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Monday, 05 September 2016 00:00

Home vendors urged to optimise autumn harvest

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Shropshire home owners are reassured that despite the pressure from Brexit on housebuilders and the housing market, this summer has revealed “business as usual,” according to one of the county’s leading estate agents.

Tim Main, head of sales at Balfours estate agency, says the market has been significantly stronger this year to-date, than in the last few years. He continues: “Our sales data shows the activity pattern for 2016 has totally mirrored the last few years, with Brexit having very little influence on sales.”

Mr Main adds: “Throughout the summer and especially during August we have had a steady stream of applicants registering with us because they are keen to buy in the area; furthermore they have the funding to do so.

“Significantly it is the fresh supply of houses coming to the open market that is not keeping up with demand.  Certainly, the current level of activity from prospective buyers should lead to a positive experience for vendors looking to bring their house to the market this autumn,” he adds.

Recent activity for Balfours includes the exchange of contracts on Chilton Cottage, a three bedroom cottage with an annex, situated near Atcham and with River frontage. It was marketed with a guide price of £495,000.A five bedroom house - Breidden View - in North West Shropshire also exchanged in late August for a similar guide price.

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 00:00

Georgian home – all on ground floor

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A stunning Georgian House, ground floor, two bedroom apartment has been launched to the market with a guide price of £375,000.

Apartment 1, The Woodlands, is located in the popular area of Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, a short walk from the town centre. On the market with Balfours, town sales manager, Alistair Hilton says: “This is an exceptionally spacious apartment – which is likely to suit an individual or couple who don’t need lots of rooms, but cannot compromise on space and character; The Woodlands offers both in abundance.”

The property offers an impressive communal hallway with beautiful tiled floor, following through to the Apartment’s entrance hall. From here double doors lead to the magnificent lounge with many character features intact, including exquisite marble fireplace, sash glazing within a large bay window, high ceilings with coving and deep skirting boards.

The hallway also gives access to the luxurious fitted kitchen diner complete with kitchen island and a comprehensive range of fitted cupboards incorporating stainless steel electricals. A cloakroom is to be found off the entrance hall, while two bedrooms share a large bathroom with bath and shower.

Alistair adds: “This is a very well presented property it offers both private and communal gardens, together with a double garage. Its’ proximity to Shrewsbury town centre and to the network of roads to the Midlands and the North make it a very appealing proposition.”

For more information call Alistair on 01743 353511 .

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Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:00

Home of distinction at Old Meadow

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Panoramic views across some of Shrewsbury’s iconic landmarks are among the wow factors of a new build four/five bedroom town house.

Finished to the highest standard and design Number 33 The Old Meadow provides an entrance hall leading through to the kitchen diner with French doors to a patio terrace maximising the views over the communal garden to the River Severn beyond. The ground floor also provides an integral garage, with utility and a cloakroom.

The master room and second bedroom on the first floor each have balconies and fitted wardrobes; while the second floor provides a second en-suite bedroom, a family bathroom and two additional bedrooms, one of which could easily adapt to be a study. 

Full advantage of the views is taken from the spacious third floor living room where two roof terraces offer the opportunity to watch the sunrise and the sunset. Agent, Alistair Hilton, Balfours town sales manager says: “This is a superb opportunity to tap into a home of luxurious convenience, both internally and externally.

“Located in Abbey Foregate, the town centre is hardly a five minute walk, with services, including schools, professional offices and of course Shrewsbury’s growing reputation as a county town with a great array of independent shops and fabulous eateries. If you have to travel out the railway station is also a short walk.”

33 The Old Meadow is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £500,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:00

Country views with easy commute

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Four bedrooms and two garden areas are on offer in pretty countryside seven miles from Telford and 15 miles from Shrewsbury, is situated within walking distance of the Preston upon Weald Moors village centre.

18 Weald Moors Park is found within the peaceful and private grounds of a Grade I listed mansion and boasts wonderful views across the fields from its south facing aspect. A link detached house with integral double garage.

Accommodation provides a large sitting room with stunning stone fireplace, balanced with windows to each side; double doors provide access to the dining room which in turn opens to the garden.  The study has tri access, from the hallway and an external door, plus the added benefit of French doors to the garden.

The garden comes in two distinct areas, the landscaped terrace garden and beyond a pretty wicket gate with arch is another world – either a super grass playground for football, putting or other sport – alternatively an open palette for garden design.

The kitchen breakfast room has glazing to two aspects and benefits from an adjacent utility room.  On the first floor the master bedroom enjoys a dressing room and en-suite bathroom, while three other bedrooms share the family bathroom.

Says Scott Kemsley, of agent Balfours:  “This is a well thought out property with wonderful outlooks to open countryside from the landscaped gardens. It is quite a unique property in a sought after rural village; yet with the Midlands and Birmingham some 44 miles away.”

