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February 2018

New Travel Column Fine dining experience at The Restaurant at Drakes

Winter Olympics & Six Nations rugby fixtures

Lick of paint

Contemporary finishes and colours

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Property industry news

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“Guilty secret food? Cheese on toast. Worcester sauce is essential” Ian Atkinson, Head Chef, Market Restaurant & Bar. Bite-sized, page 84

“I think I write better, and have more creative ideas, when I can balance that with time with my family, physical activity and fresh air” Interview, page 100

“Seville is known as the home of tapas, and is said to be where the original variations of these tasty bites were invented” Travel, page 83

“Why didn’t I aerate and re-seed before the autumn? Why did I let the slugs and snails run riot over yet another batch of perennials? Hill House, page 7



ike the daffodils which are now appearing in all the gardens, hedgerows and indeed supermarkets, PORTFOLIO magazine can be seen popping up in lots of new outlets. Our vast network of distribution points and estate agents ensures that we are highly visible, and the public just can’t seem to get enough of it. All good news, of course, to me and my team, as we love putting the issue together each month. One of our favourites in the magazine is our regular celebrity interview feature and the interesting facts we learn about our subjects. A case in point this month is scientist and TV presenter Professor Alice Roberts, who, we discover, enjoys camper van holidays and kayaking around the British coastline. Turn to page 100 to find out more. Another treat for us is visiting some of the best restaurants in the city, and this month was no exception. We were thoroughly spoiled recently at award-winning The Restaurant at Drakes, which surely has to be one of the best fine dining experiences locally. Read all about our visit on page 86. Also competing with the spring bulbs, new estate agents’ offices are also popping up across the region. Oakley Property has recently opened a branch in Shoreham-by-Sea, and you can read about their new venture in their special 25th anniversary year, on page 43. At this time of year our thoughts turn to holidays, so we’ve chosen this month to launch our new travel column with Travel Counsellor Mark Gibson. Each month Mark will give us some inspiration for weekend breaks and holidays. Read about Seville in this issue, on page 83. If you are looking for a property investment overseas instead, then you may be tempted by some bargains in Italy on page 65; our particular favourite is a potentially close neighbour of George Clooney’s own luxury villa on Lake Como. Finally, how about a bit of Valentine's Day pampering? Turn to page 20 for a chance to win a specially designed luxury package for two at The Spa at The Grand. You’re welcome!

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The antics at Hill House


Trending Our February pick


STORY 20 COVER Competition - WIN a luxury

pampering package for two at The Spa, The Grand

Contributing Editor: Tara de la Motte

23 Contributor: Kate Hill

Architecture ARCH-angels Architects – Building on their success

Celebrity Homes A look inside Judy Garland's Malibu beach house

33 Calendar Getting out and about in February 40 Regional property news 50 February Collection

Our selection of the best homes in Lewes

56 Home tips

Top ways to save money on your home insurance

65 Overseas property

Italian property to suit every budget

70 DIY Shelfie style

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On the drawing board Get on the professionals' map Gardening Signs of spring in the February garden

STORY 78 COVER Interiors - Transform your

home with this season’s paint colours and trends

STORY 83 COVER Travel - Our new columnist

jets off for a weekend in Seville


Bite-sized City’s food & drink news

STORY 86 COVER A touch of class - Fine dining at The Restaurant at Drakes

89 Recipes

From Deb Perelman, awardwinning blogger and New York Times best-selling author


Local news from around the City

STORY 100 COVER Interview - Scientist and TV presenter Professor Alice Roberts

92 Motoring

The new ŠKODA Karoq

94 Escape to the country

Cycling route - Peacehaven and the beautiful River Ouse

96 Bigger picture

Winter Olympics and the Six Nations Rugby Fixtures


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utside space: Garden, patio, yard or balcony. A few feet of flat roof transformed into a terrace. Everyone wants it – but how many of us make good use of whatever space we’ve got? It’s guilty conscience that prompts the question. When we bought the Hill House, we traded up from a cavernous lower-ground flat in the Brunswick area of Hove (with patio and single front flowerbed), to a house in the sticks of Prestonville . My lone flowerbed had been tamed to put on an impressive (if eccentric) annual display of colour, fruit and vegetables: with sixty feet of rear garden, an over-sized cherry tree and large beds at the front meant that I could get really creative. Except I didn’t. As our family grew, gardening time dwindled, and now I look outside with a mixture of guilt and fear. The balding, muddy lawn and flowerbeds stare back reproachfully: Why didn’t I aerate and re-seed before the autumn? Why did I let the slugs and snails run riot over yet another batch of perennials? Well, lack of time, obviously. And because, in all honesty, I’ve realised I haven’t a clue what I’m doing. Picking what looks pretty at the garden centre or placing a bulk order for sale plants makes things look nice for a month or two, but without site- and soil-specific planning, consistent care and pest control, nothing really sticks. And if you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got – a sorry looking garden from September to May. This was never more apparent than last Autumn, as my poor garden curled and died back for winter. Next door's remained glowing, green and vibrant. How did they do it? I couldn’t face another season of slug-

STOP GAZING IN THE MIRROR AND MOVE – I’VE MISSED A BIT Spring cleaning? Rubbing away at the glass with that greasy cloth is just going to make it worse. I’ll get the newspaper out, then – that was my grandmother’s trick

Some people swear by drying windows and glass with old newspaper. There’s a bit of truth in it: Windows come into contact with all sorts of dirt and grime (and seagulls), and the ink provides a lightly abrasive surface to help remove stubborn marks. Newspaper won’t help with grease or bacteria. Adding vinegar to the water first will help deal with grease, but won’t get rid of other residue (and your windows will smell like a chip shop). Through a glass, darkly?

According to the Good Housekeeping Institute, there is an ideal cleaning method. Dust and clean the sills, frames and sashes first.

eaten pansies and desiccated heather, so, rather than throw yet more good money after bad, I asked around and got help. Stacey arrived on a cold December morning, cheery and diminutive. She didn’t look like she could lug sacks of bark chippings around. Yet she worked miracles – achieving in a single day what I’d failed to do all autumn. The garden was trimmed, tidied, cleared, bulbs in, and she left it finally looking like it had a plan. Which it has – she’s coming

“The garden was trimmed, tidied, cleared, bulbs in, and she left it finally looking like it had a plan” back in the spring to do some planting. My beds will get the hardy perennials they deserve, and I won’t need to re-stock each season – what an investment. As for next door, it stayed suspiciously green, perky and mud-free through the cold of December. I asked them how they did it: Turns out its all astroturf and plastic. The grass may be greener on the other side, but if it is, the other side are probably cheating.

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Choose a cloudy, dull day, too, as window cleaning in bright sunlight could mean that water or cleaning fluid dries in streaks before you can wipe it off. Use an ammonia-free, low residue cleaning fluid, and a microfiber cloth. Using cotton, tissue or anything that sheds will just cover your glass in fibres. Be generous with the cleaning fluid, and wipe one side of the glass in vertical strokes, and the other in horizontal ones. That way you will spot any streaks (and be able to fix them) right away. And voila – streak and smudge free windows. All well and good, so long as you can avoid seagulls, fumes and sand…

There’s an alternative: Self-cleaning glass. This is coated in either a hydrophobic (water-repelling) or hydrophilic (water-attracting) layer. The hydrophobic coating pushes water away and down the glass in a rolling action, taking dirt with it; the hydrophilic one also uses sunlight and titania to help break down dirt. More recently, scientists at University College London have developed a self-cleaning, energysaving glass using nano-technology that traps air, keeps in heat and helps water droplets roll and absorb dirt. I can see clearly now!



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Ban on energy drinks

Supermarket pledge


Jamie Oliver has called on the Government to ban selling energy drinks to children, citing a correlation between consumption and poor scholastic performance. The celebrity chef and campaigner, famed for improving the quality of school dinners, is backing calls by the National Education Union to introduce an age limit of 16 on all sales. Jamie Oliver says that the Government should adhere to the guidance that already exists on many cans stating energy drinks are not suitable for children. As many as 69 per cent of teenagers and 24 per cent of children under 10 consume energy drinks in the UK, according to a study by the European Food Safety Authority.

Supermarket chain Iceland has said it will eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging of all its own-label products by the end of 2023. Iceland says the move will affect more than a thousand own-label products. New ranges will be packaged using a paper-based tray, rather than plastic. It follows recent outcries over the packaging of cauliflower "steaks" and coconuts, and Sir David Attenborough's Blue Planet programme, which showed vivid images of plastic pollution. The company says it is aiming to complete the change to its own-brand packaging within the next five years, removing plastics wherever feasible. Iceland also said its research found that 80% of shoppers would endorse a supermarket's move to go plastic free.

PassivPod is innovative, high-end, environmentally friendly accommodation. It’s the design of Koru Architects, who specialise in low-energy, sustainable design and construction. PassivPod began its journey as a finalist in the Sunday Times & British Homes Awards Eco Haus competition. PassivPod is available in four sizes, from the 15m2 garden office, to the 270m2 four-bedroom residential/ leisure building. An Equity Crowdfunding Campaign throughout February 2018 allows anyone to invest in PassivPod and enable the construction of the first-ever PassivPod. Visit the crowdfunding page at





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BUILDING ON SUCCESS ARCH-angels Architects on the evolution of their company as they continue to produce people’s own grand designs


RCH-angels Architects, founded by Nicola Thomas and Richard Zinzan in 2009, is passionately committed to providing costeffective, creative, low-energy buildings. We work closely with clients to enhance their space and craft beautiful buildings that are in harmony with their environment. Our aim is to understand the client’s dreams and to meet their individual requirements throughout the natural building process, so together we can produce people’s own grand design. Now into our eighth successful year and steaming ahead strongly, we say goodbye to one of our beloved founders, Nicola Thomas, as she retires from the business with the parting words, “developing the two businesses has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to meet and work with a vast range of like-minded people and friends.” No better words could show the strength of bonds that we cherish within our team and with the many people we work with. ARCH-angels continues to operate as a highly successful residential architectural business, and going forward under Richard Zinzan’s leadership and a talented team, we are sure to continue to develop and achieve great things.


We pride ourselves in being a welcoming and friendly practice. We focus on a holistic, people-centric approach – a world away from the clichéd perception of architecture. Our team is a close-knit one; weekly

“As a local business we believe in building relationships on all levels. We are actively involved in our community and have built strong networks with organisations and groups” team meetings create an open forum to discuss projects and allow any issues to be aired, and each member of staff is encouraged to attend training for both personal and business development. We have regular team gatherings on top of the annual Summer and Christmas parties, and the practice promotes flexible part-time working and job sharing.


“The work we do is not only ecologically conscious in considering each build’s environmental impact, but is also highly collaborative as we put the client at the very centre of each design”

The Team

This results in a very committed, experienced team who are able to flourish in their work because there is balance in their home life, meaning that we can achieve the best possible end product for our clients. The work we do is not only ecologically conscious in considering each build’s environmental impact, but is also highly collaborative as we put the client at the very centre of each design. Our projects range from bespoke new builds to the extension of existing homes, and on the smaller end, internal alterations that increase and improve the usable space within clients' existing homes. As well as the architectural work, we also look at a project holistically, delivering a tailor-made interior design service which creates a reflection of the client’s style within the layout and décor of their home. At ARCH-angels we pride ourselves on helping our clients realise their dream home from the ground up. It is the practice’s ethos of collaboration and sustainability that gives us a sense of a wider social and economic responsibility. As a local business we believe in building relationships on all levels. We are actively involved in our community and have built strong networks with organisations and groups. The practice are one of the founding members of Green Sea, a Brighton-based collective who ‘engage, design, campaign for' sustainable regeneration and positive development of the urban and cultural landscapes. We are part of the Architect in the House scheme, which supports the homeless charity Shelter. Richard is a mentor on the undergraduate course at Brighton University School of Architecture, and as a practice we actively support work experience programmes with secondary school pupils and architectural/interior design students. Throughout our eight years we have weathered the lows of the economy and the competitiveness of a difficult market with rising overheads. Educating people on the benefits of low-energy architecture paired with creative and resourceful design allowed us to flourish within the competitive marketplace. At Arch-angels Architects, we want to achieve the highest standards in every area of our business. From our customer service to the finished product, we strive for your satisfaction. Don’t just take our word for it, our designs have won awards and our clients' testimonials are glowing. Visit our website to view previous projects, read what our clients say and meet the team! Call us for your FREE consultation and let the ARCH angels Architects team help you to create your dream home.

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Arranged over two floors and having underfloor heating to the whole of the house, this exciting property benefits from modern split levels and an abundance of floor-to-ceiling windows and bi-fold doors, creating a light and spacious yet private house. The ground floor provides a large open-plan kitchen/dining room with bi-fold doors to the rear decked garden providing the perfect space for entertaining. The double-aspect sitting room is of an excellent proportion, having a modern multi-fuel burner and access to both the side and rear gardens. Further to this is a double bedroom with modern fitted en-suite shower room, a utility room with access to the carport and a cloakroom/WC. The first floor provides a superb master bedroom with en-suite shower room and a balcony. There are a further three bedrooms and a luxuriously fitted bathroom with a freestanding bath and separate shower. The gardens are cleverly split into zones with a private split-level decked terrace area accessed from the kitchen and sitting room, an area of lawn accessed via the sitting room bifolding doors and a lawned area at the front of the house. There is also the benefit of an integral double carport.

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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME We look inside Judy Garland's Malibu beach house


ollywood singer and actress, Judy Garland, started out as a child star of Vaudeville parents who put her on stage with her siblings to sing Jingle Bells. She took to the spotlight instantly and had to be pulled off after repeating the song seven times. From that moment on, the stage was her realm and she revelled in the positive reaction from the audience. >





“In 1947, Judy bought a Malibu beach house, a retreat where she could relax to the repetitive soft sounds of the surf ” Garland won a “special” Oscar for her performance in the film Wizard of Oz, from which her song Over the Rainbow gained permanent popularity. She went on to make 35 films, including Every Sunday, Babes in Arms, Little Nelly Kelly, For Me and My Gal, The Harvey Girls, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Pirate, Easter Parade, A Star is Born, Judgment at Nuremberg, and A Child Is Waiting, and performed in innumerable concert shows around the globe until her early death at the age of 47. Throughout her life, Judy suffered from OCD and depression and was treated with a plethora of prescription drugs, which many believed were the reason for her death. The mother of Liza Minnelli from her marriage to director Vincente Minnelli, Judy was known almost as well for her tragic personal life as she was for her outstanding talent. In 1947, Judy bought a Malibu beach house, a retreat where she could relax to the repetitive soft sounds of the surf and bask in the sunshine with all its healing properties. It was a valuable escape in so many ways. Seventy years later, and after undergoing a massive renovation in 2013, the 1,728-square-foot house on the sand has three bedrooms, three baths and 10-foot-high accordion doors that open to the wraparound deck. The kitchen has Viking appliances and granite counter tops, and the second-floor master has vaulted ceilings and a private deck. The property is co-listed by Russell Grether and Tony Mark of Compass Realty in Malibu. Judy Garland’s former Malibu Beach getaway house is priced at $3.695 million.




