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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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Robbie Williams lists sprawling 72-acre country estate for £6.75 million

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Robbie WIlliams has listed his sprawling 72-acre country estate for £6.75 million.

The Take That crooner, 47, used the home as a rural retreat for his wife Ayda Field and their children, having purchased it in 2009 for £8.1 million.

The property is located close to the quaint village of Compton Bassett in Wiltshire about 85 miles from London

Take that! Robbie WIlliams has listed his sprawling 72-acre country estate for £6.75 million

Take that! Robbie WIlliams has listed his sprawling 72-acre country estate for £6.75 million

Ready to move on: The Take That crooner, 47, used the home as a rural retreat for his wife Ayda Field and their children, having purchased it in 2009 for £8.1 million

Big family: Robbie and Ayda, 42, share Theodora, eight, Charlton, six, two-year-old Colette and youngest son Beau, one

Ready to move on: The Take That crooner, 47, used the home as a rural retreat for his wife Ayda Field and their children, having purchased it in 2009 for £8.1 million. Robbie and Ayda, 42, share Theodora, eight, Charlton, six, two-year-old Colette and youngest son Beau, one

Robbie said, via the listing agent Knight Frank: ‘Compton Bassett House has been the perfect escape for our family. The gardens and trees have enchanted us with their magic, and on rainy days – of which there are many in England – we have played and splashed around the indoor pool, much to our delight.’ 

Robbie and Ayda, 42, share Theodora, eight, Charlton, six, two-year-old Colette and youngest son Beau, one.

The property boasts its own parkland and woods, as well as a football pitch, on which soccer-mad Robbie will have no doubt enjoyed honing his ball skills.

Also outside in the grounds is a helicopter hangar, a walled garden with a pavilion, a tennis court, and paddocks for horses. 

Robbie said, via the listing agent: 'On rainy days - of which there are many in England - we have played and splashed around the indoor pool, much to our delight'

Robbie said, via the listing agent: ‘On rainy days – of which there are many in England – we have played and splashed around the indoor pool, much to our delight’

Sprawling: The floorplan shows the layout of the impressive three-storey mansion

Sprawling: The floorplan shows the layout of the impressive three-storey mansion

Serene: The property boasts a walled garden with a pavilion, a tennis court, and paddocks for horses

Serene: The property boasts a walled garden with a pavilion, a tennis court, and paddocks for horses

Chopper-ready: Also outside in the grounds is a helicopter hangar

Chopper-ready: Also outside in the grounds is a helicopter hangar

The mansion itself is spread across 19,913 square feet, boasting seven bedrooms, and eight bathrooms.

There are five reception rooms and an indoor pool, a gym, a steam room, and a billiards room.

The gourmet chef’s kitchen is an impressive feature of the home with a stunning blue wooden island and a sprawling dining space for large gatherings.

Robbie and American actress Ayda’s quirky tastes are evident throughout – with giant dog sculptures lined around the hardwood floored cooking space. 

Music mogul: Robbie shot to fame as one fifth of 90s boyband Take That [pictured in the early 1990s with Jason Orange, Howard Donald, Gary Barlow and Mark Owen]

At it alone: Robbie has become the only one of the band to carve out a particularly successful solo career, since going on to collaborate with stars such as Nicole Kidman [pictured  in 2001]

Music mogul: Having shot to fame as one fifth of 90s boyband Take That [pictured L in the early 1990s with Jason Orange, Howard Donald, Gary Barlow and Mark Owen] Robbie has become the only one of the band to carve out a particularly successful solo career, since going on to collaborate with stars such as Nicole Kidman [pictured R in 2001] 

Rural retreat: 'Compton Bassett House has been the perfect escape for our family. The gardens and trees have enchanted us with their magic,' Robbie said of the estate

Rural retreat: ‘Compton Bassett House has been the perfect escape for our family. The gardens and trees have enchanted us with their magic,’ Robbie said of the estate

Sweeping: The property is located close to the quaint village of Compton Bassett in Wiltshire

Sweeping: The property is located close to the quaint village of Compton Bassett in Wiltshire

Quirky: The gourmet chef's kitchen is an impressive feature of the home with a stunning blue wooden island and a sprawling dining space for large gatherings

Quirky: The gourmet chef’s kitchen is an impressive feature of the home with a stunning blue wooden island and a sprawling dining space for large gatherings

Extra space: There is also a detached cottage which joins two staff flats to provide extra accommodation for staff or guests

Extra space: There is also a detached cottage which joins two staff flats to provide extra accommodation for staff or guests

The property features modern classical architecture and several stone fireplaces.

