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Victorian boathouse on the Thames that featured in The Wind in the Willows goes on sale for £2M

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A Victorian riverside boathouse built in 1880 on the Thames that features in The Wind in the Willows film has gone on the market for £2million. 

Rippling Waters, in the town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire, also featured in the 1996 film True Blue about the Oxford boat race.   

It has an enclosed mooring as well as two moorings on the bank, making it ideal for those who want to spend their days messing about in boats like Ratty and Mole. 

The property is in one of the prettiest spots on the Thames which is popular with celebrities.

Writer Jerome K Jerome, who wrote Three Men in a Boat, lived in the town as did Mary Shelley who finished writing her Gothic masterpiece Frankenstein while in Marlow.

The house has 1,813 square feet of living space. On the ground floor is an enclosed mooring on the water, suitable for a 30ft vessel with 10ft ceiling height at normal tide, a small kitchen area and shower room/toilet.

Rippling Waters, in the town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire, also featured in the 1996 film True Blue about the Oxford boat race. Pictured: The boathouse's enclosed mooring on the banks of the River Thames

Rippling Waters, in the town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire, also featured in the 1996 film True Blue about the Oxford boat race. Pictured: The boathouse’s enclosed mooring on the banks of the River Thames

It has an enclosed mooring as well as two moorings on the bank, making it ideal for those who want to spend their days messing about in boats like Ratty and Mole. Pictured: The idyllic garden with a spiral staircase

It has an enclosed mooring as well as two moorings on the bank, making it ideal for those who want to spend their days messing about in boats like Ratty and Mole. Pictured: The idyllic garden with a spiral staircase

Writer Jerome K Jerome, who wrote Three Men in a Boat, lived in the town as did Mary Shelley who finished writing her gothic masterpiece Frankenstein while in Marlow. Pictured: A scenic view of the River Thames just next to the property

Writer Jerome K Jerome, who wrote Three Men in a Boat, lived in the town as did Mary Shelley who finished writing her gothic masterpiece Frankenstein while in Marlow. Pictured: A scenic view of the River Thames just next to the property 

The house has 1,813 square feet of living space. On the ground floor is an enclosed mooring on the water, suitable for a 30ft vessel with 10ft ceiling height at normal tide, a small kitchen area and shower room/toilet. Pictured: A Juliette balcony in the property leads out on to a stunning view of the Thames

The house has 1,813 square feet of living space. On the ground floor is an enclosed mooring on the water, suitable for a 30ft vessel with 10ft ceiling height at normal tide, a small kitchen area and shower room/toilet. Pictured: A Juliette balcony in the property leads out on to a stunning view of the Thames 

The house sits directly on the River Thames - making it the perfect location for the film adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows

The house sits directly on the River Thames – making it the perfect location for the film adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows  

Upstairs it has two bedrooms, a large reception room overlooking the river, a galley kitchen and a bathroom. Pictured: The living room with ornate wallpaper and a log fireplace

Upstairs it has two bedrooms, a large reception room overlooking the river, a galley kitchen and a bathroom. Pictured: The living room with ornate wallpaper and a log fireplace 

Francis Stickney, from Riverhomes, said: 'This boathouse is completely unique. I have seen two other of this sort of build and age in my ten years with Riverhomes, so it's a real one-off.' Pictured: The living room features exposed beams and a slightly curved ceiling

Francis Stickney, from Riverhomes, said: ‘This boathouse is completely unique. I have seen two other of this sort of build and age in my ten years with Riverhomes, so it’s a real one-off.’ Pictured: The living room features exposed beams and a slightly curved ceiling 

Upstairs it has two bedrooms, a large reception room overlooking the river, a galley kitchen and a bathroom.

There is also a separate one-bedroom studio, which could have a garage reinstated.

Francis Stickney, from Riverhomes, said: ‘This boathouse is completely unique. I have seen two other of this sort of build and age in my ten years with Riverhomes, so it’s a real one-off.

‘The current owners live not far away but in the town and have used it as a weekend retreat for friends and family for 40 years. It’s somewhere to go and enjoy a nice sunny day and play on the river.

‘Marlow is very popular, the great and the good of the entertainment world have all flocked there, particularly during lockdown, looking for outdoor space and places to walk. The DJ Chris Evans lives there – he calls it Marlow-fornia – and chef Tom Kerridge.

