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THE RUGBY

ISSUE 3 2016

COLLECTION DESIGN FOR THE YOUNG

AS A FAMILY EXPANDS, IT’S LOGICAL TO MOVE HOUSE TO PROVIDE EVERYONE THE SPACE THAT THEY NEED

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ISSUE 3

WELCOME

FINE & COUNTRY RUGBY

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 20 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.

Chris Mobbs – Senior Valuer

Chris has worked in Rugby from January 2003, recruiting and building the team in the early years of Fine & Country Rugby. Chris began his distinguished career in May 1986 and is a fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents. He also holds the CPEA qualification gained in 1993 after 2 years studying property law, sales & marketing and building construction. Chris is a consummate professional accepting only the highest standards of integrity and customer service. These are his core values as they are for all of the Rugby team members.

Nicola Loraine – Sales Negotiator

Nicola has over 15 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.

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 & Client Support

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.

Sarah Crozier – Weekend Viewer

Sarah is our weekend viewer. With her bubbly and outgoing personality this role is ideal for her. Sarah enjoys meeting new people and teamed with a resilient, positive and friendly attitude our weekend viewings are covered. This is a welcome break from her main job working as a councillor during the week allowing her natural flair of communicating to flow through.

Nick Shergold – Mortgage Advisor

Working for Fine & Country Private Finance, Nick has worked within a financial background for over 30 years and as a mortgage advisor for 12 years. Nick offers the highest level of advice and can advise and recommend on over 11,000 mortgage products from over 90 UK lenders. Nick’s main objective is to secure the best possible mortgage available from the market for his clients, whether it be for purchasing or remortgaging, whilst taking away the hassle of dealing with the lender direct.

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CONTENTS

7 D E S I G N F O R T H E Y O U N G AS A FAMILY EXPANDS, IT’S LOGICAL TO MOVE HOUSE TO PROVIDE EVERYONE THE SPACE THAT THEY NEED. FINDING THE PERFECT PROPERTY MAY ONLY BE THE FIRST STEP, AS LISA PREECE DISCOVERS

8 F I N E & C O U N T R Y N E W S THE LATEST NEWS, EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS IN THE WORLD OF FINE & COUNTRY

10 M A R K E T R O U N D U P LISA PREECE DISCOVERS THINGS ARE LOOKING UP FOR THE HOUSING MARKET

12 T R A N S F O R M AT I O N I N T E W K E S B U R Y TEWKESBURY, IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE, STANDS AT THE CONFLUENCE OF THE RIVER SEVERN AND THE RIVER AVON, AND IT’S PACKED WITH HERITAGE. GILL POWELL EXPLORES SOME MEDIEVAL MARVELS

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31 W O R L D - C L A S S D E S T I N AT I O N S H O S T W O R L D - C L A S S E V E N T S THE EUROPEAN TOUR IS A COMPREHENSIVE PROFESSIONAL GOLF TOUR, STRETCHING ACROSS EUROPE, AFRICA, ASIA, AND BEYOND. DANIEL PRICE HITS A FEW HIGHLIGHTS

34 B AT H R O O M PA N A C H E THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE COMING HOME TO A RELAXING BUBBLE BATH AT THE END OF A LONG WEEK. LET YOUR WORRIES FLOAT AWAY AND INDULGE IN THESE MODERN BATHROOMS, VIEWED BY LISA PREECE

36 T H E L U X U R Y L I F E S T Y L E OUTSIDE LONDON, SIT THE MILLIONAIRE MANSION NEIGHBOURHOODS OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS. LISA PREECE DISCOVERS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF LUXURY IN COMMUTING DISTANCE FROM THE CAPITAL

38 D I N I N G D U E T THE CORNER HOUSE IN MINSTER, KENT WAS AWARDED THE TASTE OF KENT BEST RESTAURANT 2015 AND IS LISTED IN BOTH THE GOOD FOOD AND MICHELIN GUIDES. NOW, CHEF PROPRIETOR MATT SWORDER IS TAKING OVER A CORNER IN CANTERBURY. GISELLE WHITEAKER SEEKS DELICACIES IN KENT

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PROPERTY FOCUS

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DESIGN FOR THE YOUNG AS A FAMILY EXPANDS, IT’S LOGICAL TO MOVE HOUSE TO PROVIDE EVERYONE THE SPACE THEY NEED. FINDING THE PERFECT PROPERTY MAY ONLY BE THE FIRST STEP, AS LISA PREECE DISCOVERS. New York City trained Heather Garrett has a keen eye for beautiful design and South Carolina-based Heather Garrett Interiors has clients from Dallas to San Francisco. Heather has worked on many beautiful homes across the USA. Heather’s signature style combines the practicality of family life with a variety of sophisticated forms and textures – plaster, hide, velvet, linen – and extraordinary lighting. She also loves bringing nature into her designs, believing that nothing made by man is as beautiful as that found in nature. Project Recently, Heather was approached by a family who were moving from North Carolina to Dallas. They needed her help in designing their home around their young family. “When the clients first saw the rambling 1950's red brick Georgian home in the leafy Greenway Park neighbourhood of Dallas, it was designed more for a formal lifestyle than my clients were intending to live,” says Heather. “The estate was beautiful, but impractical for crawling babies.” Music Room Some of the spaces needed to become more family friendly, like the spacious music room. With a grand piano, large centre table, wet bar, and polished floors, it was beautiful, but not easily utilised.

“The space needed added warmth, through textiles on the floor, walls, and furnishings,” explains Heather. This room was transformed into a cosy family room. “The room is enfilade with the living room from the home's entry, so it was important that the formal living and informal family spaces could coexist in one line of sight. The exotic carpet print, paired with sophisticated washed linen and zesty teal slipcovered leather, mix comfort and style to create a welcoming space. The slipcovered acid-washed sofa is hardy enough for children to be messy without threat of ruining it.” Sunroom Previously a formal room, the sunroom became the perfect place to enjoy early mornings with a cup of coffee or have weekend family time. “The vaulted ceilings of the sunroom struck me as having the spirit of an aviary. I customised a mural of birds in flight, incorporating the colours of the mosaic floor border. I then filled the room with a soft, wool, custom rug.” Stairs The stairwell was full of echoes and cold when the family first moved in, but Heather and her team turned it into a warm, inviting space. “We grounded the stairs with a foyer table and lamp light, a chandelier, and artwork. A perfectly scaled lamp and

piece of furniture in a dark hallway, open stairwell, or awkward room corner can change the space completely. To read more about this project, visit: www.fineandcountry.com/uk/blog

TOP LEFT: The light and bright sunroom with a custom bird mural TOP RIGHT: A chandelier adds a notable feature to the hallway ABOVE: The music room, transformed into a warm and inviting family room

To find out more about Heather Garrett Interior Design visit: www.heathergarrettdesign.com

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NEWS

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Double digits in Portugal Fine & Country opened its tenth Portuguese office in May 2016, with Fine & Country Porto complementing the Portuguese offices in Lisbon, Cascais, Comporta and six locations along the Algarve. Fine & Country’s new office in the historic centre of Porto will specialise in the marketing and sales of luxury residential and tourist real estate in Metropolitan Porto, which has a population of just over 250,000. The historic area of Porto consists primarily of older buildings that are unoccupied and ready for transformation into luxury apartments.

