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THE GOOD LIFE Alice B-B has image issues THE RURBANIST Elizabeth Hurley
Up Front 25
LOOK, IT’S TWINS! Italian brand Twinset has landed on the King’s Road 26 MONO RAIL Black and white 28 STYLE NOTEBOOK Steal Gillian Anderson’s style 30 LUCIA LOVES Bamford 32 MY STYLE Cashmere designer Madeleine Thompson 34 THE GOLD DIGGER Jewellery news 36 BRIGHT YOUNG THING Wallis Day 38 BEAUTY TEST Ultra Stem Cells Lifts facial treatment at Dr Rita Rakus 40 BODY & SOUL A year in health 42 WELL GROOMED Men’s style news
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THE DIARY What to do this month ARTS AGENDA Great autumn gigs GOOD READS Richard Hopton reviews four books set in and around London THE OLYMPIAN Sebastian Coe on the Ryder Cup ROAD TEST The VW California PASS THE PONY The children’s party bar is set pretty high SEEDER’S DIGEST Leaves are falling CONVERSATIONS AT SCARFES BAR Patti Boyd settles down at the bar
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SUITE DREAMS Fashion fantasies do come true. Photography by Christine Kreiselmaier WORKING GIRL Little did we know what Samantha Cameron got up to at Number 10. Alice B-B finds out LET’S GET FIZZICAL A crash course in Champagne BURMA BY BRUSHSTROKE Simon Ackroyd is on a mission to bring Burmese art to a western audience AT HOME WITH COUTURE The fashion and interiors crossover continues apace, says Amy Bradford
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On Design 105 Whether you’re looking to completely rip
out your kitchen or bathroom and start again, or just want some ideas on how to make those crucial spaces work better for you, these pages will have you cutting, sticking and pasting onto your mood board before you can say Quooker tap. There are top tips, case studies, the latest gizmos and gadgets, pampering ideas and plenty of shopping too... What are you waiting for?
The Insider 157 GREEN DREAM Roger Oates’ stair
runner will make you green with envy 158 THE WOW FACTOR Wonderful walls 160 CUT ONE’S CLOTH Fantastic fabric 162 DESIGN NOTES News, views and
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Fowler’s Emma Burns cruises round some Scottish castles THE HOTEL WIZARD Focus on the French Riviera THE WEEKENDER Ghent A PASSAGE TO INDIA Find your own place in this country of wonders GASTRO GOSSIP Fab food festivals OH DEER! The Ritz’s John William’s venison Wellington FORK & FIELD French food and a freak
On The Move 183 PROPERTY OF THE MONTH 184 LET’S MOVE TO... Sherborne 186 MY HOUSE Interior designer
Nicole Salvesen 187 FIVE OF THE BEST Homes near good
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EDITOR’S PICKS SNUGGLE UP With an eiderdown, especially this one by Molly Mahon and edit58
SPRITZ Miller Harris scent, but this one’s for the home
hen I read that sales of Lenor Unstoppables (perfumed beads that leave fresh washing smelling like a Timotei ad) were sky-rocketing, I nodded sagely (and panic bought). Anyone knows that in times of turbulence (and yes, these are what we are living through), we cling to things that are clean, sweet-smelling, cosy, unsullied by politics, nuclear war, climate change and... Brexit. We want permanence over transience; we want to curl up like dogs in the safety of our basket. We don’t want the cruel, fast-paced world of fashion where last season’s fringing is usurped by this autumn’s florals; we’ll choose a Smallbone kitchen over a Birkin bag and, apparently, if we’re rich enough, we’ll be buying up real estate in New Zealand for when the button really is pressed. Fashion brands have caught this wave and are riding it hard. There’s not a brand out there that isn’t also appealing to your interior life. Even the online fashion behemoths, Matches Fashion and Moda Operandi have dedicated homeware sections flogging Gucci Décor cushions, Luke Edward Hall jugs and The Elder Statesman blankets (though I draw the line at spending £174 on
SPLURGE If I could I would... Happiness is Ashish’s jumpsuit. net-a-porter
GET A ROOM Heckfield Place – it’s open at long last. I’m booked in. heckfieldplace.com
a tea towel). Amy Bradford charts this collaborative explosion on page 96. After her husband, the former PM, dramatically left office in 2016, Samantha Cameron could have understandably chosen to take a very long holiday. Instead, she had the six busiest months of her life launching her fashion brand Cefinn, and thereby fulfilling a long-held ambition. It’s a tough business, she admits, but she’s loving every minute of it, as she tells Alice B-B (p80). As ever in our juicy October issue, Carole Annett’s specially curated design section brings you the very latest news, trends and interior inspiration. This time, she’s focussing on kitchens and bathrooms, so 118 whether you’re contemplating a complete overhaul or just a tweak here and there, you’ll find everything you need, plus much more besides (from page 105). After all, if the end of the world is nigh, you might as well go out in style. @countryandtown /countryandtownhousemagazine /countryandtownhouse
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CHRISTINE KREISELMAIER If money were no object, what would you buy for your house? An elaborate art collection filled with Impressionist paintings. What colour is your bedroom? Mint green with white stucco in a Victorian townhouse master bedroom. Gadget you can’t live without? My iPhone. It’s my mobile office and indispensable From £7,500 to £125,000
for living a nomadic freelance lifestyle. If you could live in any house in the world, which would it be? A Tuscan Medici villa or a French château because it is in a culinarily and culturally rich country with many friends close by and enough space for my family and photography studios.
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If money were no object, what would you buy for your house? A ginkgo chair by Claude Lalanne. What colour is your bedroom? Soft plaster pink stippled walls, off-white embroidered linen blinds from India, mauve and offwhite striped linen curtains and a patchwork of clashing reds as a headboard. The soft walls are calm and relaxing at all times of day and night and I love waking up there. Gadget you can’t live without? My dark aubergine leather Roberts radio. As an insomniac I listen to it through the night and love to shout at the Today programme in the morning. If you could live in any house in the world, which would it be? Sissinghurst Castle – I fell in love with the place when I went there first, aged 10. Vita Sackville-West is my horticultural heroine and the castle has a magic and romance that never fail to thrill however many times I go there.
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If money were no object, what would you buy for your house? Marco Williams Fagioli’s Yoku sauna, £28,000 at CP Hart. I’d invite friends round for a communal sweat. What colour is your bedroom? Mostly cream, white and lilac-grey with overblown peonies branching all around the walls – Lewis & Wood Jasper Peony wallpaper. They are my favourite flower and my son’s middle name is Jasper! Gadget you can’t live without? Corkscrew. Hands up, I’m a lush. If you could live in any house in the world, which would it be? Coworth Park. I adore interior designer Martin Hulbert’s idea of country house chic. I’d only move in if the staff stayed. I’d be well fed and looked after and they are clearly souls of discretion – no-one breathed a word after Harry’s pre-wedding sleepover.
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If money were no object, what would you buy for your house? Almost any painting by Frank Auerback, a Giacometti sculpture or two or Blue Poles by Jackson Pollock, which I saw at the incredible Abstract Expressionism show at the RA last year. What colour is your bedroom? I put down grey and pink but was told in no uncertainterms by my wife that it was, in fact, Elephant’s Breath and Rhubarb. Gadget you can’t live without? Sad as it may seem, I love my mitre saw, the latest power tool acquisition. If you could live in any house in the world, which would it be? Candover Park in Hampshire. It was my childhood home and the most beautiful Queen Anne house with so many wonderful memories.
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THE GOOD LIFE Alice B-B on shamans, pricks and sitting comfortably
80S IN THE SHADE Eye candy from westwardleaning.com
POST SUMMER, THIRSTY FACE Hydrate with elixseri.com
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PROWLING ABOUT More than a slip from yolke.co.uk SKIN IN THE GAME Thanks to Profhilo at waterhouseyoung.com
DREAM CATCHER Snuggle up with makerandson.com
PORTRAIT BY JANE MCLEISH-KELSEY
Y LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH INSTAGRAM CONTINUES. Mostly it leads me down rabbit holes filled with… droppings. But this time, I happen upon the most glorious of chairs, immaculate crumpled linen, feathery cushioned joy, posited in a meadow beneath a tree. It’s by Maker & Son; a new company with weighty lineage – Alex Willcock is a cabinet maker and former buying director for The Conran Shop, while Felix Conran is a designer and artist, who happens to be Sir Terence’s grandson. As the days shorten, I’m dreaming of a Maker & Son chair beside the fire, where I can scroll for bunnies, Cheshire cats and all – a portal to my very own Wonderland. I’M A MAD FAN OF THE WATERHOUSE YOUNG CLINIC. A collection of skin experts and wellness treatments handpicked by renowned plastic surgeon Norman Waterhouse (who happens to be glowy-skinned Suki’s dad). I always recommend the Hydrafacial as a
pre-party boost – it’s everything rolled into one (cleansing, exfoliation, hydration, antioxidant and protection). I’m also enamoured of Dr Saira Vasdev, an aesthetic doctor whose approach is little bit here and there for a fresher – not different – look. She suggested Profhilo, a series of tiny (but very ouchy) hyaluronic acid injections in both cheeks. Post pricks, the product disperses, stimulating collagen and elastin, ‘moisturising’ from inside. The next day I stare in the mirror. Nothing. But then something odd happens. Five people say I look good. The next day five more. And even better… the effect is supposed to last six months. THINK ‘SHAMAN’. Think head-dress, robes, whistling sounds from another land, right? Wrong! As I discovered on meeting Jo Bowlby, home-counties born and bred, and all jeans and freshly washed hair (jobowlby.com). Her basement flat in Battersea sees a continuous stream of clients seeking her spiritual healing. My session begins with a chat about life, hopes and fears. Then comes the good bit; I lie on a bed clasping crystals while Jo shakes rattles Checking out and leaves from the rainforest Established and the visions begin. I’m in a & Sons at London jungle with animals and before Design Festival me is a long dark corridor with a (londondesign tiny golden door at the end which festival.com) I need to walk through. Later, Jo Having explains, ‘I help you to a place of old-school hot baths. awake stillness, then everything (olverum.com) opens up, and you touch the Nose in the magic… which allows you to do Midult manual the healing.’ Surprisingly most of ‘I’m Absolutely Jo’s clients are business leaders. Fine’ (themidult. com) ‘They’re pioneers,’ she says, ‘so they understand energy.’ I don’t pretend to understand ‘the energy’, but I do know that this ancient healing, using ancient techniques to deal with humanity’s most ancient problems, transcends logic to give me clarity, focus and excitement. ‘It’s hard to put into words,’ says Jo. Go see for yourself. Just don’t expect this shaman to be gussied up in face paint and feathers.
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THE RURBANIST Elizabeth Hurley would really love to have superpowers Where was the last place you ‘discovered’? Wales. I love it.
Last play/concert/film you saw and what did you think of it? The Incredibles 2. I’d been waiting for this sequel for 14 years. I loved it. I so long for superpowers.
Where’s home to you? I rattle happily around a house in Herefordshire with my son and my dogs. My sister lives close by and I usually have a houseful of friends to stay at the weekends. Town or country? I keep a pied-àterre in London but only go when I have to. I much prefer the country.
signal. I may as well be on Mars.
Post Brexit Britain… Sum it up in a sentence… We’ll have to wait
Best thing a cabbie has ever said to you? You look like a better looking Liz Hurley.
What would you do as mayor for the day? I would ban delivery trucks during working hours.
Which book would you take and song would you listen to on your desert island? It would have to be a tricky book if I had to keep rereading the same one, so I’d say Ada or Ardor by Nabokov. One song would drive me demented, so I’d choose silence.
and see. Let’s hope Brexit will mean Brexit and not some hopeless in-between idiocy.
What’s your favourite game to play and why? I love Rummy Kub and play it for hours. We take it very seriously.
What are Saturday afternoons made for? Dog walks, gardening and baking.
What brings out the worst in you?
What would you change about yourself?
Hammersmith Flyover being closed.
I’d like to be more tidy. My rooms like they’ve been hit by a hurricane.
Where do you go when you don’t want anyone to get hold of you?
What would really improve your life?
That’s easy: home. Dreadful phone
A nanny. For me.
What three items would you save from your burning house? Assuming all humans
Who’s coming round for dinner and what are you cooking? I feed the same people all the time and I usually roast a chicken. Visit www.ELCompanies/BreastCancerCampaign to get involved with Elizabeth Hurley this October. #TimeToEndBreastCancer
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Which historic country house would you most like to snap up? Badminton. It’s exquisite.
What has been the most memorable night out you’ve had in London? Gosh, there have been so many. I’ve yet to hear a nightingale sing in Berkeley Square but I live in hope.
were safe, I’d take my lap top, my ‘special box’, which is full of momentoes going way back, and my phone.
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LOOK, IT’S TWINS! Gorgeous Italian brand Twinset has landed on the King’s Road. With Georgia May Jagger and Suki Waterhouse fronting its A/W’18 campaign, expect it to rustle a few feathers in Chelsea. The price points are just as seductive. twinset.com/en-GB
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Tibi Blazer, £910. tibi.com
It’s all black and white this month
Racil Dress, £730. browns fashion.com
MM6 Maison Margiela Peplum top, £675. matchesfashion.com
ALBERTA FERRETTI Intarsia mini dress, £510. boutique1.com
Cushnie et Ochs Wide-leg pants, £888. net-a-porter.com
REDValentino Jumper, £530. redvalentino.com
TOWN Emilia Wickstead Tobias mini dress, £995. net-a-porter.com
ME+EM Legging, £599. meandem.com
Baum und Pferdgarten Breda jacket, £269. baumundpferdgarten.com
Off-White Scarf, £270. mytheresa.com
BYREDO Eazy Bag, £1,550. byredo.com Ash Hi-top, £189. ashfootwear.co.uk
AscenoI Sleep shirt, £245. asceno.com
Julia Mays Ariana boot, £495. juliamays.com Delvaux Brilliant MM Light Shadow Ivory Noir bag, £5,150. delvaux.com
Alexander McQueen Tiger jacquard coat, £2,645. matches fashion.com
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TA K E T H R E E
Steal Gillian Anderson’s style and the latest collaborations
Tabitha Simmons for Equipment Jacket, £580. equipmentfr.com
You can now steal Gillian Anderson’s eminently sophisticated style. The X Files actor has collaborated with Winser London on a collection of timeless garments that embody her innate elegance with just a hint of edginess. So a classic cashmere roll neck might have a sporty stripe down one sleeve, while a wool coat has raw edge panelling. From £195. winserlondon.com
Valentino x Moncler Down jacket, £2,500. valentino.com
THE FUTURE’S GREEN
With sustainability fashion’s watchword, the opening of The Maiyet Collective, a new concept from ethical brand Maiyet, on Conduit Street, W1 is hotly anticipated. An innovative way of retailing, the beautiful space, designed by The New Craftsmen, will be home to a rotating rollcall of the world’s most sustainable luxury brands, from ready-to-wear (including M.i.h Jeans, pictured) and jewellery to homeware and beauty. Only open three days a week, the space will also host exhibitions, screenings, talks and events. This is the future of retail, folks. themaiyetcollective.com
Gucci x Globe-Trotter GG monogram vanity case, £1,510. matchesfashion.com
At 60,000 sq/ft, Selfridges can now lay claim to its position as the world’s largest destination for luxury accessories. Within the David Chipperfield-designed space, a new eyewear department has just opened, as well as the Progressive Edit, which showcases the most original accessories labels, including Dover Street Market jewellery. selfridges.com
THE WILD WEST
DSquared2 Rodeo Girl sandals, £1,255. dsquared2.com
Gabriela Hearst Scarf, £880. matchesfashion.com
Vilshenko Skirt, £455. net-a-porter.com
MSGM Denim shirt £365. mytheresa.com
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UP FRONT LUXURY
Bamford’s aesthetic is timeless and its quality is peerless
LIFE’S LITTLE LUXURIES
Bamford may be expensive but the quality is exquisite, says Lucia van der Post
f there is a brand that more obviously embodies the concept of stealth wealth than Bamford it’s hard to think of one. Bamford specialises in a kind of nonchalant yet sophisticated elegance that requires high price tags to bring off but there is absolutely nothing about it that could ever be called showy. Founded by Carole Bamford, wife of the JCB supremo Sir Anthony Bamford, she famously put a little corner of Gloucestershire on the serious foodie map when she opened Daylesford Organic farm shop way back in 2002. Word spread fast among the cognoscenti and soon chic Londoners were hurtling down the motorway for their weekly treats, joining the Gloucestershire set as they shopped for organic venison, home-grown vegetables and artisanal breads and cheeses. Carole Bamford had a clear philosophy about food – it needed to be organically and sustainably farmed and it needed to be of the highest quality. With all these principles in mind she then founded Bamford, a holistic lifestyle brand, offering those who buy into her philosophy a range of bath and body products, skincare, homeware and
clothing. It is a spare, beautifully considered and edited collection. Understatement would seem to be an integral part of its DNA. It first caught my eye when browsing through its rails at Daylesford in Gloucestershire one Saturday afternoon. I came upon the most Lady Carole Bamford beautiful coat I had ever seen. In dark chestnut brown it had the simplest but most flattering of curving lines and a dark brown fur collar. The price tag made me shudder – this sort of simplicity and elegance didn’t come cheap. Everything Bamford offers is made from the finest materials. Much of the clothing is made in the UK, some of it in India and a small selection in Italy. Specialist artisanal ateliers are used. Craft skills are encouraged. Colours are austerely restricted – mouse browns, greige, navy, a lot of white (it has an exquisite range of white shirts). For those who don’t get to Gloucestershire very often, at the end of this month (September), a sparkling, vast new Bamford flagship store is opening on Chelsea’s Draycott Avenue which will offer everything that its country cousin does – exquisite Bamford treatments, Haybarn yoga, the full clothing collection, a tea bar, beauty and homeware. The ultimate town and country brand. bamford.com
SCANDI CHIC New to me is the Scandinavian brand Arela but now that I’ve discovered it I can’t keep off the website. It offers timeless, easy clothing – in summer, some gorgeous relaxed vests, trousers and coats in linen and for the upcoming winter lots of lovely cashmere. The aesthetic is slightly minimalist but you sense that the over-riding consideration is comfort. Prices are good too – fine cashmere sweaters for just under £300, linen trousers for about £260. arelastudio.com
SKIN SAVIOUR Dr Barbara Sturm’s Sun Drops are an innovative idea on the sun protection front. Merely mix a few drops of her powerful sun protection serum into a moisturiser and there you have it – a powerful shield from the sun’s harmful rays. £105. cultbeauty.com
WRITE ON Hieronymus specialises in the most exquisitely beautiful stationery of a traditional kind. It does letterheads, notebooks, writing cards (these come with a variety of headings and, of course, can be personalised), bookmarks, boxes and inks. None of it comes cheap – a set of 12 writing cards, for instance, is around £60 – but the quality is exceptional. hieronymus-cp.com
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UP FRONT 4 Trend you’re into: I’m still loving the bum bag worn across the body. I think the cardigan is back and a good pop of colour is always a good idea, so I love our cashmere jumpers.
MADELEINE THOMPSON The cashmere designer loves Ganni dresses and tailored blazers Event dressing: I love Ganni dresses and I’ll be wearing one for my birthday in Los Angeles this month. Everyday uniform: As a cashmere designer I travel a lot for work and pleasure. I also have three small children so I basically live in my cashmere tracksuit sets – the idea is that you look chic but you’re actually super comfy. Style crush: Annabelle 1 Wallis (left) is nailing it with her whole vibe and look at the moment. Kate Moss always gets it perfectly right without looking like she’s trying too hard.
Sex siren: I love
Eberjey pyjamas as they’re super sexy and girly without being too fussy. I think my husband would die laughing if I suddenly went va-va-voom on him (but you never know!). Country walk: Madeleine Thompson cashmere beanie, good pair of walking boots (better than wellies for a proper walk) and a Barbour waxed jacket.
Lounge lizard: My cashmere joggers are very hard to take off, or one of my cashmere onesies which are so cosy.
Power dressing: I think a good fitted blazer gives you complete confidence and I’ve got my eye on the new Chloé velvet one with horses all over it.
Holiday essentials: I’m obsessed with woven basket bags and my favourite are from Nannacay. I think they add the perfect finishing touch to a summer outfit. I always pack my Ancient Greek sandals and I’ve just discovered Karen Walker sunglasses. Finally, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil – there’s nothing like slathering it all over yourself after a day in the sun.
Wardrobe failsafes: Athena Procopiou maxi dresses are pretty and girly but still clean and unfussy, and just so chic with a flat sandal.
Finishing touches: If you have good hair then you can rock anything. I’m hopeless at walking in heels but a really great pair is fabulous. I’m very into a statement ring too and I’ve been trawling Instagram for a new one and found Stephanie Gottlieb who makes amazing rainbow gems.
Secret labels: Innika Choo is a wealth of smockery heaven and won’t be under the radar for long. I absolutely love Tephi for beautiful dresses and jumpsuits in the most dreamy fabrics. Best online retailers: You can’t beat Net-a-Porter for their amazing edit and their service. Style cheats: Always have a good pair of white trainers in your wardrobe. I’ve rediscovered Nike Air Force 1s and they’re perfect with a dress or jeans.
1 Ganni Dainty polka dot dress, £180 (matchesfashion.com). 2 Gucci Marmont belt bag, £715 (mytheresa.com). 3 Madeleine Thompson Cashmere jumper, £295 (madeleine-thompson.com). 4 Stephanie Gottlieb Rainbow ring, from $590 (stephaniegottlieb.com). 5 Eberjey pyjamas, £138 (eberjey.com). 6 Tephi Morgan jumpsuit, £450 (tephi. co.uk). 7 Barbour Acorn jacket, £199 (barbour.com). 8 Nike Air Force 1, £74.95 (nike.com). 9 Nannacay Bettina tote, £240 (modaoperandi. com). 10 Karen Walker Banks Crazy sunglasses, £148.82 (karenwalker. com). 11 Elizabeth Arden Miracle oil, £29 (elizabetharden.co.uk). 12 Chloé Riding jacket, £2,425 (chloe.com). 13 Madeleine Thompson Onesie, £460 (madeleine-thompson.com).
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THE GOLD DIGGER
The latest jewellery news and trends. By Annabel Davidson
I’M YOUR VENUS
Cult Danish designer Sophie Bille Brahe’s new Aphrodite collection is her most sensual and ethereal yet, referencing the Renaissance beauties seen in the works of Botticelli. Freshwater and Akoya pearls cluster together like grapes in the Botticelli earrings, glowing from the earlobe as though lit from within. Pristine white diamonds drip from single earrings in ever-decreasing sizes like water drops, while wire-thin 18kt gold bands sport tiny diamonds of various sizes to be worn stacked on the finger. And, in something of a master stroke, large baroque pearls are simply attached to generously proportioned 10kt gold hair slides to be effortlessly slid into a messy bun or chic chignon. Minimalist Danish delight at its very best. doverstreetmarket.com
From left: Gold freshwater and Akoya pearl Botticelli Hoop earring; gold and freshwater pearl Grace Blanc hairslide; gold and diamond Sandro single earring, all by Sophie Bille Brahe
SAY IT WITH MEANING
Rebus 18kt yellow gold ‘Whippet’ signet ring, £1,370
Signet rings hark as far back as Ancient Egypt, but today, Hatton Garden-based company Rebus is bringing them back in a cool, modern way. Rebus 18kt yellow gold Entirely hand-crafted by a team ‘Anchor’ signet ring, £1,300 of highly skilled artisans, the rings can be engraved with coats of arms, family crests or, with their new Talisman collection, something symbolic like a bee, an octopus or an anchor. Each ring can take up to 14 weeks to make and is as personal and beautifully considered as is possible. rebussignetrings.co.uk
TA K E T H R E E
ANTIQUE JEWELS TWIST AND SHOUT This sapphire and diamond ‘Swirl’ bracelet, c.1955, from Wartski is a classic example of the era. £72,000. wartski.com
FLOWER POWER This 19th century diamond flower brooch in the form of an iris from SJ Phillips is beautifully naturalistic in form, with old-cut diamonds set in silver and backed with gold. £POA, sjphillips.com
FLY LIKE A BUTTERFLY A pair of gold and diamond butterfly brooches by Boivin at Lucas Rarities would look impossibly chic on either lapel of a beautifully cut Le Smoking jacket. £POA. lucasrarities.com
All sewn up Donna Hourani’s ‘Jaroor El Teta’ collection is inspired by the treasures she marveled at in her grandmother’s drawer. Hairpins, Safety pins, bobbins, thimbles and buttons all become precious in 18kt gold and gemstones, some with ingenious sewing-related mechanisms, and all seeped in nostalgia. donnahourani.com
O, Jackie Stone Paris’ new ‘Jackie’ collection is as effortlessly elegant as its namesake, the former First Lady. A pear-shaped, diamond-pavé drop features across all pieces, whether it’s the delicate end to a fine chain, the centre of a slender ring, or surrounded by more diamonds in dangling earrings. stoneparis.com
In the pink A cushion-cut pink sapphire looks extraordinary in 18kt yellow gold in a Georgian-inspired cut-down setting by Pragnell, the Stratford-uponAvon jewellers who have recently opened on Mount Street. Pink and blue sapphires and diamonds all get a similar treatment across a range of pendants and rings. pragnell.co.uk
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UP FRONT BEAUT Y
BRIGHT YOUNG THING Nathalie Eleni on how to get star of Krypton, Wallis Day’s dazzling look Rose gold hoops by MeMe London Make up: Nathalie Eleni Hair: Chloe Sandoz Photographer: RVDS (ruanvandersande.com)
Who do you play in Superman prequel Krypton? My character is called Nyssa Vex – she’s intelligent and naughty. All we know at the start of the series is that she’s the daughter of the big cheese of Krypton – Daron Vex. What do you love about her? I love the fact that she’s a risk taker and that she puts herself on the line for the people she loves, as well as the things she cares about.
