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Whitcliffe Gives the Edge to Ludlow Lifestyle

15/10/2020

Breath taking views over the historic market town of Ludlow and surrounding countryside are to be found at four bedroom, Rock Cottage, Whitcliffe.

 

Frech Doors Lead to Fabulous Views

It is located within/adjacent to Whitcliffe Common Nature Reserve, with all the benefits of countryside and wonderful walks on the doorstep, including those in Mortimer Forest yet with the town centre within walking distance.

Beautiful mature borders frame the entrance to gravelled parking and garage – giving a big tick for first impressions. The entrance hall opens to a generous kitchen breakfast room equipped with Aga and kitchen-island. Adjacent is the dual aspect sitting room with bi-fold doors facing south west providing access to the stone terrace and cottage garden; while to the opposite side is the garden room with French doors and those fabulous views.

On the first floor a generous master suite with dressing room and shower room, plus three double rooms, one with doors opening to a decking area. Balfours Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley comments: "This is a very well presented, private yet highly accessible property on the outskirts of Ludlow, a culturally vibrant mediaeval town, plus fine dining, local golf and National Hunt race course; in short a fabulous place to enjoy a great lifestyle.”

Balfours are marketing Rock Cottage with a guide price of £675,000, call Balfours Estate Agents Ludlow on 01584 707100.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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Barn Conversion Boasts Best Traits

12/10/2020

Number One Grange Barns boasts the best in a barn conversion. There is the added allure of all-weather tennis court, detached office and workshop, rustic hut with fireplace and beautiful mature gardens with this property for sale in Shropshire.

 

Feature Brickwork and Explosed Beams

On the market with Balfours, 1 Grange Barns is situated in the village of Woodseaves, three miles from Market Drayton. Shrewsbury and Stafford, with excellent train connections, are both some 20 miles.

Balfours, Charlie Giffard, Country House sales, explains: “The welcome is to high vaulted ceilings with double height and dual aspect windows flooding the indulgent reception hall with light. Feature brickwork and exposed beams are reminders of the barns previous purpose. Now it achieves the wow factor.”

The large triple-aspect kitchen - diner is fully integrated, with direct access to the terrace and stunning gardens. There are four bedrooms, three en-suite and two are to be found on the ground floor. Ascend the stairs to a generous balcony landing, overlooking the garden, ideal as an additional study, or leisure space.

Porthole windows, vaulted ceiling, glazing to three aspects and central fireplace, characterise the sitting room, found on the first floor. Two en-suite bedrooms and one of two cloakrooms are also to be found on the first floor.

A utility off the reception hall and integrated double garage complete the ground floor package. As it is currently used, the outbuilding office workshop includes a further single garage. Number 1 Grange Barns, is marketed with a guide price of £775,000, call Balfours Estate Agents Shrewsbury office on 01743 353511.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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House Sales – Three Reasons to be Cheerful

09/10/2020

Shropshire’s residential property market is spurred in the right trajectory, fortified by Furlough Mark II, stamp duty holiday and the cheapest borrowing since the inception of the Bank of England.

Alistair Hilton, head of sales at Balfours reports: “Sales across our entire portfolio, from £150,000 to the £10 million estate, have been strong. Rural dwellings firm leaders in the field.

“Furlough Mark II – job support scheme has alleviated the fear that unemployment would rise, causing house prices to fall. Our experience is that the stamp duty tax holiday is not only having a positive effect on properties under half a million pounds, but it is giving momentum to those purchasing homes in the higher price bracket, because they too are making significant savings.

“Now add the continued low mortgage rates with the base rate reduction making money its cheapest since the inception of the Bank of England and you have three very constructive financial drivers,” says Alistair.

He continues: “We have agreed numerous sales in recent times, including a small property at Sugnall, with a guide of £250,000, which went to sealed bids and sold in excess of the guide; then Asterton Hall, which went very quickly at the £800,000 guide price. Both these properties reflect the running theme of rural demand - a reverse from pre-covid preference for urban.”

At the upper end of the market a development site which Balfours had been brokering has just come to fruition at £1.8 million. “This illustrates the confidence of builders and developers who continue to invest large sums reflecting longevity in the market. That is telling me there is no reason for anyone else to doubt the market.”

Alistair concludes: “We anticipate this is likely to continue over the course of the next six months, with the exception of a quieter time in December when we all traditionally focus time on friends and family. However with the hourglass running out on the stamp duty holiday to March 31, 2021, we are preparing for a further surge from the New Year until then.”

