Two years ago, Barclays Plcs Woolwich unit, Nationwide Building Society and Lloyds Banking Group Plcs Halifax stopped agreeing mortgages for more than about 1 million pounds, but now theyve moved up to 2 million pounds and some have gone to 3 million, Knight said by phone. There are just more lenders playing in that market now. Virginia Water Knight Franks prime country-house index, based on data from the firms U.K. branches, shows that prices rose 0.8 percent in the third quarter from the previous three months. Gains were led by Virginia Water, Berkhamsted and Cobham, just outside London. Prices climbed 0.4 percent on an annual basis. The measure includes manor houses, defined by Knight Frank as a large property standing in extensive grounds; farmhouses, which typically have six bedrooms and several acres of land including garden, paddock and barns; and cottages, which normally have four bedrooms and about an acre of land. While demand for properties within commuting distance of London was strongest, prime country homes in every region of England climbed for the first time in two-and-a-half years during the quarter, according to a reported published by Savills Plc last week. Last Chance This is your last chance to buy before stock goes down and prices really start to rise, Yolande Barnes , director of residential research at the London-based broker, said by phone. Current offerings of theirs include Park Place , an eight-bedroom period house on the edge of Windsor Great Park with cottages and stables on about 15 acres (6 hectares). The property, about an hours walk from Queen Elizabeth II s Windsor Castle and close to English private school Eton College, is priced at 20 million pounds. Savills, along with Hamptons International, is also selling Bayfields Farm, a country house in Hampshire, about 30 miles from Highclere Castle, where TV show Downton Abbey is filmed, for 2 million pounds. The value of U.K.
The Blue Devils have won four of the last five meetings between the schools. The Cavaliers (2-4, 0-2) lost their second game in a row Saturday, 27-26 at Maryland, when Alec Vozenilek’s 42-yard field goal try sailed wide right with under a minute remaining. It was the final miscue but in spite of many improvements, far from the only one. Virginia ran for 242 yards, but got stuffed on consecutive plays from inside the Terps’ 2 in the first quarter. It was one of four trips inside the Maryland 20 that ended with Vozenilek kicking a field goal. “It is disappointing knowing that maybe if one of those field goals had turned into a touchdown, we would have won the game,” right guard Jay Whitmire said Monday. On defense, Maryland gained 468 yards, none more damaging than the 47-yard pass backup quarterback Caleb Rowe completed to Deon Long on third-and-22. Long was double-covered on the catch, but still came down with the ball on the game-winning drive. “We just didn’t take advantage of the opportunities that were presented before us,” linebacker Henry Coley said. “We got our hands on a few balls, we misjudged some balls and we had a few mental errors out there. It was just different people at different times, but it ended up with us losing the football game.” The Cavaliers also won the turnover battle 3-0, but converted the takeaways into just 6 points. In many ways, their 2-4 record feels a lot like their 2-4 mark at this point last season, quarterback David Watford said. Still, having been through it and having seen the team fall apart, there is resolve. “As a team we just have to stick together,” he said.