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Most popular homes for sale on Rightmove in 2021 are revealed

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The most viewed homes for sale in Britain this year have been revealed – and they all share large amounts of space and multi-million pound price tags.

Top of the rankings is a luxury £15million home in Essex, with five bedrooms and 52 acres. It is in the town of Chigwell, which may be familiar to some from the TV shows Essex Wives and Birds of a Feather.

The list also features a £6.75million house in Wiltshire’s Compton Bassett, which is owned by singer Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field. The couple are selling the rural property after moving to Switzerland.

The most viewed property for sale in Britain this year is this luxury five-bedroom house in Chigwell, Essex (scroll down for more details)

The most viewed property for sale in Britain this year is this luxury five-bedroom house in Chigwell, Essex (scroll down for more details)

Tim Bannister, of Rightmove, said: ‘This year in property has really been like no other. We’ve seen people imagining the life that could be in the countryside, looking at what’s on offer by the coast, and more recently, reigniting their curiosity about the city.

‘All of this is apparent in our most viewed homes of the year, where there really is a dream home for everyone, from a London manor house just yards from Hampstead Heath to a coastal escape with direct access to the sea in Cornwall.

‘Britain continues to have a real fascination with property this year, and a passion for homes of varying designs, layouts and locations.’

Top 10 most viewed homes on Rightmove in 2021

1. Five-bed house, Chigwell, Essex, £15m

Britain's most viewed home this year is this five-bedroom house in Chigwell, Essex, which is on the market for £15million

Britain’s most viewed home this year is this five-bedroom house in Chigwell, Essex, which is on the market for £15million

The Essex property boasts plenty of luxury features, including its own underground garage with enough space for 10 cars

The Essex property boasts plenty of luxury features, including its own underground garage with enough space for 10 cars

The most viewed property for sale in Britain this year is this luxury five-bedroom house in Chigwell, Essex.

It boasts a private gym, cinema room, an underground garage with space for 10 cars and its own spa that includes a sauna, steam room and swimming pool. It also comes with 52 acres of land.

The property is on the market for £15million and is being sold by Presidential estate agents.

2. Five-bed house, Feock, Cornwall, £2.5m

This five-bedroom property is in the Cornish village of Feock and is being sold for the first time ever for £2.5million

This five-bedroom property is in the Cornish village of Feock and is being sold for the first time ever for £2.5million

The property was built around 20 years ago and has stunning elevated panoramic views across Restronguet Creek

The property was built around 20 years ago and has stunning elevated panoramic views across Restronguet Creek

Homes with a sea view have become highly desirable during the pandemic and the second most popular house for sale this year does not disappoint.

The five-bedroom property in Cornish village of Feock has elevated panoramic views across Restronguet Creek, with access to the shore via a jetty.

The property was built about 20 years ago and is being sold for the first time ever for £2.5million by Lillicrap Chilcott estate agents.

3. Six-bed house, Bramhall, Greater Manchester, £4.75m

This new manor house in the Bramhall area of Greater Manchester has five bedrooms and is for sale for £4.75million

This new manor house in the Bramhall area of Greater Manchester has five bedrooms and is for sale for £4.75million

The luxury property extends to an impressive 9,792 sq ft and includes an open-plan family room with several dining areas

The luxury property extends to an impressive 9,792 sq ft and includes an open-plan family room with several dining areas

This new manor house in Greater Manchester has five bedrooms, a leisure suite and an annexe.

The house extends to 9,792 sq ft and sits in 0.75 of an acre. The interior also includes an open-plan family room, a cinema room, a wine room and a utility room with a laundry chute.

The property in the Bramhall area is for sale for £4.75million and is on the market via Jackson-Stops estate agents.

4. Seven-bed house, Compton Bassett, Wiltshire, £6.75m

This seven-bedroom mansion in Compton Bassett, Wiltshire, is for sale and is owned by singer Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field

This beautiful seven-bedroom country mansion is owned by singer Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field

The £6.75m mansion is in the village of Compton Bassett, Wiltshire, and it includes several large entertaining areas

The £6.75m mansion is in the village of Compton Bassett, Wiltshire, and it includes several large entertaining areas

This seven-bedroom mansion is owned by singer Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field, while The couple are selling the Wiltshire property after moving to Switzerland.

The mansion is in the village of Compton Bassett and has sits in more than 71 acres of land. It is for sale for £6.75million via estate agents Knight Frank.

