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JOIN THE MILE HIGH CLUB Private jet fashion with a sporting edge. Photography by Sean McMenomy LORD OF THE GAMES The ninth Marquess of Hertford on the importance of hosting The Game Fair at Ragley Hall HORSE SENSE Polo’s official body has launched its own fashion and lifestyle brand, Hurlingham Polo 1875, with plans for global domination, says Julia Robson CHARGING INTO THE FUTURE The lowdown on electric cars CRUISE CONTROL Rosalyn Wikeley sails into the esoteric world of the superyacht
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daughter Betty head to Turks and Caicos via Miami and find the islands have bounced back after Hurricane Irma THE HOTEL WIZARD Where to find the UK’s darkest skies THE WEEKENDER Marbella CHILD’S PLAY Something for all the family, from French chic to active in Italy GASTRO GOSSIP Ice cream gets its own exhibition A PERFECT PAIR Tart London’s marvellous Middle Eastern lunch idea FORK & FIELD Clementina Jackson sniffs out top-notch Japanese in the Surrey countryside
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hen one of my editors WhatsApp’d me to say she had Jilly Cooper coming to dinner at her Cotswolds cottage (they’re neighbours), I felt a twinge of envy. I love Jilly and her huge horsey bonkbusters were a seminal part of my youthful reading. But while I may not be having drinks with the hero of equine literature, I have got up to speed on polo, tight white breeches and all. The fastest team ball game on earth is more popular internationally than you may imagine (it has huge viewing figures) and now its governing body, The Hurlingham Polo Association, is capturing the mood by launching a fashion and lifestyle brand with aspirations to be as big – or bigger – than a certain American brand whose roots are entrenched in the sport. Julia Robson gets the scoop on page 82. Now that we’re in the happy season of high jinx and holidays (August), we thought we would have some fun and peek into the world of superyachts, and super cars (which may one day all be electric). Whether you’re in the market for a luxury yacht (purchase or
charter) or not, you can’t help but be intrigued by these sleek, seafaring creatures. Rosalyn Wikeley brings us up to speed on all things superyacht on page 91, while Jeremy Taylor takes a drive in an electric motor Columbia Phaeton – an 15km per hour, early 20th-century precursor to today’s rather zippier models – which will soon become commonplace (p86). You could jettison the good green intention and hit the road in an Aston Martin DB11 Volante instead, of course (p62). The Cotswolds have once more stolen the hearts of not only British celebrities, but royals too. Now that Harry and Meghan have joined David and Victoria Beckham with their own bolthole near Soho Farmhouse, Anna Tyzack examines nearby Kingham, in the heart of ‘Daylesfordshire’, where it will cost you a pretty premium if you yourselves want to join in the faux rural fun (p120). Want to try your country boots on first? There’s no better initiation than the annual Game Fair, this year celebrating its sixtieth birthday (p78).
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What’s the fastest you’ve ever been? I love swimming and when I was 11 I won a swimming race for my school. It was definitely the fastest I have ever been. Favourite mode of transport and why? The train, because it’s only 80 minutes to London from home. Not only is it fast, but I also get to do my emails and chat on the phone. The perfect family holiday would be… Family holidays have changed now that my children are older. Recently, we went to Barcelona, which was perfect – beach, culture, good food, nightlife – something for everyone. Summer is the best time for… Getting some much-needed rest. August is quiet work-wise, so I get to have quality time with my children.
What’s the fastest you’ve ever been? I guess transatlantic Concorde but also on my own feet, having broken 11 world records during my time as an Olympic athlete. Favourite mode of transport and why? Running – I have always found it mentally and physically exhilarating. The perfect family holiday would be… Good books, good wine, good laughs. Summer is the best time for… A long day watching Test cricket.
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What’s the fastest you’ve ever been? Riding pillion on the back of a courier bike at what felt like 200mph. I had been asked to do a live interview for the BBC about some fashion event or other. They sent a bike instead of a car to collect me because the London traffic was so bad. I had on Louboutin heels and a McQueen black lace dress! Favourite mode of transport and why? My uncle Ian’s convertible BMW 323i AC Schnitzer sports car. It’s deep aubergine with cream leather seats and a loud sound system. The perfect family holiday would be… On the golden sands of Embleton Bay, Northumberland, lying on a rug behind a windbreak with a book, playing boules or French cricket. Summer is the best time for… Roses and foxgloves in English gardens, Pimms and polo, and sitting on a beach looking out to sea contemplating how the year has gone so far.
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What’s the fastest you’ve ever been? On land, probably a rather scary ride with my Dad in a Firebird Trans Am! Favourite mode of transport and why? Nothing is more fun than a speedboat. The perfect family holiday would be… We’re planning to take a West Coast US road trip with our daughter in the next couple of years. I did it as a child with my family and it was such an adventure. Summer is the best time for… Living by the sea. I live in Brighton which is great all year round, but in summer it’s just the best place to be.
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THE GOOD LIFE Alice B-B on pretty pots and saggy bottoms
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OT. I’M OBSESSED. Not that type, although hurray for giggly trips to legalised California! No – the terracotta tubs I’ve been scattering around the garden at The Magic Cottage. Inspired by @charlotte_annefidler’s instagram feed – her front door is smothered in pots filled with structural box, seasonal bulbs or flowering plants and herbs. Plus a secret ingredient: fairy lights for enchanted nights. You’d never feel sad going home. In my attempt at such riches, I’ve turned to Sarah Raven. Her ‘Bee and Butterfly Paradise’ mix is irresistible to both me and our much-loved pollinators. Next on my shopping list, Ampholia vases from Petersham Nurseries. This might not be the kind of pot you spark up… but it’s just as addictive. AH… THE BLISS OF IGNORANCE. UNTIL… along comes the folly of wisdom. For years, I’ve merrily weighed myself on a set of old-school bathroom scales. OK, so putting on my favourite jeans started to feel like
I’d swapped jobs with a sausage stuffer. But pah! The figure on the scales was the same, a nice sensible sum for my age and height. Until the other day, when I stood on my sister Florence’s scales. ‘Are they accurate?’ I yelped. ‘’Fraid so!’ she chirped. The horror. They’ve been underweighing me by ten pounds! Yes. TEN POUNDS! My food and cocktail intake has been ‘rearranged’. Avarice has been banished to the back of the line. And I’ve ordered brand spanking new scales. It was bliss... while it lasted. SEE ABOVE... and combine with summer holiday plans with most nubile friends and clothes being excess to requirements. Panic. Know the feeling? So I’ve gone kitchen sink on my cellulite. Starting at the very chic Harrods’ Wellness Clinic where I’ve turned to my old friend LPG Endermologie. This is a treatment where you slip into a full-body stocking and then ‘problem areas’ are sucked and massaged by the latest, upgraded Endermologie machine, battling stubborn fat cells and sluggish lymphs into submission, while perking up collagen production to help tighten loose skin. This is swiftly followed Getting my by a three-minute burst at -90°c in antiques fix a 111Cryo chamber; metabolism at new shop The Folly Interiors. boosting, fat burning and bloody thefollyinteriors. cold, leaving me high-as-a-kite co.uk with glow-in-the-dark white eyes. Watching But the winning treatment Rupert to date is VibroSculpt by Everett’s star turn in The Happy Endosphères Therapy – a Prince (which he non-invasive treatment at EF also wrote and Medispa in Kensington. There’s directed). too much waffly science to cover Scampering now – but here’s the lowdown: to The Potting Shed café, cellulite-expert Maddie works a vegan pop-up the machine over my bottom and in a Cotswolds thighs, which feels like a hardcore meadow. fiona cullinane.com sports massage. After 40 minutes, I notice a difference. My legs look more alive, the tone fresher, the skin tighter. But the most extraordinary change was my bum. It was as if my charming therapist had found a secret cord and yanked the slightly saggy blinds up. She’d lifted both cheeks. And my spirits! I’ll be back for more.
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British former World Cup alpine ski racer Chemmy Alcott likes to escapes to the beach
The great unknown.
Which historic country house would you most like to snap up? Chewton Glen in Hampshire. I was lucky enough to stay in one of their tree houses a while back and it was magical.
What’s your favourite game to play? Heads Up. Portable fun and great for all ages.
What are Saturday afternoons made for? Who’s coming round for dinner and what are you cooking? Dougie and my brother are cooking a spicy curry because I am useless. My mum, Stephen Fry and Derren Brown are all coming.
Where do you go to escape the city? The beach – it has always been about the power of the ocean for me. We used to live in Hove and I would spend hours training and playing in the sea. What has been the most memorable night out you’ve had in London? My brother bought me tickets to see James Brown for my 21st at the Royal Albert Hall. It was an amazing night, made even more sentimental because it was one of his last concerts before he died.
Where was the last place you ‘discovered’? Mnemba Island in Tanzania. We were introduced to it by andBeyond on our honeymoon and it was paradise – we even helped some baby turtles take their first swim.
Best thing a cabbie has ever said to you? You look like someone famous – Billie Piper, but a fatter version!
Last film you saw? I am too busy to watch films generally but on the way to film Ski Sunday last year I watched Wonder Woman and loved it! A strong female lead, a love story and a bit of history thrown in.
What brings out the worst in you? Being hungry and tired – then my inner chimp comes out in a fierce way.
What would you do as mayor for the day? Introduce a three-day weekend with one day of organised sport including a session at London’s urban mountain Chel-Ski.
Where do you go when you don’t want anyone to get hold of you? Paddleboarding on the Thames. We
What would you change about yourself? More patience and a better ability to delegate.
Which book would you take and song would you listen to on your
desert island? A French language book. I used to be fluent and want to get it back so this would be the perfect time. My song would be Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann; it’s very motivational and feel good.
What three items would you save from your burning house? Presuming my husband and baby are safe, a framed photograph of my mum (she passed away in 2006 so this is one of my most prized possessions), my hard drive with all my memories on it and my wedding dress.
What would really improve your life? More time. I have so many passions and struggle to squeeze them all in alongside real life so just a few more hours would be wonderful. Chemmy Alcott is a Chel-Ski Ambassador. chel-ski.uk
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Where’s home to you? Hampton Court, southwest London.
Most Saturday afternoons in the UK are spent at Fit-Ski (a fitness class I helped design on the mountain at Chel-Ski).
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EASY RIDER Sometimes things are best left to the experts, which is why we’re loving By Rory, lifestyle curator Rory Shearer’s new online collection of resort wear, featuring brands that you already know and love – and others that you don’t but soon will, like Marysia (pictured). byrory.com
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Sonia Boyajian Buren Ceramic earrings, £536. boutique1.com
Let stripes rule this summer
Marni Coat, £720. modaoperandi.com
Diane von Furstenberg Cardigan, £246. dvf.com
Wiggy Kit Peasant dress, £275. wiggykit.com
Yestadt Millinery sunhat, £318. modaoperandi.com
COUNTRY Dorothee Schumacher Sparks on Stripes blouse, £405. dorotheeschumacher.com Essential Antwerp Shirt, £152. farfetch.com
Belize Luca dress, £465. belizeofficiel.com
TOWN Faithfull The Brand Tomas cropped trousers, £135. net-a-porter.com
Brunello Cucinelli Poplin top with grosgrain tie, £890. brunellocucinelli.com
Solid & Striped Anne-Marie swimsuit, £150. matchesfashion.com
Ancient Greek Sandals Bow print sandals, £155. ancient-greek-sandals.com
Zara Tote, £39.99. zara.com
Gucci Princetown slipper, £530. gucci.com
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UP FRONT Induce serious cabin envy when you turn left pulling Rimowa x Fendi’s multi-wheel number. £1,950. rimowa.com; fendi.com
A little jet-lagged? Brics’ glossy 30-inch Bellagio trolley is the perfect pick-me-up. £515. brics.it
Briggs & Riley’s Sympatico collection are the first and only hard-sided suitcases with CXTM ExpansionCompression Technology without zips (the end of suitcase wrestling). From £429. harrods.com
It’s a classic with a twist (wheels in this case), Mulberry’s Albany duffle bag allows you to bring those extra clothes you’ll never wear. £995. mulberry.com
Let William & Son’s blue travel bag with orange detail spice up your weekend. £1,680. williamandson.com
Nothing kills an outfit or an entrance quite like shabby luggage, says Rosalyn Wikeley
For the classic case that will never let you down (or clash with your coat), it has to be Tumi’s extended trip packing case. It’s far lighter than it looks. £695. tumi.com
Samsonite’s new Lite-Box moves like a ninja and does what the label says (it’s very light). From £349. samsonite.co.uk
Staycationing this summer? Ettinger’s Cotswold weekend bag makes the perfect companion. £675. ettinger.co.uk
Globe-Trotter’s robust aluminium trolley case celebrating the RAF’s centenary year guarantees a seriously smooth check in, never mind the delay. £2,235. globe-trotter.com
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Florence and Mary are the names to drop this month Cashmirino Blue linen dress, from £177. cashmirino. com
You might not equate singer Florence Welch with cosying up in your PJs, but you will change your mind when you see the new Florence x Liberty London collection of sleepwear, for which the singer trawled through the Liberty archive to choose six motifs to adorn the silk/satin kimonos, chemises, camisoles and pyjamas. From £225. liberty.co.uk
Trotters Angelina Ric Rac dress, £34. trotters.co.uk Mary Quant in 1965
In preparation for next year’s first ever international Mary Quant retrospective, the V&A is asking the public to unearth any rare and one-off designs bought between 1955 and 1960. So trawl through your wardrobe and if you find those PVC pants, post them on Instagram with the hashtag #WeWantQuant, to help tell the story of one of fashion’s most iconic rule breakers. vam.ac.uk
Gabby Deeming designs each print for her wonderful collection of pretty and easy-to-wear dresses, which are then handblock printed onto soft Indian cotton and stitched in Jaipur. The Isla dress is based on the classic shirt-waister, comes in two lengths, sleeveless or with sleeves, and in a choice of five different prints. Easy peasy and breezy. £255. daydress.co.uk
Nocturne Bell feather necklace, £216. nocturne.co.uk
SHE SELLS SEA SHELLS Le Sirenuse Positano Kantha shell print shirt, £348. matchesfashion.com
Apples and Figs Pearl earrings, £205. harveynichols.com
Loewe Shells leather strap, £875. selfridges.com
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Milly Mini rainbow dress, £225. harrods.com
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are Leone set up by my two gorgeous cousins Ruby and Tallulah.
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11 8 Power dressing: Gucci heels, MiH jeans, Racil blazer, an H&M crisp white shirt, DeMellier bag and Chloé flats.
I’m in love with my cashmere tracksuit by Olivia von Halle – it’s so soft and comfortable.
Big shoulders and sleeved tops. Style cheats: I am in love with our new silk trench coat in light pink, it’s a gorgeous slinky silhouette and can be dressed down with a pair of washed jeans and trainers, or dressed up with heels and trousers. I won’t leave the house without it.
1 Beulah Ratna dress, £450 (beulahlondon.com) 2 Jo Malone Tuberose Angelica cologne, £115 (jomalone.co.uk) 3 Monica Vinader Riva necklace, £1,250 (monicavinader.com) 4 Matches Fashion packaging (matchesfashion.com) 5 Olivia von Halle Missy tracksuit, £995 (oliviavonhalle.com) 6 Hunter wellies, £95 (hunterboots.com) 7 Beulah London trench coat, £495 (beulahlondon.com) 8 Racil Tokyo blazer, £760 (matchesfashion.com) 9 Gucci heels, £445 (gucci.com) 10 DeMellier Midi Zürich bag, £495 (demellierlondon.com) 11 MiH jeans, £235 (ourdailyedit.com) 12 Sisley Sunleÿa suncream, £174 (sisley-paris.com) 13 Marysia Nassau swimsuit, £295 (mytheresa.com) 14 Zara leather jacket, £99.99 (zara.com)
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Matchesfashion.com. I love their selection of brands and the packaging (for which I’m a sucker). As a mum, I also love Amazon, because it’s quick – nappies can be delivered in 24 hours. Country walk... Hunters, warm leggings and the long Joseph puffa I literally live in in the winter.
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Summer holiday essentials: Marysia swimsuit, Sisley Sunleÿa suncream, Beulah cotton peasant dress and usually a good book; this summer it’s going to be Skymeadow written by my brother-in-law Charlie Hart.
Event dressing: We have the launch of our new store on Elizabeth Street. I will probably wear Beulah’s silk wrap Ratna dress as it’s so easy and feminine. Wardrobe failsafes: My Zara black leather jacket – it’s great in summer and winter, and goes with everything. Everyday uniform: I live in jeans and a T-shirt or cotton top in the office as that’s what I feel most comfortable in. If I have an important meeting then I just slip on a pair of heels and a silk blouse (although this is more of a rare sighting). Style crush: Lavinia, my business partner (below right), as she manages to make everything look super cool and effortless. I remember when I first met her, I loved the dress she was wearing and ran out to the shops to get one. Luckily, we have the same taste in clothes.
Finishing touches... Jo Malone Tuberose Angelica perfume, and as I wear quite a lot of colour I tend to go with a more neutral bag and shoes, and minimal fine jewellery from Monica Vinader.
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LIFE’S LITTLE LUXURIES ALL WHITE Every wardrobe needs a white shirt and personally I prefer them in a slightly romantic mood. Nobody does more desirable ones than Atlantique Ascoli, launched by a very chic Parisian who had become obsessed with the purity of white shirts and by Victorian designs in particular. atlantiqueascoli. com
Lucia van der Post finds everything’s evolving nicely at Linley
hose who think of Linley mainly as a purveyor of extraordinarily expensive bespoke furniture should think again. These days the Pimlico Road store is infinitely more userfriendly. There is a charming library-cum-lounge area, filled with inviting books to browse through, and a host of small accessories that make wonderful presents. Its interior design service, always an important part of its DNA, is going to be enriched by the addition of designers, Michael Keech and Graham Green. Both had worked at Ralph Lauren for many years developing its signature country house style, before starting their own design company, Keech Green in 2002, which Linley has just very recently bought. The talented duo will head up the creative and interior design side of the business and they share with Linley a love of glamour, elegance and an empathy with modernist architecture. Like Linley, they have worked on small domestic projects as well as grand Scottish castles, penthouses in Geneva and Mayfair, Tuscan villas and a clutch of superyachts.
