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Farming Talk – Implications Of Holiday Diversification


Following an increase in demand over the past decade, many of Britain’s farmers and landowners have been gearing up to provide farm stay holiday accommodation. It has been widely reported that there is a demand for accommodation with a tangible link to the ‘real’ day-to-day workings of rural Britain, and on-farm lets are therefore becoming increasingly common. Though it is possible to be cynical about such marketing spiel, there are opportunities available for those that are interested.

There are a number of reasons why such an enterprise may make sense for businesses looking to diversify. A let could create a separate enterprise for family members to take charge, as a step on the ladder toward further responsibility. Alternatively, it could help to justify the renovation or conversion of disused assets.

A number of issues should be considered if businesses are looking at diversifying in this way, beginning with the marketability of the asset. It is important to assess the options on the market in the local area and consider if your proposal will sell; price is not the only factor. Creative farmers have gone one step further, using various objects from shepherd’s huts, through to a converted Sea King helicopter. 

Another point to consider – as for any new enterprise – is the additional pressure it will place on man hours. Such enterprises can be time-consuming and, consequently, some choose to partner with external cleaning or marketing providers, reducing the pressure, but also, the return. 

Holiday lettings are rated standard for the purposes of VAT. Depending on your business, it would be important to consider if you wanted such an enterprise to be run within a VAT registered business (allowing some limited VAT recovery but increasing the end price) or as a separate non-VAT registered business.

If assets are to be converted or created then the possible implications on future inheritance tax should be discussed with your advisors, likewise if it is possible that such assets may be sold.    

Finally, there is the question of business and personal privacy. We are fortunate to live in a part of the country which provides more space than most get to enjoy. If paying guests are to be welcomed onto a holding, then the implications in terms of practical day-to-day working, and the privacy of all, should be thought through.

Holiday accommodation is an enterprise that can work well for some but, as with all investments, it is important that professional advice be sought before decisions are made.

Jack Cooper is a land agent with Balfours, based in New Windsor House in Oxon, Shrewsbury, and can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you wish to discuss your farm holiday accommodation plans.

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Opportunity to live the dream


Nearly five acres is available with a charming three bedroom farmhouse with a guide price of £405,000.

Bryn Y Celyn is on the market with Balfours and includes stables outbuildings and planning permission for a two storey extension. The property is located in an idyllic setting of the Welsh Marches at Abermule, some six miles from Montgomery and Newtown. Shrewsbury is 27 miles away.

Agent, Duncan Scobie, describes the property as “an opportunity to live the dream.” Bryn Y Celyn is situated in an elevated position with superb countryside views and surrounded by its own land. It is accessed via a private drive flanked by paddocks either side. Further paddocks are found to the front of the house.

The accommodation is well configured with the entrance hall giving access to the three reception rooms. From the dining room there is direct access to the kitchen breakfast room. To the other side of the hallway are the living room with traditional fireplace and the study; at the rear of the house is a downstairs cloakroom and the utility which links back to the kitchen. The first floor provides three bedrooms, two with feature fireplaces and family bathroom. “While the property may be perfectly adequate there is planning permission for a two storey extension,” Duncan adds.

Outbuildings at Bryn Y Celyn include Hay store, loose boxes, barn and open fronted wainhouse. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Bryn Y Celyn View

Bryn Y Celyn Barn

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Edwardian and contemporary harmony


This impressive Edwardian town house blends together perfectly period features with top draw contemporary finish.

The location of, 21a Belmont, is within the town loop of the River Severn, ideal for a lifestyle embracing Shrewsbury’s assets including River and parkland walks, sports, shopping, commerce and culture. There is also an impressive matrix of private, state and adult education within walking distance.

The accommodation itself is over four floors, plus cellar and as a result is hugely versatile; it offers four bedrooms, plus an attic room. The welcome is to an entrance hall with period features including original mosaic quarry tile floor and detailed classic door architraves and archway.

The sitting room has a feature fireplace with hob grate and large bay window, on through and the dining room boasts a pot belly stove and tiled floor. French doors from the dining room to the terrace courtyard are inspirational to entertaining. Low key, or full on entertaining can be perfectly orchestrated from the adjacent kitchen with direct access to both terrace and dining room too. There is also a downstairs utility and wc off from the dining room.

The first floor currently comprises of a spacious drawing room together with a bedroom and bathroom plus additional separate wc. The drawing can however revert to a bedroom. On the second floor there is a master bedroom with en-suite facilities and fitted wardrobe and the third bedroom.

