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Which of these properties would you buy with a £600k budget? A one-bed flat in London or four-bed home with a windmill attached in rural Lincolnshire

  • Both the rural and urban homes for sale have the same price tag of £600,000 
  • The first property is a one-bed flat in London with a lift and communal garden
  • The second property is a four-bed home with a windmill attached in Lincolnshire

Which one of these two properties for sale on property website Zoopla would you choose? 

Both have a price tag of £600,000, but otherwise that is about all they have in common. 

In fact, you couldn’t get much further apart in terms of features, whether that is location, number of bedrooms or the style of property. 

This one-bedroom flat in London's Belsize Park is on the market for £600,000 via estate agents Chancellors

This one-bedroom flat in London’s Belsize Park is on the market for £600,000 via estate agents Chancellors

This four-bedroom bungalow with a windmill attached is in Wrangle, Lincolnshire, for sale for £600,000 via estate agents Purplebricks

This four-bedroom bungalow with a windmill attached is in Wrangle, Lincolnshire, for sale for £600,000 via estate agents Purplebricks

We take a look at both properties to compare the one-bedroom flat in London, with a converted four-bedroom family home in the Lincolnshire countryside with a windmill attached.

Belsize Park flat… 

First up is the flat in London’s Belsize Park, and it measures just 479 square foot. This is less than the size of some carriages on the London underground – which are around 500 sq ft.

The flat is in a purpose built block of flats in central Belsize Park and has the use of a lift, communal garden and parking on a first come first served basis.

It has good access to local transport including the Northern line via Belsize Park Underground Station and the Jubliee line via Swiss Cottage underground station.

The flat measures 479 square foot, which is less than the size of some carriages on the London underground

The flat measures 479 square foot, which is less than the size of some carriages on the London underground

The flat is in a purpose built block and has the use of a lift and parking on a first come first served basis

The flat is in a purpose built block and has the use of a lift and parking on a first come first served basis

The kitchen in the London flat has white wall tiles and cabinets with space for appliances

The kitchen in the London flat has white wall tiles and cabinets with space for appliances

The one-bedroom flat has good access to local transport including the Northern line via Belsize Park Underground Station

The one-bedroom flat has good access to local transport including the Northern line via Belsize Park Underground Station

Versus Lincolnshire farm 

By contrast, the converted farm outbuilding in Lincolnshire sits in 2.5 acres and comes with a Grade II listed three-storey windmill that was built in 1825.

It is around nine miles from the market town of Boston and 12 miles from the seaside town of Skegness, with good access to the A52 road.

The windmill is attached to the converted main house and has a spiral staircase linking three levels and a glass dome ceiling.

The unusual glass dome provides 360 views that stretch far across the surrounding farmland.

Same budget, contrasting property: The four-bedroom converted farm outbuilding has a windmill attached

Same budget, contrasting property: The four-bedroom converted farm outbuilding has a windmill attached

Unusual feature: The glass dome provides 360 views that stretch far across the surrounding farmland

Unusual feature: The glass dome provides 360 views that stretch far across the surrounding farmland

The Grade II listed windmill was built in 1825 and would make the perfect hideaway

The Grade II listed windmill was built in 1825 and would make the perfect hideaway

The windmill has a decorative spiral staircase linking three levels and a glass dome ceiling

The windmill has a decorative spiral staircase linking three levels and a glass dome ceiling

The windmill conversion is being sold by estate agents Purplebricks while the one-bed flat is on the market via estate agents Chancellors.

Tom Parker, of property website Zoopla, said: ‘This spacious family home has a wonderful location and provides easy access to nearby schools, villages and the coast.

‘The star of the show is undoubtedly the Grade II listed windmill which would make the perfect hideaway. The windmill was built in 1825 and boasts panoramic views over the property’s 2.5 acres.’

The converted farm building has four bedrooms and a large living area, including a spacious dining area

 The converted farm building has four bedrooms and a large living area, including a spacious dining area

The ground floor of the windmill has wooden beams and provides space for a large living area

The ground floor of the windmill has wooden beams and provides space for a large living area 

The converted property is on the outskirts of the village of Wrangle, around nine miles from the market Town of Boston

The converted property is on the outskirts of the village of Wrangle, around nine miles from the market Town of Boston

Making a statement: The converted windmill has some beautiful curved brickwork that is fully on show

Making a statement: The converted windmill has some beautiful curved brickwork that is fully on show

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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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