John D Wood & Co. Magazine Spring/Summer 2022

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Defining the Decades: John D Wood & Co. Celebrates 150 Years The Perfect Escape at Lime Wood | Dream Homes Abroad Bespoke Tailoring with Alexandra Wood Luxury Must-haves for Ultra-prime Properties



WELCOME to the latest edition of our John D Wood & Co. Magazine.

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ollowing the successful launch of our first magazine in the autumn of 2021, we are delighted to share this next edition Spring/Summer 2022. We are proud to act for our clients as trusted property advisors of some of the finest properties available on the market, within London, Surrey and the South of England and indeed - perhaps your next home can be found on these pages! You will notice a sizeable feature on our International team, showcasing some of the most sought after destinations overseas, such as Barbados, Italy and Portugal, to name but a few. John D Wood & Co. has over 100,000+ properties worldwide from which to choose, across 34+ destinations around the globe using our 3,000+ international partner offices, so if nothing else, take a break with the magazine and dream of a new destination this summer. I am pleased to share with you that our previous trading year was extremely successful for John D Wood & Co., the volume of property sales transactions we handled increased by 55%, despite the ongoing property shortages in the market. As a prime estate agency, we continue to observe a significant trend in off-market listings in particular family homes between £2-15M, with 33% of sales properties being marketed offline. It has therefore never been more important to be ready to proceed once you find the home you wish to secure. Buyer demand is strong despite increasing interest rates and rising inflation, and with property supply at critical levels, there is simply no time to delay. I would encourage all purchasers to have their finances in place, or perhaps consider re-financing a purchase once completion takes place, rather than holding up a purchase due to lender delays. Simply if you can pay cash – do. It makes you an altogether more attractive buyer to the seller. If you are looking to sell your property, strong buyer demand indicates now is right time to secure the best price. By the end of the year, an increasing numbers of factors may mean more caution in the market place. Right now, the competition for premium property is fierce and very much in your favour. Performing equally as well, our lettings business saw a 10% uplift in new tenancies, with demand driven by property shortages in the sales market, as well as corporate businesses moving tenants internationally being more prevalent following easing of travel restrictions. Short Lets are becoming more favourable in the current market, often where existing property owners move out whilst they have major renovations carried out, or simply to act as a stop gap between sale and their future purchase. Finally, I am delighted to announce that 2022, marks our 150th anniversary, from where our humble beginnings started with John Daniel Wood. We have marked the occasion with a new logo for the year and you can read a little about our heritage further into the magazine. Once again I hope you find this edition of interest and who knows, it may tempt you into thinking of moving, whether here in the UK or indeed overseas.

Polly Ogden Duffy Managing Director at John D Wood & Co. POgdenDuffy@johndwood.co.uk

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CONTENTS SPRING/SUMMER 2022

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56 All in the Detail

Iconic British supermodel Yasmin Le Bon and her eldest daughter Amber keep it in the family with luxury jewellers Boodles.

Get set, go! As the summer sunshine approaches enquiries to our international property website are increasing.

The top 10 most commonly asked bathroom questions with bathroom design specialists Ripples.

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Defining the Decades Of John D Wood & Co. through the ages.

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Look Up! Wherever you look, wherever you go, and whatever you are doing, architecture is all around.

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7 Luxury Must-haves Some of the most common nonnegotiables for those buying in the ultra-prime property market.

70 Suits you Sir! Renowned for doing tailoring differently, Savile Row based Alexandra Wood is at once designer, tailor and stylist.

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Rental Makeover Renting now comes with more opportunities for tenants to personalise their homes.

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Bringing the Outside In The new season brings fresh starts, spring-cleans and a chance to revolutionise your home.

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Power Buyers With today’s property market in favour of the seller we look at 8 top tips for buyers.

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Money Matters Amit Gupta, from Capital Private Finance, talks us through the mortgage market.

94 Strike a Pose The New Kelly jewellery timepiece from Hermès combines both classic iconic 1930’s design with freedom and wearability.

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London’s Leafy Wimbledon Renowned for its desirable family-friendly houses blending the amenities of the city with the tranquillity of the British countryside.

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Wooed by the Water Benefits of living by the coast or inland rivers.

122 The Perfect Escape Lime Wood, a boutique country house hotel, is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park.

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OXFORD

Our

OFFICES With a network of 30 sales and lettings offices across London and the South of England, the John D Wood & Co. Family includes APW Property, CHK Mountford and Vanet in London and Surrey. In addition, we are now part of Connells, the largest property firm in the UK, with a national footprint of over 1,200 offices.

Richmond St Margarets

CHK Mountford Surbiton

APW Weybridge

Weybridge

APW Cobham LYMINGTON

Cobham

Esher CHK Mountford Esher


Primrose Hill

Notting Hill

Chiswick

Kensington

South Kensington Chelsea Green Earl’s Court

Belgravia Head Office Cadogan Street Chelsea King’s Road

Fulham Broadway Parsons Green

Battersea

Wandsworth Southfields Wimbledon

Clapham

Canary Wharf


DEFINING THE DECADES of John D Wood & Co. through the ages

A brief history

Established 150 years ago by John Daniel Wood, the doors to the first John D Wood & Co. office were opened at No. 6 Mount Street, Mayfair in 1872. Over the decades operations have expanded to 28 offices situated across London and the South of England, as well as having an international department with 3,000 affiliated partners across the world.

In 1930, headquarters moved to Berkeley Square, where an office remained until the late 1980s. Commercial and development work became a significant part of the company’s business in the 1950s and 1960s, which was followed by an important step in the central London residential market when the Chelsea Green sales office was opened in 1966.

John Daniel Wood and family.

John D Wood & Co. timeline

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In 1982, the commercial side of the company separated, and the Residential & Agricultural arm ‘John D Wood & Co.’ was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1987. Further growth as a plc, and embracing modern technology to better serve clients and customers proved attractive to investors and in 1997, John D Wood & Co. was acquired by Countrywide plc.


a private client summed up the company approach, and their reason for choosing John D Wood & Co. over the years in saying “nobody keeps a secret like John D Wood & Co.”. The business intends to continue offering this discreet and trusted service.

In 2015, the International Department was established to work with overseas partners, and the business expanded further in 2016 by merging with Faron Sutaria and Fitz-Gibbon, whilst also acquiring APW, CHK Mountford and Vanet Property Asset Management to their family of brands. In 2021 John D Wood & Co. was acquired by Connells Group, the UK’s largest estate agency and property services provider, and operates as one of its prime estate agency brands.

This year, the 150th milestone birthday has presented the opportunity to look at historical highlights, with records of success in the sale of impressive iconic country estate and property sales such as: Dorchester House on Park Lane in London, Donington Hall in Leicestershire, Leeds Castle in Kent and the National Sporting Club in Covent Garden.

“This year, the 150th milestone birthday has presented the opportunity to look at historical highlights.”

To mark the occasion John D Wood & Co. has adapted their logo to feature a typeface taken from John Daniel Wood’s signature handwriting paying homage to the heritage of its founder.

Today The estate agent is renowned for handling sales for a client base who prefer to transact anonymously, with an average of 28% of their sale properties listed as ‘off-market’ for many confidential reasons. A recent quote from

Left: Dorchester House sale board. Above: Belgravia office featuring the 150 year anniversary logo.

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Elystan Place, SW3 Located moments from the wonderful shops and restaurants of Chelsea Green, this low-built family house offers unrivalled entertaining space over the ground floor as well as flexible bedroom accommodation and a self-contained studio with separate access. Approx. 3,326 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (3 en suite), 2 reception rooms, dining room, games room, study, cloakroom, utility room, wine store, patio garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £6,950,000

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Chelsea Green – 020 3151 5592

chelsea@johndwood.co.uk

Robert Green

Jamie Davidson

Merton Croisdale-Appleby

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

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Paultons Street, SW3 Arranged over four floors and encompassing an abundance of flexible living space, this attractive period house features a bright southerly aspect and a landscaped rear garden. Approx. 2,108 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, open-plan dining room, study, utility room, terrace, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £3,950,000

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Chelsea Green – 020 3151 5592

chelsea@johndwood.co.uk

Robert Green

Jamie Davidson

Merton Croisdale-Appleby

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

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St Lukes Street, SW3 Set on one of Chelsea Green's best streets, this beautifully refurbished property combines the latest technology with high quality traditional materials creating a home that is elegant and easy to live in. Approx. 1,560 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open-plan reception room, drawing room, dressing room, utility room, cloakroom, patio, terrace. Freehold

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Guide Price £3,950,000

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Chelsea Green – 020 3151 5592

chelsea@johndwood.co.uk

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St Luke's Street, SW3 A beautifully arranged, end-of-terrace house situated on one of the most popular streets around Chelsea Green. The area is highly regarded for its wide range of independent food shops, restaurants, close proximity to St Luke’s Gardens, and excellent array of schools. Approx. 2,027 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), reception room, dining room, patio, garden, terrace. Freehold

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Guide Price £4,950,000

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Chelsea Green – 020 3151 5592

chelsea@johndwood.co.uk

Robert Green

Jamie Davidson

Merton Croisdale-Appleby

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

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Sydney Street, SW3 This impressive penthouse lateral apartment benefits from a 1,313 sq ft. roof terrace in the heart of Chelsea. The apartment is finished to an exquisite standard, with generous rooms and wonderful floor to ceiling windows in the reception room. Approx. 1,873 sq ft. Energy Rating: B.

