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A Family Sunday event on Sunday 14 April 2019, 11am, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9DD celebrating some of the many operas and ballets inspired by famous adventures across the sea to far-away places. You might climb aboard HMS Indomitable with Captain Vere from Britten’s Billy Budd, scour the waves in search of strange sea-maidens from Dvorák’s Rusalka or spot the mysterious ghost ship from Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. Website:

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THE VICTORIAN PAGEANT The Victorian Pageant, held in the private grounds of Windsor Castle on the evenings of 9, 10 and 11 May, has announced that three additional world-renowned international equestrian acts will be travelling over 5,000 miles to be part of the event. Making the journey to the iconic setting will be performers from Oman, including 40 musicians playing alongside The Oman Royal Cavalry trick ride, while from the United Arab Emirates, and performing at Windsor for the first time, the Dubai Mounted Police will bring not only their 40-horse Musical Ride, which jumps through fire, but also the worldrenowned Dubai Police Pipe Band. The line-up of international acts will be further complemented by the exceptionally talented Hungarian Csikós, who will also be performing at Windsor Castle for the first time. Tickets for the pageant are on sale now and can be purchased online at or via the box office on 0844 581 0755. Windsor residents may purchase tickets at Windsor Information Centre, located in Windsor Royal Shopping, or by telephone on 01753 743589.

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8 | Interview | ROBERT EMMS

Robert is known for portraying Pythagoras in BBC One’s fantasy-adventure Atlantis. In a busy year he’s already been seen in ITV’s Cleaning Up and will soon play a pivotal role in HBO’s Chernobyl.

14 | Fashion | EOR NA EE

Georgina Dee’s spring summer 2019 collection showcases a hybrid of two worlds. Vintage shapes take on a modern interpretation, that is particularly evident in her choice of luxurious fabrics.



18 | Pastimes | S N

l shing is no one of the s ost o ular pastimes and is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and connect with nature, especially in Surrey.

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Alladio Sims Garden Design shares its top ten tips for creating a stunning garden that’s perfect for outdoor living.

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e in ille tra els to the e ridean islands of ura and Islay, sampling local produce as he goes.

30 | Motoring | FORD MUSTANG

uan ohns loo s at the s ecial ullitt ersion of Ford’s classic Mustang.


34 | Education | CRANMORE

Michael Connolly, Headmaster of Cranmore School, examines the purpose of prep schools and how they provide a foundation for children’s future learning and wellbeing.

37 | Tax | E ER A R A

Gillian Everall of Everfair Tax offers guidance to essence readers on navigating the pitfalls and tax i lications of and non resident di orces.

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leanor rif ths of unda s ro ides an introduction to the key concepts that any home improver, self-builder or developer should consider when starting a project.


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Simon Lewis, CEO at Partridge Muir & Warren, ro ides an u date on hat s ha ening in nancial markets and talks about the need for portfolio resilience to ee our one afloat.

42 | Food review | S EP AN E BROO ES

Stephanie Brookes, BBC Radio London food expert, offers her pick of an eating establishment for this onth the rst ndian restaurant in ondon to receive a Michelin star, Tamarind in Mayfair.

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Rick Hay, Healthista nutritional director, offers his advice on creating nourishing, energising super smoothies and bowls.


48 | Events | S RRE

Linda Seward’s diary of the best of what’s on in theatre, music, exhibitions, arts and the countryside.

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18 The ‘B’ word conundrum

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February ended with some balmy weather. March has seen some really blowy gales and it looks as though we’re back to balmy for April. Predicting the weather is turning into a bit of a conundrum, perhaps imitating certain political matters also beginning with B. Pythagoras was good at solving problems and is credited with the idea of the world’s five climatic zones, perhaps he could have offered an opinion. Robert Emms is known for playing the Greek philosopher in the BBC series Atlantis and he’s now looking forward to a busy year. Robert chatted to Andrew Peters about his work and the soon-to-be-screened HBO Chernobyl drama.

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Georgina Dee is an independent British clothing brand founded five years ago in London. The designs reflect a modern approach to timeless classics and the spring summer 2019 collection is no exception. Fifty years on since the Ford Mustang tore up San Francisco’s streets, Euan Johns looks at the special Bullitt version of this Ford Motor Company classic.


Editor: Andrew Guilor Contributing editor: Louise Alexander Contributing editor: Claire Zambuni Publishing manager: Rebecca Peters Production manager: Linda Seward Designer: Sharon Smith Digital design: Jason Mayes telephone: 01932 988677 email:

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Bella Alladio of Alladio Sims Garden Design shares her top ten tips for creating a stunning garden that’s perfect for outdoor living and Kevin Pilley travels to the Hebridean islands of Jura and Islay, sampling local produce as he goes and emerging a little red-faced, not just from the wind. Stephanie Brookes enjoys the Tamarind in Mayfair, the first Indian restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star, whilst Rick Hay, Healthista’s nutritional director, offers his advice on creating nourishing, energising super smoothies and bowls. As always, this issue of essence has a mix of tax, legal, financial, educational and foodie advice, alongside a not to be missed theatre competition for Ghost Stories at the Lyric Hammersmith. The diary of events offers places to visit and there’s a pick of some of the region’s finest properties. The essence team

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Real life challenge Robert Emms is an English actor known for portraying Pythagoras in the BBC One fantasy-adventure series Atlantis and appeared in War Horse and Kick Ass 2. Robert also recently starred in Daniel Kokotajlo’s debut indie feature Apostasy and has appeared in Mirror Mirror, opposite Julia Roberts. This year Robert has been seen in ITV’s new series Cleaning Up and he will also appear playing a pivotal role in HBO’s Chernobyl, set to release in 2019. Andrew Peters found out more about this versatile actor.


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Interview | ROBERT EMMS

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Above, left to right: Mark Gatiss, Pere Bruach and Robert Emms at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards PHOTO COPYRIGHT: MATT FROST | SKY UK LIMITED

Q Robert, you were born in Horley, Surrey. Do you have fond recollections of the town and return there at all? A I do! I have very fond memories of my childhood there with my family, growing up with my brother. My old school actually recently named a new building for the drama department after me. Which I thought only happened if you were dead! Needless to say, I was very flattered.

Q Do you pay any attention to social media or a production’s ratings? A I think it’s hard not to these days, the information is everywhere. I try to switch myself off to any kind of negative comments unless they are constructive. Production ratings are important as they give an indication if a series might be recommissioned and whether more work lies ahead.

Q After studying at LAMDA, your career started with theatre work and it was from playing the lead in War Horse (at the New London Theatre) that Steven Spielberg saw you and offered you a part in the film. How did that feel at the time? A It was a very exciting and a once in a career moment. Immediately after I met Steven on the stage, I walked off into the wings to leave as he and his producer Kathleen Kennedy went to exit the auditorium, and I gave a little celebratory yelp which I’m certain they heard!

Q Favourite actor – whose work do you always make a point of watching? A Well, I have to say it changes all the time. There are so many really great actors I can’t possibly choose one. It’s because each and every actor offers something unique, and as much as this sounds like a cop out, it really is true. I enjoy watching actors who are understated and able to be chameleon-like with each role they play.

Q You played Vitas Gerulaitis in the film Borg vs. McEnroe – are you good at tennis and other sports? A I’m absolutely rubbish at tennis. Fortunately, Vitas in the film is not seen playing tennis, but he is seen in the bars and clubs drinking and partying. Which is something I’m not inexperienced at!

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Q What’s been your favourite part to date? A Each part I’ve played has had something I always remember and take with me along the way. I think playing Rick Buckley in the film Broken directed by Rufus Norris was probably a highlight so far. A very emotional and challenging part surrounded by some great actors. >>>

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QUICK FIVE Dog or cat? Dog Favourite film? City of God Guilty pleasure? Eating a whole pack of dark chocolate digestives in one go Main inspiration? Films Glass half full or half empty? Half full A It’s a really interesting film, written and directed by Daniel who had first-hand experience of being a Jehovah Witness. It follows a mother and her daughters, who are Jehovah Witnesses, and is about what happens when one of the daughters questions her faith. Dan is a director I’d love to work with again. I think you can now watch it on Sky Cinema – PLUG! Q Do you find more light-hearted and easy-going character roles simpler to play than serious ones? A I think every role brings a challenge to it. Q Later this year you’re in HBO’s true story drama of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Can you tell us about the part you play? A I play Toptunov, an engineer who was tasked with the test that led to the fateful accident. He and his colleague Akimov were ordered to run the test, even though they weren’t qualified to do it.


Q This year is going to be a big one for you with great roles in dramas each side of the Atlantic. You’ve kicked the year off by starring opposite Sheridan Smith as her lodger Glynn in ITV’s drama Cleaning Up. Sheridan is a very versatile actress – what was it like working with her? A It was great! So great in fact that I’m actually working with her again on the BBC drama The Barking Murders. Q What attracted you to the part in Cleaning Up? A I wanted to play a lighter, more comedic character. I try to accept as many different types of performance as possible so I don’t get stuck in the same type of role. It keeps me challenging myself and it’s more interesting. Q A recent serious role was playing Steven in the film Apostasy, a British drama film  about  Jehovah Witnesses which was very well received at the  Toronto International Film Festival. Director Daniel Kokotajlo was nominated at this year’s BAFTAs. Can you tell us a little bit about the film?

