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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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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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Lisa Smith travelled to Turkey to study under Isis propagandist, court told

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Lisa Smith, a former Defence Forces member who denies membership of Islamic State (Isis), travelled to Turkey to become a student of a famous Islamic convert who wrote Isis propaganda, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Michael O’Higgins SC, for Ms Smith, read out a message exchange in 2013 between his client and an American Islamic scholar John Georgelas, who was living in Egypt at the time.

Counsel said Mr Georgelas asked Ms Smith to travel to Egypt to study under him and said he would pay her to help his wife, Tania Joya, take care of their children.

Ms Smith replied: “I wouldn’t dream of accepting any money for looking after your children. If I can get the benefit of your knowledge as your student that would be more than enough payment for me.”

Mr Georgelas left Egypt with Ms Joya and arranged to meet Ms Smith in Turkey.

Ms Joya, giving evidence for a second day, told Mr O’Higgins that her husband was clever and manipulative and in 2013 was communicating with Ms Smith every day over the internet.

She said he was a respected scholar who could “overwhelm” people with his knowledge of scripture. She told Sean Gillane SC, for the prosecution, that Georgelas wrote for magazines Dabiq and Rumiyah that publish Isis propaganda

Ms Smith (39), from Dundalk, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful terrorist group, Islamic State, between October 28th, 2015 and December 1st, 2019. She has also pleaded not guilty to financing terrorism by sending €800 in assistance, via a Western Union money transfer, to a named man on May 6th, 2015.

Her trial is continuing in front of Mr Justice Tony Hunt, Judge Gerard Griffin and Judge Cormac Dunne at the three-judge, non-jury court.

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Rioja Estates and TORG International partner for two outlet village projects

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TORG International has partnered with leading UK outlet developer Rioja Estates for the development of two new outlets in Sweden and the UK, Malmo Designer Village and Grantham Designer Outlet Village. Both schemes have already secured planning consent, with Grantham being under construction with the opening scheduled for Autumn 2023. The Malmo outlet is expected to open in Summer 2025.

 

Conveniently located in close proximity to the Danish border, Malmo Designer Village benefits from a significant catchment area. The scheme is expected to rank in the top 25% of outlet centres in Europe in terms of traffic and is predicted to generate above-average sales density.

 

Grantham Designer Outlet Village is located on the country’s third most travelled motorway, the A1 connecting London with Northern England, and is projected to attract 3.5 million visitors annually. A lack of retail competition in the immediate area means that Grantham Designer Outlet Village will achieve significantly greater penetration of its catchment than the UK outlet industry average of 3%, namely for Phase One 7.7% and for Phase Two 8.5%.

 

Says Robert van den Heuvel, Partner Development & Leasing TORG International: “It was at Mapic 2021 that we established this new collaboration with Giles Membrey and his team at Rioja Estates, whom we have known for many years. We were impressed by the quality of their two latest developments in Sweden and the UK and are therefore delighted to be able to share our enthusiasm with the tenant community and industry at large.“

 

Adds Barbara Horatz, Partner Marketing & Retail TORG International: “We feel that both developments meet all the key criteria for a successful future outlet – the strategic location on a major motorway axis, important catchment, strong tourism potential, significant size, qualitative and sustainable architecture. There are not many strategic spots left in Europe for outlet developments and we definitely consider Malmo and Grantham as two of them.”

 

Concludes Giles Membrey: “We see Malmo and Grantham as the beginning of a great collaboration for our two companies –  there are many more opportunities for joint outlet developments that we see ahead of us and that we are already discussing, be it in Europe or in any of the other major markets globally.”

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