After spending nearly a year locked down in our homes due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all thought about moving house at some point, just for a change of scenery.
Well, if you are thinking about moving somewhere a bit bigger, then we’ve got just the thing for you – a stunning £590,000 bespoke five-bedroom house.
And in even better news, you could grab this beautiful house for just £2, as owners Jennifer and David Matthews are raffling off the property, and are throwing in their Ferrari as well.
The couple built Bramble Lodge – which is located between Bolton and Chorley, near to Adlington – from scratch eight years ago, but now want to sell up and move on.
They came to the difficult decision of selling their ‘dream home’ as they need a more manageable property to clean and run, because of Jennifer’s health condition.
Known as Ventricular tachycardia, it’s an incurable heart condition that causes a fast, abnormal heart rate, and means the mum-of-two could die at any moment.
However, the coronavirus crisis has made it very difficult to sell the property, which is why they decided to try their luck on popular raffle site Raffall.
This is good news for anyone dreaming of moving into a huge, new family home, as the keys to the five-bedroom detached house – which is worth over half a million and is located in a sought-after postcode – could be yours for as little as £2.
Bramble Lodge is set in its own grounds, hidden away behind a dry stone wall with electric gates for maximum privacy and security, and surrounded by stunning gardens, complete with trees and even a swing.
There’s lots of parking space, with the large drive able to accommodate four cars, which will include the 2004 Ferrari 360 Spider that you claim alongside the house if you win.
Once inside, there are three beautiful reception rooms and a huge kitchen area with a breakfast bar and an even an Aga.
Head up the elegant spiral staircase to five double sized bedrooms, including one with an en-suite and slipper bath. The second bedroom has a stunning feature window with the staircase to the kitchen area.
The area – once home to Ryan Giggs – boasts outstanding primary schools, a nearby train station with trains to Manchester, has good motorway links, and is also close to the award-winning The Cherry Tree at Blackrod.
The Matthews need to sell all the tickets on Raffall by February 14th, or the raffle will end before that if the last ticket sells before that date.
The lucky winner will be chosen at random, so make sure you grab your ticket or tickets ASAP, as they’re sure to sell quickly.
You can find out more and grab a ticket on the Raffall site here – good luck!
NEW OPENING: Manchester’s first ever £1M shared beauty salon work space
After massive success over in the US, Phenix is testing out the waters on the other side of the pond…
Salon giant Phenix Salon Suites has launched its first ever UK venue in Manchester’s city centre, creating a new haven for all things hair and beauty.
The first of its kind in the UK, Phenix Salon Suites is a flexible place for hair and beauty professionals to master their craft and run their businesses all under one roof at Number One Deansgate.
The brand was originally launched in Colorado Springs in 2007 after founder and entrepreneur Gina Rivera wanted to offer salon professionals an alternative to either renting a chair in an existing salon or dealing with the challenges of owning their own salon.
And fast forwarding to 2021, Phenix has over 300 sites dotted across the US and now, one here in Manchester, which boasts twenty-nine salons, 50% of which have already being leased by business owners.
Current tenants include hair stylists, massage therapists, nail technicians, skincare professionals and makeup artists.
And as for the building itself? Well, as guests arrive at the new space, they will be taken through a luxury lobby just off Deansgate and, as they climb the stairs, will be ‘transported to a hair and beauty haven’.
Down the spa-like corridor, you’ll find tenants such as Andrew Trott-Barn with byATB, Joseph Snee from Joseph Patrick Hair, Ashley Longmore at Moloko Hair, pedicurist Yulia Hamilton, hair extension specialist Savana, and many more.
Each tenant will be given access to a break room and kitchen space, as well as an on-site laundry room with FREE use of commercial equipment for fast washing and drying. Hairdressers and barbers will also be provided with a backwash, styling chair and hair trolley, while nail artists or beauty therapists will be offered sink units and storage trolleys.
John Gillespie, Operations Director of the UK & Europe said on the new opening: “We know how hard it is to set up a salon from scratch, and even more so when it comes to finding something affordable in the middle of an incredible city like Manchester.
“We wanted to make it accessible and achievable for anyone to create their own business, and so we’ve launched the very first Phenix here in Number One Deansgate, maybe one of the best addresses in the city!