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hroughout 2017, the media consistently reported what a tough year it was going to be. This was echoed by many commentators within the property industry, who spoke about the rise in stamp duty, Brexit and the wider economic climate. All of this was, of course, true and it was indeed a very challenging year. However, here at Hamptons International we had one of our most successful years, selling some of the best properties in Brighton, Hove and surrounding Sussex countryside. With our vast database of local, London and International buyers, along with our network of 38 London offices we are well placed to produce superb results for our clients. To discuss being a part of this continued success, please contact Tamsin Kemp or Paul Taggart: |

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Denmark Villas, Hove, BN3 3TE ÂŁ1,500,000 Fabulous victorian bay fronted semi detached villa, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, living room, dining room, fabulous kitchen breakfast room, family room, cloakroom, rear garden, complete with good sized self contained two bedroom flat with own street entrance.

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Our pick of February events features big names and classics of stage and screen

3 February, Live at Brighton Dome

17 February, Seal

A line-up of some of the best stand-ups around comes together for a special night at Brighton Dome. Includes Rob Delaney, star of the hit Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe, and one of America’s most gifted stand-ups, Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar, one of the UK's top political comedy talents and star of BBC2’s The Mash Report and BBC Radio 4’s NewsJack and Spotlight Tonight with Nish Kumar, Kiri Pritchard-McLean: who, besides being the director and writer of the award-winning sketch group Gein's Family Giftshop, has appeared on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, BBC Radio 4's Now Show and News Quiz. They are joined by winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show in 2009, poet and comedian Tim Key.

British soul legend Seal, backed by a big band, will be performing songs from the new album, alongside his classic hits Killer and Kiss from a Rose. In a career spanning three decades, racking up over 30 million record sales worldwide and a string of Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello awards along the way, Seal continues to shine as one of the world’s brightest music stars. Standards brings the glamour of Old Hollywood straight to the present, as a natural successor to his series of soul records. Standards hears Seal’s signature, velvety warm vocals bring to life classics made popular by Frank Sinatra (such as Luck Be A Lady, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and It Was A Very Good Year), Ella Fitzgerald (I’m Beginning to See The Light) and Nina Simone (I Put A Spell on You). Elsewhere, there are lush orchestral moments captured on Smile (Charlie Chaplin) and the Cole Porter gem, Love For Sale.

Brighton Dome, 7.30pm.

Brighton Dome, 7.30pm.

15 February, Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert Recognized as one of the finest observational comics in the industry, Ed’s television credits are countless: Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, Live At The Apollo, The One Show, Comic Relief Bake Off 2015, The World’s Most Dangerous Roads and, most recently, he and Dara O Briain filmed the follow up their Big Adventure show for BBC2 entitled Dara and Ed’s Road to Mandalay. Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself. Theatre Royal, Brighton, 8pm.

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Until 10 February, War Horse The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse is on a major tour of the UK, which coincides with the Centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War. War Horse has won 25 awards, including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway. Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s remarkable story of courage, loyalty, and friendship, about a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, set against the backdrop of the First World War is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history. It features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to life on stage. Brighton Centre. For times and prices visit

18 February, Brendan Cole: All Night Long

24 February, Reginald D Hunter: Some people V. Reginald D. Hunter

Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole takes to the stage to wow audiences with his latest spectacular production, All Night Long. Brendan is joined by his sensational cast of guest dancers, his captivating leading lady and superbly talented 14-piece band and singers, to whip up an extravagant mix of Latin fever and ballroom charm. From tantalising Tango to fiery Paso Doble, elegant Foxtrot to breath-taking Waltz - and with a few surprises in store - this is no ordinary dance show. Live music, stunning special effects and Brendan’s own dazzling choreography and charm make this an unforgettable night.

Due to popular demand Reginald has extended the critically acclaimed UK Tour. During the 15 years in which he has lived in the UK, Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. In the past twelve months he has appeared in a sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe season and has performed across Europe. His appearances on television have included 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Have I Got News for You and the hugely popular three-part BBC2 series which documented Reginald’s epic road trip from North Carolina to New Orleans through 150 years of American popular song.

Brighton Dome, 7.30pm.

De La War Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea,7.30pm.

27 February, Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I? Join the star of Not the Nine O’Clock News, Smith & Jones and Three Men In A Boat as he airs stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies – from forty years of travelling – down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen. It’s a career, if you mean bouncing chaotically downhill without a map. The Old Market, Hove, 8pm.


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8 – 17 February, The Winslow Boy From the producers of Single Spies, a major new revival of Terence Rattigan’s bestloved play opens at Chichester in February. Having been expelled from the Royal Naval College for stealing a five-shilling postal order, young cadet Ronnie Winslow’s entire family are pulled apart by the repercussions of this charge. Set against the values of 1910 Edwardian London, the Winslow family fight to clear his name or face social ostracism as the case becomes a national scandal. Based on a real-life event, The Winslow Boy is a courageous and often delicately humorous window into the class and political hypocrisy of the time. This gripping masterpiece is engrossing for Rattigan lovers or newcomers alike: a highly-charged moral drama that will have you gripped by the heart-tugging decisions facing each member of the Winslow family. Where will their sacrifices leave them and what is really at stake? Chichester Festival Theatre. For times and prices visit

27 February, Stereophonics

17 February, Paul Weller

This major UK arena tour in February 2018 follows the release of Sterophonics’ new album ‘Scream Above The Sounds’. Twenty years after their debut ‘Word Gets Around’; Stereophonics tenth studio album, released on October 27th via Parlophone Records, follows ‘Keep The Village Alive’ which went straight to #1 when it was released in 2015 and became their sixth chart-topper after ‘Performance and Cocktails’ (1999), ‘Just Enough Education To Perform’ (2001) ‘You Gotta Go There To Come Back’ (2003), ‘Language. Sex. Violence. Other?’ (2005) and ‘Pull The Pin’ (2007). ‘Scream Above The Sounds’ was primarily recorded in the band’s HQ in West London, with a further session at RAK Studios

2017, marks the 40th anniversary of Paul Weller’s first album, In The City, which he released with The Jam in May 1977. For most artists such a landmark would be greeted with extensive retrospective celebrations: lavish re-issues and all that jazz. But Paul Weller is not like most artists, instead releasing a new studio album, because releasing new albums is what Paul Weller does. And so, continuing his never-ending creative peak, Paul Weller releases his eagerly awaited 13th studio album A Kind Revolution and announces a UK Arena tour for 2018. Kicking off in Brighton on February 17th and culminating at The O2 in London, on Saturday, March 3rd. With support from The Strypes.

Brighton Centre, 7.30pm.

Brighton Centre, 7.30pm.

8 February, An Evening with Peter James International bestselling author and Brighton’s most famous crime writer, Peter James, talks about his career, his inspiration and his bestselling novels. An evening of anecdotes and an insight into the mind of the creator of Roy Grace and a man who has sold over 30 million books in 37 languages. Theatre Royal, Brighton, 745pm.

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Extending to over 2,000 sq.ft Few blocks Hove seafront/station Stylish loft style refurbishment Contemporary themed Immaculately presented

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Signature interconnecting living area Kitchen/breakfast room Must be viewed Walk-in corner pantry with floor to ceiling shelving Lalegno white oiled oak flooring

2 Church Road, Hove BN3 2FL

01273 773399

& 2 Queens Parade, Hangleton BN3 8JG

01273 322766



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Share of freehold Three bedrooms 19' x 19' lounge En-suite shower room Private rear garden

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Seafront location Gas fired central heating Modern fitted kitchen Central Hove Many original features






fabulous period home popular for couples with young families, given the proximity to many excellent local schools. An example of the family ethos of the area is the regular children's street parties that are held throughout the year. Accommodation is arranged over three floors, with the loft having been converted to a superb master suite with a luxury en-suite and walk-in wardrobe area. The remaining bedrooms are on the first floor and, unusually, these double bedrooms are all of excellent size; a family bathroom also serves this floor. The ground floor is where the house comes into its own, with an excellent formal lounge to the south, a separate TV room in the middle and a feature kitchen/breakfast room to the rear, with bi-fold doors leading onto the garden. As is common with properties within this area, the rear garden is laid to a patio, although on this occasion it has been elevated and benefits from a good amount of sun in the hotter months. Furthermore, there is a useful side return for storage and rear access which takes you onto Glendale Road.

Lyndhurst Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 6FB Guide Price: £800,000 - £825,000 Freehold Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Extras: Solar panels; Four bath/shower rooms; Sought-after Lyndhurst/Highdown area Best Bits: Feature kitchen with bi-folds; Formal lounge; Further reception room Elliotts Estate Agents 2 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2FL 01273 773399


Hamilton Road, Brighton


A stunning 5 bedroom, mid-terraced family home. This house is situated in an extremely popular residential area within easy reach of the station, schools and parks. Arranged over 3 floors it benefits from many features including spacious accommodation. The property is considered to be in excellent decorative order throughout and must be viewed to be fully appreciated. Energy Rating: D57

Maslen Estate Agents 290 Ditchling Road, Brighton BN1 6JF t:01273 566777








n impressive two-storey, two-double-bedroom, bayfronted Victorian house located moments from independent cafés, shops and bars in the highly soughtafter Kemp Town district of the city The leisure facilities of Brighton Marina are also easily accessible, including health club, casino and cinema. The property is beautifully presented throughout, has a stylish kitchen, a fantastic landscaped, walled patio garden, ideal for summer barbecues and parties, and a contemporary glass balcony off bedroom two, perfect for enjoying a morning coffee. Energy Rating; D55 Exclusive to Maslen Estate Agents.

College Gardens, Brighton, BN2 1HP Price: £535,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Extras: Contemporary glass balcony, Stunning landscaped rear patio garden with fountain Best Bits: Beautifully presented throughout; Stylish Shaker-style kitchen; Sought-after Kemp Town location Maslen Estate Agents 39 Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 3HQ 01273 677001



PROPERTY NEWS GROWTH FOR WINKWORTH Winkworth Franchising Ltd reports an excellent year of growth in 2017, with seven new office openings taking its entire network to almost 100. Winkworth now looks forward to what is expected to be another positive year in 2018 with a number of office launches already in the pipeline. Dominic Agace, Winkworth's CEO, says: “2017 was a brilliant year for the growth of our network. We expanded into some key locations around the country and also gained a number of well-respected industry experts to support our teams. We've been working hard behind the scenes, setting the foundations for a bigger and better year in 2018 and look forward to seeing those offices come to fruition in the coming year.” Winkworth already has three offices set to open in early 2018. The New Franchising team is also in talks with numerous other prospective franchisees and expects a further increase in office openings and enquiries throughout the year. The New Franchising team can be contacted on 020 7355 0200 or

POTENTIAL FOR 8,000 NEW HOMES LEADERS SPEED UP SELLING Dedicated sales progression technology allows estate agents to speed up the process of selling a property and reduce fall-throughs by 20 per cent, according to new research. National estate agents Leaders, which has completed a successful trial period using View My Chain, found sales completed up to three weeks sooner as a result of using the sales progression platform, while the number of transactions falling through was drastically lowered. Kevin Shaw, National Sales Director at Leaders, says: “Buying or selling a home can be a stressful time, with delays and fall-throughs among the most common concerns. That’s why it is so important for us to be able to offer our customers a unique benefit in the shape of this technology, that is proven to reduce the likelihood of such outcomes. We are delighted to have signed a long-term deal to use View My Chain and look forward to more of our customers reaping the rewards of this.” For more information visit


A register of 180 brownfield sites with the potential for more than 8,000 homes has been published by Brighton and Hove City Council. The public register has been compiled to meet a new legal requirement as part of the government’s efforts to identify sites for house building. The list includes some places where planning permission has been granted but work is not yet under way. Examples include Anston House, in Preston Road, Brighton, the site of the old Sackville Hotel, on Hove seafront, and Preston Barracks, in Lewes Road, Brighton. Other sites listed not only have planning permission but work is already under way. They include Circus Street, Brighton, the site of the Lansdowne Place Hotel (formerly the Dudley), in Hove, and Brighton Marina. Some of the sites in the register are expected to be the subject of a planning application before too much longer. Among them are the recently demolished American Express building site in Edward Street, Brighton, the King Alfred, on Hove seafront, and the Sackville Road Trading Estate, also in Hove.


COVERS ACQUIRES OTBS BUILDERS MERCHANTS Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has acquired Orpington Timber & Building Supplies Ltd (OTBS) in Bexleyheath, Kent, strengthening its portfolio of branches in the South East to 15 depots. Covers, which already operates a depot at Longfield Road, Tunbridge Wells, as well as other branches in Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, has confirmed the depot will trade as OTBS, Covers Bexleyheath. Former owner Mike O’Kane will continue at OTBS as Depot Manager alongside his full team of existing employees. He said: “Covers has an enviable reputation in the trade so I am confident that OTBS will go from strength to strength under its guidance. We are pleased to be part of such an exceptional business.” For more information visit

2018 BHEAA ANNUAL CHARITY DINNER The 2018 BHEAA annual charity dinner takes place on Friday 9th February 2018 at The Grand Hotel. The incoming President is Tina Templeman of Mishon Mackay. The black-tie evening will include dinner, DJs and burlesque. Drinks reception is from 6.45pm, dinner at 7.30pm, with carriages at 1am. Tickets are £60 per person, with tables available for from eight to twelve people, though smaller groups can be catered for. Proceeds from the event will go to support the work of the The Clock Tower Sanctuary and Mind. The Clock Tower Sanctuary is a drop-in centre providing advice and support for homeless young people aged 16-25 in Brighton & Hove. Mind provide advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem and campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. To book tickets for the 2018 BHEAA annual charity dinner, email or call Vicky Alderton on 01273 570 242

HOMES ENGLAND HOUSING AGENCY LAUNCHED A new national housing agency – Homes England – has been launched by the newly-re-badged Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government. As the successor to the Homes and Communities Agency, Homes England will be the main force pushing for the changes affecting new homes outlined in last February’s housing white paper. The MHCLG says that by bringing together their existing planning expertise and new land buying powers, the new agency will play a major role in securing land, encouraging smaller and more innovative house builders into the market, and identifying brownfield sites. It has the target of helping to deliver an average of 300,000 homes a year by the mid2020s.Around 310 local authorities have now published a brownfield register, revealing over 26,000 hectares of land with development potential on over 16,000 sites. More registers are expected to be published over the next few weeks, says Homes England. The body is expected to develop a new commercial strategy for acquiring, preparing, managing and developing land in areas of high demand and strategic importance.

