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Brook Rise, Chigwell ÂŁ999,995 SOLE AGENCY We are delighted to offer for sale this substantial Five Bedroom Detached residence situated within a sought-after location and being close to local shops, amenities and Chigwell's Central Line Station. The property offers three reception rooms, fitted kitchen, cloakroom/WC, master bedroom with en suite and dressing area plus a family bathroom. The property also benefits from an integral garage, workshop, a beautiful 80ft rear garden and has scope to extend subject to the necessary planning consents. Viewings are highly recommended to appreciate the accommodation on offer.

Chigwell Office: 020 8281 0123

Gainsborough Place, Chigwell ÂŁ999,995 SOLE AGENCY A delightful Five Bedroom Detached property situated within a gated development. The property offers kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, three reception rooms, study cloakroom/WC, en suites to two bedrooms, family bathroom, double detached garage and off-street parking for two cars. With no on-going chain viewings are highly recommended.

Chigwell Office: 020 8281 0123


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Pine Lodge, Vicarage Lane, Chigwell ÂŁ995,000 SOLE AGENCY Set within a sought-after location with farmland views this is a Four Double Bedroom Detached residence. The property offers en suites to two of the bedrooms, an additional family bathroom, lounge, family room, study, fitted kitchen/dining room, utility room, attached garage and carriage driveway with off-road parking for several vehicles. With no on-going chain viewings are highly recommended.

Chigwell Office: 020 8281 0123

High Elms, Chigwell ÂŁ829,995 SOLE AGENCY A spacious Four Bedroom Detached family home situated within a cul-de-sac location which benefits from no on-going chain. The property comprises four reception rooms, kitchen, utility room, cloakroom/WC, en suite to master bedroom, family bathroom, double garage with parking for numerous cars and a garden measuring approximately 60ft.

Chigwell Office: 020 8281 0123


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Courtland Drive, Chigwell


New Forest Lane, Chigwell


A magnificent chance to acquire a home with development potential overlooking stunning views on Courtland Drive.

Benefiting from no on-going chain is this excellent family home situated within the sought-after location of New Forest Lane.

Situated on a 70ft plus frontage, plans have been passed to create an extensive Five Bedroom home with an approximately 60ft rear garden. Within walking distance to both Brook Parade shops and Chigwell's Central Line Tube Station this is a must to view. SOLE AGENCY

This Four Bedroom Detached residence comprises three reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom/WC, en suite to master bedroom with balcony overlooking rear garden. There is also an attached garage with carriage driveway. Planning permission has been approved for two double bedrooms both with en suite bathrooms and a loft extension.

Station Road, Chigwell

Brandesbury Sq, Repton Park


A substantial double fronted Five Bedroom Semi-Detached Cottage with views over green and being conveniently located to Chigwell's Central Line Station and Brook Parade. The property is beautifully presented and boasts an impressive entrance hall, four reception rooms, fitted kitchen, cloakroom/WC, utility room, three en suites, family bathroom and off-street parking. With no on-going chain viewings are highly recommended to appreciate the accommodation on offer. SOLE AGENCY



A substantial Five Bedroom End of Terrace Town House situated on the everpopular Repton Park with views overlooking The Square. The property boasts kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, dining room, conservatory, cloakroom/WC to the ground floor, the second floor offers lounge with balcony, two bedrooms plus a family bathroom. The master bedroom sits on the second floor with en suite and two further bedrooms both with en suites. The property also benefits from a remote controlled internal music system to various rooms. SOLE AGENCY

Chigwell Office: 020 8281 0123

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Mulvey & Co Maintenance & Refurbishment Contractors

Mulvey & Co are a company of building contractors established in 1991. We started out by doing decorating and small building works including extensions and conversions, we are now proud to be called a large contractor with turnover in excess of ÂŁ4 million per year. At Mulvey & Co we believe that genuine quality services tailored to our customers need will keep us ahead of the competition, maintain integrity and keep customers happy. We are continuously striving to achieve the highest standards for health and safety through training and insist all our workmen adhere to the construction design and management regulations.

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Rosebury Sq, Repton Park


Situated on the prestigious Repton Park Development is this spacious Five Bedroom End of Terrace Townhouse which sits on a corner plot. The property benefits from two reception rooms plus a conservatory, kitchen/dining room, utility room, cloakroom/WC, three en suites, family bathroom, garage and off-street parking.

Chigwell Rise, Chigwell


Presenting this Three Bedroom Detached family home which has been totally refurbished by the present owners to a high specification, plus it has the added benefit of having planning permission already granted to extend the property to the front and to the side. SOLE AGENCY

Chigwell Rise, Chigwell


An ideal opportunity to purchase this Three Bedroom Detached Chalet Bungalow being within close proximity to local shops, amenities and Chigwell Central Line Station. The property benefits from a spacious hallway, three reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, ground floor shower room, utility room, master bedroom with en suite and dressing room, en suite to bedroom three, a double detached garage and driveway with ample parking to the side and front. There is also access to the 70ft rear garden via either side of the bungalow.

Cedar Park, Chigwell


Set in approximately six acres of private communal manicured grounds sits this Four Bedroom Georgian-styled Coach House with stunning views over an organic fruit and apple orchard, a formal rose garden, lawned areas and a Victorian walled garden. This is indeed one of Chigwell's treasures as the property has been individually interior designed by the present owners. Viewing is a must. SOLE AGENCY


Chigwell Office: 020 8281 0123



Chigwell Park Drive, Chigwell


Woolhampton Way, Chigwell Row


An immaculate Three Bedroom Detached Bungalow situated within a desirable location and being close to Chigwell's Central Line Station, local shops and amenities. The bungalow comprises: spacious hall, lounge, fitted kitchen, bathroom, an approximately 70ft rear garden and off-street parking. With no on-going chain viewings are highly recommended. SOLE AGENCY

An extended three double bedroom semi-detached property situated within a semi-rural setting close to Hainault Forest and within easy access to all major routes including the A12. Comprises: lounge/diner, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom/ WC, family bathroom, garage and off-street parking. This property is beautifully presented and an early viewing is highly recommended. SOLE AGENCY

New Barns Way, Chigwell

Coolgardie Avenue, Chigwell



Conveniently located to Chigwell's Central Line Station and shopping facilities at Brook Parade is this Four Bedroom Detached residence boasting three reception rooms, conservatory, cloakroom/WC, family bathroom, garage and a 62ft rear garden approximately. Viewings are highly recommended.

Situated in the ever-popular Chigwell Park Estate is this well presented Four Bedroom Semi-Detached family residence being within close proximity to Chigwell's Central Line Station and amenities. The property benefits from lounge, study, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom/WC, family bathroom, 70ft rear garden approximately, off-street parking and garage. Viewings are highly recommended. SOLE AGENCY

The Bowls, Chigwell

The Bowls, Chigwell


Scope to refurbish and with no on-going chain is this Two Bedroom Ground Floor Apartment with garden. Situated within a gated development the apartment benefits from lounge, dining area, study area, cloakroom/WC, bathroom, garage en bloc and ample visitors' parking. Also convenient to Grange Hill Central Line Station, shops and amenities. SOLE AGENCY

Chigwell Office: 020 8281 0123


A Two Bedroom Second Floor Apartment with stunning views over rolling farmland and surrounding locations. This spacious two bedroom apartment has been refurbished to a very high standard and benefits from a balcony, garage en bloc and visitors parking. SOLE AGENCY



Repton Park


Devonshire House, Repton Park


Kensington House, Repton Park


An immaculate Three Bedroom Second Floor Apartment with lots of natural light, set within the tranquil grounds of Repton Park. The property benefits from secure entry phone system, fitted kitchen, en suite to master bedroom, walk-in wardrobe, two allocated parking spaces and NHBC cover. With no on-going chain viewings are highly recommended. SOLE AGENCY

A stunning Three Bedroom Ground Floor Apartment which offers an abundance of natural light with spacious lounge, entrance/dining hall and two underground parking spaces. With no on-going chain viewings are highly recommended. SOLE AGENCY

Sutherland House, Repton Park

Aundle House, Repton Park



Situated within the gated development of Repton Park is this Two Bedroom First Floor Apartment which benefits from having two en suites, guest cloakroom and spacious lounge. The apartment also benefits from stunning views, two allocated parking spaces and no on-going chain. SOLE AGENCY

A delightful and well maintained First Floor Two Bedroom Apartment which benefits from lounge, kitchen/diner, master bedroom with dressing area and en suite plus a separate bathroom. The apartment comes with a lift to all floors and two allocated parking spaces. Viewings are highly recommended to appreciate the accommodation on offer.

Elderberry Close, The Avenue

Bradfield House, Repton Park


A beautifully presented Three Bedroom Semi-Detached house situated within the gated development of The Avenue which benefits from forest views. The property comprises: lounge, kitchen/diner, cloakroom/WC, a recently installed family bathroom and allocated parking for one car. This property is immaculate throughout. SOLE AGENCY



Set within the beautiful grounds of Repton Park is this Two Double Bedroom First Floor Apartment. The property benefits from kitchen/breakfast room, en suite to master bedroom, separate bathroom, lift access to all floors, underground parking for two cars plus visitors' parking. With no on-going chain viewings are highly recommended. SOLE AGENCY

Chigwell Office: 020 8281 0123

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Beresford House, Beresford Drive £999,995 This Five Bedroom, Four Reception home offers substantial accommodation ideal for entertaining or a growing family. The house itself is set on a plot that offers a degree of privacy rarely found in the Monkhams and is offered to the market with no onward chain. The property benefits from kitchen/diner, a large en suite bathroom to the master bedroom, double garage, landscaped gardens and off-street parking for up to ten vehicles. Interest in these properties is always great so please call the office today to arrange your internal viewing.

Woodford Office: 020 8506 0828

Belgrave Road, London £700,000 SOLE AGENCY Nestled in one of Wanstead’s most desirable areas, this unique Five Bedroom, Four Bathroom corner property has many attractive features. These include a magnificent kitchen diner complete with orangery style glazed roof, bespoke kitchen featuring appliances from Gaggenau and Meile. A master suite that has a dressing room and en suite shower room, a main guest bedroom that has an en suite shower room. There is also a family bathroom. Downstairs offers large and flexible living space suitable for a growing family as well as entertaining. Outside the property features a low maintenance garden, a detached garage to rear and off-street parking to the front. This genuinely is a unique property that will attract plenty of interest. So book your internal viewing today!

