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Outbuildings Offer Open Canvas To Three Bedroom Home

16/08/2018

A three bedroom home with a stone barn, summerhouse and several other outbuildings providing an open canvas for homework, or additional accommodation, is on the market with Balfours.

Oaken Barn is situated seven miles west of Shrewsbury in the rural hamlet of Stoney Stretton. The accommodation incorporates a contemporary kitchen with adjoining garden room. There is a snug and a living room with wood burner and Parquet floor. A utility and downstairs cloakroom completes the ground floor.

The first flight of stairs takes you to two bedrooms and a family bathroom. The master bedroom is on a raised first floor level, offering a degree of privacy. The large character room incorporates an en suite bathroom and dressing room.

Balfours agent, Charlie Giffard comments: “In addition to being a well presented house, Oaken Barn, has an excellent range of outbuildings which would satisfy many areas of work. Indeed there is lapsed planning on the main stone barn, so reinstatement is perfectly feasible.”

The nearby village of Pontesbury is two miles away and has a selection of shops and conveniences, as well a primary school and a secondary school. Welshpool is 12 miles and Telford 23 miles. Oaken Barn, which boasts an EPC rating of C, is marketed with a guide price of £550,000, call Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Ask the Expert

15/08/2018

“I’m in my 60s can I take out a loan to make the farm viable for the next generation?” The short answer is yes, says Rory Galliers, Balfours partner and agent with AMC.

 

Long term cross generation loans are an important part of driving UK agriculture forward; AMC understand that farming is a long term commitment.

Providing there is a sound business plan age really doesn’t matter even if you are 60 or 80 years old you can still take out a loan with AMC because the loan can pass to the next generation. It maybe that the loan will pass to the next generation when certain criteria are met; alternatively, in the natural course of succession the whole business loan can then be transferred with minimal paperwork.

Whether it is to expand or upgrade the current farming business, AMC are able to provide short to longer term up to 30 year finance packages. Furthermore this might be a repayment loan or an interest only loan, according to the needs of the business at the time.

Key to our success working with AMC is that we not only understand that every farming business is different, but also that every family’s structure and needs are unique. There may be good reason for the older generation to take out a loan, it could be that a son or daughter intends to return after pursuing a career elsewhere. Conversely situations also arise where the younger generation would like to be involved and it is taken as a joint loan, again with a long term view of that loan progressing with succession.

The farm can also be faced with paying out a working partner, or an inheritance debt, both of which can be significant sums to find and without the aid of a loan could mean selling land or other farm assets.

Another example is where adjoining land comes up for sale, something that usually only happens once in a lifetime. The fact that you are in your 60s should not preclude you taking the opportunity. Finally we understand the natural peaks and troughs of a typical farming business which means planning for growth must be over the long term – despite the fact that the long term remains a live and moving target.

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Three Bed Home In Parkland And With Vineyard

14/08/2018

Have you ever fancied living within parkland setting and not only enjoying the benefits of 17 acres to walk and cycle through – but sipping wine produced within the residents’ vineyard?

This dream is a reality at The Blacksmiths – a ground floor property originally built in 1811 – now providing a three bedroom, high quality development at Apley Park, which is near equi-distance from Telford and Bridgnorth.

On the market with Balfours, Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley comments: “This conversion has been tastefully and thoughtfully conceived achieving spacious rooms boasting original features which are naturally well lit.”

The Blacksmiths is approached via a mile long private drive, through the glorious Apley Park landscape which is partially bound by the River Severn. The Blacksmiths provides a kitchen dining room, a spacious living room with wood burning stove. There is a master bedroom with en-suite, two additional double bedrooms and family bathroom; two of the bedrooms have fitted wardrobes.

And to the vineyard, it extends to one acre and now in its third year is just coming to production. Says Scott: “The vineyard is owned and run by the residents of Apley Park Management, so the option and opportunity is there to get involved. In addition The Blacksmiths has its own gardens to the front and rear, plus private parking. The property is marketed with a guide price of £440,000. Call Balfours on 01584 707100.

