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Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s time to start pre-ordering the Christmas food, planning which presents to buy and what you’ll be serving with your turkey. Well, don’t worry, EAUX has you covered! Our Christmas section on P.9 showcases the very best places to shop this Christmas, looking at local shopping hotspots and shopping centres. If you don’t have time to hit the shops, don’t panic, we’ve done all the hard work for you with our Christmas gift guide for men, women and kids. In COUTURE we showcase photos from Suffolk Fashion Show 2015, find out how to prepare your wardrobe for a busy festive period and look at finding the perfect engagement ring for that Christmas proposal. Find out about Elite Swimming Academy making a splash in Ipswich, how group exercise can help to keep you fit and on track this winter and don’t forget to take a look at our favourite selection of luxe shaving products in HEALTH & BEAUTY. In GOURMET let your tastebuds tingle as we see what’s on offer at Suffolk Food Hall this winter; let Jonathan Hare are from Wines of Interest help choose wine for your Christmas day meal and discover more about Port. Let G&T whisk you away to the pieste for a spot of skiing. ESCAPE to Austria for the weekend or for somewhere closer to home, hop in the car and head to Bildeston to explore the local area. In MOTORING we head to Sweden for a spot of ice driving. We take an exclusive look inside new PROPERTY development, The Maltings, in Newmarket, speak to Knud Erik Hansen, third-generation CEO of Danish design brand, Carl Hansen & Son and discover on trend lighting for this winter. Get your daily dose of BUSINESS – Scrutton Bland look at protecting your assets, Blocks Solicitors reflect on the festive season and Galleon Wealth discuss how to successfully navigate your financial future. I also wanted to thank everyone that has supported the magazine since our launch last December. The response has been amazing and we’ve come so far in just 12 months. EAUX is bigger and better than ever before! FINALIST
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51 • STEP TOWARDS YOUR FITNESS GOALS Victoria Guthrie finds out about the benefits of group fitness 52 • WINTER SKINCARE Becca Green rounds up the finest in winter skincare
7 • A RIGHT ROYAL PERFORMANCE 2015 is a very special year for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds – the country’s only surviving working Regency Playhouse
32 • SUFFOLK FASHION SHOW Suffolk’s finest independent clothing retailers come together to give London Fashion Week a run for its money
53 • IN A LATHER Jennifer Meredith rounds up EAUX’s favourite premium hair products
10 • CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE Browse men’s, women’s and children’s gifts in the ultimate luxury gift guide
34 • ON BENDED KNEE Thurlow Champness & Son provide us with the ingredients for the perfect Christmas proposal
54 • EAUX BARBER SHOP Ken Hermes of thatlittlebarbershop.com talks the different kinds of badger brushes available
16 • CHRISTMAS EVENT GUIDE We pick out the best events over the festive period
37 • COUNTING SHEEP This season, think of wool as your best friend. We round up our favourite clothes
57 • CUTTING IT FINE The EAUX team showcase the best shaving products on the market
19 • CHRISTMAS SHOPPING GUIDE Our bigger-than-ever seven page guide on shopping in and around Suffolk this Christmas
40 • BABY COUTURE It’s never too early to dress well! Take a peek at our favourite selection of kids clothing
26 • AND ALL THAT JAZZ Jennifer Meredith talks to Suffolk-born talent, Olivia Castle, about her exciting journey into the glamorous world of jazz 28 • THE DESIGN STUDIO Hannah Limb investigates the creative talent behind up-and-coming bespoke fashion firm The Design Studio
42 • YOUR CHRISTMAS WARDROBE The nights are drawing in and Christmas is well and truly on our tails. Now is the time to look at your Christmas wardrobe
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48 • ‘TIS THE SESAON Rhianna Prentice explains how to make sure your Christmas party prep is as stress-free as possible
60 • FEELING FESTIVE The lovely guys over at Suffolk Food Hall understand what’s most important at Christmas – hassle free shopping 62 • GOURMET TRAIL Take a foodie trip around Newmarket with EAUX, and sample the finest dishes in town 64 • FINE DINING The Queen at Brandeston. EAUX 65 • SWEET TREATS
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106 • SCANDINAVIAN STYLE Jennifer Meredith interviews Knud Erik Hansen of Carl Hansen & Son about timeless design and their brand new Clerkenwell-based store
66 • FOR THE LOVE OF PORT Becca Green speaks to successful port business, Symington Family Estates
89 • THE ICE DRIVING EXPERIENCE Victoria Guthrie finds out about the ultimate ice driving experience for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies
69 • RECIPES Trimley’s The Hand in Hand cooks up a delectable starter, main and dessert
93 • RACING AHEAD EAUX finds out about Volvo’s latest V40 R-Design, made in Sweden, tuned for Britain
119 • AMAZING SPACES …Fogo Island Inn.
94 • NEXT BIG THING McLaren tempts us with their best driver’s car yet
120 • OUT WITH THE OLD Jayrest Interiors revives the decor of one of Suffolk’s most historic hotels, Hintlesham Hall
74 • A WINTER IN SUFFOLK Sara Green explores the perfect winter weekend in Suffolk 77 • SLICE THE ICE WITH G&T With that mediocre summer behind us, many are dreaming of a winter holiday… 80 • GLOBAL TRAVEL IN SUFFOLK EAUX finds out about Tribes, a Suffolk-based tailor made travel company 81 • OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Jennifer Meredith visits the Waveney River Centre in Norfolk 82 • WEEKEND IN… Austria. EAUX explores 85 • SNOW STOPPER Snow, sleet or slush, these garments will keep
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102 • THE STACKYARD EAUX speaks to Meredith Bowles of Mole Architects about The Stackyard 104 • A PINCH OF MALT Victoria Guthrie takes a tour of Newmarket’s luxury courtyard development, The Maltings
112 • BRIGHT IDEA We take a look at interiors trends that are lighting the way
124 • PROTECTING YOUR ASSETS Scrutton Bland explain how finding an insurance broker you can trust is just as important as having the right insurance policy 127 • TAKING STOCK Victoria Guthrie visits Blocks Solicitors to reflect on the Festive Season 128 • 10 MINUTES WITH… Laura Jayne Fisk 129 • SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE Ray Pettitt DipPFS, director of Galleon Wealth Management, talks about building a more certain financial future
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A Right Royal Performance T his beautiful building in Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, has had a colourful past and today’s audiences enjoy a busy and varied programme. It was 50 years ago that a group of passionate individuals had the dream and the drive to raise thousands of pounds to get the theatre open again and to welcome audiences and performers alike.
and which got standing ovations every night of its run and a special anniversary exhibition following the building’s fortunes is on until November.
In the four decades up to its reopening as a theatre in 1965 the building was used as a barrel store by the Greene King brewery which still owns the building today. Beer barrels were stored in the area now occupied by the pits seats and whisky vats were stored in the dress circle seats while marquees were strung across the auditorium space to dry out.
This year’s autumn season has started and includes an enormous variety of drama, music, comedy and, of course, the ever-popular pantomime. This year’s offering is Jack & The Beanstalk which once again promises a traditional family show full of fun, laughter, jokes, music and magic, and runs from 27th November to 10th January.
Neglected and unloved for these decades, it took a special group of people led by Air Vice Marshall Stanley Vincent to raise money to get the building back into order as a theatre.
The autumn season features classic drama like The Great Gatsby, Waiting for Godot and The Winter’s Tale as well as visits from Martin Bell, Patrick Kielty, Mark Thomas and Stephen K Amos.
Local actors and musicians have already performed a specially commissioned play, A Labour of Love, telling the theatre’s story
2015 is a very special year for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds – the country’s only surviving working Regency Playhouse
The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is the only theatre in the National Trust’s portfolio and in 2005 underwent a major refurbishment to restore it to its Regency specification.
The full season brochure is available from the theatre and online at www.theatreroyal.org
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guide Luxury gifts for the ladies in your life
1. Juno Scarf; £140; Bella Singleton; The Taplin Gallery, 68 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, IP12 1AL; 01394 386173; www.bellasingleton.com | 2. Faux Fur Throw in Sable; £225; Cuckooland; 01305 231231; www.cuckooland.com | 3. Mini Trunk Clutch in Smooth Deer; £395; Aspinal of London; 15 Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, E14 4QT; 020 7719 0727; www.aspinaloflondon.com | 4. The Serena Jacket; £45; Estelle Ruth; www.estelleruth.co.uk | 5. Chateau Lassegue, SaintEmilion Grand Cru, 2006; £240 for 6 bottles; Fine & Rare Wines; 020 7089 7400; www.frw.co.uk | 6. Amphelos Silver-Plated Caddy; £195; Newby Teas; www.newbyteas.com | 7. Peony & Blush Suede Home Candle; £42; Jo Malone; 14 Rose Crescent, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3LL; 0870 192 5831; www.jomalone.co.uk | 8. Initial star and 18” sterling silver chain; £20; Lucy Lockets; www.lucylocketsjewellery.co.uk | 9. Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme; £22.50; Aveda; Paul Henri; 1-3 St Nicholas Street, Ipswich, IP1 1TH; 01473 259312; www.paulhenri.co.uk | 10. Gladstone Bag in Red; Small - £299, Medium - £499, Large - £599; Vandertas; 01728 689070; www.vandertas.co.uk | 11. Knot Drop Vermeil Earrings available in Black Onyx, Labradorite and Blue Topaz; £130; Chenevix Jewellery; 40 Market Hill, Woodbridge, IP12 4LU; 01394 384053; www.chenevixjewellery.co.uk | 12. Culinary Concepts Pheasant Bottle Stopper; £21.95; Jarrold Department Store, 1-11 London Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1JF; 01603 660661; www.jarrold.co.uk | 13. Magnolia & Mure Gift Set; £68.50; L’Occitane; Framlingham Medical Pharmacy, 32 Market Hill, IP13 9AY; 01728 723477; www.uk.loccitane.com | 14. 100% Cashmere Chelsea Knit in Stone Grey; £179; Yuyu Bottle; 07900 486518; www.yuyubottle.com | 15. Temple Spa Skin Truffle, £85; Weavers’ House Spa, Lavenham, CO10 9QA, 01787 246246; www.templespa.com, also available from Weavers’ House Spa, Lavenham, CO10 9QA | 16. Brushed Cotton Throw with Red Dala Horse; £60; A Swedish Home, 4 High View Road, Ipswich, IP1 5HJ; 01473 430460; www.aswedishhome.co.uk | 17. Bespoke jewellery by comission; Woodbridge Jewellery Workshop; 80 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, IP2 1AL; 01394 647117; www.woodbridgejewelleryworkshop.co.uk
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guide Luxury gifts for the gentlemen in your life
1. Grafton Leather Wallet; £49; Dubarry of Ireland; O&C Butcher, 129-131 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AS; 01728 452229; www.dubarryboots.com | 2. Urban Armour Gear Phone Case; from £24.99; Armafone; 13 St Matthew’s Street, Ipswich, IP1 3EL; 01473 400005; www.armafone.com | 3. Gianni Conti Leather Weekend Bag in Brown; £389; Coes, 20-28 Norwich Road, Ipswich, IP1 2NH; 01473 256061; www.coes.co.uk | 4. Aventador Pirelli Edition Loafers; £264; Lamborghini; www.lamborghinistore.com | 5. Bacon Curing Kit; £20; Ross & Ross; Lawson’s Delicatessen, 138 High Street, Aldeburgh, IP15 5AQ; 01728 454052; www.lawsonsdelicatessen.co.uk | 6. Lalique Abeilles Carafe; £1500; Amara; Unit 4, Concord Farm, School Road, Rayne, Braintree, CM77 6SP; 0800 587 7645; www.amara.com | 7. Walnut Desk Clock; £950; Breitling for Bentley; Bentley Essex, Auto Way, Ipswich Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9HA; 01206 848500; www.essex.bentleymotors.com | 8. The Watchful Eye Pocket Square; £30; Bella Singleton; The Taplin Gallery, 68 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, IP12 1AL; 01394 386173; www.bellasingleton.com | 9. B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 Wireless Speaker in Polar Blue; £399; Bang & Olufsen Colchester, 61 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1DN; 01206 763344; www.stores.bang-olufsen.com | 10. Hallmarked Sterling Silver & Enamel Cufflinks; £195 per pair; Chenevix Jewellery, 40 Market Hill, Woodbridge, IP12 4LU; 01394 384053; www.chenevixjewellery.co.uk | 11. Masculine Cade Collection; £65; L’Occitane; Framlingham Medical Pharmacy, 32 Market Hill, IP13 9AY; 01728 723477; www.uk.loccitane.com | 12. Wolf Roadster Watch Winder; £665; Thurlow Champness, 14 Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1UN; 01284 754747; www.thurlowchampness.com | 13. Handrolled Real Ancient Madder Printed Silk Tie; £125; Drake’s; 020 7608 0321; www.drakes.com | 14. 9ct Gold Personalised Coil Signet Ring; £650; Will Bishop; www.willbishop.co.uk | 15. Briarwood and Gold Plate Shaving Brush; £185; Floris; www.florislondon.com | 16. Limited Edition Silver Birch Aston Martin DB5; £4,500; 020 7633 0278; www.grantmacdonald.com
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guide Luxury gifts for the little ones in your life
1. Sacrifice Scooters Flyte 100 Complete Scooter; £200; Hardcore Hobbies, 97 Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3AA; 01284 717100; www.hardcorehobbieshq.com | 2. The Bear Garden, bear building in store or kits online, various styles; £14.99; The Bear Garden, Sailmakers Shopping Centre, Tavern Street, Ipswich, IP1 3BB; 01473 558994; www.thebeargardenipswich.co.uk | 3. Skyra’s Mysterious Sky Castle by Lego; £74.99; Halesworth Toy Shop, 4A The Thoroughfare, Halesworth, IP19 8AH; 01986 874270; www.shop.lego.com | 4. Cork Globe; £100; The Great Gift Company; 08456 531048, www.thegreatgiftcompany.co.uk | 5. Atlas Beanbag; £65; Aspace; 0345 872 2500; www.aspace.co.uk | 6. Tennyson Rocking Horse & Glider; £295; Cuckooland; 01305 231231; www.cuckooland.com | 7. Squier by Fender Mini Stratocaster Electric Guitar; £99.99; Music World, 16 Queen Street, Ipswich, IP1 1SS; 01473 253666; www.music-world-ipswich.co.uk | 8. Kay Bojesen Walnut Dog Figurine; £89.00; Amara; Unit 4, Concord Farm, School Road, Rayne, Braintree, CM77 6SP; 0800 587 7645; www.amara.com | 9. OSET 20.0 Racing Bike; £2099; OSET Bikes; Mototechniks Ltd, Tothill, Bury Road, Stowmarket, IP14 3QQ; 01449 775775; www.osetbikes. com | 10. JellyCat Bunny; £11-£16; LoveOne, 21 St Peter’s Street, Ipswich, IP1 1XF; 07711 517787; www.loveone.co.uk | 11. Analogic Camera Tablet Case; £23; Gigi Brooks; 01507 608251; www.gigibrooks.com | 12. Bonsai Cacoon Hanging Chair; £169; Cuckooland; 01305 231231; www.cuckooland.com
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Christmas Country Shop Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham Estate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9HZ www.blackthorpebarn.com Head to Blackthorpe Barn for possibly the biggest and best decoration ‘pop-up’ shop in the area. This one stop shop oozes sophistication and is sectioned into different themes. It is a haven for gifts, baubles and decorations as well as lighting and gift wrap.
Wine Tasting Ipswich Town Football Club, Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2DA www.winesofinterest.co.uk Discover new wines to enjoy with your family and friends with local knowledgeable retailers, Wines of Interest.
Farmer’s Market Snape Maltings, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1SR www.snapemaltings.co.uk Enjoy one of Suffolk’s finest food markets, a fantastic array of fresh produce and artisan products all in one place.
Charity Christmas Tree Festival The Salvation Army, Cobbold Road, IP11 7EL www.visitfelixstowe.co.uk A display of decorated, glittering Christmas trees from charities and organisations with charity stalls and refreshments and a grand opening by the Mayor.
Mammoth Christmas Street Fair Thoroughfare & Cumberland Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk www.choosewoodbridge.co.uk Soak up the atmosphere in the heart of Woodbridge at the Mammoth Christmas Street Fair. Enjoy all the usual shops along the main shopping area plus many, many more stalls and traders.
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Ipswich Christmas Market Corn Hill, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1DH www.ipswichchristmasmarket.co.uk Enjoy entertainment and a selection of local and national traders offering decorations, gifts, food, crafts, and accessories under the Christmas lights across Princes Street, Giles Square, Buttermarket and Queen Street areas. Carols by Candlelight The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3FD www.theapex.co.uk The Locrian Ensemble are joined at The Apex by West End star Jill Washington, and perform festive favourites including string medleys of familial tunes.
Gift Fayre at Sutton Hoo Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3DJ www.choosewoodbridge.co.uk Get inspiration for Christmas at the Christmas gift fayre. Browse gorgeous crafts and gifts, sample Suffolk produce and enjoy festive music under the lights.
Santa’s Grotto 21 November – 22 December Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham Estate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9HZ www.blackthorpebarn.com Prepare to be amazed! Let the kids enjoy this miniature grotto and meet Santa. You’ll need to book your spot as places are limited. Cinderella 19 December – 3 January The Spa Pavillion, Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 2DX www.visitfelixstowe.co.uk Take the kids to see this fun-packed panto for all the family. Meet Buttons, the ugly sisters, the evil stepmother and Cinderella. Will she make it to the ball? Alice in Wonderland 4 – 13 December Snape Maltings, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1SR www.aldeburgh.co.uk Immerse yourself in the magical musical world of Alice in Wonderland with the Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter and White Rabbit. With plenty of magical special effects, this is one with wow factor. The Sword in the Stone 26 November – 30 January New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2AS www.wolseytheatre.co.uk Rock and roll the night away to this brand new panto which puts a new spin on the classic tale of King Arthur, mixing music and slapstick into a fantastic festive show.
Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre Town Centre, Bury St Edmunds www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk Local traders showcase Christmas gifts, crafts, food and other goods surrounded by the beautiful Bury Christmas lights in the middle of town.
arc, Bury St. Edmunds
ocated in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, arc shopping centre is an ultra-modern retail and leisure development providing shops, cafés and restaurants as well as a magnificent multipurpose cultural venue. Perfect for Christmas shopping, the town of Bury St Edmunds boasts a wonderful mix of independent retailers and big name brands all nestled into a compact, medieval grid, with arc shopping centre central to this. Focused around two open streets and a public square, the centre boasts an exciting array of top brand stores such as Debenhams, Joules, Crew Clothing, H&M, River Island as well as the brand new Pandora store to name but a few. At arc you’ll be sure to find some magical gifts for the whole family (and possibly yourself). As you tire from exploring the shops and need to take a break, seek refuge from blustery winter’s days in one of the centre’s high quality coffee shops or restaurants. arc is home to many eating establishments, including Nando’s, Carluccios, Wagamama, Burger King as well as the newly opened Byron Burger. You’ll be spoilt for choice when you are ready to slow down and recover during the Christmas shopping rush. Thursday’s will be late night shopping
evenings at arc, starting on Thursday the 19th November, this will also be the town’s Christmas light switch on. Many of your favourite stores will be open late into the evening as the big day approaches making that Christmas shopping trip extra-convenient. Late night openings will also be complimented by free parking being available after 4pm. If you’d like to add an extra fun twist to your Christmas shopping experience, be sure have a go on our very own ice skating rink! The ice rink will be open in Charter Square, in front of the Apex from 5th December and will be available every day, except Christmas Day until 3rd January. arc shopping centre is home to more than 850 parking spaces as well as being close to the town’s multi-story car park, where you can park all day for as little as £2.30. Remember to bear in mind that if you visit the town on a Tuesday, parking is free after 3pm. While we’re mentioning facilities, should you get caught short, do not worry, arc’s toilets were recently voted, by the public, the best public loos in Suffolk! So come and celebrate Christmas at arc, with a wide variety of retailers offering fashion, entertainment, stocking fillers, cards and more you are sure to find some Christmas goodwill at arc this year.
The Italian Shirt Shop Cake & Catwalk is full of beautiful womenâ€™s fashion and accessories to suit all tastes. Supersoft knitwear, jeans that give the perfect fit and chic scarves to die for. W www.cakeandcatwalk.co.uk T 01473 235573 A 15 St Peters Street, IP1 1XF
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Owner Antonio Bellini regularly travels to Italy to source the very finest shirts from Florence, Bologna and Naples, bringing the classic and refined Italian style to Ipswich town at affordable prices. W www.antoniobellini.com T 01473 218658 A 17 St Peterâ€™s Street, IP1 1XF
Loveone is a small independent gift and homeware store. The fun and eclectic range includes Jellycat toys, unique Orelia jewellery and True Grace candles. The perfect shopping destination for Christmas. T 01473 218742 A 21 St Peters Street, IP1 1XF
An intimate family run restaurant with a reputation for serving fantastic homemade food in a warm and welcoming environment. The ideal place to stop for a bite to eat mid-shop. W www.facebook.com/AtTwenty5 T 01473 287625 A 25 St Nicholas Street, IP1 1XF
Every stylist applies their know-how to give you glossy, healthy, well-styled hair that suits your personality and lifestyle. You can also expect VIP service from a friendly and professional team. W www.edgehairdressing.co.uk T 01473 287099 A 1 St Peter’s Street, IP1 1XF
As an Aveda Concept Salon you will be treated to a complimentary Aveda ritual during your visit. Enjoy a relaxing hand, head, neck and shoulder massage whilst you get a trim. W www.paulhenri.co.uk T 01473 259312 A 1-3 Saint Nicholas Street, IP1 1TH
An eclectic mix of furniture and housewares with over 40,000 pieces to choose from. The vast ranges and exceptional customer service set The House in Town apart from the rest. W www.houseintown.co.uk T 01473 211145 A 23 St. Peters Street, IP1 1XF
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The Saints is the secret treasure of Ipswich, known for its independent shops set in 16th Century timber-framed buildings. Start your Christmas shopping at Loveone, where you’ll find an eclectic range of gifts, jewellery and art from local makers. Then drop into The Italian Shirt Shop and Cake & Catwalk for your sartorial needs.
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fter you’ve browsed the ultra modern Arc Shopping Centre, visit Bury’s diverse boutiques dotted throughout the town. St John’s Street boasts one of the longest streaks of independent retail shopping in Britain; discover Suffolkmade womenswear at Elizabeth Gash Knitwear, designer menswear at Aubyn Davies and a range of giftware at Michael K. Stop by Steamer Trading for all your kitchen essentials and nip across the road to Odyssey if you’re into snow sports. Take a break Drop by fine jewellers Thurlow from your Christmas w Champness, on Abbeygate Street shopping and see a sho and for a range of contemporary at Theatre Royal. Jack 27th jewellery (and read their advice the Beanstalk runs from th January. on Christmas proposals on November to 10 g page…). While you’re there, Visit www.theatreroyal.or for details. pop into SIX and Javelin for more high quality men’s and womenswear.
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Over 120 local market and food stalls will participate in the Mill Road Winter Fair on 5th December 2015. Stop by from 10.30am4.30pm.
eander between the 31 colleges of the University of Cambridge, and you’ll find a treasure on almost every corner. The city itself is renowned for a diverse selection of independent boutiques ranging from men’s and women’s clothing, to homeware and hobby supplies; you’re sure to find a few quirky gifts here!
Tucked away in the centre of the city is the beautifully cobbled Green Street, which offers a host of charming cafés amongst individual shops. Modish offers stylish, alternative footwear, whilst Susie Watson Designs and Catesby’s stock high quality homeware and furnishings. More of an outdoorsy type? Open Air has everything you need for an active lifestyle. Visit Ark on Peas Hill for giftware in the form of animalshaped curios, cashmere accessories and 100% leather bags, or take a trip to Cuckoo Clothing in St Mary’s Passage for an array of contemporary women’s clothing and accessories. Alternatively, drop by King Street for designer fashion boutiques Boudoir Femme and Giulio, and pop into Tindalls for all your arts and crafts needs.
Lavenham Retail Therapy Timbers Antiques Weavers House Spa Spirit of the Andes J and J Baker Curiosity Corner Marshbeck Interiors Flutterbys Painted Furniture Elizabeth Gash Knitwear The Cuckoo Flower Grannies Attic The Wool Room Lavenham Pharmacy & Perfumery Café Knit Gentlemen by Conduct Water Street Glass Village Gossip
Stag & Doe Javelin Wardale Williams Nanook The China Shop Jonathan Lambert Peddars of Sudbury Goslings Kestrel Bookshop Zoffany
Angela Tiffins Tea Emporium Whispers Rocketboy Nutmeg Hall Street The Rug & Carpet Studio
aldeburgh Aldeburgh High Street, with its pretty pastel buildings and traditional shop fronts, runs adjacent to the pristine seafront. Take stroll through the town centre, starting with The Aldeburgh Bookshop; stocking a comprehensive library of titles, this handy store won Independent Bookshop of the year and presents the yearly Aldeburgh Literary Festival. Next door you’ll find Burnett & Co, a contemporary homeware shop offering a wide range of products for home and garden. Next up, browse Fleur Aldeburgh, O&C Butcher and Caramel for a variety of high quality clothing, and finish off your trip with a well-deserved treat from skincare saviours, L’Occitane.
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Our favourite places to shop
Holly Blue is situated in the main thoroughfare of Woodbridge and offers a wonderful shopping experience for women of all ages. They continually source new and exciting labels to suit individual styles and pockets. W www.hollyblueboutique.com T 01394 382300 A 72 The Thoroughfare, IP12 1AL
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Vintage Forty-Nine, in The Thoroughfare, is the perfect friendly destination for unique inspirational gifts for you, your family and friends, specialising in vintage, retro and antique jewellery, silver, ceramics, glassware, furniture and lighting. We have 20 dealers supplying beautiful, decorative and functional items for you, your home and your garden. W www.vintagefortynine.co.uk T 01394 385166 A 49 The Thoroughfare IP12 1AH
1 ANNA (women’s fashion) 2 Barretts (department store) 3 Holly Blue (women’s fashion) 4 Woodbridge Jewellery Workshop (jewellers) 5 Aspens (jewellers) 6 Upstairs Downstairs (women’s fashion) 7 Fanny & Frank (women’s fashion) 8 Chattertons (women’s fashion) 9 Honey + Harvey (coffee shop) 10 John Ives (shoe shop) 11 Seasalt (women’s fashion) 12 Burrows & Sunaway (opticians) 13 Laura Ashley (homeware) 14 Blue Bay (women’s fashion) 15 Chenevix Jewellery (jewellers) 16 East Coast Diner (food) 17 Browsers Bookshop (bookshop)
A friendly, independent department store specialising in high quality beautiful home furnishings and fantastic customer service. Barretts have a range of departments including bedding, furniture, lighting, homeware and gifts. W www.barretts.co.uk T 01394 384300 A 40 Thoroughfare, IP12 1AL
ANNA, an independent womenswear boutique stocks an eclectic range of designers: including cool urbanites Zadig and Voltaire; sumptuous cashmere from 360 Sweater; winter coats by Harris Wharf; and vertiginous heels from Lucy Choi. W www.shopatanna.com T 01394 383452 A 32 Church Street, IP12 1DH
All jewellery is handmade to order, with free estimate and design service. Repair and restoration to quality fine jewellery. Book a day course to make your own wedding rings. W www.woodbridgejewelleryworkshop.co.uk T 01394 647117 A 80 Thoroughfare, IP12 1AL
Woodbridge is one of Suffolk’s leading towns for local boutique shopping. Visit Market Hill and The Thoroughfare for a well-curated mix of homeware, gift and fashion retailers. EAUX recommends Anna of Woodbridge and Holly Blue for high-end womenswear, Woodbridge Jewellery Workshop for stunning bespoke jewellery and Barretts for beautiful home furnishings.
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Jennifer Meredith talks to Suffolk-born talent, Olivia Castle, about her exciting journey into the glamorous world of jazz
istening to Siren Song, jazz vocalist Olivia Castle’s 2014 debut album, I’m amazed to discover that the entire collection of 14 tracks was recorded in just one day, with no pitch manipulation of any sort. Olivia’s strong and rich melody, mingling effortlessly with the beautiful instrumentation, is a testament to her musical intuition and ability to collaborate with other successful artists. Laurie Holloway MBE, pianist on Siren Song and musical director for the Michael Parkinson Show and Strictly Come Dancing, states that Olivia is ‘the best vocalist I’ve played for, for a long time. She is a wonderful singer. A class act’. A natural talent, Olivia realised her love of singing before she reached schooling-age. ‘There is a ridiculous amount of home video footage of me testing out my vocal chords from the age of two. I had singing lessons at school and achieved milestones such as joining the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and competing in the Radio 2 Chorister of the Year final’, she explains. Her foray into the wonderful world of jazz is a recent venture, inspired by watching her mother perform in a jazz trio, as well as listening to the genre’s legends, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis Jr. Raised and living in Framlingham, Olivia follows in the footsteps of other home-grown talents, such as classical-popular crossover singer, Laura Wright, and global sensation, Ed Sheeran; however, this doesn’t seem to phase her: ‘I’ve met Laura and Ed and I am a big fan of both of their styles of music. It’s crazy to think we’ve all come from the same place;
must be something in the water here’. Having come a long way from singing in front of a handheld video camera as a toddler, Olivia now spends her time flitting between interviews on BBC radio and performing on stage with celebrated composer Denis King, collaborative partner Laurie Holloway and experienced ensemble, the Malcolm Edmonstone Trio. However, when she’s not behind a microphone, Olivia tells me that she can be found ‘with my nose in a book, baking delicious (but terribly calorific) treats, shopping for anything vintage, watching shamelessly soppy films and spending time with the people I love’. To some 22 year olds, such a question would be met with an awkward shrug of the shoulders, however, when I asked Olivia where she saw herself in five years, it became clear that this was a young woman with big plans: ‘this is always a difficult question, as does one go with an answer based on realism or optimistic hopefulness? If I am going with the latter, I would hope to have been able to become the female ‘crooner’ of our generation, making records with a talented team of people and touring the globe with a fantastic big band… a girl can dream’! To find out more about Olivia Castle, or to hear samples of Siren Song, visit www.oliviacastle.com
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Hannah Limb investigates the creative talent behind Wales-based bespoke fashion firm The Design Studio
irst a mother, forever a friend – and a business partner! Mother and daughter duo Sally and Lettie decided to set up shop and pool their talents to become fashion queens, creating one off, exclusive faux fur bomber jackets. The pair started The Design Studio to share their creations with those who have fun with fashion and desire a modern and unique twist to their style. Where the idea of crazy-coloured, boldly designed faux fur bomber jackets came from, I have no idea. But I’m glad it came about. These bombers are the perfect feature to any outfit and come in an abundance of unique styles. The duo use exclusive designs for every jacket, ensuring each has its own characteristics that makes it unique and a true one-off. I have to admit, at first I was dubious. A bomber jacket is an American-style, slick jacket I would typically pair with a pair of skinnys and my not-quite “white” converse. A bomber is not a luxury, high quality jacket made of… faux fur? But I was wrong. So very wrong. The daring duo have put their British twist on this American classic and it works very well. The bomber jacket has had a makeover and has been transferred into a versatile style piece. Of course you can still wear it with your converse, but now you can also pair it with your favourite LBD, those leather pants in the back of your wardrobe, and of course your trusted jeans. The bombers go from day to night effortlessly and
add a sense of 1950s Hollywood glamour to any evening occasion. Originally starting off by sharing pictures on Instagram, Sally and Lettie have built not only a business, but a brand. A brand that celebrities such as Rosie Fortescue and Suki Waterhouse rave about; sharing photos of themselves lounging in the beautifully jackets brought even more fans to The Design Studio and pushed demand sky high. Sally and Lettie aim to create new collections of 15-20 jackets every 1-2 weeks. I’ll just set up my direct debit now. All the faux fur jackets are sold intuitively via Instagram and Lettie has created huge interest and a large following all over the world. They have reached over 21,000 followers on Instagram, where they showcase and sell their products to fans worldwide. Starting a business in the ‘social media age’ makes it easy for the pair to advertise solely through online social networking and you can find them constantly updating their profiles to promote the products. The jackets hcome in a range of exclusive designs, colours and textures. Sally and Lettie sell their products exclusively through their website, where you can purchase one (or two, or three or four…) of these jackets. Visit The Design Studio website www.thedesignstudiohawarden.co.uk
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Suffolk Show Suffolk’s finest independent clothing retailers come together to give London Fashion Week a run for its money
ights flashing, cameras snapping and hashtags flying – this was the Suffolk Fashion Show, and what a show it was. Walking into the main event area at the Inspire Suffolk headquarters, it was clear that a huge amount of work had gone into creating the perfect atmosphere: everything, from the fashion quote cards placed in the centre of each table to the clothes themselves, was well thought out and executed with style. Pam Davis, founder of personal styling and event management brand Fashion Candy Style, spent around six months planning the event using her extensive contact list and personal experience as an industry professional. ‘It has been hectic, but happy’, she explained whilst getting ready backstage minutes before the start of the show, one of the many talented hair stylists sealing her locks with some hairspray. An hour before the show began, guests were encouraged to meet the brands sending their clothes down the catwalk; one of the halls onsite was transformed into a pop-up shopping destination, with over 14 stalls from
local retailers. The aim of the evening was clear: to support independent businesses, rebuild the British high street and inspire customers to shop local – why buy products manufactured and imported on mass when high quality (and often handmade) clothes, jewellery and accessories are available in our very own county? Impressed by the passion and enthusiasm of each and every boutique owner, we made our way to our seats in the main hall. As the lights dimmed and the music pumped through the speakers, the first few models made their way down the catwalk, almost gliding to the end of the platform before posing for the photographers. Each movement was precise, showing off the clothes in the best way possible – it was evident that hours of practise had been put into refining their routines. We were treated to three hours of stunning local fashion, as well as performances by the fabulous Just Jay Justified Troupe, before an emotional ‘thank you’ speech from Pam to round off the show. It was an evening to be remembered, and we are certainly looking forward to next year’s offerings!
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Thurlow Champness & Son provide us with the ingredients for the perfect Christmas proposal
hristmas is undoubtedly the most magical time of the year; but if you’re planning a proposal, this Christmas could be one that you and your other half will never forget.
– but not any more than that’. The price of a diamond can vary widely depending on its carat weight, clarity, cut and colour (often referred to as the ‘Four Cs’), and these elements can be mixed and matched to create the perfect stone.
Just like the creation of a diamond, popping the question takes time and the perfect conditions. Planning and research are key ingredients; you’ll need to consider ring sizes, stone shapes and types of metals, among other factors. But there’s no need to panic! Let Thurlow Champness & Son take care of your requirements and advise you on the perfect ring to turn your Christmas into an unforgettable one.
The cut of a diamond can vary greatly. You may prefer a heart-shaped stone because of its connotations of love and romance or you might favour an old-cut stone for its vintage aesthetic. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a diamond to achieve the best reflection and refraction of the light, a round brilliant cut or a shape such as a princess cut will both fulfil this requirement.
