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Flying HIGH We go private with Falcona Jets

A Confession

We talk telly and family with Imelda Staunton, CBE



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o, here we are; wending our way through the summer months, from scorching hot days to a neighbouring county under threat of a dam bust! That’s just British weather for you! What better reason to talk about travel? We travel around the world with the team from Carrier Travel, each sending us a postcard from their favourite worldwide destination, from Anguilla to Vietnam (p.82). More people than ever are flying privately, we sit down with Falcona Private Jets owner, former Manchester City Forward Adie Mike, to discuss his thriving private charter business (p.23). BAFTA Award-winning Imelda Staunton, CBE takes time out of her busy schedule to talk telly and family with us (p.31). Between the torrential bouts of rain, we managed to meet up with the Counties latest resident and ‘Dancing on Ice’ winner Jake Quickenden about his career and upcoming, stripped-back performance at The ABode Chester (p.27).

Hartwell House in Buckinghamshire is our weekend away, in pure country manor style (p.72), and keeping with the British heritage we check in with Bentley after 100 years in the car making business to see if the Continental GT is the coolest of them all (p.92). Base Architecture & Design celebrate a beautiful new-build property in a conservation area (p.110), which capitalises on its rural position while offering the contemporary luxury living demanded by today’s discerning homeowners! Wishing you a happy, sunny August, wherever it takes you!

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We sit down with Falcona Private Jets owner and former Manchester City Forward Adie Mike to discuss his thriving business

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A Confession

Natalie Anglesey talks telly and family with Imelda Staunton, CBE

Rule Britania

After 100 years in business, Bentley’s cars are as cool as ever, but is the Continental GT the coolest of them all?


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092 | Rule Britannia After 100 years in business, Bentley’s cars are as cool as ever, but is the Continental GT the coolest of them all?


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027 | Just Jake Dancing on Ice winner Jake Quickenden chats to us about his career and upcoming, stripped-back performance at The ABode Chester

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031 | A Confession Natalie Anglesey talks telly and family with Imelda Staunton, CBE

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092 | Rule Britannia After 100 years in business, Bentley’s cars are as cool as ever, but is the Continental GT the coolest of them all?

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Higher With more people than ever flying privately, Craig Hough sits down with Falcona Private Jets owner and former Manchester City forward Adie Mike to discuss his thriving business

Tell us a little about the company and your role... I decided to set up the company in 2011 after I completed a law degree. I knew someone who was looking after private jet charter flights for a few football players. The owner of that business decided not to continue so I decided to go on my own. Having a background in professional football some of my early clients were Premier League players, then the business started to grow from there. After a couple of years, I moved offices to the private jet terminal at Manchester Airport, which allows me to personally oversee each flight from Manchester.

organised a flight for a party of 12 on a Challenger 605 to attend the World Cup final in Russia. Festivals such as Creamfields and Parklife attract the best DJs from around the world who will also charter aircraft. How would you describe your clientele? The majority of our clients are business owners,

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What are some of the locations you to travel? Most of our destinations are in Europe. During the summer months many private jet travellers fly off to Mallorca or Ibiza as many clients have second homes there. Other popular summer destinations include Faro, Nice and Mykonos. Business flights tend to be to Geneva, Amsterdam and Munich and these are all year round. I would say 65 per cent of our flights are for business. I have noticed that more clients are attending big football matches, especially Manchester United and Manchester City, whether it’s in the Premier League or Champions League. This year we


self-made entrepreneurs and large corporations who need to fly employees to meetings or shows. We also fly Premier League footballers, who either want to go on holiday, visit family back home or are attending commercial activities with their sponsors. What are the main benefits that you offer to clients who want to fly by private jet? The main benefit is time. Clients can arrive just 20 minutes prior to departure, without the hassle of queues and security lines. They travel in a private and secure environment, which is ideal if you’re travelling for business. No prying eyes. You can get more work done and be more productive en route to meetings. More of our clients are travelling with their pets as it’s a stress-free way for the owner and the pet to travel. We source pet-friendly aircraft from our database for charter flights. We also recently did a flight from Manchester to Bristol to pick up another passenger, then went on to Ibiza, so it’s possible to include a stop on the way to your final destination. What airports do you fly from/to? Private jets can access over 1,000 airports just in Europe, as they’re able to use smaller airports with shorter runways which commercial aircraft can’t. This allows our clients to arrive closer to their destinations, saving time. Flying private allows our clients to bypass the long check-ins as you’re pre-cleared prior to departure. Your luggage goes straight onto the aircraft and on your arrival, it follows you straight off the plane, into your waiting car.

Why charter a private jet over booking a first-class commercial flight? You can relax in your own space, relax in comfortable leather chairs that swivel and recline for maximum comfort. Different aircraft have configurations such as three-seat divans or club configuration, which allow for face-to-face conversation. Seats can turn into comfortable beds for long haul flights. What catering options do you have available? From Nandos to a five-course gourmet menu. It’s entirely up to you. Generally, VIP catering on smaller aircraft is canapés, mixed fruit, sandwiches, with soft drinks, Champagne etc How would you describe the service on-board? On a larger aircraft, you will have a flight attendant on board who will serve the food and drinks and organise the catering to your preference. You can access the aircraft’s library of

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“Having a background in professional football some of my early clients were Premier League players, then the business started to grow from there” music and download films. You can also connect your iPhone or iPad to screens which is great for working en-route to meetings or keeping the children entertained. For those of us who have yet to fly privately, what is the etiquette? At most airports, you can drive right up to the plane and board your aircraft. Always let the lead passenger board the aircraft first and let them sit down, then you can take your seat after. Certain aircraft won’t allow red wine on board, especially if the aircraft is brand new or been refurbished. Others will charge a hefty fee for cleaning if the aircraft has not been looked after properly. You can travel how you feel comfortable, for business flights the majority of our clients are smartly dressed. If you’re going on holiday there’s nothing wrong with travelling in shorts and t-shirts. Your aircraft, your style. How far in advance do you need to book? The great thing about flying private is that you can book a last-minute flight and be airborne in a couple of hours. We recently organised a business flight in under two hours after our client commercial flight had been overbooked. It was important they got to their shareholder’s meeting, hence the last minute charter flight. I recommend booking 6-8 weeks prior to departure. This allows us to find aircraft either at Manchester or close by. During the summer it’s important to book early as slots and parking at busy airports such as Ibiza and Mykonos, to secure your slots and aircraft. e: t: 0161 436 0124

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Dancing on Ice winner and Reality TV finalist Jake Quickenden talks to Craig Hough about his career and upcoming, stripped-back performance at The ABode Chester You have recently made your musical theatre debut performing in Hair. What made you take up the challenge of musical theatre and how does it differ from anything else you’ve done? I just like testing myself, I don’t like doing the same thing. It’s great that I can always go back to music and acting, after doing reality TV. For me it’s all about that test, to see if I can actually do it and succeed without the years of training. At the end of the day, the people who I’m working with are so talented and go to schools through years of training and I come in with no training and have to work extra hard to prove myself to these people. It’s gone really well, it’s been a lot harder than I thought it would be I’m not going to lie, I thought it would be easier. Like Dancing on Ice, it’s been really hard work but it has been a challenge that I’ve really enjoyed.

You play George Berger in Hair, how would you describe him? He’s an absolute lunatic. When I went to the audition I was just chatting rubbish like I usually do, and they were like it’s good that you’re already in character. He’s a bit of a loose cannon and the leader of the tribe. He’s scared of the tribe breaking up and just wants to be young and have fun. Pretty much the same as me.

What’s the story of Hair? We play a group of hippies who love getting high but have been drafted into the Vietnam war and Claude (played by Paul Wilkins) is torn between staying with our tribe or going to war. That’s the pretty much the plot. There’s plenty more to see, including my naked scene. I’m pretty much in a thong for the whole thing, which weirdly I don’t actually mind.

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Switching gears slightly. Your career really kicked off after appearing on X-Factor. How was that experience for you starting out as a lad from Scunthorpe that played football to appearing on one of the UK’s biggest TV shows? I think when you go for a show like X-Factor you don’t think about how many people are watching, you just think about the fact it’s a talent contest. I never expected to go as far as I did, so every round I was getting through I was thinking “this is funny”. From the audition to performing in front of millions of people - it’s pretty daunting, especially as I wouldn’t class myself as a singer. Singing was just something I enjoyed doing. As you said, I played football before, the music was never really there for me, I just always enjoyed it. Without the X-Factor I wouldn’t be where I am today so I’m super grateful for the experience. I know they’re doing an All Stars series, so Simon if you’re listening I’m ready to come back. I’m all about the challenge and feel I’d be better this time as I’d know what I’d want to do and the type of music I’d like to sing. I’d like to go on and prove to all the people who didn’t think I was any good that I can actually sing. You were runner-up on another of ITV’s main shows I’m a Celebrity. Looking back, how much of a challenge was that for you? What were the highs and lows? If I’m totally honest, I didn’t find it hard at all. In fact, I found it quite easy. I literally just lay in a hammock, it was so chilled. Obviously, we had the trials, but again, I enjoy the challenge, it’s like something else takes over me and I just want to win. The scariest thing for me was going in


and seeing all these celebrities and there’s me from the X-Factor sat there thinking “this is mad”. I just really enjoyed the experience. You were crowned King of the Ice Rink on Dancing On Ice last year. What was going through your head as you were announced the winner? I thought thank God I’ve finally won a reality show. I’ve done that many I thought “I’ve got to win this one”. It was nice because I knew how much work we’d put into it. We were never off the ice rink, we were always on there, eight hours a day messing around and trying new stuff. I wanted to do the headbanger in week two and my partner Vanessa was like “we’re not ready yet”. I just wanted to push myself. So when I finally got crowned it was like all the hard work played off. It was just nice to win, I’ve got that achievement for the rest of my life now. As this interview sits in our travel issue of the magazine, what is the most luxurious hotel destination you’ve stayed in? Obviously, the Versace hotel that I stayed in once I came out of I’m a Celebrity, it was stunning. I travel to Ibiza a lot with friends as I like a party holiday. Last year I went to Aberton

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“Without The X-Factor I wouldn’t be where I am today so I’m super grateful for the experience” Island in Greece which was a nice villa in a nice resort. If I’m with the right people, I can have a good time anywhere. You are all set to play the ABode in Chester on 6 September. What can people expect from your set? It’s going to just be me and my guitar. I think people will be surprised by my voice, stripped back. When I do these kinds of gigs, people are like “You’ve actually got a really good voice, I didn’t expect that”. I’ll do a few original tracks to show off my songwriting. It’ll be acoustic music which I love to listen to which will fit in perfectly into a lovely venue like the ABode. With the intimate setting, I’m hoping guests will get to know me a little better, it’ll be more personal and better than a larger gig. It’s the kind of gig I like doing. Jake Quickenden plays ABode Chester on 6 September with tickets available at

Quickfire Questions X-Factor or Dancing On Ice? Dancing On Ice. Dancing On Ice Or I’m a Celebrity? Dancing On Ice obviously- I won! Favourite X-Factor performance? My audition was the best, but it was my nail in the coffin as I couldn’t top it. I peaked too soon. Simon Cowell or Jason Gardiner? I like Jason. He came to watch Hair the musical and we went for a pint after. He’s a lovely guy. Musical you’d like to perform in? I’d love to do Wicked on the West End. TV show you’d like to appear on? Bear Grylls: The Island, SAS: Who Dares Wins or Hunted. Person you’d most like to duet with? Ed Sheeran.


