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May 2012


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A little bit of history

Rachel Branson PUBLISHER / EDITOR Having just returned from a wonderful stay at Shortflatt Tower, I was inspired to share some of their history with you. Octavia and Jono have created a luxury retreat in the heart of Northumberland’s spectacular country side and I felt their approach to each room would inspire those looking to blend history with a fresh and contemporary feel. If you are looking for a wonderful venue for a family get together, a wedding or just some personal ‘me Time’ I think Shortflatt Tower is certainly worth a look. Enjoy & be inspired.

Victoria Branson FEATURES EDITOR This month we have found some sumptuous velvet sofas, guaranteed to turn your sofa into a stunning centre piece, so if you are looking for an eye catching piece turn to page 14. With the build up to the Olympics and Jubilee we have our first taste of British celebration from the Plantation Rug Company who have generously offered their Limited edition Twenty12 rug as this month’s competition prize (page 28). Enjoy


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Built in 1257 during times of war, Shortflatt Tower has an impressive keep which, in April 1305, was rebuilt in stone by soldier Robert de Reymes after its original timber frame was burnt down. He was subsequently given a royal ‘licence to crenulate’, which established Shortflatt as a fortified building. During the 15th and 16th centuries Shortflatt Tower was frequently targeted by Scottish raiders however the strong fortress remained intact. In the late 17th century Shortflatt was sold to John Dent of Walker who inherently passed the property through generations of his family, beginning with his nephew Matthew and in 1831, Matthew’s son Royal Navy Captain William Dent. The younger son of William Dent was famous greyhound trainer Edward Dent who lived at Shortflatt until his death in 1927. Known as Neddie, he left a lasting mark on Shortflatt greatly improving the estate’s stables and sporting facilities. As a tribute towards Shortflatt’s ancestry, Neddys’ famous greyhound Fullerton, who won the Waterloo cup four times in a row, is the inspiration behind the naming of new luxury onsite day spa, Fullerton Place. In 1980 Edward’s son, the late Major Ronnie Hedley-Dent, inherited Shortflatt where he lived with his American wife Nancy, his daughter Octavia and her husband Jono Hedley-Dent, who now own and run Shortflatt.



he short 25 minute journey from Newcastle station to Shortflatt Tower took my three friends and I from the bustling city centre to tranquil countryside of Northumberland. Pulling up the drive, it was hard not to be impressed by the solid fortress of Shortflatt Tower. We were greeted by Octavia and Jono, the current owners of Shortflatt Tower, and as we walked through the front door we were surrounded by the sensual scents of candles and the welcome roar of the open fire in the Tower Keep drawing room. With it’s high vaulted ceiling and 6 foot thick walls, this impressive room is simply furnished with elegant, yet comfortable leather sofas and antique furniture. After a welcome pot of tea we were guided around our accommodation, you could sense the hundreds of years of family history, brought up to date by Octavia and Jono’s labour of love and eye for detail. Each room has been decorated with beautiful furnishings and quality materials, like the Brazilian marble in one of the bathrooms, while retaining the character of the grade I Pele Tower, which delivers the 5 star Gold accommodation rating they have been awarded.


The dining room has antique furnishings, striking family portraits, a wood burning stove and is licenced for weddings

The Tower Keep drawing room has a vaulted ceiling, 6 foot thick walls and an open fire. The Tower Drawing room opens out onto an impressive stone terrace with attractive hardwood tables and chairs, a very comfortable swinging sofa and a patio heater.


We settled into the upstairs open plan kitchen / living room. We had decided to arrive by train as we felt that this would be the best way to enjoy a weekend of relaxation. As we didn’t have a car we came well prepared with food for the weekend and planned to stay ensconced in our tower and pampered in their Fullerton Place Spa over the next couple of days. For those that want a little more luxury Octavia and Jono have connections with local restaurants who can cater for your stay and one party even organised a butler for their stay.

Shortflatt Tower has seven beautifully and individually decorated double bedrooms with views overlooking the formal garden and rolling Northumberland countryside.

The four of us each picked our room from the 7 individually styled bedrooms, I was drawn to Gallant Foe, the four poster room, the more traditional of the bedrooms with old paintings, furniture and traditional fabrics and a delightful window seat over looking the Rose Quartz fountain.

(above) Master bedroom and Bridal Suite

There are three bathrooms with cast-iron double ended roll top baths and showers and two en suite bathrooms with luxurious rain showers.


(right) Brazilian Bathroom

Although the accommodation normally sleeps 14, we never felt over whelmed by the size of the accommodation, it felt comfortable and welcoming and very quickly we began to unwind. It is easy to see why families choose to stay here for special occasions and friends join together for celebrations. The Master bedroom makes a wonderful Bridal suite, I can easily imagine a bride using this room and gliding down the stairs to their licenced room, and this year they will see their first Winter wedding.