On the market with Balfours with a guide price of £580,000, head of sales Alistair Hilton comments: “The property is beautifully presented, the rooms are interchangeable, offering the opportunity to substitute the first floor reception room as a bedroom, or any bedroom as a large study.” The property also benefits from a garage and delightful, low maintenance courtyard garden.

For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.


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21a Belmont Garden

21a Belmont Lounge

21a Belmont Dining Room

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Timber framed character in heart of village


One of Minsterley’s most picture perfect timber framed houses has been launched to the market by Scott Kemsley of Balfours.

The four bedroom grade II listed home comes with garden and a large barn providing garaging and significant internal space.

Says Scott: “Brook House is a gem of a property which dates back to the 17th century and has been thoughtfully and extensively restored optimising wonderful period features, whilst ensuring lifestyle comforts. It is also situated in the heart of the village within walking distance to the primary school, village store, public house and petrol station.”

The ground floor comprises three reception rooms - a bespoke kitchen diner, utility and cloak room and bathroom. On the first floor the master bedroom benefits from en-suite facilities, while fitted wardrobes feature in one of the three other bedrooms.

“Among Brook House’s period features are an inglenook fireplace, oak floorboards and exposed studwork and beams. A very precious bit of heritage is to be found in the dining room, which has a naïve painting showing,” Scott adds.

Outside, in addition to the barn, there is a large garden and parking for up to five cars. Pontesbury is just 1.5 miles, while Shrewsbury and Telford are 10 and 24 miles respectively. Brook House is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £340,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Brook House garden terrace

Brook House Kitchen

Brook House Sitting Room


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New two and three bedroom homes launched


The anticipated latest phase of the popular Orchid Meadows development at Minsterley is launched to the market by Balfours this week. Four two bedroom and eight three bedroom new homes are now available within Orchid Meadows 29 new homes

Balfours agent, Scott Kemsley, says: “These are beautifully presented properties opening up a fabulous opportunity, to live in the popular village of Minsterley where there is a full complement of services including primary school, plus secondary school in neighbouring Pontesbury. Shrewsbury is less than ten miles away, with easy links to the bypass and trunk roads to the Midlands and the north.”

Built by Clutton Homes, the semi-detached two bedroom “Bolton” design provides two spacious reception rooms on the ground floor, namely the lounge and kitchen dining room. There is also a ground floor wc. "People today want spacious, near open plan living – the Bolton home achieves that for a two bedroom home with each room being more than four metres by four metres,” says Scott.

The three bedroom “Lancaster” design achieves the same principle of spacious living with the lounge offering more than 20 square metres of space. On the first floor, there is the added bonus that the master room is en-suite, still leaving only two rooms to share the family bathroom.

Scott adds: “We are thrilled to be marketing the Clutton Homes, where quality modern fittings and craftsmanship achieve a contemporary fresh finish.”

Balfours are marketing the two and three bedroom homes with a price guide of £145,000 to £170,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.




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Mint finish accomplished


Mint presentation and mint condition - 1 Minton Court is aptly named. This outstanding new build, five bedroom home is found south west Shrewsbury, in St Andrew’s Road, walking distance from Radbrook Green shops.

On the market with Balfours, head of sales, Alistair Hilton enthuses: “1 Minton Court represents an exceptionally high standard of 21st century smart fittings, from CCTV and alarm system, to underfloor heating, Sky and a standalone rainwater harvesting system.  The approach is fresh too, with Danish timber aluminium-clad windows sealed with Danish timber.”

Internally the property achieves wow factor with a contemporary finish to fixtures and fittings. The kitchen successfully blends sleek with dynamic to provide a spacious area for making family meals feel special. There is no compromise within the three bathrooms, two en-suite and the family bathroom, design and craftsmanship speak for themselves.

There are four bedrooms on the first floor, one en-suite with fitted wardrobes, plus a family bathroom. The second floor provides a spacious dedicated whole floor suite, with large bedroom en-suite bathroom and walk-in dressing room, which could be a second study or mini gym.

Returning to the ground floor, a generous entrance hall provides access to four reception rooms, the sitting room and dining room each benefitting from French doors to the terrace and landscaped garden.

Alistair adds: “We are delighted to be marketing 1 Minton Court, it is so well presented it cannot fail to impress. Its’ proximity, just over two miles from Shrewsbury town centre, places it in a hugely sought after area. The location is within minutes of Shrewsbury’s bypass network and comes with a double garage and visitor parking.”

Balfours are marketing 1 Minton Court with a guide price of£565,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Minton Front

Minton Kitchen

Minton Lounge

Minton Bedroom

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