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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Prepare your home for autumn
How to enjoy firework celebrations - safely
Spooktacular things to do with the kids
Editor’s letter Welcome to the October issue! The clocks are set to change this month which can only mean one thing – the colder weather is on its way! But fear not; inside this issue is lots of advice to help ensure your property doesn’t fall foul of the cold weather. Now is the time to focus on preparing your home and garden against the elements. Doing so will ensure you don’t get any nasty surprises, such as burst pipes, or the death of your favourite garden plants you’ve lovingly tended to over the summer.
Prepare your property for colder weather Autumn is here; the leaves are falling and it’s getting colder. Here are some handy tips for preparing your home for the colder months
And as the dark nights draw in, it’s also time to start planning for the seasonal events coming up on the calendar; Halloween and Bonfire night! To get you inspired, inside we feature a winter-warming recipe, perfect for either event. And if you’re looking for something frightfully good to do to celebrate Halloween, our travel pages feature enough spooky events around the country to help you plan spooktacular fun! We hope you enjoy reading this issue and we look forward to sharing more property-related and lifestyle articles with you next time. Enjoy! Linda McKeown Editor
By turning your central heating back on now, you will be made aware of any issues with your heating before the cold weather really hits
You can lose as much as 30% of heating through seals and gaps in your loft
Boilers and radiators With the changeable weather over the summer, you will have probably turned your boiler on earlier than normal, only to turn it back off again with the warmer weather returning in September. If, however, you haven’t turned it on again, now is the time. By turning your central heating back on now, you will be made aware of any issues with your heating before the cold weather really hits. It may be wise to get your boiler professionally serviced to check for any problems that may appear further down the line. An engineer will identify problems with your thermostat that you may not be aware of. Your radiators may have had a build-up of sludge over the summer months – an engineer will flush through the dirty water and replace it with clean water ready for the harsher winter months; helping to ensure you never have to go without heating.
Draughts The last thing you need is pesky draughts letting cold air in and hot air out. You can check for draughts yourself using a lit candle around door frames and window frames. When
there is a draught, the flame will blow towards you. You can then either fix the draught yourself using hardware from a store or by calling in the professionals. You can lose as much as 30% of heating through seals and gaps in your loft. Check under the insulation for cut-outs, pipes, wires etc, and seal them from the inside. If you have a log burner or multifuel burner, remember to close the flue after use, (when the fireplace has cooled) to avoid heat escaping.
Create a cosy ambience Even sealed windows can allow heat to escape. By using good quality curtains, you can better insulate your windows. Close them at nighttime and when you’re not at home to conserve heat. With the nights getting darker, light up your windows with some warm fairy lights to create a cosy ambience. If you feel cold, you will be cold; trick your mind and make your home as cosy as possible! If you don’t have a real fireplace, light some scented candles. Choose autumnal scents such as wild pumpkin, cinnamon or cookies to create a cosy atmosphere in your
home. Spoil yourself with some fleecy blankets to wrap up in during the evenings. This will stop you from fiddling with the thermostat and making your house too warm.
Re-arrange the furniture Move your sofa, and any other furniture, away from the radiator; your sofa absorbs heat from the radiator which stops it from circulating around the room. The same goes for big TV units, dressers etc: try to keep your radiators unblocked by furniture so they can release heat just as they should. In bedrooms, long curtains can have the same effect. If possible, tuck the curtains behind the radiator and move beds away from radiators too. Waking up with your arm on a scalding radiator isn’t an enjoyable experience for anyone! If you have a conservatory clean it too and make it winter-ready; if you have vinyl flooring, invest in a thick shaggy rug. A conservatory can get cold even with a heating system installed, so opt for a plug-in heater too!
Be inspired by
autumn’ s new colour trends
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Ochre is a beautiful mustard yellow that is taking the high-street by storm, and it’s perfect for brightening up a room while adding a cosy feel of autumn too. Either opt for block colour or items featuring it as hints of colour. There are a whole host of ways of incorporating ochre into your bedroom, but we can’t resist a lovely, chunky, throw to snuggle up to help survive the colder nights coming our way! Handmade Chunky Merino Wool Yarn Blanket Yellow Handmade from Merino wool, The Handmade Chunky Wool Yarn Blanket is incredibly soft and luxurious. The intricate craftsmanship gives the blanket a beautiful look and lush texture. Throw it at the end of your bed to add warmth to your bedroom. £44.95 www.tastitch.com
Top pick Ideal Home Papillion Contour Fabric Accent Chair
The living room If you’re feeling brave and want to add colour to your living room, then opt for a colourful piece of furniture, such as a signature sofa or chair.
