A remote Mid Wales farmhouse, built in the 1850s but left uninhabited since the Great Winter of 1947, might be off the beaten track but it can still have up to 25Mbps of broadband.
With communications becoming more important to some property buyers than other services, Lower Foel Farmhouse, four miles from the nearest hamlet of Dolfor in Powys, and a mile down a private stone track, might not be where you expect to be able to get high speed wireless broadband.
With its own water supplied from a private well and purified by ultra-violet filtration and electricity supplied by a diesel generator charging batteries, the farmhouse is a perfect location to live a self-sufficient life while keeping in touch through the internet at speeds some urban homeowners can only dream of.
Renovation has taken place over the past ten years. It has now been put up for sale through Mid Wales and Shropshire estate agents Morris, Marshall and Poole for £295,000.
“I came to Mid Wales looking for a property that was out the way a bit. I visited the farmhouse after being told about it. I walked down what was a mud track and saw the property and instantly realised its potential,” said owner Michael Halsey who now lives at the farmhouse with his wife Claudi and five-year-old daughter.
“It hadn’t been lived in since the Great Winter of 1947. There had been animals living in it and ivy coming through the roof. But the property was mainly intact along with the adjoining 90ft stone barn.”
But a young couple put an offer in before him and for six months he continued his search in Wales, the Lake District and Yorkshire. It was only on a return to Mid Wales that he went back to estate agents Morris, Marshall and Poole and was told the property had come back on to the market the day before.
“It was meant to be,” said Mr Halsey who moved into a caravan at the property in July 2004 and began restoring the two-bedroom property sat in 10 acres of pastureland with a stream on its boundary.”
“We have full mobile telephone coverage here but we were aware of a local wireless broadband network. We spoke to the provider and after siting an aerial on a new telegraph pole on the highest part of our land we can now tap into fast broadband,” added Mr Halsey.
The property has now been put on the market by Morris, Marshall and Poole for £295,000. It includes solid fuel heating, a living room, kitchen, conservatory, two double bedrooms, a study and bathroom, along with outbuildings and a garage and car bays.
The track to the home has been stoned, providing good access across private farmland.
It is being sold with a 34ft, three-bedroomed mobile home on site.
Andrew Turner of Morris, Marshall and Poole said: “Lower Foel Farmhouse is perfect for anyone wanting to live in the countryside and still be able to connect with the outside world.
“The combination of being self-sufficient, in an amazing location and with a good broadband connection* provides a rare opportunity for someone who might want to escape the urban life but still keep in touch for work or pleasure through the communications enjoyed at the property.
“It’s been brought back to a good standard and has potential for further enhancement.”
More information about Lower Foel Farmhouse can be found at www.morrismarshall.co.uk or by telephoning MMP on 01686 626160.
Caption: Lower Foel today (top, right) and how it was before the renovation work in 2004.
The wireless broadband connection to Lower Foel Farmhouse is provided by a local broadband provider specialising in rural areas in Mid and North Wales where wired access to the internet is difficult or slow. The broadband is provided through a wireless network providing speeds of up to 25Mbps. These speeds are subject to availability from the provider.
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