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Inside this issue Handy tips to help with your move
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Security options for your home
Editor’s Letter Welcome to the May issue. Summer is just around the corner and, generally considered to be the busiest time of the year for gardeners, preparing your garden for the warmer months is vital. So take a look inside to find out what you should be focusing on to get your garden summer ready! Moving inside the home, if you’re thinking of updating your décor, we feature some of our favourite wallpaper trends that are sure to liven up your walls. Also, inside this issue are our handy tips to help you with your move. Any move to a new home can be a stressful experience, but this is especially true when you are moving to a new area too. Take a look inside to see what you can do to make the transition smoother. As ever, there is plenty inside this issue to keep you reading; from security tips to keep your home secure, to our travel guide to the South of France. Until next time. Linda McKeown Editor
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TO PREPARE YOUR
Summer is just around the corner and, generally considered to be the busiest time of the year for gardeners, preparing your garden for the warmer months is vital if you want to get the most out of it and make it shine!
Prepare the patio, outside furniture, flower beds and borders During winter, there probably wouldn’t have been much opportunity to sit outside or dine alfresco. So, at the very least, your patio or decking areas may need a sweep to eliminate loose leaves and foliage that may have gathered around your garden. If you have any outside furniture, it would also be wise to tidy them up, especially if they had been moved into a more secluded spot during the colder months. Another step in the right direction would be to give any paving stones a blast with a pressure washer to lift up any dirt or moss.
Make the most of water butts One of the most economical things you can do as a gardener is to install a water butt. Water butts collect large quantities of rainwater, which you can then use to water your lawn, plants and flowers, instead of using tap water. Ensure your water butt collects rainwater as much as possible in advance of the summertime because if there’s ever any likelihood of no rain for long spells at a time, it will be during the summer season! As well as water butts being essential for environmentally friendly gardening, rainfall also happens to be the best type of water for plants. This is because tap water is often slightly alkaline. When positioning your water butt, it’s best to place it underneath a downpipe, to ensure as much rainwater gets collected as possible.
Clean and sharpen your tools Your gardening tools should be the backbone of your gardening duties. Without them, you’re as defenceless as a garden enduring a summer’s heat with no rain for weeks on end! Just like a garden needs rain, love and attention, you, the gardener, need your tools. And you need them fully functional and able to do their job effectively. Give your tools a thorough clean and sharpening to maintain their quality, especially since the most important season of the year for your garden is just around the corner! As well as helping you to avoid replacing them in the future, maintaining your tools can help prevent the spread of disease too. Dirty secateurs, for example, are notorious for introducing bacteria and fungi to fresh pruning wounds.
Clear away any dead leaves and rubbish from your flower beds and borders which have gathered over the previous months too. Tidy up your borders by trimming the edges and turn your soil to cultivate it and help plants thrive.
Eliminate weeds and pests Now, this is where your newly-cleaned and sharpened garden tools come into play! Weeding is one of those garden jobs which few gardeners relish. However, the results of doing so are plentiful, and it’s an essential part of maintaining your garden to a healthy and attractive standard (particularly those which grow from the cracks in between paving slabs, therefore ruining the appearance of your patio area). Getting the weeding done before summer is crucial if you want to prevent weeds from stealing the nutrients from the soil that your plants sorely require. Another requirement for any good garden is to make sure it’s free of pests, particularly since flower beds are all too often the victim of their detrimental trespassing! A good tip if you want to be environmentally friendly is to cover your flower beds with crushed egg shells, rather than using toxic pesticides. Doing so will help repel pests such as slugs, who love flower beds.
Best summerflowering bulbs to plant now
Oriental lilies. There are numerous varieties available of this extravagant flower, with a broad range of colours and heights to choose from. Note that the blossoms will become heavy once developed, so they will need extra support.
Crocosmia. These tend to reach approximately three feet in height, and their sword-like foliage becomes bright green. Stalks of arching flowers extend above the leaves in the middle of summer, and the most common flower colours are red, orange, and yellow, depending on the variety.
Asiatic Lilies. Unlike their Oriental cousins mentioned above, Asiatic lilies bloom sooner, are fragrance-free, and are brighter coloured. Their flowers are not typically as large as Oriental lilies and their stems are sturdier, so they don’t require 3 extra support.
