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Thursday, 22 December 2016 00:00

End of year positive residential market

The number of applicants seeking to buy houses has doubled for Balfours compared to the same period last year.

One year on from the company’s move of its residential department to The Square, Shrewsbury, head of sales, Tim Main is delighted with the increase in applicants. He says: “Despite the political turbulence in the UK and across the globe we have seen an increase in house hunters.

“Currently we have double the number of applicants looking to purchase, compared to the same time last year. Furthermore prices in some residential sectors have seen an increase, while others have held firm with no downward trend. Quality properties are attracting serious buyers. ”

Two properties recently sold are Sycamore Cottage, a modern cottage seven miles south of Shrewsbury, with three en-suite bedrooms, launched to the market in September with a guide price of £495,000. The sale was also completed on Lostford Manor Stables, which provided 21 stables, ten acres and planning for a three bedroom home, marketed with a guide of £375,000.

Looking forward to early 2017 with prospective clients eagerly awaiting their dream home, Mr Main says that if there is a weakness it is in the number of properties available. “We hope to see more properties coming to the market after the Christmas break, rather than waiting for the spring surge.

“If a prospective vendor has made the decision is to sell, then I believe it is best to put that decision into action. To-date Brexit has not troubled the housing market and at present the indicators are that this will remain the case for the early part of 2017.”


Sycamore MAIN

Pictured: Sycamore Cottage

Thursday, 15 December 2016 00:00

Hope Bowdler, Shropshire


A three bedroom stone country house with adjoining holiday lets, barn and around 43 acres including lakes, paddocks and woodland.

Thursday, 15 December 2016 00:00

Exfords Green, Shropshire


A light and bright property in a peaceful setting with rural views.

Until five years ago if you could ensure the right contract and paper trail were in place, there would be no reason why a landlord couldn’t let his or her own property. However so much legislation has been imposed on the letting sector in recent years, it is no longer worth the risk.

As of February 2016 landlords or letting agents representing them, have to make sure that their tenants have the “right to rent.” Those found to be leasing homes in England without their tenants, or the inhabitants of your property having a right to rent could be fined up to £3,000. It's very important that ALL occupiers over 18 are checked, not just tenants.

From December 1st 2016, the government has introduced additional penalties and offences relating to right to rent. Landlords now face potential imprisonment for failure to check the occupier's right to rent status.

Furthermore, the Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination on grounds of race (this includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins) so landlords must not discriminate against prospective occupiers, as a result, they need to check everyone or risk civil penalties for discrimination later on.

Letting legislation has changed so quickly, there are simply too many traps for DIY landlords, from the mandatory Tenants Deposit Scheme, to regulations surrounding the installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, plus gas safety. At Balfours we can manage the letting process then, should you prefer, leave you to undertake the day to day management – we would simply provide prompts of necessary action.

Welsh landlords must now operate under “Rent Smart Wales,” which means undertaking training to handle any aspect of letting. I know I wouldn’t expect to service my car, because I am neither trained nor experienced. Today letting requires specialist knowledge which is continually being updated. Charlotte George, MARLA, Head of lettings at Balfours This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..';document.getElementById('cloak400c051e4b517046c96d898ebd4a7f9c').innerHTML += ''+addy_text400c051e4b517046c96d898ebd4a7f9c+'<\/a>';

Thursday, 15 December 2016 00:00

Manor House - makes sense of life

If life is busy and you are looking for top-draw instant home, then Manor House, Uffington, near Shrewsbury, could be for you. This executive home is a beautiful 21st century traditional build, with immaculate presentation inside and out.

The pretty village of Uffington is located just three miles from Shrewsbury and within easy reach of the Midlands. Birmingham International airport is a practical 57 miles away. The village is surrounded by idyllic countryside; it is also home to the Corbett Arms, with additional public house and primary school in the neighbouring village of Upton Magna.

Ground floor accommodation is generous with four reception rooms, including a large living room, with double doors to the dining room. A separate set of double doors from the hall lead to the snug. The kitchen/breakfast room, similar to the dining room shares outlooks to the terrace and garden, which are both presented to be pleasing on the eye. The first floor provides a master room with en-suite and dressing room; a second en-suite guest room and two bedrooms which share the family bathroom.

Agent, Alistair Hilton, of Balfours says: “Manor House is a very well-designed property with a wonderful south facing terrace and garden. Its location could not be more convenient for those who want to enjoy the countryside and village life, combined with easy commuting to Shrewsbury, Telford and the Midlands.

