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ISSUE 2 2018

COLLECTION BY THE WATER A HOME BY THE WATER OFFERS BOTH FANTASTIC VIEWS AND A CHANCE TO GET BACK TO NATURE

PREMIUM  GOLFING GOLF IS OFTEN MORE THAN A SPORT, IT CAN ALSO BE A LIFESTYLE CHOICE

PRICE: £4.00

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98.96% of Fine & Country customers would recommend our services

Take their word for it. An overwhelming majority of those who had used Fine & Country would recommend our services to a family member or friend, according to our most recent survey taken by members of the public.* It is a privilege to consistently achieve such positive feedback and we will endeavour to maintain this result. We are dedicated to offering the best possible service to every customer, whether buyer or seller, from beginning to end.

‘Dream home’ means different things to different people When you hear the words ‘dream home’, what do you think of? For some people, just one night off the streets would be a dream come true.

Contact us now for a free valuation and benefit from this on: 01788 820062 | rugby@fineandcountry.com | fineandcountry.com *“Brand Awareness Survey 2017” that was carried out on SurveyMonkey.

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For more information or to donate please go to: fineandcountry.com/foundation Registered Charity Number: 1160989

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ABOUT US

YOUR LOCAL FINE & COUNTRY TEAM

Sam Funnell, Branch Manager

Sam heads up the team in Rugby and has worked in a managerial capacity in the local area with other agents for over 22 years. Sam combines his wealth of local knowledge, with an enthusiasm for marketing, service and results. He is more than happy to provide a bespoke, tailored plan to aid any seller’s move using Fine & Country’s incredible marketing tools. The office constantly receives repeat business and excellent reviews, a true testament to the quality of service that Sam and the team consistently deliver.

Nicola Loraine, Sales Negotiator

Nicola has nearly 20 years experience in estate agency and joined Fine & Country in November 2003. Her previous career was in Hotel Management and she worked within the UK and also abroad. Nicola is results focused and strives to find buyers their ideal home, whilst obtaining the best price for her vendors. Equally, she has an empathetic manner that helps put her clients at ease during what can be a stressful time for some!

Elizabeth Teasdale, Sales Negotiator

Liz joined Fine & Country in 2007. She enjoys finding buyers their dream home and assisting them in the transaction, removing any stress where possible. She has received many 5* reviews from happy clients on www.allagents.co.uk and has lived in the area all her life, so has an intimate knowledge of local schools, facilities and village life around Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

Claire Heritage, Marketing Manager

Claire joined the team at Fine & Country at the start of 2016 after working in the property advertising sector for 9 years. Prior to this, she worked in estate agency for over 4 years so has detailed knowledge and relevant experience. Her role here is to provide support to our clients and to ensure that the office is organised and things are happening when they should be. From advertising and media coverage to brochure production and legal paperwork, Claire is the person to contact. Having worked in the property sector all her working life Claire’s passion shows through and she appreciates that customer service is everything.

Graham Lee, Associate

Graham has worked in the estate agent industry for over 15 years. He has worked in and around the Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire borders for the majority of that time. Graham fully understands the importance of tailored marketing and service levels to achieve the best possible price for the type of homes here at Fine & Country. His knowledge in the local market is second to none and his success, he believes, is down to his commitment and determination to help his clients achieve their goals.​

Fine & Country 5 Regent Street, Rugby Warwickshire CV21 2PE T: 01788 820062 E: rugby@fineandcountry.com

Copyright 2018 Fine & Country www.fineandcountry.com Company Reg No. 09929046 Registered in England and Wales. F&C Limited, 1 Regent Street, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 2PE

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CONTENTS

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DESIGN SCENE: DECORATING A NEW HOME

FINE & COUNTRY NEWS The latest news, events and happenings in the world of Fine & Country.

£345,000 Moving into a new property can be an £565,000 11% 1% overwhelming experience. Fine & Country Interior Design talks to their specialist design firms that AND THE HUMBER NORTH WEST assist homeowners settling into newYORKSHIRE homes. SOUTH WEST TOP 1%

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£675,000

£420,000

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£405,000

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£620,000 ANNUAL CHANGE

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TOP 1%

TOP 5%

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£370,000

£610,000

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EAST MIDLANDS

WALES TOP 1% SOUTH WEST

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TOP 5%

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£419,000

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£686,000

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WEST MIDLANDS TOP 1% SOUTH WEST

£598,000 ANNUAL CHANGE

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TOP 5%

£470,000 ANNUAL CHANGE

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SOUTH WEST TOP 1% SOUTH WEST

£955,000 ANNUAL CHANGE

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£630,000 ANNUAL CHANGE

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£1,410,000 average price

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MARKET ROUND UP

LONDON TOP 5%

TOP 1%

£1,508,000

£3,275,000

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The cold gloomy weather is giving way to warmer spells.

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ESCAPE: A TEASPOON OF SUNLIGHT Summer in the UK can be an elusive thing. Michael Reed heads south, seeking sunshine in Cornwall.

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CONTENTS

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Golf is often more than a sport, it can also be a lifestyle choice. Daniel Price looks into the growing popularity of premium golf properties.

A home by the water offers both fantastic views and a chance to get back to nature. Lisa Preece finds spectacular homes by rivers, lakes and the sea.

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It can be difficult to find a balance between location, amenities and family life. Lisa Preece views a property that has the magic combination.

When most pubs are gastropubs, restaurants have to be creative to have impact. Giselle Whiteaker finds cuisine that is a cut above.

GOLF: PREMIUM GOLFING

PROPERTY FEATURE: A BALANCING ACT

P R O P E RTY H I G H L I G H T: BY THE WATER

CUISINE: THE GASTRONOMY GAME

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DESIGN

DECORATING A NEW HOME MOVING INTO A NEW PROPERTY CAN BE AN OVERWHELMING EXPERIENCE WHEN YOU HAVE TO

DECIDE HOW TO DECORATE AND WHAT TO DO FIRST. FINE & COUNTRY INTERIOR DESIGN TALKS TO THEIR SPECIALIST DESIGN FIRMS THAT ASSIST HOMEOWNERS SETTLING INTO NEW HOMES. Sit back and wait “When you move into a new property, do nothing to begin with,” advises Elaine Penhaul from Lemon and Lime Interiors. “The first couple of months in a new home are vital to learn how the space works for you and what changes and improvements you need.”

