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15 Luxury escapes

Britain’s best home

The Smiths talk about their expanding boutique hotel business and pick some of their finest winter escapes

Sharon Kilby meets with Amanda Barrington, the proud owner of ‘Woodsend’, recently voted ‘Britain’s Best Home 2009’

with Mr & Mrs Smith

62 And so the show begins

Extracts from the Gordon Ramsay book, Three Star Chef


6 Keech Green Keech Green strive to create interiors that are classic and timeless in terms of both design and style.

46 Top Hat We meet with bespoke hat couture designer Louis Marriette at his Sloane Gardens studio about his work and TV work as one of the judges on the ‘Britain’s next top model’ programme

millgate homes celebrates triple win at property ‘oscars’

Longwood Manor, Kenley Grange

Kenley House, Kenley Grange

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.

New Home of the Year - Longwood Manor, Kenley Grange Best New Family Home with up to Five Bedrooms Longwood Manor, Kenley Grange

Best Luxury Home Kenley House, Kenley Grange


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EECH GREEN Architectural Interior Design was set up in 2002. Michael Keech and Graham Green met whilst working at Ralph Lauren where they developed their appreciation of both architectural interior and furniture design. Starting with two substantial residential projects in London’s Chelsea and Mayfair, they set about creating what is now recognisable as the signature KEECH GREEN style. Their style is masculine and glamorous and can best be described as an aspiration for the clean lines of Modernist architecture combined with the opulence of Art Deco. They combine them in a style which they refer to as 'Modern Deco'. Avoiding the starkness of minimalist styling and the fussiness of more traditional concepts, Modern Deco meets both extremes half-way. KEECH GREEN now specialise in high-end domestic interior modelling and refurbishment. They work primarily in London but also have on-going projects in Moscow, Monte Carlo, Geneva and New York with future projects scheduled for Zurich, Dubai and India. Current projects include a New York penthouse, a Kensington house, a large residential project in Geneva and two substantial properties in North London.

Michael and Graham recently completed their first Superyacht Interior for which they won two awards at the World Super Yacht and Showboat Awards in 2010. At the core of the boat ’s interior design is the staircase which winds from the guest cabins throughout the entire boat and emerges on to the Flybridge Deck. KEECH GREEN designed a subtle carved seascape relief finished in a bronze metal finish lining the entire staircase. Having completed the interior design of their clients' yacht, Keech Green were commissioned to design the interior of their apartment in London. The apartment itself is located in a new-build development in a stunning location with expansive views from the roof garden across London. The apartment spans the entire top floor of the development to form the basis of a 6,000 sq ft apartment.

Acquiring the penthouse also meant that the roof terrace was incorporated into the scheme and a 5,000 sq ft garden has emerged as a spectacular embellishment. Designed in Keech Green’s ‘Modern Deco’ style the apartment has at its core a long and wide hallway providing an impressive entrance to the interior space. With tall double doors in a mahogany-stained walnut leading from one space to another, the apartment has a handsome grandure which, in line with Graham’s and Michael’s earlier quote, is neither stark nor fussy. Rich woods form the basis of the interior joinery. Doors, architraves, skirtings and cornices are all over-sized and masculine. However it is always important to consider balance and this strong detailing has been combined with more subtle neutral shades for the wall finishes in anticipation of the clients’ spectacular collection of art. Likewise the floor in the vast entrance hall is laid with lighter tones of marble which have been crafted into a very clean but striking design which also has ‘deco’ overtones. Having formatted this fairly masculine core, the embellishments in marble, onyx, shagreen, vellum, silk and suede (combined with the artwork) have produced an interior that will undoubtedly stand the test of time. It is orderly but also supremely comfortable and practical. All freestanding furniture is bespoke and designed by KEECH GREEN. Starting with the provision of just a few pieces for their earlier projects, KEECH GREEN Bespoke has developed into a significant part of the business. PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES 7

Primarily a response to the lack of quality in the market-place, KEECH GREEN has set about designing exquisite pieces and identifying the very best manufacturers to execute their creations. Rich woods such as mahogany, rosewood and walnut create durable and luxurious finishes which, enhanced with antique brass or nickel and combined with exotic materials such as shagreen and vellum, add subtle and exquisite detailing. Regular progress meetings with their manufacturers not only ensure the integrity of the completed piece but also that the quality of the final finish exceeds their clients’ expectations.


Working with the finest materials and craftsmen, KEECH GREEN strive to create interiors that are classic and timeless in terms of both design and style. “Our desire for longevity ensures that KEECH GREEN’s designs rise above the prevalence of short-term ‘fashion statements’ which pervade the design industry.”. KEECH GREEN ARCHITECTURAL INTERIOR DESIGN 414 The Chambers, Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, London SW10 0XF Tel 00 44 (0)20 7351 5701 Fax 00 44 (0)20 7351 5691 Email:

norrice lea, n2 | ÂŁ2,795,000 | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000 a fine double fronted detached family house set behind a carriage driveway placed on this popular and sought after road off winnington road. the house offers excellent family accommodation arranged over 3 levels and features a delightful west facing landscaped rear garden.


of fe r un de r southway, nw11 | ÂŁ2,000,000 | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000 an exquisite, spacious family sized semi-detached house placed on one the suburb's most popular roads. this must see and desirable property is presented in excellent internal decorative condition and offers well planned accommodation and features lovely fitted bathrooms with under floor heating, a well fitted kitchen/breakfast room with under floor heating and wiring for sound throughout the ground floor. the gardens have recently been beautifully landscaped. 10 PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES

tottenham lane, n8 | ÂŁ775,000 | crouch end | 020 8341 3336 an exclusive development of nine new eco-friendly four bedroom homes, each with its own private garden and roof terrace with stunning views of alexandra palace and north london. chimes terrace is prominently situated just a few minutes walk from the centre of crouch end and its landmark clock tower, with excellent transport links into the centre of london and close proximity to popular schools. chimes terrace represents an excellent example of contemporary family homes in a desirable location. PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES 11

gisburn road, n8 | ÂŁ775,000 | crouch end | 020 8341 3336 a deceptively spacious four bedroom period residence excellently located in one of crouch end's leading roads. the house is conveniently located on the south side of gisburn road within short walking distance of crouch end broadway with its full array of shops as well as being in close proximity to excellent transport links. the property offers very flexible and light family accommodation boasting nearly 1,900 sq ft. there is also a beautiful private and secluded south facing garden. 12 PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES

talbot road, n6 | ÂŁ2,450,000 | highgate | 020 8348 8000 a superb semi-detached, 6 bedroom edwardian family home positioned on the corner of talbot road and church road. the house features spacious and versatile entertaining space on the ground floor in the form of 4 reception rooms and the benefit of a new wing added in 2005 which provides a reception room, double bedroom and bathroom which would be ideal as a granny flat or teenager's annex. the house has been extremely well maintained by the current owners. PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES 13

ashmount road, n19 | ÂŁ1,200,000 | highgate | 020 8348 8000 a delightful five double bedroom victorian family home situated in the whitehall park conservation area. this characterful property retains many original features, including fireplaces, cornice work and mosaic flooring in the entrance hall and is presented in excellent decorative order throughout. accommodation comprises two reception rooms, kitchen/dining area, five double bedrooms, two bathrooms and an excellent cellar/utility room.

gresley road, n19 | ÂŁ875,000 | highgate | 020 8348 8000 a very well presented 4 bedroom mid terrace late victorian family home located along a quiet residential road within the whitehall park conservation area. the house features two elegant ground floor reception rooms with intercommunicating doors, a good size kitchen with family/breakfast room to the rear and french windows giving access to the garden.


