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Retail and Residential - Entrepreneur, Investor Opportunity


A mixed use freehold property at the hub of Minsterley has been launched to the market offering great investment potential.

Holly House has commercial and residential space, comprising of a post office with sorting office; a butcher and a separate fish and chip shop. Above is a spacious three bedroom on the first and second floor.

Launched to the market by Charlie Giffard of Balfours, Holly House is of brick construction under a slate roof; the adjacent, but separate fish and chip shop is of similar construction. Says Charlie: “This is an unusual, but inspiring package which is likely to be of interest to investors and entrepreneurs. Currently the property is achieving a combined income, through the post office and rental, in excess of £30,000, with varying leases on the enterprises.”

The residential accommodation comprises of a three good sized rooms – the kitchen, living room and dining room, plus a utility and cloakroom. On the second floor there are three double bedrooms and a family shower room. A large, partially walled, garden is found to the rear, together with a courtyard to take five or six vehicles plus two garages.

Charlie adds: “This is a must view for anyone seeking a change of lifestyle and livelihood, or an investment project. Minsterley is a large and thriving village which also draws from a wide rural area. In addition to the retail at Holly House the village has a primary school, petrol station with grocery shop and public house. Secondary education is found just one and a half miles away at Pontesbury and in Shrewsbury, ten miles.”

Holly House is marketed with a guide price of £350,000 for more information call Charlie Giffard on 01743 353511.

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Holly House Main

Holly House Sitting Room

Holly House Dining Room

Holly House Garden

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Shropshire’s Commuters Are On The Increase


A significant increase in market share has been achieved by Balfours sales team’s half year results. “The success, achieving some 12.5% more market share is attributed to a formula of factors,” according to head of sales, Alistair Hilton.

Of particular significance is the increasing thirst from Birmingham - recognised as the new technical hub for businesses and industry. Alistair explains: “As a consequence, newcomers who are seeking to live within an hour or so commute are turning to Shropshire more and more, particularly to the East and South of the county.

“At Balfours we are experiencing that growth in our marketplace, with strengthening brand awareness in the South, followed by the appointment of Charlie Giffard, our dedicated agent for East Shropshire and the Staffordshire borders.”

Another factor aiding success is the teams’ increasing conversion rate from market appraisals to winning an increasing number of instructions. Alistair reports: “This year we have also noticed considerable interest within the local area that is Shropshire and the borders. With local people confident to move, we are enjoying activity across a diverse portfolio, from multi-million pound farms, development sites, townhouses and country cottages.”

In conjunction with new instructions, vendors are taking heed of Balfours advice to prepare, not just the property, but the paperwork as well, and with total transparency. As a result, offers have, on a number of occasions, converted through to exchange and completion in much a shorter time frame. In some cases, all within the same calendar month.

Alistair adds: “The market is healthy despite the weak pound and uncertainty of Brexit. Without doubt, underpinned by interest base rates, even with the Bank of England raising the base rate to half of one per cent this week – the first rise in ten years – there would appear to be little danger of them rising above two per cent this decade.

“We currently have a good market flow, and while the majority of our residential sales are within the £400,000 to £1m price range, the macroeconomic climate that influences the housing market as a whole is positive. For anyone considering a property move, best make the most of the green light.”

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St John’s Hill - Classic Georgian Town House


A classic Georgian town house in a highly desirable town centre location is on the market.

Boasting views to St Chad’s church, 26 St John’s Hill is an exceptionally well balanced and proportioned four bedroom terraced townhouse – with grade II recognition. “This is one of Shrewsbury’s classic gems and is beautifully presented,” says head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton.

Number 26 opens into an entrance vestibule and onwards to a generous reception hall where the staircase reflects the quality and character found throughout its four floors. Ground level finds the dining room with two sash windows and traditional fireplace; across the hall is the sitting room, currently used as an intimate reading room with French doors opening to the garden. The kitchen is a clever addition with breakfast table.

Below stairs the semi-basement provides a spacious utility room and in the original kitchen, complete with Victorian range cooker and larder, is found a study which with 21st century technology has been tanked – waterproofed.

A classic drawing room is to be found on the first floor with Regency period balcony, period fireplace and coving all contributing to the graceful ambience of this room. The first floor also provides a double bedroom with en-suite facilities and a further three bedrooms are to be found second floor, with a family bathroom.

Says Alistair: “St John’s Hill is a sought after location – a peaceful area of town and yet a short walk from all amenities, restaurants, shops and an excellent range of private and state educational facilities. The quarry park amenities and river are only a few minutes away too, perfect for walking, cycling, rowing and swimming.”

