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Inside this issue‌ your chance to win An exotic break in Marrakech A drive in the Mercedes E-Class to milsoms Kesgrave Hall for a luxury overnight stay A spa day at Clarice House Family tickets to the East Anglian Game Fair


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Welcome ‘Don’t Leave it Until The Spring’ Historically traditional Estate Agents never launched a property until the spring and indeed if they missed the spring market then they launched it on the 1st September after the children had gone back to school. However things have changed and its nothing to do with Global Warming! It is purely that demand patterns have changed in recent years. Early in the New Year whilst there are not huge numbers of prospective purchasers out viewing houses, those that are are indeed serious buyers. These applicants include job movers, people who have taken early redundancy or early retirement and bonus buyers – there are still plenty of bonuses being paid in the city! Prospective purchasers also include those who have made up their minds over the Christmas holidays that they are going to move home in the New Year. Another good reason not to wait until the spring is that in the spring there will certainly be more property on the market which will mean that as a seller you have more competition and buyers will have more choice. October, November and December 2011 were remarkably busy and we anticipate that during January February and March this year demand will continue to be high. So if you are thinking of moving home this year the advice from Fine and Country is don’t delay in launching the property, get it on the market early and take the initiative. Torquil Macleod

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Willow Cottage, Hitcham Stunning Period Home. Four/Five Bedrooms. Two/three Reception Rooms. Kitchen & Utility Room. Exposed Beams. Inglenook Fireplace. Beautiful Cottage Gardens. Wild Flower Meadow. Magnificent Countryside Views. Car Port & Garden Store. Ample Off Road Parking. Set in a Plot of 1.5 acres.

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WILLOW COTTAGE, ALBURGH A pretty Detached Grade II Listed Cottage set in charming Gardens and Grounds of nearly 0.5 acres. Two Reception Rooms including Sitting Room with Double Height Vaulted Ceiling and Mezzanine Study Area. Bespoke Breakfast Kitchen. Three Bedrooms; Bathroom & Cloakroom. Gated Drive with Ample Parking; Charming Cottage Gardens. Outbuildings including Thatched Mower Store and Workshop/Utility Room. The Accommodation extends to 1,682sq.ft.

Guide Price: ÂŁ399,500

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Stone Farm, Little Cornard Not far from Sudbury in the charming village of Little Cornard lies an impressive farmhouse that epitomises Georgian chic. Large sash windows suggest a hint of the spacious, light rooms beyond the whitewash walls, providing a classic look that draws you in to this gracious period home. With all the charm of a rural location yet set within a friendly village and within easy commute to London, Stone Farm enjoys a great location and outlook and provides the perfect home for a family.

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Buying or Selling? K I M B E E D I E l o o k s at K e y a r e a s o f t h e h o m e t h at m o t i vat e t h e m o v e

in the new Interiors section of Fine & Country’s Lifestyles magazine I will be looking at key areas of the home which statistically are shown to influence our major commitment to buying, selling or staying in our homes. Our kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, more than any other areas of the home are spaces we have our most emotional response to. From a need for an efficient functional

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base to a secure safe cocoon from the rest of the world, home means different things to different people and our lifestyle needs are met by multi purpose areas more than ever before. I shall be looking at ways to integrate our contemporary multi use needs and giving some useful tips on how to make the best of these key areas. We shall also look at some of the latest, most desirable products, furniture and finishes for these areas of your home.

Over the last 30 years the kitchen has truly become the heart of the home. No longer a place of work, a hive of cleaning and cooking, but a multi use area where family and friends meet, socialize and cook together. The kitchen has become both work station, dining room and relaxation centre. While cooking has become a hobby as well as a necessity and the formality of eating in a designated dining room, has gone, so our demands from our kitchens are much greater. Moving sofas, chandeliers and TVs into our kitchens is now common place but a few simple ideas to keep in mind will create a space of harmony and cohesion rather than a chaotic den.

