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A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

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The hotels to stay in before you die

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THE GOOD LIFE Alice B-B is out and proud about her little brother Henry THE RURBANIST Celia Imrie

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FAR & AWAY Get exotic with Orla Kiely ICE CREAM FLAVOURS Pretty pastels STYLE NOTEBOOK Back to black LUCIA LOVES Smythson’s quintessentially British stationery 32 HOLIDAY DRESSING DECODED The founders of resortwear showcase Paris Splash on the under the radar labels you need to know 34 SLOPES, SEA AND SKY Dress accordingly 36 THE GOLD DIGGER Jewellery news 38 MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE Noëlla Coursaris Musunka 40 BODY & SOUL Turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary 42 WELL GROOMED Men’s style news

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THE DIARY The British Grand Tour ARTS AGENDA Photography comes under the lens GOOD READS William Boyd’s new book of short stories THE OLYMPIAN Sebastian Coe on the awe-inspiring Cheltenham Festival ROAD TEST Maserati has put Italian passion into its new SUV SEEDER’S DIGEST Wicker wonders CONVERSATIONS AT SCARFES BAR Tech entrepreneur Brent Hoberman has plenty to say about Brexit

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BORN FREE Our shoot takes to the plains of Africa... Photography by Alex Beer WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Five super safaris LEIGHT YEARS AHEAD Harriet Quick tours the Hollywood home of Oliver Peoples’ founder Larry Leight TINSELTOWN LOWDOWN Rub along with the A-list in Los Angeles

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Italian-inspired collection 108 AGEING GRACEFULLY Linen is in it

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ON A WING AND A TRAIN Peter Hughes is one of the first to hop on board Belmond’s new South American sleeper 119 THE HOTEL WIZARD Fantastic Fez 121 THE WEEKENDER Culture and beaches on the East Sussex coast 122 GASTRO GOSSIP Fermented foods 123 BIG UP THE BASS Martin Morales’ Peruvian style ceviche 124 FORK & FIELD Super service at The Square and battening down the hatches at the Four Seasons Hampshire

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72 hotels to sleep in before you die, whether that’s a shepherd’s hut in the Swiss Alps, a polished New York classic or a wilderness lodge in the Australian outback. All are guaranteed to make memories that last (p95). If awards season has got you California dreaming, Sophie Ball gives you the lowdown on where to stay, eat, drink and boogie on if you want to rub shoulders with the A-list (p93). And, as any self-respecting celebrity knows, you shouldn’t step outside without a statement-making pair of shades. In fact, rather like watches, there’s a trend to build a sunglass ‘wardrobe’. Harriet Quick visits the Hollywood home of Larry Leight, founder of Oliver Peoples, to meet the sunglasses guru and his son, Garrett, with whom he’s launched a new brand, Garrett Leight Collection (p88). Finally, the eagle-eyed among you may have spotted our latest illustrious columnist who debuted his column last issue. I’m delighted that each month Lord Coe will be sharing his musings on great British sporting days out. He tackles the Cheltenham Festival on page 64 with a little help from John Francome. @countryandtown /countryandtownhousemagazine /countryandtownhouse

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What makes a good holiday great? Stimulation: people, scenery, wildlife, music, smells, history, food... the discovery of anything that’s different. A great hotel should always… have bedside lights bright enough to read by, someone ready to explain how to turn off the air-con, detachable wooden coat hangers, large bath towels, free wifi, soap (as well as gel) and decent house champagne. Given those, everything else will follow. Where would you return to again and again? The South Atlantic – to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands: Alpine scenery, teeming wildlife and the detritus of Antarctic history.

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What makes a good holiday great? Impromptu adventures. And, naturally, who you go on holiday with. A great hotel should always… be light and bright, with a courtyard or a garden and free of annoying themes and buffets of any sort. Where would you return to again and again? I would absolutely return to The Upper House in Hong Kong. Their attention to detail is incredible – it makes all the difference. Where would you never return to? The Frangipani Villa Hotel in Siem Reap is a Fawlty Towers of a place. The bedlinen was ancient, the pool murky and, on return from dinner, there were toads on the carpeted staircase. I like amphibians but...

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What makes a good holiday great? Sun, sea, lovely food, and no one around but my wife and no one contacting me. A great hotel should always… have polite staff, a large bed with wonderful sheets, delicious food and views. Where would you return to again and again? As a photographer, I shoot abroad a lot and have been blessed to have visited many incredible places, but if I never went back to Africa that would make me very sad. Where would you never return to? I do not think there is anywhere that I have been to that I hated. Being a creative, I see beauty in areas that others do not.

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What makes a good holiday great? Sunshine, tequila and lots and lots of laughter. A great hotel should always… Accommodate my horribly neurotic but essential coffee order. I’ll have a coconut milk cappuccino, please sir. Where would you return to again and again? Ibiza. As I get older, I’ve moved away from the superclubs and into the north of the island, where I can start the day with yoga and end it dancing barefoot on the beach.

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WO YEARS AGO I RAN A MARATHON in Kenya. Actually, it was only a half marathon, but despite putting in the prep with trainer Tim Weeks... it was hell. Altitude, heat and a head swirling with negative thoughts gave me a battle I wasn’t expecting. But thinking of the money I was raising pulled me through. I was running for The Milgis Trust (milgistrust.com) – a roots-up organisation covering 6,000km/sq of northern Kenya, created by superwoman Helen Douglas-Dufresne, who believes that wildlife and pastoral people can continue to live peacefully side by side, as they have done for hundreds of years. Over the holidays I went to visit the area with my parents and Mr Love, (fresh off a film set). We walked up to 20km a day with Helen, her caravan of 50 camels and elegant Samburu warriors, while making romantic camps at night, showering under a small sack of warm water hoisted into a bush and sleeping under the stars.

The trust aims to encourage wild elephant and other wildlife to return to the remote and desperately dry area of Samburu-land. But, as Helen says, ‘You can’t talk to a thirsty man about conservation, until you’ve quenched his thirst.’ So we visited one of 14 water projects; solar power and hand-dug wells, that provide in total 130,000 litres of water a day for the various communities. The results are clear. In Africa, over the last ten years, an elephant has been killed every 15 minutes. Here in the Milgis, not one elephant died from poaching last year. It’s working. OUR CHRISTMAS WAS A CAMPFIRE, the songs of Samburu warriors and the percussion of wooden camel bells. No presents, no greed, no wifi, no excess. Which may sound a bit ‘bah humbug’, but when I read that in Europe we give each other an estimated €3.7bn worth of unwanted gifts – this kind of ascetic Christmas felt just right. A LADDER APPEARED ON DARTMOOR LAST YEAR. Not just any old steps, but a giant’s ladder that soared, graceful, high in the sky. The online chatter Slipping into began; who had created such Kettner’s a thoughtful, provocative Town House; restaurant, rooms piece? How had it suddenly and champagne appeared there? In The Sunday bar – another Times, Jeremy Clarkson joined tempting excuse to hang out in Soho. in, ‘I like the ladder. Without it kettnerstown Dartmoor is nothing more than house.com a wild expanse of mud and wind.’ In line to Momentum gathered; photos see director were Instagrammed, coordinates Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape swapped. It was in the very spot of Water, released where a Giant’s Chair had once 14 February. sat, until the killjoy council theshapeof watermovie.com ordered it to be removed, because it became too popular. Probably Making a last ditch the way the ladder would have attempt at gone... except Storm Eleanor got being light on my there first, smashing the wooden feet with ballet barre classes structure with her gusty breath. at Notting Hill’s So the ladder is no more, but has new Barrecore. left space for the next iteration barrecore.co.uk from the renegade artist, rumoured to be a certain... Henry Bruce. Yes, that’s right! And I’ve kept quiet long enough – it’s time for this proud sister to bellow his name.

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THE RURBANIST

Where do you go when you don’t want anyone to get hold of you? The best place is on board a ship in the middle of the ocean. No phones, and internet is very slow and expensive.

Actor Celia Imrie’s performance did not appease the ghost of the Marquis de Sade

Favourite game to play? Pit, because the whole point is to shout really loudly and cheat. And Roulette because the croupier’s call reminds me of my darling mother, who said it all the time, whatever was happening – but never in a casino: ‘Faites vos jeux! Rien ne va plus!’

Where’s home to you? The Côte d’Azur. I love the colour, the heat, the buzz and the delicious food. Not to mention the trams and the trains, the wonderful health service and ‘the Gym’ – not the one where you’re supposed to do workouts but OGC Nice, the handsome local football team.

Which historic country house would you snap up? Le Château de Mazan,

it had been my grandmother, Adeline Blois, who had been born in Ireland, rather than her father, my great-grandfather, Sir John Ralph Blois. Then I could have an EU passport.

What are Saturday afternoons made for? Matinées either on stage or in the audience. Last thing you saw at the theatre? Ballet La Mégère Apprivoisée (The Taming of the Shrew) at Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo with a breathtaking Petruchio, played by Francesco Mariottini. I sat in the front row just above the orchestra pit, which was heaven. In the audience I also spotted Maude Sabourinin, one of my favourite dancers. I had seen her on the same stage the year before, dancing Carabosse in La Belle, and had been spellbound.

now a hotel, near Avignon, which has ravishing views, a scented garden and pool. I stayed there while we were filming the forthcoming TV series Patrick Melrose. I did have a few rather vivid nightmares, though, possibly related to the fact that it was the country home of The Marquis de Sade. Years ago at Glasgow Citizens Theatre and later touring Europe, I appeared in Philosophy in the Boudoir, by the said Marquis, so maybe his ghost didn’t like the show.

What would you do as mayor for the day? Encourage everyone to greet the first person they meet with a smile and a ‘Good Morning’.

What would you change about yourself? Learn to open my post the day it arrives rather than leaving it till it’s a mountain that I cannot face.

What would really improve your life? To be a bit more tidy. Once when I shared a house with some friends, they got back late one night, heard creaks upstairs and called the police. A constable searched the rooms, then said, ‘Uh oh. I’m sorry to say one room has been ransacked.’ It was my bedroom... on a normal day.

Who’s coming round for dinner? My son, Angus. I’d cook him garlic and tomato bucatini with parmesan and spinach, but usually he prefers his own cooking.

Where was the last place you ‘discovered’? The Goring hotel cocktail bar for the warmest welcome.

Sail Away by Celia Imrie is published by Bloomsbury on 22 Feb, £12.99. Finding Your Feet will be in cinemas from 23 February.

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Where do you go to escape the city? Who wants to escape a city? I love the noise and busyness of town life. Though I do adore the sea and go to the seaside whenever I can, but it would always be a town with a seaside, like Largs, Roscoff, Le Touquet, Naples or Nice. Most memorable night out in London? Getting on the back of a motorbike taxi in my Indian silks and high heels to be transported from the red carpet premiere of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in Mayfair and zooming across London to Waterloo’s Old Vic Theatre – scrambling into my overall and slippers and straight on to the stage as the charlady Mrs Clackett for the opening lines of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off. Best thing a cabbie has ever said to you? ‘I like you, you look much better in real life.’

What makes your blood boil? Brexit. I so wish

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FAR & AWAY BY MARTHA WARD You don’t have to go far to be exotic. Orla Kiely never fails with a fabulously alluring print to get you in the mood and take you far, far away. orlakiely.com

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Plümo Shirt, £239. plumo.com Winser London Wide leg trousers, £199. winserlondon.com

Baum und Pferdgarten Skirt, £159. zalando.co.uk

Le Monde Beryl Satin slippers, £295. lemondeberyl.com

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Coast Pencil skirt, £79. coast-stores.com

Aspinal of London Mayfair bag, £595. aspinaloflondon.com

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If there’s only one colour you can rely on, it’s that perennial favourite: black. Forgiving, flattering and a perfect canvas from which to layer up and accessorise. And if the recent Golden Globes were anything to go by – women can use it both to make a statement and look like the stars they are. Who didn’t think that Margot Robbie looked a million dollars? Even if you’re not going to this year’s Oscars, you can still make your own small point...

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Emilio Pucci £320. farfetch.com

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It’s one way to get your message out. The Mark Hotel in New York has created a collection of cute, cosy cashmere sweaters emblazoned with ‘Wish You Were Here’, designed by Lingua Franca’s Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, whose sweaters come with phrases like ‘I miss Barack’ or ‘Resist’. You might be kind and send it to your best friend but we’re sure you’d rather keep it. $380. themarkhotel.com

F.R.S For Restless Sleepers Pyjamas, £1,132. farfetch.com

Jessica Russell Flint Giant washbag, £75. jessicarussellflint.co.uk

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Lucia van der Post on the stationery brand that sets the standard

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here can hardly be a more quintessentially British brand than Smythson. It was Samantha Cameron who, during her time as creative director, summed up its charm: ‘ it’s an intellectual, slightly quirky, luxury brand which also has a sense of humour’, and now we’ll wait with bated breath for what new creative director Luc Goidadin (formerly Chief Design Officer at Burberry) has in store for it. Smythson’s fans range from the Queen to Hollywood stars (Vivien Leigh), the arts (video artist Quentin Jones) and politics (Sir Winston Churchill and Baroness Thatcher). Most famous for its stationery – its copperplate engraving on its own paper, specially milled in Scotland, is the gold standard for personalised headed writing paper – a younger generation has taken to its notebooks and diaries (its Fashion and Soho diaries are found on the most stylish of desks). It was Frank Smythson himself who first came up with the notion of making diaries and later notebooks with the famous blue featherweight paper, so fine that a diary could fit into a man’s pocket – something it had never

FROM TOP: Rucksack from the current collection; Soho diary; the inimitable blue packaging; Frank Smythson; Samantha Cameron’s Nancy bag; famous stationery

SO SOHO Nobody ever had too many of its Soho notebooks – in a vast array of colours what makes them special is the quality of the leather cover and the fineness of the paper. £135.

ever been able to do when made with the more customary thick white paper. Still today it’s the rustle of the tissue paper when you part the visiting cards or the feel of the tissue-lined envelopes as you open them that stand them apart. Early on he also introduced some bags – most interestingly perhaps the Bond Street Bag in 1902 – but it wasn’t until Samantha Cameron came up with the Nancy (a beautiful soft version made from fine quilted leather) that handbags came to be seen as a classic part of its range. Today Smythson is still a privately owned company, and its chairman and owner Jacques Bahbout seems keen to build on its enduring reputation. As always with long-standing traditional companies, the key consideration is how to keep it modern, relevant and refreshed without abandoning the very things it is most known for. This year the company is 130 years old. To celebrate it has launched the Bond collection, which includes a beautifully refined backpack as well as a miniature version of the currently immensely fashionable cross-body bag.

GET PERSONAL Personalise the rucksack or anything else you fancy with one of its ‘gold’ brass plated alphabet charms. Every letter of the alphabet is available in what Smythson calls the St Germain alphabet, a typeface exclusive to it. £50.

BACK UP For the ardent traveller a rucksack is a must, and when it’s beautifully crafted from the finest leathers then it transmutes into something to be treasured forever. Smythson has come up with just such a beauty. Created as part of its Bond Collection launched to celebrates its 130th anniversary, the trapeze shape was inspired by designs found in the original Frank Smythson’s 1902 catalogue. In navy blue, Nile blue, red, palm green or white. £795.

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HOLIDAY DRESSING DECODED Claire Spencer-Churchill and Alex Lyles, founders of resort wear trade show Splash Paris, share their sunny sartorial secrets

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INNIKA CHOO GINGHAM TUNIC This designer’s tunic dresses are stylish and glamorous but versatile enough to be worn around the pool. £372. innikachoo.com

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Holiday hotspot? My friend Maddy (cashmere legend Madeleine Thompson) had her wedding at Amanpuri in Thailand. It was just amazing and I love to visit. It is a perfect getaway without the kids for me and my husband. Sartorial vibe? Relaxed fairy boho for the day and glam in the evening. Best outfit for a long-haul trip? Madeleine Thompson cashmere tracksuit. I look good but am also so, so comfy. Top packing tips? I’m a meticulous packer. I pre-plan all my outfits and therefore travel with a carry-on. I love digging out all my summer wears especially in the depths of the winter months. Once they’re laid out, I then plan a day and evening outfit for each day.

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CAMILLA RESORT MAXI JUMPSUIT So light to pack and the most glamorous of evening outfits but brilliant if you need a glam day outfit as well. £665. camilla.com

PITUSA SUN DRESS In neon watermelon – no one does poolside ease like Pitusa. £119. pitusa.co

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Which three items are always in your suitcase? iPad, Kindle and chargers. Poolside reading and postlunch quiet time for the kids sorted.

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Who are your go-to labels for swimwear? I like to take several pieces with me on holiday. Why would you not have swimwear for every day of your stay? It’s what you end up living in on holiday. I love Emma Pake, Hunza G and Broochini.

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NANNACAY BASKET When I go away I have a lot of things to take with me, so it’s handy to have a practical yet beautiful holiday bag. £195. nannacay.com

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VALIA GABRIEL SANDALS These uber stylish sandals can be worn easily with pretty much every outfit. £190. valiagabriel.com

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Holiday hotspot? Little Compton, Rhode Island. The whole family (ages 0 to 90) gathers there en masse every other year. Surfing, sailing, clam bakes, diving off ‘the bluff’ into the ocean; it’s wholesome stuff. Sartorial vibe? Fashion mum. I love fashion and like to wear different outfits, but I have three boys so also like to be able to run, play and generally have fun with them.

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CAROLINA K BIRD DRESS I love their prints and this piece is perfect for the evening. £320. carolinak.com

Best outfit for a long-haul trip? Yoga leggings and

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hooded top from Varley or Spiritual Gangster. Top packing tips? Roll your clothes – it really works.

Which three items are always in your suitcase?

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YOSUZI BIDIKA HAT I am obsessive about the sunshine so like to take a stylish hat with me. I love the look of Yosuzi hats. £245. yosuzi.com

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A bag of adaptors; my wash bag with all my favourite things in travel size (Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray, Omorovicza fake tan) and my selection of Star Mela clutches.

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DONNA IDA DENIM SHORTS A holiday essential. I love mine from Donna Ida. £130. donnaida.com

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UP FRONT STYLE

SLOPES, SEA AND SKY Life in the fast lane is a hoot… if your wardrobe has prepared you for it, says Rosalyn Wikeley 11 1

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6 If you’re going to invest in a Moncler, go large. £1,085. moncler.com

11 Consider Brora’s comfortably chic cashmere Donegal poncho your armour in flight. £495. brora.co.uk

2 Somewhere between a swimsuit and a bikini lies COS’s asymmetrical solution. Top, £35, bottoms, £19. cosstores.com

7 Ski brand of the hour, Perfect Moment, makes racing pants that whisk you back to 1950s Gstaad. £495. perfectmoment.com

12 Diamonds are rarely uncomfortable, flight duration notwithstanding. £1,995. ananyalondon.co.uk

3 Loro Piana’s Kilian Pants billow in the wind for Instagram panache. £885. loropiana.com

8 No matter how snug the chalet may be, a pair of Chanel skis will have you on the slopes before your second croissant. £5,170. chanel.com

13 By Malene Birger’s Leonora dress is oh so comfy and stylish. £350. bymalenebirger.com

4 Maviada’s Bastia hoop earrings are a must for ramping up the maritime glamour. £395. maviada.co.uk

9 Scarlet London’s Silver Fox hat works best when paired with a vin chaud on the balcony. £417. scarlet.london

14 Rimowa’s Topas multi-wheel suitcase also has an electronic tag for nifty airport manoeuvres. £799. rimowa.com

5 When you’re not wearing heinous gripping socks on deck, loaf around in these Elm shoes. £89. jonesbootmaker.com

10 Watch the slopes go by through Bulgari’s Serpenteyes sunnies. It’s only your third pit stop before lunch. £259. bulgari.com

15 A leopard print belt is a jet-setter staple, retrieving a waist from beneath a cashmere poncho post flight. £79. peachybelts.co.uk

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StPIERRE de SERJAC FAMILY HOLIDAYS : NO COMPROMISE. . .

Striking the perfect balance between the independence and privacy of a luxury villa holiday, the ease & nurturing nature of a boutique hotel and the laid back vibe of a members club. Located in the Languedoc, the sunniest region in France, the estate occupies a beautiful countryside setting with uninterrupted views of rolling vines, olive groves and woodland.. The elegant Château has been converted into an intimate hotel with 8 spacious rooms, an elegant cocktail bar and restaurant whilst the outbuildings have been converted into 36 stylish, fully equipped self-catering properties many with their own pools and gardens. A magnificent heated outdoor infinity pool takes centre stage whilst a spoiling Mediterranean garden spa, yoga classes, clay tennis court, complimentary bikes and kids club ensure guests both big and small want for nothing during their stay.

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UP FRONT JEWELLERY

THE GOLD DIGGER

SPARKLING NEWS

The latest jewellery news and trends. By Annabel Davidson

TELL ME A SECRET

Jewels with secret compartments have been around for centuries – the 16th century saw the rise of ‘poison rings’ used to keep poison for murder or suicide at hand – literally. But Dior’s third installment of its Dior à Versailles high jewellery collection, Pièces Secrètes, is far too pretty for such sinister purposes. Instead, the collection is all about secrets, with rings concealing tiny compartments, pendants with stones that push aside to reveal another underneath, and rings with sliding tops hiding engraved interiors. Shhhhhhhh! dior.com

Fabergé and Gemfields unveiled their laser-inscribed emerald

STOP THIEF!