The first point on your checklist should be to calculate your budget. It is a heavily debated concept that two month’s salary should be spent on an engagement ring; however, Lesley Ryland, Director at Thurlow Champness & Son, explains that ‘a diamond ring is an investment, so you should spend as much as you can afford
Colour ranges through the alphabet from ‘D’ (colourless) and may be a large factor in your diamond choice. Something that is completely colourless and flawless is quite rare and will therefore cost a great deal more than a diamond of lesser colour and clarity. Pinks and blues are particularly rare and will make a
beautiful, unusual choice. The clarity of a diamond determines the amount of inclusions. Clarity ranges from IF (internally flawless) to pique (visibly included): internally flawless diamonds will be completely clear under a magnifying glass; pique diamonds will be clear to the naked eye, but can be cloudy and show under magnification. Finally, a diamond’s carat weight is its mass. To some, this is the most important of the Four Cs; however, a higher carat does not necessarily guarantee a better diamond, as it could be poorly cut, yellowish in colour, or heavily included. It would be advisable to consider all four Cs, rather than immediately dashing for the largest stone. Now that you know what kind of diamond will suit your budget, you will need to consider which metal would suit your partner. Lesley explains, ‘it’s down to personal preference
whether the metal is white or yellow. If yellow gold is preferred, we recommend 18ct gold as it has a rich tone and good wearing properties; it is also much less brittle than 9ct gold. White gold would need to be rhodium-plated regularly to retain its bright white finish, whereas platinum is more hard wearing and has a naturally bright white finish. If your partner wears a lot of white jewellery, we recommend platinum for its hardwearing qualities; at Thurlow Champness & Son, we polish platinum rings for £2, then we give the proceeds to charity’. Perhaps the most difficult part of buying a ring is finding the correct ring size. There are many ways to do this: you could take a ring from your partner’s jewellery box and have it sized by a jeweller; you could ask a close friend or relative; or you could nonchalantly slip it into conversation. However, Lesley recommends purchasing the ring in its stock size, performing the proposal, and then getting the ring altered to its correct size afterwards. ‘This would be the most timesaving and cost-effective method, and rules out any chances of it not fitting. Thurlow Champness & Son will resize rings for free when they are bought from the shop’. ‘We have 150 engagement rings that are wedding ring fits (designed to sit next to wedding rings) in our portfolio of Fine Diamonds collection – and each one is certified. A certification will ensure that the diamond is 100% genuine, will determine whether the diamond is natural or enhanced, and also that the stone is a specific colour and clarity.
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With all this in mind Thurlow Champness & Son wishes you a Merry Christmas, and the best of luck for your proposal!
Visit Thurlow Champness & Son at 14 Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1UN, or phone on 01284 754747 150 rings from the Portfolio of Fine Diamonds collection are available to view and reserve online at www.thurlowchampness.com
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Counting SHEEP We take a look at woolly wonders for your wardrobe
his season, think of wool as your best friend; not only is it practical for the coming winter weather but it also took the AW15 catwalks by storm.
Burberry struck gold again with their fine wool, cashmere and shearling ponchos, following on from last winter’s successful monogrammed capes as seen on off-duty supermodels and celebrities. Young British designer, Ashley
Williams, created Instagram hysteria with her liquorice allsorts-themed shearling coats and hats.
Mulberry’s new Shearling Roxette is sure to cause a frenzy in stores with its black and pink colour options, whilst Stella McCartney took cosy knitwear to the extreme, presenting wool dresses with overextended sleeves and engulfing funnel-necks to the catwalk audience.
1. Joseph Anais Toscana Coat; £1,325; Collen & Clare, 25 Market Place, Southwold, IP18 6ED; 01502 724823; www.collenandclare.com | 2. Becksondergaard Cooper Scarf; £65; Collen & Clare, 25 Market Place, Southwold, IP18 6ED; 01502 724823; www.collenandclare.com | 3. Joseph Indigo Wool Coat; £695; Anna, 28a Hatter Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1NE; 01284 706944; www.shopatanna.com | 4. Barbour Sinderhope Alpaca Woollen Mix Sweater; £129; Fox’s Marine & Country, Fox’s Marina, Ipswich, IP2 8NJ; 01473 688431; www.foxsmarineandcountry.com
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5. Kilternan Boots; £325; Dubarry of Ireland; Williams & Griffin, 152 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PN; 01206 571212; www.fenwick.co.uk | 6. Grey Seal Cardigan Willowherb; £55; Seasalt Cornwall, 8 East Street, Southwold, IP18 6EH; 01502 724981; www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk | 7. Janelle Coat in Squid Ink; £140; Seasalt Cornwall, 8 East Street, Southwold, IP18 6EH; 01502 724981; www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk
Craving COUTURE 11. Shearling Ricky Drawstring; £2,250; Ralph Lauren Collection; 0207 535 4600; www.ralphlauren.com
8. Folk Waffle Crew Neck Jumper; £160; Collen & Clare, 25 Market Place, Southwold, IP18 6ED; 01502 724823; www.collenandclare.com | 9. Barbour Mens Weyburgh Lambswool Sweater; £129; Fox’s Marine & Country, Fox’s Marina, Ipswich, IP2 8NJ; 01473 688431; www.foxsmarineandcountry.com | 10. Le Chameau Chene Wool Blend Sweater; £90; Fox’s Marine & Country; Fox’s Marina, Ipswich, IP2 8NJ; 01473 688431; www.foxsmarineandcountry.com
Look stunning in tweed
utler Stewart Clothing is the creation of Anna Louise Butler and the home of practical, luxurious and individual tweed clothing for all occasions. Anna grew up on her family farm on the Suffolk/ Essex border and after working in London in the high-end retail industry, she moved back to the countryside with a vision to create a brand that catered for get-up-and-go individuals who desire practical yet stylish tweed clothing. Annaâ€™s love of the countryside and country life have influenced her designs from start to finish; from seasonal colour palettes to the importance of quality when worn out in the field, on the weekend or in the office. The tweed collections are made up of a selection of unique styles, distinctive features and colourful fabrics â€“ selected and designed by Anna herself. All the tweeds are accompanied by corresponding shirts, jeans and ties enabling you to either buy individual items or a full outfit. Butler Stewart also offers a made to order service, allowing you to create a unique garment tailored to your individual taste. Choose from hundreds of UK tweeds, stunning linings, vibrant under collar felts and colourful buttonhole stitching. To view the full range or find out more visit www.butlerstewart.co.uk
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To welcome in the winter Butler Stewart is offering EAUX readers free delivery for their first order placed before the end of December. Enter coupon code SUFFOLK at the checkout.
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COUTURE It’s never too early to dress well
1. Sky Occasion Gown; £848; Gigi Brooks; www.gigibrooks.com | 2. Pili Carrera Henri Four Piece Ensemble; £102; Gigi Brooks; www.gigibrooks.com | 3. Pili Carrera Calliope Three Piece Ensemble; £85; Gigi Brooks; www.gigibrooks.com | 4. Baby Boys’ Cable Knit Hooded Cardigan; £34; The White Company, 22-23 Gentleman’s Walk, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1NA; 01603 673777; www.thewhitecompany.com | 5. Baby Boys’ Patch Pocket Cardigan; £28; The White Company, 22-23 Gentleman’s Walk, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1NA; 01603 673777; www.thewhitecompany.com | 6. Ruffle Collar Corduroy Dress; £29; The White Company, 22-23 Gentleman’s Walk, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1NA; 01603 673777; www.thewhitecompany.com | 7. Lace Top Tutu Dress; £36; The White Company, 22-23 Gentleman’s Walk, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1NA; 01603 673777; www.thewhitecompany.com
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The nights are drawing in and Christmas is well and truly on our tails. Now is the time to look at your Christmas wardrobe countdowns, prepare for the best of your winter wardrobe and get prepped for spring fashion to come! It goes without saying that an LBD is a must have for every woman’s wardrobe; it will see you through the entire season. Just add cocktail earrings, fur stole, glitter clutch and killer heels! Alongside your LBD a red dress will serve you well. Choose the tone wisely, but once you’ve found one that suits your skin tone, this bold buy will soon become your favourite and will look wonderfully classy with black heels and a clutch.
ur diaries are no doubt already filling up with festive invitations from office parties, black tie balls, evening cocktails, dinner dates, friends’ nights out and family get togethers… the list is endless! The shop rails are now brimming with all the AW15 collections and everything we will be wearing over the months to come. This is my favourite time of the year for fashion: indulging in the warm autumn colours, tailored coats, stylish brogues, boots, scarves and cosy knitwear. The autumnal changeover can be a relatively seamless process that will see you through until the beginning of spring 2016. But, as if figuring out what to wear on the average day wasn’t hard enough, we have to start rummaging through our wardrobes to get ready for the party season ahead! Rise to all the ‘occasions’ and prepare your wardrobe for the festive season. From family time to holidays and cocktails to
And we’re not done there. A subtle sequin dress or one with a touch of sparkly embellishment will add an element of glamour to any occasion. You can dress it down with court shoes and a plain purse. There will always be an invite that will have you needing to wear a long dress. Keep it feminine and simple with shape and subtle detail. You can then dress according to the event type (or weather)! It’s not all fine dining and glamorous parties at Christmas, though. With the colder weather it’s key to have a range of off duty casual wear that will keep you warm and cosy yet still looking chic. Indulge in tailored trousers, various knitwear, relaxed fit jeans, cropped jackets and long scarves. Layering is key in the winter months, so look for long sleeve tops to wear underneath knitwear for less formal occasions. A few classic tailored skirts will team up nicely with tailored blouses and knitwear paired with long boots for a great winter look.
For the gents, a tuxedo with a black bow tie is very likely to make an appearance over the festive period so be prepared! A dark well-fitted suit can be very versatile and work incredibly well with other items in your wardrobe. And we all know the classic blazer will hold together any outfit, smart or casual. Textures are huge at the moment so a coarse weave blazer would be a great addition. A classic v-neck sweater will afford you the warmth you need during cold weather without compromising on your coolness. Here again, neutral colours are recommended – I think grey works particularly well here as it can be teamed with most colours. With shirts, although your personal style will guide you, ensure your wardrobe has a few classic whites and special occasion shirts. For a more casual evening out, team a special shirt with a pair of dark jeans for a timeless look. Jeans are a rare kind of all year round wear and can be worn to the office or a party with equal ease. Trousers can be tailored for the smart/casual look, or to complement shirts and tees. Chinos and corduroys also work well but opt for darker colours to fit in with the season and for a more classic feel. With so many after work events, a pair of comfortable and stylish shoes that are versatile enough to wear to work and also out in the evening is a must. I’d recommend sleek brown leather. Team these with a classic winter coat to fend against the cold weather; a wool pea coat will work really well. And I cannot stress enough the need to use neutral colours like brown, grey and navy blue for versatility.
Jennifer Meredith talks to Claire Davis of Ashdown Duffle, Suffolk-based manufacturer of fashionable and functional duffle bags CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? I was a woman who had a problem. A bag problem! I constantly overloaded my poor handbag, giving myself painful neck and shoulder problems. I needed a bag that, even when full, was gorgeous and comfortable. So, I searched for a strong, quality stylish bag that wasn’t a handbag – something that could be worn on one or both shoulders. I have always liked the duffle bag design. When I was little, I had a very fetching duffle bag that I used as a school-girl to ferry books, my uniform and the odd tennis racket around in. I always liked the design but what held it back was the cheap cord that could bite into your shoulder. My business grew out of these two impulses. The Ashdown Duffle label started because I wanted to buy a traditional leather duffle bag but couldn’t find one. So I decided to make
one for myself. My specification was for a bag that was strong and easy to manage yet still stylish, i.e. a duffle bag that you can carry over your shoulder and still look fabulous. A bag with comfortable leather straps!
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO REINVENT THE TRADITIONAL DUFFLE BAG INTO THE MODERN CLASSIC? My Ashdown Duffle design was created to solve a problem: the timeless duffle bag design is useful, hard wearing and simple but frequently made with cheaper materials and rudimentary designs. The cheap materials are unappealing and can even be abrasive to the touch. Our handmade Ashdown Duffle bags preserve all the positive qualities of the design but with quality materials. Made with soft appealing leather and strong canvas or stunning Harris Tweed. Our bags capture the timeless beauty of
the duffle design with a modern, high-end edge.
HOW IMPORTANT WAS THE CHOICE TO KEEP THE BAGS MANUFACTURED IN THE UK? Our Duffle bags are made in Britain which is a really important ethos for us. We really wanted to create a brand that could be trusted. The only way to do this was to build a close relationship with a British manufacturer. The benefit of having the bags made in Britain is the ability to work closely with the manufacturer. The challenges are that you do pay more for a quality hand finished product but you know that it will last for many years.
YOU’RE BASED IN SUFFOLK – HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOUR BRAND? I am born and bred in Suffolk. I adore the countryside of fields, woodland, rivers and sea; I feel very privileged to live in Suffolk. I believe that living in such a beautiful environment is going to inspire gorgeous designs. My favourite places in the region seem to revolve around food and walks with the dog. Aldeburgh has a lovely café at Hall Farm where dogs are welcome outside. One of the best kept secrets locally is The Old Stores at Tuddenham St Martin. This is an old converted Chapel with a wonderful ambience.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM ASHDOWN DUFFLE IN THE FUTURE? We have recently brought out a gorgeous Houndstooth Harris Tweed and leather range. In the near future I would like to introduce more choice in the size of bags offered. We would also like to add more colours and textures into the range. Browse the Ashdown Duffle collections at www.ashdownduffle.co.uk
Treasure Find a beautiful treasure for all your loved ones this Christmas at independent jewellers Riley & Riley
ith two beautiful stores – one just a minute from the seaside on Aldeburgh’s High Street, and one situated in the heart of Ipswich’s bustling Buttermarket shopping district – Riley & Riley is far from a chain jewellers. This family owned business specialises in diamonds, gemstones and wedding rings, offering a stunning array of beautiful gems and jewellery carefully selected from the best sources in the UK and around the world. From the outside, the shops appear modern and inviting; step inside and you’ll find a treasure trove of contemporary and traditional pieces glinting from their stands.
worn as a pendant or on a bangle to create an extraordinary piece of wearable art. The process is carried out completely by hand, ensuring a one of a kind result every time.
As Christmas approaches, consider browsing Riley & Riley’s elegant and stylish collections for the perfect gift. To suit every pocket, their prices range from under £20 to several thousand pounds.
Owners Mark and Tessa Riley pride themselves and their team on excellent service, specialist knowledge and enthusiasm. Having worked in jewellery for the entirety of their careers, they have accumulated a wealth of skills and understanding of the industry, but also a fantastic eye for both classic and on-trend pieces. Shop with Riley & Riley for expert advice on selecting the perfect Christmas gift; they’ll see you through the entire process, from providing different options all the way to finding a beautiful gift box and wrapping it ready for its place under the tree.
Hand picked diamonds and gemstones adorn the fashionable and timeless designs, many pieces being made specially to suit their clients’ requirements. The focus is on quality, attention to detail and value for money. Riley & Riley’s own collection, ‘Creo – Handmade in Aldeburgh’ offers the opportunity to invest in a totally unique piece. Crafted in their Aldeburgh showroom, but available in both stores, this distinctive collection features a selection of jewellery, including the flagship ‘Aldeburgh Pebble’ range. Hand cast in solid silver and new for Christmas, in 9ct Gold, each pebble is a one-off and can be
If it’s branded jewellery you’re after, both branches stock a tantalising selection, including sterling silver by Kit Heath and V Jewellery, fine gold by Mark Milton and chic, award winning designer jewellery by Sarah Jordan. The ever popular Lovelinks make the ideal personalised gesture; with hundreds of different beads to choose from, you could select a bracelet with just a few beads and add a new charm to it every year!
Other services offered: repairs, restorations, remodels, recycles, restringing, watch repairs, batteries and straps. Visit Riley & Riley at 52 Buttermarket, Ipswich, IP1 1BT, or at 122-124 High Street, Aldeburgh, IP15 5AB.
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Rhianna Prentice explains how to make sure your Christmas party prep is as stress-free as possible
hristmas is fast approaching, and that means late night Christmas cocktails and minimal sleep is on the cards. To help you get ready for all those black tie festive parties I’ve put together some top tips to get you ready for the Christmas season.
Plan ahead; leaving things until the last minute always ends in panic, leaving us feeling stressed which isn’t what you want just before you’re about to head out to party! Getting organised before the festive season will work wonders in ensuring you’re calm and ready to enjoy yourself.
Pop into your local salon to have a make-up and hair trial to get some ideas of styles in advance. Having someone else taking care of your hair and make-up not only makes it easier for you but you’ll feel extra pampered and ready for a good night out. You’ll often find your beauty technician and hair stylists are booked up months in advance, so if you’ve got events planned already, give them a call to find out if they can squeeze you in now. Treat yourself to a manicure; whether it’s varnish or gel, a really rich red is great for a classic feel or a nice sparkly gold will pep up your look and give you that finishing touch. I also love a nice dark forest green this time of year. If you haven’t got time to get to the salon, here are some top tips for your night out:
Apply a primer underneath your foundation. This will give your skin a silky smooth texture but will also minimise the appearance of pores and keep your foundation looking fabulous all night long. I really love Smoothing Face Prep from Mii Cosmetics as it boosts your collagen and elasticity by 45 percent. Apply lip liner before your lipstick. It helps to act as a barrier from when you are sipping those cocktails but will also prolong the life of your lipstick so you don’t have to keep reapplying through the night. Hide any dark circles with the YSL Touche Eclat under your eyes just to brighten your whole complexion and keep it looking fresh. Using a fine pencil, I advise gently brushing hair strokes throughout your brows to give a natural look with sharp definition.
After many late nights not only will you feel drained, you could look it too. Keeping hydrated by drinking plenty of water will help to flush out the toxins consumed over the festive period, helping you to look and feel freshfaced throughout the month. Finally, invest in a multi-tasking moisturiser. Now is the time to do some skin saving, especially with the colder weather on the way. By adding power back into your skin you will soon reap the benefits. Look for a moisturiser containing vitamin C, wrinkle smoother and skin lightener so you have every skin concern covered.
