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Four homes for sale near Prince Charles’ bolthole in Wales

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You may not have heard of this small Welsh market town and its surrounding countryside, but it holds a special place in the heart of the Prince of Wales.

Llandovery, in Carmarthenshire, is much loved by Prince Charles, as he has a simple but stunning £1.2million home there just outside of the nearby village of Myddfai – where he went to privately mourn the loss of his father Prince Philip

So what attracts the Prince to the area? We spoke to some local estate agents and they highlighted its beautiful countryside and clean air, ideal for long walks. Interest in homes in the area is on the rise and many offer plenty of space and land.

Pictured: Llwynywermod is the Welsh home of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in the village of Myddfai, near Llandovery

Pictured: Llwynywermod is the Welsh home of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in the village of Myddfai, near Llandovery 

Bought in 2007 by the Duchy of Cornwall, the farmhouse was refurbished using local materials and the skills of Welsh craftsmen and women

Bought in 2007 by the Duchy of Cornwall, the farmhouse was refurbished using local materials and the skills of Welsh craftsmen and women

Mick Gough, of Clee Tompkinson & Francis estate agents, said: ‘The Llandovery area is becoming very sought after, the major appeal being the unspoilt countryside, lower crime levels and lack of traffic congestion and pollution. 

‘I am told by many purchasers who have moved into the area that they also enjoy the tremendous community spirit, where everyone knows each other and get together to put on the village show. A fantastic local hospital and GP practice have also proved themselves beyond measure.’

And Lisa-Marie Moores, of John Francis estate agents, added: ‘It is a beautiful, countryside location, which is on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, and has royal connections as Prince Charles and Camilla have a cottage just outside the town.’

We take a look at some properties for sale in the area…

1. Four-bed house in Cilycwm, Llandovery, £795,000

This four-bedroom house for sale comes with outbuildings and 17 acres of land. The house needs updating, but it could be transformed into a modern and comfortable family home.

The property is on the market via Clee Tompkinson & Francis estate agents, with an asking price of £795,000. 

This four-bedroom property on the market via Clee Tompkinson & Francis estate agents, with an asking price of £795,000

This four-bedroom property on the market via Clee Tompkinson & Francis estate agents, with an asking price of £795,000

The house is in  he village of Cilycwm and needs updating, but it could be transformed into a modern and comfortable family home

The house is in  he village of Cilycwm and needs updating, but it could be transformed into a modern and comfortable family home

A renovation project? The countryside property is being sold with several large outbuildings as well as 17 acres of land

A renovation project? The countryside property is being sold with several large outbuildings as well as 17 acres of land

To the rear of the former storage shed is a patio and seating area, an ideal location for al fresco dining and entertaining

To the rear of the former storage shed is a patio and seating area, an ideal location for al fresco dining and entertaining

2. Four-bed house in Llandovery, £750,000

This renovated house just outside the market town of Llandovery comes with 19 acres of land.

It also has some stone outbuildings that are currently used as workshops and garages. The land leads to 320 metres of fishing rights on the River Tywi. The property is for sale for £750,000 via Clee Tompkinson & Francis.

The perfect pandemic retreat? This renovated property in Llandovery is on the market for £750,000 via Clee Tompkinson & Francis

The perfect pandemic retreat? This renovated property in Llandovery is on the market for £750,000 via Clee Tompkinson & Francis

What an entrance! The house has some stunning features, including a beautifully renovated hallway with a Victorian quarry tiled floor

What an entrance! The house has some stunning features, including a beautifully renovated hallway with a Victorian quarry tiled floor

No renovation work required: The kitchen includes a Leisure Cookmaster five ring ceramic hob, with a double oven

No renovation work required: The kitchen includes a Leisure Cookmaster five ring ceramic hob, with a double oven

Holiday fishing? The rural property sits in 19 acres of level pasture land with the boundary fronting the River Tywi

Holiday fishing? The rural property sits in 19 acres of level pasture land with the boundary fronting the River Tywi

3. Six-bed house in Cilycwm, Llandovery, £750,000

Henllys Manor House is a Grade II listed property set in 3.4 acres, with fishing rights on the River Tywi. It is on the market for £750,000, via Clee Tompkinson & Francis.

The property was owned from the early sixteenth century by the Lewis family of Morgan Gwal Y Ci. Between 1788 and 1815, it was occupied by Colonel David Williams of the East India Company whose wife is said to have buried her jewels within the grounds of the estate – and to this day, they have never been found.