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Vanité Indigolite ring in yellow gold, white gold, diamonds and indigolite; Voulpté Béryl Vert ring in pink gold, diamonds and green beryl; Cachette Diamant ring in yellow gold, diamonds, yellow diamonds, pink sapphires and lacquer all from Dior à Versailles, Pièces Secrètes by Dior Joaillerie

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RED JEWELS COINING IT Sometimes just a hint of red is enough – like the sweet ruby cabochons glinting between the two ancient coins in this ring by Dubini. dubini.co.uk

Jewellery heists seem to be making the news on an almost weekly basis these days. From the recent raid on the famous vitrines at the Ritz Paris to the theft of precious Indian jewellery from the Qatari Royal collection in Venice earlier this year, robbers keep outwitting security to run off with someone else’s precious goods. Now, Gemfields, the coloured gemstone mining company, and Fabergé, the jewellers, have unveiled the first laser-inscribed emerald with enough information contained within to make it traceable. Diamonds have been getting the laser-inscription treatment for a while now, but this is new for the world of coloured gemstones. It may not deter potential thieves, but it will certainly make it easier for stolen goods to be identified. Watch this space. gemfields.com

FEELING ROSY Lydia Courteille’s Rosa del Inca collection includes this extraordinary bracelet in rhodoch rosites, orange and pink sapphires, rubies and diamonds – a feast of rouge hues for the eyes. lydia courteille.com

A CLIP ROUND THE EAR Geneva-based jewellers Margaret’s new half Sundust earclips in fire red spinels would make a ruby blush. margaret-jewels.com

FORM A BAND Italian brand Pomellato’s Iconica collection celebrates its signature band ring – a smooth, plump ring of gold which has inspired a new range of not just rings but bracelets and pendants too. In rose and white gold and studded with diamonds mounted in variously shaped settings, the new band rings come in differing sizes – one just wouldn’t be enough. pomellato.com

I CAN SING A RAINBOW Noor Fares’ Rainbow collection revisits existing designs – like her iconic Fly Me to the Moon earrings – and applies the most vivid, psychedelic colour to them both via hand painting and the use of brilliantly hued gemstones like opal, moonstone and coloured sapphires. Perfect summer styling. noorfares. com

COLOUR ME BEAUTIFUL There’s a big multi-coloured trend coming up this year, which suits Med-inspired London brand Maviada just fine. The colour-obsessed company’s little bullet shaped charms come in a huge array of semiprecious stones, like tourmaline, tanzanite and amethyst. Gorgeous layered together. maviada.co.uk

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UP FRONT BEAUT Y

MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE Model and campaigner Noëlla Coursaris Musunka shares her beauty secrets with Nathalie Eleni

What’s in your make-up bag? My essentials: Fenty Beauty foundation, MAC powder blush in Raizin, Urban Decay Naked Basics, Mon Guerlain perfume and Dior mascara as well as a few lipsticks – simply switching up my lip colour can take me from board meeting to the red carpet. Desert island beauty product? Any lipstick by Yves Saint Laurent. The texture is fantastic, the shade options are beautiful and they have a way of influencing how you walk into a room. As a speaker on girls’ education and health, I like to walk on stage feeling bold. How do you switch off? Being with my family. My husband and my children are daily reminders of what’s really important. What’s the worst hair disaster you’ve had? When I was a teenager I experimented with multiple hair colours and my hair inevitably started to fall out! So, for a few years I had to have my hair short. Best beauty advice? Remember to always, always, always take off your makeup before you go to bed and apply a good quality cream for the night – I love Epara Skincare’s organic facial products. Always trust your body – as long as you’re getting your eight hours’ sleep and drink lots of water your body will do the rest. Biggest beauty splurge? My Crème de la Mer moisturiser and it was most definitely worth it. I can’t start my day without it and it leaves my skin incredibly radiant. Noëlla is the founder of the non-profit organisation Malaika (malaika.org) and is an ambassador for The Global Fund.

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FACE TREATS

Take off a few years with these fuss-free skin boosters

1 TRIA BEAUTY CORRECTING LASER This natty machine takes two minutes to visibly reduce and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Well worth the investment. £299. triabeauty.co.uk

ME TIME

Beyond MediSpa at Harvey Nichols What better way to spend a little ‘me time’ than melting away some fat? A visit to Beyond MediSpa at Harvey Nichols allows you to do just that. For the sensitive areas – face, neck and hands – BTL Exilis Ultra uses radio frequency to gently heat the dermis and promote collagen growth deep beneath the surface. For the body, it uses ultrasound to find those fatty cells you don’t need. Four sessions are recommended for skin tightening and body contouring effects. From £1,500 for a package of four. beyondmedispa.com

2 A’KIN WEIGHTLESS ROSEHIP OIL This gorgeous oil contains potent anti-ageing rosehip made in Australia and blended with other handpicked active and botanical ingredients (many which are certified organic) for extra plumping and smoothing. £35. akinbeauty.co.uk 3 SENSSE FACIAL CONTOUR DEFINER Tense and frowning facial muscles can be really ageing so try this clever (if amusingly shaped!) contour definer to naturally smooth facial tensions. It works especially well around the cheekbones. £39.99. senssebeauty.com 4 DR LEVY R3 CELL MATRIX MASK Packed with vitamin C, retinol and hyaluronic acid for impressive skin rehydration, this is the perfect pick-me-up to restore radiance. £69. cultbeauty.co.uk 5 ESTÉE LAUDER ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIR A cult classic for anti-ageing. Apply to cleansed skin before bed under your usual night cream to help repair and reboot your skin. £53 for 30ml. selfridges.com

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UP FRONT

UP WELLNESS FRAME Expanding their fitness studios to Hammersmith and Fitzrovia

BODY & SOUL Silence is golden, says Camilla Hewitt

JOE MOLLOY FOUNDER-DIRECTOR OF TIELLE LOVE LUXURY

A RECIPE FOR WELLNESS

On how to turn your bedroom into a sanctuary from the stress and strain of modern day living

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Clean white bed linen with simple, classic textures will create a haven of peace and calm, an absolute essential for a good night’s sleep. Bedcovers should be oversized to make you feel totally cocooned. External factors can play a big role in the quantity and quality of our sleep. Add blackout blinds or thick curtains to keep light out and use plush rugs to muffle neighbour noise. The bedroom often becomes a dumping ground which overloads the senses, making it harder to switch off. De-clutter by designating a place for everything. Once you’re cured of your clutter, you’ll find tidying less timeconsuming. tielleloveluxury.co.uk

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Neom Wellbeing Spa Treatments, Wimbledon Created to provide long-lasting wellbeing benefits, these treatments have been developed to help with four key areas; sleep, stress, energy levels and mood. Masterminded by the Neom team of health experts, they draw together the most effective elements of six therapies – meditation, shiatsu, cranio, Thai massage, trigger point and reflexology – into a highly bespoke treatment. 60 mins, £70. neomorganics.com

HEALTH HOT LIST DIFFICULT DETOXING Detox Kitchen delivery takes away the stress of planning, shopping and cooking

The Vega Islands, Norway Off Grid Hideaways offers remote rental properties in stunning locations, where life is luxuriously slow. Their Vega Island property in Norway takes the form of a fisherman’s cottage where you can kayak to pristine coves, hike along breathtaking coastline and feed the soul by the warmth of the hearth. Sleeps six to seven, €550 a night. offgridhideaways.com

MULTI-TASKING Cognitive overload is putting us under more pressure than ever

SIDE-LINING STRESS Give Botanic Lab Adaptogens programme a go

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METHOD Place the two cups of almonds in a food processor and blend until smooth (about seven minutes). Add the sea salt and cinnamon and blend for a further 30 seconds. Remove the almond butter from the food processor and place into a jar for storing. Drizzle the honey on top of the almond butter and slightly mix the honey through so that the swirls of honey remain.

BAOBAB COLLECTION Supporting breast cancer research with a collection of scented candles called ‘Women’

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SILENT SPAS In an increasingly hectic world, silence is becoming a precious commodity

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UP FRONT

MEN’S STYLE

WELL GROOMED Matt Thomas welcomes back Fiorucci

TIME FOR A COMEBACK Jaeger-LeCoultre continues its creative partnership with Argentinian bootmaker Casa Fagliano with the Reverso Tribute Duoface. Limited to 100 pieces, it has a rose gold face and unique two-tone cordovan leather strap. POA. jaeger-lecoultre.com

BEST FOOT FORWARD

Think ahead to sandal season and start looking after your neglected feet. Book yourself in for a thorough medical pedicure at one of Margaret Dabbs’ specialist clinics, then maintain at home using the dedicated Discovery Kit, containing essential products including Foot Soak and Intensive Treatment Foot Oil. £39. margaretdabbs.co.uk

CULT COMEBACK As worn on the floor at Studio 54 and famously name-checked by Sister Sledge as an in-demand brand for the Greatest Dancer – Fiorucci is back, at Harrods and as fiercely fabulous as ever. Fiorucci tee, £64.95. harrods.com

STEP INTO THE SHADE From shoes to shades – you’d expect Jimmy Choo’s debut sunglasses collection for men to be super-stylish. You won’t be disappointed. £295. jimmychoo.com

WORDS MAKE SCENTS

PASTEL PACERS

This relaxed range of lace-up sneakers from Harrys of London come in a choice of eight cool pastels. Put some spring in your step. Tom sneakers, £325. harrysoflondon.com

Perfumers Miller Harris ripped a page from Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night and passed it to two perfumers to interpret at will. The results – Tender and Scherzo – are both surprising, subtle and storied spring treats. From £95 for 50ml. millerharris.com

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PROMOTION

Charging Bull Deuce by Warr’s

ON YOUR BIKE

C&TH meets Charlie Stockwell, the mastermind behind Design and Custom at Warr’s Harley-Davidson

What makes Warr’s HD so unique? Warr’s Harley-Davidson is Europe’s oldest and biggest selling HarleyDavidson dealership group. Years ago our MD, John Warr, recognised the need for a bespoke custom bike build department and put me in charge of our King’s Road division. You’ve been described as the master of the modern Bobber as well as GP-styled Dyna and Sportster. What general designs have you been most proud of? My Sportster creations have been very successful and appeal to riders who appreciate a more urban styled bike. Who have been your coolest clients? As a rule, all my clients are cool. We’ve had some famous faces, such as Formula One champions, Hollywood movie stars and recently, a Duchess. All are treated equally as fellow Harley enthusiasts. Which model would you most recommend for a novice? All but the biggest Grand Tourer versions are suitable for novice riders. Harleys are

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extremely easy to ride because they have low seats and a low centre of gravity. Where do you get your inspiration from? Not pigeonholing my vision or looking only at motorcycles. I like to look at all structures and styles, one of my most famous bikes was inspired by Jules Verne’s Nautilus. Have you had any really off the grid ideas? I had a guy who had Saudi’s biggest humidor. He said to me, ‘Design me a bike that’s inspired by my love of cigars’. Why buy a bike rather than a sports car? On a Harley you get to see, feel and smell your environment. It is not as sterile as a car (or ‘cage’ as we bikers call them). You are designing a bike for the Huntsman chairman and owner, tell me more about the brief... It will be a twist on a modern-day Bobber, so I want that 1930s look with more than a splash of 2018. We’re also going to use a little bit of the fabulous Huntsman signature fabric in the layers, saddles and bags. Dream destination for motorbiking? I did a ride two years ago in northern Thailand, between Chiang Mai and Pai. Beautiful scenery and amazing people. Ride on. Warr’s Harley-Davidson, 611 King’s Road, London SW6 2EL. 020 7736 2934; warrs.com

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UP FRONT Elizabeth Marsh designed a stunning floral display

SOCIAL SCENE

HIGH SOCIETY People, parties, places Guests enjoyed British sparkling wine and British gin and tonics

Lara Bohinc and Alice Temperley

BIGGING UP BRITISH BRANDS

Omar Vaja and Mark Evans

Kara Goodley and Nazer Bullen

Chantal Coady and Thomasina Miers

Alice Temperley and Brita Fernandez Schmidt

To celebrate the third issue of the UK’s must-have luxury bible Great British Brands, published by Country & Town House, around 250 guests, descended on Hotel Café Royal to toast the cream of British luxury. At the glittering event, sponsored by legal firm Farrer, guests quaffed Nyetimber and Sipsmith gin and Fever Tree tonics, or chilled Hildon Water for those on Dry January. The highlight of the event was the silent auction of the dress designed by Alice Temperley for the cover of Great British Brand to raise funds for Women for Women International. ‘It meant a lot to me to be able to auction off the bespoke Temperley London dress. It is a fantasy dress – timeless and iconic and I hope the winner will enjoy wearing it for years to come,’ said Alice. Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director of the charity, encouraged guests to dig deep with the final gong coming down on the bid by Andrew Cotgrove, from Loomah Bespoke Carpets and Rugs, who said, ‘I am not sure what came over me but as a father of two daughters and business owner working with very talented women I was so inspired to hear about the amazing work Women for Women International are doing to help women who have survived war rebuild their lives. I knew the dress would be something our family would treasure for years to come.’

Susan Bender and Freddie Wimsett

Victoria Grant and Azzi Glasser

Julia Carrick, Emma Willis and David Fletcher

Lucia van der Post and Mark Henderson

Lyne Renee, Lara Cazalet and Fleure Van Der Minne

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SARTORIAL SIRS

David Furnish and Jack Guinness

Tinie Tempah and Tracey Emin

Guests were dressed to impress at a dinner to celebrate the close of London Fashion Week Men’s, hosted by GQ editor Dylan Jones and Rita Ora. Even the newly promoted Culture Secretary, Matt Hancock, stopped by for a drink at Berners Tavern, though we couldn’t clock where his blue suit was from.

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Chris Robshaw and Camilla Kerslake

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NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

Camille Cherrière

There was dancing until the wee small hours at the launch of Southam Street Tequila & Mezcal Parlour Launch with Casamigos. Interior aficionados will go wild for the sultry decor and low lighting in the bar off the Golborne Road.

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MAKING WAVES

John Gardiner and Kelly Hoppen

Caroline Breteau

Noelle Reno

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One dustbin lorry-worth of textiles is dumped in landfill every second, according to Dame Ellen MacArthur’s foundation’s report into the textile industry’s impact on the enviroment. Big names like Amanda Wakeley and Pam Hogg showed their support at the Creating a Future for Fashion launch of The Circular Fibres Initiative hosted by Stella McCartney and Amanda Wakeley Pam Hogg Dame Ellen.

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THE HOME OF COUNTRY CLOTHING Pure cashmere tumbles gently to sumptuous ethically sourced fur trimmed sleeves in this wonderfully luxurious poncho that’s exclusive to The House of Bruar. A pretty honeycomb stitch and interwoven cable-knit front add texture while side sleeve buttons give shape to this delightfully warm and comfortable creation. THE HOUSE OF BRUAR IS SCOTLAND’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS COUNTRY STORE INCORPORATING LADIES CLOTHING HALLS SHOE & HANDBAG DEPARTMENT 3,000 SQ FT NATURAL FIBRE COAT ROOM UNRIVALLED MENSWEAR HALL AND FISHING TACKLE SHOP FOOD HALL & DELICATESSEN WITH BUTCHERY 600 SEATER RESTAURANT TRADITIONAL FISH AND CHIP SHOP, SPECIALISING IN FRESH LOBSTER (ALSO OPEN IN THE EVENING) COUNTRY LIVING GIFT DEPARTMENT AND PRESENT SHOP CONTEMPORARY RURAL ART GALLERY SCOTLAND’S LARGEST CASHMERE HALL THE SALE SHOP

Experience the best in country clothing with our new catalogue. To order your copy please ring 01796 483236 or visit our website. The House of Bruar by Blair Atholl, Perthshire, PH18 5TW

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From left to right: ‘Delphine’ rug, Topfloor by Esti. ‘Eaton’ small ottoman (1M061) upholstered in ‘Magnolia’ fabric (134), both Mood at Flexform. ‘Dragonfly’ sofa upholstered in ‘Magnolia’ fabric (133) with cushion in ‘Magnolia’ (134), all Mood at Flexform. ‘Pera’ silk and wool throw (P-001), Topfloor by Esti. ‘Small Ball’ lamp (GLB77S), rhubarb, with ‘14” Bongo’ gathered shade, both Porta Romana. Wallcoverings from left to right: ‘Greenhouse’ (143-138 886), Brian Yates. ‘Fleur’ (W5031/06), Weitzner at Altfield. ‘Windswept in Moss’ (WPWIN-187), Quercus & Co at George Spencer Designs. Fabrics from left to right: ‘Midsummer’ (SC073-V2), Sheila Coombes at Brian Yates. Paints from left to right: Cube under ottoman, ‘French Lilac’, Sanderson at Style Library and on smaller cube, ‘Prussian’, Zoffany at Style Library. Cube behind sofa, ‘Monet’ and on smaller cube, ‘Aqua’, both Zoffany at Style Library. Pencil tips: ‘Porcelain’ and ‘Prussian’, both Zoffany at Style Library, ‘French Lilac’ and ‘Window Blue’, both Sanderson at Style Library. Paint brush handles and pencil stems: ‘Architects White’, Zoffany at Style Library

his March, London Design Week 2018 at Design and architects Fiona McLean and Mike Stiff. ‘Legends’ – new this Centre, Chelsea Harbour is the nerve centre year – sees connoisseurs from the worlds of design and decoration, of creative excellence – unmissable for those who art, fashion and architecture collaborate to transform an array of want the inside track on the latest design thinking. showroom windows and showcases with wit and verve. This celebration of the new season London Design Week 2018 is where powerful includes imaginative installations, design professionals can engage with established over 100 immersive experiences, pop-ups and plenty makers; style-seekers can delve deeper into their design of refreshment. Visitors who value talent, skill and passions via talks, demonstrations, workshops and tours; provenance can discover the latest offerings from 120 and luxury brands can converse with emerging global exhibitors, while international speakers share influencers and tastemakers. their knowledge at the authoritative Conversations Claire German, managing director, says in Design series. The stellar line-up includes, among ‘London Design Week 2018 promises a magical others, Martin Brudnizki, Martin Hulbert, Jay combination of design encounters and ways to Grierson, Lord Snowdon, Sophie Ashby, Hubert connect with over 600 brands, unseen anywhere Zandberg, Sir Peter Osborne, Suzie Atkinson, else, all contributing to the many elements which Peter Mikic, Linda Boronkay, Christopher Jenner, will make this an unmissable week.’ ‘Rondine’ armchair, Ceccotti Collezioni Afroditi Krassa, Marianne Cotterill, Simon Mitchell There is courtesy transport and entrance is free. 48 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | March 2018

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Too much choice can be overwhelming, so why not get some expert advice, however big or small your project is. At Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, one of its highly experienced Personal Shoppers can help guide you on your design journey, navigating you through the relevant showrooms and curating the experience so it’s a pleasure not a pain. Or simply, they can just be on hand for recommendations, ideas and added confidence. Whatever your needs, this service is invaluable and also completely free of charge, with no pressure to purchase. To book call 020 7352 1900.

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‘China 07’ pendant, jade green, Magic Circus at Poliform

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Left to right, top to bottom: ‘Kelim’ fabric (19546/612), Zimmer + Rhode. ‘Blur’ wallcovering (7800), Phillip Jefferies. ‘Annecy’ (ANN286), ‘Annecy’ (ANN269) and Kuri Bay (KBY232) hide samples, all Whistler Leather. Carpet tufts: ‘Sodalite’ (ESR-145907), ‘Banff’ (ESR-16-5516X) and ‘L.Pink’ (ESR-13-1526(7), all Tai Ping. Paints: ‘Kingley Grey’ and ‘Window Blue’, both Sanderson at Style Library and ‘Porcelain’, Zoffany at Style Library. ‘Seaton Brick’ tile, ocean mist, Artisans of Devises. ‘Art.Mead.Sun.’ plate (16-4009-2781), Villeroy & Boch. ‘Pigment’ fabric (2455/04), Pollack at Altfield. ‘Grace’ fabric (19535991), Zimmer + Rhode. ‘Velvet Lines’ border, lemon, Stroheim at Alton-Brooke. ‘Artichoke’ finial, Edward Harpley at Watts of Westminster

Join Carole Annett for a unique design discovery tour of the show’s highlights. Get an insider’s view of some of the biggest names in the industry as she explores some of her favourite showrooms. Limited spaces available. Book at www.dcch.co.uk

‘Harlech’ – Savoir No 2 slim base bed with ‘Water-Lilies, Setting Sun’ (detail), about 1907, Claude Monet, 1840–1926, © The National Gallery, London, Savoir Beds

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PHOTO: LINDER STERLING, AS SHE LAY DREAMING ON HER PILLOW (2012)

THE GRAND TOUR

Fasten your seat belts for a whistlestop tour of the UK’s top art institutions. Start at Chatsworth, where Linder Sterling will take up the post of the country house’s very first artist-inresidence, the fruits of which will inform a major new artist-curated exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary. The Harley Gallery and Derby Museums are getting in on the act too. March to June. thegrandtour.uk.com

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THE GUIDE

EVENTS

COUNTRY LIFE Jonathan Yeo takes a cutting look at plastic surgery

L AT E N I G H T S

SPACED OUT

Questions of the universe have occupied philosophers and astrologers throughout the ages. Gary Fildes, founder of the Kielder Observatory in Northumberland (which turns ten this year), will show you our unique position in the cosmos through his telescopes – as the third largest protected Dark Sky reserve in the world, it’s the best place for stargazing in the UK. 15 Feb, 1 and 15 March. kielderobservatory.org

See Jonathan Yeo’s ‘cutting edge’ works at The Bowes Museum

ART

UNDER THE KNIFE

Dennis Hopper, Nicole Kidman, Tony Blair – there’s hardly a contemporary figure that hasn’t come under Jonathan Yeo’s paintbrush. The Bowes Museum in County Durham hosts Skin Deep, the British artist’s latest series which depicts the complexities around the current cult of aesthetic surgery. 10 March to 17 June. thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Stargazing in Northumberland

EXHIBITION

TALKING HEADS

T H E AT R E

Why does history choose to remember some and forget others? Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum poses the question by showcasing artist and curator Matt Smith’s installation, Flux: Parian unpacked, featuring over 100 Glynn collection parian busts of historical figures. A thoughtful challenge to British colonial notions and a fascinating exploration of history’s constant state of flux. 6 March to 1 July. fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

OH BROTHER!

