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8 | Design | HALSTED

Halsted Design is rooted in Africa and its contemporary designs reflect the continent’s art in a variety of different ways. Fleur Heyns, Fée Halsted and Jonathan Berning established the company in 2013 to execute a simple vision: to transform African art into global design.



Britain’s beach resorts can be a tad depressing out of season, but not the Gower. Hanna Lindon enjoys lip-licking food, incredible natural beauty and plenty of outdoor adventures on a shoulder season break to Wales’ most lauded peninsula.

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Berry-bearing trees and shrubs come into their own in autumn, creating colourful displays that can last well into winter and add a new dimension to any garden.

26 | Motoring | BENTLEY

Louise Alexander-O’Loughlin test drives one of the world’s most luxurious cars, the Bentley Bentayga.


Motoring | BENTLEY

32 | Fashion | KAREN MILLEN

Beautifully crafted clothes with individual style from the Autumn Winter collection. PHOTO COPYRIGHT H.R. OWEN


40 | Artisan food | EAT SURREY


Food writer Shirlee Posner of Eat Surrey introduces essence readers to some Italian artistry in the shape of Farretti Bakery in Lodsworth.

Louise Alexander-O’Loughlin morphs into ‘The Stig’ to sit in the lap of luxury test-driving one of the world’s most luxurious cars, the Bentley Bentayga, with a price tag on it that boasts ‘only in your wildest dreams’ or ‘I’ve made it’.


Crates chooses current seasonal offerings, game and pears, together with recipes to enjoy.

46 | Restaurant Review | THE TALBOT RIPLEY

Food writer Laura Scott visits a historic hotel and eaterie, The Talbot in Ripley, a presence in the area since 1453.

50 | Legal | MUNDAYS

Mitchell Thompson, Associate in the Private Wealth Department at Mundays, discusses important issues relating to Wills.


he Bentley Bentayga may just be the fastest, most powerful, luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world. This elite and elegant hand crafted machine is not for the faint hearted, hitting 0-60mph in 4.0 seconds. The Stig (aka Lou) experienced how Bentley’s SUV glides like a GT, tows up to 3,500kg with consummate ease and takes off-road conditions in its stride! Ushered to ‘my’ car, at H.R. Owen's top selling dealership outside London, Brooklands, the home of British motor sport, a smart key entry system with its electronic mechanism opened the door of the Bentayga and the soft closing door feature shut me inside, leaving the world very much outside. The cabin was impressive: its style, space and quality oozed with tradition. The wood, metal and leather interior with quilted hand sewn leather seats, its aroma and beauty, made me realise why the Bentley marque has always been much sought after. The steering wheel, a lot smaller than I had imagined for a two and a half ton car, I felt would be


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52 | Finance | PMW

Simon Lewis CEO at Partridge Muir & Warren Ltd investigates whether there will be a change in fortune for investors in global emerging market equities.

54 | Leisure Breaks | UTRECHT

Utrecht, located in the heart of the Netherlands beside the flowing waters of the Rhine, offers Rebecca Underwood an intriguing glimpse into a vibrant culture and a rich and colourful history.

58 | Events | SURREY

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

66 | Property | ARCHITECTURE

It’s not always and only about how large a house is: views do matter. Jane Pople finds some properties with the most spectacular panoramic views.


Gardening | HTA Cotoneaster Dammeri

Top four shrubs with colourful fruits and berries Firethorn – (Pyracantha varieties)


Skimmia – Many female varieties produce wonderful displays of berries including Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana, Skimmia japonica ‘Nymans’ and ‘Obsession’. Male varieties are equally appealing with great flower displays, such as ‘Magic Marlot’ and ‘Rubella’.


Gaultheria Mucronata – (formerly called Pernettya). Cotoneaster – wide range of berrying shrubs including Cotoneaster horizontalis, Cotoneaster ‘Coral Beauty’, C. ‘Cornubia’, C. lacteus, and many others.

Berry-bearing trees and shrubs come into their own in autumn, creating colourful displays that can last well into winter. From elder berries to rose hips, crab apples to firethorns, berrying plants add a new dimension to any garden, says The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA).



s well as being colourful, berrying plants can provide homegrown food for hungry birds and wildlife too, enhancing their appeal and value to any garden. Evergreen shrubs provide structure and form to a garden throughout the year, but many produce early displays of flowers followed by autumn berries. One of the best compact shrubs for borders or patio pots is a Skimmia with a mouthful of a name: Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana. However, don’t let this be offputting, as its displays of bright red berries are second to none! The compact and spreading Viburnum davidii, a hardy shrub with distinctly veined evergreen foliage, produces the most unusual metalliclooking blue-black berries. It really is quite a talking point. To create seasonal pots for autumn colour include a small Gaultheria mucronata carrying brilliant berries in pink, red or pure white. Combined with pansies and violas, trailing ivy, heather, carex or skimmia, pots will put on a display that lasts for months. Trained against walls and fences, firethorn is a valuable evergreen shrub. Its thorny stems make it a great choice for producing secure garden boundaries, but don’t let the spines deter from buying Pyracantha. >>>

Top tips for planning and planting 1. 2. 3. 4.

Many shrubs can be given a permanent home in large patio pots. Plant pots using a free-draining, loam-based compost. Always stand pots on feet during winter to prevent drainage holes becoming blocked and pots filling up with water, literally drowning their roots! Small berry-bearing shrubs included in seasonal patio pot arrangements can be removed and planted out in the garden next spring. Some plants have both male and female varieties, so it might just be the female one bought that’s carrying berries. Ask for advice, as in future years it may be necessary to grow male forms alongside the females to ensure flowers are pollinated and develop future crops of berries. PHOTO COPYRIGHT KINSJEROEN | DREAMSTIME.COM PHOTO COPYRIGHT CATARII | DREAMSTIME.COM

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Blurred lines In this country it’s hard to be sure when summer ends and autumn begins. The weather really doesn’t oblige these days to help us out, appearing increasingly variable. Away from the Meteorological Office, seasonal divisions have become blurred. So spare a thought for those newcomers to this country from hotter climes: I’m not sure they realise what they are about to experience upon arrival. You have to smile at the reaction of a Syrian family living in Aberystwyth who were puzzled by the fact that all four seasons could be experienced in a single day. A tad different from the more rigid climatic rules applied in their old homeland. Well, they can console themselves that Wales in the shoulder season has much to offer, as we experience in this issue, with a feature on the stunning Gower peninsula.

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OUT OF AFRICA Halsted Design is rooted in Africa: its contemporary lifestyle designs consistently reflect the continent’s art in a variety of ways. Fleur Heyns, FÊe Halsted and Jonathan Berning established the company in 2013 with a simple vision: to transform African art into global design. Creative and style director: Francesca Barrow

Black velvet and tulle blouson with animal-pattern embroidery Giorgio Armani Silk trousers Alberta Ferretti Mosi-oa-tunya emerald earrings Aya Bird crossing night, Hippo flower night and Wonderboy cushions Halsted Design Croco limelight and Monkey Palm oasis fabric Halsted Design


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ossessing a commitment to superior quality and having a high regard for the responsibility that comes with operating in Africa, Halsted Design looks to discover, develop and distribute luxury designs. This plays a role in sustaining the creative lives of the continent’s artistic community and feeds the appetite of the world for African sourced products. The company recently launched in the UK, providing the creative tools for the collaboration between Francesca Barrow and Country & Townhouse magazine in its October issue. Creatively directed by Francesca Barrow, founder and CEO of luxury design curator Façonner, the editorial photoshoot entitled ‘African Queen’ featured Halsted as its main inspiration. Halsted Design is an African luxury lifestyle brand that has had enormous success with its fabric collection and range of cushions, table linens, handbags and furniture items. They all take inspiration from the world-renowned Ardmore Ceramic Art and are designed together with the ceramics in the Natal Midlands of South Africa. It has been an exciting year with sister company Ardmore collaborating

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Design | HALSTED

Pictured left to right: Printed aqua and orange silk satin and wool dress Dior. Kawaii bracelets in gold and yellow calfskin and La Marche de Savana large enamel bracelet Hermès. Chete ruby, Chete emerald and Amanzi ruby rings Aya. ‘The Savana Dance’ 70cm silk scarves, Hermès. On chair: Croc persimmon fabric Halsted Design. On table: Leopard lights kingfisher fabric and Croc sunset napkin Halsted Design. Twillaine eperon d’Or print bandana dress cashmere and silk Hermès. Chete ruby ring Aya. Lamp Ardmore Ceramic Art. On lampshade: Bird crossing cardinal teal fabric Halsted Design. Hippo flower night and Bird crossing cardinal teal cushions Halsted Design. Bird crossing sunset and Bird crossing night fabrics Halsted Design. On head: ‘La Marche du Zambèze’ 90cm silk scarf, Hermès. Black matte velvet Windsor evening dress Ralph Lauren. Amanzi ruby and Chete emerald rings and Mosi-oa-tunya emerald earrings Aya. Wall and table: Bird crossing night fabric Halsted Design. Chair: Hippo flower night fabric Halsted Design. Jug Ardmore Ceramic Art.

with Hermès on the launch of two new scarves, as well as attracting the attention of designers such as Kit Kemp who has pieces in the Ham Yard Hotel bowling alley in London. Explains co-founder of Halsted, Fleur Heyns: “At Halsted Design we create products with a diverse variety of homes and décors in mind. It is not just about the African farmhouse or modern New York loft, but also the quirky London flat and large English country home. The collaborations with Francesca Barrow and Hermès illustrate an increasing joining of the fashion and interior worlds. The time has come for an exciting African brand to hit the UK shores.” Incorporating the brand’s Qalakabusha and Wonderboy range, together with pieces from Ardmore Ceramic Art, the African Queen shoot was a creative celebration of Halsted’s mission to turn African art into global design. The shoot featured Hermès scarves ‘La Marche du Zambèze’ and ‘Savana Dance’ designed by Ardmore artists, as well as pieces from Alberta Ferretti, Giorgio Armani, CH Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren, Manolo Blahnik, Jenny Packham, Dior, Patrick Mavros and young African jewellery brand Aya. >>>

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Ardmore Ceramic Art was established by Fée Halsted on Ardmore Farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains of KwaZulu-Natal, where she lived after obtaining her BA (Fine Arts) Honours degree and lecturing at Natal Technikon. Here she met Bonnie Ntshalintshali whose polio meant she was unable to work in the fields. Five years later, in 1990, Fée and Bonnie were jointly awarded the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award, the first such artistic partnership to be recognised. With this success came the demands of creating ceramics for their exhibition, so Fée offered other local women the opportunity to train at Ardmore, producing pieces to generate income for the fledgling studio. Fèe, through necessity, developed the exuberant exotic style that has made Ardmore ceramics famous. “I made tiles and if one cracked, I’d stick a rabbit or bird on the top to hide it,” she recalls. Their work broke from the ceramic conventions of the time: fired terracotta clay was painted with plaka paints, boot polish and oven blackeners. Glues and putty were also used. Later American Amaco paints and transparent glazes brought vibrant colour and fine painting style to the ceramics. Ardmore’s 25th anniversary in 2010 saw the launch of Ardmore Design Collection, which translated the company’s distinctive imagery and styling into functional, superb quality ceramic and non-ceramic products.

On head: ‘The Savana Dance’ 70cm silk scarf, Hermès. On top: ‘La Marche du Zambèze’ 90cm silk scarf designed by Ardmore artists, Hermès. Gold liquid mikado Marissa skirt Ralph Lauren. On sofa: Sprig stripe desert bone fabric, Royal leopard mist runner, Royal leopard delta runner, Bird crossing night cushions all by Halsted Design. On shelves: Patrick Mavros and Ardmore Ceramic Art. Inset, right: Silk dress Alberta Ferretti. Chete ruby, Chete emerald and Amanzi ruby rings Aya. Qalakabusha ottoman and Bird crossing sunset cushion Halsted Design.