Charles Roberts, Managing Partner of Fine & Country Portugal said: “Every day the Fine & Country brand is becoming more established in Portugal. Fine & Country is synonymous with quality and credibility, both of which are core elements of our corporate philosophy.” For more information please contact: Fine & Country Porto +351 915 175 618 infoirg@fineandcountry.com | www.fineandcountry.com/pt

From the heart Fine & Country has been active on the fundraising front this quarter, with offices across the nation participating in their first coffee morning in aid of charities for the homeless. Agents opened their doors to the local community for a coffee, cake and a chat, raising £237.69 for the Fine & Country Foundation. In addition, father and son estate agents, Sean and Tyler Newman, completed the Frankfurt Ironman to raise money for the Foundation. The pair raised £1,580 which will go to the Rugby homeless charity, Hope4. Sean said: “It was an amazing feeling when we crossed the finish line, and it felt even better knowing we have raised money for this great cause.” Anyone wishing to donate can go to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/IronmanFrankfurt2016 | 8 | THE COLLECTION | FINEANDCOUNTRY.COM

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C.A.N.I. can On Sunday 10th July, Fine & Country welcomed around 3,500 people to watch teams battle it out in the eighth Fine & Country Gold Cup at Dallas Burston Polo Club. In typical British style, attendees lunched on picnics and sipped Pimms as they watched C.A.N.I. claim the title. Attendees donated their car parking fee to the Fine & Country Foundation, which is dedicated to fighting homelessness, raising £5,000 in charitable donations. David Lindley, CEO of Fine & Country, said: “It was a pleasure to again host the Cup. The event was a great chance for attendees to experience a competitive day of polo and browse our selection of equestrian homes. Congratulations to the winners C.A.N.I. who came through in the sunshine and ominous clouds to win a thrilling tournament.”

Golf properties At this year’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, Fine & Country Golf presented properties for sale at some of the finest golf courses in the world to over 100,000 fans. Throughout the six days of high-quality entertainment both on and off the golf course, fans had the opportunity to view the varied lifestyle opportunities on offer, including the luxurious residences at Jumeirah Golf Estates in the vibrant Emirate of Dubai; contemporary villas and apartments at PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona; and charming residences that harmonise with the landscape in Estonia.

A big weekend The annual Fine & Country Big Weekend took place in July, with agents from around the globe meeting at the grand Belfry Hotel. The conference saw exciting Fine & Country updates shared and a masterful talk from Caspar Berry, professional poker player and motivational speaker, amongst other agenda items. The evening concluded with a divine Gala dinner, where Fine & Country celebrated its 15th anniversary.

The second day kicked off with an International Steering Committee meeting and ended with viewing the site for the latest Fine & Country opening, at the Mailbox in Birmingham. The weekend was rounded off with an action-packed day with the Fine & Country Gold Cup at the Dallas Burston Polo Club in Warwickshire.

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MARKET ROUND UP

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South East by Dominique Scott, Fine & Country Brighton and Hove We have found that the market has been reasonably confident so far in 2016, with Fine & Country selling more houses over £1,000,000 since January 2016 than any other agent in Brighton and Hove. Whilst we have seen some growth in the upper quartile for the first time in a long time, vendors still have to be sensible in their asking prices. Brighton and Hove has a lot to offer culturally; it is extremely popular for commuters to London, families and young adults, academics and retirees – especially those moving from London, Oxford and Cambridge. Comparatively, money goes further here when buying property. Brexit has stunned the town, where the majority voted to remain, but so far no transactions have fallen through and movers still want to move. While borrowing remains cheap, there is no sign yet that property prices will fall.

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Yorkshire and the Humber by Peter Mills, Fine & Country Bawtry It has been a strong year so far for property in Doncaster and North Nottinghamshire, with the mid-upper sector of the market being our strongest for sales.

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There is also increasing investment in the area; a new European Tour backed golf resort has been proposed, as well as the FARRS regeneration scheme, which has already seen the completion of the Great Yorkshire Way, linking the M18 to the A638 near Doncaster's Robin Hood Airport. The second phase of the scheme will link directly to the departure gates, as well as a huge distribution centre and 1,200 new homes in Rossington, so it’s a great time to move to the area.

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London by Paul Kirby, Fine & Country Canary Wharf As with the majority of London boroughs, Tower Hamlets has achieved another year of record breaking house prices. The first quarter of 2016 has reached an average of £695 per square foot for a property, which is a yearly increase of 4%. The housing market did take a hit with the stamp duty hike in April, but it wasn’t long before it balanced out. Brexit has been another hurdle, however, the property world has been resilient – particularly in the E14 postcode. London property will always maintain high demand and I expect Brexit to affect the East London market minutely, while the rest of 2016 will see normality resume. Our area is characterised by having a relatively young population with half being under 39 years of age, therefore there is a significant proportion of first-time buyers.

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London by Adam Tahir, Fine & Country East London A few months ago we opened the doors of our East London branch for the first time, and now, nestled in the heart of Bow, we’re enjoying the wealth of opportunities this area’s property market has to offer. Prior to the referendum, the market was showing fantastic promise and so far, we remain positive that the rise in property prices will continue. The rise in demand for properties in the area has paved the way for increased value. The epitome of an east London flat is a conversion. Whether it be a wharf, warehouse or Victorian, the quirkiness of east London ensures that residents focus on the unique features of each property. The diversity of east London, as well as the nightlife and restaurants, has encouraged many exciting changes in the past 16 years and people see the potential to grow and change with the area.

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South West by Noel Sexton, Fine & Country Dulverton The property market for Exmoor National Park and surrounding areas is very much as it was before Brexit was announced. We’ve seen a particularly strong 2016 in the upper market from £500,000 upwards, and this has continued since the referendum vote. We have had a number of properties where we have agreed sales before they have even hit the market, with the most recent being in the £600,000 and £1,000,000 price brackets. We attract many buyers from the South and South East who are moving for a lifestyle change and when you compare the prices in the West Country to the South East, it shows incredible value for money. Looking forward, I expect this trend to continue as home owners will always need to sell and buy, and with demand still strong, this will breed confidence in the overall property market in the long term.

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The Cotswolds by Karen Harrison, Fine & Country North Cotswolds The north Cotswold marketplace is always resilient, with prices taking longer to drop in times of economic uncertainty, falling less, and recovering more quickly than in other parts of the UK. The profile of the typical buyer is affluent, sophisticated, choiceled and predominantly cash-rich, therefore confidence, rather than availability of funding, is the critical factor that defines levels of activity and motivation. We predict little impact from the referendum. If the stock market looks unappealing, Cotswold bricks and mortar is the obvious answer. If investors do take a 'wait and see approach', then the affluent domestic middle market, which has been gathering considerable pace and energy over recent months, should willingly take up the slack. Attractive mortgage rates, particularly at low loan-to value, will offset any doubts about whether this is the right time to move.

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East Anglia by Richard Carpenter, Fine & Country St. Neots Despite the understandable fears after the referendum result, we are still seeing strong demand for homes in the upper quartile, particularly from discretionary buyers from outside of our region. This has much to do with our location. Many of the towns and villages we cover are located within easy commuting distance of London, as well as other major centres, such as Peterborough, Bedford and Cambridge. I think buyers appreciate that for between £700,000 and £1,000,000 they can purchase a truly impressive property, modern or old, in a rural or town location, but at the same time, have the convenience of easy access to nearby cities, with all of the advantages those locations offer. The schools (both private and state), local amenities, and outstanding road and rail links are a major attraction.

