Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Fancy a big Cheshire house? Two for auction

Two chunky Cheshire properties up for auction this week - including this handsome manor house.
The three-storey, Grade II* listed house is on the edge of Great Budworth village, about two miles from Northwich.
Aston Park House is surrounded by large gardens, plus a courtyard with parking. At the back is a two-floor annex, used for storage and garaging.

Three reception rooms, kitchen, hall, cloakroom etc. on the ground floor; four bedrooms and bathroom on the second floor and four bedrooms on the attic floor. Plus a large cellar.
There are no internal pictures but it looks like the property has been empty for a while - the kitchen and bathrooms have been stripped.
Back in 2013, it was up for auction through Pughs - Sam wrote about it on her fabulous blog (with some inside pix).
Prior to that, it seems to have been run as a posh B&B.
And in 2014, despite being listed as having "fallen into disrepair" it sold at auction for £402k.
Sort of makes me think of a racehorse, passed from buyer to buyer and never raced...
Anyway, Aston Park is up for auction again - this time through Allsops, on 29 October, with a guide price of £350K+
It's Lot 180
In the same auction is Lot 242, below. A large former care home in Woodley, about ten miles from Manchester.

The property, in tree-lined grounds of around an acre, has been divided into lots of rooms - reception room, kitchen, laundry and eight bedrooms on the ground floor; lounge, bathrooms and seven bedrooms on the first floor. Plus outbuildings:

I found some references to it having been both a hotel and a residential care home in the past (as Further Hey) but couldn't find a listing on the CQC - maybe it never got as far as being inspected?
Anyway, the property is at 41 Wernerth Road in Woodley. Guide price is upwards of £425k.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Country house and land, Northamptonshire

This is pricier than my usual picks. And the pictures are rubbish (take them on your phone, did ya?). 
Kilsby Grange, in Northamptonshire, came to me via a tip-off from Hazel, on Twitter, who'd seen it in a story in the Northampton News.
It's a very handsome house.
Lived in by the Harrison family since 1921, the 200-year-old Georgian country manor comes with 10.5 acres, including woodland, pasture and gardens.

The property is unmodernised but there are lots of original features worth hanging onto.
And gadzillions of space.
Drawing room, dining room, kitchen (with Aga), workshop, loo, pantry and store rooms downstairs; four bedrooms upstairs and four attic rooms above them.
No bathroom. No central heating (period fireplaces in rooms).

The agents, Howkins and Harrison are selling a further plot of land and an agricultural building separately.
A barn, byre, stables and cottages previously part of the Grange were sold off in 2009 and 2011, and the contents of the house (some pictured below) were auctioned off at the end of September.

Anthony Harrison, a former Senior Partner of Howkins and Harrison, died last year, prompting the sale of the house.
On the market at offers over £350k. Details here and on Rightmove here.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Underground, overground, hobbiting free...

Made you look, made you stare....Yep. It's a bunker.
Well, actually a reservoir. With full planning permission to turn it into an underground eco home.
Frodo would love it.

The reservoir is within about half an acre of land in a pretty location on the edge of one of Hull's poshest villages - Elloughton - and with decent site access.
The building itself is one big (1600sqft) space, with an entrance. And the plans extend that to 2400sgft to build in a three-bed home with courtyard and parking.

It's on the market through Hudson Property with a guide price of £150k - tho' advertised here and on the PDF at £125k (make your mind up, mate!).
Details and more pictures here.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Lancashire country cottage

Another cute country cottage for you today. Detached, obviously. With garden, obviously. 
Bank Well Cottage (above and below), in the Lancashire market town of Carnforth, has three bedrooms upstairs, two reception rooms, kitchen, and bathroom downstairs.
It's pretty tired and dated looking and I do wonder what that floor covering is hiding:

The garden is a bit odd too - basically you've got a lovely little garden behind the house and then a plot that sort of wraps itself around other houses - and an "allocated" parking space about 50yards further on.

However, it's a sweet cottage, with views over the golf course, and some lovely original features.

Carnforth itself is a pretty town - five miles from Morecambe and Lancaster. It's railway station was the setting for Lean's 'Brief Encounter'.

If it was me - and I do like to daydream about what I'd change on each property I pick for 'Wreck', I'd rebuild that kitchen/bathroom extension (or just knock the two rooms together) as one bigger kitchen, and move the bathroom upstairs to that daft little bedroom in the middle.
I might even open up the dining room and create one big kitchen/dining room. What do you think?

It's on the market through Hackney & Leigh at £265k. Details and more pictures here.