Plan your space “While you’re settling in, take the time to assess how the room layout and space works for you and your family,” says Preet Dhanoa from Mood Interiors. “A previous owner decided the dining room should be next to the kitchen, but that may not be the best layout for you.”

Neutralise the space “Painting over garish colours and wallpaper with light neutral hues before you commit to a new colour scheme is an important step towards defining the perfect colour scheme. This will help you understand how the light works around the house, what time each room has its strongest light, and which rooms don’t get much light at all. Choosing colours without understanding the light in a space is a mistake," says Elaine.

Make it your own “Once you are confident with your home design, make it your own,” says Preet. “Be brave and bold; don’t be afraid to add your own style and personality."

Take your time “We always recommend our clients put their room schemes together slowly. Take inspiration from objects you love: a piece of art, a much-loved family heirloom or a favourite armchair. Use your key pieces to create a theme for the colour, style and furnishing of a room,” says Elaine.

Take it one room at a time; start with one colour and introduce others layer by layer. Using accessories, soft furnishings and wall finishes can add depth and interest to your overall design." You can augment the atmosphere of your home by altering colours, textures or lighting – don’t be afraid to experiment and learn as you go – that’s half the fun."

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Design by Fine & Country Mood Interiors. TOP RIGHT AND ABOVE

Design by Fine & Country Lemon & Lime Interiors​.

For more interior design tips, visit our blog at fineandcountry.com/uk/blog

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NEWS

NEWS POLO 10TH ANNIVERSARY

NEW IN SEVENOAKS

Join Fine & Country at their biggest event of the year: The Fine & Country Gold Cup polo tournament. Thousands of people will attend the exhilarating day of polo on Saturday 7th July at Dallas Burston Polo Club, near Royal Leamington Spa.

Sevenoaks is the latest location to join the Fine & Country network of estate agents in over 300 locations worldwide. The new office will be located in the centre of Otford Village, overlooking the only listed duck pond in England.

As the action unfolds on the pitch, families and friends will sample picnics and sip Prosecco as the horses race by. There is also fun to be had with fairground games, stalls selling local products, and food vendors. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the event will run into the evening at a glittering celebration.

It is one of many new UK locations for the brand in 2018. Fine & Country Tunbridge Wells opened its latest office in mid-January, while Fine & Country Leicester and Fine & Country Bury St. Edmunds opened in February.

Tickets are complimentary, but donations of £10 per parked car are requested for the Fine & Country Foundation, which fights the causes of homelessness. Book your complimentary tickets or upgrade to a VIP package at www.fineandcountry.com/uk/polo

Fine & Country Sevenoaks 01959 525202 sevenoaks@fineandcountry.com Fine & Country Tunbridge Wells 01892 701900 tunbridgewells@fineandcountry.com Fine & Country Leicester 0116 296 7777 leicester@fineandcountry.com Fine & Country Bury St Edmunds 01284 718822 burystedmunds@fineandcountry.com

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NEWS

A HOLE IN ONE The Fine & Country summer event schedule is in full swing. The first calendar event was the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, where Fine & Country exhibited fantastic golf properties for sale around the world. The golfing competition, which ran from the 24 – 27 May, attracted some of the world’s best players. Fine & Country also ran a social media competition to win two tickets to the final day of the event, which saw Francesco Molinari claim the trophy ahead of Rory McIlroy at the renowned course. Fine & Country partnered with European Tour Properties to exhibit a collection of elite golf properties in some of the world’s most prestigious residential golf developments, including Bom Sucesso Resort, Black Mountain Golf Club and Resort, and PGA Catalunya Resort.

EARTHQUAKE ANNIVERSARY On 25 April 2015, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal. Tens of thousands of people were displaced, and thousands remain living in temporary accommodation. Three years later, The Fine & Country Foundation has rebuilt over half of the homes in the small mountain village of Thangpalkot1, where 86 of the 94 houses were flattened. A donation of £16,000 provided funding for 10 houses in March 2017, and a trek to Everest Base Camp in October 2017 raised an incredible £32,000 for a further 20 houses.

FAST-TRACKING GROWTH Fine & Country has had an extremely successful start to 2018, expanding rapidly in the first quarter of the year. The brand opened two new offices in Europe, in Cyprus and Cascais, Portugal.

The support for Thangpalkot1 continues in 2018: £1,296 was raised at the Fine & Country conference, and individual offices have pledged their support for the village. 50 houses have been funded and 41 of these are completed or receiving some finishing touches. For more information or to support the Foundation, visit www.fineandcountryfoundation.com

The new Fine & Country Cyprus office was launched by Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, who gave a welcoming speech to more than 200 people. Fine & Country Cascais joins the network of 12 Portuguese offices in Comporta, Porto, Estoril, Chiado Lisbon, Marques do Pombal Lisbon and six locations along the Algarve.

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MARKET OUTLOOK

MARKET OUTLOOK WHAT THE NEW HOUSING MINISTER MIGHT MEAN FOR PRIME RESIDENTIAL MARKETS. The most recent housing market figures show prime (the top 5% of homes) and super-prime properties (top 1%) continue to increase in price across the UK. The most recently released figures show house prices to January 2018, and these demonstrate the largest prime growth over the last year has been in the West Midlands, where prices have grown by 9%. The super-prime market has seen massive 11% growth in the North East. But what is in store for the future? Changes in Westminster may have some impact on the nationwide property market. Following the departure of Amber Rudd, the reorganised cabinet sees James Brokenshire take over as the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. He has swiftly returned to senior office after he stepped down as Northern Ireland Secretary, owing to illness. His good relationship with the Prime Minister is significant because it makes it much more likely Theresa May’s vision for the housing market will become a reality.