HELP&ADVICE Most kitchen companies offer a free, no obligation design service or for further help and advice on planning, design execution, building and buying, contact. Kim Beedie on 01379 384073 e. figaltd@tiscali.co.uk www.figaandco.co.uk Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom Association www.kbsa.org.uk

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Concentrate on good quality surfaces to give a high end feel to less expensive cabinets. Stunning work surfaces and splash backs in materials such as marble or thick slabs of oiled timber will exude quality. Try to link a similar finish throughout the scheme, for example add in a marble topped dining table if using marble work surfaces.

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Give multi use areas the feel of a united space by using the same basic floor, wall and ceiling treatment throughout. Keep carpet out of the kitchen but a beautiful timber, stone or slate floor finish throughout all areas of your kitchen / dining area will give the feel of space as well as unity. Likewise a continuous paint finish will have the same effect. Although you will always have your kitchen gadgets, try to store them away and bring items into the kitchen that would traditionally be found in other areas, such as ornate lighting and freestanding storage pieces that are also beautiful items of furniture in their own right. This will blur the lines between traditionally designated areas with specific functions. A stunning chandelier over your centre Island will transform a busy work station into an intimate and glamourous dining table with the onset of 5 evening and a dimmer switch.

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CORNER FARM BARN, METFIELD A Magnificent Single Storey Brick and Pantile Barn Conversion. Three Receptions. Stunning Breakfast Kitchen with separate Utility and Cloakroom. Four Double Bedrooms; Two Bathrooms. Charming Partly Walled Gardens. Plenty of Parking and Triple Bay Cart Lodge. The Accommodation extends to 2,789sq.ft.

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Town Farm, Ditchingham A pretty Detached Brick and Pantile Farmhouse set in gorgeous Gardens and Grounds in a lovely position on the outskirts of Ditchingham. Charming Partly Wooded Grounds of around 4 acres. Three Receptions. Three Double Bedrooms; Bathroom and Shower Room. Outbuildings including Attached Double Garage, Detached Workshop, Greenhouse and Summerhouse. The Accommodation extends to 2,705sq.ft.

Guide Price: ÂŁ550,000

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The Old Cottage, Thrandeston A Detached Grade II Listed Thatched Cottage with a Detached Annexe overlooking the green at Thrandeston. Four Reception Rooms. Bespoke Breakfast Kitchen. Two Bedrooms; Luxurious Bathroom and a Cloakroom. Self Contained one bed Annexe called ‘The Nook’. Outbuildings, Gardens and Grounds of 1.2 acres. Hard Tennis Court. The Accommodation extends to 1,631sq.ft.

Guide Price: £450,000

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The Small Holding, Long Melford The Small Holding is a detached family home, situated in the desirable village of Long Melford, set on a plot in excess of 3 ½ acres. In addition the property offers a range of uses with its numerous outbuildings and workshops. There is a lawful use certificate for all vehicle sales on the road side, the workshops are used currently for vehicle repairs. Three reception rooms, three bedrooms. Possible scope for redevelopment subject to planning.

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WhAT’S A QR CODE?

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th April Fine & Country sponsors the East Anglian Game Fair at the Norfolk Showground. For a chance to win a family ticket go to page 43.

You may have noticed a new addition to the property pages in the form of what is commonly know as a QR code.

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th May Fine & Country will be the sole sponsor for the 2012 Essex Ladies Championship, to be held at Frinton-on-Sea Golf Club. Friday 18th – Saturday 19th May Fine & Country holds its first London Property Exhibition at the Park Lane office. Sunday 1st July Norwich Triathlon Three members of Fine & Country’s staff have decided to rise to the challenge by entering a team into the Business Challenge relay category of the Norwich Triathlon, sponsored by Cozens Hardy Lawyers. So, who is doing what? Cameron Black (Sales Director) will be swimming the 1500m, John Howard (MD, Fine & Country) cycling the 39K and Philippa Martinez (Senior Sales Negotiator) will finish off by covering the 11K on foot, hopefully at a fair pace!

QR codes are used to store useful information like web URLs, contact cards, e-mail addresses, etc. While QR reading isn’t built into our mobile phones, there are, of course, apps for that. So, how do you scan them on your iPhone or iPad? Step 1 You’ll need to get an app that reads QR codes. There is plenty of choice in the App Store. Some are free and some are paid. Take your pick and download one. Step 2 Most Apps will use your camera function to scan the QR code. Simply follow your App’s instructions. Step 3 You’ll get some type of prompt showing you the information in the QR code. Just tap to visit the web page straightaway or cancel and it will save it to your history. That’s it! You can now scan all those handy QR codes to take you directly to any property of interest on the Fine & Country website.