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A Confession Natalie Anglesey talks telly and family with Imelda Staunton, CBE


h it’s you!” Imelda Staunton CBE, one of our best-loved actors, grins with delight, leaping up to greet me warmly in London’s impressive ITV Centre. Small and slim, she exudes such an air of exuberance you can understand why she’s in demand for so many comedy roles. Although this time I’ve come to find out about her latest television drama series and reminisce about her incredible career. Considered the darling of stage, television and film, she possesses no airs and graces although her mantelpiece must be groaning with the number of awards she has won including an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her remarkable performance in the dramatic film Vera Drake. Her full name is Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton so, as you may have guessed, she’s the daughter of Irish immigrants and learnt her work ethic from them. Indeed it was her working class background in London’s Archway which helped her play Vera Drake. ”That role was such a gift although it was harrowing,” Imelda recollects. “The director, Prestwich born Mike Leigh, starts with no script just weeks of improvisation before you have a script of sorts - really hard work - but so rewarding.” Imelda’s collection of awards include BAFTAs and a host of European and Olivier

Awards. Nominated for at least thirteen Oliviers she won individually for Guys and Dolls, The Corn Is Green, A Chorus of Disapproval, Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd, and most recently her acclaimed role as Mama Rose in Gypsy. How does this modest actress feel about winning so many awards? “In spite of what some actors may say, I think we all like to be recognised and it’s a way for the public and your peers to acknowledge your work. It’s also a good excuse to wear a posh frock,” she grins. “I was particularly proud of the OBE awarded by the Queen and the CBE awarded by Prince William. All he wanted to talk about was The Gruffalo - I had voiced the talking book version - so I presume he was either reading the story or listening to it with his children.” If you have any young people in your family they’ll no doubt reel off a list of Imelda’s films like Maleficent, Paddington, Nanny McPhee and, of course, two Harry Potter films as the dreaded Dolores Umbridge, who became Head of Hogwarts and nearly stole the show. “That woman may have been dressed in fluffy pink, but she

“I’ve been doing a great deal of stage work where you have to act big so it was great to work again in television where you get to be up close to the camera lens”


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“I’ve been so lucky recently,” Imelda beams. “I’ve been doing a great deal of stage work where you have to act big so it was great to work again in television where you get to be up close to the camera lens. I’ve had the chance of appearing in a powerful new drama series for ITV. A Confession, is a thrilling six part series written by award-winning screenwriter, Jeff Pope (Little Boy Blue). I’m such a fan of his work that I said yes immediately as his script was so beautifully crafted. It wasn’t sensationalist - which it easily could have been. It wasn’t over emotional which again it could have been. It just hit the right note for me. That was before I even knew it was based on a true story! “ A Confession, is the true story of the disappearance of 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan in 2011. On a night out with girlfriends, Sian left a nightclub in Swindon Old Town to walk the 15 minutes home to boyfriend Kevin Reape. Kevin reported Sian missing when she failed to appear


was so dangerous. She hated Muggles, wanted them all erased in favour of what she called pure-bloods and was sadistically cruel. When you think about it it was a form of ethnic cleansing with a smile! Quite terrifying but fun to play! “ Work wasn’t always as plentiful at the beginning of Imelda’s career. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she spent six years in repertory theatre in the 1970s before returning to London and the National Theatre. There she met her future husband Jim Carter who has also enjoyed a prolific career but is perhaps best known as Carter the beloved butler in Downton Abbey. At 6 feet 2 inches he towers over Imelda’s height of 5 feet. They married in 1983 and remain happily so while their daughter Bessie has followed them into the profession - although they rarely get the chance to work together.

or respond to his increasingly frantic texts. Police met Sian’s mother, Elaine O’Callaghan, played by Siobhan Finneran (Cold Feet, The Moorside, Happy Valley), who thought her daughter may have stayed overnight with a girlfriend. Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played by Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock, Fargo), is in charge of the investigation and believing Sian is still alive, he puts her recovery first - breaching police procedure and protocol to catch a potential killer. “I play Karen Edwards,” Imelda explains. “She’s the mother of Becky Godden, a 20-year-old who disappeared a decade previously in 2003. Reminded of her own daughter’s disappearance, she’s afraid her own daughter may be involved. A known drug addict and prostitute, Becky had disappeared many times before and although Karen had tried to help her daughter, staging interventions and paying for rehabilitation, sadly Becky continued to lapse back into addiction.” Did you ever meet the real Karen I asked Imelda? “At first I didn’t want to because I didn’t know how I’d react. It’s so difficult when you‘re playing a real person. I didn’t want to upset her if I got it wrong or didn’t live up to her expectations. In the end I was glad I did because she was a revelation. It wasn’t so much what she said it was her pain and anger which just

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overwhelmed me. I let her feelings wash over me and tried to harness them if I was to play her truthfully. Her daughter is still classed as missing not dead. I do hope she feels I did her justice. It was so hard to do because I have a daughter of my own and I know how I would have felt if anything happened to my child. It makes you realise how fortunate you are.” The drama series has an impressive list of credits. It will be executive produced by Jeff Pope (Little Boy Blue, writer and executive producer, The Moorside, executive producer, Cilla, writer and executive producer) for ITV Studios. When Imelda’s daughter, Bessie, first told her she wanted to act I wondered if she’d encouraged or discouraged her? “Encourage her of course it’s a wonderful life. My husband Jim, Bessie and our dog have all appeared in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford. I played the village gossip Miss Pole but we had no scenes together. Bessie’s already made her first film and she’s joining the National Theatre. I sound just like her agent don’t I?” she hoots with laughter. Imelda is equally proud of her husband Jim. Earlier this year, he was awarded an OBE. “What he didn’t know was that I’d invited all his family and friends from his home town of Harrogate to come down as I’d organised a marvellous party for him to celebrate his investiture. We were all so thrilled for him.” What next for Imelda? “Well I did want to do a bit more telly because it’s less physically draining than being on stage every night. No matter how harrowing the scene is, once it’s filmed it’s gone and you can wipe the memory banks clean. You don’t have to take it home.” That wish has already come true as her next ITV drama series is called

Flesh and Blood with Francesca Annis, who also appeared in Cranford, Stephen Rea (War and Peace) and Russell Tovey (Years and Years). “I’ve also been lucky enough to appear in the new Julian Fellowes television series set in America, and I’m in the new film of Downton Abbey!” Imelda laughingly tells me about one particular scene in the long-awaited Downton film. “I only have a small role because as you know my husband Jim is one of the regulars as the butler. But there was one party scene where he was serving drinks and I was willing him to serve me with a drink so we could be in one scene together and do you know he deliberately avoided coming anywhere near me - can you believe it?” She dissolves into mock, outraged laughter. Before we part company, Imelda reminds me: “I’m really hoping viewers will watch A Confession because it’s a gripping thriller. Sadly there were repercussions for many concerned. Fulcher, who was in charge of the investigation at the time, suffered because he put the recovery of the kidnapped girl first rather than following the legal protocol at the time.” I for one am looking forward to seeing A Confession but perhaps the question we should all be asking ourselves is - what would we do in similar circumstances?

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De Beers impressed jewellery aficionados and

experts alike at last month’s Paris Haute Couture Week with the introduction of a brand-new High Jewellery collection, which has been over a year in the making. The new Portraits of Nature collection was inspired by the kaleidoscope of light that reflects off the wild creatures’ bodies, their striking colours and textures: the iridescence of a butterfly’s wings; the scintillating shimmer of fish; the chameleon’s dramatic displays. The spectacular effect is the result of microscopic crystals interacting with light to create chromatic effects, mirroring the way diamonds reflect and refract light. The new collection comprises of five elegant sets – Greater Flamingo, Monarch Butterfly, Knysna Chameleon, Electric Cichlid and Chapman’s Zebra – each dazzling in its own right. Each set has been meticulously constructed and made up of rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets, as well as a medallion, a piece at the heart of the brand’s aesthetic. Portraits of Nature Collection, POA,


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Diamond in the Rough

Calleija, one of the world’s few Argyle Pink Diamond Select Ateliers, has unveiled its latest exquisite addition, the Calleija Couture Collection. Featuring some of what’s considered the rarest and most collectable stones, each of the pieces has been selected for its uniqueness and incomparable beauty. With the Rio Tinto Argyle Diamond Mine – the globe’s primary source of pink diamonds – set to close in 2020, Calleija’s latest collection signifies one of the final opportunities to own a piece boasting the exclusive Argyle Pink Diamond. Calleija Couture Collection, POA, 36

Since its return to the watch scene two years ago, the Panthère de Cartier has become somewhat of a signature piece when it comes to women’s watches. And this year, Cartier have evolved it further, introducing two new interpretations. While one edition appears as mini version – a replica of the original model – with the dainty gold bracelet effortlessly blurring the line between watch and jewellery. The manchette edition appears as a cuff, with the accentuated bracelet spread out, featuring an off-centre watch face. Panthère de Cartier, POA,

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Get a Grip Last month, Gucci introduced Grip; a brand new and quirky unisex timepiece to its ever-growing watch line. The sleek design effortlessly blends timeless appeal with highly contemporary style, with each of the four new quartz watches featuring a rounded square case. While one edition brings together a yellow gold PVD case and bracelet, engraved with Gucci’s signature interlocking G logo, the other is worked purely in steel for a modern look. Both editions are also available with a coloured calf leather strap. Gucci Grip watch, POA,

FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE It’s no secret that when it comes to iconic fashion designer, Gabrielle Chanel, its her personal experiences that act as a source of inspiration. So, it’s no surprise, then, that for its latest two-part high jewellery collection, aptly named Le Paris Russe De Chanel and Russian Folklore, the house has embraced Chanel’s past, in particular, her love affair with the Russian Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich. With subtle references to Russian splendour, alongside that signature Chanel touch, it’s definitely a collection to contend with. Le Paris Russe De Chanel High Jewellery and Russian Folklore collections, POA,

Stepping it up In a fitting tribute to David M Robinson’s 50th anniversary, the company has refreshed one of its signature diamond jewellery collections, Stepping Stones. Inspired by the pretty, smooth curved pebbles that often form paths across small brooks, the contemporary collection features pieces available in 18ct yellow and rose gold, some of which encompass dazzling round brilliant-cut diamonds. The latest iterations include two earrings in yellow and rose gold, and two complementing rings set on a dainty band of brushed gold. Stepping Stones collection, from £4,050,


The Gem Dior Collection

To mark 20 years since it first started designing high jewellery, the house of Dior has launched its biggest collection to date. With 99 new pieces to choose from, Gem Dior is a collection re-affirming the brand’s love for stones. The pieces – comprising of everything from classic diamonds and rubies, to sapphires and grenadine – are abstract and unusual, with the stones expertly layered and jumbled to ensure that not only are the settings concealed but also allowing every stone a chance to shine. Gem Dior collection, POA,

TREND: Chains From runway to retail, chunky chains in the form of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings have been cropping up across collections just in time to catch the summer. If you’re looking to make a statement with your jewellery, there is no better way than embracing this loud ‘80s trend that originated way back in 2500 BC. Whether its gold, rose gold, silver or full-blown colour that’s your vice, chunky jewellery is your chance to go big and go bold. Anita Ko 18-karat rose gold diamond earrings, £3,360; Messika + Gigi Hadid Move Addiction 18-karat rose gold diamond ring, £10,000; Pomellato Tango 18-karat rose gold diamond bracelet £5,850,



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“Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening” said Coco Chanel. Take inspiration from the famous designer with Nobis’ new campaign which reinforces the label’s modern aesthetic, functional foundation and celebrates transitional outerwear. The brand celebrates individuality and uncompromising style and its latest look pushes the narrative around the urban adventurer, living up to its statement of clothes ‘engineered here to take you anywhere’. To get this look, opt for fit-and-flare trenches, cocoon macs and streamlined car coats, accented by a palette of warm neutrals, inky blues and dusty greys. Isabella Jacket by Nobis £345,


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Show Who’s Boss

Luxury retailer BOSS has expanded at Metquarter, Liverpool, following a re-fit and conversion of the existing store. The new-look shop spans two floors and provides a perfect showcase for the full range of collections including its ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories lines. Jennina O’Neill, Metquarter Centre Manager said: “We’re delighted to see BOSS reopen its doors at the front of the centre following the expansion. We have an exciting and transformative couple of months ahead for Metquarter with new tenants Cricket Fashion and 200 Degrees Coffee both set to open their doors, further cementing Metquarter as the go-to retail and leisure destination in the city.” Unit 26, The Liverpool Metquarter 34, Whitechapel, Liverpool, L1 6DA,


Fashion and lifestyle brand hush has launched its pop-up store at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks and will run for a duration of six months – until January 2020. The shop will recreate the online brand’s laid-back aesthetic and allow customers to purchase styles from up to 60 per cent less than the recommended retail price. It is the latest regional pop-up that hush has been operating across the country, including Scotland, Yorkshire and London, and is its first foray into the outlet environment. Mandy Watkins, Founder and Creative Director of hush says: “We know we have a lot of fans of the brand in the North West, so we look forward to meeting them in person over the coming months, giving them the opportunity to experience our beautiful collections, as well as introducing some new customers to the world of hush.” hush at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks, Kinsey Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9JJ,;

