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GLENTREE REVIEW M AGAZ I N E Winter Collection 2010


Winter 2010



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WINTER 2010 STAY, DINE, SHOP, PROPERTY, ENJOY... 3-24 GLENTREE A selection of the finest homes currently available in your area via Glentree.

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.

74-96 GLENTREE A selection of the finest homes currently available in your area via Glentree.



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Well, well, well! Here we are in the Winter of 2010/2011. We all it through the credit crunch and out the other side. The with an additional detached guest house or office comprising a total of Doomsday protagonists who predicted that the world was coming mately 727.4 sq m (7,830 sq ft). to an end were wrong. Although we are not out of the woods quite yet,around life carries on pretty well as before and the markets remain site home has been interior designed using the finest techniques and materials available. Centred , double volume, baronial drawing room, the two bedroom ‘wings’ are linked by a glass walkway. reasonably stable. overlooking Hampstead Heath, an outstanding and elegant detached freehold made

Neo Gothic façade lies a contemporary interior redolent of cool, elegant sophistication.

After frenetic activity in the middle to upper ranges in the first half of 2010, these markets have taken a little breather while they compose themselves.

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The amount of available stock has increased slightly in this price range but we see prices as being reasonably stable as we go towards the end of 2010, with some modest growth in 2011 of about 5%. Talk of a “double dip” seems to be overdone, although it is a catch phrase on many people’s lips gratuitously used by the media. Interest rates remain stable, although for the moment with CPI and RPI remaining stubbornly high, interest rates may have to nudge upwards a little which may affect the short to long term mortgage rates in the first and second quarters of the New Year and beyond. The increases will be modest and we will see probably no more than 1.5% interest rates by the Freehold end of 2011, although this would be the first upward movement Price in some time. Upon Application Joint Sole Agent

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Although there will be VAT increases in the New Year and commodity/food prices are rising relentlessly, with the subdued consumer demand this hopefully will douse the flames of inflation whilst the economy staggers up the “proverbial hill”.

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It is true that the Government will be taking a great deal of money from the public sector in order to try and address the obscene budget deficit, but this will, in our view, affect the Northern parts of England more than the South and will serve to exacerbate the void between them.

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4 reception rooms, kitchen, cinema room, gym, master bedroom suite, 4 further bedrooms, 3 further bathrooms, garage, garden, off street parking. SOLE AGENT

capital markets are uncertain; bonds will be adversely affected by interest rate rises and changes to private pension legislation render them less attractive generally to the average investor. Having had the largest selection of new build residential property in North West London, a great deal of this has now been successfully sold with only a few developments coming out of the ground and near to completion – West Heath Place being the notable inclusion. As part of our international marketing strategy, we will be staging our own property development exhibition in Singapore in late 2010, utilising our substantial contacts in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and China. International buyers who have bought considerable amounts of property over the last six months will undoubtedly be back in the Autumn and Winter given that Sterling seems to be reasonably stable within a predictable range against the Dollar of $1.45 – $1.60 and €1.18 – €1.22 against the Euro. London is still the happening place and the “capital of capitals”, which means that investment in quality residential property is assured and helps to boost our foreign earnings, our status in the world and endorses this fine city as the world hub of commerce. We hope to report back to you with the next edition of our magazine within six months. In the meantime, we would welcome your visit to our brand new offices (bristling with technology) where you will find a rare clients car park, a hot expresso and a welcome smile to greet you. If you have not used our services before, we think you will be pleasantly surprised. Good Hunting.

