Monday, 20 January 2020

Three big country houses with second buildings

Apologies, a bit of a gap again from me but I thought I'd make up for it by showing a bunch of increasingly large country houses - all with impressive "extra" buildings.
This North Yorkshire farmhouse first. Which has possibly some of the dullest photography I've seen but is handsome regardless.
Hollins Grove Farm house is Grade II listed, has four bedrooms, comes with masses of period details, outbuildings, pretty views and threequarters of an acre of garden land. Here's that rather useful-looking outbuilding/holiday let...

It's in the North Yorkshire village-cum-town of Easingwold, about 13 miles from York and close to the A19.
That location means we're looking at a rather hefty mark-up compared to similar properties in  Ireland, at offers over £495k.
Realistically, that plus the cost of renovations, means you're going to need around £threequarters-of-a-million stashed under the mattress to do Hollins Grove justice. But, as Gabrielle would say...

On the market through Williamsons. Details and more pictures here and on Zoopla here.
Also Grade II listed and also in North Yorkshire is Castle Hill farmhouse. Castle Hill, in Burton in Lonsdale, is also half the price at £250k and has double the bedrooms (eight, more-or-less).

Gorgeous period details. Oh my - those windows...

And sticking with the outbuildings theme, this has to be the most gorgeous one ever.
Now THAT is a wo/man shed!

The views down Burton in Lonsdale High Street are pretty cool too.

On the downside, Castle Hill is a semi, not detached, and access for vehicles is down a shared drive and over your neighbour's land.
The 0.2 acres-ish of garden land you get comes with a proviso that you put up and maintain a stock-proof fence - but then this isn't the sort of house you take on if you don't know your Phillips from your flat-head.
Castle Hill was sent to me by reader Dawn, who has already bought her wreck but "can't help looking", and is on the market through WBW Surveyors. Details (lots more) here And finally, and should you still be thinking about splashing £450k on a country manor, try splashing your cash on a mansion in Wales.

Plas Geler is in the village of Pentrecwrt, Carmarthenshire and overlooks the Teify Valley. Its outbuildings are actually wrecks but Plas Geler's add-on building is a gorgeous three-bedroom coach house.

The main house has six bedrooms and a bunch of other rooms (have I mentioned the wine cellar yet?) The whole lot is surrounded by three acres of (overgrown) land, with a gated private drive, woodland, and a "small cave".

Basically, it's gorgeous. And there's a lot of it. But if I did happen to have that £three-quarters-of-a-million stuffed under my mattress, I know which house I'd buy... Plas Geler is on the market through Dai Lewis. Details, more pictures and plans here.
And.... while we're in the area of Llandysul, reader Angus emailed to let me know that the Llandysul wreck I featured last year, here, is back/still on the market.
All that appears to have happened to the Henllan house, wrote Angus, "is that it's been attacked." : (
It's on the market with Dai Lewis at offers around £135k. Details here.

Monday, 9 December 2019

Three country homes for less than £60k!

It's been a while since I last posted any properties in Ireland but, in this week in particular, I thought it was worth a return visit to our neighbour.
First up is this handsome country home in Ballinphuill, County Mayo, sent to me by regular reader Deez. The three-bedroom house looks like it was once, as Deez wrote, a gorgeous home with a stately air about it.

Clearly a lot of work to be done (including replacing rather a lot of missing windows) and access is through a gateway over a railway line - which has to be the most bizarre situation of any property I've featured.
That aside, this is lovely rural home in a pretty bit of Ireland with a price tag that makes it particularly appealing - just 59,000euro (c£49.5k)!

On the market through Sherry Fitzgerald. Details and more pictures here and here.
Rather more manageable perhaps is this traditional, two-bedroom cottage. Also in County Mayo and also on the  market with Sherry Fitzgerald.

The cottage is in a gorgeous setting, overlooking fields and hills around Ballyhaunis and around 5km from Kilkelly and, as reader Piers pointed out - handy for Knock airport.
More importantly, it comes with 2.3 acres of land, including orchard and gardens, and access via a private lane (without crossing a rail track...).

That extra land obviously pushes the price up - this pretty little cottage is on the market at 69,000euro (around £58k). I'd like to say cheap as chips but the reality is that Ireland has lots of amazing and inexpensive rural properties for sale because so many of us will trek off to France to buy a do-upper, rather than look a little closer to home.
Details and more pictures here and here. (Incidentally, when I emailed hubby a link to the cottage, he sent me back a link to the nearest builder's store. You blokes really do have your own way of thinking, don't you ; )
My final pick is in County Kerry. Needs more work this one but the location is quite breathtaking - and only a couple of miles from the sea.

