THE WEST BERKSHIRE
COLLECTION DESIGN FOR THE YOUNG
AS A FAMILY EXPANDS, ITâ€™S LOGICAL TO MOVE HOUSE TO PROVIDE EVERYONE THE SPACE THAT THEY NEED
THE CORNER HOUSE IN MINSTER, KENT WAS AWARDED THE TASTE OF KENT BEST RESTAURANT 2015
LET YOUR WORRIES FLOAT AWAY AND INDULGE IN THESE MODERN BATHROOMS
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Welcome to the September Edition of The West Berkshire Collection. Our latest magazine contains some of the very best of properties for sale within the West Berkshire and North Hampshire area. As the leading independent estate agent in the region, Jones Robinsonâ€™s association with Fine & Country has enabled us to offer a comprehensive marketing package, reaching a wider and more expertly targeted audience, particularly in the London, national and international markets. Our professional team combines a wealth of knowledge and experience with an innovative approach allowing us to offer expert advice in all aspects of property sales, lettings and management. Established in 1998, Jones Robinson Fine & Country offers their clients an opportunity to work with a well-established and respected, award-winning estate agent, 7 days a week coupled with a refreshing approach to selling exclusive homes. If you are considering your next move and want to see how this inventive approach can support you then please get in touch on 01635 35010 or visit our website www.fineandcountry.com/newbury. We hope that you enjoy this issue of the magazine and look forward to hearing from you.
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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 THEREâ€™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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StageYour Home for a successful sale
Thinking of selling your home? Flinging your doors wide open to potential buyers can be a daunting prospect! As an agent who has been working in West Berkshire for many decades and with property experience totalling 245 years, we have seen thousands of properties that are deemed to be ‘market ready’. As you can imagine, some properties look better than others and you might think that your home will sell no matter how it’s presented in such a buoyant sales market, but have you given any thought to the price your home could achieve if it was presented to its very best? A simple declutter could add to the value of your home, while filling the property with favourable aromas could add around £850 to your sale price, according to a survey by Big Yellow Self Storage. Preparing your home especially for viewings is called ‘staging’. It’s a process where you put personal preferences aside and think about what potential purchaser would like. If you want to sell your home for an improved price, the Jones Robinson team suggests the following -
Declutter Remove large, bulky items of furniture that aren’t used to create more space - even things like sofas and chest of drawers. Put them in a garage or even rent some off-site storage. Hallways are clutter hotspots, so remove piles of shoes, unopened post and coats for a more streamlined first impression.
Tidy Clothes drying on airers or radiators, a sink filled with dirty dishes and toys strewn over the floor will not create a good impression. Use cupboards, boxes and bags to store anything that is making a mess.
Natural light Letting the natural light in will create a sense of more space so clean windows inside and out, and ensure curtains and blinds are open during viewings. If you’re showing your property at night, make sure all overhead lights and lamps are switched on.
The right aroma The classics like fresh coffee and baking bread are well known but getting rid of unwanted smells first should be your starting point. Open the windows before any viewings and use a high-quality reed diffuser or scented candle to mask pet smells or cooking aromas from the night before.
Tricks of the trade
Dress every room Dressing simply means the little flourishes that make a room feel finished. All beds should be made up with uncreased bedlinen, bathrooms should be filled with clean, dry, folded towels and a bowl of fresh fruit looks great in the kitchen or on the dining room table.
Ornaments, trinkets and photo frames are what make your house a home but they might sidetrack viewers who can’t see beyond your personal effects. Box up and store any non-essential accessories.
Kitchen counter tops and surfaces in the bathroom should be cleared as much as possible. Toiletries, boxes of cereal and piles of paperwork should be stored out of sight.
Reflective surfaces, well-placed mirrors and fresh flowers are what you’ll find in show homes so borrow the ideas and use them in your property. The aim is to create a fresh and light feel.
Strong decor colours and patterns are a matter of personal taste. A neutrally-decorated home will appeal to the biggest audience, giving buyers a blank canvass to work with and less DIY when they move in. A fresh coat of paint in white or cream will help your home feel brighter and cleaner.
Don’t forget your exterior
Add a hanging basket or a pot of colourful flowers to your doorstep. Make sure your front door gleams invest in a new letter box and door knocker, if needed. Hide recycling boxes and wheelie bins if you can.
