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The average price of a property in Britain has reached £325,000, according to property website Zoopla.

But what do you get if you spend ten times that? We take a look at what type of home you can buy at the £3.25million mark.

The properties range from a country estate in Bath that is set in 32 acres, to a three-bedroom flat in London. There is also a 10-acre estate in the heart of Roald Dahl countryside.  

We look at homes costing 10 times the average house price, including this two-bed flat for sale in London (scroll down for more details)

We look at homes costing 10 times the average house price, including this two-bed flat for sale in London (scroll down for more details)

All of the homes in our list cost £3.25million, including this country estate with 32 acres in Bath (scroll down for more details)

All of the homes in our list cost £3.25million, including this country estate with 32 acres in Bath (scroll down for more details)

Most of the properties are based in the south of England, particularly in the South East where property prices tend to be higher.

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘There is currently a wide range of spectacular properties for sale in Britain for £3.25m, including a contemporary home in the sought after Hutton Mount private estate in Essex, and a modern mega-mansion with a cinema room and gym in London.’

Ten homes for sale costing £3.25million…

1. Three-bed flat, North-West London

This three-bed flat in North-West London is on the market for £3.25million and is for sale via Sandfords estate agents

This three-bed flat in North-West London is on the market for £3.25million and is for sale via Sandfords estate agents 

The property in St James's Terrace is half a mile from St John's Wood London underground station and has a 24 ft living room

The property in St James’s Terrace is half a mile from St John’s Wood London underground station and has a 24 ft living room

The living room at the North-West London property has access to a tiled terrace with views across Regent's Park

The living room at the North-West London property has access to a tiled terrace with views across Regent’s Park

This three-bedroom flat in North West London covers more than 1,500 sq ft, the equivalent of 140 sq m – and has a share of the freehold.

It also has a 24 ft living room with access to a terrace that has views across Regent’s Park. The property in St James’s Terrace is half a mile from St John’s Wood London underground station and is for sale via Sandfords estate agents.

2. Seven-bed house, Prestwood, Buckinghamshire

This seven-bed character property in Buckinghamshire's Prestwood boasts almost 10 acres of land that includes a private lake and outbuildings

This seven-bed character property in Buckinghamshire’s Prestwood boasts almost 10 acres of land that includes a private lake and outbuildings

Strong history: The main house dates back to the 1800s and has remained in the same family for more than thirty years

Strong history: The main house dates back to the 1800s and has remained in the same family for more than thirty years

The property is a mile from the high street in Great Missenden - an affluent village where children's author Roald Dahl lived for 36 years

The property is a mile from the high street in Great Missenden – an affluent village where children’s author Roald Dahl lived for 36 years

This seven-bed house in Buckinghamshire’s Prestwood has almost 10 acres of land that includes a private lake and outbuildings.

The main house dates back to the 1800s and has been in the same family for more than thirty years.

Great Missenden’s high street is one mile away, with its restaurants, shops as well as The Roald Dahl Museum.

GREAT MISSENDEN AND ROALD DAHL COUNTRYSIDE 

Roald Dahl lived and wrote in Great Missenden

Roald Dahl lived and wrote in Great Missenden

Writer Roald Dahl lived and wrote in Great Missenden for 36 years.

The affluent village in Buckinghamshire was the children’s author’s home, until his death in 1990. 

He wrote all of his children’s books and many of his adult short stories in the Writing Hut built in his garden. 

He became one of the world’s best-selling authors, with his books having sold more than 250 million copies. 

Dahl’s books are known for their unsentimental, often darkly comic mood, featuring villainous adult enemies of the child characters. 

The rolling Chiltern countryside around Great Missenden is recognisable from descriptions in many of his books, including Fantastic Mr Fox and Danny the Champion of the World. 

They included James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and Fantastic Mr Fox. 

3. Three-bed flat, South-West London

This three-bed flat in South West London is leasehold and is a third of a mile from Victoria London underground station

This three-bed flat in South West London is leasehold and is a third of a mile from Victoria London underground station

The modern apartment has a kitchen with wood flooring, high ceilings, dark cabinets and space for a dining table and chairs

The modern apartment has a kitchen with wood flooring, high ceilings, dark cabinets and space for a dining table and chairs

The property boasts a roof terrace with views of Westminster and room to entertain family and friends outdoors

The property boasts a roof terrace with views of Westminster and room to entertain family and friends outdoors

This three-bed flat in South West London is leasehold and is a third of a mile from Victoria London underground station.

