Tuesday, 19 May 2015

House with stables, Cambridgeshire

Keith and Hazel tipped me off about this rural, er, gem...
On the edge of the village of Three Holes, about eight miles from Wisbech, the three-bed detached property comes with stables, paddocks and around 1.5 acres of land. And a fair bit of work to do.
As Keith wrote:
This really does fit the ideal description of 'wreck of the week'...We are not sure if the kitchen is to die for or die in.
Here's that kitchen:

Agents Rural Scene describe the property as "for improvement" and mention its 1930s build based on an Ideal Home Exhibition design. But it's also up for sale on ruralandequestrian.com who describe it as needing total refurbishment, including "new windows, doors, gutters etc., maintenance work to the roof, rendering needs replacing or patching plus other work as seen..."*
The house has hall, dining room, lounge and kitchen downstairs; three bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. Oil-fired central heating.
Outside is a garden area and three overgrown paddocks; a timber barn, feed room and stable block - some of which need repairing or replacing.

Access is via a private drive off a country lane and the location, plus the land means that - so long as the survey isn't silly scary - there's potential here.

The property is on the market via Rural Scene with a guide price of £220k, details and more pix here. And also listed on Rural and Equestrian at offers over £200k - here.

* After posting this, Gill emailed me. She'd previously viewed the property and had this to say:
what they don't mention on the info...is that it was built with no foundations, so has sunk/or could still be sinking and has many, many subsidence cracks. You can get it underpinned but the cost of the explorations to establish what is required to do so is a fair lump of money before you start on the house..  

Monday, 11 May 2015

Two farmhouses with barns, Cumbria

Wreck reader Eleanor sent me these two. I think you could safely describe them as off the beaten track. Or indeed any track.
As Eleanor put it in her email:
VERY wild area. No track. How the current owners got their new bathroom in I can't imagine.
Blake Mire house is on Grisdale Moor, just outside Garsdale and about 10 miles from Sedbergh in Cumbria. This is how agents Chris Whelan describes the location:
Take the A684 from Sedbergh to Garsdale. After approx. 9.5 miles turn right up the hill to Garsdale Station, parking on the right after the bridge. Walk down the hill back to the A684, cross the road and follow the signed footpath across the moor to Blake Mire. Boots required.
However, planning consent has now been given to lay a track to the house and negotiations are "ongoing" for rights of way across neighbouring land.

The detached barn - and an idea of the location!
There is electricity to all the buildings; water supplied from a spring, and a septic tank.
Inside are three bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and two reception rooms - plus tons of original features including stone floors and fireplaces. Windows are UPVC double-glazed.

It's on the market at £185k. Details and more pix here and agent here.
Eleanor is "in Cumbria and looking." The second of the two properties she sent me is Marshside house, at Bootle Station:
Less wild area, but near Sellafield... Also no track, but you own the land you cross to get to it.

Again, three bedrooms and an adjoining barn. More land - around three-and-a-half acres, and a bit less wrecked - correspondingly priced higher at offers around £225k.
And truthfully, the Sellafield thing doesn't bother me when your view is the Irish Sea:

Lots of original features inside this one too - however no kitchen. The sink is in the porch and the cooker in the dining room, but there is a decent-sized slate-flagged utility room.
I loved the newspaper cutouts stuck to the living room wall and spent ages trying to zoom in enough to see what they were about...

All looks pretty damp inside, although looked like the roof was missing some tiles and there is that broken window in the main bedroom. And it faces the sea, so...
On the market through Harrison Coward - details here and on Rightmove here.