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North by Nick Miller, Fine & Country North Lakes We’ve had an exciting first half of 2016, with the top end of the market continuing to improve. Prices are pretty stable and there are no fundamental reasons why this should change in the short term, although we can expect that stamp duty considerations may creep into sales to second-home buyers. The North Lakes is a magnet for people aspiring to beautiful surroundings and a better quality of life, and many of our buyers have planned their move well in advance. We sell around 40% of properties to those who are relocating from other parts of the UK. This includes people moving their family to the area, those retiring here, and some buying second homes, in addition to the usual local moves. These decisions are less prone to the changing winds of market confidence, especially with stable prices.

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Wales by Tom Carter, Fine & Country Powys The Mid-Wales market has been booming in the first half of 2016, with demand outweighing supply. Viewings and sales agreed have outdone the first half of 2015, and we have had many properties sell in excess of their asking price. People move to Mid Wales for country living and a change of lifestyle, so rural cottages with a small amount of land are most popular. We also see a lot of people looking for properties that require some work. A fixer-upper with a bit of land will sell in the region of £150,000 and a well-finished country house can be anything from £300,000 to £1,000,000. Since the referendum, we have noticed a slight easing, but those who are acting at present seem to be genuine. Our market has always been price sensitive and I expect this to become even more of a factor, with motivated vendors having to set their asking prices that little bit more competitively to attract a buyer.

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ESCAPES

TRANSFORMATION

IN TEWKESBURY TEWKESBURY, IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE, STANDS AT THE CONFLUENCE OF THE RIVER SEVERN AND THE RIVER AVON, AND IT’S PACKED WITH HERITAGE. GILL POWELL EXPLORES SOME OF ITS MEDIEVAL MARVELS Driving into Tewkesbury, I notice a crooked, timbered building. By its colourful hanging baskets, a wooden sign proclaims Ye Olde Black Bear is Gloucestershire’s oldest inn. This town clearly has a heritage and, making our way along the High Street, the flags are out. These heraldic banners celebrate those families who fought during the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471. Every July, that occasion is re-enacted during the Medieval Festival. But there’s plenty to discover here all year around. Narrow alleyways are a joy to explore; some lead to old courtyards or down to the River Avon where boats can be boarded. Many ancient establishments are now home to independent shops. There’s even a cultural hub in the form of the Roses Theatre, which, enterprisingly, has its own charity shop raising funds for this community treasure. Driving past the splendid Tewkesbury Abbey, consecrated in 1121, we inch closer to our destination. On Lincoln Green Lane, the slight incline is lined with oak, sycamore and hawthorn. I

see a bunker, and a number of golf buggies flank the path to the reception. This is golfer heaven and, once at the top, the view is truly breathtaking. Less than a decade ago, I came to a conference at Tewkesbury Park Hotel. I remember a dark and tired place, in need of love and attention. What a revelation, to arrive at a building with the same name, but an entirely different outlook. The reception is housed in a light and airy atrium, with a tastefully decorated open-plan lounge and comfy sofas and armchairs in teal and mustard. Two years ago, the hotel came onto the market and was purchased by the local, golf-loving McIntosh family. Originally an 18th-century manor house, various extensions have been added over the years, to now provide accommodation in 94 rooms. It was still a private house up until the 1960s, but this year, it celebrates 40 years of its incarnation as a hotel.

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Amanda shows us to the Richard III suite. The hotel is proud of its local heritage. Part of the original manor house, the bedroom is spacious and tastefully decorated with classic furniture. A magnificent bay window provides an almost 180-degree view of the 163-acre park, incorporating the golf course with its many ancient trees. In the distance, I spot the spire of Gloucester cathedral. In the room, I discover a goody bag that contains a guide to Cotswolds walks and a packet of Tewkesbury mustard. This fiery condiment originated in the town and gained notoriety in the 17th century. It was even on Shakespeare’s radar. In Henry IV, Part 2, Falstaff describes his friend Ned Poins: “…his wit's as thick as Tewkesbury Mustard”.

There’s no denying that the room is splendid but the en suite bathroom really takes my breath away. Dominated by the central bath, there’s also an enormous double-headed shower. For me, though, the most exciting detail in the room is the hot water bottle encased in a cosy cashmere cover. I’m an oldfashioned girl, and I never travel anywhere without this crucial bed-warmer. Today, mine will remain packed. Ronnie installs himself on the sofa and switches on the television. I forgive him as this is Wimbledon season. A smiling waitress brings us a pot of tea, which we drink from chunky Royal Worcester mugs, produced a few miles away. This really is a home away from home.

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The King Richard III room at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel

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ESCAPES

It’s time to explore the building. Large scale bookcases fill spaces and are wonderfully co-ordinated – the books are even arranged according to their colour. In the charming, framed black and white photographs of Tewkesbury in the early 1900s, many of the buildings are recognisable. Mirrors are cleverly used in unusual places, including underneath tables, to create interesting reflections. Glance out of any of the many windows and the views are spectacular.

Before we leave, there’s just time to squeeze in a treatment in one of the newly opened spa rooms. Therapist Vicky greets me with a warm handshake and spoils me with one of her superb facials. Calming music plays while her expert fingers soothe my face with lotions smelling of rose and geranium. With a cucumber mask applied, she kneads my shoulders, gently dissipating tension. It’s the perfect finale to a fine twenty-four hours. While Tewkesbury mustard may be hot, Tewkesbury Park Hotel is well on its way to transforming into one of the coolest places to stay.

Back in the suite, Ronnie is transfixed by the tennis. I’d like to watch it too, but the lure of that bathtub is overwhelming. Pouring in Neal’s Yard citrus bath gel, I notice what looks like a remote control. In the bathroom? I press a few buttons. Suddenly, the mirror transforms into a television screen. A match with a simultaneous soak. I think that’s what you call a win-win scenario. Later, we head down the magnificent curving staircase into the dining area. Our waitress recognises us. “I brought tea to your room,” says Charlie. Her warmth makes us feel welcome as we deliberate over our dinner choices. There are only four items each of starter and main course from the table d’hote menu. I always feel reassured with a restricted menu, as it means that meals are freshly prepared. My taste buds simper with the ham hock confit salad, beautifully presented in a Kilner jar with an array of pickled vegetables, tiny florets of cauliflower yellowed by turmeric, mingling with courgette, peas and mustard seeds. Similarly, our main courses are a feast for the eyes. The chicken supreme is accompanied by asparagus, grown in Pershore. Given the asparagus season is so short, I couldn’t pass it by. Raw spears are sliced and balanced across the chicken breast. A former farmer, Ronnie is delighted with the braised blade of beef that melts under his knife. Served with potato fondant and new season carrots, this satisfies Ronnie’s reputation of being a straightforward “meat and two veg man”. There’s always room for pudding. Dark chocolate wafts like perfume from the fondant, accompanied by vanilla ice cream. I glide my spoon around the plate gathering chocolate sauce into heavenly mouthfuls. Ronnie’s passion fruit cheesecake is served with a generous scoop of blackcurrant sorbet, along with a sliced strawberry, presenting a joyous rainbow on a plate. In our absence, with the curtains drawn, our large room has been transformed into a cosy cocoon. On the bed, a special touch: a relaxing lavender sleep spray from White Company. The hot water bottle though, seems to have been tidied away by an over-zealous member of the housekeeping team. Moments later, we climb between the smooth, white sheets and the missing hot water bottle is discovered – already filled by caring staff. In the morning, a quick swim at the Leisure Club makes me peckish. Breakfast is served in the original dining room, where the patterned carpet and furnishings are yet to be replaced. Rome wasn’t built in a day. A multi-million pound refurbishment of this scale takes time and the work is ongoing. The dining room is due to be revamped imminently. The fact that the refit is almost complete, without the hotel being closed for a day, is a tribute to everyone involved. We’re spoilt for choice of how to spend the day. The hotel is superbly located. Stroll a mile into Tewkesbury, or drive half an hour in any direction, and there are places to discover. To the west is Regency Cheltenham, or explore the honey-coloured stone villages of the Cotswolds. Turn the other direction to find the Malvern Hills and the Wye Valley.