Girih bar cabinet, £90,000 Michael Keech, Lord Snowdon and Graham Green
What hasn’t changed is that the beautifully crafted bespoke furniture will always be an integral part of what it is about. Linley has been and always will be known for his intricate craftsmanship, for desks with secret drawers, for tables which extend beautifully, for marquetry and églomisé and other special effects. Polka dot These days, the shop jewellery box, £2,500 is such an established part of London’s retail scene that it is easy to forget that, when the then David Linley (now Lord Snowdon) first opened a shop on Chelsea’s King’s Road in 1985, he was just 24 and freshly out of Parnham College design school. He brought to his business a passion for making, insisting always, very modestly, that it is as a ‘maker’ that he wishes to be known. He has always been a passionate lover of traditional craft skills and one of his aims is to keep nurturing craftsmen because, as he once put it to me, ‘there aren’t enough of them and this country needs them’. So all in all it’s worth a trip to London’s Pimlico Road to see just what the now 33-year-old store is up to. I think you’ll find it’s evolved, and is continually evolving nicely to meet the needs of the bright new millennial world in which we find ourselves.
Mr Mouse oak doorstop, £75
MIRROR MIRROR I have always loved Candace Bahouth’s work. Her recent exhibition at the Victoria Gallery in Bath showed the most gorgeous decorated mirrors. Impossible to describe, each curvy mirror is framed with a wild collection of ceramic pieces, each one hand-made, each unique. They can be made to order, from £5,500. candacebahouth.com
VINTAGE GAINS If you have a soft spot for slightly shabby, recycled vintage furniture, objects and leather goods then, check out Scaramanga. Most of it is culled from India (vintage military chests and wardrobes, old farmhouse tables) but there are also some irresistible wooden crates from Japan that would make much more appealing filing trays than anything sold by the usual suspects. scaramanga shop.co.uk
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THE GOLD DIGGER The latest jewellery news and trends. By Annabel Davidson
SIMPLY SPARKLING From left Gatsby cuff and bracelet with pearls, diamonds and amethyts; Gatsby earrings with diamonds, citrine, onyx and enamel;
Avakian’s new Gatsby range is art deco in one respect – those tiered chevrons, the black and white detail – but it’s all 21st century in another. Blend coloured gemstones in curious kite-shapes with gorgeous black and white drops and you’ve got the ultimate modern meets midcentury mix. Add a little diamond for sparkle, and it takes historical referencing to the extreme. We’re in. avakian.com
MORE THAN PINK Australian jewellers Calleija are famed for their pink Argyle diamonds, but the latest collection from the brand shows they have a knack with other gemstones too. These peachy orange padparadscha sapphire earrings prove that there’s more to them than pink. calleija.com
With the multiple piercing trend going nowhere but up, it’s about time it became affordable. After all, not all of these fleshskewing trends are forever, so you don’t necessarily want to invest in major diamonds. Enter Carat* London and their new Chelsea Collection of mix and match studs and jackets. Hearts, triangles and lightning strikes abound, for everyday wear, while statement-making dangling ear jackets, fringed with strands of metal and crystal, can be added for maximum effect. This is ear candy without the commitment but all the effect. caratlondon.com
Clockwise from left: Love stud, £29, A-lister ear jacket, £79, pavé heart stud, £29, lightning stud, £29
TA K E T H R E E
VIBRANTLY HUED EARRINGS YOU’RE THE TOPS Daniela Villegas Abundance earrings may sport tiny triceratops, but the orange garnets make them more precious than primordial. danielavillegas.com
RED RED WINE Valliani’s ruby drops are deceptively simple but utterly striking. vallianijewelers.com
ROCKET MAN Fernando Jorge’s Rocket earrings in jade, gold and diamonds are too good to be true... but they are. fernandojorge.co.uk
STARS COLLIDE Spinelli Kilcollin burst onto the jewellery scene with their stacked rings, but the addition of a beautifully rotund bauble to the mix shows that they have many more tricks up their sleeve. The new Zodiac collection makes the most of metal with a hint of diamonds, and shows off the brand’s prowess with mixed materials to the max. spinellikilcollin.com
HEAVY METAL Is there nothing Jessica McCormack can’t do with diamonds? She has taken her iconic antique-inspired Georgian setting to the next level with the Ball & Chain collection, pitching solid gold spheres against glittering diamonds to mind-bogglingly covetable effect. jessica mccormack. com
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MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE How to look radiant like Poldark and Mary Shelley actor Ciara Charteris. By NATHALIE ELENI
PHOTOGRAPHY Christian Couzens STYLIST Ozzy Shah MAKEUP Nathalie Eleni
MAKE-UP HEROES 1 Anne Semonin Phytarosa Serum makes skin wonderfully radiant before or after make-up, and the macadamia nut oil and betacarotene also help to prolong a tan. £98. harrods.com 2 Leonor Greyl’s 50th anniversary edition of its Huile Secret de Beauté is an incredible beautifying oil that makes you skin glow and doubles up as a hairsmoothing treatment. £43. leonorgreyl.com 3 You can apply Alumier
MD Matticlear serum to your T-zone before or after make-up and it means you don’t need powder as it keeps your skin balanced all day. £52. alumiermd.com
Dress, Emilio Pucci
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TRAVEL HEROES 4 These mini toothpastes
from Curaprox, an enzymatic whitening toothpaste, keep teeth sparkling white. £17.99 (for a pack of six and toothbrush). shop.curaprox.co.uk 5 Anne Semonin’s Extreme Comfort
Cream is a protective and soothing lotion for skin exposed to the elements, an ideal holiday all-in-one. £70. annesemonin.com 6 Tint, hydration and sun protection
all in one, Alumier MD Sheer Hydration Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF40 Versatile Tint gives a glowing finish to your skin while protecting against UV damage. £35. alumiermd.com 7 Sisley Phyto-Mascara Ultra-Stretch
Bundle gives you the longest lashes and enough Gentle Make-Up Remover to last the holiday. £43. harrods.com 8 This Mii Mini Brush Roll takes up minimal space but has all you need to create a flawless face while away. £24.95. miicosmetics.com
Dress, Blumarine Choker (worn as tiara), Fabergé
Dress, Temperley London
HOLIDAY HAIR HEROES 9 Vitamins, fatty acids and proteins are not just for your skin and body, they really help your hair too, so treat your tresses to The Spotlight Circle, especially if you’re getting prepped for a glam night out. £8. liberty.co.uk 10 Travel rollers can create effortless waves and eliminate frizz in no time at all. Nicky Clarke Frizz control Volume Heated Rollers. £19.99. boots.com 11 Leonor Greyl Sérum
de Soie Sublimateur nourishes and keeps holiday locks frizz-free without weighing it down, a must for glossy and easily styled hair. £26.50. spacenk.com
SUMMER SKIN HEROES 12 Add highlights to your lips with Stila Glitterati Lip Top Coat in Embolden. £18. beautybay.com 13 Get luminous skin
with Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation and Concealer. £29.50. lookfantastic.com 14 Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette is full of subtle sparkling shadows. £56. cultbeauty.co.uk 15 Apply subtle creamy contours for definition and illuminate cheeks and cheekbones with Chado Monts & Merveilles sculpting powder palette. £72. pureswiss boutique.com
Dress, Patricia Bonaldi Necklace, Moussaieff Hair: Chloe Sandoz Additional makeup: Charlotte Yeomans Makeup assistant: Zoe Arena Stylist’s assistant: Keeley Dawson With thanks to The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London FOR STOCKISTS, SEE PAGE 118
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HEALTH HOT LIST
BODY & SOUL Surf for health, says Camilla Hewitt
If you’re looking for a new sport this summer, try surfing – it can be as good for brains as it is for bodies. While it may not be the easiest hobby to pick up, persist and you’ll find that it is a great way to get fit and let your daily stresses dissolve. On a physical level, it’s an incredibly effective workout, requiring strong shoulders and arms for paddling out to the waves, and core strength and balance for riding them back to shore. Yet surfing offers much more than just physical activity, the psychological benefits are astonishing. The ocean is an environment far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, where the prevailing sound is that of the waves, so it’s a great way to disconnect and clear the mind. Your initial lesson is guaranteed to bring you laughter, while riding the crest of a wave for the first time is as empowering and exhilarating as it sounds. So why not head to the coast and let Rebecca Coley, founder of DRIFT, show you how time spent playing in the sea and connecting with nature can be deeply nourishing. driftretreat.co.uk
A RECIPE FOR WELLNESS
SWEET KALE & COCONUT SALAD SALAD
» 2 large handfuls of green or purple winter kale
» 1 large corn on the cob » 20ml of coconut oil » half a yellow courgette » 1 handful of coconut shavings » »
DRESSING 1 date 15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
» 1 tbsp tahini » 1/2 tsp wholegrain mustard
» 20ml water METHOD 1 Finely chop and massage the kale. 2 Remove corn pieces from the cob and lightly char them in coconut oil. 3 Thinly slice the courgette. 4 Add all of this and the coconut shavings to a mixing bowl. 5 Whizz the dressing ingredients in a blender for 30-45 seconds. 6 Pour the dressing on top, mix together and enjoy. Recipe by thefarmgirl.co.uk
Pukka Night Time 7 Day Kit Have a peaceful week with this organic tea and supplements kit
Ila Spa Ila’s new healing hideaway situated in the heart of the Cotswolds
Isla Apothecary Refine + Radiate Face Mask Containing natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agents
ESCAPE THE CITY
CAP ROCAT, Mallorca
Brilliantly carved from the limestone depths of a former 19th-century fortress, Cap Rocat has revealed its spectacular new spa. The focal point is a dramatic 25m saltwater swimming pool under a glass ceiling – allowing the sunshine to flood the space by day, while by night, the star-filled skies create a mesmerising place to swim. Five rooms offer signature treatments that include the Cap Rocat Body Peel, using quince, coconut oil and papaya to revitalise the body. The spa has also launched traditional ayurvedic healing techniques, combined with daily yoga – the perfect programme for relaxation and recuperation. Doubles from €450 per night B&B. caprocat.com
The Signs: Decode the Stars, Reframe Your Life by Carolyne Faulkner A simple guide to using the stars to take control of your life
Diablo Chocolate All the flavour, without any of the naughty added sugar
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Luca Faloni’s linen shirts are dyed with a ‘tint capo’ effect to achieve that cool, light-washed look. Team with either a light summer suit or board shorts. Portofino linen shirt, £125. lucafaloni.com
WELL GROOMED Summer’s for lovin’, says Matt Thomas
The Vaccines’ lead guitarist Freddie Cowan hankered after feel-good clothing to wear in the studio and on tour. A collaboration with tailor David Chambers followed and Basic Rights was born, presenting quality crafted, retro-styled pieces to appeal to your inner rock god. White denim jacket, £175. basicrights.com
ACE! TW Steel’s latest collection of six limitededition ACE Spitfire watches couldn’t be better timed for those who feel the need for speed, as simultaneously launched alongside them is a custom made BMW Mortorrad and VTR Customs motorbike. Vroom vroom... From £899. twsteel.com
LET US SPRAY
HIP TO BE SQUARE Dapper up that jacket with a pocket square, like this smart and bright, floral printed silk number from Canali. £70. harrods.com
Hermès has issued a powerful pure perfume edition of one of the finest and most enduring men’s scents, Terre d’Hermès, housed within a detailed glass votive. Deep yet fresh and aromatic. £89 for 75ml. harrods.com
THE ART OF SEEING Cubitts continues its artful reinvention of the humble cleaning cloth, this year collaborating with no less than Tracey Emin and with all proceeds going to her charity of choice, The Terrence Higgins Trust. £5. cubitts.co.uk
BAGS OF ADVENTURE
Made from sturdy bull hide as a tougher alternative to suede, this soft yet strong case has wellarticulated packing arrangements and is the ideal size to take to the skies or seas this summer. £1,350. connollyengland.com
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NO BLUES HERE
A Grade-II listed building on Floral Street has been unveiled as The Shop at Bluebird’s new flagship. Relocating from Chelsea, the shop spans 15,000sq/m and features a light and airy atrium, two retails floors and a restaurant. Guests got the full sensory experience, with bites from Ben Rish, culinary directory at The Stafford, Cîroc cocktails and a performance by Nevill Holt Opera, all while perusing the new shop’s offerings.
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Bettina Looney Amanda Sheppard and Hum Fleming
NEW BLING ON THE BLOCK
People, parties, places Marc Newson and Charlotte Stockdale
Gianluca Longo and Emilia Wickstead
Rosita Missoni and Polly Morgan
Francesco Maccapani Missoni and Fabrine Constantini
Jasmine Hemsley and Melissa Hemsley
The fashion set were out in force at Daphne’s, Chelsea to celebrate the launch of The Missoni Family Cookbook with members of the zig-zag dynasty. Showcasing the food that fuelled this creative family, guests sampled recipes from the book – two of which will take pride of place on Daphne’s à la carte menu throughout July.
Sabine Getty opened the doors of her Mayfair home to her nearest and dearest to mark the launch of her new fine jewellery collection. Charlotte Dellal, Sabine Getty founder of Charlotte Olympia – who starred in the campaign – co-hosted the ‘Big Tea’, where fashionistas were treated to a traditional afternoon tea with lashings of cream.
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Once again, the literati descended upon Hay-on-Wye in Wales for the annual Hay Festival. C&TH hosted a talk on the business of creativity with Ed Vaizey, Theo Fennell, Laura Tenison, Linda Yueh and Gaye Blake-Roberts panelling the event. These creative pioneers discussed the tensions between art and the corporate world. Other highlights included Bill Nighy in conversation with Francine Stock and Chelsea Clinton on her new book which celebrates women who have changed the world.
Gaye Blake-Roberts, Theo Fennell, Ed Vaizey, Laura Tenison and Linda Yueh Jilly Cooper Devi Sridhar Bill Browder
A BLOOMIN’ GOOD CAUSE
On its 250th birthday, the Royal Academy’s summer exhibition preview was the biggest and best to date to reflect on this huge milestone. Celebrants, Imogen Poots and including Tracey James Norton Emin and Gabriella Wilde, washed down oysters with Fortnum & Mason champagne while enjoying music from London Brass Allstars and viewing the contemporary works on display. Founded in 1768, the summer exhibition raises funds for the Royal Academy Schools.
Kristin Scott Thomas
The Chelsea Gardener in all its bloom provided the perfect venue for the floral-themed Blossom & Rose cocktail party in aid of Casting for Recovery – a charity that provides fishing retreats for women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. On these retreats, women have access to medical professionals, counsellors and fly fishing instructors. Supporters of this worthy cause sipped on cocktails while bidding for some exciting auction lots.
Lady Annabel Rayleigh and Emma Thompson
Pickles Kay and Nicky Vestey
Zara and Angus Gordon-Lennox
William and Lucy Asprey
PHOTOS: PAUL MUSSO; MARSHA ARNOLD; ELIZA COOKE; MARZIA BORRACCI; GETTY; DAN STEVENS
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THE LOOK OF LUXURY
Elicyon’s design and lifestyle curation services offers clients complete peace of mind
good interior designer has an eye, but Elicyon has a vision. A personal understanding of clients’ passions and style begins the bespoke journey on which Elicyon embarks to create, curate, collect and evolve interiors. The name Elicyon blends the words ‘Halcyon’ and ‘Elysium Fields’ – a portmanteau that is right on the mark for a business that creates spaces where time stands still and luxury is considered, purposeful and beautiful. The creation of bespoke collections for clients is increasingly requested of the Elicyon team who, in recent projects, assisted a client with selecting and curating one of the largest private crystal collections in the world, featuring Lalique and Baccarat. For another project, Elicyon worked with international publishers Assouline and Taschen to curate a collection of books reflective of the client’s interest in classic cars. From a private villa in Kuwait with subtle joinery elements that integrated the family monogram to lighting installations featuring rock crystal, artisan metal work and alabaster, Elicyon sets no limit on luxury. As much as Elicyon works in design, travelling to Basel, Paris and New York to buy art or Italy to choose marble for clients, they also excel
Hand-crafted straw marquetry headboard and bespoke bedside tables in the master bedroom in an apartment at One Hyde Park
Detail of a bespoke coffee table in sycamore veneer with an inset marble top
Bespoke joinery on left, orbit chandeliers and asymmetric coffee tables in an apartment at One Hyde Park
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A recent project in Shanghai where the dining room features a bespoke chandelier and furniture and the bedroom (right) has a fitted headboard with upholstered panels and polished plaster sections on each side
in lifestyle curation. A creation can be beautiful, but it must also align with the client’s lifestyle: fridges are stocked with favourite delicacies, linen and tableware are assembled and bespoke cool cabinets are made to hold preferred champagnes. Be it unpacking belongings or dressing homes for Christmas and composing floral strategies for special occasions, a project never ends in the eyes of Elicyon. Founder and interior designer, Charu Gandhi, is involved in all Elicyon’s projects, sharing her functional approach to design that never misses an opportunity for drama and is plugged in to current trends. One trend she sees on the rise is the use of florals to complement interiors, in a similar capacity to fine art in homes. The use of natural materials and unusual artisan techniques, including timbers, textural fabrics and straw marquetry, are also likely to have influence. Playful trims and fringes, bringing a soft and light-hearted feel to pieces, are also championed by the Elicyon team, alongside a focus on transparency with exquisite sheer window dressings referencing Vogue’s trend for see-through handbags that reveal neatly curated interiors. Elicyon’s work is as considered, detailed and distinctive as each request a client makes, paving the way to luxury living. elicyon.com
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A magical outdoor tale for all the family
Raymond Gubbay presents
BRYN TERFEL The internationally acclaimed bass-baritone, Sir Bryn Terfel makes his long-awaited return to Royal Festival Hall performing a selection of his favourite arias and songs including: Mozart Non più andrai from The Marriage of Figaro Mozart Madamina, il catalogo è questo from Don Giovanni Verdi L’onore! Ladri! from Falstaff Bock If I Were A Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof
Life is suddenly turned upside down and everything becomes curiouser and curiouser…
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An unmissable all-Beethoven concert culminates with the monumental ‘Choral Symphony’ with its climactic ‘Ode to Joy’.
Holst’s evocative and powerful planetary masterwork crowns an afternoon of sublime music.
Returns by popular demand. Witness Orff’s choral extravaganza performed by over 400 voices.
Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’ Symphony No.9 ‘Choral’
Verdi - The Force of Destiny Overture Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2 Holst - The Planets
Wagner - Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin Saint-Saëns - Symphony No.3 ‘Organ’ Orff - Carmina Burana
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Crouch End Festival Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra The Bach Choir Damian Iorio conductor Joseph Moog piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra English Concert Chorus Highgate Choral Society Goldsmiths Choral Union Southend Boys’ Choir Andrew Greenwood conductor Mary Bevan soprano Robert Murray tenor James Cleverton baritone
David Parry conductor Ivana Gavrić piano Lucy Crowe soprano Patricia Bardon mezzo-soprano Ilker Arcayürek tenor Neal Davies bass
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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
PHOTO: © JANE BOWN ESTATE
PROFILE PICTURE Jane Bown’s candid, documentary style and engagement with the ‘decisive moment’ is showcased in Jane Bown: The Observer at Proud Central. The exhibition explores quintessential Britain and includes rare portraits of Bjork, Mick Jagger and Sinéad O’Connor. Until 12 August. proudonline.co.uk Mick Jagger photographed by Jane Bown in 1977
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COUNTRY LIFE Getting hot and going Greek. By Bella Lewis
Try as you may, it will be difficult to keep your cool amid all the spicy food demonstrations, live Latin music, 140 stalls offering everything chilli, plus chilli gardening workshops at Chilli Fiesta in West Sussex. Those looking for serious chill time have camping options in the grounds of West Dean. 10-12 August. westdean.org.uk
Cornwall’s Lost Gardens of Heligan will play host to landscape theatre company WildWorks, performing 100: UnEarth. Inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, this spectacle roots itself in the Cornish landscape and people: hundreds of artists, musicians and members of the local community participate. 3-22 July. wildworks.biz Heating up at the Chilli Fiesta
F E S T I VA L
JACK OF ALL TRADES
The Holt Festival, North Norfolk’s annual international feast of the arts, boasts an exclusive for 2018: an exhibition of paintings by actor John Hurt. In addition to Hurt’s work, his wife has curated screenings of her late husband’s favourite films and will do a Q&A. 21-29 July. holtfestival.org
At this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, Ruth Ewan collaborates with Marxist magician Ian Saville. The pair will infiltrate the streets of Edinburgh with ‘societally engaged magic tricks’ while artists like Adam Lewis Jacob will present a moving image installation inspired by JG Ballard’s Kingdom Come. 26 July to 26 August. edinburghartfestival.com
Shilpa Gupta, For, in your tongue I cannot hide: 100 Jailed Poets (2018)
For families who cannot travel far, The bOing! International Family Festival brings around-the-world adventures to Canterbury. Companies from Australia, France, Denmark and Spain give performances ranging from puppetry enjoyed in hammocks by Danish Teatret Gruppe 38 to dances in cages by French group Dyptik. 25-26 August. boingfestival.com
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TOWN LIFE A slice of Japan and going gluten-free
F E S T I VA L
A SQUARE AFFAIR
From contemporary performances by English National Ballet and an all-female circus spectacle to an abstract, immersive Shakespearean production by Mimbre and jazz performances from Sister Sledge with Craig Charles, Live In The Square will set Grosvenor Square alight with dazzling outdoor entertainment. 27 July to 18 August. liveinthesquare.co.uk
YOUR LOCAL JAPAN
A revitalised Art Deco building on Kensington High Street is the new home to Japan House: three floors comprising an exhibition gallery showing the work of Sou Fujimoto, a retail floor offering art, technology, homewares and accessories, plus a new immersive restaurant by chef Shimizu Akira. japanhouselondon.co.uk
FREE FOR ALL
T H E AT R E
BORROWED, BLUE, BRITISH
Sophie is about to make the mistake of asking Sarah to take off her hijab for Sophie’s wedding – a headscarf ‘just won’t quite go’ with the other bridesmaids. Stephanie Martin’s Alkaline explores British identity in a Park Theatre and pluck. productions collaboration. 10 July to 4 August. parktheatre.co.uk
Those held hostage by the Free From aisle can run free at Camden Market’s Gluten Free Street Food Festival. In its sixth year, the market showcases 25 vendors like Louisiana Chilli Shack, Gelatology and Cupcakes & Shhht! The Coeliac Society will provide insight on gluten-free living. 21-22 July. camdenmarket.com
Print! Tearing It Up celebrates independent British magazines that are changing the world. Visit Somerset House to learn about the history and impact of polemic and progressive publications that have evolved throughout the years to creating the current diversity in the industry. Until 22 August. somersethouse.org.uk August 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 53
WHO, YACHT, WHERE? The largest in-water yacht show in Europe promises to be bigger and better this year
ince its inaugural event in 1977, Cannes Yachting Festival has become the highlight of the luxury boating year. Held every September, it takes pride of place as the first show in the yacht season where the elegance and glamour of Cannes provides the perfect setting for the crowds of well-heeled Europeans who flock to the festival. And flock they do – this year the event, held from 11-16 September, is expecting to draw more than 50,000 visitors from across the world. While the thought of being anywhere with 50,000 other people fills most of us with dread, this event will be worth it for those with a passion for taking to the high seas in style. It boasts the highest number of new model launches and designs of all the yachting festivals – this year there are 600 boats to view and trial – making it Europe’s largest in-water show. Brokers are on hand to seal the deal for you but if your budget won’t stretch to a brand-spanking-new boat, fear not, just a seven-minute walk from the Vieux Port is Port Pierre Canto where charter companies and secondhand yachts from 22-65m will be on display. Plus, this is where you’ll find the toys area, so embrace your inner child and buy a chariot or doughnut to trail behind your new
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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Cannes plays host to the highlight of the yachting season
purchase. For those with a competitive edge, the Concours d’Elegance competition will provide plenty of yacht eye-candy with rare vintage and modern boats on the Saturday. It’s not all talk of feet, knots and cruise speed though. Following the success of the Luxury Gallery in the Palais des Festivals last year, fine jewellery and watches, high fashion and accessories will be showcased once again, so you can ensure you look the part when you’re lounging on deck. And if you need a helping hand with the interiors of a vessel, there are designers specialising in yachts, art dealers and high-tech products all available to you. Plus, Maserati (the official partner of the festival this year) will be providing a courtesy car service from Nice airport for VIPs and Riviera card holders and the Maserati lounge is open to all to explore the latest models. Cannes Yachting Festival hosts the industry experts to guide and advise you every step of the way, whether you’re after a charter, taking the plunge and buying a new – or second-hand – yacht, or if you’re in the market for all the newest gadgets and gizmos. Whatever floats your boat. The festival is being held from 11-16th September in Cannes. Buy tickets at cannesyachtingfestival.com
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ARTS AGENDA A female perspective. By Chloe Smith 1
Nina Beier, Retrospective (2017)
FIVE M I N UTE S WITH
BARBARA RAE, ANY ORDINARY JOURNEY
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Director of the Royal Scottish Academy
Following in the footsteps of her namesake Dr John Rae, Rae travelled to the Arctic in 2013 and brought back with her a fascination with the landscape and history of the place. The result is a collection of works depicting the tundra that she was so taken with. 4 August to 9 September. royalscottishacademy.org
Barbara Rae has been a Royal Scottish Academician since 1992 but this is our first solo exhibition with her during this time. Her wonderful new paintings and prints are inspired by her trips to the Arctic and comment on the plight of the region now.
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The images tell a story about this harsh yet fragile environment. The colours are wonderful – bright, effervescent and strong.
Nottingham Contemporary In her first solo exhibition in the UK, Mexican artist Pia Camil uses textile installations, ceramics and video to highlight her dissatisfaction with consumerism and globalisation. Camil’s ceramic masks explore the notion of public image. 14 July to 7 October. nottinghamcontemporary.org
The exhibition is a collaboration with The Royal Academy, London; the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney; Aberdeen University Museums Collections; and The High Commission of Canada in the UK – a varied mix indeed.
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Spike Island, Bristol
This exhibition questions the relationship between physical and digital reality with sculptures that combine objects with particular functions, such as rugs, wigs and mechanical bulls. The works call into question how value is defined, mutated and reinforced. 21 July to 23 September. spikeisland.org.uk
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Pia Camil, Bara, Bara, Bara (2017)
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Reviews, previews and performances
FIVE O F TH E B E ST
SCULPTURE PARKS JUPITER ARTLAND Just a short drive from Edinburgh lies this quirky park in the grounds of Bonnington House. Its permanent collection includes the bizarre Love Bomb by Marc Quinn and Cells of Life by Charles Jencks. jupiterartland.org
NEW ART CENTRE Bucolic Wiltshire serves as the perfect setting for works by Michael Bolus, Fernando Casasempere and Eva Rothschild. Plus they’re all for sale. sculpture.uk.com
ABOVE & BELOW: Oregon anti-Trump rally, January 2017
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CREATIVE FORCE: THE POWER OF CREATIVITY IN RECOVERY Art is known to be therapeutic, and many with PTSD benefit from having a creative outlet to express themselves. This exhibition showcases the skilful works of veterans, service personnel and their families – in many mediums – and explores the role of creativity in aiding recovery. It unearths the myriad emotions felt by those who leave home to serve their country, and those who are left behind. 8-19 August. helpforheroes.org.uk
THE SCULPTURE PARK Head to Sussex for works by Quentin Clemence. thesculpturepark.com
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GRAPHICS AND POLITICS HOPE TO NOPE Design Museum, London W8
PHOTOS: SCOTT WONG
PHOTOS: JOSÉ GARCÍA; JED GORDON; COURTESY OF DALLAS CONTEMPORARY, PHOTOS KEVIN TODORA
Mall Galleries, London SW1
MID WALES ARTS CENTRE View over 100 sculptures by local artists and those from as far afield as Zimbabwe. A sculpture workshop for teenagers is held in August. midwalesarts.org.uk
According to the curator, there is ‘something to offend everyone’ at this exhibition. Through examination of flags, banners, posters and art, the way design has influenced the way we perceive events such as Grenfell, Brexit, Trump and the Arab Spring is explored. In a world where social media is king, the power of the visual is undeniable. After all, who has forgotten the Je Suis Charlie slogan, or the image of Trump and Putin kissing? Until 12 August. designmuseum.org
YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK YSP hosts a plethora of exhibitions from some of the best-known names in sculpture. Giuseppe Penone’s A Tree in the Wood is running until April 2019 and explores our relationship with the natural world. ysp.org.uk Chris Proctor, A Long Way Home (2018)
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Work hard, play hard. Check out our guide to the best outdoor exercise classes to enjoy this summer, then let you hair down at this year’s best festivals. From black tie dining and dancing at Henley Festival, to family-friendly fun at Camp Bestival, you’ll find everything you need to know in our festival guides online and our What’s On Podcast (available on iTunes).
Get outside! From London beer gardens, to rooftop offerings and relaxed country walks that end with cute pubs and world-class roasts, check out our online guides to alfresco eating and drinking.
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Get down to the brandnew Japan House on High Street Kensington, where you’ll find a hub of Japanese culture – gallery space, performances, events, restaurant and a shop – across three floors. Read our insider’s guide online now.
From RHS Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park Flower Show to the best outdoor art shows in the country, we have a full guide to this month’s must-see cultural goings-on.
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THE GUIDE THE RESTLESS SEA Vanessa de Haan BOOKS
GOOD READS Richard Hopton reviews four books perfect for the beach
THE DEVIL’S HALF MILE Paddy Hirsch
Paddy Hirsch’s first novel is a gripping crime thriller set in New York City in 1799. It straddles the rough world of the docks where the rival immigrant groups fight for dominance and the supposedly more civilised world of Wall Street – the Devil’s Half Mile of the title – where greed and hypocrisy run riot. In both worlds casual violence is never far from the surface. The novel’s hero, Justice Flanagan, lawyer, amateur pathologist and detective, has a foot in both camps: he dresses well but carries a flick-knife. He had taken part in the Irish Rebellion of 1798, where he learned to defend himself and inflict pain with speed and precision but is also at home in the coffee houses and brokers’ clubs. His father had been ruined by financial speculation and fraud while his uncle, a slum landlord and racketeer, controlled the city’s waterfront and wharves. As Justice digs deeper into the story of his father’s death, he unearths a sleazy, violent world of slavery and prostitution. Hirsch creates a vivid portrait of New York at the end of the 18th century. It is a city of stark contrasts: the slums, the poverty and the degradation of the masses contrast with the stone houses, carriages and wealth of the upper classes. His descriptions of the crime, filth and stench of the city are reinforced by the slangy idiom and patois with which the characters speak. It’s a compelling story with strong characters and some scenes of extreme violence, convincingly (and wincingly) rendered. At the heart of the novel is financial chicanery, slavery, racism and hypocrisy: part of the plot revolves around an early example of a Ponzi scheme. Speculators, lured by big returns, are happy to turn a blind eye to the human misery off which they feed and the wider consequences of their actions. Silently, Hirsch invites his readers to consider the parallels between the mores of Wall Street in the 1790s and the 21st century. Corvus, £14.99
The Restless Sea is a historical romance, a tale of love and class, set during World War II against the unusual background of the Russian convoys. Charlie, an upper-class Fleet Air Arm pilot and Jack, an East End scallywag who joins the Merchant Navy to escape the law, compete for the affections of Olivia. The action sequences – as when Charlie’s squadron of Swordfish attack a German battleship – are well done and de Haan’s grasp of the history is sound. The characters can seem somewhat stereotyped, and the prose breathily overwritten in places, but overall it’s an enjoyable romp. Harper Collins, £14.99
ULTIMATUM Frank Gardner
Here is a pacy, enjoyable thriller which describes the kidnap in Iran of the British Foreign Secretary and the operation to rescue him. Frank Gardner, who has been the BBC’s Security Correspondent since 2002, tells the story with a verve and expertise born of long experience of the subject. The operational and governmental detail is convincingly authentic. It is the thriller writer’s trick to blur the boundary between current affairs and invention, to make the unthinkable thinkable and exciting. In this, Gardner succeeds triumphantly. The short, one-subject chapters and the taut prose keep the pages turning right to the end. Bantam Press, £12.99
KILLER INTENT Tony Kent
Tony Kent’s debut novel is a contemporary political thriller set in London and Ireland. The plot is exciting if perhaps a little far-fetched in places while the hero who, like the author is a barrister, seems on occasion to be imbued with superhuman powers. Some of the action scenes are shockingly, callously violent but brilliantly described. The book, although occasionally let down by the irritatingly staccato prose and its willingness to resort to cliché, is a fine achievement for a first novel. Kent, a well-known figure at the Old Bailey, has signed up with the publisher for another 13 novels so we shall be hearing more of him. Elliott & Thompson, £12.99 August 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 59
Will history be rewritten when England play India at Edgbaston this August? Sebastian Coe thinks so
e have so much to thank our parents for. It was my mother who kindled my interest in cricket. Only a matter of weeks before my birth she attended all five days of a Test match. Her passion was no doubt sparked by her Indian father. She was a great patriot but, on one key choice, she failed the Norman Tebbit test. It was England for everything other than cricket. My spectator years really began when I moved to Sheffield. Bramall Lane was where I witnessed a series of muscular Yorkshire teams and, of course, Geoffrey Boycott in his pomp. At that stage of my cricketing education, I didn’t foresee marrying into a notable cricketing family. And here, I declare an interest – M.J.K. Smith, a former England cricket captain and arguably Warwickshire’s most successful skipper, is my father-in-law. My brother-in-law also captained his county and played for his country. Smith senior made his maiden Test century against India nearly 60 years ago. So, it is hardly surprising that I sought his views about England’s opening Test match against the current side this summer. It is also a landmark – England will be playing their thousandth Test match. History points to a home side win it; they have hosted India on six occasions at Edgbaston, winning five and drawing one. Smith turned back the clock: ‘When I first started playing Test cricket,
ABOVE: Joe Root celebrates taking a catch at Headingley in June BELOW: Indian captain Virat Kohli
there was always an assumption that we would beat India, even though the country had gained a reputation as a difficult place to tour. Some of the senior players even declined the trip to the subcontinent. If India wins this time, it will be significantly less of a surprise than at any time in the last 40 or 50 years.’ This Indian side arrives awash with talent. Their star players have assumed a status that was unimaginable when MJK was plying his trade. They also come unquestionably at the top of the global heap. Under the captaincy of the charismatic Virat Kohli, whose team bat throughout the order, they are better placed to rewrite history than any touring Indian side before. While the debate rages in most cricketing nations about the impact the white ball has had on Test match cricket, it would appear that the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is Bollywood under floodlights, seems to have done nothing other than improve the quality of their Test teams. India’s last visit to Birmingham ended in a thumping innings and 242 run defeat but England’s recent form has been, at best, fragile. Root is a young captain and, given time to develop, will master the brief. Some, like Anderson, Broad and Cook, have the larger part of their careers behind them. All of them will have to be at the top of their game to derail their opponents. However it ends, you can be sure of one thing – there’ll certainly be no lack of atmosphere in one of Britain’s most diverse cities. On this occasion, like my mother, I am afraid I too will fail the Tebbit test.
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ROAD TEST Sensational looks and driving appeal make Aston Martin’s DB11 Volante the ultimate British convertible, says Jeremy Taylor
James Bond always has a beautiful woman on his arm – I’ve fallen in love with his latest Aston Martin soft-top instead. When was the last time you saw something look this good on four wheels? The Volante – that’s Aston speak for a cabriolet – is a car that leaves you both shaken and stirred. It owns Kensington High Street like no other and offers 007 kudos wherever you drive it. Bond usually crashes his cars but this DB11 is so beautiful I just wanted to wrap it up in cotton wool. Top up, or top down, it looks gorgeous from every angle. The latest Aston sports car may be large but underneath that eight-layer fabric roof is a tiny cabin. While it is handcrafted to the max, a pint-sized Mini convertible offers more space. This successor to the DB9 uses dashboard equipment borrowed from Mercedes, although it’s well camouflaged behind the leather and lightweight composites that line the cockpit. Designers have kept a traditional feel but this is still the most futuristic Aston Martin ever built. Raising the roof to beat a rain shower in London takes 15 seconds when driving at speeds of up to 30mph. It’s quite a performance to watch and, unusually for a convertible, the DB11 still looks good roof up. Want to put your own mark on the DB11? Personalise it further by commissioning the experts in the Q by Aston Martin department. The perfect bespoke machine. RATING: 5/5 handbags
VITAL STATS Price £144,900 Engine 3982cc V8 petrol Power 503bhp 0-62mph 4 seconds Economy 28.5mpg (combined consumption)
A summer’s drive across the Mendips becomes an occasion in the DB11. Enthusiasts will tell you this latest version is the best driver’s car to date – and how right they are. Steering an older Aston wasn’t for the weak limbed. Just operating the clutch required the calf muscles of a rugby player. Now even the suspension has a range of settings to suit the road surface. GT is the softest, perfect for high-speed cruising. Sport+ unleashes the DB11’s wild side and transforms the car into something of a beast. A massive 503bhp requires nerve – you have been warned. Under that sleek bonnet is a turbocharged engine that emits a constant burble. If you need extra power there is a faster V12 version too. However, in the upper echelons of the performance car market, this V8 will be more than enough for most people. It is a fun and rewarding car to drive cross country. Unlike the coupé version, the Volante has the added bonus of a folding hood too. There’s an excellent sound system onboard but the music from the huge exhaust pipes was more than enough for me. There are few vehicles that will give you same experience as the DB11. The new Bentley Continental GT is one, or you might consider a Ferrari 488 Spider. But if you want to feel like James Bond on your days off, this is the car for you. RATING: 5/5 wellies
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SEEDER’S DIGEST Inject copper into your garden, says Chloe Smith
COPPER FEEL Give your garden a golden edge
BOXWILD Seed feeder, £29. boxwild.com
Ditch the pesticides and focus on maintaining good soil growth with manure and fertilizer – a no-digging policy is often adopted by organic gardeners to preserve the soil structure. While this way of gardening may require a bit more time and effort, the wildlife and your body will thank you for it.
