Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Homes with live/work business appeal

A couple of live/work properties for you today (and an apology for the long gap - life got a bit crazy for a while).
I can't quite make my mind up about this first one. A former restaurant, bar, shop in the Welsh village of Rosebush (what a name!) in Pembrokeshire, on the edge of the national park.
There's a four-bed house (no bathroom) and a nice parcel of land with a large workshop. (Is it just me who would be nervous of opening the workshop doors...?)

It's Grade II-listed and needs a fair bit of work, but there's a massive amount of space here for the money and great potential for building a home with attached business. Tho' my guess is that you might want to rethink the restaurant idea out of season.

On the market through John Francis at offers around £180k. Details and more pictures here
John Francis also has the interesting (and cheap!) pair of properties, below.

Carmel Chapel is being sold with its pews and pulpit, along with the less-pretty but good-sized three bedroom house.

The properties are on the outskirts of Clarbeston village, in Pembrokeshire and, with planing permission, that chapel would make a lovely holiday cottage or rural business.
The house needs a fair bit of work but does include a kitchen and a bathroom.

There's no garden as such, just a parking area and yard, adjacent to the chapel graveyard (but at least the graveyard isn't on your land).
On the market with a guide price of £60k for the lot. Up for auction on March 9th, unless sold. Pictures and more details here.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A Norfolk water tower and a Welsh estate

As if 2017 isn't going to be enough of a challenge for us all, I thought I'd kick off with two gorgeous - but tricky - grand design contenders.
The water tower is Victorian, Grade II-listed and comes with planning permission (and concurrent price bump) to convert to a four-bed house. It's in the Norfolk town of Dereham, about 15 miles from Norwich.
Not the prettiest of locations on Streetview - the replacement water tower does rather loom over it, and access is currently shared with Anglian Water.

However, the Italian Gothic-style building is an amazing space, with big windows and fabulous details....

....apart from the slightly creepy top floor (try to think skylights and views, rather than apocalypse hide-out).

There's a bit of land to the front and the side, but that access issue will need tackling.

On the market with a guide price of £190k via Hammondlee. More here.
Finally, poor old Highmead Foundation School, below,  in Wales, keeps failing to sell at auction. The good news is, it's dropped in price by £200k since it first went under the hammer.

The former residential college, is MASSIVE (sorry, couldn't avoid going into caps then).
Built around a Grade II-listed mansion dating from 1777, it has 46 bedrooms with teaching and accommodation wings, flats, two detached cottages in the grounds, swimming pool, tennis courts and around 27 acres.

Highmead was picked up local and national press as the school 'frozen in time' because rooms were left pretty much as they were when the school closed in 1996.

On the market through auctioneers Lambert Smith Hampton at £750k. More here.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Four terraced houses ripe for renovation

It occurred to me the other day that I've only ever lived in terraces. Houses, flats, frequently (as now) an end-terraced house, but always one in a similar row. That may be why in 'Wreck' I'm drawn to detached homes with land to breathe. 
It may also be why I'm constantly rebuilding, re-modelling my homes - extending, pushing outwards, making difference.
But it also occurred to me that I should celebrate the terrace do-up this week. Not only because that's my experience, but because so many of you write and tell me about how it was that tiny terrace renovation that got you started on the whole 'wreck of the week' thing. Here's Tony, for example:
I could fill a few blogs with my ventures - various updating jobs (the odd wall down here or there, the odd wall build there and here, etc., extensions, barn conversion, three-storey Georgian detached conversion, Burnley stone-terraced and another end-of-terrace that were in various stages of neglect.
Or Cheryl and hubby who doubled the size - and the value - of their 17th Century Cumbrian terraced longhouse in a herculean task:
It has been a long journey - the state of the house impacted on the houses o both sides. It is sandstone, built on red sand, no footings as such, two-foot-thick walls - some with huge tufts of horse hair/lime, a bit like wattles and daub. I thought someone had buried a cat in the wall as the "fur" looked dubious! ....On several occasions, we were about to throw the towel in but the resilience kicked in and we persevered. We consider this to be a huge achievement and we are delighted with the space.
So, on that positive note, here's a bundle of potential terraces for renovation.
Starting on the large side, and in one of my favourite seaside towns, is this five-bedroom terrace in Whitby, pictured top and below.
It is massive: two big reception rooms, a long hallway and a narrow kitchen downstairs; two big bedrooms and the bathroom on the first floor; three more bedrooms on the second floor, and two rooms in the attic!

It's also a checklist of big old Victorian terrace that the last owner was carried out of: piles of junk, check; left-behind family photos, check; scuzzy bathroom, check; period features and diamond-in-the-rough charm, check.

Front garden plus rear yard, and you probably have to stand on a  box to see the sea but at under £200k well worth investigating.
On the market through Bridgfords with a guide price of £190k. More here and here.
If that's a bit on the large side, how about this cute cottage - also in North Yorkshire - in Undercliffe, Pickering?

Two rooms downstairs, one bedroom and bathroom upstairs - about enough space to swing a cat or two. But the rooms are a decent size and the real attraction is in its big garden and outhouse, and the possibility they might offer to extend.

The Grade II-listed property is on the market through Boulton & Cooper at offers over £90k. More here and here.
Also with a big garden (and rather better maintained) is the Welsh cottage below, in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire.

Strictly speaking, Cleddau House is a semi rather than a terrace but surrounded by neighbours so I think it still counts.
Two reception rooms and large kitchen, plus walk-in pantry downstairs; three bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. There's an old conservatory, garage, hardstanding for cars front and to the side (necessary, the house sits on the A40) and that gorgeous garden.

On the market through JJ Morris with a guide price of £165k. More here and here.
And finally, I admit it's the wallpaper on the ceiling that drew me to this one:

Who would wallpaper a ceiling? In red flock?!
Not the prettiest cottage I've seen, and there's some weirdness about access and "drying rights" at the back, but a nice location in the Cumbrian village of Allithwaite, just a  couple of miles from the coast.

Three bedrooms and bathroom upstairs, two reception rooms (the 'dining room' was once a shop, hence two front doors), plus kitchen downstairs, and adjoining store/shed.
On the market through Hackney and Leigh at £140k. More here.