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NOVEMBER 2013

CHRISTMAS AT PAINSHILL PARK

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‘MOVEMBER’ AT SANDOWN PARK

FESTIVE FUN AT WISLEY

DENBIES WINE ESTATE

Get Your Skates On… The Hampton Court Palace ice rink returns this Festive period for another skating season. FROM 30TH NOVEMBER – 12TH JANUARY 2014

LOCAL LIFE | HISTORY | EVENTS | WALKS | BEAUTY | HOME INTEREST


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Welcome to our November issue... Christmas is arguably the most magical time of the year and at Wisley they have a happy mix of stress-free shopping and acres of beautiful garden for you to enjoy the serenity of a cold, crisp winter’s day. Denbies is one of the first wine estates in the world to give visitors of all ages a unique and fascinating insight into all aspects of the wine producing process. Indoor Wine tour experiences are available all year round; 360⁰ cinema detailing the history and geology of the estate, tour through the working winery and cellar wine tasting makes Denbies an all year all weather destination. H.R. Owen, the UK’s leading luxury car dealer, and Automobili Lamborghini have officially opened a new dealership in Pangbourne, Berkshire. This is the third Lamborghini location for H.R. Owen the specialist car dealer group. Behind the scenes at any magazine photo shoot you’ll find an army of spritzers, groomers and preeners to make sure the cover star looks picture perfect. But how do the celebrities manage once the makeup artists and hair stylists have packed up their kits? Three of the most sought-after style icons - Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Holmes and Nicole Scherzinger disclose their personal beauty regime secrets and reveal how they maintain their dazzling A-lister looks.

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Gentlemen at Sandown Park

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t was a day for the Gents at Sandown Park Racecourse on Saturday 9th November, when the ever-popular Gentlemen’s Day, in association with Movember, opened the start of the jumps season providing a chance to see some of the potential stars of the future in action as they got their seasonal campaigns off to a winning start.   Suave and sophisticated gentlemen arrived at the course with groups of friends to enjoy the Male Grooming Stable, where there were complimentary wet shaves and moustache trims, to smarten up their ‘mos’ for those fundraising for Movember.    Competition on the course was supported by another competition off it, in the form of the Best Dressed Gentleman competition.  The winner on the day was the very smartly dressed Barry Copson from Leicester who is part of the Handlebar (Moustache) Club and was present on the day supporting Movember.  His prize was a trip for 4 people to visit the Aston Martin factory in Warwickshire, which included a buffet lunch, a guided tour of the factory where you can follow the life of the Aston Martin from 1913 until present day and see some of the cars used in James Bond movies plus a T.M.Lewin suit and shirt with two runnersup also each receiving a T.M.Lewin shirt.   Movember were very much part of the day, and a Mo Bro Derby took place on the course where nine Movember supporters raced up the track for a ½ furlong race – those racing had to pass the strict race entry requirement of sporting freshly grown moustaches – no stick

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ons allowed! The racecourse offered £5 off entry to men supporting a moustache who were fundraising for the men’s health charity.    Feature race of the day, The Littleworth Handicap Steeple Chase went to the Venetia Williams trained, Kapga De Cerisy in the hands of Aidan Coleman.  Hawkhill romped home to win The Sign 2000 Celebratory Handicap Hurdle Race with ease under trainer Tim Vaughan who also had his new stable recruit, Ackertac in The Littleworth Handicap Steeple Chase.  The Movember Spitfire Ale Juvenile Hurdle Race was won by the Nicky Henderson trained Kentucky Hyden at 1/3 followed by 66/1 outsider, three year old Dude Alert.   Sandown next hosts the Tingle Creek Christmas Festival taking place on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December with lots of festive fun for all the family to enjoy on the Saturday which features the BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase.  To book tickets please call Sandown Park on 01372 47 00 47 or visit www.sandown.co.uk.  With groups of 12 or more enjoying 20% off it’s the perfect festive day out for friends and family.  Don’t forget Under 18’s accompanied by an adult get in for free!         

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Festive fun at Wisley

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hristmas is arguably the most magical time of the year and at Wisley we have a happy mix of stress-free shopping and acres of beautiful garden for you to enjoy the serenity of a cold, crisp winter’s day. You can warm up in one of our cafes with a steaming cup of coffee and slice of cake. The Wisley Christmas Shop: 4th October – 24th December Decorate your home with a beautiful range of trees, foliage, wreaths, poinsettias and cyclamen. Add some sparkle with decorations, lights and tableware. Shop for everyone from gifts, books, cards and stationery. Christmas Shopping Evening: 14th November, 5.30pm Pick up inspiring ideas on how to decorate your home for the festive season and find that special gift, plant or book. Sample some Christmas food gifts and enjoy a warming drink and mince pie. Free event, by invitation only. Call 01483 212412 or email suemarshall@ rhs.org.uk for your invitation. Craft and Design Fair: 27th November – 1st December 9am – 6pm (8pm Thurs, 5pm Sun) Be sure to save the date as our annual Christmas Craft and Design Fair can be your one-stop Christmas shopping experience. Browse and buy from more than 150 of the country’s finest craftspeople who sell everything from traditional to contemporary Christmas gifts. Held in heated marquees - perfect for keeping the chill off - you will have the chance to discover fantastic gifts without the hustle of the high street. Entrance into the craft fair this year also gives access to our garden, which is a must-see at this time of year for winter colour and structure. Christmas Glasshouse Display: 7th December – 5th January Enjoy a fantastic array of Christmas plants, all sitting in the warmth of our Glasshouse. Festive Lunches: 6th – 22nd December Enjoy a delicious festive lunch from our tantalising seasonal menu in the Restaurant, the perfect treat after a fresh winter’s walk in the garden. Our restaurant vouchers make wonderful Christmas gifts, too. The Enchanted Story Trail: 21 December - 5 January (excl. 25 & 31 Dec) Come and join a magical quest this winter, as the Enchanted Story

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Trail returns to Wisley! Enjoy the amazing tales and silly songs of a host of curious characters. With your own special map, discover their secret hideouts and burrows dotted around the gardens, hidden from prying eyes for the rest of the year. From tropical treasures to plantloving pirates, this is festive magic at its most charming, perfect for intrepid children and mischievous grown-ups alike.

Meet our curious cast Delia Akeley, explorer As a sickly young child, Delia pinned a map of Africa to her wall, determined to discover new lands and species. Now she’s going to take you on a journey through deepest jungle, negotiating maneating plants and prehistoric birds to meet the reclusive forest tribes and learn their magical songs. Ana, the secret gardener In a long-lost Persian spice store, meet Ana, a secret gardener who has in her possession a pouch of magic seeds. Harbouring untold power, these seeds need particular care and attention, the clues for which are hidden in Ana’s story. Solve the riddle and plant the seeds. If you get it right, the results could be spectacular! William Dampier, the plant-loving pirate Join William for an adventure on the high-seas! This fearsome marauder just can’t stop swiping people’s bullion, but he is also passionate about avocado pears. Help him give up his wicked ways and fulfil his dream of becoming a gardener. With tales of derring-do, plank-walking and misunderstood monsters, Dampier is the world’s only buccaneer botanist.

Plan your visit Trail open 10am-4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Suitable for ages 4 - 11 years. Normal garden admission prices apply; booking not required. Please note: trail closed 25 & 31 December. Last entry to the Garden is at 3.30pm; if you want to get around the Trail we advise you to arrive no later than 2pm. www.rhs.org.uk


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Posh Pawn Prestige Pawnbrokers in Weybridge were recently featured in a Channel 4 documentary, Posh Pawn. We go behind the scenes to find out more about how it works and why business is booming! By Jess Contomichalos month period to pay back the loan (with interest) or if you can’t pay it back you can reinstate the loan and just pay back the interest due. The tale of upmarket pawn was documented recently by Channel 4 programme, Posh Pawn. It made such fascinating viewing that Channel 4 are seriously considering making an entire series based on James original shop in Weybridge and his new venture, a second branch in affluent Richmond.

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f you take a stroll down Queen’s Road (known locally as Upper Weybridge) you will find a variety of designer shops, boutiques, cafés and galleries. Incongruous as it may seem, nestling amongst them is Prestige Pawnbrokers who specialise in luxury goods including fine art, wine watches, classic cars, jewellery and of course gold. If you look closely into this select neighbourhood you will discover that many people are asset rich but in the recent recession, cash poor and that is the reason that Prestige seem to be kept busy all year round! Prestige Pawnbrokers was the brainchild of no nonsense business man and ex property developer, James Constantinou. With an eye for a profit, James saw a gap in the market and set up Prestige in 2009. James soon discovered he was being offered a range of products that not only included the more usual items such as jewellery and watches, but also a range of more unusual items such as antiques, works of art, fine wine and even classic cars. James’ vision has proved unstoppable He and his team now operate a growing empire that has tapped into a seemingly endless supply of wealthy customers who have been perhaps turned down elsewhere but are in need of a quick cash injection. What makes Prestige so appealing is the fact that James doesn’t do credit checks as he has the item as his security and he will also offer a seven

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‘We just never know what will happen from day to day which makes it very exciting. The other day I got offered a helicopter and last week I acquired a Lamborghini. We get all sorts of stories that go with the items ranging from business start ups through to one woman who pawned jewellery to pay for a private detective to follow her straying husband!’ explains James. ‘Obviously, the story ends best for us when we can help people and they come back for their goods, but sometimes it doesn’t go that way so I always have to consult my experts before loaning any money against items I’m not sure about. I’ve had rare coins, Hermes Birkin bags, a Lichtenstein as well as some first edition books which were hugely exciting as they were signed’, smiles James.