The next Lifestyles magazine will be out in April with more news on all these events and much more. If you would like a chance to feature your property in ‘Lifestyles’, please contact your local office.

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Winners all round Last issue’s Competition Winners

Figa & Co’s Christmas Floristry Course Annie Norris & Githa St John-Ives

Sheer Bliss Day for 2 at Clarice House Neil Cole Bury St Edmunds Julie Mahoney Colchester

Champagne dinner and overnight stay Marguerite Phillips Nigel Bull The Mill House, Sudbury Debbie Weston The Kingscliff Hotel, Holland on Sea (courtesy of Surya Hotels)

Luxury Hamper from Goodies Farm Shop Janet Cutting

December newsletter competition Photographic session with acclaimed photographer Mui Tsun John Putman

Fine & Country scoops the Five Star Gold Award for Best UK Estate Agency Marketing for the Third Year Running! We would like to thank all our friends, our clients, both buyers and vendors and our teams of dedicated Fine & Country estate agents all over the world for their fantastic support that has lead to this magnificent achievement. Can you imagine how pleased and proud we were, surrounded by all our competitors, Harrods, Knight Frank, Jackson Stopps, Fine and Foxtons in The Royal Lancaster Hotel in London's West End when they announced the Overall Winner of The Five Star Gold Award for best Estate Agency Marketing as being Fine & Country. The whole team leapt to their feet, screaming and hollering simply whooping their delight at the achievement.

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Horseback Safari in Botswana A Thrilling Ride KATHY C H U R C HILL To ride with herds of giraffe and zebra

across the plains of Africa has to be one of the most exhilarating experiences imaginable and there can be no better place to saddle up than the Okavango Delta in Botswana. This extraordinary place is transformed every year as the rains in the Angola Highlands slowly fill the dry river beds and flood the arid grasslands, tuning the delta into a crisscross of glittering waterways. With the life

giving water comes an amazing abundance of wildlife and being able to ride out through these water-lily covered lagoons is an adventure not to be missed. Hidden amongst the reeds, on a 500,000 acre private concession to the western side of the Delta, you will find Macatoo Camp. It was established back in 1995 by African Horseback Safaris and is now run

by top horseman John Sobey. It is a relaxed and intimate camp with only seven large, comfortable twin bedded tents, each with their own en-suite shower and bathroom, all tastefully decorated in soft neutral tones that blend effortlessly with their surroundings. Tucked away, a private pool tempts you to ease those aching muscles after a long day in the saddle and centrally, there is a large mess tent furnished with comfortable sofas and beaten

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fineandcountry.com leather armchairs, perfect for reclining with a G&T while you recount today’s adventures. The horses themselves are stabled in a timber stockade close to camp that sometimes attracts the unwanted attention of the local lion pride. They have wonderfully evocative names such as Zanzibar, Ebony, Tusk and

Mufasa and the guides will skilfully match horses to your level of riding experience. Riding safari is the perfect way to get close to animals in the wild as they do not see the horses as a threat and remain relaxed and calm. John and his team are extremely experienced and constantly assess the animal’s mood and the potential for game to unexpectedly emerge from the thicket. The horses themselves also keep ears pricked and alert, scanning the distance for danger and you learn to trust their instincts and keener senses. The pace of safari is really up to you, whether you are looking for slow and steady or full on adrenalin rush. That surge of excitement as they pick up the pace and you find yourself cantering alongside giraffe or being splashed

by the hooves of zebra is an absolute must for any experienced rider. John says he regularly has top equestrians as guests who say that even compared to a round of cross country at Burghley or battling out a chukker on the Polo field, being out in the Delta on safari tops the lot for pure exhilaration. The exciting news for 2012 is that Lucinda Green is

The privilege of being to ride out amongst all of this is very special indeed. Watching from a vehicle is amazing but to ride alongside the game and to be accepted as part of the herd is truly wonderful. The riding groups are limited to 7 guests, but non-riders are also very welcome as there is so much to do here; boating, game drives, mokoro excursions and fishing are all on offer.

returning to Macatoo for a third time to lead a week of horseback safaris. She will be at the camp from the 30th November to the 7th December and this is a unique opportunity to ride alongside one of our true equestrian legends.

