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December 2019

Property News Mid-winter getaways: Will you shun the shivers or hit the slopes for your mid-winter break? PAGE 12

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Last minute gift ideas for everyone

Protect your home this Christmas


Cats adaptation set to prowl cinema screens



Editor’s Letter Welcome to the December issue! ‘Tis the season to be jolly! The countdown to the festivities has well and truly started but fear not; we have got lots inside to help you get prepared for Santa’s visit, as well as preparing you and your home for moving! Moving can be stressful at any time of the year but more so over Christmas and New Year celebrations as there are often lots of things to juggle, all at once: making your home festive and bright, preparing to welcome family and friends, and cooking dinner. Add packing up your home to the list and the to-do list can seem daunting. But fear not: inside this issue we give top tips on moving during one of the busiest times in your social calendar, as well as advice on how to keep your property safe and secure. And if you’re looking for a last minute gift idea or planning a new year escape, then we’ve got those covered too! Wishing you all a magical December. Until next time. Linda McKeown Editor


Deck the halls…

with moving boxes and wine Making the move out of an old house and into a new one in December can be a taxing time. But never fear: we are here to spread festive cheer with some excellent tips to help keep the magic alive during this hectic time

The Tree Buy an artificial tree. We all love the smell of a real Christmas tree, but do you want pine needles in all your moving boxes and around your new home? Artificial trees are easy to pack away and store for the next year and are available in a range of sizes too. They are also cost-effective and if you want a real tree when you’re settled, an artificial tree is great for a kid’s bedroom. Really Elf–ul Tip: Don’t buy an artificial tree with snow-effect spines, buy some snow spray and do it yourself!

Christmas Shopping If you are moving over the festive period, try to get your Christmas shopping done early to avoid rushing around at the last minute. This will give you time to settle into your new home, comfortable knowing that you have finished the Christmas shopping. You will also be able to store any presents in a safe place where they won’t get confused with moving boxes. Love a large Christmas dinner? Avoid busy supermarkets and order your food online early for delivery. When you get your food delivered, you can put it straight away without it overtaking your house. You can stock up for the whole month, saving you the trek to the shops over the busy festive period. Really Elf–ul Tip: Before doing an online food shop, search for any offers available, as most supermarkets do discounts on your first online food shop.

at the same time. Sort through old decorations before your move; if you have any sentimental decorations, keep them. Otherwise, why not buy new decorations for your new home? This way you may free up some boxes for moving while not having to search for the old decorations! Really Elf–ul Tip: Why not wrap used moving boxes in Christmas wrapping paper, ready to put under the tree to make your new home feel even more festive?

Practical Matters Get the heating system checked before you move. If your boiler needs servicing, arrange for a professional to do these jobs before you move. The last thing you need over the holidays is for your heating to break. If you have a log burner or oil heating, ensure you order your logs or oil before you move in. Winter is the busiest season for logs and oil, and you don’t want to be miserable without heat over the festive period.

If your boiler needs servicing, arrange for a professional to do these jobs before you move

No Scrooges Allowed! To keep Christmas spirit flowing, get your kids involved from day one. Keep advent calendars and get your children to write letters to Santa explaining they have moved. Find fun ways to keep the children festive; if you are moving to a new area, find out the best place to visit Santa and any other festive events taking place.

Mark your moving boxes to keep them separate from Christmas decorations. If you mark each box according to which room they are going into, this will make unpacking a lot easier. You could also mark boxes in matter of importance, so you know what needs to be unpacked straight away and what can wait until after the festive period.

If you plan on doing some work to your new home, leave it til after Christmas. You don’t want to be serving Christmas dinner in a half-finished dining room with a cold breeze blowing through. Also, because of the weather, any professionals you may get in will break up for the festive season themselves.

If you have children, you will already understand how many presents they receive over Christmas. Adding these new toys and games onto their already huge existing stash can seem impossible when packing to move. So, why not sit with your children, picking out their favourite toys, and any they no longer play with could be donated to charity. This way, you will have more space at your new home, plus you will have helped to make someone else’s Christmas.

When you are unpacking, this is a great time to bring out the festive cheer by putting up the decorations

Really Elf–ul Tip: Shop around for log and oil prices online. Just like broadband and insurance, there are some fantastic deals to be found.

Really Elf–ul Tip: Christmas movies and Christmas songs are a great way to keep everyone’s spirits up during this busy period.

Moving Boxes

Keep advent calendars and get your children to write letters to Santa explaining they have moved


‘Tis the season

to be careful

Follow these handy tips to make sure Santa isn’t the only one getting into your home during the festive season Christmas is a time for giving, receiving … and, unfortunately, taking. Recent crime figures show that incidents have spiked alarmingly over the two-week festive period and, astonishingly, most of those robberies and burglaries go unsolved. So, what can we do to stop any light-fingered characters casting a black cloud over what should be the brightest and happiest time of the year? Police and leading security experts believe there are many obvious signs registering with thieves that someone has been splashing the cash before Christmas or where Santa has been particularly generous. These include a large build-up of cardboard left alongside bins in the build-up and an abundance of boxes and gift-wrapping left waiting for kerbside collection afterwards. The advice is to break boxes down as small as possible to squeeze into the recycling bins then take them out as late as possible or, better still, take them to your local recycling centre as soon as you can. Aside from advertising your absence with posts on social media about spending the festivities at great aunt Hilda’s in Hartlepool or changing your home answerphone message to say: ‘’Hi, we’re not home right now, we’re off for a week in Val d’Isere and will be back on…’’, experts advise homeowners to take note of the following: Power points: Don’t power your external decorations by trailing an extension cable through a window. It can be an open invitation to burglars, and police say 30 per cent of burglaries occur through open windows.


