Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Cornish seaside semi to renovate


Time for some Cornish sea air.
The semi above and below is in the pretty seaside village of Porthleven. Sent to me by regular reader Angus, 2 Cliff Road has four reception rooms and a kitchen downstairs, plus bathroom (hurrah!) and three bedrooms upstairs. The agents details describe it as four bedrooms but goodness knows where they think the fourth would be.
There's a bit of a yard area at the back, and the property faces directly onto the street.
It needs a lot of work, obviously, which might make the £275k guide price feel a bit steep. Until you see the location.


Close enough to smell the sea but not have it burst in through your front door.
What throws me is the contrast between the neatly-painted outside of the house, and the state of the inside. Although that may have something to do with its position in Porthleven's conservation area.
Lots of original features, and I love these left behind links to the people who once loved this house:





The house is a bit of a mish-mash of rooms. I get the feeling it was once a shop plus a house. You'll want to knock through some walls, as we say in renovation-land.


Having said that, I'm a bit worried abut what this pole at the end of the banister is holding up. 


And then there's the kitchen...


So, bit of work. Fabulous location. Price probably negotiable. What's not to like about it?
On the market through Christophers, at £275k. More here and here.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Large village cottage with benefits


Just so we're clear here, yes, it was the climbing wall in the bedroom that swung it for me.
Because obviously this isn't the prettiest cottage I've shown you (although I would argue that depends on your perspective, personally, I think this has cuteness in bundles).
And clearly it needs work. A lot of work (hey, wreck of the week here!).
But this wall.


Ok. Back to the property itself.
Lee House is a detached (just about) cottage in the south Cumbrian village of Burton in Kendal.
An open living/dining space downstairs, plus a part-renovated kitchen. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a bathroom (yay!).








Rooms are decent sizes and plenty of nice features. Plus opening up that downstairs space was a good move (assuming it's been done correctly...).
Outside is a large garden, mostly walled, with potential rear access.



Some work has been done on the property but there's a lot more to be done. The property isn't listed and has permitted development rights, which means you can go ahead with some development (e.g an extension) within needing to apply for planning permission. You'll need to talk to South Lakeland District Council planning office to check what rights have been assigned to the property, but PDR is a helpful shove up the renovation ladder.
Lee House is on the market through Hackney and Leigh at £175k. Details here and here.

PS: The house next door is also up for sale. A semi, no garden (though courtyard is lovely) but a fabulous job done on the renovation. On the market through Milne Moser at offers around £300k, so worth a look to get an idea of the potential in Lee House. Pictures and info. here.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Two thatched cottages on village greens


Two Listed thatched homes for you today. Both overlooking their village green, both packed with original features.
The sweet cottage above and below is in the Norfolk village of South Lopham, about five miles from Diss. The Grade II-listed end terrace has three bedrooms, sitting room, dining room, kitchen and downstairs bathroom/shower room.
Lots of original cottage-y features - possibly including those endearingly wonky ceilings and walls ; )




There are three gardens - the front garden, a small garden immediately behind the cottage and a larger one across a shared drive.




On the market through Parson, at £145k. More here and here.
Drakes Farmhouse, below, is rather larger - and rather more expensive.


Also Grade II listed, it faces onto the village green at Ilton, in Somerset, around three miles from Ilminster.
Four bedrooms, three reception rooms, hall, kitchen - and the bathroom's upstairs.




There are gardens to the side and rear, plus a yard (shared drive), garage, workshop and several stores.




On the market through GTH with a guide price of £375k. More here and here.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Five cute and cheap chapels to renovate


It's church week... ready, steady WRECK!!
This chapel in Cumbria is possible the cutest little church I've ever come across. That fence for starters.
Only three rooms (though decent sizes): the chapel, a kitchen, and ante room. Lots of gorgeous features - stone and parquet floors, lancet windows and doors (let's just ignore that hole in the floor for now, shall we?).





There isn't much in the way of land - a small front garden and a bit of yard area at the side and back, and that background row of trucks in my Google grab are rolling along the A66.


But you've also got this:


The chapel comes with planning permission for change to residential use, but also a requirement to add a sewerage treatment plant in the front garden (there's only a chemical toilet). Something to bear in mind if you're seeing roses clambering over that fence.
It's is at North Stainmore, a couple of miles from Brough and about four from Kirby Stephen.
On the market through PFK with a guide price of £105k. Details here and here.
Also lacking services but gorgeous regardless, is Lochfyneside Church, in Argyll, Scotland:


Small, cute, possibly derelict (no inside pictures) and with a stunning location overlooking Loch Fyne. However, there's no vehicular access to the site, as well as no sewerage or water. To get planning permission for residential use you'll need plans that deliver that access. The chapel fronts onto a road so whether the issue is building access or buying access isn't clear.
But while you think about that, here's another view (from here):


On the market via the Church of Scotland* at offers around £35k. More here and pdf here.
Dai Lewis estate agent has a couple of pretty chapels on their books, although neither of them come with planning permission for change to residential use. You'd need to check on that.
Gerazin Baptist Church (what a name!) is at Cippyn, about a mile from gorgeous Poppit Sands beach, and in the Pembrokeshire National Park.


One big room - the double-height chapel - plus porch and a couple of storage rooms off, and a large parking area to the side.



It's sold with an over-age clause, so if you do turn it into a house you'll need to pay the chapel trustees 25 percent of any increase in value.
All that aside, it's on the market at offers over £30k. Yep, £30k. Details here.
Dai Lewis also has this chapel, below, in the town of Llandysul.


Not quite on the same prettiness scale, but it does at least have services (there's a kitchen and toilets) and the two-floor layout is more amenable, and it does have a garden. Of sorts.



The Grade II listed Sacred Hands/Ebenezer Chapel is on the market at £95k. Details here.
Finally, I featured Mouswald Church, below, way back in 2012 writing that "even the graveyard doesn't stop it being cute as a button".


At that point the Dumfries lovely was listed on the Church of Scotland's own list of properties for sale* at offers over £40k.
Five years later, church fittings and fixtures have been mostly stripped (and sold...?) and the property is back on the market at the rather heftier "offers over £90k".
It does however now come with planning consent and listed building consent for the switch from house of God to family house. Hmm...
On the market through DGSPC and the CoS, details here, here and pdf here.

*I've previously posted about mentioned the Church of Scotland's property for sale list, and the Church of England's similar list. Always worth a regular browse for church-do-up dreamers.