How do you keep healthy during long filming schedules? Being vegan makes keeping fit and healthy really easy. I find I now naturally have bundles of energy and it’s made me feel more balanced overall – so I’m pretty much always in a good mood. Krypton Series One is showing now on E4
GET THE LOOK 1 First apply Arbonne Pollution Defense CC Cream over your skin for a sheer glow. You can build further coverage over areas that need it (£34. arbonne.com). 2 Use a zig-zag motion to apply Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara to lashes to add intense colour from root to tip (£25. liberty.com). 3 Swirl Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in Ecstacy across the apples of your cheeks for a soft and luminous colour flush (£30. harrods.com). 4 Dab COVER FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Rose Gold to high points of your face (cheekbones, bridge of nose and Cupid’s bow. I used a damp beauty blender for easy blending (£34. spacenk.com). 5 Use a nude matte pink lipstick to pull the look together such as Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick in JazzDen (501) (£25. harrods.com). 6 For a finishing touch, apply a gem (available from beauty wholesalers) to the inner corner of the eyes, securing in place with a little lash glue. 36 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | October 2018
Discover the secret to deeply replenished skin and renewed radiance. The iconic Dr Sebagh Rose de Vie Serum instantly and intensively moisturises without clogging pores, calms redness, smoothes skin and leaves it glowing. At the heart of the Dr Sebagh Serum Bar (visit drsebagh.com/serum-bar), use this versatile super-serum alone or mixed with any serum or moisturiser. Available in-store and at drsebagh.com
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BEAUTY TEST Ultra Stem Cell Lifts by BTL Exilis and Dr Levy Switzerland
FIVE OF THE BEST
HEAVENLY SCENTS The perfect autumn fragrances to uplift your spirits 1 Prosody Pleasance Pepper Candle A Jane Austen inspired spicy, floral fragrance, reminiscent of a London garden square. Delicious notes of cinnamon, ginger, blood orange, jasmine and frankincense creates a cosy and warming atmosphere. £75. prosodylondon.com 2 Jo By Jo Loves With vibrant and sparkling scents of grapefruit, it’s the perfect antidote for dark and dreary winter days. £115 (100ml). joloves.com 3 YSL Black Opium Click & Go perfume pen Black Opium perfume housed in a glittery limitededition of the iconic Touche Éclat pen. It applies like a gel for the same seductive, yet slightly softer, version of the original – I love this! £29. theperfumeshop.com
r Rita Rakus excels at bringing the latest clinically tried and tested non-surgical treatments to her prestigious London Clinic, tucked away behind Harrods, so trialling her new Ultra Stem Cells Lifts treatment was definitely worth the Uber ride in the baking hot sunshine in rush hour. Four sessions promise not only to help redefine your jawline, but to ‘plump, firm and tone’ your skin in the process – music to my ears. The treatment itself is surprisingly relaxing. My skin was prepped with a cocktail of Dr Levy’s serums and creams (a potent blend of stem cell technology and other magical skin wizardry – although the price tag may make your eyes water)
before a radio frequency probe was applied massaging around each area. To be most effective RF needs to heat the dermal layer to 41°C degrees – this temperature invokes the body’s natural response to produce more collagen and elastin. Don’t be alarmed by the heating part as this is done so deep down I was not even red afterwards, occasionally there is a ‘hot spot’ which makes you jump a bit, but all in all it was quite pleasant and I nearly fell asleep twice. After one session my jawline definitely looked firmer. After four – taken roughly two weeks apart – with continuing post-treatment improvement over the following six months, I’m impressed by the really natural looking results and my new baby soft, perky, plumped-up skin and far less saggy jawline. Using the cult Dr Levy products at home really helps too (Nathalie Eleni). From £950 per session. drritarakus.co.uk
5 Victoria Cator Luxury Candle in Pompeii An ethereal and glowing scent of burnt cedar wood that will drift effortlessly throughout your home. £50. victoriacator.com
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4 Dolce & Gabbana The Only One A fragrance fit for the modern femme fatal with notes of violet, bergamot and coffee making up this opulent and head-turning scent. £70 (50ml). harrods.com
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HEALTH HOT LIST
BODY & SOUL Camilla Hewitt celebrates 12 months of wellness
BODY & SOUL BIRTHDAY
Our October issue marks a year of C&TH celebrating wellness. Columnist Camilla rounds up 12 months of tried and tested techniques. 1 Mind: Switching off is not as easy as it sounds. Overactive minds may benefit from lessons in guided meditation such as yoga nidra or a crystal sound bath. 2 Body: Listen to your body… if you have a stressful job, doing highintensity classes all week might not be the best thing for you. Yoga or pilates can help bring your cortisol levels down rather than hyping them up. 3 Soul: Get outdoors. Nothing feeds the soul more than nature. Whether it’s swimming in the sea, rambling across rolling hills or simply picnicking in a park, fresh air has a way of soothing away stresses.
A RECIPE FOR WELLNESS
Spiced peanut sweet potatoes SERVES 4 AS A SIDE » 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed » 2 tbsps olive oil » 2 tsps ground ginger, cinnamon and cumin » Handful of chopped parsley » 45g dates, pitted & chopped » 1 heaped tbsp black sesame seeds » Salt and pepper
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» 2 tbsps date or maple syrup » 2 tbps sesame oil » 2 tbps smooth peanut butter » Juice of ½ lemon
METHOD Place the potatoes in a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil, add the spices, salt and pepper and mix well. Bake for 45–50 minutes, until really soft. Make the dressing, whisking everything with some salt until smooth. Place the parsley, dates and sesame seeds in a large bowl. Add the cooked sweet potatoes and dressing and mix. Sprinkle with toasted peanuts, serve and enjoy. Recipe extracted from Deliciously Ella The PlantBased Cookbook by Ella Mills (£25, Hodder & Stoughton)
Amouage, Surf Maroc
ila Spa, Cotswolds
Where surf and yoga meet a boutique Berber design hotel. Located on the oceanfront in the town of Taghazout, this not-so-secret set up takes the hard work out of organising an active holiday. With regular rooftop yoga, surf coaching and communal dining, it is easy to embrace the laidback vibe of the locals. surfmaroc.com
Holistic organic brand ila has opened a divine day spa. With a stylish treatment space and the best in relaxation rooms – you’ll never want to leave. Treatments, including stress-releasing massages accompanied by complimentary sound healing, are just what you would expect from ila: soft, spiritual, layered and ritualistic. email@example.com
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PHOTOS: NASSIMA ROTHACKER; HODDER & STOUGHTON
TO SERVE » Handful of peanuts, toasted and chopped
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UP FRONT DUFFLE DEVELOPMENT Who doesn’t love a duffle? Top marks then to John Lewis for collaborating with vintage duffle coat brand Gloverall on a charming Made in England collection featuring Reefer coats, ‘shackets’ and chunky trad knits, as well as iconic duffles in varying weights and cloths. John Lewis x Gloverall duffle coat, £375. johnlewis.com
WELL GROOMED Patriotism rules, says Matt Thomas
EYE TO EYE
London eyewear company Kirk Originals has teamed up with Overfinch to launch a capsule collection of all-year-round rockstar sunglasses. Expect impeccable craftsmanship, high-grade resin acetate and sterling silver embellishments. £495. kirkoriginals.com
HOLD IT! Cult San Fran brand Hanz de Fuko has introduced a handy dry shampoo as well as a super-strength hairspray, guaranteed to keep extreme styles in place and which also controls static and conditions the hair with each application. £24. selfridges.com
20 X 20
Want to stand out in the sock department? These quirky two-sided socks by Dutch designer Karan Singh play with perspective and are a worthy and playful addition to the sock drawer. 241 socks, £12. lookmate.co
JUST BE COS ‘Soma’ is a capsule collection of 17 menswear essentials, developed by Cos’s head of menswear Christophe Copin alongside feted choreographer Wayne McGregor. Expect chic and understated pieces designed for men on the move. Cos Soma jacket, £175. cosstores.com
MORE IN STORE
Chester Barrie is refurbishing its Savile Row store and will feature a newly introduced ‘Made In England’ range of British-made products, starting with coats and selected leather goods. Look out for a later drop of a capsule tailoring collection of handmade English suits. chesterbarrie.co.uk
To celebrate 20 years of Classic Driver, the website for sophisticated classic car collectors, Aston Martin has produced a strictly limited edition of 20 iconic DB-11s in a glossy charcoal grey, available as a coupe or volante. Aston Martin DB11 Classic Driver Edition Coupe, £162,729.15, and Volante, £181,054.15. classicdriver.com
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SPEED, STYLE AND SUBSTANCE
Combine a glorious British summer’s day, an exceptional collection of rare cars and some beautifully attired guests and it makes for a typically impressive Cartier event. Hosted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by the jewellery house’s UK managing director, Laurent Feniou, Cartier Style et Luxe saw speedsters rub shoulders with Hollywood movie stars and the odd DJ or two.
Duke of Richmond and Gordon and Earl of March and Kinrara
Patrick Grant Amber Le Bon
Laurent Feniou and Tinie Tempah
Marc Newson and Jonathan Ive
Jenson Button, Tamsin Egerton and Josh Hartnett
People, parties, places
Prince Harry and Sergio Momo
Edward Enninful and Christina Zeller
Derek Blasberg Lottie Moss and Jean-Marc Loubier
Despite Harry flying in on his chopper to take part, The Xerjoff Royal Charity Polo Cup, sponsored by Italian perfume house Xerjoff and held at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stunning Hampshire estate on another gloriously hot day, was a remarkably chilled affair with a super-friendly crowd reclining on outdoor sofas to watch the polo after raising some serious cash at the auction held after lunch.
To celebrate Belgian fine leather goods brand Delvaux’s not one but two London store openings on Bond Street and Sloane Street, Vogue held an intimate dinner at Mark’s Club. The brand also lauched its super-cute collection of bags, Miniatures So British, which celebrate some of our iconic landmarks like the classic red phone box and a soldier in his bearskin. So Belgian, so British!
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Brian May, Sergio Momo and Anita Dobson
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From left to right: ‘Rouche’ trimming, Dedar. ‘Temple House’ sofa, Virginia White at Miles x Bookshop. ‘Rngeen’ rug, Tim Page Carpets. ‘Trittico’ occasional tables, Porada. ‘Flat Perspex Disc’ finial, McKinney & Co. ‘Perspex Cylinder’ finial, McKinney & Co. ‘Flat square Perspex’ finial, McKinney & Co. ‘Solid Perspex ball’ finial, McKinney & Co. ‘Louis XV’ chair, Oficina Inglesa Furniture, upholstered in ‘Aviary’ by Weitzner, Pollack at Altfield. ‘Tony’ occasional table, Porada. ‘Lumisol’ lamp, Christophe Delcourt at GMR Interiors. Wallcoverings: ‘Karma Multicolour’, Pierre Frey. ‘Amulet’, Weitzner at Altfield. ‘Expressions’ by Weitzner, Pollack at Altfield. Fabrics: ‘Kohinoor’, James Hare at Marvic Textiles. ‘Spark’, Création Baumann. Paint: ‘Rhodera’, ‘Amanpuri Red’, ‘Botanical Green’ and ‘Eucalyptus’, all Sanderson at Style Library
COLOUR RULES OK Make a splash at Focus/18, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour’s most popular interiors extravaganza
his September, what better way to start the onset of autumn than with a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour to cheer the shortening days? This year’s FOCUS/18 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour will take colour as its thematic mainstay, investigating it both aesthetically and emotionally through its dynamic programme of talks, debates, workshops, exhibitions and behind-thescenes access, which will thrill and inspire anyone with even just a cursory interest in their interior environment. Globally renowned names from the world of design will be flying in to participate in this six-day extravaganza in the heart of Chelsea, where 120 showrooms have their flagship stores. Whether it’s Alexandra Champalimaud jetting
Left to right, top to bottom: ‘Collage’ fabric, Peter Dunham Textiles at Tissus d’Helene. ‘Bonheur’ fabric, Casamance at Colony. ‘Udaipur’ carpet, Jacaranda Carpets. ‘Caribbean Sea on Moon Glow’, wallcovering, Phillip Jeffries. ‘Shibori’, wallcovering, Nobilis. ‘Lineate’, Harlequin at Style Library. ‘All Grain’, ‘Shagreen’, both at Edelman Leather. ‘Matmi’, Harlequin. Perspex finial, Mckinney & Co. Trimmings, both at Jim Thompson. ‘Wild Plum’, ‘Newbury Green’, Rhodera’, paints all Sanderson at Style Library
‘Prism’ sideboard, Alexander Lamont at Miles x Bookshop
in from New York to launch her latest outdoor collection at Holland & Sherry or Bahamian-based designer and lifestyle guru Allegra Hicks in conversation with photographer Miguel Flores Vianna, the up-close-and-personal access at the event is unsurpassed. Other highlights this year include artist Moritz Waldemeyer’s specially commissioned installation ‘Journey of Colour’, which plunges visitors into an immersive experience of light, colour and movement, setting the tone for whole theme of FOCUS/18. Kit Kemp and her Firmdale team will also be creating a Caribbean bedroom suite for the Turnell & Gigon at Home pop-up showroom, while Patrick Frey will discuss the design legacy of his grandfather René Prou in the Pierre Frey showroom. Don’t miss this fixture on the international design calendar, 16-21 September.
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THE A-LIST PERSONAL SHOPPING
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 (colourful) 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.
‘JOURNEY OF COLOUR’ BY MORITZ WALDEMEYER To set the tone for this year’s FOCUS/18, discover this specially commissioned installation by Moritz Waldemeyer on the Ground Floor that will have visitors moving back and forth along a 12-metre walkway while LED technology light up a kaleidoscope of colourways.
‘Saybrook’ lantern, Oomph at Nina Campbell
CONVERSATIONS IN DESIGN The series of ticketonly curated talks and panel discussions are always a highlight of FOCUS/18. This year, book in advance for names such as Veere Greeney, Nina Campbell, Fran Hickman, David Bentheim and Karen Howes; US talent Timothy Corrigan; and Allegra Hicks in conversation with photographer Miguel Flores Vianna. To book visit, dcch.co.uk.
COLOUR WORKSHOPS Explore how important colour is in our everyday lives. Georgia Coleridge will discuss its healing powers, while Sophie Robinson will lead a workshop on its psychology transformative powers and Sabine Getty will present the world of colourful jewels.
ACCESS ALL AREAS Be one of the first to see the latest collaborations and product launches at over 100 showroom events, demonstrations, meet the designer sessions, book signings and much much more.
ABOVE (from left to right): Books, Potterton Books. ‘African Pot’ table lamp, neutral, with ikat cotton shade, Vaughan. Wallcovering: ‘Tansman’, Anna French at Jacaranda Carpets. Fabrics: ‘Muir Woods’, Scalamandre at Stark Fabric. ‘Kumazi’, Pedroso & Osorio at Colony. Paint: ‘Anapuri Red’ and ‘Indigo Blue’, Sanderson at Style Library
‘Elliott’ chair, Davidson
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THE GU IDE A R T · C U LT U R E · B O O K S · P E O P L E
MODERN DAY EPIC
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Directed by Stephan Daldry, The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez comes to the West End after a sellout Young Vic run. Transposing E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End to 21st century New York, the epic play in two parts asks what it’s like to be a gay man after the AIDS crisis. 21 Sept to 5 Jan. inheritanceplay.com
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COUNTRY LIFE If music be the food of love... By Bella Lewis
P H OTO G R A P H Y
FLY ON THE WALL
Those who have always been interested but have yet to commit themselves to Burning Man, can peek into the festival’s radical self-survival and expression at Bermondsey Project Space, where photographs from Philip Volkers’ art book, Dust to Dawn, will reveal over a decade of the festival’s most spectacular moments. 11-15 September. philipvolkers.com
Dior dreams come true for Mrs Harris
T H E AT R E
YOU GO GIRL
Chichester Festival Theatre’s Flowers for Mrs Harris, based on Paul Gallico’s novella, is the story of a charlady in post-war London, whose life is transformed when she glimpses a Christian Dior dress in one of her client’s wardrobes, and scrimps and saves to go to Paris and buy one for herself. 8-29 September. cft.org.uk Taking a patriotic view at the Burning Man festival
F E S T I VA L
THE GRAND TOUR
This year’s Oxford Lieder Festival celebrates European song from Finland to the south of Spain, and Dublin to Moscow. Programme highlights include a day-long event dedicated to Scandinavian song, a celebration of Claude Debussy’s centenary, plus ‘An evening in Spain’ with Spanish violin music, Spanish wine tasting and Flamenco. 12-27 October. oxfordlieder.co.uk
LIFE IMITATES ART
DINNER AND A SHOW
Bouchra Khalili, The Tempest Society (2017)
Oxford’s 12th-century St Mary’s Church will play host to the Raymond Blanc Festival of Music, where artists from the worlds of jazz, opera and classical perform after a LaurentPerrier champagne reception and before dinner at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Vocalists include Sir Bryn Terfel and Imelda May. 2-3 October. belmond.com
PHOTOS: PHILIP VOLKERS
Artes Mundi 8, the UK’s political prize for art that engages with everyday life and social issues, opens its shortlist exhibition at National Museum Cardiff. The prize of £40,000 is up for grabs by contenders Anna Boghiguian, Bouchra Khalili, Otobong Nkanga, Trevor Paglen and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. 26 October to 24 Feb. artesmundi.org 50 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | October 2018
of Marina And The Diamonds SINGER & SONGWRITER
ARTIST & PAINTER
Melissa Hemsley COOK & AUTHOR
Jessie Burton NOVELIST
Jacqueline Rabun JEWELLERY DESIGNER
An exhibition celebrating London’s most pioneering females and the spaces in which they create
Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road, W1 11th – 23rd September 2018
PART OF LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
TOWN LIFE Art from behind bars and Shakespeare retold
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
Koestler Trust’s 11th exhibition in partnership with Southbank Centre, I’m Still Here, presents art by offenders, secure patients and detainees, curated by the inmates’ families to allow a personal exploration of what it’s like to have a loved one behind bars. 19 Sept to 4 Nov. koestlertrust.org.uk
Dan Rawlings, No Vehicle Access (2017)
SOUL IN THE CITY
Moniker Art Fair once again brings a tour de force of urban art to Brick Lane’s The Old Truman Brewery. The fair ups the ante this year in a partnership with Berlin’s Urban Nation Museum to mark urban art’s rise to prominence in both the public eye and personal collections. 4-7 October. monikerartfair.com
‘Lucy’, from HM Young Offenders Institution, Cookham Wood
PAD London, the internationally acclaimed art and design fair, returns to Berkeley Square for its 12th edition. Set to turn heads this year are the unconventional Objet d’Emotion jewellery presentations by Valery Demure, which will be the first of contemporary jewellery to ever show at PAD. 1-7 October. pad-fairs.com
SHOP ’TIL YOU DROP
T H E AT R E
A SHAKESPEARIAN #METOO
Architect Thomas Heatherwick’s studio in Coal Drops Yard
In othellomacbeth, Shakespeare’s two brutal, poetic plays are condensed and told from the female perspective. Under the direction of Jude Christian, cycles of violence give way, allowing the wronged women of Othello to exact their revenge on Macbeth in a society showing the cracks of patriarchy. 5 Oct to 3 Nov. lyric.co.uk
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Coal Drops Yard opens in King’s Cross, giving the historical coal facility a new life as a 50 store-strong shopping district with the likes of Paul Smith and Barrafina interwoven in a contemporary design with the surviving structures, streets and rich ironwork of the original Victorian coal drops. 26 October. kingscross.co.uk 52 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | October 2018
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ARTS AGENDA Culture challenges this season as artists get political and choreographers draw from esoteric sources, says Caiti Grove
The pandemic of influenza that devastated Europe as the First World War ended killed more people than all the casualties of that horrific conflict. Contagion, a new ballet by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, boldly re-visits this terrifying time in a work commissioned by 14-18 NOW, an arts venture with a remit to re-imagine those years of turbulence. So many artists and poets were slain in the deadly clash of nations but little is felt or known of the victims of its aftermath like the painter Egon Schiele who died as the disease, known than as Spanish Flu, swept the world from India to the West. A surprising postscript to the acts of artistic remembrance. Until 3 Nov. shobanajeyasingh.co.uk
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Contagion
Simeon Barclay, Handicap (2016)
Yvette Knight, Fire and Fury
Jerwood Gallery, London SE1
Through its web of alumni artists and informed curators, The Jerwood Charitable Foundation has taken the country’s creative heartbeat. Established artists have nominated two artists in the first five years of their career, a list that has been whittled down from 72 to 15, whose work reflect the state of the artistic landscape throughout the country. Political and challenging, this will be the ultimate one to watch list. 3 Oct to 16 Dec. jerwoodvisualarts.org
Curator of Survey at the Jerwood Gallery The exhibition includes oil pastels, performance, an analysis of women’s marches, protest, and trans-culture.
FIRE & FURY
Sadler’s Wells, London EC1
When courtiers first saw Louis XIV dressed in a gold lamé, a radial crown around his face, they little thought this was the start of a great art form – ballet. The Roi Soleil made a political as well as an artistic point. The Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The King Dances imagines the beginnings of ballet among the extravagant court when Louis led the arts of Europe – and established his own one-man state. In the same evening, a new dance – Ignite – will premiere, inspired by Turner’s The Burning of the House of Lords and Commons. Bravo, Birmingham. 30 & 31 Oct. sadlerswells.com
What links them is personal heritage. We are holding up a mirror to culture. We wanted to utilise our alumni – that’s how they became part of the nomination process. They have an understanding of what’s needed in the early stage of a career. If we had asked 20 curators, we would have a very different list. This keeps an artist’s focus.
For me, it’s great to be in contact with artists – that’s the dream really.
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT Reviews, previews and performances
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GIGS AND NEW MUSIC CAT POWER Multi-talent extraordinaire Chan Marshall is vocalist, songwriter and producer to her new album Wanderer – with exquisite results. 23 Oct. roundhouse.org.uk
JENNIE ABRAHAMSON A hit in her native Sweden, her fifth album Reverseries develops Abrahamson’s dreamlike and ethereal sound. Original and energising. 29 Oct. richmix.org.uk
ABOVE & BELOW: A La Ronde in Devon
SUBLIME SYMMETRY Guildhall Art Gallery, London EC2
Inspired by ancient Persian pottery and a trainee of William Morris, William De Morgan went onto become a leading ceramist of the late-Victorian period. Son of Augustus De Morgan, the first Professor of Mathematics at University College London, William had maths in his blood. Morgan Senior tutored Countess Ada Lovelace – the first computer programmer. No wonder, then, that his son saw beauty in symmetry and satisfaction in well proportioned craft. Until 28 Oct. cityoflondon.gov.uk
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KHRUANGBIN Born in Texas and influenced by 60s and 70s Thai funk, this new band’s twangy instrumental feels familiar yet unique. Meditative and psychedelic. Tours 2426 Oct. khruangbin.bandcamp.com
THE VRYLL SOCIETY Rocky and electro, this Liverpudlian band have created a moreish sound for nostalgic, contemporary types. More, please. Tours 9-18 Oct. songkick.com
A LA RONDE Exmouth, Devon
Empowered feminism is in vogue, but its purest form made it to Devon more than 200 years ago. After a grand tour of Europe, cousins Jane and Mary Parminter designed a wildly offtrend house that only unmarried women could inherit. Apart from one chain-break it passed through the female line for its whole history. Feathers frame the art collection alongside sand and seaweed art and a shell gallery fills the top of the house. A succession of secret doors provide exits to escape from French soldiers, who were expected to invade at any point. Truly visionary. nationaltrust.org.uk
William De Morgan, Persian Coloured Rice Dish (1872 – 1907)
LORD HURON Their song The Night We Met featured in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, and went platinum in January. Worthy endorsement or not, this combination of folk, acoustic and electro is just right. Tours 25-29 Oct. lordhuron.com
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THE GUIDE UNDERGROUND: TALES FOR LONDON
GOOD READS Richard Hopton has some capital reading ideas
Sofka Zinovieff Zinovieff’s second novel, set beside the Thames at Putney, tackles the highly charged subject of historic child abuse. The prolonged criminal (and unpunished) conduct of Jimmy Savile is only the highestprofile of many such cases in recent years. Unsurprisingly, it is a topic that arouses deep anger and strident calls for condign punishment. Zinovieff’s novel addresses the issue head on, telling the story of a relationship between Ralph, a man in his thirties, and Daphne, a girl aged nine when they meet and 13 when they first have sex. Putney presents a nuanced view of an illicit relationship between adult and child, one which allows emotional ambiguity while maintaining moral and legal condemnation. The description of the moment when Ralph first set eyes on Daphne is startling, an illicit coup de foudre: ‘His intestines juddered. Then, bewilderingly and somewhat shockingly, the beginning of a hard-on.’ No one, Zinovieff is saying, condones child abuse, but it’s not always as black and white as it is generally portrayed. Daphne, in her forties, looks back at her relationship with Ralph with tenderness: ‘It had always been a secret, but not a dirty one.’ In her twenties, Daphne endures a disastrous marriage and a long period of drug addiction although the link between them and the earlier relationship is never made explicit. Daphne’s parents inhabit the bohemian London of the early 1970s, a period which seemed like ‘a flash of light exploding in the drab, post-war darkness’. Her English father is a successful novelist and her Greek mother a lawyer turned political activist. Bound up in their own careers, both engaged in extra-marital affairs and living in a haze of booze and dope, this perhaps explains why they seem oblivious to their young friend Ralph’s relationship with their underage daughter. As the novel unfolds, Zinovieff explores the shifting tides of memory and emotion and the way in which social mores have altered since the 1970s. Putney is a brave novel and a worthwhile one. Bloomsbury, £14.99
ed. Ann Bissell
This collection of 12 short stories by different authors celebrates the opening in 2018 of the new Elizabeth Line. Each story is inspired by a different Tube line – District, Circle, Piccadilly, etc – but taken together they form an instantly recognisable portrait of London’s Underground. Crowded but lonely, it’s a private, or at least, an impersonal space, governed by a set of unspoken rules. The Underground is a perfect reflection of London’s kaleidoscope. Borough Press, £12.99
THE ANGEL’S MARK S.W. Perry
The Angel’s Mark is a crime mystery set in London in the 1590s. Physician Nicholas Shelby investigates a series of gruesome murder-mutilations whose victims are dumped in the Thames. Perry, whose first novel this is, vividly recreates the depravity, filth and stench of 16th-century London. As Shelby’s investigations gather pace he confronts the credulousness, superstition and ignorance of early-modern medicine as well as the ruthless, paranoid vigilance of Elizabeth’s regime against the Catholic menace. The Angel’s Mark is a good story and a reminder that London was once a very different city. Corvus, £14.99
Dominick Donald Dominick Donald’s debut novel is a crime thriller set in Notting Hill in the early 1950s, long before it became the wealthy, polyglot enclave it now is. Much of the action takes place during the notorious ‘pea-souper’ fogs which then blighted London, giving it a claustrophobic, muffled feel. Donald deftly recreates contemporary London: the widespread bomb damage, the threadbareness of life, the hangover of war – the novel’s hero is a veteran of the Second and Korean Wars – rationing and deference. He weaves fact into fiction to create an atmospheric and intriguing if overlong novel. Hodder & Stoughton, £17.99
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In a year of sporting prowess, Sebastian Coe hopes the Europeans can bring home this year’s Ryder Cup
he sporting year just gets better and better. A nail-biting honourseven Lions tour of New Zealand early on. Formula One serving up a season of longed-for unpredictability and great wheel-to-wheel racing. A mouth-watering football World Cup in Russia, England so near and yet so far. European championship dominance for our athletes, cyclists and rowers. Unexpected English dominance over India in the Test series (as I write) and Welshman Geraint Thomas winning the Tour de France, arguable giving claim to Team Sky being the most professional outfit for some years. The Ryder Cup this year on the Albatross course at Le Golf National, just a short journey from Paris, is unlikely to herald a gentle warm down of this vintage year. The Ryder Cup is one of those events that attracts both golf aficionados and those floaters who know a good event when they see one without specialist understanding – which includes me. I remember sitting on a gridlocked M25 in 2012, our Olympic year, the Europeans started the final day 10-6 down and clambered back to seal victory. Martin Kaymer holed the putt that held on to the trophy for Europe. As he did so, a cacophony of car horns on the motorway saluted victory. Some even got out of their cars to hug fellow travellers becalmed that day. It became known as the Miracle of Medinah, the country club in Illinois that staged this 39th edition. From its inception in 1927, at the Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts, and up until 1979, the Ryder Cup was a tussle between the UK and the United States. The trophy was commissioned by Samuel Ryder, a British
businessman, with a love of both golf and largesse. It cost the princely sum of £250 and was made by Mappin & Webb in Sheffield. Broadening the competition to Europe’s finest was partly driven by the Spanish armada of young golfers like Ballesteros and Garrido senior. Since then, the Europeans have won on ten occasions, while America have eight wins and are the current holders, easily defeating the opposition on home turf in 2016. This year’s competition will be as nailbiting as ever – defeat two years ago for the Europeans still rankles. I recently asked Justin Rose what made the competition so special. To him it is largely about teamwork and friendship: ‘As an individual sport you don’t really play in a team environment that often. The Ryder Cup allows you to compete as a unit with some of your best friends. It has really helped me forge some close relationships over the years.’ So, how does he view September in Paris? ‘Our team is shaping up strongly and the likes of Tommy Fleetwood and John Ram will be huge additions for us as we try and win back that trophy. We want it back in Europe.’ His final observation sums it up perfectly: ‘Nothing beats the atmosphere and the sea of adrenalin that comes with the Ryder Cup. Roll on Paris.’ It is a sentiment we all share. Geraint Thomas conquered the roads and streets of France. Let’s hope Europe’s golfers capture the fairways and greens.