Opt for solar or batteryoperated lights. Even better, install outdoor electrical outlets. Out of sight: Don’t put your wrapped presents around the Christmas tree if you are going out or away for a few days. If you do, make sure your curtains and blinds are drawn or give the impression someone is at home by keeping a light on, thanks to a programmed timer. The same goes for cars – keep your shopping out of sight in the boot. And lock it. Key to being safe: Don’t hide your house keys ‘in a safe place’ under the third flowerpot from the left on the patio or under the doormat ‘just in case’. Thieves will often look in obvious ‘safe’ places first to make entry easier. Also make sure any ladders are stowed away, and that sheds and garages are securely locked – you wouldn’t want that Christmas bike to get wheeled away or your new set of chisels helping an unwanted guest gain entry. Or, even worse, wind up at a car-boot sale. Paper trail: At any time of year, it’s good practice never to dispose of unwanted receipts and personal paperwork without shredding it. Obviously keep hold of warranty details – and the receipt for that jumper because you seriously under-estimated extra-large – but keep them safe. Take note: Don’t leave any notes for couriers telling them to leave parcels next door. It’s a sure sign the house is unoccupied, so always make sure you’ve given alternative arrangements to delivery companies.

Let a friend park on your drive to give the impression the house is still occupied

Plan ahead: If you are going away, remember to cancel milk or paper deliveries and let a friend park on your drive to give the impression the house is still occupied. If they are trusted neighbours, you could always let them have a key to clear post away from the front doormat. And don’t forget timers for key lights. Very illuminating: Deterrent is still the best form of protection. Safety first: It’s free Invest in a motionto register your sensor floodlight property on At any time of year, or even some Immobilise, which outdoor lights is a national it’s good practice never to highlight property to dispose of unwanted the exterior database of your home; police receipts and personal because even a can access paperwork without determined burglar and search if shredding it won’t fancy being lit suspected stolen up as he goes about property is recovered. his nocturnal activities. A police spokesman said: “Officers regularly Highlighting with decals search the houses of the fact your possessions are suspected criminals and also check security marked, registered on car boot sales and second-hand Immobilise ( dealers and we have a device that and, therefore, traceable gives any can identify stolen property if the potential intruder something else bar code is registered.” to think about. Light work: Make sure your outside decorations aren’t lit up during daylight hours. You could probably get away with it on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but not on the Monday after. Timers again can help, as can a neighbour with a key. Keep a watch on the neighbourhood: Even if you can’t afford the latest surveillance equipment, it costs nothing to keep an eye out for any suspicious-looking strangers on the street. They could be innocent, but they could also be scouting for victims.


Ho! Ho! Ho!

Christmas is fast approaching; and if you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for your loved ones, here we feature some of our favourite finds to help you along your way



The Everything Chocolate Collection This fab little selection of chocolate is perfect for any chocaholic. Featuring 40% Milk Puddles, Billionaire’s Shortbread, Chocolate Brownies, Salted Caramel Puddles, Patisserie Collection and selection of Nano Slabs. Yum! £27.50

Ghd Platinum+ & Air Limited Edition Rose Gold Deluxe Set Surprise someone special with ghd’s most deluxe styling gift set yet. Includes award-winning Platinum+ styler, Air hair dryer and smart vanity case. Ergonomic design ideal for left and right handed users. £298

The Yankee Candle and Pink Rose Bouquet Mix Containing a selection of official Yankee Candle votives, silk roses and chocolate, all presented in a bouquet, this unique gift is ideal for any candle and chocolate lover. Featuring 5 votive candles, silk roses and a choice of chocolate. £31.95


Space NK x Selfish Mother Set Working with Molly Gunn, founder of the Selfish Mother blog and the FMLY Store, Space NK have created a kit of musthave beauty treats for skin and hair. £5+VAT from every sale goes to national domestic abuse charity Refuge. £30



Bomb Cosmetics Superheroes Saviour Gift Pack

English Pewter Company Tumbler

Give your very own superhero a treat that they can indulge in! Containing Shower Gel, Soap, Bath Mallow, Bath Blaster, it’s sure to help lift their mood.

This 11oz tumbler measures 9cm in height and has an elegant pewter base to both add style and to give the tumbler a satisfying weight when being used. Main 100% pewter. Outer 100% glass.



