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    With a thriving economy, good transport links and top grammar schools, Warwickshire is fast becoming the Midlands' prime location

    Warwickshire is a squiggle of a county. The way it gives Coventry such a wide berth is almost rude, arching round the city to the south, east and north.It wasn’t always the case.  Top spot: Historic Warwick is surrounded by lovely countrysideUntil local authority changes in 1974, Coventry was part of Warwickshire rather than the West Midlands, and today it still shares a Chamber of Commerce with its neighbour, and the local radio station’s official name is BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.The switch meant Nuneaton became Warwickshire’s largest town — and in 2018 property prices are lower there than almost anywhere else ...

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    Would you buy and renovate a property in France? Escape to the Chateau couple launch new TV show helping others follow in their footsteps

    They are the congenial and colourful couple who found television fame renovating a dilapidated 45-room French Chateau bought for just €390,000.And now Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel, from Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau, are helping others to follow in their footsteps and turn their chateaux into a successful business.They are helping 16 individuals who have also made the decision to move to France and renovate a chateau - including a couple in their 20s. The happy couple! Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel found TV fame with Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau The couple renovated a dilapidated ...

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    Designers are embracing 'decoupage' decoration which nods to the past

    The art of decoupage has been around for centuries. Taking its name from the French verb 'découper', meaning to cut, it's thought to originate from Eastern Siberia where Nomadic tribes used cut felts to decorate tombs. Shimmering shells: John Derian's design on wallpaper and bedding for Designers GuildToday, designers are popularising the technique again and you can even decorate your home with decoupage-inspired wallpaper.The practice migrated to China and by the 12th century vivid cut-out paper was being used to embellish lanterns, windows and boxes.  By the late 17th century, oriental lacquer work furniture from the Far East became fashionable in ...

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    Would you live in a banqueting hall or an office block? Property guardians of all ages are living at reduced rates in unusual locations

    Property guardians are traditionally young people who are keen to live somewhere cheap.Having originated in the Netherlands — where it was designed to stop squatters taking over large commercial buildings — guardianship came to the UK in 2002.Today developers, local authorities and even homeowners use live-in guardians to protect their empty buildings. There are now 7,000 guardians across London.And while most are aged between 25 and 35 and don’t have children, there’s no upper age limit. In fact, all sorts of people now benefit from living at a reduced rate in a host of unusual locations. Guardianship came to the ...

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    From a £205k Scottish farmhouse to a £50M Berkshire mansion: These are currently the 10 most-viewed homes for sale in Britain

    The most popular home for sale in Britain at the moment, according to one leading property website, is a five-bedroom property in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.It is on the market for £625,000, but the price tags on Zoopla's 10 most-viewed properties for sale this month vary massively from £205,000 to an eye-watering £50million.The cheapest property on the list is a farmhouse in Scotland's Ballindalloch, while the most expensive is a 12-bedroom mansion in Berkshire. The most expensive property on the most viewed list is on the market for £50millionThe detached property comes with equestrian facilities and an annexe - and yet ...

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    Luxury flats with swimming pools on every BALCONY costing up to £2m are unveiled in Vietnam - one of the fastest-growing property markets

    A new development of luxury apartments costing up to £2million are set to go on sale in one of the world's fastest growing property markets - Vietnam.The luxury homes are interior designed throughout, with walk-in wardrobes, designer lighting and private lifts.But perhaps the real star of the show at the block of flats is actually outside, with all but two of the 45 apartments having a balcony with a private swimming pool on it. MailOnline Property's Myra Butterworth was given a private tour of a showroom for the luxury block of flats, which has a small swimming pool on each ...

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    Chapels being snapped up as homes: Disused ecclesiastical buildings make exciting projects - but these three on the market are already converted

    Ed Sheeran already has a pub, tree-house, swimming pool, pond and a pod, known as the Hobbit Hole, on his Suffolk country estate.Now he plans to build his own private chapel. The singer, who is thought to have been asked to perform at Prince Harry’s wedding, lives with his fiancee Cherry Seaborn in a farmhouse with 16 acres that he bought for £895,000 in 2012.Now planning documents submitted to Suffolk Coastal District Council show that Sheeran hopes to add an Anglo-Saxon style chapel to his outbuildings. Conversion: A chapel in Maryport, Cumbria, priced at £209,950 your-move.co.ukThe proposed flint structure will be ...

