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Ludlow base on borders – harvests character and country sales


Client referrals are the reward of three years successful trading for Balfours Ludlow boutique sales office, headed up by Scott Kemsley, Ludlow sales manager.

Previously based at the main office in Shrewsbury, Scott and his team have captured the sales aspirations of an ever increasing cliental, not least thanks to referrals which means that Balfours Broad Street office is sealing deals in no less than four counties across England and Wales.

Scott relates: “The past three years have been beyond our best expectations, with our Ludlow base enabling us to spread our reach for character and country properties. We have achieved some exciting and memorable sales, among them Sycamore Farm in north-west Worcestershire, near Bewdley, which came in just short of £1 million. Troutbeck a substantial five bedroom country property near Tenbury Wells, sold in the region of its guide price of £665,000. We are just in the process of launching a stunning parcel of 66 acres with river frontage at Burford on the Shropshire border.”

He adds: “Of course with Covid, the practicalities of selling houses with the associated viewings has not been straight forward, but we do go the extra mile to ensure the vendor and prospective purchasers have all the support they need.

“We understand marketing someone’s home always has been very personal and has the potential to be stressful. However, the fact that we do so much business by referrals, suggests to me that clients like our approach and our professional approach to achieve the sales they aspire to.”

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Pristine condition, country position plus paddocks


This freshly modernised five-bedroom house comes with two one-acre paddocks, loose boxes and feed room. One The Grove is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £525,000.

Located just six miles south-east of Shrewsbury, near Condover, on the Pitchford Road, this rural property comes with far reaching views of open countryside.  Found near the end of a private lane, there are generous gardens to the front and rear of the of the property.

A porchway followed by a spacious hallway provides the welcome to the house which flows well. There are three reception rooms to the front enjoying those open views, a family room with glazing to two aspects, the dining room with French doors and the lounge with a wood burner, all are of good balanced proportions.

The hallway also provides access to a storage area and through into the kitchen, with utility and cloakroom beyond. The kitchen is well equipped with a built-in double oven, hob, dishwasher and double ceramic sink. A door leads directly to the dining room.

Charlie Giffard, Balfours Associate Partner, Country House Sales, comments: “This is a very well-presented house, currently with five good sized bedrooms and a family bathroom, however there is potential to re-configure creating en-suites. It also comes with fabulous grounds, including orchard and soft fruit bushes. The paddocks are well fenced and with water to each, plus there is a very useful fenced concrete yard.”

Not only is the county town and all its facilities a short drive away, but the M54 to the West Midlands and the link roads to Chester and the north are highly accessible. The property has a small solar array on the roof, which has another 14 years of Feed-In-Tariff to run, providing electricity to the house and an added income of roughly £580 per annum. For more information call Balfours on 01743 353511.

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1 The Grove living room

1 The Grove kitchen

1 The Grove garden

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Shrewsbury - immaculate Victorian Villa


Brooklyn Villa is aptly described as one of the most luxurious Victorian villas in Shrewsbury. The marriage between classic architecture and 21st century contemporary fixtures is exemplary. Its position in one of Shrewsbury’s popular residential areas, on Sutton Road, will also engage those who are seeking a home close to schools and Shrewsbury’s ring roads.”

On the market with Balfours, Alistair Hilton, head of sales, reflects, “The property is true to its period, the rooms are large and filled with natural light, while its high-quality refurbishment and décor in light and neutral tones, makes it a total delight.

“None more so than the spectacular open plan kitchen, breakfast room and orangery, where a roof lantern, glazing and French doors to the terrace, plus formal garden beyond offers classic design attributes.”

This open plan space is linked to the hallway via double doors.  The hall also provides access to the west facing two main reception rooms; the dining room with two sets of French doors and fireplace, while the drawing room benefits from a bay window and period stone fireplace. Both are faithful to their era, balanced rooms with high ceilings and cornice, which are found throughout the property.

The study has a similar outlook and balances the frontage with two sets of French doors mirroring the dining room. To the rear of the property is a cloakroom, storeroom and utility which links back to the kitchen, plus stairs to the basement cinema room.

Ascending to the first floor the master suite is deliciously sumptuous with large bedroom, walk in dressing room and bathroom with generous contemporary fittings. Of three additional double bedrooms, one is en-suite and two share the family bathroom, again with shower and bath.