John has some great stories but I guarantee that most guests leave with at least one or two of their own and whether you are in or out of the saddle this will be a safari experience you will never forget.

The game in the Delta is exceptional. Every morning hippo snort and grunt their way back to the river; herds of elephant wade gracefully through swathes of water lettuce, snow white egrets fluttering amongst them and water buck nervously graze by the water’s edge before exploding in a spray of droplets, spooked by an old bull buffalo who has come down to drink. Whilst he in turn is being carefully watched by the eyes of the local lion pride.

Prices start from £360 per person per night which is fully inclusive so includes all of your accommodation, meals, activities and drinks. (Non-riding partners get a 10% discount) Flights start from £1100 including tax for a London to Maun return and flights from Maun to Macatoo are £330 return. Lucinda Green Special: 30th Nov – 7th Dec, £3200 per person sharing for 7 night safari, fully inclusive of all accommodation, meals, activities and return flight Maun to Macatoo Camp.

MORE INFORMATION For more information or to check availability at Macatoo please contact safari specialists, Holmes Travel. Holmes Travel 42g Barrack Square, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk IP5 3RF T: 01473 610 666 E: martin@holmestravel.co.uk www.holmestravel.co.uk

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Your chance to win a trip to the beautifully exotic city of Marrakech For your chance of winning this luxury prize please answer the following question correctly:

Fine & Country has teamed up with luxury travel specialists Holmes Travel to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a trip for two people to Marrakech, one of the most exciting cities in North Africa Marrakech has everything you could possibly need, style, luxury, sunshine and shopping and is perfect for a romantic getaway, a fun weekend with friends or some glitz and glamour with the girls.

The prize includes 1 night at the wonderfully elegant El Fenn, a chic riad which epitomises Moroccan style and hospitality plus 2 nights up at Kasbah Bab Ourika, a luxurious new boutique hotel, perched on a hilltop in the Ourika Valley, offering guests breathtaking views of the snow capped Atlas Mountains. You will also receive a total of ÂŁ500 towards the cost of the flights.

Which cigar-smoking British prime minister was a regular visitor to Marrakech? Send your answer to prize2@fineandcountrylifestyles.com quoting Suffolk in the header. The competition closes at 23.59 hours on March 31st and the lucky winner will be announced in our April newsletter. This prize is for two people and must be taken before 31st December 2013. Please note that it is subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Fine & Country will automatically add your email address to its own database for occasional marketing purposes. Your email address will not be shared with any other companies apart from Holmes Travel. Please indicate in your email if you do not wish to be contacted by either Fine & Country or Holmes Travel and we will delete your email address from our records.

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Woodley, Acton

Standing on a generous plot of Âź of an acre Woodley is a stunning newly extended and refurbished detached family home located in this delightful Suffolk village. The property presents exceptional and flexible accommodation arranged over two floors. One of the main the features is the open plan kitchen family room, perfect for modern day living. Externally there is a garage, generous off road parking and an enclosed rear garden. Four bedrooms with an en-suite to the master bedroom and under floor heating through the ground floor.

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Bury St Edmunds Golf Club – A course for all Seasons Newly refurbished Farm Shop under new management

Maxine and Chris look forward to welcoming you to the newly refurbished Farm Shop in Assington set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Proud to support our British Farmers, Growers & Producers and offering “award winning” foods sourced locally and regionally from small artisan producers, including organic, fair-trade, free range and rare breed varieties. Our objective is to provide our customers with fresh, traceable, good quality, ethically sourced products. We also stock a selection of gluten/wheat free foods as well as daily requirements such as bread, milk and newspapers

