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Would you pick a home on the Isle of Wight or one on the Isle of Skye?

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Which island home would you pick: A townhouse on the Isle of Wight or a converted church on the Isle Of Skye?

  • We take a look at two island properties and ask which one do you prefer?
  • One property is on the Isle of Skye and the other house is on the Isle of Wight 










Ever fancied escaping the rat race and living on an island? While travelling to the Caribbean may still be the dream, something closer to home may be a more realistic ambition.

We take a look at two different properties for sale on islands off the mainland of Britain.

Each property is on the market for the same price, but one is found in a more northern location on the Isle of Skye, while the other is found in a more southern destination on the Isle of Wight.

Which island home would you pick? A townhouse on the Isle of Wight or a converted church on the Isle Of Skye?

Which island home would you pick? A townhouse on the Isle of Wight or a converted church on the Isle Of Skye?

Which of the two homes for sale, listed on property website Zoopla, would you choose? 

That is the question we are asking in our latest property battle series.

1. Six-bed house, Isle of Wight, £310k

The first property featured in our latest property battle series is on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England.

The Isle of Wight is known for its beaches and seafront promenades, including Shanklin beach and Ventnor beach, which is dotted with vintage beach huts.

On the island’s western point, there are three white chalk rocks called The Needles, which are guarded by a lighthouse.

This Grade II listed house on the Isle of Wight is being sold by estate agents Watson Bull & Porter

This Grade II listed house on the Isle of Wight is being sold by estate agents Watson Bull & Porter

The six-bedroom townhouse is in the county town of Newport, slightly north of the centre of the island

The six-bedroom townhouse is in the county town of Newport, slightly north of the centre of the island

The island currently has a Grade II listed house for sale, which is currently on the market for £310,000 via estate agents Watson Bull & Porter.

The terrace property has six bedrooms and is in the county town of Newport, slightly north of the centre of the island.

Dan Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘Ripe for renovation, this period home located in a prime location in the heart of Newport has all the makings of a beautiful family home. 

‘With its generously proportioned interiors, it could easily be reconfigured to create large, bright rooms, that work for modern living.’

2. Five-bed house, Isle of Skye, £310k

At the other end of the mainland – off the west coast of Scotland – is a property for sale in Dunhallin, on the Isle of Skye.

The property was designed in 1829 by the architect Thomas Telford and was previously the Waternish Parish church.

The property has been divided into two properties, while retaining many original features such as the inner porch doors. It could be used as a holiday let or transformed into one large family home.

This five-bedroom property on the Isle of Skye is being sold via estate agents The Skye Property Centre

This five-bedroom property on the Isle of Skye is being sold via estate agents The Skye Property Centre

The property was designed in 1829 by the architect Thomas Telford and was previously the Waternish Parish church

The property was designed in 1829 by the architect Thomas Telford and was previously the Waternish Parish church

There are a total of five bedrooms at the property, which is on the market for £310,000 via estate agents The Skye Property Centre. 

Dunhallin is a scattered crofting community lying midway along the Waternish Peninsula.

The community is served by a number of mobile facilities, including mobile banks and library service. Portree, the capital of the island, is 24 miles away.

Mr Copley added: ‘Homes on the Isle of Skye don’t get much more charming than this. 

‘A former parish church designed by renowned architect Thomas Telford, it’s today divided into two properties, but could easily be combined to create one large generous home. 

‘With a host of period features and ecclesiastical windows, it has the makings of a grand design.’ 

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Liverpool ONE welcomes Tessuti (GB)

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Grosvenor has announced that designer retailer, Tessuti, has opened its new global flagship store at Liverpool ONE, demonstrating the brand’s ongoing vote of confidence in the destination. The new location on Paradise Street follows Tessuti’s consistently strong performance at Liverpool ONE and spans two floors measuring 22,000ft². Boasting Tessuti’s biggest store to date, this is four times the size of the previous Liverpool ONE site. The store interiors have been styled with a subtle nod to classic Italian architecture whilst incorporating state-of-the-art technical features, combining classic design with an industrial-chic colour palette and cutting-edge digital screens. Working with local Liverpudlian digital and production agency Liquid, the new Tessuti store has exclusive instore stills and videos showcasing exciting campaigns; the first of which is rumoured to feature Liverpool stars Stephen Graham, Abbey Clancy, Miles Kane and Chelcee Grimes.

 

Aligning with Liverpool ONE’s community ethos, Tessuti’s new global flagship will also support the vibrant community in the heart of Liverpool, championing local businesses through collaborations, pop-ups, and in-store events.

 

Alison Clegg, Managing Director, Asset Management, Grosvenor, commented: “Tessuti’s commitment to Liverpool ONE, through its relocation within the destination and decision to make the new store its global flagship, strengthens our position as one of Europe’s leading retail and leisure destinations. The impressive growth trajectory of Tessuti within Liverpool is a great indication of the potential for success and expansion of other brands that join Liverpool ONE.”

 

Chris Rowan, Director of Brand & Customer Connection at Tessuti, added: “The opening of our global flagship at Liverpool ONE is a huge moment for us. Liverpool is an urban hub for international fashion retailers, so upsizing and relocating within the city’s leading retail and leisure destination was a natural next step. We feel confident that it is the ideal home for our flagship location, and are excited to offer Liverpool ONE’s visitors our most stylish project yet.”

