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.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Two traditional Welsh cottages

Two Welsh wrecks for you today - both traditional stone cottages. 
First the detached cottage above, in a good location at Ceunant, midway between Caernarfon and Llanberis, around 20 minutes drive from the A55.
Lounge, kitchen, two bedrooms, bathroom and utility room - it has lapsed planning permssion to extend. There's a garden area to the front and side and it comes with stone outbuildings with potential.
Inside are some nice features, like this fireplace in the lounge:

Outside are great views at the front, across to Caernarfon Bay, Anglesey and the sea:

Though not so great at the back:

It's on the market at offers around £129,950, through Bob Parry. Details and more pix here.
Also worth as look is the two-bed detached cottage below, in Llanfairyneubwll on Anglesey, a couple of miles from the village of Valley:
Two living rooms, kitchen, two bedrooms and bathroom and comes with an impressive seven acres of land.
Another stone-built, traditional cottage but this one needs a full renovation job (the agent says it's too unstable for internal viewings).
On the market at £150k through Bereford Adams, details here.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Two London property "do-uppers"

I struggle with London, I really do. It just doesn't make sense to me that people would pay so much to live there.
Now I know you Southerners are probably fed up of us Northerners saying stuff like that, and obviously I can understand the having to live there bit, what with London delivering 80% of new jobs in the UK, but wanting to live there? Nope - you've lost me.
Anyway, setting aside my personal preference for living elsewhere, I'm looking at London "wrecks" today.
Mostly because Sam and his wife, who run the London renovation property site, kindly offered me free access to their swish search engine and I had a good trawl through.
The house above, in Eltham, SE9, caught my eye - not least because it still has the original air raid shelter in the back garden. How cool is that!

The garden itself is an impressive 95-feet long, with brick-built garage and off-street parking (both of which you could probably rent out nowadays through an app or something).

The house needs modernising but there are some nice original features and it has a lovely, open feel.
It's detached, with three bedrooms and bathroom upstairs; two receptions, kitchen and garden room downstairs.
On Dobell Road, it's up for sale at offers around £450k through Robinson Jackson, details and more pix here.
I also liked the four-bed, Edwardian semi, below, on Fox Lane in Palmers Green, N13:

Lovely big rooms and lots of fab original features, including fireplaces and stained glass windows. Plus a pretty and secluded garden.

It's on the market at a fiver under £700k (not so keen on that bit!) through Anthony Webb. Details and more pix here.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Country cottages - Devon and Gloucestershire

Three fairly isolated rural properties today, all with land, great views and nearby streams.
Two Brook Cottage (above) is in the Forest of Dean, a couple of miles from the village of Blakeney.
It comes with around an acre of land (mostly sloping), with the stream to the front and direct access to the forest. Vehicle access to the property is limited and the two-bedroom house needs completely renovating.

Two Brook is up for sale through Ferrino, at £180k. Details and more pix here.
The detached bungalow below, sent by Sarah, is up for auction on August 29th, with a guide price of £230k.

Which might seem expensive for a not particularly pretty two-bed bungalow, but it's in a gorgeous location on Dartmoor with amazing views and comes with just over half an acre of land and a nearby wild swimming pool.

It's at Batworthy on the Moor, around four miles from the rather lovely Chagford and 22 from Exeter.
On the market through Stags, details and more pictures here.
Also up for sale at the same auction is the two-room Dartmoor chalet, below, with a guide price of £75k.

It comes with half an acre of land, frontage onto the River Taw, vehicle access and parking and is about half  a mile from the north Dartmoor village of Belstone.
According to the agent's blurb, it's believed to have been built in the 1920s by local artist, Peter Younger, who lived and worked there.
The chalet has been used as a holiday cottage and campsite for many years, with overnight sleeping permitted. Details and more pix here.