Signature Magazine - January - April 2022

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K E N N E DY S ’ Q U A R T E R LY P RO P E R T Y M AG A Z I N E

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JANUARY 2022

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COURT HILL CHIPS TEAD £2,500,000 A spectacular 6 bedroom, four bathroom detached property sitting on an incredible plot overlooking Banstead Woods and set back from its location on this beautiful private road, in a secure gated plot providing ample parking whilst being impeccably presented by the current owners.


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WELCOME... ...to 2022, and to the first Signature magazine of the year! This is normally a good opportunity for me to reflect on the previous 12 months and report on the housing market, but after the past year it feels like a time to look forwards. For us at Kennedys’ the start of 2022 is about how we can be better. In an increasingly competitive local housing market, Kennedys` remains a leading player within the Surrey Hills area, and we have sure come a long way since the summer of 2004; there is however always room for improvement! In this edition, I am delighted to introduce some new members to our Lettings team and a small re-structure of the sales team. I also took the Christmas break as an opportunity to give the office a new look. Unlike many industries we were fortunate enough to continue working from the office throughout both the 2nd & 3rd lockdowns; we also spend a lot of time in our clients’ beautiful homes and wanted to reflect a bit of this in our own space. And we haven’t stopped there; it was also time to review our marketing & branding and so with the help of a new website designer who encouraged us to implement a fresh approach; we are looking forward to launching our new website soon, which will have a very different feel and look. We will, of course, continue to market our clients properties in all the usual ways using Rightmove, Zoopla, On The Market, Prime Location and Boomin’ but will be introducing an additional tier via our social media platforms and tailored marketing campaigns. You will be updated on the sponsorship of both Kingswood Lawn Tennis Club and Tadworth Cricket Club and all the other community events we have been involved with as well as our section on ‘Kennedys in Kingswood’ which will feature ‘Kate meets...’ where our new marketing & operations manager, Kate Russell Smith interviews local residents/business owners. So finally, my thanks to everyone who has contributed to this edition; without your support and input it just wouldn`t be possible. This magazine is created by us for you and as ever I really hope you enjoy it. We are keener than ever to use it as a more traditional way of communicating with you and also offering a platform for others to benefit from.

Kennedys’ 48 Walton Street Walton on the Hill Surrey KT20 7RT

T: 01737 817718 E: info@kennedys-ipa.co.uk www.kennedys-ipa.co.uk

I look forward to meeting many of you over the course of the year ahead. As ever, Peter Founder & MD

‘Kennedys’ has become a leading player within the Surrey Hills area, and we have sure come a long way since I founded the agency in the summer of 2004’ produced by formattdesign.co.uk


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TA DORNE

ROAD

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TA DW ORT H £1,175,000

BANST EAD £1,250,000

We are delighted to be offering this substantial family home offering spacious accommodation

This very generous detached four bedroom family home has been beautifully maintained and

over three floors, and packed full of characterful features. The house is very well presented but

improved upon by the current owners who have been in residence for some 16 years. The house

also offers the opportunity to re-configure and extend. This lovely property is set on the west side

sits on a good sized plot with incredible views over Chipstead Valley. If so desired it also offers

of one of Tadworth's most popular and sought-after locations.

scope to further extend and re-model (STPP) to create a really magnificent home.


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TADWORT H £550,000

We are delighted to offer this elegant four bedroom detached family home, built in 1962,

This rather unique and very pretty two bedroom detached cottage sits in this beautiful location on

with a Georgian style fascia, sash windows, and sitting back behind an impressive frontage

the edge of Walton Heath and benefits from being a short walk into both Tadworth, the local

with gravel in and out drive. Whilst impeccably presented there is still scope to modernise,

train station with regular trains into London Bridge and Walton on the Hill.

extend and re-configure (STPP). A fabulous location.


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FOUNDER & MD

HEAD OF SALES

SALES & LETTINGS NEGOTIATOR

SALES NEGOTIATOR & SUPPORT

Peter Kennedy - FNAEA MARLA

Andy Kennedy

Ben Kennedy

Georgina Wooding

Peter and Susie founded Kennedys’ on their home turf - an area they both felt needed a different take on what being a local estate agent really means. They, along with the rest of the team, have a true passion for property and what goes from making a house a home. Our homes have become increasingly central to our lives more than ever before and we understand that.

Andy joined Kennedys’ pretty much from the start in October 2004, bringing with him a huge amount of experience having managed a number of branches for some of the corporate agencies in the business. Andy plays an integral part in creating a stable team with his vast knowledge base and wealth of experience which he also utilises effectively to reassure our clients. Sales progression is at Andy’s core, steadying what can often be a wayward ship. He always gets the cake and whisky though!