What exactly is this vision? Looking through last year’s White Paper, the substance is mostly the position successive governments have taken – that the UK needs to build more homes. The government has mostly allied itself with the idea that developers are the "bad guys" for land banking. Land banking is the practice of buying land and waiting until the value of that land rises – perhaps indefinitely – instead of building homes. As a result, builders may be financially disincentivised to build. While this accusation is not without merit, the whole process is quite complicated. We are most concerned with the prime markets around the UK, so what might the changes mean for this segment of the residential market? The answer is probably “not much”. The market is still feeling the effects of the Stamp Duty hike, and we can’t see that changing any time soon. Contact your local Fine & Country office to find out more about the property market in your area and to request a market appraisal. Source: ResiAnalytics

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MARKET OUTLOOK

LATEST PRICE MOVEMENTS OF THE PREMIUM AND SUPER-PREMIUM REGIONAL MARKETS

NORTH EAST £345,000 ANNUAL CHANGE

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TOP 5%

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£1,508,000 ANNUAL CHANGE

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£3,275,000 ANNUAL CHANGE

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These premium price points are found by listing all residential transactions within a region and ordering them from lowest to highest price. We look at transactions that happened in the most recent month for which HM Land Registry has a complete dataset. The ‘top 5%’ figure is the price of the sold property that sits exactly 95% of the way up from bottom to top, otherwise known as the 95th percentile. The ‘top 1%’ sits 99% of the way up the distribution and is the 99th percentile. We aim to avoid big month-to-month variability by using a big sample size (i.e. an entire region), but some volatility is inevitable, owing to the fact that we are only looking at a small subset of the whole market. NB: Average price January 2018. Annual change January 2018 vs January 2017.

Source: ResiAnalytics

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ESCAPE

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SUMMER IN THE UK CAN BE AN ELUSIVE THING. MICHAEL REED HEADS SOUTH, SEEKING SUNSHINE IN CORNWALL.

As memories of the Beast from the East fade in the embrace of spring, I feel the need for warmth. I’m pleased when a teaspoon of sunlight gives the old melatonin a stir as I arrive at Burn Park in Bude, Cornwall, sandwiched between fields of sheep, majestic countryside, and the Atlantic Ocean. Burn Park is part of the Luxury Lodges portfolio, a collection of gorgeous resorts set amidst beautifully landscaped parklands. I’ve booked into The Glass House in the hopes of opening myself up to as much sun as possible. Entering The Glass House is a joy. At once, warm air suffused with the scent of pine assails the nostrils telling me to breathe in, like a hypnotist relaxing a patient. This is Honka Fusion, a sort of Finnish log cabin, which has a naturally relaxing influence and reduces the heart rate. I breath out slowly as I look at the bleached, wild Finnish pine ceiling and walls, which meet a heated, honey pine floor, flooded throughout with light streaming through 24 breathtaking windows. Outside, a moat of shingle, grass and decking is punctuated by a simmering hot tub. ABOVE

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My bed is dressed in gold-accented blue on a plush oatmeal carpet, which leads to a glass-panelled balcony. In the bathroom, a seaworthy-looking bath the size of a rowing boat sits on a deck-like floor and I cover myself in Temple Spa bath gel before plunging in. One of nine cinematic windows drops from ceiling to floor beside me. I periscope my head up above the gunwales to see what’s showing this evening and 50 or so of the aforementioned sheep stare back. I down periscope and ruminate on what I’ve gleaned so far. After check-in, I’d taken a wander. Thirty-two extraordinary houses are set in 75 acres here, each one unique, presenting a sort of architectural mosaic of slate, stone and shades of russet rock that feather naturally into the surroundings. Shaped beds of contrasting shingle, manicured lawns and raised flower beds bind the picture together. The spa, with its gorgeously warm pool, is adjacent to an impressive pile of Cornish rock that is the Bar and Reception. I pop open a bottle of Taittinger Champagne as an aperitif before dinner, from a generous welcome hamper, which includes all breakfast essentials, as well as Cornish fudge and, of course, clotted cream. A brief stroll away, I find the bar, which is light and airy with a soft, blue sofa that undulates, wave-like, along the wall’s length, while caged lights hang from looping ropes on the beamed ceiling. Chef Kevin Smith serves up a fine meal, completed with cheesecake and an indulgent dollop of clotted cream. Barmaid Shonagh ropes me into a game of Bingo to while away the evening – an eclectic mix of entertainment is on tap here, with a curry and quiz night and acoustic night in the pipeline. After a rather fine Malbec, I return to my lodge, where I slide into the hot tub with a tot of Taittinger. The Honka is working. The next morning, I decide to take the 20-minute stroll across nearby North Cornwall and Bude golf course to Bude. As I clump off, I refute Mark Twain’s view that “Golf is a good walk spoilt.” Not even a bad golf round could spoil today. The views are stunning and yesterday’s teaspoon of sunlight is now a cup that runneth over. In Bude, I find a helter-skelter of streets, with imminent summer propelling families around a maze of shops and onto Summerleaze Beach, where a giant sea pool retains water as the tide retreats. My eyes gorge on a rainbow of buckets and spades, boogie boards, surfboards, cafes, and seaside art. Cornish flags flap as I consider an offer of Cornish lessons or a lecture on the Romans in Mid Cornwall. Before I know it, I find myself encased head to foot in 5mm Neoprene, nervously clutching a surfboard. “You’ll be fine,” assures my instructor, Scott. After an hour or so of thrilling wipe-outs, I do feel fine.

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Glorious views abound; inside The Glass House; luxury awaits.

Back on dry land, Scott tells me that when there’s a spring tide, it’s possible to walk from nearby Crooklets Beach to Sandymouth Beach, with a couple of cafes on the way. I wish I had more time, as a return walk along the cliff path affords spectacular views of scenery and surfers alike. ”It’s proper special,” grins Scott. Evening finds me again retiring to my hot tub and Taittinger, and I reflect on my stay. Luxury, attention to the smallest detail, and friendly, engaging, diligent staff run through Luxury Lodges like the message in a stick of Cornish Rock. I want to stay forever. I raise my glass in a toast to the team at Burn Park and Luxury Lodges. This is “proper special.” Luxury Lodges specialises in hotel-quality, self-catering accommodation in some of Britain’s most desirable locations, encouraging guests to reconnect with the great outdoors and the ones who matter most. See www.luxurylodges.com for details.

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TWO TREES CLIFTON UPON DUNSMORE WARWICKSHIRE

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Price guide price £775,000 Office Rugby Contact 01788 820062 rugby@fineandcountry.com

Two Trees was originally constructed in the 1950s. During its time, it has been improved throughout and now includes five bedrooms, a spectacular first floor balcony and conservatory, master bedroom with en suite bathroom and a family bathroom. The ground floor has an impressive entrance hall, study, cloakroom, a fabulous split level ‘L’ shaped sitting room and dining area and a delightful kitchen/breakfast room. The property has the benefit of double glazed windows and attractive gardens approaching an acre including private driveway. The extension has been meticulously designed to incorporate the south facing gardens and views.

