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LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

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APRIL 2021

KITCHEN GADGET GUIDE MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR KITCHEN THIS YEAR EARTH DAY 2021 MAKE YOUR HOME GREENER

HALF TERM IDEAS KEEP YOUR CHILDREN BUSY THIS HALF TERM

SPRING CLEAN GET YOUR HOUSE READY FOR SPRING AND SUMMER

SHED DIY CONVERT YOUR SHED THIS SPRING


CONTENTS COVER STORY

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Kitchen Gadget Guide Create stunning, restaurant quality dishes with the latest kitchen aids

PROPERTY

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Get your house Spring ready Now is the perfect opportunity to freshen things up in your house

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Holiday activities Help the kids get creative in the garden and with their wet weather gear Earth Day 2021 Tips to make your home more climate clean this Earth Day

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April gardening tips Time to roll up your sleeves and put in the groundwork

Our latest instructions Take a look at a selection of our latest properties on the market

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World Book Day Reading is perhaps one of best commodities we have

About us Get to know our team a little better and see why we are your agent of choice

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Shed DIY The humble outbuilding can be put to a number of uses

FOOD

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Springtime salads Check out some of our best Spring salad recipes that are sure to make your body smile

SPORT

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Golf European Tour We look ahead at what’s to play for, and who might be in with a chance of winning

WELCOME TO THE APRIL ISSUE!

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e’re into the fourth month of the year. The clocks have changed, the weather is warming up and the world is opening again! This Spring promises a lot and in this month’s magazine so do we! On pages 2 and 3 we go in-depth looking at the best ways to get your home Spring ready, and if that’s not enough, continuing inside the home, we also have a fantastic kitchen gadgets guide ready to create the Spring salad recipes from page 15. On the 22nd April we are celebrating Earth Day, so we have put together a guide to make your home more environmentally friendly. Moving outside, on pages

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10 and 11 we have your April gardening guide and well as some ideas of how to turn your shed into a office/bar/sauna.

START FROM THE BEDROOM

What better place to start, than in the room where you spend more time than any other? Let’s start with the bedding. If you’ve opted for rich, dark colours over the winter months, then throw these away in exchange for neutral green or sky blue colours, accompanied with added pops of colour. Or if you want to make the extra effort in the season of Spring, then select some sheets with floral patterns. If you’ve been used to covering your bed with blankets and throws to keep warm, then switch to lightweight sheets and pillowcases. This will help to add some brightness to your room, and more importantly, stop you from feeling overheated as the weather warms up. And if you’ve made these changes, and still want to go further, then replace your pillows altogether! Swapping your pillows not only aids a more comfortable night’s sleep, but can simultaneously make your bedroom look completely different.

DECLUTTER

This may sound very obvious, but giving your house a good, old-fashioned Spring clean can go a long way to revitalising your home. First, start with cleaning from top to bottom. It can be a laborious job, but will benefit your home in the long run by adding freshness to every space. Next, move on to removing things that you no longer need. For instance, root through your

Finally, we have some fantastic ways to keep busy during the Easter holidays, a feature about World Book Day and a preview of the Men’s European Golf Tour. We’re all excited that the world is starting up again, and are all hopeful for the summer, however, for now, stay safe and take care of yourselves. For now, make yourself a cuppa, pull up a chair in the garden and enjoy! Jonathan Wheatley Editor

Once the tidying is done, turn your attention to adding items which freshen up your home


SPRING INTO ACTION fridges and cupboards, and throw out expired products that didn’t make it onto your plate over the winter period. And when rearranging the foodstuffs, do so in a way as to categorise everything, and make different items much easier to locate. If you have a garage, then organising it can prove a very satisfying project to get your teeth stuck into. Group all of your winter items into boxes, label them, and then place into the garage. This will make things much easier when it comes round to retrieving them again. And while you’re at it, look to declutter your garage. Throw out items you don’t need, and aim to create as much space as you can. Doing this will not only help you feel that your possessions are organised, but will allow you to think of the garage as a space other than just one of storage!

SEARCH FOR SCENTS

Once the tidying is done, turn your attention to adding items which freshen up your home. Spring is associated with the smells of nature, so lean into this tradition with some citrus, rose, lavender, or other floral scented candles or wax melts. These will help to air out the house, and will match the aromas of the outside world. And don’t neglect fauna. As well as bringing in natural, fresh scents into your home, displaying a set of flowers will also help to fill your room with colour, and will complete any kitchen or living room.

FOCUS ON FLOORING

Another great way to completely transform your home, heading into the summer, is to focus on the backbone of any interior. If your carpets have seen better days, then get round to getting them professionally cleaned. As well as making any room look brand new, removing any stains will really brighten up your home. Or, if you feel like a complete makeover, change your flooring completely. Tiling is very resistant for wear and tear, and so is a great option for a room which is likely to be used a lot, such as a kitchen or conservatory. Or, if you love the unmistakable aromas and textures that come with hardwood flooring, then opt for this.

PRIORITISE LIGHT

If there’s something missing from your ideal Spring home, then consider whether you’ve done all you can to take advantage of maximising the amount of natural light in any space. Replace your dark, thick curtains with light ones, or if the room permits, do away with curtains altogether. Without requiring much effort, this will completely transform any room in time for Summer. And also consider changing bulbs. With the greater amounts of light that come with this time of year, switch to darker lights, to create a cosy atmosphere in the evenings, and let natural light do the rest!

As the days get longer, and the weather begins to brighten, now is the perfect opportunity to freshen things up in your house

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Stand out from the crowd and create stunning, restaurant quality dishes with the latest kitchen aids

INSPECT THE

GADGETS

Instant Pot Duo V2 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

Breville HeatSoft VFM021

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t is an inescapable fact that the kitchen is the heart of the home. More than just a collection of units, it is the place where memories are forged and culinary disasters are celebrated as much as the triumphs; the venue for gathering at either end of the day, where the aroma of freshly-ground coffee cuts through the lingering whiff of curry from the night before. It is also a place of work, a hive of experimentation. And key to that creative process are the tools of the trade, either a worktop full of the tried, tested and much loved, or an ever-changing procession of ‘must-haves’ which are casually discarded when the next big thing appears.