Leather Belt Gift Set Cut from leather with a subtle grained texture, this belt from Ted Baker showcases a sleek metal buckle with branded loop, while its reverse is accented in a contrasting finish. Presented in a stylish box. £55

Personalised Bedside Watch and Phone Stand

Stylish, contemporary and made by Mijmoj Design, this handcrafted solid walnut or oak personalised bedside watch stand is perfect for that hard-to-buy-for man in your life. Featuring luxury grey or brown leather detail. Can be personalised with front and back engravings. £39.95




Monopoly Toy Story


With the recent release of Toy Story 4, now you can get in on the action with this special edition Monopoly. Choose to play as Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep, Jessie, Alien, or Rex while you journey around the gameboard visiting some of the favourite places featured in the Toy Story films such as Andy’s Room and Al’s Toy Barn. For two to six players. £24

David Walliams Box Set This funky and colourful set of books includes David Walliams’ The Boy in the Dress, Ratburger, Mr Stink, Billionaire Boy and Gangsta Granny. Perfect for any avid bookworm. £34.99

Emoji Game The perfect card game for the kids! Will you be the first player to collect a suite of emojis before your rivals? And who will be crowned emoji king or queen in this fun and frantic family game? £8

15-Piece Toy China Tea Set Inspire imaginative play with this fine china set that’s been designed for little hands. Includes teacups and saucers, milk, sugar jugs and a teapot. £10




Christmas Tails Santa Belt Dog Socks Red

2019 top ten Christmas toys

Get your pet into the holiday spirit with these Santa belt socks, featuring a Santa belt pattern in a pull-on style with elastic at top. £5

If you’re wondering what the must-have toys are this year, according to toy retailer, Smyths, these are the top ten!


Fur Real Friends Cubby The Curious Bear, £69.99


PAW Patrol Super PAWs Mighty Jet Command Centre, £49.99


LEGO 75957 Harry Potter The Knight Bus, £27.99


Pets Alive Boppi the Booty Shakin’ Llama, £19.99


L.O.L Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper Playset, £99.99


Ryan’s World Giant Mystery Egg Gold, £49.99


Barbie Travel DreamPlane, £59.99


NERF Fortnite AR-E Motorised Blaster, £7.99


Push ‘N Talk Forky 22cm Action Figure Toy Story 4, £24.99


Disney Frozen 2 Arendelle castle, £159.99

Cardboard Cat DJ Scratching Deck This Cat Scratching Pad enables your furry pet to scratch away – in style – without fear of ruining the furniture! Comes as a flat pack cardboard kit: no glue is required. £24.99




fi adaptation

to hit cinema screens

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s successful West End and Broadway musical, Cats, is recognised as being one of the most successful musicals of all time and has now been adapted for the big screen Since 1981, the musical Cats has been a massive stage hit around the world and now this holiday season, the live action remake is hitting cinemas up and down the UK. Cats is based on ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’; a book dating back to 1939. It was written by T.S Eliot and contains many different but linked poems telling the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the one night every year when they make the “Jellicle choice” which decides which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. The film, which is based on the stage musical, is directed by Tom Hooper who is most noted for his previous box office hit Les Misérables which he directed in 2012. The production also involves other Hollywood heavyweights such as Steven Spielberg and choreographer Andy Blankenbuerhler, with screenplay by Lee Hall (Billy Elliott). The stage show has millions of adoring fans across the globe, many of whom have seen the show on multiple occasions, so the film has, in their eyes, a lot to live up to. Since the film’s trailer was released in July of this year, it has received mixed reviews. Many described the animated felines as “horrifying” or “cursed”; however, fans of the poems have praised this as being closer to T.S Eliot’s original concept.

Cats is based on ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’; a book dating back to 1939


Due to the success of the stage musical, the film was always going to need a stellar cast and with big names such as; James Corden, Sir Ian McKellan, Idris Elba, Jason Derulo, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and Dame Judi Dench, the film adaptation is most definitely in good hands. The most important question for Cats’ fans however is who would take on the role of Grizabella, whose song ‘Memories’ is possibly the most iconic song from the musical. This was originally sung by Elaine Paige and in the film, this role is taken by Hollywood star Jennifer Hudson. The film is due for release on 20th December 2019 and although there is little information regarding the film, it appears that it will make use of cutting-edge motion capture technology and CGI techniques to transform the actors into their cat personalities. This has caused much division amongst die-hard fans, with the first trailer being negatively received. However, Andrew Lloyd Webber is on board with the new direction of his musical: so much so, that he has written a new song to be included in the film.

p u k o o C a feast! Image used for illustration purposes

Put a twist on your Christmas dinner this year by offering your guests this moist Christmas turkey roll created by chef Tom Kerridge. It features a crunchy topping and a bacon stuffing

Roast turkey roll

Preparation time: less than 30 mins Cooking time: 1 to 2 hours Serves: 6-8


For the crumble topping

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100g/31/2oz pork scratchings 1 00g/31/2oz sourdough bread, broken into pieces and baked until crisp 100g/31/2oz shelled pistachios, roughly chopped 50g/13/4oz dried cranberries, roughly chopped 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1 orange, zest only

For the stuffing mix

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00g/1lb 12oz sausage meat 8 400g/14oz onion, finely chopped and fried until translucent 100g/31/2oz cooked and peeled chestnuts, finely chopped 160g/51/2oz fresh breadcrumbs 1 bunch fresh sage, chopped 2 tsp salt 3 tsp cracked black pepper 100g/31/2oz dried cranberries 1 tbsp juniper berries, crushed 20 rashers smoked streaky bacon (approximately 250-300g/9-101/2oz)

