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LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

PROPERTY NEWS

MARCH 2020

GROW YOUR OWN!

HARVEST YOUR OWN CROPS - IN YOUR GARDEN IMPROVE YOUR INTERIOR ADD STYLE AND COLOUR TO YOUR HOME

MOVING FOR A NEW JOB? FOLLOW OUR ADVICE FOR A SUCCESSFUL MOVE

TIME TO SPA! TREAT YOUR BODY AND MIND

BE FASHION READY FASHION ESSENTIALS FOR YOU AND THE FAMILY


CONTENTS COVER STORY

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Grow your own Time to dig up the lawn and grow your own vegetables

PROPERTY

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Improve your home’s interior Add new life to your home by adding style and colour

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Moving for a new job? Top tips when moving for a job

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Your role as a landlord Understand just what your tenant expects from you as its landlord

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

FOOD

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Spring is in the air Featuring a luscious lamb dish for the family to enjoy

LIFESTYLE

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Bond is back! Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007 arrives in April Be fashion ready Don’t be caught out and about without your fashion essentials!

TRAVEL

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Time to spa There’s nothing like a day of pampering to put you in the right frame of mind to face the world. But where to go?

SPORT

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The US Masters A preview of the 84th US Masters which tees off this April

WELCOME TO THE MARCH ISSUE!

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he days are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter; a good sign that we are moving towards thoughts of warmer weather and longer, balmy nights. OK, we may be getting a little carried away but the warmer weather will be very much welcomed by all. When it comes to property, years ago it was highly unusual for homeowners not to have a vegetable patch. Post-war austerity and a limited amount of produce in the shops meant it was the only way to get fresh veg and vitamins into the daily diet. The arrival of the supermarket changed that but now the wheel

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has turned full circle and ‘homegrown’ is fast becoming the norm again. But how do you grow your own? Find out inside. But if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life or just want to treat someone special, then take a peek at our spa feature. The health benefits of visiting a spa cannot be overstated, particularly for mental well-being, so we look at what you can expect on a spa visit. As ever, there is plenty of support and advice on property inside this issue which is sure to keep you reading. So, enjoy and we’ll see you next time. Linda McKeown Editor

The words DIY – or doing it yourself – can often instill fear into any homeowner, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A lick of paint and new finishing touches can make a property go from oh to wow.

EMPHASISE THE FOCAL POINT IN THE ROOM Find the room’s focal point and look to emphasise this feature. This could be a fireplace, feature wall or a bay window. Don’t have a feature? Then create one! Doing this is much easier than you may think; paint a wall a different colour and accessorise with artwork or shelving.

ADD A LICK OF COLOUR

Perhaps the easiest – and most affordable – way to bring a room to life is to add a coat of paint. However, don’t rush it! Focus instead on working on small and manageable sections to avoid the feeling of biting off more than you can chew. It’s important to feel that you are making progress, rather than being left with the feeling that your decorating is never ending. To kick-start the painting in any room, remember to focus on all edges first, including windows, door frames, light switches and other nooks and crannies, before applying the main section of paint. Also, don’t forget to put down old sheets or blankets to help protect surfaces from paint splashes; it’ll save you time and potential heartache as you won’t have to spend time cleaning the carpet if you have any mishaps.

Before you start any work, it’s vital that you set a budget and prepare a list of things you need to complete the job


ADD NEW LIFE TO YOUR HOME

Update your interior by adding style and colour; it’s one of the easiest ways to freshen up the look and feel of your home

ensure that you measure all the spaces you have, so that you can be confident that there won’t be any sizing issues once you get your new goods through the door!

SHOULD YOU DIY OR GET A PROFESSIONAL IN?

Whether you do it yourself or enlist the help of a professional depends on several different factors; your budget, experience and available time!

Top tip: Buy testers in the paint that you like and paint small samples on the walls to see which fits best with the plans that you have for the room

HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS Using the best – and the right – tools, such as brushes, paint and rollers are key to getting the finish just right. Now that doesn’t mean expensive is always best; we recommend for going midrange – so not the cheapest and not the most expensive.

THE FINISHING TOUCHES Once you have finished all your painting and decorating of walls, ceiling and woodwork, then it’s time to focus on the final touches. Adding vases, scatter cushions and throws to a living room will encourage more warmth. However, remember not to go the other way and add so much that the area looks cluttered. Keep your eyes peeled for inspiration from things you see day to day – whether that be in magazines, on TV or in homes you’ve been viewing online!

Perhaps the easiest – and most affordable – way to bring a room to life is to add a coat of paint

YOUR BUDGET

Before you start any work, it’s vital that you set a budget and prepare a list of things you need to complete the job. It’s easy to become over excited and spend money on things that you don’t need. Shop around for the best deals and

The positive factors of hiring a professional interior designer and/or decorator is that it can save you time (and stress), as they will be qualified in knowing the latest trends and what designs will work well for certain spaces. Search for decorators in your area and keep an eye out for those with positive reviews; word of mouth can be a godsend so ask for recommendations via your social media channels.

Even changing simple things like door handles on your interior doors can really change the feel of a property. It can be quite pricey to refurnish a home, so to help keep costs down look to update any of your old furniture with a re-varnish or a coat of paint too.

