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Homes for sale with businesses attached with turnovers of up to £400k

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Jeremy Clarkson is the latest celebrity to make a TV show about how his countryside home helps to pay its way.

His new Amazon Prime show, Clarkson’s Farm, sees the former Top Gear host work on his 1,000 acre farm in the Cotswolds. It includes his Diddly Squat Farm Shop, which was recently overrun by visitors following the TV show’s success.

Other celebrities with TV shows about their homes include Sarah Beeny, who has built a countryside mansion in Somerset.

The last series of Sarah Beeny’s New Life in the Country saw her look at various businesses she could set up from her new home, including cider making and glamping.

Amazon Prime show, Clarkson's Farm, sees the former Top Gear host work on his 1,000 acre farm in the Cotswolds

Amazon Prime show, Clarkson’s Farm, sees the former Top Gear host work on his 1,000 acre farm in the Cotswolds

The last series of Sarah Beeny's New Life in the Country saw her look at various businesses she could set up from the new mansion in Somerset that she built for her family

The last series of Sarah Beeny’s New Life in the Country saw her look at various businesses she could set up from the new mansion in Somerset that she built for her family

While you may not have the financial resources of a celebrity, is there a way that you can capitalise on this trend and move to the countryside into a property that helps to generate an income?

We take a look at three options including a shop with turnover of around £400,000, a home with nine holiday cottages and a cattery business attached to a family house that generates an annual turnover of almost £60,000.

While some of the businesses were happy to reveal turnover, profits were not divulged. Anyone genuinely considering buying should seek that extra information. 

Tom Parker, of Zoopla, said: ‘For those looking for an exciting new venture, there are some great properties for sale with businesses attached that have a healthy turnover. 

‘Many of these properties are located in more rural locations and could offer a change in lifestyle for prospective buyers currently living in a city and looking for a change of scenery along with the added benefits of being your own boss and not having a long commute to the office.’ 

Here are some homes with businesses attached… 

1. Four-bed house and shop, Cairngorms National Park, £475,000

This four-bedroom house is in Grantown-On-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park, and is for sale £475,000 via estate agents Masson Cairns

This four-bedroom house is in Grantown-On-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park, and is for sale £475,000 via estate agents Masson Cairns

Inside the main house, there are clean and modern interiors with plenty of space for a family, including this kitchen

Inside the main house, there are clean and modern interiors with plenty of space for a family, including this kitchen

The cost of the property includes a profitable shop that is easily accessible from the main street with large display windows

 The cost of the property includes a profitable shop that is easily accessible from the main street with large display windows

The busy shop sells garden and homeware essentials, and has traded for more than 40 years with only two owners during that time

The busy shop sells garden and homeware essentials, and has traded for more than 40 years with only two owners during that time

As well as the main townhouse, there are some outbuildings that could be rented out to help generate additional income from the property

As well as the main townhouse, there are some outbuildings that could be rented out to help generate additional income from the property

This long-established and profitable business is in the town of Grantown-On-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park.

The garden and homewares store has traded for more than 40 years with two owners. It has an impressive annual turnover of between £350,000 and £400,000, with profits consistently above £100,000.

The property includes some outbuildings and a four-bedroom townhouse, which can be used as owners’ accommodation or be rented out to produce an income of around £700 a month. 

Altogether – including the main townhouse – the property is on the market for £475,000, via estate agents Masson Cairns.

2. Twenty-six bed house and holiday lets, £1,695,000, Pembrokeshire

Fashionable Pembrokeshire: This established holiday lettings business sits in around seven acres of beautiful West Wales countryside

Fashionable Pembrokeshire: This established holiday lettings business sits in around seven acres of beautiful West Wales countryside

Croft Farm and Celtic Cottages has nine self-catering holiday cottages, and the new owners could live remotely or on site

Croft Farm and Celtic Cottages has nine self-catering holiday cottages, and the new owners could live remotely or on site

Facilities at the property include private hot tubs and outdoor seating areas for guests to enjoy during their stay

Facilities at the property include private hot tubs and outdoor seating areas for guests to enjoy during their stay

The property has been updated with wood-pellet biomass central heating, which was installed at a cost of £120,000