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What you need to know about having a home swimming pool

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This summer, it’s not just sales of rosé wine and ice cream that have rocketed during the heatwave. Interest in swimming pools has also surged.

‘This sweltering summer has undoubtedly inspired people to install swimming pools,’ says Sallie Leslie-Golding of the Swimming Pool and Allied Trade Association (SPATA). 

‘There are now 270,000 in-ground pools in the UK, with about 65 per cent of them in the southern half of the country.’

There is something incredibly glamorous about a Hockney-blue pool. But how does the reality match up to the imagery?

Refreshing: Church House in Potterne, Wiltshire, is on sale for £1.95m. Interest in swimming pools has surged with the hot weather

Refreshing: Church House in Potterne, Wiltshire, is on sale for £1.95m. Interest in swimming pools has surged with the hot weather

‘It’s been wonderful to be able to take a swim at the end of a long day,’ says Felicity Cooper, 55, who in 2006 installed a 12m x 6m pool outside her country house in Potterne, near Devizes, Wiltshire. 

‘It has also been great for the children, Lily and Ryan, who learnt to swim here.’

Felicity stresses the importance of finding the right setting for a new pool. 

She ensured hers was west-facing to catch the evening sun; then she went to the trouble of digging out a mini-amphitheatre so that the displaced earth formed a windbreak around the pool itself.

‘The pool is the optimum distance from the house, being not so near that it detracts from the garden and not so far away that anyone in trouble would not be heard by those inside.

‘It is far from trees so few leaves blow into the water and, with the children in mind, it has a top quality safety cover. Felicity’s six-bedroom Jacobean stone house standing in 1.7 acres is for sale for £1.95 million.

Opinions vary as to whether an outdoor pool helps or hinders a house sale. Some think that the hassle of maintenance may be off-putting to buyers. However, the property buying agent, Jonathan Harington, disagrees.

‘I have had many clients come to me with a pool on their wishlist of luxuries,’ he says. ‘But I have never had anyone say they wouldn’t buy a house because of the pool. If they felt strongly they could easily fill it in anyway.’

Yet owning a swimming pool is an expensive hobby. An above-ground pool — like a giant paddling pool — costs from £1,500 to £15,000. These pools may not quite cut it in terms of glamour, but their lower water capacity means maintenance costs are more reasonable.

For those looking at a more substantial in-ground pool, one with a liner finish of PVC will cost about £75,000. A concrete pool, finished with mosaic tiles, marbled plaster or paint will be about £125,000.

Larger projects can easily cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. 

You may opt for an infinity pool — a pool designed with an edge that gives the illusion that the water is overflowing. 

Those who want to improve their fitness may have a counter current device installed; the equivalent of swimming on a treadmill.

Many pool owners are interested in sustainability and heating the pool with solar panels is popular, as are covers that help heat retention.

Maintaining an outdoor swimming pool is expensive. The cost of heating and chemicals has increased so buyers should budget for at least £8 to £10 a day, dependent on the weather, according to SPATA.

Anyone fancying a workout in their own home may be interested in Ivy Cottage, Grendon, Northamptonshire.

Outside, the four-bedroom cottage is a 10m x 5m pool neatly positioned in the north-west corner to catch the sun.

‘After swimming in the pool, you could go running, riding or cycling on the countless trails nearby,’ says Ian Denton, of Jackson Stops. ‘It’s a lifestyle amenity in your own garden.’ Ivy Cottage is for sale for £825,000.

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Radisson launches new resort in Greece

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Radisson Hotel Group has launched its latest Greek resort in Skiathos. Skiathos, the westernmost of the Sporades islands, is known for its stunning coastline of more than 60 beaches with soft sand and clear blue waters, as well as sea caves, impressive rock formations, and hiking trails on the tree-covered hills along the north shore made famous as the location for the filming of Mamma Mia. The island’s Byzantine churches and monasteries, Venetian-style Bourtzi fortress, and Papadiamantis House with its typical architecture are important parts of the island’s rich history.

 

The resort’s 84 rooms and suites are decorated in a modern, minimalist style, and most of them offer views of the hotel pool or the sea. Private balconies or terraces are available in select rooms, and the resort’s biggest suites feature private whirlpools for ultimate privacy and relaxation. The resort is ideally suited for weddings with its own on-site orthodox chapel and versatile outdoor pool area that offers receptions with stunning views. The main all-day dining restaurant celebrates Greek and Mediterranean flavors on its lunch and dinner menus. The poolside bar offers breakfast treats and late-night snacks as well as a wide selection of drinks and an extensive wine list. For guests looking to keep up their fitness routine, a well-equipped gym is available.

 

“We are excited to offer our guests a fantastic resort experience on the beautiful island of Skiathos, as we continue to expand our Greek resort portfolio. Radisson Resort Plaza Skiathos allows guests to switch off and relax surrounded by stunning natural beauty,” said Yilmaz Yildirimlar, Area Senior Vice President at Radisson Hotel Group.

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