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Inside 10 homes for sale costing ten 10 times the average £325k house price

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The average price of a property in Britain has reached £325,000, according to property website Zoopla.

But what do you get if you spend ten times that? We take a look at what type of home you can buy at the £3.25million mark.

The properties range from a country estate in Bath that is set in 32 acres, to a three-bedroom flat in London. There is also a 10-acre estate in the heart of Roald Dahl countryside.  

We look at homes costing 10 times the average house price, including this two-bed flat for sale in London (scroll down for more details)

We look at homes costing 10 times the average house price, including this two-bed flat for sale in London (scroll down for more details)

All of the homes in our list cost £3.25million, including this country estate with 32 acres in Bath (scroll down for more details)

All of the homes in our list cost £3.25million, including this country estate with 32 acres in Bath (scroll down for more details)

Most of the properties are based in the south of England, particularly in the South East where property prices tend to be higher.

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘There is currently a wide range of spectacular properties for sale in Britain for £3.25m, including a contemporary home in the sought after Hutton Mount private estate in Essex, and a modern mega-mansion with a cinema room and gym in London.’

Ten homes for sale costing £3.25million…

1. Three-bed flat, North-West London

This three-bed flat in North-West London is on the market for £3.25million and is for sale via Sandfords estate agents

This three-bed flat in North-West London is on the market for £3.25million and is for sale via Sandfords estate agents 

The property in St James's Terrace is half a mile from St John's Wood London underground station and has a 24 ft living room

The property in St James’s Terrace is half a mile from St John’s Wood London underground station and has a 24 ft living room

The living room at the North-West London property has access to a tiled terrace with views across Regent's Park

The living room at the North-West London property has access to a tiled terrace with views across Regent’s Park

This three-bedroom flat in North West London covers more than 1,500 sq ft, the equivalent of 140 sq m – and has a share of the freehold.

It also has a 24 ft living room with access to a terrace that has views across Regent’s Park. The property in St James’s Terrace is half a mile from St John’s Wood London underground station and is for sale via Sandfords estate agents.

2. Seven-bed house, Prestwood, Buckinghamshire

This seven-bed character property in Buckinghamshire's Prestwood boasts almost 10 acres of land that includes a private lake and outbuildings

This seven-bed character property in Buckinghamshire’s Prestwood boasts almost 10 acres of land that includes a private lake and outbuildings

Strong history: The main house dates back to the 1800s and has remained in the same family for more than thirty years

Strong history: The main house dates back to the 1800s and has remained in the same family for more than thirty years

The property is a mile from the high street in Great Missenden - an affluent village where children's author Roald Dahl lived for 36 years

The property is a mile from the high street in Great Missenden – an affluent village where children’s author Roald Dahl lived for 36 years

This seven-bed house in Buckinghamshire’s Prestwood has almost 10 acres of land that includes a private lake and outbuildings.

The main house dates back to the 1800s and has been in the same family for more than thirty years.

Great Missenden’s high street is one mile away, with its restaurants, shops as well as The Roald Dahl Museum.

GREAT MISSENDEN AND ROALD DAHL COUNTRYSIDE 

Roald Dahl lived and wrote in Great Missenden

Roald Dahl lived and wrote in Great Missenden

Writer Roald Dahl lived and wrote in Great Missenden for 36 years.

The affluent village in Buckinghamshire was the children’s author’s home, until his death in 1990. 

He wrote all of his children’s books and many of his adult short stories in the Writing Hut built in his garden. 

He became one of the world’s best-selling authors, with his books having sold more than 250 million copies. 

Dahl’s books are known for their unsentimental, often darkly comic mood, featuring villainous adult enemies of the child characters. 

The rolling Chiltern countryside around Great Missenden is recognisable from descriptions in many of his books, including Fantastic Mr Fox and Danny the Champion of the World. 

They included James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and Fantastic Mr Fox. 

3. Three-bed flat, South-West London

This three-bed flat in South West London is leasehold and is a third of a mile from Victoria London underground station

This three-bed flat in South West London is leasehold and is a third of a mile from Victoria London underground station

The modern apartment has a kitchen with wood flooring, high ceilings, dark cabinets and space for a dining table and chairs

The modern apartment has a kitchen with wood flooring, high ceilings, dark cabinets and space for a dining table and chairs

The property boasts a roof terrace with views of Westminster and room to entertain family and friends outdoors

The property boasts a roof terrace with views of Westminster and room to entertain family and friends outdoors

This three-bed flat in South West London is leasehold and is a third of a mile from Victoria London underground station.

