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As one of Central London’s most highly regarded estate agents, we’re often asked to share our views — here are a few of our most recent pieces.

Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway embarks on ‘aggressive’ expansion across New York
Buffets Berkshire Hathaway embarks on aggressive expansion across New York

Warren Buffet’s real estate brokerage franchise network has embarked on an “aggressive” expansion drive across the New York City market.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York is targeting “explosive growth” over the next 36 months, with all-new locations in Brooklyn, Downtown Manhattan, and the Upper West Side.

The firm’s leadership team has also been bolstered with two big-name appointments. Steven James has been installed as president & CEO, while Brad Loe is now executive vice president & director of sales.

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The key trends anticipated to impact the residential market in the next few years
The key trends anticipated to impact the residential market in the next few years

Macro-economic factors, such as rising inflation and interest rates, are expected to have the biggest impact on the real estate sector in the UK in the next five years, according to a new study from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

According to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 2022 EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) Report, the vast majority (85%) of UK property professionals expect inflation to have an impact, with a notable one in three (32%) anticipating a significant impact.

This figure is above the average of countries surveyed, which came out at 78%, and second only to Portugal which topped the table at 88% of real estate professionals who believe there will be an impact.

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Central London Property Market Enjoys a Spring Boost

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The first quarter (Q1) figures for 2022 have produced some encouraging signs of recovery for prime London property prices and central London lettings. Over the last three years, property prices have risen by 10.9 per cent, to just 4.4% below their previous peak in 2016. Recently we have seen more sale properties go under offer – a positive indicator of overall market health. At the same time, the London rental market has bounced back triumphantly, breaking LonRes records.


Sales Market Update 

Prices in the three prime LonRes areas (prime central London, prime London and prime fringe) increased by an impressive 5.2 per cent over the year to Q1 2022. The highest growth recorded, at 6.8 percent, was for house prices in prime central London, while prime fringe came in at 2.5 per cent.

However, the latest quarterly figures for the London residential property market show that overall annual growth has slowed, with a slight fall of 0.02 per cent.


Contrast Between Flats and Houses

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This dip in growth is the result of the continuing imbalance between the cost of flats and houses. During the pandemic, home seekers prioritised properties with home offices and outdoor space, and this trend continued after restrictions were lifted.

Both flats and houses have shown broadly similar growth levels over the past year (4.5 percent for apartments and 5.7 per cent for houses). However, the disparity between both property types becomes clearer when the statistics are compared with the previous market peak of 2016. House prices are now just one per cent below the 2016 peak, while flats remain almost 6 per cent below.


A Difference in Transaction Volumes

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This year’s data may look less impressive without the inflated figures created by the 2021 Stamp Duty Holiday, but house transactions have exceeded expectations. The Q1 2022 transaction figures are just 0.9 per cent lower than the last peak in late 2013, although flats still lag behind the previous peak of early 2014, at minus 27 percent.

Sales have now reached levels similar to pre-pandemic averages. However, the number of homes that have recently gone under offer suggests that transaction figures will rise in the coming months.

The chart below shows that price bands were also subject to variation. Transactions at the top end of the market were 58 per cent higher than those recorded just before the pandemic. They were also 10 per cent higher than the figure noted at the previous peak in 2014.

Activity levels for lower priced properties have also recovered well when compared with pre-pandemic figures, and current figures show they are just below their previous peak.


Lettings Market Update

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The lettings market has seen exponential growth throughout the UK – largely driven by a lack of rental stock. The same is true for London rental properties, where demand has bounced back after a short-lived, pandemic-driven exodus. This has resulted in an overall annual growth rate of 22 per cent across all three areas of the prime London property market.

As the chart above shows, in Q1 2022, annual rental growth rates averaged 25 per cent in prime London, 20 per cent in prime central London and 19 per cent in prime fringe.


An Exponential Rise and Robust Demands

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Rents have achieved new record highs, topping previous peaks recorded in Q2 2007 (19 per cent) and Q3 2010 (16 per cent). However, these remarkable rates must be considered against the backdrop of the substantial falls experienced during the pandemic.

As Q1 2022 figures show a 4.4 per cent rise in rents across all prime areas, rents are expected to remain at a higher level than those recorded before the pandemic.


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The demand from tenants remains strong. In the six months up to March 2022, properties were, on average, let in 45 days. In the same period the year before, properties remained on the market for 89 days. But as the chart below shows, the lack of rental stock is causing an issue with turnover in the rentals market, and new lets are down by 46% compared to the pre-pandemic average.

