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LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

PROPERTY NEWS

MARCH 2021

LIVING ROOM RENOVATIONS BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO YOUR LIVING SPACE TODAY KIT-OUT YOUR GARDEN BE SPRING-READY WITH THE BEST GARDEN FURNITURE

ST PATRICK’S DAY RECIPES COOK AN IRISH FEAST TO CELEBRATE ST. PADDY’S DAY

NEW MUSIC FROM STARS CLASSIC BANDS RELEASING BRAND NEW MUSIC

BEAT THE BOREDOM HOBBIES TO TRY AT HOME TO KEEP YOU BUSY


CONTENTS COVER STORY

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Living room renovations Breathe new life into your living space today

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Kit-out your garden Be spring-ready with the best garden furniture Our latest instructions Take a look at a selection of our latest properties on the market About us Get to know our team a little better and see why we are your agent of choice

FOOD

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A feast for St Patrick’s Day Tasty Irish recipes, perfect for celebrating St Paddy’s day

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A matter of time The clocks go forward this month, but what does it all mean?

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A head-start on your garden There are certain seeds and bulbs you can now start to sow

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The Many Saints of Newark What to expect from the film based on The Sopranos series

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New music from old stars We look at the classic bands releasing new music

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Beat the boredom Put some bounce into spring with a new hobby

SPORT

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Reaching for the pot of gold The race to reach the Premier League is entering the last leg

WELCOME TO THE MARCH ISSUE! The schools go back in a week and, at the end of the month, outdoor sports facilities will reopen and the rule of six will come back into place. This is obviously positive news for everyone, especially with the days getting longer. This month, to coincide with the positive news, we want to help you get your garden up to scratch and to do so we have two great features about your outdoor space. The first includes the ‘best buys’ to kit-out-your-garden in styles, and the second is our Spring gardening guide. At the end of the month the clocks change; lighter evenings are coming and on pages 4&5 we have an in-depth look at the

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process. Moving inside, we have a superb feature with some incredible, space-saving living room renovation ideas. In the middle, we celebrate St. Patrick’s day with some traditional Irish recipes, and, on top of all these, we have a preview of The Many Saints of Newark, the best new music releases from old favourites and a look at the EFL Championship teams pushing for promotion this Spring. The clouds are clearing and there is light at the tunnel… Remember, Stay Safe, Stay Positive. Jonathan Wheatley Editor

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ack in August, the UK recorded a record-breaking heatwave. Therefore we can be hopeful of rivalling temperatures in 2021. So, in preparation, here are some perfect DIY garden ideas so you can make the most of celebrating the British Summer from your own home.

COOK OUTDOORS

If you want to capitalise on the warm weather this Summer, then give yourself a good excuse to cook outside, and treat yourself to a new barbecue, or, if you feel like getting hands-on, then check out how you can design a barbecue from scratch. Perhaps you would like to go a step further. In this case, look to build a whole outdoor kitchen so you can really make the garden the place to be. As well as increasing your living space, its openness provides the perfect opportunity for entertaining guests, and allows everyone to gather around whilst dinner is being prepared.

SNUGGLE UP IN THE DARK

A really stylish way to transform your garden is to install a fire pit. Through just a few easy steps, and a handful of materials, you can create a stunning visual display, which is equally as practical. On cool evenings a firepit can provide you with some much needed warmth, and add some colour to your garden. On top of this, they are the perfect crowd-pleaser. With just the addition of a few chairs, fire pits are great for socialising late into the night. They can also offer a great way of cooking food. For example, you can place a grill rack over the top in order to give your dinner the authentic taste of a campfire. And what’s more, the fire pit is the gift that keeps on giving, because it can be used throughout the year. Just grab some blankets, and experience its warmth into the winter months.


CREATING

YOUR OWN

SUMMER

PARADISE

SOAK UP THE RAYS

There is nothing more exciting about the Summer months than the prospect of hot weather

TAKE THE PARTY OUTSIDE

If you want to take the good times anywhere you go this summer, then why not create your own home bar? For example, if there is a rustic shed at the end of your garden which is going unused, then why not dust it down and revamp it into an industrial pub shed. Or, if you fancy going for a slightly more minimalist approach, then choose to extend a bar counter onto the outside of the kitchen. By merely switching to appropriate windows, this can transform your kitchen into a restaurant-like bar in seconds, and make it easy to transfer food and drink across, creating a link between your kitchen and patio. And if you fancy designing a bar that can follow you around the garden, then opt for a sturdy bar cart, and fill it with all the drinks of a fully-stocked bar, so that, wherever you are, the party is never far behind.

