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Tuesday, 07 June 2016 00:00

Spectacular views with opportunity to extend

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Spectacular elevated views across open Shropshire countryside are within the gift of Dunsmore’s vantage point on Grinshill, north of Shrewsbury.

This stunning property, on the market with Balfours, offers landscaped gardens with a natural woodland area and paddock. Dunsmore currently provides 362 square metres of living space; however it comes with planning permission to extend.

There are currently four reception rooms and four bedrooms on the first floor. The master bedroom has en-suite facilities, while a family bathroom services the remaining rooms.. The master room has a balcony to the panoramic views and two more rooms have Juliet balconies. There is also a ground floor bedroom with en-suite facilities and the option for separate living and access.  

Agent, Clemmie Daborn of Balfours says: “Grinshill is a much sought after country village location, within easy distance of Shrewsbury and Telford. Architects proposed drawings of Dunsmore present an exciting opportunity for the purchaser to create the home of their dreams.”

The plot with paddock and grounds extends to 1.84 acres, with the added attraction of planning permission to extend and modify. Dunsmore is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £850,000. For more information call Clemmie Daborn on 01743 353511 .

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Thursday, 02 June 2016 00:00

Country life perfection with good road links

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Imagine stepping out of bed in the morning, flinging back the French doors and taking a dip in your very own swimming pool:  En-suite-swimming doesn’t get much better than that! And after a refreshing dip it can be down to the stables.

The master bedroom is part of the more recent conversions made at Greenfields Barn, the original work having been undertaken in the 1970s to this picturesque property just outside Hodnet and almost equal distance, 15 miles each way to Shrewsbury and Telford.

Returning to the dream the spacious master-suite enjoys access to the swimming pool area. A feature of this house is that rooms are of good proportions, which in total offer more than 4,000 square feet of living space.

The kitchen living space is no exception and it too has French doors, this time from the breakfast area to the terrace.  The ground floor provides three reception rooms, plus the sunroom, a study and an additional bedroom. Service rooms include boot room, pantry, utility and cloakroom. The first floor offers a further three bedrooms, two en-suite and the third having use of the family bathroom.

Outdoor spaces comprise of gardens, two acre orchard, summer house, four acre paddock, stables, barn and dog kennels; in short all required for a thoroughly convivial country-life, plus of course the swimming pool!

Greenfields Barn is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £765,000 for more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511 .

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Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

Individual corner plot in popular location

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An individually designed four bedroom house in Shrewsbury’s popular residential location at Copthorne has been launched to the market.

2a Westlands Road is situated in a corner plot and boasts space light and storage as key drivers. Ground floor accommodation includes living room with glazing at both ends, kitchen with adjacent dining room enjoying outlooks and access to the garden. There is also a utility, cloakroom and workshop, plus single garage.

The master bedroom offers en-suite facilities and sumptuous storage space. There are two additional double bedrooms with built in wardrobes, plus a single bedroom.

Agent, Alistair Hilton of Balfours Property Professionals, says: “This is an individually designed property with the benefit of a generous private garden. Add to this its prized location in the heart of the Copthorne district, with local shops and amenities within walking distance.

“The historic county town of Shrewsbury is just two miles, which is either a pleasant walk, or five minutes in the car; there is also good public transport. Ultimately a very convenient location with a fabulous corner situation,” he adds.

2a Westlands Road is marketed with a guide price of £350,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511. Please click here for further details.

 

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:00

An evening of art

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Balfours held a drinks evening at Willow Gallery in Oswestry recently (19.5.16) where staff and guests were treated to a private gallery viewing.

Pictured from left Balfours’ staff, Craig Varley, business manager; Charlotte George, lettings; Abigail Barker residential office manager and John Scorer, guest.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:00

Curtain up on sale of Elizabethan mansion

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A landmark site in the historic market town of Nantwich has been launched to the market. Built when Shakespeare was just 13 years old, in 1577, Churche’s Mansion is a stunning half-timbered Elizabethan mansion, with enchanting diamond lead windows.

As the world marks the four hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this stage is marketed with a guide price of £1.1 million. The oak boards – and stone floors extend 3,500 square feet providing commercial space, a four bedroomed apartment, walled garden and extensive parking.

Head of sales at Balfours, Tim Main says: “This is a fascinating property with unique opportunity - the commercial space was previously an award winning restaurant. Churche’s Mansion was built in 1577, by a wealthy local businessman as his family home; it is a rare surviving merchant’s house, with many original features. Its most recent use was for the sale of antique furniture.”

“For an entrepreneur seeking to lift the curtains on a business where the objective is to impress and fascinate with a memorable backdrop to the experience, then Churches’ Mansion has to be considered. This property’s pedigree speaks for itself, within its historic track record is an era as an award winning restaurant and more recently as one of the best 50 antique shops in the UK; as named by the Independent,” Tim adds.

The stunning ground floor rooms include the dining room, the long oak panelled room and the timber framed front room. The dining room is central and would have originally been known as The Great Hall, used for entertaining, while the long oak room was the “withdrawing room” –for the ladies, after the great feast.

Meanwhile on the opposite side of the dining room the timber framed room was once known as the Buttery, butt being the early word for a barrel. This was the service room, filled with dried goods, many would have been stored in barrels or casks to supply the kitchen, plus barrels of mead, beer and wine. And so the household office in charge of the Butter became known as the Butler.

Much more than a landmark, Churche’s Mansion is a wealth of original 400 year old intrigue, among its stage acts are a delightful walled garden and an apartment where the light shines bright, ready for a new performance in the 21st century.

For more information call Tim Main at Balfours on 01743 353511 . Please click here for further details.

