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26 QUINTESSENTIALLY ENGLISH Alison Jee takes time out to visit Brown’s Hotel in the heart of Mayfair.

33 ALFA ROMEO SAMPLING TURIN’S FINEST Is this the most beautiful car in the world? Victoria Macmillan Bell thinks so having driven several laps of Balocco, Alfa Romeo’s private test facility.

38 A SHORE THING Editor Sharon Kilby talks exclusively to award winning chef Mitch Tonks about his close association with the South Sands Hotel in Salcombe, South Devon.

46 HELLO PORTOBELLO! The best of the world’s fashion markets from the comfort of your home.

48 LUXURY ALPINE ADVENTURES White Blancmange introduce the most luxury Alpine experience.

54 POLO IN BARBADOS Gareth Davies travels to the Apes Hill Polo Club in Barbados to meet with Sir Charles Williams.

58 LEVIEV SPARKLE IN MAYFAIR Offering some of the world’s rarest and most valuable diamonds, LEVIEV, showcase collections of extraordinary jewellery in their Old Bond Street location.

62 AMAZING PARADISE FOR QUALITY & SERVICE Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, The Royal Savoy has been voted number 1 for Relaxation & Spa in Sharm El Sheikh and sixth in the world rankings by TripAdvisor.

68 LIVING THE GOOD LIFE Sharon Kilby discovers Joules one of the UK’s most successful clothing brands.

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Welcome to our third edition of the Buckinghams ‘Lifestyles’ Magazine which as always features a selection of some of the very best properties available within the Virginia Water, Sunningdale & Ascot areas for both purchase or to rent. MARKET COMMENT I don’t really need to mention that the last few months have been incredibly difficult for many business people but as with any ‘downturn’ in the economy there are nearly always excellent opportunities to increase turnover from time to time. We are delighted to be able to say that during these very difficult times we have managed to actually increase our client base and achieve the third highest turnover in our history. I am in no doubt that our clients particularly like the fact we are a company with a very low turnover of staff (our last change of personnel was over three years ago). Each and every member of staff is experienced and competent in their field and just as importantly our vendors, landlords, purchasers & tenants know there is absolute continuity when dealing with the inevitable issues which arise whilst dealing with residential property whether during negotiations to buy or sell or with ongoing property management. As mentioned in the Lifestyles Summer edition, 2010 saw a protracted start due to memorably adverse weather conditions. However, although the Spring market had a slow start, once the snow had melted it gathered pace and caught up rapidly but we were then concerned it would slow prematurely due to the impending General Election. In our experience the two months prior to an election are much quieter than the norm but afterwards the market picks up very quickly – whichever party wins. This year it was the complete opposite with almost frenzied activity right up to Election Day. High numbers of good quality purchasers were ‘snapping up’ virtually all of the properties we were marketing (some had been on the market for three or four months) and most new instructions were receiving offers within a few days. However the aftermath was as if the proverbial tap had been turned off whilst the country mulled over the ‘fors & againsts’ of a coalition government and we were finding the market rather sluggish. Fortunately this slow down didn’t last long and unusually the holiday season from the second half of July to the end of August was very buoyant with September continuing in the same fashion We predicted earlier this year that although many ‘experts’ within the financial services & property industries were expecting (via rather dramatic headlines in the Media!) house prices to drop over the Summer months they would in fact (certainly in this area) harden or rise and it would appear we were correct in many cases with some properties returning to near 2007 levels. Although top rate earners will soon be paying 50% income tax, VAT will hit 20% and Stamp Duty for properties sold in excess of £1,000,000 will rise to 5% we remain optimistic that prices in the surrounding area will hold and stay strong. Generally speaking it is still true to say demand outstrips supply on both sales & lettings and we do not expect this to change to any great degree.

Indeed our optimism is even greater for the rental market with 2010 having been exceptionally busy. A very good example of the extent of the demand we are currently experiencing is a small development of brand new Tudor style detached houses called Foxwoods marketed earlier this year. All four properties were placed onto the market during the first week of June priced from £4,750 to £5,250 per calendar month. Our client had accepted offers on all four within 10 days!

Foxwoods, Virginia Water

As ever we are always very keen to be of assistance with any property related query you may have and our enthusiastic sales & lettings teams would be delighted to offer experienced, friendly advice on 01344 845050. With best wishes Geoff Burgoyne

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The homes featured in this magazine are a random selection from our portfolio of some of the finest properties available in the local area.

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Virginia Water, Surrey A stunning brand new three storey Georgian style residence currently under construction by the renowned developers Belvedere, occupying a generous south facing plot. Completion Autumn 2011. Reception Hall, Cloakroom, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Study, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Family Room, Inner Lobby, 2nd Cloakroom,Utility Room. Excellent Master Bedroom Suite with Two Dressing Rooms, Three Further Bedroom Suites. Second Floor Fifth Bedroom, Bathroom & Cinema Room/Bedroom Six. Triple Garage with Annexe Suite over; Superb South Facing Plot of approximately two thirds of an acre.

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Wentworth Estate,Virginia Water An attractive Tarrant built family home occupying secluded grounds of over 1.2 acres in a wonderful setting within the heart of the Wentworth Estate immediately adjacent to the 1st Fairway of the East Course and close to the Clubhouse & Tennis Complex. Master Bedroom with Dressing Room & Impressive Bathroom En-Suite. Three Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Spacious Reception Hall, Drawing Room/Dining Room with double doors to Large Conservatory, Study, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Cloakroom. Detached Double Width Garage, Attractive Private Gardens measuring over 1.2 acres.

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Wentworth Estate,Virginia Water A truly unique five bedroom detached single storey home offering excellent open plan accommodation, set in superb grounds approaching half an acre adjoining woodland and in an enviable location. Superb Drawing Room Open to Dining Area, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Large Conservatory, Family Room, Master Bedroom with En-Suite Bath & Shower Room, Two Further Bedrooms with En-Suite Shower Rooms, Fourth Bedroom plus Study/Bedroom Five, Bathroom. Large Double Garage with Golf Buggy Space, Landscaped Private Gardens.