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With plant-based diets on the increase, now might be the time to dig up the lawn and grow your own vegetables

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ears ago, it was highly unusual for homeowners not to have a vegetable patch. Whether it was just a strip running alongside the lawn or turning the whole garden into a backyard allotment, post-war austerity and a limited amount of produce in the shops meant it was the only way to get fresh veg and vitamins into the daily diet. However, the arrival of the supermarket changed that, and now we can buy what was once termed ‘seasonal’ produce year-round, thanks to advanced farming methods, high-speed global transportation and rapid refrigeration. But now the wheel has turned full circle and ‘home-grown’ is fast becoming the norm again, either out of necessity or because, in this health-conscious world, there is a hunger to know the food on our plates is free from any artificial interference.

CAN YOU DIG IT?

Well, if you’re staring at a blank canvas, congratulations, you’ve avoided the back-straining bit. If, however, you want to convert part, or all, of your garden then the best time to start the groundwork is autumn, allowing nature to take its course over the colder months. But if you want to start off with light produce, spring is as good a time as any to start. And start small. Don’t dig it all up and discover you’ve taken on more than you can chew. If you are lifting lawn, cut it into squares, stack it and it will decompose, producing loamy soil and this can be added to the top. Alternatively, you can bury the turf a spade’s depth down and it will feed the soil.


If you are looking to plant in a vacant patch of ground, consider covering the area with a black weed-suppressing membrane and, even after weeds have died, do not turn the soil over for at least a couple of weeks and then let the winter weather break down the clods. By spring, the soil will hopefully be fine and powdery – unless it is clay-based, meaning it will be colder and wetter. Therefore, planting needs greater patience although, on the flip side, clay soil can hold on to nutrients better.

Lighting is crucial. Don’t plant in full shade – some veg can cope with dappled shade, but most like the sun. Also pick a spot sheltered from the wind if you can.

WHEN AND WHAT TO PLANT

The key to vegetable growing is timing. Wait for spring, making sure the grass is growing and birds are nesting before you start to get busy. It may be best to start with plants that go in and out of the ground within weeks – carrots or salads are best. Many experts feel it’s best to start with potatoes, which condition the soil as they break it down. And the early months of the new year are the best time to buy the first and second early varieties so they can be placed somewhere cool and light to ‘chit’ (produce small shoots). Then they can be planted mid-April for lifting before potato blight becomes an issue in late July and August. A good variety to start with is Foremost, an old favourite introduced more than 50 years ago. The round, white-fleshed tubers are firm and waxy when young and retain their fine taste. Carrots can also be sown in April, and if you put the seeds in four-inch drills, this will negate the need to thin the seedlings. Amsterdam Forcing are recommended as they are smooth, colourful and bulk up early.

START PLANNING Converting an area populated with mature shrubs is best done over late summer to let the soil start the recovery process in the autumn, and its round about October that weeds should be tackled – but not with quick-fix weed killer!

Home-grown is fast becoming the norm again

It’s best to divide your vegetable patch into areas, reason being they become easier to manage and you won’t trample through the patch when you harvest. Raised beds are popular – particularly with chalk or heavy clay soils – but try to keep the sides low so you don’t put off any slug-munching beetles and amphibians. Building raised beds also preserves soil structure and, if you have room for more than one bed, it will make crop rotation easier and deter diseases and soil-borne pests.

Start small. Don’t dig it all up and discover you’ve taken on more than you can chew

AND REMEMBER…

You’ll only get out what you put in. So, give your veg the best start by making sure the soil is right. A pH test kit will help you get the right balance – neutral soil is best so add lime to acid soil or sulphur to alkaline.

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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN

MOVING FOR A NEW JOB

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Whether it be a career change or a promotion, one day you may be required to up-sticks and leave your comfortable surroundings…

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ith high-speed internet the world has gotten smaller; however, it may still lead to big changes when it comes to your career. One of these may be a move to a new city or town. This could mean uprooting your family or, if you are single, making new friends. It will also mean you need to find somewhere permanent to call home, with little knowledge of the local area. This is what makes high street estate agents such as us so great compared to online only agents. You can speak to real people, with real knowledge of the local area, including the best schools, shops and transport links. With this in mind, here are some tips when moving for a job…

WHEN TO MOVE?

Who knows the local area better than the people who already live there? Why not check out social media for any groups to make friends with like-minded people, or sports clubs etc, for the children. These can always be great ways to get to know more information about the local area as well as making some new friends.

FINDING THE RIGHT PROPERTY

After you have spent some time in the local area and you know it is a good match, then it’s time to get out looking at properties. Hopefully, loaded with useful information from your local estate agent and your new friends, you will have an idea of If you are moving to whereabouts you our area and would want to buy! like any advice or just

a friendly chat, please simply ask one of our helpful and friendly sales team

Once you have found the perfect property in your new city or town, you will need to decide when to move. There may be a few factors involved in your decision such as start date for your new job, the commute from where you currently live, and the time it takes for the sale/purchase to go through.