Having cannily set up his business in leafy Weybridge, James has found he has a constant stream of affluent customers with something to pawn. Typical of his dynamic business acumen, James has now set up a new store in Richmond. ‘Richmond is a great venue for Prestige, it is very cosmopolitan, close to London and like Weybridge, it is home to a bank of celebrities, rock stars and millionaires, so I am hoping that we will soon see the same returns as our Weybridge branch but hopefully bigger diamonds, faster cars and maybe a yacht or two as well!’ smiles James. If you missed the Channel 4 documentary you can find it here www.prestigepawnbrokers. co.uk/channel-4-posh-pawn Prestige Pawnbrokers 125 Queens Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9UN 01932 859880


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Ashtead Village CHRISTMAS PARTY

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shtead Village Traders is an association of business owners concentrated around “The Street” in Ashtead Village. For nearly 20 years the AVT has promoted the local shops, held regular events and liaised with local authorities/organisations regarding matters concerning the main shopping area of Ashtead.   For the last 15 years the AVT has been led by Bryan Elphick who has also been selling houses in Ashtead since 1968. This year Bryan retired as Chairman and was succeeded by his son Richard Elphick, not that it is a hereditary position! Simply that Richard has undertaken most of the practical arrangements for the last few years and it was decided that this way the most seamless way for the association to continue serving the community.   The AVT’s main annual event is the Christmas Late Night Shopping 16 NOVEMBER 2013

Evening which this year is being held on Tuesday 10th December. The Traders welcome customers into their shops for FREE seasonal hospitality .   Milners will again be welcoming Father Chistmas to their store to meet all the children to find out what they want for Christmas. He always brings his presents along with him  and it’s all free! Parents  can enjoy wine and nibbles while the kids enjoy themselves.   Outside The Street is buzzing with activities such as Street Performers, Fun Fair Rides, Carol Singers, Choirs, food stalls and more!  And you can warm up with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie at Cairds Estate agents.  This is an extremely popular night and serves as a very pleasant start to the festive period. The Council have agreed to free parking in the village in the afternoon to support the event and there’s

extra  parking spaces in the car park behind Elphicks Estate Agents and Bicknell Interiors.   The Ashtead Village Traders also organise the Christmas decorations in The Street which are the envy of other local Villages because these areas are not catered for by the Council but organised and paid for by the association. Flags are also erected at relevant times of year to decorate the Street including recently for the “Tour of Britain” cycle race that came through the Village. Other things such as supporting the Rotary Club of Ashtead with its superbly popular Village Day and talking to the council and other interested parties about important issues such as the proposed new Tesco retail unit all come under the auspices of the Ashtead Village Traders and are undertaken by volunteers dedicated to keeping our Village lively and relevant for the future! 

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What’s on: Claremont Christmas Trail Saturday 14 December - Sunday 5 January 2014, 10am-3pm Normal admission rates, plus 50p Christmas Wish List Monday 16 December - Tuesday 24 December, 10am-3pm Normal admission rates Fairytale Christmas Cottage Monday 16 December - Sunday 5 January 2014, 10am-3pm Normal admission rates

A winter wander

With beautiful winter views, a traditional children’s trail and a cosy fairytale cottage, Christmas is a very special time at Claremont Landscape Garden in Esher. by David McClenaghan Photographs above and left: Sue Judd

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he tranquil retreat of Claremont is a wonderful place to relax at any time of year, but when winter arrives the garden undergoes a magical transformation. As the leaves thin the low winter sun opens up views across the pleasure grounds, creating the perfect picturesque landscape to get you into the seasonal spirit. Claremont is open every day except Christmas day, so it’s an ideal place for the family to walk off the excesses of the holidays. Enjoy a gentle stroll around the lake, or if you’re feeling more energetic (or want the children to run off steam) collect a trail sheet from the entrance kiosk as you arrive and see if you can hunt down all the clues to claim your prize. Nestled in a secret woodland glade not far from the edge of the lake you’ll discover the Fairytale Christmas Cottage, charmingly decorated for the duration of the festive period. Young and young at heart alike will enjoy the fun selection of traditional toys and games to play with inside, as well as an enchanted post box for sending letters to the North Pole. Take along your wish list or write one on the day using the pens and paper provided, then post your letter to make sure it reaches Father Christmas in time.

Photo: Sue Judd

Photographs above, and right: Michelle Kent

After you’ve explored, why not indulge all over again by sampling the mouth-watering new winter menu in the recently renovated café? Tuck into delicious seasonal treats such as venison stew or warm mince pies and wash it all down with a refreshing glass of mulled wine. If you need to pick up a few last minute stocking fillers then you’ll find a small range of gift ideas dotted around the café too. Colder weather doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up indoors, so throw on your coats and scarves and discover a great place to visit on your doorstep this winter.

More information Claremont is open daily, 10am-4pm in winter (closed on Christmas Day)

Photo: David McClenaghan

Entrance to the garden is free for National Trust members or £7.50 for adults, £3.75 for children aged 5 and over, and £18.75 for a family ticket. To find out more about Claremont Landscape Garden, phone 01372 467806 or visit the National Trust website at www. nationaltrust.org.uk/claremont Photographs above and right: David McClenaghan

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Christmas at Painshill Park

Free entry every Wednesday Cost: Free entry every Wednesday Date: November Time: 10.30am - 4pm Come and see the beautiful autumn colour in the Painshill landscape garden. Wild Woodland Day Cost: £30 Date: Saturday 16th November Time: 10am - 4pm Booking: Advanced booking required. Book online or call 01932 868113 Create amazing woodland art. Track winter wildlife and toast marshmallows around the campfire. (For children aged 8 to 13 years). Family Fun: Festive Craft Cost: Adults £12, children £8 Date: Saturday 30th November Time: 10am - 1pm Booking: Advanced booking required. Make your own fantastic Christmas decorations out of natural materials from around the landscape garden. (One adult required for every two children. For children aged 5 to 13 years). Crystal Grotto Festive Walk Cost: £7 Adults, Concessions £6 (Painshill Members free) Date: Thursday 5th December 2013 Time: 5.00pm – 8pm (timed tickets)Adults only (over 16 years). 22 NOVEMBER 2013

Advanced booking required. Enjoy a magical moonlit walk in the 18th century landscape garden. Follow the special festive route past follies and trees lit up with colourful lights to the amazing sparkling crystal Grotto. On your return hear the Lammas Handbell Ringers who will be entertaining you with Christmas carols from 6.00pm to 7.30pm. Finish your festive evening with some late night shopping in the Painshill Shop which features a fantastic range of gifts and stocking fillers. Mulled wine and mince pies can be purchased from the refreshment stand. Please park in the visitor car park which is located on Between Streets, Cobham.

Events are included in the price of normal admission unless otherwise stated. Normal Admission: Adults £6.60, Concessions £5.80, Children (5-16) £3.85, under 5’s Free, Family Ticket (2 Adults & 4 Children): £22.00 Open Daily (Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day). Winter Opening Times: November to February 10.30am – 4pm or dusk if earlier (last entry 3pm) Summer Opening Times: March to October 10.30am - 6pm or dusk if earlier (last entry 4.30pm) Painshill Park Trust Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE T: (01932) 868113 W: www.painshill.co.uk


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SANTA IS COMING TO WEYBRIDGE

…and he’s made of chocolate!

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hristmas is a magical time at Bachmanns,” says Chris Bachmann of award-winning Bachmanns’ Patisserie. “It’s the only time of year we get to make our favourite seasonal specialities, fresh baked mince pies, Stollen, Christmas puddings and our Swiss Christmas ‘guetzlis’.  All are made to my Dad’s recipes and take me instantly back to my childhood.” ‘Dad’ is legendary Swiss pastry chef, Ernst Bachmann, and the recipes have been developed and perfected over a 45 year career that spans The Dorchester, The Swiss Centre in Leicester square, and the Intercontinental on Park Lane before opening the first Bachmanns’ Patisserie at Thames Ditton in 1989.     We are sitting in Bachmanns second patisserie and chocolaterie on Church Street, Weybridge.  Celebrating its first anniversary, the shop exudes the elegance of Switzerland’s finest patisseries with beautiful counters filled with gateaux, pastries and chocolates, made by Bachmanns’ brigade of first class patissiers.  You can enjoy a coffee and cake in the café area, with a window onto the kitchen where pastry chef Wayne Harris and his team are hard at work to Bachmanns’ very exacting standards.    “We opened quietly in November 2012, after an intense 3 months redevelopment and I am very pleased to say that we have been busy ever since. “ explains Wayne. “It has been a really exciting year for the team and the people of Weybridge have been very welcoming.  We’ve taken on two more apprentices taking our staff to twenty between here and our Thames Ditton shop. We’re expanding our chocolate production and development kitchen, so we’re really looking forward to 2014.” 