Whoever said blood was thicker than water can’t have seen The Duchess of Malfi. Sibling rivalry takes on an even darker subtext in John Webster’s macabrely comic tragedy. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s modern dress version, directed by Maria Aberg at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-uponAvon, is unafraid to depict the graphic and inventive violence of the original script. 1 March to 3 August. rsc.org.uk

DESIGN

TAKE A SEAT

The Duchess of Malfi comes to Stratford-upon-Avon

Over the last 300 years, Thomas Chippendale’s furniture has hardly gone out of fashion. To mark his tercentenary, Leeds City Museum brings together pieces from all over the country to illustrate his life and work, which include pioneering the first furniture catalogue. Eat your heart out, IKEA. Until 9 June. chippendale300.co.uk

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EVENTS

TOWN LIFE Rewriting the portrayal of women throughout history

CHARITY

A MODEL CHARITY

Natalia Vodianova knows how to do good charity without a whiff of the President’s Club controversy. The supermodel and philanthropist will host the fifth annual Fund Fair at the Roundhouse, which has seen a coconut shy run by Liv Tyler and Karlie Kloss selling cookies all in aid of the Naked Heart Foundation. Dig deep. 20 Feb. nakedheart.org

Chris Levine’s Kate Moss is estimated to fetch between £60,000-£80,000

AUCTION

NAKED ATTRACTION

Head to Sotheby’s annual auction, Erotic: Passion & Desire, for depictions of the naked body in various mediums. From Mapplethorpe to works of the pre-Columbian era, this exhibition spans centuries and cultures while exploring one of the central subjects in art history. You can snap up Picasso’s Homme et Femme Nus for a mere £250,000. 15 Feb. sothebys.com

FA S H I O N

LUXURY LITERATURE

Gucci has been raising the fashion bar since the arrival of creative director Alessandro Michele. Now Maison Assouline has become the first Gucci Place in London, an initiative that opens doors to the places that have inspired the house and hold a cultural connection with it. Look out for the products that will each feature a patch inspired by the bookshop. assouline.com

Natalia Vodianova’s unique fundraiser Fabulous Fund Fair

ART

EXPLORING THE EVERYDAY

GIRL TALK

Flying Merkel by Jason Brooks, 2017

As part of The Foundling Museum’s year-long programme of exhibitions and events to mark the centenary of female suffrage and International Women’s Day, Maker Not Muse is a series of talks which rewrites the narrative of women as artists and creators rather than subject matter. About time too. From 4 March. foundlingmuseum.org.uk

PHOTOS: CONSTANTIN PAPAKONSTANTINOU;

Jason Brooks is well-known for his ’90s portraits of famous faces such as Kate Moss and, more recently, for pioneering the use of computer technology in fashion illustration. His latest exhibition, The Subject is Not the Subject, on show at Marlborough Fine Art, will be his largest to date and explores how painting can transform how we see the everyday. 9 Feb to 10 March. marlboroughlondon.com

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THE GUIDE ARTS

ARTS AGENDA Galleries going behind the lens. By Caiti Grove

Vera Lutter, Temple of Athena, Paestum XIII (2015)

LUTTER, 1 VERA TURNING TIME

Andreas Gursky, Bahrain I (2005)

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Vera Lutter uses shipping containers as huge camera obscura. Turning Time captures two perspectives; temples in Southern Italy from 550 BCE and the Effelsberg Radio Telescope, one of the largest on earth to record activity in the outer solar system. A fascinating look at the elasticity of time and our place in it. Until 14 April. gagosian.com

FIVE M I N UTE S WITH

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Director of The Photographers’ Gallery

German photographer Andreas Gursky’s photo Rhine 11 sold for £2.7m in 2011 – the most expensive photograph ever sold. Seemingly serene and pure, it is anything but, having been digitally edited, tinkered until the view is ‘right’. Perfect for our fake news, post-truth reality. Until 22 April. southbankcentre.co.uk

The prize is about significant work so the judges had long discussions about what that means. Mathieu Asselin researched corporate crime like a scientist or a journalist at the Washington Post – we felt that deserved recognition.

DEUTSCHE BÖRSE 3FOUNDATION PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE 2018 The Photographers’ Gallery, W1

Rafal Milach grew up in postSoviet Poland and is now critical of its effort to manipulate. Not many people criticise that element of history – it’s rare.

This year, all four shortlisted artists examine the manipulation of images and information. From government propaganda to unreliable visual representation, they all look at modern culture with a postTrump, post-Brexit awareness. 23 Feb to 3 June. thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Luke Willis Thompson’s work is a silent video portrait of Diamond Reynolds. Her boyfriend was shot by the police and she put the aftermath on Facebook Live. The police painted her as a stereotypical mad black woman. This work offers a different view.

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Mathieu Asselin, Thuý Linh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2015)

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THE GUIDE

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Reviews, previews and performances

FIVE O F TH E B E ST

ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCES

ABOVE & BELOW: Sasha Waltz & Guests present Körper at Sadler’s Wells

R E VI E W

THE RUSSIAN STATE PHILHARMONIC Rachmaninov’s third, his most difficult and physically exerting concerto, is performed by Valentina Lisitsa. Followed by Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4. 1 March. cadoganhall.com

MA’AM DARLING by Craig Brown

This witty and outrageous volume offers 99 glimpses of the Queen’s younger sister. Her life looked full of promise but the story is at once hilarious and exasperating. The cadet Princess could be demanding – her insistence that people should only eat when she did meant most dinners went cold as she smoked, took a few bites and chatted. In the end, she died disappointed by a life that should have been a fairy tale. 4th Estate, £16.99

PR E VI E W

SASHA WALTZ & GUESTS – KÖRPER, Sadler’s Wells, EC1

The body is always under scrutiny in dance, but Körper makes it the subject too. How do we use, challenge and make them? What are they worth financially, and are some parts more important than others? This piece analyses the body with a clinical eye and an insurance broker’s mind as dancers move as one to become otherworldly creatures and distort themselves behind glass like pickled specimens, only to return to their true selves. 1–3 March. sadlerswells.com

BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The classic lyricism of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony partners with Anna Clyne’s 2015 orchestral work This Midnight Hour in an ambitious concert. Tours until 9 April. bbc.co.uk

THE LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA This concert of Stravinsky, Weber and Schubert is sure to thrill. With Peter Donohoe on piano, inspiration in guaranteed. Tours 24 Feb to 24 March. lpo.org.uk

DAVID RODIGAN AND THE OUTLOOK ORCHESTRA Marking Rodigan’s 40 years as a DJ and broadcaster, he will lead audiences on a journey through reggae music – ska, jungle and dubstep included. 2 March. southbankcentre.co.uk

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DEBUSSY FESTIVAL Celebrate Debussy’s life in music with the increasingly modish City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. His spirit lives on 100 years from his death. 16–25 March and 23 June. cbso.co.uk

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THE GUIDE THE LIFE TO COME

BOOKS

Michelle de Kretser

GOOD READS Richard Hopton reviews three novels and a collection of short stories

FOLK

Zoe Gilbert This spellbinding debut novel is set in Neverness, a primitive, imaginary island community; a preindustrial society whose citizens live by the rhythms of nature and the superstitions of their forefathers. There is a prelapsarian, Norse, folkloric feel to the book, as if Beowulf were let loose in the Garden of Eden. Gilbert’s prose is simple, deliberately down to earth: ‘A cured stick for a stirrer. A sturdy one for a sweeper. Brittle sticks for tinder. A green branch to hang the pot. A forked one for ceremony.’ The names, too, have a primitive Old English resonance to them: Ivy Rincepan, Clotha, Madden, Gad, Turpin, Werrity, Shilla, Linnet and Pike. Her prose is also beautiful, describing Neverness’ countryside and fauna with acutely imagined detail, conjuring up a world tinged with magic and a powerful sense of the supernatural. One of the characters, Verlyn Webbe, has a wing where an arm should be; an oddity presented as being perfectly normal. Magic and fantasy are a serious matter. As a result, for all its charm and imagination, Folk is wholly lacking in humour. It’s as if the author realises that the slightest hint of a joke would prick the illusion, reducing the whole enterprise to the level of a Monty Python spoof of the Vikings or a Blackadder series set among the medieval peasantry. It’s also debatable whether Folk can properly be considered a novel. It reads more like a collection of short stories and, as the publishing history makes clear, many of the chapters have already been published as separate pieces. ‘Tether’, the concluding story, is an unconvincing attempt to tie the collection together into a novel. The individual stories have characters in common and they share the environment of Neverness, its civilisation and culture. Certainly, the cumulative effect of the stories is to establish Neverness in the reader’s imagination but perhaps this makes it more of a travelogue of the mind than a novel. Bloomsbury, £14.99

A rumination on friendship, memory and loss. Set on the fringes of Sydney’s literary and academic world, The Life to Come gently sends up the absurdities of modern life. At one point, a character announces that, ‘My naturopath has me on a caffeine-free protocol’. Likewise the novel is scathing about the pretensions of the literary world: one scene describes a public reading of a ‘cross-genre work narrated by a cell phone’. De Kretser writes with a light descriptive touch; the novel is well observed without being overbearing. A quietly satisfying, enjoyable book. Allen & Unwin, £16.99

THE WANDERERS Tim Pears

This is the second novel in Tim Pears’ West Country trilogy. It tells the story of the wanderings of Leo Sercombe through rural Devon and Cornwall in the years immediately before the First World War. The novel unfolds slowly but its real charm lies in Pears’ beguiling descriptions of the West Country as it was a century ago, its primitive, unmechanised farming and ancient landscapes. It is also a treasure trove of long-forgotten country practices and folklore. The counterpoint to Leo’s ramblings are the well-ordered lives of the landed, aristocratic Prideaux family. Bloomsbury, £16.99

THE DREAMS OF BETHANY MELLMOTH William Boyd

The author’s latest book contains seven short stories and two longer ones, The Vanishing Game: An Adventure and the title story. At over a hundred pages, this is almost a novella, a study of ambition and the random chances of life. In these stories, Boyd’s characters have lives which are, generally, enviable but which on closer acquaintance are also frayed. There is a sense of slight underachievement, of human frailty. Boyd’s style is engaging, worldy and witty, the collection a treat for enthusiasts of his work and new admirers alike. Viking, £14.99

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THE GUIDE The Cheltenham Festival kicks off the British sporting season in March

SPORTS

THE OLYMPIAN The awe-inspiring Cheltenham Festival is the Olympics of jump racing, says Sebastian Coe

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here is no such thing as a free lunch, so they say. Actually chess. Do you stay tight in lane one and risk being knocked all over the this one was not only free, it was also a very jolly affair in place, or ease into lane two, making the trip a bit longer but benefitting Lambourn, in the valley of the racehorse, where I found from a less cluttered run and protecting the economy of effort? myself sitting with former National Hunt Champion Jockey This is by no means where the similarities end. Martin Pipe, who John Francome. Knowing that my editor had asked me to ruminate on 15 occasions was crowned Champion National Hunt Trainer, leant on the first of my great British sporting days out – the Cheltenham heavily on athletics for his training. Pipe met my father and coach many Festival – I took the advice given to me many years ago by my history times and openly acknowledged the use of interval training and speed tutor: ‘Always go to a primary source if you really need insight.’ endurance as espoused by him. A winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, riding for the Cheltenham, of course, is so much more than equine legendary Fred Winter on Midnight Court in 1978, a winner physiology. It is the Olympics of jump racing. There are too of the World Hurdle on Derring Rose and on the no easy races, both jockey and horse have to be in tip-top formidable Jenny Pitman’s Burrough Hill Lad, Francome condition and it is a world that, rather like athletics, is still won the Welsh Grand National, the Hennessy and the coming to terms with the loss of a superstar. Just as we waved King George VI Chase – not too bad given that he started goodbye to Usain Bolt, AP McCoy has left a big life as a show jumper. a hole in the racing world. Richard Johnson looks set I plunged in: ‘What did Cheltenham mean to you?’ to fill that gap again this year and, naturally, the bragging Francome, known for his straight talk and laconic humour, rights as to the leading trainer will be every bit as acute responded sharply: ‘A few extra quid in the bank.’ He as for the leading jockey. And for the leading yard, that smiled... ‘Cheltenham is the biggest test for any jump jockey remains the province of a select few, and continues to – and by a distance. It’s such a tough bloody course. From the be a battle for English or Irish supremacy. Henderson and off it’s downhill, undulates all over the place and, just when Nicholls for the former, Mullins and Elliott for the latter. you’ve let the horse go too quickly, you then face a big uphill, Big sporting occasions like this ultimately come alive not and, at the top, you still have a mile to go. Fred [Winter] always on the balance sheet but on the field of play. The thunderous insisted you hugged the rail which meant it was a tougher ride wall of noise that greets the riders from the very first race even though you covered marginally less ground.’ is spine-tingling. I have only witnessed the same decibel level John As he explained the challenge of mastering all the different on two other occasions, the start of the Grand National and Francome elements of the race, I was making the obvious comparison with when Mo Farah bravely hit the front for his long run for home competitive athletics. On the track you have to make similar in the Olympic stadium in 2012. Not even the entry of the judgements and often just as quickly. I liken it to high-speed Cup Final teams at Wembley gets close.

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PROMOTION

LIFE ON THE WATER France is best explored at a slower pace aboard a Belmond Afloat in France barge

Sample the best regional wines onboard and off

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ruise the picturesque canals and rivers of France at a leisurely pace aboard one of the seven luxury barges that make up the Belmond Afloat in France fleet. Offering tailor-made itineraries around Burgundy, Côte-d’Or, Franche-Comté, Saône, Provence, Vallée du Rhône and Canal du Midi – choose to charter a barge for the ultimate family escape or simply join us on a per-cabin basis. The stunning barges accommodate between four and 12 guests in total comfort with lavish interiors, plush fabrics and luxury amenities. Some have heated panoramic pools and sunbeds laid out on pretty sun decks, while all have bicycles ready for riding along leafy pathways by the tranquil canals. A convivial crew, including a private chef and on-board guide, are on hand 24/7 to ensure every aspect of your voyage is exceptional. Blend tranquil relaxation with cultural and culinary discovery – just sit back and let your senses set sail. From Narbonne to Burgundy, each Belmond itinerary promises the most sublime culinary vacation. Enjoy

Enjoy freshly sourced gourmet fare

A serene exploration of France’s waterways

wine tastings in Burgundy, forays into cities such as Avignon, marvel at the views from a hot air balloon and bicycle rides along sun-dappled towpaths. Accompany your chef to the market and pick out fresh produce for the evening’s feast or simply admire the scenery from the sun deck. For oenophiles, extend your Burgundy voyage and join the Spacious cabins punctuated by thoughtful details renowned Wine Academy, hosted by Grands Crus specialist Pascal Wagner, for three days of talks and tastings amid world-class vines. Joining the fleet in 2018, Belmond Lilas and Belmond Pivoine are set to cruise along the picturesque canals and rivers throughout Alsace and Champagne. Six-night itineraries feature private visits to family-owned vineyards, breweries and spectacular châteaux. Travelling with Belmond Afloat in France is an escape from the everyday, a chance to slow down and savour the moment, gently gliding through the beautiful French countryside. BOOK IT: All itineraries include private transfers from Paris, all table d’hôte meals, complimentary drinks, accommodation for six nights in en-suite cabins and all excursions stated in the itinerary. Operating between April and October. belmond.com

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THE GUIDE

CARS

ROAD TEST Italian passion is at the heart of Maserati’s new SUV, says Jeremy Taylor

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Maserati – sometimes just a name can set the pulse racing. Its newest machine may be an SUV but it looks every inch as desirable as an Italian supercar. Levante is the company’s first sports utility vehicle. Created to cash in on the fastest growing sector of the UK car market, this machine is built by a company synonymous with passion and flair. Would I rather drive to work in a BMW or an Audi when a Maserati is available? German SUVs are arguably the best but for style and emotion, this Italian marque wins hands down. Named after a Mediterranean wind, Levante looks even prettier than the sublime Jaguar F-Pace. The interior feels posh, it’s relatively fast and even my diesel test car shows plenty of sporting DNA. With more chic than a Porsche Cayenne, the Levante boasts an exhaust note that makes knees tremble. This car is also fitted with optional silk seats, thanks to a collaboration with fashion brand Ermenegildo Zegna. The rest of the cabin is a leather-clad vault of exceptional quality. Build is second to none and even the touchscreen – a major gripe with previous Maseratis – is simple to use. Most SUV buyers will still opt for a German make, although the stylish, alternative choice is a Levante. It’s no class leader but expect to feel special every time you reach for the key. RATING: 4/5 handbags

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For those on a New Year diet, Levante’s 2.2-tonne bulk might sound off-putting. However, thanks to a V6 diesel that has been tweaked to perfection, the engine makes light work of the extra weight. It’s still odd that Levante’s bold dimensions don’t translate into a roomier interior – rear headroom is not ideal for tall teenagers. However, up front, that’s not an issue. My GranLusso is the luxury version rather than the GranSport. Both share the same engine and eight-speed gearbox, while the GranLusso features pretty body-coloured trim, 19-inch alloy wheels and wood inserts in the cabin. I recently drove the Maserati from London to Italy across the Alps. At motorway speeds it’s stable, refined and there’s hardly any road noise. Despite the raised profile of an SUV, the Levante handles a fast hairpin bend with aplomb. Thanks to all-wheel drive, the Maserati copes admirably with a muddy lane or a snow-stacked driveway. It’s really designed for the tarmac though – any Range Rover would leave it behind on rough terrain. Still, it’s a delight to drive and updates for 2018 include a raft of optional safety features. More power required? Maserati has just launched a Levante that uses a Ferrari developed V6 petrol engine. With an extra 150bhp under the bonnet, it really does go like the wind. RATING: 3/5 wellies

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PROMOTION

There are over 300 horses at luxury resort Desert Palm Dubai

DUBAI’S POLO POWER Find your oasis – and the odd polo pony – at Desert Palm Dubai

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rapped in the green surrounds of a polo estate on the fringes of the city, Desert Palm Dubai offers an unfamiliar side to the Emirate. The understated hotel’s stylish boutique accommodation and landscaped gardens are a refreshing alternative to the towering metropolis yonder. Only 20 minutes from the city, the urban sanctuary is close enough to clamber back into the hustle and bustle at will, but far enough away to escape and forget it. The hotel features 38 super chic guest rooms, suites and private villas. The creation of Miaja Designs, 13 standalone private Pool Residences, six top-floor exquisite Palm Deluxe rooms and 12 open-plan Palm and Polo suites (with views over the main polo fields and estate grounds) set this hotel apart from those in its neighbouring city. Each of the suites has access to its striking Samana Spa and infinity pool which spills into the luscious green gorgeously juxtaposed against the Dubai skyline. For ultimate privacy, the hotel also features six one-bedroom Pool and Polo Villas, while families or groups of friends can opt for the three-bed presidential Villa Layali, centred

around a courtyard with a large pool and outdoor entertaining space. Wellness disciples can visit The Stables, a boutique fitness centre amid a palm-tree-fountainrolling-polo-fields setting and the very highest tech gym equipment. The food at Desert Palm rivals Dubai’s culinary giants, with its signature Oak Wood Fire Grill restaurant RARE, the relaxed poolside brasserie Epicure and the sophisticated lounge bars POLO and RED. The tone here is more Buenos Aires club sophistication than slick city eatery. Then there’s the polo. Desert Palm Dubai features four polo fields, a riding school and impeccably smart stables for over 300 horses. Guests can opt for equinelight, with a tour of the stables or afternoon tea in front of a polo match. Alternatively, if you wish for a more hands-on experience, you can ride one of Desert Palm’s beautiful horses around the vast estate. The estate boasts several rustic hidden settings, such as The Polo Rooms and Olive Garden, which serve as magical event sports for bespoke events and weddings. Being so close to the city, Desert Palm Dubai doubles up as a stopover or a longer sunshine escape. Either way, once guests experience this surprisingly bucolic corner of Dubai, they are loath to pass on the secret. BOOK IT: +97143238888; desertpalm.ae

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THE GUIDE

GARDENING

SEEDER’S DIGEST

WICKED WICKER

Spring blooms in secret gardens

Weave natural textures into the garden

GARDEN OF THE MONTH OLLI ELLA Large apple basket, £29. olliella.com

THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN, Cornwall

As if you needed a reason to visit this 200-acre secret garden that, until its loving restoration over the last 25 years, was lost to history under a tangle of weeds. If you do need an excuse, however, then the simultaneous blooming of 30,000 Cornish daffodils is as good as any. heligan.com

TOAST Small hanging nest, £6. toa.st

NEPTUNE Cadiz table, £950. neptune.com

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THIS MONTH PLAN AHEAD Plant snowdrops ‘in the green’ for a cheerful winter garden next year.

