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ay will go down in history as a month of considerable change for us here at The Cheshire Magazine, but with change comes new ventures, high excitement and opportunity. A wise man once said, “If you do not create change, change will create you.” And with that in mind we begin a new chapter. First, we need to send special thanks to our readers, partners and contributors for their patience during this transition. We appreciate that is has created a slight delay in distribution, but nevertheless we are here to stay. But what’s actually changed we hear you cry? Very little is the honest answer. The title has been purchased by new owners: new owners who have worked on the title from the beginning and intend to continue to build on the foundations and outstanding work the previous management team started. We say a fond farewell with a heavy heart to Louisa Castle, our resident editor as she breaks for maternity leave to

have her first child, so it’s exciting times all around. The magazine style, design, editorial and production will only evolve as any living entity. We are maintaining the luxurious, high-end, monthly magazine we have always been proud to produce. We will also continue to distribute to precisely the same homes and businesses as before. We will also be introducing new opportunities for you, our readers and our partners, to share our journey with us. All with our very own The Cheshire Magazine style, quality and luxury so watch this space… And new team members will be welcomed along the way including a new Events and Charities Coordinator, Rachel who has all things Cheshire at her core, but more about her in the next issue. Changes bring new beginnings and excitement to life. Each change life throws at us is a turning page. It’s about closing one chapter and opening another one. With that in mind, enjoy the Best of British, this month’s issue of the new Cheshire Magazine.

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THIS MONTH WE ARE CELEBRATING Elle for Elle, which has named the campaign, ‘Dignity After Distress’ is the brainchild of two local women Lynette Page-Collin and Rachel O’Hare who recognised that women who enter the region’s refuges usually do so with nothing, often fleeing their homes with young children as a result of domestic violence. Their aim is to collect donated body care, haircare and cosmetic products from local businesses and individuals and distribute them to women’s refuges and homeless shelters in the North West.


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Globetrotter Charlotte tells of her recent trip on board Belmond’s Andean Explorer. Her favourite thing about Britain has to be our heritage, loving how our cities effortlessly merge Roman remains alongside skyscrapers.

M J Greenhalgh & Leila Bibby MJ and Leila are passionate about all things fashion and beauty. A few of their favourite British things include strawberries and cream, holidays to north Wales and wonderful summer events.


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Hope and Redemption

As War Horse returns to the Lowry Theatre Natalie Anglesey reflects on the talents of the original author, Michael Morpurgo


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Life Through a Lens

Sports photographer, Paul Cooper shares some of his secrets of success and stories

Stand and Deliver

Mark Radcliffe speaks about the inaugural Knutsford Music Festival and celebrating his birthday

A Charmed Life

Chloe Moss, founder of luxury jewellery brand ChloBO talks about her love for Bali and designing her collections


REGULARS 009 | Editor’s letter 010 | Contributors 014 | My life in Cheshire In the hot seat this month is cocktail maestro and bar manager at The Alderley Edge Hotel, Bruno Santos



017 | Notebook Our pick of this month’s local events, news and best new products


068 | Peruvian Connection Charlotte Davies steps aboard South America’s first luxury sleeper

040 | Watch & Jewellery news A full round up of all the latest in style and sparkle


056 | Beauty news New treatments, products and all the latest news

044 | Fashion news From essential accessories to new trends, it’s all here


046 | Best of British This month’s fashion shoot is full of home grown designers

060 | News All the latest news from the world of tech and horsepower 062 | Wild Horses Iain Warde checks out the world’s top-selling sports coupe


072 | Weekend Away Marianne Dick checks out the urban spaces and balmy beaches of Auckland


HOME & INTERIORS 098 | Interiors news News, products and advice on making the most of your home, inside and out 102 | Life in Design We meet Ewen Miller managing director of Calderpeel Architects, the superhomes specialists


80 080 | Summer Sizzlers Ben Mounsey, Head Chef at Grafene Manchester shares his recipe for Mint Chocolate Brownies


091 | Classroom Academic updates from Cheshire’s fantastic schools

076 | Food & drink news Local chefs, new openings and our restaurant review

TRAVEL 066 | Travel news The latest happenings from near and far

088 | Kids’ news From toys to togs, we’ve the very latest for little ones

084 | Local Scene All the glamour and gossip from our county

105 | The Edit Taking inspiration from architecture concepts we look at the use of building materials in interior schemes 114 | Now You See Me Ellen Millard discovers the quirky household objects hiding in plain sight 124 | Property news The very latest news and advice from the northwest property world and beyond

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How would you describe yourself ? I am a father, a bar manager and a mixologist. When it comes to my cocktails, I have been told I am a magician! Where is home? And work? Alderley Edge. Work is at the Alderley Edge Hotel which is a great place to work. I enjoy socialising around Alderley Edge too. Before being part of the team here I was at the Bubble Room, so I’ve got to know a lot of people in the area and Alderley Edge has a great sense of community.

Name a few of your favourite places to be? Lindos in Greece is my favourite place to go on holiday. It’s a beautiful setting has an incredible beach. It’s really good for diving too which is something I love to do. The place I like to hang-out at the weekend when I’m not working, is Liverpool. I love that you can walk everywhere and it feels more accessible than Manchester. Above all, I love spending time at home and being in the village.

I’ve got to know a lot of people in the area and Alderley Edge has a great sense of community. Who/What inspires you? Making money. I am money driven. It sounds shallow but I want to earn as much as I can in order to provide for my family. This drives me to work hard. What was the last gift you gave someone? I bought my girlfriend Zoe a weekend away in Staffordshire. I booked a really beautiful spa hotel and we had some much-needed rest and relaxation. It’s fair to say, she was happy with her gift. Tell us a secret/fun fact about yourself I never reveal any secrets! However, something that is not so secret is that I am very goofy. Anyone who works with me could tell you that. What’s been your biggest life lesson? Having children. They have changed my views on life. Before them I didn’t have a care in the world but now I have responsibilities. Morgan is 14 Aiden is 7. They have been life changing – in a really great way. (



What did you want to be when you were younger? A pilot. I loved Top Gun and Tom Cruise in particular, but then I saw Cocktail and wanted to be a barman. It’s all Tom Cruise related – he was my childhood hero.

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NOTEBOOK Our guide to what’s on across Cheshire, the north west and beyond WORDS: JAN CLARKE

Baked for the Bride It’s well known we Brits are a nation of biscuit lovers and what better time to enjoy a little something with your tea than while we watch the upcoming royal wedding. The biscuiteers have created a limited -edition tin containing sixteen handiced treats across a range of their most iconic biscuits. Perfect for sharing as we watch Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle. Once your guests have left and the tin is empty, it makes for a pretty keepsake and a place to store treasures. The hand illustrated tin contains a fanfare of regal inspired sweet treats from royal coaches, union flags, the all- important wedding dress and even a three-tiered commemorative wedding cake. Royal Wedding Luxe Biscuit tin, £45 (

High Time Adrenaline junkies will be pleased to hear Blackpool Pleasure Beach has just announced Friday 25 May as the official opening date of its hotly anticipated new rollercoaster – ICON. Rollercoaster fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting news of when they’ll be able to experience the exciting new ride, since work first began on the impressive £16.25m ride back in December 2016. The dazzling carriages, which see riders in an open seat on top of the ride with arms and legs free. Reaching speeds of eighty kilometre per hour with drops of eighty- two ft. are you ready to face the ICON? (

WRITE THIS WAY Luxury gift hub, Pen Heaven, have launched one of Parker’s finest limitededition pens, the Duofold ‘The Craft of Travelling’.commemorating the company’s founder, George S. Parker and his love for travelling the globe, Marking Parker’s 130th anniversary, and limited to a production of 1300, this exclusive Duofold captures the essence of exploration. The deep and lustrous blue coloured barrel is intricately laser-engraved with a map of the world and the the cap is etched with a meridian style design. The Craft of Travelling is presented in its very own vintage style suitcase and comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by George’s great grandson. A ‘must have’ for collectors worldwide. The Duofold – The Craft of Travelling by Parker, £2430 (

WATCH THIS SPACE David M Robinson jewellers has recently announced the expansion of their Manchester showroom. Due to open in the autumn, DMR have appointed Manchester Architectural practice, 5Plus for this development. The exciting new acquisition will be set across two floors and will incorporate a new Rolex VIP space and private lounge. St Ann’s Square has been home to DMR since 1979 and the company is delighted to be moving into one of the loveliest buildings within the square. The move offers the opportunity to create unprecedented accommodation in the Manchester retail sector. ( 17



Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show Enjoy world class dressage, showjumping and a full programme of entertainment. Runs 13-17 June (

FIFA World Cup The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins in Russia with the event causing a stir before the players have even got on the pitch. (

Father’s Day Treat the man in your life from Dads to Grandads and uncles and let them put their feet up for the day


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The acclaimed Dire Straits Experience from former Dire Straits touring member Chris White will be on a six -date tour spanning May and June. On the 26 June the experience comes to the Liverpool Philharmonic to delight fans as they perform classic Dire Straits songs. (



Following 8 record-breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play WAR HORSE will tour the UK from September 2017. (

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Katy Perry at Manchester Arena Katy Perry announces her appearance at Manchester Arena. Tickets are on sale now, (booking and facility fees apply). www.


Queens of the Coal Age Maxine Peak stars in this powerful play full of northern wit. (

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Sparkling Afternoon Tea Tour at The Bolney Estate, Sussex


Best Unique Afternoon Teas Fine china and dainty treats await as we pour over the best afternoon teas

If you like your afternoon tea served with something crisp and elegant then an afternoon tea combined with a tour of the beautiful English vineyard on the Bolney Estate could be just the thing. Take a tour of the Estate located in the Sussex Downs and enjoy a tutored tasting followed by a sparkling afternoon tea. You’ll learn about the history of English wine and how the delicious Bolney wines are made. Then tuck into delights such as Springs smoked salmon mousse, scones with cream and wonderful cakes and of course, a glass of something sparkling. TOP TIP

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Afternoon Tea Aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, Ocean Drive, Leith

Afternoon tea is usually the preserve- pardon the pun- of ladies but, the folk at the Great John Street boutique hotel in Manchester thought it was about time that the gents out there could get together and enjoy an afternoon tea with a difference. For the boys there’s a selection of canapé-style bites from fish & chip skewers, mini beef burger and fries to our homemade scotch egg. There’s as much tea and coffee as you can drink or add something stronger. Their signature ‘Gentleman Jack’ cocktail is a fusion of citrus and raspberry with the smooth taste of Jack Daniel’s. TOP TIP

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Gentleman Jack Afternoon Tea, Great John Street Hotel, Manchester

There’s not many of us who will ever take tea with the Queen but, maybe this is the next best thing. The Royal Yacht Britannia is the former royal yacht of Queen Elizabeth II and was in service from 1954 to 1997. Climb aboard and follow in the footsteps of the royal family and world leaders including Winston Churchill, Rajiv Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Take a tour of this impressive vessel and explore the bridge, state apartments, crew’s quarters and engine room. Visitors can then enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with home-made scones, cakes and sandwiches and a glass of chilled champagne, all served in the wonderful surroundings of the Royal Deck tea room.


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influences This month we discover the world of the iconic Bentley Motor and in true British fashion, talk about the weather





#2 CLASSIC Massive Attack by Blue Lines Few albums make muster when it comes to a classic. See if you can hear how much influence this had in the early years of a certain Mr Kanye West.

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CLASSIFIED Knock Knock by DJ Koze Techno, rap, acoustic, disco and jazz

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CLASSICAL His Motet of Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis I must confess ever so slightly, that my music downloads but this is without doubt, one of England’s’ finest choral composers.