How many times have you basked in the summer heat, and wished you had a hot tub to be soaking in? Well this year, make this dream a reality! There are so many reasons why getting one would be a fruitful investment. For example, along with a fire pit, a hot tub is not restrictive to the summer season, so you can relax in one whether it’s sunny or snowing. They also add a very bold statement to any household. They’re great for entertaining guests, or if you’d prefer to use it privately, they can act as a personal oasis, whilst simultaneously boasting health benefits, such as de-stressing and muscle relaxation. And finally, soaking in a hot tub is a superb way to feel pampered, without going on holiday. Just lie back, turn on the jets, and enjoy your own private retreat

GO ALL OUT ON A SUMMER HOUSE

If you fancy an even bigger project, then why not splash out on a summer house? As well as providing a statement for your garden, summer houses are great places to detox f rom the stresses of everyday life. For instance, the sanctuary of a summer house offers ample opportunity to unwind with a good book, or even to get creative with arts and crafts. And if you need some peace and quiet f rom the bustle of your own house, then turn this space into your own home office, and say goodbye to being interrupted during all of your important meetings. More than anything though, a summer house gives you more options for entertaining, so that you can really take advantage of the warm weather.

How many times have you basked in the summer heat, and wished you had a hot tub to be soaking in?

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A MATTER OF

TIME The clocks go forward this month, but what does it all mean?

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hat started with a throwaway remark in 1784 has influenced our lives for more than 100 years. But although one of America’s Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, observed on a visit to France that Parisiennes should be woken an hour earlier by cannons and church bells, the concept of Daylight Saving Time (DST) – or as it is more widely-known British Summer Time – did not gain traction until 1895 when a New Zealand scientist, George Vernon Hudson, proposed to his government that the clocks should go forward by two hours every summer. Although he was unsuccessful, an English builder, William Willett, began lobbying Parliament in 1907 to alter the clocks to create more hours of daylight in the

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summer. Although cynics sniped it was to allow Willett more time to play golf and ride out, he argued we were frittering away natural light by rising at the same time in the summer as in the darker days of winter. He advocated putting clocks forward of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) by 80 minutes (20 minutes at a time during April) and reversing it in similar stages throughout September. But it wasn’t until the spring of 1916, a year after his death, that Willett’s proposal was adopted - and then only by an hour – as wartime governments around Europe tried to cut fuel consumption and increase productivity. Incidentally, Willett is the greatgreat-grandfather of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who co-wrote the track Clocks for the group’s album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head. A nod to his ancestor, perhaps? Anyway, apart from a spell during, and immediately after, the second World War when they were brought forward two hours to avoid fuel shortages, that’s the way it stayed until 1968 when Britain spent three years in DST.


But fears around road safety prompted a return to the status quo, disappointing those who argued changing the clocks twice a year upset natural sleep rhythms which could ultimately lead to health problems. To say nothing of the shocks suffered by those who had forgotten to change and couldn’t work out what was going on. Our former European colleagues also tackled time in 2018, when the European Union commissioned a study which found 84 per cent of people in countries which had DST wanted it discontinued. It gave member states the option to continue in summer time by adjusting their clocks for the last time this month, while those opting for permanent winter time would turn back their clocks in October. For most of us, though, it all revolves around whether, for one day, we are gaining – or losing – an extra hour under the duvet. So, in this case, it means after 1am on Sunday March 28th, we spring forward from our beds, desperately hoping the other half remembered to adjust the central heating settings. The main advantage, of course, is that evenings gradually become lighter, promoting more activity

after work, which is obviously good for general health and the retail sector, which has long complained that darker, colder afternoons reduce footfall apart from around Christmas.

Nature starts to break out of its winter slumber to bring splashes of colour to the countryside

Roads also become safer. Figures show casualty rates peak at 8am and 10am and worsen at 3pm and 7pm during darker hours and deteriorating road conditions when cyclists – particularly children on their way home from school – are most at risk. There are also environmental benefits, as demand for electricity decreases in correlation with the increased hours of daylight as well as rising temperatures. Plus nature starts to break out of its winter slumber to bring splashes of colour to the countryside. Consequently, people generally feel happier and more energetic.

Employers’ organisations say there are lower sickness rates among their workers while instances of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as winter depression) drop significantly, while carb cravings are also lowered. And once the clocks go forward, the clock starts ticking down to the first of the Bank Holiday weekends, heralded by the four-day Easter blockbuster, followed by two more in May and another at the end of August. So, as you ponder the complexities of resetting the timer on the boiler count yourself fortunate. There are more than 2,000 clocks in the Houses of Parliament. And the time on your Smartphone updates automatically.

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NEED SOME INSPIRATION ON HOW TO RENOVATE AND TRANSFORM YOUR LIVING SPACE?