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MOATFIELD GILMORTON Moatfield is beautifully situated within the popular village of Gilmorton and is nestled next to the village church offering 5.33 acres of land and formal gardens. The barn was meticulously converted over a three year period in the early nineties to create a wonderful family home with a variety of outbuildings, garaging, workshop and a spacious interior overlooking its own field which has remains of a 12th century Motte and Bailey castle within the grounds. The gardens are stunning with a variety of specimen trees, plants and an attractive fish pond. The barn itself offers four bedrooms, a master with en suite and a family bathroom, whilst there is a kitchen/breakfast room, large utility room, conservatory, formal dining room, cloakroom and an attractive sitting room with views of the western gardens. The property itself offers a wealth of outdoor options, particularly with the land that overlooks the Leicestershire countryside.

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THE HOMESTEAD BARBY NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

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The Homestead occupies a pleasant position within Barby village and offers a wealth of charm and character across three storeys of accommodation with a variety of exposed beams, original windows, doors, window seats and further features denoting its history. It is believed to have been constructed circa 1769; the marriage stone above the door provides an insight into its age. The accommodation comprises six bedrooms across the two upper floors, a study area and two bathrooms, whilst on the ground floor there is an entrance hall, large sitting room with inglenook fireplace, kitchen/family room, cloakroom, formal dining room and wet room. The delightful gardens to the rear at the property contribute to the 0.29 of an acre plot and adjoin open farmland. There is off road parking, a detached double garage and the house is offered for sale with no onward chain.

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THE OLD POST HOUSE STAVERTON The Old Post House dates from the late 18th century and is constructed from local stone under a pitched tiled roof. This characterful, versatile family home comprises: dining hall, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility and cloakroom whilst on the first floor there are four bedrooms, family bathroom and bedroom five/attic room. The benefits include gas-fired central heating to radiators, oak flooring in the two reception rooms, spacious kitchen and exposed oak beams throughout. Externally the property offers a private east facing rear garden and off road parking.

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Price guide price ÂŁ600,000 Office Rugby Contact 01788 820062 rugby@fineandcountry.com

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KEEPERS RETREAT FLECKNOE WARWICKSHIRE

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Price offers over £900,000 Office Rugby Contact 01788 820062 rugby@fineandcountry.com

Keepers Retreat was designed and built by the renowned builder Parker Lake Homes; four time winner of the prestigious ‘National House Builder of the Year’ award and provides a stunning example of high quality construction and detail. The property has been well appointed with quality fittings throughout. There are delightful views over the neighbouring village cricket club and the property has been built with an attractive ironstone and brick façade, with attractive leaded double-glazed windows and stone mullions. The house provides significant accommodation with five well proportioned double bedrooms, on the ground floor there is a large grand dining hall with a beautiful oak staircase, a morning room and drawing room, library, cloakroom, laundry room and beautiful kitchen/ breakfast room. There is a family bathroom and two delightful en suites. The garden overlooks the neighbouring fields.

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CLAYBROOKE FARM HOUSE CLAYBROOKE MAGNA Claybrooke Farm House is a handsome period family house situated in this sought after Leicestershire village. The property has been the subject of a full modernisation and sympathetic restoration. Arranged over three floors the existing layout could make it ideal for a larger family home. In brief, the property comprises of a sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, boot room, large utility room, separate rear entrance and a cloakroom whilst across the first and second floors there is a study, snug, five/six bedrooms, incluing the master with en suite and a family bathroom. The benefits include: gas-fired central heating to radiators, re-wiring, new plumbing, some new windows, damp and timber treatment and overhauling of the main roof. To the south of the property there is a private courtyard garden, a single garage and off road parking.

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WARRE CLOSE CHURCHOVER WARWICKSHIRE

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11 Warre Close was constructed by Cala Homes in 2016 to a high specification design and has the remainder of the 10 year NHBC guarantee. It is one of the signature properties on the development with five double bedrooms, including a master bedroom with dressing room and en suite, guest room with en suite, and high quality fittings including Laufen bathroom suites, Porcelanosa tiles and high quality cream gloss kitchen with built-in Siemens appliances. There are three large reception areas to include a sitting room, study, formal dining room plus a large kitchen/living area, conducive to modern lifestyles, as well as a cloakroom and utility room. The property benefits from an economical air source heat pump, underfloor heating, high performance double glazing, and outstanding views of the neighbouring fields.

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MANOR BARN BRAUNSTON Manor Barn is an exceptional barn, converted in the last 5 years, and sits in an enviable position, within the former grounds of Braunston Manor nestled on an elevated hill top with outstanding views across the rolling Northamptonshire countryside and delightful views of Braunston church to the front. The accommodation offers four double bedrooms, offering versatility as some rooms could be adopted as a snug or playroom. There is a large open plan dining/lounge space with beautiful feature fireplace and a vaulted ceiling, a kitchen/breakfast room with a variety of built in appliances, a utility room, a shower room and en suite to master bedroom. Outside there is a delightful garden with south facing views and a driveway with off road parking for several vehicles.

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HOME FARM HOUSE NORTON NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

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Home Farm House is a beautiful cottage with original elements believed to date back over 200 years. The property has an abundance of character to include open stonework and beams, vaulted ceilings, a large wood burning stove and solid wood flooring; these are complimented with modern fittings that include UPVC double glazing, gas (LPG) fired central heating and refitted kitchen and bathrooms. The ground floor lends itself to being a great entertaining home with the original barn now housing a large formal dining room, cinema room and gym. Added to this is a cosy living room with open fireplace, a large kitchen/breakfast room, a garden room, utility room and ground floor WC whilst on the first floor there is a master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing area, three further bedrooms and a stunning refitted family bathroom.

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BUTTERFIELD HOUSE RUGBY A beautifully appointed modern detached home that is situated minutes from Rugby town centre. Butterfield House is a deceptively spacious detached home within a few minutes’ walk of Rugby School and Rugby railway station, where London Euston can be reached in less than 50 minutes. The house was designed by a local developer, to an extremely high spec, with superior quality fittings throughout the home. There is underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, which includes a sitting room, snug, cloakroom, beautifully appointed kitchen with island unit, utility room and a spectacular dining room/garden room. There are a further two storeys with five bedrooms in the main house, which are served with three en suites and a family bathroom. The house has ample off road parking and a double garage with a convenient guest suite above.