James Burrows

Robert Green

Jamie Davidson

Merton Croisdale-Appleby

Sales – New Homes

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

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3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (3 en suite), dressing room, utility room, roof terrace, off-street parking. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £8,450,000

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Chelsea Green – 020 3151 5592

chelsea@johndwood.co.uk

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Eaton Mews North, SW1X Exceptionally well-presented, this immaculate house is located within this prestigious classic cobbled mews in the heart of Belgravia. Approx. 1,773 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (en suite), reception room, open-plan dining room, study, cloakroom. Freehold

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Guide Price £5,500,000

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Belgravia – 020 3151 6460

belgravia@johndwood.co.uk

Warwick Square, SW1V Arranged over three prominent buildings on the north side of Pimlico's finest garden square, this Grade II Listed lateral apartment boasts three separate south-facing terraces and comes with garden square and tennis court access. Approx. 2,013 sq ft. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (en suite), study, cloakroom, reception room, 3 terraces, communal garden and tennis courts, lift. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £2,950,000

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Belgravia – 020 3151 6460

belgravia@johndwood.co.uk

Jamie Marshall Sales - Belgravia

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Sutherland Street, SW1V Presented in fantastic condition, this classic stucco-fronted, Grade II Listed mid-Victorian family house is set over five storeys and retains many charming original features. Approx. 2,850 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, dining room, study, patio garden, roof terrace. Freehold

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Guide Price £3,495,000

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Belgravia – 020 3151 6460

belgravia@johndwood.co.uk

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UP! Look We are hugely privileged to live in a country where the richness of our heritage is expressed in the architecture that surrounds us.

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herever we travel in this country, be it walking through our cities and towns, driving across the distinctive counties that make up this land; wherever you look, wherever you go, and whatever you are doing, architecture is all around. It provides a stage set within which we play our role, be it the old and the new houses we live in, the towering glass edifices or creaky offices where we work, the bustling stations we commute through, the shops we walk past, to the churches we celebrate those key points in our lives. It is all encompassing. However, we walk on by, glued to our mobile phones, focused on our next appointment, or where to find a coffee. Moreover, we miss the beauty and incredible stories behind the buildings because we fail to “Look Up” and appreciate this backdrop to our lives. Here at John D Wood and Co. we are very lucky to work in some of London’s most beautiful and historic areas. Not only the offices where we work, but also the houses we are honoured to be marketing; most have a fascinating story and architecture. Walking to our Belgravia office on Elizabeth Street, from Sloane Square Underground station is fascinating. Before the Regency and early Victorian houses that make up Belgravia today, the area was marshland known as ‘Five Fields’ notorious at night for pickpockets and robberies. The bridge across the river Westbourne was known as ‘Bloody Bridge’ due to the number of crimes committed. However, it all changed when George IV decided to make Buckingham Palace his main London residence. Suddenly there was a desire for high quality homes in close proximity to the monarch. The most obvious area to build was on Five Fields. So the land was drained, the Westbourne River diverted, and Richard Grosvenor, the Marquess of Westminster with the help of his builder, Thomas Cubitt, developed the land into the imposing grand squares, terraces and streets that we see today. The history of Belgravia and the clues are there for all of us to see. “Look Up” and see the storm

drain and pipe of the lower course of the Westbourne River above the platform of Sloane Square Underground station. “Look Up” at the street names. The area takes its name from the village of Belgrave, Cheshire, a short distance from the Grosvenor family's countryseat of Eaton Hall. Elizabeth Street where our office is located is named after Richard Grosvenor’s wife, and the Thomas Cubitt pub is just a few doors down from the office. Belgravia is dominated by Regency architecture, with the vast majority of the houses showing this distinctive style. The key elements are there for us to see. As we walk through Belgrave Square, we can observe the use of stucco on the exterior of the properties to create a uniformity in the grandest of squares. Everywhere there are beautiful decorative ironworks on balconies, imposing columns at the entrances to the houses and tall elegant windows on the first floors where the main reception rooms would have hosted the parties of the era.

“We are very lucky to work in some of London’s most beautiful and historic areas. Not only the offices where we work, but also the houses we are honoured to be marketing, most have a fascinating story and architecture.”

Belgravia, when it was built and indeed today, remains a fine example of urban planning, with a coherent layout of imposing terraces and grand garden squares. We are lucky that so much of what Thomas Cubitt built has survived intact to be enjoyed today. So “Look Up” and appreciate this fine example of 19th Century architecture.

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Winchester Street, SW1V Having been comprehensively refurbished and redesigned to an incredibly high standard, this house offers superb living accommodation, excellent entertaining options as well as a separate self-contained apartment. Approx. 3,003 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, library, study, utility room, cloakroom, 3 roof terraces, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £3,650,000

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Belgravia – 020 3151 6460

belgravia@johndwood.co.uk

Jamie Marshall Sales - Belgravia

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Cadogan Square, SW1X An elegant four bedroom maisonette situated on one of London’s most desirable garden squares. The property is located in a Victorian red brick Grade II Listed corner building, which provides a dual aspect and an abundance of natural light. Approx. 3,327 sq ft. Energy Rating: D.

Jamie Davidson

Robert Green

Russel Williamson

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Cadogan Street

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4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (4 en suite), reception room, open-plan dining room, dressing room, utlity room, study, wine cellar, 2 cloakrooms, communal garden. Leasehold

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Guide Price £6,950,000

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Cadogan Street – 020 3151 5032

cadoganst@johndwood.co.uk

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Lennox Gardens, SW1X A beautiful first floor apartment located by one of the most attractive and secluded garden squares in this very conveniently situated part of Chelsea. Approx. 1,044 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, balcony, roof terrace, communal garden. Leasehold

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Guide Price £1,850,000

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Cadogan Street – 020 3151 5032

cadoganst@johndwood.co.uk

Russel Williamson

Simon Horne

Sales - Cadogan Street

Lettings - Cadogan Street

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Markham Square, SW3 Decorated in contemporary, neutral colours throughout, this charming flat benefits from direct access to a well-maintained patio garden via French doors. Approx. 522 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, utility room, patio garden. £500 Per Week | £2,167 Per Month (fees apply)

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Cadogan Street Lettings – 020 3151 6431

cadoganst@johndwood.co.uk

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“Jewellery should tell a story, there should be a tale behind each and every single piece. I like the idea that it lasts forever.” Amber Le Bon

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Keeping it in the

FAMILY The feeling that Boodles is a family company comes through in everything that they do. If you talk to anyone who works at Boodles they’ll say that being there feels like being part of a family. This isn’t some heavily drilled corporate mantra: it comes from working in an environment where Nicholas, Michael, Jody and James understand that nothing beats the personal touch.

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his deeply held conviction is what inspired the idea for Boodles in their latest campaign - touching upon family, and jewellery’s special place in it - with well-known family members the iconic British supermodel Yasmin Le Bon and her eldest daughter Amber, a DJ and model in her own right. In these past few arduous years, living through a pandemic; family have proved to be more important than ever, and Yasmin and Amber tell their story perfectly. Amber says, “Jewellery should tell a story, there should be a tale behind each and every single piece. I like the idea that it lasts forever, and it is so lovely to think of my jewellery as an heirloom that will be passed down from generation to generation, in a way, just like Boodles as

a company has been passed down the family from the very birth of it in 1798.” Conveyed through the campaign is a strong sense of the importance of jewellery in creating memories, and telling stories. Yasmin expresses that “jewellery needs to be worn, it needs to have a life, you need to give it a tale to tell”, and Amber agrees that “memories and jewellery go hand in hand together.” This year Boodles have added some exciting new extensions to some of their most loved collections, such as Raindance and Secret Garden, and have launched a brand new collection called ‘Peace of Mined’ in celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. www.boodles.com 35 | johndwood.co.uk

Boodles Bond Street 178 New Bond Street, Mayfair W1S 4RH Boodles Harrods Level G, The Fine Jewellery Room, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge SW1X 7XL Boodles Sloane Street 6 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, SW1X 9LE Boodles Royal Exchange 3 The Courtyard, Royal Exchange, The City of London EC3V 3LQ Boodles at The Savoy Front Hall, The Savoy, Corner Strand & Savoy Court, Covent Garden WC2R 0EU


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Get Ready,

GET SET... GO! As the summer sunshine approaches and we travel more freely again, booking where to go on holiday is not the only decision being made. Enquiries to our international property website are increasing each week with property in France, Spain, Portugal and Italy leading the interest...

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Previous page: Port de Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain - Guide Price £1,915,000. Above: Sant Josep, Ibiza - Guide Price £4,442,000.

he pandemic has caused many people across different countries and cultures to re-evaluate how, and where, they live. Whilst some of our clientele at John D Wood & Co. are seasoned property portfolio owners, at home and abroad, others are looking to branch out overseas for the first time.

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example, can often include a fantastic amount of land for very little money but be careful not to take on more than you can manage. If you are not going to be at the property for much of the year, a village property with a little less outside space makes an excellent lock up and leave.

With this in mind, we have put together ten important check points for anyone looking to buy a dream home or investment overseas:

2. Be informed about location

1. Be clear on your objectives Samantha McGladdery Senior International Consultant international@johndwood.co.uk 020 3151 0367

“Spend additional time exploring before and after your property viewings. Are you able to access a supermarket, hospital or airport in a reasonable time?”

