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Three-bed Surrey house for sale on Zoopla has five domes and Egyptian hieroglyphics

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If you fancy immersing yourself with Middle Eastern architecture, this three-bedroom detached property in Surrey fits the brief.

The home was built in the 1920s by Percy Stammwitz who worked at the National History Museum. But it was his craving for Egyptology and Middle Eastern architecture stemming from his war service in the Sinai desert that inspired the build.

The concrete structure is named Arnussi, after an oasis near Gaza. It includes five domes influenced by the Great Temple of Jerusalem, together with two minarets, one of which originally served as a chimney.

This house in Surrey was inspired by Middle East architecture and is named Arnussi, after an oasis near Gaza

This house in Surrey was inspired by Middle East architecture and is named Arnussi, after an oasis near Gaza

The current owners bought the property in 2004 and added this large - and colourful - triple aspect living room

The current owners bought the property in 2004 and added this large – and colourful – triple aspect living room

Other features of this unique property include hieroglyphics at the main entrance and throughout the home – including the motto Pro Aris Et Focism meaning For Hearth and Home – moulded over the fireplace in the dining room. 

It came from the Mounted Police regime, which Mr Stammwitz served in during the Boer War.

The current owners bought the property in 2004 and added their own features, including a large triple aspect living room which overlooks the landscaped garden and surrounding fields.

To one side, a door opens onto a south-facing balcony, which has space to entertain with a table and chairs.

The unique property includes hieroglyphics at the main entrance as well as throughout the interior of the building

The unique property includes hieroglyphics at the main entrance as well as throughout the interior of the building

The property was built in the 1920s and has been renovated over the years, including by the current owners who bought it in 2004

The property was built in the 1920s and has been renovated over the years, including by the current owners who bought it in 2004

The hieroglyphics include the motto Pro Aris Et Focism - meaning For Hearth and Home -which is moulded over the fireplace in the dining room

The hieroglyphics include the motto Pro Aris Et Focism – meaning For Hearth and Home -which is moulded over the fireplace in the dining room

The impressive property in Sunbury-on-Thames boasts five domes influenced by the Great Temple of Jerusalem

The impressive property in Sunbury-on-Thames boasts five domes influenced by the Great Temple of Jerusalem

Modern touches in the house include underfloor heating and a utility room, as well as an integrated kitchen

Modern touches in the house include underfloor heating and a utility room, as well as an integrated kitchen

The property is being sold by estate agents Curchods, which has put it on the market with a price tag of £875,000.

In its marketing literature, it explains that the current owners ‘undertook an extensive restoration programme, paying particular attention to the fabric of the building, employing specialist contractors to take it back to its original structure’.

The works included stabilising and waterproofing the external concrete, resurfacing the roof with a seamless membrane covering, and some interior design.

The agent added: ‘Their attention to detail to ensure their home is well insulated and meets modern day demands, is quite outstanding. This modernisation programme has remained faithful to Percy Stammwitz’s vision and it is now ready for the next custodian to cherish what is a very special home.’

The agent went on to advise that while the quirky property now includes modern creature comforts such as underfloor heating, a utility room and an integrated kitchen, ‘please don’t go looking for en-suite bathrooms or chrome fittings’.

The characterful interior has statement tiles and colours throughout including in this family bathroom on the ground floor

The characterful interior has statement tiles and colours throughout including in this family bathroom on the ground floor

Outside, there is a large landscaped garden, including a lawn area with space for a designer hammock and swing seat

Outside, there is a large landscaped garden, including a lawn area with space for a designer hammock and swing seat

There are three bedrooms on the ground floor of the house, which also has a lower ground floor with a utility and a study

There are three bedrooms on the ground floor of the house, which also has a lower ground floor with a utility and a study

The varied colour scheme includes this wall painted in deep blue and earth coloured tiles on the floor

The varied colour scheme includes this wall painted in deep blue and earth coloured tiles on the floor

From the living room, a door opens onto a south-facing balcony, which has space to entertain friends and family

From the living room, a door opens onto a south-facing balcony, which has space to entertain friends and family

Inside of the house, one of the domes has been painted with a gold colour, which contrasts with the white walls

Inside of the house, one of the domes has been painted with a gold colour, which contrasts with the white walls

The average price of a property in Sunbury-on-Thames is £492,816, which compares to £322,758 for Britain, according to property website Zoopla.  

The town of Sunbury-on-Thames has two main focal points, which include Lower Sunbury – known locally as Lower Sunbury village – which is the older part next to the river. 

Separately, there is Sunbury Common, which is to the north and surrounds the railway station and the London end of the M3 motorway.

Lower Sunbury contains most of the town’s parks, pubs, and listed buildings, while Sunbury Common is more urban and includes offices and hotels. The property is only one mile from Lower Sunbury village, and comes with a garage and parking. 

