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INDEX
AUCTIONS.................................. 43
CLASSIFIEDS.............................. 43
NEW HOMES.............................. 40-42

RESIDENTIAL
Allan Morris.................................. 2-3
Andrew Grant.............................. 27-29
Cawley......................................... 32-33
Connells....................................... 24
GOOD-SIZED HOME: Highfield Griffiths & Charles......................... 25
is in Post Office Lane, Kempsey. G Herbert Banks........................... 18

Dormer
Halls............................................. 34-35
Hills Estate Agents......................... 31
John Sanders................................. 6-7

bungalow
Knight Frank.................................. 1,8-9
Parkinson Wright.......................... 23
Philip Laney & Jolly........................ 10
Platinum....................................... 19

in village RA Bennett...................................
Reeds Rains..................................
Shelton & Lines.............................
36-37
11-13
15
Spencers....................................... 5
HIGHFIELD in Post Office Lane,
Taylors......................................... 20-21
Kempsey, near Worcester, is a
detached dormer bungalow.
The Property Centre..................... 26
The accommodation comprises Town & Country Property Services.. 17
a porch, a hall, a sitting room Your Move.................................... 22
CONTEMPORARY FEEL: 27 Prince Rupert Avenue, Powick. It has four bedrooms and a large dining room.

Enjoy stylish home


with a dining area, a breakfast
kitchen, a cloakroom and a LETTINGS
bathroom. Allan Morris Lettings..................... 45
There are two bedrooms on the Andrew Grant Lettings.................. 49
ground floor and a third Charles Carter.............................. 46
bedroom, a dressing room/office Griffiths & Charles......................... 52
and a storage room on the first G Herbert Banks........................... 46
floor. IN the village of Powick, between and play room. This could be The rear garden is designed for Halls............................................. 44
There is gas fired central Worcester and Malvern, is stylish easily restored if desired. ease of maintenance and has Hills Estate Agents......................... 51
heating and some double glazing. detached 27 Prince Rupert Avenue. Upstairs the master and second flower and shrub borders, while Houselets...................................... 46
The property also has a garage, It has a contemporary feel bedrooms have built-in wardrobes the front garden has a seating Northwood.................................. 55-56
a shed and easily managed throughout and the layout and en-suite shower rooms. There area which enjoys particularly Philip Laney & Jolly........................ 54
gardens at the front and rear. includes a large sitting room with are two more bedrooms and the pleasant west-facing views. Platinum....................................... 44
a feature fireplace, a dining room bathroom has recently been Premier Places.............................. 47
BUYER’S INFO which comfortably seats eight refitted. BUYER’S INFO Reeds Rains.................................. 55
PRICE: £259,950 people, a large country-style fully The property has double glazing PRICE: £284,950 Simply Lets................................... 48
AGENT: PARKINSON WRIGHT fitted kitchen and a garage that throughout, gas central heating AGENT: PHILIP LANEY & JOLLY Town & Country Property Services.. 50
CALL: 01905 721655 has been converted into a storage and off-road parking. CALL: 01905 26664 Your Move.................................... 45

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Imagination brings new life to


old beams and original bricks
Mike Pryce goes off into the countryside in search of former farm buildings which have been converted into wonderful family homes

W
ITH its long
farming heritage,
Worcestershire is
an ideal county in
which to go
searching for barns that have been
the subject of a conversion.
As the face of agriculture
changed, many unwanted farm
buildings were turned into modern
homes, rich in old brick, beams and
often with vaulted ceilings.
Here is a quartet to tickle the
fancy, all within easy reach of
Worcester and the M5 and all with
good-sized bedrooms.
The first is The Byre in Copcut
Lane, Salwarpe, near Droitwich, a
semi-detached barn conversion
that has recently been refurbished
and enhanced by the current
owners.
The property is entered from a
side gate into the garden and along
terracotta paths to the front door
which has a porch.
The solid oak door opens into a
hallway with limestone flooring.
There is a quality newly-installed
“high” gloss white kitchen also
with a limestone tiled floor. To the
other side of the hall is a combined
sitting room and dining area. They
have an oak floor with underfloor CONVERTED BARN: Enjoy the life that The Byre, Copcut Lane, Salwarpe, near Droitwich, can offer a family looking for a great place in the country.
heating, halogen spotlights and
lots of natural light from full There is also a music room. room with a separate dressing for two cars and a single garage. lawned with maturing shrubs and
height windows. On the first floor there is a double room and extensive fitted The garden has terracotta plants.
The sitting room has a stylish bedroom with fitted wardrobes and wardrobes and cupboards. It has stepping stones to a home
solid fuel/wood burner and beyond an en-suite shower room. far reaching country views. office/summerhouse that has a
BUYER’S INFO
is a drawing room, which also has The family bathroom has a large The Byre is approached along a power supply, broadband and TV PRICE: £399,000
an oak floor and a large exposed spa bath with an overhead shower. country lane. services. AGENT: KNIGHT FRANK
original brick wall. The master bedroom is a large There is an off-road parking area The garden is predominantly CALL: 01905 723438