OH WHAT’S THIS Plantation side table, £330. ohwhatsthis.com TREND

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The last great English landscape designer of the 18th century, Sir Humphry Repton is back in the spotlight as the bicentenary of his death is marked this spring. As such, expect a return to his style, which linked his predecessor Capability Brown’s aesthetic to the early Victorian Gardenesque movement. For inspiration visit Attingham Park in Shropshire (pictured above), where he relandscaped the parkland – or any of the 400 English landscapes he designed. nationaltrust.org.uk

PLANT Onions and shallots from sets. They have a limited root system, so add plenty of wellrotted manure.

SHORT CUT Don’t have a greenhouse? Grow plug plants on a sunny windowsill.

BEPAL Lounge chair, £1,101. chelseagardener.com

JOHN LEWIS Leia alcove seat, £699. johnlewis.com

DOBBIES Log basket, £89.99. dobbies.com

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There’s no room for bad vibes in the garden. In Mindful Thoughts for Gardeners, Clea Danaan presents insights on mindful growing and gardening as the epitome of conscious living, each one beautifully illustrated. Proper sustenance for the gardener’s soul. £5.99. quarto.com

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THE GUIDE

INTERVIEW

CONVERSATIONS AT SCARFES BAR

BRENT HOBERMAN The entrepreneur has concerns both about Brexit and the potential of a hard Left government’s impact on Britain’s burgeoning tech industry, says Matthew Bell

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very new industry? ‘I think some ethics guidelines do it, and companies ith most people, the last thing you want to talk like Deep Mind take it very seriously. But sadly there is good and bad about is Brexit. But with Brent Hoberman, the in most things like that.’ Should the government get involved? ‘Not yet, Eton and Oxford-educated entrepreneur who because they wouldn’t know what they were regulating.’ co-founded Lastminute.com with Martha Lane With all Hoberman’s brains and energy, I wonder if entrepreneurs Fox, it’s irresistible. He is razor-sharp and extremely well-informed are any good at running countries? ‘No, I don’t think so. I think and, as a self-made international tech millionaire who chooses entrepreneurs work better in slightly corrupt dictatorships. They want London as his base, he’s just the kind of person we can’t afford to drive things through quicker, faster. Politics is a slower game of to lose. ‘Brexit’s definitely a problem,’ he says. ‘The tech community compromise.’ There are a couple of exceptions: Michael Bloomberg, is one of the sectors that’s most worried about it.’ the ex-mayor of New York, and, of course, Donald Trump. ‘Obviously He stresses he’s not a doom-monger, saying, ‘I think we would he did get there, but people would say he has not driven through have to introduce some really stupid policies to muck up the progress almost anything in the legislative agenda, so it’s not necessarily good we have achieved.’ And he says entrepreneurs are more likely to leave to have the outsider trying to do that. He said he was someone who the country because of a ‘fantastically left-wing government’. Which, gets things done, but he hasn’t managed to.’ The challenge in Britain, with the polls putting a snap-election at 60 per cent, is not impossible. he says, is to get the best people to be politicians. ‘Our media does its But for someone like Hoberman, whose outlook is all about new job so well that it makes nobody want to be well known or famous,’ business and new ideas, Brexit could make life difficult. ‘Access he says. ‘Unless you have a rabid ego, or a mega calling.’ to talent is probably the biggest issue,’ he says. ‘People not Hoberman’s enterprises are all based at his office feeling welcome in this country any more. It’s happening on High Street Kensington, which he rents from the already: in most places outside London, there are now more Daily Mail Group in Northcliffe House. Is there any immigrants leaving than coming in.’ affiliation with the newspaper? ‘No, we’re actually Hoberman grew up in South Africa then New York, supported by The Guardian. This just happens to though his education was in England. He made his fortune be a brilliant office space, and it’s a five-minute walk by being one of the first to spot the potential of the internet from my house.’ Hoberman is married to Genevieve, – he founded Lastminute.com in 1998, aged 30. Looking Country or town? a former interior designer, and they have three children, back, it’s incredible how ahead of its time it was. ‘We were Town aged 12, 14 and 19. In November, he will celebrate his the first to offer voice recognition, in about 2002. And Pub lunch or 50th birthday, and plans to throw a big party. probably many people’s experience of ordering restaurant Michelin stars? Pub lunch Although he loves family life, he admits he finds it hard food delivery online would have been with us. Being early to switch off from all of his businesses. For a while they is exciting and attracts great talent.’ Cosy knits or sharp suits? rented a country house in Great Tew, Oxfordshire, on the Many of those recruits have gone on to work with Jeans and a blazer estate of his friend Nick Johnston, who co-founded Soho him on subsequent businesses. Perhaps best known Gardening Farmhouse with Nick Jones. But they found the Friday and is Made.com, the online furniture store that brings or theatre? Sunday night gridlocks too bad, and all of his children designers and consumers together without a middle man. Theatre now have sports commitments on weekends. As does Founded in 2010, the business was chosen as one of the Glass of wine Hoberman, who loves to play football every Sunday night. government’s Future Fifty programme of companies or green tea? Besides, of all the places he has been, London it wants to expand and float; it has since grown hugely. Glass of wine remains his true home. ‘I think it’s amazing,’ he says. A more recent venture is Founders Factory, which helps Power ‘It’s a polyculture. You go to these other cities and start and grow businesses that ‘will define the future’. They breakfast or languorous they’re monocultures, but London doesn’t have that. help about 40 start-ups a year, and so far boast a 95 per lunch? Power And that diversity is something that has helped London cent success rate. Several start-ups are in the terrifying field breakfast thrive. There are some people who would like to see of Artificial Intelligence. Does he worry about computers Dog or cat? Dog it as a monoculture, but I can’t see it being destroyed taking over the world? ‘I don’t think AI is out of control yet,’ Seaside or rolling by Brexit.’ Let’s hope he’s right. If his entrepreneurial he says. ‘I think there are terrifying consequences, but that’s hills? Seaside record is anything to go by, he usually is. also true of driving.’ Is enough being done to regulate this

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FREE Take a walk on the wild side on the plains of Africa Fashion director NICOLE SMALLWOOD Photography ALEX BEER

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Dress, Nicholas Oakwell Couture. Belt and hair accessories, Jessie Western. Ring, Sam Ubhi

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Dress, Zimmermann. Hair accessories and blanket, Jessie Western. Boots, Rokit Vintage

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Dress, Temperley London. Ring and hair accessories, Jessie Western. Hat, stylist’s own LOCATION The team travelled to Kenya with andBeyond and stayed at andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp with prices starting from US$330 per person per night. For more information, visit andbeyond.com TEAM Fashion assistant: Daisy Bryson Hair: Sophie Higginson using Oribe Makeup: Sophie Higginson using CHANEL Neapolis: New City and Blue Serum Eye Model: Annemara Post @ Viva London STOCKISTS: PAGE 126

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Up, up and away!

ON LOCATION For this month’s cover shoot, the fashion team took to the plains of Africa, staying at andBeyond’s Kichwa Tembo Safari Camp to walk on the wild side

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s the single propeller aircraft descends through the clouds and the vast expanse of the Masai Mara opens up below, it strikes the C&TH fashion team that there couldn’t be a more perfect backdrop for the March travel issue fashion story than andBeyond’s Kichwa Tembo Safari Camp in Kenya. On disembarking from the 40-minute plane journey from Nairobi, they are greeted by their ranger and immediately immersed into safari life, with elephants and giraffes just a short distance away. Their Masai guide, James, grew up nearby and was offered sponsorship, aged nine, by an American family to later attend university in Nairobi. Thirteen years later, he is one of the leading park rangers. After a short jeep ride, the team arrive Snap snap! at the camp, having seen three of the Big Five en route. Their knowledgeable, friendly ranger fills them in on what to expect for the next couple of days, and what they might hope to see on their epic adventure. LOCATION: Positioned where the riverine forest meets the sweeping plains, in the path of the awe-inspiring Great Migration, the camp provides an authentic dose of African wildlife, delivered with legendary Kenyan hospitality. It once played a role in the iconic film Out of Africa. It is set on a private concession leased from the Masai landlords and has been recently

Room with a view

redesigned to provide spectacular panoramic views across the Masai Mara, offering an unparalleled opportunity to observe wildlife in its natural habitat. THE CAMP: The luxury tented camp is unrivalled for its size and is one of the largest in the Mara. Laid out along the Sabaringo River, on the edge of the Oloololo escarpment, the suites are elegant and timeless, all with commanding views. There

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are 12 Classic tents, 20 Superior tents and eight Superior View tents, laid out in immaculate grounds, with leisurely groups of warthogs (or the ‘lawnmowers’ as the locals refer to them), feeding right outside the tent doors. In addition to the suites, the spacious guest areas provide beautiful spaces in which to relax and unwind with the large windows inviting the boundless beauty of the Mara inside, making it feel like an extension of the camp. The restaurant has a well thought out menu based on freshly grown produce and a little taste of Africa. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities from day and night game drives, early morning hot air balloon rides or bush walks Large windows and along the river. It’s also possible to go and visit the Masai tribe plenty of places to relax located about 30 minutes’ drive away. Between activities, there’s also a chance to escape to the massage room to indulge in a relaxing treatment or take a dip in the swimming pool, from where you can see any passing wildlife. Next door to Kichwa, andBeyond is currently refurbishing the iconic Bateleur Camp, which is due to be finished in June 2018. Expect to see built-in day beds on private verandas, as well as bathtubs and alfresco showers. Two new swimming pools will be a welcome addition as well as a fitness CONSERVATION: AndBeyond is committed to expanding centre. All refurbishment has been and protecting the conservation of the environment. Its Inside the restaurant carefully planned to retain guiding ethos of ‘Care of the Land, Care of the People and the authentic village Care of the Wildlife’ underlies its aim to leave a positive legacy safari atmosphere, while for generations to come. Its philosophy is of taking less and enhancing its sense giving more, whether that’s helping to reintroduce an endangered of intimacy and luxury. species like the black rhino or providing a market for the local Masai tribe to sell their wares to tourists. They want to minimise their physical footprint to protect the environment and aid breeding programmes. They have also partnered with the Africa Foundation to care for local people. This is an extraordinary safari experience – beautiful lodges, expert staff and an unrivalled environment. It’s all part of the job

Meeting the Masai

The team travelled to Kenya with andBeyond and stayed at andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp. Prices start from USD$330pp per night. andbeyond.com

SAFARI STYLE 1 Dodo Bar Or Embroidered dress, £444. mytheresa.com 2 Talitha Embroidered high-rise shorts, £455. matchesfashion.com 3 Alexander McQueen Aviator-style mirrored sunglasses, £275. net-a-porter.com 4 Barbour Chorlton shirt, £199. barbour.com 5 Holland and Holland Canvas rucksack, £620. hollandandholland.co.uk 6 Louis Vuitton Wonderland ranger shoes, £1,040. louisvuitton.com 7 Mulberry Tamara square in dark blush cotton, £195. mulberry.com 8 Bamford Travel set, £60. bamford.co.uk

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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

Hit the African wilderness for some wild adventure. Edited by DAISY FINER

LIVINGSTONE VICTORIA FALLS ZAMBIA HOTEL BY ANANTARA, Zambia

Before stepping foot on the manicured lawn of this hotel on the Zambezi river, guest are greeted by wallowing hippos, sleeping crocodiles and vultures on the wind-in-hair boat ride to the hotel. Arriving here is an adventure worthy of its namesake: zebras nibble lush grass beside the waterside bar and impala loll in the shade near poolside sunbathers. The hotel is named after Dr David Livingstone, who campaigned to overthrow the Arab-Swahili slave trade and gave the nearby Victoria Falls its British name. Inside it’s all colonialstyle dark teak. Plush, plumped-up cream sofas and oversized lamps fill large vaulted rooms and spill out onto a deck beside the clipped lawn. Spa treatments are given in gazebos next to the river. From this close, the nearby Victoria Falls lives up to its local name, ‘The Smoke That Thunders’. Tourists can swim across to the Devil’s Pool, a Jacuzzi-sized nook that appears at the top of the waterfall when the river is low. With just 11 inches of rock between you and the 100m drop – the term ‘safe’ might be a stretch, but no one has fallen over the edge yet. Cruises along the Zambezi river to see roaring hippos are a must, as is whitewater rafting on the Batoka Gorge, which is a huge rush. BOOK IT: Doubles from £554 per night B&B (rates subject to change). royal-livingstone.anantara.com 84 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | March 2018

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BISATE LODGE, Rwanda

There is simply nowhere else like this in Rwanda. The stunning six villa Wilderness Safaris lodge has been built on the side of a hill just outside the Volcanoes National Park from where days are spent trekking to see the chubby-cheeked golden monkeys and human-like mountain gorillas. Inspired by the old Royal Palace in Nyanza, each villa at the lodge is round in design, with a tipped thatch roof and locally woven matting on the ceiling. The food is delicious – broccoli soup with lemon tahini, tilapia with a side of mango salad and passion fruit cheesecake for dessert – and the enthusiasm of the staff infectious. Don’t miss a morning nature walk with in-house guide Aline Umutoni (at the highest point of the trail, you can see six volcanoes at once) or pass up meeting nearby villagers. And before you leave, there’s the chance to take part in the hotel’s pioneering reforestation programme by planting a tree with agronomist JeanMoise Habimana. Note down the exact co-ordinates, so you can find it if you return. Which you’ll want to immediately. BOOK IT: Doubles from US$2,310 per night. wilderness-safaris.com

THE HIGHLANDS, Tanzania

Set in the remote Ngorongoro conservation area, surrounded by rolling hills that could almost pass for the Scottish Highlands, this is the latest opening from Asilia and its first in this part of Tanzania. There are eight dome-shaped canvas and teak tents, each with striking black and white portraits of Masai women hanging above huge beds, layered with cosy blankets and tartan cushions. Cow hide rugs on the floor and a wood-burning stove, which is lit at night, make it snug as a bug. Communal spaces have been strategically placed to make the most of the light at different times of day: sunrise from the dining room at breakfast and sunset in the bar, while sipping a hot ‘savannah banana’ cocktail (black coffee, banana liquor and dark rum), are both spectacular. But what makes this place really special – other than the landscape – is the people. Many of the staff and guides are from the Masai and they can tell you everything, from the traditional way to cure toothache with sodom apple berries to the age of elephant dung on the road. Magic. BOOK IT: Audley Travel offers a nine-day trip, including two nights at The Highlands, from £4,995pp, including flights, meals, game drives, transfers, fees and some drinks. audleytravel.com March 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 85

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VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI CLUB, Zimbabwe

Just after noon each day, vultures circle this 20-room hotel. They know the drill. The staff throw scraps off the balcony while guests watch, latte in hand, as the enormous predators swoop to catch the meat in their claws before it has time to reach the ground. Just ten minutes from the Victoria Falls in northern Zimbabwe, this hotel suits all kinds of traveller with its mix of rooms, suites and thatched cottages complete with kitchens (although children younger than ten are gently discouraged). The neighbouring sister hotel’s restaurant feels like an enormous tree house, and serves an à la carte dinner under its huge vaulted wooden ceiling, while elephants amble past. For a traditional Zimbabwean experience, The Boma lays on a buffet in an enormous thatched building held up by tree trunks. Crocodile steak, warthog and impala curries, followed by fried worms for the truly adventurous, equip everyone for the after-dinner drum show. Breakfast and sundowners overlook a watering hole where herds of elephants gather to drink and warthogs scrap over a disputed sweetheart. By day, zip line over the Zambezi Gorge or witness hippos fighting from a sunset river cruise. Adrenaline and elegance aplenty here. BOOK IT: Doubles from £146pp, B&B. africaalbidatourism.com

Waterbuck, impala and zebra graze on the vast plain that flanks this tiny boutique lodge. Comprised of just eight swanky thatched huts, everyone wakes up to the epic view of the Chobe River (which separates Botswana from Namibia). The lodge is three kilometres from the wild and wonderful Chobe National Park with its lions, cheetah, wildebeest – and its bounty of beautiful elephants (129,000 in all). Meals are served in a grand rattan and wooden pavilion decked out in fabric from the Ndebele tribe in southeast Zimbabwe. A barbecue area surrounded by a wall of branches with a huge bonfire at its centre make for a decadent and earthy dinner. Sand brushes underfoot while chefs fry sirloin steak to order. Days spent spying giraffe, elephants and lions with the lodge’s safari guide are a thrill – but by night, the nocturnal and intrepid can pile into a Land Rover to experience a cheetah’s orange eyes shining out of the pitch dark as it lounges in a tree. Most impressively, the Ngoma enterprise is owned by the local community who can claim it back when the 25-year lease finishes, and all the staff – bar two – are hired in equal numbers from local tribes. BOOK IT: Doubles from £416pp fully inclusive, including transfers and four activities per day. africaalbidatourism.com

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EAST MEETS WEST The names and values behind Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa in Thailand head to the New Forest

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he lull between spring and summer is the perfect time to get away; a pickme-up after a cold winter and often drizzly spring, but before the summer frivolities. Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa on the idyllic island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand is decamping in May to Lime Wood’s Herb House Spa in the New Forest National Park. Both Lime Wood and Kamalaya are dedicated to a holistic view of wellness, making this the perfect pairing. Kamalaya founders, Karina and John Stewart, whose backgrounds are in Asian healing and spirituality, as well as a handful of their top therapists and mentors, will take up a residency at the Herb House to give guests ‘a taste of Kamalaya’. Lime Wood is just an hour and a half’s drive from London, so forget the jet lag. This three-day retreat is designed to nurture the mind, body and soul with inspiring talks, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, spa treatments and delicious healthy food. The menus have been meticulously chosen and planned to enhance vitality and optimal health. They are a collaboration between culinary director at Kamalaya, Kai Mueller,

Lime Wood’s very own Luke Holder, head chef of the renowned Hartnett Holder & Co and Sheila Hulme, creative chef of Raw & Cured in the Herb House. The result is flavoursome, nourishing meals that are prepared to enhance the food’s medicinal value, made with local ingredients that are free of additives. Ancient healing traditions infused with modern techniques and facilities heal the body, but what makes this retreat so unique, is the emphasis on emotional wellbeing. Karina, John and one of Kamalaya’s Life Enhancement Mentors, a former monk, will lead group sessions on emotional balance, the importance of meditation and mindfulness, as well as all-important stress management. Karina says, ‘Both places share a true appreciation and love for nature and natural wellbeing, providing a powerful healing source that many people are missing in their lives. It’s a wonderful way to get a taste of and benefit from Kamalaya closer to home.’ After all that self-love, guests will retreat to their sumptuous Lime Wood rooms in the main house or large suites in the grounds for deeply restful sleep. They will leave feeling replenished and relaxed, full of vim and vigor and ready to take on the world with a sense of calm and balance. BOOK IT: Retreats run from 20–22 May and 23-25 May. Prices from £1,835 per person all-inclusive. 023 8028 7177; limewoodhotel.co.uk

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YEARS AHEAD Eyewear guru Larry Leight opens up his Los Angeles home to Harriet Quick Photography BENJAMIN GRIMES

Larry Leight with his son Garrett pictured at Larry’s LA home

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The living room features a Tai Ping rug and armless Muse chairs and Nobu coffee table, both by Liaigre; the kitchen boasts glorious views of the mountains; vintage frames; Dylan’s clean and serene space; outside by the pool is Larry’s meditative spot

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p a gently winding, tree-lined street in the Santa Monica district of LA, where spacious residences are partially obscured by palms and hedges, sits a handsome, two-storey house that opens up into a courtyard with a swimming pool that is illuminated at night with coloured underwater bulbs. The family home, with its Christian Liaigre furniture and airy interconnecting rooms, is discreet – just how LA’s citizens like it. The owner, Larry Leight, an LA native, is a connoisseur of Angelinos style. He has been a part of the sprawling, beguiling city through the heady late ’60s and ’70s (he saw Jimi Hendrix play live at The Forum) and he set up eyewear brand, Oliver Peoples in 1987. The vintage-look frames appealed to the creative classes, yuppies and business moguls alike and became synonymous with the fashion and Hollywood-fuelled glamour of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Famously Patrick Bateman (of American Psycho fame) donned the tortoiseshell O’Malley frames. Larry has witnessed the ebbs and flows, from the South Central riots to the Paris Hilton bling of the Noughties, through to the wellness boom of today and many a passing fad in eyewear along the way. In LA, glorious blue skies and the constant tussle between anonymity and self-publicity, mean that shades are an essential part of the LA uniform.