Past and present generations of the family have taken great pride in creating and maintaining the wonderful garden and the grounds around the Tower. The flower borders have been planned to produce colour and blooms throughout the year and there is a beautiful rose quartz fountain. With a variety of areas to stroll or to sit and relax in the garden and parkland, it’s a wonderful space to explore. With prior permission, it is also possible to walk around in the surrounding fields on the other side of the ancient haha and there are several footpath and bridleway routes that pass through nearby.


There are also great views of the house from every direction. The drive is nearly a mile long so there is great privacy, very little traffic noise and uninterrupted views.

Balancing tranquil surroundings with energy and vitality, Shortflatt has an exceptionally calm and relaxing atmosphere making it an ideal place for rest and relaxation.

Fullerton Place Spa (above) built with funding from Defra has a wide range of treatments and therapies available. Their facilities consist of a steam room, outdoor hot tub, hammam and 4 treatment rooms, and offer a range of quality treatment experiences. Octavia and Jono with the help of their Spa Manager Grace, are organising their first retreat in July bringing their luxury accommodation, spa treatments, local practitioners, and caterers together to create a truly unique experience.

Octavia & Jono Hedley-Dent Shortflatt Tower Belsay Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Northumberland NE20 0HD 01661 881804 To book accommodation Shortflatt-Tower.aspx


Ercol was founded in 1920 by young Italian designer, Lucian Ercolani OBE. From the early ‘20s, through to today, ercol has worked with craftsmen, manufacturers and retailers to create and extend the ercol furniture collection to the widest audience. The ercol brand has become synonymous with great design combined with functionality. ercol has a strong British design heritage and today’s designs are created within its design studio in Princes Risborough in the Chilterns. Furniture is made by craftsmen in ercol’s Buckinghamshire factory or by one of ercol’s manufacturing partners across the globe




ORIGINALS STACKING CHAIR Pictured in Blue - £228

In the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, it’s a great time to be a long-standing British brand as interest and desire for all things British is set to soar! With over 90 years in business, ercol continues to be the UK’s largest designer and manufacturer of solid wood furniture and over the years has produced some iconic pieces that have been in the portfolio for over 50 years. To celebrate the Jubilee and London OIympics, ercol has re-introduced its ubiquitous Stacking Chair, first introduced in 1957. This iconic chair was cleverly designed to stack vertically and quickly became popular in schools and working environments and today is still a popular item in ercol’s Originals Collection.

ERCOL EVERGREEN CHAIR Available in a wide range of colours and patterns, this classic chair will look great in any living room. In addition to the wide variety of cushion fabrics available, the solid beech frame comes in a choice of lacquer finishes £948

To celebrate ‘Britain’ in 2012 these chairs will be available in red, white and blue, adding a touch of stylish patriotism to any home, £310.

WINDSOR Occasional Nest of Tables - £684



VELVET Velvet isn’t just for winter! With a wonderful choice of individual designs, fabrics and colours to choose from we think Velvet makes a luxurious and sumptuous choice when choosing your next sofa. Texture and multicoloured options can turn your sofa into a stunning centre piece for any room.

THE TRAFALGAR IN VELLUTI BY DURESTA A luxurious range of sofas and chairs with fabrics inspired by homes of the National Trust, and available in a range of sumptuous fabrics. Available as a 3 seater.



JOLANDA (right) House Couturier’s new designer collection of luxury bespoke hand made sofas and chaises longues are all individually crafted for every client. The service offered by House Couturier allows you to create your dream sofa. With the option to create seating in non-standard shapes and a range of bold, colourful choices of fabric including faux suede, leather, silk satin and Belgian linens House Couturier offers the chance to create a striking statement sofa. Prices start from £3900.00 plus vat plus fabric

(left) House Couturier’s new designer collection of luxury bespoke hand made sofas and chaises longues are all individually crafted for every client. The service offered by House Couturier allows you to create your dream sofa. With the option to create seating in non-standard shapes and a range of bold, colourful choices of fabric including faux suede, leather, silk satin and Belgian linens House Couturier offers the chance to create a striking statement sofa. Prices start from £3400.00 excluding fabric

HORNBLOWER MOLTEN (left) The Hornblower by Duresta range is the ultimate in luxury. It is a Knowle sofa collection derived from classic historic English design and creates an atmosphere from years gone by. The opulent look of the Hornblower by Duresta range is characterised by the luxurious chords on the elegant wooden finials which support the arms of the fabric sofa. Available as either 2.5 seater or 3 seater. The Hornblower by Duresta range is available in an extensive selection of sumptuous chenilles, luxury velvets and opulent weaves to choose from. From £4,119


