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Friday, 14 October 2016 00:00

Character cottage - Condover

A charming cottage, in the heart of the highly sought after village of Condover, south of Shrewsbury, has been launched to the market.

Three Butcher Row is a quintessential English cottage providing two bedrooms. The living room has been sympathetically finished to include feature beams and inglenook with wood burning stove.  The dining room backs onto the same chimney breast, while the kitchen, breakfast room has access to the courtyard garden.

There are two staircases providing access to two bedrooms and the bathroom. Each of the bedrooms has built in wardrobe space. A third room on the first floor would be ideal as a dressing room, nursery or study.

Says agent, Tim Main of Balfours: “Butcher Row is a very peaceful private driveway, yet is less than three miles from the county’s main trunk roads. The cottage comes with its own pretty traditional brick garage and courtyard garden for unwinding.”

Three Butcher Row is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £220,000. For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 13 October 2016 00:00

Dedication drives agent’s career

Estate agent manager, Duncan Scobie, who was awarded the Sunday Times silver award, for best single office in the West Midlands, has joined Balfours residential sales office.
Duncan, who put down roots in Shropshire more than 30 years ago, has returned to the county following working abroad.
Today he is delighted to join the growing residential team, working within Balfours prestigious office in Shrewsbury’s town centre. Duncan acknowledges: “To be working in the heart of the county town with one of the county’s longest established and highly regarded agencies is excellent.
“The Square is a fabulous location with some wonderful historic architecture, in short, an excellent working environment. Furthermore, Balfours residential portfolio has significantly increased over the last 12 months, attracting a fascinating array of properties together with great clients. 
Ironically, Duncan’s introduction into estate agency was as a virtual apprentice, having spent one term at college after school, he realised college was not for him. Together with a fellow pupil they both landed jobs with an estate agency and he has never looked back.
Progression took Duncan through the ranks in Shropshire and the Midlands from humble beginnings to branch manager, before he was approached to start a new estate agent office, in Newport, Shropshire. “I had to set up the office from scratch, less than two years later we were the number one estate agent in town – and awarded the Sunday Times Silver Award for a single office in the West Midlands, in 2008.
Since then Duncan has spent four years in Thailand’s second city, Chang Mai, teaching at the University. Head of sales at Balfours Tim Main, comments: “Duncan is proving to be a real asset to the team as we continue to grow the business; his dedication and passion are quite evident, both now and through his career path.”

A building plot in one of the county’s most sought after villages, Oldbury, situated one mile south of Bridgnorth, and is on the market with Balfours.

Longthorpe plot is an open canvas to live the dream and apply a personal vision to a plot with full planning permission to build a five bedroom detached house.

Balfours, Duncan Scobie says: “This is an absolute one off. The opportunity to build in Oldbury’s most sought after leafy locations is exceptionally rare. Not only is the plot studded with mature specimen trees including Wellingtonia, Blue Cedar and Oaks, but there is prospect to acquire additional land with views across to the Severn Valley Railway line.”

Longthorpe is designed to provide more than 3,600 square feet of space over two floors, incorporating a magnificent entrance hall, four reception rooms a large kitchen breakfast room with French doors to the terrace. On the first floor there are four en-suite bedrooms and a fifth bedroom, with family bathroom.

The plot which extends to 0.82 acres also has planning for a four bay garage with a room above. Duncan Scobie adds: “Oldbury is renowned as an idyllic village location with excellent links to Wolverhampton and Midlands.

Longthorpe is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £695,000; with an option to acquire an additional 0.54 acres by separate negotiation. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Interest rates for fixed rate loans are at an historic low having continued to fall since the referendum. The Bank of England Base Rate has recently dropped to 0.25% and who knows how long this will last. So looking ahead it could be a good time for investment or to consolidate existing overdrafts or loans.

At Balfours we organise finance for farmers and rural businesses. We are agents for AMC (Agricultural Mortgage Corporation) and we also have access to a wide range of other funding sources to suit most requirements.