If you would like to know more about getting your home ready to sell and for a selection of properties that are already on the market, contact Jones Robinson today. Newbury Office Sales
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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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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 email@example.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
THE BREXIT EFFECT
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THE UK MARKET MAY HAVE FELT UNCERTAINTY RUN THROUGH ITS VEINS WHEN THE RESULT OF THE EU REFERENDUM WAS ANNOUNCED, BUT LISA PREECE DISCOVERS THINGS ARE LOOKING UP FOR THE HOUSING MARKET
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
A view of The River Avon
Luxury bathing at theTewkesbury Park Hotel
A Medieval house in Tewkesbury
The King Richard III room at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel
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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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FAMILY HOME IN ONE OF NEWBURY’S PREMIER LOCATIONS The Tydehams is considered by many to be one of the most sought after addresses in town. This impressive 1950’s detached property, set back on a quiet road, maintains much of its original character, such as stone window surrounds, fireplaces and a beautifully unique staircase. It offers spacious, well thought out accommodation over two floors. The property is approached via an impressive sweeping driveway, leading to a parking area in front of a double garage. There is a workshop and a store at the rear with a generous loft area. The level gardens lie to the front and the rear of the property, comprise 0.6 acres with an east / west aspect. EPC Rating: D
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A FABULOUS BARN WITHIN APPROX. 1.3 ACRES W I T H G A R A G I N G A N D L O O S E B O X E S This exceptional property has been completely rebuilt by the current owners using many of the original materials from an earlier historic building. The accommodation comprises a welcoming reception hall and gallery, kitchen/family room, dining room, sitting room and study, utility and cloakroom on the ground floor with a master bedroom, en suite and mezzanine sitting room (affording delightful views), four further bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor. The property oozes character with retained, exposed brickwork, fireplaces and a magnificent visible timber framework. Outside there are paddocks, three stables and a tack room. EPC Rating: C
PROPERTY: Brimpton Common £1,100,000
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BURNT HILL, YATTENDON
A MAGNIFICENT PROPERTY RECENTLY COMPLETED TO EXACTING STANDARDS This stunning property is situated in Burnt Hill, one of the most sought after hamlets in the region. It is approached by its own private drive, with gardens lying mainly to the south of the property. Offering an impressive reception hall along with generous living space, the property is a veritable delight. The fabulous integrated kitchen with central island opens out onto an oak family room overlooking the carefully landscaped gardens. The first floor boasts a dual aspect master bedroom with dressing room, en suite bathroom and three further double bedrooms. There is a detached double garage block providing a workshop along with a studio above. Ideal for working from home. EPC Rating : B
PROPERTY: Yattendon SOLD £1,350,000
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CHAPEL LANE, ASHFORD HILL
THATCHED COTTAGE BURSTING WITH CHARM AND CHARACTER This immaculately presented and upgraded detached cottage lies on a residential lane close to the village centre and offers views over the countryside. Reception hall, dining room, re-fitted granite kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, utility and superb drawing room with impressive fireplace and wood burner. The master bedroom benefits from a Jack & Jill bathroom and there are two further bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor. EPC Exempt
PROPERTY: Chapel Lane, Ashford Hill £600,000 Fine & Country email@example.com | 01635 35010 | 20 | THE COLLECTION | FINEANDCOUNTRY.COM
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FOLLY ROAD, LAMBOURN
IMPOSING HOUSE WITH FABULOUS COUNTRY VIEWS A substantial detached home in a plot of approximately 0.4 of an acre enjoying fabulous country views along the Lambourn Valley. This unique property, originally built by Berkeley Homes has been enlarged and improved to create a wonderful, light and bright, spacious house that provides a sense of a traditional family home but combines it with a distinct individuality. Four receptions rooms, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, double garage and plentiful parking. EPC Rating: D
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CHURCH LANE, HIGHCLERE
SUBSTANTIAL DETACHED HOME WITH HUGE POTENTIAL The property is a delightful family home in a fantastic setting. Whilst the property does require modernisation, there are some unusual features worth noting. The home boasts a large indoor swimming pool with sauna and shower reached internally by a spiral staircase. Two further staircases rise from the ground floor to five good size bedrooms and two bathrooms. The house is surrounded by 0.78 acre gardens with a detached double garage within the grounds. The property offers potential vendors an opportunity to make a special home their very own. EPC Rating: F
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ANDOVER ROAD, NEWBURY
DETACHED RESIDENCE IN A WONDERFUL LOCATION A delightful detached residence in a wonderful location with breathtaking gardens. This charming home has beautifully proportioned accommodation arranged over two floors. The property comprises a reception hall, kitchen / breakfast room, large conservatory, dining room, drawing room, study and utility room. There are five good size bedrooms, two shower/bathrooms and a cloakroom on the first floor. To the rear of the propery is a private west facing terrace which gives way to a beautifully manicured lawn with well stocked flower and shrub borders. The grounds are 0.5 acre with a good sized garage. EPC Rating D
PROPERTY: Andover Road, Newbury SOLD Fine & Country firstname.lastname@example.org | 01635 35010
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CHARMING COTTAGE ON THE EDGE OF DOWNTON ABBEY This delightful cottage forms part of a converted Victorian school house on a quiet no-through road on the edge of Highclere Park. The property offers over 2,100 square feet of accommodation comprising of reception hall, cloakroom, fitted kitchen, utility and sitting room with a wood burner. The conservatory offers lovely panoramic views of the magnificent 0.66 acre garden. There is a spacious gravel driveway with ample parking. The elevated south facing position of the cottage affords panoramic views across not only the property’s own gardens but also the Highclere Parkland beyond. EPC Rating : F