To sum up, after a busy 2021, the market has continued to strengthen, with overall activity returning to pre-pandemic levels. The latest survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reveals that the UK housing market is currently in excellent health, although activity could begin to slow if mortgage rates continue to rise.


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If you are looking to buy, rent or invest in London property this year, why not contact one of our expert advisors?

Why it’s So Easy to Fall in Love with the Marylebone Life

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“I will never move”, says Marylebone-based broadcaster and influencer Jo Good. Jo, who bought a one bedroom flat in Marylebone High Street over two decades ago, has now become one of the area’s most familiar faces.

She is typical of the many celebrities, city professionals and wealthy globetrotters who love living in Marylebone. The winning combination of old world charm and contemporary chic makes it a vibrant place to shop, eat and drink.

Local residents appreciate being minutes away from all the delights of London’s West End, including exclusive Mayfair and the luxurious shops of Bond Street. Marylebone is also one of the most family-friendly spots in the capital: boasting a number of world-renowned schools and colleges as well as some of the best private medical practices in Europe.

As any Marylebone neighbourhood guide will tell you, the area is well connected for onward travel (you can reach Heathrow Airport from nearby Paddington Station in just 22 minutes). Additionally, Regent’s Park - one of London’s most beautiful Royal Parks – is right on the doorstep.


A Popular ‘London Village’

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Marylebone is famously described as a ‘London village’ because of its strong sense of community. Grab a coffee at one of the area’s busy pavement cafes to observe the steady buzz of neighbours greeting one another, waiters chatting to their customers and influencers snapping selfies with their fashion-conscious friends.

According to Jo Good, “The young influencers here call Marylebone High Street the new Kings Road”. The area certainly attracts an international crowd of fashionistas, drawn by the array of independent shops, bright cafes and trendy bars.


A Great Place to Shop, Drink And Dine

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Many shops and restaurants in Marylebone have become local institutions, having served their customers from the same spot for decades. 

Durrants Hotel, one of the last remaining privately owned hotels in London, is an excellent example of a long-running Marylebone business. Established in 1789, the 92-room hotel has been owned by the Miller family since 1921.

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Linda Dauriz, CEO of Swedish fashion brand Tiger of Sweden, set up shop in Marylebone because she felt it was “the perfect destination for shopping and strolling.” She says the area offers “a vibrant and inspiring mix of retail stores,  restaurants  and  cafés in a truly unique setting”, adding: “it feels metropolitan and intimate at the same time.”



Marylebone’s pubs, bars and eateries specialize in bringing an innovative twist to traditional menus. At the Marylebone Bar, you can enjoy handcrafted artisan cocktails created by expertly trained mixologists. Furthermore, The Hidden City, real world Sherlock Holmes adventure Games starts here where you can engage in a treasure hunt style experience led by your phone, one of the most interesting ways to discover Marylebone. Meanwhile, if you fancy some European influence Souli Food offers specialist teas from Paris, coffee from Rome and made-to-order fruit juices. 

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At Home Marylebone, the experience is all about “eating, drinking and wellbeing”. Based in a fabulously Instagrammable building decked with swathes of greenery, the restaurant prides itself on serving healthy food round the clock. Local foodies also congregate at the Sunday Farmer’s Market, where fresh, seasonal produce is available all year round.


A Great Place for Families

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Families living in Marylebone can choose from a range of private and state schools, some within easy walking distance. The area is also home to world famous educational establishments such as the London Business School and the Royal College of Music.

Schools for younger children include Hampden Gurney CofE Primary School (rated Outstanding by Ofsted) and St Joseph’s RC Primary in nearby Maida Vale (rated Good). Portland Place is a small, independent, non-denominational and co-educational school, while Queens College on Harley Street welcomes girls from the age of four.

At the Secondary level, there are a number of excellent schools either within Marylebone itself or a short distance away. The Wetherby Senior School is the latest new establishment from the Wetherby Group, offering a traditional British boys’ school education with an international outlook. 

The Southbank International School employs the IB World method to foster inner belief, openness and academic excellence. The Frances Holland School, on the edge of Regent’s Park, is a popular independent school for girls. 


Leisure and Fitness

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Just to the north of Marylebone lies the 166-hectare expanse of Regents Park, with the green space of Primrose Hill just beyond. The park is blessed with a wide range of attractions and amenities, including an open air theatre, a large zoo and an impressive range of sports facilities. To the west of the park is the world famous Lord’s Cricket Ground, where top international cricket teams regularly compete.

Marylebone has some superb gyms, although residents are perhaps more likely to be found in yoga or pilates studios. Indaba Yoga and Total Chi Yoga, and Pilates are highly rated by local fitness fans.