Francesca Barrow confirmed: “My pictures are best known for their pronounced narrative. I began dreaming of South Africa: conjuring ideas in my mind of a fearless, sensual and vibrant woman. Visually orange and black contrasted against each other and developed into blends such as sunset reds and dark crocodile greens. I purposefully designed the Savile Suite at Chelsea Harbour hotel in Halsted fabrics heavily layered in colour and print as the backdrop to the fashion. Key elements were the Hermès scarves by Ardmore artists and the looks are elegant, playful, yet grown-up and rich in texture.” essence INFO

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Artists from the Ardmore studio are given training, direction, materials, a studio and a guaranteed market for their work, supported by a skilled marketing and administrative team. Over the years, Ardmore’s artists have won numerous awards and exhibited widely in South Africa and around the world. Ardmore artworks feature in leading galleries and collections, including the Museum of Art & Design in New York, the Museum of Cultures in Basel, Switzerland, and the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Acclaimed auction house Christie’s has acknowledged Ardmore artworks as: “modern day collectibles”. Ardmore’s hand-painted and hand-sculpted pieces draw from a rich pool of artistic talent in the region to sculpt and paint in the studio’s signature style – exuberant figures, intricate painting, vibrant colour and unique shapes – featured in many high-profile art collections across the world.

‘The Savana Dance’ 70cm silk scarf designed by Ardmore artists, Hermès Black loop-stitch knit coat Giorgio Armani Ochre satin cropped flares Jenny Packham On headboard: Hippo flower night fabric Halsted Design On bed: Bird crossing sunset cushion and fabric Halsted Design

Photographer: Andres Reynaga Hair stylist: Takanori Yamaguchi Makeup artist: Yuko Friedrikkson With thanks to: Chelsea Harbour Hotel

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THE GLORIOUS GOWER Britain’s beach resorts can be a tad depressing out of season, but not the Gower. Hanna Lindon enjoys lip-licking food, incredible natural beauty and plenty of outdoor adventures on a shoulder season break to Wales’ most lauded peninsula. PHOTO CROWN COPYRIGHT: (2016) VISIT WALES

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can’t quite believe what I’m seeing at first. Under the blanket of a velvety night sky, the waves washing over Oxwich Bay are glowing with ethereal light. Blue stars gather around my ankles as I step bare-footed into the shallows, twinkling brightly for a few seconds and then dimming as I move on. “It’s phosphorescence,” says Guy, my other half and travelling companion for this trip, stepping into the water beside me and watching the blue sparks glittering around his feet. “I think it’s some kind of plankton that creates light when it’s disturbed.” Even knowing that there are microbial, light-producing sea creatures dogging my steps can’t dim the enchantment of that moonlit beach scene – but then the Gower is a pretty magical spot even without tonight’s phosphorescent glow. This 70-square-mile peninsula projects westwards into the Bristol Channel from Swansea, encompassing an incredible diversity of scenery from tropical-style sandy beaches to rolling hills, marshes, cliff-tops and commons. In summer its narrow lanes are packed with campers, surfers and


Best of all, the cottage is dog-friendly, which means that our beach-loving golden retriever Albus can tag along with us.

beach-bound families, but outside peak season the place has a peaceful charm all of its very own. We’re here for a weekend with the aim of exploring the Gower’s renowned walking routes, sampling a few of its foodie gems and generally reveling in the peninsula’s outstanding natural beauty. Our base is a charming cottage belonging to the Oxwich Bay Hotel, which has a rural outlook, an impossibly comfortable king-sized bed and a huge, claw-footed bath that fits two with ease. Best of all, the cottage is dog-friendly, which means that our beach-loving golden retriever Albus can tag along with us.

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With the dog in tow, our first move on arrival is to head out for a walk. A long-distance route, the Gower Way, winds through the centre of the peninsula, but there are also smaller footpaths running around almost the entire coastline, starting at Mumbles Head south of Swansea and continuing to Worm’s Head in the far west before looping back east via the northern marshes. It’s an ambition of mine to walk the full Gower coast one day, but for now we content ourselves with a seven-kilometres round ramble that takes us up to Oxwich Point and then doubles back along the endless golden dunes of Oxwich Bay. There are signs of activity here even in shoulder season. Nobody’s quite brave enough to take to the waves for a dip, but there are plenty of walkers exploring the beach and some families building sandcastles down by the surf. The expanse of sand is so vast


Fairyhill isn’t the only Gower hotel that keeps food-minded visitors flocking to the area throughout the year. Our own base, the Oxwich Bay Hotel, lays on delicious – if slightly pricey – breakfasts, lunches and suppers, while the Worm’s Head Hotel on Rhossili Bay is equally famous for its stunning views and freshly caught seafood. There are some enchanting gastropubs as well, including the charming King’s Head Inn at Llangennith. It’s easy to over-eat in this gastro-centric part of the world, but there are also plenty of ways to burn off the calories. If you’re up for a shot of adrenaline then not much beats galloping a horse along one of the Gower’s endless sandy beaches; pony trekking centres Parc le Breos and Clyne Farm Centre both offer beach and pub rides. >>>



Five of the best out of season beach resorts The Gower isn’t the only British beach destination that retains much of its charm outside of the summer months. Here’s our pick of five more top shoulder season choices. 1. Port Isaac: Doc Martin’s stamping ground overflows with tourists throughout the summer, so the quieter months offer the perfect opportunity to explore this idyllically pretty Cornish village and surrounding beaches relatively crowd-free.

and so removed from civilisation with its backing of wild dunes and beautiful hills that it’s hard to imagine it becoming over-crowded, even in the most popular summer months. There are no high-rise hotels or beach bars here – although there is a rustic little café and snack shop at the far western edge of the bay, which seems to be doing a roaring trade in chips and chocolate. Having heard rumours of the Gower’s gastronomic leanings, though, we’re in search of something a little better. On the basis of a tip from a couple we meet on the beach, we decide to book in for a meal at Fairyhill, a lavish country house hotel hidden away deep in the Gower’s rural interior. It’s wonderfully cosy and welcoming, and soon we’re enthusing over a line-up of scrumptious dishes that includes Jerusalem artichoke soup, slow-cooked local lamb belly and Pembrokeshire duck breast with creamed potatoes and wild mushrooms.

2. Barafundle Bay: The Pembrokshire coast is at its most wildly beautiful in spring and autumn, and this mesmerising beach will blow visitors away with its natural splendour at any time of year. 3. Luskentyre: It might look like something out of a Maldives’ beach brochure, but this divine strip of white sand is actually located on Scotland’s Isle of Harris. The Western Isles are plagued with midges throughout July and August, making the shoulder season a perfect time to visit. 4. Brighton: While some beach resorts lose their sparkle outside the summer months, Brighton carries on going strong throughout the year. Even if the weather prevents enjoyment of the pier and the cobbled beach, it’s possible to still get lost in the city’s maze of ancient lanes, upmarket boutiques and quirky restaurants. 5. Pentle Bay: The Isles of Scilly enjoy some of the highest number of sunshine hours in the UK, so to experience great weather anywhere out of season then it’s here. Pentle Bay on the island of Tresco is a sublime strip of fine sand backed by waving beach grass, with plenty to do and see nearby if it’s too cold for swimming.

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During our stroll along Oxwich Bay the next morning we also spot windsurfers and jet skiers soaking up the Sunday sun, accompanied by instructors from Oxwich Watersports. For true adventure junkies, though, the Gower is known for just one thing: climbing. Our plan that day is to head for the secluded, sun-backed sands of Three Cliffs Bay and enjoy a spot of cliff traversing right from the beach. Guy and I have enough climbing experience between us to go it alone, but for those new to the sport then there are plenty of Gowerbased instructors who will introduce beginners, groups and families to the joys of sea cliff climbing. It takes around 40 minutes at a leisurely pace to complete the walk over undulating hilltops down to Three Cliffs Bay, and by lunchtime we’ve set up a belay The climbs we choose to point on the sand with Albus handily secured tackle that day are easy, nothing a beginner wouldn’t to a nearby rock. The climbs we choose to be able to handle with the tackle that day are easy, aid of an instructor, but the nothing a beginner quality of the rock, the open wouldn’t be able to handle with the aid of exposure and the views an instructor, but the over the sunlit sea makes it quality of the rock, the a truly thrilling experience. open exposure and the views over the sunlit sea makes it a truly thrilling experience. I even manage to persuade Guy to take a dip in the chilly ocean to cool off afterwards, before we wander over the wet sand to a neighbouring secret bay for a celebratory picnic. It’s easy to dismiss the UK’s beaches as no-go areas outside of the summer months, but if the Gower has proven anything to us on this visit, it’s that you don’t need wall-to-wall sunshine or sizzling temperatures to enjoy a great British beach break. v

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Explore the Gower Getting there: Most people choose to arrive by car, with the drive from London taking approximately four hours. Alternatively, National Express Coaches ( run direct from London to Swansea. There are also frequent direct trains from London Paddington to Swansea ( Getting around: Gower Explorer buses ( serve the region from Swansea Quadrant bus station. When to go: The area gets incredibly busy during school holidays, so spring and autumn are the most pleasant times to visit. Weather is unreliable during the winter months, but visitors can still enjoy the good food and scenery. Where to stay: We booked a room at the dog-friendly Oxwich Bay Hotel ( For travellers on a budget, there are also numerous campsites in the area including Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park ( Where to eat: Good options are Fairyhill (, the Worm’s Head Hotel ( and the King’s Head Inn ( Top attractions: Book pony trekking through Clyne Farm Centre ( or Parc le Breos ( Watersports – including jet skiing and wind surfing – can be arranged via Oxwich Watersports ( Climbing instructors offering tuition in the area include Rock and Sun ( and Adventures Wales ( To find out more, visit

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Berry-bearing trees and shrubs come into their own in autumn, creating colourful displays that can last well into winter. From elder berries to rose hips, crab apples to firethorns, berrying plants add a new dimension to any garden, says The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA).


s well as being colourful, berrying plants can provide homegrown food for hungry birds and wildlife too, enhancing their appeal and value to any garden. Evergreen shrubs provide structure and form to a garden throughout the year, but many produce early displays of flowers followed by autumn berries. One of the best compact shrubs for borders or patio pots is a Skimmia with a mouthful of a name: Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana. However, don’t let this be offputting, as its displays of bright red berries are second to none! The compact and spreading Viburnum davidii, a hardy shrub with distinctly veined evergreen foliage, produces the most unusual metalliclooking blue-black berries. It really is quite a talking point. To create seasonal pots for autumn colour include a small Gaultheria mucronata carrying brilliant berries in pink, red or pure white. Combined with pansies and violas, trailing ivy, heather, carex or skimmia, pots will put on a display that lasts for months. Trained against walls and fences, firethorn is a valuable evergreen shrub. Its thorny stems make it a great choice for producing secure garden boundaries, but don’t let the spines deter from buying Pyracantha. >>>

Top tips for planning and planting 1. 2. 3. 4.

Many shrubs can be given a permanent home in large patio pots. Plant pots using a free-draining, loam-based compost. Always stand pots on feet during winter to prevent drainage holes becoming blocked and pots filling up with water, literally drowning their roots! Small berry-bearing shrubs included in seasonal patio pot arrangements can be removed and planted out in the garden next spring. Some plants have both male and female varieties, so it might just be the female one bought that’s carrying berries. Ask for advice, as in future years it may be necessary to grow male forms alongside the females to ensure flowers are pollinated and develop future crops of berries.

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Top four shrubs with colourful fruits and berries Firethorn – (Pyracantha varieties) Skimmia – Many female varieties produce wonderful displays of berries including Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana, Skimmia japonica ‘Nymans’ and ‘Obsession’. Male varieties are equally appealing with great flower displays, such as ‘Magic Marlot’ and ‘Rubella’. Gaultheria Mucronata – (formerly called Pernettya). Cotoneaster – wide range of berrying shrubs including Cotoneaster horizontalis, Cotoneaster ‘Coral Beauty’, C. ‘Cornubia’, C. lacteus, and many others.