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘Arnussi is a spectacular property that is brimming with talking points including hieroglyphics, minarets and other features that are typical of middle eastern architecture. 

‘The characterful interior with its statement tiles and bold colours adds to the other-worldly atmosphere, as does the semi-tropical landscaped garden.’

There is a separate patio area outside in the landscape garden, with enough space for a dining table and several chairs

There is a separate patio area outside in the landscape garden, with enough space for a dining table and several chairs

The property is being sold by estate agents Curchods, which has put it on the market with a price tag of £875,000

The property is being sold by estate agents Curchods, which has put it on the market with a price tag of £875,000 

The property is only one mile from the area known locally as Lower Sunbury village, and comes with a garage and parking

 The property is only one mile from the area known locally as Lower Sunbury village, and comes with a garage and parking

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Fraser to attend Oireachtas committee on Zappone controversy

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The State’s highest ranking civil servant will appear before an Oireachtas committee to explain the circumstances around the now-scrapped appointment of Katherine Zappone as special envoy.

The secretary general of the Department of Taoiseach Martin Fraser will appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs next week.

Members of the committee are expected to ask Mr Fraser to explain in detail when precisely Ms Zappone’s name was communicated to the Department of the Taoiseach.

Controversy erupted in late July over an attempt by Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to appoint Ms Zappone as a special envoy for freedom of expression and LGBTQ+ rights.

On Monday, former minister Zappone turned down an invitation to appear before the committee to discuss the matter.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin was not aware of plans to appoint her before they came before Cabinet just before the summer recess.

Moreover, Fianna Fáil has disputed a claim from Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s that Ms Zappone was named as a UN special envoy in a memo sent to the Taoiseach’s office the day before the Cabinet discussed the proposed appointment.

“The memo with the name of Katherine Zappone was in the Taoiseach’s office, the day before the Cabinet meeting,” Mr Varadkar said earlier this month.

“Notwithstanding that, Simon Coveney and I had a responsibility to flag that to him as a Minister, me as a leader in Government, there should be good faith and no surprises, and I’ve spoken the Taoiseach about that, and apologised.”

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath disputed this and said that an “under the arm memo” sent to the office of the Taoiseach the day before the Cabinet meeting on July 27th did not mention Ms Zappone.

Mr Fraser’s decision to appear before the committee means the controversy will continue into another week.

Mr Fraser, who has been secretary general at the Department of the Taoiseach for a decade, is to move from Government Buildings late next year to become the Irish ambassador in London.

In mid-September, the Dáil voted confidence in Mr Coveney by 92 votes to 59.

Separately, Mr Varadkar has now sought to downplay reports of a “sting” operation arising from the Zappone affair, whereby a junior minister reportedly gave false information to a senior minister during a phone call, which then made its way to a journalist.

The Tánaiste said he had spoken with Patrick O’Donovan, reportedly the junior minister involved, but said he had not been shown text messages arising from the “sting” and that “there have been no confrontations” about it.

“He’s shown me no text messages or anything like that. This is an internal matter that will be dealt with within Fine Gael,” Mr Varadkar said. “I’m aware of what’s been reported and I’ve spoken to all the Fine Gael cabinet Ministers about this.”

Asked whether Ms Zappone should attend or otherwise respond to written questions from the Oireachtas committee, Mr Varadkar said it was a matter for her and the committee, arguing the Government had “moved on”.

Speaking in New York on Monday, the Taoiseach also sought to draw a line under the controversy, saying Ms Zappone was a “private citizen”. Mr Martin said: “As far as I’m concerned we’ve had enough debate about it now.”

“This was in effect, an under the arm memo which means it is brought to Cabinet on the morning of the Cabinet meeting itself and that was the first time that the name Katherine Zappone was with the Taoiseach and with all of the other Cabinet colleagues so that is certainly the case.”

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How much it costs to buy near new Nine Elms and Battersea tube stations

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Two new Underground stations opened this week – Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station.

But while the areas feature lots of new housing for London, people looking to move to there and jump on the Tube’s extended Northern Line will pay a hefty price tag.

The average price of a house in Nine Elms is £726,131, according to Zoopla, but they have got cheaper. This is a drop of more than 6 per cent on a year ago, the equivalent of £50,000. 

But that average price doubles to £1,501,091 once you narrow a buyer’s search area from the wider Nine Elms area to just the Nine Elms development site, which is the new housing just south of the River Thames. 

And there’s the opportunity to spend much more – among the three homes we found below in the location was a flat in Battersea Power Station for £16million.

