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Village Guide: Ripley, North Yorkshire

With its picturesque castle and popular ice-cream shop, the small community has been crowned North Yorkshire’s best village to live in. Arabella Youens finds out why.

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To pool or not to pool?

Hurrah—it’s July and the summer holidays are in sight, but, given Britain’s unpredictable weather, what’s the appetite these days for swimming pools?

How to defend your home

Forget digging a moat around your house: these days, increasingly sophisticated and affordable technology is making security easier.

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Stamp Duty reform revealed

George Osbourne has revealed that Stamp Duty on home purchases is to be reformed from midnight tonight.

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Property guide to Shamley Green

We take a look at property in and around Shamely Green in Surrey, and consider why buyers are so drawn to the village when moving out of London for the…

How to build an orangery

Key considerations when constructing an orangery include design, lighting, interiors and security

Property guide to Elstead

Freddie Mack shares the secrets of Elstead in Surrey, a prime spot for young families looking for properties outside London near good schools

The best of culture in the countryside

These days, there's so much more than duck-racing and cricket going on across the countryside. Tessa Waugh picks out some of our most culturally inclined village communities

Property guide to Cheriton

If you're considering buying property in or around Cheriton this year, take a look at our property guide which covers where to buy, what prices to expect and where to…

The heritage value of your home

Your period house may have many secrets, and an innate heritage value you'll be able to make the most of if you go about it properly

Caring for stone roofs

This continued wet and stormy weather can be catastrophic for old houses - make sure you care properly for your roof