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Ask the Expert By Rory Galliers BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV

02/09/2019

Asset Review Avoiding Latest Potholes

"I’ve been so busy dealing with the day to day detail within the business that I haven’t done the overview planning I know I should have – and when speaking to friends Brexit has been the main topic. What else should I be considering when planning to protect and grow the future of my land based business?"

 

Balfours managing partner, Rory Galliers, says: We have all been guilty of being pre-occupied by Brexit for far too long. It may have quietly passed you by for instance, that the interestingly named “Office for Tax Simplification” has suggested important changes to Inheritance Tax and the rebasing of Capital Gains Tax on death.

Government is currently considering a radical shake up of Agricultural Tenancies with the aim of making it easier for farmers to come into or leave the industry. The proposals as currently set out will create significant anxieties for landlords who, to protect their interests, are likely to take land in hand when opportunity allows, thereby reducing the availability of let land.

It is a similar story regarding amendments to residential letting legislation which continues apace. There must be a risk that those private landlords who do not use an agent, will not want to face the bureaucracy and sell up, reducing supply and increasing rents.

The Labour Party discussion paper “Land for the Many” pulls few punches in setting out what the political left would like to see. The title of the paper says it all.

Farm subsidies and grants are likely to move away from supporting food production to supporting biodiversity and the environment. The pioneering “rewilding” project on the Knepp Castle Estate in Sussex is thought provoking. The owners of this previously traditionally managed 3,500 acre estate decided to cut their farming losses and allow a return to nature. This triggered a remarkable reversal of their fortunes and that of biodiversity.

With this in mind we have created a new ‘Strategic Planning’ department within Balfours. Our dedicated team has both the time and experience to stand back with farmers and landowners and consider the issues that should really matter to them and their estate, farm or rural business enterprise and its unique situation.

Whilst many businesses will deal on a regular basis with one or more agent this is an opportunity to bring in a fresh pair of eyes and ears. We have consultants with years of experience and we have younger highly qualified professionals with new ideas and ways of thinking.

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Much More Than Just A House

29/08/2019

If your wish list includes four bedrooms, four stables, two workshops, three barns, land, landscaped gardens, summer house, green house, double garage – and a hot-tub - read on.

The Clerks Croft ticks all the boxes and is found in an idyllic location close to the hamlet of Thornbury, ten miles west of Leominster, with stunning views towards the Malvern Hills and Bromyard Downs. The property is sheltered by mature trees towards the end of a no through road, continuing as a bridleway, offering access to excellent hacking and walking.

Rare Find For Sale In Thornbury

Scott Kemsley, sales manager at Balfours estate agents Ludlow, comments: “This is one of those rare finds in an idyllic yet highly accessible location and is very well presented throughout with stunning gardens, 10.7 acres of essentially flat well fenced paddocks. Adjacent to the house a studio, games room offers potential for conversion, subject to planning.”

The house is light and airy with an entrance hall leading to four reception rooms. The dining room is open plan to the kitchen, with French doors from the dining room to the terraces and gardens. A good sized utility has a wc and outside access. Of the four bedrooms, one is en-suite and all four benefit from fitted wardrobes. The family bathroom has bath and shower.

Tenbury Wells and Bromyard are each some six miles distance, Birmingham an hour commute and there is an excellent choice of state and independent schools within easy striking distance. The Clerks Croft is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £795,000, call 01584 707100.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

Clarks Croft - Main

Clarks Croft - Outside

Clarks Croft - Land

Clarks Croft - Kitchen

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Art Deco Decadence

28/08/2019

This unique and original Art Deco property – restored true to its period is on the market with Balfours.

Home With Impressive Attention To Art Deco Detail For Sale In Shrewsbury

Set in Shrewsbury’s desirable residential area of Copthorne, Number 33, Shelton Road, is distinctive by its angular lines, symmetry and bespoke Crittall style metal windows. Internally the vendors’ impressive attention to architectural detail has successfully achieved an Art Deco home married to 21st century living.

Distinctive corner windows frame the spacious reception hall; there are four reception rooms, three directly off the hall. The living room and dining room each have French doors to the garden, with the dining room directly linking to the kitchen. The high gloss black fitted kitchen with built in appliances and American style fridge freezer, plus audio sound system and TV elevates this kitchen to chic deco status. 

Even the home office pays homage to deco flare, fitted out to provide maximum storage and desk space, plus good natural lighting. There are three bedrooms, one en-suite, plus family bathroom on the first floor; the central bedroom enjoys access to the roof terrace. On the second floor the guest or master bedroom benefits from en-suite facilities together with roof terrace access.

Head of sales, Alistair Hilton comments: “This is a very unique property; attention to detail throughout is impressive, including stained glass and original 1930’s lighting.” The south west facing rear garden comes with an outbuilding, with mains electricity offering flexible use. There is a large garage and ample off road parking. Number 33 is marketed with a guide price of £575,000, call Balfours on 01743 353511.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

Shelton Road Main

Shelton Road Rear Exterior

Shelton Road Kitchen

Shelton Road Dining Room

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Autumn Newsletter 2019

27/08/2019

The Balfours Autumn 2019 Newsletter should be hitting peoples doormats any day now -  if you would like to read a copy online please follow the link to our Newsletter PDF.

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Crisp Character - A Convenient Barn Conversion For Sale

23/08/2019

Natural light billows in to 1, Burcot Barn which is finished to a high level and boasts open rural views from its position just south of Wrockwardine.

The welcome to this four bedroom semi-detached barn conversion is to an entrance hall with stunning arched glazing from floor to ceiling at a southerly aspect. Double solid wood doors are to be found to either side of the generous hall, to the living room and the family room: They combine create a perfect party space.  A utility and cloakroom are to be found off the hall too.

The living room benefits from a log burner and French doors to the garden, while the family room has dual aspect glazing and opens directly to the immaculate kitchen diner. From the hallway a feature staircase rises to the balcony landing where two en-suite rooms are to be found together with two additional rooms and a family bathroom.

Light, Spacious, Crisp and Contemporary

On the market with Balfours with a guide price of £560,000, head of sales, Alistair Hilton comments: “Burcot is everything one would wish for in a barn conversion; it has character, while being light, spacious, crisp and contemporary – in its style. There is a good sized garden – with drive and terrace beautifully presented, plus a garden office with mains electricity, a tractor shed and garden store.”

He adds: “With Wellington train station just three miles away and the M54 providing links to Shrewsbury, Telford and the Midlands; this is a highly convenient location to put down roots.” For more information call Balfours on 01743 353511.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

Burcot Barns MAIN

Burcot Barns recp hall

Burcot Barns KITCHEN

Burcot Barns GARDEN OFFICE

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Ludlow Food Festival Q&A With Balfours

26/08/2019

Balfours are delighted to be supporting the Ludlow Food Festival on their 25th anniversary this September - heres an insight into why we feel this event is so special.

 

 

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