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Firethorn with red berries (pyracantha)


Other popular plants of the moment As well as choosing planting partners carrying berries, try and create varied displays by including evergreen shrubs, ornamental grasses, architectural plants with strong shapes and forms, and those with great autumn foliage colours. Here are some to consider: Beauty Berry (Callicarpa ‘Profusion’ and many others) Carex ‘Evergold’ Clerodendron Elder Berries (Sambucus varieties such as ‘Black Beauty’) Heathers (including Calluna varieties) Holly (Ilex varieties) Osmanthus heterophyllus var Tricolor Pansies Phormium Roses with colourful hips, such as Rosa rugosa, Rosa canina and Rosa ‘Geranium’ Rowan (Sorbus varieties) Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae) Skimmia ‘Magic Marlot’ Spindle (varieties of Euonymus such as ‘Red Cascade’) Viola Viburnum including Viburnum davidii and varieties of Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus)

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They provide valuable nesting sites for birds, flowers that attract bees, and red, orange or yellow berries to feed birds into winter. Explore the cotoneaster family too: attractive ornamental shrubs with year-round appeal. The arching stems with herringbone-patterned stalks of Cotoneaster horizontalis make it an excellent choice to carpet banks and low borders or train up to cover harsh fences. Birds love these berries, quickly stripping stems bare as they stock up for winter. If space allows, many ornamental trees produce bright berries and fruits as well as good displays of autumn foliage colour. Two of the best families are Rowan (Sorbus) and Crab Apple (Malus), and both make ideal trees for small gardens. With such a rich and diverse range of plants to choose from it really is possible to fill borders with ‘berried’ treasure!  essence INFO The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is the trade association for the UK garden industry. Website:

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A Complete Compendium of Heritage Vegetables, Fruit, Herbs & Flowers

This book is the perfect companion for every home grower who wants to fill their garden with old and interesting varieties while helping to save threatened or forgotten plants. Heirloom plants often have a charm lacking in commercially produced varieties. Unless these seeds are grown and saved, they will not only be forgotten, but lost too. Based on the seed catalogues of Thomas Etty, the book lists exciting cultivars, along with profiles and growing tips. Responsible gardening, certainly, but with more than a hint of romance; who could resist the lure of the splendid Hubbard Green Warty squash, or the Green Zebra tomato? Thomas Etty Esq is the UK’s only dedicated heritage seed company and was set up over twenty years ago by Ray Warner. The company name is inspired by Ray’s great, great, great grandfather who himself dealt in seeds in the nineteenth century. Ray is the dedicated seedsman behind this heirloom seed company with Thomas Etty Esq sourcing seeds dating from the seventeenth century to the end of World War II, all from smallscale seed suppliers from the UK and Europe. Lorraine Harrison is a keen practical gardener with a master’s degree in garden history. In addition to contributing to the gardening quarterly Hortus, she has authored a number of books, among them the bestselling Latin for Gardeners. “A strikingly produced compendium of heirloom vegetables, fruit and flowers.” – The Bookseller By Lorraine Harrison & Ray Warner, seed catalogues written by Thomas Etty 224 pages • Hardback • Illustrations throughout ISBN: 9781782403173 RRP: £18.99 essence INFO Published by Ivy Press Website:

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FAST LANE Louise Alexander-O’Loughlin morphs into ‘The Stig’ to sit in the lap of luxury test-driving one of the world’s most luxurious cars, the Bentley Bentayga, with a price tag on it that boasts ‘only in your wildest dreams’ or ‘I’ve made it’.

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Motoring | BENTLEY



he Bentley Bentayga may just be the fastest, most powerful, luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world. This elite and elegant hand crafted machine is not for the faint hearted, hitting 0-60mph in 4.0 seconds. The Stig (aka Lou) experienced how Bentley’s SUV glides like a GT, tows up to 3,500kg with consummate ease and takes off-road conditions in its stride! Ushered to ‘my’ car, at H.R. Owen's top selling dealership outside London, Brooklands, the home of British motor sport, a smart key entry system with its electronic mechanism opened the door of the Bentayga and the soft closing door feature shut me inside, leaving the world very much outside. The cabin was impressive: its style, space and quality oozed with tradition. The wood, metal and leather interior with quilted hand sewn leather seats, its aroma and beauty, made me realise why the Bentley marque has always been much sought after. The steering wheel, a lot smaller than I had imagined for a two and a half ton car, I felt would be


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Bentayga profile Price: £160,200 (without options) Engine: 5950cc, W12 twin-turbo petrol Power: 600bhp @ 5000-6000rpm; torque 664lb ft @ 1350-4500rpm Efficiency: 21.6mpg (combined); CO2 296g/km Performance: 0-62mph 4.0sec, top speed 187mph Powertrain: 8-spd automatic, all-wheel drive Kerb weight: 2,440kg

It is very difficult to hold back in a car which has a 6.0L twin-turbocharged W12 engine with a breathtaking top speed of 187mph (301 km/h).

better suited to a sports car, however, that aside, I certainly loved the elevated driving position; it definitely gave me a sense of presence on the roads. Having been shown the Bentayga’s eight-speed automatic gearbox, comprising four different on road modes and four more modes for offroading, I was good to go and excited to see what this car could do. Adjusting the luxurious seats to my desired position, I picked the ‘wave’ out of a choice of six different massage settings: I now understood why this car is the price of a small house somewhere, at £160,200 to be precise (without options). I could officially sleep in it. Images of the Bentayga do not do justice to the balance of fine engineering fused with beautiful styling. It’s not until coming face to face with this beast that I could see it is every inch a Bentley, with an aggressive stance and stature. Frankly, it’s not the most beautiful of cars, but it’s a Bentley, so all is forgiven with the marque’s signature design traits: from ultra sharp power lines to the handcrafted interior, I found it utterly sensational. Bentley has definitely got the balance absolutely right between sporting prowess and SUV presence. Innovative technology connects the driver of the Bentayga, and its passengers, with Bentley’s most advanced, intuitive infotainment system. It has a level of ease and functionality like no Bentley before it: I felt so comfortable, it was like going for a drive with an old friend. >>>

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Off I went, I was cruising, and although it was a spectacular ride, all I wanted to do was drive this car hard on an open road and put my foot down. I did pop the gear into sport mode which made me realise this beauty was hungry to race as I became aware of so much sophistication going on beneath me. The Bentayga still maintained a sense of control though: even on the tight, twisty bends of the road it felt amazing how together the car felt. Travelling at speed, it was obvious this SUV gives a thumping performance. Bentley’s continual pursuit for the most exquisite, the most powerful and the most unique automobiles for more than 95 years has resulted in the creation of a vehicle that offers unrivalled comfort and refinement with complete control, even in the harshest conditions. The development programme for the Bentayga has been the most exhaustive in the Bentley brand’s history, ranging across five continents. From the dirt and gravel of South Africa and the dunes of Dubai, to the muddy fields of Cheshire, and from -30°C in the frozen North Cape to searing 50°C desert heat, the Bentayga’s ability to perform on any surface and even in the most extreme conditions has been proven. I was fascinated by how this SUV informs the driver of speed: it quite literally pops up on the windscreen, also highlighting the speed limit of the road being used, so there is no excuse for going too fast! Seriously? It is very difficult to hold back in a car which has a 6.0L twin-turbocharged W12 engine with a breathtaking top speed of 187mph (301 km/h). I drove much slower on my return to H.R. Owen, I really didn’t want the experience to end. What an innovative and amazing creation from Bentley.  essence INFO Website:

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Baleno have been protecting the most demanding of countryside enthusiasts from all weather as well as wrapping style around their innovation in Fabric and design. Stylish, warm and made to last, Baleno fuses technology with classic country fashion in addition to controlling the entire manufacturing and design process, an undeniable guarantee of quality.


The Country Lifestyle range is specifically designed to meet the demands of a variety of country pursuits fused with a classy twist of British Heritage to offer both practicality and style when enjoying country life. Elegance and comfort is combined with the well known technical quality Baleno has been offering for around half a century. The Baleno Team


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Ascot 773B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Beverly 799B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Cheltenham 790B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Croft 796B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Dynamica 770B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Hepburn 769B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Hurricane 800B . . . . . . . . . . . . 23/25 Kensington 772B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Longfield 894B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Paris 798B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Sally 766B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Sarah 768B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Scarlett 789B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Sheringham 743B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Shirley 795B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Typhoon 801B . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22/24 Hamlington 802B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Anderson 557B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Derby 754B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Drifter 797B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Dynamic 771B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Hamlington 802B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Harvy 757B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Hatfield 788B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Henry 774B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Hurricane 800B . . . . . . . . . . . . .23/25 Nottingham 747B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Sandown 744B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Typhoon 801B . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22/24 York 786B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

ACCESSORIES Ashford cap 791B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Headband 793B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Socks 778B/779B . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Stanford Cap 792B . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Waxed Hat 714B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

British craft Karen Millen is known globally for beautifully crafted fashion for confident women. Each piece in the collections has been individually designed, handcrafted and perfected by in-house atelier designers. From couture-inspired techniques to luxurious heritage fabrics, every garment has a story to tell. In recent years the range has become a curated collection of perfectly cut, trend-led and investment pieces offering an elevated, tailored approach to fashion. Karen Millen has stores in over 65 countries across six continents, including flagship stores in London’s Knightsbridge and New York’s Fifth Avenue. Autumn Winter sees Karen Millen develop the idea of individuality through three diverse personalities that speak to women all over the world. Individual style is at the heart of the brand and the designers bring a fresh playfulness, eclecticism and refinement to the most beautifully crafted clothes. CREDITS: MODELS ELEANOR TOMLINSON, JUDITH HILL AND KAROLINA KURKOVA. PHOTOGRAPHER & DIRECTOR | YELENA YEMCHUK. STYLING | CATHY KASTERINE. ART DIRECTION | OCTOBER SUN. HAIR | SYD HAYES. MAKE-UP | MIRANDA JOYCE.

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Lace and jaquard prom dress £215

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Leopard fur coat £350 Button through skirt £120 Engineered skinny rib £75 Fashion slouch boot £250 Fashion eyelet detail shirt dress £250 Fashion block heel ankle boot £225 Box clutch bag £80


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Feminine ruffle dress £180 Long sleeve devoré top £99 Faux suede button detail skirt £150 Fashion slouch boot £250

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Fashion | KAREN MILLEN Graphic check tweed jacket £199 Graphic check tweed skirt £99 Chunky cold-shoulder jumper £110 Snake baby bucket bag £120


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Georgette photographic orchid print dress £199 Leopard print faux fur coat £399 Fashion slouch boot £250

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FENN WRIGHT MANSON Petite range Available online from September 2016, as well as exclusively from selected John Lewis stores

Navy mac £375 Navy droplet print shirt £79 Trousers £130

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Fashion | RICHARD JAMES MAYFAIR Suit trousers £175 Suit jacket £250 Shirt £79

Timeless tradition Since 1992, Richard James has established a reputation as a leading luxury brand, setting the standard for contemporary tailoring and menswear. The first of the ‘new establishment’ tailors on Savile Row, Richard James has contributed to revitalising what has long been acknowledged as the world centre for tailoring with a bold, progressive take on the timeless and traditional. The Richard James’ philosophy is to produce classic clothing of quality and push boundaries through design, colour and cut. Richard James Mayfair, the diffusion line to Richard James Savile Row, brings a well-edited collection of full tailored suits through to separates, such as simple printed shirts and ties. Prices for a full suit start at £395 and shirts start at £65 each.

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Rollneck £110 Trousers £130

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The art of Farretti Food writer Shirlee Posner of Eat Surrey introduces essence readers to some Italian artistry in the shape of Farretti Bakery in Lodsworth.

