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Grant & Co Magazine

AT HOME Spring Collection 2017

Welcome to Grant & Co’s Spring Collection 2017...




elcome to the latest edition of our Grant & Co magazine - where you will find a selection of homes we are offering for sale and some examples of recently sold properties. Our properties range from pretty cottages, family homes, equestrian/smallholdings through to fine country houses. This is just a sample of properties we have for sale, we also have some excellent new instructions which we are preparing for formal marketing in early 2017. In addition, we have a variety of properties “off market” on a private and confidential basis. • Alongside the lovely homes we have listed within this magazine, we have produced some property related features; including our thoughts on the current market conditions and associated influences, and how these might affect the market this year. • Other features include: interesting market trends and selling tips. Nick Churton from our London Mayfair office provides an insight into how this office continues to play a pivotal role in drawing in buyers. We also have an article from an expert on “broadband bonding”, which provides a practical solution to improve your broadband speed and reliability in rural areas. We hope you enjoy our 2017 Spring Magazine and if you would like to discuss your opportunities for buying or selling in 2017, please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of my experienced sales team, or visit our comprehensive website.

Tom Grant Director

01531 637 341 | Lanark House, New Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2DX Published by TBC Publishing Limited, Telephone: 01763 810042. ©TBC Publishing 2017. All rights reserved. Reproduction is forbidden except by express permission of the Publishers. The content of this magazine is believed to be correct but its accuracy is not guaranteed and it does not form part of any offer or contract. TBC Publishing Limited cannot accept responsibility for any omissions or errors.

Thinking of selling in 2017?

“Demand for country homes goes from to strength to strength, largely due to a limited supply and continued pressure in London and the South East. An outstanding quality of life and affordable property prices within the Three Counties Region help underpin sales across the region.�

Premium Property...


Kilcot, Gloucestershire “One of the most magical settings in Gloucestershire" - Elegant & unspoilt period gem, enjoying an exceptional & secluded position - at the end of a long drive.

5 beds - EPC: Listed

In all 32 acres

Guide Price - Call for further details


Eldersfield, Gloucestershire “An immaculate property inside and out” - Superb period home with secondary accommodation, versatile outbuildings. Equestrian/business potential.

3 beds - EPC: Listed

6 ½ acres

Guide £1.2 million


Wye Valley, Herefordshire Handsome country residence with excellent equestrian facilities in a beautiful location.

5-6 beds - EPC: D

About 34 acres

Guide ÂŁ1.4 million

Breinton, Hereford Superb & beautifully designed family home, immaculately presented and enjoying an elevated position with commanding views.

5 beds - EPC: D

ž acres, Garaging/Home OďŹƒce

Price on Application

Wolvesnewton, Monmouthshire Superbly located detached period house with ancillary accommodation, outbuildings and land in a magical and peaceful rural situation.

4 beds - EPC: F

21 acres

Guide ÂŁ1.195 million


St Maughans, Monmouthshire Superbly renovated farmhouse with detached cottage and land in a stunning rural location.

5 beds - EPC: D

18 acres

Excess ÂŁ1 million

Reputations are not built overnight: “We are proud, over the years, to consistently average 99% recommendation rating from our clients who scored our service as either good or excellent”*

“Excellent service from start to finish. Very helpful friendly staff who promptly returned phone calls and were always professional. The whole team made the selling experience very easy and stress free. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.” “Very happy with the service I was given. Sold for the full guide price in 6 days!” “Tom & Team were very professional, competent, knew the market. Tom gave excellent advice on marketing our property.”

“We probably presented the worst possible sales scenario to Grant & Co. Probate, outstanding lease issue. Vendor one in France. Vendor two in Spain. But out of everyone in the sales process, lawyers to land registry Grant & Co were tenacious, professional, kind, courteous and reliable. I can’t thank them enough.” “My husband and I found the staff at the Ledbury office, very helpful and always returned calls and emails, a very friendly team and very approachable. Tom Grant was very informative in all enquiries we made that came to light when selling our house. I would definitely recommend him and his team to others.”