If you’re renovating your living room, and trying to change things up, and/or create more storage space, look no further for your inspiration than here

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asking in the peaceable kingdom that is your living space has never been so important. Whether it be a calming décor, an ocean of soft and fluffy comfort for your bare feet to walk through, or a crackling fireplace spitting happily away as you read a good novel, your living space should be a thing of beauty. Here are our ideas for how to get the best out of your living space.

HANGING ART.

Art is the gateway to the soul, as someone great surely once said. Grace your walls with art. And art is art – it doesn’t need to be by a world-renowned artist, just something you like which suits your tastes.

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Perhaps choose colours which match your desired décor of the entire room. Either way, art or photography can go a long way in giving your living space a much needed lift in character and mood.

RUGS. If you’re in the process of renovating your living space, rugs can serve a very good practical purpose as well as a decorative one. If you’ve recently moved some significant furniture to another position, for instance, this can leave unattractive indentations in the carpet, and a rug can discreetly solve this problem. Two birds, one stone. It’s fun to decide upon the right colour and design of your rug, too!

TV AND UNITS.

The size of the unit obviously is determined by your television, because it’s all about the widescreen high def. Right? Well, not always. It’s often about storage and décor. Perhaps you’re someone who doesn’t particularly care for an enormous TV in your living room. Either way, a TV unit is a fantastic way of creating precious space for your Sky box, DVD’s, Blu-rays, video games, books, ornaments, and many other things. Make it work for you.

STORAGE BOX SEATS.

One of the most wonderfully versatile pieces of furniture for the living space can be a foldable storage stool. It can provide a


Throw pillows can also be the perfect seasoning to chairs, and can help blend the chairs into the desired décor of the room

brilliant storage solution for a great many bits and bobs, but also act as a foot rest, or a full on seat. Pick the right colour and style, and you’ve got yourself a very welcome new member of the furniture family.

CHAIRS AND THROW PILLOWS.

Hanging chairs can make the difference between traditional and modern, if done right. Be thoughtful in your creative thinking, and the chairs you have in your living space can complete it in reliable ways. Throw pillows can also be the perfect seasoning to chairs, and can help blend the chairs into the desired décor of the room. Hanging chairs are a more modern option, which, depending on the style of your room, can be one of the most impressive things in it.

COFFEE TABLE.

The centre piece of many living spaces, believe it not, can be a coffee table. If it’s a large, marble, beautifully crafted coffee table, for example, it certainly has the power to completely transform the living space from a mere room to a beautiful entertaining space. They usually serve

great practical purpose too, acting as a kind of storage solution in themselves, both on top and underneath the table.

FIREPLACES.

The fireplace can be key to creating the focal point in your living room. It can enhance the modern feel to the space, or indeed complement the vintage style to the room. Fireplaces can get expensive, though, so be sure to pick the right one for you, in terms of style as well. Log burners can be ideal for the winter, whereas wall-mounted fireplaces can be more low maintenance. With many factors to consider, the choice is yours to make.

BOOK SHELVES.

Like the aforementioned hanging art possibility, lots and lots of books can be the finishing touch to a living space and add a touch of class. After all, reading by the fireplace – is there a more peaceful scene? Book shelves can solve many storage problems. With an entire wall dominated by beautiful, elegant and spacious book shelves, you’ve got yourself a mini library, which is when a library ladder would be in order to really give your living space a delightfully stylish finish.

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COOK UP A FEAST TO CELEBRATE ST PATRICK’S DAY St Patrick’s Day is on the 17th March, so what better time to look at some great recipes from the Emerald Isle

Ireland isn’t just about Guinness and Potatoes, we have scoured through the cookbooks to find some of the most comforting and tasty Irish recipes, perfect for celebrating St Paddy’s day at home this year.

FIFTEEN Ingredients 15 digestive biscuits 15 marshmallows 15 glacé cherries, cut in half about 200ml condensed milk 100g desiccated coconut, to coat Method Crush the digestive biscuits in a food processor or in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, then put them in a large mixing bowl. Chop each marshmallow into 4 pieces and add to the bowl with the cherries and 175ml condensed milk. Mix until the ingredients are well combined and you have a sticky mixture. If it’s too dry, add a splash more condensed milk.

Images for illustrative purposes only Recipes from www.bbcgoodfood.co.uk

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Sprinkle most of the coconut over a large piece of cling film (or foil). Tip the mixture onto the coconut and shape into a long sausage, about 30 x 5cm. Sprinkle more coconut over the top of it and wrap the cling film tightly around, twisting the ends together. Leave in the fridge to chill for 4-6 hrs, then cut into 15 slices and serve. Will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week wrapped in cling film.


