Monday, 16 December 2013

Two Welsh 'wrecks' - Wye Valley and Anglesy

I'm in Wales today. Not actually in Wales - actually I'm in a chilly office in Stoke-on-Trent, but Wales is where I'm 'wreck' browsing.
First up is the five-bed, detached former writers and artists retreat in the upper Wye Valley, above. Needs "extensive" renovation but the setting is fabulous.
It comes with around two acres of land, including river access and fishing rights, with the option to buy or rent more land. The two acres is split into garden area and wooded walkways around the house and an acre of woodland on the opposite side of the A470, including bathing pool and river access:

It's a weird building with pretty much everything (bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, two reception, utility) on the ground floor in either the main timber building or the extension, with a second living room stuck on top - the bit you can see in the top pic and below:

It's pretty isolated - around three miles from the town of Rhayader and 30 from Aberystywth.
On the market through James Dean at offers around £180k. Details and more pix here.

Not quite as remote, is the four-bed detached former farmhouse, above, in Rhosgoch, Anglesey.
There's a decent-sized garden are at the back and parking and a yard-like area at the front.
Downstairs are two reception rooms, kitchen, hall and utility, plus integral garage. Upstairs are four bedrooms (three small-ish), bathroom, and a storage room above the garage.
All a bit of a mess and needs a fair bit of renovation inside and out - looks like it's been empty for a long time, but a nice-looking house - and you've got to admire the decor...
On the market through Williams and Goodwin at £84,950. Details here and also here.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

A house, a bungalow and a pair of cottages

Twenty-two days to go. Actually 21 if, like me and my siblings, you were brought up not to count Christmas Day itself. (Because obviously Christmas Day starts around 3am when you're six).
I've got other countdowns for you today: two days to the Graham Penny auction; eight days to the Roman auction; and 14 days to a rather controversial auction in Suffolk.
Yep, it's an auction special!
First up is the three-bed detached pictured above, in Matlock. It's one of several properties being sold off by Derbyshire County Council via auctioneers Graham Penny (lot 62) this Thursday.
The house, on Woolley Road, comes with an impressive third of an acre of land and garden, private drive and stunning views over the town towards Riber castle:

There's a guide price of £195k plus - more details here and a clawback clause to prevent developers building multiple houses on the land.
Next, time-wise, is the detached two-bed bungalow in Reading, below. Up for auction through Romans on December 11th, the property was suggested to me by Wreck reader Nici.
It's an old-lady-gone bungalow with some sweet features and a nice garden. I like the entrance:

Wasn't sure how I felt about the little notes left on furniture and fittings (below). Do they say "eBay this" or "dump this"? I had an image of the little old lady with a similar sign stuck to her forehead.

It's on The Mount, a decent and popular area of Reading, close to the University. There's a guide price of £220k. Details and more pix here.
Finally, Wreck reader Keith sent me a couple of links to stories in the Haverhill Echo about controversy around the pair of Suffolk cottages, below, up for auction on December 17th.

In a nutshell, the cottages date back to the early-1800s and are the last of their type and age on Haverhill's High Street. 
Developers Havebury Housing originally wanted to knock them down and build a bunch of flats on the site. Residents objected and the current plans are to build four flats on part of the site and put the cottages up for auction with the condition that they're renovated. (Incidentally, Jack of the Echo - that is how you spell renovated). 
However, a committee meeting of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, due this Thursday, could see approval given for demolition of the cottages.
The two-bedroom cottages had previously been used as one, interconnected property. They're currently listed through Auction House (East Anglia) to be reinstated as two homes as part of a full renovation job. 
The guide price for the pair is £50-£70k. It's lot 39A, auctioneer's details here and Rightmove listing here.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Country mansion, nr Kirby Stephen, Cumbria

I've been having a mare of a month - topped by hubby spending last week in hospital with pneumonia. Anyway, things are crawling back to normal so I thought I'd treat myself today.
The fire's lit, I have chocolate, and I have this extraordinary property to show you - sent to me by Wreck reader India.
It's pretty remote - at North Stainmore, a huddle of homes off the A66, on the border between Cumbria, North Yorkshire and County Durham, around seven miles from Kirby Stephen. It's in the district of Eden, with its wild and lovely countryside and fab walks.
Having spent a couple of hours doing  a bit of online detective work, what I find weirdest about the property is the lack of information*.
There's very little on the agent's site and it's not on the listed buildings register (which may explain the ugly additions). I can't find any record of it's former use in the local press (it has a patina of ex-care home); and the stripped-out fireplaces suggest someone trying to make some fast cash.

It has seven bedrooms, couple of bathrooms, three reception rooms, sitting room and kitchen. Plus the second floor tower room with cast iron fireplace (too heavy to remove...?).
Outside are decent gardens, a small paddock, two big stone barns and several smaller stone buildings.
The decor is, well, eccentric but the views from the back of the house are fabulous (Google isn't helpful on what else is nearby)

It's on the market through PFK with a guide price of £389,950 - a reduction of £110k since it went on the market in July. More details and pix here.

*I think the property is/was Borrenthwaite (or Barrenthwaite) Hall - pic source here. If it is, Google brings up some rather more interesting stuff about one of its previous owners.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Investment properties for artistic types

A friend of mine is married to an artist who paints big, gorgeous and unsettling pictures. He needs space for that. 
Anyhow, long-standing 'Wreck..' readers may remember they've been trying to find a former factory or similar for the family to live in and him to work in.
It made me think again about people who aren't looking for my usual sort of wreck. So, today, I'm looking at former commercial properties for artists looking for an investment as well as a studio.
My first two were both sent to me by 'Wreck' reader Kit (thanks again, Kit).
Above and below is an extraordinary, unrenovated ex-antiques showroom and former mill/factory on Station Road, in Batley.