Thinking of selling and want a quality estate agent who is proactive, approachable and consistently delivers results, then please contact us for your market appraisal. *Reference line independent survey

Tips for “Coming up trumps” In 1987 a book called The Art of the Deal was published. Part-credited to one Donald J Trump, it is estimated to have sold over one million copies and it held the number one spot on the New York Times Best Seller List for 13 weeks. What made it so popular? Simply that people were fascinated to learn how to make better business deals. For most people their home is their biggest asset and so selling is probably their biggest financial transaction undertaken. So here are our key thoughts on the “art of the property deal”. • Communication, co-operation & honesty are all vital throughout; from all parties to all parties! If or where problems arise, they should be addressed immediately and resolved quickly. Keeping communication channels open throughout the process, with regular updates to all parties helps build confidence and reduce stress levels. This reduces the risk of a sale collapsing. Often buyers and sellers don’t play nicely together, property transactions can expose human nature in the raw – an experienced and professional agent will be a significant asset within this process. • The price is right - When your home is new to the market it should generate maximum interest and activity. This is a critical marketing “period” for your home; as a general rule a house is viewed most during the first 4-6 weeks. If priced correctly the market will respond positively with genuine and often competitive interest. Buyers continue to be price sensitive at the moment so being realistic with the guide price has never been more important. Attracting plenty of competition will produce the best sale price. • Informed Buyers - Buyers are now pretty savvy and do their homework prior to offering; facilitated today by so much freely available sold price data on the property portals. Potential buyers will generally know what was paid for the property when last sold; so if you are selling within a few years of purchase, beware of over zealous pricing without good justification. • Meticulous attention to detail/sales progression Make sure both buyer & seller are clear from the outset on each other’s timescales, positions and requirements. Before we recommend an offer, we will check every aspect of the sale/chain; we act positively to prevent

future failure – we are fully aware that if a sale collapses, it can be both financially and emotionally costly. • Being organised - We strongly advise our clients to instruct their solicitor as soon as they go onto the market, make sure that all the legal aspects are well prepared prior to marketing. This can highlight potential issues and allow resolution before they become a major or deal breaking problem. Have you thought about applying for Local Authority searches in advance? The cost is perhaps £250 but this can save 8 weeks of uncertainty. • Set the scene - For so many buyers they are buying into a “lifestyle and the amenities” of the chosen area, as well as the house itself. Highlighting a good school catchment area, especially if it has an excellent Ofsted report, is an important aspect for many buyers. A good local supermarket or excellent dining pub can be an extra draw, particularly for those moving from the Home Counties and London who are accustomed to such near their current home. • Planning gain - Can you widen your properties appeal to a bigger audience? Seek advice from an architect/planning consultant to see what improvement might be viable; whether it is enlarging the kitchen or adding that extra bedroom. Doing so, or at least gaining consent for such could move you into a different price bracket. A good agent will be able to give you sound advice on this subject. • Buying & selling in the same market - It is the “cost of change” that is the important factor. When buying and selling in the same market conditions, concentrate on the cost difference rather than the headline sale price. Before rejecting a lower than “ideal offer”, consider whether your agent can help you negotiate a better purchase price on your onward property helping make a deal equitable. • It is not just about the price - Negotiation isn’t just about price; agreeing beneficial move dates plays a crucial part of any negotiation. To tie in with your onward purchases, a new job, school term dates or moving livestock. Allowing access to carry out remedial work, put up stables etc before completion can often “seal a deal”.

Driven Buyers…

We have a strong database of “needs driven buyers”; those moving for work, schools, personal or family reasons. Most of these buyers “simply can't put their move on hold any longer” and want to “get on with their lives in 2017.”

