Henley boat trips

HENLEY, ENGLAND – If you head to Henly, I highly recommend a boat ride along the Thames River.

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It leaves from the centre of town and takes you down the river for what is a very pleasant ride, weather permitting.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn a clear day, the views are stunning.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd you can also spot a few interesting homes along the banks. Wonder who lives there?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATickets are reasonable. And the boat leaves every hour or so.

Bottom line: A fun and relaxed way to pass the afternoon with a friend or loved one.

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Property: Most innovative project

MONMOUTHSHIRE, UK – I always like looking at property. In fact I spend a lot of my spare time online looking at homes on sale. It runs in the family.

My mother is obsessed with property and she’s passed it on to her children. Whenever we go on holiday we’re get so interested in looking at the latest property listings for the area we sometimes forget to appreciate the tourist sights. Fact! One time my mother ended up buying a 170 hectare farm while on holiday.

Anyway, today’s post is about two¬†really cool homes. The first was built in Monmouthshire which was¬†awarded ‘Overall Winner’ by the Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Awards. Winner1It has three storeys and four bedrooms. Winner2 The architects, Hall and Bednarczyk, impressed the judges with the combination of style and local materials. Winner3 I love the light that flows in to this room. What a great place to have breakfast each morning. Hard not to enjoy a view like that!

Now the award for ‘Most innovative project’ goes to this home designed by Birds Portchmouth Russum (funny name). You can see why.

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Take a look at the very modern interiors.

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Do you ever think that when design is this advanced that it doesn’t have a high resell value? Hmm…I don’t have the answer, but I do love the height of this room and the curved walls.

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Photographs courtesy of Simon Maxwell.