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ABOVE: Le Golf National outside Paris is hosting The Ryder Cup. LEFT: European player Justin Rose. BELOW: The Ryder Cup, made by Mappin and Webb in 1927
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ROAD TEST Can a campervan be cool? asks Jeremy Taylor about VW’s California
It’s a fact – campervan sales in the UK are soaring. The Motorhome & Caravan Show in October will attract 100,000 people to the NEC, but would owning a holiday home on wheels dent your credibility? Not when your motorhome is the latest VW California, which is proof that the spirit of the retro camper is alive and well. My own 1962 VW camper was, without doubt, the coolest vehicle I have ever owned. This California doesn’t have quite the same ‘wow’ factor but it’s considerably more practical. That said, it wasn’t designed for urban use, which means parking and squeezing through traffic is a drawback, although it could feasibly be used as an everyday car if you are happy driving a van in traffic. On the plus side, it has plenty of space for the school run – and, unlike a conventional camper, it’s small enough to drive into a multi-storey car park. The turbodiesel engine is also as peppy as the one used in the ubiquitous Golf. Sensible, everyday driving should see an average of 30mpg, while the California will keep up with traffic in the motorway fast lane when required. The raised driving position is great for a commanding view of the road ahead, while the two front seats have one feature not found in the average car. They swivel 180 degrees, to create a lounge-like atmosphere when camping. VW has equipped it with a handy pull-out side awning, plus a removable picnic table and chairs too – a perfect place to relax as your children play in the park. RATING: 3/5 handbags
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The California has some ingenious features designed to add a few home comforts to a weekend’s camping in the country. It will sleep a family of four in comfort – two in the electrically operated, pop-up roof space, and two down below on a rear bench seat that unravels into a memory foam bed. Both are simple to operate without chipping a fingernail. The roof is a brilliant adventure for children, with access via a ladder. Once the giggling has stopped, they will have a wonderful night’s sleep in a warm cabin equipped with an auxiliary battery heater. At the rear of the camper is a cupboard and a railed wardrobe, complete with a vanity mirror. Store a fine Sancerre in the cool box, which can double as a heated unit too. A Bluetooth music system provides the entertainment. Breakfast is prepared on two gas hob rings that are easy to light. There’s a working sink and a fold-up table that sits between the rear bench and those swivelling front seats. Could you live in a California? My longest journey was to the Outer Hebrides and the VW was like a home on wheels for a week. It works best with just two passengers sleeping up top, freeing up the main cabin. There’s no doubt the VW is the coolest motorhome on the campsite. It also has a reputation for holding its value – which is good because this home on the road doesn’t come cheap. RATING: 5/5 wellies
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PASS THE PONY Make your little Louis or cute Charlotte the talk of the birthday party town with these properly posh party ideas
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ecent research has revealed that parents are spending more than ever on their children’s birthday parties with many believing their progeny’s popularity depends upon getting it right. The days of inviting a few friends round for jelly and ice cream and pass-the-parcel went out with the ark, so if you’re lacking inspiration, we’ve pulled together the ultimate (tongue in cheek) country and town go-to list for C&TH types.
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DRIVE OFF-ROAD Based at Gleneagles in Perthshire, children can take part in this fantastic off-road adventure using half-scale Land Rover Series 1 replicas. After mastering the basics, youngsters can complete an off-road circuit, covering obstacles such as log piles, sleeping policemen and a water splash. 4-9 year olds; 45 minutes; from £105pp. gleneagles.com
BECOME A PIRATE The Golden Hinde is the perfect children’s pirate party venue, with five decks of history and fun to feed their imaginations for an unforgettable swashbuckling good time. Two crew will be keeping your pirates entertained with games, treasure hunts and tall tales of adventure on the high seas. 6-11 year olds; two hours; from £24pp. goldenhinde.co.uk
GET CREATIVE HORSE AROUND For the pony-mad youngster, Coworth Park near Ascot offers the perfect birthday treat. From plaiting manes and painting hooves to trying out some easy gymkhana games, all that fun will be topped off with a ponythemed feast, a birthday cake and a pony-mad party bag. 4-12 year olds; 1.5 hours; from £100pp. dorchestercollection.com
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SHOOT STRAIGHT The Royal Berkshire Shooting School organises lots of young shots events, so is perfectly placed to accommodate guests who might want to have a clay shooting birthday party. The children will learn correct and safe handling of the gun, as well as how to clean it, etiquette in the field and an introduction to country life, before they enjoy instruction on the RBSS grounds with 50 cartridges and clays each. 9-16 year olds; two hours; £66pp. rbss.co.uk
Celebrate your child’s special day with an icing party for budding bakers where the Biscuiteers’ team of expert icers will teach them the skills they need to decorate their very own full tin of biscuits. Parties are held at the company’s cafés. 6-12 year olds; two hours; from £375, plus £12 for each child. biscuiteers.com
GO UNDERCOVER Spy Birthday provides spy training sessions for younger children. Secret agents teach children facts about spies, play logic and mind games, and even use the coolest spy tools like polygraphs, lasers and Morse code with the birthday celebrant as the lead spy. A spy ID card is issued at the end of the party. 6-10 year olds; two hours; from £195 for 12 children. spybirthday.co.uk October 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 65
SEEDER’S DIGEST How to get an immaculate herb garden the easy way, says Chloe Smith
LEAF IT TO US The best products to help you collect leaves in autumn SNEEBOER Hand rake, £28. notonthe highstreet.com
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THE WORM THAT TURNED Slot down compost bin, £114.99. worm.co.uk
Plant A magnolia tree for beautiful spring flowering.
Harvest Parsnips when you need them, exposure to frost makes them sweet.
Light A bonfire to dispose of all the fallen leaves you have collected.
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PATTIE BOYD Rock and roll’s most famous muse Pattie Boyd has finally found her own identity, says Charlotte Metcalf Portrait by ALEXANDRA DAO
husband! Also I learnt early on from Ravi Shanker the importance attie Boyd frequently graced the covers of magazines of forgiveness. He taught me that very few people really want from Honey to Vogue when she was a model, wife to hurt others.’ Reading in her memoir about how cruelly and and muse of George Harrison and later Eric Clapton. carelessly George and Eric behaved towards her, both through So I’m taken aback when she confesses that she doesn’t addiction and repeated infidelity, I am constantly struck by how like having her photograph taken. ‘Looking back, I always seemed to look OK but at the time I never liked how I looked and wanted to unjudgemental she is. She’s always looking to excuse them and it’s this generosity that makes her utterly without bitterness or look different – like Jean Shrimpton or Celia Hammond,’ she says. resentment today. Yet it was Pattie’s face that inspired George Harrison to I am trying to understand how someone so famous propose the day they met as teenagers. It was her face can be so modest and she tells me a story about the first that drove Eric Clapton wild with desire and inspired time her photographs went on show in San Francisco: him to write Layla and, later, Wonderful Tonight, which ‘I arrived at the exhibition with a couple of girlfriends became the title of Pattie’s 2007 memoir, written with and we were told to go upstairs and have a drink and Penny Junor. At 73, Pattie’s cornflower blue eyes remain some minder came with us. Eventually we were called startling and her legs are as enviously long and slim down and I saw the minder mumble into his walkieas ever. At one point we talk about hair. ‘People keep Killer heels talkie up his sleeve, “Pattie Boyd is coming down now.” telling me I should cut it – should I?’ she asks. Having or country Suddenly for the first time ever it was all about me. long hair myself I demur. ‘Sod it,’ she says, ‘I like having brogues? I love It was like entering a whole new world.’ long hair,’ and she lets out a great gutsy gargle of a shoes but killer heels always Being Mrs Harrison and Mrs Clapton had never laugh that indicates an underlying spirit of merriment get stuck in given Pattie a sense of identity. She describes losing and joy, despite the ups and downs of the roller coaster the grass, her sense of purpose in both marriages: ‘George that has constituted her life. don’t they? was the man of the house and could do anything he Anyone with any interest in the sixties or seventies Dog or cat? wanted. Servants were there to obey every whim. But knows quite a lot about Pattie already. She met George We have an one of them started cooking for him instead of me as a model, when she was cast to play a schoolgirl in A Irish terrier. and George preferred his food, I felt hurt, usurped Hard Day’s Night. He was instantly smitten. Later she Michelin star or and ganged up on. Women must never let that married Eric Clapton. Her memoir about those times country pub? happen – I floundered.’ is an irresistible page-turner, not so much for its juicy In London I Today Pattie’s happily married to Rod Weston, a glimpses into the world of rock ’n’ roll but more for love a Michelin property developer, and lives between Kensington and Pattie’s endearing modesty and emotional honesty. starred restaurant but West Sussex. She still loves gardening and cooking and Behind the glittering life that most women would in Sussex I love is building a studio in line with her developing career have ripped a limb off for, is a young woman with the Half Moon as a photographer. Recently Taylor Swift interviewed simple, universal needs: she wants a husband at Kirdford, Pattie for Harpers about the creative process between to love and be loved by; she wants to see her friends owned by Jodie Kidd – the food the muse and the songwriter. Typically Pattie only has and family; she enjoys gardening and uses cooking is fabulous. praise for her. ‘She was adorable, smart, intelligent,’ as a way of nurturing the people she loves. She’s most she says. ‘I told her that the most important thing to honest of all about wanting a baby, a yearning that Penthouse or country remember is that life never remains the same. I thought was never satisfied. When I knew I was going to be cottage? my life was so fab and would always be like that. Then interviewing Pattie I asked one of her friends why Country one day the limos are nowhere to be seen and you she thought Pattie was so irresistible to men. ‘She’s cottage. can’t go shopping willy-nilly any more. You have to be just so kind,’ she answered. Designer dress adaptable.’ Pattie admits she feels she’s finally grown Certainly she was kind about moving her schedule or country up and discovered her identity. ‘Time and being around to accommodate this interview and even casuals? I’d battered around by life has made me feel strong,’ writing her memoir sprang from an altruistic motive. have to say designer dress. she says. As she says at the end of her memoir, ‘If ‘I wanted to help girls and young women and I had the someone stops me and says, “Aren’t you Pattie Boyd?” knowledge to do that,’ she says. ‘I was unrealistically Glass of wine I give them a big smile and say, “Yes! I’m Pattie Boyd!”’ optimistic about relationships and now I know how or green tea? Despite her fame as rock and roll’s most iconic muse, crucial it is never to lose your girlfriends – at least the Glass of wine. she never really asked for more. ones that pass the test of not wanting to jump on your
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Pattie Boyd is finally at peace with herself
SUITE DREAMS A hotel room is the place to let your fashion fantasies play out Fashion director NICOLE SMALLWOOD Photography CHRISTINE KREISELMAIER
Black dress, Jenny Packham. Boots, Alberta Ferretti. Gloves, Cornelia James
Dress, Roksanda. Star drop diamond earrings, Asprey
Dress, Dsquared2. Pearl and diamond earrings, David Morris. Gloves, Cornelia James. Bag, Emm Kuo
Dress, Miu Miu. Earrings, Miu Miu. Gloves, Cornelia James
Dress,Simone Rocha. Gloves, Cornelia James. Shoes, Christian Louboutin. Star drop diamond earrings, Asprey
Dress, Dolce and Gabbana. ‘Nymphaea’ diamond and platinum earrings, ‘Chalk Stream’ diamond and platinum bracelet (above) and ‘Tide’ diamond and platinum bracelet (below), all Boodles TEAM Make Up: Caroline Barnes at Frank Agency using Max Factor and SkinCeuticals Hair: Fabio Nogueira at Frank Agency using Paul Mitchell Systems Photographer’s assistant: Michaela Letang Stylist’s assistant: Aiobheann Mcmahon Tynan Model: Tess Hellfeuer at Models 1 LOCATION With thanks to The Langham Hotel, London. langhamhotels.com/London STOCKISTS: PAGE 182
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iovanni Raspini’s unique Italian creations have taken London by storm, marking the demise of minimalism in jewellery and homeware and a thirst for passionate craftsmanship to underpin such intricate pieces. Handmade in the rich, bucolic hills of Tuscany, close to Arezzo, Giovanni Raspini silverware takes inspiration from nature and its endless transformations. With decades of experience under his belt, Giovanni himself settles for nothing short of perfection and is driven by the Italian philosophy, ‘My eyes are full of beautiful things and I want to share them with those who love my world’. Collections are sketched and created exclusively in-house – ‘handmade with care and infinite passion’ – typifying the Italian dolce vita. Giovanni Raspini jewellery has long combined classic beauty with contemporary design. Four new collections remain faithful to their signature Tuscan aesthetic while experimenting with a mix of silver settings and semi-precious stones. ‘Super Bowl’ is the new statement collection, with necklaces, bracelets and earrings comprising hammered silver spheres with a rustic dappled surface that reflects the light. The ‘Amazonia’ collection allows the craftsmanship behind Giovanni Raspini to really come into its own, mimicking the intricate textures of twigs, branches,
Tuscan designer, Giovanni Raspini
flora and fauna found in nature. ‘Maui’ emulates the sun’s reflections with a silver and mother-of-pearl medley and, finally, ‘Jack’ is a dynamic new collection for men, integrating leather and natural stones into silver bracelets, necklaces and rings. Raspini’s homeware has been a staple in Italy’s grandest homes for decades and blends seamlessly into a sophisticated British setting. Inject some drama into your home with crocodiles climbing silver champagne buckets, leopards slinking around silver trays and lavish silver candle holders adorned in Tuscan flora. The skill and imagination required to roll such life into silver creations demands a visit to their South Molton Street store. RIGHT: Super Bowl gold plated big earrings, £175; Amazonia ring, £195
Giovanni Raspini specialises in jewellery, sculptures and homeware, and has boutiques in Monaco, Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence, Naples, Verona and London. 5 South Molton Street, Mayfair, London W1; 020 7629 1401; giovanniraspini.com
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While her husband was Prime Minister, Samantha Cameron was secretly sewing at home in Downing Street. ALICE B-B meets the former first lady who was never going to put her feet up
rankly, in the summer of 2016, it would have been totally acceptable for Samantha Cameron to put her feet up: four children, former creative director for luxury British brand Smythson and her husband David had just resigned as Prime Minister. No one would have flinched had she popped her slippers on. But Samantha, the ankle-tattoed beauty, who is equally cool at a state banquet in Washington with the Obamas or dancing in the clubs of Ibiza, was just getting started. During David’s tenure as Prime Minister, if you’d flown an invisible drone deep into the core of the family home on Downing Street, the footage would have revealed something quite unexpected: Samantha, at a sewing machine, having lessons in pattern cutting. ‘It did feel very calm, being in Downing Street, in my own little world and no one knowing what I was doing other than close friends and family.’ But this wasn’t just a distraction from the political swirl or the equivalent to Dennis Thatcher playing golf. This was
serious stitching. Samantha was methodically putting in place the pieces needed to fulfill her teenage dreams. ‘I always wanted to start my own fashion label,’ she explains. ‘That was the plan as a teenager.’ But she got sidetracked. After studying fine art at Bristol, Samantha went to work for Smythson on Bond Street in the mid-1990s. She started out designing their shop windows and within a year was made creative director – taking the business from a solid, if staid, company – to one of the most desirable leather goods and accessories companies in the luxury market. ‘There were moments I was going to leave Smythson and start up my own fashion business… but then we did a management buyout and they gave me equity in the company, and then you have children, and then your husband becomes Prime Minister…’ Samantha says, comically deadpan, while raising a groomed chestnut eyebrow. She finally stood down from Smythson in 2010, when David was elected Prime Minister and the family moved to Downing Street. As well as elegantly fulfilling the First Lady’s duties, it gave Samantha
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FROM LEFT: Cefinn A/Wâ€™18; Samantha and David Cameron outside 10 Downing Street with their children Nancy, Elwen and Florence; Samantha at her West London studio
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FROM ABOVE: Cefinn was conceived from Samantha’s desire to create a brand positioned between designer and topend high street
more time to spend with her children and to think about her own business. ‘I wanted to make a very consistent fashion brand for a particular woman at a particular price point,’ she explains, ‘positioned between the top end of the British high street and designer brands.’ The specific woman Samantha had in mind was borne from her own need. ‘Working at Smythson as a creative at a senior level in the company, I found it really difficult to find clothes for work at a mid-price point that didn’t feel corporate but were still appropriate in a professional capacity.’ In 2016, after nearly four years of plotting, doing market research, finding fabrics and factories, making and testing samples, Samantha was finally ready. She named the collection Cefinn (a loose acronym of her children’s names: Nancy, Elwen, Ivan, who suffered from cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy and tragically died in 2009, and Florence), and presented her elevated day-toevening wear to Selfridges and Net-a-Porter. Both immediately placed orders. And then it was June 2016… the Brexit vote happened, David stepped down and the family moved back to their Notting Hill home. ‘I’d created the collection, but I had yet to finalise investment, create the business and build a website,’ says Samantha. ‘The six months after we left Downing Street were the busiest of my life.’ Naturally, Samantha ploughed on. And today we’re sitting in the chic meeting room at the Cefinn headquarters, a lofty studio in West London, swishing through a rail of Autumn/Winter garms; her fourth collection. The clothes are great. Dresses, trouser suits, skirts with sporty styling details with enough
edge to make the wearer feel relevant, but without frightening the boardroom. They’re the kind of problem solving pieces you long to have in your cupboard; not loud or shouty, but slip ’em on and you look chic and pulled together. Cefinn is the kind of 24/7 dressing you can wear with trainers and a blazer on the school run, then slip on a pair of heels and some jewellery for an event in the evening. ‘I feel it’s my mission to create more of those trusted friends to have in your wardrobe, that you reach for time and time again,’ she says, zipping about the office in a chic navy jumpsuit, a sample for S/S’19. (It’s so good, I’ve already placed my order.) The hardest part of the business, she explains, is finding fabrics. ‘They need to be high performance; washable, won’t crease, comfortable, look and feel luxurious and at the right price point.’ She adds, ‘They need to behave well.’ This, so the Cefinn customer can avoid the kind of mishaps she experienced. ‘I had endless disasters,’ Samantha says, closing her eyes and shaking her head at the memories. ‘There was one time, when I’d just had a baby and sat down at the Party Conference to watch Dave’s speech, knowing I’d have to get up on stage at the end in front of all the TV cameras. As I sat down I could feel the dress rip down the side… it was a nightmare!’ Starting a fashion business in the current unpredictable retail climate hasn’t all been plain sailing. ‘I definitely feel like I’ve been really tested. The fashion industry is tough; but then someone emails and says, “Your dress is brilliant.” That is the inspiration to keep going.’ Her tenacity and drive are unswerving, for which she partly thanks her entrepreneurial mother, Annabel Astor, who founded the interiors and homeware brand OKA, which sold this year for a rumoured £40m. And partly, ‘because I enjoy working,’ she explains. ‘I enjoy the mental stimulation of trying to solve a problem. And I love my team and the adrenaline hit you get working towards a common goal.’ She also praises her husband for his support. ‘He’s been brilliant,’ she says. ‘He’s been travelling a lot but when he’s around he’s very hands-on with the children and I can delegate a lot more than I could in the past.’ I wonder how deeply David gets involved in Cefinn. ‘He’ll definitely give me feedback,’ Samantha says. ‘He likes very simple things; too fussy or anything asymmetric he can’t deal with at all,’ she adds, laughing. Eldest daughter Nancy looks to have inherited the artistic gene. ‘She sews her own clothes,’ says Samantha, ‘she’ll appear in my cast-off trousers that reemerge as a skirt and boob tube. She’s very good.’ Samantha’s long-term vision for Cefinn is simple. ‘It would be great to have the business in a place of sure footing, with a healthy customer base,’ she says, ‘but I try not to think too much beyond six months. Otherwise you can wish your life away. And,’ she adds, ‘I think I operate quite well in the present.’ For someone who’s spent more time than most with an uncertain future, she’s done an inspiring job of being in the moment and thinking on her feet. Which is why Samantha Cameron was never going to put them up. cefinn.com
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LET’S GET FIZZICAL The enigmatic world of Champagne can be intimidating at best for fizz novices, but ROSALYN WIKELEY ’s whistlestop tour of the region will soon have you quaffing with confidence
The exqusite vineyards of Moët et Chandon
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Harvest time at Perrier-Jouët
Before setting off, it’s worth recapping on the process and divisions that make up this ancient and complex mosaic. Three basic grapes are blended to make Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (or just one or two of these varieties can be used), all must be grown in the Champagne region to merit the name. Legally defined viticultural boundaries split Champagne into
five wine producing areas: the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Bar (which contain around two thirds of wine producers), the Côte des Blancs, the Côte de Sézanne and the Montagne de Reims. These districts produce grapes of varied characteristics that are blended by around 300 Champagne houses to create distinct house styles. There are roughly 15,800 growers throughout the region and around 5,000 of them make their own wine (known as grower Champagne), while the rest supply grapes to the big houses and to the region’s co-operatives (which in Champagne means ‘excellent’). The towns of Reims and Épernay serve as the commercial heart of the Champagne region and are where the grand, prestigious houses are located. Champagne warrants its ‘vintage’ label when 100 per cent of the grapes have come from the same vintage year, while ‘non-vintage’ is a blend of different vintages. Vintage Champagne must spend at least three years aging and non-vintage a minimum of 15 months. In 2015, parts of the Champagne region (along with its cellars and houses) were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. While many assume this cumulative bubble-run promises financial ruin, the irony is that Champagne is the local brew and in most restaurants, a non-vintage bottle is no more than €15. Bonne santé!
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s the grapes are being harvested in the vineyards northeast of Paris, now’s the time to take a trip to Champagne country to indulge in – and bone up on – the golden elixir that seduces quite like no other drink. Champagne is epicurean by nature, so when getting to grips with the almost feudal relationship between the growers and Champagne houses and the alchemy involved in the blending process, remember you’re also here for your own taste buds. Make the most of the experts and come away from your weekend knowing what proportion of the three grapes comprise the Champagnes you have knocked back in rapture.