Over the past ten years, the city’s pulse has changed as a swathe of creative and tech entrepreneurs put down roots, adding a new dimension to a city previously dominated by the film industry. ‘LA has a mystique that has always existed because of the entertainment business. But now the city boasts culture, technology and art. Ten years ago, LA fashion was a joke, but in recent years Tom Ford, Burberry and Dior have all staged their collections here and there is an upsurge in younger indie brands. Beyond the red carpet there is a really diverse culture that is worth talking about,’ says Larry, describing the new global appeal of the city and the trigger for his latest eyewear venture, Mr Leight, which he is launching with his 34-year-old son, Garrett. Leight’s home, where he lives with his second wife, Brit, and teenage daughters Dylan and Devon, acts as a think tank, social space and family hub. The house was built in the 1950s but when he bought it in 2000, it was a ‘tear down’. ‘We gutted it right down to the studs and rebuilt it from there. I wanted this specific property because it was the highest on the street and there is almost a 360-degree view of the mountains and water on a clear day. There are very few properties in Santa Monica like it. It was like a jungle, so we cleared the entire yard and layered the hillside. My vision for it was really an indoor/outdoor environment,’ says Leight of the rooms, which have sliding glass doors that lead out onto the courtyard.

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‘I wanted this specific property because it was the highest on the street and there is almost a 360-degree view of the mountains and water on a clear Los Angeles day’

‘I wanted to create my own mini Four Seasons resort. We built a large pool and landscaped the area around it to make it feel super private,’ says the well-travelled Leight, who also keeps a house in Kauai, Hawaii. Last autumn, Leight set about renovating the home, working with interior designers Paula Press and Kendra Sosothikul of Santa Monica-based Studio Berosso. The Leights were after an earthy, organic feel. ‘I wanted to incorporate pure, natural colours and create a less formal and more meditative vibe,’ says Leight. ‘One of my favourite designers when I first started decorating was Christian Liaigre and, interestingly enough, his new collections have moved in the same direction as the look I was hoping to create in my current house – just a bit more casual and organic, but still extremely luxurious. So I was able to combine some of my older pieces of his with newer work from the current collection,’ he says of the Nobu coffee table that rests on a Tai Ping rug and the Liaigre armless Muse chairs in the living room. Hanging on the wall is a moody Rena Bass Forman photo of a Bali ocean scene, purchased from the Benrubi Gallery in New York. Upon entering the family room, you are immediately struck by a primitive image of a blue horse. ‘It’s by my wife’s father, Navarre Scott Momaday, who is an incredible Pulitzer Prize-winning Native American artist,’ says Leight of the heroic leaping animal. The

modular sofa (B&B by Antonio Citterio) and the dining table and chairs by Liaigre lend a relaxed, convivial mood to the room. The eclectic feel is in contrast to the clean, streamlined kitchen, which features a classic Saarinen table and Tulip chairs. The space is flexible to their needs, whether that’s somewhere to hide or somewhere to socialise, like the pool area, which is peppered with chairs and Pucci tables. ‘Although this is a great house for entertaining, it is also our sanctuary. As we are out all the time, we use our home as an escape from the craziness of the city. My meditative spot is out by the pool. The only thing missing from my backyard is a wave pool. If I had one, I would never leave,’ laughs Leight, who surfs at San Onofre beach in San Clemente. Each family member had the chance to help create their own personal environment. Leight has a Slim Aarons photograph in his office that epitomises the glamour and mystique of LA life and his daughters, Devon and Dylan, worked with Studio Berosso to achieve their diverse visions. Devon wanted an earthy feel, achieved with a tribal sculpture, a rawhide rug and a hanging Cloud light by Brooklyn maker Richard Clarkson. By contrast, Dylan opted for a clean white space that comes alive with textures and a James Huniford upholstered sofa and a big round mirror by RH Modern. There’s also a treasure trove of vintage frames that initially inspired Oliver Peoples. March 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 91

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pearl nose pads. In other words, Mr Leight has been aesthetically Larry’s son, Garrett, lives in the Venice area (dubbed Silicon conceived as an eyewear geek’s delight. Beach for the influx of tech start-ups) with his wife and children. Styles include the Rodeo, a sleek aviator with a choice of semiThe hip neighbourhood, full of juice bars and organic eateries precious metal coated lenses, and the Getty, a square design like Gjelina, is also home to the flagship store for Garrett’s crafted in subtly patterned cured Japanese acetate. Designs are eponymous brand, Garrett Leight California Optical. Hipsters, named after boulevards and landmarks like Beverly (an oversized locals and newly minted tech entrepreneurs (Snapchat’s HQ cat’s eye) and Mulholland, which comes with an acetate and is in the area) are drawn in by the finely detailed eyewear. titanium sun clip. The packaging, an oblique rose gold box, You can even have lenses custom coloured on the spot. is as much objet as it is a functional box. ‘Venice was on the cusp of gentrification having been plagued by gang warfare in the Eyewear obsession is reaching You’ll find it in stockists including Bergdorf Goodman and Dover Street Market. 1990s. We developed and launched the Garrett a new peak, perhaps in Eyewear obsession is reaching a new Leight California Optical [GLCO] line and tandem with the rise of social peak, perhaps in tandem with the rise shot it on local bartenders, musicians and actors. I eventually got the line into Colette. media. Rather than relying of social media. Rather than relying on just one pair, devotees build complete The business grew from there,’ says Garrett, on just one pair, devotees eyewear wardrobes, so that specs can who now oversees a boutique chain of four be interchanged according to occasion build complete eyewear stores in the US and a wholesale business. Both father and son’s joint visions of LA wardrobes, so that specs can and mood. The luxury eyewear market is estimated to be worth $136bn by 2021, now inform the look and feel of the new be interchanged according according to Euromonitor, and there’s been Mr Leight eyewear brand, which cleverly a micro boom in independent brands such to occasion and mood fuses past, present and future. Prices hover as Warby Parker and Korea’s Gentle Monster. around the $600 to $800 mark for the series LA myths and lores, and the chameleon-like attitude of the of striking frames that are handmade in Japan (in the city’s tastemakers make an ideal petri dish to launch eyewear same factories that once manufactured Oliver Peoples) brands, and Larry and Garrett Leight would appear to have and detailed with hex hinges, exposed adjustable coil 20/20 vision in this area. ■ temples, removable top bars and discreet titanium and 92 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | March 2018

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TINSELTOWN LOWDOWN

The ultimate guide to awards season in Los Angeles: where to stay, where to eat, what to do. By SOPHIE BALL

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The Staples Center bills itself as ‘the most entertaining place on earth’ and plays host to most major events in the city. We were there for the Grammys and, on the day of the awards, the stadium lived up to the hyperbole with roadblocks, security barriers and nearly a mile of red carpet in place by midday. Security is rigorous and access to the ground floor on Grammy day reserved exclusively for artists – but it’s possible to attend if you book a private box. The official after-party is at the stadium but it’s the small record label parties scattered between Hollywood Hills mansions that you want to be at. We had the surreal experience of being shoulder to shoulder with John Travolta on the dance floor at the Interscope Records party – happy to report that he’s still got the moves. Staples Center, where the staplescenter.com annual Grammys take place

PHOTOS: REX FEATURES

The stars stay at the JW Marriott

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Right next to the Staples Center, JW Marriott is the hotel of choice for celebrities during award season – in one five-minute period we spotted Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis grabbing coffee from the lobby and shared a lift with Kris Jenner (marriott.com). When it comes to the Oscars, the LA outpost of the Four Seasons is where you’ll see virtually every nominee. A favourite of Halle Berry and Brad Pitt, the hotel also hosts many non-calendar events like the AFI luncheon and BAFTA tea party (fourseasons.com).

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If you’re wondering where all those celebrities eat when they’re out of their natural Hollywood Hills habitat, then look no further than Bestia. The latest Downtown Los Angeles hotspot has become one of the hardest to book tables in town. If you’re lucky, you might spot Emily Ratajkowski: it’s her favourite haunt. Book early and save up the pennies: rustic Italian dining on this level comes with a price tag. bestiala.com

Kendall Jenner had her 21st birthday here, Drake his 30th and Jessica Alba and Cash Warren hit it up regularly for date nights: Yep, we’re talking about Delilah. Brought to you by the team behind perennial favourite The Nice Guy, Delilah is a Katy Perry masterclass in the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Era, including a live band every evening. John Terzian and Brian Toll have worked hard to provide the city with venues that are ‘a step above a restaurant, but a step below a club’ and Delilah delivers on every front. Booking essential. delilahla.com

Bestia is the place for posh Italian nosh

For more information visit discover losangeles. com. Norwegian operates a yearround direct service from London Gatwick to LAX. Return flights start from £320. norwegian.com

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PLACES TO SLEEP BEFORE YOU DIE

Whether it’s for the sublimity of the bedroom, the view, the food, the environment or the whole package, our panel of experts choose the places to put on your wish list CONTRIBUTORS: Peter Hughes, Fiona Duncan, Daisy Finer, Anna Pasternak, Robin Hutson, George Morgan-Grenville, Lydia Gard, Anastasia Bernhardt Como Shambhala, Bali

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COMO SHAMBHALA UBUD, BALI

Experience holistic nirvana in Bali, where spiritual life is bolstered by stratospheric luxury. Tirta Ewing is a vast, multi-roomed suite of colonial splendour. The bed is a floaty, tented cloud, with decks overhanging the jungle. The bathroom is sublime. With its own Japanese water garden, waterfall and bath carved out of a boulder, you frolic in your own garden of Eden. Staff zone into needs before you have time to register them. With its sacred vibe, this is actual heaven. AP BOOK IT: From £458 B&B. comohotels.com

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ARKABA HOMESTEAD FLINDERS RANGES, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Once a sheep station, now an exclusive little wilderness lodge which crouches beneath the frowning crags of the Flinders Ranges in the South Australian outback. The sheep went four years ago. Today the station’s 60,000 acres are a sanctuary for wildlife and up to ten guests. The wildlife, including returning rare species, thrives in a gnarled landscape of prehistoric rock, boulder-strewn river beds and stands of massive red river gum trees. PH BOOK IT: From $990pp all inclusive, with around seven hours of daily wilderness activities. arkabaconservancy.com

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AMAN VENICE VENICE, ITALY

Palazzo Papadopoli, a former Venetian palace on the Grand Canal, is like staying in an ancient art gallery; each of the 24 rooms is sublime. Soaring ceilings, staggering frescos, chandeliers and cherubs with wraparound views of Venice. Room number two is not the swankiest, but it’s at water level, so you literally feel the pulse of Venice as the canal beats against the walls. Wonderfully womb-like. The terrace upstairs is the most idyllic breakfast setting with gondolas gliding by. AP BOOK IT: From €950 per room B&B, plus ten per cent tax. amanvenice.com

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THOTALAGALA PLANTATION HOUSE HAPUTALE, SRI LANKA

Stay here and step back in time at Sir Thomas Lipton’s beautiful 1890 Dambatenne tea plantation, balanced on the edge of an escarpment in Hill Country, with spectacular views. At Thotalagala (a handsome bungalow built for his manager) lounging on the terrace, by the pool, or in the panelled library feels like the best sort of house party. You won’t want to leave. FD BOOK IT: From £552 all inclusive. thotalagala.com; ampersandtravel.com

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COUNTRY HOUSE MONTALI UMBRIA, ITALY

A country as impassioned as Italy still has its secrets. Mysteries too. How does a vegetarian restaurant on a hilltop in Umbria, reached by a four-mile stone track, and whose nine rooms are simple to say the least, get so many guests returning every year? Tranquility is part of the answer, along with the views, and owner Alberto’s ebullient hospitality. But the key is the food. Alberto’s wife, Malu, has earned an international reputation for her artistry in the kitchen. If all veggie fare were as good as this, even lions might be converted from their carnivorousness. PH BOOK IT: From €120pp half-board (breakfast and four-course gourmet evening meal included). montalionline.com

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ANTIBES, FRANCE

As a building it is as white as pearl, with dove grey shutters and overlooking a 22-acre garden. As a hotel it is legendary, having occupied the same gorgeous realm of unreality since F Scott Fitzgerald planted the Côte d’Azur on the beau monde map. It is a repository of space and light and is ineffably cool. The colours are cool – paint of the palest ivory, hints of gilt, marble as blonde as arctic fox. A glass lift, framed in polished brass, rises from the foyer as cool as a crystal Tardis. The guest list is cooler still. Every spring the stars arrive in their constellations for the Cannes International Film Festival. The Hotel du Cap is close enough to whizz them across to the Croisette by speedboat. Paradoxically, though, it is unexpectedly unpretentious and trades in simplicity. As a former general manager said, ‘When on vacation the rich like to pay maharajah prices to live like boy scouts.’ PH BOOK IT: From €560 B&B. oetkercollection.com

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BALLYFIN

COUNTY LAOIS, IRELAND

Sheer indulgence. You don’t so much check into Ballyfin as seek asylum. One of Ireland’s grandest country houses, luxuriating in 600 acres of pampered parkland, it has been immaculately and extravagantly restored to make a glory of a hotel. It deliciously combines 18th century elegance and 21st century chic with a fine kitchen and the smiley leavening of Irish informality. And, being Irish, there’s a story to every one of the hundreds of pictures, ornaments and artefacts that adorn the place and make every room a wonder. When the project started, Ballyfin’s managing director declared that he wanted to make the best hotel in the world. ‘Why stop there?’ asked the owner. So they didn’t. PH BOOK IT: Doubles from €640 B&B. ballyfin.com

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MAHALE MOUNTAINS,

MAKGADIKGADI PAN, BOTSWANA

TANZANIA

A truly unique destination in the middle of the Makgadikgadi salt flats in Botswana, a wilderness unlike any other. The dozen tented ‘rooms’ with indoor and outdoor bathrooms are packed with eccentric antiques and curios. A real African Queen styled experience. The big treat though is the sense of space when looking out across the flats and up to the star-filled sky, a complete sense of a landscape unchanged by man since the beginning of time. RH BOOK IT: From £903, including all safaris, meals and drinks. scottdunn.com

Imagine cerulean waters of gin-clear clarity, a bleached white sandy beach and lush jungle rising steeply into the Mahale Mountains. This is home to Greystoke, one of the most extraordinary lodges in Africa, set on the remote shores of Lake Tanganyika. It is to here that those in the know go off-grid to seek out the amazing chimpanzees that live in the mountains; an experience with no equal. GMG BOOK IT: From £470 B&B. redsavannah.com

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LE MANOIR AUX QUAT’SAISONS GREAT MILTON, OXFORDSHIRE

It is possibly the world’s most holistic hotel, certainly among the most sensual. Not just because its creator, Raymond Blanc, believes fervently in its aphrodisiac properties, but because it excites all the senses. Most people know Blanc as a two Michelinstarred chef. He has an equal achievement in creating a template for country-house hotels in which the restaurant is but one, if vital, element. From the eclectic design of the bedrooms to the gardens and fastidious attention to detail, everything you see, touch, taste and smell contributes to a single, overwhelming experience. PH BOOK IT: From £695 B&B. belmond.com

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FINCA CORTESIN ANDALUSIA, SPAIN

Whisper the word ‘Finca’ to anyone who’s in on the secret and the response is unashamedly gushy. Don’t be fooled by the period proportions, this building was built by Spanish art collector Javier Lopez in the last decade. It might have 67 suites but it has been designed in such a way that it feels as though you have the whole place to yourself. You’d be hard pushed to find a better Thai spa in Thailand, or a better slice of sashimi outside of Japan than at Michelin-starred Kabuki Raw. Lopez’s eye for art has spilled over into a 360-degree vision of artful living with discreet success. AB BOOK IT: From €584 B&B. fincacortesin.com

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MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL

Oh, those misty Smoky Mountains, those endless acres (4,200)... and, oh, that food – some of the best you’ve ever tasted, served up with southern hospitality and paired with wine from the impressive cellar. This eastern corner of Tennessee should be on your bucket list. LG BOOK IT: From approx £650. blackberryfarm.com

Ibitipoca is the creation of remarkable Renato Machado, who bought and reforested a huge swathe of Minas Gerais, noted for its cowboys, hospitality and woodfired cuisine. Nothing jars in the beautifully restored 1715 lakeside farmhouse, where tempting dishes are laid out on the traditional wood stove and the wraparound veranda is strewn with rockers and hammocks. The estate’s wildlife and unexpected sculptures are yours to discover on horseback, foot or bike. Wonderfully harmonious and deeply restorative. FD BOOK IT: From £495pp for three nights, all inclusive. reservadoibitipoca.com

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ROSA ALPINA DOLOMITES, ITALY

Set in the lovely village of San Cassiano, high up in the Dolomites, this is a hotel of superlatives, of extraordinary pedigree and timeless elegance. The cosy loft suites impress with their contemporary design, fireplaces and balconies. But it is the scenery that is so breathtaking and whether skiing in winter, or walking the wild flower meadows in summer, it’s nothing short of magical. As for the cuisine... with the best fondue stube imaginable, and the Restaurant St Hubertus having just got its third Michelin star... well, need I say more? And the insider’s tip? Book the private mountain hut for the most gloriously romantic night ever. GMG BOOK IT: From £203 B&B. rosalpina.it

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GILI LANKANFUSHI

MALDIVES

One of the first completely ‘over water’ villa experiences in the world. Originally set up by the talented Soneva duo this hotel has a true Robinson Crusoe feel. Built almost entirely of reclaimed and well weathered local timber, the suites have a ramshackle look that disguises the level of considered detail. It’s the perfect natural camouflaged look for this sensitive ocean environment. Local artisans have fashioned everything from coat hooks to fabrics and artwork – nothing is too shiny or corporate. There is absolute privacy in the standalone villas, reached by small boat. Indoor/outdoor bathrooms with added natural ‘sea water bath’ and private sun deck create the ultimate romantic retreat. RH BOOK IT: From £677 B&B. gili-lankanfushi.com

THE PENINSULA

TOKYO

Unwavering service that doesn’t get tiresome – always a delight. As the smiling bellboys welcome you through the door of the rosecoloured building inspired by a Japanese lantern, take note of the interiors: elegant and modern, with marble walkways and Japanese accents throughout. Each room – some of the biggest in the city – has giant frame windows overlooking the snazzy stores of Ginza or The Imperial Garden (the Emperor lives next door). For 24th-floor views, head to the swish rooftop restaurant, Peter, and feast on kaiseki. It’s pricey but it’s the best. AB BOOK IT: From £417. tokyo.peninsula.com

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WALIG HUT, GSTAAD PALACE GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND

Live out your Sound of Music fantasy in a remote Swiss Alpine hut 1,800m above Gsteig. The original 18th-century chalet features antiquated technology (note the cattle trough that doubles as a wine cooler) but you absolutely wouldn’t want it any other way, swaddled in deerskin rugs next to the blazing kitchen hearth. It might be the place for a digital detox but it’s certainly not the place for a physical one, as chef Maurizio’s hearty cheese-laden Alpine cooking is impossible to resist. Although there is a second bedroom, it’s far too romantic for company beyond you and your beau. Continue the fairytale with a trip up to Jardin des Monts, an edelweiss-covered mountain herb farm that supplies the spa back at Gstaad Palace, which is just the place to reacclimatise back into the real world. AB BOOK IT: From £1,205 for two, including dinner. palace.ch

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IL NGWESI LODGE LAIKIPIA, KENYA

This eco lodge provides a unique entrée to Africa. It may be more than 20 years old but so what? The Africa that it represents is even older. Owned and run by the Maasai, it remains a pioneer in the way it enables a local community to enjoy the benefits of tourism undiluted. And while it has all the elements of a modern safari lodge – verandas, pool, game drives – the hosts and guides are heirs to the knowledge, traditions and insight of generations of stockmen, hunters and warriors who were their ancestors. PH BOOK IT: From approx. £218 full board. ilngwesi.com

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THE CARLYLE, A ROSEWOOD HOTEL NEW YORK

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An Upper East Side institution, with views of Central Park, which exudes a palpably buzzy old-school Manhattan atmosphere. Known as ‘the New York White House’ during the John F. Kennedy years (Monroe was sneaked in here after singing her Happy Birthday tribute), Woody Allen and his jazz band play in the café weekly and the low-lit Bemelmans Bar is a hot cocktail scene. Think Art Deco architecture, a tonne of marble, cocooning bedrooms, a Sisley spa and the best lobster salad on earth. Glamorous comfort. DF BOOK IT: From approx. £360. rosewoodhotels.com

