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THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

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CONTENTS SEPTEMBER 2016

At the Start 22 24

THE GOOD LIFE Alice B-B hits the gourmet trail in the South of France THE RURBANIST Olympic gold medalist for dressage Carl Hester

Up Front 29 30 32 34 36 38 40 42

CAPE CRUSADING Autumn’s sartorial solution PRINTS CHARMING Punchy patterns A GOOD SPORT The rise of athleisure STYLE NOTES Camo cool THE TASTEMAKER Luxury with Lucia van der Post THE GOLD DIGGER Jewellery news MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE Amara Karan WELL GROOMED Men’s style

The Guide 47 52 54 55

THE DIARY Harvest festivals ARTS AGENDA Getting back to nature BOOK CLUB Moving memoirs PERFECT CUT Richard Hopton meets Savile Row’s first female-only tailor

Features 57 62 74

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RURAL REBEL Fashion that crosses from country to town ODE TO AUTUMN Belt up, there’s a chill in the air. Styling by Lucy Bond END OF THE AFFAIR James Delingpole found hunting late in life, but does he now have to give it up? CARVING A NEW CAREER What do you do when you’re part of a hugely successful boyband? Give it up to start rearing deer, of course. Claire Zambuni meets the new farmer on the block INDIAN SWING Charlotte Metcalf discovers how horses bring billionaires together MESSING ABOUT ON THE RIVER Only in England... Jonathan Ray pops a few clays from a barge on the Thames FLOWER POWER Luciano Giubbilei’s passion for flowers took years to bloom, says Kit Peel

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38 The Insider 93 94 96 97

FEATHER YOUR NEST Pleasant pheasant from Barneby Gates INTO THE WOODS Make the forest an interiors feature DESIGN NOTES Interiors news Q&A William and Son’s head of homeware, Lucy Asprey

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THE FOUR SEASONS Italy has a time and a place for everything, says Sam Kinchin-Smith HOTEL WIZARD Why too many cushions are a no-no TWO’S COMPANY Now the kids are back at school, book a romantic break THE WEEKENDER Sue Lawley spends 48 hours in Baden-Baden GASTRO GOSSIP Food news DEER DEPARTED Zuza Zak’s Polish take on venison NATURE’S BOUNTY Foraging with John Wright FORK & FIELD Anastasia Bernhardt picks three posh pubs

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PROPERTY OF THE MONTH NEW HORIZONS High spec new builds are on the rise 118 ART DECO APPEAL The thirties house style that’s more desired than ever before 119 PROPERTY BULLETIN Market news 120 HOT PROPERTY The best houses for sale in town and country

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EDITOR’S LETTER CONTRIBUTORS HIGH SOCIETY

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ll the world’s a stage’ and what amateur dramatics we’ve witnessed recently, played out in the palace of Westminster and beyond; Shakespeare would have been proud. But thank goodness, I’ve found the time to see some real professionals remind me of what England is great at. First off, the glorious, quirky, eccentric Gifford’s Circus that came to Chiswick with its troupe of wildly talented performers – young, old, black, white, leavers, remainers whooped to its innocently, unfangled charm and all ended up dancing with the cast on the circus floor (you can still catch its tour if you’re quick). Secondly, what could be more British than outdoor opera? Garsington took me to a tranquil, civilised evening of deer parks, black tie, champagne corks popping, candle-lit lawns and Haydn’s The Creation; my companion and I breathing a sigh of bucolic relief that many good things are still happening all around us. Horses bring us no such political dilemmas – but, as James Delingpole discovered, to his detriment, they can bring as much pain as pleasure. Taking a rather nasty tumble while out hunting, he laments that his family probably won’t let him do it again, but that doesn’t stop him eulogising about a sport that brings out his ‘inner 12-year-old girl’ (p74).

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Kit is a garden designer and writer. He has a degree in garden design from The Northern School of Garden Design and specialises in elegant, eco-formal gardens. He is the founder of the NiddFest Festival of books and nature. His first novel, Snow Summer, is published internationally in October. Kit lives between the Yorkshire Dales and London with his wife and two daughters. kitpeelgardens.com Best sporting moment? ‘Reaching the bottom of a black run alive. To impress my ski-loving wife I slightly exaggerated my experience. Nothing like setting off down a Swiss glacier with barely an idea how to snow plough...’

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Jonathan Ray is drinks editor of The Spectator and the author of several books on wine including Bloodlines & Grapevines, All About Wine and How to Buy Wine. He writes the monthly drinks columns in The Field, Spear’s and Boat International, is married with two children, and lives in Brighton, where he and four friends make the celebrated Brighton Gin (brightongin.com). Best sporting memory? ‘Winning £195 with a £1.50 stake at Hove dogs on the night of the 1987 storm. I proceeded to drink every penny of my winnings, slept through the storm and woke up thinking the Russians had landed.’

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great love affair with Spain because I went to Jerez for one of my first international competitions. The first thing I’m going to do after Rio is to go to Spain. London 2012 proved that even though we’re a small country, we’re successful across the board. I think that’s an amazing culture to be part of. My secret address in London is the Soho Hotel. I was asked to do a This Is Your Life type talk there after the Olympics. I’m not very good with London, so I was worried about finding it in the first place, but it is such a complete and utter oasis of a hotel. It’s so cute. On Saturday night you’ll find me at a friend’s house having dinner. Although I often work seven days a week, Saturday night is always social. Animal cruelty makes my blood boil. I’m a patron of dog charity trusts and I’ve got several rescue dogs myself. The worst tumble I have ever taken was first time I was selected to represent GB. I took a young horse out just before and it fell on me while my foot was stuck in the stirrup. Given how long I’ve been doing this for though, I’ve been very lucky. Don’t laugh, but I really love regional accents. I try to perfect them, especially Scottish, Welsh and Irish, but I’m still trying to learn the difference between Derbyshire and Yorkshire. I couldn’t be without the people I work with everyday. My job is about two things, a human and a horse, so I also couldn’t do without my team of amazing grooms. If the horse is happy, I’m happy. Olympia Horse Show, 13–19 December. olympiahorseshow.com

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UP FRONT

NEWS

La Perla embellished halterneck bodysuit, POA, Leisuring tailored trousers, £665

PUTTING CHARITY AT THE HEART OF SHOPPING

It’s all well and good offering ten per cent to charity here or 15 there, but new to launch is a concept that is giving away Bremont 50 per cent of revenues. Livoos is ALT1-C classic an online luxury platform selling brands we love such as Bremont, Salvatore Ferragamo and Annoushka jewellery, whereby when you make your purchase, you can choose a charity that the brand supports or you can nominate your own – all at no extra cost. No brainer. livoos.com

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MINI BAG THIS SEASON

FURLA METROPOLIS Crossbody Giallo, £295. furla.com

Annoushka cuff

Style Notebook

PRADA Saffiano and calf leather Cahier bag, £1,780. prada.com

SERAPIAN Mini Audrey bag, £430. caseluggage.com

BLACK AND WHITE

La Perla has a new creative director at the helm. Pedro Lourenço’s debut collection pays homage to the German post-war art movement ‘Zero’, which believed that art should be void of colour and emotion. How this translates to lingerie is pieces that are modern and minimalist in black, white and nude, enhanced by tulle, lace and embroidery detailing for ultimate feminine sophistication. laperla.com

MICRO TREND

TAKE COVER IN CAMO 1 ERIC BOMPARD Crew neck pullover, £265. ericbompard.com 2 MR & MRS ITALY Raccoon fur-trimmed camouflage long parka, £1,565. brownsfashion.com 3 GOLDEN GOOSE DELUXE BRAND Francy camouflageprint high-top canvas trainers, £310. matchesfashion.com

La Perla Charisma non wired bra, £160, and high waist brief, £130

Spencer Vladimir will be exclusive to Boutique 1

MIDDLE EAST COMES WEST

For anyone who’s ever been on a shopping spree in Dubai, they will have no doubt visited Boutique 1, which stocks fabulously luxurious labels, accessories, jewellery and gifts. Now, they’re setting up a whopping 12,000 sq/ft store on London’s Sloane Street with a wealth of London designers, including Roksanda, Erdem and Roland Mouret, as well as a selection of brands exclusive to the store, personal styling, same-day delivery (London only), tailoring services and a courtyard café (opening in September). boutique1.com

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Dimetrius Wallpaper. Cushions in Dimetrius Applique, Temecula Embroidery, Panthera, New England Plaid, Troy. Curtains in Waterford Floral.

Bridgehampton Collection: Wallpaper, Embroidery, Print and Woven Fabrics www.thibautdesign.com tel: 020 7737 6555

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LUXURY

The Tastemaker

LUXURY IN BRIEF

Lucia van der Post’s favourite things

CAPE TWEED

Big on the catwalk for A/W are capes (see page 29) and few have made them more elegantly desirable than Sands & Hall. A new British company, just a year old, has six designs launching this autumn and another six later in the year. They’re all made from either Harris or Donegal tweed, and they come long, short, loose or belted – in other words in myriad different shapes. Something, then, for everybody. All come in typical tweedy colours – greys and beiges, muted colours that suit our winter skies. From £385 to £2,300. sandsandhall.com

Cashmere cape, £2,200

Circular cape in Donegal tweed, £650

SCOTTISH YARN

When it comes to country clothing trust those who live there to understand best the codes and know what works. Which is why when that fine old traditional country label Holland & Holland decided to bring a more modern touch to their clothing lines they enlisted the support of Stella Tennant and Isabella Cawdor, both of whom were born Coyote fur hood, £2,700 and bred to the (rather grand) country life. The result is a collection that straddles brilliantly the need for pieces that work (lots of room in the shoulders, for instance, for the shooting set), but that also move more easily from country to town. Lot of gorgeous cashmeres, silks and wools. Can’t wait to get out onto the moors in the coyote fur hood (£2,700), Prince of Wales check worn over the Prince of Wales check A-line skirt, £620 A-line skirt (£620) and a fitted thermo jumper (£470). hollandandholland.co.uk

Palesa leather glove with Liberty fabric, £155

HAND IN HAND

Still thinking of country life and autumnal walks – Gizelle Renee’s beautifully soft leather gloves are just the thing. A new all-British brand, the gloves are all handmade, come in singing colours, often with cute trims – strips of Liberty fabric or flamboyant Elizabethan-style cuffs made from printed cotton or mink and enlivened sometimes with cut-outs or buttons. They’re all just that little bit different. From £150. gizellerenee.com

GET YOUR GOAT New Turkish company Cashmereinlove delivers up a slightly different take on cashmere. There’s a great range of T-shirts, sometimes in pure cashmere, sometimes mixed with cotton or silk, some with intarsia patterns on the front, others given a different riff (from £212). I particularly love this wonderful silk and cashmere sweater given a Bohemian vibe with two strips of black fringing down either side (£319). cashmereinlove.com OUT OF AFRICA Chelsy Davy has launched a collection of ethical jewellery made from gold and precious stones all inspired by Africa. Nicest – in my view – are the pendants formed from a tusk-shaped curve of gold and topped by a precious stone (£1,500 with an emerald) – a sell-out at the launch. aya.co.uk

INTERNATIONAL ARTISAN Maison Numen features charming objects for the home all made by craftspeople whose aesthetic is deeply imbedded in the culture and mores of their native country, such as these lovely blue and white ceramics by Mexican artist Ana Gomez (£1,300 for a set of three food containers). maisonnumen.com

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UP FRONT

JEWELLERY NEWS

The Gold Digger The latest jewellery news. By Annabel Davidson

1 PRICKLE ME THIS

Cactus de Cartier ring, 18kt yellow gold, lapis lazuli, set with 55 brilliant-cut diamonds

Cartier’s Cactus de Cartier collection, launched in Paris during Couture, is a brilliant homage to that extraordinary desert plant. Bold in scale, and reminiscent of the house’s work from both the 1930s and 1970s, the collection evokes the cactus’s rare flowers, water-holding capabilities and protective bristles in gleaming yellow gold, white diamonds, emeralds, carnelian and chrysoprases to name just some of its materials. The collection manages to be retro yet contemporary at the same time, and is destined to be a Cartier classic. cartier.co.uk

White gold and diamond Jasmine Cascade earrings by Nirav Modi

2 THINK PINK

Elizabeth Gage has various ‘classics’ up her sleeve, and possibly none more so than the Templar ring she designed at the beginning of her career. This new version in 18kt yellow and white gold features an exquisite 17.03ct pink tourmaline in a bold oval cabochon cut, beautifully contrasted with the diamond and gold beads decorating the band. elizabeth-gage.com

3 NICE SPARKLER

The House of Harry Winston has been synonymous with major diamonds for 80 years, and their new fine jewellery collection ‘Sparkling Cluster’ pays tribute to that legacy. A mix of brilliant and pear-shaped diamonds are clustered together haphazardly yet harmoniously across earrings, a ring, a bracelet and two necklaces, to dazzling effect. harrywinston.com

18kt gold, diamond and pink tourmaline Templar ring by Elizabeth Gage

4 IN THE MODI

The opening of the Nirav Modi boutique at 31 Old Bond Street in September is big news for high jewellery. The Indian jeweller’s ultra-feminine designs hit that sweet spot between traditional Indian style and modern Western techniques, and have to be tried on to be believed. The new boutique – the first European store for the company – is a vast 2,300 sq/ft and will house the brand’s main collections as well as the bridal range and exceptional high jewellery. niravmodi.com

ABOVE: 18kt yellow and red gold, black rhodium and natural yellow diamond ring by Max Danger BELOW: Sterling silver and 9kt Gold Trailing Ivy earrings by Fiona McAlear

5 THE GRADUATES

Sparkling Cluster earrings (above) and bracelet (below), both in diamonds and white gold by Harry Winston

The Goldsmiths’ Fair has always been a brilliant supporter of graduate jewellers and silversmiths, and this year’s ten bursary recipients more than merit their awards. From Max Danger’s intricately detailed Honey Bee Cluster ring to Fiona McAlear’s exquisite Trailing Ivy earrings, the work of these recent graduates is something to behold. See their stands at the Fair’s two weeks, from 27 September to 2 October, and 4 to 9 October. goldsmithsfair.co.uk

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The Designer Collection

Thursday 29th September 2016 at 11am Sign up to bid in this sale at www.fellows.co.uk For enquiries email sophieh@fellows.co.uk

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UP FRONT

BEAUTY

I keep my beauty routine simple. I wash my face and body with Ren shower gel. I’ll scrub all over with a towel/flannel to exfoliate a little. Sometimes I’ll use an Elemis scrub. I then use pure rose water as a toner, the kind of thing you would use in cooking. I like my skin to look very natural and fresh, and not overly made up, so Skin Design London Ultra Glow is great to protect and brighten and also ByTerry Touché Veloutée is the perfect concealer. I don’t wear perfume because I’m very sensitive to smell. I use natural crystal salt deodorant, and then I like natural smells like rose water or coconut oil. To keep fit I roll around and stretch on my fantastic Manuka Life Eco Luxury yoga mat, and I try and do a bit of walking. My best beauty tip is to get plenty of good sleep and stay hydrated with water, coconut water and watermelon. Two years ago I cut my own hair – I learned from online videos. But hair stylists cut it on shoots nowadays. Because my hair is long, thick and all one colour, you can’t see the nuances of a haircut so easily. I also wear my it tied up a lot. I keep a well-stocked make-up bag so I can get fully ready at short notice. But if I was really pressed to travel light, the key things I would travel with are my Bobby Brown foundation, Shu Uemura cream blush, Dior mascara, Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss, MAC lipstick and I also use Lanolips ointment as a lip and hand cream. Amara can be seen in The Night Of on Sky Atlantic this month.

My Beautiful Life Actor Amara Karan shares her hero products and failsafe beauty loves with Nathalie Eleni

SKIN SAVIOURS

Give your skin some post-holiday love 1 ILUMINAGE SKIN REJUVENATING GLOVES AND SOCKS Your hands and feet

will be in for a treat with these cosy, copper peptide-infused gloves and socks. Clinically proven to assist in anti-ageing while you sleep, they are a fuss free solution to give some TLC to parched heels and hands. From £30. iluminagebeauty.com 2 MEDIK8 GLOW OIL Spoil your skin with this innovative vitamin C oil, which offers antioxidant protection, skin brightening and instant hydration. £40. Medik8.com 3 BEATITUDE BODY OIL IN PEACE Indulge yourself with this decadent bottle of bliss containing 100 per cent natural plant oil base that not only treats your skin, but you mind too. Apply before bed for a peaceful night’s sleep. £34. myshowcase.com 4 NATURA BISSÉ DIAMOND EXTREME NIGHT DUAL TREATMENT Recharge holidayed skin with this

overnight, two-phase oil and mask skin treatment, containing ingredient powerhouses of retinol, copper peptides and Omega 5. Diamond Extreme oil, £127; Diamond Extreme Mask, £87. harrods.com 5 RODIAL BEE VENOM CLEANSING BALM

A luxurious, skin brightening balm that melts away both make-up and impurities. Use it daily to plump, rehydrate and to keep pores squeaky clean. £50. rodial.co.uk

ME TIME

BLOW OUT AT GEORGE NORTHWOOD

Treat yourself to an instant glamour fix at George Northwood, Wells Street, London W1. Favoured by many a Hollywood actress and London’s finest catwalk queens, George Northwood and his team will give you the coolest and sexiest of blowdrys that make all others pale in comparison. For the full ‘Me Time’ multi-task, sit back with an Italian coffee, magazine and a relaxing, nontoxic Kure Bazaar mani/pedi during the blowdry – and feel fabulous in less than an hour. Blow-out, from £35; manicure, from £35. georgenorthwood.com

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K E L S O, S C O T T I S H B O R D E R S

D U B A R RY

SCHOFFEL

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UP FRONT

STYLE

COOL & WARM

Quilted jackets, puffas and parkers are still having a fashion moment and are back on the streets this season. CH Carolina Herrera has a variety of classic designs to keep you chic and warm over winter. £390. 120 Mount Street, London W1

GOLDEN HOURS Having made the radical move of producing its Royal Oak collection in ultra contemporary stainless steel in the 1970s, Audemars Piguet has swung back to that most enduring symbol of wealth and power – yellow gold – with a new series of watches and chronographs. From £41,300. audemarspiguet.com

Well Groomed

A SUITABLE CELEBRATION

This year marks a milestone for Richard Anderson and much-loved, celebrated tailor Brian Lishak – 60 years on ‘The Row’ for Brian and 15 years at 13 Savile Row for the brand. In celebration, they have commissioned a series of cloths in designs that have not been seen for decades but which have all stood the test of time. richardandersonltd.com

Sexy socks and big bags. By Matt Thomas

WHO IS L’HOMME?

SOCKS APPEAL

‘Paint your feet with fun’ was the inspiration and eye-catching socks are the result of this fun collaboration between hip socksters Look Mate, Spanish design team Hey Flake and Scout Editions. £10. lookmate.co

Miuccia Prada states that there is no simple answer to who is the Prada man. Instead, with their new masculine fragrance, she exercises ambiguity. Two faces – actors Ansel Elgort and Dane DeHaan – front the campaign, and the fragrance mixes yin and yang with amber and iris. £49 for 50ml. selfridges.com

REBOOTING

BIG BAG TIME The man bag continues to mutate and, sometimes, bigger and bolder is definitely better. Gladstone Hours Bag in air force green, £1,095. harveynichols.com

Family-owned and longestablished footwear brand Tricker’s has relaunched its classic Stow boot in six new colourways to herald its first seasonal collection. Colours on offer include Parisien Blue and Lollipop Red – but hurry, these special editions are limited to one season only. £380. trickers.com

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UP FRONT

SOCIAL SCENE

JEWELS OF THE SILVER SCREEN

Assia Webster and Stephen Webster

Filmmaker Leonora Lonsdale has produced a triptych of films for Gemfields, the leading producer of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones. A crowd of industry insiders, that included Van Leles and Stephen Webster, gathered at Hotel Café Royal to watch the screening of the Ruby Inspired Stories films, which explore the hidden stories behind gemstones.

