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SUMMER 2014

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CC TALKS TO Antony Worrall Thompson BREMONT Quintessentially British Watches KELLY SIMPKIN VIP Bespoke Fashion

DISCOVER A PLACE TO MAKE YOUR OWN THE ULTIMATE BUCKET LIST TOP 10 GARDEN BREAKS


0118 932 0828

www.aji.co.uk Creating beautiful interiors from concept to completion


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COUNTY CONCIERGE JOIN US TODAY AND LET US HELP YOU

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ust recently I followed a car sporting the registration FU DIY. It’s not that I condone the language but it did make me smile and the sentiment seemed to resonate with everything that we do for our clients and members here at County Concierge. People often think that the best way to get things done quickly and cheaply is to do them yourself. This is of course TRUE if the task is one you enjoy and you have the skills and the time required. It is sadly UNTRUE for most of us as we juggle with demands at work and home in the hope of finding a small window of time for our own needs! If you factor in your time, energy and stress levels the costs of DIY can far exceed those of getting some-one in. Quite often the problem is simply knowing where to go or who to choose, particularly if you are new to the area, and that is where County Concierge comes in. We have an online directory full of excellent contacts and masses of useful local knowledge and experience…all you need to do is contact us, tell us what you need and we will do the rest. As always this quarter’s magazine is packed full of ideas for your home, social and working life. If you are keen to find new places to go or great gifts to buy we have plenty to offer, and don’t forget, the Concierge Team is always here to help – so give us a call 01344 644 523 or email us at admin@countyconcierge.co.uk

Sue Seakens June 2014


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REGULARS EDITOR Sue Seakens sue@countyconcierge.co.uk ADVERTISING 01344 644 523 adverts@countyconcierge.co.uk MEMBERSHIP Anne Jacobs membership@countyconcierge co.uk PA TO EDITOR Sarah Bruce admin@countyconcierge.co.uk ART AND DESIGN Nicole Koning-Harris nicole.koning@gmail.co.uk PRINTING AND DISTRIBUTION Micropress Printers Ltd www.micropress.co.uk

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03 EDITOR’S WELCOME 04 CONTENT 06 WHAT’S ON THIS SUMMER

FEATURES 08 11 12 14 16 17 18 20 22 24 26 29 30 32 35 36 37 38 39

ENDLESS EVENING ENTERTAINMENT LOUISE PARKER – The Figure Magician DRAKE’S RESTAURANT CELEBRATES 10 YEARS CC Talks To ANTONY WORRALL THOMPSON COUNTY CONCIERGE LOVES… THE GREAT FOOD COMPANY A BLOOMING MARVELLOUS EVENT BREMONT – Quintessentially British Watches DISCOVER A PLACE TO MAKE YOUR OWN KELLY SIMPKIN - VIP Bespoke Fashion THE ULTIMATE BUCKET LIST KNIGHT FRANK’S 2014 PROPERTY REVIEW TOP 10 GARDEN BREAKS GARDEN DESIGN FOR SUMMER CC DOES IT ONLINE DIRECTORY SPECIAL OFFERS JOIN COUNTY CONCIERGE TODAY SWANN INTERNATIONAL – Creating Connections


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“WHATS ON” 2014 9 AUGUST

Shergar Cup, Ascot Racecourse

Racing with a difference. Six races, four teams, one winner. Lots to keep the children entertained too. Plus an after race concert. www.ascot.co.uk

16 – 17 AUGUST

Red Bull Air Race, Ascot Racecourse

A fantastic high-octane event with world’s best racing pilots battling it out in an incredible display of control. www.redbullairrace.com

27 SEPTEMBER

Great River Race 2014, London to Surrey

Spectacular 21.6 mile Thames boat race attracting over 300 crews from all over the globe. Join in or just watch the fun! www.greatriverrace.co.uk

7 JULY –

Loseley Park Sculpture, Guildford

Huge variety of figurative and abstract pieces in a diversity of materials within beautiful walled gardens. www.loseleypark.co.uk/events

2 AUGUST

Battle Proms, Highclere Castle, Newbury

Pack the hampers and champers - Spitfire display, mounted cavalry with 200 live firing cannons, fireworks plus a sing-along finale. www.battleproms.com

28 AUGUST –

To Kill a Mockingbird, Regent’s Park, London

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is putting on a production of Harper Lee’s classic novel “To Kill A Mockingbird”. www.openairtheatre.com

Croquet coaching at Polesden Lacey, Dorking

Expert tuition for you and your friends! Please book on 01372 452048. www.nationaltrust. org.uk/polesden-lacey

21 JUNE

Companion Dog Show, Great Shefford, Near Newbury

National Animal Welfare Trust. Bring home a rosette for your pooch including waggiest tail and best young handler. www.nawt.org.uk/centres/berkshire

2 – 3 AUGUST

Food Festival, Kingston upon Thames

Offers a few curveballs - top local chefs, a Children’s Festival for little foodies plus tutored wine master classes. www.kingstonfoodfestival.com

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The Big Tree Climb, Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming

National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾s The Big Tree Climb. Polesden Lacey & Cliveden too. www.winkworthtreeclimbing.eventbrite.co.uk

Mammoths, Natural History Museum, London

All things ‘mammoth’ - get up close and personal with some of the largest creatures ever to have walked the Earth. www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on

Horrible Histories, G-Live, Guildford

Horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in! Would you lose your head to Henry? What if a Viking moved in next door? www.glive.co.uk

FOR THE SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS

14 AUGUST

FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY THE ARTS & MUSIC

13 SEPTEMBER

VARIOUS DATES

FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT

DATES TO 7 SEPTEMBER 8 – 12 SOME FUN THINGS FOR THE CHILDREN

JULY


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26 JULY

Hill Rolling, Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham

Become a record breaker! 4 people short of the record in 2013! Join in to get the most people ever rolling down a hill in 2014. www.visitsurrey.com

2–3

The Loxwood Joust, Billingshurst

Get ready to do battle! A spectacular mediaeval festival with a children’s ‘have a go’ jousting, archery, falconry and much more. www.loxwoodjoust.co.uk

Treasure Island, South Hill Park, Bracknell

Outdoor performance by London Contemporary Theatre. Fun-filled show will have audiences, young and old, bursting with laughter. www.southhillpark.org.uk

19 – 20 JULY

Farnborough International Airshow 2014

A great day out for all the family with flying displays, the most up to date aerospace technology, interactive exhibits etc .www.farnborough.com

23 – 24 AUGUST

Wings and Wheels 2014, Dunsfold Aerodrome, Cranleigh

Battle of Britain Flight, Lancaster, Vulcan, Red Arrows, Apache Display Team plus cars galore… www.wingsandwheels.net

3–9

Tall Ships Regatta, Greenwich

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the Tall Ships event on the majestic Thames. Cruise in style. www.sailroyalgreenwich.co.uk

The Lightbox, Woking - Electronic Art Show

Come and play on Will Nash’s ‘Noisy’ ping pong table, explore 3D printing and a lot more. www.thelightbox.org.uk/exhibitions

Royal Childhood, Buckingham Palace, London

Giving an unprecedented glimpse into life of the royal family growing up at Buckingham Palace. 250 years of history. www.royalcollection.org.uk

22 AUGUST

Dino Snores for Grown Ups, Natural History Museum, London

Dino Snores for kids is one of the Museum’s most popular events, but why let them have all the fun? Jam packed with adult activities. www.nhm.ac.uk

17 – 19

Open Days, Frogmore House, Windsor

House, gardens and mausoleum open to the public. Charming royal retreat in magnificent private grounds of Windsor Castle. www.royalcollection.org.uk.

