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Inside Stacey Solomon’s new home: Loose Women star moves into plush Essex pad

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She recently revealed that she and fiancé Joe Swash have found their ‘forever home’, after spending ‘a long time’ house hunting.

And Stacey Solomon‘s sprawling new Essex pad is certainly an upgrade as the plush abode features stunning Tudor-style beams, a library, a cosy country kitchen and 2.5 acres for her boys to enjoy.

The Loose Women star, 31, and her brood posed outside their new home in a sweet Instagram post shared on Monday, with Stacey revealing they felt ‘lucky and grateful’ to have found the ‘hidden treasure’ of a home.

Big move: Stacey recently revealed that she and fiancé Joe Swash have found their 'forever home', after spending 'a long time' house hunting

Dream home: Stacey Solomon's sprawling new Essex pad is certainly an upgrade as the plush abode features stunning Tudor-style beams, a library, a cosy country kitchen and 2.5 acres for her boys to enjoy

Dream home: Stacey Solomon’s sprawling new Essex pad is certainly an upgrade as the plush abode features stunning Tudor-style beams, a library, a cosy country kitchen and 2.5 acres for her boys to enjoy.

Pictures give a further glimpse inside the property, which has plenty of room for the couple and their boys to roam around.

At the heart of the home is a cosy country kitchen with dark wooden beams, wooden cabinets and a green Aga oven.

While the main bedroom will no doubt be a haven for the X Factor star once she puts her own stamp on it as it has a large dressing area with plenty of space for all her belongings.

There is also a sizable conservatory flooded with light, which will no doubt make the perfect spot for the family to relax in the summer. 

Fresh start: The Loose Women star, 31, and her brood posed outside their new home in a sweet Instagram post shared on Monday, with Stacey revealing they felt 'lucky and grateful' to have found the 'hidden treasure' of a home

Fresh start: The Loose Women star, 31, and her brood posed outside their new home in a sweet Instagram post shared on Monday, with Stacey revealing they felt ‘lucky and grateful’ to have found the ‘hidden treasure’ of a home

Stacey and the boys will also be able to enjoy their meals in the traditional dining room which looks out into the sprawling garden.

While there is also a sizable drawing room/library and an additional sitting room with just off the conservatory.

Stacey did reveal that the home needs some ‘TLC’, so she’ll no doubt be getting the paintbrush out to gives the rooms a makeover.

Welcome to 'Pickle Cottage': Pictures give a further glimpse inside the property, which has plenty of room for the couple and their boys to roam around

Welcome to ‘Pickle Cottage’: Pictures give a further glimpse inside the property, which has plenty of room for the couple and their boys to roam around

Lovely: At the heart of the home is a cosy country kitchen with dark wooden beams, wooden cabinets and a green Aga oven

Lovely: At the heart of the home is a cosy country kitchen with dark wooden beams, wooden cabinets and a green Aga oven

Over on to the outside, there is ample space in the garden for their boys to play around in, which 2.5 acres of land. 

After moving in to their new home on Monday, Stacey shared an adorable snap which saw Joe posing with his arm triumphantly thrust out while a smiling Stacey cuddles up to him.

Stacey’s son’s Zachary, 13, and Leighton, eight, are seen tussling on the grass next to them, while the couple’s 22-month-old son Rex crawls alongside them.

Captioning her post, Stacey revealed that she and Joe felt ‘lucky and grateful’ to have found the ‘hidden treasure’ of a home, adding she ‘can’t wait’ to raise their family here.

Haven: While the main bedroom will no doubt be a haven for the X Factor star once she puts her own stamp on it as it has a large dressing area with plenty of space for all her belongings

Haven: While the main bedroom will no doubt be a haven for the X Factor star once she puts her own stamp on it as it has a large dressing area with plenty of space for all her belongings

The perfect spot: There is also a sizable conservatory flooded with light, which will no doubt make the perfect spot for the family to relax in the summer.

The perfect spot: There is also a sizable conservatory flooded with light, which will no doubt make the perfect spot for the family to relax in the summer.

She penned: ‘Home Sweet Home. And so a new chapter begins.

‘We can not even describe how strange it feels that this is home. Never in a million years did we ever think this would be. We feel so lucky and are so grateful to have found this hidden treasure closer to our family and further out. 