Woodford Office: 020 8506 0828




The Glade, Woodford Green ÂŁ900,000 SOLE AGENCY This Five Bedroom Detached property located in the heart of Woodford Green on the ever popular Knightons, being ideally located for Woodford Central Line Station and High Road, is a must view as the property is being offered CHAIN FREE. The property benefits from a good sized kitchen/breakfast room, lounge, dining room, downstairs cloakroom/WC and conservatory. Benefiting further from three bathrooms, one of which is en suite to the master bedroom. The rear garden is approximately 90ft, with carriage drive leading to the garage. A must view for any growing family.

Woodford Office: 020 8506 0828

Higham Road, Woodford Green ÂŁ650,000 SOLE AGENCY This beautifully presented Five Bedroom Victorian End of Terrace property is located in the heart of Woodford Green, close to the Central Line Tube Station. The property benefits from the following; lounge, dining area, which can been seperated by bi-folding doors, downstairs cloakroom/WC, kitchen/breakfast room, family bathroom, en suite bathroom to bedroom five and off-street parking.

Woodford Office: 020 8506 0828


f you’re looking for style, quality, exclusivity and exceptional service then Turners for Men and Women oers it all in abundance.


Since opening in 1994, Turners has showcased an impressive and increasing selection of top designer collections and accessories, including Paul Smith, Hugo Boss, Armani Collezioni, D&G for men and Paul Smith, DVF, Nicole Farhi and Armani Jeans for women. At the beginning of each new season, every March and September, Turners celebrate with a special event to launch our new collections, opening our doors from 10am to 10pm. All customers on our mailing list are sent a special invitation, though the event is open to anyone who fancies joining us for a glass or two of wine and a relaxing browse around our store.


For the past four years, Turners have been one of only six independent UK retailers to offer Armani Collezioni Made to Measure suits, in an exquisite and relaxed purposefully designed made to measure room on our second floor. More recently we have become the only independent store offering our customers an Armani made to measure shirt service too.

Over the past year Turners have also diversified into outdoor living, showcasing elegant and stylish handmade outdoor furniture by Westminster. Select individual pieces can be viewed in store, alongside some stunning choice interior pieces. Visit us and enjoy a unique and enjoyable shopping experience at 69-71 Crouch Street, Colchester. We look forward to welcoming you.

Turners are incredibly proud to announce that Paul Smith London have chosen us to exclusively offer their Made to Measure service, which will launch in our store in March 2010.

69&71 Crouch St, Colchester, Essex. CO3 3EY Tel: 01206 562677 / 01206562700 Email:




High Road, Buckhurst Hill £299,995 SOLE AGENCY A beautifully presented spacious Two Double Bedroom Top Floor Apartment offered with a share of freehold. The property boasts a large lounge/diner, balcony, garage and a communal lift. Having been decorated to a high standard by the current vendor an internal viewing is highly recommended.

Kings Avenue, Woodford Green £695,000 SOLE AGENCY An exceptionally well presented Four Bedroom Semi-Detached family residence which has been the subject of extensive renovations to the exacting standards of the current vendor. The property comprises: kitchen/breakfast room, utility area, cloakroom/WC, study, living room, lounge, family bathroom, off-street parking and rear garden. The property is ldeally located for access into london via Woodford Tube Station on the Central Line. Early internal viewing is advised.

Coburg Gardens, Woodford Green £499,995 SOLE AGENCY This Four Bedroom Detached family home is a rare find indeed. Complete with many features that would suit any family including a beautifully presented kitchen diner, ample off-street parking, double garage and potential to extend (stpp). This home also benefits from an en suite bathroom to the master bedroom as well as a downstairs loo. The property is ideally located in a quiet cul-de-sac within easy reach of transport links at South Woodford for the Central Line and for shopping in Wanstead and South Woodford. These properties rarely come on to the market so call the office to arrange your viewing.


Woodford Office: 020 8506 0828



Princes Road, Buckhurst Hill


Elm Terrace, Woodford Green


This Delightful Character Cottage has been renovated and extended by the current vendor to an exact standard.

Situated in a privileged position overlooking the green, this Four Bedroom Three Bathroom house is certainly a rare find.

The property offers three generous sized bedrooms, open living and dining room, modern kitchen and an approximately 70ft garden with games room to the rear. The property also benefits further from off-street parking. Located in the heart of Buckhurst Hill with it's ever popular Queens Road nearby and walking distance to the Central Line Station, the property is a must view. SOLE AGENCY

Complete with many period features including fireplaces and coving, as well as a character kitchen and family bathroom. The property also has two en suite bathrooms and a loft conversion that has been short-listed for a local design award. Outside the property has space to park three cars and an easily maintained rear garden. The property is ideal for some of Woodford's best restaurants, as well as access to the Central Line. SOLE AGENCY

Newlands Road, Woodford Green

Half Acre, South Woodford


A rare opportunity has arisen for you to purchase a well proportioned Four Bedroom family home on one of Woodford’s most desirable turnings. The property has been extended to the rear to provide ample living and kitchen space, big enough for a growing family, there is off-street parking for two cars and the garden has been pleasingly landscaped with mature shrubs and borders. Please call the office today to book your internal viewing. SOLE AGENCY

Woodford Office: 020 8506 0828


Are you looking to downsize from a large family home? Do you feel The Bowls or Repton Park are too remote for you? Then look no further!! This exceptionally large Three Bedroom, Two Bathroom First Floor Apartment could be for you. Ideally situated for all the shops, restaurants and transport links that South Woodford has to offer, this property would be perfect for someone looking to maintain an active and independent lifestyle. The property also benefits from two single garages and has a lift to all floors. Please call the office to book your internal viewing. SOLE AGENCY




Harvest Lane, Great Woodcote Park £1,025,000 SOLE AGENCY An exceptional Five Bedroom Detached family residence updated to the exacting standards of the current vendor. Situated within this exclusive gated development with landscaped grounds, ponds and porterage. Modern kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom/WC, garden room, sitting room, dining room, galleried landing, master bedroom with en suite shower room, bedroom two with en suite shower room, family bathroom, integral double garage, off-street parking and landscaped south facing rear garden.

Stonards Hill, Epping £830,000 An imposing double fronted Regency-style Four Bedroom Detached family residence occupying this corner plot with a substantial frontage. Offering spacious and flexible accommodation arranged over three floors. Kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, lounge, cloakroom/WC, master bedroom with dressing area and en suite bathroom, two family bathrooms, study and converted garage, now playroom, with utility area and shower, heated pool and carriage driveway.

Squires Stables, Abridge Road £750,000 SOLE AGENCY A rare opportunity to acquire this unique stable conversion. The property benefits from modern open-plan living accommodation including a large kitchen diner and spacious lounge with vaulted ceiling. Offering four large double bedrooms, all with en suites, and a 200ft garden this beautifully designed property is truly a one-off and internal viewings are highly recommended.


Loughton Office: 020 8502 5588

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Brook House, Debden Lane, Loughton £594,995 A beautiful Three Bedroom Detached property situated in an idyllic location backing on to Epping Forest. The property boasts two reception rooms plus a conservatory. The secluded outdoor space offers a heated swimming pool and off-street parking for six vehicles. This is a rare opportunity to acquire such a unique home, internal viewings are highly recommended.

West View, Loughton £899,995 SOLE AGENCY Individual Four Bedroom Detached architectdesigned residence, built approximately three and a half years ago, which offers exceptional views over Loughton. Accommodation comprises of: cloakroom/WC, kitchen/ breakfast room, study area/utility, family room, sitting/dining room, galleried landing, en suite bathroom to master bedroom and bedroom two, attached garaging, off-street parking and landscaped rear garden with irrigation system.

The Granary, Chelmsford Road, Ongar £835,000 A rare opportunity to acquire this unique Three Double Bedroom Barn Conversion, benefiting from high ceilings and restored beams. The property boasts many fine features throughout including a galleried landing, a spacious contemporary kitchen, panoramic views overlooking the countryside and off-street parking behind secured electric gates. We highly recommend an internal viewing to fully appreciate the accommodation on offer.


Loughton Office: 020 8502 5588



St Johns Road, Loughton £475,000 SOLE AGENCY A chance to acquire this spacious Three Bedroom Penthouse Apartment. The property boasts three double bedrooms with en suite to master, 21 x 20ft lounge and a separate kitchen. Also offering panoramic views over Canary Wharf and ideally located for Loughton High Road with its popular restaurants and boutiques as well as the Central Line tube station. Offering two parking spaces behind secure gates, a lift and communal gardens, an internal viewing is highly recommended.

Forest Cottage, Forest Side, Epping £575,000 SOLE AGENCY A charming chain free Three Bedroom Detached Character Cottage situated within this forest location and offering: kitchen, dining area, cloakroom/WC, utility area, lounge, master bedroom with en suite, family bathroom and rear garden.

Valley Lodge, Valley Hill, Loughton £275,000 SOLE AGENCY A chance to acquire this 1st floor Two Double Bedroom Modern Apartment located within walking distance of Loughton Central Line station and High Road. The property boasts off-street parking behind secure gates as well as video intercom. Having been maintained to a very high standard by the current vendor an internal viewing is highly recommended.

