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Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood’s home for sale for £3.3m

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The stunning Hampshire home of Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood is for sale at £3,295,000 – and it’s a property that’s strictly glamorous.

Inside, the seven-bedroom country house matches the famous sparkling personality of its owner with plenty of glitz, including a Swarovski crystal-encrusted Buddha in the living room, clear designer dining chairs in the kitchen and a white grand piano in the impressive conservatory.

Fittingly, the conservatory has three bespoke glitter balls as finials, also covered in Swarovski crystals.

MailOnline Property spoke exclusively to Craig about his love for the house, why despite that he is selling up, and his property plans for the future. 

It's a 10!: The stunning Hampshire home of Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood is for sale for £3,295,000

It’s a 10!: The stunning Hampshire home of Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood is for sale for £3,295,000

The grand countryside property has a long driveway, sits in seven acres and has five bathrooms along with its seven bedrooms.

The performer has lived at the property for the past seven years, having previously lived in London’s Camden. 

About the interior design of his home in Middlecot near Andover, he said: ‘It is not going to suit everyone, but there are a lot of sparkles and I love it here.

‘It is more like a London house in the middle of Hampshire. It was built in 2008 and I have lived here for seven years.’

The main living room has wooden flooring, a large stone fireplace and a Swarovski crystal-encrusted Buddha

The main living room has wooden flooring, a large stone fireplace and a Swarovski crystal-encrusted Buddha

Craig has lived at the property for seven years and has loved being part of the Hampshire village with his fantastic neighbours

Craig has lived at the property for seven years and has loved being part of the Hampshire village with his fantastic neighbours

The sale of the modern countryside property in Hampshire's Middlecot, Quarley, is being handled by estate agents Dybles

The sale of the modern countryside property in Hampshire’s Middlecot, Quarley, is being handled by estate agents Dybles

Each of the rooms at the property are spacious, and even the conservatory has sufficient room to house a grand piano

Each of the rooms at the property are spacious, and even the conservatory has sufficient room to house a grand piano

The 'vol-au-vent' kitchen is separate from the professional kitchen and is perfect for entertaining family and friends

The ‘vol-au-vent’ kitchen is separate from the professional kitchen and is perfect for entertaining family and friends

The dancing show judge’s favourite parts of the house, include the orangery and the conservatory.

He said: ‘In the glass house, you are really sitting in the garden and you feel connected to that when the bifolds are open.

‘You can sit it in quietly and observe nature and the animals, such as the deer.’

Craig's engagement to Jonathan Myring means that the couple are now looking to move closer to Jonathan's family

Craig’s engagement to Jonathan Myring means that the couple are now looking to move closer to Jonathan’s family

Craig installed this large conservatory at the rural property to make the most of the surrounding countryside views

Craig installed this large conservatory at the rural property to make the most of the surrounding countryside views

Craig's favourite part of the house: The large conservatory has bifold doors that lead into the main living area

Craig’s favourite part of the house: The large conservatory has bifold doors that lead into the main living area

The dining room also has bifold doors that open out onto the conservatory, along with a fireplace and a large mirror

The dining room also has bifold doors that open out onto the conservatory, along with a fireplace and a large mirror

On moving out of the capital, Craig said: ‘I had no idea what it was going to be like moving to the countryside, in fact I was quite afraid of the dark having been used to city street lights permeating the dark.

‘But now I wouldn’t give it up for the world and only go back to London for work. I’m really pleased I made the decision seven years ago to move here.’

However, his engagement to Jonathan Myring means that the couple are now looking to move closer to his partner’s family.

Craig said: ‘We want to move north, a similar distance from London, to be near Jonathan’s family. That is the only reason we are moving.’ 

Behind the scenes: There is a separate chef's kitchen where the food is prepared when Craig hosted lavish dinner parties in pre-pandemic lockdown times

Behind the scenes: There is a separate chef’s kitchen where the food is prepared when Craig hosted lavish dinner parties in pre-pandemic lockdown times

Keeping on dancing! There is a dedicated space in the house for working out using some gym equipment and free weights

Keeping on dancing! There is a dedicated space in the house for working out using some gym equipment and free weights

There is plenty of sparkle throughout the house, including large mirrors and a long glass chandelier that hangs over the stairs

There is plenty of sparkle throughout the house, including large mirrors and a long glass chandelier that hangs over the stairs

A bedroom fit for a diva? In total, the Hampshire property boasts seven bedrooms, as well as  five bathrooms

A bedroom fit for a diva? In total, the Hampshire property boasts seven bedrooms, as well as  five bathrooms

Craig loves the house and has added some parts, including a separate chef’s kitchen. It leaves the original kitchen as an entertaining space.

He said: ‘You come out into the vol-au-vent kitchen. If you have a dinner party and you want to prep everything, it is good to have the second kitchen area.’

He explains that his favourite dinner party guests – in pre-lockdown days – were his ‘oldest friends from London’ who don’t come to the country for a day, but have stayed for a week as they see it as a holiday.

The house is certainly big enough to accommodate a large party with its vast entertaining space and its separate annexe.

Craig added a kitchen to the annexe, which he says would be ideal for someone who works from home.

Craig spoke exclusively to MailOnline Property about how difficult it will be to leave the house he has fallen in love with

Craig spoke exclusively to MailOnline Property about how difficult it will be to leave the house he has fallen in love with

The property has a separate annexe, which now includes a sleeping area, office space and a well-equipped kitchen

The property has a separate annexe, which now includes a sleeping area, office space and a well-equipped kitchen

Outside on the patio, there is more space for dining and entertaining, which is surrounded by seven acres of land

Outside on the patio, there is more space for dining and entertaining, which is surrounded by seven acres of land

The fun continues outside with an inviting hot tub and a large swimming pool - overlooked by a couple of penguin statues

The fun continues outside with an inviting hot tub and a large swimming pool – overlooked by a couple of penguin statues

Craig told MailOnline Property that he shall miss the neighbours in Hampshire, who he described as 'fantastic'

 Craig told MailOnline Property that he shall miss the neighbours in Hampshire, who he described as ‘fantastic’

Craig also has plans to start his own vineyard. These will now continue in a separate location, although he had moved down the road of creating one at his Andover home.

He said: ‘Covid struck and we couldn’t get hold of the vines. I don’t have the same amount of land in the new property, which has two acres rather than the seven that we have now, so we will need to look at buying additional land.

‘We had the soil tested here and it is possible to grow Champagne. It is a Champagne area and the land is on an incline. It is perfect for that.’

Craig says it will be difficult to leave the property, but he is ready to start his new chapter with his fiancé.

He said: ‘I have absolutely loved living here and being part of Hampshire. I shall miss all the neighbours, who are fantastic and you don’t often get that. It will be a difficult house to give up as I have totally fallen in love with it.

‘It is a new adventure and we are now going to start our married lives together in a new place near his family. It will be so nice to share our lives together a bit more.’

Vineyard business potential: Craig has had the soil tested at the property and says it is possible to grow grapes for Champagne-style wine

Vineyard business potential: Craig has had the soil tested at the property and says it is possible to grow grapes for Champagne-style wine

One of the many features that Craig loves about the property is the long driveway that leads up to the main entrance

One of the many features that Craig loves about the property is the long driveway that leads up to the main entrance

: There is a large multi-car garage, which houses a large woodburner

The property is ideal for those with several cars as there is a multi-car garage, which also houses a large woodburner

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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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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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