GROW YOUR OWN!
HARVEST YOUR OWN CROPS - IN YOUR GARDEN IMPROVE YOUR INTERIOR ADD STYLE AND COLOUR TO YOUR HOME
MOVING FOR A NEW JOB? FOLLOW OUR ADVICE FOR A SUCCESSFUL MOVE
TIME TO SPA! TREAT YOUR BODY AND MIND
BE FASHION READY FASHION ESSENTIALS FOR YOU AND THE FAMILY
CONTENTS COVER STORY
Grow your own Time to dig up the lawn and grow your own vegetables
Improve your home’s interior Add new life to your home by adding style and colour
Moving for a new job? Top tips when moving for a job
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Your role as a landlord Understand just what your tenant expects from you as its landlord Our latest instructions Take a look at a selection of our latest properties on the market About us Get to know us a little better and see why we are your agent of choice
Spring is in the air Featuring a luscious lamb dish for the family to enjoy
Bond is back! Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007 arrives in April Be fashion ready Don’t be caught out and about without your fashion essentials!
Time to spa There’s nothing like a day of pampering to put you in the right frame of mind to face the world. But where to go?
The US Masters A preview of the 84th US Masters which tees off this April
WELCOME TO THE MARCH ISSUE!
he days are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter; a good sign that we are moving towards thoughts of warmer weather and longer, balmy nights. OK, we may be getting a little carried away but the warmer weather will be very much welcomed by all. When it comes to property, years ago it was highly unusual for homeowners not to have a vegetable patch. Post-war austerity and a limited amount of produce in the shops meant it was the only way to get fresh veg and vitamins into the daily diet. The arrival of the supermarket changed that but now the wheel
has turned full circle and ‘homegrown’ is fast becoming the norm again. But how do you grow your own? Find out inside. But if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life or just want to treat someone special, then take a peek at our spa feature. The health benefits of visiting a spa cannot be overstated, particularly for mental well-being, so we look at what you can expect on a spa visit. As ever, there is plenty of support and advice on property inside this issue which is sure to keep you reading. So, enjoy and we’ll see you next time. Linda McKeown Editor
The words DIY – or doing it yourself – can often instill fear into any homeowner, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A lick of paint and new finishing touches can make a property go from oh to wow.
EMPHASISE THE FOCAL POINT IN THE ROOM Find the room’s focal point and look to emphasise this feature. This could be a fireplace, feature wall or a bay window. Don’t have a feature? Then create one! Doing this is much easier than you may think; paint a wall a different colour and accessorise with artwork or shelving.
ADD A LICK OF COLOUR
Perhaps the easiest – and most affordable – way to bring a room to life is to add a coat of paint. However, don’t rush it! Focus instead on working on small and manageable sections to avoid the feeling of biting off more than you can chew. It’s important to feel that you are making progress, rather than being left with the feeling that your decorating is never ending. To kick-start the painting in any room, remember to focus on all edges first, including windows, door frames, light switches and other nooks and crannies, before applying the main section of paint. Also, don’t forget to put down old sheets or blankets to help protect surfaces from paint splashes; it’ll save you time and potential heartache as you won’t have to spend time cleaning the carpet if you have any mishaps.
Before you start any work, it’s vital that you set a budget and prepare a list of things you need to complete the job
ADD NEW LIFE TO YOUR HOME
Update your interior by adding style and colour; it’s one of the easiest ways to freshen up the look and feel of your home
ensure that you measure all the spaces you have, so that you can be confident that there won’t be any sizing issues once you get your new goods through the door!
SHOULD YOU DIY OR GET A PROFESSIONAL IN?
Whether you do it yourself or enlist the help of a professional depends on several different factors; your budget, experience and available time!
Top tip: Buy testers in the paint that you like and paint small samples on the walls to see which fits best with the plans that you have for the room
HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS Using the best – and the right – tools, such as brushes, paint and rollers are key to getting the finish just right. Now that doesn’t mean expensive is always best; we recommend for going midrange – so not the cheapest and not the most expensive.
THE FINISHING TOUCHES Once you have finished all your painting and decorating of walls, ceiling and woodwork, then it’s time to focus on the final touches. Adding vases, scatter cushions and throws to a living room will encourage more warmth. However, remember not to go the other way and add so much that the area looks cluttered. Keep your eyes peeled for inspiration from things you see day to day – whether that be in magazines, on TV or in homes you’ve been viewing online!
Perhaps the easiest – and most affordable – way to bring a room to life is to add a coat of paint
Before you start any work, it’s vital that you set a budget and prepare a list of things you need to complete the job. It’s easy to become over excited and spend money on things that you don’t need. Shop around for the best deals and
The positive factors of hiring a professional interior designer and/or decorator is that it can save you time (and stress), as they will be qualified in knowing the latest trends and what designs will work well for certain spaces. Search for decorators in your area and keep an eye out for those with positive reviews; word of mouth can be a godsend so ask for recommendations via your social media channels.
