It’s Shrove Tuesday today, and like us, you’re probably deciding what pancakes you are going to be making this evening. Whether sweet or savoury is your fancy, here are six amazing kitchens with plenty of space and equipment to rejoice in pancake pleasure. We’ve even included those with high ceilings to ensure plenty of room when flipping your pancakes into the air…
Tudor Lodge, Holbeach – £2million
The curvaceous island in this L-shaped kitchen is a fantastic spot to spread out your ingredients whether it’s just you or an entire family. There’s oodles of space to mix and flip – although be careful not to cast batter onto the beams above you! Read more
Manor Farm Barn, Lenton – £1.5million
You need not worry about flipping pancakes in this home because the ceiling in this dreamy barn conversion is the perfect height to avoid any batter carnage in the kitchen! You can also enjoy the luxury of underfloor heating whilst you cook too. Read more
Snake Hall, Moulton Eaugate – £999,950
This is an elegant bespoke fitted kitchen in a Grade II listed, Georgian former farmhouse. With the large island, aga and electric hob, there is plenty of space to cook multiple pancakes at the same time – particularly useful when you have children all wanting to cook a pancake together! Read more
Mill House, Fleet – £950,000
Don’t be fooled by the contemporary interior, as when you first approach this delightful Grade II listed Georgian gem, you are greeted with a charming original 18th Century facade. The owners have blended old with new beautifully, where the newly created kitchen and extension provides the ultimate wow factor. This is a huge kitchen breakfast room fitted with a luxury Tom Howley of Cambridge bespoke fittings with solid Silestone Quartz worktops. It really does provide a wonderful environment for Pancake Day. Read more
The Birches, Marholm – £900,000
Open plan living is perfect for cooking pancakes and serving them up quickly. At this family home, you can do just that. “We feel the kitchen/diner area is the hub of the home,” the sellers note,“and will be the focal point for families.” The big, open plan kitchen/dining area provides plenty of counter and cupboard space, alongside an island with a sink, as well as a wealth of room for tables and social sofas. Read more
Casterton Road, Stamford – £820,000
This kitchen is definitely a fun space to be making pancakes in where the strong colours form an exciting dynamic. The deliberately visible, juxtaposed overhead green and yellow steel beams combined with the teal-coloured, L-shaped island, mirror the colours of the hedge and decking outside enhancing the connection with the garden. “It’s great to have such a big island that holds so much storage and the breakfast bar is really handy, especially for feeding children,” remark the owners, which makes us think this is a fabulous space for preparing and enjoying pancakes with your family. Read more
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For more information about these wonderful homes, contact our Rutland, Stamford & South Lincolnshire office on 01780 750 200.
Our Director, Jan von Draczek, explains what you need to think about when choosing an estate agent, to include two factors you must avoid.
We understand that everybody is tightening their belts a bit more with soaring energy bills and mortgage rates – of course, we are too. However, in some instances, for example when choosing an estate agent, it’s really important to consider other aspects other than financial ones, because it could end up costing you more in the long run.
All too often I hear of the same two reasons some sellers choose an estate agent… ‘they have the lowest fees’or‘they valued my home the highest.’ However the reality is, choosing an estate agent based on just these factors is almost a disaster waiting to happen, ie most homes being advertised via these estate agents struggle to sell, or do so below what they are actually worth. Why?
In today’s market especially, sellers really must focus on how good an estate agent is at their job. How likely are they going to secure you a fast sale for the best possible price? I can honestly say after over 35 years of working in the property industry, that most low fee agents are cheap for a reason, and the reason why you’re probably being offered too high a price is because that agent has a ‘new instruction’ target to meet, so needs your business. Often these agents are not even selling in your price bracket and therefore they don’t have proved trach record and / or experience selling homes like yours. Sadly, it’s only once a property has launched that the cracks begin to show and by that point, the damage has already been done. Questions and concerns start to arise from sellers, such as: Where are the enquiries? Why are people making really low offers?
There are two main reasons why this happening… either the price is too high, the marketing isn’t suitable – or it’s both. Now of course, this often depends on the type of property you are trying to sell. For example, if you’re selling a little buy to let where there is no emotional attachment from the buyer ie a landlord, then you don’t necessarily need all the bells and whistles. They just want to know the rental figures. However, if you own a really lovely looking house with oodles of land for example, you want sophisticated presentation. If you are selling a grand country house which looks a bit of a wreck inside because it offers a huge renovation opportunity, you will still need professional presentation to present all the possibilities and opportunities. No matter what a house looks like, every home is unique, and the more attractive and rare it is, the more likely it will need a superior bespoke marketing strategy to stand out from the crowd and attract as much interest as possible. This includes things like having exquisite brochures made, vendor interviews, professional photography, lifestyle videos and property styling to name a few.
