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Important Sales and Lettings Update


Following the partial easing of lockdown restrictions for estate agents – subject to vendor and landlord consent along with strict precautions and social distancing protocols, we will be conducting sales and lettings residential property viewings from Monday 18th May onwards.

Read our current Viewing Gudlines.


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Jackie Monro Joins Balfours


Jackie Monro is to head up Balfours letting department as Charlotte George steps aside for maternity leave.

Qualified, Experienced and with a Wealth of Local Knowledge

With Shropshire roots, Jackie has undertaken a raft of property related roles and ultimately Jackie established her own successful estate agency and lettings business in Bridgnorth. Following the sale of her business, Anslows, she is taking the role of senior lettings negotiator.

With FARLA and FNAEA, Fellow of both the Association of Residential Lettings Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents, to her name, Jackie reflects: “I have been in property for quite some year’s having achieved professional qualifications whilst employed as an area letting manager in the county. While I have worked nationally too, Shropshire is my home turf and so it is hugely satisfying to work with clients where I can offer extensive local letting knowledge.

“I am really looking forward to servicing the needs of Balfours clients and tenants providing the professional and personal service Balfours is known for. The current pandemic of Corvid 19 will make life much more challenging for us all but we will ensure we do everything within our power and the health guidance of the government to ensure clients’ needs are met.”


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Terraced Home, Contemporary Feel Anchored by Elegance


Charm and elegance grace 26 Gravel Hill, located in one of Ludlow’s finest residential locations, within walking distance of the town centre.

This three bedroom Victorian terraced house provides two well balanced reception rooms off the hallway with traditional fireplaces. The lower ground floor is given over to the open plan kitchen diner where fixtures have a soft contemporary feel cleverly anchored by two arched alcoves, one housing the woodburner, the other providing a space for generous cooking facilities. There is glazing to two aspects and well placed down lighters.

A wc is found off an inner lobby plus access to the terrace and a good sized garden, where an outbuilding is equipped as the utility room. There are two bedrooms on the first floor with several fitted wardrobes, plus a family bathroom. On the second floor is the main bedroom.

Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley reflects: “26 Gravel Hill, is very well presented and has much to offer in this excellent residential area.  The many amenities of Ludlow are a short-walk away, offering a real lifestyle opportunity.” 26 Gravel Hill is marketed with a guide price of £295,000. Call Balfours Estate Agents Ludlow on 01584 707100.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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House Market Communications Remain Open


Reassurance has come from one of Shropshire’s leading estate agents that the property market is in an “industry holding pattern,” while the pandemic health crisis dictates a lockdown.

Alistair Hilton, head of sales at Balfours says the most critical factor is to adhere to the Government stay home and social distancing guidelines – we all need to play our part. Part of that holding pattern is to maintain communication, agents to clients, lawyers and web portals.

“I have been speaking to Rightmove this week, and it is true that information to buyers and sellers is being updated on a daily basis, however there is no evidence of market prices being corrected. We know from past experience, dare I say Brexit, that a softening ‘rate’ of sales is very different to a financial crisis where prices fall. And obviously right now the rate of sales has slowed right down.”

He continues: “However this week (ending March 27) we have agreed terms on a £740,000 Shrewsbury property and sold land in Monmouthshire, both within a few per cent of their asking prices. We are also processing exchanges on several properties.

“At Balfours Estate Agents, clients with properties currently selling and under offer – everyone is in a holding line waiting, rather than making a knee jerk reaction. As per government advice we are taking a pragmatic view to completion dates with mutual agreement to defer the proposed timescales, with lawyers’ safe guarding intention.”

“Flow of communication is key - we remain in communication via phone and are responding to emails. Ironically everyone staying home may be the very catalyst to explore and forward plan marketing options, while there is time, without commitment until some certainty returns.

“As it happens I have come into the office today accompanied by my dog. It is our outing for the day. Though very strange to be alone in the office I have been able to formulate this week’s sales, while most of the world remains home, including my family. We all need to play our part to help save lives and have businesses to come back to,” Alistair adds.

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Spring Newsletter 2020



The Balfours Spring 2020 Newsletter should be hitting peoples doormats any day now -  if you would like to read a copy online please follow the link to our Newsletter PDF or click on the below image.


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Mellow Stone of Country House


An oasis in a mad world is how Margot Hinkins describes her beloved home at Chatwall Home Farm, of nearly 14 years.

This 17th century gem is tucked within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the hamlet of its namesake, Chatwall and neighbouring the picture box village of Cardington and its vibrant community.

A Cosy, Warm, Family House 

Arriving at Chatwall Home Farm, you are greeted by double fronted gables in mellow stone – well worthy of its grade II listing. Before entering it is impossible not to appreciate the half acre of gardens, within the 1.43 acres of steading, where two self-contained barn conversions and a paddock are also to be found.

“What I love is that it is a cosy warm family house. There are four reception rooms which are all very interchangeable, between drawing, dining, sitting rooms and snug or study,” Margot reflects.

Together with her husband, Paul, the couple have sympathetically restored and updated the house, retaining many superlative original features, from inglenook fire places to panelling. The large kitchen with island and Aga provides a friendly hub. An impressive oak staircase leads to the first floor offering four bedrooms and two bathrooms, with an additional bedroom and bathroom on the second floor.

The couple designed the garden from a blank canvas with no formal boundaries, to the oasis of calm it now is. Balfours Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley adds:  In addition to the main house, Chatwall Home Farm comes with two self-contained barn conversions; both are immaculately presented, each with two double bedrooms and two bathrooms ideal for extended family, guest accommodation or considering its locality self-catering units.”

The area offers idyllic opportunity for outdoor pursuits from walking and cycling to riding and, across the valley, gliding; Church Stretton is just five miles away, while Shrewsbury is 11 miles. Access to the M54 is a similar distance – beyond which the world beckons if you can be tempted away.

Indeed, for the Hinkins it will be a wrench, but downsizing is the driver and they are grateful to have enjoyed their custodianship in one of South Shropshire’s gems. Chatwall Home Farm has a guide price of £995,000 call Balfours Estate Agents Ludlow on 01584 707100.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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