Manor House, which sits within Manor Farm development, is marketed with a guide price of £525,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Manor House rear

Manor House terrace

Manor HOuse living room

Manor HOuse kitchen

Manor HOuse dining

Manor HOuse breakfast

Manor HOuse bedroom

Monday, 12 December 2016 00:00

Llansantffraid, Powys

A traditional Welsh property set in an elevated rural location with views over unspoilt countryside.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 00:00

Leanne Taylor

Balfours, Shrewsbury

01743 277069

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Leanne joined Balfours at the end of November 2016 and has quickly settled into the team.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 00:00

Ludlow town landmark on the market

A slice of Ludlow’s heritage is on the market. Castle Lodge, is a magnificent Grade II* listed medieval town house of long standing historical significance and once home to Catherine of Aragon.

Standing in the prime location of Ludlow’s Castle Square, this Elizabethan timber framed town house provides four large reception rooms, plus kitchen dining room and twelve bedrooms; there is also significant attic space on the third floor.

Agent Scott Kemsley, of Balfours says: “This is a very rare opportunity to own and enjoy a piece of Ludlow’s heritage and town landmark, with the prospect for commercial or residential use, from restaurant to boutique guest house or family home, subject to planning consent.”

Used as a film set in the 1960s as the backdrop to the film version of Moll Flanders, Castle Lodge  boasts a Chapel, Great Hall, Court room and drawing room among its reception rooms: Rooms which  live up to expectations with exquisitely carved timber panelling, reputedly originating from Nonsuch Palace.

Castle Lodge has some of the largest collection of oak panelling in England and dates from the early 13th century, rebuilt in 1580. In Tudor times it was the home of Elizabeth I's Master of Requests and was once used as a prison. The principle rooms are each steeped in history, with oak board flooring and original fireplaces.

Probably Castle Lodge, along with Ludlow Castle is most famous for being the residence of Catherine of Aragon, whilst she was married to Prince Arthur. She later went on to marry Henry VIII, Arthur's younger brother after his death from tuberculosis.

Castle Lodge has been privately owned throughout its history and was a hotel up until the Second World War. Scott adds: “Ludlow is not only a lively and diverse market town, but is renowned as a fabulous and growing centre of tourism. Castle Lodge has unmeasured potential to tap into tourism and fine dining. Castle Lodge is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £900,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Castle L bedroom

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Castle Lodge s glass

Castle L panneling

Monday, 05 December 2016 00:00

Pools, paddocks and heritage

A swimming pool, stables, fields and a manege are among the assets of New Hall, in North Shropshire.

Dating back to the 15th century, this listed property, near Dudleston, Ellesmere, provides well-proportioned rooms over two floors extending to a vast 6,000 square feet. The property comprises of entrance hall with inner lobby accessing four reception rooms, three of which benefit from woodburning stoves, while the dining room has a beamed fireplace.

The kitchen is a generous 300 square feet and incorporates an Aga. Beyond the kitchen is a large utility room and cloakroom. On the first floor there are seven bedrooms, a family bathroom and shower room.

New Hall is launched to the market by Balfours agent, Duncan Scobie, who says the property’s unique character with oak floorboards, inglenook fireplaces and large sash windows weaves many centuries into the fabric of the property.

Says Duncan: “There is the most wonderful twisted balustrade oak staircase originating from around 1750. In addition to its history, New Hall has an abundance of lifestyle features, from the stables and swimming pool, to the paddocks, three ponds, woodland and orchard; in all extending to 8.5 acres.

The property is accessed via a drive within its rural setting. The market towns of Ellesmere and Oswestry are three and seven miles respectively, while Shrewsbury is 20 miles and Chester 25 miles. There are many good private and state schools within comfortable commuting distance.

New Hall is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £750,000. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 7353511.



New Hall swimming pool

New Hall reception room

New Hall hall

Monday, 05 December 2016 00:00

Professionals annual Xtra

Shrewsbury’s professionals were given a snapshot of the potential consequences of a tumultuous year of politics for property and landowners in the county. The annual Balfours Xtra seminar attracted some 70 professionals, from accountants to lawyers and bankers, at the Mytton and Mermaid, near Shrewsbury recently (November 28).

Take home messages included: Over the last 12 months the average increase in Shropshire’s house prices are performing at a highly sustainable 5%, according to town sales manager, Alistair Hilton. And interest rates at an historic low and well worth taking advantage of according to Balfours partner Rory Galliers; though he cautioned inflation could kick in as Brexit and the fiscal future unfold.

Chair of the event and Balfours partner David Groves compared the political and economic climate to conditions witnessed in David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II, saying: “The moral is to be as sure footed as the mountain goats and, like the flying lizards, have a backup plan.”

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