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Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00

Manorfields - horse happiness starts here

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A stunning and well-appointed equestrian facility with a four bedroom house has been launched to the market by Balfours.

Manorfields Farm is located at Great Lyth, five miles from Shropshire’s county town, Shrewsbury, it comes with 19 loose boxes and 6 wooden stables, two all weather arenas and 11 acres of paddocks within its £775,000 guide price. There is also the option to purchase a further 13 acres.

Agent, Scott Kemsley, comments: “This is a wonderful find for someone seeking to enjoy their horses and or run an equestrian business. It would suit a variety of disciplines, including competition yard, stud or livery. The location is an excellent fit too, with a wonderful network of hacking on quiet country lanes, plus good links to the major road network, being central to the UK.”

Manorfields house provides a spacious hall, three reception rooms, large kitchen breakfast room, utility and wc. First floor accommodation offers the master room with en-suite facilities and a spacious landing with access to three double bedrooms and family bathroom.

The text book designed and purpose built stables are of brick under a tiled room, set in a U shaped yard and incorporating dedicated tack and fodder rooms. The 11 acres of picturesque pasture are well fenced with mature trees for shade.

Scott adds: “This is a fabulous opportunity to pick up the reins of a very well appointed yard with all facilities to hand, including potential planning for a one bedroom groom’s apartment.”

For more information call Scott Kemsley at Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00

Harmonising period roots with 21st century

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This two bedroom terraced house positively sings happiness harmonising its period roots with the 21st century.

Located in the popular Belle Vue area, in the quiet residential Bynner Street, number 17 is within easy walking distance of Shrewsbury town centre and with local primary school close by too.

The dining room leads off the entrance hall and boasts and open fireplace; as with all rooms the dining room is well proportioned with heigh ceilings. An open fireplace provides a focal point for cosy evenings, while the room is bathed in light from the large window.

Also accessed from the hallway is the well-proportioned living room, also with open fireplace. French doors offer access to the south facing garden. The kitchen is accessed off the living room through a character archway, providing semi open plan and offering an excellent space for entertaining.

On the first floor, there are two bedrooms and a bathroom, with bath and shower. Accommodation does not stop there almost untouched there is a cellar currently used for storage and the attic spans the whole of the upstairs footprint, subject to planning would make an excellent additional room.

Balfours town sales manager, Alistair Hilton, comments: “This really is a very well presented house, which has further potential too. The garden is south facing and is an open canvas for the next resident of Number 17 Bynner Street to enjoy.”

17 Bynner Street is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £195,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00

Property Portal Alerts Sharpen Property Market

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Alerts and Notifications from property portalsare enabling house hunters to act with speed, as they receive alerts directly to mobile devices; the result is new property to the market really is “hot property.”

The first country cottage of the year to be launched to the market by Balfours received its first viewing request within 30 minutes and the viewing was undertaken within 24 hours. Alerts targeted by the agent to registered applicants yielded two further enquiries in a similar timescale. 

Head of sales at Balfours, Tim Main, explains: “Last year’s trend, that properties fresh to the market received good early interest is running on into 2017; even in the traditionally quieter month of January. We have a good list of registered applicants and as a result buyers are often being found very quickly. Indeed some of the best deals are achieved from early viewings, rather than hanging on.”

Changing buyer habits in the electronic age is reflected in the main property portals, such as Right Move which reports just over half its activity from mobile devices such as phones and tablets. It is a pattern seen within Balfours own website too, indicating buyers want quick and immediate communication when they are house hunting.

That is exactly how it was for a West Shropshire country cottage, Southview at Hemford, near Minsterley. The modernised cottage comes with fabulous views, ponds, woodland and three/four bedrooms and a guide price of £500,000.

Tim adds: “There is no doubt the early bird gets the worm. If buyers see a property which appeals to them, then they want to act fast and today’s electronic devices, together with our targeted alert system to registered buyers, enables them to do exactly that. Buyers should however keep in touch with the relevant estate agents as some properties do not make it to a formal public launch on the property portals.”