Delicious pizetta from Farretti Bakery


old in Surrey by top independent food retailers, Farretti Bakery’s bread has a hardcore following in the county. Owned and run by native Italian Valeriana de Berardinis, this small artisan bakery produces soft crust, slow fermented, authentic Italian breads which are loved by her customers. I first came across this bread at Secretts in Milford a few years ago. It’s tasty and light with a dough structure that suggests long fermentation. Kind on the palate (I am not a fan of challenging crusts), it holds its own with just the right bite resistance. This bread provides the perfect vehicle for carrying sandwich fillings and dipping oils in both taste and texture. Last year, when Val got in touch for some help with her website and marketing, I jumped at the chance to visit the bakery and work with her. Val is a diminutive figure and I think in her younger days would have rocked an Audrey Hepburn look. Originating from Pescara in the Abruzzo region of Italy, she came to study in the UK for six months. She met her husband here (also Italian) and they returned to Italy to open a restaurant together. Their pizzeria was in a small province of Pescara in Civitella Casanova. Opening in 1984 in a restored

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former railway station, the venture was successful and long queues were the norm to eat in or takeaway. Sadly, a move to a larger site, the arrival of their son and a collapsed bridge on their only access road cutting off passing trade meant neither the business nor the marriage survived. However, a relationship with long fermentation dough and baking had begun for Val and it’s the core of her business today. After a move to the UK, various jobs and a computing course, Val realised she wanted to be her own boss. With little money, but plenty of baking expertise, she started to make focaccia with spelt flour. By taking samples to health food shops, cafes and bars, orders started to trickle in, and Val gained a reputation for great bread and Italian biscuits. Too much diversity and a contract with a large mill became too difficult to handle, so Val wound down her business, took some time out and came back with a better model. Soon after Farretti Bakery was launched and this time around Val based her recipes on the founding father of modern Italian bread, Dr Cavallari, who sadly died this year. Housed in an old converted stable in Lodsworth

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Smoky roasted red pepper and butterbean dip When I entertain I like to serve a vegetarian starter, especially if I am serving a meat packed main course. This dip is full of flavour and goes well with a crisp, dry white or a glass of fizz. I use Farretti breadsticks to go with it, but focaccia or black olive ciabatta also works. Whatever bread is used, make sure it’s a good quality sour dough. The fiddly bit here is peeling the roasted peppers, but follow the method below and it will be a cinch!

(just over the Surrey county line), the bakery is overlooked by fields and luscious pastureland. Horses, cows and sheep are in view: very romantic. Step inside the bakery and the contrast is stark; it’s hot because at forty degrees Celsius yeast is at its most productive and this is essential for formation of the trademark bubbly texture of Val’s bread. Making the starter dough the previous night (called biga), she leaves it overnight to ferment. Using the right flour for this bread style is essential too and the selection of Marriage’s Canadian Manitoba Flour is no accident with wheat grown for its high protein content, harvested in spring and used exclusively for a long fermentation process. Arriving in the morning, Val undertakes the second mix, adding more flour and yeast (common practice in sour dough production), another prove and it’s then time to shape the bread. Plain or black olive Ciabatta (slipper), focaccia (with added olive oil and rosemary) or rolls. For some customers there are also pizza bases and gorgeous pizetta: a mixed pepper topping on classic tomato. Val had been hard at work since 4am and as I peruse the shelves, loaf >>>

Ingredients One large or two small red peppers: roasted, cooled and skin removed (or one tin of red peppers) One large clove of smoked garlic, crushed One 400g can butterbeans, drained One teaspoon of hot smoked paprika Two tablespoons of cold pressed rape seed oil Smoked Maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper One pack of Farretti artisan bread sticks, heated in a hot oven for five minutes Method Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor, starting with the oil. Process until smooth. Decorate with olives or fresh herbs and serve with warm bread sticks. Roasting peppers Put the peppers on a baking sheet in a hot oven. Cook for 40 minutes and then wrap in aluminium foil and leave to cool. The peppers sweat and it makes the skins really easy to remove. This should be done at least an hour before making the dip, so the peppers have time to cool and are safe to handle. Farretti Bakery dough preparation Shirlee Posner,

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PROVIDER OF after loaf of slipper bread (Ciabatta) are being lined up for baking. On its second prove (the first is for 24 hours), the bread is rising fast, creating large gas pockets which create texture and crust. Val works fast, cutting and weighing the dough to ensure consistency. Baked off and cooled, then swiftly packed into instantly recognisable hand-stamped brown paper bags, they are lined up to be collected by a driver, the only external help this extraordinary lady has. Val bakes two days per week (more for special orders) for her current contracts. She does what a lot of small producers should do: produce a small range of really great products, but to the highest standard. Luckily for Val, her bread freezes beautifully and as it’s so light, also defrosts quickly making it perfect for clients who want a plentiful supply of bread and have adequate freezer storage. Typical of sour dough bread, it has a five to six day shelf life if stored in a cool environment. Val launched Farretti Bakery in 2010 with a simple business model and a small range of expertly handproduced bread. Apart from the use of an electric mixer for the biga (sour dough starter) and the final bread dough, weighing, cutting and shaping of the bread and rolls is by hand. I am full of admiration for the hard work, ethos and tenacity of this lady who has not only made a living from her business, but also put her son through medical school. That aside, it’s the bread that speaks volumes. Farretti Bakery bread is available in 25 independent shops in the region: quite a feat given the size of the bakery. At the end of my visit, Val and I sat on a bench outside the bakery and ate pizza for lunch. It was a wonderful end to a really inspirational visit and I am now the bakery’s number one fan. For a full list of products and prices, see the link to the Farretti website below. Val has capacity for more outlets, providing they are on or close to her current delivery route.


Shirlee’s food reviews of independently owned cafes, restaurants, artisan food producers and farm shops in Surrey. A supporter of the local food movement with an aim to promote, support and champion their work. I always tell a personal story by taking the time to meet the people behind the products or the brand. Read my reviews here Twitter: @eatsurrey Instagram: @eatsurrey Telephone: 07917 891881 Email:

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cardamom tart

This softly spiced tart makes the best of delicious seasonal fruit and creates a warming autumn treat. A crisp pastry – although we like making our own, feel free to use a shop bought one as we have here as it’s faster and easier if short on time – is filled with a cardamom spiced frangipane and ripe pears with a scattering of almonds to add texture. Best served warm with a dollop of double cream, it’s a great finale to Sunday lunch or a perfect afternoon tea accompaniment.

TOP TIP: Ground cardamom can be hard to find, but buy the pods and crush them with a rolling pin, then simply use a pestle and mortar to grind down. Keep in a sealed container or bag ready for the next dish! Ingredients w 500g sweet shortcrust pastry w About five small ripe pears w Squeeze of lemon juice For the frangipane w 200g butter softened w 200g caster sugar w 140g ground almonds w 100g self-raising flour w 50g toasted flaked almonds, plus a few extra for sprinkling w One teaspoon ground cardamom w Two large eggs Method w Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface until large enough to line a 23cm round tart tin. Carefully lift the pastry into the tin, leaving any extra hanging over the sides. Prick the base of the pastry with a fork, sit the tin on a baking sheet and chill for 30 minutes. w Heat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade/180 degrees centigrade fan/gas 6. Line the pastry with baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Put in the oven and bake blind for 15 minutes. Remove the beans and paper and bake for a further 10 minutes until the pastry is biscuity. Decrease the oven to 160 degrees centigrade/140 degrees centigrade fan/gas 3, and trim the pastry edges. w To make the cardamom frangipane, beat all the ingredients together with an electric whisk. Spoon into the tin and spread evenly. w Peel, halve and core the pears and brush with a little lemon juice. Arrange the pears in the tin, pushing them slightly into the frangipane. Scatter with a few more flaked almonds and bake for 50 minutes until the filling is risen, golden and firm to the touch.

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Crates Local Produce is located centrally within the historic market town of Horsham and bursts with fresh, seasonal food sourced directly from local producers. For more details see Follow on Twitter @crateslocal or Facebook page Crates Local.

At their best right now Seasonal and local food offers taste, health and even economic benefits. Crates Local Produce highlights the amazing seasonal produce available from our region.





As autumn approaches, the game season begins in earnest and some of the best meat is available right on our doorstep through butchers and farmers’ markets. Whilst some game is still hunted and shot in the wild, there are increasingly more animals raised on farms, although true wild game, of the feathered or fur kind, is often superior. It is leaner, more natural, organic and free from additives. The partridge season is already upon us and pheasants will be seen from the beginning of October. Wild duck is a real treat and completely different to the fattened versions available commercially. Various species of deer are coming through with fallow and roe being the most widely available venison in our region. Wild boar is becoming increasingly popular and it is very good to see rabbit being embraced once again with yearround available.

Amazingly, there are around 3,000 known varieties of pear grown in the world and these juicy, delicious fruits have been enjoyed since prehistoric times in cooler climates. They may not keep as well as apples, but the season is certainly one to look forward to. It is quite an art to pick or buy pears at just the right time before they ripen too much, but it is worth the effort. Pears are another fruit that can be enjoyed both raw and cooked with perhaps the most well know retro dessert of poached pears now making quite a comeback. Similar to apples, pears also come in to their own for fermenting into alcohol. Perry was known to have been made by the Romans, but it was the French and, subsequently, the western counties of England, who really took the drink to another level.

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Game meatloaf

Ingredients: One kilogram of minced game, either just venison or mix in rabbit and wild boar One large onion 150g breadcrumbs Bunch of parsley One tablespoon of freshly grated horseradish (or prepared) sauce One teaspoon dry mustard One teaspoon mixed herbs Two large eggs 30ml whole milk Two tablespoons Marsala wine or drinking sherry 100ml tomato marinara sauce or passata Three or four slices streaky bacon Salt and pepper to taste Method: w Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees centigrade, gas mark 4. w Chop the onion, garlic and parsley and mix in well with the minced meat(s), mustard, horseradish, herbs and seasoning. w Whisk the eggs and milk together, combine with the meat mixture, moisten the breadcrumbs with the wine and gently blend in. w Pack mix into an oiled loaf tin or form into a loaf shape in a deep baking dish. w Pour over the tomato sauce and place the bacon strips over the top. w Bake for an hour, but leave to rest out of the oven for around ten minutes before slicing and serving.

Spicy pear Tom Collins

Ingredients: 50ml gin or vodka 50ml pear purée 25ml rosemary and clove syrup 25ml lemon juice Sparkling white wine or water to top For the pear purée: Two pears, peeled and cored 50ml lemon juice Chopped fresh rosemary, at least two sprigs For the syrup: Half cup sugar Half cup water Whole cloves, around five Three sprigs of fresh rosemary Method: w Start with the syrup by heating the sugar, water, cloves and rosemary in a pan over a low heat. Allow it to boil, remove from the heat and leave for at least thirty minutes. Strain the mixture and refrigerate before use. w For the pear purée, slice the pears and blend with the lemon juice and rosemary until smooth. Sieve, discarding any solids and refrigerate. w When ready to serve, combine the spirit, syrup and purée over ice in a shaker. Give it a good shake to chill through, serve in a large glass and top with sparkling wine or water.

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Summer solace Food writer Laura Scott recently visited a historic hotel and eaterie, The Talbot in Ripley, a presence in the area since 1453.


he Talbot is one of England’s oldest coaching inns, dating back to 1453. This handsome, ivy clad hotel and restaurant, based in Ripley, has recently been taken over by Bespoke Hotels. The restaurant itself is in the hands of Martin Blunos, a two Michelin star chef previously of Lettonie, his flagship restaurant, which closed back in 2001. Martin has been overseeing menus at The Talbot with the aim of creating high quality, seasonal and local dishes for customers to enjoy in the newly refurbished, modern restaurant. The sleek interior features plenty of rich dark velvets, subtle lighting and dark wood in contrast to the linear glass conservatory that overlooks a secluded courtyard garden. This fifteenth century venue is deceptively large, yet feels welcoming and cosy. The Talbot lends itself as the perfect wedding venue, something Bespoke Hotels are keen to encourage, with an impressive forty three bedrooms and capacity to host up to 120 guests. When I visited The Talbot during the summer, the restaurant had only just been re-opened for a week, so myself and a guest were some of the first customers to try out Martin’s new menu. It was a gloriously clear night, with just enough of a breeze to warrant sitting inside, but much to our

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disappointment the stunning glass conservatory was booked with a large party, so we ended up sitting in the main dining room. The best feature of the room is its burnished copper ceiling which glimmers in the evening light, and the ancient, wonky, low ceilings leading from the entrance of the building to the dining area. Starters were preceded by a fresh summer dip of green peas, served with crackers, along with a glass of Sancerre, and we both opted for light first courses. I chose the Heritage tomato salad and my partner went for the grilled cured mackerel fillet with pickled beetroot, fennel and horseradish. My tomato salad was rather lacking, especially as the tomatoes were fridge cold. I feel they could have benefitted from a bolder dressing and a little more of the accompaniments: red onion and basil. The mackerel dish was a successful combination of well thought out flavours and textures – a classic dish that never disappoints. For mains we opted for whole plaice ‘from the grill’ (for me) and brine roasted spring chicken and thigh, sweetcorn, shallot pickle, crisp potatoes and light chicken sauce (my partner). My plaice was served with classic sides of crushed new potatoes, wilted spinach and lemon. I hadn’t ordered such a classic dish for a long time, but the flavours did complement the delicate fish beautifully, as classics do. The only shame was that the plaice was overcooked. My partner’s chicken, again the better choice, was juicy and flavoursome with a crackly crispy skin. The sweetness of the corn was offset by the pickle and the chicken sauce brought the dish together. The chips were ok, a little more cooking necessary to crisp them up, but the portions were absolutely huge, so we couldn’t have finished either of our mains, even if the chips had been totally amazing. For dessert, we decided to share a peach crumble with house custard. Again the portions were gargantuan: there was easily enough crumble to serve


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Restaurant review | THE TALBOT RIPLEY

The Talbot lends itself as the perfect wedding venue, something Bespoke Hotels are keen to encourage, with an impressive forty three bedrooms and capacity to host up to 120 guests.