IRISH STEW A classic, hearty and warming Irish stew, perfect for a cold Spring evening. Ingredients 3 middle necks of lamb (about 1.8kg/4lb), filleted and boned - you need to end up with about 950g/2lb 2oz pure meat 650g floury potatoes, such as King Edward 650g waxy potato, such as Desirée or Pentland Javelin 1kg carrots 2 onions ½ tsp fresh thyme leaves chopped fresh chives and parsley, to garnish For the stock bones from the lamb 1 large carrot, quartered 1 onion, quartered ½ celery stick, quartered 1 bay leaf 2 large sprigs of thyme a generous sprig of parsley 6 black peppercorns, lightly crushed

Images for illustrative purposes only Recipes from www.bbcgoodfood.co.uk

Method Make the stock. Put the lamb bones in a large heavy-based saucepan with the carrot, onion, celery, herbs, peppercorns and 1 tsp salt. Pour in 3 litres/5 ¼ pints water. Bring to the boil and simmer uncovered for 2 hours. Strain the stock through a fine sieve to remove bones and vegetables, then return to the pan. Boil until reduced to about 1.3 litres/2 ¼ pints. (You can make the stock the day before – keep it in a covered container in the fridge, or freeze it for up to 3 months.) Make the stew. Cut the lamb into large chunks. Peel the potatoes (keeping both types separate) and cut into pieces of similar size to the meat. Put the two different types in separate bowls of water to keep them white. Peel the carrots and cut into slightly smaller pieces. Slice the onions into thick rings. Put the lamb in a large, clean saucepan. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, skimming off all the impurities from the surface. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Add the floury potatoes, carrots and onions. Season generously and simmer for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the waxy potatoes and thyme. Simmer until the lamb is tender (15-20 minutes). Take off the heat, cover (don’t stir) and leave for 15 minutes. (You can make this up to 2 days ahead and keep in the fridge). Garnish and serve.

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GET A

HEAD-START

ON YOUR GARDEN It’s that time of the year, gardeners everywhere are getting prepped for what they hope will be an incredible year in their gardens

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t may still be cold outside, but, hopefully, the last of the year’s frosts has come and gone. There are certain seeds and bulbs you can now start to sow, both outside and inside, ready to move outside later on. If you get the timing just right, regardless of whether you have a greenhouse or not, or the size of your garden, you can have a bumper crop of veg and herbs alongside some beautiful flowers in your borders, but you need to put the work in now.

good quality compost and pick a few different varieties of tomatoes. Sow the seeds on the top of the seed trays, before sprinkling on a thin layer of compost. Give them a good water, before covering and leaving in a warm and sunny place. When the weather gets warmer, then transplant them into a large planter or grow bags with bamboo or trellis to hold them up.

HERBS

Another great group of plants, that when grown yourself at home adds so much to As opposed to shop-bought flowers ready your summer BBQs, are herbs. Basil, to plant, if you have grown oregano, and thyme your flowers from seeds and are three of the most bulbs, as well as the popular and you can There are certain excitement of watching start these great seeds and bulbs you them grow, they will plants off early. Sow can now start to sow, actually be hardier than the basil, oregano and both outside and shop-bought variety. thyme now in seed inside, ready to move planters with good outside later on For a little investment now quality compost and in seeds, if you’re savvy, you a propagator lid in a can then use the seeds warm place. The from the veg that grow for next years shoots should start to show within a week crops and likewise with the herbs. If you and when they do keep them moist until take a cutting towards the end of the they’re large enough to pot-on. When season, you can have your herb plants potted-on, put them in a warm, sunny ready-to-go next year too. spot in your garden or, even better, a greenhouse.

TOMATOES

Tomatoes are one of the best go-to veggies for your garden or greenhouse. Get an early start by sowing your seeds early in seed trays indoors. Start with some

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CHILLIES

Chilli peppers and sweet peppers perfectly compliment the tomatoes and herbs you already have growing and they are just as


If you get the timing just right you can have a bumper crop of veg and herbs alongside some beautiful flowers

simple to grow. Pick a few different varieties such as Burrito Chilli, Sweet Pepper and Cayenne, and sow the seeds similarly to the tomato plants. The roots go deeper in chilli plants, so plant each seed 1cm into the compost and then water, cover and keep in a very warm place. Once the plants are 2-3cm tall pot-on into individual containers somewhere warm and with lots of sunshine. Ideally, keep them in a greenhouse or lean-to with direct l Always use good quality compost when starting sunlight. your seeds to get incredible growth.

GARDENING TIPS

BULBS

l If you don’t have a lot of room for seed trays and Most of your Spring propagators, simply cover pots with cling film. bulbs should already l Always put pots with seeds in a well-lit and warm be in, however, there area to encourage growth. are a few more you can plant now. l When potting on, pull out the plant – root included Summer-flowering – using the leaves as if they break they will grow bulbs like Pineapple back, whereas a broken stem won’t. Lilies and other Lilies l Tomato plants grow like a jungle when bunched alongside your Gladioli together, so make sure you use bamboo or trellis to are prime to go into try to keep the space neat and tidy. the ground next. For Gladioli, soak the bulbs in water a day before planting and then plant the bulbs 2-6 inches deep, 5 inches apart in rows before covering again with soil. These will take between 70-90 days until they flower. For Lilies, plant the bulbs three times as deep as the height of the bulb and set pointy side up.

