6 homes ripe for renovation

February 19th, 2018

Take a look through these properties just waiting for someone with a bit of imagination to transform them. We all enjoy imagining how we’d do up a run down property, so we have picked some of the best fixer-uppers on the site right now.

 

1. A picturesque home in the desirable Grantchester

Situated in one of the most picturesque English villages in the country. This four-bedroom detached home desperately needs a new owner to help brighten up the place and restore it back to its true beauty.

Price: £950,000

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2. A six-storey terrace townhouse in Plymouth

With 14 bedrooms and an uninterrupted sea view, this mid-terrace townhouse in Plymouth has the potential to be a magnificent family home.

Price: £750,000

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3. A picture book cottage

Set in the heart of the glorious Dorset countryside, this lovely cottage would make the perfect renovation project for anyone wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Price: £275,000

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4. A farmhouse in Britanny, France

This farmhouse has over three hectares of land plus a guest house cottage. The property does require further renovation but has amazing potential to be a lovely home.

Price: €203,300

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5. A Grade II listed home that truly deserves a makeover

This four-bedroom period home sits on a plot of 0.8 acres and boasts a wealth of period features… all that it’s in need of is a little bit of TLC.

Price: £1.2m

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6. A traditional cottage in Johnstonebridge 

This cottage is situated in an attractive rural setting with an open view over the countryside. Despite needing some upgrading work, the property does benefit from double glazing, a fitted kitchen and central heating.

Price: £120,000

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Beautiful bungalows

February 15th, 2018

Whether you’re downsizing because the time is right, or you just like the appeal of everything on the same floor, bungalows can be a great option for your next move.

Taking inspiration from our TV star Graham’s move, we scoured Rightmove to find our ten favourite and most fabulous bungalows currently on the market… from the traditional and homely to the downright quirky!

7 inspirational kitchens

February 12th, 2018

The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of the family home. It’s where dinner is cooked, gossip is shared and soon enough, pancakes will be flipped! We’re showcasing some of our favourite kitchens to hopefully give you a bit of culinary inspiration for your homes.

 

Functional but charmingly rustic

This converted Salvation’s Army church is a fascinating property throughout but it’s the kitchen where this home really shines thanks to its wonderful look and feel.

With slate flooring, gorgeous granite worktops and country-style exposed brickwork the style of this kitchen space is just fantastic.

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An elegant and refined space

The crisp and clean kitchen in this five-bedroom property in Dorking really caught our eye.

We love a good breakfast bar – perfect for getting the day off to a good start plus there’s a beautiful island unit that even includes a hob along with more than ample workspace.

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Industrial but endlessly inviting

This Birmingham property to let boasts a zinc-clad kitchen that really catches the attention with its dark features that strike a powerful contrast to the room’s flooring.

Carefully chosen lighting ensures this cooking space is far from drab and it really is one of the more unique kitchens we’ve seen.

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Using light as a feature

This Glamorgan home uses light to amazing effect throughout the property and it’s the kitchen where this shows the best.

It’s not the biggest kitchen space listed in our rundown of beautiful kitchens but the use of spotlights, ceiling lighting and over-the-counter lamps creates a truly warm and bright feel throughout the room.

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Beautifully minimalist

For the past twelve months, it seems ‘minimalism’ has been one of the design world’s hot topics as people frantically seek to try and banish clutter from their lives.

This kitchen in a six-bedroom home in Ramside Park, Durham, definitely follows the minimalist principles and hides away anything unsightly in favour of clean lines, open space and plenty of room to cook.

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Showing off those pantry essentials

Most of us aren’t going to be lucky enough to have space for a traditional old school pantry or larder, but one way we can still live the dream is showcased in this beautiful Greenwich home.

With great lighting and a strong colour scheme, we were already pretty taken with this kitchen but it’s the shelving just above the counter displaying all sorts of jars filled with pantry staples that sold it for us.

Some of these ingredients look great when put out for all to see, plus it’s practical too – no more rummaging through the back of the cupboards!