WYEVALE GARDEN CENTRES Caged light, £15. wyevalegarden centres.co.uk
VIOLET GREY 19th-century Arras bench, £2,500. violetgrey.co.uk
THE HEALTH AND BEAUTY BOTANICAL HANDBOOK
FARRAR & TANNER Haws watering can, £50. farrar-tanner.co.uk
GARDEN OF THE MONTH
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, Edinburgh
Just a mile from Edinburgh city centre lie 70 acres of carefully curated greenery. In the summer months, the herbaceous border is at its prime and the ponds in the glasshouses are sporting exotic sacred lotuses and tropical water lilies. rbge.org.uk
THE CONRAN SHOP Wall light, £335. conranshop.com
THIS MONTH Lift As you harvest potatoes, sow a late season variety for a second crop in the autumn.
Collect Gather seeds from your plants, store with desiccant and refrigerate.
Water Ensure plants are well hydrated and, where possible, use stored rain water.
The Wonderful Garden Company Osti Jarej Nada trowel, £31.50. thewonderful gardencompany.co.uk
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Pip Waller is a medicinal herbalist so is well placed to advise on plant-based wellbeing. Alongside practical growing tips and over 350 recipes for everything from creams to tonics, there are also detailed profiles on plants with medicinal properties and a herb dictionary. Leaping Hare, £12.99
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MARIE GUERLAIN Despite being part of perfume’s most famous family, Marie Guerlain is cooking up her own future, says Charlotte Metcalf Portrait by ALEXANDRA DAO
replacing whereas to invest in an Ondine heirloom means that you f there’s one thing Marie Guerlain hates, it’s being dismissed can pass it on to the next generation. Also, so many of our homes as an heiress with a vanity project. ‘It’s a huge insult,’ she are full of chemicals, from the stuff we put on our skin to the huffs. Her ‘vanity project’ is Ondine, a range of seven products we clean surfaces with. We all know that non-stick pans pans, which has been six years in the making. Ondine become toxic when they flake or are overheated, but even stainless is Marie’s middle name as well as meaning ‘one dines’. Marie’s battle to be taken seriously as a businesswoman has been exacerbated steel has radioactive residue if it’s over-used. I source the finest raw, non-recycled new titanium which is non-leach, by the fact that she is part of one of the world’s bestnon-porous and non-toxic. They’ll never poison you known perfume families and has the delicate luminous or become landfill. Titanium’s so tough they make beauty of a fairytale damsel in distress. She’s also a spaceships out of it and the taste of food will always mother to three boys, 11, ten and four. Yet it only takes remain pure. No one thinks twice about spending five minutes to discover that Marie’s forged from equally £1,000 on the latest phone that might only last a year resilient material as the titanium she’s created her pans so why not buy a pan that your grandchildren will from. ‘People assume I have money in the bank but still be using? Do the maths – it’s a no brainer.’ I don’t. My parents raised my sister and me to stand Penthouse or Just when you think she’s being a bit earnest about on our own two feet and get on with it and I’m struggling cottage? I love non-toxicity and sustainability, she starts laughing about like everyone else,’ she says. ‘I’m sure if I were a man I’d the cosiness the sensual pleasure her pans give her. She even likes have a backer by now. It’s very sad we still live in such a of a country cottage. washing them by hand. ‘Every pan is like a jewel and sexist world where men act with disdain towards a female such a joy to use,’ she enthuses. ‘Even when the brass entrepreneur with an artistic background.’ Theatre or rivets start to look a bit industrial I think that just adds Marie had been an artist but gave up painting gardening? to their cool. The thing I hate most is opening a kitchen after her second son was born as she didn’t want I haven’t got into gardening drawer in a rented place to find lots of horrible pans to be spending so much time in the studio. ‘I was yet. scratched to within an inch of their lives. I’m going to cooking a lot for the family and I was worried my pans Pub lunch or have to start travelling with my sauté pan, heavy as it is!’ were leaking toxins. One of the things I’m passionate Michelin star? Marie was brought up between London, France and about is living in a non-toxic home so I researched Both please! Switzerland and good food was always central in her life. what kind of pan I really wanted and there was nothing Dog or cat? ‘In France it’s the most important thing – at lunch you’re out there that ticked all the boxes. So I thought, why We have a talking about what you’re going to have for dinner. It’s don’t I invent the pans I want? I was in France with three-year-old black labrador all about sitting around the table,’ she says. ‘My mother my husband Shane one Christmas and I told him called Duke was French-American so we’d eat osso bucco with the idea. “Set your intention and just start,” he said. who’s my best saffron risotto or fried chicken or traditional coq Before I knew it I was in Italy meeting manufacturers.’ friend. au vin. I loved cooking – when I was about ten I created Months of learning about manufacturing, 3D Killer heels a little French restaurant with my sister. We had a set design, rendering and prototypes followed. ‘It was a or sensible menu and my parents came and had a table for two and process that involved going back to the drawing board brogues? I like sensible. we served them. I remember we made meringues that a million times,’ says Marie, ‘but what’s amazing about were delectably chewy in the middle.’ Designer dress life is that if you have an idea and don’t give up and or country Not surprisingly, Marie’s next project is a recipe book believe in it 100 per cent the universe opens to you.’ casuals? I and she’s excited about filming her cooking with Ondine The seven gleaming pans are undoubtedly beautiful like both, pans centre stage. Already the pans are starring on with their curved brass handles, graceful as swans’ depending on my mood. Masterchef and several top chefs like Francesco Mazzei necks, and intricate monograms on the lids’ knobs. and Eric Lanlard are converts. I have never had pan They’re even engraved on the bottom. Prices start Wine or green lust till now but believe me when I tell that when you at £285 for a small saucepan and for the lot it’s £3,225. tea? Always see one you’re really, really going to want one. Marie The price is eye-watering but Marie argues this is green tea. might look fragile but she could sell ice to eskimos only because we’re not used to valuing pans: ‘It used and convincingly at that. I’m saving for the set. to be normal to inherit a pan from your mother or grandmother but now we live in a throwaway culture ondine.com in which it’s easy to buy cheap. But cheap needs
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CLUB Jet off with the right sartorial spirit Fashion director NICOLE SMALLWOOD Photography SEAN MCMENOMY
Gilet, jacket, top and shorts, all Valentino
Red dress, David Koma Mesh dress, Altuzarra Jacket, Ralph & Russo
Windbreaker, Isabel Marant (Net-a-Porter). Bikini bottoms, Eres. Sunglasses, Carrera
Dress, Louis Vuitton Bag, Isabel Marant (Matches). Shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti. Sunglasses, TOMMYxGIGI. Suitcase, Away
Knit and shorts, both Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini. Sunglasses, MaxMara
Dress, TWENTY (Harvey Nichols) Jacket, Acne (Harvey Nichols) Pumps, Dior
Jacket, Vince (Harvey Nichols) Bodysuit, Bottega Veneta Trousers, Isabel Marant (Harvey Nichols). Helmet, Warr’s Harley-Davidson
LOCATION With special thanks to Jetfly for the use of the airfield and their private jet (jetfly.com), Denham Aerodrome for the use of their helicopter (hqaviation.com) and London Morgan for the use of their Morgan Plus 4 (londonmorgan.co.uk) TEAM Art Director: Fleur Harding Fashion assistant: Daisy Bryson Photographer’s assistant: Andy Mayfield Make-up: Sophie Higginson using CHANEL Éclat Et Transparence and CHANEL D-Pollution Nails: Sophie Higginson using CHANEL Le Vernis in New Dawn and CHANEL La Crème Main Hair: Sophie Higginson using Oribe Model: Maud le Fort at Elite STOCKISTS: PAGE 118
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LORD OF THE GAMES As The Game Fair celebrates its 60th birthday this year so too does its host, Ragley Hall’s ninth Marquess of Hertford. Here, he looks back at the estate whose fortunes have varied over the years
hen Henry Jocelyn Seymour, the ninth Marquess of Hertford, celebrated his 60th birthday on 6 July, the British peer was also marking two other notable 60th anniversaries. Ragley Hall, the Warwickshire stately home he inherited from his father in 1991, will have been open to the public for 60 years this summer, and the estate will be hosting one of his favourite events, The Game Fair, for its own 60th anniversary. For Lord Hertford, the remarkable coincidence has given him time for reflection as much as celebration. Here, he looks back on the history of his family’s estate, explains how it has changed and why it is the perfect place to be hosting the world’s biggest and best countryside festival.
Ragley Hall will have been open to the public for 60 years this summer. How much has it changed in that time? It was completed in the middle of the 18th century but didn’t open to the public until 1958. It is a Grade I listed property, so the building itself hasn’t changed much at all. If Robert Hooke, who designed the building in 1680, was to come up the drive today he would say, ‘Yes, that’s the house I built’. But you will notice quite a few Brazilian touches. My wife is now a naturalised UK citizen, but she was born in Brazil. She has added a few palm trees and a Brazilian flag, which stand out a bit. However, we have found that plants that grow well in Brazil do not do so well over here.
Who have been your most notable visitors to Ragley Hall over the years? What I have been surprised about is the number of people who visit Ragley. Not so much in disguise, but undeclared. Some people come under the radar just to get a feel for it and we don’t know they are here. Going back, the
FROM ABOVE: Ragley Hall and its wonderful roses; Henry Seymour, the ninth Marquess of Hertford and his wife Beatriz; the Great Hall
most frequent royal visitor here was the Prince Regent, later to become King George IV, who is alleged to have had an affair with the wife of the second Marquess.
The State Rooms have been gradually restored to their former glory since 1958. What did that involve? A lot of work was needed. There was a huge gap between the death of the sixth Marquess in 1912 and my parents moving in in 1956. The house was unoccupied during that time. The sixth Marquess had virtually bankrupted the Ragley estate. He certainly disincentivised the next one, so the house was managed, or I should say mis-managed, by a bunch of lawyers and accountants. A lot of land was sold off, but the estate was big enough to be able to handle that. Because no one was really living in the house it decayed to such an extent that I believe that when my parents moved in in 1956 only three rooms were habitable. So an extensive renovation had to be carried out which lasted from 1956
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The Game Fair is the UKâ€™s biggest celebration of the countryside with all the sporting activities, fun, food and shopping you could wish for
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FROM ABOVE: The Game Fair at Ragley Hall in 2015; the Red Saloon
This will be the fourth time that Ragley Hall has hosted The Game Fair. What is it about The Game Fair that makes it such an institution? It is important for these social events to be held. Working in the countryside nowadays can be a lonely business. The days when there were hundreds of farm workers are long gone. Now, on an average farm you’ve probably only got the farm owner and his family. And the same is probably true for country sports. The Game Fair is an excuse to get out, meet people and celebrate what we do. Community spirit is important, whether it is on a national level or a local level.
up until I inherited a fully restored house in 1990. Prior to my parents coming here it was not envisaged that anybody would ever live in this stately home again.
Generally, how do you strike that balance around the estate between being sensitive to Ragley’s heritage but making it sustainable for the future too? I’m always aware of the history. There has been a fundamental shift in the thinking that a family can occupy a large stately home without it being open to the public. Nowadays, the main focus is on the house being open in one form or another and the family cope with that. Generally, large stately homes like Ragley are reliant on the income they get from visitors who come to various events.
Obviously, the big topic at the moment is Brexit and what it will mean. The other ongoing subject is fieldsports and cruelty to animals, whether perceived or real. I think a lot of cruelty to animals is more perceived than real. Therefore, country sports advocates need to put over their case clearly and articulately. Which field sports do you enjoy? I’m now in a wheelchair, but hunting was my main winter sport. I didn’t shoot very often because I was generally on a horse. We do have a private family shoot on the estate and although neither my father or I shot very much, both my sons do, so it’s part of my life.
A 60th birthday is always special. How do you plan to celebrate? You’ve asked the wrong person, I think the best person to answer that is my wife! ■ The Game Fair at Ragley Hall, 27-29 July. thegamefair.org
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It is often seen as a platform for discussion about rural affairs, fieldsport issues and sustainable food. What topics need to be debated this year?
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HORSE SENSE While certain global brands nod to equestrianism, polo’s official body, Hurlingham Polo Association, has gone and launched a fully-fledged fashion and lifestyle label and it’s taking the horsey world by storm, says JULIA ROBSON
icky France-Lynch was moody, macho and magnificent... he had a large crumbling estate and a nine-goal polo handicap... writes Jilly Cooper in her bestselling chick-lit book, Polo, the third (and raunchiest) of her Rutshire Chronicles, which first put equestrian fashion on the style radar back in the late 1980s. What began with Cooper’s Riders in 1985 – with its iconic cover of a male hand squeezing a pert female bottom – whet the appetite for an exposé into the glitzy lifestyles of polo folk, with their polished ponies, lean-bodied players and, of course, their expensive wardrobes. It ended with the compulsory wearing of (tight) white trousers, known as polo whites, both off and on the field, with Princess Diana and Elizabeth Hurley leading the charge. Once again polo fever is on the rise. This time it’s no longer considered just a rich man’s sport or even a sport for men only. Last November, 250 million people in 103 countries tuned
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FROM LEFT: Eventer at Novice and 1* competitions, Kitty Mae Taylor, wears stretch cotton polo shirt; Hurlingham Polo 1875 stretch cotton pique polo dress;
FROM TOP: Polo player Henry Smith wears Hurlingham Polo 1875 stretch cotton pique sash polo shirt and polo whites; Ralph Lauren Pre-Fall’18; Gucci’s bestselling snaffle shoe
in to watch the Argentine Open, just one high-profile international event, compared with the 8.7 million viewers who watched the FA Cup Final on BBC1. The sport currently has 23,947 players worldwide across 90 countries and has a growing fanbase, particularly with women and students. During freshers’ week in 2017, 300 students signed up for university clubs. Some, like Regent’s University in London, even offer a polo scholarship. The idea of fusing polo – the sport and its runners and riders – and jet-setting groupies into a brand was not lost on American designer, Ralph Lauren, who built an empire and amassed a fortune from it. But now polo is coming home. No records exist on who invented the sport, however it is believed to have been first played in central Asia by tribesmen who used human skulls as a ball – the British tea planters in India, who were introduced to the game, are responsible for giving it a makeover and its iconic kit – notably the polo shirt, which has spawned a thousand copies. Although polo was subsequently exported to Argentina, Australia and the United States its spiritual home remains in the UK, where the official body, The Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), resides. It was at its headquarters in Hounslow Heath (now Heathrow airport) that the rules for the game were first laid down in 1875. The decision to launch a brand born out of, and named after, Hurlingham, which still
oversees 38 of the 77 polo-playing countries from Azerbaijan to Gambia, is pertinent. The game is not the genteel Pimm’s and divotstomping as we know it. Serious injuries can occur to both horse and human as they hurtle at each other at speeds of 30mph on fields the length of six football pitches. It is still the fastest team ball game on the planet and the rules, which limit a match to six ‘chukkas’ of seven minutes, are there to stop the ponies from getting exhausted. Hurlingham Polo 1875, as the new polo fusion brand is called, may well be British born and bred but it has its sights set way beyond the horsey set. It hopes to muscle in on the activewear clothing market, forecasted to exceed $231.7bn by 2024, and in addition to polo whites, do for their newly launched equestrianised jod-jeggings and jod-jeans what yoga pants have done for Canadian brand Lululemon. This yoga-fusion brand ranks in the top ten global clothing retailers and has simultaneously catapulted sheer or partly-sheer yoga pants into high fashion and every woman’s wardrobe. ‘It’s fairly easy to build a business, but it’s hard to build a brand,’ says Simon Hawkins, CEO and founder of Hurlingham Polo 1875, who previously worked for Reebok and witnessed the first soft trainer designed and marketed for women roll off the production line in the 1980s. ‘But polo was already steeped
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in history and heritage.’ Discovering old photos of Winston Churchill playing polo further convinced Hawkins the clothing of the sport had a story to tell – ‘and when you are creating a new brand having a story to tell is everything,’ he says, adding that, ‘if it were a person it would be a mix of Daniel Craig, Helen Mirren, Zara Tindall, Prince Harry, Victoria Pendleton and Eric Cantona’. Hawkins believes that few sports can fire the imagination quite like polo does. Thanks to the handicap system it’s also one of a very few that is played by both sexes and determined by handicap. Having an equally strong women’s range has seen Hurlingham Polo 1875 being well on the way to establishing a presence internationally since its soft launch four years ago. Its tag line ‘Authentically British. Absolutely International’, meanwhile, feels a good fit for our Brexit-blurring times. The biggest coup would be to get the brand – which is already worn by polo’s elite and ‘young guns’ players – worn by the leagues of fans who turn up to watch the match and polo people. Princes William and Harry are regular fixtures and use polo events to raise money for their various charities. Many pieces have a whiff of on-trend streetwear while others have that Made in Chelsea feel about them. There are polo tops (of course), hoodies, cashmere knits, red chinos and shirts, along with
FROM TOP: Dior is bringing back its iconic Saddle bag for A/W’18; Mathilde Pinault is the face of equestrain brand Miasuki. Kitty Mae Taylor wears Hurlingham Polo 1875 stretch cotton polo shirt and stretch cotton twill ‘whites’ jeans
the favourite accessory of every polo player – a crested cap. Womenswear features purposedesigned updates on stretchy jodphurs with their non-chaffable saddle seams and expandable waistbands. Candy pink sweatshirts and relaxed cotton jersey blazers are perfect for spectating a polo match, while glorious oversized cotton cricket sweaters, a polo mini dress and a crisp, white cotton shirt span school-run to serious-business-lunch. It helps that high fashion is giving a nod to the equestrianista right now. Gucci can’t produce enough snaffle loafers to supply demand and Christian Dior’s big launch this month is an update of its iconic Saddle bag. There’s also Miasuki, a brand aimed at those who ‘love horses and beautiful things’, whose face is Mathilde Pinault, the daughter of Kering chief, François-Henri Pinault, proving that equestrian fusion gear – even the gilet and hunting pink – is almost catwalk-ready. Ricky France-Lynch would love it. hurlinghampolo1875.com
Photography: Sue WestwoodRuttledge Hair and make-up: Carl Stanley Styling: Julia Robson Location: Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire. capesthorne.com
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It’s time to get plugged in
CHARGING INTO THE FUTURE
he rise and rise of the electric car market is going to change the way we get from A to B forever. Electric cars are lean, green and soon to be seen in every town and village across the country. Manufacturers around the world are locked in a race to build the most economical vehicle for every type of buyer. SUVs and urban runabouts top the list but even luxury saloons and sports cars are included in the electric revolution. Ignore the charge towards electric cars at your peril – opting for a diesel right now could seriously hit you in the purse. Their demise has been accelerated thanks to the Volkswagen emissions scandal known as ‘dieselgate’. Porsche has already stopped making diesels. Volvo,
Jeremy Taylor trying out the two-seater Columbia Phaeton at Blenheim Palace
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Almost one in five cars sold by 2025 will be battery powered – have you plugged into the electric revolution? asks JEREMY TAYLOR
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Toyota, Fiat and most other manufacturers will soon follow suit. Britain will officially ban the sale of all petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040. New electric models are set to flood the market in 2018, with Nissan, Ford, BMW, Renault and Volkswagen leading the charge. You can read our thoughts on some of the best to the right but if it sounds like the future has finally arrived on the driveway, it’s worth remembering this isn’t the first time motorists have been magnetised by the power of electricity. A century ago, the first electric vehicles were essentially horseless carriages that didn’t require the driver to struggle with awkward gearsticks. Easy to operate, manufacturers blatantly targeted women customers who wouldn’t have to worry about the mechanics of a steam or motor car. Pope Manufacturing Company’s Christmas advert of 1904 proudly proclaimed: ‘There is absolutely nothing that you can give her for Christmas that will afford as much happiness, convenience, luxury and social prestige as a Pope Waverley Electric. Absolutely noiseless and odourless – they glide as smoothly and silently as the flight of a bird.’ Among the early pioneers in Britain was Consuelo Vanderbilt, an American heiress who put the celebrity into society weddings. In 1895, she married Charles Richard John Spencer-Churchill, the ninth Duke of Marlborough and the most eligible peer in the country. After moving in to Blenheim Palace, the new Duchess wasted no time in investing in a Columbia Phaeton electric carriage to explore the 12,000-acre Oxfordshire estate. Built in America by Pope, the two-seater cost $1,500 and would travel at about 15mph. It had an impressive range of 75 miles on one charge. It is said the Duchess bought the EV not because of the environmental benefits but because she didn’t like the noise of an engine. When the couple separated in 1906, the Phaeton disappeared and its whereabouts is now unknown. Today, the wheel has turned full circle as electric charging points are being installed at one entrance to Blenheim, with more planned in the main car park. Dominic Hare, CEO at the estate, explained: ‘We are considering a variety of electric options that aid the environment, including an electric car share scheme with people in neighbouring Woodstock.’ No doubt Consuelo would have approved. Here’s a guide to the best electric cars currently on the market...
