Property October 2019
Get cosy Warm up your home using colour Page 4
Inside this issue Prepare your home for autumn
How to enjoy firework celebrations - safely
Spooktacular things to do with the kids
Editor’s letter Welcome to the October issue! The clocks are set to change this month which can only mean one thing – the colder weather is on its way! But fear not; inside this issue is lots of advice to help ensure your property doesn’t fall foul of the cold weather. Now is the time to focus on preparing your home and garden against the elements. Doing so will ensure you don’t get any nasty surprises, such as burst pipes, or the death of your favourite garden plants you’ve lovingly tended to over the summer.
Prepare your property for colder weather Autumn is here; the leaves are falling and it’s getting colder. Here are some handy tips for preparing your home for the colder months
And as the dark nights draw in, it’s also time to start planning for the seasonal events coming up on the calendar; Halloween and Bonfire night! To get you inspired, inside we feature a winter-warming recipe, perfect for either event. And if you’re looking for something frightfully good to do to celebrate Halloween, our travel pages feature enough spooky events around the country to help you plan spooktacular fun! We hope you enjoy reading this issue and we look forward to sharing more property-related and lifestyle articles with you next time. Enjoy! Linda McKeown Editor
By turning your central heating back on now, you will be made aware of any issues with your heating before the cold weather really hits
You can lose as much as 30% of heating through seals and gaps in your loft
Boilers and radiators With the changeable weather over the summer, you will have probably turned your boiler on earlier than normal, only to turn it back off again with the warmer weather returning in September. If, however, you haven’t turned it on again, now is the time. By turning your central heating back on now, you will be made aware of any issues with your heating before the cold weather really hits. It may be wise to get your boiler professionally serviced to check for any problems that may appear further down the line. An engineer will identify problems with your thermostat that you may not be aware of. Your radiators may have had a build-up of sludge over the summer months – an engineer will flush through the dirty water and replace it with clean water ready for the harsher winter months; helping to ensure you never have to go without heating.
Draughts The last thing you need is pesky draughts letting cold air in and hot air out. You can check for draughts yourself using a lit candle around door frames and window frames. When
there is a draught, the flame will blow towards you. You can then either fix the draught yourself using hardware from a store or by calling in the professionals. You can lose as much as 30% of heating through seals and gaps in your loft. Check under the insulation for cut-outs, pipes, wires etc, and seal them from the inside. If you have a log burner or multifuel burner, remember to close the flue after use, (when the fireplace has cooled) to avoid heat escaping.
Create a cosy ambience Even sealed windows can allow heat to escape. By using good quality curtains, you can better insulate your windows. Close them at nighttime and when you’re not at home to conserve heat. With the nights getting darker, light up your windows with some warm fairy lights to create a cosy ambience. If you feel cold, you will be cold; trick your mind and make your home as cosy as possible! If you don’t have a real fireplace, light some scented candles. Choose autumnal scents such as wild pumpkin, cinnamon or cookies to create a cosy atmosphere in your
home. Spoil yourself with some fleecy blankets to wrap up in during the evenings. This will stop you from fiddling with the thermostat and making your house too warm.
Re-arrange the furniture Move your sofa, and any other furniture, away from the radiator; your sofa absorbs heat from the radiator which stops it from circulating around the room. The same goes for big TV units, dressers etc: try to keep your radiators unblocked by furniture so they can release heat just as they should. In bedrooms, long curtains can have the same effect. If possible, tuck the curtains behind the radiator and move beds away from radiators too. Waking up with your arm on a scalding radiator isn’t an enjoyable experience for anyone! If you have a conservatory clean it too and make it winter-ready; if you have vinyl flooring, invest in a thick shaggy rug. A conservatory can get cold even with a heating system installed, so opt for a plug-in heater too!
Be inspired by
autumn’ s new colour trends
Ha n d ma d Wo o l Y a r e Ch u n k n Bl a y M n k et e ri n o Y e llo w
Ochre is a beautiful mustard yellow that is taking the high-street by storm, and it’s perfect for brightening up a room while adding a cosy feel of autumn too. Either opt for block colour or items featuring it as hints of colour. There are a whole host of ways of incorporating ochre into your bedroom, but we can’t resist a lovely, chunky, throw to snuggle up to help survive the colder nights coming our way! Handmade Chunky Merino Wool Yarn Blanket Yellow Handmade from Merino wool, The Handmade Chunky Wool Yarn Blanket is incredibly soft and luxurious. The intricate craftsmanship gives the blanket a beautiful look and lush texture. Throw it at the end of your bed to add warmth to your bedroom. £44.95 www.tastitch.com
Top pick Ideal Home Papillion Contour Fabric Accent Chair
The living room If you’re feeling brave and want to add colour to your living room, then opt for a colourful piece of furniture, such as a signature sofa or chair.