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KILSBY ROAD BARBY NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

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6 Kilsby Road sits in the centre of the sought-after village of Barby. The Northamptonshire property offers a wealth of charm, character and lots of original features. This large period property is particularly suitable for large or extended families and boasts two fitted kitchens, four reception rooms, one with a double sized open fire place and one with a traditional feature open fire, office/study, downstairs shower room which consists of a double shower cubicle, low level wc and vanity handbasin, a separate cloakroom with low level wc and wash handbasin. Also to the ground floor there is a separate laundry room with hanging space for washing. To the first floor the space continues with six bedrooms, a shower room and four piece bathroom. The enclosed gardens are well stocked with a variety of trees, hedges and shrubs, with off road parking for several vehicles and two separate detached garages.

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GREENACRES BURBAGE Greenacres was constructed in 1930 during the art deco period and there are some beautiful features throughout this unique home. The house is one of the most distinctive properties in Burbage; with its green glazed tiles, balconied frontage and arched windows there is a clear suggestion of a Mediterranean influence. The current owners have virtually doubled the house in size in 2005 with an extension that has created a simply stunning property, to create a luxurious and stylish family home with five well proportioned bedrooms, two with en suite shower rooms, a further shower room, a breathtaking bathroom suite, a cinema room, sitting room, snug and a beautifully appointed open plan living/kitchen area with a bespoke fitted kitchen with island unit and range of built-in appliances. There is also a cloakroom, utility room and delightful balconies that overlook the mature gardens. The house sits in a sheltered 0.54 acre plot with gated access.

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MANOR COTTAGE CLAY COTON NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

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Manor Cottage is a delightful listed home, situated in the Hamlet of Clay Coton in Northamptonshire. This quintessential English country cottage has undergone a comprehensive refurbishment programme in recent years, particularly in 2016 with the refitting of both the kitchen and bathroom. There is a delightful sitting room with a wealth of period features and a recently added, bespoke conservatory providing delightful views of the half an acre of mature gardens. The property has three well-proportioned bedrooms including the master bedroom with vaulted ceiling and mezzanine, which has access to a significant loft room. There is a dining room with attractive inglenook fireplace, cloakroom and as previously stated a refitted kitchen/breakfast room. Externally there are views across open fields to three sides of the property and a generous 0.57 acre plot with mature gardens.

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TOWTON HOUSE COTESBACH Towton House has been recently constructed and is the last of three high quality homes built in an exclusive development in the popular village of Cotesbach, just south of the market town of Lutterworth and a few minutes drive from Rugby, where London Euston station can be reached in less than 50 minutes. This stylish detached home is set over three storeys and is fitted with a range of high quality fittings. There are five double bedrooms, three en suite shower rooms and a further bathroom serving the top floor bedrooms and the property also benefits from underfloor heating throughout the ground floor supplied the highly economical air source heating system. On the ground floor there is a cloakroom, utility room, sitting room, high quality kitchen/breakfast room with built in Neff appliances and a modern family room with bifold doors opening onto the rear gardens.

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BUSBYS PIECE MONKS KIRBY WARWICKSHIRE

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No. 6 Busbys Piece is a modernised and extended detached home occupying a delightful position within a private road overlooking neighbouring fields and paddocks. The property has five bedrooms with three high quality Porcelanosa bathroom suites. On the ground floor there is a cloakroom, dining room, sitting room, a beautifully fitted bespoke kitchen/dining/family room and a delightful garden room. Outside there is a driveway with access to a double garage and an attractive terraced and landscaped garden with views of neighbouring fields. The house has provision for double glazed windows, gas central heating via a Nest system, so it is operable via a phone application, and underfloor heating in modern bathrooms, kitchen and garden room. Early inspection is strongly recommended.

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GOLF

PREMIUM

GOLFING

GOLF IS OFTEN MORE THAN A SPORT, IT CAN ALSO BE A LIFESTYLE CHOICE. DANIEL PRICE LOOKS INTO THE GROWING POPULARITY OF PREMIUM GOLF PROPERTIES.

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Premium golf properties are just that, commanding a price premium when located on a spectacular golf course. European Tour Properties prides itself on offering the finest golf property across a wide range of world-class golf courses and resorts, and golfers and property buyers know to expect nothing but the best when purchasing a European Tour property. Taking a glance at European Tour Properties’ portfolio, it’s easy to see why.

premium of 9.5% over non-golf-facing properties. This means those keen to invest in golf course properties are happy to pay more to have a view of the course.

Premium golfing is at the heart of European Tour Properties’ philosophy, as evidenced by their portfolio of 27 worldclass golf venues, spread across three continents. Each of these stunning settings has a close association with the European Tour and, therefore, the standard of the property at each venue is extremely high, matching the quality of the golf courses themselves.

Apartments, town houses and semi-detached villas are all available at PGA Catalunya, with the latter set in a private garden enclave nestled between the fairways of the Stadium Golf Course. The luxurious, open-plan living accommodation features a swimming pool, sun terrace, private gardens and large master bedrooms, with en suite and separate dressing areas. It’s evident purchasers are happy to pay a premium when buying property at PGA Catalunya, as the most recent La Selva semi-detached villas have all been sold.

A recent survey conducted by European Tour Properties aimed to discover the real estate property price premiums associated with buying a property on a golf course, and there were some interesting results. Data from nine European Tour Properties’ network venues, which includes all property for sale at each venue, showed properties facing the golf course carry an average price

Resorts such as PGA Catalunya command higher premiums. This is a stunning venue, where contemporary lifestyle meets smart design and award-winning development embraces nature.

The survey also demonstrated that golf properties within European Tour Properties’ network venues accrue a 19% premium over properties for sale outside the resort. This can be seen with villas at Quinta do Lago, Portugal and Terre Blanche, France.