Exclusive Tour, Buckingham Palace, London

Enjoy the splendour of the State Rooms in the company of an expert guide on an exclusive Evening Tour of the State Rooms. www.royalcollection.org.uk

London Fashion Weekend, Somerset House

The magnificent Somerset House plays host to Britain’s biggest biannual consumer fashion showcase. Luxe tickets available. www.londonfashionweekend.co.uk

AUGUST 7 – 25 SOME MORE FUN THINGS FOR THE CHILDREN

SOMETHING FOR THE MEN, OR EVEN THE LADIES

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

15 JULY – 2 NOVEMBER 26 JULY – 28 SEPTEMBER

SOME FUN THINGS FOR THE STILL YOUNG AT HEART

AUGUST 1 – 28 SEPTEMBER 18 – 21 AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

SEPTEMBER

For more great ideas check out our website at: www.countyconcierge.co.uk or call us on: +44(0) 1344 644 523


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ENDLESS EVENING ENTERTAI

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ummer is a great opportunity to socialise and spend time with family and friends, and as we look forward to another sizzling British summer, the concept of entertaining at home is becoming even more appealing. Open plan kitchens offer a fantastic space for summer festivities during the warmer months. Whether you’re providing a family feast on a Sunday afternoon, or hosting a dinner party for friends, an open space incorporating both kitchen and dining elements is an ideal way to cook up a delectable meal, without the physical divide. Specifically designed for socialising, a recent project in Buckinghamshire displays a stunning kitchen from the recently launched Lida Cucina range, which seamlessly links through to the dining, living and garden areas. On sunny evenings, large doors open fully to bring the garden in and the dining out. Eating outside is deemed effortless – food and drinks can be moved from kitchen to garden more easily. Dinner parties are more sociable with pre-dinner drinks on the patio before moving back inside for dinner and dessert – the movement between indoors and the garden becomes a much more natural transition. Integrating audio visual technology into the home really helps to create a great atmosphere for all types of entertaining. With multi-room audio, background music can be the perfect accompaniment to a party, and lighting control can be the perfect way to set the atmosphere as day turns to dusk.


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Alexander James Interiors 8, The Pavilions Ruscombe Business Park Twyford Berkshire RG10 9NN T: 0118 932 0828 www.aji.co.uk Lida Cucina & Futurehome Howe Lane Farm Howe Lane White Waltham Berkshire SL6 3JP T: 0118 932 0828 www.lidacucina.co.uk www.futurehome.co.uk


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AN EXCLUSIVE SPA INDULGENCE FOR TWO!

Refurbished and unveiled for summer, The Spa at Pennyhill Park is proud to present its newly extended outdoor area. As the UK’s largest award-winning five-star spa with 45,000 sq. ft. of relaxation, why not experience pure luxury with our new ‘Ultimate Spa Day’ for two… Start your day greeted with valet parking and brunch with The Themis chef, then slip into your personalised fluffy spa gowns and indulge in four hours of blissful treatments. Relive summer memories of pampering with a product hamper presented to you on departure. From £475pp. Available from June to September 2014.

BOOK NOW 01276 486150 pennyhillpark.co.uk

EmAIL US enquiries@thespa.uk.com

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Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa, London Road, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5EU


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LOUISE PARKER THE FIGURE MAGICIAN

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ouise Parker’s experience at the forefront of figure design spans two decades and her Belgravia-based company is famed for radically transforming the lifestyles and bodies of some of the most photographed people in the world. Louise Parker’s methods have been the best kept secret of royalty, musicians, CEOs and athletes and for ten years have had a waiting list to rival the Birkin. Having learnt at a young age that sport wasn’t for her, Louise hunted out the most time efficient and effective way to achieve the most impressive body, determined not to have to give up life’s simple pleasures, or to labour away intensively in a sweaty gym for hours on end. With no fads, and no over-selling, Louise’s approach delivers beautiful results and a boosted metabolism. Crucially, the broad lifestyle focus of her programmes produce strong habits and a blueprint for longevity. Louise’s programmes cater for a complexity of body goals, but at the heart of each one, are true unrivalled life-changing results. Under Louise Parker’s tutelage, people re-learn how to treat their bodies correctly, making a mockery of ‘dieting’ and creating the right mind-set for long-term balance. Louise personally supports up to 4 clients at any one time and her 40-strong team deliver her programmes to a world-wide client base. Her business is family-owned and run with her husband Paul. Louise is 39, a proud mother to her three girls and lives in Central London. For more information see Louise’s website at www.louiseparker.uk.com


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DRAKE’S DRAKE’S CELEBRATES TENTH ANNIVERSARY WITH TEN COURSE MENU - AND SOME OF OUR ‘FORGOTTEN FOODS’

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o celebrate is tenth anniversary, Drake’s Restaurant in Ripley, Surrey will be serving an additional course - at no extra charge - to diners selecting its nine course Flavour Discovery tasting menu this summer - making it a ten course feast. This is part of a programme of celebratory events.


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Drake’s serves modern British food, using fresh, seasonal and where possible, locally-sourced produce. Chef proprietor Steve Drake was recently made a member of Slow Food UK’s renowned Chef Alliance, in recognition of his longstanding passion for using ‘Forgotten Food’ ingredients. Other chefs in this alliance include Michel Roux Jr. at Le Gavroche, Giorgio Locatelli at Locanda Locatelli and Angela Hartnett at Murano. Commenting on his membership of the Slow Food Chef Alliance, Steve says: “‘Forgotten Foods’ are part of Britain’s regional food heritage and include Three Counties Perry (a pear ‘cider’) Kentish Cobnuts, medlars and whey butter, many of which are used in our dishes at various times of the year.” The restaurant has been receiving accolades since Steve and Serina Drake opened it back in 2004 and last September retained

its Michelin star for the tenth consecutive year. Drake’s was also judged to be in the top four restaurants in the South of England by the Observer Food Monthly Awards and it shot from 38th place to break into the top 20 at No 19 in the prestigious Sunday Times Food List, based on 80,000 reviews by 9,000 diners. Reflecting on his success, Steve Drake acknowledges how the dining public has changed over the last decade and attributes some of this to Heston Blumenthal, whose modern ideas and inventions have allowed chefs to present more progressive cooking to their customers. However, he is keen to give his customers food that is “interesting and intriguing - but nothing too alien”. The additional course will be introduced to the Flavour Discovery menu after Easter and it will be available until the Autumn menu is introduced in September. For further information please visit the website drakesrestaurant.co.uk

