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Experience: I own England’s most haunted cottage

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In 1999, I was in my mid-40s and had just escaped from my stressful and joyless career as a management consultant. I needed a project. I loved small period buildings and decided to throw my energy into restoring one; ...

Flower power: a florist’s cottage blooms in the dark

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In florist Keith Dawson’s garden, the predominant colour is green. Hedges of hornbeam line the long alleyways, creating intimate paths that open into a wide lawn with a hawthorn tree at its centre, the focal point of ...

River Cottage chef’s TV production company sold off after going bust

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s television production company has collapsed, leaving behind millions of pounds of debts. The River Cottage chef co-founded the award-winning KEO Films in 1995, which has made popular prog...

Tangerine dreams bring an 1820s silk weaver’s cottage back to life

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The colour of the walls started out from a leaf,” says Edwige Trost-Mayman of the interior of her Macclesfield home. Sitting at a midcentury dining table and rescued Ercol chairs, she tells me how she came up with the...

We feel penalised by 200% council tax increase on our derelict cottage

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We have bought a derelict cottage that needs renovation to make it habitable. As it has been empty for more than five years, we are being charged an extra 200% per cent in council tax. This means we’re expected to pay...