TO A NEW AREA ...
Moving to a new house can be a stressful experience, especially when you are moving to a new area too. We’ve put together a few handy tips to help with your move
Get to know the area Relocating to a new area can be daunting, but if the move is well planned out in advance, the process can be much easier. Before moving to your new home, if possible, it’s a good idea to spend some time exploring and getting to know the local area. Spend as much time as you can driving around local villages and towns. Prepare a checklist of your essential facilities and then objectively look at what each place has to offer in terms of local amenities and find out what, if any, local clubs and organisations you can join. This is a great way to make new friends and really get to know your new surroundings.
If the move is well planned out in advance, the process can be much easier”
Also, spend time talking to those already living in your chosen location. Finding out from the locals where the best parks, pubs, and even the best take-aways are, can save you a lot of time researching and help you feel more at home. If you are already a member of any national organisations, they will be able to put you in touch with similar groups in the new area and you will soon find others with the same interests. If moving due to employment, it is advisable to investigate the best commuter routes to and from work. Find out how long your daily journey will take and run tests around the same time you will be making the trip, as the same journey could take a lot longer at busier times of the day. Speaking to local residents could also give you information about alternative routes.
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If moving with children, find out where the best schools and nurseries are located and what school catchment area your new home falls in. You can find the Ofsted reports for possible schools, nurseries, and childminders, on the local government website. Organise a visit and taster days to potential schools, so that both you and the kids feel more prepared before the move.
unnecessary gifts and causing your guests expense, ask that they instead bring a card listing their three favourite things about the area. A fun way to make friends and to find out a little more about the place you now live! Try and stick to the same routine as much as you possibly can, especially if you have children. Keeping to the same routine will help to make the transition go a little smoother and disrupt your normal day to day life a little less.
Get out and about Once the unpacking has been done, the house has been organised and you have introduced yourself to the neighbours, get out and about.
Settling into your new home Once youâ€™ve taken the big leap and moved, it might take a little time to adjust to your new life and surroundings. However, there are many ways to make settling into your new home a little easier. If moving with children, it might be a good idea to sort out their rooms as soon as possible. Having familiar things around them will help them to settle into their new rooms better. Unpack their favourite books and toys first to help distract them whilst the rest of the boxes are being unpacked. It is a good idea to ensure that these things are either put into the removal van last, so they will be taken off first, or are put in the car with them. Host a housewarming party to get to know your new neighbours and other residents on your street! You could also invite new work colleagues and parents youâ€™ve met on the school playground. People often feel obligated to bring something along, so instead of accepting
Explore the surrounding villages and towns, visit your local pub, nearest parks and play areas; this will help you (and your children if you have them) become much more familiar with the area. Get involved with the local community too. Why not join local groups or activities, such as gym classes, book clubs or drama groups. You could also join the neighbourhood watch. The school your children attend might have groups or organisations you can get involved with, such as the PTA and after school clubs. Any group or organisation you can get involved with will massively help to integrate yourself into your new area.
If moving with children, find out where the best schools and nurseries are located and what school catchment area your new home falls in
But no matter how far the move is, it is always important to get out there and really embrace everything that your new surroundings have to offer. This might take a little while but be patient; you will start to feel at home in no time.
Ipanema Heritage Wallpaper Go for a touch of the exotic with this line drawn design featuring toucans and lush, tropical foliage. £35 www.johnlewis.com
Apex Geometric Trellis Wallpaper Add a spectacular shine to your home with this funky geometric design in metallic silver with a stone background. Perfect to make a bold statement in your home. £7.99 www.worldofwallpaper.com
Lundby Wallpaper, Citrine Be inspired by the natural forests of Scandinavia with this simple, yet graphic, wallpaper. £25 www.johnlewis.com
WALLtoWALL Forget about simply painting those walls – add an instant splash of colour and design using wallpaper. Here we feature some of our favourite finds…
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Safari Kids Map Mural Wallpaper This sweet pastel toned world map is perfect for your little one’s nursery or bedroom, featuring illustrated animals from all over the world in a cute and educational style. £36 www.muralswallpaper.co.uk
This on trend wallpaper has a matt finish and multicoloured rainbow print design which repeats every 53cm.
Arthouse Scandi Triangle Wallpaper - Yellow A pretty geometric design of repeating triangle and diamond shapes in pale pastel colours.