It boasts a roof terrace with views of Westminster and beyond, and is on the market via Dexters estate agents.

4. Five-bed house, St Mawes, Cornwall

This five-bedroom coastal property in Cornwall is set in two acres of landscaped grounds and includes several outbuildings

This five-bedroom coastal property in Cornwall is set in two acres of landscaped grounds and includes several outbuildings

The spacious barn conversion is called Voskelly Barn and is on the edge of the Cornish coastal village of St Mawes

The spacious barn conversion is called Voskelly Barn and is on the edge of the Cornish coastal village of St Mawes

As well as the main house, there is a detached cottage that could be rented out to help provide an additional income

As well as the main house, there is a detached cottage that could be rented out to help provide an additional income

The appeal of Cornwall’s away from it all feel among buyers took on new meaning during the pandemic, due to its coastlines and open space – and this five-bedroom property in St Mawes has these qualities in abundance.

The barn conversion boasts two acres of landscaped gardens, and is set in the small coastal village of St Mawes. It is being sold via H Tiddy estate agents.

5. Four-bed house, Hutton, Essex

This striking property is in Hutton, in Essex, and it was originally an Art Deco-style house built in the 1930s

This striking property is in Hutton, in Essex, and it was originally an Art Deco-style house built in the 1930s 

The four-bed house has was transformed by the current owners just over a decade ago and today it includes this bright kitchen

The four-bed house has was transformed by the current owners just over a decade ago and today it includes this bright kitchen

The house extends across three floors and includes a swimming pool as well as large glass walls overlooking the garden

The house extends across three floors and includes a swimming pool as well as large glass walls overlooking the garden

This property was originally an Art Deco style house built in the 1930s but has since been transformed by the current owners just over a decade ago.

It extends across three floors and now includes vaulted ceilings, glass walls and egg-shaped doorways. It is being sold via Keller Williams estate agents.

6. Nine-bed property, Lansdown, Somerset

The Coach House Estate on the Lansdown slopes of Bath in Somerset has nine bedrooms, stables and an equine facility

The Coach House Estate on the Lansdown slopes of Bath in Somerset has nine bedrooms, stables and an equine facility

The extensive estate boasts 32 acres and several outbuildings, including a former cow shed that has been renovated

The extensive estate boasts 32 acres and several outbuildings, including a former cow shed that has been renovated

The Coach House Estate on the Lansdown slopes of Bath includes stables and an equine facility.

As well as the main house, there is also a cow shed, a detached building that has been restored to include a bedroom, bathroom and living room.

The estate boasts 32 acres and is being sold via estate agents Bowerhouse.

7. Eight-bed house, Capel, Surrey

The Clockhouse is a beautiful Grade II manor house set in around 2.5 acres of land in the Surrey village of Capel

The Clockhouse is a beautiful Grade II manor house set in around 2.5 acres of land in the Surrey village of Capel

Inside, the property includes wooden beans on the ceiling, stone tiles on the floor and wood panelling on the walls

Inside, the property includes wooden beans on the ceiling, stone tiles on the floor and wood panelling on the walls

The dining area in the manor house has tiled flooring and is in front of decorative windows and a large brick open fireplace

The dining area in the manor house has tiled flooring and is in front of decorative windows and a large brick open fireplace 

The Clockhouse is a Grade II manor house set in around 2.5 acres of land in the Surrey village of Capel.

The eight-bedroom property dates back to 1307 and is currently for sale via estate agents Asprey Estates.

8. Six-bedroom house, Radlett, Herfordshire

This modern six-bedroom house was built only five years ago and is in the affluent village of Radlett in Hertfordshire

This modern six-bedroom house was built only five years ago and is in the affluent village of Radlett in Hertfordshire

The ultra-modern family home includes air conditioning and mood lighting - including around the concrete staircase

The ultra-modern family home includes air conditioning and mood lighting – including around the concrete staircase

This six-bedroom house in the affluent village of Radlett in Hertfordshire was only built five years ago.

The ultra-modern family home includes air conditioning and mood lighting. It is being sold by Godfrey & Barr estate agents.

