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he month of May brings great joy, and this year is no different, as buds on trees burst into life and adorn branches with lush green leaves; we also welcome the latest addition to the British Monarchy, little Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. This month’s Corporate issue celebrates all things businesslike, under exclusive orders, we meet with Michael Owen to discuss why horse-racing has a special place in his heart (p.22). We also showcase some of the regions most prominent names in business, who share their secrets with us (p.27), from stunning estates to the UK’s best zoo, a children’s charity phenomenon and a world-renowned hair guru, its insightful and well worth the read. We celebrate in style with Private White V.C. from sheep to shop, on how they are doing things differently in Manchester (p.48), and our resident spa expert takes a visit to the depths of

the stunning underground Titanic Spa, Liverpool (p.58). As the holiday season fast approaches we prepare to pack (p.68), not forgetting our furry family members (p.70), join Alexandra Delf on an action-packed safari holiday with a difference in South Africa (p.103), and our photographer Kat Hannon takes a nostalgic trip to luxury hotel and spa, Ladore Falls (p.96) in the Lake District. Our usual dose of all things petrol powered is served up in Drive with James Fossdyke, our resident purveyor of all things that move including whether bigger really is better (p.118) in the world of luxury 4x4s? Plus a luxury edit of the most exquisite homeware and design objects to create your dream home, inside and out (p.123), and peek through the keyhole of the finest addresses (p.142) in the North West. All in all, an issue just like spring, bursting at the seams with fabulousness, enjoy!

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contents OUR FAVOURITES

22 Under Order

Michael Owen on why horse-racing has a special place in his heart

27 103 118

People in Business

Some of the biggest names in business from the region share their secrets

Wild About Wellness

We experience an action packed safari holiday with Alexandra Delf

The Big Question

James Fossdyke finds out whether bigger really is better in the world of luxury 4x4s

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100 REGULARS 009 | Publisher’s letter 010 | Contributors 014 | My life in Cheshire Daniela Dobbin, Managing Director at DD Clinical, Chester shares her life in Cheshire with us 017 | Notebook Your guide to the finest things to do in Cheshire and beyond

FEATURES 022 | Under Order Michael Owen on why horse-racing has a special place in his heart

056 | Health, Beauty & Wellness We review some of the best beauty products, treatments and fragrances 058 | Spa Review MJ Greenhalgh takes visit to the depths of the stunning underground Titanic Spa, Liverpool

FAMILY 067 | Family news Holidays are coming so let’s get packing

027 | People in Business 070 | Pet’s Corner Some of the biggest names Holidays are for all of the in business from the region family, so don’t forget your share their secrets furry family members

COLLECTION 041 | Jewellery & Watches With Spring officially in full swing, there is no better time to update your watch and jewellery game and invest in the trend taking over the season

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FOOD & DRINK 073 | Food & drink news From fine dining restaurants and enticing new menus to the best cocktail bars in the Northwest. Explore chef interviews, gourmet food and drink news 077 | Spotlight On... Coast The Yew Tree in Bunbury. Louisa Warde braves the weather to sample the delights of this modern British menu

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080 | Meet the Chef Meet Joe, Head Chef at Cottons Hotel & Spa, 048 | Fashion Knutsford, Cheshire Private White V.C. From showcasing his signature sheep to shop: Doing things dish “Celebration of differently in Manchester

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fun, fundraising and a whole lot of fashion from the regions events

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Beef” a rich, warming and traditional dish with plenty 115 | News of flavour Behind the wheel of the latest luxury motors, from classic cars to the fastest 083 | The Top Corporate four-wheelers; whether it Hot Tips sail, fly, ride or drive From team building activities and places to stay to event space and 118 | The Big Question corporate gifting for clients, James Fossdyke finds out we’ve got it covered whether bigger really is better in the world of luxury 4x4s TRAVEL 093 | Travel News HOME & INTERIORS The finest hotels and travel inspiration from across the 126 | Homes & Garden news world. First-class reviews and Enjoy a luxury edit of the holiday recommendations, finest homeware and from UK retreats and design objects and European city breaks to pick up expert tips on far-flung tropical beaches creating your dream home, inside and out 096 | Lodore Falls Spa & Hotel Kat Hannon took a nostalgic trip to a luxury hotel and spa in the Lake District

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100 | Let Loose in Limassol Introducing ‘Parklane’, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Cyprus

134 | The Edit Take inspiration from the 1920s with these pieces for your home

103 | Wild About Wellness We experience an action packed safari holiday with Alexandra Delf

142 | Property Through the keyhole of the finest addresses in the North West. Find palatial properties, interior inspiration and exclusive interviews with the capital’s most in-demand architects

107 | Local Scene Our social pages this month are filled with fizz,


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CHESHIRE DANIELA DOBBIN, MANAGING DIRECTOR AT DD CLINICAL

How would you describe yourself ? I would say I like to keep a positive attitude in life, and am passionate about my work. I also love to socialise and meet new people. Where is home? work? Home for me now is Liverpool, but my second home is my clinic in Chester. DD Clinical is set in the heart of Chester and provides advanced non-surgical face, body and skin treatments. I am passionate about making people feel good in their own skin, so love going to work every day. My motto is “confidence is beauty” What did you want to be when you were younger? When I was younger, I always wanted to be a vet as I adore animals. But then I knew I would cry if I saw an animal hurt, so that was the end of that. Name a few of your favourite places to be... I love spending time in Mallorca, we have a place out there on the port, and it’s a beautiful and relaxing place to spend weekends. I also used to live in London, so I love to visit for weekends. There is so much to do in London, and there is a great buzz about the city. What / who inspires you? Jane Wurwand, the founder of Dermalogica And Dr Leah Totton, both are passionate about what they do, care about providing the best services and treatments and are incredible business women.

“DD Clinical is set in the heart of Chester and provides advanced non-surgical face, body and skin treatments” What was the last gift you received? A necklace from my Medical lead Doctor, Simona, accompanied by a handwritten note after DD Clinical launch. It was very touching. Tell us a secret/fun fact? I once danced on stage with The Pussycat Dolls not knowing my dress wasn’t quite pulled down as far as it should be to the amusement of a packed MEN arena. Who or what would you place in room 101? My partners alarm on his phone. He gets up at 5:30 am every morning but snoozes it every 15 minutes for a good hour before. WHY! What’s been your biggest life lesson? You should believe in yourself no matter what and be kind always. www.ddclinical.com

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NOTEBOOK Chatsworth set to blossom this Spring WORDS: CRAIG HOUGH

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the country are set to create stunning show gardens at the Royal Horticultural Society’s newest show, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show (5-9 June) partnered by Wedgwood. There will be 13 stunning gardens at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this year, including a new mindfulness category, a horticultural celebration of the local BBC regions, and an RHS Wildlife Garden that aims to encourage and give confidence to people to create their very own nature reserves to support British endangered species, whilst retaining areas to sit and enjoy their gardens. www.rhs.org.uk

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Distilled Masterclass – Sipsmith at Brasserie Abode Chester

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Enjoy exotic cocktails, dinner from a matched menu and an expert masterclass by some of the best distillers in the business. Learn the tricks of the trade and delve into the history, styles and creation of the most-loved spirits. www.brasserieabode.co.uk

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Gung-Ho! at Chester Racecourse

Cirque du Soleil – Toruk at Manchester Arena

The Little Welly at Arley Hall and Gardens

The world’s biggest inflatable 5k run is coming to Chester. Whether you’re a veteran athlete or a first-time 5k runner, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to show just how Gung-Ho! you really are. www.begung-ho.co.uk

Inspired by James Cameron’s recordbreaking movie AVATAR, Cirque du Soleil’s uniquely different touring show TORUK – The First Flight will make its UK debut next June in Manchester. www.manchester-arena.com

Get ready for a whole dollop of outdoor, muddy fun as The Little Welly – the UK’s largest obstacle course for children aged 4 to 12 - arrives at Arley Hall in Cheshire. www.thelittlewelly.co.uk

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The New York Times calls it ‘The best musical of this century.’ The Washington Post says, ‘It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.’ This outrageous musical comedy from creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Bobby Lopez co-writer of Avenue Q and Frozen follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. The Palace Theatre, Thursday 06 June - 27 July,  www.atgtickets.com

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UNDER ORDER Louisa Warde visits Manor House Stables to meet with Chester-born owner and ex-footballer Michael Owen

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ention to anyone that you are interviewing Michael Owen and they immediately think of a sparkling career in football and possibly recollection of that goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup which brought him to the world’s attention at the tender age of 18. Even this household, unconditionally sky blue, would admit he was one of England’s most gifted players. Today, however, six years since he retired from the beautiful game I am heading further out into the Cheshire countryside to interview the man in question at his horse racing business, Manor House Stables. As I drive down the impressive entranceway to the property, private racing gallops to the left of me, the scene set in front is of a thriving enterprise and a friendly one. Upon parking up I meet up with our photographer, and we are greeted with affection by the yard dogs, a welcoming firm handshake from trainer Tom Dascombe, a morning black coffee courtesy of Jennie and a lesson in horse racing by two owners who happen to be sharing reception with us just to make sure that we had done our homework.

Set in 170 acres, Manor House Stables was converted from a grain store and cattle barn by Michael and his wife, Louise, before it began life as a training yard with 30 horses in 2007. Further investment means that today the stables can accommodate up to 90 horses, has an impressive glass fronted owners’ lounge, swimming pool and many more state-of-the-art facilities that makes it top of its game.

The worst thing you can do is interfere with the professionals. The best thing you can do is employ the best and trust them I know more about his “pretty good career” – his words not mine – but little about his link to horse racing and once settled across the table from him that is the first thing I ask. “I’ve always had links to horse racing really. Since I played at Deeside, I’d be heading home from a Saturday match with dad, and we’d stop off to pop a bet on, and I’d inevitably pop next door to buy something with my pocket money. “It was the 80s then, so there was very little sport on the telly. Maybe a bit of Ski Sunday but there was horse racing, and I’d be keen to watch how dad’s horses did. So, yes, it’s pretty much always been a part of my life. “Then, when I played in the England team my interest grew to more than simply popping a bet on. I was chatting to David Platt, who owned horses at the time, and he suggested I look into owning my own horse. And that was that. The bug well and truly bit me. One horse turned

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into two and then ten… and so on. “When it got to 24 horses in training it got a bit expensive, writing big cheques out each month. So, we had the idea of setting up our own business training horses for other owners as well as ourselves. And that was when we bought Manor House Stables. “I liken it to when you are a young footie fan, and all you want to do is absorb information about your team and key players. You don’t simply want to know which is their favoured foot; you want to know everything about them. It’s not just enough to watch them. That’s how it was, and still is, for me owning horses. I was fortunate to find another passion in my life and have it in the pipeline during my career so that I could pick it up as a business fulltime after football.” We discuss the management and genuine care of young sportspeople today, with entourages and agents who, quite often, in my humble opinion of minimal knowledge, seem to be out for themselves more than their clients. Indeed, in following his passion for horse racing, Michael touches on this: “At the start of the business, I was running it hand in hand with my career, and I was criticised for it. You can’t win. If I weren’t doing that, I’d have been criticised for being a dumb footballer!”

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And this brings us onto more debate and one of his other business commitments, Michael Owen Management Limited which manages young footballers. Brought to the fore even more so as the day before this interview Michael was working for BT Sport commentating on the Youth FA CUP Final between Man City and Liverpool. “There’s lots of people who will manage your money, but not so many people that really understand what it’s like.” And we settle on agreeing that more should be done and swiftly return to the brief I was given for this interview – horse racing. With so much going on I have to ask where he finds the time to be at the stables, where he is clearly, in his element and if he has any plans actually to slow down. I am greeted with an emphatic “No way. I am embracing the final year of my thirties! “Whenever I have a spare moment you can find me here. I love it.” But his management style is hands-off. “The worst thing you can do is interfere with the professionals. I’d never tell Tom how to train a horse. The best thing you can do is employ the best and trust them.” Good advice sir.

I liken it to when you are a young footie fan, and all you want to do is absorb information about your team and key players And so the conversation turns to the imminent Boodles May Festival at Chester Racecourse [which will have taken place by the time this interview reaches you I’m afraid, so I have no hot tips beyond the advice that you should always look at the horse who has the inside rail – noted].


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I’d be heading home from a Saturday match for Deeside with dad, and we’d stop off to pop a bet on, and I’d watch on the telly to see how they did. “The May Festival is a sign that summer is here,” he says with a smile and bright eyes. “We will definitely be the most represented stable with 15 horses running. We’ve had some results at the top level too, so we can definitely dine at the top table. We are the local yard for Chester too, so that adds something special. Being a local lad, it’s in our business and hearts. “What I love most though and is something I hope attracts people to the stables, is the social side. The social scene is a huge part of racehorse ownership, and I love to see our owners having a great time and supporting each other at the courses. It feels like we’re part of a team or club and while results are great, the people are just as important.” www.manorhousestables.com

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olesworth comprises of 6500 acres of active dairy farming land and has a varied portfolio of properties under management including Farms, Residential, and a wide variety of commercial properties. Nina set up Bolesworth Events 11 years ago, which now promotes two of the UK’s leading Equestrian Events, attracting over 50,000 visitors annually. PHOTOGRAPHY © DAISY HONEYBUNN PHOTOGRAPHY

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What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received?

What led you into your industry? With respect to the Bolesworth Estate, it was always the plan from an early age for me to take on the family business from my Father, and I grew up taking in lots of invaluable information from him and my Mother who also played an active part in the business. I set up the Events Business, with inspiration from the Equestrian world having attended some of Europe’s leading Equestrian events, together with my passion for horses and showjumping.

Who was an early business inspiration for you? I have always been fascinated by the Facebook legend, Mark Zuckerberg, and how he created a Global Phenomenon in such a short period of time. I admire how he kept the platform simple, free and easy PEOPLE IN BUSINESS

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to use at the start, and also how he has developed the commercial model surrounding this, whilst maintaining a free facility for so many people to connect and take advantage of.  

To model what you are trying to do on the best in class that there is out there. For example, with the horse shows, I try and visit a selection of the best events in the world every year and take away a few things that we can strive to emulate at our own events.

members of the team that they don’t directly work with.

Has there been a truly pivotal moment for your business? A year ago, we engaged with Nicki Kavanagh and the Juniper Co, a strategy company, who have helped us come up with a new vision and strategic plan for the next 5 years. At a point where the business was growing faster than the systems and resource we had in place this has been truly pivotal and enabled us to take a big step forward with the business.

What’s the secret of great leadership?

Which areas of your business will you focus on in 2019?

I think it is one of communication. Our biggest weakness as an organisation over the past 10 years has been our lack of communication, both internally and with our customers, and the wider world. The rebrand process has been a great driver to get the whole team together and given everyone the headspace to find out more about the business as a whole, but also to share ideas and points of view with other

The biggest focus for us this year is the rebrand of Bolesworth. This process has been so much more than refreshing our logo and colour palette, we have used it as a vehicle to change the culture of how we work as a team, how we communicate with our customers, and to build a platform to promote the entire business, regionally, nationally and internationally. www.bolesworth.com

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CHRISTON Chief Operating Officer, Chester Zoo

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amie joined Chester Zoo in 2013 and is responsible for business operations at the UKs number one zoo. With turnover at over £42m and 1,000 staff, Jamie leads the team that makes Chester Zoo one of the most visited attractions in the UK.

What led you into your industry? This is the first role I have had in a zoo, but my career has been generally in retail, food and beverage and commercial management. I guess I enjoy and get a buzz from fast paced commercial management. I was aware of Chester Zoos growth plans and I wanted to be part of a constantly changing organisation.

Who was an early business inspiration for you? Probably a store manager and mentor I had in my first ever job as a trainee supermarket manager in Cheshire. He ran a very tight ship and had really high standards and was very competitive. His store was “tin and packet perfect”. I liked his style and a lot of it rubbed off on me as my career developed.

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? Reflect on potential decision making before committing to that decision. I’ve always worked in a fast-paced environment and sometimes have been used to making a decision and acting on it very quickly. This is often forced on you but trying to work through the consequences of that decision to everyone involved is often difficult without time. If possible, I will make a decision in my head and mull over it before committing or take advise. The classic example is never sending an email in anger. Write it, leave it overnight and re-read it the next day.

Understanding, listening, explanation and regularly updating the people who you lead is key to being a great leader. with your team. Understanding, listening, explanation and regularly updating the people who you lead is key to being a great leader. They need to hear and see you and you should expect the same back. This leads to respect, loyalty, transparency and trust. I am guilty of not communicating enough, despite trying and it’s easy to get bogged down with the day to day running of an organisation and spending less time with my team as a result.