Boutique Alice Duck egg blue Leaf Metallic effect Wallpaper Ideal for use in bedrooms, hallways and living areas, this beautiful wallpaper can be wiped clean with a damp cloth to remove marks caused by everyday life. Perfect!
Paste The Wall Hexagonal 3D Wallpaper Next’s Paste-The-Wall wallpaper uses a special backing paper, so the paper does not expand or contract when wet. You can simply paste the wall, and hang the paper dry! We just love this design. £20 www.next.co.uk
Dunelm Rainbow Print Design White, Red, Pink and Blue Over The Wallpaper
Urban Walls Ripped Poster Wallpaper Hundreds of ripped posters come together to create this edgy wallpaper featuring bright hues and bold texts. £18 www.next.co.uk
Protect Your Home Your home is the most expensive thing you will ever own, so it makes sense to look after it and keep it secure. Here are our top security tips. Between January and December 2018 there were 380,517 reported burglaries in the UK*. The impact of burglary is severe; taking 8 months* for the average person to feel secure again in their own home, and even then, less than half ever feel completely secure.
Security cameras are inexpensive and easy to install, with wireless and wired options available
For 1 in 10 people*, it can be a reason to move home. The trauma can be especially severe for children and can be carried on into adulthood. Almost 40 per cent of adults, whose homes were broken into when they were younger, are still bothered by their experience*
So, what can you do to secure your home? Outside Burglars don’t arrive with their own tools, they prefer to use tools they pick up from unlocked sheds, garages or side passages. Keep your sheds and garages locked, and if you have a side passage, deadbolt and padlock it. You can stop would-be thieves from getting close to your garage or shed by installing motion activated lights. Once installed, these lights will turn on when they detect movement, stopping would-be burglars in their tracks. You can pick up single battery powered units for about £20 each or solar powered units for approx. £30 each. Security cameras are inexpensive and easy to install, with wireless and wired options available. The wireless options are popular but remember to check the battery regularly. As with TV’s, the higher the resolution the better the picture quality, so you will want something 1080p or above to get crystal clear images. You will also want to ensure that the camera has a good night-vision mode, offering 100ft of vision or more.
Your home is the most expensive thing you will ever own, so it makes sense to look after it and keep it secure
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Keep your keyholes clear from dust; burglars can tell you don’t use your deadlock if it’s full of dust and debris.
Don’t leave your keys in your door; burglars can poke through the keyhole, knock them down and use tools to pick them up from the floor through a letter-box.
Save posting your holiday snaps to social media for when you are home; burglars monitoring social media can tell when a home has been left alone and it will make yours a target.
Close windows in the evening and when you leave the house; open windows are an easy chance for an opportunist burglar.
Change the locks. It may sound crazy but how do you know no one else has a set of your keys; what about the previous owner?
Ask someone to remove the post and put your bins out while you are away, to give the impression of someone being home.
A car on your driveway will deter any potential burglars, as will appliances on timer switches. When you’re on holiday, why not ask your neighbour to park on your drive to deter burglars. You can set timer switches to come on at set certain times of the day. Lights are standard but won’t necessarily deter a burglar as much as if a TV or radio is on. Setting a timer to turn your TV or radio on when you’re out is a smart idea and is simple to set up using the built-in sleep timers found in the main menu of most smart TV’s. Still leaving your keys under the front doormat? Burglars know the most common places where people leave their keys. Get an outdoor key lock-box mounted in a secure location, with a four-digit pin that only you and trusted friends or family know; or leave a spare key with your neighbours. This key will come in handy if you are away, as a letter-box full of post will be a sure sign to a burglar that you’re not in. Inside If a burglar gets past your outdoor security, don’t let him get past your alarm system. Window and door sensors are musthaves to complete your home security. They are simple, yet effective. A switch and a magnet attach to the window frame and the pane of glass. If the window stays closed, the circuit is complete; when the window or door is opened, the circuit breaks which signals the control panel, triggering the alarm. Most sets offer different modes, including; chime, silent and alarm mode and can send notifications to your smart device. To complete your home security, you can now get smart systems which allow you to control your security from your phone. These systems connect to your Wi-Fi and, through an app, you can customise what happens when a window is broken, or motion is detected. Entry-level systems include door and window sensors, a motion detector and a hub. These systems are available as full set-ups or separate components which you can add on to build a bespoke system.