The property has been updated with wood-pellet biomass central heating, which was installed at a cost of £120,000

Alternative attractions: There is a small farm animal area outside on the property to help keep guests entertained

Alternative attractions: There is a small farm animal area outside on the property to help keep guests entertained

The Welsh coastline is only three miles away from the property, but there is an indoor heated swimming pool complex that includes a sauna and a gym area for those looking to exercise on site

The Welsh coastline is only three miles away from the property, but there is an indoor heated swimming pool complex that includes a sauna and a gym area for those looking to exercise on site

The property is set in more than seven acres and is currently on the market for £1,695,000, via estate agents Fine and Country

The property is set in more than seven acres and is currently on the market for £1,695,000, via estate agents Fine and Country

This established holiday lettings business sits in around seven acres of beautiful West Wales countryside. 

Croft Farm and Celtic Cottages is on the Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire borders, which is rated by National Geographic magazine as the second best coastline in the world.

It has nine self-catering holiday cottages, with an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, gym and hot tubs, along with a children’s soft play area and a small farm animal area. Turnover was around £300,000 for the 2020 to 2021 financial year.

The property boasts wood-pellet biomass central heating, which was installed at a cost of £120,000. There is a renewable heating incentive running until December 2035 at an index-linked annual return of around £7,500. It effectively runs the heating and hot water to all the properties and the swimming pool.

It is on the market for £1,695,000, via Fine and Country. The estate agent described the property in its marketing literature, saying: ‘This is a really attractive opportunity for someone looking to run their own business, either remotely or living on site.’ 

Nigel Salmon, of Fine & Country West Wales, told MailOnline: ‘Croft Farm is a terrific family run business, which has been developed and enlarged in the last three decades, the owners have invested heavily into making the business ‘futureproof’ and easy to operate in a beautiful West Wales location. With the British accommodation marketplace never busier, it is an excellent opportunity for new owners to take the reins of a popular and established enterprise particularly popular with families.’ 

3. Four-bed house and cattery, Yorkshire, £500,000

This house in Brough, East Yorkshire, is on the market for £500,000, via estate agents Kings Business Transfer

This house in Brough, East Yorkshire, is on the market for £500,000, via estate agents Kings Business Transfer

The property comes with an established and licensed cattery that produces an annual turnover of almost £60,000

The property comes with an established and licensed cattery that produces an annual turnover of almost £60,000

The current owners of the Evergreen Cattery are now looking towards retirement, and so have put the property on the market

The current owners of the Evergreen Cattery are now looking towards retirement, and so have put the property on the market

The business facilities are completely separate from the main owners accommodation, which comes with four bedrooms

The business facilities are completely separate from the main owners accommodation, which comes with four bedrooms

This four-bedroom house in Brough, East Yorkshire comes with an established and licensed cattery.

Evergreen Cattery has been owned by the same family since 2012, who are now looking towards retirement.

The cattery is licenced for 42 cats in 24 luxury units, with fees currently standing at £11 a day for one cat. Annual turnover stands at around £58,000 based on an 11-month year.

The business facilities are completely separate from the main house with a dedicated reception area. 

The entire property is for sale for £500,000, via estate agents Kings Business Transfer.  

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Higgins raises concerns over volume of legislation received in recent weeks

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Two Oireachtas committees are being convened at short notice to consider concerns raised by President Michael D. Higgins at the volume of legislation sent to his office in recent weeks.

In a letter to the Ceann Comhairle, the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad and the Department of the Taoiseach, Mr Higgins said an “overwhelming number of Bills” were presented for his consideration in the final two weeks before the Christmas and summer recesses.

“For example, in the three weeks since the beginning of July I have been asked to consider 19 separate Bills. Nine were presented on the one day, sharing a requirement to be considered and signed in the same seven-day period,” he wrote, pointing out that in the entire preceding six months, he was presented with 13 Bills for consideration.

Last year, 21 of the total of 32 Bills presented to him were sent in the weeks approaching summer and Christmas recesses.

“It would strike me, as President and from my years as a parliamentarian, that there must be a more orderly approach to arranging the legislative timetable that allows all legislators the time to consider and contribute to proposals before the Oireachtas without unnecessary time constraints and an unseemly end-of-term haste to have Bills concluded,” the President wrote.