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Q Obviously far removed from Cleaning Up, this is serious drama about a real-life event. How do you prepare for such different subject matter? A We were sent lots of research to learn how a nuclear power station works and also the beat by beat, minute by minute explanation of what happened. This was very important to research. We also had engineers who worked in a nuclear power station nearby to make sure we were authentic. It was interesting to research the time and place where these characters lived and the political climate: it informed the way they spoke, moved and thought. Q Do you find it harder to play real-life or fictional characters? A I think both can bring challenges. The challenge of playing a real person is that sometimes what is documented is only one side of their life. You have to fill in the blanks. With a fictional character, you have to build that whole back story yourself, if it’s not evident on the page already. I think it’s worth pointing out though that playing a real-life person is just your interpretation of them, you can’t become them! Q What should people expect from Chernobyl? A It is going to be epic with some incredible cinematic shots and performances. I think people will be captivated by this story told from many different perspectives with lots of different characters. It tells the story of the engineers, the firemen, the army, the miners, the local people and the government. I think it was the biggest ensemble cast I’ve ever seen.

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PARTY TIME Georgina Dee is an independent British clothing brand founded in London. Its designs reflect a modern approach to timeless classics, using luxurious fabrics carefully hand-picked from Europe and Asia by Georgina. Designing every item herself to ensure quality remains high and maintains her signature style, Georgina feels women should be beautiful, elegant and stylish whilst wearing her brand. Possessing a passion for creating flattering, bespoke, handmade garments, Georgina launched her brand in 2014 by designing opulent silk scarves. In 2015 she launched her first luxury ready-to-wear collection at London Fashion Week’s off schedule showcase. Her designs are always well received by fashionistas around the world. Georgina Dee’s spring summer 2019 collection showcases a fantastic hybrid of both worlds, where vintage shapes take on a modern interpretation, particularly evident in her choice of opulent, luxurious fabrics with rich, vibrant colours.

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The gold threaded floral embroidery running throughout the gown makes the Jerusha Dress unmissable as it catches the light. The one shoulder strap encrusted in gold Swarovski crystals takes it that one step further £1,250

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Zip front fastening Valentina, long sleeve jacket made in luxurious silk fabric. Shown here in purple £450 Riviera Skirt made in multicoloured teal, plum and beige coloured fabric, with an accompanying gold Swarovski crystal belt £525 Matching Riviera Jacket £540 and Trousers £355

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ANGLING FOR THE BEST Fly fishing, a game of stalking, accuracy and passion, is now one of the UK’s most popular pastimes. It’s a perfect opportunity to get outdoors and connect with nature. essence finds out more.


ly fishing is not just a  great  way to burn calories and exercise, it is also a perfect activity to help calm the mind, relax and let go of life’s stresses. Surrey has an abundance of fly fishing opportunities, from beautiful stillwater lakes to the famous chalkstream, the River Tillingbourne, the county offers experiences for beginners right through to expert anglers. Looking west, set in the picturesque Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nestles Albury village, near Guildford. The Duke of Northumberland owns the Albury Estate, through which runs the diminutive River Tillingbourne, en route to the equally beautiful River Wey. Albury Estate Fisheries On the famous Albury Estate sits the stunning Albury Estate Fisheries with four tranquil fly fishing locations. The Estate boasts three accessible lakes: Powder Mills, Vale End and Weston Fishery. The fisheries offer some of the finest fly fishing in the home counties and also in London at the Syon Park Estate site, also owned by the Duke of Northumberland. This site offers a unique opportunity to sample superb trout fly fishing on a small stillwater, only 40 minutes from Clapham Junction by overground train. The Albury Estate Fisheries offer fantastic ‘Teach in Days’, which are all about giving a new angler a chance to spend the day learning the basics, from how to cast a fly rod to hopefully catching a fly-caught fish to take home and cook. These sessions divide into a morning (9am–noon) and an afternoon session (1–4pm), each running for three hours. Price per head is an extremely affordable £48 and includes instruction for the duration of the session, a one fish ticket, tackle and rod licence waiver for the day – offering a brilliant introduction to the world of fly fishing.

Orvis Farnham – Fly Fishing 101 and 201 Fly fishing is a sport in which the whole family can participate. For those looking for a great way to get together with friends or family, luxury fly fishing and outdoor lifestyle brand Orvis UK offers Fly Fishing 101 classes as a new activity to try. Looking more locally, these free classes are offered at the Orvis store in Farnham, just west of Guildford. Learn fly fishing basics in one of Orvis UK’s free Fly Fishing 101 classes, introducing modern fly fishing to absolute beginners by making it accessible to everyone. The initial 60 to 90-minute, store-based class is regularly delivered without charge at Orvis stores across the UK from March through to October. Fly Fishing 101 (FF101) provide free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. For those who have already completed an FF101 and are ready for the next step, join Orvis UK for a short outing on local water for a chance to catch that first fish! Fly Fishing 201 takes a more in depth look at rods, lines, tackle and casting so enthusiasts are well prepared to go fly fishing, knowing what is needed and how to use it. Price: £99 with all necessary equipment provided.

Keep an eye on for upcoming Farnham 101 and 201 tuition dates.

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50/50 On the Water Orvis UK’s 50/50 On the Water Campaign has an aim to inspire and celebrate women, to educate and to encourage an equal split of men and women on the riverbanks by 2020. In celebration of this, Orvis run a schedule of ladies’ fishing days throughout the year, following the launch of the campaign. Fly fishing is a great pastime and offers a retreat-like experience in a natural setting with the opportunity to meet new people, engage with conservation and get outdoors. 

Date for the diary: Orvis UK is hosting a day’s fly fishing at the Craven Fishery in Hampstead Marshall near Newbury for women. Expert fly fishing tuition is provided, plus lunch courtesy of The Dundas Arms in Kintbury. Tickets for this fabulous day are just £50 and places are strictly limited. Email to book or for more information.


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what to wear and what to cast

Women’s and Men’s Ultralight Convertible Waders, available in petite, regular and tall for £325. A remarkably versatile, innovative wader designed in a lightweight package without sacrificing durability and performance. Incredibly comfortable, modern women’s fit offers superior performance without the traditional weight and bulk. Available from Orvis Farnham or

The Iconic Men’s and Women’s Le Chameau Chasseur leather-lined boot at £360. The Iconic Chasseur, a handcrafted premium leather-lined zip boot, is instantly recognisable. Available in a choice of eight calf fittings for an almost bespoke fit and perfect for days casting off the riverbank, combining style with practicality and comfort. Available from

Men’s and Women’s Ultralight Boots at £179. As an integrated part of the Orvis Ultralight Wading System, the Ultralight Wading Boot offers exceptional performance and durability without the bulk and weight of a conventional boot. Available from Orvis Farnham or

Encounter Rod Outfit (including rod, reel and line) starting at £169. Instead of the term ‘entry level’, Orvis describe this rod as: “affordable awesomeness”. Built for the beginner to the hardcore angler, yet priced with frugality in mind, the series combines state-of-the-art design with a smooth, crisp performance. From Orvis Farnham or

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be outdoors NEW IN: Distinctive buildings by Julian Christian

PLANTS & OUTDOOR LIVING at CEDAR NURSERY We are an independent, family business established in 1986, providing plants and outdoor living products to enhance your garden throughout the year. Come and visit us in Cobham, Surrey or call and chat with our knowledgeable team. We are open 7 days a week and our staff are always happy to assist you. Garden Buildings: Find out about our design-led range of Biossun Bioclimatic pergolas, Cedar Garden Rooms and Julian Christian Summerhouses. Our buildings will protect you from the elements and create a perfect setting for entertaining family and friends outdoors, or a relaxing garden sanctuary throughout the year.

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Bella Alladio of Alladio Sims Garden Design Limited shares her top ten tips for creating a stunning garden, perfect for outdoor living. w Create a comfortable area in which to sit and entertain: choose the right paving – porcelain is easy to clean and doesn’t stain, natural stone is more porous and will need to be treated regularly. Consider the need for a bit of shade – plant a tree nearby, consider erecting a canopy or sail above the table or introduce a pergola. w Use lighting to make the space useful at night: whether it’s simple festoon lights, LED strips, spotlights to illuminate an alcove etc, lighting will allow enjoyment of the garden long after the sun has set. w Keep it simple: ensure material choices are kept to a minimum, for instance, one type of stone used in different finishes for inside and out, or for areas of the garden with different characters, and use repetition in the planting too to create a sense of harmony.

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Alladio Sims Garden Landscape Design Ltd was established in 2015 after Jon Sims and Bella Alladio collaborated on a Silver Gilt winning show garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The two directors continue their collaborative approach throughout their practice with Jon’s background in interior architecture giving distinctive spaces and Bella’s passion for plants and photographic eye adding great texture and contrast. Jon and Bella in the show garden they created for the Istanbul Flower Festival in 2016

A painted feature wall with alcoves for sculptures and lights adds a touch of personality to this entertaining area IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD., PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL GARDEN, TWICKENHAM

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Garden design | ALLADIO SIMS Outdoor living requires stylish and comfortable seating, water and fade-resistant fabrics and clean, matching planters IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD., PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL GARDEN, TWICKENHAM

As working from home is becoming more popular, a home office is a great opportunity to create a peaceful haven in the garden IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD., PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL GARDEN, LONDON

Colourful bespoke cushions make the most of this secluded alcove seating area IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD., PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL GARDEN, DULWICH VILLAGE

w Create a private haven: introduce a secluded area that feels intimate and tranquil, where a glass of wine can be sipped or where it is possible to sit and relax. Introducing vertical elements such as a semi transparent screen, a wall or a tall hedge works wonderfully, creating an unexpected space that breaks down the emptiness of a garden and spurs us on to walk and discover what’s beyond. w Use soft furnishings: in bold colours to bring the outdoor space together. w Disguise the ugly bits: every garden has a view or wall which shouldn’t be seen. Use plants and paths to lead eyes away, distracting them to look elsewhere. w Boundaries are key: use hedging to frame a sharp and clean lawn or a well-defined border. This will produce neat shapes that will help to keep maintenance to a minimum and will make the garden look crisp and fresh. w Let the plants speak for themselves: don’t overcrowd them, but give them space to breathe and become established. Think about it in terms of layers of vertical interest and bring some taller perennials towards the front to break the mould and create a dynamic border and more interesting look.

w Be bold: choose more of the same thing, so, for instance, put together two plants of the same colour (such as bronze fennel and black phormium) to create a good textural foil for the rest of the garden. A similar result can be achieved by repeating companion shapes at different levels (such as round pots, round lawns, allium heads etc.). w Use splashes of colour: to draw attention, but keep the overall picture harmonious by restricting the colour palette. The effect should be pleasing and not a muddled mix! essence INFO

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NO ROOM 101 HERE Kevin Pilley travels to the Hebridean islands of Jura and Islay, sampling local produce as he goes, and emerging red-faced.

