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Fresh Three Year Old, Five Bed House For Sale In Shrewsbury


Built just three years ago, a short distance from the A5 and three miles west of Shrewsbury town centre; this five bedroom home boasts a high level of finish.

The paved drive with circular lawn offer a fresh approach to 3 Bluebell Place, a double fronted three storey house. Step inside and glazing ensures it is light throughout. From the entrance hall the two reception rooms each feature a bay window overlooking open countryside to the west.

Alfresco Dining

The generous sized living room has dual aspect glazing, with French doors opening to the private terrace and garden to the rear. To the bottom of the entrance hall and adjacent to the dining room, the kitchen breakfast room has a contemporary feel. Bi-fold doors to the terrace mean that during summer months meal times can seamlessly drift out to be alfresco.

The first floor has three bedrooms, two en-suites and the third utilising the family bathroom, while the second floor has an additional two bedrooms and a shared shower room. A downstairs cloak, utility room and double garage with generous parking complete the package.

On the market with Balfours, head of Sales, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. comments: “Bluebell Place is a close knit community of residential properties, which benefits from privacy and manicured communal areas. There is an excellent choice of private and public sector schools nearby. 3 Bluebell Place is marketed with a guide price of £480,000. For more information call Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Grade II Listed Home In Heart Of Church Stretton


One of Church Stretton’s finest Grade II listed properties has been launched to the market by Balfours.

Ashford House sits on the town’s High Street with a traditional front garden complete with wisteria. The four bedroom house, plus two spacious attic rooms, is within a short walk of the main shops and the many idyllic country walks surrounding the town.

The entrance hall leads into the living room with the dining room and snug off to either side. Each of the rooms features a traditional fireplace, with gas fires, and the snug with a log burner. 

Bespoke Kitchen

The kitchen/breakfast room is a generous space, with bespoke kitchen units incorporating an Aga and Belfast sink with granite work surfaces. Bi-fold doors lead to a period conservatory with access to the idyllic walled garden. French doors from the dining room also find this hidden away haven. 

Four bedrooms, including a master bedroom with en-suite, are to be found on the first floor. On the second floor two good sized attic rooms offer much potential, from guest annexe to study or fitness studio.

A gated driveway to the side of the house leads to off-road parking and a double integral garage. 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Balfours Ludlow sales manager comments: “This is a charming and very spacious property in a much sought after location. This once spa town has a wide range of activities, from golf and gliding to arts festivals and cultural engagements.” 

Ashford House is marketed with a guide price of £725,000. For more information call Balfours on 01584 707100.

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Five Properties In Five Acres – Fine Lifestyle


An idyllic location within South Shropshire’s renowned Corvedale is the backdrop to Goosefoot Barn, with its four holiday cottages.

Rural Bliss

The drive finds this tucked away oasis where the “rural bliss” is reality. The five bedroom master property benefits from rooms of generous proportions. The entrance hall giving rise to the open plan dining and living room, the kitchen breakfast room and the family snug.

The dining room and kitchen each have French doors to the terrace and garden. A games room of significant proportions, a pantry, plus cloakroom and a brace of utility rooms complete the ground floor. Stairs to a gallery landing provide access to each of the bedrooms including the en-suite master bedroom.

Balfours Ludlow sales manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., says: “This is an imaginative and playful property, the dining area features great height, open to the eaves and gallery landing. The four cottages; three two bedroom and a one bedroom each benefit from the same high standard of design and presentation.”

Goosefoot Barn is surrounded by five acres of garden, grounds and paddocks, there is a stable and BBQ cabin. Diddlebury village, with primary school, is just one mile away while Ludlow and Much Wenlock are ten and 13 miles respectively. Telford and the Midlands are within sensible commute. Goosefoot steading is marketed with a guide price of £945,000, call 01584 707100.

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Historic Provenance On The South Bank Of The River Teme


Unsurpassed period provenance combined with prime location, offer a unique opportunity at Ludlford, on the south bank of the River Teme, adjacent to Ludlow.

Grade II* listed, The Old Bell House, was recognised and revered in Country Life exactly 100 years ago, well before listings were invented. Now on the market with Balfours the house has been meticulously conserved to retain its original features, whilst enhancing the requirements of 21st century living.

A Private Retreat

Amongst its credentials are five bedrooms, a studio, swimming pool, landscaped gardens, orchard and kitchen garden, plus river frontage with fishing rights. Balfours Ludlow sales manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. comments: “The Old Bell House is simply enchanting. This will appeal to those seeking a private retreat with utter wow factor. It is beautifully positioned on the River Teme, yet only a seven minute walk to Ludlow town centre.”

