Monday, 14 October 2019

Two country homes with land up for auction

Couple of handsome properties coming up for auction to show you this week. Starting with this Welsh beauty.
The four-bedroom cottage is in the tiny hamlet of Blaenffos, next to Boncath and about eight miles from Newcastle Emlyn and a similar distance from St Dogmaels.


The house sits on the A478, which runs through the village, but behind it is an acre of land and privacy.
That acre of land prompted planning applications in 2007 and 2008 - approved by Pembrokeshire Council - to build six small "starter" homes on the site (08/0168/PA and 07/0518/PA).
By rights, those plans should have lapsed by now but I couldn't see any notification of that. Maybe the developer had dug a couple of holes or something.
Notwithstanding that rural Wales could probably do with more affordable starter homes rather than another likely holiday home renovation, this is a very attractive property in a bit of Wales I love : )


There is little in the way of detail on the agent's site (as tends to be the case with auction properties) and the property has clearly been neglected for long time. But the potential is there to create a gorgeous country home, for anyone in a position to take a punt on an auction buy.
On the market through West Wales Property and up for auction on October 23rd, in Cardiff, with a guide price of £165k. More details here and here.
Up for auction the following day is this gorgeous part-converted chapel in a lovely bit of land, a few miles from the town of Brecon and with views over to the Brecon Beacon Horseshoe.


Planning permission is in place to turn it into a four-bedroom home and the ground floor already has a part-completed kitchen and two bedrooms, and there's a bathroom somewhere (agent's details a bit sketchy again).


As with my first pick, the property comes with around an acre of land, but the amount of work already done on Garthbrengy's former chapel makes this a particularly appealing project. That and the views.


I don't know why the owners gave up on the project. It may have been a life thing or a church thing (I noticed the graveyard - have a read of one of Wreck's older stories to understand why that can be an issue), or maybe there were protected bats in the belfry or worrisome issues uncovered by the drain digging? Whatever. Auction buying brings risks as well as potentially profitable rewards.
Up for auction on October 24th through Paul Fosh Auctions and Hunters estate agents with a  guide price of £160k. Details and more pictures here and here.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Two Yorkshire near-coast homes to renovate


I'm currently between homes. Or more accurately, we've just bought a temporary do-upper while we sell the house we've been rebuilding for the past six years and look for what, we hope, will be our final wreck.
As marvellous George likes to put it, our "forever" home.
Personally, I'm not a fan of the word 'forever' being put in front of anything. Particularly something so dependent on market vagaries and family stability as a property. But the idea of settling somewhere for longer than a decade definitely has appeal right now.
Anyway, back to why we're here.
I've been looking around North and East Yorkshire this week in terms of potential do-uppers and wanted to show you these two finds.
Starting with this handsome out-grown family home (top and below) in the Yorkshire village of Hunmanby, a couple of miles from Filey and the coast.
Grade II listed, detached, four bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs; three reception rooms and a chunky kitchen downstairs.


Lovely period details, an awful lot of de-cluttering to do and, underneath it all, remedial works that aren't really specified. My guess is there's been a disappointing damp survey.
I can tell you as a frequent cellar owner that there is never any point in trying to ignore that a cellar is damp - whatever you spend, water will out - we've just got bad at working with that reality.


But back to Prospect House.
It's a beautiful space, lovely big rooms, secluded (walled garden and parking area) and lots of potential for anyone looking to live close to the coast and in a position to bypass a mortgage.


On the market through DMA at £230k. Details and more pictures here and here.
My next choice is rather less pretty (depending on your perspective) but a fantastic opportunity for someone able to take on a bigger remodelling project.


Two semi-detached houses on the market together so potentially one three or four-bedroom detached home in a pretty bit of North Yorkshire close to the more popular (and pricier) Saltburn-by-the-Sea and Staithes.
The houses are on the edge of Skelton-in-Cleveland with lovely views over the village and surrounding landscape.


Each has two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, with kitchen and a couple of reception rooms downstairs.
No 9 East Parade seems to have had some work done already - the lounge and dining have been knocked through and opened up into the kitchen and the bathroom looks like it's been replastered.


