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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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Godwin submits plans for Dorset mixed-use development (GB)

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Godwin Developments has submitted a planning application for Woodbury Park, a brand-new commercial development located at a prominent 4.85-acre site in Bere Regis, Dorset. Proposals include four purpose-built drive thru and drive to roadside retail units, with renowned restaurant brands PopeyesStarbucks and McDonald’s already lined up to take space, which has been designed to their specifications.

 

The scheme will also feature a 12,000ft² block of up to eight units, with associated parking and turning facilities. The units will be two storeys high, with the flexibility to combine into larger floorplates, if required by potential tenants. The block will be built speculatively and will target BREEAM Very Good, including features such as air source heat pumps, low energy lighting and highly efficient building fabric, to name a few.

 

Situated off the Townsend Roundabout at the northern entry point of Bere Regis, the site benefits from a high passing traffic flow of over 27,000 daily vehicles. It occupies a key location at the intersection of the A31 and A35 alongside the main arterial route connecting Poole and Bournemouth to Dorchester.

 

The Woodbury Park scheme will further Godwin’s commitment to local regeneration and job creation by enabling up to 250 new employment opportunities. Roles are anticipated to be primarily in retail, distribution and logistics, as well as services, manufacturing, technology and the creative industries. Local people will also benefit from the inclusion of several EV charging points, the first in the area.

 

Claudine Tracey, Development Manager at Godwin Developments, said: “The site’s high traffic flow, lack of similar offering close by, and proximity to existing Shell garage and trade park make Woodbury Park a sought-after location for a range of occupiers – including coffee and quick service restaurant brands. We are also delighted to be delivering the UK’s first Popeyes drive thru as the company expands its footprint in this country. In addition, our development will deliver a variety of local employment opportunities for Bere Regis through the provision of flexible industrial and logistics space suitable for new and existing businesses. The scheme at Bere Regis showcases Godwin’s unique capability to successfully combine industrial and roadside retail to maximise a site’s potential through complementary uses.”

 

Stuart Pratt, Director at Godwin Developments, commented: “The recent boom in takeaway food consumption and hyper-local convenience shopping is bringing ever more exciting brands to the roadside retail sector. At the same time, demand for industrial and logistics space is continuing to grow with units of varied sizes – including trade parks – experiencing a substantial lack of supply. For these reasons interest from investors into both sectors has been very strong in the past year; and we expect the trend to continue throughout 2022 on the back of strong consumer fundamentals.”

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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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