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designs – such as the much-loved Chelsea boot. Each pair of our boots are handmade using natural products and are finished to our impeccable standards. We believe that shoes shouldn’t cost the Earth but that you shouldn’t compromise on quality.

Welcome to Dukes issue of EAUX magazine. Dukes boots and shoes are of a very high quality. We focus on making and selling traditional British shoes with a modern twist. Our main range comprises of traditional Chelsea boots with a modern twist – as a flash of bright elastic or a unique colour of suede. Dukes believe that there is a turn in the industry towards more practical and comfortable footwear, focusing on classic

Every component of our boots is hand crafted using traditional methods ensuring that they are designed not only to look beautiful but are made to last. Dukes boots have a traditional British design and simply get better with age. Dukes customers also have the option to personalise their boots with their initials which are hand stamped in Canterbury in a choice of five colours. This is a wonderful way to make your favourite new pair of boots entirely your own. Please visit www.dukesboots.com to see our whole range.


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19 • PICTURE PERFECT Photographer Ross Dean advises on choosing your wedding photographer

7 • EVENTS What to see and where to go this month

10 • SPIRIT OF THE SEA Victoria Guthrie speaks to Sean McMillan, CEO of Spirit Yachts in Ipswich Haven Marina 12 • PEARL OF THE OCEAN Gemma Cresswell talks to Rob Humphrey of Humphreys Yacht Design about the new Oyster 825


13 • NEW ERA OF RHYC We find out about the history of Royal Harwich Yacht Club 14 • LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION The EAUX team searches out the finest luxury wedding venues across the country 18 • THE PERFECT GOWN Sharon Higgs, owner of Just a Day Bridalwear, advises on choosing the perfect wedding gown




8 • THE LONDON BOAT SHOW A world of adventure, pioneers and innovation

20 • CREATING A FLAWLESS IMAGE Victoria Guthrie speaks to Sarah Gregory, owner of Flawless Image beauty salon, about preparing for the big day 22 • BIG DAY BLOOMS Myrtle & Mint talks beautiful floral ideas, tips and secrets for planning your wedding flowers 24 • WEDDING FAIRS 2015 Looking for inspirational for catering, cake designs or wedding dress suppliers? Here is a round-up of the best wedding fairs in Suffolk


25 • CATWALK We look at catwalk trends for him and her 32 • UPDATE YOUR WARDROBE We take a look at designer menswear store Urban Vintage

33 • ON TREND Personal Stylist, Katie Bowen, from Katie & Co advises on what knitwear we should be grabbing off the shelves right now 36 • WATCH OUT We look at wristwear for men and women 38 • LUXURY FRAGRANCES Indulge yourself with these decadent fragrances for him and her 40 • HAVE YOU HEARD? A single mum from Suffolk has turned her passion for improving people’s hearing into an award-winning business 41 • STRUTHERS FOR MORGAN Victoria Guthrie talks wrist wear with Rebecca Struthers of Struthers London 44 • NEW YEAR, NEW BEAUTY REGIME Rihanna Prentice, co-owner of The Beauty Rooms in Marks Tey, talks all things beauty to help kick start your 2015 beauty regime 46 • GIVE IT SOME LIP Keep your lips luxuriously soft with these balms 47 • IMAGE IS EVERYTHING EAUX explores Image Salon in Ipswich



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48 • 2015 HAIR TRENDS Danny Woollard of Bohemia, boutique hair salon in Ipswich talks enduring trends for 2015

62 • RECIPES Head chef, Steve McQuitty, at Salthouse Harbour Hotel whips up three exclusive recipes

93 • TAKE THE NEW SPYDER FOR A SPIN Boys love their toys and luxury powersports vehicles are certainly no exception



95 • WHY CHOOSE LINDACRE? Greg Rashbrook advises why entrusting your Land Rover to the team at Lindacre Land Rover Service Centre is a great choice

54 • FINE DINING IN SUFFOLK Our editor Victoria investigates the delights of 1530 restaurant at Seckford Hall

72 • ITALY Fred. Olsen advise on luxurious breaks in Italy

52 • Baking With Amy EAUX speaks to Britain’s youngster baker and published author

55 • DINING EXPERIENCE EAUX explores some of the finest riverside restaurants around the world in Paris, New York and London 56 • ROMANTIC DINING IN THE HEART OF SUFFOLK Romance is in the air. Holly Court seeks out fine dining for Valentine’s Day 58 • BY THE DRAM Our selection of the finest whiskies to please the most discerning of tastebuds 61 • WINTER WARMERS Stevie Robson, Head Chef at Suffolk Food Hall talks seasonal food

68 • …AND RELAX It’s official; Christmas is now over and it’s time to unwind

76 • WILD BUSH LUXURY: AUSTRALIA G&T explore unseen Australia 80 • READY, JET-SET, GO! Travel in style with luxury luggage 81 • WEEKEND IN… OXFORD Soak up the culture in Oxford, home to one of the leading universities in the world


100 • HOME HUBS Victoria Guthrie talks home hubs with Jamie Christensen and Ricky Brownlee of Christensen Brownlee Design 105 • WAS YOUR KITCHEN A CHRISTMAS CRACKER OR A NATIVITY NIGHTMARE? Daniel Barr from Anglia Factors offers advice on how to rectify some common issues that may have turned the perfect Christmas into a catering disaster


86 • COUNTRY AND URBAN PERFECTION EAUX takes a look at the new Morgan Plus 8

109 • AMAZING SPACES Combining modern architecture with rugged landscapes, Juvet hotel is the ultimate in tranquil escapes

90 • NEXT BIG THING Space and style meet refinement with the Hyundai i20

114 • The Last Word Horticulturalist Melvyn Prentice looks at planning a redesign of your garden for 2015



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EVENTS 6th January 13:10 Lunchtime Concert Cello duo Rebecca Welham and Catherine Johnson will play rarely performed duets by Bach and well-known 18th-20th Century cellists in tribute to British cellist and teacher Jacqueline du Pré. www.theatreroyal.org 25th January 19:30 A ‘Burns’ Supper for the Mayor’s Charities The Mayor and Mayoress are hosting a five course Burns supper in aid of their chosen charities. www.my-we.de/en/events-partys/ mayors-charity-burns-night-supper 30th January 18:30 Aldeburgh Festival Preview One of Europe’s leading classical music festivals, the Aldeburgh Festival, includes a programme of orchestral music, opera, and contemporary art. A unique chance to see a preview of this year’s festival. www.tickets.aldeburgh.co.uk/Online/festival 31st January 19:30 Concert by The Nightingale Quintet in aid of RSPB Woodbridge Group Suffolk musicians The Nightingale Quintet will play a varied programme of classical music from Mozart to Warlock with readings by Kate Helleur to raise money. www.choosewoodbridge.co.uk/whats-on

31st January 19:30 East Anglia Chamber Orchestra The East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jacques Cohen and with soloist Maxim Kosinov, present an evening of Mozart, Sibelius and Brahms. www.theapex.co.uk 4th February 10:30 Learn and Lunch Head Chef at the The Westleton Crown in Southwold, Robert Mace, will demonstrate how to cook seasonal dishes, followed by a delicious two course lunch. www.westletoncrown.co.uk 7th February 19:30 Dominic Seldis and Wolsey Orchestra Bury St Edmunds musician Dominic Seldis will perform with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from Amsterdam. www.theapex.co.uk 13th-19th February Think Spring, Mixed Media Exhibition An exhibition showcasing the work of Gillian Plumber, Louise Mock, Jennifer Mackay Windle and Margaret Grenham from photography and pastels to ceramics and clay. www.snapemaltings.co.uk 14th February Valentines Ball The White Lion are holding a Valentine’s Ball with a glass of pink champagne, a candlelit four course meal and entertainment for a truly romantic evening. www.whitelion.co.uk

20th February 16:00 & 18:00 Open Session: Aldeburgh Young Musicians A chance to see the talents of Aldeburgh’s Young Musicians who have worked with leading professionals to create unique material. www.tickets.aldeburgh.co.uk/Online/2015spring-open-aym-feb 20th & 21st February 19:30 Snape Dances: Wayne McGregor, Random Dance – Atomos Atomos is the newest work from contemporary choreographer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Wayne McGregor. Ten dancers perform the beautiful and unique dance. www.aldeburgh.co.uk 22nd February 9:00 – 16:00 Clare Antiques Fair Well-known for its vast collection of antiques, find a treasure among the range of ceramics, glass, pottery, furniture, and vintage clothing at this month’s fair. www.suffolktouristguide.com/Fetes-Fairs-andShows-in-Suffolk.asp 28th February 16:00 Open Session: Sound House 17th Century philosopher Francis Bacon’s investigations into the nature of sound are explored in this new project which reproduces some of his experiments and presents 17th Century instrumental music. www.aldeburgh.co.uk

15th Feb-16th March 15:00 & 19:00 Bury St Edmunds Concert Series The concert series continues with performances from klezmer and Balkan band She’Koyokh and string quartet Florin Ensemble. www.theatreroyal.org




LONDON Boat Show A world of adventure, pioneers and innovation

When? 09-18th January 2015 Where? ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL How? For ticket information visit www.londonboatshow.com




egin your own journey of discovery at the 2015 London Boat Show. Immerse yourself in the elements and explore a world of boating, brand new crafts being unveiled globally, the very latest in technology and show-stopping experiences that will really capture your imagination and inspire. Hundreds of boats and brands will be interspersed with everything you could possibly need to get afloat, from holiday suggestions to the latest marine electronics; it’s the perfect place to satisfy your intrigue, interest and passion in the depths of winter. World leading sailing yachts and motor boats will be wowing the crowds, with ‘the stars on show’ from leading British builders Sunseeker International, Princess Yachts, Oyster Yachts, Cockwells, Fairline Boats, Williams Performance Tenders and Ribeye as well as boats from international builders such as Beneteau and Jeanneau to name just a few. You will enter the show through a dramatic wall of rain, then plan your day with the technologically groundbreaking digital information wall, highlighting the must-see talks, seminars, new products and boating personalities at the show on your chosen day (or weekend). Navigating the show has never been easier. Stop off for an indulgent lunch at the London Boat Show restaurant located in amongst the powerboats or complete your journey through the exhibition with a wellearned drink at the infamous Guinness Bar. For the first weekend, extend your visit with a trip to the brand-new London Classic Car Show and also the Telegraph Cruise Show.




Spirit of the Sea Victoria Guthrie speaks to Sean McMillan, CEO of Spirit Yachts


‘I never really had to consider where to come back to in England – I love Suffolk. From a boat-building point of view it’s great,’ says Sean. ‘Although the South Coast is the main area where yachting is concentrated, there is a healthy industry here too. We have a great pool of experts and suppliers nearby. It’s much more peaceful which I like and I think it’s a great place to work.’


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ean McMillan was thrown into dinghies as young as three and has sailed all his life. He was just 12 when he built his first boat. After university Sean bought a large cruising yacht and worked abroad, sailing and boating still an amateur hobby. It was in his mid-thirties when he returned to England that he decided all he really wanted to be doing was making boats.


Sean and his talented team are world leaders in wooden yacht construction. Over the years they have developed a very sophisticated way of building. Their yachts have a classic, elegant look and are very lightweight which makes them extremely fast. Instead of nailing planks of wood to a frame, they are constructed from multiple laminates – thin layers of timber that are glued together to create thicker pieces that are as strong as carbon fibre.

because we only build two or three – maybe four a year.’ Outside in the yard there is a beautiful 65ft fast cruiser racer which is going to the Singapore Yacht Show in Hong Kong for April. Inside there’s a 40ft super yacht tender, a new 46ft being started and a pair of small 37fts in for engine changes and services. The amount of man-hours that go into crafting a single yacht is incredible. ‘The 65ft that we are just finishing has between 10 and 12 boat builders on it, a couple of cabinet makers, specialist electronics engineers and mechanical engineers so it’s a complex team that has to work in schedule with each other. The engineers can’t get in at the beginning so it all has to run to a tight schedule of who gets in and does what when,’ explains Sean. Perhaps one of the most prevalent trends that have been emerging in the boat industry is that of the super yacht industry – boats of

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Sean is certainly an advocate of wood as a material for boat building: ‘it’s light, incredibly strong and a laminated wooden structure is as strong as steel. Wood is cool in the summer, warm in the winter, has insulating qualities and looks great, too.’ A wooden yacht has indefinite life and is almost infinitely repairable. Sean goes on to explain that the only thing wood has against it – which is also why there are so few yards practicing it in the world – is that you need a highly skilled workforce. ‘It has taken me 15 years to put my team together and they are the best in the world. I’m often asked where I find my staff but often they find us.’ Sean has CVs fly in from all over the world with talented boat makers wanting to work for Spirit, from as far away as Australia, the USA and South America. Surprisingly, Sean’s team is relatively young: ‘people are still training, learning the skills and going to specialist colleges or doing apprenticeships. We sometimes take a few school leavers if they have the right flare for it. We can cherry-pick the finest. We are the best so they will find us if that’s what they want to do.’

80-90ft and upwards. ‘I feel there is a bit of an arms race amongst the world’s wealthiest to get the biggest and best. However, there are issues coming with that; it is very difficult to justify one human being having such a massive proportion of the world’s resources and thousands of litres of fuel.’ Sean believes that a big green agenda is going to arise and that yards like Spirit Yachts will be at the forefront because they are using a renewable energy source. ‘There will always be extremely wealthy people who want the biggest and best,’ says Sean, ‘but it may become rather socially unacceptable after a while and I think our industry needs to be sensitive to that and manage that.’ © 2014 Tim Wright

As working in wood is so rare, it adds an air of exclusivity to Spirit yachts. ‘It’s to do with the intensity of labour and number of man hours that go into each and every yacht,’ explains Sean. ‘Due to this yachts are inevitably a relatively expensive thing to create and also

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Sean has been making boats for almost thirty years now – that’s around 75 wooden yachts to his name. Sean does all the design work himself in-house. On the drawing board in front of me there is a technical drawing of a 57ft fast cruiser for a repeat American client. ‘It’s extremely rare – I don’t know of any other yard in the world – that yachts are designed and built all in once place. Everything being in-house is a selling point for clients because they can just have one conversation.’ Lots of the work is from existing clients upgrading to larger models from ones they had originally bought from Spirit Yachts. ‘The repeat business is very encouraging – we must be doing something right! Though interestingly very few of our boats go on the second hand market. There have only ever been about half a dozen that have changed hands. I think some of them have become heirlooms and will stay in the family for many years.’