TOP: The Margret of Anjou room at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel BELOW: Cocktail Lounge at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel

For more information about Tewkesbury Park Hotel or to book a stay, see www.tewkesburypark.co.uk

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CLAYBROOKE PARVA

DELIGHTFUL PERIOD HOME WITH TENNIS COURT AND 3.63 ACRES Watling House is situated in south Leicestershire, bordering the A5 and neighbouring village of Wibtoft and was constructed in 1704 and has a host of pre Georgian features. The accommodation is spread over three storey’s and has five bedrooms; three of which are en suite, a family bathroom, sitting room, drawing room, large conservatory, office, utility room, cloakroom and a recently remodelled kitchen/breakfast room. The exterior of the property provides some attractive features for equestrian enthusiasts, with a variety of stables, garaging and an outbuilding that has been converted to a games room together with 3.63 acres of gardens, paddocks and tennis court. EPC Rating: F

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PAILTON

CHARMING HOUSE, LAKE, ARBORETUM AND A TENNIS COURT The Manor House provides a great opportunity to acquire a substantial period house dating from the early 19th Century. This attractive family home is Grade II Listed and has Georgian origins with a substantial Victorian wing, and formed part of the Denbigh estate. The well balanced property has three versatile reception rooms, six large bedrooms, four bathrooms (two en suite). The property is an ideal family home with annexe potential (subject to normal consents), and has gas central heating, operational window shutters, open fireplaces, a practical wine cellar and a four- oven Aga warming the kitchen. Outside there is a double garage, workshop, ample parking and two large outbuildings. The stunning gardens incorporate a large natural pond, hard tennis court, and grounds of around 3.5 acres. EPC Exempt.

PROPERTY: Pailton, Warwickshire guide price ÂŁ1,350,000 Fine & Country rugby@fineandcountry.com | 01788 820062

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STONEY STANTON

‘A’ RATED ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME IN GATED DEVELOPMENT A recently constructed property situated in an exclusive gated development of five properties constructed by Sheiling Homes Ltd in 2014. The property has an A rated energy assessment with solar panels, air source generated, underfloor heating to the ground floor and radiators to the first. The property offers four double bedrooms (two of which are en suite), together with a family bathroom whilst the ground floor has an integrated double garage, entrance hall, cloakroom, study, sitting room and an open plan kitchen/living space. The house is fitted with a variety of contemporary fittings including bi-fold doors and a white high gloss kitchen with built-in appliances. EPC Rating: A+

PROPERTY: Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire offers over £475,000 Fine & Country rugby@fineandcountry.com | 01788 820062 | 18 | THE COLLECTION | FINEANDCOUNTRY.COM

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DUNCHURCH

QUALITY FAMILY HOME IN A PREMIER VILLAGE LOCATION An opportunity to purchase this quality detached family house constructed to a high standard in 2010. The property has been dramatically improved by the current owners primarily the stunning kitchen/dining room. ‘Farthingfields’ has a Norfolk reed thatched roof and offers particularly spacious and well appointed accommodation throughout. The many benefits include; gas-fired underfloor heating, fitted alarm system, concrete first floor, telephone entry system, integrated sound and vacuum systems. The accommodation fully comprises; spacious hallway, living room, family/media room, bespoke kitchen, dining area, utility and cloakroom. The first floor features a galleried landing with four double bedrooms and three quality bathrooms (two being en suite). Outside there is parking for two vehicles, a single garage and with a private 48ft x 28ft rear garden with attractive protected views behind. EPC Rating: C

PROPERTY: Dunchurch, Warwickshire £650,000 Fine & Country rugby@fineandcountry.com | 01788 820062

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ULLESTHORPE

SPACIOUS COUNTRY COTTAGE WITH A CLASSICAL COURTYARD The White House is a spacious period house full of character and versatility. Formerly several cottages the property has been carefully adapted over the years and now provides a generous family home set in well maintained gardens extending to two-thirds of an acre. The property provides four reception rooms, conservatory, kitchen, boot room, utility, WC and a wine cellar. The first floor has five bedrooms with three bathrooms (two en suite). There is an extensive range of outbuildings including a workshop, wood store, garden store and a boiler room. There is a classical shingle courtyard with two garages, five stables and with four useful connecting attic rooms above. EPC Rating: D

PROPERTY: Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire £875,000 Fine & Country rugby@fineandcountry.com | 01788 820062 | 20 | THE COLLECTION | FINEANDCOUNTRY.COM

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CLAY COTON

SUPERB EQUESTRIAN HOUSE SET IN 9 BEAUTIFUL ACRES Fine & Country are delighted to bring to the market this high quality, three storey five bedroom detached country house. Fully renovated and largely extended around 10 years ago, the property is now a spacious, versatile and beautifully maintained family home. The benefits include; oil-fired radiator and underfloor heating, wooden double glazed windows throughout (many sash), alarm systems to both the house and studio; the property is offered for sale in excellent condition throughout. The full accommodation includes; entrance hall, living room, sitting room, study, kitchen/family room, utility, boot room and a cloakroom. The first floor provides three en suite double bedrooms, the second floor has two further double bedrooms with a family bathroom. Outside there are colourful formal gardens, triple garage with studio/gymnasium above, three stables and field shelter, set in just under 9 acres. EPC Rating: D

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BRAUNSTON

QUALITY COUNTRY COTTAGE TO FIT ALL SIZES The Corner House is an attractive and large period house situated on the outskirts of one the counties most popular and well-served villages on the Northamptonshire/Warwickshire borders. Dating from the 18th Century this fine detached family home is genuinely spacious and extremely versatile. It benefits from many character features including fireplaces, exposed beams and a wine cellar. The property has LPG central heating and replacement windows throughout. The main house has three generous reception rooms, a bespoke kitchen/family room and five bedrooms, served by five bathrooms. Cleverly incorporated in the house is a one bedroom flat which has its own independent entrance. There is a south facing rear garden, a private courtyard and good parking to both sides of the house. There is an open double garage and a large artists studio and gym within the garden. EPC Rating: G

