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Property February 2019

NEWS

Save money on your household bills Page 2

Inside this issue Small changes make a big difference

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Six nations rugby

Castles and museums in the UK

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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elcome to the February issue. With the new year now in full swing, how are your new year resolutions going? It can be hard trying to keep on top of your hopes and dreams for the year ahead but when it comes to marketing your property, there’s no need to worry about meeting your expectations: we’re always here to lend a helping hand, wherever you are looking to make your move.

Save money on your household bills

And inside this issue, we hope you find plenty of inspiration to keep you motivated to achieve a great year when it comes to you and your move. If being green is on your list of resolutions, then there are plenty of ideas inside to get you on the right track to do your bit for the planet. And we have some great tips too on how to save money on your household bills – saving you pounds as well as helping the environment. But if travel and culture is top of your resolution list, then take a peek at our travel article on castles and museums – there’s plenty of inspiration to get you planning! With Mother’s Day looming, now is the ideal time too to start searching for that special something for the lady in your life. We feature just some of our favourite finds. As ever, there is plenty inside to keep you reading, so enjoy and we’ll see you next time. In the meantime, if you need help with your property move in 2019 – just pop in and see us or give us a call. Linda McKeown Editor

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There is a vast array of household bills involved with the property you’re living in and, with the right knowledge, you can cut back on the costs more than you thought For many, living a ‘greener’ lifestyle goes hand-in-hand with living a more cost-effective one too. ‘Green living’ is essentially the bringing into balance the conservation and preservation of the Earth’s natural resources, habitats, and biodiversity, with human culture and ways of living. According to Merriam-Webster, the literal definition of the term ‘eco-friendly’ is ‘not environmentally harmful.’ And as more and more environmentally-friendly, or ‘green’, technologies are developing, so too is the interest and investments in eco-friendly and sustainable housing and living. As these technologies are growing, the meaning of the term is becoming broader. You’ll find that many of the items discussed here are both a ‘greener’ way of living, whilst cutting back on your bills at the same time.

Perhaps one of the more obvious points in making sure to keep your household bills down to a minimum is ensuring that all appliances and electronic devices in the home are switched off when they’re not in use. Although this might sound obvious, we all know how easy it is to leave the computer on once we’ve been distracted into doing something else. Since desktops tend to run directly off the main power supply, it’s probably best to at least put it to sleep or hibernation whilst it’s not in use. Televisions, kitchen appliances – even lights – all contribute to the energy usage in your home and, when combined, the usage can be considerable. Boilers account for approximately 60 per cent of your yearly energy bills, so finding the right boiler to make sure you’re not spending more than is necessary on your energy bills is vital. By replacing old model boilers with an A-rated one, you could save around £350 and 1.500kg of carbon


monoxide a year, therefore preventing you from reaching boiling point upon paying the bills. Introducing a more modern appliance into your home could not only help you save on your monthly outgoings, but also provide more security and a guarantee of care with a warranty.

could be the way forward. Heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for approximately 25% to 30% of residential heating and cooling energy use, so better windows could easily help the bill at the end of the month and not be a ‘pane’ to deal with.

Light bulbs get used almost, if not every day in your home, and often for long periods of time, so making sure your light bulbs are energy efficient could save you a significant amount of money at the end of the year. Energy-saving light bulbs, such as LED bulbs, can cost approximately a mere £1.71 to run per year. Therefore, over its lifetime, it could save you around £180 from your energy bills, compared with an older, traditionalstyle bulb. So, see the light, and switch!

Switching energy supplier or energy tariff can make a significant difference in terms of what you spend each year on household bills, and it’s said that you could save up to £300 a year if you switch to the right supplier/ tariff. It pays to shop around, so use price comparison websites and even phone different energy suppliers to get quotes and a more energised perspective on what’s going to be best for you. Don’t just look at cheaper prices either – also keep your eyes peeled for good customer satisfaction scores.

In order to retain more heat in your home, and thus avoid using your central heating system as much as you need to, energy efficient windows

Although perhaps not technically coming into the ‘household bills’ bracket, insurance costs play a big part in your outgoings each year.

Ensuring you get renewal quotes for all types of insurance – such as home, car and even pet insurance – can be an effective way forward. There are some great comparison websites out there, such as Moneysupermarket.com, which can help you determine the right cover for you. Additionally, there are several companies which offer money back when you buy via their site, such as Top Cashback. This could be another great way to save money on your monthly outgoings and bills.

Boilers account for approximately 60 per cent of your yearly energy bills, so finding the right boiler… is vital

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Small changes make a big difference

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With climate change becoming more of an urgent global problem and little seeming to be done to slow this down, is there anything we, as individuals can do to help? The answer is yes; little changes can have a huge impact

Currently the price per bag is 5p but this is set to increase to 10p later this year. This initiative can be easily mimicked at home very simply by re-using old bags or by purchasing bags made from sustainable materials, such as hessian.

It’s no secret that by law, all major retailers and food outlets have had to drastically reduce their plastic waste. This has been achieved by either replacing plastic with more eco- friendly alternatives or charging for every bag used.

Interestingly, you may not know, that if you take your own flask to either Starbucks or Costa coffee you will be charged 25p less for your drink. This not only helps to reduce plastic waste but also saves you money!


Make small changes We all need to clean and heat our homes and wash our clothes. Turning the central heating down by a few degrees or washing on a cooler temperature will not massively affect our well-being but can have a big impact on the amount of energy we are using. It’s also possible to buy eco friendly cleaning products from most major supermarkets. Using phosphate free washing-up liquids and washing powders will reduce the toxins released into the water supply. Phosphates stimulate algal growth in the water which lowers the oxygen levels and can kill both plants and fish. As well as food waste we are all guilty of using too much electricity. To save on our bills there are a few simple steps which can be taken. Turn off lights when you are leaving the room for any length of time and replace standard lightbulbs with compact fluorescent ones – these are estimated to last up to eight times longer and use a fraction of the energy. It’s also a good tip to turn all electrical devices off rather than leaving them on standby mode.