PROPTECH GOES MAINSTREAM In a sign of how technology has become a mainstream part of the house sales process, the consumer group Which? has started giving advice to the public on how PropTech can help them sell their home. It cites the ability to ‘virtually dress’ photographs of properties on sale by showcasing a home’s potential through the adding of furniture or the de-cluttering of a room - so long as doctoring remains within legal boundaries on accuracy. Which? also mentions last year’s sale of a home after its vendor hosted a Facebook Live viewing. Drone footage is also suggested for sellers, and says this is becoming increasingly affordable for ‘ordinary’ sellers and not just those at the high end. There is praise for virtual tour platforms like EyeSpy360. “Offering a virtual tour can help ensure you only get serious potential buyers through your door.” The consumer body’s blog also mentions the ViewMyChain platform which enables sellers and buyers to view what’s happening at each stage of your property chain. Read more about these and other stories at


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Shoreham by Sea, £550,000

Brighton & Hove 01273 688 881

Shoreham-by-Sea 01273 661 577

Lewes Town & Country 01273 487 444

The London Office 0207 8390 888





A beautifully designed, detached 4 bedroom family home located in Shoreham by Sea. The property has a lounge, open plan kitchen/family room, family bathroom, wet-room, 2 bedrooms on the ground floor with 2 further bedrooms on the first floor. Outside there is a timber built home office with direct sea views from the landscaped low maintenance rear garden.

Western Esplanade, £2.85m





A rare opportunity to acquire this beautiful beach residence in one of Brighton & Hove's premiere private roads which has remained in the family ownership since Western Esplanade was constructed in the 1920's and extends to approximately 226m²/2433ft². The house boasts direct access to a private shingle beach and a fabulous 38ft/11.58m first floor sun terrace with breath-taking panoramic sea & beach views.


Hyde Housing's Shoreham Waterfront Scheme

NEW OFFICE FOR OAKLEY PROPERTY Oakley’s new office brings sellers something a bit different in Shoreham-by-Sea


ne of the area’s most respected estate agencies, Oakley Property, have opened a new office in a high-profile main-road location in Shoreham-By-Sea. They opened the doors on their new office in January and are already experiencing an exciting level of new instructions from the residents of the Shoreham area. Local and experienced estate agent Nick Williams has been appointed as the Manager of the new branch. Chris Oakley commented: “We are delighted that Nick has been able to join us to run our new Shoreham office, as he is local to the area and has a long history of successfully selling houses in Shoreham over the past 14 years, so his local knowledge will be invaluable to our clients and people looking to buy in the area.”

“This year Oakley Property will celebrate their 25th year, and things have already got off to a wonderful start” Chris Oakley first opened the doors to Oakley Property 25 years ago, and with his dedicated team, has built what is now one of the most wellknown and respected estate agency brands on the south coast, dealing with all types of property throughout Sussex. Chris added: “We have built our business off the back of both recommendation and integrity. As a firm of Chartered Surveyors, professionalism in all we do and providing clients with honest and straight-talking advice have been the keys to our success.” This year Oakley Property will celebrate their 25th year, and things have already got off to a wonderful start, with the much-anticipated launch of their residential Shoreham-by-Sea office and also, in partnership with Hyde Housing, securing the agency upon one of Shoreham’s most exciting developments for years at Shoreham Waterfront, to the north of Ropetackle. Work commences on this major regeneration scheme this year, which, when completed, will provide 120 new waterfront homes and commercial space.

Oakley is a brand that is already very well known in Shoreham, and the company’s expansion will be boosted by their strong estate and letting agency presence in Brighton & Hove and other parts of Sussex. Nick Williams commented: “As an agent, that’s always worked in Shoreham. I have for years seen a strong trend of families looking to move out of Brighton & Hove to the more affordable Shoreham market, where they get more ‘bang for their buck’ and a great quality of life as well!” “I am very excited about now working for Oakley, where their professional reputation, very strong branding presence and office network will mean that we have a unique offering as a Shoreham agent to our clients, who are looking to expand the marketing and letting of their properties to a wider audience.” Chris Oakley commented: “Our strength as a business has always been our diversity in the housing, commercial, letting and newhomes markets. This means we pick up a complete cross section of property enquiries. Our staff are very well trained to seize upon these opportunities if they can help a sale in a different area of the business. So, unlike any other agents, we can offer a very diverse database, as well as London connections through both the London Office and our national commercial property and new homes and development connections.” Oakley are proud members of the Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors and having a team that includes two former presidents of the Brighton & Hove Estate Agents Association, Chris Oakley and James Epps. Their new office offers the residents of Shoreham something very different, in the form of a highly successful, independent and professional sales and letting agent, with unique access to a very diverse database of buyers and tenants looking for property in the area. Chris Oakley finished by saying, “If you are really serious about selling your home, pick up the phone to Nick and his team, who will invest an impressive level of energy into selling your property; with the backup of our marketing and office network, so let us find you your buyer!” If you think Oakley could help you move in 2018, drop in or call Nick Williams and his team. They would be delighted to hear from you on: 01273 661577 e:


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Shoreham-by-Sea 01273 661 577

Lewes Town & Country 01273 487 444

The London Office 0207 8390 888


Preston Park, OIEO £550,000




An attractive mid terrace bay fronted Victorian house having been carefully extended and modernised and retaining much of its period charm. The property benefits from walled front and rear gardens, gas heating system, double glazing, new kitchen and bathrooms.

Woodingdean, OIEO £475,000





This detached bungalow offers spacious and versatile accommodation with off road parking. The property is presented in excellent decorative order throughout and has a good sized rear westerly garden with lawned garden & paved patio and a raised balcony with rooftop views to the downs and sea from bedroom two.



his modern sixth-floor purpose-built penthouse apartment forms part of a new development built in 2015 and benefits from a concierge, lift access and a secure entry system. Temple House is situated in Brighton's New England Quarter and is well situated for Brighton Station, the North Laine, city centre and the seafront. The accommodation comprises a spacious entrance hall leading to a bright open-plan, dual aspect living space having two balconies with views across Brighton. The kitchen has modern, contemporary handle-less base and wall units with composite stone work surfaces and integrated appliances. There are two good-sized double bedrooms, with the master having built-in wardrobes and door to en-suite shower room. There is a separate bathroom finished to a high standard with a stylish white suite. The apartment has underfloor heating throughout the living areas and benefits from communal bike storage and communal roof terrace on the fifth floor.

Temple House, Fleet Street, Brighton, BN1 4HB Price: ÂŁ475,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Extras: Concierge service; Communal bike storage; Communal roof terrace Best Bits: Two balconies; Adjacent to Brighton Station; Lift access Oakley Property 3 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YA 01273 688881


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Marine Parade, Kemp Town Seafront, £640,000 A two bedroom, two bathroom duplex apartment occupying he second and third floor of this imposing seafront residence with accommodation spanning The property is offered chain free, has a share of the freehold and comes with a private car parking space. EPC: E



Elmore Road, Hanover, £470,000 With accommodation spanning 1,371.32 square feet / 127.40 square meters and sea views, this three double bedroom, two bathroom, two reception room terraced house is deceptively spacious and must be viewed to appreciate. EPC: D



Bloomsbury Street, Kemp Town, £440,000 Situated in the heart of Kemp Town village, offered for sale a lovely south facing period terrace house. Highlights include a large through lounge/diner with log burning stove and access through rear French doors to a private enclosed patio, spacious modern fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and family bathroom. EPC: C



Parklands, Shoreham-By-Sea, £260,000 A modern, two bedroom, semi-detached house located in a small a cul-de-sac close to the Holmbush Centre and giving easy access out onto the A27/A23. The property has recently been refurbished to include a new modern fitted kitchen and bathroom, new carpets and new décor and would be perfect for first time buyers or buy-to-let investors. EPC: D



Bedford Square, Central Brighton, £220,000 This fantastic apartment is situated on the top floor of this bay fronted, Grade II Listed building located in this attractive Regency style seafront square opposite the Band Stand and the West Pier. EPC: E

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Bonchurch Road, Elm Grove, £550,000 A three bedroom (with additional loft room), end of terrace, box bay fronted family home with plenty of original features and arranged over four floors offering versatile accommodation throughout. This lovely family home spans approximately 109 square meters/1173.27 square feet and has a good size lawned garden, a wealth of period features and internal viewing is highly recommended. EPC: E

Hendon Street, Bakers Bottom, £370,000 This lovely, Victorian, mid terrace home has accommodation over two floors and comprises; sitting room with working fireplace, good size kitchen/breakfast room, bathroom and two double bedrooms. To the rear is a courtyard garden and handy storage area. The property would benefit from some modernisation throughout whilst retaining period features such as the fireplace and sash windows and stripped and polished wood work and is offered for sale with no onward chain and vacant possession. EPC: F

Stanford Road, Seven Dials, £290,000 A bright and airy, one double bedroom, split level, first floor flat with great views across roof tops, the railway viaduct and over as far as Brighton racecourse with many period features including sash windows, ceiling cornicing, picture rails and high ceilings. This lovely flat is within walking distance of Brighton mainline station and the highly sought after Seven Dials and has a share of the freehold. EPC: E

Downland Drive, Hangleton, £250,000 This well presented two double bedroom, first floor maisonette with its own street entrance and rear garden is the perfect first time buy or buy-to-let investment opportunity and properties like this are rarely available. The property has been improved by the current owners and has many benefits including gas central heating, upvc double glazing and a contemporary style kitchen. A modern bathroom and ample storage both inside and out, a long lease and low maintenance costs. EPC: B

Woodland View, Bevendean, £190,000 A second floor (lift in block), one double bedroom purpose built apartment with balcony enjoying views over green open spaces. Accommodation comprises; entrance hallway, a modern open plan kitchen/sitting room with balcony, bathroom and double bedroom. The property has gas central heating, double glazing a passenger lift in the block and is offered for sale with no onward chain. Neutral decor and new carpets make this property an ideal first time buy or buy-to-let investment opportunity. EPC: C • 01273 243561 •

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THE February COLLECTION Lewes offers a fantastic range of property from historic to new build. Here are our favourite properties for sale now

Georgian townhouse School Hill, Lewes An elegant and beautifully refurbished Grade II Georgian townhouse with off-road parking for two cars. Understood to have origins dating back to the 1600s, and subsequently remodelled, Ivy House has been extensively and stylishly restored with great flair and attention to heritage detail. This elegant Georgian house provides light and well-arranged accommodation over three floors. Lying to the rear of the house is a sheltered courtyard garden which has been landscaped. From the courtyard a wooden pedestrian gate leads to a pathway which gives access to the car park where the property has the right to park two cars.

Guide Price: £725,000 Strutt & Parker 01273 806068 |

Pretty courtyard The Nurseries, Lewes A well-presented town house with a pretty courtyard garden and private parking. This well-presented mid-terrace town house provides light and deceptively spacious accommodation. From the private parking space, a short flight of stone steps lead up to the front door. Features within the house include a spacious principal suite, oak flooring throughout the ground floor, double glazed windows and from the sitting room two glazed doors give access to the south facing stone paved courtyard garden which has been attractively planted. The kitchen is fitted with an extensive range of units and has a dishwasher and an oven and hob.

Guide Price: £375,000 Strutt & Parker 01273 806068 |


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Price: £935,000 Oakley Property 01273 487444 |

Central Lewes Lewes Vaults, Lewes

A unique development of 4 contemporary town houses positioned in a quiet location in central Lewes. A selection of three and four-bedroom houses finished and designed to the highest standard with a range of terraces, stunning views and parking. PLEASE NOTE: Access to the show home at the launch event is from Broomans Lane. Please call Oakley Lewes office for further details or directions.

“The property dates back to the late 15th Century and has a wealth of period character features”

Historic Lewes Southover High Street, Lewes A Superb Grade II Listed property, situated on the sought after Southover High Street with the renowned 'Anne of Cleves House'. The property dates back to the late 15th Century and has a wealth of period character features including exposed beams throughout, fireplaces, and leaded light windows. On the ground floor the property offers a period living room, fully fitted kitchen, separate WC and useful utility space. There are further stairs down to a lower level space ideal as a dining room, office or guest room. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a family bathroom. There is a charming south-facing walled garden approached via the wrought iron ' Carriage gates' and a parking space or additional area of garden.

Price: £825,000 Oakley Property 01273 487444 |


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his two-bedroom terraced house is in the Hanover region. The property benefits from two spacious double bedrooms, a lovely open-plan living area and a generous patio. Also, there is potential to do a loft conversion STNC. Outside, the rear patio faces east and is open to the south, with lots of space for garden furniture. There is a shed and a covered area for bikes and recycling. This beautiful red brick house is in central Brighton, near to schools, parks, shops and restaurants and benefits from many other nearby amenities. It is ideal for families looking to grow, or even investors, with transport links around the city at their feet.

Lincoln Street, Brighton, BN2 9UG Guide Price: £400,000 to £425,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Extras: Central location; Opportunities to improve and develop (STNC); Period features Best Bits: Location and transport links; South-facing patio garden; Family home My Sales 215 Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 6SA 01273 626494


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Like the buzz of city life, well it doesn’t get much better than this! Positioned smack bang in central Brighton this larger than average apartment is sure to stir up a frenzy of activity!

First floor purpose built apartment in need of some cosmetic updating, get your creative juices flowing and create your very own bespoke home!

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One of only three in a row, Black Lion Lane lies between Black Lion and Ship Street, and forms undoubtedly the oldest row of terrace houses in Brighton.

Grade II listed maisonette in the heart of Kemptown Village - This spacious apartment will appeal to many as the perfect home by the sea or an excellent investment with planning consent in place for two separate apartments.

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COVER YOURSELF Shhhhh – we share 21 secret ways to save money on your home insurance


ince the Government's recent increase in insurance premium tax to 12%, homeowners are paying more for home insurance than ever before. To help you afford this vital protection for your home, HomeProtect has compiled a helpful list of "secret" ways to save money. CHOOSE CAREFULLY

it's a listed building, you will need to ask a chartered surveyor to calculate an accurate rebuild cost for you, every few years. If you insure the property for too much you will be paying too much in premium (although if you under-insure the property, a claim might not be fully paid as insurers often reduce the payout in proportion to the level of under-insurance).



Don't over-insure your belongings, be very careful to calculate the cost to replace each item in your home for a new replacement at today's prices. In 2017, an average British home of 2 adults and 2 children insured their contents for roughly £45,000. If you over-estimate the value of your contents, you might end up paying too much (as with your property, if you under-insure your contents a claim payout might be reduced in proportion to the level you under-insure them for).

