Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Two thatched cottages on village greens


Two Listed thatched homes for you today. Both overlooking their village green, both packed with original features.
The sweet cottage above and below is in the Norfolk village of South Lopham, about five miles from Diss. The Grade II-listed end terrace has three bedrooms, sitting room, dining room, kitchen and downstairs bathroom/shower room.
Lots of original cottage-y features - possibly including those endearingly wonky ceilings and walls ; )




There are three gardens - the front garden, a small garden immediately behind the cottage and a larger one across a shared drive.




On the market through Parson, at £145k. More here and here.
Drakes Farmhouse, below, is rather larger - and rather more expensive.


Also Grade II listed, it faces onto the village green at Ilton, in Somerset, around three miles from Ilminster.
Four bedrooms, three reception rooms, hall, kitchen - and the bathroom's upstairs.




There are gardens to the side and rear, plus a yard (shared drive), garage, workshop and several stores.




On the market through GTH with a guide price of £375k. More here and here.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Five cute and cheap chapels to renovate


It's church week... ready, steady WRECK!!
This chapel in Cumbria is possible the cutest little church I've ever come across. That fence for starters.
Only three rooms (though decent sizes): the chapel, a kitchen, and ante room. Lots of gorgeous features - stone and parquet floors, lancet windows and doors (let's just ignore that hole in the floor for now, shall we?).





There isn't much in the way of land - a small front garden and a bit of yard area at the side and back, and that background row of trucks in my Google grab are rolling along the A66.


But you've also got this:


The chapel comes with planning permission for change to residential use, but also a requirement to add a sewerage treatment plant in the front garden (there's only a chemical toilet). Something to bear in mind if you're seeing roses clambering over that fence.
It's is at North Stainmore, a couple of miles from Brough and about four from Kirby Stephen.
On the market through PFK with a guide price of £105k. Details here and here.
Also lacking services but gorgeous regardless, is Lochfyneside Church, in Argyll, Scotland:


Small, cute, possibly derelict (no inside pictures) and with a stunning location overlooking Loch Fyne. However, there's no vehicular access to the site, as well as no sewerage or water. To get planning permission for residential use you'll need plans that deliver that access. The chapel fronts onto a road so whether the issue is building access or buying access isn't clear.
But while you think about that, here's another view (from here):


On the market via the Church of Scotland* at offers around £35k. More here and pdf here.
Dai Lewis estate agent has a couple of pretty chapels on their books, although neither of them come with planning permission for change to residential use. You'd need to check on that.
Gerazin Baptist Church (what a name!) is at Cippyn, about a mile from gorgeous Poppit Sands beach, and in the Pembrokeshire National Park.


One big room - the double-height chapel - plus porch and a couple of storage rooms off, and a large parking area to the side.



It's sold with an over-age clause, so if you do turn it into a house you'll need to pay the chapel trustees 25 percent of any increase in value.
All that aside, it's on the market at offers over £30k. Yep, £30k. Details here.
Dai Lewis also has this chapel, below, in the town of Llandysul.


Not quite on the same prettiness scale, but it does at least have services (there's a kitchen and toilets) and the two-floor layout is more amenable, and it does have a garden. Of sorts.



The Grade II listed Sacred Hands/Ebenezer Chapel is on the market at £95k. Details here.
Finally, I featured Mouswald Church, below, way back in 2012 writing that "even the graveyard doesn't stop it being cute as a button".


At that point the Dumfries lovely was listed on the Church of Scotland's own list of properties for sale* at offers over £40k.
Five years later, church fittings and fixtures have been mostly stripped (and sold...?) and the property is back on the market at the rather heftier "offers over £90k".
It does however now come with planning consent and listed building consent for the switch from house of God to family house. Hmm...
On the market through DGSPC and the CoS, details here, here and pdf here.

*I've previously posted about mentioned the Church of Scotland's property for sale list, and the Church of England's similar list. Always worth a regular browse for church-do-up dreamers.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Georgian manor house to renovate


I do love a well-placed chandelier. But what I'd really love is to live in a place with the space to hang one. As in this Pembrokeshire lovely.



Priory Lodge is a gorgeous, eight-bedroom Georgian manor house in Milford Haven. It's got history; back links that include Lord Nelson's bit on the side and the Starbuck family (the whalers, not the coffee makers), and is Grade II listed.
Built around 1792, it's close to Milford haven town centre but at the end of private drive and sitting within two acres of ground. (Having said that, it does look as if land around it may have been recently sold for redevelopment - you'll want to check plans).


It's big, with some lovely features - sash windows, mouldings and plenty of ceiling height for those chandeliers.
Downstairs is the large hall, and then one of the longest lists of reception rooms I've seen... Drawing room, dining room, family room, sitting room, breakfast room, reception room 1, reception room 2 (I think they ran out of room names) and two workshops.


Upstairs are seven bedrooms, a part-finished bathroom, another bathroom, and a master suite with its own hallway, bedroom, shower room, and loo.



Unfortunately the agent has been a bit economical with the picture posting, there are an awful lot of rooms with photos and no layout/plan, which is intriguing because the agent also mentions the Lodge having once been a "a thriving business with a club and a bar" - I found a 2004 listing of it as Priory Lodge Country Club.
Underneath everything is a lower ground floor of five cellars, some heated and plumbed.
Outside are those two acres of mature grounds, and two ruins. Just yummy.



On the market through John Francis at offers around £399k. Details here and here.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Three big renovation challenges, two riverside


Right me little renovation elves, time to roll our sleeves up! Three handsome properties for you today that will need rather more than a bit of plastering and extra sockets to make them live in-able...
The house, above and below, was the former estate manager's house for the Llysnewydd/Llanarchaeron Estate and sits on the Henllan bridge, at Llandysul, in Wales and around 20km from the coast.


The four-bedroom Georgian house comes with half-an-acre of land - in need of a similar degree of restoration as the house. But there are some lovely features under all that rubble.




It's in a gorgeous location on the edge of National Trust woodland, close to Henlan Falls and above the River Teifi ("We are reliably informed that this property has never flooded" writes the estate agent).


On the market through Dai Lewis at offers over £135k. Details and more pictures here and here.
Also in Wales is the five-bedroom country house below, at Cellan, about three miles from Lampeter. This time around it looks as if someone has made a start on the renovation but then given up.


That doesn't bother me - it can mean there's a bit more information available on the scale of the renovation job, but I am concerned that the cottage you can see right next to the house (above) seems to be up for sale separately.
Having said that, this is a gorgeous building with big, light rooms. I'm particularly taken by the bath's room.





It's in a rural location, with a big garden and gorgeous views.



On the market through West Wales Properties with a guide price of £150k - £200k. Details and more pictures here and here.
My final pick, below, is in Ireland and is an original, three-room, tin-roofed cottage on the River Shannon, about 10km from lively Carrick-on-Shannon.
The cottage comes with 12 acres (yep, 12), as well as access to the river front, but unfortunately no inside photos on the agent's listing. There are 15 pictures, 12 of them of the river. It is a nice river.
Let's assume there are some renovation horrors behind those net curtains.




On the market at just under 90,000 EURO (currently around £79k) via REA. Details here.