What’s the most significant leadership lesson you’ve learnt? Displaying behaviour which is expected of my role is probably the most significant lesson I’ve learnt. The example I would give is when I managed a large and devastating fire within our Monsoon Forest building in December. I managed a team in our control room, known as gold, at the zoo. The team were responsible for emergency response, crisis management and communications and business continuity. I remained calm, clear and dealt with the strategic issues which then ran into the days after the event. These sets of behaviours hopefully then displayed themselves with the rest of the team and the way we dealt with a major incident.

What’s the secret of great leadership?

Has there been a truly pivotal moment for the business?

I would say communication, both ways,

Chester Zoo is nearly 90 years old and

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there have been some hugely pivotal periods, from first opening in 1931, becoming a charity to major new habitats being developed. The scale and size of growth over the last ten years has been hugely influential. The opening of Islands in 2015 led us increasing our visitor number from just over 1 million to nearly 2 million last year. That now means we can plan way out into the future with the knowledge that the organisation is successful and has an amazing reputation and following worldwide.

Which areas of the business will you focus on in 2019? We have already had a great start to the year and operationally we need to make sure this carries on until Christmas. We are quite weather dependent, but we have campaigns running all year round. Our big focus is over the summer and I would love to tip visitor numbers over 2 million this year. Grasslands is a scheme which, hopefully start later this year and be in build until 2022. Its hub will be a large open, mixed species savannah and large terraced restaurant. We are also developing plans for overnight accommodation. www.chesterzoo.org

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COLLINGE Creative Director, Andrew Collinge Hairdressing

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reative Director of Andrew Collinge Hairdressing consisting of eight salons and a training division. Two times British Hairdresser of the year. Together with make-up artist Liz Collinge they have worked as a team at shows around the world, photoshoots and at Royal Weddings.

What led you into your industry? Both my grandfather and father were hairdressers, so I suppose you could say it was in my blood. My son Charlie is now managing our company, so we are firmly established as a family business. Next year we will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the first Collinge salon which opened in West Derby, Liverpool in 1940.

In our business, it’s dealing with people that make the difference between success or failure Who was an early business inspiration for you? My parents set the foundations of the business we are today. In the mid 1950s dad started to build up a team of talented stylists whilst my mother was responsible for the salon designs as the business PEOPLE IN BUSINESS

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expanded. However, it was both their belief in the importance of training which led the company to expand into hairdressing training schools and stand-alone graduate salons, which has given the company stability through a source of home grown talent over the years. My sister, Sarah eventually went on the run our training division with myself directing the hairdressing.

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? To protect the brand and never compromise on quality. If it’s a salon design, employ experts and work with the best materials you can afford. It’s the same principle on photoshoots and events. I feel it’s about the quality rather than the quantity of things we do.

What’s the most significant leadership lesson you’ve learnt? Whether it’s interviewing someone or deciding on a new salon location- go with your first impression and stick with it.

Has there been a truly pivotal moment for your business? As I mentioned earlier starting a training division gave the company a competitive edge which has stood the test of time. There was also the moment in 1988 when my wife Liz and I were invited to appear on the new daytime TV show This Morning when it started transmitting from the Albert Dock in Liverpool. The show was an instant success which also gave Liz and I massive exposure as the shows hair and make-up team for the next nine years.

What’s the secret of great leadership?

Which areas of your business will you focus on in 2019?

In our business it’s dealing with people that makes the difference between success or failure. We are really nothing without our colleagues and clients, therefore retention is key to everything. It’s up to ourselves as directors of the company to motivate, inspire and create opportunities.

This summer we are relocating to an exciting new salon in the fabulous refurbished Beauty Hall in Selfridges, Trafford Centre. We are also presently working on a new range of products which will be available in our salons and online through our website later this year. www.andrewcollinge.com

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eet Rachel Jackson who started working as a dental receptionist in 2004, progressed to a qualified dental nurse in 2007, and then developed into a lead dental nurse, practice manager, business manager and now practice owner.

What led you into your industry? Like many people, I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I left school. I didn’t want to spend time studying for a qualification I may not use, and I was eager to get straight into employment, so I started working as a receptionist in a dental practice aged 17. Early on in my career as a dental nurse, I knew I wanted to progress and take on further responsibilities in a practice. I worked hard to get recognition, always going above and beyond my duties. I approached the owner of the practice I was working in for a promotion, and he declined, stating I was too young. So I moved practice. From then on, unless there was consistent opportunity to develop and progress, I’d move practice and keep learning.

Who was an early business inspiration for you? My first boss! He had created a squat practice from a corner shop (this means an empty building with no patient list) and grew it quickly, establishing his reputation with delighted patients. I loved the feeling of making people happy – you sleep better at night knowing you’ve changed someone’s life that day either by creating a new smile, helping them overcome a PEOPLE IN BUSINESS

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Create an environment where team unity and involvement are a staple part of the culture phobia or getting them out of pain. He always pushed me to better myself, and I’m very grateful to have worked for him.

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? Hard work beats talent every time.

What’s the secret of great leadership? Lead by example. Never be too proud to do anything yourself. I am fortunate that I have done every job I employ people to do and every day I get stuck in wherever required. I sweep the leaves from the drive or clean the toilet, just as the rest of my team do. What you do has a much bigger impact than what you say.

What’s the most significant leadership lesson you’ve learnt? Don’t assume that everyone knows which path you are on. The business mission, goals

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and values have to be communicated to your team clearly and regularly, so everyone swims in the same direction. Create an environment where team unity and involvement are a staple part of the culture.

Has there been a truly pivotal moment for your business?  There have been many. From signing the paperwork, to the opening day, to the first patient testimonial. I could go on and on. All of them are special in their own ways, but I’ve learnt more than anything that every day is so different, and you can never predict what’s around the corner. I try to keep mindful that today is the pivotal day because it directly impacts tomorrow, as well keeping the realities of how tough running a business are in sharp focus.

Which areas of your business will you focus on in 2019? We want to expand the practice with more surgeries, but we won’t rush this. We’ll never compromise on patient quality. Growth will come as a result of continuing to follow our principles of delivering the highest quality private dentistry with a patient-centric journey. Investing in new, high-tech infrastructure, along with the team development are key initiatives for Superior Smiles throughout 2019 and beyond. www.superiorsmiles.co.uk

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Micro-Brewery Tour

Thursday 23 May 7pm The Pied Bull, Northgate St Chester CH1 2HQ

Seventy9 Social has teamed up with the Pied Bull in Northgate Street, Chester to bring you an evening of hops, history and happiness. Situated within the walls of the historic town, this pub is reputed to be the oldest licensed house in Chester - the building dates back to 1155. It also hosts the only micro-brewery within the city walls and offers award-winning beer; something we know you’d like to try! Tickets are limited to 40 people Food and drink are included in the ticket price. If you’ve any special dietary requirements, please let us know by emailing admin@seventy9.club The event starts at 7pm with the first tour taking place at 7.30pm.

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Lead by example, I like to be hands-on and not scared of rolling my sleeves up when necessary to ensure every small detail is checked and double checked. It has to be the best we can do every time.

What’s the most significant leadership lesson you’ve learnt? Years ago, when I had a team building meeting and everyone had to write down their dream car, it never crossed my mind that someone would choose a basic family estate car. That was a light bulb moment for me, and I realised that we all have different ambitions. It is essential to recognise the people in your team that want more and at the same time, the people in your team who prefer security and a steady income. 

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BERRY Managing Director, Diane Berry Kitchens Ltd

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ince opening Diane Berry Kitchens in 2002 with a team of just three, the company has grown an enviable reputation for design and won multiple awards including an international design award.

What led you into your industry? My father introduced me to this industryfortunately for me he could see my potential and convinced me to join his business as his apprentice with the enticement of driving lessons and a car. I was only sixteen and I have to confess the car was so much more exciting than the kitchens.

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Has there been a truly pivotal moment for your business? 

own business has come from working for people who didn’t run a business fairly or well. That made me determined to do it for myself and better than they did. I believe in treating my team and my clients with respect.

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? You are only as good as your last job. I’ve met so many kitchen designers that don’t move forward with their design work and it just starts to look stale. So, I work hard always to be one step ahead and visit lots of European Interiors Exhibitions to search out fresh inspiration and bring it back for my clients.

What’s the secret of great leadership? Lead by example, I like to be hands-on and not scared of rolling my sleeves up when necessary. I look for attention to detail in every aspect of the kitchen business and now all my team do too. They care about what our clients need, and we take the time

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Yes, when a client I had never met face-toface chose me to do their kitchen in Barbados. It was on the Green Monkey Golf Course in a stunning property and they wanted us because of our reputation. I know that I have been designing kitchens for thirty nine years, but it took a stranger having complete trust without us meeting to make me realise that all my hard work had paid off. The icing on the cake was that after the project was complete, they paid for my husband and me to stay at Sandy Lane in a beautiful suite and met us for dinner. I felt like the celebrity!

Which areas of your business will you focus on in 2019? This year we are moving to bigger premises, so all the focus in the second half of the year will be on the design and fit out of the interior, the builders are well on with the exterior, roof and windows. This investment into our own, larger property will allow us to increase our team of designers. We are bursting at the seams in our current building and the expansion of Diane Berry Kitchens is super exciting. www.dianeberrykitchens.co.uk

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MICHAEL

HUCKERBY Director, The Lawrence

that inspired me to do things on my own. My first General Manager Nick Testa ultimately taught me about hospitality and the importance of making someone feel special while turning a profit.

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? Peter Burling, Director of Brazen PR once told me “be careful what bridges you burn as you never know when you might need to cross it again”. At the time I was in my 20s and didn’t really listen, now I think it’s a great mantra.

What’s the secret of great leadership? When someone finds out can they let me know? I think it changes over time managing millennials is totally different - I have staff from 16 to 60, so I guess what I find works is managing them all differently.

Has there been a truly pivotal moment for your business? I got involved with a design agency that had three staff when I started. By the time I left, we had offices in the UK and USA and more staff than I can remember.  After doing it for ten years, I became very

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ichael previously owned Simple - one of the venues credited with kicking off Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter - and also ran digital and design business Creative Spark in the UK and USA. He now runs the Lawrence in Lancashire. The name Lawrence pays homage to the name of three men who were a major influence in Michael’s renovation of the hotel, and well known in the areal; Reverend Lawrence Shuttleworth of Gawthorpe Hall in Burnley, the famous J.R.R. Tolkien’s uncle, and Lawrence was also the name of Michael’s late father.

What led you into your industry? I started off as a pot wash at The Pines Hotel Chorley, working mainly weddings. BUSINESS

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Peter Burling, Director of Brazen PR once told me “be careful what bridges you burn as you never know when you might need to cross it again”. I was 14, and I thought it was a magical place where people came to have fun, that’s where I got the hospitality bug.

unhappy and trapped by a large salary. I decided I wanted to sell my shares and leave, which led me to where I am now.

Who was an early business inspiration for you?

Which areas of your business will you focus on in 2019?  

The obvious would be Richard Branson as he is epic, but closer to home my Auntie Edie who had her own shop in the 70s when female-led business was scarce. My Mum and Dad also owned their own supermarket, so

This year is all about weddings- we are converting the old barn into a 100 seater wedding room and extending our bar area. www.thelawrencehotel.co.uk

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MATTHEW Matthew’s of Chester, Estate Agents

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ollowing a successful career in product development at RHM and the birth of her first child, Rebecca made the decision to join the family business and worked hard to build and expand the company over the last 20 years. Rebecca is a great believer in raising industry standards and hopes that the property industry becomes better regulated in future.

What led you into your industry? My parents set up Matthew’s of Chester in 1986 and I was always exited to hear how the business was growing. I followed a career in the food industry until I had my first child and started considering a career change which would allow me the flexibility to bring up a family. The Lettings side of the business was really taking off and needed someone to manage and grow it. Once I joined the company I never looked back and thoroughly enjoy working in the property industry.

Who was an early business inspiration for you? My father was my biggest inspiration as he wasn’t afraid of taking a risk and trying out new ideas. He and my mother worked extremely hard to build up the business. They and always kept up a positive attitude despite the many challenges of running their own business. They never lost sight of the fact that providing excellent customer service was the key to success.

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never ask someone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.

What’s the secret of great leadership? Honesty, integrity and gaining the trust and respect of your team.

What’s the biggest leadership lesson you’ve learnt? Whilst it is liberating to be able to make your own business decisions, it’s essential to consult your team and ensure they buy in to new ideas before implementing them.

There is no substitute for hard work and never ask someone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself Has there been a truly pivotal moment for your business? Expanding our services into block management enabled Matthew’s to

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extend its services to cover all aspects of the residential property market and provided an additional income stream. Recommendations from one block to another has enabled the business to grow by reputation and we now have a managed portfolio of over 70 developments across Cheshire, North Wales and Shropshire. Our core areas of sales and lettings also benefitted from expanding into this area as it helps demonstrate our depth of experience.

Which areas of your business will you focus on in 2019? Both the sales and lettings sector are facing challenges in the year ahead, with on-line portals focusing on low cost for property sales and changes in government legislation for the lettings sector. We will be focused on continuing to provide a truly professional service and demonstrate the value to be achieved by using an independent family business that has an experienced and knowledgeable team. We also aim to continue the growth of our block management business. www.matthewsofchester.com

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LYN

STAUNTON North West Development Director, Variety the Children’s Charity

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eet Lyn, who has dedicated the last 15 years of her career to helping change the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.

What led you into your industry? I was brought up in the Entertainment Industry, so I was always around charities, and I supported quite a few through my own Promotions company at the time. I have always been passionate  about children, and I believe every child should have a happy childhood whatever their circumstances or disabilities.

Who was an early inspiration for you? Within the Third Sector that would be Marsha Rae Ratcliff OBE who became the first female Chief Barker of Variety. Marsha created the Variety Gold Heart Appeal in 1990 that raised over £20 million in the UK, and over $200 million worldwide. I have met Marsha, and she is the most elegant, wonderful lady.

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received?

it’s about listening, inspiring, trusting  delegating, recognising the talent in others and nurturing that talent, and most importantly leading by example. 

What’s the most significant leadership lesson you’ve learnt? Never to put all your eggs in one basket, and if it doesn’t feel right then, it’s not right.

Has there been a truly pivotal moment for your charity?   Every moment is pivotal to the well-

being of the children, young adults and families we support.

Which areas of the charity will you focus on in 2019? We will continue focusing on what we have been doing for 70 years here in the UK, and that is helping to change the lives of sick,disabled and disadvantaged  children to have a brighter future and provide them with specialised equipment, Sunshine Coaches and fantastic  memorable days out. www.variety.org.uk

Every moment is pivotal to the well-being of the children, young adults and families we support.

Never stop making meaningful relationships, as every relationship made has the potential to help you.

