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.