Thursday, 18 May 2017

Three island 'wrecks' - Orkney and Mull

Reader Abu sent me a batch of Scottish property sweeties. Like me, he's a fan of the UK's wilder edges: "For reasons too complicated to explain, I am obsessed with Scotland and have visited her once. I am not disappointed I have to say. Dunnotar Castle was exceptional. If it were to be restored..."
The three properties are all listed as land or plot for sale, which can mean the house itself is a wreck and you'd be looking at knocking down and starting again, but these three all look like they have potential to renovate and extend rather than rebuild. See what you think.
I usually avoid barn conversions but the property above, is in a gorgeous location at Bunessan on my favourite Scottish island of Mull. Plus it's more byre than barn.

It comes with planning permission and drawings to turn it into a four bedroom home, and sits on a decent bit of land.
On the market at offers around £115k via West Property. More here and here.
Abu wrote that he's from Malaysia where "where (modern) houses are at best built for functional purpose. Traditional structures here are made from timber. Most are the now either fought over, rotting, or/and too expensive to be restore."
His second suggestion could be in that too expensive to restore category but there's an awful lot of potential here for the money (and great views again).

On the Orkney island of Westray, Hillside consists of a cottage and stone outbuildings (byre and tables) plus around half an acre of land.
It's a wreck but a cute wreck - have a look at these two pictures from inside the cottage:

It's the picture over the mantle and the bottle (capped) next to the box bed that get me. Stories.
Hillside is on the market through Lows solicitors at offers over £60k. More here and here.
Finally, no internal photos (entry to house prohibited on safety grounds) but I couldn't resist this handsome house in Stromness, on Orkney.

A C-Listed, 19th century manse, on the Buildings At Risk Register and, the agent warns, requiring "complete and extensive renovation and is not fit for habitation." Heathhill's at risk the assessment on the Register (and more photos) is here.
Three reception rooms, kitchen with scullery and pantry, four bedrooms, box room and bathroom. Outside is a double garage and gorgeous (I like overgrown...) gardens outside, with park views to the front and field views to the rear.
On the market via Orkney Property Centre at offers around £195k. More here and here.

Friday, 5 May 2017

The 'Big House' renovation find in Ireland

Last week, I took you to Ireland. We're going back there this week because this property is stunning. I am utterly in love with 'The Big House'.
Drumdaff House is around 10km from Roscommon Town, the county town of Roscommon in the sort-of middle of Ireland:

The property dates back to 1749 and was known as 'The Big House' locally, lived in by the Digby family for generations until around 1910, before being sold off in parcels. The last owners of Drumdaff appear to have been former tenants of the Digbys - the Gilloolys.
It looks to have been empty for some time and the last occupant probably lived downstairs - the fourth bedroom is on the ground floor, with an en-suite bathroom, and that "kitchen" is the only room that been used recently.

Downstairs there's also a scullery, parlour and hall - all big rooms, and three bedrooms upstairs.
I'm not sure whether the scullery is the attached building, below, or whether this is an extra bit, but you'll notice the original features - flagstones, fires, beams etc. throughout - and the renovation work that needs doing.

Windows at the front have been replaced with double-glazed units and the house has water, electricity, and a septic tank.

Outside is a handsome sweep of gardens, drive and lawns - the house comes with around 1.7acres.

Now guess the price?
If you read last week's post, you'll know I'm suggesting that Ireland is the place to buy big empty properties right now (assuming you can find something not ugly new-build) - low prices, lots of space, and as easy to get to as France.
Drumdaff House is on the market at 129,900 euros - that's around £110k (even with our falling pound...). Crazy!
On the market through REA Brady. Details and more pictures here and here.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Let's move to Ireland: country homes to do up

I'm taking you to Ireland today, while we still can.
Also, I was reminded in a tweet from Wreck reader Hazel that southern Ireland is pretty fabulous, and cheap, but I hadn't covered it. She sent me the property, above and below, in County Donegal by way of example.
It is handsome and definitely not a wreck, looks like someone has already started updating it. But it's the price - just 150,000 Euro for a big detached, stone-built house in the suburbs - that makes it really interesting.

The detached property is about a mile from the town centre of Ballybofey. There's an impressive hallway, three good-size reception rooms and a small kitchen downstairs; three bedrooms and bathroom upstairs.
Outside is a yard area, detached garage and a good-sized garden.

On the market through Paul Reynolds/Property Partners at 150k Euro, more here and here.
One the even-cheaper-but-more-of-a-wreck side of the equation, is the cottage below, in the County Kerry village of Kilgarvan.

It looks to have been empty for sometime and, given that agent describes one of the two downstairs reception rooms as a "bedroom" (with a look in the corner - yuk...), looks like it's last occupant may not have ventured upstairs for a while either.

Certainly some of the three bedrooms are in a bit of state:

Outside is a small but sweet garden with lovely views and the village location makes it attractive, even on the wet Irish day the photos were taken.

On the market at 40,000 Euro (yes, 40k!) via Gallivan/Property Partners. More here.
But if space and views are more your thing, the property below (my personal favourite) comes with 20 acres of land, gorgeous mountain views and a part-finished project.

Meenala is just outside Gortahork, in Donegal, about 30 miles from Letterkenny.
Basically a derelict, three-room original cottage with a new-built and part-finished big extension.
The open-plan kitchen/living room extension has marble floors, a wood burner, oil-fired central heating and double-glazed windows, new bathroom, and an unfinished mezzanine.

Outside, as well as those 25 acres, is a big new garage and older original buildings.

All that for 125,000 Euro. Imagine what you'd pay for the same space and views in Tuscany?
On the market through Paul Reynolds/Property Partners, more here.

Incidentally, buying property in Ireland is not that much different to buying one in the UK, i.e. painful, slow and costly but mostly worthwhile ; )
There are plenty of guides online, including here and here.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Three detached Welsh 'wrecks'

Three Welsh wrecks for you today. First the detached cottage above and below, up for auction next week (and my prompt for picking Welsh properties).
Definitely a wreck, and lovely because of that. Actually not so sure about the lovely... how about we go with charming?
Two reception rooms and kitchen downstairs, two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. Plus dilapidated attached stone barn, and a third of an acre of land. Bonus!
Nice rural location in the hamlet of Sarnau, about seven miles from Welshpool, in Powys.
It looks like someone's had a go at doing some work on it. You'll want to find out how far they got and why they stopped.

And whether this stream running in front of the house had anything to do with the 'why they stopped'. See the gap under those concrete blocks?

Up for auction via Morris, Marshall and Poole on April 27th, with a guide price of £125k. More here and here.
Also on the 'big job' side of wreck-buying, is the farmhouse below, at Llandeilo, Carmartheshire. It does, however, come with a  whopping 27 acres of land!

Two reception rooms, kitchen and loo downstairs; three bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. And a rather enthusiastic attitude to decor throughout...

Outside is an attached garage/workshop, plus the land - which includes around 14 acres of woodland and 13 of pasture.

On the market through Evans Bros with a  guide price of £215k. More here and here.
Finally, JJ Morris has this detached village house in Wolfscastle, Pembrokeshire on the market at just under £190k:

No internal pictures and the agent's details don't give any clues to the renovation need (unless you take the fact the sale includes a static caravan in the garden as a sign of the house's habitable state...), but a good size and in a nice village green location, with a pretty garden out back. More here.