“If you are thinking of selling, be reassured that if you choose Grant & Co you are not only choosing a specialist & experienced rural property team but you will also be supported by The Mayfair Office and our extensive network and contacts.� Nick Churton - Chairman & managing director of The Mayfair Office

A snap shot of 2016 Globally, 2016 was dominated by political change from Brexit to the US Election result. 2016 will certainly go down in history as an eventful year in the UK with Brexit and all the associated political changes in its immediate aftermath. When the UK voted to leave the EU on 23rd June 2016, against predictions to the contrary, there was initially a period of “shock and immediate uncertainty” impacting most notably on the financial markets and London’s property market taking a “knock”. However, a degree of calm was restored relatively quickly with the appointment of Theresa May as the new prime minster, seen by most as a “safe pair of hands”, and the Bank of England’s decision to cut interest rates further, restoring an element of confidence to the market place.

London property prices did cool following the Brexit Vote; however some would argue that they were well over due a “correction” and this was not just down to Brexit but a number of other influencing factors; such as the impact of changes to stamp duty rates.

In our area we found that while buyer sentiment was price sensitive; for many the “motivation to move” such as upsizing, schools, downsizing still remained the strongest driver. Grant & Co experienced a positive late Summer/Autumn market in 2016, with some excellent sales in September. However, a theme that unites all regions across the UK is the continued lack of “quality” property stock; which has underpinned prices to a strong degree. The Brexit Vote was not the only significant factor effecting the property market; a major influence on growth has been the impact of successive increases in Stamp Duty at the upper end of the market - these changes filtering through the market and buyers being more sensitive than ever to the “true cost” of moving (over and above the headline price paid buyers must factor in stamp duty, legal fees, removals etc.). Across the board we have seen that immaculate and very well-presented properties, requiring little or minimal work, generated the best interest in 2016. Buyers feeling “comfortable” that their purchase was quantifiable and they would not be in for significant additional expenses.

2017 predictions So what can we expect for the property market in 2017? Most would agree that it is too early to predict the true impact Brexit will have on the economy, particularly while the road ahead is unclear. Once Article 50 is invoked, the exit process is due to take two years and this is predicted to commence by March 2017. During this process it is worth remembering that we will still have the same rights & responsibilities within the single EU market in the short term, combined with historic low bank rates. Macroeconomic and political factors will of course influence the market and critically “buyer confidence”. In our region it is likely that a lack of quality property stock will continue; however this could benefit those sellers who do decide to go to the market in 2017. Despite the uncertainty caused by Brexit, we have a strong database of “needs driven buyers” - those moving for work, schools,

personal/family reasons, and many can’t or just won’t wait any longer. For many people who have sold, they simply want to get on with their lives. A good, proactive local estate agent, who has a clear understanding of local conditions and their market place has probably never been more important in helping you to move in the right direction. I would be delighted to have the opportunity to discuss your future property move or your selling objectives. We strive to provide a highly professional, honest and human property service. Please do give me a call, in complete confidence if that is your requirement.

Tom Grant Director

Residential Property...

Immaculate properties and those requiring minimal work generated the most interest in 2016. Buyers feeling “comfortable” that their “spend” was controlled and they would not have any significant additional costs.


Wellington Heath, Ledbury, Herefordshire

Newnham-on-Severn, Gloucestershire

An imposing listed house requiring refurbishment, in a semi-rural location.

Impressive barn conversion in a super rural location, enjoying woodland views.

5-8 beds - EPC: Listed

3 acres


5 beds - EPC: D

2 ½ acres


Welland, Malvern, Worcestershire

West Malvern Road, Malvern, Worcestershire

Stunning barn conversion in a private location, surrounded by garden and grounds, on the edge of Castlemorton Common.

Stunning detached home in an elevated position on the Malvern Hills with superb westerly views.

5 beds - EPC: E

5 ½ acres


4 beds - EPC: C

1 acre




Longhope, Gloucestershire

Alexandra Road, Malvern

Substantial family home in an elevated, village edge location with beautiful views and land.

Distinguished & recently renovated period family home in a desirable residential location.

