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Homes & Gardens


The romance of a grand inn on the old Great North Road led to a couple abandoning a new build and setting to work restoring a piece of Herts’ history

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March 2018

Compared to an aria by its developer, an opulent new build in Hadley Wood certainly hits the high notes. Pat Bramley takes a tour of the £5.5m trophy home

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February 2018

A grand refuge for French nuns to flee persecution and latterly a school and orphanage too, a former convent in Baldock has many tales to tell. Pat Bramley explores the history of the site, newly-converted into luxury homes

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January 2018

It’s a tale of love, both for a building and a builder – Pat Bramley met the family who converted a Victorian church near Welwyn GC into a unique family home

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December 2017

Ad Feature: Buying a bespoke British-made kitchen in Hertfordshire

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hawk Interiors offers a truly bespoke service to create your dream kitchen, here’s how...

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An Arts and Crafts home in Chorleywood plays a key role in a star-studded film set for release early next year. Pat Bramley met its proud long-term owner

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November 2017

With meticulous attention to detail, luxury and class a new St Albans home is designed to be an ergonomic, future-proofed family home. At £6m, 53 The Park is the most expensive new build in the city

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October 2017

Inspired by the extravagance of gothic, a couple found the perfect place in Much Hadham to create a fantasy home. Pat Bramley visits

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September 2017

One of the oldest homes in Rickmansworth, a one-time Elizabethan hall, has been sympathetically transformed into a characterful 21st century family home

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August 2017

Ad Feature: Keeping up appearances with authentic sash windows

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sash windows are an integral feature of British architectural history, first making an appearance in the late 17th century and continuing to be popular ever since. Whether your property is traditional, modern or rustic, Jack Brunsdon & Son’s sash windows are a versatile and timeless option.

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Ruth Gray of Hitchin design-led kitchen manufacturer Planet Furniture gives her tips for using dramatic dark accents

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July 2017

A house swap meant a couple avoided the often painful process of moving home, and gave them the opportunity to enhance a grand Arts and Crafts property in Standon

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June 2017

With British Flowers Week this month Sandra Deeble unearths three up-and-coming flower farms in Herts specialising in local, seasonal blooms

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June 2017

British heritage brand, Jack Brunsdon & Son, understands the importance of exterior design and takes great pride in their unrivalled collection of doors

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7 ideas for your spare room

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

If you have a spare room, more than likely it has become an unloved dumping ground. Su Snaith of Harrison Murray estate agency has seven ideas 
to transform it into a functioning asset

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May 2017

Ad Feature: Crafting success with Jack Brunsdon & Son

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jack Brunsdon was a master craftsman with a passion for making things from wood. He turned his hand to many varied forms of joinery, including deck chairs, toboggans and even the rear timber body work of the Morris Traveller estate motor car before settling on high quality windows and doors

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After their newly-bought 1970s home cracked wide open, a couple with an eye to elegance and the environment embarked on a mission to create something new. Pat Bramley investigates Spring House in Little Gaddesden

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April 2017

Most people redecorate when they move home, but for one Brookmans Park couple things went a step or two further. Pat Bramley looks at how a traditional property was reimagined for the 21st century

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March 2017

Sally Noakes, head of Strutt and Parker Harpenden, outlines the often-overlooked impact quality restaurants can have on surrounding property prices

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March 2017
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