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THE PROPERTY GUIDE FOR HEREFORDSHIRE, MID-WALES AND SOUTH SHROPSHIRE

INDEX
Andrew Grant .......... 24,25 Andrew Morris ............... 7 Arena Lettings .............. 31 Arkwright Owens ....... 45 Barry Bufton ................ 6 Belvoir ........................ 43 Brightwells ....... 26,27,45 Brightwells Lettings ...... 39 Chesterton Humberts ..... ................................. 16,17 Cobb Property ..... 22,23 Connells .................... 10 Flint & Cook ....... 18,19,20 Fox Grant ................ 32,33 Hayes ................. 36,37,38 Jacksons International 2,3 John Amos .............. 40,41 Johnathan Wright ........... 4 Maitland Rachel ...... 28,29 McCartneys ............. 12,13 Nicholas Craddock ...... 21 Nick Champion ............ 42 R M Caldicott ............... 47 Russell Baldwin & Bright .. ................................. 14,15 Sunderlands & Thompsons ..................................... 8,9 Stooke Hill & Walshe 34,35 Trivett Hicks ................ 5 Watkins & Thomas .. 46,48 Williams ..................... 11 For professional advice on advertising on the property pages, call our dedicated team on 01432 845803

Superb features and garden


45 Bodenham Road, Hereford Agent: Flint & Cook Offers: 660,000 Call: 01432 355455 THIS imposing detached eight-bedroomed Victorian residence is located in one of the citys premier residential areas. The property retains many period features and benefits from gas central heating and well proportioned accommodation set on three levels. There is an extremely large and well established rear garden, which is part walled and mainly laid to lawn with an extensive range of trees The gardens offer an high degree of privacy with ample space for a tennis court etc. There is an ornamental pond, a greenhouse, a summer house and garden shed. The living accommodation comprises of three reception rooms, extensive cellars, a kitchen, a pantry and utility room. One of the bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom, and also on the first floor is an office a family bathroom and a separate WC. Nearly all the bedrooms have original cast iron fireplaces. This superb property should be viewed to appreciate what it has to offer.

At heart of village
Bell House, Kingsland, Leominster Agent: Jackson International Offers: 450,000 Call: 01568 610600 BELL House is an imposing, detached residence offering five-bedroomed, two bathroom accommodation, four reception rooms, a large home office, garaging and outbuildings. The property is situated in the heart of the village of Kingsland, which offers a wide range of amenities. Along with the formal dining room, is a breakfast room. There is a well fitted kitchen, a utility room, a cloakroom/WC. An attic room is currently used as a dressing room. Approached via a gate, the front has an attractive formal garden. The outbuildings include an open fronted garage, a further garage/workshop and a storage shed, a detached building, which is used as an office, and a courtyard with a further useful outbuilding. Attractive enclosed landscaped gardens lie to the rear, with an ideal alfresco dining area overlooking the gardens.

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Former church

Beautiful conversion is unique


St James, Tedstone Wafre, Bromyard, Herefordshire Agent: Barry Bufton Offers: 465,000 Call: 01885 482171

Unravel the baa code to cosier living


FOLLOW the flock and celebrate Wool Week, September 5-11, with cuddle up homeware that will have you baa-ing with delight and cosy treats to get rooms ready for autumn. Counting sheep might be worth a try to encourage sweet dreams, but featuring wool and sheepskin is a guaranteed way to ensure a smart home. The fashionable flock are snuggling on sheepskin rugs, snapping up furniture and accessories boasting beautifully knitted upholstery, or simply picking up their knitting needles this autumn. Wools eco-friendly, durable qualities are being celebrated for the second year running by the Prince of Wales, among others, who initiated the Wool Week campaign last year. Shops across the UK will have dedicated woolinspired windows and major stores including John Lewis, Heals, House of Fraser and Conran are supporting the campaign.

SET amidst lovely rolling countryside, with wonderful views, this former church has been beautifully converted into five bedroomed detach house. The property benefits from original features including cut stone Gothic windows, original doors and stone arches, combined with the modern conve-

nience of oil-fired central heating. Outside, are large attractive gardens with terraces, fish pond, fruit trees, ample parking, garaging and a games room. A large oak door opens into the hall which leads to a drawing room. The large kitchen/breakfast/sitting room has an oil-fired

Rayburn in the kitchen area and an original cut stone window in the sitting area. There is a utility room, a cloakroom/WC and a rear and side porch. First floor accommodation comprise of three bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room. On the second floor are two further bedrooms.

