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Our recent post about Fridge Couch generated lots of interest so we thought we’d follow up with another reclaimed curiosity: a minimalist rocking bed made from industrial waste…

Mood Rocking Bed

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Asking prices are falling, properties are taking longer to sell, and “this summer’s price maximum has already been achieved,” says the latest house price report from Home.co.uk.

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The gap between London house prices and average values in England and Wales is at its widest for ten years, new research from Savills shows.

Westminster

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The water is blue (well, almost), yachts cruise past the full-height windows and, if you so wished, you could step straight from the house onto a souped up power boat whilst fending off a hulking giant snapping at you with iron teeth.

Yes, my friends, if James Bond was Welsh (and there’s a thought) he’d definitely live here – in this amazing glass-fronted house carved out of rocks on the banks of the Menai Straits.

"I could swear I left the house around here somewhere..."

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Bethold Lubetkin’s Six Pillars, generally regarded as one of the finest examples of modernist architecture in the UK, is currently for sale.

It was designed in 1932 and built in 1934 for the Rev Jack Leakey and his wife whilst Leakey was headmaster of the nearby Dulwich College Preparatory School.

Soon afterwards Lubetkin, a Russian émigré fired with a revolutionary belief in the liberating power of modernist design, built the first modernist high-rise block in the UK – Highpoint in Highgate – as well as the much loved penguin house in the London Zoo.

In their book Lubetkin & Tecton: An Architectural Study, Malcolm Reading and Peter Coe write of the house:

Perched on six pilotis the main façade is cool and urbane, with references to Le  Corbusier’s Garches and Planeix villas.

The familiar Tecton ingredients of expressed structural frame, snug planning and informal living spaces appear. [The house is] much loved and well cared for.

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It was built in the 1840s, was once the home of the great Victorian Diva Madam Adelina Juana Maria Patti, and is said to be one of the most haunted places in Wales.

Craig y Nos Castle, a 40-bed gothic extravaganza in the Brecon Beacons, is for sale with an asking price of £1.5 million (which wouldn’t get you a semi in some parts of London.)

Craig y Nos Castle as used in Dr Who

The castle was used as a location for the 2005 episode of Dr Who (the Victorian werewolf pastiche  Tooth And Claw)  – and you can see why.

The scenery is ruggedly beautiful, the interiors are lavishly ornate and the place comes with its own opera house – a 150 seat theatre with a panelled ceiling, fluted Corinthian columns and a floor that can be tilted downwards towards the stage to form a raked auditorium.

An opera stage. Every home should have one.

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