We are longstanding VON members. Due to changed family circumstances we are with great sadness leaving the UK. We wish to sell our house and c.10 acres of land as soon as possible. We have had an informal valuation by a local estate agent of around £580,000 but we would obviously prefer it to go to fellow vegans and would reduce the price to genuine vegan purchaser/s.
The location is approximately 10 miles north of Shrewsbury.
There is a three-bedroom detached cottage, large lounge, conservatory, utility room, etc., the oldest part dating from c.1780, and also a separate large oak-framed and -clad building which we had built five years ago as a workroom and office, but which could quickly and easily be adapted as accommodation for a second family (subject to Change of Use Consent), about an acre of garden with a polytunnel, a further approx. 1 acre which was probably once used as a paddock, but which we have allowed to grow wild, apart from planting a few apple trees, and a further 8 acre field which drains well into the nearby river. We have fenced off a small corner of the field and are trying to encourage tree growth as an extension of existing neighbouring woodland. There is a detached double garage, and further parking space.
The garden has several heritage apple trees, mulberry, quince, medlar, sloe, pear, damsons, morello cherry and a productive fig tree as well as a wide range of hardy perennials and shrubs. The polytunnel has a white dessert grapevine.
The cottage has two log-burners, and the workroom has three Fischer ceramic-core programmable storage heaters. An Economy 7 day/night tariff is in force for the property. We have solar photovoltaic panels fitted to both house and workroom totalling up to c. 4kw feed-in capacity. As well as lowering electricity consumption, this also produces Feed-In earnings in excess of £1000pa (actually £1070 in 2019, and index-linked). The workroom also has a solar thermal panel, so plenty of free hot water in spring/summer/early autumn.
There is an hourly daytime bus service to Shrewsbury (2-hourly to Oswestry) from the village two miles away, and there is a closed (by Beeching in the ‘60s) railway station in the village through which trains pass hourly, which has been the subject of a vigorous local re-opening campaign which, after many years, now looks like it may be successful in the fairly near future. Otherwise, the nearest stations are Shrewsbury (c.10m), Gobowen (c.11m) and Yorton (c.8m). Rail-based connectivity to Hereford/Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Telford/Birmingham, Wrexham/Chester, Merseyside, Manchester and North Wales is therefore reasonably good.
When we moved here 14 years ago we inherited an informal tenant with the field, a small local farmer who was using it to grow wheat and barley. The previous owners had agreed with him that in return for a low-ish rent he would not use chemicals. We extended this to exclude animal slurry.
He recently retired and asked us if a local smallholder who had lost the use of some land he had been renting could keep some cows on it. Obviously we weren’t keen but as we knew this person and he certainly looks after his cattle a lot better than the average animal exploiter we reluctantly agreed on a short-term basis, and have now told him that he has 3 months to make other arrangements.
We would like to complete the sale by mid-summer preferably, but absolutely by, say, August, so please, if you think you might be seriously interested, call us on 07986 457523 and leave a message, we’ll call you back the same day.
If we haven’t heard from anyone who thinks this genuinely might be right for them, we have it in mind to instruct estate agents formally no later than mid-March, so please don’t delay if you want to come and have a look.