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Step towards your fitness goals Victoria Guthrie finds out about the benefits of group fitness with David Lloyd Ipswich
It’s widely known that exercise releases dopamine into your brain and this chemical plays a large role in happiness and feelings of pleasure. Whilst getting your bum up off the couch and to the gym may be hard, once you get moving it can take less than ten minutes for you to feel the effects; you feel happier and more energised. Not only does exercise help ease stress from the day, it reduces anxiety and fights insomnia. Less stress makes for happy people! Our bodies respond to light in order to maintain our circadian rhythms which regulate energy levels, appetite, sleep quality and mood. During the winter months, when the mornings and evenings are dark, many people are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is most severe during December, January and February and affects one in three people. Thought to be caused by a lack of vitamin D from sunlight and activity, SAD can cause you to feel down and sluggish. Taking up an exercise class can improve both your mood and your immune system. Even ten minutes of exercise can make a huge difference to how you feel. It’s hard to get the motivation to work out when
both the mornings and evenings are dark, but that’s where group exercise comes in to play. Us humans are sociable creatures and we enjoy having a laugh; many people find working out easier with friends. The camaraderie of a group exercise class can help to keep you motivated and feel accountable. It’s proven that working out with others makes you less likely to quit. Most classes can be joined at any time whether you’re a seasoned fitness fanatic or a beginner. One of the big benefits is that you get time with an instructor; although it may not be one-to-one you can still reap the rewards of having a professional leading the way. They’ll be able to spot bad form and help you with any tricky moves as well as offer advice. David Lloyd Ipswich offers a fitness class for everyone, no matter your focus. Try the high intensity RPM™ or Sufferfest cycling classes in the Virtual Cycle Studio or you could opt for gym floor circuits and the GRIT™ series to really push your training to the max. If you prefer to fight it out then FIGHT CLUB and BODYCOMBAT™ might be for you. Whittle down your middle with CXWORX™ and cool down with Yoga. Enjoy a wide variety of classes at convenient times to suit all lifestyles. With over 170 classes to choose from and flexible membership options there is no excuse not to get started. To find out more visit www.davidlloyd.co.uk or call 01473 325 971
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ven those of us with the best of intentions struggle to exercise in winter. It’s cold, dark outside and let’s face it, most of us would rather be wrapped up under a blanket with a hot chocolate than exercising. But there are lots of reasons why you should get moving this winter.
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Becca Green rounds up the finest in winter skincare
1. Nourishing Cleansing Balm, Diptyque, £44, available from www.diptyqueparis.co.uk | 2. Dual Action Face Wash, Routine For Men, £19, available from www.routineformen.com | 3. Revitalising Moisturiser, Routine For Men, £29, available from www.routineformen.com | 4. Optimal Skin ProSerum, Espa, £48, available from The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7BX, 01638 676130, www.bedfordlodgehotelspa.co.uk | 5. Vitaminic Concentrate, Pevonia, £36, available from SK Clinic + Spa, Victory Chapel, 4 Northgate Street, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1HG, 01284 748470, www.skclinic.co.uk | 6. Dry Oil Body Moisturiser, Pevonia, £35, available from SK Clinic + Spa, Victory Chapel, 4 Northgate Street, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1HG, 01284 748470, www.pevonia.co.uk | 7. Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream, Pevonia, £46, SK Clinic + Spa, Victory Chapel, 4 Northgate Street, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1HG, 01284 748470, www.skclinic.co.uk | 8. Oh My Cold Serum, Codage, £85, www.selfridges.co.uk | 9. Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturising Serum Concentrate, Kiehl’s, £40, available from Debenhams, Arc Shopping Centre, 36 Charter Square St, Bury St. Edmunds IP33 3AA, 0844 5616161, www.kiehls.co.uk | 10. Luna Sleeping Night Oil, Sunday Riley, £85, available from www.cultbeauty.co.uk | 11. Rapid Collagen Infusion, Murad , £65, available from www.murad.co.uk | 12. Geranium & Orange Hand Cream, Neals Yard, £10, available from Neals Yard Remedies, 1 Rose Crescent Cambridge CB2 3LL, 01223 321074, www.nealsyardremedies.com | 13. Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, Kiehls, £36, available from Debenhams, Arc Shopping Centre, 36 Charter Square St, Bury St .Edmunds IP33 3AA, 0844 5616161, www.kiehls.co.uk
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Jennifer Meredith rounds up EAUX’s favourite premium hair products
ULTIMATE COLOUR REPAIR SHAMPOO
SEASILK OIL GEL
Alterna, £29.50 for 100ml, www.alternahaircare.com
Paul Mitchell, £39.25 for 1000ml, www.paul-mitchell.co.uk, available from Hair Artistry, 14 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7AU
OVERNIGHT TO GORGEOUS HAIR MASQUE
£22 for 190ml, www.growgorgeous.com, available from Boots, Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre, 5 Tavern Street, Ipswich, IP1 3AA
HAIRDRESSER’S INVISIBLE OIL CONDITIONER
Bumble & Bumble, £25 for 200ml, www.bumbleandbumble.co.uk
PURE TREATMENT OIL
Pure Treatment Oil: Show Beauty, £50 for 60ml, www.showbeauty.com
DAMAGE REVERSE HAIR RESTORATIVE TREATMENT
Ojon, £34.50 for 100ml, www.ojon.co.uk
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Ken Hermes of thatlittlebarbershop.com looks at the different kinds of badger brushes available
ancy yourself a decent shave without leaving your home? Great! Let’s talk about shaving brushes; did you know there are multiple types? We are going to take a look at a few of them and the benefits of the different styles. A shaving brush is used to mix your soap or cream into a foamy lather and apply to your face. It helps to apply in a circular motion, and when hot, will help soften the skin and hair before you shave. It also ensures that bacteria from your hands are not rubbed into your pores, preventing infections and spots. Shaving brushes are all graded, although not every manufacturer will use the same classifications.
FINEST BADGER BRUSH The title is a giveaway. These brushes use the finest badger hair available, picked from the backs of a specific longhaired species of badger which is only found in remote provinces of China. This type of brush will set you back more than any other due to the rarity and quality. It is thought that over half the badger hair used when making a finest brush is wasted during production. These brushes have the best water retention and the softest tips. This brush will last you through years of shaving and is well worth the investment.
SILVER TIP BADGER BRUSH This brush has some of the most expensive and rare badger hair, which has a natural white end. The bristle is designed to be flared, which gives a fluffy feel and appearance. This also enables the brush to hold a large amount of
water and in turn quickly work up a lather.
SUPER BADGER BRUSH Using the same hair as the silver tip, these brushes are treated slightly differently during production. They are shipped back to Europe and redressed. This means that the hair is bundled and any short or curly badger hairs are removed. This means that the hairs are all even length, with a fuller appearance which helps water retention and provides an incredibly fast lather.
PURE BADGER BRUSH These are the most common in the UK market. The hair is picked from the neck, back, stomach and buttocks of the badger (around 60 percent of the animal’s body). The hair varies from brush to brush in colour, texture and size. They are often darker than the above brushes; the bristles are coarser than the others mentioned above and it has a larger shaft.
SYNTHETIC BRUSHES Synthetic brushes, although using synthetic hair, actually have brilliant lathering qualities. However, they don’t heat as well, and have low water retention. I have been using a synthetic brush for six months and find that I have to re-apply soap more often as the lather is weaker and dries out quicker. Now you’ve discovered the different kinds of brushes, all that is left is to pick your weapon of choice. Will you go for a traditional safety razor, a shavette razor, a cut throat razor or a modern three to five blade hand held?
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Making a splash ESA continues to grow week on week, teaching all levels from beginner through to triathletes and Edward is now launching the first ESA school in Ipswich. Located at DW Fitness Club, the decision to bring ESA to the south of Suffolk was made as lots of customers drove all the way from Ipswich and surrounding areas to the existing sites in Cambridge and Newmarket for the quality of the lessons. Edward says: ‘we are delighted to now offer lessons in Ipswich at DW Fitness on Ranelagh Road which is one of the nicest pools I have seen. Warm, clean and elegant – just the way our customers like it, and perfect for getting
the most from our swimmers.’ ESA boasts faster progression than other swim schools; Edward proudly explains: ‘most of our three year olds can swim front crawl, back stroke and breast stroke by their fourth birthdays.’ It is these fantastic results that make ESA one of the best. A luxury swimming school with a difference, the team is made up of world-class coaches with the natural ability for getting the very best out of their students. ESA currently teaches more than 800 children to swim each week guaranteeing faster results than any other swim school. Edward puts this down to small class sizes – a maximum of three students per lesson – innovative teaching techniques and talented coaches.
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dward Williams, one of the youngest people in history to swim the English Channel, has spent the last nine years turning his hobby into a thriving company. Marathon swimmer, Edward, founded Elite Swimming Academy (ESA) in 2006 to transform the quality, service and results of swimming tuition and coaching for children and adults of all ages and abilities.
Elite Swimming Academy (ESA) launches in Ipswich
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The EAUX team showcases the best shaving products on the market
1. Soothing Aftershave Balm, Gentlemen’s Tonic, £26, available from www.gentlemenstonic.com | 2. Revitalising Face Serum, Acqua di Parma, available from Zagger Fashion Group, 20 Baddow Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0DG | 3. Pre Shave Oil, Gentlemen’s Tonic, £19, available from www.gentlemenstonic.com | 4. Aloe Vera Moustache Wax Extra Hold, Edwin Jagger, £9.50, available from Coes of Maldon, 61 High Street, Maldon, CM9 5PF | 5. Bayolea Shave Cream, Penhaligons, £38, Williams & Griffin, 152 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PN, www.penhaligons.com | 6. Moroccan Myrrh After Shave Balm, Crabtree & Evelyn, £22, available from www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk | 7. 3D Laser Diamond DE Razor, Edwin Jagger, £34, available from www.edwinjagger.co.uk | 8. Shaving Bowl in Black Porcelain, The Piccadilly Shaving Co., £35, available from www.piccadillyshaving.co.uk | 9. Classic Shaving Brush, Edwin Jagger, £22, available from www.edwinjagger.co.uk | 10. Sandalwood Luxury Shaving Cream, The Piccadilly Shaving Co., £13.95, available from www.piccadillyshaving.co.uk | 11. Bayolea Soothing Balm, Penhaligons, £30, available from Williams & Griffin, 152 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PN, www.penhaligons.com | 12. Moisturising Aftershave Lotion, Edwin Jagger, £21, available from www.edwinjagger.co.uk
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The lovely guys over at Suffolk Food Hall understand what’s most important at Christmas – hassle free shopping
et your order in early at the butcher counter for tasty local turkeys or butterfly chicken and the everpopular ribs of beef. Experienced butchers will prepare your meat products for you and the fishmonger will take care of your smoked salmon, crevettes and prawns. At the deli counter you can quickly and easily compile the ultimate cheese board and pick up a selection of delicious hams and pies to accompany your post-Christmas left overs. Hampers are a great gift, and you can choose from a wide range of carefully selected products or make your own bespoke hamper. Large orders can be taken and Suffolk Food
Hall also offer a delivery service to make your life that little bit easier. Visit the home department for unique decorations and unusual gifts, cards and wrap. Bring the kids along on Sundays throughout December to meet Santa and have fun at the crafty Christmas tea parties. For a spot of late night shopping, pop in on a festive Friday when the shop will be open until 7pm. Mulled wine and hot mince pies from the bakery will be available to get you in the spirit. You can also pick up one of two different types of Christmas trees which are competitively priced and carried to your car. You can also book in for the very popular party nights, with three course meal and dancing. More information is available on the website. www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk/christmas or just give the little elves a call on 01473 786610
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Trail Take a foodie trip around Newmarket with EAUX and sample the finest dishes in town
n the edge of the Suffolk-Norfolk border lies the historic market town of Newmarket, unofficially dubbed the birthplace of thoroughbred horseracing. Here, you can find the largest racehorse breeding and training centre in Britain, with over fifty training stables, two sizeable racetracks and over 3,000 horses. What you may not know is that Newmarket and the surrounding area is also home to a wealth of fantastic food and drink establishments, varying from confectionary to alcohol to gastropub style dining. Pop by Wavertree’s Coffee Shop on the site of The National Stud for an early morning coffee and a homemade pastry or cake whilst you take in the views across the perfectly kempt gardens. Follow up with a full English breakfast at Kings in Kingston Passage, where the contemporary brasserie style restaurant overlooks an intimate outside dining area. Head to the pantry for brunch, where you can choose from a selection of quick eats, from homemade muesli with yoghurt and honey, to a Suffolk ham and cheese filled croissant. Stay for lunch to enjoy freshly prepared dishes, including the iconic Pantry steak burger with Ogleshield cheese and bacon jam. Alternatively, take a quick stroll to The Pocket Bistro where you can order British classics with a modern twist. Indulge in a midafternoon treat at Artistry in
Cocoa on Sun Lane, where you can take part in a chocolate sculpting masterclass, learn about the history of chocolate and, of course, eat chocolate to your heart’s content – a great destination for sweet tooths of all ages. If afternoon tea is more your thing, take a short walk to Nancy’s Tea Shop on Old Station Road, which offers a selection of specially blended teas and tasty treats in a vintage inspired setting. Don’t leave without trying a slab of their chocolate salted caramel cake!
Dinner is best spent at Newmarket’s Asian Fusion restaurant, Thai Street Café, where intense flavours and colourful dishes reign supreme. For something a little bit different, try the Whole Crispy Sea Bass with sweet chilli sauce and jasmine rice. Before you leave, pick up a souvenir in the form of Musk’s delicious Newmarket sausages. Renowned throughout the country, Musk’s have received Royal Warrants since 1907 and still serve the Royal Family to this day. Try their Aspall Cyder sausages for a delectable pork and apple combo, or go for the Original Newmarket sausages for tradition’s sake – they even offer gluten free options! On your way home, a trip to the English Vodka Company in Dullingham is a must. Just 10 minutes away from Newmarket’s centre, the distillery’s onsite shop stocks handpicked artisan spirits – perfect for Christmas tipple or a thoughtful gift.
Tuddenham Mill’s award-winning restaurant brings together an exceptional environment, a genuine passion for great food and wine and discrete yet attentive service. Every meal is a special occasion. Whether you want a light bite or sandwiches or you’re looking for the full fine dining experience, Tuddenham Mill has a menu that you’ll love. Head Chef, Lee Bye and his talented team have created exciting, contemporary menus reflecting the chic yet rustic surroundings. W www.tuddenhammill.co.uk T 01638 713552 A High Street, Tuddenham, Nr. Newmarket, Suffolk, IP28 6SQ
Choosing your festive
Jonathan Hare from Wines of Interest, handpicks some amazing wines to accompany your Christmas meal
hristmas means different things to different people: for some it’s the perfect excuse to open a few really cracking bottles for seasonal indulgence, for others it means working the corkscrew to melting point.
Each household seems to maintain its own traditions with goose, game, beef, ham and baked salmon, all featuring as the Christmas feast centerpiece in houses around the county. However the favourite by a country mile remains turkey.
Turkey’s detractors criticise it as boring and dry; if you buy a budget, frozen bird and roast it for too long it will be both of those things. Start with a well-grown, fresh, free range bird and roast it carefully with plenty of herbs and chopped vegetables inside and it will be delicious! It will also, with the essential aid of a good giblet stock, provide you with buckets of richly flavoured gravy; it is this rather than the bird itself that you match to your wine. If you add the extras like chipolatas and a spoonful of herby sausage meat and chestnut stuffing into the mix, the wine needs to be able to complement some pretty big flavours.
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Pinot Noir does it for me and the best examples still come from Burgundy, though New Zealand and carefully chosen Californian variants offer a riper, fuller – if less refined – alternative. For indulgent, classic Pinot Noir, consider Givry Rouge, 1er Cru Petit Marole, from the endlessly talented François Lumpp, the best grower in Givry. It is an elegant and balanced offering style without clobber; not cheap at £29.50 but certainly a treat. If you need more quantity, less subtlety and a bit more punch, you can’t beat Borsao Seleccion Joven, Bodegas Borsao, Campo de Borja, Spain for big sunny fruit flavours and versatility. Mostly Grenache with a splash of Syrah and a dollop of Tempranillo, it’s big enough to take on red meats and cheese, fruity enough to handle white meats. At £8.25 it is super value and gives real character and depth.
For Christmas pud, mince pies and fruit cake, try Campbell’s Rutherglen Muscat. It’s an Australian speciality that is lusciously crammed with figgy, raisiny, dates-and-toffee apple richness. In fact, hold the pud and just have a big glass of this – much less filling. Yours for £13.25 per half-bottle. To speak to Jonathan Williamson or Jonathan Hare at Wines of Interest for advice or to purchase, pop into the store at 46 Burlington Road, Ipswich, IP1 2HS, 01473 215752, firstname.lastname@example.org
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If white is your favoured tipple, you are going to need something with a bit of heft. For your treat bottle White Burgundy is about as much fun as you can have without taking your trousers off. Lumpp’s fabulous Givry Blanc, the beautiful sister to the red above, is refined and classy and would improve any Christmas table for £29.50. Less ethereal but unexpectedly fine is Tabali Reserva Especial Chardonnay, from a Chilean estate, which shows a class and style that puts many a lumpen southern hemisphere Chardonnay to shame. At £11.75 it’s a great buy.
