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Cottage in the grounds of Lord Byron’s home up for grabs for £500,000

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A Grade II listed cottage in the grounds of Lord Byron’s ancestral home is for sale for £500,000.

The three-bedroom cottage has its own tower and is part of a larger property that is set in the sprawling grounds of Newstead Abbey, in Nottinghamshire.

Newstead Abbey was once home to the famous poet, who became an overnight star due to his poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and is famous for also writing the long narrative poem Don Juan.

The cottage for sale is called The Archway, and forms the front end of the property – pictured – that includes the arch and tower.

This Grade II listed cottage for sale (pictured) is in the grounds of Lord Byron's ancestral home in Nottinghamshire

This Grade II listed cottage for sale (pictured) is in the grounds of Lord Byron’s ancestral home in Nottinghamshire

The stunning property for sale on the Newstead Abbey Park estate is called The Archway and is on the market for £500,000

The stunning property for sale on the Newstead Abbey Park estate is called The Archway and is on the market for £500,000

George Gordon Byron was 10 years old when he inherited the title of 6th Baron Byron, and Newstead Abbey, in 1798.

He went on to become known – along with Keats and Shelley – as one of Britain’s great romantic poets.

The lothario poet – who was famously called ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ – is said to have loved the halls and grounds at Newstead, which had been given to his family by Henry VIII.

The poet moved into the abbey properly when he was 20 and lived there on and off until 1814. Since 1931, the estate has been owned by Nottingham City Council, which opened the house and grounds to the public.

A slice of country life: The Archway overlooks Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire, where Lord Byron once lived

A slice of country life: The Archway overlooks Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire, where Lord Byron once lived

Inside the cottage: There are modern touches, including a solid oak fitted kitchen with granite worktops and a utility room

Inside the cottage: There are modern touches, including a solid oak fitted kitchen with granite worktops and a utility room

The cottage is entered via an unusual semi-circular kitchen, which comes with a stone flooring and steps

The cottage is entered via an unusual semi-circular kitchen, which comes with a stone flooring and steps 

Part of a larger property: The cottage is entered via a courtyard that has an off-road parking space and a log store

Part of a larger property: The cottage is entered via a courtyard that has an off-road parking space and a log store

The property for sale is called The Archway and is at the end of a mile-long driveway.

The cottage has a solid oak fitted kitchen with granite worktops and a utility room. The spacious living room has a central stone fireplace with a log-burning stove.

There is a master bedroom with an en-suite on the first floor, along with a dressing room. The watch tower can be accessed via the master bathroom or via an entrance in the courtyard.

On the second floor, there are two further bedrooms and a Jack & Jill shower room suite.

The property fronts onto a courtyard with one off-road parking space and a log store. The cottage itself is Grade II listed, while the Abbey is Grade I listed.

Keeping warm: The welcoming  living room has a central stone fireplace with a log-burning stove and a staircase

Keeping warm: The welcoming  living room has a central stone fireplace with a log-burning stove and a staircase 

Features include decorative large windows that overlook the extensive grounds and provide plenty of light inside

Features include decorative large windows that overlook the extensive grounds and provide plenty of light inside

On the second floor, there are two further bedrooms with a Jack & Jill shower room suite, and a light colour scheme

On the second floor, there are two further bedrooms with a Jack & Jill shower room suite, and a light colour scheme

Historic ni=eighbours: The three-bedroom cottage is part of a larger building and has its own watch tower (pictured)

Historic neighbours: The three-bedroom cottage is part of a larger building and has its own watch tower (pictured)

Matt Copley, of estate agents HoldenCopley – which is handling the sale – said: ‘We are extremely privileged to be handling the sale of The Archway at Newstead Abbey Park.

‘The Abbey was home to Lord Byron in the 18th century who commissioned the work to develop the Archway and neighbouring properties.

‘Enjoying some stunning views of the Grade I listed Abbey, surrounded by 300 acres of parkland along with some stunning featured gardens including a Japanese oasis garden and some trail walks, The Archway would make a fantastic home.’

It is around six miles from Nottingham City Centre.

LORD BYRON: THE POET

Pictured: George Gordon Byron

Pictured: George Gordon Byron

George Gordon Byron was born on January 22, 1788. 

He was 10 years old when he inherited the title the 6th Baron Byron, and Newstead Abbey. 

He went on to become known – along with Keats and Shelley – as one of Britain’s great romantic poets.

Among his best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan, and Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.

Some of his shorter lyrics in Hebrew Melodies also become popular. 

The lothario poet – who was famously called ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ – is said to have loved the halls and grounds at Newstead, which had been given to his family by Henry VIII.

The poet moved into the abbey properly when he was 20 and lived there on and off until 1814. 

Since 1931, the estate has been owned by Nottingham City Council, which opened the house and grounds to the public. 

On display are personal items, such as furniture, letters, manuscripts and portraits, plus his gilt wood bed, pistol and the desk at which he wrote much of his finest work. 

Byron sold the Abbey in 1818 to Thomas Wildmam in whose hands it remained until 1861 when purchased by William Frederick Webb, an African explorer. 