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This impressive house is set well back from the road behind a deep front garden and enjoys CHURCH MOUNT N2 excellent privacy. Having been exquisitely refurbished throughout the property Leycol Publishing 5 Hancock Road London E3 3DA PRICE UPON APPLICATION FREEHOLD ERSKINE HILL NW11 features well planned accommodation bathed in natural TELEPHONE FACSIMILE E-MAIL light with reception rooms with an Situated in athree quiet large residential turning closetogether to Winnington Road, PRICE a GUIDE £3,000,000 FREEHOLD 020 8880 6000 020 8880 6001 extensively newly fitted constructed and equipped breathtaking 6/7kitchen/breakfast bedroom split levelroom, familyfive home An important double fronted detached Grade II listed family spanning 5,243 sq bathrooms ft (487 sq m)(three and arranged over floors. bedrooms, four en-suite) andfour aPublishing beautifully ©Leycol Alldesigned rights reserved. Reproduction forbidden home built 2010. in 1911, by Edward Lutyens withis the interiorexcept by express permission of the Publishers. landscaped rear garden. The property also has the extremely The content of this magazine is believed to be correct but its accuracy is not guaranteed and it does not form part of any Featuring an entrance hall with central atrium, living room, dining by George Sutcliffe and approaching 2,800 sq ft. Internally completed offera or contract. Leycol Publishing cannot accept responsibility for any omissions or errors. rare feature of a large detached garage with studio room, family room, fully fitted and equipped Minotti kitchen, XLMW½RILSYWILEWFIIRTEMRWXEOMRKly refurbished to the very highest apartmentmedia aboveroom, whichgymnasium/staff is ideal for guest accommodation or by the current vendor. of standards cloakroom, bedroom, indoor swimming For all Advertising enquiries please contact: Steven Hall 01548 560040 for staff. pool complex with swim jet, rain shower feature, steam room For all Print Sales enquiries please contact: Elizabeth Baxendale 07715 496853 SOLE AGENT and changing room, bar area, master suite with dressing room and bathroom, 5 further bedroom suites. £4,250,000 Freehold


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Sahara is an elegant and beautifully proportioned new freehold mansion of over 10,000 sq ft approximately, designed and finished to a rarely seen standard and featuring some of the finest custom designed fittings and state of the art technology. In keeping with a house of this calibre, there is full air conditioning and underfloor heating throughout and a spectacular leisure complex including a large swimming pool, gymnasium and steam room. Other facilities include a fully equipped cinema room. Sahara occupies a prized position on Winnington Road which is one of London’s most coveted addresses and is discreetly set behind a sweeping and wide carriage driveway moments from Hampstead Heath and Kenwood and within easy reach of the West End and the City.




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A rare opportunity to acquire this impressive residence in world renowned The Bishops Avenue, London N2. Set behind a carriage driveway with electronically operated gates, the plot extends to just under an acre and the house to approximately 939.99 sq m (10,118 sq ft), including a swimming pool and a detached garage.  

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Approximately 939.99 sq m (10,118 sq ft) Freehold

In all about 0.9 acre Price Upon Application

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BURLEIGH HOUSE W E S T H E AT H R O A D N W 3 Directly overlooking Hampstead Heath, an outstanding and elegant detached freehold house with an additional detached guest house or office comprising a total of approximately 727.4 sq m (7,830 sq ft). This exquisite home has been interior designed using the finest techniques and materials available. Centred around a dramatic, double volume, baronial drawing room, the two bedroom ‘wings’ are linked by a glass walkway. Behind a Neo Gothic façade lies a contemporary interior redolent of cool, elegant sophistication. 9 Bedrooms • 7 Reception Rooms • 4 Bathrooms • Detached • Garden • Outbuildings • Private Parking

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HAMPSTEAD VILLAGE NW3 PRICE UPON APPLICATION FREEHOLD Frognal Way is a private and exclusive rural lane set behind electric barriers, quietly hidden in the heart of Hampstead Village accessed by road from Frognal and on foot from Church Row. A charming double fronted detached family home arranged over four storeys and spanning approximately 8,000 sq ft. The magnitude of the south facing 110’ x 70’ landscaped garden in this part of Hampstead Village is truly rare and coupled with a double garage and ample off street parking, this fine home must be viewed to be fully appreciated. SOLE AGENT