Ideal Home Papillion Contour Fabric Accent Chair Inspired by the classic mid-century contour chairs, Papillion features decorative button detail and soft rounded edges in pastel pink. The beautifully shaped leg section is wrapped in a naturally toned wood-effect that creates an eye-catching contrast against the felt-effect fabric above them. £219 www.very.co.uk
Think of autumn and warm tones of reds, browns and yellows come to mind. Celebrate the season by adding the latest trends to your home
Key colour trends for the home are shades of yellow, rustic reds, dusky pinks and geometric colourways
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The dining room
Now’s the time to be bold with your colour choices for the home. Nothing is out of bounds, so try the likes of burnt reds with navy. Experiment and you’ll be surprised! And when it comes to your dining room, it’s no different. Update your entertaining and dining space to make an impact. Margaret Upholstered Dining Chair Ophelia & Co. These chairs will add a comfortable, sophisticated feel for a formal or casual dining room. Honey finished legs made from hardwood offer modern simplicity and a rich tone to complement the seat of the chair. And at a price that won’t break the bank either! £183.99 – set of 4 www.wayfair.co.uk
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The Kids’ room
There’s no need to let the kids miss out on the latest trends this autumn. Give their room an uplift with fun, geometric furniture that’s practical as well as fashionable! From shelving units, funky cushions and rugs, there is plenty of inspiration out there. Why not try some geometric themed storage boxes? Geometric Wooden Box with Handles Bring adorable design to your home with this decorative wooden storage crate from Happy Little Folks. Perfect for a children’s room, it’s ideal for holding little bits and pieces. Each box has been carefully hand-painted with the bold geometric shapes having been created by using nontoxic, water-based paint and sealed with non-toxic varnish. Simply choose your colour scheme and off you go! £28 By Happy Little Folks www.notonthehighsstreet.com
How best to prepare your garden for the colder months We are currently grasping onto the last ounces of sunny weather, and now your garden will need some attention and preparation for autumn and winter With the hottest day ever recorded in the UK having just passed us by (38.7 degrees Celsius in Cambridge on 25th July this year), your garden will have had its work cut out this summer, and is likely now feeling rather dried-out and exhausted. With the colder months just around the corner, here are our top tips as to how best to prepare your garden for the cooler times ahead.
Put away garden furniture Your outside furniture will have done you proud throughout the summer months, but now you need to ensure it doesn’t become needlessly wet, rusty, and perhaps even frozen in parts. Pack away any chairs and tables, as well as the barbeque if it’s a movable one, to prevent them from becoming victims to the elements throughout the winter season. A dedicated storage space or a garage would be ideal places to store them.
Protect your low-growing plants from wet weather by covering them with a sheet of glass or a cloche, and surrounding them with a slightly elevated layer of gravel or grit
The final cut of the grass It’s advised that any good gardener should keep their lawn generally well-maintained throughout the winter months, keeping it tidy and well-looked after. Late October or early November is generally the ideal time to give your lawn its final trim before winter hits. However, if you live in a particularly mild area you may be able to get away with cutting your grass in December.
Rotting plants Rotting and dying plants and other vegetation in your garden don’t only look untidy, they can also spread disease to other, healthier, plants in the surrounding area. Pests and fungi are also likely with old plants and could incur further problems for your garden. Insects feeding on your crops throughout the summer may lay eggs on the stalks and leaves, so removing any finished plants prevents pests from getting a head start come springtime. It’s also useful to note that burying old plants in your garden adds organic matter to your soil, which improves soil tilth and overall health.
Regenerate your compost A rich heap of compost can go a long way, and can be used to top up garden beds, amend deficient soils, and fertilize lawns. If you’re making way for another batch of compost and cleaning out the previous load, it’s likely to be insulated against winter’s chill, meaning microbes fester for longer into the winter. To prevent the microbes from festering further, compile your autumn compost heap with plenty of autumn leaves, straw or sawdust, layered with kitchen scraps and other active, green matter.
Prepare the soil Autumn is a great time to add in new additions to the soil, such as manure, compost, kelp and rock phosphate. It’s often best to wait until your soil dries out before deciding to work it and add in extra nutrients: doing so in autumn means you won’t need to do as much in spring. Once you’ve added your additions, cover the bed of soil with sheets of plastic or other coverings to help prevent winter rains from washing the nutrients below the active root zone. The soil should be ready to be uncovered in dry spring, ready to work its magic.
Protect vulnerable plants from frost You can protect your low-growing plants from wet weather by covering them with a sheet of glass or a cloche, and surrounding them with a slightly elevated layer of gravel or grit, to ensure swift drainage of any potential rainwater. Some outdoor containers are frost-proof, and it’s advised you use these to prevent them cracking.