Properties in Marylebone

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Marylebone enjoyed something of a property boom in the Georgian era, and some of its finest homes date from that time. There are also many buildings from the Victorian and Edwardian periods, including a number of magnificent mansion blocks.

Most of the grand period houses have now been split up into apartments, although undivided properties can still be found around Regent’s Park. You can also find streets of terraced properties in the area, while new build luxury apartment blocks continue to pop up whenever a site becomes available.

Marylebone’s traditional heritage may be reflected in its timeless architecture, but the lifestyle on offer here is refreshingly contemporary. Residents can move easily between the exciting retail and leisure opportunities of London’s West End and the tranquil green spaces of Regents Park and Primrose Hill. Alternatively, they can simply stay local, enjoying everything that Marylebone’s smart independent shops, restaurants, bars and cafes have to offer.

If, like Jo Good, you relish the idea of living in a friendly community on the doorstep of London’s West End, we would be happy to show you some fantastic Marylebone apartments for sale or rent. Simply contact our Marylebone estate agents and let them know what you are looking for.

Unlock the Secrets of London’s Garden Squares this Summer

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The garden squares of London will be looking their best this summer after being planted, clipped, and mowed to perfection in preparation for an extraordinary event.

The London Square Open Gardens weekend takes place every year, providing an opportunity for Londoners to explore a succession of magnificent ‘secret’ gardens, usually out of bounds to members of the public. Scheduled for the weekend of 11th and 12th June, the London garden squares weekend offers a tantalising glimpse into these historic spaces.


The History of London’s Garden Squares

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There are approximately 300 garden squares in inner London, covering areas that vary from half an acre to several acres. Most are private spaces for the use of the square’s occupants, and they provide the perfect opportunity for residents to relax and socialise outdoors. For true lovers of London, these squares are landmarks every bit as important as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace or the Shard. 

The concept of the garden square took root after the Great Fire of 1666. Wealthy residents left homeless by the fire – which destroyed vast swathes of London’s streets – were reluctant to return to the cramped and dangerous conditions within the city walls. The building boom that followed effectively created London’s first suburbs and enabled wealthy Londoners to move to greener, less crowded areas.

Below are just some famous garden squares that have more about them than their picturesque landscapes.


Bedford Square

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A classic example of stately Georgian architecture, Bedford Square set the style for similar developments throughout London. The square was designed by the architect Thomas Leverton (1743-1824) and built between 1775 and 1983. Bedford Square’s elegant period townhouses have been home to a number of distinguished residents, including anti-slavery activist Elizabeth Jesser Reid and publisher Jonathan Cape. These days many of these exceptional listed buildings are now offices.

The square was named after the noble Russell family (the dukes of Bedford) who owned much of Bloomsbury at the time. The Russells also gave their name to Russell Square, another famous square near the British Museum.

In 1860 numbers 1, 2 and 3 Bedford Square risked demolition as a result of expansion plans by the British Museum, but fortunately the proposed development was never built. Nowadays the garden is filled with mature trees and attractively planted flower beds. From time to time the space has hosted contemporary pop-up ‘pavilions’ created by leading international architects.


Eaton Square Garden

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Eaton Square Garden is one of the most picturesque of all London’s private communal gardens. Several years ago, its beautifully tended flower beds, formal lawns, and shady pathways won Gold in the London in Bloom competition.

The square is part of the Grosvenor Estate and was named after the Duke of Westminster’s country home, Eaton Hall in Cheshire. The gardens were established between 1826 and 1855 by the estate’s master builder, Thomas Cubitt, and some of the plane trees originally planted in Cubitt’s time can still be seen today.

Famous former residents include former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and actors Vivien Leigh and Sean Connery.


Ladbroke Square Garden

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Covering an area of seven acres, this Grade II listed garden – the largest of all London’s private garden squares – was originally the site of a racecourse. The course proved unsuccessful, and by the end of the 1840s, it had been transformed into a garden. A plan created at the time by the Ladbroke estate’s architect Thomas Allason (a specialist in landscape design) shows the layout has barely changed since the garden was first laid out.

Today's visitors to Ladbroke Square can enjoy a long walk along the north side of the garden or follow winding paths around three large, lawned areas bordered by flower beds. There are also two playgrounds, one for younger and one for older children.


Belgrave Square Garden

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The construction of Belgrave Square – created as the centrepiece for Belgravia – began in the 1820s, and since then the square has enjoyed strong international connections. Over time, it has been home to a number of embassies. During the Second World War, the garden was used as a park for military tanks.

