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056 | Watch news Stunning state-of-the-art timepieces for him and her 059 | A touch of sparkle Perfect summer earrings to complement sunkissed skin 060 | Jewellery news A full round-up of all the latest in style and sparkle

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064 | Fashion news From essential accessories to new trends, it’s all here 066 | Leading light Enjoy the warmer weather with a combination of hazy shades, fancy frills and fashion-forward fringing 074 | Right to the point Designer Jimmy Choo looks back on two decades of finely tuned craftsmanship 078 | Beauty news New treatments, products and all the latest news 081 | Well groomed The ultimate guide to male moisturisers, scrubs and scents this summer

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homes & interiors 116 | Interiors news 120 | Live your dreams Melissa Porter shows us around her beautiful pad and explains how to make a house a home 135 | The great outdoors With glam sheds and modern conservatories, we’ll help you make the most of the garden 140 | Tantalising Tatton RHS Tatton returns for its eighteenth year, with a host of displays and new features 144 | Hot properties The best of Cheshire’s homes 146 | Time in Tenerife These boutique villas are redefining luxury holiday living 154 | Overseas property These stunning properties will have you yearning to emigrate

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JACKIE DUFFY Cheshire born and bred, Jackie specialises in luxury marketing and publishing. Her free time is spent rambling (physically and verbally), gardening, obsessing over interiors on Pinterest or watching James Bond movies.

CRISPIN HARRIS Crispin’s role as deputy chair of national estate agents Jackson-Stops & Staff gives him unparalleled access to knowledge of property trends and issues, as well as an accurate and up-to-date global view of the property industry.

JENNIFER MASON Jennifer started out in luxury fashion marketing and has since worked as a writer in the UK and Dubai, specialising in motoring, travel, lifestyle and local features. Her time is spent reading and obsessing over the latest Formula 1 results.

Iain Warde Iain is a self-confessed geek, having worked in computer gaming and tech magazines since the creation of Pac-Man. He is also a huge petrolhead who spends his spare time marshalling at Oulton Park and around the UK.

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veryone has read the delightfully zany tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – or at least seen one of its various cinematic incarnations – but how many of us knew that its creator, the famed Lewis Carroll, was a Cheshire boy? Born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in Daresbury on 27 January 1832, Carroll was the third child of Charles Dodgson, a country Church of England parson of Irish descent, and his wife, Frances Jane Lutwidge. As the eldest boy, Carroll eventually had a further eight siblings – totalling a whopping eleven children – and moved to Croft-on-Tees in North Yorkshire at the age of eleven, when his father was given a living there. During his childhood in Cheshire, Carroll is described as a slender little boy with curly brown hair, blue-grey eyes, a stammer and a ‘precocious intellect’. He was home educated until the family moved to North Yorkshire, when he attended Richmond School then, at 14, moved to the prestigious Rugby School (where he was apparently miserable) and eventually to university at Oxford. As a child, Carroll was a great writer of poems and short stories – even creating his own family magazine, Mischmasch – and eventually began contributing to national publications such as The Comic Times and The Train. It was in 1856 that he first published work under the name Lewis Carroll, and in the same year began to imagine the world of Wonderland, telling an early version of the story to the three daughters of his neighbour: Lorina, Edith, and Alice Liddell (the last of whom is strongly suspected to have been the inspiration for his most famous heroine). The first of the books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was published in 1865 (accompanied by the famed illustrations of Sir John Tenniel), and followed by Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There in 1871 – both of which made Lewis Carroll an international sensation. He went on to write other such hugely successful books as The Hunting of the Snark, Sylvie and Bruno and What the Tortoise Said to Achilles, and to have a less-known career as a photographer, mathematician and inventor (his inventions are, among other things, the board game Scrabble). Today, there is a wonderful Lewis Carroll visitors’ centre in Daresbury, and keen devotees can even see the original site of his family home – now a simple brick outline since the actual building was destroyed by fire more than 100 years ago. The local church, All Saints, also has a stained glass window dedicated to the author which includes an image of the infamous Cheshire Cat – a character inspired by a carving Carroll once saw at Croft Church and an enduring literary nod to his north-western roots. 15


CLICKETY CLICK Congratulations to Chester-based Clicky Media for winning ‘Best Website’ at the recent Prolific North Awards for a complete website redesign for national travel company, Darwin Escapes. The awards welcomed hundreds of entries, with judges from Google and Microsoft, and Clicky faced fierce competition for the award from the BBC and the UK Space Agency. Founder Oliver Yeates, a graduate from Chester University, comments: “The Prolific North Awards are fast becoming one of the most high profile awards in the UK, recognising the unstoppable creative force in the north. We are extremely honoured.” (clicky.co.uk; darwinescapes.co.uk)

NOTEBOOK TOUCH AND FEEL We were delighted to be one of the first people through the doors of Rose & Grey. Having followed them online, it was great to be able to walk into the very fabulous showroom and see products in the flesh. Set up by Lyndsey and Guy Goodger over eight years ago, Rose & Grey is a go-to website for interior aficionados, both professional and amateur. The showroom offers a great space for showcasing products, having a quick browse and picking up those perfect accessories you never knew you needed. We have fallen desperately in love with the green velvet Chesterfield – you’ll know what we mean when you visit! Rose & Grey, 31 Atlantic Street, Altrincham, WA14 5FA (roseandgrey.co.uk) 16

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EUREKA! Enjoy 44 fun-packed days of summer at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum this summer, for a boredom-busting festival of fun, science, performance and play. From Saturday 23 July to Sunday 4 September, Eureka! will be open daily, with a packed programme of activities perfect for families with children aged 0-11. Come rain or shine, summer at Eureka! will include regular visits from storytellers Ian Douglas and Gacko, explosive science with Professor Pumpernickel, celebration of Tim Peake’s mission in space with the Destination Space family shows, and regular opportunities to meet pets and farm animals from Riggmoor Reindeer Company, plus much more. With more than 30 performers and acts booked across 44 days, a changing programme of activities plus, of course, more than 400 exhibits to explore, it promises to be a real holiday boredom-buster for all families. (eureka.org.uk)

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hen walking into Asha’s your first impression is opulence. Not surprising as the refurb cost £2million. I’m always a little wary of contemporary Indian restaurants as they tend to be the same old dishes presented with a few swishes on a plate and in nicer surroundings. Asha’s certainly breaks the mould on this, with dishes that you recognise taken to the next level; samosas made with venison, guinea fowl tikka and duck sheekh kebabs. First a drink. Normally I am swayed by the typical beer and curry combination and there is nothing wrong with that, however there’s a specifically designed wine list to compliment the spiced menu and tempt us. With help from the highly knowledgable bar team, we chose a glass of Australian Riesling, from Tim Adams Foxlee, 2012 (£5.00). Not a wine I tend to go for due to its sweetness but it worked well with the starters – slightly crisp but rich in fruit. We began with the traditional poppadums and from the offset were impressed. A selection of seasonal chutneys accompanied them. From the pineapple and onion seed to the tomato, prune and pickled onion chutney they were all a delicious talking point. Once these were inevitably devoured we moved onto our selection of starters. The

absolute standout were the Barrah Kebabs (£17.50); British lamb chops marinated in ginger, garlic, yoghurt, cumin and garam masala. The lamb melted in the mouth, and the spice level was just perfect. We could have eaten a whole plate of these and some. Moving onto our mains, again we had a selection as there was just too much choice. Our favourites were an eight-hour cooked Dal Makhani (£8.95), this had a real depth to it and was so full of flavour. Another dish we kept going back to was the Muscat Gosht (£14.95), the lamb was so tender and beautifully spiced. There’s a huge amount of skill in balancing the spices so that the main component of this dish is the hero and the spices sing around them. To accompany, we enjoyed a glass of Gnarly Head Pinot Noir, California, 2012/13 (£5.25) which was full bodied and really delivered on fruit. As if all that wasn’t enough, dessert was next. I struggled my way through! The Chilli Chocolate Tart (£6.50) was a cross between a tart and a fondant, served with mango compote and chilli ripple icecream, but oh my was it difficult to put the spoon down. We also tried the Rasmalai with Pecan Praline & Summer Berries (GF, £6.50). A twist on the Indian classic, coated with pecan praline and served with raspberries and blackberries. Asha’s really did not let us down on both the food an overall dining experience. The staff were friendly, well informed and attentive. The food well surpassed our expectations and I have not stopped talking about it to friends. Asha’s Manchester, 47 Peter Street, M2 3NG (0161 832 5309; ashasrestaurant.co.uk) 19


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Truly Scrumptious The Mere Resort & Spa The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust were joined by 350 ladies at their twelfth annual ladies lunch sponsored by Beechwood Travel. Following a truly scrumptious theme, with stilt walkers, nail treatments and a YMCA performance, the event raised over £39,000 which will provide holidays for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children across our region. (caft.co.uk)

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Pride Victoria Warehouse, Manchester The LGBT Manchester Pride Spring Benefit returned for a second year of fundraising with stars, songstresses and sparkling drinks. Sponsored by Rolls Royce, the event saw Rebecca Ferguson take to the stage, and money-can’t-buy auction prizes. All money raised goes towards the Manchester Pride Community Fund. (@manchesterpride)

Beauty Works Harvey Nichols, Manchester VIPs gathered at Umberto Giannini’s salon within Harvey Nichols for fizz and canapes at Manchester’s Best Salon 2016. Guests were treated to one-to-one consultations from the awardwinning team, in association with Beauty Works Extensions, championed by celebrities including Olivia Palermo and consecutively crowned winners at The Hair Awards (harveynichols.com) 21


Action Stations Bolesworth Castle In spite of some questionable weather, stars and celebrities from across the globe came to the four-day Bolesworth International, spotting Rio Olympic hopefuls and generally having a great day out. As well as show jumping, shopping and displays for all the family, the 2012 gold medalwinning dressage team was also on hand to answer questions and inspire the next generation. (bolesworthinternational.com)

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Ascot Ladies Neighbourhood, Manchester 150 very glamorous ladies attended the twelfth charity Ladies Day at Ascot, raising much needed funds for local charity The Frost Foundation, which supports children who may be disadvantaged due to illness, poverty or living in crisis. The event organiser, By Parallel Events, would like to thank MBM Management, Verdure, Neighbourhood and everyone who attended. (byparallel.co.uk; frostfoundation.co.uk)

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A s I w a s s ay i n g . . .

A thousand meanings Melissa Porter gets ready for sunny, stress-free, siesta-inspired summer holidays

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wonder what you hear when I say the words summer holidays? I can sense some of you are glancing again at my question and wondering if I’m on some sort of Cliff Richard-inspired narcotics. Summer – one of the four seasons, right? And holiday – a vacation we take away from work and school? Add them together and we get a break from work/school in the sunshine. Well yes and yes, this is the perspective of the pragmatists among us. The ones of us who attach meanings literally; typically without emotion. For some, it may come as a surprise that there are other tribes of people with a whole kaleidoscope of different opinions conjured by these two simple words. I call this surprised tribe the naturists; content with expressing an opinion and oblivious to the opinion of others. If you’re of a personality type similar to my son, the visionary, summer holidays mean any kind of weather, one-on-one time with friends and family for days on end. Crushed ice sweet cones, the chaos of a kids’ club and a splashy swimming pool. For the reactors among us, thoughts of an imminent summer holiday mean an intensive four weeks at the gym and a daily food allowance of 500 calories. Bikini ready, right NOW! For me, the freedom seeker, these words prompt a spontaneous email to friends with kids to understand whose vacationing somewhere fun lastminute.com. Then a heartfelt attempt to bribe Pierce’s current au pair to consider extending her year-long stay with us to help me with my work commitments and child-care needs during this two month kid headache. Sorry – break. My point? If it’s possible two simple words – summer holidays – can mean a whole range of

‘Two simple words – summer holidays – can mean different things to different people’ different things to all these different tribes of people, imagine the possible misunderstandings and conflict our well-intentioned simple words can also create in our everyday lives. If we assume all we speak, see, hear, touch and smell impacts us and others via the ‘meaning’ we attach, to avoid possible conflict and misunderstandings, it’s useful to get clear by seeking clarification and asking questions. Clearing any assumptions is always required. So the next time you feel offended by someone’s words, try offering them the benefit of the doubt, as you likely did as a child when you held fewer opinions and assumptions. Look to seek clarification and to get clear of their intentions through further understanding, before jumping to any conclusions. Perhaps the story you’re attaching to their words is far from the truth they intended you to understand. Have a compassionate summer. Melissa is a professional certified transformational life coach (melissaportercoach.com)

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SUMMER As the summer starts to show its face, we’re dreaming of lazy sun-filled afternoons and sizzling barbecues with friends. So, we’ve gone to the experts for some help with the perfect summer sizzler

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osting a barbecue isn’t about showing off your cooking skills, it’s about fun, socialising and bringing people together. So don’t over-complicate it. No-one is judging your culinary talents!

It’s all about preparation. Prepping in advance will save you from rushing about when your guests arrive, and also allow the flavours to fully infuse before you fire up the grill. Start the day before by preparing salads and marinating your meats. Not only will this give 24 hours to develop the flavours beautifully, it will also help to tenderise the meat. Diced beef, chicken thighs and rump steaks often need a little help to tenderise. My secret marinade is a mixture of red wine vinegar, cumin seeds, fresh chilli and paprika. The acid in the vinegar helps to break down the fibres, making for a more succulent texture. Marinade overnight and leave in the fridge until you’re ready to cook. Also save your oven space by cooking jacket potatoes beforehand until they’re soft to squeeze. You can rest them on the edge of the barbecue to warm through when you’re ready to enjoy.

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So, what’s on the menu? Sociable summer dining is all about big flavours, fresh ingredients and vibrant colours. To ensure there’s plenty to suit all guests, I love to keep it simple, but work with bold flavours. Opt for classic barbecue favourites, done well, as opposed to trying out fancy new recipes on the day. Look for quality beef burgers, but stay away from anything too lean – you need a little fat for that true barbecue flavour. For a simple yet impressive fish dish, lay a fresh mackerel over cut lemongrass, shallots, herbs and chillis, before drizzling with lime juice. Wrap into a tin foil parcel and leave to infuse. This will simply need cooking through on the barbecue for 8-10 minutes. For side dishes, “make it interesting”. Roasted new potatoes with garlic, rosemary and thyme make for a delicious alternative to the usual boiled potatoes. Or, add a summery twist by serving roasted sweet potatoes with garlic and sun-dried tomatoes.


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Let’s get cooking! Leave all of your prepared food in the fridge until right before you wish to cook it. This keeps it fresh, cool and happily marinating in your chosen flavours. I prefer a charcoal barbecue rather than gas. The flavours are much more authentically that barbecue taste. But avoid buying cheap as it won’t hold the heat as well. Divide your barbecue into sections, adding more charcoal to some areas, and less to others to create ‘hot spots’. Wait until the charcoal is grey with a bright red centre, before you begin cooking. There should be no flames when you put the meat onto the grill. Use your hot spots to sear meats such as steaks before moving over to cook through on the cooler side. Cook your sausages on the cooler side to ensure they’re cooked consistently through.

What else might impress my guests? Think of the barbecue as part of the action. Not you, cooking away in the corner while everyone else has fun. Keep yourself in the midst of the socialising, cooking as you go about enjoying yourself. This way, your guests will feel relaxed, as well. Present your dishes with flair, too. I love using mini picnic benches for stacking juicy burgers and miniature wheelbarrows for green salads. They’re creative and make for great conversation starters! How will we finish the meal? Avoid heavy desserts, in favour of light, summery flavours, with an indulgent twist. Split a banana lengthways and drizzle with Bailey’s Irish Cream. Wrap in foil and warm through on the barbecue as it’s cooling down.

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CROWD PLEASING COLESLAW Perfect for burgers, chicken, fish and as a dip. Kevin Clark’s 8 Vegetable Asian Coleslaw • Finely chopped white and red cabbage • Fennel • Thinly shaved carrot • Diced white and red onion • Chilli peppers • Thinly sliced sweet peppers Combine with mayonnaise and a little ground cumin, coriander and a teaspoon of curry powder. Finish with coriander and spring onions on the top.

Serve with Chantilly cream. The perfect end to an al fresco feast!