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The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary! Complied by Bentley Motors, this book not only illustrates the engineering excellence of the marque, but also introduces today’s “Bentley Boys” and features varied creatives such as Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and designer Kelly Hoppen. It’s a celebration of the fire behind the brand which is as synonymous with the UK as the Union Jack. Published by Assouline, £130 (


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Photographer, Paul Cooper takes five with Louisa Castle to share stories of sword-fighting, creating the perfect shot and living in the north west


aul Cooper first came to my attention last November at the Northwest Football Awards ceremony as a selection of his stunning portraits of the northwest’s finest went under the hammer, splitting the red and blue side of the room with boos and cheers. Needless to say, husband came home with one of his pieces which adorns the man cave today. All these months later, Paul and I meet for me to discover more about the man behind the camera. “I started my photography career as a press photographer, working with some of my heroes and in far-flung places like Israel to report the news. But after eight years I was looking for a


new avenue and challenge and moved to Paris where I set up my own agency. “At the age of nine, my mum bought me a Kodak point and shoot 110-film camera for my birthday. It was one you had to wind the film into and send away to process... remember, waiting to see what you had captured. I took photos of my siblings sitting on fences staring into the distance and I made studio backdrops with tartan blankets. Some of these first pictures are my most precious. “My passion started then and I taught myself colour and black and white printing the broom cupboard of the family home. “At A-levels, I diverted from a career path in medicine and took my first job in a photo lab, printing black and whites. It was here I met photojournalist Tom Stoddart who taught me that it is all down to the eye, the concept of the shot as much as technical ability. I picked up so many tips working alongside these great photojournalists during my time at The Times of London.

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They still inspire me today, Sebastião Salgado and James Nachtwey, in particular and how they capture the injustice in this world. “I loved the medium of photography. I was always interested in art but was not the most patient art student. The immediacy of photography appealed to me and capturing that one frame that tells a story or gives an insight into a person really interested me. I love the moment when you press the shutter and you know you have a great photo, you can’t beat it, and that hunger for that next buzz kept me interested in photography and wanting to get better pictures all the time. “I’ve been doing this for over 30 years so I’ve seen first hand the transition to colour and then to digital and Photoshop. Alongside these changes, the quality of images, in my opinion, of the photography from professionals is much improved, you can do so much more with better lighting and tools like Photoshop now than I could do ever do with a roll of black and white and an enlarger in the past. Having said that, a great image is not dependent on the kit used, I believe that the idea is paramount, there are some great images on billboards shot with an iPhone! Originally from London, and a West Ham fan, Paul moved back to the UK choosing Manchester as his new base. “I liken it to Paris, it’s a small city that you don’t get too lost in. And it’s where I met my wife, Luisa in 2008. She works in the industry and we are both very much into sport. I knew a few people in the sports world so that became my focus, plus, you get the best seat in the house. Golf is one of my passions and I have been travelling on the PGA European Tour and on the 18th-green with Jordan Spieth – you get to see and capture what others can’t see. “I’m lucky in the fact that I’ve photographed a lot of high profile sportspeople on several occasions and they sort of ‘know’ me, having chatted with quite a few outside of shoots. I did a promotional shoot for the Deadpool movie with Rooney, Mata, and about six other Manchester United players. We had them sword fighting with


Deadpool so that was pretty easy as they loved it and it was bit different for them. “Over the past few years, I’ve got to know quite a few people at the clubs and the industry and this network has helped me get access to some great shoots. I am a great believer in that if you create great work, then work will come to you as a result. “The Paul Pogba shoot which I did for his Manchester United unveiling was pretty cool. There was a real buzz as we waited for Pogba to arrive, it was all quite secret and I did not even find out who I was shooting until the night before! He was also filming a short film to be released at the same time of the stills, so there were quite

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a few people around from camera operators, stylists, make-up artists, directors, editors, sound engineers, Manchester United staff, plus his agent and family members. A pretty busy set. “When he arrived he had the usual styling and kit changes and we then had about three minutes to do the first set-up the urgent first profile image, which we nailed in about six frames! This image was to be released at midnight with the announcement of his signing. We then did the home/training kit shots, he was really good to work with, great presence in front of the camera and he could switch between moods easily, which was handy as we only had ten minutes to shoot everything! I spoke and joked to him in French which I think helped with the rapport, and a highlight of the shoot was afterwards when he spent about 15 minutes playing an impromptu game of keepy-uppy with the crew. “I always enjoy working with Rooney, he is the consummate professional and I have been fortunate to shoot him many times. He is always gracious and helpful and professional. I did a

“My passion started then and I taught myself colour and black and white printing the broom cupboard of the family home”


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recent shoot at St Georges Park with him as part of an editorial piece for the NSPCC, which ran front cover and spread and again he was great to work with. People don’t get to see what a decent bloke he is and the many charitable things he does, so it was nice to be involved with him on that one. “Finally meeting my childhood hero, Kenny Dalglish, was pretty special. Great sense of humour, I could not help getting a bit gushy and I don’t get gushy - and telling him when I was a kid playing football in the park I used to imagine myself as him, to which he replied “you better be kind with the Photoshop then!” Whilst these tales focus on the red side of the north west I am pleased to hear that Paul’s son, Toby (aged 6) is an avid City fan. So much so that he refuses to have a full team signed Manchester United shirt up in his room, favouring his sky blue hero Kevin de Bruyne.

“Working with top professional sportspeople is great as they are at the peak of their profession, in great shape and look good in front of the camera. Getting to meet them on shoots you get a small insight into their personality away from their workplace. I am inspired by the possibility that within that shoot there is an element of the unknown about what you may come away with. For me that is very fulfilling and inspires me on each shoot. The buzz of knowing I have a great shot is what photography is all about for me. I still get that feeling after many years in the business. “A recent project I have been involved in, Soccer Aid was interesting in that the vast majority of the team were not footballers and the challenge was getting the likes of Paddy McGuiness, Brendan Cole and Kevin Pietersen to look good on the ball, which was actually easier than I thought, these guys are surprisingly multi-talented! It was great fun getting Usain Bolt to show some of his scorers skills and it was a thrill to meet Sir Mo Farah, he joked with Usain, that the match at Old Trafford in June ‘will be a marathon not a sprint’ so going to be interesting to see how that works out with those two Olympians.” Any words of advice for budding photographers? “Look at as much photography in the area that interests you, then shoot, learn and shoot some more until you feel and develop your own style. Style is important and defines you and helps people identify your work. And be careful about your marketing. It’s no use being the greatest photographer around if no-one knows about you. Start with a great website and work hard on the SEO so get you get well ranked and so people become more aware of you. As your business increases spread your marketing budget wider and try to specify in a niche area or location to start out with, this will help you compete in a very competitive field.” Before we bring our chat to a close I have to ask, who is still on your hit-list. “Having shot quite a few of the world’s best, it would be nice to get to do Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo next - so if anyone’s listening...” (



Redemption With the news that The National Theatre’s production of the awardwinning play, War Horse, returns to The Lowry in Salford, Natalie Anglesey reflects on the talents of its original author, Michael Morpurgo


ichael Morpurgo, OBE, FRSL, FKC, DL, is a towering figure in every sense. Not only physically – as when we first meet at London’s National Theatre, he has to bend low to hear me - but also in the literary sense as author, poet, and playwright. He’s now written over 100 books and won as many accolades. Michael is the first to admit that his path to becoming one of our best-loved authors wasn’t always easy although he had an inspirational beginning. “My mother used to read every night to my brother Pieter and me. She would not only read stories but the poetry of Lear, De La Mare and Kipling. I loved the music in the words. It was her love of stories and poetry and how much she meant what she was reading - that brought the books to life for me.” However, a variety of schools in Devon, Kent, London and eventually Sandhurst, proved a very different matter for young Michael. “School days were not the happiest time for me, especially being sent away to boarding school as I missed home and my family. I think the best advice for parents whose child is unhappy is to listen closely, free of judgement, as this might help your child open up.”

“There’s hope and redemption, not because readers like happy endings, but because I’m an optimist at heart”


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Michael’s favourite books as a child eventually inspired him to write. “Treasure Island was the first real book I read for myself and Jim Hawkins was the first character I identified with totally. I lived this book as I read it. My favourite book as an adult is The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono. I wish I’d written that.” But the impetus which encouraged Michael to put pen to paper happened during his time as a teacher. “I used to read the children a story at the end of the day but I could see it was boring them. My wife suggested I read one of my own stories so the next day I read them one I’d written for my own children. My class seemed to love it and when the bell rang for the end of the day, they didn’t want it to stop. A great feeling - and one that made me feel I could be a writer.” Should parents encourage their own children to write? “Each child is different but one thing parents and teachers can do is pass on a love of stories and hopefully writing will follow. When you read a story you love to a child, you hold hands through an adventure. You live the story together and imagine it together. I think the best advice you can give them is to write from the heart, without worrying too much about grammar and spelling. Try and live inside your story, hear and feel it all around you and become the characters.” Michael’s writing success meant he could leave teaching to write full time, eventually becoming Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005. He received a CBE two years later for Services to Literature

but he’s proudest of the MBE he shares with his wife Clare. “Together we founded the charity, Farms for City Children, and the honour is for that and the people who help to make it happen. The idea is that children from inner-city schools come to the farms and spend time helping to look after the animals.” It was on their first farm that Michael found the inspiration for his most famous novel. “On one of the school trips I noticed a little boy, who didn’t speak at all, talking non-stop to one of the horses. The horse kept nodding his head as if he was listening and in a strange way it looked like boy and horse were communicating. About the same time I found some old photographs of horses co-opted into the First World War and two of the oldest people in our village told me they’d seen at first hand the carnage in war zones. I was shocked to learn that as many horses died in that war as British soldiers. Over 10 million men and horses on all sides died. I wanted to record that and in 1982 War Horse was published.” Michael’s story centres around the relationship between young Albert and his beloved horse Joey, requisitioned by the army to fight in World War One. In the confusion of battle Joey serves on both sides ending up in No Man’s Land. In the meantime Albert, who’s too young to enlist, embarks on a dangerous mission to rescue him in a remarkable tale of loyalty, courage and friendship. “I don’t have a particular age range in mind when I’m writing as I write for myself. Yes, there are difficult themes in my books – like war and loss. War continues to divide people, to change them forever, and I write about it because I want people to understand the absolute futility of


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war. Wars are still happening today and children see the effects of the suffering through their various technical devices. Knowing the sensitivities of children, we have to be careful not to traumatise them, but to approach it with hope at the centre of the story.” When the National Theatre first approached Michael about staging War Horse as a play, he had initial misgivings. “I have to confess I was sceptical and wondered how a convincing drama of the First World War could be made using life-size puppets of horses. Pantomime horses came to mind. But this was The National so maybe they knew what they were doing.” For over a year the NT directors, Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot, workshopped the story with Handspring Puppets. Michael explains the process: “The creative team came down to Devon to see the landscape of the story, and to watch horses working the land. The play won five-star reviews and the War Horse buzz is still there.” In 2011 the Broadway stage production received six Tony Awards and was seen by film director Steven Spielberg. Indeed several of Michael’s

books have already been made into films. “I wrote the screenplay for Why the Whales Came starring Paul Schofield and Helen Mirren. However, it became a family joke that when the phone rang one of the children would say Steven Spielberg’s on the phone – and then one day it actually was!” Spielberg’s movie premiered in 2012 starring Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Emily Watson and was nominated for six Academy Awards. “Steven’s a lovely man who was emotionally connected with the story. Like me he’s a story-teller who never shrinks from the horror of war. We all want young Albert and his horse Joey, to survive and find one another again. I met with Steven and his producer Kathleen Kennedy a few times and we talked about the book, Devon and the inspiration for War Horse. My wife Clare and I were asked to appear in the film and meet the cast which was quite an experience.” Plays, based on Michael’s other books, like Running Wild, have also proved popular here but