Loughton Office: 020 8502 5588









• Spacious kitchen • Carriage driveway • Four receptions • Desirable location

Bracken Drive, Chigwell • AVAILABLE NOW • PART FURNISHED • SIX BEDROOMS • Three en suites


• Spacious kitchen/breakfast room • Two receptions • Steam room • Gated



Threshers, Threshers Bush • AVAILABLE NOW • UNFURNISHED • FIVE BEDROOMS • Five reception rooms



• Rural location • Three bathrooms • Large property • Gated

• Three bathrooms • Tennis court • Excellent condition • Rural location

Romford Road, Chigwell • AVAILABLE NOW • UNFURNISHED • SEVEN BEDROOMS • Indoor swimming pool


The Landmark Tower • AVAILABLE NOW • PART FURNISHED • THREE BEDROOMS • Bespoke accommodation


• Three reception rooms • Three bathrooms • Off-street parking • Gated


• Esporta gym on site • Ample private parking • Magnificent panoramic views • Opulently decorated

Lettings Office: 020 8502 3388






Devonshire House, Woodford Green £2,600pcm

Fairview Road, Chigwell


• AVAILABE NOW • SIX BEDROOMS • PART FURNISHED • Arranged over three floors

• Very spacious • Bespoke office/study • Panoramic views • 24 hour porterage



• Large lounge • Master bedroom with en suite • Rear garden • Off-street parking


Stradbroke Drive, Chigwell

Stradbroke Drive, Chigwell



• Two receptions • Double garage • Carriage driveway • Large garden


• Swimming pool • Desirable location • Gated • Carriage driveway



Hainault Road, Chigwell • AVAILABLE NOW • FOUR BEDROOMS • UNFURNISHED • Kitchen/diner

• Three receptions • Detached garage • Close to station • Ideal family home

Lettings Office: 020 8502 3388


Sutherland House,Woodford Green £2,000pcm • AVAILABLE MID MARCH • THREE BEDROOMS • PART FURNISHED • Spacious lounge

• Fully fitted kitchen diner • Master bedrooms with en suite • Private parking • Gated development







Ivy Cottage, Theydon Bois • AVAILABLE NOW • FOUR BEDROOMS • UNFURNISHED • Reception room


• Contemporary interior • En suite to master bedroom • Stunning views over deer sanctuary • Garage

Pump Hill, Loughton • AVAILABLE MID FEB • THREE BEDROOMS • UNFURNISHED • Modern kitchen


• Balcony • Walking distance to local amenities • Garage • Off-street parking


Westall Road, Loughton • AVAILABLE MARCH • THREE BEDROOMS • UNFURNISHED • Fully fitted kitchen


• Close to E15 acting school • Close to Central Line Station • Ideal family home • Rear garden




• Allocated parking • Communal garden • Close to station • Quiet cul-de-sac location


Copperfield, Chigwell • AVAILABLE NOW • FOUR BEDROOMS • FURNISHED OR PART FURNISHED • Open-plan kitchen

Cedar Close, Buckhurst Hill • AVAILABLE MID FEB • TWO BEDROOMS • FULLY FURNISHED • Decorated to good standard


• Downstairs toilet • Good size through lounge • Laminate flooring • Close to Central Line Station

Tudor Crescent, Chigwell • AVAILABLE NOW • THREE BEDROOMS • UNFURNISHED • Semi-detached


• Good large rear garden • Two double bedrooms • Close to station • Off-street parking

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Forest Heights, Buckhurst Hill • AVAILABLE NOW • ONE BEDROOM • UNFURNISHED • New carpets

• Underground parking • New kitchen • Secure gated development • Viewing recommended

Chingford Mount Rd, Chingford • AVAILABLE NOW • TWO BEDROOMS • FURNISHED • Large roof terrace



• Spacious lounge • Double glazing • Good storage • Walking distance to locate amenities



• Spacious sitting room • Close to Central Line Station • Located on first floor • Purpose-built

Woodland Road, Chingford • AVAILABLE NOW • TWO BEDROOMS • UNFURNISHED • First floor apartment


• Large rear garden • Entry phone system • Close to shops and train lines • Fully fitted kitchen



Dennis Court, Leytonstone • AVAILABLE NOW • TWO BEDROOMS • FURNISHED • Double bedrooms


• Central heating • Entry phone system • In the heart of Loughton • Walking distance to Central Line Station

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Chingford Mount Road, Chingford • AVAILABLE NOW • TWO BEDROOMS • FURNISHED OR UNFURNISHED • New décor


• Purpose-Built • Close to train line • Close to Local shops • Modern fitted kitchen



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At Lawlors we constantly seek new ways of improving our presentation. We are pleased to introduce one of the best innovations in property photography for many years. We have invested in an exclusive photographic system which allows us to take superb wide angle photographs of your property from a birds-eye view up to 15 metres from the ground. Therefore if you have a property that has the benefit of outbuildings or is concealed behind a high wall or trees, by using our

extendable mast system, we can achieve better camera angles to make sure that your property is captured to it’s best advantage. When you put your property on the market with us you can be sure that our presentation department will discuss with you how best we can present your property at an extremely competitive rate. For further information on this and many of our other innovations call us today!

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Decorating your home can seem like a never-ending chore as your scan numerous interior design solutions for every corner of every room from the basement to the loft extention. With the right help however, interior design can be fun as you discover new, wonderful and stress-free ways to make your home look the way you have always wanted it to be. When you walk into a room you are immediately hit by the atmosphere that is created. This can be fashioned by simple yet effective special touches. To enhance your home, your first stop should be Gautier Lifestyle – your local luxury lifestyle destination. This exquisite shop attractively displays a range of items that can have a profound effect on any room in your home. Imagine walking into your bedroom to the sweet smell of lavender for instant relaxing relief. With a range of fine scented candles, Gautier Lifestyle is sure to have a selection to complement your home. These luxury candles are also the perfect way to impress your guests, whether you are hosting a dinner party or a romantic night in for two. The beauty of your home can additionally be exaggerated through your display of fine art and sculptures. Gautier Lifestyle have a range of fine art and sculptures to add intrigue and style with a difference. Once you find the right piece for you and your home, you will want to treasure it forever. If you are looking to buy gifts for family and friends that they will really appreciate, Gautier Lifestyle can also supply you with a wealth of luxury gifts that are perfect for people of all ages. For your convenience, they also provide a bespoke gift wrapping service. These interior design solutions are just the beginning. Offering you a personal service, Gautier Lifestyle are able to create your dream home, whether you are looking to re-design your kitchen, develop a homely livingroom or you desire a complete renovation. With a flair for innovation and creativity, whatever your tastes, they are sure to be able to provide you with exciting ideas for your home that all the family will enjoy. Your home deserves a face lift, embrace luxury with that little extra special touch. Whether for your home, for you or friends or family, Gautier Lifestyle are bound to have something perfect. Always providing a warm welcome to all their customers, visit your local Gautier Lifestyle shop today on Chigwell Road in Essex, to find out how they can meet your requirements.




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We recognise that properties valued over one million pounds require a more detailed and personal approach. Our experience of handling such Elite Homes has been established over many years. James Lawlor FNAEA has been selling exclusive homes in this area since 1972, ensuring exclusive, sound background knowledge of the superior homes in this area. James and Gerard Houlihan MNAEA work closely to ensure that each sale is perfectly handled from the moment we are instructed right through to the completion of the sale. Working from our upper floor exclusive Elite Homes Department in High Road, Loughton, the Elite Homes team will create a detailed marketing strategy for your property.

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Bowlands Meadow, Theydon Road, Epping ÂŁ3,200,000 SOLE AGENCY A Delightful Detached Character home dating from the 20th Century with annex, extensive garaging and leisure complex totalling in excess of 11,000sq ft and set in stunning landscaped grounds of approximately four acres. Briefly the property comprises of: impressive reception hall, dry cellar, bespoke fitted kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, sitting room, drawing room, morning room, dining room, study, master bedroom suite, three further bedrooms with en suite facilities, further bedroom and nursery room and shower room. Externally there are various outbuildings including two large garage blocks, workshop and newly converted annex with fitted kitchen, reception room, two bedrooms, two shower rooms and a leisure complex with indoor swimming pool, sauna and a steam room.


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Monkhams Lane, Woodford Green ÂŁ2,250,000 SOLE AGENCY A unique opportunity to purchase this Chain Free Nine Bedroom Detached residence in the sought-after area of Woodford. The property is located in the prestigious Monkhams Lane and is on a large plot due to the property originally being two separate dwellings. This property, which can be accessed by electronic gates, offers ample parking with a garage. Renovated to a high standard this property offers large reception hall, two guest toilets, two separate kitchens, utility room, five reception rooms, nine bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The mature well tended garden is an exceptionally good size that could easily accommodate a large swimming pool. Early viewing is highly recommended.

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Bretts, Rolls Park, Chigwell ÂŁ4,500,000 JOINT SOLE AGENCY An imposing Neo-Georgian residence with elegant accommodation extending to about 4,200sq ft discretely located within private park-like grounds in excess of approximately nine acres. The property forms part of the exclusive and sought-after Rolls Park and is complemented by an adjacent detached three bedroom cottage and additional pool house. There is planning permission for a substantial extension, further details available. All viewing strictly by appointment. Chigwell station 1.5 miles - M11 Junction 5 0.75 miles - M25 Junction 26 5.3 miles. The property benefits from five bedrooms, four bathrooms, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, swimming pool, pool house, tennis court, stables, four car garage, nine acres of land and all set behind security gates. The property also benefits from a three bedroom cottage.


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Badgers, Theydon Road, Epping ÂŁ2,750,000 SOLE AGENCY A stunning Executive family residence situated in this exclusive area of Theydon Bois. The property has been the subject of a major refurbishment programme to the exacting standards of the current vendor. The property which is offered CHAIN FREE is ideally located for access to Central London and the City. Property benefits include: impressive reception hall, cloakroom, modern kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, split level drawing room, dining room, home cinema room, study, three bedrooms with en suite facilities, further double bedroom and family bathroom. Externally there is an annex guest bedroom with en suite, triple garage block (one of which has been altered to a gym) and a superb indoor pool complex with changing room, sauna, jacuzzi and shower room. The property is discretely set back from the road behind electric gates with video entry phone system and the grounds are tastefully landscaped with delightful patio area affording views over surrounding countryside.

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Tomswood Road, Chigwell ÂŁ1,999,995 SOLE AGENCY This splendid Seven Bedroom Detached residence located in Chigwell offers luxury family living. The property has been maintained to an exceptionally high standard by the current vendors. This well proportioned accommodation radiates natural light on all three levels and the property benefits include: cloakroom/WC, four reception rooms, large conservatory, modern fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, seven bedrooms (five en suite) and luxury family bathroom. The property is accessed via electronic gates and offers ample parking. The secluded well tended mature garden measures approximately 168 x 60ft which includes a covered sauna/gym. Early viewings are highly recommended.

Forest Lane, Chigwell ÂŁ2,750,000 SOLE AGENCY In probably one of the most prestigious locations in Chigwell is this Five Bedroom Detached residence overlooking Chigwell Golf Course. The property benefits from an indoor swimming pool and leisure area, cloakroom/WC, lounge, family room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, master bedroom with en suite and dressing area, bedroom two with en suite and dressing area, bedroom three with en suite and dressing room, bedroom four with en suite and an approximately 140ft rear garden. With no on-going chain an early viewing is highly recommended.