3. Do you really need additional cover options? If you have young

Paying annually - it's cheaper in the long run to pay up front in one go rather than monthly.

1. Don't just buy insurance from your mortgage provider or bank, even

though it may appear compulsory to buy their own home insurance policy. This is simply not true - you can buy home insurance from any provider. Combining your buildings and contents cover in one policy is less expensive than buying two separate policies. children or you tend to have butter fingers, accidental damage might be worth buying. Also if you regularly take gadgets, jewellery or expensive handbags out of the house, buying contents cover away from the home would be worthwhile, too. But if not, avoid buying the additional extras to save some money.


Accurately calculate the property rebuild cost using the BCIS Rebuild calculator for homes built with brick or stone walls and tile or slate roofs. If your home is built with any other materials, or it was built before 1850 or


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Increase the voluntary excess to reduce the premium. This does mean that if you make a claim you will have to pay for the excess part of the total claim value yourself. If you can afford it, put the total excess amount in a high-interest savings account, just in case you need to make a claim.


Don't insure things you've sold or disposed of during the year, especially if the items are high value or high risk such as laptops and mobile phones. Taking them off the policy may reduce the premium.

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9. Avoid double-insuring your gadgets! If you have mobile phone insurance with your mobile phone provider, or warranty cover for laptops and tablets and the policy covers theft and damage too, then don't insure these items on your home insurance policy. Always try to claim on your gadget insurance policy before your home insurance policy, as this won't affect your home insurance no-claims bonus.


Insure your grown-p children's belongings while they are away at college or university under your own contents insurance policy, meaning that you don't need to buy a separate student insurance policy.

11. Add cover for contents away from the home within your contents

insurance to avoid buying a separate travel insurance policy for short trips away from home.


Your occupation can affect your premium as insurers see certain professions as higher-risk. So make sure you get this right when inputting details as it is easy to get this wrong. CUT THE COST IN THE FUTURE BY PREVENTING CLAIMS NOW Prevent your home being burgled and being damaged from other causes by following our handy guidelines.

13. Are you an active member of your neighbourhood watch scheme? If you are, some insurers may provide a discounted premium.


Make sure that someone is at home overnight to deter night-time thieves. If you work night-shifts and having someone else at home while you're at work isn't feasible, leave the bathroom light on while you're out and use timer switches for lights and a radio in other rooms. The most convincing way to appear as though you're at home is to buy a 7-day variable light switch timer, so that the lights are switched on and off at different times every day.


Get the right locks installed on all accessible doors. On the main external doors in the property, the door locks should conform to British Standard BS3621 to be eligible for a discount. Check the metal lock faceplate on the edge of the door to look for a kite mark and BS3621 printed on the plate. If you find those, then your door lock conforms to the British Standard.

15. Use a home security app to control lighting and heating from your 19. Insulating pipes will help prevent a frozen, burst-pipe claim in the smart phone while you're not at home. You'll be able to switch lights on and off and give the impression that someone is at home, handy if you're going to be out during the hours of darkness.

cold winter months.


Only report claims that you know you are covered for and that “Don't over-insure your belongings, 20. you truly need to claim for, because any reported loss or damage is likely logged on your claims record, even if you don't actually progress be very careful to calculate the cost to tothebeclaim. All claims data is stored on a centralised database held by CUE (Claims & Exchange), which is managed by Experian and replace each item in your home for a accessed byUnderwriting insurance providers. This data is used to calculate the risk of owned by you or your family being damaged, stolen or lost; if new replacement at today's prices” something you have reported many of these types of events, then the premiums will

16. Having a gravel driveway and path up to the house deters thieves

because the crunching noise of the gravel underfoot is too noisy for an opportunist burglar.


Fit a burglar alarm to prevent thieves targeting your home as a soft target. If you are going to do this, it's worth using a monitored alarm service so that you don't have to personally deal with a burglar. Having a NSI, NACOSS, SSAIB or BSIA burglar alarm may decrease the premium cost. You do need to be careful to always set the alarm when you're out in order to be covered in the event of a claim. If your alarm system can be set up to "zone" the house into different areas, then all areas not in use overnight should also be alarmed before you go to bed. Make sure you change your alarm code regularly.

increase. Rather than phoning the insurance company to ask if you're covered, the safest way to assess whether you can claim or not, is to read the insurance provider's policy booklet and your own individual policy schedule, from which you will be able to determine whether you can claim for the incident or not.


Try not to make multiple claims. The longer you don't make a claim, the more likely it is that your premium will stay low. Making multiple claims in a short period of time will have a significant effect on your premium as insurers will consider you a higher risk. Some insurers offer a no-claims discount, which can be up to 50% on premiums after five years of not claiming.


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fantastic three-bedroom property, neutrally decorated to suit all styles. in a popular residential area with easy access to the A27, a driveway and a garage.

This semi-detached house comprises two large double bedrooms and a smaller double bedroom with built-in storage, a spacious dining and living area separated by doors when privacy is required, a separate kitchen with space for appliances, family bathroom with a shower overhead and a separate WC on the ground floor. Benefiting from gas central heating and double glazing. There is a spacious rear garden and a driveway big enough to park at least two cars, and there is also a garage available for use. Ideal for anyone needing that extra space for storage. A great location for families as local schools and amenities are close by. Hove Park and all of its recreational facilities is also a short drive away.

King George VI Drive, Hove, BN3 6XF Price: ÂŁ1,650 pcm Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 plus separate WC Extras: Local schools nearby; Ample storage throughout; Family home; Residential area Best Bits: Large driveway; Spacious rear garden; Long-term let; Close to A27 Harringtons Lettings 109 Western Road, Hove BN3 1FA 01273 724000


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Clarendon Road, Hove - £290,000 Stanfords Estates are delighted to offer this 1 double bedroom fully modernized property with feature South facing rear garden, 20' x 14' open plan Kitchen / Living room and high quality newly fitted bathroom. The apartment is situated within walking distance to Hove Station and George Street and is offered for sale with no forward chain.

Clarendon Road, Hove - £350,000 This fully refurbished 2 double bedroom maisonette is being offered for sale with no forward chain. The property consists of a feature 24’1 x 11’6 kitchen/reception room, 2 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The apartment has been sympathetically redecorated including a stunning fully fitted kitchen, combination boiler, UPVC double glazing throughout and brand new bathroom and shower room. Hove Station is just moments away making this property an ideal purchase.



tanford Estates are delighted to offer this truly exceptional example of a sympathetically restored three-bedroom Regency apartment in this most sought-after seafront location. As accommodation comprises over 1340 sq ft, we advise serious interest only. Situated on the corner of Brunswick Square, this 2nd-floor Regency listed building has a passenger lift, lovely communal hallways and is presented in the highest order. No forward chain. Centrally located between Western Road and Hove seafront within easy reach of all local amenities, including Hove and Brighton Stations, fantastic local shopping, bars, cafes and coffee shops.

Brunswick Square, Hove BN3 1EJ Guide Price: ÂŁ900,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Extras: Regency apartment; Central location Best Bits: Beautifully presented accommodation; Period features; Sympathetically restored; Passenger lift Stanford Estates 20 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1AE 01283 733334



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ITALIAN PROPERTY TO SUIT EVERY BUDGET It’s the time of year when we all dream about looking for a great holiday home to buy. How about somewhere warm and cultured, with great food and wine?


ell, just take a look at these amazing Italian properties. Italy has a property for every taste, lifestyle and budget. With prices starting at just €50.000 (under £45,000) for a property with work to do, or a property ready to move into from around €65.000 (about £58,000), there is something for everyone. The question is, where should you look? We asked Linda Travella, who has 30 years' experience of selling property in Italy, to select four properties that she considers are the right price and can be used for rental as well as family holidays. If you view the Casa Travella website, you may view over 700 properties in almost all areas of Italy, an Italian property for every taste! Let's start with Basilicata in the south of Italy, an area launched by Casa Travella some years ago. This apartment is for sale at only €120.000 (about £107,000). It is situated in a holiday complex a few minutes' walk from the sea, with shared pool and numerous other facilities. Puglia has become popular over the last few years and is ideal for anyone looking for a larger property with land at a sensible price. This 4-bedroom 3-bathroom villa, within walking distance of the famous town of Alberobello and with space for a pool is offered at €325.000 (about £289,000). If you prefer to stay further North in Italy, then Lake Como is a great option. Have a look at this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment for €215.000 (about £191,000). This apartment has stunning lake views

and a shared pool, and is just north of Menaggio. Join George Clooney and his friends without having to stretch to their budget! Lastly, let us look at Tuscany. Tuscany and Italy go together like peas in a pod! Tuscany, like Lake Como, has a reputation for being expensive, but that is not correct. Consider this restored 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom village house with its own pool, all for €210.000 (about £187,000)

“If you prefer to stay further north in Italy, then Lake Como is a great option. Join George Clooney and his friends without having to stretch to their budget” If you are looking for some excellent Italian real estate bargains, your first stop should be Linda also points out that as Italian property prices are stable, with some prices dropping, now is a very good time to buy. Start looking now, before the summer, when prices generally rise and properties are rented out. For professional and independent advice and comment, please contact Linda Travella | 01322 660988


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Windmill Drive, £695,000

A fantastic freehold commercial opportunity achieving a combined income of £97,880.00 per annum. Consisting of a let commercial premises trading as a public house in Preston Park area and five residential apartments all let under ASTs. EPC: D

An excellently located bow fronted Victorian Terrace, in the much sought after Clifton Hill conservation area. A family home comprising three bedrooms, living area, separate kitchen, study, private front and rear gardens. EPC: D

An immaculate detached four bedroom family home located within the popular residential area of Westdene, North Brighton. The property is a brick built three storey home benefiting from four double bedrooms. EPC: D

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Gloucester Mews, £399,950

Furze Hill House, £315,000

A fantastic three double bedroom duplex spread across the first and second floors, situated within a former college boasting period, original features throughout the building complete with concierge service available to all residents. EPC: C

Leaders are delighted to offer this brand new refurbished two bedroom townhouse located in the heart of the famous Brighton North Laines. The property is excellently located with Brighton mainline station located 400 yards away. EPC: TBC

A well presented two bedroom balcony flat with extensive rooftop and sea views across to the south west of Brighton & Hove. The property is situated within the popular development of Furze Hill House on Furze Hill. EPC: C

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The development offers a selection of studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments in the heart of Brighton, with the opportunity to purchase much sought-after, secure parking spaces. EPC: Off Plan

Leaders are delighted to offer this very well presented newly refurbished one bedroom ground floor flat located in central Brighton. The flat is well situated with Brighton Mainline station being 300 yards away. EPC: D

A raised ground floor one bedroom flat located in central Hove. Excellently located with Hove mainline station only 400 yards making the the property easily accessible for commuters to London. EPC: E

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ON THE UP House prices are on the up in Brighton. Andrew Hovey, Area Sales Manager for Sussex at Leaders asks how much is your home now worth?


righton and Hove’s property market has enjoyed a strong new year period with house prices rising by 1.33 per cent in the last three months alone, adding more than £5,200 to the value of an average property. The latest figures from Zoopla show prices across the city have been increasing steadily in recent times and now stand 2.51 per cent higher than at this time last year. Andrew Hovey, Area Sales Manager for Sussex at property specialist Leaders, says the hike in house prices is evidence of the strength of the market and provides an excellent opportunity for property owners to make their next move.

“House prices have been consistently rising in Brighton and Hove, underlining the prosperous nature of the local market right now” “House prices have been consistently rising in Brighton and Hove, underlining the prosperous nature of the local market

right now,” he explains. “We have seen huge increases in the value of properties in the city in recent years and this trend is showing no signs of slowing. “Sellers can be confident that by putting their property on the market at the current time they stand a great chance of completing a quick and smooth sale and getting a high price. This will allow them to take their next step on the ladder, whether that is by moving to a larger home, switching to a new location or downsizing in order to release equity.” Figures show an average detached property in Brighton and Hove is now worth £571,000, while a typical flat is valued at £285,000.

RETIREMENT STRATEGY Is buying to let the ultimate retirement strategy? Joanne Darroch, Senior Branch Manager for Brighton and Hove at local property specialist Leaders, explains


combination of factors – including the loss of most final salary pensions, a lack of confidence in some investment markets and diminishing returns from pension pots when taking a lump sum – have left many people aged between 30 and 50 concerned about their future retirement income. As a result, many have turned to the buy-tolet market, which continues to offer far greater returns than the majority of other investment options. While a 2016 study by Barclays found shares offer a 2.3 per cent return over 10 years after inflation is taken into account, government bonds provide three per cent, corporate bonds achieve 1.8 per cent and cash in a savings account actually loses 1.1 per cent of its value, investing in property has become increasingly more profitable. In comparison, figures from Sequre Property Investment show a landlord who buys a property for £100,000 with a £30,000 deposit will achieve a return in excess of five per cent each year by 2023.

Joanne Darroch, Senior Branch Manager for Brighton and Hove at local property specialist Leaders, says: “Incredibly high tenant demand and a lack of housing supply has pushed rents up and provided buy-to-let investors with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a significant return.

“In addition to substantial rental income, investors will benefit from capital growth over the medium to long term” “Landlords can expect to achieve a yield of between four and five per cent, although in some cases this can be as high as eight per cent, underlining the extent to which the buyto-let market outperforms almost all other investment types.

“In addition to substantial rental income, investors will benefit from capital growth over the medium to long term. Over the last five years, house prices in the UK have risen by almost 28 per cent, which shows just how committed investors also stand to gain through capital appreciation. While not guaranteed, an increase in value is highly likely based on past performance of the market. “All of this makes property the perfect option for those looking ahead to their future retirement income. Landlords will benefit from a reliable and regular income stream that can be used initially to pay off a mortgage and then to fund their post-work life, while they always have the option of selling up and taking a lump sum to enjoy in later years. “However, as with any investment there are risks associated with buying to let, which is why working with an experienced local letting agents is the only way to be confident of picking the right property in the right place at the right time and using it to ensure a safe and comfortable retirement.”