“It became a family joke that when the phone rang one of the children would say Steven Spielberg’s on the phone – and then one day it actually was!” audiences regularly return to see War Horse and Michael thinks he understands the reason. “With the book, I wanted to write about hope and there’s hope in the play, too. Not only is it a powerful play about loyalty and friendship but it’s also a play that parents, grandparents and children can all enjoy at different levels. There’s hope and redemption, not because readers like happy endings, but because I’m an optimist at heart. I think people return to see it because it’s both a piece of ground-breaking theatre and a wonderful anthem for peace. If anything, I hope people take away a sense of the universal suffering on all sides and how war changes lives.” War Horse, The Lowry, 13-30 June, 2018 (



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STAND& DELIVER Mark Radcliffe speaks with Natalie Anglesey about music, celebrating his birthday and the inaugural Knutsford Music Festival


love living in Knutsford,” broadcaster Mark Radcliffe enthuses. “I’ve lived in Cheshire most of my adult life and moved here five years ago with my wife and daughters from Whitley. We love the beautiful architecture, the café culture and we’ve found folk here very friendly.” Indeed Mark is so involved in this community that he’s teamed up with Knutsford Town Council to host a series of gigs for the Knutsford Music Festival. ‘Mark Radcliffe Presents Folk at the Theatre’ will be part of the council’s wider celebration of music ranging from classical to blues and folk echoing throughout the town. “Nobody’s making any money out of this as much is done out of good will - but the music will be top quality,” Mark insists. “I’ve booked all the acts myself - thanks to my contacts presenting the Radio 2 Folk programme. Most of these guys are either doing this as a favour or appearing at massively reduced fees which will barely cover their expenses. “Friday’s headliner is Pilgrim’s Way. The BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees from Stockport include multi-instrumentalist, Jon Loomes, who played 22 instruments on their Red Diesel album. I wanted to book this act as a nod to Knutsford’s Highwayman Higgins as they sing songs about highwaymen through traditional English folk song… and even 1980s disco so there may be a bit of Stand and Deliver, you never know!” When I tease Mark about highwaymen in

Knutsford, he’s quick to correct me. “There really was a Highwayman Higgins and there’s a blue plaque on the Heath that tells you where he lived. I’m personally intrigued by these legendary figures as I also have a seven-piece, pirate folk-rock band called Galleon Blast; although they won’t be appearing on this occasion perhaps another time!” Born in Bolton and educated at Bolton School and Manchester University, Mark took an interest in music from an early age, joining numerous bands while at school and university. As a broadcaster, musician and writer, he’s perhaps best known for his work with the BBC although he began his broadcasting career in local commercial radio. “It was easy for me to get a foot in the door, as my dad, Phil Radcliffe, a well-respected journalist, was then on the board of Piccadilly Radio. My dad infected me with his love of music and words and we both shared a passion for art. Looking back I think my generation had it relatively easy because we didn’t have to fight any wars and we still had university grants in those days.” Mark’s BBC career started in 1983 when he produced sessions at Maida Vale Studios for John Peel’s show. He was my producer when I presented the Radio 2 Arts Programme, before deciding he really wanted to be a presenter. He was personally responsible for broadcasting many BBC Radio programmes from Manchester rather than London.

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In 1991, Mark presented Out on Blue Six and a couple of years later The Guest List. He famously formed a radio partnership with former Fall guitarist, Marc Riley and as Mark and Lard, they worked on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show as well as a subsequent afternoon show which garnered three prestigious Sony Radio Academy Awards. Mark went solo in the mid-’90’s on Channel 4’s music series, The White Room, where he first met his wife. He joined Radio 2 and presented several television programmes, including Glastonbury and Top of The Pops. He even won Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes with his impersonation of Shane MacGowan of The Pogues. “There were all these glamorous folk from Emmerdale and Coronation Street as well as Paul Burrell, Diana’s butler, and there was me with blacked out teeth – so I knew I’d no hope of winning. I was gob-smacked when they announced I’d won and when I asked what was the prize? They said - just winning!” Mark remains a presenter on BBC Radio 2, where he weekly presents The Folk Show. On Radio 6 Music he co-hosts a weekday afternoon show, Radcliffe & Maconie, with colleague and friend Stuart Maconie. “When Wigan beat my football club, Manchester City, Stuart promised I’d never hear the end of it - and he’s a man of his word!“ In between broadcasts, for a time, Mark produced the comedy series Count Arthur Strong. He wrote the autobiographical Showbusiness: The Diary of a Rock ‘N’ Roll Nobody; a critically acclaimed history of his attempts at a career as a musician. His novel Northern Sky – based around a folk music club in an imaginary northern English city – was published in 2005. Thank You For the Days,

published in 2009 and another memoir, Reelin’ in the Years, was published in 2011. Is there another book in the offing? “I may have run out of things to write about. I don’t find writing relaxing - so not sure yet.” Mark remains a passionate musician, and he’s totally involved with Knutsford’s Festival. “On the Saturday Mike McGoldrick and friends will perform, while I’ll be on stage on the Sunday joining my former Family Mahone bandmates for a stripped back folk show. Acclaimed folk duo Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar will then close the show. They’ve won a couple of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and are still only in their early 20s. Mark was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Bolton. “I was made up and my dad was even prouder,” he beams. As he approaches his 60th birthday, he‘s decided against having a party and with some friends he’s off on a musical tour of Nashville and Gracelands.

Meanwhile Mark’s really excited about this festival. “I’m thrilled to be part of Knutsford Music Festival as it’s the town I live in and I wanted to make a contribution. I can promise you three evenings of truly exceptional music in a folk and roots style and I look forward to counting on your support at our cherished Little Theatre. So don’t leave it too late before you book!” Knutsford Music Festival, 22-24 June, 2018 (

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TAKE YOUR SWEET TIME For watch and jewellery lovers, a trip to Baselworld is like being a child in a candy shop. Fitting, then, that many of this year’s horological treasures are a sweet delight. Harry Winston’s new Premier Winston Candy Automatic is resplendent with 322 saccharine-hued gemstones, complemented by a raspberry strap. Elsewhere, De Grisogono’s Millefoglie collection playfully takes its name from the layered French pastry. Bold compositions of undulating gold and sweeping diamonds inject drama and frivolity into any outfit. 40

One bejewelled bracelet is good, but three – or four – are better. So was the consensus in Basel this year, where jewellers encouraged stylish stacking in abundance. Highlights include Gucci’s glittering pendants; opulent beads with a bohemian edge by Spanish-Indian jeweller Anil Arjandas and Roberto Coin’s Pois Moi collection of diamondencrusted bangles.


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SUSTAINABLE SPARKLERS Chopard announced at Baselworld that from July, it will be the first jeweller to use 100 per cent Fairmined gold. The Swiss watch and jewellery house has been making a conscious commitment to ethical luxury since 2013, when it debuted its first ethical collection in partnership with Livia Firth. This new development is a momentous achievement and one certain to shake up the industry. Atelier Swarovski also continues to put sustainability in the spotlight with its first Fairtrade Gold collection. Dazzling designs are adorned with lab-grown precious stones, which are an eco-conscious alternative to naturally occurring diamonds.

HELLO YELLOW For a sartorial dose of sunshine, reach for citrines, sapphires and honey-hued diamonds. Valérie Messika debuted a dazzling yellow diamond necklace, inspired by a collection of pieces found in her father’s jewellery box. The astonishing design took 282 hours to create and each vivid yellow stone is framed in flowing, micro-set diamonds. Graff showcased a fluttering dragonfly bedecked with glowing yellow stones, while YOKO London’s golden South Sea pearl rings offer a contemporary, uplifting alternative to the traditional twin set.


TICKING TREASURES Bulgari celebrated a centenary of watchmaking with a dazzling selection of gem-coated timepieces. The new Diva’s Dream high jewellery collection marries technical brilliance with exquisite craftsmanship, infused with irresistible Italian glamour. 41

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As the date for The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show draws close, we discover that there’s more to the five-day spectacular than just horsemanship - making it the perfect place to socialise with friends and family


olesworth International Horse Show is well-established on the equestrian circuit, attracting local and international competitors to its dressage and showjumping competitions. Of note, absolutely are the CDI three-star dressage and CDI four-star show-jumping events, not to mention the Young Dressage World Championships and exclusive masterclass from Olympian Carl Hester. Alongside the professional horsemanship on offer, there’s an extensive shopping village offering fabulous equestrian and luxury lifestyle goods and a sumptuous street-style food court. But to make it an extra special day out, take advantage of the day and evening VIP hospitality packages available within the exclusive marquee. This year, however, as the sun sets, the evening entertainment is also being taken to the next level, providing a fabulous setting for socialising with friends and family with ringside VIP area Club Boles. Friday night welcomes an evening of spectacles with the puissance followed by the FMX bike display, both of which are guaranteed to keep you

in awe. Then the Ibiza Classics Night takes over with a celebrity fashion show and classic summer holiday tunes until 2am. Saturday evening steps it up yet another gear as horse power of man and beast go head-to-head with an exclusive Bentley Ride & Drive competition. Riders first tackle a course of traditional jumps against the clock before jumping into a Bentley Bentayga to drive through a technical course of obstacles to take the winning flag. And the evening continues with its rocking and racing theme as Rick Parfitt Junior and band play live until late. Whether it is the pure power of the equestrian teams on display or the pure showmanship of the top-class entertainment, The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show offers the perfect solution to your summer, all of which takes place with the stunning backdrop of the Bolesworth Castle and estate. What more could you ask for? The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show, 13-17 June, 2018. Enjoy the atmosphere of the evening entertainment at Club Boles from £8 in advance with free parking. (

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Florals for spring-summer may not be original - at least not according to Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada - but Malene Oddershede Bach’s new collection is far from the typical floaty, boho look. Take a leaf out of the Danishborn designer’s book with detailed brocades styled into form-ditting gowns. From £1,000 (


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Sorry Sherlock, but few detectives have been as dapper as Miami Vice’s Metro-Dade Police Department detectives Sonny and Rico. Channel their look with Cerruti’s new collection, inspired by the show’s original costumes (created by none other than founder, Nino Cerruti, no less). From £700 ( 44

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Abercrombie & Fitchs will be opening its second UK prototype store this summer at intu Trafford Centre. Always at the forefront of customer experience for all the senses the new store will feature innovative fitting rooms wih separate controls for light and music as well as phone charging dock and private suites for larger groups of friends and the ultimate experience.

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Rupert Sanderson has designed the perfect summer sandal called. This elegant healed sandal in the softest suede and leather tie at the ankle is the perfect nude to complement any floral outfit. The gold under healed embellishment also makes it a sophisticated option to take you into the evening. £425 ( 45

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Jan Clarke talks to Chloe Moss, founder of luxury jewellery brand ChloBo, about designing her collections, calming her chakras and counting her blessings


hloe Moss is a ray of sunshine. Everything about her is sunny from her talk of travels in exotic places to her warm smile and her Barbadian heritage. A welcome tonic as the grey clouds refuse to blow over on the day we chat. She is also a force of nature, and in a short time has taken her jewellery business, ChloBo from her kitchen table to today’s stockist network of over 170 stores nationwide. Her designs have been featured in Vogue and also worn by famous faces from supermodels to popstars, including Elle Macpherson, Kelly Rowland and Ellie Goulding. The story of ChloBo started with a round the world trip and took Chloe on a journey from beach to business woman. Chloe explains, “In 2003 I decided to go travelling for a year, I didn’t realise it would end with the creation of a business.” Chloe’s travels started in New York,


San Francisco and Vegas, moving on to Fiji, New Zealand and Australia and eventually arriving in Bali. Along the way she experienced amazing places, met wonderful people and learned a little about heartache but, it was in Bali, that she fell in love. This was a place that calmed her restless soul, gave her chance to reflect and finally inspired her to build a business. Chloe tells me, “I feel a great connection to Bali and one day I would love to own a home there.” It was while on the island that she watched a lady making bracelets on Dreamland Beach and something resonated. Chloe’s ten-day trip to the island tuned into two months and with the help of friend Johan - now also an employee - they tracked down silversmiths and began sourcing the best materials. Her initial designs were