It can be overwhelming to have a world of options in your sights and raise the risk of an expensive mistake, so be clear on your objectives. If you want instant rental return, avoid looking at run down property in remote locations. A recently renovated, character property in a popular tourist spot will usually work well as a successful short let property. Selecting a destination with a long season is always sensible, and for ski chalets pick a high altitude resort with summer activities to maximise your return. Equally, buying off plan will often allow you to take advantage of tax reductions in purchase costs, enjoy low maintenance and modern efficiencies to secure a strong rental yield. If you are buying a property for your own use, try not to stray from your original objectives. Rural properties, as an 38 | johndwood.co.uk

Spend additional time exploring before and after your property viewings. Are you able to access a supermarket, hospital or airport in a reasonable time? Speak to local people, research and discover what plans may be in the pipeline for the area, particularly for tourism if you are looking achieve income. Investigate flights out of season at the closest airport and make sure they work for your needs, if they don’t then perhaps another area will suit you better. 3. Be honest about your budget, your time and commitments It is not unusual to spend a little more than first intended, so keep within your limits. Knowing a timescale and budget is not only helpful to set yourself boundaries and targets, but it is essential to local agents searching on your behalf. In the same spirit, be aware of work that needs doing and your ability to get it done. It can be tricky to find local builders, especially if you do not speak the language but our local partners will often have some excellent recommendations.


Ferrel, Lagos, Western Algarve, Portugal - Guide Price £1,880,000.

4. Be aware of extra costs, rules and regulations Just like here in the UK, there are additional costs involved in buying property overseas, which could add up to as much as 20% of the sale price. Consider not only the anticipated buying costs, but also the ongoing taxes, service or community charges. Some countries have additional taxes, such as a wealth tax, income tax on earnings in country (even if nonresident), capital gains tax, and there may be inheritance tax implications too.

“If you want instant rental return, avoid looking at run down property in remote locations.”

Know where you need to register for tax numbers such as the NIE in Spain, the Codice Fiscale in Italy and be ready to apply. Similarly for visas, if required. British passport holders no longer have freedom to live and travel in the EU/ EEA. Visa free travel is permitted for 90 days in any 180, but any more than this requires an application for a longer stay visa in advance. Check if rules around setting up a business, whether a tourism license is required, what building regulations and restrictions apply if you want to do any of these things. 5. Be sure of your deal breakers Alongside the 'MUST haves', the 'must have NOTs' are important to declare too. If you are looking for a high yield investment but do not want a property in a tower block, then tell the agent. Being clear with property professionals will save you, and them, a lot of time. 6. Be ready to compromise

Royal Westmoreland, St James, Barbados - Guide Price £1,560,000.

You may be lucky but the majority of property purchases have an element of compromise. Refer back to your objectives, be clear on your main priorities and don’t miss out on a dream purchase by trying to tick every single box on your list. 7. Be in a position to make decisions

Alzonne, Aude, Languedoc Roussillon, France - Guide Price £460,000.

Pre-pandemic, the average time to sell a house in France was one year, as of 2022 the most popular regions are averaging six to eight weeks to sell, exacerbated by a shortage of properties on the market. The Balearics, Florida, The Algarve, Canary Islands, Jersey and Dubai are 39 | johndwood.co.uk

experiencing exceptionally low numbers of available properties. Upmarket Marbella in Spain too. If you are travelling out to view property this summer, be prepared and ready to offer when you find. It may not be available by autumn. If you can’t, then have an open mind and invest more time in exploring the areas and building relationships with your local agent, making contacts who can help you when you are in a position to move. 8. Be open to work with seasoned experts Here in the UK the agent’s contractual obligation is to get the best price for their client, the seller. In some other countries, agency fees are paid, or part paid, by buyers. This changes the dynamic. Some agents can legally represent buyers or sellers. In USA for example, if the property you are looking for is not in their portfolio, they can search the whole market to help you find what you're looking for (usually at no additional cost to yourself) and they will negotiate on your behalf to ensure you get the best price. 9. Be prepared for currency exchange If exchange rates aren’t secured, a last minute transaction on the day of completion date could cost thousands more. Rates differ between banks and brokers too. Our own independent, award-winning partners, Key Currency are on hand, ready to help you and save you money on your transfer. 10. Be happy with the outcome Buying property overseas can spread risk, generate additional income and create a lifetime of family memories. We, along with our local partners, are on hand to help you through the process, please do get in touch.


California, USA Nestled in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, Lieff Ranch is a historic property that seamlessly blends the character and authenticity of a 1930s cattle ranch with the elegance and comfort of an upscale estate. Ref: USCBCAS21-4403.

Leal Ignatius Sales - International

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Guide Price £12,156,000

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International – 020 3151 0367

international@johndwood.co.uk

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Marbella, Spain This sophisticated home, designed by award-winning Carlos Lamas, spans across approx. 9,063 sq ft with extensive panoramic views. Offering an open-plan, indoor/outdoor luxury living, including all en suite bedrooms, a games room, luxury finishes and the latest technology. It benefits from security, an infinity pool, garage and garden. Ref: MPV4789. Guide Price £3,990,000

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International – 020 3151 0367

international@johndwood.co.uk

Leal Ignatius Sales - International

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St James, Barbados Located in the exclusive Sugar Hill Estate, this attractive villa benefits from superb sea views from the entire first floor, as well as pool and garden views from the balcony. Guests of the estate can enjoy amenities including tennis courts, gym, clubhouse, communal pool and on-site restaurant. Ref: BRBISVS2590. Guide Price £3,989,000

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International – 020 3151 0367

international@johndwood.co.uk

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Ibiza, Spain With sweeping countryside and sea views, this hillside property is the ideal place to watch the sunset. Whilst located in a private location with close access to beautiful beaches and nature, the property is located less than ten minutes from San José and only 12km from the buzz of Ibiza town.

Guide Price £4,490,681

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International – 020 3151 0367

international@johndwood.co.uk

Leal Ignatius Sales - International

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Douro Place, W8 A beautifully refurbished period conversion, located within a prime Kensington cul-de-sac, this immaculate triplex boasts excellent lateral space that has been painstakingly developed by the current owners. The triplex is a truly turn-key home, featuring the latest smart home technology, bespoke joinery by an Italian Master Carpenter, gorgeous marble slabs in the bathrooms and many other impressive attributes. Tucked away in the basement, you can find a library/media room as well as a gym. Approx. 3,107 sq ft. Energy Rating: C.

Matthew Harrop Sales - Kensington

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4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, en suite shower room, drawing room, play room, terrace, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £7,950,000

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Kensington – 020 3151 6258

kensington@johndwood.co.uk

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Hillgate Place, W8 A beautifully presented corner house with lovely light rooms throughout. This inviting property offers comfortable living space and is situated on the corner of Hillgate Place and Jameson Street, in the heart of Hillgate Village. Approx. 1,426 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, breakfast room, cloakroom/utility room, roof terrace. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,700,000

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Kensington – 020 3151 6258

kensington@johndwood.co.uk

Matthew Harrop Sales - Kensington

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MUST-HAVES

for ultra-prime properties

From security to saunas, the lid is lifted on some of the most common non-negotiables for those buying in the ultra-prime property market.

1. Wellness facilities… and a pool A simple home gym isn’t enough – super-prime buyers now look for comprehensive wellness facilities including saunas, hammams and treatment rooms, alongside the state-of-theart gym and swimming pool for an optional dip.

2. Super sophisticated security systems As you might expect the ultra-rich want, and need to be ultra-safe. And the type of security systems they require from their homes may consist of bulletproof windows and doors, fingerprint and iris scanning entry systems, and even panic rooms – with everything controlled by an encrypted smartphone.

3. Annexe or nearby apartment for staff

4. Two kitchens

Many high end properties are sought after where there is ‘additional’ accommodation on offer, whether for extended family members, or indeed housekeeping staff. Having the option of an annexe or apartment means that family and/or staff can be on hand and close by at all times.

Wealthy clients often require a show kitchen for entertaining – rarely used for cooking but classically still seen as the heart of a home – alongside a commercial-grade kitchen at the back of the house where housekeeping staff can create restaurant-standard food.

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5. A home cinema Home cinemas once consisted of popcorn machines and rows of premium cinema seats, but these areas now tend to be more comfortable, intimate spaces to relax in, with the latest audio-visual equipment to rival any multiplex.

“Home cinemas once consisted of popcorn machines and rows of premium cinema seats, but these areas now tend to be more intimate spaces to relax in.”

6. A wine cellar or two One to be used quite simply for storage, while the other to showcase an exquisite display of fine taste, where the owner can also relax and enjoy a vintage tipple with guests. Similar storage would be expected for other collectables and investments, from luxury cars to high-end watches.

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Chalcot Square, NW1 A superb and very stylish garden apartment occupying the best spot on Chalcot Square, Primrose Hill's most sought after address. The property has its own front door and pretty gardens both front and rear and a new home office at the end of the garden. Approx. 768 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, reception room, dressing room, office, garden. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £1,200,000

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Primrose Hill – 020 3369 4324

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Sales - Primrose Hill

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Belsize Park Gardens, NW3 This very impressive apartment, situated in a handsome Victorian building on Belsize Park Gardens is located within a short walk of Belsize Village and Primrose Hill. Approx. 870 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), open-plan reception room. £1,200 Per Week | £5,200 Per Month (fees apply)

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Primrose Hill – 020 3151 4653

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Holland Park Avenue, W11 Situated on the eighth floor of this modern development, this apartment offers well-balanced accommodation with versatile and spacious living, a large private terrace and secure gated parking in the heart of Holland Park. Approx. 1,177 sq ft. Energy Rating: B. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open-plan reception room, guest cloakroom, private terrace, winter garden. Leasehold

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Guide Price £1,650,000

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Notting Hill – 020 3151 3898

nottinghill@johndwood.co.uk

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Holland Park Avenue, W11 A superb Grade II Listed house in Holland Park, this property exudes great charm, wrought iron railings to the front facade and bay windows at both sides of the house. The property also boasts a peaceful, west facing private garden to the rear. Approx. 3,059 sq ft. Energy Rating: F. 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), drawing room, sitting room, study, utility space, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £4,750,000

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Notting Hill – 020 3151 3898

nottinghill@johndwood.co.uk

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Linden Gardens, W2 Strikingly designed, 'The Octagon Mode' is a remarkable yet rare architectural style not commonly found in London. This detached property offers wonderfully flexible and bright space, set on a popular cul-de-sac in the heart of Notting Hill. Approx. 1,023 sq ft. Energy Rating: F. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, reception room, open-plan dining room, dressing room, terrace. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £1,400,000

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Notting Hill – 020 3151 3898

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All in the

DETAIL The top 10 most commonly asked bathroom questions with bathroom design specialists Ripples.