If you’d like to discuss your own project with Sean and his team you can visit the website www.spirityachts.com. Alternatively you can email enquiries@spirityachts.com or call 01473 214715




Pearl of the Ocean Gemma Cresswell speaks to Rob Humphreys of Humphreys Yacht Design about the new Oyster 825


ounded in 1973, Oyster yachts are renowned for their performance, quality and comfort. They are recognised globally for their comprehensive range of hand-crafted yachts and, with its elegant and contemporary style, the Oyster 825 is an exciting new addition to the fleet. The original Oyster 82 was designed more than twelve years ago and has been a successful model for the company. The CEO of Humphreys Yacht Design, Rob Humphries, headed up the redesign. He explained that it was a little daunting to design its replacement; making sure that the new design captured those aspects which made the Oyster 82 so popular, while looking ahead to the future. ‘The blue water capability for which Oyster is renowned was a fundamental requirement but further to this we needed to reflect the increased interest in Oyster regattas and other events which a future Oyster owner will want to enjoy.’ Measuring in at over 80ft, the 825 offers more space than its predecessor, giving owners the feeling of light and space below deck as well as the opportunity to sail alongside a


professional crew. Rob said: ‘by the time one gets to about 80ft there tends to be clearer demarcation between guest areas and crew areas in order to achieve some level of social separation if that is called for by the owner. That’s not to say that few crews integrate with the guests, but it becomes an owner’s prerogative rather than a design constraint imposed upon the owner.’ While the yacht is impressive in size, it can pose several challenges to the design team. To ensure that the dimensions don’t compromise handling and sailing, performance enhancement was built in to offer the robust construction and storage capabilities needed for self-sufficiency at sea. Yet, according to Rob the biggest challenge wasn’t one of scale but instead in how to move forward while respecting the values and history of the brand. As such, it is this combination of forward-thinking and traditional values, which make this latest addition to the Oyster fleet so unique. When asked which elements of the Oyster 825 he is most proud of Rob responded: ‘It is the seamless harmonisation of traditional Oyster virtues with

a turn of speed and handling response that causes general surprise for all who sail on her.’ The Oyster 825 isn’t the only yacht that Humphreys Yacht Design have worked on; Rob has been involved with the evolution of the Oyster fleet for 20 years. The company are also working on three further Oyster yacht designs which are yet to launch – the 675, 745 and 115. ‘Most of the design work is completed on the 745 and we are well under way with the 675. Similarly the 115 has already gone through a long design process although the precise build strategy of this exciting yacht has not yet been finalised.’ Speaking of the projects he has most enjoyed working on, Rob said: ‘as in life, the first of everything is always very memorable and the Oyster 56 therefore enjoys a unique position. But, novelty aside, it has been both a pleasure and a privilege to work on this outstanding range of yachts, with no one model claiming priority in terms of either pleasure or anxiety! Even with some changes in company ownership and structure it is great to see the collection’s DNA remaining true to its history, yet stepping forward in terms of wider capability.’



New Era for RHYC We find out about the history of Royal Harwich Yacht Club


he Royal Harwich Yacht Club (RHYC) has a long and fascinating history; it was formed in 1843 under the name of Eastern Yacht Club by a group of yachtsmen at the Three Cups hotel in Harwich. Today it is an integral part of the local community, offering regattas and racing events, attracting children, adults and everyone in-between from far and wide. In 1845 the club was renamed Royal Harwich Yacht Club and an Admiralty Warrant was also awarded for giving its members significant privileges in the form of mooring rights, exemption from lightage fees and free pratique in various foreign ports. RHYC moved into a new clubhouse next to the Navy Yard, ideally placed, offering views across Harwich Harbour. After the landlord went bankrupt, in 1859 the club was forced to find alternative premises and for 60 years meetings and events were held in a range of local hotels until WWII broke out. Around this time many yacht owners still wanted moorings nearby and moved up-river to Pin Mill in Suffolk. This prompted the general Committee to make the decision that the RHYC clubhouse should be on an old houseboat, but these plans never made it to fruition. In 1946 the club moved onto land alongside a boat yard with Nissen huts in Woolverstone.

This allowed space for running small yacht and dinghy racing, though access was shared with the boat yard and was tricky at times. Forward on 22 years and the Nissen huts were demolished to make room for a new clubhouse which was opened by Sir Robin Knox-Johnson in 1969. Over time the building expanded; another ground floor room was added as well as an extended car park and more storage. RHYC grew as outbuildings were erected and a marina built on the foreshore.

In Spring 2013 the club moved into contemporary new premises, 170 years after it was first formed and opened again by Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, 45 years after the last building was opened. If you are interested in becoming a member of the RHYC you can contact the office on 01473 780319 or pop into the club at Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Woolverstone, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 1AT




Location Location Location T here’s no doubt about it, the location of your wedding sets the scene for the dress, flowers, catering and your chosen style or theme. Therefore, it’s important to get the location exactly right.

The EAUX team has searched out the finest luxury wedding venues across the county to make your hunt for the perfect wedding venue a little bit easier.



SOMERLEYTON HALL Weddings no longer need to be one day occasions; for those wanting something extra special Somerleyton Hall hosts weekend-long celebrations and can accommodate up to 32 sleeping guests with space for more to join you on the day. Your weekend starts with afternoon tea on Friday and a tour of the magnificent Somerleyton Hall and Gardens, giving you and your guests time to settle in to your sumptuous home-from-home for the weekend. Saturday is the big day. To make your wedding extra special Somerleyton Halls wedding planner Jude Pontais can help you plan and

deliver a myriad of experiences in-keeping with a full country house wedding. You’ll arrive in style, and Jude will work with you to set the scene for what will be the most stylish and exclusive wedding. Up to 100 seated guests can be accommodated at the ceremony – talk to the Somerleyton Hall wedding designers for inspiring ideas and opportunities to make the day exactly as you’d like. At any point throughout your wedding weekend Somerleyton Hall can host a wide variety of activities allowing you to make the most of the estate. From water sports on the lake to

traditional pursuits like fishing and shooting, you and your guests will soon get a taste of real country life. Everything is complemented by a range of drinking and dining options to suit all tastes. Two nights accommodation and breakfast for 32 starts at £9,600. Two nights accommdation and breakfast for 32 and our wedding weekend for 100 people starts £18,000. For more information call 01502 734907, jude@somerleyton.co.uk, www.somerleytonweddings.co.uk





Bruisyard Hall itself was built in 1354 and has been in the Rous family since 1611. It was renovated last year and now serves as selfcatering accommodation for the wedding party. Bruisyard Barn dates back to 15th and 16th century and was renovated into an events venue in 2011. Both combine traditional elegance with modern luxury. Bruisyard Hall offer a personal service from beginning to end in order for you to have the most relaxing and seamless lead up, wedding day and weekend. Three nights exclusive use ensures you really get the most out of your wedding weekend,


whether it’s filled with fun activities or simply enjoying the company of your closest friends and family. For intimate affairs, the hall can accommodate 30 people for a ceremony and 26 dining and Bruisyard Barn can hold up to 140 for ceremonies and dining. With a marquee extension at the barn they can hold up to 200 for ceremonies and 250 seated. For guests staying over the hall has 10 bedrooms to sleep 20 and the barn has two bedrooms. Events manager, Laura, is on hand for anything and everything, big or small, to ensure a smooth running. Bruisyard Hall also have an in-

house concierge who can assist with booking activities for your stay as well as any additional accommodation and travel arrangements for your other guests. They are both on hand in the lead up, and one will always be there for your coordination on the day. Bruisyard Hall offer exclusive use of the hall and barn on weekends for ÂŁ11,000. This includes three nights accommodation for 24 guests, exclusive use of the 700 acre estate and use of Bruisyard Barn for the wedding day. For more information contact Laura and the events team on 01787 639000, www.bruisyardhall.co.uk


HENGRAVE HALL Elegant. Enchanting. Timeless. Whether you are left spellbound by its beauty, charmed by its romance or simply in awe of its magnitude, Hengrave Hall holds the key to an unforgettable day. Set within 400 acres of parkland and with sweeping lawns and meadows, a majestic lake, and its own idyllic chapel available for blessings and licensed for weddings, let Hengrave Hall make your dream a reality. Licensed within the Grade 1* listed Tudor Mansion for civil ceremonies, the Long Gallery with its fine timber panelling, unique crystal chandeliers, subtle tones and charming views

of the west garden, is perfect for your special wedding breakfast. The playroom, full of toys and books is there to keep those little ones amused throughout the festivities, and there is a tranquil haven for the tired guests who can take retreat into the beautifully furnished retiring room. Brides are welcome on the morning of their wedding to prepare in the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Suite. For the Groom and his ushers, the Blue room is complete with flat screen TV, billiard table and a sumptuous wet room. With 35 bedrooms guests are able to relax and

enjoy the ambience of the estate, stunning gardens, planted within excess of 2,000 David Austin Roses and join the newlyweds the following morning for breakfast; the perfect end to a wonderful occasion. Hengrave promises classic charm and exclusivity, and always with a touch of magic‌ Hengrave Hall Viewing Weekend Friday 20 March- Sunday 22 March 2015 (viewing strictly by appointment only) For prices and more information contact the Hengrave Hall Events Team on 01284 768 024, www.hengravehall.co.uk




The Perfect Gown for accessory shopping and the actual fitting of the gown before the day. Although bridal gowns can vary from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds they will still need to be altered to fit the bride properly as they are not made to fit from the manufacturer. Most bridal boutiques will ask for a 50% deposit on order or if the order is placed even earlier some boutiques will offer different payment options.

Sharon Higgs, owner of Just a Day Bridalwear, advises on choosing the perfect wedding gown

With such a wonderful and endless array of dresses, 2015 really is a wonderful time to get married. To book an appointment with Sharon visit the store at Just a Day Bridalwear, 30 Norwich Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2NJ, 01473 213313, info@justadaybridal.co.uk, www.justadaybridal.co.uk

Some brides believe that the need to travel to every nearby town and visit every single shop is necessary but it’s also ok to find the dress in the first shop, too. Once you think you’ve found your perfect gown, my advice is to always ask yourself four key questions: do you feel excited? Glamorous? Confident? Sexy? When you feel all of these emotions it’s normally the case that you look great too!


inding the perfect wedding gown can be easy for some and difficult for others but the secret is to stop, take a deep breath and stay calm. It’s quite normal to start looking for your gown around 12 months in advance as delivery usually takes about 20 weeks from the manufacturer. This then leaves plenty of time


I have been in the bridal industry for almost 22 years and I have never seen so much style and choice available for the bride-to-be as there is at the moment. Should a bride choose to wear a full ball gown or a slinky bias cut dress with or without sleeves, plain satin or covered in lace, head-to-toe in glitz or not a shiny stone in sight, it really is ok.



Picture Perfect

Photographer Ross Dean advises on choosing your wedding photographer


part from maybe your wedding planner, your photographer is usually the vendor that you’ll spend the most amount of time with on your wedding day so it is really important that you choose someone who really is a great fit for you personally and well as creatively. With many photographers of all styles, approaches and personalities in the industry today, my clients often tell me that the process of finding the perfect wedding photographer can sometimes be a little daunting; even knowing who to book in a meeting with from the sea of prospective vendors can often leave you a little dazed and confused. So in light of this, I would love to share my top five tips for what to consider when looking for a wedding photographer, before you make that step to scheduling consultations:

Talk it over

What is it exactly that you’re looking for when it comes to your photography? Would you like the full day covered? Is a wedding album a must-have? You’d be surprised how many couples haven’t taken the time to discuss this together before they sit down with a

prospective photographer. Putting some time aside between yourselves now, to discuss your likes and dislikes over coffee, will save a lot of time later down the line as you’ll be making more informed decisions of who to meet with.

Consult your network

Like any big decisions we make in life, we love to have trusted referrals. There is nothing like speaking to someone that has been through the experience of working with a wedding vendor themselves and so it is worth talking to friends, family and colleagues who have recently been married. You may even learn about some really great suppliers who you may not have come across before.

Spend some time online

With the wedding blog quickly catching up with the glossy bridal magazine of THE place to find inspiration for your wedding day, it is also a fantastic place to find wedding photographers. With many of the top blogs publishing real weddings on a regular basis, with the photographer for each, credited in the article, it can be a great way to really get a sense of how a certain photographer captures a complete wedding story.

Get social

A great way to really get a sense of how a business communicates with their clients is to connect with them via social media and via their website. With many wedding photographers being active on sites such as Facebook and Twitter, it’s a great way to keep up to speed with what they’ve been working on as well as seeing first hand how they converse online with their clients and followers

Select your top three

From working through the above steps, it should have enabled you to find some really fantastic photographers that you just can’t wait to meet. My only advice now is to drill down that list to your top three and go meet them, safe in the knowledge that you now have a greater idea of what you are really looking for and so will hopefully save you a lot of time and energy in the long run. Ross Dean is a wedding photographer based in the heart of Suffolk. In late 2013 he was named a regional finalist in the 2014 Wedding Industry Awards and has been published in numerous places in both the UK and overseas. For more details please visit www.rossdeanphotography.com




Creating a


Image EAUX speaks to Sarah Gregory about preparing for the big day


arah Gregory, owner of Flawless Image beauty salon in Ipswich, has years of experience helping couples with their wedding day image, helping them to look perfect for their big day. Each wedding requires a great deal of preparation to make that big day special. Preparing for their wedding day is important to Sarah’s clients, many of whom start preparing every detail up to a year in advance. Most clients plan to be waxed before the wedding and pre-plan their makeup but there are so many more options available to both brides and grooms. The treatments carried out depend on budget, personal preferences and how much time there is to prepare.


Treatments like advanced anti-ageing facials are ideal to promote a glowing complexion and to reduce the appearance of fine lines without going under the knife. This is also the time where you might consider semi-permanent makeup, facial vein and pigmentation removal and beginning a course of laser hair removal.

Whether you choose an indulgent Repose Aromatherapy Facial treatment, a really relaxing top to toe Vespers Drift Away Massage, the Go Figure Detox for January sp even a Go Guy Male Executive Facial, you’re in safe hands. 49-53 Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JL


Flawless image have a range of talented consultants who provide additional advanced treatments in the salon on an appointment basis. These include laser teeth whitening which uses an advanced non-invasive technology. The procedure takes just over an hour and can whiten teeth by more than 15 shades. Laser whitening is really popular for both men and women to get that amazing wedding day smile. Consultant Natasha offers semi-permanent makeup and also provides free consultations. To ensure your skin is happy and healthy it’s important to start increasing your water consumption as early as you can. Drinking lots of water helps to flush out toxins from your system. If you don’t already, it’s important to start the process of cleansing, toning and moisturising twice a day for maximum benefit for the big day.


Once you’ve picked your dress and decided on the style of your wedding, it’s time to book in for your makeup trials. Flawless Image offers a standard makeup trial but Sarah is always happy to create a bespoke package tailored to your needs. Sarah and the team at Flawless Image want you to both look and feel fabulous on your wedding day; their extensive experience with weddings has shown that providing makeup on site is simpler and easier for both bridge and groom, which is why they provide it as part of the service! Looking and feeling great shouldn’t only be for your wedding day – you’ve got that hen party to enjoy too. Flawless Image are partnered with the Salthouse Harbour Hotel and offer a range of spa day and pre-wedding packages. The Salthouse and Flawless Image can tailor hen party packages to your requirements. The whole salon is available for hire for larger parties; Sarah and her team will dress it with decorations and the Salthouse Harbour Hotel will deliver afternoon tea or canapés to the door, together, providing a great experience for a range of different budgets and requirements.

