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Opportunity to leap frog into green energy

01/04/2016

There are still a surprising number of derelict rural cottages and old farm buildings lurking behind the ivy and down green lanes, which farmers for very good reason may not wish to sell off their holding. Renovation can seem daunting both in cost and organisation.

However, your surveyor has an armoury of skills to help you plan and realise a rebuild, whether it be for letting potential or the family’s own holiday enjoyment. It is rarely worth abandoning these properties where new planning consent in the ‘open countryside’ is so hard won these days.

Each year Balfours project manages a number of developments primarily in Shropshire and Herefordshire and Wales. The aim varies from four star holiday let status, to enabling the owners to enjoy their special rural retreats.

We have also achieved turnaround on properties, so isolated that they have never benefitted from mains services. Green sustainable energy is now leapfrogging properties out of the 19th century into the 21st century, bypassing prohibitive hook-ups to mains facilities.

One such project, a former keeper’s house in south Shropshire, is now back in family use with rain water is collected from roofs, pumped to an existing reservoir and fed back to the house by gravity for general use and through a cartridge filter for drinking.

Heating comes from two separate wood burners and a wood-powered rayburn stove, providing energy for radiators and from solar panels for hot water. Electricity is powered by solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and a vertical wind turbine.  It is stored in batteries; there is also a back-up generator.


An initial feasibility study can ensure project costs are budgeted and that the right service choices are made. Even telecoms, phone and internet are integral and essential to a refurbishment project and may well come through a satellite link-up.

Contractors can be recommended and overseen within the realm of the stringent construction and design management, safety regulations and with due diligence for our furry bat friends. Renovation can seem daunting both in cost and organisation; all in a day’s work for a Balfours surveyor in Shropshire, Herefordshire or mid-Wales.

Julia Phillips is a rural surveyor based at Balfours Herefordshire office.

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East Shropshire Offices – secluded yet accessible

24/03/2016

Offices in an idyllic village location, yet close to major link roads and towns have been launched to the market to let.

Situated in The Old Estate Yard, in the centre of the picturesque village of Badger, in East Shropshire, the offices offer 450 square feet of space each in a calm and private location within the triangle between Telford, Bridgnorth and Wolverhampton. The two offices each have wc, kitchenette and ample power points, and parking

Agent, Susie King of Balfours comments: “These would suit anyone who wishes to have secluded surroundings in which to welcome clients; yet is no more than ten miles from each of three major conurbations. The offices have been recently developed and therefore are fresh, ready to go at £396 per calendar month

“The other bonus is that Badger is a most picturesque village, the church overlooks the pool where the resident ducks may try to share your sandwiches at lunchtime,” adds Susie.   For more information and to view the offices please call Susie on 01743 241181.

Badger offices

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Earning and learning accountancy

24/03/2016

Adapting into employment gradually and applying learning straightaway are two bonuses which have proved a highly successful alternative to university for accounting apprentice Nathan Baker.

Nathan undertook school work experience placements, one as a trainee chef and the other in Balfours accounts department. He recalls: “This made me realise what I did, and didn’t want to do.” His positive impression of Balfours was mutual and as a result in 2012 the company offered him an apprenticeship linked to Herefordshire and Ludlow College.

Four years on and Nathan is in his second and final year as an ATT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Level 4 Higher Apprentice. Already having achieved Levels two and three through the day release system. He reflects: “As I have progressed through the levels, responsibilities have increased here at work. This includes a variety of tasks throughout the year with regular reporting sent to clients; their positive feedback gives me a sense of achievement and job satisfaction.

“There is a lot more to an accountancy apprenticeship than just being good at maths - communications, dealing with external accountants, agencies and clients are integral to the work. This year in my ATT Higher Apprenticeship, I am studying Business Skills.

”Head of accounts at Balfours, Ian Williams says: “Nathan is quite a find; he has been invaluable assisting with a growing workload as our business expands and his College training has combined well, proving to be positive for both parties.

Ian adds: “There is also the not so small matter that Nathan has been earning throughout his training and therefore giving him financial independence to follow his passion for bowling and Wolverhampton Football Club – he still has a few choices to wise up on!”

 

 

Nathan and Ian

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Two bedroom bungalow

21/03/2016

A newly fitted kitchen is part of the package at Eirianfa, a two bedroom bungalow, at Edgebolton, near Shawbury.


To be found in a quiet, yet accessible location, with garden and garage. The bungalow currently comprises of an open plan kitchen and sitting room, two bedrooms and a bathroom, each accessed off the entrance hall; plus utility off the kitchen.


Agent, Clemmie Radcliffe of Balfours Property Professionals, says: “The bungalow has great potential and indeed had planning permission for an extension which has lapsed. The space is well presented and the sitting room has a log burner offering very comfortable accommodation.”


Eirianfa is marketed with a guide price of £175,000, for more information call Clemmie Radcliffe on 01743 353511.

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Eirianfa living room

 

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eirianfa kitchen

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Limited edition – panoramic views

18/03/2016

Those who know homes with fabulous views and outlooks will understand what a difference it makes to everyday life and a sense of wellbeing: "What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?"

A true limited edition is Buzzard’s Reach which sits on Lyth Hill and, as the name suggests, offers a magnificent podium from house and garden. Behind the glazing are four reception rooms, four bedrooms and a large kitchen; there are two bathrooms, a utility and two downstairs cloakrooms.

Head of sales at Balfours, Tim Main, enthuses:  “Properties on Lyth Hill are highly sort after when they come to the market.  Buzzard’s Reach has many assets, including privacy; it’ location being beyond a no through road and shared private drive. Internally the property is very well presented, with glazing creating a light and bright house with those fabulous southerly views.”

As the ground floor is currently configured the reception hall leads through double doors to a large sitting room; a further set of double doors open to the study and there is a family room. The central hall also links to the snug and kitchen. The latter with island and dining area, beyond which are a utility and a cloakroom.

Both the sitting room and kitchen benefit from French doors with opportunity to while away evenings drinking in the panoramic landscape; quaffed with a tipple of fancy under the veranda. The gardens are landscaped to compliment the backdrop – and significantly have been designed for an easy life horticulturally speaking.

Above the double garage is a one bedroom en-suite annex and storage space. Lyth Hill is just six miles from the county town of Shrewsbury, with the bypass, and major road networks north and to the Midlands, on hand too.  Buzzard’s Reach is market with a guide price of £650,000. For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511.

Buzzard garden

 

Buzzard sitting

Buzzards Reach view

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Read our Spring 2016 Newsletter

16/03/2016

The latest edition of the Balfours Newsletter is now available to read.

 

We hope you enjoy it!

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