Price: £88,105 Engine: Plugin 100 kWh Power: 525hp 0-62mph: 4.9 seconds Max range: 351 miles
TESLA MODEL X 100D
Space man Elon Musk’s funky family-mover boasts more luggage space than a Range Rover, will outpace a Porsche and features a thoroughly entertaining party piece. The list of features also includes four-wheel drive, optional seven seats (£2,800 extra) for the school run, and a cool interior to make your children the talk of the playground. Model X is at the cutting edge of battery technology – even though it’s undeniably expensive compared to a ‘normal’ car. The party piece? Tap into ‘Celebration Mode’ and the Model X puts on a display of light flashing, door opening madness to music. You have to admire a man who can build a car with a sense of humour... Price: £37,220 Engine: 647cc petrol and 33 kWh motor Power: 170hp 0-62mph: 7.3 seconds Max range: 186 miles
BMW i3 AUTO (with Range Extender)
Range anxiety – it’s every EV owner’s nightmare. I got used to it but there’s always a calculation going on in my head comparing the distance to destination with miles left in the battery. The funky i3 it comes with the option of the Range Extender, a tiny, two-cylinder petrol engine that offers an extra 40-50 miles to get you home. Brilliant. If that sounds like cheating then save the extra £3,000 and go completely green because the latest 2018 model has plenty of power from the batteries alone. The i3 isn’t that big but it’s the best small, premium electric vehicle you can buy. It looks great and drives even better. August 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 87
Price: £28,390 Engine: Plugin 40 kWh Power: 147hp 0-62mph: 7.9 seconds Max range: 168 miles
NISSAN LEAF TEKNA
Some manufacturers are racing to bring out their first all-electric car. This is already the second-generation Leaf and it’s officially the world’s bestselling EV with 300,000 sales. Leaf has all the range most people will need for their daily commute, is relatively affordable to buy and comes absolutely loaded with standard equipment. However, not everybody will like the styling, and regular motorway drivers covering hundreds of miles should look elsewhere. I also found the seats strangely uncomfortable, whatever way I adjusted them, but I found it hard not to like the Leaf because it has been designed for first-time EV owners. Everything from the bonnet flap plug-in ports to the chic interior appeals.
Price: £93,465 Engine: 13.1 kWh motor/ 2.0 petrol Power: 404hp 0-62mph: 6.8 seconds Max range: 31 miles battery only
RANGE ROVER PHEV VOGUE SE
Land Rover has offered a hybrid before but never a plug-in. This one has a tiny – by Range Rover standards – 2.0-litre petrol engine and a small electric motor. Remarkably, combine the two and this model performs as well as the diesel equivalent. Inside, it has the latest Land Rover doublescreen dash, which disposes of a rash of buttons but will require use of the manual. After a few hours, I found it all pretty straightforward. Off-road it’s still an unbeatable Range Rover. And in EV mode you can creep through the trees without any noise at all...
Price: £32,730 Engine: Plug-in 24.2 kWh Power: 136hp 0-62mph: 9.6 seconds Max range: 186 miles
VW E-GOLF BEV
Understated, classy, Volkswagen’s all-electric Golf is just what you would expect it to be. Not as well-equipped as the Leaf, or as conspicuous as the BMW, the VW is a tried and trusted five-seater that has been around for decades. In fact, VW has deliberately kept the car as Golf-like as possible, with a familiar interior that won’t frighten away newbies to EVs. Quality of finish, practicality and space are exceptional. It’s not as zippy around town as the i3 but the ambience is a cut above the Nissan. On a country lane, it handles with Golf sure-footedness.
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Asian Scenic wallpaper. Cushions in Asian Scenic, Bijou, Carlotta. Baxter Bench in Ming Trail.
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Rosalyn Wikeley takes you gliding through the glittering world of the superyacht
ith the order books overflowing, wait times for building slots returning and the major yards announcing the sale or launch of their biggest yachts to date, the luxury yacht industry has finally bounced back from the 2008 crisis and is undergoing a boom. While ‘luxury’ can take on a variety of meanings for different yachts and owners, one thing’s for sure: nothing beats a sailing adventure where you can peel back lonely, majestic corners of the world and make time stop.
Bikini, Jonathan Simkhai. Sunglasses, Finlay & Co
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Jubilee, the largest yacht ever built in The Netherlands is for sale through Burgess
Launched in 2017 by venerable Dutch superyacht builder Oceanco, Jubilee, a whopping 110m superyacht, is currently the most talked about vessel to have entered the market. With an award-winning exterior designed by Lobanov Design and Sam Sorgiovanni’s opulent interiors, onlookers are waiting with bated breath to see who will take the plunge. burgessyachts.com
WHAT’S CURRENT? Who and what are making waves in the luxury yacht industry
RESERVATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE RITZ-CARLTON YACHT COLLECTION The Ritz-Carlton’s snazzy new 190m yacht is open for business, accommodating up to 298 passengers. An indulgent few can opt for one of the two Owner’s Suites with their own private whirlpool and chic interiors designed by both The Ritz-Carlton and Tillberg Design of Sweden. Itineraries reconcile cultural immersion with classic glitterati playgrounds, from Latin America to the French Riviera. ritzcarlton.com
Portonovi, Montenegro is open for Dalmatian business
This year Montenegro’s Portonovi will welcome superyachts to its rugged, fjord-like Boka Bay marina with up to 238 berths accommodating yachts up to 70m year-round. The €650m luxury development includes a new One&Only hotel – their first in Europe. Move over, Saint-Tropez. portonovi.com
LÜRSSEN’S PROJECT SHU HAS COMPLETED SEA TRIALS IN THE BALTIC Planning to complete this autumn, designer Espen Oeino has mastered an elegant finish on Lürssen’s latest superyacht Project SHU (136m). Winning features include an enormous swimming pool, two helicopter landing pads and several sea terraces. lurssen.com
The largest in-build project in the world
The REV project is a 182.6m luxury yacht currently under construction in Norway by Vard with a delivery date of 2020. This has been hot topic in the yachting world as its Norwegian owner, industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke, has specified that not only will it be the largest yacht in the world but it will also be one that has roughly half her space dedicated to scientists working on oceanography, environmental research and teaching, in addition to ocean-cleaning capability with a plastic filtering system. Revolutionary to think that the largest yacht to date will not be fuelled by hedonism. vard.com
INTRODUCING DYNAMIQ GTT 165, THE FIRST FOILING SUPERYACHT Known as the first company in the yacht industry to create an online configurator (allowing easy customisation of vessels in pick ‘n’ mix fashion), Dynamiq has now become the first to create a superyacht equipped with two underwater foils. The aft Hull Vane and a forward T-foil lift the hull up as the yacht increases its speed, decreasing drag, making it the only 50m yacht to reach 20 knots, with the ability to cross the Atlantic at 17 knots. Impressive features include a glass-covered beach club, spa area, bar, cinema lounge and Jacuzzi. bedynamiq.com
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Heesen’s 50m Home
Debuting at last year’s Monaco Yacht Show, 50m Home is the world’s first fast-displacement superyacht equipped with hybrid propulsion and offers what Heesen calls ‘the ultimate luxury’: a silent cruising mode. The logic goes that our taste buds are impaired by invasive noise, reducing the tongue’s ability to detect salt, sweet and sour. Home is therefore both a maritime marvel and an epicurean’s delight. A plethora of awards received since are testament to its innovation, not just in keeping the noise down but also for aesthetic and economical purchase. Home’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows, designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, are real head spinners, while a fresh palette (the vision of interior designer Cristiano Gatto) is tastefully applied inside, using lavish materials such as rare Belgian marble and creating a clean, fresh look to draw your eyes outside to the blue beyond. heesenyachts.com
THE BOATS THAT ROCK The superyachts that will set your pulse racing this year
FEADSHIP’S 97m FAITH Awarded Motor Yacht of The Year at the World Superyacht Awards, 97m FAITH by Feadship was owned by fashion magnate and billionaire, Lawrence Stroll. Her show-stopping features include a 10-foot high skylight dome in the master cabin and curved glass bottom of the 30-foot swimming pool. Her top seed is 17 knots and she can accommodate up to 18 people with 32 crew members. feadship.nl
Nobiskrug’s 143m Sailing Yacht A
When industrialist billionaire Andrey Melnichenko asked German yard Nobiskrug for the most advanced superyacht on the water, they rose to the challenge. This is a boundary-pushing boat and while labelled a ‘sail-assisted motor yacht’, many consider her to be the largest sailing yacht in the world. The height of the mainmast off water stands at 100m high (taller than Big Ben), its maximum wind speed that its masts can withstand is 90 knots and its crew count is 54. nobiskrug.com August 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 93
INTO THE BLUE From the South Pole to Papua New Guinea, here are two offthe-beaten-track charter itineraries for well-heeled adventurers
Breaking the Ice
This fly-in-fly-out, 14-day itinerary with Cecil Wright takes those who wish to charter the magnificent ENIGMA XK to the ends of the earth, exploring the Antarctic Peninsula from King George Island. The itinerary takes you to the South Shetland Islands to begin the icy grand tour, glimpsing penguins, elephant seal and seabird breeding colonies all the way to Deception Island with its active volcano. ENIGMA XK glides through the Weddell Sea, over to Brown Bluff, formed by subglacial volcanic eruption, and comes to an icy halt in Paradise Bay to inspect an abandoned Argentine Research base. The magnificent scenery keeps performing with almost 24 hours of daylight. At Lemaire Channel, guests may catch a glimpse of humpback whales, orca and seals. From setting up camp on the ice to cruising through an iceberg graveyard on kayaks, Antarctica has a haunting, otherworldly beauty which is difficult to surpass. At Fish Island, the captain advises those aboard to keep their eyes out for minkes and perhaps even an enormous blue whale. cecilwright.com 94 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | August 2018
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The path less travelled
This 10-day itinerary in Papua New Guinea on Spirit with Ocean Independence is a glorious blend of untouched culture, adventure and seclusion, along with some of the world’s best fishing and diving. Spirit embarks from Alotau in the calm, sheltered waters of Milne Bay, southeastern Papua New Guinea where guests can get familiar with the boat’s facilities and toys, or venture into the local village for a shore excursion. Cruising to Samarai Island, guests can explore the tiny island with its colonial architecture and walk the flawless white beaches of Logea Island. A large manta ray cleaning station sits just off nearby Doini. Deboyne lagoon is a prime diving and snorkelling destination with several Japanese plane wrecks from World War II. Twenty-one uninhabited islands make up the exotic Conflict Group – the sort of paradise you flew across the world and chartered a superyacht for. It’s here in the numerous reefs that guests keep their eyes peeled for Maori wrasse, reef sharks, eaglespotted manta rays and turtles. From the Dei Dei Hot Springs on Fergusson Island to walking through jungles and seeing rare birds of paradise, D’Entrecasteaux Islands are a heavenly prelude to the more dramatic Tufi fjords, with a maze of cliff faces descending vertically into the ocean. Helicopter rides over this dramatic landscape can be organised, as well as guided walks, staying overnight in villages. This charter of a lifetime beautifully exemplifies the possibilities a superyacht opens up. It certainly beats eating prawns somewhere off the Côte d’Azur. oceanindependence.com
MOOR, PLEASE Which marina are you sailing to this summer? …AND FINALLY, DON’T LOSE YOUR MANNERS AT SEA Cannes Yachting Festival Show Manager, Sylvie Ernoult has put together the ‘dos’ to stick to while on board DO LOOK THE PART It’s advisable to wear cool, light-coloured clothing that can get wet. Shoes are usually forbidden in the cabin; many yachts have a ‘bare foot’ rule. Wear soft-soled ‘boat shoes’ if shoes are allowed on the deck.
Port Vauban, Antibes
Nicknamed ‘Billionaires Quay’, Port Vauban in Antibes is a sophisticated choice for maritime aficionados and the largest yachting harbour and marina in Europe, offering over 2,000 moorings and world-class restaurants within an unspoilt medieval fishing village. marina-port-vauban.com STAY: Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Cap d’Antibes EAT: Les Pêcheurs, Cap d’Antibes
Grand Harbour Marina, Malta
Set against the majestic background of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vittoriosa’s Grand Harbour Marina’s recent refurbishment catapults Malta onto the yachting elite’s European radar with berths for superyachts of up to 140m long. cnmarinas.com STAY: Phoenicia Hotel EAT: De Mondion
DO PACK SENSIBLY There is never much storage, soft luggage bags are advised so they can be collapsed for stowing.
DO BE PUNCTUAL Always allow extra time to get to your boarding destination. If you are late, you are not only keeping the other guests waiting but also your host and the crew.
DO ASK PERMISSION When you arrive, ask permission to board. The crew may beat you too it, but this gesture is a formality and courteous.
DO BE CONSIDERATE Sound carries easily over the water, so when in the harbour be courteous and considerate of crews on neighbouring boats when socialising in the cockpit early in the morning or late at night.