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Monsoon has released its autumn/winter 2019 collection and we love this statement blouse. Featuring a bold floral and pearl brooch print, it has a regal look and would pair well with smart trousers for work or jeans for casual. £45,


Beach cover-ups – throw on one of these to take you from sunlounger to lunch in no time at all

This red floral tie waist beach dress is ideal if you’re looking for something short and sweet. £50,

Behind the Wheel

Unleash your inner animal with this Havana kaftan which has delicately placed crystals that sparkle in the sunlight. £105,

Made from cotton, this Fiesta Embroidered Beach Dress is perfect for keeping cool in the sun. £32,

Those who are holidaying closer to home this year and are packing their cases (and kids!) into the car for a great British escape, should ensure they’re ready for any long journeys with these new driving loafers by Hugs & Co. Not only are they versatile but made partly from unwanted tyres, they’re environmentally-friendly too. £120, available online at and in-store at Harvey Nichols Manchester, 21 New Cathedral Street, M1 1AD,

Forward Fashion

More and more apparel brands are stepping away from ‘fast fashion’ – inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends – instead they’re creating the opposite: slow-fashion, an awareness which considers the processes and resources required to make clothing, focusing on sustainability. Introducing Valentina Karellas, a zero-waste, ethical fashion label that produces high-end, urban-chic, unisex knitwear made from premium materials that are left over from big factories and would have otherwise gone to waste. Check out her autumn knits, it will be around the corner sooner than we know it! 41



STATEMENT From bold bikinis and slinky one-pieces, to lightweight kaftans and sarongs, swimwear brand Gottex slims and sculpts the silhouette, ensuring beach body confidence. Artisan prints, striking colour palettes and ornate detailing characterise the collections, which are inspired by catwalk trends. Take a peek at its couture collection for inspiration aplenty...

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Gottex Amina Queen of the Maldives Ivory Embroidered Sequins High Neck Cross Back One Piece Swimsuit, £690


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Gottex Aquarelle Underwired Bikini Set, £130


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Gottex Diana Princess of Wales Grey Rhinestones V-Neck Halter One Piece Swimsuit, £285

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Gottex Exotic Paradise Blue Deep Plunge Halter Cut Out Monokini One Piece Swimsuit, ÂŁ150

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TAN ARTISTRY Launching in 2019 Amanda Harrington London is a stunning range of tanning products and tancompatible skincare created to enhance and prolong the life of your tan in three steps – prep, colour and contour. The innovative technique involves layering cosmeceutical skincare and next-generation tanning products, that are brushed and buffed onto the skin using specifically designed brushes. In addition, there are three colours on offer to create that perfect look. Available at Harvey Nichols Manchester ,



EVERYONE’S FRIEND Green People has been promoting the use of physical sunscreens over chemical for many years and their organic sun care range avoids the use of harmful chemicals. It is also designed to protect even the most sensitive skin, as all products are free from parabens, silicones and synthetic fragrance. Already one of only a few sun lotions worldwide that is reef safe and non-toxic to marine life, the products have been reformulated with a new easy-wear formula, in new plant-derived sugar cane packaging for summer 2019. 48

We all know the number one culprit for skin ageing is the sun so during the summer a factor 50 is an essential part of the daily skin regime. The Crème de la Mer SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid helps prevent future discolouration and is quickly absorbed to prevent the appearance of ageing. A lovely light weight fluid which will keep skin comfortable, hydrated and soothed. The SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid: RRP: £85,

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We are huge fans of Olverum and so are rather delighted that they have a perfect travel pack for us this holiday season, so that we can enjoy the highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil whilst we are away. This gorgeously aromatic unisex scent helps to relieve stress and achieve a great night’s sleep. It is also a great way to ease aching or sore muscles (such a treat after a workout!). £22,

MARK GORMAN, REVOLAX BRAND AMBASSADOR WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU SEEN IN THE AESTHETICS INDUSTRY IN THE LAST FEW YEARS? The general trend has been a shift from surgical to less invasive non-surgical treatments, especially in the face. Media coverage and celebrity culture is both influencing and raising awareness in the public, changing the attached stigma in the UK. WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR TREATMENTS/ PRODUCTS? Treatments that can condition the skin and improve pigmentation problems without trauma are more sought after. Most face reshaping is now performed using dermal fillers due to improved techniques, outcomes, cost and decreased downtime – just to name a few. WHAT ARE THE LATEST FILLER TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR? Non-surgical full-face contouring is something that I practice a lot lately. It’s a low risk procedure that produces a noticeably rejuvenated effect. The most common feedback from my patients is that their friends and family comment on how great they look but can’t put their finger on what is different! I use Revolax exclusively for all my filler treatments because it gives the best accurate and natural results. HOW DO YOU SEE THE AESTHETICS INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS’ TIME? Non-surgical face reshaping, especially of jaw lines and noses, will become much more of an everyday occurrence. Smaller procedures like face lifts, body contouring and even breast augmentations will be increasingly performed under local anaesthetic. Following the trends in the US I think the public is realising that it’s okay to want to feel and look their best, especially as treatments become financially feasible, when they once weren’t.

THE SCENT OF SUMMER The Paris-Riviera name conjures up images of the Mediterranean and its azure blue seas and this eau de toilette creates a snapshot of summer with a single spray. A promise of azure blue and sun on the skin. A one-way trip to a legendary Mediterranean coast. 125ml eau de toilette, £99,

loves SWEET CHEEKS The 2014 Master Chef finalist, Angela Langford has taken her love & passion for cooking, to create an organic skincare range that uses the very best ingredients nature has to offer and the highest levels in personalised service. And we particularly love this balancing and cleansing face wash by Angela Langford which smells good enough to eat. Rose petals are blended with papaya, cypress, orange blossom and witch hazel to produce a non-foaming, gentle face wash that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. 49

DD CLINICAL MEET THE TEAM Introducing the team at DD Clinical who are keeping the people of Chester looking and feeling good this summer


Managing Director

DD Clinical is the vision I have always wanted to create. A place of tranquility and a hub of experts all under the same roof offering nonsurgical solutions to face, body and skin concerns. This is why I only invest in the latest technologies such as skin tightening and Femi lift and employ experts in their fields to ensure my clients only receive the best service and most advanced, results driven treatments.


Aesthetic Therapist

The best thing about working at DD Clinical is working with clients to get results that matter. I have worked in the industry for 15 years and my aim is to continue to give bespoke advice based on the clients wants and needs to ensure maximum results. Prior to any treatment I always take my clients through a detailed skin analysis and have a computerised skin scan to ensure I have all the necessary information to create a bespoke treatment plan. Once you start treatment along with your home care products, the journey to ultimate skin health is just around the corner. 50

ABIGAIL WILLMITT Clinic Manager I absolutely love my job at DD Clinical because each day brings a different person on a different journey to the day before. I love watching the confidence it gives people when they have been into the clinic. Medical aesthetics is constantly changing and after nearly 17 years working within the industry I am still learning new things that blow me away. We never have a dull moment and I love it that way.


Clinical Lead

Although I enjoy working as a GP, aesthetic medicine remains my passion. In my view, beauty starts within and is reflected by your personality. I never change someone’s face but I enhance features aiming for harmony and symmetry between different sections of the face. Lately, my interest grew in antiageing medicine, Femi lift procedures, vitamin drips, oxygen therapies and bio-identical hormone replacement by intervening in the biological process of ageing and thereby contributing to the extension of a healthy life span.


Senior Receptionist

Being a senior receptionist at DD Clinical, I am the first face a client will see when arriving at the clinic. My job is to make sure customers enjoy their experience with us from start to finish. Seeing clients skin transform and confidence grow after a few visits to the clinic is what makes working in the aesthetic industry so rewarding. I have been in the beauty industry for over 12 years and working at DD Clinical has been by far the best place I have worked.

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WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE DD CLINICAL The team at DD Clinical gives you the lowdown on what you should be on the look out for. DD Clinical is a high-end luxury clinic in the heart of Chester. Our commitment is to give you access to safe non-surgical, results driven treatments. We achieve this by putting you at the heart of everything we do; by giving you honest advice and creating a bespoke treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. We believe in raising the standards in the aesthetics industry which is why we are clinically led by a doctor and only employ nurses and doctors to carry out anti-wrinkle and dermal filler injections. A treatment of this nature needs to be performed by someone who has an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and nerve pathways.This is why we at DD Clinical lead the way in offering a safe and professional service.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE GETTING INJECTABLES; One of the first questions you should ask yourself is who is performing the treatment. Are they medically trained? Such as a doctor, nurse or a dentist. And, how many years’ experience do they have? Secondly, are they getting their anti-wrinkle and dermal filler product from a reputable supplier? Such as Allergan, who are industry leaders when it comes to making neuro toxins.

Bin the bargains! If you come across a price that is questionably low then there is probably a reason for this. The product may be of a lesser quality which can mean a treatment not lasting for as long as it should or not achieving the desired look. Once you have established the right person to do your injectables there is a couple of things you need to know for yourself. Pre-treatment, anti-coagulants such as aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided as they hinder blood clotting and increase the risk of bruising should a needle nick a blood vessel. Finally, the early bird gets the best results. Preventative Botox is the term used when those is their late twenties or early thirties start having anti-wrinkle injections. Starting early will not only prevent worsening but can typically reverse the first signs of ageing. We look forward to welcoming you to our clinic and working with you for the very best results. < Scan here with a QR reader from or visit: to see treatment before and after images.

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The Lowdown Any parent knows that there is no such thing as too much storage space and these vintage inspired cupboards are sure to bring a tropical feeling to any room but we think they would be particularly fabulous in the family space or kid’s room. Choose from The Lowdown, The Skinny, The Shorty and The Midi, and create your own combination. They’re metal too so you can use as a pinboard, plus they have matching baskets for super-organisation! From £129,

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loves On the Go Don’t be the one left with the silly monkey this summer! But make sure that this tin is in your hand luggage to keep your little one’s busy. Collect the most animal pairs to win or play a huge game of memory, all contained in a travel-worthy tin. Silly Monkey, £8,

Wild About Books

We’ve taken on a bit of wild theme this issue, thinking holidays and adventures. And there’s no better adventure than getting all wrapped up in reading, whether that’s to your little one (silly voices and all!) or creating an amazing space for them to cosy up and enter their imaginary world. We love these animal bookshelves – functional and fun. Whether you go for the cutest animal in nature or the fiercest, Zoe (the Zebra) and Leon (the Lion) will make a great addition to your child’s storage system. Animal book cases, £124,

Balancing Act

From the wilds of Africa to the Polar Circle, let your child’s inner adventurer excel with this beautifully crafted balance toy. It’s a great gift and it will keep you or them occupied with all the different ways to balance your penguins with your polar bear. Sustainable and eco-friendly, it’s from a range from Tender Lead Toys which is all about bringing children back to a natural playing environment. Hear, hear! Wooden Balancing Polar Circle Set, £19.95,

Wild Ride

Continuing our wild adventure theme, we couldn’t resist including these two comfy creatures in our round-up. Lulu and Zizi form part of the kids collection from furniture aficionados Sweetpea & Willow. Both are cute additions to your little or big one’s room – fun, fashionable and functional! Lulu Giraffe Stool or Zizi Rhino Stool, £275

Dreamers Studio Sirio is a Franco-Italian design studio which puts making kid’s bedrooms an adventure at the heart of all that they do. Founded in 2017 by Aurore Martial after having her first child and looking for the perfect business, Studio Sirio is all about making statement rugs which transform a room into a place that kids and parents love. They are 100 per cent New Zealand wool and handmade. Our favourite is the Dreamers collection – for those who love to jump, laugh and roll on the floor. Dreamers: Look! A Rocket, £550, 55

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Mr Bow Dangles A new way for your pooch to express their personality, make a statement with these new BowDangles from the clever people at Wren & Rye. Simply add on to the normal collar or harness and turn the plainest into a fashion statement. Perfect for fashionista furry-friends. BowDangle, £10,

CRACKERS OK, so we admit that it may be a little too early to be thinking about Christmas but we couldn’t resist these luxury dog crackers! Without a snap (to protect those sensitive ears) they contain a hat, toy and BANG! motto card. Why should the two-legged family members have all the cracker fun? Cracker for Dogs, £9.95,

Playtime The Hound Project is a sustainably run, eco-conscious and cruelty-free dog brand, founded by Reka for her foster-pup and is born out of a love for fashion and a strong desire to create something different. We are huge fans of the funky toys, which are machine washable and a great hit in our household. And, if you have a new pet party to go to the Hound Box, is the perfect gift, containing two lovely products all wrapped up and ready to go. Soft toys, £16, The Hound Box, £23,


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...with ANDREW WATTS, Executive Chef, Hawkstone Hall & Gardens The Principles Menu

The Cottonopolis team has launched a new cocktail menu, taking inspiration from the principles of Japanese Aesthetics. Head Bartender Gethin Jones says “We are focusing on ingredients, textures and aromas in a hope to create drinks that reflect life’s little pleasures.”