BELONGINGS You will need to decide what to do with your belongings. Will you bring a full house load with you straight away, or will you put them into storage? You will also need to check the costs involved in a hire van compared to the costs of putting belongings into storage. Would it be more effective to sell your furniture and start afresh in your new home?

CHECK OUT THE COMMUTE

Before looking for the perfect property, spend some time getting to know the local area

LOCAL GROUPS

Before looking for the perfect property, spend some time getting to know the local area. Find the best routes to work and schools by using Google Maps or tapping into the local knowledge of your new colleagues. The last thing you need is to move somewhere where the commute doesn’t end up being much shorter than if you hadn’t moved – which is more than possible in some big cities.

PRICE OF PROPERTY

Remember prices fluctuate massively throughout the UK, so before getting your heart set on a property, it will be worthwhile investigating the market to see what you can afford in your new area. You can find sold house prices easily enough on Rightmove and this will give you a good idea of what you can afford.

ENJOY THE PROCESS It will always be daunting moving to a new town or city. However, if you are organised and know what you are looking for, there are ways to make it relatively stress-free. Getting to know your surroundings is only the first step; finding a new local pub full of likeminded people or a favourite restaurant early in the process will give you a nice base to move forward.

If you are moving to our area and would like any advice or just a friendly chat, please simply ask one of our helpful and friendly sales team who are more than happy to help.

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NO TIME TO DIE: DANIEL CRAIG’S FINAL MISSION AS 007 Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007 arrives in April, fourteen years after rebooting the series In 2006 there was outrage when a blonde-haired, blueeyed Daniel Craig stepped onto our screens as the iconic 00 agent James Bond. With No Time to Die confirmed as his fifth and final film, it’s time to look back at the best – and worse bits – of Craig’s time as 007.

BEST: CASINO ROYALE With his debut, Casino Royale, Craig made the role his own expelling the memory of the cheese-laden disaster, Die Another Day, starring Pierce Brosnan. A grittier, darker version of Bond with a stellar supporting cast including Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and Judi Dench, Casino Royale was everything a new audience was hoping for and left us wanting more.

WORST: QUANTUM OF SOLACE What could have been a fantastic sequel to Casino Royale fell flat with a forgettable villain, (no, really, try and remember the villain without having to Google it) and a generally uninspiring storyline. Luckily Craig made Bond his own, because other than that, this movie with the confusing title fell flat.

BEST: SKYFALL Luckily Quantum of Solace proved to be a one-off with Bond back to his best in 2012’s

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Skyfall. Sam Mendes took over directing duties and an all-star supporting cast including Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney backed up the wonderful chemistry between Craig’s Bond and Dench’s M. Audiences loved it and it was the first Bond film to hit $1 billion dollars worldwide.

WORST BOND GIRLS If anyone thought it couldn’t get much worse than Denise Richards as the ridiculously named Dr. Christmas Jones in Brosnan’s final Bond film, then they were wrong. It wasn’t that Olga Kurylenko wasn’t pretty in Quantum of Solace, it was that – much like the villain – she was utterly forgettable, and Lea Seydoux in Spectre has so little personality and chemistry with Craig, that she simple looks bored on screen.

BEST VILLAINS Mads Mikkelsen, Javier Bardem and Christopher Waltz; three A-list actors with some serious bad guy chops. Mikkelsen was terrifying as Hannibal Lecter on the small screen, Bardem was scary in No Country for Old Men and Waltz’s horrid Colonel Landa in Inglourious Basterds is one of the greatest bad guys ever put onto the silver screen. They were perfect villains for the more grown up Bond movies.

WHO WILL BE THE NEW BOND? Craig’s Bond may have had his ups and downs, but generally he should be pleased with how he has helped to reboot an ailing franchise. Now with a new reboot looming, let’s check out the favourites to take his place… • • • • •

Michael Fassbender Richard Madden Tom Hardy Idris Elba Tom Hiddleston

No Time to Die is released on 3rd April 2020.

DID YOU KNOW? American popstar Billie Eilish has recorded the title song for No Time To Die – making her, at just 18 years old, the youngest artist in history to write and record a Bond theme!


LUSCIOUS ROASTED LAMB

If time is in short supply, make the most of seasonal lamb with this ever-so-easy, lazy roast

GREEK ROAST LAMB Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour 45 minutes Serves: 8 Nutrition: 685kcal per serving

INGREDIENTS 1 large leg of lamb, 3kg/6lb 8oz 6 garlic cloves 1 bunch oregano zest and juice 1 lemon 6 tbsp olive oil 1½ kg new potatoes 400g can chopped tomato large handful pitted baby kalamata olives

METHOD 1. Heat your oven to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9. Pound the garlic, half the oregano, lemon zest and a pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar, then add the lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. Stab the lamb all over with a sharp knife, then push as much of the herb paste as you can into the holes. 2. Tip the potatoes into a large roasting tin, then toss in the remaining olive oil and any remaining herb paste. Nestle the lamb amongst the potatoes, roast for 20 mins, then reduce the temperature to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Roast for 1 hr 15 mins for medium-rare, adding another 15 mins if you prefer your lamb medium. Ensure to baste the lamb once or twice with the juices during cooking and toss the potatoes. 3. When the lamb is cooked to your liking, remove from the tin and leave to rest. Throw the rest of the oregano in with the potatoes, scoop from the tin and keep warm. 4. Place the roasting tin over a medium flame, add the canned tomatoes and olives to the pan juices, then simmer for a few mins. Serve the lamb with the potatoes and sauce plus a simple salad.