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Natural light with rural touches

This five-bedroom property in Monmouthshire doesn’t have the biggest kitchen by any means, but what it does have is lots of character – from the delightful copper pans hanging handily right by the hob to the four oven Aga that’s just begging to be baked in.

In a lovely extra touch there’s also space for a lovely breakfast table at the far end of the kitchen right in front of a huge window, so you can enjoy your cereal under the morning sun. Perfect.

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6 romantic homes and spaces

February 9th, 2018

To celebrate the most romantic day of the year, we’ve found some lovely homes and spaces that would be perfect for a couple on Valentine’s Day.

Keeping it all about ‘love’…

This Grade II Listed house in the Cornwall countryside oozes romance with its classic features, as well as the cut-out love heart addition in the garden lawn.

Price: £1.55m

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A beautifully rustic converted silk mill

This three bedroom converted silk mill is on thdoorstepep of the Peak District and has been tastefully designed to create a lovely balance between the original features and modern furnishings.

Price: £400,000

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Pretty in Pink Cottage

This two-bedroom period terraced cottage is perfectly located for a romantic stroll along the seafront. We also love the pink front door and shutters, giving the property a cute and unique feel.

Price: £299,950

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Cute home for a couple in the big city…

This two bedroom flat in the heart of Clapham makes a wonderful home for a couple. There are a number of ways to enjoy this romantic space, whether it be the classy interior, stunning private gardens or the peaceful views over Clapham Common.

Price: £790,000

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Going to the chapel and we’re… gonna get married?

This picturesque four bedroom converted Baptist Chapel has a stunning hand-carved folly with stone water feature to the front of the property, creating a romantic feel upon arrival. The property is also well landscaped with beautiful flowers and plants throughout.

Price: £895,000

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A charming one bedroom cottage

This charming cottage is set in a prime location on the edge of town with an immaculate finish, making this a lovely home for a loved-up couple.

Price:  £85,000

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Property viewings: 9 tips for finding ‘the one’

February 7th, 2018

Buying a home is one of the biggest life decisions you will make, so you want to make sure you get it right. Here are 9 signs to help you know when you’ve found ‘the one’.

1.  The house fits all your basic needs

‘The one’ will meet each of the basic requirements you have set for your home.

2. You begin to think about your future in the home

When you find yourself imagining your life five or ten years down the line when going from room to room, this is a good sign that you have found ‘the one’.

3. You can afford it

Any house can be your dream home, but ‘the one’ for you has to be a home you can afford.

4. You feel like the property is yours before you even buy it

The moment you walk into the property you will envision the home as your own.

5. You’re excited to talk about it

If you get excited talking about the home to your friends or family, this is a good way to know you’ve found ‘the one’.

6. You feel safe

Your safety is a key factor when considering where to live, so you’ll only want to live in a home where you feel completely safe.

 

7. You’ll want to stop looking at other homes

All the other homes you’ve been looking at will no longer appeal to you, and everywhere will seem insignificant.

 

8. You don’t want to leave

If you can’t stay away from the house it might be time to make it your own. Driving by unnecessarily, showing up at every open house or lingering after viewings are signs that you’re ready to seal the deal.

 

9. Every thought in your mind tells you to buy that house

Every thought in your head says this is the perfect house for you.

 

7 lovely bubbly hot tubs

February 2nd, 2018

With February here, we’re all about celebrating all things romantic and ways to treat yourself, and what’s better than a luxurious evening in the hot tub?

 

A London penthouse with panoramic views

This incredible penthouse has a huge wraparound roof terrace with a hot tub, so you can unwind whilst admiring the breathtaking views across the whole of the London skyline.

 

Price: £1.2m

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A luxurious leisure suite in Cheshire

This incredible home in Cheshire has the ultimate leisure suite, the room even boasts mood lighting to really set the scene when relaxing in the hot tub.

Price: £3.95m

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A romantic soak in Sunderland?

Inside this property in Sunderland the master bedroom en-suite has a double size Jacuzzi style bath with a feature wall perfect for a romantic soak.

Price: £249,999

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Outdoor hot tub overlooking the countryside

This property has a spacious garden offering field views and a built-in hot tub in the decking area, so you can peacefully enjoy resting in the garden, whatever the weather.


