Win tickets to the Ideal Home Show

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved. has 25 pairs of tickets to give away to the Ideal Home Show which returns to London’s Earl’s Court in March.

This high profile show is a must visit for anyone planning to improve, renovate or refurbish their home. The Ideal Home Show will feature eight separate sections including interiors, home improvements, gardens, food, shopping and gadgets as well as a special women’s section.

Some of your favourite celebrities will also be on hand to help with inspiration and advice, including broadcaster and TV personality Fiona Phillips, architect and TV presenter George Clarke, interiors expert Linda Barker, gadget girl Suzi Perry and Masterchef host Greg Wallace. FindaProperty’s own Nigel Lewis will also be speaking at the show.

As the official property partner of the event, has 25 pairs of tickets to the event to give away.

To find out how to enter, visit the FindaProperty website.

The Ideal Home Show is on at London’s Earl’s Court from March 11-17. Tickets can either be booked online or by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0844 415 4144.

Terms and conditions

1. This promotion is open to residents of the UK only. Under 16s should obtain permission of a parent or guardian to enter.

2. Not open to employees and families of The Digital Property Group, Ideal Home Show or anyone else connected with the creation or administration of the competition.

3. Entries will be chosen at random and will win two complimentary tickets to Ideal Home Show at London’ Earl’s Court for use one day between March 11 – 27, 2011. The winners must make their own way to the event.

4. By participating in the competition you consent to The Digital Property Group disclosing any personal information submitted by you to the Promoter for use by the Promoter and its authorised agents as necessary to administer the promotion. Any personal data submitted by you will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and the privacy policies of The Digital Property Group.

5. There is no responsibility taken for entries lost, delayed or incomplete, or incorrect email or postal addresses.

6. Winners will be selected from all the entries received by the Promoter.

7. The decision of the judges is final.

8. Winners will be announced on or after Thursday February 24 2011 and be contacted by email and receive tickets in the post.

9. A full list of winners will be available by writing to Samantha Baden, The Digital Property Group, Hammersley House, 5-8 Warwick Street, London W1B 5LX.

10. Winners may be required to participate in any subsequent publicity as deemed appropriate by The Digital Property Group.

11. In the event that, due to the acts or omissions of the winner, the Promoter is unable to deliver the prize to the winner, said winner will forfeit the prize and no substitute or alternative will be available.

12. The prize is non-transferable with no cash alternative and no additional prizes will be available.

13. The Digital Property Group reserves the right to substitute the prizes offered (such prizes will be of equal or greater value).

14. Correspondence regarding the Competition will be entered into only at the absolute discretion of the Promoter. All enquiries regarding the Competition should be sent to the Promoter’s address, indicated at the end of these Terms and Conditions.

15. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of The Digital Property Group and accordingly The Digital Property Group may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the competition and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to The Digital Property Group as a result thereof.

16. Promoter: The Digital Property Group Limited, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT. Winners will be selected from all valid entries received by the Promoter.

February 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM Leave a comment

We still love overseas property, but not as often as we used to

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

Us Brits still like our overseas bricks and mortar, but we’re not buying nearly as much, or as freely, as we once did. That’s according to some new research by the property investment company Assetz, whose latest report has recently passed across FindaProperty’s desk.

Assetz says the days of high volume sales from speculative investors are over. But demand for overseas property is still solid, especially from Brits with a little extra cash in their pockets. And FindaProperty can certainly see why – it’s not surprising that these buyers would rather invest their nest egg in a French apartment or a Spanish villa and benefit from a rental income rather than have their cash languish in a low-interest savings account in Blighty.

The quality of our property purchases is also improving, according to Assetz. Before the global economic downturn approximately 20 per cent of prospective investors would organise a viewing trip to their chosen development in order to investigate the developer, the local area and the quality of the scheme. Today, Assetz says,  80 per cent of those thinking about investing in property abroad will devote quality time to cautiously researching developer credentials, land ownership, local facilities and rental demand.

Most Brits who are investing overseas are also putting down more money as a deposit, according to Assetz chief executive Stuart Law. “The position, facilities and quality of build must be spot on, with strong tourist rental demand and plenty of scope for personal use,” he says. “Most buyers are putting down deposits of around 50 per cent, as opposed to the 0 – 10 per cent commonly seen just a few years ago, and focusing almost entirely on long-term rental income rather than capital gains.”

February 16, 2011 at 6:15 PM 1 comment

What £1million buys you around Britain

1. London – Winsham Grove, Clapham

£1,025,000 – 4 bedroom terraced house for sale

The agent says: “…an unadulterated natural four bedroom Victorian terraced house on arguably the best side of the best road between the Commons…”

2. South East – Maidstone, Kent

£1,075,000 – 4 bedroom house for sale

The agent says: “New Cottage is an attractive detached property with period features and dates from the late 1920’s. Formerly two cottages, the house has been sympathetically altered and extended and now provides well presented flexible accommodation with views over its own grounds and countryside beyond.”

3. East of England – Ongar, Essex

£1,100,000 – 4 bedroom detached house for sale

What the agent says: “Hulkes Farm is a detached family house believed to have originally been two cottages. The property, not listed, is said to date in part from the 15th century and exposed beams and studwork can be clearly seen throughout the house. “

4. South West – Helston, Cornwall

£1,000,000 – 9 bedroom detached house for sale

What the agent says: “An elegant Georgian former vicarage, Grade II listed, in a Conservation Area, with gracious and extensive accommodation and large walled gardens.”