Plastic Products

Transport

Recent studies have shown that our love of plastic is having dramatic consequences for all types of marine life, with more than 8 million tons of all types of plastic being washed into the seas each year. Some of this is broken down and consumed by marine wildlife including the seafood which we ourselves eat.

It won’t come as any surprise that one of the major pollutants in this country is car emissions. In 2017 it was estimated that transport accounted for 34% of all carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon dioxide is toxic and can be hazardous to our health, with it being estimated to cause 3,500 premature deaths in London alone every year.

Many of the plastic bags are, however, mistaken as food by creatures such as whales. And if they swallow enough, they can ultimately starve to death. It might sound a little extreme, however changing your toothbrush can make a big difference to plastic waste. Billions of plastic toothbrushes are produced every year, most of which end up in landfill sites and take years to decay. Why not try a sustainable alternative? Many health food shops sell Bamboo toothbrushes.

If you are a driver there are things you can do to help reduce this. Drive slower and if possible, drive less. Do you really need to do the school run in the car? For shorter journeys could you cycle or take the bus? If you slow your speed from 70 to 50 you will use 25% less fuel which may be worth considering on longer journeys.

Recycling items There are other items which will stay in landfill sites for many years such as disposable nappies and sanitary products. Admittedly, not for the faint hearted but it may be worth considering trying reusable nappies – saving you money and reducing unnecessary plastic waste. With the amount of food wasted in this country alone, you could consider creating your own compost heap, to reduce the waste that you, as an individual, send to landfill sites. If you are a keen gardener this can then be used to feed your plants, flowers or vegetables. So, not only will you have the satisfaction of recycling waste and feeding your garden but also protecting the ever-decreasing peat bogs. Also think about buying a water butt to collect rain water which can be used to water the garden during the dry summer months – ideal for when hosepipe bans are put in place.

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The Everything Chocolate Collection at Hotel Chocolat This carefully curated collection of some of our best-loved recipes will make an effortless gift. Includes: 40% Milk Chocolate Puddles, Nano Slab Milk 50% with Dark Cookies, Nano Slab Dark with Fruit and Nuts, Nano Slab Salted Caramel, Billionaire’s Shortbread Selector, The Brownie Selector, Salted Caramel Puddles and Patisserie Collection.

£27.50 www.hotelchocolat.com/uk

PERFECT GIFTS FOR HER With Mother’s Day coming up on 31st March, here we feature some of our favourite finds that are sure to make her smile!

Sanctuary Spa Be Kind To Yourself Gift Set A trio of indulgent moisturisers to help transform skin from being thirsty, to super hydrated, soft and supple. Includes: Body Butter 50ml, Wet Skin 50ml, Body Lotion 75ml.

£15 www.boots.com

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Mia Fragrance And Nail Polish Set MIANNA in Light Pink Beautifully presented in a bow-shaped box with a pretty floral interior, Ted makes gifting easy with MIANNA. Featuring a miniature perfume and nail polish, this delicate duo is the perfect treat for someone special.

£10 www.tedbaker.com


Personalised Family Necklace Three Hearts Sterling Silver This sterling silver, three heart necklace captures the sentimentality that she is sure to love. Positioned at an angle, the individual free moving hearts of this necklace can be personalised with up to four names and comes complete with gift box.

£65 www.lovesilver.com

Mum’s Survival Kit Surprise her with this novelty survival kit Comes in an eco-friendly box wrapped with rustic twine that will fit through your letterbox! Contains lots of fun mementos to help you show how much you love her.

£5.99 www.amazon.co.uk

Why I Love You Mummy Poem Print Written by Bespoke Verse poet Joanna Miller and designed by Russet and Gray, this sweet poem can be personalised with a message and it ends with a thank you to your individual and awesome mummy! Comes unframed.

by Bespoke Verse £7

www.notonthehighstreet.com

Personalised Old Series Map Home Framed Poster Print A unique gift! A stylish and detailed OS map in the shape of a house with a heart to pinpoint your location. The words ‘Home is where the heart is’ appear on all prints, but you can also include a small caption directly under the house; whether this be an address or a special message.

£15

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Katie Loxton One in a Million Pouch The perfect present for your one in a million! A practical pouch by Katie Loxton. With a soft saffiano texture, the sentiment 'one in a million' is embossed on the front in elegant gold capital lettering. Wrapped in sparkly tissue and presented in a Katie Loxton gift bag, it's ready to give right away.

£16.99 www.morethanjustagift.co.uk

Luxury Flowers This pretty bouquet of luxury flowers is a unique selection of antique carnations with heavenly scented white oriental lilies, avalanche roses and finished with fronds of green bell.

From £29.99 www.appleyardflowers.com

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St Patrick's Day celebrations! On Sunday 17th March, St Patrick’s Day will be upon us and it seems that everyone – not just the Irish – celebrate this day, including in other countries as far away as the US and Australia. So, who was St Patrick? St Patrick was a Christian missionary given credit with converting Ireland to Christianity in the AD 400’s. It is estimated that Ireland officially became a Christian country in approximately 432AD. There are many legends around his life, that to this day it is not clear how much is true and how much is a myth. His exact place and date of birth isn’t known however, it is believed he was born in Scotland around 375AD but was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave, and once freed he became a priest; and it was during this time he converted Ireland to Christianity. It is also said that he died on 17th March, 460AD and this is why St Patrick’s Day is celebrated on this date every year. So how do people celebrate the date? In Dublin they have a huge parade to celebrate St Patrick’s life. There is also a website dedicated to the celebrations (www.stpatricksfestival.ie) with all the events going on in and around the city over the weekend from the 14th to the 18th March, including Irish culture nights, turning all the city lights green and lots of traditional singing and storytelling. The weekend ends with the annual Festival 5K Road Race on Monday 18th March. In New York there is also a big parade that thousands of people flock to watch, with the first St Patrick’s Day parade

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held in 1766. Last year, even the fountain outside the Whitehouse had green dye put in it to celebrate the date!