Ideal Home Papillion Contour Fabric Accent Chair Inspired by the classic mid-century contour chairs, Papillion features decorative button detail and soft rounded edges in pastel pink. The beautifully shaped leg section is wrapped in a naturally toned wood-effect that creates an eye-catching contrast against the felt-effect fabric above them. £219 www.very.co.uk
Think of autumn and warm tones of reds, browns and yellows come to mind. Celebrate the season by adding the latest trends to your home
Key colour trends for the home are shades of yellow, rustic reds, dusky pinks and geometric colourways
On trend ni ng i D d re e t ls o h M a rg a ret U p li a & C o. C h a i r Op h e
The dining room
Now’s the time to be bold with your colour choices for the home. Nothing is out of bounds, so try the likes of burnt reds with navy. Experiment and you’ll be surprised! And when it comes to your dining room, it’s no different. Update your entertaining and dining space to make an impact. Margaret Upholstered Dining Chair Ophelia & Co. These chairs will add a comfortable, sophisticated feel for a formal or casual dining room. Honey finished legs made from hardwood offer modern simplicity and a rich tone to complement the seat of the chair. And at a price that won’t break the bank either! £183.99 – set of 4 www.wayfair.co.uk
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The Kids’ room
There’s no need to let the kids miss out on the latest trends this autumn. Give their room an uplift with fun, geometric furniture that’s practical as well as fashionable! From shelving units, funky cushions and rugs, there is plenty of inspiration out there. Why not try some geometric themed storage boxes? Geometric Wooden Box with Handles Bring adorable design to your home with this decorative wooden storage crate from Happy Little Folks. Perfect for a children’s room, it’s ideal for holding little bits and pieces. Each box has been carefully hand-painted with the bold geometric shapes having been created by using nontoxic, water-based paint and sealed with non-toxic varnish. Simply choose your colour scheme and off you go! £28 By Happy Little Folks www.notonthehighsstreet.com
How best to prepare your garden for the colder months We are currently grasping onto the last ounces of sunny weather, and now your garden will need some attention and preparation for autumn and winter With the hottest day ever recorded in the UK having just passed us by (38.7 degrees Celsius in Cambridge on 25th July this year), your garden will have had its work cut out this summer, and is likely now feeling rather dried-out and exhausted. With the colder months just around the corner, here are our top tips as to how best to prepare your garden for the cooler times ahead.
Put away garden furniture Your outside furniture will have done you proud throughout the summer months, but now you need to ensure it doesn’t become needlessly wet, rusty, and perhaps even frozen in parts. Pack away any chairs and tables, as well as the barbeque if it’s a movable one, to prevent them from becoming victims to the elements throughout the winter season. A dedicated storage space or a garage would be ideal places to store them.
Protect your low-growing plants from wet weather by covering them with a sheet of glass or a cloche, and surrounding them with a slightly elevated layer of gravel or grit
The final cut of the grass It’s advised that any good gardener should keep their lawn generally well-maintained throughout the winter months, keeping it tidy and well-looked after. Late October or early November is generally the ideal time to give your lawn its final trim before winter hits. However, if you live in a particularly mild area you may be able to get away with cutting your grass in December.
Rotting plants Rotting and dying plants and other vegetation in your garden don’t only look untidy, they can also spread disease to other, healthier, plants in the surrounding area. Pests and fungi are also likely with old plants and could incur further problems for your garden. Insects feeding on your crops throughout the summer may lay eggs on the stalks and leaves, so removing any finished plants prevents pests from getting a head start come springtime. It’s also useful to note that burying old plants in your garden adds organic matter to your soil, which improves soil tilth and overall health.
Regenerate your compost A rich heap of compost can go a long way, and can be used to top up garden beds, amend deficient soils, and fertilize lawns. If you’re making way for another batch of compost and cleaning out the previous load, it’s likely to be insulated against winter’s chill, meaning microbes fester for longer into the winter. To prevent the microbes from festering further, compile your autumn compost heap with plenty of autumn leaves, straw or sawdust, layered with kitchen scraps and other active, green matter.
Prepare the soil Autumn is a great time to add in new additions to the soil, such as manure, compost, kelp and rock phosphate. It’s often best to wait until your soil dries out before deciding to work it and add in extra nutrients: doing so in autumn means you won’t need to do as much in spring. Once you’ve added your additions, cover the bed of soil with sheets of plastic or other coverings to help prevent winter rains from washing the nutrients below the active root zone. The soil should be ready to be uncovered in dry spring, ready to work its magic.
Protect vulnerable plants from frost You can protect your low-growing plants from wet weather by covering them with a sheet of glass or a cloche, and surrounding them with a slightly elevated layer of gravel or grit, to ensure swift drainage of any potential rainwater. Some outdoor containers are frost-proof, and it’s advised you use these to prevent them cracking.
Plant cover crops Late summer or early autumn is an ideal time of the year to sow crops like rye, vetch and clover because, as well as adding nutrients, such crops as these help prevent soil erosion, break up compacted areas, and increase levels of organic matter in garden beds. Also, one way to increase the levels of available nitrogen for garden vegetables is to plant legumes in your garden, such as clover or field peas. Although some cover crops are hardier than others, it tends to be a general rule of thumb to plant cover crops around one month before your first killing-frost.
Late October to early November is generally the ideal time to give your lawn its final trim before winter hits
A guide to
on Bonfire night
Bonfire night can be one of the most exciting nights of the year and for very good reason. It’s a night filled with pretty firework displays, traditional bonfire treats and cosy hot drinks. However, it’s important to stay safe Whether you’re attending a firework display or celebrating at home, it’s important to remember that there are certain things you should and should not do.