This recipe, and more, can be found at www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/greek-roast-lamb Image for illustrative purposes only

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Don’t be caught out and about without your fashion essentials!

TAKE COVER…

IT’S WHERE THE MONEY’S AT!

WINDOWPANE CLASSIC UMBRELLA

SOPHIE ALLPORT BEES OILCLOTH PURSE

Made from 100% recycled PET fabric, this large-check patterned umbrella features a bright yellow interior which gives the classic umbrella a modern touch. It’s pricier than others but with combined maple wood shaft and handle, we think it’s worth it. £75 https://londonundercover.co.uk t

BE FASHION READY COLOUR CHANGING UMBRELLA Make walking in the rain fun with this colourchanging umbrella. Features an automatic push button; perfect for little hands! £12 www.kidly.co.uk

Love all things bee with this zipped wallet made from pale green bees matt oilcloth. Featuring a zipped coin section, it’s both waterproof and wipe clean. £25 www.thesquarepegonline.co.uk t

BATMAN EMBOSSED MEN’S WALLET Perfect for any Batman or Marvel fan, this officially licensed bi-fold wallet features a comic strip on its lining and is finished with a decorative metal logo for added authenticity. £18 www.freemans.com t

TOTES SUPERMINI UMBRELLA

CHILDREN’S INITIAL PURSE

The simple design of the Totes Supermini means that you can pop it in your bag with ease, so that you’re armed and ready to shield yourself against the rain, wherever you go. £10 www.johnlewis.com

The velvet and glitter combo of this purse is sure to make your little one feel all grown up – and the addition of their initial will make it even more personal. £12 www.johnlewis.com

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IT’S IN THE BAG… ACCESSORIZE RETRO RAINBOW CROSS BODY BAG

Kit out the man in your life with this smart and stylish flapover bag from Next. 100% Polyurethane. £28 www.next.co.uk

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This bright, cross-body bag is the ideal size to stash the essentials in! Added pizazz comes in the form of faux leather stripes in vibrant colours – and with a touch of glitter! £12 https://uk.accessorize.com

RIVER ISLAND BROWN FLAPOVER BAG

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KATE SPADE SYLVIA STRIPE SLIM CONTINENTAL WALLET

This stylish classic wallet from Kate Spade has plenty of pockets and compartments to hold your cards and cash. £59 www.katespade.co.uk

WATERMELON MULTICOLOURED BOX CLUTCH HANDBAG Add a splash of colour and fun to your day with this cute novelty watermelon clutch. In a bright red and green finish, it features a detachable gold chain strap, magnetic fastening as well as being fully lined. £19.99 www.bluebanana.com t

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BETTER

BY SPA Luxury or a modern-day necessity? Spa breaks are becoming the norm to treat mind, body… and your mum!

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f your vision of a spa session acceptable – and we can carry that involves a face pack and a slice of feeling of being taken cared for with cucumber over each eye, then we’re us for a period of time. And very often raising a carefully-trimmed eyebrow that can help us cope better in despair. with stress.” Similarly, if it involves waddling Obviously, breaks can No 1 on most spa around in a fluffy come with a bit of a price visitor’s wish-list is a white towelling tag when set against day massage and most robe clutching a sessions, but they are experts agree glass of prosecco, totally different beasts. massages reduce then you’ve been A one-day experience will stress and alleviates watching too normally offer only a muscle tension many reality single treatment whereas docu-soaps on TV. breaks provide the chance to step off life’s Although these are the images that treadmill with a number of carefullyhelp scientists pour scorn on exoticselected elements, giving breathing sounding treatments they offer, there space to totally unwind, relieve aches is one inescapable fact: there’s and pain, improve general physical nothing like a day of pampering to condition through diet and exercise… put you in the right frame of mind to and probably help you get a decent face the world. night’s sleep. The health benefits of visiting a spa cannot be overstated, particularly for mental well-being. Shackled by responsibilities and day-to-day pressures, the first thing that’s sacrificed is ‘me time’, partly because you think it’s self-indulgent but largely because of the cost. But is good physical and mental health really a luxury? Can you put a price on feeling good? As Virginia Sadock, a professor of psychiatry at New York University says: “Going to a spa is a way of being taken care of that is psychologically and culturally

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BEDFORD LODGE HOTEL & SPA, NEWMARKET Bedford Lodge offers a Mum & Me Spa Day as well as a Mum & Me weekend break where you can let your cares wash away in the sumptuous hydrotherapy facilities with five different water experiences. Includes manicure or pedicure and afternoon tea. bedfordlodgehotelspa.co. uk/special-offers

The health benefits of visiting a spa cannot be overstated, particularly for mental well-being