Any other tips? Be safety savvy. Set your barbecue up away from flammable sources, check food is fully cooked through, and never use marinades as a sauce after you’ve had raw meat in there! Don’t worry about being the perfect host. Barbecues are designed to be relaxed, sociable and fun. Bon apetit!

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The drinks No al fresco feast is complete without a delightful tipple or two, so with barbeque season fast approaching, discover your summer sipping selection from the experts

BEST FOR BBQ Amir Javaid, head bar manager, second floor brasserie, Harvey Nichols Manchester For a true taste of summer, make your BBQ all the more memorable with a perfectly paired cocktail. I would recommend Green the ‘Amalfi Summer’ for PHOTOGRAPHy: Cara .com) (thelittlepapershop a refreshing twist with smoky and spicy bites. Infusing Malfy Gin botanicals sourced from the Italian coastline, with vanilla syrup and rhubarb liqueur, follow these simple steps to create a cocktail that’s deliciously different.

Amalfi Summer Ingredients 40ml Malfy Gin 10ml Rhubarb Liqueur 20ml Vanilla Syrup 25ml Lemon Juice Topped with watermelon and cucumber soda Garnish with mint sprigs Method 1 Measure all cocktail ingredients and pour into a tall glass to mix. 2 Top up with ice and garnish with a mint sprig for freshness. 3 Add lemon juice to taste to enhance the Malfy Gin botanicals.

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P I C N I C PA R T N E R S Rick Fenn, second floor wine shop, Harvey Nichols Manchester Summer sunshine signals the perfect opportunity to pack up a picnic of fresh and fragrant foods, and no grassy pasture would be complete without fizzy friends.

Fable Mountain Belle Flower Rosé 2014 75cl, £20.00

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Produced by highly skilled husband and wife team Rebecca Tanner and Paul Nicholls, Fable Mountain Vineyards is located in Tulbagh in South Africa, just below the beautiful mountain of Fable. Named after the abundance of beautiful wild flowers that appear every spring, this bright, pale pink rosé is made from carefully selected parcels of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. The wine has beautifully layered aromatics of wild berries and rose which are supported by a powerful yet precise palette.

The Wingfield 70cl £37.00 Brand new to the UK, Wingfield is a contemporary aperitif blended to a secret recipe from cucumber, pink grapefruit, elderflower and other fruits and spices. Wingfield can be enjoyed neat on the rocks, or with soda water with an orange twist. Offering an inspired alternative to Italian aperitivos, pitchers and G&Ts, Wingfield is bright and fresh in flavour, with notes of citrus, white flowers, green herbs, dark spices and a wisp of smoke. Exclusive to Harvey Nichols Manchester (0161 828 8888; harveynichols.com)


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promise As China’s first equestrian Olympian and the only eventer representing his country in Rio this Summer, 26 year-old Alex Hua Tian has a nation’s hopes riding on his shoulders. Jackie Duffy meets him at his base in Cheshire and discovers he is more than up to the challenge

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ince the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the equestrian leisure industry has become the third largest luxury leisure pursuit amongst the Chinese elite, with 1,000 new riding club members registering every week. For a country with a history of horses dating back to 200 BC, China has had a surprising lack of representation in equestrian sports, making this rapid growth in popularity truly surprising. That is, until you meet its catalyst, Alex Hua Tian. Born in London to a British mother and Chinese father, Alex captured the hearts and minds of the Chinese nation when he qualified for Beijing 2008 as the country’s first equestrian Olympian and, at just 18, the youngest ever three-day-eventer to compete in the iconic international tournament. The image of a tall, elegant young man astride a stunning white horse spread far and wide alongside the slogan ‘One in 1.3 Billion’. Alex was projected from relative obscurity into the full glare of the Chinese media spotlight, and it hasn’t dimmed since. Thankfully, Alex is not the sort to let all this attention trouble him. In fact, he actively invites it, using the opportunity to fully support and deliver return on investment to the individuals and businesses that sponsor him. I

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I meet him at his UK base near Knutsford in Cheshire and am lucky enough to arrive just as he is completing some final jumps astride Don Geniro, a striking chestnut Hanoverian and one of the three horses Alex has qualified for Rio. The combination of horse and rider moving in perfect unison never ceases to impress. Alex guides the spirited young animal over six-foothigh jumps, a seemingly effortless action that belies the intense training and hard work invested in preparing the horse for Olympic duty. “The relationship is unlike any other,” says Alex, as he leads the way into the stable yard. “It’s the ultimate partnership and the ultimate challenge, largely because you have limited control on the outcome. You are reliant not just on your own ability but on the ability and on-the-day performance of another living, thinking, spirited being. It all comes down to how you work together on the day.” Throughout the year, Alex competes at the most prestigious UK and International events, with past glories including a silver medal at the Asian Games in Korea in 2014. Although, whilst success at these events is important, qualification for the Olympic Games remains the ultimate goal. “I live my life in four-year cycles, with every day a countdown to the next Olympics,” he says. “It’s a full time job of riding, training and competing, followed by monthly trips to Beijing or Shanghai for media interviews, photo shoots and

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appearances for sponsors. “The Chinese media are aware of events such as Badminton and Burghley, but they don’t carry the same kudos as they do in the UK. In China, it’s all about the Olympics.” For a fiercely competitive nation, it’s surprising to learn that the Chinese press doesn’t place the same emphasis on achieving gold in equestrian events as it does on other sports. Alex explains: “They appreciate that you can’t focus purely on medal wins or rankings as there are too many


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winning silver at the Asian Games September 2014 (Zhang Fan)

factors to consider. You have to take a long-term view on the overall success of the partnership. They are romanced by the depth of the sport. For them, it’s not just about reporting on results; they love the history, the elegance, the psychology of the partnership and the lifestyle.” Perhaps this is why Alex appears so relaxed, despite the monumental event ahead of him. As he introduces me to a few of the 26 horses he has stabled in Cheshire, introducing each as he might a good friend, you notice how calm, modest and eloquent he is; an impressive combination of maturity and an Eton education. His determination and strategic thinking, however, are pure Chinese genes; of which he is immensely proud. “I love being both British and Chinese and feel equally at home in both places. If I hadn’t chosen this as a career, I would probably be based in Beijing or Shanghai as they are such exciting cities, but being in the UK allows me to train and compete with the best riders in the world. “Originally I was based in Amersham, but moved to Cheshire about three years ago as my partner [dressage champion Sarah Higgins] is from Chester. It was a bit of a culture shock at first but now you would struggle to get me to move. We live in Alderley Edge and it’s easy to get anywhere. I return to China once a month and Manchester Airport is great for flights to Beijing and Shanghai. Equally I can be in central London in no time at all.” Alex grew up in Beijing and Hong

“After Beijing, I took too much for granted and relied on luck to get me through” Kong but enjoyed a very British upbringing, including riding lessons at the age of three alongside his mother, Sarah Noble, a keen horsewoman and now senior advisor to the Chinese Equestrian Association. At the age of 10, Alex and his family returned to the UK so he could attend Eton, and during this time he trained with former world champions Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks in Surrey. A competent and proficient rider with immense potential, he was granted permission to compete at adult level at just 13 years old; about the same time Sarah was coordinating the bid for the Beijing Olympics. “At 13 I knew I had a chance at Beijing, I just had to qualify. I focused on improving myself and my horses and, by 17, was competing regularly in 3-star events. I was also able to take a year off from my studies at Eton to focus my efforts.” The real catalyst to Alex’s Olympic ambitions, however, was the patronage of Chinese businessman, Jiang Fengcan, without whom, Alex says, “none of this would be possible”. Mr. Fengcan’s

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injection of £2 million of sponsorship remains unprecedented in the sport. The investment provided a worthy return, with Alex achieving Olympic qualifying standard in early 2008 while competing in Poland. “Beijing was overwhelming,” he reminisces. “Not in a bad way, I just don’t remember a great deal about it. After such a long and intense period of it dominating my life, I walked into the Bird’s Nest stadium and had the startling realisation that I was just a drop in the ocean. I suddenly saw the scale of it all and that I was just a small part of something much bigger than my own ambitions. It’s an incredibly exciting and addictive feeling.” Whilst there were no medals for Alex at Beijing, his performance won him many fans and much media attention. An eleventh rather than tenth placing at an Italian event meant narrowly missing out on qualifying for London 2012, but that brought with it some valuable life lessons. “After Beijing, I took too much for granted and relied on luck to get me through,” he laments. “It was a tough but important lesson and it taught me to be more strategic.” For Alex this means competing all over Europe and Asia rather than focusing his efforts in the UK. “The events here are very prestigious, and therefore very competitive. I love taking part but I don’t necessarily compete to win; they provide us with valuable experience. I’m not out for personal glory. I am focused on my long-term ambitions for China and for my sponsors. A top ten performance at a UK event can be a winning one at an event in Hungary or Budapest, so I am tactical in my choice of competition in order to get the results I need to qualify for the Olympics.”

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Alex gives enormous credit to his team in Cheshire and says that being able to “spread the pressure” with them helps him to stay relaxed. “You have to be laid back in your attitude when you work with horses. They are challenging and unpredictable; you have to earn their respect and accept you can’t be in complete control.” The longevity of an equestrian’s career also takes a lot of the pressure off. Whilst Alex wants to stand centre podium and claim Olympic gold for China as soon as possible, he says he has more time than many other athletes to achieve that goal. “Unlike swimmers or gymnasts, who have a relatively short career, I can continue to compete for a long time. Japanese dressage champion Hiroshi Hoketsu is a good example: he was the oldest athlete to compete in both the Beijing and London Olympics and, at 75, only narrowly missed out on Rio as his horse was unfit.” It would seem to be all work and no play for this 26 year-old. When I ask how he spends his spare time he admits to being “rubbish” at taking holidays. “My work with brands such as Gieves and Hawkes and Gucci takes me away every now and then. We recently visited Scotland for a Gieves and Hawkes photo shoot, which was fantastic, and I usually try and grab some time off on my trips to China, although it’s increasingly difficult to do that as we approach the Games. I enjoy being able to turn my phone off for the 12-hour flight though! “I’m lucky in that I have chosen a lifestyle I love and I’m not in any rush to escape it. I get tired, but never bored.” (alexhuatian.com; for sponsorship opportunities contact Evergreen Law on sponsorship@evergreenlaw.co.uk)


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he brief for Marketing Cheshire is so wide and all-encompassing that many mortals may have balked at the responsibility of being in charge. Not so Clive Sykes who took on the role as Chair just under a year ago with admirable enthusiasm. “This is exactly the sort of challenge I thrive on,” beams the Chester-born entrepreneur. "You see I’ve already built and grown a successful tourism business [as founder and non-executive chairman of Sykes Cottages Ltd]. With my wife, we set up a booking agency for over 6,000 cottages and second homes across the UK and Ireland and were fortunate to win some awards

I find it relatively easy to talk to people from a wide variety of backgrounds – so I’m grateful for those early lessons in putting people at ease.” In the six years he’s been in the post, Clive’s had to oversee driving the company’s transition from a public sector-funded organisation to a commercially-facing agency providing leading marketing events, public relations and social media services to a wide range of tourism businesses across Cheshire. “It became even more necessary to use new technology following the merger with Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, which has widened the organisation’s role in raising the profiles of both Cheshire and Warrington as places to live, work and invest. With the government monies we have been promised and the advent of the new high-speed trains I see a bright future ahead.”

“We’ve inherited amazing Roman remains and our striking city walls provide wonderful views”

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along the way. The business acumen I gained running a national company and my knowledge of high- tech marketing has already stood me in good stead for this role.” Clive’s early upbringing led to his social ease and confident attitude toward this formidable task. “When I was about 11, my family set up a guest house in our rather rambling house. I was often required to look after guests from all over the world and show them round the family home. Any initial shyness was quickly overcome and now

Clive admits that the city of Chester is already a major tourist attraction. “We’ve inherited amazing Roman remains and our striking city walls provide wonderful views. There’s our beautiful Cathedral and the fantastic black and white shops on different levels [The Rows]. But I also think it’s important that we don’t rest on our laurels, and look at new ways of marketing these and other attractions we enjoy in this lovely city.” Added to these is the £37 million invested in the new cultural centre renamed Storyhouse. Clive agrees this will be a great addition to the cultural life of the city. “It’s the country’s largest regional arts project under construction and will be the first major arts project to combine the management of a theatre and library under one organisation. It’s already scheduled for completion before the end of this year." Clive quickly gets into his stride as he enthuses about the other attractions.

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“Some of the terrific things we can also enjoy include the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, one of the finest open air theatre experiences outside London. Later in the year in October we have the MBNA Chester Marathon during which participants will run past most of Chester’s iconic landmarks before heading into the Cheshire and North Wales countryside and finishing at Chester Racecourse.

“It’s good to be home in an area I know and love” “Later that same month there's our famous Ghost Tours where you’ll be taken on a journey around the eerie haunts of Chester’s mysterious past, with spine-chilling tales of ghosts, and things that go bump in the night!" Clive’s also keen to point out what’s happening elsewhere in the region. “This August, Rode Hall in Congleton is hosting the Just So Festival – a weekend-long festival of creativity aimed at children and their families. It promises to provide a magical experience where art, music and literature come together in a beautiful landscape.

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“At Creamfields in Daresbury the world’s leading dance music festival returns and then there’s the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival over the first weekend in September. This lovely Cheshire town is transformed into a food lovers’ paradise. with huge marquee food halls filled with delicious wines, beers, cheeses and pies, as well as a wide variety of street food stalls. This year more than 150 visiting traders will attend.” Clive’s enthusiasm for his role is infectious and we meet again at Cholmondeley Castle where, no doubt, he was passing on sage advice to Lord Cholmondeley as they set off for a tour of the grounds. Now with a family of his own, Clive sums up why he’s so delighted to be working on home ground. “My initial business ventures saw me travelling around the country so it’s good to be home in an area I know and love. It’s also a great place to bring up a family. As you can tell I’m extremely passionate about Cheshire as a whole as well as what’s happening in centres like Crewe and Warrington – indeed this whole area. I don’t foresee any problems in marketing the highlights of this beautiful region where, hopefully, we’ve enough attractions to provide something for everyone.” (marketingcheshire.co.uk; justsofestival.org.uk)

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Jonathan Antoine at Gawsworth Hall The incredible talent of Jonathan Antoine, who rose to fame on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012, comes to Macclesfield’s historic Gawsworth Hall next month, promising a show filled with personality and passion, not to mention support from the Macclesfield Male Voice Choir. Jonathan, whose Britain’s Got Talent success led to a record deal with Simon Cowell, two hugely successful Top 5 albums and a sell out five-city UK tour, is currently the youngest tenor ever to have a classical number one, and has already sung in many of the world’s finest concert venues. £26.50, 19 August (jonathanantoineofficial.com; gawsworthhall.com)

Arts & Culture Gemma Knight brings you not-to-miss shows and news from Cheshire’s thriving arts scene

left to right: desire; symphony; heart, all by louise crawford

Spreading South Local artist Louise Crawford has been personally invited to exhibit artwork at the Parallax Art Fair in Chelsea, London this July – one of the largest art fairs in the UK and Europe, with further boutique outposts in New York, Miami and LA. Known for her large-scale abstract Expressionist paintings, Louise will be exhibiting her paintings 'Symphony', 'Desire' and 'Heart', and particularly hopes that members of the Knutsford community, which has supported her with such dedication in recent years, will travel down to attend. Chelsea Town Hall, 23 and 24 July, 11.00-17.00 (louisecrawfordfineart.co.uk; parallaxaf.co) 46

Brazilian jewellery company H.Stern has gone against the grain ever since its founder Hans Stern opened his eponymous business in Rio de Janeiro 70 years ago. Stern used unusual gems such as topaz, aquamarine and amethyst at a time when rubies, diamonds and emeralds were the industry’s favourites, helping to place Brazil firmly on the map as an international destination for fine coloured gemstones. A new coffee table edition from Assouline showcases H.Stern from its roots through to its status today as an innovative and esteemed brand. The book reflects on the company’s groundbreaking collaborations with creative names such as Diane von Furstenberg, Tim Burton and even the dance troupe Grupo Corpo. H. Stern, £110, published by Assouline (assouline.com)


