Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Five Orkneys properties to renovate, mostly by sea


Regular wreck-ophiles may remember my post about properties by the sea. Obviously, my picks were a little more challenging than your average seaside bolthole.
Such as this, the former bicycle shop at St Margaret's Hope, South Ronaldsay, in the Orkneys:


With its amazing location and charming interior:


Incidentally, the bicycle shop is still for sale (offers over £27,500 - details here). As is the shop at Sanday, Orkneys (offers around £70k, more here):


Reader David, was so taken with my seaside picks that he emailed me this video showing some of the wonderful weather the purchaser of either shop might enjoy. 



Thanks, David. I have some very engaged and helpful readers.
Another of those helpful readers is Abu, who dreams of buying in Scotland:
I am from Malaysia, where (modern) houses are at best built for functional purpose. Traditional structures here are made from timber. Most are the now either fought over, rotting, or/and too expensive to be restore.
For reasons to complicated to explain, I am obsessed with Scotland and have visited her once. I am not disappointed I have to say. Dunnotar Castle was exceptional. If it were to be restored...
He sent me three properties, including the B-listed Sabiston Meal Mill, near Dounby, at offers over £50k (sales details here).
Gorgeous shape, hell of a lot of clearing and thinking to do to reveal the house it could become, but I love it.





And while we're in the Orkneys, I was very taken by this house plus pottery, on Westray. You'll understand why if I start with the location shot.


Stunning isn't it? The property (edged in red) consists of the two-bedroom Ulva cottage, plus Westray Pottery (that low, attached building at the back of the house above), and the gardens.



The cottage is tired rather than a wreck and heated by a ground source pump. The pottery/workshop is a good size and, as well as the bedrooms and bathroom, the cottage has front and back hall, living room and kitchen. Here's some pictures.





On the market through Lows at offers over £115k. Details and more pictures here.
And finally, and also through Lows, this property is currently under offer as I type but hey, things change. 
I think it's the address that appeals: 6, Khyber Pass, Stromness. And its location in a conservation area of the harbour town.


Detached, two bedrooms upstairs, no bathroom, a living/kitchen room downstairs, and a loo in the lean-to.


The C-listed building needs work, lots of work, and the floors are unsafe. But seriously, how cute are those kittens...



Bedroom one, bedroom two is pretty much the same
Outside is small garden, and that lean-to (with its own door and window):


On the market at offers over £30k. Details here.



Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Cute Cumbrian smallholding for sale


Last week I picked some proper renovation porn to show you - a castle, a manor house and an island. This week's choice is a bit more down-to-earth, but equally delectable.
Wellknowe Rigg is in rural Cumbria, about nine miles from Carlisle. Don't be put off by the small and cutesy look of the cottage however, this is a smallholding - that cottage, a stone outbuilding, and 20 acres of land - including a bit of wood and a share of a river. We're talking The Good Life maxed!


The cottage needs work, clearly, but there's plenty of space to extend and the outbuilding - a former forge - looks useful.


The detached cottage is all on one level, with a tiny kitchen, pantry, store, living room, sitting room, two bedrooms and bathroom.






The forge is split into two rooms. Outside is a courtyard area between the two buildings, a large lawned garden, 15 acres of grazing land with water, around five acres of woodland leading down to the River Lyne, and part of the river, including fishing rights and a "dipping pool" (wild swimmers, queue here).





It's fabulous plot all-in-all, and in a very pretty area of England. On the market through C&D Rural with a guide price of £270k. More here and PDF here.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A castle, a mansion and an island. Renovation dreams


I'm in a mood for some serious renovation porn today and I've found a Scottish castle, an English mansion and a Welsh island to show you.
Breachacha Castle (above) on the Hebridean Isle of Coll was built in 1750 for the chief of the Clan Maclean. It is brim-full of history, surrounded by gorgeous views, and sits above one of Coll's sandy beaches.


The current owners bought it in 2006 and have spent the past 10 years securing the building and working with conservationists on immediate restoration work. They're now having to sell (that's got to be a wrench, just look at this view...) and presumably hoping the buyers will continue to care for and restore this gorgeous chunk of Scottish history.
The Georgian castle is about the right size as castles go (yes, I do believe there is a 'good' castle size), which means lots of space and rooms, but so many that you need to wander the corridors with a pocket full of bread crumbs.


The sellers have been living on the two upper floors, which have been worked on to deliver six bedrooms (three en-suite), two bathrooms, a sitting room, and a kitchen, and has central heating:



The ground floor and first floor has some big, stately rooms packed with period details but largely unused, and the side wings are derelict shells but include a workshop. This is is definitely a live/work/renovate space.
On the market through Bell Ingram at offers over £450k (yes, that does say £450k..). More here and here, and have a look at the pdf brochure here.
This next house was sent to me by reader Danny who, in describing Sharpecliffe Hall, gave a pretty good outline of what my property porn picks are about: "a dream I'd love to pick up and turn around...so many possibilities, but also so much potential to become a money pit!"


Sharpecliffe is Grade II* and mostly 17th century (sorry, forget to mention Breachacha is category A listed). It's just outside the Staffordshire Moorlands village of Ipstones.
As well as the seven bedrooms, five reception rooms hall, you get a two-bedroom cottage, outbuildings, barn and around 77 acres.






On the market through Fisher German at offers over £500k, with a deadline for tenders of September 8th. More here and here. The pdf brochure here has more details.
And finally that island.
Reader John spotted this on Country Life and sent it to me. It's to lease rather than buy, but for a damn reasonable £500 a month on a 20 year lease. For that you get an island in the Dwyrd Estuary with views across to Portmerion, and a farmhouse to renovate.





Ynys Giftan (Anne's Gift) island is offered on an improving lease which means you're expected to renovate the derelict farmhouse and generally improve the profile of the place.
The house has two reception rooms, kitchen and bathroom downstairs and one bedroom and ensuite upstairs. There are also a couple of outbuilding, one stonebuilt.



The island is an un-bridged tidal island, you can walk or drive to it at low tide or sail to it at other times. There are possibilities for developing tourism or building a business from the island's 17 or so acres. The Country Life story that John emailed me explains it all pretty well.
Ynys Giftan is the market through Strutt & Parker, details here.