Chelsy Davy

Helen Cruden and Astrid Muñoz

Luke Tomlinson and The Marchioness of Milford Haven with the Gold Cup

The Hon Mr Charles Pearson and The Hon Mrs Charles Pearson Zara Martin

Van Leles

HORSES AND HOROLOGY

Liza Urla Sophie Cookson and Ebba Hult

Sophie Cookson and Ian Harebottle

This year marks ten years of partnership with Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cowdray Park Polo Club. As title sponsor of the Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, the watchmaker hosted members of the polo community for the official Gold Cup draw at is flagship boutique on Old Bond Street, which defined the match play for the opening league phases of the competition.

High Society Erdem Moralioglu and Leith Clark

Bay Garnett and Emilia Wickstead

PHOTOS: GETTY IMAGES

Laura Bailey

PAGAN À LA MODE

Luella Bartley

Roksanda Ilinčić

Horacio Heguy and Ralph Richardson

Instead of taking the A303 to Stonehenge, Leith Clark, stylist and Editor in Chief of Violet – the biannual fashion book for women – hosted a bash for her fashion pals on the rooftop of The London Edition. Alexa Chung, Emilia Wickstead and Bay Garnet joined her at the Summer Solstice Dinner to have their fortunes revealed by tarot card reader Yvette Marks. James Righton serenaded the crowd with an accoustic gig with members of Shock Machine after dinner.

Alexa Chung

Corinne Ricard and The Marchioness of Milford Haven

Country & Town House social scene sponsored by Marquis Vodka UNCOMPROMISINGLY, UNAPOLOGETICALLY SUPERIOR

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THE GUIDE ART · CULTURE · BOOKS · PEOPLE

LAPADA

PHOTO: THE EMPTY ROOM BY HEATHER NEVAY, OIL ON CANVAS FROM PORTAL PAINTERS. £9,950

Glaswegian painter, Heather Nevay, uses colour and symbolism to express heroism, weakness and fear (pictured). You’ll find her work in Berkeley Square as LAPADA returns for its eighth year, marking the start of the autmn art season. As well as contemporary art, there will be antiques, design pieces and decorative arts, from dealers vetted by a committee of 70 specialists. 13–18 Sept; lapadalondon.com

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THE GUIDE

The Diary Share an island with Mick Jones and a whisky with Sir Ranulph Fiennes

MUST SEE The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire

CHATSWORTH CHATSHOW

Chatsworth

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire have made it their life’s ambition to transform their family seat, Chatsworth, into a cultural and artistic hub. Join them for their annual arts festival, Art Out Loud, with talks from artists Jenny Saville and Maggi Hambling about their artistic processes, hear from curator Julia Peyton-Jones about her role in bringing art to life and why Emma Bridgewater doesn’t think things are so grim up north. As we mark Capability Brown’s 300th anniversary, don’t miss garden designer Dan Pearson talking on painting with flowers. 23–25 September; chatsworth.org

River Cottage Festival Nastassja Simensky performing Colloquy

HARVEST FESTIVALS HIGH TIDE FESTIVAL, Suffolk It’s not just the West End that sets the agenda for international theatre. In September the acting world looks to Aldeburgh, in Suffolk, to take the industry’s pulse. Theatre company High Tide has hosted an annual festival here for ten years, staging new plays from up-and-coming talent that has shaped mainstream theatre. Watch this space. 8–18 Sept; hightide.org.uk

ESTUARY, Thames Estuary

It really was only a matter of time before Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall & Co launched a familyfriendly music festival. Headlined by Brit band Hunter & The Bear, there’s music throughout the weekend and plenty to keep the kids entertained – from making flower garlands to viking braiding workshops – but, of course, we’re all really going to eat ourselves silly and over-do it on the Heron Valley cider. 17–18 Sept; rivercottage.net

The Sugar Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie by Anders Lustgarten will be performed at High Tide Festival

PHOTOS: NOBBY CLARK

RIVER COTTAGE FESTIVAL, Dorset

The 16-day Estuary Festival will take place along the Essex and Kent shorelines, pulling together powerful themes from the Thames Estuary, hosted in unusual and historic venues. Highlights include Points of Depature, an exhibition of 28 contemporary artists showcased in a Grade II* listed Tilbury Cruise terminal; Southend Rock, Sound of the Thames Delta will explore the relationship between music and place at the end of Southend Pier; while ten artists have been commissioned to design beach huts along it. 17 Sept to 2 Oct; metalculture.com

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EVENTS

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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A FIENNES FOGG

You might not expect to find Sir Ranulph Fiennes in a cocktail bar in Mayfair but find him at Mr Fogg’s you will. The intrepid explorer will be spinning tales at the Phileas Fogg-themed bar, before answering questions about his record-breaking expeditions, which include becoming the oldest Briton to complete the 156-mile Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert and surviving a three-day coma. There will be Johnnie Walker libations to steel you. 19 September; mr-foggs.com

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The view from the Mona Lisa, by Oliver Curtis

2KRUG ISLAND

Krug is throwing a champagnefuelled bash on Osea Island, off the South East coast, with The Clash guitarist Mick Jones and chef Michael O’Hare, famed for his theatrical approach to gastronomy at his Michelin-starred restaurant in Leeds. The day-long event will climax with a live jamming session, led by Mick with leading and emerging names in the UK music scene. This is one for the history books. £449. 1 September; krugisland.com The Wind in the Willows at Kew Gardens

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3PHOTO FLIP

It’s about time someone snapped the world’s most photographed tourist sites from a new angle. Cotswolds-born Oliver Curtis has turned his lens to look back in the opposite direction at the world’s most famous landmarks, from Stonehenge to the Statue of Liberty. At first, the images of milling crowds and well-worn tracks might appear humdrum but scratch beneath the surface and Volte-face, at The Royal Geographic Society, is a telling revelation of the lives of those that make these locations tick. 19 Sept to 14 Oct; olivercurtisphotography.co.uk

4 MIDDLE MAN

Tom Ellis’ latest site specific work, The Middle, is the result of four years spent studying The Wallace Collection’s eclectic offering. Hard to pin down to one genre, his work employs sculpture, large-scale figurative paintings and furniture hybrids, emphasising his status as a ‘guest’ of the museum. The body of work is on display in the Front State Room, exhibition galleries and on the front lawn of Hertford House, and while one piece might take figures from Dutch and Flemish paintings, another might evolve an 18th-century writing table. You’re never really sure what’s around the corner. 15 Sept to 27 Nov; wallacecollection.org

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5 GARDEN TROUPE

Join Ratty, Mole and Mr Toad for a retelling of Kenneth Grahame’s classic at Kew Gardens. This immersive staging of The Wind in the Willows (until 28 Aug) is staged between two locations, as audiences are transformed into ‘young rabbits’ to follow the tale through the botanical gardens. Younger children will love The Dream Fairies (until 28 Aug), a more manageable version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filled with bubbles, acrobatics and sing-a-longs. theatreonkew.co.uk

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‘Amport’ console table, Vaughan. ‘Cosford’ Alabaster table lamp (TA0010) with 14” Bedford duplex silk shade, silver, both Vaughan. ‘Clinton’ chair (A-12009), Rubelli Casa at Rubelli/Donghia. ‘Athene’ table (68825), Giorgetti. Glass bowl, Birgit Israel. ‘Full Sail’ occasional chair, Ensemble London, upholstered in ‘Bargello’ (3601/07), Jim Thompson, both at Fox Linton. ‘Artwork 24’ rug by Jan Kath, Front Rugs. Wallcovering in frame on left: ‘Take Away‘ (FP435001), Pierre Frey. Fabric in frame on right: ’Charivari’ (37940172), Casamance at Colony. Fabric in frame at back: ‘Pollock’ (3096), Primalinea at Alton-Brooke. Wallcovering on back wall: ‘Bellini’, ice, Altfield. Paint from left to right: ‘Quarter Quartz Grey’ and ‘Storm Grey’, both Zoffany, and ‘Kobo Bay’, Konig Colours at Nina Campbell

IN FOCUS For design lovers, amateur or professional, there’s no better place to be than FOCUS/16

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ocus/16 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is redefining luxury in interiors, offering designs that are beautifully made and tell a story of integrity and authenticity. This year, it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Attracting designers, architects and styleseekers and with over 100 events in six days, the show is an immersive and inspiring experience; the place where visitors and exhibitors can connect, converse and create. And it’s not just the latest fabrics and wallpapers on offer but also lighting, furniture, rugs, tiles, kitchens, bathrooms and much more. Whether you are going to a talk, workshop or demonstration, joining an insider trail or viewing a curated art exhibition, the line-up is incredible. One hundred and twenty showrooms are taking part (many for the first time), so expect the inside track on the latest design directions for the A/W season

from the best of global talent. Engage with the industry’s top creatives, influencers and big thinkers, access specialist expertise, marvel at skilled craftsmanship, exchange ideas at ‘Borromini’ chaise, Armani/Casa. ‘Mandarin’ console workshops, join table, Davidson. ‘Diamond Asymmetrical’ table lamp (TL706) and 16” short drum shade, both Bella Figura. curated tours and Wallcoverings from left: ‘Metalessence Cork’ (MC2), Innovations at Altfield and ‘Metallo’ (312609), Zoffany. Fabric get privileged in frame: ‘Rythmes Sans Fin’ (M133 6 01), Misia at Colony insights from an all-star line-up at the Conversations in Design sessions. As a hub of many forms of artistic expression, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour will unveil bespoke installations and imaginative pop-ups. A curated art exhibition, chosen by leading design luminaries and offering perspectives on the power of art in interiors, is highly anticipated. There are outstanding new food and drink options, courtesy transport is available and entry is free, so make sure you don’t miss the design event of the year.

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THE POWER OF ART IN INTERIORS EXHIBITION Curated by Sophie Hastings, GQ art editor and journalist, who specialises in the international art scene, this exhibition examines how art and design have never been closer – it is truly a creative force in interiors today.

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CONVERSATIONS IN DESIGN Influential global names will share their knowledge and design know-how on the main stage. These include Patrizia Moroso, Ben Pentreath, Max Rollitt, Charlotte di Carcaci, Ashley Hicks, Natalia Miyar, Alidad, Neisha Crosland and more. Book tickets (dcch.co.uk)

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ACCESS ALL AREAS Visitors can get insights from tastemakers at the Access All Areas showroom sessions. These are perfect for design-lovers who are fascinated by the design narrative – how a product comes about, what materials are used, where they are sourced and how they are made. They will include, among others, demonstrations from Fromental, Savoir Beds and Cole & Son.

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ARTISAN & DESIGN WORKSHOPS Experts will demonstrate their artisan skills at informal workshops and KLC School of Design will host design workshops on subjects including everyday sustainability and design psychology.

Dining chair (0414) and ‘Eyl’ dining table by Oscar and Gabriele Buratti, both Gallotti&Radice. ‘Planet’ pendant light and ‘Druzy’ bowl, both Porta Romana. Wallcovering: ‘Canyon’, black pearl, Altfield. Fabric in frame: ‘Serpentine’ (332666), Zoffany. Paint at back: ‘Perfect White’, Zoffany

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FOOD & DRINK Eating and drinking will be high on the agenda. A pop-up restaurant will be specially commissioned for Focus/16, while an informal bar will allow visitors to enjoy a relaxed environment from within the show.

EVENT LOCATION FOCUS/16 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour Lots Road, London, SW10 OXE (Plus outside participants in Chelsea) COURTESY TRANSPORT Arrive in style in a Mercedes. The shuttle service leaves Sloane Square via participating Chelsea showrooms.

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DATES Trade Preview Sunday 18 – Wednesday 21 September All Welcome Thursday 22 – Friday 23 September Open 10am – 6pm FREE ENTRY

THE A-LIST ABBOTT & BOYD / ALTFIELD / ALTON-BROOKE / ANN SACKS / ARMANI/CASA / ARTE / AZUCENA AT GMR INTERIORS / BAKER / BAKER LIFESTYLE / BEACON HILL / BELLA FIGURA / BESSELINK & JONES / BIRGIT ISRAEL / BLACK & KEY / BRIAN YATES / BRUNSCHWIG & FILS / C & C MILANO / CASSINA / CECCOTTI COLLEZIONI / CHAPLINS / CHASE ERWIN / CHRISTOPHER GUY / CHRISTOPHER HYDE LIGHTING / CHRISTOPHER PEACOCK / COLE & SON / COLEFAX AND FOWLER / COLONY / CRÉATION BAUMANN / CRESTRON EMEA / DAVID SEYFRIED LTD / DAVIDSON / DECCA (BOLIER) / DECORUS / DEDAR / EDELMAN LEATHER / ELISE SOM / ESPRESSO DESIGN / EVITAVONNI / FENDI CASA / FLEXFORM / FOX LINTON / FROMENTAL / FRONT RUGS / GALLOTTI&RADICE / GIORGETTI / GLADEE LIGHTING / GP & J BAKER / HARLEQUIN / HOLLAND & SHERRY / HOULÈS / IKSEL - DECORATIVE ARTS / INTERDESIGN UK / INTERIOR SUPPLY / J. ROBERT SCOTT / JACARANDA CARPETS / JASON D’SOUZA / JEAN MONRO / KRAVET / LEE JOFA / LELIEVRE / LEWIS & WOOD / LIZZO / MARC DE BERNY / MARVIC TEXTILES / MCKINNEY & CO / MCKINNON AND HARRIS / MULBERRY HOME / NADA DESIGNS / NICHOLAS HASLAM LTD / NINA CAMPBELL / NOBILIS / ORIGINAL BTC / PASSERINI / PIERRE FREY / POLIFORM / POLTRONA FRAU / PORADA / PORTA ROMANA / PROVASI / R.I.M TILE AND MOSAIC BOUTIQUE / RAMM, SON & CROCKER / REMAINS LIGHTING / ROBERT ALLEN / ROMO / RUBELLI/DONGHIA / SA BAXTER ARCHITECTURAL HARDWARE / SAHCO / SAMUEL & SONS PASSEMENTERIE / SAMUEL HEATH / SANDERSON / SAVOIR BEDS / SIMPSONS / STARK CARPET / STARK FABRIC / STUDIOTEX / SUMMIT FURNITURE / SWD / TAI PING CARPETS / THE NANZ COMPANY / THE SILK GALLERY / THREADS AT GP & J BAKER / TIM PAGE CARPETS / TIM PAGE X J.D. STARON / TISSUS D’HÉLÈNE / TOPFLOOR BY ESTI / TUFENKIAN ARTISAN CARPETS / TURNELL & GIGON / TURNELL & GIGON AT HOME / TURNSTYLE DESIGNS / VAUGHAN / VIA ARKADIA (TILES) / VICTORIA + ALBERT BATHS / WATTS OF WESTMINSTER / WEMYSS / WHISTLER LEATHER / WIRED CUSTOM LIGHTING / WOOL CLASSICS / ZIMMER + ROHDE / ZOFFANY

PLUS DESIGNERS GUILD / OSBORNE & LITTLE / WILLIAM YEOWARD IN CHELSEA

Call 020 7225 9166 or email enquiries@dcch.co.uk @designcentreCH #Focus16 designcentrech

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THE GUIDE Back to childhood with the release of Swallows and Amazons

Arts Agenda Let nature take its course, says Caiti Grove

BACK TO NATURE As the summer reaches its peak, city dwellers aim to retreat from the urban sprawl. This season, the arts focus on bucolic themes and wild adventure into the unknown.

1 UTOPIAN ADVENTURE

The Walker children are a fiercely independent foursome. In Swallows and Amazons, they sail to Wild Cat island, where they fish, camp and make fires – a bliss disturbed when two teenage sisters declare a fight for their land. Set alongside a Russian spy narrative based on the author’s secret MI5 sideline career, this is a charming classic with a thrilling twist. Also, a chance to see the Lake District at its beautiful best. Released 19 August.

1 BELOW: Rebecca Louise Law; RIGHT: Hydrangea, Gypsophila by Rebecca Louise Law (2015)

2FLORAL FORTUNE

Rebecca Louise Law creates her joyful installations using nothing but flowers. She has exhibited at the Royal Academy and the V&A, and will now bloom in Letchworth Garden City’s youngest gallery for an explosion of colour inspired by nature. 24 Aug to 9 Oct; broadway-gallery.com

3UNDERWORLD UPRISING

When Giselle discovers her great love is already betrothed, loss consumes her and she dies of a broken heart. In supernatural revenge, a mob of jilted women rises to punish him and begin their torment – to dance him to death before Giselle momentarily returns to mortal life to free him. Akram Khan choreographs ballet’s most tragic epic. Heartbreaking. Touring 27 Sep to 19 Nov; ballet.org.uk

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PHILIPPA LOWTHORPE DIRECTOR OF SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS

The Lake District is such an ancient and epic place, and it becomes its own character. I wanted to capture how monumental the lake is compared to their tiny boat, to make the audience feel like they are there with the children. The casting took a long time, I wanted them to really feel like a family. If you choose the right children, your work as a director is almost done.

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Tamara Rojo dancing in Akram Khan’s Giselle

There are so few women directors, there really should be more. But it’s quite a gruelling job and you lose ten years if you want to be a mum as well.

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PHOTOS: © ADRIAN WOLFSON;

Swallows and Amazons captures the freedom of childhood. Arthur Ransome idealised it but children built fires and had pen knives. This film captures the importance of letting children go.

PHOTOS: © REBECCA LOUISE LAW; © JASON BELL

When I was a child I roamed around, camping and exploring the countryside. We have lost a sense of the great outdoors; of adventure. We limit children’s experience and I’m as guilty of being as over protective as any parent.


ARTS

ELEVATION CELEBRATION

All Saints Lydd Russia Sunset, Lake Ladoga

MAN OF THE WORLD Whether in Venice, St Petersburg or the Kent countryside, a beautiful golden light shines out of all John Doyle’s paintings. English landscapes stretch out under fluffy meringue clouds and a red and orange sunset illuminates Russia’s Neva River next to Peter the Great’s vast palaces. The octogenarian painter creates his watercolours and oils outside in real time, and still travels across to Russia with his wife and a stack of canvases to capture Russia’s sky before the colours dissolve into the horizon. An adventurer of old-school, allweather painting, his work reflects a lifetime of patient observation and brilliant execution. John Doyle belongs to a world of faithful diligence to his world subjects. Truly a master of his art. Catch him at the Osborne Studio Gallery in London. 21 Sept to 1 Oct; osg.uk.com

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PHOTOS: © REBECCA LOUISE LAW; © JASON BELL

Donna Huanca examines the naked body in her works

How can a liquid be solid?

Architecture is history in the making. Created by today’s visionaries, the skyline is changed for future generations. Every year London celebrates its modernist gems and 18th-century elegance with Open House London, a festival that gives the public access to buildings otherwise out of reach. The exquisitely beautiful – and very private – Foreign Office, architecturally daring schools and, even, a particularly innovative waste management site in Southwark have opened in recent years (17–18 Sept; openhouselondon.org.uk). Down in Margate, architecture is getting gritty. The RIBA Sandcastles Challenge 2016 provides the materials while children and, doubtless, competitive dads will sculpt their best creations in Turner’s home town (10 Sept; riba.org). LEFT: Wistaton Cottage, Roehampton BELOW: RIBA Sandcastle Challenge

FLUID CULTURE

FIVE OF THE BEST BOOKS ABOUT NATURE 1. MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS Nature writer Gerald Durrell’s tale is a complete immersion in Corfu as Gerald describes the scorpions, geckos and glowworms around the island. Family friendly. Published 29 Sept (Penguin) 2. THE NAMES OF THE STARS: A LIFE IN THE WILDS High on the list of strange jobs is ‘mountain man’, a guard for salmon eggs during their hatching period. This memoir charts Pete Fromm’s time in wild isolation as he contemplates fatherhood, mortality and why he seeks out wildness. Published 27 Sept (Thomas Dunne Books) 3. BEE TIME: LESSONS FROM THE HIVE Community creation takes teamwork, perseverance and sacrifice. This book shows what we can learn, from the boardroom to our urban design. Published 29 Sept (Harvard University Press)

Two new art projects are set to push the boundaries between art, theatre and dance in pieces that question what human nature is. Donna Huanca bares all as she focuses on today’s gender politics with the ultimate canvas – the naked body at the north London based-Zabludowicz Collection. Her painted models leave ghostly colourful traces of their movements as melting ice sculptures of women drip onto the floor into expanding puddles. Gloriously esoteric and bold (29 Sept to 18 Dec; zabludowiczcollection.com). In a secret location, The Waldorf Project: Chapter Three/FUTURO provides the third performance of an immersive theatre series that incorporates another of the senses – taste. Inspired by Futuro, the flying saucer-shaped house designed by Matti Suuronenn in the late 1960s, the project will imagine the utopia that the ’60s idealists imagined, and combine with the dystopian projections that climate and political experts now foresee. For this third chapter, chemists, engineers and chefs have created a ‘solid liquid’ for a scientific twist on a gastronomic and artistic journey (8–25 Sept; waldorfproject.com).