There is also a detached cottage which joins two staff flats to provide extra accommodation for staff or guests.

The home features a long stony driveway, rolling up to the impressive 1929 home – previously owned by the famous architect Sir Norman Foster.

Other features include stone mullioned windows, a study and a hidden staircase to the floor above. 

Part-timer: Robbie still dips in and out of performing with Take That [pictured in 2018]

Part-timer: Robbie still dips in and out of performing with Take That [pictured in 2018]

Master suite: The mansion itself is spread across 19,913 square feet, boasting seven bedrooms

Master suite: The mansion itself is spread across 19,913 square feet, boasting seven bedrooms

Modern meets regal: The property features modern classical architecture and several stone fireplaces

Modern meets regal: The property features modern classical architecture and several stone fireplaces

Niche: The décor and accents are a clear nod to their eccentric owners

Niche: The décor and accents are a clear nod to their eccentric owners

‘Although our clients are sad to be leaving, they’re certain that the next owners will love it as much as they have,’ the listing agent said. ‘The house has the benefit of being on the edge of the village but also has beautiful gardens, and grounds surrounding it providing complete privacy and protection.’

Having shot to fame as one fifth of 90s boyband Take That, Robbie has become the only one of the band to carve out a particularly successful solo career.

Despite his wild child younger years, he has recently established himself firmly as a family man, marrying Los Angeles native Ayda in 2010. 

Style secrets: Robbie and American actress Ayda's quirky tastes are evident throughout - with giant dog sculptures lined around the hardwood floored home [pictured in 2018]

Style secrets: Robbie and American actress Ayda’s quirky tastes are evident throughout – with giant dog sculptures lined around the hardwood floored home [pictured in 2018]

Decadent: The home features a whopping eight bathrooms, some with freestanding tubs

Decadent: The home features a whopping eight bathrooms, some with freestanding tubs

Quirky: Robbie and American actress Ayda's quirky tastes are evident throughout - with one poster featuring a play on words from his Let Me Entertain You song - 'Let Me Excavate You'

Quirky: Robbie and American actress Ayda’s quirky tastes are evident throughout – with one poster featuring a play on words from his Let Me Entertain You song – ‘Let Me Excavate You’

60s meets modern: There are five reception rooms and an indoor pool, a gym, a steam room, and a billiards room

60s meets modern: There are five reception rooms and an indoor pool, a gym, a steam room, and a billiards room

Tranquil: The property boasts its own parkland and woods, as well as a football pitch, on which soccer-mad Robbie will have no doubt enjoyed honing his ball skills

Tranquil: The property boasts its own parkland and woods, as well as a football pitch, on which soccer-mad Robbie will have no doubt enjoyed honing his ball skills

Robbie quit Take That in 1995 but returned to the band between 2006-2011, on and off.

He still occasionally performs with them; the group continue on as a three-piece, with Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen. Fifth member Jason Orange quit in 2014.

Robbie’s solo career has seen him collaborate with the likes of Nicole Kidman and Kylie Minogue on tracks, and he has released 12 studio albums to date.

He is said to be worth £195 million, as reported by The Sunday Times in May 2021. 

Out in the sticks: The location is 85 miles away from London

Out in the sticks: The location is 85 miles away from London

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Property investors offended by ‘vulture funds’ label, conference hears

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People in Ireland need to stop calling property investment firms “vulture funds” and development and building rules need to stop changing if the housing crisis is to be solved, property and banking sector representatives have said.

Marie Hunt, executive director of research at real estate firm CBRE, told an Irish Council for Social Housing conference that the “fundamental problem” in the Irish housing market “is a lack of supply”.

She said bureaucracy and regularly changing public policy were also issues, noting the political discussion this week about potentially changing the link between rent and inflation because prices were rising.

Ms Hunt said investors were not going to come into a market where the rules kept changing halfway through the game.

She said that calling investors “vulture funds” was unhelpful and that name calling “in the media” should stop.

“We need that capital and we need that investment.”