Even changing simple things like door handles on your interior doors can really change the feel of a property. It can be quite pricey to refurnish a home, so to help keep costs down look to update any of your old furniture with a re-varnish or a coat of paint too.
REAP WHAT YOU SOW 4
With plant-based diets on the increase, now might be the time to dig up the lawn and grow your own vegetables
ears ago, it was highly unusual for homeowners not to have a vegetable patch. Whether it was just a strip running alongside the lawn or turning the whole garden into a backyard allotment, post-war austerity and a limited amount of produce in the shops meant it was the only way to get fresh veg and vitamins into the daily diet. However, the arrival of the supermarket changed that, and now we can buy what was once termed ‘seasonal’ produce year-round, thanks to advanced farming methods, high-speed global transportation and rapid refrigeration. But now the wheel has turned full circle and ‘home-grown’ is fast becoming the norm again, either out of necessity or because, in this health-conscious world, there is a hunger to know the food on our plates is free from any artificial interference.
CAN YOU DIG IT?
Well, if you’re staring at a blank canvas, congratulations, you’ve avoided the back-straining bit. If, however, you want to convert part, or all, of your garden then the best time to start the groundwork is autumn, allowing nature to take its course over the colder months. But if you want to start off with light produce, spring is as good a time as any to start. And start small. Don’t dig it all up and discover you’ve taken on more than you can chew. If you are lifting lawn, cut it into squares, stack it and it will decompose, producing loamy soil and this can be added to the top. Alternatively, you can bury the turf a spade’s depth down and it will feed the soil.
If you are looking to plant in a vacant patch of ground, consider covering the area with a black weed-suppressing membrane and, even after weeds have died, do not turn the soil over for at least a couple of weeks and then let the winter weather break down the clods. By spring, the soil will hopefully be fine and powdery – unless it is clay-based, meaning it will be colder and wetter. Therefore, planting needs greater patience although, on the flip side, clay soil can hold on to nutrients better.
Lighting is crucial. Don’t plant in full shade – some veg can cope with dappled shade, but most like the sun. Also pick a spot sheltered from the wind if you can.
WHEN AND WHAT TO PLANT
The key to vegetable growing is timing. Wait for spring, making sure the grass is growing and birds are nesting before you start to get busy. It may be best to start with plants that go in and out of the ground within weeks – carrots or salads are best. Many experts feel it’s best to start with potatoes, which condition the soil as they break it down. And the early months of the new year are the best time to buy the first and second early varieties so they can be placed somewhere cool and light to ‘chit’ (produce small shoots). Then they can be planted mid-April for lifting before potato blight becomes an issue in late July and August. A good variety to start with is Foremost, an old favourite introduced more than 50 years ago. The round, white-fleshed tubers are firm and waxy when young and retain their fine taste. Carrots can also be sown in April, and if you put the seeds in four-inch drills, this will negate the need to thin the seedlings. Amsterdam Forcing are recommended as they are smooth, colourful and bulk up early.
START PLANNING Converting an area populated with mature shrubs is best done over late summer to let the soil start the recovery process in the autumn, and its round about October that weeds should be tackled – but not with quick-fix weed killer!
Home-grown is fast becoming the norm again
It’s best to divide your vegetable patch into areas, reason being they become easier to manage and you won’t trample through the patch when you harvest. Raised beds are popular – particularly with chalk or heavy clay soils – but try to keep the sides low so you don’t put off any slug-munching beetles and amphibians. Building raised beds also preserves soil structure and, if you have room for more than one bed, it will make crop rotation easier and deter diseases and soil-borne pests.
Start small. Don’t dig it all up and discover you’ve taken on more than you can chew
You’ll only get out what you put in. So, give your veg the best start by making sure the soil is right. A pH test kit will help you get the right balance – neutral soil is best so add lime to acid soil or sulphur to alkaline.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN
MOVING FOR A NEW JOB
Whether it be a career change or a promotion, one day you may be required to up-sticks and leave your comfortable surroundings…
ith high-speed internet the world has gotten smaller; however, it may still lead to big changes when it comes to your career. One of these may be a move to a new city or town. This could mean uprooting your family or, if you are single, making new friends. It will also mean you need to find somewhere permanent to call home, with little knowledge of the local area. This is what makes high street estate agents such as us so great compared to online only agents. You can speak to real people, with real knowledge of the local area, including the best schools, shops and transport links. With this in mind, here are some tips when moving for a job…
WHEN TO MOVE?
Who knows the local area better than the people who already live there? Why not check out social media for any groups to make friends with like-minded people, or sports clubs etc, for the children. These can always be great ways to get to know more information about the local area as well as making some new friends.