RAAS DEVIGARH UDAIPUR, INDIA

One of the most glorious palace hotels in India, just a short dash from Udaipur. Come as part of your Rajasthan recce or make it a wellbeing break. The ila Only spa is a sensation of ritualist treatments and yoga, fuelled by gardento-plate salads. But it’s the building that will blow you away, complete with Marwari horse murals, mirrored ante-chambers, turrets, swings and courtyards. This is next generation India. Polished and comfortable, rooted in Rajput grandeur. DF BOOK IT: Palace suite from approx. £290. raasdevigarh.com

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CHEAP CHIC

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TRADITIONAL LUXURY

SUJÁN RAJMAHAL PALACE

Once the private home of the Maharajah – complete with strutting peacocks among the fountains and beds of white roses in the seven-acre gardens – this palace, in the heart of the Pink City, was reimagined two years ago as an utterly unique hotel. As you step through the doors of the Battenberg pink, two-storey building, you are assailed by the brilliant use of pattern and colour. The ‘51 Shades of Pink’ breakfast room – which was inspired by Norman Parkinson’s photos of India – is possibly the most Instagrammed hotel room in existence. One of the loveliest of the 14 spacious rooms is the Mountbatten Suite with its baby blue colour scheme and huge four poster, spacious white marble bathroom and an attached private dining room that’s laid for a traditional Jaipur feast with crystal glasses and linen napkins. Palace room, from £760 (excluding taxes). sujanluxury.com

This is exactly what has been missing from the Jaipur hotel scene. Built for the late Gem Palace jewellery designer Munnu Kasliwal as a place for his creative collaborators to stay, this gorgeous guest house opened two years ago under his son Siddharth and restaurateur Abhishek Honawar. There are only five rooms, all named after different gem stones: some come with teardrop mirrors and window seats, others have cream wardrobes with a palm print door. Hang out in the library; have lunch at the inhouse vegetarian café, and laze about on the lush garden terraces. You can also pre-book morning yoga lessons, meditation and Ayurvedic massages. Doubles from £100. 28kothi.com

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BARADARI AT JAIPUR CITY PALACE

This newly renovated café will wow design fans with its boldly beautiful gold interior. Designed by Delhi-based architect Ambrish Arora, the 12-column space has an intricate chevron inlay floor (a modern take on traditional Rajasthani Leheriya, a style of tie-dye that produces wave patterns) and matching ceiling. The food is a mix of modern Rajasthani and continental and is just as special: think dishes such as blue cheese and bacon stuffed naans served with cucumber wasabi raita, roast pumpkin soup and laal maas (mutton curry). City Palace, Jaleb Chowk; +91 141 408 8888

THE KITCHEN AT JAIPUR MODERN

In the same complex as fashion store Jaipur Modern, this well-designed café (zig-zag monochrome marble tabletops, a wooden feature wall) serves up fresh salads, pressed juices, pizza and pasta for lunch. All the vegetables are sourced from local farmers; the breads and desserts are made in-house daily. 51 Sardar Patel Marg; jaipurmodern.com

TAPRI – THE TEA HOUSE

If you’re craving a good cuppa (or a glass of steaming, sweet chai), Tapri – The Tea House hits the spot with its dedicated drinks menu which features everything from oolong and white teas to rooibos. The chai and snacks – breakfast samosas with chutney, cheese chilli toasties – are all made in-house. The original outpost is Tapri Pratham but Tapri Central wins out for its rooftop terrace. B-4E Prithviraj Road, C-Scheme; +911 412 360245

BAR PALLADIO

The wonderful electric blue walls are inspired by Mughal designs; the Italian menu is reminiscent of Harry’s Bar in Venice. This buzzing restaurant and lounge, set within the Narain Niwas Palace hotel, is just the spot for cocktails and aperitivo (arancini, bruschetta, vegetable tempura) which you can eat outside around a fire pit or in the shade of a cool cabana, as peacocks strut around the lawn. Narain Singh Road; bar-palladio.com

No trip is complete without a visit to the City Palace, where exhibits include ceremonial armoury, royal costumes and Hindu scriptures. Adjacent lies Jantar Mantar, an observatory with Unesco World Heritage status and 19 astronomical instruments, including the world’s largest sundial. The pink sandstone Hawa Mahal Palace (which was built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals unseen) is a sure-fire Instagram hit. Six miles outside the city, Amber Fort (pictured right) is an extraordinary, honeyhued sandstone and white marble palace complex.

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you don’t find anything you like, ask the owner to take you to his warehouse nearby where the choice is even greater. 9 East Govind Nagar, Amber Palace Road; +91 141 2633134

TEATRO DHORA

Jaipur’s first concept shop caused a stir when it opened a few years ago. It’s named after designer and co-owner Aavriti Jain’s home in India (Dhora means dune in Rajasthani) and her education in Milan. As well as Jain’s handmade jewellery, you’ll find a great selection of homeware and clothes by emerging local designers. 9 Yashwant Place, Ajmer Road; +91 141 402 7979

NARAIN NIWAS

TRUNKS COMPANY

Brothers Paritosh and Priyank Mehta have taken the idea of a traditional travelling trunk and updated it for the 21st century. They set up the business seven years ago and, since then, their bespoke, hand-crafted creations have been ordered by everyone from Indian Maharajas to the Qatar royal family. You can commission a trunk to solve virtually any storage conundrum, from jewellery to watches and perfumes to an entire music system. 133–134 Rambagh Palace, Bhawani Singh Road. trunkscompany.com

The courtyard of the Narain Niwas Palace hotel has a handful of must-visit shops. There’s a French flavour running through Idli (idlidesign.com), founded by French interior and fashion designer Thierry Journo, and Hot Pink (hotpinkindia.com), run by Parisian jeweller Marie-Hélène de Taillac. Both sell gorgeously colourful men’s and womenswear, plus home furnishings. Aashka sells an unlikely mix of kurtas, equestrian themed accessories and furniture. And Kashmiri embroidery specialist Aandrab excels with its shawls, wall hangings, throws and bedspreads in super-soft cashmere (andraab.com). Kanota Bagh, Narain Singh Road; +91 141 257 0400

RIDHI SIDHI

A treasure trove of textiles, this shop is crammed from floor-to-ceiling with everything from quilts and hand-block print fabrics (sold by the metre) to cushion covers and bath robes. Have a rummage and you will be rewarded. Also, if

ANOKHI

Renowned for championing traditional block printing, this is the place to pick up buttoned kaftans, silk blouses, striped tunics and pretty summer dresses made with vegetable-dyed hues. There’s a lovely café next door serving western food, should you fancy a pit stop, and ten minutes from the Amber Fort, the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing if you’re feeling inspired to learn more about the history of the craft. 2nd Floor KK Square, C-11 Prithviraj Road; anokhi.com ■

The Jaipur Literature Festival, which takes place every January. It’s free (so always insanely busy) but attracts top talent such as Stephen Fry, David Hare, Don McCullin, Esther Freud and Hannah Rothschild. jaipurliteraturefestival.org

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Asian Scenic wallpaper. Cushions in Asian Scenic, Bijou, Carlotta. Baxter Bench in Ming Trail.

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LA DOLCE VITA Take an Italian sojourn without ever leaving the comfort of your sofa. Osborne and Little’s spring collection – beautifully modelled here on a Julian Chichester sofa – takes a turn through northern Italy, from Venice to Cinque Terre. Torcello, £135p/m; Mikado, £65p/m; Medici, £99p/m; Caresse, £45 p/m. osborneandlittle.com

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THE INSIDER Soak and Sleep Globe pendant, £32. soakandsleep.com

TREND

AGEING GRACEFULLY Linen only ever gets better with time Samuel & Sons Eartha Abaca knotted fringe, £75 p/m. samuelandsons.com

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SEP Jordan Koutubia cushion cover, £113. sepjordan.com

Oka Framed prints, £250; lampshade, £98; lamp, £385; cushion cover, £56; side table, £485; quilt, £195. oka.com

Colefax and Fowler Bendell stripe fabric (on sofa), £72 p/m; cushions in Tyrell, Jocasta velvet and Farina, from £75p/m. colefax.com

Tori Murphy Broadway round tray, £34.95. torimurphy.com Sir|Madam Set of four napkins, £80. libertylondon. com

Oggetto Tea towel, £12. oggetto.com

de Le Cuona Linen fabrics, from £195 p/m. delecuona.com

Sofa.com Isaac two-seater sofa, £1,840. sofa.com

Tom Dixon Paint cushion, £80. tomdixon.net

Out There Interiors Vallana armchair, £465. outthereinteriors.com

Fermoie Linen lampshade, from £110. fermoie.com

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INTERIORS

This colourful parrot with a mischievous glint was hand-made by Zara Merrick using stitching and appliqué. Visit Zara at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea this month (8–11 March). Pink and red parrot, £3,000. zaramerrick.co.uk

DESIGN NOTES News and inspiration from the world of interiors. By Carole Annett

JUST DESSERTS I love Eton mess but my culinary efforts always look far too much like that... a mess. The solution? Pile it into a pretty glass bowl. Butterfly bowl by Giovanni Raspini, £435. giovanniraspini.com

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

I am obsessed with door handles – entirely functional yet some deserve a second glance, like this pewter-plated brass handle by Beardmore, made in its foundry on the south coast. £288. beardmore.co.uk

ARTISTIC LICENCE

Myer Halliday is an Edinburgh-based ceramicist whose textured designs have been transferred onto upholstery and tableware for Heal’s. Elgin chair, £999; Wave cushion, £69; tableware, from £12. heals.com

POWDER PUFF

Covered in Mongolian sheepskin, Amy Somerville’s Mammoth Wing chair is available in a variety of macaron shades. The pink version would add a touch of frivolity to a bathroom or bedroom. Mammoth Wing chair, £5,316. amysomerville.com

FOR DISCERNING HOUNDS

It’s Crufts time, so make sure your pooch has a prime TV viewing position, perhaps on a Ducky Donut feather bed (right) by Charley Chau (from £180. charleychau.com), or maybe they’d prefer the Great Bear dog bed (left) (£2,880. howelondon.com). 110 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | March 2018

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COWBOYS AND INDIANS Pierre Frey heads to the rocky terrain of North America this spring. Achak wallpaper in Terra, £168 per/m; sofa upholstered in Rocky, £144 per/m. Both from the Grand Canyon collection. pierrefrey.com

SITTING PRETTY Cushions to plump for

ORGANIC DESIGN

The aluminium blades on this light – like leaves on an artichoke – completely envelop the bulb. Aluvia in pearl, from £199. vitacopenhagen.com

ARTFUL CONSTRUCTION

I like the interesting base and slanted legs on the marbletopped Ilda table by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform, from £1,918 each. poliformuk.com

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

NAMASTE Inspiration comes in many forms. For architect Jonathan Mizzi, founder of Mizzi Studio, it was yoga that informed his Awkward table, finished with liquid metal. From £6,500, in copper, gun metal or gold. mizzi.co

Like water droplets in a stream, this Rivulets design from Deirdre Dyson’s Horizons collection combines Chinese silk and Tibetan wool. From £1,200 per sq/m. deirdredyson.com

1 Couverture X Samuji Mali linen cushion, £135. couvertureandthegarbstore.com 2 Insley & Nash Doubloon Linen No.1, £125. insleyandnash.com 3 Lindell & Co Drolma embroidered cushion, £225. nushka.co.uk 4 Wallace Cotton Palais tassel cushion, £45. wallacecotton.co.uk 5 Paul Smith X The Rug Company Prism cushion, £295. therugcompany.com 6 Lelièvre Enclosions cushion, £109. lelievreparis.com

IN FULL BLOOM

The Lennox sofa, by renowned Milan-based designer Gordon Guillaumier for Lema, was inspired by the open petals of a flower. From £3,312. lema-uk.com March 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 111

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LIGHT FANTASTIC With open-plan kitchen and dining, eye-catching lighting will bring focus to the table, says Carole Annett

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1 The Lariat light from Apparatus with its etched glass teardrops hanging from woven brass mesh hangs centre stage in a Knightsbridge apartment with interiors by Staffan TollgĂĽrd (tollgard.co.uk). 2 This design and build project by Cordles London features metal windows and doors to maximise natural light. The finishing touch is a Murano glass chandelier by Rainbow London (cordles.com). 3 Interior designer Charles Bateson chose hanging glass lights by Anthony Stern Glass to add drama and colour above a bespoke dining table. Chairs by Philippe Hurel (charlesbateson.com). 4 A London apartment with interiors by 1508 London uses an abundance of glass and mirror to create a dramatic light-filled interior. The natural-shaped teardrop pendant is by Serip (1508london.com). 5 Three Timo brass pendant lights by Birgit Israel create impact in a minimalist white and wood scheme in a house project by Lucinda Sanford (lucindasanford.com). 112 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | March 2018

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THE INSIDER DESIGN Q&A

NATALIA MIYAR

LITTLE BLACK BOOK Steal Natalia’s contacts LIGHTING Donghia at Rubelli. rubelli.com

The interior designer has a penchant for collecting art and Céline sunglasses

Natalia Miyar

KNICK-KNACKS Tate Modern museum shop. shop.tate.org.uk

PLATES Marie Daâge. mariedaage.com

ABOVE: Living room from the Dimensional home BELOW: Bedroom from the Textured apartment, both by Natalia Miyar Atelier

Most recent ‘find’? A copper and brass giraffe piece by Sergio Bustamante from Talisman London. Favourite room in the house? My bedroom because it’s warm and cosy but unexpected as the walls are painted in a rich, dark black called Acqua Viva from Paint & Paper Library. Some of my favourite works of art are also in my bedroom and I have a huge bed with crisp linens and lots of pillows. House warming present? Champagne and embroidered linen hand towels from Venice.

Which ‘look’ are you hoping will fall out of favour? PHOTOS: KATHARINE GROSSE SOUTH LONDON GALLERY

The accent wall.

Most extravagant thing you’ve bought? I splurge

on works of art. I tell myself it’s an investment and just keep buying. I recently bought a drawing by Cuban artist José Bedia. Unsung design hero? Charlotte Perriand. She’s a cult favourite whose work should be appreciated by a wider audience.

LITTLE LUXURIES LuxDeco. luxdeco.com

What should never have seen the light of day? Round rugs.

Which gadget has never come out of its box? A fancy wine bottle opener. I’m overwhelmed by how to use it. Are you green-fingered? My garden is Battersea Park, which is ably taken care of by an army of council gardeners. What could you never chuck out? My dog Oscar and any artwork that was given to me as a gift.

BED LINEN Ilinka Collection. ilinkacollection.com ART The Cultivist. thecultivist.com

Whose home would you most like to nose around? I would love to have seen how Thomas Jefferson actually lived. Which designer do you have your eye on? Studio KO. I can’t wait to see the YSL Museum in Morocco. Do you collect anything? Art, beautiful items for setting the table, Céline sunglasses (the latter is a vice more than anything). How can we all live more self-sufficiently? Invest in vintage pieces that will last for many lifetimes.

ETHICAL HOMEWARE Nom Living. nomliving.com

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PERU

ON A WING AND A TRAIN

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The first luxury sleeper train has arrived in South America and Peter Hughes was on board

Colca Canyon, Peru

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The Belmond Andean Explorer passes through exquisite landscapes; the dining car; the majestic Andean condor; a cottage at Belmond Las Casitas and one of its lovely bedrooms

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or a metropolitan Englishman living at sea level, this was a journey of rapid adjustments, sensual and cultural as well as environmental. A railway train so lavish that it has 24 bedrooms with ensuite showers, two dining cars, a bar, a baby grand piano and a gourmet kitchen is approaching platform fantasy in any case. But let that train go rummaging for adventure through the oxygen-thin air of the Andes and perceptions switch to spin cycle. The Belmond Andean Explorer, which launched last spring, is the first luxury sleeper train in South America. It runs at Alpine altitudes, on the fourth-highest rail track in the world, between nearly all the most famous attractions in southern Peru. I took the northbound journey from Arequipa. For three days, and some 450 miles, we trundled at a tranquilising 20mph through the chiselled massif of some of South America’s biggest mountains. Our destination was Cusco, capital of the Inca empire, at the threshold of the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. On the way were two more of Peru’s extraordinary sights, the great inland sea of Lake Titicaca – where a boat sped us to the floating Uros islands made from totoro reeds – and the Colca Canyon. It was there that I had to make an instant cultural adaptation during a traditional Inca ceremony that I mistook for a smart hotel cocktail party. Belmond Las Casitas is a collection of 20 comfortable cottages scattered about a hillside garden above the Rio Colca. They were opened originally in 2008 by Orient-Express Hotels, Belmond’s

previous incarnation, and then sold four years later. I was among the first guests to stay at Las Casitas after Belmond reacquired it last year for Andean Explorer passengers wanting to see the Colca Canyon. On our first night there was a garden party. It was dark, apart from the flames of a fire pit and a torch I had brought from my room. I saw two figures approaching, one of them carrying a large dish under a cloche cover. I took him to be a waiter bringing canapés. ‘It’s an offering,’ he said. ‘How very kind,’ I replied. ‘Let me look.’ He lifted the cover and I shone my torch. I saw no vol-auvents or blinis, but was prepared to try it anyway. The waiter stopped me. ‘It’s an alpaca foetus,’ he explained, which would be offered to Mother Earth as a sacrifice to mark the hotel’s reopening. Colca Canyon, just downstream from Las Casitas, is a great gash in the mountains, in places nearly twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. It is also a home of the Andean condor, among the world’s largest flying birds. They nest in caves in the canyon wall from where they can launch themselves straight on to powerful thermals. For a bird weighing up to 15kg, that’s an important consideration. It’s a rare spectacle. The condors fly all around you – above, below and at eye level – as they drift along the canyon rim. With a span of three metres they have merely to spread their great door-like wings to soar on the rising air. And so to the train, 16 gleaming carriages in a livery of ivory and

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The condors fly all around you – above, below and at eye level. With a span of three metres they have merely to spread their great door-like wings to soar on the rising air

midnight blue. It was built in Australia in the early 1990s to run a luxury service between Sydney and the Queensland Tableland. But it didn’t work out and, two years ago, Belmond shipped the whole set to Peru to be turned into the Andean Explorer. The retro design of the old train was unashamedly influenced by the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Much of it remains. Brass luggage racks, lovely wood marquetry on the washroom floors, wood panelling and embossed ceilings are all original. Even the door keys are Aussie. We climbed on board, literally: retractable steps reach down to the trackside allowing you to get on and off almost anywhere. At one point we stopped on a hillside for the chefs to give an al fresco demonstration of ceviche-making. In the lounge car, pisco sour cocktails were being served, accompanied by a pianist at the baby grand. Beyond, at the end of the train, was a proper old-fashioned observation car with a viewing platform open on three sides where you could lean on a wooden rail and watch the track behind unreel through the mountains. But now enthusiastic attendants were showing us to our cabins. The 48 berths are divided into four grades of cabin. The most expensive, of which there are only two, have double beds, the cheapest have bunks. All contain oxygen cylinders as the train reaches elevations of more than 14,250ft, not far short of Mont Blanc. There is no predicting how anyone may be affected by altitude. Some on this trip suffered headaches and a feeling of lassitude. Others felt no more than

slightly woozy and breathless. The train carries a doctor, but the best precaution is to have at least a day in the mountains to acclimatise. Tourist trains commute between the surreal and reality. It is surreal, in the heart of the Andes, to sit at a table dressed in white napery and dine on an amuse-bouche of Lima bean cappuccino prepared by one of Peru’s most celebrated chefs, Diego Muñoz. Ditto having a Peruvianinspired treatment in a new spa car that is being added in May. Reality lies outside. Creaking and squeaking, with the occasional unaccountable jolt, the train ambled from the Peruvian altiplano, a great swell of grassy highlands with herds of grazing alpacas, past hillsides ribbed in 1,800-year-old terracing, to curl round mighty spires of rock, 16,500ft high and daubed with snow. And all the while there was the rhythmic beat of the rails, until the train stopped and ‘stabled’ for the night in silence. Approaching Cusco there were villages with small fields of beans and corn, cows in tiny walled pastures and sheep tethered beside the track. Women were swathed in voluminous dresses in brilliant colours – fuchsia, lemon and turquoise – and invariably wore hats, shiny white straw trilbies or tall brown bowlers. Now there followed the final adjustment – to come back down to earth. ■ A two-night journey between Cusco and Arequipa starts from $1,655pp. belmond.com/belmond-andean-explorer March 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 117

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Four hotels where you can improve your cooking skills as well as relaxing and seeing the sights 1 BALLYMALOE, IRELAND Combine a short course – from anything between half a day and a week – at Darina Allen’s renowned cookery school with a stay at the County Cork country-house hotel. ballymaloe.com 2 BAUMANIÈRE LES BAUX, FRANCE Stay at the famous Provence address, dine in its gastronomic restaurant, L’Oustau de Baumanière, and learn the culinary secrets of its chef/patron, Jean-André Charial at classes that run throughout the year. baumaniere.com 3 NEELESHWAR HERMITAGE, INDIA Each afternoon at this barefoot luxury Kerala retreat, where boutique chic meets Vedic wellness, guests can take part in a health conscious cookery class, using seasonal ingredients. abchapriretreats.in 4 PALAIS AMANI, FEZ Shop with the chef in the market, then in its pretty, specially 3 constructed kitchen and café, learn to cook a Fez-style tagine and eat it for lunch. palaisamani.com

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THE HOTEL WIZARD Move over Marrakech, it’s Fez time, says Fiona Duncan

HOP TO FEZ

The ancient medina of Fez

TEN REASONS WHY I LOVE

PALAIS AMANI, Fez, Morocco

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The sense of space, lofty ceilings and Art Deco touches at Fez’s largest riad, converted into a characterful hotel by an English/ Moroccan couple in 2010.