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Blake at the Crewe Lyceum Fresh from recent appearances on the Graham Norton Show, Strictly Come Dancing and The One Show, British harmony trio Blake present a brand new tour featuring the finest songs from stage and screen, with projections and lighting that bring the cinematic magic to life. Linked together with the boys’ famous improvised banter, the show features music from Hanz Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Cohen, The Beach Boys and many more. 22 September (crewelyceum.co.uk)

A Turning Point Following her nomination for the new Hepworth Sculpture prize, Former King's School art student Helen Marten has now been nominated for one of the world's leading art awards, the prestigious Turner Prize. Helen, originally from Macclesfield, left King's in 2004 to study art at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London and then the Ruskin School of Fine Art at University of Oxford. A sculptor and installation artist, her work has won praise from leading commentators and galleries around the globe, described as screen printing and painting on leather, suede, cotton, velvet, stained and sprayed ash, folded steel, enamel paint on balsa wood, airbrushed steel, magnets and inlaid Formica. Her shortlisting for the Turner Prize comes for a show entitled Eucalyptus Let Us In at Greene Natfali in New York and a project called Lunar Nibs at the 56th Venice Biennale. She is the second former King’s pupil to be nominated for the Turner Prize, following in the footsteps of former pupil Ian Davenport, who was nominated in 1991. (helenmarten.com)

Bust of the bard Furniture specialists Jimmie Karlsson and Martin Nihlmar are commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in their own unique way in July. The awardwinning Swedish duo has designed a set of stunning five one-off Shakespeare bust table lamps (£850 each), as well as matching new candelabras and wall sconces. “Shakespeare is still the greatest playwright Europe has ever known and his luminous view on life lends itself well to what we do,” says Nihlmar. Their edgy take on the bard is bound to appeal to their many rock 'n' roll clients including Madonna, Rita Ora and Liam Gallagher – as well as those who want to own a piece of history. (jimmiemartin.com) 47


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#1 Hortus Eystettensis by Basilius Besler This ancient tome is one of the most well-known manuscripts in the world, so much so that it is often referred to as ‘The Great Flower Book’. The florilegium was compiled in the 1600s by Basilius Besler as a record of the flora which was cultivated in the German garden of Johann Conrad von Gemmingen, the Prince-Bishop of Eichstatt. This deluxe edition contains 366 plates – one for each day of the leap year (1613) in which it was published. Estimated value £800,000-£1,200,000, Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts at Christie’s, 13 July (christies.com)

#2 Belongings of Cyclist Tom Simpson Items belonging to one of the greatest ever British cyclists Tom Simpson are to be sold at a special sports memorabilia auction at Adam Partridge Auctioneers in Macclesfield, including race jerseys, badges,

photographs and ephemera. The entire auction will be sport-themed to the 50th anniversary of the 1966 World Cup Final. Estimated value £800-£1,200, Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers, Macclesfield, 30 July (adampartridge.co.uk)

#3 First Edition of the Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter In her frustration after being initially rejected numerous times by publishing companies, Beatrix Potter decided to publish The Tale of Peter Rabbit privately in 1901. This edition is a first issue of only 250 that were printed by Strangeways: a true piece of English literary history that will be auctioned on the milestone 150th anniversary of Potter’s birth. Estimated value £25,000-£35,000, Beatrix Potter: Books and Works on Paper including the Collection of John R. Cawood at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury, 28 July (dreweatts.com)

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NORTHERN ROOTS Baroness Bakewell of Stockport, more popularly known as journalist, author, and broadcaster Joan Bakewell, will be revisiting some of her old haunts when she appears at this year’s Buxton Festival. With her performances all sold out, she takes a break to talk with Natalie Anglesey

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t’s quite gratifying that people haven’t forgotten me,” laughs the Labour life peer, created Baroness in 2011 when she was formally introduced to the House of Lords supported by fellow Labour peers, Lord Puttnam and Baroness Kennedy. “It was all rather theatrical, as they ceremoniously walk you round, but a wonderful moment. I was slightly nervous about my short speech – however it helped that my family turned up.” Like any mother, Joan is proud of her children and grandchildren. Young Joan Rowlands was born in the Heaton Moor Nursing Home in 1933 when the family lived in Hazel Grove. “My mother was a tracer in an engineering firm when she met my father, so we were working class. But we moved up in the world to posh Poynton,” she laughs again.

“When I was a girl there were fourteen cinemas in Stockport and I visited every single one” Head girl at Stockport High School for Girls, Joan won a scholarship to Cambridge. “We had wonderful summers then and, as members of the Youth Hostel Association, I remember lovely walking holidays in Cheshire and Derbyshire.

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"When I was a girl there were fourteen cinemas in Stockport, and I visited every single one. I’ve kept in touch by supporting the restoration of The Plaza where the volunteers have done a wonderful job. I’ve also been on the committee for the renovation of Gorton Monastery. My grandfather was a couper, making beer barrels in Gorton, and I remember roller-skating down the streets as a child!” During her time in Buxton Joan will be talking about her writing career. “I became a columnist when Brian Redhead was editor of the Manchester Evening News.” Since then she’s written for both The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She’s also written radio plays and several novels including her latest book Stop The Clocks, a memoir sub-titled the Explanatory Thoughts on what I Leave Behind. ‘The thinking man’s crumpet’ is how Joan was described when she first invaded male -dominated television with programmes like Reports Action for Granada Television and Newsnight for the BBC, as well as Late Night Line-Up, and The Heart of the Matter. She’s also written and presented several series for both radio and television. “I wrote a letter to the head of the BBC asking if he would use a female presenter and got an interview. I suppose I was ambitious and one of the first to break the mould. But if you look at the ratio of men to women today on our screens, it’s still not evened out. I’m constantly complaining to controllers about the lack of television programmes for people of my age, although it is improving. It still makes me

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cross there are not as many older women on screen as men. Perhaps now we have more female controllers we’ll see an improvement.’ A constant campaigner for women’s rights, as far as Joan’s concerned, the fight goes on. “I grew up near Manchester, where the Pankhursts first fought for equal rights and Mrs Gaskell wrote biting commentaries on social conditions.” Joan’s frank autobiography, The Centre of the Bed, touched on her extra-marital affair, in the sixties, with playwright Harold Pinter. It lasted seven years while she was married to BBC Drama producer Michael Bakewell and had two small children. After their break-up, Pinter wrote a play called Betrayal about their relationship, which was also made into a film. “I was shocked when I saw it. In fact," she admits many years later, "I asked Harold if he would change the title, as I felt that we hadn’t deliberately set out to betray anyone. Although he talked me round, I still didn’t like it but, in spite of that, we managed to stay friends.” After her divorce, Joan married theatre writer Jack Emery, but, after twenty-five years together, went through what she describes as a very hurtful divorce. However, there was public acknowledgement of her work. Joan was appointed a CBE in 1999 and became Chairman of the British Film Institute from 2000 to 2002. She was promoted to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2008, and appointed as a voice for older people by the government. She’s also an honorary graduate of the University of Essex and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Chester.

What still makes Joan angry today? “Inequality of pay and pensions is still on the list while the state of some of our care homes for the elderly is a disgrace. Terrible stories of cruelty to the elderly and neglect still make me angry. As does the sexualisation of clothes for little girls. Let children remain children and not be persuaded by advertising to dress like older women.” One of Joan’s books, The View from Here, is a compendium of her Guardian columns about age and ageing. “Now I’m 83, it’s given me a whole new view on the ageing process and I’ve been appalled by our disregard of anyone over the age of sixty, never mind eighty! “I don’t know how much time I’ll have to revisit my old haunts when I come to Buxton, but the wonderful Jacobean Library at Cheetham’s School is particularly dear to me. My father was an orphan brought up in Chets before it became a music school. Marx studied there when he was collaborating with Manchester businessman Engels on economic theories that would change the world. I did a Radio 4 series about libraries, and that still remains one of my favourite places. I’ll never forget my northern roots.” Stop The Clocks by Joan Bakewell is published by Virago and is priced at £18.99. (buxtonfestival.co.uk)

“Let children remain children and not be persuaded by advertising to dress like older women”

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TAY L O R TA L K S

The actress and singer talks motherhood, fitness and pyjamas with Liz Taylor

I started acting around the age of 12, when I started theatre school. But I’ve always been a performer. I sang and did impersonations from an early age. I suspect I was mildly irritating as a child!

I’ve always known I was supposed to be a mother. It’s the best job in

I’ve been in Corrie since 2011.

the world

I hope I don’t have anything in common with my character, Eva Price, aside from the fact we both like beauty treatments!

I am definitely a PJs girl. They call me Granny Cath at work. I love snuggling up with my family and watching an old film. My party days are waaaaay behind me!

If I wasn’t an actress I’d be a bitter drama teacher. Or a

I love travelling. But couldn’t travel anywhere without hair straighteners, multivitamins, a good book.

personal trainer.

My personal style is quite classic. I love the 1940s and 50s, when dresses were ultrafeminine and waist-cinching but still held class and elegance.

For everyday wear I’m a high street girl! I love Oasis, Zara and Topshop. For relaxing and gym wear you can’t beat Sweaty Betty and My Common Goods. When I hit the red carpet or a party, I love Philip Armstrong, Mark Melia and Nadine Merabi.

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Cath’s wedding to tom pitfiel d, exclusive to hell0! MAGAZINE PHOTOGRAPH Y: ALAN STRUTT

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TYLDESLEY “If I wasn’t an actress I’d be a bitter drama teacher. Or personal trainer.”

I’m working on a few things health and fitness wise – it’s a huge passion of mine. There’s lots of exciting things happening on the music front, too, at the moment. I can’t say too much but I’m pretty excited. I adore singing. I’ve just signed with a wonderful new music agent – Alex Fane. He really knows his stuff! I have a fabulous gig coming up on September 10th at Brasserie Zedel in London (www. brasseriezedel.com) – can’t wait! Cath Tyldesley’s wedding was covered exclusively by HELLO! (tlc-ltd.co.uk)


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Watch news words: richard brown

Cuban Love Affair Zenith’s fling with Cuba continues. Having made a watch to celebrate The Rolling Stones’ first Havana concert in March, the chronograph specialist marks the 50th anniversary of Cohiba cigars with another limited-edition series. The El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Cohiba Edition places one of the most famous movements in watchmaking below a Havana brown dial adorned with both companies’ logos. Fifty watches are being released in rose gold. Expect them to become collectors’ pieces immediately. El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Cohiba Edition, £14,900 (zenith-watches.com)

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ONE TO WATCH “The Rolex Date Just 41 M126331-0004 – the new generation of the classic oyster perpetual date just – features an updated design in a 41mm case and the new Rolex calibre movement 3235, a movement at the forefront of watchmaking technology.” £10,500 Steel & Rose chocolate diamond dot dial

Lee Chadwick, manager at David M Robinson’s Manchester showroom, 28 St Anns Square, M2 7JB (davidmrobinson.co.uk)

Exclusively for Harrods Throughout July and August, Harrods will be shining a light on 23 high-end watchmakers, hosting exclusive launches and dedicating its windows to the world of watches. Roger Dubuis will take over three window displays while hosting a pop-up exhibition inside the store, using the event to debut the Black Velvet with Diamonds and the Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon with Black Spinnels. The former is Roger Dubuis’ first carbon ladies’ watch; the latter has a hand-wound movement and DLC titanium skeletonised dial. £26,800 and £129,900 respectively (harrods.com; rogerdubuis.com)

Twist and Shout Die-hard Beatles fans, prepare to be excited. Luxury Swiss watch brand Raymond Weil recently announced their most exciting partnership ever in the watchmaking industry – a unique maestro, The Beatles Limited Edition timepiece. This new milestone in the music icons series marks Raymond Weil’s 40th anniversary and celebrates the greatest music band of all time. £975 (raymond-weil.com)

Hammer Time Panerai’s popularity may have proliferated in the past decade, but you’re still unlikely to see many of the company’s latest creations on the capital’s streets. The Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT is capable of chiming the time in two time zones – using three hammers, rather than the typical two – making it a rare thing indeed. The watch’s £280k price tag should serve as an indication of just how hard this technical feat is to achieve. That, and the fact that only a handful can be produced each year. (panerai.com)

Montblanc’s Material World When Montblanc entered the watch world, it could have taken the easy option and pumped out a series of fashion watches. Instead, the company chose to instate itself as a serious watchmaker by manufacturing mechanically-sound timepieces that stood up to the scrutiny of critics. Montblanc continues to assert itself with the TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-Light Concept. Weighing less than 15 grams, it’s one of the lightest mechanical watches around. This has been achieved by combining Kevlar with a super rare type of resin, a first in the arena of case-making. TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-Light Concept (montblanc.com)

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n the early hours of one morning sifting through favourite photographs of his family on his laptop, Daniel Davidson hit upon a great idea. Why not create works of art to celebrate these images – and Love and Colour was born. As a musical creative, producing designs for album covers and T-shirts, Daniel, whose work has featured on the cover of Saatchi art and music magazine, certainly has impressive credentials and, despite being a relatively young company, Love and Colour has grown exponentially. Daniel is even receiving commissions from Europe, having recently sent portraits to Switzerland and Australia If you have a favourite photograph you want to celebrate, all you do is email it to Daniel, who reproduces the detail in a personally hand-drawn illustration. A colour consultation enables you to choose your favourite colours, it may be ones to match your interior décor, and the free-hand illustration is then digitally coloured and printed on heavyweight paper at a specialist printing house in Essex that has state-of-the art presses that enhance the vibrancy of the image. The work is then delivered in a presentation box. Family photos, portraits, weddings, engagements, any memorable event can be captured in one of Love and Colour’s ‘pop-art’ style works. “It’s simply creating a work of art out of something you already love,” says Daniel. For more details contact daniel@loveandcolour.co.uk (loveandcolour.co.uk)

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f you’re looking for the perfect elegant summer earrings to complement sunkissed skin, look no further – David M Robinson’s new Rivera drop earrings are the ultimate accessory to a sweeping white maxi dress and all over tan. Made from 18ct rose gold and sprinkled with diamonds, they are warm and classic, with a wonderful undertone of 1950s French Riviera glamour that we can’t help falling head over heels for. £4,950 (davidmrobinson.co.uk)

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Jewellery news

WORDS: OLIVIA SHARPE

Out of Africa Zimbabwean Chelsea Davy has taken inspiration from her African roots to create her first jewellery line for her new brand Aya. Africa is a continent rich in coloured gemstones, and Davy has chosen to honour this in her Zambezi collection. Ethically sourced Zambian emeralds, Mozambican rubies by Gemfields and Tanzanian tanzanites have been set into pendants, bangles, bracelets, earrings and rings in 18-karat yellow gold. The lawyer turned designer has also paid tribute to the elephants surrounding her family’s River House. The Mosi-Oa-Tunya (meaning The Smoke which Thunders) earrings feature tusks embedded with emeralds that swing from a gold chain. Zambezi collection, from £575 (aya.co.uk)

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The Great Gatsby Downton Abbey may be over, but the demand for vintage costume jewellery is still going strong. With this in mind, French jeweller Lalique has stepped back in time to the 1920s to create its S/S16 jewellery collection. Popular designs of the period, including art deco lines and graphic accents, have been sculpted into pieces suited for modern day, such as a cascading necklaces featuring beaded tassels and monochrome crystals, and dramatic cocktails rings. The collection has been divided into four lines – Vibrante, Icone, Charmante and Gourmande – each of which presents its own take on art deco. From £165-760 (lalique.com)

Fairy Tale From a winged ear cuff worn by Rihanna to a diamond ring inspired by the New York skyline, Mayfair jeweller Jessica McCormack has carved out a reputation for creating unique, one-off pieces. Adding to this, McCormack recently designed a bridal collection of six couture pieces which can still be tailored to the wearer, who can select the size of the stone (from 0.20-carats to 20.00-carats) and the choice of metal. Each design tells its own story: the enchanting Little Mermaid ring captures the famous Hans Christian Andersen tale and incorporates the jeweller’s signature Georgian-inspired cut-down setting, while the Space Odyssey ring draws reference to Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi film epic with its futuristic, geometric design. Couture Bridal Collection, POA (jessicamccormack.com)