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four people and we hardly made a dent in the dish, but the crumble itself was ok. The peach was a little bland (I find peaches often lose their intensity when cooked like this) and the topping was extremely ‘rubbly’, with huge chunks of crumble interspersed with more well rubbed crumb. The custard was superb: thick, smooth and packed full of vanilla. We would have asked for more if the generous meal hadn’t finished us off by then. The Talbot menu overall is well priced. There are a few high end dishes, some classics, sharing platters and bar snacks too – lots on the menu to suit most budgets and a variety of seating areas in which to enjoy a meal. The few niggles we had during our meal may be down to this being such a newly established business. I know this myself, having started up my supper club over a year ago. A few teething errors often help to get things right in the long term and feedback is so crucial in order to move onwards and improve. Hopefully we can make a return visit and see how The Talbot has made its impact on the Ripley locals, with a table in the conservatory, that’s for sure. essence INFO The Talbot Ripley, High Street, Ripley, Surrey GU23 6BB Websites: Telephone: 01483 225188 Laura Scott:

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Face up to a peel Jacqui Casey of Epsom Skin Clinics explains why we should not be daunted by skin peel treatments.


any people believe a skin peel treatment is an alarming procedure to undertake, primarily because of how they have been portrayed in the media and on television make-over programmes. It is thought that skin peels take multiple layers off the skin, leaving the user with a lot of recovery time. However, there are in fact lighter and more superficial peels that can be provided to treat many skin complaints such as acne, Rosacea, pigmentation, including sun damage, and melasma (hormonal pigment) and to improve general skin appearance. Superficial skin peels work by removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, which then stimulates new cells to grow. These peels are very gentle and only work on the epidermis, removing the most outer layer of skin, leaving hardly any down time. Deeper skin peels that can be performed by a doctor will remove multiple layers of skin and these may result in two weeks down time or more. Skin peels contain AHAs and BHAs AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid, the most common of which is glycolic acid, a natural ingredient derived from sugar cane. Glycolic acid has skin renewing properties often used in peels and products which easily penetrate into the skin. Glycolic acid helps to smooth out fine lines, fade pigmentation and improve sun damage. In fact it’s great at deep exfoliation of the skin: improving spots, blocked pores and blackheads. Another AHA commonly used is lactic acid, derived from milk. Unlike other AHAs, it is very gentle, perfect for people with sensitive skin. Alpha Hydroxy Acids do increase photosensitivity, so be careful when exposed to the sun.

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The most common BHA, Beta Hydroxy Acid, is salicylic, used to treat oily and acne prone skin. If acne is affecting confidence, then this skin peel is the right one to use. A salicylic skin peel is very light and works on the outer layers of the epidermis improving clogged pores, congestion, oily skin tone and acne. With a very short downtime, this is a great treatment as it can be carried out as often as every two weeks. Rosacea? For those requiring improvement to sensitive skin and to address Rosacea, then mandelic skin peels, a type of AHA similar to glycolic and lactic acid, are best. Mandelic molecules are much larger than glycolic and lactic acids and therefore penetrate less deeply, reducing irritation. This is a brilliant peel for someone with very sensitive skin, or who wants a light skin peel. Combining skin peels? Certain skin peels can be combined, for example, the salicylic and the mandelic skin peels. Using both together is ideal for someone who has acne, Rosacea or an area of inflammation. Epsom Skin Clinics recommend a consultation with a trained therapist prior to any treatment as the best way to start so that correct advice and information can be given to ensure a client benefits from and achieves the best possible results.

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Where there’s a Will... Mitchell Thompson is an Associate in the Private Wealth Department at Mundays and here discusses some important issues relating to Wills and Estates.

I Julie Jaggin is a Senior Associate in Mundays’ long-established Private Wealth department and specialises in trusts, probate, Wills, capital tax-planning, domicile, international succession, Court of Protection and elderly client work. As a full professional member of both the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Solicitors for the Elderly, Julie aims to deliver comprehensive, clear and practical advice to a wide range of overseas and UK based clients. Mitchell Thompson is an Associate in the Private Wealth Department at Mundays. He advises on a broad range of private client matters, including Wills, estate planning and the administration of estates. He is also experienced in dealing with lasting powers of attorney and deputyship applications to the Court of Protection.

t is a fact of life that nobody likes to talk about death. During lifetime we procrastinate about having Wills drawn up: it stays on the list of things ‘to do’, but the mundane jobs of painting the garden fence or cleaning out the drains always seems more preferable than thinking about our mortality. Conversely, we all know of someone who has died where there is either a shocking amount of inheritance tax paid, which could have been avoided, or the estate passes to a second cousin twice removed who no one knew existed because there was no Will. By taking the time to make a Will you can: w specify how you want your estate to be divided; w make sure bequests to cohabiting partners, friends and charities are included; and w make sure you minimise the amount of Inheritance Tax paid by your estate. When the time does come and a loved one dies, sometimes grief is rudely forced aside whilst the administration of the estate is dealt with.

Julie Jaggin can be contacted on 01932 590646 or at Mitchell Thompson can be contacted on 01932 590664 or at


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This is, of course, the red tape associated with a person dying: drawing a line under their paper and digital life, gathering in assets, settling debts and distributing the remaining estate in accordance with the Will or statutory rules of Intestacy (where there is no Will). An executor is appointed under the Will or an Administrator appointed under Intestacy (together they are Personal Representatives or PRs). Normally these are family member(s) or close friend(s), occasionally it may be a bank, solicitor or other professional. In addition to dealing with asset providers, the PRs may also need to report to HMRC (Income Tax and Inheritance Tax) and apply to the Court for Probate (the Court order recognising who has the legal authority to deal with the estate). For most estates that are over a certain amount, the asset organisations will require the PRs to produce the Probate before they will release the assets. Dependent on the size and complexity of the estate, this can become an onerous


task and comes at the worst possible time when trying to cope with loss. Reverting to a solicitor to assist can relieve the day-to-day burden, leaving you to make the important decisions and sign documents. Too often we have seen PRs try to rush the process. We, of course, recognise that they want to move on following the bereavement, but they often end up falling foul of HMRC leading to penalties or can risk potential litigation by disappointed beneficiaries as the result of financial loss to the estate. Binding obligations set out in the Will are ignored, especially in relation to trusts such as traditional Nil Rate Band (‘NRB’) trusts set up under some Wills to preserve for married couples to make best use of their Inheritance Tax allowances. This can also be the case with Life Interest trusts set up as part of tax or care home planning (usually on the death of a first spouse) that are incorrectly dealt with, if at all, and can often lead to additional tax on the death of the surviving spouse, penalties, interest and massive delay. We are all different, not everyone wants solicitors to deal with the administration of their estates. However, recognising when professional advice is required is half the battle. If there is a legal document, such as a Will, which has plenty of jargon, why not take an hour to speak to a solicitor so you understand the implications rather than taking a chance? It could save you more time, money and stress in the long run. v

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Mundays LLP Cedar House, 78 Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1AN Telephone: 01932 590500 Website:

Julie Jaggin, Senior Associate in Mundays Private Wealth Department, looks at Nil Rate Band trusts Once an NRB (Nil Rate Band) trust is up and running, it’s important for trustees to be aware of their duties and compliance requirements. Many persons are named as both executors and trustees in a Will and are unaware that, once the administration of an estate is complete, the role of trustee kicks in and requires a focused mind to discharge duties properly.

Trustees are in a fiduciary position, meaning that they are being trusted to consider whether and when to exercise powers over the trust property by appointing it within the class of beneficiaries. Even if they decide not to exercise their powers, their fiduciary position means they have a duty to at least consider periodically whether to exercise that power and to adopt a considered, neutral thought process in doing so. Letters or Memoranda of Wishes prepared in advance by the person setting up the trust can be extremely useful guidance to the trustees. The NRB trust is a fully discretionary trust which means that no beneficiary has a fixed entitlement to any assets within it, but simply a ‘hope’ that they will receive some portion of the trust fund should the trustees decide to exercise their powers in their favour. Oftentimes, the trust fund consists simply of a half share of the family home or a charge over that half share, meaning at some point the value secured on a half share of the family home will be paid back to the trust, typically when the surviving spouse dies. However, this does not mean the trustees can sit back and take their eye off the trust fund as an investment. Trustees have a duty to regard the ‘standard investment criteria’ which means considering the suitability of the investment for the purpose of the trust. When the purpose of the NRB trust is simply Inheritance Tax planning, then the need to diversify the trust fund is lessened, but if circumstances change, such as where the family home needs to be sold in order to pay for care fees, the trustees will need to consider the purpose of the trust as expressed in any Letter of Wishes and take advice from an independent financial advisor on how to produce what they consider to be a suitable level of income and capital growth for the trust’s objectives. Making a balanced overview of the class of beneficiaries while at the same time keeping up to date with ever-changing tax legislation, compliance such as the need to enquire as to any potential U.S. links with the beneficiaries under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (‘FATCA’), often with no entitlement to be paid other than out-of-pocket expenses, means being a trustee is often a thankless task. It is also a role that can lead to claims of breach of trust by the beneficiaries if a dispute arises as to whether a trustee has acted reasonably and in line with his statutory and fiduciary duties. Professional trustees can be a good option to act alone or with other members of the family to balance any potential conflict of interest should a trustee also be a beneficiary. This can be a problem if there are tensions between family members, or there is a need to take particular care in managing the needs of a particular beneficiary, for example, because of a disability or other vulnerability. As ever, the key to navigating these issues is to take good advice from a suitably qualified trusts and estates solicitor at an early stage.

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Emerging hope? The previous five years were not kind to investors in global emerging market equities but so far this year, in some countries at least, there has been a noticeable turnaround in the fortunes of such investments. Is hope emerging or does the recent improvement represent a false dawn? Simon Lewis, CEO at Partridge Muir & Warren Ltd, investigates.


lthough equity markets have provided investors with a bumpy ride over the last five years, the general trend has been positive and most equity investors with a globally diversified portfolio will have benefited, at a time of historically low interest rates, from very good returns overall (typically 50% or so over the 5 years to 31 December 2015). However, global emerging equity markets were a notable exception; a relevant composite benchmark falling by 13% over the period. This trend has gone into reverse in 2016. Over the year to date (30 September) emerging market equities have comfortably out-performed their developed market counterparts and many investment commentators believe that this is set to continue. Assessment of the recovery potential of emerging market equities must start with an understanding of why such investments have

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proved a disappointment in recent years. The answers are found on opposite sides of the world, in China and the United States of America. The China Effect China’s economic ascendancy has been extremely beneficial for many emerging economies, particularly for those rich in natural resources such as oil, iron ore and copper. However, as the Chinese economy matures it inevitably slows with the result that the once reliably exponential increases in demand have stuttered. This slowdown in demand growth has coincided with a significant increase in supply. In the case of oil, this increase in supply is the result of geopolitics (and driven by Saudi Arabia) whereas for metals and ores there has been a huge investment in increased capacity following the financial crisis.

