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Enchantment of Old Rectory


The Old Rectory is an enchanting stone Victorian property set in more than two acres of established beautifully presented grounds. Located at Hope, four miles from Minsterly and 13 miles from Shrewsbury, the property reflects its past, situated between Holy Trinity Church and The Old School House.

A Handsome Stone Victorian Rectory For Sale in Shrewsbury

A vestibule leads to the generous hall where perfectly balanced architectural proportions are endorsed through high ceiling, skirting depth and door size, all of which are echoed throughout The Old Rectory.

It boasts three principle reception rooms, each with traditional fireplace and original coving. On the opposite side of the hall the kitchen and breakfast room are divided by two archways, with the Aga the centre stage. A useful pantry is to be found adjacent to the breakfast room.

There are currently a total of six bedrooms, four on the first floor, with two on the second with additional loft space available. The master-room benefits from a dressing room and en-suite, a second bedroom is ensuite, while two rooms share a Jack and Jill en-suite. A home office and second staircase to the attic completes the first floor.

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton reflects: “From the driveway The Old Rectory has a very special feel; it is beautifully presented with a large stone wall shielding the garden from the parking area.” The coach house incorporates garaging and potentially a stable with mezzanine floor. Terrace steps from formal garden lead to a pond and orchard. Balfours are marketing with a guide price of £850,000, call Balfours Estate Agents Shrewsbury office 01743 353511.

Old Rectory Main

Old Rectory External

Old Rectory Living Room

Old Rectory Dining Room


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Ask the Expert: David Parker BA (Hons), Dip.EP, MRTPI


Balfours Planning Consultant

What are the key factors for landowners in the Government’s recently released Planning White Paper? 


This is not just a cut in red tape - it is the first comprehensive re-working of the English Planning system in 73 years.  The Government’s White Paper, “Planning for the Future” has only just been published.  It will require primary and secondary legislation to make the key changes, and while this is not going to happen overnight, it will need swift action by local planning authorities once enacted. 

Sites identified for development in Local Plans will have far more certainty about them, to ensure that the new houses are delivered quickly.  Sustainable development principles will still apply – so it won’t turn bad sites into good ones – it may just bring the good ones forward sooner.  Green Belt, (AONBs), Conservation Areas, Local Wildlife Sites, areas of significant flood risk and important areas of green space will remain protected.

It is proposed to deliver more of what new communities need by capturing a greater share of the uplift in land value that comes with development. The Community Infrastructure Levy and the current system of ‘Section 106’ planning obligations will be replaced by a nationally-set flat-rate infrastructure charge.

The Government’s target is 300,000 new homes per year, and 1 million over the life of the current parliament.  They delivered 241,000 homes last year – more than any point over the last 30 years.  We don’t have to look far to see the flurry of new homes across Shropshire and its borders.

This White Paper signals significantly more to come – and that could involve land you own.

At Balfours we can work with landowners to assess proposed housing sites, giving an honest and realistic assessment of the chances of success and values.  We have an exceptional track record in calculating the odds and achieving success.

Contact: Dave Parker BA (Hons), Dip.EP, MRTPI


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Tucked Away Village Location


Three, Milloon Gardens is one of three properties to benefit from a private lane approach. This four bedroom home has three parking spaces, a double garage and an en-suite within its portfolio. On the market with Balfours Estate Agents Shrewsbury office, the property is found in the heart of West Felton Village – with perks including primary school and facilities associated with a thriving village.


Wonderfully Secluded Oasis For Sale in Shropshire Village

Double doors lead from the reception hall into the spacious reception room, which has a woodburner and glazing to three aspects. Doors from the hallway also lead to the dining room, dining/kitchen, downstairs cloakroom and stairs. Both the lounge and dining room benefit from access to the conservatory, while French doors lead out of the kitchen to the patio.

There are four bedrooms with the master room benefitting from en-suite and fitted wardrobes. Wardrobes are also fitted in bedroom two which has glazing to two aspects. The west facing landscaped garden with mature hedging and trees offers a wonderfully secluded oasis.