Beautiful snowy sunset with view of the Paps of Jura and Loch in the Scottish Highlands PHOTO COPYRIGHT: SARA EDWARD

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ura might be more famous now for its gin than George Orwell. Its Lussa 2016 is consumed more than 1984. It’s a best-seller on the Inner Hebridean island where Eric Arthur Blair wrote his famous dystopian novel. Bottles simply fly off the shelves. Lussa Drinks Company was formed by Alicia MacInnes, Claire Fletcher and Georgina Kitching. They live within a few miles of each other in the Lussa glen at the north end of the Isle of Jura where George Orwell wrote his famous novel 1984 between 1946–8. Originally entitled The Last Man in Europe, old Etonian Orwell described Jura as: “extremely unget-to-able”. The Lussa (from Norse for salmon) ladies distill Lussa Gin themselves, hand-forage its ingredients and hand-label the bottles on the remote island that is thought to be named after goats or yew trees. They use a rowing boat called Rose to collect sea lettuce – a vital ingredient in their award-winning

product. It’s named after Claire’s mother-in-law, the island’s post lady, who delivers fan mail to Orwell’s uber-remote old holiday farmhouse home, Barnhill, which is now available to rent year-round. Sleeping eight, prices start at £1,000 a week to experience literary history and be buffeted all day by the strong winds hitting the Argyll coast, which must have made typing difficult. Towels and linen are available for a £10 supplement. The island has one road, one hotel and pub (Cath and Andy McCallum’s Jura Hotel) a school, kirk, an 1810 whisky distillery, two hundred people, 6,000 deer plus cattle and many grey seals, as well as a Portuguese gin still called Hamish. The 35-mile long by eight-mile wide island is privately owned and managed by seven estates. It’s known for its three Paps (conical quartzite mountains), nine trout lochs, countless peat stooks, blanket bog and the Corryvreckan Whirlpool (the third largest in the world). >>>

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Left to right: Lussa Drinks Company’s Georgina Kitching, Alicia MacInnes and Claire Fletcher PHOTO COPYRIGHT: LUSSAGIN.COM

Before he completed his last book, Orwell nearly drowned being rowed out to the islet of Eilean Mor. Barnhill is on the east side of the island, four miles from the nearest paved road and twenty-five from the pub and shop. You can have a bath in the same dark, peaty water and castiron claw foot tub George did in the home now owned by Rob and Sophie Fletcher. Rob’s grandparents were Orwell’s landlords when he came to Jura to write and try to recover from TB. You can sleep in the bed in which he wrote, chain smoking and drinking gin for inspiration and strength against the damp. Sadly, there is no complimentary gin bottle to greet you. Yet. You can’t get to Jura without going to Islay – Banrigh nan Eilean, the Queen of the Inner Hebrides and the southernmost island. Part of the Gaelic kingdom of Dál Riata in the early Middle Ages, it is a beautiful, ancient, 239 square mile island of beinns (bens) and gleans, peat stacks and peat sausage piles, Viking graves, brochs (drystone towers), Macdonald strongholds, high Galloway drystone dykes, standing stones, abandoned homesteads, medieval chapels, shore streets, Neolithic chambered cairns, stirks (Highland heifers), tumbledown byres, old lead mines, disused lime kilns, malt barns, old herring stations, duns (forts) and mash tuns. Whisky production started in the fifteenth century. Once there were over thirty distilleries. Now there are Caol Ila (Sound of Islay, With 70 per cent of UK gin now made north 1814), Bunnahabhain (river mouth, 1881), Ardbeg of the border, and gin set to outsell whisky by (small promontory, 1815), Laphroaig (slope of the bay, 2020, a nation of whisky makers and drinkers 1815), Lagavulin (mill hollow, 1815) and Kilchoman (St is rapidly turning into a nation of gin drinkers. Comman’s Church, 2005). Ardnave is the latest. But the famous whisky isle now distills The Botanist Gin and Nerabus, made by Dr John Gow, a former forensic scientist and professor at Glasgow University, and his wife Dr Audrey Gow. Colonsay Island also has its own gin, Wild Thyme Spirits, made by a retired architect. All the distilleries have tasting rooms and tours. Laphroaig was awarded a royal endorsement by Prince Charles (as the Duke of Rothesay) in 1994. For the price of a dram, fans can buy a lifetime lease of one square foot (930 cm2) of Laphroaig land. >>> PHOTO COPYRIGHT: LUSSAGIN.COM

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However, with 70 per cent of UK gin now made north of the border, and gin set to outsell whisky by 2020, a nation of whisky makers and drinkers is rapidly turning into a nation of gin drinkers. Scotland now has its own Gin Trail comprising over fifty micro-distilleries making artisanal premium gins from all kinds of ingredients, including heather, tea and bladderwrack, as well as sea lettuce. The Botanist is made from twenty-two ingredients and nine aromatics. The Paps of Jura can be seen from Port Askaig on Islay. With its numerous lochs, the island offers excellent brown trout as well as salmon fishing. You can also go crab, scallop and lobster fishing from Port Ellen and Portnahaven. Birdwatching is popular: twitchers visit the island for sightings of winter Barnacle Geese (as many as 10,000 can arrive on the same day) as well as Greenland WhiteFronted Geese, Whooper and Mute Swans, Slavonian Grebe, Corncrake, Hen Harriers, Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and plenty of Oystercatchers and Guillemots. There are plenty of kirks with cupstones and Gaelic carved crosses too. The best place to stay on the Queen of the Hebrides is Campbell Gray Hotels’ newly-opened and restored luxury The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links, with its own seven-mile beach and famous and fabulous 1891 golf links, recently re-designed by DJ Russell and Ian Woosnam. The big-windowed, 43-room luxury hotel houses the island’s first cinema and has the feeling of a very modern, high-ceilinged, high-end hunting lodge. The locals approve. Although they grumble about the potholed approach road which seems to have been retained as a site of archaeological interest and historic significance. There is a six hole ‘wee course’, virtual golf teaching facilities and ubiquitous, if small, spa. The magnificent Sunday lunch defeats most. Room 26 is the best room in the hotel, looking over the eighteenth green and down the fairway. There is no room 101, that’s in Orwell, not Islay. The reborn Machrie is not to be feared. Although a peaty little Laphroaig 27-yearold single malt in your porridge in the morning helps to give some Hebridean courage. Or maybe a little Botanist or Professor’s Ruin on the side? At times, they may feel ‘un-get-to-able’, but Jura and Islay are unforgettable and hard to leave. The gin and whisky souvenirs help with the memories. You can always blame your red face on the wind.

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ON It’s over fifty years since the Ford Mustang almost, but not quite, stole the show in the cult film Bullitt. Screen legend Steve McQueen and America’s best-known muscle car are synonymous with the legendary sixties’ film. Euan Johns looks at the special Bullitt version of this Ford Motor Company icon.


he Mustang is a true thoroughbred that has entered into motoring folklore throughout the world (thanks Steve). So how do you make a Bullitt Mustang? Simples. It’s very straightforward. Use the same dark highland green paint as for the car that careered around San Francisco’s streets for nigh on 10 minutes, tune the V8 engine, add some alloy wheels, alter the suspension, scatter a few Bullitt logos about, and hey presto. Ford’s executive chairman Bill Clay Ford introduced the new Mustang in Barcelona in 2013, one of six cities where the new model was simultaneously revealed. The promise? Well, nothing less than world-class levels of performance and refinement, while embracing the Mustang’s half-century of heritage and status as a global icon. That was the aim and at a starting price point of around £34,000 (duties paid), it’s an option for those who don’t want to stretch to a Mercedes coupé or similar. The Mustang looks the business with a lower bonnet design and optional spoiler maintaining its macho look, but providing a softer, slicker edge. Inside there’s plenty of room and the back seats really do function as seats. The boot is larger than rivals as well and can actually be used as one. >>>

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“The world is falling in love with Mustang. Mustang represents the best of American design, performance and freedom, with an unmistakeable personality that appeals – regardless of your postcode.” Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst

More than ten million Mustangs have been sold since it was first launched in 1964: that landmark was reached last August. It’s perhaps rather surprisingly the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook, but then it has been a star performer on celluloid and continues so in the digital age. The Mustang has made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and now video games. This car has world-class performance, driving dynamics and useability. It includes a significant amount of advanced driver convenience and aid technologies. The clean design of both the Ford Mustang fastback and convertible evokes the essential character of the car, retaining key design elements of the classic Mustangs recognisable to European car fans, including the long, sculpted bonnet and short rear. All this has driven the car to be the best-selling sports coupé in the world for the third year running. The way the Ford Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the driving experience. The car offers good power options (the 5.0-litre V8 is a monster) and chassis configurations refined to meet the driving expectations of European drivers. The 5.0-litre V8 engine snarls and roars upon ignition and is joined by an all-new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine that brings state-of-the-art technology into play. This delivers turbocharged performance with the fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions demanded by European consumers. You’ll probably get through a few tyres along the way as the car does pay homage to America’s love affair with drag racing. It also has a new party trick and that’s the line lock which can generate more smoke than if you set light to it. The special edition Ford Mustang Bullitt is available in shadow black or classic dark highland green for just over £48k. It’s a very high-performance coupé for many who feel they want to match the ‘King of Cool’, well, only in their dreams…dream on.