It comes with planning permission to turn it into nine, two-bedroom flats, but you could just as easily pick a floor for yourself and develop the rest as finished flats, or sell-off floors as DIY spaces.
It's Grade II-listed; there are four floors and right of way to the side and rear giving potential outside space. It's on the market at £275k, through Dales & Shires - Zoopla details here and agent's pdf here
The property below is a group of brick-built workshops, plus a house, built around a courtyard.
It's in Renishaw, an old Derbyshire village with an honourable mining past and easy access to the M1.

Doesn't look much from the front (above), but that gated courtyard layout and the mix of house and workshops - plus the shop you can see to the right - offer lots of options.

If you needed more - it comes with planing permission (2011) to turn it into three homes.
It's on the market via Barry Findley and Rightmove, at best offers above £125k. Details here.
Next, two similar properties in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.
A former pottery with two floors of warehouse and office space, secure yard and lots of space:

On the market at £195k through Butters John Bee. Rightmove link here and agents link here.
And a pretty tatty looking (but amazing shape!) ex-workshop and former Catholic School with tall, open-plan workshop area, plus further workshops and large, secure yard:

On the market at £85k through Rory Mack - details here.
Finally, if all that looks too much like hard work. The property below doesn't fit the 'wreck' idea at all but it was too pretty to ignore.

It's a five-bedroom Victorian detached property in the Staffordshire Moorlands town of Leek. The house part of it is gorgeous in itself, but at the front are two self-contained shop units - the bay windows you can see in the picture. Currently used as lighting and artists gallery:

The garden includes a brick structure (above) with potential for use as a studio and there are lots of original features throughout the building:

It's on the market through Bury and Hilton at £255k. Zoopla pictures here, plans and agent's details here.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Cottage, Cornwood, nr Ivybridge

Couldn't quite make my mind up about this one. But then I thought, not everyone sees a cottage facing a pine wood and thinks 'Dog Soldiers'.
Ford Cottage is detached, three-bedroomed and in a good location in the Devonshire village of Cornwood, around 12 miles from Plymouth.
It has a good-sized garden with decent views, and a striking stone porch at the front. 
The outside is a bit ugly, to be fair, and that render could be to blame for those damp walls in the kitchen: 

There are some nice original features but nothing that you really should save.
Blimey - I'm not doing a great job of "selling" this one am I? Ok. The reality is that it's a decent do-upper house that ticks my boxes - detached, good location, bit of land.

It's up for sale through Michelmore Hughes by informal tender, deadline December 6th, 12 noon. There's a guide price of £155k. More details here and Zoopla version here.
Here are those trees...


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Country manor, near Market Rasen, Lincs.

A post-auction beauty for you to daydream over today. The amazing Manna House was a tip off from Wreck reader Sean. 
It's a real country pile - nine bedrooms, a gaggle of reception rooms, stables, outbuildings and a chunky 1.82 acres at Kirmond-le-Mire, around five miles from pretty Market Rasen.
Manna House failed to sell at auction a couple of weeks ago - presumably because it's in a bit of a state.
Massive, massive renovation job on a building architecturally important (Lincolnshire (The Buildings of England)) enough to have already attracted interest from council planners.

It had previously been part of the Sutton family's estate (Lincolnshire landowners with a long history and £142m worth of assets) and was sold by Sir Richard Sutton in 2008 for £225k to the Hills and their mortgage lender.
I'm sure the Hills originally intended to do the place up, but it's ended up in a pretty sorry state, and was put up for auction by solicitors Wilkin Chapman. With a fairly speculative guide price of £240k given the lack of development since 2008:

Anyway - auction pdf here and Rightmove details here. Auctioneer's link here. You'll need deep pockets and a big heart but it's a fabulous space for anyone looking for a real renovation project.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Oast House plus land, near Sevenoaks, Kent

Now don't let this become a thing, but today's property was sent to me by an estate agent. You know - those folk one step above us journalists on the 'collectives we don't like' list. But look at that picture, for goodness sake - how could I not feature it?
It's an unconverted former oast house on the outskirts of pretty Plaxtol village, around six miles from Sevenoaks and three-and-a-half miles from mainline train links to London.
And as if that wasn't enough to get your Grand Designs mojo going, it comes with seven acres including an active cobnut orchard and woodland. (I had to google cobnuts because I thought they were things you fed to horses (sorry, I'm a Northerner); turns out they're a tasty type of hazlenut.)

Downside is the property is being advertised as land for sale without planning permission to convert to residential use. According to Carl, who sent me the details, it's failed to get planning permission to convert twice - in the mid eighties and early nineties. I'd suggest trying pre-application advice.
The stone building has two rooms downstairs and two up (accessed by ladder) - around 1300sqft total.

More from Carl:
The story is that the vendor lives in a farm two doors away.  The farm used to own 25 acres which has been sold off over the years.  The son farms the cobnuts at the front and has an apple orchard too (but he just uses this as juice for himself) there is also a woodland that he uses for a woodburner.
 It's on the market at £200k, through Hamptons - details here and lots more pictures here