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Port de Gustavia, Saint Barths
The well-heeled flock to Port de Gustavia in Saint Barths in winter, mainly for the balmy temperature and exotic backdrop but increasingly for their impressive Christmas and New Year’s Eve firework display. The small number of berths for superyachts only boost the marina’s exclusivity. portdegustavia.fr STAY: Eden Rock EAT: La Langouste
Oneocean Port Vell, Barcelona
OneOcean Port Vell in Barcelona has been given a glamorous facelift, now accommodating 151 berths and making it the ultimate destination for yachts up to 190m. Yachts can berth a mere stone’s throw away from lively Barcelona and its beautiful beaches. oneoceanportvell.com STAY: Hotel Arts Barcelona EAT: Alkimia
DO LISTEN TO THE CAPTAIN The captain’s word is gospel when on board. The captain and the crew are there to provide the best experience possible, but they are responsible for your safety and the safety of the yacht. cannesyachtingfestival.com
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THE INSIDER INTERIORS · LIVING · DESIGN
WISTERIA HYSTERIA Farrow and Ball’s latest wallpapers instil drama and put a twist on their much-loved patterns. This romantic wisteria wallpaper, drawn from 19th-century pure silk woven jacquards, is available in 13 colourways and would work equally well in a drawing room or a bedroom. farrow.ball.com
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DESIGN NOTES News and inspiration from the world of interiors. By Carole Annett
STANDING TALL I own a vast array of ceramics in all shapes and sizes – smooth, curvy and knobbled, and I can never resist adding more. Cesare vase with crossed leaf relief, £375. william yeoward.com
Designer Nick James combines laser-cut formica with oak, hewn in a single piece so the grain flows uninterrupted. Single cabinet, £850. jamesdesign.co.uk
COLOUR POP Refreshingly simple furniture designs work well with vibrant linens. Spindle bed, £945, Little Groover side table, £245, and Kingfisher bedlinen, from £40. loaf.com
Travelling tea connoisseurs will love Lotusier’s exquisitely crafted humidor designed for carrying tea leaves in an optimum environment. £9,950. williamandson.co.uk
It’s that time of year, please pass the port. Grouse decanter, £550. tessapackard.com
WELL CRAFTED I remember weaving a wobbly rattan basket at school so I’m in awe of this ripple-skirt Lily armchair handmade in Soane’s Leicestershire workshop. From £5,100. soane.co.uk
GROOVY BABY Generous proportions and a slimline silhouette – this sofa has a cocktail-lounge feel. Eden sofa, £1,629. sofaworkshop.com
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TAKE A SEAT Chairs with serious style appeal
Good candles can be pricey but last much longer and smell divine. Jo Loves candles come in a ribbon-tied box. Pomelo candle, £55. joloves.com
FLYING SAUCERS Esther Patterson, design director at Curiousa & Curiousa, puts a twist on wall plates combining hand-blown glass and bone china. Siren lights: three-piece, £850; twopiece, £690; single, £490. curiousa.co.uk
Picnic or finger food, always offer nice napkins. Thornback & Peel lobster napkins set of four, £45. thornbackandpeel.co.uk
1 Simple chair with squab cushion, £1,860. roseuniacke.com 2 Romana dining chair, from £495. ercol.co.uk 3 118 chair by Sebastian Herkner, £285. thonet.de 4 Emma chair in Canaletta walnut, from £1,620. porada.it 5 375 dining chair, £1,547. walterknoll.de 6 Hutton armchair by Andrew Martin, £995. superhouse-uk.com
CUP OF BUZZ Teatime in the garden calls for pretty china. Bee cup and saucer, £65. rorydobner.com
London-based artist Anna Jacobs created Chinese Tree using plaster and ink on board. Interpreted as a wallcovering, it comprises 3 x 300cm strips, each 70cm wide and costs £395. Cushion, £65. annajacobsart.com August 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 99
SONGS OF INNOCENCE Have fun creating an individual and personal space where little ones can rest and play
1 Georgina Cave’s nursery interior features zebra-print wallpaper by Juliet Travers and a bespoke rug by Amy Kent (caveinteriors.com). 2 A wigwam by La Redoute creates a cosy play corner in this scheme by Rebecca Hughes Interiors. Wallpaper by Hibou Home, cushions from Anthropologie (rebeccahughesinteriors.com). 3 Victoria Meale prioritises environmentally friendly products in her designs. This nursery has the option of sheer or black-out curtains, making it easier to adhere to a baby’s sleep patterns (victoriamealedesign.com). 4 Pretty in pink from VSP Interiors – bed and chest by Dragons of Walton Street, custom-designed chair and rug by Loomah (vspinteriors.com). 5 A nautical theme in a bedroom by Lucinda Sanford. Wallpaper and fabric from Ralph Lauren Home (lucindasanford.com). 100 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | August 2018
THE INSIDER DESIGN Q&A
LITTLE BLACK BOOK Steal Charlotte’s contacts FABRICS Rubelli. rubelli.com
One half of Lawson Robb wishes she was green-fingered and dislikes washing up bowls What was your most recent find? A sculptural console by Jumphol Socharoentham.
Most extravagant thing you’ve bought for your home? A beautiful, huge painting of people flying over multicoloured trees – slightly abstract, very uplifting and dreamlike – and it still stops me in my tracks regularly.
interiors and furniture.
House warming present?
up bowls. Don’t get me started. It’s an ongoing battle with my husband (why wash two sinks?) and it reappears every day.
What should never have seen the light of day? Washing
A characterful print of the ‘Sloaney Pony’ in Parson’s Green by Anna-Louise Eden to give to a friend of mine moving in around the corner. Unsung design hero? Pierre Bonnefille is an awesome French artisan, who creates abstract artworks with liquid metal, finishes for bespoke
GIFTS The Conran Shop. conranshop.co.uk
Where do you find inspiration?
FROM TOP: Charlotte Robb; a private spa in Mayfair; Lawson Robb specialises in yacht interiors
Nature, fashion and our clients and their very different worlds and cultures. I have two young children so social media doesn’t get the attention it probably ought to.
CUSHIONS Fameed Khalique. harrods.com
What gadget have you never taken out of the box? A dictaphone. It was a short-lived attempt to be more time efficient. Are you green-fingered? I’m obsessed with trees and plants but I am terrible at remembering to water them.
What would you never throw away? Jeans that I love but are too small for me, as obviously one day I will be skinny again.
KNICK-KNACKS Poglia. poglia.co
GLASSWARE Joe Doucet. joedoucet.com
Whose home would you most like to have a nose around? I’d love to have a peek inside Achille Salvagni’s home, he is a most sophisticated and innovative designer from Rome. What do you collect? Photos of travelling and adventures.
How can we live more selfsufficiently? Sail around the world
RUGS Riviere Rugs. riviererugs.com
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THE INSIDER Shutterly Fabulous Shutters, from £299p/m. shutterlyfabulous.com
PURPLE REIGN Lilac highlights make a lovely touch
Artek E60 stool by Alvar Aalto, £198. artek.fi Veedon Fleece Made to order. veedonfleece.com
House of Hackney Pineapple lamp, £495. harrods.co.uk
Sofa.com Emilia bed, from £550. sofa.com
Stepevi Provence rug, £1,650. stepevi.com
Coze Danan blanket, £110. cozelinen.com
Button & Sprung Jasmine bed, from £795. buttonandsprung.com
The Conran Shop Bubble shot glass, £7.50. conranshop.co.uk
Marlborough Tiles Handmade wall tile, £99.84p/m. marlboroughtiles.com
Tweedmill Wool throw, £57. tweedmill.com
Amy Somerville Raconteur sofa, £6,168. amysomerville.com
Skye Paint Company Seaweed infused paint, from £17.50. isleofskyepaint company.co.uk
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Fashion designer and DJ, Pearl Lowe, packed her 12-year-old daughter Betty and headed to Turks and Caicos via Miami for some mummy and me time
Soho Beach House, Miami was Pearl and Betty’s first stop en route to Turks & Caicos
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n the past, travelling with four children has been prohibitively expensive, especially during the school holidays, but when my husband Danny announced that he was touring with his band around India during February half term, I decided to book a trip for just me and my 12-year- old daughter Betty. My eldest daughter [model Daisy Lowe] lives in London and is working hard and my two boys are quite grown up now and – in their own words – they ‘can’t be bothered to get on a flight’. I’ve never been that great at surviving the post-Christmas months, especially as North Somerset gets so damp and icy – our house starts resembling an igloo, so when Betty asked me if we could go back to Miami, it got me thinking... When I was Betty’s age, my dad bought a house on Miami Beach and we would spend every Christmas, Easter and summer there. Sadly my father died last year but Miami still holds fond childhood memories. My friend Indira had also recently moved to Turks and Caicos – to where you can fly direct from Miami – so this wouldmake the perfect two-pronged holiday.
The first stop in Miami was Soho Beach House with its 50s decor and beautiful ocean views, rooftop restaurant and plunge pool, 100-foot-long pool and beach (for members and hotel guests only), spa, library and gym. It’s a brilliant place to people watch, but beware the eager paparazzi who line the beachfront. Miami is a great destination for families with teenagers as there is so much to do. On rainy days you can shop at any number of malls and outlets, and the cinemas have all the latest releases. Wynwood is the new cool area with vintage shops and art exhibitions. Miami does have strict drinking laws though, which didn’t go down well last time with my 19-year-old son who couldn’t drink anywhere. But that didn’t stop Betty and I tucking into Greek and Turkish food on a lovely sunny patio underneath white umbrellas at The Mandolin Aegean Bistro, favoured by the Miami fashionista, and divine and absolutely scrumptious sushi at Pubbelly Sushi (they don’t take reservations).
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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Soho Beach House, Miami and its 100ft pool; Amanyara’s beautiful villas; Pearl’s daughter Betty; veggie heaven at Retreat Kitchen; David and Victoria Beckham spent New Year’s Eve at Amanyara
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Amanyara is where the Beckhams spent New Year’s Eve and you can see why. It has its own private white sand beach, with its own boat ready to take you out on aquatic excursions
We then flew to Turks and Caicos. The islands were badly affected by Hurricane Irma back in September 2017. My friend Indira and her family were evacuated into a gymnasium for two days and it was all quite terrifying for them, but arriving there now you would never know it. The island has revitalised quickly and speaking to a few of the locals, it is something they have grown to expect and they have a very quick recovery operation in place. We soon settled into our beautiful glass box villa at Amanyara – all wooden pine panelled walls with crisp white sheets, and an all-you-can-eat-and-drink mini bar – where the Beckhams spent New Year’s Eve. You can see why. It has its own private white sand beach, with a boat ready to take you out on aquatic excursions. Lunch – a fusion of Thai and Japanese – is served overlooking the beach and you can get an excellent aromatherapy massage overlooking a lake. That evening happened to be Valentine’s Day, and with Betty as my date, we dined outside under the stars on lobster, sipping virgin cocktails. When we got back to the room, there were red rose petals spread all over the bed, a sweet touch. The next morning Indira and her three sons, Charlie, Harry and Jesse, came to pick us up in their Jeep and take us to Thursday’s fish fry market where we listened to reggae, ate
(more) lobster and fries and bought little trinkets from the local stalls. We were also taken out on a boat by a company called Wake to Wake, owned by two young English boys, which cost around £600 for a half day. Betty impressed us with her wakeboarding skills and we crossed over to a very pretty island where the sand was a glistening white and the sea was seductively turquoise. For lunch we ate first-class vegan food at Retreat Kitchen. If this restaurant were in Somerset, I’d eat there every day. I had watermelon juice and a raw kale and walnut salad and a peanut and cacao cookie for a sweet ending. Guilt-free eating at its best. A little warning, February is busy on the island, it’s President’s Day (the third Monday of February), so it can be both tricky finding a room and super expensive when you do. In general, the island isn’t for people who are watching their pennies. Food has to be flown in, so when you buy anything from the supermarket, expect it to be three times the normal price, but luckily only having one child with me, Betty and I had an absolute blast and were very lucky that my boys just ‘couldn’t be bothered’. ■ BOOK IT: A stay at Amanyara costs from US$1,450 per pavilion per night including airport transfers, minibar (excluding spirits), all telephone calls, snorkel trips, group wellness classes and afternoon tea. The rate is subject to 24 per cent tax and service charge. amanyara.com
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TEN REASONS WHY I LOVE
Ikos Dassia Resort, Corfu
STARRY STARRY NIGHTS
T R AV E L N E W S
The skies above are alight on clear hot August nights. Here’s where to stargaze in Britain, and where to stay. 1 South Downs National Park, West Sussex. Stay: Halfway Bridge Inn, Lodsworth. From £125. halfwaybridge.co.uk 2 Northumberland National Park. Stay: The Cookie Jar, Alnwick. From £140. cookiejaralnwick.com 3 Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd, Shropshire. Stay: Castle Hotel, Bishops Castle. From £95. thecastlehotelbishopscastle.co.uk
THE HOTEL WIZARD Fiona Duncan on dark skies and Corfu done differently Ikos looks at ‘all-inclusive’ differently
ON THE TRAVEL RADAR
The generosity. Greek hospitality at its finest.
The wallet-friendly comfort of an all-inclusive resort combined with five-star service and facilities.
The exceptional value for money, especially in low season (May and October), always the loveliest time of year.
The spacious, stunning poolscape – children’s pools, adult only pools, private pools, whirlpools, and one pool so huge and curvaceous that you can swim for ages without ever touching the sides.
The long private beach bordering the Ionian Sea.
The handy location of the 400room, two-centre complex, just 20 minutes from the airport...
… And the superb amenities – free well-stocked minibar, 24hour room service, Anne Semonin products – in the bedrooms…
… And everywhere else: premium brand drinks, à la carte food, poolside waiter service, two spas, tennis courts, free airport transfer and much more, all of it included in the reasonable room rate.
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‘Kalimera!’ – warmth and smiles from all the staff.
THE BUFFET SLAYED
If ‘all-inclusive’ hotels speak to you of coloured wristbands and queues for indifferent buffets, then think again at Ikos Resorts (Dassia is the latest; there are two others in Halkidiki and more to come). The Greek company’s fulsome version of all-inclusive (or infinite lifestyle as they call it) offers luxury at a single price and that doesn’t stop inside the resort. Every guest can make use of a complimentary Mini for one day to explore Corfu, accompanied by a specially designed app giving directions and restaurant and sightseeing tips; free passes to the island’s five major museums; a daily sunset cruise; and the opportunity to dine out at no expense at a clutch of local restaurants, instead of eating in every night. Don’t ask me how the business model works, but it’s certainly upped the game among Europe’s all-inclusive resorts.
The clever, also inclusive ways of allowing guests to leave the resort and discover Corfu.
Doubles from € 220 (ikosresorts. com). Sovereign Luxury Travel offers five nights, incl. flights, from £804 per person (sovereign.com)
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SECRET SAFARI Aardvark, the African safari and beach specialist, are offering two new, unique and customised fly camping safaris on the Lower Zambezi. aardvarksafaris.co.uk
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STAY Adults-only Amàre Marbella on the beachfront has chic design and one of the only rooftop bars in the city. You can summon a waiter at the touch of a button to bring you a cocktail, pronto. amarehotels.com
ABOVE: Marbella boasts sensational views from every corner BELOW: Puerto Deportivo is the oldest of the city’s four harbours
MARBELLA Imogen Agnew discovers a secret side to this Andalusian town
SEE A flamenco show at the City of Marbella Theatre is not to be missed. Squeeze in a trip to the undulating landscapes of the nearby mountain village of Benahavís for authentic Andalusian food and hazy views.
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orget no carbs before Marbs – in fact, forget everything you thought you knew about this beautiful Andalusian city. You can happily fill a weekend exploring its less well-known side with art, culture and excellent food. With views of both the sea and the mountains from almost every corner, Marbella enjoys 320 days of sunshine every year. While most visitors stick to Playa de la Fontanilla, for a quieter sun-soaked spot you will need to go a little further out. Head east to Playa de la Bajadilla next to the fishing port: still popular but smaller and less crowded, it backs on to the barrio de pescadores (the fishing quarter). After a day on the beach, avoid the tourists and instead explore the fishermen’s huts and unassuming tapas bars to feast on fresh seafood. Go in July for an art fix at the modern and contemporary art show, Art Marbella, a
Wander through the Old Town on foot
three-year-old project which is gaining in reputation (marbellafair.com). Year round, the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engravings, including works by Picasso, who was born along the coast in Málaga, can be found in the mayor’s former home, a beautiful 16th-century Renaissance building. The sophisticated Amàre Marbella Hotel, where you should base yourself, has a discerning programme of rolling art exhibitions too. The maze of white-washed architecture and flowerfilled plazas in the historic Old Town can be confusing to navigate. But that’s the whole point – getting lost is the best way to explore the cobbled streets. Just make sure that one of your preambles finishes with a fino and churros at one of the many tavernas in the charming Plaza de los Naranjos, where the scent of orange blossom hangs thick in the air. Cities that are proud of their heritage may be two a penny, but ones that have successfully merged the past with the present and retained historic secrets beneath a glossy veneer are few and far between. Marbella is one such a place.
