Fort among year’s most clicked properties – BBC News

Fort among year’s most clicked properties – BBC News


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Image caption Security should not be a problem for the new owners of this place

A fortress on the market for 550,000, a cottage with its own cave, and a 55m Belgravia home were among the most-viewed properties online in 2016.

Homes for sale with indoor swimming pools and cinemas were also popular with browsers, according to property website Rightmove.

Despite a general drop in house prices in central London, some properties remain on sale for eye-watering sums.

A separate study by the Halifax claimed Winchester was the most desirable spot.

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Image caption Two mansions were the most popular on the site. This one in London…
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Image caption … and this one in Cheshire

People taking a virtual peek through the keyhole at multi-million pound properties pushed them to the top of Rightmove’s chart.

Top, and the most expensive property listed, was a 55m, seven-bedroom terrace in Eaton Square in London’s Belgravia – a street that is often recorded as having the highest-priced properties in the UK.

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Features include a winter garden with retractable glass ceiling.

A mansion in Alderley Edge in Cheshire was second on the list. It has a leisure suite with pool, jacuzzi, sauna and gym, as well as a salon and a cinema room.

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Third on Rightmove’s list is a fort on its own island half a mile off the Pembrokeshire coast. Constructed from local stone between 1852 and 1854, the fort on Thorne Island was an outer defence to the naval base of Milford Haven.

“The idea of owning an island and fortress has brought out the Enid Blyton in us all,” said Anthony Clay, partner at Knight Frank, which is selling the property.

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“The fortress needs a fair bit of investment and this is not the sort of property you would buy on a whim.”

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Image caption The outside of Thorne Island is impressive
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Image caption but the property, which has been uninhabited for some time, needs some work

Other properties in the top 10 most-viewed during the year are a mix of quirky and luxurious.

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Image caption This cottage includes a living area built into a cave
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Image caption This Notting Hill property has eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms
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Image caption Also in London, where stamp duty changes have hit the top end of the market, is this 24m seven-bedroom house
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Image caption This property in Norfolk has one fewer bedroom, was listed at 295,000 but requires complete renovation

At the weekend, a study by mortgage lender, the Halifax, concluded that Winchester is the best place to live in the UK in terms of quality of life.

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Scotland’s Orkney Islands took second place, while Wychavon in Worcestershire came third. The study looked at a range of factors including life expectancy, health and employment rates.

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