Friday, 14 September 2012

Detached houses: Dorchester and Wales

A couple of properties suggested by 'Wreck' fans today, both with big project potential.
I'm very fussy about what properties I pick for 'Wreck' so when Hannah told me about Fordington House (above), in Dorchester, my first thought was that it was way too big and pricey for the site.
But I'm a sucker for a handsome house that's been loved and lived in.
Fordington is an 11-bedroomed Grade II* listed, detached house with almost half an acre of garden. The owners bought it as a derelict wreck twenty-five years ago and have lived in the attic flat since, gradually renovating the building and bringing it back to life.
They created three flats (currently let) in the main house, but the 18th century west wing, with its entrance hall and galleried staircase (below) is unrenovated.


Basically the owners are now in their 70s and the project is too much for them to finish. It's on the market through Greenslade Taylor Hunt at £700k, more details here.
The second house, pictured below, was suggested by 'Wreck' reader Amy. It's a fabulous detached farmhouse in Deiniolen, Caernarfon, with one-and-a-quarter acres of paddocks and garden and two extra buildings.

The main house is two rooms up, two rooms down and needs a total renovation job. There's also a roofed, stone barn behind it (below) and a further, derelict stone barn.
It's in a fabulous location, with open views across the surrounding fields and hills. Caernarfon is around seven miles away and Bangor about nine miles.


It's on the market through Dayffd Hardy (up for auction next month) with a guide price of £125k. More details here.