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Four homes for sale on Zoopla for aviation aficionados

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Attention, aviation aficionados! Four homes for sale for buyers who love flying, including a converted chapel with a landing strip in the garden

  • We have picked four homes for sale that are perfect for aviation aficionados
  • They include a property in Herefordshire with a full landing strip in the garden










Luxury homes tend to include certain features as standard, including a swimming pool and cinema room.

It can take an extra special feature for a property to truly stand out, particularly for those who have an interest in flying.

We have picked four homes for sale that are perfect for aviation aficionados, including one with a full landing strip in the back garden.

Does your home have a full landing strip in the back garden. This property for sale (scroll down for more details) does

Does your home have a full landing strip in the back garden. This property for sale (scroll down for more details) does

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘There are currently some stunning properties on the market for aviation aficionados, including several mega-mansions with their very own helipad.

‘If you decide to invest, ensure you’re up to speed with the rules and regulations around flying and landing on private land.’

Four homes for sale for aviation aficionados…

1. Two-bed conversion, Herefordshire, £700k

This two-bedroom property in the hamlet of Woonton, Herefordshire, is for sale for £700,000 via estate agents Fine & Country

This two-bedroom property in the hamlet of Woonton, Herefordshire, is for sale for £700,000 via estate agents Fine & Country

The Herefordshire property comes with almost 12 acres of land that includes an airstrip and aircraft hangar

The Herefordshire property comes with almost 12 acres of land that includes an airstrip and aircraft hangar

There is plenty of room for takeoff, with the property enjoying extensive countryside views

There is plenty of room for takeoff, with the property enjoying extensive countryside views

This converted chapel in Herefordshire comes with almost 12 acres of land that includes an airstrip and aircraft hangar.

It is in the hamlet of Woonton in Herefordshire, with extensive views of the beautiful Black Mountains in south-east Wales.

The two-bedroom property is on the market for £700,000 via estate agents Fine & Country.

Can I land a plane on my property?

In the UK, you can use a field up to 28 days a year without getting planning permission from the council, provided you own the land (or have permission from the owner) and it is safe to do so. 

If you plan to do more than 28 days you’d need to talk to the local council and the CAA. 

2. Four-bed house, Isle of Man, £1.2m

The house on the Isle of Man is being sold by estate agents Cowley Groves and is on the market for £1.2million

The house on the Isle of Man is being sold by estate agents Cowley Groves and is on the market for £1.2million

There is a large grey circular helicopter pad in the centre of a lawn at the property on the Isle of Man

There is a large grey circular helicopter pad in the centre of a lawn at the property on the Isle of Man

The house has four bedrooms and is surround by the countryside in the island parish of Bride

The house has four bedrooms and is surround by the countryside in the island parish of Bride

This four-bedroom home in the parish of Bride on the Isle of Man is ideal for anyone who owns a helicopter.

That is because at the rear of the property is a large grey circular helicopter pad in the centre of a lawn.

The house is being sold by estate agents Cowley Groves and is on the market for £1.2million.

3. Five-bed flat Cricklewood, London, £3.75m

This five-bedroom flat in North-West London's Cricklewood is for sale for £3.75million via Dutch & Dutch estate agents

This five-bedroom flat in North-West London’s Cricklewood is for sale for £3.75million via Dutch & Dutch estate agents

This multi-million pound property is in a former aircraft factory and has an industrial feel

This multi-million pound property is in a former aircraft factory and has an industrial feel 

This five-bedroom flat in North-West London’s Cricklewood is in a former aircraft factory.

The trendy interior has an industrial feel, with exposed steel beams, crittal windows and raw brickwork and a mixture of concrete, resin and oak floors.

It is for buyers with deep pockets as the flat is currently for sale for £3.75million via Dutch & Dutch estate agents.

