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A former corn mill, dating back to the 17th century is now a stunning and flexible five bedroom home, with a cottage alongside. Rosehill Mill and Lakeside Cottage are situated at Rosehill, less than four miles from Market Drayton.

The properties, set in half an acre and incorporating pond and garden are launched to the market by Balfours with a guide price of £600,000. The county towns of Shrewsbury and Chester 19 miles are 32 miles respectively, while Newport, Nantwich, and Crewe are all within a comfortable commute as is the motorway network.

Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours, says: “This is a stunning and very unique pair of properties which are beautifully presented capitalising on a wealth of features including sandstone, oak beams and the pond.

At Rosehill Mill the living accommodation comprises of entrance hall, large living room with glazing to either side of the herringbone fireplace and woodburner. Adjacent the bespoke kitchen has granite worktops and a pantry off. While the lower ground floor is currently a dedicated snooker room, it still provides space to enjoy easy chairs facing the feature fireplace.

Basement level has the potential to be separate living accommodation, equipped with kitchen, living room, bedroom five and wc. On the first floor the en-suite master-room enjoys idyllic views of the lake from the Juliet balcony. There are a further three bedrooms and a family bathroom. Rosehill Mill has a large carport and garden store.

Lakeside Cottage delivers outstanding outlooks to the lake from the glazed frontage of the living room, also from the kitchen. On the first floor there are three bedrooms a bathroom and separate wc. Says Duncan: “The aspect and presentation of Lakeside Cottage glow, it is best summed up by its healthy letting revenue, based on the last seven years accounts.”

Private and state schools, golf, walking, fishing and cycling are all within range of the properties. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 09:42

Four Bedroom Period Home In Popular Area

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Balfours is marketing a double fronted, end of terrace, four bed period home, within walking distance of Shrewsbury town centre.

Number 25 Belle Vue Road, Shrewsbury is found in the popular residential area just south of the English bridge. Its’ location offers easy access to shops, restaurants plus River walks to the Quarry Park, theatre and train station. The pleasing frontage of this Georgian house is set out with the symmetry of traditional sash windows, laced with wisteria with an imposing front door as the focal point.

On the ground floor the living room and dining room are each found off the entrance hall as is the staircase and downstairs cloakroom with shower. To the rear of the dining room the conservatory provides wonderful outlooks to the garden with terrace to the fore.

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton, describes: “The kitchen is to be found in a hugely successful basement conversion which is light and spacious with a central island offering a perfect preparation area. On the first floor two of the four bedrooms have mezzanine style platforms which are likely to be a popular feature, particularly among the younger generation. An indulgent family bathroom with Jacuzzi bath offers another playful feature.”

Those with green fingers can take advantage, not only of the extensive tiered garden, but also the greenhouse. 25 Belle Vue is on the market with a guide price of £425,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Monday, 30 October 2017 11:37

Waterways Anchor 17th Century Cottage

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Totally flexible accommodation and hugely authentic credentials are among the endearing features of Minhafren Mill.

Located in Aberbechan, the property sits some seven miles from Montgomery and is within easy reach of Welshpool and Shrewsbury.

Dating from the early seventeenth century, this black and white half-timbered property became a fulling mill in the nineteenth century, utilising the Bechan brook and adjacent canal for the manufacture and transport of goods.  Today the waterways simply add an additional layer of rural idyll and charm to the property.

Balfours’ agent, Duncan Scobie, comments: “Minhafren Mill would suit anyone seeking either a four bedroom home or a flexible two bedroom property with a one bedroom self-contained annexe.” Today the integral barn conversion, which includes a drawing room with oil-fired stove, provides a further bedroom, shower room and studio; however, this easily accessible and flexible accommodation would work as third and fourth bedrooms.

Exposed beams, a living room with Clearview log-burner and a kitchen with oil-fired Rayburn all endorse the understated charm of the Mill, highlighted by the ample supply of windows. Outside there is a large, well-stocked and private garden surrounding the property and an integral garage with room for a workshop.