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Quintessentially English Alison Jee takes time out to visit Brown’s Hotel in the heart of Mayfair. 26


Step into The Rocco Forte Collection’s Brown’s Hotel and you enter a completely different world. It is a world steeped in history but at the same time one which offers the ultimate experience in contemporary luxury. From the bustle of Albemarle Street and nearby Bond Street, Brown’s offers a tranquil haven, whether you are just meeting a friend for a drink in the popular Donovan Bar or have the good fortune to be staying the night. Brown’s has been synonymous with luxury since it first opened its doors in 1837 as London’s first ever hotel. Over the years it has welcomed countless famous guests including Winston Churchill, Alexander Graham Bell (who made the first successful UK telephone call from the hotel), Cecil Rhodes and even Agatha Christie and Rudyard Kipling, both of whom found it an inspirational venue for their writing. Theodore Roosevelt spent his wedding night at Brown’s Hotel, in what is now the Roosevelt private dining room in which guests can be married as it holds a wedding licence. In 2003 Brown’s was acquired by The Rocco Forte Collection and following a £24 million renovation programme, overseen by Olga Polizzi, it reopened to great excitement in December 2005. Today, the hotel personifies the refined sophistication of modern British luxury. Each room and suite is individually decorated and many feature antiques and pieces of art, creating a contemporary elegance and glamorous air. Did you know that Brown’s was the first hotel ever to open a restaurant? Prior to this, guests either dined in their own rooms, or hired one of the 16 licensed suites for entertaining. Today, Brown’s boasts HIX at The Albemarle restaurant, which celebrates not only traditional British cooking, but is also home to an amazing collection of British art, including pieces by Tracey Emin, Bridget Riley and Rankin. Mark Hix and Executive Chef Lee Streeton have created an outstanding menu which features many great British classics, using solely local, seasonal ingredients. Morecambe Bay potted shrimps, Romney Marsh beets with Ragstone goat’s cheese and wild herbs are typical starters to be

featured on the menu. Main courses could include fried haddock in beer batter with chips and mushy peas, or Dover sole, as well as Aberdeenshire 28-day aged beef fillet. At lunchtime the carving trolley serves traditional roasts including hay-baked leg of lamb or roast rib of Hereford beef and Yorkshire pudding. Visitors to London need look no further than The Albemarle to find some of Britain’s finest food. The critics certainly agree: The Albemarle has been awarded three AA Rosettes, for “outstanding restaurants that demand recognition well beyond the local area.” The Albemarle is open for breakfast, lunch, pre-theatre and dinner and offers a full à la carte menu as well as a superb value set menu, which changes daily, of just £25 for two courses and £30 for three. Afternoon tea is a quintessentially English experience, and not surprisingly, it is another area where Brown’s excels. The English Tea Room serves the most famous afternoon tea in London and was given The Tea Guild’s Top Afternoon Tea Award 2009. To the accompaniment of live piano music, guests can indulge in Traditional Afternoon Tea for £37. This comprises a choice of 17 teas, of which a tea sommelier can help you make your selection, along with a selection of succulent finger sandwiches, an assortment of delicate pastries, fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, and a choice of freshly baked cakes from the trolley. Guests of The English Tea Room need never leave hungry, as Afternoon Tea is continuously replenished at no additional charge. The Donovan Bar is one of London’s most vibrant and fashionable watering holes. The walls are lined with Terence Donovan’s iconic black and white prints but the backdrop to Bill Amberg’s leather bar is the hotel’s original stained glass window, creating a wonderful blend of old and new. The Donovan Bar even has its very own ‘naughty corner’ – a cosy seating area for up to 12 guests, surrounded by some of the photographer’s more risqué photographs. An exciting range of ‘must-try’ cocktails are served, alongside a wide selection of wines and champagnes, all of which can be enjoyed 27


whilst listening to live jazz on Monday to Saturday evenings. For the ultimate in luxury, I highly suggest spending a night within this chic hotel. Where else in London could you find such decadence? Conde Nast Traveller readers agree and have voted it one of the Top 10 Leisure Hotels in the UK. Even before their arrival, suite guests at Brown’s Hotel are treated like royalty: they are offered a choice of not only 16 different types of pillow, but also four different weights of duvet, a variety of mattresses and they can even choose between the finest 300 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets or 100 per cent Irish linen bedding. And the pampering continues on arrival with in-suite check-in, a full packing and unpacking service and complimentary pressing of clothes. Each suite encompasses state-of-the-art technology. Soft colour schemes, light fabrics, specially selected antiques and important pieces of art are showcased by large windows, offering wonderful views of Dover or Albemarle Street, and filling the rooms with an abundance of natural light. A private dining area provides the perfect setting for small dinner parties or business meetings, and the bathrooms offer large, walk-in showers with ‘Rain Forest’ shower heads and baths complete with their own personal TV tile and waterproof controls. Many extra touches complete this ultimate hospitality experience – including a state-ofthe-art mobile phone for complimentary use during the stay – the phones are even preprogrammed to the hotel’s Concierge, who can arrange everything from chauffeur driven cars to impossible-to-get theatre tickets from wherever the guests are in London! The Spa at Brown’s Hotel provides a wonderful haven in which to escape urban pressures and enjoy luxurious treatments in tranquil surroundings. Three private treatment rooms, including one luxury suite for two, provide the ideal location in which to enjoy a series of beauty treatments using Natura Bisse, NuBo, Carita, Mama Mio and Aromatherapy Associates products. It is open daily to hotel guests and non-residents. Guests staying at Brown’s are also welcome to enjoy complimentary use of the hotel’s gymnasium, which is open 24 hours a day. 28


Brown’s Hotel is also home to six private dining rooms offering the ideal location for business meetings, lavish events or even weddings. Each of these unique rooms offers an abundance of natural daylight, high ceilings and antiques and the private dining team are on hand to tailor-make the event to your specific requirement, with special attention being given to the small details that make a difference. Clearly nothing is too much trouble for Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel and each member of staff does their utmost to ensure that your visit to this outstanding hotel is 30

memorable. One statement which nicely sums up the Brown’s ethos came from a very notable individual who was once asked which hotel he favoured when staying in London. His response was: “I don’t stay in an hotel, I stay at Brown’s.” Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP. Telephone +44 (0)20 7493 6020 For further information please visit www.roccofortecollection.com


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Is this the most beautiful car in the world? Victoria Macmillan Bell thinks so having driven several laps of Balocco, Alfa Romeo’s private test facility in this breathtaking machine. The 8C also offers one of the finest soundtracks on earth. 33


The most beautiful car in the world? The 8C Competitzione Coupe has been shown off at various events since its inception 4 years ago and given its jaw-droppingly gorgeous looks its no surprise that the order list was oversubscribed before the first one was built. But for those who missed out there is now a convertible version and if you’re quick, the ink has yet to dry on a small handful of contracts. First part with the £25,000 deposit. Alfa Romeo Centro Style in Turin are building just 500 Spiders using a Maseratideveloped 4.7 litre engine developing 450bhp and to even weight distribution, Alfa have put the gearbox and fuel tank behind the cabin. Built of aluminium and steel with lashings of carbon fibre, the 8C Spider is 90kg heavier than the Coupe at 1590kgs and a large chunk more expensive at £174,000. Yes, that’s pounds not Euros. Along with a 6-speed Cambiocorsa paddle-shift gearbox, the whole experience has to be as good inside as it is outside.