4. Eight-bed house, Essex, £5.5million

This eight-bedroom luxury home in Wickham Bishops, Essex, has a helicopter pad in the garden

This eight-bedroom luxury home in Wickham Bishops, Essex, has a helicopter pad in the garden 

The eight-bedroom has a price tag of £5.5million and is being sold via estate agents Fine & Country

The eight-bedroom has a price tag of £5.5million and is being sold via estate agents Fine & Country

This eight-bedroom luxury home in Essex has opted for a more discreet helicopter pad in the garden.

Rather than the large, visible grey pads with a white ‘H’ in the centre, it has gone for one consisting of a simple ‘H’ shape made out of stone slabs. 

The letter blends into the lawn area that is surrounded by a tennis court and areas of woodland.

The Wickham Bishops property is for sale for £5.5million via estate agents Fine & Country.

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Lighthouse workers end up with front-row seats for Storm Barra

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Four lighthouse workers who went to Fastnet Lighthouse in west Cork to carry out maintenance on Friday ended up having front-row seats for Storm Barra as they had to stay onsite due to the conditions.

The lighthouse recorded a wind gust of 159km/h on Tuesday morning but Irish Lights electronic engineer Paul Barron said that it was a safe place to be as the country battened down the hatches to face the storm.

Mr Barron and his colleagues Ronnie O’Driscoll, Dave Purdy and Malcolm Gillies made the journey to Fastnet on Friday to do maintenance work and were due back on Tuesday but their helicopter flight was cancelled because of the storm. They hope to arrive back on the mainland on Thursday.

Mr Barron said they are passing their time onsite by watching Netflix and having a few steaks and rashers. He admitted it was a day to remember on the lighthouse which is 54 metres above the sea.

“There is a team of four of us out here. It has been quite a rough day. We started off this morning at around 2am and by 10am or 11am we were in the eye of the storm. I was in the merchant Navy before as a radio officer so I have seen a lot of bad weather. I am with Irish Lights 32 years but I haven’t normally seen it like this. We wouldn’t normally be out in this. You are talking 9m swells with winds gusting up to 90 knots.”

He captured some footage of the storm on his phone. During the worst of the weather the men found it hard to hear each other as it was so noisy during the squalls.

The tower was “shuddering a bit” but Mr Barron managed to shoot video footage which attracted attention online and even a call from Sky News.

He says the lighthouse has kitchen facilities and they always bring additional food in case of emergency.

“It could be a fine summer’s day and there could be thick fog and the chopper wouldn’t take off so we always bring extra food. We are passing the time by watching Netflix! This is a good place to be in the eye of a storm. This lighthouse has been built a hundred years so it has seen a lot of storms.”

As for families being concerned about the men Mr Barron jokes that their loved ones are probably relieved they aren’t at home hogging the remote control.

Meanwhile, in Cork city centre the river Lee spilled on to quays and roads on Tuesday morning but no major damage to property was caused. Debris and falling trees kept local authority crews busy and power outages were reported in a number of areas across the county.

At least 23 properties were flooded in Bantry in west Cork. The council had placed sandbags along the quay wall and the fire brigade had six manned pumps around the town.

In north Cork, a lorry driver had a lucky escape in Fermoy when his vehicle overturned on the motorway during the high winds. Traffic diversions were put in place following the incident.

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Top tips on how to avoid a large energy bill this winter

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Five easy tips and five things to avoid to get the most from your heating this winter – and dodge a big energy bill

  • We reveal some simple steps to lowering your heating bills this winter 
  • Tips include tucking curtains in behind your radiators to stop heat escaping










Rising energy bills mean the cost of keeping warm is an issue for many households this winter.

But there are some simple steps that can be taken to reduce your energy bill without compromising on keeping cosy.

We take a look at 10 top tips for saving money on your heating, which include things to do and things to avoid doing. 

These include tucking curtains in behind your radiators to stop heat escaping, while not putting clothes on the radiators to dry, as this will block the heat from dispersing through the room.

We provide a list of little fixes that will help to keep your energy bills low this winter

We provide a list of little fixes that will help to keep your energy bills low this winter

John Lawless, of designer radiator company BestHeating, said: ‘Winter weather always sparks the debate around leaving your heating on low all-day versus a couple of hours a day. 