It boasts a roof terrace with views of Westminster and beyond, and is on the market via Dexters estate agents.

4. Five-bed house, St Mawes, Cornwall

This five-bedroom coastal property in Cornwall is set in two acres of landscaped grounds and includes several outbuildings

This five-bedroom coastal property in Cornwall is set in two acres of landscaped grounds and includes several outbuildings

The spacious barn conversion is called Voskelly Barn and is on the edge of the Cornish coastal village of St Mawes

The spacious barn conversion is called Voskelly Barn and is on the edge of the Cornish coastal village of St Mawes

As well as the main house, there is a detached cottage that could be rented out to help provide an additional income

As well as the main house, there is a detached cottage that could be rented out to help provide an additional income

The appeal of Cornwall’s away from it all feel among buyers took on new meaning during the pandemic, due to its coastlines and open space – and this five-bedroom property in St Mawes has these qualities in abundance.

The barn conversion boasts two acres of landscaped gardens, and is set in the small coastal village of St Mawes. It is being sold via H Tiddy estate agents.

5. Four-bed house, Hutton, Essex

This striking property is in Hutton, in Essex, and it was originally an Art Deco-style house built in the 1930s

This striking property is in Hutton, in Essex, and it was originally an Art Deco-style house built in the 1930s 

The four-bed house has was transformed by the current owners just over a decade ago and today it includes this bright kitchen

The four-bed house has was transformed by the current owners just over a decade ago and today it includes this bright kitchen

The house extends across three floors and includes a swimming pool as well as large glass walls overlooking the garden

The house extends across three floors and includes a swimming pool as well as large glass walls overlooking the garden

This property was originally an Art Deco style house built in the 1930s but has since been transformed by the current owners just over a decade ago.

It extends across three floors and now includes vaulted ceilings, glass walls and egg-shaped doorways. It is being sold via Keller Williams estate agents.

6. Nine-bed property, Lansdown, Somerset

The Coach House Estate on the Lansdown slopes of Bath in Somerset has nine bedrooms, stables and an equine facility

The Coach House Estate on the Lansdown slopes of Bath in Somerset has nine bedrooms, stables and an equine facility

The extensive estate boasts 32 acres and several outbuildings, including a former cow shed that has been renovated

The extensive estate boasts 32 acres and several outbuildings, including a former cow shed that has been renovated

The Coach House Estate on the Lansdown slopes of Bath includes stables and an equine facility.

As well as the main house, there is also a cow shed, a detached building that has been restored to include a bedroom, bathroom and living room.

The estate boasts 32 acres and is being sold via estate agents Bowerhouse.

7. Eight-bed house, Capel, Surrey

The Clockhouse is a beautiful Grade II manor house set in around 2.5 acres of land in the Surrey village of Capel

The Clockhouse is a beautiful Grade II manor house set in around 2.5 acres of land in the Surrey village of Capel

Inside, the property includes wooden beans on the ceiling, stone tiles on the floor and wood panelling on the walls

Inside, the property includes wooden beans on the ceiling, stone tiles on the floor and wood panelling on the walls

The dining area in the manor house has tiled flooring and is in front of decorative windows and a large brick open fireplace

The dining area in the manor house has tiled flooring and is in front of decorative windows and a large brick open fireplace 

The Clockhouse is a Grade II manor house set in around 2.5 acres of land in the Surrey village of Capel.

The eight-bedroom property dates back to 1307 and is currently for sale via estate agents Asprey Estates.

8. Six-bedroom house, Radlett, Herfordshire

This modern six-bedroom house was built only five years ago and is in the affluent village of Radlett in Hertfordshire

This modern six-bedroom house was built only five years ago and is in the affluent village of Radlett in Hertfordshire

The ultra-modern family home includes air conditioning and mood lighting - including around the concrete staircase

The ultra-modern family home includes air conditioning and mood lighting – including around the concrete staircase

This six-bedroom house in the affluent village of Radlett in Hertfordshire was only built five years ago.

The ultra-modern family home includes air conditioning and mood lighting. It is being sold by Godfrey & Barr estate agents.

9. Seven-bed house, Ickenham, London

This luxury house in London's Ickenham is accessed via an electric gate and has a paved parking area at the front with space for at least 10 cars

This luxury house in London’s Ickenham is accessed via an electric gate and has a paved parking area at the front with space for at least 10 cars

Inside the seven-bed property, there is plenty of entertainment space - including this cinema room with leather sofas

Inside the seven-bed property, there is plenty of entertainment space – including this cinema room with leather sofas

This luxury seven-bedroom house in London’s Ickenham is accessed via an electric gate.