A basic tenet of economics is that increasing supply and falling demand combine to drive prices lower, with the result that the price of oil and many commodities are 50% lower than they were 5 years ago. This has caused a significant problem for many emerging economies, notably Venezuela, Brazil and South Africa. The flipside is that emerging countries that rely on the import of natural resources, notably India and China, benefit from lower import costs. US Monetary Policy In the meantime, the US Federal Reserve has been presiding over a period of increasing expectations for a tightening in monetary policy. Although still relatively lacklustre by historical standards, the US economy has generated consistent GDP growth in recent years and ever since the Spring of 2013, the ‘Fed’ has been signalling policy tightening,

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Finance | PMW

“Concerns about the possibility of a much sharper deterioration in Chinese economic growth have prevailed for a number of years but China surprised investors by reporting better than expected growth figures. This has been one of the main reasons why emerging market equities have rallied.” first by tapering its quantitative easing programme to its conclusion and latterly by increasing the interest rate whilst signalling more rises to come. Higher US interest rates are negative for emerging economies because so much of their debt is US dollar denominated and pegged to US interest rates. The rising cost of debt acts to dilute the rate of profits growth and has led to a corresponding adjustment in share prices. To compound the impact of rising loan interest rates, higher interest rates normally lead to a stronger currency. Therefore, corporate borrowers will feel the pain of both higher nominal rates and the increase in payments as a result of the strengthening of the US dollar relative to their local currency. There are more complex but equally negative consequences. Well over half of the money that percolates through global financial markets is either owned or controlled by US citizens. The behaviour of US investors therefore has a profound influence on the direction of capital flows. In the immediate aftermath of the global financial crisis, many US investors took their money offshore in order to escape what they saw as the inevitable dilution in the value of the US dollar resulting from the quantitative easing programmes of the US Federal Reserve. Now that monetary policy is moving in the opposite direction, US investors are repatriating their money so as not to miss out on the recovery in US dollar strength and the prospect of increased rates of interest on dollar-denominated assets. Such capital outflows have had a disastrous effect on the currencies of many emerging countries, further compounding the impact of rising rates.

Domestic Failures Many of the problems faced by emerging economies are self-inflicted. Dysfunctional domestic politics, corruption and a failure to follow prudent economic polices have left many countries ill-prepared to weather the headwinds. Venezuela is a sad example of a country that has been driven on to the rocks by idiotic policies. The Bounce Concerns about the possibility of a much sharper deterioration in Chinese economic growth have prevailed for a number of years but China surprised investors by reporting better than expected growth figures for Q1 2016 and the consensus forecast for the year is GDP growth of around 6.5%. This has been one of the main reasons why emerging market equities have rallied. Furthermore, increases in US interest rates have stalled as the ‘Fed’ has become more nervous about the prospects for global economic growth and this has been of much relief, albeit likely short-lived. The Verdict My instinct tells me that the rally this year is more a reflection of the fact that emerging equity markets might have been previously oversold and therefore the opportunity in the immediate term is their arbitrage relative to developed markets rather than prospective gains driven by macro economic improvement. Once prices have stabilised in relative terms, this recovery is likely to run out of steam and prices will remain vulnerable to the considerable headwinds that exist and are likely to prevail in the coming years. An allocation to emerging market equities should

continue to be an important component of a well-diversified portfolio and there are clearly some countries that are better placed than others. For example, the Indian economy is forecast to grow by 7.5% this year. Nevertheless, now is probably not the time to let enthusiasm cloud prudence. 

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Simon Lewis is writing on behalf of Partridge Muir & Warren Ltd (PMW), Chartered Financial Planners, based in Esher. The Company has specialised in providing wealth management solutions to private clients for 47 years. Simon is an independent financial adviser, chartered financial planner and chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. The opinions outlined in this article are those of the writer and should not be construed as individual advice. To find out more about financial advice and investment options please contact Simon at Partridge Muir & Warren Ltd. Partridge Muir & Warren Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Telephone: 01372 471 550 Email: Website:

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The picturesque city of Utrecht

Culture andcanals Utrecht, located in the heart of the Netherlands, beside the flowing waters of the Rhine, offers visitors an intriguing glimpse into a vibrant culture and a rich and colourful history, says Rebecca Underwood.


trecht was founded on a Roman Fort in 47 CE and features a charming medieval old town, meandering canals, museums galore, and an extensive selection of trendy bars, buzzing cafés and restaurants. The city has been the Netherland’s religious centre since the eighth century and today it is the seat of the Archbishop of Utrecht, the country’s most senior Roman Catholic leader. The Domtoren bell tower, located opposite the imposing gothic cathedral of Saint Martin’s on Domplein Square, dominates the city’s skyline; it is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands, soaring 368 feet into the sky. Construction began in 1321 when the tower was to form part of a new cathedral, which, due to lack of funding, was never completed, and the tower remained free standing. Energetic souls who negotiate the 465 steps leading up to the top of the tower will be rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Back down on the ground there is the DoMunder, a former excavation site underneath Domplein Square, waiting to be explored. Visitors are welcome to take a leisurely stroll through the underground area using an interactive flashlight whilst viewing archaeological finds dating back to the Roman Castellum ‘Trajecturn’. Be sure to walk between the enormous pillar foundations of the cathedral above and experience the power of the tornado which tore down its nave in 1674. For a more relaxing excursion, and one which will allow visitors to fully appreciate the beauty of Utrecht, continue to Oudegracht, where the embarkation point for an hour long canal cruise can be found. The curved canal follows the main branch of the Rhine and on each side of the river there are a number of warehouses dating back to the thirteenth century. For those who prefer to captain their own vessel, rent a ‘canal bike’, which is a pedal boat that seats four passengers, and if the weather is inclement a hood, which fits over the boat, is supplied. For those of us who love to rummage for that elusive little trinket and unusual gifts for loved ones, Oudegracht is crammed with charming little antique shops enticing even the most resistant shoppers. Be sure to wander

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Leisure breaks | UTRECHT


On 11 November Utrecht celebrates the life of St Martin of Tours, the city’s patron saint. It is said that St Martin approached a beggar and gave him half his cloak. The beggar is thought to have been a manifestation of Jesus. The festival of St Martin is a major event for the city and preparations begin in early November. A wide variety of events take place all over Utrecht, leading up to the St Martin’s Parade.


around the Lapjesmarkt, located on Breedstraat. It’s the oldest fabric market in Holland, attracting crowds every Saturday between 8am and 1pm. And for a splash of colour, the Bloemenmarkt on Janskerkhof, also held on Saturdays, is the largest flower and plant market in Utrecht. To view more of Utrecht’s treasures, head for Lange Nieuwstraat, the location of the Museum Catharijne Convent to discover a spectacular collection of medieval religious art. Housed in a former monastery built in the sixteenth century, it is another exceptional example of gothic architecture. Exhibits include unique pieces of art dating from the early medieval era right up to the twenty-first century. Visitors will gain a deep insight into Christian art, the cultural history of the Netherlands and its significant impact on Dutch society via intricately illuminated

Traditional Dutch clogs for sale


manuscripts, glittering images, elaborate book bindings, sparkling gold and silver artefacts and spectacular examples of Dutch art, including Jan Steen’s masterpiece The Feast of Saint Nicholas. Visit the Centraal Museum, Utrecht’s main museum founded in 1838, and see ‘The World of Utrecht’ exhibition which focuses on the story of the city through local artworks by resident artists past and present. The extensive collection is divided into sixteen themes, spread over two floors, and includes old and modern art, applied arts, city history, fashions and >>>

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A panoramic view of Utrecht


period costumes. Admirers of Joachim Wtewael, one of Utrecht’s most gifted artists, will be delighted with the museum’s collection of his work, which is the largest in the world. For travellers seeking luxurious accommodation, the Grand Hotel Karel V, located on Geertebolwerk, in the centre of the medieval part of the city, offers the highest standards. The building, constructed between 1348 and 1359, was once the headquarters of the Teutonic Knights Order and was known as The Teutonic House. Louis Napoléon, the King of Holland and brother of Grand Hotel Karel V suite Napoléon Bonaparte, ordered the knights to surrender the property to the state in 1808 and it remained a military hospital until 1986. Supported by the Dutch society for the preservation of monuments and the National Restoration Fund, several of the rooms within the original building were restored, and the Grand Hotel Karel V opened to much fanfare in May 1998. The property now consists of historic and contemporary buildings, featuring 111 rooms and 10 stylish suites. Surrounded by lush, verdant gardens, this hotel offers a tranquil retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Consider staying in the spacious Empire Suite, which features a high ceiling and large windows and gives an overall impression of the elegance of a bygone era. The suite includes a comfortable separate living room with a delightful seating area beneath a bay window. Hotel facilities include a wellness centre, located in the Roman Wing, and after exploring the city visitors Utrecht's flower market can rejuvenate in the jet-stream bath, sauna or steam room or take a dip in the indoor pool. Utrecht is the location of one of Holland’s most popular universities and The city has been the Netherland’s tens of thousands of students ensure the city retains its cultural ‘vibe’, with religious centre since the eighth a wide variety of venues offering a chance to mingle with the locals. Pop into one of the many restaurants and sample a plate of stamppot, Holland’s century and today it is the seat of national dish, which consists of creamy mashed potatoes mixed with carrots, the Archbishop of Utrecht kale or sauerkraut, with the option of smoked sausage or bacon, and of course the cheese board should offer generous servings of Gouda and Edam. To quench a thirst, order a glass of Jenever, the juniper flavoured local liquor, known as Dutch gin, and make a toast to Utrecht, it really is a most welcoming city. 

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Literature | REVIEW

Fashion Mash Up

The Dark Side of East London

Packed with over 75 pieces of clothing, 250 stickers with fabulous glitter and foil finishes, hundreds of styling tips and five Instagram backgrounds, this is the ultimate book for all fashion lovers. Readers can style six models, illustrated by fashion favourite Daisy de Villeneuve, from head to toe using stunning pieces drawn from the V&A’s own exhibition and archives. Featuring Vivienne Westwood, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen, the best and most iconic designs from historical and contemporary fashion trends can be mixed and matched to create totally unique new looks. Fashion Mash Up can be used as a creative outlet, for outfit inspiration, to create the perfect wish list and as a brief introduction to fashion through the last century, making it the perfect gift for fashion bloggers, aspiring stylists, Instagram addicts and creative designers.

Just hearing the phrase ‘the East End’ summons up historical images of slums and dark alleyways, with Jack the Ripper appearing from the mist, or housing estates and pubs where the Kray twins may be found. This study by David Charnick features stories of crimes and misdeeds that show what life was like in this area before the ‘East End’ existed. It also reflects the changes caused as the settlements of Tower Hamlets became absorbed by the new metropolis of London. These stories find their modern counterparts in our times, but also take us into unfamiliar territory as they bring to light the forgotten past that underlies present day streets and buildings. The tales show how the character and notoriety of the City’s famous shadow has been formed and this volume features a wealth of specially commissioned photographs, allowing the reader to locate the stories in the present-day London Borough of Tower Hamlets. David Charnick was born in Bethnal Green in 1964 and has never left. A qualified City of London guide, he is active in developing a guiding culture in Tower Hamlets through both guiding and teaching, promoting awareness of the East End’s heritage at street level.

By Isabelle O’Carroll Illustrated by Daisy de Villeneuve RRP: £17.99 64 pages • Paperback • Illustrated throughout Published by Penguin Random House Children’s UK and V&A Publishing

By David Charnick RRP: £19.99 208 pages • Paperback ISBN: 9781473856448 Published by Pen & Sword Books Limited

London Uncovered Sixty Unusual Places to Explore From the authors of the successful ‘Unseen London’ comes this latest venture. Building on feedback from the earlier book and the desire of many readers to visit actual locations comes this volume. London Uncovered’s images are places brought to life by the creative eye of Peter Dazeley. These buildings and sites are all available to visit without the need for special access and the common thread is the photographer’s ability to uncover a fresh perspective on a special piece of London. The subject matter is eclectic, encompassing buildings, monuments in plain sight and walks, with some famous places and others more obscure. Collectively these images form a picture of London which is strange, gaudy, grand and inventive, revealing an endlessly fascinating world city with its own unique charm. Peter Dazeley FRPS is a celebrated London photographer renowned for fine art and advertising photography. Born in west Kensington and dyslexic, he left school at 15 without formal qualifications. He is a life member of the Association of Photographers and is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. Mark Daly is a defence and aerospace writer with an interest in the more secretive parts of London, a city he has explored and studied for years Photographs by Peter Dazeley; Text by Mark Daly RRP: £30.00 304 pages • Hardback ISBN: 9780711238091 Published by Frances Lincoln, part of Quarto Publishing Group UK Frances-Lincoln

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spotlight on... RHS Garden Wisley, Woking Throughout October The Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship garden, RHS Garden Wisley, has some superb autumn events ready to entertain visitors this month. A few are outlined below, but visit the Garden’s website for more details. Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October: Woodfest Exhibitions and demonstrations of traditional woodcraft skills and artisan products, with steam sawing, tree-climbing, lumberjack athletes, wood sculptures and lots more. Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 October: Taste of Autumn Over 30 exhibitors with plenty of artisan food and drink on offer, samples of Wisley apples, tours, cookery classes (to be pre-booked), vintage tractor display and a children’s ‘Guess the weight of the pumpkin’ competition Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 October: Half term and Animals of the Night Lots of free, fun events and a chance to learn more about the world of bats.