“This is a very well presented property in a great location, just a short distance off the A5 and thus providing easy access to Oswestry, with Shrewsbury 12 miles. It also has an excellent choice of private and state schooling within striking distance,” says head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton.

Balfours are marketing Three, Milloon Gardens with a guide price of £425,000, call 01743 353511 for further information.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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3 Milloon Garden

3 Milloon Lounge

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Shropshire’s Villages and Hamlets – A Magnet for City Dwellers


Shropshire’s home owners are set to benefit from a massive surge in buyers seeking to buy a home in a rural location.


Housing Stocks Could Be Tested!

Balfours estate agents say the number of enquiries for homes in villages, hamlets and the county’s rural market towns more than doubled during June and July -  a mirror image of Rightmove’s analysis. Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley, says: “Eighty per cent of enquiries are coming from outside the area – a figure which would normally run at circa forty per cent. Those who were considering a move have been egged on by the stamp duty holiday.”

He adds that as a rural area in the heart of England, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire are all well placed to tick boxes for commutes to both the capital and the major cities of Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. People perceive these counties to be a truly rural and unspoilt, without the price tags of the Cotswolds and Home Counties.

“The region ticks the boxes for both logistics and lifestyle – homeworking is affordable, but when they do need to go the city, whichever one it is not too far away. Add to this our wonderfully diverse countryside with opportunities for cycling, walking, riding, plus vibrant market towns from Ludlow’s food festivals and culture, Shrewsbury’s flower show to Bishop’s Castle’s ale trail; what is there not to like?”

“We are getting to that point where we would welcome anyone considering a sale to get in touch, because according to Rightmove research more people are planning to move out and that could test our housing stocks,” Scott adds.


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Land and Derelict Barn Close to the Long Mynd


A stunning swathe of land located to the northern end of the Long Mynd has been launched to the market by Balfours Estate Agents Shrewsbury.


Take a Virtual Tour!

The 95 acres at Thresholds Farm includes a derelict barn with outstanding views, grassland and a picturesque piece of woodland.  Alistair Hilton, head of sales at Balfours comments: “This is a very unique opportunity which includes a derelict barn with potential for planning. It is so special that we have created youtube footage so that interested parties can take a virtual tour and really appreciate the stunning location and views”

Architects drawings of the barn have been prepared to illustrate the potential of planning permission. There are abundant water sources across the property with streams and dams accessible for stock water and the potential to feed a residential home should the opportunity arise.

While enjoying a fabulously remote location, Picklescott village is less than two miles with the renowned Bottle and Glass, while the local services and school in Dorrington are three miles, Church Stretton and Shrewsbury are six and 12 miles respectively.

The grassland is ideal for sheep and beef farming and is currently let under a farm business tenancy which expires in September; when the land will have vacant possession. A set of basic sheep and cattle yards enable livestock handling with holding paddocks for more than 500 sheep.

Tenders to be submitted to Balfours by September 30, for more information call 01743 353511.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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Rural Rental Market Demand Outstripping Supply


A desire to live in a rural area and pent-up demand are driving the rural rental market, firming values.


Phones Buzzing

Shropshire’s leading rural estate agent, Balfours, reports a high level of enquires since the easing of lockdown. Senior lettings negotiator, Jackie Monro says that phones have been buzzing with properties flying off the market, many before, or as soon as they are launched. “Currently demand is outstripping supply – and that is despite the fact that we have probably the best portfolio of rural properties through our rural estate management.”

“We are seeing the effect of covid first hand as people reassess their lives, with two drivers: Working from home is now acceptable so they don’t have to be in cities or suburbia. Secondly from a health viewpoint living in the countryside ticks all the boxes, including minimising contact with densely populated areas.”

Jackie compares the covid shut down to the traditional Christmas shut down, “that is only two weeks, this time we had three months without any warning. Naturally as a result there are people who have been desperate to move for some time, plus those who are opting to change their lifestyle. As a result we simply need more properties to satisfy demand.”


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