South-east of Eden Mr & Mrs Smith’s favourite winter escapes

The South East of England isn’t short on places to stay, but if you’re looking for a chic spa retreat, cosy country inn or village-set designer den, there’s only one place to turn: boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith tell us how they got started, and cherry-pick some of their most luxurious UK hotspots…

Back in August 2001, courting couple James Lohan and Tamara Heber Percy, on the advice of a not-to-be-named travel guide, were staying at a not-to-be-named hotel in the Lake District, and not enjoying it in the slightest. ‘This had happened before – we couldn’t believe we were yet again staying in a sub-standard hotel.’ ‘We cut short the trip, and on the way home, we decided there was a need for a guide you could really trust,’ said Tam. And, with that, Mr & Mrs Smith was born. The now widely known irreverent title immediately caught people’s imagination; ‘It’s got the right level of naughtiness and fun, and it underlines that our selection is all about romance,’ says James. By January 2003, the pair had raised the necessary finance, recruited a team and begun compiling a collection of boutique hotels that offered an inspirational guide and the sort of inside information you would pass on to a friend. Eight months and 41 hotels later, the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection UK/Ireland was launched and, by Christmas, the couple were reeling as the predicted sales of 5,000 rolled into 20,000. ‘We just couldn’t believe it,’ says James. ‘All our hard work and reviewing had paid off. Although it’s great fun, we really are quite tough in terms of the criteria the hotels have to meet. Once a hotel is PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES 15

spotted we visit it for consideration and if it’s promising, we send a couple to do an anonymous review and. If they love it, we invite the hotel to join the Smith collection. ‘If it’s a close call,’ adds Tam, ‘We tell the hotel why we haven’t been able to include them and if they choose to rectify the problem then we will revisit. It’s not about being elitist, we simply have a clear idea of what the collection is about and people have come to trust our judgement. We also do regular checks, and if we receive two complaints we make a visit; three and they’re out.’ Following the success of their first book, the couple have since published several other Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotel guides under the Spy Publishing imprint: European Cities, European Coast & Country and an updated UK/ Ireland Volume 2. In 2008, they released The Global Shortlist in the States and are starting to see traffic increasing as the brand becomes more well known Stateside. ‘The books have been a phenomenal success, and continue to be popular even though our business has evolved from


being a niche publisher to being a boutique property provider for style-conscious travellers,’ explains James. Recognising the need to keep reinventing their business, James, who previously owned an event company in London and started chic Clapham bar the White House, and Tam with her career in marketing, launched their website – which took the company to a new level and meant that Smith fans could book boutique hotels through their trusted brand online. ‘We’ve now selected more than 550 properties to feature online, and the collection has got much broader, to include stylish safaris, sexy ski lodges, child-friendly getaways and our growing self-catering selection.’ James and Tam have also introduced a three-tiered membership club offering a travel booking and concierge service, which covers anything from watering your plants while you’re away to organising a romantic dinner on your trip. ‘We get an incredible 350,000 hits a people have signed up to our various membership clubs, which gets them

access to all sorts of discounts and benefits. Our entry level membership, BlackSmith, is just £15 per year, SilverSmith is £99 and GoldSmith £299.’ ‘But we didn’t stop there. We’ve introduced an innovative loyalty scheme to reward frequent bookers. Members who book trips with us will earn up to five per cent of the value of their booking back to a personal ‘Vault’, which can be viewed online. They can spend their earnings in our shop which carries all sorts of amazing high-quality brands or they can use it to book more boutique hotel stays.’ This year, much excitement has surrounded the launch of yet another guidebook: Australia & New Zealand (out in October ‘09), which has been published to celebrate the opening of Smith offices in Melbourne this May. ‘The offices in Australia mean that we can offer a 24-hour Travel Team, six days a week,’ says James. The Asia-Pacific arm of Mr & Mrs Smith (which includes Australia and New Zealand) is headed up by Simon Westcott, former global publisher of Lonely Planet and a boutique hotel connoisseur. ‘It’s all just part of our plans for worldwide domination,’ laughs Tam. And out of all the great hotels they recommend, what are their favourites? ‘Difficult, but among them all, we’d definitely go back to Endsleigh in Devon, JK Place in Florence and Ca’s Xorc in Mallorca – where we got married.’ To find out more, order a guidebook or book any of the hotels in the Mr & Mrs Smith collection, visit or ring the expert Smith travel team on 0845 034 0700.g

‘Our room is extremely light and well planned, rendering it utterly inviting’ The George in Rye 98 High Street, East Sussex TN31 7JT Style Quirky-smart Regency inn Setting Cobbled streets of Rye Rooms 24, including five suites Rates £125–£225, including breakfast; midweek rates also include dinner. One-night bookings for Saturdays incur a £50 supplement.

Mr Smith says… ‘The first thing we noticed about this 18th-century coaching inn was that the new owners seem to have

vibrant and diverse decorative scheme: psychedelic Beatles prints sit alongside pockmarked beams and distressed leather. Chef Rod Grossmann’s menus create bold but well

achieved what few proprietors of these ancient public

balanced flavours. Local produce is at the fore, and

houses up and down the country have: a modern,

starters such as dressed crab and smoked duck are

redesigned interior that is still sympathetic to the

quite something. The wine we chose was English:

original character of the building. It’s not just that the

Sandhurst Sussex Pinot Noir – what an extraordinary

black tar-encrusted beams have all been sand-blasted

revelation. Having tasted no better Gevrey-Chambertin

Smith Factor This inspiring coaching inn-conversion is

clean, or that the sticky red paisley carpets have given

from Burgundy itself, it instantly became an all-time

located in the heart of historic Rye, a potter-paced seaside

way to the original flagstone tiles. It’s that no detail, from


town on the East Sussex coast. The decor makes for love-

the nickel-coated plug sockets to burnished copper

at-first-sight stuff – bird-patterned wallpaper, chairs clad

radiators, has been overlooked. Tightly packed with long

in monochrome Florence Broadhurst textiles, and

sofas, chairs and beams, the George rises above the

a-brac window-sniggering opportunities, and maybe its

artworks ancient and modern on the walls. Pillows loaded

seagull-echoing street in a warren of little floors. Our

one-way system is a little annoying to first-time users,

with lavender coupled with bottles of Florentine fig oil turn

room is extremely light and well planned, rendering it

but the charm and romance of this ancient fishing town

lazy nights in into a relaxing addiction. In addition to the

utterly inviting, helped in no small way by soft-touch

is undeniable. And, if it is trying to shrug off its unfair

sumptuous bedrooms, each individually designed, the

scented pillows and hot-water bottle cosies. The

bucket-and-spade image, then the George in Rye will help its cause no end.’g

hotel’s pièce de resistance is its Georgian ballroom, a

bathroom has a Victorian-style bath-cum-shower, and is

dramatic, high-ceilinged chamber adorned with hand-

Aveda-product equipped, while soft-blue wood panelling

painted silk panels – a truly wow-inducing wedding venue.

lends a gently nautical air. As soon as she opened the

The hotel makes an unbeatable base for exploring the

‘G’-branded wooden box to find an incredibly varied

coastline; the George’s Mediterranean kitchen (headed by

selection of teas, Mrs Smith immediately set to work

an ex-Moro chef) can pack you a hamper of mouth-

preparing that most British of refreshments in

watering goodies to picnic upon – Camber Sands is our


top pick for alfresco eating. But if picnics aren’t your thing, Rye has enough gastropubs and cake-toting teashops to ensure you’re never hungry for long.

