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A property package to suit a raft of situations is to be found in the heart of North Shropshire countryside.

Five bedrooms are to be found in the family house at Little Sutton, while two units provide one and two bedroom living quarters, which could also adapt to office space. Four stables with storage space and a large yard with extensive potential complete the steading. The whole extends to six acres incorporating paddocks and landscaped grounds.

Located in Rednal, near West Felton, Little Sutton is four miles from the border town of Oswestry and 16 miles from Shrewsbury. Chester is also in easy striking distance just 30 miles north.

Joint agent, Clemmie Daborn, of Balfours, says:, “Little Sutton is a flexible and very well presented individual country residence. Features include sandstone and slate, topped with weather vane and coach clock which sits over the stables.  It is a peaceful and unspoilt rural setting where specimen trees enhance the paddocks.”

A pretty veranda skirts two aspects of the house and adds living space both to the kitchen and sitting room via separate French doors. Central to the house is the hallway leading to the main reception room, the kitchen, utility, study and downstairs cloakroom. The master bedroom has en-suite facilities while four further bedrooms share a large bathroom. The main house also has three carports.

Clemmie adds: “For those seeking to conduct a business from a family home Little Sutton offers tremendous scope, subject to necessary planning permission. Its location is within easy striking distance of major trunk roads to the North West and West Midlands and there is an excellent choice of schools within a ten mile radius.”

Little Sutton is marketed jointly by Balfours and Halls with a guide price of £725,000, for more information call Clemmie Daborn on 01743 353511.

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Little Sutton kitchen


Little Sutton aerial view




Spring at Four Seasonssees young bulbs and green shoots bursting into life, putting a fresh face on this five plus bedroom home.

The garden, which has been landscaped for easy maintenance is immaculate, as is the internal presentation of Four Seasons. Situated six miles from Telford, and nine from Shrewsbury, the M54 is just three miles away, putting Wolverhampton, Birmingham and the national motorway network within a tyres breadth.

This property is eighteen years old – coming of age offers a mature, yet youthful feel. Ground floor accommodation comprises of four reception rooms and good glazing in all rooms, including two pairs of French doors, makes for a light and airy feel throughout. Double doors create an entrance statement into the sitting room and the dining room.

Each of the ground floor rooms are accessed from the main hall, with an internal door from the study to the double garage. Two staircases, one from the hall and one from the study, link up with the four bedrooms, plus a spacious games room, which could configure as a fifth bedroom. The bedrooms are served by two en suite bathrooms and a family bathroom.

Agent Tim Main of Balfours says: “Four Seasons is ready to go; it is immaculately presented and is located in a quiet location in the hamlet of Allscott, with good accessibility to a wide range of schools, shops and general amenities.”

Four Seasons is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £499,950. For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511. 


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Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:00

Speedy search - times praised

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There is good news for prospective house buyers in Shropshire, according to estate agent, Tim Main, head of sales at Balfours.

Tim Main says Shropshire Council is to be congratulated on the turnaround time of residential searches, which are currently running at four to five working days. He explains: “This is good news for all house buyers, but most especially for those purchasing a second home or buy to let.

“After April 1 house buyers will be expected to pay an additional three per cent stamp duty on second homes. For a property selling at £250,000 this will equate to an extra £7,500.”

He says property buyers with their finances sorted and ready to go should still be able to agree purchases until the middle of the month and still complete before the deadline. “My advice is to keep the pressure on all aspects of the conveyance to ensure the three per cent additional stamp duty is avoided,” adds Tim.

Monday, 22 February 2016 00:00

Let market on the move

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Tax changes and new regulations in the letting market are shaping its future and could curtail some buy-to-let, according to one of the county’s leading agents.

Charlotte George MARLA, senior negotiator for Balfours Property Professionals, says the introduction of an extra three per cent stamp duty rate band on second homes, from April, is unlikely, alone, to have a negative impact on buy-to-let landlords.

However, she explains: “Add to this the Chancellor’s second cut when, in 2017, reductions in mortgage interest relief go live, it may well make some prospective buy-to-let landlords think twice.”