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Troyes is one of France’s most romantic towns
START THE JOURNEY IN TROYES
ixteenth-century Troyes repeatedly crops up as one of France’s most quaint, romantic towns with its winding cobbled streets, persevered medieval houses and Gothic cathedral. This is the best place to set off on a Champagne adventure, wiggling up to Épernay via some lesser-known Champagne growers. Hotel la Maison de Rhodes, a charming 12th century halftimbered hotel set among the gothic churches and narrow streets of Troyes. maisonderhodes.com/en Le Valentino, set in the cobbled courtyard of a rose-hued, 17th-century building, puts fish (including fresh lobster) at the heart of the menu (levalentino.com); or drive to Le Vendangeoir en route to the vineyards, a superb, modern French restaurant serving up nouvelle cuisine with (surprise) an excellent Champagne list (le-vendangeoir.com). Troyes’ Modern Art Museum, housed in a 16th to 18th century bishop’s palace (musees-troyes.com), and then marvel at the Gothic architecture of the cathedral of St Peter and St Paul.
Stay at Hotel la Maison de Rhodes
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Fish feast at Le Valentino
The Gothic masterpiece of the cathedral of St Peter and St Paul
TASTE AT… LARMANDIERBERNIER, VERTUS Pierre and Sophie Larmandier are famed growers in the premier cru (the second highest rating in the Champagne region; the first being grand cru) village of Vertus, just over an hour’s drive north of Troyes. Be inspired by their meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of the wine making process (and load up on a few bottles while you’re there). larmandier.fr PIERRE PÉTERS Situated in the heart of the Côte des Blancs, in the rural village of le Mesnilsur-Oger is Champagne grower, Rolphe Péters’ estate that has been in the family for six generations, producing Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne since 1919. His Champagnes are characterised by a fine acidity and potent chalkiness that typifies the Côte des Blancs wine. champagne-peters.com October 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 87
THEN MOVE ON TO ÉPERNAY
pernay is widely acknowledged as the capital of the Champagne-making region with grand Champagne houses such as Moët et Chandon and Perrier-Jouët lining the rather splendid Avenue de Champagne. Underneath, like a subterranean city, lie mile after mile of cool cellars carved from the chalky ground. The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa is a game changer
Avenue de Champagne, Épernay
La Cave à Champagne is lauded by the locals for its humble champenoise cuisine best paired with competitively priced regional Champagnes and wines. la-cave-a-champagne.com Welcome to Épernay
C Comme Champagne de Propriétaires is a small bar-cum-restaurant specialising in smaller producers from the region where you can try excellent Champagne at competitive prices c-comme.fr
POL ROGER Churchill’s favourite tipple and the Champagne of choice for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding reception at Windsor Castle, Pol Roger is a Champagne house woven into both British and French history. Tasting and tours are fairly exclusive and require ringing or emailing in advance. The Brut Rosé 2009 is dangerously good. polroger.co.uk
JACQUES SELOSSE (HÔTEL LES AVISÉS) The success of Jacques Selosse Champagne derives from a simple concept: that good quality Champagne starts with great fruit. A charismatic figure in the wine world, Anselme Selosse’s belief in organic viticulture, low yields and ‘terroir’ may now be in vogue but was radical back when he took over his father’s domain. selosse-lesavises.com
PERRIER-JOUËT You’ll need to tap into your connections or friendly hotel staff to nab an invitation to the charming Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Maison. Recently renovated, the maison hosts the largest private art nouveau collection in Europe. The story behind the house is almost as romantic as its floral bottles, with Pierre Nicolas Marie Perrier and his wife, Rose Adelaïde (Adèle) Jouët setting up the Champagne house in 1811. perrier-jouet.com
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The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, plonked in the middle of the vineyards enveloping Épernay, has just reopened after a four-year revamp. With an in-house concierge team ensuring access to the most exclusive champagne houses and a world class spa, it’s a game-changer. royalchampagne.com
MOËT ET CHANDON Boasting the largest cellars in the region (just over 17 miles), Moët et Chandon is the world’s biggest Champagne brand with an impressive heritage. Established in 1743 by Claude Moët, the links between the Moët family and Napoleon, the various kings and emperors throughout history and the part they played in the World War One resistance, are staggering. The ultimate exclusive invitation from Moet: fine dining in The Trianon where Louis XIV entertained guests in the 18th century gold guilt dining rooms (Beyoncé was a recent guest). lvmh.com/houses/ wines-spirits/moet-chandon
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FINALLY, HEAD TO REIMS
eims’ and Champagne’s association with the French monarchy dates back to 496AD when King Clovis (‘the first king of France’) was baptised at Reims Cathedral and wine produced in the Champagne region was used to celebrate. Over 250 kilometres of Champagne cellars lie beneath the town, dug out by the Romans who used the chalk to build the city. Only a select few of the grand Champagne houses can boast these ‘crayeurs’. Château de Sacy, a divine 1850 château typical of Napoleon III architecture, is set on a hillside overlooking the vineyards. chateaudesacy-reims.fr Le Café du Palais, owned by the same family for several decades, is a well-known bohemian haunt with an exceptionally priced Champagne list best enjoyed on the outdoor terrace. cafedupalais.fr Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral and go straight to the two stained windows which neatly summarise the history of Champagne and wine-making. The Palace of Tau is where all the kings of France were crowned and held their huge banquets.
The handsome Château de Sacy
Boho hangout Le Café du Palais
HERE COME THE BRITS…
The past few years bear witness to the giddy rise of British sparkling wine, spilling onto the radar of oenologists and thirsty bon viveurs alike. Alex Turnbull of Justerini & Brooks looks at three fizzy newcomers…
RATHFINNY, SUSSEX The vines were planted in 2012, but are only just coming to market. Enormous investment, care and attention to detail have gone into this project and the results are already very exciting. They want Sussex to become synonymous with high quality, and as such are committed to creating only the very best. rathfinny estate.com
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POMMERY By far the most stunning Champagne house in Reims, Pommery’s art nouveau maison is well worth a tour with its imposing entrance hall and GalloRoman caves below, storing between 23 and 25 million bottles. The Pommery family (it is now owned by Vranken) were closely linked to the art world and every year, the cellars still host different exhibitions. champagnepommery.com TAITTINGER Founded in 1734 and now overseen by the innovative yet meticulous Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger and his children, Vlovis and Vitalie, the Champagnes of the prestigious house of Taittinger are often defined as elegant. The legendary Comtes de Champagne is considered one of the world’s finest blanc de blancs. taittinger.com
Ogle at the stained glass windows at Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral
RUINART Ruinart has a rich history that links to the monarchy, with Louis XVIII granting the family a coat of arms in 1817. It is also well known for its exceptional blanc de blancs. Another art-linked maison, the Ruinart house has worked with artists since 2006, commissioning works by names such as Maarten Baas that add another angle to your visit. ruinart.com VEUVE CLICQUOTPONSARDIN The house was founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron and it was his son’s wife, Madame Clicquot, who took the business over from her deceased husband, hence ‘Veuve’ (‘widow’) Clicquot. In their ancient cellars, look out for the 46 bottles recovered from a wreck in the Baltic Sea from the 19th century. veuveclicquot.com
GUSBOURNE, KENT Gusborne has rapidly become a standard-bearer for high quality English sparkling (and still) wine. They have planted the usual trio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and all the grapes are hand-picked. A very small portion is fermented in oak, and the wines are aged on their lees for a minimum of 22 months before release. gusbourne.com
NYETIMBER, WEST SUSSEX Although Nyetimber is arguably one of the most established English sparkling wineries, they are constantly challenging the boundaries. Their single vineyard ‘Tillington’ has become a cult English wine that is now selling out on allocation at c. £100 a bottle. nyetimber.com ■
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BURMA BY BRUSHSTROKE When SIMON AKROYD travelled to Burma, he fell in love with the vibrancy of the art. Now heâ€™s bringing their works west
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veryone has preconceptions of Burma, whether it’s from Kipling’s Mandalay or Biggles’ landings in Rangoon. Burma was exotic and held a special place in the British psyche but, after 50 years of oppressive rule, it had largely slipped from most people’s minds. The negative news flow of Aung San Suu Kyi’s arrest, the brutal suppression of the Saffron Revolution, the reports of horrific poverty through political mismanagement and, more recently, the tragic events in the Arakan state and the Rohingya crisis have all raised negative awareness of the country. These events are a part of a bigger story and while tragic, they are reported in isolation and without the vital context of the complicated, and often violent, history of the country; to expect a transition from dictatorship to democracy without major obstacles is naïve at best. But things are changing. Since 2012 Burma, or Myanmar, has been open for business. The unbelievable beauty of the temples of Bagan (best seen from a hot air balloon at dawn), the tranquillity of Lake Inle and the unspoilt beaches of Ngapali are now firmly on the discerning tourist’s map. If India is sensory kick-boxing, then Burma is sensory yoga. And then there is Yangon. Like many Asian cities, Yangon is a massive urban sprawl, but the beating heart remains the old downtown area. Here, the pavements are positively treacherous, the electrical wiring beyond comprehension and the buildings have sunk into a state of majestic dilapidation. Bushes and bougainvillea seem to grow from every crack and crevice. Stand on the corner of Bogalay Zay Street and Merchant Road and it seems that time has stood still for 50 years and, to all intents and purposes, it has.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Min Zaw. Ordinary people (Marvel) (2018); Downtown Yangon; Hein Thit, Nude #5 (2016); The temples of Bagan
Still, everyday life goes on and everyone smiles – all the time. Whether it is the serenity brought about by the Buddhist way of life or simply a resigned wait for things to get better I am not sure, and this is the bemusing paradox of Burma. The people are wonderful despite everything that has been thrown at them. We, in the West, have lost faith in the country but the Burmese men and women haven’t. And, as so often in history, it is the painters and artists who are bravely pushing the boundaries and agitating for change. Dotted among these noisy downtown streets are the many galleries, studios and co-operative spaces where the contemporary art scene thrives. And it was a tour of some of these galleries that opened my eyes to the extraordinary talent. I am not talking about the gaudy paintings of pagodas, monks and bullock carts that can be found in abundance in the touristy Scott Market but the work of artists who attended the State Fine Arts School or Yangon
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FROM RIGHT: Street market, 39th Street, Yangon; BartWasNotHere, Icons? Series (Kim Jong-un) (2017)
is a marvel to behold. There were few terms of artistic reference or resources available for years and so these artists have developed in a cultural vacuum, inventing their own artistic language and have often taken huge personal risks in order to produce their work. The different artistic movements of Cubism, Abstract, Fauvism, etc. seem to become a bit blurred along the way but Western influences are there to be seen. Inevitably, social media has had a profound influence and Facebook and Instagram are important reference libraries. To name a few, and this is only scratching the surface: Aung Myint, one of the founding fathers of Burmese modern art, is well known for his beautifully simple mother and child series and the influence of Henry Moore is clear. Htein Linâ€™s installation of the drawings he made on his prison clothes, while residing in the notorious Insein Prison, sits easily with the best of BritArt. Nay Myo Say paints more traditional subjects, but the colours and patterns used by Matisse are there. Hein Thit cites Egon Schiele as a key influence and uses comic strips as backdrops to his work and Min Zaw fuses simple traditional Buddhist temple paintings with modern iconography. There is a new breed of more street-wise artists like BartWasNotHere (real name Kyaw Moe Khine) who draws heavily on western pop culture, combining home grown cartoons with the lyrics of US rap artists. Come and discover them for yourselves. â– Make an appointment with Akroyd Art in west London or see five of the artists represented at the START Art Fair at the Saatchi Gallery, from 13-16 September (startartfair.com). akroydart.com
Art School, have undergone the tutelage of a master and are now pushing the boundaries in all artistic disciplines. Under the military junta, most forms of free expression were curtailed and those who crossed the line often suffered imprisonment or worse. The return to democracy in 2010 released these shackles, to a degree, and the contemporary art scene has been growing in confidence and breadth incorporating painting, sculpture, installation and performance art and, more recently, street art. But it has been a slow burn, with nudity and anti-establishment work still frowned upon and the avenues for showing work outside their own country have been limited. Intent on helping address this imbalance, my wife Tilly and I set up Akroyd Art with the aim of introducing contemporary Burmese art to the discerning UK public. On a fact-finding trip, I was guided through the correct customs and the language barrier by the wonderful San Naing, an artist and gallery owner. The historical development of contemporary art in Burma has been different to many other countries and considering the rigid, suffocating and oppressive environment any form of artistic expression has had to contend with, the breadth, originality and variety of the artistic output October 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 93
BE RELEVANT OR BE DEAD Get to know Chelsea’s newest resident, Timothy Oulton, whose unique outlook goes far beyond the furniture he creates...
n true Timothy Oulton style, combining the old with the new, on 1 September the furniture design company opened the doors of a new worldwide flagship store at Bluebird Garage on Chelsea’s famous King’s Road. This vast space encompasses all that Timothy Oulton stands for: heritage, innovation, creativity and hospitality all brought together under one roof in a vibrant feast for the senses. The Bluebird Garage, originally an Art Deco motor garage, has long been home to much of London’s opulent legacy of innovation, modern culture and design. The innovative and daring spirit of the space holds many parallels with Timothy Oulton’s own mantra ‘Be relevant or be dead’. Timothy Oulton’s story of antique to innovation started back in 1976 with Tim’s father’s antiques store capturing his heart and steering him away from the well-trodden path to a corporate world of banking. Instead, Tim had a vision to transform the antiques business and focused on design, reinventing antiques for a wholesale market. Combining his love of antiques, his father’s military background and a childhood surrounded by British heritage, Tim has since created an authentic, visionary brand with the appetite to deliver the extraordinary. Handcrafted using only the best traditional techniques and fabrications, each piece in Timothy Oulton’s furniture collection is inspired by the past, but reconceived with a modern perspective – resulting in uniquely authentic collections, which push the boundaries of furniture and interior design.
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Shabby sectional sofa in Faded & Degraded velvet; Inception Rock Crystal coffee table and mirror, inspired by vintage infinity mirrors
With over 40 galleries worldwide, the new 7,200 sq/ft space will feature Timothy Oulton’s largest retail collection to date. The gallery has been filled with authentic pieces coupled with a range of room concepts that guide customers to discover and explore their own interior style and preference. Featured collections include Age of Elegance, inspired by the Jazz Age where Art Deco meets English gentry, and Metro which juxtaposes cool, dark tones, sleek finishes and eclectic objects with classic finishes for an air of vintage. The new space at the Bluebird embodies the Timothy Oulton philosophy, showcasing his traditional methods of craftsmanship and
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Westminster Button sofa in Jack’dN Brok’n leather; Paradise Spiral pendants in optical grade glass; Regiment side tables in brass and hand-painted wood
The Noble Souls collection features the first sofa range ever made using only 100% natural vegetable dyes, linens and feathers; Pictured here, the Nest sectional in Old Loom Ocean linen, accompanied by Engish Beam coffee table
authentic materials, as well as his fresh approach which goes beyond the visual in a complete celebration of the senses. In a quest to revive the lost art of hosting and in keeping with the brand’s culture of hospitality, the gallery offers a storied backdrop for events and private dinners, creating a venue for the discerning local community. Their quest is to provide not only an exciting furniture destination, but also to create a magnificent space for events and connecting with people – just as great homes always are. And luckily, with the help of Timothy Oulton’s Room Planning Service team based at the new Bluebird flagship, you can bring this unique spirit back home with you. Timothy Oulton at Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, London SW3. Open 7 days a week. timothyoulton.com
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AT HOME WITH COUTURE With Matches Fashion and Moda Operandi now selling homeware, the fashion and interiors love-in is reaching its apotheosis, says AMY BRADFORD
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Alex Eagle Giberto crystal glasses; Luisa Beccaria; Aquazurra for de Gournay 2017; Bohinc Studio Solar chair
s recently as the 1980s, it was risky for a fashion designer to dabble in interiors. The experience of Halston served as a cautionary tale. The American couturier was undoubtedly a genius, but an over-ambitious portfolio of licenses for things like bedding, carpets and sleepwear, coupled with his decision to launch a cut-price range for chain store JCPenney, spelled doom for his luxury business. High-end clients like Bergdorf Goodman dropped him like a stone. Today it would be a different story. Consumers in the internet age welcome luxury designers getting into bed with high street stores, and a homeware launch by a fashion label is just as covetable as anything seen on the runway. ‘Instagram and Pinterest have had a huge impact on enabling people to bridge the gap between fashion and the home,’ says retailer Alex Eagle. ‘I think it also has something to do with creative directors’ own interests. Jonathan Anderson at Loewe, for instance, is a lover of mid-century design, while Alessandro Michele at Gucci is obsessed with decorative objects.’ What’s more, today’s successful brands understand that they are selling a way of life as well as a set of products. ‘Status is becoming less about what you own and how you look, and more about how you live,’ argues Lisa White, head of lifestyle and interiors at WGSN. ‘Consequently, people are spending less
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a clothing range featuring prints from its archive, including several by Arts & Crafts icon William Morris. It would be easy to think of such collaborations as a recent phenomenon. In fact, they go back almost a century. Some of the earliest were by Hermès, which commissioned furniture from French Art Deco designers Jean-Michel Frank and Jacques Adnet in the 1930s. The concept got going in a serious way during the 1980s, with Missoni and Ralph Lauren both launching interiors ranges in 1983. Interestingly, both appeared around the same time as the Halston debacle, but differed in one crucial respect: they weren’t budget launches licensed to outside manufacturers, but in-house productions every bit as luxurious and well-crafted as the clothes. Other couture houses followed this model, notably Armani/Casa in 2000. This is perhaps the ultimate example of a fashion brand extension: a ‘home couture’ universe with everything from furniture to fabrics curated in Signor Giorgio’s style, allowing fans to live entirely within his world. Today, this pattern is evolving once again. Online fashion stores
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: GP&J Baker for H&M; Hermès London store; Emporio Armani; Thomas Cooksey for Matches Fashion; Shrimps x Habitat; The Elder Statesman x RP Miller tableware; Missoni Home; Hermès S/S’18
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on clothes and more on experiences.’ Whereas fashion feels more fast paced than ever, the home sphere offers more reassuring, long-lasting style choices. ‘With the trend for timelessness and sustainability in design, fashion suddenly looks less interesting,’ says jeweller Lara Bohinc, whose hand-crafted furniture and lighting are widely acclaimed. ‘Design is seen as less fickle. It also looks cooler on social media to post a photo of your room rather than just another selfie.’ The most memorable crossover projects occur when both parties have something in common – for example, when Alexander Wang, notable for his use of luxury hides on the catwalk, teamed up with Italian leather furniture specialist Poltrona Frau on a limitededition range in 2015. Both fashion and interiors audiences gain something from this kind of partnership: on one side, discovery of a historical design figure or craft culture they might not have encountered before; on the other, a cultural buzz that only big fashion houses can command. GP&J Baker, a Dorset-based fabric manufacturer whose history dates back to 1884, got a taste of this fame in August when H&M launched 98 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | October 2018
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Matchesfashion.com and Moda Operandi have both launched homes departments, offering a mix of designs by catwalk names (such as the new Gucci Décor line at Matchesfashion.com), heritage manufacturers (Moda Operandi has partnered with Austrian glassmaker Lobmeyr) and young design labels (including British illustrator Luke Edward Hall). The idea is to give customers a curated edit of homewares they won’t find anywhere else. ‘We set out to collaborate with ready-to-wear designers who are new to the home market, such as Luisa Beccaria and Emilia Wickstead,’ says Jodi Kaplan, vice-president of nonapparel at Moda Operandi. For Natalie Kingham, fashion buying director at Matchesfashion.com, homewares allow shoppers to experience style on a deeper level. ‘Our customers love to discover new designers and learn about their stories,’ she explains. ‘Our homes range is about craftsmanship and artistry, with our twist and curation.’ Helped by forward-looking retailers, younger fashion designers are now just as likely to pull off a successful interiors range as their more established counterparts. Henry Holland teamed up with Habitat on a home accessories range last year, and this autumn he will be followed by Hannah Weiland of Shrimps, whose playful aesthetic has been translated to cushions, rugs and bedlinen. With their youthful, confident style, both launches reflect the growing trend for treating the home as a platform for displaying one’s personal style, says Habitat’s creative director Kate Butler. ‘Fashion has always been a public means of expression, whereas the home was traditionally private; Instagram culture has made people keener to show off their spaces,’ she says. There’s also a new breed of labels that instinctively combine fashion and interiors. These include La Doublej from Milan, which sells limitededition tableware and customised Kartell furniture alongside its vibrant
printed dresses; and LA brand The Elder Statesman, which makes blankets and knitwear and has recently created a range of Mexican hand-crafted ceramics for Moda Operandi. Their all-embracing approach is undoubtedly influenced by what’s happening in design, where the hand-crafted and the rare have become the height of luxury. ‘I’ve noticed that people want smaller labels, something special,’ says JJ Martin, founder of La Doublej. ‘It’s become dumb to talk about trends. People are realising that while they can’t share the experience of wearing a dress, they can share their homes.’ The emergence of these eclectic ‘lifestyle universes’ is contributing to fashion and design’s maximalist mood. ‘People are starting to have more fun mixing things up in their homes – they’re willing to try something a little weirder, brighter and bolder,’ argues JJ Martin. Frieda Gormley of House of Hackney – whose latest collection with historic French wallpaper brand Zuber references Yves Saint Laurent’s flamboyant Moroccan home – also sees an upsurge in clients ‘embracing print and colour in interiors’. The new Gucci Décor collection is a riot of rococo pattern and October 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 99
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Cristina Celestino for Sergio Rossi; Gucci; Constantin sofa designed by Thierry Lemaire for Fendi Casa; Emilia Wickstead store, London; Fendi
clashing colours, while Milanese architectturned-designer Cristina Celestino has created colourful inlaid marble tables for Fendi and pink 1930s-style boutiques for Sergio Rossi. She is inspired by the way fashion brands continually reinvent themselves. ‘They make decisions more quickly and with greater daring,’ she says. ‘I love fashion for its irony and freedom.’ As more of the shopping experience has moved online, bricks-and-mortar stores have responded by evolving into gallery-like environments, allowing customers to connect fashion, furniture and interior design in one neat package. As decorator Fran Hickman says, these spaces demonstrate how ‘design has the power to drive desire.’ At Gucci, the homes line is not hived off in an isolated zone, but spread throughout the store with the clothes, handbags and sunglasses. Proof that the home no longer plays second fiddle in the style stakes? We think so. ■ 100 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | October 2018
La Doublej for Kartell Componibili cabinets in Galletti, Ninfea and Geometrico. £149 each. ladoublej.com
Gucci Décor Green velvet tiger cushion. £1,250. gucci.com Missoni Home Veuil rug. From £2,932. missonihome.com
Armani/ Casa. Morfeo bed. £POA. armani.com
Bohinc Studio Steel and patinated copper Celeste console. £13,998. bohincstudio.com
Nicola Easton Espresso cups, £36 each, from Alex Eagle. alexeagle.co.uk
Matthew Williamson Deya Meadow wallpaper, £190 per 10m roll. osborneandlittle.com
FROM CATWALK TO CASA This autumn’s most fashionable buys for your home
Martino Gamper x Peter Pilotto Shearling and sandstone plastic stool. £1,500. peterpilotto.com
Luke Edward Hall Ceramic coffee pot by Luke Edward Hall, £390. matchesfashion.com
Laguna B Murano glasses, from £342 for four. modaoperandi.com
Ralph Lauren Home Mahogany, cotton and linen Jamaica chair, from £5,050. ralphlauren.co.uk
Hermès A Walk in the Garden tableware, from £60. hermes.com
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Contents Tahoma tiles from the Navajo collection. claybrookstudio.co.uk
COOKING? Kitchen news
114 SPACE INVADERS
Bathroom light by Curiouser and Curiouser at Holloways of Ludlow. holloways ofludlow.com
The return of the larder
116 TOP TABLE
Lay only the best
118 BURN BABY BURN
Turn up the heat
120 I’VE GOT CHILLS
122 THE SUPER
Layla basin from the London Basin Company. londonbasincompany.com
EDITOR ’ S LET TER
MODELS Kitchens that kick ass
PROFESSIONALS Let these spaces inspire you
KITCHEN Kitchen case studies
132 COME DINE
WITH ME Dining solutions
PERFORMANCE Bathroom design
138 MAKE A SPLASH
142 SPA GAZING
Get the pa treatment
Nymphea brass side table from Hamilton Conte Paris. hamiltonconte.com
144 HOME HELP
Top bathroom tips
146 BOLD AND THE
BEAUTIFUL Wonderful washstands
150 ON THE TILES
Bathroom case studies
152 WORDS OF
Extra-wide drawers with Latitude cutlery inset by Schmidt Kitchens. home-design.schmidt
WISDOM Elicyon’s Charu Gandhi’s advice for a beautiful bathroom
PRESERVATION SOCIETY Ultimate pampering
’ve just read JP Delaney’s psychological thriller The Girl Before. Much of the novel takes place in the kitchen of a minimalist London house. ‘I hadn’t appreciated how sensual “less” could be, how rich and voluptuous,’ observes one of the characters. I have to admit, I’ve never considered a kitchen as sensuous before but the book prompted a rethink. Turn to the designs on page 122, any of which could act as a scenesetter in Delaney’s tale, and you can’t help but admire the sleek proportions. The book has its grizzly moments but the architect is no psychopath. Phew. He’s simply a food-loving perfectionist. Ideal traits for a kitchen designer. If it’s domesticity rather than drama you’re after, rejoice in the return of the larder. A useful ‘back of house’ space, page 114 showcases the modern version. It serves as a storage area for pre-prepared dishes when entertaining and somewhere for kitchen paraphernalia that doesn’t have a pre-determined home. When it comes to bathrooms, the buzzword is ‘wellness’. Where once you ventured to a spa for a steam or hydrotherapy treatment, now it’s about creating a compact spa space at home. Page 142 shows how. Steam, float, spritz, ablute, just about anything is on tap. On page 155, Rosalyn Wikeley suggests added extras to keep you buffed and beautiful afterwards. As with all good things in life, the air-lock in the pipe will be the size of your wallet. If you are planning a new bathroom, lucky you. There is so much to choose from – lacquered washstands mimicking the curves of a cocktail bar, grainy wood-front veneers to suit warehouse-style living, unpolished bronze hinting at industrial chic and magnificent book-matched marble for sheer luxe. And if the decision-making becomes too much, pack your rubber duck and check into one of the luxury hotels on page 151, and wallow in someone else’s idea of heaven. And don’t forget your book.