Plant cover crops Late summer or early autumn is an ideal time of the year to sow crops like rye, vetch and clover because, as well as adding nutrients, such crops as these help prevent soil erosion, break up compacted areas, and increase levels of organic matter in garden beds. Also, one way to increase the levels of available nitrogen for garden vegetables is to plant legumes in your garden, such as clover or field peas. Although some cover crops are hardier than others, it tends to be a general rule of thumb to plant cover crops around one month before your first killing-frost.
Late October to early November is generally the ideal time to give your lawn its final trim before winter hits
A guide to
on Bonfire night
Bonfire night can be one of the most exciting nights of the year and for very good reason. It’s a night filled with pretty firework displays, traditional bonfire treats and cosy hot drinks. However, it’s important to stay safe Whether you’re attending a firework display or celebrating at home, it’s important to remember that there are certain things you should and should not do.
You should: • • • • • •
build your bonfire far away from your home stand far enough away from fireworks and the bonfire make sure an adult checks the bonfire for hidden animals have a bucket of water nearby for emergencies keep your beloved pets inside during the celebrations remember to wrap up warm
You should never: • return to a firework after it’s been lit • let off fireworks after 11pm, (or midnight on the 5 Nov), as it’s illegal • build a bonfire near to any trees, fences or your home • leave before ensuring the fire and surroundings are put out • pour petrol or paraffin on the fire
According to the RSPCA 45 percent of dogs show signs of fear when they hear a firework set off
Bonfire night stats
Firework displays can be great for the whole family. They can also be very dangerous, so here are a few tips on how to stay safe: • Only adults should; set up firework displays, light fireworks and safely dispose of them • You should only buy fireworks which show the CE mark • Read and follow the instructions • Use a taper to light the fireworks • Have a bucket of water at hand • Use a board or other non-flammable rigid surface for flat-bottomed fireworks • Stand at a safe distance whilst fireworks are going off
4, 436 people used the NHS A&E services for firework related injuries in 2017/2018 Around half of all firework injuries happen to children under the age of 16 (gov.uk) Over the past five years over 350 preschool children have been hospitalised due to firework injuries (UK fire service)
Tips to help keep your pets safe Fun with sparklers • Find somewhere safe and open • Make sure you wear gloves when handling sparklers • Sparklers shouldn’t be given to children under the age of five • Hold the sparkler away from your face and body • Never touch the end of the sparkler • Once it’s no longer burning, put it in a bucket of water
Bonfire night can be a very scary night for your furry friends. According to the RSPCA, 45 percent of dogs show signs of fear when they hear a firework set off. So, to help, we’ve put together a few useful tips to keep them safe and happy. • If you have a dog, make sure you walk them in daylight hours before the fireworks start • Close all your windows and curtains, to help muffle the sound • Put the telly or radio on to provide distraction • Create some hiding spaces around the house and if they do hide under furniture, leave them there • Make sure your pet is microchipped in case they escape • For small animals, partly cover their cages with blankets: this will help with soundproofing
Spooktacular soup! If you’re planning on carving pumpkins this Halloween, make the most of the whole pumpkin! There are plenty of recipes out there to try, but we love this soup which uses both the flesh and seeds Pumpkin & lentil soup
Serves 4 Kcals per serving: 233 Suitable for vegetarians and gluten free
Ingredients • • • • • • • • •
1 tbsp olive oil, plus 1 tsp 2 onions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped approx 800g chopped pumpkin flesh, plus the seeds 100g split red lentils ½ small pack thyme, leaves picked, plus extra to serve 1l hot vegetable stock pinch of salt and sugar 50g crème fraiche, plus extra to serve
Method 1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Fry the onions until softened and
starting to turn golden. Stir in the garlic, pumpkin flesh, lentils and thyme, then pour in the hot stock. Season, cover and simmer for 20-25 mins until the lentils and vegetables are tender. 2. Meanwhile, wash the pumpkin seeds. Remove any flesh still clinging to them, then dry using kitchen paper. Heat the 1 tsp oil in a non-stick pan and fry the seeds until they start to jump and pop. Stir frequently but cover the pan in between to keep them in it. When the seeds look toasted, add a sprinkling of salt and a pinch of sugar. Stir well. 3. Whizz the cooked pumpkin mixture with a hand blender or in a food processor until smooth, then add the crème fraiche and whizz again. Taste for seasoning. 4. Serve with a spoonful of crème fraiche, a few thyme leaves and the toasted seeds scattered on top.