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DONNINGTON SQUARE, NEWBURY
VICTORIAN TOWNHOUSE IN PRESTIGIOUS LOCATION Set in one of Newbury’s most prestigious locations, this magnificent Victorian townhouse offers substantial accommodation over four floors with a delightful garden. This property which is currently split into flats offers enormous potential as a wonderful family home. A gravel footpath leads to the front door through two brick pillars and the house has an impressive frontage. The property is a short walk from the town centre but is also within easy reach of open countryside and is well placed for road and rail links. EPC Rating: G
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LAMBOURN ROAD, WESTON
DELIGHTFUL RIVERSIDE COTTAGE BUILT IN THE 1700S An extremely delightful riverside cottage situated in the beautiful village of Weston and offering a wealth of charm and character. This property is believed to date back to the 1700’s and has accommodation arranged over two floors. On the first floor are four generous bedrooms, one of which has shower room. There is also a good size family bathroom. The lovely riverside gardens boast a variety of flowers, shrubs and trees with a large area laid to lawn. There is also a fully insulated purpose built office, a garage and ample driveway parking. EPC Rating: D
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EAST GARSTON, HUNGERFORD
A CHARACTER COTTAGE IN A RURAL SETTING A characterful four bedroom cottage in a truly wonderful rural setting in the uplands of the Berkshire Downs. East Garston is a sought after village 4 ½ miles from Junction 14 of the M4. One of a small cluster of characterful properties set in a glorious upland location with stunning rolling countryside in all directions. Originally forming part of a farm, the property provides the perfect scenario of the rural idyll without total isolation. The original thatched cottage has been sympathetically extended and entirely renovated over the current owner’s twenty years’ ownership. The resulting accommodation provides an unusually spacious combination of four reception rooms providing flexible living options and a good size kitchen/breakfast room and utility room. Upstairs are four bedrooms, a family bathroom and a shower room. The property has extensive driveway parking leading to a detached timber garage and pretty cottage gardens. EPC Rating: C
PROPERTY: East Garston, Hungerford £650,000 Fine & Country firstname.lastname@example.org | 01635 35010
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DETACHED FAMILY HOME, POTENTIAL TO EXTEND This impressive 1950s detached family home is set on a stunning plot of land, approximately an acre in size. The property sits in an exclusive cul-de-sac on the northern edge of Newbury. Built by the current owners, the property has well-proportioned accommodation, which enjoys plenty of natural light and is arranged over two floors. With four good size bedrooms and two large reception rooms the property offers any potential vendors a whole lot of house. EPC Rating: D
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WONDERFUL HOME SET IN BREATHTAKING COUNTRYSIDE Set in breathtaking countryside, this wonderful family home offers prospective buyers considerable potential. The current owners have lived in the property since it was built in the 1950s. This is a unique opportunity to acquire this fine home occupying an acre of gardens and comprises five bedrooms and two receptions. The property is in the heart of the highly sought after hamlet of Bucklebury with excellent links to London. EPC Rating: F
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INDIVIDUAL 1920S HOUSE IN SOUGHT AFTER LOCATION This impressive 1920s detached house in one of Newbury’s most highly regarded locations retains much of its original character and offers spacious accommodation over two floors. The ground floor comprises entrance hall, living room, dining room, study, garden room and family room/bedroom four, kitchen, utility, bathroom and WC on the ground floor with three generous bedrooms, shower room and a large eaves storage area on the first floor. The property offers gas central heating and double glazing. The property is approached via a driveway flanked by lawn to one side and flower borders. The drive passes the house and opens to a large parking area at the rear where the double garage is located. The drive gives way to beautiful, established gardens with trees and shrubs and a large expanse of lawn and the whole plot measures half an acre.
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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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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
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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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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
Fine & Country Lincoln firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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
Fine & Country Penrith firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Fine & Country Kingswood email@example.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
Fine & Country Lakes & North Lancs firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 020 7079 1523
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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. â€œWoodrow 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 01344 624624
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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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HAMPSHIRE Drayton Emsworth
023 93 277277 01243 487969
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directory ISLE OF WIGHT Newport
JERSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS St Helier
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DORSET Bournemouth Dorchester Ferndown Wareham Weymouth Wimborne
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01298 23038 01246 208768
EAST YORKSHIRE Willerby
NORTH YORKSHIRE Harrogate York
01423 720944 01904 697242
SOUTH YORKSHIRE Barnsley Bawtry Rotherham Sheffield
01226 729009 01302 591000 01709 366708 01226 370520
TYNE AND WEAR Newcastle upon Tyne South Shields
0845 4596000 0191 427 4959
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WEST COUNTRY BRISTOL Bristol
Ivybridge 01752 897909 Lynton 01598 752527 Plymouth 01752 663322 South Molton 01769 575797 Torbay 01803 898321 Torrington 01805 624334
0117 946 1946
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