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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 16:12

Home Since 17th Century Now Sits in AONB

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A stone house dating back to the 17th century, today offers an idyllic three bedroom home in the sought after hamlet of Picklescott, some five miles from Church Stretton and 11 from Shrewsbury.

Stone House by name and nature, the house sits to the rear of its plot surrounded by charmed gardens. To the front of the property is a stone barn with potential for conversion, subject to appropriate planning permission, together with a double size garage/workshop which offers potential to run a cottage business from it.   

On the market with Balfours, agent Duncan Scobie enthuses: “Stone House is located within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  It’s a beauty which flows through to the property itself and the cottage garden which cocoons it.”

The house is well laid out with the entrance hall giving access to the kitchen, two reception rooms, the study and utility. The dining room, which has a wood burner, forms the earliest part of the house; while the lounge boasts an Inglenook fireplace with log burner. Thechimney breasts are features of the first floor to two of the bedrooms; the third bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, walk in wardrobe and shower room.

Duncan adds: “Picklescott has a vibrant community with the village hall and renowned Bottle and Glass being a part of that. Local primary schools and secondary schools are to be found in Longnor and Church Stretton.”

He continues: “This charming property has scope to update the kitchen and bathroom facilities, which offers bespoke choice to the new owners; we have reflected this in the guide price of £415,000.” For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 718801.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 16:03

Crisp Pick from Minsterley Orchard

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Balfours has launched to the market a modern and well equipped four bedroom home, with an adjoining building plot.

Situated on Horsebridge Road, at Minsterley, Orchard House is within walking distance of Minsterley’s local amenities, including primary school, village hall, church and a number of shops. Additional facilities are found in Pontesbury, including secondary school, while Shrewsbury is ten miles.

The property has an entrance hall three reception rooms, plus a conservatory. From the living room double doors open, both to the conservatory and to the dining room, extending space to create a wonderful house in which to entertain. While when cosying down a woodburner is flanked by windows to either side.

A light airy kitchen breakfast room benefits from direct links to the dining room and the utility. Beyond the oak staircase are four double bedrooms two are en-suite and there is a family bathroom. An insulated loft offers the opportunity of a games room, or additional living space.

Agent Scott Kemsley says: “Orchard House has location and space to its advantage. To this end beyond the landscaped gardens, planning permission has been granted for an additional dwelling, giving rise to many options to suit personal circumstances. The current house has its own double garage, complimented by a good sized workshop.

Balfours are marketing Orchard House with a guide price of £600,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Orchard House Living Room

Orchard House Kitchen

Orchard House Building Plot

Following an increase in demand over the past decade, many of Britain’s farmers and landowners have been gearing up to provide farm stay holiday accommodation. It has been widely reported that there is a demand for accommodation with a tangible link to the ‘real’ day-to-day workings of rural Britain, and on-farm lets are therefore becoming increasingly common. Though it is possible to be cynical about such marketing spiel, there are opportunities available for those that are interested.

There are a number of reasons why such an enterprise may make sense for businesses looking to diversify. A let could create a separate enterprise for family members to take charge, as a step on the ladder toward further responsibility. Alternatively, it could help to justify the renovation or conversion of disused assets.

A number of issues should be considered if businesses are looking at diversifying in this way, beginning with the marketability of the asset. It is important to assess the options on the market in the local area and consider if your proposal will sell; price is not the only factor. Creative farmers have gone one step further, using various objects from shepherd’s huts, through to a converted Sea King helicopter. 

Another point to consider – as for any new enterprise – is the additional pressure it will place on man hours. Such enterprises can be time-consuming and, consequently, some choose to partner with external cleaning or marketing providers, reducing the pressure, but also, the return. 

Holiday lettings are rated standard for the purposes of VAT. Depending on your business, it would be important to consider if you wanted such an enterprise to be run within a VAT registered business (allowing some limited VAT recovery but increasing the end price) or as a separate non-VAT registered business.

If assets are to be converted or created then the possible implications on future inheritance tax should be discussed with your advisors, likewise if it is possible that such assets may be sold.    

Finally, there is the question of business and personal privacy. We are fortunate to live in a part of the country which provides more space than most get to enjoy. If paying guests are to be welcomed onto a holding, then the implications in terms of practical day-to-day working, and the privacy of all, should be thought through.

Holiday accommodation is an enterprise that can work well for some but, as with all investments, it is important that professional advice be sought before decisions are made.

Jack Cooper is a land agent with Balfours, based in New Windsor House in Oxon, Shrewsbury, and can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you wish to discuss your farm holiday accommodation plans.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 16:37

Opportunity to live the dream

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Nearly five acres is available with a charming three bedroom farmhouse with a guide price of £405,000.