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THE MANY SAINTS

OF NEWARK – WHAT ARE WE

TO EXPECT?

On the cusp of the millennium in 1999, we were introduced to The Sopranos. Spanning six highly critically acclaimed seasons of ground-breaking TV, and leaving our screens in 2007 with almost 12million viewers tuning in for the final season’s finale. A story about New Jersey’s most famous fictional mob family, the upcoming film based on the TV series will act as a prequel to the series’ events, thus being set in the 60s and 70s during, and in the wake of, the Newark riots, which was one of many race riots of the time, killing 26 people. Films like The Godfather and Goodfellas romanticised the antihero in cinema, and The Sopranos was perhaps the first iconic TV show which carried on that tradition, putting the viewer in uneasy positions as we forever awkwardly albeit sympathetically root for the antiheros of the show. Shows like Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad and Mad Men followed in a similar theme,

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Just over 20 years later, and it’s back on the screen – the big screen. The Many Saints of Newark is due for release this year, after a COVIDcaused delay

exploring and glamorizing the darker complexities of human nature.

David is a masterful storyteller and we... are thrilled that he has decided to revisit, and enlarge, the Soprano universe in a feature film

David Chase, creator of The Sopranos and co-writer of The Many Saints of Newark, has already divulged that the storyline of the film centres on the 1967 Newark riots and racial tensions between the Italian-American and African-American communities. He said: “I was interested in Newark and life in Newark at that time. I used to go down there every Saturday night for dinner with my grandparents. But the thing that interested me most was Tony’s boyhood. I was interested in exploring that.”

New Line Cinema purchased the rights to produce the film along with HBO Films, and NLC chairman, Toby Emmerich, has said: “David is a masterful storyteller and we, along with our colleagues at HBO, are thrilled that he has decided to revisit, and enlarge, the Soprano universe in a feature film.” In the famous TV show, the Soprano family, racist and hypermasculine as they usually were, were frequently looking back on the plight of the Italian American’s place in society, whilst struggling with their lack of a sense of home in the US. We are surely to expect The Many Saints of Newark, then, to explore just how the family’s tough and bitter men and women came to be the way they were in the modern day. “[The film will be] set in the 60s and 70s during, and in the wake of, the Newark riots, which was one of many race riots of the time, killing 26 people.”


THE

BIG NAMES

BRINGING OUT

NEW MUSIC

As we enter March, the music keeps on coming, as we welcome new material from some of the biggest acts around the world

KINGS OF LEON

This year is sees Kings of Leon release new music. Back in January, the Tennessee quartet shared two new songs ‘Must Catch the Bandit’ and ‘Feel the Way You Do’, with further snippets released for two further tracks. With the exception of the aptly-titled song ‘Going Nowhere’, in 2020, this is the first new music that the band have dropped since their 2016 album ‘WALLS’. This album, which landed the No.1 spot on the Billboard 200, has much to live up to, so the group will hope for their new album ‘When You See Yourself’, to be equally successful, when it comes out on March 5th.

This is the first new music that the band have dropped since their 2016 album

EVANESCENCE

For the first time in a decade, Evanescence will be releasing new music, following up the self-titled 2011 offering. ‘The Bitter Truth’, will be available from March 26th, with a number of singles

already available to listen to. To mark the announcement of the upcoming record, the band released the song ‘Yeah right’, a hard rock number, offering insights into the band’s lengthy tenure in the music industry. Speaking to Rolling Stone, frontwoman Amy Lee spoke of the difficulty in writing music during lockdown, saying, ‘Even on the days that I don’t want to, I come out here and I go, ‘Let’s do this. Let’s finish the album.’’

STING

RINGO STARR

The former Beatles drummer will also release a new five-song album in March. The record, entitled ‘Zoom In’, was recorded between the months of April and October 2020, and will include contributions from Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and Finneas. Starr has already dropped one song, ‘Here’s To The Nights’, which was available to listen to from December, and was worked on with songwriter Diane Warren.

Due to unforeseen manufacturing delays, the release of Sting’s forthcoming album ‘Duets’ will be released on March 19th. As the title suggests, the seventeen-track album will feature some big alreadyreleased collaborations, including with the likes of Eric Clapton, Shaggy, Annie Lennox, and Mary J. Blige. It will also feature one new song, entitled ‘September’, which Sting has recorded with the famed Italian singer, Zucchero. Speaking in September 2020, Sting spoke of the ‘amazing people’, who he had recorded music with, leading to the creation of this new star-studded album.