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It certainly felt that way. But this is not a practical car, the boot is so tiny that a bag has been designed specifically for it. It’s a very nice bag though. But you can forgive it that when it looks as good as this. So here I am, at Balocco circuit, Alfa Romeo’s private test facility between Milan and Turin and Alfa’s ultimate supercar is sitting drumming its fingers on the tarmac. Just two cars here, one in Competitzione Red and the other in a pearlescent white, called Shell White. The first lap was a familiarisation run and driving me was another Domenico, surname Martino whose official title is worthy of its own paragraph but in short, he is the test engineer responsible for 8C. Built on a shortened version of the Maserati GranTurismo’s steel platform, which in S form is a truly brilliant drive, the two cars also share the same gearbox and then of course there’s the engine which started life as a Ferrari unit but was then tuned to be used by Maserati and this 4.7

litre V8 is a tuned version of that. But with 450bhp it’s more powerful than it is with any trident badge on it and all of it harnessed by the rear wheels. Having had track time only and not enough of that, the ride is softer than the Coupe but still firm enough to provide a thoroughly fun time at the wheel. That said, I suspect that it might prove a little too firm on English roads. The Balocco test track is ultra smooth but where there were opposite cambers taken at speed, the Spider uses all of its mighty grip and balance to make light work of it. It’s very easy to oversteer but if you’ve plenty of track to play with, could oversteer be better placed? Steering hasn’t been interfered with by electronics and thus it is heavier than the norm but ultimately, this is a good thing for feedback and good motoring entertainment. With several different settings to choose from including a ‘wet’ button – in 35 degrees of arid heat this was not the button to go for. Instead I


chose ‘Sport’ which speeds up throttle response, alters stability control and lets loose even more exhaust racket. Talking of which, it is glorious, popping and banging on deceleration like machine-gun fire. Find a tunnel of which there are three at Balocco, make sure you’re hitting the rev range between 3,500 and 4,000 and change down. Just fantastic. Imagine gargling cement, that’s what it sounds like, stationary. There’s loads of grip with large Brembo carbon-ceramic ventilated discs hugging the 20” alloys which provide good

braking although not immediately the sharpest feel. Steering is quite heavy without intervention from electronics so linking up tight S-bend brings out muscles you didn’t know you had. Gear changes both up and down are pretty swift and from every change up, power down, it feels like someone has just stuck a boot in your posterior and that’s no bad thing. The 8C Spider has a raw edge to it and that holds massive appeal. There’s a good pair of carbon fibre bucket seats to hold you in place amongst

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the sublime interior leatherwork, shared as it is with Ferrari. You can accessorise your Spider with a bag designed specifically to fit the snug boot with matching suit-carriers that hang over the back of the head restraints, all of which can be ordered in the very same upholstery leather as your car. Like the Coupe, the Spider feels and looks well built with the carbon fibre body panels sitting flush and the doors shutting with a decent solid closure to them. Alfa Romeo have come a long way in reliability stakes and also build quality so I would be surprised if this was any different, put together as it is by Maserati and let’s face it, you’re not forking out this kind of money for something of dubious class. It’s small, no denying that. At a push, you could just about get enough clothes and overnight needs together between the boot and by ordering the upholstery matching suit carriers that fit over the head restraints. The seats are adjustable and expensively padded but as for in-cabin storage, you’ll have to use your pockets. As for attention to detail, Alfa Romeo are rightly proud. A dashboard-mounted button operates the two-layer electrically operated roof

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which stows flush with the bonnet and becomes its own tonneau cover, saving a little more all-important weight. But it’s not just the cabin that carries a strong whiff of a future classic. I have every confidence the 8C in both Coupe and Spider form will be future collector’s gains. There are no crash test results as yet but this is no run of the mill car to be used to commute from home to work and back so it doesn’t really apply. The only obvious drawback is the fabric roof if some envious charmer was to come along with a knife. There are three major factors to consider here. The parts come from Italy and it will be serviced by Maserati. The second point is that anything with a 4.7 litre engine and 450bhp available is not going to be a frugal machine to run. It’s also got an 80 litre tank. That’ll be your Centurion Amex you’ll be using then. Like most cars of this ilk, resale prices will be at a premium. It costs a lot to start with and only 500 exist, those two points alone ensure high residuals. It would come as no surprise if Alfa Romeo slapped a ban on any owners trying to sell their cars on within the first year of ownership. In a nutshell, expect resale prices to remain high for some time.

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A Shore Thing Sharon Kilby meets South Sands consultant chef Mitch Tonks hailed as the UK’s most inspiring seafood restaurateur, foodwriter, chef and ambassador of the nation’s fishing industry. 38