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Created in the Cheshire countryside, you’ll find everything you need here to create traditionally delicious dishes from fresh, tangy picnic pickles to rich, moreish chutneys.

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New Venue Launch

Independent restaurant brand Silk Rd launched their new restaurant on Hope Street in Liverpool last month. The company prides itself on its authentic flavours from the Pacific to the Mediterranean all inspired by the owner's personal travels on this ancient network of trade routes.

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What is your favourite style of food? Modern British. I love a timeless classic dish that really emphasises good, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients that's full of flavour. What's your favourite ingredient and why? I don't actually have a favourite ingredient but I love cooking with herbs, especially basil and rosemary. Both these ingredients works great in sweet and savoury dish. What is your favourite drink? It has to be rum, I love the versatility and flavours of rum and how well the spirit works in cocktails.

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Tell us what brought you to your current position? After working for many years as a private chef and travelling with the job, I joined the Distinctly Hospitable Group in 2014 as Head Pastry Chef at our Staffordshire sister venue Weston Hall. As the years went by, my knowledge grew in all aspects of the business and I felt ready in my career for the next chapter. The opportunity arose to be the Executive Chef for the group and with that, an even bigger challenge with our new venue Hawkstone Hall & Gardens. I couldn't feel more grateful to work for this amazing, ever-growing family business, especially with the team I have working alongside me.

Who inspires you and why? I've had the pleasure to work alongside many influential chefs and mentors in my career. My current Venue Director Martin Hirst and my previous Executive Chef Nigel Smith, have been my biggest inspiration and have helped me to become the chef I am today. What would be your desert island dish? This is a hard one! But I do have a sweet tooth, so I think it would have to be a classic sticky toffee pudding. What has been your most memorable meal? Hell's Kitchen in Las Vegas, this was truly an unforgettable dining experience, from the staff, service, decor, open kitchen and delicious food.

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Best for... Authentic Spanish tapas dishes


am a huge fan of tapas – it’s my go-to lunch and dinner with friends as it never fails to impress and is very relaxed as well as a social way to spend time together. Simon Shaw and his team are an institution on the North of England food scene. With their humble beginning in Ripponden with El Gato Negro they soon built up a reputation for outstanding authentic tapas by winning best Spanish restaurant on Gordon Ramsey’s F-Word. Word got out fast and soon Jay Reyner from The Guardian came knocking for a review – normally not the biggest advocate for the food scene in and around the North - He wrote a rave and very rare positive review! Before they knew it El Gato Negro was firmly put on the food scene, Simon and the team decided to move to a Manchester city centre restaurant in February 2016 which was followed with equal acclaim. Fast forward to August 2019 and Liverpool is about to get its first taste of Simon and his team's amazing culinary experience. Cited in Walker House, Exchange Flags

it couldn’t be in a better venue tucked in behind the Town Hall, a picturesque surrounding as you would expect from the Liverpool skyline. Once through the door you are greeted with the friendliest of welcomes and given the option of sitting at the bar for a pre-drink or heading straight to your table. The noticeable difference with the Liverpool venue is space – the Manchester site is in a narrow building and is very intimate. The Liverpool venue is much more open and gives a feel of space and breadth which delivers a very different overall experience. My colleagues and I were very lucky to attend a press launch where Simon attended and developed a tasting menu especially for the evening. It was a journey of fine Spanish cuisine with delicacies such as fresh oysters, gazpacho crab, roasted monkfish tails and Salt aged lamb. It was a real treat and Simon made sure he came around and spent time with people chatting whilst they were eating. El Gato Negro also has the Spanish classics such as ham and cheese croquetas, padron peppers and you

must try the Catalan bread with olive oil, garlic and fresh tomatoes – it's amazing! Not forgetting the desserts section, here you will find the classic crème Catalan along with cheesecakes and chocolate tartes. El Gato is a welcome addition to the Liverpool restaurant scene and we wish Simon and the team all the success going forward. As we were leaving we decided to make an evening of it and stayed at the Nadler hotel – a short cab away on Seel street in the Ropeworks district. It’s a comtemporary hotel which we had a luxury mezzanine suite. The staff were super friendly and made us feel very welcome – a great end to a fantastic evening. El Gato Negro Tapas, Unit 2, Walker House, Exchange Flags, Liverpool, L2 3YL T: 0151 2361331 63

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With the barbecue season in full swing make sure you don’t turn up to an outdoor party without these BBQ essentials Portobello Road Gin and Franklin & Sons Natural Indian Tonic Water

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A marriage of two great London brands; Portobello Road London Dry Gin, a timeless blend of premium English spirit and nine time-honoured botanicals, blended with Franklin & Sons Natural Indian Tonic Water.

Crafty Nectar No.8 Rhubarb Craft Cider This refreshing Artisan craft cider is made with 100% fresh rhubarb juice and is vegan-friendly, gluten-free and contains no concentrates or artificial flavourings.

Manchester Raspberry Infused Gin paired with Franklin & Sons Sicilian Lemon Tonic Water

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Packed with delicious malty notes and undertones of bitter chocolate, this is a well-hopped brown malt beer, where toasted cocoa notes are a twist on tradition.

Cocoa Blonde, West Indies Pale Ale

Bitter notes of cocoa play off the tropical fruit accents in hops to deliver this refreshingly original ale from Hotel Chocolat. A taste of summer with shades of Caribbean fruit.


The sweet flavour of raspberries balances beautifully with the citrus burst of Sicilian lemons to make this an unmistakable combination.

The Spirits Cranes Spritz with Cranberry & Blood Orange Liqueur

Vibrant, bubbly, tantalising and chilled, the Cranes Spritz ticks all the boxes when planning a summer BBQ.

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The Wines Vintage Red Wine – Chateau Chocolat

A rich and spicy red wine with a freshness in the mouth and a long finish. A rare wine crafted by a boutique winery in the Alentejo of Portugal from four heirloom grape varieties - Aragonez, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Castelão Francês.

McGuigan Black Label Sparkling Rosé A vibrant, fruity wine with refreshing strawberry flavours.

Sensi Prosecco Brut

This sparkling Italian wine is wonderfully fruity, refreshing and lively on the palate. With a perfectly balanced texture and a crisp, creamy fizz it is extremely versatile, and with an eye-catching gold bottle, it is perfect for a BBQ celebration.

The Meatless Farm Meat Free Burgers

Made with Soya, Pea and Rice Proteins these burgers are high in protein, and both Vegan friendly and Gluten free.

The Meatless Farm Co Meat Free Sausages

Also made with Soya, Pea and Rice Proteins this pack of 6 a great source of fibre and are 100 per cent vegan.

Jack Daniels Sauces

Simply serve up luxuriously sticky, glazed chicken wings and ribs, add depth to ‘low and slow’ dishes like pulled pork or beef brisket, or use the sauces as a delicious dip for fries, wedges and veggies.

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Gardo & Morris Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc This wine bursts with fantastic flavours of gooseberries and passionfruit; all the wonderful flavours we’ve come to know and love about Sauvignon Blanc.

Schlumberger Grüner Veltiner

Delightfully refreshing sparkling wine from Austria. This zesty fizz has notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit with distinctive spice and a long finish. Great on its own or a perfect pairing with fresh salads and mature cheese.

Farmison & Co - The Barbecue Meat Box

Farmison & Co are modern award-winning online butchers. They supply delicious dry-aged, hand-cut meat to home cooks, professional chefs and retailers including Harrods and Fortnum & Mason. The Barbeque Meat Box is a selection of colourful and delicious cuts for quality and proper flavours on the grill. This box is a summer essential with something to suit every palate. Featuring classic barbecue favourites including koftas, burgers, sausages and chicken thighs, you can look forward to succulent and delicious meat reflecting the quality and provenance of each cut and everything is delivered fresh to your door.




Wigglesworth The Operations Chef of the Bar & Grills at Individual Restaurants shares his recipe for the perfect béarnaise sauce


ancashire born Kevin Wigglesworth, Operations Chef at Individual Restaurants, boasts an impressive CV. Introduced to the art of cooking at a young age by his older brother, Wigglesworth built his career at some of the most respected restaurants in the UK including: Chez Nico and Le Gavroche, where he worked alongside Gordon Ramsey under Albert Roux OBE; the man he credits with teaching him the art of ‘happy cooking’ and ending every service with a smile. He joined Individual Restaurants as Head Chef of The Restaurant Bar & Grill Manchester in 2005, on his return to the North West, and hasn’t looked back since, working with the acclaimed restaurant group to open and establish eight award-winning restaurants across the UK, including the notable Opera Grill, Chester. Standing out from the crowd, the restaurant, housed in a grand Grade II listed building, is recognised for its internationally inspired dishes, using outstanding ingredients. At the heart of the menu is the restaurant’s impressive theatre charcoal grill and wood burning oven from which Opera Grill specialises in serving some of the best steak cuts from around the world, provided by its

very own butcher in Cheshire. It’s a style of cooking used by revered chefs worldwide and on which Wigglesworth passionately states “there is no better way to cook. You need to get the coals and flames right, that’s an art in itself, but once you’ve mastered that, it’s brilliant. It creates the perfect flavour.” For those that prefer seafood to steak there’s an equally inspiring selection available from the restaurant’s raw bar and fish and shellfish menu, with 25-metre display fridges proudly displaying the fresh produce. A wide selection of salads, meat and poultry, and classic dishes complement, ensuring that all tastes are catered for at the stunning 400-cover, two-floor restaurant and bar. “With Opera Grill we really wanted to bring theatre on a grand scale to food and drink,” said Wigglesworth. “Our internationally inspired menu combines dishes from all corners of the globe, sourced from the world’s best suppliers.”

“You need to get the coals and flames right, that’s an art in itself, but once you’ve mastered that, it’s brilliant. It creates the perfect flavour.”