GEORGE SMITH ELIZABETH SOFA George Smith Elizabeth Sofa shown in Mohair Velvet, Indian Pink. Product price inclusive of VAT but not fabric. Upwards of 13.5m fabric required. A modern design made using tradtional joinery and upholstery techniques. £2975

PETAL SOFA FROM RUME. The Petal is a beautiful curvaceous sofa designed for rume by Richard. P. Baker with a fabulous outside arc that goes all the way around the back. As shown the Petal has a solid beech frame with a sprung platform and back, quilted duck feather-over-reflex foam seat cushions, duck feather back cushions with button detail and hand turned conical legs. As with all rume sofas it is handmade to order by our skilled staff in our Sussex workshops, drawing on classic English furniture making traditions and techniques. This individual approach means you can specify dimension, fabric, cushion type and layout, even leg timber and stain. 3 Seater shown - H76cm x W224cm x D96cm £2820 + 15 mtrs of Fabric. Fabric shown - Designers Guild Varese cotton velvet in Alchemilla at £76.00 per metre


HARLEQUIN 5 SEATER CHAISE SOFA The Harlequin Collection features modular sofa options and individual designs in an array of colours all uphostered in stunning velvet. A scaller of multi coloured cushions complete the look that is luxurious yet quirky in style ÂŁ2995

ORIEL - TURQUOISE SOFA The Oriel, designed by Rume is a beautiful modern piece with classic elegance. Sprung back with a buttoned duck feather pillows and duck feather and reflex-foam core seat cushions. Each piece is bespoke, locally made to order and available in a range of fabric and leather options. Shown here in a luxurious turquoise cotton velvet. 3 Seater (shown): 78cm high x 220cm wide x 95cm deep. ÂŁ2665 + 15 metres of fabric. Prices correct at time of publishing and subject to change.


John Lewis Decorative mouse, £10, Rocking quail, £10, Flos Tab table light, £150, Multi-coloured 3 drawer rack, £15, Paperthinks notebooks £12 for 3




Playnation Clock £45

One of John Lewis’s key trends for Spring Summer 2012 is ‘Playnation’. Celebrating colour, the Playnation palette blends a core base of neutrals with chalky pastels and pops of acid brights. The overall look is an inspiring mis of mid-century style and 60’s retro. The collection includes striking fabrics with bold typography, painted brushstrokes and zingy floral prints. Quirky yet eminently usable, Playnation is sure to lift your spirits.

Beehive Tray £45 Numbers Cushion £30




It’s time to enjoy Summer with H&M Home’s feminine bohemia of floral and ornamental prints (main picture), the blue shades of the sea and the carefree pastels of the beach. It’s the season for picnics, with throws, fleece blankets, cushions and cooler bags available in matching prints. Whether it be at the beach, the park, or even in the garden, all make for a fashionable outdoor gathering, and don’t forget the coloured candles so the fun can continue even when the sun goes down. The summer styling mix brings a fresh touch to everything for the home, whether it’s floral tablecloths in organic cotton, cushions with ornamental prints, striped tea towels in raw linen with printed text , or duvet covers in vivid florals to brighten the bedroom. For the beach or the pool, there’s a brilliant selection of beach towels in key patterns, such as a cute ice cream print on pink, multicoloured arrows, or summertime messages.

TEAL LANTERN Tesco’s Jubilee & Summer Living range £8

H&M HOME Pieces include a floral print picnic blanket, which can be used in a candlelit garden, together with a mixture of printed cushions and lots of coloured candles. There is also a text-print fleece throw in neutral tones with the matching picnic blanket, cooler bag and lots of natural linen cushions. Table Runner £6.99, Fleece Blanket £7.99 Cushions £6.99, Table Linen £29.99

FESTIVAL GLASSES These brightly coloured plastic Festival wine glasses are perfect for enjoying a glass of wine outdoors or even indoors for parties These multicoloured plastic picnic wine glasses are a must have for the summer. The glasses come in sets of 3 glasses in the mix of colours shown. Matching water tumblers also available. £18


FLORAL PARTY BUNTING Great to hang indoor or outdoor for any party. Made from cotton. Size: Length 800cm ÂŁ9.95


H&M HOME (Main Picture) Hand Towel £4.99 Shower Towel £12.99, Linen Cushion £7.99


NAUTICAL COMPASS CUSHION (right) A nautical compass cushion, cotton grey with shiny navy blue embroidery, squre 40cm x 40 cm, envelope backing £37

FOUTA TRADITIONAL - DENIM BLUE The fouta is traditionally a hamam towel and is now considered as the essential holiday companion. It is a beach towel, a bath towel, a sarong, a throw, a tablecloth or a picnic blanket. It is absorbent, lightweight, washes brilliantly and well made. Hand made in Tunisia by artisans using 100% natural cotton. Machine washable 40°, dries very quickly, eliminating the need to use a dryer. Your fouta becomes softer the more you use and the more you wash it. £35