Fine Becca Green reviews The Queen at Brandeston
n evening drive through the countryside leads you to a quaint street in the heart of the rural village of Brandeston. You stumble across a country pub whose charm immediately hits you as soon as you drive up to it and you cannot wait to enter. This is the feeling I had and continued to experience throughout my entire evening at The Queen at Brandeston. We were immediately welcomed by the friendly staff who let us have our choice of table. The interior of the restaurant was intimate and had recently been completely renovated to give a homely and rural country chic aesthetic. The staff were attentive but not too overbearing. The manager, Arthur, kindly came to introduce himself and was keen to tell us about future plans for the restaurant, such as growing their own vegetables to be freshly picked daily – look out for exciting things to come! Before our courses were brought to us, we were served warm homemade bread with butter, which was a lovely touch. Little trinkets scattered around the restaurant also didn’t go unnoticed. There were even blackboards that had the Wi-Fi password written on them, updating the old with the new. Then came the food. For starters I chose the purple sprouting broccoli with shallots and poached egg and my colleague chose the succulent ham hock, celeriac, apple and pickles. My egg was perfectly poached and complemented the freshness of the broccoli while the ham hock simply melted in the mouth and was decorated with wild flowers and various pickles.
The star of the show was my steak which was served with hand-cut chips and red cabbage coleslaw – simple but very well executed. The meat was so tender that it didn’t require a steak knife and it was perfectly cooked to medium rare. The lady who served us kindly recommended a complementary red wine that went perfectly with the richness of the steak and harmoniously completed my main course. My colleague ordered the pork belly which was accompanied by a whole parsnip, rhubarb and spinach. At first she was hesitant about the rhubarb but was pleasantly surprised how well it worked the tender pork. The presentation of all the dishes could not be faulted. They were elegant but wholesome at the same time, which made for a superb meal. Dessert swiftly followed and once again, was faultless. I chose strawberries and cream and to my delight it did not disappoint. An array of strawberries and raspberries were intertwined with lashings of cream and mini meringues. It was exactly what I needed to cleanse my palette. My colleague opted for the complete opposite, a chocolate and hazelnut dessert that was served with sour cream ice cream. It was indulgent but not too heavy, which made for the perfect end to a wonderful meal. To anyone who loves great food and an intimate setting, The Queen at Brandeston is definitely not one to miss. To find out more visit www.thequeenatbrandeston.co.uk or book a table by calling 01728 685307. The Queen, The Street, Brandeston, Suffolk IP13 7AD.
B Chocolates; www.bchocolates.co.uk; available at Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AB; 01473 786610
Petite & Sweet; www.petiteandsweet.co.uk; available at Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AB; 01473 786610
The Grown Up Chocolate Company; www.thegrownupchocolatecompany.co.uk; Available at Alder Carr Farm, Creeting St Mary, Ipswich IP6 8LX; 01449 720820
Artistry in Cocoa; www.artistryincocoa.co.uk; Shop 2, Kingston Villa, Sun Lane, Newmarket, CB8 8EW; 01638 660503
treats The EAUX team rounds up (and devours) the very finest sweet treats ready for Christmas
Gnaw; www.gnawfolkchocolate.co.uk; available at Beaches and Cream, 14 Queen Street, Southwold, IP18 6EQ; 01502 724734
Petite & Sweet; www.petiteandsweet.co.uk; available at Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AB; 01473 786610
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Love of Port Becca Green speaks to successful port business, Symington Family Estates
ortugal is home to some of the finest port wines the world has to offer and Symington Family Estates is the answer to a lot of that success. With a family history that is at the heart of the vineyards they are here to tell us a bit more about the intricate process behind the port.
YOUR ESTATES ARE FAMILY RUN, HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS TO YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS? It is absolutely essential that a family member is involved in all key aspects of viticulture (vineyards), wine making, the final preparation of the wines and also in the commercial aspects of sales and marketing. In this way all key aspects of the business are under direct family control.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY HISTORY? Our great-grandfather, Andrew James Symington, came to Portugal as an 18 year old and a short while later started to work in the Port trade. He became a partner in
Warre’s Port and later became joint partner in Dow’s Port with the Warre family. In 1970 they acquired Graham’s Port and in 2011 Andrew James’ great-grandchildren (the current generation) acquired Cockburn’s Port.
GREAT WINES ARE BORN IN YOUR VINEYARDS; IS THERE A PARTICULAR WINE THAT YOU ARE PARTICULARLY PROUD OF? We are very fortunate that most of our wines are very highly regarded and generally considered as amongst the references against which others are measured. In recent years we have been very proud of our Graham’s 2007 rated 97/100 points and in particular our Dow’s 2007, rated 100/100 points by the prestigious Wine Spectator magazine.
WHAT NEW VINIFICATION TECHNIQUES HAVE THE SYMINGTONS DISCOVERED? We have created a modern lagar system (a lagar is the traditional granite tank that wine was made in, in the Douro
Valley) that faithfully replicates the ageold traditional method of foot treading that dates back to the time wine was first produced.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR SYMINGTON FAMILY ESTATES? The first member of the family’s 5th generation has already started working in the business and a number of others have expressed strong interest in eventually following in their parents’ footsteps. As a family we have a general rule that all members of the following generations must work independently, be it in the wine trade, or in other professions for a number of years before returning to the family business. There is no automatic entry into the business, and all family members must demonstrate a clear ability to contribute to its on-going success. If you’re interested in visiting Symington Family Estates or would like any more info, visit the website www.symington.com
FONSECA VINTAGE 1985 £85, available from Waitrose, Futura Park Crane Boulevard, Ipswich IP3 9SP, www.waitrose.com, 01473 719826
TAYLOR’S QUINTA DE VARGELLAS VINTAGE 2002 £20, available from Thomas Peatling, Westgate House Bury St. Edmunds IP33 1QS, www.thospeatling.com, 01284 714285
CROFT VINTAGE 1994 GRAHAMS 20 YEARS OLD TAWNY PORT £35.95, available from Waitrose, Futura Park Crane Boulevard, Ipswich IP3 9SP, www.waitrose.com, 01473 719826
THE ADNAMS COLLECTION RUBY £11.99, available from all Adnams Cellar & Kitchen Stores, www.adnams.co.uk
£55, available from Majestic Wine, Ipswich Trade Centre Commercial Road Ipswich IP1 1UZ, www.majesticwine.co.uk, 01473 232128
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SALAD Serves 4 • 400g Pork belly (ask your butcher to remove the skin but leave the rib bones in) • 150g diced pancetta • 200g black pudding • 1 frizze of Lettuce • 250g ruby chard For dressing: • 1 punnet fresh redcurrants • 1 lemon • 1 orange • 4 heaped tbsp of redcurrant jelly • 1tsp ground ginger For pork: • 2 white onions • 1 head of garlic • 2 carrots • sprig of thyme • chicken stock
Preheat oven to 150°c. Roughly chop onions, carrots and garlic and place them in a deep baking tray. Place the sprig of thyme and the pork belly in a tin, season with salt and pepper and cover with chicken stock. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 2-3 hours or until soft and tender. Carefully remove pork belly from the stock and leave to cool, flesh side down on a baking tray. Remove all the rib bones and cartilage from the belly, wrap in cling film and sandwich between two baking trays, using something heavy to press it flat. Place the pork in the fridge for 6-12 hours to set. Once set, cut pork belly into ½ inch slices. Heat a non-stick frying pan and begin to brown pork on a medium heat. Add the diced pancetta and diced black pudding to the pan. Drain off any excess fat and continue to cook until all golden brown and crispy. Wash and drain the salad leaves. Make the dressing by combining all the ingredients together (except the redcurrants) and whisking. In a mixing bowl, mix together the salad, the pork, the bacon and the black pudding and coat with the redcurrant dressing. Divide onto plates and garnish with the fresh redcurrants.
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PAN FRIED SEABASS WITH BRAISED FENNEL & SAFFRON VELUTE Serves 4 • 8 seabass fillets, skin on • 1 large baking potato • 1/2 celeriac • 150g spinach • 100g melted butter • salt and pepper • chopped thyme For velute: • 5 shallots sliced length ways • ½ head of garlic • 15 peppercorns • sprig of thyme
• 1 bayleaf • 1tsp Maldon salt • 1 bottle of Noilly Prat • 500g double cream • 1 litre fish stock • 2g saffron For braised fennel: • 4 fennel • knob of butter • oil • thyme • hot chicken stock • salt to taste
To make the velute, place all ingredients for it (except the double cream and fish stock) in a suitable pot and reduce rapidly until you have 100ml of liquid. Change the pan and add the fish stock to this reduction and again reduce this to 500ml. Transfer to a clean pan and pour in the double cream and fish stock reduction. Bring to the boil for 10 seconds then remove from the heat, taste and season accordingly. Slice the fennel in half, lengthways and remove some of the core. Remove the tops and fronds. Pan fry the fennel cut side down in the oil using plenty of herbs to season. When the fennel has started to brown pour on enough stock to just cover the bulbs. Add a knob of butter and allow to simmer gently for 10-12 minutes. Remove the bulbs, reduce the stock to a glaze and then pour over the fennel. Grate celeriac and potato into a mixing bowl. Squeeze out any excess water from the mixture. Add melted butter, salt and pepper and the chopped thyme. Fry in a hot non-stick frying pan on a medium heat for 8-10 minutes each side until the rosti is golden brown and cooked all the way through. In a hot non-stick frying pan cook the seabass, skin side down for 2-3 minutes until the skin is crisp, then turn over and cook for one more minute. Place spinach in a saucepan, add small knob of butter, pinch of salt and pepper, place the lid on, and allow to wilt for 2-3 minutes. Assemble the plate by starting with the rosti, adding the braised fennel, topping with the seabass (skin side up) and finally the saffron velute.
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BOMB Serves 4 • 200g dark chocolate • 50g roasted shelled hazelnuts • 2 oranges, zested • 1 cap vanilla essence • 75g plain chocolate • 175g caster sugar • 6 eggs, separated • 2 level tsp cocoa powder
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Lightly grease swiss roll tin with baking parchment and preheat oven to 180°c. Melt chocolate slowly in a glass bowl over a pan of hot water, and allow to cool slightly. Place sugar and egg yolks in a bowl and whisk until light and creamy. Add cooled chocolate and stir. Whisk the egg whites in a mixing bowl until stiff, stir a large spoonful of egg whites into chocolate mixture and gently fold in remaining egg whites. Pour into prepared tin and bake for approx 20 mins until firm to the touch. Once cooled cut into required shape to go into your mould/cup/claride mould, and use the cling film to line your mould. Mix orange zest into the vanilla ice cream and place inside lines mouldVanilla ice cream – Add orange zest to it and then place inside your lined mould. Once ice cream has set again, cut a lid out and place on top of the ice cream. Chop ¾ of chocolate into a bowl over hot water, making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water and ensuring the water does not boil. Stir regularly, allowing it to melt smoothly. Check temperature with thermometer and when it reaches 55-58°c remove bowl from bain marie. Add remaining chocolate (chopped) stirring continuously to bring temperature down to 28-29°c. Once you have achieved this temperature pour over your turned out ‘bomb’ – ensure that it is sat on a wire rack on a tray to catch any chocolate that leaks over. Sprinkle with the chopped roasted hazelnuts and serve.
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Suffolk Sara Greeen explores the perfect winter weekend in Suffolk
to the hotel, don our wellies and warm coats and head out for a walk.
The essential ingredients are all there; luxurious bedrooms, cosy log fires, bracing walks, great Christmas shopping nearby and, of course, amazing food and wine. This exquisitely renovated and refurbished 15th Century coaching inn is run by Chris and Hayley Lee. After spending 10 years running the hotel they moved away for two years but they missed it so much they took over the tenancy and came back. I can see why. Who wouldn’t want to spend more time here?
If time allows, a visit to Weavers’ House Spa in Lavenham could be perfect to relax those aching muscles after all that walking!
Arriving on a Friday evening, the weekend would start with a glass of something sparkling by the fireside, a candlelit supper in the hotel’s stunning dining room before retiring to our sumptuous bedroom. Breakfast in bed on the Saturday morning could be followed by a visit to nearby Lavenham. This beautiful medieval wool town with its fairytale architecture is just perfect for exploring on a bracing winter morning. The shopping is fabulous, so after wandering along the High Street laden with Christmas purchases our next stop could be coffee in the beautiful lounge of The Swan Hotel. Before lunch we would have to peep in through the windows of the ‘Harry Potter house’ on Water Street which was the backdrop to the scene in which Harry receives his famous scar. My daughter would never forgive me if I didn’t take a sneeky photo.
Cold weather and long walks mean that a good lunch is essential and Lavenham has plenty of options including The Great House, Number Ten or The Angel for a leisurely Saturday lunch. Afterwards we would return
Hayley is a treasure trove of local information and is always happy to recommend a good walk. A particularly enjoyable one takes you from the hotel, through the market square towards the church and along a public footpath to Chelsworth, a very pretty little village in the Brett Valley. Again, there are plenty of enticing options for refreshment including the atmospheric 14th Century Peacock Inn or extending the walk towards Monks Eleigh and stopping for tea at Corncraft; a collection of little shops that would also help with our Christmas shopping.
Our evening would be a relaxed affair with drinks first in front of the bar’s roaring fire followed by further exploration of the hotel’s amazing menu. Chris is passionate about his food, and emphasises local produce, most of which comes from within 10 miles of the hotel. Choices range from warming comfort food to finer dining complete with taster menus. I have it on good authority that in the unlikely event that you don’t find something that takes your fancy on the menu he will come up with delicious alternatives. The Bildeston Crown is a lovely place to stay and there is so much to do in this part of the world that a second visit would definitely be justified – taking the time to visit Long Melford or Sudbury, for example. A visit could also be timed to coincide with the Christmas Fayre in Bury St Edmunds or one of Kentwell Hall’s Dickensian Christmas weekends. In case there has not been time for enough Christmas shopping there is always the option of stopping off at The Country Christmas Shop at Blackthorpe Barn just outside Bury St Edmunds on the way home. For a winter break in the country, this part of Suffolk ticks all the boxes: romance, luxury, beautiful country walks, wonderful food and great shopping. But you don’t really have to live outside of the county to enjoy it. Why go elsewhere? That perfect weekend away is right on your doorstep!
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ometimes I wish I didn’t live in Suffolk. It’s such an amazing county to visit! If I didn’t live here and came here for the weekend, where would I go? What would I do? I think it rather depends on the season; in the summer, I would definitely head to Aldeburgh and stay at The Brudenel Hotel for a weekend of beach walks, seafood and evening drinks against the backdrop of waves gently breaking on the shore a few yards from the hotel’s terrace. But for a cosy romantic weekend in the winter and around Christmas time I would definitely go further inland and I think my first choice would be The Bildeston Crown.
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Slice the ice with G&T!
With that mediocre summer behind us many are dreaming of a winter holiday â€“ pristine, white slopes and clear blue skies, not forgetting the medicinal qualities of a vin chaud
kiing ticks all the boxesâ€Ś stunning scenery, good food, spending quality time with family and friends and doing something exhilarating that just makes you feel more alive! Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter are the most popular weeks and it is essential therefore to book ahead. Those with children of pre-school age should consider opting for low season weeks. March and April are obviously warmer and more child friendly, so choose high altitude resorts with longer seasons.
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The ‘Fire & Ice’ bar is ideal for après-ski and a great sun trap. If it is chilly though, there are huge blankets to keep you warm. Great excitement at Portetta with the news that Cucina Angelina, by Angela Hartnett, is due to open in December, serving Italian mountain food with a local flavour.
For something gloriously romantic and rurally stylish then Petite Marmotte is just 5 minutes down the mountain. The former hay store is now a rustic hideaway for two with a wood burning fire, kitchen, cosy sitting area and bedroom. + A must for adventurous types is the toboggan run from Courchevel 1850 to 1550. It falls 300m vertically over a winding 2km track.
Courchevel 1850 offers an abundance of chic, 5* hotels. However, L’Apogee Courchevel, has certainly raised the bar and its Le Bar de L’Apogée and the Cigar Lounge, are the new places to be seen! Atop the 1992 Olympic Ski Jump, offering a ski in, ski out facility (and your own ski butler
if you like), the 53 room hotel has a beautiful spa and pool. Foodies will love restaurant, Le Comptoir de L’Apogée, with its menu revolving around the world’s finest produce and, new for this year, the new sushi counter, Koori. Kids of all ages are welcome and are impressively catered for in Mini VIP 1850 and Free Style 1850. + As a Traveller Made partner G&T clients at L’Apogee benefit from an upgrade at the time of check-in (if available); complimentary breakfast; free Wi-Fi & 100 USD Spa voucher.
The world class ski area of Les Trois Vallees has fantastic skiing for all abilities. Set on the slopes at Courchevel Moriond 1650, Le Portetta is a superb ski-in, ski-out hotel with 38 rooms and six penthouse lofts. The latter are a fantastic option for families with plenty of space, log fires and balconies with views. Décor is chalet chic – cosy, contemporary, wood-lined bedrooms.
+ Pay the extra for a piste view... standard rooms, although cosy, are small.
G&T send clients to ski resorts worldwide including Japan, New Zealand and the US, but to whet your appetite, below we have taken a look at just a few of our favourites a little closer to home.
For James Bond fans and the more competent skier, why not head to Switzerland to the – for now – little known village of Andermatt. Stay at stylish Chedi Andermatt and take in the Furka Passa, famously used as a backdrop for an iconic scene in the movie Goldfinger. Just two hours from Zurich, Asia meets the Alps at this uber chic, sleek hotel where you can enjoy
Le Portetta, Terrace
With excellent winter snowfall and challenging pistes on the Gemsstock and Nätschen Mountains, Andermatt is becoming a must visit destination. It is also the middle stop on the incredible Glacier Express, so easily combined with a stay in Zermatt at the equally chic Omnia – a cool contemporary take on the mountain lodge. With a dramatic location high in the centre of Zermatt, one of Europe’s most well-known ski resorts, it is another Bond moment as you arrive in the lobby via a lift through the rock on which it sits, to 1,649.40m above sea level.