“interesting and intriguing - but nothing too alien”


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ANTONY WORRALL THOMPSON

Nick Ayliffe

CHEF, AUTHOR, ENTREPRENEUR, GARDENER AND FAMILY MAN BY CC EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SUE SEAKENS

‘What we eat can and does affect our bodies in the same way as medication does, so healthy eating is essential but it doesn’t need to be bland or boring’

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managed to catch up with Antony Worrall Thompson during this summer’s half-term with a promise not to take up too much of his very precious ‘family time’. I started by asking him what had made him want to become a chef. It seems that necessity was the driving force behind his earliest cooking attempts, with a busy working mother and a succession of au pairs Antony realised it was something he would have to learn to do to survive. A raw bacon sandwich served up by one such au pair was the last straw and Antony launched into a life-long affair with food and cooking, starting with a butterscotch Angel Delight. He recounted his first foray into haute cuisine at the age of 6 when he and a friend attempted a ‘feathers-on’ version of duck a l’orange using orange squash! Who would have guessed that this 6 year old would become one of the world’s top chefs, winning the coveted Meilleur Ouvrier de Grande Bretagne (the chef ’s Oscar) in 1987 from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. He is still one of only a handful of British chefs to merit this lifelong title. Antony studied Hotel and Catering Management at Westminster College and after graduating he worked for

various establishments in Essex, much to the horror of his grandmother, who refused to write to him because she could not bring herself to write the word Essex on the envelope. Moving to London in September 1978 he started work at Brinkley’s Restaurant in the Fulham Road, making head chef after just one month. A passion for food, eating out and exploring other cuisines have all combined to provide inspiration for Antony’s recipes. Following a six months ‘educational sabbatical’ in France in 1979, Antony returned to London bringing with him the new ideas and techniques that would form the basis of his future work. There followed an awe-inspiring array of successful restaurant creations in and around the capital and across the globe. Antony now has two superb restaurants to the west of London: the Kew Grill which serves his unique retro grill-style cuisine using only the best, locally sourced ingredients and The Greyhound pub-restaurant in Rotherfield Peppard, near Henley-on-Thames, which also serves a great selection of beers & ales. AWT is usually to be found in the kitchen of this picturesque country pub. A great believer in food that should both look and


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taste good, Antony puts his success down to plain hard work and the determination to succeed. When asked what advice he would give to aspiring young chefs he was quite clear ‘you must be really keen and love what you are doing because the pay is poor and the hours long. To make your way you need to be determined, don’t take no for an answer and get yourself into a good restaurant. Even if it means taking a job washing up - get in there and show that you are willing to go the extra mile’. Antony believes that the key to making it in the first few years is to combine learning with doing. ‘College graduates who don’t have practical experience to offer will struggle in the real world when it comes to job-hunting’. In addition to his regular television appearances Antony is a prolific writer, creating cookery books that are easy to use and full of practical tips as well as his own delicious recipes. Several of his books are focussed on health issues such as diabetes. Antony explained that he likens food to medicine ‘What we eat can and does affect our bodies in the same way as medication does, so healthy eating is essential but it doesn’t need to be bland or boring’. Despite such an energetic professional lifestyle, Antony still manages to find time for art, antiques, tennis, gardening - and of course his wife Jay, their two children and two dogs, Flossie, a black Russian terrier and Rodney, a golden retriever. There are plans to start slowing things down a little, enjoying time with his family and writing more books…not just about cooking either…so watch this space. Finally I asked Antony if he would do things differently with hindsight. He told me ‘I love what I do. I greet every day as a new and positive opportunity and look forward to what it brings. I wouldn’t want to do anything that didn’t involve cooking but I would love to be able to split myself into three people – so then I could combine my cooking with my love of antiques and interior design and my passion for my garden’. Go online to find out more about Antony’s books and restaurants at www.awtrestaurants.com and www.awtonline.co.uk


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COUNTY CONCIERGE LOVES

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ere at the County Concierge admin office we get loads of special offers and new products but we do not pass them on until they have been tried, tested and passed as fit for our discerning clients. So here is a selection of this seasons goodies for you to try.

When the warm weather turned to drizzle on her recent Royal tour to New Zealand and Australia, HRH Duchess of Cambridge shielded her blue boucle Rebecca Taylor separates with a birdcage umbrella by Fulton. With its iconic dome shape and large canopy spanning 89cm, HRH’s silver version of the transparent ‘Birdcage’ umbrella is a rain cover fit for a princess. Also available in an array of colours with coordinated handles, the Fulton birdcage is available for £16.00rrp at www.fultonumbrellas.com and all good retailers. Fulton also offers a designer range including umbrellas by Cath Kidston, Lulu Guinness, Orla Kiely, and William Morris. For great summer hair try Jo Hansford’s new Expert Colour Care Shampoo Range. International hair colourist Jo knows a thing or two about keeping tinted or bleached hair looking fabulous, especially in the sun. All shampoos are now completely paraben and sulphate free to lock in colour with a special anti-fade formula. £16.00rrp available to buy from Harvey Nichols, Jo Hansford salon and online at www.johansford.com MacWet sports gloves, as worn by Zara Phillips, are perfect in all weathers. So light you hardly know you have them on but they give maximum grip and touch sensitivity whatever your sport… cycling, golf, riding, shooting. They come in 11 sizes so the fit is perfect, they are washable and they retail at £27.99rrp with Micromesh for warmer days and Climatec for the colder ones. We think you will love them too. Check them out and order online at www.macwet.com If you’re considering taking a holiday this year but don’t want to leave your dog behind, Holiday Cottages have put together a list of over 1,000 dog-friendly properties plus a wide range of activities just for you and your pooch! Whether you’re looking for a stylish barn conversion set in acres of its own grounds, or a cosy fisherman’s cottage in the heart of a little harbour village, Holiday Cottages will find the perfect cottage for you. More details at www. holidaycottages.co.uk call them on +44(0)1237 459 888 or better still get the ‘Cottages’ app free to download from the iTunes store at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cottages/id413486740?mt=8


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SELBY KERSHAW OF THE GREAT FOOD COMPANY TALKS ABOUT

DAYS OF SUMMER

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ummer entertaining need not be a chore. Fire up the barbeque for a laid back alfresco lunch with friends. Eating outside should be relaxed and enjoyable. If you prepare everything in advance you can spend all your time sipping sparkles with your friends instead of running to and from the kitchen. Keep your menu simple, marinate your fish or meat the day before and the flavours will develop. Prepare your salads before your guests arrive and keep them chilled in the fridge. You can be really adventurous with your salads, creamy blue cheese goes well with spring onions, nuts and crunchy lettuce like Romaine. Griddled aubergines and courgettes, seasoned and mixed with a jar of roasted peppers create a Mediterranean feel. Diced butternut squash roasted then mixed with crumbled feta cheese drizzled with olive oil and crushed black pepper. The combinations are endless. Dessert can also be delicious but really simple. Peel and poach some pears in red wine and sugar and serve with your favourite liquor poured over them, Grand Marnier for instance. Crumble Amaretti biscuits and combine in a glass with summer fruits and your favourite indulgent ice cream. Eton Mess is another crowd pleaser and so easy, all you have to do is combine the three ingredients broken Meringue, thick cream and sliced strawberries.

