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We pick some renovation projects in rural and coastal locations  

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Properties in rural and coastal locations have seen their desirability soar during the pandemic as people seek out more space.

It means values have increased significantly in these areas as demand has outweighed supply.

As such, it has made it challenging to purchase in some of these places, so it may be a surprise to find any local properties that have a lower-than-expected price tag.

We highlight some renovation projects - including this one in Cornwall (scroll down for more details)

We highlight some renovation projects – including this one in Cornwall (scroll down for more details)

We hunted down some examples of properties listed on website OnTheMarket that are in desirable coastal and rural locations such as Cornwall and Devon, with price tags of between £240,000 and £500,000.

However, all of the buildings are in a state of significant disrepair as they are renovation projects that need deep pockets in order to transform them into habitable family homes.

1. Five-bed house, Cornwall, £500,000

This Grade II-listed renovation project in Cornwall was once a monastery, but could be transformed into a conformable home.

It is believed to date back to the sixteenth century, and is 1.5 miles away from the village of St Keverne, near the town of Helston.

This Grade II-listed renovation project in Cornwall's St. Keverne is for sale for £500,000 via Clive Pearce estate agents

This Grade II-listed renovation project in Cornwall’s St. Keverne is for sale for £500,000 via Clive Pearce estate agents

The property is in need of renovation and has a partially converted annexe and studio, along with just under 3 acres of land

The property is in need of renovation and has a partially converted annexe and studio, along with just under 3 acres of land

Having previously been a monastery in the 1500s, the property now has an entrance hall which leads to a lounge, kitchen, dining room, utility room, and cloakroom on the ground floor. It needs completely renovating to make it habitable.

Upstairs, there are five bedrooms, along with a bathroom and shower room.

The outdoor space boasts an impressive 2.7 acres of fields beyond the walled garden – a feature that will appeal to buyers during the past year of the pandemic.

The property is believed to date back to the sixteenth century, and is 1.5 miles away from the village of St Keverne, near the town of Helston

The property is believed to date back to the sixteenth century, and is 1.5 miles away from the village of St Keverne, near the town of Helston

In addition to the main accommodation, there is a separate studio and a partially converted annexe, providing extra space for new owners to utilise as they see fit.

Helen Whiteley, of OnTheMarket, said: ‘As well as being in a hugely desirable location, this Cornish property exudes great charm despite needing renovation and therefore promises to be a wonderful home for new owners who are ready to embark on their next project.’

Clive Pearce, of the eponymous estate agents in Truro, said: ‘From the exposed wood ceiling beams to the exposed internal brickwork, this farmhouse is certainly full of character.

‘While there is a great deal of work to be done, this largely blank canvas offers lots of potential for new owners to really transform the property into their very own piece of Cornish paradise surrounded by outdoor space galore.

‘The beaches of Porthallow and Porthoustock are just 1.5miles away making this location perfect for enjoying peaceful, rural living.’

2. One-bed house, Devon, £240,000

This Grade II-listed thatched cottage is in the village of Lynton on the Exmoor coast, North Devon, and is for sale via Exmoor Property for £240,000

This Grade II-listed thatched cottage is in the village of Lynton on the Exmoor coast, North Devon, and is for sale via Exmoor Property for £240,000

On the ground floor, the stable-style front door leads to a cosy living area and open-plan kitchen space

On the ground floor, the stable-style front door leads to a cosy living area and open-plan kitchen space

In the village of Lynton on the Exmoor coast, North Devon, sits this enchanting Grade II-listed thatched cottage – although this could mean some challenges when it comes to certain aspects of renovating. 

The almost fairytale-like exterior boasts plenty of character as its undeniable charm certainly makes for a warm first impression.

Inside, the largely blank canvas is ready to be renovated to the new owner’s unique style.

On the ground floor, the stable-style front door leads to a cosy living area and open-plan kitchen space behind which there is a room that’s ready to be transformed into a bathroom.

Meanwhile, on the first floor the well-sized master bedroom has French doors that allow for the potential to place a balcony beyond.