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The Bury St Edmunds Golf Club was formed approximately eighty five years ago in 1924 with an original design by the first Ryder Cup team captain Ted Ray, winner of an Open and a US Open. It is renowned for its outstanding year-round condition and the high quality of its greens in a beautiful setting, with magnificent native woodland and a variety of wildlife. 18-hole course to championship standard, host to a Junior International, as well as a 9-hole course. More details on 01284 755979 or 755978 email: assistant@burygolf.co.uk Bury St Edmunds Golf Club, Tut Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6LG


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North Lodge Barn, Mendham A magnificent Barn Conversion set in charming landscaped gardens of around 0.5 acres in the village of Mendham. Exceptional main Reception Room with Vaulted Ceiling providing Dining and Sitting Areas; Galleried Landing. Breakfast Kitchen with separate Utility. Four Double Bedrooms, Two with En-suites; Family Bathroom. Separate Detached Brick Barn providing Garaging, Workshop and Gym. Charming Landscaped Gardens of around 0.5 acres. Lovely Views over the Waveney Valley. The Accommodation extends to 2,175sq.ft.

Guide Price: ÂŁ475,000

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Robinsons Mercedes Benz and milsoms Kesgrave Hall Fine & Country has teamed up with Robinsons Mercedes Benz and milsoms Kesgrave Hall to offer one lucky competition winner the chance to drive the stunning E-Class Cabriolet to Kesgrave Hall for a sumptuous 3 course dinner for two, with accommodation in a Principal room and full English breakfast.

Milsoms Hotels and Restaurants is offering an overnight stay at its four star hotel, Kesgrave Hall. With ‘Eat, Drink & Stay’ as its mantra, the lucky winners could not be better placed to enjoy these delights than at Kesgrave Hall.

The spacious bistro restaurant serves inventive food alongside classics in a buzzing yet relaxed atmosphere and the principal rooms offer lavish, grand and beautifully designed accommodation, so the winners will certainly cherish their stay. For more information visit www.milsomhotels.com/kesgravehall

For a chance of winning this luxury prize, answer this question correctly: How many seats does the E-Class Cabriolet have? a) 2 b) 4 Send your answer to: prize1@fineandcountrylifestyles.com quoting Suffolk in the header. The competition closes at 23.59 hours on March 31st and the lucky prize winner will be announced in our April newsletter. This prize is for two people and can be taken Sunday – Thursday before 29th November 2012 and is subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

Sporty by name and nature, the E-Class Cabriolet offers an exhilarating drive. Combine that with the sun on your face and state-of-the art technology all around and you’ll be drawn to discover just what makes it so exciting to own.

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Let's cultivate our gardens in 2012! KATE LEITH & LISA FI N C H

The French writer Voltaire concluded his satirical novel ‘Candide’ with the advice: ‘Il faut cultiver notre jardin’, by which we think he meant that gardening is good for one’s mental as well as physical health. We believe this applies even more today than it did back in 1759 when the novel was first published. We all lead busy lives, but as 2012 gets under way, perhaps it is time to re–evaluate our priorities and resolve to get more enjoyment out of what we already have literally on our own doorstep.

A glorious autumnal display

Designing your garden to work better for you will add value to your home because a well designed garden is an invaluable asset every single day of the year. It can be beautiful as well as functional, taking into account the needs of each family member and making your home more versatile and fun to live in.

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From a stunning autumn planting scheme to a secluded wildlife pond with lush planting, or an intimate seating area for that morning cup of coffee, the garden can bring you immense pleasure all through the year. Atmospheric garden lighting can extend a balmy summer’s evening or highlight a specimen tree at night time... And it is hard to beat the sense of satisfaction and well-being you get from tending your own garden.

contrast with each other in different ways through the changing seasons. Try to capitalise on the way the sunlight falls across your garden at different times of the day and year.

A great garden depends on great design – a coherent ‘story’, a sense of movement – and the selection of the best plants for the location. Sunlight through foliage

Grasses such as the elegant golden Stipa gigantea provide year-round interest. And if you plant to attract birds and insects to your garden you will also be helping our environment.

Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum Atropurpureum’ with Tulipa ‘Angelique’

Think about the sculptural qualities of plants and their contrasting outlines, textures and colours, and how they can complement or

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Papaver ‘Patty’s Plum’

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Herbaceous perennials like the gorgeous Poppy, ‘Patty’s Plum’, with its silky, pleated petals, are perfect for early summer colour in the border. Plant it with later flowering perennials such as Asters, which will disguise the poppy’s foliage as it dies back.

