Monday, 1 February 2016

Mill, house, and land - riverside homes


I love water. Despite having the swimming ability of a budgerigar, there's nothing appeals to me more than a home by the sea or a river.
Having said that, buying a property quite this close to water is risky at best in these flood-prone days:

But The Mill on the river Banwy, in Powys, is very, very pretty.
There's the mill itself - basically, a big, semi-derelict three-story space - plus the attached miller's house:

There's also a barn and other outbuildings and over seven acres of land running alongside the river. The mill itself includes some of the original workings, and in 1914 served as the first hydro-electric generator for the Llanfair Electric Light Company.
The property is about a mile outside the small town of Llanfair Caereinon, about 10 miles from Welshpool and 29 from Shrewsbury.
Parts of the site are dangerous and services may be missing or unconnected.
On the market through Strutt and Parker with a guide price of £150k. Details and more pictures here.
While we're on the subject of riverside homes, regular reader Miles wrote to me about a property I'd featured last year:

The derelict Gatehouse, at Ross-on-Wye, was then on the market at £195k but dropped to £175k and is currently under offer (via Jonathan Preece, here)
Miles told me he'd considered buying the former alehouse, and I've added some of his comments to this post because it's useful information for anyone looking at derelict riverside buildings:
I have recently [spent] a lot of time looking at the Gatehouse as a potential project.  I've decided reluctantly that it is simply not viable in any form, at least not as a commercially viable one...
It is sliding down towards the river and needs a minimum of £150k -£200k just to stabilise it.  Alarm bells went off when the structural engineer commented he wouldn't want to continue with the project further (enough said?!)
Finally, site access is a challenge – no flat spaces to store materials and parking is 100m away in the flood zone! I hope someone has the experience and deep pockets to take it on.
PS: The Old Mill at Rogart, Inverness, is still on the market - offers over £90k for the derelict building with planning permission (since 2008) to turn it into. two burnside cottages More here.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Two farmhouses - Devon and Lancashire


Couple of farmhouses with barns to show you today. On the pricey side but good-looking buildings in great locations.
Pictured above and below is New Troughgate Farm at Bacup, Rossdendale, sent to me by reader Liz.

The three-bedroom farmhouse comes with attached stone barn, separate garage and a big garden.
All a bit of mess and in need of rather more than a clean-up and some TLC, but lots of potential to reconfigure and refurbish.
On the market through Farrow and Farrow at £250k, details and more pictures here.
David sent me this handsome Devon home, below, at Hatherleigh.

Crosspark has three bedrooms and, as with the Rossendale house, an upstairs bathroom (always a plus), with kitchen and two reception rooms downstairs.
Outside is a barn, garage (annexed to house), stores and large garden. In all you get around five acres of land, including paddock and woodland.

Lovely countryside location but close enough to the Hatherleigh and Okehampton to not feel isolated, with Exeter 33 miles away.
On the market through Strutt and Parker at offers around £325k. Details and more pictures here and here.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Former pub/farmhouse, Cornwall

Up until 1911, this gorgeous building was a pub - the Plume of Feathers. Since when it's been a farmhouse and a much-neglected home. 
On the downside that neglect means this is pretty substantial renovation project. On the upside it means you get a property which has barely changed since the 19th century.
Inglenook fireplaces, original window seats, windows, cooking range, wood panelling, granite newel staircase to the cellar (or you could just drop, Batman-like, through the floor-less 'Reception 2' into the cellar below...I did say it needed work). If proper period renovation is your thing, this is a dream challenge.

The Grade II Listed house is in the Cornish hamlet of St Euny Churchtown, on the edge of Redruth.
Downstairs are hallway, three reception rooms, former diary room, and beamed kitchen/dining room with this exposed range:

Upstairs are five bedrooms, including this room, which served as the Church Court room for the village in the 18th century:

The building is oozing with history (it's not even clear how old it is).
Outside is small front garden and a long, enclosed rear courtyard, plus the former wash house and cow house:

It's on the market through Philip Martin at £285k. Details and more pictures here, brochure here.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Former chapel, Powys, Wales

Happy New Year! And here's a fabulous Welsh chapel to kick off 2016's cornucopia of "wrecks".
Grade II listed Sardis Chapel, in Ystradgynlais, in Powys, was built in 1860. It's basically just one big room with banks of pews, gallery, an entrance lobby and a bit of land at the side:

But what I loved about it is that the sale includes all fixtures fittings - pulpit, pews, even the organ!


The property has mains electricity but there's no mention of other services (and given the lack of a loo or kitchen, I'd guess no water...). No planning permission to convert, and no mention of who is selling it or whether there are covenants or restrictions on future use. You'll want to make a few phonecalls.
However, it's a gorgeous space in a decent location and, at a Bullseye under £50k, it's worth looking at.
On the market through Clee, details and more pictures here.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Station and house, Boncath, Wales

I'll get to the properties in a mo - including the weirdly wonderful house above, but before I do I just want to say a massive, massive, really-mean-it THANK YOU!
Thank you because today 'Wreck' passed the three-million views mark (actually 3,000,064 as I type this) - woohoo!!
And thank you because of all the fabulous emails you send me, with properties and suggestions, and just generally saying nice things. Thank you.
Anyway, back to why we're both here.
The old Boncath railway station and station masters house, in west Wales, is on the market. And, depending on your point-of-view re baby blue walls and polystyrene ceiling tiles, it's pretty yummy.
The three-bedroom, detached station masters house clearly needs work. The kitchen is tiny and the bathroom is downstairs, but there are some nice original features and there's space around the house to extend.


And it's that space that makes this property interesting, because it includes the former railway station, below.
The station last saw a train in 1963 and, for all I know the building may need a prohibitive amount of work, but it is such a pretty building.


A guy I work with loves trains. He builds garden trains - the sit-on type. I think I may need to send him this link.
On the market through West Wales Properties at £175k. More pictures here and on Zoopla here.