Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Three fab Anglesey do-ups

Does it sound really bad that I didn't actually know where Anglesey is until I started 'Wreck..'? 
Worse, I thought it was part of that Guernsey/Jersey bit in the Channel, rather than a rather pretty bit of Wales in the Irish Sea.
Sorry about that Anglesey-ians... Angleans...Anglesonions...Moch mon
Anyway, three stunning properties on Anglesey this week.
First, the seven-bedroomed former Rectory, above and below, up for auction at the end of this month.

The property, in the village of Llanfachraeth, comes with around two acres of garden land and outbuildings. It's thought to date from the 14th century but isn't Listed so - yay, plastic windows here we come!
If needs a fair bit of work. The photos show some damp issues (there's a well in the cellar and one in the garden..) and the agent's note mentions Japanese knotweed.
There's an old-lady-gone (or old vicar gone..) look about it - notice the Christmas tree, but it's a handsome property with bags of space.

As well as those seven bedrooms, there are four reception rooms (including a "parlour" with that gorgeous big Aga), kitchen, pantry, and cold room; a first floor bathroom and a shower room.
Up for auction on November 26th through Auction House North Wales (lot 10) with a guide price of £150-£175k. Details and more pictures here.
Reader James sent me this property, below, at Mona, Boddfordd.
The house actually belongs to his parents, who bought it ten years or so ago and are now selling up:
My parents began work and stopped the rot in the late 1990s (the house is 2* listed), my father being a carpenter his entire working life. They didn’t proceed much further due to some issues with the planning department around an intended change of use. Eventually they have decided to sell as they are both now in their 70s.

It has bags of history attached (links to Thomas Telford) and some of the creepiest cellars I've ever seen...

The former coaching inn has an enormous amount of space - seven rooms downstairs and ten upstairs, plus over a thousand square feet of vaulted cellars in the house itself; wrapped around with masses of stone outbuildings - presumably former stables for the 200-year-old, II* listed building.

There are bags of period details and features - but also some serious renovation and repairs to finish.
And the adjoining house is for sale separately. Hmm.

Outside is that massive courtyard, plus an original orchard, and static caravans for living in while you work.
On the market through HouseSimple with a guide price of £545k, details and more pictures here and here.
Last but most definitely not least is this beautiful former chapel in a hamlet close to the village of Gaerwen:

The stonebuilt chapel comes includes two-bedroom living accommodation plus a detached two-storey schoolhouse, and gardens:

There are masses of original details - hopefully they're included in the sale - and the whole lot is on the market through Dafyyd Hardy at offers over £150k. Details and more pictures here and here.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Six Highland crofts and cottages

It's cold,wet and windy today. Perfect weather for a virtual visit to Scotland for a round-up of six lovely wrecks.
Starting with my current favourite - the traditional cottage above and below, at Inverkirkaig, a couple of miles from the fishing port of Lochinver, Sutherland.
Three bedrooms, two reception, kitchen and bathroom - and gorgeous views over Inverkirkaig Bay.
outside is a small, fenced garden and disused outhouse.

It's on the market at offers over £100k through Wilsons - PDF here. Details and more pictures here.

There are no internal pix for the traditional Scottish croft (above), but the riverside location looks gorgeous.
On the market through Strutt & Parker at offers over £120k, you get the three-bed farmhouse above, plus the chunky stone outbuilding (below) and half an acre of land.

The property sits on the River Don, around seven  miles outside Alford, Aberdeenshire, on the A980.
More details and pictures here and here.
Talking of location, the view from this Caithness property is stunning:

Shame the house itself is so ugly:

On the market through Georgesons at offers over £60k, the house is being sold "as seen" (isn't that true of all property...?). It's at Bettyhill, in Caithness, around 30  miles from Thurso - and that view is over Betty Hill Bay.
The three-bed property has two reception rooms, bathroom and kitchen and a small garden.

More details and pix here and here.
Also in Caithness is the prettier cottage below, at East End, Armadale.

