Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Three Gloucestershire village cottages

Don't know about wreck of the week, it's been about more like wreck of the month of late. Sorry about that - the paid job* has been taking more of my time than usual. Anyway, I'm back. And with a positive glut of Gloucestershire beauties to show you.
First up is the sweet mid-terraced property, above, in the pretty border village of Staunton, around four miles from Monmouth.
Now it takes something for me to pick a terraced home for "Wreck..", and with this one the something was the shuttered windows. Plus the whole darn cute cottagey-ness of it. I mean, look at the garden:

It's Grade II listed and needs renovation, although it looks like some electrical work's been done recently.
Downstairs is a kitchen, a good-sized lounge with stone fireplace, and a downstairs shower room. Upstairs are two bedrooms and the bathroom.
It's on the market through Steve Gooch at a £tenner under £180k. Details here.

The cottage, above, in the ancient village of Bream is a part-finished renovation job. Downstairs is a good-size lounge/dining room, plus (unfitted) kitchen, and (fitted) bathroom. Two bedrooms upstairs.

There's a decent-sized garden at the front and a tarmac yard and double garage at the rear. Outside there's that 100ft rear garden, plus a garage, and a courtyard garden at the front.
It's on the market through Richard Butler at a £fiver under £160k - a £10k reduction on its original asking price. Details here.
Next up is this old-lady-gone end-terrace in the Cotswold village of Chalford Hill:

Not the prettiest of houses as is - but isn't that the challenge? And it's in a nice setting with a good-sized garden wrapped around three sides:

Downstairs are the hall, sitting room, kitchen/diner. Upstairs are two bedrooms and the bathroom.
Then it gets a bit more complicated.
The property is up for sale through Parkers at £135k - that's after two price reductions within a month, in a village where similar-sized, renovated cottages are going for £100k more.
The reduction on its original (£150k) selling price is probably down to the sentence tossed in at the end of the agent's blurb:
We understand from Stroud District Council that there is a covenant covering this property. Before you arrange to view, please check with the district council on 01453 766321 that you meet the criteria to purchase this property.
Blimey O'Reilly! It's not as if the agents don't know what the covenant is! No wonder they can't sell this house if they expect interested buyers to ring up the council before even deciding whether to view it.
Anyhow, I did some detective work.
This is a former council house on Aston View in Chalford Hill, which is listed as in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).
When Stroud council sold off hundreds of AONB homes around the district, they attached residency and development restrictions to put off developers moving in redeveloping those areas.
In 2010, those rules were softened but the upshot is that you have to have lived somewhere in Glos for three years to be able buy this house. Property details here.