You’ll also need somebody placing your home in front of the eyes of applicable buyers. I don’t mean just launching on the property portals and hoping somebody picks up the phone… this is about having somebody on board who has a good book of registered buyers they can call up, and somebody who has access to local buying agents who have proceedable cash buyers raring to go. Other avenues include mail outs, social media and national PR. You need every suitable channel explored to tell the lucrative London, national and international markets that your home is for sale.
You also need an honest agent who knows the local market like the back of their hand, as that is the only way you are going to get the price right from the offset. Buyers are more cautious than they were just a few months ago, so you need to make sure you do not overprice. If you do, you seriously risk going stale on the portals where you may not be able to sell at all or if you do, it could be at a lower price than if it was right from the start.
Staying on the market for too long can also mean missing out on potential houses to buy because you haven’t sold yet, or your mortgage rate may increase during that time. Whilst for those looking to downsize to reduce their cost of living expenditure such as energy bills or travel costs by being closer to work or schools, these are expenses you will still have to endure whilst you try and sell. All too often I have seen properties still for sale 12-18 months later, having gone to market at too high a price.
My advice is trust what a good estate agent advises, even if the valuation is lower than what you were hoping for, and get at least three different valuations to give you an idea of what your home is actually worth. There is a very short window from when you launch to when things can go stale…
And the icing on the cake? You want somebody who is excellent at negotiation, and can also help get the sale through as quickly and as efficiently as possible. These two elements are where the value really lies for the higher fee agents.
The best estate agents are the one’s doing all of the above. They tend not to be the ones who are charging you the lowest fee or giving you the highest valuation… So when choosing your next estate agent, these questions should be on your list:
How will you be proactively finding me a buyer?
What do your brochures look like?
Do you work with local buying agents?
Do you use a professional photographer?
What marketing tools do you use to promote your homes? National PR is without a doubt one of the best ways to secure widespread exposure of your home.
How much experience do you have selling my type of home? Please can you show me examples?
How long have you specialised in the local property market?
What do your fees include?
Ask your agent about their fee structure. For example, we offer a structured fee or a performance related fee
It can be very tempting to choose your estate agent based on who is charging the lowest fee or offering you the highest price, but you really do ‘get what you pay for’ in the property industry. Any agent can sell a house, but a skilled one will be able to attractive plenty of interest quickly, negotiate and sell for a high price due to a combination of in-depth local market knowledge and a good marketing strategy which ensures sophisticated presentation.
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To find out more about how Fine & Country can market your home, contact our Rutland, Stamford & South Lincolnshire office on 01780 750 200 or the Oundle and North Northamptonshire office on 01832 808 008.
We were delighted to read in the Telegraph recently that Stamford has been named as having one of the best high streets in the country, taking fourth place.
One of the key draws for Stamford is that it is a great place to shop. The high street is pedestrianised (no cars allowed!) and there is an array of fabulous independents in many of the town’s 600-odd listed buildings which range from medieval to Georgian. From speciality food stores and cafes to antique shops, furniture shops and clothing boutiques, many got a mention in the national newspaper which is fantastic exposure for them. Burghley House was also featured due to its appearance in the latest series of The Crown, but its Orangery serves up some splendid afternoon teas.
What is the property market doing in Stamford?
Stamford is still very much on the map for property hunters. Recent findings by house selling weather forecast, PropCast, show that this historic town is still in a hot sellers’ market with a market heat temperature of 45°. This means it is much easier to sell a property, and quickly. Meanwhile, Zoopla confirms that the average sold price for a property in Stamford in the last twelve months is now £384,998, whilst Rightmove’s latest data shows that overall, sold prices in Stamford over the last year were similar to the previous. This indicates that despite concerns and worries of prices tumbling due to the cost of living crisis, the good quality houses are still holding their value.
All in all, it’s great news for sellers or those thinking about selling up soon. However, it is important to ensure your chosen estate agent implements the best marketing strategy for your home. Here are a few things to think about to ensure a quicker sale…
It can be very tempting to choose your estate agent based on who is charging the lowest fee, but you really do ‘get what you pay for’ in the property industry. Any agent can sell a house, but a skilled one will be able to attractive plenty of interest quickly, negotiate and sell for a high price due to a combination of in-depth local market knowledge and a good marketing strategy. For example, in 2022, we sold a house which achieved the highest price on the open market that year.
2. Price your home correctly from the offset
Stamford is in a hot sellers’ market still, however, buyers are more cautious than they were just a few months ago, so you need to make sure you do not overprice your home. If you do, you seriously risk going stale on the portals and either not selling at all, or selling at a lower price than if the price was right from the start. Trust what your estate agent advises, and get at least three different valuations to give you an idea of what your home is worth. There is a very short window from when you launch to when things can go stale. Here are 6 reasons why you shouldn’t overprice your home.