Thanks to its array of transport links across the country and nearby towns, Nice is a great place to be if you want to explore the wider area
Ooh la la ! With the annual Cannes Film Festival just around the corner, weâ€™ve explored the beauty of a holiday in the glorious South of France
The South of France is an easy choice when deciding your next holiday destination. With a selection of different resorts and cities, the only hard decision you’ll have to make, is where in the South of France you want to go. Home to a region of rich culture, sun, sea, fine wine and food, the South of France can host your perfect getaway!
Cannes Famed for its annual film festival and glamourous celebrity lifestyle, Cannes is the superstar of the French Riviera. Its dazzling promenade, golden sandy beaches and year-round Mediterranean climate create the perfect backdrop for a wonderful holiday. The famous Film Festival might take place each May, but Cannes is bustling all year long. The city, placed on France’s sparkling Riviera, has many fascinating cultural attractions as well as some great places where you can relax, indulge and watch how the other half live. The Old Port of Cannes is an interesting mix of traditional charm and immense wealth. It’s a great place to watch huge yachts arrive into town while having a drink in one of the bars that line the water’s edge. Like many of the towns in this region, Cannes is steeped in culture and history where you can enjoy museums, castles and churches.
Nice The grand city of Nice is where everyone thinks of when they think of the South of France. It is a grand city of long esplanades and spacious squares, it’s also the fifth largest city in France so you won’t be struggling to find things to do. Nice is home to a perfect beach life, a stunning medieval old town and some delicious French food! If you are looking for a relaxed holiday in the South of France, Nice is where you need to be! Thanks to its array of transport links across the country and nearby towns, Nice is a great place if you want to explore the wider area, or even enjoy a day trip to Monaco.
Avignon Places like Avignon in the South of France are evidence that there’s much more than just beaches and film festivals in the South of France. Avignon is packed with history and fascinating architecture, making it an ideal destination for sightseeing. Pont d’Avignon is a UNESCO World Heritage site, whilst the Palais des Papes, art museums and gorgeous town squares are also popular places to visit
in this city. The River Rhone is one of the focal points of Avignon, and it has played a big part in the city’s history. There are companies who offer lunchtime and dinnertime cruises across the Rhone, letting you enjoy some fantastic views of the famous landmarks of Avignon. Avignon was also home to Van Gogh, so art lovers can enjoy learning about the history of the famous artist.
Marseille Marseille is the undiscovered jewel in the crown of France’s Mediterranean coastline. The rocky hills of Provence look down onto the ancient port and the thousands of boats docked in its clear blue waters. Thanks to the new Eurostar South of France service, which launched a few years ago, you can get from London to Marseille in just a few hours. Marseille is a city that is changing fast but has still retained that edge that makes it stand out from the rest of the towns along the French Riviera. It’s also a great base for exploring the azure blue Calanques, so why not hop on the train and make a holiday out of this great city. France’s second city has all you could ask for; beautiful beaches, ancient buildings, thriving artists and a diverse and dynamic nightlife.