PROPERTY: Braunston, Northamptonshire ÂŁ725,000 Fine & Country rugby@fineandcountry.com | 01788 820062 | 22 | THE COLLECTION | FINEANDCOUNTRY.COM

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BIRDINGBURY

DRAMATICALLY IMPROVED DETACHED HOME IN QUIET RURAL LANE Draycote Reach was acquired by the present owners some six years ago and has been dramatically refurbished and extended, with meticulous attention to detail and provides a potential buyer with three double bedrooms; master with en suite, family bathroom, lounge, sitting room and terrace whilst the ground floor offers a large kitchen/breakfast room that opens onto the garden, a wine store, utility room, cloakroom, an integral double garage and further storage. The property has double glazed windows throughout, together with gas central heating, including luxury underfloor heating in the bathrooms, kitchen, utility room and cloakroom. The house offers further potential for additional rooms subject to building regulations, with an expansive loft space. The property has beautifully landscaped gardens and the plot is a generous 0.25 acre. EPC Rating: E

PROPERTY: Birdingbury, Warwickshire offers over ÂŁ650,000 Fine & Country rugby@fineandcountry.com | 01788 820062

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RUGBY

FINE VICTORIAN EXTENDED HOUSE WITH MUCH CHARACTER An opportunity to own and enjoy this very attractive period house believed to date from around 1860. The Lodge has been extended and very well maintained over the last twenty years and offers a spacious and versatile family home. The benefits include; sealed unit double glazing, operational shutters, fitted alarm system, CCTV cameras and is offered to the market in very good condition. The accommodation includes; entrance porch, hallway, utility/cloakroom, living room, a grand dining room and a spacious kitchen/family room. The first floor has four double bedrooms with the master suite having a dressing room and en suite and a family bathroom. Outside there is a level private main garden measuring 115ft x 70ft, along with rear vehicular access to the garage and parking. EPC Rating: D

PROPERTY: Rugby, Warwickshire offers over ÂŁ600,000 Fine & Country rugby@fineandcountry.com | 01788 820062 | 24 | THE COLLECTION | FINEANDCOUNTRY.COM

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CLIFTON UPON DUNSMORE

HISTORIC LISTED MANOR HOUSE WITH 1.5 ACRES OF FORMAL GARDENS Clifton Manor has been rightly listed as a building of historical significance, once home to the Earl of March who owned the property between 1956 and 1969. The house has six bedrooms to the first floor and four second floor bedrooms with an area housing a shower room and kitchenette considered ideal for an au pair or independent relative. The current owners have created an impressive large open plan breakfast kitchen which complements the large reception rooms on the ground floor which include a drawing room, dining room, snug and play room. There is also a utility room, cellar and wine store. The property has been well-maintained by the current owners who have recently re-carpeted the first and second floors and have redecorated extensively. Within the grounds is a 2,000 sq. ft Coach House which currently has planning consent to convert to ancillary accommodation to the main house. EPC Rating: F

PROPERTY: Clifton-upon-Dunsmore, Warwickshire offers over ÂŁ1,000,000 Fine & Country rugby@fineandcountry.com | 01788 820062

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DUNCHURCH

TWO LUXURY HOMES REMAINING AT THIS BEAUTIFUL LOCATION Draycote Reach is an exclusive development of six outstanding and substantial new homes just moments from Draycote Water. Each of these stunning properties are orientated due south with open glazed southerly aspects to make the very most of the stunning views and sun. The two remaining properties each boast spacious open plan kitchen and dining areas with three additional ground floor reception rooms. The first floor boasts five double bedrooms, each with ensuite bath and shower rooms. These distinctive new homes combine contemporary design with traditional oak frames and sit proudly within their landscaped gardens. EPC Rating: C

PROPERTY: Dunchurch, Warwickshire price from £1,100,000 Fine & Country rugby@fineandcountry.com | 01788 820062 | 26 | THE COLLECTION | FINEANDCOUNTRY.COM

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WOLVEY

METICULOUSLY IMPROVED DETACHED FAMILY HOME Heathfield House has been meticulously extended, remodelled, and modernised by the present owners; the original house being built in the 1930’s and includes four double bedrooms (two en suite) and family bathroom, whilst downstairs the property has a beautifully bespoke refitted kitchen/living space, dining room, sitting room, cloakroom and utility room. The exterior has changed dramatically since 2014, with the use of reclaimed bricks, new roof, acrylic render, new UPVC windows throughout, an attractive balcony off the master bedroom, gated entry and landscaped gardens, taking in the views and south facing aspects. The house has ample parking for several vehicles, landscaped gardens with views across adjoining fields and large converted garages currently being used as an office, gym and store, which could easily be converted into an annexe (subject to planning permission). EPC Rating: C

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MONKS KIRBY

RURAL HOUSE IN 7.44 ACRES WITH PLANNING FOR SEPARATE DWELLINGS AND LARGE BARN Stave Hall Farm is situated just to the west of the village of Monks Kirby and offers a potential equestrian opportunity with just over 6 acres of land to the north of a 7.44 acre site. At present there is an attractive three bedroom detached house with surrounding gardens and garaging, together with two stables and adjoining the site is a large 3,757 sq. ft. barn. The property offers an excellent lifestyle opportunity for those that appreciate a rural existence and a development potential with the existing stables, which could be used to house additional family members or redeveloped and sold. EPC Rating: F

PROPERTY: Monks Kirby, Warwickshire guide price ÂŁ725,000 Fine & Country rugby@fineandcountry.com | 01788 820062 | 28 | THE COLLECTION | FINEANDCOUNTRY.COM

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POTTERS MARSTON

LIFESTYLE OPPORTUNITY IN 30 ACRES OF RURAL LEICESTERSHIRE An opportunity to acquire a fabulous equestrian complex set in 29.2 areas of rolling South Leicestershire countryside. There are two separate bungalows, one being added in 2008 that now offer flexible living accommodation most likely to two generations of the same family. They are linked by a central hall and both have kitchens, conservatories and quality bathroom fittings and could provide a rental income or live in facilities for staff or grooms. Set in just over 29 acres, there are 22 enclosed paddocks, with 5 acres ‘set aside’ for hay and off road riding. A professional schooling manège, 22 metre diameter sand and rubber lunging pen, Dutch barn and a range of useful farm buildings. EPC Rating: E

PROPERTY: Potters Marston, Leicestershire £1,375,000 Fine & Country rugby@fineandcountry.com | 01788 820062

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WORLD-CLASS DESTINATIONS HOST

WORLD-CLASS EVENTS THE EUROPEAN TOUR IS A COMPREHENSIVE PROFESSIONAL GOLF TOUR, STRETCHING ACROSS EUROPE, AFRICA, ASIA, AND BEYOND. DANIEL PRICE HITS A FEW HIGHLIGHTS. The European Tour is a spectacular golf tour, spanning numerous global locations. Throughout the destinations, there are a plethora THE LYONESS OPEN AT of spectacular golf courses playing host to big European Tour DIAMOND featuring COUNTRY tournaments, the best players in world golf.

CLUB PROMISES TO BE

Venues based in EuropeEVENT welcome the European Tour during the A SPECTACULAR summer months and into autumn, especially between May and ON THE EUROPEAN September. One of these is Le Golf National, near Paris, France.