Duncan adds:  “Anyone who hankers after a comfortable lifestyle without compromise will be delighted with Minhafren Mill.  We are asking for offers in Excess of £345,000.” For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Monday, 23 October 2017 08:39

Log Business Opportunity

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The tenancy of a green energy business has been launched to let in East Shropshire.

The Raby Estate, located under the Wrekin is looking for an operator and tenant for its log business due to restructuring. The opportunity comes with a timber stacking yard and substantial shed for the processing and drying of wood.

Not only does the business come with its own name Wrekin Logs and website,, but also with the opportunity to purchase equipment required for wood processing and a customer base of nearly 300 regular customers.

Agent, Richard Jones-Perrott of Balfours, says: “This is a great opportunity for anyone seeking their own business with an interesting and varied lifestyle.  The yard and large portal frame shed is in an excellent location with easy access to the main road network.

“Without doubt wood burners and green energy are increasing in popularity as people seek not only to enjoy the atmosphere of a real fire, but also the green credentials and spreading of energy costs. We have a loyal customer base which has grown year on year, with revenue virtually doubling in the last five years.

He adds: “The initial lease is for a three year term. The landlord has an open mind as to the rent payable and looks forward to receiving proposals from interested parties by noon on 10th November 2017.” For further information call Richard on 01743 241181.

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 16:00

Five Plot Ten Acre Development

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An extensive plot in a prime location with outline planning permission for up to five dwellings is on the market with Balfours.

Extending to 9.7 acres, Field Cottage Development, Underhill Street, is ten minutes’ walk from Bridgnorth town centre. Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton comments: “Planning includes demolition of the cottage currently on site, providing a clear run for a good to go development in a much sought after location.

“The site extends to 9.7 acres and has the potential for facilitating equestrian and good life activities as part of the residential package; indeed there is potential for additional development subject to appropriate planning.”

He adds: “Underhill Street not only offers excellent access to Wolverhampton and the Midlands, but also to respected primary and secondary schools plus Bridgnorth’s sports and leisure facilities which are all nearby.”

The property is marketed with a guide price of £550,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 11:27

Lettings Team Has New Recruit

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Balfours residential letting department has appointed Bryony Davenport to its Shrewsbury based team.

Bryony, who graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a first class degree earlier this year, has taken on the role of Lettings Administrator and Negotiator. Head of lettings, Charlotte George MARLA, says: “We have had a busy year in the lettings department and Bryony has stepped effortlessly into her role, already proving to be a great asset.”

Commuting from just over the Welsh border, near Chirk, Bryony admits to loving her new job. “There is a great variety in my work; I like most liaising with clients, landlords and prospective tenants, getting to know their requirements over the phone and co-ordinating with other members of the Balfours team.

Outside office life, Bryony enjoys running and walking her dog, also travelling with a special fondness for Italy.

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Friday, 13 October 2017 08:36

Balfours Extends Residential Territory

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One of the region’s leading independent estate agents has appointed a key player to extend and build territory into East Shropshire and West Staffordshire. Balfours has engaged Charlie Giffard to support and develop residential sales in the region.

Charlie has more than ten years experience working in Central London property agency and ultimately managed a prestigious Fulham estate agency. Returning to home turf, he brings an equally valuable wealth of local and regional knowledge gleaned as the 30th generation to have grown-up at Chillington Hall, Codsall Wood, near Wolverhampton.

Balfours business manager, Craig Varley, says he is thrilled to welcome Charlie to the team. “We are building on our success in Shropshire and particularly our growth since moving to offices in Shrewsbury’s Square. Balfours have always operated in the area between Stafford, Wolverhampton, Bridgnorth and Telford; but the time has now come to put in place a dedicated resource to give home owners and prospective vendors in the area improved support.”

Charlie who was educated at Shrewsbury Schools and whose father is known to many as the retired Chief Constable of Staffordshire is delighted to be returning to take up the role with Balfours and to lend a hand with the Giffard family and Chillington Hall Estate. He brings with him his wife, Tessa and their two young boys.

Charlie explains: “For me representing the Balfours residential sales team so close to home is a great opportunity and the timing is perfect. It is hugely satisfying to guide vendors in their move and to help them achieve their aspirations. Moving is a challenging period in any one’s life, it is very satisfying to be there with them to ensure the whole process goes smoothly and to plan.”