3. You need professional photography
Excellent imagery of interiors, gardens and the exterior is a must. Bad images can easily put buyers off if they’re not up to scratch, and you only get one chance to make that all important first impression. This is even more important in winter when gardens are looking bare and the skies dark. A high level of quality cannot be achieved with a smartphone, and so every single one of our sellers receives beautiful imagery from our professional photographer.
4. Embrace modern technology and maximise marketing exposure
How people find and view homes has changed, so you need to make sure your house is being marketed beyond a shop window, website or portal. Other platforms such as social media and the national press are excellent ways to attract the attention of property buyers, with tools such as PR, blogs, social media and video tours all playing their part in creating attractive content around properties, as well as ensuring widespread exposure. These are all channels we utilise.
As a national and international brand with a wide network of over 300 locations worldwide, our properties are also showcased amongst a worldwide audience, whilst we have recently signed up to ListGlobally, which is a platform that feeds Fine & Country property listings directly onto 106 international portals across 54 countries, reaching up to 295 million buyers.
5. Beautiful brochures
Sophisticated presentation is paramount when selling a home, and your brochure is no exception. You need beautifully written brochures with fabulous imagery. We also include vendor interviews in ours so that buyers can read about the lifestyle of a home as well as what it’s like to live in the local area. See an example of what our brochures look like here.
6. Prepare your home for sale
A dirty, messy property inside and out whether in photographs or on viewings is not going to entice buyers to make a good offer, if one at all. Things to consider include decluttering, having a deep clean, tidying away toys and tools, ensuring plenty of light, mowing the lawn, hoovering and fixing minor repairs. Fine & Country have an interior design and staging expert, who has been interviewed about decluttering by Hello Magazine. Here are some of our tips for selling in winter.
7. Highlight key features
The pandemic has brought about a change in what is at the top of a buyers’ house hunting check list. Outside space, home offices, commute connections, spacious rooms, energy efficiency and good broadband speeds are all being prioritised now, so make sure these are being highlighted in your property’s description.
8. Be flexible
Buyers love a flexible seller. Consider the position of your buyer because if they are chain free or are purchasing in cash for example, they should allow for a quicker less complicated sale. Be flexible on completion dates, and consider a lower offer if you have found the best buyer. A purchaser is more likely to make an offer if they feel the seller is going to be easy to deal with. You’d be surprised at how many purchasers pull out of a sale because they feel a seller is being difficult.
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Moving home is one of the most important decisions you will make; your home is both a financial and emotional investment. We understand that it’s the little things – without a price tag – that make a house a home, and this makes us a valuable partner, whether you’re buying or selling. Our marketing is award winning having won nine awards in 2021, so do contact our Rutland, Stamford & South Lincolnshire office on 01780 750 200 or the Oundle and North Northamptonshire office on 01832 808 008 for more information.
It’s a brand new year, and exercise is one of the most popular resolutions on people’s lists. Why spend money on a gym membership however when you can workout from home? We’ve had a look through our homes for sale and found two homes with facilities that offer an ideal space to break out a sweat, from swimming pools and tennis courts to equestrian, gyms and trampolining.
TUDOR LODGE – Holbeach
This impressive Arts and Crafts style family home has all the bells and whistles for a good workout… there’s a heated indoor pool for all year round swimming, a hard tennis court, gym and plenty of lawn space to practice yoga or pilates. With all of this on offer, it’s the perfect retreat for kick starting your health and well-being following a good New Years eve party where no doubt the seriously cool cinema room, bar and games room will come in handy when entertaining friends and family. Read more
The decorative iron gates that open onto a circular gravel drive greet you and your guests upon arrival. The sweeping lawns also act as a great space to enjoy some relaxing yoga amongst the majestic trees.
Come rain or shine, you can swim many lengths in this wavy-edged swimming pool. Lavish, hand-painted decoration incorporates fluffy white clouds and romantic, classical angels including Cupid firing his bow and arrow, flying up to a huge lantern skylight, whilst faux-marble pillars support this ethereal world. Afterwards you can relax in the hot tub, steam room and sauna – just like you would at a leisure centre. Four pairs of French doors and a double set of bi-folding doors from a recessed area currently accommodate some gym equipment, but the owners have also used a reception room in the main house as a gym too.
If grabbing a tennis racket is more your thing, then you will love the enclosed hard tennis court with Astro-turf surface in the grounds, which is overlooked by an attractive stone and brick pavilion that is original to the 1920s house. With lights all around it, you can play in the day as well as the dark.
And for yoga or pilates enthusiasts, this stretch of lawn is another ideal spot to practice your poses and stretches. As it spans the width of the entire property, it could also be a great place for a personal training session.