All of this means that No 1 on most spa visitor’s wish-list is a massage and most experts agree massages reduce stress and alleviates muscle tension, and the benefits are more than skin deep. As Prof Sadock says: “Physical contact is necessary to our well-being, and even if the touching is from a professional there to pamper you, that touch will have a beneficial effect.” Although it is widely believed sitting in a sauna is a great way to cleanse the impurities in the body, what actually pours from the pores is just sweat, not toxins such as alcohol or mercury which are filtered by your liver and kidneys. But they are good for you, increasing circulation as a result of the elevated heart rate and widened blood vessels

that accompany exposure to intense heat. Which brings us to the other staple of the health spa: the face mask. Many charge a premium to slather exotic ingredients on your face. However, dermatologists say the most important thing to remember about a mask is that as long as it actually contains ingredients that would nourish the skin if they were in a moisturiser or balm, they’ll probably have some benefit. So if all that gives you an idea how to treat mum and ensure the person who has given you a lifetime of TLC is pampered herself – or if you feel the need for two or three days of R and R – here are a few suggestions.

BLUE HARBOUR HEALTH CLUB AND SPA, LONDON Their special Ladies’ Day package includes a choice of one 30 minute treatment from a full range of massages or a facial, a Travel Through Time afternoon tea, and full use of the spa facilities. spabreaks.com/venues/blueharbour-health-club-and-spa-at-the-chelseaharbour-hotel

RINGWOOD HALL HOTEL & SPA, CHESTERFIELD Soothe body and mind at The Garden Secret Spa, Derbyshire’s first 5 bubble rated spa. Set in a former 19th Century manor house, you’ll have full access of the facilities in packages ranging from the Vintage Hideway to the Ultimate Odyssey. ringwoodhallhotel.com/gardensecret-spa/

THE GAINSBOROUGH BATH SPA, BATH One of the most popular spas in the country and the only UK hotel with access to naturally heated thermal waters. Just yards from the worldfamous Roman baths, the Gainsborough has a range of spa days with 20 per cent discount for online bookings thegainsboroughbathspa.co. uk/pages/spa-day

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TEE-TIME

THE US MASTERS 2020 PREVIEW

The 84th US Masters tees off this April with golf superstar Tiger Woods aiming for a record-equalling sixth win

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he US Masters is the first of the four major golf tournaments in pro-golf. First played 86 years ago in 1934, unlike other tournaments The Masters is always played at Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia. The tournament is by invitation only and the winner is automatically invited to the other three majors.

Traditions unique to the US masters include the opening tee shot and the Champions Dinner

The Augusta Golf Course was previously a plant nursery and each hole is named after a certain tree or shrub including Tea Olive, Pink Dogwood, Yellow Jasmine, Redbud, Azalea and Chinese Fir amongst others. The idea for the course came from Bobby Jones, a well-known amateur golfer, and was originally designed by Alister Mackenzie, who designed over 50 courses across four continents.

GOLF LINGO Albatross: A score of three less than par Birdie: A score of one less than par Eagle: A score of two under par Bogey: A score of one over par

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Jack Nicklaus has the most Masters’ wins with six, followed by Tiger Woods with five and Arnold Palmer with four. The estimated prize fund is $11.5 million with nearly $2 million going to the winner, as well as the distinctive and iconic Green Jacket – which by tradition is presented to the current winner by the previous winner. The Masters consists of four rounds of 18 holes each, with the competitors playing in groups of three for the first two rounds. After 36 holes of play, a cut-off score is calculated to reduce the size of the field. To ‘make the cut’, a player must be in either the top 50 places or within 10 strokes of the leader’s score. Over the final two days, a further 36 holes are played; and should there be no winner after the fourth round, all tied players enter a sudden-death playoff beginning on the 18th hole, followed by the 10th and repeating until one player remains. The most recent sudden-death playoff was in 2017 between Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.

Traditions unique to the US masters include the opening tee shot and the Champions Dinner. A custom since 1963, the tournament is officially started when one or more legendary players tees off from the first hole, and the Champions Dinner is held each year before the tournament starts. The dinner is hosted by the current champion who picks his own menu for the company only of previous champions. Three players are joint favourites moving towards the start of the tournament; World No. 1 Rory Mcllroy, World No. 2 Brooks Koepka and the back-in-form Tiger Woods. If Woods wins, he will match Jack Nicklaus’s record of six US Masters.


YOUR ROLE

AS A LANDLORD If you’re looking at letting out a property, it’s important to understand just what your tenant expects from you as its landlord

THE UTILITIES

The gas, electricity and water companies should be advised whenever the property is empty so that meters can be read and accounts prepared. During ‘void’ periods, the utility services must be transferred back into your name, by you. Of course, the tenant is responsible for the gas, electricity and water/sewerage bills generated by their usage during the tenancy, and for changing the gas and electric accounts into their name when they move in. They’re also responsible for the standing charges. However, their liabilities in this respect clearly finish on the date they vacate the property.

As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to ensure that all electrics and electrical appliances supplied in the property are safe for use

TELEPHONE & COUNCIL TAX

Generally speaking, telephone companies will only deal with the account holder named on the account. You must tell the telephone company that you are leaving the property and advise them what you want to do with your existing number. The tenants are then responsible for arranging any line reconnections and meeting any costs associated with this. When it comes to council tax, this is not your responsibility while the entire property is let. However, if you still reside at the property while acting as a landlord, then you will remain responsible for the Council Tax charge.

PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING

As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to ensure that all electrics and electrical appliances supplied in the property are safe for use. If any portable appliances are going to be left in the property, a portable appliance test should be carried out by a qualified electrician on an annual basis.

GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATE

It’s your duty as landlord to ensure that all gas supplied appliances are maintained in a safe condition and are inspected at least every 12 months by a GAS SAFE engineer. A Gas Safety certificate should only be issued by a GAS SAFE engineer.

SMOKE ALARMS

The law requires landlords to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties. This includes smoke alarms being fitted in all hallway, stairway, and circulation areas that form escape routes from the property. They should be located every 7.5 metres of hallway, and within at least three metres of all bedroom doors. Properties where HMO licenses apply, a higher specification of smoke alarm installation may be required which is generally mains powered. Landlords are directly responsible for determining whether their properties are eligible for HMO status, and failure to adhere to the regulations may result in a civil penalty and render your insurance invalid.

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Hollyfast Road, Coundon

ÂŁ240,000

An extended end terraced property with generous accommodation in need of modernisation. Benefiting from double glazing and gas central heating. Accommodation comprises entrance porch, entrance hall, cloakroom/WC, through lounge dining room, extended breakfast kitchen. First floor three bedrooms, bedroom one with fitted wardrobes, modern bathroom suite, top floor loft/storage room. Outside front gated driveway, established rear garden, rear garage, workshop and additional gated driveway.

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Lincroft Crescent

An extended end-terraced house, presented in excellent order with modern heating hot water system (solar panels and air source), double glazing, air purification system and external Protectacoat rendering. Accommodation comprises entrance hall, through lounge dining room, extended modern fitted kitchen, rear porch and WC. First floor three bedrooms, one with fitted furniture, spacious four piece bathroom suite. Outside front driveway, rear garden with raised decking patio leading onto established garden and shed.

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Lavender Avenue, Coundon

ÂŁ215,000

An attractive terraced property which benefits from uPVC double glazing and gas central heating where specified. The accommodation comprises entrance hallway, lounge, spacious dining room, modern kitchen. To the first floor there are two spacious double rooms with a third good sized box room and a beautifully recently re-fitted family bathroom. Externally to the front is a low maintenance shaled front garden with a mainly laid to lawn rear garden.

Olton Avenue, Eastern Green

ÂŁ330,000

A substantial large three bedroom detached corner plot bungalow comprising, entrance hallway, dual aspect living room, three generous size bedrooms, family bathroom with separate shower cubicle and fitted kitchen with utility area. Externally there are front, rear and side gardens mainly laid to lawn with rear patio area, paved driveway leading to detached single garage. A very versatile property with the potential for improvements and alteration.

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Crediton Close, Styvechale

7622 2022 ÂŁ295,000

A three storey semi-detached home offering uPVC double glazed and gas centrally heated flexible accommodation which briefly comprises reception hall, useful utility/cloakroom, fitted kitchen/dining room, landing, first floor lounge with Juliet balcony, master bedroom with en-suite shower room, bedroom four/dressing room, second floor landing, two further double bedrooms and family bathroom with mixer shower. Outside is a small open-plan lawn garden with direct vehicular access to an integral garage and a good-sized lawn rear garden.

Stonehouse Lane, Stonehouse Estate

ÂŁ120,000

An immaculately presented first floor duplex maisonette situated on the outskirts of the City close to Jaguar Land Rover. The uPVC double glazed and gas centrally heated accommodation briefly comprises entrance lobby with stairs to the first floor living room and refitted breakfast kitchen with further stairs leading to the two second floor bedrooms and modern bathroom with shower. To the outside there are well maintained gardens, communal parking and a garage in nearby block.

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St Christians Road, Cheylesmore

£180,000

A traditional extended double bayed mid-terrace property backing onto London Road Cemetery, conveniently located for the City Centre and offered for sale with no further chain. The uPVC double glazed and gas centrally heated accommodation would ideally suit first time buyers and briefly comprises entrance hall, through living room, dining room extension, kitchen extension, first floor landing, two double bedrooms and fully tiled bathroom with shower. Outside there are easily maintainable gardens and rear vehicular access.

William Bristow Road, Cheylesmore

£239,995

A recently improved modern semi-detached property which is situated within easy access of the local Cheylesmore amenities and benefiting from uPVC double glazing and gas central heating. In brief comprising reception hall, refitted cloakroom, attractive living room, refitted dining/kitchen with built-in appliances, first floor landing, three bedrooms and a bathroom with shower. To the outside there are well maintained lawn gardens and rear vehicular access to a brick garage with additional parking.

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Rodyard Way, Parkside

7622 2022 ÂŁ250,000

An attractive and improved three storey mews property close to the City Centre and Railway Station. The uPVC double glazed and gas centrally heated accommodation comprises canopy porch, lobby, attractive living room, dining room, cloakroom, refitted kitchen, landing, two bedrooms, bathroom with shower, lobby leading to stairs to the master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and en-suite bathroom with shower. Outside is a small open-plan front garden, attractively landscaped rear garden and two allocated car parking spaces.