The owners, Katie and Alex Clarke, have links with set design and prop buying, making for a tasteful but

Rye – you made converts of us. OK, this East Sussex spot may present more-than-ample kitsch bric-

‘The hotel is home to a fabulous spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a courtyard hot tub that just begs to be lazed in’

Calcot Manor Near Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8YJ Style Family-friendly farmhouse Setting Homely heart of Gloucestershire

Mr Smith says… ‘Our room at Calcot Manor, the Woodchester, is simply lovely. Even though my eyes range over the room

and stylish lounge, where, on suede sofas beneath lowlevel lighting, we relax with a final glass before heading up to bed. The hotel is home to a fabulous spa, indoor and

in search of style faux pas, I find none. There’s not a hint

outdoor swimming pools, and a courtyard hot tub that

of chintz in sight, and they seem to have got that hard-

just begs to be lazed in with a glass of champagne.

to-pull-off blend of classic look, contemporary feel just

There’s even an outdoor open fireplace that roars away

right. There’s a plasma-screen TV, high thread-count

just metres from the water. There are a lot of hotels out

sheets, stripped wooden floors – everything, in fact,

there that put style over substance. Calcot Manor isn’t

Smith Factor A 14th-century farmhouse set three

screams luxury. This continues in the bathroom, where

one of them – it’s got plenty of substance and now

miles from Tetbury, amid the leafy rural roll of the

we admire twin sinks and a shower big enough to host a

there’s a healthy coating of style, too.’

Cotswolds, Calcot Manor offers the acme of family

Sumo bout.

Rooms 35 Rates £230–£430, including breakfast and VAT. Dinner, bed and breakfast rates (from £293 –£510, excluding drinks) are compulsory at weekends and peak periods.

escapes, with child-geared facilities at every turn

When our little one finally drifts off to sleep, we

and a parent-pampering spa to wind down in. Staff

drift down to the reassuringly grown-up Conservatory

have been trained to cater to youngsters of all ages,

Restaurant. Much more formal than the hotel’s child-

and the range of activities on offer for little ones (a

friendly Gumstool Inn, it offers fine, unpretentious

fully staffed nursery, games room and home

dining in a space filled with high-backed chairs and

cinema, 220 acres of grounds for outdoorsy tykes) is

tables swathed in white cloths. Head chef Michael Croft

enough to keep them occupied for a week. Calcot’s

has been working at top hotels for years, and has

family-friendly credentials don’t mean that the

garnered plenty of awards while at Calcot, so our

hotel’s a passion killer, however – the couples-only

expectations are high. Thankfully, they’re met – and

rooms in the main house, sophisticated fine dining,

then some. We devour Dorset crab salad, roasted pork

two pools and an outdoor hot tub mean the manor

belly with seared scallops and some of the best beef I’ve

is as appealing a destination for twosomes as it is

ever tasted. The wine list, too, is excellent, and we treat

for toddlers.

ourselves to a delicious bottle of Pomerol. Full and ridiculously content after the meal, we take what’s left of the wine through to the comfortable


‘This is the kind of establishment where your eyes dart excitedly from object to artwork.’

Cotswolds88 Hotel Kemps Lane, Painswick, Gloucestershire GL6 6YB Style Versace in verdant surrounds Setting Pastoral Painswick village Rooms 17, including three suites Rates £165–£225; suites from £225–£395, including breakfast. Smith Factor The brainchild of the larger-than-life

Mrs Smith says… There’s little indication that anything eccentric lies

over aperitifs, we decamp to the monochrome dining room where an enormous oversized fabric bow dominating most of the back wall elicits a gasp from us

behind the hotel’s classical grey Palladian façade: its

both. Our restaurant critic hats on, we put the young

neatly coiffed bushes and groomed lawn are all so far, so

server’s sommelier skills to the test. He confidently

country house. As we gaze across the sheep-dotted hills

recommends the cheapest of three rosés. If he’s

in the distance, it’s all swoon-stirring Jane Austen-

anything less than knowledgable we can’t tell, as his

evoking stuff. Yet it’s the interior we’re eager to see. Up a few

suggestions are delivered with reassuring conviction. It’s an unexpected treat when a celeriac soup arrives to

character behind flamboyant, kitsch cocktailerie,

small stone stairs and one foot into the hallway and we

Loungelover in East London, Marchella De Angelis,

realise this is anything but a conventional Cotswolds

Cotswolds88hotel is a temple to Italian design. The

retreat. This is the kind of establishment where your eyes

our splendid bathroom, and breakfast in the dining room,

amuse our geules. After a heavenly night’s sleep, a long lazy soak in

name may be straightforward, but that’s all that is.

dart excitedly from object to artwork. A cursory peek at

we’ve barely enough time for a tramp around town. We’d

Gloriously over-the-top touches such as PVC-backed

the retro-rich bar and black-and-white-striped

love to stay longer, but the Big Smoke is calling us home.

chairs and chrome mannequins vie for attention with

restaurant, and it’s up the steps to the reception with a

We trot back to Costswolds88 to airkiss it farewell.

the hotel’s own Palladian backdrop, and the result is a

quick crane of the neck to admire an original carved

space that’s luxurious and super-stylish, and that has a

ribbed-and-bossed ceiling.

cheeky sense of humour. We love the six Detmar rooms

The super-lovely receptionist is a platinum-blonde

– named after the famous 20th-century architect – with

bombshell in Vivienne Westwood choker. She shows us to

their vivid red accent colours, playful atmosphere and

our suite. A mishmash of imaginative old and new, with a

giant lip prints on the wall.

backdrop of glorious leaded windows looking out onto green gardens, and across to that postcard-perfect hillside. Tea on the lawn below, relaxing on modern undulating loungers that resemble reclining Henry Moores is clearly a must. After a meander around pretty Painswick, we make it back in time for champagne cocktails. Supper selected


‘Staying at the Whitehouse feels like spending the weekend with stylish, hospitable (and significantly better off) friends’

Whitehouse Chillington, Devon TQ7 2JX Style Gorgeous Georgian Setting Charming Chillington village Rooms Six Rates £180–£230, including full English or Continental breakfast, afternoon tea and tax. You can rent the whole house (sleeping 12) for £2,800 for two nights; with £1,300 for each additional night. Smith Factor Just a short meander from the South Devon shoreline, hidden away in the little village of

