Monday, 16 December 2013

Two Welsh 'wrecks' - Wye Valley and Anglesy


I'm in Wales today. Not actually in Wales - actually I'm in a chilly office in Stoke-on-Trent, but Wales is where I'm 'wreck' browsing.
First up is the five-bed, detached former writers and artists retreat in the upper Wye Valley, above. Needs "extensive" renovation but the setting is fabulous.
It comes with around two acres of land, including river access and fishing rights, with the option to buy or rent more land. The two acres is split into garden area and wooded walkways around the house and an acre of woodland on the opposite side of the A470, including bathing pool and river access:


It's a weird building with pretty much everything (bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, two reception, utility) on the ground floor in either the main timber building or the extension, with a second living room stuck on top - the bit you can see in the top pic and below:

It's pretty isolated - around three miles from the town of Rhayader and 30 from Aberystywth.
On the market through James Dean at offers around £180k. Details and more pix here.

Not quite as remote, is the four-bed detached former farmhouse, above, in Rhosgoch, Anglesey.
There's a decent-sized garden are at the back and parking and a yard-like area at the front.
Downstairs are two reception rooms, kitchen, hall and utility, plus integral garage. Upstairs are four bedrooms (three small-ish), bathroom, and a storage room above the garage.
All a bit of a mess and needs a fair bit of renovation inside and out - looks like it's been empty for a long time, but a nice-looking house - and you've got to admire the decor...
On the market through Williams and Goodwin at £84,950. Details here and also here.



Tuesday, 3 December 2013

A house, a bungalow and a pair of cottages

Twenty-two days to go. Actually 21 if, like me and my siblings, you were brought up not to count Christmas Day itself. (Because obviously Christmas Day starts around 3am when you're six).
I've got other countdowns for you today: two days to the Graham Penny auction; eight days to the Roman auction; and 14 days to a rather controversial auction in Suffolk.
Yep, it's an auction special!
First up is the three-bed detached pictured above, in Matlock. It's one of several properties being sold off by Derbyshire County Council via auctioneers Graham Penny (lot 62) this Thursday.
The house, on Woolley Road, comes with an impressive third of an acre of land and garden, private drive and stunning views over the town towards Riber castle:

There's a guide price of £195k plus - more details here and a clawback clause to prevent developers building multiple houses on the land.
Next, time-wise, is the detached two-bed bungalow in Reading, below. Up for auction through Romans on December 11th, the property was suggested to me by Wreck reader Nici.
It's an old-lady-gone bungalow with some sweet features and a nice garden. I like the entrance:


Wasn't sure how I felt about the little notes left on furniture and fittings (below). Do they say "eBay this" or "dump this"? I had an image of the little old lady with a similar sign stuck to her forehead.

It's on The Mount, a decent and popular area of Reading, close to the University. There's a guide price of £220k. Details and more pix here.
Finally, Wreck reader Keith sent me a couple of links to stories in the Haverhill Echo about controversy around the pair of Suffolk cottages, below, up for auction on December 17th.

In a nutshell, the cottages date back to the early-1800s and are the last of their type and age on Haverhill's High Street. 
Developers Havebury Housing originally wanted to knock them down and build a bunch of flats on the site. Residents objected and the current plans are to build four flats on part of the site and put the cottages up for auction with the condition that they're renovated. (Incidentally, Jack of the Echo - that is how you spell renovated). 
However, a committee meeting of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, due this Thursday, could see approval given for demolition of the cottages.
The two-bedroom cottages had previously been used as one, interconnected property. They're currently listed through Auction House (East Anglia) to be reinstated as two homes as part of a full renovation job. 
The guide price for the pair is £50-£70k. It's lot 39A, auctioneer's details here and Rightmove listing here.