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17th Century Endorsed Enchantment


Outstanding views are as valid a reason today for calling Llys Uchaf home, as they would have been when this property was first built in the 17th century.

Today its timber framed construction is celebrated with Grade II listing; the five bed property also includes a detached barn and some 12 acres of grounds. The village of Llanfechain is just over a mile away, while Welshpool and Oswestry are each 11 miles. Shrewsbury and Chester are 25 and 38 miles respectively.

Approaching the steading a wooded copse, stream and wildlife pond, set the scene, these are superseded by paddocks flanking the drive. Punctuation is found in the stone pillars and wrought iron gates which lead to an open expanse of parking edged by garden.

Internally Llys Uchaf wants for nothing; the fully equipped kitchen, family room is highlighted by sky lights adding extra light to the south and north facing windows. The main dining room is found off the kitchen and provides access to the terrace. 

Meanwhile the entrance hall also gives rise to two reception rooms, one with a stunning inglenook fireplace with bread oven and both rooms equipped with Clear View log burners. Unusual for a property of this age, three bedrooms on the first floor each have their own en-suite bathrooms.

Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours says: “This is quite possibly the most beautiful house I have had the opportunity to market in my 27 years of being an agent. I’ve never had a property in Shropshire or Powys that has sparked feelings quite like Llys Uchaf. From its Little Switzerland ambience taken from several vantage points around the property, to the exacting specification and attention to detail that the current vendors have poured over the property during the renovation work carried out, really are something to behold.”  

Duncan continues: “The barn is a superb space retaining its original integrity and currently providing several garages and stores but would lend itself for conversion to a superb holiday let conversion, subject to the necessary permissions, in addition to the main barn area. This is a beautiful and well-presented property which we are marketing with a guide price of £695,000.” For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Llys Uchaf Main

Llys Uchaf Reception

Llys Uchaf Kitchen

Llys Uchaf View

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Tucked Away Home With Studio


Three bedroom farmhouse, Ty Lawr, is linked to a renovated barn, perfect for the aspirational artisan from author to artist. The adjoining flexible accommodation would suit a home business with workshop, studio, or consultancy.

Ty Lawr is found five miles from Llangollen at Glyndyfrdwy, with Oswestry, Chester and Shrewsbury all within a sensible commute. There is an excellent primary school two miles away, with Llangollen providing not only local shops, but the renowned canal and River Dee for fishing and canoeing.

Nearby to the steading are five acres of meadow and woodland providing a wonderful amenity and oasis for nature and satisfying source for sustainable fuel for the farmhouse and barn. Agent Duncan Scobie of Balfours who is marketing Ty Lawr with a guide price of £285,000, comments: “This is a truly captivating Welsh borders farmhouse, it is private and secluded, but not isolated.

True to the territory as a former hill farm sitting 850 feet above sea level, Ty Lawr offers fabulous views and walking country. During the past 35 years the owner has renovated and nurtured with sensitivity and understanding for the authenticity of the property retaining many features and huge character.

Farmhouse accommodation comprises of porch, to living room, kitchen breakfast room, inner hall, sunroom and shower room. There are three bedrooms on the first floor. The attached former barn, provides for a reception/studio, gallery study, with basement workshop and stable/store utilising the topography of the hill.

For more information call Duncan Scobie at Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Ty Lawr Main rear elevation

Ty Lawr Second cottage former barn

Ty Lawr Kitchen breakfast

Ty Lawr Meadowland

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Mews of Convenience


Lifestyle and convenience are merits of this mews style Grade II listed property, nestled between the river and Shrewsbury’s metropolis.

Number 16 Belmont, provides a three bedroom house in a highly desirable quiet spot, within walking distance of all the county town’s amenities; from commerce and schools to restaurants and shops; from river walks and rowing to tennis courts, theatre and the train station.

Ground floor accommodation comprises of entrance hall with access to a large open plan living space. For fine days French doors lead out to a walled courtyard offering atmospheric additional living quarters.

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton comments: “The whole property is presented to a high standard, with a contemporary finish. This includes a well equipped kitchen with the island creating demarcation between dining and living quarters. A utility room and separate downstairs cloakroom segregate additional amenities.”

There are three bedrooms on the first floor together with two bathrooms, one with feature corner bath and one with shower.  Alistair adds: For anyone who is seeking the convenience of town centre life, but situated in a quiet enclave this period Mews house really is a perfect location.”