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My tour continues upstairs as I follow Chris to the first floor and the Chocolate laboratory. The warm, rich aroma of chocolate and the soft, mesmerising hum of machines continually stirring and agitating the chocolate fill the room. Chocolatier Dan Ellis is putting finishing touches to a batch of handmade chocolate couverture Santas. “Each batch is painstakingly hand painted, hand brushed and then multi-layered, which improves the snap of the chocolate so it is lovely to eat,” explains Dan. “It is exacting work, but our customers really notice the difference in the eating.” I try a piece and he’s right - the chocolate breaks crisply before it melts in the mouth.  It’s very fine chocolate and each Santa is slightly different, handcrafted with real personality that is the Bachmanns’ hallmark.   In another corner, Bachmanns’ latest product is ready to be photographed: finest chocolate and almond Rocher Christmas trees, dusted with icing sugar.  Absolutely exquisite and delicious, these are surely the perfect Christmas gift and guaranteed to fly off the shelf.   “We have the classic recipes,” says Chris, “But the beauty of chocolate is that you can always keep things fresh.  Our last Christmas creation was our award-winning Chocolate Christmas Pudding, a chocolate shell filled with our handmade chocolate truffles – much imitated, never bettered!”  The chocolate laboratory is designed with the flexibility to run a range of chocolate masterclasses.  ‘We held our first class last month, and it something we hope to develop further in the future.’ says Chris.  Please form an orderly queue! Refreshingly, Bachmanns limits its festive period to Advent, so its fabulous Christmas range is available from 30th November.     Bachmanns Patisserie 32 Church St, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8DX 01932 820247 www.bachmanns.co.uk


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GUILDFORD BOOK FESTIVAL 2013 HAILED A SUCCESS

Festival patrom Michael Buerk with his wife Christine and Nigel Roby, MD of the Bookseller Group

Elizabeth Buchan, Penny Vincenzi, Fanny Blake and Cathy Kelly

Crime night part one with Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre

This year’s Guildford Book Festival, which launched with much loved comedienne Jennifer Saunders and closed with best-selling author Sebastian Faulks, was a great success.

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uring the twelve days, thirteen venues in the town hosted 50 events which featured authors from a range of genres including fiction, wartime and social history, interiors, comedy, sport, food and biography. Much loved children’s authors also featured in the star line-up including Darren Shan and Marianne Levy. The buzz it generated was palpable and audiences were thrilled to be able to meet and hear their favourite authors. The runaway successes were events with Matt Dawson, Eric Lanlard, Ian Botham, Rachel Joyce, Pam Ayres and Joanne Harris, as well as The Coffee Shop Book Club, Readers’ Day, Decorating with Colour and the Literary Lunch. Other great ‘hits’ were Austentatious and The Wimpy Kid Show. However there was also much praise for some of the other speakers who captivated their audiences such as Judith Flanders who talked about Victorian London and Harriet Tuckey who spoke of her father’s role in the first successful ascent of Mount Everest. A key highlight of the Festival was witnessing the launch of The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales by multi million

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international best-selling author Kate Mosse. A packed Guildhall saw a silhouetted Mosse reading an excerpt from the book to start the event, followed by a very lucid hour-long introduction to the inspiration behind her first short story collection. In addition to the public events, there were two longstanding initiatives which again proved very successful – the Prison and Schools Programmes, both aimed at encouraging reading and writing. Martina Cole, who has worldwide sales in excess of 10 million copies to her credit, spent an afternoon with inmates at HMP Send discussing her work and promoting writing and reading as a means of expression and enjoyment. This theme continued in the vibrant Schools Programme which saw some 1500 children engage with authors in classrooms in Guildford and beyond.

French and Saunders as Menopazzi sisters

Photography by Rachael Lowndes)

Looking ahead, organisers are making plans for the celebration of the Festival’s 25th anniversary in 2014. For future Festival news and updates, log on to www.guildfordbookfestival.co.uk and sign up to the Festival newsletter. Twitter: @gfordbookfest Facebook: facebook.com/guildfordbookfestival


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Denbies Wine Estate Denbies Wine Estate, 265 acres of vines, working winery, set in the heart of the Surrey Hills, near Dorking, Surrey is England’s largest vineyard and just over 40 minutes from the centre of Woking.

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enbies is one of the first wine estates in the world to give visitors of all ages a unique and fascinating insight into all aspects of the wine producing process. Indoor Wine tour experiences are available all year round; 360⁰ cinema detailing the history and geology of the estate, tour through the working winery and cellar wine tasting makes Denbies an all year all weather destination. The seasonal outdoor vineyard tour (March – November) takes visitors at a leisurely pace to the highest point of the vineyard, overlooking Box Hill and the North Downs, perfect for photo opportunities. The flint-clad Chateau-style Visitor Centre hosts two restaurants; the indoor self service Conservatory and the third floor a la carte Gallery Restaurant, together with a diversely stocked wine and gift shop. The mezzanine Art Gallery features local artists and exhibits change on a monthly basis. Village Greens Farm Shop and Surrey Hills micro brewery are also on-site. Denbies Gallery Restaurant offers possibly the best restaurant views in Surrey with almost 360 views of the vineyard. The restaurant has a warm contemporary look offering a unique dining experience. Denbies mission is to provide delicious

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food and local products sourced primarily from the south-east region. The Gallery Restaurant is open daily for lunch and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Key Card Holders will benefit from a 20% discount off their total bill (subject to terms & conditions) Denbies Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast Accommodation, ETB ‘4 Stars silver’ is located in the centre of the vineyard with stunning views. Denbies Wine Estate currently has a range of 14 wines and produces over 450,000 bottles of wine per annum. Denbies is located in Dorking, Surrey with direct rail access from London Waterloo and Victoria mainline stations.

Denbies ‘Vine and Dine’ Harvest Grape picking Event Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey, with 265 acres of vines, is the largest single estate vineyard in the UK. Denbies Vine & Dine Grape picking day is the only experience of its kind in the UK and since its introduction in 2006 has attracted visitors from all over the country. Denbies ‘Vine and Dine’ allows the public first-hand experience in the workings of the

vineyard and winery. The experience includes tuition in grape picking, harvesting the grapes, a traditional rustic vineyard workers lunch accompanied with Denbies wine, watching the picked grapes being pressed, and tasting the ‘must’ (grape juice). The day concludes with wine tasting in the Denbies cellars. All participants receive an estate grown vine to take away. Harvest is the most significant time in the year of the vineyard. In the brief window of October the foundations are laid for the wine production of the coming year. With early reports indicating that 2013 is going to be a vintage year for both quality and quantity Denbies is anticipating a record year , which is reflected in the energy, enthusiasm and celebration that surrounds the harvest. ‘The grape picking experience really does provide a day of pure escapism, one of last year’s participants summed it up beautifully when they described it as instant therapy!’ commented one of the vineyard team. Grape picking also contributes to some memorable achievements. This year Denbies was delighted to announce that they were awarded two gold medals and a trophy in the 2013 Decanter World Wine Award


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with Andy Newbold photography. The competition welcomes photographers of all ages and abilities to capture their interpretation of harvest at Denbies Wine Estate. With spectacular views over Box Hill, the North Downs and Dorking from all aspects of the estate, the opportunities are endless. 2013 is widely anticipated to produce a vintage harvest with record yields. This year, due to the level interest from younger visitors, Denbies is including a Special Category for under 16yrs with an emphasis on wildlife in the vineyard during harvest.

and International Wine Challenge for their Noble Harvest Dessert wine 2011. Denbies Noble Harvest 2011 is noble botrytis dessert wine made from 100% Ortega grown in the south facing area of the Denbies vineyard known as The Park. The grapes were selectively picked with optimum conditions for botrytis to turn the grapes into raisins, thus concentrating the sugars. Vine and Dine is available Monday – Saturday throughout October Cost - £53.00 per person (group rate available on request) Denbies Wine Estate has a range of 14 wines and produces over 450,000 bottles of wine per annum. Denbies is located in Dorking, Surrey with direct rail access from London Waterloo and Victoria mainline stations.

Harvest Photography Competition Now in its sixth year, Denbies Wine Estate is pleased to be hosting the annual harvest photograph competition in conjunction

All entries will be judged by local celebrity professional photographer Andy Newbold. Andy is based in Leatherhead and has a vast range of experience from photographing celebrities to being the ‘official’ Denbies photographer.

much looking forward to seeing this years efforts” – Andy Newbold. The closing date for the competition is Friday 15th November 2013 and the entry fee is £4.00 for each photograph. All of the profits will be donated to charity. Denbies Wine Estate is the largest in England and is in the heart of the Surrey Hills in 265 acres of vines. Denbies is located in Dorking, Surrey with direct rail access from London Waterloo and Victoria mainline stations. Entry forms are available from Denbies Reception or by emailing the events department at: events@denbiesvineyard.co.uk.

Prizes Surrey Gold Harvest Award (1st prize) Family Portrait Sitting including a 12x10” print of the preferred image Courtesy of Andy Newbold photography Rose Hill Harvest Award (2nd prize) Denbies Hamper Flint Valley Harvest Award (3rd prize) Denbies Gift Voucher Special Category – under 16 yrs Denbies Gift Voucher (please note that children must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the estate) The winning photographs will be featured in Denbies 2014 publications and all entries will be displayed in the Denbies Bacchus Art & Harvest Photography Exhibition from 30th December – 19th January. “Each year I am amazed at the standard of entries we receive and the differences between them. The estate is vast and can be photographed in so many ways. It is great to see through the eyes of visitors and local amateur photographers and our job as judges is always a difficult one. I am very

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A Happy and Challenging Education Located in the centre of the historic town of Guildford, the RGS is an independent day school for boys aged 11 to 18. The School dates its foundation from 1509 and as a flagship for boys’ education has a national reputation for academic excellence but also prides itself on its traditional values of decency and respect, supported by outstanding pastoral care. RGS boys have the opportunity to experience the widest range of enriching activities providing them with a broad and balanced education.

200 offers have been achieved at Oxford and Cambridge including 34 offers in the recent round of admissions for 2013 entry.