‘We can’t wait to fill it with love and give it our everything. To raise our family here. And to just start a fresh. I’m very emotional for some reason. It still hasn’t sunk in and doesn’t quite feel real.’

She concluded: ‘Thank you for all of your supportive, kind, loving messages. We love you to the moon and back and I can’t wait to show you around… Here’s to the next chapter in pickle cottage.’

Be our guest: While there is also a sizable drawing room/library and an additional sitting room with just off the conservatory

Be our guest: While there is also a sizable drawing room/library and an additional sitting room with just off the conservatory

What a view: Over on to the outside, there is ample space in the garden for their boys to play around in, which 2.5 acres of land

What a view: Over on to the outside, there is ample space in the garden for their boys to play around in, which 2.5 acres of land

Home improvements: Stacey did reveal that the home needs some 'TLC', so she'll no doubt be getting the paintbrush out to gives the rooms a makeover

Home improvements: Stacey did reveal that the home needs some ‘TLC’, so she’ll no doubt be getting the paintbrush out to gives the rooms a makeover

The TV personality had earlier took to her Instagram stories to give an update of her packing, sharing images of her peeling the vinyls off her cupboards and jet-washing their patio.

Stacey added that she’d feel ’embarrassed’ to have left vinyls on or her home dirty and wanted to make it presentable for the new owners.

She then uploaded a sweet montage set to an acoustic version of Boyz II Men’s End Of The Road, which showed their old home stripped of their belongings and back to a blank canvas. 

New beginning: Captioning her post, Stacey revealed that she and Joe felt 'lucky and grateful' to have found the 'hidden treasure' of a home, adding she 'can't wait' to raise their family here

New beginning: Captioning her post, Stacey revealed that she and Joe felt ‘lucky and grateful’ to have found the ‘hidden treasure’ of a home, adding she ‘can’t wait’ to raise their family here

Here we go: The TV personality had earlier took to her Instagram stories to give an update of her packing, sharing images of her peeling the vinyls off her cupboards and jet-washing their patio

Here we go: The TV personality had earlier took to her Instagram stories to give an update of her packing, sharing images of her peeling the vinyls off her cupboards and jet-washing their patio

The big clean up: Stacey made sure to peel the vinyls off her cupboards and jet-wash the patio as she left her old home clean and tidy for the new owners

The big clean up: Stacey made sure to peel the vinyls off her cupboards and jet-wash the patio as she left her old home clean and tidy for the new owners

Saying goodbye: She then uploaded a sweet montage set to an acoustic version of Boyz II Men's End Of The Road, which showed their old home stripped of their belongings and back to a blank canvas

Saying goodbye: She then uploaded a sweet montage set to an acoustic version of Boyz II Men’s End Of The Road, which showed their old home stripped of their belongings and back to a blank canvas

The video sees Stacey’s bedroom, kitchen and bathroom all packed up and clear of their belongings as they leave things clean and fresh for the new owners.

Stacey also did her famous ‘Tap To Tidy’ click showing her beloved pink laundry room transformed back to its original state. 

Later in the day, the beauty also shared a sweet video of her boys as they got their first look at their new home, with the youngsters heading straight to the Wendy house in the garden. 

It comes after the mum-of-three took to Instagram on Friday to where she told how she and her presenter beau have been given the ‘go ahead’ to purchase their dream countryside home, which she said is closer to the city.

Time to go: The video sees Stacey's bedroom, kitchen and bathroom all packed up and clear of their belongings as they leave things clean and fresh for the new owners.

Time to go: The video sees Stacey's bedroom, kitchen and bathroom all packed up and clear of their belongings as they leave things clean and fresh for the new owners.

Time to go: The video sees Stacey’s bedroom, kitchen and bathroom all packed up and clear of their belongings as they leave things clean and fresh for the new owners.

One last look: Stacey also did her famous 'Tap To Tidy' click showing her beloved pink laundry room transformed back to its original state

One last look: Stacey also did her famous ‘Tap To Tidy’ click showing her beloved pink laundry room transformed back to its original state

Emotional farewell: Stacey and Joe held hands as they shut the door on their old home for good

Emotional farewell: Stacey and Joe held hands as they shut the door on their old home for good

Stacey also gave a glimpse of the stunning period property which she is preparing to move into with her family. 