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Willow Mount, Epping Road, Ongar ÂŁ1,975,000 JOINT SOLE AGENCY A picturesque family home with spacious accommodation, excellent leisure buildings and paddock land, all in an elevated position offering outstanding rural views. The property boasts five reception rooms, three bedrooms with en suite facilities, further bedroom/dressing room on the first floor. There are domestic offices/potential ancillary accommodation offering approximately 800sq ft, including changing and plant rooms. There is a five bay cart lodge, garden machinery store, two storey summerhouse and stable block. There is a swimming pool, ornamental pond, well tended mature landscaped gardens and paddock. All this is set within approximately eight and three quarter acres.

Alderwood Barn, New Farm Drive, Abridge OIEO ÂŁ1,000,000 SOLE AGENCY Presenting this stunning Four Bedroom Detached Barn, being one of only four within this private gated development with secure video entry phone, situated upon an elevated position within this semi-rural location offering panoramic far-reaching views over the local picturesque South-West Essex countryside. Offering a contemporary interior boasting quality fixtures and ample light with flexible living accommodation arranged over two floors. The exterior grounds boast landscaping with mature shrubberies and topiary designs and a detached garage with home office. This is an ideal opportunity for a discerning purchaser to acquire an impressive and unique residence.

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Houblons Stables, Coopersale Street, Epping ÂŁ1,195,000 SOLE AGENCY An exceptionally well presented Five Bedroom Character Barn which has been the subject of a major refurbishment programme. This property is offered chain free and provides spacious accommodation including: kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, open-plan lounge/dining area, cloakroom/WC, master bedroom with en suite, family bathroom, landscaped rear garden and detached garage block (currently being used as a studio).

Manor Road, Chigwell ÂŁ2,750,000 SOLE AGENCY Situated within a commanding position on the prestigious Manor Road, lies this Seven Bedroom Character family residence. The property benefits from many characteristics of the period such as solid oak styling throughout, and many other fine 1930s details. The property has an approximate frontage of 100ft and offers other fine benefits including a swimming pool and a spectacular landscaped rear garden with stunning views overlooking the exquisite Chigwell Golf Club. The property is ideally located for the sought-after local private schools and the fashionable local parade with its numerous boutiques and the Central Line with its transport links to the City and the West End.


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Stradbroke Drive, Chigwell ÂŁ1,399,995 SOLE AGENCY We are pleased to offer on a SOLE AGENCY basis this delightful Five Bedroom Detached property situated within this highly desirable residential turning. The property which is offered CHAIN FREE offers spacious accommodation and we strongly recommend an immediate internal viewing which is strictly by appointment. Property benefits include: three receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, five double bedrooms with en suite to the master bedroom, family bathroom, double garage, carriage driveway and secluded rear garden. The vendors have obtained planning permission for a two storey rear extension and loft conversion with dormer windows to front and rear (application no. EPF/1690/080). This would create a nine bedroom house (four bedrooms in the loft space). It may be better to reconfigure the loft to have two larger bedrooms with en suite facilities - i.e making the property a seven bedroom residence.

Chester Road, Chigwell ÂŁ1,225,000 SOLE AGENCY We are pleased to offer this exceptional Six Bedroom Detached executive residence which has been extended and decorated to the exacting standards of the current vendors. This individually crafted property is situated on the ever popular Chester Road with spacious accommodation arranged over three floors and comprises of: spacious kitchen/diner, cloakroom, two reception rooms, study, six bedrooms - two of which have en suite facilities and family bathroom. Externally there is a block paved carriage driveway and 60ft west facing rear garden. The property is ideally located for the shopping facilities of the fashionable local parade and the Central Line with its transport links to the City and the West End.

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ould you like to get in great shape for the year ahead? Do you wish you could have more energy, increase your flexibility and achieve a sense of well-being? With a membership package at David Lloyd Leisure, The UK's Leading Racquets, Health and Fitness Group, you can try all the very latest fitness techniques to help you reach your goals before the end of the year. Your local David Lloyd in Chigwell, are also offering an exclusive three month new member package to help you get started.


The David Lloyd Leisure Group operates 78 clubs in the UK and a further 10 fitness sites across Europe. With a number of celebrities becoming members of David Lloyd Clubs across the UK, you can be sure to find the right exercise regime for you with expert advice and support. If the thought of exercise seems daunting as you struggle to find the time or enthusiasm to take that first step, David Lloyd’s new ‘Lose and Shape Up Programme’ could be for you. Developed by an expert team of nutritionists and fitness professionals, this programme takes a ‘whole body’ approach to give you a better shape in just 2 weeks. Joining this fitness programme offers many more benefits than just attending a gym alone, including a weekly progress and support group, weekly exercise classes, nutritional

advice and online support with a complete 12 week meal plan designed especially for you. Improving your fitness doesn’t need to be mundane and time consuming. In addition to state-of-the-art gyms, David Lloyd can also offer you more indoor and outdoor swimming pools than any other UK leisure group, bespoke health and beauty spas, badminton and squash courts and indoor and outdoor tennis courts. For tennis enthusiasts, David Lloyd employs 450 qualified tennis professionals, endorsed by the Lawn Tennis Association. For children and adults alike, there is also a range of tennis clubs, including a Tennis All Stars Programme and Performance Squads. David Lloyd also hosts an extensive range of holistic classes to keep your body and mind in harmony and increase flexibility. Why not try Yoga, Pilates, Tai-Chi or if you’re feeling really energetic you could give their Body Balance class a go. This unique combination of all three exercise techniques will get your heart pumping and leave you feeling relaxed and revitalised. David Lloyd members are also fortunate to be offered increasingly popular dance classes such as Ballroom, Latin, Samba and Body Jam.

Family orientated, David Lloyd Leisure pioneered kid’s gyms in the UK and continues to put kids at the heart of its thinking with its DL Kids offering over 2,000 DAVID LLOYD CAN ALSO OFFER YOU MORE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOLS THAN ANY OTHER UK LEISURE GROUP, BESPOKE HEALTH AND BEAUTY SPAS, BADMINTON AND SQUASH COURTS AND INDOOR AND OUTDOOR TENNIS COURTS. activities a week. Kids activities are supervised by qualified and well-trained staff and have been developed alongside the key learning stages set out by the National Curriculum to improve motor and social skills. From personalised gym programmes and training sessions to free consultations and nutritional advice, there is no better time to get into shape with the help and support of David Lloyd Leisure and achieve your goals by the end of the year. To find out more about David Lloyd Leisure including their exclusive three month membership offer, visit your local David Lloyd in Chigwell or log on to

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Alderton Hill, Loughton £1,375,000 SOLE AGENCY We are pleased to offer this delightful Executive family residence situated on what is widely regarded as the area’s premier road. The property has recently been the subject of a major refurbishment programme to the exacting standards of the current vendor. An internal viewing is highly recommended to appreciate the level of accommodation on offer, and the quality of finishing. The property which is offered CHAIN FREE is ideally located for the Central Line with its transport link to the City and the West End and the shopping facilities of the High Road, with its exclusive boutiques and fashionable eateries.

Purcell House, Warren Hill, Loughton £1,475,000 SOLE AGENCY Four Bedroom Detached family residence situated within this prestigious gated development of only four executive homes. Purcell House offers commanding views over the development and forest land beyond. The current owner has re-decorated to a contemporary modern style with luxury fittings and WiFi and personalised music pad in most rooms. Reception hall, sitting room, dining room, family room, study, utility room, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom/WC, cinema room, master bedroom with en suite dressing and bathroom, bedrooms two and three with en suites, family shower room and double garage.


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Hainault Road, Chigwell ÂŁ1,600,000 SOLE AGENCY We are pleased to offer this exceptional family residence situated in this commanding position overlooking Chigwell Golf Course. The property offers the possibility of further enlargement subject to usual planning permission. Currently the property comprises of: impressive reception hall, cloakroom, spacious kitchen/ breakfast room, sitting room, dining room, four double bedrooms with en suite to the master bedroom, family bathroom, integral garage, carriage driveway and landscaped gardens, all set in approximately 0.33 of an acre.

Meadow Way, Chigwell ÂŁ1,750,000 SOLE AGENCY A spacious Five Bedroom Executive residence situated on the prestigious Courtlands Estate in Chigwell. The property has been maintained to the exacting standards of the current vendors. Property benefits include: four reception rooms, modern fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, five bedrooms (four with recently fitted en suites and luxury family bathroom). Externally the property benefits from spacious carriage driveway providing off-street parking and allowing access to the integral garage. The secluded rear garden measures approximately 120ft and is planted with a wide variety of mature shrubs and plants in addition to delightful raised patio area.

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Woolston Manor House, Abridge Road, Chigwell ÂŁ1,695,000 SOLE AGENCY A delightful Executive family residence situated in this delightful location with outstanding far reaching views over Woolston Hall Golf Course. This exceptional property which is offered CHAIN FREE offers spacious accommodation arranged over three floors on a plot of approximately 0.75 of an acre. Property benefits include: spacious reception hall, fitted kitchen, utility room, cloakroom, sitting room, dining room, five bedrooms - two of which have en suite dressing rooms and bathrooms. Externally the property is approached via electric gates with substantial off-street parking and detached garage with electric up and over door.

York Hill, Loughton ÂŁ1,350,000 SOLE AGENCY An Exceptional Character residence situated within this secluded position in the heart of the conservation area of Loughton. The property occupies one of the most elevated positions in the area with far reaching views of Canary Wharf. The property is presently in one single dwelling, but offers the potential to be two separate properties as it has been in the past. This fine abode also has the benefit of a self-contained annex and detached garage all set within private mature grounds.


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uch an equation came to light when we at Cream were recently invited to drive Ferrari’s very latest 599 GTB Fiorano – we were hardly going to turn it down, yet an awful lot must go into a car which, as this one, costs a cool £218,000. Admittedly, it would look wonderful in the driveway of the great properties we have for sale in this issue, but we think one of the world’s greatest supercars commands more of a challenge; so how about 1,000 miles then? Yes, definitely.


In fact, it was a timely offer from Ferrari for two reasons. One, it’s June, and June in the calendar of every racing anorak means the world famous 24 hr Le Mans. This legendary 24hr GT race, now in its 77th year, commands an audience of circa 234,000 people, and is a must for all committed motor sports buffs. It took only another 30 seconds to decide, that with camera car in trail, we could easily add another 300 miles to the journey to hit the 1,000 mile mark - the perfect excuse to divert and explore.