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Terrace for al fresco dining

A good garden design company will develop your garden with you, around you and for you and encourage you to do interesting – but manageable – things with it. Don’t be afraid to call in a specialist designer for a chat.

A sound design is essential, but it is the execution of the design and planting, and the subsequent maintenance, which make the difference between a good garden and a great garden. More of that in the next issue, when we shall analyse a current project, illustrated with plans and photographs of the work in progress as the new garden takes shape.

HELP & ADVICE If you would like further help or advice on any aspect of landscape architecture or garden design, please contact: Lisa Finch on 01379 871828 or Kate Leith on 01379 668641. www.finchandleith.co.uk Email enquiries@finchandleith.co.uk

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The 2012 East Anglian Game & Country Fair The 2012 East Anglian Game & Country Fair will take place on Saturday the 28th & Sunday the 29th April, at The Norfolk Showground, Norwich. Now in its 9th successful year, The East Anglian Game and Country Fair is delighted to welcome even more new attractions, demonstrations and stands for its visitors to enjoy. NEW FOR 2012 The UK National Horseboarding Championship arguably the most exciting, equine sport around. Each team consists of three members; a Horse, a Horse Rider and a Board Rider. Two teams race, head to head, over a 100m drag strip reaching speeds of over 37mph! The 2012 Horseboarding Championship season will begin at the East Anglian Game & Country Fair in April. New arena displays including The UK Polocrosse Association, The British Racing School, hilarious sheep racing, tug of war competitions run by the British Tug of War Federation and Australian Horseman Jason Webb with his horse behavioural workshops.

A great new line up in the country kitchen with a variety of cookery workshops and demonstrations taking place. Chefs include Celebrity Chef Chris Coubrough, TV Chef Franck Pontais and Sam Bryant from the award winning Stratton’s Hotel plus many more. Gardening and conservation area, with various demonstrations and workshops taking place by local experts as well as a Gardeners’ Question Time, run by Tim Marshall, Head Gardener at Holkham Hall EcoVillage’ dedicated to promoting green living from renewable energy and cars to skin care and garden furniture from sustainable and ethical companies. Woodland Ways Bushcraft & Survival and their first ‘Pigeon Plucking’ competition. Find out how quickly you can prepare a pigeon for the table without using a knife! On Saturday 28th April come along and watch the Young Farmers MacNab Challenge, sponsored by BASC, Honda, EASI and Morton ATV of Great Massingham. If you are a member of a Young Farmer’s club and are interested in entering please contact Morton ATV on 01485 520 828.

As proud sponsors of The East Anglian Game & Country Fair, we are pleased to offer 10 lucky competition winners a family ticket. In order to enter, simply answer this competition correctly: How many members are there in a Horseboarding team ? Send your answer to prize3@fineandcountrylifestyles.com quoting Suffolk in the header. The competition closes at 23.59 hours on March 31st and the 10 lucky prize winners will be announced in our April newsletter. Terms and conditions apply. Fine & Country will automatically add your email address to its own database for occasional marketing purposes. Your email address will not be shared with any other companies apart from The East Anglian Game and Country Fair. Please indicate in your email if you do not wish to be contacted by either Fine & Country, or The East Anglian Game and Country Fair and we will delete your email address from our records.

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MANOR FARMHOUSE, THORNDON A Magnificent Grade II Listed Village House set in Charming Gardens and Grounds of over 0.5 acres in a lovely position opposite the church. Four Reception Rooms, Kitchen Breakfast Room. Reception Hall, Utility Room, Cloakroom on Ground Floor. Master Bedroom with En-suite Shower Room. First Floor –Two Further Bedrooms and a Family Bathroom. Second Floor – Two Bedrooms and an En-suite Cloakroom. Gated Drive leading to Ample Parking. Detached Double Garage, Separate Potting Shed. Gardens and Grounds of over 0.5 acres with Far Reaching Farm Land Views. The Accommodation extends to approx 2,729sq.ft.

