Monday 18 May 2020

Grand country house or tiny terrace - wrecks with views

Hello. How are we all doing? Or would you rather we didn't go there today - let's just distract ourselves, shall we? 
I have two properties to show you today - the little and large of my property picks, both with stunning country views but very different offerings. And price tags.
Maes Y Neuadd, in Snowdonia, is a former country house hotel that, in its more glorious past, put up the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Kylie Minogue and Nigel Mansell (and several "ghosts").
It's not really a wreck (see my fluid definition of that here) but it definitely needs a lot of work.

Just under six acres of gardens and land - including walled kitchen garden, paddock, lake and woodland.
As well as the main house, there's a four-bedroom coachhouse which has had rather more recent use.

The views are quite stunning - mountains to one side and the headland and sea on the other.

It's been on the market for around 18months, having last sold in 2015 for £350k (with some works completed since then). The current £695k price tag is a drop of around £50k on its 2018 ticket.
On the market through Strutt and Parker. Details and more pictures here and here.

But for those of you looking for great views, but for significantly less cash, how about this super-cute terraced house in a Scottish Borders village?

On the main street in the village of Chirnside, about six miles from Duns and around nine from Berwick-upon-Tweed.
The views from the garden are quite breathtaking - and the garden is cute too.

Inside it's rather less cute, there's work to do here. The house has two or three bedrooms (depending on whether you count the bedroom that's downstairs) and the bathroom is downstairs.

There's also a bit of thing with access to your garden via a right of way across a neighbour's plot, which will limit your ability to extend. 
But it is a quite stunning outlook and, with a guide price of £65k, comes in at a tenth of the price of our Welsh country manor. Also, I really like that zingy floral wallpaper.
On the market through JD Clark and Allan. More details here and here.