Bryn Y Celyn is on the market with Balfours and includes stables outbuildings and planning permission for a two storey extension. The property is located in an idyllic setting of the Welsh Marches at Abermule, some six miles from Montgomery and Newtown. Shrewsbury is 27 miles away.

Agent, Duncan Scobie, describes the property as “an opportunity to live the dream.” Bryn Y Celyn is situated in an elevated position with superb countryside views and surrounded by its own land. It is accessed via a private drive flanked by paddocks either side. Further paddocks are found to the front of the house.

The accommodation is well configured with the entrance hall giving access to the three reception rooms. From the dining room there is direct access to the kitchen breakfast room. To the other side of the hallway are the living room with traditional fireplace and the study; at the rear of the house is a downstairs cloakroom and the utility which links back to the kitchen. The first floor provides three bedrooms, two with feature fireplaces and family bathroom. “While the property may be perfectly adequate there is planning permission for a two storey extension,” Duncan adds.

Outbuildings at Bryn Y Celyn include Hay store, loose boxes, barn and open fronted wainhouse. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Monday, 26 June 2017 12:10

Edwardian and contemporary harmony

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This impressive Edwardian town house blends together perfectly period features with top draw contemporary finish.

The location of, 21a Belmont, is within the town loop of the River Severn, ideal for a lifestyle embracing Shrewsbury’s assets including River and parkland walks, sports, shopping, commerce and culture. There is also an impressive matrix of private, state and adult education within walking distance.

The accommodation itself is over four floors, plus cellar and as a result is hugely versatile; it offers four bedrooms, plus an attic room. The welcome is to an entrance hall with period features including original mosaic quarry tile floor and detailed classic door architraves and archway.

The sitting room has a feature fireplace with hob grate and large bay window, on through and the dining room boasts a pot belly stove and tiled floor. French doors from the dining room to the terrace courtyard are inspirational to entertaining. Low key, or full on entertaining can be perfectly orchestrated from the adjacent kitchen with direct access to both terrace and dining room too. There is also a downstairs utility and wc off from the dining room.

The first floor currently comprises of a spacious drawing room together with a bedroom and bathroom plus additional separate wc. The drawing can however revert to a bedroom. On the second floor there is a master bedroom with en-suite facilities and fitted wardrobe and the third bedroom.

On the market with Balfours with a guide price of £580,000, head of sales Alistair Hilton comments: “The property is beautifully presented, the rooms are interchangeable, offering the opportunity to substitute the first floor reception room as a bedroom, or any bedroom as a large study.” The property also benefits from a garage and delightful, low maintenance courtyard garden.

For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.


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21a Belmont Garden

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21a Belmont Dining Room

Friday, 23 June 2017 16:23

Timber framed character in heart of village

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One of Minsterley’s most picture perfect timber framed houses has been launched to the market by Scott Kemsley of Balfours.

The four bedroom grade II listed home comes with garden and a large barn providing garaging and significant internal space.

Says Scott: “Brook House is a gem of a property which dates back to the 17th century and has been thoughtfully and extensively restored optimising wonderful period features, whilst ensuring lifestyle comforts. It is also situated in the heart of the village within walking distance to the primary school, village store, public house and petrol station.”

The ground floor comprises three reception rooms - a bespoke kitchen diner, utility and cloak room and bathroom. On the first floor the master bedroom benefits from en-suite facilities, while fitted wardrobes feature in one of the three other bedrooms.

“Among Brook House’s period features are an inglenook fireplace, oak floorboards and exposed studwork and beams. A very precious bit of heritage is to be found in the dining room, which has a naïve painting showing,” Scott adds.

Outside, in addition to the barn, there is a large garden and parking for up to five cars. Pontesbury is just 1.5 miles, while Shrewsbury and Telford are 10 and 24 miles respectively. Brook House is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £340,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Brook House garden terrace

Brook House Kitchen

Brook House Sitting Room


Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:10

New two and three bedroom homes launched

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The anticipated latest phase of the popular Orchid Meadows development at Minsterley is launched to the market by Balfours this week. Four two bedroom and eight three bedroom new homes are now available within Orchid Meadows 29 new homes

Balfours agent, Scott Kemsley, says: “These are beautifully presented properties opening up a fabulous opportunity, to live in the popular village of Minsterley where there is a full complement of services including primary school, plus secondary school in neighbouring Pontesbury. Shrewsbury is less than ten miles away, with easy links to the bypass and trunk roads to the Midlands and the north.”