Mr Smith says… ‘Whitehouse is the opposite of a big, soulless corporate hotel. Its owners are in fact three friends, each playing a hands-on role in hotel operations, and

delicately salty Salcombe smokie, the fresh, mostly local ingredients were always excellent. Thank you, Ally and co. Rather than a common-or-garden fancy hotel, staying at the Whitehouse feels like spending the

all happy to address guests’ requirements personally.

weekend with stylish, hospitable (and significantly

One of them, Ally, is the gifted chef behind the

better off) friends. Its appearance is the result of the

restaurant’s fresh and hearty platters, and frequently

owners’ good taste rather than the work of an interior

opens the kitchen to show off her Aga, with special

designer, and it’s more a place to feel comfortable in

dinners and wine-tasting evenings frequently

than marvel at. We were looking for something

appearing on the event schedule. There are only six rooms, and I speak only for the

quintessentially English, and we were lucky enough to find a homely hideaway in the middle of a splendid

Chillington, Whitehouse is the perfect getaway for style-

one we stayed in, the Attic – ample space, comfortable

seasoned city types hankering for a rustic rest-stop. The

pillow-laden beds, a showerhead comparable to the

name distract: this hip hotel makes you feel truly

Georgian buildings have been a doctor’s surgery, a

steering wheel of an articulated truck, and a colour

residence for GIs, and a private home in their time, but

patriotic. Rule Britannia, indeed.’g

scheme that echoes the name of the hotel. Make no

today they’ve finally found their true calling as one of

mistake: this isn’t an escape aimed at hippy types who

Devon’s most welcoming and intimate boutique hotels.

favour singsongs round open fires over a few modcons;

Outside, you’ll find lush green gardens and a croquet

the extras in our room included an espresso machine,

lawn (occasionally ornamented by the hotel’s two cats).

flatscreen TV with all the Sky and DVD trimmings, a

Inside is a harmonious old-meets-new medley of

DAB radio and a well-stocked minibar.

chunky furniture, smooth pastel walls, and fireside

What grabbed me was the abundance of sofas

snugness. The six rooms feature hand-made wooden

and roaring fires that make every room a perfect place

beds, roll-top claw-foot baths, and showers like a jungle

to kick back with a book or the Sunday papers after a

downpour. Peek in the bathroom and you’ll find a

coastal stroll. The headline act, however, is what they

collection of the hotel’s own line of hand-made

stick on my plate. From the just-baked scones, loaded

toiletries. As for what to do while you’re here? Well,

with clotted cream and local jam, through to the

you’re in Chillington, and the clue is in the name… 20 PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES

county. And don’t let its American-presidential-abode

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‘A place that’s perfectly suited to foodies who like proper portions and are happy to hole themselves up in this culinary fantasyland’

Tuddenham Mill High Street, Tuddenham, Near Newmarket, Suffolk IP28 6SQ

Mr Smith says… ‘About as close to Manhattan as you’ll get in Suffolk, Tuddenham Mill is akin to a downtown NY hotel – set in 12

of the Highlands’, features haggis spring roll and shin of beef stovi. Opposite me, a seafood salad is being devoured – Cromer crab, crayfish tails, king scallops, peeled prawns – a reminder that we’re not far from fleets of fishing

Style Streamlined gourmet getaway

acres of gorgeous Brecks-borders land. The reception, with

vessels. The wine list is not only excellent, but also

Setting Brink of the Suffolk Brecks

its generous glass double doors, welcomes you into a large

reasonably priced. Even the glassware is fabulous;

Rooms 15

lobby with cool greys and flagstone floors. Catching our

bulbous bowls that fill your palm, perfect for each slug of

Rates £195–£395, including breakfast.

eyes in the corner is a blazing fire; the ambience is relaxed

shiraz. Clearly, Tuddenham Mill is a place that’s perfectly

and inviting and we are entirely ready to collapse onto the

suited to foodies who like proper portions and are happy to

clean-lined furniture.

hole themselves up in this culinary fantasyland.’

Smith Factor This 18th-century Suffolk hotel is a converted water mill in 12 acres of land, enhanced with a sleek, minimalist restaurant and superstylish boudoirs with high-spec Starck-fitted en-suites. Tuddenham Mill is somewhere to while away a lazy sunny afternoon playing boules by a swan-studded pond, or cosied up on statement furniture in a spacious lounge bar under original exposed beams. With delicious food confronting you at every turn (home-made biscuits in your room; jars of pickle at reception), you’ll hardly go hungry, but for a change of scene, take your pick from Newmarket’s restaurants and cafés, or head into Bury St Edmunds.

We’re sleeping in the eaves of the mill, and it turns out to be a huge, double?height, beamed barn of a bedroom, resplendent in sleek, Italian?designed minimalism. We can’t help but wonder what the mill?workers who used to toil their lives away here would make of our lazy-lubber weekend. Knowing that this hotel revolves around its restaurant, and wizard Scots chef Gordon McNeill, we’re thrilled it’s time for dinner. Centre stage, behind the bar, is the original waterwheel; it becomes a real showpiece by night when its full glory is illuminated by pulsating up-lights. Even patrons who take a table upstairs can peer down, through a glass floorpanel, at the mighty and beautiful machinery – lovingly restored, yet still resolutely functional. The kitchen team doesn’t disappoint, delivering inventive, courageous, witty and hearty fare – not suited to the squeamish, though: Gordon’s signature dish, ‘A Taste


‘The Brew House has managed to pull off that trickiest of tricks – contemporary design using stark colours, yet still managing to infuse the room with warmth.’

The Brew House Hotel 1 Warwick Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5TA Style Crisp modern makeover Setting Pantiles-handy Warwick Park Rooms 10 Rates £150–£195, including full English breakfast.

Mrs Smith says… ‘Set in the heart of the town centre on Warwick

glass. A jumble of situations – most of them ghastly – present themselves in my head. While my voice gets

Park, the Brew House Hotel is a beauty – even when

increasingly high-pitched, Mr Smith calmly flicks a

compared to the other stunners in the vicinity. Think

switch next to the light and the door frosts into opaque.

warm pink stone interspersed with pale cream and a

My hero.

peaked arch top, and two round semi-circular windows

Smith Factor With super-spa pampering and quirky

on the ground floor that reveal flashes of pristine white

boutiques all but a genteel totter away, the Brew

and a soft spotlight glow.