Ludlow is renowned for its eclectic mix of culture, festivals, restaurants, individual shops and an excellent selection of private and state education. The surrounding countryside provides local golf and race course, plus outstanding walking, gliding and riding. Car and rail travel put Hereford, Shrewsbury, Manchester, Cardiff and Birmingham all within a very acceptable commute. London is accessible by changing just once in a little over three hours.

The ground floor boasts original beams, framed by moulded ceilings, imposing stone fireplaces, leaded lights, and oak panelling. A large kitchen with island unit has glazing to two aspects. In addition there are five reception rooms, a larder, butler’s pantry and downstairs cloakroom. The first floor affords an imposing drawing room, plus the master suite with dressing room and bathroom. The second bedroom benefits from its own bathroom with separate wc. On the first floor are a further three bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus studio. Large traditional cellars complete more than 5,500 square feet.

Scott adds: “The rooms have wonderful views, either to the mature gardens or to the river beyond. Hidden from view there is a small grotto down by the river which was completely restored in 2011 with the use of 2011 shells. It provides a wonderful escape and opportunity just to watch and admire the river and its wildlife unseen by others. 

The Old Bell House owns the weir (let to the Teme Weirs Trust) and is entitled to receive its electricity from the Hydro Co-operative, in addition to its connection to the National Grid.

A stone walled courtyard is among the various intimate seating areas providing an atmosphere as magical today as it was when featured in Country Life 100 years ago. The Old Bell House is marketed with a guide price of £1,575,000. For more information call Balfours on 01584 707100.

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371 Acres (150 ha) Of Highly Productive Land


Balfours has launched 371 acres (150 ha) of highly productive farm land at Burlington near Shifnal to the market. The predominantly arable land which forms part of the Rose Estate at Burlington includes a modern 1,000 ton grain store and other useful buildings, plus pasture and woodland; it is for sale by private treaty, as a whole, or in five lots.

Easy Access Around Land


Agent, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., explains: “The land, identified as Grade two or three in quality, is relatively flat with medium to light sandy loam soils, which are generally free draining. There are excellent road networks with the A5 and A41 adjoining and minor roads well located for easy access around the land.”

Lot one comprises of 120.33 acres (48.7 ha) of arable land, currently cropped to potatoes, maize and beet, it also includes a modern grain store and six bay storage barn. Lot two comprises of 164.75 acres (66.6 ha), cropping is similar to lot one plus an area of rye.  Lot three lies to the western side and comprises 66.87 acres (27 ha) growing maize and spring barley.

Lot four comprises 7.49 acres (3 ha) of pasture paddocks would be perfect for horses with an enclosed 6 bay general purpose building, extending 90 x 50 feet, ideal for stabling; alternatively lot four would suit livestock or storage.  Two smaller arable fields totalling 11.71 acres (4.7 ha) are currently sown to maize make-up lot five.

Charlie adds: “Lot one has the opportunity of irrigation under licence from the Environment Agency from Burlington Pool, this could also benefit lot two if purchased together. The sale of this substantial block of land provides an excellent opportunity to increase existing arable acreage or as a diversified investment." For more information call Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Ask The Expert By Charlotte George MARLA


I have a cottage and a farmhouse which are likely to become available to rent in the next twelve months. I hear an Act has just been passed restricting what landlords can charge. Is this the time to hand over to an agent?

You are correct; the Tenant Fees Act 2019 comes into force from the first of this month, June, 2019. The Act controls what payments a landlord or letting agent can demand of the tenant or third party guarantors “in connection with a tenancy of housing in England.”

The Act states that all payments are essentially prohibited unless the payment is expressly listed and “permitted” under the Act.  The following are listed as permitted: Rent, deposit, holding deposit, replacement key or alternative security device, payment in the event of a default, and changes to the tenancy which are requested by the tenant. Also payment in respect of council tax, utilities, TV licence, communication services. However each one listed has restrictions and limitations.

This means the landlord, or agent, can no longer charge to assemble references, or for general administration relating to the tenant, or the guarantor.

Bureaucracy has indeed reached something of fever pitch; I haven’t even mentioned the other regulations introduced this March, listing 29 hazards on a rating system to ensure a property is fit for human habitation.

I have a theory and that is that if my car needs servicing I take it to a garage. They are doing their dedicated job day in day out, not only are they more efficient than me, but I would expect them to get it right. That means long term less expense and greater peace of mind.

Getting it wrong when letting property can result in fines of up to £5,000 for the first landlord/agent breach and up to £30,000 for the second, plus resulting difficulties in serving a section 21 giving notice to the tenant to vacate. In this increasingly bureaucratic environment, it may be both prudent and cost effective to employ a reputable letting agent to let your property.

I am pleased to report a strong demand for let property in rural areas, particularly now summer is upon us. This must surely be due, in part to farmers and landowners who take a pride in the countryside and their rural rented accommodation.

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