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Spacious conversion former dwelling of Shires


A spacious four bedroom barn conversion located six miles from Shrewsbury has been launched to the market by Balfours.

The Old Stables, Stapleton, would have been home to the farm’s Shire Horses – such is the capacity of the stabling – now bespoke living accommodation. Over the threshold the entrance hall links to each of the downstairs rooms.

Agent Scott Kemsley explains: “The kitchen breakfast room, which opens through into a dedicated dining area, is exquisitely fitted with a handmade oak kitchen, where glazing to two aspects offers good natural light. A generous 50 square metres creates the open plan living room, where the chimney breast, with log burner, semi divides offering a cosy retreat area.”

Ascending stairs from the hall, where the wc and storage space can also be found, the first floor provides a sumptuous master bedroom with ensuite and built in wardrobes, together with a further three bedrooms and family bathroom.

Today the Old Stables – accommodates the passage of time with a double garage – and above is the added bonus of a family room with cloakroom, ideal for hobbies, play or a guestroom. This space also provides a significant amount of storage, from whence Father Christmas and other annual artefacts can emerge for their special seasons, including ball on the lawned garden.

Scott adds: “The Old Stables, Stapleton, is within a popular village setting, while providing easy links to the county town and Midlands, together with excellent accessibility to state and private schools.  The property is marketed with a guide price of £425,000, for more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Last post makes first class opportunity


Adaptable and capable of achieving on many levels, this town centre property is found off Knighton’s High Street, in Wylcwm Street. The Gables is an imposing Georgian property, formerly home to the Royal Mail Sorting Office, with accommodation on the first floor.

On the market with Balfours, agent, Scott Kemsley, says: “The Gables’ location in Knighton and more than 6,300 square feet capacity is exceptional. Add to this the architectural interest of high ceilings with coving, fireplaces and a high standard of finish and this property represents a unique prospect.

“Whether an investment opportunity or for commercial and residential use; there is also potential planning for two assisted use cottages: The Gables is an open canvas, with wonderful, large, character rooms.”

As the property is currently laid out, there are three offices on the ground floor, together with large packing room and warehouse; kitchen, cloakroom facilities and garaging for four vehicles. Below stairs cellars provide additional storage. The first floor provides a generous master bedroom with en-suite, three further bedrooms a new bathroom and an additional separate wc. There is a newly installed kitchen and gracious sitting room.

Scott Kemsley adds: “Knighton provides a gateway between South Shropshire and Wales, Ludlow is 18 miles while Shrewsbury and Hereford are 37 and 31 miles respectively. There is an excellent choice of state and independent schools within easy commute and of course local facilities are all to hand in Knighton.”

The Gables is marketed with a guide price of £575,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley at Balfours on 01743 353511.

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White Paper – Hopes for Houses


Suggestions that the planning process could be speeded up in the government’s pending Housing White Paper has been welcomed by Shropshire agent.

Head of sales at Balfours, Tim Main, says the White Paper, due this month, before the autumn budget, has been hailed as promising by the Rural Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS,) but more detail on delivery is needed.

Says Mr Main: “Housing Minister, Gavin Barwell, is making all the right noises, but we desperately need progress. Despite the changes in planning and the house market over the last five years, the central message and Government thrust remains more houses and quickly.

Head of planning at Balfours, Justin Stevenson adds:  Key to swifter permissions is staff resource in planning departments, together with more streamlined permission around areas such as 106 agreements, which so often delay matters. Furthermore a development can be given outline planning permission for 50 houses, but are only able to build say 37 due to reserved matters.”

Government figures show that to June 2016 the planning system approved 277,000 new homes; at end of March 2016 11,147 of which were in Shropshire Council’s. However there were less than 1402 completions in the county during the same period.

Mr Main adds that throughout Shropshire there is a lack of residential property coming to the market – and a contributory factor must be the deficit of new build: “As always this is a geographical problem with the South East suffering the most,” he adds. 

The agents endorse RICS: “It isn’t just the planning, the whole process, developers, building materials and builders are all currently under resourced; the housing White Paper will, we hope, provide all round incentives,” says Mr Stevenson.


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Rent Smart Wales Landlord Deadline Approaching


Welsh landlords have less than three weeks to register to be compliant with the Rent Smart Wales scheme.

All landlords of Welsh properties must have registered by November 23 says Charlotte George, MARLA, Head of Lettings at Balfours. She advises: “It doesn’t matter where the landlord lives, if they own property in Wales which they rent out, they must register. One of the aims of the scheme is to eliminate rogue landlords.”

“The good news is this is an easy process and can be done online, so I would urge anyone who has residential property in Wales to make that first step – which costs £33.50 online” she adds.

However those who self-manage, or are involved in any day to day management, have additional hurdles to comply with. Any landlord who conducts for example, viewings or arranges maintenance must be licenced. Charlotte explains: “That means attending a one day training course, with a test and certificate at the end of it.”

She continues: “I think for many landlords Rent Smart Wales is likely to be a watershed moment. As agents we are dealing with the protocol every-day and understand the implications inside out. At Balfours we have more than 40 staff licensed – and are dealing with tenanted property on a daily basis.”

The Rent Smart Wales scheme will raise awareness of the respective rights and responsibilities of landlords, agents and tenants. As agents providing our services to landlords, we will ensure that they remain one hundred per cent compliant, while eliminating the administration, stress and hassle that can come with the rental property market. Charlotte George can be contacted on 01743 277069.

If you own a residential property in Wales that you rent out for more than £250 per annum on an Assured, Assured Shorthold or Regulated Tenancy, visit the Rent Smart Wales website to register as a landlord.

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Barn enhancing roots and space


Rooms of generous proportions set this three bedroom barn conversion in a league of its own. Number One Frodesley Hall Farm Barns is a beautifully presented grade II listed barn conversion.

The welcome is via a well-proportioned entrance hall, giving access to each ground floor room and the staircase. The living room exposes the barn’s roots, with both brick and timber tastefully enhanced. There is good natural light with glazing and French doors to two aspects, plus a wood-burner for those cosy nights.

The kitchen, dining room is in an L shape lending itself to dedicated areas and with French doors leading out to the garden. A downstairs cloakroom completes the ground floor. The master bedroom benefits from an en-suite and built in wardrobes, while the two bedrooms share a family bathroom offering bath and separate shower.

On the market with Balfours, agent Scott Kemsley says: “The hamlet of Frodesley is well placed, ten miles south of Shrewsbury and nine miles to Church Stretton. Longnor primary school is just three miles, with additional local facilities at Dorrington and Leebotwood. “Number One is part of a small high quality development in a fabulous rural location, offering opportunities for walking and other country pursuits.”

One Frodesley Barn is marketed with a guide price of £349,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Timber framed character in heart of village


Buyers seeking a charming property big on character should look no further than Brook House. This four bedroom, grade II timber framed house is situated in Minsterley, ten miles west of Shrewsbury.

Agent, Scott Kemsley of Balfours says: “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. Add to this its situation in the heart of the village - within walking distance to the primary school, village store and public house, lifestyle is further enhanced.”

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 provides a large garden and a wonderful character barn with garaging and significant internal space. Pontesbury is just 1.5 miles, while Telford is 24 miles. Brook House is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £350,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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