4. PLANT LOVE: THE SCANDALOUS TRUTH ABOUT THE SEX LIFE OF PLANTS Sex sells is the thinking of science writer Mike Allaby, as he reveals the methods that plants use to spread their seed. Published 22 Sept (Filbert Press) 5. BIRDS: MYTH, LORE AND LEGEND Why do owls represent wisdom and eagles victory? Why do doves evoke peace, while magpies are bad luck? Read this in-depth perspective on how the world sees birds and the origins of our superstitions. Published 25 Aug (Bloomsbury)

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THE GUIDE

BOOK REVIEWS

John Owen recommends four memoirs for summer reading

FOLLOWING ON: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession and Terrible Cricket

Emma John

Nowadays, it’s hard to remember the emotional uncertainty that accompanied being an England cricket fan in the 1990s. Day after day (or night after night) spent glued to the gloriously oldfashioned long wave radio listening to the equally anachronistic Henry Blofeld describe the paths of butterflies across the outfield at the Oval or the MCG. I avidly listened (like author Emma John) to the commentary on never overly talented English teams losing wicket after wicket. John’s new book casts a surprisingly refreshing eye on an England squad that never won anything. For those of us born in the early years of the last decade of the last century, being a cricket fan was an agonising experience, watching a team that always seemed to promise collapse at even the slightest opportunity. John’s great skill in this intriguing book is to encapsulate the strange combination of admiration and admonishment that one felt towards the players of the 1990s, whom she visits in the writing of her book. John is a perfect guide; a teenage cricket geek whose obsession has endured and who looks at the 1990s through a nostalgia-heavy filter. This is not a book for those who have forgotten the disappointments of Hick and Ramprakash or can’t recall how many seam bowlers England played in the early 1990s (the answer is 14 in two years). But for those of us who now believe that Alec Stewart and Mike Atherton were true cricketing heroes and who remember the (very occasional) winning exploits of the likes of Phil Tufnell and Dominic Cork, this is a quite wonderful trip down a memory lane that perhaps, by right, should have been forgotten. Unfortunately, the endearing qualities of this book will not appeal to those cynical few who had grown up by the time of the English cricket team’s demise, but for those, like me, who grew up in the midst of what once seemed like the end of English cricket, this memoir is a glorious revelation. £16.99, Wisden

UNDER THE TUMP: Sketches of Real Life on the Welsh Borders Oliver Balch This author’s reputation was built as a foreign correspondent writing about South America from a base in Buenos Aires. As a result, it is both surprising and relieving to find him turn his eye to a uniquely British setting in the hills between Monmouthshire and Radnorshire. Balch is a teasing and robust guide who endears himself to the peculiarly literary community based in the Wye Valley. £14.99, Faber & Faber

THE HARE WITH THE AMBER EYES Edmund de Waal There are worryingly few memoirs as atmospheric as Edmund de Waal’s classic. Telling the story of de Waal’s own inheritance of a collection of Japanese netsuke figures, it moves from Tokyo to Paris and onwards to Vienna and London in an earnest, yet important paean to an art form that could easily have been forgotten without de Waal’s passionate case for its importance in 20th-century art. £9.99, Vintage

THE RETURN Hisham Matar This memoir successfully synthesises family history and contemporary politics in a way that is often lacking in similar accounts. His search for his father in the aftermath of Colonel Gaddafi’s regime is supremely moving and his deeply personal story comes to represent the warped normality of life in a region reacting to violent change. £14.99, Penguin

JOHN OWEN IS A BOOKSELLER AT JOHN SANDOE. JOHNSANDOE.COM

Book Club

IN BRIEF

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PEOPLE

THE GUIDE

Perfect Cut Richard Hopton meets Savile Row’s newest recruit, Phoebe Gormley of Gormley & Gamble

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hoebe Gormley is the newest, brightest face on Savile Row. In a fusty world, traditionally dominated by middle-aged men, Phoebe’s gender and youth – a mere 22 – mark her out as an unusual recruit to tailoring’s most famous quartier. Gormley & Gamble – the ‘Gamble’ was appended to add alliterative gravitas and as a private joke, reflecting her view of the venture – began trading in October 2014. Double-breasted coat Phoebe had started the company that summer, having decided to abandon her costume design studies at Nottingham Trent University in favour of putting what she knew into practice. Gormley & Gamble makes made-tomeasure clothes exclusively for women, primarily suits for business and smart occasions, something Phoebe claims is a first on Savile Row. Clients discuss their requirements with her before being measured up. Phoebe enjoys her advisory role: ‘women like to be able to talk about colours and hemlines when they have serious, focussed jobs.’ The client’s measurements are recorded digitally and dispatched Grey jacket with electronically to a factory in the Czech flower print inside Republic, where the suits are then made by machine. This is a departure from the traditional Savile Row practice of handcut patterns and hand-cut and -stitched clothes but one which Phoebe defends vigorously. ‘Women,’ she says, ‘prefer the cleaner finish of machinemade clothes; they don’t like the imperfections that give a handmade suit its individual, bespoke look.’ Men, Phoebe says, ‘like these small imperfections as they represent a secret signal to those in the know.’ Moreover, handmade clothes can be ‘too delicate’ for daily wear and, then, there is the question of price. A man’s handmade two-piece suit will cost around £4,000 from a Savile Row tailor; a two-piece women’s suit from Gormley & Gamble can start at less than £1,000, depending on the fabric chosen. Her interest in tailoring dates back to the age of 15, when she took one of her father’s discarded suits apart and remade it for herself. It was an epiphany. Subsequently, she took holiday jobs in Multi tweed mini dress the tailoring world. ‘I worked as a runner, sewing on buttons and being a full-time charmer.’ ‘I fell in

Phoebe Gormley is the first women-only tailor on Savile Row

love with Savile Row,’ she says. Phoebe’s father is Rowan Gormley, who founded Naked Wines in 2008, selling it to Majestic for £70m last year. His influence is wide ranging: ‘He has been through a number of ventures,’ Phoebe says, ‘which has normalised it for me.’ We discuss the notion that successful entrepreneurs are born, not made: ‘There is, I think, something in that idea,’ she says, ‘You’ve got to have a burning desire to make it work, a driving passion. Some people are simply not meant for the start-up life.’ At the age of 22, with a successful start-up already under her belt, Phoebe’s future seems infinitely promising. Certainly, she is full of ideas. One is the Emergency Little Black Dress for which Phoebe is arranging crowdfunding – another Savile Row first, she claims – to finance the production of 5,000 pieces, the idea being to provide a range of choice, off the peg. She is also working on an affordable sideline of ‘super classics done insanely well’, along the lines of Prêt-àPorter, to sit alongside the made-to-measure clothes. In September Phoebe is making her first trip to New York to conduct a series of appointment-only fittings.

WELL-TAILORED ANSWERS

WHO HAS INFLUENCED YOU MOST PROFESSIONALLY? Chanel. WHAT IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN STARTING A BUSINESS? Determination. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CLOTH FOR A SUIT? Pale grey bamboo. WHERE DO YOU MOST LIKE GOING ON HOLIDAY? Tresco.

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RURAL REBEL

The country/city clothing divide grows ever narrower with traditional sporting labels seriously upping the style stakes

HOLLAND & HOLLAND Antique finished wool tweed pleated skirt in indigo, £890. Matching jacket, £1,060. Ladies fitted thermo jumper in navy, £470. Ladies fur cloche, £740

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DELPOZO Ruffled-hem tweed maxi dress, £1,400. matchesfashion.com

HOLLAND COOPER Fur trim tweed cape, £649. harrods.com ESCADA Dvinisy dress, £655. uk.escada.com

NEED FOR TWEED

REALLY WILD Portman coat, £425, kilt skirt, £185, Liberty print shirt, £165, rabbit gilet, £175, floppy brim hat, £135. reallywildclothing.co.uk

DOLCE & GABBANA Tweed hat, £195. farfetch.com

Run for the Hills HUNTER X DUKE OF WELLINGTON Hunter Field Mornington riding boot, £375. hunterboots.com

SONIA RYKIEL Tweed jacket with frills, £765. soniarykiel.com

Look the part for the season ahead

KATHERINE HOOKER Baseball jacket, £650. katherinehooker.com

GAZIANO & GIRLING Maddison suede boots, £1,040. gazianogirling.com

(COUNTRY) LADY IN RED

FAIRFAX AND FAVOR The Imperial Explorer in Oak, £375. fairfaxandfavor.com

Take to the hills in Dubarry A/W’16

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FEET FORWARD

VILLAGE ENGLAND Fulmer bag, £195. villageengland.com

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EMMA CORNES Tower Bridge tweed fairweather bag, £259. emmacornes.com

PENMAYNE Willow fedora in teal with embellished motif band, £445. penmayne.com

TALITHA Macrame-detail suede shawl, £1,411. matchesfashion.com

Burberry A/W’16

RURAL SMART ACCESSORIES

HOUSE OF BRUAR Leather and brass fox head belt, £90. houseofbruar.com

CATWALK TREND

Country winter wear is all about wrapping up smart and layering, all in impeccable wools and cashmere, of course. Look to Aquascutum, Ralph Lauren, Isabel Marant, Burberry and J Crew for style solutions. Capes, oversized coats, a lick of leather here and a hint of shearling there and you’ll be chic, cosy and stylish all at the same time. Who could want for more?

J Crew A/W’16

Isabel Marant A/W’16

Aquascutum A/W’16

HICKS AND BROWN The Toscana biker gilet, £295. hicksandbrown.com

Ralph Lau ren A/W’16

SOUTH WEST TEN Black parka with fox trim, £995. southwestten.com

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PURDEY Classic SB3 tweed jacket in Rochester, £595. Tweed breeks in Rochester, £395. Cashmere sweater in Audley Red, £295. Tattersall shirt, £95. Pheasant silk tie, £110. Leather twin strap boot, £775. purdey.com

LONDON SOCK COMPANY Houndstooth socks, £14. londonsock company.com

LOCK & CO Cashmere Gill cap, £195. lockhatters.co.uk

BARBOUR Salisbury chronograph watch, £250. watchshop.com BEGG & CO Lambswool angora nemo beanie hat, £75. beggandcompany.com

RURAL SMART ACCESSORIES

JOHNSTONS OF ELGIN Merino and cashmere scarf, £79. johnstonscashmere.com

TOM DAVIES Sports glasses, £395. tdtomdavies.com

Play the Field LUDWIG REITER Leather boots, £998. ludwig-reiter. com/en/home

Keep your thinking in check

ATLAS & I Game Book, £130. atlas-and-i.com

FEET FORWARD LE CHAMEAU Colza Chelsea boot, £65. bestboots.co.uk

DUKE AND DEXTER Harli tweed loafers, £165. dukeanddexter.com

TEALES Premier cartridge bag, £119.99. teales.co.uk

PICKETT Medium wheeled canvas holdall, £825. pickett.co.uk

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OLIVER BROWN Tweed trousers, from £175. oliverbrown.org.uk

WILLIAM AND SON Cashmere pea coat, £475. williamandson.com

CORDINGS House check Action Back jacket, £445. cordings.co.uk

PRIVATE WHITE V C Wax cotton twin track jacket, £595. privatewhitevc.com

N PEAL Mall quilted cashmere gilet, £595. npeal.com

DUBARRY Mulligan jumper, £99. dubarry.com

FARLOWS Paddock coat, £174.95. farlows.co.uk

HARDY AMIES Knitted tie, £70. hardyamies.com

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CATWALK TREND

The great thing about check is that it ticks both country and city dressing, depending on how you wear it and, of course, the colour palette. Dunhill’s tailored jacket is perfect for rural Sunday lunches, whereas Daks’ suit with large check is more city cool. But what bridges the gap is the autumnal colours of rust, moss and khaki, which work well wherever you go.

Dunhill A/W’16

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BRUNELLO CUCINELLI Grey cotton shirt, £390. brunello cucinelli.com/en

Daks A/W’16

ORVIS Heathered houndstooth shirt, £69. orvis.co.uk

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ODE TO AUTUMN The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness Photographer LOUISE SAMUELSEN Fashion director LUCY BOND

Brown cashmere roll neck jumper, William and Son. Red knitted poncho, Akris. Brown suede shorts, Magda Butrym. Green and red over the knee merino wool socks, Purdey. Khaki Field Balmoral Sovereign boot, Hunter

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Black shearling dress, Daks. Dark brown leather belt, Purdey. Black leather over the knee boots, Christian Louboutin

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Khaki and navy large scale square bustier drape midi dress, Victoria Beckham

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Tweed jacket, tweed skirt, tweed scarf and calfskin boots, all Chanel

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Burgundy long satin dress, Sportmax. Khaki Field Balmoral Sovereign boot, Hunter

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Beige angora top and shorts, Max Mara. Black shearling coat, Ellery

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Khaki green, white and black graphic jumper, Sportmax. Burgundy ribbed knit, BLK DNM. Bordeaux suede over the knee boots, Jimmy Choo

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Burgundy satin dress with black sleeves, DKNY. Bordeaux suede over the knee boots, Jimmy Choo LOCATION With thanks to Olga Polizzi’s Hotel Endsleigh in Devon (hotelendsleigh.com) TEAM Hair and make-up: Frances Prescott at S Management, using bareMinerals and Michael Van Clarke Photographers assistant: Jessica Segal Fashion Assistant: Jamie Angus Model: Camilla Babbington @ Models One STOCKISTS: PAGE 114

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END OF THE AFFAIR

JAMES DELINGPOLE lost his heart to horses late in life, but is this dalliance doomed?

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orses: they break your bones, they break your heart.’ And I can testify to both these things, writing as I am now with a severely fractured clavicle, and several cracked ribs as a result of a ‘riding’ accident earlier this year. Oh, all right. I’ll come clean. It wasn’t a common or garden riding accident, it was a proper, fullyfledged, balls-to-the-floor hunting accident, honourably sustained while attempting to fly over a rather nasty, trappy fence on an excitable mare, on an up-till-then glorious day out with the Heythrop. Do I regret it? No! (Well, only my idiot refusal to wear one of those inflating jackets which would have spared me an awful lot of grief). I don’t think this makes me particularly heroic, or stoical, or unusual – just a typical horsey person. If you love horses, you love riding, and you love hunting, then you know, without question, that you have discovered the closest thing there is to the elixir of life. Indeed, I’m all but certain that when – not just yet, I hope – I pass through the Pearly Gates, I shall find God not with robes and a white beard, but wearing britches, top boots and a red coat, sitting astride a magnificent 17-hand Pegasus. Why wouldn’t He? Hunting is the best thing ever invented. And I’ve tried quite a few of them: fun things, I mean. A few months ago, I jumped off a 300-foot cliff in Africa, freefalling for two thirds of it before the wire caught me. That was quite exciting. So too was diving in a cage with great white sharks; going round the Isle of Man TT course on a Honda Fireblade; racing round Brands Hatch as the passenger of the world sidecar racing champion; skiing down the legendary black run at Tortin; nearly being shot by drunken soldiers in Uganda; and so on. It’s a cliché that you’re never more alive than when you’re close to death, which I’m sure explains the rise and rise of adventure sports. Now that we no longer have major wars for chaps to test their mettle in, we sorely need a cultural substitute – ideally one that doesn’t involve violence. Kite-surfing and bungee-jumping are all very well but they’re never going to beat the original and best adventure sport: riding hell for leather across uneven terrain on a supercharged beast pumped up with adrenalin and huntlust and even more insane than you are. September 2016 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 75

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James (on the left) dressed like an 18th-century gent on a hunt

When you go out there – dressed like an 18th-century gent, the womenfolk oddly all the more sexy in a hair net – you’re doing something that has been sanctioned by tradition over generations This is the edge that riding has over very-nearly-as-exciting motorbikes: the fact that you’re dealing with a barely tamed, wild animal with a personality and mind of its own. It makes everything more unpredictable and more dangerous, obviously, but also more fulfilling. There’s that sense that you’re constantly being challenged (the moment you let your guard down, that’s when you’re screwed), but there’s also that emotional bond with your mount, which brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. Seriously. Until I discovered horses, rather too late in life, I’d never been a particularly intense animal person. I’ve liked all our various pets, I love going for walks with our dog, but it’s only horses that bring out my inner 12-year-old girl and make me go all soppy.

