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Versatile home in parkland landscape

23/04/2021

“This stunning home is set in historic parkland, its idyllic location is matched by its recent redevelopment which now provides four en-suite bedrooms, together with a self-contained one-bedroom unit,” says Balfours Charlie Giffard, head of country house sales.

Ramblers Barn, Llanerchydol, is located just a couple of miles from Welshpool, with Oswestry and Shrewsbury 15 and 21 miles, respectively. The entrance hall is a welcoming route leading to a study with triple aspect glazing, a stairway to the guest suite and the utility/cloakroom.

A fourth door leads to the living room with a fabulous, vaulted ceiling, incorporating a gallery landing.  Generous floor to ceiling glazing emphasises space and light. For sunny days, the sliding doors offer access to the terrace and garden, while at other times a contemporary wood burner is an additional focal point.

The semi open plan living room is camouflaged from but linked to the kitchen by oak display shelves.  Of spacious proportions, the kitchen diner is exceptionally well fitted incorporating a breakfast island and room for a dining table. Beyond the kitchen a second hallway leads to a ground floor bedroom and second staircase to the master suite with access to the gallery balcony overlooking the living room. The fourth en-suite bedroom is to be found off the landing.

The one-bedroom studio annex with kitchen and bathroom facilities is linked to the main house via the sun deck and is situated above the games-room/workshop, which could be additional home office space.

“Ramblers Barn really does offer huge flexibility for extended family or even Air B and B. Underfloor heating and a large south facing garden, continues to tick a wish list which will satisfy so many, but ultimately be the treasured prize of one,” Charlie adds. Balfours are marketing Ramblers Barn with a guide price of £795,000, call 01743 353511.

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The Times accolade endorsed by residential demand

15/04/2021

Church Stretton’s residential market is “hot property,” according to one of Shropshire’s leading estate agents. This endorses the Sunday Times recent accolade, naming Church Stretton as one of the Midlands’ “best place to live” in its 2021 guide.

In March alone Balfours agreed two sales without even launching to market. South Shropshire sales manager, Scott Kemsley explains: “We have a database of buyers with mid to top end budgets who want to be in or near Church Stretton. Buyers are seeking lifestyle and this market town delivers that in buckets, with the most wonderful scenery and walking on the doorstep, plus accessibility to the train station.”

He continues: “Most of our buyers are from outside the county, with similar profiles, seeking to semi retire, or retire. Of course the pandemic will have focused life’s priorities for many.” The town is surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty, one of three remaining tranquil areas in England, according to the countryside charity CPRE. While in Victorian times the town was recognised as a Little Switzerland spa town, today Indie shops and wellness workshops are 21st century contributors to the healthy offer, along with golf course, and a vast range of community based activities.

Helen Davies, The Times and Sunday Times Property Editor said: “The pandemic has taught us just how much we rely on our homes, communities and surroundings. With working from home now common, it’s no surprise that many of us are reassessing our priorities and thinking hard about where we really want to live. “Our focus for this year has been community, countryside and convenience – Church Stretton is well-connected and well-provisioned.”

Recently Balfours has completed on Bluebells, a large modern four bedroom house marketed for just shy of one million pounds and purchased by an international buyer returning to the UK. While other sales agreed include Westleigh, a four bedroom home in Sandford Avenue, with a guide price of £745,000. If you are considering marketing your home in South Shropshire, Scott would be delighted to hear from you.

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Visionary home embraces much more than the valley

01/04/2021

Idyllic, inspiring, imposing and visionary:  These are all words which describe Pen-Yr-Allt, a luxurious four bedroom house extending nearly 7,000 square feet, set in just shy of 26 acres, including outbuildings.

This perfectly formed private mini estate is surrounded by its own fields with a secure private drive welcoming and giving the first glimpse of those breath taking uninterrupted panoramic views over the Trannon Valley. It is situated 1.5 miles from Trefeglwys, where village facilities can be embraced, while Newtown is some 12 miles. Aberystwyth and the county towns of Shrewsbury, Hereford, range between 35 and 55 miles.

Step inside and the vaulted hall reveals its history, a fabulous blend of Welsh stone and timber architecture. Onwards to the exceptional future, an open plan dining and kitchen, where a vast bank of sliding windows link directly to the terrace and Welsh hills, filling the room with light, and there’s more natural light flooding over the dining table and kitchen area thanks to a brace of sky lanterns.

Balfours country house sales, Charlie Giffard, comments: “This truly is a stunning property, one in which the internal space and aspirational finish really do match the 360 degree views the hills and valley provide. You could not wish for a better entertaining space, with modern open plan kitchen incorporating a Total Control Aga, two further ovens and gas hob, a pair of dual temperature wine coolers, deep generous marble and granite island and worktops, need I go on?