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INGREDIENTS 2 egg yolks Teaspoon of tarragon vinegar 110ml white wine vinegar 1 bay leaf 1 small packet broken tarragon stalks 1 shallot, finely chopped 125g clarified butter 1 small packet of fresh tarragon 25ml fresh lemon juice

Béarnaise Sauce

Tarragon Vinegar First make your tarragon vinegar placing the white wine vinegar, bay leaf, broken tarragon stalks and finely chopped shallot in a pan. Cook over a low heat until the mixture has reduced by half

When it coats the back of a spoon you’ve reached the right consistency

Take off the heat and sieve the liquid into a separate bowl

Season with salt to taste and pour into a serving jug

Leave to cool

Keep at room temperature and serve immediately

Béarnaise Sauce Gently whisk the egg yolks, tarragon vinegar and a tablespoon of cold water in a bowl, over a pan of simmering water. This slowly cooks the egg without causing it to scramble Keep whisking the ingredients until you reach a ribbon-like texture. Don’t be too vigorous or this will cause the ingredients to split

Add in 25ml of lemon juice along with the finely chopped tarragon, gently stirring all the time

Top Tips Keep the eggs and butter at the same temperature to avoid the ingredients from splitting If you feel the mix becoming too thick, add a little water

Remove the mix from the heat and slowly add the clarified butter, whisking it continuousl until it reaches a thicker consistency



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Laid-Back Luxury

Calilo, a secluded five-star hotel and spa estate on the unspoilt island of Los, has opened. Situated on one of the most remote beaches of The Aegean, it features 27 suites with private pools, private ponds with waterfalls, and picture-perfect sea views, which are scattered throughout a quiet 1,100 acre valley and overlook the spectacular 300-metre long sandy Papas Beach. It is the perfect place to truly switch off and the resort’s remote setting, which stretches from seashore to hilltop and everything in between, is matched by a generous array of chill out zones, bars, restaurants and activities, as well as a wellness spa. Reached by ferry or boat in 45 minutes from Santorini or two hours from Mykonos, guests can also fly directly onto the island by helicopter. From €349 per night,

By Royal Appointment

Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living has launched its Stay Like A Royal package. Guests can expect the royal treatment from start to finish with a regal arrival in a chauffeur driven Rolls-Royce, a royal guided walking tour, a delicious picnic in St James’ Park and a sumptuous afternoon tea. The tour will visit all of the royal sights and visitors will get the chance to uncover the history of the palaces, castles and towers of London where Britain’s royalty have lived for centuries. Meanwhile, no trip to London is complete without the British tradition of afternoon tea; sip Earl Grey and enjoy sandwiches, scones and sweet treats in one of the property’s Penthouses which overlook London’s skyline. From £715 per night based on a seven-day stay, available until 30 September 2019, 70


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A Home from Home

Plaza 18, a brand new sixbedroom five-star luxury hotel set in a listed 19th century merchant’s house, has opened in the historic Andalucian town of Vejer. Restored and designed by architect and interior designer Nicky Dobree, she has taken inspiration from the classicism of the building and the surrounding area, with all six suites personally curated. Commenting on the new boutique hotel, she says: “There will be comfort and elegance through every door, a place to feel at home. A place to re-connect and re-discover.” On this note, guests have plenty of spaces to kick back and relax including the shady central courtyard, doublefronted sitting room, breakfast terraces or large roof terrace with the most spectacular views. From €160 per night,

In with the New

A Cheshire hotel and golf club – Wychwood Park Hotel and Golf Club – has launched a multi-million pound refurbishment programme as part of ambitious growth plans. It is currently undergoing a £3 million pound makeover, with its bedrooms, bar, restaurant and public area all earmarked for major changes. As part of the plans, the hotel’s new-look restaurant and bar, atrium and other public spaces will also be unveiled to guests and visitors in the autumn.

Find Your Inner Yogi

Following the launch of Rock Om, an in-room yoga programme combining the serenity of the art of yoga with the vibrant energy of music by Hard Rock Hotels in 2018, the brand has announced the first Rock Om® Retreat at Hard Rock Hotel Davos from 20 – 22 September 2019. Situated in the highest town in the Alps, the three-day retreat will join music and wellness, offering a twist on the typical yoga retreat with music-infused practice. It will be led by visionary producer and yogi, DJ Drez, alongside his wife and yoga instructor, Marti Nikko. Suitable for all abilities, guests will also be gifted Manduka yoga mats and as well as enjoying sunrise and sunset yoga – including yoga in the hotel’s very own chapel – yogis will also get to enjoy a spa treatment, healthy dinners, alpine hikes and meditation, to name but a few activities on offer. From £640 per person for two nights with half board, activities included, www.


Jumeirah Frankfurt has unveiled a Cultural Stopover package for those in search of an alternative city break destination to visit this summer. Located in a prime position in the heart of Frankfurt, the five-star hotel is the perfect base for those wanting to explore all that the city has to offer as the temperature starts to climb. Guests will get to experience a city tour and then can make like the locals and flock to the banks of the river to soak up the rays and enjoy the summer festivities. From 23-25 August, the city will be hosting its annual Museum Embankment Festival, Europe’s largest cultural festival featuring arts and crafts stalls, live music, culinary highlights from around the world and Frankfurt’s fabulous museum row. From £355 per person, including airport transfers, two-nights bed and breakfast and a city tour, 71


Less than a three-hour drive from Cheshire, Hartwell House is a stunning stately home in rural Buckinghamshire, situated in a tranquil setting of more than 90 acres of English countryside. Those who wish to make a grand arrival can do so by arriving by helicopter, as the House has its own helipad. Although it’s a rural idyll, it’s easily accessible too – it’s a 40-minute drive to Oxford and an hour-and-a-half drive from Central London, thus making it ideal if you’re looking for a twin city and country break.


Hartwell House was originally built as a family home in 1699, but in 1809 was the palatial refuge to the exiled King Louis XVIII of France and his court. Today, it still feels like a regal residence thanks to the restoration work of many of its Jacobean and Georgian features such as the ornate Rococo ceilings, original oil paintings and the impressive hand-carved statue staircase. Every nook and corner of the House has a story to tell; a tour is a must-do for understanding more about the history of the property and something that its owners, the National Trust, are keen for visitors to experience.


Being city dwellers, as soon as my husband and I arrive at the House, we’re keen to get out in the great outdoors. We decide to take a stroll in the grounds, which was originally landscaped in a formal style but was re-imagined by a follower of the “Capability” Brown movement, Richard Woods. The serpentine lakes are teeming with wildlife, the eighteenth century features such as the pavilion, temples and towers hark back to its past and the spring garden planted with snowdrops, daffodils, eranthis, primroses and anemones is a gardener’s dream while the fruit

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Hartwell House Buckinghamshire Nothing quite beats a country manor weekend break, writes Francesca Lee-Rogers trees and herbs in the orchard provide an abundant kitchen garden for the House’s resident chefs. It’s no surprise that plenty of brides and grooms choose the House and its grounds for their wedding day.


Hartwell House has 48 individually-designed bedrooms to choose from, and my husband and I stay in a Luxury Royal Room in the Main House. From the moment we walk in, it has the wowfactor. Huge windows frame the picture-perfect parkland views, high ceilings give a sense of space that one would expect from a 17th century home while antiques dotted around the room fit well with the period features and style of the House. That afternoon, we kick back and relax with tea and homemade biscuits before making our way downstairs for dinner...


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cooked steak, with accompanying vegetables which have clearly been sourced from the estate’s veg patch. Known for using local produce, dishes are made with the freshest ingredients and with Daniel using county produce such as Aylesbury Duck, farm-to-table dining is certainly the basis of the menus.


No trip is complete without a visit to the spa. Set in an orangery, in the style of a regency building, Hartwell’s has a generous-sized swimming pool, spa bath, steam room, saunas and treatment rooms. I decide to pamper myself and opt for a BIOEFFECT facial which begins with a thorough cleansing, clearing and exfoliation of the skin, followed by a massage using long, deep strokes to de-stress and create the perfect surface for the skin to absorb the vital anti-aging ingredient of BIOEFFECT EGF serum. It’s applied to the face and décolleté with a warming face mask to gently open the pores, allowing the serum to penetrate into the skin cells. Another mask is then applied, followed by a second application of the serum which is given ample relaxing time to work its magic. My skin is left feeling thoroughly hydrated, refreshed and rejuvenated, and younger-looking.

while my husband has a pale ale, and we enjoy canapés prepared by the kitchen. They’re quickly devoured and give us a taste for what’s to come at Head Chef Daniel Richardson’s 2 AA Rosette restaurant. Located in the principal Dining Room, designed in 1988 in the style of the eminent early nineteenth century architect, Sir John Soane, is the setting for our meal, which includes a perfectly-


If you’re looking for a break to ‘get away from it all’, Hartwell House offers something for everyone – whether it’s a country break, foodie trip or spa weekend, there’s plenty to keep you occupied for a weekend away or longer. Also, don’t miss many of the events happening this September; from a local producers luncheon (Saturday 7 September, 12-3pm) to a private tour and afternoon tea (Wednesday 25 September, 4-6.30pm). B&B is priced from £240 per room, per night, including use of the spa. To book, visit 73





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The Cheshire Magazine team took a couple of days away for some much needed R&R across some of the most alluring hotels in the UK


Kathryn Otto and partner took a short journey to Seal Street in Liverpool for a boutique hotel experience Using the excuse of travelling to Liverpool for the opening of a new restaurant, I decided to extend my stay in one of my favourite cities with a stay at Hotel Nadler as I had heard so many great things about the hotel from several friends and colleagues. Liverpool is fast becoming another foodie destination with many of the big names we know and love from Cheshire and Manchester moving to the city. Located in the heart of Liverpool city centre’s fashionable Ropewalks district, housed within a stunning former warehouse dating back to the 1800s. We were within a short walk of the city’s main railway stations and all its top attractions, including the Albert Dock, Tate Liverpool, The Beatles Story, and the world-famous Cavern Club, it’s the perfect base

from which to discover the best of Liverpool. It is also really close to a supermarket which incredibly convenient when staying in an apartment hotel. We were welcomed by a lovely friendly lady who checked us in and directed us to our Junior Suite. Boasting impressive full height windows that allow for plenty of natural daylight, the striking split-level Junior Suites offer plenty of space. The room included a spacious en-suit bathroom (with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries), kitchenette and living area downstairs, with the sleeping area upstairs. the room sleeps up to 4 people and includes a mini fridge and complimentary ultrafast WiFi, ideal if you have to work whilst away. What made our stay all the more special were the staff. They were so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble for them. With the ideal city centre location and top service from all of the staff, we can’t wait for another excuse to stay again. 75

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FELDON VALLEY Joann Khatib discovers serenity in silence in The Cotswolds


ilence. Beautiful, glorious, incredibly underrated silence is what you’ll hear as you settle into your contemporary lodge at the stunning Feldon Valley. Better yet, the pure bliss of not hearing rushing cars and angry honking, is fittingly accompanied by the exquisite ceiling-to-floor window views over the 105-acre golf course, all set in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. Having made the journey from the bustling city on a Saturday morning, my partner and I couldn’t quite believe how we’d managed to transport ourselves into such serenity. Having recently opened – in May of this year, everything at The Lodge is sparkling new, and every last comfort has been considered, down to coffee pods and luxurious robes. The Main Lodge houses 13 trendy en-suite bedrooms, with easy access to the coffee bar, a tranquil lounge and extended patio overlooking beautiful scenic views. Meanwhile, down past some charming woodland, you’ll find four individual lodges – complete with lounge and kitchenette – for those seeking complete privacy.

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company you’ve chosen. If you’re a golf buff, then you can perfect your swing and make your way through the magnificent par-71 golf course. With a panoramic view at every corner of the hilly terrain, you won’t be short of landscapes or challenges. However, Feldon Valley isn’t just for golfers. With plenty of walks to choose from, of varying distances and difficulty levels, you can easily go off on an adventure. And with so much to explore – almost 800 square miles and more than 3,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways – you can gleefully get lost in its sheer beauty. After a long day of exploring, I personally couldn’t wait to visit the raved-about on-site restaurant, The Kitchen. With more breath-taking views overlooking the countryside and the sunset producing all sorts of colours in the sky, the setting was ideal for a romantic evening meal. Executive Head Chef Darren Brown, who has gained quite the reputation for earning a Michelin star and working at numerous prestigious restaurants, serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Working with a handpicked selection of suppliers to ensure the best ingredients, each dish is brimming with flavour and character. Having opted for the divine Salcombe Crab starter, my partner and I quickly agreed that we couldn’t resist a main course and dessert too. And while partner’s Cornish Plaice was cooked to perfection, my ricotta dumplings were deliciously filling. Dessert didn’t disappoint either, choosing a sublime raspberry tart and the dark chocolate mousse, it’s safe to say we were most definitely sated. Following a heavenly night’s sleep in the huge, comfortable bed, and using the swanky power shower, the buffet breakfast and option to order hot food was certainly welcome. The perfect end to the most peaceful weekend away.