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love of learning Michael Connolly, headmaster of Cranmore School, examines the purpose of prep schools.


reparatory schools, more commonly known as ‘prep schools’, were originally set up to prepare boys to take the Common Entrance Exam at age 13 for entry to traditional senior schools, many of which provided boarding. These prep schools largely had an intake of pupils at age seven and from that point on there was a focus in getting over the hurdle of the exam at age 13. In modern times, the situation is very different. First of all, whilst prep schools do continue to have a role to play in preparing children for their senior or secondary education, there is recognition for the fact that prep schools have an intrinsic worth for the quality of education they provide beyond a preparation for exams. Indeed, one could easily think that the real business of education does not get underway until children reach their teenage years. Of course, countless studies have highlighted the importance of early years’ education in its own right and it is this foundation on which everything else is built thereafter.

dividends further on down the line. So if prep schools are no longer about slavishly preparing pupils for an exam at age 13, what is their real focus? The answer, of course, is to offer a very broad and rich education that gives every child a huge range of opportunities and experiences. This means that children are not chained to a desk following a narrow curriculum which is limited to numeracy and literacy. Rather, children are able to engage in an exciting and stimulating programme which allows them to develop and enhance their innate talents. At Cranmore School, importance is given to languages which is why the children can study French, Spanish, Mandarin, Latin and Greek. We must prepare children to function in a digital age which is why we teach computer coding and robotics too. School is not simply about learning ‘stuff’, it is about teaching children how to think, which is why Philosophy is on the Cranmore curriculum. Good prep schools ensure that children have plenty of time to engage in sport and music too. Not only do these activities serve to promote individual skills, but opportunities to work with others within a sports’ team or music ensemble can have a high impact on social skills. If a prep school has done its job properly, pupils will enter into adolescence with a love of learning and have the confidence to benefit from the next stage of their education in senior school. It is this strong foundation in prep school which can carry young learners through secondary education and on into higher education.

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The profile of prep schools has changed remarkably. The majority now offer some form of co-education and also admit pupils of a much younger age. In fact, it is common for them to run a nursery for pupils of age two and, in some cases, even younger! Discerning parents appreciate that an investment in their child’s education in the formative years can produce great

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Tax implications of non-resident divorces Gillian Everall of Everfair Tax offers guidance to essence readers on navigating the pitfalls and tax implications of UK and non-resident divorces.


ivorce is always difficult, but there are additional tax complications if one partner is non-domiciled or has non-resident status. The earlier tax implications are considered, the better the results and we frequently navigate the pitfalls to maximise the tax reliefs available for our UK and overseas clients. Tax provisions apply equally to divorces and the cessation of civil partnerships; and unbeknown to many, the permanent separation timing will make an impact, especially with Capital Gains Tax. Couples living together during the separation tax year may transfer assets to each other during the year on a ‘no gain no loss’ basis. However, for any subsequent years before the final dissolution order or decree absolute, assets are transferred at market value, and may generate significant tax liabilities. Post decree absolute transfers are not automatically at market value unless they are not ‘on arm’s length terms’. With regard to property, the main residence is predominately exempt from Capital Gains Tax, but reliant on the occupation of the taxpayer, except for the final 18 months. Therefore, with a lengthy separation and divorce process, careful

planning is essential to preserve tax reliefs for the non-occupying spouse or civil partner. In addition, should the marital home be retained to ensure the protection of young or vulnerable family members, the tax circumstances vary again. Tax benefits may be gained from dividing jointly owned investment properties. For non-residents, non-residential capital gains tax ‘NRCGT’ only applies to gains on UK residential property from 6 April 2015. A tax return must be submitted to HMRC within 30 days of disposal, along with payment of the tax. Importantly, a payer is not able to claim tax relief on maintenance payments and they are taxfree for the recipient in the UK, but some countries will apply tax to spousal and child maintenance. In all cases tax advice in the local jurisdiction should be sought. For a resident non-domicile remittance basis user, transfers should be carefully considered to avoid taxable remittances. If you would like any further information on divorce associated tax liabilities, please feel free to call Everfair’s friendly team on 01932 320800, email, or visit the website

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Construction contracts – a guide Eleanor Griffiths of Mundays LLP provides an introduction to the key concepts that any home improver, self-builder or developer should consider when starting a project. Who will be involved in my project? Irrespective of the size of your project, it is unlikely that you will appoint or have to deal with just one single professional. The roles and size of the project team will vary depending on the scale and complexity of your project, but these are some of the key parties: Eleanor Griffiths is an experienced Development and Construction lawyer having trained with a national law firm in both its Guildford and London offices and subsequently gaining in-house experience working for a major construction company and a listed energy company. She is experienced in advising on procurement under, and the drafting and negotiation of, both bespoke and industry standard forms of contract (including JCT and NEC) and all associated project documentation (including amendments to the standard forms, warranties, bonds, guarantees, professional appointments, subcontracts and letters of intent). Eleanor Griffiths of Mundays LLP on 01932 590619 or by email at

1 You, the Client (the employer/the purchaser). You are the instigator of the works, you need to: be able to communicate your ideas to your team; understand how your decisions and instructions can impact on things like cost and delay; and fund the works. 2 The Contractor (the builder/the developer). This is the party appointed to carry out the works. On a smaller project the Contractor may undertake most of the work themselves, whereas, on a larger project, they will manage numerous Sub-contractors, Designers and Consultants. Even on small projects the Contractor will probably need some specialist assistance. a. Sub-contractors. This term can refer to any number of trades people, specialist or labourers, appointed by the Contractor to fulfil a specific role, for example, electricians, carpenters or plasterers. 3 Consultants. The term consultant usually refers to a party providing professional services. Two common consultants are: a) The Architect (designer). An Architect will be involved in the design and planning of your works. They will draw up plans and specifications for the Contractor to use to build the works, assist with a planning application and may be involved in managing the works. The Architect may also appoint

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sub-consultants to provide technical assistance, for example, a qualified engineer to carry out structural calculations. b. Quantity Surveyor (QS). A QS will help to control the project budget. They can be involved with estimation of quantities at inception and will value the work as it progresses: their appointment is likely to save you money. 4 Suppliers. All of the materials for your project will need to be supplied by a manufacturer, builders’ merchant or other stockist. If your Contractor is purchasing materials on your behalf, you will need to clearly communicate your requirements. If you are purchasing items be aware of delivery/ production time and ensure they are available when required to keep the programme on track. Also remember that the cost of materials can fluctuate, especially on large, long-term projects, you should ensure your contract deals with this possibility. Whilst each part of the construction team will fulfil a different role, there are several key themes that will impact the entire team and that you should consider at the outset of the project. Do I need a construction contract? Contracts don’t need to be written down to be binding, however to best protect yourself and your project it is always advisable to have a written form of agreement. If you don’t it can be difficult to keep track of what has been agreed and more importantly prove this in the case of a dispute. A written contract can also give you legal protection for your project and a good contract will offer some protection against spiralling costs or extensive delays. It is worthwhile spending time at the outset working


information provided in good time. Where a delay is outside the parties’ control, a good contract will guide the parties in agreeing extensions of time and additional costs, or disallowing the same as relevant.

out what you want to achieve, who will be responsible for what and a budget. You can then ensure that your contract accurately reflects this. There are several standard forms of contract available with guidance as to the type of project they are suitable for, including JCT Home Owners or Minor Works contract, RIBA’s Domestic Building Contract and the Federation of Master Builders’ contracts. The contract should suit your project: a contract that is too complex and not administered properly won’t help either party. Whilst it is important for each party employed on the project to have a written contract, the Client may not be a party to every individual contract. The Client might engage the Contractor and Architect directly, they in turn will engage relevant Sub-contractors or Sub-consultants. The Contractor and Architect contracts should provide that they will retain liability for the proper execution of the entire project, so even if something goes wrong down the chain they remain accountable. You can also protect yourself by entering into a collateral warranty with important Subcontractors. For example, your Contractor may employ a mechanical and electrical engineer to undertake important works and the Client has an interest in ensuring that they are properly completed. As above, the Contractor should retain liability for all sub-contracted works, but what happens if the Contractor is insolvent or has ceased trading? A collateral warranty will give you a direct right of recourse against the Sub-contractor. All important Sub-contractors, particularly

those undertaking design works, should be required to provide warranties to the Client. Project control: The holy trinity – Cost, Time and Quality. Cost. Regardless of whether a contract is described as fixed or target cost or otherwise, there will be circumstances when it becomes reasonable for price to be adjusted. Sometimes the cause may be outside of the parties’ control, i.e. the project is damaged due to an ‘act of God’, however Client ‘changes’ can also drive up costs. For example, something as simple as changing the location of a plug socket may require the electrician to return, the original position will need to be made good which may involve filling in, a plaster skim and the area repainted if it has been decorated, and so on. These sorts of changes can amount to a variation of the original contract and the parties should agree any additional costs involved before they are implemented. Time. As with cost, factors outside of the parties’ control can delay a project, for example certain activities cannot be carried out in the rain or during very low or high temperatures. A Sub-contractor who has left site may be needed to implement changes, but they may not be available immediately. Even if design changes can be incorporated into the normal run of the works, they may take longer to execute and your Contractor may have other work booked in. Most programmes will allow for some delay and the Client can assist by ensuring changes are communicated and

Quality. What standard of work have you agreed on and paid for? The starting position is that work will be carried out with reasonable skill and care. If a particular skill, trade or profession is involved, the contract should refer to the task being carried out with the knowledge, training and experience of a person with that particular expertise. If you expect a higher standard of care and you are paying extra for this then your contract should be amended to reflect this. If you require something to be fit for a particular purpose this should also be explicitly stated. As regards materials, the starting position is that they should comply with British or equivalent EU standards, be selected in accordance with the “Good Practice in the Selection of Construction Materials” guide and not be deleterious to people or the building. Any more specific requirements should be communicated to the Contractor and stated in the contract documents. Further, the parties need to know who will select materials: does the team have autonomy to select materials in line with the brief or must the Client approve all materials? The position may be somewhere in between with the Client specifying finishes, but leaving the choice of ‘hidden’ materials to the team. If the Client does want final sign off, do they have the time to dedicate to this task, bearing in mind a delay in instructions, or change of heart, could have time and cost implications?