The sitting room embraces a different mood with exposed beams and bricks, plus generous inglenook with Clearview stove. Adjacent is the orangery, drawing room which again savours views, with a further lantern skylight crowning the space. The study is served by ultra-fast broadband which is picked up effortlessly throughout the property. A gym with Jacuzzi peers down the valley. Underfloor heating throughout contributes to its impressive EPC of C.”

External provisions reflect the status of Pen-Yr Allt, namely, substantial garaging, four loose boxes, barn, tack room, stores, teak framed greenhouse. The garage block is built to residential specification and currently incorporates an office and gym, so would easily convert to an annexe, STPP. Three of the four bedrooms enjoy their own en-suite facilities – with the master room boasting an oversized bath and the guest bedroom its own balcony. Balfours are marketing Pen-Yr-Allt with a guide price of £1,550,000, call 01743 353511.

Pen Yr Alt Main

Pen Yr Alt Entrance Hall

Pen Yr Alt Dining Area

Pen Yr Alt View

Pen Yr Alt View 1

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Idyllic location, large well-presented home

22/03/2021

A six bedroom house with half-timbered gables, situated on the edge of the pretty village of Wigmore, overlooking stunning countryside has been launched to the market by Balfours.

Number Three Bury Court Park, is finished to a high standard and comes with integrated double garage, private gardens, plus four and a half acres of communal pasture, for Bury Court residents only.

The impressive welcome is a large hallway with balustrade landing above and access to three main reception rooms, plus the kitchen, which leads through to the breakfast room. From the lounge French doors lead through to a conservatory and to the rear garden. The breakfast room also has doors opening to the terrace and garden. The garage links to the utility room and then into the main house. There are two ground floor wcs.

Leading off from the balustrade landing is the master bedroom with en-suite and dressing room. The guest room also has en-suite facilities with a further four bedrooms sharing the family bathroom, though there is the option that one or two could provide excellent study rooms.

Agent, Scott Kemsley reflects: “This is an exceptionally well presented home offering tremendous lifestyle opportunity with idyllic countryside for walking, cycling and more, plus a golf course nearby. Bury Court Park is located in north Herefordshire, near the Shropshire border, Kingsland is five miles while Ludlow and Leominster are some nine miles each. Facilities within easy commute include a large selection of state and independent schools, including Wigmore primary school which is within walking distance.”

Three Bury Court Park is marketed with a guide price of £750,000, call Scott on 01584 707100.

3 Bury Park Court Main

3 Bury Park Court Kitchen

3 Bury Park Court Bathroom

3 Bury Park Court View

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Surge in demand for properties to let

23/03/2021

A surge of spring migration to Shropshire and surrounding counties is resulting in high demand and rising rents in the residential letting market, writes Jackie Monro FARLA FNAEA, Balfours Senior Lettings Negotiator.

This year is already proving to be exceptional with properties letting extremely quickly. Thanks to Balfours reputation as the “go to agent” for rural and character town properties, plus the knowledge and experience of our letting team, many properties are let before coming to the market.

As a result stocks are barely keeping up with demand, with multiple applicants waiting to view every property, leaving people disappointed and desperate to move. Of course each prospective tenant has different circumstances for their move, but without doubt seeking a home in Shropshire is a lifestyle choice fuelled by the pandemic.

The four walls and surrounds of home have never been more important and flexible homeworking has been propelled into the 21st century. Add to this the county’s central location to the UK and you have the perfect formula.

We would be delighted to provide professional and individual advice to landlords who are seeking to maximise their residential assets with our specialist letting team. Do call for an assessment of your property potential and the letting options available through us. Contact, 01743 277069  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Picture perfect, plus location

18/03/2021

This charming stone cottage is located in the heart of Ludlow, a short walk from the tranquillity of the River and the Castle, while being convenient to the shops too.

Providing up to three bedrooms over two floors, 42 Dinham, Ludlow, is as ideal as a holiday let as it is as a permanent residence. It comprises a good sized lounge with a wood burner set into the original inglenook; glazing to two aspects brings light flooding in, while painted beams add character too.

The kitchen is equally characterful; the quarry tile floor reflects its status, contrasting with the lounge’s oak floor. There is a good supply of storage cupboards and worktops, in keeping with the cottage’s ambience. The stairs, ascending from the kitchen are to a good sized double bedroom on the first floor, together with bathroom, including bath and shower. There are two further rooms on the second floor, one currently used as a study.

Agent, Balfours Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley comments: “This is a totally charming cottage, beautifully presented and of course in an excellent and most sought after location.” A low maintenance garden and terrace complete the package which is on the market with a guide price of £350,000. Call Balfours on 01584 707100 for more information.

42 Dinham Main

42 Dinham Bedroom

42 Dinham Lounge

42 Dinham Kitchen

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