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House For Sale In Shropshire World Heritage Site

24/01/2019

The Old Vicarage, commanding outstanding views over the Coalbrookdale Valley, is on the market with Balfours. The breath-taking views are matched by versatile accommodation – which includes six en-suite bedrooms and an annex suite.

Breath-taking views and presentation

Agent, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., of Balfours reflects: “The Old Vicarage was built in 1901 by the well-known Darby family for the local church; it is therefore an impressive property which boasts a wealth of period features and is finished to a very high standard seamlessly balancing elegance and tradition with modern living.”

Each of the main reception rooms overlooks the valley, two of which benefit from large bay windows framing the panoramic view while flooding the rooms with natural light. The kitchen breakfast room is further along the hallway supported by a butler’s pantry and utility, the spacious rear hallway offering the potential to extend the kitchen breakfast room.

Forged into the valley landscape accommodation is over four floors. The lower ground floor provides a self-contained annex, ideal for extended family. On the first floor are five bedrooms, while a further bedroom is found on the second floor – all being en-suite.

Charlie adds: “The Old Vicarage is situated in a World Heritage site, with Ironbridge just one mile away tourists are never far away and the property is perfect to capture this audience. It also remains a very private and beautiful house with top grade restaurants and schools within easy commute.” The Old Vicarage is marketed with a guide price of £825,000, call Balfours on 01743 353511.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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Old Vicarage Garden

Old Vicarage Lounge

Old Vicarage Kitchen

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Farming Talk, Amy Henderson

17/01/2019

PRIVATE RENTAL – MEES UPDATE

With the introduction of MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) as of the 1st April 2018 it is unlawful to let a property with an energy performance rating less than E (F or G). Furthermore by 1st April 2020 the same rule will apply to existing tenancies which commenced before 1st April 2018.

On 5th November 2018 the Government published its response to the consultation on proposals to amend the 2015 regulations and will look to implement these changes in 2019. The response details the introduction of a cap on expenditure that a Landlord would have to spend in order to improve a substandard property. 

The initial consultation proposed a cap at £2,500 but this has since been revised to £3,500. This figure is inclusive of VAT, grant funded elements and any expenditure on energy improvement works since 1st October 2017. If the Landlord can demonstrate the level of expenditure has exceeded this figure and the property still fails to meet the minimum requirement of an E rating an exemption can be registered. 

The capped expenditure will replace the current ‘no cost to the Landlord’ exemption. This will be an issue for those who have already registered under this exemption as these will all terminate after 1st April 2020. Those affected will be notified directly via the Exemptions Register in order for them to take action to ensure they are not in breach of the regulations post 1st April 2020.

It is important for any Landlords of private rented housing to adopt a continual review process of their property’s energy performance above and beyond the current minimum requirements with whispers of the minimum requirement to increase in the future. Although exemptions in some situations may be suitable they should not be relied upon as they are temporary, the majority only lasting 5 years.  If you would like to discuss further please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who is an Associate at Balfours.

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Shrewsbury Footfall In Top League

15/01/2019

Shrewsbury is a great place to be – according to increasing evidence. The latest positive statistics are on footfall, which bucks the National trend to show Shrewsbury’s Pride Hill footfall increased by nearly ten per cent last month, according to the National High Street Report.

Head of property sales at Balfours, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., welcomed Shrewsbury’s success against the backdrop of figures which nationally show a decline for the tenth year. “This is good news for all those who live locally – it is an endorsement to The Times annual survey on the best place to live where, once again in 2018 Shrewsbury was ranked in the top league.”

Converting footfall to turnover is another positive story, with one independent Shrewsbury retailer reporting an overall increase of 7.5% during November and December compared to previous years and an increase of seven per cent for 2018, compared to 2017.

Chairman of the High Street Report panel, Sir John Timpson, was keen to stress that it’s not all about shopping and town centre emphasis is more to do with providing entertainment hubs, housing and health facilities.

Alistair adds: “Having lived in a few places in the world, then marrying a Shrewsbury girl and settling here with our daughters, I can honestly say the town encapsulates the best of life – and that includes wonderful restaurants, bistros, the Quarry Park and fabulous surrounding countryside.”

The Times reports: “Shrewsbury never gets the credit it deserves. Strolling through the warren of alleys in the atmospheric centre, nestled prettily in a loop of the Severn, is like stepping back in time.

There are 660 listed buildings — all manner of churches, Georgian townhouses, black-and-white Tudor landmarks — which makes this a paradise for anyone with even a passing interest in architecture. Yet it’s more than just a museum; there are two top state secondaries — the Priory (11-16) is 13th in our Parent Power league table, and Shrewsbury Colleges Group is the choice for sixth form — and the independent Shrewsbury School.”

Alistair concludes: “Most of us already know that Shrewsbury is a gem, but it is good to see official endorsement, not least because without doubt it is positive validation for the housing market.”

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Four Bedroom Property For Sale In Shropshire Hills

11/01/2019

Sonnet is part of an exclusive four bedroom barn development, a new home which comes with a four acre paddock and is launched to the market by Balfours.

Found in a prime location just outside the UNESCO World heritage site at Coalport, Shifnal with stunning views, plus today’s essential of fibre broadband and underfloor heating on the ground floor.

New Barn conversion with paddock and lifestyle appeal

This four bedroom property enjoys imaginative living space finished to an exacting standard. Exceptionally well planned, the entrance hall provides direct access to stairs and cloakroom. The kitchen, breakfast room is spacious and well equipped, including an island and contemporary finish. French doors lead to the terrace.

The adjoining dining room benefits from glazing and doors to terrace and garden to two aspects, while double doors lead to the living room, thereby achieving a superb, flowing entertaining space.

On the first floor the master-room is en-suite, while the family bathroom benefits from bath and shower; Sonnet comes with gardens, front and rear terrace and a 4.1 acre paddock.

Agent, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. comments: “The barn is of exceptional quality and in a stunning location, within the rolling Shropshire hills, close to the River Severn and the World famous Ironbridge. Sonnet has been sensitively crafted, embracing the barns’ idiosyncrasies, to enhance lifestyle in the most pleasing way.”

Marketed with a guide price of £649,995 the barn comes with cart-shed garaging.”

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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Period Living And Perfect Location At First Home Price

02/01/2019

An exclusive one bedroom apartment in the heart of Shrewsbury town has been launched to the market with a guide price of £175,000. Apartment Four, Robinson House, is a grade II listed second floor property, with an elegant open plan living.

Agent, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., head of Balfours residential sales, says: “The property is highly desirable, the capacious open plan living space is tastefully presented, enhancing period features, including three original sash windows, with customised secondary glazing.”

Robinson House was originally built as a Gold and Silversmiths in the late 18th century, today it provides six stylish apartments found off the impressive hallway. Good design provides a generous kitchen with fitted high quality units incorporating a full suite of electrics. This highly social space overlooks the living room and beyond to the Old Market Hall. In the living area a period fireplace offers a clever focal point.

A good sized double bedroom, with fitted wardrobes and bathroom with shower and bath complete the package. Step outside and Shrewsbury’s wide array of shops, restaurants, commerce and culture are waiting. This also includes the town’s treasured Quarry Park and the train station. A secure parking space is available under a separate lease.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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Christmas Office Opening Hours

19/12/2018

Balfours would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas.

Our office opening hours over the festive period are listed below:

Monday 24th December - Open until 3pm

Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th December - Closed

Thursday 27th and Friday 28th December - Open normal hours

Monday 31st December - Open until 3pm

Tuesday 1st January - Closed

Wednesday 2nd January to Friday 4th January - Open normal hours

 

Thank you.

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