At the same time there has also been an increase in legislation landlords must adhere to including changes to deposit regulations, introduction of smoke and Carbon Monoxide legislation and changes to notices. In addition a specific set of documents must be given to tenants at the start of the tenancy to avoid any implications further down the line” says Charlotte.

The latest legislation to come in earlier this month is the “Right to Rent” scheme which means that all prospective adult occupiers for properties in England must have the right paper work to reside in England. “This is another responsibility for the landlord and to which he is accountable.”

Charlotte continues: “Some people say that the tax changes will dry up the appetite of buy-to-let landlords. I don’t think that will be the case, but with the continuing barrage of legislation and paperwork I would encourage prospective landlords to talk to a reputable agent who is ARLA and or RICS accredited.”

Monday, 22 February 2016 00:00

Viewings double for January

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January has proved a bumper month for one of the county’s leading estate agents.

Balfours Property Professionals has seen over 200% increase in viewings compared with January 2015. “We are delighted with the significant increase in viewings,” says Tim Main, head of sales at Balfours, attributing key factors to the agent’s move to new premises in Shrewsbury town’s Square.

“The Square, puts us in a key location in the town centre. Also compared to last year we have increased the staff team, which was a driving factor for the move to larger premises; both the increase in staff and larger premises reflect our calculated optimism for Shropshire’s housing market,” adds Mr Main.

Balfours’ dedicated town sales manager, Alistair Hilton adds: “Last year properties in the SY1, 2 and 3 areas rose in value by three to five per cent, those in the SY3 were up by 5.29%, according to web-based independent source, Zoopla. We are seeing buyers who finding the right home are prepared to make sure they don’t lose it. During December and January we have had several properties which have achieved above guide price.”

Alistair continues: “Shrewsbury is a gem as a county town; qualities including independent shops, a wide choice of private and public sector schools, culture, architecture and countryside on the doorstep make for quality of life, for such a broad range of aspirations.


The window of opportunity to avoid the three per cent additional stamp duty (SDLT) on a second home is closing in.

Tim Main, head of sales at Balfours Property Professionals says:  “I would urge anyone sitting on the fence deliberating over a second home, be it a buy to let, a place in the country or by the sea, this is the final window of opportunity.”

April 1 sees the introduction of the new, second home 3% SDLT rate.  “Right now it is still achievable and purchases can still be made, but with conveyancing taking longer agreeing a deal in March is unlikely to meet the completion deadline of March 31.”

Tim continues: “For example, if you are buying a second home with a purchase price of £300,000, the extra 3% Stamp Duty would equate to £9,000 (3% of the entire price). This is in addition to the £5,000 regular Stamp Duty bill on a home of this value, making the total Stamp Duty payable an eye-watering £14,000.

He says that there remains much uncertainty regarding the detail of the second home SDLT: “For instance a couple who are cohabiting, but have no legal tie appear to be able to own one property each.” However the government will treat married couples and civil partners living together as one unit. This means any homes owned by either partner will be included when the stamp duty bill comes due on the purchase of a second or subsequent property.

“Hence our advice is that if you are likely to be judged as a second home owner and you want to avoid the additional 3% stamp duty, it is best to act now. Full clarity is still awaited and will be announced in the March budget,” Tim adds.

Friday, 05 February 2016 00:00

South Shropshire Shoot available to let

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A driven shoot on a private Estate in beautiful South Shropshire countryside and with sporting topography, is available to let.

Sibdon Castle Estate Shoot, which extends to some 800 acres and incorporates 80 acres of mixed woodland, is available to let on a five year term, commencing with the 2016/17 season.

Natalie Liddiment, of letting agents, Balfours Property Professionals, says: “The Sibdon Castle Shoot is a rare opportunity to take in hand a shoot which has great sporting opportunity, yet is highly accessible situated just two miles west of the A49 at Craven Arms.”

She adds:  “The shoot has a great reputation for presenting sporting birds. Facilities will include a lunchroom in the old stables at Sibdon Castle.”

For more information and viewing call Natalie on 01588 673314 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Thursday, 28 January 2016 00:00

Let go of your home and reveal a house to sell

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How and when to market your home is one of the biggest decision most of us make and traditionally the spring market is a good time to launch.

