Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Convent school and a farmhouse wreck, Cumbria

I have a thing about turning non-houses into houses: hospitals into family homes and pubs into country cottages. But this is the first time I've featured a convent. 
Actually a convent school.
Grade Two-listed St Ursula's Convent School is in a pretty area of Wigton, in Cumbria - about seven miles form the Lake District National Park and about 12 from Carlisle.
It's a gorgeous building. Not sure how much of it needs doing up but a fair bit of it would need re-modelling.
It's a bit of an odd layout - a warren of rooms downstairs - some enormous and others basically cupboard-offices. The agent's details are pretty light on the details bit and, although a kitchen is mentioned, it doesn't look there are bathrooms (although presumably the convent girls at least had access to loos?).

The property is described on Zoopla as detached but the agent's site doesn't mention that and I couldn't work out what the relationship was between the buildings in the pictures.
I think it's the cream buildings with grey-edge windows in the picture below, plus the brown school-like building just peeking out behind that front cream one. If any Cumbrian 'Wreck' readers fancy wandering around and reporting back - that would be much appreciated!

There are good-sized gardens and plenty of parking space. And you get to play in a proper playground!

The property is on the market through YourMove with a guide price of £300k. More here and here.

PS: 'Wreck' reader John emailed to tell me about the Cumbrian wreck below, at Hackthorpe near Penrith. It's up for auction this week (Thursday, 15th September) hence my tacking it on the end here.
Very wrecked (the ceilings bother me most), but very lovely. Not listed, which is a plus, but close to both the A6 and the M6 (a plus or a minus, depending on your commute situation).

A five bedroom farmhouse with adjoining barn and workshop (love the abandoned loom); front garden and rear courtyard.

On the market with Auction House at a guide price of £175k, more here.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Edwardian terrace on four floors, North Yorkshire

Closing date for bids on this gorgeous Edwardian terrace is September 9th, so unless you've got several £hundred K tucked under the sofa cushions, you may miss the boat.
However, we all know 'Wreck' is as much daydreams as reality, so sit back and enjoy this photographic ride.
The five-bed house is on leafy Park Avenue, in Skipton, North Yorkshire. As you'd expect from a house of this period, rooms are big, ceilings are high, windows are tall (lovers of modern-build insulated homes look away now), and wall sockets are few.
There are some gorgeous period details, like the main door, staircase and this window:

and some less handsome additions, like this fireplace and the bathroom.

But overall there's enormous potential here as well as masses of family space.
Downstairs is that handsome hallway, two large reception rooms and this sweet kitchen:

Below that is a basement level with four big cellar/utility areas.

Upstairs are three bedrooms and the bathroom, plus two further bedrooms on the second floor.

(I'm loving that Pollocked door! Definitely artist's garret vibe)
There's a pretty front garden and a good-size rear yard with three stone-flagged outbuildings, plus access to the basement area, and a garage.

On the market through Harrison Boothman with a guide price of £350k and a deadline for tenders of 12noon on Friday, September 9th. More here and here.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Methodists and chapels: Cumbria and South Uist


I was in Driffield on Saturday, admiring the work hubby's firm has done adding big screens and stuff to a Methodist chapel. It was a sort-of Open Day to showcase plans for the next stage of the build. I went for the cakes (because no-one bakes like the ladies of the church!).
I've featured several former Methodist chapels on this site in the past, and here's another. I'm not sure what it is about the Methodists but they built lovely buildings. None of that fancy Gothic/dreamy spires stuff of the Anglicans, just solid, straightforward spaces designed to feel like a home.
Take this former reading room, at Halton-Lea-Gate about seven miles from Brampton, in Cumbria. It's basically two rooms - a large hall, a kitchen, plus an entrance porch and a loo. But isn't this a lovely space?

Around 90 sq m in total, and surrounded by a decent patch of gardens.

On the market at a reasonable £80k (because you need to sort planning/change of use) via Savills. More here and here.
On the other hand, the chapel below does have planning permission in place, consequently the price is rather higher at almost £150k.

But it's also in a more rural location (about a mile-and-a-half outside Appleby-in-Westmorland) and is a prettier building (gorgeous window!).
It's basically the chapel and the porch.
The chapel is pretty much the same size as the reading room's hall, to give you an idea of the space, but beyond that I can't tell you anything because the estate agent has done a RUBBISH job of promoting it (apologies for lapse into shouty caps). No internal pictures, scant details (doesn't even say what land you get) and the photos themselves are dreadful.

See what I mean?
However, as I said, nice building and a good location.
On the market at offers around £149,950 through Cumberland Estate Agents. Link here and here.
If neither of those are quite rural enough for you, the Church of Scotland is selling this gorgeous little chapel on the island of South Uist, in Scotland's Outer Hebrides:

Iochdar Mission church is category-C listed, has limited services (only electricity) and, as with the property above, is basically a main hall and a porch.
The PDF details show the inside, but there aren't any room sizes and I'm assuming the land you get is basically what's inside that stone wall.Missions
On the market at offers over £50k, details here.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Two large country houses with land

Two big handsome Welsh houses today, the first sent to me by a reader.
The eight bedroom country pile above and below, near Llandovery, was sent to me by seller Angela. Nantymwyn House is lovely, and in a stunning position in the Towy Valley.
The agent's details are sparse (to say the least!) and you'll want to talk to them before seeing it, not least to clarify how much land the property comes with.

It's a major renovation job and it's not clear from the pictures I've been sent what work has been done on the property since it last sold, although those earlier agent pictures may give an idea of the work involved.
The property comes with stabling, outbuildings, and menage, and possibly 11 acres (I'm going from the earlier sale details here - as I said, rubbish info from the current agent, which simply says "with land"). There are large gardens and paddock areas with stunning views.

The House is in lovely position on the edge of the village of Rhandirmwyn, about seven miles from Llandovery. It's on the market through Russell Baldwin & Bright with a guide price of £285k. Details here.
Not quite so large, but equally handsome is Sunnybank, below, at Thornton, about four miles from Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire.

Four-bedroom, Grade II-listed Sunnybank also suffers from the limitations of the selling agent - there are no internal pictures.
What we are told however is that it comes with six acres of gardens and pasture land, and a range of farm buildings, including a large attached stone barn.

I'd suggest asking them what they mean by "in need of repair and refurbishment" before you visit Sunnybank.
On the market through Owen and Owen at offers around £350k. Details here and here, and PDF here.