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Pictured: South View House, Hemford, near Minsterley

Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

New build last chance

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The last opportunity to secure a new build in the stunning Column House Gardens development is being marketed by Balfours Property Professionals on behalf of “Homes by Morris.”

Number  Two, Column House Gardens is one of ten fine four bedroom terrace homes  located at Preston Street, Shrewsbury, in a well established and sought after residential area, close to Shrewsbury’s landmark Lord Hill Column. While the development is private and approached through a gated entrance, Shrewsbury bypass road network to the Midlands is just minutes away.  With Shrewsbury town centre less than two miles away there is a wide selection of public and private schools nearby.

Agent, Alistair Hilton, of Balfours enthuses: “This is a superb and very unique development. The family homes are built to an exceptional finish – this is the sort of home that even if you weren’t looking to move, you could easily be tempted to consider. Number Two comprises of lounge, open plan kitchen dinner, living room and cloakroom on the ground floor.

First floor accommodation offers an en-suite guest room, two further bedrooms and the family bathroom, while on the second floor is a lusciously spacious master bedroom with en-suite facilities. Private parking allocation is provided and shared garden, perfect for those who would prefer to be enjoying leisure time indulging in golf, rowing, walking or the many other activities Shrewsbury has to offer.

Alistair adds: “The kitchen has granite worktops and the buyer has the opportunity to select from a range of Ellis kitchen options. Bathrooms are fitted with Vitra sanitary ware, there are dual control towel rails and dual shower heads; in short fittings are impressive.” Number Two is marketed with a guide price of £395,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.


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Be it large or small - keeping an agreed sale on the move is key to the success of the Balfours’ team at The Square, Shrewsbury.

Recent sales completed this year include 10 Tudor Gate, Copthorne, Shrewsbury, a six bedroom, new executive home on the market at £550,000 to Maypole Bank, Kenley, a derelict barn for conversion with planning permission for a four bedroom home, marketed with a guide of £200,000.

Head of sales at Balfours, Tim Main, says, “It is important to realise that a sale is not done until it is completed. Vendors tend to think that once a buyer has put in an offer they are virtually sold, but that is not the case. This is where the hard work really begins.”

Mr Main adds: “We work with the vendor every step of the way, to progress the sale, nudging solicitors and follow up any stumbling blocks to ensure progress is made. During the last boom in 2007 conveyancing was regularly coasting through in six weeks. Today it is taking significantly longer, we see it as part of our job to ensure that the sale progresses from agreed to exchanged and completed as quickly as possible.

“The danger is that if a sale does not progress and is delayed the buyer may change their mind for a number of reasons, from finding something else to a change in personal circumstances, pulling out to leave the vendor right back at the start. We look to steer sales to completion, with keys handed over and money in the bank and that is why every sale is followed and closely monitored,” he adds.

End of year completions include: Sycamore Cottage, a modern cottage seven miles south of Shrewsbury, with three en-suite bedrooms, launched to the market in September with a guide price of £495,000. The sale was also completed on Lostford Manor Stables, which provided 21 stables, ten acres and planning for a three bedroom home, marketed with a guide of £375,000.


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Thursday, 12 January 2017 00:00

Farmland to let near Chirbury

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A rare opportunity for rental land on the Rorrington Estate, Chirbury has become available – to be let by informal Tender on an initial 5 year Farm Business Tenancy.

Tenders to be submitted no later than noon on Friday 10th February to Balfours LLP, New Windsor House, Oxon Business Park, Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury, SY3 5HJ.

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Friday, 06 January 2017 00:00

Barn with en-suites for all

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A grade II listed barn conversion, with cartloads of character has been launched to the market.

Meadow View Barn has lent itself to conversion, presenting four en-suite double bedrooms, including one on the ground floor. Located in the hamlet of Eardiston, one and a half miles from West Felton, the barn is well placed for commuting to Oswestry and Shrewsbury, being six and 13 miles respectively. It is also highly accessible to the A5 to the Midlands and the north.

Agent Duncan Scobie, of Balfours comments: “This is a very well presented property with a wonderfully spacious feature kitchen breakfast room with steps leading down from the dining room, large central island and a range cooker, with feature mantle over. A sloping ceiling and oval owl window add further character to the room. And for alfresco dining there are doors opening to outside.”