A luxury penthouse high up on the eleventh and twelfth floors of Battersea Power Station is for sale for £16million with estate agent Copperstones - see more details below

A luxury penthouse high up on the eleventh and twelfth floors of Battersea Power Station is for sale for £16million with estate agent Copperstones – see more details below

Two new Underground stations have opened this week: One at Nine Elms and the other at Battersea Power Station

Two new Underground stations have opened this week: One at Nine Elms and the other at Battersea Power Station

Buyers looking at the Nine Elms development will need a typical budget of £1.5m, according to property website Zoopla

Buyers looking at the Nine Elms development will need a typical budget of £1.5m, according to property website Zoopla

Billions of pounds of investment have been pumped into the area in recent years, including through the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.

The decommissioned coal-fired power station is now luxury flats and penthouses – while there has also been the building of a new US Embassy in Nine Elms.

Despite the recent falls in average house prices near the stations, property experts suggest that values will rise, at least in the surrounding areas.

Billions of pounds of investment have been pumped into the Nine Elms area in recent years, including through the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station

Billions of pounds of investment have been pumped into the Nine Elms area in recent years, including through the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station

Buying agent Henry Pryor said: ‘While some might expect the new stations to be full of people fleeing the Nightmare on Nine Elms Street, these new infrastructure nodes are really going to give the area a genuine lift.

‘Lower Chelsea and the area around Battersea Park may well see prices bumped up by as much as 10 per cent, even if many buyers in SW11 thought that they were high enough.’

We take a look at three properties for sale at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms 

1. Two-bed flat, Battersea Power Station, £1.15m

This luxury flat is close to the Battersea Power Station Underground station, which opened this week in London

This luxury flat is close to the Battersea Power Station Underground station, which opened this week in London

The modern property is on the market for £1.15million and is being sold via estate agents Martin & Co

The modern property is on the market for £1.15million and is being sold via estate agents Martin & Co

Inside, there is an open-plan living area with a fully-fitted kitchen, while outside there is a covered and tiled private balcony

Inside, there is an open-plan living area with a fully-fitted kitchen, while outside there is a covered and tiled private balcony

There are two bedrooms, including the main one boasting an en-suite shower room and room for a baby's cot

There are two bedrooms, including the main one boasting an en-suite shower room and room for a baby’s cot

There is also a smaller balcony at the rear of the flat that overlooks the railway tracks that carries commuters in and out of central London

There is also a smaller balcony at the rear of the flat that overlooks the railway tracks that carries commuters in and out of central London

This luxury two-bedroom flat is in the redeveloped Battersea Power Station and has an asking price of £1.15m.

It has an open-plan living area with a fully-fitted kitchen and a large private balcony.

Residents have access to a library, private cinema, communal gardens, a gym, swimming pool and a concierge service. The flat is being sold via estate agents Martin & Co.

2. Six-bed penthouse, Battersea Power Station, £16m

The modern interiors include designer crittall-style doors and walls, which are made from many panes of glass

The modern interiors include designer crittall-style doors and walls, which are made from many panes of glass

The property has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms - including this one with a cooper bath -, a roof terrace and two parking spaces

The property has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms – including this one with a cooper bath -, a roof terrace and two parking spaces

The penthouse boasts far-reaching views from the private balcony across the River Thames and towards the city

The penthouse boasts far-reaching views from the private balcony across the River Thames and towards the city

The London penthouse has a hefty price tag and is being sold via estate agents Copperstones for £16million

The London penthouse has a hefty price tag and is being sold via estate agents Copperstones for £16million

This luxury penthouse is on the eleventh and twelfth floors of Battersea Power Station, with views across the River Thames and the capital.

It has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a roof terrace and two parking spaces.

You’ll need deep pockets to buy it due to its £16million price tag. It is being sold by estate agents Copperstones.

3. Three-bedroom flat, Nine Elms, £3.95m

The three-bedroom flat is in the Ambassador Building in Nine Elms and has a light interior with walnut parquet flooring

The three-bedroom flat is in the Ambassador Building in Nine Elms and has a light interior with walnut parquet flooring

The luxury home has floor to ceiling windows and is being sold via estate agents Johns & Co with an asking price of £3.95m

The luxury home has floor to ceiling windows and is being sold via estate agents Johns & Co with an asking price of £3.95m 

The famous Sky Pool floats 10 storeys up between two skyscrapers at the Embassy Gardens development in London

The famous Sky Pool floats 10 storeys up between two skyscrapers at the Embassy Gardens development in London

This flat is in the Ambassador Building in Nine Elms at the Embassy Gardens development – home to the Sky Pool.

It is three bedrooms, walnut parquet flooring, marble work surfaces and floor to ceiling windows.

It has an asking price of £3.95m and is being sold via estate agents Johns & Co.

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What to expect in Budget 2022? Small tax cuts and modest welfare increases

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Public spending may have rocketed over the past 20 months due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic but it appears that tax cuts and welfare increases will be on the table nonetheless when the Government sets out its budget on October 12th.

As Tánaiste Leo Varadkar recently said, there will be tax measures aimed at “middle-income people in particular”, as well as a welfare package to offset the impact of the rising cost of living.

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