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Set amongst the rolling hills of Provence, in the midst of oak and pine trees, Terre Blanche was ranked No 1 Golf Resort in Continental Europe by Golf World magazine. Off-plan villas and plots of land are available here, with each villa owner offered a full range of services as well as resident membership to the Terre Blanche golf club. Interestingly, and perhaps surprisingly, the survey by European Tour Properties showed only 34% of property buyers are golfers and 66% are non-golfers, with the largest number of golfers buying property at Black Mountain Golf Club and Resort, Thailand. Finally, one of the resorts that has the highest number of international property buyers is Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. Golfers are clearly attracted to the world-class golf course here, in addition to the luxurious properties. Split into 13 unique communities, Jumeirah Golf Estates features properties including individually designed villas, apartments and townhouses, which overlook two of the world’s top golf courses. Golf properties command a premium for numerous reasons, including the high quality of accommodation, tremendous locations, fantastic lifestyle, first-rate amenities and superb golf courses. Owning a golfing property is fast becoming the ideal way to live, for golfers and non-golfers alike.

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Alandalus, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai. ABOVE

Contemporary Villa, Quinta do Lago, Portugal.

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PROPERTY HIGHLIGHT

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A HOME BY THE WATER OFFERS BOTH FANTASTIC VIEWS AND A CHANCE TO GET BACK TO NATURE. LISA PREECE FINDS SPECTACULAR HOMES BY RIVERS, LAKES AND THE SEA.

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1. GWAUN VALLEY, PEMBROKESHIRE

6. BRAUNTON, DEVON

Tregynon is a farmhouse believed to date back to the 14th century, with a three-bedroom annexe and two-bedroom granary. It is set in around 5 acres, overlooked by Carn Ingli within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The property has natural ponds and a waterfall within the grounds.

This property is so close to a beach that the sand touches the wall. Vention House is on the edge of Putsborough Beach, accessible through a gate from the garden. People travel for miles to visit this beach, but from Vention House, the views from Baggy Point to Woolacombe are year-round.

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Fine & Country Pembrokeshire james.skudder@fineandcountry.com 01834 862138

Fine & Country Braunton braunton@fineandcountry.com 01271 812263

2. HOUGHAM, LINCOLNSHIRE

7. HUNTINGDON, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

This Lincolnshire Manor House was once owned by Sir Hugh de Bussey's family, who settled here at the time of William the Conqueror. Later, it became the hunting lodge of the Brudenell family, of Lord Cardigan fame. The estate includes 30 acres, with the River Witham winding through. £2,800,000 Fine & Country Stamford stamford@fineandcountry.com 01780 750 200

3. LONG SUTTON, LINCOLNSHIRE South of the market town of Long Sutton is South Holland House, a Georgian property looking down a fenland waterway. It is a wildlife haven, where swans paddle on the water and muntjac deer roam free. The property has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and four reception rooms. £450,000 Fine & Country North & West Norfolk wendy.graham@fineandcountry.com 01553 769100

4. AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA Balla Wray is set in landscaped grounds with views over Lake Windermere. Set in mature woodland above the shoreline, the property has a boathouse with a wet dock and jetty on the lakeshore. It includes the five-bedroom main house, a three-bedroom cottage and an outbuilding with a gym. £4,750,000 Fine & Country Lakes & North Lancs sales@fineandcountry-lakes.co.uk 01539 733500

5. FULHAM, LONDON This new two-bedroom apartment has views of the river from its wrap-around balcony. The apartment includes two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an openplan reception, with a custom-designed kitchen. The development has a 24-hour concierge and a private fitness centre. £1,799,000 Fine & Country Fulham fulham@fineandcountry.com 020 7731 0031

Mickle Hill Grange is an architect-designed estate with over 18 acres of lawns and two lakes. Built in 2014, this residence has been finished to a high standard, incorporating all of the latest smart home technology. Highlights include a cinema room, party room, gym and sauna. £4,000,000 Fine & Country St Neots inresidence@fineandcountry.com 0330 333 1060

8. BROADSTAIRS, KENT At the end of a private road on the Kent coastline sits a fantastic family home. It is by the sea, and there is a private gate opening onto the adjacent golf course. The Blue Flag Botany Bay beach is nearby, and Kingsgate Bay is ideal for a quiet swim. Surfing enthusiasts will enjoy Joss Bay. £950,000 Fine & Country Canterbury canterbury@fineandcountry.com 01227 479317

9. BLAKENEY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE This refurbished listed farmhouse is within a small riverside village, roughly equidistant from Chepstow and Gloucester. Believed to date from the 16th century, it was extended with a single-storey kitchen and garden room. Many of the rooms enjoy views over farmland and the River Severn. £800,000 Fine & Country Chepstow chepstow@fineandcountry.com 01291 629799

10. SOUTHSEA, HAMPSHIRE This home is close to the Victorian promenade at the Southsea beach, and right by Canoe Lake. This popular man-made lake is home to young swans in winter, with up to 60 juveniles congregating here. The Edwardian family home provides 3,431sq. ft. of living accommodation over three primary floors, with seven bedrooms. £1,050,000 Fine & Country South East Hampshire drayton@fineandcountry.com 023 93 277277 THE COLLECTION | 35 |

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PROPERTY FEATURE

A BALANCING ACT IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO FIND A BALANCE

BETWEEN LOCATION, AMENITIES AND FAMILY LIFE. LISA PREECE VIEWS A PROPERTY THAT HAS THE MAGIC COMBINATION.

Surrey is known for being the garden of London, and many who have made their fortune in the capital look to this beautiful county, full of rolling hills and open countryside, to settle down. It is no surprise, then, to spot stunning mansions tucked behind gates and over perfectly landscaped hedges. Welcome to Kingswood. In this large village, there is an extraordinary number of millionaire mansions. The heart of the village surrounds the station, which has direct trains to London Bridge in just over 40 minutes, making it the perfect base for someone who needs access to London for work. There is a quaint row of shops and restaurants next to the station, but it is off the public roads that the real excitement begins. Delve into the Kingswood Warren to find an array of beautiful homes. From the air, the luxury estate looks like a rural paradise, with more trees to be seen than the houses that nestle in-between. Looks can be deceiving as, on closer examination, it becomes clear this is not a regular estate but, rather, one where each property is more striking than the next. To the southeast of Kingswood, there are two golf courses bordering the beautiful homes. Naturally, this means some of the properties enjoy golf-course views. The Kingswood course was designed in the 1920s by

