Wednesday 6 April 2016

Three (or four) country homes to renovate

Let's have a country house splurge. Say, former farmhouses near water. With a bit of land. Maybe outbuildings, or a mill. And you'd like change from £300k? Hmm, difficult lot aren't you?
The Welsh property, above and below, is the more isolated of my picks.
A two-bed house, plus attached two-room house, plus a derelict mill, and around three acres of land sloping down to the River Clydach. All within the Brecon Beacons National Park.

It is gorgeous - but very isolated. Access is via a muddy track (4x4 only) and there are no connected services. The nearest village is Myddfai, around nine miles from Llandovery. The agent describes it as an "ideal eco-renovation project" - that may be sales pitch or a reflection of build restrictions.

On the market via Profile Homes at £255k, details and more pix in brochure here and on Zoopla here.
And while we're in Wales, the three-bed house below doesn't have any internal photos and isn't next to water (unless you count muddy fields) but it does come with an impressive 13.5 acres of land, plus some useful stone outbuildings:

The property is at Rhydcymerau, around 15 miles from Llandeilo.
On the market through Evand Bros at just under £200k, Details here and on Zoopla here.
The five-bed, stone-built Northumbrian farmhouse, below, is basically two attached houses plus storage. The main house appears to have been renovated, but not the smaller house.

There are also stone outbuildings across the courtyard, and gardens.

Foundry farm is just outside Bellingham, around 18 miles from Hexham. It's close to Hareshaw Burn and waterfall, and on the popular Hareshaw Linn walk. Which explains the neighbouring caravan park.
On the market via Youngs RPS at £295k. Details and more pictures here and also here.
Finally, I've probably missed the boat on this one (it's SSTC), but, things change; surveys get awkward, people run out of cash, or patience, and properties come back to the market. So I'm including it just-in-case.

Irt Cottage, at Seascale, is a completely lovely wreck of a Cumbrian cottage bordered by a stream and a wood. The three-bed house comes with around half-an-acre of land and a ramshackle huddle of outbuildings.

Sent to me by reader Ivor, the 19th century former woodsman's cottage includes a derelict sawmill and access rights to part of the River Irt. It is (was) on the market via PFK at £325k. Details here.