THREE MORE OF A KIND: CONVERSIONS THAT HAVE SAVED RUSTIC ARCHITECTURE


CLAYFOOT B A R N , W H I T B O U R N E BUTTON OAK BARN, CALLOW END GREENHILL BARN, SUCKLEY

Clayfoot Barn at Whitbourne, between Worcester and Bromyard, Button Oak Barn in Beauchamp Lane, Callow End, near Malvern, Greenhill Barn at Whitehouse Court, Suckley, near Malvern, is a
is a family home with lots of period features. Double timber is an attractive, brick-built single storey conversion. It has been spacious grade two listed conversion. The accommodation
doors lead to a dining hall with a fully vaulted timbered ceiling, imaginatively converted to make good use of original features comprises a hall, a sitting room with a feature fireplace, a
twin galleries, an impressive staircase and a flagstone floor. and has been updated with refitted shower and bathrooms. separate dining room, a snug or office, a kitchen/breakfast
The principal reception rooms have bespoke double glazed The impressive accommodation includes a fully vaulted sitting room, a utility and a downstairs cloakroom.
windows, original timbers and multi-fuel stoves. There is a room with some stunning timberwork and a glorious view over On the first floor the master and guest bedrooms each have
farmhouse-style kitchen with appliances and country views. the gardens to the distant Malvern Hills. The dining room is an en-suite bathroom. There are two further double bedrooms
A light and airy ground floor fourth bedroom could be a home similarly impressive and there is a fitted kitchen also with a and a family bathroom.
office or family room. Upstairs, the principal bedroom fully vaulted ceiling. The property has four bedrooms – the At the front of the property is a generous, private and mature
accommodation has half vaulted ceilings and views. master has an en-suite shower room – and outside is a garden. To the rear is a secure and well-established garden.
Outside are pretty gardens, parking, garaging and stabling. fabulous, large level garden. There is also a double garage.
PRICE £545,000; AGENT ANDREW GRANT; CALL 01905 PRICE £479,950; AGENT JOHN SANDERS; CALL 01905 PRICE £435,000; AGENT ALLAN MORRIS; CALL 01905
734735 726220 612266

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PROPERTYPROFILE
EXTENDED SEMI-DETACHED NOW HASAnFOUR BEDROOMS
extended traditional semi-
detached home, 27 Eltric Road
can be found to the north of
Worcester city centre.
The accommodation comprises,
on the ground floor, an entrance
porch, a reception hall, a lounge, a
study, a breakfast kitchen, a living
room, a utility room and a shower
room.
On the first floor there are three
bedrooms and a bathroom, while
on the second floor there is a
fourth bedroom with an en-suite
shower room.
Double glazing and gas central
heating have been installed.
At the front of the house is a
block paved area suitable for off-
road parking. At the rear are two
block paved patios, a lawn, a shrub border and a shed. There is also a
workshop/store.

PRICE £275,000; AGENT ANDREW GRANT; CALL 01905 734734

PROPERTYPROFILE
HOME WITH AN ENCLOSED REAR GARDEN
A three-bedroom semi-detached
family home, 4 Tapenhall Road,
is in the village of Fernhill Heath, GOOD LOOKING: Hatfield House is at Hatfield, near Worcester. Outbuildings have the potential for conversion.

Four bedroom period


which is equally convenient for
both Worcester and Droitwich, as
well as the motorway.
The accommodation comprises
an entrance porch, a hall, a
combined kitchen/dining room

house has large garden


and a sitting room.
On the first floor are three
bedrooms and a shower room.
There is also a private driveway,
a single garage, a low
maintenance front garden and a
generous--sized enclosed private
rear garden. HATFIELD House at Hatfield, to detached red brick barn and a cloakroom/shower room.
the south of Worcester, is a superb stable. These offer the new owners Upstairs are four generous-sized
double fronted period home. excellent opportunities for bedrooms, a bathroom and a
PRICE £179,950; AGENT ALLAN The property occupies a conversion, subject to the relevant lavatory.
MORRIS; CALL 01905 612266 prominent position in a pretty planning permission and building
hamlet and stands in mature, regulations.
BUYER’S INFO
PROPERTYPROFILE private gardens covering about
half-an-acre.
The accommodation includes
three reception rooms, a combined
PRICE: £625,000
AGENT: HALLS
In addition, the grounds include a kitchen and breakfast room and a CALL: 01905 611066
PLENTY OF COMFORT IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
The Porch House at Mamble,
near Tenbury Wells, is a five-
bedroom house with a drawing
room, a dining hall, a
kitchen/breakfast room, a utility,
Handy for shops and M5
A THREE-bedroom terraced house, As well as three bedrooms, the lawned garden with a paved patio
a cloakroom and a conservatory.
39 The Drive, off Checketts Lane, house has a family bathroom, a area completely enclosed by
The master bedroom has an
Worcester, has been well- lounge, a dining room, a utility fencing with mature shrub borders
en-suite dressing room, and
maintained and decorated room and a cloakroom. set to the side.
there are two bathrooms. Outside
throughout. At the front of the property is a
is a garden, garage and parking.
The property is in an ideal gravelled garden for ease of
BUYER’S INFO
PRICE £425,000; AGENT position on the north side of the maintenance and a pathway to the PRICE: £164,950
KNIGHT FRANK; CALL 01905 city. It’s handy for both local main door. AGENT: HALLS
723438 amenities and the M5. At the rear is a predominantly CALL: 01905 611066

Garden is low maintenance


A TWO-bedroom modern style
mid-terraced house, 10 Waseley
Close, Greenhills, is in the St
Peter’s area of Worcester.
It has an entrance hall, a
modern style fitted kitchen and
a sitting room/dining area.
On the first floor are two
bedrooms and a bathroom. MODERN:
There is off-road parking and 10 Waseley
an easily maintained low Close is a
maintenance rear garden. mid-terrace
BUYER’S INFO home at St
Peter’s,
PRICE: £138,000 south of
AGENT: ALLAN MORRIS Worcester
CALL: 01905 612266 city centre.