Discussing the house news on her Instagram stories, Stacey said: ‘Soooo….For a very long time Joe and me have been searching for our forever home, further from the city and closer to our family…

‘A few months ago we saw a house that we couldn’t even believe was on the market and in the same budget as our house now. There were SO many signs. I really believe in signs and they were everywhere and it just didn’t seem real. 

‘We thought it was too good to be true and have not wanted to say anything just in case it didn’t happen…

Good news! It comes after Stacey revealed that she and fiancé Joe have found their 'forever home', after spending 'a long time' house hunting

Good news! It comes after Stacey revealed that she and fiancé Joe have found their ‘forever home’, after spending ‘a long time’ house hunting

‘Today we got confirmation that everything could go ahead and it was actually going to happen…I think we just thought for so long that something would go wrong so today just didn’t feel real.’ 

Stacey added: ‘But it is real, the house needs lots of love and TLC which we can not wait to shower it with…

But Pickle Cottage is going to be ours. And we honestly can not to start this new start together.’ (sic)

The TV star also gave a glimpse of their new family home, which featured whitewashed walls and timber beams, while there was plenty of lush green lawns for their boys to run about. 

Ideal: Stacey also gave a glimpse of the stunning period property which coincidentally is named ‘Pickle Cottage’ – with Pickle being the same name she affectionately calls her three sons

Plans: Discussing the house news on her Instagram stories, Stacey said: 'Soooo....For a very long time Joe and me have been searching for our forever home, further from the city and closer to our family

Plans: Discussing the house news on her Instagram stories, Stacey said: ‘Soooo….For a very long time Joe and me have been searching for our forever home, further from the city and closer to our family

Sharing her emotional reaction to her fans’ response to her news, she went on: ‘Your messages have me actually sobbing. Hoe [Joe’s nickname] is laughing his head off at the state I’m in. 

‘I can’t wait to bring you all here to tap and tidy the life out of everything. I love you all so much and I can’t wait to have a whole new project and adventure to start with you all.

‘Honestly you guys are the best I just can’t explain.’

Stacey is mother to Zachary, 12, and eight-year-old Leighton – who she has from previous relationships – as well as her and Joe’s 22-month-old son Rex. 

Joe also has a son, Harry, 13, from a former relationship.

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Serravalle Designer Outlet unveils new state-of-the-art leisure facility (IT)

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McArthurGlen has officially launched the “Play Land”, a brand new 6,000m² leisure concept at Designer Outlet Serravalle. The €7m attraction introduces a new state-of-the-art experiential element to the centre that further enhances the shopping experience for guests of all ages. Part of the centre’s €40m investment programme, Play Land launches alongside six new stores that are home to renowned luxury and F&B brands, including Off WhiteValentinoZegna and Starbucks. The iconic names join recent international arrival Givenchy to further elevate the centre’s reputation as one of Europe’s premier luxury destinations. The enhancements have created around 100 new jobs and also delivered wider improvements to the centre’s hospitality offering, including to its VIP lounges, guest services, landscaping and car parks.

 

This latest investment signals McArthurGlen’s commitment to the region that welcomed it over 20 years ago. Situated in the heart of Alessandria, the centre was the first designer outlet to arrive in Italy in 2000, and today has more than 240 stores spread across over 50,000m² of GLA, making it the largest luxury outlet in Europe by retail space. 

 

“We firmly believe in the value of the physical retail experience and that has always been at the heart of McArthurGlen,” said Joan Jove, Co-CEO of McArthurGlen, addingTogether with our long-standing investor partners from the European Outlet Mall Fund, we are thrilled to bring this new experiential element to our customers at Serravalle and introduce a cutting-edge facility that can be of benefit to the whole community.”

 

Anchoring the facility is Lele’s Aqua Park, which is a brand new concept in the McArthurGlen portfolio. Featuring a bespoke design, the 3,500m² waterpark features a variety of activities, including slides, water cannons and a large waterfall, designed to maximise the fun for children and enhance the day-out experience for families. The Playground, inspired by the work of the famous Dutch artist M.C Escher, spans approximately 2,500m² and consists of platforms and hexagonal towers in a labyrinth of interconnected play spaces. The play village includes a structure inspired by the small villages set in the beautiful Piedmontese landscape, aiming to create a world in which children can immerse themselves in exploration and discovery, while at all times remaining inclusive for those with disabilities. Flora’s Baby park is a new service offered to families while they are shopping at the centre. It enables parents and guardians to leave their children to play among a range of adventure activities, including a small vertical maze, which are supervised and assisted at all times by experienced staff. Designed specifically for the whole family is the Picnic Area, which provides a welcoming space set up with comfortable tables and chairs. Guests can relax in this environment while taking advantage of the centre’s excellent mix of F&B operators. 