Three beds, living room, kitchen and bathroom. And lovely rural and sea views.

It comes with stone outbuildings and around five acres of tenanted and part-shared croft land - making this a more complex sale - but the whole package is on the market through Inksters at offers over £100k.
Details and more pix here and here.
If you're up for a bigger renovation challenge, £108k will get you two crofts (below) and land near the Highlands village of Helmsdale.

There are two derelict houses, one already de-crofted, plus a stone barn and just under five acres of croft land. Again - spectacular views, this time over the North Sea.
The properties are up for sale together or separately (the de-crofted house and plot is £40k) via Re/max Elite - details here.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Fancy a big Cheshire house? Two for auction

Two chunky Cheshire properties up for auction this week - including this handsome manor house.
The three-storey, Grade II* listed house is on the edge of Great Budworth village, about two miles from Northwich.
Aston Park House is surrounded by large gardens, plus a courtyard with parking. At the back is a two-floor annex, used for storage and garaging.

Three reception rooms, kitchen, hall, cloakroom etc. on the ground floor; four bedrooms and bathroom on the second floor and four bedrooms on the attic floor. Plus a large cellar.
There are no internal pictures but it looks like the property has been empty for a while - the kitchen and bathrooms have been stripped.
Back in 2013, it was up for auction through Pughs - Sam wrote about it on her fabulous blog (with some inside pix).
Prior to that, it seems to have been run as a posh B&B.
And in 2014, despite being listed as having "fallen into disrepair" it sold at auction for £402k.
Sort of makes me think of a racehorse, passed from buyer to buyer and never raced...
Anyway, Aston Park is up for auction again - this time through Allsops, on 29 October, with a guide price of £350K+
It's Lot 180
In the same auction is Lot 242, below. A large former care home in Woodley, about ten miles from Manchester.

The property, in tree-lined grounds of around an acre, has been divided into lots of rooms - reception room, kitchen, laundry and eight bedrooms on the ground floor; lounge, bathrooms and seven bedrooms on the first floor. Plus outbuildings:

I found some references to it having been both a hotel and a residential care home in the past (as Further Hey) but couldn't find a listing on the CQC - maybe it never got as far as being inspected?
Anyway, the property is at 41 Wernerth Road in Woodley. Guide price is upwards of £425k.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Country house and land, Northamptonshire

This is pricier than my usual picks. And the pictures are rubbish (take them on your phone, did ya?). 
Kilsby Grange, in Northamptonshire, came to me via a tip-off from Hazel, on Twitter, who'd seen it in a story in the Northampton News.
It's a very handsome house.
Lived in by the Harrison family since 1921, the 200-year-old Georgian country manor comes with 10.5 acres, including woodland, pasture and gardens.

The property is unmodernised but there are lots of original features worth hanging onto.
And gadzillions of space.
Drawing room, dining room, kitchen (with Aga), workshop, loo, pantry and store rooms downstairs; four bedrooms upstairs and four attic rooms above them.
No bathroom. No central heating (period fireplaces in rooms).

The agents, Howkins and Harrison are selling a further plot of land and an agricultural building separately.
A barn, byre, stables and cottages previously part of the Grange were sold off in 2009 and 2011, and the contents of the house (some pictured below) were auctioned off at the end of September.

Anthony Harrison, a former Senior Partner of Howkins and Harrison, died last year, prompting the sale of the house.
On the market at offers over £350k. Details here and on Rightmove here.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Underground, overground, hobbiting free...

Made you look, made you stare....Yep. It's a bunker.
Well, actually a reservoir. With full planning permission to turn it into an underground eco home.
Frodo would love it.

The reservoir is within about half an acre of land in a pretty location on the edge of one of Hull's poshest villages - Elloughton - and with decent site access.
The building itself is one big (1600sqft) space, with an entrance. And the plans extend that to 2400sgft to build in a three-bed home with courtyard and parking.

It's on the market through Hudson Property with a guide price of £150k - tho' advertised here and on the PDF at £125k (make your mind up, mate!).
Details and more pictures here.