Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Farmhouse with land, on Dartmoor, Devon

I was in two minds whether to pick this house.
On the one hand, refurb job aside, it's an amazing building in an extraordinarily lovely location in the Dartmoor national park.
Plus it comes with four acres, a stream, gardens, stables and a barn. And those gothic windows - yummy!
But on the other hand, it's leasehold and owned by Charlie and his Duchy of Cornwall and there's only seven years left on the current 20-year lease, plus c£4,600 annual rent on top.
Because it's a Duchy house (and they have short leases) you won't get a mortgage on it.
All of which explains why a detached house with land in the middle of a national park is going for offers around £100k.

Upstairs are three bedrooms and a bathroom, downstairs are two reception rooms, kitchen, utility and hall.
It needs refurbishment throughout and the brick outbuildings, including the one that houses the electricity generator, are pretty dilapidated.
Water is spring-fed, there's no gas supply (heating/cooking is open fires, a stove and a Rayburn) and there's private drainage.
It's pretty isolated, down from the village of Princetown and reached via a long Moorland track, but for someone looking for a quiet life and wide open spaces... details here.

Monday, 7 April 2014

"Heathcliff's" house, plus Scottish farmhouses

Right, after all the fuss of last week, it's back to business. I'm in Scotland today (metaphorically speaking) because of Morag.
Morag has sent me some lovely, encouraging emails over the last year but is currently in a bit of a bind herself having sold her own home but not yet found her dream "Heathcliff House":
"The girls at work laugh at me because I have a loft full of things for 'my next house' and they are in the mould of my 'Heathcliff House' Old, grey and mysterious on the outside!
If it is out there it will find me - of that I'm sure."
Rather bizarrely, Heathcliff's house is actually on the market.
Emily Bronte probably based Thrushcross Grange on Ponden Hall (above), and is thought to have based Heathcliff's farmhouse on Ponden Hall's layout; transplanted to the location of the long-gone Top Withen's farmhouse, below.

At £950k, I suspect Ponden Hall is outside the price bracket for Morag - and pretty much all of us!! But the six bed Hall plus two-bed annex has been on the market since last summer, via Charnock Bates(link here).

Aside from the price tag, "Heathcliff's" Yorkshire house is also in the wrong location for Morag. So, back to Scotland...
Around 60 miles from Morag is gorgeous Low Auldgirth farmhouse, below, in Dumfries. On the market at offers over £195k, through Smiths Gore (link here).
Currently divided into two apartments, it needs renovating and returning to its original, four-bed home state.
There's lots of space inside and outside is a big garden, plenty of parking and adjoining outbuildings - perfect for kennels (Morag breeds collies).

Marginally closer, at Inversnaid in the Trossachs National Park, is the fabulously remote Garrison Farm, below.
Three bedrooms, plus two attic rooms. Two self-contained studio apartments, outbuildings, grazing ground (almost five acres of land) and its own ruined fort!
On the market at £225k through GKD Galbraith. Link here and PDF here.

Finally, I wrote about the house below, in Elsrickle, around 25 miles from Morag, way back in July 2012.
It's taken two years and a £10k price drop to attract a buyer (under offer but that doesn't mean it isn't worth a look). The house is semi-derelict (presumably more so since 2012) but comes with around a third of an acre of land. Marketed by Rettie at offers over £85k. Link here.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Thank you to the best property fans ever!!

It's official. Wreck of the Week is the PrimeLocation best blog of 2013
 - and I have you lot to thank for that.
Thank you for voting for me. I'm ridiculously excited and more than a little overwhelmed that so many of you took the trouble to not only vote, but email and tweet friends and colleagues and badger them to vote too.
You're brilliant - all of you.

Sue xx


PS: And thanks also to PrimeLocation themselves for running the competition in the first place. Good on you chaps and chapesses of PL!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Coastal homes, Ramsgate and Dorset

It's sunny today: let's go to the seaside.
If you get a bit squeamish at the site of plaster-less walls, you should hide behind a cushion until I tell you it's safe to look again, because this stately detached in Ramsgate has walls as bare as they can get.

Now, if you're me, you'll have looked at those pictures and seen space and light and some damn fine fireplaces and thought: "Hey, at least I can see whether the bricks are damp."
But then maybe I should have shown you this pic:

Personally, I'm still seeing space and grand windows and a really interesting renovation job.
It's on West Cliff Road, around 800 yards from Ramsgate's buzzing Royal Harbour.
The house steps up and down a bit inside but basically downstairs are three big rooms, hall, and former loo, with three bedrooms (one squidgy) and former bathroom upstairs.
At the back is a 25-ft garden area but parking may be an issue - double yellows front and side.

It's on the market through Miles and Barr at a  fiver under £180k. Details here.
Ok, it's safe to look again now.

I've no idea what the walls are like inside cottage number 6, above, on Dorset's spectacular White Nothe headland looking out to sea over Weymouth Bay. But I can tell you that there no mains services. At all. 
Rainwater is harvested and pumped in, heating and cooking is by LPG and log burner, there's a septic tank for sewerage and the nearest parking is the National Trust carpark, one-and-a-half miles away.
So why did I pick it? This quote from the auctioneer's catalogue:

Built in approximately 1902 to keep watch on the local smugglers. The sea facing bedroom has a small raised recess with room for a stool on which to sit and survey the coast.
That view, a wooden stool, today's sunshine - oh my!
Reader Nici tipped me off about it and the two-bed cottage is up for auction today, through Savills, with a guide price of £95k. Lot 101 on this list.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Rolling, rolling, rolling, get them houses rolling...

It's been a while since I did a transportation as homes post, but when Wreck reader Grouse sent me a couple of website links, I was inspired!
First the traditional gypsy wagons, above and below. From the website gypsywaggons.co.uk, which carries ads for classic bowtop, showman and gypsy caravans.
Among my favourites are the beautifully restored, 1909 Burton caravan above and below. Definitely not a wreck, but ready for its final decorative paint job.

It's being sold direct at £14k ("no time wasters") email and details here
To get an idea of what decoration can do for a wagon, this gorgeous renovation of a pre-1914, Thomas Of Chertsey showman's wagon (below) is on the market at offers around £20k. Details here.

If what you're after is something cheaper, there were some very cute, towable bowtop wagons on the list. The ones below are all around the £6-7k mark. More here.

If all of that seems a bit too retro, how about a Citroen H Van? French, snub-nosed cuties with a particular penchant for being used as catering wagons.
Grouse sent me a link to H Van World which specialises in these snub-nosed cuties. This one caught my eye - a 1957 original split screen H van in beautiful condition:

It's on the market at £15,220. New MOT, no road tax, no VAT.
Or, if you're up for renovating one yourself, the 1977 HY IN2 catering van below is sold as is at £4995. More details and more vans here.