Following your dream may seem somewhat idealistic to many of us but for seafood entrepreneur Mitch Tonks the lure to do something he really loved was just too strong. Whilst working as an accountant in Bath Mitch decided to take the plunge and choose a whole dramatically new direction in life. In a risky and exciting move he decided to open a fishmongers shop leaving behind the monotony of accountancy and a stable nine to five job. “It may sound crazy moving from accountancy into selling fish but one of the things I had always loved was food and in particular seafood. I grew up in Weston Super Mare and the seaside culture was an integral part of my life, it had a real impact on me. I was lucky to have a Grandmother who was a great cook, and was patient enough to let me help her, she made basic but great meals using lots of fresh seafood. Although we lived frugally, we ate well, simple meals such as grilled fish and vegetables and the food was always so fresh and full of flavour. We enjoyed a variety of fish even the traditional seafood fare of jellied eels, which were wonderful and spent the summers of my childhood on the beaches and I learnt very early on how to prepare fish, cook it and most of all enjoy it.” His love for cooking progressed over time “I think a love of food is something you just have in you, I remember being at my happiest sitting around a table with friends enjoying good food and drink, I like the ceremony of preparing and eating food. As a child I started reading cookery books and just couldn’t get enough of them, then when I was in my teens and early twenties I would cook food for friends, when I wasn’t cooking I would enjoy meals out whenever I could. Weston Super Mare has a wonderful variety of places to eat with many Greek and Italian family owned restaurants, where I enjoyed simple but fantastic dishes such as Mediterranean grilled lamb. My love for good food never diminished and I knew one day I would earn a living working with food.” The career change may have been a drastic one but it gave Mitch the ideal opportunity to introduce quality fresh fish to the Bath region as there was no real supplier of good seafood nearby at that time. His

passion and determination to provide the very best fish to his customers swiftly earned Mitch the reputation of being a bit of a seafood guru and local celebrity. Through his fishmongers Mitch was able to share his in depth knowledge and infectious enthusiasm for seafood, from selecting a fish to preparing it and cooking delicious seafood recipes. His straightforward, no nonsense and unfussy way of cooking quickly caught on and before long Mitch had established a string of celebrated cookery schools ‘FishWorks’ where he was able to further encourage and educate those interested in cooking with fish. Inspired by food enjoyed whilst travelling Mitch’s style is that of simple European cuisine, real food created from the freshest ingredients. “I love the fish markets in Greece and Majorca, you just need to keep things simple, don’t over complicate food. A good piece of fish grilled and served with a chunk of lemon and a seasonal salad, wonderful. As with all good cooking quality and freshness of the ingredients is the most crucial element, you don’t need complex recipes or lots of hard to find spices because you want the fresh flavour of the fish to shine through.” His uncomplicated approach proved to be exactly what the public needed and after the cookery schools he launched the award winning FishWorks chain of restaurants and a whole string of awards and accolades rolled in. Putting all his knowledge and advice down on paper was another shrewd move and his best selling cookery books have proved incredibly popular and have hugely increased the nation’s interest in enjoying seafood at home. The FishWorks Seafood Café Cookbook was short-listed for the prestigious André Simon award whilst Mitch’s latest book, Fish has been described as “undoubtedly one of the most important books of the year” (Woman & Home) and covers everything you need to know about buying, cooking and eating the best seafood, about how fish is caught, sustainability, how the fish markets work and of course how to prepare and eat fantastic food. When it comes to restaurants his winning combination of simple yet stunning recipes 39


and laid back sophistication has proved a winning formula and the RockFish Grill & Seafood Market in Bristol is now an iconic destination in foodie circles whilst The Seahorse Restaurant in Dartmouth has been declared by some ‘The Ivy’ by the Sea. Mitch’s passion for sustainable seafood is evident in all of his projects and he is dedicated to actively encouraging the British public to eat more varieties of fish from sustainable sources. Mitch’s endeavours to educate the nation about the pleasure in enjoying seafood have had a powerful and positive effect on the industry and he is considered a leading spokesperson for the UK’s fishmongers. If the fishmongers, cookery schools, restaurants and best selling cookery books were not enough to deal with Mitch is also a favourite on our screens and his enthusiastic approach to cooking has made him a regular guest chef on many TV programmes including the BBC’s popular Saturday Kitchen show, whilst his own series Mitch and Matt’s Big Fish was screened during 2009. “Above all I am a fishmonger and chef, everything else has simply evolved naturally, the projects I am involved with work well together and complement each other, they all work towards a positive raising of the awareness of how to really enjoy fresh fish.” One of his most successful endeavours to date is his own restaurant The Seahorse in Dartmouth and his triumphs in the kitchen have led to him being respected as one of the most skilled and exciting chefs in the country, his numerous magazine columns are testament to this. In addition to his already overflowing list of projects Mitch is currently working on two new restaurants in the South West, the RockFish Seafood & Chips restaurant opening in Dartmouth this summer and the RockFish Grill, Family Seafood and Cookery School opening in Brixham in 2012. His commitment to producing fantastic food made with the very best fresh produce is also clear to see at Salcombe’s stunningly refurbished contemporary boutique hotel the South Sands. The recently renovated hotel now offers its guests an architecturally inspired and luxurious environment in which 40


to relax and enjoy exceptional cuisine. “The owners of the South Sands hotel had eaten at the Seahorse and liked the style of the food we produced, I was delighted to get involved with the hotel and the menus we have created are a reflection of the hotel’s contemporary style.” The hotel has teamed up with Mitch to offer its clients stunning food in the most atmospheric surroundings enjoying breathtaking views across the estuary, there really couldn’t be a more perfect location for a seafood restaurant. The South Sands style is one of understated luxury and fits perfectly with Mitch’s ethos of giving the very best on every level from comfort and service, to style and attention to detail. The South Sands restaurant has a mouth-watering and inspiring menu that uses the very best seasonal ingredients. With Tonks’ influence flowing through the South Sands menu, inspiration has been drawn from the wonderful array of local seafood such as crab and lobster from Britannia Seafood, Bigbury Bay Oysters, scallops from Lyme Bay and Brixham mussels, with fine quality meats supplied by Chris McCabe of Totnes. Each dish effortlessly combines local ingredients with elements from the sun-drenched Mediterranean cuisines of Italy, Spain, France and Greece which culminate in a refreshing and enticing culinary experience. The new South Sands Restaurant is already proving to be a popular destination for those who really appreciate great food and for its consultant chef Mitch Tonks the future looks set to be pretty exciting. However, one thing is certain, Mitch’s enthusiastic approach and passionate interest for sharing his love of British seafood with others looks set to bring a great wave of enjoyment to many.