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ith over 30 years experience designing bathrooms, the team at Ripples understands that the process can sometimes be daunting. Its designers are experts on all aspects of bathrooms and here, Senior Designer Jo Sangster from Ripples London showroom answers some of the most commonly asked bathroom-related questions. Q: What factors should I take into consideration before starting a bathroom design project? A: There are a number of key considerations you should think about before starting a bathroom renovation project. My top 3 are: 1. When are you thinking about doing the work? 2. Have you considered lead times for products (this can be up to 8 weeks for some items) and also availability for installation teams? 3. Who is going to be using the bathroom: do you need to future proof it, does it need to be a child-friendly family bathroom, or is it an adult only space for relaxation and retreat? Q: With Pinterest, Instagram and other great tools, can’t I just design my bathroom myself? Do I really need a bathroom designer?

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bathroom. Considerations around plumbing, electrics and room layout are best handled by a professional. If you are anything like me, you will have a lot of images on your Pinterest boards or magazine collection, encompassing a number of different styles. A Ripples designer can work with you to narrow down your choices, incorporating your inspiration into one cohesive scheme. Designers can also take the stress out of sourcing all of the product for your space, using their specialist knowledge to find the products which will work best for you. This will give you more time to focus on the more fun parts of your project! Q: I am overwhelmed with choice, how do I narrow down my options? A: There is a lot of choice out there so it is easy to feel overwhelmed. How I normally work with a client is to see if there is a running theme in the inspirational images they share with me during their visit to the showroom. My advice would then be to decide on one element of the bathroom which is completely non-negotiable. Perhaps you’ve fallen in love with a roll-top bath, obsessed over a statement tile or you’re certain you want a round mirror. Usually, deciding on one element of the bathroom can help guide the rest. Q: Which are the key bathroom products I should invest budget in? A: This is largely down to personal choice and the way you envisage using your bathroom. Personally, I always think it is


worth investing in brassware as this is handled every day and you will quickly tell if the quality is not up to scratch. I also think quality tiles are really worth investing in as low quality tiles can almost look pixelated and can cheapen the overall aesthetic of the space. Part tiling the bathroom is a great way to introduce higher quality and more interesting tiles without having to spend too much. I also believe it’s important to invest in multiple lighting options as it’s so key to the useability and feeling of the bathroom. Q: I want to create an on-trend bathroom but I don't want it to date. What are my options? A: Creating an on-trend bathroom that won't date is always tricky as the whole concept of being on trend is very much like fashion – it's constantly changing. That being said there are ways to get around it. Firstly, make sure you love the trend. A bathroom generally only gets updated every 10 years so it’s a big commitment to something if you are not completely sold on it. Secondly, I usually advise taking elements of the current trends but toning them down slightly. Perhaps you could go for timeless bathroom furniture and sanitaryware and incorporate your preferred trend though blinds, towels and accessories. Q: What lighting do I need in a bathroom? A: The first level of lighting needed for all bathrooms will be either downlights or a

central light. This is controlled by one switch and gives you the overall lighting needed for general use and cleaning. The next level of lighting is task lighting. This could include lighting within your mirror or wall lights either side of the mirror. Wherever possible, go for side rather than top lighting to give a good overall lighting with minimal shadows – perfect for getting ready on dark winter mornings. The next level of lighting to consider is mood lighting. Low level lighting is key in a bathroom especially one with a bath or in an en-suite. This can be incorporated in soft spot lighting or strip lighting on top of recesses, by a bath or underneath a vanity unit. Having this on a separate switch means early mornings, late nights and even any middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom are not disturbed by bright lights coming on. In a family bathroom, you may also want to consider a PIR (passive infrared) sensor. As children get older they can then go into the bathroom at night on their own and lights will automatically come on.

“The simplest way to add some colour into your bathroom if you are a little nervous is to part tile the bathroom then paint the walls in a more timeless colour. This can easily be changed over time.” Senior Designer, Jo Sangster

Q: What are some quick tips for creating a more eco-friendly bathroom? • Heating: opt for dual fuel heating as this can dramatically reduce energy usage in your home. You can control dual fuel radiators with a timer and use heated towel rails to heat the bathroom, without having to heat the rest of the home. 58 | johndwood.co.uk

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• Lighting: LED spotlights and feature lighting use approximately 85% less energy than traditional bulbs. • Extractor fans: choosing an extractor fan with a built-in timer and/or humidity sensor will use less energy as it switches off when not in use. • Surfaces: glass surfaces are one of the greenest options available as they can keep being recycled again and again. • Cold-start taps: cold-start taps are normal mixer taps which start running cold water first. These are great if you have a combi boiler as they don’t kick in unless you manually change the mixer across to hot. • Reclaimed furniture: love the ‘lived-in’ look? Consider incorporating vintage or upcycled pieces within your bathroom, such as vanity units, mirrors and shelving. Q: How long will my bathroom take to install? A: On average a bathroom installation takes around 3 weeks. This is a surprise to a lot of clients as they often do not realise that a good installation team will need to strip the room back to the bare bones in order to transform it into a beautiful finished bathroom. Q: Should I use big or small tiles in a smaller bathroom? A: Generally, I advise using larger tiles, no matter the size of the space. This reduces the amount of grout needed which makes for easier cleaning and fewer grout lines give a more polished look. That being said, with the amount of

beautiful feature tiles out there, a mix of the two can work well. In a smaller bathroom it is more important to consider how product and tiles align, the areas of the room which are (and are not) going to be tiled and the grout colour. Q: How can I introduce colour easily to my bathroom design? A: The simplest way to add some colour into your bathroom if you are a little nervous is to part tile the bathroom then paint the walls in a more timeless colour. This can easily be changed over time. Other options include: • Freestanding baths – painting the bath exterior can add some interest and add a focal point within the bathroom. • Vanity units – many suppliers offer a bespoke colour service meaning you can colour match multiple products within your space. • Plants - add spaces for plant life in your bathroom. Plants add a softness, a splash of colour and personally I find it a good challenge to keep them alive!

About Ripples Founded in 1988 by Roger and Sandra Kyme, Ripples is an award-winning bathroom retailer renowned for its bespoke bathroom designs. Since its first showroom opened over 30 years ago, Ripples has franchised its business and now has an impressive portfolio of 13 stunning showrooms nationwide, including Ripples London which has been run by Roger and Sandra's daughter Lisa Kyme for the past 19 years. Ripples offers a truly tailored bathroom service, from product sourcing through to design consultancy from its dedicated team of in-house designers. The result? Beautifully designed bathrooms tailored to every client’s exacting needs. Ripples London 26 England's Lane, Belsize Park, London NW3 4TG

Q: Shall I opt for underfloor heating? A: With a tiled bathroom floor, I would always recommend underfloor heating as it gives you ambient warmth, whatever the season. If you have a floor-tiled shower tray, underfloor heating can be incorporated underneath, helping to dry up water and keeping you warm underfoot whilst showering. Underfloor heating can even be taken up walls and onto tiled seats for an indulgent, spa-like experience. Underfloor heating is also a great selling point for the property as it’s a feature that cannot be retrofitted. 59 | johndwood.co.uk

Visit ripplesbathrooms.com or call 0800 107 0700 to find your nearest Ripples showroom and book a design consultation with a specialist bathroom designer.


Holland Villas Road, W14 A majestic, double fronted detached villa, with an extensive 87ft landscaped garden and lawn. Appointed over four floors, this London mansion offers multiple living and entertaining spaces, as well as a double garage with carriage driveway. The property also benefits from a sauna and guest rooms in addition to family bedrooms and separate quarters, all offered furnished. Holland Villas Road also benefits from a private 24hr security service, car patrol and is within easy reach of the restaurants, shops and bars that are situated within this beautiful and prestigious part of London. Approx. 7,298 sq ft. Energy Rating: E.

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7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, dining room, breakfast room, study, garden room, sun room, patio, garden, off-street parking. £9,999 Per Week | £43,329 Per Month (fees apply)

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Notting Hill – 020 3151 6426

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Rental

MAKEOVER When thinking about a ‘rental’, some might flashback to student accommodation, with its bare-bones furniture and hardy fixtures. However, renting now comes with more opportunities for tenants to personalise their homes – without compromising their deposit and making it feel more like their own.

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nce all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed on the agreement, take some time to measure out the property and plan ahead. Whether furnished or unfurnished, this gives you a framework to find some choice additions like a feature armchair, or a more functional shoe cabinet. It’s also an opportunity to open conversations with your landlord and understand what they’re willing to compromise on. John D Wood & Co. explain, “Lots of landlords will include tenants in decisions, it engages them in the decorating process and builds a positive bond between them and the person they’re renting to.” Bright and easy While you wait for your internet provider to set up the connection they said would be live a day ago, why not look to brighten the blank spaces in your home with some indoor greenery? From sturdy ‘snake plants’, to the practical ‘pothos’, you can find a low maintenance option to have a fresh feeling all year round. Using a mixture of floor and table lamps you can warm up a room with minimum effort while strategically placing mirrors near sources of light, you can amplify brightness and give the illusion of more space. Colour scheming

“A rental property should still feel like a home.”

