Comment: Staycation blues... and Rightmove's most-viewed
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Who's feeling end of August vibes?
The schools will be reopening any minute and, for those of us who didn't venture abroad, this summer's been a little low on sun.
The faff of testing and general uncertainty of the government's traffic light system saw my family joining the throngs of staycationers in the south west a couple of weeks ago.
And while we love a body boarding session and sandy pasty as much as the next Brit, a bit more sun would have been a big bonus.
Like many people, we paid a premium to holiday at home this summer, and this would have felt a lot less annoying if the overcast 18-degree days had been that bit brighter. So while I feel lucky to have got away at all, our trip didn't quite provide the blissful break from reality a summer holiday ideally offers.
Luckily, there's always Rightmove.
For me, trawling property portals looking at the houses I'll never buy is the ultimate escapism.
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It's for this reason that Rightmove's round up of their most viewed homes of the year so far is a source of such joy.
Take the £15m Chigwell mega-pad, for example. This understated offering comes complete with its own equestrian centre, an underground garage for 10 cars (plus car lift and turntable) and a spa with pool, Jacuzzi and steam room.
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Or there's the luxury £2.5m home near Truro, Cornwall; its stunning creek views and "access to the tranquil waters and foreshore via a jetty below" would probably have helped take the edge off the less-than scorching weather we experienced a couple of weeks back.
The most amazing place on the portal's list is the £30m Godalming mansion set in 30 acres, however. Yes, £30m.
As well as the usual pool/gym/home cinema combo, this place has its own bowling alley, double height party room and integral staff flat. Is your place seeming a bit rubbish at this point?
Even by St Albans or Harpenden standards, this house offers next-level extravagance. No wonder it's been pulling in so many punters for an online snoop. And if it helps take the edge off an underwhelming summer, so be it.