For the turkey • • •

-2.2kg/4lb 8oz-5lb boneless and skinless turkey breast 2 140g/5oz brown sauce bread sauce, to serve

Method 1. For the crumble topping, crush the pork scratchings and the sourdough pieces in a bowl. Add the pistachios, cranberries and thyme. Mix with your hands and set aside in a covered container. 2. For the stuffing, mix all ingredients together apart from the bacon. 3. Trim any bits of fat or membrane from the turkey. With a sharp knife, open out the turkey breast as if you are butterflying it. Place the turkey between two sheets of cling film and flatten it out a little with a rolling pin. 4. Cut two large pieces of aluminium foil and lay the turkey breast on top. Season with salt and pepper. Spread a generous dollop of the stuffing mix in a 5mm/1/4in layer onto the turkey breast and then use the foil to help you roll it up like a Swiss roll. Completely encase the turkey in the two layers of foil and secure with cook's string at regular intervals along the length of the roll. Place in the fridge until needed. 5. Preheat the oven to 120C/250F/Gas1/2. 6. Add 400ml/14floz boiling water to a deep roasting tin. Place a wire rack in the tin and place the rolled turkey breast on top.

Cover the roasting tin with aluminium foil. 7. Roast in the oven for 11/2-2 hours, then check the core temperature with a meat thermometer. You are looking for a temperature of 70C/160F. If it is not ready, place back into the oven and continue to cook. Once cooked, remove from the oven, cover with aluminium foil and set aside to rest for 40 minutes. When cool, remove the string and foil. 8. For the stuffing, preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3 and line a terrine mould or flameproof bowl with the streaky bacon, leaving some excess hanging over the sides. Pack the mould with the remaining stuffing mix and wrap the bacon over the top. 9. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes, or until the middle has reached 70C/160F on a meat thermometer. When cooked, remove from the oven and set aside to rest for 20 minutes. 10. After 20 minutes, turn out the stuffing and pat dry. Heat the grill to hot, then grill the stuffing until the bacon is crisp. 11. When rested, remove the turkey from the roasting tin and brush a thick layer of brown sauce over the top. Cover with the Christmas crumble mix, top with a little orange

zest and serve straight away with the stuffing. This recipe, and more, can be found at


It’s one of the great modern-day dilemmas for holidays at this time of year: shun the shivers for sunnier climes or embrace the cold and hit the slopes. It’s time to choose…

Daylight hours are short, invariably grey, damp, dismal. Christmas always passes in a blur of twinkling lights and belt-straining over-indulgence. Equally, the New Year sails past in a symphony of popping corks and already-broken resolutions. Of course, the antidote to January and days when you can’t feel your toes is to slide those same toes into

a warm, azure sea or thick socks and snug snow boots en-route to a day on the slopes. If the bank balance can take the strain, there’s nothing quite like the boost of a midwinter break for recharging batteries run down by excess and extravagance. But do you blow the Christmas bonus and annual pay-rise or do it on a budget?

Life's a beach SCRIMP: TENERIFE


Brits have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Tenerife, largely because in summer it’s hot, tacky and rammed with tourists. In January, it’s almost the opposite: average temperatures have recently been 20 degrees C, there are four wet days during the month, and it’s easier to get out and see the real Canaries’ culture. Car hire is reasonable, making the Teide National Park and Siam Park waterpark accessible. Plus you can get flights from £54 ( and plan your own break while TUI’s seven-day holidays start at £330 per person ( SPLASH: BARBADOS


Just as Britain is shivering in January, one of our outposts, Barbados, is similarly suffering one of its coldest months – at a mere 28 degrees C. If island culture is your thing, slurping a rum cocktail while lounging on a white sandy beach takes some beating.


Imagine colonial splendour against a cloudless sky and you’re halfway there. It’s not as eye-wateringly expensive as you might think with seven-night breaks from £891 (britishairways. com) – you may even catch some cricket where rain, possibly on ten days a month, stops play. SPLURGE: DUBAI


The sky’s the limit here. Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, the staggering 828m Burj Khalifa, some of the world’s most opulent hotels, amazing shopping, both traditional and modern… and skiing. In the desert, or to be precise, at the Mall of the Emirates. With penguins. So, you get the best of both worlds. As well as average temperatures of 24 degrees C, the Dubai Shopping Festival runs throughout January to test your retail resilience. As for hotels, offer five nights at the Doubletree by Hilton on Marjan Island for £759. Alternatively, if there’s someone in your life you really need to impress – or grovel to – Tropical Sky can get you five nights in the seven-star rated Burj al Arab for a princely £3,249 per person.