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BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT The bespoke Brasserie kitchen, like all Smallbone furniture, features top-notch joinery crafted at the company’s Devizes workshop. Kitchens from £50,000. smallbone.co.uk
BLING BIN The Brabantia Bo Touch bin has two compartments, one for recyclables and one for waste. It opens with a light touch. £149. binopolis.com
RAW YET REFINED
Ply and concrete creates a utilitarian, pared-back feel in this Bert & May design. Ply can be finished raw, waxed or washed with colour. Kitchens from £20,000. bertandmay.com
TICK TOCK It’s time for fish. Swishing sardine pendulum wall clock, £21. hurnandhurn.com
ON THE PULL Tom Howley has introduced a brass wire scroll handle, shown on its Kavanagh style drawer. Kitchens from £40,000. tomhowley.co.uk
NO HARM DONE Keep it natural with sweet orange oil, sparkling lime and rosemary – vegan and allergy friendly. Organic washing up liquid, £5. nationaltrust.org.uk
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ALL NATURAL Keep things organic and earthy
Metal lights are a good choice for a steamy environment as cooking smells won’t dwell. Parachute pendant light, £386. ligne-roset.com
NEWS FLASH AluSplash is a hard-wearing fire, steam and water-resistant, aluminium panel for use as a seamless splashback. From £109 for a 900 x 600mm panel. alusplash.com
FEELING GILTY Modulnova’s Twenty kitchen collection features dark oak, Carrara marble and a bronze anodised aluminium splashback. From £25,000. designspacelondon.com
MODERN RUSTIC Fiona Barratt Campbell’s specialist finishes, such as ridged bronze dolomite for cabinets or walls, are inspired by the rugged Northumberland landscape of her childhood. Kitchens from £58,000. fbc-london.com
SO SIMPLE The String shelving system launched 80 years ago when Nils Strinning and his wife, both architecture students, won first prize in a competition to design a bookshelf. From £42. skandium.com
1 Scottish wood cooking spoon by Anna Wynne, £30. theroomservice. co 2 Halo four-piece espresso set, £39. denbypottery.com 3 Classical collection ceramics by John Julian, from £15. johnjulian.co.uk 4 Nathalie de Leval skimming stone platters, £95 each. margarethowell.co.uk 5 Cereal bowl by Hannah Bould, £35. toa.st 6 Stoneware teapot by Made + Good, £55. madeandgood.com
SEEK AND FIND RB12, a contemporary design store in Shoreditch, features global designs such as the Tinozza by Minacciolo, a free-standing cooking unit for indoors or out. Three designs – a sink with tap, a worktop unit and cooking barrel with integrated hob, £4,983. rbtwelve.com
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Larders are back. Life is cyclical and it wasn’t going to be long before this useful cupboard-cum-workspace made a welcome return
LIFE LESSONS Life Kitchens is a new kid in the kitchen launched early this year. Its Waterloo showroom boasts this dinky larder – Life calls it the gin room, but open shelves, marble work surface and mini sink all shout larder. Kitchens from £25,000. life-kitchens.co.uk
MAIN EVENT North Yorkshire’s Main Company is a family business whose USP is using salvaged and reclaimed materials. This sliding engineered barn door closes off a cool storage area for dry goods and kitchen paraphernalia. £2,495, including mechanism. maincompany.com
PREP TIME An annexe by Plain English, painted in the company’s Inky Nib, offers space for food preparation when entertaining and a spot for dirty plates and glassware until the party’s over. Kitchens from £45,000, other rooms from £25,000. plainenglishdesign.co.uk
SHAKE IT UP WALK OVER A recent Humphrey Munson project in Hampshire featured this walk-in larder. Shelves are painted in Top Hat, produced exclusively for the company by Mylands. Prices from £10,000. humphreymunson.co.uk
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Charlie Kingham’s Shaker-style larder has a honed granite worktop and oak under-counter storage. Shelves are painted in Rails No.31 and walls, All White, both by Farrow & Ball. William Holland’s undermount sink and Perrin & Rowe brass taps complete the look. Kitchens from £15,000 charliekingham.co.uk 114 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | October 2018
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TOP TAB LE
When only the best will do – a starry line up of luxurious linens and jewel-inlaid cutlery served on a hand-crafted table
FIT FOR A PRINCE Élysée Précieux dinner knife, £1,510, and fork, £1,040, inset with lapis lazuli, by Puiforcat. willer.co.uk
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD Tahiti napkin holder by Buccellati, £235. harrods.com
NEW CHELSEA RESIDENT Walton Street has welcomed Society Limonta. Maya linen placemat, £45, Onda Limoges side dish, £55, and napkins, £30. societylimonta.com
COCKTAIL TIME Lismore balloon gin glass, £140. dartington.co.uk
DIVINE PIECE, DARLING Linley’s Torque table top is inspired by the iris of a camera. The centrepiece is a marble lazy Susan centre. Seats eight, £88,000. davidlinley.com
VOGUE LIVING Faces plates are the latest interpretation of discreet luxury from Meissen, fine porcelain since 1710. For table or wall. Alexander plate, £429. meissen.com
WHERE AM I SITTING? Yellow circular table planner, £295. williamandson.com
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BURN BABY BURN These appliances are too hot to handle
1 LE CREUSET Casserole dish, from £149. lecreuset.co.uk 2 SMEG X DOLCE & GABBANA Divina Cucina, £POA. smeguk.com 3 CAPLE C789G Gas-on-glass hob, from £436. caple.co.uk 4 SUB-ZERO & WOLF Convection steam oven, £6,300. subzero-wolf.co.uk 5 RANGEMASTER 110 NEXUS SE cooker, from £3,273. rangemaster.co.uk 6 PANASONIC Bread maker, £249.99. panasonic.com 7 SWAN Nordic digital microwave, £109.99. swan-brand.co.uk 8 DUALIT Architect kettle, £89.99. dualit.com 9 AGA 3 Series ER3 100-3, from £7,865. agaliving.com 10 THERMOMIX Food processor, from £964. thermomix.vorwerk.co.uk
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Keep cool, calm and collected in the kitchen with these gadgets
1 KUVINGS C9500 Cold press juicer, £429. harrods.com 2 SMARTER FridgeCam, £149.99. currys.co.uk 3 SUB-ZERO WOLF Vacuum seal drawer, £4,200. subzero-wolf.co.uk 4 GAGGENAU Vario cooling 400 fridge freezer, POA. gaggenau.com 5 MAGIMIX Gelato expert, £499.99. magimix.co.uk 6 CUISINART Cordless hand blender, £130. johnlewis.com 7 SAMSUNG Family hub fridge freezer, £2,599. magnet.co.uk 8 MIELE KFN3769 iDE fridge freezer, £2,899. miele.co.uk
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Sleek and luxurious with jaw-dropping credentials, these beasts have the X-factor
When it comes to handle-less style, SieMatic was a trailblazer, launching its first design in 1960. The evolution continues with PURE. In this latest design the island and wall units ‘hover’ on mirrored plinths. Strips of bronze aluminium subtly highlighted with LED light in the grip channel between drawer and worktop, cupboard and frame, add to the futuristic feel. The wall unit has a touch of tradition – classic herringbone wood veneer, fitted like parquet, as a wall covering behind bronze-tinted glass. From £25,000. siematic.com
K-In K-Out, part of the K-Series at Rossana, are two individual kitchens, one for an interior setting, with a metal and timber finish, and a roof terrace or garden version that looks identical but has an aluminium and stainless steel construction. Both designs have gliding work surfaces that move by remote control to reveal a cooking element and stone sink. When closed, the K becomes an impressive piece of sculpture. Available in various stone finishes. From £70,000. rossana.uk.com
Remember Varenna Kitchens? It has now been absorbed under one name within Italian furniture company Poliform. There’s also a new showroom on Wigmore Street, showcasing Poliform’s most recent kitchen, Shape. Primarily a galley design with chamfered bronze handles and doors, Shape can be tailored to a client’s personal spec. Tall wall units take their inspiration from Poliform wardrobes; worktops cloaked in Italian brownstone marble. Cabinets, from £28,000. poliform.it
You have to look closely for Poggenpohl’s new ‘kitchen’, +Venovo, designed for one-room living. The island incorporates everything necessary to cook and prepare food – a hob, oven, sink and extractor – and can be located anywhere, even taken with you when you move. There are myriad finishes with the option of a matt black, white, chrome or glossy grey metal frame. From £42,000. poggenpohl.com
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In a Victorian townhouse, a client wanted to press the refresh button on an existing kitchen to create a timeless interior. The designated area sits within a middle segment of ground floor so the team at Helen Green Design built an island and L-shaped counter allowing plenty of work and storage space, while also partly sectioning off a dining area. A marble overhang acts as a useful servery. The interior has a contemporary vibe without jarring with the room’s traditional architecture; glass lights on extra-long bronze flex and a blackboard wall add elements of fun. helengreendesign.com
‘As this kitchen was to be part of an open-plan space, we opted for simple and clean lines with detailing inspired by freestanding furniture and a convivial island work station. The room has a pitched roof and original beams so a contemporary aesthetic felt better suited to the architecture,’ explains Sophie Elborne, creative director at Kitesgrove. Mondrian grid paintings inspired joinery elsewhere in the property so in similar mode, the kitchen design features flat timber panels inlaid with antique brass. Bar handles from Ged Kennett complete the look. kitesgrove.com
JOHNNY GREY STUDIOS
The brief for this kitchen, sited in a corridor between an office and conservatory, was for a social cooking zone. Johnny’s design knits the space together with a rhomboid-shaped island so chef and family can interact in a friendly configuration. Handmade cast concrete is balanced by olive, ash and aspen veneers. The design incorporates clever touches such as dishwasher drawers on either side of the sink and an open plate rack so clean crockery goes directly to table. johnnygrey.com
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An old property needing major renovation, this project was overseen by Scott Nicholson of Chamber Furniture and interior designer Jess Cooper of Cooper + Cooper Interiors. Epitomised by creative use of wood – in regimented herringbone on the floor contrasting with swooshing walnut grain veneer on cabinet doors. At the far end of the room, a dining table sits under mirrored ceiling squares creating an unusual reflective chequerboard at night. chamberfurniture.co.uk; ccinteriorslondon.co.uk
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SIMPLICITY IS COMPLEX Guillame Alan knows that the structure of a space is as important as the design
rench interior designer Guillaume Alan has a strong approach to his work, not unlike the fortified foundations of the homes in which he invests his process. By investing in the structure and architecture of a space, he allows natural detail to sing, creating maximum impact through minimalist beauty. Alan thrives off his clients, who, by embracing his plans, are entering a world of imagination and creativity. Guillaume Alan grew up in a family of architects and interior designers. He launched his own design studio in Saint Germaindes-Prés, Paris, aged only 24. Despite his youthful start, Alan was immediately lauded by the press, gaining access to high-demanding clients who entrusted him to the architecture and interior design of homes both in France and abroad. In 2011, Guillaume opened a second design studio, which recently moved from Mayfair to a confidential location in Hyde Park. Alan begins a project with the integrity of the home at the forefront of his mind. He treats the space as a whole, crafting and finessing the architecture, interior design and furniture pieces to all fit together like a puzzle. With a recognisable palette of neutral shades, Alan FROM TOP: Private residence, Guillaume Alan signed the architecture, interior design and furniture pieces and the sourcing pieces of art. Portrait of Alan with his design partner Emilie Le Corre who leads the London design studio. Recognizable palette, degraded ‘chalk’ (‘craie’) colour
also has a taste for noble and authentic materials such as oak or ash wood, marble, bronze, brass, natural linen, wool, silks and soft leather. There is a palpable purity and effortlessness to his projects – they express a space’s poetry. Thanks to his careful consideration of a space’s elements and, accordingly, his perfect linkage of such, the light, the taut lines, the structured architecture and the bespoke furniture pieces all reveal an emotion to interiors that would otherwise have remained hidden. An undeniable parallel exists between Alan’s work and the words of Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuşi, who stated that ‘simplicity is complexity resolved’. Indeed, Alan rewrites the luxury of a home by giving each detailshis wholehearted attention. The effect? An aesthetic restraint that creates calm and quiet beauty. Alan is currently working on private projects throughout the UK, France, and internationally, soon to be added to a portfolio of his deft designs alive in Paris’ Victor Hugo, Invalides and Place Saint-Sulpice, as well as in Hampstead and Mayfair, plus Verbier, Switzerland. These projects include cuttingedge designs for a restaurant and hotel that have yet to be revealed but, like all of Alan’s work, will undoubtedly cause time to stop for just a moment. guillaume-alan.com
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HEAVEN ’ S KITCHEN
The kitchen is the hardest-working room in the house. These all work like a dream
PICTURE THIS A classically styled interior for a family who relish the good things in life – home cooking, malt whisky and an English garden
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o fully enjoy the view outside,’ was the response to Richard Jackson, co-founder of furniture makers McCarron & Co, when he posed the question: ‘What’s your main priority for this project?’. A Home Counties new-build, Richard had the luxury of a blank canvas, while also the responsibility of planning and delivering a kitchen that fulfilled the brief, looked good and was a pleasure to use. Richard’s design meets four objectives and each one creates a natural pathway of movement.
A cooking zone – hob and ovens at easily accessible height – sits along the back wall and a sink area overlooks the garden. Plenty of worktops allow space for prepping while food storage, refrigerated and dry, is spread across the right hand wall. ‘The clients both cook so I incorporated plenty of counter tops and a decent size larder,’ says Richard. Two European fridge freezers perch centrally to allow for integrated doors as the clients preferred these to freestanding stainless steel appliances. Richard combined two classic cabinet styles, painted and natural, and used a spray-paint finish rather than the slightly textured coat applied by hand. ‘It looks a little more sleek and modern,’ he explains. Handles are polished aluminium ‘spear handles’, Richard’s own design.
The island has dual purpose. As a prepping station, breakfast or drinks bar. It’s an elegant piece of engineering – a delicate sliver of glass supported on curved aluminium arms. ‘The space between larder, fridge run and sink area was substantial so by curving the back of the bar I was able to position it with a view through the kitchen window.’ With dining table and chairs next to sliding doors, the clients have drinks close at hand when entertaining. Richard designed two special drawers with divided sections to house malt whisky and there’s more than enough space for wine – essential in any good kitchen. For garden lovers who enjoy good food and wine and the occasional whisky, it ticks every box. After all, life is supposed to be simple. mccarronandco.com
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HEAVY METAL FAN Gleaming chrome, tones of steely anthracite and buffed leather all have their place in this well-composed interior
MOWLEM & CO
n my first site visit I got a clue to the client’s taste as they had a motorcycle in the kitchen. Seeing that, I knew I could push the boundaries,’ smiles Julia Brown, head designer at Mowlem & Co Northeast. Situated in the north of England, the house has ample space and the family already has formal dining and relaxing areas so the kitchen has become a room in itself. ‘Because the kitchen was gargantuan, in essence, wrapped
around two main walls, I felt an L-shaped island would anchor the space and complement the banks of storage and appliances,’ explains Julia. Wherever you are, the island is close; its proportions allowing different zones for different cooks. When the children want a snack they don’t need to be in mum or dad’s way if they are preparing a meal. To make the island less imposing, Julia elevated part of it onto legs. Caesarstone, a quartz composite, got the nod over veined marble because of its uniformity of colour. Concrete-grey brings together the industrial feel. Sliding pantry doors with ribbed glass fronts add visual texture against the relative harshness of other materials. The client had an existing steel dining table, keeping it was non-negotiable, so a leatherupholstered bench adds comfort. The lights were sourced at Original BTC, while a Sub-Zero wine cooler and Wolf ovens and gas hob were installed alongside an existing fridge. The kitchen has plenty of natural light, with glass windows along one wall, but the ceiling is low so it can be shadowed at the back. ‘When you have an area without natural light I always think it’s best to work with it by using darker finishes rather than forcing lighter shades, which are still then in shadow,’ says Julia. The family now has a kitchen with a steely heart that functions perfectly for their lifestyle. And the motorbike? Still in position. mowlemandco.com
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I HEART YOU Hard to resist – pastel shades and clever planning
As part of a re-jig of a London flat, designer Jo Hamilton carved space for this chic dining and kitchen area into a corridor with no natural light. ‘I knew it needed to be white in order to keep the space looking open,’ she explains, ‘so I chose a lacquered kitchen from Design Space London and painted everything around it in the same shade.’ Jo added a bespoke mirror, backlit to create a warm glow, and a stunning statement light by Gallotti & Radice. Pretty pink goldframed chairs complete the picture. johamilton.co.uk
GILT & GLOSS
‘This is my own property,’ says Anouska Anquetil, creative consultant at Gilt Studio, ‘a very small room which took a feat of planning to get everything in.’ Although floor space is scant, ceilings are high so Anouska designed concrete panels to sit above standard Ikea wall cabinets, drawing the eye upwards. A wall mirror helps to create a feeling of airiness. ‘I wanted the main feature to be the floor – a beautiful parquet by Natural Wood Floor. She also splashed out on lighting from Hector Finch and used Buster + Punch handles. The unique worktop is concrete with copper powder and resin detailing. ‘It’s like an artwork,’ says Anouska. giltandgloss.com
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HISTORY IN THE MAKING The owners of this Grade II*-listed cloth hall in Kent had their patience tested before getting the goahead for an impressive open-plan kitchen
s an interior designer, Sharon Barton (sharonbartoninterior design.com) is used to dealing with design challenges. But even she was close to despair when her own kitchen planning application stalled. ‘Historic England was very helpful but others not so,’ she says. ‘I understand houses need to be preserved but people have to live in a modern way. With two teenagers, it’s not feasible to have a tiny kitchen, especially one that doesn’t compare to the house’s size.’ Finally, her wish was granted.
Originally built to store cloth, her Kent home has an Arts and Crafts style thanks to previous owner, Captain John Noel. Noel found fame as the photographer on the 1924 expedition to Everest and clearly his creative enthusiasm didn’t just lie behind a lens. ‘The house has beautiful detail, including door latches, which he obviously took great pride in maintaining.’ Sharon turned to David Sant, at the Martin Moore Notting Hill showroom, having been impressed by its furniture and design service while recceing companies for a previous client. ‘While on that project, I made a mental note to return for myself,’ she smiles. The layout features a combination of bespoke cabinets, some painted, some natural oak, and quartz worktops. Appliances are top-of-the-range Gaggenau for cooking and, for cooling, Sub-Zero fridges with pull-out freezer drawers, plus a wine store. A vast larder cupboard features panelled detail, a hint towards the age of the house, housing shelving and drawers for crockery, glassware and dry foods. At the far end of the kitchen, a breakfast cupboard opens to reveal coffee machine, toaster and small sink with Quooker hot water tap. ‘You help yourself and eat outside or at the bar.’ The kitchen neatly synthesises old and new. Contemporary marble lights by Timothy Oulton and black carbon fibre stools by Moooi add to the tempo but there’s a classic elegance that lends familiarity to the rest of the house. ‘Oak features throughout so we needed some in the kitchen although I didn’t want it to dominate,’ explains Sharon. ‘Most of the house is dark and cosy, so it was important to appreciate and celebrate the light in this beautiful room’. Captain Noel can rest assured, the house is in good hands. martinmoore.com n
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ON DESIGN | DINING
COME DINE WITH ME
Whether you prefer formal dining or a kitchen table supper, a social eating space makes a home. Turn off the TV and let the conversation flow
Tom Faulkner’s Phoenix dining table was inspired by the sharp lines and refined elegance of 1970s metal and glass furniture. Three tapered bronze legs create a triangle base to hold a glass top. The cantilevered dining chair, Angel, can be upholstered in any fabric (from £1,400, Phoenix table, £3,320). tomfaulkner.co.uk
A stunning abstract artwork resonates beautifully in this monochrome dining room by interior specialists Staffan Tollgard London. It features Solo chairs by Neri Hu and lights by Tom Dixon above Italian furniture company Lema’s Shade table. The bespoke cabinetry was commissioned from Emmemobili. tollgard.co.uk
LESS IS MORE
A trestle table brings to mind workshops and studios, adding an artisan flair to dining. For a smarter scenario, simply sling over a linen tablecloth. Add a seat pad for comfort if matching with a wooden chair or choose a design with a slight saddle seat and curved spindle back as here. Hebden oak table, £1,050, and Wardley dining chairs, £270 each, all by Neptune. neptune.com
JUST THE TWO OF US
BACK TO SCHOOL
Scott & Taylor are a mother-anddaughter design team who set out to create a kitchen chair based on an old-fashioned steel and plywood school chair. British made, each one is hand-painted with a signature stripe (using Little Greene paints) in their Somerset workshop. Scott & Taylor also designs an exclusive collection for Liberty London. Contemporary school chair, £215. scottand taylorlondon. com
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LAY LOW WITH LEHLO INTERIORS Understated elegance: let London’s Lehlo Interiors create your next contemporary, chic, cosy and discreet living space
ith French Mauritian and Spanish heritage, and time spent living in New York and London, Lehlo Interiors’ founder Cleme de Grivel brings a truly multicultural approach to her work. Here, she tells us her story… ‘I founded Lehlo Interiors more than 10 years ago. With my mixed background and a relatively large family I was brought up in houses filled with people with different tastes and cultures. I have always been curious and observant, which brought me to travel. I travelled around India during my childhood, where I discovered my love for colours and textiles and from then onwards, I knew I wanted to be part of the interiors world. After completing a BA degree in Textiles at Central Saint Martins in London, I went to the US to study Interior Architecture at Parsons School of Design in New York. After that, Lehlo Interiors was born.’ Cleme and her team at Lehlo Interiors offer a full interior design and architecture service, from concept to completion including project management. Projects to date include residential properties across the world from London to Mauritius, with each successfully completed project marking the realisation of a happy client’s own vision: the creation of the living environment of their dreams. ‘Every project is a challenge, the beginning of a new adventure, as clients have very different ambitions and objectives when it comes to their own homes. My preferred style is contemporary with an eclectic
From top: The Crittal wall leaves natural light to flood through to the living room; Cleme de Grivel; Locally sourced 1970s Mahogany and Mother of Pearl detail dining chairs; Matt lacquer cabinet doors with copper detailing frame the kitchen counter
twist, but not all my briefs are like that, which keeps me on my toes. I am also increasingly designing tailor-made pieces for my projects, which give this unique, special feeling to one’s home.’ The starting point for every project is space planning to achieve the optimal layout with the best use of space, before schemes of unique furnishing, fabrics, specialist finishes and art are proposed and sourced. Taking a holistic approach to crafting spaces that are true to the building’s history and context, while also a reflection of the client’s hopes and dreams, Cleme sprinkles projects with her own eclectic signature style for truly superior results. ‘I have always liked contemporary, chic, cosy, discreet environments, somewhere to “lay low”, hence my company name: Lehlo.’ lehlointeriors.com
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WIN A DESIGNER BEDROOM MAKEOVER C&TH has collaborated with luxury Parisian fabrics brand Yves Delorme to give readers the opportunity to win a complete bedroom makeover featuring its new ‘Pavot’ range...
ves Delorme understands the importance of keeping things new and sophisticated in the bedroom. The Parisian design house will transform your sleep with its collections that epitomise French luxury, with pieces crafted from the finest silk and cotton. Yves Delorme has pioneered innovative ways of designing and manufacturing fabrics for over 173 years. The secret to its success? Pieces that boast a classical simplicity paired with designs that remain contemporary and relevant. Especially known for its use of intricate patterns and exquisite detailing, Yves Delorme’s latest ‘Pavot’ collection is guaranteed to inject life and bring a touch of elegance to any tired bedroom – and a full set of these very bed linens could be yours! Long recognised as master fabric designers, Yves Delorme has launched a new range which reinterprets the botanical plates of the past, with their observation of poppies, attention to detail and elaborate illustrations. The resulting collection showcases a truly spectacular floral
One lucky C&TH reader will win a complete Yves Delorme bedroom makeover from its latest ‘Pavot’ collection. Enter now for your chance to win two ‘Pavot’ pillowcases worth £150, one ‘Pavot’ king size duvet cover worth £315 and one ‘Pavot’ cushion cover worth £99.95. Don’t miss out on the ultimate luxury bedroom makeover…
display in deep tones of petrol blue and moss green, brightening the wintery white percale with burnt orange and yellow, with outlines in charcoal on the reverse. Working with the world’s finest cotton growers and manufacturers to ensure its products are consistently produced at the highest standard, Yves Delorme linens ensure the utmost luxury and comfort. After all, if we spend on average a third of our lives in bed, why settle for any less? uk.yvesdelorme.com
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BATHROOM | ON DESIGN
STELL AR PERFORMANCE Beautiful bathrooms take courage, craftsmanship and an eye for detail
SOME LIKE IT HAUTE London Projects, a super-prime construction company, designed this opulent bathroom as part of a full refurbishment of a Grade I listed property. The nickel bath, from Catchpole & Rye, hand-beaten copper sheeting electroplated to achieve a lustrous nickel plate, is surprisingly light. Top it off with a whopping chandelier for star-gazy bathing. londonprojects.co.uk; catchpoleandrye.com
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CONCEPT TO CREATION C.P. Hart brings your bathroom to life with its bespoke design service
ver 80 years in luxury bathroom design, supply and installation has established C.P. Hart as the UK’s most highly regarded bathroom retailer. Still privately owned, it is specified by discerning private and institutional clients nationwide, although its showroom network is currently concentrated mainly in London and the South East. The notable exception is Manchester, where the C.P. Hart showroom houses the north’s most extensive display of top-end bathroom room sets and product samples. There is nowhere quite like C.P. Hart’s flagship showroom in London SE1, spread throughout the railway arches under Waterloo station, which showcases a wider selection of premium bathroom products than anywhere else. A luxury bathroom emporium, it attracts architects, interior designers and specifiers from all over the country, often accompanied by their clients. Showrooms remain a critical feature of C.P.Hart’s success because imagery, either online or in home interest magazines and catalogues, can only go so far when it comes to conveying quality and variety. That said, C.P. Hart’s purpose built website is often the first port of call for design inspiration and technical specifications; it is supported by a dedicated team of telesales consultants located at the company’s logistics hub in Dartford.
