Your chance to live in Winnie the Pooh’s home
Well, the next best thing anyway. Cotchford Farm – on the market for the first time in 40 years (with Savills for around £2 million) – is in lovely countryside in Hartfield in East Sussex. And it’s where AA Milne lived with his son Christopher Robin in what is described as ‘Pooh Country’ (poohsticks bridge, Pooh Corner, etc, are all around here). It’s also where Brian ‘Rolling Stones’ Jones lived for a while. Cotchford Farm is a six bedroom, Grade II listed home which dates back to the 16th century. Features include a lovely oak panelled dining room, beautiful gardens (with various statues of characters from the Pooh stories here and there), a heated swimming pool and an octagonal summerhouse/pool room.
London’s buy-to-let hotspots
Rentonomy has had a look at the next hot-spots for buy-to-let investors in London. In Tube Zone 1, the top areas include Bloomsbury and Covent Garden while in Zone 2 Hackney is top dog. In Zone 3 it’s Lower Edmonton (N9) and Zone 4’s top area is Wembley (HA0). Zone 5 and 6+ were led by Yeading (UB4) and Biggin Hill (TN16).
New property portal launches
A group of UK estate agents have launched what they describe as the first property portal run by agents. The founding members of the new Agents’ Mutual include Chesterton Humberts, Douglas & Gordon, Glentree Estates, Knight Frank, Savills, and Strutt & Parker.
New rates at Leeds
Leeds Building Society has reduced the rate on its 5-Year Fixed Rate mortgage, available between 70% and 80% loan to value (LTV), by 0.10% to 3.19%. T here is no higher lending charge and 10% capital repayments are allowed each year without penalty.
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