Charlie welcomes residential enquiries and is happy to provide a free valuation on your home. He will be working from both a Balfours sub office at Chillington and the Balfours residential sales office in Shrewsbury’s Square. For more information call Charlie on 07833 784 120 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:15

Last Post Makes First Class Opportunity

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Adaptable and capable of achieving on many levels, this town centre property is found off Knighton’s High Street, in Wylcwm Street. The Gables is an imposing Georgian property, formerly home to the Royal Mail Sorting Office, with accommodation on the first floor.

On the market with Balfours, agent, Scott Kemsley, says: “The Gables’ location in Knighton and more than 6,300 square feet capacity is exceptional. Add to this the architectural interest of high ceilings with coving, fireplaces and a high standard of finish and this property represents a unique prospect.

“Whether an investment opportunity or for commercial and residential use; there is also potential planning for two assisted use cottages: The Gables is an open canvas, with wonderful, large, character rooms.”

As the property is currently laid out, there are three offices on the ground floor, together with large packing room and warehouse; kitchen, cloakroom facilities and garaging for four vehicles. Below stairs cellars provide additional storage. The first floor provides a generous master bedroom with en-suite, three further bedrooms a new bathroom and an additional separate wc. There is a newly installed kitchen and gracious sitting room.

Scott Kemsley adds: “Knighton provides a gateway between South Shropshire and Wales, Ludlow is 18 miles while Shrewsbury and Hereford are 37 and 31 miles respectively. There is an excellent choice of state and independent schools within easy commute and of course local facilities are all to hand in Knighton.”

The Gables is marketed with a guide price of £650,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley at Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:41

Meole Edge Of Village Family Home

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Town convenience, linked to countryside views are on offer at Milnthorpe Close, three miles from Shrewsbury town centre. Number Six is a four bedroom home found in an exceptionally pleasing position on the fringe of the popular Meole Village. 

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton, comments: “This is a beautifully maintained home in a much sought after location. The accommodation comprises of three ground floor reception rooms, the lounge and study accessed off the main hallway.”

The dining room benefits from double doors off the lounge, offering a wonderful entertaining, family space; there is also a hatch to the kitchen where a breakfast bar and external access add to convenience too. A cloakroom completes ground floor accommodation. On the first floor the master bedroom is en-suite with a further three rooms serviced by the family bathroom.”

Number Six enjoys a quiet cul-de-sac position and is found via a double driveway with a large double garage. Here there is significant extra space ideal for a workshop, or even a home office, subject to appropriate consents.

From the terrace a private garden is to be enjoyed together with those wonderful views of open countryside. Balfours are marketing Six Milnthorpe Close with a guide price of £425,000.For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:40

How To Choose An Estate Agent

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In the first of three articles, Alistair Hilton head of sales at Balfours, examines online versus the high street agents.

If you have made the decision to sell your home, the next move is to choose an estate agent.

A traditional full-service estate agency will have an office that you can visit, ours is at The Square, in Shrewsbury. A traditional agent will normally take care of every stage of the selling process in return for a fee when the sale goes through. We work on a no-sale, no-fee basis, so if the property doesn’t sell you shouldn’t be out of pocket.

Online agencies generally don’t have offices that you can visit and normally charge an up-front fee to put your property on the market. Once launched you may need to deal with a lot of the selling process yourself. And finally there can be further charges if a sale takes place.

When this is one of the most important transactions you are likely to make, why would you put it in the hands of someone you have never met? Someone who you can only hold accountable via email and if you are lucky, telephone conversation.

It is therefore no surprise that the overwhelming majority of sellers use traditional estate agencies like Balfours.

Once you have made that decision, assuming it is the “no sale, no fee route” of a high street agent, make a shortlist: Whose for sale boards, adverts or other promotions have caught your eye? Check out their shop windows too, which ones are appealing?

Significantly all estate agents must belong to an Ombudsman scheme for dealing with unresolved complaints ie the NAEA Propertymark or RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). Next week we will narrow down the choices and consider what to watch for in a valuation. Alistair Hilton, head of sales Balfours, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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