Russell Hobbs Sous Vide Slow Cooker

Sage The Smoking Gun

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Something which falls in the latter category but could soon become the former is the Instant Pot Duo V2 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker. It doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue but what it does will keep the tongue very happy. America’s home-chefs blew a fuse over this little multi-cooker and its not difficult to see why – it’s an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker, yogurt maker, saute pan and a warming pot, which is easy to use and clean.

Devotees of programmes such as MasterChef and The Great British Menu will be familiar with the waterbath and the sous vide process, where food is placed inside a sealed pouch and cooked at an accurately-regulated temperature. It helps meat and vegetables retain their flavour, vitamins and keeps prep-time low. Described as ‘a Michelinstarred chef’s worst-kept secret’, the waterbath can now adorn your kitchen in the form of the easily-affordable Russell Hobbs Sous Vide Slow Cooker. And if you really want to go for drama with your fine dining, get Sage The Smoking Gun. Using cold smoke, it lets you infuse a range of food and KitchenAid Food drinks with a natural Processor smoky flavour, while the dual speed helps increase the intensity of the smoke. Best of all, it is sold with, or without, a glass cloche to cover your dish and heighten the effect. If you are in the market for a hand mixer, take a look


De’Longhi Magnifica Illycaffe 6636 Francis

Santoku 180mm Blade Knife at the Breville HeatSoft VFM021 and wave goodbye to that time-consuming wait for the butter to soften. This handy tool warms butter up to 12 times faster than just leaving it in the mixing bowl, although it can also be used without the heating function. It also comes with an attachable clear case, so the attachments don’t go wandering. An even more flexible bit of kit is the KitchenAid Food Processor which can chop, shred, puree and slice food. It comes with an easy to install reversible medium shred/slice and thick slice blades as well as a dough blade should you want to knead bread or pasta dough. And it comes in a rather fetching Empire Red finish. There’s nothing that sets the smoke alarm off quite like burnt toast, so the Magimix Vision Toaster could be the best thing you’ll ever invest in. A see-through panel allows you to see how your breakfast is doing, ensuring ideal results every time. Possibly the best thing since, well, sliced bread. On the subject of breakfast, let’s talk coffee. We’re not all barista maestro-standard but machines such as the De’Longhi Magnifica help paper over the cracks. With seven adjustable coarseness levels within

an integrated grinder, the Magnifica can customise the type of coffee you want… plus it has a dual cup option. For eye-catching looks, the Illycaffe 6636 Francis is a bit of a head-turner while the Sage Oracle Touch Fully Automated Coffee Machine is the business. However, you’ll need something a bit stronger than an espresso when you see the price tag. No kitchen is complete without a decent set of knives or a pro-standard knife (singular). The Santoku 180mm Blade Knife, from Blenheim Forge, isn’t cheap but will last for years. Made with a Japanese Blue Paper Steel Core with folded iron cladding, it comes with a walnut handle and solid copper ferrule for added strength. Finally, they say baking is all about precision, so that means you’ll need a decent set of kitchen scales. Salter’s Heston Blumental Precision Scales have a dual platform – one for measuring up to 10kg in 1g increments and the other for measuring up to 200g in 0.1g increments. There’s an add- and-weigh feature and also an aquatronic feature for measuring liquids, just to help you get ‘weigh’ ahead of your competitive friends.

Sage Oracle Touch Fully Automated Coffee Machine

Magimix Vision Toaster

Salter’s Heston Blumental Precision Scales

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JUST BOOT-IFUL

Help the kids get creative in the garden and with their wet weather gear

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pril, as the saying goes, is the month for showers. And not only does it bring May’s flowers, it can also provide inspiration for some great craft activities for kids and adults alike. It’s the time where it’s always best to have boots and a brolly close at hand. And there’s no better way of making a splash in those quick-to-appear springtime puddles than in customised wellies.

your favourite anymore, tie brightly coloured ribbon about halfway up and gently bend the brolly support wires outwards.

Insert a block of florists’ oasis for water and support then add the flowers so they are peeping over the top. Freshly-cut tulips, with their bold colourful petals, are ideal and will last for a few days but for a longer lasting display, try artificial blooms. And then hang from your door knocker – or insert spike down in the garden - for an eye-catching display that should make any passer-by smile.

Boots are very much a blank canvas and you can really let your imagination run riot, creating colourful and simple yet effective flower patterns, rockets and scenes from outer space for the kids – who also might want a jazzy take on their initials - or graffiti-led slogans for the not so young who might be missing their Glastonbury fix again this year.

So, if they are not getting wet, kids love nothing better than getting their hands dirty… literally. So, put them to good use by designating an area of the garden for them to cultivate with summer-blooming wild flowers or, particularly as the weather is likely to be indifferent, by planting a herb garden inside. Its an easy way to get the younger members of the family hooked on planting, It’s the time where nurturing and tasting what it’s always best to they have grown in their meals, have boots and a and is a little more advanced brolly close at hand and not as smelly as growing cress seeds on blotting paper!