Within the garden, three dedicated terraced areas with multiple lighting choice to provide plentiful options for Alfresco entertaining, framed by mature trees. There is a double garage and off-road parking behind large electric gates. Brooklyn Villa is marketed with a guide price of £1,225,000, call Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Orangery 3


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Back Garden 2

Back Garden 4

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Secluded and sought after location


Number 46 Roman Road, offers a secluded position in the sought after Kingsland residential area, just a mile from Shrewsbury town centre.

This four-bedroom detached property, was built in the 1930sand reflects the charm of the arts and crafts style. From the porch the welcome is to a good-sized hallway with the main reception rooms, kitchen and cloakroom off.

The main reception room provides more than 22 square metres of space, with features including bay window, fireplace and French doors to a delightful sunroom, which in turn leads to the terrace and garden. To the opposite side of the hallway is the sitting room again with fireplace. The kitchen is found overlooking the garden and with utility off. An adjoining garage completes the ground floor.

There are three double bedrooms with a fourth suitable as a children’s bedroom or study. Alistair Hilton, head of sales at Balfours comments: “This property has much to offer, not least its location, offering convenience both to the county town centre and to the ring roads. There is also an excellent choice of private and state schools, many within walking distance.”

The property benefits from off street parking and delightful mature gardens to the front and rear; the latter being of south westerly aspects and providing a niche hideaway to relax in. Balfours are marketing 46 Roman Road with a guide price of £625,000, call 01743 353511 for more information.

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Spacious period home in stunning surrounds


Three-hundred and sixty-degree views, three acres, exercise swimming pool, large pond and streams and heritage walled greenhouse are among the assets of The Lee, nestled in the valley, close to Knighton. This unique Gothic revival property offers four generous sized reception rooms together with a total of seven bedrooms and three bathrooms.

On the market with Balfours, Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley, says with over 4000 ft.² of accommodation the house offers a substantial and hugely flexible family home, with office or extended family space; its stunning surroundings also make it perfect for tourism and for Offa’s Dyke.

The fabulous and substantial entrance hall sets the scene and provides direct access to four reception rooms, each with character fireplaces. There is a large well-equipped kitchen with access to both the pantry and to the dining room, plus numerous service rooms associated with a country house of high calibre. 

There are four bedrooms on the first floor, one of which is en-suite, together with a family bathroom. Three additional bedrooms are to be found on the second floor plus a bathroom.

Scott Kemsley comments: “The Lee has so much to offer it is surrounded by its own three acres incorporating beautiful, landscaped and walled gardens, orchard and woodland. There is a triple garage and a single garage adjacent to the house, plus a number of useful outbuildings.

The Lee is 31 and 35 miles from the county towns of Hereford and Shrewsbury respectively, while Ludlow is renowned for its great cultural, foodie and sporting offers. Balfours are marketing The Lee with a guide price of £925,000 call 01584 707100.

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The Lee Pool View

The Lee Drawing Room

The Lee Kitchen


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Victorian house with potential


A Victorian house on the edge of Wem, with a potential plot, or opportunity to extend has been launched to the market.

The flexible three- or four-bedroom home, Foxley Villa, currently provides two reception rooms, plus dining area directly linked to the kitchen. A further ground floor room has the option of being a fourth bedroom or dining room.

Additional living space includes an inner hallway and stairs and downstairs cloakroom. A conservatory with double doors from the lounge also offers significant additional space, with a second set of French doors opening into a walled garden.

Balfours agent, Charlie Giffard says: “This is a charming family home, with some great features including timber beams and wood-burner; in addition, it has significant further potential, whether that be in a building plot within the garden, or re-configuration and extension of the main dwelling, subject to necessary consents.”

On the first floor the master bedroom enjoys a large en-suite bathroom, while a family bathroom services the other double bedrooms. ­

Found in Love Lane, Foxley Villa is a short walk from this charming market town centre, with a variety of shops and services, including St Peter’s Primary School and The Thomas Adams Secondary School and College. Balfours are marketing the house with a guide price of £375,000, call 01743 353511 for more information.

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Foxley Villa living room

Foxley Villa kitchen

Foxley Villa garden

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