As well as benefiting from garden space outside, the cottage is a short distance from Exmoor National Park making it an ideal spot to enjoy long walks with moorland views.

Helen Whiteley said: ‘This characterful one-bedroom hideaway has the potential to become an absolute gem in the right hands. Its bijoux charm together with its fantastic location and very private garden are all likely to make it highly sought after by those seeking either a second home or commercial opportunity.’

Greg Lang, of Exmoor Property Lynton. which is handling the sale of the £240,000 property, said: ‘There is a real ‘wow’ factor with this property. It’s like someone dropped Hansel and Gretel’s cottage into the Exmoor National Park.

‘It’s finished to builders “first fix” so the new owners can put their own stamp on the interior to make this property a unique retreat for themselves or a profitable holiday let.’

3. Farmhouse, Wales, £250,000

This traditional Welsh farmhouse is in the hamlet of Rhydrosser, Llanrhystud, and is for sale for £250,000

This traditional Welsh farmhouse is in the hamlet of Rhydrosser, Llanrhystud, and is for sale for £250,000

Make a bid! Best offers are being invited by midday this Friday via estate agents Morgan & Davies

Make a bid! Best offers are being invited by midday this Friday via estate agents Morgan & Davies

The 'race for space' amid the pandemic: The property enjoys extensive rural views with a glimpse of the sea in the distance

The ‘race for space’ amid the pandemic: The property enjoys extensive rural views with a glimpse of the sea in the distance

Located in the hamlet of Rhydrosser, Llanrhystud, in a valley setting surrounded by mature trees is this traditional Welsh farmhouse ready for complete renovation.

As well as benefiting from 14.3 acres of unspoilt land, the property enjoys rural countryside views and glimpses of the sea.

Although as it currently stands the property is an ambitious renovation project, there are two ground floor rooms with original fireplaces as well as a former bedroom.

As well as the main farmhouse, there is also a separate stone and slate barn, providing further storage or other additional living space, subject to the necessary planning consents. Although there are no mains services connected to the building, there is an old well and several natural springs located across the adjoining land.

Helen Whiteley said: ‘This property really is a blank canvas and the perfect opportunity for a buyer who is seeking a property that requires total renovation.

‘Although the farmhouse benefits from a private location, for every-day essentials everything you need is available in the nearby coastal village of Llarnrhystud, including a school and small supermarket, golf course and leisure centre. 

‘This means the new owner will benefit from both a glorious tucked-away location yet with amenities being conveniently close by, a combination that’s hard to find.’

Dylan Davies, of Morgan & Davies, Aberaeron, said: ‘With Cardigan Bay Coast just four miles away, this farmhouse is surrounded by natural beauty in abundance making it perfect for anyone looking to enjoy the country lifestyle in a property they can totally make their own after renovation.

‘The farmhouse is a truly rare opportunity to purchase a traditional country property which can be transformed into a new buyer’s dream rural home and is certainly an opportunity not to be missed.’

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Johann van Graan non-committal on prospect of Conor Murray return

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Johann van Graan was somewhat less than adamant that Conor Murray will make his seasonal re-appearance in their United Rugby Championship (URC) fifth round match away to the Ospreys next Saturday night, which is just two weeks out from the first of Ireland’s November test series, with the All Blacks to follow a week later.

“He might possibly be involved next week,” said the Munster head coach after their latest act of escapology to beat Connacht 20-18 at Thomond Park on Saturday night.

Might possibly?

“We’ll see how the week goes. We’ve taken our time with his recovery, so if he comes through the week then we’ll make a call at the back end of the week whether we’re going to select him or not.”

Van Graan assured us that Murray is not injured.

“No, he’s good. He had non-23 training on Friday so really looking forward to getting him involved.”

Van Graan wore the smile of a relieved man after Connacht had pushed them to the wire with a clever, fired-up all-round display in a spicy derby, during which the lead changed hands five times.