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For this issue of Glentree magazine we will be focusing on sustainable design and interior trends for 2011. We asked Living In Space, one of London’s most prestigious interior design and build companies, for their expert opinion. Living In Space is an interior design company with a difference. With 12 years experience in the industry and a successful soft furnishing showroom and design office on Englands Lane in Belsize Park, they have the knowledge and the ability to carry out every single stage of a project – from conceptual design to the actual build, and beyond to full interior furniture and soft furnishing schemes. With their own in-house architects, project managers, spatial designers, interior designers and soft furnishings experts they have a skilled and experienced design team that can take on anything from a full refurbishment to a making you a pair of curtains.  Living In Space gave us the following comments on sustainability and interior trends: One of the most important steps for sustainable design is understanding the options available and ideally sourcing within the UK. Living in Space has an extensive eco sample and literature library allowing clients to touch and feel eco products that are available. Sourcing interior products from within the UK is absolutely feasible, but you will have to work within certain parameters, e.g. don’t expect to find any carrara marble or exotic hardwoods! We are lucky to have such great products at our fingertips, we shouldn’t feel that specifying local products is a burden or a compromise. Beautiful York or Cotswolds stone, hardwood floors, build materials,

environmentally friendly paints, carpets, furniture, lighting... all of these can be found, made and produced in the UK and we should make it a priority to specify them wherever possible – both supporting local industry and making an ecologically sound choice. It is searching that is the key – you will never know what fantastic local interior products are available until you look for them. One of the main interior trends for 2011 is ‘silent theatre’ which focuses on understated luxury. Understated because people are aware that flashing your cash in a recession is somewhat inappropriate, but luxurious all the same because let’s face it, many people want luxury whatever the economy is doing!   The difference here is that the furnishings are subtle and not garish. Beautiful silks and satins in a range of neutrals whisper rather than shout, understated cotton velvets will replace the plushier crushed version. We will see the focus starting to move away from gold and beige; greys and silvers, which we have already seen a lot of in 2010, will be a big trend for the luxurious interior.   Another big trend for 2011 and onwards will see a move towards authenticity and simplicity. Fabrics will lean towards the weaves and natural materials such as linens and hemps, and there will be less fancy detailing, just simple clean lines and understated tailored pieces. Natural materials such as wood and stone will be celebrated, beautifully carved or honed for a stunning finish. Romance and whimsy will play a part, so look out for soft colours and pretty patterns. This look is perfect for a more refined and minimalist home. ”


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Set well back from the road behind a large carriage driveway, an impressive detached family home situated on a wider than average plot in one of North West London’s premier residential turnings close to Hampstead and Highgate Village, Kenwood and Hampstead Heath. This fine home has been meticulously refurbished throughout, finished with a high attention to both detail and design. Offering spacious and flexible living accommodation over three storeys and spanning 6,283 sq ft (583 sq m) the house benefits from an indulgent master bedroom suite, a fully fitted & equipped kitchen breakfast/family room, and an outdoor swimming pool. Planning permission and Trust consents exist to create an additional lower floor beneath the house (approx. 2,750 sq ft) or alternatively, beneath the garden (approx. 3,500 sq ft) allowing the creation of a sumptuous leisure complex with indoor swimming pool. Plans available on request.

Accommodation Entrance Hallway • Living Room • Dining Room • Family Room • TV Room • Study • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Cloakroom Master Bedroom with Dressing Room & Bathroom • 5 Further Bedrooms • Games Room/Bedroom 7 • Gymnasium/Bedroom 8 5 Further Bathrooms En Suite • Utility Room • Under Eaves Storage Areas • Landscaped Gardens • Large Terrace Outdoor Swimming Pool • Double Garage • Carriage Driveway Providing Ample Off Street Parking

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The house has now been completely remodelled by craftsmen for the 21st Century. Behind the handsome façade is a luxurious custom designed interior embellished with finest materials. To the rear is one of the finest gardens in the area, complete with a large outdoor swimming pool and enough land to build a tennis court without compromising the remaining gardens. Planning consent has been granted to construct a magnificent leisure suite of 474 square metres (5,102 sq ft).

