Some people have fallen in love with the idea of owning a smallholding somewhere within the remote rural Welsh landscape, especially after maybe being stuck inside an urban home during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns.
Coupled with the rising food prices and volatile food supply chain, the thought of having a go at planting and growing your own produce is also a tempting proposition for many house hunters too.
Country or coastal homes that come with a slice of land to enable the range of produce harvested to be more than just a few tomato plants in a small back garden have become a very popular category of property sale, being snapped up quickly in most instances.
But a smallholding where the only mechanical equipment needed is a ride-on mower, this period farmhouse is definitely not; it’s more a huge holding than a smallholding – the slice of land that comes with this renovation project is over 124 acres.
So the mechanical requirement is more likely to be a fleet of various farm machinery if you intend to work all or even just some of the land, even if it is mainly dedicated to livestock. At the very least buying a 4×4 vehicle should be considered, especially as the house is only accessed via a bumpy, grassed-filled single track off the country lane nearby.
But although the farm comes with a large chunk of the landscape that suggests it sits on a remote island of peace surrounded by a rolling sea of green via its own fields, the property is actually only a few miles north of Welshpool, Powys and within driving distance of Newtown, Shrewsbury and Oswestry.
The agent selling the property says the land has been “range” farmed for a number of years and in their opinion has the prospect of the land becoming ‘much-improved pastureland with areas that could be turned over for conservation purposes if so required’.
The farmhouse is said to be in a dilapidated state, needing a full and complete renovation project to revive and transform it into the dream home it no doubt could become. Outside the house is distinctive in its windows popping out of its Welsh slate roof and numerous arched windows popping up across its facade at the front.
Inside, the ground floor is mainly two large reception rooms split by the bulky central chimney breast that houses a fireplace within either side of it.
The front of the fireplaces look to be from a much later era than the original farmhouse but who knows what might be hiding behind these more modern features once the sledgehammer comes out?
Judging by the hefty mantel above it, the fireplace in the central room was once a handsome inglenook flanked by supporting sections of stone wall. Its joining neighbour in the reception room next door looks to be a large stone, arched structure but only peeling back some layers will potentially reveal any more hidden character.
The thick walls are one feature that are revealed though, via the windows on only one side of the majority of the ground floor of the building. The thick walls are joined by robust ceiling beams which a new owner may want to keep black or sandblast into a honey blonde toned reveal of the original wood.
Next to this duo of spaces is a dining room at the rear and a room at the front that is labelled as a potential kitchen by the agent and this could indicate that the property is potentially not mortgageable as it doesn’t currently have a functioning kitchen.
However, this is not always the case, so a chat to the estate agent is vital as how many buyers have a space £1.25m cash hanging around? This then could reveal the property’s future – maybe the site will become a development plot, subject to planning consent, and so more likely to be bought by a company?
Up the rickety stairs reveals that there is, at least, a bathroom in existence although details about water supply as well as power are worth investigating with the agent. The three bedrooms on the first floor are tucked into the roof, creating spaces that include a pitched ceiling and exposed roof beams.
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Outside there are a number of outbuildings all in different stages of wreck, from run down to derelict, that offer more restoration work but more potential.
As the agent says, this is a unique opportunity to acquire a large residential farm with the potential to create a new farmstead with a renovated or new house and outbuildings and/or an exclusive estate of new homes and buildings.
The farm with oodles of land as well as oodles of potential is on the market for £1.25m with estate agents Morris Marshall & Poole with Norman Lloyd, call them on 01938 554818 to find out more. And don’t miss the best dream homes in Wales, renovation stories and interiors, join the Amazing Welsh Homes newsletter which is sent to your inbox twice a week.