The week of the wedding, you want to be calm and relaxed, looking forward to the big day ahead A WEEK TO GO

When the week of the wedding arrives, you want to be calm and relaxed. There’s no better way to relax than to enjoy a variety of pampering treatments in the run-up to your wedding. Just before your wedding you’ll want to book in for your massages, eyebrow and eyelash tinting, and your manicure and

pedicures. Flawless Image is increasingly popular with gentlemen too, offering a men’s manicure and pedicure. Our editor, Victoria, had the pleasure of receiving the Fiducae: Touch and Go treatment which consisted of a back and neck massage using Dream Stones to really work out any knots. The treatment includes a relaxing leg massage, scalp massage and facial all rolled into a one

THREE MONTHS TO GO Coming up to three months away from the big day, you’ll want to book in any waxing appointments with the salon. Flawless Image offer a wide range of waxing for both men and women, grooms often wants a smoother look for the big day. This is also the time to be booking a series of detoxing and toning treatments. Flawless Image offer the Go Figure body wrap which is designed to tighten and firm hips, bums and tums. A course of six treatments is recommended to get the full effect, which is why the three month head start is recommended. For men, now is a good time to start getting the Go Guy facial which is a popular treatment specially designed for guys who want their skin to look its best.

hour treatment. ‘The whole experience was incredibly stress relieving and relaxing.’ Whatever your preferences or requirements, Sarah and her team at Flawless Image can help you prepare for your big day and tailor a range of treatments to ensure you arrive feeling relaxed and truly pampered. Flawless Image also offer a range of beauty treatments at the Courtyard Leisure Club at Seckford Hall for both men and women – ideally located if you’ve booked the hall as your venue. To talk to Sarah or her team about your wedding requirements, visit the salon at Flawless Image, 49-53 Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1JL, 01473 211010, beauty@flawlessimage.co, www.flawessimage.co




Big Day

Blooms 22


Myrtle & Mint talks beautiful floral ideas, tips and secrets for planning your wedding day flowers


e love this time of year at Myrtle & Mint; it heralds the start of moving towards spring with the arrival of seasonal blooms and the infectious excitement of romance as wedding plans begin for the year ahead. It’s a time when many couples start to put the final touches to their wedding day and in particular it’s perhaps the first time they have ever had to consider flowers, which can be a daunting prospect. Your choice of flowers for your wedding can set the tone for the whole day and that is where we can be of help to ensure your flowers perfectly complement to your day. We’ve put together a few tips to inspire those romantics out there. We would recommend you venture into the world of pinterest to start to build some ideas and inspiration on floral styles and themes that may capture the look and feel of the wedding day you have in mind. Don’t forget that a good wedding florist will get booked up early, sometimes up to a year in advance, particularly if you are getting married in the summertime. So it is important to research and contact your florist as soon as you can. Ideally, once you have set the date, booked your venue and chosen the perfect wedding dress. We offer couples a free consultation to discuss initial plans and hold the date until they are ready to commit. We hold our consultations in our flower shop which is full of inspiration. We recommend that if you are planning ahead come and visit us for your consultation a year in advance of your wedding so you can get a good feel for the seasonality and types of flowers that are available at the time of the year you will be getting married.

Your florist will be able to advise you on seasonal flowers and offer beautiful solutions to most budgets. Sometimes a family member or friend wishes to arrange some of the flowers. This is never a problem but we’d always recommend you leave your bouquet, bridesmaid’s and buttonholes to the florist – you want to be as relaxed as possible on the big day. A lot depends on your choice of venue with regards to the style of floral arrangements you might choose; a stately home might dictate more formal flowers for your tables and reception areas. If you are holding your wedding in a more rural setting, natural planted wooden crates make a lovely rustic statement and tables arranged prettily with jugs intermingled with potted plants can look stunning. Regardless of the venue, Myrtle & Mint have lots of ideas for any bride, many vases to loan and work closely with local venues and suppliers. If you’re getting married in 2015 we are noticing a move away from the hedgerow jam jar weddings towards a more voluptuous style. The style of ‘just picked from the garden’ in arrangements bursting with generous displays of gorgeous garden blooms are far more the choice for brides in the year ahead. We are also seeing an increase in outdoor wedding ceremonies with weather flexible floral arrangements a key consideration. Regardless of your choice of venue or theme, we have lots of ideas for any couple and we work closely with local venues and suppliers to ensure your perfect day. To make an appointment for a free consultation contact Jane at Myrtle & Mint Flowers, 13 St Peter’s Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1XF, 01473 218 799, enquiries@myrtleandmint.com, www.myrtleandmint.com




2015 Wedding Fairs Looking for inspiration for catering, cake designs or wedding dress suppliers? Here is a round-up of the best wedding fairs in Suffolk 1st Feb Bruisyard Hall Wedding Show 11:00-15:00 Bruisyard Hall, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 2EJ www.bruisyardhall.co.uk

22nd February The Wedding Show 11:00-15:00 Wherstead Park, The Street, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 2BJ www.whersteadpark.co.uk

29th March The Somerleyton Hall Wedding Show 10:00-15:00 Somerleyton Hall & Gardens, Lovington, Suffolk NR32 5QQ www.somerleyton.co.uk

Glemham Hall Wedding Open Day 11:00-15:00 Glemham Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 0BT www.glemhamhall.co.uk

Hintlesham Hall Wedding Open Day 12:00-16:00 Hintlesham Hall Hotel, Hintlesham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3NS www.hintleshamhall.co.uk

10th May Wedding Open Day 11:00-16:00 Ravenwood Hall Hotel, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds IP30 9JA www.ravenwoodhall.co.uk

15th February The Spring Wedding Show at Kesgrave Hall 10:30-15:00 Kesgrave Hall, Hall Road, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 2PU www.milsomhotels.com/kesgravehall

8th March Wedding Spectacular 11:00-16:00 The Athenaeum, The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3FD www.athenaeumbse.co.uk

31st August The Jockey Club Rooms Wedding Showcase The Jockey Club Rooms, 101 High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8JL www.jockeyclubrooms.co.uk

Wedding Show

U F F O R D PA R K WO O D B R I D G E Free welcome drink and a wide range of suppliers exhibiting on the day


Sunday 18th January 11:00am - 3:00pm

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Artemisia oozes refinement and sophistication with a hint of rebellion


rtemisia AW14 collection was initially inspired by early baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi; French designer Jean-Pierre Braganza was inspired by her treatment of light and shade in her paintings, but particularly with her painting Gentileschi: ‘the contrast between dark shadows and illumination in her work was so intensely reflected in her life. Confluence of opposites like chiaroscuro have always intrigued me, and here I have combined structure with softness, formality with fluidity, and toughness with femininity.’ Artemisia combines textures like printed duchesse satin, embossed-effect in navy, burgundy and silver then adds artistic elements like the coverall tied at the waist, urban shapes like the bomber jacket and zip detail trousers for an alluring combination of structure and delicateness with sophistication. www.jeanpierrebraganza.com










Š Hair by Indira Schauwecker, Artistic Director for Toni & Guy using label.m Professional Haircare | Makeup by Terry Barber and the MAC PRO team | Jewelery: Janine Barraclough | Gloves: Riina O | Music: original composition by Auphelion


Military Savile Row Tailors Gieves & Hawkes present an unashamedly masculine urban presentation of a British gentleman’s wardrobe


his season textures are key. With urban tweeds, rich Donegals and twills, the Winter collection is tailored yet palpable with emphasis on fabric that looks rugged but is soft and sensuous to the touch. Jason Badmajin, creative director of Gieves & Hawkes explains how the scale and tones of the Scottish landscape and 15th century Eilean Donan castle provided a dramatic backdrop for the global campaign for their AW collection: ‘There was something very masculine and romantic about the tough and remote highland location. The textures of the collection – urban tweeds, rich Donegals and grey flannel – almost formed part of the landscape as the shoot progressed.’ Also evident are the key colours for the season: khaki, olive, racing green, greys, navy, air force blue and tobacco.

Tailoring is cut with military precision to really emphasise a refined silhouette. Important shapes for the season include double-breasted and three-piece suits featuring a shawl lapel waistcoat teamed with woolen ties and flannel shirting. Casualwear is elegant yet tactile with leather bomber jackets and shearling collars and hand-knit cashmere sweaters in cable and rib. For more information visit www.gievesandhawkes.com



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There’s no doubt that the coat is an integral piece this season, exemplified by a depth and variety of styles from a reworked Admiral’s Boat Cloak through an officer’s belted greatcoat to a shearling collared greatcoat.



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Update Your Wardrobe Introduce suave sophistication into your wardrobe with the exclusive ranges from Urban Vintage


pswich-based menswear specialists Urban Vintage have launched their new premium store, swapping their womenswear collections for an expanded range of smarter men’s options, including tailored blazers, shirts and shoes.

brands such as Barbour Dept (B), Scotch & Soda, YMC, Universal Works, Edwin, Elvine, Justin Reece and H By Hudson. Urban Vintage will also be introducing brand new lines by Gant Rugger and J Lindeberg for 2015’s spring/summer collections.

Kickstarting the autumn/winter season, styleconscious men can pick up items from luxury

As well as their premium ranges, Urban Vintage have extended their trendy selection

of streetwear brands, with new additions featuring Carhartt, Criminal Damage, Crooks & Castles and True Religion. They have even made space to allow for more offerings from their current popular favourites, including Farah Vintage, Fred Perry, Original Penguin and Lyle & Scott. Offering a unique shopping experience, Urban Vintage pride themselves on superior customer service, acting as stylists rather than shop floor assistants, providing help compiling outfits and honest advice. This Drapers awardwinning store can also boast to being denim specialists, showcasing a wide range of fits, sizes, prices and brands. The Urban Vintage website has also undergone a re-vamp, now selling the majority of what is seen in store, shipping to an impressive 170 countries. With a free click and collect service for local customers as well as next day delivery on orders over £100, updating your wardrobe has never been simpler. Visit the store at Urban Vintage, 20-24 Queen Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1SS, 01473 210884, www.urban-vintage.com




On trend Personal Stylist, Katie Bowen, from Katie & Co. advises on what knitwear we should be grabbing off the shelves right now


015 is the time to update your wardrobe. This season is all about timeless pieces made from high quality and comfortable materials. You’ll see lots of layering and feminine silhouettes, which give a laid-back and carefree look in earthy tones. We are lucky enough to have a great range of options to choose from including cable knit dresses, chunky jumpers, modern silhouette ponchos, jackets and long buttoned cardigans. This season designers have created delicate cuts, added creative details and combined these with practicality.





favourite Jumper Dresses

It’s official – knitted dresses are back and there are a lot of different ways to wear them. Team them with tights, black leggings or skinny jeans. The jumper dress is a great fail-safe one-piece outfit. Some dresses come in plain colours or in stunning prints and which one you go for is entirely your choice. For a classic look, opt for a long sleeve design in a singe solid colour or for a more modern look choose a colour blocking or striped option.

Buttoned Cardigan

Long cardigans in soft colours are back in. This is a relaxed way of wearing a smart-casual outfit, whilst still keeping comfy. Think bohochic combined with effortless French style and edgy textures.

Chunky Jumpers

You’ll see plenty of grunge, mannish touches, sports-chic and animal inspired motifs in chunky knitwear this season. Popular colours include navy, cream, black, grey, pale pink and burgundy. Personally, I love seeing women who combine jackets with an oversized thick jumper and sophisticated pencil skirt. Carefully chosen, this is a wonderful look.


This season the ponchos are both fitted and feminine. Worn with a stylish black cigarette trouser, this is a clever way of pulling off a distinct look in a simple and uncomplicated way. Keep an eye out for cable knit ponchos and those with black and white Aztec patterns.

Long Chunky Scarves

This trend is about serious layering. Double up any scarf to be at least double the normal length. Look out for scarves with pretty embellishments, which are perfect for making a statement. If you don’t want to change your whole look, a scarf is a great way to give a quick nod to the season’s knitwear trend without going all out.

1. Seasalt Perfect Poncho in petit steel, £59.95, Seasalt Woodbridge, 18 The Throroughfare, Woodbridge IP12 1AQ, 01394 610511, www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk | 2. Part Two Monetta Jumper Dress, £109.95, Fleur Aldeburgh, 166 High Street, Aldeburgh IP15 5AQ, 01728 454822, www.fleuraldeburgh.co.uk | 3. Daybirger et Mikkelsen pink beaded jumper, £195, Fanny & Frank, 8 Market Hill, Woodbridge IP12 4LU, 01394 384723, www.fannyandfrank.com | 4. Seasalt Tamarisk Cardigan in squid ink, £85, Fleur Aldeburgh, 166 High Street, Aldeburgh IP15 5AQ, 01728 454822, www.fleuraldeburgh.co.uk | 5. Duffy Merino Cardi, £199, ANNA, 32 Church Street, Woodbridge IP33 1NE, 01394 383452, www.shopatanna.co.uk





Head to Toe Knitwear

Yes, you read this correctly! Head to Toe Knitwear is big this winter and that includes knitted trousers that have pockets and knitted patterned mini-skirts. Admittedly, not for everyone but if you are feeling brave then wearing knitwear on your bottom half is a good way to stand out from the crowd in 2015. This season you can really have some fun with your wardrobe by creating so many different looks with your knitwear pieces. Over-sized jumpers can give you a relaxed ‘lady about town’ look, whilst a deep purple beanie worn with a light purple knitted zip sweater jumper and smart fitted trousers can give you a smartcasual look. 11 I suggest you take a closer view of the slightly over-sized and elongated looks, which come in tight-fitting and flattering shapes. For anyone wanting to look modern with a contemporary twist, it is best to wear luxe layers in simple styles. That way you’ll be comfy and confident in your knitwear choice. Most of all, have fun – you will certainly be spoilt for choice in 2015! To book in for your own personal styling session with Katie, email katie@katieco.co.uk or call 07855 754487

6. Leon & Harper Marina Knit, £145, ANNA, 32 Church Street, Woodbridge IP33 1NE, 01394 383452, www.shopatanna. co.uk | 7. Sandwich Long sleeve Brushed Wool Pullover, £99, Paul Stephens Clothing, 14 The Traverse, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1BJ, 01284 762621, www.paulstephenclothing.co.uk | 8. Daybirger et Mikkelsen grey beaded jumper, £290, Fanny & Frank, 8 Market Hill, Woodbridge IP12 4LU, 01394 384723, www.fannyandfrank.com

9. Lyle & Scott Merino Wool Crew Neck Jumper £84.99 | 10. Edwin Striped Cable Knit Jumper £99.99 | 11. YMC Star Knit Jumper £174.99 All available from Urban Vintage, 20-24 Queen Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1SS, 01473 210884, www.urban-vintage.com




Timepieces A luxury watch can be both a stylish addition to your wardrobe and a lasting investment.


hen it comes to luxury wristwear, there are a few big brands that will probably come to mind. The world of watches offers many choices and you can choose anything from a pre-made design to a bespoke creation but wherever you go to purchase your watch, you’ll need to take a few things into consideration in order to ensure you choose the perfect one for you.


Do you want to wear your watch everyday or for special occasions? This will probably effect the type of MOVEMENT of the watch you choose. A quartz watch is often lighter and flatter than a mechanical watch and ideal if you’re not planning on wearing it everyday as it will keep the time accurately whereas a mechanical watch will use energy from the movement from your hand to keep the time so this is ideal if you plan on wearing it on a daily basis.

For an everyday watch it’s important to choose a STYLE that is versatile and suitable for many different occasions. You will also need to consider if WATER RESISTANCE is something you need so you can shower without worrying about the risk of damaging it. Whatever watch you choose, it’s important to discuss your lifestyle and requirements with the salesperson you are buying from.


