Monday, 25 April 2016

Auction properties, Shropshire & Shrewsbury

Halls have some interesting properties up for auction this week. I've picked out three to show you. 
First the cute as a button chapel, above, at Melverley about 10 miles from Oswestry, Shropshire. There's not much to it - basically one vaulted room (21' by 18') - with a bit of garden to the front and side. But it's in a lovely village location and has some pretty period features - such as those gorgeous metal windows.

Melverley Methodist Church is up for auction on Friday 29th April, with a guide price of £15k-£20k. Details and more pictures here.
Springfields below, also up for auction on the 29th, comes with over four acres of land, gardens, and adjoining outbuildings.

Not the prettiest of buildings but lots of renovation scope and a lovely, secluded location three or so miles outside the village of Rowley, in Shrewsbury.
Two reception rooms, kitchen and loo downstairs' three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.
Some nice features - though not sure how I feel about the flypaper:

Regular reader Ed tipped me off about Springfields. As he said:
Super position, with 4.3 acres, too. Cow shed offers the potential for more footprint. New windows, new plumbing and probably new electrics needed, though.
Auction guide price of £180k. Details and more pictures here and on Rightmove here.
And if four acres isn't quite enough land for you, how about 10.74?
Watery Lane, below, at Trewern, about five miles from Oswestry comes with a good block of quality pasture land and various other parcels of farmland in a fabulous location.

The three-bed property "comes for sale to dissolve a family partnership" (battling brothers? warring divorcees?) and, as well as the house and the land, the sale includes a large stone barn.

Auction guide price is £180k-£200k. Details and more pictures here.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Country house, Skendleby, Lincolnshire

Hopefully you've had your morning Weetabix, because you're going to need a strong stomach as well as an imaginative mind for today's wreck.
If any property epitomised my concept for 'Wreck of the Week' it's this handsome derelict manor house, in rural Lincolnshire, sent to me by regular reader Matt.
On the one hand you have that impressive front view, above, of the Grade II listed Lodge Farm. On the other you have this rear view, with its attached washhouse giving an indication of the vegetative invasion. Japanese Knotweed is just one of the boss battles you'll need to win.

There are wonderful original features - shuttered sash windows and cast iron fireplaces in most rooms:

And some rather less attractive features, the result of fallen ceilings and rain ingress.

Some of the first floor rooms are unsafe, and the room off the kitchen (the 'door' to left above) is an open shell.
Downstairs are two reception rooms, kitchen and room off, front and rear hall, and two cellars. Upstairs are five bedrooms and a currently inaccessible bathroom.
The property is just outside the Lincolnshire village of Skendleby, 35 miles from Lincoln on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The area's Roman past prompted an archaeological survey in 2011, prior to an application to demolish a number of outbuildings.
Lodge Farm, previously known as Skendleby Lodge, sits in half-an-acre of grounds, overlooking grazing land. Access is via a right-of-way over an unmade track - another issue to consider in relation to the works vehicles and materials renovation will require.

There's no information about services - some must have been connected in the past, although the property has been derelict for some time (it appears to have last sold in 1995).
On the market through John Taylors, at offers around £300k. Details here and on Rightmove here (bigger pictures) and PDF brochure here.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Three (or four) country homes to renovate

Let's have a country house splurge. Say, former farmhouses near water. With a bit of land. Maybe outbuildings, or a mill. And you'd like change from £300k? Hmm, difficult lot aren't you?
The Welsh property, above and below, is the more isolated of my picks.
A two-bed house, plus attached two-room house, plus a derelict mill, and around three acres of land sloping down to the River Clydach. All within the Brecon Beacons National Park.

It is gorgeous - but very isolated. Access is via a muddy track (4x4 only) and there are no connected services. The nearest village is Myddfai, around nine miles from Llandovery. The agent describes it as an "ideal eco-renovation project" - that may be sales pitch or a reflection of build restrictions.

On the market via Profile Homes at £255k, details and more pix in brochure here and on Zoopla here.
And while we're in Wales, the three-bed house below doesn't have any internal photos and isn't next to water (unless you count muddy fields) but it does come with an impressive 13.5 acres of land, plus some useful stone outbuildings:

The property is at Rhydcymerau, around 15 miles from Llandeilo.
On the market through Evand Bros at just under £200k, Details here and on Zoopla here.
The five-bed, stone-built Northumbrian farmhouse, below, is basically two attached houses plus storage. The main house appears to have been renovated, but not the smaller house.

There are also stone outbuildings across the courtyard, and gardens.

Foundry farm is just outside Bellingham, around 18 miles from Hexham. It's close to Hareshaw Burn and waterfall, and on the popular Hareshaw Linn walk. Which explains the neighbouring caravan park.
On the market via Youngs RPS at £295k. Details and more pictures here and also here.
Finally, I've probably missed the boat on this one (it's SSTC), but, things change; surveys get awkward, people run out of cash, or patience, and properties come back to the market. So I'm including it just-in-case.

Irt Cottage, at Seascale, is a completely lovely wreck of a Cumbrian cottage bordered by a stream and a wood. The three-bed house comes with around half-an-acre of land and a ramshackle huddle of outbuildings.

Sent to me by reader Ivor, the 19th century former woodsman's cottage includes a derelict sawmill and access rights to part of the River Irt. It is (was) on the market via PFK at £325k. Details here.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Two thatched cottages - Essex and Suffolk

Two puzzling properties for you today. First this thatched and detached cottage in Essex.
The five-bed property was put up for auction this week by receivers but failed to sell. It had a guide price of £550k and is now on the market at £600k via Allsop.
A great price for a large country home in Harlow, with its fast train link to London and easy motorway access. Until you see the rear view.

What you're looking at is the part-finished two-storey rear extension (bumping the property up to five bedrooms), and a great big hole in the ground that was the beginning of a swimming pool.
Presumably you could apply for a revision to the planning permission and fill in the hole.
My thinking is courtyard: it looks a nice spot to sit with a gin and tonic and a couple of hounds.
There are no internal photos, the agent's details describe it as a "shell"', but reader Jaki, who told me about the property, found this archived posting which seems to be the same house in 2007, when it sold at £665k.

'Mutton Row' house is on Hobbs Cross Road, in Harlow. Details here and here.

If thatch is your thing, the cottage below is in need of a fair bit of work but could deliver a very sweet Suffolk country home.

The "puzzling" bit is the price. Advertised on Rightmove at £250k as the cottage plus planning permission to extend, and 0.8 acre of garden. But on the agent's site its advertised at £600k for the cottage plus 1.6 acres and planning permission to build 5 houses on the land.
Not a bad return on its 2013 sold price of £212,500.

I couldn't find anything that indicated whether the house and building land might be sold separately, but clearly that would be an issue if you were thinking of investing the £400k or more needed to buy the cottage and renovate it.
With that reservation, the house itself is lovely. Grade II-listed with parts of it dating from the 16th century, and lots of period details.

'White Cottage' is on Shop Street, in the village of Worlingworth. postcode IP13 7HX.
More on the cottage on OnTheMarket here and on the cottage plus land on Savills here.