What about a fruit fool?

STRAWBERRY FOOL • 450g Strawberries • 180g caster sugar • 300ml double cream Hull and chop your strawberries and put them in a bowl with half the sugar and leave for 30 minutes so they exude their juices, then pulse them in a blender. Then whip your cream until thick and combine with the rest of the sugar. Now stir the two together to get a marbled effect. Serve in a big bowl or 4 individual glasses. Cheers! However, you may have your own ideas, so let our team know your likes and desires, and we can create a gastro feast for you to remember – foodcrew@thegreatfoodcompany.co.uk, or call us on 0118 373 2311 “Eton Mess is another crowd pleaser and so easy, all you have to do is combine the three ingredients broken Meringue, thick cream and sliced strawberries”


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A BLOOMING MARVELLOUS

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Tim Fox (www.PortfolioPhotography.co.uk)

Tim Fox (www.PortfolioPhotography.co.uk)

BY CC’S EDITOR IN CHIEF, SUE SEAKENS

ast month I was delighted to join the ladies of Sugar Group at The Hind’s Head in Bray for Blooming Marvellous – a celebration of all that is feminine in fashion and style. This brilliant event was a collaboration between chic work-wear designer The Fold, couture milliner Ilda di Vico and Michelin star pub-restaurant The Hind’s Head, owned by Heston Blumenthal. On arrival we were greeted by Hind’s Head staff with a welcome glass of champagne. As more and more glamorous ladies arrived, and the sound of happy chatter rose, it was clear that this was going to be quite an event. We waited in eager anticipation for the fashion show to start as we tucked in to an amazing three course lunch, created by Chef Kevin Love and his team to showcase some Hind’s Head signature dishes. Ilda di Vico and The Fold designers had put together three sets of contemporary fashions for ladies who demand to look fabulous at work. With Ilda’s wonderful hats to complement each look (see images) it was quite a challenge to decide which was more delicious – the food or the fashion. The entire event was in support of a unique charity called Floral Angels. The Angels recycle donated flowers from weddings, events, florists and retailers and deliver them to hospices, care homes and

“This brilliant event was a collaboration between chic work-wear designer The Fold, couture milliner Ilda di Vico and Michelin star pubrestaurant The Hind’s Head, owned by Heston Blumenthal”


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women’s refuge with the aim of creating pleasure and well-being through the power of giving flowers. The finale to the event was a dress designed by internationally acclaimed couturier Freya von Bulow using copies of the Reading Post. As Ilda di Vico is to luxury headwear so Freya von Bulow is to paper couture. Freya specialises in using all kinds of paper textures to create elaborate and unique designs for her exclusive clientele. Event co-ordinators The Sugar Group is masterminded by Geraldine Brooks, together with her colleagues Jane Plouviez and Kristina Alexander. The Sugar Group goes beyond the desk or the kitchen table and gets women together - online and in person. It doesn’t matter how old or how young you are, what you wear or

Tim Fox (www.PortfolioPhotography.co.uk)

Tim Fox (www.PortfolioPhotography.co.uk)

“Ilda di Vico and The Fold designers had put together three sets of contemporary fashions for ladies who demand to look fabulous at work”

what you do. All women are welcome and what’s more it is completely ‘Sugar Free’. Free to join and connect, free to receive great newsletters and access interesting and inspiring blogs, products and services. Find out more about Sugar Group networking and events at www.sugargroup.co.uk The models for the show were provided by the IT Girls www.theitgirls.co.uk. The models’ makeup was by DFMA Makeup Academy www.makeupacademy.co.uk. All images shown here were taken by Tim Fox of Portfolio Photography www.portfoliophotography.co.uk


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DISCOVER A PLACE TO MAKE YO

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he Spa at Pennyhill Park is the ultimate mental and physical retreat from the outside world. An exclusively adult environment, The Spa blends together 45,000 sq. ft. of pure relaxation, unrivalled facilities with treatments that are as ‘feel good’ as they are effective. The most perfect spa experience you could wish for right on your doorstep.

The Spa’s philosophy from day one has been natural, holistic and organic, so all the five-star treatments and facilities have evolved to produce results based on these principles. All the therapists are experts in their trade and will tailor make your treatment, depending on your physical and emotional needs on the day. Each treatment will take you on an individual journey so that you leave feeling rejuvenated and stress-free. Revitalise with our Thermal Heaven journey, the most advanced thermal sequencing experience in the UK. Complete with herbal saunas, laconium, tepidarium, ice cave and aromatic schnapps steam rooms to stimulate circulation and alternate body temperatures while you sit back and relax. Submerge yourself in one of our eight indoor or outdoor pools and hot tubs, all ozone treated and including the centerpiece 25-metre blue ballroom swimming pool complete with underwater music outdoors, there’s also bubbling Canadian hot tubs and hydrotherapy pool. Stay robed and take a seat in Themis, The Spa’s restaurant or dine alfresco in the newly refurbished outdoor area which now boasts a beautiful Yorkstone water fountain, new decking, fabulously comfortable loungers, parasols and an extended members only area… you’ll feel like you’re in the Mediterranean! With a limited membership of 500, The Spa is a haven of peace and tranquillity. With an abundance of everything right at hand, there is always a place for you, be it a comfy lounger by one of the pools or a seat in thermal heaven, you’ll never be on a waiting list for your yoga class and your favorite cross-trainer will always be available. Truly a spa of your own. And if you fancy a night away from it all, Pennyhill Park is a five redstar country house hotel - all of the 123 bedrooms are individually designed and styled so that no two are the same. Some have large bubbly hot tubs and a few have two baths accompanied by a Champagne ice box - all have unique country house elegance and style – perfect for a luxury escape!