FINDING THE RIGHT PROPERTY
After you have spent some time in the local area and you know it is a good match, then it’s time to get out looking at properties. Hopefully, loaded with useful information from your local estate agent and your new friends, you will have an idea of If you are moving to whereabouts you our area and would want to buy! like any advice or just
a friendly chat, please simply ask one of our helpful and friendly sales team
Once you have found the perfect property in your new city or town, you will need to decide when to move. There may be a few factors involved in your decision such as start date for your new job, the commute from where you currently live, and the time it takes for the sale/purchase to go through.
BELONGINGS You will need to decide what to do with your belongings. Will you bring a full house load with you straight away, or will you put them into storage? You will also need to check the costs involved in a hire van compared to the costs of putting belongings into storage. Would it be more effective to sell your furniture and start afresh in your new home?
CHECK OUT THE COMMUTE
Before looking for the perfect property, spend some time getting to know the local area
Before looking for the perfect property, spend some time getting to know the local area. Find the best routes to work and schools by using Google Maps or tapping into the local knowledge of your new colleagues. The last thing you need is to move somewhere where the commute doesn’t end up being much shorter than if you hadn’t moved – which is more than possible in some big cities.
PRICE OF PROPERTY
Remember prices fluctuate massively throughout the UK, so before getting your heart set on a property, it will be worthwhile investigating the market to see what you can afford in your new area. You can find sold house prices easily enough on Rightmove and this will give you a good idea of what you can afford.
ENJOY THE PROCESS It will always be daunting moving to a new town or city. However, if you are organised and know what you are looking for, there are ways to make it relatively stress-free. Getting to know your surroundings is only the first step; finding a new local pub full of likeminded people or a favourite restaurant early in the process will give you a nice base to move forward.
If you are moving to our area and would like any advice or just a friendly chat, please simply ask one of our helpful and friendly sales team who are more than happy to help.
NO TIME TO DIE: DANIEL CRAIG’S FINAL MISSION AS 007 Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007 arrives in April, fourteen years after rebooting the series In 2006 there was outrage when a blonde-haired, blueeyed Daniel Craig stepped onto our screens as the iconic 00 agent James Bond. With No Time to Die confirmed as his fifth and final film, it’s time to look back at the best – and worse bits – of Craig’s time as 007.
BEST: CASINO ROYALE With his debut, Casino Royale, Craig made the role his own expelling the memory of the cheese-laden disaster, Die Another Day, starring Pierce Brosnan. A grittier, darker version of Bond with a stellar supporting cast including Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and Judi Dench, Casino Royale was everything a new audience was hoping for and left us wanting more.
WORST: QUANTUM OF SOLACE What could have been a fantastic sequel to Casino Royale fell flat with a forgettable villain, (no, really, try and remember the villain without having to Google it) and a generally uninspiring storyline. Luckily Craig made Bond his own, because other than that, this movie with the confusing title fell flat.
BEST: SKYFALL Luckily Quantum of Solace proved to be a one-off with Bond back to his best in 2012’s
Skyfall. Sam Mendes took over directing duties and an all-star supporting cast including Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney backed up the wonderful chemistry between Craig’s Bond and Dench’s M. Audiences loved it and it was the first Bond film to hit $1 billion dollars worldwide.
WORST BOND GIRLS If anyone thought it couldn’t get much worse than Denise Richards as the ridiculously named Dr. Christmas Jones in Brosnan’s final Bond film, then they were wrong. It wasn’t that Olga Kurylenko wasn’t pretty in Quantum of Solace, it was that – much like the villain – she was utterly forgettable, and Lea Seydoux in Spectre has so little personality and chemistry with Craig, that she simple looks bored on screen.
BEST VILLAINS Mads Mikkelsen, Javier Bardem and Christopher Waltz; three A-list actors with some serious bad guy chops. Mikkelsen was terrifying as Hannibal Lecter on the small screen, Bardem was scary in No Country for Old Men and Waltz’s horrid Colonel Landa in Inglourious Basterds is one of the greatest bad guys ever put onto the silver screen. They were perfect villains for the more grown up Bond movies.
WHO WILL BE THE NEW BOND? Craig’s Bond may have had his ups and downs, but generally he should be pleased with how he has helped to reboot an ailing franchise. Now with a new reboot looming, let’s check out the favourites to take his place… • • • • •
Michael Fassbender Richard Madden Tom Hardy Idris Elba Tom Hiddleston
No Time to Die is released on 3rd April 2020.
DID YOU KNOW? American popstar Billie Eilish has recorded the title song for No Time To Die – making her, at just 18 years old, the youngest artist in history to write and record a Bond theme!