“Having this vital work concentrated into four weeks of the year strikes me as being less than ideal and, I believe, unnecessary.”

Mr Higgins noted that little time was being given over in the Oireachtas to debate often “very important and far-reaching legislative proposals”.

He said the process has “been curtailed through the imposition of restrictions on time in one or both Houses”.

He said amendments put down by Oireachtas members were often not discussed, and those proposed by the Government were at times “carried without an opportunity for scrutiny or debate”.

The President noted an “unseemly end-of-term haste”to pass legislation and said a “real prospect” of having to convene the Council of State in the days after Christmas day to consider Bills had arisen more than once.

Seán Ó Fearghaíl, the Ceann Comhairle, told The Irish Times that the Dáil’s Business Committee and the Seanad’s Committee on Procedures would meet on Friday to consider the letter, and actions open to the Oireachtas to consider.

There have been renewed concerns during the lifetime of this Dáil about the use of the guillotine to force Government legislation through without extensive oversight, with several heavyweight pieces of legislation passed in a matter of days before the Oireachtas rose for its summer break earlier this month.

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Who do I need to notify if I move home?

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Moving house is frequently said to be one of the most stressful things anyone can do.

The massive investment both financially and emotionally can take its toll, especially if the process takes months to complete.

It is why anything that helps to elevate some of the stress along the way can be hugely beneficial. This includes addressing some of the practicalities in advance, and having a list of who to notify when you move can help. 

We look at some of the organisations and companies who you may need to contact when you move home

We look at some of the organisations and companies who you may need to contact when you move home

Dozens of companies will need to know your new address, whether this is an insurer who may use them to help calculate your insurance premiums or a retailer who need to know where to send the clothing you ordered online.

Without updating them, you may endure a bigger headache from moving home than you had anticipated.

North London estate agent Jeremy Leaf, said: ‘When moving home, it is vital to plan ahead. Moving day can come upon you very quickly, particularly if there is a short time between exchange and completion.

‘Buildings insurance is the most important thing that needs arranging on your new property as soon as you have exchanged contracts.

‘Confirm your moving date with your removals firm and make a list of who needs notifying about your impending change of address – the electoral roll, the DVLA, Amazon and other delivery firms, particularly supermarket deliveries. The last thing you want is for your orders to turn up at your ‘old’ address once you have moved.

‘Don’t forget to change your council tax, while utility providers will also need informing, and given final meter readings. The more you plan ahead, the smoother the process will be.’ 

A checklist for who to notify when you change address can help to elevate some of the stress of moving home

A checklist for who to notify when you change address can help to elevate some of the stress of moving home

Tom Parker, of property website Zoopla, agreed: ‘Moving home can be overwhelming with so much to do. When it comes to notifying organisations, it’s best to divide it into digestible categories like work, household and vehicle.

‘Notifying your employer is a top priority, especially if your payslips are sent to your home. If you own a vehicle, ensure you update your driving licence, insurance providers and vehicle logbook.  

‘Make sure you also notify organisations like your broadband, utilities, insurance providers and council tax. Finally, don’t forget the small things like magazine subscriptions and store cards.’

Here we look at some of the organisations and companies who you may need to contact when you move home.

Employment 

Perhaps one of the most important and probably most overlooked places that need to be notified of your change of address is HMRC, which needs to know for tax purposes.  

Similarly, your employer needs to know when you change address for your payroll, so that it can update your contact details.

In addition, your National Insurance number helps the Government to identify you and is used by the organisations such as the DVLA and HMRC, so this will need your new address attached. 

Household

There are various companies providing services to your household that will need to know about your move so that they can update your contact information.

In some cases, you may end up continuing to pay for a service in your former home that you are no longer using if you fail to update these companies.

They include your cable or satellite provider, your phone and broadband company. It is also important to update your TV licence contact details, which can be done up to three months before a move.

Vehicles

You can update DVLA via its website and within two to four weeks, you should receive an updated licence and V5C log book documents for your car. Failing to update the log book could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.

You will also need to notify the supplier of your vehicle breakdown cover and your car insurer.