You should: • • • • • •
build your bonfire far away from your home stand far enough away from fireworks and the bonfire make sure an adult checks the bonfire for hidden animals have a bucket of water nearby for emergencies keep your beloved pets inside during the celebrations remember to wrap up warm
You should never: • return to a firework after it’s been lit • let off fireworks after 11pm, (or midnight on the 5 Nov), as it’s illegal • build a bonfire near to any trees, fences or your home • leave before ensuring the fire and surroundings are put out • pour petrol or paraffin on the fire
According to the RSPCA 45 percent of dogs show signs of fear when they hear a firework set off
Bonfire night stats
Firework displays can be great for the whole family. They can also be very dangerous, so here are a few tips on how to stay safe: • Only adults should; set up firework displays, light fireworks and safely dispose of them • You should only buy fireworks which show the CE mark • Read and follow the instructions • Use a taper to light the fireworks • Have a bucket of water at hand • Use a board or other non-flammable rigid surface for flat-bottomed fireworks • Stand at a safe distance whilst fireworks are going off
4, 436 people used the NHS A&E services for firework related injuries in 2017/2018 Around half of all firework injuries happen to children under the age of 16 (gov.uk) Over the past five years over 350 preschool children have been hospitalised due to firework injuries (UK fire service)
Tips to help keep your pets safe Fun with sparklers • Find somewhere safe and open • Make sure you wear gloves when handling sparklers • Sparklers shouldn’t be given to children under the age of five • Hold the sparkler away from your face and body • Never touch the end of the sparkler • Once it’s no longer burning, put it in a bucket of water
Bonfire night can be a very scary night for your furry friends. According to the RSPCA, 45 percent of dogs show signs of fear when they hear a firework set off. So, to help, we’ve put together a few useful tips to keep them safe and happy. • If you have a dog, make sure you walk them in daylight hours before the fireworks start • Close all your windows and curtains, to help muffle the sound • Put the telly or radio on to provide distraction • Create some hiding spaces around the house and if they do hide under furniture, leave them there • Make sure your pet is microchipped in case they escape • For small animals, partly cover their cages with blankets: this will help with soundproofing
Spooktacular soup! If you’re planning on carving pumpkins this Halloween, make the most of the whole pumpkin! There are plenty of recipes out there to try, but we love this soup which uses both the flesh and seeds Pumpkin & lentil soup
Serves 4 Kcals per serving: 233 Suitable for vegetarians and gluten free
Ingredients • • • • • • • • •
1 tbsp olive oil, plus 1 tsp 2 onions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped approx 800g chopped pumpkin flesh, plus the seeds 100g split red lentils ½ small pack thyme, leaves picked, plus extra to serve 1l hot vegetable stock pinch of salt and sugar 50g crème fraiche, plus extra to serve
Method 1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Fry the onions until softened and
starting to turn golden. Stir in the garlic, pumpkin flesh, lentils and thyme, then pour in the hot stock. Season, cover and simmer for 20-25 mins until the lentils and vegetables are tender. 2. Meanwhile, wash the pumpkin seeds. Remove any flesh still clinging to them, then dry using kitchen paper. Heat the 1 tsp oil in a non-stick pan and fry the seeds until they start to jump and pop. Stir frequently but cover the pan in between to keep them in it. When the seeds look toasted, add a sprinkling of salt and a pinch of sugar. Stir well. 3. Whizz the cooked pumpkin mixture with a hand blender or in a food processor until smooth, then add the crème fraiche and whizz again. Taste for seasoning. 4. Serve with a spoonful of crème fraiche, a few thyme leaves and the toasted seeds scattered on top.
This recipe, and more, can be found at www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/creamy-pumpkin-lentil-soup
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Girls grey padded belted longline coat Featuring zip pockets and detachable faux fur trim, this padded and belted long-sleeve coat is ideal for any fashion-conscious girl. Made from 100% polyester fabric. £50 www.riverisland.com
Monsoon Space Stripe Novelty Gloves Simply fun at their fingertips! These novelty gloves feature space-themed appliqués – perfect for any space-loving child. Available for ages 3 - 13 years. £12 www.very.co.uk
Boys’ Tech Parka Made from a shower-resistant material, this parka features a zip-through front, pockets for stashing essentials and a faux-fur lined hood to help protect against the elements. Available in bright blue, navy and red colourways. £55 - £61 www.johnlewis.com
Barbour® Leather Black Utility Gloves Invest in these 100% leather gloves to keep your hands warm and protected against the cold. £60 www.next.co.uk
Accessorize Devonshire Check Blanket Scarf In a classic check, this Devonshire blanket scarf by Accessorize is sure to lift your winter looks with tones of pink and yellow. 100% acrylic. L190 x W70 cm. £20 www.very.co.uk
Chilton Short Padded Wellies Don’t let the rain dampen your mood, or your style! These mid-height wellies from Joules are super stylish and have been finished with a faux fur collar for warmth. An anti-slip sole gives extra grip for those frosty mornings. £49.95 www.joules.com
Accessorize Nude Chunky Cable Poncho Ponchos are still on trend for the colder months, and this chunky knit poncho, made from 100% acrylic, is a must-have to help defend against the cold. £32 www.next.co.uk
SD-3 Parka Jacket Dress your man in style while keeping him cosy. With removable faux fur trim, a zip and toggle button fastening, five outer pockets, one inner pocket and ribbed cuffs, what more could he want in a jacket! £90.99 www.superdry. com
ahead! Grab your broomsticks, it’s Halloween! Here’s how to keep your little coven spellbound and the not-so-little monsters in your life cackling at some of Britain’s top haunts
Apparently, we have the Celts to thank for Halloween and its creepy traditions. According to some scholars, the last day of October marked the end of the Celtic calendar and was the day they chose to honour their dead. Unfortunately, the Celts also felt this was the time when the barrier between worlds became wafer thin, allowing spirits to cross over and mingle with the living in order to destroy their recently gathered crops. So, to prepare themselves for this medieval fright night, the Celts across Britain and Europe
disguised themselves as ghosts and ghouls to wander unopposed, further arming themselves with lanterns carved from large seasonal vegetables and lighting bonfires. Sound familiar?