What’s the secret of great leadership? There is no single trait, in my opinion,  BUSINESS

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Collection Fine

Art

When Gucci announced it would be

expanding its jewellery line with its first fine jewellery collection, fashion aficionados across the world were abuzz with excitement, intrigued by what the iconic fashion house would come up. When the debut collection was finally unveiled, it’s safe to say fans were not left disappointed. It came as no surprise that creative director, Alessandro Michele, picked Gucci’s jewellery brand ambassador, Florence Welch to front the new campaign. Adored for her free spirit and distinctive look, she made the perfect person to model the colourful, new 200-piece strong collection, crafted from yellow gold and infused with precious diamonds and gems. In the beautifully shot campaign, the Bohemian goddess showcases rings, necklaces and bracelets from the Le Marché de Merveilles, Gucci Ouroboros, Gucci Flora and Dionysus fine jewellery collections as well as the house’s silver jewellery collection. www.gucci.com

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Georg Jensen has welcomed brand new additions to its cherished Offspring Collection, refashioning five of its existing pieces in 18ct yellow gold. Originally inspired by unbreakable familial bonds, the pieces in the range were initially available in 18ct rose gold and sterling silver. The collection, first introduced last year, quickly became a favourite, with each piece loved for its timeless aesthetic and sleek sculptural design. The yellow gold brings a fresh feel to the range and it’s everything we’ve been waiting for. Offspring Collection by Georg Jensen, from £695, www.davidmrobinson.co.uk

With Spring officially in full swing, there is no better time to update your watch and jewellery game and invest in the trend taking over the season

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FOPE turns 90

Italian fine jewellers FOPE, hit an incredible 90 years in the industry this year. To mark the impressive milestone, the family-owned brand introduced a range of exquisite new pieces into its beloved Eka Anniversario collection. Its master craftsman were tasked with carefully constructing contemporary versions of the brand’s signature best-sellers, and what resulted was intriguing new additions, oozing unbeatable Italian elegance and flair. And with promise of plenty more to come in the pipeline, you better watch this space. Eka Anniversario Collection, from £2,400, www.fope.com

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The Magic Touch

Chopard’s brand new Magical Setting collection is new to its Haute Joaillerie line. The exquisite rings, pendants and earrings are made up of glittering gemstone pavé clusters, each centred on a significant stone, encircles with coloured stones with no visible means of support. Not only does the innovative and practically invisible structure give the timeless design a modern edge, but also ensures each facet of every gemstone has enhanced exposure to light, leveraging the full potential and character of each stone. Magical Setting collection, from £38,800, www.chopard.co.uk

Sea Level

Swiss watch brand Oris revealed a selection of impressive new models at this year’s Baselworld, however, it was the relevant reference to environmental awareness that made quite an impact. Its Clean Ocean Limited Edition timepiece, a particularly beautiful piece based on the high-performance Aquis diver’s watch, was launched in partnership with a pioneering ocean conservation organisation who turn plastics into energy. Symbolising what it stands for, each of the 2,000 watches expertly-produced carry a unique medal made of recycle plastic cleverly inserted into the case back.   Clean Ocean Limited Edition, from £1,800, www.oris.com

TREND: Drop Earrings From beaded and beautiful to gold and glittering, this season the ear candy game has seriously stepped up a few notches, with statement earrings taking over catwalks and collections alike. The trend – that has made quite the comeback – is all about earrings that hang low and make an impact. Opt for something dainty and dazzling, or adventure into more daring territory with earrings bound to grab attention. Rock Crystal Quartz and Geode Earrings, from £9,380, www.kimberlymcdonald.com, Dynamite Shattered Earrings, from £12,200, www.stephenwebster.com, Serpent Boheme earrings, from £12,250, www.boucheron.com

ONE TO WATCH The late Karl Lagerfeld, legendary Chanel creative director, teamed up with Swarovski last year to create his very first collection of watches. Finally unveiled, the effortlessly cool collection showcases timepieces made from stainless steel with a mix of gold, rose gold and gunmetal plating. The AW20 line, releasing later this year, combines the designer’s Parisian chic styling with a punk rock attitude. While the men’s watches embrace a more neutral palette, using black IP plating, the women’s collection uses glittering Swarovski crystals, mother of pearl details and unique graphics. Karl Lagerfeld watch collection, POA, www.karl.com

loves The Hopscotch

David M Robinson introduced a stunning new set of single row diamond rings to its prized Hopscotch collection. Crafted in 18ct yellow, rose and white gold, the three new rings were expertly designed in-house and boast dazzling Princess Cut diamonds. The Hopscotch collection, originally introduced in 2010, quickly became one of the jewellery house’s most iconic lines, so it’s quite fitting that the new arrivals mark quite a significant milestone, with the brand celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Hopscotch rings, from £2,500, www.davidmrobinson.co.uk 43


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RIGHT Jacket: Private White V.C. Loro Piana® Raglan Raincoat £750 Shirt: Private White V.C. Button Down Shirt £145

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Craig Hough speaks to Tony B Armstrong about the opening of the new Phillip Armstrong showroom in Knutsford

Congratulations on the opening, what made you choose Knutsford for your flagship store? We had been looking for a base in Cheshire for some time as we have done quite a lot of business in the area over the years. When we came across the shop in the area, it just felt right. Knutsford is a shopping hub with a community spirit, central enough for customers from the Midlands and all over the North West to visit. There are excellent parking facilities, so clients can either make a quick visit or spend a leisurely afternoon in the shop and lunch in the local area etc.

Can you talk me through the type of customer your brand attracts? Our brand attracts a very diverse range of customers; young fashionistas looking for a piece to party in, professional ladies who need “go to” pieces that can be multi-functional, wedding guests looking for that perfect dress and ladies looking for an outfit for the races. We also have clients looking for bespoke pieces,

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which is a service we have offered for many years. What we love most is being able to dress mums and daughters shopping together, helping them both find pieces, and seeing them leave our store with a smile on their faces.

You have had some high-profile clients throughout your career, who have been your favourite to work with? It was a thrill to see Lady Gaga in a dress of ours- as a true fashion maverick, it was exciting to see how the overall look was put together. We’ve both always been major J-Lo fans, so to see her in one of our signature skater dresses was such a buzz.

Could you talk me through the process of how a collection is put together? Do you design with a clear narrative or woman in mind or is it purely about the clothes? A collection usually starts days after the previous one has been released. Sketches and inspiration will be pinned to our mood boards, followed by colour stories and fabric sourcing. This spring we were inspired by female fashion icons of the late ’60s and ’70s (such as Marianne Faithfull, Jean Shrimpton, Catherine Deneuve and Faye Dunaway). We used their spirit and sense of style to create looks that women need today. It would be impossible not to have certain clients in mind when working on a new collection, so it can also simply be about beautiful clothes and creating looks that we know will work for our customer base.


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Following this stage, the samples are produced, and over the next few months, the collection comes together. The pressure builds before the collection is shot and it’s at this time when the creative juice goes into overdrive, and last-minute items can be added. A case in point being the “Tilda” dress from last winter, this was a little black dress with a sequin bib front and tiny crystal buttons. It was a late addition to the collection and by far the best seller.

How do you continuously come up with new and original ideas and keep yourselves motivated to design new collections? Philip and I carry little sketchbooks around with us, filled with notes and tiny drawings. We are always thinking of ideas and new techniques, trying to push ourselves further each season. Ideas can come from travel, vintage textiles, art, fashion books and galleries; in particular, New York’s MOMA, where we have spent hours admiring a particular Picasso that resides there. When you have a creative spirit, an idea can spring from anywhere.

What is your favourite, stand out piece from the SS19 collection? It would be impossible to pick one favourite piece from the spring collection; it’s like picking a favourite child! The Solange zebra print playsuit is a really great piece. It could be worn with smart sneakers on holiday or with killer heels and statement earrings for a party. At the other end of the scale, the Safine dress in sunray pleated yellow georgette is another favourite, perfect for summer weddings or a ball.

“It was a thrill to see Lady Gaga in a dress of oursas a true fashion maverick, it was exciting to see how the overall look was put together.” What feedback have you had so far from customers regarding the SS19 collection? The collection is proving very popular which is always a great feeling after working on it for so long. What’s particularly exciting is that we have never used prints before and they are doing very well for us. Our separates (blouses, shirts and trousers) are a great hit too. Now it’s time to complete the new Bridal collection (the cycle never ends!) which will be available in September. www.philiparmstrong.com

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HELLO SUNSHINE! Get summer ready with the new Tom Ford Soleil Collection which features a selection of makeup gilded with flecks of 4k gold and drenched in refreshing hydration. Our favourite from the collection is the bronzing powder which is designed to impart a lit-from-within glow, this silky, luxe bronzer looks really natural too. The buildable formula is full of plant goodness and comes in three shades. £75, www.tomford.co.uk

Health & Beauty news We love May as it is the start of the summer season of events. We are turning our attention to creating that lovely sun-kissed healthy look. Enjoy the sunshine, we certainly will be! TRIED AND TESTED

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BATHTIME CLEANSING

KAT BURKI’S HYDRATION FACE MASK Sometimes we need to make time for a mask and a Sunday evening is always a good time for some pampering and often much needed after a hectic weekend. Kat Burki’s Complete B Vital Hydration Face mask will leave your skin softer and more radiant. The mask is made with pro B Vitamins that encourage the production of emollients - a necessity for those with dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin. We loved the fresh glow it gives. £128, www.net-a-porter.com 56

LIFE’S A BEACH If like us, the idea of an exotic holiday seems like a distant dream, one spray of Tiziana Terenzi’s Bianco Puro will instantly transport you to a tropical beach... even if you’re nowhere near one. Inspired by the white rocks and sandy beaches of Tropea, the aroma opens with bergamot and green mandarin, with notes of patchouli and sandalwood. Now for those flight tickets… £250 for 100ml www.selfridges.com

We are quite addicted to a relaxing bath and taking the opportunity to replenish our magnesium levels at the same time is a winning combination. These two new bath salts are fabulous. The CLEANSE salts create a fragrant, mineral-infused bath to detoxify and invigorate the body. Containing a blend of Epsom Salt, Himalayan Salt which is the purest salt on earth and known for its detoxifying properties, lemongrass and pink grapefruit essential oils for radiant skin and seaweed extracts for its natural body cleansing benefits this is fabulous for leaving you feeling refreshed. If on the other hand sleep is needed the Sleep with added Valerian is fragranced to help you sleep and prepare your mind for a peaceful night ahead. www.westlabsalts.co.uk


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EXPERT VIRGINIE DUIGOU, HEAD OF BEAUTY BUYING AT HARVEY NICHOLS

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN BRANDS WHEN YOU ARE BUYING? The beauty market is really competitive and constantly evolving, now more than ever, we are constantly looking for the next hidden gem. When looking at new brands, we look for a number of factors – appeal, exclusivity, unique selling point as well as packaging and story/concept behind the products and brand, marketing campaign and launch strategy. What convinces me the most is not only amazing innovation or packaging but the attention to detail to the whole launch from start to finish. WHICH BRANDS ARE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL? We are seeing a big interest in skincare at the moment which is being reflected through brands such as La Mer, La Prairie, Sisley and Augustinus Bader. WHICH BRAND/PRODUCT SHOULD WE LOOK OUT FOR THIS YEAR? For skincare, 111Skin is doing incredibly well and have really invested in reaching their customers. Their products are luxurious and effective and can usually be found backstage at Fashion Week as the makeup artist secret for creating a flawless canvas before makeup. Colour-wise, one of my personal favourites is the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Epic Lash Primer. Its conditioning base maximizes the benefits of your mascara, making them look longer, fuller and more dramatic. WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL FAVOURITE PRODUCTS? Having worked in beauty for a long time, I have tried and tested lots of products but there are certain products I will always go back to as they have never let me down: • Sisley L’Integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream • Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil and Vanish Foundation Stick • La Mer The Concentrate • Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner • YSL Faux Cils Mascara, Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Volume 2 Mascara paired with the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Epic Lash Primer – I love layering different mascaras! • Revitalash Eyelash Conditioner

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TA NTA STIC! By this time of year, we are starting to panic about getting our pale looking limbs out in all the summer clothes. We all know the dangers of too much sun so we prefer a bit of sunshine and lots of fake tan to take us through the summer.

Dior Bronze Beautifying Protective Milky Mist Sublime Glow The Beautifying Protective Milky formula is enriched with SPF 30 to guard against UVA rays, while mother-ofpearl highlights and Tan Beautifier Complex gradually unveils an even and sun-kissed look. The best of both worlds! £32, www.harveynichols.com

BY TERRY, Tea to Tan Face & Body, Summer Bronze

La Mer The Face and Body Gradual Tan Glow sans sun with this streakless, self-tanning lotion. Quick-absorbing for an even, perfectly natural-looking boost of radiance, this sunless tanner brings a healthy, sun-touched look all year round. £85 www.cremedelamer.co.uk

This unique bronzing mist formula, made from tea, is designed to create a nude sun-kissed colour that won’t transfer, budge or smudge. £52, www.net-a-porter.com

SPRITZ & UPLIFT Nothing signals summer and uplifts the soul quite like a bold citrus fragrance. Alongside fresh citrus, Thameen’s newest scent – Patiala – blends feminine aromas of orange flower and wild roses with a rich base of amber and musk. £145 www.selfridges.com

THE PEEL GOOD BAR Murad Skincare, the pioneering, clinical skincare brand, founded by Dr Howard Murad, has opened their UK flagship skin wellness counter in Selfridges, Trafford Centre. Selfridges is also the exclusive home to the UK’s first ‘Peel Good Bar’ by Murad Skincare, featuring four glycolic acid treatments that deliver results like no other. The skin wellness space offers the full Murad product portfolio of sophisticated, high-performance products for home use. Plus, residents and visitors now can experience a complimentary skin health assessment inspired by the consultations that Dr Murad gives his own patients. www.murad.co.uk 57


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DEEP RELAXATION MJ Greenhalgh takes a visit to the depths of the stunning underground Titanic Spa

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ranquil yet atmospheric the Maya Blue Wellness Spa can be found in the Titanic Hotel which is situated in what was the industrial Stanley Dock just a five-minute drive from Albert Dock and the city centre of Liverpool. Located down in the depths of the Titanic Hotel basement any tension ebbs away as soon as you walk into the calm serenity of the reception area, and by the time you’re kitted out in the spa’s sumptuous gowns and slippers any thoughts of the real world float away. The Spa is instantly calming. They have kept the original features which include stone flags, exposed brickwork and arch support along with the original vaulted arches.  The dimly atmospheric lighting allows you to feel incognito and removes any sense of self-consciousness.  The staff gave us a lovely welcome which was very friendly, yet professional and informative. From that moment on you are expertly looked after, with top therapists 58

on-hand offering a wide range of treatments, luxurious facilities and the sense of being utterly pampered. The centre point of the room is the very modern, very warm hydro pool. There are water jets and bubbles aplenty, and we were lucky enough to visit on a day where we could almost have had the whole pool to ourselves. For those who do like to add a bit of exercise into their routine, there’s also a well-equipped gym, which despite our best intentions we didn’t get around to sampling!!  If I’m being honest the most energetic we got was lifting our feet in and out of the gorgeous foot spa; I fully recommend arriving for a dip in the pool against one of the plunge jets which are highly massaging; indulge in the

steam rooms and sauna and have a foot spa before your treatments. Once I had got used to the cold jets they are strangely relaxing and have amazing health benefits apparently to stimulate your circulation and my feet were still tingling from the experience that evening. Everything is designed so you can enjoy the experience with a friend or partner or perfect on your own. The reclining ergo rattan beds are also a heavenly way to take some time-out. The changing rooms were lovely and bright and non-institutional and the clever locker locking system easy and straightforward even for the most forgetful of guests! We both chose the ESPA Express Facial and the ESPA Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage and were enjoying lounging by the pool when our therapists came to find us  You are given the choice between different essential oils and each treatment is tailored and bespoke - without realizing we both happened to choose oils that were designed to rejuvenate and refresh. The facial started with a lovely gentle cleansing process followed by an ultraviolet light machine being used which showed your levels of hydration within your skin. If desired, the use of a mirror can allow for some self-analysis. It was interesting to note areas that are dry, such as the bridge of the nose and the central point of the forehead and under the eyes - must apply more care when putting on moisturizer! The back and shoulder massage was the perfect length of time - relaxing but pummelling and mildly intrusive but in a good way that worked out those knots of stress. The treatments rooms were spacious and well thought out and the sound of running water and music was soporific, soothing and easy on the ear. When I had “resurfaced” I was bought a delicious herbal tea to finish off and left for a good ten minutes to fully awaken. So to sum up, even if you have just 1 hour to escape during your lunch for treatment or want to unwind after work – Maya Blue Wellness at the Titanic Hotel is definitely worth a visit. To book an appointment visit www.titanichotelliverpool.com 


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MEET THE TEAM For the last 20 years Andrew Collinge Salon has been servicing the people of Manchester, so we thought it was high time we sat down with some of it’s core team to find out more about them

Roisin Lawlor Senior Style Director

What current hairstyle trends do you enjoy working with? I love effortless, undone, loose and natural looking hair that can be glammed up when the occasion arises. What is your most requested hairstyle or cut? Grown out, loose/shaggy bob. Collar bone/ mid length hair is so versatile and can be dressed up or dressed down. I love this look on older women who want to be on trend.

Clare Murphy Style Director

What do you enjoy most about being a hairdresser? I love making people feel good about themselves. What’s your top hair tip for 2019? My top tip for 2019 is not just to cover grey but to create glossy radiant hair. 62


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Danielle Fitzgerald Colour Director

How do you give your clients the best customer service? Consultation is key—I look at each of my clients as individuals taking aspects such as skin tones and lifestyles into consideration. That way I can create bespoke colours to suit them all.

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Joanne Haigh Senior Stylist

What is your most requested hairstyle or cut? My most requested hairstyle is balayage.

What is your favourite thing about your clientele? I love exchanging stories from each other’s day to day lives. I feel so thankful that they feel close enough to me to open up about their lives to me as a friend.

What do you love about working in Manchester? I love the shops, bars and restaurants in the city.

Keri Iddon

Senior Style Director

What’s your top hair tip for 2019? Always use heat defence.

What do you enjoy most about being a hairdresser? It’s the variety of the work, both cutting and colouring. Fashion changes so much, the shapes and colours. Also the variety of the clientele, their wants and needs.

Joseph Tighe Front of House

What’s your top hair tip for 2019? Aftercare for your hair. People spend money looking after their skin. Your hair is just as important. Introduce it to your beauty regime.

Mitch Woodiwiss Cutting Director

What do you enjoy most about being a hairdresser? I love being able to be the outgoing social butterfly that I am and being able to be creative and producing beautiful hair over and over on a daily basis!