This house is for equestrian lovers… with stables and paddocks for horses and countryside all around, what better way to enjoy exercise than by riding around the beautiful outdoors. There’s also an attractive landscaped lawn ideal for yoga, pilates or a personal training session, and an area for a trampoline. Read more
The fine sweeping front lawn is the perfect space to watch the sun rise or set with yoga or pilates, or even a place to lift some weights with your personal trainer.
Keep your horses warm and dry in one of four brick-built stables all approximately 13 x 13 ft. Theres also an almost 20 ft. long hay barn behind a yard wall anda concrete yard with a self-filling water tank, which are in a very sheltered position close to the house and with easy access to the 3.5 acres of paddocks. From the house you can enjoy many a ride, and there’s plenty of space to keep your horse boxes too.
Trampolining or trampoline gymnastics is a competitive Olympic sport in which athletes perform acrobatics while bouncing on a trampoline. It became an Olympic sport in 2000 and there are some seriously impressive jumps and positions one can do. Whatever your ability, trampolining is a great way to have fun whilst exercising – and the current owners at Snake Hall have a very large one ideally positioned in the garden. The g-force that bouncing produces helps firm up every part of your body, including legs, thighs, arms, hips, and stomach. It also has the added benefit of improving agility and balance, and something both children and adults can enjoy.
Christmas is almost here, and as we count down the days to unwrapping our presents and enjoying a sumptuous festive feast with family and friends, we have found five homes perfect for hosting over the holidays…
West Street – King’s Cliffe
With a large kitchen diner that opens out into a garden room, this five bedroom house has the perfect space to socialise with loved ones whilst prepping the food. For those feeling ultra brave, why not pop a fire pit out on the patio next to the garden room to allow guests to feel warm and cosy around the glow of the fire. There’s also five bedrooms and a beautiful wood burning stove setting in the living room. For the chefs amongst you, the kitchen is ideal for preparing your feast with an island, two ovens, a large fridge freezer and a walk in pantry! The owners describe the house as a great place for people to stay over as there is so much room, and we can certainly see why. Read more
The Old Bakehouse – Yaxley
An open play layout really is ideal for Christmas entertaining, and this wonderful home is another great example. The owners have transformed the kitchen breakfast room by adding an impressive contemporary extension on the side; now a vast, light, open plan space, it has plenty of room for dining and relaxing, and bi-folding doors onto the terrace at one end. Plus there are four bedrooms and a cosy log fire – who doesn’t love a real fire at Christmas time?! Read more
Grange Court – Carlby
Keeping on the open plan theme, this beautifully converted four-bedroom barn has a kitchen which is bespoke handmade with all Neff appliances, a boiling water tap and a Miele dishwasher – plus a second kitchen which is very handy if you have a lot of vegetables and meat to prepare and cook. There are plenty of opportunities to cosy up too, whether it is sitting around one of two ClearView log-burners or watching your favourite festive film in one of the reception rooms which doubles up as a home cinema. Read more
Mill House – Fleet
You can enjoy your Christmas lunch around one side of the fire, and canapés and nibbles the other side at this exquisite Georgian house. The huge kitchen is equally as impressive which stretches across the width of the rear section. It’s been fitted with a luxury Tom Howley of Cambridge bespoke kitchen with solid Silestone Quartz worktops and three top of the range Miele ovens incorporating one steam oven and two full size ovens. In addition to a Miele induction hob in the island with a Westin Stratus extractor fan above, there is plenty of space to prepare and cook. There is also a Fisher & Paykel fridge drawer in the kitchen with a further fridge freezer in the utility for storing ingredients, and a specialist brand mQuvee wine cave with space for 45 wine bottles and dual temperature. Readmore
The Birches – Marholm
Having been spectacularly extended to create a substantial family home over two floors, this home now comprises a spacious open plan kitchen/dining/family room ideal for entertaining at Christmas. The owners claim this is the hub of the home, and will be the focal point for families as it provides plenty of counter and cupboard space, alongside an island with a sink, as well as a wealth of room for tables and social sofas. A set of hanging lights are a wonderfully inviting detail, while the see through fireplace is a fantastic unique feature, offering a peek into the neighbouring living room, itself spacious to accommodate an entertainment and cinema room. With six bedrooms and five bathrooms too, there’s also ample space for guests to stay. Read more
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For more information about any of these homes for sale, contact our Rutland, Stamford & South Lincolnshire office on 01780 750 200 or the Oundle and North Northamptonshire office on 01832 808 008.
As the days get colder and December fast approaches, thoughts are now turning towards the festive season. Visiting the wintry stalls of a Christmas market with mulled wine or a hot chocolate in hand, is always a highlight, so here are seven beautiful homes close to some of the region’s favourites…
We couldn’t start this post without mentioning Burghley House, which is hosting the region’s largest Christmas Fair between 24th and 27th November. There will be over 130 stalls offering everything from luxury gifts, artisan food and drink to Christmas decorations, homewares and winter clothing. In between all the shopping, make sure to stop and enjoy the tempting range of artisan food and drink on offer with the whole family. Highlights include traditional chalets, heated marquees, festive pagodas, twinkly lights, carol singers and a Victorian carousel.
