To quote Jane Austen “There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort,” so I took a straw poll of friends and there were some great answers, “my things and my favourite person in one place”, or “it’s where my cat lives”. One of my favourites was “it’s where I can spend the whole day in pyjamas watching Mad Men”. “It’s where I do the ironing stark naked” conjured up quite a vision. There were common themes, safety, warmth, memories, friends, family, security and the right to be yourself.

It seems that, creating a home is less about the building itself than the emotional connection and sense of comfort we’re able to create. Even so, as an Estate Agent I’ve always rather romantically fancied that we don’t sell houses, we sell homes. Over the years it’s been gratifying to see the milestones of our clients’ lives reflected through their moves. Handing the keys to a first time buyers is wonderful as is seeing their next move to a family home a few years later.

This Herald Homes publication is full of houses, but as their new owners fi ll them with memories of laughter and sadness, pictures that the kids bring home from school, trusty spaniels, favourite chairs, shrubs that are planted and the sound of a favourite tune, as all this happens, as sure as eggs are

eggs, they will all become homes. Take a look through and maybe somewhere in these pages you will find a suitable venue for naked ironing too.

Tim Buxton is the Senior Partner of Warren Powell-Richards, a local independent Estate Agent with offices in Alton, Farnham, Grayshott, Godalming, Haslemere and London too. You will see a selection of their available homes in this publication every week.