From the tacking up at the beginning to the sponging down at the end, each ride is like a special date with your dearest love. Women often feel this even more strongly than men, which is another of the things I so love about hunting: here is arguably the most macho sport in the world where, bizarrely, the girls often outnumber the boys. And there are often children doing it too in their smart pony club ratcatchers. If hunting were invented now and legislated from scratch, none of this would be allowed to happen, especially not the kiddie part. That’s another of its glories: it’s a throwback to a vanished age – the one before Elf ’n’ Safety ruined everything. If you hate the modern world as much as I often do, this unrepentant archaism has an especially strong appeal. When you go out there – dressed like an 18th-century gent in your handsome stock and your elegant fitted coat with its flared tails, the womenfolk oddly all the more sexy for the fact that their hair is in nets – you’re doing something that has been sanctioned by custom and tradition over generations. There’s little that separates you from Siegfried Sassoon in the 1920s, Trollope in the 1840s or, indeed, the foxhunters in the late 14th-century poem Sir Gawain and The Green Knight. This is England, and you are bound to its history and its landscape more intimately than most people will ever be lucky enough to experience. It’s not just an old-fashioned world in the hunting field, I think, but a better world, where so many neglected values still prevail. Stoicism; courage; endurance; horsemanship; intense camaraderie; a sympathy with nature; an ability to read the landscape; thinking on your feet and acting decisively. (This is why Wellington preferred his officers to be foxhunting men.) There’s no getting away from it, though. It is dangerous. And that, of course, is at least half its appeal – not just the adrenalin rush it provides but, also, the effect it has on hunting people’s behaviour. There’s a courtesy, a mutual respect, a degree of care and concern which you rarely find these days elsewhere in life, because everyone knows damn well that each hunt could be their last. Until a few months ago, my dearest ambition was that, one day, I would go hunting with my daughter. I fear it’s going to remain unfulfilled. Though I’m perfectly happy to go on risking breaking my neck, the rest of my family has had enough. They think – not impractically – that 50 is really too old for a relative novice to take up so hazardous a sport. When you’re a husband and a father, I guess, your life is not entirely your own. But, even if I do never hunt again, my heart will always be out with those who do. You are my people. The bravest of the brave, the best of the best. Kick on, I say. Kick on! n

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JLS’s Jonathan Gill swapped his pop career for life on the farm

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CARVING A NEW CAREER

CLAIRE ZAMBUNI finds out how JLS’s Jonathan Gill’s transformation from popstar to farmer has progressed over the past four years

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JB is now committed to learning as much about venison farming as he can

ver the years a number of popstars have hung up their glittery microphones and traded the limelight for livestock. Ex-Blur bassist, Alex James, moved to the Cotswolds and discovered a passion for making artisan cheese, while Abz Love, from ’90s boyband 5ive, upped sticks to Wales to set up his own smallholding. It has been four years since we first met Jonathan Gill, after he announced his exit from global boyband JLS and began his dalliance with deer. During his hiatus from the music industry, JB has been busy building a family, marrying his long-term girlfriend Chloe Tangney and fathering Ace, his adorable son. JB has also been concentrating his efforts on building up his 11-acre smallholding in Kent, rearing KellyBronze turkeys, Tamworth pigs and chickens. But now, the time has come for him to set his sights firmly on becoming a household name in farming. Unlike his pop-veteran contemporaries, JB is in the process of working with a deer farm in Scotland that rears a 1,000-strong herd, with a goal to establish a venison brand that will function either on its own or will be associated with trusted butchers or supermarkets. Venison is experiencing unprecedented growth in popularity among the British public, with retail sales climbing by up to 400 per cent in just one year. ‘Scotland is looking to set up 400 deer farms in the next decade to meet this increased demand,’ says JB. At the start of this year, Waitrose announced that its customers are buying 41 per cent more venison than in 2015. Increasingly seen as a healthy alternative to beef and pork, the results of research commissioned by the Game-to-Eat campaign concluded that venison is high in protein, low in saturated fatty acids and contains higher levels of iron than any other red meat. JB agrees, ‘The health benefits of venison are second to none.’ Deer stalking is not without its adversaries, however JB believes in the philosophy that if you shoot a deer, it should always reach the food chain, wherever possible. For JB it’s not about the sport. His commitment to the ‘eat what you kill’ philosophy led him to José Souto, author of the definitive book on venison, Venison: The Game Larder. José invited JB for a masterclass in venison butchery and September 2016 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 79

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JB with his son Ace

cookery at Westminster Kingsway College to put the ‘field to table’ process into practice. Breaking down a park-reared fallow deer in one of the seminar rooms of the Victoria Centre, JB was handed a knife and told by José to start skinning the carcass. As JB was given his lesson in butchery, José explained that: ‘Every time you take a knife to the carcass you make it more expensive, so it’s important to know how to get the most out of the animal’. With this in mind, JB was taught how to make carpaccio of venison using roe deer, traditional venison stew, shank of venison with baby beets and chestnuts, epigram – venison breast slowly cooked, cut into cubes and then paneed (coated in breadcrumbs and fried). José also gave JB a lesson in cooking different steaks to give him an understanding of the first and second-class cuts of meat. JB has truly taken his passion for farming to the next level. Prior to his visit to Westminster Kingsway College, José initiated JB in the world of deer stalking, to give him the opportunity to shoot fallow, roe and muntjac deer on the Houghton Hall Estate in Norfolk. These opportunities provided precious time with industry experts such as Souto and Julian Stoyles, Deer Park Manager at Houghton. ‘One of the main reasons I went out stalking with them was because I think it’s important to understand the practices, so you can weigh up the benefits of each type of deer management and rearing,’ JB adds. With venison masters, Souto and Stoyles, by his side, JB has come to understand a broad spectrum of everything in the field, from the history of deer and the biology of the different species to the preparation and the variety of cooking methods and recipes. ‘It’s all about showing its acceptance as a good quality meat,’ says José.

Looking back at what has changed over the last three years, JB admits, ‘When I first had the idea about going into farming I was very naïve as to what that entailed. How I saw it was that I had a plot of land and wanted to farm that bit of land. My understanding of farming has developed a lot since that time. I realise that you have to manage the space not just use it. Through what I’ve learnt, I have high standards in terms of livestock management and land management.’ For JB, the process right now is to build a trusted farm brand. ‘I’m going back to basics and building it from the ground up.’ Although, in his typically humble way, JB concedes that, ‘It has been through trial and error. The first pigs I got were rescued. At the time we didn’t know anything about pig farming but through speaking to various experts, we have developed a herd and now have our own breeding stock and produce pigs for the local community.’ One of JB’s biggest aspirations for his farm is to have it as a space that the whole community can use and to give people an introduction into the world of farming. ‘I’ve spent the last few years honing my skills and learning how I can be the most effective in the farming community because I simply don’t have the background in farming that a lot of traditional farmers do. I’m able to be a mouthpiece – being involved in the farming world has opened my eyes to some of the rural issues that I think should be highlighted, celebrated and praised.’ With a series of community projects underway, including opening up his farm for public festivals and visits, JB hopes to provide greater access to the countryside for those who don’t have that luxury. In creating these opportunities for young children, he also hopes to be able to teach them about where their food comes from, whether it’s pork, beef or venison. With that in mind he has recently become an ambassador for The Mayor’s Fund, a charity that gives young Londoners the skills and opportunities to get a decent job, escape the threat of poverty and play a full part in London’s future. Their work focuses on three priorities – core skills such as numeracy and literacy, employment by supporting employers to create sustainable career opportunities for young Londoners and health and well-being, of which nutrition and healthy eating are key areas. Its breakfast clubs have been a huge success and the charity is now focussing its attention on delivering healthy food provision during the school holidays. ‘I’ve sacrificed my home for the sake of the farm and it’s something I’d like my children to always be around and to be involved in. For me it’s about utilising my blessings – everything that I’ve gained from the past and JLS – in this new farming environment and making sure that everyone can be a part of it.’ n

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José Souto teaches JB how to utilise a venison carcass for the best possible cuts

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CHARLOTTE METCALF meets the man who has brought together the world’s most rich and powerful through the love of horses

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group of us is gathered on a jasmine-swathed verandah that runs along one wing of the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. Cocktails, champagne and fragrant spiced canapés circulate as we mingle and talk to our host, His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur. As guests of British Polo Day, the Maharaja has invited us into his private apartment and most of us are anyway staying at the Palace, a Taj hotel just voted, that very day, as the best in the entire world by Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards. It’s the start of an evening that moves on into the palace gardens with fireworks, a fashion show by British designer Helen Bromovsky with Amrapali Jewels and dinner for 200 served under the trees. September 2016 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 83

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This level of splendour has come to be the hallmark of a British Polo Day event. Though polo is its raison d’être, British Polo Day is really an opportunity to party and network. Its three to five-day events happen around the world, from China to Marrakech, and every December the team lays on a series of matches and parties in Jaipur and Jodhpur. This annual Rajasthani shindig happens right in the middle of the British shooting season but feels so far from standing in a freezing, muddy field that it’s more like an escapist fantasy than a country sport. British Polo Day is run by a young team, mainly girls in their 20s, headed by Ben Vestey and founders Ed Olver and Tom Hudson. The idea was the brainchild of Ed Olver, while he was serving in the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment: ‘One day I was riding round Hyde Park with Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie and I asked, “Why isn’t the Musical Ride performed abroad?”’ remembers Ed. ‘The next thing I knew we were flying 50 horses out to Abu Dhabi. It was so moving seeing the horses appearing from the plane, ears pricked, nostrils flared to take in the new scents of the desert. At the age of 28 I found a new bubble of oxygen in my life.’ Encouraged by the success of the Musical Ride, Ed then helped his university friend, Tom Hudson, stage a Harrow-Eton polo match in Dubai. ‘Tom had laid on an Eton reunion in Dubai and I rang up HRH Prince Rashid of Jordan, who’d been at Harrow, and asked if he’d like to bring a polo team to play Eton. That became the Prince’s Cup and the first British Polo Day,’ says Ed. ‘We did it again in 2010 in Abu Dhabi and then, in 2011, I decided to leave the Army and start my own business.’ Ed believes that the horse plays a powerful role in international diplomacy. ‘You have to be gentle round horses,’ he explains. ‘Churchill said, “The outside of a horse is very good for the inside of a man,” and horses represent an international language – they’re a bridging point.’ Though the business obviously revolves around polo, the game is the bridging point for bringing the best of Britain and its values to an international stage. ‘Britain is held in such high esteem globally but we’ve lost our confidence and are reluctant to project ourselves,’ says Ed. ‘We’re strong on tradition and people like to pat us on the head as a great little country with our sweet Royal Family but don’t see us as adaptable, entrepreneurial or innovative. Yet we’re holding over 2,000 years of luxury heritage in a crucible, and my vision is to revive all those great British brands based on craftsmanship and skill.’ So far Ed has persuaded a fair number to hop on board: Harrods supplies the flower garlands daily for ladies to wear in their hair, its

British Polo Day India, from the 7–11 December. britishpoloday.com

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The Jodhpur Polo Team vs The Mundota Fort and Palace, Jaipur

logo is emblazoned on the players’ jodhpurs and a Harrods representative, dressed in the iconic green and gold livery, is on hand at matches to assist guests. Guests are ferried to and fro in Land Rovers. Hackett provides the players’ shirts. British Silverware makes the trophies. Royal Salute provides the whiskey. Goody bags for guests include scent from Floris and D R Harris. For all that, Ed is resisting turning British Polo Day into a monetised commodity. It remains an invitation-only model with a focus on quality and relationships. ‘Our business is not scalable or replicable,’ he says. ‘It’s about providing a pure, genuine, scarce human experience. Part of the joy of riding a horse is that it’s not a robot and it’s unpredictable. We’re taking ownership of that which is precious and not “roboticised”. Billionaires are interested in us because of the scarcity and unpredictability of what we’re offering. It’s the flaw that makes what we do perfect. What else do you give someone privileged who has everything?’ Certainly the kind of experiences British Polo Day offers are so opulent and rare as to make us all feel like billionaires. Between polo matches, we drink cocktails on the palace roof and listen to poetry readings at a banquet served on specially commissioned granite tables inspired by E M Forster. The historic Mehrangarh Fort is made exclusively ours and we’re entertained by a pageant of musicians, dancers and fire-eaters to entertain us as we make our way up onto the roof, where we dine high above the blue city. Later we dance in one of the fort’s courtyards under the stars. It’s the attention to detail that’s unforgettable – when we arrive at the fort, ladies are presented with a pair of embroidered slippers (in the right size) in case our heels hamper us in the cobbled courtyard or on any of the steep stone walkways up to the roof. Ed admits he once lost his temper over a small section of the fort’s wall being lit a little too brightly so that the drama of the experience was temporarily – if only very slightly – diminished. This almost maniacal attention to detail is paying off in a venture Ed’s partner Ben Vestey describes as ‘an element of risk meeting a whiff of madness’ and British Polo Day is now in partnership with 12 royal families and 110 billionaires. ‘Since I started with a laptop in my bedroom we’ve put on 40 events in 16 countries and raised over $1.8m for charity,’ says Ed. ‘Now I look around at an event and when I see Martin Sorrell listen with rapt attention to Jack Ma talking about Alibaba, and I know I can sit someone in the space business between Richard Branson and Elon Musk, I realise that my whole life has been in preparation for what I’m doing now. People who dismiss us as a bunch of rich kids just don’t get it.’ I even enjoyed the polo, though it was not a game I know much about. We watched matches between Eton and Mayo College, between the British Army and the President’s Bodyguard and between Jodhpur and Mundota Fort and Palace, Jaipur, as well as a couple of Brompton Bicycle matches. Commentary, by Lieutenant Colonel Simon Ledger, was skilful, energetic and witty. Trophies were presented by the Maharaja, splendid in a turquoise linen jacket. A painted elephant was available with its mahout for colourful selfies or rides. Royal Salute had flown a barman in from Paris to create cocktails. Even without the extraordinarily lavish attendant entertainment away from the polo field, I’d have been impressed. No wonder billionaires are making British Polo Day a regular event in their calendars. n

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ABOVE: Paddy Selfe and the British Army Team LEFT: Jade Farmiloe, David Burt and Helen Bromovsky BELOW: The RJI Capital Eton College Team and Ron Wahid at the official prize-giving ceremony

Vinod Kumar, Melissa Koh, Alex de Lisle and James McBride Sameer Lilani and the Duke of Argyll

RIGHT: His Highness The Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur and The Honorable Geraldine Harmsworth

The Jodhpur Polo Team vs The Mundota Fort and Palace, Jaipur

The Honorable Geraldine Harmsworth and Christabel Abdy Collins

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The President’s Bodyguard team, His Highness The Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur and the Hackett British Army team

Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaipur Polo team vs Hackett British Army Polo

Ed Olver, Magdalena Kruszewska and Ron Wahid

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A clay pigeon shoot on Thames Sailing Barge Will gets underway with expert guidance

MESSING ABOUT ON THE RIVER

Clay pigeon shooting from a barge on the Thames? Yes, really. JONATHAN RAY takes aim with a slight hangover

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orth Greenwich Pier is an unprepossessing spot and no mistake, lying as it does in the grim shadow of the O2 Arena and slap dab under the flight-path of London City Airport. With battered railings and clumps of weeds, a few rusting hulks moored in the sludgebrown water and nothing more than a vast concrete industrial estate on the opposite bank for a view – home to Brewster’s Waste Management Limited and Docklands Waste Recycling – it has little indeed to commend it. It might have been late summer on the

Thames, but Wind in the Willows and Three Men in a Boat it wasn’t. I was here, hungover and grumpy, to board Thames Sailing Barge Will, having booked an afternoon’s messing about on the river with Topsail Events. I’d thought we were meant to join the Will at St Katharine’s Dock and had had to dash to North Greenwich on the Jubilee Line without my planned-for coffee ’n’ croissant and leisurely squint at the morning paper. The slate-grey skies and threat of rain hardly helped my mood. I was joined by my chums Mick and Tim, both of whom,

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for no doubt equally understandable reasons, were also hungover and grumpy. We mumbled our greetings, leant on the rail and stared gloomily at the water. Moments later, the Will drifted quietly towards the pier and our collective spirits lifted. Far from being one of those brash, vulgar river cruisers that tear up and down the Thames crammed with hen and stag parties, blaring music and belching fumes, the Will was appealingly sedate, with its red-brown barge sails, its wide open deck and vast wood-lined steel hull. At 30m long and weighing in at a gross tonnage of 187, it’s the largest Thames Sailing Barge in existence, and one of the oldest too, having been built in 1925. ‘She’s a peach,’ said Tim. ‘Will’s a boy’s name,’ said Mick, ‘it should be “he”.’ ‘Nonsense,’ said Tim, something of a sea-dog having lived on the Isle of Wight, ‘All boats are “she”.’ Topsail’s MD, Mark Tower, greeted us and invited us downstairs (‘He means down below,’ hissed Tim). The wood-panelled saloon was surprisingly large and elegant, with a wood-burning stove at one end and a bar at the other, with a long dining table, laid for 20, and armchairs and coffee tables. The walls were dotted with commemorative plaques and trophies. We joined the dozen or so others already there as they tucked into tea, coffee and cakes. Mark and the crew gave us a quick safety briefing

‘There are fairly strict rules, I’m afraid. Please don’t fire at any yachts or police launches and don’t try and pepper the houses of Thamesmead. And forget planes above us, since they’re well out of range’

(‘The railing outside simply marks the point of no return and isn’t a piece of furniture, so please don’t sit on it’), and showed us how to put on our ‘in-the-unlikely-event’ life jackets. We then slipped downstream, past the Thames Barrier, housing estates, gravel pits and more industrial parks. Few craft passed us other than the occasional tug pulling barges full of rubbish. It was no rural idyll, but with the wind in our faces, the sun – finally – on our backs and the open river before us, our hangovers quickly vanished and we were happy as larks simply to be on the river. After 40 minutes, we arrived at Thamesmead and parked (‘Moored up!’ growled Tim) opposite Barking Creek, just below Woolwich Arsenal. This is where the fun started: the clay pigeon shoot. As regulations demanded, the skipper radioed Wapping Police station, told them we were in position and requested permission to start firing. ‘There are fairly strict rules, I’m afraid,’ he said. ‘Please don’t fire at any yachts or police launches and please don’t try and pepper the houses of Thamesmead. And forget the planes above us, since they’re well out of range.’ Topsail’s armourer, John Hargreaves, introduced us to our weapons, which included a Browning and a Beretta over-and-under; a pump-action shotgun; a 100-year-old side-by-side game gun and an antique naval musketoon. We blasted merrily away at the clays for some 90 minutes, before being soundly beaten in a boys vs girls competition. We had, though, an absolute hoot. As the Will turned about we got stuck into a wine tasting courtesy of Yapp Bros, hosted by the inimitable Jason Yapp himself. He did us proud with a fascinating selection, including a fine sparkling chenin blanc from the Loire and – everyone’s favourite – a delightfully peachy and apricotty Viognier from the Vignerons Ardèchois Co-operative; a steal at £10.75 a pop. We sat on deck in the by-now warming sun – wine glasses brimming – as the sights on either side became more eye-catching (there can surely be no finer view in London than that of the Old Royal Naval College ABOVE: Ready... BELOW: ... Aim, fire! at Greenwich from the river). Then it was time for a cold buffet lunch, featuring some tip-top grub supplied by Forman & Field, including London-cured smoked salmon, Mrs King’s Melton Mowbray pork pies, Northfield Farm salt beef, homemade piccalilli and a selection of English cheeses to die for. All too soon, though, it was journey’s end at Tower Bridge, which, thanks to the 30m mast towering above us, opened up especially. What a thrill to have London’s traffic buggered up just for us. We waved cheery glasses of claret in an unsteady salute to the waving tourists. It was a great day out which none of us wanted to end, so much so that we all repaired to the excellent Wine Library at Tower Hill and began serious work on the next day’s hangovers. n topsailevents.co.uk September 2016 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 87

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FLOWER POWER For years, Luciano Giubbilei avoided flowers in his garden designs but, over time, he came to love and understand their transient nature, says KIT PEEL

Luciano at his Dixter border in early autumn

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ow does a promising Italian banking career come to an early end? It begins with a love of cooking learned from a beloved grandmother. Then a vegetable patch in a Tuscan garden. Next, the positioning of a table under a fig tree; carefully placed to make the most of the views. A lawn is laid. Flowers grow in pots. There are many words of appreciation from dinner guests. And, finally, the realisation that, although banking is an easy path, it isn’t the right one. So began the journey of Luciano Giubbilei from his native Italy, via training in England, to becoming one of the world’s foremost garden designers. He was precocious, designing a large garden in The Boltons, Chelsea at the age of just 26. It was a masterpiece in

its use of space, with expansive lawns, clipped hedges, an avenue of pleached hornbeam and interplay of light and shade. It remains one of the iconic gardens of the late ’90s, bringing the formality and poetry of Italian Renaissance gardens to a modern urban setting. From this moment on, Giubbilei was in great demand, especially in London’s priciest suburbs. Increasingly Giubbilei worked with artists and craftspeople, both installing sculpture in his gardens and collaborating in the design of garden furniture. Giubbilei talks about the joy of striking up close friendships with collaborators and seeing the world differently because of them. Compared to many of his contemporaries, he came late to the Chelsea Flower Show. He won a gold medal at his first two attempts, in 2009 and 2011. The latter included a collaboration with the famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma to produce a floating bamboo pergola that echoes the shape of a flower head. There were sculptures by Peter Randall-Page, a rill reminiscent of the Mexican architect Luis Barragán. Indeed flowers, so typically absent from his garden projects, featured heavily. But even as he was receiving his second gold medal, Giubbilei was beset by doubt. The 2011 garden was a showcase of collaboration and many influences. It offered