It is within walking distance of Ickenham high street and station, and is being sold by Robert Cooper & Co estate agents.

10. Five-bed house in Ascot, Berkshire

This gated family home in Berkshire's Ascot has five bedrooms and has been built with state-of-the-art features throughout

This gated family home in Berkshire’s Ascot has five bedrooms and has been built with state-of-the-art features throughout

The large kitchen has subtle two-tone cabinets, tiled flooring and a large central island with plenty of space for entertaining

The large kitchen has subtle two-tone cabinets, tiled flooring and a large central island with plenty of space for entertaining

The sophisticated kitchen extends to include a seating area that has a temperature controlled wine wall as a backdrop

The sophisticated kitchen extends to include a seating area that has a temperature controlled wine wall as a backdrop

This modern family home in Berkshire’s Ascot has been built with all mod cons, including Control4 home automation and Sonos sound system in all rooms.

It has five bedrooms and is being sold by Hamptons estate agents.

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Leaving Cert may end up as traditional exam as ‘school profiling’ ruled out

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The Leaving Cert may end up as a traditional exam this summer with additional choice for students after officials ruled out the use of “school profiling” for a hybrid model.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and other party leaders were informed by senior officials earlier this week that a hybrid or accredited grades model – based on teachers’ estimates – might need to draw on schools’ historical results in the Junior Cert exams.

This is due to the absence of exam data for about 25 per cent of this year’s Leaving Cert candidates, who did not sit the Junior Cert in 2020 when it was cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns.

This data is regarded as crucial in the standardisation process, which aims to ensure teachers’ estimated grades in different schools are equitably awarded.

However, Government sources said the use of this data has now been ruled out in the event that some form of accredited grades is used because it could prove to be as “too problematic”.

A decision on the format of this year’s Leaving Cert is likely in the next week or so.

The Government had planned to use school profiling in 2020 when Leaving Cert exams were first replaced by a system based on teachers’ estimates.

However, it dropped the plan following opposition claims this could penalise students attending school in disadvantaged areas.

Officials are now understood to be examining whether it is possible to generate accredited grades in a different way that is fair and equitable.

One Government source said it was their understanding that Leaving Cert options have now narrowed. “It seems to be edging towards traditional exams this year, with greater choice for students,” they said.

Disruption

While additional choice in questions in the forthcoming State exams were announced last August, officials have been exploring ways of going further due to the level of Covid-related disruption which has occurred since.

This could see a similar level of choice incorporated into the summer exams as was used last year.

Another Government source said all options were still being considered and nothing had been ruled out. “Things are still at a delicate stage,” they said.

Students are calling for the introduction of a hybrid Leaving Cert on the basis that many have experienced significant disruption to their studies due to the pandemic.

Teachers’ unions are opposed to grading their students for the purposes of the Leaving Cert and say further adjustments to the exams are needed.

It is understood Mr Martin, along with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, were briefed on potential options for the format of this year’s exam on Monday by Minister for Education Norma Foley and her officials.

The decision to omit school profiling in the 2020 Leaving Cert was at the centre of an legal challenge taken by Belvedere College student Freddie Sherry, who argued that the decision impacted unfairly on his results.

However, the High Court ruled that the Government was fully entitled to make changes to the standardisation model which they considered to be in the public interest.

It found that Mr Sherry had not shown he, or Belvedere, were subject of an unfairness arising from the final approach taken and had “certainly not” established an unfairness that would lead the court to conclude the system was unlawful.


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Voco Hotels debuts in Germany

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IHG Hotels & Resorts, acting in partnership with Hotelite Management, has opened its first voco hotel in Germany; voco Dusseldorf Seestern. Located in the Lorick district of the city, voco Dusseldorf Seestern is a great premium option for those visiting Dusseldorf for business or leisure. The hotel is within walking to distance to the banks of the Rhine river and a short drive from the airport and the city’s main shopping and business districts.

 

With 160 rooms, voco Dusseldorf Seestern, embodies the brand’s design ethos by creating a warm and inviting space with playful and bold decorative touches throughout. The use of bright, warm pops of yellow give voco its distinct identity. All the rooms include signature voco touches, such as high-quality bedding made from 100% recycled materials and eco-friendly large size bathroom amenities from Antipodes, an award-winning plant-based organic skincare company. Guests will also have access to a fully-equipped onsite fitness area including a sauna and steam room, perfect for those looking for a bit of me-time.