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FISHMORE HALL Overlooking the stunning Shropshire countryside, Michael Gates visited this beautifully restored Georgian house


here is something about a deep breath of fresh air and the complete sound of silence that gives you the feeling of peace and tranquillity. After a busy and stressful week, a hotel spa break was exactly what we needed. A two-hour drive from Manchester, my partner and I eagerly arrived at the beautiful and lovingly restored Fishmore Hall which stands just outside the historic market town of Ludlow, Shropshire. A warm and friendly welcome awaited us as we were shown to our room which had unspoilt views of the countryside. There are 15 individually styled rooms with everything you would expect from a boutique hotel; luxurious towels, slippers, robes and a minibar with locally produced goodies. Having booked a table at the hotel’s fine dining Forellle’s restaurant for dinner in the evening, we seized the opportunity to unwind by taking a relaxing bath which was of course accompanied by a chilled glass of champagne. Once seated for pre-drinks and canapés, the restaurant manager talked us through the menus on offer. We opted for the Tasting Menu which she

highly recommended. Created by their Head Chef Joe Gould, the ingredients are sourced from within a 30 mile radius of the hotel with the exception of the seafood and fish which comes from the Isle of Skye and Brixham. Of the six dishes, my favourite had to be the pork with red prawn, aubergine, apricot and harissa which was perfectly paired with a sharp Australian Riesling. And of the two dessert dishes which were both divine, the lemon crumble with honey, rosemary, gin and tonic most definitely deserves a mention. After a peaceful night’s sleep and a delicious traditional breakfast, we headed to the Spa Shell which is nestled in the gardens of the hotel. With ample space to relax including a steam room, sauna and an outdoor wellness hot tub, the spa boats four treatment rooms which can be combined into couple’s rooms. It was a surprisingly sunny day in Shropshire so it was perfect to soak in the outdoor hot tub and take in the views. With Ludlow only a short drive away, there is plenty to see and do. With its historic streets and castle, there are many festivals and events throughout the year. In a state of total bliss it was time for us to head home. It’s clear to see why Fishmore Hall has been awarded a 3 red star status by the AA, if only this could happen every weekend. 77

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YOREBRIDGE HOUSE Hayley Murray goes back to school in the Dales


mongst the hills of the Dales stands a hidden gem the stunning 5 star luxury hotel. The Victorian grade 11 listed former headmasters schoolhouse is sat in 5 acres of idyllic grounds. Situated next to the River Ure and the river Bain. The historic building was restored in 2006 when David and Charlotte took inspiration from their world travels and incorporated exceptional one-off pieces of furniture to create a unique yet romantic feel throughout. Each boutique bedroom holds a relaxing slipper bath in an impeccable bathrooms and the Barn Rooms feature a hot tub. My husband and I headed up to the dales on the 80-mile journey from Manchester. From the motorway there’s a beautiful 45 minute drive through the hills, offering plenty of time to enjoy the wonderful scenery. We made our way over to the unspoilt village of Bainbridge in the heart of Wensleydale. The perfect location for walks and activities close to the

picturesque walks of the Aysgarth falls to Bolton Castle or the semerwater circular walk. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the wonderfully pleasant owner Charlotte who gave us a tour and showed us to our exquisite room. The venue had a warm welcoming yet luxurious feel to it. It’s a family business Charlotte cares for with husband Dave and daughter Lola amongst the other welcoming and friendly staff. The venue has a small boutique feel, finished to the highest standard. With beautiful sitting rooms by the bar area where we sat for welcome pre-dinner drinks. It’s very clear why the hotel has received 5 AA gold star awards as well as 3 AA Rosette menu. The hotel has actually received many awards including England’s small hotel of the year award, the white rose small hotel of the year 78

award and restaurant of the year award. We asked to show us down to the wine cellar where we went down the beautiful traditional stairs and into a fabulous stone cave. We then entered the most incredible exclusive Laurent Perrier tasting room. The hotel is in partnership with Laurent Perrier, with hundreds of bottles of port, Champagne and wine from all over the world- it was certainly impressive. An exclusive feature with seating at the marble table for 10 guests under the sparkling chandeliers it’s certainly perfect for a special occasion. We then went on to pre-dinner drinks and an exquisite meal. The drinks menu included over 35 white wines, 35 red wines, a selection of Laurent Perrier Champagnes and other fine and rare Champagnes. The cocktail list is also impressive with Laurent Perrier cocktails as well as my usual favourites of ameretto sours and espresso martinis. Certainly plenty to chose from whatever your mood. The food was delicious starting with the canapes offered before even entering the restaurant. Our first course was onion broth and homemade bread rolls. This was followed by a 62 degree duck egg with chorizo and broad bean. The food was certainly 5 star, incredibly impressive. For my main, I had Goosnargh Duck with Beetroot and Blueberry which was tender and perfectly cooked served with a Pinot Noir, Grace Bridge, Central Valley It was delicious. Pudding was delightful with a Yuzu curd very light and tasty. With a great view of the chef’s from the whole restaurant, you can see your food being prepared very efficiently with Head Chef Daniel Shotton ensuring the menu is first class. The ingredients are all sourced by local suppliers, or from the garden in the grounds. They even have their own bees for honey which can be sampled at breakfast. We will certainly be going back to visit. such a relaxing and enjoyable stay. They also have plans to build a new Laurent Perrier apartment with an infinity pool and a helipad which is one to look out for.

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The British island of Anguilla has some of the most incredible beaches I have ever seen. My favourite is Meads Bay, where the sand is white and powdery soft and the water so clear and blue that it took my breath away. The island has a certain sophistication and authentic charm, exuding a laid back atmosphere that makes it impossible not to unwind. Without a doubt Anguilla has some of the best food in the Caribbean, with over 100 restaurants to choose from. There’s everything from refined hotel restaurants to relaxed beach shacks serving freshly made fish tacos. Besides feasting, Anguilla offers typically Caribbean activities; beach and water sports, fishing, snorkelling and diving. Carrier can also arrange a private yacht charter to explore the island’s bays and secluded beaches.

A holiday to Barbados wouldn’t be complete without visiting the famous coastal town of Oistins, where Friday night fish fries bring locals and visitors together. The aromas and flavours are simply wonderful - not to be missed! One of my favourite experiences is visiting the Mount Gay Visitor Centre in Bridgetown and learning about the fascinating history behind the island’s iconic ‘rum that invented rum’. My ultimate favourite hotel on the island is the iconic Sandy Lane with seamless service, the staff are always one step ahead, taking care of everything and anything you may need. After a long day, treat yourself to a signature full body massage, so you begin your evening feeling completely revitalised. Dine in the open air beachfront restaurant Bajan Blue, where you can handpick any meat or seafood and Chef Dales barbecues it to perfection for you. Don’t forget to take the shuttle to Sandy Lane’s famous golf course, it’s worth a visit even Alison Logan if you aren’t really a fan of golf, as the views are just incredible. Travel Boutique Superviser

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The Maldives


It’s hard to resist the charm of the Maldives, however there is so much more than white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Six Senses Laamu is my dream destination and is a great choice for couples and families alike. Having been four times I just can’t get enough. It really is a luxurious bubble of tropical perfection, with its jewel-like coral reefs, rustic-chic style accommodations and eco-friendly ethos which echoes throughout. You’ll discover a serene atmosphere and impeccable service; your butler will feel more like a personal friend by the end of your time here. Enormous beach villas offer the ultimate in privacy with direct access to the beach, whilst over-water villas boast uninterrupted views out to the ocean and an experience like no other (my personal favourite). Exemplary service, exquisite food and fabulous amenities exceed all expectations when travelling to this destination; from the first hello to the Jessica Read final farewell, you’ll want for nothing. Private Client Manager



The Seychelles The Seychelles islands are a true tropical paradise surrounded by the beautiful Indian Ocean. For me, it’s the perfect place to run away to from your daily routine and let yourself loose in the sunshine. The Seychelles offers a combination of seclusion and exclusivity unmatched by anwhere else in the world. My favourite hotel would have be North Island - the ultimate Island luxury hide away offering the crème de la crème of services. It’s no surprise that celebrities such as Prince William and Duchess Kate have stayed here! I would recommend the Seychelles to anyone as it really does tick so many boxes. From the warm and friendly welcome of the Seychellois people and the rich culture Merridith Lewis-George to the authentic food, there’s so much Bespoke Travel Partner to love about this part of the world.

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I am not the kind of person who spends the duration of their holiday sunbathing on the beach or relaxing in the pool. Whilst I love beautiful beaches, chic hotels and the easy-going Caribbean outlook on life, there’s something even more important that I look for in a holiday; Antigua guarantees adventure! Snorkelling, dining at a local Antiguan house and Jeep Safaris are just some of the activities that can be experienced. The highlight of my trip and the perfect place to take in a spectacular sunset is set at the southern-most tip of Antigua, Shirley Heights, which offers a breath-taking view over the whole of English Harbour. For an atmosphere like no other, visit late afternoon on a Sunday when, Irina Safaryan at 4pm, an afternoon party kicks off and carries on late into the night. Bespoke Travel Partner

New York is such a vibrant city with so much to see and do. I spent four nights here and saw all of the major attractions. The highlights for me were watching the sun go down from the top of the iconic Empire State building, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to admire the Manhattan skyline and watching the Broadway Show Pretty Woman. I would also definitely recommend spending several hours unwinding in Central park, take a picnic with you and just watch the world unfold – there is always something going on. We stayed for four nights before travelling directly to Antigua for some R&R in the Caribbean sunshine – a great combination.

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Mandarin Oriental in the Grenadines is a perfectly matched twin for Barbados, reached by a short charter or private jet transfer. Designed with both families and couples in mind, it’s a treasured tropical island hideaway combining classic Caribbean charm and pioneering technology. Canouan is the Arawakan Indian word for ‘island of tortoises’ and it quickly became apparent why when we spotted so many tortoises parading around the island. At just five miles in size, it’s a small island with a surprisingly large number of natural assets and attractions including the Caribbean’s largest living coral reef, an 18-hole championship golf course and a 17th-century Anglican church that was brought over stone by stone from Canterbury and is now used for weddings and special events. My lasting memory is the idyllic, secluded powder white beaches, acres of untouched lush tropical Carrie Whiston terrain and the breathtaking views while watching the sunrise during an early breakfast. Bespoke Travel Partner



My favourite destination is Vietnam for so many reasons. The best thing about Vietnam is that you can combine city and beach so easily. I would suggest spending a few nights in Hanoi to thoroughly explore the old town before travelling down to Hoi An for a relaxing beach stay. Finish in the capital of Ho Chi Minh for a cosmopolitan city break. One of my favourite memories is experiencing a street food tour on the back of a vespa! I think there is an itinerary to suit any kind of holiday-maker in Vietnam, it is a must-visit!

Francesca Hoyes Bespoke Travel Partner

From the moment I landed at the airstrip, my adrenaline started pumping in anticipation of what lay ahead. Just the drive to the camp was action packed; leaping springbok, a majestic Serengeti giraffe methodically stripping the fresh leaves off the prickly acacia trees and a pod of hippos wallowing in a muddy pool. There is nothing like the sunrise on safari; waking up to the sounds of the bush coming alive, eager for the day ahead. My ultimate highlight; being met by a Maasai warrier who walked me to breakfast while i listened to the roar of the distant lions.

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Bali & Singapore One of my most treasured trips was to Singapore and Bali. I enjoyed visiting the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay, which comes alive at night with an exhilarating display of lights and sound. There’s a vast variety of places to eat, from simple street food accompanied by friendly locals, to fine-dining. The whole vibe was enthralling. Then, it’s just a short flight to beautiful Bali. Here I was stunned by the difference between the volcanic beaches and the mountain rainforest in Ubud, where you can find ease in a yoga class while making the most of the stunning views of rice fields and Amanda Doherty jungle. There is so much to do, from white water rafting and cultural visits to temples. Bespoke Travel Partner

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Ordinary Some people travel just to see the rest of the world. Carrier clients travel to experience the best of the world


he world is changing and affluent consumers are changing with it; goals, expectations, dreams and desires have all evolved. The priorities of high-end travellers are less about where and what they can do and more about who they can be. A satisfying journey isn’t simply a five-star hotel and first class flights; it’s about emotion, fulfilment, reward and, ultimately happiness. As with any luxury brand, heritage, craftsmanship and service comes as standard, but when you travel with Carrier you’ll discover humanisation and creativity is at the very heart of our culture. Each experience Carrier creates is in itself a work of art, brought to life through a deeper customer connection and a close network of facilitators and connectors. Every journey will be beautiful, not just in an aesthetic way but in a truly authentic way. It will also be purposeful, crafted uniquely and creatively to meet the individual needs and desires of each and every traveller, opening minds to the awe-inspiring


possibilities our world has to offer. Whether it’s access to the most prestigious suites in the world’s best hotels, securing a private jet to attend the Grand Prix, polar bear trekking with elite expedition leaders or an escape to your very own Maldivian private island, everything is planned to perfection.

