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5 Country Houses Available at Auction This Month

Although city markets are now showing signs of recovery, homebuyers are still flocking to the countryside and coasts after their buyer preferences changed due to the pandemic lockdowns. Rather than a ‘living to work; working to live’ mentality, homebuyers are now looking for their properties to accommodate their family, their work fom home offices, their new family pet (UK households bought 3.2 million pets during the lockdown) and their renewed love for green open spaces and country walks. With this in mind, we have sourced five country pads each offering a different, unique selling point, that are coming up for auction this month. Check out this week’s selections below.

Ainsworth Lane, Crowton, Northwich, Cheshire. Guide Price £400-500,000 

Oak Farm, Crowton Cheshire, Wright Marshall Estate Agents via Rightmove

For sale by public auction on 16 September via Wright Marshall Estate Agents, Tarporley, this impressive four-bedroom detached house is located in a beautiful semi-rural location approximately 0.5 miles outside the highly desirable village of Crowton, Cheshire.

The property, which comprises an entrance hall, kitchen, breakfast room, pantry, drawing room, study, dining room, rear hall, WC, landing, principal bedroom, en-suite and three further bedrooms, occupies a pleasant position with views over the Cheshire countryside.

In fact, a real feature of this large, four-bedroom detached property is the garden, which extends to 0.77 acres that is served by its own private driveway.

The house is in need of some modernisation or a total renovation, subject to the relevant planning permissions.

Former Parish Church, Superb Views, Peterstone, Cardiff. Guide Price £410,00 (980-yr leasehold)

St Peters, Peterstone, Savills National Auctions, Rightmove

A great opportunity for buyers to acquire this unique home, a former parish church in the village of Peterstone in Newport.

The church, which dates back to 1142, is steeped in history, having first been founded by the Augustine Monks of Bristol. St Peter’s is also one of only six Grade I listed buildings in the county of Newport.

From the top of the tower there are magnificent views that traverse four, sometimes five counties with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Welsh and Monmouthshire mountains on one side and the Bristol Channel and Mendip Hills beyond to the other.

Planning permission and listed building consent have been granted for the conversion of the church to residential use, with some of the internal conversion works already being commenced. Interested parties can find detailed drawings within the legal pack.

Tempted to snag yourself a piece of British history? Check out the listing marketed by Savills National Auctions on Rightmove.

Ideal Holiday Let, 2-Bed Apartment, St Benedict’s Abbey, Fort Augustus. Guide Price £310,000

If you are looking for a property at auction with the potential to rent out as a holiday let, how about this stunning apartment “The Old Armoury”, which is located within the prestigious Highland Club at Fort Augustus on the south-west end of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.

The ground-floor apartment up for auction is in the Brothers Wing, one of the most historically important sections of the redeveloped St. Benedict’s Abbey that is built within the original fortress wall, which dates back to 1716.

Due to its location within the club, the property benefits from a myriad of sporting facilities on site including a 10m heated swimming pool, steam room, sauna and gym, cricket pitch, tennis courts and more.

The property, marketed by Town & Country Property Auctions, Glasgow is listed as an unconditional lot, meaning a buyer’s premium of 2 per cent plus VAT (minimum fee £3,000 plus VAT) applies upon the fall of the hammer. A deposit of 5 per cent is also required (subject to a minimum fee of £5,000) and the purchaser is legally bound to buy while the vendor is legally bound to sell the property. The auction conditions require a full legal completion 28 days following the auction (unless otherwise stated). Read more on Rightmove.

Seafront location West Street, Selsey. Guide Price £1 million

For those looking to escape to a coastal location, you won’t get a property much closer to the beach than this beautiful five-bedroom semi-detached Beach House, situated in the much sought after location of West Beach, Selsey, near Chichester in West Sussex.

Marketed by auctioneers Whoobid, Dorset, the property offers spacious living accommodation boasting unrestricted views of the sea; private access to the beach; a large patio area and spacious garden; a triple garage, separate outbuilding and more.

Contact Whoobid for more information or to arrange a viewing.

Five-bedroom Barn Conversion Firbeck, Rotherham Yorkshire. Guide Price £600,000

Our final property today is this five-bedroom converted barn in the sought-after village of Firbeck on the edge of South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.

As well as the five bedrooms, the attractive rural retreat, being marketed by Open Door Property, South Wheatley, boasts three reception rooms, two bathrooms and a double garage. It is also only a short walk to the local pub, which will come in handy for those wanting a rural escape with some modern conveniences. 

Outside, the property is accessed via electric gates that lead to a generous driveway with parking for up to four vehicles and an integral double garage. To the front, there is an easy-to-maintain garden which is largely laid to lawn and enjoys fantastic views of the adjoining field. To the rear of the property, there is a continental-style paved courtyard area, which is perfect for entertaining family and friends. The plot is enclosed and very private. 

Want to take a look around? Visit the listing on Rightmove.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our auction property selection for this week. Which is your favourite pick of our five?



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Alex Wright, Editor