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Balfours reel in new appointment


Balfours has appointed Katie Richardson to its residential sales department.

Katie who will be based in Balfours office at The Square, Shrewsbury, joins the team as a sales administrator. She brings with her four years’ experience in Birmingham’s residential letting market.

Since then she has spent two years travelling and working in Canada and America with her partner who is a fly fishing tackle designer.

Katie explains: “We did a lot of travelling, concluding in Hawaii. However it is now great to live and work in Shrewsbury – it is a fabulous town. We are enjoying the town and its wonderful restaurants, plus great countryside with exceptional walking and of course fishing is on the agenda too, especially with Wales so close.”

Head of sales at Balfours Alistair Hilton says: “Katie is a great match for our business bringing excellent skills, she is also hugely personable and we are delighted to welcome her to the sales team.”

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Bond’s skyfall at Edge Farm


An impeccable James Bond style country house, with its own skyfall private runway and helicopter access, set within 44 acres is on the market with Balfours.

Edge Farm is located 40 miles west of Birmingham, at East Wall, the stunning contemporary country house, is the dream build of Phil and Pauline Broome. The couple were attracted to South Shropshire’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which also combined Phil’s need to create a runway, enabling him to test aircraft brought over from the USA.

Growing from humble roots in Wellington, Phil’s intriguing mix of wheeling and dealing commenced at an early age; first in old coins and gradually to motor bikes and cars, by which time he had graduated in electronic engineering. His career and affinity to his home county is strong and led to him setting up a computer company in Telford in 1993, ultimately selling out to Xerox.

However the driver for Edge Farm was borne out of a visit to America when this entrepreneur recalls: “We were on holiday in the States and I ended up owning a couple of aircraft companies, as a result I needed 400 metres a place for testing aircraft, with some flat land. 

One year later, in 2010 they acquired Edge Farm and the couple set about replacing the existing farmhouse with a twenty first century energy efficient property designed to their specification. Key to that was a cinema room and from Pauline’s wish list a very large kitchen. Both have been achieved with panache.

The project took three years and despite a lavish finish includes fastidious specifications to insulation, underfloor heating and thermal storage. Two 26KW wood-burners are backed by a sustainable source of woodland on the farm.

Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours, “Edge Farm wants for nothing, it is located in a fabulous private location between Church Stretton and Much Wenlock, yet only 40 miles from Birmingham. Residential accommodation extends to 9,000 square feet over four levels and fully embraces the very latest technology.”

Phil explains: “My wife always says the kitchen is the best she has ever had and it is our favourite part of the house.” With bi-fold walls of glass natural light plays on the sleek and easy clean polished stone floors and granite worktops. A true kitchen breakfast room there is an abundance of space to relax or entertain in too. The ground floor accommodates a further three reception rooms, plus a hugely generous reception hall. Each of the three bedrooms on the first floor is accessed off the gallery landing; all are en-suite with the master suite incorporating a dressing room.

There are a further four bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor. The jewel of the basement is of course the high spec cinema room; there is also a games rooms, large office, plus laundry, plant and store rooms.

For Phil and Pauline Edge Farm has been a magical experience: “The wildlife is quite priceless, from the balcony we can watch the swans and geese on the pond at the bottom of the garden. We have also enjoyed our own flock of pedigree Ryeland sheep, this year introducing Chocolate Ryelands which has been great fun. However now semi-retired, the couple are seeking a new adventure, as a result Edge Farm, East Wall, is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £2m. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Unique tower in parkland


Have you ever fancied your very own castle tower, The Tower, Apley Park is offering just that, near Bridgnorth.

Impressive from the outside and stunning from the inside, this four bedroom home is found in the stunning traditional landscape with 17 acres of communal parkland. The property which is designed out over four floors - remember it is a tower - has been launched to the market by Balfours with a guide price of £350,000.

On the ground floor a wonderful light dining hall, with panoramic glazed frontage and vaulted ceiling provides an impressive backdrop for entertaining. Also on the ground floor is the kitchen breakfast room with granite worktops and a range of “built-in” appliances.