Dogi Fontane vanity unit in Grigio Baltico finish with bespoke matt white Corian top and Gessi Ovale basin mixers. Designed in collaboration with Stephenson Wright Interiors
C.P. Hart exclusive Camden Bath, Arc bath shower mixer in incaloy gold at Muswell Hill showroom
C.P. Hart has led the market with pioneering ranges from the world’s leading designers and manufacturers and new product development remains core. All 15 showrooms provide inspiration but, just as importantly, allow clients to inspect product quality at first hand. That’s particularly helpful with revolutionary introductions such as washlets from Toto and wellness rooms from Effigibi. C.P.Hart is proud of its design innovation, working with international design luminaries such as Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio and Marcel Wanders and commitment to quality by working with the world’s best manufacturers including Duravit, Dornbracht and Hansgrohe. No business is just about its products. What sets C.P.Hart apart is is the expertise C.P. Hart Waterloo of its sales consultants and designers, each flagship showroom trained to provide a bespoke service to every client, whether designing a micro urban lavatory or a suite of palatial bathrooms. Market data has shown that no other top-end bathroom company is so often commissioned by the UK’s leading architects, interior designers, hoteliers and builders. To complement its sales and design service, C.P.Hart operates its own storage and distribution from Dartford in Kent, meaning that all products are delivered with appropriate care and protection. The company holds over £6m worth of stock and almost all of its standard ranges are available ex-stock. Bespoke items may require longer lead times but these rarely compromise a client’s supply and installation project. Installing a bathroom, shower or even loo can be a complex process. C.P.Hart has built a network of accredited installers to minimise any disruption. C.P.Hart is dedicated to providing the best possible experience for any client, from concept design to installation. It knows that a happy client is one that takes its bathrooms to heart. 03458 731 121; cphart.co.uk
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C.P. Hart new and exclusive Artelinea PlissĂŠ in bronze, paired with Gessi Incisso brassware
ON DESIGN | BATHROOM NEWS
MAKE A SPL A SH
The latest in bathroom innovation, from silicon rugs and a space-saving radiator to super-luxe marble taps
RADICAL THINKING The Niva Bath radiator features storage space for towels and hanging clothes. £889.99. vasco-group.eu
TALL ORDER The Hoxton range from Perrin & Rowe takes its name from the creative revival of east London, blending old and new. This freestanding bath-shower mixer and handshower is available in different finishes, including 24-carat gold. Hoxton 3440 mono thermostatic mixer, chrome, £2,400. perrinandrowe.co.uk
GLAD TO BE CLAD Create a cabin feel with sugar cane planks from Ted Todd’s Warehouse collection. £66.53 per sq/m. tedtodd.co.uk
William Holland’s copper bath combines verdigris with indigo blue enamel. Hand-crafted in Dorset. £5,785. williamholland.com
RECYCLED WRAP Weaver Green hammam throws, made from recycled plastic bottles, look and feel like cotton – perfect for post-shower use. Available in eight colourways. £45. weavergreen.com
SO CHIC The Aquaglass+ Velar walk-in shower frame mimics the look of crittall with digitally ingrained lines. Pair with a black slate shower tray to ramp up the industrial feel. Aquaglass frame, £495. frontlinebathrooms.co.uk
Artist and industrial designer Arik Levy’s tap design for Parisian manufacturer THG, the ‘System’, has interchangeable segments. Layer up crystal, bronze or marble, engraved or smooth. Howlite marble and bronze three-tap mixer, £5,976. thg-paris.com
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CHANGE THE SCENERY
NICE TOUCH Pretty little things to make guests feel at home
Alto bathroom accessories in scuffed brass naturally darken over time. From £100. astonmatthews.co.uk
Chalk paint by Annie Sloan works on porcelain, fibreglass or cast iron, just top with a coat of Clear Chalk Paint Wax. Bath and lower wall painted in Provence, top of wall, Aubusson Blue. £19.95 a litre, paint wax 500ml, £9.95. anniesloan.com
TIPS FOR TOWELS Short on shelves? Roll towels and store in a basket. Wire bowl by Raft Furniture, £40. raftfurniture.co.uk
MINI ME Thomas Crapper’s baby bath has a plate for your little one’s name. £549, including personalisation. thomas-crapper.com
Matki brings bling to a bathroom – Matki Classica brass framed shower enclosures, either plated or solid brass. POA. westonebathrooms.com
1 Beret collection glass pot by Sebastian Herkner for Nude, from £78. nudeglass.com 2 Coral sculpture, £705. katharinepooley.com 3 Five Seasons diffuser by Marcel Wanders, £59. alessi.com 4 Officine Universelle Buly scented matches, £18. selfridges.com 5 Ceramic urchin bowl for cotton balls, £14. daylesford.com
BAREFOOT BLISS Garden party is made from thickgauge high-performance silicon cord so water simply drips off. From £218. shorerugs.com
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A new generation of home spas mean you can bliss out every day. So book the masseur for a house visit, put on your favourite music and reach for a robe
Architect and designer Guillaume Alan’s less-is-more interior is a perfect post-pamper sanctuary. guillaume-alan.com
GUSH, IT’S GOOD FOR YOU The affusion pipe, one of Dornbracht’s LifeSpa concepts, is designed in collaboration with Jochen Reisberger, one of the leading European experts in the field of water therapy. It can be added to the Sieger Design home spa or fitted alone and is recommended for stimulating a healthy glow on the face, or soothing tired leg muscles after exercise. From £543. lifespa. dornbracht. com
SOCIAL HOT SPOT
FLOAT AROUND Japanese manufacturer TOTO, of the heated seat and jet-wash loos – The Connaught’s top suites have them – has launched the Flotation Tub, an innovative ‘floating’ experience, where the body is supported, as if in outer space. Air jets embedded in an ergonomically shaped bath produce a flow of air through water, lifting and holding the body in ‘zero dimension’. That’s not all – while body and mind relax, ‘Hydrohands’ massage the back and neck. £27,000. cphart.co.uk
Traditionally, saunas are wooden boxes and not the most aesthetically pleasing addition to a home. Designer Marco Williams Fagioli has changed all that with Yoku, a sleek, linear design for sauna specialist Effegibi, hiding away unsightly heating equipment in the lower benches. Large glass panels feature shelving that serves as storage and also a privacy screen. Enjoy it as a personal haven or invite your friends – an alternative book club venue? From £28,000. cphart.co.uk
BEAUTIFULLY BIJOU The Small Size Premium Spa (SSPS) by Sieger Design is a luxury spa experience designed for small spaces requiring just over six metres of floor – ideal for a city apartment. It is fitted out with Dornbracht accessories – a rain panel, vertical shower, steam option, massage jets, automated sequence showers... just take your pick. To see SSPS, visit West One Bathrooms’ Battersea showroom. POA. westonebathrooms.com
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ON DESIGN | ADVICE
Whether starting from scratch or revitalising an existing room, check out our top tips
Tailor-made cabinetry can transform a room. Here, a bespoke vanity unit by Woodstock Furniture complements an eclectic interior. woodstockfurniture.co.uk
PICK AND CHOOSE ‘Like beds, baths have to be comfortable and we always lie in them before supplying to clients,’ says Sheila El Hadery of th2designs, which offers room sets at the click of a button or a full interior design service. th2designs.co.uk
KEEP IT SIMPLE For a contemporary shower room, mix hand-glazed period tiles in different sizes and hues with nickel fittings. Project by Waldo Works featuring Nene shower head by Drummonds, £2,664. Tiles by Victorian Ceramics. drummonds-uk.com
A GUIDING HAND OKA offers a design and styling service for any size project. The first consultation’s free. ‘I always recommend a side table or stool near the bath for practicality,’ advises head designer Giselle Mannering. Ladder, £115, ceramic stool, £175, towels, from £18. oka.com
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ON DESIGN | WASHSTAND
BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL A majestic washstand is a pleasing sight first thing in the morning. Oh, what a wonderful way to wash
POUR ONE FOR ME
Devon & Devon’s Summertime vanity unit has the aesthetics of a cocktail bar – glamorous curves in lacquered wood topped with granite. The front hides pushopen drawers. £6,773. devon-devon.com
ON THE CURVE Designer Ross Lovegrove has added to his Istanbul collection for VitrA with this vanity basin, inspired by the architectural diversity of the city. £1,886. vitra.co.uk
STANDING TALL A pert little frame with chrome legs, the Abingdon washstand and Claverton basin, both from Heritage Bathrooms, cost £230 each. Pines wallpaper by Little Greene. heritagebathrooms.com
TWO’S COMPANY No more arguing over basin time, the Ortona vanity unit has two sinks and plenty of space for toothpaste, creams and potions, plus storage underneath. £2,947. albionbathco.com
GET THE GRAIN Named after its New York loft-style looks, Harlem from Bagnodesign, has an American oak finish and a choice of two drawer sizes. From £880. bagnodesign london.com
Designed by Italian duo Meneghello Paolelli, the Candella washstand has a brass frame with polished chrome finish and Quarrycast basin, a stone composite exclusive to Victoria + Albert baths. £2,810. vandabaths.com
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70 YEARS AND STILL BLOOMING Society florist Sayeh & Galton brings floral joy to London’s great and good
ne of London’s most prestigious boutique florists, Sayeh & Galton, is celebrating its 70th birthday this year. Renowned for being one of London’s most sought-after florists, famed for its vibrant and creative arrangements and, too, for its excellent training Academy, Sayeh & Galton’s rich heritage means that almost a century later, it’s still flourishing… Established in 1948 by Hilde Galton, she was joined in 1960 by her daughter Brita Wolff at the thennamed Galton Flowers which was already known for being one of the most beautiful, upper-class flower shops in London which catered for the royals and London’s elite. The brand was shaped into the
Flowers for the Princess Royal in 1990
One of Galton Flowers’ earliest weddings in 1948
Princess Diana receiving a Galton Flowers bouquet
Sayeh & Galton are now globally recognized
flourishing business it is today when Sayeh Rafiei moved to London in 1998 and took up a position within the family-owned floristry store in north London. After six years of intensive experience, Sayeh had become a talented florist in her own right who showed a real flair for the art. She, along with Brita, had a strong desire to open a shop in an internationally renowned shopping centre and bring the family’s beautiful flowers to the masses. Together they opened a store in Brent Cross, and in 2008, Sayeh opened her second branch in Westfield, Europe’s biggest shopping centre. Their dream had been achieved, meaning Brita could retire happily and leave the business in the capable hands of Sayeh, who swapped the Brent Cross branch for a stunning boutique store in Hampstead. Today, the business remains as successful as ever, seeing 25 people graduating from the intensive floristry training academy last year alone. Sayeh also made the decision to refresh the name and logo, rebranding as ‘Sayeh & Galton’ to maintain her promise of carrying on the family name. Sayeh & Galton’s two London branches now bring a touch of opulence to the high street, a successful floristry Academy and enjoy a reputation as the go-to florist for discerning Londoners and high society. The business is flourishing, the future is bright and beautiful, and Sayeh & Galton will no doubt continue to blossom. sayehgaltonflowers.com
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ON DESIGN | BATHROOM CASE STUDIES
ON THE TILES
From double tubs to marble marvels, be dazzled by these beautiful bathrooms
NAVY HUE Navy and brass set against a background of marble ooze hotel-style glamour
BARLOW & BARLOW
PHOTOS: ELLIE TSATSOU STUDIO
his was a total redesign of a rather ugly existing master bathroom,’ explains Lucy Barlow, one half of brother and sister design team Barlow & Barlow. The clients, a young professional couple, travel extensively, taking design inspiration from boutique hotels. Key words in the brief included ‘luxurious’, ‘playful’ and ‘calming’. ‘We brought in those elements with cool white marble, octagonal medicine cabinets added a little fun and brass frames gave a ritzy finishing touch,’ says Lucy. The existing brassware in the house is by Lefroy Brooks – an obvious choice. Lucy explains: ‘We always try to be consistent with finishes as it brings a polished look to a scheme.’ The interplay of stone, sourced at Artisans of Devizes, is a hallmark of the designers. ‘We like to create a “rug effect” with marble,’ says Lucy, ‘creating a chevron mosaic in the middle of the floor with a contrasting border.’ The finish is smart with a sense of space. Petrol-blue metro tiles, from The Winchester Tile Company, provide a subtle green tone giving vibrancy to the room. ‘They go fantastically well with the brass.’ Max, the other half of the team and a lighting designer, learnt his trade working schemes for big events, including the Queen’s 80th birthday celebrations, before honing his talent at John Cullen Lighting. ‘Lighting is an interior’s secret weapon,’ says Max. ‘It’s the best way to create instant warmth and ambience in a room.’ In a bathroom, Max leans heavily towards well-placed spot lights, setting them close to the wall so that brilliance skims down highlighting interesting tiles. Another consideration is good task lighting for shaving and putting on make-up. ‘Because of the mirror layout in this project, we used three Lefroy Brooks opal pendants, set at head height. We incorporated a low-level lighting circuit of warm LED tape to back-light the medicine cabinets and under-light the sink, adding a presence detector – a useful tool for night visits. ‘We love creating spaces that make you feel good,’ says Max, ‘it’s the key to feeling happy in a home.’ barlowandbarlow.com 150 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | October 2018
LIVE THE HIGH LIFE Pack your rubber duck and experience bathroom design at its best at one of these top hotels
THE PRINCIPAL LONDON
‘We wanted to create an elegant design DNA that would hark back to the era of the Bloomsbury set, but still possess a modern edge,’ says interior architect Tara Bernerd, whose company was tasked with the transformation of this Russell Square landmark. Bathrooms feature mosaic tiled floors and, in larger suites, free-standing Victoria + Albert baths for an element of timeless British luxury. phcompany.com
LYMPSTONE MANOR, DEVON
The en-suite bathroom of Lympstone Manor’s Heron Suite, by Meraki Design, is pure luxury escapism. Two copper tubs, from Hurlingham Baths, sitting side by side with a view of the Exe Estuary, make sharing a bath so much more romantic when you’re not squeezed into one. The layout is thoughtfully planned with a small table in between, enough for a champagne bucket and two glasses. lympstonemanor.co.uk
THE DORCHESTER, LONDON
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The Terrace Penthouse is one of The Dorchester’s exclusive roof suites with personal butler service, a terrace and bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée NV champagne chilled for your arrival. The bath, with sweeping views of London’s Hyde Park, is a Kohler Chromatherapy RiverBath, with massage jets, a kaleidoscopy of mood-enhancing lights and soothing sounds of a bubbling brook. dorchestercollection.com
The Conservatorium, architect Daniël Knuttel’s original 19th-century music academy, has been sensitively transformed into a luxury hotel, with interiors by Piero Lissoni. The I Love Amsterdam suite features this loft-style travertine bathroom with a sunken bath and floorto-ceiling windows looking out over the Rijksmuseum. conservatoriumhotel.com October 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 151
ON DESIGN | ASK THE EXPERT
WORDS OF WISDOM Charu Gandhi, of Elicyon, on wow-factor bathrooms
haru Gandhi is founder of Elicyon, a luxury interior design studio based in Chelsea. Having cut her teeth at Candy & Candy, she is well acquainted with top-end luxury bathroom design. Here she shares her expertise and offers an insight into current trends.
Seeing the bathroom as an extension of a master bedroom is a great way to add wow-factor. Furnish with luscious seating like a daybed, bench or pouf. A metal trolley holding beautiful accessories is another way of giving a focal point.
BEAUTIFUL STONE Book or slip-matched marble makes an impressive feature in any bathroom. We put a lot of effort into displaying natural vein patterns behind a bathtub or in a shower. In our recent One Hyde Park apartment we clad the whole master ensuite in Calacatta marble matching the veins on every surface, even across drawer fronts. It took three visits to Carrara, Italy, to find ‘the one’.
HIS & HERS Creating symmetry with ‘his and hers’ sides looks spectacular in a spacious bathroom. A central double-sided shower adds further drama.
Although we always love a stone-clad undercounter bathtub, the sculptural freestanding version is currently on trend. Give it plenty of space and make sure it’s not sitting right next to a wall. Treat like a piece of art. Elicyon used Calacatta marble in this One Hyde Park apartment
HIGH-TECH SHOWERS CHARU’S TOP TIPS
Space planning is key for functionality and flow.
Add lots of hidden storage, the more the better.
Make it easy to clean – no hard to access areas.
Allow for both mood- and task-lighting.
Make grouting as thin as possible using a tone-on-tone colour.
Choose high quality fittings that last.
While we have noticed that our clients prefer simple light controls and straightforward functioning taps, it seems to be the opposite with showers – the more wizardry the better with jets, alternating mood lights and steam functions.
PLAYFUL POWDER ROOMS We love creating bold and decorative themes for powder rooms. Go for a quirky, colourful or ornate look using wall finishes such as intricate wallpapers, backlit precious stones or playful sanitary ware.
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FACE CHANGER BEDROOM FUN Ramp up your boudoir action with this silky camisole from Keturah Brown. £95. keturahbrownlingerie.com
Eve Lom’s come up with a transformative mask, which is really what everyone’s after. Netflix and chill while your skin gets a much-needed MOT. £65. spacenk.com
EARN YOUR STRIPES LA-based brand, Rails, knew that once the Brits slept in their fancy linen, there would be no going back. £130. selfridges.com
A WHITE WASH You may think that Derek Rose’s elegant white dressing gown is made from silk? Wrong! It is in fact cotton jacquard which is machine washable, hurrah! £160. derek-rose.com
No guest enjoys the mandatory scratchy, micro-bath-rag often presented in drafty country homes. Draper’s extra-large bath sheets are a welcome fluffy surprise. £62.50. draperlondon.com
TUSCAN TIME Seed to Skin is Borgo Santo Pietro’s powerful new natural product line. The Retreat bath salts say it all really, plus the packaging is divine. £71. libertylondon.com
BEE’S KNEES Light this delicious Mellifera scented candle by The Chapel, run a bath and... relax. £55. thechapel.co.uk
COOL IT Grab a book, sit in the garden and shield yourself from the cool evening air with Cotton Poet’s Snuggle Up blanket. £75. thecottonpoet.com
SLIP INTO SOMETHING Le Monde Beryl’s velvet mules are so refined, they may even be permitted on the sofa. £275. matchesfashion.com October 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 155
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GREEN DREAM Strong colours are welcoming and fun in a hallway and nature offers the purest palette like this grass-green stair runner by Roger Oates. Set against black painted stairs and white banisters, the look is fresh and inviting. Combine with a patterned floor and the eye will deflect signs of wear and tear. A palm-print upholstered chair brings the scheme together. rogeroates.com
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WA L L PA P E R
THE WOW FACTOR The writing is on the wall, striking prints are here to stay, says Chloe Smith
1 SOANE Pineapple Frond wallpaper, £370 per roll. soane.co.uk 2 SUSI BELLAMY Orange feathered wallpaper, £155 per roll. susi-bellamy.com 3 SANDBERG Chloe wallpaper, £89 per roll. sandbergwallpaper.com 4 DE GOURNAY Rousseau design, £1,643 per panel. degournay.com 5 TURNELL & GIGON Gardenia by Neisha Crosland, £230 per roll. turnellandgigon.com 6 COLE & SON Botanical Bluebell, £110 per roll. cole-and-son.com 7 ANDREW MARTIN Wynchwood melon orange wallpaper, £60 p/m. andrewmartin.co.uk 8 HOUSE OF HACKNEY Mamounia wallpaper, £185 per roll. houseofhackney.com 9 CHARLOTTE GAISFORD Blue Tiger wallpaper, £85 per roll. charlottegaisford.co.uk 10 JOHN LEWIS Palazzo Collection Albero wallpaper, £25 p/m. johnlewis.com 158 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | October 2018
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CUT ONE’S CLOTH Mix and match textures and patterns to create depth in your home, by Chloe Smith
1 PIERRE FREY Printed snake fabric, £189.60 p/m. pierrefrey.com 2 AMY SOMERVILLE Snakes and Ladders on chair, £90 p/m. amysomerville.com 3 DESIGNERS GUILD Shikhara fabric in Berry, £69 p/m. designersguild.com 4 ANNA SPIRO Kaka Duck Multi, £171.70 p/m. thefabriccollective.com 5 BEAUMONT & FLETCHER Ivory Garden printed Cathay silk (on cushion), £200 p/m. beaumontandfletcher.com 6 ABRAHAM MOON Burford Eau De Nil fabric (on curtain), £53.95 p/m. johnlewis.com 7 RUBELLI VENEZIA Goldfinger fabric (on armchairs), £232 p/m and Cristobal fabric (on wall), £124 p/m. rubelli.com 8 ROMO Forenza fabric in Peacock (on sofa) and Maize (on curtains), £62.50 p/m. romo.com 9 EMILY BURNINGHAM Poppies Blue linen, £75 p/m. emilyburningham.com 10 OSBORNE & LITTLE Valldemossa by Matthew Williamson (on chair), £64 p/m. osborneandlittle.com 160 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | October 2018
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Design Centre Chelsea Harbour celebrates colour
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DESIGN NOTES News and inspiration from the world of interiors. By Carole Annett
Plenty to see and do during the London Design Festival. Head to Focus/18 at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour for a celebration of colour. Highlights include an installation by international artist Moritz Waldemeyer, Georgia Coleridge discussing its power to heal and fabric house Sanderson hosting a psychology of colour workshop. dcch.co.uk Join C&TH at Decorex, Syon Park on 16 September at 3pm, where I will be hosting a talk on kitchen trends with a panel of experts including Barbara Sallick of Waterworks and Henriette von Stockhausen of VSP Interiors. decorex.com
‘Ortaggi’, 1955, two hand-painted, lithographically and transfer-printed plates, Piero Fornasetti, 1955, from A Volcanic Imagination: A hundred surprises from a private collection. Courtesy of Sinai and Sons Ltd. £1,250. sinaiandsons.com
SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL As if chiselled from a rock face – the Longton sculpted lamp (£288) and olive shade (£130), at Vaughan. vaughandesigns.com
Oversized roses burst with colour in Loomah’s Fabulous Florals collection. Hampton rug, Made to order, wool, £926 per sq/m. loomah.com
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Stella, a collaboration with designer Nicole Fuller for Savoir Beds, draws on her fascination with abstract artist Frank Stella. The headboard features soft, angular ripples upholstered in Teddy mohair by Pierre Frey. £19,265.20. savoirbeds.co.uk
BACK TO LIFE In celebration of Danish modernist Henning Koppel’s centenary year, Georg Jensen has reintroduced Koppel 1041, a silver vessel hidden away since 1954. Part of the Masterpieces collection. £112,000. georgjensen.com 162 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | October 2018
THE INSIDER DESIGN Q&A
LAUREN GURVICH KING
LITTLE BLACK BOOK Steal Lauren’s contacts
The designer, who has launched homeware for The Wolseley, collects Murano bowls and never uses her bread maker Most extravagant thing you have ever bought for your home? It was an
HOMEWARE Rita Konig. ritakonig.com
artwork by Robert Longo I purchased for my home in Los Angeles years ago from his Men in the Cities series. It’s an unusual triptych and I am still proud looking at it every day. House warming present? A Wolseley candle, of course. It has a wonderful, warm scent of vetiver, cedarwood and patchouli so it’s the perfect enveloping and cosy scent a new home needs. It was the first time I ever developed a fragrance and it was a great process identifying which fragrance notes appealed to me and the brand. Where do you find inspiration? My girlfriends – I have the most wonderful group of creative and inspiring ladies I am lucky enough to call friends; designers, artists, businesswomen, mothers – and I am proud of them all and find their daily lives a constant source of inspiration.
RUGS Luke Irwin. lukeirwin.com
SILVERWARE The Wolseley. thewolseley shop.com
What gadget have you never taken out of the box? A bread maker my husband and I mistakenly registered for when we got married – I always thought of nights at home around the dinner table with homemade bread but it’s never become reality.
What would you never throw away?
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My mother’s divine 1970s Native American turquoise jewellery which she collected over 50 years. I treasure it and wear so many of her bolder pieces on a regular basis.
Whose home would you like to have a nose around in? Style icon Marella Agnelli’s Villar Perosa. Everything is wonderfully curated.
CANDLES The Wolseley. thewolseleyshop.com Lauren’s Belgravia home
Which designers do you have your eye on? I have auction alerts for Gio Ponti, Jacques Adnet, Willy Rizzo and Charlotte Perriand. I’m happy to own a few of their very special pieces, but always keen to see what else is out there.
What do you collect? Coloured Murano bowls from the ’50s and ’60s. They look wonderful grouped together to brighten a space and give a pop of colour. I have quite the collection. laurengurvich.com; thewolseleyshop.com
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FOR CRUISE AND CASTLE Self-dubbed ‘house voyeur’ Emma Burns, design director of Colefax & Fowler, indulges in a little house porn from the water
Inveraray Castle, Argyll
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hen a friend invites me to join her on a trip to the Clyde in cold, dark November, I don’t exactly jump at the chance. But factor in the Hebridean Princess ship as my home, plus visits to some of Scotland’s best historic houses, and my answer’s a resounding ‘yes, please’. We’re piped aboard with bagpipes in Greenock. The ship (her Majesty’s favourite) has had rather more than a 50-minute makeover. In 1989 it was transformed from a car ferry into a super comfy floating country-house hotel, sleeping 50 guests. That the Queen has chosen to privately charter it twice for royal birthday celebrations says it all. There’s a large drawing room with groups of tweed herringbone and checked weave chairs and sofas – Mulberry’s printed velvet cushions with flying geese echo the watery pallette outside – with a focal point of a large inglenook fireplace. Plus, there’s a snug little panelled library. The cabins are reassuringly traditional. Who wants chilly minimalism when the skies are grey and the Clyde choppy? We set off for some house porn. Strachur House, Strachur is the 18th-century house bought by diplomat and explorer Sir Fitzroy MacLean and his wife in the 1950s. Visits are by appointment only. The slightly dour and dilapidated exterior with its weathered paintwork doesn’t prepare me for the assured, elegant and comfortable interior. Its light cantilevered stone stair – ‘better than the one at Inveraray Castle,’ claims Sir Charles MacLean who takes us round – is beautiful.
