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Perfect Steading Idyllic Location


Location, Location and this three bedroom home set within four and a half acres is surrounded by countryside designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Stone House Farm, Ruckley, Acton Burnell also comes with a stone stable block with potential for additional studio or annex accommodation and a large six bay modern barn offers scope for American stabling or business use all subject to planning.

This beautifully presented farmhouse, where natural light floods in comprises of a good sized kitchen, dining linking through to the living room with Clear View stove. A utility and downstairs cloakroom with shower completes the ground floor. There are three bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor.

Agent Scott Kemsley of Balfours comments: “This is an immaculately presented steading, which also includes double garage, terrace and gardens in an idyllic location. Acton Burnell is close by with shop and post office; Much Wenlock and Church Stretton are equi-distance some eight miles while Shrewsbury is just a mile further. It is an area much sort after for its great walking and riding country – an area offering a fantastic standard of living.”

Stone House Farm is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £650,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Master Piece In Shrewsbury’s Longden Road


A significant and hugely successful extension scheme is tucked behind this traditional 1930s pretty detached house.

“Step inside and you discover that it is anything but standard. Extensions to the side rear and first floors are a staggering achievement of reconfiguration and vision to provide perfect family accommodation suited to today’s modern lifestyles,” says Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton.

Situated half a mile from Shrewsbury town centre Westfiled, 9 Longden Road, is in a perfect location to enjoy the amenities of the town centre, river walks and Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park. It provides five bedrooms including the master suite with shower and dressing rooms – the latter being a real jewel with glass Juliet balcony.

The crown comes in the form of the open plan kitchen/entertaining area featuring horse shoe shaped island and two pairs of bi-fold glazed doors allowing light to flood in, this together with a vaulted ceiling with velux window over the dining area achieves a spectacular result. While the terrace offers immediate access to alfresco dining the garden is a wonderful backdrop shared with garden birds and butterflies.

From the reception hall there is a traditional reception room with bay window and a large lounge with impressive lantern roof and French doors. A utility, cloakroom, garage and summerhouse complete Westfield’s commendable assets are marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £650,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Improvements To Boost The Value Of Your Home


It’s a dilemma homeowners are familiar with; do you make improvements before launching your house to the market?

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton reflects on figures produced by the National Association of Estate Agents stating that home owners across the UK have spent £41 billion during the past five years making improvements to their homes. While three quarters of home owners have made improvements, only a quarter of them believe it will add value to their property.

Alistair explains: “There are certain basics which are important to sprucing up a property. It needs to be clean, feel welcoming and with a sense of space. Making a good first impression is essential. That means the approach - garden and parking should be fresh uncluttered and welcoming. The front door must entice, so that means it needs to be in a good state of repair and finish.”

Step inside and a sense of light and space should greet, be that through natural or artificial lighting.

According to Alistair once you are considering putting your home on the market commence decluttering. “Prospective buyers really want to imagine their furniture in situ and that is difficult if there is too much clutter, it will also make the move itself so much easier when the sale is completed.

Regarding decorating the NAEA say those who re-decorate typically spend £889. Fresh paint can really revive a property – and at this stage always go for safe neutral colours, not only do they enhance the light and size of the room, but people won’t feel overwhelmed. That doesn’t mean to say there should be a wow factor in your home, using accent colours in soft furnishings.

It might be that you think that the kitchen or bathroom is below par and will drag the value down. If you go ahead and refurbish the average cost, according to the NAEA, of a kitchen is likely to be £5,000 and a bathroom nearly £3,000. “I would caution that you actually seek the professional opinion of prospective agents before tackling large jobs, which may not achieve the added value of your investment. Conversely, replacing cupboard handles or doors and re-grouting is a cost effective way of breathing new life into rooms,” Alistair adds.

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Eat Cake in The Square


An invitation to “eat cake” has been thrown down by Balfours in support of Hope House and Ty Gobaith.

Sumptuously delicious cakes will be served at Balfours estate agency in Shrewsbury’s Square this Thursday afternoon, (April 26) between three and five in the afternoon.

Office manager Abbie Barker explains: “We are keen to support Hope House at Oswestry and its sister hospice at Conwy. It is a very small way of offering support to children and their families. All we ask is a donation for this good cause and you can enjoy a great assortment of home baked cakes so do call in and bring a friend too.”


Pictured, Katie Richardson and Becca Morley have an excuse to tuck in as they prepare for Thursday’s eat cake event.


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Welcome Changes To Permitted Development Rights


The farming community is to benefit from the Government’s announcement to make changes to the Permitted Development Rights, says head of planning at Balfours, Justin Stevenson.

The first change is the increase in the area of new farm buildings permitted from 465m2 to 1,000m2.  “This change has been long overdue and should help to speed up situations where new farm buildings are being erected,” explains Justin.

The other changes relates to Permitted Development Class Q - converting redundant agricultural buildings to residential units.   He continues: “The main changes are the existing floor area limit for the conversion of buildings into up to three dwellings increases slightly from 450m2 to 465m2 to bring this in line with the old permitted development rights area for farm buildings. The other change is that now it is possible to create up to five new dwellings, but these cannot each exceed 100m2 on a total area of 500m2.  Therefore with a combination of these rights the largest potential area of buildings that can be converted is 865m2.

Justin also highlights the recently issued guidance on Part Q conversions which makes it clear that internal works are not part of the approval process.   However, the ongoing issue over external works and whether these works are viewed by the Local Planning Authority as new structural additions remains.

He adds: “Whilst these relaxations are welcome, it is important to seek advice as using the Permitted Development Rights to erect a new farm building closes off options for Part Q conversions and vice versa.” To discuss this further please call Justin Stevenson on 01743 241181 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Exclusive Executive Development In Well Positioned Hamlet


Aunique and exciting development opportunity to build three executive homes in the pretty hamlet of Grafton near Shrewsbury, has recently come to market. The residential development land comes with full planning permission within the 0.63 acre plot.

Marketed by Balfours, head of sales, Alistair Hilton explains: “This is a great semi-rural location where the countryside is unspoilt offering diverse surroundings of fields, woodlands and the River Perry running to the north. This is a good match for exclusive executive homes where the occupants will ultimately be seeking lifestyle choices too.”

Grafton is conveniently situated just two miles from Baschurch with services including shops, public house, garage, primary and secondary schools. There is also an excellent choice of private schools within ten miles, plus more in the county town of Shrewsbury some seven miles south of Grafton.

Further opportunity exists with additional land available to the north of the plot, subject to planning and separate negotiation. Balfours are marketing the site with a guide price of £400,000. For more information and planning pack call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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