Today it has not one but four ‘temples’ (summerhouses) along its inner path, together with wisteria-covered pergolas and traditional flower beds planted with roses. It boasts an impressive array of facilities, including tennis courts, children’s playgrounds, a quiet garden, an outdoor gym and, most recently, the addition of an urban forest school. The square is also renowned for its modern sculptures, which reflect its international connections.


Manchester Square

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In the late 18th century, Marylebone was a village on the outskirts of the city of London. The area was already attractive to aristocrats, who went there to shoot ducks and enjoy the famous pleasure gardens. In the 1770s, the wealthy Portman family decided to create a residential square with gardens in Marylebone. Manchester House, a residence for the fourth Duke of Manchester, was erected on the north side, giving the square its name. This building still stands today, along with many other fine, Georgian-area townhouses. Renamed Hertford House, it is now home to the world-renowned Wallace Collection. The square’s almost circular garden has changed little since it was first laid out in the 18th century. 

There are many more beautifully kept squares to enjoy over the weekend of 11th and 12th June

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If you would like to make your home in the neighbourhood of one of London’s stunning historic squares, why not get in touch with one of our luxury property experts?


Most Expensive Areas to Live in London

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London’s property market consistently ranks amongst the top 10 most expensive housing markets in the world. According to Rightmove, a home in London now costs an average of £664,400 (compared with the average sold price for the country as a whole, which stands at £354,564).

In line with London’s status as one of the globe’s wealthiest cities, it is home to a large number of high net worth individuals. Last year The Guardian reported that one in ten Londoners have assets worth more than £720,000, making them dollar millionaires.

The wealthiest parts of the capital are almost all to the west, with areas such as Knightsbridge, Kensington, Mayfair and Chelsea attracting elite buyers from across the globe. These central London neighbourhoods are blessed with fine properties, low crime rates, upmarket shops, world class cultural venues, excellent transport connections and access to open green spaces. 

We look at five London areas that offer exceptional lifestyle benefits to those who can afford to live here.



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Average Price: £2,697,280 to £3,100,000*
Annual Change: 39% lower
Most popular property: Flats with average price of £2,492,699
Terraced Properties: £70,88,682

*According to the DataLoft’s price of properties sold in Mayfair and Land Registry Records 

Noted for its elegant architecture and upscale shops, as well as the expensive cars driven by its patrons make Mayfair one of the most expensive places to live in central London. 

Defined as the area between Regent Street, Oxford Street, Park Lane and Piccadilly, it’s one of the most desirable and sought after spots in the capital, with property prices to match.This area boasts no less than twenty six Michelin-starred restaurants. and its proximity to the West End makes it a great lifestyle destination. Here you’ll also find leading art galleries, top auction houses, exclusive private members’ clubs and five star hotels. 

Mayfair was once considered an ‘old school’ destination, favoured by the British aristocracy, but nowadays, you’ll find a cosmopolitan mix of affluent Brits and overseas residents who all enjoy the finer things in life.


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South Kensington and Knightsbridge

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Average Price: £2,169,423 to £2,709,010*

Annual Change: 6% lower

Most popular property: Flats with average price of £1,771,448

Terraced Properties: £3,503,060

Semi-detached: £6,175,002

South Kensington: 

Average Price: £501,644 to £1,790,308*

Change: 15% higher

Most popular property: Flats with average price of £1,457,929

Terraced Properties: £3,691,659

Semi-detached: no data

*According to the DataLoft’s price of properties sold in Knightsbridge and South Kensington and Land Registry Records

The SW7 postcode covers two of the most expensive areas in London. These neighbourhoods are renowned for high-end stores (Knightsbridge is home to both Harvey Nichols and Harrods). However, there are also plenty of independent shops, Michelin-starred restaurants and chic bars to keep wealthy residents happy. Music lovers enjoy being minutes away from venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Corelli Room at the Royal College of Music.  

South Kensington’s grand museums quarter, featuring world class museums such as the V&A and the Museum of Natural History, is a huge draw for adults and children alike. At its northern edge, Knightsbridge is bordered by the open, green expanse of Hyde Park, which offers popular sports activities such as tennis and horse riding.

The SW7 area is a magnet for high net worth individuals, attracting successful entrepreneurs, politicians and high profile diplomats. Boasting some of the capital’s most beautiful homes, Knightsbridge and South Kensington are rightly described as two of the poshest areas in London. 


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Average Price: £1,601,397 to £2,032,837*
Annual Change: 4% higher
Most popular property: Flats with average price of £980,506
Terraced Properties: £4,239,214
Semi-detached: £7,233,048

*According to the DataLoft’s price of properties sold in Chelsea and Land Registry Records

The heart of this exclusive neighbourhood is The Kings Road, which begins at Sloane Square and ends close to the riverside area of Chelsea Creek. Chelsea’s reputation as a haven for artists and celebrities  peaked in the 1960s and 70s. However, the area’s funky upscale boutiques, high end eateries and buzzing bars continue to attract fun-loving, high profile individuals with money to spend. Just across the river, Battersea Park offers space to relax and unwind.

