Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Manor houses with "issues" - Cumbria and Yorkshire

Two big, blousey, faded rural beauties for you today. One rather more 'faded' than the other.
Banks Foot House, above and below, is in a gorgeous location, close to Hadrian's Wall and about three miles from Brampton, Cumbria.
It's a semi - which I'd normally avoid - and a comparatively pricey semi, but I completely adore it. I think it's the bohemian, arty, music-y, tumbly-ness of the rooms. Have a look:

The house is Grade II listed and this is the first time it's been up for sale since it was built in the 1750s.
Downstairs is a handsome hall, two reception rooms, dining room, large kitchen, utility and two large cellars. Upstairs are four bedrooms and the bathroom on the first floor, and two large attic rooms above.

There are side and rear gardens and parking space (the neighbouring property is converted from Banks Foot's former outbuildings) and stunning views over the River Irthing valley.
The property clearly needs renovating and modernising, however you'll also need to add your own oil storage and septic tank (currently shared with neighbours) if you want to heat the house or flush the loo. I did say these were manor houses with "issues".
On the market through Hayward Tod with a guide price of £329k. Details here and here.
Utilities complexities aside, Banks Foot House is renovation walk in the park compared to Halsteads, at Thornton-in-Lonsdale, North Yorkshire:

Two buildings - the main house and a separate cottage, both Grade II listed, plus stables, gardens and private woodlands (about five acres of land), and a Grade II listed walled garden. Stunning.
But then it all goes a bit Jekyll and Hyde.
Reception room in three bed cottage:

Reception rooms in main house:

Kitchen in cottage:

Kitchen (and bedroom...) in main house:

Cottage exterior:

Main house exterior:

See what I mean? Split personality or what!
The earliest part of the main house dates from the 1600s and was added to and extended, particularly by the Foxcroft family in the 18th century.
The main house has been empty for some time (clearly) but the cottage is ready to move in.
It's on the market through Fisher Hopper by private tender at offers over £650k. Details here and brochure here.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Pair of riverside cottages, Cumbria

Given the amount of rain that's fallen in the last couple of days, picking houses so close to water may not be my best idea. But you have to agree that this is pretty special.
The pair of cottages above and below sit underneath the Victorian viaduct on the edge of the Cumbrian village of Wetheral. They're for sale separately or together.
No. 1 Mill Cottages has a hall, sitting room, kitchen, bathroom and pantry downstairs; three bedrooms upstairs, and large cellars.
No 2 Mill Cottages has lobby, sitting room, kitchen downstairs; three bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. Both have parking.
No. 2 also has a rather lovely riverside garden:

Both cottages need a fair bit of work and, given that, buying just one of the properties may not be cost-effective, particularly if your neighbour doesn't share your renovation commitment...

No. 2  Mill Cottages (except the cellars belong to No. 1)
No 1 Mill Cottages

On the market through Hayward Tod at £230k for both cottages, or £115k each. Details here, here (No 1) and here (No 2). Brochure here.

Monday, 14 November 2016

The (other) White House - dilapidated Devon villa

What the heck happened?! The world is weird and crazy and Trump is on his way to the White House and too many people now think it's OK to wear their ignorance like a badge and their racism like a party hat. 
And I'm sorry that I've introduced politics into our little place of escape on the wild web, but nowadays I'm not ready to make nice .
However, back to our little place of escape.
This gorgeous Devon villa is called the White House. It sits above Woolacomb, looking out over beaches and seascape towards Lundy Island. It is dilapidated and stunning and, at £1.6m, the most expensive property I've featured.
But there are twists in this particular tale.

The property sold at auction in February this year for £1.28m - almost double its guide price of £750k. A £300k mark-up is a pretty nifty "flip"... even with that extra bedroom the new owners seem to have found.
Let's go back a bit (I'm grateful for the detective work of fellow blogger Joyneaology). There are mentions of two elderly occupants - a Jeremy Cole, who died in 2015, and a Violet Bury.
Miss Bury was living there in the 1940s, according to newspaper reports found by Joyneaology, and there are mentions elsewhere online of the house being occupied at least until 2011.
However, it looks like that final occupant was the elderly Mr Cole and the timeline suggests he may have bought the house from Miss Bury sometime in the 1960s.

Mr Cole died in April 2015 and it looks like the house was put on the market a few months later by executors acting on behalf of a Catherine Woodcock.
Mr Cole died intestate, which means Ms Woodcock was not a relative and had no claim on the house. The house had originally been put up for auction "on behalf of a charity" in December 2015, then withdrawn from auction and resubmitted for auction in February 2016 on behalf of executors.

Was a charity able to prove a claim against Mr Cole's (or Miss Bury's) estate (there may be links to the Lundy Field Society, and possibly to the National Trust), or did Mr Cole die in a care home with a charitable arm?
Back to the house. There's very little information on the agent's website. A swish, drone-shot video and a bunch of lovely beach photos, but there are also a handful of pix taken indoors which show the gorgeous space and light.
Tho' at £1.6m, I'd spend a few quid on boarding up those broken windows before the winter rains or vandals find their way in.

Last year's listing gives a bit more information about the late Victorian property. Downstairs is the kitchen, utility, two reception rooms, office and anteroom (I had to look up 'anteroom'). Four bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor; one bedroom (or two, depending on which plan you use) and bathroom on the second floor.

Outside is (possibly still is) a double garage and gardens - around a third of an acre of site in all.
The White House is the market through Taylor Underwood at £1.6m. More  here and here.
Maybe someone should tell the Clintons?

Monday, 7 November 2016

Country houses with land, Wales & North East

A Northumberland bungalow and a Welsh farmhouse to show you today. Not the prettiest of houses but both have attractive plots of land and interesting possibilities.
This pink farmhouse, just three miles from Pendine Sands and the Carmarthenshire coastline, comes with around one-and-a-half acres and several outbuildings with development potential.
The house has three bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room and a large boot room/utility space.

Outside is a garden, overgrown vegetable garden and paddock. There's a corrugated former cowshed, a large, two-room stone and brick outbuilding, a car port with an inspection pit and a greenhouse. All in all, lots of space for £225k.

But tucked at the bottom of the agents's details, a warning that 'there is Japanese Knotweed present'. And while knotweed may not be the major problem it was a decade ago, getting rid of it is a cost you'll need to factor in.
On the market through The Smalloholding Centre at £225k. Details and more pictures here and here.
Despite the dire photography, I rather like this Northumberland bungalow, below, I think it's the 70s vibe.

Located about a mile outside the small town of Wooler, on the edge of the Cheviot Hills about 17 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed, it comes with around three acres of land.
There are three bedrooms, a bathroom, a large living/dining room, office room, utility and a kitchen. The adjoined double garage has been converted into an extra bedroom.

The land has lapsed planing permission for six log cabins, although the Google view of the surrounding businesses don't make this an attractive area for holiday homing.
On the market at offers around £200k through Aitchisons. More here and on Zoopla here.