Price: £340,000

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A private roof terrace in Pimlico

This beautifully presented apartment has an outdoor hot tub on the roof terrace overlooking the city.

Price: £1.295m

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Fancy a dip in this hot tub in Holyhead?

The hot tub in the enclosed garden of this house in Holyhead is surrounded by plants and trees, creating a secluded and exclusive feel.

Price: £159,950

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The perfect spot for relaxing

This semi-detached home has a three-tier south facing rear garden with an outdoor hot tub, what more could you want?

Price: £215,000

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5 Delightful Small Homes

January 29th, 2018

Who says bigger is always better? While most of us enjoy lusting after the giant mansions and huge houses of our childhood dreams it can be easy to forget that smaller homes have just as much, if not more, character and charm.

To celebrate the fact that good things really do come in small packages, we’ve rounded up five fantastic smaller homes listed on the site right now to give you a little inspiration.

 

A cute two bedroom home in the ‘old village’

Situated in Werrington near Peterborough is this lovely character property that looks charming from the outside and just as lovely once you step through the front door.

Price: £175,000

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A dreamy cottage tucked away from prying eyes

This two bedroom refurbished property sits away from the hustle and bustle of town on a quiet lane in Eccleston and features beautiful decor, open plan living set-up and a delightful kitchen perfect for anyone who loves to cook.

Price: £130,000

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A beautiful family home in Milborne Port

This practical but fantastic looking family home boasts a combined lounge and dining room, a lovely kitchen and a back garden with so much potential. While it would need a little modernisation it’s certainly got the potential for someone with a bit of vision to transform this endearing small home into something even more special.

Price: £170,000

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A loveable looking country retreat in Kempsey

This property sits with easy access to Worcester and looks stunning from the outside with its lovingly painted walls and rustic country thatched roof. And that’s just the exterior – inside it’s just as charming.

Price: £210,000

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A traditional home that’s oozing with character

This home is known as the Shieling Gatehouse and it’s a handsome property from the outside sitting within walking distance from both the seaside and Ayr town centre. Inside the home has been modernised with a fantastic renovation design that’ll likely make you fall in love with this small home’s many charms.

Price: 210,000

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New year, new gaff?

January 26th, 2018

If you’re thinking of relocating, Time Out’s Andy Hill has the lowdown on where to rent or buy in London in 2018.

 

Renting

For the student

Bruce Grove, N17

Why? It’s affordable and not too remote, if you like a semi-regular Overground into town.

Price £1,332 pcm (two-bed flat)

 

For the young family

Twickenham, TW1

Why? Bucolic backstreets, outstanding schools and 25 minutes to central London on a fast train.

Price £1,500 pcm (two-bed flat)

 

For the sharing friends

Tottenham Hale, N17

Why? Once unloved, N17 is cheap but now blessed with Beavertown Brewery and chichi chicken shops.

Price £1,440 pcm (two-bed flat)

 

For the short-termer

Haggerston, E8

Why? It’s the perfect jumping-off point for east London, equidistant from Daltson, Shoreditch and Vicky

Park, not to mention the ginger line.

Price £1,911 pcm (two-bed flat)

 

For the nest-builder

Norwood Junction, SE25

Why? If you find yourself pining for a chunky, high-ceilinged home on a peaceful street near some decent parks, this is the one.

Price £1,159 pcm (two-bed flat)

Buying

For the business type

Poplar, E14

Why? Five minutes from Canary Wharf and a brisk Uber from the Square Mile, new pads like the

ones in Lansbury Square are ultraslick and come pre-furnished for minimal faff.

Price £505,543 (two-bed flat)

 

For the young family

Colindale, NW9

Why? A bunch of new schools, green spaces, tons of shiny new gaffs – and it’s only 20 minutes to central

London. We’re talking quality of life, people.

Price £402,683 (two-bed flat)

 

For the two-homer

Nine Elms, SW8

Why? If you’re flush enough to afford a country pile and a pad in town, London’s newest hub is

handy for transport (the Northern line extension is coming) and architecturally bold.

