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The most viewed properties for sale during the latest lockdown have been revealed by property website Zoopla.

The properties lusted after in lockdown cater for a range of tastes and budgets, including a £54.5million mega mansion in London‘s affluent Mayfair and a stunning £400,000 rural retreat on the Isle of Skye.

The remote retreat on the Isle of Skye satisfies the pandemic craving for space and countryside, while the London mansion provides plenty of room inside, including a leisure suite with an indoor swimming pool.

The perfect spot amid the global pandemic? This two-bed detached property on the Isle of Skye, is for sale for £400,000 and is among the most viewed homes for sale

The perfect spot amid the global pandemic? This two-bed detached property on the Isle of Skye, is for sale for £400,000 and is among the most viewed homes for sale

It has been a month since England went into its latest lockdown, with Zoopla suggesting that home hunters have been using their time to look at a wide range of properties.

Tom Parker, of Zoopla, said: ‘With yet another lockdown firmly in place many of us are understandably using the additional time at home to look at property online.

‘It’s clear that there are two types of property browsers, those on the hunt for their next step on the property ladder, and those looking for some escapism and searching for a luxurious mansion or a place in the country.’

Zoopla took properties in England, Wales and Scotland into account in its latest findings.

The top two most viewed homes in Britain were both in Liverpool. One is a four-bedroom semi-detached home with a price tag of £425,000, while the other is a five-bedroom detached house costing £1.5million.

The average price of a property in Liverpool is £181,860, according to Zoopla. It compares to £289,622 for the average price of a home in Britain today.

Here are the most viewed properties for sale…

1. Four-bed in Liverpool, Merseyside, for £425k 

The most viewed property in Britain is this four-bedroom semi-detached house in Liverpool, which costs £425,000

The most viewed property in Britain is this four-bedroom semi-detached house in Liverpool, which costs £425,000

A family home: The semi-detached house has a long kitchen with a large seating area in the centre and plenty of lighting

A family home: The semi-detached house has a long kitchen with a large seating area in the centre and plenty of lighting

The colourful interior of the four-bedroom property includes a separate living room with a pastel pink fireplace surround

The colourful interior of the four-bedroom property includes a separate living room with a pastel pink fireplace surround

Top of the list of the most viewed properties on Zoopla is a four-bedroom semi-detached period property in Liverpool.

The colourful interior includes a large kitchen with a seating area, a separate living room with a pastel pink fireplace, and stained glass windows in the hallway entrance.

Many house hunters are seeking more space amid the pandemic and this house provides plenty of that. However, it is not surrounded by countryside and instead has a view of a roundabout.

It has a price tag of £425,000 and is being sold via estate agents Purplebricks.

2. Five-bed in Liverpool, Merseyside, for £1.5m

The second most viewed home for sale is this ultra modern detached house in Liverpool, which is on the market via estate agents Almond Property for £1.5million

The second most viewed home for sale is this ultra modern detached house in Liverpool, which is on the market via estate agents Almond Property for £1.5million

The modern and spacious home has a large open-plan living area with wooden flooring and lots of storage space

The modern and spacious home has a large open-plan living area with wooden flooring and lots of storage space

Far-reaching views: The terrace has room to sit with family and enjoy the impressive views of the River Mersey

Far-reaching views: The terrace has room to sit with family and enjoy the impressive views of the River Mersey

The second most viewed home for sale is also in Liverpool, but has a completely different style and price tag.

The modern home has a terrace with views of the River Mersey and is on the market via estate agents Almond Property for £1.5million.

3. Three-bed in Sketty, Swansea, for £390k 

The third most viewed property is a semi-detached house in Sketty, Wales, which has an asking price of £390,000

The third most viewed property is a semi-detached house in Sketty, Wales, which has an asking price of £390,000

The house in Wales has recently been renovated and includes a contemporary kitchen with an appealing central island

The house in Wales has recently been renovated and includes a contemporary kitchen with an appealing central island

Keeping warm: There is a seating area focused around a trendy wood burner with a feature beam and a slate hearth

Keeping warm: There is a seating area focused around a trendy wood burner with a feature beam and a slate hearth

The third most viewed property is in Wales and comes with an asking price of £390,000. It is being sold by estate agents eXp World UK.

The house has been recently renovated by the current owners and now includes a wood burner and laminate flooring.