House Hotel is a great choice for couples in need of

on the bathroom light, that is. The door is made of clear

Judging by the clean lines in the lobby, I’m steeling

Before dinner, we hit the hotel bar, which has the same decor as the restaurant, barring a blue light-filled panel of glass, strange octopus neon chandeliers, plump white chairs and dark wood floors. The Number One

some serious pampering. If you’ve come to escape

myself for something rather minimalist, but am

restaurant is almost at full capacity; I believe it’s

the stresses of city life, you’ll find plenty of

pleasantly surprised, elated even, to see that the Brew

because the Brew House offers good food – minus

greenery to soothe souls: there’s miles of open

House has managed to pull off that trickiest of tricks –

stratospheric prices. Champagne, Chablis, pinot noir,

Weald-land to explore. Inside the Brew House, the

contemporary design using stark colours, yet still

two starters and mains all came in at less than £100.

minimalist decor is saved from coldness by clever

managing to infuse the room with warmth. The black

flashes of colour and touches of texture: orange

glass furniture might have made the room severe, but

chandeliers warm up the hotel’s fantastic little

cleverly, they’ve added touches such as champagne,

Tunbridge Wells awaits us. Egyptian cotton sheets

cocktail bar, while a pink pillar or two provide focus

silver and white fabric blinds and a black silk bedspread

soothe our food-heavy bodies with a soft touch, and this

in the elegant restaurant. Upstairs, the white-on-

with a gold underside.

white theme continues in the bedrooms, with a

I don’t anticipate any major hurdles – until I switch

Back in the room, the distilled silence filtering though the sea of trees and quiet that surrounds

spotlit bubble, high above the madding crowds, is the place that Mr Smith and I love best.’

calming palette of greys, taupes and creams used to add warmth via soft furnishings. Our favourite feature? The catch-me-if-you-can glass bathroom walls, which flick from frosty to clear at the touch of a button – hours of fun before you’ve even stepped outside…


hendon avenue, n3 | ÂŁ2,695,000 | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000 a rarely available and substantial double fronted detached residence offering over 5100 sq ft of unbelievable potential with the opportunity to create an outstanding bespoke home. the house is well placed within its own substantial plot with an approximate 130ft x 68ft rear garden. hendon avenue is probably the finest road within the immeduate area and an opportunity to purchase a house of this size should not be missed. 24 PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES

bloomfield road, n6 | ÂŁ2,250,000 | highgate | 020 8348 8000 a one off, 5 bedroom victorian family home with a separate dwelling at the rear of the garden fronting onto bishops road. the main house is laid out over 4 floors and offers high ceilings in the reception rooms on the raised ground floor. the lower ground floor is an expansive family space incorporating a fitted kitchen, dining area, conservatory, play room, utility room and downstairs w.c. the house offers 5 bedrooms, an en-suite bathroom to the main bedroom. PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES 25

willifield way, nw11 | ÂŁ550,000 | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000 a very pretty 2 double bedroom semi-detached grade II listed cottage set behind a well maintained communal green situated within a short walk to the ample amenities of temple fortune. the property is presented in good internal decorative condition benefiting from well planned accommodation and a south facing rear garden.

addison way, nw11 | ÂŁ599,950 | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000 a very pretty 3 bedroom double fronted link terraced cottage situated on the popular south side of hampstead garden suburb and well served by the excellent shopping and transport facilities of temple fortune. the property is presented in very good internal decorative condition, benefiting from many original features and a very well maintained mature and secluded south facing rear garden and front garden.


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At Home in Britain’s Best Home Sharon Kilby talks to Property Consultant Amanda Barrington


Resting magically amongst the heavily scented and lush woodland of the Hargham Estate in Norfolk stands a shining example of modern architecture at its most inspiring. Breathtakingly in appearance Woods End is a striking combination of contemporary and traditional design that captures the very essence of modern living. It is no great surprise therefore that property boasts the impressive accolade of ‘Britain’s Best Home’ and has received praise from numerous respected architects and designers. Woods End was voted the winner of Channel 5 series “I own Britain’s Best Home” by public vote beating 27 other houses in the series all vying for the revered title and the £20,000 prize money which owner Amanda Barrington donated to 3 Charities. Woods End was created by renowned designer and property developer Amanda Barrington and offers state of the art contemporary living in a natural and ecologically sensitive environment. Having painstakingly researched the very best environmentally efficient construction techniques, the completed house now blends in harmoniously with the landscape. With a natural eye for good design Amanda has a wealth of experience in bringing buildings to life and her work as a consultant has lead to her involvement in

many exciting interior and exterior projects. Commissions have included lifestyle offices and apartments in London, period properties in the country and even a very swanky seaside beach-hut. The award for Britain’s Best Home was confirmed following the course of 8 heats where architectural designer Michael Homes and interior consultant Melissa Porter and property journalist Russell Harris put 24 of the U.K. homes through their paces as 24 hour “live in guests”. Their task was to interview owners who were passionate about their homes and have toiled over build, design and renovation, leaving their own personal stamp on their buildings. Michael Homes Architect and Property Designer said of Woods End “This is truly a remarkable piece of Architecture which has taken full consideration of eco credentials”. The location of Woods End was pivotal to its creation and the natural undulation of the landscape and the gentle sweeping curves of the river are all mirrored in the shape and style of the building. Property Consultant and owner of Woods End Amanda Barrington explains how her ideas started to become realty “The moment I visited the plot I could visualize clearly how the house would look and feel, the flow of the river and the gentleness of the g

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surroundings all called for a property that sat comfortably in its natural environment. I had spent two years trying to find the perfect plot whilst also researching responsible building techniques. One of the most important factors for me was to make the most of the fantastic light that fills the area.” Sitting within 2 acres of landscaped and natural gardens, the surrounding countryside provides a harmonious backdrop to the rich hues of the timber clad building. Having bought the plot in 2001 Amanda enlisted the services of award winning architects Roderick James who interpreted Amanda’s ideas into a workable design. Encompassing many ecologically sound elements the finished house goes that extra mile when it comes to achieving a perfect balance between luxury living and responsible building. Utilising traditional construction methods alongside contemporary technology and natural materials Woods End embodies the very best of both classic and modern design. An innovative fusion of styles the house maximises on the bright Norfolk light which floods the interior of the building creating a calm and tranquil space. The exterior has a timeless quality and is easy on the eye; it enjoys gently curving roofs topped with flowering sedum which provide a pretty display of white and pink flowers during the summer. Built on stilts the house is able to ‘breathe’ and the air can circulate around the building eliminating any stale air and potential damp areas. Woods End is healthy on so many levels providing clear light, unpolluted air and the use of natural materials also means that no harmful toxins have been used in the construction process. Organic materials have also been throughout the house including majestic Douglas Firs grown and supplied from a sustainable UK source at Longleat, which 38 PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES

have been crafted to form the frame, whilst the exterior of the building has been enveloped in Redwood Cedar. Woods End enjoys exquisite views of the garden designed by Amanda which includes a Japanese style water feature, bridges, decks and terraces all designed to complement the location and provide space for relaxation. The stream that flows through the grounds brings a Zen like quality to the space and adds a sense of tranquility and calm. Having really studied the landscape and its intrinsic character Amanda had a very clear vision of how the house should be built. “I felt that the house needed to look and feel as if it had naturally evolved from the land. The building needed to be exceptional in order to do justice to its location and we have kept true to this vision without compromise. The house even changes naturally with the seasons, the sedums on the roof take on a lavender hue in the autumn and the cedar cladding becomes darker and more intense during the winter. In the summer months the roof enjoys a sprinkling of white flowers and the timber walls of the house become lighter”. The interior of the house is equally breathtaking with open plan living spaces