1. Tag Heuer Monaco, to find your nearest store visit www.store.tagheuer.com | 2. Victorinox Victoria Ladies Watch, Aspens Jewellers, 5 Church Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1DH, 01394 389666, www.aspensjewellers.co.uk | 3. OMEGA Ladymatic Pearls and Diamonds, to find your nearest store visit www.omegawatches.com|4. Christopher Ward Calibre SH21, www.christopherward.co.uk | 5. Hublot Classic Fusion, Titanium or Gold, to find your nearest stockist visit www.hublot.com/en/retailers | 6. Victorinox Swiss Army Chrono Classic 1/100 Watch, Aspens Jewellers, 5 Church Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1DH, 01394 389666, www.aspensjewellers.co.uk | 7. Gucci Handmaster for Men and Women, www.gucciwatches.com





...for him and her Indulge yourself with these decadent fragrances




Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum Spray, 50-100ml, £58-£80 A timeless and captivating fragrance, this eau de parfum boasts amber and woody notes for an aromatic finish. Packaged in a stylish, enigmatic bottle, this Bleu de Chanel fully encapsulates the spirit of Chanel. Available from John Lewis, Futura Park, Ransomes Way, Crane Boulevard, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9SQ, www.johnlewis.com

West Indian Lime, 100ml, £30 This sophisticated fragrance inspired by the West Indies boasts notes of lime and vetiver, the warm spiciness of ginger and nutmeg, plus deep notes of musk. Presented in a sleek and stylish tinted glass bottle, this is a timeless, masculine fragrance inspired by the exotic. To find your nearest stockist call 0800 111 4406 or order from the website, www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk

Eau Captivante Fresh Cologne, 300ml, £39 With zesty lime and bergamot notes, essential oil from Mediterranean bergamot and mint, this aromatic cologne is a fresh blend of aromas. Lavender and woody notes complement the vibrancy of the lime to create an irresistible fragrance. Available from L’Occitane, Unit 12, The Arc, Auction Street, Bury St Edmunds and 13 Rose Crescent, Cambridge, www.loccitane.com




Volutes Eau de Parfum, 75ml, £85 With a soft blend of amber, tobacco absolute and hints of honey, this eau de parfum is a warm and woody fragrance. Inspired by imagined voyages by liner ships, this spicy fragrance will transport you to distant shores. Available John Lewis, Futura Park, Ransomes Way, Crane Boulevard, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9SQ, www.johnlewis.com

Peony and Blush Suede Cologne, 30ml, £40 Soft and sensual, this Jo Malone cologne is fruity and floral. The crisp top note of apple and delicate fresh scent of peonies is complemented by the soft fragrance of suede to create a beautiful and luxurious cologne. Available from John Lewis, Futura Park, Ransomes Way, Crane Boulevard, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9SQ, www.johmlewis.com


SISLEY Soir de Lune Eau de Parfum, 100ml, £162.50 Elegant and floral, this eau de parfum opens with top notes of fresh citrus, bergamot and mandarin with hints of capiscum pepper oils, coriander and nutmeg. The feminine scents of jasmine, iris and lily of the valley blend with sandalwood, patchouli, honey, musk and moss to create a beautiful eau de parfum. Available from John Lewis, Futura Park, Ransomes Way, Crane Boulevard, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9SQ, www.johnlewis.com

CRABTREE & EVELYN Evelyn Rose, 50ml, £45 A unique interpretation of Crabtree & Evelyn’s signature scent, this fragrance blends the old with the new. The scent of traditional English roses is delicately infused with the fragrance of petals, fresh citrus and amber to create an alluring and unique fragrance. To find your nearest stockist call 0800 111 4406 or order from the website, www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk



Coco Noir Parfum Bottle, 15ml, £165 A modern, oriental fragrance, this parfum boasts notes of patchouli and tonka bean, as well as vanilla and sandalwood. Feminine and sensual, the parfum is housed in the iconic Chanel parfum bottle and handsealed with a black wax stamp to give a truly indulgent finish. Available from John Lewis, Futura Park, Ransomes Way, Crane Boulevard, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9SQ, www.johnlewis.com

Red Cherry Eau de Parfum, 50ml, £35 A romantic and floral fragrance, this eau de parfum beautifully blends the delicate scent of pink spring flowers, red summer cherries and fresh citrus. With a base of white musk and olive wood to draw out the beautiful floral fragrance, this romantic eau de cologne lingers delicately on the skin. Available from L’Occitane, Unit 12, The Arc, Auction Street, Bury St Edmunds and 13 Rose Crescent, Cambridge, www.loccitane.com

PENHALIGON’S Iris Prima Eau de Parfum, 100ml, £120 Created in partnership with English National Ballet, this fragrance perfectly captures the essence of the dance. The top note of fresh bergamot is softened by gentle amber and vibrant pink pepper. Fragrant iris and jasmine sambac is blended with hedione and paradisone, complemented by the musky base notes of sandalwood, vanilla, benzoin, and vetiver. A timeless and elegant fragrance. To find your nearest stockist visit www.penhaligons.com




Have You Heard?

A single mum from Suffolk has turned her passion for improving people’s hearing, into an award-winning business, that has changed the lives of hundreds of people


n just over 16 years local entrepreneur Karen Finch has transformed from a single mum with a hefty business loan, struggling almost single-handedly to build her business, to having one of the most respected companies in the hearing care sector, prescribing and fitting the latest hearing aid technology to patients. Karen Finch is owner of The Hearing Care Centre. Born in Ipswich, from a medical family, Karen had a career in sales. After having a family she worked as an administrator for a healthcare company before joining the NHS. In 1997 she took her audiology exams and whilst working as an employee, recognised a significant gap in the market; the need for a business that put ethical, holistic hearing care before profit. Despite the huge risks, she remortgaged her home to set up The Hearing Care Centre in rented property in Ipswich. As the demand for the company’s services grew, Karen recognised that she needed more audiologists, so invested £100,000 to train two existing employees. Now the company has six qualified audiologists, operating in nineteen centres covering East Anglia. 40% of all business is repeat and in the most recent


survey, patients gave a satisfaction average of 96%! 16 years on, Karen’s passion for helping to improve people’s hearing has not wavered. ‘I truly love my job and consider myself a very lucky person. My team and I help to improve the lives of hundreds of people every year. However, we are all too aware that there are still many people out there struggling with hearing loss, who have yet to take action. I urge these people to heed these few words: Use it or lose it!’ The Hearing Care Centre offers a variety of hearing care services including assessments, the fitting of digital hearing instruments, earwax removal, custom-made earplugs, hearing aid repairs and tinnitus management. The Hearing Care Centre, 11 Upper Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1EG, 01473 230330, www.hearingcarecentre.co.uk


To encourage those with hearing loss who have yet to take action, Karen and her team at The Hearing Care Centre have organised a series of open days, where they will be offering many of their services free of charge, including hearing tests, professional advice, hearing aid demonstrations and more. These will take place 26-28th January at the company’s Ipswich practice on 11 Upper Brook Street. Appointments are essential. To book yours call freephone 0800 096 2637.



Struthers for Morgan Victoria Guthrie talks wristwear with Rebecca Struthers of Struthers London


e had the exciting opportunity of speaking with Rebecca Struthers, one half of Struthers London, British watchmaking husband and wife team known for their award-winning designs. Struthers have combined forces with The Morgan Motor Company to create the ultimate bespoke watches tailored to reflect the values of this classic car company – the epitome of British classic car designage. Rebecca and Craig had been fans of Morgan for many years but it was a chance encounter with Charles Morgan at the Birmingham Made Me Expo 2013 that

started the ball rolling with their collaboration. ‘We attended the Midland automotive seminar day and saw Charles present a talk on the Morgan brand, heritage and design ethos,’ said Rebecca. ‘As an emerging business we really admired the Morgan style looking at designing instant classics and reworking traditional designs with contemporary technology to create modern luxury. ‘We actually found Charles’ talk so inspiring that we decided to design a watch based around Morgan’s design heritage. I decided to be a bit cheeky and let them know what we were planning on doing. Morgan’s Head of Design, Jon Wells, asked to meet with us and

found the concept exciting enough to ask us to make the collaboration official, and the rest is history!’ Rebecca started training as a jeweller and silversmith at the age of 17, when she discovered horology and started a course at the School of Jewellery where she was already training. In 2005 Rebecca started studying the joint HND and British Horological Institute courses and hasn’t looked back since. ‘I have always found myself in the difficult spot of having an equal love of the arts as I have of science,’ she explained, ‘and there are very few subjects that have a mutual respect for both.




Horologists get to play the role of both artist and engineer.’ Rebecca now works with her husband Craig, master watchmaker, who has spent years learning from some of the greatest antique and vintage restorers and even completed an apprenticeship with a veteran chronometer maker for Mercer. The duo are passionate about combining contemporary design with traditional watchmaking skills and after deciding they wanted to do things their way. ‘Craig and I have very different skill sets so we never tread on each other’s toes, plus being self-employed leaves you working so many hours that if you weren’t married to your business partner you’d never get to see them. ‘We both hit a point in our careers back in 2012 when we wanted to make a break and do things our own way. We’d gathered quite a bit of


experience working in different elements of the industry by this point and had the skills to set up our own business.’ Struthers is known for combining contemporary design and technology with traditional skills which really sets them, apart from other watchmakers. Rebecca says that a well-made case should be a beautiful thing on its own, and the aim is to introduce an equally beautiful movement to it. ‘A lot of manufacturers focus solely on movements and use a lot of modern technology. We have created a balance between the two by using really traditional techniques like joint making, burnishing and forging alongside modern Computer Aided Design (CAD) and rapid prototyping.’ Rebecca was taught by a master goldsmith for the first two years of her training and his outlook inspires the way she works to this very day: ‘I remember preparing to make a brooch I’d designed in base


suppliers. The duo tried to mirror the Morgan brand in every last detail of their watch so that even without the Morgan logo on the dial you could hold it beside a 4/4 or Plus 8 and see the synergies. Craig favours the period of watchmaking around the same time as The Morgan Motor Company was founded in 1909 – the earliest commercial wristwatches which are referred to ‘trench’ in style. ‘It was a fortunate coincidence that we had a genuine love of the style of watches which would have been worn by the first Morgan owners,’ explained Rebecca.

metal – as a young student I couldn’t afford gold – but he wouldn’t let me. He told me that if I was going to go to all the effort of designing and making something beautiful with my own hands I should chose a metal that respects that; the metal needs to be equal to the love and time that goes into everything you make which is why to this day we only ever work in precious metals.’ Rebecca and Craig entered the Morgan collaboration in the knowledge that their last partner was the Swiss watch giant Hublot. They set out to design something that founder Henry Morgan would have been proud of. It was important to respect the Morgan handbuilt production techniques and locally sourced

‘Every watch is hand built to order and customised to our client’s requirements and takes three months to make from start to finish. At the point of order we agree the dial combinations, crown types, movement style, case metal, lugs, straps and so on. From there we work with our network of local craftspeople to commission bespoke leather work and box making while we build the watch.’ Clients are invited to the Struthers studio to go through samples and see their watch in progress and each is updated with emails and photographs directly from the bench which makes the process of buying and owning a Morgan for Struthers watch more than just a purchase, it makes it an experience. ‘Our buyers like to know they have invested their money in homegrown talent, supporting local craftspeople and preserving traditional industries.’

With so many watches available it is no wonder that many are looking for something a little more unusual and Struthers for Morgan certainly hits the spot. If you want to commission your own Struthers for Morgan watch you can register your interest on The Morgan Motor Company website at www.morganmotor.co.uk/strutherslondon.php




New Year, New Beauty Regime Rhianna Prentice, co-owner of The Beauty Room in Marks Tey, talks kick-starting your 2015 beauty regime

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t’s 2015. That means it’s time for a change to your beauty regime and time to experiment with new looks and styles.

Let’s start with the basics: cleaning and moisturising the skin. Looking after your skin is one of the most important things you can do. Personally, I love Dermalogica. There is such a wide range of products that you will always find one that suits your skin. You can look for you nearest Dermalogica stockist on the website at www.dermalogica.co.uk and have a free face mapping treatment to tell you which products are best suited for your skin. Have you ever wondered why your make-up doesn’t last? Applying a face primer after moisturising but before foundation helps your make-up stay in place all day. It also minimises the look of open pores, fine lines and gives an amazing flawless look. One of my favourites is Mii Smoothing Face Prep because it feels so silky and smooth once applied and gives an even coverage which is perfect for everyday use. You’ll be amazed by the difference. After applying a base you need a good quality foundation. It’s good to try a new foundation from time to time, and I’m sure you will be surprised with the difference. Pop down to one of your local department stores where you can try a wide range of different brands all in the same place. Go for a foundation that not only

looks good, but is easy to apply and feels great on. Go in the morning and give it a full day wear, even trying it into the evening to see how well it holds up. Why not finish off your new make-up regime with a bold, colourful lipstick that will instantly brighten your face? Whether it’s on the natural side or a vibrant tangerine, choose a colour that suits your skin but isn’t what you’d normally go for. 2015 is the time to experiment with your make-up styles. Well manicured nails are a must; it really is the finishing touch to any outfit, no matter what you’re wearing or what look you’re going for. Jessica nails is a brand I always use. They place high importance on their products being natural and not damaging to the nails. They also have a wide range of colours to suit all. I particularly love the GELeration nail treatment that is available in salons (including our own). It’s a semi-permanent nail polish in gel form that lasts between two to three weeks, with no chipping or smudging, and it dries instantly under LED light. You’ll never look at nail varnish the same way again! My final piece of advice for 2015? Don’t be afraid to try new colours, brands or styles! Book in at The Beauty Rooms for a Dermalogica skin mapping session. Call 01206 211831 to book an appointment.

Mii Flawless Face Base £19.95, available from www.gerrardinternational.com

Rouge Dior in shade 999 £26.00, available at Boots and Debenhams in Ipswich and Boots in Bury St Edmunds. Call 020 7216 0216 or visit www.dior.com

Special Cleansing Gel £27.70, to find your local stockist visit the store finder at www.dermalogica.co.uk




Give it Some Lip Keep your lips luxuriously soft with these balms SISLEY CONFORT EXTREME LEVRES, £44 Protects, repairs and plumps with a wonderful creamy texture Available from John Lewis, Futura Park, Ransomes Way, Crane Boulevard, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9SQ, www.sisley-paris.co.uk

KIEHL’S NUMBER 1 LIP BALM, £9.50 Contains SPF4 and protects against the drying effects of wind and cold Available from www.kiehls.co.uk

CRÈME DE LA MER LIP BALM, £42 Smoothes on contact and softens seriously dry lips Available from Jarrold, 1-15 London Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1JF, 01603 697150, www.jarrold.co.uk

LA PRAIRIE, £100 Anti-ageing eye and lip cream-gel duo hydrates whilst easing signs of fatigue Available from www.selfridges.com

REN VITA MINERAL LIP BALM, £9 This rich balm repairs and softens dry and chapped lips Available from Jarrold, 1-15 London Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1JF, 01603 697150, www.jarrold.co.uk

AERIN ROSE LIP B ALM, £25 Nourishing, with a hint of pink and the scent of roses, this visibly repairs dry lips Available from Boots, John Lewis and Debenhams nationwide


DARPHIN AGE DEFYING LIP BALM, £31 Get all-day hydration from this non-sticky, age-defying formula Available from Jarrold, 1-15 London Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1JF, 01603 697150, www.jarrold.co.uk


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Image is Victoria Guthrie explores Image Salon in Ipswich


hen you walk into Image you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve just stepped into a beauty salon in the heart of London’s swanky Marylebone. A clean, sleek white interior combined with plush purple furnishings with hints of lime green makes this recently refurbished building one of the most impressive and welcoming salons I’ve had the pleasure of being in. Image is owned and run by beauty expert and entrepreneur Sue Carter. You can see her incredible passion, enthusiasm and respect for her industry shine through in everything, from the high end products used to the carefully thought out decor and the atmosphere created in the reception and treatment rooms. The range of treatments offered at Image goes far beyond the standard and Sue and her team of talented therapists offer a wide variety of more advanced treatments, from teeth whitening and advanced facials to permanent make-up.