4. Three-bed in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, for £95k

Attractive bargain price: This family home in Scunthorpe, in Lincolnshire, can be yours for less than £100,000

Attractive bargain price: This family home in Scunthorpe, in Lincolnshire, can be yours for less than £100,000

Picture the scene: The dining area has a full wall print that includes green countryside and woodland with blue skies

Picture the scene: The dining area has a full wall print that includes green countryside and woodland with blue skies

Family fun: The property has a large living area with a feature fireplace and space for several sofas and armchairs

Family fun: The property has a large living area with a feature fireplace and space for several sofas and armchairs

This family home in Scunthorpe isn’t surrounded by countryside, but does have its own full wall print of open green space.

The three-bedroom property is currently for sale via estate agents William H Brown for £95,000, making it the cheapest property on the list of most viewed homes.

5. Twelve-bed in London’s Mayfair for £54.5m 

The most expensive property for sale in the list is this 12-bedroom townhouse in London’s affluent Mayfair, with a price tag of £54.5m

The most expensive property for sale in the list is this 12-bedroom townhouse in London’s affluent Mayfair, with a price tag of £54.5m

Plenty of space in the city: The spacious London townhouse extends across six levels and 14,510 sq ft, and includes this large kitchen

Plenty of space in the city: The spacious London townhouse extends across six levels and 14,510 sq ft, and includes this large kitchen

Leisure suite: The Mayfair house has an indoor leisure suite that includes a large swimming pool, a gym and a hot tub

Leisure suite: The Mayfair house has an indoor leisure suite that includes a large swimming pool, a gym and a hot tub

The most expensive property for sale in the list is this 12-bedroom townhouse in London’s affluent Mayfair.

Despite being in the heart of the capital, it has an indoor leisure suite that includes a large swimming pool, a gym and a hot tub.

The property has an eye-watering price of £54.5million and is being sold via estate agents Clifton Property Partners.

6. Four-bed in New Town, Edinburgh, for £1m 

This four-bedroom flat in a stunning Georgian building in Scotland's Edinburgh has an asking price of £1million

This four-bedroom flat in a stunning Georgian building in Scotland’s Edinburgh has an asking price of £1million 

Beautifully designed: The spacious flat includes a bright kitchen with high ceilings and intricate plaster work

Beautifully designed: The spacious flat includes a bright kitchen with high ceilings and intricate plaster work

Plenty of light: The main living area in the four-bedroom flat in Edinburgh has high ceilings  and large sash windows

Plenty of light: The main living area in the four-bedroom flat in Edinburgh has high ceilings  and large sash windows

What can you buy in Edinburgh for £1million? This flat in the city’s New Town has an asking price of that amount and is being sold via estate agents Knight Frank.

The flat occupies the ground and first floors of a stunning Georgian building and has plenty of space, with four bedrooms.

7. Two-bed on the Isle of Skye for £400k 

Stunning and remote: This two-bedroom detached property in Grealin, on the Isle of Skye, is for sale for £400,000

Stunning and remote: This two-bedroom detached property in Grealin, on the Isle of Skye, is for sale for £400,000

Looking for an income over the summer? The property has been run as a holiday let business and is being sold with upcoming bookings

Looking for an income over the summer? The property has been run as a holiday let business and is being sold with upcoming bookings

Spectacular views of the sea and mountains: There are two bedrooms at the remote property on the Isle of Skye

Spectacular views of the sea and mountains: There are two bedrooms at the remote property on the Isle of Skye

Could this be the ideal spot amid the pandemic? The two-bedroom detached property in Grealin, on the Isle of Skye, is perched on a hill and surrounded by croftland, with spectacular views of the sea and mountains.

It is run as a holiday let business and is being sold via estate agents R.House with all the furniture and upcoming bookings included for £400,000.

8. Three-bed in Carluke, Lanarkshire, for £105k 

Looking for a project? This three-bedroom detached bungalow in Carluke, Lanarkshire, is for sale for £105,000

Looking for a project? This three-bedroom detached bungalow in Carluke, Lanarkshire, is for sale for £105,000

Some additional money will be required as the bungalow in Lanarkshire requires a complete refurbishment

Some additional money will be required as the bungalow in Lanarkshire requires a complete refurbishment

Work needed: There is some sought-after outdoors space that could be made into a welcoming green space

Work needed: There is some sought-after outdoors space that could be made into a welcoming green space

This three-bedroom detached bungalow is for sale for £105,000 via estate agents Independent Estates.

However, additional money will be required on top of the sold price as it needs a complete refurbishment, but could make a welcoming family home.