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PROPERTYPROFILE
VICTORIAN HOME IS GOOD ON LOOKSA beautifully presented three bed-
room semi-detached Victorian
house, 28 Cypress Street is in the
Barbourne area of Worcester.
It has a covered entrance
hall/lobby, a sitting room with a bay
window, a dining room with feature
cupboards and a fireplace and a
kitchen with an integrated oven and
ceramic hob, an extractor fan and
plumbing for a washing machine
and dishwasher.
On the first floor are two double
bedrooms, a single bedroom and
a refurbished bathroom.
To the front is off-road parking and
there is a good-sized rear garden,
with a patio area and a vegetable
plot.
PRICE £189,950; AGENT ALLAN
MORRIS; CALL 01905 612266

PROPERTYPROFILE
TERRACED HOUSE IS HANDY FOR CITYA period
CENTREterraced home, 17 Barry SEMI DETACHED: The White House, Ankerdine Hill, Knightwick, has three bedrooms and a fantastic outlook

Street is within walking distance of


Worcester city centre.
It has a lounge, a dining room, a
kitchen, a rear lobby and a ground
floor bathroom.
Simply stunning views
Upstairs are three bedrooms and a A TRADITIONAL semi-detached private terraced garden. parking. The garden at The White
lavatory. country home, The White House is The accommodation includes two House are mostly terraced and
Gas central heating has been at Ankerdine Hill, Knightwick, reception rooms, an enclosed includes an area of decking.
installed and there is a small rear
garden.
near Worcester.
It has stunning far reaching
verandah and a fitted kitchen.
There are three bedrooms – the
BUYER’S INFO
PRICE £155,000; AGENT ANDREW views along the Teme Valley and master has an en-suite shower PRICE: £319,950
GRANT; CALL 01905 734734 benefits from double glazing, oil room – and a family bathroom. AGENT: HALLS
fired central heating and a large Outside is a double garage and CALL: 01905 611066

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New deal could


save you money
IF your new year’s resolutions rather than facing the rate rises
included improving your finances, that many predict will arrive later
then now could be the ideal time to this year.
review your mortgage. “Additionally, remortgaging can
Many pundits are predicting that also be arranged to finance home
interest rates will rise this year improvements, to fund the
and, according to estate agent purchase of an investment
Connells in Foregate Street, property or to buy out a joint
Worcester, borrowers who want to owner’s share of the property.”
lock into fixed monthly mortgage Connells Estate Agency recently
payments, or cut their monthly scooped the top prize for best
mortgage outgoings, should take financial services agent.
steps now. It was presented with the
Luke Brittain, mortgage accolade at the Estate Agency of
consultant at the branch, said: “By the Year Awards and the company
opting for a new mortgage deal prides itself on the level of
now, borrowers can enjoy the expertise and advice it can offer its
interest rates currently available, customers.
Judges were impressed with
Connells’ ability to “innovate and
impress with its financial services
advice”.
Connells also picked up a gold
award in the Best UK large agent
category, as well as silver for its
new homes departments and a
bronze for best innovation. COMFORTABLE: The Stables, Woodbury Farm, Little Witley, near Worcester, has four double bedrooms.

Pretty barn conversion


Connells offers mortgage and
remortgage advice at its network of
branches and it has access to more
than 900 different mortgage
products, including some exclusive

with a versatile layout


deals not available elsewhere.
Connells has a second Worcester
branch at Warndon Villages.
Mr Brittain can be contacted on
01905 724298 or e-mail
MORTGAGE ADVICE: Luke Brittain. Luke.Brittain@connells.co.uk.

THE Stables at Woodbury Farm, The kitchen is situated floor master bedroom suite with
Little Witley, near Worcester, is between the two reception a dressing area, eaves storage
a pretty detached barn rooms and features hand-made space, exposed ceiling timbers
conversion. solid oak units and granite and french doors to a small
The property has a versatile work surfaces. Fitted appliances balcony.
layout and has been fitted and include a range cooker with a The Stables is approached
finished to an outstanding gas hob, an electric oven, a over a shared private road. It
specification. dishwasher and a fridge. has its own gravelled driveway
There is a reception hall with There is also a utility room and a triple detached garage.
a slate floor and a vaulted and a separate spacious The main garden is on the
ceiling with exposed timbers. cloakroom. south side of the property and
Adjacent is a comfortable and Plans have been prepared to the complete plot is about 1.5
light sitting room also with extend from the kitchen to acres. There are lawns, trees, a
exposed timbers, a floor to create a garden room. large pond with water lilies and
ceiling window, french doors to A rear hall leads to three an island which is home to
the garden and an inglenook downstairs double bedrooms moorhens and ducks in the
style open fireplace. with views over the gardens. nesting season.
The Stables has an impressive One bedroom has an en-suite
vaulted dining room with bathroom and a well-appointed
BUYER’S INFO
exposed ceiling timbers and bathroom serves the other two. PRICE: £595,000
beyond is a large study that Hardwood stairs in the main AGENT: JOHN SANDERS
overlooks the front garden.. hall lead to an impressive first CALL: 01905 726220

Home has lots of space


A SPACIOUS three-bedroom
detached family home,
6 St Moritz Close, is at
Northwick, Worcester.
The layout includes a hall, a
sitting room, a dining room, a
kitchen/breakfast room, a
utility room and a cloakroom.
On the first floor are the three
double bedrooms and a family
bathroom.
At the front is off-road
parking, a double garage and a
lawned garden.
To the rear is a another
lawned garden with a vegetable
plot and a raised decked area.
BUYER’S INFO
PRICE: £305,000
AGENT: ALLAN MORRIS
CALL: 01905 612266 DETACHED: 6 St Moritz Close is at Northwick, north of Worcester.