and the temperature is ambient all year round thanks to the thoroughly efficient thermal and sound insulation together with state of the art windows which cut out harmful ultra violet rays whilst also ensuring against heat loss. With function and form being adhered to in each space the building has been thoughtfully designed to allow a natural flow from room to room. Floor to ceiling windows have been introduced in many areas and high quality contemporary fittings add to the overall feeling of understated luxury. The four bedrooms all enjoy views across the gardens and bathrooms have limestone floors, walls and surfaces and are fitted with Boffi and Fantini sanitary ware. The floors are predominately oak in the living areas and limestone in the bathrooms and are laid over a sophisticated underfloor heating system, the matt kitchen has been designed by BOC Design of Chelsea using white cabinetry by Hacker. Designed to be both comfortable and stylish Amanda’s eye for detail is clearly evident and the living space has an air of relaxed sophistication. Using local craftsmen and suppliers to create a unique and restful interior, fittings are all of the very highest specifications. Doors have been handmade in Ash, movement sensitive lighting is fitted throughout, electric Lutron blinds can be activated remotely and the whole house enjoys wi-fi and satellite links. Drawing much inspiration from the Far East Amanda’s style is unique and whilst recognising the requirements of a contemporary lifestyle she has successfully achieved a harmonious balance between exterior and interior living. “This house has its own sense of calm and serenity which I am sure reflects the fact that it has been

respectfully built taking the landscape into consideration from the very beginning. It is a wonderful place in which to live and has a positive effect on everyone that visits”.

Amanda Barrington is available for exterior and interior design consultancy, Woods End is currently for sale for more information please visit or call Amanda Barrington on 07740 411710. PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES 39

priory road, n8 | £499,950 | crouch end | 020 8341 3336 a fantastic opportunity has arisen to purchase this substantial 3 double bedroom upper maisonette forming part of this imposing edwardian property excellently positioned in one of crouch end’s leadings locations. the property is situated between two parks on priory road and therefore offers easy access to local amenities, crouch end broadway and superb transport links.

priory road, n8 | £550,000 | crouch end | 020 8341 3336 a stunning and substantial 3 double bedroom upper maisonette forming part of this imposing period residence on one of crouch end’s leading roads. the apartment is conveniently located on priory road set between priory park and alexandra park and therefore within close proximity to crouch end broadway with its full array of cafes, shops and excellent transport links.


highpoint, n6 | ÂŁ650,000 | highgate | 020 8348 8000 a two double bedroom 5th floor apartment within the highly sought after grade1 listed landmark building, designed by the award winning modernist architect, berthold lubetkin. this upper floor apartment is positioned to the rear of the block and is of a type that is rarely offered on the open market.

stanhope road, n6 | ÂŁ599,950 | highgate | 020 8348 8000 a beautifully presented two double bedroom ground floor apartment within an impressive and well maintained late victorian conversion. this immaculate flat has been lovingly refurbished by the current owners and features a bright and spacious reception/dining room with french windows on to a charming patio and southerly facing rear garden.


lynton road, n8 | £750,000 | crouch end | 020 8341 3336 a stunning and immaculately presented three double bedroom victorian cottage excellently positioned in one of crouch end’s leading roads. the house is conveniently located in lynton road in close proximity to crouch end broadway with its full array of shops, boutiques and excellent transport links. the property is offered internally in stunning condition and boasts very flexible and light family accommodation benefitting from a through lounge, large kitchen and dining room. 42 PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES

crouch hall road, n8 | ÂŁ875,000 | crouch end | 020 8341 3336 A unique three bedroom maisonette forming part of this imposing victorian house on the highgate periphery and on one of crouch end's leading roads. the property is excellently located on the top end of crouch hall road and therefore within close proximity to crouch end broadway with its full array of shops and excellent transport links. the house is offered in fantastic decorative order and boasts spectacular light and spacious living accommodation with the added bonus of off-street parking. PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES 43

stanhope road, n6 | ÂŁ539,950 | highgate | 020 8348 8000 this charming two double bedroom upper duplex apartment is set within an impressive victorian semi-detached house. arranged over four levels and benefiting from ample south facing light and garden views from all rooms.

cromwell avenue, n6 | ÂŁ525,000 | highgate | 020 8348 8000 we are pleased to offer this charming, two double bedroom garden maisonette situated on a tree lined avenue less than a quarter of a mile from highgate village.


primezone mews, n8 | £389,950 | crouch end | 020 8341 3336 a superb two bedroom apartment with large open plan living space set within this private gated development hidden off one of crouch end’s leading roads. the property is situated just off haringey park and therefore within close proximity to crouch end broadway with its full array of shops and excellent transport links.

tara mews, n8 | £775,000 | crouch end | 020 8341 3336 a fantastic opportunity has arisen to purchase this stunning four bedroom house situated within a private gated development moments form crouch end broadway. the house is positioned just off edison road on tara mews and therefore within close proximity to crouch end broadway with its full array of shops and excellent transport links.


Alice in Wonderland Headpiece: Louis Mariette Photographer: Dave Wise assisted by Ben Lycett Stylist: Rivkie Baum Model: Mecia Simpson @ Models 1 (Winner of Britain’s Next Top Model) Dress: Grace Shannan Shoes: Guiseppe Zanotti Hair: Noel Gibbins assisted by Laura Hunt Make-up: Lauren Baker

Louis Mariette, Britain’s next top model judge Photographer: David Venni

Milliner extraordinaire! Exotic bejewelled headpieces, bespoke hat couture, inspiring accessories‌ a talent that is rising head and shoulders above the competition, as well as a beckoning TV career. Allie Philpin had the pleasure of talking to the charismatic Louis Mariette about his exciting life and fabulous luxury creations.


Bejewelled Photographer: Catherine Harbour Model: Lucy Davis at Acclaim Make-up: Lan Nguyen

Louis was born in Malawi but grew up in Botswana and Swaziland - add to that his Mauritian origins. As a child he was fascinated by all flora and fauna. His love of nature and creative design became a childhood passion that has stood him in good stead, together with his flair for artistic imagination. His siblings went into the hotel industry, and Louis duly followed. But he was soon running an exclusive party planning business - themed parties with fabulous table pieces and décor, all designed by Louis, and this is where he ‘dipped his toes’ into headpieces for guests using the colour palettes of the décor, flowers and trimmings. Louis says, “It was quite extraordinary; although my training is in hotels, the requests for headpieces just seemed to take over and next thing I knew, I’m being asked to design the headpieces for a fashion show!” The fashion show in question was in Milan, Italy and the man asking was Michael Dye, the Creative Director – 25 headpieces, all bespoke for each outfit. After months of 48 PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES

work matching materials, threads and trimmings, the organisers requested a full dress rehearsal and presentation of the headpieces. “It was amazing,” says Louis, “all the models wore their outfits with their headpieces and presented them to the organisers. They were all Italian, which I didn’t speak; they didn’t speak English and they showed no emotion or expression, so I had no idea what they thought… heart in the mouth time!” Michael Dye eventually put Louis’ mind at rest, they loved all his creations, except one, and his career as a milliner escalated. Not long after the fashion show, Louis received a telephone call from potential clients asking to meet at his studio. “I was so surprised, my first commission and the call came out of the blue. I didn’t even ask who they were!” said Louis. He soon found out… Harrods! They commissioned him to create all their window and shop floor displays, as well as providing helpful tips and advice to their clientele; and the rest, as they say, is history. And recently, his ‘Diffusion’ accessory range has been