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THE GREEN SHOOTS OF PERSONAL GROWTH

Put some bounce into spring with a new hobby

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o here we are, spring already: the season of new birth, new growth … and new ideas. It’s an exciting time of the year, even more so if you’ve decided to broaden your horizons and embark on a new hobby. As the weather, hopefully, grows warmer and daylight gets longer there’s more chance to get outside to indulge newfound interests and put to use those rediscovered items which were bought with the prefix: “One day, I’ll…” Technology’s relentless advance brings information and advice to your fingertips, particularly helpful if your new smartphone also has a state-of-the-art camera, which has piqued an interest in photography. There are many online tutorials and workshops to help you develop your skills before advancing to that big digital SLR camera you’ve dreamt of for years. Similarly art, whether it be sketching or painting with watercolours or oils. Springtime, with its rapidly-improving light and emerging plant life, is a rich source of inspiration and the internet is awash with advice on how to get started, selecting your subjects and brushing up your techniques to get the best results.

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Painting, particularly capturing landscapes, might just encourage a feeling of well-being, of being at one with nature. In which case, a logical step forward would be to try Tai Chi, the traditional Chinese martial art with its sequences of slow, controlled movements which reduce stress, improve mood and sleep, and promote weight loss … just the thing to shed those Christmas pounds in anticipation of Easter chocolate. Again, there are many lessons online, but for the best grounding, join one of the many classes at sports centres, gyms or village halls so a qualified instructor can help you get the principles right before you go solo. Could there be anything more invigorating than callisthenics in the back garden in the early-morning sunshine? Well, how about standing thigh-deep in a swift-running stream trying to outwit a fighting-fit trout? Angling has long been one of Britain’s biggest participation sports, and while fly-fishing may be seen as elitist, it is anything but. Fairly accessible, relatively inexpensive and incredibly therapeutic, there are lessons online but for the best experience – and when lockdown restrictions are

It’s an exciting time of the year, even more so if you’ve decided to broaden your horizons and embark on a new hobby eased – enrol for a day-long lesson at venues such as Anglian Water’s recognised fisheries at Grafham, Pitsford, and Rutland waters, or Ravensthorpe Reservoir, and pretty soon you’ll be hooked (sorry). If you become proficient, you can always cook your catch. Barbeque cooking is an art-form in itself and something to explore beyond chargrilling the whatsits out of a forlorn sausage on a balmy summer evening. Again, internet tutorials – plus recipes – abound, while the same applies if you fancy more ambitious and creative continental cooking. A hobby where you can eat your efforts? Can’t be bad!


REACHING

FOR THE

POT OF

GOLD The race for the Premier League is entering the finishing straight

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he English Premier League is, on the surface, the land of milk and honey, a footballing Utopia where the streets are paved with 24-carat gold bricks and the super-rich chatter idly of multi million-pound contracts and eyewatering sponsorship deals. But, as with most elitist societies, there are fat cats lounging at the top table with the wannabes scrambling around, snapping up the hand-me-downs and dining off scraps. And then there are those huddled outside, noses firmly pressed against the window, waiting for their membership of this lucrative club to be rubber-stamped so they too can bask in the limelight of being one of the chosen few. Unfortunately, for those outsiders, the path from the threshold to the cosiness of the inner sanctum is littered with broken dreams and, more often than not, severely-depleted bank accounts. Norwich City know this more than most. In the 29 seasons of the Premier League, they have had five separate spells in the top flight, none lasting more than three

seasons. And yet, once again, they are perched among the front-runners trying to escape the Sky Bet Championship for the Promised Land of the Premier League.

As the season enters the final quarter, it’s all about momentum and consistency

Their last attempt at gaining a toehold on football’s Everest came with a longanticipated relegation in May last year, but crucially, unlike many of their doomed predecessors, they managed to keep hold of the majority of their highlyrated younger players.

quarter, it’s all about momentum and consistency – and most of their rivals have shown anything but. Watford and Bournemouth squandered points around the middle of the campaign and lost ground, with Swansea, who squeezed into the playoffs last season, emerging as contenders from a rather congested pack. However, it is Brentford, another of last season’s bridesmaids, who continue to take the eye in a leading group otherwise dominated by clubs who have previously reached for the Holy Grail and been found wanting.

And with the arrival of the well-regarded Oliver Skipp on a season-long loan from Tottenham, they have regrouped, shown great resilience and now look a solid bet to bounce straight back, if not as champions then in the other automatic promotion spot.

The Bees, cruelly denied in the playoffs last season, continued to thrive despite subsequently losing key players Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma, and their run to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup hinted at greater things, thanks to the arrival of Ivan Toney from Peterborough and the continued potency of Sergi Canos and Bryan Mbeumo.