Culture lovers enjoy visiting the Royal Court Theatre, the Saatchi Gallery and Chelsea Physic Garden, while football fans relish the proximity to Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge stadium. 

The types of property available here range from apartments in striking modern developments, flats in traditional mansion blocks, pretty mews cottages in cobbled streets and impressive detached homes.


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Average Price: £1,038,917 to £1,374,680*
Annual Change: 14% higher
Most popular property: Flats with average price of £952,176
Terraced Properties: £1,933,570

*According to the DataLoft’s price of properties sold in Marylebone and Land Registry Records

This sophisticated, cosmopolitan ‘London village’ may be only minutes away from the glitz and glamour of the West End, but it still retains a genuine village vibe. It’s also a welcoming haven for homebuyers from across the globe, who are drawn to Marylebone’s relaxed atmosphere and old-world charm.

The area is a regular hang-out for celebrities, who can often be observed sipping coffee at a pavement cafe or browsing the area’s exclusive independent boutiques. Marylebone High Street offers a range of exclusive shopping and dining opportunities, making it one of the best places to stay in London. 

You can buy fresh lobster at Fishworks, enjoy crumpets and coffee at the Ivy Cafe or choose a smart contemporary sofa at The Conran Shop, all without leaving the village. 


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Average Price: £939,472 to £1,437,873*
Annual Change: 12% lower
Most popular property: Flats with average price of £819,797
Terraced Properties: 1,924,783
Semi-detached: £1,617,645

*According to the DataLoft’s price of properties sold in Westminster and Land Registry Records

Home to iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and the houses of Parliament, Number 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace, Westminster is the stage for almost everything that happens in British politics. So it’s not unusual to spot famous politicians and media personalities scurrying through the streets in between parliamentary sessions.

Second homeowners and international buyers are all drawn to the cachet of living in Westminster. However, the buzz of ‘Westminster village’ doesn’t just attract political types. This is an area known for its lovely period properties, impressive mansion blocks and sleek, highrise developments. It also boasts some of the most expensive shopping streets in London: Regent Street, Bond Street and Oxford Street are all located within the borough of Westminster. 

Whether you are buying a primary or secondary home in London or looking for a buy-to-let investment, we would love to help you find your ideal property in any of these locations and beyond. 

Interested in finding out what your home is worth in one of these areas or your own area to compare?


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Win the Dream Home your Pawfect Pet Deserves
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices London announces their new competition for pet owners. Find out how to enter the Pawfect Home Sweepstakes for a chance to win your furry, scaly or feathered pet a custom-built, pet-sized version of your home…for them!

At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, we believe the whole family deserves a dream home – including your Pawfect pet. Imagine your pet proudly taking ownership of a custom-made home that looks identical in every way to your own property!

Enter the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Pawfect Home Sweepstakes and you could be on the way to making your pet’s dream home a reality.


Our Pets Should Feel At Home

Win the Dream Home your Pawfect Pet Deserves

We all enjoy spoiling our pets, whether that means indulging them with luxury grooming, special treats or buying that exclusive designer collar to fit in with our luxury lifestyle.

When looking for a new home, some of us even prioritise our pets’ needs over our own. Have you ever turned down an otherwise ideal property due to lack of outside space for your pooch? Or chosen a new apartment because your cat doesn’t have an accessible window to come and go as they please? 

You know that if your dog or cat, parrot, bunny, lizard (or even your beloved pet pig) feels at home on the property, the chances are that you will, too. 


A Social Media Sensation

Your pet is there for you, whatever life brings, so what better way to show your love than to gift them an exact scale model of your own home? You could win one of these amazing replica homes worth approximately £4,000 by entering today.

Owning an artisan-made replica of your home could turn your pet into a star of social media. And when it comes to entertaining friends and wider family, your prize will provide an exciting talking point for years to come.


How To Enter

To enter the sweepstake, simply visit our competition page from now until 6th June and fill out the entry form. To be eligible, you must be a legal resident of the United Kingdom, Greece, Spain or the USA and over 18 years of age at the time of participation. There is a limit of one entry per person per day (but additional entries can be earned by sharing your entry on Facebook or Twitter).

See our Official Rules for the full entry requirements.

The clock is ticking! Don’t miss this chance to win this unique prize for your unique pet. Get ready to register every day until the 6th June to maximise your chances of success!


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