Recently we have seen loan offers issued for a 30 year fixed rate loan at less than 3% which is unprecedented.   In a 12 month period we have helped clients to obtain over £20 Million in funding for a wide range of purposes and projects.

AMC will consider loans from £25,000 to £10M+ and we have sourced finance for renewable energy schemes, diversification projects, land purchase, new grain stores and other buildings, business restructuring, overdraft consolidation and many more purposes. Alternatively, we have direct contacts within all the big banks, which might suit your finance requirements.

Our aim is always to take the hassle out of applying for finance or re-finance and wherever possible we will put the application together for you and only ask you for the information that is needed. There is rarely any charge for preparing and submitting an application and fees will usually not be payable until or unless you decide to accept a loan offer.

AMC have what we believe is a unique approach to finance which they call ‘lend and leave’ in that once the loan is in place, whether it be for five or 30 years, they will not trouble you again as long as repayments are made on time and commitments are met. This is in contrast to some other providers who might insist on regular reviews which could incur additional costs and/or a review of the interest rate. 

Now we have a timescale on Brexit, the time could not be more opportune to ensure your finance is serving your business at the best rates. We have even found that reassessing fixed rate loans taken out when rates were higher, adding any redemption penalties to the balance and restructuring the whole into a new loan at current day interest rates can prove cost effective in some cases.  Rory Galliers MRICS FAAV is a partner with Balfours, at New House Windsor, Oxon, Shrewsbury. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..';document.getElementById('cloak21f4f76e1e1a753ea9852b4c609c61aa').innerHTML += ''+addy_text21f4f76e1e1a753ea9852b4c609c61aa+'<\/a>';

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 00:00

Development land near Oswestry

Development land near Oswestry, Outline Planning Permission with approved Reserved Matters’ for 13 residential dwellings is on the market.  Hengoed development is situated in a rural position bordering the hamlet of Hengoed.

The land extends to 1.7 acres and is for sale with outline planning approval. The site is marketed by Balfours, as a whole, or two lots. Lot one comprises of five residential dwellings is marketed with a guide price of £200,000. 

Alistair Hilton of Balfours comments: “Hengoed development is well placed with Oswestry is just three miles away providing a full suite of amenities. The location offers an excellent mix of state and private schools within the vicinity. For commuters to Shrewsbury, 18 miles; Chester 24 miles; the Midlands and North West are also within easy reach.”

The whole site has a guide price of £400,000; for more information call Alistair Hilton of Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Friday, 30 September 2016 00:00

Cottage in popular village under £200,000

A pretty end of terrace cottage situated on the edge of Minsterley has been launched to the market.

1 Furlong Cottages provides three bedrooms and is marketed with a guide price of £179,000 by Balfours.

Agent Duncan Scobie, says: “This is a lovely cottage offering a good sized living room with an archway through to the kitchen, dining room.  The dining room area has French doors opening to a decked terrace.  The kitchen area has a Smeg dual fuel range cooker and Belfast sink. Beyond the working area of the kitchen is a utility room.

The first floor comprises of three bedrooms with the main having a feature vaulted ceiling and windows to each aspect. There is a family bathroom with electric shower over the bath.

Outside a paved drive provides ample parking, while the rear garden includes a covered BBQ/entertaining area, with chimney, the garden also has lawn, shrubs and trees, plus an area suitable for a hot-tub.

Duncan adds: “The wonderful thing about 1 Furlong Cottages is that all mainstream amenities are within walking distance, primary school, public house, service station with mini-mart. In addition there is a regular bus service to Shrewsbury. Significantly this property also has no upward chain.”

For more information about 1 Furlong Cottages call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Friday, 30 September 2016 00:00

Terraced period house, perfect proximity

A period, terraced three bedroom house, on the sought after Copthorne Road, has been launched to the market by Balfours.

191 Copthorne Road has been sympathetically modernised and is well presented to provide an entrance hall with access to the ground floor reception rooms, kitchen, cloakroom and stairs to the first floor. The dining room and living room provide open plan double reception rooms, with two character fireplaces and glazing to two aspects.