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“I feel a great connection to Bali and one day I would love to own a home there”

inspired by local iconography and many of the charms featured throughout her collections are influenced by her travels around her beloved Bali and South-East Asia. Our conversation sways between beautiful Bali and Chloe’s business. We chat more about ChloBo’s collections and how important it is that the pieces work for ‘every woman’. Chloe explains, “Whether you choose a simple, elegant necklace or layer many items for luxury, boho chic, our jewellery appeals to all women of all ages.” Her brand has grown dramatically since launching and her latest collection has been well received. Cherabella includes seven bracelets with intricately designed representations of the chakras and four layering necklaces. It’s a beautiful collection and features the warmth and femininity of peach moonstone, combined with the softest glow of gold and ChloBo’s trademark solid sterling silver. Chloe smiles, “This collection is very dear to me and reflects the positivity, peace and the energy that comes when we take time to focus and balance ourselves.” She

continues, “It also represents treasured friendships in my life.” Chloe is most definitely a bohemian spirit, for her life is a journey to experience to the full and as she talks, it’s clear that her travels have taught her the importance of seeking out happiness. She adds, “I’ve grown as a person along with my brand and I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved.” Being in the fashion business means Chloe spends a lot of time in London and spent time living in Notting Hill for a while. But, despite all her travels, she always loves to return home, which for her, and her business is in Chester. She has a loyal and dedicated team and is one of the lucky few to have found that elusive work/life balance. (



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Still riding high on the success of his dreamy H&M collaboration, Erdem Moralioglu has teamed up with Nars to create a limited edition beauty collection. The Stranger Flowers range of lipsticks, blushers and eyeshadow palettes comes in daring shades of deep plum, orchids and copper - but it’s the romantic floral packaging that steals the show. From £15 ( 56

Scents of Bloom

Jo Malone London has just launched its Hot Blossoms Collection, a limited edition Carnival Scent and their first ever body mist. The inspiration behind the collection is dancing through the streets of Brazil, soaked in sunshine, streaked with colour, tropical fruits and flamboyant flowers. Distilled into two vibrant new scents - Cattleya Flower, their first ever body mist, and Tropical Cherimoya, their first fruit-inspired blossom cologne - these stunning new scents are designed to be worn alone or layered together. From £45 (

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Flawless Finish

The beauty brand expert Cover FX, highly regarded as an authority in perfect, pristine and clean beauty, has diversified its range of liquid foundation, reaching customers who desire a long wearing modern matt finish. Power Play is the fourth foundation from Cover FX to be developed in a global range of 40 shades and three undertones for a skin-specific match. This vegan and cruelty free formula is designed to deliver colour-true, all day wear. £38 (

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In celebration of the royal wedding, luxury candle brand Owen Drew is releasing 12 limited edition pieces. The candles are set in 24 kt gold vessels, carefully handcrafted by skilled artisans, and contain precious oils and perfumes costing in excess of £25,000 per kilo. Creative director and founder, Drew Cockton, says he designed fragrance for the candles after details of bride Meghan Markle’s floral arrangements and bouquet were made public. £750 each (

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Stephen Field offers advice on securing a legacy for your future generations


n a recent speech delivered in Westminster, the former Conservative Minister and executive chair of the Resolution Foundation, Lord David Willetts, warned that the “baby boomer generation will have to reach into their own pockets to fund a spiralling bill for public services”, warning that “the age of tax cuts is over”. Lord Willetts went on to say that people’s property was an “obvious source of tax revenue and that the inheritance tax system was poorly designed, widely abused and under-utilised” and should be looked at, calling for tax reforms. You may now be recalling the 2015 Conservative pledge stating that “We’ll take the family home out of inheritance tax for all but the richest… it can only be right that when you’ve worked hard to own your own home, it will go to your family and not the taxman.” The changes introduced by George Osborne provided for an additional threshold for inheritance tax from 2017, known as the residence nil rate band. This provides an additional threshold by the tax year 2020 which, when added to the existing inheritance tax threshold, brings the total transferable tax-free allowance from both parents in a married couple or civil partnership to £1m, stated in the manifesto. The rules for claiming the additional threshold are, however, very prescriptive and therefore not everyone will actually benefit from this Tory pledge. The baby boomer generation arguably now faces a social and financial dilemma. How can you ensure that you are adequately provided for financially in retirement and later life, wanting and deserving to enjoy the fruits of your hard-earned pensions and savings, balanced with the potential threat to financial stability of leaving yourself with

sufficient capital to cover the potential long term imposition of ‘living too long’? The call for tax reform could mean that you are expected to meet the potential social care costs, while ever changing tax reforms increase the potential tax charges on your estate, leaving more funds to HMRC and less to your family. But was it not your desire and wish to help your children and grandchildren by leaving a financial legacy for the family? So how are you going to balance these important issues, knowing that you require the foresight to determine how much capital and income you will need for your own future personal security, coupled with the paternalistic desire to pass on the family wealth to the next generation? It is important to seek advice to gain greater certainty for meeting your personal goals and aspirations. If it is your wish that future generations should benefit from your own personal legacy and that more of your family wealth stays where it belongs - with your family - then strategic financial planning advice can help you to achieve your goals. Stephen Field, MSc FPFS CFPTM Chartered FCSI, is Senior Financial Planning Director at Investec Wealth & Investment Limited. If you would like to discuss your circumstances please contact Stephen Field on 0161 832 6968 or alternatively by email at stephen.field@investecwin. The contents of this article do not constitute a formal recommendation or personal advice and no action should be taken, or not taken, on account of the information provided.

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he unique Lexus Sport Yacht concept was recently recognised with a special award by Japan’s Boat of the Year committee at the Japan International Boat Show in Yokohama. The new yacht builds on the partnership with Marquis-Larson, leveraging their renowned boat manufacturing expertise. Planned as a larger 65-foot sport fly-bridge cruiser, the new yacht will have luxury staterooms below deck and entertaining space for up to 15 guests. The hull, inner structure and superstructure of the bespoke 42-foot open sport cruiser were made of hand-laid carbon-fibre fabric, vacuuminfused with two-part polyurethane resin. The Lexus Sport Yacht concept was powered by two marinised versions of the Lexus 2UR-GSE 5.0 L performance V8 engines, as used in the highperformance cars the manufacturer produces. The Lexus Sport Yacht concept carries up to eight guests on board in high-speed luxury with a high-tech multi-media entertainment system and beautiful hand crafted woods and leather. Specifications, pricing and other details of the 65-foot yacht will be announced at a later date. ( 60

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We have been inspired by Porsche’s all-electric SUV concept which was previewed at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Its design will resonate with fans of Porsche and it also boasts some rather epic statistics: a 600bhp motor will achieve a 0-62mpg in under 3.5 seconds and has a range of 300 miles. We can expect the electric SUV to go into production in the next few years. (

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HORSES Iain Warde checks out the world’s top-selling sports coupe, with a special interest in the special edition perfect for any Steve McQueen fan or petrol-head alike


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hen you receive a press release saying that a car is on its third successive winning streak, you sit up. Especially when it’s not one we in the UK would have on the tip of our tongue, if asked. Now I have always had a soft spot for American muscle cars, having found myself living in the good ‘ole U S of A in my informative years, and this month a press release pinged into my inbox from the people at Ford, announcing that global demand for the new 2018 Ford Mustang has driven Mustang to its third straight year as the best-selling sports coupe in the world. Global Mustang registrations in 2017 totalled 125,809 cars putting Mustang ahead of all other sports coupe competitors worldwide. To put this in context it outsold my beloved Porsche 911 in 13 European markets, including the UK and Spain. Of the nearly 126,000 vehicles registered worldwide, Ford reported 81,866 of those were registered in the United States where Mustang is manufactured, meaning that just over one-third of all Mustang registrations are occurring in export markets. As we know, there’s a new Ford Mustang out this year in Europe, taking all of that Mustang personality but adding a little more athleticism to its look and technology. An upscale interior with soft-touch materials and 12-inch digital instrument cluster are coupled with enhanced powertrains, including Ford’s 450 PS 5.0-litre V8 and 10-speed automatic transmission for 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration in 4.3 seconds, 12.1 l/100 km fuel efficiency and 270 g/km CO2. Advanced driving technologies include MagneRide® adjustable suspension, selectable Drive Modes and a new Active Valve Performance Exhaust that delivers an innovative Good Neighbour Mode for early-morning or late-night driving without smashing any windows. New driver assistance technologies include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Keeping Aid. But why do we love the Ford Mustang so much? It’s rare for any car enthusiast, whilE penning


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their ultimate garage collection, not to mention a classic Ford Mustang in the list. For me it was the first car which set my soul on fire upon ignition. It’s the car that keeps that grin fixed across my face and I can’t explain it.

Global demand for the new 2018 Ford Mustang has driven Mustang to its third straight year as the bestselling sports coupe in the world The 2018 versions may submit to a few of those US car gripes of stiffness in the ride, especially on our roads - and their associated potholes. The V8 is all about the noise, the EcoBoost better on the windy Cheshire roads. And, whilst both are that little more refined, they are still cars that need to be driven, and driven with fun in mind. Being the second-longest-running car nameplate in the US, behind the Corvette, it has an iconic history on the road, on track and on screen. Notably with a certain Mr McQueen behind the wheel in Bullitt, but also having appeared in Goldfinger, Basic Instinct and John Wick.

And to celebrate 50 years of Bullitt, a special edition(featured here) begins production this month. Bullitt was the first movie to put cameras in the cars, and the car chase around San Francisco consistently rates highly in the best ever car chases. So much so that Steve McQueen’s Highland Green Mustang Fastback has become an icon. The 2018 version will be available in Shadow Black or classic Dark Highland Green. Mustang Bullitt is powered by an uprated 5.0-litre V8 engine that will deliver an anticipated 464 PS and 529 Nm of torque. New rev-matching technology will deliver smooth, seamless gear-changes accompanied by a sporty V8 “blip” during six-speed manual transmission downshifts. A standard B&O PLAY premium audio system will deliver 1,000 watts of power through 12 highperformance speakers. No numbers have been confirmed but it will be limited. Put my name down... (


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A Grand View

If you’ve ever wanted to embark on a ‘grand tour’ then you may want to start by checking into the Gritti Palace. Once the home of the Doge of Venice, the palace has been at the height of

opulence since the 15th century. Now a hotel, offering guest the ultimate in luxury service, surrounded by intricate tapestries, Murano glass chandeliers and rare Rubeli archive fabrics covering every surface. Enjoy traditional Venetian cuisine served in the hotel’s Club del Doge restaurant or spend time on the Grand Canal terrace complete with an unrivalled oil-painting of a view. From 470 Euros per night, room only (


Californian Dreaming

Design lovers need to add the Hotel Californian to their travel ‘bucket list’. Designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the hotel is Santa Barbara’s latest hotspot and has a stunning east meets west interior. Moroccan details and geometric tiles complement the building’s striking Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and are cleverly combined with cool, white Californian style. From $391 per night, room only (;


Song Saa Private Island Eco Resort, Cambodia

To have the opportunity to see the famous UNESCO sites and temples as well as learning more about Pol Pot’s regime is something we will never forget. As a very busy couple, we also wanted to combine the trip with some much-needed R&R and the Eco Resort of Song Saa, was the perfect spot. It’s an incredible island resort. The whole ethos is that of not only improving the surrounding area, through introduction of a waste management initiative,

to meet up with existing suppliers and discovered

to vaccination programs and schools but also in

new ones which we are excited to be already using

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resort. Our two-bedroom ocean view villa meant we had uninterrupted views and seclusion during our stay. Finally, we took the opportunity

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Opening in May 2018, Seven Pines in Ibiza, is an all-suite clifftop resort offering tailor-made luxury and privacy in beautiful surroundings. The resort is set in whitewashed Ibizenco-style homes that respect the island’s authentic design, finished with contemporary touches.Spa facilities totalling 1,500sqm will be a haven of wellbeing and relaxation and the resort’s very own Pershing yacht is also on hand for guest transfers and charter. Positioned between the spectacular Cala Conta and the secluded Cala Codolar beaches, Seven Pines Resort enjoys a stunning backdrop of the island of Es Vedrá and the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. From 580 Euros per night, bed and breakfast (