Agent, Scott Kemsley, who covers Balfours South Shropshire and Herefordshire region, urges vendors to first prepare; make the conversion from a home to a house being marketed. “Put yourself in the shoes of the buyers – how would they like the property to look? It sounds basic but by reversing the vendor mind-set and taking on the thought process of the buyer can be extremely helpful.”

“Next step is to be honest about those thoughts!” adds Scott. He says basic targets should include decluttering, ensuring that each room has maximum light, with the curtains drawn, blinds lifted and light bulbs working. Light is a great asset of space.

“Personal paraphernalia detracts from what would otherwise be a really nice house, cottage or flat. When selling the ultimate target is that it will no longer be your home; to achieve that goal someone else has to visualise it as their home.  The potential vendor wants a feeling of spaciousness and to see space, space where they can put their belongings, yes and even their clutter!”

From the moment a potential buyer arrives they will be forming impressions, says Scott.  So if the lawns are mowed and the garden looks loved, it is going to create a more positive feel. Outside garden clutter is another bane for agents and should be minimised.  From plant pots, to BBQs and children’s’ bikes ideally they should all be out of site.

Animal free zone

Scott hesitates: “There’s one more thing, pets: While Shropshire is a rural county and lots of us have dogs, cats and other pets, we do have to be mindful that for some people they can be a negative influence. It is a good idea to limit creatures to one room of the house where they can be managed during a viewing. It might also be a good idea to pop a scented freshener in the room that animals normally frequent.”

What about re-decorating or those dream alterations and makeovers? So long as décor is clean, don’t bother, the buyer will want to put his own ideas and make the house into their home – isn’t that what you wanted to do when you moved in? If you would like to discuss marketing your home with Scott, then call him on 01743 353511.

Thursday, 28 January 2016 00:00

Land, barn and cottage to be auctioned

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Two parcels of land at Lydbury North, one with a useful set of farm buildings, the other with a detached cottage in need of full refurbishment are to be auctioned next month.

Agents, Balfours Property Professionals are auctioning Blue Barn, Lydbury North with 6 hectares 3.4 hectares of permanent pasture and 2 hectares of woodland . The barns comprise of both modern steel frame buildings stone farm buildings.

Neighbouring is the second lot of 5.74 hectares of predominantly grazing land with Stanley Cottage: An idyllic three bedroom property perfect for full restoration, plus outbuildings. The cottage has a private water supply and no electricity.

The two lots are scheduled to go under the gavel at 6.30pm, on February 24, at the Three Tonnes Bishop’s Castle, unless sold previously by private treaty. Agent Tim Main says: “The cottage is one of those idyllic rarities, particularly coming with a useful sized parcel of land and in such a beautiful location. It is the sort of project that will grab someone inspired to live the dream.

“Blue Barns are a very useful set of cattle and stone buildings, which could double the land capacity of Stanley Cottage land. The cottage is one of those rare properties to skip a century of modernisation; it has its own bore hole and no electricity. This opens the challenges to tap into the efficiencies of 21st century energy sources,” adds Tim.

Blue Barns has a guide price of £125,000 and Stanley Cottage of £245,000. For more information call Tim Main on 091743 353511.


Wednesday, 27 January 2016 00:00

Old Police House locks in Penthouse perfection

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Opportunity to purchase a prestigious and sumptuous penthouse apartment in the heart of Shropshire’s county town has been launched to the market. Balfours Property Professionals are marketing The Penthouse, The Old Police Station, in Shrewsbury town centre.

The two bedroom apartment is fully modernised and chain free, it provides two bedrooms, one en-suite and the other with generous bathroom. Balfours residential town sales manager, Alistair Hilton, says: “Offers of this calibre, space and location don’t come up every day.”

He continues: “The kitchen not only has wow factor, it is very practical too with a full suite of appliances in place. Add to this the lavish reception room providing dining and sitting areas and you have a great place from intimate dining to party entertaining. And the ultimate zing is the roof top terrace putting zest in the gin, as the sun go down.”

The property provides a private car parking space and both bedrooms have significant fitted wardrobes. Balfours are marketing The Penthouse with a guide price of £365,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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