Tuesday 23 October 2018

Three big Shropshire-ish houses to renovate

I've been promising reader Louise a Shropshire post for ages. Possibly even eons.
In the interim, Shropshire properties she and other readers have sent me have been and gone; sold or fallen by the survey wayside. And I've got distracted by the weird or more wonderful elsewhere.
However, today is Shropshire (-ish) day on Wreck.
First the pair of cottages above and below, being sold as one lot.
The cottages each have three bedrooms, the second cottage has a shower room (no bathroom in the first cottage) and both have a kitchen room and one or two other reception rooms.
I'm being generous in my description of the rooms and their possible functions there. Because both properties are in a very sorry state.
The estate agent describes them as needing a "seriously robust" programme of works, and suggests the property is unlikely to be mortgagable and children are banned from the site at viewing stage.

Who on earth leaves a record deck behind? So want that!

You may be looking at rebuilding rather than renovating (there's structural movement at one gable end).
Having said that, there's a lot of scope to create a large, detached country home here. And the properties sit in half of an acre of garden land, off a country lane.

They're in Sanford, just off the A41 and within easy reach of the pretty market towns of Whitchurch and Market Drayton. The M6 is around 20 miles away so reasonable commuting links.
On the market through Halls at offers around £195k. Details and more pictures here and here.
This next property isn't the prettiest and, as with the cottages, there are structural issues to deal with. However, the issues have kept the price down. It's a LOT of property for under £200k.

Four or five bedrooms upstairs (definite en-suite potential) plus bathroom; three reception rooms, kicthem pantry and utility downstairs.
Lots of good-sized rooms and a nice open feel.

Outside is a large yard with parking and grass area (there's a touch of council building utility about it...) and the house is on pleasant street in Oswestry.

On the market through MMP at £195k (they seem to be hoping a builder will buy it for cash). More details here and here.
And finally, this part-finished renovation is lovely, if a little on the pricey side for Wreck.

Just outside Luston, and a couple of miles from Leominster, it's actually over the border from Shropshire in Herefordshire. But we'll ignore that.
The house was part of a batch of suggestions sent by reader Philippa who, like Louise, is an overseas fan of UK do-ups.
Three bedrooms, three reception, kitchen and bathroom. Nicely-done modern extensions and lovely open views. Just unfinished (why?) and pretty light on details in the agent's description.

On the market through Andrew Grant at £485k. Details and (a few...) more pictures here.