6 ½ acres


5 beds - EPC: F

Garden & S/C Flat






4-5 beds - EPC: D

Fownhope, Herefordshire

Bromsberrow, Ledbury, Herefordshire

Immaculate, family home in a sought-after village location with beautiful rural views.

A spacious, beautifully maintained character home in an outstanding rural setting.

5 beds - EPC: D


Excess £599,999

5 beds - EPC: D


Excess £595,000



Lowbands, Gloucestershire

Corse, Gloucestershire

Handsome period barn conversion in rural location with pony paddock.

Beautifully presented period barn conversion in a peaceful, rural village edge setting.

1 ½ acres

Excess £595,000

3 beds - EPC: E

1 ½ acres





5 beds - EPC: E

Lower Breinton, Hereford

Stoke Lacy, Bromyard, Herefordshire

Fabulous detached barn conversion in a superb rural location with excellent access to Hereford City.

Super residential smallholding with annexe & paddocks in an attractive rural area.

3 beds - EPC: E


Excess £559,500

3 beds - EPC: F

4 ½ acres



Eldersfield, Gloucestershire

Welland, Worcestershire

Charming, detached single-storey “long barn” in a desirable rural location, views over open countryside.

Spacious detached home with large garden in a popular village-edge location, enjoying rural views.


Excess £525,000

4 - 5 beds - EPC: D

0.7 acres



3-4 beds - EPC: E

Much Cowarne, Bromyard, Herefordshire

Woolhope, Herefordshire

Charming cottage in a quiet rural location with superb views.

Delightful barn conversion in a tranquil setting with beautiful views over surrounding countryside.

2 beds - EPC: Listed

0.5 acres


2 beds - EPC: D




Durlow, Herefordshire

Upper Lyde, Hereford

Charming period cottage requiring updating set within an idyllic rural location with superb views.

Well-maintained detached bungalow in a semi-rural location, close to the city of Hereford.

1 ½ acres

3 beds - EPC: D








3-4 beds - EPC: G

Tarrington, Herefordshire

Dymock, Gloucestershire

Charming Grade II Listed thatched cottage in a popular rural village.

Delightful and beautifully-presented attached barn conversion in desirable village location.

2 beds - EPC: Listed



3 beds - EPC: E


Excess £325,000

Little Marcle, Herefordshire

Putley, Herefordshire

Delightful barn conversion set within attractive gardens in a tranquil rural location.

Elegant apartment within an impressive country house set in formal gardens and parkland.


2 beds - EPC: Listed






2 beds - EPC: E

The Homend, Ledbury, Herefordshire

Abbey Road, Malvern

Charming listed cottage in a secluded town centre location.

A superb contemporary 1 bedroom apartment in a great central location.

3 beds - EPC: Listed



1 beds - EPC: Listed



Fast Broadband In Rural Areas… “An Experts View” by Phil Davies of Velo Comms If the download speeds that can be received equates to less than 2Mbps, then the area is known as a “slow spot”. Currently, 11% (2 million) of UK broadband users are in slow spots with speeds under 2Mbps. Fixing The Problem – Broadband Bonding Put very simply, Broadband Bonding describes a solution where multiple broadband lines are combined together in order to create a single, higher speed connection to a home or business. It is the ideal solution for any rural home or business where broadband speeds are low. The combining together of multiple lines results in greater download and upload speeds, increased bandwidth and much improved reliability at a very reasonable cost, basically the cost of the broadband lines themselves plus the monthly Broadband Bonding Subscription Fee, which starts from only £15 + VAT per line per month.

The need for fast, reliable broadband doesn’t stop when you leave the city – so why should access to it? We’re living and working in a world that is always ‘switched on’ with a personal and professional population that is almost constantly connected. Businesses and households alike need fast broadband, not just for recreational purposes; streaming, gaming and internet access, but also for critical day-to-day ‘household management’ operations; money management, administration, communications, and much more besides. The availability of a fast and reliable internet connection is often taken for granted but in rural areas high speed, reliable broadband is often not guaranteed. Understanding the Problem It is still the case that in many rural areas only a very basic ADSL service is available.