Grand Slam In honour of one of the highlights of the British summer sporting calendar, the Wimbledon Championships, Links of London launches its dedicated collection as the Official Jeweller Licensee for the 23rd year running. Taking inspiration from the Wimbledon grounds and museum, as well as the sport itself, the playful line includes Tennis Ball earrings and bracelets, along with iconic charms such as a celebratory Champagne glass and tennis visor set in 18-carat rose gold vermeil, among others. Prices start from £55 (linksoflondon.com)

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SET IN STONE

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hen a campaign’s images are this gorgeous, and feature an icon of Sharon Stone’s calibre, you can be pretty confident that the collection itself will be fairly showstopping – and, in the case of Austrian label Airfield’s SS16 collection, you’d be right. With everyone’s favourite long-legged screen siren fronting the campaign, the collection features their trademark sleek, classic pieces with a twist. Like Sharon, we especially love the parka and slim-cut jackets – warm, lightweight, figureflattering and perfect for cooler weather. Airfield SS16, prices from £65, available now in selected stores and online (airfield.at/en)

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In the Bag

With privilege comes responsibility, and we always like to support brands with an ethical core that helps us feel we’ve done a good deed by buying their products – brands like Maria’s Bag. Started by former Miss Guatemala, Alida Boer, the brand helps support various underprivileged communities of women in her home country by providing training in sewing, embroidery and design, and jobs with fair pay. Each bag is handmade and unique, with customers even receiving a note in their purchase about the woman who has embroidered or woven their bag. And they’re stunning products, too, which helps. (mariasbag.co.uk)

Spec-tacular Dunhill has just launched its S/S16 eyewear range, which offers the best of British design paired with sharp Italian engineering from De Rigo Vision. The collection offers four different styles including Icon – aimed at those with an individual, statement look – and Heritage – which harks back to the brand’s automotive history. (dunhill.com) 64


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Crowning Glory If you’re in need of a hat for this summer’s barrage of weddings and social functions, search no more – we have you covered…so to speak. Created by the esteemed Vivien Sheriff (pictured), Vixen Millinery brings together specialist expertise in headwear design to create beautiful hats and headpieces which perfectly complement (but don’t overwhelm) elegant ensembles. This year the brand has created a range of elegant hats, discs and headpieces in tonal colours specially selected to complement this season’s special occasion wear. (vixenhats.co.uk)

The New Mini Just like the maison’s jewels, the new mini C de Cartier bag is small but joyous. The classic style is given a cheerfully modern twist, with a spectrum of colours: from a fresh peridot green to a deep and delicious burgundy. Featuring both smart handles and a cross-body strap, the mini C can be worn casually with jeans or dressed up with heels for all manner of summer fêtes. £1,180 (cartier.co.uk)

Out of this World The typical 1940s powerful, feminine dress shape is one which has remained a staple ever since the decade, when female leading ladies such as Katherine Hepburn rose to fame and the war effort incited greater respect for women. Roland Mouret’s tailored Galaxy dress – evocative of this era – appears to remain as relevant today as ever, as Harrods introduce a new capsule collection, which features four new colour ways and eight style variations. Galaxy dress, Roland Mouret exclusively at Harrods (harrods.com)

A Touch of Silk Bianca Elgar, a luxury silk scarf brand, stands for ‘the power of femininity’ – and we rather like that. Founded last year with the aim of merging classic elegance and modern art to create a versatile collection that encourages the wearer to have fun with fashion, each scarf is designed and handmade in London on Italian machinery, and features modern art designs to bring a splash of eye-catching colour to any outfit and look beautiful throughout the seasons. Versatile, powerful luxury: what’s not to love? From £50 (biancaelgar.com) 65


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Dress, £2,950, Jitrois (jitrois.com)

LEADING

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Add a spring to your step and enjoy the warmer weather this month with a combination of hazy shades, fancy frills and fashion-forward fringing PHOTOGRAPHER: HELENE SANDBERG S T Y L I S T: K A R E N M U N N I S

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ABOVE Jacket, £950 and trousers, £240, both BOSS (hugoboss.com). Tank top, just seen, £70, vintage Missoni, Found and Vision (foundandvision.com)

Right Bathing suit worn as top, £330, Lisa Marie Fernandez (net-a-porter.com). Trousers, £150, vintage at Found and Vision, as before. Shoes, £468, Darmaki (darmaki.com, farfetch.com)

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ABOVE Top, £322, and trousers, £644, both Danielle Romeril (danielleromeril.com). Bracelets, £119 each, Diane von Furstenberg (uk.dvf.com)

Left Shirt, £385, Red Valentino (redvalentino.com). Skirt, £522, Frame Denim (frame-store.com)

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ABOVE Jacket, £1,082, Diane Von Furstenberg, £1082 (uk.dvf.com). Swimsuit, £220, Lazul (fenwick.co.uk)

credits Hair and make-up: Oscar Alexander at ERA using Burberry Beauty and H2D Photographer’s assistant: Jake Newell Fashion assistant: Christiana Perdiou Model: Kat Poly from SUPA Model Management Location: The London EDITION Hotel

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Right to

the point This year, Jimmy Choo looks back at two decades of finely tuned craftsmanship, creating towering stilettos for Hollywood glitterati and British royalty. Hannah Lemon reports

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immy Choo may be celebrating its 20-year anniversary, but the idea for the company took a while longer than that to come to fruition. Mr Choo (born Chow, but it was spelt wrong on his Malaysian birth certificate) was somewhat of a child prodigy, designing his first shoe aged 11. Learning from his father, uncle and mother, who were all skilled in the craft, he made a little pair of white pumps with a dog design – a nod to his family nickname, Puppy. From finding the time after school homework to cobble shoes and work on designs, Choo went on to perfect his flair for innovation at Cordwainers Technical College in Hackney (now the London College of Fashion), graduating in 1983. Five years later, he had an eight-page spread in Vogue, and was catapulted into the world of high fashion. It wasn’t long before the magazine’s accessories editor Tamara Mellon, eager to get her talons into this exciting talent, suggested they collaborate as business partners and together they launched Jimmy Choo in 1996. In the years that followed, the label saw staggering success and, eventually, the duo sold their stakes in the company for a hefty sum, but not without a high-profile squabble or two from Mellon (she

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claimed that “his design contribution had been nil” – you’ll find no mention of her on the Jimmy Choo website). But despite these tabloid mutterings, the label still maintains the same sultry handmade high stiletto style under the direction of Choo’s niece and creative director Sandra Choi. With this new generation of designer, comes a new generation of fan base. Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw (who made the brand a household name in her feathered purple pumps) has been replaced by another fictional character – Cinderella – whose Jimmy Choo was one of eight specially created glass slippers. As for real-life ladies, many have tottered down the red carpet of Hollywood or Buckingham Palace in signature styles, from Cate Blanchett to Lily James and Princess Diana to the Duchess of Cambridge. The latter wore Vamp, a 120mm Champagne glitter platform, which


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sold out globally within 48 hours of her stepping out at a BAFTA gala in Los Angeles. So why has everyone fallen head over heels with these towering shoes? In the early years, they were handmade specifically for individual clients and Choi is adamant that the love and skilled workmanship invested into each creation has not disappeared. “We set out to maintain the same level of personalised service and attention to detail as when we were crafting shoes one pair at a time, for one client at a time,” she explains. “Bringing this made-to-order service directly to our customers in our stores allows us to faithfully preserve our heritage of personalisation, and allow every woman to have a bespoke pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.” To celebrate its glamorous history, Choi has designed a covetable capsule collection, Memento, in honour of the heels’ red carpet moments. Within this are the brand’s styles that have gained the most notoriety. Storm is one of them; the statement T-bar style is bejewelled with 386 Swarovski crystals and stones, which come in ten different shapes and sizes and have been meticulously selected by the design team to compliment the natural curves of the foot.

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They are painstakingly applied using a hot-fix technique and hand embroidery in an Italian atelier by skilled artisans – a procedure that takes nine hours to undertake. Then there is the Lance, first created in 2007, which is said to be the most popular celebrity choice for awards ceremonies. Although the thin straps look simple to assemble, they are made from nearly four square feet of leather, which requires intense precision to cut, stitch and mount. But it’s not all about old designs; Choi has artfully drawn up new ones for the occasion: Tizzy, a simple sandal with straps that wrap around the ankle; Tetrus, a gladiator style that encages the foot; and Romy, a sleek but simple stiletto. Bags to

complement each design have been fashioned to ensure footwear fanatics can accessorise appropriately. And if you have enough in your pocket to bag the lot, Choi has constructed a handmade trunk to house them. It is crafted from pale galuchat-embossed leather with 20 individual drawers, each lined in suede and finished with a brass card holder to accommodate a shoe sketch. From a brand that started out with a spelling mistake and went on to world domination, it’s only a matter of time before Jimmy Choo concocts more superbly crafted styles to excite our interest. Here’s to another equally successful 20 years. Jimmy Choo, Selfridges Trafford Centre (jimmychoo.com)

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Beauty news Savage Beauty If you ever find yourself stranded in the middle of the desert with a broken down car, chances are you won’t be looking quite as glamorous as Cara Delevingne does in YSL’s new summer make-up collection, but here’s hoping. Capture the intense and vivid hues of the desert with the brand’s couture palette collector, featuring two shades of brown and blue, and a shimmery pink that acts as a base shade across the eyelids. We love the pale blue as a highlighter, while the deeper blue is ideal for added drama. £42.50 (yslbeauty.co.uk)

Raise the Glacé

Go for Bronze Guerlain understands summer better than any other luxury beauty brand. The famous Terracotta bronzing powder has been a repeated bestseller since it first launched in 1984. Now with its own complete range, this year sees the arrival of the new Terracotta L’Eau Hâlée. Unlike a powder, which can be quite heavy on one’s skin, this cooling bronzing water instead drenches the face with a light mist, offering a dewy, made-to-measure glow. What’s more, the non-transfer formula leaves no stains or marks and has been infused with the sweet-smelling scent of tiaré flower. £36 (guerlain.com)

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Along with her talent for creating award-winning beauty products, Terry de Gunzburg has also proven herself to be a dab hand in the garden. The Touche Éclat founder has combined these two talents in her new summer fragrance: Thé Glacé Aqua Parfum. At the heart of the fragrance is a bouquet of white flowers, enriched with Bois Cheri black tea from Mauritius, notes of grapefruit and fresh almond. Bursting with freshness and vitality, the light perfume is at the same time sophisticated, featuring lavender and rich base notes of moss and musk. The scent is housed in a graphic bottle inspired by artist Sonia Delauney. £107 for 100ml, available at Selfridges


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Murad has done it again with its new limited-edition Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF30, a musthave for flawless summer skin which primes, perfects and protects with invisible sunscreen while leaving skin with a soft silky mattified finish – the perfect remedy to sticky summer sheen. And better still, the brand is collaborating with the Prince’s Trust to launch a larger 50ml version, donating £10 from every purchase to the Trust. Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF30 50ml, £69.50 (murad.co.uk)

PRESCRIPTIVE BODY POLISH WORDS: louisa castle

A treatment which prepares your skin for holidays, as well as making it look and feel great, it’s only a 30 minute treatment and perfect for my elusive lunch hour. Greeted, robed and ready to go, my therapist Aneesha settled me in the spacious treatment room and immediately set to work exfoliating my tired body. The treatment combines natural olive grains with your choice of essential oils to slough deal cells, thanks to an accompanying massage. Then it’s time for a good shower – the granules do get everywhere – and Aneesha returns to massage in body oil and, after a few moments to let it soak in, you’re good to go. Ideal for pre-tanning (real or false), the essential oils even contribute to making you feel refreshed and beach ready.

First Blush There are some beauty products you can swear by, and NARS’ Orgasm Blush is one of them. Following its release back in 1999, it created a public frenzy as women everywhere were desperate to get their hands on the now iconic peachy-pink blush. As of this month, the original product is being made available in a limited edition oversized custom compact. (narscosmetics.co.uk)

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Aromatherapy Associates Prescriptive Body Polish, £45 (30 mins) (themereresort.co.uk)

There’s a new anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing product out there, and it’s already causing quite the commotion. The first product from the Beuti Skincare inflammaging range, the Beauty Sleep Elixir is already a favourite of Rita Ora, Emma Watson, Iggy Azalea and – according to a source at Kensington Palace – even Kate Middleton. Our interest understandably piqued, we had to investigate further – and it really is quite something. A night-time oil packed with a natural blend of 14 plant-based oils, the product also contains Caribbean coral extract (a powerful anti-inflammatory which neutralises the enzyme responsible for ageing), plus a sandalwood nut kernel oil to help prevent collagen and elastin break down. You can even use it as a primer, and we love it. £42 (lookfantastic.com; beutiskincare.co.uk) 79


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Groomed Well-scrubbed and moisturised skin aside, be sure to pick a scent with a story to enliven balmy summer nights WORDS: MELISSA EMERSON

1. A Tall Tale Prison Blues is one of four debut scents from IDEO Parfumeurs – a husband and wife duo based in Beirut – who focus as much on storytelling as on scent. Here, a young man in the desert longs for a palace that once held him captive – cue rich incense, cedar and a dash of oud. Prison Blues eau de parfum, £145 for 100ml, IDEO Parfumeurs (liberty.co.uk)

2. Summer Road Trips Translating simply to My Leather, the new Mon Cuir from Ramón Monegal is a more summery take on the powerful ingredient. Inspired by journeys with the sun shining on saddles or car seats, the Russian leather is enhanced by green notes of betel leaves and Grasse jasmine absolute. Mon Cuir, £130 for 50ml, Ramón Monegal (harrods.com)

3. Become Mr. Burberry Crafted by the name behind numerous fragrance launches – Francis Kurkdjian – the new Mr. Burberry fragrance is inspired by its iconic trench coat (and comes with a new clothing collection to match). There’s a touch of smoky guaiac wood, but overall it’s clean and earthy. Accompanying scented products include this soothing aloe vera face moisturiser. Mr. Burberry Face Moisturiser, £38, Burberry (uk.burberry.com)

4. Second Time Lucky If you didn’t get to try Floris London’s limitedediton Amalfi coast-inspired scent in 2015, you can now see what the fuss was all about. With citrusy mandarin top notes that mellow out into vanilla and ginger, it recently relaunched due to popular demand. Bergamotto di Positano eau de parfum £120 for 100ml, Floris London (florislondon.com)

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ou might think the creases aren’t worth it, but Luca Faloni’s linen shirts, made from fine Italianwoven linen, are softer and more resilient than many of their peers. Far from giving a baggy, crumpled look, these shirts have darts in the back to keep the silhouette slim and tailored, while the collar is constructed to stand up straight. Finished with mother-of-pearl buttons, the new colours just launched for summer include sage green, turquoise and flamingo. £125 each (lucafaloni.com)

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Green hell Never before has Mercedes-AMG packed so much motorsport technology into a production vehicle than into the new AMG GT R. The front-mid-engine concept with transaxle, the twin-turbo V-8 engine rated at 585 bhp, the extensively modified suspension, the new aerodynamics and the intelligent lightweight construction lay the foundations for a great and memorable driving experience. The same applies to other new features such as the active rear-wheel steering, the nine-way adjustable traction control system and the adjustable coil-over suspension with additional electronic control. What is more, the new AMG Panamericana grille emphasises the unique standing of the AMG GT R.