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five-time Open Champion James Braid. In recent years, architects have enhanced the course and the feedback from players has been better than ever. Keen golfers appreciate having access and views of a course from home, and that is exactly what is on offer at Gleneagles, a stunning architect-designed property in the Kingswood Warren. On a summer's day, it’s a joy to wake up, open the large bi-folding doors in the master suite, and step out onto the balcony to watch the progress of golfers on the course. The views are one of the highlights of this new four-bedroom home, but there is more to be discovered inside. The interiors encompass the best in modern design flair, with striking features combining to make this a property of excellence, including floor-to-ceiling bifolding doors, air conditioning and high-specification technology throughout. The property has been designed with contemporary family living in mind. The relaxed open-plan living area, which leads on to two further reception rooms, features a modern spiral staircase. It makes for great socialising between the kitchen and living areas, with quiet nooks for reading or working. Following the smooth curves of the stairs leads to the first floor, which holds four bedrooms, each with its own luxurious bath or shower room suite and fitted wardrobes. The master suite also has a large dressing room, smaller dressing area, and a large balcony with views over the golf club. In fact, all of the bedrooms have shared or private balconies. Once the sun has set, venture downstairs to the lower floor for entertainment. There is a gymnasium, sauna, steam room, games room, kitchen, and an exceptional home cinema room, designed for perfect acoustics. The garden is a pleasant place to be after dusk, as the lighting design sets a relaxed tone on the decking and the ornate ponds with attractive water features. There is also a screened hot tub area, perfect for cooler evenings outdoors. Gleneagles is a fantastic home for a growing family, particularly with the wide choice of state and independent schools nearby, including Chinthurst, Aberdour, and Kingswood Primary. Further schooling includes Dunottar, Micklefield, and Reigate Grammar in the nearby town of Reigate. For transport, Kingswood station provides services into London and the M25 is accessed via junction 8 under two miles away, providing connections to the wider motorway network as well as Gatwick and Heathrow airports. Property details: GLENEAGLES £2,750,000 Fine & Country Kingswood zoe@fineandcountry.com 01737 361014 THE COLLECTION | 37 |

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CUISINE

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GASTRONOMY GAME WHEN MOST PUBS ARE GASTROPUBS, RESTAURANTS HAVE TO BE CREATIVE TO HAVE IMPACT. GISELLE WHITEAKER FINDS CUISINE THAT IS A CUT ABOVE.

In 2011, 20 years after restaurateurs Michael Belben and David Eyre took over a London pub called The Eagle and turned it into what is credited as the first gastropub, The Good Food Guide banned the word “gastropub” from all future editions. They felt it was overused. Today, the use of the G-word has undoubtedly caught up with The Good Food Guide’s sentiments. The British dining scene is packed with gastropubs, which in turn, are packed with punters. Everyday food has been bumped up a notch, making it harder for restaurants to stand out, unless they have a Michelin star. If you know where to look, however, there are eateries upping the gastronomy game. Take Southam Street, the sister restaurant to 108 Garage, which is 3 minutes down the road in North Kensington. 108 Garage threw its doors open last year with no publicity, and quickly became a goto spot for foodies in the know. Southam Street looks set to follow in its footsteps. From the outside, the three-storeyed former Victorian pub at the foot of Erno Goldfinger’s Brutalist, 1970s era Trellick Tower gives nothing away. My friend Russell and I nearly miss it, noticing the subtle signage above the door on the street corner in the nick of time. Inside, the ground level is a temple to grilling. An open kitchen and marble bar counter fills the centre of the spacious dining area, and it’s bustling. On the first floor, Raw – just across from a cosy saké bar – is somewhat more sedate, although voices drift in from the terrace, where diners are making the most of the balmy evening. We take a seat in front of what was likely once a fireplace. From this vantage point we can see three chefs behind the counter working their magic. The décor here is a mishmash of modern pub meets Asia, with rattan ceiling drapes, a curved feature wall of jungle wallpaper, and a fabulous spindly modern chandelier that looks like it has been crafted from kitchen pots. “A drink to start?” asks COO and partner of the group Juan Rafael Bosc, recommending the sparkling saké, a tipple that is fast gaining popularity. The sweet fizz has none of the rough edges of regular rice wine – and a lower alcohol content – tasting more like Prosecco, with a mild saké nose. It’s dangerously moreish. FROM TOP DOWN Smoked duck breast; cobia ceviche; steam bao buns.

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We pour over the menu, an intriguing blend of Asian and Peruvian influences, with raw dishes on one side and grill on the other. The flavour combinations see worlds collide: Argentine shrimp with British caviar; Scottish scallops with brown butter ponzu; smoked duck breast with a vibrant mango salsa. “What do you recommend?” I ask Juan. His face lights up when he talks about the Iberico pluma, a cut of meat taken from the neck of the Iberian Black Hoofed pig, so we add that to our list. Juan writes nothing down, but when I profess scepticism of him remembering all seven items, he reels them off without pausing, in the order they’ll be served. We start with sweet potato and cassava chips with yuzu avocado, from the “Nibbles” section. The sweetness of the former with the saltiness of the latter pairs beautifully with the tangy yuzu in the creamy avocado to create umami, the “fifth taste”. This leads onto the double salmon sushi roll with pickled cucumber and kimchi spicy sauce, topped with thinly grated, deep-fried sweet potato for crunch. Next are our two sushi selections: aburi sea bream with truffle miso powder and seared Chu-Toro (medium fatty tuna) with a spicy chimichurri salsa. “They all melt in the mouth,” says Russell. “There’s no chewing required. It’s been a long time since I’ve had sushi like this.” Our final raw dish is cobia ceviche, the folds of fish sitting on a bed of black quinoa, flanked by splashes of tomato and basil tiger milk. It’s a colourful palette that tastes as good as it looks.

Japanese cuisine. We’re back to hands for the ribs, the earthy miso tempered by fresh lime, with just enough spice to make our lips tingle. It’s all I can do not to lick my fingers. For dessert, we tuck into a divine gooey-centred chocolate moelleux with smooth green tea ice cream. Juan also recommends the fresh strawberry chawanmushi, which he describes as “Japanese egg custard without the egg.” It’s smooth and light, topped with an artistic display of berries and cashew and sesame crunch. “Those ribs… and the pluma…” says Russell as we prepare to leave. We both lick our tingling lips. Gastropubs may be on every corner, but not this one. Southam Street is a cut above, fusing inspiring flavours into every bite.