Information: 0845 260 9000 or

Richmond Theatre Richmond To Saturday 8 October Relatively Speaking Ayckbourn comedy starring Robert Powell and Liza Goddard. Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October Stick Man Scamp Theatre’s wonderful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s book. Monday 17 to Saturday 22 October A Room with a View E.M. Forster’s beautiful novel, with Felicity Kendal. Monday 24 to Saturday 29 October Stepping Out Comedy starring Amanda Holden and Tamzin Outhwaite.

Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 October Pride & Prejudice The Jane Austen classic starring Matthew Kelly as Mr Bennet. Sunday 6 November Josh Widdicombe: What do I do now... Tour 2016 Talented comedian, stalwart of Mock the Week, on tour. Tickets: 0844 871 7645 or

Rhoda McGaw Theatre Woking Wednesday 26 October James Acaster: Reset Don’t miss this performance from a very funny comedian in the intimate surroundings of the Rhoda McGaw auditorium. Tickets: 0844 871 7645 or

Tickets: 0844 871 7651 or

Camberley Theatre Camberley

New Victoria Theatre Woking Monday 17 to Saturday 22 October Chicago Fabulous and award-winning Broadway and West End musical.

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Thursday 13 October Harry Hook: About Africa Film director and photographer, as featured in last month’s essence. Information: 01276 707600 or

Photo copyright: RHS Garden Wisley


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essence events Cranleigh Thursday 13 October George Egg: anarchist cook Unusual stand-up comedy performed whilst George prepares a three course meal on equipment found in hotel rooms. Saturday 29 October Jon Richardson: work in progress The comedian works on new material ahead of a major tour. Information: 01483 278000 or

Abi Roberts, Tanya Edwards, Jon Long and Mark Dolan. Information:

Guildford Shakespeare Company The Mirror Tent, Stoke Park, Guildford To Sunday 30 October Grimms’ Fairy Tales A cast of five actors bring 40 wonderful characters to life from ten of the Grimms’ tales. The venue is an antique Mirror Tent from Belgium, creating an ideal setting.

Electric Theatre

Information: 01483 304384 or


Monday 24 to Saturday 29 October Family Festival Films, family disco party and more.

Rose Theatre

Information: 01483 444789 or

Epsom Playhouse Epsom Tuesday 11 October Vienna Festival Ballet: Snow White World class choreography on display. Information: 01372 742555 or

Farnham Maltings Farnham Saturday 29 October Teddy Bear’s Picnic A fun-filled musical journey from London Contemporary Theatre. Information: 01252 745444 or

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Kingston-upon-Thames To Saturday 8 October Good Canary Actor John Malkovich makes his London theatre directing debut in this English-speaking premiere of Zach Helm’s play. Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 October When We Are Married J.B. Priestley’s entertaining comedy from Northern Broadsides. Tuesday 18 October The Big Charity Comedy Night Comedy stars, including Milton Jones and Tim Vine, perform in aid of Momentum, supporting children with life-limiting conditions. Friday 28 October to Saturday 19 November All My Sons Arthur Miller’s first great Broadway success directed by Michael Rudman.


Information: 020 8174 0090 or

Wednesday 12 October Julian Clary: The Joy of Mincing The master of innuendo returns. Monday 31 October George’s Marvellous Medicine Roald Dahl’s enchanting tale from Birmingham Stage Company.

Information: 01483 369350 or

Guildford Gag House Electric Theatre, Guildford Saturday 22 October Charity fundraiser for the Mayor of Guildford’s Charities The best of stand-up comedy with

James Acaster, Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking

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Cranleigh Arts Centre

Good Canary, Rose Theatre

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford Monday 10 to Saturday 15 October Relatively Speaking Comedy from Alan Ayckbourn. Monday 24 to Saturday 29 October The Mousetrap An Agatha Christie classic. Monday 31 October to Saturday 5 November A Room with a View See listing under Richmond Theatre. Information: 01483 440000 or

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spotlight on... Guildford Book Festival

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Sunday 9 to Sunday 16 October This 27-year-old festival just keeps getting better and better. This year there is a packed schedule including an evening with Jeremy Paxman (pictured left) on Thursday 13 October at the Marquee at the Cathedral. Jeremy will discuss his memoirs, A Life in Questions, with presenter Mark Austin. Another highlight will be An Audience with Graham Norton on Tuesday 11 October as he talks about his debut novel, Holding. Don’t miss the chance to see thriller writer Robert Harris discuss his forthcoming book, Conclave, on Sunday 9 October. The event will be hosted by broadcaster and journalist Michael Buerk. For children there is The Wimpy Kid Show at The Electric Theatre on Sunday 9 October, with Readers’ Day, a mini Festival in a day with eight speakers, to be held at G Live on Saturday 15 October. See website for the full line-up of authors, workshops and events taking place.


music Boileroom Guildford Various dates Creative arts and music venue with bar. See website for detailed listings. Information:

Harlequin Theatre Redhill Friday 14 October, 8pm Elkie Brooks: live in concert A treat for fans, old and new. Thursday 20 October, 8pm Judie Tzuke: songs and stories Fine singer-songwriter in concert. Information: 01737 276500 or

Epworth Choir

exhibitions Tuesday 25 October to Saturday 5 November The Spirit of Horses Equine: photography exhibition Surrey photographer Carys Jones captures images of horses in their natural environments.



Occam Singers Holy Trinity Church, Guildford

Information: 01483 278000 or

Saturday 29 October, 7.30pm Autumn Concert Featuring Schubert Mass in G and The Vivaldi Gloria, the concert is being held in support of Transform Housing and Support which helps homeless and vulnerable people. Epworth Choir has also issued an open invitation to anyone who loves to sing to try the choir out for a term for free.

Saturday 15 October, 7.30pm Baroque Italian Music Programme includes Vivaldi’s Gloria and Dixit Dominus.


The Hall, Charterhouse, Godalming

Dorking Museum

The Lightbox Gallery and Museum



Saturday 15 October, 2–4pm Family activity Saturday: World War I 1916 Explore the Great War’s impact on Dorking during 1916.

To Saturday 5 November Landscapes of the Somme – paintings by Robert Perry Drawings and paintings of Somme battlefields.

To Saturday 31 December The Story of British Comics So Far: Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! An interactive exhibition exploring the past, present and future of comics. Saturday 15 October to Sunday 22 January 2017 Camden Town Group: Art for the Edwardian Era An exhibition showcasing work by the Camden Town Group artists. Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 October Half term activities With comic-themed workshops and activities.

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Sunday 16 October, 6pm A Bizet Gala Including Don Procopio.


Guildford House Gallery

Musical firework extravaganza

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The Burys Field, Godalming Friday 4 November, 6.30pm Fireworks set to the music of the movies. Ticketed event.

Sunday 23 October, 7.30pm Romantic Masterpieces Including works from Mendelssohn and Brahms.



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Haslemere Friday 28 October, 1–4.30pm Halloween fun Dress up in a spooky costume and visit the museum for creepy crafts, pumpkin carving and a procession. Saturday 29 October, 6pm Night in the museum A Halloween opening with the chance to explore dark galleries and watch the film Paddington.

Cranleigh Arts Centre

St Dunstan’s Catholic Church, Shaftesbury Road, Woking

Opera South

Haslemere Museum

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To Saturday 5 November Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2016 See a variety of artworks on show. To Saturday 5 November Jane Crisp: Contemporary take on the classic trug Jane experiments with processes such as steam-bending to create simple, beautiful designs.

national trust National Trust properties offer perfect venues in which to enjoy an autumnal walk. A few are shown here, but visit for more.

Information: 01252 713208 or

Claremont Landscape Garden


Treacle Gallery

Monday 24 to Thursday 27 October Halloween half term trail Enjoy the trail.

Shere, near Guildford Saturday 15 October to Sunday 6 November Coast and Country Five photographers share their personal perspectives of the natural world. Information:

Wild Halloween Camp, Painshill Park

Information: 01372 467806

Hatchlands Park

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Halloween at the National Trust

East Clandon, Guildford Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 October Halloween trail Follow the spooky trail. Information: 01483 222482

Watts Gallery Compton, Guildford

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To Sunday 13 November Close up & personal: Victorians & their photographs How the culture of celebrity began. Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 October Half term fun at Watts Gallery Lots of half term activities including The Big Draw (the world’s biggest drawing festival), a chance to make terracotta pumpkins, the Watts at Dusk, free family trails and so much more.

Great Bookham, near Dorking Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 October Scary Shakespeare half term trail Enter Shakespeare’s ghoulish world... Information: 01372 452048

Surrey Hills near Dorking Friday 28 October, 6–8pm Spooky evening: Witley Centre A torch lit trail and creepy craft activities. Visit in costume.

Information: 01483 813593 or

Information: 01372 220644

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New Ashgate Gallery

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out & about Birdworld Farnham Monday 24 to Friday 28 October Halloween activity week Halloween trail, free craft activities and grotto.

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Godstone Farm Godstone Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 October Willa’s school of witchcraft With a woodland walk and troll, accompanied by lots of spooky fun. Sunday 30 October Spooktacular firework display A low bangs firework display to finish off half term and Halloween. Information:


Guildford Cathedral Bocketts Farm



Tuesday 25 October, 11am–3pm The Big Draw Join artist Stacey Allan at this informal, family-friendly half term free event.

Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 October Wizards and witches week Quiz trail, creepy craft corner and reptile roadshow plus magic shows, pumpkins and all the usual fabulous Bocketts’ activities.


Noctule bat, Surrey Wildlife Trust

Ramster Hall Chiddingfold Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 October, 11am–4pm The Surrey garden and tea house open once again for glorious autumn colour.


Juniper Hall BioBlitz

Information: 01428 654167 or

Brooklands Museum

Juniper Hall Field Centre, Mickleham Monday 24 October, 10am–4.30pm Become a wildlife explorer for a day with a team of experienced naturalists and wildlife watchers.

RSPB Farnham Heath Reserve

Weybridge Monday 24 to Friday 28 October Half term The popular car rides will operate between 11am and 1pm and from 2 to 3.30pm.

The Reeds Road, Farnham

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Mane Chance Sanctuary


Sunday 6 November, 11am–1pm Fungus foray A two hour walk around the Heath looking for fungi led by expert Martin Allison.

Wednesday 26 October

Information: 07714 271024 or


Soccer Challenge at Charterhouse in Godalming

Monday 24 to Friday 28 October Half term activities Don’t miss craft activities throughout half term at Denbies, in association with the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.

A five-a-side soccer clinic in aid of the horse sanctuary with the two winning teams invited to Fulham FC for a masterclass. Entrance fee is £100 per team, with limited places available.

Surrey Wildlife Trust


Information: 01483 351526 or

Denbies Wine Estate


Various locations Wednesday 12 October, 6.30–9.30pm Bat ecology at Pond Farm, Wisley Common Bring a torch and enjoy bat detection and watching with Derek Smith of the Surrey Bat Group.