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It’s oh, so easy for romantics


to make room for seduction
Gabrielle Fagin comes up with a few vital ingredients to bring a sensual style to your home that lasts from one Valentine’s Day to another

L
OVE is in the air – and it’s
not just because Valentine’s
Day is on its way. There’s a
seductive, sensual trend
sweeping our homes as we
satisfy a yearning to feel cherished
and cosy while the cold, economic
storms rage outside.
Sara Norrman, co-author with
Selina Lake and photography by
Debi Treloar of Romantic Style
(Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99)
said: “A new romantic style is
emerging which is in tune with the
times.
“After a hard-hitting recession,
many of us are rejecting a frenzied
consumerist lifestyle and want
rooms that seduce us with their
character and comfort.”
Appropriately, there’s no hard
and fast rules for this style,
according to Norrman.
You can literally follow your taste
– and your heart – with looks that
are inspired by the theme, whether
that’s indulging a passion for
feminine florals and pretty
antiques, embracing elegant
curvaceous furniture and pale, RELAX: This flower-embossed Sarah Bonallo Rosa sofa costs £5,580.
floaty fabrics, or flirting with be an ideal choice if you share your embellished with the words Hugs,
smooth modern furniture softened home. Conjuring up a girly, flouncy Kisses or Happiness starts from £60
by tactile finishing touches. setting might spell the end of an each from Jane Hornsby.
Norrman said: “If you’ve been affair if it's totally at odds with The Contemporary Home has
struck by a longing to soften up your partner's decorative taste appropriate accessories in its
your living space after decades of Normann said: “Merging two collection including the iconic red
strict minimalist trends, there’s no tastes in one household is seldom Lips telephone, £29.99, and a heart-
need to feel dejected at the easy, especially if one person has a shaped paperweight, £9.99, with the
prospect of getting rid of your predilection for cool, contemporary message ‘Don’t Forget I Love You’.
modular sofas or space-age chairs. pieces, while the other wants to
“You haven’t got to start from HEART-FELT EFFECTS
cover every inch of their home
scratch just because you hanker with silks, frills, scented candles It’s fun to enter into the spirit of
after a prettier place to live. There and scatter cushions. Valentine’s Day and serious
are plenty of ways to conjure this “In fact, the modern romantic romantics won’t be able to resist
look by using only a few touches, scheme is almost the interiors heart-warming treats for rooms.
maybe re-arranging furniture or equivalent of a marriage guidance Leading interior designer
displaying accessories, which will counsellor, encouraging Katharine Pooley said: “Think
work whatever you live in, from a compromise without either party about the kind of setting you want
state-of-the-art new build to a giving up on their personal taste.” to achieve, whether flirty and
grand Victorian villa.” For domestic harmony, she sensual or cosy and warm.
Possessions, once shunned as THE LOOK OF LOVE: Go fro a crisp colour scheme with bursts of colour. “Soft and tactile fabrics such as
advises introducing a more
unfashionable clutter, are being seductive mood by choosing silk, lace, tulle, organza and chiffon
welcomed back to the heart of the they're the fresh variety in vases or Wooing winners: A buttoned pink exude an essence of flirty
blowsily adorning furnishing velvet Garbo chair and footstool furniture that has romantic
home. connotations but is in femininity, while layering fabrics
Norrman said: “One of the best fabrics and linens. hints at period style and is £939.36 such as cashmere and furs creates
Normann said: “Start by from Occa Home. Spell out a contemporary style – such as a
things about romantic style is that streamlined four-poster or a glossy a soft, cosy, inviting sanctuary.”
it allows you to show off the things softening up your rooms with the romantic message with individual
lacquered dresser. But it's just as important to pay
you love. Take another look at three staples: pretty fabrics, fresh aluminium letters, £20 each, from attention to small details.
flowers and atmospheric lighting. The Letter Room. Zingy red, a traditional
those treasures acquired over the She said: “Red’s a classic choice
“Cover a sleek sofa in pastel- Dibor’s heart-shaped tea light Valentine’s Day colour, would also
years that you may have hidden but if you choose a more subtle
tinted cushions and strokeable holders, £9 each, are a pretty way to add drama to any room without
away for fear of failing the taste colour, it can look far more chic.
throws, and heap glass and metal conjure twinkling candlelight, and being overly feminine.
test. It's the overall sensory and visual
dining tables with bunches of Retreat Home’s delightful vintage Wooing winners: Designer Sarah
“These are essential ingredients experience that's just as important
peonies, roses and wild flowers. style wall cupboard, with a heart- Bonallo’s stunning Rosa sofa is
in romantic settings and work in creating the mood of a room.”
“None of these things cost the shaped blackboard on each door, hand-decorated with 200 red roses
beautifully if they’re displayed Wooing winners: Add a subtle,
earth, and all will add instant could be ideal for chalking up and each leg is encrusted with
wisely. Even the humblest items intimate touch to a table with
glamour and softness.” romantic reminders. burlesque-style black spangles –
can be combined into an arresting white ceramic bowls with ‘Love’
Sparkling chandeliers can also be MODERN ROMANTIC although it’s price tag, £5,580, could written in discreet red letters.
feature, whether they’re collections make you swoon.
of vintage china, old postcards and complemented by a profusion of This crisp look, with a pale colour Alternatively, wear your heart on
They'’e £8.95 each, from Make
costume jewellery or modern tea lights, and groups of coloured International.
candles in glass holders. scheme and bursts of colour, could your sleeve – or a cushion. A range Digetex has embraced the
glassware.”
Surely even the hardest heart romantic theme with enthusiasm
would find it difficult to resist
rooms that are romantic havens? SENSUAL SOURCES and have an irresistible collection
of murals, blinds and cushions all
Follow thisguide to falling in love featuring heart designs. A Cute
with your home. SARAH BONALLO: DIGETEX: 0161 8738891 and OCCA HOME: 0844 4258879 and Hearts or rose-covered Pink
sarahbonallo.com. digetexhome.com. occa-home.co.uk. Passion wallpaper mural £129,
VINTAGE ROMANTIC Amour roller-blind from £119, and
EMMA BRIDGEWATER: 0844 JANE HORNSBY: janehornsby.com. KATHARINE POOLEY: 020 Fun Hearts cushion, £30.
If you’re a lover of all things floral, 2439266/emmabridgewater.co.uk. 75843223 and
soft and feminine, you can really
THE LETTEROOM: 01264 326339 Turn doing the chores into
THE CONTEMPORARY HOME: 0845 and theletteroom.com. katharinepooley.com. together time by using a bright red
give your leanings free rein. In a
romantic home, blooms can appear 1308229/tch.net. MAKE INTERNATIONAL: 08456 RETREAT HOME: 0870 8033428 Emma Bridgewater tea towel, £10,
in all shapes and forms, whether DIBOR: 0871 4722322/dibor.co.uk. 860960/makeinternational.com. and retreat-home.com. emblazoned with Big Love.