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Will your portfolio sink or swim? Simon Lewis, CEO at Partridge Muir & Warren, provides an update on what’s happening in financial markets and talks about the need for portfolio resilience to keep your money afloat.


n February I commented that the investment outlook appeared more favorable than had been priced into financial markets at the year-end and I am pleased to report that investor sentiment has indeed improved; financial markets have recovered some of the ground lost in the final quarter of 2018. There are two key factors that have been driving this recovery, although sentiment remains fragile and investors should be prepared for more choppy water in the shorter term. The UK media spotlight has been firmly focused on the Parliamentary pantomime that has surprised, disappointed and bored most of us in equal measure. With Easter fast approaching, who would have thought that we would still have no real idea about how (or indeed whether) the UK will depart the EU? Nevertheless, the UK’s rather embarrassing predicament is not high on the list of concerns for global investors and their mood has been steered primarily by other issues. US Federal Reserve The US Federal Reserve seems to have pulled off a complete U-turn in respect of monetary policy guidance. At the end of last year, the interest rate increased and investors were warned to prepare themselves for at least a further two rate increases in 2019. However, the latest guidance is that interest rates may not increase as much as

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feared and perhaps not at all in 2019. Perhaps more significantly, the program of quantitative tightening, the reversing of the quantitative easing process introduced in the aftermath of the financial crisis, is likely to end in 2019. Why is this important and why is it good for financial markets? Put simply, higher interest rates mean a higher cost of borrowing for companies which in turn reduces profits. Shareholders rely on the delivery of high rates of profit growth to justify buoyant share prices so anything that might get in the way of this puts downward pressure on share prices. Secondly, the quantitative tightening process reduces liquidity in key financial sectors and this has been encouraging volatility. The US-China trade war Until recently the US-China trade war has been high on rhetoric, but in the overall scheme of things, relatively low in terms of impact. Nevertheless, the unilateral tariffs imposed by both sides are starting to bite and have a noticeable impact on global trade. As a consequence, economists are predicting the global economy will slow faster than is already likely. So far this year, trade war rhetoric has softened and a pathway to a resolution and end to hostilities is very positive for financial markets who as described above, crave the conditions that will support good levels of growth in corporate profits.

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Portfolio resilience As wealth managers, there are many issues that we will need to navigate on behalf of our clients during the remainder of 2019 and in addition to seeking the best opportunities for return, we also look for opportunities to perform resilience; so that our clients can sleep easy, whatever the financial climate. I am often asked what methodology we use when we review client portfolios. In truth, we use lots of different processes and methods to construct portfolios; one of the key things for us is diversification. We do not like to see anything more than, let’s say, 1% of a portfolio invested in any single company. The reason for that is that if a company were to unexpectedly fail, any money invested in it would be lost forever; whereas money invested more broadly should eventually recover when the financial climate improves. One aspect we also look at is diversification benefit, which is on the same theme but slightly different. When building a client’s portfolio, we always ensure we engineer in plenty of negative correlation. In other words, we choose investments that will behave differently for a given set of circumstances. As a consequence, when some investments rise in value others will fall and vice versa, so that the overall portfolio value sees a much smoother return. This method significantly reduces volatility and that is very important for most of our clients.

Charting a course When we are thinking about investments we always have plenty of ideas on our radar. One of the key themes that we are wrestling with currently is at what point do we start to re-allocate money back to the UK? At the moment, the UK equity market is in the doldrums relative to its peers, particularly in the smaller and medium-sized company sectors, where we think companies are quite significantly undervalued and for obvious reasons. At some point, it will be time to return focus to the UK in order to benefit from what we see will be quite a strong recovery in the medium-term. Our clients have been well-served by the approach that we’ve taken to investment in UK equities. In the run up to the EU referendum, we cut our exposure to UK equity funds from 52% all the way down to 43%. In fact, in the aftermath of the referendum, we have reduced further as a result of the political uncertainty that has prevailed and our allocation currently stands at 33%. In due course, I’m sure that’s going to rise, but I don’t think the time is right just yet.

My point here is that, with the uncertainty that investors face in 2019, it is important to make sure that your investments are being regularly reviewed. It may be the case that investor sentiment has improved in the last few months, but as investors, we never quite know what is on the horizon. Regularly reviewing your allocation to particular investments and ensuring you have a diversified portfolio is imperative to enable you to keep your head above water, whatever the global economy has to throw at you. If the above concepts are not familiar, you should talk to your existing wealth manager to find out what they are doing to provide your portfolio with resilience. If you are not reassured that your portfolio has the level of resilience that you need, you should come and talk to PMW. With a track record of 50 years, we know a thing or two about investing money, whatever the weather.

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Stephanie Brookes, BBC Radio London food expert, offers her pick of an eating establishment for this month, Tamarind in Mayfair.

here comes a point in the life of any restaurant when the inevitable revamp is on the cards: to facelift or not to facelift? I’m of the mind that if the food is exceptional, then why fix what is already near perfect? My case in point is the distinctly brilliant Tamarind in Mayfair which has long been one of my must-go places for outstanding Indian cuisine. Its stellar reputation and superlative dishes earned it the first Michelin star ever to be awarded to an Indian restaurant in the UK. Tamarind recently underwent an eight-month re-build, introducing an entirely new colour scheme, displaying a more serene colour palette with hints of pink, crème and gold, and with sumptuous, offwhite leather booths in the two separate dining areas – all in all a rather different look than before. As a fan of the ‘old’ Tamarind, I feel it didn’t need a revamp; I even quite like it when a restaurant shows its age – there’s character in that, surely? However, in London’s highly competitive restaurant scene, change is inevitable and this ever-loyal patron was intrigued to try out this newer version. I was relieved to find that the initial greeting was just as warm and welcoming as it always had been.

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We were seated at the top floor dining area: a bright, open space, ideal for more casual lunchtime fare. The menu itself has a much lighter feel to it, with plenty of appealing small plates to start proceedings. And as the spring season unfolds, so does its wonderful choice of vegetables. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to begin with an order of Grilled Asparagus – while not the most immediate mouth-watering choice – a must-try for me. The lightly-charred exterior revealed a perfectly crisp, al dente bite, served with an accompaniment of spiced tomato chutney. Perfect food on which to graze while sampling Tamarind’s newly-crafted




cocktails. Try the Sharbat Mule, a tangy concoction of Belvedere vodka, kumquat, mango and a noteworthy addition of fresh turmeric giving the cocktail its wonderful golden yellow hue, but also adding savoury, bitter notes. A second starter of Rabbit Seekh Kebab offered succulent minced rabbit with a generous filling of dried tomato and raisin. The sweet, slightly gamey flavour of the rabbit stood up to the piquant filling and made for a rather moreish small plate. I’m embarrassed to say our delightful waiter had no sooner served us the dish than it was immediately consumed at warp speed! Thankfully another small plate arrived which I promised (to myself) to linger over. This was on course to becoming the fastest ‘leisurely’ Sunday lunch on record… A much-anticipated plate of Tandoori Konkan Prawn arrived with its appetising burnished outer coating revealing plump, juicy prawns – tandoor has to be the most delicious method for cooking this glorious ingredient. If I was to offer any lunchtime menu suggestion, then order this dish as an additional main without hesitation. A decadent looking entrée of Hyderabadi Goat Chop Curry was a masterful composition of presentation, with the chops artfully stacked towards each other and looking rather majestic, I must say. The meat is slow-cooked with whole garam masala and coconut. As a fan of goat curry, this didn’t fail to disappoint; delicate, grassy notes from the meat and so perfectly tender it didn’t need much persuasion to

fall off the bone. A deeply flavourful garam sauce coated the meat and left just enough to mop up with the accompanying garlicky naan. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the charm and authenticity of this Mayfair stalwart hadn’t been painted over along with the actual interior and still retained the quality that has become synonymous with the Tamarind name. Luckily, a fresh lick of paint seems to have done this beloved restaurant no harm whatsoever, in fact, it may have given a new lease of life to this grand dame of Mayfair. essence INFO

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Hill House Farm

Shirlee Posner introduces readers to an idyllic family run farm in the Surrey Hills, dedicated to connecting people to the countryside and with a ‘farm to fork’ ethos.


an Jones’ growing business is set in the gorgeous Surrey Hills. Hill House Farm is home to a growing herd of rare breed pigs and sheep with Gloucester Old Spots and Southdown sheep the chosen breeds, famed for their delicious meat, but also, in the case of the sheep, as a traditional indigenous species to the area. The farm contains a production Ian Jones unit where Ian (a former chef) creates dry cure bacon, aromatic hams and a range of pork-based ready meals. But Ian doesn’t come from a farming family and the 17 hectare (40 acre) farm was originally purchased by his parents to keep their collection of vintage cars and haulage tractors. The business today was formed from a plan that Ian hatched in 2017. Ian left school and trained as a chef, but decided this was not the career path he wanted. He went to university and took a degree in catering and hotel management, leading to a job within sales and events for a large hotel group: good experience as it turns out for what was to come next. Ian’s final job before creating his current business was for a private equity company where he felt the business ethos was at odds with his own personal mindset. He decided at that point to do something different where he could make his own mark. Mixed in with this was a love of the outdoors and education, which he had stayed close to whilst running a local scout group. Ian undertook four courses at River Cottage in Axminster, Dorset. Curing was one of the four courses and Ian was immediately drawn to this. The family farm already had four pigs reared for its own use, so he was not a novice in the field of animal husbandry. He was keen to recreate some of the products he had made on the course and started to hatch a business plan.