The Spa is a haven of peace and tranquillity


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UR OWN…

Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa: London Road, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5EU T: 01276 486150 E: enquiries@thespa.uk.com www.thespa.uk.com


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BREMONT QUINTESSENTIALLY BRITISH WATCHES

“The brothers were determined to make a watch that would last more than a lifetime”

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he award winning Bremont Watch Company launched its collection of highly developed aviation inspired timepieces in 2007. Founded by two British brothers, Nick and Giles English, Bremont originated from the brothers’ joint lifetime love and passion for engineering and aviation. The Bremont story started in 1995 following a tragic plane crash that Nick had with his father, Euan English. Whilst training for an air-show in the UK their WWII Harvard aircraft was involved in a horrendous accident. Their father Euan died and Nick broke over 30 bones. Just one year after the crash, Nick and Giles were back in the air and flying across France in a 60-year-old plane. Bad weather forced them to make an emergency landing in a pea field in the Champagne region. The field was owned by an old farmer, who not only reminded them of their father, but was also a former WWII pilot. His farmhouse housed a wonderful selection of restored wall clocks and he wore a particularly special wristwatch. His name, Antoine Bremont, was chosen to grace this range of British watches. The brothers were determined to make a watch that would last more than a lifetime. They set out to create a classic English-styled watch that could be worn in the boardroom but had the strength to

be used in the harshest of environments. Every Bremont model is not only designed to exacting specifications but is also sufficiently accurate and durable enough to be used for activities ranging from flying to polar and deep-sea exploration. The watches had to be made from the best available materials using the most tried and tested techniques. Indeed, this led to the company’s maxim: all Bremont timepieces would be tested above and beyond the demands placed upon conventional wristwatches “Tested Beyond Endurance”. The high standard of finish and attention to detail seen in everything from the hand-cut and engraved winding rotor to the meticulous machining of the three-part Trip-Tick® cases take considerable time and skill to apply. As a result, no more than 1,000 examples of each model are produced annually. An individual record of each watch is kept at the company headquarters for security and servicing purposes, and all Bremont watches are supplied in beautiful hand-crafted leather wallets. In January 2013, Bremont opened their new watch making facility in the Oxfordshire town of Henley-on-Thames. The beautiful oak framed building in the heart of the Chiltern Valley has been custom built to provide an ideal facility for the


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manufacture of their high-end mechanical watches. In July 2012 Bremont opened their flagship boutique in London’s Mayfair joining a host of high end brands on the prestigious South Audley Street such as Marc Jacobs and Purdey. Historically, Britain has had a considerable impact on watchmaking and was the pioneer of technical development throughout the last century. Bremont is proud to be at the forefront of the revival of British watchmaking. The appeal for the brand’s high quality and limited production timepieces is making Bremont a real force in the high-end luxury watch market. Limited numbers are manufactured each year and all Bremont watches adhere to the core values of precision, durability and individuality.

Website: www.bremont.com Telephone: 0845 0940 690 Email: info@bremont.com


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KELLY SIMPKIN CEO & CREATIVE DIRECTOR / KELLY SIMPKIN LONDON

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elly is Creative Director of her self-styled collection, “Kelly Simpkin London” who creates tailor-made & bespoke fashion pieces using only the finest fabrics for high profile VIPs such as Naomi Campbell, perfect for clients who love to buy high end designer fashion. Widely respected for her cognoscente of all things luxurious and recognised for her creativity and acute attention to detail, Kelly’s luxurious label offers classic and chic womenswear. Following studies in the arts, Kelly originally chose a career in finance where she gained her passion for business acumen. Not satisfied with the corporate world and strong desire to pursue her creative roots, Kelly made her break into hairdressing at internationally renowned hair-salon Nicky Clarke.


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Kelly has established a strong reputation in the Hairdressing industry and she has worked with celebrities including Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Ross, Frieda Pinto and Royalty, to name but a few. Kelly also heads up the Grooming Sector in the exclusive Mayfair salon. The latest step for the entrepreneur has led to the launching of a premium fashion label “Kelly Simpkin London” which offers timeless luxury with a fashion that influences the entire collection. Exquisitely crafted and designed in Kelly’s London studio, the line is made from only the finest fabrics including sumptuous suede, leathers, sheepskins and silks, with an introduction of cashmere for next season. Kelly models the clothes and accessories herself to bring the range to life and after only a short space of time is already

building up an extensive portfolio of celebrity and top model clients. Being a fellow Lupus sufferer, Kelly is ambassador of Lupus UK to help raise the profile of sufferers everywhere. Kelly resides in London with her long-term partner Nicky Clarke. Find out more about Kelly and her fashion label at www.kellysimpkin.com


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CONTEMPORARY GARDEN D FOR EASY SUMMER ENTERTAINING AND LIVIN

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aturally in summer our gardens should work effectively as an extension of the home. Socialising moves outdoors so it’s important to create a pleasing, comfortable environment. We all know the pleasure of entertaining in a tastefully designed home, but have you lavished the same care and thought on your garden?

closed to fully open depending on sunshine or rain. They also incorporate an infrared heating unit and evening LED down- lights all helping to enable a meal to be enjoyed in the garden without having to decamp inside when darkness descends or the first drops of a rain storm start. As the evening gets chilly, guests can also gather round the attractive Italian corten steel firepit. This doubles as a table when

A good garden designer can create a seamless link between interior and exterior; a visual theme from living room to lawn. This concept is well illustrated by this recently completed commission – a sunny family garden. Client – Vanessa - provided a clear brief: “We are looking for a cosier, more attractive space for entertaining and relaxation, screened from neighbouring properties”. Exciting opportunities were created by the remodelling of the house, which included bi- fold doors to the garden. Also proposed was the removal of a large, unattractive expanse of paving, to create a series of outdoor spaces – or linked garden ‘rooms’. Working within a budget and time frame, to have it ready for the summer, a design was produced incorporating an all weather loggia dining space, a relaxed seating area around a table/firepit, water feature, lawn and planting. The house, kitchen and lounge link seamlessly to the garden with a hardwood, smooth Ipe deck. The roof louvres of the contemporary loggia are remotely controlled and can be adjusted from

not in use and its sculptural form gives a year-round, pleasing focus from the house. The ‘living room’ area of the new garden includes seating areas, enclosed with rendered and painted planters - re-using the client’s existing black bamboo. In the shady areas Rheums, Ferns and Hostas add to the slightly tropical feel of the space. Added screening and enclosure is created by linear cedar fencing, while a raised lily tank and three fountain chutes provide the pleasant background noise of gently falling water. Plants are a key element of the new garden, defining and enclosing the ‘rooms’. The most important are the multi stemmed evergreen Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’, which have been trained to give a cleared stemmed umbrella outline. These are underplanted with a mass of the Japanese sedge Hackonechloa macra, giving a soft grassy base to the planting. Around the water tank, in full sun, plants such as Salvia, Erigeron, Echinacea and the frothy Saxifraga, are anchored by clipped evergreen Buxus. This defining planting leads to the main lawn and a dramatic


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ESIGN G

‘full stop’ to the end of garden - a gloriously weeping willow. The lawn, bordered on either side by mixed herbaceous and shrub planting forms an open green space - a pleasing and practical contrast to the detail close to the house. As in the home, lighting is a major factor in creating the perfect ambience for entertaining: All areas of this garden are up- lit at night using subtle LED fittings.