Hemingways Watamu The Star of the Kenyan Coastline

The Hemingways Watamu Hotel sits at the heart of the Kenyan Watamu Marine National Park. A trip to this most beautiful coastline offers guests the chance to spend time snorkling, learning to dive or simply taking in the sunset aboard a dhow cruise on the Mida Creek. While wildlife lovers will be in paradise with a trip to the extraordinary Sokoke Forest: the largest, most intact coastal forest in East Africa and home to some of Kenya’s rarest mammals. For the lounge lizards amongst us, this incredible thirty nine-bedroom hotel has been re-designed and now boasts thirteen brand-new deluxe ocean view rooms. The gorgeous interiors have been designed with a laid-back modern coastal vibe created using colours of the sea and sand and the use of local materials. From Honeymooners to families or groups, Hemingways Watamu offers the chance to experience this breath-taking location combined with unrivalled luxury. From £181, per room per night, based on two sharing (

Scandinavian hotel group Guldsmeden is expanding into Germany, with an eighty-one room hotel in the city of Berlin. All of the cosy rooms have a different design reflecting scandi style mixed with eclectic pieces. The hotel’s restaurant, Saeson, crafts modern Nordic cuisine using organic seasonal farm produce. From 115 Euros per room, per night ( 67


Connection Charlotte Davies steps aboard South America's first luxury sleeper, carving a path between Peru's natural wonders and ancient civilisations


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ur journey began in Cusco train station, sipping fruity cocktails while musicians and dancers dressed in vibrantly-coloured ponchos, performed traditional Peruvian dances. Behind us, a team of concierge staff dressed in elegant uniforms, quietly prepared South America’s first luxury sleeper train, Belmond’s Andean Explorer, for our voyage through the Andes towards Arequipa. The 16 white and midnight blue carriages reflected the early morning sun as it rose in the clear sky, and through large windows, we caught glimpses of our luxurious lodgings for the next three days. Stepping from the platform onto the train, we were greeted with Champagne in the bar carriage – with a baby grand piano, golden wall inlays reminiscent of Klimt’s masterpieces and ornate cornicing; it’s a setting that rivals some of the world's swankiest bars. A slight lurch and everyone’s hands fastened tighter around their flutes as the train departed from Cusco station and started its journey south.

Enclosed in an ornate balustrade, the open-air viewing platform was an ideal spot to watch glistening lakes and herds of alpacas and llamas pass by. Built in Australia in the early 1990s, the train originally travelled the Great South Pacific Express in Australia before the line ceased operating in 2003; 13 years later, the carriages were shipped to Peru and transformed by Belmond designer Inga Moore into South America’s first luxury sleeper. While an undertone of 1920s glamour is carried throughout the train’s décor, it is kept contemporary in a cool cream colour palette, with stylish modern fabrics and lighting. Expect the hallmarks of Belmond too, though: brass luggage racks, elliptical topped windows, and embossed ceilings, alongside plush fabrics and modern photography in slick, black frames.


Sleeping up to 48 passengers, the bedrooms are located in the front carriages; two luxurious suites closest to the bar and dining cars, with the junior doubles, bunks and small twin rooms located further away. Like the public carriages, the rooms are sophisticatedly decorated in similarly subtle tones, save for the bright blues and reds of the hand-woven Peruvian fabrics on the beds. All have their own ensuite with a shower, toilet and vanity. A highlight of the rooms is the service buttons – pisco sours are but a button press away… It was then time to explore. As I walked through the corridors, I caught glimpses of glacier-topped mountains and rich-green hillsides lined with terraces, until I reached the observation carriage at the rear of the train. Enclosed in an ornate balustrade, the open-air viewing platform, was my go-to spot for the leisurely hours aboard; an ideal spot to watch glistening lakes and herds of alpacas and llamas pass by. Lunch was then served in one of the two dining carts. With menus designed by South America’s chef du jour, Diego Muñoz, the fare served onboard reaches impressive heights. The

disembarked the train for our first exploration to the remains of the pre-Columbian settlement of Raqchi. Although a rather speedy stopover, it offers a glimpse of Incan architecture and a chance to stretch our legs in the Peruvian sun. As the daylight faded, we pulled into La Raya where we hopped off the train to view a small Spanish church and peruse a dozen or so stalls selling cashmere and vicuña. A cool mist settled around the train when we woke at 5am the following morning to watch the sunrise over the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca. Wrapped in alpaca scarves and

With menus designed by South America’s chef du jour, Diego Muñoz, the fare served onboard reaches impressive heights daily menus are inspired by the regional cuisines of the areas passed en route; during the journey we enjoyed trout from Lake Arapa, broad beans and lemons from Cusco, mushrooms, beets and corn from the Sacred Valley, and quinoa from the plains of Altiplano, all washed down with wine any sommelier would be proud to include in their cellar. Well fed and watered on alpaca ravioli, we


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clutching hot cups of cocoa tea, we huddled around a fire pit and waited almost silently to see the still waters turn a rosy hue of red as the sun rose over the mountains behind us. A few hours later, we reconvened to meet our guide for the day, who, armed with a clipboard and a tour guide’s booming voice, led us to a boat docked at the edge of the serene lake from where we sailed to the floating isles of Uros. Here, the patriarch of the island explained how the islands were built and how families live on the bobbing bed of totora reeds: the reed-rocks of lake life, the reeds are not only used to build islands, houses and boats, but are also a nourishing snack for the islanders who live off catching fish and birds in the lake, and

tourists in search of eye-catchingly colourful souvenirs. With our feet on firmer ground, we enjoyed lunch on the tranquil shores of Unesco heritage site, Isla Taquile, after which the island’s inhabitants performed a traditional dance dressed in brightly coloured costumes and tall, feathery hats. As the train trundled forward into the darkening sky that night, we caught our last glances of Peru’s verdant green valleys; little did we know we’d wake to vast desert-like plains interspersed with rocky outcrops, although the snowy mountains in the distance remained a constant throughout. The second sunrise, this time over Lake Saracocha, was as picturesque as the first, although far comfier as I watched the sunrise through the window under the warmth of my duvet. The final outing of our trip was to the Sumbay Caves which date back to the Paleolithic era, between 6,000 and 8,000 BC. Down a steep rocky pathway, the caves are set in a small valley with a trickling stream. Within the caves you’ll find hundreds of white and ochre-coloured drawings of alpaca, llamas, men and even the odd ostrich. My Andean adventure ended in what seemed like the middle of nowhere, in the dusty train station of Tambo Cañahuas. Over three days we’d traversed close to 700 kilometres, and explored ancient, Incan and contemporary Peruvian culture. To fit so much into a three-day journey is no mean feat, but if you can ship a train across an ocean and serve Michelin-standard fare at 14,000 feet, what’s a spa, two bars and luxury accommodation on top of that… (



hen the Māori settled in Auckland around 1350, they named it the isthmus of a thousand lovers because of its fertile soil, thanks to 48 volcanic craters that shape the landscape. Also coined ‘the city of sails’, much of its appeal centres around Waitematā Harbour and its numerous wharves. Auckland might not be New Zealand’s capital any more (a title transferred to Wellington in 1865 when parliament moved there), but it is often considered the gateway to the country. Figures for the year ending June 2017 showed that Auckland had the fastest population growth out of all the country’s regions: an increase of 2.6 per cent, to a total of 1.66 million people. Queen Street is Auckland’s spine: it runs in a straight line down to the waterfront from the central point where the motorways gather before branching off to the city’s suburbs. Many of the tourist attractions, such as the Sky Tower and Auckland Art Gallery, require just a short deviation along a side road. Down by the waterfront, it seems that an elixir of youth has also been sprinkled over the structural design. The Wynyard Quarter – only around seven years old – comprises vast public spaces and casual places to eat and drink while overlooking the gleaming superyachts. Just along from Wynyard Quarter – across Queen Street – is the Britomart area. Next to Auckland’s main transport centre, this industrial site was once home to Fort Britomart, which was used as a base for British colonial troops in the 19th century. The remaining structures have been renovated in what is the largest heritage restoration in New Zealand to date, and has attracted a number of ultra-trendy stores, restaurants and art galleries. It’s worth crossing the Auckland Harbour Bridge, which takes less than half an hour, to stroll along the white sands of the tranquil Takapuna Beach. Afterwards, make your way along to Mount Victoria – a walkable 87-metre volcano – from which you can look back across the harbour and admire the neat, city skyline and aquamarine horizon. Auckland’s fertile earth has indeed flourished.

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Auckland Urban spaces, balmy beaches and an abundance of coffee make for an exhilarating place to stay on more than a stopover WORDS: MARIANNE DICK DEVONPORT, IMAGE COURTESY OF TOURISM NEW ZEALAND





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Built in 1925, the downtown Hotel DeBrett celebrates its roaring ‘20s heritage with a themed high tea on weekends. The retro references continue throughout the hotel: swirling striped carpets and spotted monochrome bathrooms hark back to the ‘60s, while mirrored lifts give the effect of being inside a ‘70s disco ball. There’s an airy central atrium that houses a restaurant, plus a corner bar at street level that is ideal for observing the city or mingling among locals while sipping a craft beer. From £179 per night, bed and breakfas (


Where to eat

There’s no need to worry about outdated reviews or dodgy tip-offs because The Big Foody tour company, set up by British expat Elle Armon-Jones in 2009, does all the hard work for you. You can tailor a tour to your taste, or experience a variety of local culinary gems. Highlights include a pick-me-up at Miller’s Coffee, a feel-good lunch at Orphan’s Kitchen and a chat with charcuterie queen Hannah Miller, also known as A Lady Butcher. Polish it all off with an outrageous ice cream from Giapo’s parlour – it serves one in a Yorkshire pudding if you’re feeling homesick. From NZD$85 per person (


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Forget the Sky Tower, the only way to see Auckland from above is from a seaplane. Out of the smattering of islands that you can fly to, Waiheke is probably the most popular with its roaming vineyards, olive groves and beaches. For ultimate isolation and tranquillity, however, hop over to the idyllic Kawau: the 5,000-acre island has a population of only about 80, and no road access whatsoever. The Kawau Beach House sits steps away from the sand, and can accommodate guests overnight, or for one truly unforgettable meal. From NZD$470 per person (


Food Drink There’s no mistaking the earthy, unique flavour of Jersey Royal potatoes and, as they are at their best in May and June, we have chosen this issue to pay our respects to this mouth-watering crop. Not to mention we have been chatting to Jersey Royal aficionado Steve Smith, head chef at Jersey’s Michelin-star Bohemia who has been sharing his top tips for cooking the perfect potato and soup recipe - no excuses not to impress friends and family this season. (



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On The Road Again

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This October sees the return of superstar chef James Martin touring live in theatres up and down the UK. With a unique combination of signature cooking demonstrations and entertaining narrative, which combines his two passions of cooking and cars, you can be sure of a fast-moving show which will keep you engaged and you may just learn a trick or two. James Martin, On The Road… Again 2018 tour, 11 October at Manchester Opera House and 16 October, Liverpool Empire. £37.50 (

Oddfellow Returns

Oddfellows Hotels has announced Elliot Hill as head chef at boutique hotel, Oddfellows, Chester. Elliot returns home to Cheshire from London, where he held the executive chef role at The Park Tavern, Wandsworth. He was also previously part of the opening team at Hotel Gotham, Manchester. Elliot is looking forward to putting his "...mark on the menus, from those available in the secret garden, the bar or the restaurant, and enjoying using the wonderful local, seasonal Cheshire produce." (

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...with STUART DUFF, Executive head chef at Hilton Deansgate and regional development chef UK regions for Hilton


WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE INGREDIENT? My favourite ingredient is confit duck leg - it has a deep, rich, melt-in-your-mouth flavour. It’s so versatile and can be used in a salad, noodles, sandwiches, wraps… pretty much anything. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD? My favourite food to eat would have to be a full English breakfast. Nothing beats it. My favourite food to cook varies with the seasons but right now it is Hampshire Chalk stream farm trout. It is on my Podium restaurant menu and has such a great flavour, not earthy tasting like your average trout – it’s farmed on the River Test in clear water and I have been to the farm to see how the process works so there is a great story behind this which is sustainable for the future. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE OF KITCHEN KIT? The Triturator, which is basically a large potato ricer on a tripod stand. We couldn’t do without it here at Hilton Manchester Deansgate especially if we have mashed potato for a banquet of 500 people, which is very often the case.

