Monday, 29 February 2016

Attached country house, Warcop, Cumbria

Now we all know that I don't do semis. Detached yes, semis no. But I've decided 'wings' don't count as semis.
Originally a wing of Warcop House, the Grade II-listed Brookfield House (its new name), has five bedrooms, a study, and a bathroom upstairs; three reception rooms, kitchen, boot room, utility and hall downstairs.
Plus 2.3 acres of gardens and land. All for £140k.

That's the plus side.
On the nonplussed side, Brookfield has water connected but not electricity (albeit electricity is available) and you'd need to install a septic tank.
And it looks like the roof has issues given the water damage in some of the rooms.

Also, given that it had been listed at £245k a couple of years ago, and appears to have been sold last year but is now back on the market, I think you can assume there are other issues.
But, hey, this blog is called 'wreck of the week' not, 'redecorate of the week'!
Warcop House is in the Cumbrian village of Warcop, about five miles from Appleby-in-Westmorland. Bits of it are being sold off in lots (Brookfield being Lot 2), after it failed to sell as a whole back in 2009 (then with a guide price of £925k). Lovely pictures on Carter Jonas's original sale pdf here.
Having said that, I couldn't find where or if the other lots are being sold, and the main part of WarcupHouse looks as if it may be occupied - it's recently had work done on it by the owners.

Brookfield House is on the market through Penrith Farmers Kidd at £140k. Details and more pictures here and on Zoopla here.
And before I go, I'd just like to mention that Brookfield House is the west wing of Warcop House. Yes - the West Wing!

PS: Reader Eleanor contacted me after I'd posted about Warcop House to tell me:
I was so pleased you put Warcop House on [the site]. We've know about it for a few years and wondered about sending details to you. We didn't because, as you've said, there are issues with it. Part of the gable wall is collapsing and needs underpinning, the wall has shifted out of plumb by about 18cm I seem to remember, plus the roof needs doing....It used to be two flats until the late 1990s but since then it has been empty and decaying....what a shame. It's a lovely place.
The other three parts which were on the market a few years back have, as you said, all been sold off. The Georgian wing has been occupied for some time now...However, it breaks my heart every time I look at the unoccupied wing. Warcop is three miles from the village where I grow up and I can't help getting that nagging feeling of wanting to return. I just don't think we could afford to do all the work that's required on the house...I hope whoever gets it really loves it!

Monday, 22 February 2016

Detached cottage, nr Bude, Cornwall

I adore this house. If I were a BBC producer, this is where I'd set my next 1950s midwife/district nurse/rural vet Sunday serial.
It's not so much frozen in time as preserved in jelly. Sweet, jammy jelly made by an old lady owner who has clearly just popped out for bread and milk.

See what I mean? Glorious in its tidy, ice-cream coloured, unmodernised prettiness.
A detached village home in the North Cornish village of Kilkhampton,on the A39 and about four miles from Bude.
Downstairs are three reception rooms, kitchen, walk-in pantry and hall. Upstairs four decent-sized bedrooms and a bathroom.
Outside are gardens, garage, stores and a large workshop, sub-divided into three units:

It's on the market through Bond Oxborough Phillips at a fraction under £250k. Details and more pictures here and on Zoopla here.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Cotswolds village cottage

Reader D J sent me this one. For the second time, because the listing disappeared before I'd had chance to feature it first time around.
But Mount Pleasant is back on the market - or perhaps never left it - now with two estate agents. As DJ wrote:
After looking around for the past two years some of these on/off market properties are becoming like old friends.
Indeed. Perhaps the nature of 'wrecks' is that there's always at least one skeleton in a cupboard to make the purchasing process scarier than average. I wrote last week about how a worried structural engineer cut short a reader's bid to buy The Gatehouse, at Ross-on-Wye.
Back to Mount Pleasant. It's in the Cotswold village of Painswick, around six miles from Gloucester and 10 from Cheltenham.
Built in 1875, the detached stone cottage has two bedrooms upstairs and a kitchen and sitting room downstairs. Plus the hall and downstairs bathroom, and an attached stone workshop/store.
Outside is a very pretty garden with fabulous views, a stone potting shed and outside loo.
The photographs, taken by the first agent, Murrays, at the end of last summer, and the second agent, Hamptons earlier this year, show the garden across the seasons:

The pictures also show the story of the tidy-up between-times:

It's on the market at £275k. Details and more pictures with Murrays here and Hamptons/Prime Location here.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Mill, house, and land - riverside homes


I love water. Despite having the swimming ability of a budgerigar, there's nothing appeals to me more than a home by the sea or a river.
Having said that, buying a property quite this close to water is risky at best in these flood-prone days:

But The Mill on the river Banwy, in Powys, is very, very pretty.
There's the mill itself - basically, a big, semi-derelict three-story space - plus the attached miller's house:

There's also a barn and other outbuildings and over seven acres of land running alongside the river. The mill itself includes some of the original workings, and in 1914 served as the first hydro-electric generator for the Llanfair Electric Light Company.
The property is about a mile outside the small town of Llanfair Caereinon, about 10 miles from Welshpool and 29 from Shrewsbury.
Parts of the site are dangerous and services may be missing or unconnected.
On the market through Strutt and Parker with a guide price of £150k. Details and more pictures here.
While we're on the subject of riverside homes, regular reader Miles wrote to me about a property I'd featured last year:

The derelict Gatehouse, at Ross-on-Wye, was then on the market at £195k but dropped to £175k and is currently under offer (via Jonathan Preece, here)
Miles told me he'd considered buying the former alehouse, and I've added some of his comments to this post because it's useful information for anyone looking at derelict riverside buildings:
I have recently [spent] a lot of time looking at the Gatehouse as a potential project.  I've decided reluctantly that it is simply not viable in any form, at least not as a commercially viable one...
It is sliding down towards the river and needs a minimum of £150k -£200k just to stabilise it.  Alarm bells went off when the structural engineer commented he wouldn't want to continue with the project further (enough said?!)
Finally, site access is a challenge – no flat spaces to store materials and parking is 100m away in the flood zone! I hope someone has the experience and deep pockets to take it on.
PS: The Old Mill at Rogart, Inverness, is still on the market - offers over £90k for the derelict building with planning permission (since 2008) to turn it into. two burnside cottages More here.