“I think if you look at the table, it’s three Irish teams at the top. Connacht are always such a big team in the interpros and you’ve got to give credit to them. Last season they beat all three of the Irish teams away.

“That’s why the players and the coaches and the supporters, and everybody involved loves an interpro, because that’s what you get. It’s not a classic but for the purist it’s a battle.

“That’s what the game is about and that’s why Irish rugby is in such a good place because they have got four top teams and some very good players across the four teams. That was a grind from our side, and proud of the way we finished that with that try and the conversion,” he said in reference to Diarmuid Barron’s 78th minute try and Joey Carbery’s nerveless conversion.

His counterpart, Andy Friend, was left with immense pride in his team’s performance mixed with acute frustration at their infuriating inconsistency and key mistakes, not least at restart receptions, but also the key decisions that went against his team.

Most notable of these was the failure by TMO Brian MacNeice and referee Chris Busby to spot that Tadhg Beirne was clearly in front of the ball before hacking on Rory Scannell’s crosskick in the build-up to Chris Cloete’s 39th minute try.

“I’ve got to be careful here,” he said when asked if he felt Connacht don’t receive a fair rub of the green from officials. “I’ve been here three and a bit years, mate, and if it’s a 50-50 I rarely see it going our way.

“I know that, but listen we’ve got to keep pushing our limits and making sure that we’re trying to be as squeaky clean as we can with things. I’m just…. to me, that try and the missed offside there – that’s inexcusable. Whether it’s Connacht or somebody else, I don’t know, it’s just inexcusable.”

To compound his frustrations, nor does the URC have channels to go through.

“We don’t have a referees’ manager, so I’m assuming that URC will be looking at that and hopefully something happens to the TMO that missed it. But it doesn’t help us, mate.”

Putting his own team’s errors into perspective, Friend highlighted their lineout pressure, strike plays, kicking and defence.

“On the whole the majority was really good, there’ll always be elements we need to work on. Otherwise we’d be out of a job.”

With next Saturday’s home game against Ulster at the Aviva in mind, Friend said: “What we will use is that we know we’re a good football side.

“We’ve just pushed a good Munster team who haven’t looked like losing a game this year and have played some really good rugby.

“We’ve turned up at their home field, where we beat them last season, knowing full well there was going to be a kick-back and we pushed them all the way to their limits.

“So, we know we’re a good football side. Our blip last week (against the Dragons) was a blip. We just have to make sure we never drop to that again and we keep our standards high.”

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Irish man (24) who drowned in swimming pool in Marbella is named

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A 24-year-old man who drowned in a swimming pool near Marbella in Spain has been named locally in Co Clare as Irish Defence Forces member Gerard McMahon.

Authorities responded to a distress call at 10.25am on Friday. The alarm was raised by friends who found Mr McMahon lifeless in the pool.

Spanish authorities are treating the death of the holiday maker as a “tragic accident”.

Mr McMahon lived in the Killaloe area of Co Clare. Local priest Fr Jerry O’Brien confirmed he had met the family of the young man and expressed his sympathy on behalf of the community.

Ogonnelloe GAA posted a tribute to Mr McMahon who was well known and liked in the community.

“It is with profound shock and sadness that we learned today of the sudden passing of our young member and friend, Gerard McMahon. Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents, Pat and Carmel, his sister Bríd, and all the McMahon family at this extremely difficult time.”

The club Facebook page posted a picture of Mr McMahon from 2016 when he and his team mates won the Division 3 League.

Scarriff Hurling also paid tribute to Mr McMahon who played for them at juvenile level. “Always with pride, great skill and giving all to the team and club.”

Meanwhile, local Fine Gael councillor Joe Cooney said the family of the young man were in the thoughts and prayers of the community.

Mr McMahon was a Private in the First Infantry Battalion in Renmore Barracks in Galway. St Patrick’s Garrison Church posted a message on Facebook asking for prayers for Mr McMahon and for his “family and comrades”.

A postmortem was expected to take place over the weekend at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Malaga.