She said investors who bought a nursing home or an office block were welcomed but that those who bought housing received very negative publicity “and they don’t need that”.

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Pat O’Sullivan, head of real estate research at AIB, said policy changes were problematic and that the term “vulture fund” was offensive to investors, who could take their interest elsewhere.

He said Ireland isn’t the only economy that requires funding and “we have got to be very careful about the amount of changes we make to policy, how we describe the investment”.

Ms Hunt said that from a developer’s perspective, many housing schemes were not viable due to high construction and “input” costs and “because we have raised the bar so high in terms of the planning regime and design requirements”.

She instanced the judicial review process, which has been used to bring challenges to fast-track strategic planning developments, as another problem. Ms Hunt said “anecdotally” developers were hiring senior counsel and barristers ahead of planners and architects, such was the level of challenges.

The conference continues on Thursday.

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PROPERTY CLINIC: I bought a house with a drive that the developer never got a dropped kerb for, who is responsible for paying for one?

  • You have approached your local council about it paying for your kerb to be fixed 
  • The developer was issued with guidance by the local council to drop the kerb
  • No work has been carried out and the kerb needs to be dropped 










I bought a property that has a driveway without a dropped kerb. It is uncomfortable every time I drive over it. When I approached my local council about getting it fixed, it said the developer was under no obligation to drop the kerb. 

The council said I would have to apply for a licence to get it dropped. That licence costs £222.35. 

I will also have to pay for the work to be carried out. Is there anything I can do about this and why are developers allowed to build homes without dropped kerbs? MT

Parking space is at a premium and many want a drive, but you'll need a dropped kerb too

Parking space is at a premium and many want a drive, but you’ll need a dropped kerb too

MailOnline Property expert Myra Butterworth replies: Parking spaces are becoming highly desirable in many areas, as on-street parking restrictions proliferate.

Your developer was issued with guidance by the local council to drop the kerb. However, the local council in this case has confirmed that there is nothing in planning consent or elsewhere that required the developer to drop the kerb. 

Unfortunately, you have no claim against the original developer or the person from whom you bought the property. And so you will now need to apply to your local council for the kerb to be dropped.

Research by Direct Line found that during the past three years there has been a rise in the number of requests for dropped kerbs received by local councils amid an increasing demand for parking spaces.

Between April 2018 and March 2019, councils received an estimated 14,500 planning requests for dropped kerbs, rising to 14,700 between April 2020 and March 2021.

Stephen Gold, a retired judge and author, explained: Your local council is correct. In fact, it is sometimes necessary to also obtain planning permission for the construction of a dropped kerb: For example, if the kerb would be on a classified road or in a conservation area.

The fact that the all-clear has been given in the past to neighbouring properties for a dropped kerb is no guarantee that you will be as lucky because of changes in engineering standards and improvements in design. You may also be refused where, say, your property is on a bend or at a road junction or close to traffic lights.

The property was sold as it was, with no dropped kerb

The property was sold as it was, with no dropped kerb

You have no claim against the original developer or the person from whom you bought the property. 

The property was sold to you as it was: One driveway and no dropped kerb which would have been obvious, so you got what you bargained for. 

You would or should have contemplated that a drive from the property over the pavement might be an uncomfortable exercise. Had your seller agreed to bear the cost of construction of the kerb and associated expenses, the position would have been different.

But assuming that you bought with the help of a mortgage, the property would have been inspected by a valuer or surveyed on behalf of the mortgage lender and you may have organised your own private survey. 

If the process and expense of getting the all-clear for a dropped kerb was not raised in the inspection or survey report then you would have an arguable – although not a strong – claim against the report’s author or their employer. 

After all, section 184 of the Highways Act 1980 makes it an offence to drive over the pavement to get out of your property when the local authority has prohibited you from doing so in view of the absence of a dropped kerb and so this would have been an important matter.

You would have up to six years from the report to start what could be a county court ‘small claim’. You would be well advised to send details of the claim to whoever reported with a threat of proceedings if they do not pay up. If the claim is rejected by them, assess whether to take the matter further when you have the benefit of knowing why they assert they are not liable to you. 

Even making a small claims carries risks. You won’t get back the court fees if you lose and may have to pay the winner’s expenses for travel and loss of earnings in being at court.

  • Stephen Gold is the author of ‘The Return of Breaking Law’, published by Bath Publishing

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