– the night before All Saints Day, which is November 1 – and, with the Church starting to restrict Pagan practises, Irish settlers heading to America took their traditions with them.
Of course, the well-to-do were far too important to indulge with such supernatural superstitions, so the poor offered to pray for their dead as well – in return for a small cake or, if you like, a treat. Conversely, in Irish mythology the Pooka (think Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) would also be around to play pranks. Of course, you can’t miss the trick.
And that’s how a festival dedicated to death snowballed into the multi-million-pound fun night we know and love today.
The name Halloween originates from the mid-1700s and is derived from the Scottish All Hallows’ Eve
Warwick Castle WARWICK From October 19 until November 3, the castle becomes a dead cert for those looking for bloodcurdling tales. With a choice of scare levels – Plucky Pumpkins, Daring Dukes and Brave Knights – you can meet a host of bizarre characters, wondrous witches and even the crew of the Paranormal Encounters TV show as they try to discover why the ghosts of Warwick cannot leave. Further details: warwick-castle.com
Given such a macabre backstory, it’s really no surprise the best places to get spooked at Halloween are Britain’s mythladen stately homes and castles. We feature five which we are sure will help raise the chill factor.
It’s really no surprise the best places to get spooked at Halloween are Britain’s mythladen stately homes and castles
Said to be one of the country’s most haunted castles – which encouraged staff to keep a special ‘ghost book’ to record the eerie experiences of visitors! You may even bump into the ghost of Sir Charles, said to wander the corridors of his former home, or catch the distinct whiff of horses coming from the empty riding school. Further details: english-heritage.org.uk and search for Bolsover Castle
The name Halloween originates from the mid-1700s and is derived from the Scottish All Hallows’ Eve – the night before All Saints Day
OXFORD Visitors to Oxford Castle, another of Britain’s most haunted buildings, will be met by a host of Halloween-themed fun; from Bill Spectre’s ghost trails and midnight ghost tours of the castle, to the jailbreak escape room puzzle game, as well as Trick or Treat evenings, pumpkin carvings and ghost hunts for families and children.
Further details: oxfordcastleandprison.co.uk/events/ event/ghostfest/
Fancy exploring the darker side of history among bright lights? No better place than an illuminated tour of the ruins which inspired Dracula, Bram Stoker’s classic horror story where you can meet witches and witchfinders. Further details: english-heritage.org.uk and search for Whitby Abbey
Other events Added to the above, the London Dungeon is promising something terrifyingly spectacular in their Halloween show (thedungeons. com) while younger thrillseekers will love Brick or Treat, the spooktacular sleepover event at LEGOLAND Windsor (legolandholidays.co.uk). And just to prove ghostly goings-on aren’t confined to dry land, the skeleton crew of a ghostly pirate ship has moved into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard bringing with them Halloween crafts, face painting, a deathly disco, kids trail and lots of competitions (historicdockyard.co.uk).
margam CASTLE SOUTH WALES
Margam Castle in Port Talbot can be a chilling location at the best of times and is said to be the home of the nasty and angry spirit of a gamekeeper who really throws his weight around! The castle has seen a lot of paranormal activity so their after-dark Halloween Ghost Hunt should be a ghoulish experience. Further details: eeventbrite.co.uk/e/halloweenat-margam-castle-ghosthunt-south-wales Of course, if you prefer your Halloween to be more home-based there are several things to keep the youngsters occupied before they go Trick or Treating. The English Heritage website (English-heritage.org.uk) carries helpful guides to making creepy lanterns and masks, as well as proposing a change to the modern trend of carving pumpkins by reverting to the more traditional turnips.
No self-respecting party would be complete without apple bobbing, another game which can be traced back to the Celts, who tied apples to trees to encourage the sun god to return the following year. Then it’s off for the much-loved house-to-house procession where clusters of Grim Reapers, zombies, Captain Jack Sparrows, ghosts, skeletons and even Hulks knock on doors and demand: ‘Trick or Treat?’ Whatever would the Celts have made of it all?
The EFL Championship: How are the promotion favourites doing so far? Promotion from the EFL Championship is the most lucrative prize in world football; worth around £170 million because of the enormous TV rights package on offer!
Last years’ promoted teams, Norwich City, Aston Villa and Sheffield United are already feeling the harsh realities of life in the Premier League. But, with masses of money paid out in transfer fees and player contracts upon promotion, they will hope to duplicate the success of teams such as Burnley, Bournemouth and Wolves in the long run. Two teams win promotion automatically every year, with a play-off for the final spot from the teams positioned third to sixth. It’s a long hard slog with 46 games in the league, (and cup games on top,) and the Championship always throws up some surprises along the way. Before the busy winter period, here is our handy guide to how the promotion favourites are faring so far.
Leeds United Promotion from the EFL Championship is the most lucrative prize in world football
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds were last years’ play off final losers; despite sitting at the top of the table for most of the season the players tired and they lost their way. Losing first-teamer Pontus Jansson and top-scorer Kemar Roofe, and without the funds to replace them, they have looked to youngsters on loan from the Premier League this season. With another preseason under his belt and described as the ‘best manager in the world’ by Guardiola, expect them not to
tire this year. They steamrollered over Swansea, only to lose in the 90th minute, so they will hope Eddie Nketiah and Helder Costa bed in and make an impact as they don’t want the same problems as last season, when they lacked the cutting edge in attack.