And the Chinese wallpaper in the dining room is the prettiest pale blue and acid green colouring I’ve ever seen. Plus my sneaky Instagrammed shot of the drawing room gets masses of hits in seconds: what’s not to like about deep armchairs slipcovered in old-fashioned pink rep upholstery fabric, chintz cushions, low white painted bookcases and a roaring fire? Ardkinglas House – at the head of Loch Fyne – is equally appealing in its rugged Arts and Crafts style. Rarely open to the public, it was designed by Sir Robert Lorimer in 1907 and constructed in a mere 18 months. ‘It has 40 odd rooms,’ as the guide says. Not to mention creative craftsmanship and what was then new technology. Its huge baths, original aerodynamically designed WC and Edinburgh’s Dovecot Weavers’ tapestries, are exciting enough – not to mention the silver-plated electroliers with naked bulbs, the better to admire the new-fangled electricity. But the way the low autumn sunlight filters through the old linen ruched blinds in the drawing room is my high point. There’s more joy for at Ardgowan House, Largs – an Adamesque building. The tour is by owner Sir Ludovic ‘Ludo’ Shaw Stewart – who has relinquished an Old Masters career at Sotheby’s to take on its running, and also has planning permission to start building a distillery next year. Its drawing room is level pegging in my affections with Strachur’s
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PHOTOS: ARDGOWAN ESTATE
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The Hebridean Princess; Ardgowan House, Inverclyde; the interior at Ardgowan; Ardkinglas House, Argyll; forging ahead
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PHOTOS: ARDGOWAN ESTATE
I’m less prepared for the wow factor of the neo-Gothic palace of Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute. It’s sort of Natural History museum crossed with the Alhambra with a smattering of India
for the one in which I’d most like to live. Deep red silk damask hung walls, family portraits clustered tightly together, piles of books, old vinyls propped up under a table next to a vintage record player, flokati hearth rug, lacquer screen against the draft at the door and John Fowler’s first Chintz ‘Old Rose’ – all cutting the grandeur. Oh, and remind me to tell you about the sublime wooden headrest for the freestanding bath. One of the week’s other highlights is the 18th-century Dumfries House, Troon. Remember the outcry when the furniture collection, made especially for the house by Thomas Chippendale and chums, was to be sold at Christie’s? I have the catalogues of the sale that never happened, thanks to the local Duke of Rothesay – that’s Prince Charles to us Englanders – stepping in. The house and the furniture have been extensively restored, and it’s now a shining example of an 18th and 19th century interior. Hats off to the artisans for their skilled restoration and, in particular, to A. T. Cronin of London for the elaborately carved four poster they completely covered in blue silk damask painstakingly stuck to the curves and form. The fabric is woven by Humphries Silk Weaving in Suffolk working to a design found in the house on a single chair. Benefactors (‘Charlie’s Angels’, according to Ardgowan’s Sir Ludo) not only donated funds to help save Dumfries and its contents but have also lent objets d’art and paintings: think the odd Monet and Dalí. As a result the house feels very layered.
I’m less prepared for the wow factor of the neo-Gothic palace of Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute. It’s sort of Natural History museum crossed with the Alhambra with a smattering of India – but all on a gloriously human scale. Its central heating is kept at a steady degree against humidity – so, for the first time in a week of house snooping – I take off my coat. Its Victorian engineering is also so pleasingly practical when I discover that the crystal and chrome stars on the ceiling of the staircase are removable for cleaning. In all, we visit eight houses and castles – each punctuated by a pampered life onboard the ship with a first-rate crew. There are three delicious meals magicked up in its tiny galley – food porn is second only to house porn in my books – from Oban scallops to the finest Perthshire lamb and unlimited alcohol. Plus baths with endless hot water, beds with daily linen changes (or not depending on your green guilt trip) and jolly conversations with fellow travellers. I move around on the three hosted, communal dining tables. I sit next to the chief officer, chief engineer, chief purser but never the captain so, alas, cannot claim to have sat at the captain’s table. However, there’s always next time, and judging by the fact that only six of the guests were a Hebridean Princess virgin, I’m sure there will be one... BOOK IT: Cruises on the Hebridean Princess start from £2,285 per person for seven nights. 01756 704704; hebridean.co.uk October 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 167
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Château de Valmer, Côte d’Azur
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Longtime beachfront favourite, with a beautiful terrace. From €337. hotel-la-perouse.com 3 Le Mouillage, St Tropez Cute, affordable (for St Trop) fourstar, next to a beach. From €294. hotelmouillage.fr T R AV E L N E W S
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The combination of campagne and bord de la mer…
… Thanks to the hotel, surrounded by vineyards, having its own private beach just ten minutes’ walk away at La Pinède Plage…
… Its sister property, where you can also stay in bright, airy, contemporary rooms.
The reassuring sense of calm at the family owned Château: a classic Relais & Châteaux hotel where all the elements…
... Soothing spa, using Caritas and Decléor, with indoor pool, hammam and sauna….
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... And 42 pretty, tranquil, unfussy rooms, are in harmony.
The two treehouses, one for a couple, one for a family, each set high in an old oak. Air con, yes; TV, no.
The walk (or two-minute shuttle) through an avenue of stately palm trees to the hotel’s private beach club…
THE BLUE APPLE A bohemian beach club on Tierra Bomba near Cartagena, Colombia, has just popped up: Blue Apple Beach House & Townhouse. Looks heavenly. blueapplebeach.com
... La Pinède Plage and its pool, bar, terrace restaurant, beach loungers, paddle boards and kayaks. Stay all day, then return to the countrified Château for the evening.
FALLING FOR GIGARO...
Forget St Tropez’s Pampelonne and Tahiti beaches. Having recently discovered Gigaro and its neighbouring curves of golden sand across the peninsula, I’m done with St Trop’s private posing plages and will return instead to beautiful Gigaro with its crystal-clear waters ideal for snorkelling. Don’t miss lunch at delightful, animated Marius à la Plage, where you can eat pied dans l’eau. mariusalaplage.com
Doubles from €260. chateauvalmer.com; pinedeplage. com; relaischateaux.com
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INSTA-WORTHY DESTINATIONS Looking for destinations to boost your Insta likes? Online travel agency CheapOair has some attention-grabbing suggestions such as the Faroe Islands (pictured) instead of Iceland, China’s Hainan Island rather than Singapore, plus the Azores and Montenegro. cheapoair.co.uk
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The Great British Escape Stoke Park is a luxury 5 AA Red Star Hotel, Spa and Country Club set within 300 acres of beautiful parkland and offers world-class sporting and leisure facilities.
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ABOVE: Ghent lies on the River Leie BELOW: Try Flemish gin at Proof
Part of the Zannier group, 1898 The Post is beautifully designed, its rooms immaculately furnished and filled with trinkets, books, old letters and vintage curios. Come evening, grab a window seat at The Cobbler Bar overlooking the River Leie. Doubles from £180. zannierhotels.com/1898thepost
GHENT Eva Ramirez visits Belgium’s unsung city hero for a fabulous foodie and cultural 48 hours
SEE St. Bavo’s Cathedral is a marvel known for its impossibly tall stained-glass windows, Roman crypts and the van Eyck brother’s The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.
Ghent is as alluring at night as it is during the day
food scene and no shortage of quirky places for a spot of day drinking (visit Proof Tasting Room for a sample of Flemish gin or Gruut Brewery). Buy the €30 City Card which will get you around the city via public transport and into all of the major attractions and museums (visit.gent.be). For a view to remember, climb the 91m UNESCO recognised Belfry, the tallest bell tower in Belgium, where you’ll overlook the city’s architectural patchwork of castle turrets, flamboyantly gothic churches, Romanesque-style cathedrals and medieval merchant houses. Back on the ground, the city museum (STAM) is a great starting point to brush up on Ghent’s rebellious past; for a modern edge, the Design Museum is a must-see and, if you’re after the perfect Instagram, walk halfway onto St. Michael’s Bridge, the only spot where you can see the three medieval towers – St. Nicholas’ Church, the Belfry and St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Come sundown, Ghent lights up. Quite literally, thanks to a specifically designed lighting plan which illuminates the city to highlight its most photogenic angles while reducing light pollution and public energy use.
EAT De Superette has it all – a modern craft bakery, hip brunch spot and unassumingly cool restaurant rolled into one. The menu is unfussy, confident and concise. de-superette.be
BUY Divine Belgian chocolates from Van Hoorebeke. Don’t forget to take a peek through the shop’s glass floor where you’ll see the in-house chocolate factory below. chocolatesvanhoorebeke.be
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ust half an hour’s train ride from Brussels (get there by Eurostar) brings you to the heart of genteel Ghent. Far less busy than its bigger, brasher brothers – Brussels or Bruges – this navigable-by-foot city is a hidden, almost low-key treasure of a city. Make your base 1898 The Post, a former dilapidated post office which has been immaculately restored and now houses Ghent’s finest and most charismatic hotel. Pack cobblestone-friendly shoes and feel like you’re discovering, for once, something new away from the well-trodden tourist track. You’ll be rewarded with pockets of greenery, beautiful canals, stunning architecture (both modern and medieval), charming coffee shops (head to Vandekerckhove who have been roasting beans since 1854), a progressive arts and
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A PASSAGE TO INDIA From urban oases to Himalayan havens, via ayurvedic sanctuaries, India opens her arms wide. Run to her embrace. By Daisy Finer and Caroline Phillips
WILDFLOWER HALL, SHIMLA IN THE HIMALAYAS – AN OBEROI RESORT, Shimla
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Peeping out above a pine forest, Oberoi’s mountain retreat in the foothills of the Himalayas can’t help but sweep you off your feet. Built on the site of Lord Kitchener’s summer residence, it’s Alpine lodge meets colonial old-world charm. The 85 rooms with marble bathrooms are calm, neutral and cosy with Burmese teak panels, roaring fires and polished parquet floors. Best of all are the floor-to-ceiling windows which max out the spectacular snow-capped view. The main restaurant mixes local specialities with international cuisine – ask for a table in the conservatory so you can fully lap up the verdant surrounds. Days are filled with woodland walks, mountain biking, white-water rafting and golf. Shimla, once the summer capital of the British Raj, is just under an hour’s drive away. There’s great shopping there but it’s more about the extraordinary all-out Britishness of the town with baronial-style architecture, racecourse, cricket ground (the highest in the world at over 8,000ft) and an ice rink. Back at base, flop in the glass-walled spa, hidden in the forest, which has sublime ayurvedic treatments. BOOK IT: Doubles from approx. £390. oberoihotels.com 172 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | October 2018
FOOD & TRAVEL RAAS JODHPUR, Jodhpur
With famously startling views up to Jodhpur’s 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, which looks especially magical at night, this sleek, chic 39-bedroom boutique hotel was the first of its kind in India. Merging both modern and ancient styles, it combines rose sandstone, jaali slashed shutters and splashes of Brahmin blue paintwork with beautifully designed pared-back interiors, contemporary furniture, outdoor terraces and snappy staff. The courtyard swimming pool is a quiet oasis: complete with white canopied sunbeds and a delicious menu of salads and light lunches. Both the hotel’s restaurants major in organic herbs and vegetables grown in the grounds – and, in keeping with the old-meets-new philosophy, you can feast on everything from Rajasthani curries to margherita pizzas or pad Thai. Children are welcome, and there’s a gorgeous small spa to boot. A winner. Check out the new suites if you want to go all out. BOOK IT: Doubles from approx. £127. raasjodhpur.com
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THE IMPERIAL, Delhi
With a refined, slightly formal atmosphere, The Imperial isn’t about what’s hip or trendy, instead it offers a step back to Anglo-Indian colonial-era nostalgia, complete with vintage photographs, rattan furniture, vast marble floors, and bedrooms swathed in thick curtains. Of the four restaurants The Spice Route is the prettiest with handpainted wall murals, potted palms and the best mulligatawny soup ever. The bookshop is one of the best in India and the spa won’t disappoint either – it’s architecturally stunning with elaborate wooden doors, beautiful arches, plenty of wide, cool spaces and a team who really care for your wellbeing. Treatments span from ayurvedic to signature massages. And, of course, when you want a break from Delhi’s traffic – which seemingly gets worse and worse – the lovely outdoor swimming pool awaits. A blissful escape. BOOK IT: Doubles from £200 B&B. theimperialindia.com
NEED TO KNOW For advice on these and other delicious places to stay, from boutique urban gems to private palaces, wellness retreats, trains, river cruises and safaris contact Greaves Travel who also have at their expert fingertips the best in guides, naturalists, personal shoppers and yogis. 020 7487 9111. greavesindia. co.uk
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AND YOU CAN’T COME TO INDIA WITHOUT SOME AYURVEDIC INDULGENCE... SWASWARA, Karnataka
Imagine 26 acres next to Om beach and the Arabian Sea for an Ayurveda Rejuvenation holiday to perk you up quickly using the ancient principles of ayurveda – but without any of that nasty guzzling of medicated ghee or purging. You’ll sleep in a thatched villa (one of 24) of local stone with an al fresco shower that lures inquisitive monkeys. After your ayurveda doc’s thumbs up, you’ll get stuck into daily group asanas (yogic poses) and learn more meditation and breathing techniques than most have had ayurvedic hot dinners. And bliss out with massages – therapeutically prescribed, natch – appropriate for your dosha (or body humor) from shirodhara (a trickle of warm, medicated oil poured onto your forehead) to kizhi massages with toasty medicinal poultices. There’s also meditative art and pottery, a boat cruise to Gokarna (think pilgrims, holy cows and temples) and interactive cookery classes. In between all these de-stressing activities, you’ll chat to smart Euro money or relax in the open-sided restaurant or beachside grill sipping warm herbal water and eating raw banana dosa and tamarind roti – your dosha-specific diet. Impossible not to leave with a spring in your step and joy in your heart. BOOK IT: Seven-night Ayurveda Rejuvenation, approx. £2,205. swaswara.com
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FOOD & TRAVEL SOUKYA, Bangalore
When the NHS decided to launch ayurveda and yoga in a London facility, it was to Soukya’s cofounder, Dr Mathai, that they turned. (It helps that he’s also one of Prince Charles’ doctors.) Although Soukya does pampering breaks (hot stone to four-handed massages), it’s more hospital than spa. They offer a combo of traditional systems and complementary therapies, tackling mild eczema to diabetes. There are lots of rules – if you sneak a fag, you’re fined $5,000 – to make treatments more effective. This doesn’t deter its starry clientele – from the Duchess of Cornwall (five visits) to Archbishop Desmond Tutu (three stays). Food is tasty sattvic (full of positive vibrations), vegetarian and grown midst tropical flowers on the 30 organic acres surrounding the 25 bungalows. Decor is provincial Indian and a bit tired. But the treatments are spot on: highly individualised – you may have acupuncture, homeopathy and mud therapy on one day – and the doctors and therapists are top notch. When you’re not supine, there’s daily yoga and meditation, tours with a sari-clad doctor of their ayurvedic medicinal garden and their onsite production of medicated oils with bubbling cauldrons of herbal concoctions. You’ll leave with luminescent skin, Himalayan-crystal clear eyes, inches loss and good intentions. BOOK IT: Seven nights, from £2,800. soukya.com
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BEST FOR SILENCE
After a wellness consultation with a kurta-clad ayurvedic doc, you’ll don a necklace emblazoned Sshhhreyas – so people know you’re not talking. You’re doing mouna – the practice of silence – although there’s a pen and paper for essential communications. Days pass in an illuminating way with guided trataka (candle meditation) and yoga nidra (a state between sleep and wakefulness), alongside pranayama (yogic breathing exercises), massages and group chanting. Plus guided walking meditations in 25 acres with bougainvillea and jackfruit trees. Bag a garden cottage with a cool tented ceiling and shower open to the sky. At meals you’ll be seated alone (helps you keep schtum) as you savour – mindfully, please – your white millet roti and aubergine masala, everything organic and veggie. Soon aware of your inner conversation and behaviour patterns that cause you stress, you’ll wake brightly for 6 30am group yoga in the yoga shala amid twittering jungle birds and wafts of sandalwood, then fall asleep at night with a meditative thought (they pop a spiritual quote from the likes of Osho on your pillow). And you’ll leave with a bit of clarity and peace. BOOK IT: Seven-night Silent Retreat, from $2,290 single occupancy. shreyasretreat.com October 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 175
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BACK TO HIS ROOTS
Internationally acclaimed chef Laurent Tourondel has opened his first European restaurant at Hotel Café Royal – which, in a deliciously ironic departure from the norm, is where the French chef actually learned to cook as a weekend temp. Yes, that’s right – in Britain! Bask in the pride of it all while savouring his sushi and grilled dishes. hotelcaferoyal.com
The world’s first ‘Space Champagne’ is a giant leap, says Clementina Jackson
Now that we may have discovered evidence of life on Mars, the next obvious step was to correct an ageold wrong: the lack of champagne in outer space. How astronauts managed until now to survive without a well-deserved end-of-Earth-day glass of fizz is anyone’s guess. Mumm’s Grand Cordon Stellar marks a new era for space exploration. mumm.com
London may be the culinary capital of the world, but British food itself has depressingly little to do with it. According to the London Restaurant Festival, we owe it all to ten cuisines – and they’re flying in the top chefs from each in celebration of their 10th edition. Beg, borrow or steal a ticket for suppers with Bill Granger, Martin Morales and Anne-Sophie Pic. Events throughout October. londonrestaurantfestival.com 1 MASTER The art of choux pastry – at long last! Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is hosting a one-off masterclass on 29 October. £250pp. alainducassedorchester.com
CALLING ALL FOODIES Foodie festival fever is far from over. Manchester proves there’s more to its culinary scene than meat pies and gravy (27 Sept to 8 Oct. foodanddrinkfestival. com), Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates 22 years of raw Cornish talent (11-14 Oct. falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk), and Dartmouth showcases the best of the south west (19-21 Oct. dartmouthfoodfestival.com).
2 PACK The kids off to uni armed with MOB Kitchen’s new cookbook for parental peace of mind. £14.99. Pavilion Books 3 EAT High tea meets high heels with Charlotte Olympia x Ladurée macarons. £21.50. laduree.co.uk 4 DRINK Tequila and tonic. In a world first, Patrón has collaborated with FeverTree to create a specially-paired mixer. Olé¡ patrontequila.com
GLORIOUS TENTH We have many things to thank Angela Hartnett for, including being the first woman to take over The Connaught hotel’s illustrious kitchens and giving us the Italian food Mecca Murano. Adding to her roster of good deeds, she’s celebrating the restaurant’s 10th birthday with a series of one-off dinners with Mark Hix, Jason Atherton and Marcus Wareing. Salute! muranolondon.com 176 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | October 2018
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OH DEER! John Williams, executive chef at The Ritz, puts his spin on the traditional Wellington
John on golfing and wining and dining Nigella in the south of France
What’s your food philosophy? Classic evolution. Without a doubt. And relevant. What was the first dish you learnt to cook? Spaghetti bolognese and then a curry – these were both very exotic at the time.
Strange though it may seem, the Wellington is an ideal dish for every novice cook as it is prepared in stages and in advance. There is a moment of suspense as the Wellington’s pastry is sliced at the table, to reveal the fillet – cooked rare. INGREDIENTS SERVES 4
» Butter » Goose liver » 600g venison fillet » 500g ready-made puff pastry » Plain flour » Egg, to glaze For the duxelles
» 2 tsp vegetable oil » King oyster mushrooms, finely diced » 10g shallot, finely diced » 1 garlic clove, finely diced » 50ml double cream For the chicken mousse
» 500g chicken breasts » 1 tsp sea salt flakes » 2 egg whites » 500ml double cream For the pancakes
» 3 eggs » 300g plain flour » 150ml milk » Butter
Melt half the butter in a pan and sear the goose liver on each side for a minute or two. Remove and leave to cool. Once cooled, put the liver into the centre of the venison fillet. Roll up and tie tightly with string. Over a medium heat, melt the rest of the butter and place the rolled venison fillet in the pan and brown. Remove and once cooled, remove the string. For the duxelles: heat the oil in the pan and add the mushrooms. Cook over a low-medium heat until the mushrooms are almost dry. Add the shallot and garlic, letting them sweat for a couple of minutes. Pour in the cream, turn up the heat and let it thicken. Remove the pan and let the mixture cool. For the chicken mousse: blend the chicken with the salt and egg whites in a bowl. Put the bowl on to ice and, little by little, beat the cream into the chicken mixture. Mix together the pancake ingredients. Heat a pan, brush it with butter, pour in the batter and make a couple of pancakes. Mix the cooled duxelle with the chicken mousse. Lay the pancakes onto the chopping board slightly overlapping. Spread some of the chicken mousse and duxelle onto the pancakes. Lay the venison on top. Place more of the chicken mixture on top of the fillet. Wrap the pancakes around the fillet. Lightly dust a work surface with flour, then roll out the pastry to a thickness of about 3mm. Put the pancake-wrapped fillet on top of the pastry and wrap it up. Use egg wash to seal the sides and brush the top. Place on a baking tray and bake the Wellington for 20 minutes at 200˚C. The pastry should be golden. Let it rest for ten minutes before carving.
Most vivid childhood food memory? Helping my mam in the kitchen. She was legendary for her Sunday lunches. I remember helping her to make plate pies, where you line the plate with pastry and add the filling (sweet or savoury) and then cover the top with pastry. It was very simple cooking with simple flavours, but I still remember the smells today that filled the kitchen. Favourite ingredient that is in season now and how are you using it? I’d have to say grouse. My grouse recipe from the cookbook is roasted grouse with blackberries and ceps, which is a great dish for autumn. Most memorable meal out and what made it so special? Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck because of the way that they totally engage with the customer, they take you on a journey. I went with three of my sous chefs as a celebration after we were awarded the Michelin star. The food was exquisite and the best I’d ever eaten. When you’re not in the kitchen, where are you? There is a very good chance that I’ll be on the golf course. What’s in your fridge right now? Burrata, tomatoes, salad, a bottle of sparkling rosé wine and a bottle of ginger beer. Least favourite ingredient? Anchovies. Who would you most like to take out for dinner and where would you take them? Nigella. And we’d go to the Château de la Chèvre d’or in Èze in the south of France. I like the walk up there and the views are fantastic.
The Ritz London: The Cookbook by John Williams MBE is published by Mitchell Beazley, £30.
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FORK & FIELD Something old and something new is a winning combination, says Clementina Jackson
OLDIES BUT GOODIES London classics that have nailed the revamp
Brasserie Prince Edinburgh
In food as in life, trends come and go – but excellence starts at home. This is the concept behind the newly opened Brasserie Prince at Edinburgh’s iconic Balmoral hotel, a natural marriage between the Roux and Forte families. Olga Polizzi’s inimitable interiors elevate the traditional brasserie to an elegant eatery, but importantly the overall atmosphere is relaxed and familiar. Traditional French cuisine is not as à la mode as it once was, but Alain Roux’s classics makes you question why. The unctuous Normandy onion soup and Beef bourguignon are hearty and nostalgic, while Scallops à la Parisienne and sautéed frogs’ legs Provençal are a chic, retro throwback. These are family dishes which the Rouxs have served for many years, but updated by using mainly Scottish produce whose excellence even the French cannot deny. Mains from £16.50. roccofortehotels.com
ROUX AT THE LANDAU The Langham Hotel’s elegant French restaurant reopened earlier this year, complete with a striking central bar, tempting cheese cabinet and Nicolas Pasquier’s punchy new menu which is as pleasing on the eye as it is on the palate. Don’t skimp on the wine – this is the place to go for an extra special occasion. rouxatthelandau.com
Freak Scene, Soho
Soho’s timeless party vibes emanate from Freak Scene, the new fusion restaurant and bar which started life as a terrifically popular Farringdon pop-up. Its glass front is flung open at the first hint of warmth, with indie-rock and wafts of fried deliciousness luring in passers-by who are blissfully unaware of how easily their night could now get out of hand. It’s hard to put your finger on the exact cuisine you’re letting yourself in for. Described as ‘curious Asian plates’, the chefs behind the flaming Robata grills mix Japanese, Singaporean, Malay and Thai flavours like guests are encouraged to mix drinks. The resulting small-plates menu is a foodie’s dream – black cod tacos, chicken-fried chicken with peanut soy and salmon sashimi pizza with truffle ponzu are revelations, while the chilli crab and avocado ‘wonton bombs’ merit scribbles of praise all over the loos. Mains from £13.50. freakscene.london
THIS MONTH I’M… 1 Heading north to Tommy Banks’ new restaurant Roots in York (rootsyork.com). 2 Begrudgingly revealing one of London’s best-kept foodie secrets. Jidori in Covent Garden is my go-to for wallet-friendly Japanese comfort food (jidori.co.uk). 3 Exploring my new-found love of sake with unlimited samples at the largest celebration of the rice wine outside of Japan (joyofsake.com).