How do you give your clients the best customer service? I think treating each person as an individual and tailoring services to their specific needs is extremely important to give clients the best customer experience. What is your favourite hairstyle from the past? Jennifer Aniston’s ‘The Rachel’ hairstyle that stands out to me from the past. That hairstyle was everywhere at the time. W: www.andrewcollinge.com P: 0161 834 1616

What is your favourite thing about your clientele? I’ve gotten to know my clients very well over the years, as they love me, we have helped one another, listened to one another, laughed and cried together. They have become more than ‘just a client’ to me, more like friends. 63


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Craig Hough chats to REVOLAX Ambassador Dr Glyn Estebanez about the brand How do you work with REVOLAX as a company? As a training surgeon and experienced facial aesthetician, who has enjoyed using REVOLAX dermal fillers for about two years, I was absolutely delighted when I was asked to work with them in promoting a product that I passionately believe in.

For those that don’t know, how would you explain REVOLAX Dermal Filler? REVOLAX is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler. It’s essentially a gel that is composed of strands of hyaluronic acid that are naturally found in our skin and help to keep it refreshed and young looking, allowing us to restore lost volume to the face or add definition to achieve more aesthetically pleasing results. REVOLAX is a product that was released to great success in South Korea about 8 years ago. The South Korean aesthetics industry is widely regarded as one of the most respected and pioneering sectors and therefore when REVOLAX became established as one of the leading brands, people around the world sat up and took notice. Fox Group brought REVOLAX to the UK market three years ago and since then

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has taken the industry by storm, replacing well established but relatively out of date filler products as being one of the UK’s leading brands.

How are they different to other fillers? The unique way in which REVOLAX is produced allows it to stand apart from competitor products. As well as containing a high purity of hyaluronic acid, these molecules are cross-linked in a very specific way that enables the product to be malleable, integrate naturally with the tissues and also be long lasting. Additionally, once injected into the tissues, REVOLAX is able to maintain the natural-looking lift that we want compared to other products which will lose this lift as the product migrates, leading to disappointed clients. It’s this fantastic combination of qualities as well as affordability which set REVOLAX apart and explain why it’s become so popular.

REVOLAX have three different products within the range; Fine, Deep and Sub-Q, what do each offer? Each of the three products are designed to have different consistencies which make them perfectly suited for treating different areas of the face and achieving specific results. REVOLAX Sub-Q is the thickest of the range and is used when we want to add volume and hold, particularly in areas such as the cheeks, jawline, chin, nose and temples. REVOLAX Deep is a medium consistency product which balances volumising and flexibility, therefore it’s ideal for treating areas such as the lips and lines in the peri-oral region. REVOLAX Fine is the lightest of the products and is designed to be used in

very delicate areas such as when treating the tear trough (under eye area) or when achieving a very natural lip augmentation in an older client. When undertaking full face treatments on my clients, it’s using a combination Sub-Q, Deep and Fine which enables me to create a rejuvenated, harmonised and natural looking result that they desire.

What would you say are the benefits of REVOLAX Dermal Fillers? From an aesthetician’s perspective, REVOLAX is a really high-quality product, behaves exactly how I want it to when injected underneath the surface of the skin and importantly is extremely safe for my clients. From a client’s perspective, REVOLAX provides the very natural looking results that my clients desire and also because of its cost effectiveness it means that clients are able to finally afford full-face rejuvenation treatment plans that had previously been unattainable, without having to sacrifice on quality.

What areas do the fillers work on and how long do they last? The REVOLAX filler range (Sub-Q, Deep and Fine) have been designed to allow treatment of all areas of the face (cheek, jawline, chin, lips, tear troughs, temples, nose etc). They have great longevity, ranging from up to 12 months for REVOLAX Fine to up to 18 months for REVOLAX Sub-Q.


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REVOLAX user Nisha Warren shares her experience with the HA filler

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first heard of REVOLAX when I went to my aesthetician to have chin fillers done about 8 months ago. She used REVOLAX for this procedure and I was very happy with the results. In March of this year, I was approached by REVOLAX and went to have some more fillers done by a plastic surgeon. I am not very experienced with fillers, and had only had the procedure once before, but agreed and was very happy to be in the safe hands of a plastic surgeon. I am a YouTube content creator and my channel is all about looking and feeling great at any age. I love researching and trying different procedures that can make us look good and feel better about ourselves and

sharing them with my subscribers. One of those procedures is dermal fillers which can make a huge difference. I have lost volume in my cheeks and started to get jowls. My treatment included cheek contouring, adding volume to the apples of my cheeks, jowl and chin re-profiling and tear troughs. I like REVOLAX because it comes in three different thicknesses as some areas, like the tear troughs, need much thinner filler than the jaw for example.

“My face looks lifted and fresher, my tear troughs (under eye bags) are gone so I don’t look tired all the time and I absolutely love my cheeks.” “My face looks lifted and fresher, my tear troughs (under eye bags) are gone so I don’t look tired all the time and I absolutely love my cheeks.” The treatment was virtually painless and the service was great, I am over the moon with the results. My face looks lifted and fresher, my tear troughs (under eye bags) are gone so I don’t look tired all the time and I absolutely love my cheeks. I will definitely have REVOLAX fillers again. I only had them done 5 weeks ago, but I was told they can last from 18 months to 2 years, depending on the area injected and the thickness of the filler used.” revolax.uk

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Let’s Get Scilly Frugi was founded in 2004, when founders Lucy and Kurt struggled to find clothing for their son’s clothnappied bum. On a mission to prove that beautiful children’s clothing can be ethically sourced, Frugi only uses organic cotton from farmers they trust and their outerwear is made from recycled plastic bottles. The, however, also pay a lot of attention to the little things that parents love – from reversible tops and dresses to more wiggle room in the toddler range and clothes that grow with your little one. We are huge fans and are loving the new season inspired by the Isles of Scilly. Applique t-shirts from £20, dungarees and dress from £32 www.welovefrugi.com

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Castles In The Sand What holiday is complete without some playing in the sand? And, with these molds, the beach or sandpit will only be littered with masterpieces. With a Red Dot Award for their design, the set of molds are the perfect addition for kids and adults, plus they stack neating inside each other and, out of season, why not use them as a pen pot? Team with the scoop and strainer set for a complete sand set. Shovel, sieve and ball set, £7.95 and sandcastle mold set, £15 www.kinderraeume.com

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With a world map on one side and a galaxy of stars on the other, we think that this portable toy play mat and storage solution is simply genius. One minute you are adventuring around the globe and the in the next instant, all the toys can be scooped up and taken to your next destination. Play and Go Storage Bag, £29.95 www.bobbyrabbit.co.uk

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This teepee is perfect for new adventures and active imaginations! Creating a shady play area for hours of fun and base camp for those summer stories it’s easy to assemble and great to look at. Now, do they do them in adult size? Kid’s Rainbow Teepee £109 www.boutiquecamping.com

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Make everyday a sunny day with these great lunch bags for kids. Perfect for the beach or the plane, there’s a spacious insulated compartment for nibbles or toy essentials, plus they come with a handy clip so that you can easily attach to your luggage in case your little one has the tendency to leave things behind. Kids Lunch Bags, £20 www.sunnylife.com

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Pet’s Corner Holidays are for all of the family, so don’t forget your furry family members

The Seals Possibly the most fun your dog can have in the water! Designed to bob in the water making them easy to see, throw them like a torpedo at the beach for some summer fun. The DOOG Seal Toy, £13 (www.doog.com.au)

Here Kitty This fishy cat toy is stuffed with delicious catnip for abundant rolling and playing. What’s more it’s made from durable cotton and double stitched to withstand excited claws. Catnip Toy by SammyMerlin, £8 (www.etsy.com)

Beach Towels at the Ready Great for beaches this classic dog drying coat will keep your furry friend warm and dry and protect your car from muddy paws. A must pack addition to the boot. Classic Dog Drying Coat, £39 (www.ruffandtumbledogcoats.com)

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SUMMER Grooming Tips with Pet Teezer grooming expert and groomer to the celebs, Daniela Forshaw • Resist the buzz cut. A dog’s fur has a way of regulating temperature so unless you really think it’s causing them distress, leave as is and concentrate on brushing. • Keep your dog’s undercoat in check. The warmer temps increase shedding and a loose undercoat is a trap for bacteria and can contribute to overheating. • Keep your dog’s coat tangle free! Tangles can easily turn into matting, which can cause skin irritation, restrict body movement and is uncomfortable to undo. • Groom regularly (two to three times a week) as this will not only keep their fur tip top but help spot any hidden problems brought on by the summer season such as grass seeds, ticks and fleas. • Pay attention to paws. Check in between their toes for ticks, grass or anything else unsavoury they may have picked up. With all the extra summer walks, be sure to keep their nails trimmed and maintained too, to avoid catching and painful tears. • Keep ears tangle free and clean to prevent infection and expensive trips to the vets. Whether it’s dangling in their food or water, or from mouthing play with other dogs – ear fur can easily get tangled. Check the ear canal too and if yours’ is an avid swimmer pay extra attention, as those with fold over ears can be prone to infection. A squeezed out, damp cotton wool will help clean out gunk or remove excess moisture from their ears. (www.petteezer.com)


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For Raymond Blanc, French food is in Brasserie Blanc’s DNA – food that comes from so much tradition, inspired by his mother and eating quality ingredients when they are best in season. However, the launch of their new spring menu sees Brasserie Blanc look further afield, taking inspiration from Raymond’s love of travel. Alongside his Executive Chef Clive Fretwell, Raymond has introduced dishes from all over the globe to bring in new flavours, spices and textures to work alongside their French classics. www.brasserieblanc.com

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Canto, Manchester

Lovers of Canto’s pastel de nata can rejoice; the popular neighbourhood restaurant has launched a coffee & nata pairing to go. With its origins traced back to 19th Century Lisbon, the pastel de nata - an egg tart with a light coating of cinnamon on top - is one of Portugal’s most widely celebrated delicacies and has been a huge hit with residents of Ancoats since its introduction in September last year. www.cantorestaurant.com 74

Dakota, Manchester

Dakota Deluxe Manchester is launching this May, bringing with it 137 beautifully designed bedrooms and 20 lavish suites. The site (just a stone’s throw away from Piccadilly Station) will include The Grill, a 104 cover Brasserie and bar offering classic dishes, prepared with the freshest locally sourced ingredients, paired with fine wines. www.manchester.dakotahotels.co.uk


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CHESHIRE LOVES

El Dorado 12 Year Old

The Bordeaux Wine Festival, Liverpool

Following 2018’s successes, the Bordeaux Wine Festival is back to excite and educate the UK about one of the world’s favourite wines. This awardwinning festival will be running from the 31st May to 2nd June, with 8 different wine pavilions offering hundreds of Bordeaux wine varieties. www.bwfliverpool.com

An elegant multi-award winning rum, El Dorado 12 Year Old typifies the smooth mellow sweetness of Demerara Rums.  A blend of specially selected aged rums, the youngest being no less than 12 years old, it is aged in old bourbon oak cask. Savour it straight, on the rocks, in a classic Mai Tai cocktail or a Rum Old Fashioned. Available from Waitrose www.waitrose.com priced at £39.50

...with BEN FINCHETT, Executive Head Chef at The Oakfield TELL US ABOUT WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO YOUR CURRENT POSITION? I started washing pots at 13 in a local restaurant and instantly fell in love with the kitchen environment- I have been in the industry ever since. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE STYLE OF FOOD? Although classically trained I love Italian cooking as it's all about getting the most flavour out of simple ingredients. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE INGREDIENT AND WHY? Shallot/Onion as it's the base for a lot of sauces, it's versatile and it adds incredible flavour to any dish. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK? Bourbon whiskey with Woodford reserve is my favourite brand when used in an Old Fashioned. WHAT PIECE OF KITCHEN KIT COULD YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT? A good old fashioned frying pan. I'm not one for water baths, I like to use instinct and touch when cooking.

WHO INSPIRES YOU AND WHY? My 4 year old son Ollie, he inspires me to be the best I can be. I want him to be proud. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DESERT ISLAND DISH? Roast Lamb with all the trimmings including a Yorkshire pudding. It's not a roast dinner without a Yorkshire pudding. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MEAL? I dined at Atul Kochhar's restaurant 'Benares' in Berkeley Square. I started with three scallops, all individually spiced, followed with a frozen grape to cleanse the palette. For my main course I had fennel infused lamb cutlets which were incredible. This was my first experience of dinning in a Michelin starred restaurant, and one which I will never forget. www.theoakfield.org 75


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et in the Cheshire countryside, we visited The Yew Tree on a sunny Friday afternoon, not quite brave enough to embrace some outdoor dining but promising to return when it was that fraction warmer. Others were braver, donning their cardigans and sunglasses with friends of the two- and four-legged variety. We headed indoors and took up a corner in one of the 19th century freehouse’s many rooms. I, of course, was distracted by the interior design and paintings, my other half the array of local ales and beer on tap. The venue has been taken over by the Chester Race Company since we last visited and it offers a light, contemporary feel and a new spring menu from head chef Ben Ackland, who counts The Ivy and Soho House as credits on his CV. The small plates looked great as did the Bunbury burger, complete with smoky maple bacon and onion rings but that would have sent us into a post-food siesta, and we had jobs to do in the afternoon. Hence we settled on the Ham Hock Hash with crispy hen’s egg and piccalilli and Cheshire Cat Steamed Menai Mussels with smoked bacon, shallots and cream followed by Herb Crusted Cod Loin with pancetta, sprouting broccoli and sauté potatoes and Cheshire Pork & Leek Sausage Ring with cheesy mash and caramelised onion gravy. The ham hock was devoured with gusto crowned by the perfect runny egg. Good chunks of ham were mixed potato and cooked with some caramelisation for a lovely flavour against the sharp chunkiness of the piccalilli. The local Menai mussels didn’t disappoint either, the best bit always the dunking of some crusty white bread

wedges in the left-over cream sauce. Perfectly flaky the cod was a great dish to eat one handed as our youngest family member decided to disturb the peace and demand cuddles. The meaty cod worked well with the vegetables and lemon and parsley dressing. The sausage ring, while possibly not the most well-presented dish (although I couldn’t give you a better way to present a sausage ring), was rich in flavour and indulgent with the cheesy mash and buttered kale – a heartier option, good for a post-countryside walk perhaps.

I’m afraid our not-so-light lunch ended at these two courses on this occasion as we eyed up other diner’s choices and gazed out into the sunshine. The obligatory Cheshire Farm Ice Cream is on the menu, and my favourite Honeycomb was on there, alongside Sticky Toffee Pudding and Rhubarb Crumble with Proper Custard. Our final word: The Yew Tree has kept its charm and offers a contemporary dining experience to suit all tastes and appetites. We look forward to returning and enjoying some sharing plates and the sunshine on the patio next time. The Yew Tree, Long Lane, Bunbury, Cheshire, CW6 9RD T: 01829 304384 www.bunburyyewtree.co.uk

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Madagascar Cocktails & Canapes Friday 31 May 2019 Join us for the first event in our programme of exclusive Chester Zoo Lates. This after hours event includes a tour of our new Madagascar habitat followed by cocktails and canapes in our beautiful gastro pub The Oakfield.

Starts 6.30pm – 9pm £40 per person, on general sale from Saturday 18 May. Find out more at chesterzoo.org/lates


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Liptrot Meet Joe, Head Chef at Cottons Hotel & Spa, Knutsford, Cheshire showcasing his signature dish “Celebration of Beef”. A rich, warming and traditional dish with plenty of flavour.

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ottons Hotel & Spa is situated just outside of the historic town of Knutsford. Joe Liptrot joined the House of Daniel Thwaites Hotel Collection three years ago and led the Cottons Hotel kitchen team for over a year. Joe’s experience within brand and independent hotels such as Marco Pierre White at the Hilton Doubletree, Jean Cristophe Novelli’s restaurant in Spain and with Scottish Hotel chain Macdonald Hotels, Joe deliveries an eclectic choice for the guests across all of the hotels menus. Today, Joe brings a new influence to the restaurant meaning a creative and exciting array of flavours. With 11 years’ experience in high volume and quality establishments, Joe understands how to lead a team to deliver a rosette standard kitchen juggling the ever changing guest preferences whilst coaching and mentoring his team. Joe’s style of cooking is all about seasonality and simplicity, trying to get the best out of the produce available, whilst also coming up with flavours and dishes many of the guests may of never seen or imagined before. This creates an exciting menu to read and taste buds tingling. The current Spring menu takes inspiration from Italy, where it’s all about great

quality ingredients, cooked simply to allow the flavours and textures to be the heroes of the dish. Joe says, “Without the strong kitchen team I have here we wouldn’t be able to deliver, I praise my full team! A kitchen team is a family. We rely on team work to orchestrate each and every dish with a sophisticated and knowledgeable level of service delivered by our front of house restaurant team creating a memorable dining experience for our hotel guests as well as our local following from the surrounding villages and towns of Knutsford. I feel my “Celebration of Beef” showcases, one of my favourite meats; beef, in three different ways, all cooked in different style meaning a nice complex range of textures and flavours that really work well – creating the overall “Celebration” of a modern and original dish busting with flavour.” www.cottonshotel.co.uk

“A kitchen team is a family. We rely on team work to orchestrate each and every dish with a sophisticated and knowledgeable level of service delivered by our front of house restaurant team creating a memorable dining experience”

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A Celebration

of Beef

A dish of braised ox cheek, ox tail bone marrow, char-grilled fillet, carrot puree, rainbow carrots, confit smoked garlic, nutmeg, spinach & braising liquor reduction.