Who accompanies them, though, is not so obvious. As the season enters the final

Perhaps there will be no sting in the tale this year.

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Aviemore Drive, Oakley

Offers Over £640,000

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.

Francis Road, Basingstoke Offers Over £600,000

Set on a fully walled plot, boasting all the bells and whistles, with no expense spared on the finishes! Flexible accommodation, currently set up as 4 beds, 3 baths (1 x en-suite) Large open plan living room with combined dining & spacious kitchen, with centre island. Bifolding doors open to the patio/ entertainment area and fully enclosed manicured garden. On approach, this property offers driveway parking for multiple cars plus the benefit of a garage. The entrance hall to this split level beauty is complimented by, an extra large work from home office and master bedroom with French doors to the Juliet balcony, a walk-through bathroom and separate his & her’s dressing room. Upstairs consists of 2 large double bedrooms, one with en-suite and walk-in dressing area, a single bedroom and large modern family bathroom. The lower floor offers a large lounge/dining room with separate utility room/cloakroom and large kitchen/breakfast room with bi-folding doors leading to the beautifully landscaped garden with decked area and AstroTurf. There is access to the garage from the entertainment area.

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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.

Sandpiper Way, Kempshott OIRO £310,000

NO ONWARD CHAIN! - LODDON PROPERTIES is pleased to bring to the market this three bedroom, semi detached family home tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac in Kempshott. In need of refurbishment, this property offers entrance hall with cloakroom, a generous lounge with feature bay window and a rear aspect kitchen/ diner, with Sliding doors leading out to the generous private, enclosed garden. The garden hosts a patio area and lawn area with side access running adjacent to the property linking the rear to the front. Upstairs are two spacious double bedrooms, a single bedroom and a family bathroom containing bath with shower over. This property also benefits from an attached garage and driveway and a front garden.

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Belle Vue Road, Old Basing

OIRO £475,000

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.

Pigeon Close, Bramley

£235,000

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. Stairs will take up to the top floor where you will find another great sized double bedroom which is serviced by a modern en-suite shower room and boasts two built in wardrobes as well as ample eaves storage. This property has its own garage and a low maintenance garden.

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Rockbourne Road, Sherfield Park

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NO ONWARD CHAIN!! - LODDON PROPERTIES is pleased to market this stylish, five bedroom townhouse. The property comprises of lounge with feature fire place and French doors leading into the garden, an entrance hall with downstairs cloakroom. An impressive modern kitchen/dining area that is flooded with natural light from the large sash windows and boasting a feature bay to the side with French doors leading outside. The first floor is host to a large dual aspect master bedroom with built in wardrobes and an en-suite shower room as well as an additional, good sized double bedroom. The top floor has a further three bedrooms, two doubles with one having en-suite and built in wardrobes and a single. There is also a modern family bathroom containing bath with shower over. inset vanity sink and w.c. units. In addition, this property boasts a landscaped garden to the rear with two patio areas, lawn, flower borders and an access gate to a large double garage with parking. The garage has a first floor additional studio room.

Catkin Close, Chineham

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NO ONWARD CHAIN! - LODDON PROPERTIES is pleased to bring to the market this three bedroom, detached family home tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac in Chineham. In need of refurbishment, this property offers entrance hall with cloakroom, a generous lounge with feature bay window and a rear kitchen/diner, with Sliding doors lead to the conservatory which opens out to the private, enclosed garden. The garden hosts a patio area and lawn area with side access running adjacent to the property linking the rear to the front. Upstairs are two spacious double bedrooms, a single bedroom and a family bathroom containing bath with shower over. The front of the property has driveway parking for two cars in front of the garage.

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Elvetham Rise, Chineham £275,000

Oakfields, Lychpit, Basingstoke £110,000

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 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.

Oakfields, Lychpit £115,000

Binfields Close, Lychpit £96,000

Loddon Properties is delighted to bring this warden controlled, one bedroom retirement property to the market WITH GARAGE. This apartment faces the copse to the rear of the garden with lovely, scenic views. The apartment comprises of hall with extra large storage cupboard, Bedroom, Lounge/Diner and kitchen (including white goods), with a newly fitted bathroom. On the plus side, this is one of the few properties in the whole development that comes with it’s own garage. The property is warden controlled and has a communal lounge where coffee mornings etc are held on a daily basis.

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. Every room has a pull cord for emergency 24/7.

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Long Copse Chase £775 PCM

Pinkerton Road, Basingstoke £675 PCM

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. The property comes with ONE ALLOCATED PARKING SPACE and an outside storage cupboard.