Children are welcome and there is a kids’ programme and plenty of room configurations that will accommodate both large and small families. The hotel is only a quick 300m walk from the ski lift and this stunning area consists of 12 valleys, all accessible under one ski pass.
For those wanting a taste of Italy and an authentic Dolomites experience without the crowds, then head to the mountain village of San Cassiano in the northern Italian alps, and the Rosa Alpina Hotel, a Relais & Châteaux member, with a Michelin two-starred
+ As a Traveller Made partner G&T clients at Rosa Alpina benefit from an upgrade at the time of checkin (if available); Complimentary breakfast; Free Wi-Fi; SPA voucher 10 euro per person and a champagne reception in the kitchen of their 2 Michelin Star restaurant.
For many a chalet holiday, providing a home away from home, is a more appealing option than a stay in a hotel and this is certainly the case with La Ferme Combloux, a stunning period farmhouse that has been restored to
accommodate 10 guests in five beautiful en-suite bedrooms plus a gym, sauna, steam room table tennis table and outdoor hot tub, all with fantastic views of the mountains. La Ferme is five minutes from Megève and just a few steps from the ski lift into Combloux.
restaurant. Owned by the Pizzinini family, this charming hotel makes you feel like a guest in a private home.
the best of Asian and Western food. Outside, ski butlers are on hand to help plan your route and warm your boots!
+ Book ski school and private instructors well in advance.
And further afield, Japan is a fabulous experience for those wanting to combine ski with a cultural experience. G&T have had a number of families hit the slopes in Niseko, a resort with a huge manicured pisted area equally suited to the beginner, intermediate and advanced skier with an efficient lift system and almost no queues. Then, follow this with a fascinating combination of Kyoto, Tokyo and a visit to the snow monkeys! To book your skiing escape, speak to one of G&T’s knowledgeable team on 020 7434 2255.
EAUX finds out about Tribes, a Suffolk-based tailor made travel company
hen you drive into the yard at Wood Farm you know you’re very much in rural Suffolk. However, set foot in the old dairy here and life takes a more global twist. For here in Otley is an award-winning familyrun travel company called Tribes which, since 1998, has planned exciting luxury holidays for its loyal clients who come from all over the world – and Suffolk!
SHARING THE SECRET Amanda and Guy Marks and their team of well-travelled professionals spend their days sharing their expertise with clients who want to plan their dream trip – holidays such as:
• Exciting ‘Out of Africa’ safaris, perhaps with a stay on Zanzibar or Mauritius afterwards. • Wildlife cruises on prestige yachts and ships in the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador. • Exploring Rajasthan and then chilling out at a small luxury boutique hotel in Kerala. • Luxury lodge to lodge treks in Peru’s Andes, including Machu Picchu. Most of Tribes’ travellers are previous clients and people they have recommended so the company doesn’t advertise often. However it seems only right to share the secret of this exciting local travel company with others in Suffolk. Pop in and see them if you’re passing!
Cape Town, the Garden Route & Kruger Just one recommendation for you from award-winning luxury travel company, Tribes
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Beaten Track Jennifer Meredith visits the Waveney River Centre in Norfolk
peaceful and remote destination for getaway seekers and a bustling hub of activity for sailing enthusiasts and active families, the Waveney River Centre has it all. Refurbished for 2014, the Centre offers an onsite bar and restaurant, large indoor swimming pool, convenience store and off licence, plus a pedestrian ferry. Activities are fun and family-friendly, ranging from ‘hide and seek’ and minibeast hunting in Eddie’s Secret Garden, to canoeing and fishing on the river. The centre’s friendly mascot, a fish called Eddie, appears on signs throughout the venue; a novelty for adults and a fun holiday friend for children, Eddie provides guests with the lowdown on what to do and where to go. Explore the Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve just across the river or go further afield and discover the beauty of The Broads. Stay at the onsite boutique hotel, The Waveney Inn, and you’ll find a modern room with exceptional facilities and plush décor. I stayed in the Chart Room, which was decorates with nautical themed wall canvases, neovintage wallpaper and, most excitingly, a very large and inviting double bed. A rainforest shower took centre stage in the spacious bathroom, delivering a deliciously warm cascade of water at the twist of a dial – the perfect morning wakeup. Customers can also opt to stay in a luxury
lodge, spacious penthouse or modern static caravan, all of which are exceptionally well equipped with fully integrated kitchen appliances and entertainment kit. Most of the lodges also feature a private hot tub – ideal for relaxing evenings under the stars. Open all year, The Waveney Inn’s restaurant serves delicious local food and a great range of drinks. With friendly and down to earth service, customers are made to feel welcome and at ease whilst enjoying their meals. The menu consists of British pub favourites, including fish and chips, baby back ribs and Norfolk sausage and mash. I ordered a steak and Guinness pie, which came with a hefty side of thick-cut chips and plenty of vegetables. The pie was presented in a round ceramic container – ‘pot pie’ style – with silky gravy and melt in your mouth chunks of steak. I almost struggled to eat it all, but it was too delicious to waste! After seeing the dessert menu I forgot all about my full stomach, and proceeded to tuck into one of the most delicious treacle puddings I’ve ever tasted, complete with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and a neatly positioned tuile. I whole-heartedly recommend the Waveney River Centre for anyone looking to escape from urban life to enjoy a holiday in the tranquil countryside. With plenty to do and lots to see, this is an ideal destination for experiencing rural England in luxury.
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ustria – the perfect combination of snowy rural landscapes and bustling cities that will leave every type of tourist mesmerised. The rolling mountains of Tyrol offer an idyllic retreat whilst the capital city of Vienna offers everything a city-lover would thrive upon. Grab the opportunity to try some of the most eclectic food in the world as well as the crème de la crème of classical music – your cultural appetite is sure to be fulfilled! There isn’t a shortage of beautiful things to see; arts, architecture and classical music are just a few of the gems that Austria is known for and that will entice you into exploring its hidden gems. If skiing is your thing, Austria is also the perfect hotspot for season skiers that desire a luxurious stay and a jam-packed schedule full of skiing.
CITY BREAK City breaks are becoming more and more popular with tourists. It’s a great way of exploring the famous sights and monuments of a city without the extra relaxation time which isn’t always necessary. Vienna may not be at the top of your list, but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be. It is decorated with some of the finest and most impressive architecture in the world with an abundance of museums and other attractions for visitors to take it all in. A must see visit is the Vienna State Opera, a beautifully crafted building which is home to a number of opera and ballet performances. Also, in the summer months around 150 performances are screened live outside in front of the opera house so visitors can enjoy free entertainment while taking in the fresh air
and the sights of the city. Discover the city from above by taking a seat in the giant ferris wheel that featured in the film The Third Man, gaining a 360° view of the magical city that is bustling below. Vienna isn’t just full of traditional architecture – there are modern structures too. Friedrich Hundertwasser is an Austrian icon who created some of the best-known buildings in Vienna in the 1980s. One of his most famous structures is Hundertwasser House, one of the most visited places in Austria.
SKI A weekend away gliding along the slopes of Austria sound like your cup of tea (or hot chocolate if you prefer)? You do not have to book a whole week away, a weekend break relaxing in your own luxury chalet can be just what the doctor ordered. A popular skiing hotspot is St. Anton, which lies deep in the Arlberg region at the western end of Austria. It is just two hours away from international airports and is home to some of the finest resorts, which are accompanied by stylish restaurants and chalets.
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Austria’s food icon you can expect some of the yummiest schnitzels in the world. One of the local favourites is Figlmueller, which is located on Wollzeile in central Vienna; they serve up freshly coated schnitzels all day long with 13 expertly prepared Viennese dishes. No weekend break is complete without having the perfect base to come back to. Hotel Sachar (www.sacher.com) is a luxury hotel situated in the cultural heart of Vienna, opposite the magnificent opera house, and yes it is the original creator of the Sachar torte – the most famous chocolate cake in the world! To fully indulge and relax the Sachar spa offers a chocolate themed spa treatment, using cocoa based ingredients to soften and treat the skin. If you do not fancy a sweet treat, they also offer a range of other relaxation treatments that will enable you to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the city, which is just a stumble away from your hotel room.
You can experience some culinary masterpieces in Austria. The two Michelin Star restaurant, Steirereck, is a local favourite that serves up cultural food with a sprinkle of modern cuisine. Dishes that you can expect on the menu include roast pigeon with chard, parsnip and lychee tomatoes; for dessert – preserved Calamansi with cream cheese, gingerbread and walnuts. Delicious!
A great way to commemorate your stay is to explore the winding alleyways of Vienna’s famous flea markets. You never know what you will find and may even discover a hidden treasure that you simply cannot leave behind. Take a stroll either side of the Wien River to experience music in the park or get a true taste of Viennese vino in the seven square kilometres of vineyards that are located just outside the city. If you’re an animal lover or love historical places you can visit the oldest zoo in the world which was built on the site of Franz Stephans’ royal menagerie in 1752.
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Victoria Guthrie finds out about the ultimate ice driving experience for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies
iscover the magic of Lapland and the beauty of the Northern Lights whilst indulging in your passion for speed. Leave the Suffolk countryside behind and escape to the village of Arjeplog in the snowy Swedish landscape. It’s in this remote location that you can experience a complete change of scenery in total comfort, and have an unforgettable stay. The world’s largest driving centre, Lapland Ice Driving, is at your disposal for an experience you’ll never forget. Perfect for both seasoned or amateur drivers, you’ll race at more than 120mph around a full scale Formula 1 circuit, reproduced on a frozen lake, in the car of your dreams. The most popular choices are the Porsche GT3 – the queen of track – and the Subaru Impreza WRX – a fabulous fourwheel drive. You’ll travel to Stockholm, then change onto a flight to Arjeplog in the province of Lapland, Sweden (70km from the Arctic Circle). Upon arrival you’ll hop on a one hour transfer to your hotel; here you’ll be checked in, will receive the keys to your car and will be briefed on the trip. In the evening, you’ll enjoy cocktails, Champagne and French wine at the open bar with Lapland Ice Driving’s partner Champagne Henriot. At the start of each day you’ll begin with a briefing where you’ll also have a chance to explore the facilities. Then, you will make your way to the lake in the Clubhouse where the sports car that you have chosen is waiting for you with your instructor. You’ll get stuck right in and will do as much
as 250km drifting every day in one of many exceptional cars (Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Nissan GT-R, Subaru), each specially prepared to give you the ultimate driving sensation. An experienced instructor will be by your side to provide you with personalised coaching and to show you the pleasure of drifting on each of the 11 tracks. These include two technical circuits, two practice circuits, one oval and two large circles as well as four full scale reproductions of legendary F1 circuits including two from Silverstone, Nürburgring and Paul Ricard. During the day, you’ll have five to eight driving sessions of 30 minutes and your personal instructor will give you advice on how to improve your ability to drift on the ice. In the evenings you’ll have a chance to socalise with other drivers and the LID staff over cocktails at the Silverhatten Hotel. Want to broaden your experience? Fancy a go on a snowmobile? No problem! Want to turn your hand to dog sledding? Sorted. As a registered travel agency, LID look after every part of your booking and can organise other Nordic activities for you to savour during your stay. Since the first Lapland Ice Driving season in 2005, the sole objective has been to develop an ice driving experience like no other. And the result is more tracks, more cars, more driving, more coaching and more all-round, totally safe pleasure in an incredible environment. The season will begin on 9th January until 22nd March. To book your LID experience email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +33 1 60 76 25 25.
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EAUX finds out about Volvo’s latest V40 R-Design, made in Sweden, tuned for Britain
isit Donalds Volvo today to drive away the brand new V40 R-Design and enjoy safety, style and economy. The V40 R-Design is designed around the performance-minded individual with a passion for those little things that add that extra touch of spice to life. Meticulous attention to detail has been applied to the expressive design as well as the agile, precise performance. With up to 245bhp, the V40 R-Design boasts exclusive exterior and interior styling, optional sports chassis and responsive engines which combine to create a sporty yet refined five door hatchback, opening up a new market for Volvo. The unique R-Design front features a silkmetal framed high-gloss grille. The sporty look is further enhanced with an ironstone diffuser, silk-metal finished details and twin exhaust tailpipes. The five-spoke diamond-cut wheels
(17 and 18 inch) complete the dynamic look. As standard, the car has received special attention from Volvo’s chassis engineering team, ensuring optimum handling, steering feel, agility and ride comfort. You can also opt for the sport chassis to give a sportier ride to go with its striking design. Inside, the new generation R-Design seats and interior details emphasise the distinctive Scandinavian design aura of the all-new V40. The R-Design appeals especially to those that love active driving and expressive design. Three new exterior colours have been added to the palette this year: Crystal White, Power Blue and Onyx Black. By upgrading to the R-Design Lux, drivers also benefit from active bending xenon headlights with cleaning system, rain sensor, leather-faced embossed seats, cruise control, keyless start and rear theatre lighting. Carl Morris, General Manager at Donalds Volvo Ipswich, says: ‘the V40 has been hugely popular since its launch and the demand for it continues to remain strong. Its contemporary styling and award-winning safety features are a huge draw with our customers. The addition of the Cross Country, as well as the R-Design version, expands the model’s appeal even more, attracting different customers to the brand.’
Next Big Thing McLaren tempts us with their best driver’s car yet
his Christmas, all we can think about is 903 brake horsepower, a 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 engine and a top speed of 217mph – we’re talking, of course, about McLaren’s P1: the limited edition supercar which has been tipped as the best driver’s car in the world. Utilising 50 years worth of racing experience and success, the British automotive manufacturer designed the car as the longawaited successor to the McLaren F1, which ceased production nearly two decades ago; however, the new vehicle is lighter, more aerodynamic and more powerful, reaching 186mph from standstill in less than 17 seconds (five seconds faster than the F1). A petrol hybrid, the P1’s carbon dioxide emissions are less than 200g per kilometre – a pleasant surprise for a powerful supercar. The petrol engine is coupled to a single electric motor, which provides instant torque, making the innovative IPAS powertrain superbly responsive. The exterior is geared around maximising downforce; using lightweight carbon fibre technology, the body is lightweight, yet strong and rigid, thus improving performance, safety, handling, agility, durability, efficiency and ride comfort. Airflow is optimised around the body through the use of an active wing and underbody devices; plus, the adjustable rear wing can extend by 120mm on the road and up to 300mm on the racetrack, maximising the levels of downforce. In addition, the P1 features adjustable ride height as part of the
new hydro-pneumatic suspension, lowering the car by 50mm in Race Mode to produce ground effect aerodynamics. With just 375 P1s in production, owners will become part of the elite McLaren family and will be the only people to receive an invitation to purchase the even more exclusive P1 GTR, of which only 35 units will be manufactured.
At the top of everyone’s wishlist this Christmas is the Gi FlyBike, the world’s first full size folding electric smart bike
Following a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, the Gi FlyBike pitch hit target within five hours of going live on Tuesday 29th September. The Argentinian born Gi FlyBike is set to change the face of urban commuting and cycling. Lightweight (17kg) and easy to use, the bike is mobile integrated, eco-friendly and folds in just one second and one motion. You can control everything wirelessly, whether you need to lock your bicycle from five metres away via the app, share your bike with a friend via an unlock code, turn the integrated
safety lights on, access the GPS and even charge your phone while you pedal. Sync it with your smartphone by attaching it to the bike’s smartphone panel and ride with a fullview navigation system. The Gi FlyBike offers a timely solution to city commuters both UK and worldwide as they contend with congestion charges, rising parking permit costs and frequent transport strikes. Sign us up! To find out more about the Gi FlyBike, visit www.giflybike.com
The new HR-V. Just right in every way. The new HR-V. Just right in every way.
It’s sporty on the outside, and spacious on the inside. It’s clever, and yet still incredibly practical. For instance, it’s got the largest boot in its class, and it lets you stream whatever you like to the Honda CONNECT screen, even films. See itIt’s forsporty yourself atoutside, John Banks Honda. on the and spacious on the inside. It’s clever, and yet still
incredibly practical. For instance, it’s got the largest boot in its class, and it lets you stream whatever you like to the Honda CONNECT screen, even films. See it for yourself at John Banks Honda.
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Honda HR-V lands in the UK We take a closer look at the brand new Honda HR-V
onda’s much-anticipated successor to the original crossover, the HR-V, has now landed in the UK, and is available from your local dealer, John Banks Honda in Ipswich. The HR-V delivers a unique take on the crossover segment: dynamic styling, the versatility of an MPV, sophisticated-yet-fun driving dynamics and fuel-efficient performance. There’s no doubt in our minds that the HR-V demonstrates the brand’s pioneering approach to technological innovation. It portrays a characterful poise, with the distinctive, boldly sculpted lines of a coupé merged with the tough, solid stance of a robust SUV. Engine options include a choice of highly responsive and efficient 120 PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel or 130 PS 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engines, both part of Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series.
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Honda’s designers married expansive spaciousness with the feel of a sporty, enveloping cockpit. All occupants benefit from enviable leg and shoulder space. The boot, too, offers impressive space, with 453 litres available with the rear seats in use, and 1026 litres with the rear seats folded away. A wide tailgate opening and low loading height means the boot space is easily accessible as well as capacious. Space is not the only area where the HR-V excels. It has a comprehensive suite of advanced safety features. As with all new Honda vehicles sold in Europe, the HR-V is fitted with a number of premium active and passive safety technologies. Comprehensive active safety systems combine data from radar sensors and forward and rear facing cameras. Other than the entrylevel model, all grades will be fitted with Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist System as standard. This suite of safety technologies includes Intelligent Speed Assist, City Brake Active Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, and High-beam Support System. If you’d like to find out more about the Honda HR-V or take one for a test drive contact John Banks Honda, Honda House, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP10 0DE, 01473 353 377
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EAUX speaks to Meredith Bowles of Mole Architects about The Stackyard
n the edge of farmland in the village of Palgrave in Suffolk sits The Stackyard, a RIBA Award winning new-build home. Designed by innovative architectural practice, Mole Architects, the building was designed to showcase exposed timber, give maximum natural light and have a particular focus on sustainable features throughout. Named after the agricultural enclosure typical to the area which was used to store sheafs of corn, the design of the building was inspired by classical rectories which are square plan and have a strong roofline.