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back of a standalone bookcase, or create a gallery wall with your new best friend: Command Strips. Landlords take note As a landlord, you may not be required to decorate your property, but it does improve its value if you do. Consider investing in a few good pieces of furniture and fittings, while allowing your tenants some autonomy in their decoration. John D Wood & Co. suggests that “slatted shutters are a good investment from the landlord’s perspective, or a tenant could opt for full-length curtains as they will have a bigger impact on the décor (and are surprisingly easy to adapt for future moves by adding borders or cutting down).” Finally, John D Wood & Co. shares some useful advice for those wishing to rent a property: “Think about who you want to rent to and decorate with their needs in mind, not your own. It’s a fine line between a neutral interior and being bland, but higher end properties do need some character and you can’t go wrong with a grey or beige palette. And always create as much fitted storage as you can. A rental property should still feel like a home.”


Russell Road, W14 This beautiful Victorian villa styled house is positioned on a prominent tree-lined street in Holland Park with access to wonderful communal gardens as well as a private roof terrace. All rooms are air conditioned and immaculately decorated. Approx. 2,850 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 3 (2 en suites), 2 reception rooms, cloakroom, utility room, roof terrace, communal garden access. £4,000 Per Week | £17,333 Per Month (fees apply)

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Notting Hill – 020 3151 6426

nottinghill@johndwood.co.uk

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Manson Mews, SW7 This is a wonderfully presented and secluded maisonette, with the feeling of a charming modern cottage, positioned to the end of a peaceful mews. Approx. 1,263 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (en suite), open-plan reception room, guest cloakroom, study. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £2,200,000

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South Kensington – 020 3151 6425

southken@johndwood.co.uk

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Queen's Gate Gardens, SW7 This impressive flat is situated across the top floors of two Victorian terraces, benefitting from lift access and offering beautiful views over Queen's Gate Gardens, of which the flat also has access to. Approx. 1,133 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 reception rooms, cloakroom. Leasehold

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Guide Price £3,500,000

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South Kensington – 020 3151 6425

southken@johndwood.co.uk

Hogarth Road, SW5 An unusually bright flat, which has been extended and renovated carefully to maximise space and light. Hogarth Road is exceptionally well located for both transport links and local shops, bars and restaurants. Approx. 954 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open-plan reception room, guest cloakroom, utility, patio, garden. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £975,000

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Earl's Court – 020 3369 3946

earlscourt@johndwood.co.uk

Benjamin Thomas-Ross

David Mendel

Sales - South Kensington

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Earl's Court Square, SW5 Beautifully refurbished, this spacious apartment is located on a popular communal garden square in Earl's Court. The property benefits from high ceilings throughout, a fully integrated audio/visual system and a private patio accessed from the kitchen and bedroom. Approx. 1,550 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, reception room, open-plan dining room, patio. Share of Freehold |

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Earl's Court – 020 3369 3946

earlscourt@johndwood.co.uk

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Nevern Square, SW5 An exquisitely renovated flat, overlooking the beautiful private, communal gardens of Nevern Square. The living space has great volume, with exceptional ceiling heights as well as leading straight out to a large west facing balcony via floor to ceiling French windows. Approx. 827 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open-plan reception room, balcony, private gardens. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £1,450,000

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Earl's Court – 020 3369 3946

earlscourt@johndwood.co.uk

David Mendel Sales - Earl’s Court

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“She correctly guided me towards more colour, and I’ve been complimented on my new found style a number of times.” Guy Sanderson, Head teacher, Eltham College

Suits you

SIR! Renowned for doing tailoring differently, Savile Row based Alexandra Wood is at once designer, tailor and stylist.

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ather than merely replicating what a customer thinks they want, she expertly steers them towards braver, sharper and more subtle colourful sartorial choices that turn heads for all the right reasons and may comes as no surprise that she is on a number of her clients style speed dial. One of Savile Row’s first female tailors exclusively designing for men, Alexandra Wood has been described as a ‘tailor of the 21st century” by GQ and named one of the best Savile Row tailors of 2020 by Esquire. The editor of The New Statesman said: “She has a great eye as well as technical expertise as a tailor. We have developed a good rapport and I trust her judgement, which is essential." Having dressed hundreds of high-profile men, helping to transform their image, and confidence, for Alexandra it is the moment of seeing customers rediscover their own style and a newfound sense of themselves that excites her the most. Alexandra’s relationship with her clients is at the heart of her business. She believes that looking amazing cannot be underestimated. It changes, the way you think, enhances your confidence, attractiveness and offers you the ability to create your own unique stamp on the world. 71 | johndwood.co.uk

Individual Style But to get to this point, you have to work with someone you not only trust, but who can truly understand what is right for you. For many men, working with Alexandra may be the first time they’ve stepped into a tailor’s studio. They might think they know what they want, but they may not be sure how to communicate that, or even what that looks like in reality. Putting them at ease is so important. Connection, openness and warmth come first, while Alexandra is then able to instinctively translate their thoughts and ideas into suits that enhance, flatter and impress. From the person in front of her, to a series of simple sketches and the final finished pieces, Alexandra’s design process is an effortless approach to modern tailoring that is centred entirely around the client, and her inimitable ability to expand their vision and sense of style. And - while she works closely with clients to understand what they want - that doesn’t always mean she’ll create it. And this is where she is a tailor apart from the rest. Her passion is in making you look your absolute best - and that sometimes means opening you up to new ideas.


“I’m a big believer that how you dress should reveal you as your finest self a moment of confidence, clarity and effortless style. Plus- A hotter you that you didn't know even existed!” Alexandra Wood

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“I can only speak in superlatives. I wouldn't go to any other tailor she is (pun intended) absolutely a cut above!”

Unique Vision Alexandra has built the foundation of her business in being able to advise and guide men to make bolder choices and truly understand what suits them. Men come to her for her expert advice and effortlessly stylish vision, and if that means departing from what they’ve traditionally worn, then so be it.

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“I won’t always make what you want. I’m not writing you a prescription. I’m designing clothes that you’re investing in and the sole reason for this is so that you look greater than you ever knew possible.”

Classic Modernity Alexandra Wood Bespoke has been built on the foundation that luxury needs to be more relaxed and fun, heavily contesting the outdated traditions of Savile Row, paving the way for a fresher, more open version of tailoring. She works with classics, while injecting her own fresh vision, bringing a unique elegance to her clothes, effortlessly adapting to the individual and their lifestyle. Modern fabrics and cuttingedge innovations meet timeless sophistication and beautifully traditional looks, turning this tailoring to every piece she works on. 73 | johndwood.co.uk

In this way, the entire experience is truly bespoke. Men don’t feel that anyone else's style is being imposed on them, or that they have to try to fit into someone else's house style. Instead, Alexandra makes sure that the suit is perfectly moulded to her clients, while at the same time offering her invaluable insight and style guidance. “I can say how great they look but until the first set of compliments head their way, that’s when they understand just how their style has been transformed. Not just how they look, but also, how they feel.”

Alexandra is often described as an illusionist. Effortlessly slender waistlines, a natural eye for innovative colour combinations and textures, combined with a sharp, crisp look, make for a truly ‘sexy’, modern style that is in no way contrived. “The cut of tailoring has the power to transform, and I see it done incorrectly too often. Loose, shapeless styles do nothing for a man. There’s a fine balance between too slim and too roomy. Even with a great fabric, style, and design, all can be lost with the wrong cut.”


From a one-off piece to a full, bespoke wardrobe, scoping all areas of your life, and style, Alexandra intuitively creates men an individual collection like no other. Classic casuals and bespoke leather jackets, sit comfortably alongside sleek, sharp business suits and beautiful winter coats. Creating a personalised profile, Alexandra helps you see where you should invest to make the most of your wardrobe in a way that will ensure you enjoy wearing all of it, and always know exactly how to style it.

“I can see someone in front of me and an instant visual image and style pops into my mind. I can see how incredible they could look with the right colours, cut, fit, style and design. It’s inexplicable to the person, yet when they trust me and see this vision materialise, that’s when they start to understand how I think, and become excited by it.” Alexandra Wood

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Moore Park Road, SW6 Located on a desirable street located on the Chelsea and Fulham borders, this elegant home is within easy reach of the wide selection of cafes, shops and restaurants of Fulham and Kings Road. Approx. 3,374 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, open-plan dining room, study, wine cellar, roof terrace, garden. £2,850 Per Week | £12,350 Per Month (fees apply)

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Fulham Broadway – 020 3151 6709

fulhambroadway@johndwood.co.uk

Bolander Grove, SW6 This exceptional apartment is set within a new and desirable development, which features a 5-star concierge service, a private residents' club with swimming pool and sauna, and 24-hour security. Approx. 1,114 sq ft. Energy Rating: B. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, roof terrace, off-street parking. £2,075 Per Week | £8,991 Per Month (fees apply)

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Fulham Broadway – 020 3151 6709

fulhambroadway@johndwood.co.uk

Eduard Popa

Alexandra Westcott

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Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 Once a working garage for Hackney Cabs, this exceptional split-level apartment offers spacious accommodation over two floors with private gated parking. Approx. 1,584 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, garden, off-street parking. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £1,350,000

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Parsons Green – 020 3369 4320

fulham@johndwood.co.uk

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New Kings Road, SW6 This immaculate property is located moments from Parsons Green, with a wide array of restaurants, shops and boutiques and boasts a sizeable garden at the rear of the property with access to both the kitchen and lower ground floor living space. Approx. 2,010 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 3 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,150,000

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Parsons Green – 020 3369 4320

fulham@johndwood.co.uk

Mustow Place, SW6 Part of a private mews, this beautifully arranged house covers three floors with its own private garage. The property is conveniently located near the many shops and amenities along Fulham Road and New Kings Road. Approx. 1,464 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, garden, off-street parking. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £1,500,000

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Parsons Green – 020 3369 4320

fulham@johndwood.co.uk

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Bringing the

OUTSIDE IN With the arrival of spring/summer comes longer, warmer days and the chance to open up doors and windows, letting a cool breeze blow away any cobwebs. The new season brings fresh starts, spring-cleans and a chance to revolutionise your home.

