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New Appointment - Ludlow


A new sales administrator has been appointed at Balfours Estate Agents in Ludlow.

Lisa Morris, joins the Ludlow team, based in the Broad Street boutique estate agency in the town centre, supporting Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley. Lisa moved to Ludlow two years ago, having undertaken a number of roles in the sales sector, both nationally and locally.

She says she is delighted to be based in the Medieval town centre, having grown up in a rural location in Staffordshire. Lisa reflects: “I love everything about the town and its community feel, it is a great place to live and work. I particularly enjoy being part of the sales team and the many elements of administration and customer service.”

Scott adds: “Lisa is proving to be a valuable asset, she is a great communicator and integral to our team, servicing clients as they journey through the sale of their home and of course fielding buyers enquiries and offers.”


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Lettings Appointment


A new appointment has been made to the Balfours letting team. Shropshire born, Cathrine Barre, has been appointed lettings administrator and negotiator.

She brings with her 15 years communication skills working with clients, including experience in the property sector. Head of lettings, Charlotte George, MARLA, says: “Cathrine’s people skills and property experience places her in a strong position to be a valuable team player.”

Working from Balfours head office at Oxon Business Park, Shrewsbury, Cathrine reflects: “Shrewsbury is such a great town and Shropshire has so much going for it, in terms of work and lifestyle balance. It is very satisfying to assist with lettings transactions throughout the county, bringing together landlords with the right new tenants.”

Outside work Cathrine enjoys socialising with friends, keeping fit and playing tennis, all of which she says are well catered for in Shropshire.

Cathrine Barre

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Wrentnall - Three Bedroom Barn For Sale


The sought after hamlet of Wrentnall, in the parish of Pulverbatch, south of Shrewsbury is the idyllic location of a barn conversion launched to the market by Balfours. The three bedroom predominantly stone barn conversion has the benefit of a four bay garage with workshop; it is marketed with a guide price of £335,000.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Charlie Giffard, Balfours Associate Partner, Country House Sales: “Mchaelmas Barn is in a fabulous location, less than ten miles from Shrewsbury, on the edge of the South Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The hamlet and area beyond is loved for its quality of environment, for walking and activities on so many levels. Pulverbatch has its own village hall, Church and popular public house, the White Horse.”

Pontesbury provides a good raft of local facilities; school buses operate to both Pontesbury Secondary and Longden Junior Schools. 

The property provides entrance lobby, kitchen with fitted units, adjoining dining room. The living room benefits from a gas fire and parquet floor, double doors lead to the oak room with wood burner, character timber frame apex ceiling and access to the terrace through French doors. There are three bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor. The whole sits in a large well-presented garden. For more information call Balfours 01743 353511.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.


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Michaelmas Barn External

Michaelmas Barn Living Room

Michaelmas Barn Oak Room

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Luxury Period Family Home For Sale In Newport


A Manor House sympathetically restored by the current owners to enrich today’s lifestyle luxuries is on the market with Balfours.

Perfect For Entertaining

“Cheswell Manor is an exceptionally handsome 300 year old, Grade II Listed seven bedroom house,” explains Charlie Giffard, Balfours Associate Partner, Country House Sales. It comes with a two bedroom cottage annex and an inspirational oak framed summerhouse, finished to a high standard for entertaining.

A triple bay garage block and outbuildings befitting such a property complete the package which is located in the hamlet of Cheswell, which is exceptionally accessible to key destinations. Stafford Railway Station is just half an hour’s drive, with trains direct to London in less than two hours, while Birmingham and the Midlands are within an hour. Locally Newport, 3 miles and Shrewsbury, 23 miles, offer excellent facilities including an impressive list of private and public schools.

A gravel drive sweeps into 1.68 acres featuring landscaped gardens from which the balanced frontage, draped with wisteria, draws the eye to front door. The entrance lobby opens into the main hall from which the three main reception rooms are accessed, as is the kitchen breakfast room and study. Housekeeping is aided by a utility, boot room and cloakroom, while an Aga is a focal point in the kitchen.

The master-room enjoys an impressive en-suite, finished to a high standard with freestanding bath, shower, plus his and her basins. A separate dressing-room completes the master suite. There are a further three bedrooms on the first floor, including one en-suite, while two benefit from a bathroom with shower, bath and dual basin. Three more bedrooms are to be found on the second floor, one currently used as a sitting room, each of generous proportions and one with en-suite facilities.  

Charlie adds: “This property is one of the finest in the area to come to the market in recent times, from period features, to oak floors, plus the fabulous oak framed summerhouse, finished to a high standard for entertaining. And just for good measure, it enjoys views to land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.” Cheswell Manor is marketed with a guide price of £1,595,000, call Balfours on 01743 353511.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.


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Cheswell Manor Living Room

Cheswell Manor Kitchen

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Garden Competition Supporting The Shrewsbury Flower Show


A competition to find the best garden has been launched by a Shropshire estate agent supporting the Shrewsbury Flower Show.

All Shapes And Sizes Welcome

Balfours are offering six bottles of wine to the best garden, whether that is a balcony, a tiny courtyard, or rolling acres. “Entries from gardens of all shapes and sizes are welcome,” says head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton.

He continues: “We want to raise awareness of the value of first impressions and eye appeal when selling a residential property. It is often the surrounding elements of a garden that give the first buzz, to prospective buyers, particularly at this time of year.”

To be in with a chance of winning you simply need to upload a photo of your garden to Instagram, follow ‘@balfours_propertyprofessionals’ and share your pictures. Use the #balfoursinbloom to enter.

“Lots of people love their gardens and are immensely proud of them; this is a way to recognise the wonderful local gardens we have at the time of Shrewsbury’s iconic Flower Show,” Alistair adds. Entries to be received by the Flower Show’s first day Friday, August 9, can also be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Summer Drinks Parties


Balfours kick the summer off with two well received drinks parties. The first at Chillington Hall, a Georgian country house near Brewood, South Staffordshire. Some 50 guests savoured the stunning architecture and décor of this Grade I listed house, with park and lake landscaped by Capability Brown. The event was kindly hosted by the Giffard family.

The second event was held at Stokesay Court where some 60 guests enjoyed the historic venue and gardens in South Shropshire. The event was kindly hosted by Caroline Magnus.


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