Monday 3 February 2014

Forge and barn, Suffolk and Northumberland

I need to apologise to Wendy. Readers send me suggestions most days of "wrecks" to feature but Wendy, bless her, has sent me five and so far I've only used the cowshed.
You see most properties I'm sent end up on my B-list of "possibles" because they don't quite fit with the Wreck secret sauce recipe I carry around in my head.
Sometimes they get an outing as an extra in a post, sometimes they hang around on the B-list for weeks, looking hopefully at me, like forgotten toys.

Anyway, two of Wendy's latest suggestions have been sold but two, including the Old Forge pictured top, are getting a mention.
This handsome, unlisted building is in Great Barton, a Suffolk village a couple of miles from Bury St Edmonds. It comes with planning permission and outline architect drawings to turn it into a three-bed home.
The plans and permission are what bumped the price tag up to £195k, and access is via a right of way over a private road.
That, plus the scale of the rebuild (below), is concerning but not necessarily offputting. As Wendy says: "It appears to have a tile floor.  I want it."

The Old Forge is on the market through Bedfords - details here and also on Zoopla here.
Similar, but 270-odd miles further north, is this possible barn conversion, also sent in by Wendy:

Gorgeous location (albeit next door to the farmhouse) and on the market with a reasonable guide price of £115k through Smiths Gore, pdf and more details here.
It comes with planning permission but (as yet) no mains services, plus around 0.8 of an acre of land.
It's at Carrshield, in Northumberland, around nine miles from Alston and 23 from Hexham.