Fun facts about St Patrick's Day Approximately 13-14 million pints of Guinness are expected to be sold around the world The celebration ranks among the biggest drinking days of the year behind New Year’s Eve, Christmas and the 4th of July One of the Irish traditions is to pinch anyone who is not wearing green on St Patrick’s Day. Also, as we all know, the Shamrock, is the official flower of Ireland. Why? Because it is said that St Patrick used it as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity so there are Shamrock’s everywhere when it comes to the celebrations St Patrick’s Day is a way for the people of Ireland to celebrate their pride and heritage. If you find yourself celebrating for St Patrick’s Day, you’ll be celebrating with roughly 33 million others around the world!

St Patrick was a Christian missionary given credit with converting Ireland to Christianity in the AD 400’s


2019 Six Nations Championship To celebrate one of the biggest months on the rugby union calendar, we take a look at the history of the Six Nations, previous winners and what to expect from this year’s championship

The 2019 Six Nations Championship is the 20th series of the Six Nations Championship, the annual northern hemisphere rugby union championship and it’s, without doubt, the world’s greatest rugby tournament. Each year collective fans of six proud nations – England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales – share in the passion and excitement of this feast of rugby. The Six Nations is the successor to the Home Nations Championship played between teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. With the addition of France, this became the Five Nations Championship, which in turn became the Six Nations Championship with the addition of Italy. Since the Six Nations era started in 2000, only Italy and Scotland have failed to win the Six Nations title, although Scotland were the last winners of the Five Nations. England have won the most Six Nations with six wins, France have five title wins, while Ireland and Wales both have four. Ireland are the current reigning champions, after claiming the Grand Slam and Triple Crown in 2018.

Joe Schmidt’s men picked up 26 points in total – 11 more than secondplace Wales. Ireland won the title in the fourth round, and Victory over England at Twickenham on St. Patrick’s Day securing their third-ever Grand Slam. England, who had been going for their third Six Nations title in a row, ended up finishing a disappointing fifth. Scotland finished third with 13 points, France were fourth with 11 points, and bottom of the table Italy only managed one point. France and Wales kick off the championship on Friday, 1st February at the Stade de France and all matches will be shown live on either BBC or ITV – every Wales game will also be shown on S4C. The competition runs until 16th March when all three fixtures of Round 5 take place on the same day, known as ‘Super Saturday’ which starts with Italy v France in Rome, followed by Wales v Ireland at the Principality Stadium and culminating in England v Scotland in Twickenham.

The competition runs until 16th March when all three fixtures of Round 5 take place on the same day, known as ‘Super Saturday’

Full Fixtures ROUND ONE February Fri 1 France v Wales 8.00pm Sat 2 Scotland v Italy 2.15pm Sat 2 Ireland v England 4.45pm

ROUND TWO February Sat 9 Scotland v Ireland 2.15pm Sat 9 Italy v Wales 4.45pm Sun 10 England v France 3.00pm

ROUND THREE February Sat 23 France v Scotland 2.15pm Sat 23 Wales v England 4.45pm Sun 24 Italy v Ireland, 3.00pm

ROUND FOUR March Sat 9 Scotland v Wales 2.15pm Sat 9 England v Italy 4.45pm Sun 10 Ireland v France, 3.00pm

ROUND FIVE March Sat 16 Sat 16 Sat 16

Italy v France 12.30pm Wales v Ireland 2.45pm England v Scotland, 5.00pm

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academy awards

Here’s a quick look at everything you need to know about the 91’st Academy Awards, commonly known as the Oscars

Held on the 24th of February at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, this year’s ceremony is predicted to be the best yet. However, who will be presenting the awards is currently unclear, after confirmed host Kevin Hart dropped out. Hart was branded homophobic after a series of old tweets re-surfaced and, following backlash from the public, stepped down from the position. Reports now suggest that several high-profile stars will take the comedian’s place; however, at the time of going to press, this has yet to be confirmed by organisers. The Oscars are known for their unpredictability and after a year of outstanding films and performances, it’s difficult to predict who will come out on top. However, here is the run down of the current favourites to receive this year’s coveted awards.

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the nominees best picture It’s no real surprise that the hugely successful, ‘A Star is Born’, has led the way in most Oscar predictions since its release. Featuring Lady Gaga in her film debut, along-side Bradley Cooper, the film has been a worldwide box office hit – even though it’s the third remake of this tear jerker. Another film that has been creating an Oscar buzz since its release in February 2018, is ‘Black Panther’. The film smashed box office records for that month and has continued to gain popularity since. Noted for its predominantly black cast, Black Panther could be the first super hero movie to ever win an award at the Oscars. Steering away from the front runners, could there be a surprise win? According to Forbes, absolutely, with the dark horses ‘BlacKKlansman’ and ‘Beautiful Boy’ named as possible victors.

best actress It’s a strong night for us Brits in the category for Best Actress, with nominations going to; Oliva Coleman and Rachel Weisz in ‘The Favourite’ and Emily Blunt in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and ‘A Quiet Place’. The top forerunner, however, is Glenn Close for her leading role in ‘The Wife’. Based on the best-selling novel by Meg Wolitzer, the film follows an under-appreciated wife of 40 years. Close is predicted to win her first Oscar despite this being her sixth nomination. She recently received the Golden Globe award for her performance; normally this is a good indication of Oscar success. Melissa McCarthy has, however, been tipped as a surprise winner for her role in, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’. This is a film based on the true story of Lee Israel who forged letters from literary figures and sold them to unsuspecting buyers. Critics have praised her performance as a move away from the slapstick comedy she has previously been associated with.

