Property for Sale – Grym-on-Wye | Short Story

Arryn Road, Grym-on-Wye



1 bedroom

1 bathroom

40 sq. m

Tenure: Freehold

Greys Estate Agents is pleased to present a rarely-available investment opportunity. The property requires substantial renovation and updating. Buyers are advised to take this real estate opportunity at face value. Local newspaper articles often exaggerate, and a professionally-produced home report is available on request.

Property description

The accommodation comprises entrance vestibule, combined kitchen and lounge, bathroom, and bedroom.

Entrance vestibule

Extensive security measures on the front door bely what is now a very safe neighbourhood. Visitors are advised to ignore the smell. The key to the property will be underneath the door mat in the common close. Prospective buyers are asked to show themselves around the flat.

Combined kitchen and lounge

Albeit without modern amenities, the kitchen is surprisingly well appointed. Extensive cupboard space is complimented by an antique double range – unusual for a property this size. The range is in excellent condition, despite having seen much use. There is some damage to the room in the form of carvings in the skirting boards and what appears to be a symbol in faded paint upon the floor. A decorator is needed as a matter of urgency. The room comes appointed with excellent quality blackout blinds and, unusually, sound-proof insulation.


There is an opportunity to reinvent the bathroom, which has a somewhat discoloured bathroom suite in need of replacement. Counterintuitively, an industrial-style stainless steel sink allows for easy cleaning of all manner of items.


Spatter on the wallpaper will be easily hidden. The maroon stains beneath a traditional wooden floor will be more difficult to clean, and the services of a professional cleaner might be required.  Unusually, a faux period feature in the form of manacles hangs from the wall.

This property represents an excellent development opportunity for a young couple or businessperson. It is situated in a quiet, atmospheric neighbourhood, with what few neighbours there are tending to keep away from the flat after dark. Visitors are reminded that plumbing in old buildings sometimes makes odd noises – this does not indicate a fault.

Enquiries are welcome, with negotiation on price possible.

*Thanks for reading, folks. Image courtesy of Pxfuel. My recent short stories include ‘Wean’s Crabbit‘ and ‘Frost and Fight‘.

Matthew Richardson is a writer of short stories. His work has featured in Gold Dust magazine, Literally Stories, Close to the Bone, McStorytellers, Penny Shorts, Soft Cartel, Whatever Keeps the Lights On, Flashback Fiction, Cafelit, Best MicroFiction 2021, Writer’s Egg, Idle Ink, The Wild Word, and Shooter magazine. He is a doctoral student at the University of Dundee, a lucky husband, and a proud father. He blogs at and tweets at

30 thoughts on “Property for Sale – Grym-on-Wye | Short Story

    1. Haha plenty of parking David, on account of the lack of passing traffic. I’ll arrange a visit for you! 😂

      I did think that perhaps I should have substituted ‘apartment’ for ‘flat’ and similar for a transatlantic audience, but glad it came across okay!

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  1. The reference to the decorator reminded me of a TV programme where a coldcase investigator had been able to extract incriminating DNA years after the crime because a painter had just overpainted the blood spatterings rather than cleaning the area and rubbing down.

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  2. Sometimes it’s good to work over prepainted surfaces as they can bring a mystery and depth to the overpainted passages and subsequent painting. Though overpainting dried blood might be a step too far – well, for me anyway.

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      1. It seems that I’m not being notified of your posts—and you don’t appear on Reader unless I search for your name. I just read your wonderful book review from April 15–that didn’t surface when the advert for that bargain flat did. I must check into this bc I hate to miss anything you write.

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