The back of the properties is a bit of a boxy mess and personally I'd rebuild that - not least to make more of those views.
The garden needs rethinking too but is a decent size - and the drive and parking area to the side of No. 7 is a bonus.
On the market through the unfortunately-named Grimwood Estates at offers over £110k for the lot. Details and more pictures here and here.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Two cute Scottish holiday homes to renovate

Given that we're all back at school/work/university and bracing for a thoroughly bad-tempered autumn, I thought I'd show you two potential holiday homes (or holiday let) renovations to daydream over.
Starting with this very cute cottage a few hundred metres from the shores of  Loch Lomond.
Bridgend Cottage is just outside the entrance to Cashel Campsite, off the West Highland Way, so easy for guests to find.


The location is pretty - within the Trossachs National Park and handy for Ben Lomond, forest walks and plenty of tourism hotspots. But also private with a walled and hedged garden wrapped around the house.


Inside is more tired and dated than wrecked and there's plenty of scope to remodel and refit, or just repair and revamp.
Three bedrooms - albeit one bedroom and the bathroom are downstairs (which does also offer potential to create an accessible holiday home), plus lounge, kitchen, hall and various stores.




The kitchen is a weird shape and personally I'd be looking at opening up those rooms, but all reasonable sizes, while the oil central heating and double glazing makes this livable while you plan.
On the market through Bell Ingram at offers over £150k. Details and more pictures here and pdf here.
My next pick is even further North, at Waternish on Skye, but makes up for the added distance with the most stunning views.
And breathe...


A detached former croft house, three bedrooms - again one bedroom and the shower room are downstairs - and hall, lounge and kitchen. Plus water, drainage, electric storage heating and double glazing. Almost a carbon copy of Bridgend Cottage.



It's a lovely little cottage, and lots of potential. Not least to turn that upstairs boxroom into a bathroom.



Outside is around a third of an acre of (overgrown) croft land. But it's the views that really sell it. Shame the photography is a bit rubbish.


On the market through the Isle of Skye Estate Agency at offers over £125k. Details here.


Thursday, 29 August 2019

A renovation story - or two


A little bit of a different post today - in part because several of you have asked for updates on some of the properties I've featured.
I'm going to start  with this one, because I had a lovely email from the couple who took on the gorgeous Mount Pleasant (above), in the Cotswold village of Painswick, after seeing it on 'Wreck' three years ago ("Many thanks for leading us to what has been a magical place to live", wrote Alice).
Here's my original post.
I wrote at the time about how this pretty two-bed cottage had bobbed in and out of estate agent's lists, despite its lovely location and views.
Alice and John-Paul who took Mount Pleasant on, did a LOT of work and pretty much all of it themselves. Stripping out three-inch thick concrete plaster from the living room and replacing it with massively superior lime; exposing an original fireplace found behind stud walls; installing an upstairs bathroom and raising ceilings to expose beams and create light and height, and generally opening up the space. Lovely job.
Here's the before and after of the reconfigured layout:



Here are a few before and after pics.







And outside, that drab garden with potential is starting to really make the most of those lovely views, as the picture at the top of this post and the before and after below show.



However, Mount Pleasant is now back on the market, as Alice explained:
We renovated it expecting to live here for a long time but having just had our second baby (our first was born just a few months after we moved in) we realise we need more space and do not have the energy left to extend.
As someone who is also gearing up to sell a house we've been renovating and living in for the past six years, I appreciate that whole running out of steam thing. Sometimes the joy is in doing the work and seeing the house reveal itself in all its hidden gorgeousness, as other 'Wreck' renovators have said, but life moves you on. 
And if your hard work delivers a decent renovation profit, that's a plus too ; )
Mount Pleasant is on the market through Hamptons at £400k. Details here and here.
I also want to give a shout-out to some Wreck readers who are blogging about their own renovations, some renovating properties I've featured, but all with really interesting renovation stories to tell.
Caroline in the Scottish Highlands is a serial renovator (and frequently sends me other gorgeous crofts she comes across). She has three renovations - her own home, Ethel's House (now a holiday let) and Tor Aluinn - and is now helping on the revamp of the local village hall. Phew!
Ethel's House was one of a bunch of Scottish crofts I featured back in 2015 - this three-bed at Armadale:


Caroline has done an AMAZING job on it:




And the detailing of the work on Ethel's House is really inspiring, with lots of useful information for anyone taking on a similar Scottish project (also, I love her paint choices!).  Her blog is The House Hoarder and well worth spending an afternoon browsing and making notes if you're thinking of going down the renovate to holiday let route.
Finally, Robin's blog 2bedroomterraced is also packed with tips and ideas for anyone who, like him, may be looking to buy and renovate multiple properties to sell. It's a great behind-the-scenes look from someone starting out on the renovate-develop journey and the sort of problems you're likely to tackle along the way.