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meant he is now the bookies’ favourite to scoop the award for best actor, edging ahead of previous favourite, Bradley Cooper – who not only played the lead role in ‘A Star is Born’ but also directed the movie. Also in the running for best actor are Christian Bale for his performance as Vice President Dick Cheney in ‘Vice’ and Viggo Mortensen for his role as a racist bouncer hired to drive a black musician through the deep south in ‘Green Book’. Less likely but still possible to cause a surprise in this category could be Willem Dafoe for ‘At Eternity’s Gate’, John David Washington for ‘BlaKkKlansman’ or even Robert Redford for ‘The Old Man and the Gun’.

best animated feature Twenty-five films were reportedly submitted for this gong. However, the award for best animated feature is likely to be a head-to-head fight between Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ and Pixar’s long awaited ‘The Incredibles 2’. Another contender is Sony animation pictures ‘Spider Man: into the Spider Verse’. Although tipped for success in this category, Spider man faces strong headwind. Namely that it’s a Marvel superhero film and voters have traditionally been reluctant to reward previous super hero characters.

the best song A big part of any film is the music, so it is not surprising that the best song award attracts a lot of attention. This year there is a wide variety of musical styles represented, from country to hip hop via epic ballads and feel good classics. The favourite to achieve success is ‘Shallow’ sung by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in ‘A Star is Born’. However, another close contender is Suspirium. Written by ex-Radiohead member, Thom Yorke, it features in the foreign horror film ‘Suspiria’ Others in the running are ‘All the Stars’ by Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Sounwave and Al Shux from the film ‘Black Panther’.

A surprise win at the Golden Globes was for Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury in the hugely successful, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, has

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CASTLES & MUSEUMS IN THE UK England and Wales are both famous for their castles and, wherever you are in the country, there is a beautiful castle or fascinating museum not far around the corner Castles and museums make for interesting and historical days out, and are a great, interactive way to get children to learn about history. After all, which child wouldn’t like running up a castle and pretend to be a king or a princess for the day! Many castles up and down the UK host themed-events with entertainment, live-displays and theatres to keep everyone of all ages entertained. For a fun day out with the family, check out our list of some of the UK’s top museums and castles.

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Highclere Castle, Hampshire Anybody who has watched Downton Abbey would instantly recognise this Victorian castle, set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland. Highclere is not far from London, just to the south of Oxford and north of Winchester. Visitors can experience the splendid rooms all decorated in Victorian Deco, the kitchens and the wonderful grounds surrounding the castle. There are also special guided tours and events available throughout the year. www.highclerecastle.co.uk

Windsor Castle The setting for last year’s Royal Wedding, Windsor castle overlooks the landscape of the picturesque town of Windsor. It is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It is open to visitors all year round. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th

Century, it has since been the home of 39 monarchs. Today the queen spends most of her private weekends at the castle. The castle hosts private and public events throughout the year, ranging from interactive afternoons and classes on history. www.rct.uk/visit/windsorcastle

Leeds Castle, Kent Billed as one of the loveliest castles in the world, families can discover 900 years of history at Leeds Castle and explore the maze and grotto and even go punting on the lake. There are also adventure playgrounds, over 500 acres of beautiful gardens and a falconry centre, running daily free-flying demonstrations. This year, Leeds Castle celebrates its 900-year anniversary with special events and a brand new playground opening in April! www.leeds-castle.com


Warwick Castle

Wales

Originally built by William the Conqueror, and now owned by entertainment group Merlin, Warwick Castle offers a day of fun with daily shows and battle re-enactments. With magnificent attractions such as the Horrible Histories maze, the Castle Dungeon and the Princess Tower, there is something for small and big kids of all ages. Brand new for 2019, there is The Falconer’s Quest – the UK’s ultimate Bird of Prey Show. There are also 64 acres of rolling landscaped gardens and an island with a secret past.

Conwy Castle

If you fancy staying the night, there is medieval-themed accommodation fit for royalty. www.warwick-castle.com

Farleigh Hungerford Castle The city of Bath and its surrounding areas enjoy an array of museums, castles and the Roman Baths. Placed in the beautiful valley of the river Frome, only nine miles from Bath, stands the remains of Farleigh Hungerford Castle. Started in the 14th Century and occupied for 30 years, it still has much for visitors to enjoy and provides a great day out for families with children, couples and even walkers enjoying the beautiful surrounding countryside. www.english-heritage.org. uk/visit/places/farleighhungerford-castle

This is a little-known fact; Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in Europe! Wales’ history has left a landscape scattered with Roman ruins from Medieval Welsh Princes and English Kings. With 600 castles in Wales, wherever you go on holiday, you won’t be far from a historic castle. Here are just a few of some of the country’s many castles. (North Wales) is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. Built for Edward I, by Master James of St George, the castle boasts eight massive towers and a great bow-shaped hall, all sitting within its distinctive elongated shape. www.cadw.gov.wales/daysout/ conwycastle

Caerphilly Castle is the biggest castle in Wales and is surrounded by a series of moats and watery islands. Climb to the rooftop of the massive east gatehouse, and from here you can see the rings of stone and water

defences that made Caerphilly so strong. Don’t forget to look out for the south-east tower, which out leans Pisa’s famous tower! www.cadw.gov.wales/daysout/ caerphilly-castle

Many castles up and down the UK host themed-events with entertainment, live-displays and theatres to keep everyone of all ages entertained