On the first floor the living room boasts a gothic style window with great views and woodburner. The family bathroom and a bedroom/study are also to be found on the first floor. Ascending to the second floor a further bedroom is currently configured as two bedrooms, plus an en-suite bathroom.

TheTower‘s crowning glory is the fourth floor master bedroom with en-suite. This is where you could wake to a vaulted ceiling and four stone mullion crucifix windows, giving a 360 degree views over the Apley Estate.

Agent, Scott Kemsley says: “This is a very unique and well-presented property, situated within a courtyard, with fantastic parkland walks. The facilities of Bridgnorth and Telford are both within an easy commute, as are the major road networks.”

For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Apartment puts life at fingertips


A two bedroom apartment situated in the heart of Shrewsbury’s historic town centre, with a balcony overlooking the River Severn, is on the market.

39 Lower Blackfriars is ideal for anyone who wishes to have life at their fingertips – be it in the town centre or further afield. It has a garage and a dedicated parking space within the courtyard; plus excellent road and rail links to the UKs major cities and International airports at Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and East Midlands.

Apartment 39 is on the second and third floors with communal stairs leading to the front door. The property consists of an entrance hallway, a generous sitting room, dining room, and kitchen. One bedroom is en-suite, while the other has a separate bathroom.

Alistair Hilton, town sales manager, says: “The balcony, off the sitting room, has fabulous views not just to the Severn, but over Shrewsbury’s Abbey, the English Bridge, the Wrekin and Haughmond Hill. A perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine or such.

Shrewsbury is highly regarded for its extensive range of independent shops as well as cultural and educational facilities. Riverside walks, museums, fine dining and nationally recognised schools are all a short distance from the property.

Built in 1998, Lower Blackfriars is a twin block of apartments in Shrewsbury Town Centre, based around a courtyard carpark. Residents enjoy exclusive access to the adjacent Blackfriars Meadow where raised beds are available by separate arrangement.

Apartment 39 is marketed with a guide price of £270,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Rural Finance


There is never a better time than now, to reappraise existing farm enterprises and manage risks that the threatened future uncertainties may bring.

Securing extra borrowing facilities can ensure that when opportunities arise, the capital is available to act swiftly.

AMC’s Flexible Loan is an ideal starting place in providing a degree of unspecific working capital for businesses. A qualified agent can help you secure the right loan for you and your business.

Briefly the process is:

1. Meet the applicant to discuss the proposal and complete an application form. Farm Accounts and proof of Identity are required at this stage.

2. Next a summary analysis of the application, testing that the business can service the loan, ensuring security offered is sufficient and making a recommendation to AMC.

3. Completed application is then sent to the AMC. They will write to the applicant to confirm whether or not the proposal has been approved.

4. Applicant has 30 days to accept, sign and send the offer back to the AMC. No fees are incurred until or unless the applicant accepts the offer.

5. On receipt of an accepted loan offer, the AMC instruct the agent to value the security and the applicant’s solicitor to undertake the legal work required.

6. The timescale from the applicant accepting the loan offer to the AMC releasing the funds is generally around 12 weeks.

Balfours are the leading regional AMC Agents and specialise in putting loan applications together - for help and advice contact a Balfours expert: Peter Wright (01588 673314) or Rory Galliers (01743 241181).

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Traditional cottage tucked away


A pretty three bedroom semi-detached stone cottage is on the market with Balfours.

Number Six, Brook Road, is a traditional cottage found in a tucked away location, within the market town of Craven Arms. Its location provides total convenience, within walking distance of local amenities, including school, shops and vibrant community facilities. Craven Arms is six miles from Ludlow and five miles from Church Stretton and Shrewsbury is an easy commute at 22 miles.

Accommodation comprises of an entrance hall which leads into the sitting room with a wood burner nestled in a stone and brick inglenook. The dining room leads through to the side hall, off which the kitchen/breakfast room can be found. Also from the inner hall are the stairs, downstairs cloakroom and storage cupboard. The first floor is well laid out with three bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Agent, Scott Kemsley of Balfours says: “This is a lovely cottage which flows and is well presented, while retaining a traditional feel. It has a good sized garden, a single garage and a very useful outside storage for logs and bikes, plus an outside wc.”

Number 6, Brook Road is marketed with a guide price of £189,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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