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Panoramic views at future fit home


Outstanding views and open plan living are likely to be top of many house hunters wish lists. Rectory Cottage, Shelve, is a four-bedroom home which boasts blue chip versions of both.

On the market with Balfours, the property also offers two reception rooms and a one-bedroom annexe. Charlie Giffard, Balfours Associate Partner, Country House Sales, comments: “The property offers tremendous flexibility while the two reception rooms are currently used as drawing room and sitting room, one would be a wonderful home study. Furthermore the additional annex offers flexibility for either extended family or Air B&B from this wonderful location.”

The ground floor, which enjoys underfloor heating throughout, benefits from a welcoming hall with direct access to the drawing room and to the extensive open plan kitchen, dining, living space. Beyond is a second living room, together with utility, cloakroom and boot room, the later with external access.

Both reception rooms and the open plan living have French doors to the terrace and those stunning views. Full length glazing to two aspects further enhances the vistas – while a wood burner ensures cosy winter days.

There are four bedrooms on the first floor, including the master room with en-suite and dressing area. Also accessed from the landing are the family bathroom and several storage areas.

A double garage incorporates a staircase to the first-floor annex which includes separate shower room; ideal as an additional guest bedroom, home office, or games/hobby room. Attached to the rear of the garage is a workshop/store shed. The large lawn is punctuated by flower beds, with the fields and distant hills providing the backdrop.

Rectory Cottage is found six miles from Minsterley and some 15 miles from Shrewsbury and Welshpool. It benefits from Solar PV, ground-source heat and ultrafast broadband making it future fit. It is marketed with a guide price of £675,000, call 01743 353511.

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Period residence offers perfect lifestyle choices


A stunning period residence, set within a sought-after village, four miles north west of Hereford and with direct access to nine acres of stunning amenity land is on the market with Balfours.

St Mary’s House, Burghill, is an impressive and immaculately presented home providing four reception rooms, plus conservatory, five double bedrooms, including two en-suite and two additional bathrooms.

From the entrance porch an exceptionally generous hall gives access to the reception rooms; each has a minimum of two sash windows, with the drawing room benefitting from four on two aspects. High ceilings enhance the generous and well-balanced rooms, with traditional fireplaces and plus log burners featuring too.

The large and well-equipped kitchen, breakfast room is no exception, natural light floods in from two aspects and overlooks the garden, which is accessed via the adjacent conservatory. External credentials incorporate a sweeping driveway, surrounding gardens extending to a third of an acre, double garage and workshop.

Scott Kemsley, Balfours Ludlow sales manager comments: “This property delivers at every level, its period architecture is to be found throughout and is especially so in the breath-taking reception hall featuring arched architrave and ceiling mouldings. The Master suite is of magnificent proportions and befitting of the property there is a large cellar which could be converted into a games room, or additional living space.

“St Mary’s House provides the exceptional benefit of access to St Mary’s Park: The stunning amenity land incorporates a deer park, lake and Arboretum offering fantastic on the doorstep countryside for recreational well-being,” Scott adds.

The city of Hereford boasts a full range of services, while an exceptional choice of state and independent schools includes Burghill Primary, Lucton School and Hereford Cathedral School. Road links to Birmingham and the Midlands are approximately one hour, while Bristol is an hour and a half. Back home, several golf clubs, National Hunt racing and river leisure are all close-by. St Mary’s House is marketed with a guide price of £925,000, call Balfours on 01584 707100 for more information.

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Four bed farmhouse, close to Bridgnorth


This pretty farmhouse is highly accessible to Bridgnorth. It comes with stunning country views, four bedrooms, plus oodles of character.

Hundred House Farm, Ludlow Road, has been launched to the market by Balfours with a guide price of £440,000, reflecting some renovation which is required. It is found down a private drive; just a mile from Bridgnorth and enjoys a peaceful setting with good sized garden.

The ground-floor comprises an entrance porch, with utility off; a timeless farmhouse kitchen breakfast room, where exposed beams, oak door and bread oven play centre stage to built-in fridge and dishwasher. There are two reception rooms, the dining room with ancient, fitted cupboards and a sitting room. The study and downstairs bathroom complete the groundfloor.

The first floor offers three double bedrooms, a single and a bathroom. Agent, Balfours Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley comments: “This farmhouse has masses of charm, with exposed beams and fireplaces making this a hugely characterful house now ready for a new chapter.”

The gardens, overlooking open countryside, are mainly down to lawn with a selection of fruit trees. In addition there is parking for four vehicles. Shrewsbury, Telford, Ludlow and Kidderminster are all within comfortable commutes. For more information call Balfours on 01584 707100.

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South Shropshire village two bedroom cottage


A recently modernised semi-detached, village country cottage has been launched to the market with Balfours, with a guide price of £295,000.