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The internal garden, an orange grove surrounding a fountain where you breakfast and dine…

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The spacious bedrooms, especially the one with its own roof terrace….

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… Next to the hotel’s main roof terrace, with bar, sofas, sun loungers and great terracotta urns filled with herbs, palms and bougainvillea.

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From here, the mysterious, magical medina of Fez is spread out before you…

Few of us consider Fez for a short break, but now that Air Arabia Maroc has introduced flights from Gatwick, plus Ryanair’s existing service from Stansted, it’s a great chance to visit. Founded in the 9th century, the World Heritage medina is the largest car-free urban space anywhere, and site of the world’s oldest university. Take a guide such as Fouad Zit (ask at Palais Amani) and you won’t get lost in the network of 9,500 alleys. All in all, a heady assault on the senses.

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… Waiting for you to discover the kaleidoscopic colour of the shops, stalls, mosques, médersas, fountains and tanneries within the medina’s walls.

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Listen to the swoop and fall of the call to prayer and watch the swoop and fall of thousands of swifts and swallows at sunset.

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The traditional hammam: scrub, mud, buckets of water = babysoft skin and whistle clean.

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The touchingly ingénue and eager-to-please young staff, keen to succeed in life. Doubles from £212. palaisamani.com

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ON THE TRAVEL RADAR Travel writer Jeremy Seal, author of A Fez of the Heart, hosts delightful cultural holidays in Turkey. The Shores of Lycia in early October is an archaeological tour by gulet, while Ephesus and the Meander Valley is land-based. Both tours are available from Bath-based Heritage Group Travel. grouptravel.co.uk

Travellers along South Africa’s Garden Route take note: ocean-front Morukuru Beach Lodge is a five-suite, eco-friendly property set in the stunning De Hoop Nature Reserve. Opening July. morukuru.com

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FOOD & TRAVEL ABOVE: Camber Sands BELOW: Cobblestoned Rye

THE ESSENTIALS

RENT Rent the magnificent, five-bed House in Hastings, an ex-sea captain’s home in the Old Town that has been filtered through the surreal imagination of designer Sean Clarkson. Go ‘home-tel’ and book a cook or selfcater in splendour and enjoy the kitsch surroundings and the groovy boutiques on the doorstep. Weekends from £1,650. houseinhastings.co.uk

THE WEEKENDER

THE EAST SUSSEX COAST

STAY For a rural boutique experience, check out Ramblinns, a group of three gems with idiosyncratic, ‘sheep shack chic’ interiors, quirky suites and delicious fare from farm, marsh and shore. From £90 per night. ramblinns.com

It’s hipper than hip down south, says Matt Forbes-Dale

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ith its mix of eerie marshland, the UK’s only designated ‘desert’ (at Dungeness), dreamy dunes and cool, coastal towns, plus a fast train from St Pancras, East Sussex offers much for the staycationer. Go out of season and it’s a quietly romantic balance – whether you’re into windsurfing, wintry beach walks, culture, crafts or just craft beers. The once scruffy Hastings is now a hipster haven with its inspirational Jerwood Gallery (jerwoodgallery.org) nestled among the old, dark fishing huts, a swanky new pier tailor-made for pop-ups and performances, and arguably the country’s coolest cinema just further up the beach in St Leonards (kino-teatr.co.uk). If you rent out the wonderfully eclectic House at Hasting all this will be on your doorstep. Nearby in historic Rye, check out Lamb House where Henry James

BUY once resided and the Rye Pottery (ryepottery.co.uk), now enjoying a mid-century-cool renaissance, plus fun eateries all big on the local-is-best ethos. Less wellknown beauty spots include Hastings Country Park, the rock-pooled, Blyton-esque beach at Pett Level (where Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes video was filmed) and Rye Harbour, where tapas or fish ’n’ chips at the cosy William the Conqueror beckon after a circular stroll through the incredibly tranquil bird sanctuary down to Winchelsea Beach and back. Outward bounders can enjoy splendid windsurfing at Camber Sands, while further afield lies the mysterious Dungeness, where the miraculous and inspiring desert garden at Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage is still lovingly tended by partner Keith Collins, and you can visit open artists’ studios and lunch at the fantastic Snack Shack (dungenesssnackshack.net).

Ethel Loves Me is a new Rye concept store and gallery space hosting unusual art exhibitions and supplying quirky crafts, interior inspirations, unique gifts and ingenious upcycled work by local creatives. Check out their online archive of collectable prints too. ethelloves.me

EAT The Gallivant has won culinary awards and is a great place to enjoy a leisurely lunch after a Camber Sands beach walk or kitesurfing session. Almost all the menu is sourced from within a 15-mile radius. thegallivant.co.uk

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FOOD & TRAVEL

NEWS

GASTRO GOSSIP

THIS MONTH

Get in a pickle in the Cotswolds

FIX UP, LOOK SHARP

A chef is only as good as their knife, so here’s hoping to major improvements with one of Dovedale Designs’ Japanese-style blades. Hand-forged in South East London, each Damascus steel blade is folded over 400 times for strength and is finished with an English bog oak handle that could date back as far as 3,000BC. Probably too precious to actually use in the kitchen. £855. dovedaledesignstudio.com

GUT FEELING

Do your tummy a favour with a half-day crash course in fermented food at The Cookery School at Daylesford (21 March). Although kefir, kombucha and kimchi are run of the mill these days (at least if you shop at Whole Foods), the tutors here can take you through more unusual ferments like kvass, a Slavic fermented drink made from rye bread. £95. daylesford.com

IRISH FLING

Instead of just knocking back a few pints of Guinness on 17 March, celebrate with a little more decorum. Bentley’s is hosting a special feast in honour of the patron saint, using produce from Richard Corrigan’s Irish estate. £70pp. 16–17 March. bentleys.org

MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN It would be very hard to say no to a ring from William and Son’s Lumiere collection, particularly when the purchase of a piece from its first bridal range includes dinner à deux at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester on the Table Lumière, where lovebirds are concealed from prying eyes by a curtain made from 4,500 lights. williamandson.com

1 BUY Self-restraint is impossible at Panzer’s, North London’s favourite grocers since 1944 and newly relaunched on Circus Road. panzers.co.uk 2 READ Osteria – the ultimate recipe by recipe guide to the Italian slow food movement. Rizzoli, £33 3 DRINK Turbo-charged tomatoes – pickle juice bloody Marys are unbeatable. £2.95.thepicklehouse.com 4 EAT Embark on an expedition with foraging expert Henry Ashby at The Whitebrook. £50pp. thewhitebrook.co.uk

GRAPE EXPECTATIONS It’s no secret that English vineyards are giving the French a run for their money and that there has been an explosion in craft distilleries. Now Kent vineyard Chapel Down has had the ripe idea of blending both markets together. It has produced its first gin and vodka, made by distilling the grape skins from a single vintage year. From £32. chapeldown.com 122 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | March 2018

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FOOD & TRAVEL RECIPE

Q&A

BIG UP THE BASS

MARTIN MORALES Founder of Ceviche and Andina

Martin Morales’ ceviche will take your tastebuds to the Andes

CEVICHE ANDINO

This is one of our most iconic dishes at Andina. Although associated with the coast, ceviches are in fact eaten all over Peru, especially in the Andes, where there is a wide variety of river fish. In this recipe, we have brought together some key Andina ingredients to create a ceviche that sings with authenticity.

Best thing about Peruvian food? You won’t find another country in the world with such a variety of unique flavours, native ingredients, traditional dishes, ancient cooking techniques, influences and fusions. What can we eat there on a shoestring budget? Go to the city of Arequipa and eat at their top Picanterias – these are family-run restaurants selling delicious soul food. … and the best restaurant to splash out on? For something truly memorable I’d chose Ámaz. It’s one of Peru’s top restaurants, run by Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Its focus is on Amazonian influences and the dishes and décor are exquisite.

INGREDIENTS SERVES FOUR

» 1 large red onion, finely sliced » 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1.5cm dice

» 600g skinless sea bass fillets, cut » » » » » »

into 1.5cm dice A few coriander leaves, finely chopped, plus a few extra leaves to serve 1 large avocado, cut into 1.5cm dice 12 physalis, halved 2 tsp cancha corn or pistachios, crushed Salt 4 tbsp coriander herb oil (see below) AMARILLO TIGER’S MILK

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» 5mm piece of ginger » 1 garlic clove, halved » 4 coriander sprigs » Juice of 12 limes, plus extra to taste » 2 tsp amarillo chilli paste (see below) CORIANDER HERB OIL

» 5 coriander sprigs » 5 tbsp olive oil

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AMARILLO CHILLI PASTE 1 tbsp olive oil ¼ onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 amarillo (or medium heat red) chillies, deseeded and finely chopped

METHOD

Make the coriander herb oil by blitzing the ingredients together with a stick blender. For the amarillo chilli paste, heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion for 7–8 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and chilli and fry for 2–3 minutes. Season to taste and allow to cool completely. Blitz to a smooth paste. To make the tiger’s milk, put the ginger, garlic, coriander and lime juice in a bowl. Stir and leave to infuse for ten mins. Strain through a sieve and add chilli paste and ½ tsp salt. Taste to check the balance of flavours and add more salt, chilli or lime juice if necessary. Soak onion slices in iced water for five mins, drain and lay out on kitchen paper to dry completely. Bring a small pan of water to the boil. Salt the water then add the sweet potato cubes. Simmer until just tender (about 5–7 mins). Drain and set aside. Put the sea bass in the bowl with the tiger’s milk for one minute, then add the onion slices, coriander, avocado, physalis and sweet potato. Turn all the components over very gently (you do not want the sweet potato or avocado to break up), then divide between four bowls. Season to taste and serve with crushed cancha corn, coriander leaves and coriander herb oil.

Favourite ingredient that is currently in season? Artichokes for a delicious, seasonal artichoke pie. Fluffy, crusty, creamy and delicious. Biggest mistake in the kitchen? Many pastries and cakes. I’m not great at baking as you need to have a level of love for science. Most memorable meal out? At La Nueva Palomino for my birthday last year. Twenty Picantera women organised a lunch for me, each bringing a dish they had cooked. We ate, we talked, we laughed, we danced, we sang. Unforgettable. Who would you most like to cook for? I’d invite Martin Luther King, Bob Dylan, Victor Jara and Bob Marley for Sunday lunch: a mushroom and broad bean soup called Kapchi De Setas, an Andean classic. Do you have any unusual rules? We have a saying: ‘Aquí se cocina con cariño.’ It means here we cook with love. So, everything we do in our kitchen should be thoughtful, considered and caring.

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FOOD & TRAVEL

R E S TA U R A N T R E V I E W S

FORK & FIELD They are classics for a reason, says Anastasia Bernhardt

KNIGHTSBRIDGE NIGHTS New to the neighbourhood

COUNTRY

WILD CARROT, Hampshire

In the event of nuclear fallout, you will find me at the Four Seasons in Hampshire. For all the off-the-cuff charm of the new wave of hotels, nothing soothes frayed nerves faster than the comforting parameters of English country house formality. In this eventuality, you don’t want fussy fare; fortunately the hotel’s just-opened restaurant fits that bill with a stately slant on comfort classics that begins with Martin Brudnizki’s design for the dining room (think classic English country house but with a dialled up colour palette) and ends with syrupy sticky toffee pudding. Side-step dishes with international influence (like the mango lobster salad – £31 as a starter) for rôtisserie plates served straight up with skinny fries: Himalayan salt dry aged rib eye, glazed Greenfield pork belly and Oxfordshire lamb rack all cut the mustard. Rôtisserie mains, from £20. fourseasons.com

DININGS SW3 Marylebone’s top-hit Japanese has opened just off Walton Street, offering Izakaya with a European hint. It’s best to go with the chef’s recommendations – with around 80 dishes on the menu you could be reading it for a while. You’ll be richly rewarded with fatty tuna belly, wagyu slivers seared on a hot stone at the table and plum margaritas that will knock your socks off. dinings.co.uk

TOWN

DISHES OF THE MONTH…

The Good Egg’s Alex Coppard and Joel Braham

1 Sunday roasts at Hero of Maida – Henry Harris’ new pub equals instant hit. theheromaidavale.co.uk 2 An aubergine sabih at The Good Egg’s new joint is a wake-up ritual. thegoodegg.co 3 Wood-fire grilled fish dishes that are geographically somewhere between Wales and Basque Country at Brat in E2. Genius. bratrestaurant.com

HARRY’S DOLCE VITA Sophia Loren called and asked for her restaurant back – Caprice Holdings has smashed it again with an homage to 1950s Italian glamour pusses. Chef Diego Cardoso was at Murano’s helm, so you can’t beat his fresh-made pasta (better with shavings of truffle). Save room for the tiramisu and glass of homemade limoncello. Buon appetito. harrysdolcevita.com

OSTERIA ROMANA Sensibly priced home-style cooking might not be what you expect from the area, but that is exactly what you get at this friendly neighbourhood Italian. Specialising in Roman food, the cacio e pepe is not to be missed, nor is the cheeky glass of Amaro Montenegro to finish. A real hidden gem and about to become the worstkept local secret. osteriaromana.co.uk

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THE SQUARE, W1

Speaking of classics, The Square has weathered London’s fickle scene better than most. After 25 years under the legendary Phil Howard (and a brief hiccup under Yu Sugimoto), Marlon Abela (behind nearby Umu and The Greenhouse) has pulled it bang up to date with Clément Leroy’s light-as-a-feather French cooking, which feels as fresh as its minimalist new look. Imitating local art galleries with tactile polished concrete walls, art connoisseurs might note the centrepiece fashioned from tablecloth fabrics by artists of the moment Oscar Murillo and David Altmejd, but gourmands will be far too distracted by what’s on the plate – especially if it features the dainty black truffled buckwheat tortellini with lardo di colonnata and equally delicate broth. If you always fall foul of filling up on bread, beware the second bread course. Tasting menu, £110. squarerestaurant.com

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PROMOTION

ALPINE ESCAPE

Superb skiing, gastronomic delights and state-of-the-art accommodation at boutique chalet hotel Severin’s

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ocated in Stubenbach, in the Lech Am Alberg region, Severin’s offers unsurpassed luxury in one of Europe’s chicest resorts. Traditional design elements meet contemporary touches like a vintage Tyrolian timber and copper roof effortlessly blending with Minotti furniture, and high-tech suites equipped with Loews sound systems and iPad wall activations, while original Lichtensteins adorn the walls. This boutique chalet hotel has nine super-suites, where guests can soak up the sunshine from their own private terrace with stunning mountain views, while three are easily adapted for families and feature cosy bunk-beds. Those looking for privacy and flexibility can opt for Severin’s four-bedroom Private Residence, with a home cinema, ultra modern kitchen, grand piano and hot-tub. Guests can hit the slopes in style, kitted out by Lech’s swanky store Strolz, with the added bonus of warm toes, thanks to Severin’s heated ski lockers. Recent lift developments connect Lech with St Anton, making the Arlberg region Austria’s largest inter-

connected ski area. Lech is also linked to Warth-Schröcken, a littleknown neighbouring resort which enjoys the highest average annual snowfall of any in Europe. Fresh mountain air calls for excellent dining and Severin’s doesn’t disappoint. Guests can enjoy a glamorous après-ski at the hotel’s Alpine inspired bar, followed by a taste of Austria in the restaurant. Michelin-starred Stephan Kriegelstein creates contemporary yet unpretentious dishes that provide insight into the culinary traditions of the Arlberg region. There’s also a state-of-the-art Technogym, underground swimming pool equipped with a waterfall and underwater bubble lounge as well as a sauna, steam room and infra-red cabin. Spa and beauty treatments are available on request and the hotel also as its own hair salon. BOOK IT: From €690 per night in a Junior Suite, and €4,990 in the Residence, inclusive of welcome champagne, breakfast and dinner daily. +43 (0) 5583339070; severins-lech.at/en

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PROPERTY HOUSE OF THE MONTH What is unique about it? Set back behind two sets of private gates on top of the Big Horn Mountains, it has knock-out views of Palm Desert and the sprawling Coachella Valley below. This is a desert retreat like no other, accessed by a breathtaking drive through sun-kissed canyons. With only a handful of homes in this community, the Gucci House is the grande dame of the high desert. Any juicy history? Patricia Gucci – the Italian fashion house’s love child – custom built this home for her family. Who would like living here? The current owners have embraced nature as a force of tranquility and a means to escape the bustle of life, yet it’s also just a short drive from the shopping and dining of El Paseo. How would you describe its style? Mediterranean chic – think Morocco meets Santorini. What is the party set up like? Excellent because of the effortless flow between the rooms but best of all is the large chef’s kitchen, which means there’s proper provision for the caterers.

Palma Seco Circle, Mountain Center, California Price: $7m 10 bedrooms 11 bathrooms 10,885 sq/ft 18.58 acres

What is the garden like? Not only is the property surrounded by natural desert, it also has the the most incredible natural rock formations that look like they could have come from Mars. Best nearby shops? Often referred to as the ‘Rodeo Drive of the desert’, there’s no shortage of designer shops in El Paseo, from Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue to Tiffany & Co – and, of course, Gucci. What’s most notable about the local community? It’s a popular destination for snowbirds, families who want a holiday home and music festival-goers. So, what’s the downside? If you can’t stand the heat in the summer (over 40˚C) then you should stay out of the desert. The current owner says… ‘This is a home that must be experienced to understand the power and the energy, both healing and creative.’ 020 7016 3740; savills.com

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The French Riviera is back with a bang

W H Y B U Y I N . ..

THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

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ith it’s sun-kissed light, balmy temperatures and rolling vineyards, it’s no wonder that the South of France is still one of the favourite second-home destinations for British buyers. According to Anthony Lassman of property finders Nota Bene Global, southern France’s star is only rising; those who might have previously toyed with Ibiza or Croatia are setting their sights back on Provence and the Côte d’Azur. ‘It’s coming back into fashion,’ he says. ‘People appreciate the fact it’s not just a resort location but somewhere with a year-round life, a sense of history and that’s so easy to get to from Britain.’ The Macron effect has helped bring confidence back to the South of France, according to Jack Harris of Knight Frank. ‘For the past six years the market has been in the doldrums but it has now stabilised and buyers are seeing it as a base for price growth,’ he says. After Paris, it is St-Rémy-de-Provence that has experienced the biggest price rises over the past 12 months, increasing five per cent when the average for the region is two to three per cent. Buyers are also drawn to the high rents that properties can command in this part of France between May and October. ‘It helps towards the cost of running a second home,’ Harris continues. If Lassman could choose to invest anywhere in the South of France he’d buy on the Côte d’Azur, ideally a house on one of the exclusive domaines near St Tropez such as Le Capon. ‘You’re moments from the beaches, the town and also some

beautiful hilltop villages,’ he says. Properties on the Côte d’Azur don’t come cheap, however. Those with a budget of less than €1m can forget about owning property in St Tropez or one of the Caps, says Fleur Buckley of French Entrée. There are, however, more affordable alternatives if you are prepared to look slightly outside these hotspots. Properties around Le Cap Taillat near Ramatuelle, for example, tend to be cheaper than those near St Tropez, says Lassman, while enjoying the same coastline, and at Port Grimaud, five kilometres away, townhouses are available for under the million mark and moorings are 25 per cent cheaper. ‘It has a serene, Provençal atmosphere, and the glamour of St Tropez is just a short water-taxi ride away,’ says Charles Antoine Sialelli of Athena Advisors. ‘It has always struck a chord with British buyers as its one of the most beautiful spots on the French Riviera.’ The nearby villages of Vence, Valbonne and Tourrettes-sur-Loup are also a good investment, according to Buckley. ‘Heading inland will not only give you a refreshing break from summer crowds but you will usually pay less too,’ she continues. Tourrettes-sur-Loup is a particularly affordable option – there are village houses available for less than €400,000. Away from the buzz of the coast, St-Rémy-de-Provence is another prime second-home destination, according to Harris. Not only does it have a strong and stable property market but, as with Nice and Cannes on the Riviera, it has a year-round life. ‘The train from London to nearby Avignon is a great draw and the landscape

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This area has always been beloved by the Brits but, with restored confidence in the country, it’s seeing a property resurgence, says Anna Tyzack

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PROPERTY

WHEN IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE... E AT Chez Eric An unpretentious Corsican restaurant in the picturesque village of Montfuron with panoramic views and the best burata in the South of France. +33 4927 77532 S TAY Oustau de Baumanière Set among the villages and vineyards where Van Gogh and Cézanne found inspiration, this boutique hotel is famed for its cuisine and light airy rooms. baumaniere.com SHOP Lourmarin A quintessential Provençal town, with cobbled streets, chic boutiques and cafés and the best Friday market in the area. lourmarin.com DRINK

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Whispering Angel The lightest pink rosé from La Motte en Provence region, dangerously drinkable and highly revered by critics. esclans.com

is more Mediterranean than other parts of the region,’ he says. ‘Plus, there are excellent hotels, restaurants and shops.’ Again, prices are high here – from €2m for a fourbedroom house with a pool; those on a smaller budget should look to L’Isle sur la Sorgue, about 40 minutes away, Harris says, which is an important centre for antiques and is also vibrant all year round. Further off the beaten track, the eastern Luberon is beautifully quiet and unspoilt. Villages such as Grambois, St-Martin-dela-Brasque and Ansouis are surrounded by vines and open countryside yet Marseille airport is less than an hour away. ‘It’s the same Provençal lifestyle without such a high price tag,’ says Buckley. Houses are cheaper here and you can find Peter Mayle-style farmhouses to restore – although Buckley warns of high renovation costs in this part of France. ‘You need to have the necessary funds, vision and energy to pull it off,’ she says. If you’re prepared to cross the border from Provence into the Languedoc-Roussillon, you can expect to find similar properties costing ten to 20 per cent less. The area, according to Buckley, has a similar climate to Provence yet is less populated and more affordable. The town of Arles, with its historic bullring, is becoming an increasingly popular destination for British buyers, as is Mirepoix, which has pretty timber-framed buildings. The town of Céret, in the southernmost part of the area, half an hour from Perpignan airport. The town itself is quintessentially French with cobbled streets shaded by giant plane trees and there is a highly regarded weekly market but it also has a Catalan influence due to its proximity to the Spanish border. Picasso and Salvador Dalí both spent time here; there are a number of Picasso’s works showcased in the Museum of Modern Art. Apartments here cost from €130,000 and, for around €350,000, you can purchase a traditional stone-built farmhouse with Catalan influence. A fourbedroom country house with separate annexe and indoor pool is on the market for €590,000 (frenchentree.com). Whether you’re buying in a lesser-known area or on the Riviera, it’s crucial to pick the best location you can, according to Alex Balkin of Savills. ‘Best in class properties are close to international airports and have access to technology such as broadband,’ he says. ‘People like to be connected these days, even when they’re on holiday.’ In this respect, some might argue that the infrastructure in the South of France is rather too efficient.