Insurance

Most insurers take postcodes into account when calculating premiums and the cost of insurance cover, so they will need to be notified of your change of address. 

You may need to contact those insurers who provide cover for household contents, health, life, travel and your pets.

Healthcare

As well as your health insurer, you will also need to provide your address to other healthcare organisations.

For example, if you change doctors when you move home, you will need to let your old doctor know so that your medical information can be forwarded to your new doctor. This may similarly apply to your dentists and opticians.

Utilities

Your gas, electricity and water suppliers will need your updated contact information, even if you are leaving them behind at the old property and taking on new suppliers.

It can take a couple of days for energy providers to update your information, so it is worth contacting your suppliers ahead of your move. However, you may be able to move your deal to your new property.

Make sure you take readings of your utilities on the day of your move so you can update your suppliers with these and only pay for the amounts you have used. 

Royal Mail’s redirection service may be worth considering as it forwards any post sent to your former address to your new address. You can apply for the redirection up to three months before your moving date.

Money

There are several companies and organisations that fall into this category and will need to know your new contact address.

They include bank and building societies, your pension providers, loan companies, credit card providers and store cards. If you are on a state pension, the Government will need to know your new details.

Similarly, you will need to update your address for council tax purposes.

Others include your accountant as you don’t want important tax documents going to your old address (if you are not using the a postal redirection service). And don’t forget updating NS&I with your new address if you put money into premium bonds.

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Ireland ‘one of world’s best five places’ to survive global societal collapse

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Ireland is one of the world’s five places best suited to survive a global collapse of society, according to a new study. The others are Iceland, Tasmania, the UK and, topping the list, New Zealand.

The researchers say human civilisation is “in a perilous state” because of the highly interconnected and energy-intensive society that has developed and the environmental damage this has caused.

A collapse could arise from shocks such as a severe financial crisis, the effects of the climate crisis, destruction of nature, an even worse pandemic than Covid-19 or a combination of these, the scientists says.

To assess which nations would be most resilient to such a collapse, countries were ranked according to their ability to grow food for their population, protect their borders from unwanted mass migration, and maintain an electrical grid and some manufacturing ability. Islands in temperate regions and mostly with low population densities have come out on top.

The researchers say their study highlights the factors that nations must improve to increase resilience. They say that a globalised society that prizes economic efficiency has damaged resilience, and that spare capacity needs to exist in food and other vital sectors.

Billionaires have been reported to be buying land for bunkers in New Zealand in preparation for an apocalypse. “We weren’t surprised New Zealand was on our list,” says Prof Aled Jones, at the Global Sustainability Institute, at Anglia Ruskin University, in the UK.

“We chose that you had to be able to protect borders and places had to be temperate. So with hindsight it’s quite obvious that large islands with complex societies on them already” make up the list.

The study, published in the journal Sustainability, says: “The globe-spanning, energy-intensive industrial civilisation that characterises the modern era represents an anomalous situation when it is considered against the majority of human history.”

The study also says that environmental destruction, limited resources and population growth mean civilisation “is in a perilous state, with large and growing risks developing in multiple spheres of the human endeavour”.

New Zealand was found to have the greatest potential to survive relatively unscathed due to its geothermal and hydroelectric energy, abundant agricultural land and low human population density.

Jones says major global food losses, a financial crisis and a pandemic have all happened in recent years, and “we’ve been lucky that things haven’t all happened at the same time – there’s no real reason why they can’t all happen in the same year”.

He adds: “As you start to see these events happening I get more worried, but I also hope we can learn more quickly than we have in the past that resilience is important. With everyone talking about ‘building back better’ from the pandemic, if we don’t lose that momentum I might be more optimistic than I have been in the past.”

He says the coronavirus pandemic has shown that governments can act quickly when needed. “It’s interesting how quickly we can close borders, and how quickly governments can make decisions to change things.”

But, he adds, “This drive for just-in-time, ever-more-efficient economies isn’t the thing you want to do for resilience. We need to build in some slack in the system, so that if there is a shock then you have the ability to respond because you’ve got spare capacity. We need to start thinking about resilience much more in global planning. But, obviously, the ideal thing is that a quick collapse doesn’t happen.” – Guardian

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