We caught up with Meredith Bowles, founder of Mole Architects at a RIBA talk as part of the Great British Buildings Talks and Tour Series in Cambridge to find out more about the design and architecture of this intriguing local property.
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The clients felt it was very important to have a space from which to observe the surrounding nature and the countryside. The upper bedroom was designed with this in mind and sits half a floor higher than the parapet with a projecting roof sheltering the room from summer sun and in turn creating a cap to the building while reinforcing its position as both a retreat and hideaway. The property boasts far-reaching views of the beautiful Suffolk landscape, which stretches out across the north west. High ceilings and deep timber beams showcase the structure of the building and the asymmetrical composition of windows, solar screens and doorways contribute to a less formal appearance. A lot of emphasis was placed on hi-tech low energy design solutions in order to allow the owners to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Designed to Passivhaus standards, it incorporates a high level of insulation and an airtight envelope. The compact size of the building works to reduce energy loss and its orientation makes use of solar gain. Not only this but the size of the windows have been restricted and are mostly south-facing. The solar panels on the roof provide all the hot water and rainwater is collected through Photovoltaic roofing for garden use. To find out more about The Stackyard and Mole Architects, you can visit the website www.molearchitects.co.uk
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Great British Buildings Series: The Stackyard Join the architect for a one-off talk as he reveals the stories behind the building, what inspired him and what it means to have received such a prestigious award. DATE: 25 November 2015 START TIME: 6:00pm registration/6:30-7:15 pm talk VENUE: Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA
A Pinchof Malt Victoria Guthrie takes a tour of Newmarket’s luxury courtyard development, The Maltings
breeders who choose to stable their horses in Newmarket, the town has become a second home – a dynamic which makes for a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere as well as a flourishing property market.
Newmarket is known globally as the home of horseracing. There are many other reasons why people favour Newmarket to live, but the lure of the turf remains a key draw. The Maltings, just seven minute’s walk into the heart of town, is a short stroll away from some of the UK’s most prestigious and historic stables. For fans of the sport and the hundreds of owners and
The Victorian Malt House is the historical root of the whole development, and has provided design inspiration for the other buildings. ‘It’s such an imposing feature, with some really interesting architectural features that you just don’t see in modern developments,’ explains Lara Newman, director at Cleanslate. ‘Being the only new build development in Newmarket, it was really important for us to deliver something valuable and unique. Obviously the Malt House has inspired the name of the whole development, but we have also named the three new buildings after local master brewers of yesteryear’.
ewmarket’s most stylish new address is steeped in history and the tradition of brewing. The Maltings is a courtyard development of 44 luxurious intelligent and stylish homes made up of four-storey townhouses, as well as one, two and three bedroom apartments, and two and three bedroom duplexes. The development is centred around a communal landscaped courtyard to promote a feeling of community.
Cleanslate have constructed a range of townhouses, duplexes and apartments, but it is the penthouses that are the heart of the production. Modern day living involves more emphasis on socialising, and whilst many developments have more bedroom space than living space, there has been a conscious decision to make each property in the development 50 percent living space for all important family time and entertaining. Totalling 44 homes, the development is comprised of four separate buildings; three of those – The Malt House, Bushel Court and Piper House – make up the range of apartment buildings. There is also Dean Mews, which consists of six townhouses. The penthouse master bedroom suites in the town houses are particularly special. ‘On the
top floors, the extremely generous master suite bedrooms feature a private rooftop terrace – the perfect hideaway’, says Lara. ‘Designed with a contemporary palette, the Dean Mews townhouses are ideal for those seeking spacious and functional homes that are also big on style. They are fitted with the highest spec fixtures and fittings across all four floors, with ultra-modern interiors, generous room proportions and unrivalled views, from the floor-to-ceiling corner windows and two large terraces. The ground floor provides exceptional entertaining and dining space, which continues out into the rear garden via folding sliding doors. The first floor lounge and dining area, with another terrace, is a great place to relax – and three bathrooms serve the four bedrooms. The homes also boast garages and spaces for additional parking’. The penthouse apartments are also particularly eye-catching and unusual – they possess enviable space and quirky layouts to make the most of the space available. It is the beautiful location, generous proportions, attention to detail and nod to the heritage of the development with traditional craftsmanship techniques that really makes The Maltings into a luxury development. Each property boasts European design: Italian oak joinery, Spanish ceramic flooring and quality German kitchens – a wonderful blend of continental influences. As the Victorian Malt House building was the inspiration for the whole development, and
because of the historical significance, the original exterior envelop of the Malt House has been retained and parts of the brickwork are visible as features in the apartments. ‘The windows have also been retained, as has the unusual 45-degree pitched roof, providing the top floor apartments with distinctive spaces. On the upper floors, the kiln chimneys have been remodelled into striking galleries and the cast iron columns have been used to create a grand galleria entrance on the ground floor; these have been used elsewhere to provide an accent. The unique floor-to-ceiling arched windows have also been recreated to ensure the homes are flooded with natural light’. With the mix of the Malt House and new buildings, The Maltings strikes the perfect balance between the existing heritage and modern, chic living. Lara explains that they set out to create a real sense of community and deliver an attractive range of homes. With the first phase already sold out, it seems as though local buyers are keen to snap up a piece of provincial history and smart real estate investment. Newmarket is a thriving market town, offering great transport links and access into Cambridge with 30 percent off the price tag. In fact, all homes at The Maltings represent excellent value for money, as they are offered with Help to Buy, so prospective purchasers can secure a property here with just a five percent deposit. With shops, cafes, bars and shops so close, it’s not hard to see why the first phase of development
has already sold out. Lara explains that Cleanslate prefer to create and build smaller, niche developments that enhance the local vernacular and add value. ‘The Malt House conversion is something new for us as developers, but the site just seemed an ideal opportunity to deliver something unique and special’. Prices at The Maltings start from £280,000 for a two-bed, two-bathroom apartment in The Malt House, and £425,000 for three-bedroom duplex apartments in Piper House, one of the three new buildings. The Maltings marketing suite is open 10am – 5pm Friday to Monday, and can be reached on 01638 565 112. For more information on properties and prices, contact Savills Cambridge on 01223 347000 or Whatley Lane Estate Agents on 01638 561187, or visit www.the-maltings.com to register your interest.
Knud Erik Hansen, thirdgeneration CEO of Carl Hansen & Søn, talks about timeless design and their new Clerkenwell showroom
WHY IS IT THAT SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN HAS BECOME SO POPULAR ACROSS THE GLOBE IN RECENT YEARS? Denmark has a very strong design tradition and is renowned for the design and production of furniture – it is simply in our DNA. We have a tradition of using the materials around us – such as wood and leather – to create furniture that is characterised by function, aesthetics and quality that all come together. Danish design has, since the 1960s, enjoyed great popularity, and we can see that foreign countries attach great importance to the fact that our designs are produced in Denmark. In light of the financial crisis, it seems that there is a growing interest in buying quality combined with elegant design. People no longer just consume for the sake of consumption. People will invest in good quality and good design that lasts generations. SCANDINAVIAN FURNITURE IS VERY MINIMALIST; DOES THIS LEAVE ROOM FOR EXPERIMENTATION WHEN IT COMES TO THE DESIGN PROCESS? It does indeed! At the 2013 Milan Fair, Carl Hansen & Søn introduced a new product designed by Tadao Ando. The master architect wanted to extend a tribute to Hans J. Wegner and the result was both very distinctive and unique. It was a challenge for us to produce – but we are very proud of the result, dubbed the ‘Dream Chair’.
YOUR NEW SHOWROOM IN CLERKENWELL, LONDON, SITS AMONGST SOME HEAVY COMPETITION FROM THE ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN SECTORS. HOW DO YOU FEEL THAT THIS WILL BENEFIT YOUR BRAND? The UK is one of our strongest markets,
with customers demanding great quality and craftsmanship in their furniture. We felt it was time to bring the whole universe of Carl Hansen & Søn, as well as Rud Rasmussen, to this design-led city, in order to bring our business closer to our international audience. My vision is international; as Denmark is a
During this year’s Milan Fair, we introduced a new chair designed by the Austrian designers, EOOS. The chair was based on the DNA of the Carl Hansen & Søn quality, and unique and rounded woodwork; but the upholstery was entirely created on the ideas of EOOS. Here again, the result – the ‘Embrace Chair’ – was very interesting and exclusive.
small country, most of the producers in this country are too small. We need to trade outside Denmark, which coincidentally follows a thousand-year-old national tradition. Clerkenwell Design Week was the perfect occasion to open our new three-storey showroom in London’s Clerkenwell. We are overwhelmed by the very positive response our new space in London received from architects, dealers, press and other partners from the design community and we look forward to being part of this city. THE BRAND HAS STAYED IN THE FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS. IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO CARRY THIS TRADITION INTO THE FUTURE? The same approach to craftsmanship can also be found at the modern Carl Hansen & Søn factories that are situated approximately 180km away from Rud Rasmussen, where we produce furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, Ole Wanscher and Frits Henningsen, a.o. Another part of the history is that, by acquiring Rud Rasmussen, Carl Hansen & Søn could thus represent the most important of the ‘Danish Modern’ architects from 1930 onwards. Within the Carl Hansen & Søn range you will find pieces designed by Kaare Klint, Mogens Koch, Poul Kjaerholm and many more in an uncut line. Again a unique and fantastic history that represents all the best of Danish Design!
I joined Carl Hansen & Søn in 2002 after working in the shipping industry and also as managing director of Tempur-Pedic. I’m representing the third generation after founder, Carl Hansen, and I led the family-owned company into a new phase when I initiated an internationalisation process that resulted in the company’s furniture being sold worldwide. On a daily basis it inspires me to work internationally; dealing with different people both within the company and externally is fantastic. But also working with the design and the quality of these environmentally clean products gives me a very good feeling of doing something valuable. Taking my grandfather’s legacy out into the world and seeing how the history and iconic design continues to appeal to people gives me a great deal of joy and fills me with great pride.
THE SECOND LEVEL OF YOUR SHOWROOM IN LONDON FEATURES A LARGE COLLECTION OF RUD RASMUSSEN FURNITURE. WHAT RELATIONSHIP DOES CARL HANSEN & SON HAVE WITH RUD RASMUSSEN? Rud Rasmussen – Denmark’s oldest cabinet making workshop – is owned by Carl Hansen & Søn. The transaction took place during 2013 – but Rud Rasmussen was purchased entirely by heart because of its total commitment to the old methods of producing furniture. The workshop is situated unchanged in the centre of Copenhagen, where it has resided since 1872. The planks are still being stored in the basement – where they lay for ages drying and acclimatising until the carpenters need the wood and cut pieces from the planks to make the furniture upstairs. A very unique process in 2015.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE PIECES OF FURNITURE FROM YOUR BRAND? My favourite design is the Wishbone Chair. It is not only a fantastic dining chair but also a totally unique chair with the most fantastic lines. It has survived more than 60 years of competition and it still sells more than ever before. Besides the iconic Wishbone Chair, my favorite chair is the sculptural Oculus Chair designed by Wegner in 1960. Until its recent launch in 2010, the design remained a prototype. One of the prototypes was carefully prepared for production through close cooperation with the Hans J. Wegner Studio, using Wegner’s original drawings and clay models. ‘Oculus’ is Latin for ‘eye’, and refers to the chair’s curved back which forms an ‘eye’ in the upholstery. The chair is the natural centre of attention in the living room, on its own or in groups. Visit the showroom at 16 Bowling Green Lane, London, EC1R 0BD, or phone on 020 7632 7587
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Orchard Meadow House enjoys a secluded and tranquil parkland setting on the banks of the River Orwell. This stunning modern house is presented to the highest of standards, offering flexible use accommodation and featuring an amazing at home cinema and function bar, two impressively proportioned reception rooms, modern fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room, six bedrooms, dressing room, five bath/shower rooms, triple range of garages and an extensive cellar area. In all, extending to approx 1.3 acres. EPC – D. The property also boasts joint ownership of a 16 acre meadow.
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Bright idea We take a look at interiors trends that are lighting the way
GRÄSHOPPA FLOOR LAMP Rume, £579.00 01273 777 810 www.rume.co.uk
hen it comes to enhancing the atmosphere of any room, lighting is one tool that should not be overlooked. The right lighting can bring out texture in surfaces, really enhance the ambiance and also create a welcoming glow.
TRIPOD TABLE LAMP The Orchard, £78.00 0845 643 0363 www.theorchardhomeandgifts.com
You can create layers of lighting by using different styles and types of lights to enhance different areas of a room. Are you an art fan? Downlighters are ideal for showcasing your favourite works of art as they draw attention, whereas uplighters are more suited to emphasising architectural elements on the ceiling. A table lamp is particularly useful for studies, offices and sitting rooms where reading and writing is commonplace whilst pendants, cluster lights and chandeliers are very popular for dining room tables as they can be used as feature lights. Research has shown that there is a strong correlation between lighting and people’s moods. With the cold weather officially here there’s nothing better than feeling cosy indoors under a blanket with some calming lighting. We’ve chosen our favourite selection of lamps to add something special to your living space this winter.
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CHICAGO FLOOR LAMP LAMP, Antique Copper and Gold MADE.com, £189 0845 557 6888 www.MADE.com
GRAPH TABLE LAMP Glasswells, £119.50, now £99.99 01473 253164 / 01284 752804 www.glasswells.co.uk
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If you are in search of some furniture which is very specific to your needs, commissioning a bespoke piece from Gerald Weir Furniture is simpler than you might imagine. These recent projects undoubtedly reflects the beauty and texture in the wood, the elegance of the design and the exceptional quality and craftsmanship. At Gerald Weir Furniture you can also choose from a range of furniture also hand crafted and made especially for your room in terms of design and finish. Call for a brochure or download from website
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Tucked away, down by the River Deben in Woodbridge, you will find the workshops and showroom of the family-run company Gerald Weir Furniture who, for more than 60 years, have been making exceptional solid wood furniture. Brother and sister, 23/10/2015
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ommissioning bespoke furniture from Gerald Weir means that not only will you gain an exceptional piece of furniture that will last a lifetime; you get to reap the benefits of both the knowledge and skill that comes from a family run, 60 year old business with a stellar reputation for customer service. Here is what one client had to say“Our bespoke table and benches from Gerald Weir have arrived and are perfect. We have worked closely with Louise, Mark and Ian on the design, dimensions and materials from start to finish and it has been a pleasure to see our ideas materialise into a beautiful, handmade piece of furniture that will last for many years. Our brief was complex, requiring precision and brass work - the decisions taken through the process were all made with Ian, clearly a craftsman who has keen attention to detail, proportions and design. The table looks like it has always been in our home.”
This solid walnut table was inspired by George Nakashima, a Japanese American furniture designer, with its distinctive natural waney edge. The tree contours are shown along all edges, cut from selected walnut and crafted to make the most of its natural beauty. Inlaid by hand with contemporary brushed steel butterflies along the joints in the table top and a mixture of steel embellishments on the base of the table.
At Gerald Weir Furniture you can also choose from a range of furniture also hand crafted and made especially for your room in terms of size and finish. Call for this brochure or download and flick through it on www.geraldweir.com. Many items are available to see at the showroom which is next to the river Deben, walking distance from the wonderful town of Woodbridge, Suffolk. This striking heavy weight was 72” in diameter. Commissioned for a large room for special occasions. To achieve the eye catching grey finish, it was carefully “fumed” – a process which gradually darkens the wood by sealing it in a chamber containing a pot of ammonia. “Fuming” was an accidental discovery during the 19th century when oak boards stored in a stable had turned noticeably darker. This was caused by the ammonia fumes from horse urine. We added a touch of lime wax to the finish to give it a worn relaxed look.
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Bucklesham Road, Ipswich £800,000
The Firs, Long Thurlow £575,000
Gated entrance to this impressive 7 bed detached home over three floors. Inglenook fireplace, 3 En suites. Viewing highly recommended.
Impressive five/six bed family home with additional annexe accommodation on a plot of approx 1 acre in a rural village location.
Spring Meadow, Playford £549,995
Felixstowe Road, Ipswich £675,000
Four/Five Bedroom Detached House in sought after village. Swimming pool room with Jacuzzi/swim spa, open plan family living.
Bransons Lane, Playford £450,000 Three Bedroom Detached Bungalow, views over neighbouring woodland and fields. En Suite and large plot.
Substantial 4 bed detached home on plot of approx 1.2 acres. No onward chain. Two receptions, games room and study.
The Street, Rushmere St Andrew OPEN TO OFFERS: £450,000 Four/Five detached property with village pond views to front. Two reception rooms, en suite, vaulted hallway and open fire.