For Sale– located approx 2.4 miles away from Burghley Christmas Fair
This home is a former sixties house which has been transformed into a contemporary, family home perfect for modern living with its open plan layout and fabulous connection with the partially decked garden. Read more
Hosted by the local council, this is an annual event which is taking place on 3rd December. There will be over 90 stalls, and Oundle’s independent shops and cafes will remain open until late in Market Place, Queen Victoria Hall and West Street to allow you time to find the perfect gift for loved ones. There will also be a wonderful variety of food and gifts , Santa and his Grotto outside The Talbot Hotel, whilst visitors can also enjoy a brass band, carol singing around the Christmas tree, a beautiful light display and fun fair. Our Oundle office is based here so we are very much looking forward to working close by!
For Sale – located approx 0.5 miles away from Oundle Christmas Market
Ducks Nest is one of the oldest houses in Oundle, and it’s just a short stroll from the local Christmas market. This Grade II listed quaint stone cottage provides three bedrooms, a family bathroom, three good-sized reception rooms and a farmhouse style kitchen. Read more
Bourne will shine bright at its Christmas fair this year on 3rd December. Craft stalls will line North Street and spread into the Wake House, with refreshment stalls dotted around to keep visitors merry and feeling festive, alongside entertainment for all ages including fair rides, charity stalls and live music.
For Sale – located approx 5.6 miles from Bourne Christmas Market
This is an attractive, substantial farmhouse with a considerable number of large barns and outbuildings offering potential for conversion (subject to planning), sitting on around 2 acres. Built in 1811, there is certainly no lack of space here with extremely light, airy, generous rooms, most with high ceilings. There are six reception rooms, as well as a large kitchen breakfast room, four double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Read more
An annual event in the Market Place of Market Deeping and surrounding areas, this is a super Christmas market with carol singing, switching on of festive lights, the chance to meet Santa, a funfair, mulled wine and the opportunity to buy gifts for loved ones.
For Sale – located approx 7.7 miles from Deeping Christmas Market
This is an immaculately presented, Grade II listed stone barn conversion, offering over 3600 sq.ft. of flexible living space, set in 1.8 acres of grounds. The property is arranged around a central courtyard which opens out onto gently sloping, South-facing landscaped gardens and a paddock with open countryside views beyond. The barn dates back to the 1800s and retains many original features including historic arches, quoining as well as original king post trusses. The landscaped garden with mature trees and planting offers many lovely private spaces and the courtyard is the perfect socializing space being so close to the house. Read more
Back for its third year, visitors will enjoy a great range of gift, craft, produce and clothing stalls on the 4th December, alongside carol singing, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, mince pies and Santa.
For Sale – located approx 3.8miles from Collyweston Christmas Market
This 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is an exceptionally striking build and presented in beautiful order. Constructed in 2000, the impressive piece of architecture has a cathedral-like interior with a spectacular living space where the ceiling stretches up to skylights in the apex of the roof with timber cladding and exposed brick and stone, a major feature. The connection with the garden is excellent with many doors opening onto the outside. Read more
On 5th December you can get into the festive spirit with the Oakham Late Night Shopping event. There is so much to see and do, where The Victoria Hall and the High Street will be packed with stalls offering local produce and beautiful gift ideas for Christmas. Mulled wine and mince pies will also be available whilst the shops stay open late.
For Sale – located approx 10 miles away from Oakham Christmas Market
This 6-bedroom home split over three floors masterfully blends a traditional style with contemporary living. It’s constructed by using superior materials and heated by an economical, environmentally friendly, air source heat pump. The garden is a courtyard style garden with flagstone patio terrace with access from the garden room. Read more
The former Argos building is going to be transformed into a wonderful Christmas scene between 11-12th December, hosting up to 25 stall holders each day. Here visits can enjoy a range of great products, all of which are locally sourced and/or produced by the stallholders themselves.
For Sale – Located approx 11miles away from King’s Lynn Christmas Market
Ideally situated for lovers of open countryside, nature and especially bird watching due to its tranquil location, this 6-bedroom house is a period former farmstead with a range of large brick barns outside, 1 acre of gardens and a small pony paddock with shelter. Read more
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For more information about any of these homes for sale, contact our Rutland, Stamford & South Lincolnshire office on 01780 750 200 or the Oundle and North Northamptonshire office on 01832 808 008.
