Friday, 23 May 2014

Country houses with extras - Wales

Sorry, back in Wales again, but I couldn't resist this one. On the pricier side of my usual picks and it would be unfair to call it a "wreck" - more a part-finished labour of love.
Bwlch-y-Greolen is a former lead mining foundry building at Pen-y-Garnedd,  below the Berwyn Mountains (notorious as the "Welsh Roswell"), in the Tanat Valley.

The owner has spent 30 years converting it into four-bedroom home with kitchen, bathroom, and a large galleried central room, now needing finishing and refurbishing.
There are some nice touches - the wooden kitchen floor recycled from an army camp gym, leaded windows, exposed brickwork and Welsh slate roof.

Outside is two acres of land including gardens and a stream, plus a timber hay barn and blockwork stables/workshop.
There is an issue with contamination of part of the site - in relation to which Powys Council has served a Determination Notice. You need to email or call them to get a (paper) copy of the notice or the register.
It's on the market through Jackson Equestrian at £240k. Details and more pictures here.

And, while we're looking at pricier Welsh picks with possibilities... Wreck reader Jacqui told me about the cottage, plus a unrenovated mill and barn below, in the hamlet of Llandybie, Carmarthenshire.

The 300-year-old cottage has two bedrooms and has been beautifully renovated. It comes with a fabulous Grade-II listed former corn mill - complete with original mill wheel - and a barn. Both have planning permission for conversion to houses.
There are gardens to front and rear, a paddock, parking and the stream that fed the mill runs alongside it.

The property is on the market through HouseNetwork - their pdf here and Primelocation link here, at £350k but open to offers.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Four into two traditional Welsh cottages

This lovely traditional Welsh property caught my eye this week. 
Originally a row of three cottages, it's ripe for renovation to create one big, country cottage.
One cottage (and part of the central cottage) has been used for living in and the rest of the space for storage, but all three need work:

Tan Lan cottage is in a nice, open location, in the village of Llandwrog, in Caernarfon, and surrounded by a large garden:

The property is on the market through Carter Jonas, with a guide price of £175k. Details and more pictures here and PDF brochure here.
Staying in Wales, the cottage below, on the edge of the gorgeous seaside village of Aberdaron, has masses of potential.

It needs a full renovation job - including replacing the lean-to kitchen and loo with a proper extension, but there are some nice period details. Including what looks like an inglenook fireplace hiding behind a living room wall:

There's a downstairs bedroom and a bedroom in the attic, plus downstairs lounge and the lean-to rooms. Outside are gardens to the front and side.

It's on the market at £95k through Huw Tudor estate agents. Details here but better pictures on Rightmove here.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

A croft, a cottage and a Victorian villa - Scotland

It's been a while so, to make up for my tardiness,  here's a bumper pack of three properties - all Scotland, all with a bit of space around them.
First up is this farmhouse and steading of around a quarter of an acre.
There's a big farmhouse kitchen, sitting room, hall and scullery downstairs; three bedrooms, bathroom and boxroom upstairs
Outside are attached, stonebuilt stables and outbuildings, wrapped around a courtyard area:

Great views across Glendaruel, on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll, it's in Colintraive - a 30 minute drive from Dunnon, the nearest town.
Auchategan Croft failed to sell at auction on May 1st, via Wilson's, with a guide price of £100k. Details here.
A smaller house but more land is Doularg Cottage, at Barr, in Ayrshire - below.

The one-room cottage needs total renovation, but comes with 1.5 acres of land in the pretty Stinchar Valley. There is planning permission in place to renovate and extend the property into a two-bedroom, single storey home with garage.
It's sold with the steel storage container you can see in the above picture and a 30-foot static caravan with wood-burning stove - just seen in pic below:

Doularg cottae is around a mile from the village of Barr and about nine miles from the town of Girvan.
It's up for sale at offers around £79k, through S1 Homes, details here
If those two are a touch too remote for you, how about this stone-built, four-bedroom villa, in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire:

There's not a lot of information about it, other than that it needs a fair bit of renovation, but it's an impressive looking house with a large garden, in the Mill Road area of the town (ML3 8AA)

Upstairs are four big bedrooms and a bathroom. Downstairs are two reception rooms, dining kitchen and cloakroom, and below that a one-bed, self-contained basement flat.
It's on the market through Clyde Property at offers over £159,950. Details here.