I had the pleasure of visiting Image for a back and neck massage at the end of a busy week. Relaxing music plays quietly throughout the salon, creating a calming effect from the moment you step through the front door. The reception is a well-lit space but still has a very welcoming feel to it. A large designated waiting area means you can comfortably sit and soak up the atmosphere upon arrival and enjoy complimentary hot drinks, OPI hand cream and Clarins perfume should you want it. Industry awards are proudly displayed on the mantelpiece above the fireplace for all to see. There is a large range of products on display for purchase in the reception area – perhaps the biggest I’ve seen in a salon before – from Clarins and Jane Irdale make up to Dermalogica skin care and teeth whitening products. I was shown upstairs to a treatment room and left to make myself comfortable on the couch. The room was really lovely and warm to walk into (just what you need when you’re about to take your top off) plus very minimalist (great for clearing your head). My therapist returned and quizzed me on problem areas – mine

being my shoulders. The massage was great and a good amount of time was spent focusing on my problem areas without neglecting the rest of my back. I’ve had many massages before but it was the little touches that I hadn’t experienced elsewhere that really made my experience at Image unforgettable. From the pre-warmed massage oil and heated couch to the bowl of sand with shells under the hole in the couch and the hot mitts at the ends to wipe off any excess oil. It was the things little, carefully thought out touches that really set Image salon apart. To book an appointment with Sue or a member of her team just call the salon on 01473 222188 or visit the website www. imagesalon.co.uk to use the 24/7 booking system. If you’ve got a smartphone You can also download the Image Salon app and manage your appointments on your phone or tablet.

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Hair Trends

Danny Woollard of Bohemia, boutique hair salon in Ipswich talks, enduring trends for 2015 48


n the last couple of years we’ve seen a rise in the popularity of Balayage and Ombrè colouring techniques. Throughout the spring and summer these techniques have given clients the ability to wear an on-trend look without the maintenance

and commitment of other more traditional highlighting methods. This look can be adapted so during autumn and winter the depth and tone of the contrasting colours can be made deeper and


richer to complement differing skin tone. It’s the versatility and low maintenance of these styles that means we will still be creating plenty of these beautiful styles and all of their various incarnations throughout 2015. Shape and length is something that can be tailored to each individual client. Gone are the days of everyone wanting one particular style, regardless of whether it suited. Your hair stylist should be able to offer advice on what will work for you. Cutting techniques vary greatly and it is important to find someone that understands your hair type and will use an appropriate technique to help aid dayto-day styling. Many of today’s styles are far less textured than they were five years ago. Short hair is now sleeker, sharper and far less

feathered; there is still a place for texturising but it must be used wisely. For longer hair, volume and body are back in a big way. Men’s fashion evolves less quickly than women’s, so the 50s inspired quiffs that we’ve have been seeing will continue into 2015. Also traditional barbering skills such as really tight clipper work are really going to be popular this coming year. New products from ghd are set to be big. Their incredible new Eclipse stylers have new features to help curling and waving and they have also just launched their new Curve range of barrelled tongs and wands; our stylists absolutely love using them to create soft, gentle curls and waves.

There have been huge developments within the world of haircare and styling products and big for 2015 will be the growing market of volumising powders. We’ve used many within the salon but we love L’Orèal Super Dust. These products sprinkle into the roots of dried hair and give real volume and lift. We are also a Kérastase approved stockist and highly recommend the Kérastase Elixir Ultime which is a luxurious smoothing oil. Beautifully light, this oil smoothes and protects the hair as well as giving shine. Just pop into the salon at 15 Queen Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1SS or book a consultation with one of our stylists on 01473 219690 to see how these techniques and products could work for you.




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Britain’s youngest baker and published cookery writer, Amy-Beth Ellice speaks to EAUX 52


I hope I inspire lots more people who may be new to baking to get in the kitchen


my-Beth Ellice has had a passion for cooking and baking from an exceptionally young age. Inspired by her mother, Gillian, Amy-Beth has been baking homemade cakes and treats for special occasions since she was small. Over the past few years Amy has received a large number of orders for her special cupcakes and decorated cakes, including tiered wedding cakes. Her recipes have even been published in the Sunday Express newspaper when she was just 14. We caught up with Amy-Beth at a book signing at Essex’s finest food hall and gift retailer The Food Company. DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST CAKE YOU MADE? The first cakes I remember making were butterfly cakes – we’d always have them at birthday parties or cake sales at school. HOW DID YOU GO FROM BAKING FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO HAVING YOUR OWN BLOG? I had always baked for friends and family and they were always asking me for the recipes. It made sense to write them all down in a book (and online) so everyone could enjoy them. I had been writing recipes since the age of 10. HOW DID THE BOOK COME ABOUT? I approached a few publishers after appearing in the Sunday Express. They did a feature on me after I sent them some of my recipes. Most of the publishers said they already had

too many baking projects on the go but John Blake took me seriously, liked my story and offered me a publishing deal. IS WRITING A BOOK SOMETHING YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO? Yes. It was hard work, ensuring that all the recipes were right, and I was also heavily involved in the design of the book. I love art so I wanted to create the right look that I was happy and felt comfortable with. WHAT WAS THE PROCESS OF WRITING THE BOOK LIKE? I had a deadline to meet and had to be quite disciplined about the whole process, but it was great fun. It took two years from getting the book deal to handing it in. When I finally finished it was a mixture of relief, excitement and happiness. HOW DOES IT FEEL BEING BRITAIN’S YOUNGEST BAKER AND PUBLISHED COOKERY BOOK AUTHOR? It feels amazing and I hope I inspire lots more people who may be new to baking to get in the kitchen. Everyone can bake – all you have to do is make sure your ingredients are measured properly and follow the recipe to the letter. If it doesn’t work out first time, remember practice makes perfect. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE THING TO BAKE? I think my favourite thing to bake would be biscuits because of the childhood memories they evoke for me. I also like decorating them because of my love of art.

ARE THERE ANY FLAVOUR COMBINATIONS YOU HAVEN’T TRIED YET BUT REALLY WANT TO? I’ve just tried bacon and maple syrup flavoured popcorn here at The Food Company, and now I really want to try it in a cupcake! WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM CAKE BE? I made a salted caramel cake for my Mum’s birthday which was really delicious and everyone loved it. It was a bit of beginner’s luck as it was the first time I’d made it but it worked out really well. DO YOU HAVE ANY SECRET BAKING TIPS? Tidy as you go then you don’t have a huge mess at the end. It’s also a good way to pass the time when things are in the oven. Always use a reliable timer that you can take with you if you leave the kitchen! WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE FUTURE? I hope to have more books – I have lots more planned – and my dream goal would be to have my own TV show, to have my books on the shelves of Waterstones and in every kitchen in the land! Amy’s first book, Amy’s Baking Year is published by John Blake and available now. Visit The Food Company at 86 London Road, Marks Tey, Colchester to buy a signed copy of Amy’s book while stocks last. Also available from Amazon and all good bookshops, £14.99




Fine Dining in Suffolk Our editor Victoria investigates the delights of 1530 restaurant at Seckford Hall


hen you drive up to the Seckford Hall building you could be forgiven for thinking you’d just walked into a 15th Century novel. The main entrance to the beautiful red brick Tudor hall is through a large old wooden door. Seckford Hall is an AA 4 star hotel and 2AA rosette restaurant with leisure and spa facilities in beautiful grounds just 20 minutes from the centre of Ipswich. My dining partner and I were greeted warmly by the restaurant manager, Pawal, before being shown to our table. 1530 has recently undergone a swanky refurbishment and looks amazing for it, painted in calming colours with a cosy but indulgent feel. The ambiance was relaxed with an air of luxury and refinement. I opted for the baked stuffed Portobello Mushroom with Roquefort Cheese, Walnut Crumb and Fresh Herb Salad whilst my dining partner chose the Bread Slate with Mixed Olives, Olive Oil and Balsamic Syrup. I have to admit, I struggled choosing between the 28 Day Aged Beef with Pommes Allumette, Green Bean Shallot and Bacon Salad and the Wild Mushroom and Baby Leek Sauté with Parmesan Cream and White Truffle Oil. I asked Pawal which he would recommend and he helpfully suggested that with my choice of starter the steak would be a good choice. And he was certainly right.


Both courses were presented beautifully, the mushroom and cheese a small burst of intense flavour; the herb salad an unusual yet delightful accompaniment. The walnuts were a great touch and added a lovely extra crunch to the dish. The steak arrived with glistening melted caper button on top, looking decidedly succulent. It arrived on a bed of bacon and al dente green bean salad which had a wonderful intense flavor. The dish came with a portion of pommes allumette (fries), a salad and juicy roasted cherry tomatoes. The flavours worked really well together. The steak was melt-in-the mouth – perhaps one of the tastiest I have had the pleasure of trying. Both my dining partner and myself were also very impressed with how the steak was cooked perfectly to our requested level. The staff were unobtrusive and very helpful and there was no pressure to leave the table. Pawal persuaded us to sample the Chef’s Tasting Plate, four miniature desserts, all handmade on site by the pastry chef. This consisted of treacle tart, raspberry and white chocolate crème brulee, lemon posset and cinnamon doughnut. It was the care and attention – small touches – that really made the experience great: the half-melted butter on the steak, the water which is passed through a filter seven times on

site before being bottled, and the Florentines (to die for) offered at the end of our meal. With great food, wonderful staff and swanky surroundings, 1530 should definitely be your next dining experience. To book a table cal 01394 385678 or visit the website at www.seckford.co.uk Seckford Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 6NU



Experience The finest riverside restaurants around the world

Waterside Restaurant

7800 B River Road, North Bergen, NJ 07047 Take in breakthaking views of New York across the Hudson River from Waterside Restaurant. Enjoy fine food and cocktails alongside your views, whether you are inside or outside and soak up the atmosphere.

Le Pont De La Tour

36 Shad Thames, London SE12YE Combining traditional yet innovative French cuisine with incredible views across the Thames of Tower Bridge, La Pont De La Tour is a riverside restaurant you won’t want to miss.

Don Juan II

Port Henri IV, 75004, Paris What better way to enjoy waterside dining that dining on the river itself? Enjoy the cuisine of Guy Krenzer aboard the Don Juan II, a charming, peaceful yacht with sophisticated interiors. An unforgettable experience.







Romantic Dining in the Heart


ebruary, a month infused with romance, can be the perfect time to pick an idyllic restaurant for an evening celebration with a loved one. Whilst ‘romantic’ means something different to all of us, few can dispute that beautiful surroundings, sumptuous food and a vibrant ambience make for a special evening. With a selection of effortlessly timeless and charming restaurants, Suffolk can without a doubt hold the key to a perfect evening.

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Romance is in the air. Holly Court seeks out fine dining for Valentine’s Day

Romance is enduring and Suffolk has certainly managed to retain its unique and classic feel, steeped in history and natural beauty. With a sleepy coastline and winding country roads, our county is home to some of the most intimate restaurants which are tucked away in beautiful buildings and unspoilt picturesque villages. So whether it’s a romantic weekend away or an exceptionally special evening, here are some of the most enchanting and romantic restaurants in Suffolk. Unmatched for history and style, The Swan at Lavenham is a beautiful hotel set in the centre of this stunning medieval village. The striking 15th century Swan Hotel is steeped in centuries of history. With its half-timbered picture perfect exterior, oak beamed interiors, open fires and cosy nooks, this romantic hotel brings together a deep sense of timelessness and occasion with a mix of classic and contemporary styling. If you appreciate fresh, seasonal, locally sourced food enjoyed in exquisite surroundings, then you will really be spoilt for choice at The Swan. Guests can choose from a range of dining options to suit all moods and palates from simple, informal eating in the contemporary brasserie to sumptuous fine dining in the AA two rosette gallery restaurant. Tempting dishes are created by head chef, Justin Kett, while head sommelier François Belin is on hand to offer advice and suggest matching wines from the wine cellar. Justin Kett is an award-winning chef and was appointed four years ago. He is

passionate about sourcing local suppliers for his dishes wherever possible. Equally, for an evening even more infused with history, diners can relax in the airmen’s bar area of The Swan (where the US Air Force and UK service personnel stationed near Lavenham during World War II used to frequent). The bar is full of memorabilia including photographs, military cap badges and shoulder titles alongside autographs written on the walls, making it an inspiring setting to relax over a

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drink or two or enjoy a light meal and remember the romance of times gone by. With such a variety of dining options and settings, delicious food and charming atmosphere, The Swan at Lavenham is an enchanting dining experience for all. Just a few miles from Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, Tuddenham Mill is another spot to relax and spend a romantic evening in stunning surroundings. Years of history and the chic yet sympathetic refurbishment of a traditional water mill are combined to offer an exceptional experience in the Suffolk countryside. If you’re looking for something more than the usual boutique hotel, restaurant or wedding and meeting venue, then you may have found it. Tuddenham Mill offers a unique environment, a genuine passion for great food and wine, the ultimate in bedroom

comforts and discreet yet attentive service. With the most beautifully fitted out dining area, you can watch swans and kingfishers from the restaurant overlooking the mill pond. The food is high class, cooked to an impeccable standard by head chef, Lee Bye, whose creations always demonstrate true flair and precision. From its exposed beams to the views across the mill pond, Tuddenham Mill offers a distinctive mix of influences to excite the senses. Every meal is a special occasion when you dine this restaurant so whether you want an informal light supper or if you’re looking for the full fine dining experience, there is a menu you’ll love and an unrivalled romantic ambience. Another luxuriously romantic option is The Bildeston Crown, which has a wonderfully welcoming bar and restaurant plus beautifully

prepared and delicious food. If you like cosy country inns offering gourmet food then this is the award-winning option for you, situated in a village close to Long Melford. This is a Grade 2 Listed former 15th Century coaching inn that has been expertly refurbished. Rich, dark heritage colours and an abundance of original beams make this a warm and vibrant place to eat. The emphasis is on relaxed dining and guests can select from any of the menus available. The brasserie menu provides a good choice of classic dishes which change weekly. For a comfortable evening in vibrant surroundings, eating at The Bildeston Crown will set the tone for a truly romantic evening. Whether relaxed and informal or smart and sophisticated, all these charming restaurants offer a variety for romance seekers and true dining escapism.