Sunday 23 October, 10am–4pm Autumn photography workshop at Pond Farm, Wisley Common Capture the beauty of the autumnal landscape with photographer Adrian Davies. Bring a digital camera, lenses and tripod. Tuesday 25 October, 9.30am–12.30pm Tool sharpening at Pucks Oak Barn, Compton Learn how to maintain gardening and work tools. Information:

Open until November Legoland at Windsor has fireworks on 15, 22 and 29 October and 5 November. Chessington World of Adventures is offering Howl’O’Ween between 21 and 31 October and Thorpe Park at Chertsey has its ever popular fright nights from 7 to 9, 14 to 16 and 21 to 31 October.


Theme Parks Various locations

Information: 01202 666900 or

Firework displays Throughout Surrey

Painshill Park

Various dates See fireworks at the following local venues: Brockham: 5 November Chiddingfold: 5 November Cranleigh: 5 November Farnham: 5 November Godalming: 4 November Haslemere: 5 November Guildford: 5 November Mytchett: 6 November Ripley: 29 October Woking: 5 November

Cobham Sunday 23 October Celebrate trees day Enjoy the park, its follies, landscaping and features. Monday 24 to Friday 28 October, 9am–4pm Wild Halloween Camp Outdoor Halloween fun for children aged eight to 13, including den building and crafts. Information: 01932 868113 or

farmers’ markets Camberley Saturday 15 October, 10am–3pm Cranleigh Every Friday, 9.30–11am Epsom Sunday 2 October and 6 November, 9.30am–1.30pm Farnham Sunday 23 October, 10am–1.30pm Guildford Tuesday 4 October and 1 November, 10.30am–3.30pm Haslemere Sunday 2 October and 6 November, 10am–1.30pm Milford Sunday 16 October, 10am–1.30pm Ripley Saturday 15 October, 9am–1pm Walton-on-Thames Saturday 5 November, 9.30am–2pm Woking Thursday 6 October and 3 November, 9am–2pm

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WIN a family ticket to see Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Mischief Theatre’s Peter Pan Goes Wrong returns to the West End for a second limited season. Once again, the members of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes. Will they ever make it to Neverland? For the slickest show in the West End, DON’T see Peter Pan Goes Wrong! To win a family ticket for a performance between 1 November to 15 December (Tuesday to Thursday), simply answer the following question: Who was Peter Pan’s nemesis? a) Doctor Hook b) Captain Hook c) Captain Cook Closing date: Friday 21 October 2016. To enter, simply visit with the answer, your full name, email address, contact number and the date (Tuesday to Thursday performances) when you would like to attend.

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House Holman Picasso inspiration Australia Atop the 70-metre high cliffs of Dover Heights, Australia, rising steep over the ocean, stands the futuristic structure of the House Holman private residence with a crisp white silhouette cutting in the vast background of the deep blue sky. The house has been developed by Durbach Block Jaggers Architects who have designed its plan inspired by Picasso’s surreal painting The Bather. Indeed, the structure of the building develops in a complex series of meandering spaces that arc, fold and stretch in response to landscape and views. The rough stone walls of the lower levels cut into the cliff, forming a solid base, and continue along the cliff edge to form eccentric terraced gardens and a vaseshaped rock pool.

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Pretty Beach House

It’s not always and only about how large a house is, whether it offers floor plans inviting visitors to enjoy sea breezes, mountain mornings, or the pastoral peace of the countryside, views do matter. Jane Pople finds some houses with the most spectacular panoramic views. This stunning collection of properties, most situated on challenging terrains, offer great views and all are true pieces of architectural genius.

Pretty Beach House Modest name, top excellence Australia Pretty Beach House is a sophisticated, private guesthouse offering top quality services, modern amenities and luxurious ambiance, a private chef for exclusive gastronomic experience, breathtaking panoramic views, exciting private boat trips and a Zen-relax spa. The best part is that the house is designed, built and purposed to make guests feel at home in an intimate, safe and authentic environment, nestled in the serene and quintessentially Australian bushland. The property features a guest-shared main house and four exclusive private pavilions, all developed and furnished in a sophisticated style of charming elegance and luxury. Black Desert House The shadow of the mountain USA The Black Desert House is the stunning creation of Marc Atlan and Oller & Pejic Architecture. Its name reveals the main concept of the project – to set a modern and luxurious retreat in the heart of the Mojave Desert, presented in an all-black design aimed at creating a dramatic ‘shadow’ of the mountain. Black dominates in both the exterior as well as the luxurious interior of the house, yet it does not make the space feel small, sombre or cheerless. Due to panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, the border between internal and external space melts away, revealing the breathtaking grandeur of the natural surroundings.

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Panorama House

Panorama House An idyllic dream India In an attempt to bring humans and their residences into a more intimate unity with nature, the team of Ajay Sonar has developed the Panorama House and placed it atop a small hill against the background of the Gangapur Dam in Nasik, India. As in an idyllic dream, the Sahyadri Mountain frames the beautiful scenery and incorporates the building within. With panoramic glass walls framed by a simple pigmented concrete cuboid shell structure, the house stands almost invisibly amidst the landscape, matching the colour of the surrounding soil and mountains, and allows residents to enjoy the magnificent performance of weathers and seasons in a picture perfect view.

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The Summer House The ‘living’ rock Norway The Summer House, designed by JVA, stands among the rugged rock formations and huge boulders lining the coast of Vestfold in the southern part of Norway. It is a low elongated structure, looking itself like a ‘living’ rock for being perfectly adjusted to the surrounding terrain in terms of shape, scale, material and colour. The overall shell of the building is divided through cut-ins to allow for wind shielded outdoor areas protected by the house itself. The house offers an infinity pool and a large terrace overlooking the spectacular North Sea, protected from harsh sea winds by a glass wall, which allows unobstructed panoramic views. Mirage Aegean dream Greece Walking along the edge of the steep, rocky shores of Tinos Island and enjoying breathtaking views to the Aegean Sea, there is a sight that will stop the wanderer and make him consider whether what he sees is a mirage or reality. A large piece of a water mirror extends to the horizon, vanishing and merging with the seascape, creating a stunning mirage vision. Yet it is very much real: an architectural masterpiece created by Kois Associated Architects and integrated into the landscape as if it was part of it. The rimless pool itself is a roof covering the large open space living area, while the rest of the premises are built into the rock itself, ‘disappearing’ into the scenery. Local building techniques and materials have been used to ensure proper temperature regulation and protection from weather and solar radiation. 9010 Hopen Place Matthew Perry’s Residence USA Located atop Los Angeles’ luxurious ‘Bird Streets’ neighbourhood, the Hopen Place Residence is known as one of the most prestigious properties on the Hollywood Hills and home of the actor Matthew Perry, star of ‘Friends’. The amazing three bedroom, four bathroom, 4,000 sq. ft. residence is a sleek architectural artwork, developed for a lavish Hollywood lifestyle, and boasts top-of-the-line amenities, deluxe interior design and unparalleled comfort. A custom made sliding glass wall opens the living area and leads into a sensational central courtyard featuring a solar and gas heated spa, revealing stunning jet-liner city views to downtown LA and the Pacific Ocean over the blue cascading waters of a dazzling ‘wet edge’ infinity pool.

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Standing out FROM THE CROWD

Launched in 2013, Elizabeth Scarlett London is a luxury homeware brand created by London-based designer Elizabeth Scarlett Elsey. Combining an enduring love of soft textiles with an eye for detail, her inspiration comes from childhood days spent in the south of France. Here she talks to Jane Pople about her inspirations and what a typical day is like at Elizabeth Scarlett.


n today’s interior market there are many brands creating covetable home accessories; the question is, now, how to stand out from the crowd? As we navigate our way through the copper trinket trays and pastel pop art prints, there’s one brand that stands out: Elizabeth Scarlett by Elizabeth Elsey. With a textile heritage and background in fine art, Elizabeth uses her signature hand painted designs. From elegant and stylish bags to eyecatching cushions and bed linen, her patterns are beautifully modern with just the right edge of artisan style. Q Elizabeth, growing up did you always know you wanted to work in the design industry? A Yes, but the design industry always seemed so glamorous and out of reach. I’ve now realised that as long as you’re true to your art, it isn’t at all. Growing up, I loved reading interior magazines and making mood boards in my sketchbooks with images and textiles that inspired me. I always dreamed of doing something creative, but wasn’t sure how to go about getting there… so I love that my path has lead me to developing my homeware brand. Q What was the inspiration behind creating your own brand? A I realised that I see the world in a softer, more colourful light to most people and wanted to find ways to share that. I love how materials, patterns, textures and tones can make anyone feel soothed, relaxed and inspired, so it seemed like the perfect link. With Elizabeth Scarlett I can share that natural warmth with others through pieces they bring into their homes.

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Elizabeth Scarlett's new scented soy wax candle collection

Ananas collection quilt

Palmier collection bedding and soft furnishings

Ananas collection washbag and sketch

Q Can you tell us a little about the creation process, from initial design to finished product? A I start by escaping into my imagination and seeing where it takes me. It usually ends up being a specific place that I then embellish with detail and explore both in my head and through photos, magazines, music etc. I start to piece together what the location would look like, what the colours would be, the flowers, the time of year, the smells and the sounds. Using these as stimuli, I mood board my imagination. The next step is where pencil hits paper. I decide on a motif, colour scheme or pattern that most captures all the feelings, and start sketching. I try to then visit the places that inspire these ideas and draw from real life. For example, I sketched my Palmier palm trees along the French Riviera. I use these sketches to work up patterns and prints for the soft furnishings and then start having samples made in the colour ways I’ve dreamed up for the look. I’m usually very strong minded about how it should all come

together, the hardest part is choosing which designs to push forward as I always want to launch so many items! Q What is a typical working day like for you? A My working day begins between 8.30-9am with a coffee and my laptop! If I’m lucky, I will fit in a workout before I start, or try and fit one in at lunchtime. I’m always switched on and my mind is constantly thinking of new ideas, so I use exercise to switch off. The structure of my days varies, but I try to focus on emails in the morning and clear my inbox before multi-tasking for the rest of the day: juggling designing, press, marketing, sales and liaising with my customers. It’s always a busy day when building a start-up, but never boring. Q Do you have a favourite one of your designs? A It’s tough, but I think my Ananas design comes out top. The pineapples! >>>

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Here and right: The Palmier collection of bedding and soft furnishings

Midnight Ellyphant collection

I come from a large family and we love hosting parties, dancing, singing and making lovely memories together. Pineapples are a symbol of ‘hospitality’ and this reminds me of my warm and friendly family. The fruit also has an exotic history; Christopher Columbus discovered them in the Caribbean and embraced the fruit, bringing it back to Europe where pineapples became a symbol of great wealth as European gardeners weren’t able to grow them in the correct conditions until the late 1660s. They are also detailed and interesting to draw, so I love making patterns with them. Q What is the best advice any one has ever given you? A “First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare” – Walt Disney. Q You’ve just discovered a time machine that can take you to either the past or the future. What year do you go to and why? A I would go back to the 1920s and enjoy cocktails and jazz in a villa on the French Riviera with the Hemingways and the Fitzgeralds.

I’ve developed classic, timeless and subtle scents with an amazing factory in Grasse in the south of France and can’t wait to share these! I’m also working on an exciting collaboration with Amara Living, which will be live in spring/summer 2017.

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Q How would you describe your own interior style, what is your favourite room in your house and why? A Simple, calm, relaxed, laid back with authentic pieces. My favourite room is the bedroom because I love sleeping and recharging. That’s why I enjoy designing bedding so much. The best bedroom would be cool, soft and clutter free… cloudy soft sheets, cushions and pillows, just a lamp for late night reading and a friendly green plant to greet me in the morning. Perfect! Q What was the hardest lesson you learnt from creating your own brand? A Learning how to switch off and relax. It’s very easy to become addicted to working when every day is exciting and you’re making visible progress. I feel like my head’s in the clouds a lot of the time, but excitement can be just as exhausting as stress. It’s hard to stay calm and I’m always trying to find ways to wind down. Q What does the rest of 2016 hold for Elizabeth Scarlett? A Last month I launched candles and diffusers: I love fragrance and it’s a wonderful way to transform an atmosphere. I’ve developed classic, timeless and subtle scents with an amazing factory in Grasse in the south of France and can’t wait to share these! I’m also working on an exciting collaboration with Amara Living, which will be live in spring/summer 2017.  essence INFO Elizabeth Scarlett available at Amara Websites: and This article first appeared in The Lux Pad,

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