TOUR, FEATURING IN

This marked a special for Le Golf National, with THEyear COVETED RACEmilestone TO the staging of the 100th edition of the Open de France. The venue DUBAI. DANIEL PRICE is now the “home” of this historic event - the oldest Open in HITS THEEurope HIGHLIGHTS Continental - having played host since 1991. The Tour’s top golfers took to the fantastic Albatros course, with Thai golfer Thongchai Jaidee winning the event by four strokes and claiming his eighth European Tour title in the process.

TOP: Hole 1 of the testing Albatros Course at Le Golf National ABOVE: Albatross Golf Resort – situated on a hillside bordering the Cesky kras nature reserve

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GOLF

The Albatros course at Le Golf National has the privilege of hosting the Ryder Cup in 2018, and golf fans have the opportunity to play the course in the lead up to the event. Having recently reopened following renovation work, including a new irrigation and draining system, the Albatros course is certainly a world-class golfing experience. “The developments carried out at Le Golf National should excite all golfers, not just the professionals, as it is now open for anyone to come and try for themselves,” says David MacLaren, Director of Property and Venue Development at the European Tour. “Le Golf National is one of the jewels in the European Tour Properties crown, and we must applaud Paul Armitage and his team for their efforts in this project, and for their commitment to maintaining and improving an already world-class facility.” Having enjoyed the testing challenge of playing at Le Golf National, and after major Championships and golf’s return to the Olympic Games, the European Tour moves on, arriving in August in the Czech Republic to play the D+D Real Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort in Prague. The event takes place between the 18th and 21st August. It’s been a great year for Albatross Golf Resort, as it became the 19th member of the European Tour Properties network and an official European Tour Destination. Located just a 20 minute drive from Prague, the resort is impressive and has played host to both men’s and ladies European Tour events. Stanislav Lisner, General Manager at Albatross Golf Resort, spoke in glowing

terms regarding the European Tour’s decision to award the resort membership of the European Tour Properties network. “The overall quality of the resort played the biggest role, but it is also about the location. The first two years (of being on the European Tour) have proven that the players like it here. Albatross was voted in the top five best-prepared courses on the Tour on both occasions and players often bring their familieswith them.” Albatross Golf Resort is a fantastic golfing venue, but Lisner is keen to continue improving, both in terms of the golf course and the facilities. “We are very proud of our greens and tees. We have five sets of tees on every hole, hand-mowed every day. We also try to add new features every year. For example, over the last winter we built three new lakes and two new creeks connecting them. We just want to be better and better,” he said. It’s clear the management and staff at Albatross Golf Resort are motivated to maintain and continually improve upon current standards, which are already high. Before heading back overseas, the European Tour’s top golfers will arrive in The Netherlands to contest the KLM Open. Scheduled to take place between the 8th and 11th of September, the KLM Open has been part of the European Tour calendar since the Tour was established in 1972, and, in 2016, the tournament will be hosted by The Dutch, in Spijk, near Groningen. The Dutch is an inland links-style golf course and was created by Colin Montgomerie and Ross McMurray of European Golf Design, which is a joint venture between IMG and European Tour.

BELOW: The clubhouse at The Dutch has an awe-inspiring interior with a distinctively Scottish flavour

For more information please contact: www.europeantour.com

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BELOW: Rory McIlroy proudly displays his DP World Tour Championship and Race to Dubai trophies TOP RIGHT: Young Belgian Thomas Pieters claimed his maiden European Tour victory at the 2015 D+D Real Czech Masters BOTTOM RIGHT: Contrasts in the desert; the closing holes of the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, with the backdrop of Dubai

The undulating greens, burn-like water hazards and links-like bunkering make The Dutch a test for even the best European Tour golfers and the off-course facilities easily match the standard of the course. A world-class, awe-inspiring clubhouse complements the golf course superbly and it’s little wonder The Dutch will remain the host of the KLM Open until 2018, at the very least.

Jumeirah Golf Estates is one of the most exciting all-round golf complexes in the region. In addition to two Championship golf courses, Jumeirah Golf Estates boasts a luxury residential golf community, a newly-opened, state-of-the-art clubhouse and the first European Tour Performance Institute in the Middle East, providing world-class training facilities for elite professional and amateur golfers alike.

When the winter weather takes a grip over the majority of Europe, the European Tour moves to sunnier climes in the United Arab Emirates for the exciting 2016 season finale. The DP World Tour Championship will take place between the 17th and 20th November and will not only be the season-ending event on the European Tour International Schedule, but also the final event of the Race to Dubai.

In terms of luxurious property, Jumeirah Golf Estates offers four distinctive districts of townhouses and apartments, many of which enjoy splendid views over the Earth course. The DP World Tour Championship is the perfect opportunity to not only watch the world’s best golfers compete on a tremendous course, but also to view the fantastic property available at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Jumeirah Golf Estates will host the tournament and, in addition to the three golf courses highlighted above, it is within European Tour Properties’ network of world-class golf venues. The 2016 DP World Tour Championship will take place on the Earth course and in the words of Nick Tarratt, Director of the European Tour’s Dubai office: “On quality golf courses the cream will always come to the top and the DP World Tour Championship is no exception. The tournament can boast of a strong list of names on the trophy, including Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy.”

The European Tour hand picks the finest venues for tournaments throughout the year, with the best of the best becoming part of the European Tour Properties portfolio. Each of the these venues, including Le Golf National, Albatross Golf Resort, The Dutch and Jumeirah Golf Estates, combines world-class golf courses with high-class facilities. Courtesy of expertly designed clubhouses, restaurants offering superb cuisine, and the availability of luxurious, on-site property, European Tour Properties are at the forefront of both modern golf and modern living. FINEANDCOUNTRY.COM | THE COLLECTION | 33 |

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PROPERTY HIGHLIGHT

BATHROOM Panache THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE COMING HOME TO A RELAXING BUBBLE BATH AT THE END OF A LONG WEEK. LET YOUR WORRIES FLOAT AWAY AND INDULGE IN THESE MODERN BATHROOMS, VIEWED BY LISA PREECE

3. Low Farm in Grey, Doncaster, is a stunning house, constructed of natural stone with Yorkshire stone roof tiles, with parts dating from the 18th Century. The old farm buildings have been converted into a unique home, using reclaimed materials. The house has three bathrooms, including one that mixes modern with contemporary, with a freestanding bath and exposed beams. GREY, DONCASTER £695,000 Fine & Country Bawtry bawtry@fineandcountry.com 01302 591000

1 1. Commanding a prominent position with impressive views over

Caswell Bay in Swansea, this home benefits from the sea to one side and an idyllic woodland backdrop to the other. The luxurious en suite features a free standing copper bath with vintage ‘Crapper’ fittings and a limestone feature wall. CASWELL BAY, SWANSEA £795,000 Fine & Country Swansea swansea@fineandcountry.com 01792 367301

3 4. A first class example of a superbly finished barn conversion, this property in Ashwell, Hertfordshire occupies an idyllic position and boasts generous grounds. The bathroom has beautiful countryside views, looking out over the quiet garden and fields. The steel spiral staircase leads up to the master bedroom. ASHWELL, NEAR HITCHIN £1,395,000 Fine & Country Hitchin hitchin@fineandcountry.com 01462 222555