Lord Byron is said to have loved the halls and grounds at Newstead Abbey (pictured)

Lord Byron is said to have loved the halls and grounds at Newstead Abbey (pictured)

Since 1931, Newstead Abbey has been owned by Nottingham City Council, which opened it to the public

Since 1931, Newstead Abbey has been owned by Nottingham City Council, which opened it to the public

The watch tower is not included on this floorplan and can be accessed behind a secret mirror in the master bathroom or via an entrance in the courtyard

The watch tower is not included on this floorplan and can be accessed behind a secret mirror in the master bathroom or via an entrance in the courtyard

The  Archway: The three-bedroom cottage is today a comfortable family home with plenty of bright living space

The  Archway: The three-bedroom cottage is today a comfortable family home with plenty of bright living space

Past times: Original features in the historic cottage include impressive thick walls and elaborate stone archway doors

Past times: Original features in the historic cottage include impressive thick walls and elaborate stone archway doors

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Barings and HBD secure planning for London logistics scheme (GB)

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Barings and HBD have secured detailed planning for a strategic logistics scheme in Rainham, London, transforming a 20-acre brownfield site. The new development, Momentum London, is being delivered by Barings and HBD in a joint venture partnership. It will create 381,814ft² of new logistics and industrial space across four units ranging from 41,000 -171,000ft².

 

The scheme will target Net Zero Carbon, BREEAM “Excellent” and an EPC “A+” rating. This is being achieved by dynamic design, careful consideration of materials, zero use of fossil fuels, maximizing photovoltaic solar panels, battery storage and intelligent building systems. The units will be 100% EV ready, including passive fleet charging to the yards.

 

The logistics park will be set in landscaped environment with picnic and public areas, as well as direct access onto the Thames Cycle Path, so that it brings further social benefits to the area. Positioned on the River Thames, with potential for jetty access, Momentum will offer an easy stepping stone into Central London and out via the A13, just minutes away.

 

Darren Hutchinson, Head of UK Real Estate Transactions and Managing Director at Barings, said: Momentum London will be a strategically located logistics scheme with strong environmental and social credentials, beneficial both to future occupiers and the communities around it. Logistics is one of Barings’ preferred investment sectors and Momentum London exemplifies the kind of developments we’re seeking, with a keen interest in exploring joint ventures like this one with HBD.”

 

Simon Quine, Senior Development Surveyor at HBD, said: “Industrial and logistics space remains in very limited supply across London, particularly larger distribution units. Momentum will plug that gap within the M25 and provide modern, sustainable logistics and distribution space to serve London and the wider South East market. Landscaping and wellness have been thoroughly considered, with careful design considerations and enhancements to the Thames Foot and Cycle path, which we hope will help occupiers to attract and retain staff.”

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Mirrored furniture trend can create the illusion of space in your home

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Mirrored furniture provokes strong emotions. Some see it as the epitome of bad taste, flashy and bling. Others know that mirrors have magic powers.

A mirrored table or cabinet makes a room or a hallway appear more swish and spacious. It’s a trick that bars and restaurants employ to ensure their establishments appear roomier and more inviting — and they can add lustre to your home, too.

Choosing a piece of mirrored furniture also sends out a sign that you are aware of one of the year’s trends — the return of Art Deco, the influential style that emerged in the 1920s. 

Reflections: A mirrored bedside table. The power of the mirror to create an impression has been recognised for centuries

Reflections: A mirrored bedside table. The power of the mirror to create an impression has been recognised for centuries

It blended forms that celebrated modern machinery with decorative elements drawn from Greco-Roman culture and nature. 

The mirror was a favourite material, used on the surfaces of furniture and walls to supply a shimmering silver and gold effect.

Probably the most famous piece of Art Deco architecture is New York’s Chrysler Building. Completed in 1930, its sunburst-patterned stainless steel spire remains one of the key elements of the Manhattan skyline.

Art Deco console tables, drinks trolleys and other items from the era of the building’s construction sell for thousands on auction sites such as 1stdibs underlining the growing appeal of this aesthetic. 

Jamie Watkins, the co-founder of fabric and wallpaper company Divine Savages, explains Art Deco’s allure for a new audience.

‘Art Deco, with its bold geometrical patterns was such an iconic period for design: it’s synonymous with glamour and luxury.’

The resurgent popularity of Art Deco is also based on its practicality: a mirrored piece works with almost any interior, adding interest and depth.

The power of the mirror to create a wow impression has been recognised for centuries. 

Examples of this technique include the round mirror on the wall behind the bride and groom in Jan van Eyck’s 1434 Arnolfini Portrait in the National Gallery. It sends out the message that the couple are discerning — and wealthy.

Cheers: B&M's £25 oval drinks trolley with two mirrored shelves

Cheers: B&M’s £25 oval drinks trolley with two mirrored shelves

The hall of mirrors in the palace of Versailles was designed to be a place of beauty, but also to display the financial resources of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Mirrors were a luxury item until an inexpensive manufacturing process was invented in the 1830s.