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VICTORIA BISCHOFF: Don’t waste energy switching

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For years, Money Mail has urged readers to regularly switch energy supplier.

It wasn’t the most glamorous money-saving tip, but sticking with your existing provider meant you were almost certainly overpaying. 

And the return on this straightforward, mundane chore was lucrative, with households saving hundreds of pounds a year. But for now, you should forget all that.

The energy crisis has caused an unprecedented rise in wholesale gas prices. And the market remains incredibly volatile, with experts struggling to predict what will happen over the coming months.

Stick with it: The energy crisis has caused an unprecedented rise in wholesale gas prices meaning it not longer makes sense to switch  providers

Stick with it: The energy crisis has caused an unprecedented rise in wholesale gas prices meaning it not longer makes sense to switch  providers   

This means suppliers, many of which are at risk of going under, are just not able to offer competitive fixed deals.

Some comparison websites are still running an energy switching service, but there are only a handful of tariffs listed. 

And, as we reported last week, some would cost the average household almost £3,000 a year.

So for now, your best course of action is to stay put.

If you are coming to the end of a fixed deal, roll onto your supplier’s standard variable tariff. 

These default deals are protected by the energy watchdog’s price cap — £1,277 a year for the average gas and electricity user — until April 2022. And there are no exit fees, so you are free to switch away the moment better deals return.

For those who signed up to ultra‑cheap deals a year or two ago, there is no getting away from the fact that your bills are going to rise. 

But locking into a new fixed deal now could mean you’re hit with even higher energy costs over the cold winter months.

To avoid adding to any confusion, Money Mail has temporarily removed all energy tariffs from our Best Buys tables. 

But rest assured, we are tracking the market closely and will update you as soon as something changes.

Suppliers, many of which are at risk of going under, can't offer competitive fixed deals

Suppliers, many of which are at risk of going under, can’t offer competitive fixed deals

Tip top!

While on the topic of rising bills, a big thank you to everyone for their top energy-saving tips after I publicly scolded my husband, Chris, last week.

Money Mail reader Molly Clark suggests leaving the oven open after cooking so not to waste the heat, using candles for softer lighting and ditching the dishwasher in favour of a good old-fashioned washing-up bowl. 

Another reader, Robert, goes a step further and washes his dishes with cold water. 

A small squirt from a 29p bottle of diluted white vinegar along with a dash of washing-up liquid on a little green fabric scouring cloth used in circular motions will ensure they are squeaky-clean, he assures me.

But I was most taken by Julie Priest’s suggestion of a fridge alarm that will go off when the door is left open.

Amazon has one with a ‘repeated siren’ mode — and if that doesn’t teach Chris to close it, I don’t know what will.

But at £21.99, I might stick to nagging for now.

Keep those tips coming!

Many see a monthly subscription, such as Netflix, as essential (pictured: Netflix's Squid Game)

Many see a monthly subscription, such as Netflix, as essential (pictured: Netflix’s Squid Game)

Need for Netflix

It’s fascinating to see how our spending priorities have changed since the pandemic.

Take the popular streaming service Netflix. Once a luxury, a monthly subscription is now considered essential, according to a report by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association published yesterday. 

One pensioner commented that their partner’s quality of life would just not be the same without it.

Another man from Wales said that he had not realised how important dining out was for ’emotional well-being’.

But as the cost of living soars, experts fear people could cut back on pension saving. With many already failing to put aside enough for the lifestyle they want in retirement, this could prove disastrous.

So if you have spare cash leftover at the end of the month, consider using it to give your future self a better life.

It could be me…

Inspired by a colleague, I bought my first ever EuroMillions lottery ticket last Friday. It was a rollover with a juicy £174million jackpot, and I was feeling lucky.

Spoiler alert: I didn’t win. But what fun I had daydreaming about what I’d do with such a windfall. 

And since no one scooped the prize money, I figured there was no harm in having one more go in last night’s record £184million draw. Who knows, I could be a multi-millionaire by the time you read this.

v.bischoff@dailymail.co.uk

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