Some people have fallen in love with the idea of owning a smallholding somewhere in the remote Welsh rural landscape, especially after perhaps being stuck in a townhouse during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns.
Coupled with rising food prices and volatility in the food supply chain, the idea of getting into planting and growing your own produce is also a tempting proposition for many house hunters.
Country or coastal homes which come with a slice of land to allow the range of harvested produce to be more than a few tomato plants in a small back garden have become a very popular category of property sale, se selling quickly in most cases.
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But a smallholding where the only mechanical equipment needed is a riding mower, this vintage farmhouse certainly isn’t; it’s more of a huge operation than a small operation – the slice of land that accompanies this renovation project is over 124 acres.
Thus, the mechanical need will rather be a fleet of various agricultural machines if you intend to work all or even part of the land, even if it is mainly dedicated to livestock farming. At the very least, the purchase of a 4×4 vehicle should be considered, especially as the house is only accessible by a single bumpy, grassy track off the nearby country road.
But although the farmhouse comes with much of the scenery that suggests it sits on a secluded island of peace surrounded by a sea of rolling greenery via its own fields, the property is actually only a few kilometers north of Welshpool, Powys and a short drive distance from Newtown, Shrewsbury and Oswestry.
The agent selling the property says the land has been farmed as a ‘beach’ for a number of years and, in his view, has the prospect of the land becoming ‘very improved pasture with areas which could be reclaimed. for preservation purposes if necessary”.
The farmhouse is said to be in a dilapidated state, requiring a full and comprehensive renovation project to revive it and turn it into the dream home it could no doubt become. The exterior of the house is notable for its windows protruding from its Welsh slate roof and numerous arched windows popping up on its front facade.
Inside, the ground floor mainly consists of two large reception rooms separated by the voluminous central fireplace mantle which houses a fireplace on either side of it.
The front of the fireplaces appear to date from a much more recent era than the original farmhouse, but who knows what might be hiding behind these more modern features once the sledgehammer is out?
Judging by the heavy chimney that surmounts it, the fireplace in the central room was once a beautiful inglenook flanked by sections of stone wall. Its junction neighbor in the adjoining reception hall appears to be a large vaulted stone structure, but removing some layers will potentially reveal more hidden character.
The thick walls are a feature which is revealed however, via the windows on only one side of the majority of the ground floor of the building. The thick walls are connected by sturdy ceiling beams that a new homeowner might want to keep black or sandblasted in a honey-blonde hue revealing the original wood.
Next to this duo of spaces is a dining room at the back and a room at the front which is labeled as a potential kitchen by the agent and this could indicate that the property is potentially not mortgageable because it does not currently have a functional kitchen.
However, this is not always the case, so a conversation with the estate agent is vital as how many buyers have a space of £1.25million in cash? This could then reveal the future of the property – perhaps the site will become building land, subject to planning permission, and therefore more likely to be purchased by a company?
At the top of the rickety stairs there is at least one bathroom, although the details of the water supply and electricity are worth discussing with the agent. The three bedrooms on the first floor are tucked into the roof, creating spaces that include a sloping ceiling and exposed beams.
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Outside there are a number of outbuildings, all in varying stages of wreckage, from dilapidated to derelict, which offer more restoration work but more potential.
As the agent says, this is a unique opportunity to acquire a large residential farmhouse with the potential to create a new farmhouse with a renovated or new house and outbuildings and/or an exclusive estate of new houses and buildings.
The farm with tons of land as well as tons 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 delivered to your inbox twice a week.