Guide Price: £650,000

Diss: 01379 646020

JACKALS BARN, MENDHAM A Magnificent Grade II Listed Timber Framed Barn Conversion in a lovely Rural but not isolated position down a no through lane. Three Reception Rooms including Stunning Double Height Vaulted Drawing Room. Breakfast Kitchen with Aga; Four/Five Bedrooms. Three En-suite Bathrooms; Shower Room; Cloakroom. Outbuildings including Detached Garage and Car Port with Loft Room Over. Extensive West Facing Terrace; Gardens and Grounds of nearly Two Acres. Far Reaching Farm Land Views. The Accommodation extends to 2,883sq.ft.

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Street Farm, Ashen At the heart of the blissfully tranquil village of Ashen sits Street Farm, a 500-year-old classical Tudor Hall House and beloved family home just waiting for the next chapter of its long and fascinating history to begin. Inside, its remarkable timber frames bestow an historic ambience rarely seen and much desired, and yet the rooms are spacious and airy and provide the ideal setting for a growing family. Five bedrooms, three reception rooms, detached two bedroom annexe and further outbuildings. Plot in excess of 1.5 acres.

OIEO: ÂŁ850,000

Long Melford: 01787 275012

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SUNNYSIDE, WATTISFIELD Three/Four Bedrooms. Luxury En-suite to Master Bedroom. Drawing Room. 24‘ Kitchen, Breakfast Room. Double Garage & workshop/Mower Store. 9 Stables. Store Room &Tack Room. Manage. Further Outbuildings. 4.2 acre plot.

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Bury St Edmunds: 01284 705538

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The Retreat, Hoxne A 17th Century Thatched Cottage situated in the village of Hoxne. Two Reception Rooms with Beams and Inglenook Fireplaces. Modern Kitchen and Garden Room. Two Staircases. Three Bedrooms. En-Suite Shower Room; Family Bathroom and Cloakroom. Ample Parking and Attached Single Garage. Charming Cottage Gardens. The Accommodation extends to 1,837sq.ft.

Guide Price: ÂŁ375,000 www.fineandcountrylifestyles.com

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BUSINESS PROFILE

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R&D SCHOFIELD LTD

The journey continues M AT T H E W S C H O F I E L D D IRE C TOR

the house removal industry. As a consequence of this, the company became established in Stratford St Mary, Suffolk, when it purchased “The Old Maltings” as a furniture depository for the storage of customers’ belongings. This association was to last 36 years, by which time the company had become a respected part of the local community. This formed the firm foundation for the company you see today, namely R&D Schofield.

Our business roots extend back to 1919

when my grandfather, Robert Douglas Schofield completed his service during World War I. Enterprising from the start, my grandfather’s business not only served the local villagers with a horse drawn delivery van, he also used the same van to provide a much needed local bus service. With the purchase of motorized vehicles in the 1920’s and 1930’s my grandfather’s name quickly became associated with the transport, collection and delivery of people’s effects in the local area. He also established strong links with furniture businesses and auction houses which remain solid to this day. Over the following years, my grandfather was joined in business by his children: my father, Robert and my uncle, David. By the 1970’s the company’s main area of business was serving

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We have now embarked on another journey, albeit a short one, by moving across to Lawford, near Manningtree. This move sees us take up residence in a large facility on the main A137 between Colchester and Manningtree. Here we can offer our clients safe, secure storage of their household effects whilst they are moving home or undertaking home improvement work. We also offer local businesses archive storage, temporary stock room and numerous other scenarios.

A new service we are introducing in 2012 is a purpose designed self-storage facility. Customers will be able to come and access their own lockable room during business hours. An established concept maybe, but now offered and run by an established family business. The Company is now run by myself and brother-in-law, Glenn Harden and we strive to continue to deliver the same level of personal care and attention to detail that our family have done before us. We like to think that we can offer customers a “one stop shop” for all their removal and storage requirements from a trusted family business in a modern and sometimes challenging world. So, whether you are moving home or office, require storage; either attached to our removal service or our new self storage facility, or require some friendly advice, all of us at R&D Schofield look forward to being of assistance to you in the future.


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