Thursday, 28 December 2017

Four Scottish hideaways to do-up

Sorry about the gap. There are reasons. One of which is that I've just got back from Christmas on my favourite island. A much-needed rural retreat, log fires, lots of whisky, hubby and me and our latest rescues. 

On that note, here are some Scottish hideaway "projects" for you to enjoy - all under £140k.
Reader Caroline sent me this derelict croft house, pictured top and below, and the cheapest of my selections at offers over £50k.

Large garden, decent views, and slap-bang in the middle of nowhere, up near the very top of Scotland:

On the market through Young Robertson, details and more pictures here.
The scruffy-looking bungalow below, isn't the prettiest property I've shown you but its location on the Wick to John O'Groats road and overlooking sea and countryside make it pretty special.

The three-bedroom property has good-sized rooms, including bathroom and kitchen, and gardens front and back.

On the market through Georgesons at offers over £125k. Details and more pictures here.
Also not particularly handsome but with fabulous potential, is this house, outbuildings and land on the island of Sanday.

The three-bedroom cottage comes with 11 acres of land and fab views over Cata sands. Needs a fair bit of work inside and some interesting-looking outbuildings to work on too.

On the market through D&H at offers around £105k. Details and more pictures here.
Finally, the part-finished rebuild below, a few miles from Lairg, has a lovely rural Highlands location.

Services have been added and nine internal rooms have been indicated rather than added, leaving plenty of scope for finishing the build to suit yourself - although the "sold as seen" tag is a bit of concern.

On the market through HSPC at offers around £130k. Details and more pictures here.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Suffolk and Norfolk cottages up for auction

Poor little Tinkers House. Abandoned, fire-damaged, derelict and tumbling.
Also, fabulous Tinkers House in a stunning location in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with views across Southwold, the Blyth Estuary, and the Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve.
That location gives this derelict property a hefty guide price of £250k-£300k at auction. Tinkers House is up for auction later this week (December 7th).

The detached property was sent to me by regular reader Sarah, who wrote:
Ignoring the flooding issue, and the state of the disrepair, and the potential planning issues, this is a delight! And comes with the added bonus of rusty tins of food (according to older reports).
And I would have shown you the property rather sooner (certainly earlier than the week it goes under the hammer) but it kept on disappearing from the interweb! And then there was the work of tracking down exactly which corner of William H Brown's megalopolis was selling Tinkers House. Anyway, here it is.
The 18th/19th century Tinkers House was badly fire -damaged (the agent thinks around 1999) and nothing appears to have been to it since then. Consequently it's a in  right mess (as we say in Hull) which some falling down walls and its own internal nature reserve.

Despite the agent enthusing about its "Grand Designs" potential, we may be looking at knocking down, or mostly knocking down, and rebuilding. However, the local planning officer warns that any new building "would be resisted unless... on a one-to-one basis where they are no more visually intrusive in the countryside than the building to be replaced".

Unsurprisingly, there's no information on number and sizes of rooms, the internal structure being on the hard hats and watch how you go side, but the house sits on a plot of around 0.42 acre and the pictures show a decent-sized building footprint. Something to bear in mind given that DM3 planning restriction.
Up for auction through William H Brown Norwich Auctions, more here and on Rightmove here.
Incidentally, if Tinkers is too much of a challenge, the agent also has this rather pretty semi (below) up for auction on the 7th.

One of Marestail Cottages in the conservation village of Brinston, Norfolk, there's a kitchen (with Aga) and living room downstairs, three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Best of all it comes with lovely 3/4 acre of garden, including orchard area.

Guide price of £230k-£250K, more here.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Gorgeous (and confusing) bundles of Scottish houses

Two for me and three for you: five wee cottages all in a row. Probably.
Sunlawshill Cottages are in the middle of fields and farmland a few miles from pretty Kelso, in the Scottish Borders.
First time on the market, presumably because they used to belong to neighbouring Sunlawshill Farm (you'll want to check what else is up for sale or in the planning pipeline...), they're up for sale as two lots - numbers 3-5 Sunlawshill cottages, and numbers 1-2 have been remodelled as four-bedroom Smiddybank Cottage.

The Sunlawshill cottages have one, two or three bedrooms, and each has a living room, bath room and kitchen in various groupings.
Here's the plan for Lot 1:

Keep them separate (I'm thinking holiday cottages for a family collective), or knock them into one (or two) houses, but please don't knock them down and start over with something glass-faced and modern. These are way too sweet not to be renovated and lived in!

Lot 1 (cottages 3-5) is on the market at offers over £195k. More here.
However, it then gets a bit complicated.
According to the brochure, the properties are on the market in two lots, but I couldn't find anything online about Lot 2, other than that it sold two years ago.

Whatever. The estate agent is Rettie; you'll want to call them.
Incidentally, Rettie do seem to have form on the confusing two-part sale thing. The school and master's house below was sent to me by reader Katie. And, again, they seem to be to be offering it for sale as one big property, or selling the school on it's own for £195k. Doesn't make sense, particularly when there are no separate sale details on the master's house.

So, there may or may not be this gorgeous, part-renovated four bedroom schoolmaster's house, with attached unrenovated school, in lovely coastal Burnmouth, for sale at offers over £255k. (Some) more here.