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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:06

Cottage with paddocks to let

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Outstanding views to the Shropshire Hills, paddocks and large gardens are all on offer within this newly renovated cottage available to let through Balfours.

Keld Cottage is found at Kenley, an idyllic hamlet, within easy commute of Much Wenlock, Shrewsbury, Telford and Bridgnorth. Sitting in landscaped gardens the two bedroom property perfectly combines character with contemporary convenience.

The accommodation comprises of breakfast kitchen with appliances, sitting room, dining room, garden room and cloakroom. On the first floor there are two bedrooms and a bathroom.

Head of Lettings at Balfours, Charlotte George, MARLA, says: “Keld Cottage has been renovated to the highest standards. Grade II listed, the cottage is cosy and will be economic to run thanks to double glazing, high insulation and biomass heating. What makes the package particularly special are the two paddocks totalling close to 2.5 acres. There is also a large garden and detached garage.”

Keld Cottage is available to let at £1000 per month.For more information and to arrange a viewing call Balfours lettings on 01743 277069.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:04

Equestrian properties – the choice is yours

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The unspoilt Shropshire countryside provides outstanding riding with many bridleways making for great hacking.  Leading equestrian research from BETA says there are an estimated 446,000 horse-owning households in the country. For those households Balfours currently has a superb range of properties with equestrian facilities, from large stable yards and former farms to country houses with annexed accommodation, swimming pools and the quintessential country cottage.

Manorfields is a dedicated equestrian centre with 25 stables nestled below Great Lyth, just five miles from Shropshire’s county town, Shrewsbury. It also comes with, a four bedroom house, two all-weather arenas and 11 acres of paddocks within its £675,000 guide price. There is also the option to purchase a further 13 acres.

Five bedroom Perkley House fits the family with horsey interests. It comes with two stables and two paddocks. Positioned to maximise the views it sits within the hamlet of Bourton Westwood, just a mile from Much Wenlock – and the Wenlock Edge, renowned for its stunning countryside and riding country. Part of the Perkley package is a two bedroom annex, garage, various sheds, marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £600,000.

Wonderful riding country is on the doorstep of Llanrech Farm, throughout the renowned Marches area including Offa’s Dyke. The farmhouse provides a character four bedroom home with a comprehensive range of outdoor facilities including stables, Dutch barn, and other outbuildings. The unspoilt character market towns of Montgomery and Bishops Castle are each only some seven miles away, with Shrewsbury and Ludlow some 20 miles.” LLanerch Farm is marketed with a guide price of £570,000.

Stables, swimming pool, fields and manege are among the assets of New Hall, in North Shropshire.

Dating back to the 15th century, this listed property, near Dudleston, Ellesmere, provides well-proportioned rooms over two floors extending to a vast 6,000 square feet. The property comprises of entrance hall with inner lobby accessing four reception rooms, three of which benefit from woodburning stoves. With land extending to 8.5 acres other features include three ponds, woodland and an orchard. New Hall is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £750,000.

The Thatched Cottage, Kenley, is a picture box property, both from outside and within. It is set in three acres incorporating paddocks and a large garden. Accommodation includes four bedrooms, three stables and four garages. Kenley hamlet has magnificent views to the Wenlock Edge, while the towns of Shrewsbury, Much Wenlock and Telford are each highly accessible with a guide price of £650,000.

Stables, barn and paddock are among the assets of four bedroom “Rosebank” at Minsterley, on the market with a guide price of £425,000. It comes with two and a half acres of garden and paddocks, plus stables and wonderful views of countryside, yet with Minsterley amenities in walking distance and Shrewsbury just ten miles. Fabulous hacking is to be found nearby within the Rea and Habberley Valleys. To find out more about any of these properties call Scott Kemsley or Duncan Scobie on Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:56

Georgian elegance and convenience

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A Georgian residence of fine proportions, built in the early part of the 1800s is on the market by Balfours. Four handsome reception rooms and six bedrooms offer a superb home within Shrewsbury’s popular Abbey Foregate, just a short walk from the town centre.

Number 124 is a listed building, initially recognised by its magnificent Grinshill stone frontage and deep sash windows. This town house has been restored to exacting standards maximising numerous period features. 

Agent, Alistair Hilton, of Balfours Property Professionals says: “The beauty of the Georgian design is that the rooms offer total flexibility. Three reception rooms share the same footprint on the ground, first and second floors each spanning a generous 5.5meters by 4.6 metres, with central fireplaces, high ceilings, balanced with extravagant skirting and cornice work.”