The estate has since been owned by several other families and was finally split in 2015. 

Henllys Manor House in Cilycwm, Llandovery, is a Grade II listed property set in 3.4 acres with fishing rights on the River Tywi

Henllys Manor House in Cilycwm, Llandovery, is a Grade II listed property set in 3.4 acres with fishing rights on the River Tywi

The property is just two miles outside of Llandovery and is on the market for £750,000 via Clee Tompkinson & Francis

The property is just two miles outside of Llandovery and is on the market for £750,000 via Clee Tompkinson & Francis

The imposing entrance hall at the property has a beautiful Georgian staircase, some dark oak flooring and feature archways

The imposing entrance hall at the property has a beautiful Georgian staircase, some dark oak flooring and feature archways

Income potential via a bed & breakfast? The property has a two-bedroom cottage that is currently used as a holiday let

Income potential via a bed & breakfast? The property has a two-bedroom cottage that is currently used as a holiday let

4. Three-bed house in Llandovery, £359,950

This three-bedroom house in Llandovery is on the market for £359,950, via estate agents John Francis

It has some good-sized mature gardens including lawned areas, a wildlife pond, a vegetable garden with raised beds, and a garage. 

Live near royalty: This three-bedroom house in Llandovery is on the market for £359,950 via estate agents John Francis

Live near royalty: This three-bedroom house in Llandovery is on the market for £359,950 via estate agents John Francis

Some extra money may be required to update parts of the property internally, including this dated - but large - kitchen

Some extra money may be required to update parts of the property internally, including this dated – but large – kitchen

The property has a large family bathroom with a white bathroom suite and wallpaper with a bright and colourful design

The property has a large family bathroom with a white bathroom suite and wallpaper with a bright and colourful design

Outside, the good-sized garden includes a lawned area, a wildlife pond, and a vegetable garden with raised beds

Outside, the good-sized garden includes a lawned area, a wildlife pond, and a vegetable garden with raised beds

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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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Selling your home? Here’s how to make sure it has kerb appeal by sprucing up outside space

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As anyone who has indulged in the brutal ‘swipe left’ culture of internet dating will testify, you don’t often get a second chance to make a first impression. And the same is true when trying to sell your property.

That’s why what lies at the front of your house — be it lawn, gravel or flagstones — can play a major role in making a sale.

Indeed, having a pleasing ‘shop front’ to snag potential buyers scrolling through listings or even walking past outside can offer leverage to boost the asking price, says Colby Short, CEO of estate agent comparison site getagent.co.uk.

Dress to impress: Colourful flower beds transform the look of a cottage in East Lothian, Scotland

Dress to impress: Colourful flower beds transform the look of a cottage in East Lothian, Scotland

‘Homes that offer a front garden carry a 4 per cent property price premium versus those without, and that equates to more than £11,000 in the current market,’ he says.

So what changes can you make to the patch in front of your house to help improve the saleability of the property?

Some alterations are simple, entry-level innovations. For example, even the smallest swatch of grass should be mown and rubbish-free. 

In fact, bins and recycling boxes are often the first thing you see in a front garden, as well as the detritus left by squirrels who have curated bits of dinner from your bags of rubbish. But it’s easy to hide bins away in a box unit.

‘If you’re trying to hide ugly bins, how about building a bin store with a planter on the top, then you can have some gorgeous outdoor succulents and flowering alpines?’ says QVC UK’s gardening expert Michael Perry. 

You can also buy wooden bin stores from outdoor furniture suppliers such as Wayfair (from £125.99).

Meanwhile, hanging baskets outside your front door help to break up a harsh brick wall, says Sean Lade, of Easy Garden Irrigation.

‘Hanging baskets are an excellent choice for adding colour and scent to your front garden and soften the front of your house. They should be installed at eye level —about 5 ft off the ground.’

Hanging baskets add colour and scent to a front garden and soften the front of a house

Hanging baskets add colour and scent to a front garden and soften the front of a house

And think about replacing tired fencing or dilapidated brick walls with natural borders, such as Boxwood hedging, which will add visual interest and is also easy to prune throughout the year.

‘If you prefer a cottage garden appearance, then why not train climbing plants to create natural archways around your front door, porch or gate?’ says Deborah Cobb, product manager at builders’ merchants MKM.

‘Raised flower beds are also a clever way to add some natural foliage. If you fill them with evergreen shrubs, then they are an easy-to-look-after and low-maintenance option that will look good all year round.’

