Tuesday, 13 March 2018

New uses for old buildings: a chapel and a "barn"

Couple of properties for you today that need "repurposing".
The first one is a former Methodist chapel, something I see on a fairly regular basis here on Wreck, but it's the location and the original features that makes this one attractive.
Gatehead Chapel is in the tiny North Pennines village of Garrigill, around six  miles from Alston. Once a bustling rural location, even the local pub has now closed down, although the area still attracts committed walkers and summer visitors.

Rear of property and, below, views

The Chapel has had planning permission in place since 2010 to convert it into a home, and works have already begun. There's no information on why the property is back on the market - and it looks like there was a previous attempt to sell it in 2013 (at £165k).
It's basically one big main hall and a two-floor extension. The chapel is gorgeous. Particularly the ceiling.

There's designated parking to the front and no garden but scope to demolish an outbuilding to create a courtyard.
Works done so far concentrate on the extension, adding new windows and first fix electrics.

On the market through Red Hot Property at £150k. Details here.
My next pick was sent to me by regular reader Tony. It's not for the faint-hearted and, where it not for the location, it wouldn't have made the cut.
This picture sums it up:

Yes, it's that building with the big red arrow. Nothing else.
Rightmove optimistically describes at it as a "barn for sale". The agent describes it as "A store with fishing rights". 
Let's be clear here, it's a former toilet block.

That anyone could ever have had the nerve to use these particular loos, perched as they are on the edge of Yorkshire's Aysgarth Falls and accessed by steps without a safety barrier, completely floors me. Unless it was a particularly devious bit of local authority tourism planning....
Anyway. Fishing rights and a shelter is what you're paying for. But I loved the creative thought that went into the agent's blurb:
It may perhaps be of interest to an artist or photographer in view of its strategic position in front of the Falls or indeed a small studio for musicians who may be inspired by this unique riverside location.
Up for auction through Robin Jessop on April 10th, at offers over £8k. Details here and here.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Two big Cumbrian village villas

Two chunky Cumbrian properties to show you today. The first, making its debut on the market having been in the same family since it was built. And what a building. 
Eden Bank consists of a five-bedroom house, with attached two-storey barn, plus a (derelict) two-bedroom cottage.

Outside is a decent-sized garden and a yard. There are houses around it and the property is in the growing village of Culgaith, around eight miles from Penrith and the M6.

There are a lot of rooms, some remodelling would help open up the space, and it's not clear how much work would be needed on incorporating that barn.

But the Black Swan pub is a wobbly walk away and there are lovely views in the other direction over the Eden Valley.
On the market through PFK at £350k. More here and here.
That was Eden Bank, this is Lambley Bank.

In the Cumbrian village of Scotby, just off the M6, it's similarly proportioned, although rather fewer "add on" buildings.
There are five bedrooms, a bunch of downstairs rooms (including this rather lovely living room with a touch of ballroom about it...).

There's an Abigail's Party feel to the decor, lots of arches, woodchip and pink. But nothing my Wreck readers couldn't cope with ; )

It looks like someone's recently tarted up the outside - that paintwork, the garden clearing, but not touched the inside.

On the market through BPK at £375k. More here and here.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Former Welsh courthouse for sale


I've just spent ten minutes trying to think of puns to introduce this handsome public building to you. But then I decided I'm not that sort of journalist. I'm more show and tell than quip and yell.
So, it's a former courthouse, in the conservation area of a Welsh market town. It has stunning windows, a lovely garden area, a beautifully proportioned court room, and its own holding cells.
And it's on the market at under £100k.
Here's the evidence.

The building is Grade II listed and in Dolgellau, within the Snowdonia National Park. The River Wnion sits across the road and there are views of Snowdonia's hills.
The property was sent to me by reader Tom who wrote:

I've just found the following ex court house in Snowdonia for under £100k. Still has the original holding cells! Must be of some interest....
Definitely of interest, Tom.
Rooms wise, it's basically one big room (the court room), plus a bunch of small offices, cells and a couple of toilets. Just over 4,000sqft in total.

No planing permission and you'd need to talk to planers at the Snowdonia National Park Authority about likely approval for conversion to residential use (although the agent does mention neighbouring buildings have been converted).

On the market through Warriners at £99,950. Details here and here.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Large village house with outbuildings in AONB

I'm a sucker for a nice photo. One well framed and subtly filtered. And this is a very nice bunch of pictures of a very nice - if a tad pricey - property.
This former pub, former butcher's sits in the lovely Norfolk village of Southrepps, about three miles from the coast and Cromer, and within the North Norfolk Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It's an 18th/19th century brick and flint property with a large, six-bedroom house and a run of outbuildings with a separate garage.
The room configuration is a bit odd - you'll want to mash some rooms together, and those outbuildings include the former slaughterhouse (the house includes the former butcher's shop and workroom). As a veggie, I'd want to reclaim those bloody spaces.

There are lots of lovely period details in the house and buildings, with good-sized, light rooms and masses of space overall.
There's a small garden to the front/side of the house (depending on your perspective), and a large yard wrapping around the buildings.

It's location on Chapel Street is nice and central, albeit with the house backing onto the road itself, and the Vernon Arms just across the road.

All in all, a pretty village house with plenty of flexible space, lots of work to do and some issues, including those windows on the road, but masses of potential.
On the market through Savills with a guide price of £345k. Details here and here and PDF here.