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Ian decided to expand the number of pigs and sheep and to produce top quality dry cured bacon and ham to sell locally, working with a local butcher to create sausages using Hill House Farm pork. Local is an important ethos for this business and it currently only sells within a 30 mile radius to local farm shops, pubs and restaurants. Creating a new brand involved getting a designer on board and Ian could not have made a better choice than Surrey-based artist Louise Dunckley from Dorking-based Illustration Prints. Her beautiful prints featuring iconic Surrey landscapes are much loved by locals (I have one of Leith Hill by Louise in my house) and her designs for Ian’s brand are perfect. Hill House Farm’s branded marquee for farmers’ markets and new packaging for the ready meals are unique and help to tell his Surrey Hills’ story. Last summer, after just three months of trading, Hill House joined the Open Farm Sunday Campaign, part of a programme by LEAF (Linking Environment to Farming). Hill House was delighted to welcome over 750 people to the farm. All three generations of the family pulled together and swept, cleaned, baked and organised a fun event. Vintage vehicles were on show, sheep were shorn and food on offer included Ian’s super stuffed sausage rolls fresh from the oven. As Ian says, it was a fabulous opportunity to get across to visitors what their new venture was all about. “At Hill House Farm we are passionate about what we do and love talking about it, which is why we wanted to take part in LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday event. We are dedicated about connecting people to the countryside, whether that be Ian’s super stuffed through great food or outstanding sausage rolls

Hill House Farm Southdown sheep

rural experiences and felt that by opening our doors we’d be able to show people what we do and why we care so much about it.” Ian says he also wanted the opportunity to show off the ‘farm to fork’ rare breed pork and lamb hand reared on the farm. He continued: “We pride ourselves on creating high-quality products with great provenance and low food miles. We believe it’s really important to know where food comes from and what’s gone into creating it, particularly for children, so what better way to impart that knowledge than with a giant show and tell?” In addition to Hill House’s own business, others were invited to be part of the day. Handpicked for Dorking, who work with local arts and craft companies, provided a variety of stalls from printed bags to natural beauty products and jewellery. A soft drinks stall was run by Cancer Research who raised over £500. When I spoke to Ian he was excited to have just launched his range of ready meals. A man that likes to collaborate, it was great to see that one of his dishes contains a locally produced porter-style English beer ‘Black Noise’ from Dorking Brewery. Hill House Farm’s core products have a local theme too, utilising local cider for hams, honey from their own hives and herbs from the farm’s vegetable garden. This business is a welcome addition to the Surrey food scene as a thoughtful, well-executed, professionally-run enterprise. Its products are delicious and fulfill a growing desire for locally-prepared merchandise with low food miles and provenance that can be trusted. Buy Hill House Farm products from good farm shops, notably Village Greens (Denbies & Coles Lane – full range) and Secretts in Milford (ready meals only) or from the Hill House Farm online shop. essence INFO

Hill House Farm Misbrooks Green Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 4QQ Telephone: 01306 264000 Website: Shirlee Posner is a food writer and blogger at and provides social media management, web copywriting and food photography.

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Spring cleanse:

SUPER SMOOTHIES Rick Hay, Healthista nutritional director, offers his advice on creating nourishing, energising super smoothies and bowls.



pring is the perfect time to try nourishing smoothies with a teaspoon or two of energising, alkalising, chlorophyll-rich super greens or plant-based protein powders such as hemp, pea or rice. Super smoothies tend to be high in magnesium and B vitamins to support the nervous system and also have good levels of energyproducing iron and vitamin C. Vitamin C not only helps with immune system function, but it has the added benefit of helping with collagen production improving skin appearance as well. With their array of enzymes, phytonutrients and essential fatty acids these colourful smoothies make excellent spring cleansers. The addition of the super green powders also promote healthy digestive function and further contribute to skin, hair and nail health. These smoothies can assist with regularity and help the body with its natural detox and cleansing processes. Other bonuses are that they help to increase nutrient intake for those not achieving their five a day, help with energy production and may assist with weight management goals. A lift in mood and improvement in cognition may also be achieved. Try one of these easy detox smoothie recipes for breakfast or lunch, or as a healthy mid-morning or mid-afternoon nutrientdense snack option. If adding in a serving of plant-based protein, the smoothies can be used as a meal replacement as they are packed full of amino acids and can help to feel fuller for longer.

Spirulina raspberry energy smoothie

Blueberry cacao Super Greens’ smoothie

Wheatgrass sweet green smoothie

Ingredients: One cup of raspberries One teaspoon of linseeds One teaspoon of cayenne or chilli One date One teaspoon of Spirulina powder One serving of plant-based protein if desired 200 mls almond milk

Ingredients: Two cups of blueberries One cup of spinach One teaspoon cacao One serving of plant-based protein 200 mls hemp milk One teaspoon of Super Greens powder

Ingredients: One small avocado A handful of kale 200 mls coconut milk Two prunes One teaspoon of Wheatgrass powder

Method: Blend all ingredients. This super smoothie utilises cayenne or chilli to help boost fat burning and the pigments in the berries boost immunity and provide energy. The addition of Spirulina provides extra B vitamin and Iion to aid energy production.

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Method: Blend all ingredients. Blue pigments from the berries help to boost immunity with the cacao providing free radical fighting antioxidants. This smoothie provides the turbo charging benefit of all four Super Greens in one nutrient dense drink.

Method: Blend all ingredients. Avocado is a great source of protein and fibre to help reduce cravings with the deep green pigments and added wheatgrass helping with detox and digestive function. The prunes further increase fibre levels to assist with cleansing and satiety.

Energy super smoothie Ingredients: One banana Two dates, figs or prunes Rice or almond milk A handful of cashews. One serving of plant-based protein

Cleansing Chlorella green smoothie Ingredients: One banana Two figs Handful of English spinach 200 mls rice milk A handful of cashews One teaspoon of Chlorella powder. Method: Blend all ingredients. The potassium, iron, vitamin C and magnesium in this cleansing smoothie help with energy production. The Chlorella powder aids heavy metal detoxification and the cashews are high in protein which helps with muscle strength, endurance and providing essential fatty acids for skin health.

Barley grass and ginger blast Ingredients: One beetroot Handful of raspberries Small piece of ginger 200 mls of coconut water One teaspoon of Synergy Natural Barley Grass powder Method: Blend all ingredients. The barley grass provides extra energy boosting magnesium and iron, whilst the ginger soothes digestion and helps promote circulation. The beetroot and berries stimulate nitric oxide to help deliver a natural burst of energy when needed.

Antioxident powerhouse A superfood bowl is a true nutrient-dense fuel, an antioxidant powerhouse that will really help boost immunity and aid recovery and tiredness after exercise. It’s a mini multivitamin/multi-mineral package in a bowl and is good for brain function and mood too.

The potassium, iron, vitamin C and magnesium in this super smoothie help with energy production. These nutrients are also essential to help fight tiredness and fatigue. As this smoothie is rich in fibre, it helps with weight management and the slow release of energy so It is possible to train for longer. The cashews are high in protein which aids muscle strength and endurance and they provide essential fatty acids that help with cardio vascular health.

For those looking for good organic super greens, I recommend Synergy Natural’s Organic Spirulina, Wheat Grass, Barley Grass or Chlorella. The company also offers a super green blend available at many health food stores or at My favourite protein powders are Sunwarrior Classic Plus or Warrior Blend.

Rev up berry superfood bowl

I formulated a weight loss range for Healthista so, of course, its Lean Vegan Diet Protein is another that I recommend and is available in selected supermarkets, health food stores and online at

Ingredients: Handful of English spinach A few blueberries and strawberries One banana One teaspoon of chia seeds 100 mls of almond milk A dollop of unsweetened Greek yoghurt Half a sliced and peeled kiwi fruit A few teaspoons of oats and granola if desired and some desiccated coconut Method: Blend the almond milk, banana, spinach and pour into a small bowl. Top with the blueberries, sliced kiwi fruit, strawberries, oats and granola. Finish off with a dollop of yoghurt and some desiccated coconut.