Ms Stickney added: 'Marlow is very popular, the great and the good of the entertainment world have all flocked there, particularly during lockdown, looking for outdoor space and places to walk. The DJ Chris Evans lives there - he calls it Marlow-fornia - and chef Tom Kerridge.' Pictured: One of the two upstairs bedrooms with exposed beams and wooden flooring

Ms Stickney added: ‘Marlow is very popular, the great and the good of the entertainment world have all flocked there, particularly during lockdown, looking for outdoor space and places to walk. The DJ Chris Evans lives there – he calls it Marlow-fornia – and chef Tom Kerridge.’ Pictured: One of the two upstairs bedrooms with exposed beams and wooden flooring 

Pictured: Another of the property's bedrooms which features a side door with access to the garden and moorings on the home's site

Pictured: Another of the property’s bedrooms which features a side door with access to the garden and moorings on the home’s site

The boathouse is covered in picturesque wisteria which blooms in May while the garden features a stone path and a spiral staircase with access to one of the bedrooms

The boathouse is covered in picturesque wisteria which blooms in May while the garden features a stone path and a spiral staircase with access to one of the bedrooms 

The kitchen of the Victoria property features more exposed brick and boasts stone floors and bay windows with metal handles

The kitchen of the Victoria property features more exposed brick and boasts stone floors and bay windows with metal handles 

Ms Stickney added: 'The boathouse has got about a third of an acre of land as well. To be a stand alone property with its own land, it's absolutely unique. It's not listed but it has some lovely original Victorian features. It's a sort of folly I guess and it's impossible to value because there are no others identical to this'

Ms Stickney added: ‘The boathouse has got about a third of an acre of land as well. To be a stand alone property with its own land, it’s absolutely unique. It’s not listed but it has some lovely original Victorian features. It’s a sort of folly I guess and it’s impossible to value because there are no others identical to this’

‘It has an undercover mooring as well as two moorings on the banks, so you can head straight out onto the water from your property.

‘The boathouse has got about a third of an acre of land as well. To be a stand alone property with its own land, it’s absolutely unique.

‘It’s not listed but it has some lovely original Victorian features.

‘It’s a sort of folly I guess and it’s impossible to value because there are no others identical to this.’ 

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Bluewater grows its entertainment offer (GB)

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Landsec has announced the opening of a third ‘UK first’ attraction at Bluewater, Kent as the destination expands its partnership with Hangloose Adventures. Skydive, a free-fall experience not found anywhere else in Europe, and the UK’s only outdoor skydive machine has opened at the centre. It follows on from Europe’s biggest purpose-built giant swing, standing at 46-metre tall, which opened at Bluewater earlier this month.  

 

The announcement builds on a successful first year for Hangloose’s initial attraction Skywire, the longest zip wire in England, which has welcomed 30,000 guests since launching at Bluewater last June. Landsec will continue to work with Hangloose to expand its offering, with up to five more experiences set to open at the centre by 2024: a bungee tower, giant slide, clip and climb, waterdrop boulding wall, and Via Ferrata, a route-marked climb using metal rails and rungs embedded in Bluewater’s cliff walls.

 

Mark Warne, Brand Account Director F&B and Leisure at Landsec commented: “Delivering new experiences which are unique to Bluewater is central to our overall offer for guests. Hangloose’s innovative concept raises the bar when it comes to leisure attractions and draws guests from across the UK to Kent. By partnering with Hangloose to grow their business and create shared value, we’ll be able to give guests even more exciting experiences every time they visit.”

 

Brian Phelps, MD of Hangloose Adventure, said: “Since the beginning, we’ve worked closely with Landsec to grow our leisure concept and drive performance, putting us in a unique position where we’re able to expand our offer after only a year. We’ve enjoyed great success at Bluewater so far and are already thinking about how we can provide even bigger and better experiences in the future.”

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Author with immaculate house offers ten tips for a clean home

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Is this the secret to NEVER having to clean? Houseproud author claims she saves hours by sticking to a ten-step mantra – including banning chairs in bedrooms, wiping as you cook and only ironing shirts and dresses

  • UK writer Natali Juste Simmonds says she’s cracked keeping a home clean, by sticking to a few simple ground rules – and making sure family members comply
  • She shared top ten tips for keeping a home spotless with her 20,000 followers
  • Among them are ditching a toilet brush in the bathroom, not having a chair in the bedroom and cleaning  the kitchen while you cook

A houseproud author has revealed her ten essential tips for keeping a house spotless – saying simple ground rules for family members and cleaning as you go means never wasting time on dull chores. 