Things to do in the South of France For food and wine lovers, a trip to a local vineyard is a must. Many vineyards offer tours of their vines followed by wine-tasting and a delicious lunch with French cuisine. A day trip to Monaco should also be on your list of things to do, whether you are travelling by boat, car or train, you can enjoy the stunning port with its array of high-end yachts. There are also lots of golf courses and local shops where you can stock up on gourmet cheese; however, the South of France can also accommodate kids too. Thanks to its beautiful Mediterranean climate and fantastic French countryside, the whole family can enjoy serious adventures. There are plenty of cycle hire firms around the area, as well as Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum where you can get up close and personal with baby sharks. Placed near Montagnac is The Meze Dinosaur Museum which features scale replicas of the Jurassic creatures. However, to top it all off, amongst the underground hiking, baby shark stroking, hot-air balloon rides, wine tasting and delicious food, there is nothing better than a day at the beach. The South of France offers a fantastic range of beaches to enjoy, with pristine white beaches and crystal clear water, all under a blue sky with lots of sunshine.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Cricket fans across the world are looking forward to this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup which starts at the end of May and runs until July
As the hosts, England are one of the favourites to win the trophy this year
The ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) takes place every four years, featuring ten teams and is the culmination of a global qualification process that runs over a five to six year period. The top eight teams in the ICC one-day rankings at the given date qualify automatically. The final two teams come from the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier which takes place in the year prior to the Cricket World Cup. This year’s tournament runs from 30th May until the 14th July and will be joint hosted by England and Wales for only the second time in its history. The first two competitions were hosted by England back in 1975 and 1979. The first game of the tournament will take place at The Oval between England and South Africa, and the other venues include Trent Bridge in Nottingham, the Cardiff Stadium, Old Trafford in Manchester, The
Rose Bowl in Southampton and Lords in London. After a disappointing World Cup four years ago, England’s limitedover side have been working towards 2019’s competition in the hope of winning their first ever World Cup. With the Ashes taking place later in the year, England are hoping May will kick-start a successful year for the Cricket team. The 2015 World Cup saw England crash out at the group stages after Bangladesh claimed a stunning 15run win. It was the third time in five World Cups England had gone out of the group stage. As the hosts, England are one of the favourites to win the trophy this year and they are also Number 1 in the ICC ODI Rankings. There will be pressure on this England side, but with the backing of their home crowd, they feel they can go all the way.
After a successful ODI series against the West Indies, Adil Rashid may prove to be a key factor in an England side filled with an arsenal of batting talent including Eoin Morgan, Jos Butler, Joe Root and Ben Stokes. The leg-spinner, Adil Rashid, was the highest wicket-taker against the West Indies for both sides, and many people will be hoping he will be crucial for his national side this year. India are second in the ODI Rankings and feature a great bowling line-up with the likes of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, as well as batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. New Zealand, South Africa and Australia all follow in the rankings and they will be competing in what looks to be an exciting summer of cricket across England and Wales.
(Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 What is it and how does it affect you?
Karen Buck’s Homes Act 2018 is an Act to amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. It received Royal Assent on the 20th December 2018. But what does it actually mean? The new Act requires that any property let by a landlord (private or social) is fit for human habitation when a tenancy is granted and remains so for its duration. It extends to England and Wales, but its practical changes are only for England, as Wales has its own fitness-for-humanhabitation consultation.
or disrepair that has been caused by the tenants’ behaviour. A landlord is not obliged to rebuild a destroyed building or carry out works which are the responsibility of a superior landlord, or to maintain or repair anything which the tenant is entitled to remove from the property.
When does it come into force?
Can a landlord or third party inspect the property?
The Act came into force on the 20th March 2019, three months after being enacted and applies to new tenancies of less than seven years, including renewals of existing tenancies. Okay, so what does ‘fit for human habitation’ mean? A property NOT fit for human habitation is a property with a serious defect in one of the following areas: repair, stability, damp, internal arrangement, natural lighting, ventilation, water supply, drainage, facilities for cooking and the disposal of wastewater. But what if I haven’t been told about any defects? The landlord’s liability to the tenant will not start until the landlord has had notice of the defect, and the landlord has had a reasonable amount of time to rectify the unfitness. What if the tenant has caused the defect? The Act covers landlords too. It will not make them responsible for any damage
Yes, landlords will be able to get expert evidence from a surveyor if needed and, if notified that the property is unfit, will still have a reasonable period to put right the defects. What could happen if a landlord is found guilty? Landlords may be brought before the court, where a landlord may be ordered to carry out works, and damages awarded to the tenant. The court could make a finding of unfitness on simple non-expert advice, such as a lack of heating. For responsible landlords, there should be nothing to worry about. However, it is yet to be seen if, like PPI claims, there will be an increase in cases against all landlords. Tenants will be able to claim legal aid and conditional ‘no win no fee’ agreements and as there is no definite guideline for when a court interprets a hazard to exist – and whether it is so defective that the property is unfit – it is a case of waiting to see if there is an increase in future cases.