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SHELFIE STYLE Ensure your shelves are dynamically styled and Instagram-ready with these ideas


he shelfie trend has gained momentum once again as we style our bookshelves to become focal points of our homes. While the norm is to stack books vertically, the rise of the #shelfie has meant a mix of upright and horizontal arrangements are turning the traditional into the more dynamic. This also includes grouping your classic novels by colour, which will add interest to your shelf. You can style this is in a spectrum of shades, from red through to violet, or create little plinths in similar but graduated tones. The type of shelf you have is also key. For flexibility, modular units are great for styling as they have multiple compartments to help you organise and order your items. If you're in need of some expert styling advice on how to get your bookshelf Instagram-ready, then look no further, as Nadia McCowan Hill – Wayfair's resident style expert – shares her tips on how to style the ultimate shelf: Be mindful of height and size when styling in accents. Place bigger pictures and vases towards the back then layer forward with





photo frames and smaller accents at the front. Try arranging treasured keepsakes on top of your horizontally stacked books to add dimension to your shelf. QUALITY OVER QUANTITY Beware of over-styling. The most engaging vignettes offer a balance of interest and space, allowing each piece to pack its own punch, so try to only incorporate truly loved pieces, so your shelf doesn't feel cluttered. LIGHT UP Adding lighting to your shelf is a great way to draw the eye, and you don't need hidden electrical sources to power a little illumination. Try styling in battery-operated LED letter lights in the initials of family members for a personal yet affordable touch. THE QUIRK FACTOR It's always good to add something unexpected or amusing to the mix, so look out for humorous touches that make visitors want to linger longer. The juxtaposition between the funny and the serious will add instant interest.

AU NATURAL To make a harmonious feature of your shelves, you could try adopting a specific theme. The tropical trend is a great place to start. Try wallpapering the back panel of your shelves in a vibrant leaf design, then add additional natural elements such as potted plants and interesting pebbles. For a totally natural look you could try including book spines in neutral tones. ART ATTACK Get creative and include a few homemade pieces of art to add that all-important stamp of a life well-lived. From children's paintings to beautifully framed 'five-minute sketches', authentic touches will take your shelfie from bland to beautiful in a flash. LADDER UP If you live in a small space, a big bookshelf is an obvious no-go, but a slim ladder shelf will enable you to create a fun shelfie without encroaching on too much precious square footage. You could also try floating shelves to make use of vertical space instead.


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On the drawing board On The Drawing Board is our platform for Industry professionals and the public to discuss issues and ideas relating to planning On The Drawing Board will showcase planning permissions granted, scheme ideas and ideas for Brighton’s regeneration and future. This month: we look at some of the developments taking place in the city. If you are a property professional, or just have a great idea, get in touch on the channels below VARNDEAN HOUSE DEVELOPMENT CONTROVERSY An application for ten new houses has been submitted by the Varndean College. The proposal outlines the erection of ten residential units, comprising one two-bedroom, six three-bedroom, and three four-bedroom houses, with new access from Surrenden Road, and associated car and cycle parking. The immediate backlash from surrounding neighbours, who have spoken out under the group named Green Varndean, has raised various concerns. However the Principle of Varndean College has already acknowledged and answered many of these concerns. Below is a breakdown of the concerns and the response to each. Concern: The development will create more traffic and congestion, with major safety risks for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Response: Varndean College have commissioned a Transport Assessment and are mitigating any traffic generation impacts by creating off-street parking for cars and cycles for each new unit. Concern: The development will have a harmful impact on the wildlife of the green space. Response: The Varndean College have commissioned a preliminary ecological appraisal, a reptile survey, a tree report, and an assessment for archaeological potential. All results state that there will be no negative impact cause by the proposed development. Concern: The proposed houses will not be in keeping with the style of the area and will block the view of the city. Response: The Varndean College have engaged an architect to design a scheme of maximum sensitivity to existing residents, setting it into the hill, of excellent design and sustainability, with one unit compliant with affordable housing. More information can be found at | Application – BH2017/03676.

PELHAM TERRACE Plans to demolish the existing buildings and erect a part one, six, eight, and nine storey building to form 189 Student rooms are currently in consideration in the planning committee. The plans also include one one-bedroom and four two-bedroom residential dwellings, shared community facilities, landscaped roof terraces, a plant room, cycle storage, and recycling/refuse facilities. The demolition plans include a Costcutter, however there are plans to open a new Aldi on the opposite side of the road, which will provide new job opportunities as well as replacing the access to goods for the local community. The old Lectern Pub is also included in the demolition plans, an establishment no longer open to the public, and has in the recent years seen police raids due to reports of violent squatters. The proposal of more student accommodation suggests Brighton University has plans to expand its student intake. Student accommodation minimises stress often felt by students looking to find somewhere safe and affordable to live, often enabling the more vulnerable to feel secure and encourages to participate in the community. This proposal also has the potential to alleviate pressure on the housing market surrounding Brighton University, by opening up opportunities for buyers that are currently limited.

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INTO THE GARDEN Spring is definitely in the air, and February can be a wonderful time for the gardener. Tara de la Motte, on what to do in the garden this month


he garden is really coming alive this month, with many more bulbs appearing, along with buds on shrubs and trees. The beauty of spring is shown with the arrival of daffodils and tulips to grace our gardens once more. There is plenty to do in the garden in February and pruning is a must this month. The key to pruning is to not be too gentle: instead, cut back hard for really strong growth in the new season. Summer-flowering clematis should be pruned now, as should climbing roses. When pruning roses, remember only to cut an outward-pointing bud, thus allowing for maximum growth and preventing disease. With clematis, remove any tangled stems and any old flower heads. Now is the time to feed all your garden shrubs and trees with a slowreleasing fertiliser like bonemeal. Doing this now will ensure all your plants will thrive in the season ahead. This is an ideal time to plant

shrubs in containers so that they have plenty of time to settle in and flourish, but make sure they are fed and kept watered. The weather can still be very changeable, so avoid planting anything that is too tender - leave this until much later in the spring. There is still a risk of windy, stormy weather, and this will affect many plants in the garden. Climbers, for example, will suffer in this kind of weather, so do make certain they are well secured against walls and fences. If it remains mild, the lawn can be given its first cut of the year, but avoid cutting the grass if it is wet. When cutting the lawn at this time of year, make sure the lawnmower blades are adjusted to their highest level. Make February the month for generally getting your garden in order by cleaning, clearing and doing lots of pruning so that your outdoor space is looking its best as spring unfolds. Enjoy the February garden.

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HOME OF THE MONTH selected by PORTFOLIO magazine A beautifully presented, detached, chalet-style residence in Fernwood Rise, Brighton, £525,000


n excellent decorative order, the property has gas-fired central heating and is double glazed with fitted window shutters, with the majority of the ground floor having natural hardwood oak flooring. Once inside, there is a spacious entrance hall with two ground-floor bedrooms, both of which are doubles, and a bathroom with a white suite, together with a good-sized lounge and extended kitchen/breakfast room with French doors leading to the rear decked sun terrace. On the first floor there is a master bedroom featuring a Juliet balcony with stunning views over the surrounding area, and an additional door leading to the en-suite shower room. Outside, and to the rear of the property, is a large decked sun terrace and balustrade with steps leading to an artificial grass area with various flower and shrub borders, front garden and a garage. There is no ongoing chain. Elliotts Estate Agents
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COLOUR ME BEAUTIFUL Transform your home with this season’s paint colours and trends. Paint is having a style moment…


fter many seasons of pattern and paper, paint is having a style moment again. New technologies also mean that it is more versatile – and interesting – than ever, with a wide range of finishes and effects to help enhance space, conceal flaws and transform rooms in an instant. Which paint, where? Paint is basically pigment mixed into either oil- or water-based binder: The pigments determine the colour, the type of binder (and the proportion of binder to pigment) determines the finish and durability.


Water-based paints: Matt, satin, silk and chalk Emulsion paints are water-based, with vinyl or acrylic added for durability. Matt emulsion is a common finish for walls and ceilings. The flat, non-reflective surface can help disguise flaws, drawing attention to colour and tone, making it perfect for high-impact space. For an even flatter finish on walls or furniture, ‘chalk’ paint can give a soft, high-trend effect. Matt emulsion can be fragile in hightraffic areas and susceptible to marking, so for hallways, kitchens and bathrooms it might be worth choosing an enhanced matt paint, or a different finish. Satin and silk emulsion have more light-reflecting particles, giving a soft sheen – and are more durable. Other specialist emulsions include one-coat (harder to paint with, but – as it says on the tin – you only need one coat), ‘magic white’ which goes on pink (so you can see where you’re painting) but dries white, specialist kitchen and bathroom finishes, and ‘diamond’ matt, which is extra-durable and stain-repellent. >



“Mindfulness and environmental concerns drive some of the key colours this season: Restful bluey- and sage-greens mix with off-white to produce calming spaces”




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Gloss paints Gloss paints are traditionally used on woodwork, for a harder-wearing finish. Traditionally oil-based (with added resin for better wear), but you can now get water-based and acrylic gloss paints with quicker drying times and less odour. If painting over old coats, remember you will need to carefully (and extensively) sand and prepare if you want to paint over oil-based gloss with something else. Traditional oil-based liquid gloss requires an undercoat and long drying time, but provides a hardwearing, high-sheen finish. It is also harder to get hold of these days, as more suppliers turn to water based alternatives. Polyurethane resin gloss is even harder wearing: Both perfect for hall skirting and bannisters. Satinwood and eggshell gloss have gentler sheen but less strength: Eggshell is the preferred gloss of most heritage and high-style paint ranges Planning to paint Preparation is key to the perfect paint job: You will need to spend time filling holes and dents, or even getting walls skimmed with a fresh coat of plaster, if you want them to look perfect. Always start by painting the ceiling (so you can paint over any drips later), work away from the window or other main source of natural light, paint walls next and finish with woodwork. New ‘chalk’ finishes look fantastic and give deep, rich colour, but they don’t work so well on flawed walls: reserve these finishes for areas where your plaster is pristine. Most paint will require an undercoat. If you’re painting onto new plaster work, always put a primer or diluted ‘mist’ coat on first, to ensure the paint grips

well to the plaster. Many of the most appealing new colours can be found in high-end and heritage paint ranges, but do be sure to try a sample (or talk to a professional decorator) before committing to any one brand. Some paints are harder to work with than others; some won’t dry ‘true’ to colour and many will set you back a considerable sum: Professional advice will help you work out where to invest, and also when sometimes it’s best (or just as good) to have an ownbrand colour matched to the shade you want. The colour of now Interior and colour trends are influenced by a range of factors, just like the catwalk. Designers trawl the world for inspiration, drawing on different cultures, styles and ideas. For 2018 the trend is moving away from recent soft greens and pastels, towards a bolder palette. Metallics have become the new neutrals, and our love affair with all things shiny, silvery, shimmery and iridescent also continues into the world of paint and walls. Scandinavian culture, the concept of ‘hygge’ (simple home comforts and relaxation), mindfulness and environmental concerns drive some of the key colours this season: Restful bluey- and sage-greens mix with off-white to produce calming spaces. In contrast, rich vibrant red and off-black are also coming to the fore, as statement walls and bold colour ways. A soft 1920s blush pink, powdery mauve and lavender blue bring some romance into our interiors: chalk and matt finishes can really enhance these statement colours. Finally, shades inspired by travel: Vibrant yellow, cactus green and deep aqua – give rooms international appeal, mixed with wood and off-black.



HOME OF THE BRICK Watch out Orlando! The new vacation hot spot for children everywhere might be Billund, Denmark, where the LEGO Group recently opened its much-anticipated LEGO House


he 12,000-square-metre house is filled with 25 million LEGO bricks ready to give LEGO fans of all ages the ultimate LEGO experience. Over the last four years, LEGO has been building the family-friendly destination in the small Danish town where LEGO has its headquarters and where carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen first created the toy in 1949. The combination of LEGO House and LEGOLAND® makes Billund the only place in the world where visitors can get the ultimate LEGO experience. Third-generation LEGO owner, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, says: “It has been a dream for me for many years to create a place that will give our visitors the ultimate LEGO experience. With LEGO House, we celebrate creativity and the strength of learning through play. When they play, children learn the basic skills that they need, such as creativity, collaboration and problem-solving abilities.” “At the heart of all LEGO experiences – from the boxes of LEGO bricks that children have at home to this fantastic LEGO House that we are celebrating today – is the unique and timeless LEGO brick. With LEGO bricks, you can express yourself creatively and make anything imaginable. The possibilities are endless, and nowhere else in the world can you experience it in the same way as in LEGO House.”



SEVILLE’S SENSORY SPLENDOUR The first in a new series of travel features from Travel Counsellor Mark Gibson. This month: 48 hours in Seville


nce the heart of the Moorish empire and boasting some wonderful examples of architectural splendour, Seville is one of my top go-to destinations. With Valentine's Day romance in the air, Seville makes for a perfect romantic city break. With it’s warm climate, you feel the sun’s rays on your skin most days of the year, and it does get pretty hot during the summer months. Seville is known as the home of tapas, and is said to be where the original variations of these tasty bites were invented. You won’t have to walk more than a few yards to find your next tapas bar, and the pavements are full of tables and chairs so you can sit outside savouring the balmy, warm evenings and the convivial atmosphere. We chose to stay close to Barrio de Santa Cruz, the Old Quarter, so we were only a few minutes' walk through the narrow cobbled streets from the Cathedral Square and the Alcázar Palace. I would recommend pre-booking of tickets to the Alcázar Palace complex and Seville Cathedral before you go, something I can do for you, so you can skip the queuing. Both the Palace and Cathedral have Unesco World Heritage status and are well worth visiting. The Palace is a spectacular mixture of Arabic and Christian architecture and has beautiful gardens. The Cathedral,which is the third-largest church in the world, is awe-inspiring with its beautiful altars and incredible sculptures, including those which bear the sarcophagus of Christopher Columbus. With its 34 ramparts, the Giraldi bell tower is a challenge to climb, but your reward for perseverance will be fabulous views. A great way to view the city’s main highlights is by horse-drawn carriage. The immaculate, gleaming black and yellow carriages line up in Cathedral Square and make this one of the best taxi ranks you will find. After all this feasting of the senses, a detox at the Aire Ancient Baths and Spa is just the ticket. A wonderful way to relax, as people have done for hundreds of years, is to float in one of the array of hot, cold and salt water baths housed in this beautiful building. Enjoy one of the spa treatments and the aromas will calm the senses and soothe the body’s aches and pains. Only a 20-minute walk from the Cathedral is the shopping district, where you will find the Espacio Metropol Parasol, nicknamed “the mushroom.” This amazing wooden structure was designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer and completed in 2011. The unique design of its innovative walkways allows you to walk over the top of the “mushroom,” providing you with spectacular views of the city, day or night.