If island culture is your thing, slurping a rum cocktail while lounging on a white sandy beach takes some beating

The slippery slopes SCRIMP: SÖLL, AUSTRIA


Most armchair skiers will be familiar with Kitzbühel but only the enthusiasts will know Söll, which shares some of its famous neighbour’s ski area. The Kitzbüheler Alpen AllStarCard covers 10 Austrian ski areas including Kitzbühel, St Johann in Tirol and the new area of Alpbachtal and Wildschönau – more than 1,000km of piste – for £188 for six days. Right in the centre lies Söll, which has a lively après-ski atmosphere and where seven nights B&B in mid-January will cost from £485 (crystalski. The slight disadvantage is the slopes are about 1km from town. SPLASH: ZERMAT, SWITZERLAND


With the magnificent Matterhorn as a backdrop, Zermatt is a wintersport enthusiast’s dream with 350km of trails and slopes. Here you can ski over a mountain pass in Switzerland and down into a trail in another country – the Matterhorn’s southern face is in Italy, and skiing over the Theodul Pass leads into the immense trail system of Breuil-Cervinia in the Val d’Aosta. Transfer time from Geneva is more than two hours but the skiing is well worth it. have some good offers with seven nights in mid-January setting you back £969 for a mid-range hotel.



The resort to be seen in, whether you intend to tackle the slopes or not. The sport in the iconic Colorado town matches the resort’s celebrity status with four separate areas – known as the Aspen Snowmass – to challenge skiers of all standards. The adventurous head for Aspen Mountain, the beginners tackle Buttermilk, and the hung-over stick to the centre of the Victorian town with its posh boutiques and replenish their calorie intake in the wide-ranging restaurants. There is, of course, an area the locals frequent where prices are a little more reasonable. Hotels are equally far-ranging, with offering January holidays from £2,113 to £3,231, which includes ski rentals and lift passes.

If the bank balance can take the strain, there’s nothing quite like the boost of a midwinter break for recharging batteries


English sport

review 2019

It’s been a spectacular year for English sport; here we look through some of the highs

Motor Racing Lewis Hamilton won his sixth world title in November with a second-place finish at the United States Grand Prix. The title moves him up to second in the all-time list, leaving him just one behind Michael Schumacher. In what he has called, “his toughest season ever”, Hamilton only won two races out of seven before the United States race. The 35-year-old has now set his sights on a seventh world title and more with the suggestion that his skills have yet to peak. This was his third title in a row, and it is hard to see anyone stopping him next year.

Football The Premier League is still the ultimate football championship in the world, shrugging off Ligue 1, the Bundesliga and La Liga. Yes, players still clamber to play for Real Madrid and Barcelona, but with worldclass managers like Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp in the Premier League it is, without doubt, the most competitive league around. This was shown by English teams winning not one European competition, but two, this year in Liverpool in the Champions League, and Chelsea in the Europa League.


Lewis Hamilton won his sixth world title in November with a second-place finish at the United States Grand Prix

England may have lost the Ashes, but they were unstoppable in the ICC World Cup. After a sluggish start, losing to Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan they then produced some of the most exciting cricket of the year to beat New Zealand on boundary count after the game was tied at 241 runs. It was England’s first time winning the competition and hopes were high going into the Ashes against Australia, and despite some edge of your seat cricket and tournament stealing performances from Ben Stokes, Australia ended up victorious.

Rugby Union For one match the England Rugby team, led by Owen Farrell, made us


believe this was our year at the Rugby World Cup. After sailing through the group stages and into the knockout rounds, England impressed with a 40-16 win over Australia in the quarterfinal and an even more impressive defeat of New Zealand 19-7 in the semi-final; giving us all flashbacks of Jonny Wilkinson, Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio et al. Unfortunately, the final was where it all fell apart (or picked apart) by a South Africa team who had steamrollered every team in their path, remaining undefeated throughout the tournament.

Sports Personality of the Year With such a blistering array of talent, here are our picks of some of the standout performers in their sports this year.

Raheem Sterling, football: The standout English player in the Premier League over the past year. Once misunderstood, it’s not only his football prowess that stands him out from the rest but his work for local communities and his stance on racism in the game.

Ben Stokes, cricket: Cricket all-rounder Stokes won the ‘Professional Cricketers’ Association player of the year award’ after helping England to their historic World Cup win, followed by his incredible unbeaten 135 in the Ashes.

Dina Asher- -Smith, athletics: Sprinter Asher-Smith won 200m gold and 100m silver at the IAAF world championships and helped the 4x1000m team to a silver place finish. Asher-Smith and fellow athlete Johnson-Thompson are the stars needed to pique interest in athletics in the build-up to the Olympics next year.

T ‘ theis

Season... Ornaments

Ornaments are a great and easy way to make your house festive with no Blu-tac or Sellotape. You could go classical with wooden nutcrackers or more modern with light-up LED Santa’s and reindeers. There are plenty of options for external ornaments as well such as wicker reindeers with LED lighting and snowmen. A favourite will always be an automotive train on a track around the bottom of the Christmas tree!

Christmas Tree

A Christmas tree is always the centrepiece of any living room during the festive season. Whether you are planning on a real tree or a fake tree, pick out a colour scheme early on so you can colour match your baubles and tinsel. One of our favourites is a classical colour scheme incorporating simple reds, silvers and whites. Alternatively, you could go more natural with real wood decorations for your tree such as pinecones you’ve picked up over autumn.

to get creative with your decorations! With Christmas fast approaching, you’ll be thinking about decorating your home. Here are some easy ways to get your property festive – and fast

cheer this year. Why not create your own with pinecones and snow spray or tinsel, or go even bolder and make use of last years’ Christmas baubles?