The former farmhouse is in Killurley, around 5k from Dungeagan Village, with Ballinskellig's beach and St Finian's Bay, just under 4k away.
It's basically three ground floor stores/rooms plus a detached outbuilding - all stone-built - but there's no information on what land it comes with. You'll want to check whether it's only the land it stands on.

On the market through the Property Shop at 68,000euro (around £57k). Details and more pictures here and here.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

A country manor and a village school for sale

Couple of interesting properties in Yorkshire to show you today. One very big, one potentially big.
Camblesforth Hall, just outside Selby, is a gorgeous, Grade I listed country mansion with an impressive architectural pedigree.
The Grade 1 listing (and obviously the price...) puts the task of renovating this stately beauty out of reach of probably all of my Wreck readers, but that won't stop us daydreaming ; )
However, presumably the Hall's current owner decided dreaming wouldn't pay the bills. The Hall has been the subject of several planning applications with a couple of property businesses listed at the address, but it looks as if the plans have lapsed without work beginning.
And, while the price tag of offers over £750k might be a bit rich for Wreck readers, that's half the Hall's 2007 £1.5m market price.

The pictures of Camblesforth Hall are quite stunning (albeit all listed as being from 2017). Ten bedrooms, a gaggle of reception rooms, kitchen and so forth, multiple bathrooms, plus outbuildings, gardens (including a swimming pool and tennis court), courtyard, dovecote, and over two acres. 

With around 30 acres available to buy separately, and all in lovely bit of the North Yorkshire countryside, close enough to transport links and main cities.

The lack of recent pictures is a concern. The Grade 1 listing is a concern. The scale and responsibility of renovating something so precious, is a concern. But you never know, it could be yours.
Camblesforth Hall is on the market through Blenkin and Co. Details and more pictures here and here.
My next pick is also challenging - not least because the price is simply "offers invited".
Normally, that's not something I would go for, but the fact that it's a local authority selling off this particular building, and that it doesn't come with any permissions or approval in place for change of use, suggests a potential bargain.

The property is the former Gembling Primary School site, in Gembling, about five miles from Driffield and similar distance from Hutton Cranswick.
A very pretty village school with a separate brick store/boiler block, a modular classroom and a decent bit of land and garden area.

The decision to close the school, back in 2013, prompted protests at the time and the property is currently being marketed as a commercial development. However, the sales particulars mention conversion for residential use and the ancillary planning letter is worth a read.
On the market through East Riding Council. Details here (click on the top PDF document)

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Abandoned country mansion and land

Oh my. Several of you have sent me links to this particular Welsh wreck. Which, I should mention, is up for auction next week (on November 27th).
Blaen Blodau Hall, at New Inn, is undeniably beautiful. The Grade II listed property comes with around two-and-a-half acres of land - much of it rather enthusiastically cleared - accessed via a quiet lane and its own. long drive. Lovely.

Inside are (hopefully) three reception rooms, a sort-of kitchen, hall four bedrooms and a bathroom.
I say hopefully because most of Blaen Blodau is unviewable for safety reasons - the agent suggests standing in the front doorway is about as far as you'll get in terms of inspecting the house.
No matter. It's pretty clear the property is going to need rather more than a job-lot of Dulux and some reclaimed floorboards. Indeed, the view from said front door into the hall suggests that all the new wood is gamely holding up the old wood.

Here's the kitcheny bit, by the way. And below it the basement (very Evil Dead).

Wales Online said it's been empty for over 30 years, although little is known about the history of the property or, indeed, why it is now on the market.
According to Zoopla, it last sold in 1999, and the only image from that time shows the house looking quite dapper. But by 2008, it had been abandoned and Mark Baker, in 'Forgotten Homes in Wales' showed a disintegrating Blaen Blodau with a tree tumbling into its side.
In 2009, the empty property also attracted the attention of photographer Paul White who has been documenting Wales' loveliest abandoned mansions since 1989. 
His blog - - is a joy and his pictures of Blaen Blodau, from 2009, show a beautiful, stately building surrounded by trees. Paul writes: 
An air of calmness enveloped the house and grounds and one could imagine once some of the high branches were thinned and more light could enter the house and grounds that this would be a wonderful place to live.

Agents John Francis may have got rather too carried away with the tree "thinning" but that calmness is there even in the 2019 pictures of this lovely house.

What was also interesting is that, below Paul's 2009 post, two people have commented on having had distant relatives who had previously owned the property. That may or may not be true, but it's pretty clear that whoever did buy Blaen Blodau in 1999, abandoned it soon after.
The property had originally been linked to Blaen Blodau farm - nearby and a working farm run by the Jones family - and there had been (is still?) a coach house.
However, I digress. What you need to know is that the house and it's land are up for auction next week through John Francis with a guide price of £40-£50k (expect to pay triple that). Deep pockets and a lot of heart will get you a quite stunning-looking home in the middle of a very pretty bit of Carmarthenshire. Details here and here.