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telephone, via email, privately in your own home or in the calm and cosseted environment of a sumptuous consultation room in our luxury travel boutique. From here, your bespoke experience develops, expertly curated by Boutique Manger, Caroline and a team of seven dedicated Bespoke Travel Partners who are renowned for having the finest skills, knowledge and contacts in the industry. The vision of the brand is to inspire; tailoring experiences to the type of traveller our clients are or long to be; and, the people at the heart of our business are driven by this same purpose.

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in a small family car is nothing new - hot hatchbacks have been around for years - but few car companies do it as well as MercedesBenz. The German company’s AMG performance division is known for its madcap takes on everyday Mercedes products, and its new high-powered A-Class continues the trend. The new Mercedes-AMG A 45 S, which is the size of a VW Golf, comes with a 2.0-litre engine producing up to 416bhp, as well as a clever four-wheel-drive system and some outrageous aerodynamic additions. The result is a four-door hatchback that gets from 0-62mph faster than a V8-powered Jaguar F-Type.



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POWER CORRUPTS If you want your tech-laden luxury limo to lead a double life as a supercar, Audi has made the car for you


here was a time when Rolls-Royce, the king of all things luxury motor car-related, thought it rather uncouth to tell you how much power its engines produced. Not any longer. Now, every manufacturer’s wafty saloons publish performance figures like they’re playing the world’s largest and most expensive game of Top Trumps. The latest four-door rocket ship comes from Audi, and it’s called the S8. Essentially a standard A8 luxury saloon with the engine from a Bentley, it boasts a 4.0-litre V8 with not one but two turbochargers. That means you get 563bhp, and although Audi hasn’t said quite how fast the S8 will be, we suspect it might give some pretty serious sports cars a run for their money.


But despite the power, the S8 is still a big Audi saloon, so you get a very un-sporty noise-cancelling system that keeps the sound to a minimum, as well as clever suspension that allows the chassis to cope with all the extra power without upsetting the ride comfort. And, like the standard A8, you get two massive touchscreens to control pretty much everything, and acres of space in the back to stretch out, or hold a business meeting on Skype. You even get the option of having Alexa come along for the ride. Price £TBC,

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loves COUPÉ DE GRÂCE BMW practically started the whole coupé-SUV market with the original X6, and as the competition has grown, so too has the car that started it all. This new version, with its updated styling and new running gear, is a smidge longer and wider than its predecessor, but it packs in more equipment. BMW’s latest touchscreen satellite navigation system is included, along with a digital instrument cluster, a parking assistant and a fleet of driver assistance systems. You can even choose to have the BMW ‘kidney’ grille light up, if you so wish. Engines range from the ‘basic’ 3.0-litre diesel and petrol units to the top-of-the-range 523bhp M50i petrol. Price from £59,340,


DREAMBOAT Italian speedboat manufacturer Riva rose to fame by building arguably the prettiest motor launch ever created - the Aquarama - back in the 1960s. Today, the vessel once known as the Ferrari of the boat world has gone, but Riva is still going strong; a fact proven by the introduction of this stunning new superyacht. Unveiled in Venice, the Riva 50 Metres is an ocean-going masterpiece, complete with a jacuzzi and five cabins, as well as storage for a tender and jet skis. The yacht unveiled in Venice is called ‘Race’ and she is the first in a range of Riva yachts that will eventually grow to 90 metres in length. Speaking as the vessel premiered at the fabled Arsenale described as the largest naval factory in the world - Alberto Galassi, the CEO of Riva’s owner, the Ferretti Group, paid tribute to Riva’s late founder Carlo Riva, saying Race was the Italian’s “dream that came true”. Price £TBC,

Merseyside-based BAC’s single-seat road-going Mono track car is about as close as you can get to driving an open-cockpit racing car without actually being Lewis Hamilton. Or at least it was, until this came along. It’s called the Mono R, and it’s fitted with a 2.5-litre petrol engine that produces 340bhp. That doesn’t sound like much, but thanks to some obsessive weight-saving measures, the car only weighs 555kg. That means it’s fast, with 0-62mph taking just 2.5 seconds. Sadly, all 30 examples penned for production have already been sold to existing Mono owners, but if you’re among the lucky few, rest assured you’re the envy of us all. Price from £190,950,



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After 100 years in business, Bentley’s cars are as cool as ever, writes James Fossdyke, but is the Continental GT the coolest of them all?


f a company can stay in business for a century, it must be doing something right. Big brands such as Clarks or M&S have earned the respect of a nation, becoming the go-to shops for the country’s shoes and pants. But while these firms have a deserved reputation for quality, they aren’t always at the cutting edge of desirability. Few will boast of their M&S boxer shorts, and you’re unlikely to find Clarks mixing it with Christian Louboutin or Jimmy Choo. For car manufacturers, though, it’s a different story. BMW and Rolls-Royce - both more than 100 years old - are riding a wave of popularity, with honourable mentions in feature films and rap videos propelling them to the top of drivers’ wish lists. These companies have moved with the times to survive.


The same could be said for the latest entrant to the 100 club - Cheshire’s very own Bentley. Like Rolls-Royce, which was effectively saved from ruin by BMW, the company from Crewe has undergone something of a renaissance under German control. No longer dismissed as a purveyor of leather-lined limos for aristocrats, Volkswagen-owned Bentley is now one of the hottest properties on the luxury scene, enticing the great and the good with its compelling blend of sportiness, style and heritage. No car epitomises the new-look Bentley better than the Continental GT. This big, brutish grand tourer somehow manages to be contemporary yet old-school, carrying the weight of the British brand’s remarkable history like a supermodel clutches a Ted Baker handbag. For the

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Continental, the Bentley folklore has never been a burden, but an essential piece of a thoroughly modern image. This latest version, though, melds that look with more beauty than ever before. Every iteration of the Continental GT has been attractive in a muscular, blue-blooded sort of way, but the new model is absolutely gorgeous. And that was before Bentley chopped the roof off, creating the even more jaw-dropping Continental GT Convertible. From any angle, it looks sensational. The way the nose droops down into the bumper is sublime, the striking rear haunches are as perfect as Sienna Miller’s cheekbones, and the smooth rear deck that’s created when you fold away the roof is worthy of a place on any luxury speedboat. It’s by far the prettiest bodywork yet applied to the Continental GT, but it still pales into mediocrity next to the utterly divine interior. You sit in seats of plush leather with seemingly infinite adjustment and support, surrounded by beautiful wood veneers and flawless stitching. And it’s full of well-considered features, too, such as the rotating touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard. When the car is switched off, it’s just another section of the wood panelling, but when you press the starter button, it flips to reveal the 12.3-inch satellite navigation and infotainment screen. Yet if you know where you’re going - or you just prefer the classic look - you can rotate the

screen again to reveal three gorgeous analogue dials. One is a thermometer, one is a compass, and the other is a lap timer. There’s a big digital screen in front of the driver, too, offering customisable displays. If you want, you can have usual dials, but at the push of a button, you can swap these for other useful displays, such as the sat-nav map or a readout of your chosen radio station. As you might expect from a company under German ownership, though, it isn’t just the styling or the technology that sets the Bentley apart - it’s the way they’re all stitched together. The Continental GT really feels as though it was simply hewn from one solid lump of luxury. But then perhaps that’s to be expected, considering the sheer size of the beast. It’s almost five metres long, it’s more than two metres wide, and it weighs 2.4 tonnes. And that’s before you fill it with luggage and passengers - not that it can take all that much of either. You can just about fit adults in the back, as long as nobody minds sitting with their knees around their ears, but realistically they’re only for kids. And the boot is even smaller than that of the tiny little VW Up! city car, so massive suitcases are out. If you’ve decided not to take the kids along for the ride, though, you can use the back seats as a sort of glorified parcel shelf to supplement the boot. The other thing you can do when the rear seats are empty is erect the optional wind deflector. Without it, and with the roof retracted, the cabin gets a bit blustery at speed, and those of a longer-haired disposition might find their locks whipping them in the eyes at anything more than 50mph. Aside from that, though, the Bentley is an absolutely incredible motorway car. The most striking thing is the uncanny quiet


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Bentley Continental GT Convertible Price: £175,100 Price as tested: £229,630 Top speed: 207mph Engine: 6.0-litre W12 Power: 626bhp 0-60mph: 3.7s

that descends on proceedings - particularly when the roof is up. Even the massive tyres don’t make too much noise as they rumble over the asphalt. Mostly, that silence is down to Bentley’s hard work on the soundproofing front, but the glorious 6.0-litre W12 engine up front has to take some of the credit. As the name suggests, it’s a huge 12-cylinder unit, and it produces a mammoth 626bhp. In most cars, an engine like that would sound like the sky falling in, but Bentley’s motor is unbelievably smooth. Even at speeds most people would call outrageous, it barely makes a whisper. Not that it can’t shout when it wants to. Playing with the settings and stamping on the accelerator leads to an enormously satisfying burble, punctuated with enthusiastic whumps during gear changes as unburned fuel ignites in the hot exhaust. And despite its enormous weight and civilised nature, the noise is accompanied by speed. Lots of speed. Setting off from the lights in a hurry will see you hit 60mph in 3.7 seconds, while flooring it on the German motorway will take you all the way to 207mph. Going that fast in any car, let alone one weighing 2.4 tonnes, is frankly ridiculous. There’s absolutely no need to travel that quickly on a public road. But having that power in reserve makes driving at normal speeds feel so effortless - as though it isn’t really trying.


And it handles that way, too. The steering has a perfect weight to it, giving you confidence that the car will obey your commands every time you turn the wheel, and the grip from those enormous tyres makes it feel like some sort of road-going limpet, hanging on to the tarmac for dear life. The only problem, really, is slowing it down again. There’s nothing wrong with the brakes, but the laws of physics mean stopping a near-2.5tonne lump is always going to be hard work. So, although it comes with supercar speed and a supercar price tag, the Continental GT Convertible is not here to set lap records. Instead, Bentley has created the ultimate summer road trip machine, perfect for winding down the Riviera or swishing through the Spanish countryside. In fact, I can’t think of a better way to travel.

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Sink into this velvet delight of a bar chair and settle in for the night. We love the distinctive laser cut hexagonal detailing and the fact that we can upholster in our own fabric. £299.99,

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FIZZY FRIDAYS, ANYONE? We recently discovered a little gem of a shop just outside Chester. The Interiors Shop is stocked full of amazing interiors goodies and fabulous ideas from interior design experts Ros and Harriett. Pop in for a little gift, to be inspired, or makeover your home. From Little Greene and Annie Sloan paints to Dexter & Mason soy wax candles there’s something for every price point. There’s also a delicious selection of locally exclusive fabrics, papers and brands, all the highest quality and sometimes a little quirky. What’s more, pop in on a Friday afternoon and you can sip a little fizz whilst chatting all things interiors. We’ll see you there! The Interiors Shop, 9 Castle Croft Road, Westminster Park, Chester, CH4 7QD,

loves A YEAR OF DATES A small Bolton company has won itself a fabulous free stand at the coveted Autumn Fair. Kate Greenhalgh started A Year of Dates in 2016 after her husband made her a date jar for Christmas. It contained 52 sealed envelopes, each one containing a date idea. Today, she has created more than 10,000 personalised memories for clients across the country, whilst also winning Start up Business of the Year in the Bolton Business Awards.


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FINISHING TOUCHES Time to see what the industrial look can bring to your home


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FANCY A CUPPA? Cheshire lifestyle brand Chase and Wonder is one that is quintessentially British. Combine that with the very British tradition of tea and you have this collection of British beakers inspired by Victorian ephemera and essentials. What’s more they are hand thrown and meticulously finished just down the road in Stoke-on-Trent by a small father-and-daughter pottery and, they are machine-washable and microwave-friendly. £15,

102 We recently came across a specially curated online store that purveys great British craftmanship goods and gifts, all with a guarantee of Made in Britain provenance. From 200-year-old brands on the Queen’s Royal Warrant to two-year-old brands with a right royal future, they have it all and can’t get enough.