METHOD Bone marrow can be sourced from your local butcher - steam & scrape out the flesh. Chef uses a great local Cheshire butcher.

INGREDIENTS 300g per person - ox cheek 200g carrots 175g per person - fillet steak 3 white onion 1 banana shallot 10g thyme 300g ox tail 300g bone marrow - including the bones itself 1 garlic bulb 200ml vegetable stock 100ml cream 300ml red wine 300ml beef stock

Braise the ox tail and ox cheeks for 6 hours in beef stock and vegetables of choice, Chef tends to use, carrots, onions, leaks, garlic & thyme, then pick off the meat and mix with bone marrow. For the fillet, simple pan fry until all sides are golden over 180 degrees for 6 minutes and leave to rest for 5-6 minutes then slice. This is for a medium-rare cook. It is suggested to cook for 2 minutes longer for a medium cook. To make the carrot puree slice 100g of carrots, 1 garlic clove and half a white onion, add to a pan, sweat off then cover with the vegetable stock and add a dash of cream. Leave to simmer for 30 minutes on stove then when all the vegetables are soft blitz in a blender adding salt and pepper to taste

Serves: 2 people For the confit garlic add a whole garlic bulb to a pan covered in vegetable oil on a low heat for 30 minutes, keeping an eye on them. Take out of the oil and leave to cool. Once cooled pop the garlic cloves out. For the red wine jus take shallot, garlic, bay leaves, sweat off and add the red wine and reduce to a syrup by boiling until nice and thick, then add the braising liquor from the ox tail and the ox cheeks and reduce right down to the right consistency of your preference, Chef likes a thick constancy for a nice covering of gravy. Chefs hint is to add a nob of butter to thicken slightly and also gives a nice shiny colour to the jus. Build together with pride. Stacking the individual pieces around your plate, finish with the jus and add the vegetables. A nice glass of merlot makes accompanies this dish perfectly. Enjoy!

and then finally pass the puree through a fine sieve.

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LIVERPOOL GIN DISTILLERY, LIVERPOOL Liverpool Gin Distillery offer visitors of Liverpool the opportunity to see their distillers in action. They produce their very own Liverpool Organic Gin on-site in a custom-built 600ltr copper still while visitors relax with a refreshing drink at the bar. For corporate entertaining they offer a “Gin Lab Experience” where, after meeting your tutor along with a Liverpool Gin & Tonic, you are welcomed to the distillery to learn the process of distilling gin. You will then be guided to the purpose made ‘Gin Laboratories’ where you will learn about the history of the popular spirit. Following that you explore a wide range of botanicals used to make gin,before producing your very own personalised bottle of Perfect For Liverpool Gin. The Distillery offers a fun day or Corporate Entertaining night experiences for corporate clients, drinks City Centre Location receptions, Corporate networking, client entertainment and more. Team Building liverpoolgindistillery.com

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ALBATROSS & ARNOLD AND THE RANGE, MANCHESTER Located in the trendy Spinningfields area of Manchester, Albatross & Arnold is a stylish retreat nestled away on the first floor of the Range, allowing you to overlook the hustle and bustle of the city in pure luxury. The stunning food menu sits alongside a stellar wine list with twenty by-the-glass options, delicious cocktails and a range of exclusive whiskies and cognacs, perfect for corporate entertaining. If you are looking for a leisurely activity with clients or colleagues The Range is home to five state of the art golf simulators, all using Foresight Technology. They use the industry leading simulator and launch monitor from Foresight Sports. The GC2 with Head Measurement Technology collects data direct from the golf ball, giving you exceptional levels of accuracy in both simulation and swing analysis. There are currently 100 top golf courses to choose from, among them are the world-famous Pebble Beach, Wentworth, Emirates Gc, and Carnoustie. www.albatrossandarnold.uk.com

LUNYALITA, LIVERPOOL Overlooking the Albert Docks of Liverpool, Lunyalita offers a venue with a view to entertain clients, or celebrate with your team. They source the finest artisan Catalan and Spanish ingredients and the highest quality local fresh ingredients to produce the most authentic Spanish restaurant in the city. In addition, they also provide a breakfast and hamper delivery service to serviced apartments in the city centre and provide a full online deli service across the UK, with boardroom catering throughout Liverpool and Manchester. Each month they host a gourmet food and wine night featuring the very Perfect For best of Catalan and Spanish cooking Albert Dock Location and wine brought together in a one Corporate Hospitality off uniquely paired menu- perfect Team Celebrations for corporate entertaining. www.lunya.co.uk/lunyalita

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SEEL STREET HOTEL, LIVERPOOL If you are treating the team to a trip to Liverpool, or need a stay over for a client meeting in the city, Seel Street Hotel has all you need. The hotel combines modern luxury with the convenience of city centre living. They are just a stone’s throw from Liverpool Central railway station, ACC Liverpool, and some of the city’s best nightlife. And with 128 beautifully furnished rooms, a stylish lounge bar, and top of the range gym facilities, they have everything you need for an indulgent getaway. The hotel also has the Toucan Bar onsite which is the perfect spot to enjoy a light breakfast or a great place to kick off your evening in style. For breakfast tuck into a delicious selection of pastries and enjoy a freshly brewed coffee. And if you’re joining them in the evening, savour some of their light bites and sip classic cocktails before heading out to explore local bars. www.epichotels.co.uk Perfect For Corporate Accommodation City Centre Location Corporate Hospitality

THE COLONY HQ, WILMSLOW Located just outside of Wilmslow, The Colony HQ is the perfect enclave for working, client entertaining and confidential off-site meetings. The contemporary, interiordesigned space is a great location to bring together colleagues and clients for business breakfast and lunch meetings, supported by lightning-fast connectivity and state of the art hardware. The HQ is a place to unwind, enjoy a welcoming and well-stocked bar, delicious light snacks, and be able to network socially with like-minded professionals. The venue offers several event spaces including; • The Terrace- with a capacity of up to 110 guests for dining and 250 for reception available for conferences, corporate summer parties, Christmas parties and networking events. • The Terrace Lounge- perfect for presentations, evening DJ and networking events for up to 120 guests. • The Meeting Room- An 8 Seater meeting room fitted with floor to ceiling windows and state of the art equipment. • The Bar & Lounge- with space for up to 150 guests perfect for networking, presentations or smaller more intimate evening functions. Perfect For • The Boardroom- a 24 Seater Remote Work Space Boardroom with large floor to ceiling windows with views over Corporate Hospitality The Cheshire Countryside. Event Space www.thecolonygroup.co.uk 85


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THE MERE, KNUTSFORD If a quiet, leisurely resort break with the team is needed, The Mere in Cheshire has plenty to offer. Complete with 81 luxury guest rooms, a Championship Golf Course and an award-winning Spa and Health Club. If you’re looking to host an event, The Mere boats 4 suites that can host anything from 50- 500 delegates. These include; • The Riley Room- with a capacity for 50 people, this space is ideal for private dining or smaller events. Perfect For • The Mere Suite- enjoy the privacy of a private bar, veranda and cutting-edge AV facilities for up to 120 delegates. Corporate Hospitality • The George Duncan Suite- make use of a private bar and lounge Event Space area, plus a connecting syndicate room for plenty of privacy and Leisure Activity sufficient space to interact for up to 120 people. • The James Braid Suite- impress your guests with space for up to 550, plus a private entrance, bar and stunning views of the Mere Lake. www.themereresort.co.uk

FOOD SORCERY, COOKING & BARISTA SCHOOL, DIDSBURY For corporate team building with a fundamentally fun twist, look no further than Food Sorcery in Didsbury. Your event is completely bespoke for your team, and the focus can be competitive or collaborative, where you can cook or make cocktails, its completely up to you. They offer such events as; • Street Food Invention Challenge – split into teams, you’re given a huge bench of ingredients and are challenged to make at least 2 plates of street food. The idea is each person at the event tries a small portion of each dish. This is a favourite for groups as everyone is cooking for everyone else, there is collaboration within the groups, and some healthy competition. • Fine Dining - plan a multi course menu or fine dining banquet that the team work together with the chefs to produce. • If you remember Ready Steady Cook – they run a similar concept where each team is given the same set of ingredients and they have to come up with a dish for everyone to share. • Cocktail Challenge and Street Food Experience – teams are split in half, and run a masterclass/ cocktail competition while the other cook – everyone eats and then switch activities. • Big Group Activities – Perfect For Street ‘Feastival’ – a Team Building multitude of cooking Leadership Development options and food boxes Corporate – from giant Paella pans Entertaining to intricate Thai flavours www.foodsorcery.co.uk 88


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MANCHESTER ARENA, MANCHESTER

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If your team needs to get away from the city, Cottons Hotel & Spa in Knutsford provides the ideal solution. For a brainstorming session or team building with some fun activities along the way, this stunning venue gives you opportunity for out-of-the-box thinking. They have 13 meeting and conference rooms for a formal set up. Bean bags for lighter moments with giant Jenga and other games to break up the day. They also have a conference café serving up nourishing brain food meals as well as a few sugary snacks to keep energy high. For delegates looking for a stay over, the hotel offers luxury rooms, complete with the all-important WIFI in case you need to work late from your room. As a bonus, Perfect For for those that want to unwind after a long day’s Corporate Hospitality meeting, the hotel also offers complimentary Event Space spa membership for hotel guests. This includes Corporate access to the spa with a pool, hot tub, and Accommodation relaxation area. www.cottonshotel.co.uk

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CHESTER RACECOURSE, CHESTER

The race season finally kicked off this May and the fixture list is packed all the way up to September, giving you plenty of time to plan your corporate day at the races. With the new season, brings fresh corporate offerings from Chester Racecourse, as they promote three different private dining options (Premier package, Vintage package, and Prestige package), details of which can be found on their website below. The racecourse has Private Boxes in both the County and the Leverhulme Stands, with each Box providing spectacular views of the Final Furlong, Winning Post and the Paddock. All of the Private Boxes are decorated to the highest standard and provide exceptional facilities, each with a private balcony. The smallest box capacity is for 10 people Perfect For and the largest is for 90 Corporate Entertainment people, so ideal for Networking entertaining clients or for Corporate hosting a team celebration. Hospitality www.chester-races.com

ABODE CHESTER, CHESTER With unparalleled views of England’s oldest working racecourse, the contemporary ABode Chester offers the perfect accommodation solution for those working in Chester city. With individually designed bedrooms and contemporary bathrooms, the Abode offer a distinct style with quality and comfort at their core. The hotel also offers several event spaces including; Brasserie Abode Bar- a super-stylish bar and outdoor terrace, available for exclusive hire for up to 120 people, this flexible space can host anything from product launches and networking events to morning brunch with a sophisticated backdrop. Tattersalls Suite- boasting panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows with racecourse views. The Suite can also adapt to your business needs, with plenty of natural daylight and enough space to allow a variety of configurations including cabaret for 50, boardroom for 36 and dinner for 80 - perfect for presentations, workshop sessions, team building and much more... Conservatory- a multifunctional space, this light and airy room can accommodate a range of set ups and boasts its own private bar as well as a unique, outdoor break-out area. Paddock Room- keep it cosy in this intimate spot and give your working lunch some style or give someone a send-off to Perfect For remember with delicious food and fine Event Space wines. Corporate Accommodation www.abodechester.co.uk City Centre Location

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The Next Adventure

Whether you’re looking for a romantic hideaway, cultural exploration, or would like to see a natural wonder, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi offers a series of diverse experiences for couples, allowing guests to capture the essence of Malaysian culture together. Activities include trekking through the rainforest, lessons in cooking with spices, cycling and photography tours, as well as a mangroves and eagles safari which cruises through the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. Back at the hotel, relax with a Raja and Ratu Ritual, which is designed to maximise emotional and physical connections. From £481 per night for two adults in a Garden View Room, www.fourseasons.com

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Although it’s a long way off, if you fancy doing something a little bit different this Christmas, then why not head to Chile’s Rio Palena? Eleven Experience is opening an adventure and fishing lodge and will be the perfect escape for guests looking switch off from modern life. Located on the banks of the magnificent Palena River, there will plenty on offer; from fly-fishing in a private helicopter to epic hikes and river-rafting. www.elevenexperience.com 94

After opening its doors last autumn following a $450 million transformation, NoMad Las Vegas has opened its private garden pool. It’s a tranquil escape from the neon and glitter of The Strip, and its poolside café and bar feature casual fare, expertly-crafted cocktails, and a robust selection of wines; the perfect way to while away the hours in this garden-like oasis, which has been inspired by the Majorelle Gardens of Morocco. www.thenomadhotel.com


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Go off-grid as Mavros Safaris introduces a new gourmet road trip through Namibia’s sand dunes, rugged coast and desert, led by ‘safari butler’ Dean Dowdney and his gourmet bush kitchen and craft gin bar, who will set up dining experiences in the most extraordinary settings. www.mavrossafaris.com

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The Doyle Collection’s stateside property, The Dupont Circle in Washington DC, is relaunching this summer following a multimilliondollar renovation. Spearheaded by the group’s Chairman Bernie Gallagher, in collaboration with interior designer Martin Brudnizki, the hotel will be complete with a new restaurant, The Pembroke and bar, Doyle. www.doylecollection.com

One of Paris’s leading hotels, Le Bristol, which is located in the heart of the fashion, design, and art district, has plenty to celebrate this year, including its Head Chef, Eric Frechon, who has been at the four-Michelin-star hotel’s culinary helm for 20 years. To mark the occasion, he has created a nine-course menu of haute cuisine comprising all of his finest signature dishes, each commemorating his rise through the ranks of Michelin acclaim. The menu is available throughout the year and is priced at €380 per person, excluding beverages, www.oetkercollection.com

New to Santorini’s Town

Katikies Resorts & Club will open its seventh property – Katikies Garden – on 15 June 2019. It will be the very first five-star property in the centre of Fira town in Santorini and will cater to both couples and young families alike. Housed in a former monastery, the hotel has an interesting history, and charm aplenty featuring flourishing alleyways, fountains and blooming gardens. It will consist of 40 excellently appointed suites, spanning a total of seven categories, from Junior Suites to the two-floor Katikies Garden Pool Suite. Make sure you make a reservation at its restaurant – DePaul – which will sit in the centre of the hotel in a picturesque private courtyard and will offer modern dishes inspired by historic Greek gastronomy. From €360 per night in a Junior Suite, including breakfast, www.katikies.com

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eep in Wainwright country the Lodore Falls Hotel and Spa nestles in the mountains of the upper Lake District with Lake Derwentwater spread before it. The lake mirrors the view, expanding the horizon and giving a wonderful depth. The epic mountain views and stunning light changes at Lodore Falls are there to enjoy all year round. The Lodore Falls Hotel dates from the 1870’s and is a Victorian period building which was built to be a hotel at that time. It is mounted in front of the Lodore Falls, hiding a secret waterfall worthy of exploring between the hotel and the mountain. I stayed at Lodore Falls Hotel with my parents many years ago, throughout my teens and into my 20’s and we even celebrated one of our last family parties before my dad passed a little time later. Going back was not only nostalgic but quite emotional for me. Opposite the hotel, across the lake, is the popular tourist town of Keswick. Cobbled streets are lined with beautiful cake shops, tea rooms, traditional fish and chip shops, pub dining, and varied independent retailers. The town offers plenty of parking, lots of dog friendly pubs and is easy to walk around, accessible for all. The Victorian park in Keswick is the terminus for the Derwentwater Launch, a water taxi with various stops around the Lake including one at the Lodore Falls. I drove down the east side of the lake to get to the Lodore Falls Hotel from Keswick. Rolling around the final corner of Derwentwater, I was greeted by the familiar and beautiful period building that I fondly remembered. A feeling of familiarity and yesteryear came over me. I then saw a striking building adjoining the hotel and

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Alexandra Hastingstrip Hotel Kat Hannon tookDelf a nostalgic to ... a luxury hotel and spa in the Lake District. realised immediately it was the new spa. Thoughtfully designed by the architect and built entirely from slate, fronted with wooden beam features, the new build not only complimented but blended beautifully with the original hotel and its surroundings. Steam could be seen rising from the front of the spa and lots of it! This was, of course, the Outdoor Hydro Zone which I will tell you more about shortly. The Manager gave me an interesting tour of the Hotel, the new Mizu Pan Asian Restaurant and the adjacent spa. The plan was to lunch at the Mizu Pan Asian, experience the spa in the afternoon, followed by dinner later in the evening at the Lake View Restaurant, which was also where I had my breakfast the next day.