Don’t pull a Clark Griswold this year with your Christmas lights! Subtle colours such as warm white or ice blue are very ontrend this year. You can create a lovely icicle effect with blue lights hanging from staircases or around your windows. Multicolour lights are still popular, especially if you have children. These look best when hanging from a Christmas tree.

Faux Presents

Leftover wrapping paper from last Christmas? Why not make use of it by wrapping up empty boxes and placing them under your tree early to create a lovely festive mood in your home – with the added insurance that your partner or little ones won’t ruin their surprise when they try to sneak a peek?

holiday season and are available in festive scents such as Winter Spice, Berry and Pine Cone, Gingerbread and Mulled Wine.

Models & Scenes

Another lovely way to set the scene this Christmas are musical and light-up Christmas scenes such as Musical Villages scenes, Christmas Carousels and singing father Christmases. These wonderful ornaments are perfect for completing your home this Christmas and look fab when above a feature fireplace or in the window.

Final Tip

Christmas is a time of joy and a time for family; so, remember not to stress out when untangling the Christmas lights or when the tinsel breaks!

& Christmas Wreaths Candles other scents Christmas wreaths are a classic way to add some classy festive spirit to your property before you even step inside. With fake or real options available, wreaths are an inexpensive way to add some Christmas

Nothing says Christmas like the smell of the Christmas tree and freshly baked cookies and cakes. Candles and wax melts are a great way to keep your home smelling festive throughout the


The Dell in Kingsclere





ÂŁ3,250 pcm

Nestled between Newbury and Basingstoke in the historic village of Kingsclere, this prime contemporary home is designed with complete privacy and lifestyle in mind. Perfectly positioned to take advantage of the splendid views of both the garden and surrounding countryside. Offering quick and easy access to main roads, this well appointed home with unique features has it all. Spacious and well designed for the extended family seeking ample entertainment space both indoor and outdoors, luxurious accommodation and space to work from home or indulge hobbies. The property is approached through wooden gates to a driveway leading up to the house, offering ample parking and access to the double garage. Downstairs, a grand entrance hall leads you to a large dual aspect drawing room with doors out to a patio. A farmhouse sized kitchen with Aga, leading to the patio and on to the private garden stocked with mature trees, shrubs and flowers. TV/family room, guest bedroom with Jack and Jill en suite, as well as a study, utility and cloakroom. Upstairs are a further 4 spacious bedrooms, 2 with en suite with the master suite also having a separate dressing room.

The Dell in Kingsclere ÂŁ595,000

LODDON PROPERTIES - In the heart of the pretty Hampshire village of Kingsclere, you will find in an exclusive private road, this stunning, detached, character cottage, built in the 19th century and extended in 1993, surrounded by well stocked, extensive front and rear gardens. A gravel path leads up the front garden to a large brick and wood open storm porch. The front door opens into a large living room with brick fireplace and wall and ceiling beams, stairs to the first floor and door through to the separate dining room. A small hallway leads to the downstairs cloakroom and then into the generous kitchen/breakfast room with access into the dining room and double doors out to the garden. A separate utility room also has direct access to the garden. Upstairs there are five bright bedrooms, including the master bedroom, which benefits from an en-suite shower room and double built in wardrobes, there is also a large light family bathroom with shower over the bath. Outside the rear garden has a large patio across the back of the house, generous lawn areas and well stocked mature borders with established shrubs, bushes and trees.

01256 808454 Chineham Shopping Centre, Reading Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 8BQ


Amport Road, Sherfield Park





ÂŁ1,650 pcm

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to present this rarely available well proportioned four/five bedroom home built by Croudace in the popular award winning Sherfield Park Development. The ground floor offers spacious and flexible family living accommodation comprising of an entrance hall that leads to a very impressive newly fully fitted kitchen/dining area which is flooded with natural light from the large sash style windows. Further to this there is a cloakroom and lounge with feature fire place and double doors leading into the private enclosed low maintenance garden which also has direct access into the Garage. On the first floor is the extravagant master suite which has en suite and built in storage/dressing area, as well as a modern freestanding bath overlooking the garden. There is a further double bedroom/reception room and balcony overlooking open views of the Nature Reserve to the front of the property.

The Street, Old Basing


CHAIN FREE!! Loddon Properties is pleased to offer to the market this 3 bedroom bungalow in the heart of the historical village of OLD BASING. On approach this home offers a large front garden with adequate parking for over 6 cars! On the ground floor the property consists of a large open plan modern kitchen with breakfast bar and separate utility room. Further to this there is a large living room with period feature fire with log burner, across the hall you will find a separate dining room with log burner and fitted sideboard. Two of the bedrooms and the family bathroom are also situated on the ground floor, with the third bedroom, with en-suite upstairs. To the rear this home offers a large patio area for entertaining family and friends with a private enclosed garden and shed. Down a separate drive to the side of the main house, leads to a large outbuilding/office with potential for use as a separate annex, subject to planning permission.