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NewHomesNews
AROUND THE DEVELOPMENTS

ON A ROLL:
Reserve a place
at Waters Edge,
Mart Lane,
Stourport-on-
Severn, this
weekend and
when you
complete the
developer will
HELPING HAND: Visit Barratt’s special provide free
valentines Matchmaker event this weekend. carpeting.

Special event is rolling


out the valentine carpet
ANYONE looking for love this over the weekend and then go on relationship with your new home Barratt West Midlands is
Valentine’s Day now has the ideal to complete their purchase. off to a perfect start. currently offering a selection of
opportunity to find their perfect Trevor Dixon, sales manager for “Romance will definitely be in homes at its Waters Edge
partner with housebuilder Barratt West Midlands, said: “If the air this Valentine’s Day as development in Mart Lane in
Barratt West Midlands’ you have fallen out of love with homebuyers will be lovestruck by Stourport-on-Severn which
Matchmaker event. your old home and are looking for our stunning properties and our features a range of two-bedroom
This weekend, Saturday and a new one to sweep you off your experienced sales advisers will be apartments and three-bedroom
Sunday, February 12 and 13, the feet then our Valentine’s available to answer any questions houses, priced from £146,950.
developer is playing cupid at its Matchmaker event is the only you have about moving – so it For more information, contact
Waters Edge development in date you need this February. really is the ideal time to start the sales office on 01299 828130
Stourport-on-Severn. “For all reservations that are looking for the one this year. open daily from 10am to 5pm.
There, purchasers looking for made this weekend, we’re offering “With so much going on we’re Alternatively, call the sales
love will not only be able to find to provide free carpeting – one of looking forward to welcoming hotline on 0844 811 9933 open
their dream home but will have the comforts that makes moving people to our Matchmaker Event seven days a week from 8am to
the carpet rolled out for them in into a new place that little bit this weekend where homebuyers 9pm or log on to
their new home if they reserve smoother – so you can get your can find their perfect partner.” barratthomes.co.uk/waters-edge.

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NewHomesNews
AROUND THE DEVELOPMENTS