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“This road-going sports car with motor-racing genes and innovative technical solutions offers an ultimate driving experience that allows people to feel our motorsport origins in every fibre. It combines the driving dynamics of our AMG GT3 racing car with the everyday practicality of the AMG GT. Those with petrol in their veins will be thrilled by the radical longitudinal and lateral acceleration, the precise turn-in, and the sensational grip. We have modified all performance-relevant components and linked them together intelligently for maximum driving dynamics,� says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes AMG. Price is yet to be confirmed as is a release date, but we are very excited and will keep you posted. (mercedes-benz.co.uk)


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Extreme soundtrack Aston Martin unveiled its most extreme roadster at Goodwood last month, in the unique form of the one-off Vantage GT12. A tailor-made customer commission undertaken by Q by Aston Martin, the Vantage GT12 Roadster takes the original Vantage GT12 Coupe’s hardcore ethos and adds the thrill of open-top driving, offering intensified exhilaration and the unfiltered fury of a V12 soundtrack. Conceived and delivered within nine months, the Vantage GT12 Roadster boasts a special version of the brand’s 6.0-litre normally aspirated V12 engine, mated to a seven-speed Sportshift III paddle-shift transmission. Technical highlights include magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system. (astonmartin.com)

PIECES OF ART Omologato Watches and The Gallery at Ice in Windsor come together this summer to present an exclusive motorsport-inspired exhibition of work by renowned artist Simon Ward and photographer Rob Overy. Original oil paintings and signed framed photographs will be displayed and offered for sale in the UK’s first permanent exhibition of the artists’ works, believed to be the only dedicated motorsport and automotive gallery of paintings and images in Britain. Pieces include the Simon Ward painting ‘Le Mans 1970 Start’ (featuring the Gulf liveried Porsche 917) and Rob Overy’s intimate portrait of Sir Jackie Stewart from the Goodwood Revival 2015. The Omologato Collection, Gallery at Ice, 8 High Street. Open from 10 August 2016.

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Heart-broken What should have been one of the greatest triumphs in the long history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans turned into heartbreak in the last few minutes of this year’s race. The #5 Toyota TS050 prototype was cruising to victory, only to mysteriously lose power on its last lap of the circuit. And we now know what caused this failure – though the post mortem doesn’t do much to quell the heartbreak. Apparently, a connector between the turbo and the intercooler failed, which caused a “loss of control” and allowed Porsche to snatch victory. The team was able to “modify the control settings to restore power”, but not quickly enough to complete the last lap in under six minutes, a Le Mans racing requirement, meaning the car could not be classified in the final race result, effectively taking away any shot at a podium finish. Just the latest reminder that, in racing, everything counts. 85


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egardless of whether or not Bruce Wayne is going to come popping out of it, the newest and hottest electric concept by US-based company Faraday Future, the FFZero1, is about as futuristic as you can get. FF stresses that this is not a model that it will ever put into general production. Rather, it’s a one-seater race car designed to showcase the capabilities of the company’s Variable Platform Architecture – a scalable electric battery system that could theoretically be adapted to fit any size vehicle. The Tesla rival has promised that the concept will “spearhead a complete revolution in the way we drive”, by building a clean energy-driven car from the ground up. Vive la revolution, judging by its reception. From its all-white interior to the space-age ‘UFO line’ hugging the car’s contours, the FFZero1 screams ‘out of this world’. While this version of FF’s vision of the future might not make it to our driveways, it’s clear that the brand looks set to be a game-changer. If what is eventually put into production looks half as cool as the FFZero1, we foresee a huge spike in EV sales. Who knows? It might not be Batman’s transport of choice but could the FFZero1 be the clean-energy superhero the world has been waiting for? (faradayfuture.com)

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The power The FFZero1 boasts 1,000bhp through four quad-core motors and will reportedly do 0-60mph in less than three seconds, with a scorching top speed of more than 200mph. All on paper, of course, but we’ve no doubt the boffins at Faraday Future can back up their claims

High tech

The brains

The FFZero1’s power comes from the brand’s new Variable Platform Architecture (VPA), which features a new battery structure, arranged into modular strings and centrally placed for integrity

The steering wheel allows for integration with the driver’s smartphone for remote vehicle set-up, customised configurations, modifiable power outputs, and real-time data visualisation and interaction


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Space age Faraday Future reportedly consulted NASA in the quest for the perfect seating position (45 degrees, if you were wondering) and we hear that the headrest even has a special port to pump air and water into the driver’s crash helmet

Looks matter The concept’s aerodynamic integrated tailfin provides directional stability and improved aerodynamics. It also serves as a digital canvas to display vehicle charge level, driver name and track position

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California Dreaming Sure, Ferrari’s more shouty creations may command more column inches, but Chris Hall believes that the remodelled, turbo-charged California T deserves headlines of its own

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here are few more evocative names in motoring than ‘Ferrari California’. Harking back to the tweaked and polished 250-shortwheelbase variant released in 1959, it conjures up images of Riviera glamour and suave, laid-back sophistication (you may also know it from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a classic of an altogether different sort). The California speaks of a time when Ferrari was on a real roll, bringing out timeless classics one after the next, little knowing that in 50 years’ time, gingerhaired radio DJs would be paying millions for them.* Modern-day Ferrari is also on something of a hot streak (with its road cars, at least). In fact, the rate of change at Modena has been electrifying of late: it seems like only five minutes ago that we hailed the 458 as a high point in supercar creation, never to be bettered. Since then, Ferrari has produced the stunning LaFerrari, gone turbo-charged with the 458’s successor, the 488 GTB and continued to mine yet more power from its flagship V12 with the bonkers F12 TDF. So much has been happening that it looked like the ‘entry level’ California might get

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left behind. Perish the thought. In 2014, Ferrari overhauled the original 2008 California extensively, and the first models hit UK roads last year. And here’s the thing: while LaFerrari laps up the headlines, this is in many ways a more important car for Ferrari to get right. For starters, it is nowadays widely acknowledged that the first Cali’ was a bit underwhelming; dogged from the outset with jibes of naked commercialism, its styling drew mixed reviews and the driving experience was, by Ferrari’s high standards, a bit soft. And then Simon Cowell bought one. The redesign, then, had a lot to do even before Ferrari decided it was going to introduce a turbocharged engine – the first on a prancing horse since the F40, and the first full-stop on a core model intended to sell by the thousand. To see what had emerged from such a heady mix, I hopped in a California T and made for the tested proving ground that is west Wales. Normally, I’d do anything to avoid the M4, but of all Ferraris, the California is going to see a lot of motorway miles, so I steeled myself and faced my foe head on. I have to


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play Spotify at the same time was, to say, it made the Reading-Swindon put it politely, stressful. corridor of gloom feel eminently When I did eventually make it west pleasurable. It cruises so, so well of Cardiff, I turned my attention to thanks to the silky-smooth matters more tangible. When you do seven-speed gearbox, and a ride click to ‘Sport’ and start putting the quality that would be impressive in California T round a few bends, one of a family saloon. the first things you notice is the visibility It even does so in relative over the bonnet – letting you put the efficiency: the turbo engine is 15 per front right where you want it. cent less gas-guzzly than the old V8, Ok, it doesn’t have the steering feel and, while that may be an of a Porsche 911, but for a long-nosed unbelievable thing to bring up in GT it can be awfully nimble. Without a Ferrari review, not having to pushing it around a track it’s hard to stop every 200 miles does rather see it being greatly unsettled either – change one’s outlook on driving. but while it’s far from lairy, it’s It’s obvious from the get-go that definitely eager to push on. The there’s a difference between turbo-chargers have been so well California and 488 customers. You controlled by Ferrari’s engineers that at don’t get “Race” or “Traction Control times you forget they’re there – you get a off” modes on the ‘manettino’ switch tiny bit of lag at lower revs, but it’s been that controls the car’s character, for designed to release more torque as example. And there’s more focus you rise up the rev range, and it’s a on comfort and entertainment more engaging drive as a result. inside: the California T was the Drop the roof (for which you’ll first Ferrari to get Apple Carplay have to stop, as the entire rear installed and has a huge screen to bumper hinges back) and you display it on. experience the car at its best – with a Now, a brief technological interlude. name like California, you just have to have I wrote recently that the days when the the wind in your hair. If only Carmarthen was a little likes of Apple and Google got their hands on our warmer in the autumn. car’s ‘infotainment’ systems couldn’t come too The other thing this exposes you to is the engine soon… Well, Carplay is a massive leap forward, but noise. Does it thrill? I’m not sure. It’s loud alright, but it’s not quite there yet. Using Spotify or iTunes is not incredibly soulful. Luckily, that’s not a metaphor brilliant, and making calls on the go has never been for the car as a whole; Ferrari has fixed ever so easier. Voice activation finally feels natural, much about the old California; it looks as well, as it all goes through Siri. sharper and drives more keenly – But navigation is still a mess. while making sure the overall Carplay wants you to use ferrari experience balances comfort, Apple Maps, which is a) california T prestige and performance in awful, and b) relies on Engine: 90° V8 with fuel direct injection exactly the way your first mobile signal. That’s a Maximum power: 412 kW (560 cv) Ferrari should. mistake when you go @ 7500 rpm So, where do I sign? to, say, Wales, which Maximum torque: 755 Nm (557 lbft) gets pretty much zilch. @ 4750 rpm in VII gear *Chris Evans’s 1961 250 Getting Carplay to use GT SWB California cost him Maximum speed: 196 mph Ferrari’s sat nav and £5.5m in 2008. 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 3.6 s 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 11.2 s Weight/power ratio: 8.69 lb/kw Fuel consumption: 10.5 l/100 km CO2 emissions: 250 g/km Price: from £155,230

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Travel news Canadian Delights How better to explore the scenic coastal wonders of Canada’s easternmost province, Newfoundland and Labrador, than a two-week self-driving tour? A new route from Wexas follows more than 650 miles of valleys, lakes and windswept cliffs, from St John’s – via a whale watching cruise at Trinity Bay – to Halifax. Trips to Fogo Island and Terra Nova National Park at the foot of the Appalachian’s

eroded remains are followed by two days travelling the Viking Trail (a beautiful stretch that passes ancient native burial grounds and a 1000-year old settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows), and a stay on Quirpon Island at the peninsula’s northern tip. 14-day Authentic Newfoundland Self-Drive itinerary, 17 August– 31 October, from £2,995, book by 31 October (wexas.com)

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Ruckomechi’s Little Wonder At the edge of Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi Camp reopened in May after a total rebuild, where sustainable ecotourism firm Wilderness Safaris is offering Zambezi views and outdoor baths alongside its 10 tented suites. On 1 July a new sister camp, Little Ruckomechi, will open with three tented suites built on wooden decks among the albida trees, intended for small parties or families travelling with a private guide. Like its big sister, the camp’s activities – game drives, walks, canoeing and fishing – are led by guides expert in finding the hippo hotspots of the day. But it won’t be long before an elephant meanders past, anyway. From around £540 (wilderness-safaris.com) 92


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Buren at Le Bristol Visitors to the Fondation Louis Vuitton this summer will find Frank Gehry’s futuristic structure encased in multicoloured chequered panes of glass, transformed by French conceptual artist Daniel Buren into a playful rainbow that will quite literally cast the building in a new light. Another jewel-toned reverie can be enjoyed by guests staying at Paris’ Hotel Le Bristol, where Buren has installed one of his site-specific pergolas. The garden outside the hotel’s three-star Epicure restaurant will be bathed in a bold spectrum, and tables at either end of the corridor will be set for al fresco feasting in this fantastical setting. Until 6 October, from €990 (lebristolparis.com)

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Regent Porto Montenegro, Montenegro If your skipper skills aren’t quite up to scratch to charter the superyachts of St Tropez, learn the ropes in the more laid back ports along the Adriatic. Located in the UNESCO-protected Bay of Kotor, the Regent Porto Montenegro hotel has partnered with the area’s renowned yacht club to give guests access to an impressive fleet and expert tuition. Highlights include the Stay and Learn to Sail package which offers four hours of sailing school a day – perfect for those finding their sea legs. Stay and Learn to Sail package from approx. £1,205 per couple (regenthotels.com)

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The Roxy, New York

Closer to Home If a hectic summer schedule doesn’t allow for trans-continental escapades just yet, never fear – a stylish city break need not even involve boarding a plane when you head for the AC Marriot, Salford Quays. With MediaCityUK, Old Trafford and the cultural offering of The Lowry Theatre nearby, you won’t be short on culture, while the hotel itself boasts all you’d want of its international counterparts: modern, sleek design, state-of-the-art gym, sumptuous suites and an excellent eatery where tapas – a nod to Marriot’s Spanish heritage – is paired with signature cocktails. A minibreak, without having to put your liquids in a Ziploc baggy. (marriott.co.uk)

It made a name for itself as a movie theatre in the 1920s and later as a dance club and a venue for the Tribeca Film Festival, but for its latest incarnation, the former Tribeca Grand Hotel in lower Manhattan has been transformed into a 200-room hotel. The Roxy plays to its arts and music heritage, with a new cinema and jazz club The Django, where guests can get into the swing of things, with live jazz and blues performances five nights a week. Superior king from £215 a night (roxyhotelnyc.com)

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The Great

escape A ‘slow living trip’ to east Iceland is exactly what every time-poor city-dwelling person needs. It’s a chance to reconnect with nature, eat simple foods, reconfigure priorities and above all – take your time. Charlotte Phillips does just that

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ave you ever really heard silence? No traffic, no phones, no sirens: the sort of silence where you can almost hear a buzzing in your ear, where you can scream at the top of your lungs and there’s no-one around for miles to hear, and all you can see are vast, flat plains of ice and snow. I have, but only recently: I’ve just returned from a ‘slow living’ trip to the east of Iceland, which looks like a film set, or even another planet. Frozen waterfalls become commonplace, driving alongside fjords proves to be a far more beautiful way to travel than the motorway, and reindeer roam the sides of the road much like cows in the English countryside. Towns often consist of 100 people: everyone knows everyone’s name, there are 30 children at the school, doors are unlocked and – amazingly, unimaginably – no-one is hurrying anywhere. Going on this trip offers a chance to slow down, something we’re all craving, but which a typical London life of fast food, rushed tube journeys and low-level anxiety doesn’t often allow for. Stepping out of the airport at Egilsstadir, a 50-minute flight from Reykjavík, I feel myself physically relax. I mean really relax: my shoulders drop and my eyes involuntarily close as I breathe in crisp, unpolluted air. Fun fact: Icelandic people have a different concept of luxury to ours. Theirs revolves around closeness to nature, simplicity, warmth and wellness, and their hotels reflect this.

Contrastingly, my idea of holiday luxury includes a pillow menu on my made-twice-daily bed and Bulgari bath products. But once I get over my initial shock, there’s something undeniably irresistible about Icelandic comforts. Expect cosy, not opulent. We spend one night in Berunes, a place that champions simplistic living with a notable lack of televisions and – perhaps even more shockingly – clocks, on the basis that we shouldn’t be in such a hurry that we constantly need to check the time. And while I smugly assure myself that I can use my phone, I find I don’t need or want to.

“Despite the sub-zero temperatures, there’s some serious innovation going on” Food is wholesome, locally sourced and unprocessed. Barley and the root vegetable rutabaga are regular menu features, and we tuck into lots of cod and trout throughout the trip, caught fresh in the fjord that day. We try not to think about the reindeer and ram on our plates, having cooed at them wandering freely earlier. At the Egilsstadir Guesthouse, we’re treated to not just a breakfast smorgasbord of meats, eggs and cheese, but vitamin tablets prettily displayed on a silver tray. Iceland’s lack of sunlight, especially during winter, means Vitamin D supplementation

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is encouraged, but when we’re there, daylight hours are plentiful and bright. In this slow, relaxed environment, creativity is everywhere. People often have two jobs, one of which is passion-based: a teacher who’s an artist, a policeman slash nature excursion leader, and so on. Despite the sub-zero temperatures, there’s some serious innovation going on across east Iceland. There’s the artist hub in Stöðvarfjörður (my attempts at pronunciation were, without exception, wrong, but the locals all speak excellent English), where two women have turned an old fish factory into a multi-purpose commune, with sewing facilities, painting room, performance space, a soon-to-be-built recording studio and much more. They’re supporting an alternative lifestyle, where people work to subsist, not excessively consume; employment which also allows one to enjoy outdoor pursuits and family time. Djúpivogur (djupivogur.is) is the only Icelandic municipality to have Cittaslow status, meaning it’s part of an international hub of towns (one is in South Korea), which support eco-friendly businesses, local uniqueness and conservation of nature and cultural heritages. The notion of slowing down and living in the moment is paramount to its ethos, and indeed, across east Iceland in general.