Cardiff City Swansea City may be flying high at the start of the season, but expect this to be a temporary surge, much like a 100:1 outsider out front in the Grand National. They will fade, but expect Welsh rivals, Cardiff City, to hold steady throughout the season. Neil Warnock is an old hand at getting teams promoted, holding the record with 8 promotions in his management career. Cardiff have a solid squad of players, ready to rotate over the busier periods; when other teams drop off. Don’t be surprised when they’re, at least, in the play-off spots come the turn of the new year. And with Will Vaulks catapult throws, expect some last-minute goals ruining everyone else’s party.
Fulham Fulham spent big last year to avoid relegation from the Premier League. Caretaker manager Scott Parker did enough at the end of last season to get the job full time. They have a large squad of players, most with Premier League experience who will itch to get back to the top-flight. Like Leeds, they have dipped into the Premier League loan market, bringing in the experience of Harry Arter and the exciting Ivan Cavaleiro from Wolves, and kept hold of star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. Expect Mitrovic and Cavaleiro to be pushing each other in their own personal goalscoring competition to the end of the season and don’t be surprised if Mitrovic reaches the magical thirty.
Between 2007 and 2017, the number of people renting in the UK increased by 63% A record number of people now rent their home as opposed to buying; with a large selection choosing to rent even though they could afford to buy. Renting has a huge number of perks and, with owning a home not as much of a priority for younger generations, this will continue to rise. The largest group of private renters are those aged 25-34. However,
there has also been an increase in renting for 45-54-year-olds. With new measures introduced earlier in the year, tenants have never been better protected. The increase in private renters isn’t necessarily because buying a house is out of their budget, many rent instead of buying due to career, family and the huge number of benefits that come from renting.
SO, WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST BENEFITS OF RENTING? The world moves faster than ever before. On average, Millennials switch jobs more often than older generations; with 60% always open to new opportunities. The job market has changed with people rarely staying in one job throughout their life. Many now want the flexibility to move to new areas to pursue their career. Renting is the perfect choice for those that do, as there is no need to put your house on the market, await viewings, negotiate offers and then wait for conveyancing. Leaving a rental property entails handing in your notice, cleaning and then moving! QUICK PROCESS
Many rent instead of buying due to career, family and the huge number of benefits that come from renting
Moving into a rental property is quicker than buying a property too. When you rent, you calculate how much you can afford using your salary, go on some viewings and then confirm to us, the agent, that you like the property. After this, you can put down a deposit and wait for the reference checks to complete, which usually takes a week. Once referencing is complete, you will confirm your
move-in date, pay your deposit and usually your first month’s rent, and pick up your keys. In theory, with the process running smoothly, you could view a house on a weekend and move in the next weekend! NO REPAIR BILLS If you own your home and the boiler breaks, or the oven stops working, you will need to pay a professional to replace or fix the item and do the work. In a rental property, report these problems and the landlord will get them fixed quickly at no cost to yourself, (as long as you didn’t cause the damage). This is the same for smoke alarms, Carbon Monoxide alarms and any other problems that happen during your tenancy. INSPECTIONS HELP YOU KEEP ON TOP OF THE CLEANING That dreaded word every tenant fears: ‘inspection’. However, this is the perfect opportunity to remind you to do a deep clean every sixmonths. When you own your home, you have no-one coming around to check on the condition of the property, which can lead to laziness in the upkeep of your home.
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A three bedroom end terrace home in a sought after cul-de-sac in Riverside, just a short walk to the city centre and Canton. The property is well positioned with a good sized garden, requiring some internal refurbishment. The accommodation comprises an entrance hallway, open plan lounge/diner, kitchen, sitting room and a bathroom. The first floor has three bedrooms and loft access. No Chain. EPC – E
A desirable and ideally located two bedroom semi-detached home offering brilliant views of the Bristol Channel and Somerset Coastline. Benefits include a large driveway, a garage, oak flooring throughout the first floor bedrooms and landing and finally the property is offered with no chain. In brief the accommodation comprises an entrance porch, generous living room, dining room, kitchen and conservatory. The first floor offers two double bedrooms and a bathroom. EPC C
A large and very well presented ground floor flat ideally located just a short walk from Cardiff City Centre, Pontcanna and Canton. The accommodation comprises an entrance hallway, open plan living/ dining room, a generous fitted kitchen with access to the rear, two double bedrooms, a bathroom and a large basement room. Furthermore there is a private south facing decking area to the rear and accessed from the kitchen and secure allocated off-road parking. EPC - C
Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135
Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Heath - 029 2062 0202 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115
Lettings - 029 2078 0230
The Mews House, Pontcanna
A mews style house located at the rear of this exceptional Victorian Villa, which offers secure allocated parking and a garden. The property itself is an independent dwelling with accommodation comprising an entrance hallway, cloakroom and an open plan kitchen and living room with dining space and access to the garden. To the first floor there are two double bedrooms and two ensuite shower rooms. Externally there is a garden and secure allocated parking. EPC D
Somerset Street, Grangetown