Delighted with the schedule which the hotel had put together I started with lunch. I believe the Mizu Pan Asian restaurant is unique to the Lake District. In my view this restaurant, along with the spa has set the Lodore Falls Hotel apart from any other hotel in the Lakes. The styling of the restaurant is contemporary. Calm space, combining neutral grey tones and green accents, with lots of window views. The food is fresh and so, so tasty. I genuinely struggled to choose, not that there was too much on the menu but the smells coming from the kitchen, where you could see chef at work, were wonderful. I always think visual impact sets a scene and the spa has certainly does that. Beautifully designed and executed they have accomplished a super plush spa that oozes luxury, from the Thermal Suite to the Outdoor Hydro Zone. In real terms this means in the suite you can experience, laconium, aroma steam room, herbal sauna, salt steam room, ice fountain, drench showers and heated relaxation

loungers. The outdoor hydro pool, is super warm, which in the colder weather was just amazing. The pool deck jet features were delightful and offered the opportunity to drink Champagne in the pool whilst looking at the sun setting on Derwentwater and over Catbells Mountain. Did I also mention, this is a no kids’ spa? Now I have children (and I thought long and hard about this) I’ve concluded this is a great feature. I truly love my kids but being in a completely grown up zone meant I could actually stop, look, take in the breath-taking views and truly relax. Making me a better Mummy when I got home. Exploring the spa, you will find the Champagne and deli bar, offering refreshments and treatments rooms. I had a luscious Elemis massage which completed my spa experience and gave me a placid persona for the rest of the evening. Post treatment, in the relaxation room, they brought cake, just enough sugar to perk you up again. Great touch. There is a well-equipped fitness gym and had my visit been longer I would have made good use of it. I was far too enthralled with the thermal suite to even consider it. Contrasting with Mizu Pan Asian Restaurant is the traditional classic Lake View Restaurant, where I experienced a five-course dinner. I sampled sublime amuse bouche and bijou dishes, that were divine to taste and slowly filled you up. We finished the evening with cheese and grapes, which I never do but felt that, whilst in the Rome of the Lakes, I must. This was a really lovely evening experience after what was already been a truly fantastic day. Having slept like a baby I had breakfast in the Lake View Restaurant. This time it was morning light and I could see across the water as I contemplated my next trip back to this tranquil hotel and spa. www.lakedistricthotels.net/lodorefalls

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This Resort’s Beauty

Should be no Secret Blue Bay Travel explores the beauty of Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya

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ith its ideal location right in the heart of Riviera Maya, long sandy beaches and boasting calm crystal waters, Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya offers a delightful getaway with implausible luxury. But Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya is not just your run-of-the-mill resort, instead, it allows you to experience natural Mexico. Just 150 metres from the resort’s beach is the world’s second largest barrier reef. The resort’s location near to the Belize Barrier Reef means that it is in an ideal place for snorkelling and scuba diving excursions. You can pick out some complimentary snorkelling equipment and be swimming with sea turtles just minutes after leaving your suite. Furthermore, the resort is located on the award-winning Akumal Beach, in 2018 it was awarded TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for being one of the ‘Top 10 Beaches in Mexico’. On-land activities include bike tours to the local lagoon and Akumal town, archery and tennis. A delectable location creates a perfect sanctuary for your wellness and relaxation to blossom. Secrets Spa by Pevonia® is stretched across an expansive area meaning that an atmosphere of indulgence and exclusivity is apparent during your spa break. Thanks to Blue Bay Travel’s complimentary access to the hydrotherapy circuit your body is bound to be revitalised with a range of massages and access to steam rooms, pools and

saunas to let your body relax. Its charming location in Akumal – meaning ‘place of the turtles’ – is flawlessly reflected via its interior design. Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya’s theme is stimulated by the elements. The décor finds inspiration from water, wood and fire to create a romantic and serene ambiance. A unique atmosphere for

this adults-only resort. Offering majestic ocean views each suite is allocated its own Mexican artistic inspiration so that you can fully submerge yourself into Mayan culture. A range of accommodation categories are available at Secrets Akumal meaning that you can experience luxury in many ways including the option to swim out to a view fit for the most idyllic of getaways. If it is traditional Mexican culture you after, then there are a range of traditional restaurants and bars perfect for sampling the local delicacies. If not, there is a range of other options perfect for everyone’s taste buds from Asian to Italian. Taking advantage of their All-Inclusive UnlimitedLuxury® package will let you solve your food and drink cravings without a care in the world.

As your curiosity runs wild, you can even go behind the scenes to meet the chefs who are preparing your food, as part of some unique culinary activities, along with tequila and wine tasting and cooking classes – take some of those newfound skills back for the whole family. Ensuring that there are no barriers to your stay, Blue Bay Travel is offering Unlimited-Luxury ® extras and $200 resort coupons for their holidaymakers. This gives access to endless activities, gourmet a la carte options and the highest quality beverages. www.bluebaytravel.co.uk

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LIMASSOL Introducing Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Cyprus

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yprus’s second-largest urban area and most populous coastal town, Limassol is quickly transforming into an international destination, with ambitious architectural developments, two marinas, a quaint Old Harbour, fine restaurants, several museums, and lively nightlife.

Parklane Luxury Resort Surrounded by 100,000 sqm (25 acres) of landscaped gardens, the resort welcomes guests with a picturesque lane that snakes through a verdant grove of evergreen olive, citrus and palm trees - setting the mood for the serene experience that awaits. Three outdoor and one indoor swimming pool (one filled with seawater and one for adults only) glisten in front of the main building, surrounded by cabanas, waterbeds and lounge areas for outdoor dining and drinks. The perfect seaside gateway is completed with a special all-day facility for children, a luxurious spa area, a vast ballroom, conference facilities, five restaurants, two bars and a 300 meter long sandy beach. The facilities are open throughout the year for work or pleasure to both guests and the general public.

Impeccable Design Meets Creativity and Tradition Designed by Harrods Interiors, the resort and its facilities embody a refined interpretation of Cypriot landscape and culture, with a focus on local history and the ancient perfumery of Pyrgos. The resort’s restaurants comprise a vibrant kaleidoscope of culinary and visual experiences, set to satisfy even the most

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discerning and cosmopolitan guests. The guest rooms have been thoughtfully furnished with natural materials in earthy and soothing tones. Furnishings of walnut and ash wood, accented with soft fabrics and carpets, evoke a sense of Mediterranean simplicity and heart-warming hospitality. The contemporary décor is balanced by traditional details, such as handmade lace elements. South-facing rooms and suites offer spectacular views of the Mediterranean, whilst the north side overlooks the landscaped grounds and the mountains beyond.

The Parklane Family Experience Families with children will particularly enjoy the Park Kidz, where a castle, a pirate ship with water slides, and a restaurant are ready to serve young guests. An area for teenagers includes a minifootball pitch with a seasonal academy operated by qualified coaches and an e-games room. A designated “adults-only” area includes  Lifestyle suites and a separate swimming pool, offering a relaxed environment for guests travelling without children. A comprehensive list of activities, including everything from scuba diving to spa treatments and Russian banya, has been meticulously assembled to cover every possible need and mood. In other words, you can simply arrive, relax, and allow Parklane to choreograph the perfect Mediterranean experience for you.


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Parkfit Never miss a workout day while on holiday with our fully equipped, state-of-the-art gym featuring Technogym’s Excite Engaging Cardio, Selection Pro, and Connected Strength equipment. An indoor pool, an aerobics and pilates studio, and a concept fuel bar complete this holistic indoor fitness facility that will keep even the most dedicated workout devotee satisfied. For outdoor leisure and workout, guests can use the three outdoor pools (one with seawater), children’s pool, kids’ pool with water slide, two tennis courts and mini-football pitch, and the fully equipped water-sports station on the beach.

Kalloni Spa With 3,000 square meters of facilities, the superior spa features a unique thalassotherapy program consisting of two outdoor and two indoor seawater pools, as well as 12 treatment rooms and three suites, two of which include Russian banya. Relax and allow yourself to be pampered with Kalloni’s beauty and wellness treatments, inspired by the healing powers of the sea. www.marriott.com

“From the southern sea-board of Cilicia may be seen to the south the beautiful island of Cyprus, which was the realm of the goddess Venus; and many there have been, who, impelled by her loveliness, have had their ships and rigging broken upon the rocks which lie amidst the seething waves. Here the beauty of some pleasant hill invites the wandering mariners to take their ease among its flowery verdure, where the zephyrs continually come and go, filling with sweet odours the island and the encompassing sea” - Leonardo da Vinci From The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, Editions GeorGe Braziller, 1955 101


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A safari holiday can be full of action, Alexandra Delf discovers a more restorative path to wellness in the wilderness

s we s we pass pass over over this this stream,” stream,” states states our ranger our ranger with a with smile, a smile, “you are “you home.” are Splashing home.” Splashing through the through small passage the ofsmall water,passage glittering of water, glittering in the strong South African sunlight does feel like a rite of passage and has been deliberately positioned at the approach to the lodge as just that; a barrier to leave day-to-day cares behind as you enter this wildlife and wellness sanctuary. Known as Africa’s best kept secret, Karkloof Safari Villas & Spa uses nature to its advantage. Located on a 3,000-hectare reserve, this idyllic

location is surrounded by picturesque waterfalls, rivers and the gentle sounds of wildlife. The first impression of the reserve is astonishing, within the first five minutes through the main gate we are welcomed by a myriad of animals, from the usual suspects including impala and zebra which are found in abundance within most reserves, to three sleeping rhino, giraffe and several families of warthog. This exhilarating level of wildlife was also consistent around the lodge, with nyala sleeping and eating around the villas and even making their way through the open plan spa.

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Traditionally the focus of safari has of course been on the great outdoors, intrepid exploration and being up with the lark to pack in as much as possible, whilst the spa aspect even in some of the best lodges in the world has been sadly overlooked. Acknowledging that travel and wellness has become inextricably linked for the modern adventurer, Karkloof has extended its concept of wellness through being in and experiencing the great outdoors. The spa itself is expansive and connected by wooden walkways overlooking the spectacular beauty of the reserve, monkeys play in the trees overhead and the bird song is ever present. A dedicated wellness restaurant serving healthy options and yoga room surrounded by lush greenery are just some examples of the tranquil environments in which to relax. The main spa circuit includes multiple plunge pools and a large heated salt water pool, with a huge amount of indoor and outdoor relaxation spaces, there is no chance of overcrowding and this sense of space gives the feeling that the facilities are for your sole enjoyment.

extremely relaxing treatment, very welcome after spending the day exploring the reserve in the 4x4. More unusual treatments include the green tea wrap and the very millennial sounding avocado facial! Not however inspired by the latest brunch trend but the surrounding avocado farms located just outside the reserve. Several local ingredients are used in the treatments and the Karkloof products themselves. These products can be found in both the spa and the villas and are bespoke creations for the lodge. Their focus is on eco-friendly, sustainable packaging and natural chemical free ingredients, using local where possible. This focus on nature is at the heart of the lodge, encompassing even the nyala which graze on the green eco rooftop of the spa, wellness in all forms is celebrated and extends beyond the lodge to exploring the spectacular natural beauty surrounding the property. Try the stunning

“Karkloof has extended its concept of wellness through being in and experiencing the great outdoors� All of the therapists are handpicked, highly trained Thai therapists and the spa menu is as luxurious and extensive as the spa itself. Multiple treatment rooms include speciality rooms for Thai massage, facials and hand and foot treatments. Several of the massages are also Thai inspired, including the Aroma Thai Massage and the more intense De Stress Thai Massage. The blend of traditional Thai and oil massage make for an

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“Located on a 3,000-hectare reserve, this idyllic location is surrounded by picturesque waterfalls, rivers and the gentle sounds of wildlife� Karkloof Waterfall Walk or track animals and experience the wild with a bush walk on foot. Paths and trails weave through thorn thickets and over dolerite rocks, offering the ideal terrain for hikers or mountain biking adventures. This understanding and appreciation that wellness is diverse for the individual allows each visitor to Karkloof to craft their own wellness adventure from the heart of nature. The easiest way to reach Karkloof is via King Shaka Airport in Durban, which is around a 2-hour transfer. For travellers looking to extend

their wellness vacation in South Africa or break up the long journey to or from the UK, a fantastic option is to make a stop at Makaranga. Situated within easy reach of the airport, Makaranga offers 30 acres of extraordinary gardens, comprising waterfalls, exotic and indigenous flora, a labyrinth and Japanese gardens. This truly stunning oasis is a haven of peaceful tranquillity and has been designed to encourage self-reflection. With a wellness centre currently under construction at Makaranga rooted in homeopathy, this will be a welcome addition to an area of South Africa which is blossoming into a must try wellness destination with the natural world at its heart. www.karkloofsafarivillas.com www.makaranga.com

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King Street Town House Hotel, Manchester Three ladies collectively known as “the Vixens” Fiona Parkinson, Paula Castle and Jo Booth raised £3,530 at a lunch in aid of Variety Northwest Region. The lunch was attended by 100 ladies who went along to a fantastic afternoon of fun, food and great friends all coming together to support the Vixens and Variety. www.variety.org.uk

LEONARDO DA VINCI AS INSPIRATION – AN EXCLUSIVE EVENING WITH ANDREW COLLINGE AND HIS TEAM Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Award winning stylist, Andrew Collinge hosted an evening to illustrate how Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance master, is still a source of creative influence in 2019, some 500 years later.As well as giving guests an opportunity to view their current Leonardo da Vinci drawings exhibition away from the daytime crowds, this special evening showcased a hair demonstration from Andrew Collinge and his team, presenting hairstyles inspired by the intricately detailed plait in the Head of Leda preparatory sketch. www.andrewcollinge.com 107


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THE IVY SPINNINGFIELDS, MANCHESTER SUPER PARTY The Ivy, Manchester The party saw a host of friends, celebrities and VIPs gather together to attend a spectacular evening, hosted in celebration of the re-opening of the restaurant’s Roof Garden and as a thank you to the people of Manchester. www.theivymanchester.com

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EMINENT MANCHESTER FAMILY LAWYER RETIRES FROM PARTNERSHIP

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The Midland Hotel, Manchester Mike Devlin President of Manchester Law Society 2018, Chair of Salford diocese Safeguarding Commission and for the last 20 years Head of the Stephensons Solicitors award-winning Family Department has retired as a partner in the firm. To celebrate, over 100 guests attended a dinner at The Midland Hotel in Manchester.

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LOVE THY NEIGHBORHOOD Neighborhood Liverpool Elle for Elle hosted an event at Neighbourhood Liverpool in aid of women living in UK refuges due to domestic abuse. Money raised will go towards providing training and education for the women. www.elleforelle.org.uk

PARKLANE LAUNCH AT DESTINOLOGY Destinology Retail Store, Wilmslow The Destinology Retail Store in Wilmslow, invited Cheshire’s elite to their venue to celebrate the launch on the 4th March, of the brand new resort ‘Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol. www.destinology.co.uk

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Keeping you up to date with all the latest motoring and technology news WORDS: JAMES FOSSDYKE

STYLE AND SUBSTANCE The sportiest of the big SUVs hunkers down with svelte new Coupe model.

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orsche’s Cayenne 4x4 has long been the yardstick by which all other large, sporty SUVs are measured - and pretty much all of them come up short. But while it may be the king of the handling hill, it hasn’t always wowed customers on the styling front. Now, though, the German company has created a sleeker Coupe version for the fashion conscious consumer who wants to mix an SUV’s capability and image with the looks and driving dynamics of a saloon car. To that end, Porsche has lowered the Cayenne’s roofline in creating the Coupe model, making it 20mm lower than the conventional SUV. The rear haunches have also been

widened slightly, to give the car a more muscular stance, and you can even choose from a range of sports packages designed to make the car lighter with carbon-fibre parts and lightweight alloy wheels. When the Cayenne Coupe launches at the end of this month, you’ll also get a choice of two turbocharged petrol engines. The ‘basic’ 3.0-litre V6 will offer 335bhp, while the more potent 4.0-litre V8-powered ‘Turbo’ will serve up a stonking 542bhp. Prices start at £62,129 for the V6, rising to £104,729 for the Turbo. 116


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SAVING THE PLANET, ONE V8 AT A TIME It comes to something when a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine is considered small and economical, but then that’s the high-powered, high-luxury world of Bentley for you. The Cheshire-based manufacturer used to sell its mile-munching Continental GT solely with a 6.0-litre W12, but the company will add a lighter, more efficient V8 engine to the line-up at the start of next year. With 542bhp, the new engine will still have plenty of power, but Bentley says it’ll make the huge Continental more agile and responsive, as well as kinder to the environment.