For a touch of drama, underwater lights shoot up the curving water spouts of the water feature. Vanessa is delighted that the brief has been fulfilled. She feels she has a contemporary space, perfect for a party, family gathering or simply for relaxation. Her garden has become an integral part of the house.

DESIGN Fiona Harrison FHGD 1, Christchurch Cottage, Christchurch Road Virginia Water GU25 4PT www.fhgd.com T: 07932739246 PHOTOGRAPHY Jo Scott Images www.joscottimages.co.uk T: 07793 205155 WORDS Thelma Haworth www.ascotmatters.co.uk T: 07989227021


KnightFrank.co.uk

Wentworth, Surrey

Wentworth, Surrey

Beautiful family home on Wentworth exceeding 10,300 sq ft. 4 bedroom suites, games room/bedroom 5 with en suite, 5 receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, garden room, indoor swimming pool, garaging with self contained studio/office above. In all about 0.88 acres. EPC rating D.

A luxurious brand new family home constructed to the highest standard by Dunboyne Properties Ltd. 5 bedrooms, 5 bath/shower rooms, 4 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, games room, double garage. Annexe/bedroom 6 with kitchen and shower room. Landscaped south facing gardens. In all about 0.42 acre. EPC rating C.

Guide price: £5,950,000 KnightFrank.co.uk/Virginia‐Water

01344 840020 virginiawater@knightfrank.com KnightFrank.co.uk/Country

Guide price: £4,250,000 KnightFrank.co.uk/Virginia‐Water

01344 840020 virginiawater@knightfrank.com

020 7861 1378 edward.shaw@knightfrank.com

KnightFrank.co.uk/Country

Wentworth, Surrey

Wentworth, Surrey

Built to an exceptional specification and finish with spacious and well planned accommodation amounting to approx. 9,688 sqft. 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, kitchen breakfast, laundry, cinema room, games room, kitchenenette, garaging with staff annexe over. In all about 0.7 acre.

A wonderful family home recently extended and renovated by the current owners. 4 bedroom suites, further bedroom, further bathroom, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/family/dining room, garaging for 2 cars with self contained guest/staff apartment above, tennis court, beautiful landscaped gardens. In all about 1.26 acres. EPC rating C.

Guide price: £6,500,000 KnightFrank.co.uk/Virginia‐Water

Guide price: £5,950,000 KnightFrank.co.uk/Virginia‐Water

KnightFrank.co.uk/Country

KnightFrank.co.uk/Country

01344 840020 virginiawater@knightfrank.com 020 7861 1378 edward.shaw@knightfrank.com

020 7861 1378 edward.shaw@knightfrank.com

01344 840020 virginiawater@knightfrank.com 020 7861 1378 edward.shaw@knightfrank.com


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KNIGHT FRANK CORPORATE RENTAL ACTIVITY UP 56%

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t seems that summer is here at last and the rental property market is starting to flourish alongside the beautiful parks and gardens for which this area is so well known. Enquiries are being received from international families looking to make the area their home this summer. Many have secured school places for their children and in doing so, also need to ensure they are actively searching for a suitable rental property. Gordon Hood, Head of Lettings at Knight Frank Ascot, comments ‘We have seen corporate

activity increase by 56% over the previous year and signs are here for a busy summer market for 2014. In line with the new school year, we see an influx of international families relocating to the area, having secured places at one of the local schools. Families will start to secure their homes from March onwards’. The surrounding area offers a great variety of apartments and houses to suit all budgets and tastes. Currently our available housing stock offers an impressive selection of property, from cute country cottages, modern apartments and detached family houses to palatial mansions and estates. There are many modern one and two bedroom apartments locally, from landmark developments such as; Grand Regency Heights and Virginia Park where apartments rent from £1000 to £2500 per month, to the luxurious development found at Charters where residents can enjoy the ultimate lifestyle with benefits such as the residents’ spa, swimming pool, gym, tennis courts and concierge. There is a choice of gated communities in the area, which are very popular with international families. They offer an instant social community to those arriving in the area for the first time, with their neighbours who are likely to have undertaken the same move in the past. As an example a four to five bedroom house will rent from between £4000 to £5000 per calendar month. Gordon comments further on Knight Frank’s experience of the market; ‘25% of our tenancies during the last financial year have been to Tenants renting in the area, mostly from London, to try the area before they purchase’. If you are looking to move, it would be wise to start making enquiries to see how Knight Frank can assist you. Gordon Hood DipSurvPract FNAEA MARLA Department Head – Associate +44 (0)1344 299390 gordon.hood@knightfrank.com KnightFrank.com


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TOP 10 GARDENS

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ith summer in mind Secret Escapes have released a picture gallery of their ‘Top Ten Garden Breaks’. The breaks are located near to some of the most awe-inspiring gardens in the world, from Versailles and Majorelle to Kew, with all hotels guaranteeing a luxury experience and discounts for botanically inclined guests.

TOP TEN GARDEN BREAKS 1. Villa Lante, Italy One of the most stunning examples of Italian renaissance design, the Villa Lante gardens near Rome are the work of Cardinal Gambara, who had a modern taste for outdoor living and eating al fresco. 2. Château Versailles, France Stay in nearby Paris to visit the exquisite Versailles Palace and Park. In 1661 Louis XIV commissioned the vast gardens to provide the perfect setting for his magnificent new palace. The work took 40 years to transform the existing woods, grasslands and marshes into a playground for the decadent court of the self-styled Sun King. In recent years the park has been replanted and restored to its former glory. 3. The Majorelle Garden, Morocco Wander through Yves Saint Laurent’s gardens in Marrakech, combining luscious species, art deco design and a fine eye for colour and detail. Note the use of Saint Laurant’s iconic cobalt blue. 4. Ninfa, Italy Blooming from the sacked ruins of an ancient Medieval town, these botanical gardens at Ninfa are just a half hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Rome and yet they are acknowledged to be among the most serene and beautiful sanctuaries in the world. 5. Kew Gardens, London The Royal Botanic Gardens features 121 hectares of gardens, botanical glass houses and a beautiful orchid sanctuary, the perfect destination for a summer stroll come rain or shine.