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onathan Waters Estate Agents pride themselves on a triad of quality customer service: experienced staff, expert knowledge and personalised service; it is these three elements that have earned the firm a membership within the highly prestigious Guild of Professional Estate Agents, a nationwide network of over 750 leading estate agents dedicated to maintaining the very highest standards of professionalism and customer service. Only one estate agent in a particular area can be awarded membership to the Guild, which means that Jonathan Waters Estate Agents is the only member within their Ipswich locale. ‘Since joining the Guild in September this year we are absolutely delighted to represent the network in Ipswich,’ says John Knighton, who heads up the Elite Homes Division. ‘It is a tribute to all the hard work and investment in building our reputation for high quality professional service, and underlines our position as the leading estate agent in the area.’ Speaking on behalf of The Guild, CEO Marcus
Whewell says: ‘we are pleased and proud to have Jonathan Waters Estate Agents as a member of the Guild in Ipswich. Their excellent reputation and focus on outstanding service mean that they have become an important and valued asset to our organisation.’ However, Guild Membership is more than just a badge of quality and professionalism, John Knighton adds: ‘belonging to the UK’s leading network of independent estate agents is also great news for our clients! For local homeowners looking to sell, instructing a Guild agent means outstanding and innovative marketing, and also access to the widest possible pool of buyers – not just in Ipswich, but across the whole country – and more buyers mean the best price for your home!’
Jonathan Waters Estate Agents proudly accepts a membership with the prestigious Guild of Professional Estate Agents
is why we remain committed to the principles of good old-fashioned personal service that has always been our trademark.’ With the expert market knowledge and traditional customer service you expect from a leading local estate agent, plus unrivalled nationwide marketing power, Jonathan Waters Estate Agents and The Guild together create a powerful, winning combination! For further information, please contact John Knighton at Jonathan Waters Estate Agents on 01473 721133 or visit www.jonathanwaters.co.uk
With Guild membership advantages such as regularly updated training, up-to-date local market information and a countrywide referral network, Jonathan Waters Estate Agents is keen to further develop and enhance its reputation, marketing and service. ‘Estate agency is all about people,’ says John, ‘which
Saunders Architecture and Sheppard Case Architects Inc. are responsible for the mindblowing aesthetic of this building as well as
panels provide hot water for underfloor heating and kitchen equipment.
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true island retreat. Fogo Island Inn is located in a traditional fishing village off the northeast coast of Newfoundland. As well as being a friendly retreat that welcomes guests with open arms, Fogo Island Inn is an architectural masterpiece that seamlessly blends into the barren yet beautiful landscape.
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The breathtaking aesthetic of this building is not restricted to the exterior. The interior is reminiscent of a luxury log cabin with raw wood furnishings and a deep-soaking tub in every room. Not only is the interior built for ultimate relaxation but there is even a bespoke art gallery curated by Fogo Island Arts that flows with the creativity of the building.
With a nod to the surrounding landscape, Fogo Island Inn appears to be a giant block of ice set upon the sloping mountains of the island, designed so as not to disturb the sub-arctic environment. Locally sourced materials make up the exterior cladding and eco-friendly features are integrated all over the building. Rain water from the roof is filtered and re-used as toilet water and as a way of heating the sink and the solar thermal on the outbuilding
Floor to ceiling windows swing open to reveal the spectacular views of the North Atlantic making this one of the most unique retreats in the world. Fogo Island Inn is not only a private retreat – it can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life and walk-in guests are more than welcome. Guests can simply visit Fogo Island Inn without booking a room, take a tour around the gallery and take a seat to eat at its glorious restaurant. The creators of Fogo Island Inn claim that: ‘we designed the Fogo Island Inn’s public spaces to be meaningful places to encounter’. The entire format and design of the building reflects the sense of community that the people of Fogo Island take tremendous pride in.
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the acclaimed design team that includes Todd Saunders, Attila Beres and Nick Heider. The contemporary structure of this building is mixed with local craftsmanship to produce a hybrid of modern living with traditional concepts.
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‘Windows swing open to reveal spectacular views of the North Atlantic’
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any of you may have visited Hintlesham Hall before its most recent renovation began: the carpets were tired from years of use, the curtains were heavy and dark and the walls displayed the age of its décor. Perhaps this aesthetic didn’t demonstrate the full potential of the building (even though its mixedera exterior is astounding in its own right), but with a carefully planned overhaul currently underway, the hall is being granted a new lease of life, with thanks to Jayrest Interiors. Driving past the long driveway leading up to the hall itself, the Georgian façade appears picturesque amongst the towering trees and cultivated gardens, but walk to the rear of the building and you’ll find unspoilt Elizabethan brickwork – a tell tale sign of its true origins. Inside, these allusions continue, particularly in the exposed timber framing in certain rooms - a characteristic that Jayrest have chosen to make a feature of – and the grand oak staircase leading into the distinctive Salon. Towards the front of the building, the long, well-lit galleries have been repainted in elegant blues and whites to compliment the monochrome floors; Jayrest’s bespoke sofas line the walls, providing contemporary accents with contrast flocking in various colourways. The luxurious hotel rooms have received brand new colour palettes, each one boasting a different, carefully curated theme. Often, Jayrest have incorporated pre-existing furniture
Jayrest Interiors revives the decor of one of Suffolk’s most historic hotels, Hintlesham Hall
to use as a foundation from which to build upon the colour scheme of the room – a thoughtful method of blending the old with the new. It is the newly opened spa that has seen the most change, with an interior now unrecognisable from its previous state. Walking in, the colour scheme is calming and warm: a trinity of cream, navy and dove grey at its centre, with pale wooden and tiled flooring throughout to create the illusion of a larger space. Jayrest crafted bespoke, solid beech framed furniture for the open-planned spa, upholstered using durable material from Kobe Fabrics and Romo Fabrics; an inviting corner sofa and footrest create a casual communal area leading onto a sheltered patio, whilst two chairs in the main area form a cosy corner for afternoon tea. These pieces compliment the orb-patterned wallpaper from Harlequin, which is found throughout the spa and features tiny crystal beads for a unique textured effect. Instead of heavy curtains, sheer voile blinds were meticulously chosen from a retailer in France to match the wallpaper with a similar circle pattern; found in both the main relaxation area and the individual treatment rooms, these blinds are translucent enough to let in natural light, whilst at the same time providing privacy for the client. To find out more, speak to Lynda on 01473 822683 or go online at www.jayrest.com
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Protecting your assets
Natasha Sadler, private client insurance account executive at Scrutton Bland, explains how finding an insurance broker you can trust is just as important as having the right insurance policy UK homeowners are underinsured and underestimate the value of the possessions in their home. Does your current broker specialise and understand your home? Most of us have busy lifestyles, so we have designed a quick contents checklist which helps you review the level of cover you require. No house is the same and all of our clients have different insurance needs.
our home is probably one of the biggest assets you have and making sure you have a comprehensive insurance policy in place is vital. Whether this is for the main family home, your Pied a Terre, overseas properties or the family fleet of cars, we will be able to guide you in finding the right insurance policy that is tailored to meet your needs. For many years, Scrutton Bland has identified that most clients with significant assets will choose an insurance broker when it comes to their insurance requirements, as usually they have slightly out of the ordinary insurance needs. Many mainstream insurers will not offer the right levels of cover or will be reluctant to insure assets out of the ordinary; this is where our specialist Private Client Insurance team is able to help you.
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Our portfolio policies offer greatly enhanced protection and services and can cover a wide range of items, such as fine art, antiques and building reinstatement. We have carefully chosen a panel of specialist insurers who we trust and we know that in the event you are unfortunate to need to submit a claim, you will be covered during this difficult time and we will be there to help you through. More often than not we visit our clients personally at their homes which enables us to have a true understanding of the property and contents we are insuring. One of the key benefits of visiting you at home is to help review your level of cover along with offering you risk management and security advice.
An added benefit of having a tailored policy is that it gives you peace of mind as it provides you with cover for new acquisitions. This element of cover works well over the festive period and purchasing items on holiday. In the event you were to suffer a loss, on the basis you pay the additional premium to add the item, full cover will be provided for you. At each renewal date your insurance company will index link your sums insured to allow for additional purchases made throughout the year. This tends to vary each year but this year insurers are applying an increase of around two percent. However, any significant purchases will need to be added separately and your policy amended accordingly. We strongly recommend that your possessions are valued every three to five years to ensure they are inline with the current market trends. Besides listing your possessions, we would suggest you take photos of high value items â€“ in the event of a loss it will be helpful to help identify the exact items that have been damaged, lost or stolen. Your choice of broker is important; my colleagues and I understand the importance of discretion, trust and professionalism in this niche market, and we have gained a reputation for quality and service. If you need to assess your sums insured and carry out a contents checklist when your policy is due for renewal, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your insurance requirements in more detail. You can contact Natasha Sadler via the following: t: 01206 838400 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Statistics show that up to 20 percent of
Victoria Guthrie visits Blocks Solicitors to reflect on the Festive Season n our previous edition we got to know Blocks Solicitors in Ipswich, their partners and their values. Here we join them to consider the festive season and the legal services that their clients frequently seek.
and welfare or both. A further consideration is a Living Will. Here, you can make known your wishes and views about future medical treatment and can indicate treatment that you would want to refuse.
Christmas and the New Year are a time for reflection. Christmas brings home to us the importance of family, friends and loved ones. The New Year reminds us of the importance of taking steps forward and putting our house in order. It can be a bitter sweet time.
Conversely, if a loved onesâ€™ health has deteriorated and they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves, steps can be taken for a deputy to be appointed by the Court of Protection to ensure that their assets are properly and legally administered.
It provides an ideal opportunity to consider making a will to ensure that your affairs will be dealt with in accordance with your wishes and that your assets will go to those you love and give them future security. It also provides you with peace of mind.
In relation to other personal matters, the need to move forward may mean that you are looking for advice in relation to your marital affairs and children. It may finally be the right time for you to take that step and launch your own business, or, perhaps it is time to sell the one that you have. It may be time to pursue those that wronged you in the Court, or to settle a claim brought against you. You may have decided that your boss has pushed you too far and that you need employment advice, or that it is time to take steps to tackle that difficult employee. Whatever your Christmas and New Year resolution, Blocks can help. Blocks place your needs first and offer a seamless and professional service with easy access to its lawyers and great client service with a modern approach.
Tax planning is also central to client considerations when making a will. It is important to review this at an early stage as it may be advantageous to take certain steps sooner rather than later. Blocksâ€™ expertise in agriculture, business, probates and trusts mean that they have the experience and database of external advisors to give you a 360Â° service to take care of all of your needs. Other considerations to complement a Will include making a Lasting Power of Attorney, to allow a trusted person that you have chosen to act and make arrangements on your behalf in relation to your financial affairs, health
Please visit their website for a full list of their services, their team members and their testimonials.
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Laura Jayne Fisk
Suffolk-based illustrator, Laura Jayne Fisk, tells EAUX about juggling work and motherhood, her love of cows, and her new range of home accessories, ‘Country Beau’
YOU STUDIED AT THE LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION – WHAT MADE YOU LEAVE THE CITY TO COME TO SUFFOLK? Being Suffolk born and bred, there was never any doubt that I would return to work and raise a family here. After completing my degree in Makeup and Hair for Performing Arts, I worked for some time on various musicals in the West End and for the BBC. However, the draw (excuse the pun) of country living, green fields and village pubs was just too much so I returned home to Suffolk to become an Art teacher.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WILDLIFE AS YOUR SUBJECT MATTER? I find that capturing the essence of country animals comes naturally to me. I enjoy creating a sense of character with each of my illustrations. I also think my style of drawing really suits the movement and form of the wildlife
‘Beau’, my most favourite cow and the start of, and inspiration behind, my range ‘Country Beau’
that surrounds me. My favourite animal to illustrate has got to be cows! They are so full of character and thought; they’re able to pull off that soft and gentle demeanour with just a hint of beast!
WHICH ARTISTS INSPIRE YOU?
WHICH MEDIUMS DO YOU PREFER TO WORK IN, AND WHY?
As long as I can remember, working in the creative industry has been all that I have ever wanted to do; however, it wasn’t until I sold my first drawing (a cow!) that I actually saw myself as an artist.
I would always choose to work in graphite; its softness and flexibility in tone best suits my style of drawing. Occasionally I will dabble with colour or pen and ink depending, of course, on the subject matter.
DO YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR ART FROM A COMMERCIAL POINT OF VIEW, OR DOES YOUR STYLE COME TO YOU ORGANICALLY? I never set out to become a commercial artist. The direction in which my work has taken me has naturally led me to create a range of homeware featuring my most liked illustrations. I also produce commissions and, however corny it sounds, drawing something that means so much to the individual is very rewarding. It’s always nice to do some a little different, forcing me to come out of my comfort zone!
Albrecht Durer – a 15th century painter and printmaker. His animal studies vary from the realistic to the stylistic. I would like to think that my work sits somewhere in between.
Now that my husband has lost half of his garage to me – and realises that this is not just a ‘hobby’ – I am starting to invest more time into social media to develop my business. This has allowed me to build relationships with lots of gorgeous local outlets that now stock my products.
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW RANGE, COUNTRY BEAU? Country Beau is a luxury range of home accessories that I am currently working on. I am bringing together some of my most loved illustrations, and printing them onto beautiful fabrics and bone china, with the majority printed in Suffolk and all made in England. The range features cushions, table and kitchenware, and much more, giving clients the opportunity to have a slice of stylish Suffolk Country in their own homes. To browse Country Beau and other collections by Laura Jayne Fisk, visit www.laurajaynefisk.co.uk
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Financial Future Ray Pettitt DipPFS, director of Galleon Wealth Management, talks about building a more certain financial future
t Galleon Wealth Management we believe that great independent financial advice is central to building a more certain financial future for our clients. As qualified financial advisers, we can access up to date technology to ensure we provide peace of mind that your financial future is more secure as a result of working with us. We have over 30 years of experience in the financial services arena in all aspects of financial planning and can assist with your own needs. We particularly specialise in the investment markets and retirement planning areas whether it is accumulating funds, making the transition from work to retirement, making the most of your capital in retirement or ensuring you can pass your hard earned wealth on to the next generation. We are here to help. By providing bespoke independent financial advice to both individual and business clients, wherever they may be in their financial lifecycle, we can assist them on an ongoing basis by working together to help manage their financial requirements so that they can achieve both their immediate financial goals and future aspirations. We are committed to delivering an excellent customer experience for all our clients. Our core values ensure we act with the utmost degree of integrity and professionalism at all times and are open and ethical in everything we do. We operate a transparent charging structure and put our clientsâ€™ best interests at the heart of the business. We believe that professional financial advice can add significant value to individuals and to businesses. It is because of this belief that we are able to offer a comprehensive ongoing review service designed to create real value for our clients.
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At Galleon Wealth Management we follow a carefully designed financial planning process so that you know exactly what is happening at each stage and by taking the time to understand what your financial objectives are and by developing this financial relationship we can deliver the appropriate solution at the right time, and because we are independent we can source the whole market place.
Fees incurred for our professional offering will depend on the services you want and the type of relationship you wish to have with us, either over the short term or on an ongoing basis. We will agree actual amounts on a case by case basis dependent upon the amount of work involved. We will of course provide you with a full explanation of our fees prior to any work being carried out. The good news is that we provide an initial consultation at our expense and we can meet without
of anxiety for many people are the current low levels of returns they are receiving on their savings and whilst this may be good news for borrowers, for those reliant on more fixed retirement incomes this can be a challenging area. There is a need to ensure sufficient levels of return, but to also understand any potential risks involved. With some investors still chasing the Holy Grail of high levels of safe income, some have
â€˜We follow a carefully designed financial planning process so that you know exactly what is happeningâ€™ obligation to ensure that you can ask the questions you need to ask and that we answer them in plain English without using jargon.
One of the hottest topics currently occupying our time is the new legislation surrounding freedoms and choice in the pensions market. Nearly eight months into the new regime we are finding that the changes are, in general, a good thing, especially with people now becoming more engaged and interested in their retirement arrangements; however there is still some way to go in making sure that people are able to take advantage of what they can do. It is vitally important that this is done with the correct advice to help guard against making detrimental decisions, or even worse, fall victim to some of the scams in this area. We are able to offer this advice and help guide you through the processes to ensure that any decisions reached are done so by fully understanding any implications both now and in the future. So whether you are thinking about retirement even if it is some way off, at retirement, or nearly there we can assist you in your planning arrangements, because doing nothing is not an option. It is this financial education that we pride ourselves on.
Alongside the pension reforms, another area
perhaps unwisely taken on levels of risk that they are either not comfortable with or do not fully understand; this is where we are able to help provide the appropriate advice and guidance and explain the somewhat double edged sword of risk versus return and probably more importantly the effects of inflation and its impact on monies over the longer-term. Although there are indications that some rate rises may be on the horizon it is generally recognised that these will be both shallow and slowly paced, particularly when compared to previous economic upturns as the exact course of monetary policy looks uncertain and the spectre of inflationary pressures looks likely to remain muted. If you have any financial planning matters you wish to discuss and would like to arrange a complimentary, no obligation initial meeting we will be more than pleased to hear from you and hopefully look forward to working with you to help you build a secure and prosperous future. Galleon Wealth Management are independent financial advisers who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). To find out more call 01473 636688 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE We provide a fully bespoke ﬁnancial advice service to help clients both create and maintain their wealth wherever they may be in their ﬁnancial lifecycle. Some main areas of planning we can assist in are; INVESTMENTS When investing it is important that consideration is taken of a number of factors such as diversiﬁcation, risk, ﬁnancial objectives and time horizons. We are experienced in dealing with all these criteria and producing investment recommendations to meet the private investor’s requirements to help both create and maintain your wealth. PENSIONS Pension advice needs to cover a wide range of options including existing plans and potential new arrangements. This has become a complex area, requiring specialist advice, we can help guide you and select a suitable investment strategy to meet your requirements whether you are building for, or are at retirement. ESTATE PLANNING It is no longer the case that you need to be wealthy to be aﬀected by Inheritance Tax. Signiﬁcant increases in property values means that this tax applies to more estates than ever before. Inheritance Tax planning is a specialist area and there are a whole range of options to help mitigate Inheritance Tax bills. Some options are straightforward but increasingly some options are highly technical, we can help guide you through this ﬁnancial maze.
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