9. Three-bed in Neath, Wales, for £200k 

Built with personal taste in mind: This three-bedroom property in Neath, Wales, was built by the current owner

Built with personal taste in mind: This three-bedroom property in Neath, Wales, was built by the current owner

The interior has some unusual lighting around the television screen above the modern fireplace in the living room

The interior has some unusual lighting around the television screen above the modern fireplace in the living room

Various shades of grey and pink: The lighting scheme and mirror theme continues in the dining room

Various shades of grey and pink: The lighting scheme and mirror theme continues in the dining room 

This three-bedroom property was built by the owner and is being sold by Purplebricks with an asking price of £200,000.

The house has a driveway to the side and a manageable side garden.

10. Four-bed in Stoke-on-trent, Staffordshire, for £354,950 

It looks like an ordinary bungalow in Stoke-on-trent from the front, but this property has a surprise in the garden

It looks like an ordinary bungalow in Stoke-on-trent from the front, but this property has a surprise in the garden

The surprise in the rear garden is a large outbuilding that houses fun and games to escape the pandemic with a hot tub and decking next to it

The surprise in the rear garden is a large outbuilding that houses fun and games to escape the pandemic with a hot tub and decking next to it

The perfect hideaway: Inside the outbuilding is  a games room with a movie screen and a pool table

The perfect hideaway: Inside the outbuilding is  a games room with a movie screen and a pool table

The perfect man cave? There is also a bar with seating in the outbuilding of the bungalow in Staffordshire

The perfect man cave? There is also a bar with seating in the outbuilding of the bungalow in Staffordshire

The final most viewed property on the list is what looks like an ordinary bungalow in Stoke-on-trent.

However, it has a surprise in the garden that could make this property the envy among homeowners in Britain today.

It has a perfect hideway, complete with a bar, pool table, wall projected movie screen and a darts board. The property is being sold via estate agents Dunn & Rate for £354,950.

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Some of the most petulant reaction to the latest protocol row has come from Fine Gael, which may explain unwise comments on direct rule and a Border poll from Leo Varadkar.

Speaking at a Co-operation North event in Dublin on Tuesday night, the Tánaiste said direct rule was not a viable long-term alternative to devolution. If Stormont is not restored quickly other options must be considered, with the best forum to do so being the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIGC) of the Belfast Agreement.

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Tiny one-room flat with BATH in the lounge and kitchen by the bed is up for rent at £1,000-a-month

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Tiny one-room flat with BATH in the lounge and kitchen just few feet away from the bed goes up for rent for £1,000-a-month in London

  • A cramped studio flat that is up for rent in south London is so small it has a bath located in the lounge
  • The property, that is in the ‘highly sought after’ Wimbledon area, has a bed only feet away from the kitchen
  • Renters will have to fork out over £1,000-a-month to live in the odd space, though bills are included

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A tiny studio flat has been mocked because it costs over £1,000-a-month to rent and the bath is located in the lounge.

While the bed is found only feet away from the kitchen area, with a giant telly on the wall.

The south London property is on the market to rent for an eye-watering amount considering its size.

The bath is right by the back door leading out to a small private area on a patio garden.

The listing states that it has been ‘designed to maximise the space available’ and adds that the bathroom has ‘been cleverly designed to be fully hidden from view’, but this appears just to be a shower curtain.

A compact studio flat in Wimbledon is charging more than £1,000 a month for the luxury of having a bath in the lounge (pictured)

A compact studio flat in Wimbledon is charging more than £1,000 a month for the luxury of having a bath in the lounge (pictured)

The property's bed is located just feet away from the 'Kitchenette area', which boasts a microwave and kettle

The property’s bed is located just feet away from the ‘Kitchenette area’, which boasts a microwave and kettle

The flat has a 'self contained pied-a-tierre' (pictured) with a small table and two chairs

The flat has a ‘self contained pied-a-tierre’ (pictured) with a small table and two chairs

The flat in upmarket Wimbledon Village will cost lodgers £1,150 per month – or £265 per week – to live in it.

Bills are included within the rental and there is a secure parking space available.

One home hunter fumed: ‘London cost of living is so disgusting that you pay £1,150 per month to rent a bath in a bed/kitchen as advertised on Rightmove today.

‘Living in a decent home is an essential and fundamental basic human right.

‘It shouldn’t be a privileged novelty.’

The letting agent said it would be ideal for someone to rent for the Wimbledon tennis tournament which starts next month.