Museums There are a great range of museums in the UK, offering a great day out for all the family. Yorkshire features the immersive, free-toenter National Railway Museum, as well as the great Yorkshire Museum. www.yorkshiremuseum. org.uk If you’re looking for museums a bit further south, then look no further than the capital! London is the hub of museums including the Natural History Museum, V&A, art galleries and the London Transport Museum, to name a few. Find out more by visiting www.visitlondon. com/things-to-do/sightseeing/london-attraction/museum/freemuseums-in-london Hampshire is home to Beaulieu which features the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Gardens, and the World of Top Gear, offering one of the best days out in the heart of the New Forest. Beaulieu hosts special events throughout the year, and 2019 sees a celebration of 50 years of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. www.beaulieu.co.uk

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ST. PATRICK’S RECIPE SPECIAL

Steak and Guinness Pie With St Patrick’s Day not too far away on Sunday 17th March, what better way to celebrate the national holiday than creating a traditional dish with one of Ireland’s biggest exports. Many pints of Guinness will be drunk over St. Paddy’s weekend; however, adding it to a steak pie is a great, family-friendly alternative. 3 tbsp vegetable oil 750g (1 1/2lb) stewing beef steak, cubed 1 onion, chopped 1 large carrot, cut into chunks 2 tbsp plain flour 1 x 440ml can Guinness 1 beef stock cube sprig thyme leaves ready-rolled shortcrust pastry 1 egg, beaten Heat half the oil in a large casserole pan. Cook the beef, in 2 batches, for 7-10 mins until browned all over. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the vegetables to the pan and cook for 5 mins until soft.

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Stir in the flour until well coated. Pour in the Guinness and stir around the pan, scraping up all the caramelised bits at the bottom of the pan. Crumble in

the stock cube, then return the beef to the pan with the thyme and top up with water if necessary. Cover and simmer for 1½hrs until the beef is really tender. Then leave to cool. Can be made up to 2 days in advance and stored in the fridge. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200°C/ Fan 180°C. Spoon the beef and enough juice to cover it, into a large pie dish, removing the thyme sprig.

Irish Coffee Wash down your dinner with some traditional Irish coffee. Black coffee served with whipped cream and whiskey, it’s the perfect end to a great meal!

2 tbsp double cream 150ml freshly brewed black coffee Place the pastry on top and cut away any 50ml Irish whiskey ½-1 tsp brown sugar excess with a sharp knife. Then use your pinch freshly grated nutmeg fingers to crimp around the edge of the pie. Make a small slit in the centre of the Lightly whip the cream just so it’s very pie for air to escape. Brush all over with slightly thickened, then set aside.  the egg. Pour the hot coffee into a mug or heatproof glass, then add the whiskey and sugCook for 30–40 minutes until golden and crisp. Heat any remaining beef liquid ar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Gently float the cream on the top and sprinkle the and serve alongside with some mash nutmeg over the cream. Serve hot! and greens.


Short-term

V Long-term lets

Are you a landlord trying to decide on whether to offera short term or a long-term contract? Take a look at our guide to help you make your decision Renting property is a competitive market and as a landlord you will naturally want to make the best, most shrewd decision you can in opting to make the property you’re letting out available as either a long-term or a short-term contract. There are a variety of factors involved in helping a tenant decide on where they want to rent, and the type of contract attached to the property is, in fact, amongst the most important. When it comes to short-term contracts, these generally last for less than a year before it then has the option of being renewed by you, as the landlord, if required. As short-term lets are more flexible, their popularity can result in them being hard to find by tenants, particularly in lesser populated towns and cities. If, as a homeowner, you are not planning on using your property for a certain amount of time, a short-term letting agreement with a prospective tenant could be ideal. During peak holiday seasons especially, such as December, as

a landlord (if you have a second property you can live in during the meantime) you could rent your property out for a short duration, and thus a short-term let would be a suitable agreement. Long-term lets A long-term contract is usually for a minimum of at least a year. This contract could mean that a tenant would be required to pay rent for the entire duration of their minimum required serving time at the property, even if they decide to leave early. However, this of course depends on the conditions within the contract. This is because a longterm contract enables you as a landlord to spend less time tending to contractual obligations, allowing you more free time and less hassle.

This can be particularly beneficial if you are letting out several properties. It also helps those with buy-to-let mortgages calculate their return on investment more accurately, since their income will be guaranteed for the entire duration of the tenancy. However, long-term contracts can be rigid, both in tying a landlord down to what could be a problem tenant, and also in preventing them from taking advantage of increasing rental prices in the area.

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£375,000

This charming home has undergone many improvements. Generous living accommodation includes a sitting room, through living/dining room, formerly two rooms, country-style fitted kitchen, utility room, ground floor WC, three good-sized first floor bedrooms, shower room, separate family bathroom and stairs off rising to the sizeable fourth bedroom. EPC = E

West Rise, Llanishen

£525,000

An executive detacd hehouse placed on a corner plot in a select tree lined road. This property has many attractive features including a secret garden, landscaped garden and a garage with parking bay. Internally the house has four bedrooms, a refitted luxury bathroom, two reception rooms, a kitchen/diner plus utility and ground floor cloakroom. EPC = D

Cheriton Drive, Thornhill

£460,000

An imposing and beautifully presented six bedroom detached modern family home, that benefits from being greatly extended and improved by the current owners. Well-placed on a generous plot in a sought after and desirable area of Thornhill situated in a quiet cul-de-sac. This property offers good access to the local amenities and transport links to A470 and M4. EPC = D

Mill Road, Lisvane

£895,000

An impressive and sizable family home full of grandeur and character, well positioned on the highly sought after Mill Road, This highly desirable property offers a fantastic opportunity to acquire a substantial and individually designed five bedroom detached residence between both Lisvane and Llanishen villages benefitting from access to local pubs, shops and amenities. EPC = E

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CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Empire Cay, Cardiff Bay

£250,000

An exceptional first floor apartment situated at Cardiff Pointe, an exciting new development in the heart of Cardiff’s Sports Village. The apartment comprises, two double bedrooms, the master with an ensuite, a separate bathroom and an open plan living space including a fitted kitchen with appliances built in. Externally there is a balcony and allocated parking. EPC = B

