Country manor goes on sale for just £40,000 – but there’s a catch


 Those who fancy themselves as the Lord of the Manor can realise their dream for as little as £40,000  Grade II listed Blaenblodau Hall in Wales has fallen into disrepair, and is looking for a buyer with plenty of time and cash to restore it to former glory  The new lucky owner will also benefit from 2.5 acres of land and basement space to go with the four bedrooms on offer  There’s plenty of work to be done though before Carmarthenshire gets its very own Downton Abbey   John Francis, the estate agent auctioning the property, says that much of the house is too dangerous to even enter to take photos, reports Wales Online  They say that any potential buyer wanting to view before they bid will only be able to see the hallway from the front door  Eryl Jenkins, a branch partner at John Francis, says: “We don’t want people to travel a long way expecting to be able to see everything inside, it is restricted viewing only due to its condition  “We haven’t been able to go upstairs ourselves and advise that people enter at their own risk It’s definitely a full renovation needed, we believe it hasn’t been lived in for over 30 years ”  Housing website Zoopla lists the last sale of the Hall as 1999 – it changed hands for a reported £90,000  In 2008 the charity Save Britain’s Heritage visited the site and explained how the house was not quite beyond saving: “Although it is empty and neglected, Blaenblodau is not in awful condition – yet  “It is only a matter of time before it begins to deteriorate; no building can cope with a lack of maintenance and the onslaught of encroaching vegetation!”  The estate agent has made a start on the repairs – John Francis has organised the clearing of the thick undergrowth surrounding the historic home, so that future bidders can at least access the exterior  The gate from the main road is also easily repairable, and the long, tree-lined driveway adds a touch of class to what could be a real gem of the area once rennovated  The £40k figure is just a guide price – the final number will depend on how many people have been enchanted by the house and want to bid for it  Whoever does get their name on the deeds will embark on a long journey to restore the house, but at the end of it will join a list of inhabitants stretching back to the mid-19th Century  According to the website britishlistedbuildings.co.uk, the house was advertised for let in 1859 and first appeared on the ordnance survey map in 1888  Cadw, the Welsh agency tasked with protecting historic sites, listed the building in 1992 as Grade II for being a ‘largely unaltered late-Georgian style small country house’  The listing information states that the house had a simple late-Georgian staircase, six panelled doors, panelled shutters and moulded cornices in the hall and principle rooms  The drawing room also had an Adam-style ceiling, which is a neo-classical style of interior design involving intricate detailing on the plasterwork  A restoration of these features would breathe new life into Blaenblodau Hall, which would stand as a brilliant display of Georgian architecture in the local area  Located in Carmarthenshire, southwest Wales, the house does come with land, however development on this is not permitted, say Save Britain’s Heritage  This would rule out would-be developers, and instead opens the door to somebody who genuinely wants to transform the Hall into a family home again, and save it from the very real possibility of total dereliction  If you fancy the opportunity to restore this Georgian beauty and own your very own manor house, then you can attend the John Francis auction in Llanelli on November 27 at 3pm Bidding starts at £40-50,000.

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