Light the fire on cold days to create a warm and cosy feelfor buyers – Mill House
It is widely acknowledged that winter isn’t always considered the best season for property sales, but the right time to sell isn’t about the season we’re in, but rather, the right timing for you. There may be fewer buyers in the market, but the buyers that are active tend to be serious about securing a property. There are challenges to address, but everything has a flip side, and some properties present better in winter.
On the downside, a home can feel less inviting in the heart of winter. Nor are gardens at their optimal attractiveness. There is also the break with the Christmas holidays in the middle. There are, however, ways to overcome any negatives and present your property in its best light.
Acknowledging that with winter comes rain and more extreme weather, it’s important to make sure obvious issues are fixed. Check for leaks and clear blockages from gutters and down pipes as a starting point. While you’re outside, make sure the garden is tidy and autumn leaves are not littering the lawns. A few strategically placed pots and hanging baskets of winter flowering plants can provide an attractive first impression. If you have a fire pit or outdoor heating, get it ready for use – dress the area and show it is ready for cosy, all-year outdoor entertaining. Keep paths swept and tidy up hedges.
An example of a stunning living room that is neat and tidy to allow buyers to imagine themselves living there – a former vicarage
Make sure your windows are clean, too, to let in as much light as possible. Open drapes and shutters unless there is a particularly unattractive view, and turn on all the lights before a viewing. If there are any particularly dark corners, invest in some floor lamps to brighten them. If you have an area that gets winter sun, be sure to feature it as a highlight.
In any season, it is important to clear away personal clutter. Remember, you are trying to create a space where buyers can imagine themselves living. As tempting as it may be, avoid bringing out the 20-year-old Christmas decorations or even the sparkling new baubles. Not everyone celebrates Christmas and tastes vary. Live by the mantra less is more. Make do with a small grouping of candles to reflect the season, but make sure the colours blend with your current décor. This will do far more than a plethora of family photographs on the mantle-piece, fringed with tinsel.
The ambiance of the property needs to appeal to all of the senses, so consider playing soft music throughout the house. Light jazz or classical music is always soothing. Make sure the house smells fresh and clean, but keep in mind many people are allergic to certain scents, so don’t overdo the air fresheners.
Finally, if you’re not comfortable with your own styling ability, consider employing a styling company. Research suggests that styling your home can boost the sale price of your property by 7.5 per cent. That’s worth paying for.
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For more information about selling your home, contact our Rutland, Stamford & South Lincolnshire office on 01780 750 200 or the Oundle and North Northamptonshire office on 01832 808 008.
Life revolves around our dogs more than ever before. As pooch owners ourselves, we understand how important it is to find a home that suits your four legged friends as well as the family, with aspects such as quiet roads, good walks, dog-friendly pubs and large utility rooms all very important.
We have had a look around some of our homes to find you some of our dog-friendly properties… perhaps one could be ideal for your pet(s)?
For dog showers
Mill House – 4 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms
Now this is certainly an impressive dog shower, which can be found in the utility room at Mill House in Fleet. It blends in beautifully with its modern style, creating the perfect washing station. Read more
For great local walks
Moonacre – 4 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms
Moonacre in Wothorpe is close to Burghley Estate, where there are beautiful walks to enjoy whilst admiring Burghley House. There are plenty of routes to choose from such as following the road through the carpark, tracks to explore or you can walk freely across the parkland. Burghley also has water bowls near the courtyard, a food shed to get dog treats and bins. Read more
For dog-friendly local pubs and cafes
Ducks Nest – 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms
If you like to enjoy a cup of coffee in a cute cafe after a dog walk, or like to take your dogs to the pub to enjoy a Sunday lunch, then it’s worth checking that local facilities are pet friendly. These days most establishments are, with many often going that extra mile with doggy treats and doggy menus. Ducks Nest is close to a few. For example, located in the historic market town of Oundle, it is two miles from The Chequered Skipper in Ashton which is very dog friendly. As a pub and restaurant, you and your four legged friends can enjoy just drinks, or a delicious lunch, dinner and even afternoon tea. Whilst you are visiting you can also enjoy the fabulous artworks and creations from local artists and designers that adorn both the restaurant walls, which all add to the unique experience of eating or drinking in a beautiful period property. There’s also plenty of others to choose from in Oundle itself too, such as the Brew Babu café and Nene Valley Brewery’s Tap & Kitchen, at picturesque Oundle Wharf. Read more
For large utility rooms
Snake Hall – 5 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms