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As the ‘mayor’ of Djúpivogur says to me in genuine bemusement, “Why would anyone want to cook rice that only takes two minutes in a microwave? Is that good?” It’s in Djúpivogur that we meet a man who collects large rocks brought down by rainfall. When one catches his fancy, he brings it home, cuts into it, and polishes the volcanic, centuries-old exterior, to reveal a shiny, brightly coloured crystallised interior. When I ask why he does so, I expect an answer about geology and environmental conservation, but it’s simpler than that: “I like rocks.” In one shop, a woman named Agusta makes goods from fish skin, producing cushion covers, skirts and wallets, using locally sourced cod, salmon and trout skin dyed in rich jewel hues of reds, purples and blues. She also works with Icelandic reindeer skin and lambskin leather to make belts, throws and jackets, giving everyone the opportunity to take a small piece of Iceland home. (arfleifd.is) But my favourite use of the east Iceland landscape is at the Karlsstadir farm, where an entrepreneurial husband and wife (he’s also a musician, naturally) have turned an old cow shed into a small-scale swede crisp production factory. The duo make the crisps using just vegetables, salt and pepper; before packaging them in simple cardboard boxes and distributing them across Icelandic stores. They’re


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delicious, healthy and moreish. (havari.is) Another fun revelation: Icelanders have a more elevated sense of the word ‘walk’ than we city dwellers. I enjoy strolling to brunch as much as the next urban dweller, but I’m not necessarily equipped for a hike to a frozen waterfall, where everything is so breathtakingly white that perspective disappears completely. Likewise, taking 4x4 Jeeps ‘off-piste’ across plains of thick, powder snow is fantastic, but slightly terrifying, due to unforeseen dips and bits of slush,

“When doing outdoor yoga, I, the most cynical of cynics, am consumed with giddy happiness” but the scenery is worth the fear factor. When doing outdoor yoga (yes, in minus ten degrees; layer up), I, the most cynical of cynics, am consumed with giddy happiness. Blame it on the freezing fresh air or the majestic mountains and glistening snow, but I suddenly have (fleeting) thoughts about packing it all in for a life of rural simplicity. Throughout the trip, I consume so much home-made rye bread that when it comes to horse

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riding, I feel slightly sorry for my small, sweet horse. Icelandic horses are famous: they’re purebred, with no cross-breeding for generations. The horses have five paces – walk, trot, canter, tölt and skeið (flying pace) – rather than four, like our English ones, and trotting along a snowy path at dusk, with not an electric light in sight, is my most special memory from the trip.

“If you find yourself cursing fellow commuters, it may be time for a restorative trip” On departing east Iceland for a return to city life, we arrive at Egilsstadir Airport to find the tiny airport closed. It opens 30 minutes before the flight takes off, and just a first name – no passport – is needed to casually stroll onto the aeroplane. On querying the lack of safety, I’m told everyone is related: chances are, you share a cousin with the person checking you in. With such security, who

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needs a metal detector? Gatwick’s North Terminal was a harsh reality check. As much as I love the city – and I really do, for its shops, people watching and world-class restaurants ­– we all need some R&R every now and then. If you find yourself cursing fellow commuters and resenting the rain, it may be time for a restoring trip to absorb the slow living, relaxed vibe of east Iceland. Return economy class flights to Reykjavík from Manchester from £199. Return economy class flights to Reykjavik from Heathrow, from £151 including taxes (icelandair.co.uk). Discover the World’s new east Iceland direct flights between Gatwick and Egilsstadir, every Saturday between 9 July and 20 August 2016, with two further flights offered on Wednesday 13 July and Wednesday 10 August. Return flight from Reykjavík to Egilsstadir, from £120 (airiceland.is) The Wilderness Center (wilderness.is); Berunes Hostel (berunes.is); Egilsstadir Guesthouse (lakehotel.is); Four-hour slow travel super-jeep tour, from £123 (tinna-adventure.is; inspiredbyiceland.com)


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high life They’re all over Instagram, have inspired numerous hotels and even have their own Animal Planet television programme. Hugh Francis Anderson asks, just how did grown-up treehouses ever become a thing?

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f you were lucky enough to have grown up with a garden full of trees mature enough to support the weight of a crooked hotchpotch of two-by-fours constructed by Dad, then treehouses probably kindle a special kind of magic, recalling carefree days of playing in the canopies. They may have been dangerous, perpetually wet and bitterly cold, but treehouses were the things that made your non-treehouse-owning friends jealous more than anything else. So perhaps it’s in an attempt to rekindle this spirit of youth that so many people are commissioning adult versions of their childhood hideaways. In the UK, one company dominates the luxury treehouse market. Brothers Simon and Andy

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CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT The Pure Package Treehouse, Surrey; Djuren by Braumraum, Germany; Pool View Treehouse, Surrey; Tegernsee by Baumhaus, Germany; Blue Forest - Little Acorn Treehouse, Sussex; UFO Treehouse, Sweden; Teahouse Tetsu Treehouse by Terunobu Fujimori, Japan

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Treehouses – Small Spaces in Nature, £49, Andreas Wenning (amazon.co.uk)


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Payne run Sussex-based Blue Forest, and have been building souped-up treehouses since 2003. Their commissions include everything from James Bond-inspired dens, with CCTV and biometric security systems, to commercial projects for large international corporations. “Treehouses are the ultimate kid’s den,” says Simon. “They capture much of the adventure and imagination that we can all associate with childhood. Treehouses embody escapism. We have built treehouses with home cinemas, hot tubs, AGAs, secret rooms, escape pods, bars, kitchens, fire pits and even canopy lookout towers!” Blue Forest go so far as to employ independent arborists to help develop construction methods that do not harm the trees, including 3D laser tree surveys and air-spades (which dig by using jets of compressed air), and only ever use the most sustainable timber available. “The quality and methods of construction used in our treehouses are similar, and perhaps even better,

than most conventional buildings,” says Andy. “They are a very sustainable form of architecture.” Elsewhere, when German-based architect Andreas Wenning, and his firm Baumraum, builds houses in the trees, he focuses on the connection between dwellings and nature. Many of Wenning’s clients spend upwards of £150,000 on the adult incarnation of their childhood dream. Like the brothers at Blue Forest, Wenning describes adventure as a huge factor for treehouse living. “Our clients like adventure, the cosiness of a small space and getting close to nature.” Baumraum’s Bauhaus-esque designs take direct inspiration from the works of architectural powerhouse Morphosis and industry-leading pioneer Richard Neutra, both of whom he names as personal heroes. The recent publication of Wenning’s first book, Treehouses – Small Spaces in Nature, a title which joins a long list of coffee-table books to ignite the recesses of the treehouse imagination, pays homage to his flair for design.

branching out For those who can only dream of building their own home among the foliage, treehouse hotels have sprung up to offer you the chance of living the high life, if only for a few enchanted nights

Chewton Glen HAMPSHIRE From £800 per night Set in a secluded valley of Hampshire’s New Forest, The Treehouses at Chewton Glen offer guests a natural forest setting with a reassuring feeling of luxury. At around 200 to 400 metres from the Hotel, guests can escape civilisation without forgoing comfort. Floor-to-ceiling glass provides panoramic views through the forest canopy and the Treehouse Loft Suites feature a secret galleried bunk area for younger guests – ideal for families. (chewtonglen.com)

Treehotel sweden From £365 per night A wide range of incredible buildings that have to be seen to be believed, alongside spectacular views of the tall pine forest and Lule River, mean that each of Treehotel’s rooms are genuinely unique. From the stunning Mirrorcube, to the overgrown Bird’s Nest, to the surreal UFO, guests can harness the wilderness of Sweden while experiencing the pinnacle of contemporary Scandinavian design. (treehotel.se)

Tongole Wilderness Lodge MALAWI From £188 per night Deep within the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, the Tongole Wilderness Lodge takes the treehouse adventure to the next level. Watch the roaming wildlife, including leopards and substantial herds of elephants, on safari during the day, and relax in the luxurious open-plan suites overlooking the Bua River by night. Exceptional dining options and locations make Tongole the only high-end lodge in the entire 1,800 km sq reserve. (tongole.com)

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Weekend away

… JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Venice WORDS: GEMMA KNIGHT

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hen a minibreak begins with a quick zip across a Venetian lagoon in your own private leather-and-mahogany clad Riva speedboat, you know it’s probably not going to be an ordinary weekend. The 266-room JW Marriott Venice resort sits on its own private island, Isola delle Rose – formerly the site of a stately 1900s hospital – a mere 15-minute ride from San Marco Square in one of their exceptionally plush complimentary private shuttles (complete with admiringly inquisitive looks from passing pedestrians). The boat glides smoothly into the island’s elegantly understated private dock, where a porter scurries away with your luggage and the rest of the world, for all intents and purposes, ceases to exist. The resort opened in March 2015 following a colossal renovation which aimed to remain true to the existing turn-of-the-century architecture, while intertwining with it the sleek, other-worldly designs of architect Matteo Thun. The atmosphere is gorgeous – that’s really the only word for it. The staff are universally lovely, chatty and seem to have a genuine affection and enthusiasm for their work (although, in these surrounds, how could you not?). The island is awash with lush greenery and dappled sunlight, and – despite the hotel being three-quarters full during our visit – by some wizardry seemed constantly just the comfortable side of empty. It is, for lack of a better epithet, perfect.

There are five types of accommodation on offer: the hotel, La Residenza, L’Uliveto, the sumptuous Villa Rose and – my home for the weekend – a super-luxe Maisonette, of which there are eleven, sitting in a smart terraced row on the western side of the island. These two-level loft suites – each including its own sun-soaked private garden, downstairs living room, upstairs open-plan bedroom, walk-in closet and two bathrooms (including a vast bathtub and an arsenal of Bulgari toiletries) – are chic, minimalist and impossibly difficult to leave (trust me). Nevertheless, prizing yourself even a few hundred feet from this little oasis is well worth the effort. The rewards for such exertion include the GOCO Spa, Venice’s largest (which – again through indecipherable wizardry – somehow feels small and intimate), a fabulous four-hour class at the Sapori Cooking Academy and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. And then, of course, there are the resort’s four restaurants (one of which is the Michelin-star Dopolavoro); all offering international and local cuisine (including spectacular examples of Venice’s trademark cicchetti and seafood) – although a light bite at La Sagra’s rooftop poolside bar, which casually offers 360 degree views of Venice and the lagoon over its infinity pool, is extremely hard to beat. My advice is to order a crisp mid-afternoon glass of Veneto white and settle in for the duration. Double DeLuxe rooms start from €334/£270, based on two sharing (jwvenice.com)

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Kids’ news Street Wise Artist Keith Haring often uses the walls of galleries, museums and the American subway as his canvases, but this June he’s trying his hand at fashion design through a collaborative collection with Petit Bateau. The capsule range of bodysuits, T-shirts and briefs features Haring’s simple yet playful artworks that are created with children in mind. Look out for characters like Radioman, Cat Hat and a dog dreaming of a hot dog. From £8.50 (petit-bateau.co.uk)

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Parents prepare yourselves: Balmainia is about to hit a whole new demographic. When one of the world’s most famous toddlers, North West, sits in the front row at your fashion show, it’s only a matter of time before you branch out into childrenswear – which is just what creative director Olivier Rousteing has done. The 55-piece collection sits on the more luxurious end of the kidswear spectrum, with white tuxedo blazers, embroidered dresses and leather jackets available for ages six to 14. From £150 (balmain.com)

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The Tale of Beatrix Potter This year marks the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter, the children’s author whose whimsical stories of Tom Kitten, Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck have been enjoyed by countless generations. To mark the occasion, five fashion designers have lent their creative skills to Potter’s best-loved books, which have been redesigned with limited edition covers. Henry Holland, Orla Kiely, Preen, The Rodnik Band and Cats Brothers are involved in the project, which is part of a year-long celebration. £6.99 (waterstones.com) 106


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The Wheel Deal Equestrian style isn’t often associated with prams, but the latest edition to Silver Cross’s range is unusually inspired by the heritage sport. The Special Edition Henley, a carrycot and pushchair, has been made using tailored fabrics typically worn in the equestrian industry during the early 20th century. The pushchair comes in dark blue and features a leather handle, a quilted lining and a special edition badge. From £796 (silvercrossbaby.com)

Pied à Terre If you haven’t already snapped up French Sole’s children’s collection from Harrods, Selfridges or Kurt Geiger, don’t worry – you’re not too late! Miniature versions of the shoe label’s Henrietta, Love Heart and Knightsbridge pumps are on offer in sizes 27 to 34, along with three styles from the brand’s recent collaboration with Alice Naylor-Leyland. Take your pick from quirky watermelon designs, Union Jack prints and classic monochrome styles. From £75 (frenchsole.com)

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The classroom Golfing Great Tytherington golfer, Remy Miller, finished a superb sixth in the Daily Express Junior European Open. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Justin Rose and Luke Donald, 13 year-old Kings School student, Remy completed four rounds of scratch golf at the Alcaidesa Links Resort, with its stunning views across the Mediterranean. 102 young golfers competed, with Remy making the top three and going into finals day just six shots behind the leader. After posting a final round of 76, four over par, Remy was second place in the clubhouse, but once the leading group came home his final placing of sixth was confirmed. (kingsmac.co.uk; thetytheringtonclub.com)

More than 180 students, staff and parents gathered at Manchester Town Hall to celebrate the academic year, and award some outstanding achievements. The Jane Barraclough Award (in honour of the reverend of the Unitarian Chapel on Cross Street who died in 2014) was given to Zulikhat Shavaeva (19) for showing a willingness to engage in college society, while also maintaining a high level of academic achievement throughout. Yunjin Yang (17) received Student of the Year for showing immense talent, ability and contribution to the college, while guest of honour Graham Able, deputy chairman of the Alpha Plus Group, presented the awards and certificates and joined in the academic celebrations. (abbeymanchester.co.uk)

Don’t Be Chicken Too cute not to include, The Firs School, Chester recently held a Dress-as-a-Chicken day to raise money for the school’s eco club and for the Oxfam Chicken project. Keen to keep their own chickens, the school wanted to teach about the project and how, from as little as £10, a family can start a thriving operation rearing chicks or selling eggs to pay for everyday essentials. (firsschool.net; oxfam.org.uk) 109


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he Firs School is preparing to say goodbye to its Year 6 pupils, reflecting on their time at the primary school with poems, which they have shared with Richmond Road pupils in New Zealand. There, the Year 6 pupils will not start their next educational adventure until the start of the new academic year in the New Year. The project is part of the 70th anniversary of The Firs School in Cheshire, where pupils and teachers twinned with Richmond Road School in Auckland, just a stone’s throw away from where The Firs’ founder, Mrs Florence Longman, originated in New Zealand. The transition from primary school to secondary school can be quite daunting for pupils, but at The Firs, the pupils have been preparing for over two years. Mrs Davies, head teacher at The Firs, comments: “The move on to secondary school is

“The children will remember their friends on the other side of the world for years to come.” often daunting for both pupils and parents. We don’t believe there is a best secondary school; only the best secondary school for your child. We believe in nurturing and inspiring our children so they can fulfil their potential.” Richmond Road School prinicpal Jonathan Ramsay adds: “By encouraging the children to share their life and culture with others, it allows them to see that, although their lives are quite different, they share the same educational milestones, albeit at different times of the year. All the children have got so much out of this partnership and we hope they will remember the friends they have made on the other side of the world for years to come.” The two schools are now planning the next phase of projects to continue the link between them and develop a lifelong school partnership, stretching from one side of the world to the other. (newzealandindepth.co.uk; firsschool.net)

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Fashion Forward Bottega Veneta has added another string to its design bow with a new home collection. First presented during Salone del Mobile in Milan, the range features a series of chairs entitled Rudi in collaboration with Poltrona Frau; a set of bronze tables in partnership with Osanna Visconti di Modrone; and a leather chest of drawers that features the Italian label’s signature intrecciato weave print. Home accessories come in the form of stainless steel flatware, sterling silver boxes and blankets made from alpaca and wool. POA (bottegaveneta.com)

Rolling Stone The onset of summer means it is definitely time to dust off the garden furniture and head outside. If you’re in the market for a new set of table and chairs that will withstand the temperamental British summer weather, then OKA’s new Petra range ought to do the trick. The collection of powdered stone furniture includes tables and stools in either geometric, square or curvaceous designs, all of which can endure both sunny climes and sudden downpours. From £125 (okadirect.com)

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North west based property development company, My Pad Developments, has won the best newcomer award at the recent Grafter Construction and Property Awards held in Manchester. Set up in 2015, My Pad Developments specialise in high-end residential new build and the restoration of existing buildings with historical interest. “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award,” My Pad’s development manager Chelsey Pollard explained. “We are particularly excited about our latest project of 64 apartments in Angel Court Manchester, which will begin shortly and be our biggest project to date.” (mypaddevelopments.co.uk)

Common Sense Concepts When it comes to renovations and redesigns, there’s no substitute for experience – and that’s something that the veteran team at David Graham developments has in spades. With a 26-year history, the company has renovated, redesigned and constructed some of the finest inspirational homes across Cheshire and the north west region, with their wealth of building experience and construction methods helping to build (no pun intended) a truly stellar reputation. Focusing on creativity, design, functionality and luxury finishes, the team prides itself on finishing on time and on budget, while always employing a good old dose of common sense. Music to our ears. (davidgrahamdevelopments.co.uk)

Blooming Marvellous Two of Cheshire’s oldest families created a stir in the famous Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last month, scooping a Silver-Gilt Medal for their floral exhibit. The Cholmondeley family and the 15th-generation family miller, Mornflake, unveiled a re-creation of Cholmondeley Castle’s iconic Temple Garden to celebrate their shared passion for British landscape and produce. Believed to be the first ‘northern’ garden to be shown at RHS Chelsea, unique planting was praised by judges, with the award joining Mornflake’s Gold Medal for Best Show Garden at their RHS Tatton Park Flower Show debut in 2012.