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TOP GUN If you want to fly yourself and a couple of friends high above Europe in the comfort of your own aerial Rolls-Royce, then Daher’s TBM range should be one of your first ports of call. But even so, the company is trying to strengthen its credentials with its new TBM 940 executive turboprop. Capable of flying from Liverpool to Moscow with a 330-knot maximum cruising speed, it’s the first aircraft in its class to come with a full autopilot and autothrottle system. A Garmin glass cockpit is included, too, as is a de-icing system that comes on automatically if needed. For the passengers in the back, meanwhile, there are comfy new seats and a fleet of USB ports for charging phones and iPads. From $4,133,550 - www.tbm.aero

After revamping the more conventionally-shaped GLC 4x4 earlier this year, Mercedes has gone to work on its more stylish GLC Coupe model. Like its sibling, the newcomer gets subtle updates to the bumpers and lights, as well as Mercedes’ MBUX on-board navigation and entertainment system. There’s a new engine range, too, including a rampant range-topping V8 version.

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THE BIG

QUESTION James Fossdyke finds out whether bigger really is better in the world of luxury 4x4s...

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ize, we’re constantly being told, does not matter. Whether you’re tall or short, fat or thin, light or heavy - they’re all totally irrelevant. But the car industry seems to disagree. Everywhere you look, cars are getting bigger and bulkier and more heavily laden. Of course, that’s partly down to safety regulations and the fact customers demand goodies such as air conditioning and electric seats, but it’s mainly because bigger is simply seen as a byword for better. A case in point is the new BMW X7. The smaller X5 was already a huge, luxurious machine, but BMW and its customers wanted more. And so the X7 was born. Under the skin, it’s based on the same basic architecture that underpins the 7 Series limousine, but it’s been heavily modified to create what BMW rather self-deprecatingly calls the first SUV in its luxury car division. Apparently, the impressively well-appointed X5 just isn’t posh enough to qualify. And considering that car’s £50,000 price tag, powerful engines and mountains of on-board equipment, that says quite a lot about the X7. But the thing that says most about the newcomer is its sheer presence. This 2.5-tonne 4x4 measures more than 5.1 metres in length, as well as more than two metres across. And at about 1.8 metres in height, it’s taller than most fully grown men. Add in the car’s bluff front end, enormous double radiator grille and square stance, and you’ve got something really

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menacing. Paint it black and it would slot straight into any self-respecting Bond villain’s convoy. Around town, then, it’s the sort of car that people shy away from, but in the countryside it’s just unwieldy. Narrow bridges and oncoming traffic combine to produce backside-puckering results, and the huge length means tight corners require quite a bit of forward planning. The trade-off for all that, though, is interior space. The X7 comes with seven seats as standard, and they are genuinely big enough for grown-ups. Even on a medium-length sort of journey - say an hour or so - a six-footer won’t grumble too much. There’s more than enough headroom and legroom is tolerable, if not excessive. Of course, with those seats erected, the boot space does suffer somewhat, but it’s still capable of swallowing a couple of small holdalls or aeroplane hand luggage. Fold those two rear seats down (using the electric folding mechanism, obviously) and you’ll free up a far more usable 750 litres. But no matter what you’re carrying or how


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BMW X7 M50d Engine: 3.0-litre straight-six diesel Power: 395bhp 0-62mph: 5.4s Top speed: 155mph Price: £87,280

many seats you’re using, nobody will want for luxury. There cabin is awash with USB ports for iPads and phones, and you can opt for a climate control system that allows for up to five different temperature settings around the car. You can have travel cushion-style headrests, too, while some seats get the option of heating and ventilation. Push the boat out and you can swap the central row of three seats with two ‘captainstyle’ chairs with full electric adjustment, giving you the proper business jet experience. The driver, however, gets more toys than anyone else. There are digital dials instead of conventional instruments, as well as a central touchscreen and a head-up display projected on to the windscreen. There’s even clever driver assistance tech that takes some of the strain away by combining the adaptive cruise control, which maintains a safe distance to the car in front, and lane-keeping assistance to keep you in the lane. You need to keep your hands on the wheel and look after complicated stuff like lane changes and junctions, but on the motorway, the car will almost drive itself. Even so, BMW claims to be all about the “joy of driving”, and the X7 maintains some of the

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characteristics that make the smaller, sportier models so rewarding. The steering is brilliantly precise and perfectly weighted, so the car flows through bends despite its weight and bulk. That’s not to say the car hides its size - it still feels huge - but it manages its bulk well. More important, though, is the ride. It isn’t up there with Rolls-Royce levels of silkiness, but nor does it jar over bumps. And the enormous body is well controlled, too, so there won’t be any concerns about body roll-induced motion sickness threatening to spoil the leather. The best bit, mind you, is found under the bonnet. Just three engines are available, with most models getting the choice of two 3.0-litre units. The basic option is the ‘30d’ diesel with 262bhp, but customers can have a ‘40i’ petrol version that produces 335bhp. Given the diesel’s superior economy, it’s probably the sensible choice of the two, although the 40i’s purring exhaust note is an appealing counter-argument. Even more appealing, however, is the M50d model. It uses the same 3.0-litre diesel engine as the 30d, but it’s tuned to produce a massive 395bhp. It’s by far the best engine, with effortless performance and decent economy. It even makes a surprisingly nice noise for a diesel. Looking at that engine range, it might be easy to think the X7 is a performance 4x4, but don’t be fooled. It’s an unapologetically enormous luxury bus. If you want sporty, buy an X5. If it’s space and luxury you want from an SUV, then this is the BMW for you.


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It’s time for some al fresco dining

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utdoor kitchens have topped the list for the most-wanted cooking space for the second year in a row. Homeowners want to make use of all available space and investing in outdoor cooking areas maximises the liveable space and usually bodes well for resale too. This demand for seamless indoor/outdoor living has fuelled the appetite for outdoor kitchens to be as stylish, contemporary and hardworking as the main kitchen. Kitchen Architecture’s new outdoor kitchen range by Roshults is a modular system customised to suit your cooking and socialising requirements. Timeless, durable and elegant, its contemporary Scandinavian architectural design is perfect for modern lifestyles. Kitchen Architecture is a design-led company that delivers service, knowledge, and intelligent propositions. Using only the best available products, it creates individual indoor and outdoor living spaces that add value to homes and lifestyle. Roshults complements their other furniture ranges and meets the increasing demand to extend living spaces into the garden. Exclusive to Kitchen Architecture, Wilmslow in the UK. Spec: Marine-grade stainless steel with anthracite lacquer and sustainably sourced teak wood. Prices start from £20,000, www.kitchenarchitecture.co.uk, 01625 544 890

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Daring Designs

Back to Basics Iconic British potters Denby has launched its latest collection, Studio Grey. The quality ceramics range which combines urban influences with artisan craftsmanship, features a tonal grey palette with Denby’s distinctive reactive glazes. The collection also sees striking new pieces introduced, including handleless mugs and bowls in innovative shapes which are as much suited to the living room and bedroom as they are the kitchen. www.denbypottery.com

Farrow & Ball has unveiled its new metallic wallpapers. The collection of 25 includes some of the brand’s best-loved and most striking designs, and features colourways punctuated with shimmering silvers, burnished coppers and lustrous golds. Handmade by the brand’s expert craftsmen, who use traditional printing methods, layering richly pigmented paints to create uniquely textured paper, the wallpaper creates a striking effect, and what’s more, each can be paired with a Farrow & Ball paint colour to create an effortless and cohesive scheme. Head of Creative Charlotte Cosby, who designed the latest range, says: “The designs encompass some of our most popular aesthetics, including sumptuous damasks, graphic geometrics and delicate florals that radiate character. As people have become more confident in their use of colour, so too have they become more interested in the use of pattern and the introduction of texture.” www.farrow-ball.com

AND SO TO BED

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If you’re looking for new bed linen, look no further than Bedfolk, an ethical brand that launched late last year. Founded by husband and wife team, Jo and Nick Jones, they saw a gap in the market for the business after finding the bedding-buying process a confusing minefield when shopping for their first home together. Simplifying the bed linen industry, the pair have created the three styles: Luxe, Classic and Relaxed in three colours: Rose, Dove and Snow. www.bedfolk.com

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Weaving Together

John Lewis has released a diffusion line with luxury rug designer, Luke Irwin, a first for the high street chain. Beautifully designed and carefully curated, the selection of 11 rugs include both Luke’s understated Horizon, inspired by the painterly strokes of Turner’s landscapes, and his exquisite Sari Silk collection, hand-knotted from recycled saris using traditional techniques. www.johnlewis.com

Bringing Manhattan to Cheshire Elements London has launched its new Manhattan range; a premium selection carpets. Manufactured in three different weight and pile heights, the collection is presented in a palette of seven muted colours, inspired by the New York districts’ iconic cocktails. Choose from the sumptuous tones of Whiskey Sour and Margarita, to the cool shades of Martini, Mai Tai and Cosmopolitan. £58.50 per sqm, www.elements.london

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Building the Business Lifestyle Interiors, a Cheshire-based interior design business which specialises in show homes for largescale property developers, is on track to almost double in size in its coming financial year following significant investment and a new owner/management team. Established in 2009, and headed by Gemma Schofield and husband Dean, a former England international rugby player, the company is a well-established name within the North West housebuilding scene with a client list that includes developers such as Barratt Developments, Bellway and Jones Homes. Gemma says: “As well as show home interiors, we’re able to offer a full project management service for private clients and smaller projects.” www.lifestyleinteriors.org

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Pineapples have long been a symbol associated with wealth. This goes back to the days when fruit was so perishable, a host who presented freshly-cut pineapple to his or her guests was the one with money, power and connections. It has since become a symbol of luxury, nobility and wealth. And Annabel James is continuing the trend with this new pineapple wine cooler ice bucket, which makes a real style statement. It’s arrived just in time for summer. £189.95, www.annabeljames.co.uk


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TWEET of the MONTH

Llama Group @Llama_Group Beautiful details at our Cheshire studios. The studio won ‘Best Office Interior’ in North West England at the Property Awards 2018-19 @ janey_butler @LlamaArchitects #interiordesigner #Cheshire

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A beautiful table spotted at the Treacle Market last month in Macclesfield. A great place for interior gems. Last Sunday of each month, see you there! #macclesfield #treaclemarket #furniture #reclaimedwood #interiordesign #cheshire #interiordesigner

Trust in Bridgman The Cliveden Modular Collection heralds another landmark in Bridgman’s proud history, as we become the sole manufacturer producing garden furniture that bears the National Trust name, and this year alone we will donate a minimum of £15,000 to the charity to ensure their essential conservation work continues. As a family-run luxury furniture specialist with over 40 years of experience, Bridgman places distinct emphasis on quality, style and durability, meaning that you can trust them for reliable, luxurious comfort both indoors and out. Visit Bridgman at, 1 – 3 Bank Square, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1AN. 01625 529585, www.bridgman.co.uk

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Cheshire-based paint company Earthborn has recently launched seven new colours. The eccentrically-named colours include Hippo Hurray, Hobgoblin and Bobble Hat, and the brand can guide homemakers as to which hue suits which space. The colours are all ecofriendly – in-line with the company’s policy and are free from acrylics, oils and vinyls. www.earthbornpaints.co.uk

SPRUNG, MAKE THE MOST OF THE WARMER CLIMES WITH NEW GARDEN F U R N I T U R E . TA K E A L O O K AT T H E S E WEBSITES FOR I N S P I R A T I O N A P L E N T Y:

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WORDS OF WISDOM “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication” – Leonardo da Vinci

...this candle by Cotton Poet. The fresh scent fills your home with the aroma of white tea with wisteria notes and helps to unwind and give an air of tranquility. £20, www.thecottonpoet.com

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LIFE IN DESIGN

Jade

LAU We meet Jade Lau, a freelance Interior Designer and Stylist

How would you describe your design style?

My working style is versatile, every client has different requirements and I love the part where we create together. My personal style I would say is an ‘alternative hygge’, comfortable and calm with a bit of an edge. I love mixing natural textures and materials in a fairly neutral palette for a calm space with the edge being a controversial quote in neon or oversized art piece. This mostly reflects my personality.

What is the easiest way to transform a space?

Art. Art is such a fabulous thing. It can make a statement or make a subtle change by colour or size. There are so many different varieties, contemporary/ sculptural you really can go to town. What I love about art is you can show your personality through it transforming any space in to a bit of you. Easy peasy.

What inspired you to create your design business?

I love atmosphere, whether it be an intimate dinner or wild club night. Being able to design spaces to create different atmospheres for peoples enjoyment is such a privilege. Also having a job with so much variety is great. No project is the same, I am constantly learning and doing something different which is brilliant for a creative soul such as myself.

What do you see as being the design trends this year?

Grey is going out. I see warmer and more natural tones appearing with masses of texture and metallic hints for that bit of

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luxury. And plants aren’t going away so feel free to fill every nook and cranny with them. They are great for wellbeing as well as improving air quality. Love it!

quite managed to do in the week with a strong coffee followed by a good yoga session. On a good weekend I will be with friends drinking a mezcal on the rocks putting the world to rights.

What’s your favourite colour and why?

White...why? Ibiza. My favourite place in the world. Often our favourite colours are dictated by experiences or places. Nothing beats lounging in a beach club with a backdrop of white decor. Complete chill.

What’s your favourite architectural style?

If I had to chose one it would be Gothic. I am a secret cathedral hunter! I can’t explain the feeling I had the first time I walked in to the Notre Dame de Paris, it took my breathe away. How can you not admire the time invested in building these masterpieces, sometimes hundreds of years? Especially when we currently live in a world where we are so eager to build fast and cheap, often compromising on quality and appearance.

Can you describe your average weekend?

My average weekend will normally consist of catching up with work that I haven’t

If you had just one item in your design toolbox, what would it be? My computer mouse. Sounds practical but this little thing allows me to work at super speed! I couldn’t live without it, especially when you have a deadline.

If you could banish something from the world of design, what would it be?

Design is so subjective so I wouldn’t banish anything. Can we banish this question?! Be free, live how you want and frequent your favourite restaurant/coffee shop- a space you want to go back to time and time again regardless of how it looks. Surely this is the best design? M: 07825 151999

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THE EDIT

DECO DESIGNS Take inspiration from the 1920s with these pieces for your home

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Fabulous Golden Drinks Trolley, £485 www.audenza.com

Deco Emerald Crystal Decanter, £72 www.audenza.com

Carlton Art Deco Black and Brass Chandelier, £375 www.artisanti.com

Lily Pad Art Deco Gold Mirror, £234 www.audenza.com

Stratton Orange and Silver Ornamental Jar, £999 www.artisanti.com

Pablo Shelving Unit, £429 www.swooneditions.com

Studio Nest of Tables, £1,109 www.sweetpeaandwillow.com

Sienna Teal Velvet Shell Chair, £499 www.audenza.com

Eichholtz Veronique Table Lamp, £544 www.sweetpeaandwillow.com


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CASE STUDY

An Interior Design Turnkey SOLUTION Award-winning interior design practice, Design by UBER, revelled in the creative challenge of completely transforming this property into the very epitome of stylish family living.