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cademic excellence is at the very heart of the School’s philosophy. The RGS aims to encourage the growth of intellectual curiosity and creativity and to inculcate a life-long love of learning in the boys. Accomplished members of staff tailor their teaching to provide a stimulating, inspiring education which fulfils boys’ need for pace, variety and healthy competition. Boys are given the space and opportunity to mature and develop at their own pace and, most importantly, they enjoy a happy and challenging education in a supportive, positive environment. The RGS is consistently one of the top five boys’ schools in the country at both A Level and GCSE: in 2013, over 80% of all grades at A Level were achieved at grades A*/A with 31 boys securing three or more A* grades; over 93% of all GCSE results were passed at A*/A with 94 boys achieving straight A*/A grades.  The School is extremely proud of its Oxbridge record. In the last six years over

The School provides state-of-the-art facilities conducive to performance at the very highest level as well as to nurturing young talent and enthusiasm. Recent purpose-built developments to the site include the Art School, Auditorium, Music School, Sixth Form Centre and Sports Hall, all within the last ten years. In addition, the School has twenty-acre grounds at nearby Bradstone Brook and it is not unusual for the RGS to field over twenty teams on a Saturday, especially in the hockey and rugby seasons. RGS boys have achieved national and international honours in a wide variety of sports recently including rugby, sailing and shooting. The full extra-curricular programme encourages teamwork, leadership, and self-reliance. Opportunities abound through the Combined Cadet Force, Explorer Scouts, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and various other outdoor pursuits. There are three standard admissions points to the School: First Form (Year 7, 11+), Third Form (Year 9, 13+) and Sixth Form (Year 12, 16+). The annual Open Day takes place on Saturday 5 October 2013 from 10.00am to 12.30pm. Prospective pupils and their parents are warmly invited to meet the Headmaster and enjoy a tour by a current pupil, providing an insight into the rich diversity of the School. No advance booking is required. The School aims to make the education offered as widely available as possible. Generous means-tested bursaries, up to 100% remission, are available as well as academic, art, music and sports scholarships.

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TRADITIONAL JEWELLERS WITH A MODERN TWIST

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arpers is a family run independent jewellers established in Walton on Thames since 1984. They have always prided themselves on selling that special ‘something’ that is different from other high street jewellers. No branded jewellery that can be found everywhere, just beautiful individual items that put the wearer in a different league. Those that dare to be different! On the premises is a workshop with the latest equipment and two resident jewellers who can create individual pieces to customers design, in Platinum, Gold and Silver. From fabulous Emerald and Diamond

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pendants to hand made Silver rings with Moonstone, Agates and many other stones.

customer care combined with modern and exciting jewellery to suit everyone. Do visit and have a look at their jewellery... you won’t be disappointed!

The jewellers at Harpers can accommodate every budget and style. The experienced and friendly staff are always able to come up with suggestions to find that special something. General repairs to jewellery and watches, restringing and engraving are all on offer and also a much sought after insurance and probate valuation service that is undertaken by an NAG registered valuer, on the premises. So Harpers is a traditional jewellers with a modern twist. Old fashioned service and

Harpers Jewellers 4A Bridge St, Walton-on-Thames KT12 1AA 01932 225942 www.harpersjewellers.com


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Exciting jewellery in many colours, shapes and sizes for the discerning Beautiful Platinum, Gold and Silver jewellery. Commissions and remodelling in our own workshop on the premises Come and see us... you won’t be disappointed.


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A selection of items also featuring in the upcoming Antique & Modern Jewellery Auction on 5th December.

As 2013 is the Chinese year of the snake, it is no surprise that the serpent motif is enjoying resurgence in popularity. Both new designers and established houses are finding novel ways to interpret this most ancient of jewellery designs.

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he snake is, if you pardon the pun, a most flexible design for jewellery; it naturally forms into a hoop, a spiral or a lariat design. The head can be included or not depending whether a naturalistic or figurative approach is required. The texture of snakeskin allows opportunities for goldsmithing, engraving or stone setting as decorative techniques. In mythology the snake has had a number of different meanings. The image of a snake with its tail in its mouth creating an unbroken circle symbolises eternity while the process of a snake shedding its skin hints at rebirth and immortality. Snakes can represent lust, temptation, fertility, wisdom and both good and evil so there is rarely an occasion where the correctly presented snake jewellery would not be appropriate. So strong is this motif that

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it has become bound up in the identity of several famous jewellery manufacturers, particularly Boucheron in Paris and Bulgari in Rome. Bulgari has used the snake in both its naturalistic and figurative forms since the earliest days of the company. The development of the distinctively flexible ‘Tubogas’ link lent itself to serpentine forms for rings, necklaces and bracelets. One of Bulgari’s most characteristic and enduring watch designs features a dial set into the head of a snake with the Tubogas coils forming the bracelet. One of Bulgari’s latest collections ‘Serpenti’ revisits these themes in both jewellery and watches using both the Tubogas and more segmented links.

A more stylised Bulgari serpent design is shown in their ‘Spiga’ collection. These ribbed and stone-set coils are unmistakably Bulgari but without heads and tails they merely evoke the spirit of the snake without focus on the details – possibly a more versatile option, especially for the more ophidiophobic jewellery buyer. Two stunning examples of Bulgari’s Spiga collection, illustrated in the pictures opposite, are offered in Fellows Antique & Modern Jewellery auction on 5th December. With both a ring and bracelet up for grabs, what better way is there to close the year of the snake and prepare for the Christmas party season, all in one go?

For more information please visit www.fellows.co.uk


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H.R. Owen and Lamborghini open new Berkshire dealership

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.R. Owen, the UK’s leading luxury car dealer, and Automobili Lamborghini have officially opened a new dealership in Pangbourne, Berkshire. This is the third Lamborghini location for H.R. Owen the specialist car dealer group.

including its flagship V12 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 coupe and Roadster models. All maintenance, spare parts and warranty services are offered, as well as accessories and the brand’s exclusive fashion line, Collezione Automobili Lamborghini.

H.R. Owen chief executive Joe Doyle commented “We are delighted to further develop our representation of Lamborghini in the UK. H.R. Owen already operates two well-established Lamborghini dealerships in London and Manchester, and this is an exciting business expansion for both the franchise and our group.”

Lamborghini guests and representatives from Automobili Lamborghini’s Sant’ Agata Bolognese headquarters celebrated the dealership’s official launch with an open day and evening reception in the showroom.

The new Lamborghini Pangbourne showroom and aftersales facility is located in the town centre in an area traditionally recognised for prestige automotive franchises. Serving the affluent Thames Valley corridor, the dealership is completed to Lamborghini’s exacting corporate standards and displays the marque’s full product range, 40 NOVEMBER 2013

“We are pleased to further consolidate out UK operation with a new dealership in Berkshire, in cooperation with one of our key UK partners,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “The UK is an important market for Lamborghini, and the location of this dealership is strategically significant for our clients west of London and in the south west.”


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From Surrey

to Marrakesh A journeyman’s tale

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nknown quantity is something which I really love.” Craftsman Mark Prouse grew up in Peaslake, Surrey. His early interest in making, art and technology led him to become an apprentice blacksmith, first at a forge close to home in Abinger Hammer, and then just a little further up the road in Woking. The best training a blacksmith can get is known as a ‘journeymanship’, when a trainee smith travels from forge to forge, helping and working with diverse master blacksmiths, often internationally and frequently just for bed and board. Mark took to the road, leaving rural Surrey for adventures abroad. He travelled across Europe and then to Australia, working with eminent blacksmiths. In Germany, he worked with renowned smith Paul Zimmermann for two and a half years. The Zimmermann name is familiar to leading metalworkers all over the world, and Mark is still good friends with the family; Paul’s son Heiner is a Professor teaching art metalwork in Germany, Sweden and the UK. Mark’s broad experience and exposure over many years to the best names in the business, coupled with the cultural influences of various European countries and Australia, led him to become one of the most admired, versatile and successful metal artists working today. Based in Germany, his sculptures of flora, fauna and people reflect his global travels – a fabulous bronze pangolin sits comfortably beside a gold and platinum lionfish, a forged iron gull beside an Aboriginal dreamer. His fascination with complex techniques and a passion for challenging projects bring Mark ambitious clients with unique requests. When fashion designer Jessica Tiegel sent him drawings of a potential project involving bronze and gold, “of course I said ‘Yes!’ The challenge appealed to me, the technical difficulty.” Jessica had explored numerous ways of producing her vision of a metal corset, including modern technologies such as 3-D body scanning, 3-D laser cutting and 3-D printing. With the deadline of a fashion shoot in Marrakesh looming, and concerned about how elements of the design might be joined together, hand-making won the day and Jessica commissioned Mark to produce the corset. Mark had one month to finish the piece. With no time to spare, he embarked on a task that would have terrified many professional makers. As he says, “Sometimes it’s good when you don’t have time to contemplate.” The flat 2-D designs were painstakingly adapted to suit a 3-D human body. Four or five fittings enabled Mark and Jessica to work out a 3-D design that was true to the original concept. Elements were cut from flat sheets of brass and copper. Each piece was individually cut with very fine bandsaws and fretsaws and filed with fine needle files, before being formed and joined with silver solder to gradually build the corset. So many hours of manual work take their toll - Mark describes how the

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skin on his left thumb “took about two months to grow back.” Once the desired shape was achieved, the corset was cleaned, heavily copperplated, brushed, polished again, nickel-plated, brushed in a vertical direction on the outside, gold-plated and finally vertically brushed again to give it a soft satin finish. Mark is full of praise for Jessica’s determination to turn her impressive design into a tangible, wearable creation. “It is an amazing piece. With the gold, it is really stunning. It was a great journey for me – shame it was so short!” The corset was modelled by Barbara Tous of Elite Barcelona, and photographed on location in Marrakesh by Patrick Styrnol. The project has re-connected Mark to his English roots – the corset is touring, and is currently on display at Fire and Iron Gallery in Leatherhead, Surrey.

Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm Website: www.fireandiron.co.uk Facebook: Fire and Iron Gallery Telephone: 01372 386453


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Chelsea comes to Cobham with Couture Lingerie

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etits Bisous, meaning ‘Little Kisses’, was the fantasy of Mademoiselle Bisous, imagined after a whirlwind weekend in Paris and brought to life in the heart of Chelsea. Her dream was to create a haven for lovers of beautiful lingerie; for those who want a totally personal and private service in luxurious surroundings, with the choice of the most exquisite lingerie available. Following the success of the boutique on the Kings Road, Chelsea has come to Cobham with the launch of a brand new Petits Bisous pop-up boutique on Cobham High Street. Petits Bisous specialise in bespoke made-to-measure corsetry, swimwear, night lingerie and bridal trousseau. Their collections range from simply gorgeous everyday essentials to the ultimate fantasy outfit, with every kind of seductive lingerie you can imagine in-between. The boutique has quickly gained recognition within the media, with Kate Moss recently wearing a Petits Bisous corset in British Vogue, and well known Chelsea socialites have already become regular clients at the Kings Road boutique appreciating their attentive and discreet service.

What are you unwrapping this Christmas? With the help of Petits Bisous, purchasing lingerie for a loved one this Christmas needn’t be a daunting task. The Pop Up Boutique has succeeded where others haven’t in creating a male friendly environment, whilst providing the considerate and careful service that will help any man find the perfect piece of lingerie for his wife or girlfriend this Christmas. If she deserves the best, then Petits Bisous’ couture collections of lingerie, corsetry and nightwear will leave her speechless - and the treat will no doubt be returned on Christmas night! Harlow & Fox Using opulent silks, fine leavers laces and intricate detailing, Harlow & Fox provides beautifully luxurious pieces designed specifically for DD-G cup sizes. Made in Britain and exclusively designed for Petits Bisous, the Eleanor, Alexandra and Viola sets come in a palette of lustrous shades of mink and deep antique gold, which will appeal to anyone who appreciates classic, timeless designs evoking the glamour of a bygone age.    Petits Bisous’ private collection of Shunga Kimonos which date back to 1912. Inspired by the British Museum and London Victoria and Albert Museum’s latest Japanese exhibitions, these one-of-a-kind cover ups were sourced from an antique collector in New York to bring a touch of oriental glamour to the Cobham and Chelsea boutiques. The pieces, which feature intricate floral embroidery in satin stitch or metallic bold couching, were originally made for the wealthiest families in Japan, one of which is a Ceremonial kimono. Kimonos from the Shunga collection as well as everyday sleepwear and kimonos are currently available to buy at the Petits Bisous boutiques in Cobham and on the Kings Road.

Voucher 20% OFF Petits Bisous opening ceremony 6th December To celebrate the launch of the Petits Bisous boutique in Cobham we are hosting an exclusive event from 1.30 to 7pm. Bring this voucher with you to receive a 20% discount on all purchases on the day. Come play on your own, with girlfriends, your lover, or, take advantage of Cobham’s first personal lingerie styling service.

www.petitsbisous.com 51 High Street Cobham, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3DP 46 NOVEMBER 2013


What are you unwrapping this Christmas?

For the ultimate gift this Christmas visit Petits Bisous’ pop-up luxury lingerie boutique. Shop simply gorgeous everyday essentials to exclusive lingerie gift boxes, exquisite sleepwear, bespoke corsetry and accessories in-boutique or online.

51 High Street, Cobham, Surrey. KT11 3DP 187 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EB www.petitsbisous.com


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here are fewer things in life quite as fulfilling as having a baby, however for 1 in 6 couples, finding out they may not be able to conceive can be devastating and the beginning of a challenging time in their lives, both emotionally and physically. The Victoria Wing Fertility Clinic is a centre of excellence based at Nuffield Health Woking Hospital in Surrey. The clinic offers a range of expert fertility treatments from pre-conception through to early pregnancy including ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). What is IVF and what does it involve? IVF involves the fertilisation of eggs by sperm outside the body. It was developed over 35 years ago for the treatment of women with damaged fallopian tubes, which remains an important reason for treatment today. However, it is also used when either the man or the woman have problems conceiving naturally due to a number of other conditions, or when the cause of infertility is unknown. IVF treatment consists of a sequence of procedures known as the treatment cycle. With over 20 years’ experience, The Victoria Wing has helped over 3500 children come into the world. The staff are amongst the most experienced in the country with the aim of taking care of your overall

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wellbeing whilst helping you to try to start a family. Their pregnancy success rates consistently place The Victoria Wing amongst one of the highest in the country and are testament to the dedication and skill of their medical team. The clinic also run egg sharing and egg donation programmes. Some women require donated eggs either because their own egg quality may be poor or may no longer produce any eggs. If you are considering or are already going through IVF treatment yourself, you may have the option of sharing half of the eggs you produce during your IVF cycle to a woman needing egg donation. In turn, you will receive your own IVF treatment for free. Alternatively, you can become an altruistic donor which means giving your healthy eggs to another in need. In conjunction with HFEA regulations, donors will be compensated £750. As a donor, you will never meet your recipient but you will probably change their life forever.

The Victoria Wing Fertility Clinic is based at Nuffield Health Woking Hospital. For more Information call 01483 227814.


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he Cosmetic Doctors Company are delighted to announce the arrival of Zeltiq Coolsculpting. The first safe and effective non-surgical method of bodycontouring. No scalpels or incisions. No needles or injections. No anaesthesia. No downtime. If you are concerned about fat bulges that don’t respond to diet or exercise. You could be an ideal candidate for Coolsculpting. Coolsculpting will reduce stubborn areas of fat in the tummy, flanks, love handles, chest and inner thighs.

CoolSculpting has applicators that are anatomically designed to optimise results. CoolSculpting has 700,000 patients treated worldwide with high patient satisfaction rates. CoolSculpting is the only cryolipolysis device on the market that has passed rigorous FDA approval. CoolSculpting cannot cause a freeze-burn of the overlying skin. How does it work? Developed by Harvard scientists, who discovered cold can be applied to non-invasively remove fat, Coolsculpting cools fat cells to a temperature that permanently destroys them. Over the next few weeks the fat cells shrink and die and your body metabolises them and naturally excretes them.

What is Coolsculpting? Coolsculpting is a revolutionary new non-invasive treatment that reduces areas of fat permanently. Clinically tested, extensively trialled and approved by the notoriously tough US Food & Drink Administration.

The Coolsculpting machine comes with several different shaped heads that tackle the most common fat-prone areas including the stomach, back, upper arms and thighs. The correct head is applied to the area to create a vacuum. The fat is sucked in and cooled to a temperature that destroys the fat cells, shrinking fat in the area by up to 40%.

Why The Cosmetic Doctors Company? Cryolipolysis procedures should only be undertaken in a medical clinic specialising in non-surgical cosmetic procedures. At the Cosmetic Doctors Company your treatment will be under the direct supervision of an experienced and medically qualified doctor. Our treatments have been evaluated fully to ensure that they are effective and safe.

What areas does it work best on? The ideal candidate is within two stone of their ideal body weight with pockets of pinch-able soft fat on the abdomen, flanks, back, upper arms and inner thighs. One treatment is usually enough to result in a permanent reduction in fat. A treatment plan includes a review after 12 weeks when the fat cells will have fully broken down.

Why Coolsculpting? Zeltiq CoolSculpting is the original device that others are trying to imitate. CoolSculpting has been the subject of over 20 peer review clinical papers.

How long to the results last? Coolsculpting destroys fat cells permanently, so as long as you maintain your weight with a normal diet and exercise, your long-term results should remain stable.

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Coolsculpting  Non-invasive  Pain-free  Treatment takes 1 hour  Removes fat permanently  No downtime

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To book your complimentary consultation call 01372 890 890 6 Esher Park Avenue Esher, Surrey KT10 9NP www.drforrester.co.uk enquiries@thecosdrs.co.uk


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Celebrity beauty secrets are revealed as Lisa Haynes takes a peek inside the personal cosmetics bags of three very famous faces. By Lisa Haynes

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ehind the scenes at any magazine photo shoot you’ll find an army of spritzers, groomers and preeners to make sure the cover star looks picture perfect. But how do the celebrities manage once the make-up artists and hair stylists have packed up their kits? Here three of the most sought-after style icons Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Holmes and Nicole Scherzinger - disclose their personal beauty regime secrets and reveal how they maintain their dazzling A-lister looks.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Creative inspiration for Max Factor What’s your make-up must-have? A good mascara and a little blush really goes a long way. How would you describe your signature look? I love that really cool kind of beachy look - a little bit undone, with a darker, smudgy eye. I like sexy and understated. Do you like to experiment with your beauty? I feel very inspired by women who can wear both strong eye and lip make-up at the same time, but it’s not a look that necessarily suits me. I love a simple red lip teamed with an otherwise bare-looking face. Do you wear make-up every day? 58 NOVEMBER 2013

No, I don’t wear make-up every day, especially if I’m just working from home or picking up the kids. However, if I have a meeting I’ll definitely put on some concealer, mascara and creamy blush. What’s your best beauty tip? I try to look after my skin as much as possible by keeping it fresh-looking through exfoliating and moisturising. I exfoliate my skin about four times a week. Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest Max Factor ‘The Actress’ campaign celebrates the launch of the new Creme Puff in gold packaging, £5.99, available now (Boots/ Superdrug)

Max Factor Creme Puff in gold packaging, £5.99 (Boots/ Superdrug).