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:00

Grade II listed property of the moment

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Centuries old and of the moment; that is the grade II listed town centre apartment, Five Grope Lane.

Situated in Shropshire’s county town, 5 Grope Lane, Shrewsbury, offers four bedrooms and living accommodation capable of being separated into two apartments.  This fascinating property offers an entrance hall, open plan kitchen, open plan dining/sitting room. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms, one en-suite and two staircases. A study and a cellar are also part of the package.

Agent Alistair Hilton, Balfours town sales manager, says: “This is a very unique property with stunning features, mixed with modern design and luxurious functionality. Its proximity within Shrewsbury’s town centre places all life’s needs within convenient reach. These include train station, shops, restaurants and schools all within walking distance. And of course the fabulous River walks, plus Shewsbury’s Quarry. “

5 Grope Lane is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £395,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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A farmhouse and 35 acres located in one of South Shropshire’s most beautiful valleys and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been launched to the market by Balfours.

Ley Hill Farm, Cardington, is a well presented farmhouse with a one bedroom annex and substantial outbuildings. The farmhouse, as currently configured, comprises of entrance porch and large reception hall, with three reception rooms off – each is spacious and commanding stunning views or outlooks.

The kitchen is directly linked to the dining room, there is also a utility and wc. On the first floor three double bedrooms, each has its own en-suite, while the fourth bedroom benefits from a separate bathroom.

Tim Main, head of sales at Balfours says: “This is a tremendous package; there is a single bedroom annex with potential to extend into one of the two double garages. In addition there are two modern farm building extending 45 feet by 90 feet each  and offering tremendous structure for a host of uses, from American stables, livestock yards to storage.  A traditional stone barn is also part of the package.”

Alongside the outbuildings are a caravan park and campsite facility, incorporating showers, toilets, sauna and exercise room. The majority of the land is used for grazing livestock, with the remainder enjoyed by touring visitors. Says Mr Main: “South Shropshire is a hugely popular area with tourists and enhanced by the local pubs and restaurants. Whether the vendor is seeking a family home with added country life, or a business base Ley Hill Farm is of great merit.”

Ley Hill Farm is situated five miles from Church Stretton, with Shrewsbury and Ludlow less than 20 miles away. It is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £850,000. For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511.

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Plans to exempt small development sites, of less than ten residential units, from affordable housing charges are potentially back on the table. The decision has received a cautious welcome in Shropshire from a leading agent.

The latest change is the result of the Court of Appeal’s decision, this month, to back the Government removing affordable housing contributions from residential sites of less than ten units.

Tim Main, head of sales at Balfours, is carefully optimistic: “This is a good decision for landowners seeking to market or develop plots of ten homes or less in the future. It paves the way for more housebuilding on smaller sites and that will get homes built more easily.

The government has issued a statement in which they state that the appeal decision has restored the government’s policy concerning affordable housing contributions, however as yet the planning policy guidance has not be updated, which is likely to cause uncertainty and further delays, both to those wanting to progress a development and for homes on much needed new small development sites.”

The ruling is the result of the Government’s appeal, challenging last year’s court ruling; namely that the Government could not remove the right of Councils to charge these levies. Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis branded the case “a total waste of taxpayers’ money and the uncertainty the case created amongst housebuilders stalled new development from coming through.”

Mr Lewis says: “I hope councils focus their time and money on delivering the front line service that their residents rely on and helping support new housebuilding in their areas that is very much needed.”

In the case of Shropshire Council it has opted to adopt a policy charging affordable housing contributions, on smaller plots, which would now appear to be contrary to the government’s policy. Mr Main adds: “We will need to wait to see what weight councils give the new policy in their decision making process

“Ultimately for landowners this could be a significant change and brings us back to the Government statement of 2014 – which should be good news and could save landowners seeking to develop and market small plots tens of thousands of pounds.”

Mr Main highlighted one Shropshire site he had visited this week with potential for six new homes, where the ruling could save the landowner some £100,000 in affordable housing levy; a significant uplift potentially making such a development a commercial reality.

Friday, 13 May 2016 00:00

Rural, spacious and gorgeous views

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A farmhouse with three double bedrooms is to let with Balfours. Llys Farmhouse is situated on the outskirts of Llanfechain, and just three miles from Llansantffraid which offers a primary school and other local services.

The property provides a traditional large farmhouse kitchen/diner with Rayburn and pantry. An inner hallway leads to the sitting room and downstairs bathroom. There are three double bedrooms and a boot room. Central heating is oil fired.

Llys Farmhouse benefits from far reaching views over the surrounding countryside. There is a lawned garden and ample parking. Llys Farmhouse is offered at £700 pcm, for more information call Charlotte George on 01743 277069.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016 00:00

Heritage retreat for every mood

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The perfect blend of heritage and contemporary design are on offer within walking distance, just north, of Shrewsbury town centre.

Portland Villa is a fine example of an Edwardian town house, located in the popular area of Mountfields, near Frankwell. It provides four bedrooms over two floors, with the master room being en-suite plus there is a luxurious family bathroom.

On the ground floor there are two reception rooms, each accessed from the entrance hall. The living room is a well-balanced room with bay window to the front. The dining room opens through to a charming garden style room, linking to the kitchen and through French doors to the garden. The kitchen itself is fitted with integrated fridges, dishwasher and SMEG oven.

Balfours town sales agent, Alistair Hilton, enthuses: “The current owners have been successful in combining heritage with contemporary. The house has many period architectural features, yet space and natural light are both maximised, while creating a variety of moods.”

The walled garden area is designed for maximum relaxation and effect with minimal gardening so that full use can be made of a built in outdoor day bed and hidden storage. A downstairs cloak, single garage and on street parking area are also part of the package. Portland Villa is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £399,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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