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Four-bedroomed detached
17 Apple Meadow, Weobley, Herefordshire Agent: John Amos & Co Offers: 259,950 Call: 01568 610310 NUMBER 17 Apple Meadow is an executive four-bedroomed, modern, detached family home, situated in a quiet cul-de-sac location within the popular village of Weobley. This rural black and white village offers a superb array of local amenities, including a doctors surgery, dentist, an assortment of shops, a Post Office, family butcher, restaurants, pubs, and a primary and secondary school. The property benefits from double glazing, gas central heating and offers well laid out accommodation to include an entrance hall, two reception rooms, a conservatory, a breakfast/kitchen, a utility and cloakroom/WC. The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite shower room, and a family bathroom serves the other bedrooms. There is a garage with an electronic remote controlled door and the rear, well stocked garden is mainly laid to lawn.

Village has lots to offer

THE presenter of DIY SOS, Nick Knowles, is the celebrity people would most like to help them decorate their home, according to a survey by masking tape manufacturer Above: Celebrity FrogTape. handyman choice Knowles polled Nick Knowles. almost 21 per cent of the vote. Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles came in last, with two per cent, with Lady Gaga and Take Thats Gary Barlow just above him. The survey revealed that 83 per cent of people felt painting the walls was one of the most effective ways of sprucing up their home without spending a fortune. Women rule the roost when it comes to deciding on the colour, with 68 per cent of wives making the choice. The poll also revealed that women were less likely to botch a job than men. Nearly two-thirds of men admitted that they have a bash at DIY, even though they don't think theyll be very good at it. Two-thirds of those polled said that the current economic climate had made them more likely to attempt home improvements themselves, rather than employing a professional.

Stars you trust with your DIY

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Popular location

Two-bedrooms in mid-terrace
7 Franklin Walk, Hereford Agent: Connells Offers: 137,500 Call: 01432 267511 SITUATED in a popular residential location, this super two bedroomed, midterrace house benefits from double glazing and a garage. The entrance porch has a storage cupboard, and a door to the living room, which has a gas coal effect fire with surround. The kitchen has recently been re-fitted, has space for appliances and an archway through to a dining area. The first floor landing has access to loft space and also to two bedrooms, one with a built-in storage cupboard and telephone point. The bathroom is fitted with a white suite and has a shower over the bath. Outside is a communal parking area for several cars and an additional garage. The rear garden is mainly laid to lawn and has a decked area and paved patio area. The garden also benefits from a storage shed, outside tap and lighting.

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Landscaped gardens

Home in popular location


21 Frome Park, Bartestree, Hereford Agent: Flint & Cook Offers: 250,000 Call: 01432 355455 THIS very attractive detached house is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac on a popular development. The property offers spacious four bedroomed accommodation, which benefits from gas central heating, three reception rooms, a kitchen, a utility room, a cloakroom/WC and a detached double garage. The master bedroom has a dressing room and en-suite shower room. You will find an attractively landscaped, easily maintained garden to the rear with a raised sun deck, ornamental trees and lawned areas.

First-time housing affordability is on a high


ALTHOUGH the cost of buying a home for firsttime buyers is more than 100 a month lower than renting, according to latest figures from Halifax, many young people who want to buy will draw little comfort from the news. For the Halifax report admits that an average deposit required to buy a home in July was an amazing 27,127, equivalent to 20 per cent of the average property price. The average required in July 2008 was 28,751, so things have got a little easier in the last three years. Based on average monthly running costs associated with living in a two-bedroom flat, Halifax says a first-time buyer could expect to pay 567 on a mortgage and 677 to rent it. That's a gap of 110 in favour of the buyer, and follows the fall in the average mortgage rate to a current 3.84 per cent . By contrast, in summer 2008, the average cost of buying was in fact 29 per cent (212) more than the average rent paid, and the average mortgage rate was 5.91 per cent. Homes have also got significantly cheaper since mid-2008, with the average house price down 14 per cent to 124,378. Because of the need for such large deposits, the number of first-time buyers has actually plunged since 2008; there were just 84,000 in the first half of this year, some 23 per cent fewer than in the same period in 2008. Halifax says the cost of buying would be broadly in line with the cost of renting if the Bank of England base rate rose by 1.5 per cent above its current historic low of 0.5 per cent. This would put average monthly mortgage costs at 681, slightly above average rents. Halifax housing economist Suren Thiru says: The recent decline in the cost of buying for first-time buyers compared to renting has been substantial and reflects the drop in both mortgage rates and house prices since 2008, as well as a marked increase in average rent paid over the past year. However, while these affordability gains are welcome, conditions in the housing market for those looking to get onto the property ladder remain challenging. Difficulties in raising a deposit and current economic uncertainty are likely to mean that a number of first-time buyers entering the market will remain subdued in the near term. As a general rule, the further north you go, the more you save by buying as opposed to renting. In the north, the average buying cost is 383 and the average rent cost 456 a 16 per cent saving. In the West Midlands the figures compare 484 to 493, a two per cent difference. In Wales its 466 versus 497 (six per cent) and in the south west 591 to buy against 624 rent five per cent difference. Overall in the UK the difference (between 567 and 677) is 16 per cent Overall, says Halifax, the affordability of housing is at a 12-year high measured by the the proportion of disposable earnings devoted to mortgage payments. Nationally, typical mortgage repayments for a new buyer both first-time buyer and homemover accounted for 28 per cent of disposable income in the second quarter of this year, against an average 48 per cent when the market peaked in August 2007, Halifax housing economist Martin Ellis says: The improvement in affordability has been an important factor supporting housing demand this year. With the prospect of continuing low rates for some time yet, affordability is likely to remain favourable. These affordability gains, together with a slowly improving economy, should help to support demand in the face of pressures from weak earnings growth, relatively high inflation and higher taxes. Stuart Law, chief executive of property investment firm Assetz, says: "An improvement in affordability is good news for first-time buyers, with lower house prices and lower mortgage repayments making home ownership more accessible for those who are able to raise a deposit. We are seeing greater levels of lending at more competitive rates, with a particular boost in the number of firsttime buyer products available. We would advise that homebuyers look to fix their mortgages in anticipation of a Bank of England rate rise.