Price £1,196,583 (two-bed flat)

 

For the future-proofer

Abbey Wood, SE2

Why? It’s cheap – for now. And next year, when Crossrail launches, your pad will not only soar in value but your journey times will be slashed in half. Bide your time…

Price £264,310 (two-bed flat)

 

7 Homes For Indulging

January 22nd, 2018

With the ‘January blues’ hitting everyone we’ve searched high and low to find some homes perfect for a bit of indulgence to brighten up your mood.

So whether your dream guilty pleasure might be that swanky home bar, a luxurious spa or even a games room, there’s something for everyone.

A ‘party barn’ with a gorgeous home bar

This back garden barn in Suffolk has been transformed into a large entertainment area, great for hosting as this party barn has its own bar, pool table and ample space for guests.

Price: £699,950

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A sophisticated home perfect for entertainment

We think we’ve found the ultimate entertaining room! Located to the rear of this exquisite property in St George’s Hill, Surrey, this home bar room even has bi-folding patio doors that open out onto a lovely garden terrace.

Price: £6.25m

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Treat yourself to a game or two…

This detached home in Cheltenham has been designed with games lovers in mind.

You have your pick of ping pong, pool or air hockey, but if a game isn’t what you fancy then you can also indulge in a good film in the home cinema.

Price: £850,000

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An outdoor bar… for when you can’t wait for Summer

Although it’s not quite barbecue weather, we love that this outdoor bar area in Northhumberland can also be enclosed, making a great entertainment space all year round. After all, it’s never too cold for a drink, right?

Price: £1.5m

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Feeling happy in the hot tub?

This fabulous Grade II Listed home seamlessly merges modern with original by retrieving fallen stone buildings. This bespoke marble water feature creates a secluded hot tub area – a perfect place for indulging in some ‘me time’.

Price: £1.69m

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Feature cocktail bar? Count us in…

This extraordinary home in Newcastle has so much to offer, meaning there are endless ways to indulge.

Our ideal evening would begin with a film in the 3D cinema, followed by a cocktail and ending by relaxing in the jacuzzi and steam room.

Price: £2.95m

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Fancy a drink in Fulham?

This end of terrace house in Fulham has an impeccably designed bar that will have you dreaming all day of getting home from work for a cheeky drink, or two.

Price: £1.595m

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Family Homes Under £250,000

January 17th, 2018

With January being a popular month for home hunting and bargains, we’ve searched our site for family homes on a budget of 250k; check out how much your money can get you up and down the UK.

County Durham, North East

We’re starting off up north with this 5-bedroom detached house in County Durham. The large number of bedrooms and the outdoor space tick all the boxes for a growing family.

Price: £240,000

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Leicester, East Midlands

Up next is a 3-bedroom detached property in the highly sought after location in South Wigston, Leicester. The property is a not only a great size, but also aesthetically pleasing with stunning greenery and views making this a perfect family home.

Price: Offers in excess of £240,000

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Doncaster, Yorkshire

We’ve also found an immaculately presented detached home in Doncaster. The property has 4 large double bedrooms, with an en-suite to the master bedroom.

Price: £240,000

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Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

This modern 3-bedroom detached house is available in Merthyr Tydfil. The property is in immaculate condition, with lovely decor throughout.

Price: £215,000

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Bristol, South West

Next we’ve found  a well presented 3-bed semi-detached home in Bristol, with great access to good schools and local amenities. The property has a front and rear garden, which are both kept in immaculate condition.

Price: £230,000

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Nottingham, East Midlands

Our next family home is a 3-bedroom detached chalet style bungalow. The property is situated close to local amenities and has a garage and off-road parking.

Price: £235,000

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Southampton, Hampshire

Heading down to the South West we’ve found this 3 bedroom semi-detached house. The property is set over 4 floors, with an additional cellar and to the rear of the property is a 70ft garden.

Price: £235,000

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Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

 

Price: £240,000

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Littlehampton, Brighton

This mid-terrace house in Brighton is presented in great decorative order throughout and other features include an enclosed west facing garden, as well as an allocated parking space.

Price:

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