For example, let’s think about a location where a broadband line only provides 2 Mbps, a ‘slow spot’. By combining, 2 lines, then a speed of 4Mbps is achievable. The Bonding Subscription service from Worcestershire based VeloComms - Broadband Bonding ( can combine up to 8 lines together, giving up to 16Mbps in this example. In essence, Broadband Bonding is an inexpensive solution to the often expensive and inconvenient problem of slow rural broadband connectivity. Get in touch to find out how Velocomms Broadband Bonding can provide broadband solutions in your area. Please email visit or call on 01886 884030

Postcode Snobbery…


WR13 GL19

Did your home make the “most wanted” list? These postcodes are the areas where we consistently have most demand for property.

WR13, HR8, HR1, GL19

Equestrian & Smallholdings

This region is synonymous within the equestrian industry and this is reflected in the ever increasing demand for equestrian properties within our area. Geographically the Three Counties is well located centrally in the country and serviced by excellent road links making it extremely accessible. This combined with beautiful countryside and a far less congested lifestyle make it an ideal home for many high profile riders, studs and trainers. It is fast becoming one of the most desirable areas for the dressage fraternity with both Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester based close to Newent/Ledbury. There is a strong appetite for suitable dressage properties within this area. The Smallholdings market is one of our most active markets appealing to a broad and diverse range of prospective buyers from: non-agricultural people seeking privacy, country space for those wishing to grow their own food or keep some animals, to those who are retiring early or wanting a more “traditional� way of life for their family.


Perrystone Hill, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire Immaculate & beautifully presented family home with equestrian facilities in an enviable rural setting.

4-5 beds - EPC: D

10 acres

Excess ÂŁ895,000



Wichenford, Worcestershire

Aymestrey, Herefordshire

Historic Grade II Listed farmhouse in a beautiful rural location with great potential.

Superb equestrian smallholding set within tranquil and outstanding rural location.

10 acres

Excess £875,000

4 beds - EPC: D

26 acres

Excess £765,000



7 beds - EPC: Listed

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Broadwas, Worcester

Edwyn Ralph, Worcestershire

EQUESTRIAN DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY - Planning for a new house, existing equestrian facilities.

Equestrian smallholding situated in a pretty, rural location.

P.P for 3 beds (E.O.C)

Upto 42 ½ acres

Excess £550,000

4 beds - EPC: D

3 acres


Mayfair Office...

We have been members of The Mayfair (London) office for many years, which gives us an excellent profile for the important London market. It also provides a unique gateway to national and international buyers. 4


Where did our buyers come from in 2016? 1) Three Counties - 57% 1

2) London / Home Counties - 22% 3) National / Rest of UK - 19%


4) International - 2%

Bringing London Buyers to the Countryside

“The Bigger Picture”

Walk past Grant & Co’s office window in Ledbury and there is so much more going on behind the scenes than what you will initially view. For instance, 155 miles away in the heart of London’s West End is the Mayfair Office; ideally situated for London buyers and investors. My marketing team and I work hard to promote Grant & Co’s properties to London and international buyers. We also have an excellent rapport with some of the country’s leading newspaper property writers as well as valuable contacts established over decades. Working closely with Grant & Co, we ensure that they have a strong London presence. That is why they have more than their fair share of London buyers and why Grant & Co are mentioned so often in the national press; including the Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Week and Horse & Hound. Nor will you see our 330 associated offices across the UK - these regularly refer buyers to us from other regions of the country such as the South East and home counties and it is this important “networking” that Grant & Co benefit from. Our 259 associated overseas offices are also unseen but provide enquiries from international buyers.

Behind every successful “Grant & Co sale” there is a belief that a client’s most valuable asset demands the best that “we can do” (Mayfair & Grant & Co) and a determination that our best will always be the best. So if you are thinking of selling, be re assured that if you choose Grant & Co you are not only choosing a specialist & experienced rural property team but you will also be supported by The Mayfair Office and its extensive network and contacts.