Number 26 St John’s Hill is marketed with a guide price of £725,000, for more information call Alistair on 01743 353511.

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St Johns Hill Main

St Johns Hill Lounge

St Johns Hill Dining

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Romantic Names Rosehill Mill And Lakeside Cottage Live Up To Expectations


A former corn mill, dating back to the 17th century is now a stunning and flexible five bedroom home, with a cottage alongside. Rosehill Mill and Lakeside Cottage are situated at Rosehill, less than four miles from Market Drayton.

The properties, set in half an acre and incorporating pond and garden are launched to the market by Balfours with a guide price of £600,000. The county towns of Shrewsbury and Chester 19 miles are 32 miles respectively, while Newport, Nantwich, and Crewe are all within a comfortable commute as is the motorway network.

Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours, says: “This is a stunning and very unique pair of properties which are beautifully presented capitalising on a wealth of features including sandstone, oak beams and the pond.

At Rosehill Mill the living accommodation comprises of entrance hall, large living room with glazing to either side of the herringbone fireplace and woodburner. Adjacent the bespoke kitchen has granite worktops and a pantry off. While the lower ground floor is currently a dedicated snooker room, it still provides space to enjoy easy chairs facing the feature fireplace.

Basement level has the potential to be separate living accommodation, equipped with kitchen, living room, bedroom five and wc. On the first floor the en-suite master-room enjoys idyllic views of the lake from the Juliet balcony. There are a further three bedrooms and a family bathroom. Rosehill Mill has a large carport and garden store.

Lakeside Cottage delivers outstanding outlooks to the lake from the glazed frontage of the living room, also from the kitchen. On the first floor there are three bedrooms a bathroom and separate wc. Says Duncan: “The aspect and presentation of Lakeside Cottage glow, it is best summed up by its healthy letting revenue, based on the last seven years accounts.”

Private and state schools, golf, walking, fishing and cycling are all within range of the properties. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Rosehill terrace

Rosehill bed

Rosehill kitch

Rosehill lillypond

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Four Bedroom Period Home In Popular Area


Balfours is marketing a double fronted, end of terrace, four bed period home, within walking distance of Shrewsbury town centre.

Number 25 Belle Vue Road, Shrewsbury is found in the popular residential area just south of the English bridge. Its’ location offers easy access to shops, restaurants plus River walks to the Quarry Park, theatre and train station. The pleasing frontage of this Georgian house is set out with the symmetry of traditional sash windows, laced with wisteria with an imposing front door as the focal point.

On the ground floor the living room and dining room are each found off the entrance hall as is the staircase and downstairs cloakroom with shower. To the rear of the dining room the conservatory provides wonderful outlooks to the garden with terrace to the fore.

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton, describes: “The kitchen is to be found in a hugely successful basement conversion which is light and spacious with a central island offering a perfect preparation area. On the first floor two of the four bedrooms have mezzanine style platforms which are likely to be a popular feature, particularly among the younger generation. An indulgent family bathroom with Jacuzzi bath offers another playful feature.”

Those with green fingers can take advantage, not only of the extensive tiered garden, but also the greenhouse. 25 Belle Vue is on the market with a guide price of £425,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Belle Vue Reception

Belle Vue Kitchen

Belle Vue Garden


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Waterways Anchor 17th Century Cottage


Totally flexible accommodation and hugely authentic credentials are among the endearing features of Minhafren Mill.

Located in Aberbechan, the property sits some seven miles from Montgomery and is within easy reach of Welshpool and Shrewsbury.

Dating from the early seventeenth century, this black and white half-timbered property became a fulling mill in the nineteenth century, utilising the Bechan brook and adjacent canal for the manufacture and transport of goods.  Today the waterways simply add an additional layer of rural idyll and charm to the property.

Balfours’ agent, Duncan Scobie, comments: “Minhafren Mill would suit anyone seeking either a four bedroom home or a flexible two bedroom property with a one bedroom self-contained annexe.” Today the integral barn conversion, which includes a drawing room with oil-fired stove, provides a further bedroom, shower room and studio; however, this easily accessible and flexible accommodation would work as third and fourth bedrooms.

Exposed beams, a living room with Clearview log-burner and a kitchen with oil-fired Rayburn all endorse the understated charm of the Mill, highlighted by the ample supply of windows. Outside there is a large, well-stocked and private garden surrounding the property and an integral garage with room for a workshop.

Duncan adds:  “Anyone who hankers after a comfortable lifestyle without compromise will be delighted with Minhafren Mill.  We are asking for offers in Excess of £345,000.” For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Minhafren Mill Bedroom

Minhafren Mill Studio

Minhafren Mill Sitting Room

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