Many people suggest sanding down the area you intend to decorate as this creates a smoother surface and allows the paint to make a stronger bond. As for your decorating agent, acrylic paint is easily available and straightforward to use, particularly if you are going for a funky, bright and intricate design. Waterproof marker pens are also handy for applying finer details, while if a broad sweep of colour is required, rubber spray paint will do the job. And although the paints will dry to a good finish, applying a layer of hairspray will also help your colours stick. Continuing the wet weather theme, how about sprucing up your front door with an extension of the Christmas wreath: a brolly brimming with spring flowers? Younger members of the family can do the backbending stuff by picking the flowers while all you have to do is select an umbrella that’s not

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The easiest – and probably the most useful herbs to grow are parsley, basil, coriander, chives and dill, and all you will need are peat-free, multi-purpose compost; small pots (such as yoghurt) or a used plastic tray from a Chinese takeaway … and an array of helping hands. Making sure the containers have been pierced to guard against over-enthusiastic watering, fill with the compost and tamp down gently to remove the air pockets. Water and allow to drain before scattering the seeds sparingly over the surface before covering with a thin layer of compost. Ideally the pots can be covered with a clear plastic bag to recreate a mini greenhouse and speed the growth process, before placing


April is the month for showers, it can also provide inspiration for some great craft activities

on a windowsill. Once germinated, remove the plastic and water at least once a week before potting outside in late May. A further way to enrich a child’s understanding of the garden is to construct a bug mansion out of discarded pallets and log the varieties of creepy crawlies who come to stay. Some insects like cool, damp conditions, while others like the sun, so try to site the home where it will get a bit of both, under a hedge or tree. Give it a firm base and start stacking, filling the gaps with dead wood and loose bark, straw, dry leaves, and corrugated cardboard which, when stuffed into a plastic bottle with its top removed, creates a nice nest for lacewings. And if you plant some nectar-producing flowers around the outside you can bring in winged guests, such as butterflies and bees.

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Join in with millions of people around the world and make your home more climate clean this Earth Day

EARTH DAY 2021

HOW TO MAKE

YOUR HOME MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

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his year celebrates the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. Originally conceived in 1970 by peace activist John McConnell as a day of education about how to look after our Earth, in 1990, Earth Day went International and has been celebrated ever since in all four corners of the world. It is one of the few holidays that transcends all national borders and religions, yet preserves all geographical integrities and brings people together all over the world. It is quite simply devoted to the preservation of the harmony in nature and yet draws upon the triumphs of technology. There are hundreds of ways of making your home more environmentally friendly, big and small. Here, in celebration of Earth Day, are our top tips.

WASH YOUR CLOTHES IN COLD WATER

90% of the energy used by a washing machine goes towards heating water. By skipping the heating and using your washing machine on the cold water setting, you will reduce carbon dioxide emission as well as keeping your clothes in top condition for longer, as hot water can deteriorate your clothes and make colours less vibrant.

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DIY INSTEAD OF BUYING NEW

DIY isn’t only a truly great skill to have, but it helps towards creating an environmentally friendly home as opposed to buying new. With just a few tools and a little time, you can crack-on with all sorts of projects. You could tile your kitchen yourself, build home-made planters for the garden or even lay your own flooring.

SWAP YOUR LIGHT BULBS

Invest in the right energy-efficient light bulbs and you won’t only be helping the Earth, but you’ll be saving money too. LED bulbs are the best alternative to regular light bulbs and as well as lasting longer, they are eco-friendly. They are readily available in most shops and you can even get dimmable ones and colour-change ones.

USE YOUR RECYCLING BIN AND GET A COMPOST BIN

We are all well-versed of the importance of recycling by now, so use your recycling bin and you are truly helping towards our world’s future, and if you find yourself with an excess of normal waste, buy a compost bin, which will not only help you get rid of the excess waste but will give you free fertiliser for your garden.

PLANT HERBS AND VEG

Ah, what to do with all that free fertiliser? How about growing your own herbs and vegetables? Not only will you always have wonderful, better-tasting food, but you will massively cut down on plastic used in shop-bought veg and herbs. Some of the most popular are basil, oregano and peppers and tomatoes.

TURN OLD PALLETS INTO PLANTERS

But where do I plant these herbs and veg? Simple, don’t ditch any wood or pallets you have lying around, get creative instead. With just a few screws and a drill, you can make home-made planters for your garden or windowsills. Just measure four pieces of wood to equal lengths, screw together and line with bubble wrap.


22nd April 202 1 www.earthday.org DITCH THE COFFEE PODS

Coffee pod machines have been around for a while now, however, did you know the plastic capsules aren’t usually recyclable? For better tasting and more environmentally friendly coffee, invest in a good-quality espresso machine that takes freshly ground coffee. You can also sprinkle the used ground coffee onto your compost to keep bugs away.

INSULATE YOUR PIPES

Not the quickest or flashiest jobs, but by insulating the pipes that run from your boiler throughout your house can make a huge difference. Your best bet is to use felt or wool pipe insulation that is pre-cut into sleeves and then use some good-quality pipe wrap insulation tape.

COLLECT YOUR RAINWATER

Finally, what is more natural than rainwater? Exactly. If you could collect and store all the rainwater that falls on your property throughout a year and use it around the home, you would see a huge drop in your water bills. Okay, so a full-blown rainwater collection servicing your house is a huge job, but start small with a water butt and you can at least water your herbs and veg without touching a tap. Earth Day is on Thursday the 22nd of April and you can find out more by visiting www.earthday.org

It is one of the few holidays that transcends all national borders and religions, yet preserves all geographical integrities

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WEED IT Time to roll up your sleeves and put in the groundwork

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nd so here we are. April, the great transitional month where we’ve not quite shaken off winter’s icy grip, but with brighter evenings and significantly warmer days, its hold is definitely weakening. For gardeners, this is where the hard work starts; this month’s input dictates output for the rest of the year. The four-day Easter holiday weekend gives us time to prepare the ground, assessing and repairing the damage inflicted by a particularly harsh start to the year, taking the time to restake trees, secure climbing shrubs, and clear any lingering storm damage, particularly checking fences for damage to panels, support posts and slats. And then you can get on your hands and knees for some serious weeding, gently turning over ground flattened by heavy rain and snow, and clearing away any remaining dead leaves, twigs and winter debris, as well as dead-heading daffodils,

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tulips and late-flowing crocuses, and trimming frost-damaged shoots from evergreens. Once cleared, nourish the soil with compost or well-rotted manure which will add beneficial micro-organisms to the soil, making it richer and encouraging the right kind of insect activity. The wrong kind – slugs, snails and aphids – may be found loitering around the crowns of perennials preparing to wreak havoc so it’s best to deal with them now. Early infestations of aphids can be pinched out by hand but pests such as vine weevil will need chemical or biological intervention to keep under control. Your lawn will need the most attention early in the early growing season. If you’ve not already done so, now’s the time for that initial cut, taking the top off the winter growth before the first decisive crop. Once that’s done, apply a high nitrogen spring lawn fertiliser to encourage good, strong growth and if


moss has become a problem, choose a combined moss killer/fertiliser and lightly rake out the dead a couple of weeks after application.