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New Homes on the Block The successful first phase of Mere’s Edge – a beautiful new development of two, three and four bedroom homes on the edge of Helsby village near Frodsham – has recently burst onto the Cheshire housing market, and already it’s making quite a splash. Orchestrated by Lancet Homes, one of the north west’s leading family-run and privately owned house builders, the development – which overlooks a quaint little fish pond – is a neat cluster of brand new luxury homes filled with modern design features and high specifications. Phase two is coming soon, so now’s the time to register your interest. (meresedge.co.uk)

Play It Cool Refrigerators and Dolce & Gabbana don’t exactly go hand in hand. And yet, the fashion house’s collaborative collection with Smeg is a match made in design heaven. Inspired by Sicilian artists like Salvatore Sapienza and mother-anddaughter duo Adriana Zambonelli and Tiziana Nicosia, the 100-strong collection sees Smeg’s signature fridge redesigned in vibrant medieval prints, floral motifs and battle scenes. Each design has been hand-painted in a process that took a whopping 240 hours. (smeguk.com)

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and are warmly welcomed by the bubbly lady of her house and trusty steed, Super, the French Bulldog, who is keen not to be ignored. The bi-fold doors are pushed back in the clean-lined kitchen with its contemporary appliances, and the Cheshire countryside is allowed in, as Melissa feeds the necessary pods into the coffee machine. Currently undergoing a kitchen refurbishment myself, I am taking it all in and asking her opinion on appliances – Melissa is an ambassador for Miele and incredibly knowledgeable. She is also an ambassador for Ferrari, and equally knowledgeable; however I’m not in the market for one of those just yet. We chat about interiors and everyday things with ease. I can understand why she wanted to be a life coach: she’s a selfconfessed people addict and, whenever we meet, the inquisitive tables are turned. But we are here to find out more about Melissa’s property renovating, although for her, it’s about more than that. When I ask for more details the answer I get is “Finding plots of land, acquiring properties and creating homes where people can live their dreams from. “Every house has a personality! Everything has a meaning, a story, a reason for happening. For example, I came and saw this house and really couldn’t afford the asking price. But I made a cheeky offer and eight months later it’s transformed into our family home. “It’s the same floor plan, would you believe. It’s just pushed to its maximum potential. My goal was to make it a family friendly home where people can come in, take their shoes off and play and socialise.” There’s a great flow through the downstairs rooms and, what I love is that fact that it feels like a family home, not a

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“Every house has a personality! Everything has a meaning, a story, a reason for happening.” show home. There’s real ‘stuff’ around; Pierce’s toys in a huge rattan basket sitting beneath the watchful eye of a silver rhino on the wall; Super’s blanket covering his spot on the sofa; and photos of family and friends all around.


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There’s lots of fun and humour, too. Of particular note is the Meat Market sign above the kitchen door which Melissa’s friends think is great (“as I’m single”), and the National Saracsm Society sign peeking out from closed bookcase doors. The décor is clean and the colours soft, with a pleasant mix of beautiful key designer pieces and high street. We share an excited moment about the wonders you can find in TK Maxx and B&Q. There’s a considered mix of textures too: the wooden flooring against the sleek leather and the traditional bookcase

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housing a whole host of modern treasures. And the modern Miele kitchen appliances. Upstairs the theme continues, with a lush unfussy master suite and luxurious guest room. It is only when we peek into Pierce’s room that the mood changes with the Incredible Hulk and Spidey staring back at you. It’s a little boy’s dream; although I know a few people whose man cave dreams would also be met. “As a developer, the first question you have to ask is ‘what do you want from your home?’ and really understand what the owner wants so that you can deliver it. Following your home building dreams doesn’t have to be expensive, either. I didn’t have a huge budget but we’ve made a huge difference. I think that’s where my life coaching dreams began. I want to help people live purposefully and enjoy their life. It’s a very passionate, spiritual

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Hale An individual detached family house on one of Hales most sought after roadways. • 3 reception rooms • living dining kitchen • 5 bedroom (3 en suite) • bathroom

• additional bedroom suite with lounge area • garaging • gardens • EPC - C Guide Price: £2,250,000

Hale A hidden gem set within magnificent gardens less than a mile from Hale village.

• 2 reception rooms • study • living dining kitchen • study area • 5 bedrooms (3 en suite) • bathroom • just over an acre • EPC - D Guide Price: £1,795,000

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FLOWER SHOW

TATTON PARK

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20-24 July You simply have to be there

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RHS Members’ Day 20 July • Ladies’ Day 22 July Family Saturday 23 July

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The Great Outdoors

Garden Hideouts ‘Garden Pod’, £14,950, Garden Hideouts (gardenhideouts.co.uk)

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ummer is here, and it’s time to make the most of the great outdoors once again. For the sun worshippers among us, there are now more options than ever when it comes to sumptuous swing seats and elegant open gazebos; whereas those who prefer to enjoy the warm weather from a shady nook can retreat to

the comfort of conservatories, garden rooms and summerhouses. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by choice, fear not, as we’ve taken it upon ourselves to guide you through the newest developments in combining indoor and outdoor lifestyles, and putting together your very own garden paradise step-by-step.

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THE FAR PAVILIONS The experts at The Caulfield Company give some fresh inspiration on making the new generation of design-led conservatories work for you

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he British climate is not ideally suited to the indoor/outdoor lifestyle which we all enjoy so much when we holiday in warm places – our summers can be wet, and our winter months dank, with little natural daylight. It should come as no surprise, then, that conservatories and garden rooms have been popular additions to British homes since the 1700s, when wealthy individuals built them to cultivate rare plants, soon discovering the joys of also using them as living space. Whether attached

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to the house or freestanding pavilions in the garden, glass buildings have been seen as luxurious additions to our living arrangements ever since. Of course, the construction of period-style glass buildings raises issues of glare and temperature control, with the potential heat build-up on a hot day considerable and the sun blinding – both of which mean that efficient shading is required, often resulting in the loss of that fabulous garden view. Equally, in winter conservatories can be chilly, requiring expensive heating, and all climate


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control remedies have to be achieved without creating condensation build up. And beautiful though they are, traditional conservatories and pavilions are not always the best match to a house, especially if the architecture is modern or minimalist. The good news for British homes is that there is now a new breed of contemporary glass buildings which, not only make architecturally exciting additions to modern buildings, but also have sophisticated built-in climate control. This means that they can be designed as ’real rooms’ which are comfortable all year round; perfect for a kitchen extension or a new multipurpose living area. The same technology can also be used to create beautiful, freestanding garden buildings such as summer houses, pool houses, garden pavilions and even home offices. Mark Caulfield has spent a lifetime designing and building some of this country’s most spectacular traditional timber conservatories, many in historic locations. Now he has set up The Caulfield Company, specialising in high-tech intelligent glass buildings which offer an indoor/ outdoor lifestyle. At the heart of his custom designs are pioneering roof and door systems built for The Caulfield Company by the same specialist German company which fabricates for architects such as Norman Foster. Technically these systems offer not only the highest possible strength, noise cancelling and thermal values (up to Passivhaus requirements), but also the ability to create spectacular structures including designs where the doors fold entirely away, leaving no beams or columns to interrupt views. So whether you are yearning for a big new glass extension to the house or a charming getaway at the bottom of the garden, there is now a completely new type of building to factor into the thought process. The Caulfield Company’s new Cheshire showroom opens this summer at Wilmslow Garden Centre Manchester Road, Wilmslow, SK9 2JN (0113 387 3118; caulfieldcompany.co.uk)

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'A Cheshire Village Home to Put Your Own Stamp On'

HE L SB Y C HE SHIRE

Introducing Mere's Edge, by Lancet Homes Mere's Edge, in Helsby, is the exclusive development overlooking Helsby Hill from Lancet Homes - one of the leading privately owned, family-run house builders in the North West of England. The company has extensive experience in the residential property sector, specialising in building bespoke luxury homes across the region’s most desirable neighbourhoods. Located in rural Cheshire, Mere’s Edge comprises of seventy homes of different styles with two, three and four bedrooms, all contemporarily designed to a luxury specification, yet at family-accessible prices. Phase 1 was successfully launched and immediately sold-out in 2015. On offer is a range of house types and plots, including bungalows, semi-detached, mid-mews and detached. All new properties are designed to the highest specification, complete with Porcelenosa tiles, luxury kitchens by Magnet, Rocca sanitary ware, Hansgrohe taps and Aqualisa rain showers. There is also the opportunity for buyers to put their personal stamp on it. Buyers can select from a wide range of specifications and fittings, including kitchen units, worktops and tiling, plus the option of additional extras such as fitted wardrobes, curtains, blinds and lighting, plus flooring choices including carpets, real wood, laminate or tiles.

The Mere’s Edge development overlooks a quaint fishing pond, a peaceful haven for couples and families to put down roots, or retirees looking for a relaxed pace of life. Helsby village exudes quintessential English rural charm, but with a host of amenities including great schools, shops, restaurants and cafes meaning convenience on the doorstep. The M56 motorway is a short drive away, making Helsby an ideal location for commuters to the North West’s major cities of Manchester, Liverpool and Chester. Lancet Sales Consultant, Sue Percival, added: “Mere’s Edge really does offer everything a buyer could want from a sympathetic and aesthetically pleasing property – without sacrificing the mod-cons today’s home-owners so often require. Helsby is an aspirational Cheshire village, nestled on the edge of Frodsham, and we’re excited to be launching Phase 2 and welcoming the new home-owners very soon.” Phase 2 is launching very soon, so now is the time to register your interest at www.meresedge.co.uk or phone 0161 969 4919 for more information.


GARDENS

Tantalising Tatton RHS Tatton returns for its eighteenth year, with a host of displays and new features for the perfect summer day out

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n enduring event on the summer social calendar, The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park includes gardens, (obviously), but is also about so much more – especially with some new elements in 2016. Show gardens have a new Evolution Garden category, encouraging the latest in contemporary design with designers interpreting the theme with a conceptual and futuristic design. The Water Garden category also makes a welcome return with plenty of ideas to take home, alongside the Back-to-Back Garden category showcasing ideas for the smallest of spaces. And let’s not forget the power of the shed, highlighted in the Garden Hideaways. The Talks Theatre in the Floral Marquee is also new, offering you the opportunity to garner advice from celebrity gardeners and experts, like Carol Klein and Monty Don. And for those with a passion for wine, The Vineyard offers a dedicated area celebrating English wine and the chance to sample a few, too. Art takes centre stage in the social areas, with a curated collection of sculptures in Art in the Garden and Manchester School of Art designs unique decorations for Fools and Follies, transforming a well-known Tatton clump of trees into a magical folly. Continuing to fly the flag for youth in horticulture, the RHS Young Designer of the Year is back, following the RHS trend of health, happiness and horticulture, while green-fingered pupils create their own tributes to their favourite musicals in the School Gardens display. Not to be outdone, Roald Dahl’s BFG is also on the guest list, making his debut in the fabulous RHS Tatton show garden at the new Family Day (Saturday 23 July). Find out more, from head gardener, Simon Tetlow, over the page. So, with plenty of tried and tested regulars, new additions, food, drink and entertainment, RHS Tatton is set to sizzle again this summer. RHS Tatton, 20-24 July (rhs.org.uk)

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Simon Tetlow,

Head Gardener at Tatton Park “As part of Tatton’s celebration of 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl, we have been running fantastic themed events and trails since Easter. These continue for the rest of the year and a much-anticipated highlight is the arrival of the Big Friendly Garden at this year’s RHS Flower Show. “Crafted around Roald Dahl’s tale of the BFG (The Big Friendly Giant), this year’s show garden has been inspired by the magical place The BFG takes orphan Sophie to see the collected dreams – a place before the giants spoilt the world. Known in the Roald Dahl classic as Dreamland, our garden team has created a primordial garden to imagine a world gone back in time – a damp misty place of mosses and ferns and, of course, dreams. “It is a very green landscape, featuring groups of plants that evolved before flowering plants, all things the dinosaurs

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would have eaten. This will include clusters of Cyads, Tree Ferns, Ferns and Lichens. “The team and I have thoroughly enjoyed working on the Big Friendly Garden. To be asked to pull something together to resemble such an amazing story has really allowed our imaginations to run wild and has resulted in a magical landscape.” Visitors will be able to step into The Big Friendly Garden at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park from 20-24th July, coinciding with the launch of the big

“A much anticipated highlight is the arrival of the Big Friendly Garden at this year’s RHS Flower Show” screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg, promising gloriumptious treats and squiffling surprises for everyone. (tattonpark.org.uk)


TARPORLEY

NORTHWICH

56B High Street, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0AG T

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Marton

£1.1 Million

Positioned in a quiet sought after location with views across open farmland a beautiful presented, unique and extended detached family home with superb flexible accommodation throughout. • Two large reception rooms. • Family Breakfast Kitchen. • Four double bedrooms. • Two bath/shower rooms. • Self-contained annex.

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• Secure gated entrance. • Landscaped private gardens with paddock extending to approximately 1.28 acres. • Extensive parking. • Integral double garage.

£550,000

Positioned in the heart of the village and its amenities an outstanding Grade II listed Georgian Townhouse with beautifully presented accommodation throughout. • Two reception rooms. • Breakfast Kitchen. • Three double bedrooms.

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• Two bath/shower rooms. • Walled garden.

Bickerton

£849,500

Situated in a quiet sought after and desirable location a well-presented and elevated detached family home with outstanding undisturbed views across the Cheshire Plain and superb flexible accommodation throughout. • Three reception rooms. • Family Dining Kitchen. • Five bedrooms. • Two bath/shower rooms. • Beautifully landscaped private gardens.

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• Gated entrance. • Driveway providing parking for several vehicles. • Planning Permission granted

£875,000

This is a beautiful and substantial family home which is immaculately presented and exudes class both inside and out having been furbished and maintained to the very highest standards. • Five double bedrooms. • En-suite off master bedroom and second bedroom. • Four reception rooms. • Stunning bespoke Canadian

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Maple fitted kitchen. • Superb plot. • Double garage. • Substantial off street parking.