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Best Monday in a long time? I think so! Upgrade your Monday morning for a tailor made luxury alpine adventure It’s Monday morning and you are facing an exhilarating journey surrounded by spectacular wild scenery. It’s not your typical morning commute to work, it’s the glory of skiing sparkling virgin snow and being the first to mark the powder with the signature of your run. Elite ski coach and passionate Alpine adventurer Mark de Rosenwerth describes the thrill of watching clients blaze down Le Grave – the holy grail of off piste skiing. While people come from all round the world to experience this picture postcard run, few actually get the opportunity to be personally instructed by an ex-SAS ski instructor, followed by après skiing in the most desirable bar, a table at a Michelin star restaurant and accommodation in the finest chalet. When it comes to Alpine adventures, White Blancmange make the ordinary extraordinary and the extraordinary possible. Founded by Gerry Lovick and Mark de Rosenwerth, they offer tailor-made luxury holidays for the most discerning and independent adventurer, family or corporate group all year round. As well as ultra luxury alpine holidays, White Blancmange also offers specialist holidays to the most exclusive destinations in the world. Introducing the finest chalets in the most desirable resorts With a reputation for discovering the most

stylish accommodation in the Alps, Gerry Lovick, personally handpicks each of the chalets and lodges she recommends. Whether it’s luxurious interiors, stunning entertaining spaces or simply somewhere for the whole family, Gerry can source the most sought after alpine location. Making the ordinary extraordinary and the extraordinary possible The Alps provide a majestic backdrop and what happens next is up to you. But if you are looking for a luxurious and a truly extraordinary holiday then turn to White Blancmange. Gerry says, “With our help, you can take your skiing to the next level, embark on magical mountain adventure during summer months, or simply spend high-quality time relaxing in the most sumptuous surroundings. Basically anything is possible except maybe skiing through revolving doors, but I’m prepared to find a way! Ask us for anything and we’ll do our absolute best to make it happen. Some of the requests we get include arranging private jets and helicopter transfers from Geneva airport, organizing a summer weekend at The Lodge in Verbier with the use of a super car such as a Ferrari or Lamborghini or even relaxing spa treatments and retreats such as Montreux and Geneva and visits to specialist chalets like Spa Blanche. Put simply, your stay with us will be one to treasure.” Gerry has also planned special events to 49


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Telemark skiing will give you the freedom to explore the whole mountain and access areas you can’t on normal Alpine skis. Also known as ‘free heel skiing’, telemarking is becoming hugely popular. And you’ll be first among your friends to discover why. Looking chic on the piste! - Chanel sunglasses, Moncler ski jackets and a Hermes scarf are style must haves on the slopes this season. Go for block colours on

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Meet the team: Gerry Lovick – is mad about skiing and has a burning passion for fashion which makes Gerry a resident Alpine style connoisseur! Her eye for detail means that Gerry can be found more often foraging out the most deluxe chalets on behalf of discerning guests. That however, is not to say that she hasn’t a nose for finding the best places to enjoy top notch wine and après ski cocktails! • Favourite resort: Chamonix because that’s where I met my boyfriend Mark and there is plenty of off piste fun! • Favourite mountain restaurant: Cap Horn Courchevel • Favourite off piste destination: a fresh powder day anywhere in the world with good friends • Favourite ski wear: Moncler and Rossignol • Most memorable ski teaching experience: Teaching British clients along side the current Olympic Downhill champion gold medalist Didier Defago • Ski wish list: Skiing La Grave • Best ever ski experience: Skiing my first couloir with Mark.  • Worst ever ski experience: Being taught by 51


Mark when he is trying to change my ski technique!!! • When I’m not skiing: other activities I like include sailing Mark de Rosenwerth - is one of the most qualified and experienced instructors in the Alps and he leads the team of instructors. Mark’s 20 years-plus of ski tuition experience includes training for the British

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Gareth Davies travels to the Apes Hill Polo Club in Barbados to meet with Sir Charles Williams. By Gareth A Davies

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here was something quite inspirational about the one million US dollar patronage of an all-English team in both the Queen’s Cup and the Gold Cup three years ago. It took the high-goal polo scene in England by complete surprise. That sponsorship continues on into 2010.

At that time, it was the largest commercial sponsorship ever in British polo – from an ex-patriot who lives 5000 miles away. Out there, someone, somewhere cares about the plight of the modern English professional polo player. At present, those who do succeed, do so in spite of, not because of, the system. The man behind it was Sir Charles Williams, who hopes his investment will “start a revolution in English polo”. The Apes Hill Club Barbados team – Mark and Luke Tomlinson, James Beim and Ed Hitchman – is the brainchild of Sir Charles, a highly-regarded, highly-active fellow in his Seventies who is known as ‘COW’ both in Bajan society and in polo circles. His life has been sport, business and farming. He was made a knight of the realm in 2000, for exactly those things. The family have been in Barbados since 1652, expelled from the times of Oliver Cromwell, as punishment for being protestants who fought on the side of the Royalists. “We were purely agricultural and animal people, then land owners, fighters, warrior

people, descended from the Welsh, and the family has lost everything and earned things back again. I was one of 9 children. We were very poor people. I knew a time when my father worked for 9 pounds a month, but my parents set us the best example- a wonderful work ethic. I knew what it meant to go to sleep in my school clothes, and mummy ironed them in the morning for me to go back to school. My mother baked bread for wealthy people, starting every morning at 3am, and my father worked like a slave.” Admitting that he has had some luck in business, COW construction is a huge company in Barbados. He started farming in the Sixties “Farming could not hold me - it was too slow. I got into agricultural cultivation and building.” And polo. Sir Charles is in good form at the Apes Hill estate on the Caribbean island. The Apes Hill polo grounds looked resplendent, while work is ongoing to complete a new state of the art golf course there. Aspects of the course are mesmerizing, with some of the jungle areas looking like the set of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’,

Above: Sir Charles Williams

while the holes at the top of Apes Hill overlook both the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Sir Charles has loved polo for almost 40 years. “I played high goal polo between 1972 and 1991 against and with the likes of Paul Withers, John Horsewell, Alan Kent, and the Hipwood brothers, Howard and Julian,” he explained. I was particularly friendly with Ed Moore. We played good polo. I played off 4 at my highest, and my time in English polo was when quite a few American teams would come across to England. Polo was very enjoyable, and was played completely differently to today’s game.” Sir Charles concurred wholeheartedly with the views of Howard Hipwood who lamented the 55


decline of the system for English players to develop at the very highest level. “Howard was spot on when he talked about British players being used as “hired thugs” by patrons in high goal tournaments. What Howard puts his finger on is a fact. Where is the sense in hiring the Tomlinsons, a Borwick or a Beim, a Johnny Goode, or a Henry Brett, and just telling them to go out there and clear the road for Fecundo or Cambiaso? Polo is not, nor should ever be, a sport where you hire three to keep a highway free for one player. This last year it was a lot better, but we need to see changes. Polo is a passing game.” In 1991, Sir Charles stopped going to England to play. “I must say I did admire Kerry Packer, for what he did for the game, and the level he brought to England. And Gonzalo Pieres and Carlos Gracida were close friends of mine. I’ve known them for thirty years.” But it was a visit two summers ago which saw Sir Charles affected by what he saw “Polo 56