2 2.This stunning family home stands on a one-acre plot in a desirable village lane in Hemingford Abbots, with views of the river. The exceptional bathroom suite in Turkish marble features designer fixtures and fittings. A solid grey and white marble bath stands in the centre, with a wall mounted Aquavision 26” TV system for entertainment. HEMINGFORD ABBOTS, CAMBRIDGESHIRE £2,300,000 Fine & Country St Neots inresidence@fineandcountry.com 0330 333 1060

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8. This substantial Grade II-listed early 19th Century former rectory in Hougham offers extensive accommodation of great character. The house is superb for entertaining and contains eight bedrooms and five bathrooms with varying chic styles. HOUGHAM, GRANTHAM £1,350,000

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Fine & Country Lincoln lincoln@fineandcountry.com 01522 287008

5.This house in Epsom Downs has flexible features and a layout that

provides accommodation to suit either couples or families. The family bathroom on the first floor features a checkerboard floor and angled skylight-style window. EPSOM DOWNS, SURREY £850,000 Fine & Country Cheam adrian.macleay-wood@fineandcountry.com 020 8770 3377

8 9.In Brampton, a beautifully presented six-bedroom period property sits in impressive Victorian gardens with uninterrupted views. There are four good sized bedrooms on the second floor, with an en suite master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe. The family bathroom has a luxurious roll top bath and large walk-in rain shower. BRAMPTON, CUMBRIA £765,000

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Fine & Country Penrith northlakes@fineandcountry.com 01768 869007

6.This luxury new home is situated on one of Kingswood’s most

prestigious roads. The property covers four floors, with an impressive basement complex containing a cinema room, games room, gymnasium and family room, plus a sauna and steam room. The property has five bathrooms, including this gorgeous space with an open layout and a walk-in shower. KINGSWOOD, SURREY £2,850,000

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Fine & Country Kingswood zoe@fineandcountry.com 01737 361014

10.Dating back to 1799, this former girl’s school in Staveley-in-Cartmel

is abundant in character, yet has been upgraded and modernised by the current owners. The en suite bathroom in the converted loft features a free-standing claw-foot bath. It has been tiled in a neutral modern style, with Velux windows letting in lots of light. STAVELEY IN CARTMEL, LAKE DISTRICT £799,950

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Fine & Country Lakes & North Lancs sales@fineandcountry-lakes.co.uk 01539 733500

7. Presented in immaculate condition, this spectacular penthouse has a direct entry lift, large double aspect reception, kitchen dining room, panoramic roof terrace, hot tub, gym and superb views. All three bedrooms have en suites, including the marble master suite with fantastic views. SOUTH KENSINGTON, LONDON £10,000,000 Fine & Country Mayfair mayfair@fineandcountry.com 020 7079 1523

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PROPERTY FEATURE

The Luxury

LIFESTYLE

OUTSIDE LONDON, SIT THE MILLIONAIRE MANSION NEIGHBOURHOODS OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS. LISA PREECE DISCOVERS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF LUXURY IN COMMUTING DISTANCE FROM THE CAPITAL

As London has expanded as a worldwide economic powerhouse, residents have been moving further away from the hustle and bustle of the city in favour of a more relaxed pace of life. In these areas, the endless rumbling of car engines is replaced by birdsong and a cool summer breeze. The commuter towns and villages of London provide the country life, while offering access to the city for business. Nowhere is this more true than in Surrey, where the proximity of the city is paired with excellent transport links and world-class entertainment. Windsor is primarily known as the home of the British monarchy, with the beautiful castle attracting around 1,000,000 visitors every year, while nearby Ascot is synonymous with the annual Royal Ascot horseracing weekend, which the Queen attends alongside the majority of the British aristocracy. Between these two prestigious locations sits the village of Windlesham. Properties in this well-regarded area are sought after, though houses of high calibre rarely enter the market. Woodrow is one of these. Set in a prime, yet secluded, position, this mansionstyle home offers the utmost elegance. “Woodrow was built to provide the ultimate luxury mansion based on the design of Lake Como Villa, on one of the best plots in Windlesham. It will provide the ultimate accommodation for

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a wealthy buyer, their family and staff,” says Kevin Chapman, Sales Manager at Fine & Country Ascot. Arranged over four floors, with lift access to three, it is tailored towards the discerning buyer, who appreciates the finest materials and premier design. Completed in 2016 after two years of construction, Woodrow boasts all of the top-of-the-range specifications that would be expected in a luxury contemporary home. From the grand reception hall to the expansive master bedroom suite spanning most of the garden elevation, Woodrow makes the most of its generous living space. Where it really excels is in the entertaining possibilities. Unusually, even for a home with this much opulence, the property includes an industrial-style kitchen, designed for extravagant dinner parties. Combined with the stylish dining room, large wine cellar, and refrigeration room, the house can facilitate the hosting of cocktail soirees or dinner parties for hundreds of guests. “The terrace can entertain 300 guests at once and the industrial kitchen is for the catering staff to prepare the meals,” explains Kevin. He expects the future owner of this incredible property to be an international jet setter, as it’s the perfect place for an owner who prefers to travel during their downtime. Heathrow airport is 12 miles away and offers access to round-the-world destinations via both commercial airlines and private jets. Closer to home, Fairoaks Private Aerodrome offers services for light private airplanes and helicopters. The house has endless entertainment possibilities, both inside and nearby. For golf lovers, the highly regarded championship golf courses at Wentworth Club are a short drive away. Rub shoulders with other local landowners on a day out at nearby Ascot Racecourse.

For further equestrian events, the Guards Polo Club is also popular with royalty. It provides an entertaining day out, and the opportunity to be at the heart of the action can be found at the training facilities four miles from the club. To relax, the Coworth Park Hotel & Spa is within a stone’s throw and features beautiful grounds, spa treatments, and afternoon teas. This is an exceptional home. Whether staying in and enjoying the wine cellar, cinema room, or hosting an elaborate dinner party, or going out to enjoy the high quality attractions nearby, this is a lifestyle choice you won’t regret.

Property details: Woodrow, Hatton Hill, Windlesham Guide Price: £17,950,000 Fine & Country Ascot 5-7 High Street, Sunninghill, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 9NQ Email: ascot@fineandcountry.com Phone: 01344 624624

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CUISINE

Dining

DUET

THE CORNER HOUSE IN MINSTER, KENT WAS AWARDED THE TASTE OF KENT BEST RESTAURANT 2015 AND IS LISTED IN BOTH THE GOOD FOOD AND MICHELIN GUIDES. NOW, CHEF PROPRIETOR MATT SWORDER IS TAKING OVER A CORNER IN CANTERBURY. GISELLE WHITEAKER SEEKS DELICACIES IN KENT

ABOVE: One of the the dining areas at The Corner House, Minster

Blink and you could easily miss Minster in Kent. The small village to the west of Ramsgate and northeast of Canterbury houses less than 4,000 residents, but along with Minster Abbey, there’s a reason to keep your eyes peeled – and that’s The Corner House.

and I found myself ordering a Toffee Apple Martini. The amber concoction composed of Thunder toffee vodka and local apple juice was sweet, but not cloying, whetting my appetite for the meal to come.