There are also many warm-season vegetables, such as cucumbers and tomatoes, which can be moved outdoors

If you discover some bumps and hollows, peel back the turf and remove or add soil as necessary before replacing the grass, while any bare patches can be prepared for reseeding: if the ground is still wet and cold, though, the germination will be poor so it might be better to postpone this until early May. And, while we’re at it, don’t forget the lawn edges. Using a spade or a half-moon edging iron, create a gutter of around

three inches to prevent the grass creeping back into your borders. It is also important to prune trees and deciduous shrubs, removing dead and sickly-looking leaves or branches to stimulate new growth and spring flowering. Also add fertiliser while a good organic mulch, laid in a circle around the trunk, will not only provide moisture for good growth but will also conserve moisture and encourage strong, drought-resistant roots, something worth bearing in mind for the likes of rhododendrons, azaleas and camelias where flowering can be severely impaired if allowed to dry out. Otherwise, a good balanced fertiliser (such as blood, fish and bone) can be sprinkled over the root area around ornamental trees, shrubs and hedges before hoeing in, particularly beneficial for young, weak or damaged plants. Once the warmer days are set in and the risk of a late sharp frost has gone, plant out

the flower seedlings you’ve been cultivating since March, and if you haven’t, you can still sow petunias, zinnias, marigolds, purple cornflowers and other seasonals you might fancy in your flowerbeds. Summerflowering bulbs should also be going in, ensuring the likes of anemone tubers have well-drained soil. Containers can also be planned, topped up with fresh compost and planted – an alpine trough can be particularly attractive as many are starting to look their best - while you may be able to start on your hanging baskets in the latter stages of the month if you’re in a temperate part of the country. Otherwise, pot-on plants that are showing signs of becoming pot-bound or generally just look a bit forlorn. There are also many warm-season vegetables, such as cucumbers and tomatoes, which can be moved outdoors while radishes, carrots, peas and lettuce can also be planted, along with your favourite annual herbs.

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WORLD BOOK DAY

– WHY IT WILL

SHINE ON

Reading is perhaps one of best, if not the very best, commodities and widely accessible resources we have as a people, and therefore so is World Book Day

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ental health and the recognition of its facets and depth has never been as prevalent as now, so when you consider how strong the scientific research is in favour of how reading can help mental wellbeing – by reducing your heart rate and thus stress levels, easing muscle tension, and wholly altering your state of mind – World Book Day this year is surely a campaign more important than ever before. World Book Day annually takes place on 23rd April. This is because the Spanish

writer Vicente Clavel Andrés wanted to call for a day which would recognize the life and career of one of his greatest heroes, fellow Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, who still is widely regarded as the greatest ever writer of the Spanish language. Cervantes death date was 23rd April, which also marks many other great writers’ birth and death dates, including William Shakespeare who passed away on exactly the same day as Cervantes, 23rd April 1616.

World Book Day this year is surely a campaign more important than ever before

The first World Book Day was celebrated in 1995 and has been going strong ever since. It’s a day to celebrate all things books, especially your favourites! One of my personal favourite novels is The Shining by Stephen King. King has always been associated with horror, and I suppose that’s justified. But many people overlook (pun intended) the fact that much of King’s stories contain some real character depth and interpersonal relationships, which can often be extremely intense and moving. The Shining, for instance,

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for me, isn’t necessarily primarily a horror. It could be considered a psychological thriller or drama about what happens when an alcoholic becomes victim to cabin fever. The paranormal presence in the hotel is an effective way to convey this cabin fever process Jack Torrance undertakes, but I suspect many readers agree that a good argument can be made that the paranormal activity can merely be considered a metaphor for Jack’s psychological transformation into illness. Indeed he knows he’s becoming unhealthy at the behest of cabin fever, as there is a point near the end of the novel where he tries to cry out from underneath his new, murderous exterior to tell his would-be murdered son to leave before it’s too late. Why I talk about this book in particularly is because cabin fever is something many of us have had to endure over the past many months, and, more troubling still, domestic abuse, so it’s an interesting insight into cabin fever and the effects it can have on relationships, especially if alcoholism is involved. The Shining is an example of a great novel, and certainly one to celebrate, as the book often gets inaccurately judged by its better-known cover, that of the film by Stanley Kubrick, which told a rather different story. Jonathan Wheatley, British Author


If a home-working space is the objective, you will need to insulate, drywall and think about heating

SHED YOUR

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o paraphrase rock giants Motorhead, a shed used to be a place of spades. Or lawnmowers. Or half-empty tins of paint and discarded outdoor toys. A handy little store, generally made of glorified fencing panels, that gets a coat of creosote when you remember but generally sits, unloved, at the end of the garden waiting to be battered by the next named storm. Times and lifestyles, however, change, and now the humble structure has become the fashionable ‘must-have’, graduating from the often-outlandish man caves and she-sheds to offices, studios, outside bars and even saunas and cinema rooms. If the prospect of turning your forlorn shed into a rustic home extension appeals, there are some things to bear in mind, not least checking with the local authority to see if you need permission for change of use. Then see how structurally sound it is or whether you might be

better off biting the bullet and getting a new summerhouse or log cabin, depending on size of budget, garden… and ambition.