Highmoors, Chinehamm


LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to bring to the market this three bedroom link detached family home. This well presented home offers entrance hall with cloakroom, a generous lounge with access into the bright, kitchen/dining room with built in oven, hob and cookerhood and French doors into the garden. Upstairs are three generous size bedrooms and a modern family bathroom. The property has driveway parking with gate to the garden and an additional garden area to the front, whilst the back boasts a secluded, fully enclosed, private garden with a large patio area, mature shrubs & trees and lawn area. Chineham is a highly sought after area, with good schools, local amenities, doctors, dentist and Chineham Shopping Centre. Commuter routes on the A33 lead to the M4 & Reading and the M3, with Festival Place in Basingstoke town centre and the mainline train station, serving fast trains to London Waterloo (approx. 35mins) and the West country.

Marshcourt, Lychpit


LODDON PROPERTIES - Bring to the market this rarely available four bedroom detached family home in an exclusive Lychpit cul de sac location close to local woodland and amenities. Offering spacious and flexible accommodation comprising a good size entrance hall with a family room, cloakroom and utility room, stairs leading down into a large, light lounge with full wall double doors to the rear garden, vaulted ceiling and skylight over the staircase, a good size separate dining room with double doors to the garden and a modern kitchen with built in oven, hob and cookerhood, cupboard lighting and side aspect window. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, the master includes built in wardrobes and an en suite shower room with double shower cubicle, bedroom four is currently being used as a dressing room and there is a family bathroom. Outside the property has generous driveway parking leading to a two door double garage, a front lawn with borders and mature trees and bushes. The sunny rear garden is fully enclosed and family friendly and comprises a full width raised decked patio across the back of the house, good size lawn with flower and shrub borders and mature trees

01256 808454 Chineham Shopping Centre, Reading Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 8BQ


Rockbourne Road, Sherfield

ÂŁ895 pcm

LODDON PROPERTIES are proud to offer to the market this 2 double bedroom apartment on the popular Sherfield Park Development. This beautiful home is Available NOW. This property offers two large double bedrooms, master with sliding fitted wardrobes and has its own en-suite with full vanity units and large double shower. Further to this the apartment has a family bathroom with shower over bath and large open plan dual aspect lounge/ diner/kitchen. The spacious kitchen includes all white goods including dishwasher, fridge/freezer, oven, hob and washer/dryer. This property also has a secure entry system gives access to the well maintained communal areas and lift access to all floors. Further benefits include storage cupboards, double glazing, gas central heating. There is allocated parking off road to the rear of the property.

Richards Field, Chineham

ÂŁ1,200 pcm

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to offer this 3 bedroom semi-detached town house situated in a cul-de-sac location in CHINEHAM. This family home benefits from a downstairs cloakroom, garage and separate utility room on the lower floor. On the first floor there is a front aspect lounge and large modern kitchen/diner. On the top floor there is a family bathroom and 3 bedrooms, with the master bedroom benefiting from a 3 piece en-suite bathroom. Outside the property has a low maintenance private enclosed rear garden and garage with driveway parking.




Kenilworth Road, Winklebury £230,000

Loddon Properties are pleased to bring to the market this well presented, 2 bed end terraced, beautifully refurbished, modern house situated in a sought after cul de sac location. The property offers well planned accommodation comprising; porch, sitting room, open plan kitchen/dining room with patio doors out to the private enclosed garden. On the first floor there are two good sized bedrooms with storage and a family bathroom, with shower over.

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to offer this three bedroom, end of terrace house to market. The property is in good condition and benefits from a large refitted kitchen/ dining room with an integrated fridge/ freezer, integrated washing machine and dishwasher. Family room, a generous sized living room and cloakroom. Upstairs has three double bedrooms and a fabulous family bathroom with shower over the bath. Outside there are both front and rear gardens and ample parking.

Warbleton Road, Chineham £1,250 pcm

Oldberg Gardens, Basingstoke £950 pcm





Mulberry Way, Chineham £279,000

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to offer this 3 Bedroom Family Home to the rental market, in a quiet cul-de-sac in Chineham. The property comprises of a fully fitted kitchen including washing machine, fridge/ freezer, dishwasher and cooker with double oven. There is a spacious living room with a brand new double glazed UPVC conservatory overlooking the secluded south facing private enclosed garden with shed, and downstairs cloakroom. Upstairs is a Master bedroom with fully fitted wardrobes and storage plus two further bedrooms, one double, one single.

LODDON PROPERTIES presents this one bedroom first floor apartment to the rental market. Offered unfurnished, the property comprises a bright and airy lounge/ diner, open plan kitchen with integrated appliances, one double bedroom with built in wardrobe and a modern family bathroom with shower.

01256 808454 Chineham Shopping Centre, Reading Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 8BQ






Mill Close, Sherfield £175,000

Richmond Road, Basingstoke £249,500

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to bring this property to the market, situated in an enviable position, walking distance to two local public houses and in a small apartment block, this one bedroom property is a must view for first time buyers and investors. The accommodation comprises, an entrance hall leading to the living room/ diner with bay window, modern fitted kitchen, good sized double bedroom and a modern family bathroom. Externally, there is a designated parking space and green areas.