LUSCIOUS ROASTED LAMB
If time is in short supply, make the most of seasonal lamb with this ever-so-easy, lazy roast
GREEK ROAST LAMB Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour 45 minutes Serves: 8 Nutrition: 685kcal per serving
INGREDIENTS 1 large leg of lamb, 3kg/6lb 8oz 6 garlic cloves 1 bunch oregano zest and juice 1 lemon 6 tbsp olive oil 1Â˝ kg new potatoes 400g can chopped tomato large handful pitted baby kalamata olives
METHOD 1. Heat your oven to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9. Pound the garlic, half the oregano, lemon zest and a pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar, then add the lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. Stab the lamb all over with a sharp knife, then push as much of the herb paste as you can into the holes. 2. Tip the potatoes into a large roasting tin, then toss in the remaining olive oil and any remaining herb paste. Nestle the lamb amongst the potatoes, roast for 20 mins, then reduce the temperature to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Roast for 1 hr 15 mins for medium-rare, adding another 15 mins if you prefer your lamb medium. Ensure to baste the lamb once or twice with the juices during cooking and toss the potatoes. 3. When the lamb is cooked to your liking, remove from the tin and leave to rest. Throw the rest of the oregano in with the potatoes, scoop from the tin and keep warm. 4. Place the roasting tin over a medium flame, add the canned tomatoes and olives to the pan juices, then simmer for a few mins. Serve the lamb with the potatoes and sauce plus a simple salad.
This recipe, and more, can be found at www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/greek-roast-lamb Image for illustrative purposes only
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BY SPA Luxury or a modern-day necessity? Spa breaks are becoming the norm to treat mind, body… and your mum!
f your vision of a spa session acceptable – and we can carry that involves a face pack and a slice of feeling of being taken cared for with cucumber over each eye, then we’re us for a period of time. And very often raising a carefully-trimmed eyebrow that can help us cope better in despair. with stress.” Similarly, if it involves waddling Obviously, breaks can No 1 on most spa around in a fluffy come with a bit of a price visitor’s wish-list is a white towelling tag when set against day massage and most robe clutching a sessions, but they are experts agree glass of prosecco, totally different beasts. massages reduce then you’ve been A one-day experience will stress and alleviates watching too normally offer only a muscle tension many reality single treatment whereas docu-soaps on TV. breaks provide the chance to step off life’s Although these are the images that treadmill with a number of carefullyhelp scientists pour scorn on exoticselected elements, giving breathing sounding treatments they offer, there space to totally unwind, relieve aches is one inescapable fact: there’s and pain, improve general physical nothing like a day of pampering to condition through diet and exercise… put you in the right frame of mind to and probably help you get a decent face the world. night’s sleep. The health benefits of visiting a spa cannot be overstated, particularly for mental well-being. Shackled by responsibilities and day-to-day pressures, the first thing that’s sacrificed is ‘me time’, partly because you think it’s self-indulgent but largely because of the cost. But is good physical and mental health really a luxury? Can you put a price on feeling good? As Virginia Sadock, a professor of psychiatry at New York University says: “Going to a spa is a way of being taken care of that is psychologically and culturally
BEDFORD LODGE HOTEL & SPA, NEWMARKET Bedford Lodge offers a Mum & Me Spa Day as well as a Mum & Me weekend break where you can let your cares wash away in the sumptuous hydrotherapy facilities with five different water experiences. Includes manicure or pedicure and afternoon tea. bedfordlodgehotelspa.co. uk/special-offers
The health benefits of visiting a spa cannot be overstated, particularly for mental well-being
All of this means that No 1 on most spa visitor’s wish-list is a massage and most experts agree massages reduce stress and alleviates muscle tension, and the benefits are more than skin deep. As Prof Sadock says: “Physical contact is necessary to our well-being, and even if the touching is from a professional there to pamper you, that touch will have a beneficial effect.” Although it is widely believed sitting in a sauna is a great way to cleanse the impurities in the body, what actually pours from the pores is just sweat, not toxins such as alcohol or mercury which are filtered by your liver and kidneys. But they are good for you, increasing circulation as a result of the elevated heart rate and widened blood vessels
that accompany exposure to intense heat. Which brings us to the other staple of the health spa: the face mask. Many charge a premium to slather exotic ingredients on your face. However, dermatologists say the most important thing to remember about a mask is that as long as it actually contains ingredients that would nourish the skin if they were in a moisturiser or balm, they’ll probably have some benefit. So if all that gives you an idea how to treat mum and ensure the person who has given you a lifetime of TLC is pampered herself – or if you feel the need for two or three days of R and R – here are a few suggestions.
