Thursday, 19 July 2018

Large Staffordshire manor house to renovate

We're in my neck of the woods today - Staffordshire - with this handsome big Grade II listed farmhouse.
It's in Otherton, just outside Penkridge, and close to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal.
More manor house than farm house, it's on rural Otherton Lane, and it looks like it's the last of a number of properties to be renovated on the farm site - you have neighbours.

Spread over four floors, there are nine bedrooms, an upstairs bathroom, a large loft room and storage, a whole bunch of reception rooms, kitchen, pantry and scullery.

Bags of period features, including the bread ovens and cheese pressers (is that a thing?), flagged floors and casement windows.

Outside are large gardens with trees and a pond.

On the market through Connells at just under £300k. More here and here.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Three big homes to renovate on Anglesey

A colleague of mine has just come back from a family holiday on Anglesey. She raved about the beaches and the small-child-friendly attractions. It's another bit of the UK I've yet to visit. 
In partial recompense, I'm featuring this gorgeous - if rather on the derelict side of do-up-able - country mansion on Anglesey.
Eight-ish bedrooms, and an unknown number of other rooms. Basically, parts are a shell and how you break that up will be down to you, your architect and your amenable builder.

According to the agent, it "was for many years a comfortable family home". Clearly many years ago.
It comes with handsome brick outbuildings, large gardens and around four acres of land.

Massive potential but also a massive job. The lack of windows makes for some lovely light and airy rooms ; ) And then there are those floor issues. Probably ceiling issues too.
None-the-less, it's a gorgeous big building in a pretty location, just outside the village of Carmel. Incidentally, thank you to reader Lisa for the tip-off.
On the market through Williams & Goodwin at £250k. More here and here.
Williams & Goodwin also have a couple of five-bed farmhouses on Anglesey that may be more achievable renovation projects, if rather less grand.
This one, at Llangaffo, has gorgeous views, four acres of land, and a floorplan!

On the market at £350k. Details and lots more pictures here.
And this - in the Llanrhyddlad area, also has five bedrooms, plus large gardens and outbuildings. In a quiet, rural location about five miles from gorgeous Cemaes Bay.

On the market at just under £250k. Details and more pictures here.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Big and little renovation projects in Bristol area

This pricey but impressive Bristol-ish semi is up for auction next week.
Sent to me by reader Sophie, the five bedroom home clearly needs a lot of work but has lots of space to play with.
Parts of it are in a dangerous state - you'll need to sign a waiver before stepping over the threshold to view it, and viewings are limited to just three fixed days.

Despite all of that, 'Roxana' is likely to attract a lot of interest - grand Victorian homes in Clifton's affluent and buzzing Cotham don't come on the market very often, and this one comes with planning permission to remodel and extend.
The property has a bunch of period details, including Bath stone frontage and butler's pantries, and lovely big rooms. Although the agent's blurb is light on details in terms of layout and rooms (the link goes to the plans for the extended house). So I'm not even sure whether there are, currently, five bedrooms.

And the view from the garden isn't exactly enchanting.

Up for auction on July 18th (Lot 31), via Hollis Morgan, with a guide price of £450k. More here and here.
If that's all a bit too much work (and cash) for you, the two-bedroom cottage below, in the village of East Harptree, about 15 miles from Bristol, is also up for auction this week.

Sumac Cottage (isn't that a posh spice?), on Middle Street, has had a fair bit of work done already (you'll want to know why it was stopped).
Lovely, airy rooms layout with scope perhaps to open up the downstairs area even more.

The end terrace cottage has a pretty front garden, no back garden, and parking to the side.

