Friday, 5 September 2014

Three Welsh country cottages

I'm developing a bit of thing for Wales.
I used to have a thing for Scotland - particularly the western islands, but getting there can be a bit of a marathon trek from the Midlands. Wales, on the other hand, is reachable in half a day.
Plus property prices are still pretty affordable. As illustration of that point, here are three Welsh lovelies.
The farmhouse above is in countryside a couple of miles from Carmarthen.
At £270k it may not sound affordable but that price includes the four-bed (ish) farmhouse, a massive 4,400sq ft of stone outbuildings and almost 11 acres of land (!) - part of which borders a stream.


Inside is a bit of a mess and has that sad, recently-abandoned look.


But there are some nice original features and the bathroom is upstairs - always a bonus in an old house.
It's on the market through Evans Brothers, details and more pix here and here.
No 2 Little Gilfach Cottages, below, is in Powys and is up for auction through Allsops on September 18th.


No internal pix in the auction catalogue unfortunately but the views outside are lovely:


There's a lounge and kitchen downstairs, two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Outside is a small garden.
The cottage has an auction guide price of £60k-£65k. It's Lot 191 in the catalogue here, pdf details here.
Finally, the three-bed detached below is in the village of Llanafan, about 10 miles from Aberystwyth.


Not the prettiest of "wrecks" inside (and a downstairs shower room) but a good-sized property for the money and in a good location.

It's on the market through John Francis at offers around £150k. Details and more pix here.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Auction properties - Cornwall, Derbyshire and Lincs.

A bundle of auction sweeties for you today, starting with Rambler Cottage, above.
The three-bed semi is in the east Cornish village of Egloskerry, about five miles from Launceston.
There are no internal pictures, but basically there are three rooms plus a shower room downstairs and three bedrooms upstairs.
It comes with a bit of garden to the front and back and the area of land at the side, seen in the picture, which has planning permission to build another house.
The cottage is up for auction on September 9th, through Countrywide Auctions, with a guide price of £95k. Details here and on Zoopla here.
Incidentally, among Countrywide's unsold lots is the rather lovely three-bed detached home below, in  Bradwell, in Derbyshire's Peak District.

Fabulous views from its position above the village although again no internal pix (boo!). It's listed as needing "a full scheme of renovation" - whatever that means - but does have lots of original features and a big garden.
It's on the market at offers from £249k. Details here.
Finally the former mill and cottage below, in the north Lincolnshire town of Barton-Upon-Humber, is up for auction on September 24th.


The cottage and the windmill are Grade II listed, and it comes with around half an acre of land. A major development job - rather more than the usual Wreck do-upper - but a lovely building with a lot of potential.


It's being auctioned by JH Walter with a guide price of £125k. Lot 18 in the catalogue here.


Friday, 22 August 2014

House, Cheriton Fitzpaine, mid-Devon


Now you know me, I'm not generally one for houses joined to each other but this semi caught my eye. Plus it's pretty damn big for a semi. And there's a deadline.
The former farmhouse is in the Devon village of Cheriton Fitzpaine (seriously? That's an actual place?!!).
It has four bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs; two reception rooms, kitchen, and a load of other rooms downstairs - including an integrated, 32ft-12ft garage/store (just seen through doorway below).

There are some lovely original features - I particularly like the shuttered windows in the lounge and dining room, above.
Outside is the garden to the front, plus a chunk of pasture land - about 0.4acre in all.


It's for sale by formal tender through Seddons with a deadline of 1pm on September 8th, at offers over £275k. Details here.

Friday, 15 August 2014

House, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire

Reader Keith sent me this one. He'd first got in touch last year to ask for help in a campaign to save some pretty wrecked but pretty fabulous listed cottages in Haverhill. 
Anyway, the cottages were saved and Keith is one of the very many supportive readers who has voted for my blog and chipped in with suggested properties. Like this one.
It looks a bit plain and council-housey from the front (below), but the rear/side view (above) shows the space and potential in this L-shaped, four-bed detached.


It's on Hill Row in the village of Haddenham - about seven miles from Ely and 10 from Cambridge. (Haddenham has attracted previous Wreck reader-renovators)
Downstairs are a hall, two reception rooms, kitchen, scullery, laundry room and loo. Upstairs are four bedrooms and a bathroom. All decent sizes.


Lots of original features - like a cast iron bread oven in the kitchen, and tiled floors or original fireplaces in several rooms.

But less pretty bits too, and in need of a full renovation job. I'm pretty certain the pic above is of the room the estate agent's calling the "laundry room"...
Outside is a decent garden area - but a shared driveway.

The house is on the market at £175k through Cheffins, details here.


Monday, 11 August 2014

Three big, detached Cornish houses

For all sorts of reasons I've ended up with a bunch of Cornish properties on my "maybe" list, so I thought I'd do a bit of a Cornwall special today.
Can I just say first-of-all that I've never been to Cornwall. Which actually I feel bad about; I sort of think that, having reached life's midway point, I should have at least visited most of England's edges.
Anyway, it looks pretty.
First up is Bridge House, above, in the market town of Camelford. Grade II-listed and with some lovely features in its big rooms:

Downstairs is a hall, a large sitting room, kitchen, utility room, dining room and garden room. Upstairs are four bedrooms, three with en-suite shower rooms, and a bathroom (former B&B perhaps?).
Like the next property, it's close to a road and there's no garden, but it does have a riverside terrace, and actually, if you got rid of that garden room (which looks like it may have been a bit too close to the river at some point...), you could create a much nicer space out there:


Bridge House is on the market through Parkway at a fiver under £170k. Details here and Zoopla link here.


The detached house (above) in the village of Calstock isn't exactly a wreck, just a bit odd - crammed with rooms of all sorts of sizes, starting with a big, two-part cellar. Downstairs is a tiny dining room, reasonable-sized kitchen, bigger than it needs-to-be utility room, bathroom and two bedrooms. All with eccentric decor..


Upstairs is a large lounge with great views, three more bedrooms and another bathroom. There's no garden - just the decked area you can see in front of the entrance door, and the property has a road running either side of it. But the deck has nice views of the Tamar and the stunning viaduct, and if you're the sort who likes to wave to passers-by, you won't be put off by its exposure:


It's on the market through Fulfords at £190k. More details here.
Finally, while you're mulling over that eccentric decor, how do you feel about a purple kitchen?


Actually the rest of this house, in the fabulous area of Gorran, is pretty normal in terms of decor.
Pricier than my other picks at £300k, and it's also not the prettiest of houses from the outside:


However, it's in great, rural location with seaviews, and has bags of space and outbuildings - including these:

Inside are two recption rooms, two kitchens (seriously), two bedrooms (one ensuite), and a bathroom. Plus a large loft with plenty of space to convert into a third bedroom and en-suite.


Outside is a big garden, plus the outbuildings.


 It's on the market through agents May Whetter, details here and details on Vebra here.