This recipe, and more, can be found at www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/creamy-pumpkin-lentil-soup
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Girls grey padded belted longline coat Featuring zip pockets and detachable faux fur trim, this padded and belted long-sleeve coat is ideal for any fashion-conscious girl. Made from 100% polyester fabric. £50 www.riverisland.com
Monsoon Space Stripe Novelty Gloves Simply fun at their fingertips! These novelty gloves feature space-themed appliqués – perfect for any space-loving child. Available for ages 3 - 13 years. £12 www.very.co.uk
Boys’ Tech Parka Made from a shower-resistant material, this parka features a zip-through front, pockets for stashing essentials and a faux-fur lined hood to help protect against the elements. Available in bright blue, navy and red colourways. £55 - £61 www.johnlewis.com
Barbour® Leather Black Utility Gloves Invest in these 100% leather gloves to keep your hands warm and protected against the cold. £60 www.next.co.uk
Accessorize Devonshire Check Blanket Scarf In a classic check, this Devonshire blanket scarf by Accessorize is sure to lift your winter looks with tones of pink and yellow. 100% acrylic. L190 x W70 cm. £20 www.very.co.uk
Chilton Short Padded Wellies Don’t let the rain dampen your mood, or your style! These mid-height wellies from Joules are super stylish and have been finished with a faux fur collar for warmth. An anti-slip sole gives extra grip for those frosty mornings. £49.95 www.joules.com
Accessorize Nude Chunky Cable Poncho Ponchos are still on trend for the colder months, and this chunky knit poncho, made from 100% acrylic, is a must-have to help defend against the cold. £32 www.next.co.uk
SD-3 Parka Jacket Dress your man in style while keeping him cosy. With removable faux fur trim, a zip and toggle button fastening, five outer pockets, one inner pocket and ribbed cuffs, what more could he want in a jacket! £90.99 www.superdry. com
ahead! Grab your broomsticks, it’s Halloween! Here’s how to keep your little coven spellbound and the not-so-little monsters in your life cackling at some of Britain’s top haunts
Apparently, we have the Celts to thank for Halloween and its creepy traditions. According to some scholars, the last day of October marked the end of the Celtic calendar and was the day they chose to honour their dead. Unfortunately, the Celts also felt this was the time when the barrier between worlds became wafer thin, allowing spirits to cross over and mingle with the living in order to destroy their recently gathered crops. So, to prepare themselves for this medieval fright night, the Celts across Britain and Europe
disguised themselves as ghosts and ghouls to wander unopposed, further arming themselves with lanterns carved from large seasonal vegetables and lighting bonfires. Sound familiar?
– the night before All Saints Day, which is November 1 – and, with the Church starting to restrict Pagan practises, Irish settlers heading to America took their traditions with them.
Of course, the well-to-do were far too important to indulge with such supernatural superstitions, so the poor offered to pray for their dead as well – in return for a small cake or, if you like, a treat. Conversely, in Irish mythology the Pooka (think Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) would also be around to play pranks. Of course, you can’t miss the trick.
And that’s how a festival dedicated to death snowballed into the multi-million-pound fun night we know and love today.
The name Halloween originates from the mid-1700s and is derived from the Scottish All Hallows’ Eve
Warwick Castle WARWICK From October 19 until November 3, the castle becomes a dead cert for those looking for bloodcurdling tales. With a choice of scare levels – Plucky Pumpkins, Daring Dukes and Brave Knights – you can meet a host of bizarre characters, wondrous witches and even the crew of the Paranormal Encounters TV show as they try to discover why the ghosts of Warwick cannot leave. Further details: warwick-castle.com
Given such a macabre backstory, it’s really no surprise the best places to get spooked at Halloween are Britain’s mythladen stately homes and castles. We feature five which we are sure will help raise the chill factor.
It’s really no surprise the best places to get spooked at Halloween are Britain’s mythladen stately homes and castles
Said to be one of the country’s most haunted castles – which encouraged staff to keep a special ‘ghost book’ to record the eerie experiences of visitors! You may even bump into the ghost of Sir Charles, said to wander the corridors of his former home, or catch the distinct whiff of horses coming from the empty riding school. Further details: english-heritage.org.uk and search for Bolsover Castle
The name Halloween originates from the mid-1700s and is derived from the Scottish All Hallows’ Eve – the night before All Saints Day
OXFORD Visitors to Oxford Castle, another of Britain’s most haunted buildings, will be met by a host of Halloween-themed fun; from Bill Spectre’s ghost trails and midnight ghost tours of the castle, to the jailbreak escape room puzzle game, as well as Trick or Treat evenings, pumpkin carvings and ghost hunts for families and children.
