Thursday, 25 September 2014

House plus kennels, Cumbria

I have greyhounds, and birds - lots of birds. Most days I get up at silly-o-clock to fit the menagerie around getting to and from work. Plus we're rapidly running out of space.
So when I saw this house, with more than enough room for me, hubby, kids and animals - I was besotted.
The three-bed detached house comes with a nicely-built cattery/kennels, a paddock and lovely big gardens with several outhouses. In all around threequarters of an acre.

Some of the rooms look like the sellers acquired a job-lot of tawny varnish, but there are lovely features too: cast iron stoves and fireplaces, flagged floors and exposed brick.

Croft House is in Reagill, about nine miles from Penrith, in Cumbria. It's on the market at £285k, through Wilkes Green & Hill. Details and more pictures here.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Farmhouse, Laycock, West Yorkshire

Wreck reader Dere tipped me off about this one - but you need to get your skates on; it's up for auction on Wednesday.
Main House on Woodhill Farm just outside the West Yorkshire village of  Laycock and a couple of miles from Keighley. Dere wrote:
I’ve been an anonymous visitor to WotW for about two years now so I thought it’s time to start giving.
Somewhere I’d love to live and fix up as I do so is lot 2 in this agent’s auction. I know the countryside around there very well and it is stunning; it’s just that the timing is not right for me.
It's a handsome, detached former farmhouse with three reception rooms plus kitchen and utility downstairs; four bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.

There's only a small garden (basically the bit with the bench you can see in the picture) and you may want to find out what's happening to the building next door - looks ripe for a barn conversion sale to me.

Not that having a neighbour would be a bad thing, and it looks like the rest of the farm is just across the track in anycase - the rear view is rather busier...

(Ignore blue pointer, I think it's the house below and to the right)
Main House is described as a "renovation project" in the agent's blurb and I found a cached file suggesting it had previously been on the market at £160k and described as having "difficult access". The yard full of 4x4s and the winding farm track on the map are your clues.

Having said that, this is a good-size renovation project for the money (auction guide price £120k-£140K) and in a lovely bit of Yorkshire.
Main House is up for sale by auction on Wednesday, 24th September, via Hunters/EIG Group. Agent's details here and auction pdf here (it's Lot 2)

Thursday, 18 September 2014

A warehouse, a tower and a care home

Three odds and sods for you today.
First the former warehouse, above, on the riverside in Calstock, on the Devon/Cornwall border.
It's Grade 11 listed, fabulous views (an area of Outstanding Natural beauty), and comes with planning permission for a three-bed, three-storey home.
You don't get everything you can see in the picture - just the tall building attached to the one with the rusty shed and "living roof" (former lime kilns - you'll want to find out what the plans are for that bit).
Inside are basically three tall rooms, all looking over the river Tamar:

On the market through Kivells at a fiver under £70k. Details here.
The property below couldn't really be called a wreck, or indeed a property. Realistically it's land for sale - which normally I wouldn't go near but I just liked the idea of what this site had been.

It's a former Ministry of Defence viewing tower (see - don't you think that's weird? Why a tower when they've got satellites and GCHQ and Google? I mean, it's not exactly very high - could they even see over those trees?!).
With the tower is a single storey building, sort of part big shed, part-offices:

Anyway, none of that matters because the building is sub-standard and the whole lot is being sold as land (about a third of an acre) with planning permission for a single storey, eco-house with two bedrooms. Plans look nice.
It's on the edge of the rather nice Sussex village of West Ashling, about five miles from Chichester, and is on the market at £200k through Stride and Son. Details here.
At the other extreme, living space-wise, is this 12-bed former care home for sale in Foxhole, Cornwall:
Still a care home inside, with a bit of a ragbag of add-on buildings and extensions (which look like they may have some build issues), but a decent-sized garden and drive.

I spent a fair bit of time this morning trying to find out what had happened - why the home had closed and where the residents had gone.
Aside from finding that it may have been Melbourne House and may also have been called Mother Hubbard's, I couldn't find anything about it from either the Care Quality Commission or what's left of local news outlets in Cornwall.
Anyway, wherever its residents went, hopefully it was somewhere nicer - 12 bedrooms, three bathrooms and an inaccessible garden isn't my idea of a home to live out your last days.
It's on the market via CitySales with a guide price of £250k. Details and more pix here.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Three Welsh country cottages

I'm developing a bit of thing for Wales.
I used to have a thing for Scotland - particularly the western islands, but getting there can be a bit of a marathon trek from the Midlands. Wales, on the other hand, is reachable in half a day.
Plus property prices are still pretty affordable. As illustration of that point, here are three Welsh lovelies.
The farmhouse above is in countryside a couple of miles from Carmarthen.
At £270k it may not sound affordable but that price includes the four-bed (ish) farmhouse, a massive 4,400sq ft of stone outbuildings and almost 11 acres of land (!) - part of which borders a stream.

Inside is a bit of a mess and has that sad, recently-abandoned look.

But there are some nice original features and the bathroom is upstairs - always a bonus in an old house.
It's on the market through Evans Brothers, details and more pix here and here.
No 2 Little Gilfach Cottages, below, is in Powys and is up for auction through Allsops on September 18th.

No internal pix in the auction catalogue unfortunately but the views outside are lovely:

There's a lounge and kitchen downstairs, two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Outside is a small garden.
The cottage has an auction guide price of £60k-£65k. It's Lot 191 in the catalogue here, pdf details here.
Finally, the three-bed detached below is in the village of Llanafan, about 10 miles from Aberystwyth.

Not the prettiest of "wrecks" inside (and a downstairs shower room) but a good-sized property for the money and in a good location.

It's on the market through John Francis at offers around £150k. Details and more pix here.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Auction properties - Cornwall, Derbyshire and Lincs.

A bundle of auction sweeties for you today, starting with Rambler Cottage, above.
The three-bed semi is in the east Cornish village of Egloskerry, about five miles from Launceston.
There are no internal pictures, but basically there are three rooms plus a shower room downstairs and three bedrooms upstairs.
It comes with a bit of garden to the front and back and the area of land at the side, seen in the picture, which has planning permission to build another house.
The cottage is up for auction on September 9th, through Countrywide Auctions, with a guide price of £95k. Details here and on Zoopla here.
Incidentally, among Countrywide's unsold lots is the rather lovely three-bed detached home below, in  Bradwell, in Derbyshire's Peak District.

Fabulous views from its position above the village although again no internal pix (boo!). It's listed as needing "a full scheme of renovation" - whatever that means - but does have lots of original features and a big garden.
It's on the market at offers from £249k. Details here.
Finally the former mill and cottage below, in the north Lincolnshire town of Barton-Upon-Humber, is up for auction on September 24th.

The cottage and the windmill are Grade II listed, and it comes with around half an acre of land. A major development job - rather more than the usual Wreck do-upper - but a lovely building with a lot of potential.

It's being auctioned by JH Walter with a guide price of £125k. Lot 18 in the catalogue here.