Monday 14 October 2019

Two country homes with land up for auction

Couple of handsome properties coming up for auction to show you this week. Starting with this Welsh beauty.
The four-bedroom cottage is in the tiny hamlet of Blaenffos, next to Boncath and about eight miles from Newcastle Emlyn and a similar distance from St Dogmaels.

The house sits on the A478, which runs through the village, but behind it is an acre of land and privacy.
That acre of land prompted planning applications in 2007 and 2008 - approved by Pembrokeshire Council - to build six small "starter" homes on the site (08/0168/PA and 07/0518/PA).
By rights, those plans should have lapsed by now but I couldn't see any notification of that. Maybe the developer had dug a couple of holes or something.
Notwithstanding that rural Wales could probably do with more affordable starter homes rather than another likely holiday home renovation, this is a very attractive property in a bit of Wales I love : )

There is little in the way of detail on the agent's site (as tends to be the case with auction properties) and the property has clearly been neglected for long time. But the potential is there to create a gorgeous country home, for anyone in a position to take a punt on an auction buy.
On the market through West Wales Property and up for auction on October 23rd, in Cardiff, with a guide price of £165k. More details here and here.
Up for auction the following day is this gorgeous part-converted chapel in a lovely bit of land, a few miles from the town of Brecon and with views over to the Brecon Beacon Horseshoe.

Planning permission is in place to turn it into a four-bedroom home and the ground floor already has a part-completed kitchen and two bedrooms, and there's a bathroom somewhere (agent's details a bit sketchy again).

As with my first pick, the property comes with around an acre of land, but the amount of work already done on Garthbrengy's former chapel makes this a particularly appealing project. That and the views.

I don't know why the owners gave up on the project. It may have been a life thing or a church thing (I noticed the graveyard - have a read of one of Wreck's older stories to understand why that can be an issue), or maybe there were protected bats in the belfry or worrisome issues uncovered by the drain digging? Whatever. Auction buying brings risks as well as potentially profitable rewards.
Up for auction on October 24th through Paul Fosh Auctions and Hunters estate agents with a  guide price of £160k. Details and more pictures here and here.