Writer Natali Juste Simmonds, who was born in the UK but now lives in the Netherlands, penned her top ways to keep on top of cleaning on Twitter, saying she has time to focus on her writing because she follows her own advice about dodging ‘thankless’ cleaning tasks. 

The author of a series of paranormal romance novels told her 20,000 followers on Twitter: ‘I know so many people who spend hours cleaning up after their family every day, but I refuse to. 

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UK writer Natali Juste Simmonds says she's cracked keeping a home clean, by sticking to a few simple ground rules - and making sure family members comply

UK writer Natali Juste Simmonds says she’s cracked keeping a home clean, by sticking to a few simple ground rules – and making sure family members comply

‘It’s boring and thankless. I prefer to write. Yet my house is spotless. Here are 10 ways to keep on top of s*** so you don’t have to clean for hours.’ 

Sharing her ‘tough love’ mantra, she said that the key to keeping a home clean is making sure every family member is engaged, saying learning how to tidy is a lifeskill that everyone needs – and no-one should get away with not doing it. 

Natali wrote: ‘Train everyone in the house to do the following (cats are the exception). After a while these habits will become routine, but you MUST stick to them and make sure no one is let off the hook.’ 

Among the tips are filling a bag with things that are in the wrong place at the end of every day and placing them back where they belong. 

Tidy home, tidy mind: The Netherlands-based writer shared her top ten tips for keeping a home spotless with her 20,000 followers on Twitter - saying that making sure everyone in the house pulls their weight is key (Pictured: An office area in Simmonds' home)

Tidy home, tidy mind: The Netherlands-based writer shared her top ten tips for keeping a home spotless with her 20,000 followers on Twitter – saying that making sure everyone in the house pulls their weight is key (Pictured: An office area in Simmonds’ home)

The writer also claims having a toilet brush doesn’t help keep a loo clean and dousing it with bleach instead is a more reliable way to ensure it’s sparkling. 

And getting used to wiping down mirrors after using a sink also helps, she claims, writing: ‘Keep a dry cloth next to the bathroom sink. Every time someone uses the taps or brushes their teeth, wipe down the counter and mirror. Takes literally 2 seconds. No cleaning toothpaste stains off counters.’

Teaching kids to pull their weight around the house is key to success, and equality reigns supreme in the Simmonds house. 

Among her top tips are ditching a toilet brush in the bathroom - using just bleach instead; not having a chair in the bedroom - to prevent people leaving clothes on them - and cleaning the kitchen while you cook (Pictured: Simmonds' very tidy office)

Among her top tips are ditching a toilet brush in the bathroom – using just bleach instead; not having a chair in the bedroom – to prevent people leaving clothes on them – and cleaning the kitchen while you cook (Pictured: Simmonds’ very tidy office)

‘If one kid lays the table, the other clears. If one hangs out the washing, the other collects. I don’t say “I need help with dinner” I say “who will chop the veg and who will wash up?” Its called a presumed close. I have no option, why should others in my house?’

The author, who has written books including the Indigo Chronicles trilogy and the Blood Web series, admits that having a cleaner is still useful…because they can help keep on top of areas where grime quickly builds, including fridges and ovens – but she suggests ditching a takeaway a week to cover the cost. 

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DIA Group closes 25 Minipreco stores in Portugal

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DIA Group has closed 25 Minipreco stores in Portugal, resulting in the loss of approximately 159 jobs. The retailer said the closures are the result of ‘the effort to adapt, modernise and balance the operations of DIA Portugal, with the aim of better preparing the company for current and future challenges arising from the current economic situation in the country,’ according to media reports. In the last two years, the multinational company operating in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and Argentina, accumulated losses of over €620m.

 

In Portugal, net sales reached €283.1m in the first half, 4.5% below the €296.3m generated in the same period last year, due to the reduction of stores and mobility restrictions. DIA Group confirmed its intention to continue to invest in Portugal. The company hopes to adjust its operation to the current reality in order to ensure the future success of the company.

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