BLUE HARBOUR HEALTH CLUB AND SPA, LONDON Their special Ladies’ Day package includes a choice of one 30 minute treatment from a full range of massages or a facial, a Travel Through Time afternoon tea, and full use of the spa facilities. spabreaks.com/venues/blueharbour-health-club-and-spa-at-the-chelseaharbour-hotel
RINGWOOD HALL HOTEL & SPA, CHESTERFIELD Soothe body and mind at The Garden Secret Spa, Derbyshire’s first 5 bubble rated spa. Set in a former 19th Century manor house, you’ll have full access of the facilities in packages ranging from the Vintage Hideway to the Ultimate Odyssey. ringwoodhallhotel.com/gardensecret-spa/
THE GAINSBOROUGH BATH SPA, BATH One of the most popular spas in the country and the only UK hotel with access to naturally heated thermal waters. Just yards from the worldfamous Roman baths, the Gainsborough has a range of spa days with 20 per cent discount for online bookings thegainsboroughbathspa.co. uk/pages/spa-day
THE US MASTERS 2020 PREVIEW
The 84th US Masters tees off this April with golf superstar Tiger Woods aiming for a record-equalling sixth win
he US Masters is the first of the four major golf tournaments in pro-golf. First played 86 years ago in 1934, unlike other tournaments The Masters is always played at Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia. The tournament is by invitation only and the winner is automatically invited to the other three majors.
Traditions unique to the US masters include the opening tee shot and the Champions Dinner
The Augusta Golf Course was previously a plant nursery and each hole is named after a certain tree or shrub including Tea Olive, Pink Dogwood, Yellow Jasmine, Redbud, Azalea and Chinese Fir amongst others. The idea for the course came from Bobby Jones, a well-known amateur golfer, and was originally designed by Alister Mackenzie, who designed over 50 courses across four continents.
GOLF LINGO Albatross: A score of three less than par Birdie: A score of one less than par Eagle: A score of two under par Bogey: A score of one over par
Jack Nicklaus has the most Masters’ wins with six, followed by Tiger Woods with five and Arnold Palmer with four. The estimated prize fund is $11.5 million with nearly $2 million going to the winner, as well as the distinctive and iconic Green Jacket – which by tradition is presented to the current winner by the previous winner. The Masters consists of four rounds of 18 holes each, with the competitors playing in groups of three for the first two rounds. After 36 holes of play, a cut-off score is calculated to reduce the size of the field. To ‘make the cut’, a player must be in either the top 50 places or within 10 strokes of the leader’s score. Over the final two days, a further 36 holes are played; and should there be no winner after the fourth round, all tied players enter a sudden-death playoff beginning on the 18th hole, followed by the 10th and repeating until one player remains. The most recent sudden-death playoff was in 2017 between Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.
Traditions unique to the US masters include the opening tee shot and the Champions Dinner. A custom since 1963, the tournament is officially started when one or more legendary players tees off from the first hole, and the Champions Dinner is held each year before the tournament starts. The dinner is hosted by the current champion who picks his own menu for the company only of previous champions. Three players are joint favourites moving towards the start of the tournament; World No. 1 Rory Mcllroy, World No. 2 Brooks Koepka and the back-in-form Tiger Woods. If Woods wins, he will match Jack Nicklaus’s record of six US Masters.
AS A LANDLORD If you’re looking at letting out a property, it’s important to understand just what your tenant expects from you as its landlord
The gas, electricity and water companies should be advised whenever the property is empty so that meters can be read and accounts prepared. During ‘void’ periods, the utility services must be transferred back into your name, by you. Of course, the tenant is responsible for the gas, electricity and water/sewerage bills generated by their usage during the tenancy, and for changing the gas and electric accounts into their name when they move in. They’re also responsible for the standing charges. However, their liabilities in this respect clearly finish on the date they vacate the property.
As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to ensure that all electrics and electrical appliances supplied in the property are safe for use
TELEPHONE & COUNCIL TAX
Generally speaking, telephone companies will only deal with the account holder named on the account. You must tell the telephone company that you are leaving the property and advise them what you want to do with your existing number. The tenants are then responsible for arranging any line reconnections and meeting any costs associated with this. When it comes to council tax, this is not your responsibility while the entire property is let. However, if you still reside at the property while acting as a landlord, then you will remain responsible for the Council Tax charge.
PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING
As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to ensure that all electrics and electrical appliances supplied in the property are safe for use. If any portable appliances are going to be left in the property, a portable appliance test should be carried out by a qualified electrician on an annual basis.
GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATE
It’s your duty as landlord to ensure that all gas supplied appliances are maintained in a safe condition and are inspected at least every 12 months by a GAS SAFE engineer. A Gas Safety certificate should only be issued by a GAS SAFE engineer.
The law requires landlords to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties. This includes smoke alarms being fitted in all hallway, stairway, and circulation areas that form escape routes from the property. They should be located every 7.5 metres of hallway, and within at least three metres of all bedroom doors. Properties where HMO licenses apply, a higher specification of smoke alarm installation may be required which is generally mains powered. Landlords are directly responsible for determining whether their properties are eligible for HMO status, and failure to adhere to the regulations may result in a civil penalty and render your insurance invalid.
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Meet the team WALTON ON THAMES
Steve Turner Director Steve has worked as an estate agent in the local area since 1990. Steve also grew up in Walton and Hersham and attended Rydens School, therefore not only has great property knowledge, but he knows the local area inside out too.
