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One Bedroom Walkers’ Paradise


A one bedroom retreat is on the market to let with Balfours.

Mynd Cottage is much more than a one bedroom cottage, its unique location nestles on the side of the Long Mynd at Plowden, less than three miles from Lydbury North – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, perfect for walkers, artists or anyone wishing to find that elusive magical retreat. Bishop’s Castle is five miles and across the Long Mynd Church Stretton is eight miles.

The cottage has been totally refurbished to a high standard and now provides a reception room with inglenook fireplace and Clearview Stove. A fitted kitchen which opens through to the dining area and a utility room accessed off the kitchen. Stairs from the dining area lead to the first floor bedroom with two fitted cupboards and bathroom.

Commenting Head of Lettings at Balfours, Charlotte George MARLA, says: “You could not wish for a more idyllic location, the property has been sympathetically refurbished, now benefiting from double glazing and oil fired central heating, plus new kitchen and bathroom fittings.”

Mynd Cottage comes with a good sized garden at a rental price of £650 per calendar month. For more information call Charlotte George on 01743 277069.

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Mynd C diner to kitch

Mynd C clear view

Mynd C bathroom

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Designer Three Bed To Let


An imaginative three bedroom barn conversion is available to let.The Estates House has been designed forging together old and new to create a totally unique and spacious home. Situated in Knockin, Oswestry is just six miles and Shrewsbury 14 miles.

The accommodation comprises of a stunning entrance hall with large glazed coach archway, throwing light onto a bespoke staircase. From the entrance hall, accommodation is over two floors. There are three reception rooms plus a study. In addition the large kitchen, breakfast room boasts an apex ceiling and AGA. There is a cloakroom and utility room.

Also on the ground floor is the third bedroom with separate bathroom. Ascending the staircase, uniquely the property provides two rooms with dressing areas and en-suite facilities. Head of Lettings at Balfours, Charlotte George comments: “This is a unique property presented with quality fixtures and fittings, including underfloor heating. We are letting unfurnished and long term.”

The Estates House enjoys an enclosed landscaped garden and also benefits from a detached double garage, parking and electric gates. It is situated in the rural village of Knockin, which provides local amenities and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Balfours are letting The Estates House at £1,275pcm. For more information call Charlotte George MARLA on 01743 277069.

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Estate H Main

Estate H sitting room

Estate H Kitchen

Estate H entrance Hall

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Housing Market Holding Good


The unexpected fall in inflation is enabling interest rates, and therefore the property market, to hold their cool.

Balfours’ Head of Sales, Alistair Hilton, says that the housing market thrives on stability and therefore the latest news relating to inflation is welcome. “We have seen considerable political upheaval in the past two years; Brexit and the snap election both contributing to uncertainty. Despite this, the property market has and continues to more than hold its own, particularly in Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.”

He puts the solid platform on which the property market continues to operate down to two factors, namely low interest rates and limited new instructions. “We have buyers who need and want to move for numerous reasons, however stock coming onto the market is limited, and that in itself is consolidating and even strengthening property values, reflecting supply and demand.”

The lack of supply is endorsed by the Rural Institute of Chartered Surveyors who say it has recorded its fifteenth successive negative reading of new instructions on “non-new builds” to agents. “This does create a real challenge to the efficiency of the housing market,” Alistair adds. 

He attributes a reluctance of vendors to put their toe in the market to inflation currently outstripping the rise, or lack of it, in earnings. Despite the national picture suggesting that some buyers and sellers are adopting a “wait and see” approach, he says Balfours’prime location officesin Shrewsbury Square are attracting a healthy number of enquiries from people keen to take advantage of attractive mortgage offers.

He continues: “Since 2014, we have seen a gradual and sustainable rise in property prices of some 3-5% year-on-year and this, without doubt, is underpinned by the two key factors of interest rates enabling low mortgage rates and market supply. I see no reason why this positive trend in values will not continue for the next few months at least.

“At Balfours,there has been a good turnover of sales in the past few months. Buyer and seller confidence remains positive in the local market. Quality and presentation are often rewarded and certainly we have had a good number of properties receiving offers within weeks of being launched with some completions even turned around in a calendar month.”

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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 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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