Salisbury Avenue, Styvechale

ÂŁ395,000

A superbly presented semi-detached family home offering excellent extended accommodation benefiting from uPVC double glazing and gas central heating and comprising canopy porch, reception hall, lovely front lounge, superb openplan living/dining/kitchen room, the kitchen with built-in and integrated appliances and useful breakfast/utility area. To the first floor there are three bedrooms and a luxury family bathroom and outside a block paved front driveway, long side garage and substantial lawn rear garden with a large wooden summerhouse.

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Michaelmas Road, Styvechale

ÂŁ595,000

A fully refurbished traditional detached house in this prime location close to the City Centre benefiting from uPVC double glazing, gas central heating and briefly comprising porch, reception hall, cloakroom, living room, useful family room/study, superb extended living/dining/kitchen room and a separate utility room. There are four good sized bedrooms, an en-suite shower room and luxury modern family bathroom, there is front block paved parking and an enclosed south-facing rear garden with substantial detached rear garage.

Brentwood Avenue, Finham

ÂŁ485,000

An impressive detached family home offering spacious accommodation of a well-planned design. The fully double glazed and gas centrally heated accommodation comprises storm porch, reception hall, cloakroom/WC, spacious living room, open-plan dining room, fitted kitchen/breakfast room with built-in and integrated appliances, landing, four excellent bedrooms, the master having potential to create an en-suite, family bathroom with including a separate shower cubicle, well maintained lawn gardens and side driveway providing off-road parking, an enclosed car-port and garage.

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Earlsdon 024 7667 7000 Daventry Road 024 7650 3070 Walsgrave Road 024 7645 5555 City Centre 024

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Broadwater, Earlsdon

7622 2022

Situated in this highly sought after and peaceful backwater location and within walking distance of the War Memorial Park and King Henry VIII School, an individual detached single storey dwelling offering a rare and unique opportunity for a discerning buyer looking to improve and implement their own style and design in this prime residential location. Occupying a prominent corner plot with the distinct advantage of a separate double garage, the bungalow briefly comprises; enclosed porch, entrance hall, spacious lounge/dining room, open plan kitchen, three bedrooms, additional family shower room and separate outside utility room/wc. Externally the property offers extensive gardens to three sides, the rear garden being hard landscaped. There is direct access via driveway to the double garage alongside the property. No upward chain, early viewing recommended.

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Styvechale Avenue, Earlsdon

Situated within this delightful tree lined Avenue, a beautifully presented FOUR BEDROOM double bay ‘halls-together’ semidetached family home. Thoughtfully improved with a wealth of appealing, original features including a stunning ‘Minton’ tiled hall floor, feature fireplaces and fitted bespoke window shutters. The particularly spacious accommodation briefly comprises; inviting entrance hallway, elegant front lounge, separate living/family room, dining/breakfast room opening on to the refitted kitchen, four well proportioned bedrooms arranged over two floors, first floor modern family bathroom and separate second floor luxury shower room. Externally a direct access driveway to the front provides off road parking and to the rear, the property has a delightful rear garden with the additional benefit of a separate garden room, store room and car port.

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Offers in the Region of £335,000

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Earlsdon Avenue North, Earlsdon

Occupying a prominent corner position, a substantial, highly individual Edwardian semi-detached character residence with stunning open views across Hearsall Common, offered with the distinct advantage of secure off road parking, Sympathetically improved throughout, the unique and surprisingly spacious accommodation briefly comprises; entrance hall, ground floor cloakroom, delightful front lounge with feature fireplace, separate rear family/living/dining room together with a good sized fitted kitchen with small utility area leading off. To the first floor there is a spacious landing with large walk-in storage room together with three generous bedrooms and a modern refitted family bathroom. Externally there are neatly laid out gardens to three sides and side vehiculaR access leading to a car hard standing with electric vehicle charging point.

£285,000

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Aragon House Warwick Road

Viewing is highly recommended for this much larger than average luxury two bedroom duplex apartment situated in one of the City’s most prestigious and highly sought after gated communities. With the benefit of a private garage and allocated parking, the apartment offers particularly spacious and well proportioned accommodation with gas central heating and double glazing and briefly comprises; entrance hall, ground floor cloakroom, dining room with double doors opening to the attractive lounge and good sized, well fitted kitchen with integrated appliances. On the first floor there is a separate modern family bathroom together with two generous bedrooms, the master with a walk-in dressing area and en-suite shower room. The development is serviced by a lift to all floors and is surrounded by beautifully maintained communal grounds.

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ÂŁ185,000

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Clarence Gate, Earlsdon

7622 2022

A superior, tastefully presented two bedroom first floor luxury apartment set within this highly sought after development backing onto Hearsall Common and within walking distance of Earlsdon High Street. Having the benefit of private gated allocated parking, the gas centrally heated and double glazed accommodation briefly comprises entrance hall, splendid lounge/dining room with views over Hearsall Common, well fitted modern kitchen with integrated appliances, two good sized bedrooms, luxury en-suite shower room and separate modern family bathroom. Outside there are well maintained communal grounds. The property is leasehold held on a term of approximately 95 years. Early viewing recommended.

