Tuesday 1 February 2022

Seven renovation-ready wrecks to inspire

Just because I've got quite a few properties on my "possible" list, I thought I'd do a top ten run down this week. Actually, top seven.  
And to make it even more number-driven, in reverse order of bedrooms from 0 to 5, and guide price from a teeny-tiny £20k to a big bucks but reasonable £725k. Ready?

At number seven we have this pretty little Welsh chapel (above). From a tip off from reader Tim (via Wales Online) it's basically a one room plus porch, stone and slate Welsh chapel with a detached former stable. Offered for auction (on 10th February) including the pulpit and pews.

There are no permissions in place (including change of use) which is one reason the chapel, stable, pews etc., and the small plot it stands, on are being offered with the teasingly low guide price of £20k. And, as the excellent video walkthrough will tell you, no drainage and issues in adding drainage.

Sitting a mile outside the village of Meifod, around 10 miles from Welshpool and 20-ish from the border. On the market through Morris, Marshall and Poole. Details and more pictures here and here.

And while we're looking at former church buildings, pick number two is this redundant church hall minutes from the beach in lovely Scottish seaside town of Elie on the East Neuk of Fife.

As well as the hall, there's a kitchen, loo and floored attic and a strip of garden area at the back. On the market at offers over £125k, via the Scottish Church website - details here.

Number three on my list is this two bedroom (three really, but I'd want to knock through from the lounge..) house in the Welsh village of Gorsuch, six miles from Lampeter. 

Not a wreck, it's already had a fair bit done to it, but there's work to finish, including renovating and making use of this large stone outbuilding: 

It was sent to me by a reader who'd bought it during a health crisis and can't now live there. It's up for auction on February 22nd with a guide price of £165k-£175k. Details and lots more pictures here.

Property number four, I couldn't make my mind up about. On the one hand, nice location and a decent plot of garden (aside from the section that is just a wee bit too close to the back of the house...). On the other, you're going to need a lot of white paint:

The three-bedroom semi is in the Scottish village of Kirkmaiden, a mile or so from Drunmore. There are four good-sized rooms downstairs and again upstairs, and a large loft, plus outbuildings, so plenty of space to work with. And the bathroom's upstairs - always a bonus : )

On the market at offers over £200k with SWPC. Details and lots more pictures (the decor!) here and here.

Property number two brings us south and into North Yorkshire, with a landmark former inn owned by the same family since the 1930s and sitting in a gorgeous bit of countryside close enough to national park land and the east coast.

The Mill Inn is on the market with its outbuildings and threequarters of an acre of garden land, and a further 38 or so acres of grassland up for sale separately in four lots.

Downstairs is a pretty hall, a rundown bar, dining room and kitchen, upstairs are three or four bedrooms and a bathroom. Outside is a fabulous two-storey millhouse, toilet block, and other buildings - lots of potential for someone with deep pockets and perhaps a desire to run a rather more upmarket B&B?

Up for auction via Cundalls on February 11th, with a guide price of £200k for the lot. Details here.

And finally, property number one. 

Just in case The Mill Inn doesn't have the scale you're looking for, I offer this five-bedroom country home with stables, three-bedroom coach house, lots of outbuildings, an outdoor swimming pool, and over two acres. It is seriously large.

The Grade II listed property is in Shardlow, Derbyshire, and was sent to me by reader Chris. It's on the market through Robert Ellis at a hefty (albeit not excessive) offers over £725k. Details (and 52 photos!) here and here

There are some amazing pictures among those 52 - from glorious colour schemes to run down rooms to damaged rooms, and this is piano room number three:

Incidentally, if you're looking for an inspirational story on what one creative young family can do with a property of that scale, I interviewed the buyers/renovators of Camblesforth Hall, a past Wreck of the Week, for Tat London here.