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    Everyone outside! Here are the stylish new ways to update your outdoor space to embrace the sunshine

    Summer is here at last. And isn’t it glorious? Yes, we should all know better, but there’s no stopping us gearing up in the hope of long, lazy evenings of al fresco drinking and dining. Balmy days: The lightweight and elegant Eos range by Matthew Hilton available at HealsHatching ambitious plans for our gardens to become vibrant extended living spaces; compiling a list of the latest outdoor cooking gadgets... No one is going to rain on our parade. So, what are the top trends this year?BE SEATEDThere’s more to outdoor furniture than bulky L-shapes and impossible deckchairs. Heal’s has the ...

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    Lodges hit the high life: Today’s swanky holiday parks feature spas and smart restaurants... but who's buying them?

    High rollers — also known as ‘lifestyle investors’ — are being enticed to holiday parks like never before.The Lookout, a new type of lodge at Aberconwy Resort & Spa — a Darwin Escapes holiday park in North Wales — is a case in point. It’s being launched with the sort of clamour you’d expect for a star-studded film. Canapes, champagne, the full red carpet treatment.Costing £399,000, in an area where the average detached house sells for £325,000 according to Rightmove, the price tag may seem ambitious. Beauty spot: Cedar-clad The Lookout at Aberconwy Resort & Spa sleeps sixHowever, Lindsey Esse ...

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    In the era of Airbnb, does it still make financial sense to give running a B&B a go?

    Most of us, at one point or another, have considered embarking on a whole new lifestyle. And, in weather like this, nothing looks more appealing than a spell working from home or changing tack and running your own show.It’s especially tempting when the scenic B&B in that charming village where you spent the bank holiday comes on the market.But, in these days of cheap flights and even cheaper Airbnb rentals - does it make financial sense to give running a B&B a go? Promising: Incleborough House in Norfolk, is set up for guests (£2.15m, struttandparker.com)The first point to bear in ...

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    PROPERTY CLINIC: Should I buy a property that requires lots of work and try to make a profit?

    I have saved hard for a deposit to buy my first property but with property prices so high, my budget is still fairly limited.I am tempted to buy a property that requires lots of work in the hope that I can get it cheaper and add some value to it. The aim is that when I come to sell I will make a tidy profit.I have never undertaken any renovation or refurbishment work before. What do I need to know? Saving money? Buyers may be tempted to buy a cheaper property that requires updating MailOnline Property expert Myra Butterworth replies: 'The ...

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    The top 20 features that will sell your home... but do plenty of plug sockets really beat a bath, or being near good schools?

    Good schools and period features are often considered to be the sought-after characteristics that can draw in buyers.But a new survey suggests that the items that buyers crave are much simpler.GoCompare Home Insurance asked more than 2,000 Britons what their top property must-haves would be and their priorities are perhaps surprising with central heating and double-glazing topping the list.Buyers also rank secure doors and windows, plenty of electrical sockets and reliable broadband above good schools and period features. A living room that comfortably houses a large, flat screen TV is now a priority for buyersThey are also more concerned about ...

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    Snap up some Essex sparkle: Rough-and-ready Southend-on-Sea is having its moment in the sun

    You have only to mention Southend-on-Sea and back comes a strangled 'Sourfend- on-Sea', in a full (if not entirely authentic) Cockney twang. You might get an 'innit' as well, just to stress the town's links with London's duckin' and divin' East End.Easy to pigeonhole, in other words. But that doesn't tell the whole story because, with some justification, Southend-on-Sea in Essex is beginning to think of itself as the new Brighton. It's easy to get there (an hour from London on the train or by car) but seems a world away from the capital; hotels, restaurants and bars are opening, the ...

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    Property bargains with NO deposit required: Six £120K homes that first-time buyers can afford with the Post Office's new 100% mortgage

    First-time buyers without a deposit may have been thrown a lifeline by the Post Office, which has launched a new mortgage deal just for them.Called the Family Link mortgage, it allows first-time buyers to borrow 100 per cent of the price of the property that they want to buy. With the average UK salary at around £26,000, it means a typical first-time buyer could afford a property with a price tag of £120,000 using the Post Office deal - based on a maximum 4.5 times income multiple.Here at MailOnline Property, we pick six bargain properties that have been reduced in ...

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    Buy yourself a slice of idyllic TV: Cornish cottage featured in hit series Doc Martin is for sale at £515,000 - and it brings in £20k a year from holidaymakers

    Fans of television show Doc Martin will probably recognise Rose Cottage on Dolphin Street in Port Isaac, Cornwall.The pretty property often features in the background when actor Martin Clunes walks along the street in his role as Doctor Martin Ellingham.It also featured in the last series of the ITV show - although not as a main character's home but as the house of a destructive boy's mother. And it is behind Aunty Ruth's house.Now the four-bedroom home is on the market. After five years running it as a successful holiday let, real-life owner Sarah Fitz has chosen online estate agent Yopa ...

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    Will this be the Knightsbridge of Ireland? We take a look around Dublin's most expensive new flats that cost up to £6.3m

    A new build development in Dublin is being dubbed 'Ireland's Knightsbridge' thanks to the deep pockets needed to buy one of the luxury apartments.The homes in the Ballsbridge area of the historic city have been painstakingly constructed, as reflected in the careful preservation of 150-year-old trees on the site.The trees have been preserved due to the site's history - it is where the Trinity College Botanical Gardens sat between 1806 and 1968. The Lansdowne Place development, which has one-bedroom flats starting from £695,000, is close to the Aviva Stadium, home of Irish rugby.   Steeped in history: Lansdowne Place is being constructed ...

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    Revealed: The average compensation paid out by the Property Ombudsman (and why it might make you think twice about making a claim)

    It acts on behalf of consumers and can win back money they've lost during a dispute with their estate agent.But the Property Ombudsman's average compensation may not be as much as aggrieved homeowners had been holding out for.Head of the Property Ombudsman Katrine Sporle says: 'A serious case would be £1,000 compensation but it could go higher than that.'But normally it would be £100 to £200 compensation plus any money that is lost.' Average compensation from The Property Ombudsman is between £100 to £200 compensation, plus a payout covering the money that is lostIn addition to compensation, the Property Ombudsman ...

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    Why Blue Flag beaches can be an added bonus when it comes to choosing your holiday home

    When David Taylor and his wife Maureen bought a home at Sandhills Holiday Park in Dorset two years ago, they had no idea they would be buying another just a year later.The couple, both aged 66, visit most weekends, making the one and-a-half-hour drive from their home in Wiltshire.‘It’s close enough for day trips and weekends with the family,’ says Mr Taylor. A shore investment: Beverley Park in Devon is close to several Blue Flag beachesThey have direct access to the sandy Mudeford Quay, but are also a three-minute ferry ride from Bournemouth’s Blue Flag beaches of Fisherman’s Walk and ...

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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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