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It’s not just terraced and semi-detached homes and parcels of land that can be bid on at property auctions in Wales.
Every now and then there are places going under the hammer that are a bit more unusual than the standard house that needs renovation work.
During June, any keen bidder might be tempted by a former bank that looks like a mini Tudor mansion, a thatched cottage and barn that has planning permission for an additional highly contemporary home, or a waterside home that has steps directly down to the river bank.
Oh, and a church complete with organ, a pub complete with original bar and an apartment with stunning sea views…
The remains of a pub
When a property is described as ‘needs a bit of work’ then a potential buyer might think that might mean a new roof, boiler, central heating and/or a complete rewire.
In the case of this former pub on Tumble mountain, it’s all of that and more.
Above ground all that remains is a pile of stones that was once a pub, originally named ‘The Tumble Inn’ regularly frequented by the foundry workers from Blaenavon and the surrounding areas.
The pub was bought by the current owner’s father in 1947, when he was 21, for his brother, who is thought to have left the property around 50 years ago. Since then nature has become the most frequent visitor, with the site becoming derelict.
The cellar and staircase that remain are a fascinating throw back to the site’s history, but they shouldn’t detract from the incredible views that would be enjoyed by a new building on this land.
The site, approximately 1.9 acres, is located on the side of Gilwern Hill in Monmouthshire and would be an ideal lot for a number of uses, but what an incredible hillside home it could be, if planning permission was granted.
The Tumble Inn is going under the hammer with a guide price of £17,000+ with Paul Fosh Auctions on Thursday, June 13, at 5pm at The Cardiff North Hotel, Llanedyrn, Cardiff
If you’re banking on getting something unusual at a property auction soon, maybe this Grade II listed timber beamed beauty might be worth considering.
A former bank on just the ground floor, this distinctive building in Tregaron, near Aberystwyth, has a guide price of £50,000, so maybe the price won’t break the buyer’s bank either.
But there is a hefty amount of work to do to create a family home, apartments, or a commercial usage such as a restaurant, starting with securing planning consent and working within the parameters set within the building’s listed status.
Currently the ground floor is still has the former banking hall with counter space, interview room and office, storage rooms, and staff facilities.
It is going under the hammer with Paul Fosh Auctions on Thursday, June 13, at 5pm at The Cardiff North Hotel, Llanedyrn, Cardiff
This site near going to auction offers three houses if you fancy owning your own hamlet, with posh gated entry and planning permission currently in place to demolish one of the buildings and replace it with a large, contemporary home in a barn style.
Property one is a very attractive beam cottage that has been recently re-thatched. This cottage has one bedroom, with an integral garage and a first floor with space for sitting room/kitchen, bathroom and extra bedroom.
Property two is a converted one bedroom barn that offers a new owner an open-plan ground floor comprising a modern kitchen, dining area and a living area with a fire burning stove within a feature brick-built fireplace.
There’s also a bedroom and family bathroom on the first floor. One of the bonus features of this characterful home is a spacious terrace with spectacular countryside views to the front.
The third property in this set of triplets is a new build.
According to the auction house selling this lot, there is planning in place for the demolition of the semi-derelict barn and the construction of a four bedroom dwelling containing reception hall, kitchen/dining room with pantry, utility and boot room, sitting room, play room, a cloakroom, plant room, cinema room and store to the ground floor.
The site itself is near Nantglyn, Denbigh and is a pretty place to create your hamlet. The site is accessed via two driveways, leading to a large courtyard offering ample off road parking.
Lawned areas surround the courtyard with a feature brick wall, woodland to the rear and a beautiful babbling brook running through the grounds to complete the .
The site is due to go to auction, unless sold in the meantime, for a guide price of £450,000 with an added 3% buyers premium and VAT needed to be considered within the eventual purchase price.
The auction is on Friday, June 21 at 12.15pm at the Holiday Inn Gatwick, Povey Cross Road Surrey, Gatwick, RH6 0BA with Town and Country Property Auctions
Such is the demand for a hut along the sandy shoreline of Abersoch beach that this example is due to go to auction with a starting price of £125,000.
And although this seems like a strong guide price, it is likely to be snapped up for a lot more. For that money you get a 11ft x 10ft timber hut, albeit with front steps to one of the most beautiful and popular beaches on the Llyn Peninsula.
In September 2017 another of the huts on this beach sold for £160,000 which is an illustration of the popularity of these cute coast hugging structures.
The beach hut is timber constructed on a freehold parcel of land.