The whole is laid out over four floors with the kitchen breakfast room found on the lower ground floor, with service rooms including workshop, utility, wine cellar, coal cellar and main cellar. “There is fantastic potential within these rooms to create an eclectic mix of 19th and 21st centuries,” Alistair adds.

A charming walled court-yard and private garden are all part of the package, which is just a half a mile walk from the town centre. Here amenities of a thriving town are on hand including excellent options for education, shopping and business. 

124 Abbey Foregate is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £695,000. For more information call Alistair on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:52

Landlords’ energy efficiency and opportunity

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The countdown has started for landlords towards the introduction of new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – “MEES” – which is to be implemented on April 1 next year. MEES will require residential rental properties to achieve a minimum ‘E’ energy rating and will apply to new leases and renewals from April 2018.  

Head of Lettings at Balfours, Charlotte George, MARLA, explains: “The regulations mean that properties with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of F or G are classified as ‘sub-standard,’ exactly a year from now. From April 1, 2018, agents and landlords must not grant a lease on a sub-standard property. 

“We are encouraging all our landlords to be proactive to ensure that properties coming on the market meet the minimum MEES regulation requirements, within the 12 month time frame. Key to that is to understand how lease terms, break dates, renewals dates and planned refit periods fit within the MEES timetable.

“A vacating tenant gives opportunity to explore the potential of increasing rental and asset value through making energy efficiency improvements and combining these with other refit upgrades, while satisfying the new standards,” Charlotte adds.

For the past year, tenants living in private rental sector property with F and G rated homes have been able to request improvements, such as more insulation. The landlord has been legally bound to bring the property up to at least an E rating, although not if it requires upfront costs.

She concludes: “We are encouraging all our landlords to be aware as the MEES regulation will be further tightened in April 2020, when residential landlords must not continue to let out sub-standard property.” For more information call Charlotte George on 01743 277069.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 15:20

New build in village setting

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New and perfectly formed, the five bedroom “Felton” design executive home sits within the Tedsmore Grange development on the edge of West Felton.

Built to exacting standards by Dennis Edwards Homes and marketed with Balfours, detail includes attractive stone window lintels and a pretty open fronted porch. Underfloor heating achieves not only a cosy economically heated home, but opens up additional wall space, traditionally occupied by radiators.

Ground floor accommodation comprises of reception hall off which the cloakroom kitchen dining room and lounge are found. Double doors create a statement to the lounge, with good design maximising space, with a log burner central to two windows and French doors opening to the garden.

The kitchen diner is a wonderful open plan space full of natural light from four windows to three aspects.  It is fitted with a full range of high end units and electricals, while the adjacent utility has space for a washing machine and tumble dryer.  On the first floor there are two en-suite bedrooms with a further three bedrooms sharing the family bathroom.

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton, he says: “The Tedsmore Grange development is found in wonderful parkland setting with numerous green spaces, local shops, school and other facilities just a short walk, offering a fabulous village lifestyle, in a new home. The towns of Shrewsbury, Chester and Oswestry, are all within an easy commute – and a double garage is part of the package.”

The Felton is marketed with a guide price of £335,250, for more information call Alistair Hilton at Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Friday, 31 March 2017 10:07

Classic frontage cocoons contemporary appeal

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The best of both worlds is to be found in this classic double fronted period terrace house, which belies its internal presentation and contemporary appeal.

Number One St George’s Street is found in the quiet Mountfields area, near Frankwell. The town centre, the Quarry Park and River Severn – with glorious walks, are all close-by, plus a good selection of private and state schools within walking distance.

This period home makes no compromises on layout, from the reception hall the living room and dining room, are to either side, each with their traditional fireplaces and each with access to the kitchen breakfast room.

Wow factor is on the menu in the kitchen breakfast room: A central island provides both storage and worktop including the kitchen sink, while the cooker is recessed into the old fireplace. French doors to the patio provide a perfect outlook from the breakfast table – and of course on a sunny morning, croissants alfresco are only a step away on the patio.

Stairs ascend from the hall to three bedrooms, including one en-suite and a family bathroom. Beyond the patio is a garage. The A5 can be easily accessed, linking to the Midland’s road network; alternatively it is a short walk to the railway station with direct links to Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and London.

Number One is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £379,995, for more information call Alistair Hilton, head of sales at Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Friday, 31 March 2017 10:04

Assets and appeal of country contemporary

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Privacy, panoramic views and a swimming pool, pile on the appeal at Shotton Farm, near Halfway House. Key features don’t stop there. This four bedroom family home has a two bedroom guest or extended family annex, two acres, two offices with kitchenette and a double garage.