Further details: oxfordcastleandprison.co.uk/events/ event/ghostfest/
Fancy exploring the darker side of history among bright lights? No better place than an illuminated tour of the ruins which inspired Dracula, Bram Stoker’s classic horror story where you can meet witches and witchfinders. Further details: english-heritage.org.uk and search for Whitby Abbey
Other events Added to the above, the London Dungeon is promising something terrifyingly spectacular in their Halloween show (thedungeons. com) while younger thrillseekers will love Brick or Treat, the spooktacular sleepover event at LEGOLAND Windsor (legolandholidays.co.uk). And just to prove ghostly goings-on aren’t confined to dry land, the skeleton crew of a ghostly pirate ship has moved into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard bringing with them Halloween crafts, face painting, a deathly disco, kids trail and lots of competitions (historicdockyard.co.uk).
margam CASTLE SOUTH WALES
Margam Castle in Port Talbot can be a chilling location at the best of times and is said to be the home of the nasty and angry spirit of a gamekeeper who really throws his weight around! The castle has seen a lot of paranormal activity so their after-dark Halloween Ghost Hunt should be a ghoulish experience. Further details: eeventbrite.co.uk/e/halloweenat-margam-castle-ghosthunt-south-wales Of course, if you prefer your Halloween to be more home-based there are several things to keep the youngsters occupied before they go Trick or Treating. The English Heritage website (English-heritage.org.uk) carries helpful guides to making creepy lanterns and masks, as well as proposing a change to the modern trend of carving pumpkins by reverting to the more traditional turnips.
No self-respecting party would be complete without apple bobbing, another game which can be traced back to the Celts, who tied apples to trees to encourage the sun god to return the following year. Then it’s off for the much-loved house-to-house procession where clusters of Grim Reapers, zombies, Captain Jack Sparrows, ghosts, skeletons and even Hulks knock on doors and demand: ‘Trick or Treat?’ Whatever would the Celts have made of it all?
The EFL Championship: How are the promotion favourites doing so far? Promotion from the EFL Championship is the most lucrative prize in world football; worth around £170 million because of the enormous TV rights package on offer!
Last years’ promoted teams, Norwich City, Aston Villa and Sheffield United are already feeling the harsh realities of life in the Premier League. But, with masses of money paid out in transfer fees and player contracts upon promotion, they will hope to duplicate the success of teams such as Burnley, Bournemouth and Wolves in the long run. Two teams win promotion automatically every year, with a play-off for the final spot from the teams positioned third to sixth. It’s a long hard slog with 46 games in the league, (and cup games on top,) and the Championship always throws up some surprises along the way. Before the busy winter period, here is our handy guide to how the promotion favourites are faring so far.
Leeds United Promotion from the EFL Championship is the most lucrative prize in world football
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds were last years’ play off final losers; despite sitting at the top of the table for most of the season the players tired and they lost their way. Losing first-teamer Pontus Jansson and top-scorer Kemar Roofe, and without the funds to replace them, they have looked to youngsters on loan from the Premier League this season. With another preseason under his belt and described as the ‘best manager in the world’ by Guardiola, expect them not to
tire this year. They steamrollered over Swansea, only to lose in the 90th minute, so they will hope Eddie Nketiah and Helder Costa bed in and make an impact as they don’t want the same problems as last season, when they lacked the cutting edge in attack.
Cardiff City Swansea City may be flying high at the start of the season, but expect this to be a temporary surge, much like a 100:1 outsider out front in the Grand National. They will fade, but expect Welsh rivals, Cardiff City, to hold steady throughout the season. Neil Warnock is an old hand at getting teams promoted, holding the record with 8 promotions in his management career. Cardiff have a solid squad of players, ready to rotate over the busier periods; when other teams drop off. Don’t be surprised when they’re, at least, in the play-off spots come the turn of the new year. And with Will Vaulks catapult throws, expect some last-minute goals ruining everyone else’s party.
Fulham Fulham spent big last year to avoid relegation from the Premier League. Caretaker manager Scott Parker did enough at the end of last season to get the job full time. They have a large squad of players, most with Premier League experience who will itch to get back to the top-flight. Like Leeds, they have dipped into the Premier League loan market, bringing in the experience of Harry Arter and the exciting Ivan Cavaleiro from Wolves, and kept hold of star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. Expect Mitrovic and Cavaleiro to be pushing each other in their own personal goalscoring competition to the end of the season and don’t be surprised if Mitrovic reaches the magical thirty.
Between 2007 and 2017, the number of people renting in the UK increased by 63% A record number of people now rent their home as opposed to buying; with a large selection choosing to rent even though they could afford to buy. Renting has a huge number of perks and, with owning a home not as much of a priority for younger generations, this will continue to rise. The largest group of private renters are those aged 25-34. However,
there has also been an increase in renting for 45-54-year-olds. With new measures introduced earlier in the year, tenants have never been better protected. The increase in private renters isn’t necessarily because buying a house is out of their budget, many rent instead of buying due to career, family and the huge number of benefits that come from renting.