 

Offering all-day dinning, the hotel’s ‘Restaurant & Bar 38’ offers a great selection of meals all prepared with the finest organic ingredients. For breakfast, guests will find anything from a continental breakfast to a full English breakfast, as well as an assortment of healthy snacks to choose from. For lunch and dinner, Restaurant 38 offers an a la carte menu filled with local and international dishes. Come evening, Bar 38 is the perfect place to unwind from the day. Whether it be enjoying a cold drink whilst watching live sports on the screens or enjoying a cocktail on the terrace with friends, family, or work colleagues – there is a space for everyone.

 

For business travellers, voco Dusseldorf Seestern has five modern meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 140 participants – all fitted with the latest technology to enable hybrid meeting requests.

 

Oliver Walzer, Cluster General Manager of Hotelite, commented: “We are proud to be the first voco hotel in Germany and are looking forward to inviting our first guests to come and experience what the brand is all about – especially in Dusseldorf, a city where fashion, culture and commerce meet. Whether it be a short city break or a business trip, our onsite hosts will make sure that visitors will have a charming, unstuffy and playful experience that brings out the very best in them.” 

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Detached homes see average values up £60k during the pandemic says Halifax

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The pandemic property boom has been driven by a surge in demand for larger homes, new research has revealed.

The average value of a detached home in Britain has risen at almost twice the rate for flats, according to the data from Halifax and IHS Markit.

Buyers can expect to pay on average £425,177 for a detached property, which is an increase of £60,556 or 17 per cent since March 2020.

Buyers can expect to pay on average £425,177 for a detached property, which is an increase of £60,556 or 17 per cent since the March 2020

Buyers can expect to pay on average £425,177 for a detached property, which is an increase of £60,556 or 17 per cent since the March 2020

It compares to an increase of around 9 per cent for a typical flat during the same period, where values have risen on average £13,325 to an average of £158,992.

At the same time, the average price of a terrace property has risen 15 per cent or £27,715 to £213,798, while semi-detached also rose 15 per cent or £36,841 to £280,090.

HOUSE PRICES BY PROPERTY TYPE
All Houses All Buyers UK Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 15.40% 9.10% 14.90% 15.10% 16.60%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £33,820 £13,325 £27,715 £36,841 £60,556
Average price Dec 2021 £276,091 £158,992 £213,798 £280,090 £425,177
Source: Halifax/IHS Markit        

The data also highlighted the widening of the gaps between each type of home, with flat owners expected to spend an extra £54,806 to upsize to a typical terrace house, compared to £40,416 in March 2020.

At the same time, those currently in a terrace would need a further £66,292 to own a semi-detached home, compared to £57,166 in March 2020.

Meanwhile, home movers hoping to switch from a semi-detached to a detached property need an additional £145,087, compared to £121,371 in March 2020.

REGIONAL HOUSE PRICE CHANGES BY TYPE
% Change (since Mar ’20) All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
East of England 13.00% 7.40% 14.20% 14.80% 14.30%
Northern Ireland 14.30% -2.40% 15.20% 16.70% 13.40%
South West 18.40% 10.90% 19.00% 19.50% 20.20%
London 6.40% 0.70% 6.80% 7.60% 12.40%
Scotland 12.10% 9.60% 14.20% 13.70% 16.30%
West Midlands 14.60% 7.10% 12.60% 15.50% 17.40%
East Midlands 15.50% 12.10% 16.50% 17.50% 19.00%
North West 18.20% 13.40% 18.80% 17.00% 21.90%
Wales 21.90% 11.70% 25.10% 21.20% 24.40%
North East 14.40% 14.30% 19.80% 11.80% 15.50%
South East 13.10% 7.40% 13.70% 13.80% 15.40%
Yorkshire 16.50% 4.30% 15.40% 17.00% 18.30%
Source:  Halifax/IHS Markit        

Wales and the North West saw the greatest increase in detached home prices, up 24.4 per cent and 21.9 per cent respectively.

The most expensive detached homes are in London, at an average £910,568. The 12.4 per cent increase is almost double the average of all property types in the capital.

Russell Galley, managing director, Halifax, said: ‘Record numbers of moves have been taking place throughout the pandemic, with the demand for detached homes now greater than for any other property type, meaning the competition for those looking to buy an often larger property is fierce.

‘As employers began to crystalise longer-term plans for home and hybrid working, buyers have been able to consider homes further afield as the need to commute falls away, with properties previously considered too remote now giving families extras like garden rooms and home offices.