in England today, as I saw it recently, is all wrong. When I went to see the high goal polo being played two years ago, there was not a British player among them. I was selling some of the land we have in Barbados, so I went to Claire Tomlinson, and I told Luke Tomlinson what I thought of the situation and I immediately appointed Luke as captain of the Apes Hill team and asked him to get the best team together to win the Gold Cup. We are spending a lot of money, and I’m not ashamed to say I hope the process will also help to sell my land [for building plots on the new golf course].” He added: “Polo has changed so much in two ways. Cowdray Park was hallowed ground, and any one man was allowed to open his people carrier and sell gear. When I saw the stands and trade fairs, I couldn’t believe it. The crowds are ten times bigger, which means they are getting something right, but the polo was very disappointing. Why should British players be

forced out to play medium and low goal in their own country? What it means is that British players are no longer aspiring to be 10-goal players. I see it as a real problem for the likes of Nacho Gonzalez, Malcolm Borwick, the Tomlinson brothers, James Beim, Henry Brett. These are the players who will set the benchmark for the next generation." “I wish I had the money – I could have put two teams out. A year ago, I bought in Argentina, it is one of the oldest polo fields in Argentina. I know from being out there that the Argentinians are determined to beat the Apes Hill team and will stop at nothing to beat them." So, what is the target he has set the Apes Hill boys ? "I firmly feel that if the Apes Hill team reaches the semi-final or the final of the Gold Cup they will have changed polo. I saw an opportunity to sell my land, but I also wanted to start a revolution in English polo. I hope we do that” Top : The Apes Hill polo team in action at the Queens Cup Final


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Guests consistently vote the 5-star Savoy

restaurants, some overlooking the hotel’s

table football, darts, pool and billiards, tennis

Sharm El Sheikh their #1 choice at one of

private beach. They offer an eclectic mix of

courts and an 18-hole championship golf

the world’s most popular holiday and

cuisines from around the world, including

course 5 km from the Savoy.

conference locations on Egypt’s fabled Red

Asian, Italian, seafood and international

Children ages 4 – 12 can relax and have fun

Sea. The Savoy nestles in tropical foliage and

dining.

at The Kids' Club to enjoy their own time

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waterfalls in more than 200,000 m of graceful grounds. With a grand total of 470 superiorly

The Savoy Sharm El Sheikh adjoins SOHO Square, a square mile of dining, -entertainment and shopping. Savoy guests

together while giving Mum and Dad a break. Conferences Large conventions and small business

designed rooms, ranging from single, double

enjoy the opportunity to experience fine

groups, banquets and weddings can be

and triple rooms to the lavish Royal Suite,

cuisine from Europe to the Far East,

accommodated at eight meeting rooms that

the guest’s every need is catered for. They

including Indian, Chinese and Thai food as

have been designed with flexible seating

have gently curving terraces with stunning

well as a French-style brasserie specialising

plans. Each room is equipped with state-of-

panoramic views of the enchanting tropical

in the finest imported beef, cooked on an

the-art audio and video systems.

gardens and Tiran Island in the Red Sea, set

open grill. Before or after dinner, guests can

against the rugged majesty of mountain

relax in a range of bars in the hotel and

people, making one of the largest

ranges.

SOHO Square and consider the opportunities

conference room in the Red Sea region.

to go dancing, or to a concert, or enjoy the

Other rooms accommodate medium-sized

They include luxury marble bathrooms and

facilities that include an ice rink, a bowling

conferences or conventions in elegant

have all the features expected in a 5-star

alley and a host of excellent shopping.

settings, which can be venues for corporate

hotel, such as individual air conditioning,

Leisure

meetings and small events.

All the rooms are beautifully furnished.

multilingual satellite TV and music channels

Sharm El Sheikh is renowned for stunning

Egypt Hall accommodates up to 1400

Location

and high speed Internet service. Smoking

coral reef systems: a paradise for scuba

and non smoking rooms are available and a

diving, windsurfing and parasailing, which

Sharm El Sheikh International Airport and

professional babysitting service is on hand.

can be experienced directly from the Savoy’s

provides easy access to major attractions

A feature of the hotel is the appealing series

own beach. Water-skiing, canoes and

such as Mount Sinai, St. Catherine's

of pools that forms lagoons leading into the

paddleboats are all available at the Savoy.

Monastery, Dahab, the Coloured Canyon and

crystal clear waters of the Red Sea – perfect

Glass bottom boats trips offer the perfect

Pharaoh's Island.

for swimming and sunbathing in Sharm El

chance to see the underwater world without

Sheikh’s idyllic sunny weather.

getting wet.

Fine Cuisine The Savoy Sharm El Sheikh boasts six

Facilities include spas and fully equipped gyms. There’s a games room for table tennis,

The Savoy Sharm El Sheikh is 3 km from

The Savoy Sharm El Sheikh incorporates the Savoy brand in three levels of accommodation: The Savoy; the luxurious Royal Savoy and nine exclusive villas.

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‘Amazing Paradise for Quality and Service’

Working in tourism for 20 plus years, I was amazed about the quality and service,” one TripAdvisor client wrote. “The hotel is a paradise where you can please yourself as to where you eat, where you drink and how you wish to relax by the many pools or on the private beach. “This hotel is one of the best that I have visited. The staff must be praised for their dedication towards excellent customer service. My friends and I will definitely be recommending the Royal Savoy Hotel to other people, and we will be returning to the hotel.”