5. Ten-bed house, Ottery St Mary, £5.95m

This 10-bedroom property is in the town of Ottery St Mary, Devon, and it is on the market for £5.95million

This 10-bedroom property is in the town of Ottery St Mary, Devon, and it is on the market for £5.95million

The house dates back to the fourteenth century, and boasts a grand reception hall with solid oak flooring and a substantial period fireplace

The house dates back to the fourteenth century, and boasts a grand reception hall with solid oak flooring and a substantial period fireplace 

This 10-bedroom house is in the town of Ottery St Mary – known as Ottery – in Devon.

It dates back to the fourteenth century, but has been renovated during the past decade by the current owners.

There is a grand reception hall with solid oak flooring and a substantial period fireplace, which leads to the Cromwell Fairfax Room, where it is believed Civil War was declared in the seventeenth century.

The property is called Chanters House and it is for sale for £5.95m via Pilkington Estates.

6. Six-bed house, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria, £1.5m

This property in the village of Bassenthwaite, Cumbria, is the most remote house in England and it is for sale for £1.5million

This property in the village of Bassenthwaite, Cumbria, is the most remote house in England and it is for sale for £1.5million

This is the most remote house in England. It is in the village of Bassenthwaite, in Cumbria, and it is only accessible by foot or by a 4×4 vehicle.

The six-bedroom property was built in 1829 by the Earl of Egremonth of Cockermouth Castle.

It is a nineteenth century shooting lodge that has been used over the years as a gamekeeper’s lodge, a shooting cabin, a ramblers bothy. It is currently a youth hostel.

It is for sale for £1.5million and is being sold by Mitchells estate agents.

7. Seven-bed house, North London, (price on application)

The price of this 10-bedroom house for sale in North London's Highgate is only available directly from the Sotheby's estate agents

The price of this 10-bedroom house for sale in North London’s Highgate is only available directly from the Sotheby’s estate agents

The luxury property boasts a glass lift to each of the three floors and a large curved swimming pool indoors

The luxury property boasts a glass lift to each of the three floors and a large curved swimming pool indoors

This 10-bedroom house in North London’s Highgate boasts a glass lift to each of the three floors, two acres of land, and indoor swimming pool.

There are garages for four cars and the landscaped gardens include a tennis court. It is being sold by Sotheby’s estate agents.

8. Five-bed house, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, £7.5m

This country estate in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, sits in 25 acres, has its own lake and is on the market for £7.5million

This country estate in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, sits in 25 acres, has its own lake and is on the market for £7.5million

The modern interior of the £7.5million country estate boasts a circular wine cellar that is entered via a spiral staircase

The modern interior of the £7.5million country estate boasts a circular wine cellar that is entered via a spiral staircase

This country estate in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, sits in 25 acres and includes its own lake as well as a swimming pool and tennis court.

There are several outbuildings, including a gardener’s room and a tractor store. The property is being sold for £7.5million via Stuart Rushton estate agents.

9. Five-bed flat, Knightsbridge, London £26.5m

The five-bedroom flat is in this building in London's affluent Knightsbridge and is on the market for £26.5million

The five-bedroom flat is in this building in London’s affluent Knightsbridge and is on the market for £26.5million

The interior of the flat has a designer feel with marble worktops in the kitchen and contrasting blue cabinets

The interior of the flat has a designer feel with marble worktops in the kitchen and contrasting blue cabinets

This five-bedroom flat in London’s affluent Knightsbridge may not be surrounded by acres of land, but it has plenty of space inside, covering more than 5,100 sq ft.

It has a share of the freehold and a central Knightsbridge location. It is on the market for £26.5million and is being sold by Rokstone estate agents.

10. Four-bed house, Sandbanks, £5.5m

This house is in the affluent area of Sandbanks, Bournemouth, and it has a price tag of £5.5million

This house is in the affluent area of Sandbanks, Bournemouth, and it has a price tag of £5.5million

The luxury property has four bedrooms and sea views from the terrace and garden

The luxury property has four bedrooms and sea views from the terrace and garden

Sandbanks is known for being one of the most expensive areas in the world, per sq ft, to buy a property.

You’ll certainly need deep pockets to buy this house in the affluent area in Bournemouth as it has a price tag of £5.5million. It is being sold by Luxury & Prestige 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.

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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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