Friday, 15 September 2017

Three big renovation challenges, two riverside

Right me little renovation elves, time to roll our sleeves up! Three handsome properties for you today that will need rather more than a bit of plastering and extra sockets to make them live in-able...
The house, above and below, was the former estate manager's house for the Llysnewydd/Llanarchaeron Estate and sits on the Henllan bridge, at Llandysul, in Wales and around 20km from the coast.

The four-bedroom Georgian house comes with half-an-acre of land - in need of a similar degree of restoration as the house. But there are some lovely features under all that rubble.

It's in a gorgeous location on the edge of National Trust woodland, close to Henlan Falls and above the River Teifi ("We are reliably informed that this property has never flooded" writes the estate agent).

On the market through Dai Lewis at offers over £135k. Details and more pictures here and here.
Also in Wales is the five-bedroom country house below, at Cellan, about three miles from Lampeter. This time around it looks as if someone has made a start on the renovation but then given up.

That doesn't bother me - it can mean there's a bit more information available on the scale of the renovation job, but I am concerned that the cottage you can see right next to the house (above) seems to be up for sale separately.
Having said that, this is a gorgeous building with big, light rooms. I'm particularly taken by the bath's room.

It's in a rural location, with a big garden and gorgeous views.

On the market through West Wales Properties with a guide price of £150k - £200k. Details and more pictures here and here.
My final pick, below, is in Ireland and is an original, three-room, tin-roofed cottage on the River Shannon, about 10km from lively Carrick-on-Shannon.
The cottage comes with 12 acres (yep, 12), as well as access to the river front, but unfortunately no inside photos on the agent's listing. There are 15 pictures, 12 of them of the river. It is a nice river.
Let's assume there are some renovation horrors behind those net curtains.

On the market at just under 90,000 EURO (currently around £79k) via REA. Details here.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Shropshire smallholding to renovate

On the pricey side perhaps, given the level of dilapidation, however it's the location and the land that makes this smallholding attractive.
The Hawthorns, at Prolly Moor, just outside the village of Wentnor in Shropshire, is up for auction in two lots. Lot 1 is the farm and around nine acres of land, Lot 2 is a further 11 acres.
The 200-year-old stonebuilt farm cottage has an adjoining cow barn and an ugly later extension, but overall provides a decent-size footprint to work with.

And it does need work...

The cottage has two reception rooms and a kitchen downstairs and two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs (yay!).

The brick-built and tin-roofed cow house is a 21ft by 15ft so plenty of options to extend - although it's a bit of a concern that the agent hasn't put up any internal pix of the space.
The location and views however, at the foot of gorgeous Long Mynd and looking out over Shropshire's hills, are what will sell this place. That and the land. Nine acres is plenty for most us, though buying those other 11 might stop any building obscuring your view...

On the market through Halls and up for auction on September 29th with a guide price of £230k. Details and more pictures here and on here.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Detached houses Somerset and Suffolk

Couple of easier-on-the-eye renovations for you today. More updating than rebuilding, and heading south rather than my usual all points North.
The three-bed detached house above and below is at Mudgley, in rural Somerset and close to Wells.
Fair View is a handsome house with a good-size garden and fab views across to Glastonbury Tor.

Light, bright rooms with lots of original features (although the bathroom is downstairs) and plenty of space outside to extend.

The lack of wreck-iness is reflected in the price - on the market through Killens at £360k. Details and more pictures here and here.
In a similar vein is this detached cottage at Owls Green, just outside Dennington village, in Suffolk.

Three bedrooms (and an upstairs bathroom - yay!), kitchen/diner and sitting room.

As with Fair View house, the White House is reasonable driving distance from mainline stations to London (depending on your commuting parameters that is).
While not quite so pretty on the inside, the White House comes with more land - half an acre of gardens, plus this cartlodge:

The timber frame cartlodge comes with an overage (claw back) clause which says that if you turn it into a second property at any time in the next 30 years, you pay some of the consequent uplift/profit to White House's current owners.
On the market through Clark & Simpson at £350k. Details and more pictures here and here.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Cute Cumbrian smallholding for sale

Last week I picked some proper renovation porn to show you - a castle, a manor house and an island. This week's choice is a bit more down-to-earth, but equally delectable.
Wellknowe Rigg is in rural Cumbria, about nine miles from Carlisle. Don't be put off by the small and cutesy look of the cottage however, this is a smallholding - that cottage, a stone outbuilding, and 20 acres of land - including a bit of wood and a share of a river. We're talking The Good Life maxed!

The cottage needs work, clearly, but there's plenty of space to extend and the outbuilding - a former forge - looks useful.

The detached cottage is all on one level, with a tiny kitchen, pantry, store, living room, sitting room, two bedrooms and bathroom.

The forge is split into two rooms. Outside is a courtyard area between the two buildings, a large lawned garden, 15 acres of grazing land with water, around five acres of woodland leading down to the River Lyne, and part of the river, including fishing rights and a "dipping pool" (wild swimmers, queue here).

It's fabulous plot all-in-all, and in a very pretty area of England. On the market through C&D Rural with a guide price of £270k. More here and PDF here.