Gable Lodge is a most impressive detached house, built in the Cape Dutch style during the late 1920’s in one of London’s most exclusive locations. It is set back on a large plot of approximately 1/4 hectare (0.6 acre).


ACCOMMODATION - Reception Hall - Drawing Room - Dining Room - Spectacular Conservatory/Family Room - Study - Custom Built Kitchen/Breakfast Room - Large Master Bedroom Suite - 6 Further Bedroom Suites - Staff Bedroom Suite - Utility Room - Plant Room - Guest Cloakroom - Garage - Secure Driveway Parking for Several Cars - Large Swimming Pool - Mature Landscaped 45 m (150 ft) West Facing Garden

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Ridgefield C O U RT E N AY AV E N U E , L O N D O N N 6 I M P R E S S I V E H O U S E B AC K I N G O N TO H I G H G AT E G O L F C O U R S E This imposing house benefits from a 30m frontage and backs directly onto Highgate Golf Course. The plot extends to over 0.5 acre and is situated in this very desirable private road with security controlled gates and CCTV. The house has been extended to create a double garage with a large family/snooker room above. In addition there is a study and the original drawing room and dining room overlook the rear terrace and garden. There is an air conditioned gym to the lower ground floor and planning consent was previously obtained for a swimming pool to be built adjacent to this and behind the garage although this has now lapsed.

35’ Drawing Room  Dining Room  Family Room  Conservatory  Fitted Kitchen  24' x 24' Family/Games Room  Master Suite with Dressing Room and Bathroom  5 Further Bedrooms  4 Further Bathrooms  Gymnasium  Double Garage  Wonderful Secluded Garden  Security Protected Private Road House: approximately 625.52 sq m (6,733 sq ft)  In all about 0.5 acre

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A newly refurbished double fronted detached residence on the internationally renowned Bishops Avenue N2 This impressive house is set well back from the road behind a deep front garden and enjoys excellent privacy. Having been exquisitely refurbished throughout the property features well planned accommodation bathed in natural light with three large reception rooms together with an extensively fitted and equipped kitchen/breakfast room, five bedrooms, four bathrooms (three en-suite) and a beautifully landscaped rear garden. The property also has the extremely rare feature of a large detached garage with a studio apartment above which is ideal for guest accommodation or for staff. ÂŁ4,250,000 Freehold Joint Sole Agent


O N T H E M A R K E T F O R T H E F I R S T T I M E A T R U LY U N I Q U E D E TA C H E D H O U S E D I S C R E E T LY S I T U AT E D A B U T T I N G H A M P S T E A D H E AT H A N D F O R M I N G PA R T O F T H E M O U N T T Y N D A L D E V E L O P M E N T Built in circa 1970 and designed by the renowned architects Rottenberg & Associates, The Round House is an individual contemporary house arranged over three floors with a passenger lift and spanning 3400 sq ft. Benefiting from a large outdoor swimming pool, terracing with beautiful Heath views and secure underground parking for 4/5 cars an internal visit is essential to fully appreciate this rare gem. ENTRANCE HALL • DOUBLE RECEPTION ROOM • DINING ROOM • KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM UTILITY ROOM • GUEST CLOAKROOM • MASTER BEDROOM WITH ENSUITE DRESSING ROOM AND BATHROOM • 2 FURTHER BEDROOMS • POTENTIAL TO CREATE ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM TO BEDROOM 2 • SHOWER ROOM • LARGE TERRACE • SWIMMING POOL • PASSENGER LIFT PRIVATE UNDERGROUND GARAGE FOR UP TO 4/5 CARS WITH CHAUFFEUR FACILITIES OFFERS IN EXCESS OF £3,500,000 | FREEHOLD


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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

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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 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.


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


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


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.