Peter Brown Director Peter began his career in property as a negotiator in 1994 and worked for two local estate agents before opening HTB in 2003. Peter now lives in Effingham with his wife, two daughters and Baxter the labradoodle!
Linda Gyton Property Manager
Austin Hewett Negotiator
Linda grew up in Walton on Thames. From school Linda worked in banking before moving out of the area where she not only worked for a local letting agent but also built up her own portfolio of property. With over 10 years’ experience in property management, Linda has now returned to Walton and we are delighted she has joined the team at HTB. As a mum of two Linda leads a very busy life, however she still finds time to visit the gym and regularly swims before work! Keeping with the HTB tradition, Linda loves dogs and has a lovely Labrador, Maisy.
Austin is the newest member to the HTB family and joined early 2019 at the Walton on Thames branch. Austin has already learnt a great deal about the local property market and is enjoying working within both the sales and lettings teams. He is a bubbly character and is a hard worker who enjoys meeting new people and is building solid relationships with many of our clients. Previously, Austin was studying Carpentry at Brooklands College but, with most of his family already in the estate agency business, the move to HTB felt like a natural step.
Charlotte Dover Property Manager
Sherrie Edwards Senior Negotiator
Charlotte is a big asset to us and joined the team in 2013 as Property Manager. Prior to this, Charlotte worked within the Repossession Department for an established Asset Management company. Originally from Buckinghamshire, Charlotte moved to Surrey and studied locally at Rydens School, Brooklands College and attended the University of Surrey, where she studied Business and Marketing. Charlotte lives locally with her boyfriend and their Bulldog puppy, ‘Frank’.
Having worked in real estate in Australia, Sherrie did a little travelling before settling in Walton on Thames in 2010. Sherrie joined HTB in 2012 originally at the Walton on Thames office, and in that time has gained valuable experience and knowledge of not only the UK housing market, but the local area too. Sherrie is now a valuable member of the team at the East Molesey office and is now involved in both sales & lettings. In her spare time, Sherrie enjoys time with her partner James and their beautiful daughter, Ella.
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Harmes Turner Brown Primrose Road, Hersham Village £450,000stc Freehold
HTB are delighted to offer this beautifully presented character cottage. Located in the popular Primrose Road. The accommodation briefly includes an entrance hallway with built in storage cupboard, modern downstairs WC, bright and airy bow fronted through lounge/ dining room with feature fireplace and quality wood flooring. Doors from the dining area give access to the sunny westerly facing courtyard garden which is surrounded with high walls and benefits side pedestrian access. The modern fitted kitchen has a good range of units and drawers complimented with granite work tops. The stairs lead to the first floor where you will find the master bedroom and generous second bedroom which includes an archway through to the dressing room. The family bathroom is fitted with a modern three piece white suite. The loft is currently boarded with two ‘Velux’ sky lights and has potential to convert to another room, subject to the usual planning consents. We recommend an internal viewing at your earliest convenience.
Belgrave Close, Walton on Thames £579,500 stc Freehold
Belgrave Close is a beautiful private cul de sac off West Grove. This semi-detached home is immaculately presented throughout and briefly includes entrance hallway with downstairs cloakroom, a bright and airy living room with open archway to the dining area which in turn is open plan to the stunning modern fitted kitchen. Between the lounge and dining area are folding doors should you wish to separate the two living spaces. The turning stairs lead from the lounge to the first floor landing where you will find three generous size bedrooms and the modern white family bathroom. Externally the private rear garden is mainly laid to lawn. Side pedestrian access is provided by an ornate gate with feature wall and there is also pedestrian access to the garage which is double in length giving ample space for a car, storage or a small gym. Parking is also included to the rear. These popular homes are rarely available and as such, internal viewings are highly recommended.
01932 222266 Molesey 0208 001 8385 Walton on Thames
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Pleasant Place, Hersham £695,000 stc Freehold
HTB Walton are pleased to offer this three double bedroom family home located in pleasant place which is just off of back green in the heart of Hersham village. The nicely proportioned accommodation briefly comprises entrance hall, front aspect lounge with working open fire place, great size kitchen with an abundance of cupboards, space for cooker and ample room for an upright fridge freezer. The dining room is accessed via the kitchen and offers wonderful views over the rear garden. On the first floor are three double bedrooms and a large four piece bathroom including separate shower cubicle. Externally to the front is a private drive providing off street parking while the rear garden includes a patio area, vegetable patch, two large lawned areas and both a garden shed and green house.
Trenchard Close, Hersham £699,950 stc Freehold
HTB are delighted to offer this beautifully presented four bedroom home located in a modern quiet cul de sac. This property briefly includes entrance hallway with downstairs cloakroom, a generous size through lounge/dining room with double doors to garden. The modern fitted kitchen is at the front of the home with a feature bay window and offers a space for a small table and chairs. On the first floor you will find three generous size bedrooms, two of which have built in wardrobes, plus one has a large en-suite shower room with a modern three piece suite. The family bathroom also includes a modern three piece suite. Stairs continue to the top floor where you will find the master bedroom and a further modern en-suite shower room plus a large range built in wardrobes. Externally the private rear garden is well presented, mainly laid to lawn plus private paved patio, and rear pedestrian access whilst the front offers private residents parking, In all, a lovely home in one of Hersham’s most favored locations.