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any of us wonder how we can be more connected to the natural world – and where better to start than at home. Let’s delve deeper into this, and look at ways you can design your property with nature in mind. Plants! Why not add a beautiful accent to your home by introducing plants. Their aesthetic will complement nearly all colour schemes and are great for air quality, helping you to breathe in cleaner, fresher air. If you find it difficult to maintain our green friends, there are fantastic options you can choose from such as cacti and succulents that require minimal watering. Decorate with elements from nature Simply adding fruit to your dining table or a basket of seashells in your bathroom can create a sense of paradise. By using non-traditional elements such as fruit, leaves, or pressed flowers in photo frames, or pinecones and rocks strategically placed in a bowl, it is a way of elongating their lifespan and celebrating their charm. Bright and bold For those who are not too sure where to start with a colour scheme, white works as a great blank canvas. It reflects the light, and can make your space feel larger and brighter, while you experiment with changeable pops of colour in your soft furnishings. If you want to be more daring with paint colours, why not choose something that resonates with the outdoors, such as earthy hues, turquoise tones, or fresh forest greens. Natural light Maximising access to as much natural light as possible is crucial to bringing the outdoors in. Bi-folding doors are a particularly good choice as they can transform an entire wall of your home into glass for breath-taking views and bring ultimate light levels. Making sure you keep your windows clean on a regular basis, will ensure the light filters through the 81 | johndwood.co.uk

glass perfectly. Also by strategically placing a mirrors throughout your home can amplify the light and space. Add wind chimes The gentle tingling of wind chimes with a fresh spring breeze can bring movement and musicality inside. The gentle melodic tones create a feeling of relaxation and calm, a feature many of us desire in the place we often call our sanctuary. Inspired artwork Treat your home to a splash of the great outdoors with an inspiring collection of nature photos, or a touch of bohemian character with an original feather print, or even an abstract painting pulling colours from your favourite beach scene or rolling hills of the countryside. Whatever your taste, art can be a way open our minds to philosophical ideas about our own connection to nature and beyond.


Wavendon Avenue, W4 Set within walking distance of Chiswick High Road and Gardens, as well as the River Thames, is this exquisite Victorian house, which has been tastefully restored throughout. Approx. 2,106 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), 2 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, cloakroom, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,185,000

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Chiswick – 020 3151 7253

chiswick@johndwood.co.uk

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Vanbrugh Road, W4 This beautiful Arts & Crafts family house, built in the Edwardian era, provides excellent lateral space for entertaining, a wealth of original features and a real sense of charm throughout. Approx. 2,844 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, dining room, utility room, cloakroom, terrace, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £3,300,000

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Chiswick – 020 3151 7253

chiswick@johndwood.co.uk

Rusthall Avenue, W4 Situated on a highly popular and peaceful residential street, this remarkable Victorian home has been lovingly restored to offer a mixture of period features and high-end modern finishes throughout. Approx. 2,270 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, dining room, cloakroom, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,000,000

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Chiswick – 020 3151 7253

chiswick@johndwood.co.uk

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St John's Grove, Richmond This attractive Georgian house offers unique and original features with all the modern comforts. Situated on a corner of St John’s Grove it is ideally situated near the open spaces of Old Deer Park and Richmond town centre. Approx. 1,435 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 shower room (en suite), reception room, dining room, cloakroom, utility room, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,725,000

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Richmond – 020 3151 6301

richmond@johndwood.co.uk

Jessica Butler Sales - Richmond

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St Mary's Grove, Richmond This property has been thoughtfully refurbished, with superb attention to detail and benefits from a south-west facing garden and a large studio/annex at the rear of the house. Approx. 1,234 sq ft. Energy Rating: G. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (en suite), reception room, dining room, cloakroom, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,295,000

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Richmond – 020 3151 6301

richmond@johndwood.co.uk

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Hunters Court, Friars Lane, Richmond This superb family home is situated within a private development, within close proximity to Richmond Green and the town centre. Approx. 1418 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, garden. £1,003 Per Week | £4,350 Per Month (fees apply)

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Richmond – 020 3151 4002

richmond@johndwood.co.uk

Hill Rise, Richmond This characterful split level apartment, located on the slopes of Richmond Hill, is within walking distance of all the amenities of Richmond High Street. Approx. 873 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, roof terrace. £438 Per Week | £1,900 Per Month (fees apply)

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Richmond – 020 3151 4002

richmond@johndwood.co.uk

Laura Scanlan

Laura Purvor

Lettings - Richmond

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Albert Road, Richmond A charming two double bedroom period cottage in the popular 'Alberts', ideally located for Richmond town centre and all transport links. Approx. 871 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 reception rooms, patio garden. £542 Per Week | £2,350 Per Month (fees apply)

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Richmond – 020 3151 4002

richmond@johndwood.co.uk

Gordon Avenue, St Margarets This charming family home has been recently renovated to an immaculate standard whilst retaining many period features, enhanced by the Farrow & Ball interior decor. Approx. 1,577 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, dining room, dressing room, garden. £969 Per Week | £4,200 Per Month (fees apply)

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POWER BUYERS 8 top tips for buyers With today’s property market in favour of the seller, power-buyers – those free to move quickly, and with nothing to sell – are in prime position with a contingency-free offer that can compete with cash.

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he incentive to ‘buy now’ is greater than ever. With inflation climbing to a record 30-year high and mortgage rates edging up, it is intensifying the squeeze on households and predicted to continue. Demand continues to outstrip supply along with more and more buyers registering their interest, poised for new properties to emerge on the market, which sets the ball firmly in the seller’s court when it comes to agreeing a deal; here are 8 top tips for buyers to get in front of the competition:

1. Act quickly When you find a property that ticks 8 out of 10 boxes, don’t deliberate, make it yours as soon as possible. If you procrastinate, it will be sold to another buyer. 88 | johndwood.co.uk

2. Prepare to pay the asking price (or more) Offer the asking price or more to secure your chosen property, or you could find yourself in a competitive bidding situation which requires even more money to secure it. Negotiation is not an option in this market.

3. Stay focused Don’t second guess what might become available. While it is good to be openminded, it is better to remain focused on the area and criteria you want and go for it.

4. Ensure finances are ready And be ready to evidence them. Vendors get to choose their buyer, so this is your opportunity give them confidence that your offer is serious and you are the best choice.


“When you find a property that ticks 8 out of 10 boxes, don’t deliberate make it yours as soon as possible. If you procrastinate, it will be sold to another buyer.”

5. Instruct a great lawyer The legal leg work that makes moving home happen is essential. It is important to find a great, problem solving (not a problem finding) solicitor who is available to work to your timescales.

6. Make yourself available The purchase process is often very time sensitive and to ensure you do your part to help get to that all important exchange date it needs to be a top priority. Whether you are on holiday or at work ensuring you have the flexibility to be available for queries as soon as they come in is essential.

7. Be open to ‘perfectly imperfect’ With any property, there will always be work to do whether it’s cosmetic changes or maintenance that is needed and it is good to keep this in mind when checking off your tick list. Consider how much work you are prepared to take on if it’s required. 89 | johndwood.co.uk

8. Being chain-free puts you in pole position If you can position yourself as a ‘powerbuyer’, you are eliminating the potential complications with a chain that you are unable to control. The most desired quality in a buyer is one who has the flexibility to move quickly. Property remains a sound investment and we will see some excellent growth over the next year, so now is the right time to buy.


Ailsa Road, Twickenham An elegant semi-detached Victorian townhouse, set within a large plot with gated off-street parking, a 115 ft rear garden and a garage. Approx. 2,746 sq ft. Energy Rating: F. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, study, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,200,000

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St Margarets – 020 3369 4891

stmargarets@johndwood.co.uk

Denton Road, East Twickenham Relaxing on your own private balcony, enjoying views of the River Thames, are just two of the many attractions of this apartment. Located on the raised ground floor of this Edwardian mansion block with access to gardens extending to the edge of the river towpath. Approx. 1,432 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, drawing room, dining room, study, balcony, garden. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £1,250,000

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St Margarets – 020 3369 4891

stmargarets@johndwood.co.uk

Simon Philp

Alex Oppenheim

Sales - St Margarets

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Brynmaer Road, SW11 A delightful Victorian family house on a popular road just to the south of Battersea Park in close proximity to local shops, restaurants and transport links. Approx. 2,074 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, utility room, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,250,000

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Battersea – 020 3151 5529

battersea@johndwood.co.uk

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Prince of Wales Drive, SW11 With eastern and southerly aspects, this three double bedroom apartment comprises a generous dining hall and eat-in kitchen, with ideal space for entertaining. Approx. 1,225 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, dining room, dressing room, balcony, communal gardens. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £1,400,000

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Battersea – 020 3151 5529

battersea@johndwood.co.uk

Alex Oppenheim Sales - Battersea

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Inworth Street, SW11 A wonderful split level flat with spacious accommodation to suit both sharers or a young family. Inworth Street is close to local shopping and restaurant facilities and within good proximity of Clapham Junction mainline station with its varied transport opportunities. Approx. 890 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £715,000

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Battersea – 020 3151 5529

battersea@johndwood.co.uk

Taybridge Road, SW11 Situated on the west side of this popular road close to Clapham Common, this charming and beautifully presented family home has high ceilings throughout and an abundance of natural light. Of particular note is the spacious principal suite on the top floor. Approx. 1,658 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open-plan reception room, guest cloakroom, utility, patio, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,495,000

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Battersea – 020 3151 5529

battersea@johndwood.co.uk

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Strike a

POSE The New Kelly jewellery timepiece from Hermès combines both classic iconic 1930’s design with freedom and wearability.