Model tested: Alfa Romeo 8C Spider 4.7 litre V8 6-speed semi-automatic 0 – 62mph: 4.5secs Top speed: 190mph MPG (combined)/CO2: 17.3/379g/km On the road price from: £174,000

‘…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.’

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


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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jewellery. Renowned for its collections of “D”

experience offered its clients is of paramount

with an accumulated wealth of expert

Flawless pure whites and exceptional natural

importance to all who work for the company.

knowledge and manufacturing skills, results

fancy coloured diamonds it continues to

Keith Gerrard, LEVIEV UK Managing

in items of breathtaking beauty and lasting

make available stones of great importance

Director, says: “We continually strive to offer


for both wearer and investor alike. One such

and uphold the very highest of standards in

stone, an incredible 8.61 carat radiant-cut

both terms of product and service. It is an

company’s pre-eminence in the fine

Fancy Intense Green, the largest such stone

ethos we are proud of and one that our

jewellery world is simply known as “the

ever graded (to date) by the Gemological

clients come to expect. It is vital to build on

LEVIEV scarf”. The necklace contains a

Institute of America (GIA). The company is

our reputation for not only supplying

staggering 817 fine white diamonds totalling

the world’s largest privately controlled

extraordinary items but a complete retail

just over 298 carats. Taking over 14 months

producer of cut diamonds, headed by the

package of the highest order.”

to cut, polish and match each stone

maverick, Lev Leviev, a hugely influential,

The company’s strength, attributed in part

An item which aptly illustrates the

individually prior to setting in platinum.

self-made diamond mogul with over 30 years

by its unique position within the diamond

Comments Gerrard: “This extraordinary

experience. With the opening of the first

industry and extensive inventory, is further

necklace is remarkable for several reasons,

LEVIEV retail store in 2006 at 31 Old Bond

enhanced by its ability to create exquisite

not only for its high level of craftsmanship

Street, London, the company became a fully

jewellery. Gerrard adds: “Our in-house

and diamond content, but as a piece of


desirable jewellery that is comfortable to

rare fancy coloured diamonds is evident from

wear in a variety of ways. It feels beautiful to

the beautifully created ring forming part of

the touch, just like pure silk, however, its

this season’s new “Peony Collection”; items

weight assures the wearer of its true value!!”

inspired from the company’s signature flower.

Another necklace, named “Pink Majesty”

The intricate, multi-layered petal motif set

is equally remarkable for its astonishing

with fancy pink diamonds in rose gold, frame

content and use of natural fancy coloured

a 1.07 carat radiant-cut Fancy Intense Green

diamonds. The centre-piece is one of the

diamond. “As an added touch of luxury this

world’s most unique stones; a 76.51 carat

ring contains a hidden small blue diamond

square emerald-cut Light Pink diamond.

only the wearer knows” comments Gerrard

Surrounded by a collection of multi-coloured

“It is this attention to detail that sets us apart

diamonds and suspended from an all

from other jewellers.”

diamond set chain totalling a further 53.06

“An item that epitomises the excellence of

carats. “The back casing of this item is also a

LEVIEV is no better shown than with the

joy to behold” adds Gerrard, “created in rose

sublime blue diamond flower ring” enthuses

gold and pave set with pink diamonds the

Gerrard. An extraordinary rare 2.08 carat

intricate design and attention to detail is a

Fancy Vivid Blue Internally Flawless diamond

work of art.”

set perfectly centred amongst a collection of

The use of pure white “D” colour

eight pear-shape diamond “petals” all “D”

diamonds in LEVIEV’s jewellery is further

Internally Flawless stones totalling 9.01

illustrated in two magnificent items. An

carats. “It is an item of jewellery few others

elegant platinum ring containing a 52.29

can match and reinforces our brand’s

carat emerald-cut “D” Flawless diamond

message in such a perfect way.”