SO, WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST BENEFITS OF RENTING? The world moves faster than ever before. On average, Millennials switch jobs more often than older generations; with 60% always open to new opportunities. The job market has changed with people rarely staying in one job throughout their life. Many now want the flexibility to move to new areas to pursue their career. Renting is the perfect choice for those that do, as there is no need to put your house on the market, await viewings, negotiate offers and then wait for conveyancing. Leaving a rental property entails handing in your notice, cleaning and then moving! QUICK PROCESS
Many rent instead of buying due to career, family and the huge number of benefits that come from renting
Moving into a rental property is quicker than buying a property too. When you rent, you calculate how much you can afford using your salary, go on some viewings and then confirm to us, the agent, that you like the property. After this, you can put down a deposit and wait for the reference checks to complete, which usually takes a week. Once referencing is complete, you will confirm your
move-in date, pay your deposit and usually your first month’s rent, and pick up your keys. In theory, with the process running smoothly, you could view a house on a weekend and move in the next weekend! NO REPAIR BILLS If you own your home and the boiler breaks, or the oven stops working, you will need to pay a professional to replace or fix the item and do the work. In a rental property, report these problems and the landlord will get them fixed quickly at no cost to yourself, (as long as you didn’t cause the damage). This is the same for smoke alarms, Carbon Monoxide alarms and any other problems that happen during your tenancy. INSPECTIONS HELP YOU KEEP ON TOP OF THE CLEANING That dreaded word every tenant fears: ‘inspection’. However, this is the perfect opportunity to remind you to do a deep clean every sixmonths. When you own your home, you have no-one coming around to check on the condition of the property, which can lead to laziness in the upkeep of your home.
Stubb Road, Hickling £800,000
Walcott Road, Bacton £550,000
“A truly magnificent home from start to finish” Sitting in this popular PICTURESQUE Broadland village that is sitting in the Norfolk Broads and only a short drive to the stunning Beaches of Sea Palling and Happisburgh. This home is presented to the highest order with VERSATILE and SPACIOUS rooms throughout. Attached to this home is a 2 bedroom HOLIDAY LET / GUEST ACCOMMODATION which proves incredibly popular with regular visits and currently managed by Welcome Cottages. Outside offers a wide range of mature planting, an orchard, a variety of seating and dining areas and a RANGE OF OUTBUILDINGS.
This detached bungalow is currently operating as a residential care home and can be sold as a going concern, or offering a variety of uses from holidays lets, Bed and Breakfast or someone looking for a large residential property that offers space and versatility. On site there are established gardens and a large detached garage / workshop and lots of parking, which again will add to the popularity of this home should it come to the market. It is sitting in a great location to gain easy access to the beach and village facilities, as well as a short drive to Stalham, North Walsham and the North Norfolk Coast.
Paston Road, Mundesley £550,000
Birch End, Catfield £250,000 GUIDE PRICE
Holiday Park with Residential Property - There is a three bedroom detached bungalow with the opportunity to own your own large established chalet park.There are a range of mobile homes, stables and paddocks appealing to the equestrian market. This is a great investment opportunity so viewings are highly advised.
*Highly presented three-bedroom detached house* is available in this popular village offering a range of family friendly facilities such as a local shop and public house. This home offers spacious and versatile accommodation throughout and will suit the established family wanting this. Outside there are enclosed gardens, parking, garage with this home and attractive countryside walks. Situated in a very popular location of Catfield viewings are highly advised.
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Staithe Road, Ludham £325,000
Bramblewood, Stalham £460,000
“Being in the heart of the Norfolk countryside” this home offers versatile and spacious accommodation throughout, with a DRIVEWAY and GARAGE. Being situated in this SOUGHT AFTER village location which is surrounded by the COUNTRYSIDE and a short drive to the beach. Only a short walk into the village, where you can access a RANGE OF FACILITIES from village shop, transport links and local public house. Viewings are highly advised.
This established family home is presented to a high standard of finish throughout, and offers spacious and versatile accommodation. The home offers peace and quiet, due it being located down a private development, yet is within easy reach to the high streets’ facilities on offer.The location is perfect for getting to Norwich and Great Yarmouth, as well as the popular beaches of Sea Palling and Happisburgh, and Stalham staithe.
Nelson Street, Norwich £415,000
St Marys Road, Hemsby £400,000
*Perfect family home in the centre of Norwich City*
*A large family home completed to a very high standard* offering coastal living and amazing sea views! Entered via a private driveway this home offers space and versatile accommodation throughout and amazing large outside space with the potential of a separate dwelling. Viewings are highly advised!