Ben is Peter and Susie’s eldest son who joined the team in 2020, mainly to bring the average age down and to take our marketing and social media to another level. Now that’s been achieved, he has utilised his instinctive skill set to become an essential part of the team. He has straddled both the lettings and sales worlds and is an absolute natural when it comes to the business of estate agency. He brings with him some of life’s key attributes, which we all believe make him a huge asset to Kennedys’.

Andy has deeply fond memories of his time in the Air Cadets and has lots of anecdotes of these times and all of the people he met. He also has some rather wild stories of being an estate agent in the early 90s - enough said about that the better! He truly knows his stuff and has a warmth and genuine kindness that make him very popular with everyone he works with.

Ben discovered running shortly before starting at Kennedys’ and is now slightly obsessed by it! Already, achieving some incredible personal goals and, like his father and uncle, has a natural, warm charm. He will always go out of his way to do the very best job he can.

Georgina, ‘George’, has been part of the Kennedys’ family for over five years now and adds an energetic dynamic to everything she does. George will always go the extra mile for our clients and buyers, not to mention her colleagues. She is a much-appreciated asset to every part of the business and she does everything with her trademark enigmatic smile. Having lived in the area for her entire adult life, George’s passion for property coupled with her encyclopedic knowledge of the area - is second to none. Customer service and sales is in her blood and we are extremely proud to have her on our team.

On the odd occasion when Peter is not involved in all things Kennedys’, you can find him with his band of some 35 songsters, all of whom make up ‘Meantime’ - a brilliant Barbershop group. Peter’s passion for singing started from a young age and has gifted him some truly life-affirming memories. In terms of Peter’s role now, he is still very much the driving force behind Kennedys’ - overseeing the day-to-day running of the agency, as well as playing a key strategic role in moving the business forward with his immeasurable experience. His focus is always in ensuring that Kennedys’ continues to thrive by attracting new clients and retaining its position as a leading independent agent in the area. Peter does all of this with a great deal of humour and resolve and would literally do anything for his family, clients and staff, creating a wonderful experience for Kennedys’ clients and team. Well, most of the time… peter@kennedys-ipa.co.uk Sales: 01737 817718

andy@kennedys-ipa.co.uk Sales: 01737 817718

ben@kennedys-ipa.co.uk Sales: 01737 817718

georgina@kennedys-ipa.co.uk Sales: 01737 817718


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SALES SUPPORT

SALES SUPPORT & PETER’S PA

MARKETING & OPERATIONS

WHY KENNEDYS’ SALES

ACCOUNTS

So of course, the big question. Why choose Kennedys? We are often pitched against some of the big corporates in the business and the question we are often asked is how can you offer the geographical range that they can offer. The truth is that the technology and breadth of property portals out there has allowed us to be as far reaching as anyone. The difference is that we are a small independent family run business with

Yvonne Smiley

Sue Cox

Kate Russell Smith

Claire McKenzie

Yvonne joined us in May 2018 and quickly established herself as an integral part of the lettings team as one of our Lettings Managers. Following this success, Yvonne will now be expanding her repertoire to support the growing sales team. She brings with her a formidable set of skills and will be a fabulous asset to sales. She is always beautifully presented and never fails to have a smile on her face. Yvonne doesn’t know her own talents, which makes her all the better for it. Good customer service is at Yvonne’s core and she doesn’t need to be asked twice to get a problem resolved.

Sue is Peter’s longest-suffering, sorry… serving member of the team. She has seen the business grow from strength to strength. She tells us she comes into work for a rest, but there is not one part of Kennedys’ that she is not familiar with - she is actually the boss!

Kate joined Kennedys’ in 2014, initially on a part-time job share basis in our sales team, but recently she has taken on a new challenge, moving away from the front line of the agency to take on the sole role of marketing and operations. This is something that has always been part of her day-to-day life, but as Kennedys’ grows so does this role.

Claire has played a pivotal role in the financial management of both our sales and lettings departments during a period that has seen considerable growth. Her great passion for things being done in the right way has been an influence and benefit to the business and Claire is now one of the longest serving members within the team.

kate@kennedys-ipa.co.uk Sales: 01737 817718

claire@kennedys-ipa.co.uk Sales: 01737 817718

Yvonne@kennedys-ipa.co.uk Sales: 01737 817718

sue@kennedys-ipa.co.uk Sales: 01737 817718

just the one office. We have reviewed everything we do and how we do it and feel we are stronger together as a team. We work tirelessly for our clients! This is not a 9-5 business, and we work together to create this platform from which our clients can rely on. Estate Agency isn’t just about showing someone around a nice house. That is a tiny part of a much bigger picture.

