Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Three big family homes to renovate

Bit of a treat for my Midlander, or would-be Midland, readers today with three handsome homes worth renovating.
First this very lovely village home in Lincolnshire. The three/four-bedroom home has had some work done, the pictures show bits of plastering, electrics and some aspirational room naming (below, for example, is the "bathroom").

Built in the 1830s, it's in Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth (home of Woolsthorpe Manor, Isaac Newton's birthplace) - a couple of  miles from Colsterworth village and around eight miles from both Grantham and Stamford.

Downstairs there are three halls (!), a sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility and snug. Upstairs are three bedrooms, a described as an en-suite shower room (but without a shower, or plumbing as far as I can tell...), and that bathroom. I suspect the room designations will come down to you.
Outside is a large garden, gated drive and good-size brick workshop.

On the market through Murray's at £275k. Details and more pictures here and here.
Rather grander - and rather more rural utilitarian than village cutesy - is this farmhouse with buildings at Algarkirk, about six miles from Boston.

The four-bed detached house has two large reception rooms, kitchen, big pantry and store downstairs (plus an ugly conservatory and sun room); four bedrooms and a bathroom bigger than some London flats upstairs. All the rooms, it should be said, are on the large side.

So bags of space for a growing family, but it's the outside stuff that offers most potential. An enormous barn (roughly 60ft square), strings of greenhouses (we are in the salad-growing heart of the UK), double-height outbuildings, stables, and over an acre of land.

Lots of smallholding/gardening business/self-sufficiency options. However, the price reflects that potential (if not the renovation work) at offers over £395k.
On the market through Pygott and Crone. Details and more pictures here and here.
Finally, this detached house in Leicester may be rather smaller but it does also come with a decent amount of space and potential for a home in a popular suburb (Glen Parva) where prices are rising.

The three-bedroom house is a good size, lovely big rooms, and sits on around half an acre of land. Note, there's an overage clause which normally means that if you sell off the land or build another property on it, you have to give back some of that profit to original seller.

There's a fair bit of renovation work to do, the pictures suggest there's been some water damage, but all the key bits are there (including central heating and double glazing) as well as some nice original features.

On the market through Your Move at just under £300k. Details and more pictures here and here.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Fancy a bigger challenge? Stately home to renovate.

You know that New Year lottery win you didn't quite manage? Well, if you had won a few £million, this is exactly the sort of wreck to spend it on.
Wetley Abbey is a beautiful Grade II-listed property, with an extra wing, four acres (possibility of buying more) and a posh bungalow to live in while you work on the main house.

Despite the period details and look, it's comparatively youthful - built in the 1820s and home to the Mason family of Staffordshire's master potters, with a large wing extension added in the 1900s.
The current owners have done some remedial works, in particular to make the building watertight, and acquired a bunch of planning permissions, but there's clearly masses more to do.


There are lots of rooms, including half-a-dozen or so bedrooms and a similar number of reception rooms. No bathrooms yet and a kitchen space rather than a kitchen (no mention of utilities or drainage either, although it does look like there may be electricity to areas). The approved plans make suggestions but it's fair to say that the actuality will be down to you.
It's been on the market well over a year, its owners having moved abroad, and the price has dropped several times. Indeed, at £995k, it's now for sale at £25k less than it was bought for in 2005.

Realistically, this isn't a house you do-up and live in, unless you have a particularly large family. But it is a property with live/work potential. The location, in Staffordshire's moorlands, coupled with that large side wing, offers options for holiday lettings, B&B and weddings.

As I said, we're talking lottery win rather than realistic do-up option for my Wreck readers (thanks by the way to reader Erica for tipping me off about Wetley Abbey) but this is a place that needs vision and that, if not cash, is something we have buckets of.
On the market through Purple Bricks at £995k. Details and more pictures here and here.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Handsome cottage with grand ideas

There's something very grand about this pretty detached house; something decidedly reaching above its station.
Maybe it's the period details. The large fireplaces, the windows with their bold architrave and shutters, the extra-wide grey stone frontage. It's not the largest of houses, just three bedrooms, and the rooms aren't exactly ballroom-material, but those features act like they expected to find themselves in a big country manor house, not a Cumbrian cottage. However cute.

South View Cottage sits on a hill overlooking the lovely and lively market town of Kendal. That view, and its location in Kendal's conservation area, have not unexpectedly bumped up the price.
As well as those three bedrooms (one of which is accessed through the middle bedroom), South View has three reception rooms and a bathroom downstairs, and a lower ground floor kitchen.

It's not the best of layouts and some remodelling (as our cousins across the pond would call it) may be needed.
Rather more of a concern is the lack of vehicle access. South View Cottage is accessed by cobbled pathway - no road - and everything would have to be carried up or down that path.
On the plus side, that also means no cars belting past your front door and some quite stunning views from your garden. This house may have flaws, but that garden view makes up for an awful lot.

The gardens themselves are large and wrap around most sides of the house, and include a greenhouse and outbuildings.
On the market through Michael CL Hodgson at £299k. More here and here.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Traditional cottages to renovate, 500 miles apart

Two wee wrecks for you this week. Each a traditional cottage trapped in its past and in need of a future.
First up, this dinky one-bed crog cottage in Snowdonia. Sent to me by regular reader/wreck-spotter Jacky, it's in the large-ish village of Waunfawr, about five miles miles from both Caernarfon and the Snowdonia National Park. The village even has its own microbrewery.
The cottage is basically three rooms and  a store downstairs, with two traditional crog lofts above. The estate agent's floor plan looks rather optimistic compared to the reality.

Having said that, I love that daffodil yellow front room enough to ignore the bath in the kitchen...

Outside the cottage is surrounded by a decent size garden and the building as a whole has plenty of scope to re-shape and expand, as well as renovate.

And, at under £100k, there's a lot of potential here to create a very pretty, Under the Thatch-type Welsh country home.
On the market through Haf Jones and Pegler at £99,950. Details here and here.
We're travelling over 500 miles to my next pick - this traditional former croft house at Drumfearn on the Isle of Skye.

Like our Welsh cottage, Tigh a Chro is basically three rooms downstairs plus a large attic. It does at least have separate bathroom but beyond that everything's a bit of a mess. Or a challenge.

Not sure which bothers me most - that someone had to put tubs in the loft to catch the drips, or that that someone may have had to sleep in that loft.
The cottage comes with a decent plot of land (around a third of an acre) and, while more isolated than the Welsh cottage, the Skye house is surrounded by stunning views.

Drumfearn itself is large-ish village, on the edge of the Sleat peninsula and around 10 miles from the bridge of Skye with its easier transport link to the mainland.
On the market through the Skye Property Centre at offers over £95k. Details here and here.