New Homes: Fresh from The Old Bakery.

A show home is due to open today, Friday May 10 at a new conversionscheme, The Old Bakery in Balsall Common.

The former bakery and shop, once known as Ye Olde Berkswell Stores, served the community for more than 709 years from 1900.

Bread and cakes made here were delivered daiy around Berkswell and Balsall Common.

As new shops became established on Station Road to the south, the stores closed and the building became redundant.

Kenilworth developer, Sheraton-Leet has now converted the attractive, timbered building into eight apartments now available through local agent Atkinson Stilgoe, priced from pounds 172,000 to pounds 195,000.

Four of the homes are in the main building fronting Station Road and the others are in the former bakehouse to the rear.

Most have at least one original features. Apartment 1 retains old oak beams, Apartment 2 an open fire and private back garden.

There is a walled roof terrace in Apartment 4 and in Apartment 5, the original bread oven is a focal point in the kitchen. Parking spaces are provided in the enclosed courtyard behind The Old Bakery.

Details include gas central heating, double glazing, satellite, cable and digital TV plus security alarms.

Kitchens come with oven, hob and extractor and bathrooms, some en-suite, have steel tubs and porcelain sinks by Vernon Tutbury.

There are new tiled roofs, aluminium guttering and exposed Tudor-style timbering, mainly original and scrubbed back to the original colour.

The Old Baker is a five minute walk from Berkswell STation where there is a half hourly peak service to Birmingham.

Near the village centre is a shopping parade with chemist, wine shop, travel agent, post office, banks and supermarkets.

Details from Atkinson Stilgoe, telephone 01676 535234 or Sheraton Leet, telephone 01926 850707.


The Old Bakery at Balsall Common, new apartments converted by Sheraton Leet. Prices are from pounds 172,000