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6. Sanssouci Palace, Berlin Surrounding the former summer palace of the King of Prussia, Frederik the Great, the Sanssouci grounds are laid out in an intimate Rococo style, and were counted as a rival to the French Versailles. 7. Dumbarton Oaks, Washington Often featuring sculpture and artwork from a variety of famous artists, Dumbarton Oaks blends stunning natural landscaping with contemporary touches of modern design. A USA twin-centre break to New York and Washington allows you the chance to savour this enchanting place. 8. The Alhambra, Spain The Alhambra fortress, not far from Malaga, boasts a fabulous water garden and is considered one of the great architectural sights of Europe, celebrating Moorish art and encapsulating Andalusian history. Seek respite from the fierce Spanish sun to wander through the garden’s cool groves and shady avenues. 9. Gothenburg Botanical Gardens This breath-taking Swedish garden boasts one the finest collections of wild Japanese plants in Northern Europe, the botanical gardens’ greenhouses are home to about 4,000 species, including 1,500 orchids. 10. Hampton Court Gardens And last, but by no means least, we are back in the UK again at Hampton Court Palace to marvel at this 60 acre estate. The vast gardens run down to the River Thames, featuring wonderful formal gardens and species planted by the famous landscaper Capability Brown. To find out more about the Garden Breaks currently on offer visit http://secretescapes.com or call 0843 22 77 777.


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FOR THE ULTIMATE BUCKET LIST TALK TO ANDREW ESSA AND HIS TEAM AT THE SOCIAL EXPERIENCES CLUB

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he world is full of amazing experiences and now there is a company to help you create the perfect opportunity to get out there and get living the dream‌The Social Experiences Club. The team at the club, headed up by social entrepreneur Andrew Essa, is a group of fun-loving individuals who believe that life is too short not to live it to the full.

After some ten years in various corporate roles Andrew Essa wanted something that could combine his skills and his passion for life. Launched in 2012 The Social Experiences Club aims to provide creative, fun-inspired events and experiences. Initially for international UK-based companies and national SMEs looking for new ways to motivate their staff and get away from the same old


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team-building options. The Club also brings a fresh and creative approach to the design and delivery of celebrations, getaways and fundraisers for both corporate and private clients. The Social Experiences Club works on the basis that clients want something totally different – memorable and brilliant social experiences that push the boundaries, often the quirkier the better. If you are planning an elegant dinner with guest speakers then you may want to consider other options. But if you are looking for an event that people will be talking about for years to come…then Andrew’s team will have the perfect answer. There are so many experiences to choose from that it is hard to know where to start. Activities range from music and food to rafting and off-roading – anything is possible. Our favourite has to be the Abbey Road Jam Session. Abbey Road is surely the most famous recording studio complex in the world. The studios have been at the heart of the recording industry for over 80 years and have been the location of countless landmark recordings. From the first global satellite broadcast of The Beatles performing “All You Need is Love” and the epic recording of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”, to the recent performances by Kanye West and Kylie Minogue, Abbey Road Studios’ hallowed rooms have seen it all… and now you can see how it feels to become a part of it. The studios are not open to the public. They only open their doors for a limited number of annual events, making Abbey Road Studios one of the most exclusive venues in London. The spaces have iconic appeal, legendary status, and offer the unique opportunity to hold an event in the rooms where music history is made. To find out more about the fantastic events and experiences on offer explore the Club’s website at www.socialexperiencesclub.co.uk

“There are so many experiences to choose from that it is hard to know where to start. Activities range from music and food to rafting and off-roading – anything is possible. Our favourite has to be the Abbey Road Jam Session”


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Gecko Home Cinema Gecko's unique cinema rooms are the only place in the UK where you can experience music,TV and film at its very best.

www.geckohomecinema.com

0845 262 2882 Gecko Home Cinema, Headley, Berkshire It is the perfect place to see all that's best in home cinema and to experience a wide range of systems that will fit discreetly into the most elegant of homes. With a 25 year history of installing home cinema systems for the most discerning of clients from the music and film industry, why not arrange a visit and see for yourself what makes Gecko systems the choice of professionals. For those looking for the last word in music and surround sound performance we are proud to be able to demonstrate the world finest music and home cinema systems from Steinway Lyngdorf.

We know we are the best at what we do, and the word is spreading fast… “We did have the most wonderful day and I cannot thank you enough for all your amazing hard work and marvellous help.”

“I would like to extend a massive thank you for the fantastic food and service you provided for us, it made the day so special.”

90 guests, Afternoon Tea Wedding, Ascot, June 2013

95 guests, Christening, Cookham Dean, May 2013

“With your help, our Christmas Party was the the party of the year! Your suggestions & adaptability were excellent and the food you served was superb” 110 guests, Corporate Christmas Event, December 2013

Contact Clarissa on 0118 373 2311 for wedding packages, canapés, office or private parties and our total event management service.

www.thegreatfoodcompany.co.uk

“Their enthusiasm and professionalism was evident in every step – from planning to the day itself.” 250 guests, Wedding, Palm Hills Hotel Ascot, July 2012


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COUNTY CONCIERGE CC MEMBERS DO IT ONLINE

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ere are just a few of our favourite tried and trusted websites for wining, dining and having fun this summer but if you need more ideas just contact the Concierge Team on +44 (0)1344 644 523 and we will be happy to assist.

USEFUL WEBSITES http://bookatable.com Bookatable’s strapline is ‘Hundreds of cities, thousands of restaurants, millions of happy diners!’ And we have tested it out – they are totally focused on the dining experience – but there’s more to Bookatable than just bookings. They can become your personal assistant, restaurant critic and reservations manager all-in-one, enabling you to locate, assess and reserve a table instantly, in real time, with instant confirmation. You’ll never have to scramble around, hang on the telephone, or wait for a call back again. http://local.amazon.co.uk/Thames-Valley If local is what you are looking for then check out Amazon Local. You will find fresh deals in your email inbox every week when you subscribe to deals in your area: offers, vouchers and discounts on dining, entertainment, travel, shopping, services, health and beauty. http://secretescapes.com Join now for free and save up to 70% on luxury hotels and holidays. You will get access to the best rates, guaranteed, for hand-picked hotels in the UK and abroad. As the lady on the TV says ‘Even the best luxury and boutique hotels have rooms they want to fill.’ Secret Escapes only offer the deals to their registered members and in return they get the best rates you’ll find anywhere on the web with up to 70% off. http://bestoftheatre.co.uk The central reservation system at Best of Theatre allows you to get real-time seat availability for most of London’s shows at really good prices. Just choose your show, the dates you want and the number of tickets to get prices and seat numbers. You can change your seat and price choices and selected seats will be kept in your basket for 15 minutes. Proceed to checkout and pay online by credit card through the payment gateway or call to confirm your booking over the phone. Your tickets can be posted to you for an additional £2.00 (UK addresses only), or sent to the box office for collection from 30 minutes before the start time of the show, on the day of the performance. So easy and great value. And of course the best one-stop site for all your home, work and leisure needs is at http:// countyconcierge.co.uk email: admin@countyconcierge.co.uk or phone: +44 (0) 1344 644 523


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COUNTY CONCIERGE DIRECTORY

HERE IS A SELECTION OF COMPANIES THAT WE WORK WITH. TO FIND OUT MORE CALL US ON 01344 644 523 .............................................................

