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Unique lift within Edwardian house

24/02/2021

An Edwardian semi-detached three bedroom property, with immense character and offering the unique freedom of a lift to the first floor is on the market.

Trinity House, 20 Julian Road, Ludlow, has been totally renovated with real empathy and is beautifully presented. It is located close to the town centre, yet in a quiet neighbourhood. The ground floor provides hallway, two reception rooms, kitchen and cloakroom. Both reception rooms have feature fireplaces, one with log burner and the other with open fireplace.

The lift operates from the reception room to the master bedroom.  A further double bedroom is found on the first floor, together with the family bathroom. The second floor provides a third bedroom, or home office/studio.

Balfours, Scott Kemsley, Ludlow sales manager comments: “This is a little gem, absolutely ready to move in to and future proofed for those hesitant about stairs. It is in a great location and enjoys a private garden incorporating sun terrace, fish pond, log store and garden shed. Ludlow town centre renowned for its culture of arts and food is on the doorstep and beyond the countryside of South Shropshire is spectacular.”

Balfours are marketing Trinity House with a guide price of £425,000, call 01584 707100.

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Ask the Expert, Jackie Monro, FARLA, FNAEA, Balfours letting agent

19/02/2021

As a landlord with two cottages and a former farmhouse, are there any new regulations coming into force for landlords that we should be aware of?

Yes, the regulations continue to flow. The most important one to be aware of is that from April 1 this year all let properties will require an electrical safety certificate. Since last June only new tenancies have had to have a certificate.

At Balfours, as part of best practice, this is something we have been encouraging for some time, but if there are landlords out there who have longer term tenants and who haven’t addressed the issue, then now is the time. If there is any remedial work to be undertaken, then this will be outlined along with its risk or recommendation. Once a certificate is issued and from April onwards an inspection and test must be carried out by a person who is qualified and competent, every five years.

They will be checking “fixed” electrics within the property, for example wiring, sockets, light fittings, fuse box and hot water cylinders, among others. However appliances are not part of the regulation. If they are owned by the tenant it is their responsibility to ensure they are safe. If they are owned by the landlord then they must be PAT – Portable Appliance Tested.

Landlords should also be aware that as a result of BREXIT, in June 2021, new guidance will be published covering how landlords can perform “right to rent checks” for EU, EEA and Switzerland. Currently taking their nation ID card or passport as proof of their right to rent is acceptable. If you would like further information on lettings, email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Entrepreneur’s opportunity

17/02/2021

A two bedroom home and a building plot with planning consent, in the hamlet of Wilcott, close to the popular village of Nesscliffe is on the market.

Launched by Balfours, 16 Queensway comprises of a semi-detached house within a quiet cul-de-sac, with its own large corner plot garden and parking. The entrance hall provides access to the light and airy open plan lounge with bay window and fireplace, through to the kitchen and diner, with French doors overlooking the garden. 

Stairs from the hall ascend to the first floor where two double bedrooms, both with storage cupboards and one with a fireplace. A family bathroom is also to be found upstairs. Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton comments: “This is a real entrepreneur’s opportunity with an adjacent building plot with planning for a single detached house, complete with own private garden and parking.

The location is eight miles, equi-distance between Shrewsbury and Oswestry, in a charming rural location with Nesscliffe School nearby, together with the renowned Nesscliffe Hill and Three Pigeons among the nearby amenities. Balfours are marketing the package with a guide price of £280,000, call 01743 353511.

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Cottage combines 21st century flair

26/01/2021

Picture perfect Brook Cottage is set in stunning well laid out mature gardens.

Situated in the popular village of Lingen on the Shropshire Herefordshire border, this three bedroom home comes with two acres of garden, meadow and woodland. Lingen is a vibrant village with public house, church and community centre. Leintwardine is five miles, offering a full suite of market town facilities including primary school, while there are independent schools nearby too.

Recently refurbished, the accommodation is open plan, with the focus of the sitting room being a wood burning stove. To the opposite end is the kitchen breakfast area with Aga and French door to the terrace. Balfours Ludlow sale manager, Scott Kemsley, comments: “The vendors have achieved a wonderful blend of cottage feel with an abundance of natural light and space. In addition there is a well-balanced dining room with three aspects and access to the garden.”

The ground floor also has a good sized utility, boot room, boiler room and larder, wc and separate storage room. The first floor provides three bedrooms with a family bathroom. Outside there is ample parking, plus a large garage. “The property is in a fabulous location with its own meadow and woodland, plus idyllic views of open countryside,” Scott adds. Balfours are marketing Brook Cottage with a guide price of £465,000, call 01584 707100.

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Sleek barn conversion with land and buildings

12/01/2021

A charming pond adjacent to the winding drive is the perfect prelude to a four bedroom sandstone barn conversion, with nearly seven acres.

Launched to the market by Balfours, Roden Farm Barn is found ten miles north of Shrewsbury at Brandwood, near Myddle. A truly contemporary conversion the property boasts a 12.7 metre long kitchen diner, which is four and a half metres wide with “A” frame timber ceiling adding to the spaciousness.  This is complimented by floor to ceiling glazing, while underfloor heating and a stove ensure both kitchen and dining/living areas are cosy.

A utility and pantry are to be found at the far end, to the opposite end and the centre of this “L” shaped property the hallway, which has a cloakroom, leads to the lounge. The lounge is of generous proportions too and boasts a large gable end of floor to ceiling glazing.

A study with dual aspect glazing and fourth bedroom with en-suite complete the ground floor as it is currently used. The latter equally lends it to segregated homework facilities. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms on the first floor. The master bedroom, incorporating en-suite and dressing room, benefits from gable end glazing mirroring the lounge.

Charlie Giffard, Balfours Associate Partner, Country House Sales, enthuses: “In addition to a sleekly presented house the steading comes with stables and a storage warehouse offering great potential not only as a family home, but also a home business opportunity.” Roden Farm Barn is marketed with a guide price of £795,000, call 01743 353511.

 

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Well connected, spacious with flexible living

08/01/2021

A four bedroom listed property plus annex, all of which is exceptionally well connected to Telford, Shrewsbury and Stafford, has been launched to the market by Balfours.

Cherrington Grange is marketed with nearly six acres and a one bedroom annex and a guide price of £950,000. Charlie Giffard, Balfours Associate Partner, Country House Sales says the former farmstead that formed part of the Duke of Sutherland’s Lilleshall estate, is of exceptional quality. “The rooms are all of generous size and with character reflecting its grade II listing, incorporating beams, inglenook fireplaces and traditional floors.

“Its location­ on the edge of the hamlet of Cherrington, some six miles from Newport, provide the best of all worlds. Beyond the gravelled gate approach and gardens are fabulous views of open countryside, yet the Midlands and two major county towns are within easy reach.”

The farmhouse kitchen diner with marble quartz worktop and feature brick and stone inglenook with Range cooker has dual aspect windows. Ground floor accommodation includes large lounge with bay window and Clearview wood-burner in inglenook; dining room, a generous south facing family room plus reception hall with several inner lobbies, utility and cloakroom.

The master bedroom benefits from en-suite and balcony while two additional bedrooms on the first floor, plus one on the second floor, share the family bathroom.

The one bedroom annex is perfectly designed with entrance hall opening to kitchen area, the generous lounge diner and to the bedroom, with en-suite off. Charlie adds: “Cherrington Grange has tremendous appeal ticking many sought after requisites – including the opportunity for multi-generational living or homeworking, plus of course opportunity for a rural life with two fields.”  Call Balfours on 01743 353511.

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