With stunning views across the valley, Seven Knowbury Cottages, provides two double bedrooms. The entrance is into the lounge which enjoys an abundance of natural light. At the far end of the six and a half metre long room is a feature chimney breast with log burner. The opposite end provides access to the kitchen, also to the staircase.

The kitchen, breakfast room is well equipped with contemporary, wrap around units, above which there is glazing to two aspects – again billowing natural light to the room. The bathroom is found centrally off the landing, with bedrooms to both sides. The master room benefiting from a fitted wardrobe.

The elevated position of the cottage can also be enjoyed from the south facing garden. Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley comments: “This is a charming and very well-presented cottage in a much sought after location, four miles from Ludlow and its eclectic offering of independent shops, restaurants and culture, together with an excellent choice of state and private schools and colleges. There is also a vibrant life within Knowbury, with village hall, church and pub,” Scott adds. Call Balfours on 01584 707100 for more information.

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Georgian town house – evokes a lasting sense of well-being


Fine Georgian features, with Shrewsbury town at the front, parkland and sunshine at the back, are among the reasons Anthony and Rebecca Whitehouse fell in love with 23 The Crescent, Town Walls, 16 years ago.

This Grade II listed Georgian townhouse has been a perfect home in which to raise their family. Tony recalls previously acting as a taxi service from their home in the country. The move to Town Walls enabled greater independence to both generations: Leisure facilities, an exceptional choice of private and state schools, plus independent shops, restaurants and theatre, all within walking distance.

Launched to the market by Balfours, head of sales, Alistair Hilton, comments: “The Crescent consists of four terraced Georgian houses, built on a shallow curve benefitting from a widening plot. They are attributed to locally renowned architect Joseph Bromfield, who designed the property over six storeys; today it provides six bedrooms. 

“Its classic frontage was endorsed with the filming of “A Christmas Carol,” in the 1980s, with the grand entrance door welcoming into a generous reception hall with sweeping staircase and intersecting arched feature,” Alistair adds.

Leading off the hall are the drawing room, dining room, library and cloakroom. The drawing room’s beautiful original ceiling plasterwork with exquisite cameos is among Rebecca’s favourite features, together with sash windows billowing in light and proffering views to the garden and river beyond.

The lower ground floor provides hallway, kitchen with snug off, utility and cloakroom. The well fitted kitchen has direct access to the upper terrace, perfect for alfresco dining. Downstairs to the lowest floor comprises the original stunning high vaulted kitchen with period range, from which upstairs was once serviced; now a spectacular games room. Also on the lowest level are a wine cellar, main cellar, gardeners’ room, playroom and boiler room.

Ascend to the first floor a large and well-lit landing leads to the master suite: Bedroom with original fireplace, bathroom and dressing room, each of generous proportions; the bathroom with freestanding bath, shower and dual basins was refurbished five years ago. Across the landing is the study, featuring fireplace and significant bespoke book shelves. “As the master suite the first floor works exceptionally well as our exclusive space, which we love,” Rebecca reflects.

There are four bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor, though it would be quite feasible to add an additional bathroom. Rise again to the third floor and the guest suite affords all the privacy visitors would wish.

Both upper terrace and lower terrace are south facing with views down the garden to the river and parkland. The lower terrace has benefited from Rebecca’s passion for gardening and roses in particular, offering a wonderful seated area amid floral scents. At the bottom of the garden beyond the stunning rose arch there is parking for three vehicles accessed via electric gates. The property also benefits from a large garage with workshop above.

The couple consider: “The Crescent has provided us with a wonderful family home, where we have so many lovely happy memories, we so hope its next owners will derive happiness and well-being here too.” Balfours are marketing 23 The Crescent with a guide price of £1,800,000, call 01743 353511 for more information.


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Cottage renovation, two miles from county town centre


A guide price of £155,000 is generating interest in a unique renovation project in a popular location on the outskirts of Shrewsbury.

Number Six, Shelton Cottage, is less than two miles from Shrewsbury town centre. The grade II listed 17th century cottage has been launched to the market by Balfours. Unspoilt and perfectly formed, the timber frame one bedroom cottage, is one of those rare renovation projects and has the potential for a second bedroom.

The mid terraced cottage currently comprises of front door to ground floor with recessed cloak area and main open plan room, extending nearly six metres. Beyond is the kitchen with an external door to a rear courtyard. From the main living space a traditional door reveals the staircase to a bedroom, large landing and bathroom.

Alistair Hilton, head of sales at Balfours comments, “there is just so much going for this charming property, from its timber frame front room, with quarry tile floor and fireplace, to the oak floorboards on the first floor. This is going to make the most wonderful renovation project. It comes with charming front garden, rear courtyard and a garage. With the town centre just five minutes’ drive, or a comfortable cycle or walk, it is in an enviable location too.” Cash purchasers only, more information from Balfours on 01743 353511.

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