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many possible new artistic directions for Giubbilei. Perhaps too many. He questions his use of flowers, saying that they were there to prove a point and ‘not real’. ‘I was struggling to find meaning in what I was doing,’ he recalls. In hindsight, this moment was the start of a new direction for Giubbilei. One that saw him become an apprentice gardener, a return to Chelsea to win best in show and onwards to a new phase in his career. Giubbilei has written about this journey in a new book The Art of Making Gardens. We meet in his studio at the edge of Battersea Park. It’s a bright, lofty space where Giubbilei works with his small team and jazz plays quietly. Giubbilei is a youthful mid-forties, with a lilting Italian accent. Despite being on a two-day stopover in England before returning to overseas projects, he is happy to talk expansively about his life and work. The book is introduced by the designer Paul Smith, who Giubbilei befriended in the summer of 2011. The Italian was still a little lost after Chelsea, questioning where to go next in his career. After a series of conversations, Smith suggested a path for him to take. It was time for Giiubbilei to truly learn about flowers. By way of a mutual friend, this most celebrated of garden designers began an apprenticeship at Great Dixter in East Sussex. As with all of Giubbilei’s collaborations, he was in the best company. Great Dixter, under head gardener Fergus Garrett, is world famous for its planting. Garrett gave him a non-descript plot of earth, a young gardener to work with and told him to get cracking. ‘I thought he didn’t have time for me. I took it a bit personally,’ says Giubbilei, smiling. For years, flowers had barely featured in Giubbilei’s designs. He says that his friend, the garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith, would tease him, asking him ‘what flower is this? And this?’. For a designer who has always strived for perfection, flowers represented a problem. They are fleeting, unreliable – an endlessly difficult language to learn. He often references a book of black and white photographs of the gardens of Villa Gamberaia, where he briefly worked before leaving for England. These images are of timeless clipped formality, cast in light and shade. For years they influenced Giubbilei’s work. It was this haunting world that he began to step away from as he set himself to the task of gardening with flowers. ‘Nothing squares up,’ he

ABOVE: Best In Show Chelsea 2014 for Laurent-Perrier (Steven Wooster) BELOW: Morocco garden (Steven Wooster)

writes in his book, ‘but there is a relationship with the earth.’ This close schooling in nature had a great impact on Giubbilei. He talks about a newfound patience and an acceptance of change. The fortnightly car trip from London to East Sussex gave him a chance to think about work and life, he says. He would set out at dawn, watching fields change in the seasons, from flower to mist, to frost. The garden team at Great Dixter became close friends. Giubbilei’s new understanding of flowers was revealed in his 2014 Chelsea Flower Show entry. It featured two large meadow-like beds, where the white and cream of lupins, foxgloves and verbascums sing above greens of euphorbia. Around these beds are classic Giubbilei elements: water, trees, shadow and sculpture. This garden, which won best in show, is on the front cover of his new book. It represents, Giubbilei says, the new way he thinks about making gardens. Time is on his mind. He won’t return to Chelsea, he says. He talks of an ambition to make five more significant gardens in his life, and with up to three year’s work per garden, he will choose carefully. Nature pulls at him, just as it did when he was a trainee banker in Tuscany, but more profoundly now. He is working on country house projects and a major collaboration between art and landscape in northern England. And though he doesn’t mention it, all profits from the new book will go to supporting trainee gardeners at Great Dixter. Perhaps helping other budding garden designers to follow their hearts just as he did, 25 years ago. n

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TREND MORRIS & CO Rugs, from £445. william-morris.co.uk

Into the Woods

Combine natural materials with colours from the forest floor

THIBAUT Temecula wallpaper, £63 per roll. thibautdesign.com

DAVID HUNT Antler table lamp, £315. davidhuntlighting.co.uk

NINA CAMPBELL Frog pitcher, £55. ninacampbell.com

PAINT BY CONRAN Squash emulsion, £36 for 2l. paintbyconran.co.uk

JOHNSTONS OF ELGIN Lambswool heritage double face throw, £175. johnstonscashmere.com PAOLO MOSCHINO FOR NICHOLAS HASLAM Twig trellis fabric, £134 p/m. nicholashaslam.com

CHLOE CROFT LONDON Mallard cushion, £45. chloecroftlondon.com ZOFFANY Acer wallpaper, £90 p/m. zoffany.com

BECQUEREL Art Deco book ends, £2,750. lapada.org

MARLBOROUGH TILES Pheasant tile, from £24.20 per tile. marlboroughtiles.com

BLOOMINGVILLE Stoneware vase, £44. outthereinteriors.com

HOWAT AND HUTCHINSON Bedford cowhide basket, £125. howatandhutchinson.co.uk

KNOT JUST KNOBS Hare door handle, £350. knotjustknobs.com

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It feels that as soon as the first rays of summer sun appear, it’s time to pack up the outdoor furniture again. A shepherd’s hut will eke out the season. Plankbridge’s fine Dorset-crafted examples should see you dining out through autumn. This is no peasant affair – you’ll find the Victorian huts at Daylesford, The Pig and River Cottage. Even Prince George is said to have one in The Royal Gardens at Highgrove. From £22,226. plankbridge.com

PASTE UP For her latest collection of fabric and wallcoverings for Osborne & Little, Nina Campbell delves into her travels, from palmy fronds in the Bahamas to teals and taupes plucked from the colour palette of Umbrian hillside towns. Indian influences are set to be big for the season ahead, so try the Coromandel – a floral trail of Indienne origin – or the Pavilion Garden, which depicts sari-clad women (pictured above). Fabric from £55p/m. osborneandlittle.com

CONTEMPORARY CANDLESTICKS

Asprey’s new Prism collection is just the ticket for brightening darker days, updating silhouettes from classical architecture in vivid shades. Each candlestick, bowl and vase has five mouth-blown crystal components, which are bonded with UV light, and has a mesmerising, hall of mirrors quality. From £2,000. asprey.com

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Jennifer Manners went from reporting international news to designing bespoke rugs handmade in Nepal and India. She has moved to a new boutique on Pembroke Road, W8, where you can also buy off the peg. jennifermanners.co.uk

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News and inspiration from the world of interiors

OLD THREADS Karen Beauchamp, sifted through 7,000 samples – all of which retain the details of the customer who ordered them – to design Gainsborough’s Renaissance collection. We love the reworked Medici fabric, which has been recoloured for the 21st century. From £160p/m. gainsborough.co.uk

1 SNUGGLE DOWN These good old-fashioned silk eiderdowns are made in England and have a new collaboration with Fromental. From £2,196 for silk with goose down. countinglambs.co.uk

2 SEVENTIES SNOOZE The new Harlech 08 at Savoir Beds reflects this season’s retro revival. From £17,630. savoirbeds.co.uk

3 SECRET SHEETS These washed cotton sheets feel like they’ve been yours forever. Duvet cover, from £46. secretlinenstore.com

UNDER THE HAMMER How would you like to own a Stetson worn by Churchill, a headscarf worn by Lawrence of Arabia or a pair of ear clips worn by the Duchess of Windsor? All are for sale at Christie’s Out of the Ordinary sale in South Kensington. This year is an extra special 250th anniversary edition, led by David Gainsborough Roberts, who has spent the last 40 years collecting everything, from the unusual to the downright bizarre. 14 September; christes.com

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Design Q&A LUCY ASPREY Head of Homeware Buying for William and Son Having grown up in Yorkshire, my heritage has taught me to be well grounded, honest, appreciate quality and value, and has probably made me rather outspoken too. I am very well aware of my husband’s [William Asprey] heritage and find that these Yorkshire qualities are appreciated at William and Son. British luxury goods are good quality and use the finest materials and people – I believe – have come to appreciate these values as they want goods that last. To me, luxury is something that is unique, ideally bespoke and of the highest quality. At William and Son this season, we have a new over and under sporter shotgun, a new range of games and have increased the products on offer in the homewares department, including new bed linen, decorative glass and outside dining. Currently on my wishlist is a set of coloured glass tumblers engraved with game scenes. The last thing I bought for my home was a large ‘L’ shaped sofa from Duresta, covered in a stunning wool Manuel Canovas material. I justified the purchase because all the family can sit on it and it is really cosy. I would most like to nose around Board games by William and Son Sandringham at Christmas, as

WALLPAPER Cole and Son. cole-and-son.com

I would love to see the Christmas decorations, and I am sure it has the most fantastic art and antiques. If I could buy any building in the world it would be the US Ambassador’s residence, Winfield House in Regent’s Park. I would keep an apartment for me and turn the rest into an art and gardening school. This season I will be shooting in Berkshire and Oxfordshire, sometimes with my husband and the rest with my girlfriends. I will be taking my instructor, Nigel, to keep me on the straight and narrow! As autumn arrives, I look forward to the smell of bonfires, the colour changes in the leaves and the countryside and a cosy night by the fire... But if I could be anywhere in the world right now, I would be floating on a boat in the Caribbean sun bathing. I would hope that my lasting legacy would be my family and the knowledge that I have contributed to the success of it.

LITTLE BLACK BOOK STEAL LUCY’S CONTACTS FINISHING TOUCHES Anna Jacobs. annajacobs art.com

PRESENT FOR THE HOST William and Son. williamandson.com

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BED LINEN Signoria Firenze. signoria.com

ART Macconnal-Mason. macconnal-mason.com

FABRIC Manuel Canovas. manuelcanovas.com

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FOOD&TRAVEL EAT · DRINK · ESCAPE

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The Four Seasons Sam Kinchin-Smith channels Vivaldi and finds four little Italys that are best experienced during a particular season

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FROM ABOVE: View across to Etna from Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo’s terrace; Taormina’s Teatro Greco; the exotic Isola Bella; Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea’s floating balconies

ntil the middle of the 19th century, the places that make up the modern Italian Republic were a patchwork of duchies and kingdoms, city-states and private empires, as proudly independent as sovereign nations at opposite ends of Europe. While this wasn’t unique across the continent, the influence and confidence of Italy’s regions were. This is the basis of the Stendhal syndrome that grips visitors: how, they ask themselves, can one country have so much? The point being, one country didn’t: each of the places the hyperventilating tourist has to choose between – Tuscany or Venice? The Amalfi Coast or the Ligurian Riviera? – fashioned an infrastructure of cathedrals and palaces, schools of art and culinary traditions, capable of competing with great imperial powers. The way to do justice to this phenomenon is to tiptoe back into history, and treat each of Italy’s treasures as a destination in its own right. It’s only then that you can start to think clearly about the right way to interact with places on their terms, rather than your own. No one factor is more important than the time of year you visit, so in the spirit of Vivaldi, here are four exquisite Italian experiences that are inextricably entwined with one of the quattro stagioni.

SPRING: Sicily

Sicily is too fiercely interesting for summer indolence. Spend a day in vibey Catania, every bit as charismatic as Bologna’s famous student scene. Then jump in a dodgy cab and follow the coast road to Taormina, the town with the most beautiful view in the world. All the island’s layers are here, best seen in the crystalline light of a Mediterranean spring: in the foreground the ancient Teatro Greco; behind its arches Naxos Bay, melting into the sky; and smoking in the background, Etna, like a mountain from the moon. Choose between two properties managed by one of the world’s leading hotel companies: Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea’s decadent suites, their balconies floating over the rock pools of the hotel’s private beach; or Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo’s old-school class, where you feel like the latest link in the chain that brought Cary Grant and Elizabeth Taylor to Taormina. Then realise you don’t have to: guests are encouraged to move freely between both hotels. The best things about both flourish in April and May. A short walk from Sant’Andrea is the Isola Bella, a private island bristling with exotic wildlife. The eccentric Englishwoman who lived there also created fragrant botanical gardens in the heart of Taormina, a paradise of intricate follies to explore before enjoying a seasonal supper at the exceptional restaurant on Timeo’s terrace.

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SUMMER: Lake Garda

When the heat begins to shimmer, head north, for Lombardy’s mountains and lakes. But as the celebritychasers go west, towards Como and Clooney, look east instead. Lake Garda, until recently a little tired, a little too much like a rich Russian’s idea of a good time, has a new secret weapon: Villa Eden Gardone, an audacious architectural intervention that might just be both the hottest and the coolest place in Italy to spend the summer months. Here you’ll find an avant-garde Teletubbyland of villas designed by starchitects including Richard Meier, Matteo Thun and David Chipperfield, their thrusting modernist lines reframing the louchely dramatic vista for the 21st century. Each has been built based on almost comically groovy summer specifications: at Villa Sphere Ovest a glass horseshoe encloses a space for poolside barbecuing of medieval banquet proportions, opening out onto the finest view of the lake on the western shore. Villa Eden Gardone also provides a chef who trained at the Fat Duck, a Frauscher 1017 Lido with which to explore Garda’s purifying waters, and a limousine service into Verona, where operas are staged in the city’s wondrous amphitheatre on warm summer nights.

Villa Sphere Ovest

AUTUMN: Rome

There’s a special moment of unspoken Italian synchronicity – in Rome, it’s towards the end of October – which is known as the cambio di stagione, and sees everybody in the city suddenly switch over to their winter wardrobe. This is the time to visit: as Italians start to shiver, it still feels like a balmy September by English standards; with the harvest come mushrooms and pumpkins, truffles and chestnuts, and fiery green olive oil; and there aren’t many tourists. At this time of year, it’s tempting to recall the gorgeous melancholy of Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Belleza, and tap into its rich fug of decadence and ennui.

BOOK IT Doubles at Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea from €373 B&B. Doubles at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo from €335 (belmond.com). To stay at Villa Sphere Ovest, or the Villa Eden Gardone clubhouse, visit oxfordprivate travel.com. Doubles at Rome Cavalieri from €265 (romecavalieri.com). Doubles at Hotel Gran Baita from €195 (hotelgranbaita.com). For more information visit: courmayeurmontblanc.com

View from the top of the Skyway Monte Bianco

ABOVE: View over Rome BELOW: The pool at the Rome Cavalieri

This requires a hotel like the Rome Cavalieri, a property that faces off against the grandeur and excess of the eternal city and almost wins. At the top, a restaurant with three Michelin stars; at the bottom, the grandest of spas, clad in solid marble. In between, a spectacular art collection flecked with curiosities such as Nureyev’s costumes and the King of Poland’s commode. After champagne at breakfast, an hour in the Turkish baths and a stroll through the 15 acres of private parkland, you’ll be able to hit the city’s hallowed ground running. It’s worth visiting some of the film’s locations too: nowhere is more lovely than the Parco degli Acquedotti, which thrums with a quieter antiquity than the city’s more famous sights.

WINTER: Semi-autonomous ski towns

In the manner of its ancient city-states, Italy’s ski towns have had to work hard to compete with more famous resorts in France and Switzerland. Aim for those that are located in one of the country’s semi-autonomous regions: here they have more freedom to express themselves in surprising ways. In Friuli-Venezia Giulia that means Central European vibes (you can ski into Slovenia) and a hotchpotch of provincial dialects. In South Tyrol, it’s all wood-carving, Austrian cuisine and the pink coral crevices of the Dolomites. Best of all, though, is the tiny Aosta Valley on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. From a cosy, generous hotel like the Gran Baita in Courmayeur, explore a remarkable cluster of winter treasures: Skyway Monte Bianco, a new cable car from which to gawp at the cloudline-breaking megapeaks; the best food and wine in the Italian mountains, notable for Heston Blumenthal’s Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience; and the famous Vallée Blanche into Chamonix, a 20km glacier run with a vertical descent of 2,700m that will make you start hyperventilating again. September 2016 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 101

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TRAVEL NEWS

FLORAL TRIBUTE

Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson and Franco Zeffirelli are just some of the stars that have filmed at Haddon Hall, ‘the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages’ according to Simon Jenkins. Fortified but never fought over, it’s ridiculously romantic, with the River Wye flowing beside it, open countryside beyond, and jewellike Elizabethan terraced gardens, recently ravishingly re-designed by Arne Maynard, within its protective walls. The current exhibition, Flowers, highlights the many floral representations throughout the Hall and their symbolic – political, amorous and religious – significance. Open May to November and 1–18 December; haddonhall.co.uk

TEN REASONS WHY I LOVE

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Owned by Lord Edward Manners, who lives with his young family at nearby Haddon Hall, it’s in the heart of the Peak District and the Peacock and Haddon make a perfect pair…

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… just right for romance (Haddon Hall oozes it and the Peacock is boutique chic)…

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The Hotel Wizard Fiona Duncan would rather not live a cushioned existence

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… or for the finest wild trout fishing in the country; there are beats on the Wye both at the Hall and the Peacock.

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The portraits by Lord Edward’s great grandmother Violet, Duchess of Rutland, of her social circle, and of her daughter, Lady Diana Cooper.

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The original ‘Mousey’ Thompson tables and chairs in the vibrant dining room. Look carefully: the room is alive with mice, albeit carved wooden ones.

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Dan Smith’s cooking, on a roll: delectably fresh and inventive in the restaurant…

» The iconic Blue Bar at the Berkeley, originally designed by the late David Collins, has reopened with an imaginative new cocktail menu and a subtle redesign by Collins’ protégé Robert Angell. London’s original hotel bar is looking good and set to regain its place as one of its hottest. the-berkeley.co.uk

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… or perfect pub grub in the snug, wood-panelled bar.

The 15 bedrooms: designer India Mahdavi’s jewel-like colours mixed with countrified fabrics and antiques.

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The pretty garden; stroll through the wild flowers to the riverbank.

» Just opened in Languedoc: restored 19th century Château de la Redorte is set in the middle of a family-owned vineyard bordering the Canal du Midi. Wine tasting and truffle hunting are de rigueur. Doubles from £94. chateaudelaredorte.com

And something you can feel but not see: the charming atmosphere. Doubles from £190. thepeacockatrowsley.com

Château de la Redorte

Cushions on the bed. ‘Well,’ you can hear the interior designers declaring, ‘it looks okay but something’s missing: cushions.’ So they add a couple, propped up against two pairs of plump pillows, and then they add another couple for good measure, so that, by now, there’s enough legroom for a child to stretch out, but not for you. So what’s the first thing we do when we want to lie down? Chuck the cushions on the floor. If you can’t make a room look attractive without resorting to cushions, dear designers, you shouldn’t be in the game.

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FITNESS BREAKS • SURFING • GOLFING • CYCLING WALKING • COASTEERING • EATING • CHILLING

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Two’s Company Now that the children are back at school, book in for a romantic weekend treat. Edited by Daisy Finer

MOROCCAN GLAMOUR

SELMAN, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO 1THE

Forget boho. We’re talking Jacques Garcia interiors that are polished and velvety, even a tiny bit gauche, but with a sense of theatre that draws a sophisticated set. This is an immaculately conceived bolthole with a beautiful 80m swimming pool (that’s impressively long), flanked by day beds and neat rows of palm trees. Beyond the show-stopping pool, there are ridiculously smart stables (complete with showers!), lush paddocks for the glossy Arabian horses – which, while you can’t ride them, are a sight to behold – and cavernous Henri Chenot spa. Yes, the king of Italian detoxing has an outpost here, so you can retreat to enjoy his rigorously effective treatments in the heat of the day. There’s a gym, saunas and steams, the obligatory hammam and a mini hair salon. The Moroccan restaurant is an Arabian Nights taste sensation that’s hard to resist, though you can undergo a cleansing diet if you wish. Few do. BOOK IT: Doubles from £294. selmanmarrakech.com

SPANISH RETREAT

2 CASA LA SIESTA, ANDALUCIA, SPAIN

This is a gorgeous slice of rural Spain, surrounded by crowing cockerels and patchwork green fields, but with a stretch of surf beaches and the pretty hilltop town of Vejer de la Frontera both a 15-minute drive away. Opened eight years ago by a British couple with an eye for interiors, Casa La Siesta is a seven-room bolthole (there are two more self-contained rooms in the casita next door) built from scratch. There are reclaimed tiles on the stone floors (the owner has since set up Bert & May, which sells new tiles in similar patterns from east London), white wooden ceiling beams and shutters, and lime plaster walls. Downstairs, the open-plan living dining space is made for relaxing with squashy sofas, with an honesty bar and crackling log fire, accompanied by a salsa music soundtrack. Hours vanish as you sit reading in the lavender and lemon tree-filled garden or lazing by the pool. It’s worth eating dinner here for at least one night during your stay, when chef Connie will whip up dishes such as lamb tagine or pan-fried dorada with sweet potato gratin, followed by zingy lemon tart. At night, lights are strung up in the trees and the stars shine bright against the inky night sky. BOOK IT: Doubles from €200. casalasiesta.com

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BODRUM, TURKEY 3AMANRUYA,

What a wonderful start to the day. Breakfast outside under a cobalt blue sky, with delicious Turkish eggs, homemade hot bread rolls and fresh orange juice, and the distant views of the sea that soothe and calm. Bedrooms here are typically Aman in style – which means you should expect more of a mini villa than your standard hotel room, complete with vast marble bathrooms, mini swimming pool and a dining area. The palette is muted and calm, because this is a smart, grown-up bolthole with plenty of areas to rest. But it’s the beach club that’s the real draw – situated via a long, dusty path, hidden away and private, with a smart pontoon over the ocean, a restaurant for big salad lunches followed by chocolate brownies and decked areas with giant sofas for flopping. It’s like a turbocharged Robinson Crusoe hideaway. BOOK IT: Original Travel offers seven nights, from £3,050pp, including flights and transfers. originaltravel.co.uk

TURKISH HIGH

SANTO PIETRO, TUSCANY, ITALY 4 BORGO

EXQUISITE TUSCANY

You’d be hard pressed to find a more romantic spot, partly because the story of Borgo is an affaire du coeur itself. Fifteen years ago, the owner discovered this gorgeous Tuscan estate, an hour from Florence, on his honeymoon and bought it for his wife. They have turned it into an exquisite boutique hotel, with possibly the most entrancing gardens in Italy. The attention to beauty and detail is breathtaking; rambling roses on ancient walls, fresh flower meadows, a picture-perfect organic vegetable garden, while the views of the wrap-around, unblemished Tuscan countryside are similarly staggering. Staying here is like lolling in a luxurious house party, where no conceivable comfort is overlooked. It’s all roaring fires – instantly lit in a thunderstorm in summer – antiques, crisp linens and Santa Maria Novella products. Spend the morning in the cookery school and sample fresh, fabulous pasta then retreat to the spa. The herbs used will have been picked an hour before, while all massages use the finest argan oil from Marrakech, blended with rose petals from the garden. Tracey, the spa manager, has healing hands, so if you’re not already in heaven, she will ensure you are soon completely blissed out. BOOK IT: Doubles from €495. borgosantopietro.com

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Peace and tranquility in Baden-Baden

THE WEEKENDER

Baden-Baden

Wash your cares away at this spa town in southwest Germany, says Sue Lawley

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hey live well in Baden-Baden. The air is soft, the landscape green, the food good, the music sweet and the town itself as gracious a spot as you’ll find anywhere in Europe. OK, I’m a fan. It’s one of those places where everything I like is on tap – from beautiful scenery and outdoor activity to a blend of culture and raffish entertainment. In the 19th century the great and good from all over Europe made Baden-Baden their summer home. These days the playground of the rich and famous has become a hideaway for those seeking respite from 21st-century stress.