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Auction report

Unusual lots attract the bids at sale for keenest collectors


A VERY wide and eclectic range of entries aided by internet marketing ensured a good turn out of buyers at John Goodwins latest collective auction sale at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. There was a great deal of presale interest, mostly from specialist collectors, in a collection of early Star Wars figures and Lego space series sets dating from the 1970s. Commission bidders, telephone bidders and a number of enthusiasts who attended the sale helped to achieve a total hammer price for the small collection of almost 2,000. Top price for the Lego sets was 155 and the Star Wars figures 170. Other toys created a significant amount of pre-sale interest including some early Action Man figures selling at 70 and toy cars with prices to 70. One of the more modest entries in the toy section was a quantity of Weebles items which led to an impromptu verse of Weebles wobble but they dont fall down bringing a smile to the faces of those attending of a certain age. Furniture once again produced a mixture of results with some items achieving disappointing prices however there were one or two very pleasant surprises including a Regency rosewood sofa table in need of restoration which sold at 1,400 and a diminutive walnut drop leaf table, also requiring attention, at 400. A similar hammer price was achieved for a rosewood cupboard with gallery and a mahogany lowboy sold at 420. There was interest in oriental items including a Chinese lacquered screen sold at 300 and a Padouk stand at 130. A Georgian pine kitchen table sold at 300. Books performed extremely well with an early French novel having a lovely leather binding selling at 300 and a book of common prayer printed in Oxford in 1675, 120. In this section an air gunners log book from the Second World War onwards attracted large amounts of interest and sold to a specialist collector at 160. A Grant of Arms scroll in its original Victorian box also sold to a specialist collector on the telephone at 240. Once again it was the more unusual items that produced the most surprising results. A short malacca cane concealing a measuring rod and identified as a hunt terrier measuring stick was estimated at 100 200. As a result of a considerable amount of pre-sale interest two telephone bidders contested the measuring stick to a final hammer price of 480. An ethnic paddle found in a house clearance sold at 140 and an early delft drug jar achieved 800. Also in the porcelain section a cased set of six, Royal Doulton serviette rings, each depicting a Dickens character, stirred up a great deal of interest from specialist collectors. Despite one of the rings being broken there was very keen competition both in the room and on the telephone resulting in a successful telephone bid at 920. There continues to be a significant demand for items of military interest and an 1861 three band Lee Enfield rifle with Snider conversion sold at 270. A fusee wall clock with domed glass sold at 300. Collectables continued to attract good levels of interest with a small collection of fountain pens, pencils etc. selling for a total of 250 and some excellent prices for coins and bank notes. Top price in the picture section went to a small pair of oils on board depicting lurchers at 200 and in the jewellery section top price was achieved by a platinum ring set with baguette cut emeralds and diamonds at 500. John Goodwins next sale is scheduled on Wednesday. Right: An early Delft drug jar fetched 800.

Put on a top finish


USE oil-based paints and varnishes for a tough, durable finish that should last for years, advises DIY guru Julia Gray. Oil-based paints and varnishes tend to separate, so you need to stir them really well before you use them, ensuring that you reach right down to the bottom of the tin. They sometimes get a skin on them, which you'll need to remove. Most dry slowly, so be patient and don't do another coat until the previous one's completely dry. Warmth will speed up the drying time, while cold or damp conditions will slow it down and may even ruin the finish. Use natural bristle brushes for the best results, and clean them thoroughly after use. You'll need to use white spirit or turpentine substitute for cleaning and you should soak your brushes in between coats. It's very easy to ruin brushes by not cleaning them properly and then leaving them to dry. Wear rubber gloves and old clothes when using oil-based paints and varnishes, as they're hard to remove from your skin and anything else you get them on. Remember to protect the surrounding area as well. Over time, oil-based paints and varnishes tend to yellow, especially if they're white or clear. If you're worried about this, choose water-based alternatives instead, which dry quicker and are nicer to use.

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