ANCHOR DUFFLE BAG A gorgeous duffle style bag that you could use for the beach, for laundry or for storage £14.99

TRADITIONAL CANVAS & BEECH DECKCHAIR With a summer of traditional British activity coming up, we’re looking forward to taking our deckchairs to the garden or the park and waving a few Union Jacks £70


RICHMOND (above) Five pieces that allow you to choose the combination of items that work best for your nursery. Finished in rich Walnut colour the range has a number of clever storage features ideal especially for a smaller room. Cot bed £240 Dresser £210 Wardrobe £350 Tall boy £250 Cot Top Changer £6

SWEET DREAMS (above) and-embroidered on the smoothest 300 thread count white Egyptian cotton and edged in a classic hand-drawn hemstitched border are twelve delightful cupcakes. Each quilt is individually created with the greatest care and dedication to detail to be treasured and passed on through generations. Can be used as a decorative throw or light-weight duvet, suitable for both a nursery and a child’s room 95 x 125cm £175


RAINBOW MAKER SYCAMORE TWIST (below) Beautifully hand carved sustainable ash wood, rainbow maker in the shape of a sycamore twist. As the wind catches, it twists and replicates the shape of the sycamore propeller. Rainbows are made when the light hits the Swarvoski crystal. Perfect alternative to a mobile for babies and children £33

THE HATTY (above) Originally inspired by the birth of Hattie, Jani’s precious first daughter, the Domani echoes timeless memories of holidays by the beach. Approximate dimensions: 170 x 75 x 102cm £4,595

GOLDEN JUBILEE ROCKING HORSE Limited edition of 50 pieces. The horse is carved in tulip wood mounted on an oak spring stand. A similar model was made for Queen Victoriaís Golden Jubilee £4,500.00 plus VAT..


BABY BOUQUET COLLECTION CRIB (left) Soft and cosy, this cradle is covered in pure silk and finished on the inside in a number of bespoke variants. The base is a white wood lacquer with steel details and wheels, cheerfully decorated with colourful, cheerful and fun shaped pendant £8000

ORPHEUS ROUND COT (below) Add a touch of stately-home grandeur to your nursery with the Orpheus round cot. With all the elegance and sophistication of a fourposter bed, the Orpheus cot blends superb design with unbeatable safety features. Whether itís looking stylish in the corner of the nursery or used as a dramatic centre-piece, this circular cot has all the makings of a future design classic. H119 x W113.20 x D113.20 £1895


MACEDONIA LUXURY CRADLE The macedonia bambizi cradle is exquisitely and meticulously hand crafted. This stunning piece is truly elegant, that will be enjoyed for generations. The organic curved shape of the cradle gives your baby a safe and natural framework for his or her start in life. Dimensions (cm): H1000 x W1000 x L1000 x D1000 £1200


BABY BOUQUET WARDROBE White Lacquer £10200




Stylista Homes Magazine is climbing the walls with excitement to be able to offer you the chance to win a superb TECNI® Trellis kit. The TECNI® Trellis kit has everything you need to install and maintain the look of your climbing plants with ease. Developed with convenience front of mind, the kit means you do not need to worry about complicated measurements and fittings. All you need to know is the size of your wall and an idea of the type of plant you will be training as the kit comes in two different spacing sizes, 33cm and 50cm, and TECNI® Cable will send all the right pieces directly to you in one convenient kit. Consisting of highly corrosion-resistant marine grade stainless steel components, the TECNI® Trellis kit adds longlasting sophistication to your garden.


We have joined teams with to give you the chance to win one of their traditional rustic apple crates Style and practically don’t always go hand in hand, that’s why it’s so great when something like the Personalised Apple Crates from gurus of all gifts personal, come along.



Stylista Homes has come over all patriotic and is giving away one of the limited edition Twenty12 rugs from Plantation Rug Company. Launched to celebrate all things British the 100% pure wool rug is the perfect way to transform your house ready for the big occasions in 2012 marking this landmark year. London is well and truly in the limelight with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee followed by the London 2012 Olympics and what better way to style-up your floor and pay tribute to your country. Only 2,012 rugs will be produced with each one individually labelled to pay tribute to this special year. Available to buy online from March to September at, one size 140 x 200 cm priced at £199.00 or telephone 0800 012 1511 for stockist details.

WIN AN AMAZING MAKEOVER AND PHOTO SHOOT EXPERIENCE With Citi Studio’s, one of London’s leading photographic studios. Indulge in a fabulous day of fun, beauty and glamour and be wowed into how well we can transform you into a model for the day! Our creative team of hair stylists, make-up artists and photographers will make you feel amazing.







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