ÂŁ185,000

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Allesley Old Road, Chapelfields

Viewing is highly recommended to appreciate this substantial single bay mid terraced family residence with two double bedrooms and a much larger than average first floor bathroom. Situated in this popular and convenient location to the west of the City, the property offers deceptively spacious accommodation requiring some upgrading but offering excellent scope to improve and personalise. Briefly comprising; entrance hall, front lounge, separate rear dining room, kitchen, pantry and ground floor w/c. To the first floor there are two double bedrooms and a generous sized family bathroom. Externally there are easily maintained gardens front and rear together with rear car access to a small garage/store room. No upward chain.

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£179,950

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Kingston Road, Earlsdon

A tastefully presented turn of the Century mid- terraced home, improved throughout with many traditional and quality features having two good sized bedrooms and a useful hobbies/loft room. Situated in this popular residential location close to Hearsall Common and Earlsdon High Street, the property briefly comprises, front living room, separate rear dining room, quality refitted kitchen, small lobby/utility area and modern ground floor bathroom. To the first floor are two double bedrooms, the front bedroom with access via a pull down loft ladder to a useful hobbies/loft room. Outside there is a small foregarden and a good sized rear garden with a cobblestone paved patio/seating area. Early viewing recommended.

£175,000

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Montes Court, Earlsdon

Built by McCarthy & Stone to an exacting standard, a tastefully presented and recently redecorated and newly carpeted throughout two bedroom GROUND FLOOR apartment situated in this exclusive modern development specifically designed for the over 60 age group. Within walking distance of Earlsdon High Street, the well designed apartment briefly comprises; spacious entrance hall with useful airing/store cupboard, excellent lounge with door leading out to the delightful communal grounds, quality fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, two good sized bedrooms and separate modern bathroom. The development benefits from excellent communal facilities including a laundry room, guest suite, communal lounge and kitchen, 24 hour emergency call-line and a lift to all floors.

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Asking Price ÂŁ269,995

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Malham Close, Whitestone, Nuneaton

7622 2022

A superior detached house situated in this pleasant cul-de-sac and having the benefit of gas central heating and upvc double glazing as and where specified. The tastefully presented accommodation comprises hall, through lounge/dining room, conservatory, refitted kitchen with a wealth of built-in appliances, refitted cloakroom, first floor landing providing access to all three bedrooms (master with refitted en suite) and refitted family bathroom. Garden to rear, parking to front and garage.

Asking Price ÂŁ172,500

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Parry Road, Wyken

A beautifully presented semi-detached house in this popular location and with the benefit of gas-fired central heating and double glazing (as and where specified). Originally built as a three bedroom property the accommodation now comprises entrance hall, through lounge/dining room, refitted kitchen, first floor landing providing access to two double bedrooms and luxury refitted bathroom. There are gardens to the front and rear.

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£204,950

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Terry Road, Stoke

Modern style semi-detached house, situated close to an array of local amenities and facilities and with the benefit of gas central heating and upvc double glazing (as and where specified). Comprising hall, fitted cloakroom, sitting room, kitchen/ dining room with built-in appliances, first floor landing providing access to all three bedrooms (master with en suite) and family bathroom. Gardens and driveway parking.

£104,995

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Thackhall Street, Stoke

Modern style purpose built ground floor flat with the benefit of gas central heating and upvc double glazing (as and where specified). The accommodation is offered with NO ONWARD CHAIN and briefly comprises communal entrance hall with intercom system, private entrance hall, sitting room, kitchen with built-in oven and hob, double bedroom with built-in wardrobe and bathroom. There are communal gardens and one allocated parking space.

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Alder Road, Aldermans Road

7622 2022 ÂŁ154,950

The property is set back from the road and offers a sale with NO CHAIN! This two bedroom mid terrace house benefits from off road parking, private rear garden and conservatory. It has double glazing and gas central heating (where specified). This would be a fantastic purchase for any buyer and is offered with vacant possession upon completion.

ÂŁ124,950

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Bewick Croft, Stoke Heath

Purpose built ground floor apartment being situated at the head of this development with the added benefit of secure allocated parking. The accommodation comprises communal hall with security intercom system, private entrance hall, lounge/dining room with French doors leading to terrace, kitchen with built-in oven and hob, two bedrooms (master with en suite shower room) and bathroom. There are well tended communal gardens and one allocated parking space.

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Brinklow Road, Binley

£239,995

A well-presented semi-detached house situated on a generous corner plot offering huge potential to extend the property (subject to the necessary consents). Property briefly comprises hall, fitted cloakroom, sitting room, kitchen/dining room with built-in appliances, first floor landing providing access to all three bedrooms and bathroom. There are gardens to the front, side and rear with double gates providing secure parking with adjacent single garage.

Emscote Road, Stoke

Offers Over £225,000

Extended end terrace with gas central heating and upvc double glazing (as and where specified) situated in this most convenient location and with the benefit of being offered with no upward chain. The truly flexible accommodation comprises hall, spacious lounge/dining room, kitchen with built-in oven and hob, ground floor bedroom with en suite shower room, first floor landing providing access to three double bedrooms and bathroom. Gardens to front and rear.

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