flanked by four baguette-cut diamonds. “The

“We at LEVIEV look forward to welcoming

absolute purity of this diamond is reflected in

both existing and new clients through our

the simple setting allowing the beauty and

doors and offering the opportunity of sharing

inner radiance of this stone to be fully

an unforgettable experience with you.”

appreciated” comments Gerrard “the owner of such an item has the assurance that only


perfection can bring.” The extraordinary

31 Old Bond Street

diamond earrings containing two pear-shape

020 7493 3333

“D” Internally Flawless stones weighing

London • New York

33.29 carat and 31.05 carat hung from a

Moscow • Dubai • Singapore

classic motif of marquise and round brilliant

cuts epitomises an elegant and timeless style. “Although definitely statement jewellery, of the highest calibre, these earrings are remarkably youthful in appearance and considering their precious value not at all cumbersome” adds Gerrard. LEVIEV’s attention to design and the use of 60


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Guests consistently vote the 5-star Savoy

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Sharm El Sheikh their #1 choice at one of

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Asian, Italian, seafood and international

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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

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and triple rooms to the lavish Royal Suite,

cuisine from Europe to the Far East,

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including Indian, Chinese and Thai food as

have been designed with flexible seating

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plans. Each room is equipped with state-of-

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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


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,


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


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.

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chance to see the underwater world without

Sheikh’s idyllic sunny weather.

getting wet.

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The Savoy Sharm El Sheikh is 3 km from

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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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with magnificent views of the Red Sea,

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The Royal Savoy rooms and suites are

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graceful and comfortable, all providing views

Egypt category at the Association of Russian

Red Sea offering exquisite accommodation,

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Tour operators (ATOR) “Leisure” exhibition on

privacy and the very best in customer service.

gardens. Each is superbly furnished with an

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


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


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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

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NORTH END, HAMPSTEAD NW3 PRICE UPON APPLICATION FREEHOLD Set in a quiet no through road leading directly onto Hampstead Heath, an exciting newly built contemporary family home offering privacy and security. Featuring state of the art design and cutting edge technology, this discreet house is set in an historic location within half a mile of vibrant Hampstead High Street and on the very fringe of the Heath. Entrance hall, reception room, kitchen/dining room, tv room, guest cloakroom/shower room, master bedroom with luxury en suite bathroom, 3 further bedrooms, 2 en suite shower rooms, family bathroom, private screening room, gymnasium, games room, garden with split level terracing, off street parking. PRINCIPAL AGENT

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ARCADIA, WINNINGTON ROAD N2 PRICE UPON APPLICATION FREEHOLD A spacious and impressive double fronted detached 8/9 bedroom home spanning 5,356 sq ft (497.57 sq m) arranged over three storeys and set well back from the road behind a carriage driveway. Entrance hall, double living/dining room, family room, study, kitchen/ breakfast room, cloakroom, master bedroom suite with dressing room and his & hers bathrooms, 7 further bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 2 en suite shower rooms, separate WC, staff bedroom and shower room on ground floor, loft storage, front and rear gardens, double garage, carriage driveway providing off street parking. MAIN AGENT

WEST HEATH ROAD NW3 GUIDE PRICE ÂŁ6,000,000 FREEHOLD A beautifully presented, recently refurbished and extended detached family house. Situated on a prominent wide plot facing and enjoying uninterrupted views over Golders Hill Park. This wonderful 6 bedroom house is set behind a gated carriage driveway which provides off street parking for 5/6 cars and has a stunning, mature and quiet west facing garden in excess of 100ft. The property is conveniently positioned within walking distance of excellent transport links and local amenities. JOINT SOLE AGENT

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SHELDON AVENUE N6 £3,950,000

CORRINGWAY NW11 £1,200,000

Thanks to local owners, we’ve sold more homes this year than any other local agent.