Left: Katie Holmes for Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate campaign. (Photo: PA Photo/Bobbi Brown)

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Far Left: Gwyneth Paltrow for Max Factor ‘The Actress’ campaign. (Photo: PA Photo/Max Factor); Left: Nicole Scherzinger for Herbal Essences. (Photo: PA Photo/Herbal Essences)

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Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Bobbi & Katie Palette, £50 (0870 034 2566)

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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, from £65 (www.harrods.com Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Bobbi & Katie Mini Brush Set, £45 (0870 034 2566)

Nicole Scherzinger:

Katie Holmes: Face of Bobbi Brown What’s your make-up must-have? I always apply blush in the morning, because I have dark hair and I really need it. How does your look differ for evening? When I’m going out, I apply eye liner on the inside of both the top and bottom lid. What’s your hero beauty product? I love the new Bobbi & Katie palette. It complements different skin tones and the colours go from morning to evening, so it’s everything you need in a day. What’s in your make-up bag? I used to carry huge tote bags with dry shampoo, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, and a blush brush but realised I had to cut back. Now I carry a smaller bag with just a makeup palette. What’s your best beauty tip? Bobbi has taught me the importance of blending techniques. You don’t look like you have a lot of make-up on, no matter how many products you use - it never looks cakey. Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Bobbi & Katie Palette, £50, available now (0870 034 2566)

Global ambassador for Herbal Essences What’s your daily beauty routine? Every morning I wash my face with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, followed by eye cream and moisturiser. The SK-II eye cream is one of my favourite beauty products - it’s just so good. What’s your make-up must-have? All I need is some eyeliner and lip gloss. What’s in your make-up bag? Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick, Diorshow Black Out Waterproof Mascara, Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder, Herbal Essences Bee Strong Strengthening Spray and SUQQU nail polish. Do you like to experiment with your beauty? I love to experiment with different looks. The other day I wore turquoise blue eyeliner underneath my eyes. At the moment I’m also really into bright coral lips. How do you look after your long hair? I use the Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo and Conditioner on a daily basis, and Herbal Essences Bee Strong Strengthening Intensive Mask as a weekly treat if my hair is in need of some TLC. Special edition Nicole ScherzingHair bottles of Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo and Conditioner, from £2.25, available now (Boots/ Superdrug)

Buy it now Forget the trench coats. Burberry’s latest musthave is the designer brand’s debut collection of nail polish. Inspired by the autumn/winter 13 colour palette, the Trench Kisses collection includes oxblood, black and, of course, a trademark trench-inspired shade. Available now, priced £15 each (uk.burberry.com).

Stephanie Cockroft discovers out her bespoke skincare needs in a session with a high-tech analyser Hands up. I confess I can be a bit slack on the skincare front. So when the chance came to have an in-depth ‘facial assessment’ to show exactly what my skin needs and why, I jumped at it. Mobile Visia is a scan brought to the UK by American company MyChelle, which detects everything the naked eye can’t. The results give ‘scores’ on each person’s skin: spot level, wrinkles, pores, sun damage, texture and redness. MyChelle then recommend products which could improve the results and offers free samples to try. There are two quick flashes, then I’m presented with my report, showing my skin in terrifying detail. Among the results, I’ve got 64 ‘spots’ (including freckles) which I’m told could be reduced with Clear Skin Spot Treatment (£13.50). Despite not being a sun worshipper, I’ve got high sun damage and I’m urged to use Apple Brightening Peel (£23), as well as a moisturiser containing minimum SPF30 to help. For my high level of redness, I’m advised to use Deep Repair Cream (£24) and Apple Brightening Mist (£14). And for my blemish-prone skin, the Fruit Enzyme Scrub (£15.90), followed by a Fruit Enzyme Cleanser (£15.90), should work wonders. My saving grace is that I only have 14 slight wrinkles on my face (I’m still young). The team is so convinced the products will sort out my woes that I’m invited back for a comparative free follow-up scan. The MyChelle advisers explain my results in layman’s terms and also dish out useful tips about general skincare. The cardinal sins include sleeping with make-up, not using an SPF-based moisturiser and using products that don’t match your skin type - which is where Mobile Visia comes in. Granted, I can’t promise I’ll use all these products forever, but at least I’ve got picture-led evidence to show why I should, even though £80 feels quite steep for the analysis. I’ve only been using the products for a couple of weeks and my skin already feels rejuvenated. :: Mychelle Skin Analyser, £80, available at Nutri Centre stores nationwide (020 8752 8450/www.nutricentre.com) :: MyChelle Dermaceuticals range is available from selected Nutri Centre stores and online at www.nutricentre.com

Above: Burberry Trench Kisses Nail Polish, £15 each (uk.burberry.com; All images: PA Photo/Handout.

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sleeping beauty Banish eye bags and tired skin with a restful night. Lisa Haynes reveals how to reap the benefits of beauty sleep.

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ith the clocks going back to signal winter’s imminent arrival, we’re entering a new phase of sleep. Darker mornings are creeping in, making groggy wake-up calls the norm until spring. “Sleep is affected by melatonin levels, which in turn is affected by light and darkness, so the seasonal change causes all sorts of disruption to the body,” explains Dick Middleton, technical director for Schwabe herbal remedies. But if you can get your optimum amount of sleep, you’ll set yourself up for a recharged and revived new dawn. With the restorative beauty sleep fairies getting to work overnight, there’s more to pillow time than meets the eye. Drift off If you’re a sleep under-achiever, stress and anxiety are often to blame when it comes to disturbed nights. One in five people experience difficulty sleeping, according to Patient.co.uk, and 70% of those are women. “Sleep is not a passive process - you need to respect it and learn how to do it as a skill,” says sleep expert Kathleen McGrath. Besides bulging eye bags, a bad night’s sleep can also start to manifest itself through a tired-out complexion. “A decline in skin quality can be evident if you’re deprived of sleep for more than one or two nights,” explains McGrath. “People who do shift work often tend to have more problems with skin and weight gain due to sporadic sleep.” Don’t clock-watch and panic. “You may not necessarily need eight hours sleep a night - it’s really what

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works for you,” McGrath assures. Herbal supplements can help but need to be taken daily for between two and four weeks before you really see the sleep-inducing effects. Divine dreamland Forget internet shopping and playing games on your iPad in bed. Create the ideal sleep environment so that your bedroom is fit for purpose - many experts advise that it should be reserved for sex and sleep only. “Start by lighting an aromatherapy candle in your bedroom two hours before you are planning on going to bed to give the essential oils a chance to be released into the air,” advises Nicola Elliott, founder of NEOM Organics and qualified aromatherapist. A calming routine combined with pure essential oils is a dreamy double act when it comes to promoting deep sleep. Go to bed with lavender for its proven sedative qualities. “Run a warm, foamy bath with a lavender essential oil and breathe it in while relaxing in the tub. Spritz Tranquillity Bath Foam, your pillow with Organics £20 (www.neomorganics.com) a lavender-based mist, snuff out the candle, and close your eyes while the final layer of essential oils on your skin keep working into the night, keeping you relaxed and in deep sleep.”

Bed buddies Transform beauty nightmares into the stuff of dreams with nocturnal rechargers that work hard while you’re sleeping. The skin’s natural repair process peaks overnight so invest in a catalyst to help boost the process and wake up to a beautiful morning. Stressed skin: Quench the thirst of dehydrated winter skin with a rich mask you leave on all night long. Try Clinique’s Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, £29 (www. clinique.co.uk), or Aromatherapy Associates’ Anti-Age Overnight Repair Mask, £51 (www. aromatherapyassociates.com). Flat hair: Give your locks an overnight treatment boost and wake up with recharged tresses. Try TIGI’s Hair Reborn Reparative Nocturnal Therapy, £26.95 (0844 844 0944), or Charles Worthington’s Salon at Home Secrets Collection Moisture Seal Overnight Ultimate Hair Healer, £14.99 (Boots).

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night, £37 (www.philosophyskincare.co.uk) This Works No Wrinkles Tired Eyes, £42 (www.thisworks.com)


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Tried & tested Make visible pores an open and shut case with a minimiser. Our testers try three contenders: :: The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser, £7.50 (www.thebodyshop.co.uk) Ideal for blemished and acne-ridden skins. While the tea tree oil gets to work on pesky spots, the serum glides on smoothly, leaving skin silky soft with a matte finish. The only drawback is the lingering smell of tea tree, which can be a bit off-putting for those not used to it.

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:: Benefit The POREfessional, £24.50 (www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk) This balm is lightweight and easy to apply. It made large pores around my nose and cheeks noticeably less visible. Its matte finish minimised my shiny T-zone, doubling up as a primer too.

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:: DHC Pore Essence, £28 (www.dhcuk.co.uk) This goes on smoothly, doesn’t clog with foundation and takes shine off on first application. Despite the promise of microcapsules of silica vessels minimising pores, I felt that they were reduced but still visible, even after foundation.