A desirable three bedroom mid terrace home in the sought after suburb of Grangetown, just a short walk from Cardiff City Centre and local train stations. Located in this popular street of mainly terraced homes, the accommodation comprises an entrance hallway, open plan living room, a large kitchen / breakfast room, three double bedrooms and a first floor bathroom. The property further benefits from recently fitted laminate flooring and carpets and a recently installed combi boiler. EPC D
Romilly Road, Canton
A magnificent, large semi-detached home offering accommodation over three levels and four generous double bedrooms. Just a short stroll from Thompsons Park, this ideal family home is well positioned close to both Pontcanna and Canton and benefits off-road parking, a large kitchen/family room and a south-westerly garden. EPC E
St Cyres Close, Pontcanna
Deceptively spacious four double bedroom family home situated on a private residential lane tucked off Redlands Road in Penarth. This semi detached home offers versatile living accommodation, boasts a games room, conservatory, large kitchen, two good size reception rooms( one with log burner), cloakroom garage with electric door, secured gated parking for approximately seven cars to front, generous enclosed rear garden, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms to first floor. EPC E
CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Bishops Road, Whitchurch
A handsome double-fronted semi-detached house ideally placed for Whitchurch Village. This substantial family home offers the potential to extend if desired (subject to planning consent) and has an enclosed rear garden, driveway and garage. Accommodation includes two/ three reception rooms, kitchen, three bedrooms and a family bathroom. EPC E
Clas Teilo, Whitchurch
A twice extended semi detached house well placed in a cul-de-sac off Heol Gabriel, Whitchurch. Accommodation includes a bay fronted dining room, extended second reception room that opens to a sunny garden, an extended kitchen with space for a breakfast table and chairs, three bedrooms and an extended bathroom. EPC D
Heol Stradling, Whitchurch
A completely renovated detached family home situated in the highly sought after village of Whitchurch. Boasting of a high standard of finish throughout and bespoke features, which may only be fully appreciated by an internal viewing. This property offers a perfect amount of space for all family types and is offered for sale with no onward chain! EPC C
Pantmawr Road, Whitchurch
Charming traditional semi detached family home with a generous Garden situated on a very sought after road in Whitchurch. Bursting with character, this lovely property offers three good size Bedrooms, modern bathroom, open plan Lounge / Dining room with double doors to a generous conservatory and an open plan Kitchen/ Breakfast room. Driveway parking to the front & a superb Garden. Offered for sale with no chain. EPC E
Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115
Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Heath - 029 2062 0202
Lettings - 029 2078 0230
Firwood Close, Whitchurch
An immaculate, detached family home situated just off Church Road & Heol Don in Whitchurch village. Offered for sale with no onward chain and in excellent order throughout, this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking for a family home and hoping to be within easy reach of all amenities. EPC E
Cornelly Close, Llandaff North
Offered for sale with no onward chain! This well presented semi detached family home is situated in a convenient location in Llandaff North and is within easy reach of all amenities. The property offers good size accommodation, perfect for families or first time buyers and must be viewed to be fully appreciated. EPC D
St Francis Road, Whitchurch
An immaculate, detached family home situated just off Church Road & Heol Don in Whitchurch village. Offered for sale with no onward chain and in excellent order throughout, this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking for a family home and hoping to be within easy reach of all amenities. EPC D
Caegwyn Road, Whitchurch
Detached traditional bungalow with a good size plot. Offering spacious & versatile accommodation, this property can be adapted to suit most buyers lifestyles. The property boasts of a larger than average outside space with ample off road parking, good size Garage and lawned Garden surrounding the property. EPC D
CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION St Lythans Park, Culverhouse Cross
The ‘Woodcote’ - A superb four bedroom detached house offering a generous open plan living space and a fully landscaped south facing rear garden. The property briefly comprises: Entrance hall, cloakroom, lounge, kitchen/dining room, four bedrooms, master With en suite and Family Bathroom, detached garage and driveway for several vehicles. St Lythans Park is a development of new homes in Culverhouse Cross, on the outskirts of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. EPC B
Walston Road, Wenvoe
This unique detached split level bungalow set on a generous plot offers countryside views and has superb potential.This one off property was built in the early 1960’s and offers a flexible living accommodation. The property briefly comprises: Sun Porch, Entrance Hall, Kitchen, Lounge/Dining Room, Three Bedrooms, Dressing Room, En Suite and Bathroom, Study and Garage. Outside are generous front and rear gardens. EPC=E
Thistle Way, Llandaff
The property offers a modern kitchen fitted with a good selection of storage with scope to extend across the rear creating a kitchen/dining room. With a large rear garden this home should appeal to families along with a detached garage and off street parking for several vehicles. Further comprising: Entrance Hall, Lounge open to Dining Room, Kitchen, Three Bedrooms and Family Bathroom. Thanks to the style the property offers further scope for a loft conversion creating more space for those wanting it. The property is in the catchment for Llandaff City Church of Wales Primary School, EPC=F
Great House Farm, St. Fagans
Bringing a historic building back to life.The Grade II Listed building has been extensively refurbished by LivEco Homes who are building smaller award winning sustainable Eco Homes on the old farm site on the edge of Cardiff. Great House Farm is a fantastic example of a late 16 Century (1580-1600) Welsh farmhouse which originally owned all the land up to Culverhouse Cross, it was the most prominent house in the local area along with the nearby St. Michael church which dates from AD 1254, both buildings were first mapped in 1776. EPC=D