HAMPSTEAD WAY NW11 £1,295,000



NEVILLE DRIVE N2 £7,950,000

SHELDON AVENUE N6 £6,500,000

Thanks to so many local owners instructing us, we’ve outsold all rival agents so far this year – and by a huge margin. Getting the highest price is how we thank our clients. Here’s the promise we’ve been making, and keeping, for 35 years: 1) We’ll get you the highest price of any local agent. 2) We’ll achieve your sale within the shortest amount of time. 3) You’ll only pay when we’ve delivered on the deal you most wanted. (Subject, as always, to terms and conditions). We offer a bespoke level of service which we hope will please and delight you. We’re still as passionate about sales – and your price – as the day we began. Do pop in for a chat anytime. (Lots of spaces in our private client car park!) Or call us on 020 8458 7311.

NORRICE LEA N2 £3,650,000

WILDWOOD ROAD NW11 £1,250,000

WILDWOOD ROAD NW11 £4,500,000

CHALTON DRIVE N2 £1,750,000 All figures quoted represent asking prices.

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KINGSLEY WAY N2 ÂŁ2,950,000 FREEHOLD At the top of the favoured cul-de-sac end of this desirable and quiet residential turning, a rare opportunity has arisen to acquire a larger than average double fronted detached family house. The house has been extended at the rear and offers bright and extremely spacious family living accommodation over three floors. Planning permission and Hampstead Garden Trust consent has been granted to add a double story rear extension and basement. SOLE AGENT

HOCROFT ROAD NW2 ÂŁ6,500,000 FREEHOLD A magnificent 10,000 sq ft fully refurbished double fronted family home presented to exacting standards throughout, having been the subject of an extensive long term restoration programme, presently comprising fourteen bedrooms and ten bathrooms. JOINT AGENT

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SHELDON AVENUE, HIGHGATE N6 ÂŁ4,500,000 FREEHOLD A charming double fronted detached 6 bedroom home arranged over three storeys and spanning 3,709 sq ft (344 sq m). Entrance hallway, living room, dining room, family room, kitchen breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, master bedroom with dressing room and large bathroom, 5 further bedrooms, family bathroom, en suite shower room, large eaved storage areas, delightful front and rear gardens, integral garage, off street parking. SOLE AGENT

FITZROY PARK N6 ÂŁ5,350,000 FREEHOLD A substantial detached family home occupying a landscaped site of approximately half an acre set within a security gated turning providing total seclusion and privacy. The present owners have advised us that they have recently achieved a planning consent to increase the existing accommodation to approximately 8,000 sq ft. JOINT AGENT

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HOLNE CHASE N2 ÂŁ4,400,000 FREEHOLD Constructed only five years ago by Octagon Developments Ltd a unique opportunity to purchase a delightful four storey detached five bedroom residence spanning 4,983 sq ft (463 sq m) with an abundance of living space and a wealth of natural light. 4 reception rooms, kitchen, cinema room, gym, master bedroom suite, 4 further bedrooms, 3 further bathrooms, garage, garden, off street parking. SOLE AGENT

CHURCH MOUNT N2 PRICE UPON APPLICATION FREEHOLD Situated in a quiet residential turning close to Winnington Road, a breathtaking newly constructed 6/7 bedroom split level family home spanning 5,243 sq ft (487 sq m) and arranged over four floors. Featuring an entrance hall with central atrium, living room, dining room, family room, fully fitted and equipped Minotti kitchen, cloakroom, media room, gymnasium/staff bedroom, indoor swimming pool complex with swim jet, rain shower feature, steam room and changing room, bar area, master suite with dressing room and bathroom, 5 further bedroom suites. SOLE AGENT

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HOLNE CHASE N2 ÂŁ3,995,000 FREEHOLD An immaculate interior designed family home located off Winnington Road and built by the present owners. The ground floor comprises a family room, an open-plan reception area and formal dining room leading directly on to the large south-facing garden. SOLE AGENT

HEATHGATE NW11 ÂŁ2,250,000 LONG LEASEHOLD A charming link detached Grade II listed family home built in 1914 and designed by the highly regarded architect George Sutcliffe. Internally this fine house offers character, light and space and features three reception rooms on the ground floor, seven bedrooms, separate garage and off street parking. Heathgate is a highly desirable turning that runs between Hampstead Heath extension and St Judes Church. SOLE AGENT

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ERSKINE HILL NW11 GUIDE PRICE ÂŁ3,000,000 FREEHOLD An important double fronted detached Grade II listed family home built in 1911, designed by Edward Lutyens with the interior completed by George Sutcliffe and approaching 2,800 sq ft. Internally this fine house has been painstakingly refurbished to the very highest of standards by the current vendor.