STAY

There’s only one place: Brenners Park Hotel and Spa is the town’s grande dame and, for my money, one of the best hotels in the world. It stands in its own grounds on the banks of the little River Oos that scurries through the middle of Baden-Baden like a mischievous child. Faultless service, elegant rooms, a terrific spa, gym and pool as well as two top-class restaurants combine to make it a place that’s very hard to leave. It isn’t cheap but it’s that rare thing – a luxury hotel imbued with a sense of effortless informality. You are at home. Nothing is too much trouble. 106 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | September 2016

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ESCAPE

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL... ABOVE: The glorious Black Forest BELOW: The Rose Garden, a stop on the LIchtentaler Allee

Medici is one of the town’s great restaurants

EAT

Brenners’ Winter Garden is a conservatory overlooking the gardens and river, or dine in its Park Restaurant, which has two Michelin stars. Both serve delicious food. Early summer is the asparagus season (‘spargelzeit’), when it’s hard to resist either the green or white variety with every meal. The town has other good restaurants too. Try Rive Gauche and Medici.

Go to the Festspielhaus (Festival Theatre). This is Germany’s biggest concert hall, built in 1998 behind the façade of the old railway station. Seating 2,500 people, it offers top quality events, from popular and classical music concerts to opera, ballet and rock. In the early summer, I saw Nigel Kennedy playing Jimi Hendrix. The Berlin Philharmonic is in residence every Easter. festspielhaus.de/en

WHATEVER YOU DO…

Rose Garden en route, built at the beginning of the 20th century by a local coffee magnate in honour of his wife, where the scent of more than 400 types of rose embrace you. Take yourself off to Baden-Baden’s golf course – so pretty it’s worth seeing even if you hate golf – where you can also enjoy delicious cooking on the clubhouse’s charming terrace. Last time I was there, I had semolina dumplings and wild mushrooms for lunch, washed down with a half pint of weissbier. It didn’t do the golf much good – but it was delicious! This part of Germany is also famous for its wine (it’s the country’s warmest wine-growing area) so visit local vineyards. If you’re a red wine lover, like me, be sure to sample the local pinot noir (called spätburgunder).

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Brenners Park Restaurant

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The Black Forest, the huge stretch of mountainous woodland, provides the backdrop to the town and stretches nearly a hundred miles to its south. You can tour enchanting villages by car or take a hike along its well-signposted trails. Or stroll along the elegant Lichtentaler Allee, a footpath that leads out of the centre of town to a monastery in the next village. The river accompanies you all the way. Stop at the

Take a gamble: The Kurhaus – a richly decorated, ‘Belle Epoque’ building – houses the town’s casino. Dostoevsky was inspired to write The Gambler after a night at the tables here. Roulette, blackjack or poker – enjoy the flutter of your choice in plush surroundings (kurhauscasino.de). If you prefer losing your money on the horses, there are big meetings at the local Iffezheim Racecourse. The season starts in May; there’s a Grand Festival in August and another meeting in October (baden-racing.com).

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Have a bath i.e. take the waters. Baden-Baden is a spa town and its thermal springs are world famous for curing everything from heart disease to rheumatism. The waters rise from 6,500 feet below ground, entering the town’s two baths, the Friedrichsbad and the Caracalla, at temperatures between 50 and 68°C. At the Friedrichsbad, you have to strip naked; at the Caracalla, you can keep your knickers on. Mark Twain said: ‘I left my rheumatism in Baden-Baden and Baden-Baden is welcome to it.’ You don’t have to strip off at the Caracalla

BOOK IT: Double rooms at Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, from €320 per night (brenners.com). Ryanair flies direct from Stansted, from £72 return. Or drive through the channel tunnel (eight hours from London door to door) but stop halfway at Épernay, the home of champagne: the perfect place to pause, sip and contemplate the pleasures that lie ahead (eurotunnel.com). September 2016 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 107

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POLPO PARTITO Russell Norman’s Beak Street restaurant, Polpo, was born out of his love of Venetian food culture, and has since become a nationwide empire. Join him for cicchetti, spritz and pasta at The Lucky Onion’s No.38 The Park, in Cheltenham, for an intimate Venetian-style supper. Think simple food – good ingredients cooked with love and free-flowing vino. Book a room to make the most of the party. 22 Sept. From £60. theluckyonion.com

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TWO GRUMPY CHEFS

How many caterers can boast two Michelin stars and 60 years of joint knowledge? John Burton-Race and Chris Sherville can offer just that, promising to throw parties ‘from the intimate to the outrageous’ in London and the West Country. This is England’s answer to Gennaro Contaldo and Antonio Carluccio, where food is seasonal, classically inspired and as colourful as the two chefs behind the stove. twogrumpychefs.com

Gastro Gossip Goliath gin and cicchetti in Cheltenham CORNISH COCKTAILS Noël Coward was wrong when he claimed that ‘a perfect martini should be made by filling a glass with gin, then waving it in the general direction of Italy’. We salute ours towards Cornwall – Knightor, near St Austell, to be precise. The award-winning winery has a relatively hands-off approach to winemaking that it has extended to its white vermouth, a blend of 24 herbs and spices (many picked locally). It bursts with citrus, mint and fresh sage, making it great chilled by itself or mixed with the usual suspects. From £14.95. knightor.com

GASTRO GLASTO

September is all about the food festival. Start off with the Ludlow Food Festival (9–11 Sept; foodfestival. co.uk), with Abergavenny the week after (17–18 Sept; abergavennyfoodfestival. com). The big question though is do you do Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival (aldeburghfoodanddrink. co.uk) or the Great Cornish Food Festival (greatcornishfood.co.uk) on 24 September? Well, there’s cider and seafood at both, but would you rather see Angela Hartnett in Suffolk or April Bloomfield in Truro?

1 EAT Sophie Conran has teamed up with Forman & Field to create the ultimate British hamper for two. Perfect for shooting elevenses. £125. sophieconran.com

2 READ Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s righthand man, Gill Meller, has penned his first breakout book, Gather. Published 22 September. £25. quadrille.co.uk

3 DRINK Foxdenton’s ‘Goliath’ gallon bottle of sloe gin – for times when a hip flask won’t quite cut the mustard. £175. foxdentonestate.co.uk

4 BUY

FEAST NOT FAMINE Spend the day huntin’, fishin’ or foragin’ at Huntsham Court, in Devon, and return to the Victorian Gothic manor for your catch to be transformed into a banquet. The FEAST Project – Finding Excellence Around a Shared Table – is a collective of chefs, farms and fisheries that seeks to reconnect people with their food sources. thefeastproject.co.uk

Need a present for the host? A monogrammed decanter from Dartington Crystal will guarantee a return invite this season. From £110. dartington.co.uk

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RECIPE

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Deer Departed Try cooking your catch the Polish way, says Zuza Zak

ZUZA ZAK AUTHOR OF POLSKA: NEW POLISH COOKING Polish food is quite seasonal, so it may be different things at different times of the year, yet there are a few ingredients that transcend the seasons and are used often: various different ‘kasza’ or grains; beetroot; herring; rapeseed oil; and pickles such as sauerkraut and gherkins.

INGREDIENTS SERVES TWO » 35g unsalted butter » Two 150g venison steaks » 290g tin of pitted prunes, quartered » 250ml red wine » 25g plain flour » Salt and white pepper » Ground black pepper

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VENISON STEAK WITH PRUNE SAUCE Venison steaks, prepared in this elegant, antiquated manner, are deeply evocative of old Poland. Those refined olden days at the beginning of the last century: an airy, white dworek (small Polish manor house), a table decorated with wild flowers, white fabrics billowing in the warm breeze... This rather romantic dish is incredibly simple to prepare. In the colder months, I would suggest serving it with a side of simple mashed potato and beetroot purée, in the warmer months: local asparagus and new potatoes with dill would make an excellent accompaniment.

DIRECTIONS

Melt a knob of the butter in a frying pan over a medium to high heat. Season the steaks with salt and black pepper. Add the venison steaks and fry for about three minutes on each side. Remove from the pan, cover and leave to rest for ten to 12 minutes while you make the sauce. Add the remaining butter to the same pan that you cooked the venison in (you want to make use of the venison juices, which will give your sauce extra depth of flavour). Add the prunes and fry while stirring for a couple of minutes. Add the wine and bring to the boil, then immediately reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Add the flour while stirring to thicken the sauce. Cook for about seven to eight minutes, until the sauce has reduced. Season the sauce with salt and white pepper, then pour over the venison and serve with mashed potato. Polska: New Polish Cooking by Zuza Zak, £25 (Quadrille)

In the autumn, you should try my favourite dumplings – knedle are potato dumplings stuffed with plums and fried in breadcrumbs. Delicious. I would also encourage you to try either fried oregano carp or some unusual freshwater fish. I would like to see us eating a wider variety of fish in the UK. You could eat it with sorrel sauce. I am looking forward to using apples, pumpkins and plums this season. The pumpkin breakfast soup my mum always used to make for me as a child and my Babcia Halinka’s Szarlotka Apple cake with meringue are both firm favourites. One of my strongest childhood memories is of making dumplings with my Babcia (granny) Halinka in her tiny kitchen. My Babcia Ziuta was a cook, so I was always ‘helping’ her. A very early memory was watching the way she cooked buckwheat groats, wrapping them up like a baby and putting them into bed, to steam. I like to use venison in bigos – the traditional hunters’ stew that takes three days to make. You could also stuff dumplings with them, pierogi for example, which are the most versatile dumplings. My favourite restaurant in London is St John Bread and Wine in Spitalfields for its use of ingredients and light, informal atmosphere. For Polish food, I like Baltic in Southwark. I will never forget one summer’s day a few years back, when my darling grannies were still alive and my mum and I went with them to pick sorrel in a nearby field. I sat on an ants’ nest. When we got home my grandmas sorted through the sorrel and we made cold soup: a sorrel chłodnik.

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Haws and sloes

Nature’s Bounty Have you ever picked blackberries on a country walk? Our hedgerows are full of good things to eat, but you need to know what you’re looking for, explains John Wright

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CHICKEN OF THE WOODS

Wild flower meadow

This spectacular fungus of mature hedgerow oaks is typically a species of late summer or September. A big one can easily weigh-in at ten kilos, forming a stack of brilliant yellow brackets a metre high. It is a great pity to remove the entire thing, so I just slice off a little of the tender new growth at the edge.

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edgerows are full of life. An obvious statement perhaps, but just how full they are is seldom realised. A 70-yard length of ancient hedge may contain 15 species of tree, six other woody plants, a hundred herbaceous plants, dozens of lichens, mosses and liverworts, a couple of hundred fungi, many mammals and birds and easily 2,000 insects, spiders and molluscs. These are all fascinating organisms and the interactions between them tell countless stories. But hedges provide us with more than narrative, they provide food. Historically this was an important resource as agriculture supplied little more than corn and a small amount of meat and dairy. These days this aspect of hedgerows can hardly be called essential, but rather a way of acknowledging our hunter-gatherer nature. And at least it gets you out of the house...

Unlike in supermarkets, hedgerow supplies are unrelentingly seasonal. There is no equivalent of Brussels sprouts in July in the wild. Spring provides green leaves, summer the flowers and early fruits and autumn the nuts, berries and mushrooms.

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Chicken of the Woods is basically tofu, but with flavour. In fact it has a slightly fibrous quality and it is in this way that it is similar to chicken. Stir-fry, served with a cream sauce, in a risotto, in a pie – it is extremely versatile.

HAWTHORN

This already common tree was planted by the millions during the social and agricultural revolution that was the Inclosure period, where land was taken out of common ownership and parcelled up into hedged fields. The fruit of the hawthorn, the haw, is a disappointment. Small, tasteless and mostly pip, it is a challenge to any cook. However, it will make an excellent fruit leather. Stew a kilo each of haws and crab apples with a small amount of water. Mash then gently and push through a sieve into another pan. Add sugar, simmer and reduce for ten minutes then spread thinly on baking parchment. Place in a very low oven (55˚C) and leave for several hours until dry.

A Devonshire hedge with wildlife corridor

BLACKTHORN

Blackthorn is a standard hedgerow tree, famous for producing sloes. They are inedibly tart but make the most famous of all hedgerow drinks, sloe gin. I don’t bother with pricking them or waiting until a frost. Fill a Kilner jar one third to a half full of ripe sloes, sprinkle on caster sugar to half way up the sloes, cover with gin. Leave for six months to get the amaretto flavour from the pip in the middle of each sloe.

Chicken of the Woods is like tofu with taste

Hazel catkins

HAZEL

Hawthorn and Blackthorn hedge

The third most common hedgerow tree, the hazel is seldom planted to form a hedge – it is just there. Hedgerow hazels are found mostly in the south-west, where they can dominate. Hazelnuts are an unreliable crop and even when they can be found (roadside hazels are stripped of their nuts in cutting regimes), are hard work to collect. But as an occasional find, they are great fun. If you do collect a whole basketful, I suggest blitzing them in skimmed milk in a blender and passing the result through muslin to give a superb hazelnut milk.

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CRAB APPLE

Most roadside apple trees are the result of discarded apple cores and thus not true crab apples – which is another species. Some internal farm hedges, however, do have genuine crab apples and the smaller of them make a wonderful liqueur. Wash the apples and pack them into a large Kilner jar. Add sugar to taste and top up with vodka. Place some scrunched-up foil on the top to keep the apples submerged. Leave for a year (!) before decanting. It is well worth popping the leftover apples in a juicer as the juice is now sweet and decidedly alcoholic. n Crab apples make a great liqueur

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BECAUSE THERE’S MORE TO LIFE THAN A PINT OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS

Fork & Field Two restaurants that heed the call of the wild. By Anastasia Bernhardt

COUNTRY

Orwells, Shiplake, Oxfordshire

TOWN

Mac and Wild, W1

Whoever said that huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’ was for old men in dusty breeks can’t have met Andy Waugh. Young, enthusiastic and cooking up some of the best game in town (without bread sauce or a game chip in sight), this Scot has played a huge part in turning cuts that can appear elitist and fusty into something altogether more playful. Inside is a kitsch mix of tree trunk tables, hunting lodge memorabilia and barn beamed ceilings, where you can tuck into deep-fried haggis pops with a dram of Highland Park, or venison tartare with kohlrabi. Best of all is its juicy Veni-moo burger, voted UK and London’s best burger this year for its rich slathering of béarnaise. While the cooking is new, the farming is age old, with all their venison and game supplied from the wild by his family in Ardgay, and the whisky selection lengthy, accessible and most definitively Scottish. Dinner for two with whisky flight, around £90. macandwild.com

Our enjoyment of food is intrinsically tied to its story: where is the produce from, who grew it, do the chefs have fire in their bellies or are they out to make a quick buck? So it is testament to chefs Ryan Simpson and Liam Trotman’s ethics that the beetroot is all the earthier, radishes all the more peppery and the tomatoes all the sunnier at Orwells. It tastes good to know that 75 per cent of its produce is grown on a plot of land next to the Thames by chef Liam, that the just-seared muntjac came from five miles away, and that the buttery Mill Lane sponge is soaked in honey fresh from their hives. It comes as no surprise that they have been awarded the three-star gold sustainability rating with the SRA. Add to that the charming coach-inn setting and delightful garden, and this once naff pub has been transformed into a hub of genuine culinary inventiveness. Three-course lunch menu, £25. orwellsatshiplake.co.uk

THIS MONTH I’M EATING...

Sunaina Sethi

1 Down the local wine shop. Pick the wine and flowers, Humble Grape will do the rest (humblegrape.co.uk). 2 Wood pigeon kebabs at Native in Covent Garden, run by two university friends with a nose to tail, root to stem ethos (eatnative.co.uk). 3 Letting Sunaina Sethi teach me a thing or two about pairing wine with curry at a special game edition of Trishna’s Not Your Average Curry Night on 11 October. (trishnalondon.com).