WE ARE COMPETITIVE WE ARE FLEXIBLE

WE ARE COLLABORATIVE WE ARE GENUINE WE ARE CREATIVE

Kennedys’ 48 Walton Street Walton on the Hill Surrey KT20 7RT

T: 01737 817718 E: info@kennedys-ipa.co.uk www.kennedys-ipa.co.uk

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4 bedroom detached family home set in one of Tadworth's This beautiful 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 5 reception room premier locations. Fnished to a high specification whilst house built in 1902 and designed by Charles Barry. keeping the characteristics and features of the original property. Situated on a quiet road on the edge of Walton Heath.

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TADWORTH £1895pcm Unfurnished.

Located on one of the most popular roads in Tadworth, facing directly opposite Walton Heath, and within walking distance of both Walton on the Hill and Tadworth villages.

Set behind Walton Street in the village of Walton on the Hill is this highly desirable two bedroom semi-detached house with open plan kitchen with vaulted ceiling.

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TADWORTH £1895pcm Unfurnished.

TADWORTH £1850pcm Unfurnished.

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom end of terrace cottage, situated down the quiet residential development of Willowbank gardens, right by Tadworth train station.

2 bedroom semi-detached house with all modern fixtures and fittings throughout, along with private garden and parking space, this really is a gem.


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WH Y KENNEDY S ’ L ET TINGS You will be familiar with Kennedys’

THE

LETTINGS

HEAD OF LETTINGS

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT

Lettings already, having operated in

PROPERTY MANAGER

TEAM LETTINGS ADMINISTRATOR

the area successfully for many years. We are constantly growing and feel our team is now stronger than ever, ready to help you with every aspect of the Lettings process. Firstly, if you are thinking of letting your property,we would love the opportunity to sit down and discuss the options available to you. We will talk you through the comprehensive list of services we provide including finding you the right tenant, moving them in, managing maintenance issues, moving them out and getting your property back on the market. No job is too big or too small. Alternatively, if you're an existing landlord and would prefer us to take over the management of the property, relieving you of the weight that goes with it, let us know and we would be happy to help.You couldn't pick a better time to be marketing a property to let than in the current climate, with record demand and historically low supply. Kennedys’ Lettings Limited are here

Sarah Smith

Emma Edwards

Hannah Fitzpatrick

Laura Casling

Sarah joined us in 2021, although it already feels like she has been with us forever. Sarah brings with her a formidable breadth of knowledge and experience within Lettings, Property Management, inventories and surveying, an industry she has been a part of for over 25 years. Outside of her professional life she has raised two children and currently lives with her daughter in West Sussex. She also seems to like swimming in very cold, wild water in her free time and when not in it she is paddle boarding on it!

Emma joined Lettings in summer of 2021, and has established herself as an efficient, effective, and professional member of this growing department. Emma lives on the outskirts of Kingswood with her partner and two young children; so yet another local resident, who uses her life skills and knowledge to great effect within her role. Emma assists Sarah in the day to day running of our letting’s operation, alongside Hannah.

Hannah joined the Lettings team in December 2021, she comes with a wealth of experience including an ARLA qualification and has been a property manager for the last 6 years. She has worked in London previously and lives in Esher with her partner and young daughter. Big welcome to Hannah! - So pleased to have her on board in our very capable and experienced lettings team.

Laura has just started her adventure with Kennedys’ having previously worked for a family run business overseeing maintenance. She is new to Estate Agency but looking forward to getting stuck in. When not with us she is with her husband and two children, Isabelle and Zachary. Laura is another local, living in Lower Kingswood. We are really looking forward to getting to know her better. A huge welcome.

hannah@kennedys-ipa.co.uk Lettings: 01737 817718 option 2

laura@kennedys-ipa.co.uk Lettings: 01737 817718 option 2

to help you make the best of this active market.

sarah@kennedys-ipa.co.uk Lettings: 01737 817718 option 2

emma@kennedys-ipa.co.uk Lettings: 01737 817718 option 2

‘If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact the Lettings Team’


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K AT E M E E T S KATE RUSSELL S MITH

‘I am delighted to introduce a new series of interviews that we will be bringing to you in this and future editions of Kennedys’ in Kingswood. These interviews will be part of our commitment to support the community in as many ways as we can. We will meet and promote local business owners, we will engage with residents associations, and become a platform for information and conversation about the housing market; and of course we will continue to be proud sponsors of Kingswood Lawn Tennis Club. We also feel the need to back the amazing work that Kingswood Safe is doing to protect our homes and families, and are delighted to announce that our 15th Kennedys` Charity Golf Day is to be held at the fantastic Kingswood Golf and Country Club this summer. I hope you really enjoy the first of many interviews.