Up for auction (Lot 14) on July 26th, via Maggs and Allen, with a guide price of £200k. Details here and here.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Country homes to renovate in Lincolnshire

Have I mentioned Tony in Austria before? Actually, he's Tony in Leicester now as, after two years of trying, he and Mrs Tony have now sold their beautiful Austrian mountain home and moved back to the UK to search for a Lincolnshire wreck.
I'm telling you this as preamble to the properties I'm going to show you today because over that time of trying to sell, Tony sent me a string of funny emails chronicling their efforts to find a buyer, while also sending me sometimes amazing and sometimes crazy properties he'd come across. Several of which I've featured in the past.
So here are some selections for Tony and Mrs Tony - and for all of you who might be looking in and around Lincolnshire.
This pretty semi - above and below - was sent by Sophie (thank you). I'm not a fan of semis generally but this has lovely big rooms and an ENORMOUS garden with fab, open views. Plenty of space for chickens : )

There are three bedrooms, two reception rooms, kitchen and pantry/store. The bathroom is downstairs (don't think abut what those ducks are flying away from...) and there's hot water but no central heating.

It's in the Wolds village of Saxby All Saints, with decent access to the A15.
Also, can I point out the cottage is called Ponderosa.

On the market at £200k through Paul Fox. More here and here and PDF here.
My second pick is also a semi, but rather grander looking.

This old-lady-gone property is in Cranwell Village - also nicely positioned for the A15.
Three large bedrooms upstairs. A downstairs bathroom again, but good sized living room and kitchen/diner.

And, as with all my picks this week, a lovely big garden.

This property, on Sleaford Road, also has a large driveway and two garages. Plenty of space for chickens and hobbies.
On the market through Winkworth at £190k. More here and here.
When the estate agent's blurb describes "close proximity to the Oil refinery and Immingham Docks" as part of the sales pitch, I worry.
None-the-less, this pretty detached house in the village of North Killingham, about 6km from Immingham, has some rather more appealing features. Like a village green-sized garden.

The house itself is decent size - three bedrooms and bathroom upstairs, two reception rooms and kitchen/diner downstairs. Dated rather than decrepit, and nice, light rooms.

Plus a useful attached two room workshop/store.

On the market through Paul Fox at £190k. More here and here. Brochure (with postcode) here.
Finally, Manna House, near Market Rasen is still on the market:

 I featured it back in April, and previously in 2013. Gorgeous building with serious renovation issues (and not helped by the current agent, Savills, not providing internal pix).
On the market with a guide price of £250k and clearly not selling at that price. More here.
Finally, if you'd like to hear Tony's own renovation story. I've pasted bits below from his early emails.
I could fill a few blogs with my ventures – various updating jobs (the odd wall down here or there, the odd wall build there and here etc. extensions, barn conversion, 3 story Georgian detached conversion, Burnley stone terraced and another end of terrace that were in various stages of neglect. Austrian venture 1, a 12 bedroom B and B where the previous owners walked out leaving the pipes and boiler to freeze, with the added fun of finding the asylum seekers (they didn’t enjoy the same level of accommodation as tourists, or the old people’s home it had also been) had wired in sockets for heating or cooking in their rooms using the lighting circuits. French house – formerly completely messed up by an idiot English chap who thought he could renovate a traditional wattle and daub house but just hid the mess he had made, and managed to nearly electrocute me by his amazing wiring job. Lincolnshire cottage, back to walls and windows. Austrian venture 2, renovation and walls up and down. This latest Austrian house is going to leave me with little for a house in the UK, so it will be back to Lincolnshire where the mountains are 5 ft high and the houses are cheap....We do intend that the next house will be chosen and done up to be a more permanent home, our running about must stop sometime. I think the ghosts we have been running from will never go, and we have to recognise that our capabilities for doing houses up will eventually fade...The UK calls - firstly as Brexit has made it financially impossible to live here in Austria on a meagre pension and also because - have you eaten Austrian food? Consider a house done up for renting - beige throughout, just crying for some colour; Austrian food is just that, no colour, no flavour and the only texture is iron hard bread and dried out smoked sausages and meat. This would be OK as my wife is an excellent cook - but the raw ingredients are awful......We now feel it is time to slow down, find a house with enough garden for a few chickens - but I can not imagine that will really happen for long. What we have done is store a host of varied memories to look back on.