Balfours town sales manager says:  “This is a charming period three bedroom home which we are marketing with a guide price of £225,000. Presentation and easy access to Shrewsbury centre - being less than one mile from the Quarry Park - make this terraced house a highly attractive proposition.”

The master bedroom has a well-designed en-suite shower room and two bedrooms have built in wardrobes. There is a family bathroom and a downstairs wc. The kitchen benefits from natural light from two aspects and is equipped with cupboards and worktops.

Outside, the south facing gardens have been landscaped to include a timber garden room. Alistair adds: “I thoroughly recommend viewing, its’ proximity to Shrewsbury centre is excellent.” For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 00:00

Apartment in popular area

Perfect for first time buyers or buy to let, 4 Sutton Bridge is located less than a mile from Shrewsbury town centre at Belle Vue, a popular residential area just to the south of the county town.

Launched to the market by Balfours, town sales manager, Alistair Hilton, enthuses: “This apartment is purpose built, light, airy and contemporary. It provides entrance hall access, a good sized living room, with well equipped kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.”

Number 4 has its own allocated parking space as well as dedicated bicycle and bin storage area. Its proximity to Shrewsbury – is ideal for those seeking a healthy lifestyle, with many amenities just a stroll away, including The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury’s individual shops and restaurants, plus night life too.

For commuting Shrewsbury station is 1.3 miles on foot, while the Midlands road network is less than two miles away, as is Meole Brace Retail Park.

Number 4 Sutton Bridge is marketed with a guide price of £147,500, for more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511 .


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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 00:00

Cottage by name contemporary by nature

A rare opportunity to combine crisp contemporary living with a peaceful rural setting is found in Sycamore Cottage, seven miles south of Shrewsbury.Located off a hard-core track, Sycamore Cottage is in the rural hamlet of Exfords Green.

Sycamore Cottage provides three en-suite bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor; each has the luxury of underfloor heating. Other ground floor accommodation includes a sleek, light kitchen/breakfast room, with French doors opening onto the terrace, where outstanding rural views can be enjoyed.

The living room has glazed doors to two aspects of the garden; this together with generous lighting and a light wooden floor achieves a bright contemporary look, punctuated by a cylinder styled wood burner. There is a generous utility room, suited for country living and with underfloor heating, also a separate a wc. On the first floor the spacious landing makes an ideal dedicated office space.

The property has an integral double garage with gardens and grounds surrounding. Head of sales at Balfours, Tim Main says: “Sycamore Cottage is a very well presented – a truly 21st century cottage, with the added bonus of being tucked away in Exfords Green, yet so close to Shrewsbury and the main artery roads to Chester and Birmingham.”

Sycamore Cottage is marketed with a guide price of £495,000. For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 00:00

Heritage and beauty in village setting

A four bedroom village house with a striking Georgian exterior has been launched to the market by Balfours.

The exterior of Bank House belies the age of this grade II listed house, which is believed to have been built in the mid-17th century.  Internally its oak frame and wealth of exposed beams, studwork and truss detail have been meticulously and tastefully restored to reveal breath taking heritage and beauty.

It is situated in Dorrington, six miles south of Shrewsbury. The village is virtually equi-distance of six miles from Shrewsbury and Church Stretton, with the main Midlands network converging some four miles north on the A49.

The ground floor provides two good sized reception rooms, together with the kitchen, downstairs cloakroom with shower and utility. The first floor has three bedrooms, the master room being en-suite and the other two bedrooms sharing a shower room. The second floor benefits from a superb suite retreat, with bedroom, bathroom and sitting room.

Below stairs is a room which could retain its original purpose of a cellar, or be used as a gym. Bank House is blessed with several other external rooms including one currently used as a workshop, which is attached to the house, an office and a garage. The house benefits from well-kept garden to the front and rear of the property.

Agent Duncan Scobie comments: “This is a very pleasing home, laced with heritage and in an excellent quiet location within Dorrington, where local amenities include primary school, vibrant village hall, popular public house, eateries and village shop and butchers.”

Bank House is marketed with a guide price of £550,000. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 35351.

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