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THE WHOLE TEAM HAS BEEN EXCELLENT, VERY ATTENTIVE AND I’VE BEEN VERY SATISFIED. I know that you are treated exactly the same whatever end of the market you are, so it is across the board without a doubt.
Lizzie Elam Seller
THE ADVICE THEY GAVE WAS REAL QUALITY The relationship feels a lot stronger, we can go in there and quite openly discuss something that we’re looking to do, and get some real quality advice.
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The reason I chose Harmes Turner Brown to sell my property is because I did trust them. I’ve known them a long time, my son worked with them for a time, so therefore I just couldn’t have picked anybody else.
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Meet the team MOLESEY
Richard Harmes Director
Scott Davis Senior Negotiator
Julie Mellish Senior Negotiator
Scott has recently joined our East Molesey team having worked as an estate agent for over 16 years and in the local area since 2008. Scott brings a wealth of knowledge and is well known for his warm friendly approach, always having a smile on his face. Scott lives locally and is currently refurbishing his family home which he shares with his wife, four children and a labradoodle, Dougie. Scott enjoys clay pigeon shooting, keeping fit and family days out.
Julie has recently joined our new office in East Molesey. Having had 22 years’ experience as an estate agent in the local area, Julie is keen to assist with making our new branch in Molesey as successful as our office in Walton – we have no doubt she will be a huge success. Julie has lived most of her life in the area and currently lives in Walton with her husband, two children and their Labrador puppy, Lottie.
Karen Glands Negotiator
Pam Stringer Negotiator
Karen has lived locally all of her life, growing up in Teddington and moving to Hersham in 1990 when she purchased her first bungalow. Karen then travelled the world, and lived in New Zealand for two years before returning to Walton. She currently lives in Walton with her husband and two teenage children. Both of her children attended primary school in Walton, and now keep her busy with their social schedules.
Pam enjoyed an extensive career as part of the senior management team with Camelot, the founder and operator of the U.K. National Lottery, before her career took her towards property. Pam has a keen interest in property having renovated many houses over the last 20 years. Pam lives locally in West Molesey where she is currently busy revamping her latest house whilst also managing her recently acquired allotment. Pam also has two young grandchildren and a very active black Labrador, so just as well she loves being busy!
Richard began his career in property at just 18 years of age in 1988 and by the age of 21 he had worked his way up to become branch manager. Working with large national corporate estate agencies has given Richard the skills needed in the industry, whilst working with independent market leaders has given him the passion, drive and winning mentality that has helped him succeed in today’s market. Richard grew up locally in Lower Sunbury and bought his first house in Walton on Thames at the age of 21. He now lives in Weybridge, where he and his wife, two children and their Golden Retriever, Wilson, have lived for the past 18 years.
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Harmes Turner Brown Kings Chase, East Molesey ÂŁ675,000 stc Freehold
Harmes Turner Brown are pleased to present to the market this stunning four bedroom semidetached house located on the ever popular Kings Chase development, which is just over 0.5 of a mile to Hampton Court station and within easy walking distance to the River Thames. The property has been extended and much improved by its present owners and comprises entrance hallway leading to the through lounge to a stunning extended kitchen/dining/ family room with direct views of the garden and access via bi-fold doors. The perfect room for everyday living and entertaining. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms, a single currently used as a study and a modern family bathroom. The landing is leading to a second staircase to the newly extended bright loft room with well-planned storage space and lovely en-suite shower room. The property also benefits from a garage, two parking spaces as well as a pretty front and rear garden. This is a must view on any keen property hunters list.
Weston Avenue, West Molesey ÂŁ775,000 to ÂŁ825,000 stc Freehold
Harmes Turner Brown are pleased to offer this brand new development of six new homes which are built to a high specification in a popular residential area, between Walton on Thames and West Molesey. There are two four bedroom detached homes and four, four bedroom semi-detached homes in a cul de sac location. For more detailed information please contact either our East Molesey office on 0208 001 8385 or our Walton on Thames office in 01932 222266.
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The Dene, West Molesey ÂŁ495,000 stc Freehold
Harmes Turner Brown are pleased to offer this two bedroom detached bungalow which is tucked away in a quiet cul de sac location on a wide plot with ample parking, garage and potential to extend (STPP). The accommodation comprises entrance hallway with storage space and access to the loft, lounge/dining room at the rear with gas coal fireplace and patio doors to the garden, modern shaker style kitchen, two double bedrooms, the master with fitted wardrobes and a modern refitted bathroom. Externally is an attractive landscaped garden which is approximately 80ft in length whilst to the front there is a brick block paved driveway providing parking for at least four vehicles, in addition to the garage with a split level garden area. Viewings are strongly recommended at your earliest convenience.