When the steamed bao buns arrive, packed with spiced fried chicken and kimchi, we set our chopsticks aside and dive in with our fingers. We’d considered sharing just one, but when I bite into the soft, white bun and crispy chicken, I’m glad we didn’t. Some food is too good to share. The pluma, looking more like lamb than pork, and Russell’s choice of baby back ribs in a sticky chipotle miso arrive at the same time, along with a side of grilled asparagus. The deep smoky flavour of the pluma elicits groans of pleasure and we cleanse our palates with pickled nashi (Asian pear), which trounces the pickled ginger found in standard To book a table at Southam Street, see www.southamstreet.com

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP The ground floor of Southam Street; two of the chefs at Raw; beef picanha.

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01604 309030

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Nottingham SUFFOLK Beccles and Waveney Bury St Edmunds Ipswich Woodbridge

0115 982 2824

01502 533383 01284 718822 01473 289700 01394 446007

HEART & SOUTH WALES GLOUCESTERSHIRE Bourton-on-the-Water Cheltenham Cirencester Moreton in Marsh Stow-on-the-Wold Stroud Tewkesbury

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HEREFORDSHIRE Hay-on-Wye Kington Leominster Ross-on-Wye

01497 820778 01544 230316 01568 610222 01989 764132

MONMOUTHSHIRE Abergavenny Chepstow Monmouth Newport Usk

01873 858990 01291 629799 01600 775930 01600 775930 01291 672212

PEMBROKESHIRE Haverfordwest Milford Haven Narberth Pembroke Tenby

01834 862138 01834 862138 01834 862138 01834 862138 01834 862138

POWYS Brecon BuilthWells Knighton Llandrindod Wells

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Newtown Presteigne Welshpool

01686 623123 01544 267038 01938 531000

SHROPSHIRE Bishops Castle Bridgnorth Church Stretton Craven Arms Ludlow Shrewsbury Whitchurch

01588 630070 0800 0787 370 01694 722288 01588 672385 01584 872153 01743 296116 01948 662281

SOUTH WALES Cardiff Swansea

02920 730888 01792 367301

WARWICKSHIRE Rugby Leamington Spa

01788 820062 01926 455950

WEST MIDLANDS Birmingham Coventry Solihull Sutton Coldfield

0121 272 6800 02476 500015 0121 746 6400 0121 272 6900

WORCESTERSHIRE Cleobury Mortimer Droitwich Spa Kidderminster Stourport on Severn Tenbury Wells

0800 0787 370 01905 678111 0800 0787 370 0800 0787 370 0800 0787 370

LONDON & SOUTH EAST BERKSHIRE Ascot Newbury

01344 206296 01635 35010

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Aylesbury Hazlemere Milton Keynes Princes Risborough

01296 394822 01494 711677 01908 713253 01844 343131

HAMPSHIRE Drayton Emsworth

023 93 277277 01243 487969

ISLE OF WIGHT Newport

01983 520000

JERSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS St Helier

01534 840022

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directory KENT Broadstairs Cranbrook Canterbury Dartford Deal Hartley Hythe Sevenoaks Tenterden Tunbridge Wells West Malling Whitstable LONDON Bow Bromley and Chislehurst Canary Wharf Chiswick and Hammersmith Cockfosters Coombe Finsbury Park Fulham Greenwich and Blackheath Mayfair Royal Docks Teddington Tooting Wanstead OXFORDSHIRE Abingdon Banbury Bicester Botley Oxford Witney

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020 3861 8810 020 8467 2525 020 7987 8777 020 8994 9886 020 3819 7999 020 3397 1199 020 3475 1476 020 7731 0031 020 8050 1001 020 7079 1523 020 3948 3001 020 3397 1199 020 7731 0031 020 8418 0018

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SURREY Caterham Cheam Coulsdon Croydon Englefield Green Epsom Hampton Wick Kingswood Walton on Thames Warlingham Woldingham

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SUSSEX Brighton and Hove Downland Villages Eastbourne Uckfield

01273 739911 01273 493500 01323 726060 01825 767575

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NORTH WEST CHESHIRE Chester Crewe Knutsford Nantwich Northwich Tarporley

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CUMBRIA Ambleside Cockermouth Kendal Penrith Windermere

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LANCASHIRE Blackburn Bolton Lancaster Ramsbottom Whalley

01254 662223 01204 322800 01524 380560 01706 826754 01254 828922

WEST COUNTRY BRISTOL Bristol CORNWALL Bodmin Bude Launceston Newquay Padstow Rock Saltash DEVON Barnstaple Bideford Braunton Budleigh Salterton Exeter Exmouth Ilfracombe Ivybridge Lynton Plymouth South Molton Teignbridge Torbay Torrington

0117 946 1946

01208 76800 01288 353661 01566 771919 01637 870414 01841 533386 01208 869218 01752 850418

01271 347861 01237 472344 01271 812263 01395 444400 01392 349349 01395 264111 01271 863091 01752 897909 01598 752527 01752 663322 01769 575797 01626 818094 01803 898321 01805 624334

DORSET Bournemouth Dorchester Ferndown Lower Parkstone New Forest and Sandbanks Wareham Weymouth Wimborne

01202 555550 01305 757300 01202 855595 01202 744944 01202 706006 01929 555300 01305 835300 01202 842842

SOMERSET Bath Dulverton Minehead Taunton Wellington Wiveliscombe

01225 320032 01398 324818 01643 700210 01823 423500 01823 653919 01984 624055

YORKSHIRE & NORTH EAST COUNTY DURHAM Darlington Durham City Wynyard

01325 488619 0191 384 2277 01740 645444

EAST YORKSHIRE Willerby

01482 420999

NORTH YORKSHIRE Harrogate York

01423 720944 01904 571195

SOUTH YORKSHIRE Barnsley Bawtry Rotherham Sheffield

01226 729009 01302 591000 01709 366708 01226 370520

TYNE AND WEAR Newcastle upon Tyne South Shields

0345 459 6000 0191 427 4959

WEST YORKSHIRE Huddersfield Leeds Wakefield Wetherby

01484 550620 0113 203 4939 01924 234888 01937 583535

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