Ingredient to


Broad Beans

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DESERT ISLAND DISH? Pasta Prima Vera - fusilli pasta, chicken breast, broccoli, carrots, spring onion pine nuts, olive oil and parmesan, very healthy and no sauce so also light to eat. WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR A LIVING IF YOU WERE NOT A CHEF? Since I was in school from the age of about ten I wanted to be a chef and never wanted to be anything else, to date I have had a 30 year career as a chef and had highs and lows but more highs definitely, it’s a tough but rewarding career. If I had to choose a different job it would be in marketing as it’s all about creativity and bringing concepts and stories to life. And the better hours would be a plus, of course. (

Broad beans are a great source of protein, fibre, vitamins A and C, potassium and iron. TOP TIP

I love broad beans simply cooked and tossed in butter however, this vegetable is very versatile and is a great accompaniment to a warm salad. Why not mix cooked hot broad beans with cooked puy lentils, shallots and crumbled Feta, along with a lemon and olive oil dressing finished with some ripped mint leaves? A quick, easy and delicious healthy supper that can be whipped up in no time.

At The Kitchen Opens

Cheadle Hulme is the perfect backdrop for the At The Kitchen cookery school. The founder Angela Boggiano harks from an Italian background with over 25 years of experience, including working with Sainsburys and Waitrose. The space looks incredible and the perfect place for a group special occasion or if you want to treat yourself and do a masterclass. ( 77



Jake shares with us one of his recipes for his favourite dish ‘A goats cheese cake starter’


ake started his culinary career at the tender age of just 14, as a kitchen porter in several restaurants in and around the Congleton area, before demonstrating his passion for cooking and dedicated work ethic which seen him progress to a commis chef position. Being completely self-taught, Jake quickly picked up a flair for generating unique menu ideas and developed his skills along the way and has now been working in the industry for 18 years. Jake joined DV8 Bars Limited 5 years ago as Head Chef of Congleton DV8 and has never looked back. He opened the DV8 Sandbach site in November 2016 and has enjoyed seeing the brand flourish and go from strength to strength. The head chef’s cooking style is classical yet contemporary-casual, spending most of his career developing his skillset in gastro pubs. He tends to use traditional flavours which work well together and then upgrades the classic dishes by adding his signature twists that he knows DV8 customers will enjoy. His favourite dish on the DV8 menu is the Ham Hock Bon Bons with Piccalilli, taking the elements from the ultimate British comfort food and bringing it together in a lighter crisper way for the new summer menu.  Everything is made in house by a large team of chefs at DV8; from the sauces to the ice creams, pride is taken in every element of each dish presented to customers. Brain-storming sessions involving the whole team from the apprentice to the Sous Chef are the main kick-starter to a new and exciting menu from Jake. The main menu is changed twice a year as well as daily specials, to ensure 78

DV8’s dishes are always fresh and seasonal. Jake has created a summer-worthy recipe exclusively for Cheshire Magazine readers in the form of a Goats’ Cheesecake starter, perfect for al fresco dining and another take on the classic British flavours we all know and love during the summer. The red onion and beetroot compliment the goats cheese well while the vibrant colours of the purple contrasting against the creamy white cheese are delicious and perfectly suited alongside a chilled glass of DV8’s New Zealand Sauvignon.


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400g of red onion, finely sliced 50ml of balsamic vinegar 2 Cloves

2 Juniper berries 4g Salt

1 Garlic clove, minced 350g Red currant jelly 3 Sprigs of thyme Oil

CHEESECAKE BASE: 120g Puff Pastry

20g Sesame seeds


20g Sunflower seeds

120g Unsalted butter


Place the beetroot in a pan and cover with water, cook on a low heat. Add a pinch of salt, and leave to cook until soft, this could take up to two hours, you will need to top up the water throughout the process. When soft, drain well and return to the pan, stir them round to evaporate the last of the liquid. Cook with a little with the brown sugar and then pour in the red wine vinegar, cook further until the liquid is a caramel colour and then add the double cream, leave to cook and thicken. Place the mixture into a blender and blend until smooth, season to taste.


Place a little oil in a large pan and cook the finely sliced onion and garlic with the salt until they have released their juices and are soft. Wrap the cloves, juniper berries and thyme leaves in a muslin cloth then add to the pan with the balsamic vinegar and redcurrant jelly. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the muslin cloth wrap from the pan and chill the contents of the pan in the fridge until needed. It should resemble a jam. Preheat the oven to 180°C


For the base, roll out the puff pastry to a thickness of 1cm and place in the oven until golden brown.


CHEESECAKE FILLING: 250g Goat’s cheese

100g Cream cheese

Leave to cool, then place puff pastry in blender with the seeds and salt in a bowl. Use the butter to bind the pastry together again. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and roll the pastry out to a thickness of 1/2cm. Place in the tray, pressing firmly into place so it’s even and flat. Leave to set in the fridge for at least 1 hour.


Beat the cheeses together until smooth. Place the cream in a small pan with the agar agar, bring to the boil and set aside. Pour the cheese mixture over the pre-set base and allow to set until firm, for 2–3 hours.


Slice beetroot finely, place sugar white wine, white wine vinegar in a pan and bring to a simmer and sugar has dissolved pour over beetroot and leave to cool. Assemble the cheesecake starting with the chilled bases, followed by the goats’ cheese topping and the red onion jam on top. Place the pickled beetroot alongside the cheesecake and garnish by piping the purée in dots around the pickled beetroot.

150ml Double cream 2g Agar agar


75g Caster sugar

75ml White wine vinegar 75ml White wine 75ml Water

BEETROOT PURÉE: 2 Raw beetroots

50g Brown sugar

200ml Double cream

100ml Red wine vinegar Salt Pepper




In the first of our series, we ask local experts for their perfect summer dishes. First up is Ben Mounsey, chef at Grafene who is inspired by Manchester and all that is great about Britain with his restaurant dish


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6.1oz Dark 70 per cent Chocolate 0.17oz Milk Powder

0.1oz Yoghurt Powder 2.1oz Water

0.5oz Butter

3/4 Leaf of Gelatine 7oz Cream


7oz Cocoa Nibs 7oz Sugar

5.2oz Water MINT OIL:

3 Bunches of Mint

300ml of Vegetable Oil DARK CHOCOLATE PARFAIT: 7oz Dark 70% Chocolate 14oz Double cream 5 Eggs

2.1oz Icing Sugar DEHYDRATED MOUSSE: 5.2oz Dark Chocolate 1.7oz Egg Yolks Pinch of Salt 7oz Egg White

7oz Caster Sugar MINT BUTTER MILK: 1/2 Bunch of Mint 500ml Buttermilk Salt

Serves: 10-20 people Prep time: 1 1/2 hours Equipment: Kitchen Aid, thermometer, heavy tray with 3cm sides, vacuum pack machine, muslin, thermo blender


Cook the chocolate with the powders in an oven set at 266°F for 30 minutes Blend the water and butter with the thermo blender at 140 °F, and once completely incorporated, add the gelatine Add the chocolate and blitz well Cool slightly. Then semi-whip the cream and fold in Leave to set in a fridge


Melt the chocolate with 3.5oz of cream and the icing sugar Whisk in the egg yolks and cook until it becomes a sabayon (thickened), and set aside to cool Whisk the egg whites until the soft peak stage Whip the cream until it also forms soft peaks Fold the egg white, and then fold in the cream Season and freeze


Vacuum seal (you can leave in a bowl and cover tightly with cling

film) the buttermilk and torn-up mint leaves Refrigerate for 24 hours Pass the buttermilk through a sieve. Then hang the buttermilk in a muslin cloth over a bowl to remove the whey Season and reserve the buttermilk


Mix melted chocolate with egg yolks and salt Whisk the egg whites and sugar, then fold through the chocolate. Dehydrate by placing in an oven overnight at 131°F


Heat water and sugar to 275°F Stir in the cocoa nibs Stir off the heat until the sugar is white and coats the nibs Put on a plate and leave to cool


Pick and blanch mint in boiling water for 45 seconds Refresh in iced water Dry the mint and then dehydrate in an oven overnight at 95°F Blitz the mint with 100ml of oil and pass through muslin


Slice the parfait to 5cm by 5cm Loosely spread some mousse over the parfait Squeeze five dots of buttermilk over the mousse and sprinkle with cocoa nibs Break up the dehydrated mousse and stand up in shards on top of the buttermilk, mousse/parfait combination. To finish, drizzle with mint oil and dust with cocoa powder Baby mint can be added for a fresh mint flavour and colour (

“The idea behind the dish is to texturally and flavour wise give the consumer the feeling and experience of having a brownie without the physical look of a brownie and without flour.”


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ucked away down a leafy winding road just over a mile from central Wilmslow stands The Stanneylands. We arrived on a sunny April afternoon and parked in the generously sized car park. From the outside the building looks very traditional but inside we were pleasantly surprised to see a very contemporary interior, with an open plan layout giving it a lovely light and airy feel. The Stanneylands has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment at and more recently has been taken over by the family owned brewer and pub operator J W Lees, which also owns the much-loved Alderley Edge Hotel and Plough and Flail Inn. We ventured outside to make the most of the pleasant weather to a choice of three alfresco areas, choosing a table overlooking the tranquil fields., In spite of being only a few miles from the airport and neighbouring Altrincham and Wilmslow, it was peaceful and you could have been anywhere. Once we finished our glass of wine on the terrace we made our way inside and chose to dine at The Grill room, one of the two restaurants that they have to offer, the other being The Tap and Pantry which is more casual. The Grill Room offers a Best of British menu with a classic feel in design. We enjoyed a set menu of buttered asparagus, homemade cherrywood salmon, wild radish and spring herb salad followed by a trio of Cheshire Farms milk-reared lamb, parsley potatoes, glazed baby vegetables,

British fare in a British setting here in Cheshire

The perfect setting for a weekend bite to eat with friends or family red wine and hawthorn jus concluded with a classic lemon tart, red berry and mascarpone pavlova and white peach syrup. If that wasn't enough they then brought us a lovely selection of local cheeses to enjoy before coffee. Well who can resist a cheese board? The presentation of the food and standard was of the highest level, the asparagus was grilled to perfection and was balanced by delicate salmon. The three cutlets of lamb that followed were all equally delicious, earthy and slightly sweet in taste with a supple yet rich red wine jus

and the lemon tart was zesty and flavoursome paired perfectly with the sweet tasting berries. The food was superb and both myself and my guest agreed that we would come again with family, it’s such a perfect setting for those weekends where you fancy a drive somewhere and a bite to eat with friends or family (we are told the Sunday lunch is delicious). Overall The Stanneylands is a perfect choice hotel for a little weekend break and also a destination venue for food and drink. Even if you have been to Stanneylands in the past or grew up visiting for family meals, you should revisit as I think everyone will be pleasantly surprised with what they have to offer and we are excited to see where the new owners will take it next. ( 83

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FROM VIMTO TO SCIENCE Grafene, Manchester Manchester’s contemporary fine-dining bar and restaurant, Grafene, has launched its eclectic new cocktail collection to 100 connoisseurs. Accompanied by creative bar bites from chef, Ben Mounsey guests enjoyed 15 unique cocktails created with northern life at the core - from vimto to tea. (







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AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE 2018 High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise 2017/18, sponsored by LDF Urban Landscape Design Mornflake Oats Award for Innovation Perfectus Biomed Ltd. High Sheriff’s Award for Responsible Business Practice, sponsored by Warrington Borough Council The Land Trust (Highly Commended – Laser Quantum Ltd.)