In terms of what plants to go for, Nicola Bird, founder of seed subscription service The Floral Project, suggests some annual flowers are perfect for planting at the front of your house if you’re looking to sell. 

‘They include varieties such as cosmos, phlox, zinnias and sweet peas — not only to bring a bright splash of colour to your front garden, but also serve as a great conversation starter with your potential buyers.’

Even if you don’t have a patch of grass in front of your home, there are other fundamentals which will help with the sale, says Jonathan Rolande, professional property buyer at housebuyfast.co.uk.

This includes jet-washing your path. And just before a visit from potential buyers, remove any vehicles, where possible, to help to create an impression of space.

‘Clean the windows, frames and front doors — and clean the house number,’ he says. ‘If the garden is mostly given over to parking, soften the look with pots and planters filled with bright flowers and attractive shrubs.’

 You may think your garden gnomes are cute, but to a prospective buyer, they can be just plain creepy

He adds that if you don’t have a lawn, terracotta planters on the front sills look great with fragrant plants such as lavender and rosemary appealing to the sense of smell, too.

If your front garden is really small, use decorative gravel such as pea shingle or slate chippings, suggests Thomas Goodman, property expert at homeowner and tradesman connection website myjobquote.co.uk.

‘This will give you an attractive, low-maintenance base for topping with a few nice plant pots.

‘Fix anything that’s broken, including gates, fences and walls. These detract from any nice planting and give the impression of a home that’s not properly maintained and is going to need work.’

Colby Short says some items in your garden should be permanently jettisoned to improve the chances of a sale.

‘You may think your garden gnomes are cute, but to a prospective buyer, they can be just plain creepy. The same goes for any large statues or display items, particularly if they are of a political, religious or risque nature.

‘When it comes to potential buyers, you want to present a blank canvas. But that doesn’t mean this canvas can’t look good and add appeal in its own right.’

On the market… with kerb appeal 

Buckinghamshire: This four bedroom semi-detached cottage is on the edge of Denham Village. The bedrooms are spacious overlooking front and rear gardens. Struttandparker.com, 01753 481 781, £800,000

Buckinghamshire: This four bedroom semi-detached cottage is on the edge of Denham Village. The bedrooms are spacious overlooking front and rear gardens. Struttandparker.com, 01753 481 781, £800,000

Suffolk: There are four bedrooms in this detached house in Old Newton. The property dates from the 16th century and has a thatched roof and mature gardens. Fineandcountry.com, 01379 646 020. £1.2m

Suffolk: There are four bedrooms in this detached house in Old Newton. The property dates from the 16th century and has a thatched roof and mature gardens. Fineandcountry.com, 01379 646 020. £1.2m

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Elephant Park expands its retail offer (GB)

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Lendlease has announced the openings of two new spaces at Elephant Park: all-day kitchen and bar RAREBIT; and community garden store The Nunhead Gardener.

 

RAREBIT – the all-day kitchen and evening dining, bar, and grocery store – has opened its first brick-and-mortar location on Elephant Park’s casual dining hub, Sayer Street. The brand-new concept has a menu focusing on British favorites including the Welsh ‘rarebit’, and its grocery stocks a range of independent wines, craft beers, and coffee from East London coffee shop, Climpson & Sons. This selection is complemented by cheeses from Neal’s Yard Dairy, charcuterie from London Smoke & Cure, and produce from Natoora.

 

The Nunhead Gardener is the latest brand to move from one of Lendlease’s meanwhile units into a permanent space at Elephant Park, following the likes of Dima Beautiful, Beza Ethiopian Vegan, and bar and bottle shop The Tap In. The 900ft² unit on Sayer Street stocks a selection of indoor and outdoor plants, as well as specialty gardening tools, seeds, and seasonal scented candles.

 

Guy Thomas, Head of Place Assets at Lendlease, commented: “Both of these openings speak to our core values at Elephant Park, with a commitment to providing our local community with uses that are independent, sustainability-oriented, and unique. The arrival of RAREBIT adds a new cuisine to casual dining hub Sayer Street, and The Nunhead Gardener’s revamped permanent space has created a plant haven that we know local people will love.”

 

Mark Angell and Will Nias, Co-Founders of RAREBIT, said: “RAREBIT is about bringing a modern, fresh concept to people who want top-quality food and drink. Whether that be for grocery shopping or sit-down dining, we are so excited to be welcoming customers through our doors at Elephant Park. It is such a buzzing area, and we are proud to introduce RAREBIT to this diverse and vibrant environment.”

 

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