9. Seven-bed house, Ickenham, London

This luxury house in London's Ickenham is accessed via an electric gate and has a paved parking area at the front with space for at least 10 cars

This luxury house in London’s Ickenham is accessed via an electric gate and has a paved parking area at the front with space for at least 10 cars

Inside the seven-bed property, there is plenty of entertainment space - including this cinema room with leather sofas

Inside the seven-bed property, there is plenty of entertainment space – including this cinema room with leather sofas

This luxury seven-bedroom house in London’s Ickenham is accessed via an electric gate.

It is within walking distance of Ickenham high street and station, and is being sold by Robert Cooper & Co estate agents.

10. Five-bed house in Ascot, Berkshire

This gated family home in Berkshire's Ascot has five bedrooms and has been built with state-of-the-art features throughout

This gated family home in Berkshire’s Ascot has five bedrooms and has been built with state-of-the-art features throughout

The large kitchen has subtle two-tone cabinets, tiled flooring and a large central island with plenty of space for entertaining

The large kitchen has subtle two-tone cabinets, tiled flooring and a large central island with plenty of space for entertaining

The sophisticated kitchen extends to include a seating area that has a temperature controlled wine wall as a backdrop

The sophisticated kitchen extends to include a seating area that has a temperature controlled wine wall as a backdrop

This modern family home in Berkshire’s Ascot has been built with all mod cons, including Control4 home automation and Sonos sound system in all rooms.

It has five bedrooms and is being sold by Hamptons estate agents.

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Djokovic violated Australia’s highest national value – a ‘fair go’

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Every few years, a celebrity tries to test out the Australian border and in a nationalistic show of strength they are sent packing.

To the outside world it might seem from time to time that Australia chooses a celebrity to sacrifice at the altar of sovereignty. It must seem we make an example out of them, to scare everyone else off lying on their immigration forms and from smuggling forbidden, squashed fruit from the aeroplane meal into the country.

Things got a bit heated back in 2015 when Johnny Depp and Amber Heard sneaked their dogs into the island nation with a delicate ecosystem and a fondness for biosecurity. It escalated when the now deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to have the dogs put down.

Depp and Heard ended up copping a fine, complying with procedures and were made to film a video apologising to Australia in a performance as natural and warm as a hostage proof of life tape.

Depp eventually turned around and said Joyce looked like he was “inbred with a tomato”, but only after he was safely back in the US, like the notable big man he is. Deputy PM Joyce recently shot back in trademark eloquence calling Depp a “deadshit” live on national breakfast television.

Citizens of other (more boring) countries might be dismayed that their national 2ic would trade verbal blows with Captain Jack Sparrow. Not Australians though, who are taught in high school that our economy and trade could be threatened by an outbreak caused from improperly imported fauna and flora. We said “Good onya Barnaby” for applying the rules fairly and squarely, regardless of stardom.

There was broad support for his actions at the time, just as there has for the cancellation of Novak Djokovic’s visa. There has been a lot of legal wrangling involving the Balkan bad boy of tennis, who is now to be deported, but for Australians the stoush was really over one thing: did he try to get around the rules?

There’s a lot of overseas analysis around the Australian public and the political will behind pursuing the case against the tennis star. After all “Djoker” (Jock-a), as he’s known here, is one of the biggest crowd-drawing players at the Australian Open, a banner event in a country where sport is the default religion. Why not let this one slide?

It’s being said that Australians just love rules. But I think this is over simplistic. What Australians actually love is fairness. In past surveys Australians have listed “fairness” and getting a “fair go” as their highest national values. There is an expectation that it doesn’t matter who the person is, they should be treated equally. We hate special treatment, particularly when it’s a public figure appearing to bend the rules the rest of us are following.

In Ireland sometimes there is the ‘ah here, sure look, go on ahead’ approach. This can be a publican letting patrons stay for a sneaky lock in, the bus driver letting you on when you don’t have correct change, but also includes say a person keeping their high-profile job after attending a certain golf function.

Rules in Ireland are bent for people we know, just as we give jobs, rentals and sometimes vaccines to people we know, in the name of “helping out”. This is seen as a positive thing by those receiving the favour, and “nepotism” by others.

Of course, Australia also has favouritism and nepotism but we like to think we don’t. Rules equate to fairness. Everybody has to be inconvenienced equally. Someone trying to get around rules when the rest of us are stuck following rules, even if they’re ones we hate, deserves to be punished.

Covid-19 has exacerbated the situation. No one is enjoying Covid rules. “I am doing the right thing, and it’s deprived me of joy just so this utter tiprat next to me can ignore them at will” is the angry thought rattling around in our rage filled brains.