LOCAL BUSINESSES CL A R E HA XBY

L OUISA GRACE

Originally from Sheffield, Clare completed her Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Chesterfield Art College in Derbyshire before moving to London to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking at Kingston University. Whilst at Kingston Clare was awarded a Stanley Picker Travel Scholarship to Venezuela and Brazil. This incredible opportunity gave Clare a desire for travel and to further explore other cultures.

I stumbled across Louisa Grace after a conversation with my sister-in-law, who told me of this lovely looking shop she had seen on-line and that was based in Banstead. I have to say it took me a while to find it but I’m so pleased I did. Louisa Grace, a joint venture set up by Claire and Jamie McFadyen in 2013, was born out of their love for all things old - they specialise in original, vintage and antique furniture, lighting and home accessories.

When she left Uni and moved to London with her now husband, she worked as a make-up artist & bodypainter on pop videos working with some of the icons of the era to include; Jamiroquai, Simply Red, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, The BGees and the Pet Shop Boys to name just a few! With a young family in tow, Clare moved to Singapore in 2015 where she stayed for eight years and whilst there opened her own art studio, hosting art events and studio days, along with tours of her beautiful Black & White house, a colonial buildings built between the late 19th century up until the pre-war era of the 1930’s and originally to home British Officers during the war. Clare's new series inspired by Singapore attracted a great deal of attention. Painting architecture was new for Clare, something at the time she didn’t know was really for her, however how wrong she was, her unique mixed media style gained her an offer of a Solo Show at The Fullerton Hotel on Singapore's Marina and many of her paintings and prints now hang in embassies, diplomats houses and of course private collectors around the world. Her portfolio is certainly impressive. Clare has designed printed textiles for retailers such Liberty’s of London, Debenhams, and Whistles, as well as ranges of gift wrap, t-shirts and cards for Unisef, Oxfam and Greenpeace.

I am lucky enough to be the owner of her print of award winning 'Liberty’s of London' Edition Print with its famous flower stall, I absolutely treasure it and plan on adding to my collection. Luckily for us, Clare now resides in Kingswood, in what is believed to be the oldest house in the village. Her and her husband Owen have renovated their Victorian villa and its gardens into something quite special and this is now not only her home but also her studio. I am proud to call Clare a friend and would highly recommend a visit to her website if you are looking for something a little bit special to finish off your home interior. ‘We love Clare's unique paintings of tropical Singapore, our former home. We are now coveting her new collection of London Landmarks: the colours are just stunning!' Mr and Mrs Antony and Julie Phillipson Former British High Commissioner to Singapore, currently British High Commissioner to South Africa www.clarehaxby.com Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Linktree Tel +44 (0) 7482 337775

Louisa Grace has become a firm favourite with Peter and Susie too whilst renovating their home in Walton on the Hill. Claire has also worked with a number of local businesses, including us, to help create beautiful, sustainable interiors. Their belief being that vintage and antique furniture and accessories can look beautiful in any home no matter the style, period or size. They have three barns of beautiful antiquities ranging from as little as £20, so if you are in need of something a little bit special but want to buy something that has already lived a life, maybe several times over, why not go along for a cup of tea and a good look around their amazing barns in Banstead.

www.louisagrace.co.uk claire@louisagrace.co.uk Seven Acres, Carshalton Road, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 3DX


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KEL LY CLEMENT THE SECRET KITCHEN Kelly loves all things food. From pairing the wines and drinks to each dish, to the décor, music and table arrangements. She loves it all. Her passion lies in food and feeding people. The Secret Kitchen was born out of her realisation that not all of us do enjoy it, or have time for it! So, Kelly and her team create seasonal dishes delivered in beautiful bespoke packaging, for you to decant at home into your serving platters for you to pass off as your own! Everything is made with love, using locally sourced, seasonal, high end ingredients. All you need to do is arrange your dinner party or gathering in the diary and contact The Secret Kitchen, to do the rest.