Having checked the damp-proofing, if the roof is watertight, walls are in good condition and doors and windows fit properly, clear the shed out and look for signs of mould, damp, wood rot or pest infestation around the floor. Once satisfied, the big decision now is whether it’s a DIY project or needs to be turned over to an expert, as you would be advised to do for a sauna. If you’re going it alone, the first job will be to get the outside treated or painted to make it weatherproof, then think about sealing any cracks you may have discovered with caulk or weatherstripping to help prevent draughts, bugs and any other undesirables. Depending how you plan to use the shed, you might want to pop in a skylight window, particularly if you’ve got the professionals in and

The humble outbuilding can be put to a number of uses

you’re designing an office. If a home-working space is the objective, you will need to insulate, drywall and think about heating for those slightly less-than idyllic days. Heating means power and while it may be tempting to connect to the supply from your home, don’t rule out solar panels, which provide a simpler, cheaper and energy efficient solution. If it’s a bar you’re after, you’ll need plumbing too. For flooring, think durable coverings such as cork, tile and carpet - a wood floor might be attractive but may not be practical. After that, it’s all about preferences: LED or halogen lights for an office, a string of novelty lights for your personal pub; shelves and versatile cabinets for work, a good service area and racks to attach the optics for the bar. And finally, make sure you’ve got some good locks.

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WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR ON THE

EUROPEAN TOUR IN APRIL As this year’s European Tour begins to crank up, we look ahead at what’s to play for, and who might be in with a chance of winning

WHAT’S HAPPENED SO FAR?

The 2021 European Tour began in January, when it was announced that at least fortytwo events would be played in twenty-four different countries, including eighteen which were either postponed or cancelled in 2020.

The first tournament of the season, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, was won by Englishman Tyrell Hatton. Since then, fellow countryman Paul Casey and American Dustin Johnson have walked away with the other two titles.

WHAT ARE THE EVENTS?

The month of April includes four of the forty-two European tour events. On the 15th, Golf’s biggest names travel to Spain, to take part in the Tenerife Open. From there, they make the short journey for the Gran Canaria open, beginning on the 22nd, highlighting this year’s focus on reducing travelling where possible. And finally, the 29th April marks the beginning of the Portugal Masters.

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But of course, the main event of the month is right at the beginning. On April 8th, all eyes will turn to Augusta, Georgia, for the 2021 Masters. The first of the four ‘majors’ of the year, this tournament is steeped in tradition, with every winner since 1949 receiving an iconic green jacket. Last year, the imperious Dustin Johnson won by five-shots, whilst simultaneously breaking the course record, in a tournament which was pushed back several months due to the pandemic. But fortunately, this year’s competition will go ahead as planned, and is set to be as equally enthralling as any other instalment.

The first tournament of the season, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, was won by Englishman Tyrell Hatton

WHO ARE THE FAVOURITES?

As already mentioned, Johnson won the tournament by a landslide last year, and still sits at the head of the world rankings, and so cannot be written off. Otherwise, world numbers two Jon Rahm and world number three Justin Thomas have nine European Tour victories between them, and so will both feel confident come April 8th. And for a slight outsider, consider Bryson DeChambeau’s chances. The big-hitting American, currently ranked inside the world’s top ten, hasn’t enjoyed much success at Augusta thus far in his career. However, his analytical approach in gaining significant muscle in 2020 has made him the longest driver of the ball on the PGA Tour, which may stand him in good stead when battling the famously difficult course in Georgia.


SPRING INTO LIFE

Put a spring in your step with these wonderful, healthy salads perfect for Springtime

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ne of the best things about Spring is the chance to create wonderful, healthy salads with some of the finest and freshest veg available at this time of the year. So, without delay, check out some of our best Spring salad recipes that are sure to make your body smile. Salad leaves – mixed Vine tomatoes Red onion Feta cheese Olive oil Lemon Salt and pepper Fresh oregano

GREEK SALAD Wash and rinse the salad leaves and chop the vine tomatoes in half (depending on their size) and slice the red onion so you have wonderful whole onion circles. Toss the tomatoes, salad leaves and onion together in a bowl ensuring it’s all mixed. Then mix the olive oil, the juice of half a lemon and a pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl. Add the olive oil mix to the salad bowl, toss again before finally adding the crumbled feta on top. To finish garnish with the fresh oregano and another pinch of pepper.

Orange juice Lemon juice Honey Salt and pepper Olive oil Mixed carrots Radishes Celery Small beet Fresh mint leaves Small oranges

Mixed salad leaves Dried apricots White wine vinegar Shallot Dijon mustard Olive oil Feta Cucumber Dill

SHAVED CARROT AND RADISH SALAD Whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper to your taste, before adding olive oil. Peel and then shave the carrots lengthways and finely slice the radishes before peeling the oranges and slicing them into half-moons. Then thinly slice the celery and small beet. Mix together in a large bowl before adding the olive oil mix. Serve with the freshly chopped mint leaves on top.

SPRING SALAD WITH APRICOT VINAIGRETTE Place the apricots in a bowl while bringing the white wine vinegar to a simmer. Once simmering, pour over the apricots and leave for ten minutes. Finely slice the shallot, then add to a bowl with some Dijon mustard before then adding the apricots to the mustard mixture. Add a little white wine vinegar to taste and then mix in the olive oil. In a large bowl, toss together the salad leaves, cucumber and apricot mixture. To serve, crumble the feta cheese over the top before adding the fresh dill.