By the Dram Our selection of the finest whiskies to please the most discerning of tastebuds


THE ENGLISH WHISKY COMPANY CHAPTER 14 With each bottle of whisky individually numbered, and a maximum of 300 bottles produced, Chapter 14 is a rare whisky to savour. Aged in bourbon casks for at least five years, this is a light, fresh and fruity easy drinking whisky that hasn’t been chill filtered or coloured to achieve the highest quality. It’s easy to see why it was awarded the ‘Best Whisky from Europe’ title by Jim Murray. £75, available from Russell & Newness, 186 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AQ and www.englishwhisky.co.uk


CARDHU GOLD RESERVE This single malt whisky has been aged in oak casks to enrich and deepen its flavour. A sweet and floral nose precedes the taste of fresh citrus and baked apple, along with hints of toffee, before leaving a gently spicy finish. With a perfectly balanced flavour, this whisky can be enjoyed with ice or in a cocktail. £35, available from major national retailers and whisky specialists across the UK

Handcrafted in Southwold, this limited edition single malt whisky has been made using East Anglian malted barley. Matured for more than three years in French oak casks, Adnam’s Single Malt Whisky offers the unique combination of berry and apricot notes, with an array of spices and minerals. A single sip of this whisky fills the mouth with the delicious taste of honey and spices, leaving a warm finish in its wake. £43.99, available from Adnams Cellar & Kitchen Stores throughout Suffolk, www.adnams.co.uk



ith a plethora of distilleries in Scotland, it’s no surprise that whisky is often associated with the area. Each distillery has their own method for crafting their blend of this sophisticated drink, meaning that there are a variety of flavours to suit every palette when it comes to whisky. While it may be Scotland’s national drink, whisky is enjoyed all

around the world, with many counties putting their own spin on this traditional drink. In fact, the drink accounts for a quarter of UK food and drink exports. The process of making whisky is steeped in history and has changed little over the past 200 years, with the same simple ingredients of water, yeast and barley used to create the

perfect blend. It is how these ingredients are used which makes each whisky unique. There are a variety of whisky types available, from single malt whiskies that originate from a single distillery to different casks and rare cask strength whiskies that undergo a long maturation process will develop strong, unique flavours.

THE MACALLAN SIENNA HIGHLAND PARK DARK ORIGINS TALLISKER STORM With a spicy and peppery fragrance, Storm offers a deep nutty flavour which is followed by the distinctive flavours of brine and wood. The aftertaste of peaty burnt embers adds to the smooth and spicy flavour of this whisky. £39.95, available from grocery stores and independent retailers across in the UK

The scent of toasted hazelnuts and baked apple blends with the fragrance of ripe bananas and spice in this whisky. A rich mahogany in colour, Dark Origins offers a wellbalanced dry peat flavour which relaxes into maraschino cherries and dark chocolate before leaving a sweet and smoky finish. £64.95, available from www.highlandpark.co.uk

The Macallan Sienna is one whisky in an innovative range where the drinks’ names are reflected in the whisky’s colour. The Sienna opens with a warm and subtle vanilla fragrance, followed by the taste of zesty orange before fresh green apples balance the flavour. Elegant notes of oak and chocolate truffles are followed by raisins, figs and dates before spicy nutmeg and ginger are balanced with apples and oranges for a smooth and warming finish. £68, Available from good specialist retailers



the cookhouse Tel: 01473 786616 Email: eat@suffolkfoodhall.co.uk Web: www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk t: @TheCookhouse f:/suffolkfoodhall

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At The Cookhouse our menu changes seasonally and our winter menu came into play at the start of December. All the chefs play a part in writing the menu, we are a team and I believe it’s really important that we all have belief in what we are cooking and serving.

fish from Simpers of Suffolk who are based in Woodbridge. All of our mushrooms throughout the menus come from Capel St.Mary and we buy as much fruit and vegetables as possible from Virginia nurseries in Newbourne. We also use other local suppliers such as Aspalls, Stokes, Tiptree jams, HillFarm oils and St.Peter’s ale. We’re so lucky to be based in Suffolk with such an abundance of seasonal and local food.

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any people think that the food available in the winter is as bleak and dark as the weather but this really isn’t the case. When it comes to vegetables there are plenty to choose from like root vegetables (swede, parsnip, shallots, leeks, Jerusalem artichokes and celeriac) and cabbages (Cavalo Nero, Savoy, red and kale). Mussels, whelks, clams and cockles all become available from the fishmonger, venison and pheasant from the butcher and of the fruit that is available you can choose from pomegranate, clementines and – one of my favourites in these months – blood oranges.



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Pomegranates, squash, assorted cabbages, cranberries and root vegetables all feature throughout our winter menu. Our focus is on seasonal, local, quality produce that is cooked very simply and served with the minimum of fuss; a good portion of big, bold, flavoursome food that warms you up.

SALADS aren’t just for summer. You can make a lovely winter salad of roasted butternut squash, cous cous, toasted pine nuts, pomegranate and blood orange dressing. The zest will really lift all the flavours and you could even finish the dish with a few charred segments.

We’ll be working closely with the greengrocer to make the most of the seasonal vegetables that he has available. Freshness is the main benefit of working with local producers. In essence we have to do less to it because the flavour is so much better and doesn’t need to be dressed up and enhanced by adding things to it. It’s also good to get the opportunity to work with smaller producers who can offer you a product that they truly believe in and have poured their heart and soul into.

Why not make the most of the vast selection of ROOT VEGETABLES that are available and prepare a stew, forget the beef and lamb though and opt for venison, pheasant or the very underused mutton. These will all have a much stronger, deeper flavour.

We use as many of our own products as possible such as the Red Poll cattle for our beef and the venison and pheasants are shot on our own estate where we also grow onions and potatoes. We have just started to buy

I love CABBAGE and at this time of year there is so much available that it’s hard to avoid. You really can’t beat fried buttery cabbage. Brown, caramelised and crispy and with that wonderful smell. Serve with a spoonful of creamy mashed potatoes, salt beef and a fried egg. Easy and simple to produce but full of flavour; comforting on a cold, dark winters evening in front of the fire with a pint of Broadside.





he Salthouse Harbour Hotel Head Chef, Chris McQuitty has designed three exclusive recipes specially for EAUX magazine. This starter, main course and dessert make the most of fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. To sample Chris and his team’s fine cuisine yourself, you can reserve a table at the Salthouse Harbour Hotel on 01473 266789






Ingredients • 300-340g (10-12oz) Rainbow trout fillet • 50g Salt • 100g Dark soft brown sugar • 3g Coriander seeds • 1 Lemon juice and zest • 5g Dill, chopped • 100ml Beetroot juice Trout is in the same family as salmon, the oily fish family. It has a much gentler flavour, and the physical make-up of the flesh means that there is just as much moisture as a piece of salmon but much more delicate flesh. Cure the trout 24 hours in advance to eating. Combine all of the above

ingredients except the trout to a paste. The trout fillet should be pin boned and have the excess fat removed. Place the fillet in the cure and be sure to cling film over the top. Refrigerate for 24 hours. The fillet should be firm but supple, this will be the tell-tale sign that it is ready. Wash the fillet gently and quickly under a cold running tap. Slice as thin as possible, ideally you would have slices as thin as smoked salmon. To eat alongside the trout you could have fennel and beetroot, as we use at the Salthouse. We have simply sliced the fennel on a mandolin and dressed with lemon juice and salt. The beetroot we have roasted, peeled and seasoned with olive oil and salt. Present as you desire on the plate!

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GOURMET Ingredients, serves 2 • Two 175g Fillets of Cod • 400g of boiled new potatoes • 150 of baby spinach • 200g of butter • 1 head of cauliflower • 500ml milk • 500ml double cream • 10g of curry powder • 30g of raisins, rehydrated in a light pickling liquor (50ml white wine vinegar, 50g sugar, 100ml water) • Nasturtium flowers (optional)

Pan Fried Cod with Curry Butter

Firstly start by rehydrating the raisins at room temperature for serving. Slice the cauliflower thinly to allow it to cook as quickly as possible to keep its vibrancy. Pour the milk and cream into a pan and bring to the boil. Add sliced cauliflower and cook until soft. Sieve from the milk and cream and blend until smooth, adding extra of the cream and milk mix should it need to be a looser consistency, we are looking for a whipped cream texture. Slice new potatoes to around a cm in size. Place the cod fillets skin side up on a cutting board and season with salt. Heat two heavy non-stick pans, add vegetable oil to both. Once ‘smoking’ hot, add sliced potatoes to one, and lay the fillets in the other, skin side facing down. Season with sea salt. Move the potatoes around the pan once they have begun to colour and keep them there until they are golden on both sides. Once almost finished, add 50g of butter, and once that has melted add the spinach and remove the pan immediately from the heat. Toss the potatoes with spinach until melted. The cod should be achieving a lovely golden brown colour by now, and very nearly opaque on the upper side. Once it looks white on the outer edges add in 75g of butter and leave to melt. Once butter is caramelising remove pan from the heat and turn the Cod. Lovely, eh? Next, melt the remaining 125g of butter in another pan, and leave on a high heat until it turns to a golden foaming texture. Add in the curry powder, and remove from the heat. Take a spoonful of cauliflower puree and add it to each plate. Decorate in any fashion that you desire – add the rest of the ingredients on top or around.



Passionfruit Curd with Meringue and Coffee Icecream

Passionfruit Curd • 100g (4) Egg yolks • 150g Butter • 75g Caster sugar • 90g Passionfruit puree

Bind the yolks and the caster sugar until a glossy paste has been achieved. Melt the butter in a microwave and add this to the yolks, then cook in a thick-bottomed pan on a low heat until a temperature of 84 degrees has been achieved. Add the passionfruit puree to the curd, this will stop the cooking process. Allow to set in the fridge.

Italian Meringue • 2 Egg whites • 50g Caster sugar • 1 tsp of glucose syrup • 20ml water

Whip the egg whites in a bowl until the form and hold peaks; you should be able to do the infamous ‘upside down’ trick. Next, add the sugar, water and glucose to a small saucepan. Another chef’s trick is to run your finger under water before attempting to coax the syrup from the spoon – no sticky finger! Heat this mix to 121°C (this is really important), and slowly whisk into the whites. The temperature of the sugar syrup cooks the white, and sets it. Pop it in a piping bag to serve and use.

Coffee Ice Cream • 300ml Double cream • 100ml Milk • 6 Egg yolks • 100g Caster sugar • 3 Double espressos

Boil the milk, cream and coffee. Bind the yolks and sugar, then pour a small ladle of the milk and cream over it. Cook until thickened to the consistency that coats the back of a spoon. Present all together as you wish on the plate and enjoy! Italian meringue is one of my favourite things to make. The principles are very basic – sugar syrup to a specific temperature then whipped into egg whites – but the amount of air already in the whites prior to the syrup being added plays an important role. Too much will give a slightly lumpy appearance. Too little and it will simply be a runny mess.



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Bathsheba has teamed up with the Crown Hotel in Woodbridge to offer two decadent spa breaks. Enjoy a range of luxury treatments in calming surroundings at Bathsheba and a meal in the delightful Crown Hotel, or combined with an overnight stay. For details or to book please call 01394 388813

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EXCLUSIVE in Suffolk, Bathsheba offer luxurious REN facial / body treatments and products in the Spa - the results are described as ‘sensational’, delivering Performance, Purity and Pleasure. At Bathsheba you are enveloped in warmth and calm in beautiful surroundings and we do the utmost to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. For full menu of treatments please visit www.bathshebaspa.co.uk



…and Relax ESCAPE

It’s official; Christmas is now over and done with. That means it’s time to unwind 68


f you need a break to unwind after the stresses of Christmas why not enjoy what Suffolk has to offer by relaxing with your partner on a luxurious spa day. Or, if a day is not long enough, what about a weekend spa break? Laze around reading in your dressing gown, take a dip in the pool, feel the burn in the gym and enjoy fine food to your heart’s content.



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Nestled in the beautiful Suffolk countryside the award-winning, family owned, AA 4 Star Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa is a retreat for a well-earned spa day or overnight break with family or friends. Peake Spa is a tranquil sanctuary at the heart of this vibrant hotel and golf resort – a place of rest for hotel residents, leisure members and visiting guests alike. With its luxurious 18 metre pool, sanarium, steam room, Jacuzzi and 14 treatment rooms, including exotic Rasul and Hammam suites, the hotel’s Peake Spa is a popular destination


for blissfully relaxing spa breaks, spa days and treatments. Treatments are available for both women and men including aromatherapy massages and facials, Indian head massages, manicures, pedicures, CACI non-surgical facelifts, Mircrodermabrasion and specialised body wraps. Stoke by Nayland also has five, self-catered Country Lodges, which enjoy stunning views over a picturesque lake and Constable Country. The lodges are perfect for family celebrations, friends’ reunions, hen parties and spa breaks.

Tranquility Spa Day

• Coffee/tea on arrival • Rasul mud therapy experience (45mins) • Therapeutic back, neck and shoulder massage (30mins) • Two course lunch with wine or juice • Unlimited use of indoor pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub £105 per person. From an extra £34.50pp you can enjoy a stay in a luxurious hotel room with breakfast.

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The Gainsborough The Gainsborough Health Club & Spa combines a luxurious day spa with excellent health and fitness facilities to guarantee that whatever your reason for visiting, you will find everything you need to achieve your desired outcome. The Spa has recently been extensively refurbished to create fabulous facilities, including a Serail mud chamber. The interior

design combines panelled walls, opulent wallpaper, studded leather chairs and sofas to create a luxurious boutique atmosphere. Our spa offers state-of-the-art health, fitness and leisure facilities along with a highly personalised service in a gorgeous setting. The pool and gym are housed in a series of magnificently restored 15th Century timberframed barns, as beautiful inside as the rolling countryside that surrounds it.

Indulge Spa Day

• Two hour treatment time • 8hrs access to the facilities • Robe, towel and slipper hire for the day • Heated pool • Jacuzzi • Sauna • Steam room • Light lunch included From £140 per person





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Full Day Luxury Experience

• Two hour treatment • 17m swimming pool • Aroma steam room • Mineral grotto • Hydro pool • Ice fountain and tropical showers • Relaxation zone • Soft sauna • Light one course lunch included £129 per person. Includes use of Thermal Suite with any two hour and a delicious one course light lunch.

Ufford Park Hotel and Spa Combine a decadent day spa with leisure and fitness facilities at Ufford Park Health & Spa – the ultimate in pampering and luxury. Ufford Park is one of the only spas of its kind in the county to offer a thermal suite with ‘fire and ice’ experiences to stimulate the senses as well as a large hydro-pool, aroma steam room, mineral grotto, and soft sauna.

Enjoy time in the Nordic sauna and steam room and a sit in the tension-easing, musclerelaxing hot tub. One of the benefits of Ufford Park is that you only need to book your treatment time at the time of booking and you can decide when you arrive which treatment you would like, depending on how you feel that day.

Sheer Bliss

• Germaine de Capuccini spa prescriptive facial (60mins) • Germaine de Capuccini Aromatic full body massage (60mins) • Express manicure and express pedicure • Use of the Swimming Pool, Spa Bath, Sauna and Steam Rooms • Two course lunch (starter and main) • Robe and towel hire for the day, plus flip flops to keep Sheer Bliss will be on offer throughout January 2015 at buy one get one free (£100 per person, valid Monday to Thursday) plus for every buy one get one free purchase, you will receive an Evening Bliss voucher (valued at £90 for 1 person, valid Mon - Thurs) free!