Oatlands Close, Weybridge ÂŁ1,500,000 stc Freehold
Harmes Turner Brown are pleased to offer this attractive 1920s built semi-detached family home which is situated on a plot of approximately 1/3 of an acre, within a popular private gated road close to all the local amenities on the Queens Road. The property has recently been extended to provide excellent living space on the ground floor comprising large open plan kitchen living area with bi folding doors which is a great addition to the double aspect lounge with solid fuel fire place and a stone surround, a good size double aspect dining room, utility room, downstairs cloakroom and a large entrance hallway. On the first floor there is a double aspect master bedroom. There are two further double bedrooms both with fitted wardrobes, family bathroom. Externally, the rear garden is approximately 130ft in length and 95ft wide whilst there is a mature garden with stone drive providing off street parking for 4 vehicles with the addition of the double garage.
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Walton Litter Pickers
Walton Litter Pickers officially came together in April 2019. Having spent a few months picking up litter around the streets where we live with our dog, we noticed an increase in people commenting and offering to help. No one is going to say no to help from other likeminded people so we started the facebook group, quickly followed by the Twitter page. As things stand we have 210 local members on facebook and over 600 twitter followers. Not bad for a small town in North Surrey whose sole role is to pick up the junk other people drop!
young people. The local Cubs, Scouts and Brownie groups have done some amazing work litter picking around town. As well as helping to make our community cleaner, our activities encourage people to get outside into the fresh air and to get some exercise. We have seen longterm friendships develop and hope that our activities also improve the general environment and the pride people take in our community.
Measurable Success So far we have picked almost 6 tonnes of rubbish from the streets on Walton in 10 months! This is an amazing amount, considering we are all volunteers and can only pick when family commitments/work allows. We run group picks once per month. Please look at our twitter or facebook page for details.
#CommitToYourStreet To help engage with followers we developed the #CommitToYourStreet and #SpreadTheRedMap hashtags. We wanted to create a visual representation of the work that we do, whilst trying to encourage others to get involved. The concept took a little while to catch on, but we now have a nice big matrix of streets in Walton, and indeed its spread into Hersham and Molesey. In fact, it has spread beyond to areas of Kent, Cornwall, Nottingham, Germany, the USA and Australia!!
Keep Britain Tidy Big Spring Clean 2020 This years KBT Big Spring Clean takes place between 20th March and 13th April. Why donâ€™t you get out and help keep our community tidy? Our coordinated pick will be one March 28th starting at 2pm from the Riverhouse Barn. The Molesey Litter Angels and Keep Herhsam Tidy groups will also start their litter picks at the same time. Please feel free to contact us on waltonlitterpickers@ gmail.com, @Litterwalton or just search for us on facebook
Involving the whole community Part of our aim is to engage with the whole community especially
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Whether you’re looking to sell or put your property up for rental, when you choose to market your property with Harmes Turner Brown, you can be conﬁdent that we’ll ensure that everything goes smoothly.
Selling your property A leading independent agent covering Walton on Thames, Hersham, Weybridge, East Molesey, West Moseley and Esher, the name Harmes Turner Brown is synonymous with trust, excellence and integrity. With decades of experience, specialising in all aspects of residential property, our friendly, enthusiastic and professional service ensures that our clients continually return to sell and buy through us. We also recognise the importance of marketing, so your property will be advertised on the major online property portals, our website and social media sites, as well as traditional placement in our window display. Exclusively to us in our area, your property will receive its very own FREE microsite showcasing a property video, OFSTED reports, and a property brochure. Sharing your personalised website across the social
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Letting your property When it comes to letting, as Harmes Turner Brown are members of certiﬁed accreditations, you can have peace of mind that your property is in safe hands as we ensure you are fully compliant with your landlord duties. We offer a comprehensive range of services for you to choose from including areas such as Tenant Introduction, Rent Collection, Gas Safety Checks, in-depth Inventory reports, Deposit registration, insurance-based Rent Guarantee and Legal cover policies. As with selling, when you choose to let through us, your property will be advertised
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The power of social media Your property will also receive its very own FREE property website showcasing a property video, OFSTED reports, and property brochures; something that we are proud to say is exclusive to Harmes Turner Brown in our area. In addition, our qualiﬁed database of tenants will also be notiﬁed of your property coming to market on their dedicated search websites where they can book viewings and offer feedback. All our tenants are fully referenced and vetted, making sure the highest of standards are met to ﬁnd the right tenant for you. By sharing your personalised websites with family and friends across the social networks you will be widening the audience to ﬁnd the right buyer or tenant for your property, increasing the chances of a quicker sale or rental.
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