KASPAR’S AT THE SAVOY One of London’s finest seafood restaurants has taken a new direction, with a menu that’s inspired by the seasons rather than bound by them. The newly appointed team is young and dynamic, especially evident in their contemporary twist on each element of the exquisite seafood platter. kaspars.co.uk
SIMPSON’S IN THE STRAND Fresh from last year’s extensive refurbishment, Simpson’s in the Strand is certainly back to its former glory. The legendary carvery trolley remains – but William Hemming’s new bill of fare is firmly of the moment. simpsonsinthestrand.co.uk
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HOUSE OF THE MONTH Who is behind the design? The owners, Graeme and Alex Ellisdon. Graeme founded luxury leather brand Osprey. They have been meticulous in their conversion with the help of London architects Brooks Murray, transforming a collection of derelict farm buildings into a stylish, modern family home. Best room in the house? The kitchen lets the outside in and is an ideal spot for entertaining guests. It has a sliding glass wall into the garden and also connects to the dining room. What would parties be like here? As well as the galleried drawing room, entertaining here can spill into the media room with doors leading into the garden and private pool area. There is a separate coach house for weekend guests.
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What makes this property so special? The well-organised, comfortable layout is unlike traditional barn conversions. Best place to unwind? The bathroom at the top of the house has a bath made for two, with a glazed wall overlooking the garden and changing skies, while the study is a great place for quiet reflection. What is the garden like? The multilevel garden designed by Julie Toll is packed full of planting. Features include a parterre with espalier fruits, a koi pond, a tennis court with summer house and a sheltered table tennis area. Where can we send the kids to school? There are a range of reputable state and private schools here, including Heath Mount, Beechwood Park, St Albans Girls’ and Boys’, and Princess Helena. Nearby Codicote has a popular primary school. 020 7318 5025; struttandparker.com
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THIS PICTURE: Sherborne and its golden-stoned almshouse and abbey. BELOW: The beach at Burton Bradstock is around 30 miles from Sherborne
L E T ’ S M O V E T O . ..
ast trains and motorways haven’t reached Sherborne in Dorset yet the market town is becoming a hot spot for London leavers. According to property finder Ben Horne of Middleton Advisors (middletonadvisors.com), the area’s lack of connection is appealing to those who crave authentic country living rather than the flashy Home Counties version. ‘It is a pretty and traditional town with everything you need yet not too over-done, and from Sherborne station you can be at Waterloo within two hours,’ he says. Despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, sales around Sherborne are up year on year, according to Luke Pender-Cudlip of the local Knight Frank office. This is partly due, he says, to the fact that the villages surrounding the town appear good value compared with both the Home Counties and the more fashionable West Country in Devon and Cornwall. ‘Those only needing to maintain loose ties to the capital used to move out to the Cotswolds, Devon or Cornwall,’ he explains. ‘Now they are looking to Dorset and Somerset, which have a good stock of picturepostcard villages within reasonable travelling times of London.’ Sherborne has always been on Londoners’ radar, mainly due to its excellent public schools. There are Outstanding-rated primary schools and seven local prep schools including Sherborne Prep, Sandroyd, Port Regis and Hanford. Meanwhile Sherborne and Sherborne Girls’ in the town itself offer single-sex full boarding with plenty of opportunities for socialising with the opposite sex, while nearby are the co-educational Bryanston, Millfield and Canford.
Now, though, for those working from home for part of the week, it is becoming a realistic place to settle. ‘Sherborne is a magnet for families,’ Pender-Cudlip continues. ‘People don’t tend to commute to London daily but they might do a couple of times a week.’ He moved with his family from Wandsworth to the area eight years ago and hasn’t looked back. ‘The children were too busy playing on rope swings and catching caterpillars to miss London,’ he says. Such is the demand for properties in the area that the best houses change hands privately. ‘So many of the houses are passed down through families and others sell discreetly off market,’ Horne explains. The golden triangle between Sherborne, Castle Cary (with mainline trains to Paddington) and Gillingham, is peppered with manors and sprawling farmhouses, some dating from the Queen Anne era, as well as fine Georgian rectories. One of the best examples on the market this autumn is the Old Rectory at Nether Compton, a Georgian house with a Victorian extension, elegant accommodation, rolling lawns, stables and paddocks (£2.65m. struttandparker.com). ‘The equivalent in Hampshire would cost £3m,’ Horne says. Not all those leaving London for the Sherborne area are on the hunt for a country pile, though, Pender-Cudlip continues. ‘For some, the dream is a quintessential English cottage within a village community with a pub and a shop,’ he explains. Some use their village house as a second home while they are still living in London, moving to a bigger
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PROPERTY house when they eventually cut ties with the capital. Others are downsizers moving to a smaller lock-upand-leave property once their children have left home. Dorset villages tend to be quieter than those in the Home Counties with post offices and cricket greens, which is why many buy in Sherborne itself. ‘For those not quite ready for the slower pace of rural village life, a good market town rich in social and cultural possibilities offers a middle ground,’ Pender-Cudlip says. Once a rich wool town, Sherborne is straight out of a Thomas Hardy novel (Far from the Madding Crowd was filmed here): its winding streets are flanked by golden stone buildings with Tudor gateways, Georgian townhouses, and there is a vast 15th-century abbey. It is less polished than Home Counties towns such as Midhurst in West Sussex, but it is by no means dowdy or sleepy. There are cafés, pubs, independent shops, a Waitrose and droves of chattering children parading up and down Cheap Street, the main shopping thoroughfare. Surrounding the town are country excellent pubs – the Rose and Crown at Trent and the Queen’s Arms at Corton Denham, for example – and there are also London-style cafés and restaurants, too: The Green in Sherborne, The Roth Bar & Grill at Hauser & Wirth in nearby Bruton and the Brassica in Beaminster. There are also plenty of options for lunch on the beach (although the coast is roughly 30 miles away): The Riverside in West Bay, HIX Oyster & Fish House in Lyme Regis, the Crab House Café in Weymouth and Rick Stein in Sandbanks. ‘Dorset has no motorways yet you don’t feel disconnected,’ Pender-Cudlip confirms. ‘Sherborne is two hours from London and two hours from Rock. You could say it is an ideal location.’ As he walks through Sherborne to his office, he wonders why more people don’t make the move. ‘It is a curiously English phenomenon, this draw of rural living,’ he says. ‘People have always had practical reasons for doing it but now, as life gets busier, the incentive is even greater.’ There is nothing, he continues, quite like slowing down a little and taking a breath. And the countryside around Sherborne is an idyllic place to do it. Canford is one of the excellent nearby independent schools
WHEN IN SHERBORNE A decent cup of coffee Oliver’s Coffee House has been a Sherborne institution for decades. oliverscoffee house.co.uk A day on the beach Head to Burton Bradstock and enjoy crab sandwiches at the Hive Beach Café. hivebeachcafe.co.uk A day out with the kids Climb aboard concorde and an aircraft carrier at The Fleet Air Arm, Europe’s largest naval aviation museum. fleetairarm.com A pub lunch The Plume of Feathers, dating from 1590, is located directly opposite Sherborne Abbey. theplumeoffeathers sherborne.co.uk An autumn picnic Walk through the woods to Sherborne Castle with a hamper from the Pear Tree deli. peartreedeli.co.uk Date night The Green, in a pretty Grade II listed house in Sherborne, serves classical, locally sourced food. greenrestaurant.co.uk
Sherborne, £2.75m The handsome and beautifully presented Georgian-style Stockbridge House is within easy reach of Sherborne. There is plenty of space for a growing family with six bedrooms, plus a three-bedroom cottage and a range of outbuildings and stables. The grounds include lawns, parterre, a rose garden and paddocks. 01202 856800. savills.com
Kington Magna, £1.275m Seventeenth-century Prospect Farm has panoramic views across the Blackmore Vale and is three miles from Gillingham station. Accommodation includes five bedrooms plus a series of attic rooms with double bedroom, shower room and sitting room. Outside are gardens, stabling and paddocks extending to 3.5 acres. Two more paddocks are available as a separate lot. 01935 812236. knightfrank.com
Enjoy a pint in front of a crackling fire at The Rose and Crown, Trent
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The Old Rectory at Nether Compton is a quintessential village house with kitchen with Aga, elegant reception rooms with moulded plaster cornices, a key pattern tiled hall and five bedrooms. There are more than three acres of gardens and paddocks. 020 7629 7282, struttandparker.com
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NICOLE SALVESEN The interior designer loves living in Wandsworth for its greenery Where was your first home? A worker’s cottage apartment in Wandsworth, southwest London. Not glamorous but it was a wonderful first marital home. Best and worst things about it? It was on the street corner so it was wider than average and light streamed in from all directions, but it had been extended Nicole fantasises as far as it could about building a go so there was home on Brac nothing we could do to change it.
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Where do you live now? Not far away. We love this area for its green spaces and it is ideal for raising our three children.
Little Greene’s olive green
What do you love most about it? Its potential! It was owned by an architect for 40 years but none of his plans had been realised. For now we have made it liveable and the real work will begin in a few years. Favourite room in the house? One of the bedrooms. It’s large and light and looks out across a beautiful tree and will in the future have a beautiful bathroom.
What compromises aren’t you prepared to make when renting or buying a house? The kitchen is where we spend most of our time as a family so it has to be large.
Soane’s Crillon chair was an extravagant purchase
If you could buy a second home where and what would it be? We recently enjoyed a holiday on the Croatian island of Brac and spent the week dreaming of the plot of land we might buy and the
If money was no object, where would you live in London? The world?
A Georgian house in Richmond or Wimbledon. If I didn’t need to be in London, a Queen Anne house in Gloucester might tempt. What colour is your kitchen? Our temporary kitchen is cream, which is not my dream at all. I’ve added olive green architraves on the doors and windows (Little Greene) and a pink ceiling to add fun and interest (Edward Bulmer cuisse de nymph).
What has been your most extravagant home/ interiors purchase? I adore my Crillon chair and footstool from Soane and a fabulous wardrobe by Howe.
Whose house would you most like to see inside? Nicola would love to have snooped inside the Obamas’ White House
The White House. I would have loved to see the Obama version of the private apartments. salvesengraham.com
THE FOREVER HOME Richmond, £3.995m A Georgian townhouse within a mansion overlooking Richmond Park. The property has been refurbished in style with an eat-in kitchen, sitting room, formal dining room and four double bedrooms, two with ensuite bathrooms. It has lovely communal gardens backing on to the park. 01895 627300. londonsquare.co.uk
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Brac, €2.1m A hidden gem on the Croatian island of Brac with landscaped gardens surrounded by pine trees and views over the crystal Adriatic waters. The property has vast open-plan living spaces, terraces, five bedrooms, pool and a badminton court. +385 98 384 008. croatiapropertysales.com
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Wandsworth, £465,000 A two-bedroom ground floor flat in the Tonsleys area of Wandsworth with reception room, kitchen, two double bedrooms, a pretty garden and off-street parking. Wandsworth Town station and the common are a short walk away as are the shops of Old York Road and East Hill. 020 8877 1166. cound.co.uk
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Grove Hill House, on the outskirts of the fashionable waterfront village of Topsham, is very close to St Peter’s, one of the county’s most prestigious prep schools overlooking the Exe estuary. It is an ideal family home with magnificent views, a grand dining room, drawing room, sitting room and six bedrooms, plus over an acre of very private garden. The station is a short walk away where the train to Exeter takes just 10 minutes. £2.75m. knightfrank.com
A contemporary three-bedroom townhouse a stone’s throw from Clapham Common and the prestigious prep schools Eaton House the Manor and Parkgate House. The house has a vast open-plan kitchen/ living/dining space opening on to the garden with a further reception room upstairs. The master bedroom features an ensuite wet room and built-in wardrobes and there is also a roof terrace reached via an automated skylight with views of Battersea Power Station and the Shard. £1.75m. averywalk.co.uk
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HOMES NEAR PREP SCHOOLS Want to be near to your darling sproglet at school? These houses should pass the test
This Grade I listed cottage in the Close in Salisbury is just a few yards away from Salisbury Cathedral School. The close is a unique architectural gem, with numerous period buildings and a peaceful ambience. The house is deceptively spacious with kitchen, sitting room, dining room and three bedrooms, plus a conservatory backing onto walled gardens. The shops, market and station are a short walk away. £595,000. myddeltonmajor.co.uk
Church Farm is situated on the western edge of the desirable village of Motcombe, adjacent to Port Regis, one of the most popular prep schools in the area, and not far from Sandroyd and Sherborne Prep. There is also a highly rated state primary within walking distance. The accommodation would suit a family with grandparents as there is a four-bedroom farmhouse plus a four-bedroom barn conversion and grounds and woodland of 15 acres. £1.225m. foxgrant.com
A sprawling, 19th-century country house on the edge of Newton Hall, perfect for anyone considering Mowden Hall School for their children. Many traditional features still remain such as cornicing and beautiful oak doors. There are generous reception rooms, a kitchen with cream Aga and views over the gardens and five sizeable bedrooms, plus plenty of ancillary rooms for laundry and dogs. Outside are south-facing lawns with stunning views over the Tyne Valley and a paddock. £1.495m. finestproperties.co.uk
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The house with stylish interiors.
Stanley Crescent, Notting Hill W11 • A beautiful period house offering high quality modern living • It has direct access on to the communal garden • Approximately 4,646 sq ft
Stanley Gardens is situated in the conservation area of the Ladbroke Estate and benefits from the excellent amenities of Notting Hill, one of London's most fashionable districts.
Our Notting Hill expert, Arthur Lintell, looks forward to helping you. email@example.com 020 7229 0229 07836 316822
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The townhouse with the cinema.
Upper Wimpole Street, Marylebone W1 • Grade II listed Georgian six storey house • Beautifully restored and with the latest modern technology • Approximately 7,912 sq ft Situated in the heart of the Marylebone Village with Oxford Street and Regent's Park close by. Transport links include Baker Street underground station.
Our Marylebone expert, Craig Draper, would love to help you. firstname.lastname@example.org 020 8128 0978 07823 416354
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The house on the private road.
Alexander Square, Knightsbridge SW3 • A beautifully presented Grade II listed family house • Fine views over the private communal gardens to the front • Approximately 3,057 sq ft Conveniently located close to Brompton Cross, South Kensington and Knightsbridge with an extensive range of restaurants and leading fashion retailers, as well as access to the A4 for the M4 and Heathrow.
Our Knightsbridge expert, Charles Olver, looks forward to helping you. email@example.com 020 3641 5930 07717 430275
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The house with period elegance.
Marlborough Road, Richmond TW10 • Fantastic family living space • Prime Richmond location • Approximately 4,623 sq ft A beautiful family house on Marlborough Road within a highly desirable area of Richmond Hill. The house, arranged over 4 floors, offers spacious accommodation which has undergone extensive refurbishment by the current owners. There is an attractive west facing garden and off street parking.
Our Richmond expert, Hannah Bentley, looks forward to helping you. firstname.lastname@example.org 020 3544 0691 07917 642 832
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Guide price £6,000,000 Freehold
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A charming Chilterns' house.
Henley-on-Thames RG9 • 17th century English farmhouse • Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty • Commanding splendid views in an elevated position • Indoor tennis court/manege • Indoor swimming pool Henley-on-Thames 5 miles, Reading 14 miles, Oxford 25 miles, London 46 miles (all distances are approximate).
James Crawford and Alexander Risdon look forward to helping you. email@example.com 020 7861 1065 firstname.lastname@example.org 01491 844 904
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Guide price £4,250,000 Freehold
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The apartment beside Hyde Park.
Porchester Gate, Bayswater Road W2 • Sleek, modern and stylish interiors throughout • Spectacular views over Hyde Park • Approximately 1,764 sq ft Nearby transport links include Lancaster Gate underground (Central line) and Paddington mainline and underground station.
Our Bayswater expert, Tim Perks, looks forward to helping you. email@example.com 020 7871 5065 07971 061010
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The penthouse with great views.
Queen's Gate, SW7 • Arranged over the top two floors with views directly onto the Albert Hall • Excellent living space which is perfect for entertaining • Approximately 1,521 sq ft Queen's Gate runs North from the heart of South Kensington on the Old Brompton Road to Kensington Road and Hyde Park beyond.
Our South Kensington expert, Giles Barrett, looks forward to helping you. firstname.lastname@example.org 020 3641 6123 07824 302085
Guide price £3,250,000
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Leasehold, approximately 993 years remaining
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The house with spectacular views.
Court Lane Gardens, Dulwich Village SE21 • Double reception room along the rear of the house • Mature south facing garden • Adjacent to Dulwich Park Court Lane Gardens is a highly desirable location within Dulwich Village. The property is ideally situated for the shops and amenities of the Village and sought-after state schools are on the doorstep, as are world-renowned independent options such as James Allen's Girls School, Alleyn's School and Dulwich College.
Our Dulwich expert, Mitchell Murphy, looks forward to helping you. email@example.com 020 3544 0534 07825 272 634
Guide price £2,595,000
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The flat with the 33 ft garden.
Dalebury Road, Wandsworth SW17 • A spectacular four bedroom apartment located across the top two floors • Double fronted period property • Ground floor access Dalebury Road is very well located within a short walk of the shops and restaurants of Bellevue road and the open expanse of Wandsworth Common.
Our Wandsworth expert, Toby Turnage, looks forward to helping you. firstname.lastname@example.org 020 8682 7775 07468 727 540
knightfrank.co.uk Connecting people & property, perfectly. Guide price £1,100,000 Leasehold: approximately 95 years remaining
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The apartment by the park.
Lancaster Gate, W2 • South facing terrace with wonderful views • Recently refurbished with an elegant finish • Approximately 1,717 sq ft The Lancasters are ideally located opposite the scenic green open spaces of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Transport links can be found at Lancaster Gate and Paddington stations.
Your Hyde Park expert, John Humphris, looks forward to helping you. email@example.com 020 7871 5060 07775 334833
Guide price £1,825 per week Available furnished
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All potential tenants should be advised that, as well as rent, an administration fee of £288 and referencing fees of £48 per person will apply when renting a property. There will also be a £48 charge to register your deposit with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme if applicable. (All fees shown are inclusive of VAT.) Please ask us for more information about other fees that will apply or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk/tenantfees. Knight Frank is a member of the ARLA Client Money Protection Scheme and our redress scheme for consumers is Property Redress Scheme.
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Magnificent listed Georgian residence LITTLE MISSENDEN, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
Amersham station (Metropolitan & Chiltern Line): 3 miles, M25 (J18): 9 miles, Heathrow Airport: 22 miles, Central London: 34 miles 3 reception rooms, 8 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, kitchen/dining area/ family room, gym, conservatory, 2 annexes, wine cellar, garages, landscaped gardens.
Hugh Maconochie Savills London Country Department
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About 1.68 acres I Guide ÂŁ3.95 million
Exceptional detached family residence SHEEN COMMON DRIVE, TW10
Reception hall, 2 reception rooms, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom suite, 6 further bedrooms, 3 further bathrooms, games room, garage and gated carriage driveway, private access onto Sheen Common, 505 sq m (5,450 sq ft), EPC=C
| Guide ÂŁ5.5 million | Freehold
Michael Randall Savills East Sheen 020 3627 3976 email@example.com
Open House Saturday 15 September
Stunning historic apartment SHEFFIELD PARK HOUSE, SHEFFIELD PARK TN22
Duplex apartment in landmark Grade I listed country house, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, 2/3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, medieval wine cellar, access to National Trust gardens, communal gardens and parkland, tennis courts, garaging, ideal lock up and leave. Open day Saturday 15 September. Best and final offers by midday Monday 24 September. | Offers in excess of ÂŁ600,000 | Share of Freehold
Hannah Riches Savills Haywards Heath 01444 446004 firstname.lastname@example.org Rohan Vines Savills Haywards Heath 01444 446008 email@example.com
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Offering views towards the River Thames and Barnes Wetland Centre from private roof terraces and balconies, Octagon’s latest London launch offers nine stunning new townhouses with luxurious and spacious accommodation, ranging between 4,375 – 6,150 sq ft. Each home incorporates the highest specification and finishes, featuring 4/5 bedrooms, an impressive kitchen/breakfast room and four formal reception rooms across five storeys. The lower ground floor is dedicated to leisure - including a gym and shower room, cinema/TV den and a covered courtyard garden. Each property features a private west backing walled garden with rear pedestrian access to the Thames towpath. Located within the Bishop’s Park Conservation Area, Bishops Row is just a short walk from Fulham’s vibrant centre, tube stations, bus services, and an excellent choice of local schooling.
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Fryerning Essex Little Baddow, Chelmsford CM3 Fryerning Essex
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Shelsley Beauchamp, Worcestershire, WR6
10,777 sq. ft.
£4,000,000 Guide Price
A distinguished Grade II Listed Georgian home which has been extensively and sympathetically refurbished. Shelsley Grange boasts superb equestrian facilities, stabling for 6 horses, with paddocks and ménage, a grand formal reception hall, a fully integrated contemporary bespoke kitchen and breakfast room with further utility areas - this property really does offer the ideal balance for entertaining and family life. The bright and spacious orangery leads to the indoor heated pool. There’s also a loft-style attic conversion with bedroom, study and bathroom, allowing for ancillary living. Elegant and mature gardens are home to a number of outbuildings, with arboretum beyond, offering stunning views of the Worcestershire countryside, totalling around 50 acres. Contact: George Pickard, Andrew Grant Country Homes on 01905 734735, or Tony Morris-Eyton at Savills on 01952 239500.
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Abbotsley – Station 5 miles
UNRIVALLED COVERAGE AROUND CAMBRIDGE
Cambridge Barn is a rather special and most impressive detached country residence of quite exceptional quality with considerable character and providing expansive and luxuriously appointed accommodation together with two large attached outbuildings, garaging and further double garage in all extending to over 6,700 sq. ft. The property also incorporates an interior leisure suite/swimming pool and entertainment room. Enclosed landscaped gardens, secure courtyard parking, delightful centre of village location. Accommodation comprising: reception hall, 2 cloakrooms, reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, inner reception hall, rear hall/gallery, double garage, dining room, utility room, 2 plant rooms, leisure suite with swimming pool and shower/dressing/changing room, entertainment room, garage/outbuilding, further outbuilding/ garage. First floor: 5 bedrooms – all with en suite shower/bathrooms. Contact: Martin Walshe / Cambridge Office: 01223 214214 / firstname.lastname@example.org Lauren King / email@example.com
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Great Chesterford – Station 0.5 miles
An important and most impressive detached period residence of considerable character together with a self-contained one bedroom cottage and outbuildings including garaging and stables, occupying a wonderful position in a conservation area right in the heart of this highly sought after and most desirable village with its own mainline railway station. Accommodation comprising: reception hall, cloaks area/room, drawing room, library, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room with aga and pantry, utility room, study/family room. First floor: bedroom with bathroom and dressing rooms, 5 further bedrooms (1 en suite), bathroom, shower room. Cottage: living room, kitchen/dining room, bedroom, en suite bathroom, mature gardens of about 1.75 acres. Contact: Martin Walshe / Cambridge Office: 01223 214214 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Waresley – Station 7 miles
The Old Vicarage is a handsome and substantial Grade II Listed Georgian residence with later additions boasting a number of fine period features including original fireplaces in all bedrooms, old church altar steps and a working water well/pump. The accommodation extends to approximately 4,250 square feet standing comfortably within its own mature grounds of approximately 6.7 acres with a range of useful outbuildings. Accommodation comprising: reception hall, drawing room, dining room, living room, cloakroom/bathroom, family room, kitchenette, kitchen/breakfast room, cellar, utility/boot room, pantry. First floor: 4 bedrooms, bathroom, w.c, linen cupboard. Second floor: 3 bedrooms, box room. Outside: surrounding gardens, hardstanding with parking for several vehicles in front of the coach house, offering former stables, garage, hayloft and store rooms, pastureland. Contact: Richard Freshwater / Cambridge Office: 01223 214214 / email@example.com
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Reed – Station 4 miles (Kings Cross 49 minutes)
Prices from £550,000 to £1,100,000
The Kilns is a brand new and most attractive scheme of just 12 homes in the picturesque and highly sought-after village of Reed. There are a selection of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes on the scheme, all set out over 3 floors providing spacious and versatile accommodation. The homes have been designed with modern living in mind and incorporate open-plan living areas as well as generous bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms and all with garage or car port parking. The properties have been finished to exacting standards including fully fitted German kitchens with integrated appliances, high quality flooring throughout, smart storage solutions and generous landscaped rear gardens. Reed is so conveniently placed for access into Royston and Cambridge via the A10 with Royston offering a direct train service to London in just 49 minutes and Cambridge in just 17 minutes. Cheffins are delighted to announce the first opportunity to view these stunning homes will be Saturday 15th September. Join us for a champagne open event between 10am and 2pm. Contact: Martin Walshe / Cambridge Office: 01223 214214 / firstname.lastname@example.org Christina Ballands / Cambridge Office: 01223 214214 / email@example.com
CAMBRIDGE ELY HAVERHILL NEWMARKET SAFFRON WALDEN LONDON
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Price guide £800,000
Sherborne 11.8 miles. Gillingham 7 miles (London/Waterloo 2 hours). Salisbury 32 miles. Bournemouth 30 miles. A charming Grade II listed detached house of great character with four double bedrooms, substantial gardens and glorious views in the heart of the village. Sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, study. 4 double bedrooms (2 en suite), bathroom. Workshop. Double car port. Barn. Garden. EPC exempt.
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Yalding, Kent £1,750,000 Freehold Occupying an elevated position in the heart of the village adjoining St Peter and St Paul’s church and mentioned in Pevsner, a fine Grade II* listed seventeenth century house of importance with six bedrooms, three reception rooms, within charming walled gardens of in total approximately 0.5 acres (0.2h). Hamptons Sevenoaks 01732 430299 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wadhurst, East Sussex £1,995,000 Freehold In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with views over the adjoining rolling Sussex countryside, an imposing, Victorian former rectory with planning permission to extend and set within gardens, paddock and woodland. In total approximately six acres. EPC: E Hamptons Tunbridge Wells 01892 640370 email@example.com
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Interiors Editor Carole Annett’s bi-annual special issue covers over 50 pages packed with the best interior design ideas, trends and inspira...
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Interiors Editor Carole Annett’s bi-annual special issue covers over 50 pages packed with the best interior design ideas, trends and inspira...