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Tired eyes: Pep up peepers and reduce the tell-tale signs of fatigue with an eye-focused product. Try This Works’ No Wrinkles Tired Eyes, £42 (www.thisworks.com), or No7’s Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm, £12 (Boots). Dull complexion: Use a night serum to assist the skin’s natural nightly cell renewal process. Try Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, from £48 (www.esteelauder.co.uk), or bareMinerals’ Active Cell Renewal Night Serum, £38 (www.bareminerals.co.uk). Languishing limbs: Don’t neglect your hands and feet in the overnight SOS pamper. Try Ragdale Hall’s Relax Intense Overnight Hand Cream, £6 (www.marksandspencer. com), and Avon’s Foot Works Beautiful Overnight Renewing Foot Cream, £4.75 (avonshop.co.uk).

TIGI Hair Reborn Reparative Nocturnal Therapy, £26.95 (0844 844 0944)

Charles Worthington Salon at Home Secrets Collection Moisture Seal Overnight Ultimate Hair Healer, £14.99 (Boots) Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, from £48 (www.esteelauder.co.uk)*

Beauty bulletin :: Cosmetics clutter Downsize your bathroom cabinet, pronto. The average UK woman uses just a quarter of her £450 beauty collection, according to a new survey by hair and beauty retailer www.Xtras.co.uk. The top five most expensive items in a lady’s beauty haul included: perfume, foundation, mascara, face cream and blusher. When asked why they failed to use the majority of their beauty collection, 41% admitted they regularly bought items they didn’t really need, 22% claimed it was because they had been bought items by people as gifts, while 52% admitted that they probably had products in their beauty collection that were past their use-by dates. :: Recessionista alert Give your skin a double overnight recharge. Buy Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Beauty Sleep Concentrate, £31.50, and get a free 50g Beauty Sleep Body Butter. Offer available now, while stocks last (www.nealsyardremedies.com).

DHC Pore Essence, £28 (www.dhcuk.co.uk)

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Autumn

Nature’s time for planting It is strange how people’s view of the world has changed over time. These changes appear to gradually infiltrate every aspect of life.

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ake for instance horticulture, when I was setting out in this trade some 40+ years ago we were always advised that Autumn was the best time of year to carry out planting works, unless the items to be planted were tender tropical types. The reason for this was that we were taught that once plants went into the ground they start to produce new roots and develop a new root system. Again by the term Autumn this actually means in reality the time when the top of the plants are realatively dormant which can go up to mid February on some occasions, although earlier is always best.   Root growth will continue until the soil temperature consistently falls below 5’C, which in most years, in the south of the country, happens for only a very short period, if at all. Many people will be surprised to learn that even on the rare occasions when we suffer snow and air temperatures of -10’C, a lot of soils would have barely dipped below 5’C in the root zone, which for large shrubs is generally 40cm+ below the surface. This means that the roots would have carried on growing whilst the rest of the plant is in dormancy, ensuring a better established plant by the spring. This will definitely pay rewards in the coming year as the plants will be able to get growing much quicker, as there are fewer issues with the top growth coming at the expense of the root growth or vice versa.  It is this same phenomenon that heating engineers use for ground source heat pumps, although this is at even lower depths for higher temperatures. The reason why the soil remains significantly warmer in winter than the air temperature is due to its insulation properties.

With the growth in garden centres and container production of plants, in the 1980’s, the emphasis on planting changed to the spring. The reason this occurred was not for the benefit of plants, but as often the case a marketing ploy, garden centres promoting planting at a time when customers showed the greatest interest in their gardens. Views have changed so much in recent times that we are now asked on a regular basis whether it is alright to plant in the autumn, or we are even told that customers will leave it until the spring to plant as it is better for the plants. Unfortunately this is a common misperception.   Container production has made it possible for plants to be sold and planted successfully throughout the year. For most plants I would continue to strongly recommend planting in the autumn, particularly for larger plants, if you have the option, as they still benefit from that winter root growth and establishment. Spring and summer planting is fine if you miss the opportunity to plant in the autumn,

but you will need to keep a much closer eye on watering in particular, as the root system will not be as established in the garden! With summer planting you are more likely to come across leaf scorch when the weather warms up very quickly, not necessarily due to not watering the plant, but merely that the small root system is unable to take up the water supplied quickly enough. This type of leaf scorch rarely causes long term harm but can detract from the plant’s interest until new growth is put on. Stressed plants are also more likely to suffer from diseases such as mildew early in the year. Dealing with plants is similar to many aspects of life, preparation is the key. If at all possible if planting can be carried out in the autumn it is recommended, however if circumstances mean this isn’t possible planting later can be highly successful it just requires more careful preparation and execution. Wrap up warm and plant now could give you more time to enjoy your garden in the spring!  

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David James Architects & Associates Ltd David James Architects are an award winning, Dorset based architectural practice specialising in residential, commercial and interior design.

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avid James qualified as a chartered Architect in South Africa, and has practiced in England for the past 17 years. David James Architects was established in 2009 and have since been at the forefront of architectural design in the south of England. We are delighted to announce that David James Architects have been awarded ‘commended’ for the ‘Best Family House’ category, of this years British Homes Awards 2013. We are also proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for the ‘Best Luxury House’ category of this years What House? Awards 2013, for a house in Branksome Park, Poole. We pride ourselves in creating bespoke

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design solutions to each unique project brief. We work closely with the client and provide a comprehensive design service, from the initial site appraisal, concept design, obtaining planning approval, through to Building Regulations, detailed design features and an interior design service. We have a dedicated 3d visualisation team, enabling the client to become truly engaged with the design process. Our interior design skills allow kitchens, bathrooms and other internal spaces to come alive and work with the building’s design language. David James Architects are a young and dynamic practice. We have a reputation for creating thoughtful, versatile design

solutions, without being bound to a prescribed design style. Our projects range from one-off bespoke contemporary houses from Richmond to Sandbanks, commercial projects, office developments and traditional housing schemes. We pride ourselves in creating solid and lasting relationships with our clients, being involved every step of the way with each project.

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Alexander James Interiors balance sophisticated style with elegant practicality

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of colour with a central fireplace which draws you through into Interesting the kitchen. Another high Facts impact area is the master Tony Martin, one of the suite with bedroom and Directors of Lusso homes used to sitting room. A dressing own and live in the house that stood room leads off from on the site now occupied by Ramillies. here with an ensuite Tony and his wife then bought and and through again to an moved into the house across the road, enormous bathroom. and on completion the family really Warm colours in the wished they could move back into bedroom, rich wallpaper, this stunning new house! tactile fabrics and dramatic crystal lighting by the bed give an opulent and international feel.” With its five superb bedroom suites, and the expansive and stunning master suite has been designed to provide the perfect environment to relax and unwind. Perfectly balancing sophisticated style with elegant practicality, the bespoke kitchen forms the social heart of the beautiful home. Comprehensively fitted with Miele appliances, every consideration has been given to making this labour saving space a pleasure to be in. Exceptional finishes throughout including substantial use of stone and walnut. Comprehensive entertainment and communication systems are an integral part of the property. Set within landscaped grounds of approximately 1 acre surrounded by mature trees and shrubs, Ramillies offers plenty of privacy and seclusion. The house has been

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amillies is a magnificent five suite residence of almost 7000 ft/sq located in Compton Way, Moor Park, one of Farnham’s premier private roads. The semi rural setting plays host to some of Farnham’s most impressive homes. Set within a mature plot approaching 1 acre, Ramillies epitomises architectural elegance. Approached via remotely controlled wrought iron gates, ones first impression is of substance and style. A clever blend of traditional and contemporary design and an overall feeling of grandeur promises refined living of unmatched appeal. Step into the grand, vaulted, double height reception hall of Ramillies and experience the first sense of palatial living that is evident

throughout this impressive home. High ceilings, stunning staircase, bright natural light, superior levels of specification and craftsmanship are all immediately apparent, reflecting and confirming the property’s magnificent perfection. Interior design for this beautiful property was carried out by Alexander James Interiors. Designer Sarah Lea comments, “My brief was to create an interior suitable for a family home and to appeal to a possible international buyer.” “The interior scheme is classic contemporary with a neutral palette throughout. The drawing room works particularly well as a focal point of the house and brings in a touch

designed to maximise the verdant setting with large terraces on two sides overlooking the lawns and trees beyond. There is also a tiled integral double garage.

Interior Design Alexander James Interiors Designer: Sarah Lea How Lane Farm, How Lane, White Waltham Berkshire, SL6 3JP T: 0118 932 0828 Developer Lusso Homes , Locke King House, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8HD T: 01932 858580 Estate Agents Savills and Strutt & Parker NOVEMBER 2013 71


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Light up your Life

With over ten years of experience within the lighting trade

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eybridge Lights opened their shop in Weybridge to complement their existing shop in Redhill. A specialist company whose business is to supply our clients with a wide range of beautiful, superior and cutting edge lighting, both contemporary and traditional to enhance and light up their lives. Their very beautiful and dazzling lighting will help you to create the ambience and mood you require in any space, we realise that to make a room perfect it must include that certain something special! This can be achieved by installing one of their stunning lights, ensuring that perfect finishing touch! Whether you are looking for the traditional, the contemporary or just something very different, the modern showroom dances with sparkle and is alive with colours from the crystal chandeliers alongside other spectacular light fittings. There are many examples for you to look at including ceiling and floor lights. If you cannot see what you want please ask for advice, and they will be happy to help you. There are also many catalogues available to browse, with more beautiful styles of lighting. They can supply lighting to both the