picked up by, the world’s premier luxury online retailer. Each and every headpiece or accessory that Louis creates is completely bespoke. His inspiration comes from his childhood homes and his many travels around the world, drawing on the amazing scenery he sees and different cultures he visits. “The Bhutanese people in the Himalayas are inspirational,” says Louis. Louis works closely with the client, and says, “Hats are a very personal accessory and different creations look different on different people; it’s very individual.” In April this year, Louis was invited to be one of the judges on Living TV’s ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’. “Wonderful and so exciting!” says Louis. Working alongside Lisa Snowdon and Icelandic photographer, Huggy Rugnarsson, Louis was the ‘couture fashion’ element of the three. “Working with Lisa and Huggy has been just great,” says Louis. “I was encouraged to be just myself… we had different views on the models, but we worked well together. It’s hard for models today, they have to be so multi-functional which isn’t an easy task,” he says. Within the show, one of the tasks for the models was to present themselves to a selection of his clientele, which was challenging. Another task for the models was to re-create his stunning ‘Princess Neptune’ headpiece shoot (Photographer: Zena Holloway, Stylist: Heidi Taylor), which won the Best Hat of 2008 Award from Tatler Hong Kong. “It was such a hard thing to do,” says Louis. “The models had to immerse themselves in a tank of g water, and we had all the safety divers and professional photographers ready to take the right shot… all very impressive!” The last show of the series is was ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme and Louis created the headpieces for this finale. Would he do it again? “Oh, very definitely!” says Louis, g

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“it has been such a fabulous and exciting project!” In 2005, Louis was catapulted into the highest echelons of bespoke hat couture with the creation of the world’s most expensive hat, the £1.5million Chapeau d’Amour (Photographer: Alice Wilby, Stylist: Michael Dye). The headpiece was commissioned by Harrods for the opening of their Hat and Evening Wear department. “The hat was inspired by my Mauritian roots,” recalls Louis, “and we were still finishing the little details just the day before! It is woven with platinum fabric (from the Platinum Guild) as well as diamonds and was modelled, of course, by the gorgeous Lisa Butcher.” And the accolades keep coming… in 2006 he was awarded the Celebration of Life Jewellery Design Award in Fashion Accessories by The Tanzanite Foundation, and in 2007 i-D name him one of the 250 most creative people. As recently as 2009, the Luxury Marketing Council Europe awarded Louis the Most Innovative Product Design-Range at their Luxuria Awards… not bad for an artistic and imaginative child with a passion for flora and fauna! Louis’ talent, flair, inspiration and ‘joie de vivre’ have certainly captured the imagination of many – photographers, designers and creative directors – and are worn by the famous and glamorous such as Joan Collins, Jodie Kidd, Paris Hilton, Pink (the singer), Erin O’Connor, Jerry Hall, Kate Moss, Olga Kurylenko, Princess Sabina von Stentel and Stephanie Seymour to name but a few, and he works with leading international companies like the Plantinum Guild, Swarovski, Harrods, Boucheron, Links, The Dorchester, the Royal Opera House and Cliveden House. And when he’s not working on his fabulous creations? Louis immerses 52 PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES

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himself into his other passions – interiors, sport such as jet skiing, snow skiing, anything that is fun! “I love animals, my father was a vet, and I was recently a judge at a Dog Show on behalf of the Macmillan Cancer Trust,” Louis tells us, and he has just been appointed a Vice President of The Children’s Trust as well as being a patron of the St Thomas Lupus Trust… all this as well as his marathon running – 7 so far, including this year’s London Marathon! Another passion is his love of the rainforests. “It is so important to protect these environments, such as in Brazil,” says Louis, “it’s so important because once they’re gone, they cannot be replaced!” he enthuses. Louis’ outlook is to live life to the full and enjoy yourself. “I was a judge at the Hat Show at Royal Ascot this year which was great fun, so exciting!” he laughs. “I’ve been blessed with a fantastic thirty six years so far and I hope to be blessed with many more! To be happy, adventurous and above all to have fun… who could ask for more?” And his ambition? “I love my work and want to go on creating new and inspiring headpieces, as well as expanding and developing my brand and designs into different areas, like the accessories,” Louis explains. “I also love Thailand, it’s my favourite country. I’d love to open a small boutique or hotel over there, with a luxurious environment and feel, and attention to detail of course.” His enthusiasm is captivating, his energy is incredible, his talent is unquestionably huge, and coupled with his charisma and love of life, this particular milliner is destined to be a star.


oakwood road, nw11 | ÂŁ655,000 | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000 a pretty 3 bedroom link terraced cottage placed on this popular and sought after road situated within a short walk of the market place. the property is presented in very good internal decorative condition benefiting from a lovely south facing rear garden backing onto big wood.

blandford close, n2 | ÂŁ825,000 | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000 a delightful 3 bedroom semi-detached house set in a pretty and quiet cul-de-sac close to all amenities of the market place and a short walk to east finchley underground station. the house has 3 good size bedrooms, an en-suite shower room, separate dining room and a double reception room with bay window to front and french doors overlooking the secluded, west facing rear garden. the property also benefits from off-street parking.


winnington road, n2 | ÂŁ2,750 per week | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000 set well back from the road behind a large carriage driveway for 4 cars is this fabulous newly decorated and lightly refurbished 5 bedroom double fronted detached residence arranged over 3 floors, offered in excellent decorative condition in one of north london's finest roads close to kenwood and the underground station of east finchley.

norrice lea, n2 | ÂŁ2,400 per week | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000 an outstanding 6 bedroom detached family home offering very spacious accommodation over 3 floors. presented in excellent internal decorative order, the property features a huge rear garden which is beautifully maintained, and to the front there is a carriage driveway.


southway, nw11 | £1,499,999 | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000 placed on one of hampstead garden suburb’s most popular roads, a charming 4 bedroom semi-detached house arranged over 2 levels. the property is presented in good internal condition and features a large south facing rear garden, a detached garage and off-street parking.


woodside avenue, n6 | ÂŁ1,300,000 | highgate | 020 8348 8000 litchfields are please to offer a detached 4 bedroom family house backing on to a covered reservoir. there is scope to convert the loft (subject to planning permissions). other benefits include off-street parking for 2 cars as well as a garage. this family home built in the 1930's offers versatile accommodation on the ground floor, presently arranged as 4 reception rooms - a dining room (currently being used as a treatment room), a lounge, a tv den/office and a conservatory room. PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES 57

north hill, n6 | £1,500 per week | hampstead garden suburb | 0020 8458 5000

middleway, NW11 | £1,450 per week | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000

a 5 bedroom semi-detached house arranged over 4 floors, set back from the road with off-street parking behind electronically operated gates. the property is ideally located within approximately half a mile of highgate.

a truly stunning double fronted 4 bedroom detached house exquisitely designed to afford spacious family living in a character contemporary style. comprising lobby, dining room, reception room.

brookland rise, nw11 | £695 per week | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000

brim hill, n2 | £725 per week | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000

a superb 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 reception semi-detached family home arranged over 3 floors a moments walk to brooklands school and the local amenities of the market place. to the rear is a large lawned garden.

a rare opportunity to rent this newly decorated charming 3 double bedroom chalet bungalow on this very popular road within close walking distance of east finchley station and near brookland school.