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HOT PROPERTY our SHORTLIST OF top properties on the market in and AROUND cheshire

Thieves Hollow PRESTBURY

Thieves Hollow is one of the finest country houses in the area, constructed and designed by W Worthington in a butterfly arts and crafts design, out of brick-rendered elevations with hand-made toughened glass double-glazed mullioned windows, surmounted by an attractive stone graduated roof. Electric entrance and exit gates lead to a large parking area to the front of the house and a lodge providing ancillary accommodation (for which there is already planning permission

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for a leisure suite, incorporating the lodge). The house enjoys a very private, secluded, elevated position, nestled in roughly 10 acres of stunning mature grounds, with the rear of the house enjoying sublime south-facing views. The butterfly design allows the house to bask in the sunlight at all times of the day, with the main receptions and seven en-suite bedrooms enjoying the southerly orientation and views – all this on one of the most prestigious roads in Prestbury. The exterior of the house is impressive, with grand brick chimneys rising up from the roofline,

and wisteria-adorned elevations, punctured by mullioned leaded windows, flooding the house with natural light. The artistry of the exterior is only amplified by the interior, with a catalogue of truly outstanding features. The galleried and panelled grand entrance hall is particularly impressive, with its oak panelled and upholstered walls and balustrade staircase, stained glass window and stone fireplace with carved overmantel. On the market at a guide price of ÂŁ4.5 million through Jackson-Stops and Staff 8 Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AA (01625 540340; jackson-stops.co.uk)


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Troutbrook House LOWER PEOVER

A beautifully presented modern four-bedroom family house nestled in just over 3 acres, Troutbrook House is architect-designed and was built by the current owner in 2014, constructed of cream-rendered elevations with stone detailing, surmounted by a reclaimed graduated stone roof. The house sits almost centrally within superb landscaped gardens, located down a delightful rural lane on the outskirts of Lower Peover. Internally the house is exquisite with a no-expense-spared mantra evident throughout. A solid oak door opens into a large entrance hall with wide

oak-boarded floor. The two main reception rooms have open fireplaces, the drawing room and hall having wonderful beamed ceilings. The third reception room is open-plan off the kitchen/breakfast room, which has a stone floor and painted granitetopped units with a twin Belfast sink and Aga. French doors lead out from the family room and the drawing room onto the rear gardens. The first floor has four double bedrooms. The master suite has a lovely bathroom and dressing room, with a guest suite with en-suite shower room and two further bedrooms with a bathroom in between. There are two gated entrances to the house, one to the front and one

to the rear. The main entrance to the front has a sweeping gravel, oak tree-lined drive leading to a large turning circle. The gardens wrap around the house with gently rolling lawns to one side leading down to the Peover Eye river. To the other side is a newly planted soft fruit orchard, while the rear gardens consist of well stocked shrubs and flower borders with a stone-and-gravel path leading through the lawns. On the market at a guide price of ÂŁ1.5 million through Jackson-Stops and Staff 8 Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AA (01625 540340; jackson-stops.co.uk)

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TENERIFE These boutique villas on the coast of a sunny Canary Island – complete with all the amenities of a neighbouring luxury resort – are redefining luxury holiday living

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ollowing the success of their three previous communities in the area, Abama Luxury Residences has recently unveiled their newest venture, Las Casas del Lago: a collection of six beautiful boutique villas located on the west coast of Tenerife, each unique in size and layout, and safely situated on one of the island’s most exclusive luxury resorts – not to mention benefiting from spectacular ocean views and balmy year-round sunshine (Tenerife boasts an annual average temperature of 18-24°C). What’s not to love?

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The architect, locally-based Leonardo Omar, has utilised minimalist lines, natural light, open space and neutral colours to produce ultra-modern homes, ranging in plot size from 300sqm to 483sqm and including four 3-bedroom and two 2-bedroom private villas. Each house has decadently spacious bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and living area, storage facilities, sun terraces, private swimming pool, and front and rear gardens in a fabulously elevated position on the 400-acre resort. And that’s not all. Those living in the villas will also benefit from a wealth of amenities in the resort, which neighbours the Ritz-Carlton, Abama, including two Michelin-starred restaurants, eight further eateries, an 18-hole golf course designed by acclaimed golfer Dave Thomas, seven tennis courts, luxury retail boutiques, a golden sandy beach, residents’ parking, 24-hour security, and even a complimentary Abama Membership Card, which provides special access and a range of discounts across the resort. There are also additional services on offer to help maintain the villas, including housekeeping, washing, gardening, swimming pool maintenance and catering. “To date, our residences have been hugely popular, with record sales figures posted in recent years,” explains Maria

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Moreno, sales manager at Abama Luxury Residences. “We developed the new villas in response to increased client demand for turn-key properties of this size, and fully expect Las Casas del Lago to be very popular, with a number of buyers already registering their interest. Set in a beautiful location, with unobstructed views of the

ocean and the island of La Gomera, this is one of our most exclusive collections and certainly one not to be missed.” Luxury villas at Las Casas del Lago are on the market from €930,000-€1.175 million through Abama Luxury Residences (+34 922 126 011; info@abamaluxuryresidences.com; abamahotelresort.com)

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Cheshire and Manchester’s Leading Independent Estate Agents Visit our new web site www.jordanfishwick.co.uk

dunham woods, bowdon

MAGNIFICENT VICTORIAN RESIDENCE SITTING ON OVER AN ACRE OF GROUNDS IN A STUNNING SECLUDED LOCATION! Backing onto Dunham Forest Golf course and only a short walk to Bowdon & Altrincham yet residing in beautifully maintained grounds that have to be viewed to be appreciated.Viewing is strictly by appointment only.

Guide Price £1,750,000 Wilmslow and Alderley Edge Office 36/38 Alderley Road, SK91JX Sales: 01625 532000 Lettings: 01625 536300 E: wilmslow@jordanfishwick.co.uk

Hale Office 172 Ashley Road, WA15 9SF Sales: 0161 929 9797 Lettings: 0161 929 9898 E: hale@jordanfishwick.co.uk

Didsbury Office 757-759 Wilmslow Road, M20 6RN Sales: 0161 445 4480 Lettings: 0161 434 5290 E: didsbury@jordanfishwick.co.uk

Macclesfield & Prestbury Office 84-86 Waters Green, SK11 6LH Sales: 01625 434000 Lettings: 01625 502222 E: macclesfield@jordanfishwick.co.uk

Sale Office 95-97 School Road M33 7XA Sales: 0161 962 2828 Lettings: 0161 976 5080 E: sales@jordanfishwick.co.uk


Leicester Road, Hale Guide Price £1,750,000 Glossop Office 44 High Street West, SK13 8BH Sales: 01457 858888 Lettings: 01457 858888 E: glossop@jordanfishwick.co.uk

TUDOR LODGE IS AN IMMENSELY ATTRACTIVE, SUPERBLY PROPORTIONED PERIOD DETACHED FAMILY HOME, IN ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER & PRESTIGIOUS POCKETS OF HALE VILLAGE. With black and white timbered and rendered high gabled elevations,The accommodation is arranged over three floors and extends to approximately 5000 sq ft.The property stands on a wonderful mature Garden plot, being a particularity large Garden for such a house this close to the Village.Viewing is strictly by appointment only..

Chorlton Office 410-412 Barlow Moor Road, M21 8AD Sales: 0161 860 4444 Lettings: 0161 860 4444 E: chorlton@jordanfishwick.co.uk

Manchester City Centre Office 217 Deansgate M3 3NW Sales: 0161 833 9499 Lettings: 0161 833 9499 E: manchester@jordanfishwick.co.uk

Salford & Media City Office City Point Unit 2, 156 Chapel Street M3 6BF Sales: 0161 833 9499 opt 3 Lettings: 0161 833 9499 opt 2 E: salford@jordanfishwick.co.uk

Northern Quarter Office 45 Tib Street M4 1LT Sales: 0161 833 9494 Lettings: 0161 833 9494 E: nor thernquar ter@jordanfishwick.co.uk


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St. Margarets Road, Bowdon Guide Price ÂŁ1,725,000 Wilmslow and Alderley Edge Office 36/38 Alderley Road, SK91JX Sales: 01625 532000 Lettings: 01625 536300 E: wilmslow@jordanfishwick.co.uk

A beautiful detached residence nestled in private grounds off St. Margarets Rd and built to an exacting level of finish by renowned local builder. The property enjoys approximately 5000sq ft of lavishly appointed accommodation over 3 levels, together with self-contained studio, detached garage and private south-facing courtyard garden perfect for entertaining. Viewing is strictly by appointment only.

Hale Office 172 Ashley Road, WA15 9SF Sales: 0161 929 9797 Lettings: 0161 929 9898 E: hale@jordanfishwick.co.uk

Didsbury Office 757-759 Wilmslow Road, M20 6RN Sales: 0161 445 4480 Lettings: 0161 434 5290 E: didsbury@jordanfishwick.co.uk

Macclesfield & Prestbury Office 84-86 Waters Green, SK11 6LH Sales: 01625 434000 Lettings: 01625 502222 E: macclesfield@jordanfishwick.co.uk

Sale Office 95-97 School Road M33 7XA Sales: 0161 962 2828 Lettings: 0161 976 5080 E: sales@jordanfishwick.co.uk


Rossmill Lane, HALE Guide Price ÂŁ3,495,000 Glossop Office 44 High Street West, SK13 8BH Sales: 01457 858888 Lettings: 01457 858888 E: glossop@jordanfishwick.co.uk

An individually designed proper ty nestling in one of the most affluent residential areas. There are gardens to three sides and the floor to ceiling windows embellish the house with an abundance of light and feeling of utter spaciousness. Focused around its stunning live in kitchen and integral leisure suite, the interior is beyond impressive. The leisure suite includes lower level heated pool with stunning lighting, sauna room and a relaxing lounge area. An incredible residence in location to match. Viewing is strictly by appointment only.

Chorlton Office 410-412 Barlow Moor Road, M21 8AD Sales: 0161 860 4444 Lettings: 0161 860 4444 E: chorlton@jordanfishwick.co.uk

Manchester City Centre Office 217 Deansgate M3 3NW Sales: 0161 833 9499 Lettings: 0161 833 9499 E: manchester@jordanfishwick.co.uk

Salford & Media City Office City Point Unit 2, 156 Chapel Street M3 6BF Sales: 0161 833 9499 opt 3 Lettings: 0161 833 9499 opt 2 E: salford@jordanfishwick.co.uk

Northern Quarter Office 45 Tib Street M4 1LT Sales: 0161 833 9494 Lettings: 0161 833 9494 E: nor thernquar ter@jordanfishwick.co.uk


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we’ve picked OUR FAVOURITE properties from AROUND THE WORLD for your viewing pleasure

UK

Viver Green, Lake District

Developer eggHomes has just launched its first sustainable luxury development, Viver Green, in the southern Lake District. The design is truly exceptional – extremely contemporary with lots of standout features including balconies, aluminium triple-glazed windows, underfloor heating on lower and upper levels and solar panels incorporated into each property – and this is coupled with the very latest energy-efficient technology meaning the SAP ratings are between 92-98. Estimated annual electrical running costs are also expected to be around 75 per cent more efficient than standard homes. Prices are from £445,950 for a 4 bed house (egghomes.uk; 01539 760577)

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Port Andratx

This state-of-the-art mansion enjoys thoughtful design and exceptional attention to detail, which provides unrivalled luxury living. The residence accommodates eight bedrooms and offers grand spaces for entertaining, as well as cosy alcoves for intimate gatherings with open and covered terraces around the pool and the beautiful manicured gardens. The ocean views and exquisite landscape compliment the elegant modern design of the bodega, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and the night glow of the architecture, illuminated to give a luxury feel, while modern amenities and cosy casual spaces promise everyday comfort. This exquisite residence also boasts a gym, cinema, spa, alarm system and close circuit TV. On the market at a guide price of €17,000,000 (£13,444,007) with Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty (mallorca-sothebysrealty.com; +34 971 674 807)

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Les Chalets De Flambeau, Val Cenis

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Due to be completed this December, the development of 13 ski-in ski-out apartments (with one to three bedrooms) is inspired by traditional Vanoise architecture, built with local wood and stone. Expected to be in high demand year-round, this is the perfect residence from which to enjoy the family-friendly resort of Val Cenis – one of the Alps’ best-kept secrets. During the summer, visitors can hike up one of the surrounding mountains and enjoy stunning views of Vanoise glaciers, the Grand Bec and the Grand Ciasse. Rock climbing and paragliding are also popular activities, with a number of the local ski resorts turning into adventure activity destinations. The resort also sits on the border of the Vanoise National Park, often referred to as the ‘Great Garden of France’, the perfect location for an active summer retreat. 1 bedroom apartments from £138,489 (€179,167), 3 bedroom apartments from £270,537 (€350,000) Available through MGM French Properties (+44 (0) 20 7494 0706; mgmfrenchproperties.com)

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Résidence Kalinda, Tignes

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Nestled near the church, Résidence Kalinda is located in one of the most popular resorts in the Alps, Tignes 1800. Inspired by traditional architecture, the development is finished externally in local stone and timber blending seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. Tignes also has access to the Grande Motte Glacier at 3,400m, often open for 9 months of the year, with an eight- seater gondola installed below the development allowing easy access to the higher slopes 1 bedroom apartments from £187,000 (€241,667), 2 bedroom apartments from £226,000 (€291,667), 3 bedroom apartments from £323,000 (€416, 667). Available through MGM French Properties (+44 (0) 20 7494 0706; mgmfrenchproperties.com)

Les Chalets D’angéle, Les Portes Du Soleil

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Les Portes du Soleil is one of the most popular year-round destinations in the Alps, encompassing twelve village-resorts between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva. The area is host to one of the largest mountain bike parks in Europe, with cycling enthusiasts able to explore 650km of rideable terrain. Les Chalets d’Angèle is MGM French Properties’ first résidence de tourisme in the Portes du Soleil area and comprises seven, two to three-storey chalets of 78 one, two and threebedroom apartments. The development blends perfectly into the local mountain architecture through a combination of traditional and modern designs. Within close distance to the town centre, residents can enjoy easy access to shops, restaurants, bars and childcare facilities. Full completion is set for December 2017. One-bedroom apartments from £163,530 (€204,167), Three-bedroom apartments from £347,610 (€434,000) Available through MGM French Properties (+44 (0) 20 7494 0706; mgmfrenchproperties.com)

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Campoamor, Alicante Occupying an elevated position, these luxury villas rest just 250 meters from the beach. The villas can be custom designed by the purchaser, allowing each property to be uniquely tailored to its owner, with bespoke options from kitchen fixtures to tech specifications and private pools. Base styles have been architect-designed with a focus on achieving maximum natural light, with large windows and spacious living areas. Prices start at £417,500 for a 4-bedroom villa through Sequre Property Investment (0800 011 2277; sequre.co.uk)

MALLORCA

Palma De Mallorca

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This palace was completely refurbished in 2010 and benefits from lift access to all of its four floors, a double garage and a courtyard, whilst being situated amidst the historic centre of the old town of Palma de Mallorca and only two minutes from the cathedral. Eight bedrooms provide spacious accommodation and benefit from a living room on each floor. The upper floor roof terrace comprises a sundeck with outdoor kitchen and panoramic views of the old town, the cathedral and the sea. Luxury fittings include a wine cellar, grotto spa, home theatre and library. On the market at a guide price of €13,500,000 (£10,456,237) with Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty (+34 971 721 000; mallorca-sothebysrealty.com)


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INSPIRATION

HATS OFF TO YOU Planters don’t have to be boring and these will certainly add a talking point to your garden. Picking up on the latest trend for concrete furniture and accessories, these handmade pots from Italy will raise a smile and show off your planting wherever you choose to locate them. With great detailing, Britain’s most famous hats get a new lease of life and we love them. We have also heard that they make great ice-buckets for when entertaining al fresco! Bowler hat (H11 x W29 x D24cm), £63; Top hat (H17 x W30 x D25cm), £73 (outthereinteriors.com)

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New showroom opening soon in Bollington Cheshire

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BEAUTIFUL THINGS

A symphony of COLOUR Dante is said to have once described Ravenna’s spectacular UNESCO World Heritage mosaics – which date from the 4th century – as “a great symphony of colour”. Specialist interiors brand SICIS was founded in this same Italian province in 1987, however it has only just landed in the UK, opening a 5,500 sq ft showroom in London. The Byzantine boutique showcases SICIS’s intricate, shimmering wall art alongside complementary Daliesque furnishing, but if an entire mosaic is too much to commit to, then the exquisite micro-mosaic watch and jewellery collections are bound to intrigue. (sicis.com)

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The Old Stables, Capesthor ne Hall, Nr Alder ley Edge , Cheshire . SK11 9JY By Appointment

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The Cheshire Magazine August 2016  

The Cheshire Magazine is the leading luxury lifestyle title for the North West of England. Combining interesting and aspirational editorial...

The Cheshire Magazine August 2016  

The Cheshire Magazine is the leading luxury lifestyle title for the North West of England. Combining interesting and aspirational editorial...