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Set on the south-west edge of Bury St Edmunds, just a mile from the centre of the town, Clarice House is nestled in a beautiful woodland setting. This grand Neo-Jacobean mansion has been restored to its former glory and extended to provide contemporary health club and spa facilities with changing rooms. Take a dip in the 20 metre heated swimming


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pool, keep toasty in the spa bath, clear your head in the steam room with scented steam and heat up with the sauna. Enjoy lunch in the award-winning restaurant, which serves everything from light-bites to a full a la carte menu. All spa treatments use Germaine de Capuccini products and all days include a Clarice House robe, flip flops and towel hire for the day.



Take your business further


hether you’re a frequent traveller or an occasional flyer, why not let Fred. Olsen Business Travel plan your corporate journeys? From private jets to EasyJet, chauffeured cars and parking to hotels, Fred. Olsen Business travel is dedicated to offering you the widest choice of

options available. Because we’re not aligned to any particular hotel, airline or car hire company, this allows your consultant to offer impartial advice and truly tailor travel plans to your specifications. Fred. Olsen Business Travel can help you with all aspects of your journey to make it

as relaxing as possible. A member of our committed and knowledgeable team of specialist travel consultants will always be able to understand your exact requirements and build travel plans for you with a personal touch. We have all aspects covered and pride ourselves on always getting the best option for our valued clients – that’s you!

CONFERENCES Our knowledge of the hotel industry allows us to be able to organise your meeting space, no matter the size of the event or the location.



Need a visa for your trip? No problem! One of our specialist consultants will take care of this professionally and efficiently.


Allow us to book up-to-theminute fares and offer fast and efficient Euro Tunnel travel whether you need business class with priority boarding or just a single seat.

Let Fred. Olsen Business Travel pre-book secure airport parking (at any UK airport) for your journey at favourable rates when booked in advance.


No matter the size and specification of your trip, Fred. Olsen Business Travel will find a hotel to suit your preference and bidget and can secure these on either a guaranteed or pre-paid basis throughout the world. They have a vast range of hotels at their disposal, from 5* exclusive resorts to smaller guesthouses.


An in-house reservation system allows booking confirmation and ticket issue within just a few minutes of initial enquiry, whether it’s upper class all the way or low cost low frill airlines.




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taly is the land of great wine, wonderful cuisine and magical views. Lakes, mountains, boating, golf, architecture. Thousands of years of fascinating history, art and culture are just a few of the many things that draw people to this area of Europe time and time again. Brimming with the most amazing historic buildings and architecture like the Pantheon, Pisa and the Colluseum, Italy is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of Chianti and relax in glamorous surroundings.



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Stay in style in a double room with sea view and balcony at the Belmond Splendido Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis for seven nights. Overlooking the picture-perfect Portofino harbour, Belmond Splendido Hotel is ideal for enjoying languid days by the pool and soaking up the culture of the Riviera. Price per person ÂŁ3480 based on seven nights British Airways Club Europe flights from London Gatwick from 01/06/15. Private transfers included.




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Take a truly breathtaking round-trip aboard elegant cruise ship Royal Clipper. Departing from Rome, you will visit some of Italy’s most charming port towns: Porto Vecchio and Portoferraio, as well as Sardinia, before enjoying three nights in a Marcella Royal hotel close to the Via Veneto, Spanish Steps and the other delights that Rome has to offer. Price per person from £1569 based on four night cruise from 20/10/15 departing from Civitavecchia (Port for Rome) and stopping at Porto Vecchio, Corsica, Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Portoferraio, Elba and ending back at Civitavecchia. Plus three nights bed and breakfast at 4* Marcella Royal, Rome.


red. Olsen Travel are your local independent travel agents offering worldwide holidays, cruises, city breaks, weddings and honeymoons, worldwide adventures and much, much more. We have over 25 Years of selling dream holidays to the people of East Anglia. Come and meet the team, tell us what your travel plans are and we will work with you to help plan your dream holiday. We have travel shops in Ipswich (in-store at COES), Colchester, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Aldeburgh (White Lion) Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge Airport, Norfolk (in store at Jarrold) and Thorpe. Our strength is independence – this ensures that we can offer a bespoke holiday offering by researching the best options from the whole travel market. To book call on 0800 954 0068



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Wild Bush Luxury Discover outback Australia with G&T




houghts of Australia, quite rightly, conjure up visions of its many iconic landmarks, Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Great Barrier Reef and Ayers Rock. However, there is another Australia that few get to experience – way up north, in the outback and off the beaten track, and the best time to visit the Top End is British summer time.

Bamurru Plains, home to huge populations of birdlife and wildlife, is Australia’s own version of the Okavango Delta. A 303sq km buffalo station, to the west of Kakadu National Park, you will see thousands of magpie geese, egrets, raptors, buffalo, wallabies, huge salt water crocodiles and explore this vast wilderness with safari drives, river boating and air boating – all really good fun and enhanced by the company of expert locals.

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When, for once, there is time to spare during the long summer holidays a trip to Australia is a chance to create extraordinary family memories by combining a variety of places and experiences; remote bush camps, luxury homesteads, nights spent camping out in a swag hosted by legendary local guides and ending up washing off the outback dust on a Great Barrier Reef Island. To really push the

boat out the best way to see this vast area is a flying safari in your own plane or helicopter. The staggering variations in geography, the abundance of quirky fauna and flora – equally eccentric guides – and the Aboriginal culture that survives in Kakadu and Arnhem Land will have you creating your own ‘songlines’ or dreaming tracks.




Lizard Island

Kimberley Coastal Camp is on the northeastern coast of Western Australia – one of the least explored and wildest places on earth. Truly spectacular, the area is a perfect wilderness of deserted beaches, scattered islands, wildlife and birds, delicious fresh food, swimming holes, Aboriginal rock art galleries and magnificent scenery that is best explored by boat or on a helicopter flight to view Mitchell Falls. The area is a fisherman’s paradise and if you can catch it, they can cook it! Lizard Island, off the coast of Queensland, is one the most northern islands on the Barrier Reef. The island has 24 powdery-white beaches with giant clams and coral gardens just metres off shore whilst the property has only 40 luxurious suites so there is little need to see anyone else unless you want to. You are given your own little boat to explore and secluded picnics on private beaches add to the sense of adventure. If the Robinson Crusoe feeling deserts you five star cuisine and spa treatments provide the opposite in indulgence back at home. These amazing wilderness areas are made even more special in the company of some of the extraordinary characters that have made their life far away from the hectic world most of us inhabit. Sab Lord is one of these legends – a character doesn’t begin to sum him up.


Renowned for his irreverent humour, in true Aussie style he ends every sentence with ‘mate’! It’s his guiding skills that set him apart; Sab has an extraordinary knowledge of this area. Whilst his guests may be allowed the luxury of a room, whatever the weather, Sab will always rather sleep out in his swag. He is a great bush cook too and kangaroo fillets in beer is a favourite. In the 1950s, Sab’s father was a crocodile and buffalo hunter in what is now Kakadu National Park. With this backyard as his playground, it is little wonder he grew up fascinated by its nature, terrain, wildlife and the Aboriginal culture. Sab is lucky enough to enjoy a mutual respect with many of the local Aboriginal Clans and this allows him, and those travelling with him, access to restricted areas where no-one else can go. A special part of a safari with Sab is the opportunity to share in experiences that encourage an understanding between people and cultures in a truly authentic way.

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An expedition with Sab can include botany, conservation, wildlife, time spent with Aboriginal people, fishing and the incredible scenic beauty of one of the world’s great wilderness areas. To book your Australian safari with Goodacre & Townsend call 020 7434 2255 or visit www.goodtown.co.uk

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Travel in style with luxury luggage


hen it comes to the New Year, nothing can be better than taking a break from the cold, wet and grey weather of the UK and exploring further afield. Even if you decide to travel in the UK, a new location offers something different from the everyday and is a great way to begin the New Year. Whether you’re jetting off somewhere exotic, travelling for business or exploring a new city over a long weekend, taking hand luggage on board the plane can certainly take the stress out of travelling. With no need to wait for your suitcase to appear in baggage reclaim, you’ll have more time to relax and explore your new surroundings. With this in mind, we’ve selected a number of luxury holdalls that are perfect for storing all the belongings you need for your trip.

1. Tumi Medium Trip Two-Wheel Garment Bag, £895, available from www.selfridges.com | 2. Brics Life Olive Briefcase 2 Handle Large Gusset, £269, available from House of Fraser nationwide | 3. Gianni Conti Leather Weekender Bag in Black, £399.95, available from Coes of Ipswich, 20-28 Norwich Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2NH | 4. Radley Persley Holdall Tan, £299, available from House of Fraser nationwide | 5. Mulberry Large Clipper Holdall, £650, available from www.selfridges.com | 6. Aspinal of London Harrison Overnight Business Bag, £695, available from www.selfridges.com




Weekend in… Oxford

Soak up the culture in Oxford, home to one of the leading universities in the world

Head of the River

Set in one of the best spots along the River Thames, The Head of the River has twelve stylish and comfortable bedrooms with all the modern luxuries you could need. The ideal place to retreat to after a day exploring this fascinating city.

The Head of the River features a popular pub restaurant on the ground floor which spills out onto the waterside. Predominantly featuring classic British cuisine with a twist by head chef Justin and his team, we’ve no doubt you’ll want to bite into their famous venison burger with Oxford Blue cheese.

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Bodleian Libraries

Well worth a visit for one of the daily guided tours of the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera. Whilst admiring the architecture and taking in the history of the place, you might like to visit the current exhibition, Remembering Radcliffe: 300 years of science and philanthropy,


which is running until March 2015. It is a new exhibition, which explores the life and legacy of John Radcliffe, the doctor and philanthropist who gave Oxford some of its most iconic buildings. 01865 277162, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BQ, www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk


University of Oxford Botanic Garden

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Enjoy a stroll around Britain’s oldest botanic garden, which will soon be celebrating its 40th year. It is the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the world and is based right in the heart of Oxford city. Admire the gardens and the glasshouses which create a range of different climates allowing plants to be cultivated from around the world. 01865 286690, Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ, www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk

Modern Art Oxford Pitt Rivers Museum

Pitt Rivers holds some of the world’s finest collections of anthropological and archaeology from throughout human history. Take in a tour, talk or workshop or explore some of the museum’s wide range of fascinating exhibitions on your visit. Some of the permanent displays include a magnificent Tahitian mourner’s costume, collected during Captain Cook’s Second Voyage in 1773-74. 01865 270927, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP, www.prm.ox.ac.uk

Modern Art Oxford was founded back in 1966 and is now one of the UK’s most influential contemporary art spaces with an international reputation for innovative projects. You can enjoy a range of film, music, performance art, talks, exhibitions and workshops as well as the guided tour. 01865 722733, 30 Pembroke St, Oxford, OX1 1BP www.modernartoxford.org.uk








Country &

Urban Perfection EAUX takes a look at the new Morgan Plus 8




The Morgan Plus 8 is the ideal companion on country and urban roads


he Morgan Plus 8 makes use of technology from the aircraft industry to achieve an unladen weight of only 1100kgs. This makes the Plus 8 the lightest V8 passenger car in the world approved to European safety standards. The car also has one of the stiffest chassis of all the convertible roadsters available today. The car is the ideal companion on country and urban roads. It responds immediately to a driver’s input yet you can also have fun with a clear conscience knowing that the car’s impact on nature is kept at a minimum. Wheel speed sensors inform the Electronic Control Unit to get the best possible performance from the engine and to provide a crisp throttle

response. The Morgan Plus 8 has been described as ‘a true drivers car’ yet it is also surprisingly economical to run. The car is the most comfortable classic Morgan that the company has ever built. The convertible mohair roof is easy to erect with a double thickness liner for insulation. There is plenty of space for the tallest of drivers. Air conditioning is standard equipment in the luxurious leather lined cockpit which includes a lockable stowage compartment. A radio/ CD player is standard equipment with a high quality speaker system. The Plus 8 is also the only Classic Morgan available with a six speed automatic

THE FACTS Manual Transmission 6 Speed Engine 4799 cc v8 Max power 270kw (367 bhp) or 291kw (390bhp) with sports exhaust Max torque 490nm (370 lb/ft) Power to Weight 333 bhp per tonne or 354 bhp per tonne with sports exhaust Performance 0-62 mph/100 kph in 4.5 seconds Top speed 155mph/250kph Fuel tank size 55 litres Fuel consumption: - Urban: 16 mpg (18.2l / 100km) - Extra urban: 32 mpg (8.7l / 100km) - Combined: 23 mpg (12.11l / 100km) CO2 level 282 g/km Homologation to European Whole Vehicle Approval ell*ks07/46*0245 Chassis Aluminium bonded and riveted Dimensions: Length – 4010mm | Width – 1751mm Height – 1220mm | Weight – 1100kg


transmission. This can be operated in two modes, ‘Sport’ and ‘Auto’. In ‘Sport’ mode the engine holds its gear to maximum revs of 6500rpm and ‘blips’ the throttle before making a down shift. The steering and the ABS brakes are power assisted. A customer can also personalise his Plus 8 to his individual taste and the choices are virtually inexhaustible. To see a detailed options list and to explore the possibilities please visit our website www.morgan-motor.co.uk or visit your nearest dealer Krazy Horse, Empire House, Lamden Road, Lark Valley Business Park, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP32 6NU, 01284 749645 or the factory in Malvern.

Automatic Transmission 6 Speed Engine 4799 cc v8 Max power 270kw (368 bhp) 291kw (390bhp) with sports exhaust Power to Weight 333 bhp per tonne or 354 bhp per tonne with sports exhaust Max torque 490nm (370 lb/ft) Performance 0-62 mph/100 kph in 4.2 seconds Top speed 155mph/250kph Fuel tank size 55 litres Fuel consumption: - Urban: 17 mpg (16.4l / 100km) - Extra urban: 36 mpg (7.9l / 100km) - Combined: 26 mpg (11.0l / 100km) CO2 level 256 g/km Homologation to European Whole Vehicle Approval ell*ks07/46*0245 Chassis Aluminium bonded and riveted Dimensions: Length – 4010mm | Width – 1751mm Height – 1220mm | Weight – 1100kg



Next Big Thing Discover the Hyundai New Generation i20


• Engine line-up tuned to optimise day-today driveability • Choice of 1.25 and 1.4-litre petrol, 1.1 and 1.4-litre diesel engines • Five and six-speed manual and fourspeed automatic transmissions • All engines are Euro 6 compliant • New 1.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged petrol engine to premiere in 2015 • Six airbags fitted on all models: front, side and curtain • Advanced safety technologies included as standard • Lane Departure Warning System alerts driver to ‘lane drift’ • Stronger bodyshell incorporates highstrength steel and reinforcements • Hill Start Assist Control standard to prevent roll back • Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty




pace and substance meet style and refinement with the New Generation i20 from Hyundai. Only released in November 2014, the i20 is already a best-seller.

automatic defog system come as standard and the i20’s outstanding boot capacity of 326 litres really heightens the vehicle’s versatility.

It’s the combination of style, build-quality and practicality that really sets the i20 apart. Designed and developed in Europe at Hyundai Motor’s Design Centre Europe in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the New Generation i20 is lower and longer than the previous model. The wheelbase has been extended from the original model, making the New Generation i20 a true five-seater.

A range of new technologies come as standard in the i20 to give exceptional levels of comfort and conveniences usually associated with more costly vehicles. The innovtive lane departure warning system is a great addition. Not only this, but the unique-in-class panoramic sunroof is both able to tilt and fully open, increasing the sense of space for occupants.