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Another guest wrote: “Excellent location

nominated The Royal Savoy, Sharm El Sheikh

of the world’s finest, most luxurious hotels.

and fantastic facilities especially with the

in the Best Luxury Hotel in Egypt in 2009

In this exclusive wing of the Savoy, Royal

addition of SOHO Square where top

category based on quality of service; range of

Savoy guests experience the luxury of

restaurants await you with a wide range of

services and products; leisure facilities,

exquisitely designed rooms and lavish suites

establishments to suit all tastes and very

location, marketing strategy and value for

with magnificent views of the Red Sea,

competitive prices.

money.

beautiful gardens and pools. They enjoy their

Among recent awards, The Royal Savoy

A heavenly destination, the Royal Savoy is

own private lounge, terrace, pool, and beach

was presented with the Golden Meridian 2009

Savoy Hotels and Resorts International’s

Award recognizing the Royal Savoy’s

‘hotel within a hotel’ that sits at the heart of

The Royal Savoy rooms and suites are

outstanding service in the Best Hotels in

the Savoy’s extraordinary grounds beside the

graceful and comfortable, all providing views

Egypt category at the Association of Russian

Red Sea offering exquisite accommodation,

over the Red Sea or the hotel's landscaped

Tour operators (ATOR) “Leisure” exhibition on

privacy and the very best in customer service.

gardens. Each is superbly furnished with an

22nd September in Moscow at Crocus Expo. The Business Destinations organization

The Royal Savoy is all about sophistication and the height of luxury, recognized as one

area.

elegance and finish that encapsulates the brand’s sumptuous signature look, including

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marbled bathrooms, sumptuous King size 4-

Romantic indirect lighting comes from the

Internet service, foreign newspapers and

poster beds and expansive balconies. They

ceiling. There is a plasma screen TV, and

International books and DVDs.

range in size from the generous 34 standard

luxury amenities.

rooms to six luxury suites with four-poster beds.

In the lounge and outdoor terrace guests

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and their invitees are offered breakfast,

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basins, a large bathroom mirror and a

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Living The Good Life Sharon Kilby discovers how Joules, one of the UK’s most successful clothing brands, brings cool to the country.


Joules is one of those brands that instantly conjures up scenes of the good life, naturally beautiful families enjoying life in the big outdoors. A wonderfully vibrant combination of colourful fabrics and practical clothing, the Joules brand is easily identifiable and a must have label for those who love country living. One of those wonderfully inspiring tales of entrepreneurial success Joules has captured a market that is undoubtedly growing not only in the UK but worldwide. When Tom Joule started selling equestrian and country clothes at county and regional shows back in 1980 he didn’t foresee the outstanding success that would follow. Joules are now considered the clothing to wear on the country and equestrian scene. Having sold other labels Tom understood how uninspiring and boring other country clothing brands were and wanted to create a collection that was cheerful and stylish. ‘Quality clothing made to last’, the Joules items are anything but basic and there is an element of enjoyment running throughout the range. Quirky and eye-catching, Joules designs with passion, to delight each member of the family with details they’ll love. Heritage and quality are what make the brand tick. In 2005 the children’s range, Little Joule, was launched and by the end of 2008 they had 20 shops in seaside and market towns across Britain, this rapid growth being testament to the clothing’s successful balance of quality and style. This winter sees another great leap in the Joules business development strategy with the introduction of the new Joules Boutique collection. A portrayal of an enticing world of faded English country grandeur, capturing 69


the hotchpotch, shabby chic surroundings of the forties and fifties. Beautifully reflecting the balance between austerity and British eccentricity the styles captures a love of the outdoors and country sport. This collection for women includes a desirable ladylike aesthetic. Tweedy tailoring comes in the form of a neat Prince of Wales check shift dress in a sumptuous combination of petrol blue. Joules quirky accessories continue this feminine appeal with frame and clasped handbags, MaryJane kitten heeled shoes and delicate printed silk scarves. The country house party reference is also reflected in the form of brogue style shoes, sweatshirts, stiff cotton slacks and denim. This mannish, practical quality contrasts beautifully with the distinguished ladylike pieces, playing out the contradictions of fading English grandeur. Alongside the Joules Boutique Collection for women, this Autumn Tom Joule is delighted to introduce his brand new selftitled menswear collection. The pieces are designed for those who love British country living, featuring tweeds, shearling and handmade knits but fashioned with Joules’ unique signature style. The very first Tom Joule collection captures this season’s love of the practical and functional styling seen on the designer runways. The look is relaxed, washed cord and moleskin fabrics are used in the trouser styles and the ‘Kendal’ is Joules’ twist on the classic brogue. The new Tom Joule collection is designed for living. Providing a wardrobe of clothing with durability, fitness for purpose and attention to detail at its core. A focus on authenticity and personality rather than flashy luxury; quality of cloth, functional detail and unique twists are all expressed in 70


the pieces. Tom Joule the founder of Joules commented “The Tom Joule collection is an exciting new addition to the Joules family and one we hope will become a staple feature of the modern man’s wardrobe.” Joules have also expanded their partnerships with department stores, such as John Lewis, increased national distribution channels and their international presence. ‘We have led with our brand – putting marketing at the heart of every decision’ Marketing Director Ronny Helvey said “Over the last two years we have expanded our website and catalogue, our international distribution and our UK trade and retail,” he said. This core message is delivered with a serving of the quirky Joules sense of humour whether it’s in-store or online. Stores are decorated and styled as a country home using dressers and clothes airers, roll-top baths and furnishings to display clothing and accessories. Ronny Helvey commented, “We have a creative and dynamic approach to our sales and marketing strategy – keeping everything that we do fresh, fun and true to our brand. We try not to compare ourselves to other brands. Instead, we focus on our customers, tailoring our sales and strategies to their lifestyles. We’re not afraid to push the boundaries a bit.” Joules has created a collection that embodies country living at its best, clothes in which to live the good life. Practical, wholesome and stylish each piece is classic, comfortable and easy to wear. Traditional, of course, but then there’s always the twist. With exclusive prints, eye-catching finishing touches and quirky little extra details, Joules always turns heads and wins hearts. 0845 606 6871 or www.joulesclothing.com 71


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Sunninghill, Berkshire Forming part of an impressive Victorian residence, a beautifully presented character home with lovely gardens, situated in an enviable, secluded location off a private lane. Reception Hall, Cloak/Shower Room, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Conservatory, Family Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Large Basement, Master & Guest Suites with Bath/Shower Rooms, Two Further Double Bedrooms, Family Bath & Shower Room, Detached Double Garage, Lovely Mature Gardens.

ÂŁ1,095,000

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Woodham, Surrey A highly individual brand new family home enjoying a bright, southerly facing rear garden and conveniently situated in a popular private road within easy walking distance of West Byfleet railway station. Reception Hall, Cloakroom, Superb Drawing/Dining Room, Study/Family Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Master Bedroom with Dressing Room and En-Suite Bath & Shower Room, Guest Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room, Two Further Double Bedrooms plus Bedroom 5/Office, Family Bathroom. Integral Double Garage, Gardens.

