Tuesday 16 October 2018

Three Welsh properties with potential

A round-up of some more unusual properties for you today - all sent to me by regular 'Wreck' readers.
First the former bank, above and below, in the Welsh seaside resort of Barmouth.
Squint and you can just about see the beach from the property.

Sent to me by reader Tim ("Some mad part of me spends time doing property searches in North Wales. Some silly notion of a bolthole where I spent a lot of holidays as a child"). Silly? Never! You're amongst like-minded souls here, Tim.

The Grade II- listed building has some gorgeous original features (loving those banking hall windows...) and comes with planning permission in place to turn it into a shop plus two-storey, three-bedroom apartment. Plus vehicle access (without it, parking would be an issue.).

It also appears to come with a pretty amenable builder, presumably the same chap/chapess who won planning permission, and up for letting it, or splitting it, or doing the work, and more than happy to chat about the project's potential.
Downstairs is the grand banking hall and offices; a basement with the vault (more space for dragons), and a first floor with offices, staff toilets and washroom. Plus a large loft space.
Outside is a yard - I think we can say there's courtyard potential. Just.

On the market through Warriners at a fiver under £185k. More here and here.
Also with live/work potential is this gorgeous seven-bedroom Georgian manse, sent to me by reader Anita.

It's in the Welsh village of Erwood, on the river Wye, about six miles from Builth Wells.
The main house is very faded glory, but it  comes with a one-bedroom annex which looks very live-in-able.

Bottom picture is of the annex

Anita emailed:
It's a fabulous Georgian house in Erwood that's been on the market for ages. Sadly nobody came on the open day except me but it has huge potential and would make a great B&B.
Split over three floors; as well as those seven bedrooms, there are several bathrooms, and plenty of space to work with.

Outside is a courtyard (with a well!) and walled gardens to three sides. Good frontage onto Erwood's main road too for a B&B.

On the market through Clee Tompkinson Francis at £395k. Details here and pdf brochure here.
And finally, this part-converted chapel, sent to me by reader Jacky, is also in the Builth Wells area.

The Grade II-listed chapel plus two-bedroom cottage comes with planning permission to turn it into a three/four bedroom home.

The property has lovely gardens to the rear and is surrounded by farmland.

I'd been trying to work out how busy that road is to the front, but Google's little walking man was showing it as just a rural side road off the A481*. Pretty good-looking side road...

On the market through Chancellors at £200k. Details here and here.

*Just after I posted this, Craig emailed me with more information about the road (and the area):
"Bit of local knowledge for you … with regard to traffic for this property … forget about it! That road might average out at 20-30 vehicles per hour over a day, maybe, although an A designation road and well-maintained its really just carrying local traffic to Hundred House. It does have some use as a way for traffic to short-cut from Builth Wells over to Kington, but generally we are so out in the wilds that traffic is extremely low, even on “good” roads like this one.... if you live/frequent a populous area of the UK I don’t think you’d comprehend how quiet either would seem against the daily grind elsewhere, without being “half-way up a mountain” as the TV programmes portray you need to be to get out to the country!"