Park View, City Centre

£335,000

A beautifully presented fifth floor apartment with spectacular far reaching views of Cardiff and as far as Caerphilly Mountain. Park View is a luxury development in the heart of Cardiff City Centre, within just a 10 minute walk of all Cardiff Centres attractions, including the new Central Square development. Offering residents secure allocated parking, a friendly and helpful daily concierge service, next door to Laguna Health Spa and an exclusive food service from Park Plaza Hotel. EPC = C

Court Road, Grangetown

£175,000

We are delighted to offer this excellently presented property on Court Road, Grangetown. Accessed through a small porch way we enter the open-plan lounge-diner with exposed staircase. Ample space for living and dining with a newly-fitted kitchen to the rear. To the rear of the property is a large garden with paved and decked areas. Upstairs are two double bedrooms and stylish bathroom suite. The property further benefits from gas central heating. EPC = D

Bartley Wilson Way, Canton

£254,995

A well presented semi-detached home located in this gated development, comprising of mainly detached and semi-detached homes, located conveniently for the M4 Motorway and Ninian Park train station, which provides city centre access within 15 minutes. The property comprises an entrance hall, a living room, an open plan kitchen/dining room and a W/C. To the first floor there are three bedrooms, a family bathroom and an en-suite. Externally there is an enclosed garden and two allocated parking spaces. EPC = C

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Pontypridd Road, Barry

£370,000

A largely extended detached dormer bungalow offering four double bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large kitchen/living/dining room and utility room. The living area has been extended to offer a generous open plan family room with patio doors to the garden, skylights, underfloor heating and ample space for lounge and dining furniture. The first floor offers two double bedrooms and a Jack and Jill ensuite. Externally there is a large rear garden and a driveway. EPC = C

Leckwith Mews, Canton

£259,950

A fully renovated town house boasting five double bedrooms, a modern fitted kitchen, a ‘combi’ boiler and accommodation over three storeys. The property is located in a cul-de-sac of similar properties on the edge of Canton. Further benefits include an enclosed garden, a garage and parking. EP = C

Ninian Park Road, Riverside

£115,000

A desirable one bedroom GROUND FLOOR flat with a private garden, located just a short walk from trendy Canton high street, Cardiff City Centre and Ninian Park Train Station. This large ground floor garden flat boasts generous accommodation comprising a living room, large kitchen/dining room, bathroom, bedroom and a south facing private garden. EPC = D

Neville Street, Riverside

£99,950

A second floor apartment with one bedroom, kitchen, living/dining area, W/C and shower room. The apartment is located in a handsome Victorian building just minutes from the Centre. No Chain. EPC = D

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Showhome Now Open Prices starting from £359,995 A beautiful new Charles Church development consisting of an impressive collection of 4 and 5 bedroom detached homes, in the sought after location of Old St. Mellons, Cardiff. With easy access to M4 J30, the Pentwyn link road and the A48 Eastern Avenue, this is the perfect place to call home.

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CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Heol Tyn Y Coed, Rhiwbina Guide Price £400,000

Coed Arian, Whitchurch

An immaculate, detached Bungalow with no onward chain. Originally built as a three bedroom property and adapted to create more versatile accommodation. The property has a fantastic plot, with ample parking, garage and a lovely garden. Offering easy walking access to shops and amenities & offered for sale with no onward chain. EPC = D

A superb modern property with a larger than average plot and planning permission to develop further. Situated in a convenient spot for Whitchurch village and all amenities. The property is presented to a very high standard and so could be a wonderful family home, first time buy or down size. EPC = D

Court Close, Whitchurch

OIEO £300,000

Superb, extended semi detached family home situated in a quiet close in Whitchurch. Offering a stunning open plan kitchen/dining/ living space, three bedrooms, ground floor wet room and first floor shower room. The property enjoys a corner position and so has a larger than average garden. This is a beautiful property and should be viewed to be appreciated. EPC = E

Old Church Road, Whitchurch

£289,950

£220,000

Within seconds walking distance to all village amenities, in our opinion this is such a lovely buy for those hoping for easy access to everything! Sympathetically refurbished throughout and retaining plenty of character, this two double bedroom property offers a brand new kitchen, bathroom, neutral and bright re decoration throughout and a pretty court yard garden with external storage and utility room. EPC = D

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Penlline Road, Whitchurch

£359,000

Traditional semi detached home located within a stone’s throw of Whitchurch village. Originally, three bedroom home and has been reconfigured to a two bedroom with the original third bedroom being used as an open plan dressing room. Downstairs, the accommodation is both spacious and versatile, with three reception rooms, a spacious kitchen and cloakroom. EPC = F

South View, Taffs Well

£119,950

Offered for sale with no onward chain, this three bedroom property is a fantastic opportunity for any first time buyer. Immaculately kept, although could require modernisation, it has three reception rooms, three good size bedrooms, a ground floor cloakroom and first floor shower room. Conveniently located for access to the A470 and M4. EPC = D

Manor Rise, Whitchurch

£394,950

Stunning, detached Bungalow with versatile and well presented accommodation. This is a fantastic property for those hoping to downsize and avoid any work. Located within easy walking distance to Whitchurch village. The property is bright and airy and offers a low maintenance Garden, Garage & detached outhouse. EPC = D

Lon Stephens, Taffs Well

£489,500

Privately built detached family home with outstanding views, generous plot and situated on a private close of similar luxury homes. Viewings of this stylish property come highly recommended to appreciate the space, standard and versatility that it has to offer. Built in 2003, the vendor’s wanted to create space and a standard which they could not find in other new build homes they had seen before. EPC = C

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CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Insole Place, Llandaff