BANCROFT AVENUE N2 ÂŁ1,800,000 FREEHOLD A charming four bedroom semi detached house located in this highly regarded turning just off The Bishops Avenue. The property has been well maintained by the current owners and benefits from the most impressive conservatory extending off the kitchen which is currently being used as a dining area. Bancroft Avenue is situated close to all the amenities of East Finchley including the underground station. Entrance hall, reception room, drawing room, kitchen, conservatory, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), guest cloakroom, gardens, garage, ample off street parking. SOLE AGENT

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WILDWOOD ROAD NW11 £1,550,000 FREEHOLD Situated in this highly regarded and much sought after road in Hampstead Garden Suburb, a charming interior designed four bedroom family home arranged over three floors. The property is a stone’s throw from the Hampstead Heath extension. JOINT AGENT

MOUNTVIEW CLOSE NW11 £1,350,000 LEASEHOLD A rarely available spacious apartment situated in this secure awardwinning gated development built by Octagon, presented in excellent decorative order throughout, benefitting from a private terrace providing access on to a lawned area together with a resident porter and underground parking for two cars. SOLE AGENT

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BRIM HILL N2 £1,250,000 FREEHOLD A beautifully presented four bedroom semi detached property enjoying a delightful 61’ x 34’ south facing garden. Internally the house offers well planned living accommodation over three floors with a reception/dining room, separate TV/family room and a master bedroom with en suite shower room. Entrance hall, reception/dining room, TV/family room, kitchen, guest cloakroom, master bedroom with en suite shower room, 3 further bedrooms, 2 further bathrooms, south facing garden, off street parking. SOLE AGENT

BROOKLAND RISE NW11 £629,950 FREEHOLD A three bedroom two reception room home in very good decorative order throughout and benefiting from a meticulously landscaped south west facing rear garden. It is also ideally located in the Brooklands School catchment area. Entrance hall, dining room, reception room, kitchen, utility area, 3 bedrooms, family bathroom, separate WC, front and rear gardens. JOINT AGENT

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ERSKINE HILL NW11 £659,950 FREEHOLD A charming and characterful three bedroom cottage situated in this pretty tree lined and popular south side turning. Entrance hall, lounge/dining room, kitchen, guest cloakroom, 3 bedrooms, family bathroom, front and rear gardens.



ROTHERWICK ROAD NW11 £1,150,000 FREEHOLD A four bedroom unmodernised Parker & Unwin mid terraced house built circa 1911 and situated in this much sought after location between Golders Green and Hampstead Heath Extension. 2 reception rooms, kitchen, original basement, guest cloakroom, 4 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, family bathroom, garden, off street parking for two cars. SOLE AGENT


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Poggenpohl kitchens

Sanitary ware from Villeroy & Boch

Aquavision TV to one bathroom in each apartment

Custom made wardrobes

Comfort cooling provided in all master bedrooms & living rooms to all 3 bedrooms & larger apartments

Underfloor heating

Video entry phone system

Balconies or terraces

Communal gardens



Underground parking

Prices from ÂŁ795,000 Subject to contract* (*Phase 1 only)


Within short walking distance to the varied shopping and transport facilities of Golders Green and Hampstead, with easy access to the City and West End.

Childs Hill Park


A selection of 2, 3 & 4 bedroom luxury apartments with balconies or terraces and underground parking, some with outstanding panoramic views of London's skyline.








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