Tuesday, 19 May 2015

House with stables, Cambridgeshire

Keith and Hazel tipped me off about this rural, er, gem...
On the edge of the village of Three Holes, about eight miles from Wisbech, the three-bed detached property comes with stables, paddocks and around 1.5 acres of land. And a fair bit of work to do.
As Keith wrote:
This really does fit the ideal description of 'wreck of the week'...We are not sure if the kitchen is to die for or die in.
Here's that kitchen:

Agents Rural Scene describe the property as "for improvement" and mention its 1930s build based on an Ideal Home Exhibition design. But it's also up for sale on ruralandequestrian.com who describe it as needing total refurbishment, including "new windows, doors, gutters etc., maintenance work to the roof, rendering needs replacing or patching plus other work as seen..."
The house has hall, dining room, lounge and kitchen downstairs; three bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. Oil-fired central heating.
Outside is a garden area and three overgrown paddocks; a timber barn, feed room and stable block - some of which need repairing or replacing.

Access is via a private drive off a country lane and the location, plus the land means that - so long as the survey isn't silly scary - there's potential here.

The property is on the market via Rural Scene with a guide price of £220k, details and more pix here. And also listed on Rural and Equestrian at offers over £200k - here.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Two farmhouses with barns, Cumbria

Wreck reader Eleanor sent me these two. I think you could safely describe them as off the beaten track. Or indeed any track.
As Eleanor put it in her email:
VERY wild area. No track. How the current owners got their new bathroom in I can't imagine.
Blake Mire house is on Grisdale Moor, just outside Garsdale and about 10 miles from Sedbergh in Cumbria. This is how agents Chris Whelan describes the location:
Take the A684 from Sedbergh to Garsdale. After approx. 9.5 miles turn right up the hill to Garsdale Station, parking on the right after the bridge. Walk down the hill back to the A684, cross the road and follow the signed footpath across the moor to Blake Mire. Boots required.
However, planning consent has now been given to lay a track to the house and negotiations are "ongoing" for rights of way across neighbouring land.

The detached barn - and an idea of the location!
There is electricity to all the buildings; water supplied from a spring, and a septic tank.
Inside are three bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and two reception rooms - plus tons of original features including stone floors and fireplaces. Windows are UPVC double-glazed.

It's on the market at £185k. Details and more pix here and agent here.
Eleanor is "in Cumbria and looking." The second of the two properties she sent me is Marshside house, at Bootle Station:
Less wild area, but near Sellafield... Also no track, but you own the land you cross to get to it.

Again, three bedrooms and an adjoining barn. More land - around three-and-a-half acres, and a bit less wrecked - correspondingly priced higher at offers around £225k.
And truthfully, the Sellafield thing doesn't bother me when your view is the Irish Sea:

Lots of original features inside this one too - however no kitchen. The sink is in the porch and the cooker in the dining room, but there is a decent-sized slate-flagged utility room.
I loved the newspaper cutouts stuck to the living room wall and spent ages trying to zoom in enough to see what they were about...

All looks pretty damp inside, although looked like the roof was missing some tiles and there is that broken window in the main bedroom. And it faces the sea, so...
On the market through Harrison Coward - details here and on Rightmove here.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Coastal house, Porthleven, Cornwall

The sun's shining as I type this - makes me want to be beside the seaside. So, here's a house with a view of the sea.
It's a semi, in Porthleven, Cornwall. Ok, ok, I know I don't usually pick semis. Particularly ones with price tags this high (offers over £300k..ouch!).
But Porthleven is lovely, and the views from this house are simply stunning.

Apparently it's 47 years since this house was last on the market. Inside is cute, tatty, jumbled and dated but I love all of that!
Rooms are a bit higgledy-piggledy - four(ish) bedrooms, plus bathroom, shower room, study and hall upstairs; two reception, kitchen, utility, conservatory and hall downstairs.

Would definitely benefit from a bit of remodeling as well as modernising - though you'd want to keep as many of those original windows, floors and fireplaces as possible.
Outside is a good-size garden plus a block-built outhouse with electricity, water and a cast-iron stove.

On the market through Olivers at offers over £300k. Details and more pictures here.

Porthleven's harbour is a listed monument

Monday, 13 April 2015

House and land, Nigg, Highlands

This is an odd place. Patina of care home about it (actually former oil company offices and lodgings) but a stately-looking building.
Dunskaith House is on the site of Dunskeath Castle, in Nigg. The main house burnt down in 1960 and all that's left is the former servants quarters - the building above.
Tain Museum's website carries this picture of the house in the 1930s, along with some wonderful memories about the House contributed by people who knew and loved it - here.

However, it's all a bit sad-looking and uncared for now:

Global Energy Group bought the neighbouring refinery in 2011 and is continuing to grow and develop the site around the house. So, private beach and seaviews aside, this isn't really a rural retreat...

Having said that, you get a heck of a lot of house and land.
Four rooms downstairs (two currently used as bedrooms) plus kitchen, and five rooms plus a bathroom upstairs.

PLUS 10 acres of land, two derelict cottages and a ruined chapel, stables, the private beach and a walled garden area. All for £230k.
And (mostly) stunning views...

Dunskaith House is on the market through McEwan Fraser - details and more pix here and on Zoopla here.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Country mansion for sale, Darlington

We're talking lottery win here. Or finding the rest of the Staffordshire Hoard in your potato patch.
Either way, it's not just the £500k-plus price tag but the cost of renovating listed Grade II*  Sockburn Hall (and potentially its scarily Grade-I listed church).
But it is such a beautiful dilapidated country pile. Just look at these pictures:

Even if two readers hadn't emailed me, I'd have wanted to feature it.
(Liam: "I did some work here last year – The current owners grew up here but sadly they are losing the battle to keep the place in one piece!!", and Pete: "It is a project that an old school friend has been running for the past 8 years, but sadly their funding is no longer sustainable... an amazing project if someone has the money!")
Plus then I read the pdf blurb and the bit about the previous mansion on the site and Sir John Conyer, 13th century slayer of the Sockburn Worm...!
Anyway, more pictures.

The property includes Sockburn Hall, the coach house and stable block above, and the church.
Plus over 14 acres of land, adjoining the River Tees, including paddock, lime tree avenue and gardens.
The property is (was?) owned by the elderly Gatheral sisters. Their parents bought it from investors in the 1950s.
The Gatheral's niece Laura and her mum Sarah, with a hardworking group of friends and volunteers have been working since 2007 to try and restore it.
Their battle is documented on Laura's lovely blog here and this 2007 English Heritage report details the historical importance of that battle.
Sockburn Hall is on the market as a whole at offers over £500k, although the sale of the church is subject to agreement by Church Commissioners.
Agents are Jackson Stops - details here and PDF here.