Utility rooms are especially useful in winter when muddy wet dog walks leave very dirty paws. Rather than having to worry about your furniture and floors getting covered in mud, you can towel your dogs down, hang up wet dog coats and even give them a wash in a utility room. They also make fantastic spaces for food storage, leads, grooming, toys and keeping crates. Snake Hall in Moulton Eaugate has the perfect space for making it dog friendly at 12.7′ x 8.6′ in size. As an added bonus, there’s also 3.5 acres of paddocks for your furry friends to run around in to their hearts content. Read more
For enclosed gardens
The Birches – 6 bedrooms / 5 bathrooms
Having an enclosed garden is an absolute must when you own dogs, for obvious reasons. The Birches in Marholm offers ample garden space to the rear for dogs to run around in safely. Read more
For kitchenswith snazzy spaces
Drove House – 5 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms
Dog-friendly kitchens are becoming very popular, with clever companies creating integrated cabinets within an island or under counter tops for dogs to sleep in or to store away food. Drove House in Surfleet is the perfect example boasting a large open plan kitchen with an island, that together offer plenty of opportunities to make it dog-friendly. Plus, as a small country estate, there are 13 acres of grounds for your dogs to roam around in too. Read more
For close proximity to vets
Cloverfield Cottage – 3 bedrooms / 1 bathroom
When searching for a home, you’ll need to make sure there is a good veterinary practice close by. They tend to be within a few minutes drive but being in the town or village you live in is an added bonus. Cloverfield Cottage is such an example, with a few vets to choose from in the Fenland market town of Holbeach. Read more
For dog doors
The Old Bakehouse – 4 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms
We are starting to see more doggy doors, as they are a superb solution for allowing dogs to let themselves in and out of the house when they need to go outside. You can have these custom made with some impressive designs out there which also take into consideration security too. If you own a small dog, then you don’t need to worry about installing one at The Old Bakehouse in Titchmarsh as it already has a pet flap. Read more
For quiet roads
Cowbit Farmhouse – 4 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms
Dog safety is paramount when buying a home, which is why you must always consider proximity to a main road as no matter how much we try, our beloved animals can get loose. Cowbit Farmhouse offers that added safety being tucked away from traffic heavy roads. Read more
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For more information about any of our dog-friendly country houses for sale, or to register with us, contact our Rutland, Stamford & South Lincolnshire office on 01780 750 200 or the Oundle and North Northamptonshire office on 01832 808 008.
With Bonfire Night almost here, there are plenty of amazing firework displays to visit. There’s something quite magical about watching the sky light up with beautiful colours and patterns – a technicolour backdrop to a moment of commemoration. We have scrolled through our homes to see where is close to some of the best firework displays in our area, perfect for friends and family.
Rutland Lions Fireworks Display, The Rutland Showground – An annual event, there are two firework displays – the first quieter one for children, the second a little louder. There’s also free rides for children, a bar and food.
Empingham (Approx 12 mins away by car)
This is an attractive, quite substantial home which is located in a quiet spot at the back of a close of just 5 dwellings. There’s 5 bedrooms, 2 en suite, 3 large reception rooms offering flexible living, and a huge kitchen diner whilst enjoying a lovely connection with the garden with open farmland beyond. Read more
Tallington Lakes, Tallington – A spectacular firework display, above the lakes, with food, funfair and entertainment for everybody to enjoy.
Marholm (Approx 17 minutes away by car)
Having been spectacularly extended to create a substantial family home over two floors, this stunning home comprises a spacious open plan kitchen/dining/family room, a handy utility room, WC, a living room, study, and two en-suite double bedrooms on the ground floor, while a bathroom and four bedrooms await on the first floor – two with en-suites. Though exuding modernity, the property also maintains a welcoming warmth – a balance that many contemporary houses cannot boast – and offers ample garden space to the rear for children to run around, or for one to simply sit in tranquility amongst myriad trees. Read more
Stamford & District Kiwanis, Stamford Welland Academy – This event has children’s entertainment, hot food and mulled wine, then unfolds with VIP Bonfire lighting, followed by a fantastic firework display.
Great Casterton (Approx 6 mins away by car)
This is one of high quality executive homes at a development that masterfully blends a traditional style with contemporary living. This exquisitely designed property is constructed by using superior materials and Set over three floors, it provides expansive ground floor space with two front rooms, a garden room and a spacious kitchen diner. A central, oak and glass staircase rises to the first and second floors. The first floor landing leads to the four bedrooms and a family bathroom. On the top floor two bedrooms share a bathroom.The garden is a courtyard style garden with flagstone patio terrace with access from the garden room. There is also an integrated double garage and the property is accessed via a private, shared drive. It’s heated by an economical, environmentally friendly, air source heat pump. Read more
Pinchbeck United Fireworks, Football Club – As well as a fantastic display in the heart of the village, there are a variety of stalls, outdoor and indoor bars as well as food stalls throughout the night.