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to offer this good sized one bedroom apartment to the rental market. Located on the first floor of the block, inside offers a large lounge/ diner with inbuilt storage, a separate modern fully fitted kitchen including white goods. Further to this is a modern family bathroom with shower over bath and a bedroom with large wardrobe and fitted cupboards on the wall and including ottoman bed for additional storage. This apartment offers light and spacious living accommodation and will appeal to a wide audience.

Churchill Place, Basingstoke £825 PCM

Churchill Place, Basingstoke £695 PCM

LODDON PROPERTIES are proud to present this 1st floor, one bedroom apartment located in the centre of Basingstoke to the rental market. Located on the Eastern face, this property comprises of a bright and airy lounge/ diner, open plan kitchen with fully integrated appliances including dishwasher, double bedroom with built in wardrobe and bathroom with shower over bath. This apartment is offered on an unfurnished basis but further benefits from allocated secure parking in the gated carpark. The apartment is ideal for single working professional or couples, providing easy accessible commuter links via rail and road.

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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LODDON PROPERTIES are proud to present this 11th floor, one bedroom apartment located in the centre of Basingstoke to the rental market. Boasting excellent East facing views, this property comprises of a bright and airy lounge/ diner, open plan kitchen with fully integrated appliances including dishwasher, double bedroom with built in wardrobe and bathroom with shower over bath. Finished to a very high modern standard throughout, the property is offered on a furnished basis as photographed. Further to this the apartment benefits from allocated secure parking in the gated carpark.

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to offer this 3/4 bedroom town house situated in a cul de sac location in CHINEHAM. This family home benefits from a study/bedroom four, cloakroom and spacious well appointed kitchen/dining room on the lower floor. On the first floor there is a front aspect lounge, family bathroom and a double bedroom. On the 2nd floor there are a further 2 bedrooms, with the master bedroom benefitting from a 4 piece en-suite bathroom. Outside to the rear this property has a low maintenance garden and garage with driveway parking to the front.

Downham Court, Shinfield Road £850 PCM

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to bring this One Bedroom/Studio apartment to the rental market. This property is located just a stones throw from Basingstoke Festival Place. This first floor apartment has been newly refurbished throughout including new modern kitchen, full redecoration and new carpets. This property has a modern kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath and a large living area/bedroom which benefits from a Juliet balcony. This property also has Allocated parking which is located to the rear of the block. Fully double glazed and with gas central heating.

LODDON PROPERTIES are delighted to bring to the rental market this spacious two bedroom, ground floor apartment situated close to the heart of Reading. The accommodation comprises of entrance hall with multiple storage cupboards, fully fitted kitchen including all white goods, shower room, a large double bedroom, single bedroom and a large lounge/diner. The lounge has a feature electric fire for that additional homely feel. This property also benefits from off-street parking space and a large, communal front lawn.

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The Danes, Basingstoke £595 PCM

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Richards Field, Chineham £1,350 PCM

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Popley, Basingstoke £167,500

Old Hatch Warren, Basingstoke £212,500

*40% SHARED OWNERSHIP OR FULL OWNERSHIP OPTIONS AVAILABLE*

LODDON PROPERTIES is delighted to bring to the market this one bedroom, end of terrace bungalow. Situated in at the end of the road in the sought after location of Old Hatch Warren. The accommodation consists of a fully fitted kitchen, double bedroom with built in wardrobes, bathroom containing bath with shower over, living room and conservatory which has a feature fireplace. French doors lead from the conservatory to the private enclosed garden which boasts both patio and lawn areas.

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The Hedgerows, Lychpit £350,000

Winterthur Way, Basingstoke £895 PCM

NO CHAIN!!! LODDON PROPERTIES is pleased to offer this delightful three bedroom, semi-detached property to the market. The downstairs accommodation comprises of fully fitted kitchen with breakfast bar, cloakroom, large living room with French doors in to the garden, separate dining area, once again with French doors to the garden and a family room. Outside at the back you will find a sunny, private enclosed garden with decking, the rest is laid to lawn and has a storage shed. Upstairs, you will find three good sized bedrooms with two boasting built in cupboards, an airing cupboard and the family bathroom.

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to present this fantastic two bedroom, top floor apartment to the rental market. Situated a 5 minute walk from Basingstoke Train Station and Festival Place, the property offers two good sized bedrooms with the master benefiting from built in wardrobes and an en-suite shower room, family bathroom containing bath with shower over and a large open plan kitchen/ lounge/diner with its own balcony and exceptional views out. The kitchen comes complete with all built in appliances.

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LODDON PROPERTIES is delighted to bring to the market this spacious two bedroom, second floor apartment. The accommodation comprises of large entrance hall leading to an open plan living space with feature electric fire and dual aspect, double glazed windows. The rest of the accommodation comprises of two good sized bedrooms with built in wardrobes to the master and a family bathroom with bath and shower over.

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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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