  

The investment enhances Serravalle Designer Outlet’s sustainability credentials with new green spaces, improved water consumption and solar panels, supporting McArthurGlen’s commitment to reducing its impact on the environment. A newly planted garden comprising perennial plants and flowers encircles the leisure complex, creating a protective green belt around the family area that connects to the centre’s surrounding landscape. An integrated irrigation system reuses the water from the swimming pool, while two photovoltaic systems installed on the roofs of the changing rooms and public toilets provide energy from renewable sources.  

 

McArthurGlen’s long-standing partner Hydea designed the masterplan for the Family Entertainment Area, with sector specialistsCarve creating the Playground and Baby Park, and Cemi designing the waterpark.

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British ex-pat, 67, is forced to DESTROY his Spanish home two months after his wife died from cancer

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A British ex-pat has been forced to knock down his £130,000 Spanish home two months after his wife died from cancer.

But the situation for 67-year-old Gurney Davey, from Suffolk, could get worse because he is facing six months in prison after a mayor illegally gave him planning permission for the house.

‘I was distraught at first, my blood pressure was sky high and then I lost my wife,’ Mr Davey said this week as he was demolishing his home near Tolox, Malaga.

Gurney Davey, 67, has been forced to knock down his £130,000 Spanish home two months after his wife died from cancer

Gurney Davey, 67, has been forced to knock down his £130,000 Spanish home two months after his wife died from cancer

Despite Friday’s demolition also costing him €1,600, he added that it had actually come as ‘some sort of relief’ having fought the legal battle since 2004, over the house he built in 2003. 

It was then that legal firm, Manzanares, informed him he would be getting a licence for an ‘almacen’ (or storeroom), which would allow him to build the house.

‘We thought we had done everything right. We got legal advice and went through a lawyer in order to get permission to build the home,’ Davey explained. 

But he was later told that his house was one of around 350 that were illegally given planning permission by the former mayor, Juan Vera, who was eventually handed a prison sentence of his own.

Mr Davey was told his house had to be demolished for himself to avoid a six-month prison sentence, with the news coming just after his wife, Diana, died from bowel cancer at the age of 71.

‘Diana fought breast cancer for six years before bowel cancer – I am sure the stress brought it on.’ 

‘But thankfully it is now over,’ he explained. ‘It has been going on for so long now, I’ve finally come to terms with what needs to be done. 

‘Having it demolished was actually a relief,’ he added.

As he still owns the land, he can still live on it – just not in a house.

Despite Friday's demolition also costing him €1,600, he added that it had actually come as 'some sort of relief' having fought the legal battle since 2004, over the house be built in 2003. Pictured: Mr Davey's home in Spain before it was demolished on Friday

Despite Friday’s demolition also costing him €1,600, he added that it had actually come as ‘some sort of relief’ having fought the legal battle since 2004, over the house be built in 2003. Pictured: Mr Davey’s home in Spain before it was demolished on Friday

Mr Davey was told that his house was one of around 350 that were illegally given planning permission by the former mayor, Juan Vera, who was eventually handed a prison sentence. Pictured: Mr Davey's home in Spain after it was demolished on Friday

Mr Davey was told that his house was one of around 350 that were illegally given planning permission by the former mayor, Juan Vera, who was eventually handed a prison sentence. Pictured: Mr Davey’s home in Spain after it was demolished on Friday

Now, the father-of-three is planning a minimalist life staying in a converted van, so that his five dogs still have the space to roam.

‘This land is my home, it is my life and these dogs are all I have left.’

Whether or not he still faces a prison sentence, is yet to be confirmed.

The ex-pat only found out about the potential six-month sentence when a court document was delivered to a neighbour’s house.

‘I went straight to Tolox town hall with it. They told me I shouldn’t have received it yet,’ he recalled. ‘They said they were going to be sending the notification to me once they had stamped it.’