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Deal done then? Not quite. For although we might arrive in great style in our ‘grigio ferro’ metallic coloured Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, those of you who have any experience of Le Mans will know that unless you book accommodation well ahead, and spend a good penny or two for the privilege, you may well have to ‘slum it’ in a tent. To the committed, ‘camping’ as they call it, is doing Le Mans in the full spirit of the event, but somehow that didn’t feel quite right in our Ferrari. High Wycombe based racers Team Modena, took pity and invited us along as their guests. Team Modena is the brainchild of CEO and Team Principal Graham Schultz, and is one of Britain’s top GT racing teams. Now the adrenalin was kicking in big time – not least because Team Modena were competing in their new Ferrari 430 GT race car with no less than Leo Mansell, son of ex Formula 1 World Champion Nigel Mansell, behind the wheel. With father as mentor to son it will be a weekend with the Mansell’s then. Cool. But not even the young Leo Mansell has enough

599 takes scenic route to Le Mans, courtesy of Jason Harris



Main image: Team Modena Ferrari 430 GT races for ďŹ nish in debut (courtesy of Rick Wilson); Above Left: Team Modena gather for celebrations

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Below from left: Close racing but Team Modena has the edge; 430 refuelling for the last leg

stamina to drive for a whole 24 hrs, so he was partnered by the young Russian driver Roman Rusinov and ‘gentleman driver’ Pierre Ehret, owner of Ehret wines. GREEN FLAG So the fun started with the 599, and the adventure began from the luxurious location of the motorway services car park in Maidstone, Kent, just off the A20. Envy envy, for our ‘camera car’ was the drop dead gorgeous Ferrari 430 Scuderia – not bad eh? It takes only two brief actions in the 599 to lose yourself in the world of travel by supercar; one -

Despite his plea for mercy ignored, curiosity prompted the following question ‘what if ’ I pushed the throttle another 25% and hit maximum acceleration!

a turn of the 599’s ignition key, and two the pressing of that large, red, steering mounted starter button. Those two ‘keys’ to life in a Ferrari 599 result in a razor sharp bark – deep and long – courtesy of that big V12 and 611 brake horse power. Click the paddle shift to the right hand side of the steering column for first gear, and wow….. so this is what it feels like when pedal hits the metal in a 200 mph supercar – an endless spine chilling push in the back that’ll keep your head pinned to the headrest throughout – yet we’re only two thirds the way down the throttle. Meanwhile, my passenger and co driver was busy mumbling about needing to adjust his dash mounted tom-tom to get us onto the right route, yet he seemed to be sitting there bolt upright without reaching forward to follow through his intentions. As I clicked the ‘paddle’ again, (second gear now) I enquired of my brave friend as to why he seemed to be sitting motionless. He promptly replied “I can’t lean forward until you stop accelerating!” Now there’s G-force for you! Despite his plea for mercy ignored, curiosity prompted the following question ‘what if ’ I pushed the throttle another 25% and hit

maximum acceleration! Gaol probably... but tempting. No. I’ll go back to being Dr. Jekyll and save Mr Hyde for later, so 70 mph cruising it was... yawn... whilst remaining content on admiring just how amazingly refined this 599 is; 70 mph felt like 20 mph – the car almost insulted by my slovenly pace – to think that this car was capable of nearly three times our speed was rather daunting... and tempting I’m afraid. The diversion took us via XYZ – proving a great opportunity to explore both the handling and overtaking ability of this ‘big Ferrari’. Suffice to say, you live in a different motoring world to everyone else when behind the wheel of a 599 for its pace is remarkable – its ability to catch



Main image: 599 gets centre stage at the supercar parade (courtesy of Jason Harris) Below: 599 - popular with the crowds in the supercar parade

determination to show solidarity by staying awake with the team I dropped in a heap by 3.00 am, whilst they were buzzing like flies. Amazing. But no more so than when Leo Mansell crossed the line in a very credible seventh place pictured right in the middle of the winning LMP1 Peugeots, to much excitement and glee in the team Modena pits. So Schultz achieved his goal. CELEBRATIONS A great time was to be had by us all in the Team Modena hospitality tent. Graham Schultz’ predictions had come to light. He even got a shake of the hand from Mr. Luca de Montezemolo – yes, the President of Ferrari. Nigel Mansell ushered in Prince Michael of Kent to congratulate the team – Champagne and a great sense of achievement overwhelming us all.

and overtake any vehicle doing any speed is grin a minute stuff. And only Ferraris do it in quite this way - The grin was fixed, I was transfixed, but forgive me, sad as it may seem I was also in love... with a car! The heady excitement of Le Mans soon gave us something

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equally exciting to think about. Graham Schultz was in good spirits, eager to extend Team Modena’s impeccable record of three Le Mans finishes to four. No mean achievement. Leo Mansell looked pensive – it was his first ever Le Mans drive. Nigel Mansell was pensive too, but focused, gained only from

many years of successful top level racing. Dad knows what he’s doing. And so do Team Modena, witnessed by the genuinely gruelling dedication of its team under the direction of team manager and guru Hans Muelhbauer. Despite my

It’s all over and we feel proud to be going home in a Ferrari – the run home in the 599 proving a doddle after watching Team Modena’s drivers sweat it out for 24 hrs at full pelt. We covered just over 1,000 miles on road all in, and the 599 didn’t miss a beat. Not only do I understand the raisin d’etre of the 599 now, but after Le Mans, I understand Ferrari even more...

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We can work to any specification given and have provided bespoke furniture for many different briefs. We have a large clientele of varied customers where we have created everything from a window seat to a corner unit for a cinema room.

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Previous page: Kevin McCloud opens Grand Designs Live London, sponsored by British Gas, April 2009; This page, from top: Excited visitors looking at what’s on show in the Grand Village, sponsored by first direct; Get cooking! Live cooking demonstrations at the exhibition Kevin has launched a campaign to reduce carbon emissions from Britain’s existing housing. It’s not possible to build houses that use piddling amounts of energy, but here we ask him his views on the future of sustainable living, green home improvements and what this year’s Grand Designs Live in Birmingham has to offer to help you along the way to a greener, more eco-efficient home. evin McCloud is best known for presenting Channel 4’s Grand Designs and for his annual appearance at the British Gas-sponsored events, Grand Designs Live in London and Birmingham.


He admits to an unhealthy obsession for buildings since childhood; he studied the history of them at Cambridge, has lit them, designed everything in and around them and written about them. He now champions issues such as context, the historic environment and sustainable construction, often in his feisty columns in which he takes on planners, architects and developers. His two ambitions are to entertain and to make the built environment better, consequently “making people feel better”. What are your gas bills like? Unpredictable? How much do you spend on electricity? Too much? Wouldn’t it be a joy if those bills just evaporated, or at least shrank. You could laugh at their tiny proportions.

YOU RECENTLY LAUNCHED THE GREAT BRITISH REFURB CAMPAIGN AT GRAND DESIGNS LIVE LONDON. WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT? Grand Designs Great British Refurb campaign – – is a huge, not-for-profit, joint effort to persuade the Government to help finance the refurbishment and retrofitting of our existing homes through all kinds of clever schemes, tax breaks and incentive schemes. There are more than 26 million homes already in existence in Britain, most of which are intensely inefficient, leak heat and cost a fortune to run. The Great British Refurb is also

a rallying cry to the construction industry to adopt innovative insulation and construction techniques, and to architects and surveyors to get involved and work with communities to design tailor-made neighbourhood refurbishments. The challenge is scarily big. To reach the 2050 target, we believe that by the end of 2010, Britain needs to have retrofitted 50,000 homes to low-carbon standards. By the end of 2011, another 100,000. By 2020 we need to be refurbishing 1.6 million homes a year. That should keep the construction industry busy. But it’s going to need a phenomenal change in attitude, financing and building culture. Which starts here. With Grand Designs Live. WHY DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT? I often film homes like this for Channel 4, where the owners invest in a building that’s airtight and heated by passive solar radiation, a heat recovery unit and solar panels. There’s no boiler, no size 16 carbon footprint and an energy bill small enough to get lost in the shag pile tufts of the eco-carpet



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in the hallway. These are houses that lead the way in energy efficiency and low-carbon life. All very green and all very Grand Designs. Which is all very heart-warming but, frankly, a TV series of six more-or-less-sustainable buildings is not going to save the planet. Not when there are more than 26 million homes already in existence in Britain, most of which are intensely inefficient, leak heat and cost a fortune to run. What’s even more sobering is that the vast majority of these will still be in existence in 2050, the magical date by which the Government wants to have reduced our countries carbon output by 80 per cent. Given that housing accounts for around 27 per cent of Britain’s man-made carbon dioxide, I’d say that target is currently hopelessly unrealistic. Unless, that is, we can find a way of transforming those 26 million homes into super-eco-performing dwellings.

Previous page: A flood of visitors hit the shopping arcade; This page from top: The Central Bar; Caught in the ‘web’ of fantastic home furnishings

SO HOW CAN WE ACHIEVE GREENER LIVING? Greening your home is primarily about reducing its energy consumption. It’s so easy to do nothing. Just how many of you have meant to change your lightbulbs to energy-efficient bulbs, but just haven’t got round to it? Small changes really do make a difference – if everyone changed their remaining traditional lightbulbs to energy-efficient ones this would provide enough electricity to power every house in London for 11 months. Plus, we’d all have more cash in our back pockets – saving energy means saving money on bills, too. It’s a no-brainer.

WHERE CAN WE START? Well, the initial steps are easy and will really make a difference to your energy use and your wallet: • Insulate, insulate, insulate – nearly 50 per cent of a home’s heat is lost through its roof and walls. • Double glazing – If you currently have single glazing in your home, 20 per cent of your heat goes straight out of your windows. Installing double glazing will save up to £140 on energy bills. • Replace your old boiler – swapping an inefficient gas guzzler for a condensing model could save you a third on your heating bills. • When you replace your old appliances, go for A-rated products (A+ or A++ for fridges and freezers). They use far less energy and are therefore cheaper to run. • Turn off your standby – we all waste around 8 per cent of our electricity bill because we haven’t turned off at the wall.