MARKSMAN, E2 Two veteran St John chefs, Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram, have coaxed a classic Hackney boozer into a restaurant without it feeling like another tired gastro pub, i.e. you can still just visit for a proper pint. Food is gutsy: short ribs with pickled walnuts, beef and barley buns with lashings of horseradish cream, or Arbroath smokies. marksmanpublichouse.com

THE DOG & BADGER, MEDMENHAM, BUCKS Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? The Dog and Badger might date back to 1390, but an all new team marks a new lease of life. Chef Sam Walton brings a blend of British and European classics to the table from his training at Leiths and Bibendum. Go for the ‘Rebellious’ fish ‘n’ chips made with Marlow-brewed Rebellion beer, often with live music. thedogandbadger.com

THE WOODFORD, E18 Just off the North Circular is one of London’s best new restaurants. And no, I haven’t lost it. Pierre Koffmann’s protégé, Ben Murphy, opened his first restaurant to critical acclaim aged just 25, winning best restaurant in the Evening Standard’s London Restaurant Awards this year. Once a nightclub, now you go for confit squab pigeon and manager Will Yarney’s witty banter. Well worth the trip down the Central line. thewoodford-e18.com

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ON THE MOVE PROPERTY

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH Wishing Park Estate, Bourdon, Surrey/Hampshire border £2.25M FOR THE LAND Dubbed the ‘country house of the future’, the Wishing Park Estate has been granted planning permission under Paragraph 55 and has been described as ‘architecturally outstanding’. Only six properties per year tend to be awarded planning under paragraph 55. The purchaser will buy a prime plot of land in the Hampshire commuter belt and have the opportunity to build a highly sustainable home from the ground up, with six en suite bedrooms, including a large master suite with a private garden. Surrounded by 40 acres of land and fishing lakes, there is a further block of 30 acres with additional woodland and pasture also available. This would be particularly suited to an equestrian facility (subject to planning). The single storey property has been designed to maximise the position of the sun at any given time making use of solar gain from the west in high summer and also avoiding shadowing of the swimming pool terrace in the late afternoon and evening. It was designed by ARCH Angels Architects, who are famous for their eco-friendly and sustainable designs. It took a team of 17 people six years to get planning on the site, which just goes to show the level of detail and uniqueness of the architecture. It has a living roof and recycled materials feature throughout. Light has been a major factor, with an abundance of southern and westerly windows and ‘sun pipes’. There are photovoltaic panels and a pellet boiler that can be fuelled by coppice from the estate, along with a private water supply. Waste/foul water will be naturally treated using a reed bed system, and there will be a 10,000 litre underground water storage tank for irrigating the grounds. This would be the dream home for a family looking for serenity and seclusion with an eye for the unusual. It would suit a creative and eco-conscious purchaser who wanted to create a modern country house legacy. Humberts; 01285 706013

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New Horizons

Despite the political turmoil that engulfs us, high spec new builds are being erected faster than you can say who’s the next Labour leader

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hen it comes to new homes, there has been no shortage of innovation, style or sophistication so far this year – even if 2016 has seen a particularly tough market. That toughness has come, of course, from the EU Referendum. There was uncertainty before the vote, and weeks of financial and political uncertainty after Britain went for Brexit, as well as dissent about higher stamp duty for investment properties. Even so, developers did not flinch from producing new homes, and now, this autumn, there is optimism that the market in London and the home counties will return to its best as confidence returns. Research by buying agency Property Vision and the consultancy Dataloft shows that, as of early summer, there were some 19,000 new homes being built in 30 inner London postcodes – with a pipeline of 54,000, if you include those awaiting planning consent. There is plenty of choice for purchasers, ranging from one-offs to vast residential quarters such as Nine Elms, where there are around 12,000 new homes proposed, and Earls Court, where some 6,000 apartments are planned. Many of these will be good quality homes for the mainstream owner-occupier and buy-tolet investment markets. But a few thousand of them will be truly exceptional, featuring unique designs, customised features, the highest quality materials sought from around the world – and premium prices to match. Here are ten of the best on the market for the first time this year, in prime London and the home counties, proving that ‘new’ definitely does not mean bland, boring or bloated.

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1 HAMMERSMITH

Located next to the iconic bridge, each of the three-bedroom penthouses in the Queen’s Wharf development offers uninterrupted riverside views from a private terrace. The more modest studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments will give their residents access to a cinema, café and restaurant – plus luxurious living. From £715,000 to £7.25m; queenswharf.co.uk

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2 ASCOT

Who says all new homes look the same? Here are three sparkling new mansions in a private enclave, each individually designed, surrounded by woodlands and gardens and approached via a private gated road. They have from 7,100 to 7,700 sq/ft of internal space. There are six bedrooms, plus secondary accommodation for staff. Each property sits on a plot of around half an acre and was created by Montrose Developments. From £2.99m to £3.35m; knightfrank.com

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3 HAMPSTEAD

These new homes don’t have just any old address, but are on The Bishop’s Avenue, dubbed Billionaires’ Row by tabloids and estate agents alike. Buxmead is a scheme of 20 new homes, ranging from 3,100 to 7,000 sq/ft. And how’s this for cool? The six duplexes, three penthouses and 11 flats give off a bespoke scent created by skincare guru Alexandra Soveral. For the green-fingered, the scheme is set within 2.5 acres of landscaped gardens. From £6.9m to £17m; savills.com; glentree.co.uk

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4 CITY OF LONDON

The Penthouse at Goodman’s Fields is a three-bedroom, 3,800 sq/ft triplex with dining and lounge areas, plus a sensational unique feature – a 19th-floor roof terrace. Aside from views over the City to Canary Wharf, you can gaze across two acres of landscaped parks and gardens. Want a night in? Then enjoy underfloor heating and comfort cooling, or use the scheme’s state-of-the-art gym. £5m; knightfrank.com; jll.com

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5 WEYBRIDGE

One of the South East’s most popular commuter locations, Weybridge now has the appropriately named Weybridge House – a collection of luxury apartments and town houses on the town’s fashionable Queens Road. This house has five bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and sits at the front of the scheme, which also includes 17 bedrooms. This is sophisticated stuff – quartz work surfaces, integrated white furniture, LED lighting and networked audiovisual. £1.5m; astonmead.land

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6 BATTERSEA

The area is on the rise – not least because a one-time bakery has been transformed into seven new apartments, four mews houses and a penthouse. Tucked away discreetly behind Battersea Library in a cobbled mews, the properties include original features like glazed brickwork, wrought iron columns and timber sleeper beams, seamlessly integrated with contemporary steel and glass walls, polished concrete and limed oak floors. From £625,000 to £2.325m; savills.com

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8 KENSINGTON

OK – it doesn’t look brand new from the outside. But that’s because niche developer Northacre has turned two period townhouses into eight exceptional homes. Modern interiors are matched with renovated period flourishes like oak flooring, ceiling cornices and marble fireplaces. From £850,000 to £5.25m; struttandparker.com

Landmark Place has 165 studios, flats and penthouses bounded by three landmarks, which symbolise London – the Thames, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. There are two interconnected buildings allowing wide vistas – especially from the recessed balconies or through the glass walls. From £750,000 to £10m; knightfrank.com; savills.com

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9 SUNNINGDALE

This looks a little like the White House, don’t you think? Well, The Ridge – a development of ten mansion-style two and three-bedroom apartments from developer, Halebourne Group – is certainly presidential in style. There are large entertainment areas and lifts, plus two parking spaces per apartment. From £2m to £2.95m; savills.com

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10 EAST MOLESEY

These new semi-detached family homes from Newcourt Residential are on a prime road. Each comprises four bedrooms, three bathrooms and spacious living areas, and is influenced by Victorian architecture. What’s more, they are within walking distance of Hampton Court. Each is £1.645m; knightfrank.com

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Falmouth Bay in Cornwall (£2.75m; knightfrank.com). Although modernised for 21st-century living, it more than betrays its delightful 1930s heritage – the gleaming white exterior with handsome timber panels leading inside to large rooms with vast windows looking out to sea. In London there is a large six-bedroom apartment now on sale at Berkeley Court on Marylebone Road (£3.75m; astonchase.com), which oozes Art Deco style. Devotees particularly love the ironwork for the balconies overlooking the internal courtyard, and the spectacular glass panels on top Machan in Cornwall of the communal entrance area. oozes the Art Deco aesthetic So influential, indeed, has Art Deco become that some modern architects make no apology for trying to recreate the simple but distinctive hallmarks of that era. At Frinton-on-Sea, in Essex, there is a house named Solaris, which was designed in 2014 by Despite being unpopular in the Thirties, these its current sellers and is an homage to Art Deco modernist buildings are enjoying a comeback (£1.45m; savills.com). It occupies arguably the best position on the seafront and enjoys breathtaking views. Externally there are gleaming white curved rendered hey’re as rare as hen’s teeth but hugely popular. elevations, wide curved aluminium windows and a terrace on Today they are regarded as stylistically beautiful the ground floor, plus two balconies on the first floor. but were thought of by some as boringly minimalist This masterpiece of new-aswhen first created. They embody modernist old design is proudly modelled design yet, in Britain, are most common in... well, on the Art Deco houses from conservative Surrey. ‘They’, of course, are Art Deco the never-completed Frinton houses from the 1930s. Park Estate. This was a 200Those curved white lines outside, so often acre site, which – back in reminiscent of a ship, typically give way to 1934 – was earmarked for clean straight lines inside. Glass, mirror, a small town to consist solely chrome and concrete create square, rectangle of a thousand Art Deco homes. and hexagonal interiors, dominated by large However, the public shunned open-plan room layouts. these concrete homes, so the Art Deco properties embraced technology bursting Gleaming spaces and straight idea was dropped and very few on the scene – lifts or even escalators, kitchens with lines at Berkeley Court were built. large workspaces and integral garages for the soon-toIronically, in recent be ubiquitous car. years, some of the Some private apartment blocks in London embody surviving properties these features: think of Poirot’s apartment in the longhave come to the running TV series – an Art Deco block in Charterhouse market with price tags Square was renamed Whitehaven Mansions and approaching £1m – became the detective’s home for many series. But the a sign, perhaps, that most sought-after examples are the private houses today’s public may love designed in the same spirit. Art Deco homes rather Very few are on sale at any one time but one fine more than they did in example, available now, is Machan, an imposing the movement’s creative example with a commanding waterfront position Solaris is a new build designed in Art Deco style heyday of the 1930s. near the Helford River with far reaching views across

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GOING FOR A SONG

Céline Dion is in the midst of a European tour right now – the first since the death of her husband earlier this year – but in Florida there is a chance for fans to buy the home where she and her family lived before moving permanently to Las Vegas. The property in the resort of Jupiter has almost 5,000 sq/ft of space, including nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms (you always need a spare one or two) and personal touches, like hand-painted sinks and custom-made marble floors. Your heart will go on with this property... £6.96m. wfpcc.com

Céline Dion’s former Florida home is up for grabs

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Here’s a thought to make the end of summer appear less depressing – how about a luxury holiday pad Sharing the cost in Cornwall, near where in Cornwall with a Gordon Ramsay is building a home smaller-than-expected stamp duty bill? Atlantic House, an early 20th-century building at Polzeath (close to where super-chef Gordon Ramsay is building a house) is being transformed into nine top-notch apartments and a boutique hotel. The homes are being sold in fractions, so buyers have five weeks use annually, spread across the year. The cost for the ‘fraction’ of each apartment is from £115,000, meaning buyers avoid stamp duty other than a three per cent ‘second home’ surcharge. Interested? theatlantichouse.co.uk

House prices may be a standard dinner party talking point but perhaps we have a little too much wine before the conversation – especially if we live in apartments. The comparison website uSwitch, now part of Zoopla, says owners of flats are prone to over-estimate their value. The reason? uSwitch says flat-owners assume all homes appreciate in value at about the same amount but, over the past decade, semis, terraced and detached houses have shot up an average of 21 per cent yet flats by only 15 per cent. ‘Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security about the value of your home,’ warns the website.

KEEPING CLOSE TO HOME When it comes to moving, we Britons are, well, hardly adventurous. A survey of no fewer than 26,000 house sellers shows around seven in ten move to a home no more than 20 miles away. And those in the North East, South West and East Anglia are even more cautious – over 90 per cent move within a 20-mile radius. The survey, by the appropriately named My Home Move conveyancing firm, says that those leaving the Midlands and London buy furthest away. September 2016 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 119

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ELIZABETHAN ESTATE Fancy owning a home with its own Wikipedia page? How about Brereton Hall, one of the first red brick Elizabethan manor houses to be built in Cheshire. You’ll find a portrait of its first owner, Sir William Brereton hanging at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and some interesting legends about a muzzled bear on the internet. It has 12 bedrooms, ten bathrooms, so you’ll need to hire staff, who can stay in the extensive domestic offices, and there is a surprise to be found in every room. If 23 acres aren’t enough, there is a further plot of 92 acres also available. Brereton Hall, Brereton, Cheshire, £4.95m, Jackson-Stops & Staff, 01625 540340

Up until the late 1960s, Hillside Farm was a working farm that was first built in the Tudor period, with 17th and 18th century additions. At different points in its history, it has been a monastery, hotel and workers’ refuge after the bombing of Birmingham in WWII, but today it makes a homely eight-bed family house that has kept its character. There is planning permission to extend by 1,500sq/ft, and it has eight acres to roam and the Malvern Hills on the doorstep. Hillside Farm, Shelsey Beauchamp, Worcestershire, £1.625m, Andrew Grant, 01905 734735; Savills, 01952 239500

Country Our pick of the best country houses on the market this month

IVORY TOWER Play King of the Castle in a 70ft water tower with 360-degree views of Derbyshire, Cheshire, Lancashire and North Wales. Lymm Water Tower has won numerous architectural plaudits, including the RIBA award. It has five bedrooms, a gym, sauna and cinema, and is the perfect example of how contemporary architecture can enhance a listed building. Want to find out more? It featured in Channel Four’s Grand Designs, so try catch up on 4OD. Lymm Water Tower, Cheshire, £2.5m, Strutt & Parker, 01244 354880

HIGHLAND FLING

Built in 1883, this arts and crafts home has kept much of its original detailing, while its more Victorian layout has been adapted to 21st-century living. The steep eaves give the interiors real architectural interest on the top floor, and the first floor veranda, topped with turrets, is just the spot to admire views of the Beauly Firth, where dolphins play. While it’s just five miles from Inverness, the wild highland moors are close to hand. Kessock House, North Kessock, Inverness, £1.175m, Rettie, 0131 624 9087; Savills, 0131 247 3738

WORKING FARM

Here’s the opportunity for a real change of lifestyle. Wilsford Manor Farm is a working farm, with 568 acres of arable land and 126 acres of pasture that can be bought in separate lots. If you don’t think you’re up to the task, the six-bedroom Georgian farmhouse is available with 13 acres for £2.3m, which includes the traditional buildings, paddocks and stunning partly walled formal gardens, as well as sporting rights. Wilsford Manor, Pewsey, Wiltshire, entire farm for £9.5m, Humberts, 01672 519111

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HOT PROPERTY

LONG LEASE

This two-bed ground floor apartment has access to not one but two of London’s best garden squares, plus a south-facing drawing room to soak in the view. If you’d rather not share, there’s a private terrace and a bathroom per bedroom. Storage won’t be a problem, as there is a specific storage area in the basement of the building, and while it might be on a leasehold, you won’t have to worry about it until 2125… Onslow Square SW7, £2.75m, Knight Frank, 020 3811 2021

BROMPTONS BLING Just when you thought London rental prices couldn’t get any higher, Harrods Estates is to let the city’s largest lateral apartment for a record price of £25,000 a week. What does your average annual salary get you for one week? A 7,763sq/ft eight-bed flat in the Bromptons, with a bespoke shoe rack for 500 pairs in the master bedroom and 24-carat lined ceiling... Rose Square SW3, £25,000 p/w, Harrods Estates, 020 7225 6700

Town Our pick of the best town houses on the market this month

UPMARKET BACHELOR PAD

Before Victorian starchitect James Trant Smith got his hands on it, Mount Street was mostly known for being a shortcut to public hangings at Tyburn. A one-bedroom apartment in one of his distinctive red-brick and terracotta buildings has come onto the market. Directly on the doorstep are Scott’s, Christian Louboutin and The Connaught. Mount Street W1, £2.25m, Rokstone, 020 7580 2030

ONE OF A KIND

FULHAM FAMILY HOME Just moments from Putney Bridge tube, this five-bed house would suit a busy family that needs quick access into central London. And it’s the family space that really makes it, especially the skylight-lit kitchen/ breakfast room. The basement media room is ripe for a teenage den, while parents will love entertaining in the smart front room, which naturally lends itself to being split into an open plan sitting room cum dining room. Hurlingham Road SW6, £2.275m, Douglas and Gordon, 020 3553 3144

As the trend leading away from cookie-cutter new builds shows no signs of abating, CIT has released a new collection of apartments in South Bank Tower that have been styled by four different design practices. Plump for 1508 London’s apartment for playful interiors with a rich palette; Goddard Littlerfair’s for a scheme that has been inspired by the world’s best hotels; Studio Ashby’s for a design that responds to its environment; or Rachel Winham for classically chic interiors. South Bank Tower SE1, from £2.75m, 020 3267 1048, southbanktower.com

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Surrey, Peaslake

An impressive barn conversion with breathtaking uninterrupted views. Gomshall 1.6 miles (Waterloo 60 mins) | Guilford 8 miles (Waterloo 37 mins) | A3 7.5 miles

Guide Price ÂŁ2,300,000

About 5,658 sq ft Drawing room/dining room | Kitchen/breakfast/ family room | Study | Gallery | 5 Double bedrooms (all ensuite) | Office | Garage | Courtyard | Gardens EPC rating C

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Greater London, Orpington

A private sanctuary tucked away amidst the London green belt. Orpington Station 2 miles | London Biggin Hill Airport 4 miles | M25 (Jct. 4) 5 miles | Central London 15.5 miles

About 111 acres Lakesview – 4 Reception rooms and 5 ensuite bedrooms | Secondary 6-bedroom house Beautiful gardens and grounds | 3 Lakes Swimming pool | Tennis court | Garaging with 1-bedroom flat | Stables | Grass paddocks Private golf course

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Walham Grove, Fulham SW6

A very well presented five bedroom family house (with off street parking) situated on this attractive tree lined street.

ÂŁ2,750,000 Freehold

2,411 sq ft (224 sq m) Drawing room | Reception room | Kitchen/dining room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Four further bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower room | Utility room | Cloakroom | Garden | EPC rating D

Fulham 020 3813 9437 fulham@struttandparker.com

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Astell Street, Chelsea SW3

An exceptional four bedroom, low-built family house, set behind a front garden with a secure garage accessed from the rear of the property.

ÂŁ5,400,000 Freehold

2,379 sq ft (221 sq m) Entrance hall | Reception room | Kitchen/reception room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Second bedroom with en suite shower room | Third bedroom with en suite shower room | Fourth bedroom with en suite bathroom | Two terraces | Front garden | Separate entrance | Garage | EPC rating D

Chelsea 020 3813 9392 chelsea@struttandparker.com

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Grosvenor Crescent Mews, Belgravia SW1

A low built family mews house with outside space in an enviable position within a highly regarded and secure Belgravia mews.

ÂŁ5,950,000 Freehold

2,304 sq ft (214 sq m) Entrance hall | Reception room | Dining area | Kitchen | Master bedroom suite with dressing room | Four further bedroom suites | Family room/gym | Utility room/garage | Guest WC | Roof terrace | Mews parking | EPC rating C

Knightsbridge 020 3813 9325 knightsbridge@struttandparker.com

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Powis Mews, Notting Hill W11

A unique freehold property combining residential and office space in this attractive cobbled mews.

ÂŁ10,500,000 Freehold

5,177 sq ft (481 sq m) Entrance hall | Two reception rooms | Three bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Kitchen | Ground and lower ground floor work spaces | Two cloakrooms | Garage | Roof terrace | EPC rating D

Notting Hill 020 3813 9410 nottinghill@struttandparker.com

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Bishops Road, Fulham SW6

An outstanding five bedroom, four bathroom family house offering approximately 2,769 sq ft of internal space, conveniently located within the heart of Fulham.

£1,595 per week* Unfurnished

2,769 sq ft (257 sq m) Double reception room | Contemporary kitchen | Dining area | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Garden | EPC rating C

Elvaston Mews, South Kensington SW7

A contemporary four bedroom mews house with two reception rooms, roof terrace and garage in South Kensington.

3,336 sq ft (309 sq m) Two reception rooms | Roof terrace | Terrace | Open kitchen/dining room | Four bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Garage | EPC rating C

Fulham 020 3813 9437

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£4,650 per week* Furnished

South Kensington 020 7581 7000 southken@struttandparker.com

* The following Tenant charges may apply prior to tenancy commencement: Tenancy Agreement £222 (inc VAT) Credit References per application £54 (inc VAT). All advertised prices are exclusive of utility costs and associated services.

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Queen’s Elm Square, Chelsea SW3

A stunning newly refurbished five bedroom house located in a private gated crescent with off street parking in prime Chelsea.

3,000 sq ft (279 sq m) Entrance hall | Reception room | Dining room | Kitchen | Five double bedrooms with en suite shower rooms | Study | Cloakroom | Terrace | EPC rating D

Wilton Mews, Belgravia SW1X

A three bedroom mews house situated in this prestigious location in the heart of Belgravia, offering almost 4,000 sq ft of accommodation over four floors.

£4,750 per week* Furnished

Chelsea 020 3813 9445

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£5,950 per week* Furnished

Knightsbridge 020 3813 9590 3,959 sq ft (368 sq m) Entrance hall | Kitchen/breakfast room | Reception knightsbridge@struttandparker.com room | Master bedroom with en suite | Two further bedrooms with en suites | Swimming pool | Sauna | Guest cloakroom | Garage | EPC rating E

* The following Tenant charges may apply prior to tenancy commencement: Tenancy Agreement £222 (inc VAT) Credit References per application £54 (inc VAT). All advertised prices are exclusive of utility costs and associated services.