Built by Clutton Homes, the semi-detached two bedroom “Bolton” design provides two spacious reception rooms on the ground floor, namely the lounge and kitchen dining room. There is also a ground floor wc. "People today want spacious, near open plan living – the Bolton home achieves that for a two bedroom home with each room being more than four metres by four metres,” says Scott.

The three bedroom “Lancaster” design achieves the same principle of spacious living with the lounge offering more than 20 square metres of space. On the first floor, there is the added bonus that the master room is en-suite, still leaving only two rooms to share the family bathroom.

Scott adds: “We are thrilled to be marketing the Clutton Homes, where quality modern fittings and craftsmanship achieve a contemporary fresh finish.”

Balfours are marketing the two and three bedroom homes with a price guide of £145,000 to £170,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.




Tuesday, 20 June 2017 10:25

Mint finish accomplished

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Mint presentation and mint condition - 1 Minton Court is aptly named. This outstanding new build, five bedroom home is found south west Shrewsbury, in St Andrew’s Road, walking distance from Radbrook Green shops.

On the market with Balfours, head of sales, Alistair Hilton enthuses: “1 Minton Court represents an exceptionally high standard of 21st century smart fittings, from CCTV and alarm system, to underfloor heating, Sky and a standalone rainwater harvesting system.  The approach is fresh too, with Danish timber aluminium-clad windows sealed with Danish timber.”

Internally the property achieves wow factor with a contemporary finish to fixtures and fittings. The kitchen successfully blends sleek with dynamic to provide a spacious area for making family meals feel special. There is no compromise within the three bathrooms, two en-suite and the family bathroom, design and craftsmanship speak for themselves.

There are four bedrooms on the first floor, one en-suite with fitted wardrobes, plus a family bathroom. The second floor provides a spacious dedicated whole floor suite, with large bedroom en-suite bathroom and walk-in dressing room, which could be a second study or mini gym.

Returning to the ground floor, a generous entrance hall provides access to four reception rooms, the sitting room and dining room each benefitting from French doors to the terrace and landscaped garden.

Alistair adds: “We are delighted to be marketing 1 Minton Court, it is so well presented it cannot fail to impress. Its’ proximity, just over two miles from Shrewsbury town centre, places it in a hugely sought after area. The location is within minutes of Shrewsbury’s bypass network and comes with a double garage and visitor parking.”

Balfours are marketing 1 Minton Court with a guide price of£565,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Minton Kitchen

Minton Lounge

Minton Bedroom

Friday, 16 June 2017 16:31

Tide of change after half a century

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The Boat House, a captivating three bedroom home, is launched to the market for the first time in half a century.

It is situated on the edge of Wroxeter village, in a secluded spot, with stunning outlooks to the River Severn found at the bottom of the garden. The entrance to The Boat House is opposite St Andrew’s Church in the village, a handsome drive sets the scene.

This pretty property with a mop hat roof provides two reception rooms, each with bay window views out to the River Severn. The entrance hall boasts parquet flooring and glazing to two aspects. There is a cloakroom off and stairs to the three bedrooms on the first floor, together with a family bathroom. The fitted kitchen includes integrated appliances, an abundance of storage in the walk in pantry and is located adjacent to the dining room.

“You can’t fail to be wooed by the idyllic location of which The Boat House is a part,” says Duncan. Wroxeter, formerly called Vericonium was the fourth largest city in Roman Britain, “they obviously had an eye for location,” Duncan says adding that Shrewsbury and Much Wenlock are just six and seven miles, while Telford and the M54 are ten miles.”

The Boat House comes with a large garden including greenhouse, ample parking and a three bay garage with terrace top.

There is also the possibility to fish from the River bank of The Boat House, marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £500,000. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Boat House River Severn

Boat House Garage and Driveway

Boat House Dining Room

Thursday, 15 June 2017 14:56

Development site for 25 homes on the market

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A rural village development site, with outline planning for 25 homes is on the market at £875,000.

Set in the heart of Tilstock village, two and a half miles from Whitchurch and within commuting distance of the major road network north and to the midlands, together with the county towns of Shrewsbury, Chester and Stafford. The area provides an excellent network of amenities including schools and shops.

Head of sales, Alistair Hilton of Balfours, says: “The development which extends to more than a hectare is found to the rear of the vicarage, in a good location with village life, including primary school, public house and Church all being in walking distance, as is open countryside.

“Outline planning is well designed, achieving National Policy Planning Framework and incorporating an excellent mix of two three and four bedroom homes, including four affordable homes. Garden space and off road parking is included for each dwelling, combined with generous open spaces, resulting in a well-thought-out and desirable development.”

For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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