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wolseley road, n8 | ÂŁ389,950 | crouch end | 020 8341 3336 a stunning 2 bedroom first floor apartment forming part of this imposing victorian house on the highgate periphery. the property is conveniently located on wolseley road and therefore, is within close proximity to crouch end broadway.

mount pleasant crescent, n4 | ÂŁ399,950 | crouch end | 020 8341 3336 an immaculately presented two double bedroom garden flat occupying the ground floor of this charming end of terrace period residence set within a private cul-de-sac. the property is situated at the far end of mount pleasant crescent and therefore within close proximity to local amenities and excellent transport links.


hurst close, nw11 | ÂŁ1,525,000 | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000 a charming and characterful 5 bedroom 2 bathroom semi-detached property set in a lovely and quiet cul-de-sac off bigwood road within a short walk of the heath extension. the property is presented in good internal decorative condition, offering good accommodation over 3 floors and benefiting from a kitchen/breakfast room and a stunning, large secluded rear garden.

hogarth hill, NW11 | ÂŁ750,000 | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000 a delightful 4 bedroom grade II listed end of terrace cottage placed only a moment's walk to all the amenities of temple fortune. the property is presented in very good internal decorative condition benefiting from a beautifully fitted kitchen/dining room leading onto a secluded and very pretty 100' rear garden.


“Running a restaurant is like putting on a live show every day – but without a script.”

The cast assembles at 7am every

par-cooking the risotto; or

morning, five days a week,

caramelising the tarte tatins to

backstage in the kitchen of Royal

be finished off during service.

Hospital Road. Silently and in

This five-hour mise-en-place

total concentration, they

ahead of lunch is when 90 per

rehearse their roles: preparing

cent of the work is done.

up to 15 sauces from stocks that

Front of house Jean-Claude,

have been bubbling away

Gordon’s long-serving maitre d,

overnight; prepping the

casts a final eye over the dining

vegetables; filleting the fish;

room to make sure that every


glass, every piece of cutlery is in

The smile on arrival, the discreet

place. Soon the audience will

service, the playfulness of a

take their seats and expect

pineapple and chilli soup

another flawless performance.

– all are calculated to bring that

Better than anyone, Gordon

buzz of excitement. “It has to be

knows that running a restaurant

dramatic because customers

is like putting on a show, a

vote with their feet. If they aren’t

selfcontained drama in three

excited by the way they eat, they

acts. People come to be fed, but

won’t come back, simple as

they also come to be entertained.




As in any three-star restaurant, this is

signalled by the arrival of the amuse-bouches, literally ‘entertainments for the mouth’. Their gastronomic function is to get the tastebuds going, to tease the palate with the promise of the delights to follow. More than this, though, they help to put diners at their ease as they settle into their new surroundings, drawing their focus to the task in hand – to surrender to the unalloyed luxury that is a three-star meal.





NOW THE KITCHEN MOVES INTO GEAR. A pre-starter is dispatched, again to heighten anticipation but also to win the chefs a little more time to prepare the first dish to be cooked to order. “You don’t want to give guests time to get bored, or they’ll start picking holes in the décor. Their starter should be on the table within 15 minutes of ordering, max.”

Extracts taken from the Gordon Ramsay book, Three Star Chef. All photographs © Quentin Bacon ‘Three Star Chef’ is currently available via all good book stores Restaurant, Gordon Ramsay, 68, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HP PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES 67

deacons rise, n2 | £1,750 per week | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000

north hill, N6 | £945 per week | crouch end | 020 8341 3336

an exceptionally spacious and stylishly presented detached family home offering fantastic living and entertaining space in an enviable location. this six bedroom house is set on the south side of hampstead garden suburb.

located within 1/2 a mile of highgate village and underground station, having recently been refurbished throughout, a 5 bedroom semi-detached family home arranged over 3 floors.

gisburn road, n8 | £650 per week | crouch end | 020 8341 3336

avenue road, n6 | £380 per week | crouch end | 020 8341 3336

a stunning terraced victorian house arranged over 3-floors with off-street parking. the property consists of a ground floor double reception room with wooden floors and feature fire places.

a spacious 2-double bedroom flat converted from this semi-detached period house. the property consists of 2 double bedrooms, bathroom, large reception and modern fitted kitchen.


aubrey road, n8 | £350 per week | crouch end | 020 8341 3336

imperial court, n6 | £525 per week | crouch end | 020 8341 3336

a two double bedrooms top floor split level conversion apartment forming part of this period property excellently located in crouch end.

a very well presented very large 2 bedroom ground floor purpose built apartment with own parking space. located within close proximity to highgate north line tube station.

kingsley way, n2 | £2,500 per week | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000

west hill park, n6 | £1,500 per week | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000

a fabulous and well appointed 6 bedroom double fronted detached house which has just been the subject of an extensive refurbishment programme to exacting standards, placed in favoured south side cul-de-sac.

a 4 bedroom family home beautifully appointed within this sought after gated development a short distance to hampstead heath and ponds. the property is generously proportioned and offers a double aspect.


brunner close, nw11 | ÂŁ899,999 | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000 a very pretty 4 bedroom cottage placed in this sought after and quiet cul-de-sac off litchfield way situated within a short walk to the amenities of the market place. the property has been refurbished to an excellent standard by the present owners and benefits from very well maintained front and rear gardens.

ossulton way, n2 | ÂŁ869,999 | hampstead garden suburb | 020 8458 5000 a good size, bright, 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom family house set behind a peaceful communal green and situated within a short walk of the market place and the amenities of east finchley. In walking distance of the tube and well within the brookland school catchment area. the property is presented in very good internal decorative condition.


priory road, n8 | £665,000 | crouch end | 020 8341 3336 a beautiful and charming four bedroom end of terrace period house excellently positioned between the two parks of crouch end. the house is set back from priory road and situated at the end of a cul-de-sac on priory road and therefore within walking distance to crouch end broadway with its full array of shops and excellent transport links.

mount view road, n4 | £349,9500 | crouch end | 020 8341 3336 a beautiful and charming two double bedroom apartment forming part of this imposing period residence excellently positioned on the crouch end periphery in one of stroud green’s leading roads. the property is situated on mount view road, therefore within close proximity to haringey over-ground station.


north grove, n6 | ÂŁ1,600,000 | highgate | 020 8348 8000 set within a sought after cul-de-sac moments from highgate village, is this beautifully presented five bedroom mid terrace town house. the property is laid out over 3 floors and has a bright and airy feel to it. benefits include a garage (which could be turned into another reception room subject to relevant permissions) off-street parking for two cars, a state-of-the-art fully fitted luxury kitchen/breakfast room and a landscaped two tier patio/garden. 72 PEOPLE | PROPERTY | PLACES

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