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To Let - Four Bedroom Home Near Worfield

13/08/2018

A spacious four bedroom character farmhouse, situated in the hamlet of Catstree between Bridgnorth and Worfield is available to let. Catstree Farmhouse is found in a pretty rural location, yet within easy commute of not only Bridgnorth and Telford, but also Wolverhampton and the West Midlands.

The accommodation comprises of entrance hall, sitting room with logburner, dining room with inglenook fireplace, kitchen with dishwasher and fridge. Guest cloakroom, study and utility room. On the first floor there is a master bedroom with en-suite, plus a further three bedrooms and family shower room.

Head of Lettings at Balfours, Charlotte George MARLA, comments: “This is a charming character property, with large mature gardens, two brick outbuildings suitable as a home office or storage and a garage. A long term let is preferred.” Catstree Farmhouse is marketed at £1,300pcm, call Balfours on 01743 277069.

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Apartment Outlooks To Iconic Market Square

10/08/2018

Magnificent views of Shrewsbury’s Old Market Hall and Square provide an enchanting backdrop to this Grade II listed duplex apartment.

On the market with Balfours, just across The Square, Apartment 6, Robinson House, is one of six stylish and exclusive apartments in this highly desirable and exceptionally well placed location to the county town’s amenities.

Step inside the hallway, found off Market Street and Apartment six is to be found on the top floor. Its open plan approach provides an abundance of space with natural light from sash windows. The living room and kitchen dining area are of a similar and generous size, extending over ten meters in length and incorporating a kitchen island which demarks the kitchen from the eating area. Practicalities are provided in the utility and downstairs cloakroom.

There are two bedrooms on the first floor, the master room with en-suite, plus an additional double bedroom with feature beams and fitted wardrobes. Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton comments: “Robinson House was originally built as a Goldsmiths in 1729, today it has been tastefully finished to provide apartments of great character and excellent location. The town’s amenities from independent shops and to the Quarry Park and train station are all within comfortable walking distance, as are restaurants and river walks.”

Apartment 6 is marketed with a guide price of £250,000, call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Herefordshire - Gem Georgian Estate On The Market

07/08/2018

A spectacular residential estate, with principal Georgian house set in traditional parkland, together with three cottages and 214 acres is on the market as a whole or in three lots. The property sits seven miles north of Hereford and south of Leominster at Sutton St Nicholas.

This English country house boasts among its assets gardens, ornamental lake, walled kitchen garden, tennis court, orchards, together with estate assets of a highly productive farmland and woodland offering sporting potential too.

Marketing the Vennwood Estate, Balfours Scott Kemsley, sales manager at Ludlow says: “The traditional infrastructure of the Estate is just as one would expect. The approach is through its own parkland which provides stunning views from the main residence.”

Double doors offer a statement entrance to the large entrance hall, the library and drawing room offering additional formal rooms with fireplaces elegantly proportioned with the high ceilings, deep skirting and coving. The kitchen provides some 25 square metres of space, with a kitchen island and large built in cupboards. True to country house style there is a full complement of service rooms, butler’s pantry and office among them.

Scott explains: “The house requires renovation and represents a rare opportunity to create a stylish family home. There are five large bedrooms on the first floor, together with three bathrooms and a dressing room of 21st century bedroom proportions. Two large attic rooms and several additional rooms provide further potential on the second floor,” he adds.

To the rear of the house a courtyard provides garaging and a self-contained two bedroom cottage, converted from the old stables and now known as Stables Cottage. There are two additional, properties The Lodge and Redbridge Cottage. There are two cider orchards extending to some 28 acres and a similar acreage is of mature deciduous trees, known as Venn’s Wood. The majority of the balancing acreage is down to arable maximising the red soils renowned for their productivity.

Balfours are joint agents with Savills for Vennwood which is marketed with a guide price of £3.5m; for sale as a whole, or in three lots. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01584 707100.

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