Grade II listed Warwickshire manor has seen many centuries of comings and goings

They certainly built things to last in the 16th century. Upton Manor in the village of Haselor in Warwickshire, can be traced back as far as the 1500s. Looking at the thick beams that support the ceiling and the rather magnificent vaulted ceiling in the family room, one can wonder about the families that have lived there over the centuries, what changes have been made and what they would still recognise about the house. The Grade II listed village house sits comfortably in the centre of Haselor Read more [...]

Year of events will celebrate historic Darlington church’s renovation

The church, which was consecrated in 1838, is a grade II Listed historic building and will now host a year of events starting on February 20 to celebrate the success of the renovation work. The events include an appearance by a vintage singing group, a choral concert, an appearance by a silver band, an art exhibition, summer fair, talks and an event featuring television antiques expert David Harper. It is expected that the church improvements will enable the congregation to grow and Read more [...]

Style-statement ways to extend your living space

1 Harmonious addition Joining two separate buildings seamlessly can be tricky and while part of the charm of period properties lies in their quirky jumble of rooms,that doesn't always suit modern day living. Designed with lightness and flair, a link extension solves this particular problem. ‘This style of extension unifies areas of the home, giving the illusion of a more open-plan space,' says Paul Schofield, Commercial Sales Manager,Apropos. ‘In this project the new dining space, Read more [...]

Council Backs Right Royal Clean Up

Council Backs Right Royal Clean Up Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting a campaign to get a million people out and about cleaning up their communities.  Members of Parkgate Community Spirit after a litter pick last year. They will be joining the 'Clean for the Queen' campaign in March. ‘Clean for The Queen' aims to give the country a tidy-up ahead of The Queen's 90th birthday in April.The campaign, backed by anti-litter charities such as Keep Britain Tidy and Read more [...]

Castledawson bakery listed among top 20 in the UK

Staff at Ditty’s Home Bakery in Castledawson said they were both delighted and surprised to be chosen as one of the UK’s top 20 bakeries. The listing which appeared in The Telegraph came completely out of the blue according to store manager Clifford Brimley, but he said owner Robert Ditty was “pleased”. Some mouth watering buns “We don’t really know how it came about,” said Mr Brimley. “We got a call from one of the Read more [...]

Margaret Thatcher’s former home for sale: we take a look inside

A bomb-proof, steel-lined door is just one of the features of Margaret Thatcher's former Belgravia home, now on the market for £30 million. Baroness Thatcher lived in Grade II listed house 73 Chester Square 1991 until her death in 2013, and while the house has been comprehensively renovated, several features from her time remain. Along with the security door, these include the inlaid '73' plaque in the doorstep, which she had installed in 1991, and the original security glass windows Read more [...]

Baroness Thatcher’s former Belgravia home is for sale for £30 million

The former Belgravia home of Baroness Thatcher has been listed for sale for £30 million. The white stucco townhouse in Chester Square has returned to the market following a multi-million pound refurbishment. In 1991, the former prime minster and her husband Denis are said to have paid the Duke of Westminster £700,000 for a 10-year lease for the five-storey house, which was renewed again in 2001.  Baroness Thatcher, who was Prime Minister between 1979 and 1990, lived in the property Read more [...]

Europe’s listed revolution

A wave of European IPOs has made global listed property a reality – just as Europe begins to offer value, writes Gillian Tiltman Investors looking for a market that offers value and which is still only mid-way through its cycle might want to consider continental European real estate.I might have said the same thing in 2012 or 2009, but if you are the kind of investor that cannot hold bricks-and-mortar in your portfolio, or who prefers the liquidity of listed, that advice would have been useless Read more [...]

Retail: Europe’s listed sector comes of age

Europe’s listed retail companies are growing in scale and confidence as they set about redefining shopping centres. Mark Faithfull reports Size, it would appear, does matter. Europe’s listed real estate companies may have operated in the shadow of the market’s non-listed investment giants, but collaboration, consolidation and an appetite for redefining retail destinations is changing that perception. At the heart of the transformation are two French-Dutch mergers and a UK retail sector growing Read more [...]

Gwynedd holiday parks offer to house Wylfa Newydd workers

Workers at the planned Wylfa Newydd power station on Anglesey could find themselves housed at two holiday parks on the Gwynedd coast. Horizon, the firm behind plans to build the £8bn nuclear plant , is hoping to provide accommodation for the thousands of workers needed for its construction. It is expected as many as 8,500 will be needed to build the station , with only around 2,300 based near enough to commute. The plant is not expected to start generating electricity until at least 2025, with Read more [...]