Roberts Bakery Family Award of Excellence Car Transplants UK & Overwater Marina (Highly Commended – C&C Catering Equipment Ltd.) ROBERTS BAKERY FAMILY AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - OVERWATER MARINA WINNERS

Micro Enterprise Award Chestnut Meats


Cheshire Business Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Click Consult and West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce Heat Trace Ltd. Cheshire Business Leaders Award for the Cheshire and Warrington Entrepreneur of the Year Dr Samantha Westgate, Perfectus Biomed Ltd.


Cheshire Business Leaders Award for the Outstanding Cheshire and Warrington Business Leader Dave Maisey, Managing Director at ICC Solutions Ltd. Best Apprentice Award Charlotte Thompson, Rock Chemicals Ltd. & Jordan Ireland, Harry Fairclough Construction

Chester Racecourse Cheshire businesses of all sizes were celebrated at the High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise, Cheshire’s most prestigious awards for business performance. Over 300 of Cheshire’s entrepreneurs and business leaders were hosted by High Sheriff of Cheshire and owner of Combermere Abbey, Sarah Callander Beckett, and Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester to celebrate outstanding business achievement across private sector organisations. Urban Landscape Design scooped the overall prize, and were rewarded with an incredible prize of a place on the University of Chester’s MBA programme with £10,000. (




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“Cheshire is a county brimming with entrepreneurial talent at all levels – from apprentices to business owners - and it is so vital to reward and celebrate this business drive which makes Cheshire such a prosperous place to live.” - Sarah Callander Beckett




Emirates Old Trafford Trafford Law Society held their annual Spring Ball, sponsored by Damar Training Limited, JLT and X-press Legal Services, hosting members from the Trafford area and beyond for a fun evening of celebration and networking. The event raised £600 on the night for nominated charity Stockdales - a local charity with a wealth of experience in making a difference to children, young people and adults with learning disabilities. (;






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All Fall Down

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Cuddle Friends


Perfect playmates and bedtime companions, these supersoft friends are generously sized and beautifully designed by Danish brand Done by Deer. Select from Elphi the elephant, Raffi the giraffe or Croco the crocodile, or bring the whole safari home. £29.95 (

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Knees & Toes

One of the hottest new baby gadgets on the market, with their bright colours, shapes and textures, Twiddle Ons will keep your baby entertained as they find their feet by reaching and grabbing these multi-coloured socks. Designed to encourage hand/eye coordination the vivid colours help to develop the baby’s vision and co-ordination skills. Super Cute. £8.99 ( 88

A-roar-able adventure awaits with the Dinosaur Toddler Towel from multi award-winning Cuddledry. Made with their signature blend of incredibly soft bamboo and cotton towelling which stays soft,however many times you wash it. Incredibly snuggly and super absorbent, this toddler towel will spark your child’s imagination with its green fabric and black dinosaur scales along its head and spine. Brilliant for bathtime, beachtime or just dressing up. £29.99 (

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Snappy Feet

Your little adventurers will be walking out in style as pioneering footwear brand, Crocs, bringS to you their new Crocband Collection, featuring clogs, flips and fun kid styles. Kids love the bold, raised graphic on these clogs, which they can see and touch. From glow in the dark eyes to LEDs that light up every step, send your little super hero out with minions, Elsa, Spiderman, Cars and many more. Their feet won’t want to stop dancing! £19.99 - £26.99 (

MR HENDRIX APPROVED Our favourite four-legged family member tries out some of the latest goodies

Nurturing Nature

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Towel Dry No more wet, muddy shake off, Ruff and Tumble drying coats will have your pooch pawfect after wet walks and bath times. The top quality double-thickness cotton towelling makes the coat soft, absorbent and comfortable and it’s machine washable. An all-round must have for dog and owner. £26-£59 (


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Mightier than the Sword

The classroom In Fine Voice

There was a buzz of excitement at The Queen’s School when staff and pupils welcomed two very special visitors to perform in assembly. Alumna, Sophie Rohan returned to where her singing began, to deliver a stunning performance with her singing partner, Emily Burnett. The duo, known as Belle Voci, were contestants on this year’s The Voice and were mentored by US star Jennifer Hudson in the ITV show. The talented singers won through to the last four contestants and performed in the live final. The whole school loved watching the ITV show, voting for them and cheering them on each week. (

Pupils at The King’s School were recently given the opportunity to take part in a series of exciting and actionpacked workshops organised by visiting author Chris Bradford. Chris is a million-selling novelist who specialises in action and adventure books for teenagers, and spent time at the school teaching the children how to captivate the reader with creative writing. Although aimed at teenagers, Chris’ books attract an audience which spans the ages of seven to 77 with his stories that engage even the reluctant reader, with their fast-paced, powerful plots. Among his 25 books are two major series, the Bodyguard books in which young teenagers work as undercover bodyguards and the Young Samurai series which takes the classic Japanese warrior and transforms him into a fearless teenager, searching out the evil assassin Ninjas. Chris not only captivated pupils on his visit with punchy plot lines, but also gave an impressive masterclass in how to handle a Samurai sword using a classic blade in a series of almost balletic moves. (

Young Scientists


The Firs School held a unique science week where the children learnt all about the wonders of science. The whole school enjoyed a trip to Manchester’s Museum of Science where they saw the first railway platform in the world, a Shackleton aeroplane and hundreds of engines, all of which were made in Manchester. Once back at school, the children took part in a range of workshops designed by the staff, where they learnt principles of physics such as will your boat float or sink and what makes a rocket go so fast, and much more. The children were also invited to take part in a special house competition to design a science project on a British scientist past or present. The Firs School even encouraged the younger Firs Cones nursery and kindergarten children, aged two and three to become young scientists. (


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25 Years of Quilter in Manchester

David Rothburn, head of office, reflects on the past 25 years of Quilter Cheviot in Manchester, but focuses on the future


t is with pleasure and pride that we celebrate Quilter Cheviot Manchester office’s 25th anniversary this year. So much has happened over that time, and so much has changed, yet our ethos remains the same - building long-term relationships with clients and their advisers using our disciplined investment process to provide bespoke investment solutions. We opened our Manchester office in July 1993. The timing seemed inauspicious: there had been the global stock market recession which began in 1987 (Black Monday) and the crisis of 1992, when sterling was forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (Black Wednesday). The property market was suffering from negative equity. All were good reasons for people to be nervous about investing their wealth. But actually, the UK economy was coming out of recession, and heading into a long run of positive growth that lasted until the dot com crash in March 2000. In hindsight, therefore, our new venture was well timed. The company has been through a number of changes. In 1993, we were known as Quilter Goodison, a stockbroker with a pedigree going back to 1771. Since then the company has been through a number of owners, and merged with Cheviot Asset Management in 2013, when we became Quilter Cheviot. Today, Quilter Cheviot has a national network of offices, including offices in Dublin, Jersey and a representative office in Dubai, managing £23bn of

assets (as at 31 December 2017). We work closely with adviser firms big and small, as well as accountants, solicitors and other professionals to create bespoke financial solutions for a range of clients, including private individuals, families, corporates, charities and foundations. One of the reasons for our continued growth over the years is the city of Manchester itself. Arguably, it is the second city of the UK. It has the largest regional airport in the UK, a significant number of legal and accountancy firms, Londonstyle property prices and (at time of writing) the top two teams in English football. Just as Manchester continues to grow - it has an impressive ‘crane count’ - so does our team. Since we opened our offices, the number of permanent staff has more than doubled, and we are expanding to handle the growing number of clients. We also have a number of consultants working with us in different capacities: for example, Kate Baldwin has been driving our Dementia Initiative, a campaign to make Quilter Cheviot a dementia-friendly business, working to raise awareness of the disease across the financial services sector and beyond. From the original team of six employees, two are still with us today: Tim Timotheou (who now works at the Liverpool Office) and myself. Growth means change, but for us it also means continuity. To find out more about Quilter Cheviot and how we might help with your investments, please contact our Manchester office on 0161 832 9979





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SOFTEN the blow

STONE We pore over concrete designs for inside the home

A soft focus on Jonathan Alder’s new cushion collection

OPTICAL ORNAMENTS Quirky household objects hiding in plain sight


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Home & Garden News The very latest news, advice and trends from the world of interior design

The Living is Easy Christian Lemieux knows a thing or two when it comes to styling your home, and her belief is that, like fashion, the secret to a stylish home is down to the colour mix, textures, materials and patterns. The entrepreneur and designer was responsible for launching DwellStudio which she went on to sell to Wayfair in 2013. Her latest venture, Living by Christiane Lemieux, sees her use Art Deco and mid-century style as inspiration, together with her love of nature. Since launching in January 2018, Living by Christiane Lemieux has found a firm place in the hearts of those looking to create a stylish home with a touch of glamour. This sophisticated brand brings together trendsetting style with heirloom quality. The Edition 1 collection is an eclectic mix of exclusive modern designs that are beautifully timeless and are complemented by gorgeous accessories. The result is a rich yet relaxed look, proving that curated

New Flame

Alton Upholstered Chair, ÂŁ699 (


casual is the new chic. The range includes bedroom and dining furniture, coffee and console tables, sofas, armchairs, rugs, lighting and soft furnishings, so that you can transform your whole house into a modern luxury haven. (

Tom Dixon has added two candles to its Materialism collection. Terrazzo evokes Mediterranean citrus, while Brutalist Cork creates a smoky, woody ambience. Tom Dixon Candles from ÂŁ65 each, (

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TWEET of the MONTH Martyn White Designs @MartynWDesigns Martyn White Designs is a media partner for @CDWfestival for a third consecutive year. I cannot wait to share the goings on at this year’s exciting event

London Design Festival @L_D_F Head down to @broadgatelondon to experience Sense of Space, a unique multi-room sensory art installation open until 18 May



“Design must seduce, shape and perhaps more importantly, evoke an emotional response.” – April Greiman


Layer your Lair in Luxury Jonathan Adler is synonymous with bold, bright designs with a playful 1970s vibe. His latest Milano collection of cushions includes modern patterns in heavenly hues, made with luxe velvets. This vibrant collection is inspired by Pop Art and features five signature patterns in a range of vivid shades, from turquoise and lime to reds and purples. Milano Cushions, from £98 (

Bowled Over

The Italian design company Alessi, has launched their new spring/summer collection.The Barknest basket is evidence of the brand’s creative aesthestic and is inspired by nature. Barknest Basket, £88 (





GOURMET UPGRADES Bring the sunshine and spice of India into your kitchen or alfresco dining this month with Liberty’s Made in India Collection. Plates from £30, (

Speak Up

Wireless speaker systems just got stylish. Family-owned British company Ruark Audio has created the MRx, a wireless speaker system that will enhance environments with its design, and entertain with its sound. Capable of filling a single room or a whole home, the MRx has been designed without compromise. This little, but powerful


For those looking to re-design their kitchen for 2018, luxury appliance brand Smeg has released a number of exciting upgrades to its minimalist Linea collection. The latest evolution introduces a sophisticated new look to

device embodies the exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail that has become the hallmark of Ruark’s range. Using the latest sound-processing technology they have been able to finely tune sound so that this speaker becomes a stereo soundstage. Ruark are also introducing a dedicated app for iOS and Android devices called ‘Link’. This allows users full control and provides source material information. Users can also create and manage groups for multiple device use as part of a multi-room system. MRx Connected Wireless Speaker, £399 (

the design-led range of built-in compact ovens, hoods and hobs. Their coffee machines, warming drawers and even matching sinks and taps have creates the ultimate co-ordinated kitchen look. In addition, Smeg now has a new steam assisted oven and an uber-stylish wine cooler – the first of its kind in this versatile and seventy strong range. Available in silver glass, black or white every aspect of the Linea collection has been carefully re-considered right through to the design of the handles and the sleek illuminated controls. (

