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Prime Barn Conversion


Open views compliment this exceptional Grade II* listed barn conversion with wonderfully spacious rooms where character is plentiful too.

Prime Location with Exceptional Finish for Sale in Shropshire

Number Four, Pentre Morgan Barns is located at St Martins, near to Ellesmere and Oswestry; it offers the perfect base for commutes north to Chester, Wrexham and Liverpool, while Shrewsbury and the Midlands are equally accessible. The location also provides an excellent choice of state and private schools.

Accommodation comprises of an entrance hall, with staircase and diner/study area, a generous living room all fitted with oak flooring, French doors to the garden and a stunning kitchen dining room with sleek gloss cabinets and fitted appliances, finished with granite worktops including island.

Alistair Hilton head of sales at Balfours explains: “Number Four sits in a prime location with wonderful views and a large corner garden, with terrace and extensive lawn which is a great space for children, or potential canvas for the green fingered.  It was converted just ten years ago, with underfloor heating and double glazing contributing to its EPC rating ‘C.’”

On the first floor there are four large double bedrooms, two with en-suite facilities. The package is completed with a utility and cloakroom, plus carport and storage in a separate timber garage.

Balfours Estate Agents Shrewsbury are marketing 4, Pentre Morgan Barns with a guide price of £420,000.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

Pentre Morgan Barns - Main

Pentre Morgan Barns - Garden

Pentre Morgan Barns - Lounge

Pentre Morgan Barns - Kitchen


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Farming Talk, Frances Steer


Thirty Million Trees


The new Government pledged in their manifesto to plant thirty million trees per year over the UK. With such large numbers being discussed it is difficult to get ones’ head around what the implementation of this would look like.

To put this into context, 56% of UK’s land area is farmland and 34% is existing “nature land” moor, heath and forestry totalling an approximate area of 53 million acres.  If you assume the nature land is already planted or sequestering carbon that leaves 30 million acres of farmland remaining capable of being planted.

That equates to one tree per acre per annum.  To look at it another way it is half of the population in the UK planting one tree a year. This certainly does not seem impossible. 

However with tree diseases as well as an ever increasing population, housing and food production continue to increase the pressure on land use in the UK.

Co-ordinated and long term thinking and ensuring any tree planting is in an appropriate location will be key.  Landowners should think carefully about how trees can be used to minimise both their carbon footprints as well as those of companies potentially looking to offset emissions. Contact Frances Steer BA (Hons) MSc MRICS FAAV to discuss further. 

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Christmas Opening 2019


Our offices will be open throughout the festive period, apart from public holidays on the 25th, 26th December and 1st January 2020.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



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Farming Future – Growing Zero Carbon Capture


Farming for food and, or the environment in the foreseeable future is going to yield huge challenges and opportunities for the agricultural sector.

Professionals, from the legal and financial world, attending Balfours Xtra, recently (Nov 26) heard how the government’s 25 year Environmental Land Management System, ELMS, is targeted to provide public money for public goods, with one flexible contract, one set of guidance and mass uptake.

However Balfours partner, Andrew Liddiment, speaking at the professionals briefing, says that many of the targets within ELMS will leave farming enterprises with greatly reduced incomes. “Modelling suggests net farm profits, in some sectors, may reduce by 50% + in ELMS as opposed to Basic Farm Payment.”

He continues: “ELMS tests and trials commenced in 2018 and by 2021 some 1250 pilot schemes are anticipated, with the system fully operational and to take over a phased out BPS by 2028. These are unrealistic targets in the current political climate and an administrative burden. As is the idea that there would be 82,000 agreements by 2028, knowing that only 18,000 stewardship agreements are in place under the current environmental schemes! 

“Ambitions within ELMS include assisting in the aim of net zero carbon by 2050. To achieve the aim tree cover, currently at 13%, will increase to 19% equating to an average of 50,000 hectares per annum set to forestry, plus a further five to ten per cent of land switching to agro forestry.  It will be marginal ground currently used by livestock farmers for beef and sheep that will be targeted to achieve the ELMS target.”

He said that arable and livestock sectors will be worst off averaging 40 to 50% less income, while dairy and those farming in Less Favoured Areas, will fair slightly better, on present scheme models. Those in the top quartile of profitability will be best equipped to survive - and progress new opportunities.”

He concluded that a carbon net zero UK has yet to address the practical issues of infrastructure and networks. “There will need to be a mass update of power supplies to deliver the power required, including fast charging networks for cars – this will surely create opportunities not only for custodians of the land, but also their agents and professional providers.”

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Ask the Expert, Charlotte White of Balfours


What is a Probate Valuation?

Till Death Us Do Part

It happens to the best of us and all that is left behind is the evidence of our lifetime of work; our Estate and as with everything in life, nothing is free and that includes dying. 

On death, our Estate is taxed at a rate of 40% on anything over the £325,000.00 threshold – there are some reliefs available for various business and agricultural property assets.  But in general terms, if your Estate (including any property, land, stocks, shares, art, jewelry, cash etc.) is worth say £525,000.00 then £200,000.00 is liable to be taxed at 40% meaning that £80,000.00 of your Estate will be heading to HMRC (this may be subject to various other reliefs available).  So, if losing a loved one is not hard enough, you then have the paperwork to deal with and tax to pay. 

It is possible to carry out indicative valuations during lifetime but on death the value of your Estate property will involve a fully compliant RICS ‘Red Book’ Valuation.   Technically these are for the purposes of Inheritance Taxation but are commonly referred to as being ‘Probate Valuations’.

The valuation requires the Executors of the Estate to instruct a property valuation report to be completed on their behalf.  The valuation process follows the order of:

-        Written instruction received, agreed and confirmed;

-        Valuer physically inspects the subject property;

-        Valuer undertakes due diligence, desk top enquiries and gathers appropriate comparable evidence;

-        Valuer compiles report – normally c. 50 pages with appendices;

-        Valuer signs and issued the report to client (and legal representative).

The granting of probate can be long and arduous – obtaining a robust property valuation report in a timely manner can ease this process and enable the legal element to be dealt with more efficiently at what can be a difficult time for relatives.


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Prime Property To Let in Ludlow


The external allure of this three bedroom town house reflects perfectly its surrounds in the heart of the mediaeval market town of Ludlow. Four Pelican Court, found not far from the Castle Square in the town centre, has been launched to the market to let with Balfours.

Perfect Balance

Step inside and the finish achieves a perfect balance between its origins, centuries ago, and a new millennium lifestyle. The high standard of finish incorporates oak flooring and doors, and a bespoke kitchen with slate floor. There is a generous number of sash windows enabling natural light to flood in.

The accommodation comprises of an entrance hall, sitting room, kitchen and utility room. The bedrooms are found on the first and second floor, with a master bedroom with en-suite and two bedrooms sharing a generous family bathroom.

Head of Lettings at Balfours, Charlotte George MARLA, comments: “This is a beautifully restored and updated three bedroom town house with the benefit of gas central heating and allocated parking. It is one of those properties which has total appeal and is completely practical too.”  Balfours are marketing Four Pelican Court at £1,200pcm.

For further details please visit our Property Lettings Page.


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