GETTING THERE British Airways and Easyjet operate flights from Gatwick to Seville throughout the year. The airport is only a 20-minute taxi ride from the Old City, or there is a regular bus service. STAY Hotel prices are generally good value, and there are many to choose from. I would recommend the following: Hotel Alfonso XIII – Probably the best hotel in Seville, with wonderful 5-star service and facilities, and with beautiful interiors, but comes with a hefty price tag. Fernando III – Modern 4-star hotel with an attractive rooftop swimming pool and drinks terrace. Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia – Traditional 4-star hotel with strong Spanish influence and ceramics and furniture to match. Eurostar's Sevilla Boutique Hotel – Modern, stylish bedrooms and the most excellent Breakfast Selection, served indoors or outside, in the quiet courtyard. EAT & DRINK Tapas is an obsession in Seville, and a few places to start with include Las Teresas, Café Levies and Casa de la Moneda . EME – Has a vibrant rooftop bar serving a great choice of cocktails; superb views of the illuminated cathedral at night. Sherry is also widely favoured as the local top tipple. RELAX Aire Ancient Baths & Spa – pre-book to ensure you get in during your visit. For FREE expert advice on Seville and all other worldwide destinations, contact Mark Gibson, Travel Counsellor on 01273 761060 or



Nick Mosley, Managing Director of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival CIC, rounds up the month’s food news

Chard at Café Rust Since opening in October last year, the team behind Chard have had an impressive few months. Best described as a ‘resident pop-up,’ they operate an evening service from Café Rust on Preston Road near the viaduct on Tuesday to Friday evenings. Chard offers a fine dining experience in a relaxed setting. Dishes have a strong focus on local and seasonal ingredients and include some creative vegetarian options. After completing a degree in sculpture, head chef and partner in the business, Benny Sullivan, honed her skills in both London and Galway before deciding to open her first restaurant in Brighton & Hove. “Having studied sculpture at university, I love to present an interesting aesthetic”, says Benny. “I enjoy playing with food, purely for the experience. When working as a pastry chef I always enjoyed recreating nostalgic classics, working on them until they were just right and seeing people enjoy them. What can I say? I’m a feeder!” Chard at Café Rust, 50 Preston Road, Brighton BN1 4QF |

Youjuice 60 seconds with… Ian Atkinson, Head Chef, Market Restaurant & Bar Guilty secret food?

Cheese on toast. Worcester sauce is essential. First kitchen job?

Commis chef at Sizzlers Wine Bar in Magherfielt, Northern Ireland. Seafood or meat?

If I had to pick one, seafood. Favourite restaurant?

Bonloc Stockholm – sadly, now closed. Chef you most admire?

Alain Passard. Essential ingredient?

Vinegar. Favourite international cuisine?

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Brighton’s juicing guru, Anita Drozd of Youjuice, is evangelical about the benefits of cold-press juices, a passion clearly shared by the good people of the city as she now has three retail outlets from North Laine to Hove. “Our raw, cold-pressed juice is full of enzymes and minerals, and, thanks to it’s unique extraction method, is absorbed quickly, so the effects can be noticed immediately,” says Anita. “Many people see the following during and after a juice cleanse: clear skin, weight loss, reduced bloating, feeling energised, better sleeping patterns and a stronger immune system.” Cold-pressed juice is an excellent source of nutrients, enzymes, minerals and vitamins, so there is no doubt that it contributes to a balanced diet. However, Anita says its important to balance juices out with more substantial meals, too. "The human body also needs fibre and proteins, which cannot be found in good-quality cold-pressed juice. That’s why we don’t stop at juice and offer an extended range of nutritious and delicious soups, salads and raw snacks, which play huge part in a healthy, balanced diet.” 96 North Road BN1 1YE Brighton | 01273 003 810 17 Montpelier Place, BN1 3BF Brighton | 01273 220 541 48 Brunswick Street East BN3 1AU | 01273 204 003


“The meat is low in fat and high in protein and vitamins. In fact, venison is nutritionally similar to skinless chicken, but with a lot more depth and flavour”

Foxhole Gin There appears to be no stopping the trend for craft gins in the UK, and with numerous small-batch distilleries across Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and Surrey, Sussex and the south of England are no exception. A recent addition to the fold, Foxhole Spirits, is uniquely using the waste product from the English wine industry that otherwise would go for composting or animal feed. Once the grapes are harvested and pressed as much as is viable for quality wine production, there is still a significant amount of grape pulp left. Known in French as ‘marc,’ this can be pressed further to extract more juice, which can be distilled into a white spirit to create the base for gin (or vodka, or indeed any other spirit). Foxhole Spirits are using the marc from Bolney Wine Estate in West Sussex to produce their unique flavoured gin. “There is significant scope to utilise more by-product, not only from our existing relationship with Bolney Wine Estate, but with any of the now over 500 vineyards planted in the UK,” says Marketing Manager Matt Wilson. “This issue of under-utilising by-product from wineries is a national one, and we can step in to assist with the challenge.” Foxhole Gin is available at selected bars, restaurants and retailers across Sussex Visit for more information

Photo credit: Julia Claxon

Taste of Game Now is the time to enjoy British game meats, with the season currently open for all six species of UK deer. There are six species of deer that live in the UK, but only Red Deer and Roe Deer are truly native species, although Fallow Deer were introduced by the Romans 2,000 years ago and tend now to be regarded as native too. The other three small deer species – Sika, Muntjac and Chinese Water – are all invasive species that have adapted to the UK environment,

having escaped from zoos and private collections in the past 200 years. Venison is the king of game meats. By its nature – coming from a wild animal rather than an intensively bred farm-fattened domestic animal – the meat is low in fat and high in protein and vitamins. In fact, venison is nutritionally similar to skinless chicken, but with a lot more depth and flavour. The current UK wild deer population is estimate to be around 1.5 million animals and growing. The problem with deer is that they no longer have any natural predators in the UK, other than humans. Hence, without some control, their numbers will continue to spiral. The UK Highway Authority says that each year there are on average around 50,000 road accidents caused by deer, which translates to 20 human deaths annually. Deer are also partial to munching their way through commercial crops; here in Sussex they are a frequent, if unwelcome, visitor to our vineyards, alongside grain crops. Whilst you’ll always get the freshest seasonal game meat from your local butcher or game dealer, you’ll also now find it in the fridge and freezer section of all the major supermarkets, including Aldi and Lidl. Visit for more information about local game meats and recipe ideas.


A TOUCH OF CLASS Daniel Frickelton ferrets an old pal out of his cosy rural retreat and heads for the pizazz of Brighton City to rediscover the delights of another old friend – The Restaurant at Drakes Hotel...


last visited Drakes over five years ago. I needed to impress a dozen or so high-profile clients who knew their way around a menu and a wine list, and the restaurant at Drakes filled the bill nicely. Not only did it enjoy a solid reputation, its location a long baguette from Brighton Pier provided the ideal, central coastal meeting place. My dinner guests were mightily impressed, especially when we arrived at the cheese course... Ah, the cheese. It was round and nestled in its own basket. We handed it round the table, each diner in turn scooping unctuous, meltingly marvellous mouthfuls of this French treasure with a bit of baguette until it was gone. I can't recall if we were sufficiently dignified to decline licking out the basket for the last few morsels. Roger and I began our present journey in the bar, where we were greeted by Carla Ter Maat and her friendly team. As we sipped our glasses of Hindleap sparkling Rosé – a particularly smooth, fruity 2013 cuvée from Bluebell Vineyard, near Haywards Heath – we chatted with Carla about the booming success of so many Sussex vineyards


and the growing prominence of Sussex produce in restaurant kitchens in recent years. “Fresh, high-quality local ingredients... it really is the most natural thing in the world,” said Carla. “Don't know why anyone ever did anything else.” Some very tempting luncheon items were being arranged on a nearby table in readiness for a local business lunch meeting. With rumbling tummies, we headed for the downstairs restaurant. Welcome to Eddie's world. We took in the décor of this elegant, intimate space as Eddie showed us to our table - chairs one side, comfy, well-upholstered sofa bench on the other. The muted colour scheme, the original brickwork – remains of underground archways from another era – all contribute to a deep sense of relaxed, sophisticated refinement. We used to call this a touch of class. As Eddie was irrevocably, undeniably French, I was curious to know his real name. “It is Eddie,” he insisted. “It's what is actually written on my birth certificate.” Eddie would prove to be interesting in many ways


as the meal progressed. I had wandered into his serving station just off the dining room during my customary walkabout. “Is this where they send the difficult customers?” I quipped. Eddie smiled mischievously, pointed to my sofa seat at our table and said, “That's where we put the troublemakers.” Touché! The January lunch menu was, unsurprisingly, lean (2 starters, 3 mains), mean (3 courses £25) and hungry-making, with classic meat, fish and veggie options to please the great majority of diners, a few proven pudding favourites...and cheese. I shared my historical cheese experience with Eddie as he took our orders. “OMG, the Vacherin Mont d'Or,” he cried, eyes rolling heavenward like the images of St Teresa of Avila in the throes of religious rapture. “That comes from the same place I do, in France.” Apparently, this little gem is still on the menu at Drakes... Roger went for the all-fish options, starting with beetroot-cured sea trout prepared like gravadlax, which looked spectacular and disappeared faster than you could say kohlrabi and carrot remoulade. This was followed by the catch of the day, pan-fried cod on a bed of saffron risotto, dressed with a handful of large blue mussels and chorizo and prawn foam and crowned with a large pink prawn perched playfully on its tail. Roger thought it was almost a shame to spoil the beauty of this dish by eating it, but he found the strength to overcome his reluctance. I went down the all-meat path, which started with a shortrib pastrami, ingredients courtesy of Beal's Farm, with perfectly pickled cucumber and cardamom soup with nutmeg and orange foam, all served with generous slices of sour dough toast. Simplicity and quality of ingredients made this dish a thing of beauty. My main was bavette steak (Wagyu), a cut of meat that must be just pink. Anything too rare or well done will require too much chewing. This bavette was done to perfection, toothsome and full of flavour. It was served with fat-cut chips, my preferred sauce (bearnaise) and a simple salad. Voilà! The decision to entrust our wine pairings to Eddie proved to be an astute one. It soon became apparent that if there is anything worth knowing about pairing of wine and food, Eddie knows it. His choices of whites and reds to accompany our starters and my main were evidence of his deep understanding of compatibility of flavours. The Château Barbier 2009 Sauternes and the sweet, red Richotto de la Valpolicella for the puddings and cheeses were unexpected and

amazing. No lectures from Eddie, just a few words on provenance and grape varieties, and get drinking! For this man, it's all about sharing of treasures. Before devouring a banana toffee brûlée with vanilla raisin ice cream and carrot and chocolate roulade with cherry sauce, we were presented with a selection of British and French cheeses with homemade chutney. And there it was, the pièce de résistance...a generous wedge of the magical Vacherin Mont d'Or, oozing class and pedigree,

“The muted colour scheme, the original brickwork – remains of underground archways from another era – all contribute to a deep sense of relaxed, sophisticated refinement” like everything else at the Restaurant at Drakes Hotel. It was our turn to look like St Teresa. At the neighbouring table a well-known (retired) food writer and her mother were enjoying our oohs and ah’s nearly as much as their own meals. Perhaps she knew that The Restaurant has once again been awarded the highest score awarded to a Brighton restaurant in The Good Food Guide 2018, making this the 9th consecutive year Drakes has achieved this prestigious accolade, a real testament to the excellence of this restaurant and the creative Modern European fine dining created by a team of passionate Chefs. It occurred to me that Drakes may be where retired food critics come home to roost. I, for one, will certainly not be waiting that long to return for another touch of class. See you there. The Restaurant at Drakes 43-44 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1PE 01273 696934


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UNFUSSY NEW FAVOURITES Deb Perelman, award-winning blogger and New York Times best-selling author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, understands that a happy discovery in the kitchen has the ability to completely change the course of your day


hether we’re cooking for ourselves, for a date night in, for a Sunday supper with friends, or for family on a busy weeknight, we all want recipes that are unfussy to make with triumphant results. Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites presents more than one hundred impossible-to-resist recipes—almost all of them brandnew, plus a few favourites from her website—that will make you want to stop what you’re doing right now and cook. These are real recipes for real people—people with busy lives who don’t want to sacrifice flavour or quality to eat meals they’re really excited about. From Sticky Toffee Waffles (sticky toffee pudding you can eat for breakfast), to the Perfect Blueberry Muffins, from the (unapologetically inauthentic) Kale Caesar with Broken Eggs and Crushed Croutons to the Smoky Sheet Pan Chicken with Cauliflower, finished off with the Chocolate Pecan Slab Pie, these are recipes for your Forever Files. Deb Perelman is a self-taught home cook, photographer, and the creator of She is the author of the New York Times best-selling The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, which won the IACP Julia Child Award. Deb lives in New York City with her husband, son, and daughter. >


SPICED CARROT AND PEPPER SOUP WITH A COUSCOUS SWIRL This is that rare, magical soup that looks pretty and has enough going on to keep an adult engaged but is also loved by kids. It probably didn’t hurt that I was inspired by two different soups I’ve loved— one, a simple summery red-pepper soup; another, a carrot soup with spices—and also by couscous, which was pretty much a staple for us when I was growing up but has fallen out of rotation around here thanks to the tempting whole grains available these days. It’s really quick to make, and it also has a lightness and delicacy that go well with vegetable dishes.




Make the soup base: Heat a large heavy pot over medium- high heat. Add the olive oil, and once it is very hot, add the garlic and onion. Cook until lightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes, then add the peppers. Cook until they begin to soften, about 10 minutes, then add the carrots and cook for 5 minutes together. Add the cumin, paprika, and other spices, and cook for 1 minute more. Pour in the broth and salt, and bring to a simmer. Cover, and simmer over gentle heat until the carrots and peppers are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Use a hand blender (or transfer to an upright blender) to purée the mixture until smooth. Add the harissa a dollop at a time, to taste.

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2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil,
 4 garlic cloves 1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped or sliced 6 large red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces 455 grams (1 pound) carrots, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon sweet paprika 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger A few saffron threads, crumbled (optional) 710 ml (3 cups) vegetable or chicken broth 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste 1 tablespoon prepared harissa, plus more to taste Picked coriander leaves


Meanwhile, make the couscous: Using 120 ml (1/2 cup) broth or water, a pinch or two of salt (if using water) bring the broth or water and salt to a simmer. Stir in 85 grams (1/2 cup) uncooked dried fine couscous. Cover the pot, and remove from the heat. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Right before serving, stir to fluff the couscous. To serve: ladle the soup into bowls, and spoon a couple tablespoons of cooked couscous into the center of each, swirling it in slightly. Scatter over a handful of chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or coriander and serve with lemon wedges.


KALE CAESAR WITH BROKEN EGGS AND CRUSHED CROUTONS The terrain of kale salads, dishes with runny eggs on top, and variations on Caesar salads has been so thoroughly trodden, trampled, and squeezed for life that about the only excuse left for creating variations on it is, to be completely honest, about the only good reason to cook anything ever: it’s so good you basically cannot shut up about it. And so it happened that we fell in love with a Caesar salad riff we make at home, in which the usual romaine hearts are replaced by kale, runny eggs run amok throughout, and the croutons are crushed to fragrant olive-oil/toasted-Parmesan crumbs that cling to the eggs and dressing.