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Find my Sixty Second Smoothie videos online at too – there are thirty of them, so lots of variety. See below for some starter smoothie suggestions: notice they are fruit and vegetable combinations to regulate blood sugar levels and consequently reduce cravings.

wRaspberry, blueberry, chia seeds, linseeds, cinnamon, date, coconut yoghurt and rice milk wAvocado, spinach, date, prune, fig and coconut water wPineapple, banana, apple and coconut milk wBanana, date, fig, kale, cashews and almond milk wBeetroot, raspberry, blackberry, ginger and coconut water wRaspberry, cacao, yoghurt, chia seeds, spinach and almond milk wMixed berries, oats, seeds, almonds, spinach and hemp milk wMelon, pear, mango, pineapple, kale and coconut milk wPineapple, ginger, celery and coconut water wCarrot, kiwi and coconut water wSpinach, apple, pineapple and rice milk wCarrot, apple, ginger and coconut water/milk wWatermelon, cherry, beetroot, raspberry and water

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The diary Linda Seward’s ’s diary of the best of what’s on in theatre, music, exhibitions, arts and the countryside.

Theatre Richmond Theatre Richmond


Monday 8 to Saturday 13 April The House on Cold Hill

Based on Peter James’ supernatural thriller and starring Joe McFadden. Monday 15 to Saturday 20 April Glengarry Glen Ross

Mark Benton and Nigel Harman star in this production of David Mamet’s darkly funny classic play about a hard-hitting sales team.

New Wimbledon Theatre Wimbledon Wimbledon


Tuesday 16 to Saturday 20 April Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

See listing for New Victoria Theatre, Woking. Monday 29 April to Saturday 4 May The Full Monty – The Play by Simon Beaufoy

Based on the hit film and featuring its iconic songs.

Cranleigh Arts Centre Cranleigh Wimbledon


Monday 22 to Saturday 27 April The Picture of Dorian Gray

Friday 12 April Tom Thumb

New production based on Oscar Wilde’s tale about the obsession with youth and beauty.

Family show for ages three and up.

Tuesday 30 April to Saturday 4 May Edmond de Bergerac

Hit comedy starring Freddie Fox and Josie Lawrence.

New Victoria Theatre

Farnham Maltings Farnham Wimbledon


Friday 5 April Seann Walsh: After This One, I’m Going Home

Dishevelled comedian on tour.


Monday 15 April David Baddiel’s AniMalcolm


the Musical

Sunday 14 April An Evening with Aggers & Tuffers

Story Pocket Theatre returns with this energetic and funny musical for all the family.

An entertaining evening run in aid of the Professional Cricketers’ Association Benevolent Fund.

G Live

Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 April The House on Cold Hill


See listing above for Richmond.

Monday 8 to Tuesday 9 April Zog

Tuesday 30 April to Saturday 4 May Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

A powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece.

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Mark Benton and Nigel Harman, Glengarry Glen Ross, Richmond Theatre


Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved dragon comes to life on stage.

Nicola Benedetti, Investec International Music Festival PHOTO COPYRIGHT: SIMON FOWLER

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Guildford Shakespeare Company





Sunday 14 to Sunday 28 April Will’s birthday bash


The GSC’s celebration of the Bard’s birthday opens with the GSC Young Company’s performances (14 to 15 April) of Love and Wonder in the Guildhall. The bash continues with a staged reading of King John on 24 April and ends with the Sonnet Walk Weekend (27 to 28 April).

A community hub showcasing music, events and the arts. See website for gig details.

Princes Hall Theatre Aldershot


Throughout the year

Epworth Choir

Holy Trinity Church, Guildford Tickets:

Saturday 6 April, 7.30pm Fairest Isle: The English Pastoral

Joyful and rousing music.

Guildford Cathedral

Friday 3 May Reginald D Hunter: Facing the Beast


Searingly honest comic on tour.

Saturday 27 April, 7.30pm Cavatina Orchestra and

Rose Theatre Kingston Kingston-upon-Thames


Wednesday 10 to Sunday 21 April The Cat in the Hat

Based on the anarchic and much-loved book by Dr Seuss.


Chamber Choir concert

A unique performance of Haydn’s Creation in aid of Guildford Cathedral, conducted by Max Todes and chorus mastered by Hannah Dienes-Williams, both aged 17.

The Electric Theatre

Investec International Music Festival



Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April Fantastic Mr Fox

Wednesday 10 April – Insight

The Man In The Moon’s production of Roald Dahl’s classic tale.

to Saturday 11 May


Tuesday 16 April Amelia

A fascinating play about enigmatic 1930s’ aviator Amelia Earhart.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Various venues

Evening and then Thursday 2

Tenth anniversary season for this prestigious music festival, including performances from Clare Teal and her trio and Nicola Benedetti.

Leith Hill Musical Festival Dorking Halls


Tickets: and


Tuesday 9 to Saturday 13 April The Remains of the Day

Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April Competitions and concerts

Based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel.

Three consecutive days of choir competitions, rehearsals and evening concerts. See website for details of the full programme.

Tuesday 30 April to Saturday 4 May Octopus Soup!

British farce with Nick Hancock.

Reginald D Hunter, Princes Hall Theatre, Aldershot PHOTO COPYRIGHT: KASH YUSUF


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tickets to see

at the Lyric Hammersmith

Tom Thumb, Cranleigh Arts Centre

essence has three pairs of tickets valid until Wednesday 8 May. Following record-breaking sell-out shows, a West End transfer, productions in China, Australia, Canada, Europe and a smash-hit film, the original terrifying live production of Ghost Stories is back. Experience Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s worldwide cult phenomenon in the theatre where it all began. Keep telling yourself it’s only a show... Warning: Please be advised that Ghost Stories contains moments of extreme shock and tension. The show is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 15. We strongly advise those of a nervous disposition to think very seriously before attending. ★★★★ “Brilliantly scary” Daily Express ★★★★ “I had to sleep with the lights on” Metro ★★★★ “Genuine scary fun” Sunday Times ★★★★ “An immaculately crafted evening of entertainment” Time Out – Critics’ Choice ★★★★ “Brilliant and deeply unsettling” The Daily Telegraph

Valentine Fabre, Dent du Géant, Banff Mountain Film Festival PHOTO COPYRIGHT: BEN TIBBETTS

For a chance to win a pair of tickets for Ghost Stories, simply visit and answer the following question: What is the age limit for the show? Is it: a) 14 b) 15 c) 16 Closing date Friday 26 April 2019.

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Ghost Stories is showing at the Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, London W6 0QL until 11 May. Tickets from £10. Prices increase with demand, so book early for the best seats at the best prices. Website: Telephone: 020 8741 6850 Terms and conditions: One reader will win a pair of tickets to Ghost Stories at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, valid for performances to 8 May. Prize is subject to availability, no cash alternative is offered. Travel and accommodation is not included.

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Michael Porter, Vanitas series, oil and acrylic on paper, New Ashgate Gallery

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Spotlight on...

Bocketts Farm Park: Easter Eggstravaganza Fetcham

Saturday 6 to Tuesday 23 April An exciting time of year at Bocketts Farm Park with over 350 new born lambs due in the Animal Discovery Barn. Visitors may even be lucky enough to see a lamb being born. Other attractions include Meet the Shepherd in sessions throughout the day – an opportunity to learn all about the Farm’s sheep and lambs; baby chicks and ducklings in the Small Animal Village; an Easter stamp trail with a chocolate treat for each child; Snuffles and Tiggles in the Easter Garden for fun live shows; badges, colour sheets and lots more available in the Easter Craft Corner and don’t miss the chance to have a boogie in the Disco Den. A full programme of farm activities is on offer with animal handling, goat milking, tractor and pony rides and pig races. See website below for more information.

Tickets: Bocketts Farm Park lambs PHOTO COPYRIGHT: BOCKETTS FARM PARK



Banff Mountain Film Festival

New Ashgate Gallery

In the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, an exhibition exploring the fascination with our cosmic neighbour.


To Monday 22 April Raymond Booth 1929-2015:

G Live and Dorking Halls Tickets:

Saturday 6 April (Dorking Halls) and Thursday 11 April (G Live)

New films of intrepid expeditions.

Farnham Beerex 2019


To Saturday 13 April Spring craft collection

Ceramics, jewellery and textiles. To Saturday 13 April Monoprints: Tessa Pearson and Louise Davies

Farnham Maltings

An exhibition of bold colour.


Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April

To Saturday 13 April Rising Stars

All proceeds go to charity.

Emerging makers in many formats.

Godalming Spring Festival

Saturday 20 April to Saturday 8 June PRIZE: a celebration of image

Godalming Town Centre


Internationally accomplished artists.

Stalls, artisan street food and more.

The Lightbox Gallery and Museum

The Surrey Food Festival


Saturday 6 April

Old Deer Park, Richmond


Cadbury Easter egg hunt

Solve the clues to win a prize on this nature-themed trail.

Leith Hill Place near Dorking

Detailing Nature

Information: 01306 711685

An exhibition telling the littleknown story of one of Britain’s most accomplished botanical, wildlife and natural history artists.

Friday 19 to Monday 22 April Cadbury Easter egg hunt

National Trust

Polesden Lacey

National Trust properties offer perfect venues to explore any time of the year. We list a few, but visit for more.

The animals of Polesden are spring cleaning. Work out what is recycled and upcycled in the woodland to win a chocolate prize.

Claremont Landscape Garden

Explore the grounds to find the clues for a chocolate prize.

near Dorking

Information: 01372 452048

Saturday 6 to Monday 22 April Cadbury Easter egg hunt

Saturday 13 April, 11am–1pm Bluebells walk

A spring walk led by a ranger.

near Esher


To Sunday 2 June Women in Photography:

Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 April

A History of British Trailblazers

Saturday 6 to Monday 22 April Cadbury Easter egg hunt


A nature-themed trail around the garden with a chocolate reward.

Saturday 6 to Monday 22 April Cadbury Easter egg hunt and

With stalls and Kids’ Zone.