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La Tiara di Cervo, Sardinia

“Luxury living with breath-taking views over Porto Cervo and the Costa Smeralda�

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La Tiara di Cervo is a unique luxury serviced residential development in Porto Cervo. Set high on the hillside overlooking the Porto Cervo marina, La Tiara di Cervo offers breath-taking views of the Costa Smeralda coastline. It is the first development of its kind to come to the Costa Smeralda in over 50 years. Near completion, the resort includes a selection of exceptional residences, ranging from one to four bedrooms including large garden villas and four penthouses.

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1 STUNNING DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY IN OUTSTANDING LOCATION dippenhall, farnham, surrey Planning consent for 12,120 sq ft (ref 14/0220/ful) ø 5 reception rooms ø 6 bedroom suites ø gym, sauna, wine room ø swimming pool, 2 wc's, pool office, wet entrance, garage ø concealed staircase to 4,000 sq ft roof terrace ø gardens and grounds - in all about 5 acres ø design & build opportunity ø site lends itself to any architectural design ø EPC=E (existing)

Savills Farnham Rory McKenzie rmckenzie@savills.com

01252 729002

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1 AN EXCEPTIONAL VICTORIAN FAMILY HOME SET IN STRIKING GARDENS fife road, sw14 Grand reception hall ø drawing room with fireplace ø dining room ø kitchen with breakfast room ø conservatory ø master bedroom suite ø 4 further bedrooms ø 2 further bathrooms ø cellar including original stone wine bins ø south-west facing gardens of about 0.4 acres ø 410 sq m (4,450 sq ft) ø EPC=E

Savills East Sheen Michael Randall mrandall@savills.com

020 8018 7777

Guide £4.5 million Freehold

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SUNNYSIDE, sw19 EXEMPLARY GRADE II LISTED PROPERTY HILLBURY ROAD, sw17 CLAPHAM COMMON NORTH SIDE, LONDON, SW4

3 reception rooms  5 bedrooms  4 bathrooms 2 reception rooms  6 bedrooms  4 bathrooms  3,370 sq ft  EPC=F  2,927 sq ft  EPC=E Offering dramatic proportions and spectacular views across both Clapham Common and the London skyline Savills Clapham Guide £3.795 million Guide £3.25 million Freehold  41ft drawing room  Freehold family room  media room  study  open plan kitchen/dining room  6 double bedrooms Robin Chatwin Savills jmorrison@savills.com 020 bedroom 8971 8111 Savills Clapham mgreen@savills.com 020 8673 4111 (all with Wimbledon en suite bathrooms)  self-contained one flat  137ft garden  off-street parking for rchatwin@savills.com 2 cars  EPC=D 020 8673 4111 Guide £8 million Freehold

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3 reception rooms  6 bedrooms  3 bathrooms 2 reception rooms  6 bedrooms  3 bathrooms  4,518 sq ft  EPC=D  4,192 sq ft  EPC=E Offering exceptional entertaining space and 6/7 bedrooms  close proximity to Clapham Common  open plan Savills Clapham Guide £4.295 million Freehold Guide million Freehold kitchen/breakfast/family room  4 further reception rooms  master bedroom with£2.95 en suite bathroom  5 further Robin Chatwin Savills Putney cbell@savills.com 020 8780 Savills Barnes srichardson@savills.com 020 8939 6900 bedrooms  3 further bath/shower rooms (one6111 en suite)  utility room  2 cloakrooms  roof terrace rchatwin@savills.com  107ft garden  off-street parking 020 8673 4111 Guide £6 million Freehold

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EXEMPLARY GRADE II LISTED PROPERTY CLAPHAM COMMON NORTH SIDE, LONDON, SW4 Offering dramatic proportions and spectacular views across both Clapham Common and the London skyline  41ft drawing room  family room  media room  study  open plan kitchen/dining room  6 double bedrooms (all with en suite bathrooms)  self-contained one bedroom flat  137ft garden  off-street parking for 2 cars  EPC=D

Savills Clapham

Robin Chatwin rchatwin@savills.com

020 8673 4111

Guide £8 million Freehold

EXCLUSIVE NEWLY DEVELOPED TOWNHOUSE MACAULAY ROAD, LONDON, SW4 Offering exceptional entertaining space and 6/7 bedrooms  close proximity to Clapham Common  open plan kitchen/breakfast/family room  4 further reception rooms  master bedroom with en suite bathroom  5 further bedrooms  3 further bath/shower rooms (one en suite)  utility room  2 cloakrooms  roof terrace  107ft garden  off-street parking

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Robin Chatwin rchatwin@savills.com

020 8673 4111

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Surrey Virginia Water 0.5 miles, Ascot 4 miles, central London 21 miles Situated on the internationally renowned Wentworth Estate, Jura is a new house which encapsulates all the best of modern architecture combined with state of the art interior technology. Set in unusually large grounds, the house occupies an idyllic setting, close to the 12th fairway. 10 reception rooms, 6 bedrooms, 7 bath/shower rooms. Integrated  

Guide price: £25,000,000

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Patten Road, Wandsworth SW18 Located on the "toast rack" A magnificent, detached double fronted period home of over 5600 sq ft with a contemporary design. 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (3 en suite), kitchen/dining/family room, drawing room, playroom, gym, studio flat (double bedroom with en suite), downstairs kitchen, downstairs cloakroom, coat room, utility room, wine room, plant room, garden, off street parking. EPC: D.   Freehold

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A most attractive livestock, equestrian and sporting farm in a sought after location within the Exmoor National Park between the Rivers Exe and Barle. Four bedroom farmhouse in excess of 4,300sqft. Further two bedroom cottage. Attractive courtyard of traditional barns. Single bank fishing along the River Exe. 158 acres for sale as a whole or in up to six separate lots.

Guide Price – from £1,450,000 Taunton 01823 331 234 taunton.rural@humberts.com

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Chedworth Gloucestershire Offers in Excess of ÂŁ1,500,000

A charming five bedroom 17th/18th Century, Grade II listed Cotswold stone village house, quietly nestling in a private setting with beautiful and secluded gardens in the highly sought after Cotswold village of Chedworth. EPC Exempt.

Cirencester 01285 650 955 cirencester@humberts.com

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EGERTON CRESCENT, KNIGHTSBRIDGE SW3 • 6 Double bedrooms

• Kitchen / dining room

• 5 Bathrooms

• Balcony & terrace

• 3 Guest cloakrooms

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• 5 Reception rooms

• Approx. 5,343 sq f t (496 sq m)

£12,950 per week Furnished

For more information, call Lucy Morton 020 7306 1630 or email lmorton@waellis.com

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Laundr y / staff room West facing garden Large garage Approx. 2,743 sq ft (254.82 sq m)

Guide price £2,350,000 Leasehold; approx. 18 years (enfranchisable)

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Lancaster Mews W2 £4,750,000 A fabulous four-bedroom home that has recently undergone a complete transformation, tucked away in a quiet cobbled mews, moments from Hyde Park. Freehold. EPC=D

• Four bedrooms • Three reception rooms • Approx 3,000 sqft • Prime location Notting Hill Sales: 020 7313 2890 sales.not@marshandparsons.co.uk

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Palace Gardens Terrace W8 £4,000,000 OIEO A recently renovated and fully extended four-bedroom, double-fronted house, set on one of Kensington’s most popular residential streets. Freehold. EPC=E

• Imposing double-fronted house • Exceptionally well-finished • Wonderful lateral space • Prime Kensington address Kensington Sales: 020 7368 4450 sales.kns@marshandparsons.co.uk

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Mumbery HillBray Wargrave Guide Price £1,875,000 Maidenhead Guide Price £2,750,000 a highlyresidence regarded,offering private accommodation road, this impressively substantial A“Positioned substantialin detached and outbuildings Tudor style family is set in a secluded plot of 1.13 acres with well-planned in excess of 7500 sqhome ft, whilst occupying a stunning plot in excess of 2 acres. accommodation of 6,000 sq ft set over three floors. EPC Rating H.” EPC Rating D

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Berkshire Crowthorne Maidenhead Eagle Close

Guide £600,000 Price £735,000 OIEO Originally and designed by theis located “This fourbuilt bedroom family home renowned BritishHeath Arts &Park Crafts architect, Sir on the popular development EdwinLutyens,located for the Russian Royal Family, conveniently for Crowthorne this twoCentre bedroom was part of the Village andapartment the railway station. conversion in 1997 and retains an air of regal EPC Rating G.” flamboyance and character charm throughout. EPC Rating D. Contact our Crowthorne Office

01344 204 942 office Contact our Maidenhead 01628 564 420

Berkshire Warfield

Wokingham Place Oxfordshire

OIEO £625,000 OIEO £750,000 This three bedroom, stables conversion “This rarely available, five bedroom family forms part theMillgate Grade 2Homes listed in 2004 to home, builtofby Barkham Manor, offering spacious an exceptionally high standard is located rooms withcul-de-sac. high ceilings and private in a small EPC Rating G.” grounds measuring 0.22 of an acre with a high degree of privacy. EPC Rating D. Contact our Warfield Office

01344 204 936

Contact our Wokingham office

0118 907 0762

Email us at sales@prospect.co.uk Visit our website at prospect.co.uk

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DESIGNED FOR LUXURIOUS LIVING

A FINE COLLECTION OF NEW THREE AND FOUR BEDROOM PROPERTIES B U I LT W I T H O U T S TA N D I N G AT T E N T I O N T O D E TA I L

S H O W H O M E O P E N D A I LY F R O M 1 0 A M – 5 P M To find out more please contact: WINCHESTER OFFICE 01962 830880

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www.beresfords.co.uk

01245 397475

Writtle, Chelmsford Fryerning | Ingatestone £1,295,000 Five double bedrooms Guide Price –£1,325,000

‘Set within a stunning plotlate of 2.7 (stls)’ Thought to date back to the 19thacres Century a delightful

period property whichbedroom has beenfamily extended and improved A stunning five double residence set within offering bedrooms, fouron receptions set established within an plot an idyllic four country lane position a private and idyllic by internal woodland within the heart of Mill of circaplot 2.7 surrounded acres (stls). The accommodation comprises four good size reception rooms, beautiful kitchen/breakfast room Green. Extensive parking, attached garage and beautifully and potentialformal self-contained Set in landscaped gardens.ancillary Within accommodation. 1.8 miles of a semi-rural location but within close(29 proximity to the A12, both Ingatestone mainline train station minutes to London Writtle andStreet). Ingatestone also Chelmsford City with Liverpool EPC villages D its mainline station. EPC F

Country & Village 01245 397475

Country Homes: 01245 397 475

Great Canfi eld, Dunmow Fryerning | Ingatestone Guide – Four double bedrooms GuidePrice Price£965,000 £1,325,000

‘Set a an idyllic country lane location’ Thought to date back to the late 19th Century a delightful has been four extended and improved Aperiod most property charmingwhich four bedroom, reception period offering four four receptions property withbedrooms, origins thought to date backset to within 1516, an idyllic ting plot from surrounded by woodland heart benefi not being listed. The within house the is set on of Mill aGreen. quiet idyllic country lane and is surrounded by far Extensive parking, attached garage and beautifully reaching rolling farmland. TheWithin property is set within landscaped formal gardens. 1.8 miles of one of the most stunning plots of almost 1.5 acres Ingatestone mainline train station (29 minutes to(stls). London Equestrian potential, double Liverpool Street). EPC D garage and cart lodge. (Stansted Express 5.2 miles, (journey time to London Country Street & Village 01245 397475 Liverpool approximately 47 minutes). EPC F Country Homes: 01245 397 475

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Great Shelford – Cambridge 3 miles

UNRIVALLED COVERAGE AROUND CAMBRIDGE

Guide Price £1,350,000

Imposing and substantial detached bay fronted Edwardian residence occupying a delightful position set well back from the road enjoying privacy and seclusion in the heart of this highly sought after and thriving south Cambridgeshire village with its own station. Accommodation comprising: Entrance hall, 2 reception rooms, conservatory, generous kitchen/breakfast room, inner hall, study, utility room, ground floor bedroom 6 with bathroom adjacent. First floor landing, 4 bedrooms, en-suite and family bathroom. Second floor bedroom and en-suite. Delightful mature gardens extending to about 0.33 acres and extensive off street parking. EER: Awaiting

Haslingfield – Cambridge 5 miles

Guide Price £1,000,000

A most attractive detached double fronted period residence with a wealth of fine original features boasting well proportioned accommodation together with delightful generous mature gardens with the added benefit of a detached barn and former chapel offering great scope for conversion, subject to planning consent. Reception hall, cloakroom, laundry room, drawing room, dining room, rear lobby, breakfast/family room, kitchen, cellar. First floor landing, bedroom one with en-suite shower room, four further bedrooms, bathroom and shower room. Well established front and rear gardens, detached double garage, large timber barn plus former chapel comprising: Reception hall, cloakroom, two bedrooms, kitchenette. EER: E

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CAMBRIDGE ELY HAVERHILL NEWMARKET SAFFRON WALDEN LONDON

Langley Upper Green, Nr Saffron Walden

Guide Price ÂŁ1,600,000

Winterleigh is a stunning country residence comfortably set within its own mature grounds of approx. 2.85 acres including landscaped gardens, paddocks and a heated swimming pool. The bespoke residence was designed and built for the current owners in 1992 by Norris of Hertford and offers extensive accommodation of approx. 4,625 sq ft incorporating a studio above a detached triple garage. Langley Upper Green is within easy access to Audley End Station with fast trains to London Liverpool Street, and approx. 20 miles to Cambridge. Accommodation comprises: Vestibule opening to the reception hall, drawing room, dining room, study, family room, conservatory, kitchen/orangery, utility room, shower room and cloakroom to the ground floor. On the first floor there is a galleried landing, master bedroom suite with dressing room and en suite, bedroom 2 with en suite, three further bedrooms and family bathroom. There is a spacious sixth bedroom on the second floor. The grounds have been carefully designed to provide a wonderful outdoor area. In addition, there is a timber summerhouse and a detached triple garage with a studio and shower room above. Saffron Walden: 01799 523656

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www.hamptons.co.uk

Bayswater, W2 In an award winning garden square of Bayswater is this modern contemporary apartment on the second floor of a white stucco fronted Grade II listed building. Flooded with an abundance of natural light there are two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a three-windows-wide south east facing, open plan reception room.

£1,500,000 Share of Freehold • • • • • •

Open plan reception room Two bedrooms (master en suite) South east aspect Access onto residents garden square Residents lift 1,066 sq. ft. / 99 sq. m.

Hyde Park & Bayswater Sales: 020 7723 0023 | hydeparkbayswater@hamptons-int.com

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Pimlico, SW1V A gorgeous, mid terrace four bedroom freehold house located in the highly sought after area of the Moreton triangle. The house is in excellent condition, combining modern living with Victorian period charm. There are several reception areas with a formal dining room, garden and a rear terrace. EPC: F

£3,500,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Four bedrooms Garden and rear terrace Superb overall condition Prime location within Pimlico Spacious family kitchen Over 2,500 sq. ft.

Pimlico & Westminster Sales: 020 7205 5446 | pimlico@hamptons-int.com

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Chelsea, SW3 A beautifully presented double fronted house in the Chelsea Park/Carlyle Conservation Area. The ground floor has a generous entrance hall, south facing reception room and a kitchen/ dining room. There is a generous master bedroom suite with four further bedroom suites. The basement houses a large laundry, plant room and generous storage. EPC: F

£9,450,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Five double bedrooms, Five bathrooms Extended and refurbished Over four floors Overlooking communal gardens 3,939 sq. ft.

Chelsea Sales: 020 7717 5431 | chelsea@hamptons-int.com

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Notting Hill, W2 A beautifully refurbished second floor two bedroom apartment located in prime Notting Hill. The apartment has huge amounts of natural light due to the triple aspect in the living room. The bathrooms have marble tiling and there is wooden flooring throughout the hallway and reception room. EPC: E

£1,500,000 Leasehold • • • • • •

Second floor apartment Two bedrooms Two bathrooms Reception room Kitchen Lift

Notting Hill Sales: 020 7034 0404 | nottinghill@hamptons-int.com

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Kensington, W8 A wonderful six bedroom family home that has been tastefully refurbished, overlooking a Kensington garden square. The first floor has a South facing formal drawing room and a balcony. A charming Smallbone eat-in kitchen and separate dining room can be found on the ground floor. EPC: E

£6,350,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Six bedrooms Roof terrace overlooking communal gardens Beautifully presented High ceilings and period features Central location Over 4,500 sq. ft.

Kensington Sales: 020 7937 9371 | kensington@hamptons-int.com

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Marylebone, NW1 An outstanding four bedroom (4,079 sq ft) duplex penthouse with amazing views across the London skyline. The apartment has been meticulously refurbished throughout with great care and attention to detail. EPC: D

£7,950,000 Leasehold • • • • • •

Four bedrooms Four bathrooms Double reception room TV room Underground parking for several cars 24 hour security

Mayfair Sales: 020 7758 8450 | mayfair@hamptons-int.com

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Bolney, West Sussex Haywards Heath – 7 miles; Horsham – 9 miles; Gatwick Airport – 16 miles; Brighton – 15 miles. (All distances/times approximate). An outstanding Grade II listed country house of great character, approached by quiet country lanes and set in landscaped grounds amidst beautiful countryside.

Guide Price £1,950,000 Freehold • • • • • •

4 Bedrooms, 2 dressing rooms and 3 bathrooms 4 Reception rooms and potential annexe Fine period entertaining barn Swimming pool Gardens, walled garden and paddock In all about 9 acres

Prime & Country House Department 01403 211766 | horsham@hamptons-int.com

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Oxted, Surrey Oxted Town Centre – 1.5 miles; Central London – 22.8 miles; Gatwick – 15.5 miles. (All distances/times approximate). Close to National Trust’s Limpsfield Common and the golf course, an exceptionally well presented five bedroom detached country residence of character, beautifully styled in a sophisticated fashion and set amongst south west backing landscaped gardens in excess of an acre. EPC: D

Asking Price £2,500,000 Freehold • 5 Bedrooms and 3 bathrooms • Elegantly refurbished with style and sophistication • Superb family areas ideal for entertaining • Landscaped gardens with swimming pool

Prime & Country House Department 01883 345255 | caterham@hamptons-int.com

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Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire Stratford-upon-Avon – 4 miles; Warwick – 4 miles; London – 97 miles. (All distances/times approximate). A lavishly appointed modern mansion of approximately 25,000 sq ft, set in beautiful landscaped gardens with extensive views of the countryside, situated between the two historic towns of Stratford and Warwick. Spacious family living includes a fabulous indoor leisure complex. EPC: D

Guide Price £5,250,000 Freehold • • • • • •

8 Bedrooms en-suite 5 Reception rooms 3 Bedroom ancillary accommodation Indoor leisure complex 4 Car garage and CCTV Approximately 10 acres

Prime & Country House Department 020 7493 8222 | countryhouse@hamptons-int.com

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Farnham, Surrey Farnham Town Centre – 2 miles; Farnham Station – 1.5 miles (London Waterloo from 53 minutes); Guildford – 12 miles; Heathrow Airport – 33 miles; Gatwick Airport – 47 miles; Central London – 43 miles. (All distances/times approximate). A wonderful hill top estate with panoramic views in a private setting. Fine equestrian facilities comprising yard, office and various outbuildings. Four self-contained 2 bedroom cottages. The grounds offer post and rail paddocks with water laid on and field shelters, surrounded by woodland boundaries. EPC: E

Freehold for Sale • Kitchen/breakfast room with Aga • 4 Reception rooms • Master bedroom suite with dressing room and study • 3 further bedroom suites • Indoor pool, gym and tennis court • Gardens and grounds, approx. 67 acres

Prime & Country House Department 020 7493 8222 | countryhouse@hamptons-int.com

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Country & Town House - September 2016  
Country & Town House - September 2016