Located equi-distance, ten miles from Shrewsbury and Welshpool in the hamlet of Pecknall, Shotton Farm is found beyond a long private drive in an elevated position with fabulous views over the beautiful Breidden Hills and the Marches border country west of Shrewsbury.

Balfours agent Scott Kemsley, acknowledges: “This is a unique contemporary house, very well presented maximising its location. Both the kitchen breakfast room and the master bedroom maximise the views with 180 degree glazing. There are four reception rooms, plus reception hall, utility, pantry and freezer room. There is also a fabulous large snooker room.”

On the first floor two double rooms are en-suite and a further two bedrooms share the family bathroom. The annex comprises of hall, open plan living room with kitchenette, shower room and two bedrooms. Says Scott: “The total footprint at Shotton Farm, incorporating a double garage and two good sized offices account for 482 square metres.”

Balfours are marketing Shotton Farm with a guide price of £875,000, for more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 16:38

Two bedroom cottage no chain

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A truly traditional and unspoilt two bedroom cottage, set in nearly a quarter acre, is on the market with Balfours.

Holly Cottage is located less than 8 miles from the M6, in the pretty hamlet of Sugnall, under three miles from the popular market town of Eccleshall and some ten miles from Newport, Stafford and Market Drayton. Overlooking an unspoilt rural landscape, the property is accessed via a gravel driveway.

The dining, reception hall leads to the living room and kitchen.  The living room has a traditional fireplace. The kitchen is fitted with a good selection of storage cupboards and worktop; beyond is the utility which gives another useful space for storage and household services. There is also a brick garden store.

There are two first floor bedrooms, one has a pretty fireplace, both share a bathroom across the landing. Exposed internal timber framework and beams endorse this traditional cottage which is presented freshly decorated throughout.

Agent, Duncan Scobie, of Balfours says: “This is a fabulous cottage, both unspoilt and in a great location for anyone wishing to enjoy the countryside with wonderful rural walks, including Sugnall Walled Garden, close by; Yet with easy access to the motorway network and London via Stafford station.

Balfours are marketing Holly Cottage with a guide price of £225,000, with no upward chain. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 12:00

Prime location - prestigious apartment

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Prime location and refined living, best describe qualities of this one bedroom apartment within a Shrewsbury landmark listed building.

Number Six, Kingsland Bridge Mansions is located in a conservation area - within a short walk of Shrewsbury town centre – and even closer to the Quarry Park and River Severn. Accessed from the ground floor main Mansion entrance hall, the apartment also enjoys its own private hallway with all rooms off.

The main accommodation is a fabulous semi open plan set of rooms with the kitchen dining room divided by a gallery and two steps down to the sitting room area.

The living room is true to its architectural calibre with high ceilings, an abundance of natural light thanks to sash window and French doors to a charming balcony. From the balcony a wonderful vista reveals itself of the landscaped courtyard with lawns – a true sanctuary, but without the horticultural commitment in this shared space.

On the market with Balfours, head of sales, Alistair Hilton comments: “This is a prestigious and well-presented apartment, achieving a superb living space in the heart of the town. All amenities, from commerce to retail and from leisure to restaurants within walking distance, though the property does come with a parking space.

Six Kingsland Mansions is marketed with a guide price of £240,000, for more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 09:35

Lifestyle home and steading

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Seven and a half acres, of picturesque paddocks and garden surround Llanerch Farm, located some two miles from Church Stoke, near Hyssington a village nestled between Montgomery and Bishops Castle.

The four bedroom farmhouse provides a traditional farmhouse kitchen breakfast room with kitchen island and two oven Aga with combined central heating boiler. Ground floor space also incorporates a good sized entrance hall with cloakroom, dining room, living room and utility. Both the dining room and the living room have log burners, the dining room has French doors to the garden, while the living room has glazing to two aspects, ensuring an abundance of natural light.

The four bedrooms on the first floor are configured with one ensuite and a family bathroom. Outside there is a separate office, double garage, dutch barn and stables together with other outbuildings. The farmhouse is surrounded by mature gardens, with paddocks beyond.

Agent Scott Kemsley of Balfours, says: “This is a fabulous property and location for anyone who enjoys a rural lifestyle.  Wonderful walks and rides are on the doorstep throughout the renowned Marches area including Offa’s Dyke. Yet the unspoilt character market towns of Montgomery and Bishops Castle are each only some seven miles away, with Shrewsbury and Ludlow some 20 miles.”

LLanerch Farm is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £570,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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