Next door is the dining room, offering a roomy 40 square metres, similar sizing to the kitchen. Across the inner hall are a snug, come study and a large sitting room with French doors to the garden.

Across the hallway is the ground floor bedroom with en-suite shower room, while on the first floor each of the three bedrooms has its own en-suite with additional walk in storage featuring in the master room.

Outside and attached to the main barn are three garages, plus an office. As the name suggests, Meadow View Barn, overlooks fields and benefits from both large parking area and gardens. The property is marketed with a guide price of £525,000 for more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 05 January 2017 00:00

New Year, new challenge, build your own home

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If your New Year’s resolution includes finding the perfect home, this might be the opportunity you are seeking.

A building plot with full planning permission for a contemporary three bedroom home, situated ten miles north of Shrewsbury has been launched to the market. The plot at Kinton Grange, in the pretty hamlet of Kinton, near Nesscliffe, provides planning for a house extending 250 square metres.

Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours says, “Individual plots in such a great location don’t present themselves very often. Floorplans have been drawn up for a contemporary design arranged over two floors. It promises to be very special with the architect’s design including a spacious balcony enjoying views across to Briedden Hill and Rodney’s Pillar.”

Ground floor accommodation will provide hallway, wc, through lounge, kitchen, dining room, snug and playroom, plus utility. There is also an integral double garage planned with office and store above. The plot provides for garden to the front and rear, plus a new access drive constructed to service the property together with Kinton Grange.

Duncan adds: “The plot and permission provides a fantastic opportunity for the owner to put their own personal stamp on the property, fixtures and fittings, from doors to bathrooms and of course the all-important kitchen.”

Balfours are marketing the plot at Kinton with a guide price of £125,000, for more information call 01743 353511.

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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 00:00

Stone cottage in need of TLC or more..

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A rare opportunity to extend and refurbish, or rebuild a charming country cottage, near Bridgnorth has been launched to the market by Balfours.

69 Lower Shirlett, is situated in an idyllic location, well off the beaten track, yet only five miles from both Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth. The property includes garden and paddocks extending to four acres, with an additional four acres available by separate negotiation. Head of sales at Balfours, Tim Main says: “The property is one of those rare and tucked away opportunities to shape and design a country cottage for 21st century living, subject to planning.”

As it currently stands Lower Shirlett is of stone build, offering some 83 square metres of living space, with a kitchen, dining room, living room and ground floor bathroom. There are two bedrooms on the first floor and two outbuildings adjoining the cottage.

Shirlett is a hamlet situated five miles from both Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth, with Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury some 20 miles away. The additional 4.2 acres available sits adjacent complementing the property’s position.

69 Lower Shirlett, which is located centrally to its four acres, is marketed with a guide of £230,000. For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 22 December 2016 00:00

End of year positive residential market

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The number of applicants seeking to buy houses has doubled for Balfours compared to the same period last year.

One year on from the company’s move of its residential department to The Square, Shrewsbury, head of sales, Tim Main is delighted with the increase in applicants. He says: “Despite the political turbulence in the UK and across the globe we have seen an increase in house hunters.

“Currently we have double the number of applicants looking to purchase, compared to the same time last year. Furthermore prices in some residential sectors have seen an increase, while others have held firm with no downward trend. Quality properties are attracting serious buyers. ”

Two properties recently sold are Sycamore Cottage, a modern cottage seven miles south of Shrewsbury, with three en-suite bedrooms, launched to the market in September with a guide price of £495,000. The sale was also completed on Lostford Manor Stables, which provided 21 stables, ten acres and planning for a three bedroom home, marketed with a guide of £375,000.

Looking forward to early 2017 with prospective clients eagerly awaiting their dream home, Mr Main says that if there is a weakness it is in the number of properties available. “We hope to see more properties coming to the market after the Christmas break, rather than waiting for the spring surge.

“If a prospective vendor has made the decision is to sell, then I believe it is best to put that decision into action. To-date Brexit has not troubled the housing market and at present the indicators are that this will remain the case for the early part of 2017.”


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Pictured: Sycamore Cottage

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