ÂŁ995,000

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Virginia Water, Surrey A beautifully presented five bedroom detached home offering excellent family accommodation and benefiting from superb landscaped gardens on a generous private plot. Reception Hall, Cloakroom, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Family Room, Study Area, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, 2nd Cloakroom, Master Bedroom with Dressing Area and En-Suite Bath & Shower Room, Four Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom. Integral Double Garage, Lovely Gardens including Superb Circular Summerhouse.

ÂŁ895,000

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Englefield Green, Surrey An individual detached character cottage dating from 1870 situated in an excellent location and enjoying wonderful mature grounds of approximately one and a quarter acres. Wood Panelled Dining Hall, Living Room, Study Area, Kitchen, Lobby/Utility Room, Ground Floor Bedroom with Sitting Room, Shower Room, Two First Floor Double Bedrooms, Family Bathroom. Detached Timber Outbuilding, Large Gated Driveway, Lovely Grounds.

ÂŁ850,000

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St. Ann’s Park,Virginia Water A highly individual and extremely spacious four double bedroom townhouse enjoying a private westerly facing garden and a wooded outlook to the front on the sought after St. Anns Park gated development. Reception Hall, Study, Drawing Room, Family Room/Bedroom Four & adjacent Cloak/Shower Room, Dining Room, Conservatory, Kitchen, Utility Room, 2nd Cloakroom, Master Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, Two Further Double Bedrooms, Shower Room. Double Garage, Communal Facilities including Two Tennis Courts, Indoor Pool & Gym.

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Virginia Park,Virginia Water An extremely well presented and rarely available Mews house enjoying a private walled rear garden within the exclusive environs of this gated development in the heart of the village. Impressive Master Bedroom with Bathroom & Dressing Area En-Suite, Two Further Double Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Reception Hall, Cloakroom, Superb Drawing Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room. Integral Single Garage, Allocated Parking. Excellent Communal Facilities including an Indoor Swimming Pool Complex, Gymnasium & Tennis Court.

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Virginia Park,Virginia Water Situated on the exclusive Virginia Park development close to Virginia Water village centre & mainline railway station serving London Waterloo – a rarely available ground floor corner apartment for sale with no onward chain. Entrance Hall, Double Aspect Living Room, Fitted Kitchen, Master Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, Second Bedroom, Shower Room. Underground Parking, Communal Swimming Pool, Gymnasium & Tennis Court, Gated Entrance with Security Guard.

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Wentworth Estate,Virginia Water A newly refurbished duplex apartment forming part of a character building and enjoying a sublime location in the heart of the exclusive Wentworth Estate but within only a short drive of Virginia Water village shops & mainline railway station. Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Kitchen/Dining Room, Study, Two First Floor Double Bedrooms, Bathroom. Single Garage plus Communal Parking, Communal Grounds adjoining Wentworth Golf Course.

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Le Case di Casicello, Near Iano,Volterra,Tuscany A small, select development of only 10 properties enjoying wonderful panoramic views across beautiful undulating countryside close to the Medieval town of Volterra. The renovation of the Palazzo will comprise five gracious apartments on three floors, the top floor comprising of just one apartment with a roof terrace. A few feet away from the Palazzo will be Le Granaio, a brand new building constructed in a style to complement the Tuscan Hamlet and comprising five independent dwellings all with a private garden & terrace. Steps will lead down to an attractive swimming pool area and sun bathing terrace.

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Millgate Homes scooped the top three awards at the prestigious Evening Standard 2010 New Homes awards hosted by TV personality Clive Anderson at The Dorchester, including the coveted Eros gold statue for the best New Home of the Year. This is the second time in the last three years Millgate Homes has won the top prize – a record unequalled in the award’s 19 year history.

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Royal Westmoreland, St James, Barbados Royal Westmoreland is a stunning resort on the popular west coast of Barbados providing a range of fine homes from apartments and villas to large individual residences surrounding the golf course. A choice of second hand villas or new villas on Sugar Cane Ridge, this development provides security, wonderful landscaped surroundings, sea views and a championship golf course. Facilities include stunning clubhouse, Sanctuary pool and gym area, Beach facility and Spa at Mullins Bay. Large individually designed detached homes in mature gardens overlooking golf course also available, prices on request.

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Virginia Water, Surrey A well presented modern detached family home offering spacious accommodation in excellent order. Entrance Hall, Drawing Room with Patio Doors to Garden, Dining Room, Study, Kitchen/Breakfast Family Room. Master Bedroom with En-Suite Shower, Guest Bedroom with En-Suite Shower, 3 Further Double Bedrooms, Family Bathroom. Double Garage and Garden.

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Wentworth Estate,Virginia Water A beautifully presented executive detached home on the prestigious Wentworth Estate set in predominantly south facing and stunning mature grounds with easy access to Virginia Water station and shops. Entrance Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Study, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Family Room, Master Bedroom with Dressing Room and En-Suite Bathroom, Four Further Bedrooms, 3 Bathroom/Shower Rooms, Bonus Room, Triple Garage, Mature Gardens with Stream, Electric Gated Access.

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St. Ann’s Park,Virginia Water A well presented detached house situated on the St. Ann's Park gated estate with the added benefit of the use of excellent communal leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool and tennis courts. Entrance Hall, Downstairs Cloakroom, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Family Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Conservatory, Master Bedroom Suite with Full Bathroom and Fitted Wardrobes Three Further Bedrooms with En-Suite Bathrooms, Bonus Room on Third Floor with Built-In Study Area. Double Garage, South Facing Garden.

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Englefield Green, Surrey A spacious end town house situated on a delightful gated development within walking distance of Windsor Great Park. Entrance Hall, Study, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Cloakroom, Drawing Room, Master Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room, Guest Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room, Family Bathroom, Two Further Bedrooms. Double Garage, Private Garden leading onto the Beautifully Maintained Communal Grounds.

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Wentworth Estate,Virginia Water An attractive six bedroom family home built by Octagon and situated on the Wentworth Estate.The property is surrounded by stunning mature gardens and entered via electronic gates. Drawing Room, Dining Room, Family Room, Study, TV Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room. 5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms. Guest Suite comprising Bedroom, Sitting Room and Bathroom. Mature attractive and sizeable Gardens surround the property. Triple Garage. Gated Entrance.

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