For more information call Clemmie Radcliffe on 01743 353511.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

Kingsland apartment – an eye to the future

An exclusive apartment within Shrewsbury’s landmark and hugely characterful Kingsland Bridge Mansions, has been launched to the market by Balfours property professionals.

Number 25 Kingsland Bridge Mansions, is a first floor, two bedroom apartment. ”This is a superbly presented town centre apartment,” says Balfours residential sales town manager, Alistair Hilton.

He continues: “The entrance hallway leads to a generous dining area, adjacent to the kitchen. The sitting room maximises this magnificent buildings’ character, with high ceilings and wonderful window placements overlooking Murivance.”

Off from the entrance hall are two bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room; there is an additional bathroom. The grand main staircase and lift give access to the apartment, while the shared gardens link to allocated car parking beyond which is residents’ right of way directly to Shrewsbury Quarry and the River Severn, providing wonderful walking.

Alistair adds: “This apartment represents the opportunity to enjoy a lifestyle within close proximity of Shrewsbury town centre, revered for its shopping and with a great mix of restaurants, plus vibrant social society. Of course it heralds a great history too, having served as an Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital from 1881 until 1998.”

25, Kingsland Bridge Mansions is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £280,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.