Rental opportunity
with a showhome
BARRATT West Midlands is of investors may be an early sign “That is why we are unveiling a
unveiling a major initiative to sell that the local property market will deal called Showhome Leaseback,
showhomes at its developments to outperform other areas of the which comes with a guaranteed
buy-to-let investors – as investor country in 2011. yield of seven per cent.
buyers return to the West Graydon Worthing, sales director “Buyers have the opportunity to
Midlands’ property market in at Barratt West Midlands, said: “We buy the show home at selected
significant numbers for the first have not seen this level of demand developments in the region and
time in four years. from investor buyers outside of then immediately lease it back to
The housebuilder says the return London since the downturn of 2007. us for up to five years to use as a
marketing suite.
“Rather than have to worry about
untidy tenants, the investor knows INVESTMENT: One of the Barratt show homes at Waters Edge, Stourport.
that we will maintain the property
in pristine condition. view that the direction of house development in Mart Lane in
“Barratt is also the only major prices in the medium term is up. Stourport-on-Severn which
housebuilder which guarantees “So they expect to be sitting on a features a range of two-bedroom
internal fixtures and fittings for a tidy profit in three to five years’ apartments and three-bedroom
full five years.” time. We expect high demand for houses, priced from £146,950.
Rents in the West Midlands are this idea and have set-up a new For more information, contact the
rising rapidly which means that section of our website at sales office on 01299 828130 open
rental homes are increasingly in barratthomes.co.uk/showhome to daily from 10am to 5pm.
demand. Whereas investors were provide full details to interested Alternatively, call the sales
primarily interested in flats before investors.” hotline on 0844 8119933 open seven
2007, today they are looking for Barratt West Midlands is days a week from 8am to 9pm or log
high-quality new houses. currently offering a selection of on to barratthomes.co.uk/waters-
BUY-TO-LET: Barratt West Midlands has launched Show Home Leaseback. Mr Worthing said: “They take the homes at its Waters Edge edge.
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AuctionsNews
UNDER THE HAMMER

Followers of fashion had


rails brimming with choice
Items of clothing from different ages found eager buyers when they were sold by Brightwells at its Easters Court sale room in Leominster

Classifieds F
ROM a farmer’s smock and an achieved £190. Women’s Court Collection, made £230.
Indian dancer’s wardrobe to fashion included an attractive The current fashion for
an expensive court suit worn printed chiffon 1920s full clothes made in the styles of
by an 18th century dandy length dress in unusually the 1950s and 60s has led to an
there was something for every good condition at £340 and an increased interest in vintage
taste at Brightwells sale of textiles. Edwardian white lace dress at dress patterns with large
A cut and striped velvet gentleman’s £190. An elegant bead groups of Simplicity,
coat appealed to several potential embroidered yellow silk Butterick and Vogue selling
Premises Houses and buyers as it was embellished to an velvet jacket labelled Becker between £140 and £190. New
wanted Flats to Let unusually high standard with lavish Fils Paris went at £210, while dressmakers are also paying
bands of floss silk embroidery an embroidered full-length good prices for unused fabrics
FULLY QUALIFIED, CREATIVE WARNDON VILLAGES
NAIL TECHNICIAN 2 bed house, GCH, garden, overlaid with lace. The detail was coat made of Indian fabric and trimmings of the period.
Requires room to rent for nails unfurnished, sorry no DSS sold for £170. Seven pairs of The very cold weather
and spray tanning in Worcester. £580 pcm replicated on the brocaded satin
Tel: 07812 334210 01684 773537/07786331859
waistcoat made in the shorter glamorous 1920s and 30s brought fur buyers out in
fashionable style of the late 18th knickers made £100 and force. A 1920s pony skin with
Houses and Premises to let century. another group sold for £140. a deep collar sold for £95; a
Flats to Let The suit was sold with a wig and a Hats and head-dresses were 1960s ocelot jacket, £180; a
pair of bright pink breeches for £1,850 surprisingly popular. A group good quality light and mid-
3 BEDROOM SEMI of 1930s fascinators and other brown mink made £250; an
Off Bath Road.
Off road parking,large rear
UNIT TO LET and represented the work of the
headgear made £280; a stylish especially fine three-quarter
garden with shed, finest tailors and embroiderers of the
In Leigh Sinton, Victorian mourning hat with length black mink, £300 and a
newly fitted bathroom and period. In contrast, there was a lot of
kitchen with extra storage off approx 800 sq ft, a long veil achieved £130; a ranch mink jacket with its
kitchen,Dishwasher and interest in a countryman’s smock, its
washing machine already fitte. sensible rent, domestic/ group of 1920s flowered head- 1983 receipt for £1,195 made
very large collar embroidered with DANDY: The 18th century gentleman’s
Patio doors off kitchen lead to commercial use, bands, £100; a large leather £200 reflecting the vast
garden, lounge, porch to front
storage or workshop stylised flowers. Made at Bransford clothes that Brightwells sold for £1,850.
of house, downstairs hat box , £170 and two top difference in price achieved
toilet,upstairs bathroom with
facility Court Farm near Worcester, in the
shower , 2 double bedrooms - 1 hats in a box from the Burton by second-hand furs.
with extra dressing room space 19th century it sold at £230. buyers are thin on the ground,
and 1 single. 01905 831978 A wardrobe archive of mirror, bead fortunately the archive was purchased
Sky facilty, GCH, DG.
No DSS. £675 p/m + bills. 07774 492970 and sequin decorated theatrical by a client associated with dance.
Deposit & checks
will be required. 07798 533896 costumes worn by the dancer Ram A 19th century boy soldier’s red coat
Call Caz 07999 692034 6 p.m. Gopal, who known as the Nijinsky of made by Watts & Co fetched £170,
LUXURY UNFURNISHED 2ND India, sold for £620. Theatrical while a barrister’s horse hair wig in
FLOOR APARTMENT
Rooms To Rent costumes, even with an interesting its original metal box made £240. A
In new development. Large provenance, are not easy to place group of Masonic regalia including
bedroom area with separate
BARBOURNE especially at a time when museum aprons, sashes and medallions
Bedroom, Shower Room &
shower & toilet. Large lounge & kitchen, £95 pw. NO OTHER
BILLS, suit N/S prof.