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Alexander James Interiors +44(0) 118 932 0828 www.aji.co.uk

Bremont Watches +44(0)845 0940690 www.bremont.com

AWT at The Greyhound +44(0)118 972 2227 www.awtrestaurants.com

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Fiona Harrison Garden Design +44(0)7932 739 246 www.fionaharrisondesign.com

Ilda di Vico Couture Hats +44(0)1344 874 854 www.ildadivico.com

Connoisseur Club - Pennyhill Park +44(0)1276 486150 www.pennyhillpark.co.uk

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Fulton Umbrellas +44(0)20 8963 3038 www.fultonumbrellas.com

Kelly Simpkin Bespoke Fashion contact@kellysimpkin.com www.kellysimpkin.com

Drakes Restaurant - Ripley +44(0)1483 224 777 www.drakesrestaurant.co.uk

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Gecko Home Cinema +44(0)845 2622882 www.geckohomecinema.com

Louise Parker – Personal Trainer +44 (0)203 427 5861 www.louiseparker.uk.com

Social Experiences Club +44(0)20 3826 0556 www.socialexperiencesclub.co.uk

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Knight Frank LLP +44(0) 1344 840 020 www.knightfrank.co.uk

The Spa at Pennyhill Park +44(0)1276 486 150 www.thespa.uk.com

The Great Food Company +44(0)118 973 4140 www.thegreatfoodcompany.co.uk

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Secret Escapes – Garden Breaks +44(0)843 227 77 77 www.secretescapes.com

Swann International +44(0)7880 616 937 www.swanninternational.com

The Hind’s Head - Bray +44(0)1628 626151 www.hindsheadbray.com

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Dröm UK Ltd +44(0) 1932 355655 www.dromuk.com

Wardrobe Insider +44(0) 773 306 2697 www.thewardrobeinsider.co.uk

The Wine Circle +44(0) 1344 843 562 www.winecircle.co.uk

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HouseSitMatch +44 (0) 7772142742 www.HouseSit Match.com

Art of Massage +44(0) 7966 576 658 www.artofmassagestudio.com

Coworth Park Speaker Events +44 (0)1344 756 784 www.dorchestercollection.com

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Lida Cucina Kitchens +44(0) 118 924 1605 www.lidacucina.co.uk .............................................................

The Bespoke Wedding Company Tel: 01483 282858 www.thebespokeweddingco.com .............................................................

Private Dining at Pennyhill Park +44(0) 1276 486 149 www.pennyhillpark.co.uk ..............................................................


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COUNTY CONCIERGE SUMMER OFFERS

CC MEMEBERS BENEFIT FROM OUR SPECIAL OFFERS. JOIN US NOW AND START TAKING ADVANTAGE OF OUR OFFERS

WHAT’S YOUR TIPPLE… JOIN PENNYHILL’S CONNOISSEURS CLUB FOR JUST £180 Pennyhill Park Hotel has re-established their discerning ‘Connoisseurs Club’ and would like to invite you to become a member. The Connoisseurs Club is all about bringing together like-minded people to enjoy a series of ‘tastings’ of some carefully selected, premium drinks over a magnificent dinner. Membership is just £180 and enables you to enjoy complimentary attendance to three special dinner events throughout the year, each including a welcome aperitif, three-course dinner with each course matched by a different cocktail of the featured brand and a goodie bag containing relevant items to each dinner event. Each tasting dinner will be hosted by an invited ambassador to talk us through the experience. Arrive 6.45pm for a 7pm start. The next three events on offer are: • Friday 11th July: Belvedere Vodka tasting with Ambassador Mar Thomson • Friday 17th October: Glenfiddich tasting with Ambassador Jamie Milne • Friday 12th December: Champagne Pommery tasting with Ambassador Tim Bison Membership is limited so to become a member and secure your place on these three very special dinner events, simply call us on 01276 486150 or pop into the Ascot Bar next time you are visiting Pennyhill! DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE… As a Connoisseurs Club Member, we are also delighted to offer you a special bed & breakfast rate of £195 per room (only available on the evening of the tasting dinner).

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BESTSELLING COOKBOOK OFFER FROM ANTONY WORRALL THOMPSON Antony’s bestselling book ‘The Essential Low Fat Cookbook’ is published by Kyle Books, priced £20. CC Members and Readers can buy a copy for the special price of £17.50 (inc free P+P, UK mainland only) by calling 01903 828503 and quoting ref. KB LF/CC. Or by email to: mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk GETTING THE HAT RIGHT FOR THAT SPECIAL OCCASION IS A MUST Complimentary consultation with international hat designer Ilda di Vico. For the perfect hat to compliment you, your clothes and your event…look no further than Ilda’s Sunningdale-based studio. It is a treasure-trove of hats in every colour, shape and fabric. Ilda di Vico Couture Hats on +44(0) 1344 874 854 and at www.ildadivico.com. Quote CC Summer 2014.


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COUNTY CONCIERGE SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP OFFER

Join our exclusive Concierge Club and get your 2014 membership for half price. Call us on 01344 644523 quoting cc50% and start reaping the benefits straight away. BENEFITS INCLUDE • Dedicated concierge support • Product management • Event planning • Online services directory • Membership loyalty card • Exclusive member events • Free cc lifestyle magazine COUNTY CONCIERGE TEAM T 01344 644 523 M 07824 34 14 92 E membership@countyconcierge.co.uk W www.countyconcierge.co.uk


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SWANN INTERNATIONAL

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wann International is an exclusive global introduction and dating agency connecting single cosmopolitan men and women, who are looking for an enriching relationship. Finding the right connection for our clients is at the heart of everything we do. Our clients are vibrant, dynamic and cultured, they have achieved success in many areas of their lives and are now looking for someone special, a soul mate to share their life with. They want to work with someone who guarantees them the maximum discretion and understands the demands of their lifestyle. And who understands that no matter how high they are flying…they are just… people with their personal insecurities and vulnerabilities, hopes and dreams, need to love and be loved. Each Client is unique and deserving of a unique response to their needs and quest for happiness. We believe in our mission at the deepest level and we offer an extremely confidential and professional approach and the highest level of service combined with personal attention. We are aware that our clients are embarking on a delicate, life changing process and we are there for them. We take a gentle approach to dating and finding love and we create an individual journey for each of our clients that will tenderly guide them as they re-discover the joy and excitement of love and ultimately to meeting their soul mate or kindred spirit. This is where we bring value to our clients’ lives – in finding that connection for them – in placing that hand in theirs.
They become our friends for life and we an important milestone to their happiness. Take the first step by visiting our website at www.swanninternational.com or telephoning MARILENA NARBONA on 07880 616937 and let us guide you towards your happiness.

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When it comes to families it's amazing how quickly things change. And as your children grow up, you may be considering a new lifestyle. Knight Frank’s global database means that we have over 30,000 potential buyers on our books, many of whom are young families, who will enjoy your home as much as you have.   So when it's time to move on, you know exactly who to contact. Call us now for a free market appraisal.

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