WHAT FEATURES SHOULD YOU INSTALL THAT WILL GUARANTEE A GOOD RETURN ON INVESTMENT IF EVER YOU WERE TO SELL? You need to think about investing in the economy of the building. People often make the mistake of building complicated homes; meaning when they sell it people can’t look after it. You should really be thinking about the flexibility of the building, forging a connection with the environment. Ultimately, you should be investing in features to reduce your energy consumption so you have a building that is cheap to run and easy to look after. SO WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS? Plenty of us are interested in getting free hot water and electricity from the sun, for example, but cost is often a barrier – a typical photovoltaic system can cost £14,000. Once installed, though, your energy bills will be greatly reduced – as will your carbon footprint. And that’s the issue.



Left: Don’t stay in the shade... some of the beautiful lamps available to buy at the show; Below left: Vitra Vegetal chairs The ultimate goal of the campaign is to provide a receptive audience for the Government to take action on existing homes. No policy initiative will succeed unless there is an increased appetite from households for energy saving and low-carbon refurbishment – which means getting people excited in their droves. We have a big challenge to explain why this is all so important; what people can do now and how they can install technologies that have quick pay-backs; how professionals, the Government and the energy industry might help; how consumers can get more politically involved and who they can go to for expert advice. Since the launch of our Great British Refurb campaign in April, acceptance of the crucial necessity to green our existing housing stock, rather than pin all our hopes on new-build, has spread. But how do we guarantee that these transformations deliver social benefit? And where is the money coming from? Kevin McCloud debates next steps with experts from WWF, the Green Building Council, the Conservative Party and housing charities. The next Grand Designs Live sponsored by British Gas will be held at London’s ExCeL Centre between the 1st – 9th May 2010, for tickets keep an eye on the website for on sale dates and full show schedule;

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his fabulous company needs no introduction: as we spend at least one third – or several years – of our lives asleep, it makes sense to look for the best there is. And So To Bed has a new range, the Floral Collection, that is far too good just to sleep in and should be relished while wide awake as well!


range or fabrics, from silk brocades to simple linens. Customers can supply their own upholstery fabrics, and they can also specify their own paint finishes to make their order wholly bespoke.

And So To Bed’s new Floral Collection is pure romance. Its flowing, curvy forms are delicately carved with trailing tendrils of flowers and foliage and then hand painted to order in cool, contemporary colours.

Complementing the bed, the Floral furniture collection offers pieces which work both in and out of the bedroom. The range includes a desk, chairs, dressing table, two elegant chests of drawers and a capacious armoire with a distinctive serpentine front.

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t’s manic to say the least!” exclaims Louis Mariette, when I catch up with him at his Sloane Gardens studio. This, of course, is not a complaint but the way he likes it, in fact he positively thrives on the pressure. Milliner to the stars, TV show judge, artist and tireless charity worker, Louis has a clearly defined philosophy: the combination of passion with hard work is his core value in life both professionally and personally.


“At the moment business is as successful as it’s ever been,” he tells me, “despite the current climate of recession. It’s partly because of a huge new client: Net-a-Porter has bought our whole ‘Bejewelled’ collection.” Before we get onto discussion of this fascinating revelation, though, he goes on to add: “and, darling, I’m just doing a little bespoke hat for Joan Collins.” The “darling” in this doesn’t indicate to me that Louis is a fluffy fashionista: I know him better than that. We’ve interviewed before and as a result, not unusually for him, evolved a friendship that allows me to see deeper under the surface “darlings” and exclamations (frequent) of “how faaabulous!” The thing about Louis is, he means it. He quite simply loves what he does and, equally, those for whom he does it. He doesn’t drop names but simply states the facts: he’s designed for many of the celebrities of the day but those of whom no-one hears in the press are just as precious to him. “I just adore ladies. I put them on a plinth – I always did, ever since I was the little boy playing with a Barbie doll! I think the world of women.”

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To look back at this surprising early influence means taking a look at a wider picture; one in which Louis emerges from within an exotic Mauritian background and a childhood in Botswana and Swaziland, surrounded by colour and flowers, the natural world a constant source of inspiration and wonder to him. Even now, much of what he creates in the fashion world owes its origins to a colourful horticulture, an influence that is evident everywhere within his fantastic “Bejewelled” collection of headpieces and accessories. “I’m always evolving creatively though,” he points out, “and I think the collection reflects that sometimes less is more. There are more elegant, discreet pieces than you might have seen in some of my more flamboyant hats.” It was this gorgeous collection that caught the eye of the giant Net-a-Porter brand and which has caused the current “manic” element to add itself to a professional life already giddily successful. In his exotic studio just off Sloane Square Louis has been creating wonderful and unique hats for many years, always with a very clear philosophy and an unerringly creative instinct combined with a true craftsman’s talent. “These days, accessories are huge,” continues Louis, “and in this climate they have to have a multi-functional aspect. People need really to look at themselves in the mirror and find what works for them.” He advises clients to have someone with them who they trust, to advise and make objective judgements. “I don’t want someone to walk out of

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my studio feeling either over- or underdressed, and sometimes it’s good to have a critical or gentle view from another person. Honesty is very important. “Ask yourself, what type of look do I want to take on? When you get this right it helps with self-esteem, confidence and we all need that sometimes.” The beauty of the “Bejewelled” collection is that it transcends all ages and fashions. “I want it to be timeless and enduring and for ladies to be able to wear the pieces at any stage of their lives.” He finds there’s an interesting new market for the collection in that many men are visiting to choose a piece as a gift: “So much more thoughtful and original than a bunch of flowers or box of chocolates.” Within Louis’ bespoke service lies far more than simply a surface aesthetic: his concern for who the client really is is completely genuine and there’s a high degree of psychology in what he offers. “I create for the personality of my clients. No one looks good if they don’t feel good.” To this end he will go to any lengths, including working with top make-up artists and with hair stylists at their salon, to see whether a particular piece will work with a hair style for an important event.” But though indefatigable in the pursuit of perfection, Louis never sees what he does as work but as “passion, the enjoyment and energy that I put into my projects.”

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Little wonder then that recent assignments include working on a prestigious project with the Royal Opera House, and he’s excited to have been asked to design the new identity for the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show. The theme will be based on one of his favourite flowers, the clematis, probably in a piece using his favourite Swarovski crystals. “The piece will be worn on the press day by either a top model or a ballerina,” says Louis, “and I’m especially thrilled as the Chelsea Flower Show is something I love and is of course just round the corner from where I work.” This year, as many devoted fans will know, Louis acted as one of the three judges on “Britain’s Next Top Model”, and characteristically had a ball doing the show, into which he threw himself with customary enthusiasm. Alongside model and “Strictly Come Dancing” star Lisa Snowdon and the renowned Icelandic fashion photographer Huggy Ragnarsson, Louis steered the twenty girls who had already survived the weeding out process from the thousands who originally applied, through a number of daunting tasks, assignments and challenges. These included the recreation of one of Louis’ iconic fashion images, his Princess Neptune Hat shot underwater, as well as an ambitious shoot in Huggy’s native Iceland featuring many of Louis’ hats. “I was never going to look simply for a two dimensional figure who photographs

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well,” says Louis of the competition. “I would apply all the same principles to a career as a model as the ones I do to my own. While it was heartbreaking to send people home, they’d already done so well to get to the last twenty and the TV show itself. Anyway, I would always give the same advice. It’s down to them to take their career to the next level. “You will always get there if you want it enough. I’d advise them to have an over-active imagination, dream hard and that every moment is worth it. Rejection is par for the course but is no more than just a way to dust yourself down and go again. Set goals: say to yourself that in x months I will have done this or that, met x number of people. Also do your research and know your products, your brands, so that when you go to a casting you can speak knowledgeably and with integrity. I don’t see models as a bimbo stereotype but modelling as a serious career and a job into which to throw yourself wholeheartedly. Put people, role models in as your incentives – learn from them and why they were so successful. I look for intelligence, for someone who could contribute, possibly as an ambassador for charity.” Winner Mecia, he says, showed these qualities with abundance: “She took an interest in every aspect of the show; stylists, clothes, photographers and all with huge enthusiasm. Those are the qualities which differentiate in such a competitive world.” I’m already aware of how much he contrives to contribute to charitable work himself, and our interview draws to a close with my enquiry about what this comprises currently and it’s then he tells me of his appointment as Vice President of The Children’s Trust. Modest about his contribution, Louis nevertheless views his work as the opportunity to draw attention to the huge need in this instance for the spotlight to focus on the horrific accidents and birth injuries with which children and their families have to contend, often as unsung heroes in desperate need of help. “This,” he says, “puts so much about the fashion industry into perspective and it’s for this reason that I perceive it as an opportunity to highlight these issues and make a difference.” Perhaps only Louis could do so with quite such aplomb, indomitable enthusiasm and infectious joie de vivre.

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Clockwise from top left: A selection from the Bejewelled Collection – Ruby Wings - £120; Bird of Paradise - £140; Tsar - £280; Forbidden Passion - £160; Jaroin - £132; Vanessa - £145

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ntalya is perfectly positioned on the southern seaboard of Turkey and was once a major Mediterranean port. The Romans built the harbour and, according to the Bible, the apostle Paul took ship here in the course of his grand missionary tour of Asia Minor. The emperor Hadrian also visited the town, and the great arch that was built in honour of the occasion is still the pedestrian gateway to the old heart of the city. This part of Antalya is known as


Kaleici, which means “within the walls”. It was founded in the 2nd Century B.C. by Attalus, a king of Pergamom who named it after himself, and why not? Before it went under Ottoman rule it was occupied by the Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks. Antalya’s dramatic history has left quite a legacy and so visitors who know nothing of fighting for ideals may find themselves in awe of the Turks love for their city. This is apparent by their passion for music, food, football and their overwhelming charm and

friendliness. Antalya has risen hugely in popularity over the last 10-20 years and so the “Turkish Riviera” has seen an explosion of property developing and golf course creating to cope with the demand from sun worshipers, golf lovers and culture vultures. This is a very good choice for enjoying a long, hot summer with sandy beaches where you can play, swim and watch the loggerhead turtles. This holiday jem, “Calista Luxury Resort”, has been designed with



vision and care answering all your questions of a practical nature and bowing to desire for luxury, comfort and glamour. Not only is Calista a 5 star hotel it has also been busy earning 5 Green Stars, awarded by Minister Ertugrul Gunay, for it’s conscientious contribution to keeping water and power usage to a minimum. Calista is in the Belek region of Antalya with the Mediterranean coast on one side and the Taurus Mountains on the other. I had a

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panoramic view from my balcony of these giants and on that cool day in early March, the weak afternoon sun bestowed a little of it’s magic by highlighting their snowy caps. The hotel offers meeting rooms, bars, lounges, 10 restaurants, spas, sporting facilities, children’s rooms and entertainment. Have I left anything out? Probably, there is so much. To get maximum enjoyment from your resort it

may help to be crazy about golf and set yourself free on the 18 hole national competition standard golf course. Calista organised the 3rd annual Calista PRO-AM Gold Tournament bringing together many famous names in the golf world. In fact there are 12 golf courses in the surrounding areas, some of which are of national competition standard. I heard on the whisper that the world championships in 2012 may be held here. This is a

golfer’s paradise, but when you’ve had enough of paradise you can exchange your clubs and plus fours for your bathers and dive into the absolutely divine swimming pools or just enjoy the other wonderful things on offer. Not being of a golfy nature I opted for the Hamam Turkish bath instead of tearing off a round, so good with great jugs of very hot water, foamy soapy suds and stretching out on the warm marble tables. Then there was the massage. Well if only I had stuck to the golf I probably wouldn’t have been put on the slab, had my pants rolled down and my shy buttocks pummelled into reluctant submission.