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2 large eggs 140 grams (about 5 cups or 5 ounces) baby or regular kale leaves, the latter sliced into thin ribbons 30 grams (1/4 cup) grated Parmesan Breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
 A few fine gratings of lemon zest
 20 grams (1/3 cup) panko breadcrumbs

“The only excuse left for creating variations on it is, to be completely honest, about the only good reason to cook anything ever”

METHOD Prepare the egg: Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil. Carefully lower in the eggs and lower heat to a sim- mer. Cook for 7 minutes, drain, and run under cold water. Make the breadcrumbs: In a small frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring until barely golden, about 30 seconds. Add the lemon zest and breadcrumbs, and sauté them until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Set the breadcrumbs aside until needed. Make the dressing: Whisk all ingredients together, and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Assemble the salad: Carefully peel the cooked eggs— running them under cold water if it helps—and rinse them of any clinging shells. Toss the kale with half the dressing. Pile a third of the dressed kale in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with a third of the crumbs and a third of the Parmesan, and then, right over the salad, chop the first egg into rough quarters (I do this right over the salad so I don’t have any spillage) and scatter a few of the pieces over it. Repeat twice. Serve with remaining dressing on the side.

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THE NEW ŠKODA KAROQ Introducing the new ŠKODA Karoq. Plus, the ‘Kid Karoq’ for those who aren’t quite old enough to enjoy the grown-up toys available in the brand’s all-new compact SUV


nown for some of the most family-friendly cars in the business, ŠKODA has taken things a step further with the creation of a special one-off Karoq, made entirely from cardboard. The handmade ‘Kid Karoq’ has been designed as the perfect play area for those who aren’t quite old enough to enjoy the many grown-up toys available in the brand’s all-new compact SUV. The life-sized cardboard creation took 10 weeks and more than 600 hours to construct by British design studio Lazerian, and has been built to the exact scale of the real Karoq: 4.4 metres long and 1.6 metres tall. Commissioned by ŠKODA UK to celebrate the launch of the new compact SUV, which went on sale in the UK on 11 January 2018, the brand drew inspiration for the cardboard version from 1,000 kids aged 6 to 11 - who told ŠKODA what features they’d pack into their perfect car. Among the highest-polling responses from the kids’ survey were


the ability to play music of their choice (42.5%), a tablet to play and stream programmes on (67.6%), and an integrated movie projector (35.4%) – ideal for watching family favourites. The research further highlighted that kids’ imaginations are as active as ever: almost three-quarters (73.5%) of children surveyed said that they have built their own cardboard creations. Inside, the Kid Karoq has everything the children asked for – plus some additional goodies. Mini-motorists can climb into a handcrafted driver’s seat and play with a portable games console installed in the dash display. The cardboard centre console also houses a digital tablet that controls a set of wireless Canton speakers and mirrors many of the features found in the real Karoq’s 9.2-inch Columbus infotainment system. This means they can choose the music without pesky grown-ups changing the track. In the absence of the LED ambient lighting found in the real Karoq, children can dance the day away under a multi-coloured disco ball.


t the turn of the year, ŠKODA AUTO began series production of the new ŠKODA Karoq at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic In 2017, almost 547,000 ŠKODA vehicles left the factory. ŠKODA AUTO has invested around 16.6 million euros in the Karoq production line at its main plant. The new compact SUV combines dynamic design with an extraordinary amount of space, new driver assistance systems, plus powerful and highly efficient engines. The individually programmable digital instrument panel is available for the first time in a ŠKODA. The Karoq’s display can be personalised and connected with the infotainment system. Thanks to an LTE module and Wi-Fi hotspot, every passenger in the ŠKODA Karoq can be ‘always online’. Further information about the all-new Karoq can be found at

“Inside, the Kid Karoq has everything the children asked for – plus some additional goodies” A slide-and-ball pool takes pride of place in the Kid Karoq, containing over 1,500 balls – the precise number of balls that fit into the real Karoq’s cavernous 1,810-litre boot space. Other features include a WiFi hotspot, a film projector, playtime bean bags and a toy box. The design team even managed to create a secret den underneath the bonnet where children can keep an eye on the outside world through cleverly disguised spy holes. Although the one-off Kid Karoq is not for sale, the real Karoq starts from £20,875 OTR and sets new standards for connectivity, practicality and comfort in what is one of the most competitive sectors of the new-car market. As with its larger sibling – the seven-seater Kodiaq – the Karoq delivers the perfect balance of practicality, comfort and value. Striking looks and a raft of new driver assistance systems and incar technology are the hallmarks of ŠKODA’s growing family of SUVs.



ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY This month we take a look at a beautiful cycle route starting in Peacehaven and running along side the River Ouse


rom rolling hills to bustling market towns, theSouth Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,600km² of breathtaking views, hidden gems and quintessentially English scenery. A rich tapestry of wildlife, landscapes, tranquillity and visitor attractions, weave together a story of people and place in harmony. The Egrets Way is a new and developing network of interlinking, safe and accessible cycle and walking routes within the Ouse Valley between the County Town of Lewes and the channel port of Newhaven including the parishes of Kingston, Swanborough, Iford, Northease & Rodmell, Southease, and Piddinghoe. The way is already providing some safe and accessible walking and cycling routes, and much of it will be suitable for buggies, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and child cyclists. To date, paths have been completed running from Kingston to Lewes and also from Rodmell to Southease. Now the project is continuing the process of constructing the path, which will largely run alongside the River Ouse. Along this trail you can stop and visit Monks House. This tranquil 17th century cottage was inhabited by the novelist Virginia Woolf from 1919 and is now managed by the National Trust. The Woolfs bought Monk’s House for the ‘shape and fertility and wildness of the garden’. Today, the lovely cottage garden contains a mix of flowers, vegetables, orchards, lawns and ponds.


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care on the steep descent. The road climbs steeply from the village for 400m.

Piddinghoe and Peacehaven. (Continue for 500m to visit the YHA South Downs café.)

1 Start from Gateway Cafe at Centenary Park, passing to the right of the play area. Proceed down the hill, crossing a small road and continue uphill following the gravel path.

6 At the top of the hill, on the left, take the right hand gate and descend the gravel bridleway across farmland. Take care as the surface can be quite loose and slippery when wet. (Alternative Route – you can follow the road descending to the C7 at Southease and rejoin the route towards point 10.

11 Pass through the gate and follow the tarmac path adjacent to the ‘C7’ Lewes Road for 100m. Carefully cross the ‘C7’ and follow the bridleway gravel track, passing to the left of the ornamental gates. Stay on the gravel track for 3/4 mile.

2 Turn left following the uneven bridleway,

7 Proceed through the gate and turn

Distance: 8 miles (13 km) Time: 1.5–2 hours Route: Bridleways, gravel tracks and some quiet lanes. Suitable for mountain bikes with off-road/knobbly tyres.

then turn left at the concrete road, passing the houses and business units. Take care crossing Pelham Rise road and proceed along Glynn Road for approximately 1/2 mile.

right onto the gravel track passing through Cricketing Bottom and South Farm. Follow the gravel track for 1.5 miles. Beware of farm vehicle movements.

12 Follow the bridleway through Halcombe Farm onto a tarmac surface, ascending a fairly steep hill for 300m. Beware of moving vehicles for 1/2 mile particularly near the buildings. Join Telscombe Road at the edge of Peacehaven village and follow the road for 400m.

3 Continue through the bollards along Glynn Road West then turn left at the T junction onto Telscombe Road for approximately 200m. Turn right onto a gravel road, note the sign saying ‘No Access to C7’. Follow the gravel road for 1/2 mile to Telscombe Tye.

8 Continue straight, following the South Downs Way National Trail along the valley.

13 Turn left onto Pelham Rise at the T junction and follow the road for 400m.

9 Turn right onto a narrow gravel path, following the South Downs Way and proceed through the gate to ascend the very steep hill for 50m – most cyclists push their bikes here! Cross farmland for 100m and through a second gate onto Gorham’s Lane. Turn right onto the C7 and immediately left after 20m onto a narrow lane to Southease village following the South Downs Way.

14 Turn left off Pelham Rise and retrace the earlier route via Lower Hoddern Farm turning right onto a gravel bridleway after the houses to Centenary Park, Peacehaven, to finish at the Gateway Cafe.

4 Proceed through the gate and follow the track uphill. Take care – the surface is quite loose with small gullies. 5 Join the tarmac road, pause and enjoy

the view before crossing the cattle grid and descending through Telscombe village. Take

10 Pass through the gate joining the Egrets Way following the River Ouse, signposted to

For more information about walks in the region, contact South Downs National Park Authority. Tel: 0300 303 1053, or visit


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Two major international sporting events take over the small screen this February


n South Korea Team GB will be confident of adding to its historic 26 Winter Olympic medals - thanks in part to a doubling of Winter Sport funding from £13.5m in Sochi to £29.7m. The medal target for GB of between four and eight medals is higher than ever. Our main hopes rest on Elise Christie and Lizzy Yarnold. In a programme to be transmitted days before the Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony on 8th February, Clare Balding travels to South Korea. Clare takes in a flavour of the country, meeting local people and getting their views on the Games, while also looking into the political landscape and how rising tensions between North Korea and the USA affect people’s daily lives. Also in the programme, Sochi Olympic slope-style bronze medallist Jenny Jones meets Yorkshire 20-year-old Katie Ormerod, who is set to challenge in the new Big Air event and the Snowboard Slopestyle. In the alpine events, Dave Ryding became the first Briton for 36 years to claim a World Cup medal when he made the slalom podium in Kitzbühel in 2017. Former Olympian Chemmy Alcott meets the Lancashire skier, whose incredible underdog story includes learning to ski on a dry slope in Pendle. Chemmy also meets American alpine star Lindsey Vonn, who will attempt to win a second Olympic gold in PyeongChang. Finally, Clare meets Winter Olympic ice dancing legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, who relive their golden moment in Sarajevo 1984 before looking at the UK’s oddly ingrained fascination with winter sport since the Games' inception in Chamonix in 1924. Below are the 12 British contenders to watch out for, pushing for a podium finish in 2018.

Lizzy Yarnold: Skeleton Lizzy Yarnold has an enviable CV, which includes Olympic, World and European Championship gold medals. Yarnold took a year’s break from the sport in 2016 and will arrive in PyeongChang as the defending champion after a dominant victory at the Sochi Winter Games - leading from start to finish to give Great Britain successive skeleton gold medals following Amy Williams’ triumph in Vancouver in 2010. Eve Muirhead: Curling Eve Muirhead leads the British women’s curling rink for her third consecutive Winter Olympic Games. Team Muirhead won bronze at Sochi 2014, having claimed the world title the previous year. Fastforward to 2018 and they will be looking to emulate the memorable gold medal won by Rhona Martin’s GB rink in Salt Lake City in 2002. Muirhead will not want for support in South Korea: brothers Thomas and Glen are both part of the men’s British curling squad. Elise Christie: Short track speed skating Elise Christie will arrive in South Korea as a three-time reigning world champion. Christie was disqualified in all three of her events at the Sochi Winter Olympics but returned in style at the 2017 World Championships in Rotterdam. Her trio of gold medals in the Netherlands were the first ever by a British woman and she’ll be bidding to make more history in South Korea. James Woods: Freestyle Skiing Despite carrying a hip injury into the competition, freestyle skier James Woods still managed to finish an impressive fifth at Sochi 2014. Four years on, “Woodsy” will be bidding to turn slope-style World


Championship bronze from 2017 into PyeongChang gold. The Sheffield skier also won X Games gold in January 2017 in the big air event, which is not part of the current Winter Olympics schedule. Katie Ormerod: Freestyle Snowboarding Former gymnast Katie Ormerod is a medal contender in freestyle snowboarding’s slope-style and big air events following an impressive 2016-17 season which included bronze at the X Games. Ormerod’s X Games heroics came in the slopestyle competition, but she has also excelled in the new Winter Olympic discipline of big air - claiming her first-ever World Cup victory in Moscow. Last season came to a painful conclusion when she fractured a vertebra in training at the World Championships, but she is fighting fit and ready to challenge for medals in South Korea. Billy Morgan: Freestyle Snowboarding Billy Morgan, like team-mate Katie Ormerod, has a background in gymnastics and puts that prowess to great use in freestyle snowboarding. Like Ormerod, he too has climbed the X Games podium - winning big air bronze in Oslo in February 2016. Morgan, a former acrobat who can walk downstairs on his hands, competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi - finishing 10th in the slope-style. Katie Summerhayes: Freestyle Skiing Katie Summerhayes is yet another medal contender from the ultra-talented GB freestyle skiing and snowboarding team. Like James Woods, she learned her trade on the dry ski slopes of Sheffield and has enjoyed similar success to her teammate at global level. Summerhayes finished seventh in slope-style in Sochi but has since gone on to make British history - becoming the

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first female British skier to win a freestyle World Championships medal, with slope-style silver in Austria in January 2015. Her younger sister Molly competes for Great Britain in the ski half-pipe. Isabel Atkin: Freestyle Skiing Isabel Atkin won freestyle skiing slope-style bronze at the 2017 World Championships in March to put herself firmly into the medal contenders bracket for PyeongChang. Earlier that month, Atkin had made history by becoming the first British female skier to win a World Cup slope-style event. The US-born skier lives in Park City, Utah, and is eligible for Great Britain through her English father. Dave Ryding: Alpine Skiing Slalom specialist Dave Ryding catapulted himself into the Winter Olympic medallist conversation with an historic World Cup slalom silver in January 2017. It was Britain’s best result for 35 years since Konrad Bartelski came second in a downhill World Cup contest in Italy in 1981. It was one of six top-10 finishes in last season’s World Cup for Ryding, a two-time Olympian who finished 17th at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Andrew Musgrave: Cross-country Skiing Two-time Olympian Andrew Musgrave was less than two seconds away from Britain’s first-ever Nordic skiing World Championship medal in 2017 - finishing an agonising fourth in March’s 50km freestyle mass-start race in Finland. Fast-forward to 2018 and the Scotland-born, Norway-based skier is

dreaming of going one better and climbing the Winter Olympic podium in South Korea. Musgrave has already enjoyed a breakthrough result in the 2017-18 season, claiming a first-ever World Cup podium finish with bronze in the 15km freestyle race in Toblach, Italy in December. Lamin Deen: Bobsleigh Former sprinter Lamin Deen is the pilot of a British four-man bobsleigh team that will head to PyeongChang with high hopes of challenging for the medals. Deen and the British quartet finished an impressive fifth at the 2015 World Championships. Three years later, and with the likes of Olympic 4x100m relay gold medallist Mark Lewis-Francis part of the GB set-up, Deen & Co. will be hoping to shine in South Korea. Kyle Smith: Curling Led by skip Kyle Smith, the debutant men’s rink will be hoping to emulate the British men’s heroics from Sochi in 2014 when David Murdoch & Co. won the silver medal. Team Smith enjoyed impressive success at junior level - most notably claiming World Junior Championship gold in 2013. With female skip Eve Muirhead’s brothers Thomas and Glen part of the squad, there is certainly some impressive pedigree. Team Smith made history by becoming the first British men’s team ever to reach a Grand Slam final in Canada in 2017. Winter Olympics: BBC and other media channels, 9th to 25th February Clare Balding’s Road to the Winter Games: BBC TWO Thursday, 8th February at 7pm

NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship


ales v Scotland kicks off the 2018 edition of the Six Nations Championship and all matches will be shown live on either the BBC or ITV. England, back-to-back winners, having lifted the trophy in 2016 and 2017, are looking to become the first nation to win the Six Nations three times in a row and begin the defense of their crown with a trip to Rome. All matches will be played on either Saturday or Sunday, bar one. In Round Three, France host Italy in Marseille on Friday night.

