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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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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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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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True To Name - Brook House Myddle


Brook House, Myddle offers many advantages of village life, including primary school, gastro pub, shop and village hall.

Chain Free House For Sale In Shropshire

This four bedroom, chain free, house is located equi- distance, some nine miles from Shrewsbury and Ellesmere beyond the village is open countryside, with opportunity for great walks. The entrance hall provides access to the living room with bay window, with open plan to the dining room and conservatory overlooking the rear garden.

The kitchen can be accessed from both the entrance hall and the dining room. It is equipped with fitted units, a pantry and links directly to the utility room. A rear entrance hall links between the utility room and shower room. There are four good sized double bedrooms on the first floor, three with extensive fitted wardrobes. The rooms are serviced by a family bathroom with shower and bath.

Agent, Charlie Giffard of Balfours comments: “This is a delightful property in a sought after village. There is a large integral garage, which with appropriate consents could become part of the living accommodation.” There is also a workshop and greenhouse, plus ample driveway space. To the rear of the house the terrace area links directly to the conservatory with the gardens beyond offering mature trees and a large lawn and, true to its name is adjacent to the brook.

Balfours are marketing Brook House with a guide price of £350,000, call 01743 353511 for more information.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.


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BPR Restrictions Could Hit Landowners


Landowners could see opportunities to claim Business Property Relief (BPR) much reduced, local land agents, Balfours has warned.

Second Report Published

This month (July) the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) published their second report on their recommendations to make Inheritance Tax (IHT) simpler, more intuitive and easier to operate.

Balfours Associate Partner, Richard Corbet, explains: “BPR has allowed Inheritance tax relief to businesses and farms that do not consist wholly or mainly of holding investments.  Case law would suggest that this means that less than people 50% of ‘a business’ should be in holding investment assets, for it to qualify for the relief.  Many farms and estate businesses have benefitted from BPR across normally non-relievable investment assets because they constitute less than 50% of the business as a whole.

“However that could change as the OTS has recommended that BPR under IHT replicates that of Capital Gains Tax for holdover relief and entrepreneur’s relief that is claimable when there is ‘substantial’ trading activity of 80% as compared with 20% of investment activity."

Currently IHT accounts for less than one per cent of the Exchequer’s receipts, yet it is administratively complex with IHT forms needing to be completed after nearly 50% of deaths, however, only five per cent of deaths will ultimately contribute to the one percent. 

Mr Corbet adds: “These remain recommendations but if actioned it is clear that opportunities to shelter investment assets will be significantly reduced, if that is the case contingency plans for many farms and estates will have to be considered.”

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