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Côte d’Azur, Port Grimaud In a private wooded park above Grimaud’s harbour, Jardins d’Adelaïde features studios to six-bedroom villas, all benefiting from high-end finishes and a great deal of privacy. €180,000. athenaadvisers.com

St Tropez A five-bedroom villa with pool near the buzzing market town of Cogolin and 20 minutes from St Tropez. It’s set in 2.4 acres of gardens with views over the Massif des Maures mountain range. €1.6m. aylesford.com

Languedoc-Roussillon A beautiful mas in Arles-sur-Tech with landscaped gardens and stunning views of the Pyrénées. It has a state-of-the-art kitchen, ten en-suite bedrooms, two cottages and an infinity pool. £1.6m. savills.com

St-Rémy-de-Provence This beautifully renovated four-bed mas in Les Alpilles is the ultimate Provençal home, with contemporary living spaces, landscaped gardens – with olive trees, lavender fields and fountains – and a wonderful setting. £2.1m. knightfrank.com St Tropez

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PROPERTY Hopwood Dupree

MY HOUSE

LIVE LIKE HOPWOOD...

HOPWOOD DEPREE The LA-based actor has inherited a British country pile Where was your first home? In the Hollywood Hills – a Spanish-style home built in 1923 that was full of classic Old Hollywood charm. Best thing about it? There were lots of amusing stories about it dating back to the Golden era of Hollywood, so I always felt creatively charged living there. Worst thing about it? Every year on Oscar Sunday the helicopter traffic above was chaotic. If you didn’t understand what was happening you would have thought it was a war zone.

Where do you live now? I have moved to Middleton, Greater Manchester and am settling into Hopwood Hall, built by my ancestors in the 1400s. It is a restoration project that will take years to complete.

Hopwood’s kitchen is painted in Greyhound

timbers behind the walls date back to 1426.

If you could buy a second home where and what would it be? I still have a home in Michigan, USA. It was built by relatives a hundred years ago.

Where do you see yourself living in the future? I am completely enamored with the Hopwood Hall of the future. I want to turn it into an arts and filming destination that will draw people from near and far.

What do you love most about it? The

If money was no object, where would you live in London? If the Queen

history of living in such an old home is incredible.

Favourite room in the house? The oak parlour. It has floor-to-ceiling intricate Jacobean hand-carvings and the

THE STARTER HOME California, USA, £830,000 In the heart of Hollywood Lakes, this rustic house is perfect for a budding movie star, with a pool, summer kitchen, gym/garage and four bedrooms. The beach is just a five-minute walk away. christiesrealestate.com

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ever decides to rent out a wing of Buckingham Palace, count me in! What colour is your kitchen? My kitchen in Michigan is painted a colour called Greyhound. I am currently working with Jerwoodwinning artist Adam Dant to recreate some of the beautiful historical colours and murals in Hopwood Hall.

THE FOREVER HOME Michigan, USA, £2.83m A recently refurbished home in the exclusive Bloomfield Hills in Michigan, surrounded by parkland and gardens of 1.5 acres. There is an impressive kitchen with 20ft island and steam oven and a master suite with his and hers separate bathrooms and steam shower. Freshwater pool and four-car heated garage. christiesrealestate.com

What has been your most extravagant purchase? Robes and towels. I am kidding but I get weak for a good robe.

Whose house would you most like to see inside? The technological enhancements in Bill Gates’ home sound incredible.

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THE BANK BREAKER Oxfordshire, UK, £18m Kingstone Lisle Park is the ultimate country estate in Oxfordshire with formal gardens, pheasant shoot, golf course and parkland. The main house has a billiard room, sweeping staircase and 13 bedrooms and there are also four cottages, pool, tennis court and lakes. knightfrank.com

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1 TUSCANY Italy

A 13th-century Tuscan wine estate overlooking the Chianti Classico Hills, formerly a convent for girls and later owned by Dutch painter, Karel Appel, whose sculpture The Horse still stands in the garden. There are two villas, three atelier apartments and another historic dwelling with four apartments. Add in formal gardens, three swimming pools, as well as olive groves, vineyards and a forest. £11m. christiesrealestate.com

TOWN 3CAPE South Africa

LANGUEDOCROUSSILLON 2France FIVE OF THE BEST

HOMES FOR WINE LOVERS

A magnificent Cape Dutch homestead and wine farm with stunning views over the Constantia Valley and Groot Constantia. The four-bed house overlooks the vines and features high ceilings and sash windows. There are two garden cottages, pool, tennis court, stabling and a staff cottage. It’s possible to ride or walk for miles through the surrounding vineyards and there is also a state-of-the-art security system. £3.88m. christiesrealestate.com

If wine is your thing, what could be more rewarding than producing your own? Here are some of the finest boutique wineries on the market…

4 BORDEAUX France

The ultimate hobby vineyard, situated on a south-facing slope about 35 minutes from the centre of Bordeaux. The main house is beautiful with large reception rooms, a modern kitchen and four bedrooms. There is also a guest cottage and a swimming pool. It’s the winery that is the selling feature, though: there are 4.85 ha of vines already planted and the possibility to plant more, plus a new winery with a barrel store and tasting area. € 3.1m. christiesrealestate.com

Near Carcassonne, this 19th-century Maison de Maître is surrounded by its own vineyards and includes two gîtes and a wine storehouse. The house is filled with original features and has a shaded terrace with views over the vines, which produce chardonnay and merlot. It’s not far from the Canal du Midi, beaches and airport and you can see the peaks of the Pyrenees in the distance. £355,000. frenchentree.com

5STELLENBOSCH South Africa

A boutique wine farm in the revered Stellenbosch wine country with spectacular views over Cape Town and the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains. The five-bed house is opulently decorated and features a beautiful kitchen and gym, plus a vinothèque/ wine cellar for entertaining and a guest wing. The vineyards, reached across landscaped gardens with heated pool, are planted to high value shiraz and cabernet sauvignon vines under drip irrigation. £4.7m. savills.com

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Lennox Gardens, Knightsbridge SW1X A bright penthouse on this elegant garden square

KnightFrank.co.uk/knightsbridge knightsbridge@knightfrank.com 020 7591 8600

Located on one of Knightsbridge's finest garden squares, the three bedroom apartment is on the fourth floor of this period building ( lift access) and provides a large open plan reception room with a dining area. The apartment also benefits from exceptional views and access to the communal gardens. 3 bedrooms (1 en suite), family bathroom, reception/dining room, kitchen, lift, communal garden. EPC: E. Approximately: 174 sq m (1,879 sq ft).

Leasehold: approximately 86 years remaining

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Eaton Row, Belgravia SW1 Double fronted freehold mews house with terrace

KnightFrank.co.uk/belgravia belgravia@knightfrank.com 020 3641 5908

A wide, low built mews house situated in this quiet cul-de-sac address located st off aton q are. his contemporary property provides ease of living and plenty of light. aster s ite, f rther edrooms, athrooms, entrance hall, reception/dining room, st dy room, kitchen, garage, terrace, gym, spa area. . Approximately 69 sq m ( ,896 sq ft).

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Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster SW1 A Grade I listed unmodernised property with direct views of St James's Park

KnightFrank.co.uk/belgravia belgravia@knightfrank.com 020 3641 5908

A unique opportunity to acquire an unmodernised house, with full planning permission in place, on one of London’s most architecturally striking streets. The permissions allow for 5 bedrooms, grand reception rooms, kitchen, media room/gym, lift access to all floors, garden and private terrace. Approximately 689 sq m (7,411 sq ft).  Freehold

Guide price: £12,950,000

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Earlsfield Road, Wandsworth SW18 A unique 6 bedroom house with high ceilings and 90ft garden

KnightFrank.co.uk/wandsworth wandsworth@knightfrank.com 020 3641 7731

A magnificent period home with a contemporary design with off street parking located close to Wandsworth Common. 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (2 en suite), drawing room, dining room, kitchen/dining room, family/play room, media/family room, games room, utility room, downstairs cloakroom, dressing room, airing cupboard, 90 ft garden, off street parking, garage, secure side access, 2 garden sheds. EPC: D. Approximately: 474.20 sq m (5104.25 sq ft). Freehold

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1 A MAGNIFICENT PERIOD PROPERTY holbeach st. matthew, spalding, lincolnshire 4 reception rooms ø 7 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø outbuildings with games room, fitness room, kitchen, farm offices ø garaging ø floodlit hard tennis court ø about 6.1 acres ø further 13.8 acres by separate negotiation ø EPC rating = F

Longstaffs Spalding

Savills Lincoln

Christopher Longstaff crml@longstaff.com

Rupert Fisher rfisher@savills.com

01775 765536

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Guide £699,950 Freehold

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Okeford Fitzpaine Dorset Guide Price: ÂŁ1,600,000

Situated in a lovely village between Sherborne and Blandford is this very fine former Rectory. The property has beautifully proportioned, light rooms, and is peacefully set within a largely walled garden overlooking the Church. Set in circa 1.25 acres. EPC: Exempt.

Sherborne 01935 812 323 Sherborne@humberts.com

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Tenterden Kent Guide Price: ÂŁ1,750,000

An opportunity to acquire a detached family home in need of updating, with a separate one bedroom annexe, sitting in its own parkland of circa 52 acres and offering wonderful countryside views. EPC: E.

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Nr BridportWest Dorset Guide Price: ÂŁ1,650,000

A Georgian mill house and a former water mill dating from the 17th and 18th centuries have been joined to create this fine property set in beautiful riverside gardens and grounds of approx. 6.5 acres, occupying a secluded setting in a highly sought-after picturesque village.

Bridport 01308 422 215 Bridport@humberts.com

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Bedford Bedford Gardens, Gardens, W8 W8 £4,950,000 £4,950,000 Once Once Dame Dame Marie Marie Rambert’s Rambert’sballet balletstudio, studio,this thisimpressive impressiveGrade GradeIIIIlisted, listed,Georgian Georgianmaisonette maisonette features features aa vast vast double-height double-height entertaining entertainingspace spaceand andone-of-a-kind one-of-a-kindinterior interiordesign. design.Freehold. Freehold.EPC=G EPC=G •• Grade Grade IIII listed listed •• Terraced Terracedperiod periodproperty property••Immaculate Immaculatespecification specification Kensington Kensington sales: sales: 020 0208033 80339025 9025sales.kns@marshandparsons.co.uk sales.kns@marshandparsons.co.uk

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Bedford Gardens, W8 £5,950,000

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Duncan Terrace, N1 £5,250,000

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An presentedEdwardian six bedroom family home, located in Thisexceptionally substantial,well six bedroom, residence is positioned onan a impressive private plotgated development, withinwalking easy access to Twyford and Maidenhead Railway Stations. and located within distance of Crowthorne Village Centre. EPC – E. EPC: C

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Fryerning Shenfi eld • Essex Brentwood CM15 Guide Price Price £3,250,000 £3,850,000 Guide A striking double bedroom, four reception Located infive the picturesque Essex countryside andGrade II listed period property to date back 500this years. accessed discreetly via athought scenic half mile driveway, This charming residence is originally to be 3by stunning and impressive residence has thought been occupied cottages, now providing flow of interesting the same family for nearly a a fantastic century. The property is set and extensive living space over of two floors. The in a mature andfamily well established garden approximately 7.5acres acre plot comprises grounds mixedseven 5.3 (STLS). The mainformal residence comprises sympathetically with including paddocksthe (benefitting from a substantial bedrooms master suite, being second access), ponds and a substantial made upseparate of the principal bedroom, his and hers walk lake. Numerous outbuildings, tennis court, doubleofgarage in dressing rooms and en-suite. The remainder the and detached one annexe. Equestrian property is made upbedroom of seven reception rooms, pool potential. EPC Exempt house, stabling, numerous outbuildings and an all weather tennis court. EPC Exempt.

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Fryerning Essex • Essex CM3 Chelmsford Guide Price £3,850,000 Guide Price £2,950,000 A striking fivemock double bedroom, four reception Grade This stunning Tudor residence, dating back to the II listed1900s, periodbenefi property thought to date 500 down years.a early ts from not being listed.back Situated This charming is originally thought be 3 tranquil countryresidence lane the property is bordered byto a mature cottages, now providing a fantasticofflow of interesting tree line running the entire perimeter the property to create extensiveand family living space over two floors. The aand picturesque serene setting. The main residence is made 7.5ofacre plotproportioned comprises formal grounds mixed up six well bedrooms with the principal sympathetically with paddocks (benefitting fromwith a an suite being located in the West wing of the property second separate access), ponds and a substantial lake. impressive double aspect over the mature formal gardens Numerous tennis court, double garage beyond. EPCoutbuildings, Awaiting. and detached one bedroom annexe. Equestrian

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Cotswolds and Oxfordshire Property

HORNTON

GUIDE PRICE £1,300,000

• Exceptional site with planning permission for 7 bedroom stone house

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NR  HAWLING

GUIDE PRICE £1,300,000

• Beautiful Listed house in 2.6 acres with separate cottage

• Elevated position with stunning views

• 5 bedrooms over 3 floors

• 10 acres of paddocks. Further land available

• Updated kitchen and bath/shower rooms

• Superb traditional design

• Extensive beams, open fireplace, stone floors

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• Excellent garden for entertaining outdoors

• Just over 4,000 sq ft. Accommodation over 3 floors coNtAct

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• A handsome 5 bedroom family home with far reaching views

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CURBRIDGE

GUIDE PRICE £1,300,000

• A classic Grade II Listed Georgian style house

Avillage beautifully Cotswold country•Stone house closely connected to London • Attractive with popularpresented pub andAeasy access to Cheltenham Separate two bedroom barn conversion Handsome Cotswold Family House WHITTINGTON, GLOUCESTERSHIRE • Cotswold stone fireplace & woodburner, kitchen with Aga • 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast toom ALDSWORTH, CHELTENHAM London about 1.5 hours, A40/M40

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GUIDE PRICE £1,300,000

• Exceptional site with planning permission for 7 bedroom stone house

www.butlersherborn.co.uk

NR  HAWLING

GUIDE PRICE £1,300,000

• Beautiful Listed house in 2.6 acres with separate cottage

• Elevated position with stunning views

• 5 bedrooms over 3 floors

• 10 acres of paddocks. Further land available

• Updated kitchen and bath/shower rooms

• Superb traditional design

• Extensive beams, open fireplace, stone floors

• Outbuildings and stable yard

• Excellent garden for entertaining outdoors

• Just over 4,000 sq ft. Accommodation over 3 floors coNtAct

• Surrounded by arable fields and woodland. EPC - E

Stow-on-the-Wold 01451 830731 ben@butlersherborn.co.uk

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• A handsome 5 bedroom family home with far reaching views

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GUIDE PRICE £1,300,000

• A classic Grade II Listed Georgian style house

Avillage beautifully presented Cotswold connected to London • Attractive with A popular pub and easy access to Cheltenham • house Separate two bedroom barn conversion Stylish Family House Oncountry The Edge Of A closely Prime Cotswold Village WHITTINGTON, GLOUCESTERSHIRE • Cotswold stone fireplace & woodburner, kitchenBLEDINGTON, with Aga • 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast toom GLOUCESTERSHIRE

London about 1.5 hours, A40/M40 • Dining Room • Drawing Room • Playroom • Office • 5 double Bedrooms, 2 bath/shower Rooms • 4 Further Bedrooms (1 en-suite) • 2 additional Bathrooms

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Bedroom Annexe • Extensive Gardens • Store Building • Paddock and Views • 1.4 acres in all • Front & rearSeparate enclosed1 gardens • Garage, and swimming pool 2 bedroom coach house with stables, storesparking and courtyard. Kingham Station (London Paddington) 1 mile

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PRICE £2,250,000 SetGUIDE in about 1.8 acres.

Stow-on-the-Wold 01451 830731 coNtAct Burford 01993 822325 APPLY Elizabeth D’Allemagne Stow-on-the-Wold 01451 830 731 elizabeth@butlersherborn.co.uk GUIDE PRICE £4,000,000 sophie@butlersherborn.co.uk angus@butlersherborn.co.uk

APPLY

Cirencester office 01285 883740 London office 0207 839 0888

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Orchard House, Grantchester

UNRIVALLED COVERAGE AROUND CAMBRIDGE

Guide Price £950,000 - £1,000,000

A unique opportunity to acquire this historic detached residence located within the heart of this most desirable, highly sought after and picturesque village just 2.5 miles South West of the city. The property is for sale by auction on 14th March 2018 unless sold prior. Hall, boot room/utility, 3 reception rooms, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room, inner hall, cloaks / shower room. First floor landing, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Generous mature plot extending to about one fifth of an acre and off street parking. EER:E

Ivy Dene, Grantchester

Guide Price £475,000 - £500,000

Grade II Listed detached Victorian residence in need of sympathetic improvement/updating in a central and prime location in the heart of the village adjacent to Orchard House and is also for sale by auction on 14th March 2018 unless sold prior. Hall, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, first floor landing, 2 bedrooms, former bathroom. Gardens, outbuilding and off street parking.

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CAMBRIDGE ELY HAVERHILL NEWMARKET SAFFRON WALDEN LONDON

Ickleton

ÂŁ1,250,000

Stockton Lodge is a most impressive and substantial detached country residence of considerable charm and character occupying this semi-rural location on the outskirts of the village. It benefits from breath taking views over the adjoining countryside and stands comfortably within its own established grounds in all extending to approx. 0.67 acres with detached double garage. Accommodation comprising: Hall, w.c, 2 reception rooms, kitchen / breakfast room, utility room, study. Master bedroom suite with dressing room and en suite, bedroom 2 with en suite, 3 further bedrooms, family bathroom. Driveway, double garage, approx. 0.67 acres. EER:D

The Old Vicarage, Pampisford

ÂŁ1,500,000

The Old Vicarage is a handsome and imposing former Vicarage with brick and flint elevations under a slate tiled roof with versatile and well proportioned accommodation extending in all to about 5875 square feet and standing comfortably within its own established grounds in all extending to about 1.8 acres with outdoor tennis court and useful range of outbuildings and garaging. The property is located adjacent to St. John the Baptist Church. With halls, w.c, 3 reception rooms, conservatory, inner hall, utility room, kitchen / breakfast room, rear hall, pantry, study / living room, boot room, boiler room, cellar. 6 bedrooms, 1 with en suite, guest suite with en suite and dressing room. Separate toilet, bathroom, loft and driveway. EER:F

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Bray, Berkshire A truly unique and simply stunning home of immense charm and character with a separate annexe, finished to the highest of standards. EPC: D

£2,250,000 Freehold • • • • • •

4 bedrooms 2 reception rooms Super self contained annexe Beautiful landscaped gardens Bray village location No onward chain

Hamptons Maidenhead 01628 260219 | maidenhead@hamptons-int.com

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