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Or maybe this happens with all the activities. Apart from the embarrassment factor and alarming amount of nudity it was sort of nice, once I’d given in, stopped muttering under my breath and placed my thoughts elsewhere. Oh, get over it. Actually, the Callos Spa, “Sanita per Aqua”, is really lovely. The lighting is low, the music is soft and dreamy and all the areas are pristine and glowing

without feeling over sanitised. The staff are kind, helpful and just there if you want them without being too obvious. The Spa is renowned for it’s skills in all types of body care massage techniques and uses the “highest technology and up-to-date world brand equipment”. The swimming pool down there is absolutely gorgeous, in fact “swimming pool” isn’t really a good enough word for it.

The Turkish word is “Hazav”, maybe that’s better. The pool is full figured and deep. There are under water lights sending out rays of pink, green and blue and wallowing in it was a privilege. The main holiday season here starts around April with the Russians usually being the first on the scene. The thoughtful rooms and villas are extravagantly



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furnished with plush textiles and decorated with tasteful wall coverings and very good art. Over 10 kilos of gold have been used and it winks warmly from the walls and accessories. Areas surrounding the villas and private pools have been attractively and fragrantly planted with lavender, rosemary, citrus trees and many other lovely shrubs. The villas come as “standards”, and then there are 18 Corner Suites, two Presidential Suites and one Royal Suite. Visit “Calista Luxury Resort Hotel Belek. Antalya. Turkiye” to have a really good look. These villas would make excellent second homes for professionals,

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people with retirement in mind families in search of a retreat or a change in lifestyle. They are a good investment thanks to local pricing and the sterling holding up well with the Turkish lira. The current exchange rate is around £1 to 2.27 lira. There is also the potential for a stable rental income. At some point you are going to have to eat. With so many restaurants to choose from you might need help deciding what to have. So here’s a taster of what to expect: Sakura is Japanese with exotic delicacies from the Far East. Timo is Italian with a typical selection of pastas etc. Turca has old Ottoman specialities, More is where to go for a taste of the sea.

La Carne is for spice loving foodies. There are also beach snacks of salads, fast foods and pastries and Cafe Calista is bursting with Austrian cakes and aromatic coffees and teas. To wash all this down you might like to visit one or more of the 8 bars. There is so much choice, from the piano bar, disco, swimming pool bar, cocktail bar, Amphi bar for live music, Bowl is where you can play billiards and bowl while you imbibe or there’s the jazz bar and finally you might fancy sitting out with the sea and elements in Brezza where you may have hot or cold drinks brought to you to quench your thirst. The thing is, the only way to really get the very best out of all this

luxury is by being with the right people. This trip to Antalya and Calista Luxury Resort was put together by Seda Aslan (of Seda Consulting, She is the first Turkish woman I have met, and it was about time too. She was completely caring, helpful, funny and just a real pleasure to be with and I consider myself very lucky to have been a part of it.

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In our experience, there’s chocolate... and then there’s chocolate. For more than 30 years, we’ve recognised that there’s a big difference. And so have the legions of chocolatelovers who choose Hadleigh Maid products above all the rest, time after time after time. Probably it’s the mouth-watering packaging that first appeals. Certainly we’ve invested heavily in recent years to make sure that the packaging truly reflects the superb quality of the product within. And the product stands up to every scrutiny. From our simple impulse-buy 100g chocolate bars and childfriendly Woodland Folk through to our exotic truffles and hand-trimmed boxes of luxury chocolates, you - and your customers - can be assured of a real treat. All our products are carefully hand-made by a team of chocolate fanatics in the picturesque Suffolk town of Hadleigh. Through our nearby shop and showroom we sell direct to the public too, and through them we’ve come to know what customers like.

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They tell us that they far prefer high quality ingredients, wherever possible sourced through reputable UK suppliers. It’s fair to say that we’ve never needed convincing! We’re completely sold on fine chocolate, luscious Californian raisins, too! And we prefer to roast the nuts that we use on the premises, so that we can be sure they’re sweet and full of flavour. The result is a product that lives up to its tantalising promise. If this all sounds very cottage-industry, then you actually couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s true that we’re a second generation family business, but we’re also suppliers (often in huge quantities) to some of the biggest household-name retailers in the UK. Day in, day out, we meet their exacting quality control standards. We know all about facing urgent deadlines too. We promise service and attention to customer care that you’ll find hard to match anywhere. Just ask us about personalising boxes, or short runs, or products made to your specifications. We’re sure you’ll find it all very tempting.



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arcus Wareing is happy. That, he confesses, is a new thing. A year or so ago and he would have been bitter, angry. Reports of the time certainly suggested as much. His one-time friend, best man and boss, Gordon Ramsay, was the subject of some considerable invective. Wareing said he couldn’t care less if he and Ramsay never spoke again. Wareing had broken away from Gordon Ramsay Holdings and the resulting legal action saw London’s Berkeley Hotel cancel its arrangement with Ramsay for its in-house restaurant Petrus and, autumn 2008, hand the premises over to Wareing. ‘Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley’ was born. And with it, it seems, Wareing was re-born.


and vegetables to the kitchens of the hotel where his father worked. With his brother setting up a catering company, the move towards some job in hospitality may have seemed inevitable. “I didn’t know how to get anywhere else. I didn’t know what opportunities there were. I never got career advice. My dad’s was the old-fashioned philosophy of getting out of bed at six in the morning and going to work for the day,” says Wareing. “But my dad and my brother were my mentors. And for me to achieve what I want to achieve I have to mentor young people around me too. If you have a driving ambition to get to the top then you can’t do it alone, so you have to mentor people.”

“Yes, I’m happier than I’ve ever been – because I’ve split,” as Wareing, soon to turn 39, puts it with a twinkle. “Going it alone was always a goal and always something I was going to do, regardless of what people think, I just followed it through. I’m happy now because I wanted it for my family, to move onto the next chapter. And now I don’t have to answer to anyone. I don’t have to be dragged into someone’s office to explain anything anymore. I’m no longer a puppet. Employees are not puppets. It’s like customers who treat staff like servants. We supply a service – we’re not your servants. That’s one message I do make quite clear to customers who do behave that way.

That ambition, or perhaps a kind of contamination from past acquaintances, has left Wareing with plenty of fighting talk and the occasional liberal use of the f-word himself. People may be out to knock him, be they critics or customers, but he takes it on the chin. “I don’t believe that any critic isn’t influenced by their opinion of the

“At the time I was wearing my heart on my sleeve. It was a very low point in my life,” Wareing adds. “But it was also the pinnacle. [Splitting] was the right thing for everyone. Have a good punch-up and move on. We don’t need to grace each others’ table. I have no issues with Gordon. I think Gordon is a fabulous restaurateur. And he deserves it. No-one knows how hard he’s worked to get where he is today. And Gordon never looks back. It’s fast forward, like a steam train. Get on a ride with him and it’s a roller-coaster – the longest and best part of my career so far was with Gordon.”

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el So that is Ramsay done. And it is just as well. gw n i Just as Wareing’s association with his former are sW i s friend had threatened to smother him, rcu Ma so too has interest in the split threatened to overshadow his talents. The Bunfight at the GRH Corral may have made for juicy gossip but, now freed to pursue his own agenda, person behind the food – that’s human nature if they know them and do or don’t like Wareing’s culinary quickfire is far tastier. He already has an impressive track record: them. To say there’s favouritism in food journalism seems obvious to me. But who sous chef under Ramsay at Aubergine, a ground-breaking spell at the Savoy’s Grill cares? Honestly, really, who cares? You have to have confidence and move forward,” he Room, then the opening of Petrus at The Berkeley for Gordon Ramsay and then the split. Wareing’s work at The Berkeley looks set to be his benchmark. Last year he picked says. “You can come to work, try your hardest and if someone gives you a hard time for that then you mustn’t roll over and die. You get up and do it, and prove you can do it up Harden’s Best London Restaurant vote ahead of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. your way. Too many people roll over. They’re scared. That must have put a smile on his face. It is all a long way from his first brush with cookery, aged 12, helping to deliver fruit