On the day your order will be delivered to you ready to serve or ready to cook, depending on your request. What could be simpler? Having arranged a dinner party one Saturday and then realising I was also due to be working that day – I went into panic mode, I’d seen something on Facebook about The Secret Kitchen and thought I would message Kelly just on the off chance she could fit me in – she came back to me straight away and could not only do what I needed, but at a fantastic price too. Unfortunately the dinner had to be postponed due to… yup, you guessed it COVID, but I kept my order and my family & I had the most exquisite Salmon-en-Croute to ourselves – I cannot recommend Kelly enough.

www.thesecret-kitchen.co.uk WhatsApp 07809 758630

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Kennedys’ DISCREET MARKETING SERVICE

Having seen a gap in the market for a Discreet

We believe in providing the highest levels of

Marketing Service (DMS) in recent years I was

service, the best possible marketing material,

excited to launch our very own product in 2018

knowledgeable and experienced staff and the

and I am really happy to report that this is still very

confidence that we will get the best price from

much a thriving part of the Kennedys’ portfolio.

the market. DMS by Kennedys’ allows you to achieve all that but in an unobtrusive, discreet

For those new to the area or to our brand,

and bespoke way. I head up this department,

Discreet Marketing Service (DMS) by Kennedys’,

aided as ever by the great team behind me.

is an exclusive way of selling your home without the burden and exposure of an open market

If you would be interested in discussing the

campaign which for some can be a daunting

possibility of using this service, then I would be

prospect so instead we can find you a new

glad to set up an initial non obligatory private

home through our search and acquisition offering,

meeting at a time and venue to suit you and in

and even have an expert from our team negotiate

complete confidence. I look forward to hearing

on your behalf and take away the hassle of the

from you and to maybe working with you in

constant and often complicated sales progression,

the future.

all the way through to exchange and completion. Peter

FULL PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY & FLOOR PLANS COLOUR BROCHURE PRIVATE VIEWINGS NO TIME WASTERS NO PUBLIC DOMAIN PORTALS QUALIFIED APPLICANTS PERSONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE PRIVATE SEARCH & ACQUISITION PURCHASE NEGOTIATION & SALES PROGRESSION


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KENNEDYS’ IN THE COMMUNITY KENNEDY S ’ H A S BEEN AT T H E HEA RT OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY FOR OVER 17 YEARS

We are immensely focused on supporting local schools and sporting teams. From sponsoring Tadworth Cricket Club and Kingswood Tennis Club through to organising an annual Charity Golf Day at Kingswood Golf Club and raising over £150,000 for local charities close to our heart over the past 14 years, we have also continued to support the wonderful Kingswood Shetlands Assisted Animal Therapy who offer incredible support to children and young adults.

We will have more exciting stuff to report on both the Kingswood Lawn Tennis Club and Tadworth Cricket Club in the spring, but Peter was delighted to be asked to present the Kennedys’ Cup to the most improved junior player at their AGM in December 2021! Well done to Stefan Jarrett.

We recently received this email from them.

Stefan has been part of the Junior programme for the past 5 years and the clubs coach Valentin has seen a noticeable improvement in his practice and match play. Stefan has also been participating in their Friday Night Teens Tennis. This has been running for the past 3 years, with the support of Kennedys’ who are proud sponsors for the Junior players. This is a great success and enjoyed by all their Teens.

‘Just wanted to say Thank you to Kennedys’ for their on-going support. It has helped with our hay and feed throughout the year. We are attending the Children’s Trust on Wednesday at their Christmas Event which you are sponsoring.’ We have raised money for Walton on the Hill primary school for their ‘well-being’ pod and have always tried to assist when additional funding has been required, most recently assisting with funds for stationery in year 6 and providing sponsorship for the Christmas Fair.

We are always on the lookout to support our local community where we can, so do give us a call to see where we might help.

If you would like to find out more about what’s available at Kingswood Lawn Tennis Club; whether you’re interested in coaching or social play, please do contact them on: coaching.kingswoodltc@gmail.com Watch this space for more information on Tadworth Cricket Club: www.facebook.com/tadworthcc/

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KENNEDYS’ IN KINGSWOO Kingswood is now appealing to people who have had a lifestyle shift; super-fast train links into London, now replaced with a desire for flexible working, outside space and countryside. Kingswood has it all!

Five years ago we took the decision to take the front office and shop

we have a very clear vision and plan, to not only maintain our

front of Paxton House. Last November our 5 year lease came to an

presence but increase it, not just within the housing market, but within

end, and for a long time I had always intended to renew the lease

the community. We are going to use this opportunity in an exciting

for a further 5 years, but in February 2020 we were forced to stop

and positive way, and I am looking forward to sharing our plans and

using the space as we shared the offices with two other businesses,

seeing them unfold over the months ahead. It is clear that the industry

and since then we have operated both our sales and lettings teams

is continuing to change and evolve, and with it the way we operate,

from our office in Walton on the Hill, a building that not only do we

how we market ourselves and how we can now offer our services in

own but we are the sole occupants within our space, allowing us to

different ways. As a local, family run business that was founded by

work safely and comply with Government guidelines. We have made

me in 2004, we are now able to combine all our experience and

changes and improved how the teams work together, have also used

traditional methods with new technology, state of the art marketing

this opportunity to re-organise and re-focus on our future plans, some

methods and high levels of personal service, all of which we will

of which you will learn more about in this edition of Signature and

continue to offer to Kingswood home owners in 2022 and beyond.