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residential and commercial market, where they hope to help enhance and create an environment that is both stylish and inspiring on the interior and exterior. As with everything, style and requirements change rapidly, it is very important to all at Weybridge Lights that they take this into account when assisting their clients. They are very much aware that it takes time, consideration and patience to choose lighting, as it is such an important part of our work and living space. They will help you make the decisions to ensure your choice will remain beautiful and serviceable for years to come, whilst remaining current and not looking outdated. Experts can advise and inform you on the latest form of intelligent lighting systems. So whilst at Weybridge Lights take advantage of their wide experience to help you with all the questions you may have, be it helping to decide where to place a light, bulb options, dimmer and switch options or any other

topic. Why not make an appointment to discuss your lighting requirements with them! At Weybridge Lights they take enormous pride in sourcing our lights from British companies like Dar, Searchlight, Flos and many more. They also buy lighting from a full European portfolio including Harco Loor from Holland who specialise in hand made individual pieces and Si-Lux from Italy using Italian glass and Swarovski crystals. Weybridge Lights are open 6 days a week (Monday - Saturday 9.30am until 5.30pm. They have a very detailed website, split into easy to read sections, to help you find the type of lighting you are looking for much more quickly. 6 Temple Market, Queens Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9DL Telephone: 01932 820318 www.weybridgelights.co.uk


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PRINCES DRIVE, OXSHOTT A new luxury family home situated within the prestigious Oxshott Crown Estate

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Princes Drive, Oxshott

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ituated within the prestigious Oxshott Crown Estate, this new luxury family home offers spacious accommodation with large west backing landscaped gardens. The house has an attractive front entrance door with glazed sidelights, impressive marble floored entrance hall, marble tread staircase with glass balustrades and walnut hand rail. The accommodation comprises large combined kitchen/breakfast and family area with walk in larder and high gloss, hand crafted linear style kitchen units with contrasting stone worktop. There is an extensive range of built in Miele cooking appliances plus separate washing machine and tumble dryer in the utility room. The drawing room has a contemporary gas fireplace and the master bedroom suite includes two marble bathrooms and dressing rooms. There are bespoke fitted wardrobes to all six bedrooms and under floor heating throughout. Other features include a chilled air system with air-source renewable energy, heat pump technology, speakercraft surround sound system to all principle reception rooms and master suite, programmable lighting to ground floor habitable rooms plus master suite and the 1st floor landing. Interior scheme co-ordinating carpets, flooring, wall tiling and wallpaper. NACOSS approved security system. Set within the Stockbroker Belt of Surrey, Oxshott is a thriving village

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with strong community atmosphere that is skirted by fields and woodland. Considered one of Surrey’s premier residential areas, this leafy suburb is close to some of the county’s finest countryside with a delightful semi-rural setting, whilst being easily commutable to London. There is a good cross section of educational establishments and quality leisure facilities such as Oxshott Heath, RHS Gardens at Wisley and Sandown Racecourse in Esher. The area is renowned for its premier private roads including Prince’s Drive, which is located within the prestigious Oxshott Crown Estate, one of the most highly regarded private estates in Surrey. The excellent local schooling includes Danes Hill, Reeds and ACS International. Guide Price £5,500,000.

For further information or if you would like to arrange an appointment to view please call Knight Frank Cobham on 01932 591 600, contact the the Country Houses Department on country.houses@knightfrank.com or 020 7861 1378, or visit the website at www.knightfrank.co.uk/cobham. Property reference CHO130397


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Leatherhead Period home in 1 acre gardens on the Leatherhead/ Oxshott border An elegant period family home on the Leatherhead/Oxshott border. Accommodation is spread over three floors with character features, set in 1 acre south west facing mature gardens with swimming pool. EPC Rating F. Guide Price ÂŁ1,595,000 (CBM130149)

KnightFrank.co.uk/Cobham cobham@knightfrank.com 01932 591 600


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Horsham Road Holmbury St Mary, Dorking

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charming Grade II Listed cottage , full of history, which has been totally refurbished to an extremely high standard. Available to let either furnished or unfurnished. Leading from the entrance door is the good sized reception room with Italian terracotta flooring and a wood burning stove with Winklestone hearth. The kitchen features oak units in Farrow and Ball cream with Iroko worktops, an oil fired Aga, Miele dishwasher, a brand new Hotpoint full size fridge/freezer, walls with beautiful handmade tiles from Devon, LED lighting and pine flooring. In addition on the ground floor is a modern utility room with a Bosch washing machine and Hotpoint tumble dryer. There is also a modern Philippe Starck and Duravit shower room to the ground floor with porcelain tiling and a pumped shower. To the first floor the spacious master bedroom features a wood burning stove, freestanding wardrobe and Sky connection. There are two further bedrooms and a family bathroom from the Catalano range from C P Hart with oak flooring and tumble travertine tiling. To the rear of the cottage is a charming garden of approximately 130 feet with coal shed and double garage and store areas. A shared drive leads to gated off street

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parking for up to three cars. Just approximately 15 minutes’ drive from Dorking station and approximately 20 minutes’ drive from Guildford station, this property is ideal for those wishing to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of village life and yet be in close proximity to commuter stations. The area is absolutely perfect for cycle, mountain bike or hiking enthusiasts. EPC rating E   Available to rent £2,350 pcm unfurnished.

For further information please contact Knight Frank Cobham Lettings on 01932 591606 or email cobhamlettings@knightfrank.com alternatively visit our website www.knightfrank.co.uk/cobham Property reference 155362


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Oxshott Detached family home in a convenient location Detached family home located in a small private development. Entrance hall leading to drawing room, dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, family room with access to the conservatory and pool complex. Master bedroom with en suite, guest bedroom with en suite, 3 further bedrooms, family bathroom, garden with patio area, driveway providing parking for several cars, double garage. EPC rating C. ÂŁ5,250 pcm (182938)

KnightFrank.co.uk/cobham cobhamlettings@knightfrank.com 01932 591 606


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Princess Square Esher, Surrey

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uperb three bedroom apartment in the prestigious new development Princess Square, Esher. Built by renowned developers Royalton, who are synonymous with some of the finest homes in Surrey, this stunning ground floor apartment enjoys over 2,100 square feet of luxurious contemporary living, and boasts the best of both worlds with a traditional exterior and open-plan modern interior. Set behind a gated private entrance which houses an array of facilities including a gym, concierge and leisure room, 24hr security and underground parking. The property offers air conditioning in all principal rooms, under floor heating and a Crestron audio, lighting and blind control system. The accommodation is presented as follows; entrance hall leading to open plan kitchen/dining/living room with double doors opening out onto a well-manicured paved and lawned garden, utility room off kitchen, cloakroom, storage, two bedroom suites – the master bedroom benefits from its own dressing room, third bedroom/study. Sports lovers will enjoy easy access to exceptional golf courses, leisure

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clubs and racing, both at Epsom and Sandown. Princess Square has been designed by the World acclaimed period architect Julian Bicknell who is well known for his work. He has worked on various projects including substantial country houses, churches and theatres. Available to rent unfurnished.   Available to rent £9,000 pcm unfurnished.

For further information please contact Knight Frank Esher Lettings on 01372 464009 or email esherlettings@knightfrank.com alternatively visit our website www.knightfrank.co.uk/esherlettings Property reference 157904


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Esher Modern apartment in an ideal Esher location Immaculate and modern first floor two bedroom apartment situated within walking distance of Esher mainline railway station and town centre. Leading from the entrance hall is the large double aspect reception room, spacious master bedroom with en suite shower room, further double bedroom, family bathroom and modern kitchen. The apartment is accessed via electronic gates and has two parking spaces and lift access. EPC rating B. ÂŁ2,750 pcm (184386)

KnightFrank.co.uk/esher esherlettings@knightfrank.com 01372 464 009


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Esher, Surrey

ÂŁ14,950 pcm

Located within Esher's most sought-after private residential road, Yaffingales is a magnificent residence set within over two acres of mature grounds and offers seclusion, privacy and security and yet all the convenience of being within easy reach of Central London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. EPC rating E.

Call Esher office 01372 464474

Esher 01372 464474 esher@chkmountford.co.uk

Cobham 01932 865959 cobham@chkmountford.co.uk

Surbiton 020 8390 7745 surbiton@chkmountford.co.uk


Esher, Surrey

ÂŁ8,950 pcm

Set in woodland gardens, this five bedroom detached property offers luxury in one of the most prestigious roads in Esher, Surrey. The accommodation is arranged over two floors with an impressive entrance hall and a large kitchen breakfast room opening onto a family room. Decorated in neutral shades throughout with a mix of carpet, wood and tiled flooring. EPC rating D.

Call Esher office 01372 464474

Esher 01372 464474 esher@chkmountford.co.uk

Cobham 01932 865959 cobham@chkmountford.co.uk

Surbiton 020 8390 7745 surbiton@chkmountford.co.uk


Oxshott, Surrey

ÂŁ7,950 pcm

A handsome, five bedroom detached family home located within the exclusive Crown Estate in Oxshott. Featuring elegant, spacious reception rooms to include a conservatory overlooking the wonderful secluded private gardens. EPC rating C

Call Cobham office 01932 865959

Esher 01372 464474 esher@chkmountford.co.uk

Cobham 01932 865959 cobham@chkmountford.co.uk

Surbiton 020 8390 7745 surbiton@chkmountford.co.uk


Esher, Surrey

ÂŁ9,500 pcm

A stunning apartment set within a new development of exceptional refinement and sophistication, blending the finest architectural characteristics of the past with the very best of contemporary luxurious living. EPC rating C.

Call Esher office 01372 464474

Esher 01372 464474 esher@chkmountford.co.uk

Cobham 01932 865959 cobham@chkmountford.co.uk

Surbiton 020 8390 7745 surbiton@chkmountford.co.uk


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