Offering spacious and versatile living throughout this is a fantastic opportunity for a family wanting to be close to transport links, schools and shops whilst only a short walking into the city centre. Finished to a high standard throughout and character features viewings are highly advised.
Brumstead Road, Stalham £385,000
The Green, Hickling £365,000
“Stunning family home with an annex” is available, offering a range of CHARACTER features, and SPACIOUS and VERSATILE accommodation throughout.
“You must walk inside to see the overwhelming space and high presentation” with this STUNNING HOME which offers incredible space and versatility throughout, and is available with NO ONWARD CHAIN. Outside there is a large enclosed courtyard with a wide range of outbuildings and a cart shed. This historic property sits in the centre of this PICTURESQUE COUNTRYSIDE VILLAGE and offers an easy walk to the village facilities on offer including the staithe and the Hickling Barn. An excellent location which is also just a short drive to the popular beaches of Sea Palling and Happisburgh.
Sitting in this popular and SOUGHT AFTER location, close to a range of shops, schools and the popular beaches and Norfolk broads. A home which sets itself up as an IDEAL HOME SHARE for 2 families.
High Road, Burgh Castle £350,000 OIEO
Main Road, Rollesby £350,000
“Step inside and see the space on offer in the fantastic family home” sitting in this popular village location offering a local public house, transport links and great dog walks. The property explodes with space perfect for entertaining and offering a large driveway for ample vehicles. Viewings are highly advised.
“Perfect family accommodation and within easy reach to facilities” This three-bedroom detached bungalow offers a fantastic opportunity for a wide range of buyers. With it’s spacious living area and large bedrooms this property would make a perfect family. Being within close walking distance to local shops, transport links, doctors and schools viewings are highly advised for immaculate property.
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Broadlands Road, Hickling £325,000 GUIDE PRICE
“Walk in and be amazed” with this SPACIOUS and VERSATILE home sitting in this POPULAR and SOUGHT after village which offers picturesque countryside walks and easy access facilities. A great home for THE FAMILY, where you can easily come together but also have your own space, sitting on a GENEROUS PLOT which offers a MATURE GARDEN FULL OF COLOUR WITH ITS WIDE VARIETY OF PLANTING and ample parking / garage. Offered with NO ONWARD CHAIN viewings are highly advised.
“The PERFECT HOME to entertain in, sitting in the heart of the broads” which is presented to a VERY HIGH STANDARD THROUGHOUT, offering you versatile accommodation that can be used in a variety of ways. Living in this PICTURESQUE VILLAGE where there are a wide range of countryside walks and you can easily access the Norfolk broads, a short drive to the popular beach of Sea Palling and the market town of Stalham for a wide range of facilities. With PRIVATE AND MATURE GARDENS, a variety of seating and dining areas, this is a home that will accommodate those who enjoy entertaining for friends and family.
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The Common, Happisburgh £280,000
“Incredibly spacious with countryside views” A PERFECT HOME which sits in this popular village that is sitting on the edge of the Norfolk broads and just a short drive to the beach. With accommodation that is HIGHLY PRESENTED THROUGHOUT, and is also VERSATILE and with ESTALISHED GARDENS. With ample parking, a garage and a detached games room / studio which can be used for a variety of uses.
“Fantastic countryside views” with this POPULAR and QUIET LOCATION which is within walking distance to the popular beach. A home which offers SPACE both inside and out in the gardens and AMPLE PARKING. A home offering the best of both COUNTYSIDE and COASTAL LIVING in a great location which has easy access to the NORFOLK BROADS and the POPULAR BEACHES of Sea Palling and Happisburgh.
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Brecklands, Stalham £260,000
Bromholme Close, Bacton £250,000
“Walking distance to facilities” where the garden that is fully enclosed and wraps around the property. Offering versatile accommodation with a GARAGE and DRIVEWAY and is sitting on the QUIET and POPULAR DEVELOPMENT which is within EASY REACH TO THE HIGH STREET where you can find a range of shops, schools and doctors’ surgery. Viewings are highly advised.
*Family home opportunity close to the seaside* Offering three-bedrooms this property is spacious and light throughout with the address advantage of a driveway, garage and enclosed rear gardens. Only a short walking distance to local shops, schools, transport links and the popular coast of Bacton and Walcott viewings are highly advised.
Thorn Road, Catfield £240,000 OIEO
Woodstock Way, Martham £230,000
“Spacious and highly presented” Sitting in this POPULAR VILLAGE which offers a wide range of facilities and is within easy reach to the NORFOLK BROADS and the popular beaches of Sea Palling and Happisburgh. With GENEROUS GARDENS, a GARAGE.