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esign by UBER are renowned for creating stunning homes which they deliver with creative flair, panache and infinite attention to detail. With this enviable reputation preceding them, they were commissioned to undertake a full renovation and refurbishment of a Georgian style property. While elegant in style the house was somewhat dated and required a complete overhaul to transform it into a home suited to contemporary family living. The brief was relatively minimal and simply required the design to allow for a contemporary and informal lifestyle, suited to the needs of a couple and their young children. The Design by UBER team felt that a scheme in a classic contemporary style would complement the aesthetics of the property. While allowing for a subtle sub-text

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of underlying elegance, it would also deliver the functional practicality of informal living. Both the interior and exterior of the property needed extensive modernisation and attention was initially focused on the façade of the house. By replacing the existing mock period windows with contemporary sash windows in anthracite grey, a sleek and contemporary look was delivered, having an immediate effect on the property’s kerb appeal. Within the property, very little adaptation to the flow through the space was required, however, at the rear of the house, Design by UBER altered a rather dark kitchen extension by replacing the existing patio doors with contemporary bi-folding doors. This utterly transformed the room, flooding it with natural light and creating a seamless indoor-outdoor area. The newly configured


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room allowed for a sociable open plan kitchen, informal dining as well as a family room area. Situated at the back of the property, with views over the garden and adjacent countryside, it is a space that has been designed to be the heart and soul of the home. Originally the kitchen units were secreted away in one corner of the room, the new design integrated the kitchen into the wider space, ensuring that it works as both a functional and sociable area. The statement cabinetry is in a classic contemporary design with shaker style doors and, in keeping with the family’s desire for informality, it incorporates a feature island and attractively curved booth seating which is perfect for family dining. The island is finished in a rich shade of dark grey which is offset to perfection by the rest of the cabinetry in off white. Industrial style pendant lighting strategically positioned above the island, dining area and within the family room adds a contemporary touch, while comfortable curved armchairs in the family area subtly reference the round table in the dining space. The Design by UBER team dressed the space with accessories in accents of ocre to bring fresh vibrancy to the scheme. The hallway is always an essential part of any home refurbishment as it offers a first and enduring impression. In this case, the entrance hall sits in a central position on the

ground floor and has been remodelled to create a statement entrance, perfectly in keeping with such an elegant house. The main focal point is a magnificent feature chandelier consisting of a glass globe surrounded by threaded glass which is styled to create the illusion of spun silk. Another area of particular note is the lounge, which the team designed as a rich and classically luxurious space while also taking care to retain a feeling of comfortable informality. The focal point of the room is a feature low-level box fire which sits on a marble plinth. Soothing neutral tones form the basis of the scheme, with a faux silk carpet and mottled satin curtains both in silvery tones, while depth and sophistication have been added with accents of navy blue which feature throughout the soft furnishings. The space has been dressed with accessories designed to lift and soften it, making it appear instantly “lived in”. Upon the walls are pieces of abstract art which have been thoughtfully selected to complement the pre-existing artwork. The aim of this design scheme was to create the perfect family home and, as such, the children’s spaces within the house are especially noteworthy. Their playroom, on the ground floor of the house, offers a colourful sensory experience designed to encourage learning through creative play. The space houses an eclectic mix of colours with doors to the cabinetry painted in a variety of colours which are complemented by feature multi-coloured lighting. The children’s bedrooms on the upper floors are all conceived with very clear identities which, while reflective of each child’s personality

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and age, are also designed with longevity in mind. The vision was to design rooms which had the scope to be able to mature alongside the children. So while a bedroom in pink and white tones, bedecked with a healthy dose of sparkles and a feature corona over the bed is surely every little girl’s dream, it has been designed so that the accessories and colour tones can easily and inexpensively be updated over time yet the bespoke cabinetry and window treatments will stand the test of time. Focusing on more primary colours for the little boy’s bedroom, this was designed in bold white, red and blue. Reflective of the fact that he is slightly older, the room is adorned with wire-framed lamps, bean bags and features a dedicated lego station! A further bedroom has been designed for a teenager and is styled with distressed wood and metal finishes, offering a contemporary, industrial feel. A Velux Cabrio balcony system has been fitted in this room to make maximum use of the balcony space and allow natural light to flood into the room. The master suite is always a central part of any interior design scheme, and the team at Design by UBER aimed to create a suite in this home which would offer a haven of serenity. They have designed the bedroom in calming neutral tones of silvery grey while a bespoke upholstered headboard in silver velvet has been placed in such a position as to draw the eye without overpowering the space. There is a sense that every element in the room works in harmony to create an experience of overwhelming tranquillity. Scatter cushions and occasional chairs in shades of mauve add a delicacy to the look. Beyond the dressing room, which is styled with simple and elegant shaker style cabinetry, the en suite bathroom features a

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steam shower, free-standing bath and double vanity. On the second floor, secluded from the rest of the house sits a home office which has been designed with an exquisitely feminine touch. Design by UBER chose wood finishes, and muted tones of pale grey to set the tone, while accents of blush have been used to add a lightness of touch to the space. Desiring an uncluttered look, the team opted for a contemporary desk in a praline grey finish featuring simple, classic lines which sit in pride of place while occasional tables with marble tops add a touch of finesse to the room. A project such as this represents a significant responsibility to create a home that fulfils and exceeds a clients’ vision. By delivering a sympathetic design scheme underpinned by a contemporary and neutral colour palette, Design by UBER created a home to be lived in. Consideration was given to every last detail, from the furniture selection - carefully curated from both well-known and boutique niche brands to the specially commissioned bespoke feature pieces to the soft furnishings and accessories all of which serve to perfectly complement both the property and the lifestyle of the family who lives there. Design by UBER breathed new life into this property and created an exceptional contemporary family home in which to build new memories. www.designbyuber.com


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THE GREEN SCENE

From veganism to the latest indoor plant obsession, the movement for leading greener lives has now taken over the world of interiors too, with many choosing to go green in their homes. Once regarded as a colour for the adventurous, green has officially shifted mainstream and is now a staple colour for Swoon’s in-house design studio, with the company expanding its green offering from sofas and upholstery, to storage pieces, lighting and even through the use of green marble. www.swooneditions.com

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• Kitchen/breakfast room open-plan to the dining and double height sitting rooms • 3 bedrooms (all en suite) • Gardens • Garage • Allocated parking • Visitor parking

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•••3Kitchen/breakfast rooms • Media room • Study • Kitchen/breakfast room • Games room(3 en suite) 3reception reception rooms • Media room • Study • Kitchen/breakfast room • Games room • 5 bedrooms room open-plan to the dining and sitting rooms •••53Shower bedrooms (3 en suite) • Shower room • Leuisure suite with pool, Jacuzzi, steam room room •(all Leisure with• Gardens pool, jacuzzi,• Garage steam room & gym • Garaging • Tree house with zip wire & gym bedrooms ensuite suite) • Allocated parking • Visitor parking ••Garaging • Tree house with zip wire • About 3/4 of an acre About 3/4 of an acre

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A substantial family house with a stunning interior and beautiful, south-facing,

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landscaped gardens.

• 4 reception rooms • Media room • Study • Study area • Garden room • Kitchen open-plan to breakfast room/conservatory • 6 bedrooms (4 en suite) • Bathroom • Garaging • Gardens • In all about 0.63 of an acre

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Surrounded by 3 acres of gardens and grounds, this beautifully presented 5,750 sq ft

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property commands wonderful views.

• 4 reception rooms • Garden room • Kitchen/breakfast room • 5 bedrooms • 2 dressing rooms • 3 bath/shower rooms • Garaging • In all about 2.9 acres

GUIDE PRICE: £2,695,000 EPC RATING D

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HALE BARNS

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An imposing Arts & Crafts property with an abundance of character, set within a large plot on a private, no-through road.

• 4 reception rooms • Study • Kitchen/dining/family room • 5 bedrooms (2 en suite) • Bathroom • Garaging • Gardens GUIDE PRICE: £1,850,000

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A moated 16th Century medieval house requiring extensive modernisation, Grade II* Listed, situated amongst mature gardens and land, in a rural yet accessible location. • 4 reception rooms • Study • Kitchen • Breakfast room • 4 bedrooms (1 with dressing room) • Bathroom • Domestic outbuildings • Coach house • Machinery store • Paddocks • In all approximately 2 acres

GUIDE PRICE: £895,000

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BOWDON

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An exemplary property, finished to a high standard, on a desirable no-through Bowdon road.

• Dining hall • 2 reception rooms • Kitchen/family room • Orangery • 5 bedrooms (4 en suite) • Study/bedroom 6 • Lift • Garaging • Garden GUIDE PRICE: £2,300,000

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A charming Grade II Listed property in the very heart of Bowdon, complete with an array of outbuildings and a barn conversion.

• 3 reception rooms • Study • Breakfast kitchen • Cellarage • 4 bedrooms • 2 bathrooms • 2 bedroom barn conversion • Office • Garaging • Workshop • Gardens OFFERS IN EXCESS OF £1,250,000

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ALDERLEY EDGE EPC RATING C A high specification house with wonderful views, within walking distance of Alderley Edge. • 2 reception rooms • Kitchen/living/dining room • 4 bedrooms (2 en suite) • Bathroom • Garage • Parking • Gardens

GUIDE PRICE: £899,500

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A stunning semi-detached house, in a quiet position, just off Alderley Edge village centre.

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A spacious town house providing easy access to both Wilmslow and Alderley Edge.

• 2 reception rooms • Kitchen/breakfast/dining room • 3 bedrooms • Bathroom • Garden • Parking

• 2 reception rooms • Kitchen/dining room • 3 bedrooms (1 en suite) • Bathroom • Gardens • Allocated parking

GUIDE PRICE: £650,000

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MOTTRAM ST ANDREW EPC EXEMPT An immaculately presented Grade II Listed barn conversion with breathtaking views. • Dining hall • 2 reception rooms • Study • Kitchen/breakfast room • 4 bedrooms (2 en suite) • Bathroom • Garaging with gym & office above • Approximately 9.84 acres

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A beautiful period semi-detached cottage with south-facing gardens and rural views.

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A substantial proportion of a Grade II Listed villa.

• Reception room • Kitchen/breakfast/garden room • 3 bedrooms • Bathroom • Garaging with first floor store • Gardens

• 2 reception rooms • Kitchen/breakfast room • 3 bedrooms • 2 bath/shower rooms • Garage • Parking • Communal gardens to about 1.9 acres

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Hillcrest, Old Coach Road, Kelsall ÂŁ850,000 Situated in a superb and quiet village location, an executive and high-quality BRAND NEW detached family house, positioned on approximately 0.3 of an acre, built to exacting standards with superb flexible accommodation and outstanding specifications throughout. Beautifully landscaped private gardens, electric gated entrance opening onto driveway providing off road parking for several vehicles, outbuildings and detached double garage.

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Brook View, Sadlers Wells, Bunbury ÂŁ795,000 Situated in a sought after quiet central village location, an outstanding detached Georgian style family home with superb specification and flexible spacious accommodation throughout. Private south-west facing landscaped gardens, driveway providing extensive off-road parking and detached double garage with ancillary space above.

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Our communities All our developments are built on the foundations of community and our homes provide the stability everyone needs to flourish. They are places with open green spaces and areas for children to play, with beautiful views, places to gather together and more importantly a space that you can create a future in.

We have a range of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes across Cheshire starting from £191,995. Special offers are available on all our homes! Visit our website to find out more:

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Our customers Here’s what residents, Mary and Phil at Marbury Meadows had to say about their new home; “I would definitely recommend Bovis Homes to others as the staff are always here when you need them. This is the first new-build we’ve lived in and we love it, it’s a blank canvas that we can slowly put our own stamp on”. *Upgrade package is available on selected plots. Please see a sales adviser for more details. Photograph depicts a typical Bovis Home exterior/interior. Elevation may differ to that shown. Internal images may include optional upgrades at an additional cost. Price & availability correct at time of going to print/broadcast. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON A MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT.


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New-Build, New Home Families and young professionals snap up housebuilder’s Cheshire new-builds

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amilies and young professionals in Cheshire are snapping up a local housebuilder’s new-build homes – with less than a handful of properties left to buy on specific locations in the county. There are only a couple of properties left to buy at Bovis Homes’ Loachbrook Meadow location in Congleton. The sought-after fivebedroom properties, off Sandbach Road, are proving popular with families who love open plan rooms and space, plus play areas nearby. A three-bedroom show home has been launched at Pear Tree Meadows, in Nantwich, for home hunters while, elsewhere in the county, there are stamp duty, flooring and tech packages on offer, helping purchasers including first-time buyers. Elaine Cartwright, regional sales and marketing director at Bovis Homes, said: “All our Cheshire homes are in a great location and perfect for young professionals and families. “They’re within easy access to transport links and there are plenty of amenities and facilities for residents of all ages to enjoy.” “We have some wonderful homes, with light, open layouts and some

brilliant offers to make that step onto, or up, the property ladder, that much more enjoyable.” “At Loachbrook Meadow in Congleton we have just two five-bedroom homes left and they are perfect for families.” “Customers need to be quick too, if they

“We have some wonderful homes, with light, open layouts and some brilliant offers to make that step onto, or up, the property ladder” want to buy a property at one of our other sites in Cheshire. We’re receiving enquiries from all sorts of buyers.” Home buyers purchasing a property at Bovis Homes’ Marbury Meadows location, in Wrenbury, could make use of the housebuilder’s hidden gem package. This includes landscape gardening and stamp duty, if house hunters reserve the home before the end of April. First-time buyers can view great starter homes at the housebuilder’s Saxon Lea location, in Sandbach, where the company has a special Key Extras package. With the package, home buyers purchasing one of Bovis Homes’ stylish

three or four-bedroom homes will be helped with five handy incentives to make their lives easier after moving in. These include stamp duty offers, flooring from Bovis Homes’ in-house range, a curtains or blinds package, turfed back lawns, plus a sound and vision package. Purchasers at Bovis Homes’ Hazelmere location in Haslington, can view the new smart home, with all the latest technology. When you buy a Bovis Home, you could have the opportunity to future-proof the property with a soughtafter set-up, which tidies all wires out of sight and allows all the devices in the house to be controlled by a smart home app on a phone or tablet. The devices in the house can be controlled outside the home. This includes switching the oven on and off, turning up the heating or protecting the property by monitoring any movement in the house. Meanwhile, Bovis Homes’ Hampton Lea development in Malpas has a range of executive home for home hunters, in a lovely village location, close to popular amenities. Bovis Homes has three, four and five bedroom homes available in Cheshire. To find out more about the housebuilder’s Cheshire locations, special offers and the purchasing schemes available visit www.bovishomes.co.uk 153


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PROPERTY of the MONTH Deansgreen Hall CROUCHLEY LANE, LYMM, CHESHIRE, WA13

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ocated on Crouchley Lane in Lymm, this spectacular home is one of Cheshire’s finest country houses. Boasting an abundance of entertainment facilities, the eight-bedroom property enjoys an impressive media suite, which includes a cinema room, a games room complete with feature double height ceilings, and a music room. For those with a desire to keep fit, it also benefits from a fully equipped leisure suite, which includes an indoor swimming pool and a gym. Spread across three floors, an integral self-contained apartment can be found on the ground floor, alongside the study and orangery.

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To the outside of the home lies a three-bedroom lodge, which has two entrance halls, and an open plan kitchen and sitting room. It also plays host to a 22-car garage, a helicopter hanger and stables, as well as an abundance of outbuildings, waterfalls, lakes, fountains and a gazebo - all set within just under 11 acres of beautifully manicured grounds. Available through Jackson Stops T: 01625 540340 W: www.jackson-stops.co.uk


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Beeston Hall BEESTON, NR TARPORLEY, CHESHIRE, CW6 9TZ

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eeston Hall is a substantial family home in one of the most picturesque locations in central Cheshire. The house offers versatile accommodation with a good number of wellproportioned reception rooms. The bedroom accommodation is also flexible, providing up to seven bedrooms with many of the rooms having lovely beamed ceilings. Adjoining the house is an attractive range of single storey traditional buildings arranged around an open sided courtyard. The property is accessed through private electric gates and set in beautiful manicured grounds. Adjacent to the house there is a hard floodlit tennis court. In total the land amounts to approximately 8.95 acres.. Available through Strutt & Parker T: 01244 354 880 W: www.struttandparker.com

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17th Century Thatched Cottage • Two Bedrooms • Superbly Presented Throughout • Character Features • Idyllic Location

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19th Century Detached House • Beautifully presented Four Bedrooms • Two Bathrooms • 3/4 Acre of Superb • Gardens • Stunning Panoramic Views • Garage/Annexe

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ne of the first things you notice upon walking into the Savannah Lodge is the flowing design and spacious layout. The well-thought out floorplan of this Lodge feels effortless to walk around, and we felt at home almost instantly when viewing it. A high-quality finish goes a long way to making this Lodge into the perfect home away from home too, with a muted coastal theme running throughout the rooms to tie everything together. As for the technical side, integrated appliances give the kitchen a sleek modern finish. Wall mounted temperature controls and a combi boiler cleverly tucked away out of sight also free up space for the important things and remove any sense of clutter. The furnishings are also worthy of

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mentioning. Using high quality materials in cool tones, the living room is left feeling light and airy, whilst the bedrooms retain a cosy, relaxed mood. Large windows also ensure a lot of light can filter into each space, an underrated feature we often overlook. There is currently a Savannah available at Hill of Oaks Park nearby to Windermere. The Lodge’s luxurious feel paired with a plethora of features and a jaw-dropping

location near to Windermere’s shoreline make this Lodge truly unique. The natural beauty of Windermere and the wider UNESCO World Heritage site, The Lake District National Park works to frame your new lavish lifestyle away from urban worries. A Lodge at Hill of Oaks is designed to be the perfect home away from home for you, your family, and your friends. The Park has a team of dedicated staff to assist


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and ensure the surrounding area stays pristine. Hill of Oaks is a multi-award-winning Park, holding accolades including Five Stars from VisitEngland, a Gold David Bellamy Award for conservation, and Five Pennants from the AA. These aspects, with the fantastic Park location included, have ensured the popularity of the Park, and gives owners peace of mind when they stay there. Available through Lake District Estates T: 07584 243315 E: sam.little@lakedistrictestates.co.uk If you would like to find out more about Hill of Oaks, or to book a viewing: W: www.hillofoaks.co.uk T:01539 531 578. E: holidayhomes@lakedistrictestates.co.uk

Stunning scenery overlooking Windermere Lasting memories in unforgettable places Quality properties finished to the highest standards

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