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Fairthorne Rise, Old Basing

Offers Over £695,000

LODDON PROPERTIES is very pleased to offer this beautifully presented, four double bedroom, executive property, situated in the sought after location of Old Basing village. The ground floor comprises of entrance hall, kitchen, complete with a large centre island and top of the range fitted appliances. An orangery boasting two sets of bi-fold doors and a large skylight, this space lends itself to being a dining room/family room. A spacious living room with log burner, internal bi-fold doors to the TV room. There is also the fourth bedroom (currently used as WFH office), cloakroom, study, and an extra large utility/boot room which leads to the modern wet room and WC. On the first floor is a master suite with his and hers wardrobes and en-suite shower room. Two more double bedrooms and modern family bathroom. To the rear of the property there is a generous South-West facing garden which has both a large patio area and a beautifully landscaped lawn. There is also an enclosed hot tub. To the front of the property is a large gravelled driveway with parking for many cars, garage and large lawn area. Side access adjoins the front and rear gardens.

Goddards Close, Sherborne St John Offers Over £300,000

LODDON PROPERTIES is delighted to offer this two bedroom bungalow to the market for the first time in 65 years! Situated in the heart of the sought after village of Sherfield-on-Loddon and tucked away in a cul-de-sac. This property offers entrance hall, kitchen, living/dining room, shower room and two double bedrooms. In need of some refurbishment, the property sits on a generous plot. To the rear of the property is a large, private enclosed garden, with side access running adjacent to the bungalow linking the rear and front gardens. The village itself has local amenities which comprise a well-stocked village shop with butchers, public houses, coffee shop, post office and garage. There is a village hall that runs Amateur dramatics, yoga, all sorts of activities and functions that involve the village. Both the M3 & M4 Motorways are easily accessible, and with a branch line station in nearby Bramley providing connecting services to Reading and London.

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Aviemore Drive, Oakley

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LODDON PROPERTIES bring to the market this well appointed, four bedroom, detached family home tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac in the village of Oakley. You are greeted by spacious entrance hall, a downstairs cloakroom, dining room, dual aspect living room, study, kitchen and utility with rear door leading to the garden. The double garage has been converted into an impressively sized cinema room for cosy movie nights in. Sliding doors lead from the living room to the light conservatory and French Doors lead out to the garden. This property boasts one of the largest plots in the cul-de-sac and has both paved, decked and lawn areas and the garden wraps around to the side of the house as well as the rear. Upstairs consists of the family bathroom, four bedrooms complete with built in wardrobes or a cupboard and the master bedroom is hosted by spacious en-suite shower room. To the front of the property is the front garden and a large driveway with space to park multiple cars as well as the attached carport.

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Gilbard Court, Chineham £325,000

LODDON PROPERTIES is delighted to offer to the market this well presented three bedroom, semi detached house in an exclusive close in Chineham. The ground floor accommodation comprises of entrance hall, rear facing kitchen, large lounge/diner with french doors leading to the good sized, private enclose garden. The garden hosts a range of shrubs and flowers and has both a patio and lawn area with an additional patio area at to the rear of the garden with trellis’s and rear access gate. The first floor has two double bedrooms, a single bedroom, modern family bathroom containing bath with shower over, airing cupboard and cupboard over the stairs. The property boasts an attached garage, a driveway for two cars and a front lawn with shrubs and flowers. The property sits on the north east of Basingstoke in Chineham which is highly sought after, being an area of executive living.

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The Clockhouse, Micheldever

Offers Over £350,000

LODDON PROPERTIES is proud to bring this unique mews style property to the market. The property boasts a show stopping entrance hall, which leads to both the newly fitted modern kitchen and rear aspect living/ dining room. This area features a Georgian style window and Patio door to the garden, Upstairs you will find two generous double bedrooms with the master benefiting from built in wardrobes, and the large family bathroom with bath and shower over. There is also a versatile work from home space or dressing room off the master bedroom. Built in circa 1824, The Clock House is believed to have been the coaching house, staff quarters and stables to the original mansion. Converted in the early 1990s, this development still has the original clock tower, which is in full working order. Approached via a private, tree-lined drive through parkland for approx. 0.5 mile arriving at a cobbled courtyard area shared by the residents, each of whom have two designated parking spaces.

Little Fallow, Lychpit

Offers Over £595,000

Loddon Properties is proud to offer to the market this superbly presented, extended five bedroom detached family home, in a highly desirable road within Lychpit. The ground floor offers a spacious entrance hall, with cloakroom, study, a dual aspect lounge with open fireplace and sliding doors through to an expansive, modern, open plan kitchen/dining/family room, as well as a separate utility room with door to garden. With bi folding doors directly into the garden this offers an expansive indoor/outside family entertaining space. Five bedrooms include the master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and a modern four piece en-suite. A second double with an additional en suite bathroom with shower over and three further bedrooms that benefit from a large modern family bathroom with a large walk-in shower. Outside, the enclosed garden features a patio area that leads to the rest of the wrap around garden, which is laid to lawn. There is a garage which has power and lighting and a driveway with parking for 2/3 cars.

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Binfields Farm Close, Chineham

£195,000

NO CHAIN!! Loddon Properties is pleased to offer for sale this well presented home situated on an exclusive development, close to local amenities and services yet enjoying a non-estate location. Viewing is recommended to appreciate both the position and features on offer including - cloakroom, living room, modern kitchen with integrated appliances, double bedroom and a bathroom. Further benefits include gas radiator heating, double glazed, large enclosed garden, with shed and parking. Located within easy reach of a convenience store, restaurant, public house and well regarded schooling.

Belle Vue Road, Old Basing

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NO ONWARD CHAIN!! – LODDON PROPERTIES is delighted to bring to the market this corner plot, two bedroom detached bungalow in the sought after location of Old Basing. Sitting in the centre of a great sized plot, this bungalow offers spacious accommodation comprising of porch, two double bedrooms with built in wardrobes, living room, kitchen/diner, utility room, study, sun room and a modern fully fitted shower room, complete with a large walk in shower. The outside is accessed by either the utility room or sun room and the generous, fully private and enclosed garden has both patio area and lawned area and boasts a small, timber summer house. This property also benefits from an attached double garage and a driveway which has space for multiple cars.