The Act… applies to new tenancies of less than seven years, including renewals of existing tenancies
CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Amberheart Drive, Thornhill
A greatly extended detached four bedroom family home situated on a quiet and attractive plot within a cul-de-sac in the desirable area of Thornhill. Offering good access to the local amenities and public transport links plus access to the A470 and M4. EPC RATING: C
Mill Road, Llanishen
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 & Llanishen villages benefitting from access to local pubs, shops and amenities. EPC RATING: E
Skirbeen Close, Pontprennau
Generously extended with a double storey extension, this end of link family home is finished to a superb standard throughout! Benefiting from a complete internal refurbishment, plus double storey side extension, there really is not an inch of this home that hasn’t benefitted from the current owner’s attention to detail. EPC RATING: C
Heol Wen, Cardiff
An imposing four bedroom detached family home set in an enviable Rhiwbina address, within walking distance of the village and all of the amenities it has to offer, as well as benefitting from being in catchment for the highly renowned Rhiwbina Primary School and Whitchurch High School. EPC RATING: D
Heath - 029 2062 0202
Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115
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Clos Mair, Cyncoed
A substantially extended modern family home located in the sought after Sovereign Gardens development within Cyncoed, Cardiff. The accommodation in brief comprises a hall, lounge, open plan kitchen / breakfast room that opens to a dining area and a separate sitting room. Well situated off the kitchen is a useful utility area and ground floor cloakroom. EPC RATING: D
Waun Ddyfal, Cardiff
This ground floor apartment is modern, bright and spacious as well as being beautifully presented throughout, conveniently located in an ever popular development within the Heath area and offering access to an array of local amenities, restaurants and bars with great transport links, easy access to the M4 motorway and A470, and a short commute to both Heath hospital and the City Centre. EPC RATING: C
Fidlas Road, Llanishen
Simply stunning... This two/three double bedroom ground floor garden apartment has been completely renovated by the current owner with no expensive spared to offer luxury living throughout. Situated within walking distance of Llanishen village with all the amenities and transport links that is has to offer. EPC RATING: C
Rowsby Court, Pontprennau
Well presented modern two double bedroom second floor apartment in this popular development in Pontprennau, with secure intercom entry system. The apartment is conveniently positioned for local amenities including walking distance to Waitrose & Lidl supermarkets and bus routes plus transport links to A48 and M4. EPC RATING: C
CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Arlington Road, Sully
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. EPC=C
Market Road, Canton
A two-bedroom semi-detached home in the sought-after suburb of Canton, located very close to Cardiff City Centre. The property is also located close to popular Chapter Arts and Thompson’s Park. The property comprises a lounge and kitchen on the ground floor, with two double bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor. It also has the additional benefit of off-road parking to the rear. EPC=C
Broadstairs Road, Leckwith
A desirable three bedroom semi detached home located in Leckwith, a suburb with good access links to the City Centre and M4 Motorway. The property is in need of modernisation throughout and benefits from three bedrooms, a shower room, downstairs W/C and a detached garage. Furthermore there are enclosed gardens and a gated driveway. No Chain. EPC=E
Pen Y Peel Road, Canton
A unique, three-bedroom, end of terraced house in the heart of Canton, just a short stroll from Chapter Arts and Thompson’s Park. The property briefly comprises an open plan living room with log burner, dining room and kitchen to the ground floor. To the first floor are three double bedrooms and bathroom. EPC=E
Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135
Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Heath - 029 2062 0202 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115
Lettings - 029 2078 0230
Topaz Street, Roath
A nicely presented mid terrace home just a short walk from Cardiff City Centre and close to the local Roath high street offering many shops and bistros. The property boasts two double bedrooms with a study and first floor bathroom, three generous reception rooms, a fitted kitchen and a large enclosed garden. This cul-de-sac street comprises mainly terrace homes with parking on-street reserved for resident permit holders. EPC=D
Purbeck Street, Thompson’s Park
An exceptional and rarely available four bedroom home for sale in this quiet cul-de-sac, just a short walk from Thompson’s Park. This Victorian home has been renovated and boasts modern fittings and original features. The accommodation comprises an entrance hallway with original tile floor, living room, sitting room and an open plan kitchen/family room. Upstairs has three bedrooms, a bathroom and the second floor occupies the fourth bedroom. Externally there is a well maintained garden. EPC=D
Bartley Wilson Way, Canton
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 effortless 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
Romilly Road, Canton
A large, imposing Victorian home, built circa 1903 occupying a substantial corner plot opposite Thompsons Park. Littered with original features, the home has been restored tastefully by the current owners, preserving the Victorian characteristics, such as coving, ceiling roses, Victorian tiling, balustrades to the staircase and original storage facilities. EPC=E
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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.
CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Heol Gabriel, Whitchurch
A generous, traditional semi detached family home situated in a very popular area of Whitchurch village. This is a perfect location for those hoping to have easy access to amenities, primary and secondary schools and to be within easy commuting distance to the M4 or City centre of Cardiff. The property has lots of lovely features including: Wood burner, wood flooring, three good size Bedrooms and a family and pet friendly Garden. EPC=E
Pomergelli Road, Llandaff North
This bay fronted traditional three bedroom home is offered for sale with no onward chain. Situated in the highly sought after village of Llandaff North, this is a fantastic location for commuters needing easy access to a train station as well as families looking for a good spot for schools and amenities. The property will require some modernisation, but has stacks of potential, with a good size Garden. EPC=C
Plas Treoda, Whitchurch
Guide Price £525,000
Built in 1889, this is a superb, traditional and spacious family home situated on the Common in Whitchurch village. This extensive property offers generous accommodation on a good size plot and is perfect for those hoping to find a family home in a very convenient position. The property retains plenty of character with original features throughout and yet has been well looked after and upgraded to incorporate all the modern conveniences needed. EPC=D
Manor Rise, Whitchurch
Guide Price £380,000
An Immaculate, detached Bungalow with detached Garage and outbuilding, offered for sale with No Onward Chain. This beautiful property is situated on a very sought after road in Whitchurch village. The property is ideally located for those hoping to be within walking distance to all village amenities and public transport links. Within easy reach, are bus stops, an array of shops, banks, post office, medical services, cafes and restaurants. EPC=D
Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115
Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Heath - 029 2062 0202
Lettings - 029 2078 0230
Boncath Road, Gabalfa
This superb Bungalow boasts of a larger than average plot with Gardens to the rear, front and side with Driveway off road parking. Beautifully presented throughout and with accommodation comprising: Sunny Lounge with aspect to the front, Kitchen/Diner with aspect to the Gardens, two lovely size Bedrooms and a spacious Shower Room. Further benefits are: Solar Panels, gas central heating and double glazing throughout. EPC=C
Westbourne Crescent, Whitchurch
Superb and extended family home situated on a very popular road in Whitchurch. Completely renovated throughout and beautifully presented. The accommodation offers a large Lounge, Kitchen/ Dining/Family Room, Cloakroom, three Bedrooms and Bathroom. Driveway parking and superb enclosed Garden complete this lovely home. EPC=D
Glan Y Ffordd, Taffs Well
Spacious Two bedroom mock Tudor style end terrace, set in Taffs Well in a cul de sac location and is a stone’s throw away from the Taff Trail. The property is in need of upgrading, whilst offering a spacious lounge, kitchen/diner, first floor bathroom and two bedrooms. Property further benefits from gas central heating, side access, drive, and is well positioned for local train station, A470 motorway is within close proximity giving easy access to both Radyr and Whitchurch. EPC=D
Samuels Crescent, Whitchurch
Immaculate, first floor apartment in Whitchurch with superb views and offered for sale with no onward chain. Conveniently located for access to all amenities and the M4. This is a fantastic purchase for those looking to downsize or get on to the property ladder! With good size accommodation, well laid out and in excellent decorative order. EPC=C
CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Peterston Super Ely
A substantial, detached house with quadruple garage, a total of circa 15.3 acres including a circa 1.2 acre paddock with stable block, situated in an idyllic location. This hidden gem is located within the village of Peterston-Super-Ely, a well regarded village in the Vale of Glamorgan, notable for its community, junior school and excellent road links. EPC=C
Bridge Street, Llandaff
No Chain! A superb much improved, stone built semi detached period property well placed in Llandaff Village. This character property boasts a beautiful garden with sunny aspect, three double bedrooms, luxury four piece bathroom suite with roll top bath, two reception rooms and a fitted kitchen that overlooks the pretty enclosed garden. EPC=E
St Fagans Drive, St Fagans
Catchment area for Radyr Comprehensive School. A detached residence set on a generous plot which is set back offering sizeable accommodation in a semi-rural location. Briefly comprising: entrance hall, cloakroom, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, lounge, sitting room and dining room, six bedrooms, en suite and family bathroom and a ‘Jack and Jill’ En Suite serving two further bedrooms. an integral double garage and a large gated driveway, tastefully landscaped gardens to be enjoyed year round. EPC=C
Windsor Road, Radyr
