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Bungalow in prime Shropshire location

02/03/2021

Location, location – The Spinney, a three bedroom bungalow has it on all fronts.

It is situated on the fringe of Meole Village at Milnthorpe Close, a little more than three miles south west of Shrewsbury town centre and it offers views of open countryside.

This well presented bungalow flows exceptionally well with the hallway providing access to all the main living areas together with an inner lobby accessing the bedrooms. There are three reception rooms, a large lounge with fireplace and patio doors to the garden; a study, and the dining room.

The kitchen is of generous proportions and well equipped, including a hatch to the dining room. The utility provides a link between the kitchen and a large double garage with space for workshop too. All three bedrooms are doubles with the master offering en-suite facilities, the other two sharing a bathroom equipped with shower and bath.

Alistair Hilton, head of sales at Balfours comments: “This is a great location, the garden to the rear is mainly down to lawn with mature trees framing fields and water beyond.  Shops at Meole Brace and Shrewsbury town centre are a short drive, a cycle ride or even a pleasant walk away.” The Spinney is marketed with a guide price of £525,000, call 01743 353511.

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Relief and encouragement for home owners on the move

04/03/2021

House buyers and vendors can breathe a happy sigh of relief as the chancellor extended stamp duty relief. It is a move welcomed by one of Shropshire’s leading estate agents, Balfours. Head of sales, Alistair Hilton, says that those who currently have their home on the market can progress without the need to realign the sale price.

He explains:  “The staggered relief, with a main residence cost up to £500,000 sold before June 30 attracting full relief of £15,000. After this date the starting rate of stamp duty will be £250,000 until the end of September – at which point it will return to the post covid level of £125,000. This will keep the market simmering and allow people to plan, without a cliff edge where vendors or buyers can’t proceed because it blows their budget.”

“The duty holiday has been an essential tool during the pandemic and without doubt both stay home and the tax break has focused home owners’ minds on moving house, while they could save a stamp duty bill of up to £15,000. While the best savings have been achieved in the £400,000 to £600,000 price bracket, at Balfours we have also seen a significant effect in houses marketed and sales agreed between £750,000 and £1.5 million.”

Alistair continues: “As a result, since January we have had our busiest year on record. We have been back to back on exchanges and completions, while ensuring strict covid guidelines are adhered to – no easy feat with members of the team in two bubbles and one set always working from home. The chancellor’s tapering of stamp duty will also ease the significant pressure on conveyancing solicitors.”

He says that looking ahead there are still buyers searching for their ideal home, plus a real bottom in the market with the treasury offering first time buyers a mortgage guarantee to  help with a five percent deposit.

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Unique lift within Edwardian house

24/02/2021

An Edwardian semi-detached three bedroom property, with immense character and offering the unique freedom of a lift to the first floor is on the market.

Trinity House, 20 Julian Road, Ludlow, has been totally renovated with real empathy and is beautifully presented. It is located close to the town centre, yet in a quiet neighbourhood. The ground floor provides hallway, two reception rooms, kitchen and cloakroom. Both reception rooms have feature fireplaces, one with log burner and the other with open fireplace.

The lift operates from the reception room to the master bedroom.  A further double bedroom is found on the first floor, together with the family bathroom. The second floor provides a third bedroom, or home office/studio.

Balfours, Scott Kemsley, Ludlow sales manager comments: “This is a little gem, absolutely ready to move in to and future proofed for those hesitant about stairs. It is in a great location and enjoys a private garden incorporating sun terrace, fish pond, log store and garden shed. Ludlow town centre renowned for its culture of arts and food is on the doorstep and beyond the countryside of South Shropshire is spectacular.”

Balfours are marketing Trinity House with a guide price of £425,000, call 01584 707100.

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Ask the Expert, Jackie Monro, FARLA, FNAEA, Balfours letting agent

19/02/2021

As a landlord with two cottages and a former farmhouse, are there any new regulations coming into force for landlords that we should be aware of?

Yes, the regulations continue to flow. The most important one to be aware of is that from April 1 this year all let properties will require an electrical safety certificate. Since last June only new tenancies have had to have a certificate.

At Balfours, as part of best practice, this is something we have been encouraging for some time, but if there are landlords out there who have longer term tenants and who haven’t addressed the issue, then now is the time. If there is any remedial work to be undertaken, then this will be outlined along with its risk or recommendation. Once a certificate is issued and from April onwards an inspection and test must be carried out by a person who is qualified and competent, every five years.

They will be checking “fixed” electrics within the property, for example wiring, sockets, light fittings, fuse box and hot water cylinders, among others. However appliances are not part of the regulation. If they are owned by the tenant it is their responsibility to ensure they are safe. If they are owned by the landlord then they must be PAT – Portable Appliance Tested.

Landlords should also be aware that as a result of BREXIT, in June 2021, new guidance will be published covering how landlords can perform “right to rent checks” for EU, EEA and Switzerland. Currently taking their nation ID card or passport as proof of their right to rent is acceptable. If you would like further information on lettings, email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Entrepreneur’s opportunity

17/02/2021

A two bedroom home and a building plot with planning consent, in the hamlet of Wilcott, close to the popular village of Nesscliffe is on the market.

Launched by Balfours, 16 Queensway comprises of a semi-detached house within a quiet cul-de-sac, with its own large corner plot garden and parking. The entrance hall provides access to the light and airy open plan lounge with bay window and fireplace, through to the kitchen and diner, with French doors overlooking the garden. 

Stairs from the hall ascend to the first floor where two double bedrooms, both with storage cupboards and one with a fireplace. A family bathroom is also to be found upstairs. Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton comments: “This is a real entrepreneur’s opportunity with an adjacent building plot with planning for a single detached house, complete with own private garden and parking.

The location is eight miles, equi-distance between Shrewsbury and Oswestry, in a charming rural location with Nesscliffe School nearby, together with the renowned Nesscliffe Hill and Three Pigeons among the nearby amenities. Balfours are marketing the package with a guide price of £280,000, call 01743 353511.

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Cottage combines 21st century flair

26/01/2021

Picture perfect Brook Cottage is set in stunning well laid out mature gardens.

Situated in the popular village of Lingen on the Shropshire Herefordshire border, this three bedroom home comes with two acres of garden, meadow and woodland. Lingen is a vibrant village with public house, church and community centre. Leintwardine is five miles, offering a full suite of market town facilities including primary school, while there are independent schools nearby too.

Recently refurbished, the accommodation is open plan, with the focus of the sitting room being a wood burning stove. To the opposite end is the kitchen breakfast area with Aga and French door to the terrace. Balfours Ludlow sale manager, Scott Kemsley, comments: “The vendors have achieved a wonderful blend of cottage feel with an abundance of natural light and space. In addition there is a well-balanced dining room with three aspects and access to the garden.”

The ground floor also has a good sized utility, boot room, boiler room and larder, wc and separate storage room. The first floor provides three bedrooms with a family bathroom. Outside there is ample parking, plus a large garage. “The property is in a fabulous location with its own meadow and woodland, plus idyllic views of open countryside,” Scott adds. Balfours are marketing Brook Cottage with a guide price of £465,000, call 01584 707100.

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