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September 27, 2012

How many barns does it take to create a medieval estate?

Filed under: Latest News — Four Communications @ 1:02 pm

Reclaimed materials have experienced a rise in popularity during the past few years, with a number of homeowners looking to incorporate them into their builds and renovations, but few properties can rival the enchanting magic of Blackdon Farm – a breathtaking medieval-inspired home in Kent, constructed from reclaimed oak timber rescued from barns across the UK and beyond.

Current owner, Mark de Mallet Morgan has had a longstanding interest in the restoration and preservation of barns dating back to the 1970s. When Blackdon Farm came to the market in 1983, Morgan was quick to seize the opportunity to purchase the land and soon secured planning permission. Using reclaimed materials from a number of old barns, Morgan, working with three master craftsmen, meticulously reconstructed the original barn and built a new adjoining wing.

Blackdon Farm is now an exquisite three bedroom home occupying 4,983, sq ft, providing spacious accommodation with reclaimed exposed timber beams, oak panelled walls and original Kent peg clay tiles. The property also has three open fronted bay barns and an old dairy parlour/stable block, with planning permission to be converted into a three bed holiday cottage.  Outside, the property enjoys open landscaped grounds, including a lawn tennis court, orchard and vegetable garden.

For more information, see here

Jackson Stops & Staff also has a number of other stunning barn conversions on the market:

New Barn, Egdean – A stunning property that was built in the 19th century and believed to have been converted 30 years ago. Situated at the end of a country lane in the sought after hamlet of Egdean, the property offers bright and spacious accommodation as well as outbuildings and a feature garden complete with stream and pond.

For more information, see here

The Paddocks, Piewell – An exceptional stone barn conversion offering a wealth of space and boasting a large garden, paddock and exceptional rural views across unspoiled countryside. The Paddocks is one of two beautiful stone barn conversions, comprising an entrance hall, study, large sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, five bedrooms (four en-suite), large bathroom, gravelled courtyard and a large paddock and garden to the rear.

 For more information, see here

September 4, 2012

Expert advice on letting as an option

Filed under: Latest News — Four Communications @ 11:46 am

For homeowners considering the possibility of renting out their own homes for a variety of reasons, there are a number of important issues to address, according to Jackson-Stops & Staff.

Katie Etheridge, Lettings Manager for the Tunbridge Wells office, has the following expert guidance for anyone considering letting as an option:

  Finance

Establish the level of rental income their home will generate in order to compare it with their current mortgage payments and associated costs to establish the feasibility of letting.

  Suitability

Home owners need to ensure that their property will have rental appeal.  For example, is it within a recognised commuting area or in the catchment area for good schools?

 Responsibilities

Home owners with mortgages need to inform their lender that they intend to let their home, as lenders may apply a different interest rate and fees for the change of use. Owners should also inform their home and contents insurer that they are letting the property, and consider landlords insurance to protect rental income in the event of tenant default. This will almost certainly mean additional cost and should be factored in to financial feasibility. It is very much in the home owners’ interest to find suitable and reliable tenants and to obtain ID and credit references as well as employer references. Tenants’ deposits must also be put into an officially recognised scheme and legally approved tenancy agreements must be drawn up to protect both parties.

 Whilst there are many benefits of renting out private homes, there are also a number of pitfalls and considerations that must be taken into account before going ahead. Jackson-Stops & Staff have considerable experience in assessing and valuing rental properties and can provide a range of services to make the process easier, such as offering professional tenant finding and vetting services, drawing up tenancy agreements and deposit schemes, as well as a full property management service.

 For more details, call one of our offices – who will be more than happy to provide, guidance, assistance and support.

 Here are a couple of the best properties to rent through Jackson-Stops & Staff currently:

 1 – Holtye, East Sussex. £3,600pm

This stunning five bedroom chalet style property offers spacious accommodation in a charming, private location. Situated near the popular Holtye Golf Course, the property is just under eight miles from Tunbridge Wells, sitting within the catchment area of a range of top performing schools including The Skinners’ School, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School and Beechwood Sacred Heart School.

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2 – Tankards, Quarry Road, Oxted. £3,750pm

 Situated on one of Oxted’s most sought after private roads, Tankards is spacious family property that lies within walking distance of the town centre and train station, making it ideal for those who commute into London. Trains to London Victoria take around 40 minutes, while the M25 Orbital Motorway gives easy access to Gatwick, Heathrow, City and Stansted airports. The property also benefits from a gym, paved terrace and around one acre of grounds.

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 3 – Grosvenor Hill, Wimbledon. £8,000pm

Boasting seven bedrooms and situated in the heart of Wimbledon, this property on Grosvenor Hill offers bright and airy accommodation and off street parking, all within walking distance of a range of outstanding amenities and facilities. Transport links are good, with Wimbledon station nearby, while the stunning Wimbledon Common sits a short distance away, offering a leafy green space that is ideal for leisure activities such as golf and cricket, or just relaxing and taking a break from the city.

For more information, click here