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    Most affordable cities for first-time buyers revealed: Hull tops the list with homes costing £104k on average

    The most affordable places for first-time buyers have been revealed, with a clear divide between the north and south of the country.The most affordable location is Hull, in the north of England, where property prices are among some of the cheapest.The city in East Yorkshire scored favourably for first-time buyers in terms of average property prices in the area and the deposit payable. Zoopla has identified the most affordable places for first-time buyers, with a clear divide between the north and south of the country The most affordable location for first-time buyers has been named as Hull, in East Yorkshire ...

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    Cheapest places to buy a property if you're single: Why the Staffordshire market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme tops the list for those going it alone

    Single buyers may often struggle to get their foot on their property ladder compared to their loved-up counterparts with a higher joint household income.But new research aims to give solo buyers a helping hand by identifying the most affordable locations that will give them the best chance of owning their first home.The Staffordshire market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme is the most affordable location for single people looking to buy, the findings by property website Zoopla indicate. Top ten: Zoopla has identified the most affordable places to buy if you're single and stepping onto the property ladder One-bedroom flats in this new-build ...

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    How to choose a trustworthy and competent builder and protect against losses from expensive building work

    The Carillion debacle has captured the headlines — and rightly so. But the crash of far smaller construction firms often goes unnoticed, although the fallout can be devastating.Each time Anna Alexander, 35, arrives home with her two young children and a car load of shopping, she feels a swell of fury.Thanks to shoddy workmanship, she cannot park her car on her cracked and damaged drive. And that’s just for starters.  Sign of the times: Do your homework before choosing a builder or be prepared for the consequences if they go out of businessFissures have begun to form in the rendering on ...

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    Wanted, a Tinder for home-buying: 14% of young Britons would buy with a complete stranger to get on the property ladder

    One in seven younger Britons would buy a house with a total stranger to get on the property ladder, as the vast majority fear they will never get the chance to buy their own home.With 83 per cent of 18 to 40 year-olds positive they will never be afford a home on their own, 14 per cent said they would buy with someone they did not know personally. A smaller 4 per cent said they would buy a home with a 'mate from the pub', while one in 20 would even consider buying a home with a former partner.Eighty per ...

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    How to swing your mood by using particular shades in your home

    Do you have a mindful space in your home? Well apparently, you should.Mindfulness is fast becoming more fashionable than the latest home technologies — and that bastion of high-end retail, Heal’s, has been hosting sell-out mindfulness workshops in its Tottenham Court Road store in London. Calming tones: Pale green, like this shade from Little Greene, is said to promote relaxationFitting then, that experts at Pantone chose a colour of the year that is ‘a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade’ associated with spirituality and mindfulness. We take it for granted that colour can affect our mood, especially in the home. Pale ...

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    Sarah Beeny heads to the Norfolk market town of North Walsham for her bargain property of the month - a modern three-bed bungalow at £265k

    A three-bedroom bungalow in the Norfolk market town of North Walsham has been chosen by television property star Sarah Beeny as her bargain property for January.The recently modernized property is near to both the Norfolk Coast and Norfolk Broads, and is only 15 miles from the city of Norwich.It comes with three bedrooms, including a master bedroom with a dressing room that is spread out across its own level. This three-bedroom detached bungalow in the North Norfolk market town of North Walsham has been picked by Sarah Beeny as her bargain property of the monthSarah said: 'I've chosen this property as ...

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    Buy-to-let landlords face mortgage crunch as tens of thousands will struggle to get a new deal this spring

    Tens of thousands of landlords will struggle to remortgage in the next few months as their two-year fixed rate deals come to an end.The usually high number of landlords coming to the end of the two-year initial deal follows a spike in property investors snapping up mortgages in March 2016.At that time, landlords raced to buy in a bid to avoid the 3 per cent surcharge being introduced on all new buy-to-let and second home purchases from April that year. The usually high number of landlords coming to the end of the two-year initial deal follows a spike in property ...

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    Fed up with clinical fitted kitchens? Then perhaps it's time to embrace a more eclectic, unfitted approach

    We’re on-board with open plan, multi-functional kitchens, but most of us still like to shut everything away at the end of the day. Yet designers are now shunning Identikit spaces.  Rustic look: Cookery writer Elizabeth David's winter kitchen designed by Johnny Grey in 1978One is Johnny Grey, who has created kitchens for ITV chairman Sir Peter Bazalgette, popstar Sting and theatrical producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh.Inspired by his aunt, Queen of British cuisine Elizabeth David, Grey wants us to embrace the unfitted kitchen.‘Open shelving breaks up the continuous line of kitchen units and lets you mix everyday objects with pots and pans, ...

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