Thursday, 11 December 2014

A cottage and some odder stuff

Allsop's December auction list had a few properties that caught my eye - including this sweet semi on the Isle of Wight.
No 3 East View Cottages is in the village of Chale Green, around 15 minutes drive from the seaside town of Ventnor and a similar distance from Newport.
It's small - just two rooms and a bathroom downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs but there's plenty of space to extend into its large front and rear gardens:

The cottage is Lot 15, with a guide price of £130k.
The catalogue also includes some more unusual properties, including two rather nice-looking former telephone repeater stations. This one (lot 221), at Drayton in Oxfordshire:

And this one (lot 220) just outside Chippenham in Wiltshire:

Both come with a small plot of land and both have a guide price of £15-£20k.
Finally, I was quite taken by the former office block, below.
Territorial House is in Connah's Quay, Deeside, and, as well as 6,000sq ft of offices, comes with a separate two-bedroomed detached house, yard and car park on a  site of just over half-an-acre.
It's an attractive looking building (no idea what it's like inside) and the whole lot has a guide price of just £75k-£100k. Lot 229.
The auction is on December 17th. Full catalogue here.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Former chapel, Oxfordshire

Sweet little chapel in a chocolate-box Oxfordshire village - what more could you want?
Actually, I'd really like these chairs but they're probably not part of the deal:

This former Methodist Chapel in the middle of  Sibford Gower is link detached, and is one big double-height chapel, plus a small kitchen and a loo.

No land to speak of - just the garden at the front, and the land behind it has been built on so not a great view from the back either. And parking looks a bit of nightmare.

However, it's in a very pretty conservation area and surrounded by thatched cottages, and the £175k guide price is pretty decent for this area of Oxfordshire.
The chapel is up for sale by informal tender, offers by noon on December 14th.
It's on the market through Maxwell Douglas, details here and on Zoopla here.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Former police house, with cells! Suffolk

Now, honestly, who among us wouldn't like a couple of police cells in their house?
I'm thinking Christmas and truculent teens hyped up on Call of Duty and Pepsi; distant uncles arguing UKIP has the answer; six-year-olds who won't eat anything green, or orange, or generally icing-less.
The Old Police House, in Stradbroke, Suffolk is a bit pricier than my usual Wreck picks - and tired rather than wrecked - but the cells swung it for me!

Two of them, plus an exercise yard, built off the back of the house. Handy, eh?
The rest of the Edwardian house is pretty substantial - five bedrooms (one downstairs with its own wet room). Plus three reception rooms, kitchen, walk-in pantry, downstairs loo and upstairs bathroom. One of the upstairs bedrooms has a dressing room that could make a neat en-suite shower room.
Outside is just under half an acre of  fabulous gardens:

Here's the kitchen and one of the sitting rooms:

And I love the hall and the stairs - all nice and light:

It's on the market at £370k, through TW Gaze. It failed to sell at auction on November 20th so there could be some wiggle room in the price. Details and more pictures here.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Crescent of four, St Marychurch, Torquay

Remember my three little cottages in a row, from a couple of weeks ago? Well, reader Michael went one better and sent me this listed crescent for sale.
Park Crescent in pretty St Marychurch, built in the 1840s and Grade II-listed, is available for sale as four individual homes or as the whole terrace.
As with the Suffolk terrace, they're a complicated group but I'll try and unpick things.
The owner of the Crescent occupies no2 (left end of row, above) but that's up for sale too.
The middle houses - Nos 4 and 6 - the agent's details say had planning consent for use as a nursing home. However, I couldn't find any record of consent given by Torbay Council but some historical references to there being a nursing home in that area in the 1950s and 60s. Anyhow, the properties have had joining walls removed and rooms turned into ensuite bedrooms.
No 8 had been a former vicarage and, from the outside at least, looks like the most dilapidated of the group:

No 8 also has the largest plot of land - all the houses have long front gardens, but only 4,6 and 8 have land at the rear (No 2 has a courtyard). No 8 also has this coach house:

And four bedrooms, one with a dressing room, and a bathroom upstairs; hall, cloakroom, lounge, dining room, breakfast room and kitchen downstairs. I think it may be my favourite.
However, there are no internal pix to judge the work needed (drives me mad that agents measure rooms but don't take photos!).
No 2 is chunkier but, well, odd: three big reception rooms downstairs, then three small rooms and the bathroom; three big bedrooms on the first floor; three more above, presumably in the loft; other rooms below ground level. 
Nos 4 and 6 have eight bedrooms between them and a whole bunch of sitting rooms and dining rooms and bathrooms and stuff, and this lovely orchard at the back:

The properties are for sale by informal tender through Drew Pearce. No guide price but two-three bed terraced houses around it are going for £150k-£160k.
Details here, more on the pdf here, and on Zoopla here.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Two Bankes estate cob cottages, Dorset

Cob, bap or bread cake? Where I'm from it's bread cake. Where I live it's cob. Bloke I'm married to insists on bap. Do you reckon there are other countries where your roots are revealed by the naming of your sandwich?
Anyway, these are altogether different types of cobs - traditional Dorset cob and thatch cottages.
They're being sold off by the National Trust, as more unwanted bits of the Bankes estate bequeathed to the Trust along with Kingston Lacy*
Both properties are up for sale by informal tender by noon THIS FRIDAY (November 7th), both with a guide price of £325k.
Pricey given the amount of restoration work needed, but they're both detached, three bedrooms on good size plots within Colehill's green belt.
Pictured top is the cottage at Wimborne. Downstairs is the entrance hall/dining room, plus lounge, kitchen, study and ground floor bathroom

Upstairs are three  bedrooms. Outside is around .6 of an acre of land, plus storage sheds.

The second property, Mountain Ash, is the detached cottage below, more-or-less its neighbour but Google and postcodes weren't clear.

Slightly smaller property but slightly bigger plot of land. Sitting room, kitchen and shower room downstairs, three bedrooms upstairs. Nice views from the garden/jungle.

Both properties are for sale through Hearnes. Details here and on Zoopla here or property one, and here and here for property two.

* The 1981 Bankes estate donation has attracted controversy. Reclusive old bloke, living in four rooms of his decrepit stately home, deeds everything to the National Trust on his death - every acre, brick and priceless painting, despite having living heirs. Mentioned here, but not here.