Number 16, Belmont incorporates gated allocated parking. The SY1 address is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £450,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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16 Belmont Front

16 Belmont Patio

16 Belmont Lounge

16 Belmont Kitchen

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Village Location With Inspirational Countryside


A charming three/four bedroom family home, situated in the heart of Crew Green village, with primary school, village hall, church and two public houses, is on the market.

Ashley House comprises of a hall leading to the well-proportioned dining room with access into the living room. The dining room links to a good sized kitchen/breakfast room, a large conservatory and a utility. First floor accommodationprovides bedroom one with en-suite, two double bedrooms and a nursery/occasional fourth bedroom, plus family bathroom.

Agent, Duncan Scobie, of Balfours, comments: “The kitchen/breakfast room is a great space with a traditional inglenook beam framing the Aga; the room has glazing to two aspects ensuring natural light floods in. Outside Ashley House sits within established gardens with a raised lawn and patio.

He continues: “Located on the Shropshire Welsh borders, the property offers fabulous walking and riding country, with the Rivers Severn, Vyrnwy and Powys Hills nearby. Significantly Shrewsbury, Welshpool and Oswestry are all within a pleasant ten to 12 miles of Crew Green.”

Other external features include a detached double garage. Ashley House is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £299,000, for more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Ashley House Main

Ashley House Garden

Ashley House Kitchen

Ashley House Dining

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The Chaff House That Sings


This picture perfect home is situated in one of South Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty villages. It makes a credible contribution.

The Chaff House, Hope Bowdler, is a charming stone built property framed by glorious gardens with the idyllic bucolic scene beyond. Diamond pane windows enhance the mature stone of the house. Step inside and the Chaff character continues to chirp and sing. 

The open porch leads to a large reception hall giving access to the living room, the downstairs shower room, the study, or fourth bedroom and a large kitchen with dining room and utility both off.

Agent Scott Kemsley of Balfours, acknowledges, “this is a property of great integrity, beautifully presented, not only pleasing on the eye, but entirely practical too. The living room is a wonderful space with inglenook fireplace, woodburner and glazing to two aspects.” Ascending to the first floor from the reception hall, there are three double bedrooms, one en-suite plus a family bathroom, good sized landing and storage cupboard.

The partially walled garden is particularly secluded and idyllic, complete with two terraces, one near to the house and the other a tucked away raised sun terrace. There is also a garage and store. Church Stretton is just 2.5 miles while Much Wenlock, Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Telford are all within easy commute.

The Chaff House is marketed by Balfours, with offers invited over £515,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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The Chaff House Main

The Chaff House Garden

The Chaff House Living Room

The Chaff House Rear Elevation

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Old School – Full Marks


The Old School House captures a picture perfect former village school.  It is found in the hamlet of Ellerdine, five miles from Shawbury and some 12 miles from both Shrewsbury and Telford.

Now a four bedroom property it is well laid out with access through the original main front door which opens to the entrance hall, with stairs and main rooms off. This includes two reception rooms; the living room is a spacious 21 feet by 16 feet and incorporating a log burner, while the second reception room is currently used as a dining room.

Also accessed off the hall, the fitted kitchen incorporates an open plan dining space looking out through French doors and offering opportunity for relaxed alfresco breakfasts. Agent, Scott Kemsley, of Balfours says: “The present owner has meticulously renovated the Victorian school, successfully incorporating a number of original features with the comforts of a 21st century living; full marks.”

Bordered by farmland the property offers panoramic views across unspoilt countryside from what was once the playground and is now lawn, garden and pond with garden shed. Scott adds: “This is a fabulous home for anyone wishing to enjoy a Victorian building with a real sense of social history. Gazing through the beautiful gothic shaped picture window, you cannot help but think of the children that will have also gazed through - with half an eye on the blackboard and their teacher, while minds’ eye drifts to playing in streams and trees nearby!”

Two of the four bedrooms have fitted wardrobes; the family bathroom has a bath and shower. There is also a cloakroom with shower, found in the utility room on the ground floor.

The Old School House, Ellerdine, is marketed with a guide price of £400,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Old Sch main

Old Sch kitchen

Old Sch reception room

Old Sch bedroom

old school lawn

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