“We chose Manchester as our first location here in the UK as it’s already a leader in the hair and beauty industry. There are so many creatives and entrepreneurs, we knew immediately it was the right home for us.”
For more information, head over to the Phenix Salon Suites UK website.
Manchester’s iconic CIS tower to become £150M ‘vertical district’ with bars and restaurants
The investment marks a whole new era for the former CIS tower
The former CIS skyscraper will be getting a whole new lease of life thanks to a massive £150M refurbishment project.
The project, commissioned by Castlebrooke Investments, will be transforming the building – which was once the tallest tower in Manchester before the arrival of the Beetham Tower back in 2006 – into Society, a new ‘vertical district’ complete with restaurants, bars and shared workspaces.
Society will offer ‘all the facilities of a HQ environment with flexible workspaces, meeting rooms, conference suites and the convenience of on-site amenities’, according to Castlebrooke.
The 425,000 sq ft building will be sectioned into three distinct parts; the Tower, which will feature 143,527 sq ft of workspace across twenty-six floors, the Podium, 207,379 sq ft of the ‘largest and most flexible office floor plates in Manchester’ and the Street, a space for food, drink, retail and leisure amenities at street level.
A spokesperson from Castlebrooke said: “The tower has been at the forefront of innovation in Manchester city centre since it was first erected in the 1960s.
“Our redevelopment strategy continues this forward-thinking tradition, re-imagining the building to form a vertical district that will attract distinct user types to its three component parts – tower, podium, and street – as the way we work and live in the city evolves.
“Together these components facilitate the coming together of a new society, offering all the facilities of a HQ environment with flexible workspaces, meeting rooms, conference suites and the convenience of on-site amenities, which are ideal for Manchester’s international business community.”
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, added: “Society complements the established neighbourhood of vibrant communities in this part of the city and marks an exciting new era for the building and a creative re-imagining of an established working environment, which Manchester’s business community will no doubt embrace.”
The plans for Society are still in their early stages so a finish date is yet to be announced – but you can stay posted with updates over on their website.
FIRST LOOK: Take a peek inside Manchester’s rescued and transformed Victorian warehouses
The buildings are now part of KAMPUS, an upcoming neighbourhood just minutes from Piccadilly Station
New images have revealed the incredible transformation inside two of Manchester’s Grade-II listed Victorian shipping warehouses that were once destined for demolition.
Despite once being two of the most recognised buildings in the city, Minshull Warehouse and Minto & Turner were almost destroyed after being abandoned and left to stand derelict for decades.
But now, after being listed for their historical significance, they’ve been given an eclectic new lease of life courtesy of property developers HBD & CAPITAL&CENTRIC, who have transformed the buildings into swanky new apartments located in the upcoming neighbourhood KAMPUS.
The loft-style apartments – which are now available to rent, by the way – have retained many of the buildings’ rustic and historic features, including original cast iron columns and indoor exposed brickwork.
The ground floors also feature commercial spaces adorned with items from the buildings’ vast history, including a cast iron hydraulic packing press, an ornate cast iron weighing machine and cast iron maker’s plate, all dating as far back as the 1860s.
Adam Brady at HBD said of the new apartments: “Out of all our plans at KAMPUS, we’re asked the most about the restoration of these Victorian warehouses. There’s something so powerful about them, their former life and the history their bricks hold.
These buildings were once derelict and at real risk of being lost forever. It was so important we took time to sensitively restore them and preserve as many original features for the next generation of Mancunians. These amazing buildings were a key part of Manchester’s industrial history and people now have the chance to call them home.”
Residents in the new flats will have access to a private gym with free weights, cardio and core equipment and a yoga studio, as well as a twenty-four hour concierge service. Amenities like dog walking, dry cleaning, a private cinema, lounge, dining room will also be on offer.
KAMPUS, which is located right next to Canal Street in Manchester’s Gay Village and just minutes from Piccadilly Station, has become well known for using a mix of old and new buildings to comprise its community.
The neighbourhood itself has an endless choice of bars, restaurants and events, such as local gems like the General Store, Cornerstone, Nell’s and Bread Flower. And not to mention the newly reborn Little David Street, which runs down the middle of the renovated buildings.
The flats are available to rent now and require no deposit – click here to book a viewing.