£365,000

Semi-detached house briefly comprises: hallway, sitting room, lounge/diner, kitchen/breakfast area and w.c to the downstairs. three bedrooms, a modern shower room with a separate w.c. The property further benefits from a generous front and rear garden, off street parking for multiple vehicles and a garage to the side. Insole Place is located within close proximity to the Insole Shops and a short walk away from Insole Court and Llandaff Village. Internal viewings are a must! EPC=E

Dan Y Bryn Avenue, Radyr

£520,000

Detached four bedroom house, boasts four double bedrooms, master with en-suite, two reception rooms, home office, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and an impressive ground floor reception room. In addition there is ample off street parking and gardens. Radyr is a village situated within easy access to the M4 and Cardiff city centre and offers local shops, eateries and amenities along with reputable primary and secondary schools. EPC=C

Waungron Road, Llandaff

£375,000

This generously proportioned flat has a versatile accommodation that is highly adaptable. There is the added potential to divide the flat into two separate accommodations. The property is currently configured to offer: Entrance hall, two lounges, two bedrooms, two kitchens, two shower rooms and a conservatory. In addition, there is a converted garage that now serves as a home office with shower room. The entire rear garden belongs as sole use to the property. EPC=D

St Fagans Drive, St Fagans

£675,000

An impressive detached residence set on a beautifully landscaped generous plot in the historic village of St Fagans. Briefly Comprising: entrance hall, cloakroom, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, lounge, sitting room and dining room. To the first floor are six bedrooms, en suite to master along with family bathroom and a ‘Jack and Jill’ En Suite serving two further bedrooms, integral double garage with electric doors and a large gated driveway. The wrap around gardens have been tastefully landscaped. EPC=C

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Reardon Smith Court, Fairwater

£259,950

We have pleasure in offering for sale this stylish modern townhouse with integral garage. The property is beautifully presented. a driveway to the front, and an enclosed garden to the rear. The accommodation comprises of entrance hall, shower room, bedroom/sitting room and utility room on the ground floor, spacious lounge and a kitchen/diner on the first floor, and two bedrooms, one en-suite shower room and a bathroom on the second floor. This house really needs to be viewed internally. EPC=C

Heol Isaf, Radyr

£695,000

An impressive detached residence with a stylish open plan living extension. Presented to a high standard this wonderful family provides excellent potential to form a large 5th bedroom and en suite in the loft with planning granted in 2010 for a dormer conversion. The property briefly comprises: Entrance hall, lounge, dining room, utility room & cloakroom and an open plan kitchen/breakfast/family room, four bedrooms, master with en suite and family bathroom. Outside are generous front and rear gardens with driveway and garage. EPC=D

The Chantry, Llandaff

£240,000

A stunning ground floor private garden apartment set under a mile from Llandaff’s historic villages. This beautiful gated apartment has been superbly finished to a high specification. With luxurious underfloor heating, stylish German Avantgarde Kitchen and stunning bathrooms, with large mature communal gardens, bike store and enclosed bin store. Built in 2017 the apartment offers a long lease and very reasonable service charges. EPC=B

Fairwater Road, Llandaff

£600,000

This unique bungalow on the cusp of Llandaff and Fairwater, offers a great living space and further potential to extend and improve, is approached via double gates leading down to the main entrance with a large sweeping driveway and gardens. The property offers impressive size living rooms and bedrooms with over 10ft high ceilings and large windows. The grounds offer a split level with a large swimming pool in the rear garden, double garage with electric doors. Fairwater Train Station is approximately a 5-minute walk away. EPC=E

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Eco Homes

Welcome to the 2nd phase of this award winning development...

LivEco’s standard of eco housing is unique to the area and boasts a wide selection of features that provide residents with both a superior standard of living and most importantly lower fuel bills. These homes benefit from a private terrace or balcony and communal gardens which are managed by a gardener. BLP Allianz 10 year full structural warranty included Luxury Living - intelligently designed homes with health, space and wellbeing built in Lower Fuel Bills - Super-insulation, air source heat pumps and latest energy saving appliances Heath And Wellbeing - Each home has a private air filtration system giving a healthy living environment Landscape Design - Greens and gardens have been thoughtfully designed by a landscape architect Home Design - Considerations have been made without compromise for ceiling heights, room sizes and storage Internal Design - Bathrooms, kitchens, lighting and sun pipes are all of a luxury standard

Secure by Design - Designed with extra secure doors and windows, safe and secure at home Lifetime Homes - Intelligent planning with zero kerbs and wider doors giving thought to the future Electric Car Deal - An incentive to purchase a new electric car and charging points on site make it easier to travel cleaner and cheaper

If you would like to find out more or have any questions about this exciting new development please contact sole agent 02920 555198 1 Llandaff@hern-crabtree.co.uk

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Lettings - 029 2078 0230 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Heath - 029 2062 0202 Ryder Street, Pontcanna

£875pcm

**PONTCANNA APARTMENT** This lovely unfurnished two bedroom first floor flat situated in the incredibly sought after area of Pontcanna benefits from a spacious living room, separate kitchen, two bedrooms and bathroom plus access to a shared garden. The property further benefits from close proximity to local amenities in Pontcanna including shops, cafes and restaurants. Available at £875pcm* (admin fees apply). Strictly Professionals Only. No Pets. EPC = E

Century Court, City Centre

£900pcm

**SUPERB TWO DOUBLE BEDROOM CITY CENTRE APARTMENT WITH PARKING** A spacious second floor apartment located a stone’s throw from the City Centre and Principality Stadium. The property has been upgraded and can be provided furnished or unfurnished. The apartment comprises lounge, separate kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Externally the property benefits from secure allocated parking and bike storage. Available at £925pcm* (admin fees apply). Strictly Professional Single, Couple or two sharers. No Pets. EPC = C.