Woking Literary Festival The Lightbox, Woking


Saturday 6 April

Extended line-up of literary events, including talks, quiz and lots more.

Showcasing achievements of female photographers working in Britain.

Watts Gallery

Compton, Guildford Information:

Tuesday 2 April to Sunday 23 June Moonscapes

Information: 01372 467436

Hatchlands Park near Guildford

Information: 01483 222482

Saturday 6 to Tuesday 23 April

Winkworth Arboretum Information: 01483 208477

family trail: Dragon Nest Quest

Two trails, one to win a chocolate treat and another to follow clues to discover the dragon’s nest hiding among the trees.

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Join Ruth Langsford at

The Great Weybridge Cake Off Artisan food & craft market

Saturday 15 June, 10am–3pm Are you the next Rahul, Ruby or Kim-Joy? Are you cute with cupcakes or nuts about fruitcake? Categories: Celebration • Family bake • Half-dozen bakes Children under 12 and teens to adults, bring your masterpiece to Monument Green at 10am. Registration closes 11am. Win our Best in Show trophy! Entry fee: £3. For full details and to download an entry form, visit All monies raised will support Your Sanctuary Follow us on Twitter - @WeybridgeGreen Gill Eastwood - Sharon Ferrari -

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Waves of bluebells, Surrey Wildlife Trust PHOTO COPYRIGHT: GUY EDWARDES/2020VISION

Out and about

Hampton Court Palace

Albury Vineyard

Follow clues around the Palace.



East Molesey


Saturday 6 to Monday 22 April Easter Lindt Gold Bunny hunt

Painshill Park

Sunday 14 April Bee-keeping demonstration


With Sergio, bee-keeper at Albury.

Sunday 21 April, 10am–1pm Easter chocolate treasure hunt

Saturday 20 April Easter open day

Family-friendly, self-guided tours of the vineyard, wine tasting, toy trail for children and lots more.

Brooklands Museum


Solve riddles to reveal the chocolate.

RHS Wisley Woking



Saturday 6 to Monday 29 April Easter holidays


Drop-in fun family activities.

Monday 8 to Thursday 18 April Easter school holiday family fun

Monday 29 April to Sunday 5 May National Gardening Week

Running weekdays, car rides will operate, visit Concorde, pick up the Easter trail and more.

Talks and celebration of the Week.

Gatton Park Reigate


Surrey Wildlife Trust Various locations


Thursday 11 April, 10am–4pm Meet the newborns at

Sunday 21 to Monday 22 April Easter egg hunt

Bonhurst Farm, Bramley

Explore the beautiful Edwardian gardens looking for clues to win chocolate eggs, with Easter crafts, face painting and games.

Wednesday 17 April, 10–11.30am Waves of bluebells, White Down,

An unforgettable family experience.


Spring arrives on White Down.

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A large family home newly constructed in 2013. Set behind electric gates along one of Cobham’s sought after, leafy residential lanes. High ceilings, generous room proportions and a beautifully designed interior give this unique home a sense of light and space, as well as a feeling of luxury everywhere you look. Programmable mood lighting, ceiling speakers with Sonos controllers, CAT 5 wiring and air conditioning are a few of the electrical features installed. Concrete floors and underfloor heating throughout are also a particular feature of note. The rear garden has been professionally designed and landscaped to provide a luxurious space with access via bifold doors from the kitchen breakfast and family rooms. Arlington House is a superb home, available for immediate occupation. An internal viewing is strongly recommended.

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Walsingham Terrace, Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton KT7 • £1,265,000 • EPC rating: TBC

Walsingham Terrace is an elegant row of four newly built properties finished to an exacting specification by Portchester Estates who have created truly exceptional four bedroom family homes with contemporary design and architecture. This property benefits from off street parking and garage. Thames Ditton village with shops and train station are close by with Surbiton town centre and station also within easy reach, both providing direct trains in to London Waterloo. The area is renowned for both state and private schooling.

Claremont Avenue, Esher KT10 • £1,650,000 • EPC rating: C

Wonderful, detached, family home of approximately 3,500 sq ft, which sits in a super plot and offers exceptional living accommodation including five bedrooms, three bathrooms, two receptions, fantastic kitchen/dining/family room, utility and spacious summer house/study. Esher town centre and train station are within close proximity offering routes into London Waterloo, along with access to the picturesque West End village green with pond and Garsons Farm.


17th century lateral living Eagle House, High Street, Wimbledon Village, London SW19 5EF Award-winning architects Michelis Boyd Associates were commissioned to create the internal spaces, with the brief to make them light filled, contemporary homes that sit comfortably with their Jacobean heritage. A full restoration of the fireplaces, staircases and oak panelling allow residents to enjoy period features in tandem with modern, high-tech living, with the latest home technology including a Control4 Audio System and integrated Heating & Comfort Cooling Controls. The Bulthaup kitchens feature bespoke white work surfaces and a range of integrated Miele appliances.

The new show apartment in Grade II* listed Eagle House demonstrates the undeniable attraction of contemporary living in a stunning period setting. Situated on the first floor of this Jacobean manor house, located in the heart of Wimbledon Village, the super-sized apartment, accessed by its own flight of polished timber stairs, has soaring stained glass and leaded light Broadway and Parsons Green takes Kim comments; “This is my first The fourth floors are home to a family windows, an elaborate heraldic moulded plaster ceiling, and 17 minutes to Oxford Circus and just opportunity to work with Octagon bathroom and the additional double original fireplaces, all painstakingly renovated. half an hour to Canary Wharf. since founding my luxury interiors bedrooms, each featuring built in Heathrow Airport aisprivate 32 minutes company, and to at apartment wardrobes andHouse two also Eagle wasenjoying the second building to be erected in come on board One also includes patio, away whilst every resident from nearby the concept stage aisfamily exciting, en-suites.Wimbledon Village in the early 1600s and was originally will be able to enjoy theHammersmith landscaped communal gardens to the country house commissioned by Robert Bell, the co-founder front and Underground. rear of the property. Each home also includes allocation allowing us to create aof truly Innovative outdoor space includes theThe aspirational the British East India Company. house changed ownership for two parking spaces in the forecourt. home to show their Fulham has a vibrant mix of shops, covered lower courtyard and names severalgardens, times over the centuries, briefly called Nelson, potential purchasers. following Nelson’s visit in 1805, and awarded a Blue Plaque The setting is ideal for and commuters, with numerous restaurants bars, whilst Bishops bus routes landscaped spaceLord to the front and as the home ofbalconies Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher, who servicing the area, mainline Park andand theWimbledon river provide someand underground “The Bishops Row townhouses are rear, as well as private and in 1803. the then renowned Eagle so we are stations less thanand a mile awayNearby – residents can reach London peace quiet. Ofsted large inside, terraces. was The educated pièce de there résistance inIn 1860,surprisingly House School took over the building, and the moniker and Waterloo in just 19 minutes by SW trains. Eagle House is within ‘outstanding’ rated schools include focusing on creating free flowing outdoor living comes in the form of rooftop statue remained following the school’s departure and two miles of the A3 which provides access into and out of Fulham Cross Girls School, London spaces within the show home to the roof top terraces from Plots 8 and subsequent purchases and uses. central London. The area is known for its great schooling, Oratory School as well asKings College School. demonstrate how flexible the 9, which give residents unbeatable such as Wimbledon High School and independent schools such as Fulham different rooms and levels can be. views towards the River Thames. The house has taken four years to renovate and convert by the The Rokeby School is a short drive away. at Octagon. Overseen by and Prep School. Using sophisticated tones Plot 9 willaward-winning also feature aBespoke lift to allbuilding floors. team English Heritage and Octagon Listed Home specialist Stephen Prices from £2.25m – with a share in the freehold. textures, from greys, bronze finishes For further information please Launching the Showhome within Plot Dunn, the handpicked team of craftsmen carefully restoredtoallherringbone the and woven leathers fineOctagon period features, and converted the accommodation contact Octagon on– 020 8481 7500 1 in early existing February, brought Viewings by appointment only please contact Octagon and geometric prints, the scheme is into eight individual homes, of which six are now remaining for sale. on 020 8481 7500, or Knight Frank’s Wimbledon or Strutt & Parker on 020 7731 Kim Harvey of Kim Harvey Interiors contemporary and elegant with a on 020 8946 0026 to arrange. For more information, visit onboard to create an aspirational tailored by classical Through the original Jacobean oak front door,finish, is the inspired main scheme within the London British style and entrance hall, a warm, welcoming space furnished and history.” decorated townhouse. In addition to the high in a country house hotel style, with scene stealers – the ornately Bishops Row offers quality finishes specifications carved and oak original fireplace and a full-height stained glassexceptional transport linksa in to the West End and synonymous withbay. theAOctagon name, window rear oak door in the hall leads onto private the City. Nearby Putney Bridge station each room has been given a personal courtyard garden which is formally planted and provides a for residents as wellprovides as somewhere accesstotoenjoy Sloane Square and feel, withpleasant bespokeoutlook cabinetry and hand outdoorsthroughout. in seclusion. 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SUPERIOR HOMES FOR A S P I R I N G L I F E S T LY E S Designed and built by premier luxury housebuilder Octagon, Broadoaks Park is soon to launch its magnificent mix of family homes set in approximately 25 acres of green space. Connecting city and country lifestyles, this unique and exclusive development will offer a range of beautiful homes, from stylish apartments to spacious detached family houses. Centred around a Grade II Listed mansion alongside original lodges, a coach house and ornamental gardens, Broadoaks Park offers a blend of heritage and modernity to create a one-of-a-kind community.


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