LODDON PROPERTIES is pleased to present this beautiful 2 Bedroom House to the market. Built in the 1930’s in an Art-Deco style, this is your chance to rent a little bit of style and character from the 30’s. Stunning large windows in all the rooms help flood the apartment with natural light. It is packed with period features throughout. There is a private entrance, large hallway. Further benefits include gas central heating, double glazing, new boiler and new kitchen.

Coppice Pale, Chineham £207,500

Norn Hill, Basingstoke £725 pcm

Loddon Properties is pleased to bring to the market a very well presented two bedroom second floor apartment with accommodation comprising lounge/diner, fitted kitchen with appliances, en suite shower room to master bedroom, further bathroom. Communal Entrance Hall leading to Property. Entrance Hall, with two storage cupboards. The Living / Dining Room has dual aspect double glazed windows, double glazed patio doors with Juliet balcony and arch to Kitchen. Built in electric oven and gas hob with cooker hood over.

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to bring to the rental market this one double bedroom first floor apartment. This property is offered unfurnished and comprises of a lounge/ diner with an arch leading to the fully fitted modern kitchen, a Jack and Jill bathroom and a very large master bedroom. Further to this the property benefits from allocated parking and ample storage cupboards. This property is situated at the rear of the modern development and is ideally positioned walking distance to both Basingstoke town Centre and Train Station.




Loddon properties are pleased to present this 2 bedroom ground floor maisonette in Chineham to the rental market. The property is positioned at the end of a cul-de-sac and as such benefits from a quiet location, with entrance to a private car park with allocated parking. There is a secluded entrance to the property which has doors into each of the double bedrooms, the family bathroom with shower over bath and the lounge area. The lounge has patio doors which lead onto the large maintained communal gardens, which allows for some private space.

LODDON PROPERTIES - NO ONWARD CHAIN!!! A first floor studio flat situated in the Carpenters Down area of Basingstoke offering living room/bedroom, separate kitchen, study/dressing room and separate shower room.

Churchill Place, Churchill Way £649,500

Chilworth Way in Sherfield 1,950pcm

Set in an enviable position with no through or passing traffic and approached along a small private road onto woodland, six bedroom detached family home with a separate one bedroom annexe. The property has a classic entrance hall with downstairs cloakroom, a stunning, light, triple aspect living room with fireplace and doors out to the rear garden, a large separate dining room with space for a 10 seater table, modern, stylish, luxury kitchen/breakfast room with built in oven hob and appliances, double doors out to the rear patio area and a separate utility room with rear garden access.

LODDON PROPERTIES are very pleased to offer to the rental market this beautifully presented four double bedroom detached family home. Built to the Chelworth design by David Wilson Homes, this property offers fantastically sized accommodation throughout consisting of a large dual aspect living room, study/family room, modern fitted kitchen-breakfast room with separate diner, utility room, down stairs cloakroom and a spacious grand entrance hall on the ground floor.




Montserrat Place, Basingstoke £89,950


Tangway, Chineham £850 pcm

01256 808454 Chineham Shopping Centre, Reading Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 8BQ









This home benefits from entrance hall, cloakroom, a large living room through to a separate dining room with patio doors out to the garden. A generous, modern kitchen/ family room with built in oven, hob and extractor, again with patios doors to the rear garden. Additionally, an adjoining utility room with access to the garage and rear garden. Upstairs is a large master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and en suite with walk in shower. Three further bedrooms and family bathroom. Outside to the front there is a double garage.

We are delighted to offer this immaculately presented, three bedroom semi detached house in a sought after cul de sac location within Chineham. Comprising entrance porch, dual aspect, bright, generous living/dining room with feature fireplace and patio doors to the garden, sleek, modern kitchen with built in oven, hob and cookerhood. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, one benefiting from a wall of built in wardrobes and a modern three piece shower room with large curved shower cubicle, vanity sink and w.c. Outside to the front there is a block bricked driveway.

Wood End in Chineham £649,500

LODDON PROPERTIES - are delighted to bring to the rental market this four/five bedroom detached family home which has been refurbished to an exceptionally high standard and is located in a sought after road in Old Basing. Set well back from the road and approached by a generous block paved driveway, the front door opens into an impressive entrance hall with solid wood flooring, that continues throughout the downstairs reception rooms and a stunning wood staircase.

Set in an enviable position with no through or passing traffic and approached along a small private road onto woodland, six bedroom detached family home with a separate one bedroom annexe. The property has a classic entrance hall with downstairs cloakroom, a stunning, light, triple aspect living room with fireplace and doors out to the rear garden, a large separate dining room with space for a 10 seater table, modern, stylish, luxury kitchen/breakfast room with built in oven hob and appliances, double doors out to the rear patio area and a separate utility room with rear garden access.





Fairthorne Rise, Old Basing 1,995pcm




Petersfield in Chineham £335,000


Warbleton Road, Chineham £525,000

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.

Pedro Office Manager Pedro is our Office Manager and has over 20 years of sales experience in both Banking and Estate Agency. He understands that the buying and selling of a home is one of the biggest decisions in a customer’s life and guides them through this smoothly. His calm manner and vast experience have a soothing effect on the sometimes turbulent world we work in. Outside of work, Pedro is a keen cook, recreating many dishes from his Southern European homeland.

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!

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.

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

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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