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THE ART OF OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING The sun is shining and the birds are singing, it’s the perfect time for some summer socialising but instead of going out, why not stay in? And invite your friends around to your outside space? Our resident landscape and garden design, Tom Bannister offers us some advice to create the perfect outdoor entertaining space

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idea of inside/outside living and entertaining has its roots firmly in mid -entury Southern California. SoCal Architecture, as it’s become known, brought to life the idea that our indoor space could seamlessly link us to the outdoors. This idea has become hugely popular in Britain over the last ten years as we all strive for that feeling of space that open plan living offers. Below, I have compiled some tips to create that perfect indoor/ outdoor experience.

1 Indoor

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The bigger the better! Try to find plants with big leaves to give a real tropical feel. If you can place this at the edge of your bi-fold doors, you will really begin to feel that seamless transition between outside is beginning to happen.

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2 Flooring Outdoor porcelain tiles come in an almost endless array of finishes. If you can get something that matches the inside as closely as possible then that will again create a seamless transition between inside and out. It will also have the added benefit of making your inside space feel much bigger as the space appears to continue all the way outside. If it’s a new extension or new dining space that you have created, try to get the garden designer in as soon as is possible so you can work with them to get this part right.

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Set of 3 Fluted Round Planters, £125,

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3 Planting Too much hard landscaping can make the whole scheme feel sterile and hot. On a midsummer’s day, planting can help to keep your entertaining space cool and comfortable. To get the balance right between soft planting and hard materials is key to any successful garden. I would say a minimum of 40 per cent of your outside entertaining space should be left for plants. Definitely no less than 30 per cent and more plants does not have to mean more maintenance. Again, a good designer should be able to advise you on low maintenance, evergreen plants.

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There are so many amazing pots available. They are pieces of art in themselves and can become a focal point or main feature of any outside entertaining space. You can be plant them up with anything from large bamboo to specimen olive trees. You just need to make sure they stay watered and ideally with an automatic irrigation system. Irrigation systems are very easy to install so you can just forget about the watering and enjoy. If you up-light your specimens, they will be enjoyed long into the evening.


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entertaining space. If you have invested in your outside space, it makes sense to maximise the time you can use that area. Lighting will enable you to use your garden up to midnight and beyond if the weather allows. It also doubles up as an effective display in the colder months allowing you to appreciate the garden even when you are wrapped up snug inside. When designing your lighting there is a simple acronym that you can follow. FAF. Function, Aesthetic and Feature. Functional lighting is not going to be much use when it comes to creating ambience. If you can imagine your security light coming on as you sit down for a romantic meal you can get the gist of what I’m trying to say. Functional lighting may also light a path or steps around the garden. Aesthetic lighting should be considered when trying to set the atmosphere. Soft floor lighting or gentle wall lights can all help to set the right atmosphere for the evening. Lastly, if you choose a few choice features to light up, a beautiful old tree of a water feature. This will all help to create a cohesive lighting scheme that works on many levels throughout the garden. They all have an important job to do but just be careful not to put them all on at once. Classic Festoon, £70,

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If you’re making a terrace, don’t be scared to make it big. There is nothing worse than going to all of that effort in making a new outside dining area to find that you have to ask Grandma to get up and out of her chair every time you want to get up for a drink. Make sure your furniture fits comfortably on the terrace and it must have adequate space for everybody to pull the chair out (once tummy is full of BBQ food) and still be able to move around the back. You may also want to consider a dedicated space for cooking and food prep. Again, this will help make your outside space feel more integrated.

7 Enjoy Make sure that you create a space that you and your family and friends can enjoy. Then sit back, relax, and poor a glass of something cool. Garden Rug, £35,


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LUXURY LIVING This new-build property in a conservation area capitalises on its rural position whilst offering the contemporary luxury living demanded by today’s discerning homeowners


esigned by Cheshire’s Base Architecture & Design, this sixbedroom 600 m2 home with two-bedroom annex reflects the traditional setting of the area while harnessing modern day innovations to provide contemporary and sustainable living. Set in a conservation area that has more than 25 listed buildings, it was important that the property enhanced the environment whilst giving scope for multi-generational living and a home office. To echo grand Georgian country house designs, the property consists of a principle family home, sitting boldly in its grounds, with a more simplified annex in a wing adjoining the main house. The prestigious architecture typifies Georgian style using elements such as recessed windows and doors to give a historically


relevant appearance. Parapet upstands were incorporated on gable ends with other features such as sash windows making a classic and sympathetic nod to the era. The attention to detail in this home is evident from the traditional brick and stonework used in the construction to the placing of the windows, which frame the view in key living areas and create a light and airy atmosphere inside. An impressive entrance portico leads to the front door, which opens into a stunning double height entrance hall, leading to a first floor galleried landing. Spacious living, dining and music rooms provide numerous areas for relaxation, all taking advantage of the wide reaching countryside views. French doors link the house to the garden and cornicing, panelling and ceiling roses have been used to continue the Georgian theme within the property. The kitchen, with a generous neighbouring bootroom and utility, exemplifies the marriage between traditional design, luxury style and contemporary living. The neutral palette of materials and colours used throughout gives a tranquil and sophisticated feel to the house, especially within the bedrooms that include a number with en-suite bathrooms and dressing rooms. Base Architecture delivered this luxury family home from the design concept to the completion of building works including planning, building regulations, tender and contract administration, giving a full-service from beginning to end.

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A magnificent Victorian villa, recently renovated to a stunning standard, yet retaining many

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An exceptional small Estate comprising a 6 bedroom house with leisure suite, 1 bedroom

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• 4 reception rooms • Breakfast kitchen • Wine cellar • 6 bedrooms (all en suite) • Games room • Leisure suite with pool • 1 bedroom cottage • Office building • Hard tennis court • Gardens • Garaging • in all approximately 0.9 of an acre


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A stunning detached property, nestled in well-stocked beautiful gardens, with a gated

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A contemporary, state of the art, beautifully presented 6 bedroom family house, set in

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A beautifully renovated portion of an Alderley villa with contemporary, open-plan

kitchen/living area, within a stones throw of Alderley village. • Kitchen/living/dining area • Office/library • 3 bedrooms • Bathroom • Self-contained 1 bedroom studio/annexe/garden room • Parking for 2 cars • Courtyard garden


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A fantastic building plot within Mottram St Andrew with permission to build a 5

bedroom house, with detached leisure suite (in all 10,280 sq ft), set in just over 3 acres. Proposed: • Open-plan breakfast kitchen & family room • Back kitchen • 3 reception rooms • Games room • Media room • Study • 5 bedrooms (3 en suite) • Bathroom • Leisure suite including indoor pool, spa/Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna & gym • Garaging with workshop & plant room • In all just over 3 acres

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HALE BARNS EPC RATING D A well-proportioned modern detached house, extensively refurbished to form a fabulous family home. • Dining hall • 2 reception rooms • Living/dining kitchen • 5 bedrooms (1 en suite) • Bathroom • Games room/potential 6th bedroom suite • Garage • Gardens

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A bright & spacious house close to Hale Barns. • 2 reception rooms • Kitchen/dining/family room • Studio • 4 bedrooms (2 en suite) • Bathroom • Home office • Garaging • Gardens

A splendid first floor Victorian apartment. • Dining hall • Sitting room • Breakfast kitchen • 3 bedrooms (1 en suite) • Bathroom • Private garden of 1/5 of an acre • Garage • Parking

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HALE EPC RATING F An attractive period house boasting substantial family accommodation under a mile from Hale village. • 3 reception rooms • Breakfast kitchen • Cellarage • 7 bedrooms (1 en suite) • 2 bathrooms • Second floor sitting room • Garage • Approaching 1/3 of an acre

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HALE EPC RATING E An exemplary example of an early Victorian detached house on this highly desirable road a short walk from Hale village. • 2 reception rooms • Kitchen/family room • 6 bedrooms (1 en suite) • 2 bathrooms • Cellarage with kitchen • Garaging • Gardens

GUIDE PRICE: £1,500,000


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SALES ON THE UP Latest figures from Zoopla reveal that sales of homes across cities in northern England have increased by, on average, 6 per cent since 2015. Whilst the headline stats focus on sales in southern England cities falling by 13 per cent in the same period, we wanted to shout about the increases seen ‘Up North’. Transactions in Liverpool have increased by 19 per cent over the same period and has also had the strongest annual house price growth in March among the 20 cities in the index, with a 5.7 per cent year-on-year price increase in average property value. Manchester recorded a house price growth of 5 per cent in the same month. With the political arena all still a bit up in the air, we are taking this with a positive note on our economy.

TOP 5 COUNTRIES TO RETIRE TO… Slovenia Scenery and with central Europe on your doorstep make this an ideal spot for those who still have some exploring left to do.

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The sixth-safest country in the world, foreign flair (if you want it) and all the outside space that you could wish for.

Portugal Already a popular retirement spot, sunshine and scenery makes Portugal and the Algarve a true hot spot.




Think Mozart and Alpine slopes, along with the second lowest homicide rate in Europe.

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Tell us a little about yourself… I am the Managing Director of Ian Knapper Ltd, married to Liz, dad to two boys – Fred and Joe. I like bouldering (low level climbing with no ropes) to keep my body flexible and concentrate the mind and food /restaurants – especially the pursuit of discovering a new chef or restaurant before they make it big! I was born in Staffordshire and landed a Saturday job (aged 11) working at a local quarry. It was here I found my love of the craft. I went on to study at Bath college – one of the few colleges in the UK running a stone masonry course. During this time, I won the national stonemasonry competition (Skillbuild 1992) and went onto to represent the UK in the international “Skill Olympics” winning Bronze in Lyon 1994. Subsequently, I set up my own stone masonry business (aged 21) – initially just myself and literally doing anything and everything stone related – dry stone walling, architectural stonework, the odd house, fireplaces etc. We now employ 11 persons at our base in Staffordshire and several onsite installation teams across the land. Who are your greatest influences? Professionally, Paul Smith for his absolute quality product, that has quirk and puts a smile on my face – also to have taken that commercially to the international brand it is now. And Zaha Hadid, not only for the beauty of her designs (which I love), but for constantly sticking to what she believed in from an architecture perspective, not softening her vision or bowing to commercial pressures, especially in a male dominated industry and environment – a great loss. The material we work influences be greatly. It motivates me and brings out a creativity that no other man made product can – to be able to take a natural material that is literally dug out of the ground – with no other processes required other than shaping it to something useful and beautiful is special. What have been some of your best jobs and why? Initially when working for myself, the pleasure of engaging directly with the client – designing and making them something from stone was (and still is) very rewarding. Any

“firsts” for us also give a great feeling of excitement – our first solid stone staircase, my first fireplace directly for the customer, meeting them, designing for them etc. We recently completed what is likely to be the largest solid marble staircase in the UK – seven flights of solid Carrara marble staircase in a very exclusive property in Knightsbridge. And we have been part of a historic project at Westminster Abbey which was fascinating. Traditional vs contemporary style? Personally – contemporary. I like to clean back the clutter and busyness and let the material take centre stage What would you consider your greatest achievement? To produce the things we do, with the great team we have… and to be able to make a living out of it!

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f you are looking for modern luxury in the heart of a city, then this penthouse apartment on the banks of the river Tagus, Lisbon is for you. Designed by Frederico Valsassina, the building offers 40 apartments, four of which are penthouses. All have access to a leisure suite, complete with pool, gym and spa, but the penthouses include stunning roof terraces and private pools, not to mention unrivalled views across the river and hills of Lisbon. The design is discrete yet ultrarefined and offers a tranquil home away from home in the most prestigious area of one of our favourite and most cosmopolitan cities.


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idden away in the everpopular Camps Bay area of Cape Town, this property features an abundance of glass, yet is also extremely private. With wrap around windows, the panoramic views across the Atlantic Ocean and of Lion’s Head and Table Mountain become part of everyday life, there’s even a feature-glass dome with views of the cable car. State-of-the-art interiors enhance the setting throughout from the cinema room to the high-tech security system. The property is perfect for entertaining with super-sized lounge, dining area and outside deck, not to


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Everyone needs some stripes in their life and we love this ultra-striped carpet. Hard-wearing, it will work in the hallway or den, but we quite like the idea of making it the feature floor in the home office. Either way, stripes are the way forward, we hear.


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