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Dewpond Walk, Lychpit £995 PCM

Kingsmill Road, Basingstoke £1,500 PCM

LODDON PROPERTIES is pleased to offer to the rental market this delightfully presented two bedroom house in a sought after location in Lychpit. The ground floor accommodation comprises of spacious entrance hall, front aspect kitchen, under stair storage and lounge/ diner. A rear door leads to the private enclosed garden which has both a patio area and lawn area. Upstairs you will find two double bedrooms both offering built in wardrobes and the modern family bathroom. This property comes with an attached garage and a driveway which has space to park two cars.

LODDON PROPERTIES is pleased to offer this 4 double bedroom detached family home to the rental market. This home comprises of a private enclosed porch with side access to the garden, entrance hall leading to cloakroom, kitchen, separate dining room and large lounge with French windows looking over the rear private enclosed garden. Upstairs this property has 4 double bedrooms with the master benefiting from an en-suite bathroom, plus there is a separate family bathroom. To the rear there is a well established, large garden with numerous fruit trees, including apples and plums.

Mongers Piece, Chineham £795 PCM

Churchill Place £695 PCM

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to offer this one bedroom corner cluster house to the rental market. This home had recently been fully refurbished, with new heating system, new bathroom, flooring and a full redecoration. It offers a large lounge/diner, gulley kitchen, large double bedroom and modern family bathroom. This property can be offered with a garage, however this will be at an increased rental figure. This home is ideally suited to a single working professional or working professional couple. This property is situated in a beautiful and quiet cul-de-sac which backs on to one of the main brooks which runs through Chineham.

LODDON PROPERTIES are delighted to present to the rental market this stunning studio apartment, located in the heart of Basingstoke Town Centre. This modern open plan living space is offered on an unfurnished basis and comprises of a light and spacious living area, kitchen with integrated appliances and a walk-in shower room. Being on the 9th floor, this apartment boasts spectacular views over Basingstoke. This is one of the rare studio apartments in this building to benefit from a secure allocated parking space! This property is perfect for single working professionals, a couple or commuters.

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Churchill Place £750 PCM

Thumwood, Chineham £925 PCM

LODDON PROPERTIES are proud to present this 10th floor, one bedroom studio apartment located in the centre of Basingstoke to the rental market. Boasting excellent panoramic views, fully furnished to a high standard, the property benefits from open plan living, kitchen with integrated appliances including dishwasher, bathroom with shower over bath and vanity unit. This apartment is perfect for single working professionals or couples. Finished to a very high modern standard throughout.

LODDON PROPERTIES are proud to present this 2 double bedroom house to the rental market. On approach this home has a nice secluded feel being at the end of the close. It has a front garden area which leads to the property. When entering this home there is a separate porch and downstairs W/C, a large open lounge/diner which leads to a beautiful fully fitted kitchen which includes all white good and benefits from a dishwasher too.

Warbleton Road, Chineham £1,300 PCM

Poppy Field, Lychpit £595 PCM

LODDON PROPERTIES are proud to present this fantastic three bedroom mid terraced house to the rental market. Benefiting from being freshly redecorated and carpeted the property comprises of large and spacious living room, conservatory, kitchen. Upstairs there are two good size double bedrooms, one single bedroom and family bathroom with shower over bath. Outside there is a generous sized private enclosed garden with rear access which leads to the garage and driveway parking. Situated in Chineham the property is located close to local amenities and excellent schools.

LODDON PROPERTIES is very pleased to offer this freshly decorated property situated in a cul-de-sac in Lychpit. This 1 bedroom studio apartment comprises of sitting room/bedroom, open plan kitchen and bathroom with shower over bath, there is allocated parking and it’s ideally situated, being close to A33, providing excellent commuter routes to both M3 & M4. A superb location for local amenities and transport links

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Oakfields, Lychpit £110,000

LODDON PROPERTIES is very pleased to offer this beautiful, one bedroom house to the rental market. The house is well presented throughout, with gas central heating and double glazing. The modern kitchen includes white goods; fridge/ freezer, washer/dryer, built in oven and hob. The lounge is neutrally decorated, there is grey carpet and the benefit of a bay window allowing natural light to flood the room. Upstairs, there is a double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and carpet, a family bathroom with shower over bath.

Loddon Properties are delighted to bring this warden controlled, one bedroom retirement property to the market. The apartment is in excellent decorative order and comprises of hall with extra large storage cupboard, Bedroom, Lounge/Diner and kitchen (including white goods), with a newly fitted bathroom. The property is warden controlled and has a communal lounge where coffee mornings are held on a daily basis, there are laundry facilities on site and a lovely garden with garden furniture for the use of the residents.

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Long Copse Chase, Chineham £775 PCM

Binfields Close, Chineham £96,000

Pigeon Close, Bramley £235,000

LODDON PROPERTIES is to offer this one bedroom, first floor maisonette, over 55’s retirement property within a quiet cul-desac, walking distance to Chineham shopping centre and bus service into Basingstoke. Well presented with front aspect and ample communal parking spaces. The apartment is very airy throughout, boasting kitchen, lounge with a large storage cupboard, bedroom with built in cupboard and bathroom. Double glazed windows and outside storage cupboard. There is a warden on site and the property is leasehold.

NO ONWARD CHAIN! – LODDON PROPERTIES are delighted to offer to the market this sleek and charming two bedroom duplex. The property is situated in a well landscaped, scenic forecourt and is modern throughout. Accommodation on the first floor comprises of entrance hall with storage cupboard and under stair storage, a good sized bedroom, family bathroom containing bath with shower over, generously sized living room and a modern kitchen.

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LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to offer to the market this two bedroom, terraced house. The property features entrance hall, fully fitted kitchen, good size lounge/dining room with French doors opening to the fantastic sized conservatory which boasts underfloor heating. Upstairs comprising of one double bedroom, one single bedroom and family bathroom, both benefiting from built in wardrobes. Outside there is allocated parking to the back and a fully enclosed gravel rear garden with large shed and side access.