Llandaff - 029 2055 5198
Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Heath - 029 2062 0202
Lettings - 029 2078 0230
Drope Road, St Georges
This beautifully appointed detached residence with a superb countryside views. Offering a flexible accommodation, this converted bungalow has four bedrooms all with en-suites, two reception rooms, conservatory, study and a large kitchen/dining room, views of rolling fields and a detached garage with driveway for several vehicles. Cowbridge School bus stops on Drope Road and will benefit those wanting to be in a semi-rural location yet only 5.5 miles from Cardiff city centre. EPC = E
Michaeston Road, St. Fagans
An impressive detached residence placed towards the end of this select location in the historic village of St. Fagans set within approximately 1/4 acre of grounds this beautiful home has been presented to a high standard, a gated entrance, light and spacious hall, contemporary kitchen, impressive lounge with wood stove and two further reception rooms, utility room and a large games room, double bedrooms, en suite shower and family bathroom, the gardens have been meticulously landscaped. There is scope for further bedrooms (subject to planning). The property offers approximately 2,800 square feet. EPC=C
Llangattock Road, Fairwater
A semi-detached house with ground floor annex offering a spacious accommodation and offering truly versatile living space ideal for those looking for an annex or working from home, comprising: Entrance Hall, Downstairs Wet Room, Lounge, Sitting Room, Kitchen/Dining Room. Utility Room, Annex Lounge, Annex, Dining Room, Annex Wet Room, Annex Bedroom. To the first floor are Three Double Bedrooms and Family Bathroom. Outside is landscaped low maintenance garden and purpose built storage with power, driveway. EPC=D
Hendre Close, Llandaff
This excellent family home briefly comprises: Entrance Porch, Entrance Hall, Lounge, Extended Sitting/Dining Room, Modernised Kitchen, Utility Room, Four Bedrooms and Family Bathroom. Furthermore there is a driveway off street parking for at least two vehicles and a garage with an electric up and over door. To the rear is a good-size garden. The house benefits from double glazing and gas central heating with a combination boiler. The property has recently undergone upgrades to the wiring. EPC=D
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Welcome to the 3rd phase of this award winning development...
Hern & Crabtree are please to offer a range of two to four bedroom Eco homes in the 3rd phase of this award winning development. If you would like to find out more or have any questions about this exciting new development please contact us today: Llandaff Office
Lettings - 029 2078 0230 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Heath - 029 2062 0202 £1200pcm
St Angela Road, Heath
**IMMACULATE THREE BEDROOM FAMILY HOUSE** Hern & Crabtree are pleased to present this lovely three bedroom semi detached house located in a popular residential area of Heath. The property is presented in excellent condition , comprises two reception rooms, large kitchen, downstairs WC and a bright conservatory to the ground floor. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms both with fitted storage, plus a smaller third bedroom and a family bathroom complete with bath and shower. Externally there is a private garden, garage, driveway for off road parking. This property will be available for occupation from the 5th October 2019. Strictly Professionals Only. No Pets. EPC Rating C.
Horton House, The Crescent, Llandaff
**ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT** Hern & Crabtree are pleased to present this one bedroom apartment located in Llandaff. This property comes unfurnished and comprises lounge, seperate kitchen complete with white goods, family bathroom and double bedroom. Externally there is allocated parking for one vehicle, communal gardens and close proximity to Llandaff Village and Pontcanna. Available for occupation from the 17th September 2019 at £600pcm. Strictly Professional Couple or Single Only. No Pets. EPC Rating C.
Ambergate Drive, Pontprennau
**REFURBISHED TWO BEDROOM SEMI DETACHED HOUSE** Hern & Crabtree present this two bedroom property located in the heart of Pontprennau. The property is currently undergoing refurbishment to include new flooring and a new cooker and is available for occupation from the 28th September 2019. The property comprises lounge, kitchen with space for table and chairs to the ground floor while upstairs there are two bedrooms and a family bathroom. Externally there is a large garden to the rear, driveway with space for up to three vehicles and close proximity to the local amenities of Pontprennau. Only. No Pets. EPC Rating D.
Ffordd Mograig, Llanishen
**DETACHED ONE BEDROOM COACH HOUSE** Hern & Crabtree are pleased to present this one bedroom detached coach house property located in Llanishen. This property comes unfurnished and comprises open plan lounge and kitchen, double bedroom and family bathroom, plus there is an allocated parking space to the rear.Externally the property is conveniently located within the Heath/Llanishen area and offers access to local amenities, bars, restaurants, shopping and leisure centres. Excellent public transport links, close to both Ty Gas and Birchgrove station and buses from Caerphilly Road. Easy access to the M4 motorway and A470. Strictly Professionals Only. No Pets. EPC Rating C.
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Nigel John | Managing Director, MARLA & NAEA Nigel took ownership of Hern & Crabtree many years ago from Ann Dawe. Nigel re-branded and revitalised this historic estate agency helping it become one of the most recognised and established agents in Cardiff.
Rhodri Humphreys | Area Manager Rhodri is a knowledgeable and hardworking estate agent who oversees the Hern & Crabtree network. Rhodri has worked in the Cardiff and Vale area for his entire career and also specialises in land and new homes.
Michael Baillie | Director & Branch Manager Mike is an enthusiastic, positive and experienced Estate Agent that has a real passion for property. Mike’s close focus on customer service has been a key to his and his team’s success over the years.