Sycamore House, Fairwater

£675pcm

**SPACIOUS TWO BEDROOM UNFURNISHED APARTMENT** This lovely two bedroom first floor apartment is located off Plasmawr Road in Fairwater. The property is in lovely condition and comprises a modern kitchen, open plan to living area, modern bathroom and two good size bedrooms. The property can come unfurnished or part furnished. The property further benefits from allocated parking and communal gardens. Available at £675pcm* (admin fees apply). Strictly Professional Couple or Single only. No Pets. EPC = B

St Isan Road, Heath

£1,550pcm

**SUPERB FOUR BEDROOM EXTENDED DETACHED HOUSE** A four bedroom detached house that has been extended to the rear. The property comes part furnished and comprises lounge, second reception room and superb open plan kitchen/breakfast area along with utility room. Upstairs are four bedrooms (one ensuite) and a family bathroom. Externally there is a large garden and decked area to the rear, garage, off road parking and close proximity to local amenities. Available at £1550pcm* (admin fees apply). Strictly Professionals Only. No Pets. EPC = D

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CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Templeton Avenue, Llanishen

£220,000

A beautifully presented and superbly maintained family home in a popular Llanishen location close to local amenities and schools plus good access and transport links to the City Centre. EPC = D

Pen-Y-Lan Terrace, Penylan

£270,000

TRULY UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY... A one of a kind detached two double bedroom house on a highly sought after and rarely available tree lined street in Penylan nestled within walking distance of public transport links into the city centre, a short walk to the local amenities, restaurants and shops. EPC = C

Toftingall Avenue, Birchgrove

£250,000

A well maintained and immaculately presented three bedroom bay fronted end of terrace property located on a sought after Cul-de-sac, conveniently placed within walking distance of local amenities, as well as offering fantastic transport links and further benefitting from the University Hospital of Wales and City Centre being only a short distance away. EPC = D

St Agnes Road, Heath

£315,000

A beautifully presented mid terrace property located in a highly sought-after area of the ‘Saints’ in Heath. Offering good access to local amenities and transport links as well as the University Hospital of Wales being only a short distance away plus further advantage of links to the A48 and M4 also close by. EPC = D

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Lettings - 029 2078 0230

Ty Glas Road, Llanishen

£375,000

This charming home has undergone many improvements. Generous living accommodation includes a sitting room, through living/dining room, formerly two rooms, country-style fitted kitchen, utility room, ground floor WC, three good-sized first floor bedrooms, shower room, separate family bathroom and stairs off rising to the sizeable fourth bedroom. EPC = E

West Rise, Llanishen

£525,000

An executive detacd hehouse placed on a corner plot in a select tree lined road. This property has many attractive features including a secret garden, landscaped garden and a garage with parking bay. Internally the house has four bedrooms, a refitted luxury bathroom, two reception rooms, a kitchen/diner plus utility and ground floor cloakroom. EPC = D

Cheriton Drive, Thornhill

£460,000

An imposing and beautifully presented six bedroom detached modern family home, that benefits from being greatly extended and improved by the current owners. Well-placed on a generous plot in a sought after and desirable area of Thornhill situated in a quiet cul-de-sac. This property offers good access to the local amenities and transport links to A470 and M4. EPC = D

Mill Road, Lisvane

£895,000

An impressive and sizable family home full of grandeur and character, well positioned on the highly sought after Mill Road, This highly desirable property offers a fantastic opportunity to acquire a substantial and individually designed five bedroom detached residence between both Lisvane and Llanishen villages benefitting from access to local pubs, shops and amenities. EPC = E

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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. Llandaff 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. Llandaff 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!

Ben Shorrocks | Branch Manager | Pontcanna Ben is a very honest and trustworthy Estate Agent who takes pride in delivering a high quality service to be proud of. Ben is highly experienced, knowledgeable and reliable and works hard to ensure that he will be your estate agent for life.

Harry Watson-James | Sales Negotiator | Pontcanna Harry is the life and soul of the office in Pontcanna, forever with a grin on his face, you can’t help but be happy when in his company. He’s a motivated and very determined individual who relishes helping others search for their next home.

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Jan Street | Sales Progression Manager Jan has a sparkling personality, is extremely caring and hardworking. Jan looks after our clients post-sale, 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.

Jo Shears | Senior Sales Negotiator. Llandaff 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.

Owen Llewellyn | Senior Sales Negotiator. Llandaff 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.

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Thomas Lloyd | Sales Negotiator | Pontcanna* Thomas is an incredibly likable, professional negotiator who is always in high spirits and eager to help. Thomas’ 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.

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Anna O’Mahoney | Branch Manager | Whitchurch 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.

Annamarie Winks | Negotiator | Whitchurch 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 hardworking with stacks of humour.

Anthony Poole | Branch Manager | Heath Anthony is a passionate and dedicated Estate Agent who doesn’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.

Stephanie Byrne | Senior Sales Negotiator | Heath Stephanie is a competitive yet caring Estate Agent who excels in her role in the Heath Office. She is renowned for the number of appointments she generates and as a result of her tenacity and talent the reviews her clients give her are only ever five out of five!

Lance Robertson | Lettings Manager Lance is exceptionally knowledgeable in his field with over 10 years of experience in lettings. He’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.

Molly Fletcher | Lettings Negotiator | Lettings Molly relocated from West Wales to join Hern & Crabtree as a Lettings Negotiator. Molly carries out all the lettings viewings and provides regular feedback to all Landlords regarding the progress of letting their property through Hern & Crabtree.

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Annie Munro | Senior Negotiator | Whitchurch 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.

Amy McDonough | Sales Negotiator | Heath 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 Co-Ordinator | Lettings Marc has a vital role in supporting Tenants in our managed properties. Marc liaises with Tenants and Landlords regarding maintenance and tenancy matters, and is always on hand to provide assistance and advice. Marc provides a valuable service to all our Landlords in keeping them well informed on all aspects of their property and tenancy.

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