ROUND ONE Wales v Scotland Principality Stadium (Cardiff) Saturday, February 3, 2.15pm, BBC France v Ireland Stade de France (Paris) Saturday, February 3, 4.45pm, BBC Italy v England Stadio Olimpico (Rome) Sunday, February 4, 3pm, ITV ROUND TWO Ireland v Italy Aviva Stadium (Dublin)

Saturday, February 10, 2.15pm, ITV England v Wales Twickenham (London) Saturday, February 10, 4.45pm, ITV Scotland v France Murrayfield (Edinburgh) Sunday, February 11, 3pm, BBC ROUND THREE France v Italy Orange Velodrome (Marseille) Friday, February 23, 8pm, ITV Ireland v Wales

Aviva Stadium (Dublin) Saturday, February 24, 2.15pm, BBC Scotland v England Murrayfield (Edinburgh) Saturday, February 24, 4.45pm, BBC ROUND FOUR Ireland v Scotland Aviva Stadium (Dublin) Saturday, March 10, 2.15pm, ITV France v England Stade de France (Paris) Saturday, March 10, 4.45pm, BBC

Wales v Italy Principality Stadium (Cardiff) Sunday, March 11, 3pm, BBC ROUND FIVE Italy v Scotland Stadio Olimpico (Rome) Saturday, March 17, 12.30pm, ITV England v Ireland Twickenham (London) Saturday, March 17, 2.45pm, ITV Wales v France Principality Stadium (Cardiff) Saturday, March 17, 5pm, BBC


LOCAL news

LOCAL NEWS YOUNG CITY READS 2018 Collected Works CIC and Brighton Festival have revealed that Greg James' and Chris Smith's Kid Normal has been chosen as the 2018 'big read' for children across Brighton & Hove and beyond. The concept is simple: one book, by one author, is selected for the whole community to read, explore, discuss and creatively engage with. Familiar to radio audiences as the hosts of Radio 1’s Greg James Show and its accompanying podcast That’s What He Said, Greg James' and Chris Smith’s Kid Normal tells the story of a boy who accidentally enrols in a school for children with superpowers. Chris Smith’s literary career so far includes winning the H E Bates Short Photo credit: Jenny Smith Story Competition 1981 (under-10s section) with his tale Where Are the Brandy Snaps? Primary school teachers and classes are being invited to register online (for free) and agree to read Kid Normal together in class between (1 March – 18 May 2018). For more information visit

THE VINE CLUB A new workspace members’ club, The Vine Club, opened its doors in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine at the end of January. The brainchild of husband and wife team Carl Rush and Helen Rush, who run Brighton-based creative agency Crush Creative and illustration agency Agency Rush respectively, The Vine Club will offer a super-stylish, relaxed, premium workspace designed to attract entrepreneurs, innovators and creative businesses alike. The couple’s inspiration for The Vine Club came from many years' working in similar environments in New York. Helen explains, “The Vine Club aims to provide a flexible style of working or a second business space for like-minded business communities in Brighton. You can expect a calm, relaxed and elegant environment and the chance to network, promote your business and collaborate. With the numbers of flexible workers growing annually to 4.2million in the last ten years, it’s an upward trend that we are excited to be at the heart of.” The Vine Club will also be available in the evening as an event space for private and corporate events.

TOURISM FIGURES BOUNCE BACK Latest tourism figures show visits to the city are up six per cent. Brighton and Hove’s one billiona-year tourism industry bounced back from poor numbers in 2015, with a 6.4 per cent increase in trips and a 3.2 per cent increase in expenditure in 2016. The figures, compiled by Tourism South East, reveal an estimated 1,607,000 ‘staying trips’ were spent in Brighton and Hove in 2016, of which about 1,228,000 were made by domestic visitors and 379,000 by overseas visitors. Compared with 2015, total overnight trip volume increased by 10.4 per cent. The 2016 numbers also show an increase in tourism day trips with 9.6 million trips made in 2016, up by 5.8 per cent from 2015, with spend by daytrippers increasing by 6.2 per cent to £353 million. Total expenditure by visitors is estimated to have been in the region of £885.9 million in 2016, an increase of 3.2 per cent compared with 2015.

TRAIN PAYOUTS SOAR FOR DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS Compensation payouts for delayed and cancelled trains have soared with the company serving Brighton and Hove paying out more than any other franchise. Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which runs Southern and Thameslink services, paid out almost £15 million to frustrated passengers in 2016-17, up from £2.23 million in the previous financial year. Most claims were for delays of more than half an hour – the qualifying period has now been reduced to 15 minutes. And it was a year punctuated by industrial action by rail unions. The £15 million paid out to GTR passengers represents more than a fifth of all compensation across the entire country.


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BRIGHTON SWIMMER REPRESENTS BRITAIN Brighton swimmer Fabienne Andre, a former Longhill and BHASVIC student, is currently studying for a physiotherapy degree at Brunel University and has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2018 Cerebral Palsy (CP) World Games, which takes place in Spain in August 2018. After years of dedicated training and balancing studies with the early starts and late finishes required by swimmers, this is a dream come true. However, there is currently no central support or funding for the CP World Games, so athletes with qualifying times who are selected to represent the GB Team are required to self-fund to cover the costs of training, accommodation, travel and fees. Fabienne is now fitting in maximum training as well as her studies and is exploiting fundraising to raise the necessary money. Visit Fabienne’s Go Fund Me page here:

CHOIR RAISES OVER £4,000 FOR LOCAL CHARITIES An organisation running choirs for people who have experienced homelessness (The Choir with No Name) raised £4,367 for local charities at The Big Christmas Singalong, at Brighton Dome. The money will be shared evenly between Brighton Housing Trust, The Clock Tower Sanctuary and The Choir with No Name. Marie Benton, CEO and Founder of The Choir with No Name, says:”Thanks to Brighton Dome and event sponsors Civitas Social Housing, Inside Housing, JLL and National Express, whose donations meant that we could give all our homeless and marginalised choir members the opportunity to perform in such a fabulous venue. We had over 170 homeless singers on stage, with members from our Liverpool and Birmingham choirs travelling the length of the country to get there. The Brighton audience was wonderful - so welcoming and up for getting involved, which is what the Choir with No Name is all about! The Choir with No Name provides welcoming choir communities for those who have been affected by homelessness or are marginalised due to other factors, such as mental health problems or drug and alcohol addiction. Members get a hot, nutritious meal after each weekly rehearsal and have the opportunity to make friends, learn new skills and get themselves back on their feet. Find out more at

CAMPAIGNERS RELIGHT ARMADA BEACON ON HOVE SEAFRONT The “Armada” beacon on Hove seafront has been relit for the first time in nearly 30 years. The beacon – by the Lagoon on Hove seafront – had last been lit in 1988 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Spanish Armada of 1588. Councillor Robert Nemeth and fellow campaigners now want the memorial beacon to be lit every night – this time with modern LEDs. When Councillor Nemeth and his fellow Wish Ward representative, Councillor Garry Peltzer Dunn, called for volunteers to support their proposal to light Hove’s seafront beacon annually, their call was answered by Wish resident Eleni Shiarlis, a professional lighting designer, who proposed that the beacon be lit with LEDs rather than fire, and created a low-energy prototype light to make the point. The light has now been tested and Councillor Nemeth says: “Rather than a dark silhouette, the promenade is now graced with a proud structure befitting of its extraordinary history.”

HUB FOR START-UPS FIELD was created by developer and regeneration specialist U+I in August 2015. A derelict building at Preston Barracks in Brighton was transformed into a co-working space for a collection of innovative, start-up local businesses while the site awaited planning permission and development. Each of the businesses offered something very different, but working together to offer one another advice, support and community, these businesses have been able to grow and develop at a rate that wouldn’t have been possible alone. Sarah Chitty, development manager at U+I, said: “These learnings will feed into our plans for a 50,000 sq ft incubator hub for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs which will be part of the final scheme.” Construction at Preston Barracks is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2018 to deliver a £300-million public-private partnership project which will create over 1,500 jobs, hundreds of new homes and attract more than £500 million into the city over the next ten years, as part of the Momentum Lewes Road scheme.



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CELEBRITY interview

OUTDOOR LIFE Scientist and TV presenter Professor Alice Roberts talks kayaking and camper vans


or anyone who’s watched a science documentary over the last fifteen years or so, the chances are Professor Alice Roberts will be a familiar face to you. Ever since her first appearance on Channel 4’s Time Team Live, back in 2001, she’s been busy writing and presenting a series of high-profile TV programmes and series that have explored a diverse range of subjects, from Ice Age woolly mammoths to the benefits of wild swimming. Alice’s fresh and engaging style has won her legions of fans, inspiring viewers as she enlightens us on the mysteries of our planet’s history. A professor at the University of Birmingham, Alice has also published several bestselling books, whilst finding time to support worthwhile causes - from heart health to science communication. So how did this modest West-Country girl rise from being a waitress to one of TV’s best-loved science presenters? Born in Bristol, Alice was a hardworking schoolgirl with a paper round and a waitressing job in a small hotel. She went on to study medicine at university and after graduation worked as a junior NHS doctor in South Wales. In 1998 Alice took up a teaching job in the anatomy department at the University of Bristol. She fell in love with teaching and made the hard decision to leave her clinical work for academia, becoming a lecturer and researching for a PhD in evolutionary anatomy and pathology. It was while Alice was at Bristol University that she started to write reports on human bones for Channel 4’s Time Team Live – research which led to regular appearances on the programme from 2001, and then a host of further high-profile presenting jobs.

“I think I write better, and have more creative ideas, when I can balance that with time with my family, physical activity and fresh air” OFF-SCREEN ADVENTURES With such a busy schedule, it’s no wonder that Alice looks forward to down time with her family - and especially opportunities to take off in her camper van for adventures in the great British countryside alongside her husband and their two young children. “I love escaping in the camper van with the whole family,” says Alice. “We look for new places and new adventures every year, but we also re-visit old favourites, for example the North Devon coast between Saunton Sands and Ilfracombe. Depending on the time of year, we’ll be walking on windswept beaches, rockpooling, swimming, surfing, kayaking and walking the coastal path.” More than anything, Alice loves to be out at sea, viewing the stunning British coastline from new perspectives. “Paddling around the coast in a kayak is something I particularly enjoy. In fact, kayaking is my absolute favourite form of activity – and the most calming thing I’ve ever discovered. You feel like you’re part of nature, not separate from it, and I think it’s important to remind ourselves of that. We too often remove ourselves from nature, but evolutionary biology teaches us that we’re still part of the great, branching tree of life on earth.” STAYING HEALTHY – INSIDE AND OUT It’s this intense awareness of our natural surroundings that inspires Alice to live as healthily as she can. She’s a pescatarian (a vegetarian who eats fish), and avoids too much sugar. “I rarely have to resist bars of chocolate,” she says, “because luckily I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth.” Ethical shopping is important to Alice. She tries to buy clothes from brands that care about sustainability, working conditions and fair wages, organic fruit and vegetables, and cruelty-free skincare products. >


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“I take time to eat well but I’m fairly low-maintenance when it comes to a beauty regime,” says Alice. “Generally it’s a case of a quick shower in the morning, then I wipe away any lingering traces of makeup and apply some waterproof mascara. I don’t buy many beauty products, but when I do I always look out for ethical and organic lines. But it has to work well, too. I have recently discovered Green People’s quinoa and avocado hair serum – amazing stuff! It has proven to be just about the only thing that really smooths my flyaway hair.”

“We’ll be walking on windswept beaches, rockpooling, swimming, surfing, kayaking and walking the coastal paths” Alice has been so impressed by Green People – a family-run organic skincare brand based in rural West Sussex – that she has agreed to act as ambassador for their 20-year anniversary campaign, ‘Change the World in 20 Ways’. Green People has pledged to allocate £1,000 of funds to 20 separate charity projects that have the potential to change people’s lives in a positive way. “This is a great opportunity for community groups and local charities to boost their funding or get a project off the ground,” says Alice. “I hope it inspires people to have a go doing something they wouldn’t ordinarily have tried. I’d love the campaign to turn into a ripple of positivity. It feels like we need a lot of that right now.” SEASONAL DELIGHTS Alice currently has several projects to get her teeth into - but she’ll be taking her work with her into the wild - heading off in the camper van once again - armed with her laptop and her kayak. “I think I write better, and have more creative ideas when I can balance that with time with my family, physical activity and fresh air.


And I love the freedom that having a camper van offers; it’s great to head off with just a vague plan of destinations. We’ve already enjoyed spending time in Devon and Cornwall this year, but this summer we may well head up to the Lake District and then up to the west coast of Scotland - perhaps even getting across to Ireland. I love to spend days walking on the beach, kayaking along the coast, cooking a barbecue then tucking the kids up in bed before settling down to read and write for the evening.” Sounds idyllic. But what of the great British weather, and the damp surprises it can often throw at us? “I don’t mind rain,” says Alice. “If it wasn’t for the rain, our countryside wouldn’t be so green. And luckily, human skin is fairly waterproof!” FUTURE PLANS With such a positive mindset, it’s no wonder that Alice has forged an impressive career that’s going from strength to strength. This October sees the launch of her latest book, Tamed, about the domestication of species. It examines the history of ten familiar species, both animals and plants, and the different ways in which they became our allies. In the book Alice reveals how these species – from dogs, cattle and horses to wheat, potatoes and apples - were tamed, and then had their own impacts on human history. “It’s an epic story encompassing thousands of years of history and archaeology alongside cutting-edge genetics and anthropology,” says Alice. “I’ll be touring all over the UK in the autumn talking about the book, which is why I’m even more determined to make the most of this summer and enjoy time with my family.” Alice is supporting organic beauty brand Green People and their campaign ‘Change the World in 20 Ways’ Tamed: Ten Species that Changed our World by Alice Roberts is out now, RRP £20

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