He had never been told about the court case that followed on from a Guardia Civil denuncia for an ‘illegal build’, but Davey’s two-bed home should never have been built according to the Malaga court.

Now, the father-of-three is planning a minimalist life staying in a converted van, so that his five dogs (pictured) still have the space to roam

Now, the father-of-three is planning a minimalist life staying in a converted van, so that his five dogs (pictured) still have the space to roam

In 2016, and then again in 2017, Davey was ordered to knock down his house, but, in common with a neighbour, he waited for more details.

While his Spanish neighbour, Irene Millan, 29, did eventually hear from the court again, she was given six months to ‘legalise’ her property – an option Davey was never given.

However, his neighbour’s apparent good luck turned into a poisoned chalice.

Having spent €20,000 with the town hall to legalise the dwelling, the court finally refused to accept the new paperwork provided by the council.

Instead, demolition was ordered – which went ahead last week.

To add insult to injury Irene’s 54-year-old father, Manuel Millan, whose name was on the deeds, was also sentenced to six months jail and handed a fine of €6 a day for a year.

Whether or not he still faces a prison sentence, is yet to be confirmed. The ex-pat only found out about the potential six-month sentence when a court document was delivered to a neighbour's house

Whether or not he still faces a prison sentence, is yet to be confirmed. The ex-pat only found out about the potential six-month sentence when a court document was delivered to a neighbour’s house

As he still owns the land, he can still live on it - just not in a house. Pictured: Mr Davey, a former builder, uses a JCB digger to demolish his own home

As he still owns the land, he can still live on it – just not in a house. Pictured: Mr Davey, a former builder, uses a JCB digger to demolish his own home

The couple, originally from Suffolk in the UK, spent £130,000 building their property.

‘It came as a package – a plot with a new home on it.’

Davey admits he and his wife were perhaps naive to follow the advice of their lawyer.

The lawyer, from legal firm Manzanares, told them that planning permission would be applied for as an almacen – or ‘warehouse’.

Mr Davey (pictured) was told his house had to be demolished for himself to avoid a six-month prison sentence, with the news coming just after his wife, Diana, died from bowel cancer at the age of 71

Mr Davey (pictured) was told his house had to be demolished for himself to avoid a six-month prison sentence, with the news coming just after his wife, Diana, died from bowel cancer at the age of 71

This way it would come under the remit of Tolox town hall, which would give permission and later they could ‘legalise’ the property.

The language of one legal letter suggests this would be a mere formality, but the property never got legalised.

In fact, the Tolox mayor of the time, Juan Vera, has since been jailed and fined for his part in a scheme.

In most cases the mayor used the very same ‘lax’ procedure of applying to build an ‘almacen’ to try to keep the prying eyes of the Junta authorities away.

‘We thought that was the way things worked in Spain,’ said Davey, a retired builder. ‘We went to see a lawyer and got advice. It turns out that was not the smart thing to do.

‘Why would we deliberately try to build illegally? It makes no sense that we would sell up everything in the UK and risk it all.’

Mr Davey had earlier said that he was forced to ask the town hall for permission to knock his own property down.

‘I will do it myself. I will borrow a JCB from someone and flatten my home of the past 17 years. I will not let the town hall do it and charge me more money.’

It is not the first time British expats have had their homes demolished in Andalucia, with the Priors, in Almeria, the most famous victims.

They still live in the garage of their house today, over 10 years since the house was knocked down in Vera. 

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Two teenagers died after separate incidents in Dublin and Waterford

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Two teenagers have died after separate incidents in Dublin and Waterford on Wednesday.

Gardaí in Ballyfermot responded to a call at an equestrian centre at Tay Lane, Co Dublin, at about 2pm.

Dublin Fire Brigade and the National Ambulance Service attended the scene and provided medical assistance to a 15-year-old girl who was injured during an exercise event.

She was removed to Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin, where she later died.

Gardaí said the coroner has been notified. The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has also been notified and will carry out an examination on Thursday.

Gardaí said investigations are ongoing. A file will be prepared for the Coroner’s Court.

Separately, gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a workplace accident in Dungarvan, Co Waterford on Wednesday afternoon.

A boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The HSA has been notified and will carry out an investigation. A file will be prepared for the coroner.

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