This detached home in Martham offers excellent living accommodation and will suit a wide range of buyers looking to be in this family friendly area. The home is presented to a high standard and with spacious accommodation, and comes with a driveway and a fully enclosed garden. A great location where Martham offers a wide range of facilities including shops, schools and a doctors’ surgery
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Rivermead, Stalham £220,000
Church Lane, Eccles on Sea £200,000
“Perfect location close to facilities” with this home which offers LIGHT and SPACIOUS ACCOMMODATION.With enclosed gardens which, ample parking, detached garage and easy access into the High Street where there are a range of facilities.Viewings are advised.
*Fantastic property located in the soughtafter coastal location* Offering the advantage of being at the entrance of the Bush Estate this threebedroom detached bungalow offers an enclosed rear garden and driveway whilst being completed to a high standard of finish. Only a very short walking distance to the beach viewings are highly advised.
Vicarage Close, Potter Heigham £180,000 GUIDE PRICE
Honing Road, Dilham £190,000
“A great opportunity for a first home in a sought-after location” offering an enclosed rear garden and off-road parking. The home offers three-bedrooms and a large living room with conservatory near to local facilities, schools and shops. Viewings are highly advised.
Step inside to this cosy cottage full of historic character features located in the beautiful village of Dilham right on the Norfolk Broads. With a stunning mature garden full of a variety of plants and trees offering lots of colour throughout. Only a short driving distance to North Walsham and Stalham for local shops and Mundesley and Bacton for you nearest seaside. A must walk in home to see what is on offer so viewings are highly advised.
Back Lane, Catfield £180,000 GUIDE PRICE
Wilson Road, Stalham £160,000 GUIDE PRICE
“A blend of character and modern finish” sitting in this popular village which offers a range of facilities for everyone. Sitting outside and ENJOYING the COUNTRYSIDE VIEWS, is what this home offers anyone wanting to be in this BROADLAND VILLAGE. Beaming with SPACE and LIGHT, this property offers accommodation finished to a very high standard throughout.
“Modern living on this highly presented development” with SPACIOUS living accommodation presented in an OPEN PLAN style which is perfectly situated to benefit from the easy access to the wide range of facilities Stalham has to offer. A great location which has easy access to the NORFOLK BROADS and the POPULAR BEACHES of Sea Palling and Happisburgh.
Sunset walk, Eccles on Sea £165,000
Coastline Village, Walcott £160,000 OIEO
*You need to step inside to see* what this home has to offer that sits within this POPULAR COASTAL VILLAGE, which is within walking distance to the beach. Offering coastal living in a peaceful location with enclosed rear gardens perfect for entertaining and off road parking for ample vehicles. Viewings are highly advised.
“Offering you the COTTAGE FEEL, with seaside views”. Tucked away, and also over looking the Norfolk countryside, with CHARMING FEATURES throughout, which include a wood burner and a COTTAGE STYLE GARDEN. This home could be an ideal holiday home, being surrounded by countryside walks and the beach, or the ideal home for those looking to live somewhere quiet and a short drive to village facilities.
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Market Mews, Stalham £150,000 GUIDE PRICE
The Staithe, Stalham £150,000 GUIDE PRICE
“Penthouse living” that is SPACIOUS and LIGHT, and offers the convenience of being CLOSE to the high street, and Stalham Staithe.
“Stunning riverside location and close to facilities” in this SOUGHT AFTER AREA and is available with NO ONWARD CHAIN. Set up for HOLIDAY USE ONLY, offering views over Stalham Staithe, open plan living / kitchen accommodation and allocated parking just outside of the apartment. Step outside, and see the river, take a walk around the picturesque countryside or straight in to the market town for facilities.
With a HIGH STANDARD of finish throughout and views over the town, this is a RARE find and would suit those looking for SOMETHING UNIQUE.
Jubilee Terrace, Caister on Sea £135,000
Hedgehog Walk, Eccles on Sea £130,000 GUIDE PRICE
“A delightful terraced house located in the highly demanded location of Caister on Sea”. Being close to local shops, transpor t links and schools this would make a perfect family home. Presented to a HIGH STANDARD THROUGHOUT, with low maintenance enclosed rear garden. Viewings are advised.
“Coastal location with easy access to the beach” A perfect and POPULAR LOCATION for those looking for the COASTAL LIFESTYLE away from it all, but within a short drive to facilities. Versatile accommodation throughout which can be EASILY ALTERED or ADAPTED to suit, and is also within a short drive to the Norfolk Broads.
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Why did you buy the house? The location near school How long have you lived there? 5 years What is the best feature? The open plan living space A deceptively spacious and extended detached house located in the corner of this popular cul-de-sac enjoying a large corner plot garden with lovely far reaching views to the rear. The property further benefits from double glazing, a single garage and off road parking together with electric heating
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