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Grow Bags

STATELY STONEWORK Haddonstone began creating high quality decorative cast stonework in 1971 and first exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show the following year. Since then the company has gained an ever-increasing reputation as experts in the manufacture of custom-made architectural stonework and are recognised as a market leader with companies in the UK and America. It has a dedicated team who strive to create fine stonework whether you require a garden planter or more stately fountains, balustrades and orangeries. (

Explore your flavour palate and improve your gardening skills with these Japanese Cultivate & Eat growing bags by Noted. Each bag contains a different Japanese plant along with everything you need to grow it from potting mix, seeds and instructions. Choose from Shiso - Japanese basil, or Wasabina - Mustard Greens, or the Hawk Claw Chili Pepper. Claw is often used to top hot udon noodles. Cultivate and Eat, ÂŁ7.85 (

Lighter Nights Hopefully, long summer evenings outdoors are on the horizon and, once the sun has set, there are lots of ways to light up your garden or create atmosphere on your terrace. From battery to solar, festoon to fairy, give your garden some sparkle this summer whether you have a small courtyard or orchards and acres. We love Lights4fun: their Cloud White Miami Solar Lanterns are inspired by the chic parties of sunny Miami. The lightweight oversized lanterns stylishly hang from trees in the day and radiate a beautiful golden glow in the evening. Or for magical summer evening dining, drape festoon lights to create a gorgeous illuminated garden. (




MILLER We meet Ewen Miller, managing director of Altrincham-based Calderpeel Architects, specialists in superhomes and private residential projects

motivated, frustrated, annoyed, but most importantly supported and guided me, is my business partner Harry Calder. Harry founded the business 25 years ago and has created countless luxury homes across Cheshire and the wider region.

Proudest moment in your career to date

We’ve won many design awards, which are an amazing recognition of all the hard work you and the team put into a project. However, nothing makes me prouder than having positive feedback from delighted clients. Knowing that you have successfully taken them on what can be a very emotionally exhausting journey through to the completion of the project, and that it inspires them in ways they never previously understood, is reward enough.

The best thing about working in the industry

The people who inspired you to pursue your current profession

I’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing people, whether colleagues, clients or other property professionals. It’s almost impossible to name one individual. However, through my whole career the individual that has inspired,

It’s a bit of a cliché but it is the people. As architects we get invited into the private lives of our clients, we get to understand them, their needs and their family’s needs. This is without a doubt a great privilege, and the diverse range of people with whom we engage keeps the job vibrant, exciting and challenging.

What do you enjoy most about the process that goes into designing new homes?

The design process is never linear: it’s an organic and considered process. The challenge we face every day is to keep designing better and better spaces for our clients to inhabit. This takes time and the best solutions are

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the end of a project when it was once merely a sketch is one of the most satisfying and exciting parts of being an architect.

Describe your dream home

Simple really. Somewhere where my family is. My home.

The best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and your personal motto usually initially elusive. When you finally arrive at a solution that not only addresses the functionality of the design, but also creates a beautiful and well-proportioned proposal is what continues to give me enjoyment. Then walking through the space at

Listen. As architects we’re used to extolling the merits of our designs and occasionally forget to listen. The best piece of advice I received, and still live my life by, is making sure I take the time to listen, digest and really try to understand what the true issues are. (

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THE BIG BUILD We’ve been inspired by architectural concepts and the use of building and industrial materials in our interior schemes

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Copper Geometry Art Print, £250 (

Thor Raw Umber Leather Kitchen Door Handles, £13.99 (

Cult Design Atlas Metal Bar Stool, Solid Elm and Copper, £89 (

Fire Cube (16-inch), £2,000 (

Concrete Console Table with Strip Legs, £365 (

Battersea Power Station by Chisel and Mouse, £150 (

Hugo Copper and Concrete Table Lamp, £59 (

Concrete Wallpaper Design 2, £199 (


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Spring Lodge, Flookersbrook, Chester ÂŁ800,000 Positioned within walking distance of a wide range of amenities and easy access to the city centre, an outstanding detached Victorian residence in need of modernisation with many original period features and extensive accommodation over three floors. Mature private walled gardens, driveway providing off road parking and garage.

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Malgan House, 3 Mondrem Green, Chester Road, Little Budworth OIEO ÂŁ699,950 Situated in a superb location and positioned at the head of an executive gated development, an outstanding, second largest detached family home on the development with exceptional specification and in excess of 3,000 sq.ft. flexible accommodation throughout. Landscaped private gardens, driveway providing parking for several vehicles and integral double garage.

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Fox Covert, Wyche Lane, Bunbury CW6 9PS ÂŁ1.295 Million Situated in a sought after quiet village location and set in approximately 1.2 acres with open views across farmland, an outstanding and beautifully presented detached family home with over 4,200 sq.ft. of superb flexible accommodation throughout. Extensive south-facing landscaped private gardens, driveway providing off road parking for several vehicles and double garage.

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White Cottage, Long Lane, Haughton ÂŁ935,000 Positioned in a most sought after and quiet location with superb undisturbed views across open farmland, an outstanding, fully renovated and extended detached family home set in private south-west facing landscaped grounds. Electric gated entrance, driveway providing off road parking for several vehicles, detached double garage and paddock.

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The Gatehouse, 1 St. Mary’s Drive, Whitegate £895,000 Situated on a prestigious executive development, opening onto Vale Royal Abbey Golf Course, a substantial and beautifully-presented detached family home with superb and flexible accommodation throughout. Large private landscaped gardens, secure gated entrance, driveway providing off road parking for several vehicles and detached triple garage with Annexe.

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Lowther Lodge, 592 Chester Road, Sandiway ÂŁ825,000 Situated in a sought after private location an outstanding and most impressive detached family residence, originally dating back to 1837 with extensive accommodation and many period features throughout. Beautifully landscaped gardens, gated entrance, circular driveway providing off road parking for several vehicles and Detached Coach House with a great opportunity for conversion to ancillary accommodation (Subject to necessary planning permissions).

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Take a chill pill A daily dose of fun is prescribed at Jonathan Adler HQ, where no idea is deemed too ‘out there’. Join in with these decorative acrylic capsules – just what the doctor ordered. From £98 (



Moneyphant Money Box, £60, Georg Jensen (

Release your inner rock star with this handy neon coat hook Orange coat hook, £100 (

Turtle Magnifying Glass, £135 (

I-Scream match strike, £42, Jonathan Adler (

Brass Bird Bowl, £198 (

Kitchen storage that looks good enough to eat Cabbage bowl, £95; Pepper pot, £49.96, both Bordallo Pinheiro, (

Octopus Candlestick Holder, £35 (



An Eye for an Eye A symbol of protection, the eye is often used as a talisman for good luck. The L’Objet Lito collection celebrates this with all-seeing optics in myriad forms. Balance this paperweight on your desk for good fortune. £250 (

A menagerie of clambering critters to brighten up your home

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Mouse Lamp, from £60 ( Rocket Decanter, £168, Jonathan Adler (


WORLD Aston Star Mirror, £425 (

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A Good Hare Day If you can find a better chair than this, then we’re all ears. Forget chocolate: the LVR Editions Baby Red Rabbit stool by Italian brand Qeeboo is the ultimate treat. £447, Qeeboo, (

Whatever the Feather

On Reflection A master of marquetry and masquerade, David Linley challenges the boundaries of perception with his Trompe L’œil – art of illusion – collection. Dive in with the Perspective Swimming Pool Mirror. £750 (

COQUILLES Butter Knives, £34 for a set of four (

Artichoke Bottle Stoppers, £24 for three (

When it comes to eclectic interiors, don’t bury your head in the sand. This ostrich feather palm tree floor lamp by The Kairos Collective is the perfect way to add some whimsy to your home. Pick it up with black or white plumage. £3,500 (

Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup Candles, £45 each, Ligne Blanche (


Property News The very latest news and advice from the northwest property world and beyond WORDS: JAN CLARKE

Best Place to Live

Altrincham has been voted the northwest’s best place to live by The Sunday Times. A new entry to this year’s list, the town was recognised for its youthful energy, centred around the regenerated market – a cool slice of suburbia with a new found buzz. Well it would be rude of us to disagree! (

Building of the Decade

The finalists of the BBC North West Tonight People’s Choice North West Building of the Decade have been named. In association with Inside Media, the winner will be announced at the North West Property Awards on 17 May, 2018. We wish all the regional finalists well but have to profess a soft spot for Sir Norman Foster’s Maggies at The Christie and The Storyhouse. Fingers crossed. (


Anwyl homes has just unlocked the doors of two new developments and their showhomes. With a rich heritage spanning more than 85 years, Anwyl prides itself on combining housebuilding knowledge with an outstanding range of properties - from those looking for the perfect, spacious family home to those wishing to downsize, or first-time buyers making the leap onto the property ladder, each home is carefully considered and is designed to meet the demands of modern life. There are several stunning showhomes open across Cheshire, including Abbeyfields in Sandbach, Willow Grange in Willaston, Somerford Grove in Congleton and Heathfields in Audlem. Each home perfectly showcases the design, space, style and specification of an Anwyl home, all delivered with the personal touch of this award-winning builder. (

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Ticking time bomb? Hot Property Get your interest-only A Spectacular Villa with Sea View mortgage ducks in a row in Sol De Mallorca WORDS: CRISPIN HARRIS MRICS


t’s estimated that one in five home owners in the UK took out an interest-only repayment mortgage during the last decade or so, and that a not insignificant 85,000 interestonly mortgages are due to finish this year. If you’re one of that number and don’t have a vehicle with which to pay off your loan, my advice is to seek professional advice as soon as you can. Help is at hand. Taking out an interest-only mortgage means that none of the capital is paid off over the term of the mortgage, with a lump sum due at the end. If your property was mortgaged for £1 million, you would still owe £1 million.

“Taking out an interest-only mortgage means that none of the capital is paid off over the term of the mortgage” If you didn’t put in place a financial plan to pay off your mortgage, now is certainly the time to consider your options. Take the bull by the horns and speak with an experienced agent and a financial adviser to look at the available choices. Many lenders are offering to convert interest-only mortgages into repayment mortgages, but the rates may be higher than you anticipate and lending criteria have changed significantly since you last took out a mortgage. The overriding message here is don’t leave it until too late to make your plans for repayment. Planning now for the future will avoid unnecessary stress further down the road.


his brand new property can be found in a fantastic location in the quiet residential area of Sol De Mallorca. Designed and built to take advantage of the breathtaking views that open to the sea, it’s also surrounded by dense pine forest, giving residents a sense of escapism yet offering the utmost seclusion. The house is built in a contemporary style and is flooded with natural light courtesy of the magnificent floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors, throughout the property. With five bedrooms and five bathrooms, this is the perfect place for friends and family gatherings. The kitchen has direct access to a series of large terraces, there’s a spacious garden and 20-metre swimming pool all of which allow for a fantastic outdoor lifestyle, while the open-plan layout, gym and high specification of the property provide for luxurious living. Available at a guide price of 6,000,000 EUR through Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty (; +34 971 721 000)


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This decorative and functional limited-edition pouffe was originally designed by Cecilie Manz in 2016. It forms part of the Fritz Hansen Objects 60th Anniversary Collection, which also includes the Egg and Swan chairs. The pouffe is only available until 31 December 2018, so some fancy footwork is needed to get one before they’re gone. £340 (


Janey Butler Interiors & Llama Architects form part of the Llama Group. Creating award winning residential and commercial projects in the UK and abroad. I n t e r n at i o n a l A wa r d W i n n i n g A r c h i t e c t s & D e s i g n e r s The Coach House, Capesthorne Hall, Nr Alderley Edge , Cheshire , SK11 9JY



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The Cheshire Magazine - June 2018 - Best of British