In 2022, it is possible to pick up mirrored pieces for under £100. B&M has a £25 oval drinks trolley with two mirrored shelves that would lend an air of Thirties elegance to any gathering. The £94.99 Ellison serving cart (a U.S. term for drinks trolley) from Wayfair has a similar vibe.

If you believe that the right mirrored trolley would save you money on trips to bars, the larger £144.95 gold oval mirrored trolley from Melody Maison could be the thing.

A mirrored cocktail cabinet will dazzle guests. The £1,200 Primrose & Plum champagne and gold cabinet has a Jazz-Age feel.

The £299 Venetian sideboard from Furniture Market, meanwhile, is a more modestly priced way to conjure up the party spirit of the Roaring Twenties.

The show flats of apartment blocks are often equipped with mirrored cocktail cabinets containing bottles of spirits and crystal glasses. This makes buyers dream of dinner parties, with a prelude of aperitifs, but also serves to make the apartment appear even roomier.

A console table in the hall also creates an illusion of space which can be amplified by the addition of a lamp. HomesDirect365 has a range in the style of almost every era including Art Deco, Regency, the 1960s and the 1970s. Prices start at £233.

The bedroom is often the most cramped room in either a house or flat which is why this can be the best place to experiment with mirrored furniture. 

The desire to preserve family harmony is another reason. The other members of your household may prefer the kitchen and living room to be slick and understated, seeing anything mirrored as excessive.

In the bedroom, however, you can indulge your decor fantasies. Habitat has the one-drawer Hepburn bedside table for £76.

Next offers the antique effect Fleur bedside table which costs £225 for the one-drawer version and £275 for the two-drawer version. 

The Fleur is also available as a six-drawer chest for £599 or a £1,150 double wardrobe if you seek to waft around your bedroom channelling your inner 1930s Hollywood screen siren. 

Dunelm’s Venetian mirrored dressing table also offers a chance to live out your dream of silver screen stardom (£449).

If mirrored furniture has brought out your party animal, kindling a passion for Art Deco in every guise, Divine Savages offers Deco Martini wallpaper whose design is based on the geometric forms, with a hidden Martini glass within the print (£150 per roll).

Some of your guests may not be too busy checking out their reflections on the doors of the mirrored cabinet to notice this subtle and witty detail in the wallpaper.

Savings of the week! water jugs… Up to 52% off 

The Sandvig hammered-glass jug from made.com is half-price at £22

The Sandvig hammered-glass jug from made.com is half-price at £22

Sitting outside on a sunny afternoon is already delightful. But it is even more enjoyable if you are sipping on a cool drink or an iced coffee from a generously sized jug, or maybe even a Pimm’s. The arrival of the July sales means bargains abound.

If you prioritise practicality, Ocado’s textured lustre plastic picnic jug has 33 per cent off at £8.

The price of the pleasingly geometric plastic smoky-grey Prism jug from Wayfair is 16 per cent off at £10.10. 

If you would like to feel as if you are in the south of France, John Lewis has the plain glass Arles wicker-wrapped jug. It is reduced from £25 to £12, down 52 per cent.

Wanting something more elegant that you can also use for flowers? The Sandvig hammered-glass jug from made.com is also half-price at £22.

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VGP acquires French logistics development

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VGP NV and VALGO signed an agreement to purchase 32 hectares of land that housed the former Petroplus refining units in Petit-Couronne, near Rouen. This brownfield rehabilitation project is fully in line with VGP’s core expertise and strategy. Thanks to the six years ownership of the site by VALGO and its expertise in asbestos removal, soil and water table decontamination, in-situ waste treatment and development, this area has now become a suitable site for the development of new industries and business activities.

 

On the banks of the river Seine and close to the A13 highway, the 32-hectare area of land offers its future users a highly strategic location. Following the extensive depollution work carried out by VALGO, the site is now ready for redevelopment. VGP expanded into France only a few months ago and is delighted to start its French business activities in the dynamic Rouen Normandy metropolis area, via this major project. In total, around 150,000m² of land are set to be redeveloped to accommodate industrial and logistics projects, with work due to begin in 2023.

 

Jan Van Geet, CEO VGP, said: “VGP is delighted to begin its business activities in France on a site as exceptional as this one, with strong economic and environmental ambitions that are shared by both our partner, VALGO, and the local authorities. As the rehabilitation of brownfield sites is at the heart of our business, this project is a great opportunity for us to deploy our industrial and logistical know-how. The uncertain geopolitical situation and the rise in transport prices mean that companies are increasingly looking for local support to start their business. In this context, we strongly believe in the relevance of our integrated model with a long-term vision. We are now eager to get to work and bring all the expertise of the Group to the project.”

 

Francois Bouche, CEO VALGO, commented: “We are delighted that this huge piece of land has been sold to a major investor with experience in redeveloping brownfields in Europe. However, I would first like to celebrate the work of the men and women who worked so hard to make this colossal project a success. It took more than 1 million hours and over €60m in investment by VALGO to turn the page on over 80 years of refining on this site, which already employs 600 people.”

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