some of which we are excited about announcing further in 2022. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the many clients who One of the biggest decisions we made was to not renew the Paxton

have trusted us with the sale or let of their properties over the last

House lease, but for anyone who may think or suggest that this

17 years; to you, and those who we look forward to acting for in

somehow signifies a departure of Kennedys` in Kingswood, nothing

the future, you have my assurance and absolute commitment towards

could be further from the truth. In making the decision to not have a

making Kennedys` stronger than ever.

shop front in Kingswood, we have of course looked at making sure Peter

Peter.


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‘as a local, family run business that was founded by me in 2004, we are now able to combine all our experience and traditional methods with new technology’

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How one group of residents are now in control of their estate IF YOU take a stroll from the village over the railway bridge and turn left into Forest Drive you’ll find some

‘The listed electricity substation features in the KNECL company logo’

of the earliest developments in Kingswood. A series of imposing Arts and Crafts houses were among the first built in Kingswood in the early years of the 20th Century by the Costain family, who had spotted the opportunity to create a small village community in this countryside setting which was also within easy reach of London, thanks to the newly-opened railway line. Their building work soon extended north and eastwards

‘Since establishing KNECL and issuing shares, we have consulted extensively with our residents to determine their priorities and how they want KNECL’s volunteer directors and officers to manage the estate on their behalf. More than 100 suggestion and comments were received on a document outlining how we believe our estate should be managed and run, the Estate Principles, with the final version being approved by an overwhelming 95 per cent vote at our AGM.’

from there until, by the late 1930s, they had developed the full length of what are now Forest Drive and The Glade, as well as several spur roads running off them. Walking around this estate today very little looks to have altered. True, there are a handful of new-builds but, by and large, the estate retains its open, sylvan character with imposing Edwardian houses set on substantial

Conservation Area.

delicate negotiations with Costain,

woodland plots.

Set among the houses

including detailed legal work to protect residents

on the estate is a small

from any historic liabilities and agreement on a cash

Yet two years ago saw

triangular green with a

payment to accompany the property title transfers.

the biggest change in the

listed lamppost and former

nature of Kingswood since the Costains first began

electricity sub-station that is believed to be

This cash payment will partly finance initial enhancement investment.

one of only two of its kind remaining in the country. Residents set up a not-for-profit limited company,

developing the area. For, in November 2020, the near 200 residents of the Kingswood North Estate took full

Shirley Clark, a long-standing resident of The Glade and the elected Chair of KNECL, says: ‘We are delighted with everything achieved in the last few years. 98 per cent of our residents took up their shareholding in KNECL, giving a wonderful endorsement to our preferred resident-empowered model, and significantly aiding our longer-term aim of building greater community awareness and engagement.’

Taking ownership of the roads is a milestone

Kingswood North Estate Company Ltd (KNECL),

ownership and control of these roads, as well as their

achievement, giving residents full control over the

in which all property owners are entitled to be shareholders.

verges, common spaces and associated infrastructure,

management, maintenance and enhancement of the

This shareholding not only provides a direct ownership

from the Costain company. This estate, like most of the

special area in which they live. Completion of the

interest in the estate but also guarantees an opportunity

village, is designated as a Residential Area of Special

ownership transfer for both Kingswood North and other

to be involved in all key decisions on the estate’s

Character but also includes part of a cherished

areas of the wider Kingswood estate followed a year of

management and future enhancement.

‘Importantly, almost all the money KNECL will spend on improvement initiatives, be these relating to Estate appearance, road safety or general security, will come from monies previously lost to Costain in the form of fees and charges. KNECL now retains this money and will spend it for the benefit of residents.’ While still relatively early days in the context of a 100-year-old estate, this looks like being a great success story: clear resident ownership and control not only benefits existing property owners but enhances the attractiveness of the area to prospective future purchasers.