 

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Sustainable Design - Vineyard Views

08/10/2020

This 21st century three/four bedroom home is designed with energy efficiency and easy living as key drivers. Situated with stunning outlooks over Wroxeter Vineyard and the Wrekin, its location is desirable too, being only some six miles from Shrewsbury and Much Wenlock, while Telford is ten miles.

 

The Wow Factor

Number 1, Vineyard Court has been launched to the market by Balfours.  Associate Partner, Charlie Giffard, reflects: “This is a wonderfully flexible and spacious well designed property – it offers one ground floor bedroom – with wet room, together with three bedrooms, two en-suite plus a family bathroom on the first floor. The wow factor is found with the two principle bedrooms each having French doors onto the roof terrace balcony.”

Underfloor heating and UPVC double glazing, together with eco-efficient air source heating all contribute, not only sustainable, low running costs and an EPC “C,” rating; but also to a flawless living space. The generous kitchen, breakfast room has glazing to two aspects, with French doors to the terrace. A chic finish is achieved with handmade fitted units and matching island with granite worktops. The living room is of similar dimensions and outlooks – again boasting more than 40 square metres of space.

A dining room or study and utility room, together with downstairs cloak and ample parking complete the package of this spectacular house for sale in Shropshire, which is marketed with a guide price of £450,000. Call Balfours Estate Agents Shrewsbury office on 01743 353511.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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Ask The Expert, Jackie Monro, FARLA, FNAEA

07/10/2020

Balfours Letting Agent

We Have Just Completed a Barn Conversion Which We Want to Let; Also a Long-term Tenant Has given Notice from a Farm Cottage.  Why Should I Pay an Agent When I Can Just Amend My Current Agreement for Both?

 

I am asked this question on a regular basis by Landlords. Possibly the agreement was valid, five years ago, but why hand over a valuable capital asset and accommodation income stream, with an out dated agreement?

This may feel like you’re saving on estate agents fees, but in reality you are potentially putting one of your most valuable assets at considerable risk.

Over the last 10 years the legislation covering the letting of property in the UK has changed on numerous occasions, with in excess of 178 pieces of legislation affecting tenancies.

The most significant being the implementation of the tenancy deposit scheme in 2007. This means that your tenancy agreement must clearly state how, and where, the tenant’s deposit will be held. This is called the Prescribed Information.

Failure to protect the deposit correctly, and not providing the Prescribed Information, can lead to fines of up to three times the monthly rent. Worse still, if the deposit hasn’t been protected correctly, you will not be able to serve notice should you wish to seek possession of your property in the future.

Further, recent changes relate to the legal requirement for: Right to Rent Checks; Gas and Electrical safety; Energy Performance Regulations incorporating Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards; Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms and serving of a Section 21 notice, when you are seeking to regain possession of your property

At Balfours we are happy to meet with landlords to discuss their options when looking to either move tenants between properties, or market their properties to find new tenants. We are fully regulated and are constantly updating and amending the information we provide, so that landlord interests are properly protected. Call for an informal chat, or to make an appointment for me to visit your property.

Contact: Jackie Monro, FARLA, FNAEA

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South Shropshire Timber Frame House with Large Barn

06/10/2020

Orleton House is a unique timber framed, six bedroom property dating back to the 1500s. Situated in the heart of the sought after village of Orleton,  it is surrounded by the spectacular South Shropshire countryside.

 

Unique Property in Stunning Location

On the market with Balfours estate agents Ludlow office, this grade two property has an abundance of associated trimmings within its one acre plot, namely: mature gardens, orchard, tennis court, courtyard, potting shed, carport. There is also a large traditional two storey outbuilding currently used for storage but with exponential opportunity, subject to planning, planning is in place for a three bay garage with log store.

The village of Orleton thrives with primary school, playing fields, village hall, post office and doctors’ surgery. It even boasts its own pub - The Boot Inn - owned by the village. The renowned market town of Ludlow is only six miles, with state and independent schools, plus golf courses and national hunt race courses nearby too.

Throughout Orleton House has been meticulously modernised to expose and enhance original features, while achieving 21st century amenities of a high standard. Two large entrance halls, one at either end of the house provide access to three reception rooms, including the sitting room with log burner. There is a large open plan kitchen breakfast room, utility, cellar.

The first floor comprises of six bedrooms, two bathrooms, two staircases – though the first floor links right through. A third staircase gives access to second floor attic space. Balfours Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley comments: “This is a rare opportunity to acquire a truly unique property, beautifully presented, with further potential in a stunning location. We are marketing with a guide price of £1.1 million.” If you are interested in this property for sale in Shropshire call Balfours on 01584 707100.

Fo further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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