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reated in 1975, the Kelly watch reveals new facets of its freespirited attitude. Whether a metal bracelet, diamond-set or worn as a necklace, it demonstrates a light-hearted gift for self-reinvention. A powerful style statement expressing a distinctive take on femininity, it derives its padlock shape from the iconic handbag designed by Robert Dumas in the 1930s. 95 | johndwood.co.uk

In 2022, Kelly accentuates the fanciful side of its nature by turning both mobile and playful. This Hermès watchmaking icon is a sparkling and mischievous jewellery timepiece that flaunts its clean-cut design and reaffirms its stylistic freedom and wearability. This feisty temperament is reflected in the lines of the case as well as the new gold or steel bracelet encircling the wrist.


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The game is on and another way of wearing it is on the cards: Kelly becomes a sautoir necklace by slipping into a black boxcalf or smooth alligator clochette secured to a leather cordlet, all crafted in accordance with Hermès leather craftsmanship skills. There are five possible interpretations: in steel, in rose gold, with or without diamond setting and featuring a motherof-pearl or spangled white-lacquered dial. Impossible is a foreign word to this Kelly synonymous with freedom – here and now.

Hermès London Sloane Street Store 1 Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PX www.hermes.com

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Briarwood Road, SW4 Situated on a peaceful tree-lined street in Abbeville Village, this truly magnificent and grand Victorian red brick house is handsomely set within a terrace of five uniquely built homes. Approx. 2,948 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, cellar, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,700,000

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Clapham – 020 3151 6205

clapham@johndwood.co.uk

Kesha Foss-Smith Sales - Clapham

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Rodenhurst Road, SW4 Located on one of Clapham's most desirable residential streets, this stunning semi-detached double fronted Victorian home is within walking distance of Abbeville Road and "the village" with its many boutique shops, restaurants and cafés. Approx. 2,878 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, open-plan dining room, dressing room, cloakroom, utility room, garden, garden annex, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,750,000

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Clapham – 020 3151 6205

clapham@johndwood.co.uk

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Rozel Road, SW4 This fantastic garden flat has an immaculate open-plan dining area with bi-fold doors that open onto a private west facing garden that becomes one with the living area on a warm summer's day. Approx. 823 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, open-plan family room, garden. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £875,000

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Clapham – 020 3151 6205

clapham@johndwood.co.uk

The Chase, SW4 A charming split level two bedroom garden flat located on one of Clapham’s most desirable and exclusive roads. Approx. 1,001 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. Please note, the furniture in these images has been virtually staged. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, cloakroom, garden. £576 Per Week | £2,500 Per Month

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Clapham Lettings – 020 3151 5754

clapham@johndwood.co.uk

Kesha Foss-Smith

Shoeni Oates

Jake Ramsden

Sales - Clapham

Lettings - Clapham

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Wilna Road, SW18 Nestled in a secluded residential enclave of red brick Victorian houses, is this extremely well presented terraced property. Located within walking distance of Earlsfield mainline station, it is close to the green open spaces of Wandsworth Common. Approx. 1,026 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, open-plan family room, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,000,000

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Wandsworth – 020 3369 43298

wandsworth@johndwood.co.uk

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MONEY

Matters

Amit Gupta from Capital Private Finance, talks us through the mortgage market and how it has remained buoyant since bouncing back from the effects of previous Covid lockdowns.

“Buyers will need to be mindful that in response to inflation and subsequent base rate changes, lenders rates and product offerings are changing frequently.”

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he first part of this year has seen a strong re-mortgage market and is expected to continue in this fashion. There are a number of reasons for this including home owners looking to release equity and/or secure a better deal. With it becoming more common for home-working, some people may be looking to release funds to facilitate home improvements. A more traditional reason for re-mortgaging comes in the form of parents acting as the “bank of mum and dad” whereby parents need to release funds to assist with their children’s deposit requirements due to budgets being stretched by increasing house prices. Another anticipated growth area for 2022, which in turn could increase both the number of re-mortgage and purchase applications, is the current popularity surrounding the Buy to Let (BTL) market. Both existing and prospective first time landlords may look to release funds to put towards new rental property purchases, with the aim of maximising their investments from currently increasing rental yields. A more recent market development, impacting home owner’s decisions to review the terms of their existing mortgage, centres around concerns over rising inflation costs, by looking to secure new fixed rate products whilst rates are still relatively low. As already mentioned, rising inflation is a pressing issue for many across the country at present. The Bank of England can often combat inflation by using the tool of increasing the base rate. As this happens what happens to your 102 | johndwood.co.uk

mortgage? If you have a variable rate mortgage, the recent rise in the base rate will mean a slight increase in your monthly repayments. However, with further increases to the base rate widely expected in the coming months, variable monthly mortgage payments are likely to increase also. To avoid being impacted by these increases, those either remortgaging or purchasing, are opting for fixed rate mortgage products whereby their monthly repayments will not increase for the duration of their chosen fixed term. As we come out of spring, flowers are blooming and we all look towards the warmer months, where we tend to see an increase in the number of properties coming to the market. Buyers will need to be mindful that in response to inflation and subsequent base rate changes, lenders rates and product offerings are changing frequently. Due to this we strongly recommend buyers get up to date advice and review their mortgage options before proceeding with either a new purchase or re-mortgage application, as to ensure they are still getting the best deal in the market available to them. Written by, Amit Gupta – Regional Financial Services Manager at Capital Private Finance



Braemar Avenue, SW19 Located on this well-regarded residential road, within the highly prized Wimbledon Park grid, is this beautifully presented period family home, which has been fully extended offering bright and spacious open-plan living and dining space. Approx. 1,432 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), sitting room, open-plan dining room, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,250,000

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Southfields – 020 3151 7351

southfields@johndwood.co.uk

Chris Mizen Sales - Southfields

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Elsenham Street, SW18 Found on this well regarded residential street within the popular Southfields ‘Grid’ is this completely refurbished Edwardian home. The wider than usual family home has been tastefully decorated throughout. Approx. 1,787 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, reception room, open-plan dining room, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,300,000

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Southfields – 020 3151 7351

southfields@johndwood.co.uk

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LONDON’S LEAFY Southwest suburbia, SW19

“Despite it being a large town, Wimbledon’s speciality is its incredibly varied housing stock. With such unique properties, it makes valuing them that bit more interesting - it’s like valuing a piece of art, each one is so different.”

When you hear Wimbledon, you think tennis. The residential area in southwest London is synonymous with the annual British championships, where tennis stars pour into the SW19 postcode each summer and local residents set up lemonade stands in their front gardens for spectators. Others rent out their homes to teams of media for as much money for a night as they’d usually make during a month’s tenancy.

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or the rest of the year, the area is renowned for its desirable familyfriendly houses in a district that blends the amenities of the city with the tranquillity and the green of the British countryside.

away to where they are still able to enjoy all the best that the area has to offer from green space to top schools to gourmet restaurants.

Wimbledon Village is the district’s most expensive address, but property is in scant supply there, so buyers look to the neighbouring postcodes a short distance

While there is no official boundary, everything surrounding the green space of Wimbledon Park as part of the district with the most ‘well-known roads’

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includes Arthur Road, Vineyard Hill Road, Dora Road and Kenilworth Avenue.

during recent restrictive lockdowns; a trend which continues.

Wimbledon Park is northeast of the Village and linked by the sloping Home Park Road with terrace-lined streets, also known as “the grid”, and encompasses other roads such as Melrose Avenue, Normanton Avenue and Ashen Grove, particularly popular with young families.

The District Line Underground at Wimbledon Park means you’ve got a direct commute into the city centre, and it’s only 20 minutes from Waterloo. For those working from home the comfortable, terraced properties have plenty of space for an office plus, as is increasingly desirable, outside space.

Buyers can get slightly more house for their money, with smaller houses starting around £1.1 million, while large detached properties on Home Park Road that front onto the park itself could fetch more like £4 million to £6 million. “Despite it being a large town, Wimbledon’s speciality is its incredibly varied housing stock. With such unique properties, it makes valuing them that bit more interesting - it’s like valuing a piece of art, each one is so different.” As a whole, larger family houses and period properties typically range from £2 million to £10 million and then prices scale upward with ‘altitude,’—as you get higher and closer toward the village and common, the prices get higher, closer to the £20 million mark.