LODDON PROPERTIES is delighted to bring to the market this spacious, three bedroom, end terrace house. The accommodation comprises of spacious entrance porch, utility room/wc, modern, front aspect kitchen and large lounge/ dining room. There are French doors that open out to the private enclosed garden and the garden includes a feature pond with waterfall feature and access to the garage. Upstairs are two generous double bedrooms, a single bedroom with built in wardrobe and a large family bathroom with corner bath and shower over, toilet and vanity sink unit.

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Elvetham Rise, Chineham £275,000

Northbrook Crescent, Basingstoke Offers Over £250,000

Penrith Road, Basingstoke Offer Over £200,000

LODDON PROPERTIES are delighted to offer to the market this immaculately presented, two bedroom terrace house in a sought after location in Rooksdown. This property is modern throughout and the ground floor consists of spacious entrance hall, good sized kitchen, cloakroom and rear aspect lounge/diner. The lounge/diner boasts French Doors that lead out to the well landscaped, private enclosed garden which has both patio area and lawn area. Upstairs there is the master bedroom, a second bedroom with built in wardrobes and a modern shower room. The front of the property benefits from a driveway parking space.

NO ONWARD CHAIN!! - LODDON PROPERTIES is pleased to offer this two double bedroom, first floor maisonette with its own garden to the market. Situated within walking distance of the town centre, this home benefits from two double bedrooms, lounge/diner, modern kitchen and family bathroom containing bath with shower over. This property also benefits from its own private enclosed garden to the rear. 939 YEAR LEASE!

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Meet Our Team Dawn Company Owner Dawn founded Loddon Properties and her primary focus is always on the customer, ensuring they receive the optimum care from her and her multi-lingual team. Dawn’s drive and commitment is responsible for developing Loddon Properties into the number one ranked independent estate agency in the area. Outside of work, Dawn is the chairman of the Wellington Boot Club, enjoys cultural travel and has a thing for shoes. She also enjoys good food, her family and her wonderful dog Rolo.

Lyle Lettings Director Lyle is Director of Lettings. Utilising his BA hons in Business Studies, he has expanded the lettings portfolio tremendously, so that Loddon is now the leading lettings agency in the area. He is highly adept at maximising rental income for landlords, works with property investors on acquisitions and is a highly-respected advisor on rental information and property investment. Lyle is now getting used to sleeping a lot less than he used to, as he has recently become a proud father.

Carla Director of Property Management Carla, our Director of Property Management, is a perfectionist and will always strive to deliver the highest level of professional customer service, for both our landlords and tenants. Having worked within customer services for over 20 years and a further 5 years specifically in Property Management, she enjoys working closely with landlords and tenants and as Lettings team leader, thrives in making sure a high level of customer service is delivered, by working hard and being efficient even in difficult situations. As well as her family and dogs, Carla’s main passion is ballroom dancing, though she has yet to receive the call to go on Strictly!

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Neil Property Management Manager As Property Maintenance Manager, with 8 years of experience from all aspects of the Lettings industry Neil brings his vast skills to Loddon, ensuring a smooth transition for both Landlords and Tenants through from inception to finalisation. Neil thrives on providing an excellent, personal service and his attention to detail, with both landlords and tenants alike. Ensuring that, should there be any problems during the tenancy, that they are dealt with in an efficient and timely manner. Neil boasts that working at Loddon is a very enjoyable part of his life. He feels it is not just the work, but the people he works with that make his working day so much fun. In his free time, of which there’s not much, Neil likes to run, hike and wherever possible sunbathe!

Julie Inventories and Inspection Manager Julie has been in the Property Industry since 1997 having started in New Home Sales and progressed to Lettings in 2008 whereby she became an Inventory Consultant/ Property Inspector. Julie’s happy-go-lucky, helpful, positive personality, coupled with her professionalism, allows her to get along with both Landlords and tenants from all walks of life. This comes in useful when she helps deal with any queries resulting from the property inspections, should they arise. Julie’s Role at Loddon is to make and provide Inventories, carry out tenant check-ins & check-outs, along with regular property inspections. She works closely with Carla and Neil and the rest of their teams to ensure the seamless running of the Property Management side of the Company. Julie’s passion for her dogs and love for life uses up most of her spare time!

Marion Head of Sales Progression Marion has been in Estate Agency for over 20 years and during that time has gone from secretary to office manager. With her excellent secretarial and organised administration background, Marion is now Head of our Sales Progression department. She puts her skills to good use. Pulling out all of the stops, making sure all parties are kept updated, ensuring that your journey from sale to completion is as straight forward as possible and most importantly, making sure your moving process is a happy and positive one. Marion is always busy but spends her free time with her family and their animals and taking well-earned holidays in sunnier and hotter climates.

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Dont just take our word for it ..... We had seen a lot of property “for sale” and the “sold” signs around Chineham, so naturally decided to look at Loddon when we were looking at selling. The way that Loddon marketed our property; all the photos were really good, they looked good on site and professional. If we were ever to sell our house again, we would use Loddon.

Lorraine Allcock / Seller

Loddon Properties are a friendly family organisation and we quite enjoyed their company and their approach to the whole thing. They have a great team of people and we felt many of the individuals in there, right from Lyle and Dawn, through to the sales team including Pedro and the lettings team with Carla, everybody seemed to be able to answer questions I have.

Annie Elvin / Seller

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Loddon are really approachable and, if there’s any problem with property, they come to the landlord first to see how you want to progress with it. Unlike a lot of other estate agents, they don’t get work done without you qualifying what you want to be done.

Paul Kennett / Landlord

Excellent service and communication from start to finish I can summarise my buying and selling with Loddon Properties as excellent- from start to finish.

Mr David and Mrs Sylvia Atkinson / Sellers

Loddon have got their finger on the pulse. Understand the market and have been very good at advising me at every level of the transactions.

Mr Herbert Goodenough / Landlord

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