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Border Cottage On The Market

30/01/2019

A pretty two bedroom semi-detached cottage on the Shropshire, Welsh border, ticks all the boxes with a stream at the bottom of the garden, a summer house and two garden sheds. This delightful property with double glazing is marketed by Balfours for just £150,000.

Rose Cottage is situated in the hamlet of City, on the slopes of the Clun Forest, less than a mile from Sarn village and the English border.  Montgomery is some five miles, with Newtown and Welshpool, seven and 13 miles respectively; Shrewsbury is also within commuting distance at 28 miles.

CHARMING AND AUTHENTIC

The kitchen boasts an original inglenook bread oven and a matrix of beams. Fitted units and ample worktop create a convivial 21st century space. Adjacent is a utility room with wc. Lifestyle virtues of the living room include an inglenook fireplace with wood burner, plus French doors to a charming veranda with the garden beyond.

There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor together with several storage areas. Agent, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Balfours says: “This is a charming authentic country cottage in an idyllic setting close to and overlooking the Kerry Ridgeway.”

For more information and to view Rose Cottage call 01743 353511.

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Rose Cottage Main

Rose Cottage Garden

Rose Cottage Lounge

Rose Cottage Kitchen

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Balfours Recruit Local Farmer’s Daughter

28/01/2019
A Herefordshire farmer’s daughter who is fulfilling her career ambitions has joined Balfours. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., MSc MRICS FAAV, whose family hail from Ledbury has joined the land agents Hereford office.
 
Graduating from Exeter, Olivia achieved an MSc in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural College. Since, she has spent three years with a Cotswolds agent, where she passed her CAAV (Central Association of Agricultural Valuers) and APC exams.
 
Balfours partner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., enthuses: “Olivia has achieved a great deal in her career to date, add to this her local knowledge and affinity to rural matters and she will be a great asset to our clients.”
 
In addition to estate management, valuations and conveyancing, Olivia has coordinated a number of Mid and Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship agreements. A member of Ledbury Young Farmers she says: “It is great to be back working close to home; I am looking forward to achieving for Balfours clients in what are increasingly challenging times for rural estates.”
 
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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.

Old Vicarage Main

Old Vicarage Garden

Old Vicarage Lounge

Old Vicarage Kitchen

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Farmhouse With Barn Space For Sale In Shropshire

22/01/2019

A grade II listed farmhouse, located in the pretty hamlet of Kinton, near Nesscliffe, is on the market.

Balfours Agent, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., explains: “Grove Farmhouse is situated ten miles north of Shrewsbury, the five bedroom property offers a wide selection of nearby schools. It also has a separate barn with planning permission for further development.”

From the entrance hall the kitchen/dining room provides a welcoming space, with kitchen island and chimney breast recess for cooking appliance. The living room is of generous and balanced proportions with feature inglenook fireplace, stunning oak floor and exposed timber frame wall. To the west side is a sun room benefitting from French doors to a charming and well stocked garden. The family room, with fireplace, completes the ground floor space.

Four bedrooms are found on the first floor, the large double aspect master room and two double rooms, a single and a large family bathroom. The second floor offers an additional generous double room. Attached to the house is also a useful store room.

The separate barn provides 49 square metres of floor space – and has planning consent for an upgrade, offering opportunity for the new incumbents to design the space to their requirements. Charlie adds: “This is a house full of character and in a great location to enjoy the countryside.” Grove Farmhouse is marketed with a guide price of £495,000, call Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Grove Farm House Main

Grove Farm House Garden

Grove Farm House Lounge

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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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