Nick Churton - Chairman & managing director of The Mayfair Office

Specialist & experienced rural property team - supported by our London Mayfair Office

Bricks & Mortar...

Bricks and mortar are still regarded as one of the safest investments; and for most people, their largest asset.

Interesting Trends…

Sellers cashing in on the “Cotswolds’ Prices” and looking to move to the Three Counties Region - geographically it is “almost next door”. Therefore it is not only seen as a very practical choice logistically, it also offers so many comparable advantages. It has the added bonus of being “less busy” than the Cotswolds and most importantly offers significantly more “house” for your money. As a result we have seen demand increase for properties in the Ledbury/Malvern/Cheltenham triangle. This area is fast becoming a serious contender to its’ historically more fashionable neighbour of The Cotswolds. In an era of low interest rates. Properties that offer the added potential to generate an “income” such as holiday cottages, livery yards etc attract strong interest.

“What is the speed & reliability of broadband in your area?” This is a more frequently asked question from buyers, due to an ever growing reliance on broadband for an increasing number of devices and services in the home.

Immaculate properties and those requiring minimal work generated the most interest in 2016. Buyers feeling “comfortable” that their “spend” was controlled and they would not have any significant additional costs.

Coming Soon...



• Malvern Impressive 6 bedroom family home within an exclusive development. Guide £850,000

• Upper Colwall, Malvern Detached & spacious 3-4 bedroom cottage with glorious elevated views. Circa £525,000

• Bosbury, Herefordshire Fine listed village edge family home set in 3 acres. Guide £695,000

Equestrian/Smallholdings • Sollers Hope, Herefordshire Superbly located equestrian smallholding set in 3 acres all in a peaceful rural location. Excess £495,000 • Bromyard, Herefordshire Period 4 bed home with versatile outbuildings and 42 acres. Circa £725,000

• Longtown, West Herefordshire Charming 3 bedroom character cottage with fine views. Guide £475,000 • Eldersfield, Gloucestershire Well-presented 3 bed home in popular rural village, with garage & spacious garden. Guide £469,950 • Hoarwithy, Herefordshire Stunningly located detached cottage in elevated position overlooking the River Wye. Guide £225,000

For further details of any of these properties please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you would like more information on advertising your company within our in-house magazine please contact our Sales Consultant: Simon Tapsell Telephone: 01223 874483 Email:

Development & Retirement Property...

With increasing house prices at entry level and growing demand for energy efficient, low maintence homes, attractive building plots are always in short supply. We offer a select number of building plots for sale, which includes existing buildings for conversion or with residential potential.


Storridge, Worcestershire

Brockhampton, Herefordshire

Building plot with planning for architect designed house complimented by land.

Superb development of assisted living houses; in the beautiful grounds of Brockhampton Court.

7 ½ acres

Excess £375,000

4 beds - EPC: C

55 years+

From £360,000


P.P for 4 beds

Three Ashes, Hereford

Three Ashes, Hereford

Superbly located period barn with consent to create a 4 bed home.

Superbly located agricultural barn with consent to develop a contemporary home. (More land also available).

P.P for 4 beds

2 ½ acres


PP for a 4 bed home

5 acres

Guide £295,000

2017 Dates for your Diary...

Grant & Co - London Day London buyers continue to make up a valuable proportion of our house sales. Our 2017 April London Property Exhibition is designed to be the ideal launch pad for new property instructions targeting the Spring market.

22% of our buyers came from London & the Home Counties in 2016 “The two most important requirements for major success are first, being in the right place at the right time and second, doing something about it.”

Right place = Our Mayfair Office Right time = Grant & Co’s April London Day Action = Instruct Grant & Co

If you are thinking of selling don’t miss this prime opportunity to have your home promoted at this key event. Call us now on 01531 637 341 for further details and to discuss our early instruction incentive.

Grant & Co - At Home - Spring Collection 2017  
Grant & Co - At Home - Spring Collection 2017