Prospective bidders should note that local planning policies prohibit the connection of any main services including water, drainage or electricity and cannot be slept in overnight and is for leisure purposes only.
The hut, number 4 in the terrace of cute beach shacks, goes under the hammer with Sutton Kersh Auctions on Thursday, July 11 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool
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This Grade II listed former chapel school hall site in Rhos has some of the headache taken out of the conversion process already, with the lot going under the hammer complete with granted planning permission according to the auction house.
The planning pertains to the development of the building into six residential apartments and was granted by Wrexham County Borough Council under two concurrent applications (for two apartments plus four apartments) on the 8th August 2015 under code numbers P/2014/0606 and P/2014/0607 respectively.
A bat report is available for inspection either from the Agents, Architects or as a download document from Wrexham Council’s Planning Portal quoting the planning reference above.
The report concludes that if the building is converted as consented that there should be no long-term impact upon the favourable conservation status of locally recorded species.
So a huge sigh of relief from any property developer thinking of bidding on this lot, that there are not already some winged tenants already in place.
It goes to auction on Thursday, June 13 at 2pm at Lion Quays Hotel, Morten with Bowen Son & Watson Llangollen
Time has definitely been called at The Angel Inn, a former public house in the Carmarthenshire village of Glanamman. The optics are still in place but there’s no-one sitting at the bar anymore and the beer is definitely past its use by date.
But with an attached cottage and approximately 1.3 acres of land as part of this auction lot on a country road into the village, there is potential to transform this building into a family home or even a holiday let, after a comprehensive programme of refurbishment.
So, it’s the skip for the bar and original bench seating.
The old pub accommodation includes a lounge, a bar, rear lounge, inner hall, cellar, four/five bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom. The adjoining cottage includes a lounge, dining room, kitchen, storage room and two bedrooms.
The pub and cottage have a guide price of £100,000 – £120,000 when it goes under the hammer with John Francis on Wednesday, July 17 at 3pm at Parc Y Scarlets, Llanellli
Porth House is a striking former church situated on one of Porth’s main streets in the Rhondda Valley. The building has two floors of accommodation plus the distinctive spire tower, showcasing the original features of this historic property.
Arguably the most impressive feature is the organ within the main church space, although the decorated ceiling is another engaging, original aspect of the church that remains.
On the ground floor is the main open church space, but also six more rooms, a kitchen and two toilets. On the first floor there is the viewing balcony to the main space, four extra rooms and access to the spire.
Outside, the site has a courtyard and a garden area that includes a former toilet block and a large parking area.
The auction house suggests that the church offers investors huge potential for development and could either be used for a community organisation or converted into apartments or a one unit HMO (house of multiple occupants), all depending on securing the relevant planning permission.
The former church in Porth goes under the hammer with Paul Fosh Auctions on Thursday, June 13 at 5pm at The Cardiff North Hotel, Llanedyrn, Cardiff
The riverside one
If you bid on and end up buying this cottage, you’ll have many tales of the river bank to tell that are unique to this home. There are panoramic views over the River Dee and across the Welsh countryside and there are even steps from the cottage down to the river for a doorstep fishing trip.
Providing scope for refurbishment this traditional cottage offers a new owner three bedrooms and that means the river views are accessible and enjoyable even on a rainy day. There’s parking and a garden too.
Llangollen town centre and all its amenities including restaurants and shops is about 1.4 miles away.
The riverbank cottage is going to auction with a guide price of £135,000 on Thursday, June 13 at 2pm at Lion Quays Hotel, Morten with Bowen Son & Watson Llangollen
If a potential buyer can secure this flat for somewhere near the guide price, they might just have got themselves a bit of a bargain. Apartments with even a partial sea view along the sea shore of the popular Victorian town of Penarth can go for over three times this lot’s guide price of £170,000.
The three bedroom apartment is on the second floor of this well-known beachside block of flats and enjoys views predominantly over Alexandra Park, especially enticing from the lounge balcony.
And there is a partial sea view from one of the bedrooms that adds to the tick list of positive things to say about this flat at this exciting guide price which also includes a garage, electric remote control entry and a resident caretaker.
And if a new owner is desperate to enjoy a panoramic sea view there is a communal roof room and terrace which is the perfect spot to totally engage with the sea world outside.
Of course the legal pack should be investigated, especially concerning how many years remain on the leasehold, before bidding on this pretty perfect Penarth pad.
It goes under the hammer with All Wales Auction on Wednesday, June 12 at 4pm in the Village Hotel, Coryton, Cardiff
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