Inspired by Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, the i20 offers elegant lines combined with a sculptured profile, giving it a bold and sophisticated appearance with impressive European build quality. One of the main features is the hexagonal grill at the front, which seamlessly flows into stylish bifunction headlamps with daytime running lights as standard.


It’s not just the exterior of the i20 that is refined yet stylish. The extended wheelbase allows for a much more spacious cabin and more legroom for occupants both in the front and back and allows this i20 to truly become a five seater. The interior features soft-touch materials and subtle piano black inserts combined with chrome detailing to create a contemporary and luxurious space. Front and rear parking assist, heated steering wheel, static bending headlamps and



With a choice of two Hyundai ‘Kappa’ petrol engines and two ‘U-II’ diesel power units plus a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, and a new 1.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged petrol engine premiering in 2015, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The New Generation i20 can accelerate between 80 and 120 kph faster than the previous generation. There have been many improvements made to the engine; all engines comply with the new Euro6 emission regulations and deliver maximum torque, enabling a more responsive driving experience on an everyday basis. The New Generation i20’s driving experience has been fine-tuned to ensure suitability for European roads following rigorous ride and handling testing in alpine mountain areas, hot summer evaluation in southern Europe and cold winter testing in Scandina. With the New Generation i20’s industryleading Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks, what other choice is there?



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Take the new Spyder

for a Spin

There’s no doubt that boys love their toys and luxury powersports vehicles are certainly no exception he Can-Am Spyder F3 is the latest addition to Bombardier Recreational Products’ (BRP) Can-Am Roadster line-up; it’s also the ultimate weekend open-air ride for thrill-seekers.


engine which offers the right mix of power and torque, underlined by a new signature exhaust note. The engine’s peak power at 7,250RPM is 115hp and puts out 130Nm of torque at just 5,000rpm.

An exclusive UFIT system allows riders to personalise their F3 with customised peg and handlebar positions for the ultimate in both performance and comfort.

The advanced Vehicle Stability System has been developed with Bosch and includes traction control, stability control and anti-lock brakes. The result is precise handling.

The F3 features a reliable liquid-cooled Rotax 1330 ACE (Advanced Combustion Efficiency)

Key features of the Can-Am Spyder F3 also include the industry-leading Dynamic Power

Steering (DPS), electronic cruise control, the ECO mode smart assist system, which helps improve the fuel economy by indicating precisely where the shift points should be for maximum fuel efficiency, and a Digitally Encoded Security System (D.E.S.S.), which requires the properly coded electronic key to operate the roadster, providing higher security. The Can-Am Spyder F3 is Available from 2015. For more information on F3 and to find your nearest authorised Can-Am Spyder dealer visit www.brp.com




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Why Choose Lindacre? Greg Rashbrook, advises why entrusting your Land Rover to the team at Lindacre Land Rover Service Centre is a great choice


indacre Land Rover Service Centre in Ipswich is part of Lindacre Automotive and is still owned and operated by the original management that has represented Land Rover in Ipswich, Suffolk for the past 20 years. Lindacre Land Rover Service Centre focuses on the servicing and repair of your Land Rover. We stock and sell used Land Rovers and assist in the supply of new models on a regular basis and competitively source both new or used models to match your specific requirements. Just a few months ago we made the move into new premises in Olympus Close, Ipswich and invested £600,000 in the business. This has allowed us to offer what is one of the bestequipped, most up-to-date workshop facilities in East Anglia.

Why not come and visit us at 1A Olympus Close, White House Road, Ipswich IP1 5LJ and enjoy a cup of coffee and a tour of our premises?

Service and repair is our core business. When you have your full manufacturer service with us you will maintain your full manufacturer service history; you will have your official Land Rover service stamps in your service record book, irrespective of which Land Rover dealer you bought from and last had it serviced at. Here at Lindacre Land Rover Service Centre we’re privileged to carry the responsibility of providing a full aftersales service and we really excel at this due to our experience and manufacturer training. We meet and exceed premium standards in both facilities and processes and are regularly audited in order to maintain these exceptional standards. Lindacre Land Rover Service Centre has the authority to: • Service your Land Rover (maintaining your Full Manufacturer Service History) • Carry out all your warranty work on behalf of Land Rover UK • Carry out any VIP pack work • Check for outstanding recalls and carry out your recall work • Supply the full range of genuine parts directly from Land Rover UK

To complement our existing business Lindacre Land Rover Service Centre has added the SsangYong franchise to its portfolio. This South Korean Manufacturer has been building 4x4 vehicles since 1954 and in earlier years worked closely with Mercedes Benz. Today we have four high spec models with five year limitless mileage warranty to choose from including the Korando (a Nissan Quashqai competitor) from £14,995, the Korando Sport (a crew-cab pick up) from £15,402, the Turismo (7 seater MPV) from £17,995 and the Rexton W (7 seater Station Wagon) from £21,995.

We are confident that we offer the Land Rover owner a competitive price advantage over main Land Rover Dealers so why not contact us on 01473 461751 or email service@lindacre.co.uk for a quote on all Land Rover service requirements. www.lindacre.co.uk

A full range of demonstrators are available at the Ipswich centre and extended test drives can be arranged following qualification and subject to conditions. The aftersales team will also provide SsangYong servicing, repairs (including warranty), genuine parts and accessories.




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LEXUS IPSWICH 1 Augusta Close, Ransomes Euro Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9SS NX 300h prices start from £29,495. Model shown is NX 300h Luxury £35,140, including optional metallic paint at £645. *For Business Users only. Initial rental and VAT applies. Available on new sales of NX300h Luxury when ordered, registered and financed between 1 October 2014 and 6 January 2015 through Lexus Financial Services on Lexus Connect Contract Hire. Advertised rental is based on a 3 year non maintained contract at 10,000 miles per annum with an initial rental of £1,197 + VAT. Excess mileage charges apply. Other finance offers are available but cannot be used in conjunction with this offer. At participating Lexus Centres. Lexus centres are independent of Lexus Financial Services.

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Victoria Guthrie talks home hubs with Jamie Christensen and Ricky Brownlee of Christensen Brownlee Design


It’s a large house conversion and extension that incorporates a large open plan kitchen, dining, living and playroom space, specially designed for how the family plan to use their house.

and comfortably house the whole family, without being restricted to just a kitchen table to sit around, means you can socialise easily, but still have your own space. What makes a successful home hub? This varies from family to family and depends on what they require from the space. Jamie explains that the design largely depends on how the family wants to spend their time in it on a daily basis.


he home hub is growing in popularity, but what is it? The home hub is designed to provide a space for all members of the family to be in so they can do their own thing, yet still be together in the same room. Home hubs tend to be large open plan extensions to existing houses, which generally include a kitchen, dining, seating and sometimes study area. Jamie Christensen says they are becoming increasingly on trend and more of the work Christensen Brownlee Design takes on involves designing these. Open plan living has become more popular in recent years, but the idea that you can have a large space that can happily

Ricky Brownlee says the duo is particularly proud of a design they have just recently acquired planning permission for and are currently working on building regulations for. Ricky says: ‘it’s a large house conversion and extension that incorporates a large open plan kitchen, dining, living and playroom space, specially designed for how the family plan to use their house. The designs look fantastic and when it’s completed it will be an incredibly impressive space – one we would both love to own ourselves.’ The design process for Christensen Brownlee is the same for all of their projects, big or small. ‘We meet up with the clients initially to gain a good understanding of what is required, and discuss initial ideas with them,’ explains Jamie. It is very important for Jamie and Ricky

that they fully understand their client’s needs – client input gives a clear understanding of what they require from the design and how they want to use the proposed space. ‘Without this it would be tricky to get the right design and layout the first time. Also, from just meeting clients you can understand their tastes and the size of their family. ‘We then go away and discuss the project between the two of us and come up with ideas that we think would work the best. We then provide drawings for the client, including Computer Generated Images as standard with all designs. This allows our client to gain a clear understanding of how the space will look, feel and work.’ CGI rendering is an important aspect of their work as reading 2D plans isn’t easy for everyone. ‘We tend to include multiple designs for clients to pick and chose from, using combinations of ideas that we have, and ideas that the client may have come up with at the initial meeting.’ This allows the client to take elements of all of the different schemes and condense ideas into a final design. Jamie and Ricky love to put their own spin on all of their designs: ‘we try to create as much of an interesting design using different



PROPERTY materials, lighting and layout as we can,’ says Ricky, ‘however, we are fundamentally guided by the client as to what we can do, and what they want. We get our own touches in the designs here and there; sometimes they are subtle, but they are definitely there!’ Once the design is agreed by the client, Ricky and Jamie then discuss the official channels that are required for the design, like planning permission and building regulations, and action as required. If you want to discuss plans for your own home hub with Ricky and Jamie, you can contact them at Christensen Brownlee Design, www.cbdesignuk.com, info@cbdesignuk.com f: /cbdesignuk t: @cbdesignuk



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Was your kitchen a Christmas cracker

or a nativity nightmare? Daniel Barr from Anglia Factors offers advice on how to rectify some common issues that may have turned the perfect Christmas into a catering disaster


was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.’ Absolute rubbish! The designated Turkey Preparation Squad is frantically soaking, rubbing, basting or singing to the pale fleshed bird whilst tripping over a million pairs of family members’ shoes casually strewn around the kitchen searching for the critical utensil that someone has kindly dried up and then stashed somewhere utterly random so you have to improvise with a broken toy and a knitting needle that has appeared out of nowhere! ….and, breathe. It’s all over for another year. Here are a few pointers that might bring back the joy of Christmas catering for good.



PROPERTY A great deal of the culinary anxiety we experience at Christmas can be linked to one thing: space – or rather a lack of it. Space in the fridge once you’ve done ‘the big shop’, space in the oven for that bloomin’ turkey and the vast array of must-have ‘trimmings’, plus space for all the pesky ‘guests’ who will not stay out of the way! Fear not! You can make your kitchen feel far larger (and more user-friendly) by having appliances that meet your household’s specific needs. Take storage for example, by replacing ordinary drawers with Fisher & Paykel CoolDrawers, you can remove items from the fridge or pantry and keep them cool and dry elsewhere. This comes in especially handy for extra food and drink needed at Christmas. As the cooking begins, you start to notice more problems: it could be that there’s not enough room on the hob. Four rings are just not enough. The FlexInduction hob by Neff solves this problem by only having two zoned areas; the rest of the hob is an extra-large cooking surface capable of being home to a roasting tin or several smaller pans. The system recognises the size, shape and position of the pans and only heats those areas. A lot of people panic about undercooking the turkey. Save on uncertainty by using a good


quality meat thermometer and a Neff oven with CircoTherm technology. They require little to no pre-heating and you get great results due to even heat transference and no loss of heat when opening the door. The way they deliver heat is perfect for roast dinners! By the end of the day, no matter how hard you try to avoid it, there will be an awful lot of washing up. For this you need a huge sink (at least 40l) with a separate half-bowl and waste disposal unit to blitz away food waste: think potato peelings and uneaten brussel sprouts. Finally, cease the endless interruptions by people wanting a cup of tea or coffee. A Hot Tap from Quooker dispenses boiling water instantly. Put all your mugs and tea and coffee-making paraphernalia in a cupboard away from the cooking area. This way, you will be free to sauté, baste and chop to your heart’s content. At Anglia Factors, our designers talk every new customer through their requirements and reasons for wanting a new kitchen. All our kitchens are tailored to the owner’s needs, making occasions like Christmas a joy. To get in touch call us on 01473 610192, visit the showroom at Anglia Factors, 34 Gloster Road, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, IP5 3RD or visit the website at www.angliafactors.co.uk


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Amazing Spaces Juvet Norway

No trees were cut were cut to make room for the buildings


ombining modern architecture with rugged landscapes, Juvet hotel is set in a small village in Norway on a natural levee.

Designed by architects Jensen and Skodvin, the duo aimed to create a series of minimalist individual rooms that blend in with the landscape. Minimalist and tranquil. Juvet hotel is built on a nature reserve. The architects placed a high importance on the preservation of the surroundings and sustainability as well as reduced energy

consumption. No trees were cut to make room for the buildings; they were designed specifically to minimise disruption to the terrain. Each room was individually designed to make use of the space available and built in winter when the ground was covered with snow in order to minimise any damage to plants in the area. The hotel has nine unique rooms that are spread across the hillside. Seven of these buildings are set into the hills amongst rocks and trees and there are also two bird nesting boxes perched on steep slopes.

It’s all about the view. Each room built into the hills has at least two walls that are built of glass so each building gets its own exclusive view of the surrounding landscape. The exterior of the glass walls are mirrored and the remaining wooden exterior is dark so as not to draw away from the views across the levee and of the landscape. Although not luxury in the traditional sense (there is nobody to carry bags, serve champagne), a stay at Juvet is the ultimate in tranquil escapes.







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Your Garden: The Year Ahead Horticulturalist Melvyn Prentice looks at planning your garden for 2015


artin Prentice is a horticulturalist with 37 years experience in the industry. He currently works at Daws Hall Nature Reserve, Lamarsh on the Essex/Suffolk border, where he has been for more than 20 years. The garden of Daws Hall has a large collection of beautiful old-fashioned roses and some unusual trees and shrubs. There is also a study centre; it is a truly wonderful place for school children of all ages to learn about the natural environment. It’s open several times a year to the public and garden groups plus WI groups by appointment only. Melvyn also works at two other large rural gardens in Pebmarsh and in the past has spent a good many years at the Braxted Park estate in Essex as Head Gardener in charge of gardens and grounds maintenance. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT CLIENTS CAN FACE WITH LARGER PROPERTIES? The main challenge for clients with large gardens and estates is finding competent and reliable contractors or staff. There is also the main expense of ongoing maintenance of the gardens. It’s all well and good to have your garden redesigned but the maintenance costs are often overlooked and should always be considered in the client’s budget. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING A HORTICULTURALIST/GARDENER FOR LARGE GARDENS AND ESTATES? Using qualified and experienced gardeners means that the client can be reassured that his or her garden will be looked after correctly. I would recommend always choosing your gardener through word of mouth – their work is their best advert.


In my opinion many private estates have and continue to conserve and protect the fragile ecosystems of our countryside through practical conservation methods. JANUARY IS THE TIME LOTS OF PEOPLE START THINKING ABOUT PLANNING THEIR GARDENS. WHAT THINGS ARE THERE TO CONSIDER AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DISCUSSING THESE AND PLANNING WITH A HORTICULTURALIST? January is a good time to look forward and make plans for your gardens. Always take into account how much you can afford to redesign or replant and look at what budget you have for annual maintenance costs, too. Having an experienced horticulturalist with you throughout the planning and planting stage could actually save you money by using suitable plants for the right locations. WHAT TRENDS DO YOU PREDICT FOR GARDENS IN 2015? In recent years the trend for using the garden for entertaining friends and family has risen dramatically. Barbecues, furniture and lighting sales are definitely up. With careful thought and consideration, lighting it can give your garden another dimension. Plant fashions come and go but conifers and evergreens have certainly made a comeback, giving structure, form and shelter to many gardens. To speak to Melvyn for advice or to make an appointment, you can call him on 07860 127325 or email melvyn.prentice@btinternet.com


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