18 Weald Moors Park is marketed with a guide price of £425,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley at Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Weald Moors DINING

Weald Moors GARAGE

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Tuesday, 23 August 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 is 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 £340,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:00

Celebrating the Flower Show in style

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Celebrating the Flower Show in style, Balfours’ hosted a river trip on Sabrina riverboat for clients and guests. Charlotte George, Head of Lettings, says: “The weather was perfect for the launch from the Victoria Quay and we had a great trip on the loop of the Severn, with Sabrina filled to its’ 60 person capacity.


Pictured on Sabrina from left, Charlotte George, Head of Lettings; Alistair Hilton, Town Sales Manager; Ian Green, Sabrina Captain;  Tim Main, Head of Sales and Duncan Scobie, Sales.

Tuesday, 16 August 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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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 00:00

See the Flower Show in Full Bloom

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Take a cruise along the loop of the river Severn on The Sabrina riverboat and see the Flower Show in full bloom.

That is the invitation Shrewsbury based Balfours’ lettings and sales teams are putting out to landlords and home owners this week. Charlotte George, Head of Lettings, says: “We will be serving a glass of fizz to all aboard the Sabrina when we launch from the Victoria Quay, near the Welsh Bridge this Saturday afternoon, August 13.”

If you have a property to let or sell and would like to join the cruise, then call Charlotte on 01743 277069 to book your place.

Picturedsetting the mood for the Balfours river boat trip, from left, Charlotte George, Head of Lettings; Alistair Hilton, Town Sales Manager; Duncan Scobie, Sales and Tim Main, Head of Sales.



Shropshire Horticultural Society President, Robin Morris is pictured admiring the latest tribute to the town’s forthcoming Flower Show – three huge hand crafted sunflowers.


The sunflowers were commissioned by three long-established Shrewsbury businesses – Balfours Property Professionals, Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors and Morris & Company as a fitting display in honour of the Show. The structure with its cut out flower faces allows for posing for some suitably floral selfies and photos to get into the spirit of Shrewsbury’s famous summer event.

The sunflowers were created by family-run JDS Steelworks from Church Stretton who specialise in fabrication and bespoke items and who stepped up to the plate with the floral brief.

Robin Morris, chairman of Morris & Company commented: “We all felt this was a great way to begin our Flower Show celebrations setting the tone for the exquisite real blooms on display in a few days’ time inside the Show’s floral marquees. In my role as this year’s President of the Shropshire Horticultural Society, I am very much looking forward to welcoming devotees to the Show as well as many new visitors to marvel at the wonderful exhibits on display and the wealth of other activities and attractions which make our Show unique.”

In the meantime, the public are encouraged to come along and have some fun with the iron sunflowers located in The Square and treat themselves to free packs of sunflower seeds available from Balfours Estate Agents just behind the display.

Shrewsbury Museum and its popular Stop Café have welcomed the arrival of the distinctive sunflowers outside their front doors and will be ensuring safe night-time storage of the unique items.

Morris & Company is exhibiting at the Flower Show as are JDS Steelworks and Lanyon Bowdler are sponsors of the Grand Prix Show jumping on Saturday 13th.



Tuesday, 02 August 2016 00:00

Experienced Gardener South Herefordshire

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Gardens include areas of formal walled garden, orchard, greenhouses and lawns and mown areas and formal hedging, and swimming pool / tennis court.


  • Maintenance and upkeep of all garden areas including paths to a high standard including regular mowing, hedge cutting, topiary.
  • Greenhouses You will be responsible for the correct operation of the greenhouses so as to provide and maintain stock of plants and increase and bring on new plants and varieties as and when required including the provision of house plants.
  • Chemicals/Spraying You will be expected to carry out adequate measures of stock control and safe storage of all garden chemicals used in the garden and have knapsack spraying certificates NPTC, PA1 and PA6.
  • Machinery & Repairs You will be responsible for the routine maintenance and upkeep of the garden machinery and keep a full inventory of all garden equipment.
  • Regular Meetings You will be expected to attend regular meetings with the Owner/Agent.
  • Supervision of additional staff as and when necessary.

Practical Duties will include

  • Daily maintenance of Hot Tub & Pool
  • When required maintenance of Tennis Court
  • Occasional caretaking duties Potting
  • Crop Inspection
  • Topiary
  • Mowing
  • Crop and week spraying
  • Grading Watering
  • Pruning
  • Hedge Cutting
  • General Site Maintenance
  • Weeding
  • Propagation

Other Responsibilities will include

  • Achieving agreed work rates 
  • Record keeping
  • Ordering materials 
  • Efficient management of working routine 
  • The application of appropriate watering and heating systems for all plants within the greenhouses
  • Daily crop inspections 
  • Meetings with the owner
  • Reading appropriate literature 
  • Minor occasional domestic maintenance tasks 
  • Pest and disease control

The accommodation comprises: Cottage attached to main house. Kitchen, Sitting Room, 3 good-sized Bedrooms, Bathroom.


Contact Hereford Office 01981 570727

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