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River Lugg frontage with amenity woodland


More than six hectares of amenity woodland with fishing rights bordering the length of the land has been launched to the market by Balfours.

Rylands Wood, Kinsham, sits in the heart of the Lugg Valley, with river frontage. The whole is accessed directly from the public highway, some three miles from Presteigne and five miles from Shobdon. Hereford and Ludlow are 14 and 21 miles respectively.

Scott Kemsley, Ludlow sales manager, reflects: “There is something very special about owning your own piece of woodland, particularly with river frontage. Whether a fisherman or not, it is a fabulous place to picnic and bar-b-que, and even enjoy camping. The added bonus is that woodland is a very tax effective investment.”

He adds: “Tree species are douglas fir, larch, beech, poplar and ash planted between 1937 and 1962. The parcel is in good heart and recently fenced along the farmland boundary. Balfours are marketing the 15.33 acres with a guide price of £90,000. For more information call Balfours on 01584 707100.

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EPCs – a pale shade of green


Now COP26 has finished and the “phasing down” of coal has been agreed, we can start to see where the future lies in government policy and world-wide long-term thinking on energy and, in turn, Energy Performance Certificate’s (EPC’s).

The property sector has a role to play in the powering up of renewable energy and the lowering of emissions, but how will this come about and how can property aid this seismic shift?

In short EPC’s will most likely become more powerful and the way some commentators were talking last week could start to power the value of homes, with the potential (and I hasten to say “potential”) that leveraged finance could be balanced against the eco credentials of a home. However, with everything there should always be checks and balances.

In addition the matrix in how we measure a homes’ greenness is also coming under scrutiny as they were drawn up under the 2013 Building Regulations, which some commentators are now saying is out of date, this in turn could change the way in which we measure our EPC’s.

The rural market will feel this more than anyone as there are currently 1.5 million houses using oil boilers, whilst they are “efficient” they are by no means green. The polar opposite to a heat pump, which can be green, but not always efficient. This is mainly due to how new the technology is and therefore due diligence on the system you consider buying should be sought before it is installed.

It is also worth noting that power supplies in the countryside are prone to power cuts, rendering heat pumps impotent, but then to add a little PV and battery into the mix should satisfy such a glitch and not only tick another box on the COP26 list, but also increase your capital asset, your home. Charlie Giffard, BSc DipSurv, Country House Sales, Associate Partner

Charlie 2021

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Space and location - 2022 USPs


The way we live is changing, as we drift and surge through the 21st century, home lifestyle values have been turned on their heads, and continue to evolve. Space and location are the strongest priorities for many.

Space for that home office, space to enjoy a garden and space for that recently gained dog or bicycle. Location is manifesting for many returning to the region of their roots, memories, or family. At Balfours we can endorse a significant migration and demand to Shropshire and its borders.

As vendors it is important to recognise that the evaluation of space is different for every individual, what one considers epically generous others might perceive to be more minimal. Yes, there has been a surge in rural sales. But what is rural? For some a private remote location is idyllic, while for others it may be perceived as scarily isolated, and a village or market town setting will be their rural idyl.

Shropshire vendors are currently in the driving seat, partly because housing stocks are low. So if you are considering a move in 2022, we would urge that you prepare now, because the past two years have taught us that nobody can foresee the future.

Of course your location is what it is – and it will have merit to many. As for space, decluttering is often an important part of preparation, ironically no furniture is equally as difficult. Not everyone can see the wood for the trees. Do pick up the phone and chat through your property aspirations with us.

Alistair 2021

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Christmas competition - baubles for bubbles


A fizz of festive cheer has been launched to homes in Shropshire and borders. Balfours and Tanners Wines annual best dressed Christmas tree competition is now live. To be in with a chance of winning six bottles of Tanners Champagne, all you need to do is upload a photo of your decorated tree to Instagram.

Balfours office manager, Abigail Barker says: “We want to see your creations and entering the competition is a great way to embrace the festive season. Decorating your tree is totally bespoke to every family, with decorations conjuring up special memories for some, while for others it is all about a grand design.

“Over the years we have had some fabulous entries which have captured the attention of our judges,” adds Abigail. To be in with a chance of cracking open Tanners bubbles, share your pictures using #balfoursbestdressed2021, or email your tree photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Entries to be received by Wednesday, December 22 latest, and you must be over 18 years old and available for a PR shot featuring your tree. The winner will receive their prize in time for the big celebration.


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Landlords cannabis problem


Police across the UK are warning of an increase in commercial and domestic properties being used to house cannabis grows. Shropshire is not immune. Cannabis “grows” have hit local headlines more than a dozen times in the past year.

These “grow factories” cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to the properties and can pose a serious risk to the public due to the bypassing of the electrical supply. We as agents and you as landlord both have a part to play in staying vigilant.

There are many tell-tale signs of this illegal horticulture. Namely: lots of visitors, often at unsociable ours, excessive security, bright lights on by day and night, conversely, windows covered and blacked out, plus high levels of heat and condensation and suspicious amounts of green plant material discarded. Most of this you could notice without even entering the premises.

Another tell-tale sign is sudden jumps and drops in electricity bills. If in doubt ask for an immediate inspection, if there is no doubt call the police immediately.

Cannabis factories can of course cause landlords’ serious structural issues too, including damaged ceilings and walls, wiring ripped out, floorboards removed, furniture destroyed and water damage. A cannabis farm also increases the risk of fire or explosion.

A landlord being on friendly terms with your property’s local community is a good starting point. You will be helping each other: ensuring the neighbourhood is a safer and more pleasant place to live and the fabric of your property holds good. Jackie Monro FARLA FNAEA Head of Lettings


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Breath taking riverbank home on the market


A home with the most mesmerising views and sounds of water has been launched to the market by Balfours.

Herons Reach so aptly named is perched on the north bank of the River Teme, in one of Ludlow’s finest residential areas. Offering one of those rare opportunities to follow the dream of living at one with the natural elements; with the river, the weir and all natures beauty that flows and ebbs by – a mindful retreat.

The accommodation comprises four bedrooms, two on the ground floor and two on the first floor each with en-suite facilities. There are a total of three reception rooms, while the kitchen and the lounge enjoy those magnificent views to the river encompassing panoramic angles, the lounge to a full 180 degrees.

Balfours Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley, comments: “Never could the phrase ‘location, location’ be truer. There are beautiful mature south facing gardens to both sides of the house, plus large terrace and raised decking which are totally at one with the outlook to Casemill Weir. The accommodation would benefit from modernisation, therefore has tremendous scope for the purchaser to put their personal stamp on Herons Reach at their convenience.”

Ground floor includes an entrance porch with link to the integral double garage, hall, plus dining room, utility, inner hall and the large lounge and kitchen. There is a hugely generous landing which could make a wonderful study.

The property is a short walk from the thriving market town of Ludlow and comes with fishing rights. Balfours are marketing Herons Reach with a guide price of £750,000. Call 01584 707100.

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