EAT Messina’s head chef Mauricio is married to the maître d’ and the pair have created something seriously special. Don’t miss their tasting meu. restaurantemessina.com
BUY People-watching doesn’t get better than from the coveted rows of Marbella Club’s signature white sunbeds. For €50 you can spend a day hiding behind your sunglasses. marbellaclub.com
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CHILD’S PLAY These family-friendly destinations have the summer holidays sorted. Edited by Daisy Finer
COSTA NAVARINO, Messinia, Greece
Children are notoriously easy to please; adults with children, on the other hand, are somewhat harder. Luckily, there’s plenty to keep both camps happy for a week or more at Costa Navarino. The resort encompasses two five-star hotels and is single-handedly taking on the task of bringing the Messinia region of Greece, in the southwestern part of the Peloponnese, to life through the highest quality environmentally and socially responsible tourism. Check in to The Westin resort with the whole family, where the kids can hop between two outdoor pools and an impressive water park, enjoy a game of basketball or tennis, go climbing or even go-kart racing. Or you can drop them off at the Sandcastle and Cocoon club, where there’s full-time childcare available for children from four months to 12 years old. You’ll then be free to enjoy your own private pool, book some spa time, or head down to the beach for cocktails and calamari at the excellent Barbouni beach bar. The nearby pretty town of Pylos is worth an afternoon explore if you can drag yourself away from the resort. BOOK IT: Red Savannah offers seven nights B&B for a family of four (with children under 12), including flights and transfers, from £4,262. redsavannah.com 110 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | August 2018
FOOD & TRAVEL CURTAIN BLUFF, Antigua
Perched on a secluded palm-strewn peninsula, overlooking clear waters with a jungly rainforest backdrop – you’d be hard-pressed to find a more jaw-dropping location for a family sojourn. Two glorious white sand beaches flank the resort; restaurants, bars and an excellent watersports centre create a buzzing hub on the south beach, while the north side is the spot to chill. Pathways through tranquil tropical gardens lead to contemporary suites and chic airy duplexes – some with private dip pools. All rooms offer spectacular sea views. The all-inclusive, family-run resort, opened over 50 years ago, combines the ultimate in laid-back Caribbean luxe with a warm family ambience. Watersports, basketball and a jungle gym keep active teens busy, and at the Cee Bee Club little ones take part in cookie decorating, crab races and fishing off the dock. There’s also a games and movie room and a dedicated teen spa menu. Restaurants transform from relaxed buffet lunch spots by day, to candlelit dining by night. Menus change daily and include everything from local grills to creative vegan delights. Something for everyone. BOOK IT: Inspiring Travel Company offers seven nights all-inclusive, from £12,299 per family of four, including flights and transfers. inspiringtravelcompany.co.uk
BELMOND LE MANOIR AUX QUAT’SAISONS, Oxfordshire, UK
You might not necessarily mix children with two Michelin stars together for a first-class recipe, but surprisingly enough Raymond Blanc’s exquisite Oxfordshire affaire de coeur is as welcoming to nippers as it is to eager epicureans. You can even bring your dog, though naturally not to the kitchens. Here is where you must book in for a day’s family cookery course (from £555 per adult and child, from 9am till 4pm), which – gratifyingly for the children – will include something chocolatey. You’ll eat loads, so in order to work up an appetite again for dinner, grab your kids and dog to discover those enchanting gardens that are maintained to such a high standard they might make Monty Don blush – seek out the kitchen garden whose produce will no doubt be on your plate later on. Guests come here because there’s no compromise on perfection, but that doesn’t mean it’s stuffy; you can happily dine on ingredients presented as the best-ever version of themselves, while the kids chow down fish and chips (Raymond style, granted). The staff don’t bat an eyelid, making the whole experience magical. BOOK IT: Deluxe room B&B, from £695. belmond.com/le-manoir-aux-quat-saisons-oxfordshire August 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 111
FOOD & TRAVEL THE FISH, Cotswolds, UK
As if ravishing views of quintessential Cotswold countryside weren’t enough, The Fish reels in guests with the promise of laid-back, woodland luxury too. Chiseled out of a chunk of the 400-acre Farncombe Estate, this hillside retreat offers a collection of quirky houses, huts and three stunning new treehouses. Each arboreal pod sleeps a forest-loving family of four (kids are in their own bunk bed room with a stash of books and a giant jar of jelly beans) and there are two Siberian larch baths on the outdoor deck for splashing under the stars. At The Lodge – the hotel’s social hub – the restaurant serves sublime fish and seafood, but larger families staying in The Farmhouse might like to barbecue on the open-air feasting deck. A dedicated on-site activity company can organise archery, crossbow and axe throwing, Segway safaris and all-terrain vehicle trips, while tiddlers can enjoy the compact Kids Play Zone that uses reclaimed/recycled wood and old aeroplane tyre chippings for the floor. The picture-perfect village of Broadway is a mere 20-minute yomp across verdant fields. BOOK IT: Treehouses start from £370 per night, B&B; The Farmhouse sleeps up to 15 and starts from £1,200 mid-week, £2,400 at the weekend, B&B. thefishhotel.co.uk
FORTE VILLAGE, Sardinia
Forte Village is probably the only hotel in the world to have employed Parisian ballet star Roberto Bolle, tennis prima donna Ilie Nastase, rugby player Will Greenwood, boxing champion Frank Buglioni and Marvin the magician. They have all taught academies at the one-stop 40-acre luxury holiday complex in Sardinia which caters for all with film studies, table tennis and dance. The star is the Chelsea football academy where competitive little alpha boys are taught by Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea trainers while their parents can listen to open air concerts, relax on the beach by the pool or in one of the 21 restaurants. There’s a Gordon Ramsay, a Schuhbeck and a Mahiki... and few would realise that hidden behind elegant palm trees there are nine four and five-star hotels and nine villas from €30,000 a week. There’s also a new fencing academy and a private spa, where you can be massaged in mud inside an opaque glass box, alongside six thalassotherapy pools, ayurvedic medicine consultations and yoga. BOOK IT: Seven nights half-board from £1,189pp for a family of four, including transfers and return flights with easyJet. citalia.com 112 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | August 2018
VILLA CLARISSE, Île de Ré, France
If you long for the summers of yesteryear, take a look at Île de Ré. Easily accessed via an arching bridge from west coast France, it’s a 30km slither renowned for salt marshes, sandy beaches and miles of cycle paths. Parisians see it as their Hamptons. Pack an appetite and sunblock but leave your sausage-skin cycling kit at home – this is no place for MAMILs (middle aged men in lycra). Villa Clarisse, with the reassuring stamp of Relais & Châteaux, has just nine suites and is one of the island’s most charming residences, an 18th-century mansion in the heart of Saint-Martin-de-Ré. Interiors maestro Pierre-Yves Rochon had a hand in the design – spacious rooms in crème fraîche shades, ancient flagstones and shuttered windows, carefully edited furniture and touches of modern rattan. A small dining room caters for breakfast or eat in the garden where a sandpit and swimming pool keep little ones at bay. Excellent fishy suppers can be booked at sister property, Hôtel de Toiras, a short walk away. The staff will happily indulge any whim such as picnics or in-room massage and don’t miss the best ice-cream – caramel fleur de sel. BOOK IT: Doubles from £184 room only. villa-clarisse.com August 2018 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 113
FOOD & TRAVEL GAME OF CONES NEWS
For the 300th anniversary of the first printed icecream recipe, The British Museum of Food will give visitors a taste of the humble frozen treat in a new multisensory exhibition. SCOOP: The Wonderful World of Ice Cream brings together a thousand historical objects, while surprises such as glowin-the-dark ice cream are the cherry on top. Until 30 September. bmof.org
Clementina Jackson explores the curious world of ice-cream
CUPBOARD ESSENTIALS Why settle for less than the best, when you can find all the highest quality food and drink in one place? Niquesa Store’s experts have scoured the globe to launch an immaculately curated online store stocking everything from £500 balsamic vinegar to ethical Foie Gras. niquesa.com
It’s not just birds who migrate north in warmer weather – a host of London’s top restaurants are flying the nest this summer, too. Hawksmoor is launching a restaurant in Edinburgh (thehawksmoor.com) and Mac & Wild heads home to the Highlands (macandwild.com), while The Ivy sails across the Irish Sea to open a brasserie in Dublin (theivydublin.com). 1 EAT We’ve finally found some crisps that actually taste of truffle. Buy them by the truckload for summer snacking. £1.99. corkerscrisps.co.uk
HOUSE OF SPIRITS Step inside the extravagant world of Louis XIII with a visit to the 1872 French cognac house’s boutique in Harrods. You’ll find collectors editions and bespoke services in a space as stylish as the brand’s iconic crystal decanter – and with some bottles fetching upwards of £20,000, this is your best chance to get into the spirit… harrods.com
2 DRINK Your way through a chilled magnum of rosé – especially as an accompaniment to homemade seafood salad. £42. themagnumcompany.com 3 BUY Blue and white tableware, reminiscent of long, lazy summer lunches in Greece. From £36. themisz.com 4 HIRE A private picnic butler to cut the pork pie and pour the fizz. Because why not? From £39.50pp. dukeshotel.com
BUBBLE TROUBLE Fresh juice brand PRESS has just launched a world-first in edible juice packaging, but don’t start gnawing at your plastic bottles quite yet. Their juice shots can be enjoyed from Ooho’s biodegradable and edible algae juice ‘bubbles’, the hottest thing to hit the zero-waste trend. press-london.com 114 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | August 2018
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FOOD & TRAVEL RECIPE
A PERFECT PAIR Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison’s red pepper and labneh dish has the ideal combination of flavours
FOODIE TALES Jemima and Lucy on gone-off tuna tacos and taking King Henry VIII out for supper
What’s your food philosophy? We try and buy fresh, good quality ingredients, supporting local green grocers and markets as much as possible. The likes of Farms Not Factories is a cause we support.
Most vivid childhood food memory? Jemima: The annual family meal at Lahore Kebab House in Aldgate East, mopped up with hot chapatis. Lucy: Picking raspberries in late summer – the smell and the taste, and the horror of the occasional maggot.
SAFFRON ROASTED PEPPERS Labneh – or strained yoghurt – is a beloved accompaniment in the Middle East and luckily enough it’s easy to make at home. INGREDIENTS SERVES 6-8 AS A SIDE
» 4 red peppers, halved and deseeded » Handful of small mixed tomatoes » Few sprigs of thyme » 1 tbsp harissa » 1 tsp salt » Large pinch of saffron threads » 2 cloves garlic, sliced » 4 tbsp olive oil, plus a glug for frying » 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar » 1 tbsp soft brown sugar » 400g tin chickpeas » 2 tbsp buckwheat » Small bunch of chopped coriander » Sea salt and pepper For the Labneh
» 1kg natural yoghurt » 1 tsp sea salt For the spicy nuts
» 4 tbsp olive oil » 1 tsp fennel seeds » 1 tsp nigella seeds » 2 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
» tsp cumin seeds » 2 tsp roughly chopped pine nuts
» 2 tsp chopped hazelnuts » 1 tsp chilli flakes
Line a deep bowl with a double layer of cheesecloth. Stir the yoghurt and salt together and place in the centre of the cloth and pull the corners to make a ball, tie closed tightly with string. Set in a sieve over a bowl to collect the liquid and let it hang while you get on with the rest of the recipe. Preheat the oven to 180°C and put the peppers and tomatoes on a lined baking tray. Scatter with thyme. In a bowl, mix the harissa, saffron, garlic, oil and balsamic vinegar and season well. Drizzle it over the vegetables, mixing in with your hands. Finally sprinkle the sugar over the top and roast in the oven for 45 minutes. Add the drained chickpeas and buckwheat with a good sprinkle of sea salt to a large frying pan and fry for 5 minutes until golden and crisp. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and add all the spices, nuts and chilli flakes. Sizzle for 3-5 mins until the spices have crisped. Remove from heat and set aside. When cool, peel the skins off the peppers and place the flesh in a mortar and pestle with the juices collected in the tray. Serve by dolloping the labneh onto a plate, spoon the peppers over, dot the tomatoes about, followed by the crisped chickpeas and buckwheat, then the spicy nuts. Finish with a scattering of chopped coriander.
Favourite ingredient that is in season now and how are you using it? Jemima: Borlotti beans. I love cooking them with plenty of woody herbs, garlic, onions and tomatoes. Lucy: Sugar snaps – straight from the garden or served with good olive oil and a little sea salt. When was the last time you sent something back to the kitchen and what was it? Lucy: I get so embarrassed but recently I had to send back raw tuna tacos from a Mexican in Soho as it was off and smelt of wet dog. Do you have any unusual rules in your kitchen? Lucy: I get very edgy when people use my Japanese knives. Least favourite ingredient? Jemima: Tinned corn, it gives me shudders! Who would you most like to take out for dinner and where to? Jemima: I’d take one of the biggest lovers of food and wine, the notorious King Henry VIII, to Brunswick House. Lucy: I’d go to our local pub with Michael McIntyre, Kate Hudson and Justin Timberlake.
A LOVE OF EATING: RECIPES FROM TART LONDON BY LUCY CARR-ELLISON AND JEMIMA JONES IS PUBLISHED BY SQUARE PEG, £25
What was the first dish you learnt to cook? Jemima: A béchamel sauce for a macaroni cheese. Lucy: Chocolate cake – the best part was licking the bowl.
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FORK & FIELD
The UK’s Asian food scene goes from strength to strength, says Clementina Jackson
This is Soho takes us on the ultimate restaurant crawl (thisissoho.co.uk)
What’s one way of converting a hardened city dweller to an idyllic bucolic existence? Bringing one of the world’s best sushi chefs to Leatherhead is a good place to start. Cue the bewildering contrast of a cutting-edge Japanese restaurant housed within one of Surrey’s great country estates, once home to Lord Beaverbrook, and now a swishy hotel. Taiji Maruyama’s restaurant is as lavish as befits its surroundings, but with a welcome dose of modern cool. Ceviche and taco starters, and mains from the Josper grill, are things of beauty. The Beaverbrook omakase features such wonders as melt-in-the-mouth unagi topped with foie gras and indulgent fatty toro with truffle that are nothing short of life changing. A hard act to follow, but a naughty run through the 400 acres of countryside and a cocktail or two at the bar come highly recommended. Tasting menu from £60. beaverbrook.co.uk
SHACK-FUYU As great restaurants often do, ShackFuyu started as a pop-up, and how glad you’ll be for its permanent central Soho site as you find yourself wiping your face clean. Messy and devilishly good, the standout dish here is a genius prawn toast and okonomiyaki hybrid. bonedaddies.com
A. Wong, Pimlico
BAO It pretty much does what it says on the box – but better than anywhere else. Small bites of spicy Taiwanese fried chicken are delightfully moreish, but the classic is so-called for a reason. Warm, fluffy buns stuffed with slow-braised pork belly and dusted with peanut powder are worth the trip alone. baolondon.com
Banish all preconceptions you might have about Chinese food. We must be eternally grateful to Andrew Wong who toured his native country to bring us a rich culinary heritage spanning 2,000 years in the form of a concise 10-course menu. One Michelin star later, Wong has put haute Chinese cuisine back on the map, from perfectly executed classics such as his legendary dim sum, to an innovative interpretation of a ‘bird’s nest’ – traditionally made with swallow’s saliva, adapted for us by using crispy noodles instead. The comforting aspect of Chinese food still pervades, with lashings of umami and the inevitable dribbles of sauce on your fingers as you battle the garlic butter-stuffed crab claws. The snippets of history and anecdotes delivered with each course are a perfect accompaniment to Wong’s concept, which finally gives Chinese cuisine the justice it deserves. Tasting menu from £80. awong.co.uk
THIS MONTH I’M… 1 Hitting up S. Pellegrino’s Italian Supper Club banquets. Yes, all five of them (sanpellegrino.com). 2 Hoping that dancing to Basement Jaxx will rid me of my street food sins at The Big Feastival (thebigfeastival.com). 3 Giving the inside scoop on the UK’s hottest bars and restaurants. Tune into the C&TH What’s On podcast (itunes.apple.com).
YAUATCHA Yauatcha was such an instant hit that it has already opened an outpost in the city – but go to the Soho original for a buzzy atmosphere that continues into the night. Swanky lounge music and fish tanks accompany what is likely the best dim sum in town, particularly the prawn and beancurd cheung fun. yauatcha.com
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HOUSE OF THE MONTH Its design is… Based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s concept of organic architecture, which amplified harmony between dwellings and their setting so that the house develops out of its surroundings and the inhabitants feel at one with their environment. Who is behind the design? The awardwinning architects, David James, based in Poole, along with the developer, Excellare. What is unique about it? You can walk, via a gate, into the Luscombe Valley Nature Reserve which in turn is only 200 yards to Poole Harbour. It also backs onto the renowned Parkstone Golf Course.
Luscombe, 1 The Drive, Brudenell Avenue, Poole Price: £3.95m 4 bedrooms 5 bathrooms 5,000 sq/ft
Best room in the house? The main living area and kitchen which is surrounded by glass with a central fireplace and looks out onto the enchanting pine forest. What will keep us entertained? Yoga on the private balcony off the master bedroom or throw open all the doors and let the sounds of the forest relax you. Alternatively, there is the 200-bottle wine room. What about the gadgets? A full entertainment system will keep you amused for hours with music and TV run through ceiling speakers. Who would like living here? A couple, perhaps moving out of the bright lights of London, who want to be near the sea but want privacy. Perks of the location? You have all the facilities close by at Lilliput, Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks, yet you are not on the main drag. Let’s not forget about the incredible sandy beach at Sandbanks. Leave the car at home and enjoy a stroll along the harbour front to the incredible seaside oasis. 01202 708888; savills.com
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FROM ABOVE: Kingham in the Cotswolds has all the ameneties you could need; Daylesford has become a destination in itself; the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a bolthole in the area
L E T ’ S M O V E T O . ..
ith its village green and caramel-coloured houses, Kingham in Oxfordshire looks much like any other Cotswolds village – yet, unwittingly, it has become the most desirable address in the area. Here you find gastro pubs, artisan pizzerias and village houses costing more than £1.5m. ‘It’s become a destination where people aspire to live,’ explains David Henderson of Savills in Stowon-the-Wold. ‘The area around Kingham is the Hamptons of the West Country.’ Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford’s farm shop, Daylesford Organic, on their estate two miles away, certainly helped put Kingham on the map. Buyers now queue up to secure houses within the hallowed OX7 postcode surrounding the village, otherwise known as ‘Daylesfordshire’. But there are other more practical reasons why people are prepared to pay more to live in this part of the Cotswolds according to Henderson. Kingham is not just a pretty Cotswolds parish, it has a close-knit community and all the prerequisite ‘Ps’ of a great village: a post office, playground, pub, parson, primary school, petrol station and public transport. For those commuting into London, the railway station on the outskirts of the village, with trains to Paddington in 90 minutes, is a particular draw. ‘It is very accessible, so it ticks all the boxes for those
seeking the “perfect rural idyll”,’ explains Richard Trimbee, of property finders Coast & Counties (coastandcounties.com). Indeed, in 2006 it was voted England’s favourite village in a survey. ‘Everyone aspires to live in a village with an amazing pub and this one has two – The Kingham Plough and The Wild Rabbit,’ Henderson continues. ‘The primary school is one of the best in the area, and there are great private schools within easy reach.’ There is also now a further ‘P’ to raise Kingham’s stock – a private members’ club. Soho Farmhouse, known locally as ‘the farmhouse’, is a mere 25 minutes away, with bars, restaurants, a spa, gym and a children’s play barn complete with nannies – so much cachet does it have that the Beckhams and the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex have rural retreats close by. ‘It’s a great place for entertaining visitors at weekends,’ explains buying agent Adam Buxton of property finders Middleton Advisors (middletonadvisors.com). ‘Equally if you want to catch a film and a meal out during the week, to have this within striking distance has its benefits.’ Even before Soho Farmhouse arrived, Kingham was attracting a trendy, well-connected crowd – Alex James, Blur bassist-turned-cheesemaker, has a farm on the outskirts of the village, and the singer Lily Allen lives nearby. Now though, for those toying with the idea of a move out of London, it is even more appealing.
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Urbanites appreciate the sophisticated offerings of this Cotswolds gem, says Anna Tyzack
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WHEN IN KINGHAM... A pub lunch The Bull Inn at Charlbury serves the best fish and chips and pies in the area as well as other traditional pub classics. bullinncharlbury.com A weekend away Try before you buy in the area by renting dog-friendly Lorien Cottage, a short drive from Soho Farmhouse and Kingham. country sidebreaks.co.uk A shop with a twist Manhatten socialite Amanda Brooks has just opened Cutter Brooks, a breath of fresh air when it comes to a bit of retail therapy in Stow-onthe-Wold. Go and dream… 01451 831404 A family day out The Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens has more than 260 different species of animals, including three new wolverine cubs. cotswoldwildlife park.co.uk Raising the heart rate Set off on a walk from Churchill to Kingham, followed by lunch at the Kingham Plough. thekinghamplough. co.uk
Chipping Norton is just four miles away, with a wider selection of shops and services, and Oxford, with high street brands and excellent schools, is a 50-minute drive. Kingham’s more urban demographic appreciates the glamorous yet laidback vibe found at pubs such as chef Emily Watkins’ awardwinning Kingham Plough, and The Wild Rabbit, opened by the Bamfords last year. Meanwhile, at Daylesford itself, they can enjoy pilates and yoga, cookery and floristry classes and a spa. Unsurprisingly, demand for family houses in and around Kingham far exceeds supply, particularly since the Bamfords began buying them up for holiday cottages. ‘I get buyers who refuse properties I show them on the grounds that they are too far from Daylesford,’ admits Henderson. ‘You pay a 10 per cent premium to live in Daylesfordshire.’ Many of the best properties change hands off-market, adds Buxton. So far, this summer, he has acquired substantial houses near Kingham for two of his clients: ‘When best in class homes come up for sale there is always fierce competition,’ he explains. The largest village houses in Kingham now sell for up to £2.5m, while a small farmhouse with a couple of paddocks nearby will cost around £2m and buyers can expect to pay between £4m and £6m for an exceptional manor or rectory. Of the smaller villages surrounding Kingham, Adlestrop, Cornwell and Bledington are the most desirable, although those with less to spend should look to the fringe postcodes of CV36 and GL54, which are a little further from Daylesford but cheaper, Henderson says. Will the allure of Daylesfordshire eventually dim? Buxton thinks not, simply because the fundamentals that first made the area popular have not changed. The novelty of Daylesford Organic wears off once buyers become part of the vibrant local community and start enjoying the surrounding countryside. ‘They find lesser-known pubs and the small tennis clubs in local villages,’ he explains. ‘And they realise the beauty of sitting on a hillside in the middle nowhere and enjoying the view.’ Whenever life becomes too rural, though, they can always retreat to the spa at Daylesford.