Australians have not forgotten the 40,000 or so “stranded Aussies” who remained stuck overseas thanks to strict border controls during the pandemic. Those who did not get to see dying parents or hold their own children. A multi-millionaire tennis player seemingly looking for a loophole to hit a ball about for a few weeks because he refused to be vaccinated was never going to go down well.

When Djokovic stayed at the Park Hotel, the only people who might have been happy to see him were the asylum seekers who have been held there for years by the Australian Government while they await processing. They made signs and waved to TV cameras, hoping to draw attention to the “rules” keeping them locked up without an end in sight.

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Interiors trends for 2022: It’s all about vibrant designs and natural textures

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Some home trends last the course (think sustainable design and open-plan living), while others are, thankfully, fleeting (goodbye matching furniture and round beds). 

But there are a few we can count on to stay the distance this year.

So here’s what we think will be in vogue for the next 12 months.

Jaunty: A striped armchair. Curves, spheres, lozenges and circular silhouettes reflect our current desire for a greater sense of flexibility in the way we merge work and play

Jaunty: A striped armchair. Curves, spheres, lozenges and circular silhouettes reflect our current desire for a greater sense of flexibility in the way we merge work and play

Soft shapes

Curves, spheres, lozenges and circular silhouettes reflect our current desire for a greater sense of flexibility in the way we merge work and play.

‘You can expect to see more organic shapes coming to the forefront in terms of furniture,’ says the Dining Chair Co’s Amanda Huber. 

‘Curved designs feature softer lines, creating a less strict and more informal setting.’ Check out the gracious shape of Soho Home’s Luciana sofa, £2,495.

Playful pieces

The latest interiors don’t take themselves too seriously — the idea is to elevate simple materials or use them in a creative way.

Think wide, jaunty stripes on an overscaled armchair (take a look at Buchanan Studio’s Studio chair, £2,394, for inspiration), half-length linen café curtains used as cupboard skirts, and trims, tassels, bobbles and fringing on curtains, lampshades and upholstery. 

Relaxed, unfitted kitchens also feed into this look: Buster + Punch’s latest foray into freestanding cabinetry is designed to easily adapt to lifestyle shifts.

Earthy: Bold, natural colours are set to have a resurgence in our homes next year

Earthy: Bold, natural colours are set to have a resurgence in our homes next year 

Colour confidence

More of us are experimenting with colour — whether that’s mixing bold primary tones, colour washing our walls or choosing confident finishes such as all-gloss or soft plaster. 

Warm hues and nature’s tones are set to prevail, from rich terracotta and sand to olive and deeper greens.

This calming, earthy palette suits our renewed connection to nature during the ebbs and flows of the pandemic, when ‘home’ has become a byword for sanctuary. Look out for calming and uplifting bright blues.

Handcrafted appeal

Items that feature the hand of their maker inject individuality, such as the beautifully detailed pieces of Galvin Brothers: the Bobbin Side Table, £375, or the Fluted Cabinet, £4,800, both future design classics, which take inspiration from the shape of ancient columns.

Introduce handcrafted appeal through lighting, too. Susie Atkinson’s Plato lamp bases, inspired by 1940s conical leather lamps, are coated in high gloss colours. They work well with a hand-painted or trimmed shade; Rosi de Ruig’s are a timeless option, priced from £60.

Swish: Bert & May¿s Ric Rac tile from designer Samantha Todhunter

Swish: Bert & May’s Ric Rac tile from designer Samantha Todhunter

Mindful design

Lessening our impact on the planet remains key. 

‘Sustainability is not a trend, but a key design principle,’ says Kelling Designs’ Emma Deterding. 

‘It’s about changing our mindset to embrace upcycling, reupholstering and repairing.’ 

This also translates into buying fewer but better pieces and researching provenance.

‘Seek out items made from recycled materials, such as outdoor furniture produced from recycled aluminium, upcycled fabrics or fabric leftovers for upholstery, and recycled glass for tableware and tops,’ says interior designer Claudia Ludwig.

Flexible living

With many of us required to work from home at a moment’s notice, our living spaces need to accommodate relaxing, escaping, cooking and working. So quality joinery is high priority.

‘All of my projects focus on it, from library style shelving and desks to concealed storage,’ says interior designer Louise Robinson.

‘Another trend that has become hugely popular is open-plan layouts and indoor/outdoor living, which is set to continue as we try to reclaim our homes from pandemic living,’ says Fionnuala Johnston, senior home designer at John Lewis.