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‘almost overnight peoples priorities shifted, work patterns changed and suddenly the real values and virtues that Kingswood has to offer gained a whole new appreciation’


A Quintessentially English Setting

Introduction Kingswood Manor is an exclusive use manor house ideal for weddings, corporate events, photo shoots, filming, weekend retreats and much more! It is a magnificent private, fully enclosed venue in the heart of Surrey well connected to Central London. Rich in its history, this grand country manor house is perfect for a range of events. Sophisticated, elegant, and expansive, this beautiful property boasts a great deal of charm.

www.kingswood-manor.co.uk

SETTING Set in the heart of Kingswood, a residential area on the North Downs in the Borough of Reigate in Surrey. Part of the London commuter belt, Kingswood is just east of the A217 and sits just off the M25 making it an easily accessible venue. HERITAGE Kingswood Manor is an impressive Georgian property that owes much of its architectural design to its roots in the 19th century. This fine manor house was built around 1895 by the renowned architect Edward Penfold, a partner in Baker and Penfold of Reigate. From the grand entrance gates to the ornate oak staircase, each feature in the property is designed to impress and amaze. Elegant and spacious with a rich history, this stunning venue exudes charm and sophistication. YOUR EVENT Kingswood Manor has a number of celebration rooms and spaces, inside and outside that hold various capacities. If you are looking for an intimate ceremony in our main ballroom, a celebratory meal in our formal dining room or a large conference in an outdoor marquee, we are the venue for you. Our main ballroom can accommodate 80 people theatre style and/or 120 people standing reception. We also offer the option to hire an extra marquee for up to 300 guests.

ACCOMMODATION Kingswood Manor has nine luxurious, individually designed bedrooms, including two grand suites and seven further beautifully decorated guest bedrooms for your party to enjoy. Kingswood Cottage, located on the grounds, offers three further bedrooms. The Manor house encompasses various other social spaces including a billiard room, morning room, dining room, breakfast room, study and fully functioning kitchen and utility room which will tempt you to spend a few more days. ADDITIONAL SERVICES Our in-house planning team are on hand to ensure that your event is one to be remembered and all the little things (as well as the big) are taken care off. We have some of the industry’s most remarkable and reliable suppliers from catering, decoration and audio-visual.

If you would like to find out more about this luxury venue, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Viewings are by appointment only. Kingswood Manor, Stubbs Lane, Lower Kingswood, Surrey, KT20 7AJ T: 020 7867 3988 E: info@kingswood-manor.com


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ALCOCKS

LANE

KINGSWOOD £1,750,000 We are delighted to offer this substantial and attractive 6 bedroom detached family home, measuring some 3726 Sqft and providing spacious accommodation over three floors. The house is well presented and offers flexible accommodation over three floors. There is also scope to extend or re-configure if so desired (STPP).


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CHIPSTEAD P R ICES FR OM £1,195,000 Each home boasts up to 3,400 square feet of generous living space over three floors, providing 5 spacious bedrooms and fabulous open plan living areas. Each aspect of the homes have been designed with 3 considerations – comfort, practicality and style, to ensure that each and every area can be enjoyed to its fullest extent.

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BETCH WORT H P R ICES FR OM £1,995,000 Situated in a quiet area of this beautiful village, Brookworth Homes proudly presents a select development of just three exclusive four and five bedroom homes. The elegant architecture is finished with locally sourced materials while the interiors are full of high-specification features that you would expect with modern day executive homes.

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Over the past decade, Kennedys’ have had the good fortune of having a

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DRIVE

constant flow of land and new homes projects, from high volume

KINGSW OOD OIEO £1,650,000

units to single plot sites. Our reputation and ability to handle ‘new home’ sites has grown, and established itself as one of the leading agencies in this important sector of the business. In recent years we have worked with clients such as Michael Shanly, Millwood Design Homes, Stateside Developments, White Oak, Woodgavil, Octagon, Lime, Devine Homes, Vantage, Sheridan Homes, Reside, Urban Green, Brookworth Homes, Vanderbilt Homes, Mountbatten Homes & Leila Homes, along with many others.

These coal baked sweet potato pancakes

We have also found and negotiated a

are a firm favourite here at The Salt Box!

number of land acquisitions over recent times, providing some exciting new home

These pancakes make for a great veggie breakfast but if you wish to fry off some chorizo before cooking your pancakes. Remove the chorizo from the pan with a slotted spoon and reserve the flavoured oil for frying off the eggs. Use a nice flat griddle to cook your pancakes, this will stop from running into the centre of the pan.

sites over the next couple of years. Headed up by our Founder and MD, Peter Kennedy, Kennedys’ Land and New Homes department is constantly looking for development opportunities, be it a large existing plot that could be

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

split, even an old commercial site that could be converted to residential use, or a green belt site that you feel may one day home some future development. Whatever it is, however big or small, if you have something that you think might just have current or future development potential, please call Peter Kennedy on 01737 817718.