5. Scotland – West Calder, West Lothian

£1,100,000 – 8 bedroom detached house for sale

What the agent says: “Built in 1805, Limefield House has been extensively renovated by the current owners, yet retains it prolific period detail and fine Georgian proportions throughout. The facade is constructed of polished sandstone ashlar with a piended slate roof. A fine pediment with central circular window forms the centre piece of the front elevation.”

6. North West – Altrincham, Cheshire

£1,000,000 – 6 bedroom semi detached house for sale

What the agent says: “A delightful early Victorian semi detached family house positioned within this highly favoured private drive a few hundred yards from the shopping centre.”

7. West Midlands – Standon, Stafford

£1,000,000 – 8 bedroom house for sale

What the agent says: “Weston Hall commands fantastic views across the Weston Valley, looking towards the ancient village of Swynnerton, the seat of The Lords Stafford, in the rolling countryside of North Staffordshire. It is a wonderful family home with lots of space, a substantial range of useful outbuildings.”

8. Yorkshire & The Humber – Kildwick, Keighley

£1,100,000 – 4 bedroom property for sale

What the agent says: “An imposing and spacious detached residence with excellent range of outbuildings, formal gardens and grazing land in total over four acres, prime semi rural location with fine views amidst countryside between Skipton, Ilkley and Keighley.”

9. East Midlands – Sleaford, Lincolnshire

Offers over £1,000,000 – 5 bedroom detached house for sale

What the agent says: “Dembleby House comprises an attractive stone built period country house dating from the mid Nineteenth Century and probably originally built as a rectory. Constructed of mellow stone beneath gabled slated elevations, the property sits in a fine position above the village with commanding views over its own grounds, gardens and the adjoining countryside.”

10. North East – Ponteland, Newcastle Upon Tyne

£1,100,000 – 7 bedroom detached house for sale

What the agent says: ” Occupying a mature 0.25 acre site and situated on a popular road on the Exclusive Darras Hall Estate, this spacious family home offers luxurious accommodation and briefly comprises; Impressive entrance hall, lounge with open fireplace, formal dining room with open fireplace, study, kitchen family room, utility room, ground floor wc, cloakroom.”

11. Wales – Dolwyddelan, Gwynedd

£1,100,000 – 8 bedroom detached house for sale

What the agent says: “A superbly converted Grade II Listed 4 bedroomed Calvinistic Methodist chapel, with an attached 4 bedroomed ‘Chapel House’, stunning internal accommodation using a mix of contemporary open plan living and traditional styling, landscaped upper and lower gardens, slate walled and hard landscaped ‘Chapel House’ garden, stunning views and an idyllic rural village location in the foothills of the Snowdonia National Park.”

February 14, 2011 at 2:37 PM Leave a comment

Romantic bedrooms and property? You decide…

1. A kitchen encounter

This bedroom belongs, or perhaps now once belonged to Chef Marcus Wareing whose property went on the market in October last year for £2.1m. We’ve now noticed that this property is no longer on the market…has he sold it or kept it for Valentine’s day?

2. James Hunt’s bedroom

£2,750,000 – 4 bedroom property for sale

This “…sensational four double bedroom Victorian house” once belonged to the late James Hunt who won the F1 World Championship in 1967. Whilst this bedroom isn’t exactly anything to speak of, the kitchen has a very shiny F1 feel to it and clearly the place is steeped in history!

3. Contemporary romance in Surrey

£2,000,000 – 6 bedroom house for sale

“…open-plan living space beautifully illuminates this fabulous five bedroomed house and is presented in superb condition throughout with the highest quality of fixtures and fittings…” No celebrity owner though, but perhaps it comes with a garage full of white paint?

4. Love Walk, London SE5

£1,350,000 – 5 bedroom house for sale

Described by the agent as an “…English rose of a house…with three ravishing receptions…blush-toned Aga…and two great looking bathrooms.”

February 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM 1 comment

Home is where the hearth is this Valentines Day

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

With Valentine’s Day here, FindaProperty’s thoughts have turned to the soppy stuff of love. And what better place to swap cards and flowers than in one of these  romantic boltholes – BYO champagne and chocolate truffles please.

This Grade II listed thatched-roof cottage is thought to date back over three hundred years. It’s close to the Essex village of Little Waltham and is within easy reach of Chelmsford with the Clacton-on-Sea coast close by. The home has three bedrooms, two reception rooms, and landscaped gardens. The perfect place to snuggle up in front of the fireplace with your beloved.

Leighs Road in Little Waltham is for sale through John D Wood & Co Chelmsford office with a guide price of £485,000.

The elegant Grade II listed Cottage By The Green is tucked away on the outskirts of Pennington in Hampshire not far from the Georgian market town of Lymington, famous for its river and marinas.

This cottage features two bedrooms, a Shaker-style kitchen, sitting room and dining room. There’s also a traditional country garden – all the better for romantic strolls.

The Cottage by the Green, Fox Pond Lane, Pennington near Lymington is for sale through John D Wood & Co. in Lymington with a guide price of £460,000.

Escape to that idyllic country life you’ve always dreamed of (with your beloved in tow, of course) and set up home in the heart of Draynes Valley on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. Not only will you likely fall in love with the four bedroom Little Furswain Cottage on the edge of the river Fowley, but you’ll be able to cook up tasty treats for your sweetheart in its impressive commercial kitchen before retiring to the beautiful oak beamed sitting room.

Little Furswain Cottage, St Cleer, Liskeard, Cornwall is for sale through Stratton Creber with a guide price of £570,000.

February 14, 2011 at 11:09 AM 2 comments

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