Try textures

The trick is to look for less obvious ways to introduce these familiar elements. Try opting for warm oak internal doors rather than ubiquitous Crittall; lining front door surrounds and frames with richly veined marble or using tactile Zellige tiles in bathrooms and kitchens.

Check out Bert & May’s new Ric Rac collection with designer Samantha Todhunter, whose pattern is inspired by the ric rac ribbon she used to sew onto the Spanish dancing skirts she made as a child.

Global interiors

Armchair travel is on the rise as many are reluctant to take risks.

That translates to confident interiors that are embracing global design motifs, from deeply pictorial wallpaper such as Osborne & Little’s Portovenere, featuring retro Ligurian village scenes, £94 per roll, to patterned flora and fauna soft furnishings.

Charming ceramics

Spanish and Italian handmade pottery is enjoying a resurgence. See the vintage collection at The Edition 94, from £40 per plate and the range of decorative jugs, plates and dishes by traditional maker Cerámica J. Marín, available at Liberty.

Savings of the week! Winter duvets

Dunelm¿s Fogarty Soft Touch microfibre-filled duvet costs from £17.60 to £35, depending on size

Dunelm’s Fogarty Soft Touch microfibre-filled duvet costs from £17.60 to £35, depending on size

Fuel bills are set to soar. Since turning up your thermostat against winter chills will harm the wallet this year, consider a new duvet, an item on which heartwarming savings are now available,

This will also be an investment in better sleep, improving your health and mood in the morning. 

If you share your bed, a 10.5 tog rating duvet should be sufficiently cosy.

Dunelm’s Fogarty Soft Touch microfibre-filled duvet costs from £17.60 to £35, depending on size, a 20 per cent reduction. 

A kingsize costs £33.60, down from £42. For a little more, you can have the microfibre-filled Feels-Like-Down duvet from bedding store Julian Charles, which costs from £55 to £85, a 50 per cent reduction. 

The Woolroom Deluxe costs from £112.50 after a 25 per cent reduction

The Woolroom Deluxe costs from £112.50 after a 25 per cent reduction

The price of the kingsize is £75, down from £150.

Happy to splurge? Then prices for Marks & Spencer’s Luxury Siberian goosedown duvet start at £192, down 40 per cent.

Should you dream of snuggling up under a British wool-filled duvet, the Woolroom Deluxe costs from £112.50 after a 25 per cent reduction. 

The kingsize is £157.50 down from £210.

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One winner claims €19m Lotto jackpot in first ‘will be won’ draw

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After more than 60 draws over seven months the €19.06 million National Lottery jackpot was finally won tonight by one person who matched all six numbers.

The jackpot had remained capped at €19.06 million since October 2nd and had not been won since June last year. It is the biggest National Lottery jackpot win in in the State.

The jackpot numbers drawn were: 2, 9, 16, 30, 37, 40 while the bonus number was 23.

Tonight had been the first “will be won” National Lottery draw which could have seen the prize shared among those who matched five numbers and a bonus number, or, if still no winners, those who matched five numbers, in the absence of an overall winner.

However, this process was not required as one lucky person matched all six numbers.

Almost €5.5 million was shared by 149 players who matched five numbers and the bonus number.

The National Lottery said it would will reveal details on where the winning ticket was sold in the coming days.

A spokesman for the National Lottery advised everyone who played to check their tickets.

“If they are the lucky winner, we encourage them to sign the back of the ticket immediately and contact our prize claims team on 1800 666 222 or email claims@lottery.ie , and we will make arrangements for you to collect your prize.”

Earlier the Lotto app and website came under severe strain ahead of the first “will be won” jackpot draw.

Some users of the Lotto App were confronted with this message in the minutes shortly before the cut-off to buy tickets.
Some users of the Lotto App were confronted with this message in the minutes shortly before the cut-off to buy tickets.

Some players seeking to play via the Lotto app shortly before the 7.45pm cut-off were told that “due to high traffic volumes we are experiencing technical difficulties”.

The National Lottery website was also displaying a “currently unavailable” message shortly before the draw at 8pm.

Sales of tickets for tonight’s draw were reported to have been significantly higher than a standard draw.

The succession of jackpot rollovers had prompted the operator of the National Lottery, Premier Lotteries Ireland, to seek the addition of the “will be won” draw.

In future lottery jackpots will only rollover five times once the prize cap has been reached.

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