A luxury ground floor garden maisonette modernised and refurbished by the current owners! two/three bedroom residence offers versatile living accommodation and also benefits from a landscaped garden, off street parking and a garage. The property briefly comprises: entrance porch, hallway, two/three bedrooms, lounge, shower room, a separate W/C and a modern fitted kitchen. Close to a bus route as well as local shops, cafés and amenities. Internal viewings are a must! EPC=D
Llandaff - 029 2055 5198
Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Heath - 029 2062 0202
Lettings - 029 2078 0230
Heol Isaf, Radyr OIEO
An impressive detached residence with stylish yet charming open plan living extension that takes centre stage. 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, includes a lounge, dining room and an open plan kitchen/ breakfast/family room. Four bedrooms, en suite and family bathroom, front and rear gardens with driveway and garage. EPC=D
Palace Road, Llandaff
A well appointed residence placed on this prestigious street in the sought after village of Llandaff. This generous proportioned property offers a light and spacious living accommodation with the added benefit of a large ground floor annex. The annex has the added benefit of being able to be re-connected back to the original house. Outside is an impressive size rear garden with ample off street parking via roller shutter doors and lane access. EPC=E
Cardiff Road, Llandaff
No Chain! Located in the heart of Llandaff village. Refurbished throughout by the current owners the accommodation includes a dining room, lounge, newly fitted kitchen to the ground floor. Upstairs are three bedrooms, a loft room and a modern family bathroom. The property further benefits from recently re-fitted double glazing and gas central heating. Internal viewings are a must! EPC=E
Petherton Mews, Llandaff
No chain! A top floor apartment set in this exclusive gated development just off Llantrisant Road, briefly consists of: key-code communal entrance, hall, lounge, that overlooks the landscaped communal gardens with a balcony sitting area. Fitted kitchen/breakfast Room, two double bedrooms, en suite and family bathroom. Extensive loft storage space, double glazing, double tandem garage with up and over door and hobby room, gas central heating, driveway for off street parking. EPC=C
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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 £825pcm
Severn Grove, Pontcanna
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Old St Mellons, Cardiff
*BRAND NEW THREE BEDROOM HOUSE* Hern & Crabtree are delighted to present this three bedroom house located on a private cul de sac in a new development in Old St Mellons. This property comes furnished and comprises lounge, lovely kitchen with dining area and doors opening to the garden, and WC to the ground floor. Upstairs are two double bedrooms and one single, an ensuite bathroom plus a further family bathroom. Externally there is a garden to the rear and allocated parking for two cars to the front. Available at £825pcm* (admin fees apply). Strictly Professional single or couple Only. No Pets. EPC Rating B.
Northumberland Street, Canton
Brand new home in Canton, boasting a superb quality such as composite sash windows, a fully fitted kitchen with integral appliances, two bathrooms and a downstairs W/C. In brief the accommodation comprises an entrance hallway, living room, a kitchen/breakfast room, utility/WC, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Externally there is a forecourt and enclosed garden with lane access. Available at £1150pcm* (admin fees apply). Strictly Professionals Only. No Pets. EPC=B
Recently refurbished two bedroom house in the much sought after area of Pontcanna. The property comes unfurnished and comprises large lounge and dining area and modern kitchen. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and a spacious modern bathroom with both bath and separate shower. Externally there is a good size garden to the rear and on street parking to the front. Available from the 2nd April 2019 at £995pcm* (admin fees apply). Professionals only. No Pets. EPC=E
Newport Road, Roath
Superb fully refurbished one bedroom first floor apartment located in Roath. This spacious property comes unfurnished and comprises large open plan reception room with brand new modern kitchen complete with white goods, double bedroom and a brand new shower room. Externally there is private parking for one car and close proximity to local transport links into the City Centre. Available from the 1st April 2019 at £650pcm. Strictly Professionals Only. No Pets. EPC Rating C.
E S T. 1849 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.
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.
Heath - 029 2062 0202 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115
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. 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 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.
Anna O’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.
Molly Fletcher | Lettings Negotiator 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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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.
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.
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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