Art now considered


kitchen area. Lift & stair access. 07882 586863
Perfectly located for rail net- CITY CENTRE TOWN HOUSE
Double room. All mod cons. 2
work £490 pcm bathrooms. No DSS. £400 pcm
all inc. Females only.
Tel. 07799 113070 01905 764228 / 07976 908227

far better investment


SEMI DETACHED HOUSE FARMHOUSE SHARE
City Centre. Ideal for Hospitals, Leigh Sinton, Malvern. Non
University & train stations.
Exc. cond./part furnished. smoking Professionals required.
Would suit profs sharing, or 01886 832230
family. Large attic bedroom,
2 first floor bedrooms, one with LARGE ROOM
en-suite shower room. Near city centre. Wkly cleaner.
Lounge w/separate dining room. Broadband. All bills included
Kitchen. Ground floor bathroom £81 per week. No DSS. A LARGE oil painting of an Italian The painting, which depicts figures,
- inc. bath w/shower & toilet.
Outside - rear garden.
Telephone 07979 866644 lake scene by 19th century British market stalls and a beautifully lit
Full GCH. On road free parking. QUALITY ROOMS ST JOHNS
Double rooms, refurbished from
artist Thomas Miles Richardson lakeside village, is being sold by a
No Smokers or pets.
£675 pcm. £69pw all inc. No DSS Junior is expected to fetch up to Kidderminster family at Halls’ Welsh
Tel. 07703 485828 01905 619364
rentinworcester.co.uk £15,000 when it goes under the hammer. Bridge saleroom in Shrewsbury. Also
DETACHED HOUSE
ROOMS IN HOUSE SHARE in the sale on March 16 will be works
4 double bedrooms, 2 bath-
rooms, separate dining room,
St Johns. Parking. by William Breakspeare and Horace
Non smoking.
double garage. Quiet cul-de- From £280 pcm incl. Henry Cauty.
sac between city and M5, 01905 621185/07791 755505
Nunnery Wood catchment.
Breakspeare was a founder of
ST JOHNS
Private let. No fees. Potential Large single room in spacious Birmingham Art Circle and a member
long term £1,350 pcm
07870 610220
house. Newly decorated. £350 of the Newlyn School in Cornwall. A
pcm all inc. Available Now
07711 119888 painting by him in the auction shows
1 BED COTTAGE
In quiet village. Fireplace,
ST JOHNS an 18th century household scene and
Double/single rooms in shared
garden and parking. £585 pcm house. newly refurbished. From is valued at up to £6,000.
07772 935445 £280 pcm inc. No DSS A large oil painting by Cauty is
Tel. 07870 367316
3 BED HOUSE TO LET
ST JOHNS / CITY CENTRE
being sold by a Herefordshire
Windermere Drive, Warndon. single / dbl / dbl en-suite. collector. It depicts women waiting
£650 pcm. GCH,DG,ORP, £230-£425pcm inc. No DSS.
Telephone 07776 201010 the return of their fishermen
07513 590433
roomsinworcester.co.uk husbands, possibly in Cornwall.
RAINBOW HILL
1 bed, second floor flat.
BROMYARD ROAD
Rooms to let in new refurbished
Specialising in genre scenes, Cauty
Parking, DG, quiet. Laundry shared house, parking. £280 exhibited at the Royal Academy from
room. No DSS £350 pcm pcm all inc
07967 215044/01981 540116 07966 171761 01905 333310
1870-1904.
TWO BED FLAT Halls’ paintings expert William
Close to Worc City Centre. 2 Lacey believes it’s a good time to
parking spaces. 2 mins to train Accommodation
station.Available now. £525 pcm to Let consider selling quality works of art.
01386 554598 / 07799 137787
He said: “There is huge demand for
WARNDON VILLAGES ST JOHNS
Two bedroom Apartment.Newly Luxury new 2 bed apartments, quality works as collectors are now
decorated. New kitchen £550
pcm. Available Immediately
Bromyard Road, parking. £650
pcm inc water/service charge
GOING: The Henry Cauty painting investing in art as an alternative to
Mobile. 07711 119888 07966 171761 /01905 333310 being sold by a Herefordshire man. stocks and shares.”

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LettingsNews
HOMES OF THE WEEK

WORCESTER WARNDON VILLAGES, WORCESTER


Unfurnished, modern, split-level apartment with Modern three-bedroom property with hall, lounge,
hall, study, open plan lounge/kitchen, bathroom kitchen/breakfast, re-fitted bathroom, gas central
and gas central heating. heating, gardens and secure parking.
£545 pcm £675 pcm
PREMIER PLACES 01905 616616 TOWN & COUNTRY 01905 610710

MEDWAY PARK, WORCESTER WORCESTER


Well presented three-bedroom semi-detached. Modern first floor apartment. Electric heating and
Lounge, kitchen, refitted bathroom/shower, garage, double glazing. Hall, lounge, fitted kitchen, two
parking and garden. Unfurnished bedrooms, shower room and secure parking.
£625 pcm £525 pcm
HILLS ESTATE AGENTS 01905 723545 SHELTON & LINES 01905 353933
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HOMES OF THE WEEK