Denise Dobson | Administrator and Sales Negotiator Denise is upbeat, and cheery with a wealth of experience behind her, highly organised and keeps her cool even at the busiest of times. Denise is mainly office based and is often the voice at the end of the phone, so much that one of our clients is convinced she never leaves!
Jan Street | Sales Progression Manager Jan has a sparkling personality, is extremely caring and hardworking. Jan looks after our clients postsale, her wealth of experience combined with her superb communication between all parties ensures a smooth transaction. Jan’s efforts don’t go unnoticed and receives glowing reviews.
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Lance Robertson | Lettings Manager Lance is exceptionally knowledgeable in his field with over 10 years of experience in lettings. Heâ€™s friendly, approachable, a pleasure for landlords and tenants alike should they need any help. Whether it be professional advice on letting your property, or legal compliance, Lance is on hand to give clear and concise guidance.
Owen Llewellyn | Senior Sales Negotiator Owen is an exuberant and attentive estate agent who is a big character at Hern & Crabtree. Owen is an accomplished and highly talented negotiator and valuer with 7 years agency experience.
Jo Shears | Senior Sales Negotiator Jo is a passionate and caring estate agent and can light up any room with her warmth, humour and positivity. Jo is another big character in the company and a firm favourite with our clients.
Ben Shorrocks | Branch Manager Ben is a very honest and trustworthy Estate Agent who takes pride in delivering a high quality service to be proud of.Â Ben is highly experienced, knowledgeable and reliable and works hard to ensure that he will be your estate agent for life.
Annie Munro | Senior Negotiator Annie is a genuine and caring estate agents and a favourite with her clients who come back to her time after time. Annie has been an estate agent for over 19 years and is always smiling.
Anna Oâ€™Mahoney | Branch Manager Anna is a talented and caring Estate Agent who was born to sell property. Anna started her career in estate agency in 2001 as a Saturday worker whilst still in college and has vast experience. She is patient, dedicated and very hard working.
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Anthony Poole | Branch Manager Anthony is a passionate and dedicated Estate Agent who doesnâ€™t know when to go home! He works long hours and his hard work and dedication to his clients is matched with a skill set and approach that gives customers the peace of mind that they are in caring and trusted hands.
Annamarie Winks | Negotiator Annamarie has over 27 years experience and recently joined the Whitchurch branch. Having worked all over Cardiff, Penarth and the Vale of Glamorgan, she is a familiar face and an expert in property. Annamarie brings passion and dedication and is very kind and hard-working with stacks of humour.
Thomas Lloyd | Senior Negotiator*
Thomas is an incredibly likeable, professional negotiator who is always in high spirits and eager to help. Thomasâ€™ first language is Welsh and is able to provide a Welsh Language Service to our customers. This has proved to be so popular that we are now trialling a Welsh Language Service that is available to our vendors, subject to availability. Thomas is a real asset to Hern & Crabtree and we are very excited to grow our Language Service around him. *If you are a seller that would prefer to speak in the Welsh language, please request this when booking your free market appraisal.
Amy McDonough | Sales Negotiator Amy has been an Estate Agent for over 17 years and brings a wealth of experience in all property matters. Her enthusiasm and passion for the industry is second to none and she is very popular with both clients and staff alike.
Marc Rees | Senior Property Coordinator For our tenants in our Managed properties, Marc is the face of Hern & Crabtree. Handling all the maintenance enquiries, Marc is an exceptionally hard working member of the team, who you can trust will get things done for you.
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on selected properties at River Walk, St. Edeyrn’s Village
a charming selection of 4 and 5 bed executive homes River Walk is our new collection of impressive four and five bedroom homes at St. Edeyrn’s Village in Old St Mellons. Located on the outskirts of Cardiff, it’s ideally placed to enjoy the city as well as nearby bustling towns and beautiful surrounding countryside. • • • • •
Choice of spacious 4 and 5 bedroom homes Sought-after semi-rural location Convenient leisure facilities and shopping close by Excellent transport links via the M4 and A48 Brand new primary school within the village
River Walk offers a range of spacious family homes, so whether you’re looking to take your next step up the ladder, or need more space for a growing family, this development is bound to have what you’re after.
Reserve before 24th March 2019 with this advert and get free flooring.*
St. Edeyrn’s Village, Old St Mellons Cardiff, CF3 6YA Call our on-site sales executive on: 02920 104 015 Showhome open Thursday to Monday 11am-6pm www.charleschurch.com
*Schemes and offers mentioned are available on selected plots, subject to status, specific terms and conditions will apply. Please see www.charleschurch.com/offers or contact the development for more information. A professional legal adviser is required to carry out the legal formalities of buying the home and to represent your interests. Charles Church can provide you with a list of recommended solicitors and/or financial advisers as necessary. Charles Church cannot advise you on a mortgage. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE, YOUR EQUITY LOAN OR OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT. Imagery is for illustration purposes only. External elevations including treatments, materials, window positions and sizes are subject to change at any time. Details correct at time of going to press.
St Lythans Park St Lythans Road, Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff CF5 6XN
Last chance to buy at St Lythans Park
St Lythans Park is a stunning development situated just a 20 minutesâ€™ drive from Cardiff City Centre offering the convenience of being close to the capital whilst also offering a community atmosphere with plenty of green open space. The final plots have now been released, come down and speak to our Sales Advisors about how Bellway can get you moving.
Help to Buy * ...how it works You pay a 5% deposit 20% interest free equity loan is provided by the Government You only need to secure a 75% mortgage
Call: 02920 592 855
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