‘Sure, your boiler will have to work a little harder to heat up a cold home when you first switch it on but having it on constantly will use more energy than just switching it on when you need it.

‘The best thing to do to lower bills and keep warm is to insulate your home, prevent draughts, and set up better heating controls. Don’t have the heating on full whack in a room you don’t use, just heat the room you spend the most time in.

‘Our advice is to heat smarter. You can’t control the weather but you can control your heating and how your home loses that heat.’

NetVoucherCodes.co.uk agrees, saying: ‘Saving energy can help you be more energy-efficient and considerate of the environment, but it’s also a great way to save money.’

Here are the top ten tips…

The things you can do

1. Use thick curtains

Having thicker curtains helps reduce the amount of colder air coming in, while also helping to reduce the amount of hot air escaping.

The thicker the material, the more heat will be contained. Also tuck your curtains behind your radiator to stop even more heat escaping.

INSULATING PIPES 

Pipes can be insulated by covering them with a foam tube. 

This includes the pipes between a hot water cyclinder and a boiler. 

That will reduce the amount of heat lost and keep your water hot for longer. 

It is as simple as choosing the correct size from a DIY store and then slipping it around the pipes.

2. Cover up exposed pipes

Exposed pipes allow for heat to escape easily. Try covering them in an insulating material to maximise their efficiency.

3. Only heat the rooms you spend most time in

Heating rooms in your home that you don’t spend much time in will not only be a waste of energy, but also a waste of your money.

4. Cover up draughts

You can lose a lot of heat from gaps in your doors and window frames. Make sure you fill in these gaps with a draught proof material, such as draught-proof strips or even just a thick cloth for a quick solution.

5. Turn your thermostat down by one degree celsius

Experts have proven that reducing the temperature of your home by one degree celsius saves you up to £80 a year.

Drying clothes on your radiator will block the heat from dispersing through the room

Drying clothes on your radiator will block the heat from dispersing through the room

Things to avoid

1. Dry your clothes on the radiator

Drying clothes on your radiator will block the heat from dispersing through the room and will have to be left on much longer to have the same effect without a blockage.

2. Keep the heating on all day

Your home will take longer to heat up if you keep turning it on and off, but it will save you more money by putting your heating on a timer for a few hours a day. Try setting a timer on your boiler, so it only turns on for a few hours a day.

3. Allow your radiators to get dirty

If you notice any cold spots at the bottom of your radiators when the heating is on full this could mean you have a build-up of sludge in the system.

This stops the hot water circulating properly, stopping your radiators from getting hot enough when you need the heating the most. Give your radiators a good clean to make sure you aren’t wasting money on heating.

4. Turn your thermostat above 18 degrees Celsius

Research shows that the average thermostat setting in Britain is 20.8 degrees celsius. However, experts have stated that 18 degrees celsius is warm enough for a healthy and well dressed person to remain comfortable during winter. This will be controversial suggestiong for many, for whom 18 degrees might feel a bit chilly – and how you feel at 18 degree central heating will depend on how well your home is insulated.

5. Don’t place large furniture in front of your radiator

Blocking your radiator with furniture, such as sofa or a table, will stop the flow of warm air. This blockage will cause your boiler to work harder to heat your home, resulting in expensive heating bills.

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Woman receives multiple injuries after fall from height at apartment building in Cork

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A woman has been taken to hospital following a fall fro a balcony at an apartment building in Cork city centre on Tuesday morning.

Gardaí and the emergency services were called to an apartment building on Meade Street off Sullivan’s Quay in Cork city centre following reports of a woman in her late twenties or early thirties falling from a height.

The woman incurred multiple injuries after falling from a balcony three storeys high shortly after 8.30am today.

Cork City Fire Brigade, gardaí and paramedics attended at the scene.

The woman was rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where she is being treated for non life-threatening injuries. She is in a serious condition and was slipping in and out of consciousness whilst being treated on the ground by paramedics.

Gardaí are conducting an investigation to examine the circumstances of the fall. It is not thought that the incident is related to Storm Barra in Cork city.

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