A rare opportunity to purchase this highly secluded property/site of some 0.61 acres in one of Kingswood`s finest and most sought-after roads, with long private drive and planning for a stylish Neo Georgian detached home of approximately 7500 sq ft. For further details contact Peter Kennedy on 01737 817718

2 Sweet Potatoes 300g Self Raising Flour 2 tsp Jerk Seasoning 300ml Whole Milk Pinch Salt and pepper 8 Eggs Yoghurt Harissa Paste 2 Spring Onions (finely sliced) Lime, cut into wedges


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METHOD

Coal bake your sweet potatoes in the embers of the fire - this will take an hour or two by the edge of the fire.The sweet potatoes are ready when you can easily insert the point of a knife into the centre. Remove the sweet potatoes from the fire and allow to cool, peel away the gnarly skin. Place into a bowl and mash well. Separate 4 of the eggs, placing the yolks with the sweet potato and the whites into a separate bowl. Add the milk to the sweet potato and stir together, mixing well. Season and add flour to the pancake batter and stir to combine.

Warm a skillet over the fire, add a knob of butter and a touch of rapeseed oil. Add a small ladle of your mixture into the skillet and cook until bubbles start to rise to the surface then flip the pancake. Cook through for 3-4 minutes. When all the pancakes are cooked, add some extra oil to the skillet and fry the remaining 4 eggs. Whilst the eggs are cooking, mix the harissa and yoghurt together.

Nestled away in leafy Walton on the Hill, Surrey, is Rise, a wellbeing studio run by husband and wife team James and Hannah Daly. Their purpose-built garden studio is bright and spacious, offering indoor and outdoor space for yoga and personal training. ‘We wanted to create something a little different,’ James explains, ‘a private space, away from all the noise, where people would feel comfortable practicing yoga or taking part in a personal training session.’ For years the couple dreamt of creating a space that could accommodate both of their passions, so after Hannah qualified as a yoga teacher, they set to work on building their perfect studio. ‘I’m truly passionate about holding space for women to slow down and connect with their bodies. My classes are gentle and

Stack the sweet potato pancakes on plates, top with fried eggs and a little harissa yoghurt. Finish with a wedge of lime and a sprinkling of spring onion.

Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into the pancake batter.

relaxing, so our studio is the ideal calming sanctuary for this.’ says Hannah, ‘I also wanted to be able to hold workshops and mini retreats, so it was important for us to create a versatile space.’ As for James - a personal trainer for over 20 years – he brings a wealth of expertise and experience. He has developed his own training philosophy and has amassed a broad and loyal client base. ‘The fitness industry is driven by six packs and quick-fix gimmicks. Instead, my ethos is centred around mind and body, working alongside my clients to help them create realistic goals and cultivate healthier lifestyle habits.’ James also utilises the studio to record Mindful Men Talk, a podcast he co-hosts, which focuses on

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male mental health. Rise is a space that truly nurtures mind, body and spirit.

phone: 01737 902 912 site: wearethesaltbox.co.uk e:info@wearethesaltbox.co.uk For more details and class information visit: www.riseinsurrey.co.uk @riseinsurrey @getfitdaly


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ROAD

CHESTNUT

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8 LINGFIELD HOUSE

TA DW ORT H £1,250,000

EWEL L £815,000

TADWORT H £490,000

This attractive and unique property is formed from a wing of

This substantial four-bedroom family home is packed with

A simply stunning first floor apartment which has been beautifully

a large Victorian Manor House built in 1897, with part tile hung

original features, and whilst being well presented also offers

renovated and offers, two good sized bedrooms, two bathrooms,

elevations under a tiled roof with knapped flint elevations and

scope to further extend and re-configure if so desired.

one being en-suite to the main bedroom a spacious sitting room

with brick quoining. Hedgecroft was the 8.5-acre country estate

Chestnut Avenue is ideally located and within easy access

with juliet balcony and modern, fully fitted eat in kitchen situated

of Baronet Sir George Sutton which was later divided into five

of good schools, Auriol park, and excellent transport links

in this very popular location within the village of Tadworth,

separate homes after World War II.

into Central London.

making it close to local amenities and train station.

‘always very professional, responsive and helpful. Kennedy's have for a number of years rented out and more recently sold my property, everything went extremely smoothly’ Ian S.


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ROAD

BOX H ILL £1,650,000 Set in some 3 acres of formal gardens, paddocks and yards with stables and outbuildings, and providing flexible accommodation across it`s 5200 sq ft of accommodation. The property is located in the rural village of Box Hill, perched at the peak of Surrey Hills with easy access to the local towns such as Dorking, Reigate and Leatherhead.


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