“We work bloody hard here,” he adds. “Some customers can come to your restaurant



and, no matter how hard you try, you can’t please them. My message to them is that they shouldn’t put themselves through the agony of sitting here eating food they don’t like. Just go. Some people just don’t want to be happy. But don’t blame me for your bad mood.” It is more likely to be chefs in bad moods these days. Wareing concedes that times are tough for any restaurateur, with the market changing rapidly. He reckons that there will be no climbing out of the recession – that the industry (and everyone else) needs to adapt to the current situation as the new norm and focus on giving maximum value – “ignore the situation and move forward. You need to find the inspiration to be positive, to take inspiration from people like President Obama who gives a fantastic

speech.” He sees the celebrity chef culture as necessary to give the industry “cool, a touch of rock and roll”, while not being much of a fan of it himself – “the more you’re on TV, the less time you’re in the kitchen”. While he notes that any established foodie survey, the likes of Michelin or Zagat, are important guides, the internet’s blogosphere is increasingly influential, turning any diner into a potential critic. And restaurants, he says, are in danger of losing sight of their core purpose: to provide great food. “There is more to restaurants than food now: there’s a level of expectation of the address, the designer, the table space, the music. I wish it were just about the food. It’s gone beyond hospitality,” says Wareing. “It extends from places abroad that have had millions thrown at them

and you always have to compete with the next big thing. But I do think that comes at a price for hospitality and the real reason why chefs are here is to cook, not to work in a beautiful place.” Wareing’s five years at the Grill Room at the Savoy Hotel – currently undergoing refurbishment – has already assured him a footnote in restaurant history, with the establishment more than a century old, likely to be around in another century and Wareing winning it its first Michelin star. “I’ve been a link in a very long chain there,” he says. But there is a sense that he wants so much more. He speaks of wanting The Berkeley and his role there to be remembered by future generations of chefs, simply “as someone who never turned his back on the fact that food and being in the kitchen is what brought me to the job”. He speaks, not quite grandiloquently, of being in the hands of destiny – and that it is destiny that will decide whether he wins his third Michelin star, a plaudit past interviews have presented Wareing as being zealous to achieve, if only to match Ramsay, but which he claims is no deal-breaker for him. “If I get it, then great. If I don’t then I just have to move on. Would I be bitterly disappointed? No,” he says. “There are many chefs in this country worthy of three stars who don’t have them. Many. And to give out three stars to a restaurant from day one is, I think, a strange thing to do. Are you saying Raymond Blanc can’t cook three stars? I say he can. Have you got to be a super-chef, a global power, to win that third star? Are you saying that a chef with three stars at several restaurants around the world can hit that level at all of those restaurants, as good as one man with one house? I’m not so sure about that. The concept of the guide has maybe changed. But you can’t get het up about it. You’ve got to enjoy your work. If you’re destined for it, it will happen.” All of which may do nothing more than suggest a man who is certainly driven, but who also spent time straightening out his priorities. But there is some kind of tussle at play ➛

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here. He speaks with self-knowledge: of, for example, his having few friends, less out of self-sufficiency as having found all the friendship he needs in his wife (currently also his office manager) and three children – they, alongside cooking, offer him completion. But then he lurches into speaking in the third person, as though he was detached from himself, as if there was some split between the man focused on the fundamentals of food and family and the man needing a spot on a plinth. “People say that Marcus Wareing is ambitious,” says Marcus Wareing. “Marcus Wareing has ambition, a wish-list of things he would like to achieve in his life, of which a third Michelin star is just one ...” Wareing is a complex, contradictory character, and all the more rounded an individual for it. But, despite more than two decades in the industry, there is a sense that he is only just getting started. He claims to be most content cooking, but it is hard to imagine kitchens containing him. Perhaps inevitably, the fast-fading shadow of recent times returns to conversation. “Gordon was always destined to be bigger and better than everybody else,” says Wareing. “When some people walk into a room, you know they’re there. He has that. Marco Pierre White has that. They’re larger than life. When I cooked for the Queen this little 80-year-old woman came into the room and, still, you knew she was there. I don’t have that. But I do actually like getting up in the morning and enjoy coming to work and cooking. It’s where I feel I’m at my best, where I’m at home. I cook and run restaurants. And that’s what I’m good at.” THE QUESTIONNAIRE How would you describe your style of cooking? “I’ve generally worked in French restaurants but the rest of it is just me and how I see and enjoy food. It’s very personal. Classically-based with today’s way of doing things”.

What’s been your worst kitchen disaster? “That has to be when I was at St. James’ and we kept losing power, which it would do regularly throughout summer. No air con and just gas and candles. You put candles on the tables for the customers and they love it – it’s intimate. But we were really suffering downstairs. We would call the office and hope that they’d tell us to close, but no – they’d tell us to carry on.” Best moment of your career to date? “Winning the first Michelin star was one of them because it never entered my head to even try for it. I was bowled over – a very emotional feeling. But signing this deal here [at The Berkeley] and getting into the driving seat was very special. It had been a long, long dream and one that doesn’t always come true. Your shackles are off. It’s the biggest challenge and the most stressful – but I love it. I’d recommend it to anyone.”

Favourite ingredient? “Salt – because it enhances food. I couldn’t live without it. I prefer Maldon. It’s the most delicate, the flakes melt in the mouth, it’s great for finishing meat or fish and has the perfect crunch to it.” Favourite restaurant? “Any place that serves a meal with TLC. They all just have what I want at that particular moment.” What do you do to relax? “Spend time with my children and that’s not really relaxing by any means. I haven’t had a holiday for a long time and that’s something I’m really looking forward to. We haven’t booked it yet but we’ve planned it. For the last 18 months I’ve barely left this building. I’ve never wanted someone to step into my shoes, even for a week or two. But I’ve won the fight. I can do their job but they’ll never be able to do mine. My food is my creation so I can’t be replaced.”

What have been your influences? “There has always been a figurehead for me, whether it’s a chef, a lecturer, a restaurant manager, always someone catering-related. And then there’s the odd-one-out, which is my wife, the person I lean on and who has a different handle on things. Without her I would never have got through the last few years. People have mentors, they just sometimes don’t realise they do.” Favourite recipe? “I don’t have a favourite but I’ve had most success with the egg custard tart with Garibaldi biscuits I made for the Queen. That’s the one I’m trying to shake off but can’t. Why? Well I don’t want to be remembered for an egg custard tart, do I? That’s my biggest fear in life.”

Reproduced by kind permission of Yes Chef! magazine. Photography © Yes Chef! magazine

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LIME PARFAIT WITH LIME MERINGUE AND MARINATED PINEAPPLE By Marcus Wareing SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS: Parfait: 70g egg whites 120g sugar syrup 80g egg yolks 60g whole eggs 4 limes, juice and zest 250g semi whipped double cream Meringue: 60g egg whites 60g caster sugar 60g icing sugar, sifted Zest of one lime

Marinated pineapple: 1 pineapple, peeled and sliced 250ml pineapple juice 50g demerara sugar Juice of 1 lime 4 star anise 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped and added with pod METHOD: Parfait: 1. Whisk the lime juice and zest into the cream. 2. Using the whites and syrup make an Italian meringue then fold into the cream. Make a sabayon with the eggs and syrup then fold into the mix. Fill 24 half sphere moulds to the top and freeze until firm.

Meringue: 1. Whisk the whites until stiff. 2. Whisk the caster sugar in until smooth and glossy then fold in the icing sugar. 3. Spread thinly onto a silicon mat then zest the lime over the top. 4. Bake at 80°C for 20 minutes until crispy. Marinated pineapple: 1. Bring all ingredients, except the pineapple, to the boil for 6 minutes. 2. Strain over the pineapple slices and allow to cool. To assemble: Lay the pineapple into circles in the centre of a plate, glaze with a little of the marinating syrup. Demould the parfait and cover with pieces of the meringue. Freeze until hard then place on top of the pineapple and serve.



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Unlike manufacturers driven by cost and mass-production, Steinway & Sons builds its pianos to a standard, not a price. It takes a full year of painstaking, labour-intensive craftsmanship to build the piano renowned for its incomparable sound and chosen by 99 per cent of the world’s concert pianists. HISTORY Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in a Manhattan loft. Henry, a master cabinet maker, built his first piano in the kitchen of his Germany home. By the time he established Steinway & Sons, Henry had built 482 pianos. The first piano produced by the company, number 483, was sold to a New York family for $500. It is now displayed at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Right: Model D-274 Concert Grand; Far right: Craftsman trimming the ribs of the soundboard

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CREATION When a player's finger strikes a key, it sets the key action (a series of levers connected to a felt hammer) in motion. The hammer strikes one or a combination of metal strings, which causes them to vibrate. The vibrations are transmitted from the strings to the soundboard through bass and treble bridges. The soundboard converts the vibrations into what is known as piano tone, and amplifies the notes so that they can be heard. There are over 12,000 specific parts in the

typical piano, all of which must function with ease and accuracy. Steinway has used the same unique method to make its pianos for over a century. In a method patented by Theodore Steinway in 1878, the inner and outer rims of the piano are bent into shape as a single continuous piece. 18 hard-rock maple layers, each twenty-two feet long, are used to construct the rim of a concert grand piano. The layers are coated with glue and stacked and then glued into a single form of wood in a giant piano-shaped vice. The soundboard is a large wooden diaphragm with a wooden bridge centred on its top side. The piano strings pass over the bridge, and the bridge transfers the string energy into the soundboard. The soundboard is pressed into the shape of a dome, allowing it to withstand the combined downward force of 1,000lbs from over 200 strings. Before a soundboard can be placed into a piano case, the bridge must be notched for the strings that will pass over it. First, heavy black graphite is applied to the top of the bridge. A three-pronged tool is then used to mark the points where the bridge will be pinned and notched. It takes years of training for the craftsman to know exactly

Below: Fitting of the veneers for timber finished piano; Bottom: Craftsman "hand notching" the inner rim before soundboard is installed where to place the notches. The piano rim is transformed into the piano case. A wooden brace assembly is custom fit within the rim structure. The braces fan out within the rim structure for stability and are secured into the rim by using a combination of fine joinery and maple dowels. A 340lb-cast iron plate is fitted into the piano case, which provides the rigid and stable foundation needed to hold approximately 40,000lbs of string tension. Once the soundboard and cast iron plate are in the piano case, the piano is ready for its strings.

adjustments to the hammer, which are critical to the piano's sound. A master voicer makes adjustments to the hammer's resiliency by sticking the hammer's felt with a small row of needles, reducing its stiffness and thereby mellowing its tone. If the voicer wants to increase the brilliance of the key, he will harden the felt by applying a small amount of lacquer. A tone regulator listens intently to the piano's pitch and turns the tuning pins with a tuning hammer to adjust string tension. Once the piano has been regulated, it is ready for its final inspection.

The action's felt hammers are made from a single strip of felt that is pressed into shape. Each key in the keyboard is calibrated to have a consistent feel; weights are placed on the key and lead is inserted into the body of the key until the pressure needed to push the key down is the same for each key. The voicing process involves minute











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Now, the company is entering a bold new era, with the construction of a new range of technically advanced, long range bespoke cruising yachts over 100 feet. The first model off the M Class range will be the Princess 32M flybridge cruising yacht in 2010, followed by the unprecedentedly luxurious Princess 40M tri-deck in 2011.

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PRINCESS 78 MOTOR YACHT Sleek and elegant on the outside, spacious and luxurious within, the brand new 78 Motor Yacht bears all the hallmarks of her larger siblings, artfully arranged into 78ft of thoroughbred living space.

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