The All England Tennis Club, where the grass championship is hosted, is just half a mile away.

A Twitter user bashed the listing, calling the price of the studio flat 'disgusting'

A Twitter user bashed the listing, calling the price of the studio flat ‘disgusting’

The listing says the flat is 'finished to an exceptional standard' and is available for short term rent

The listing says the flat is ‘finished to an exceptional standard’ and is available for short term rent

The toilet is found opposite to the bath and appears to have more than a curtain separating it from the lounge, unlike the bath

The toilet is found opposite to the bath and appears to have more than a curtain separating it from the lounge, unlike the bath

It is being let by CHK Mountford and advertised via Rightmove, the property listing reads: ‘Set on the ground floor of a wonderful detached private residence in the heart of Wimbledon Village is this self-contained pied a tierre.

‘The property has been immaculately refurbished to a very high standard and has been cleverly designed to maximise the space available.

‘To the front of the property is a small private patio.

‘The room is fully furnished and there is a small kitchenette area complete with sink, microwave and fridge.

‘There is a separate WC and a bath which has been cleverly designed to be fully hidden from view if required plus a generous storage cupboard/wardrobe.

‘One parking space is available and is set behind the properties private gates offering complete secure parking.

‘This property would be ideal for a working professional looking for a weekday base and who is looking for something which is centrally located and finished to a high standard.

‘All bills are included within the monthly rental.

‘Available on a short or long term basis, please note that for a short term rental the cost would be on a weekly basis.

‘And would be at a higher rental amount than for a long term tenancy – please contact the office directly for verification of the weekly rental.

‘The property is available for rental during Wimbledon Tennis event and is the perfect base for those wanting to be close to the site and have secure parking in addition.’

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Truss made ‘turnips in truck’ Brexit remark about Ireland, former diplomat says

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UK foreign secretary Liz Truss told a US audience three years ago that the impact of a no-deal Brexit on Ireland would only “affect a few farmers with turnips in the back of their trucks,” a former UK diplomat said.

Alexandra Hall Hall, a former Brexit counsellor at the UK embassy in the US, disclosed on Twitter on Tuesday night that Ms Truss made the remarks to a US audience three years ago.

The former career diplomat revealed in an article she wrote in a US academic journal last year that a UK government minister made the remarks but she did not identify the minister at the time.

Last night Ms Hall Hall retweeted a tweet by Ms Truss in which the foreign secretary said the UK government’s “first priority is to uphold the Belfast Agreement” – the 1998 deal that underpins the Northern Ireland peace process. Ms Truss shared a link to her House of Commons speech in which she set out plans to introduce legislation to override the Northern Ireland Brexit deal.

Retweeting the message, Ms Hall Hall said: “So pleased to see Liz Truss become a genuine expert on Irish matters. She was, after all, the minister who told a US audience three years ago that Brexit would not have any serious impact in Ireland . . . it would merely ‘affect a few farmers with turnips in the back of their trucks.’”

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Ms Truss told the UK parliament that the protocol had put the Belfast Agreement “under strain” because of opposition by Unionist parties, citing this as a reason to plan to introduce new legislation in the coming weeks to scrap parts of the Northern Ireland Brexit deal.

Ms Hall Hall wrote in the Texas National Security Review journal last year that during her time as a diplomat in Washington, DC that Boris Johnson’s government damagingly played down the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland’s peace process in statements intended for US audiences.

She resigned from her job in late 2019 because she said she was unwilling to “peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust,” she said in her resignation letter.

In her article last autumn, she described the “turnip” remarks – without naming Ms Truss at the time – as a “low point” of her time in Washington when the UK minister “openly and offensively” in front of a US audience dismissed the impact of a no-deal Brexit on Irish businesses.

Ms Truss, then the UK secretary of state for international trade, was visiting Washington at the time to meet the then US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross and the US trade representative Robert Lighthizer, both members of US president Donald Trump’s administration, and other politicians.

In the academic article, she said he had become “increasingly dismayed by the way in which our political leaders have tried to deliver Brexit, with reluctance to address honestly, even with our own citizens, the challenges and trade-offs which Brexit involves.”

She took issue in the article – entitled: “Should I stay or should I go? The dilemma of a conflicted civil service – with the UK government’s “use of misleading or disingenuous arguments about the implications of the various options” with Brexit.

Ms Hall joined the UK foreign office in 1986 and served in various roles around the world, including in Bangkok, New Delhi and Bogota before serving as British ambassador in Georgia.

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