This trend means Wales, with its beautiful countryside and lower relative property prices, saw the strongest growth in detached homes over the past two years.’

REGIONAL HOUSE PRICES BY PROPERTY TYPE DURING THE PANDEMIC
East of England All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 13.00% 7.40% 14.20% 14.80% 14.30%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £36,767 £13,340 £34,669 £45,351 £63,141
Average Price Dec 2021 £319,447 £192,721 £279,087 £352,699 £505,379
Northern Ireland All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 14.30% -2.40% 15.20% 16.70% 13.40%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £21,448 -£2,327 £14,027 £22,012 £25,600
Average Price Dec 2021 £170,946 £94,922 £106,105 £153,917 £217,226
South West All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 18.40% 10.90% 19.00% 19.50% 20.20%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £44,773 £17,038 £38,716 £49,973 £76,380
Average Price Dec 2021 £287,774 £173,502 £242,285 £306,171 £454,133
London All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 6.40% 0.70% 6.80% 7.60% 12.40%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £31,724 £2,657 £33,159 £44,891 £100,525
Average Price Dec 2021 £525,351 £371,744 £520,359 £635,422 £910,568
Scotland All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 12.10% 9.60% 14.20% 13.70% 16.30%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £20,795 £9,789 £18,433 £23,357 £39,783
Average Price Dec 2021 £192,988 £112,075 £148,224 £193,975 £283,214
West Mids All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 14.60% 7.10% 12.60% 15.50% 17.40%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £29,778 £8,625 £20,532 £33,265 £57,685
Average Price Dec 2021 £234,263 £129,851 £184,061 £247,881 £389,553
East Midlands All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 15.50% 12.10% 16.50% 17.50% 19.00%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £30,275 £13,536 £24,346 £33,919 £57,186
Average Price Dec 2021 £225,106 £125,563 £171,686 £227,336 £358,441
North West All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 18.20% 13.40% 18.80% 17.00% 21.90%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £32,591 £14,070 £24,426 £31,917 £63,229
Average Price Dec 2021 £211,954 £118,979 £154,308 £219,294 £351,887
Wales All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 21.90% 11.70% 25.10% 21.20% 24.40%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £36,917 £11,570 £30,111 £34,639 £62,688
Average Price Dec 2021 £205,579 £110,318 £149,966 £197,768 £319,492
North East All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 14.40% 14.30% 19.80% 11.80% 15.50%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £20,162 £11,527 £20,071 £17,666 £37,373
Average Price Dec 2021 £159,694 £92,214 £121,187 £166,876 £278,863
South East All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 13.10% 7.40% 13.70% 13.80% 15.40%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £43,298 £15,502 £38,704 £49,203 £78,220
Average Price Dec 2021 £374,454 £223,610 £320,944 £404,648 £586,781
Yorkshire All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 16.50% 4.30% 15.40% 17.00% 18.30%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £27,192 £4,708 £19,442 £29,624 £50,192
Average Price Dec 2021 £192,210 £114,535 £146,081 £203,805 £324,581
Source: Halifax/IHS Markit         

North London estate agent Jeremy Leaf said: ’Soaring demand for detached homes is not surprising as we are seeing buyers prepared to stretch themselves to purchase properties which they regard as for the longer term, rather than settling for smaller houses or flats. 

These buyers are often using money saved during lockdown by not going on holiday or other spending, to contribute towards their deposit. They are also taking advantage of continuing low interest rates even though the threat of higher repayments and inflation is looming.

‘Detached homes have long been the pinnacle in terms of what people aim for when buying property. They are popular because they offer flexibility, privacy, control and independence, which isn’t always the case with semi-detached or terraced properties where there is an element of shared space or boundaries, increasing the risk of conflict.

‘Price growth has been strongest in Wales because often affordability is greater in those markets in the first place. We have noticed the drift from the centre of towns and cities to the suburbs, country and coastal areas as people get more accustomed to hybrid working and not having to spend as much time in the centre. They are looking for higher-quality outside space and the ability to work comfortably from home.’

Separate research by Coutts found that demand has also been high for luxury leafy lodgings in the capital.

It said that sales for super prime homes worth £10million or more jumped from 56 in 2020 to 106 in 2021.

Peter Flavel, of Coutts, said: ‘For many investors these prime and super prime properties provide the opportunity to put funds into assets that offer the space they need as hybrid living continues to influence lifestyle choices.’

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