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Property: Three To View

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ICI to sell off its pounds 6m country estate

FOR SALE: one castle, plus golf course and adjoining properties. Excellent views of the Cleveland Hills and, er, Europe's biggest petrochemicals site. Price guide: pounds 6m.

Take the right steps to make work liberating

Technology is wonderful. It has opened up a whole range of opportunities for people who want to work from home - telecommuting for their employer, as a freelance contractor, or by starting their own business.

Property: There's a lot going on down by the riverside

Developers are trying to meet the huge new demand for inner-city housing with an ambitious series of waterside properties to suit everyone.

Property: 2,000, a space odyssey: where to find it, how much to pay

Forget the Dome - rent your own millennium party space, but be .prepared to pay the price.

Property: They beat a path to your door

Would you back the right to roam if you had a public footpath outside your sitting room?

Property: Turning over a new Leith

Hot Spot: Edinburgh

Property: Three To View - Village Choice

COULD THERE be a more perfect bolthole from the hurly-burly of life in the capital than this one-bedroom period cottage in Steyning, a little country town 10 miles from Brighton, just to the north of the South Downs? Tucked away from passing traffic, but only 200 yards from the shops and pubs in the high street, it has small, easily manageable gardens. From the road, a stable door opens onto the 10ft sitting room, which boasts an open fireplace, a beamed ceiling and a pretty bow window. The kitchen may be small, but it has everything that you could need for a weekend. Stairs lead from it to the first floor, where there's a bedroom with exposed beams, a small period fireplace and the bathroom. All all this for only pounds 69,950. Details are available from Geering & Colyer (01903 812781).

Property: Bring down the holly and the ivy

Your house may look marvellous in its festive finery, but decorations can spell disaster for prospective sellers.

Labour could clear debts with 'lost' pounds 10m property portfolio

THE LABOUR Party has discovered a stash of properties worth millions of pounds it did not realised it owned.

Shopping: I Want To Own... An Island; It's all yours for pounds 1.5m, mate

It started with what in retrospect was a modest daydream. A weekend bolthole by the sea; a simple weatherboard-clad Twenties cottage perhaps, with minimal Elle Deco-styled interior (and thus no worries of the locals breaking in for a few pebbles and driftwood lifted off the beach).

Grammar schools 'add pounds 70,000 to house prices'

POPULAR SCHOOLS are adding tens of thousands of pounds to house prices as parents vie to gain places, according to a survey published yesterday.

Focus: THE STATELY HOMES OF POPLAND

So much for the decline of the nation's great country houses. A new generation of the rich and famous is keen to move in

Property: Pay now, move in later

With a little vision, you can plan your perfect house by buying it before it is finished.
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