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Live The Dream


A converted school house dating back to the 1800s and surrounded by stunning Welsh scenery is on the market with Balfours.


Permanent Home or Holiday Let?

Ysgol Bryn Herbert, is found two miles from the vibrant village of Llanrhystud, and a short drive from the coast. Abaraeron, Aberystwyth and Aberdovey are six, nine and 36 miles respectively. The ground floor accommodation, including four bedrooms lends itself to a permanent home or holiday let.

An entrance hall gives access to cloakroom with shower and into the spacious living dining area with fitted kitchen off. To the opposite end of the living room folding doors provide an additional flexible space.

Beyond are four bedrooms, including one en-suite and a family bathroom. Agent, Scott Kemsley comments: “Bryn Herbert has been renovated to a high standard it is a great location to live the dream. There is ample parking, plus a one acre paddock, with additional land by separate negotiation. Guide price £339,000.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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Corner Plot Provides Generous Space


A four bedroom house in a generous corner has been launched to the market by Balfours with a guide price of £375,000.


An Exceptionally Well Presented Property For Sale in Shropshire

Found in the village of Muxton, three miles north of Telford, 19 Dorchester Drive is a fresh contemporary home with an excellent layout. The reception hall opens to the living room, study, kitchen breakfast room and cloakroom. Bay windows in both the living room and the study enhance natural light and space.

The large kitchen breakfast room has a dedicated kitchen area, with the breakfast table enjoying views through the French doors to the terrace and private garden. The breakfast room is conveniently linked to the dining room; double doors open from either side of the dining room to the conservatory and to the living room.

On the first floor two bathrooms are both equipped with bath and shower, the en-suite to the master bedroom and the family bathroom which serves two double bedrooms and a single room.

Agent, Charlie Giffard of Balfours, comments: “This is an exceptionally well presented property  with the layout lending itself to a social lifestyle, enabling spaces to be opened up as required.” Outside there is a double garage with electric doors and parking for four additional vehicles, plus a corner garden mainly laid to lawn.” 

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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Jack Qualifies as Valuer


Jack Cooper, Balfours land agent has successfully passed his CAAV (Central Association of Agricultural Valuers) fellowship exam.

He is thrilled with his latest achievement, at the end of a year when he passed his RICS APC (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Assessment of Professional Competence) and earned promotion to an Associate within Balfours.

Jack explains: “The CAAV is a specialist professional body qualifying and briefing rural surveyors on the full range of issues facing our client’s businesses, as well as carrying out an important role providing expert advice to policy makers and other organisations”.  

“Membership of the CAAV ensures agents have a thorough and up to date understanding of the challenges and opportunities our clients may require us to assist with. From valuations to farm business management, tenancy matters to taxation. The CAAV is vital in ensuring that we are well placed to provide informed advice and the best possible service to our clients.

“We aim to achieve excellent value, whether when providing strategic farm and estate management advice, or when dealing with individual considerations such as: the sale or purchase of property, lettings, valuation and compensation, securing finance, advising on stewardship, or implementing a diversification project.”

However Jack, who is based at Balfours head office in Shrewsbury, concludes: “Our strong appreciation of value is not only financial value, but also what matters to our clients, their wider objectives, and how the right outcome might be achieved for any individual situation.”

Jack Cooper

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Green Shoots – Game On


The property market has revealed a new dawn in a new decade with greater traction, writes Alistair Hilton, Head of Sales at Balfours.  It’s as if the nations head has been cleared and the moment we stepped into 2020, communication lines are all of a buzz.

There is of course a caveat; stability has dominated Shropshire’s housing market throughout the Brexit trials and tribulations; but with considerably less stock coming to the market.  We were talking to many prospective clients, but caution had dictated a “wait and see” stance, in turn creating a softer market. While softer, has meant slower, values have stayed firm thanks to low interest rates and, limited stock.

Now we are seeing stock levels quietly rise, offering greater choice to a pent up market. There are those who are seeking to move up or down organically as their personal circumstances dictate and those who are seeking to move for strategic reasons; reasons which cannot always be put on hold. Now we are seeing certainty send up the first real green shoots – game on.

Those vendors who have been sitting in the wings off market are now seeing their patience rewarded and choice is beginning to open up for our list of potential purchasers.  In the past three years we have learnt much about holding properties “off-market.”

Even at this point, it is better to be prepared should you be considering a sale. There is a considerable amount of preparation to be done in bringing a house to market; only when it is ready to launch – are you really in the driving seat to dictate exactly when to launch. But in the meantime – it may well match one of our “pent-up purchasers,” thereby never actually coming to market yielding a good sale for minimum stress and cost.

At Balfours, Scott Kemsley in the Ludlow office and Charlie Giffard and myself working from The Square in Shrewsbury, are here to advise and guide you through the business of selling your home, should that be your objective during 2020.  Thank you to those of you who have picked up the phone to us, remember - you never know – a buyer for your home may already be on our books.

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Ludlow a National Treasure


Ludlow is once again in the spotlight as an outstanding town to live in. On this occasion The Times is praising the South Shropshire market town as a great place for those seeking retirement place to settle – but with an abundance to occupy mind and body.

The Ludlow Lifestyle

Quality of Ludlow life is a phrase that Scott Kemsley, Balfours Ludlow sales manager, frequently hears from vendors and prospective purchasers. He reflects: “Ludlow is a hugely vibrant town, just as The Times says; there are many seasonal festivals from spring right through to Christmas – but lifestyle goes much deeper than that with music, fringe arts and foodie experiences available literally 365 days of the year.”

He reflects: “What we sometimes forget is that most of the festivals for which the town is renowned are spearheaded and driven by local people; be it local businesses or people with a passion and of course many of those are lucky enough to have the time because they are retired and now following their passions.

The town’s architecture and surrounding countryside with AONB – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – status are another source positively influencing people’s lives, according to The Times. Scott adds, Ludlow really does have it all, beautiful buildings, the Castle and Churches punctuated with the most amazing medieval heritage which is truly uplifting to body and soul.”

If you want to get close to nature there are fabulous walks with the River Teme running by the town and the wonderful hills, there are 34 listed in the area, including Tinkers Hill to Caynham Fort nearby to Brown Clee and Caer Caradoc further afield. “It is not difficult to see why The Times has again identified Ludlow as a national treasure and featured The Old Bell House, Ludford. It’s a stunning Grade II* Elizabethan house overlooking the River Teme which ticks all the boxes, including a swimming pool. It really is an intriguing property, guide price of £1,575,000,” says Scott.

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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.

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