Burford, £5.85m A former Queen Anne rectory in the village of Westwell, overlooking an enchanting valley with impeccable gardens and grounds. The house, which has been recently refurbished, has four elegant reception rooms, a sweeping staircase and eight bedrooms plus an entertainment barn, cottage, outbuildings and a pool and tennis court. knightfrank.com
Chipping Norton, £1.1m A beautifully renovated, Grade II listed village house offering extensive accommodation arranged over three floors with four bedrooms. There are landscaped gardens to the rear and views over fields to the front. butlersherborn.co.uk
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Kingham, £850,000 The perfect Kingham village house in Manor Farm Close, with substantial reclaimed beams throughout and a well-proportioned sitting room with an oak floor and a farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with Aga. There are three bedrooms, a low maintenance garden and a garage. savills.com
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MY PROPERTY LIFE
ANNOUSHKA DUCAS A house has to have a good feeling about it for this jewellery designer Where was your first home? A flat in Sutherland Place in Notting Hill that I gutted and made into something quite exciting. Best and worst things about it? It was incredibly light, but it was a fourth-floor walk-up, which wasn’t ideal when I started having my four children. Where do you live now? A hidden Georgian cottage in Chelsea with a modern extension.
THE STARTER HOME Notting Hill, £1.45m A newly refurbished split-level, twobed apartment in Sutherland Place, a tree-lined street in Notting Hill’s Artesian Village. Bayswater Tube is nearby as are the trendy shops and cafés of Westbourne Grove. wilfords.com
What do you love most about it?
St Martin de Belleville
It has large lateral entertaining spaces and a garden.
Which room do you most like to spend time in? The sitting
How would you describe your style?
room, which is incredibly light, and I also love working in the garden. It’s in the middle of London yet I can’t hear a thing.
In London it is minimal, clean and uncluttered; in the Alps it is very comfortable.
What do you look for when you’re house hunting? The feeling you have when
Do you have any favourite paint colours? I love
you first walk in is so important to me. A house has to have a good vibe. And the bones of it have to work: you can change almost anything except the proportions of the rooms and the size of the windows.
THE FOREVER HOME Chelsea, £11.45m St Luke’s House is a detached property at the southern end of St Luke’s Street that has been completely rebuilt for modern living with a lower ground floor and basement. There are four luxurious reception rooms and four bedrooms plus parking and a patio garden. russellsimpson.co.uk
Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra blue.
What compromises are you prepared to make? If there
Annoushka’s Chelsea hideaway
What has been your most extravagant interiors
purchase? A sculpture by Nic Fiddian-
is a major upside I can be open-minded. I can’t park outside my Chelsea house but I’m prepared to make this sacrifice for the peaceful location.
Green, which I gave to my husband. It is a study for his piece Horse at Water.
Have you ever made a disastrous property investment? I thought it would be a good idea to invest in an apartment in New York – it wasn’t. It only worked out in the end due to the exchange rate.
Where do you see yourself living in the future? I am absolutely happy where I am. I saw the house for sale in this magazine and have
been in love with it ever since. I also own a chalet in St Martin de Belleville, a little village in the French Alps, and I spend a lot of time there.
What advice would you give to a first time buyer? Light is so important to how you Nic FiddianGreen’st study for a Horse at Water
feel when you’re in a property. Also, buy somewhere you feel safe. annoushka.com
THE DREAM HOME
St Martin de Belleville, €3.1m This chalet is a skier’s paradise, surrounded by mature gardens with numerous balconies and a sunken Jacuzzi overlooking the valley. Inside are three floors of accommodation including four bedrooms and a wine cellar storing more than 5,000 bottles. freespiritalpine.com
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An impressive beach house with views of the Isle of Wight and direct access to the foreshore, which leads out to a National Trust sand beach. It was built in 1998 and has a dramatic reception hall with a 19-foot ceiling and eight bedrooms. The property is surrounded by immaculate lawns and at the front there is a spacious driveway, reached from West Strand, one of the most exclusive roads on the south coast. £4.5m. jackson-stops.co.uk
Tresithney is a stylish modern beach house in a prime Rock address, an easy walk from the beaches, shops and pubs, with a pool and barbecue area. There is also an open-plan living area with electric glass doors to the balcony, a games room and study. The five bedrooms are light and generous with double doors onto the pool area and far-reaching estuary and country views. Secluded gardens surround the house, with established trees and a wildflower meadow. £2.45m. johnbraysales.co.uk
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BRITISH BEACH HOUSES A beach house with its own garden, minutes from the water is surely the ultimate place to enjoy the British summer? Here is our pick of the best
Wyndham House is a most elegant – and enormous – Georgian town house with sea views in a prominent position in the centre of Aldeburgh. There are seven bedrooms, many with views towards the beach, and a dual-aspect drawing room with sash windows, a dining room and a games room with French windows on to the garden. The driveway sweeps up to the house, where there is also a workshop and three garages. £2.65m. jackson-stops.co.uk
Underbecks is built on a hillside overlooking South Sands’ sandy beach with fabulous views towards the Kingsbridge estuary. A passenger ferry links the beach with Salcombe town centre and moorings are available. The beach is also home to the South Sands boutique hotel and the Winking Prawn seafood restaurant. The house has spacious living rooms with vaulted ceilings, five bedrooms, and an outside terrace. £3.5m marchandpetit.co.uk
Kai Tak in the heart of Polzeath is a modern beach house, designed to take advantage of all those exceptional views across the Atlantic rollers to Pentire Head. It’s also a short distance from Rock and the restaurants of Padstow. The property has a surf store, spa area, games room and five bedrooms, as well as spacious living areas and a barbecue terrace. There’s also a garden where planning permission has been obtained to build a two-level annexe. £3m. johnbraysales.co.uk
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The house with the swimming pool.
Culross Street, Mayfair W1K • Newly constructed Mayfair mansion offering endless entertaining space • Spectacular spa facilities and a luxurious cinema room • Approximately 8,060 sq ft Culross Street is perfectly located to enjoy all Mayfair has to offer, including the globally renowned Mount Street. With its boutique shops, art galleries, designer labels and café culture, Mayfair has risen as the prestigious, sophisticated and luxurious epicentre of cosmopolitan London.
Our Mayfair expert, Alastair Nicholson, looks forward to helping you. firstname.lastname@example.org 020 3589 0899 07436 165017
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The house with period features.
Ladbroke Gardens, Notting Hill W11 • Grade II listed family home with excellent entertaining/reception space • Features grand fireplaces, delicate cornicing and high ceilings • Has a private garden, access to the communal garden and two balconies
Ladbroke Gardens is a short walk to Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove with fashion boutiques, restaurants and luxury retailers. The nearest tube is Notting Hill Gate station.
Our Notting Hill expert, Arthur Lintell, looks forward to helping you. email@example.com 020 8166 5451 07836 316 822
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The house on a cobbled mews.
Hyde Park Gardens Mews, Hyde Park W2 • Fully interior designed and furnished to international luxury standards • Sophisticated technology and elegant design throughout • Accompanied by a 10-year new build warranty Hyde Park Gardens Mews offers immediate access to Hyde Park. Nearby transport links include Lancaster Gate (Central line) and Paddington mainline and underground stations.
Our Hyde Park expert, John White, looks forward to helping you. firstname.lastname@example.org 020 3641 1708 07776 769745
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A home offering en pointe living.
Bedford Gardens, Kensington W8 • A beautiful Grade II listed apartment • Previously Mme Rambert's Ballet Studio in the 1920's • Approximately 1,971 sq ft
Bedford Gardens is situated in a cosmopolitan area in the heart of Kensington, conveniently located to both Notting Hill and High Street Kensington. Holland Park and Kensington Gardens are both a short walk away.
Our Kensington expert, Sami Robertson, looks forward to helping you. email@example.com 020 3589 2698 07748 508 891
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Guide price £4,450,000 Freehold
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The home with mature gardens.
Heath Drive, Hampstead NW3 • Interiors by Sibyl Colfax & John Fowler and fitted kitchen by Woodstock • Surrounded by mature, landscaped gardens • To the front of the house is a gated carriage drive providing ample off street parking Heath Drive is located within walking distance of Hampstead Village, the many local schools and transport links to Central London.
Our Hampstead expert, Sarah James, looks forward to helping you. firstname.lastname@example.org 020 3589 4040 07889 534 932
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The grand design in the Cotswolds.
Charlbury, Oxfordshire • Extraordinary house hidden within the heart of Charlbury • Finished to the highest specification • Within a short drive of Soho Farmhouse and Spa
Charlbury mainline station (London Paddington 75 minutes) 0.4 miles, Oxford Parkway station (London Marylebone from 56 minutes) 13 miles.
Our Oxford expert, Damian Gray, looks forward to helping you. email@example.com 01865 364795
knightfrank.co.uk Connecting people & property, perfectly. Guide price £1,850,000 Freehold
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The flat with the bay window.
Drayton Gardens SW10 • Kitchen leading out to a terrace • Bright and spacious reception room • Approximately 512 sq ft Situated between the Fulham Road and the Brompton Road, Drayton Gardens is ideally situated for both South Kensington and the King's Road amenities of the area as well as the superb transport links, including Gloucester Road tube station and South Kensington tube station.
Our Chelsea expert, Roly Ingleby-MacKenzie, looks forward to helping you. Roly.IM@knightfrank.com 020 7349 4312 07833 400415
knightfrank.co.uk Connecting people & property, perfectly. Guide price £875,000 Share of freehold
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A masterpiece in the Surrey Hills area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Originally built by Thomas Cubitt in 1850 with commanding views over the Surrey Hills, The Mansion at Sondes Place has been restored to its original Georgian grandeur, with a lavish contemporary twist. The Mansion now offers six ultra-specification, individual residential properties in park like grounds, a short stroll from the charming market town of Dorking â€“ a unique combination of country living with convenient lifestyle. Just four exceptional homes are now available, in three and four bedroom duplex, house and penthouse layouts. Viewings are by appointment.
Prices are from ÂŁ1.75m
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An intriguing investment opportunity MUCH HADHAM, HERTFORDSHIRE
Bishop’s Stortford station: 6 miles (Liverpool Street Station from 38 minutes), Stansted Airport: 13 miles, Cambridge: 37 miles Glorious Grade II* listed family home in a sought after village. 3 reception rooms, 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms/shower rooms, 2 attached cottages providing rental income, large barn plot with approved planning permission for redevelopment to potentially include 2 new homes. Offers over £1.95 million
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This fabulous first and second floor maisonette has been totally refurbished with no expense spared. The elegant reception room has a bay window with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the communal garden, the kitchen has been creatively designed to create a modern kitchen with a cosy dining area. Both the double bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, an above average amount of wardrobe space and additional storage in the hall. Quietly situated close to the Royal Hospital gardens and only a stone’s throw from Sloane Square underground.
A delightful and newly renovated 5 bedroom house to rent in Belgravia. This charming property benefits from an abundance of reception space and is situated in a row of white stucco fronted terrace houses. It is beautifully decorated throughout with neutral colours and has an excellent first floor drawing room with Juliet balconies. The property also has the added benefit of an attractive patio garden perfect for the summer months.
TWO BEDROOMS - TWO BATHROOMS - SHOWER ROOM RECEPTION ROOM - COMMUNAL GARDENS
FIVE BEDROOMS - FIVE BATHROOMS - DOUBLE RECEPTION ROOM DINING ROOM - FULLY FITTED KITCHEN - GARDEN
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Architecturally designed contemporary house with wood and limestone floors throughout. Oozing with masses of natural light via french windows and skylights. This unusual and beautifully designed house has been finished to the highest of standards with state of the art technology and great attention to detail.
An elegant six bedroom stucco fronted house on a desirable tree lined street in South Kensington. This charming end of terrace property benefits from wooden parquet floors in all reception areas and bedrooms, original period stone floors in the hallway and staircase and high ceilings throughout the main entertaining areas.
THREE DOUBLE BEDROOMS - THREE EN-SUITE BATHROOMS ENTRANCE HALL - DOUBLE RECEPTION KITCHEN WHICH OPENS ONTO FAMILY ROOM/DINING ROOM GUEST CLOAKROOM - PAVED GARDEN
£3,250 per week
SIX BEDROOMS - SIX BATHROOMS - TWO GUEST WCS - INTERNAL COURTYARD - MEDIA ROOM/GUEST SUITE - DOUBLE RECEPTION ROOM DINING ROOM - FURTHER RECEPTION ROOM - BRAND NEW KITCHEN / BREAKFAST ROOM - GARDEN - COMMUNAL GARDEN - TENNIS COURT
£6,500 per week
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RESTORING A MASTERPIECE Dating back to the early 1600s, Eagle House is one of the few and finest examples of a Jacobean Manor House still standing in London. It has recently been impeccably refurbished, extended and converted into just eight luxury apartments, of which only seven will be offered for sale by Octagon Developments and Criterion Capital. Located in the heart of sought-after Wimbledon Village, adjacent to Wimbledon Common, this prestigious Grade II* listed building is ideally placed for the chic boutiques, restaurants and bars of the High Street, as well as Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis Club and Royal Wimbledon Golf Club. The exclusive two and three bedroom homes enjoy a beautifully landscaped communal rear garden and private forecourt parking, with Wimbledon train station just one mile away. Exceptional local schools include Kings College and Rokeby School. GUIDE PRICES From ÂŁ2.75m
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An extremely rare opportunity has arisen to purchase this stunning traditional, 3 bedroomed Lakeland cottage in a most envious position directly on the shores of Ullswater with private jetty, double wet dock boathouse and magnificent views of the lake. Within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the substantial cottage enjoys mature grounds with manicured lawn areas a small wooded area with strategically placed seating from where to take the stunning vistas of the lake. Tucked away down a private driveway Wall Holm Cottage is just a hop, skip and jump from the picturesque village of Glenridding.
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Prestigious living in beautiful surroundings Nestled within the abundance of beautiful countryside, The Ridings is a collection of highly acclaimed and unique four and five bedroom houses, set in the leafy and picturesque village Patchetts Green, Aldenham.
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Horseman Brentwood CM14 FryerningSide, Essex Guide Price £3,850,000 Guide price: £1,745,000 A striking double bedroom, four reception II A wow factorﬁve Grade II listed four bedroom home fullGrade of listed period property thoughtpermission to date back 500 years. character and light, with planning to convert This into charming residenceannexe. is originally thought to be 3 stables a two bedroom Situated on a beautiful cottages,plot nowofproviding fantastic ﬂow of interesting landscaped 4.6 acres a(stls) with outbuildings, formal and a lake, thisspace stunning property offersThe a and gardens extensive family living over two ﬂoors. tranquil andplot picturesque location with convenient access to 7.5 acre comprises formal grounds mixed Brentwood, the M25with andpaddocks London Underground. sympathetically (beneﬁtting EPC fromexempt. a second separate access), ponds and a substantial lake. Numerous outbuildings, tennis court, double garage and detached one bedroom annexe. Equestrian potential. EPC Exempt
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Fryerning Essex Shoeburyness, Essex SS3 Guide GuidePrice price:£3,850,000 £3,500,000 A striking ﬁve double bedroom, four reception Grade II CONTEMPORARY SEA FRONT VILLA with six bedrooms listed period property thought to date back 500 years. offering wonderful sea views and an amazing amount of This charming residence is originally thought to be 3 living space of approximately 12,000 sq ft. The property is cottages, now providing a fantastic ﬂow of interesting within short distance of major rail links to London, quality and extensive family living space schools and local shops. EPC E. over two ﬂoors. The 7.5 acre plot comprises formal grounds mixed sympathetically with paddocks (beneﬁtting from a second separate access), ponds and a substantial lake. Numerous outbuildings, tennis court, double garage and detached one bedroom annexe. Equestrian potential. EPC Exempt
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Porthcurnick House is a superbly appointed holiday residence on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula in South Cornwall. Sleeping up to ten people in spacious accommodation to an exceptional standard, Porthcurnick House boasts five bedrooms and four bathrooms. The kitchen is a wonderful social space with relaxing sofas, TV and dining area. The doors from the kitchen area lead onto the terrace where there is garden furniture to enjoy the gardens and view beyond. The relaxing sitting room is opposite with a wood burning stove and also boasts superb views. On the ground floor there is a WC and also a downstairs twin bedroom with sea views. Going upstairs there are four further bedrooms. Three of these overlook the garden and sea. There is one king-sized double with a balcony, en- suite and dressing/nursery, another has a king sized double with en-suite bath and hand held shower, lastly a twin room. At the back of the house there is a further super king-sized room with en-suite. The extensive gardens offer lawns for games and a shady area for picnics, all with fantastic views. There is ample parking with space for up to five cars. Porthcurnick House gives easy access to the coastal paths and Porthcurnick beach. Eating out is easy with the Driftwood and Rosevine Hotels within walking distance.
For further information on Porthcurnick House or any of our superb range of Cornish holiday properties, contact us today. tel: 01326 270 900 email: email@example.com www.portscathoholidays.co.uk
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Loudwater Drive, Hertfordshire
£ 3,950,000 Freehold
A beautiful family home on a leafy private road in a highly desirable setting within Loudwater, near Rickmansworth and Chorleywood. Set in mature gardens and grounds measuring over three acres, this property was recently refurbished to a very high standard. Ideal for year-round entertainment with several reception rooms and a conservatory as well as a tennis court and swimming pool, complete with a poolside dining area and an open fire. EPC: D
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