Monday 24 June 2019

Three rural cottages to renovate

I've got a trio of cute Welsh cottages for you today - all in various states of renovation-readiness.
I missed the boat on this first one - a detached cottage set in a quarter of an acre of rural Gwynedd, the deadline for offers was a couple of a days ago.
However, things change and given the amount of work needed, it's worth keeping an eye on it returning to the market. Or just giving the agent a "just in case" call if you love it as much as I do.
Three bedrooms upstairs (you'll need to add a bathroom); living room, kitchen (sort of...) and snug downstairs.

There's an attached "store" - the thing with the corrugated plastic roof - and which currently isn't much use to man nor beast but gives you options for building outwards.

All in a lovely, remote location about a third of a mile from the village of Aberangell.
There's electricity but water, drainage and other services are unclear.
It was on the market at offers over £75k through MMP. Details here and here.
This next one however, failed to sell at its offers deadline earlier this month. And on the face of it, has a great deal more going for it perhaps that our Aberangell "wreck".

Lovely, neat detached house about a mile-and-a-half from Lampeter and looking out over fields. Space to breathe but not too remote, three bedrooms and it even has a bathroom (albeit downstairs) and connected services.

The property itself looks in decent nick - at least from the outside. But then there's this:

In the name of Bob the God of building, what is GOING UNDER THAT CARPET??
Have they just used the carpet to cover up piles of books and junk rather than clear it? Is it bricks? Has the floor given way? Is it bodies??
To be honest, I'm not sure I would have the nerve to lift and look... : (
The rest of the house looks rough too. Which is so weird - a real Jekyll and Hyde house from outside to inside.

Anyway, carpet secrets aside, it's an interesting property in lovely area of Wales, and at offers over £115k is well worth a look.
On the market through Evans Bros. Details and more pictures here and here.
My final pick has been hanging around my "possibles" list for some time. Mostly because I couldn't quite decide whether I liked it or not.

Another three-bedroom detached cottage, this time in a wood (Tan Y Gopa) but also with coastal views, on the edge of the town of Abergele.
Being able to clear the site a bit will help open up those views and make the property a bit more inviting.
And there are some lovely inside details - like these windows.

But also this rather less attractive space:

The price too is off-putting given the work involved (there have already been two past planning apps) and the likelihood that your average surveyor would stick in so many maybes in the report that you'd probably never get a mortgage on it. But at least it doesn't have Lampeter's scary carpet...
On the market through Peter Large at just under £230k. Details and more pictures here and here.