Matt Sworder opened this quirky eatery in 2013, at the tender age of 27, and within a year, the restaurant appeared in The Waitrose Good Food Guide and was listed in the Michelin Guide. More recently, it was named Best Kent Restaurant of the Year in the 2015 Taste of Kent Awards. Whatever Matt and Head Chef Predrag Kostic are doing, they’re clearly doing it right.

Moving into the front dining section of the hourglass, I was seated at a simple, wooden table, set with a red rose and brass candlestick. Slim slices of deliciously crusty bread appeared as I deliberated over the menu, finally sacrificing the goat cheese mousse starter in exchange for the chicken liver parfait with port jelly. Presented in a glass, the deep mahogany jelly hugged the smooth paste below, both accompanied by slices of crispy toasted bread. The parfait had an impressive depth of flavour that forced me to consider ordering it again the next day for lunch.

Matt is passionate about supporting the local area, sourcing much of his produce from a 20-mile radius, and this ethos, combined with straightforward, unpretentious, yet well-prepared and presented food, has kept punters coming back for more – so much so that the second Corner House recently opened its doors in Canterbury. Given the accolades this establishment has received, I was keen to try the fare myself. Checked in to one of the two cosy, upstairs rooms in the original Minster version – complete with a decadently deep, free-standing bathtub – I made my way down to the almosthourglass-shaped restaurant, the two main dining areas joined at the middle by the bar. My usual aperitif might be a Prosecco, or a glass of white, but tonight, the cocktail menu caught my eye

With laughter spilling from the semi-private attached dining space nearby, packed with a group of friends, I sipped a crisp white wine and watched a steady stream of customers walk through the door. All were greeted like old friends, making it impossible to determine who were locals, and who, like me, were just passing through and tempted by the chance to sample local fare. My main dish was superbly presented: a generous wedge of pork belly, with mashed potato and cauliflower two ways, on a bed of spring greens. A wafer of crackling protruded from the dish,

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The Corner House’s Beetroot Cured Salmon Beetroot cured salmon 1 side of salmon (trimmed, skinned and sliced in two) 3 beetroots 10 juniper berries 300g caster sugar 300g table salt 1 shot Gordon’s Gin Zest of two lemons Pepper Cucumber jelly 1 cucumber 50ml white wine vinegar 45g caster sugar 100ml water Small pinch of salt ½ bunch of dill Zest of 1 lime 4 bronze gelatine leaves Beetroot puree 6 beetroots Apple juice White wine vinegar Port ABOVE: Dining delights from The Corner House

exploding in a puff of salted air when I bit into its light middle. The belly was tender and succulent and the top layer was the perfect combination of stickiness and crunch, pairing beautifully with the moderately sweet apple sauce. It embodied the comfort of grandma’s roast pork, partnered with the flavours of an extraordinary chef. I love a menu that has a page devoted to cheese, but I couldn’t relinquish the desire to sample the caramelised banana sponge with salted caramel and peanut butter ice cream. I knew I’d made the right choice when the spoonful of soft sponge landed on my tongue, melting into sweet, caramel goodness with a burnt toffee aftertaste. If paradise had a flavour, this would be it. The Corner House Canterbury may be the newcomer on the dining block, but with an older sister like The Corner House Minster, it’s destined for success. Dishing up the best Kent has to offer in a welcoming atmosphere, both restaurants are a dining delight.

Horseradish cream 1 tbsp Coleman’s horseradish 300ml whipping cream Salt and pepper to taste Method Beetroot cured salmon Blitz all of the curing ingredients in a Magimix, place mix over salmon and wrap with cling film. Leave for 24 hours in the fridge. Wash and dry. Cucumber jelly Blitz the cucumber, dill and lime zest in the Magimix. Pass the mixture through a muslin cloth. Bring the rest of the ingredients to boil, add the gelatine and cucumber liquid, and then leave it to cool. Beetroot puree Puree ingredients to desired taste and consistency. Horseradish cream Whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks. Add the horseradish and season to taste.

For more information about The Corner House Minster – or Canterbury – see www.thecornerhouseminster.co.uk

Dish up using your own creativity.

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directory EAST ANGLIA & EAST MIDLANDS

HEART & SOUTH WALES

BEDFORDSHIRE Bedford Biggleswade

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

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0330 333 1060 0330 333 1060

01298 23038 01246 208768

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LEICESTERSHIRE Loughborough Market Harborough Melton Mowbray

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01604 309030

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0115 982 2824

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WORCESTERSHIRE Cleobury Mortimer Droitwich Spa Kidderminster Stourport on Severn Tenbury Wells

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LONDON & SOUTH EAST BERKSHIRE Ascot Newbury Reading Windsor

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Aylesbury Hazlemere Milton Keynes Princes Risborough

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ESSEX Billericay Brentwood Chelmsford Chigwell Colchester Dedham Great Dunmow Hornchurch Ingatestone Laindon Loughton Romford Saffron Walden Shenfield Southend-on-Sea

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HAMPSHIRE Drayton Emsworth

023 93 277277 01243 487969

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directory ISLE OF WIGHT Newport

01983 520000

JERSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS St Helier

01534 840022

GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS St Peter Port 01481 711511 KENT Broadstairs Cranbrook Canterbury Dartford Deal Hartley Hythe Tenterden West Malling Whitstable LONDON Bow Canary Wharf Cockfosters Coombe Fulham Mayfair Upper Sydenham Wanstead MIDDLESEX Teddington OXFORDSHIRE Abingdon Banbury Bicester Botley Headington Witney SURREY Caterham Cheam Coulsdon Croydon Englefield Green Epsom Hampton Wick Kingswood Walton on Thames Warlingham Woldingham SUSSEX Brighton & Hove Eastbourne Uckfield

01227 479317 01580 715000 01227 479317 01322 628267 01227 479317 01474 700009 01227 479317 01580 766388 01732 222272 01227 479317

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NORTH WEST & NORTH WALES CHESHIRE Chester Crewe Knutsford Nantwich Northwich Tarporley

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CUMBRIA Ambleside Cockermouth Kendal Penrith Windermere

015394 32220 0845 872 5453 01539 733500 01768 869000 015394 47717

GREATER MANCHESTER Hale Manchester

0161 641 1240 0161 641 1240

LANCASHIRE Blackburn Bolton Lancaster Ramsbottom Whalley

01254 662223 01204 322800 01524 380560 01706 826754 01254 828922

MERSEYSIDE Liverpool Wirral

01704 468040 0151 3342200

020 3397 1199 NORTH WALES Menai Bridge 01235 555557 01295 239666 01869 240075 01865 790104 01865 759550 01993 772254

01883 342205 020 8770 3377 020 8660 6689 020 8668 3222 01784 438951 020 8652 2929 020 3397 1199 01737 361014 01932 310321 01883 622181 01883 653040

01273 739911 01323 726060 01825 767575

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01752 897909 01598 752527 01752 663322 01769 575797 01803 898321 01805 624334

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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

DERBYSHIRE Buxton Chesterfield

01298 23038 01246 208768

EAST YORKSHIRE Willerby

01482 420999

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01423 720944 01904 697242

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01226 729009 01302 591000 01709 366708 01226 370520

TYNE AND WEAR Newcastle upon Tyne South Shields

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WEST COUNTRY BRISTOL Bristol

Ivybridge Lynton Plymouth South Molton Torbay Torrington

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