Gosberton (Approx 8 mins away by car)
This imposing former Victorian vicarage is of fine proportions with high ceilings and an abundance of original features including quarry tiled flooring, panelled doors, deep skirtings, mouldings, dado rails, ceiling roses and original fireplaces. The house comprises of 3 reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room and a spectacular sun room on the ground floor and five bedrooms (2 with en suites) and a family bathroom with a central roll-top bath on the first floor. The garden is about half an acre in size and features mature trees and shrubs, and expansive lawns. There’s also a coach house with power, internet access and water supply, so it could be used as an office or gym. Read more
Springfield’s Outlook Shopping & Leisure, Spalding – Here you can enjoy a firework display plus music and some great food including hot dogs, burgers, a hog roast, scrumptious toffee apples and much more.
Moulton Eaugate (Approx 14 mins away by car)
A beautiful Grade II listed, Georgian former farmhouse with 5 bedrooms and 5 reception rooms surrounded by open fields. Standing on over 4.5 acres, it also has a brick stable block with haybarn, garages, storeroom and workshop providing great facilities for equestrian purpose. Inside, the house is airy and spacious with large windows, and rooms are very generous in size with high ceilings and lovely views over the garden, and the far reaching landscape from upstairs.The garden is mainly lawn with a variety of mature trees and hedges. Read more
Wicksteed Park Fireworks, Kettering – This event hosts a variety of family fun before visitors can experience first-hand the panoramic views of the lake as you watch a fantastic display of colour in the scenic skyline.
Everything we have for sale near here is under offer, but it’s a good event to know about should you be house hunting in the local area!
Corby Fireworks, the area around the boating lake – Organised by North Northamptonshire Council, this is a free event with the bonfire lit following a popular torchlight procession from Corby International Pool, followed by an impressive firework display. There’s also food stalls to enjoy too.
Geddington (Approx 13 mins away by car)
Just three miles from Kettering, this is a very handsome, Grade ll listed property in mellow yellow stone, originally part of the Priory next door. Dating back to 1618, the property has exceptionally high ceilings and large windows shedding a vast amount of light into all the rooms, which is very unusual for a building of such an age. The property offers comfortable accommodation whereas the outside area comprises an enclosed lawn garden and a gravelled walled garden (perfect place for summer barbecue). Read more
Barnwell Bonfire & Fireworks, Barnwell – A traditional bonfire and the best professional fireworks display in the area, with lots of varied and delicious food stalls, plus free parking.
Oundle (Approx 4 mins away by car)
This Grade II listed quaint stone cottage provides three bedrooms, one en suite, a family bathroom, three good-sized reception rooms and a farmhouse style kitchen. As the property offers a great deal of living space on the ground floor, for anyone wishing to make substantial alterations and create a fourth bedroom, it is suggested that – with the necessary planning consents – the kitchen might be moved into the large drawing room with the old kitchen changed into a ground floor en suite bedroom. Read more
Fireworks Fantasiia, East of England Arena & Events Centre – An evening of family fun is guaranteed here with fireworks, food stalls, all the fun of the fair and monster truck rides.
Longthorpe (Approx 11 mins away by car)
This is a stunning stone family home that has been lovingly extended to provide the best of modern living. It comprises an entrance hall, two reception rooms, and a large open-plan kitchen/breakfast/family room with French doors onto a patio/entertaining area. A utility room, WC and closet complete the ground floor, while the first floor boasts a beautiful master bedroom suite, with a dressing room and en-suite, alongside two further bedrooms and a bathroom. A second floor presents another bedroom with a dressing room attached, and outside there is even more to discover, with a double garage/gym and an office above, and an outbuilding/spa space. Read more
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We have many more gorgeous homes for sale close to fantastic firework displays. For more information about any of our country houses for sale, or to register with us, contact our Rutland, Stamford & South Lincolnshire office on 01780 750 200 or the Oundle and North Northamptonshire office on 01832 808 008.
No doubt your carved pumpkins are ready to be lit after school and work this evening. It can be great fun choosing your own pumpkin, especially as a family, so here are some wonderful homes for sale within 15 miles of local pumpkin patches where you could be picking your very own next Halloween!
DUCKS NEST, OUNDLE – A three-bedroom Grade II listed quaint stone cottage. Read more
STONELEIGH, GEDDINGTON – A three-bedroom Grade II listed property originally part of the Priory next door. Read more
THE OLD BAKEHOUSE, TITCHMARSH – A four-bedroom Grade II listed thatched village house. Read more
3.CAMBRIDGESHIRE / PETERBOROUGHPICK YOUR OWN – Hill Farm
1 LONGTHORPE GREEN – A stunning four-bedroom stone family home that beautifully blends old with new. Read more
THE OLD SCHOOL, FARCET – A four-bedroom Edwardian home that was once a school. Read more
THE OLD BAKEHOUSE, YAXLEY – A four-bedroom period property that blends character with a contemporary feel. Read more
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For more information about any of our country houses for sale, or to register with us, contact our Rutland, Stamford & South Lincolnshire office on 01780 750 200 or the Oundle and North Northamptonshire office on 01832 808 008.