DIGLIS, WORCESTER UPPER SAPEY, NEAR WORCESTER


Modern mid-terraced house. Hall, lounge, dining Converted former two-bedroom coach house with
kitchen, cloakroom, master bedroom with en-suite, large lounge/dining room, kitchen, family
guest bedroom, bathroom and parking. bathroom, gardens and parking. Unfurnished
£750 pcm £550 pcm
SHELTON & LINES 01905 353933 HILLS ESTATE AGENTS 01905 723545

POWICK, NEAR WORCESTER COLEHURST PARK, WORCESTER


Unfurnished modern detached with hall, living room, First floor apartment. Hall, kitchen, lounge with
dining room, study, breakfast kitchen, utility, four balcony, two double bedrooms and bathroom.
bedrooms, two en-suites, bathroom and gardens. Communal gardens, garage and off-road parking.
£895 pcmx £595 pcm
ANDREW GRANT 01905 23882 SIMPLY LETS 01905 612818

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place to
rent?
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out the
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HOMES OF THE WEEK

ARBORETUM, WORCESTER NORTH WORCESTER DIGLIS WATER, WORCESTER OMBERSLEY, NEAR WORCESTER
Unfurnished two-bedroom period house with Pretty link detached cottage. Porch, dining room, Luxury apartment overlooking Diglis Wharf. Hall, Large, first floor, unfurnished property. Hall,
lounge, dining room/fireplace, kitchen, cellar, sitting room, fitted kitchen and utility/cloakroom. lounge, kitchen, bathroom, two double bedrooms, living room, kitchen/diner, double bedroom,
bathroom with shower and courtyard garden, Two double bedrooms, bathroom and garage. en-suite, communal roof gardens and parking. bathroom, shower, roof terrace and parking.
£575 pcm £595 pcm £750 pcm £525 pcmx
HILLS ESTATE AGENTS 01905 723545 SHELTON & LINES 01905 353933 SIMPLY LETS 01905 612818 ANDREW GRANT 01905 23882

CHERRY ORCHARD, WORCESTER WORCESTER THE ARBORETUM, WORCESTER BATH ROAD, WORCESTER
Three-bedroom semi, Hall, lounge, dining room, Unfurnished one-bedroom apartment in Unfurnished Victorian terraced house. Hall, Spacious second floor apartment. Hall, lounge,
kitchen, rear lobby, cloakroom, conservatory, refurbished Victorian house. Hall, open plan lounge, dining room, kitchen, lobby and kitchen, two double bedrooms and bathroom.
bathroom, gas central heating and driveway. living space, kitchen, shower room and parking. bathroom. Two/three bedrooms and courtyard. Gas central heating, double glazing and parking.
£650 pcm £625pcm £595pcm £645 pcm
TOWN & COUNTRY 01905 610710 PREMIER PLACES 01905 616616 SHELTON & LINES 01905 353933 SIMPLY LETS 01905 612818

Ask for advice


if you want to
let a property
THE economic crisis has meant will you need to have? When you
that it has become increasingly have answered these important
difficult to sell properties, as a questions, you can start to think
result the lettings market has been about how to let your property.
inundated with properties. Using a letting agent can take
Letting a property certainly has away the worry and hassle of
its advantages, such as a regular marketing and managing your
income and a level of flexibility, property. Agents are the quickest
however, there are several issues and easiest way to let your
that you need to consider when property, as most tenants use
deciding to take this step. agents to find properties. DO YOU
With this in mind, the Royal When you have found an agent, HOMEWORK:
Institution of Chartered Surveyors you should always get written Always get
(RICS) has developed a helpful confirmation of their terms and the best
guide to letting a property in a conditions as well as costs before advice before
competitive marketplace. you sign anything. you decide to
RICS spokesperson Richard An agent will then help you find ternants
Franklin of Franklin Property decide the best way to let your for a property.
Consultancy, said: “It is absolutely property. They will discuss the rent
imperative that all new landlords you should expect to receive, conditions of the let with them. Most importantly, regardless of have insurance on your property
obtain good advice from ably whether to let to multiple or single Here, it is important that you whether you use an agent, as a and any contents you provide. Plus
qualified and experienced people. tenants and advise on the best way determine who is responsible for landlord you have several typical fees are likely to be incurred when
“The consequences of insufficient to find suitable tenants. It is the what. responsibilities. Do not forget to employing an agent to manage
preparation can be catastrophic.” agent’s job to undertake viewings For example, it is the obtain permission from your your property.
Before you put your property on and to ensure the property is let. responsibility of the agent to mortgage provider or freeholder Remember, you are still liable to
the lettings market, you need to When using an agent, you will source written references, credit and to inform your insurer. pay tax on your rental income and
prepare it to be let. need to sign an agreement checks and obtain the deposit from Finally, when letting let your maintenance and storage costs
There are several important outlining their charges and the tenant. property you need to make sure should also be taken into account.
considerations in preparing your contract length. It is important you The tenant’s sole responsibilities you are aware of the costs involved Letting your property is not
property such as, have you understand this fully to ensure you are in paying rent and deposit, so you don’t get any nasty always a quick fix but using good,
provided a safe and healthy don’t get locked into a lengthy paying any bills and costs outlined surprises. For example, testing if practical advice can help you to
environment for your tenants? Do contract. in the tenancy agreement and your gas and electrical appliances understand the letting market and
you need a license from your local Once you have found a tenant, returning the property in a suitable comply with safety standards will how to let your property in a
authority? What type of tenancy you need to agree the terms and condition at the end of the tenancy. incur costs. You also still need to difficult economic climate.

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