Opposite the All England Lawn Tennis Club, you can be first in queue for tickets when people camp out in Wimbledon Park, a greenspace at the centre of the neighbourhood with a boating lake. There are public tennis courts should you feel inspired to play yourself, and an athletics track, squash courts and a golf course too. The blend of chic shops, cafes and bars for socialising and dining at restaurants such as The Ivy or designer shopping at the Matches Fashion store will keep you occupied on many a weekend wander through Wimbledon Village. SW19 isn’t just a pull for the tennis fans, but for many looking for a village feel in the suburbs.

On average, property prices have increased by 8%* in Wimbledon over the last five years, with a 6% rise in the last 12 months. What Makes It Unique Wimbledon offers a middle ground between London and countryside life, which has proved even more appealing

“Wimbledon offers a middle ground between London and countryside life.”

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Beech Close, SW19 This exciting property brings a very special lifestyle opportunity with its kaleidoscope of ever changing nature as the seasons flow. Having been recently extended and refurbished to a very high standard the property backs directly onto the beautiful Cannizaro Park. Approx. 1,502 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, utility, office, play room, storage, off-street parking. Freehold

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Wimbledon – 020 3151 6807

wimbledon@johndwood.co.uk

Warren Appleton Sales - Wimbledon

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Woodhayes Road, SW19 An imposing detached period family house situated on a corner plot, which has been in the same family ownership for many years. Situated on Woodhayes Road it is moments from Wimbledon Common, the Village and King's College School. Approx. 2,664 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, utility, cellar, storage, conservatory, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,750,000

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Wimbledon – 020 3151 6807

wimbledon@johndwood.co.uk

Spencer Hill, SW19 This detached double-fronted house is a rare find in Wimbledon. A family home over three floors with access to a wonderfully tranquil garden including an additional independent living/office space. Approx. 3,499 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, 3 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, utility, storage, 2 balconies, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £3,950,000

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Wimbledon – 020 3151 6807

wimbledon@johndwood.co.uk

Warren Appleton Sales - Wimbledon

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Dairy Lane, Edenbridge Situated on the border of Kent and Surrey is this breath taking, Grade II Listed detached private residence, set within attractive beautifully landscaped gardens. Approached via an extensive gated driveway, you are immediately struck by the awe-inspiring view of The Old Dairy and the amazing formal gardens, part designed by the award-winning garden designer, Roger Platt. Believed to date back to the 15th Century, The Old Diary has been painstakingly updated and restored by the current vendors, encompassing the ‘old and new’, with bespoke fixtures and fittings throughout Approx. 6,822 sq ft.

Vince Dennington

Meral Carter

Sales - Country House Department

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5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (en suite), 3 reception rooms, cinema room, wine store, utility, cloakroom, garden, greenhouse, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £5,000,000

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Country House Department – 01932 645 716

weybridge@johndwood.co.uk

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Banbury Road, Oxford A handsome and versatile bay-fronted town house, the property features a westerly facing landscaped rear garden with an impressively spacious garden room, as well as being conveniently located close to the heart of Summertown. Approx. 2,521 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, drawing room, reception room, open-plan dining room, utility, study. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,650,000

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Oxford – 01865 575 209

oxford@johndwood.co.uk

Daniel Parrott Sales - Oxford

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Mill Road, Buckinghamshire A spacious riverside apartment enjoying enviable views of the Thames and Marlow Lock. Set within an iconic building, this stunning conversion of a former house retains much of the building’s original character with high ceilings and cornicing. Approx. 1,433 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), 2 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, balcony, off-street parking. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £1,250,000

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Oxford – 01865 575 209

oxford@johndwood.co.uk

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Woodstock Road, Oxford Situated in North Oxford, this is a superb house for entertaining which has been extended and modernised significantly to provide well naturally lit and spacious accommodation. Approx. 898 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, open-plan dining room, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,475,000

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Oxford – 01865 575 209

oxford@johndwood.co.uk

Pennington, Lymington Built in 1902, this fine country house retains much of its original character and charm, sitting in beautiful parkland gardens. Sympathetically partitioned from the main property, this home was originally built as the staff quarters to the adjoining Wainsford House. Approx. 2,717 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, family room, dining room, cloakroom, utility, office, study, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,500,000

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Lymington – 0159 054 0071

lymington@johndwood.co.uk

Daniel Parrott

Kevin Allen

Sales - Oxford

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Lymington, Hampshire Beautifully set just inland from the renowned coastline fronting The Solent and Isle of Wight is this fine property of commanding appearance, which forms the centrepiece of an 18 acre estate. Standing in park-like grounds, the house dates back to the late Edwardian era and is approached via a sweeping private driveway. Affording a sense of grandeur with total privacy, the property enjoys an unsurpassed outlook over its own grounds including a tennis court. Approx. 4,390 sq ft. Energy Rating: F.

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6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, tennis court, greenhouse, stabling complex, garaging, open-store bays. Freehold

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Guide Price £5,000,000

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Lymington – 0159 054 0071

lymington@johndwood.co.uk

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Lime Wood, a boutique country house hotel, is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park just 1.5 miles from the small town of Lyndhurst and an hour and a half drive from London.

O “Taking inspiration from the surroundings, Susie Atkinson creates an individual character in every room.”

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refurbishment of the interiors. Lime Wood consists of 33 bedrooms; 16 in the main house and 17 throughout the grounds. In 2020, a refurbishment by Susie Atkinson across all the rooms was completed. She has taken inspiration from the surroundings and used a combination of contemporary and quirky fabrics with classical styling and antique furniture to create individual character in each.


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“The style is chefs’ home-cooked food not chefs’ food cooked for restaurants.”

Hartnett Holder & Co is a relaxed, stylish and comfortable restaurant full of character, yet unpretentious. Angela Hartnett and Lime Wood’s Luke Holder, both famed for their informal and grounded style of cooking, along with their team, create locally sourced Italian dishes with a respectful nod to the seasons. Hartnett and Holder’s food comes with a much loved Italian approach to eating - where sharing and provenance is everything. The style is chefs’ home-cooked food not chefs’ food cooked for restaurants. Drawing on Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder's fresh, confident approach to cooking and eating, HH&Co Backstage Cookery School offers a fun and informal way of learning how to cook. Suitable for complete beginners to budding 125 | johndwood.co.uk

masterchefs, a hands-on style aims to improve culinary skills and give guests bags of inspiration. Herb House at Lime Wood is a luxury destination spa dedicated to natural wellbeing. Inspired by its forest surroundings, the Herb House naturally invites a sense of calm and serenity bringing clients the ultimate rejuvenating retreat. The spa has ten spacious treatment rooms, including two double signature rooms, as well as hot pools, thermal rooms (the Forest Sauna, Steam House), the Hands and Feet Room for manicures and pedicures, and private soak baths in changing rooms. There is also a 16 metre Ozone treated indoor lap pool with retracting glass doors to the garden and a workout studio offering a series of classes.


Raw & Cured is the restaurant in the Herb House Spa which offers delicious, natural and healthy food, including freshly made salads, cured fish and meat from Lime Wood’s own Smoke House; as well as fresh juices and smoothies. Raw & Cured is about eating simply and focusing on the natural taste of quality ingredients to reflect the natural, authentic approach to the Herb House treatments. The Herb House was the first spa to offer Bamford spa treatments outside of the original Gloucestershire ‘Hay Barn’ spa. Other British brands being used are renowned Irish seaweed spa brand VOYA, skincare brand Sarah Chapman

and Bamford Grooming. In 2019, the Herb House opened a stateof-the-art rooftop gym with forest views and the very latest in Technogym equipment. The Herbary, a beautiful roof garden, is a tranquil backdrop for meditation and reflection and many of the herbs and fragrances are incorporated in the spa treatments. LimeWood continues to significantly raise the bar for destination spas around the world with nutritional support and holistic wellness from partnerships with leading Nutritionist Amelia Freer, personal trainer to the stars Matt Roberts, and new skincare retreats by Sarah Chapman for 2021. 126 | johndwood.co.uk

Rooms from £405 per night www.limewood.co.uk



Arbrook Lane, Esher Located on the popular Arbook Lane, this well-loved family home offers tremendous opportunity to update and extend. Boasting a magnificent rear garden of approximately 180ft, the property is ideally located for the outstanding local schools and excellent transport links. Approx. 1,917 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 5 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, reception room, dining room, cloakroom, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,350,000

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Esher – 020 3151 7253

esher@johndwood.co.uk

Gavin Fleming

Adam Silvester

Sales - Esher

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Littleworth Road, Esher An impressive and recently converted apartment, located in the popular development of Esher Park Gardens. Near both Claygate Village and Esher High Street, it benefits from easy access to the renowned restaurants and gastro pubs. Approx. 680 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), open-plan dining room, communal gardens, off-street parking. Leasehold

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Guide Price £440,000

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Esher – 020 3151 7253

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Forest Drive, Kingswood Positioned on an elevated setting with far reaching views over fields and woodland, this fabulous home offers a countryside feel combined with all the benefits of modern amenities. Approx. 3,802 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, study, conservatory, cloakroom, balcony, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,750,000

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Cobham – 020 3151 7253

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Seven Hills Road, Cobham A stunning 2005 Huf Haus, set in an acre of land in a beautiful discreet setting on the edge of the illustrious St George's Hill estate. The property benefits from an abundance of light via the floor to ceiling windows and double height ceilings, as well as providing views over the private gardens. The gardens have been beautifully designed and landscaped, providing a peaceful and secluded setting surrounded by mature trees. Approx. 5,748 sq ft. Energy Rating: B.

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5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, media room, gym, sauna, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,950,000

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Cobham – 020 3151 7253

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BEING WOOED BY THE WATER

Benefits of living by the coast or inland rivers Whether it’s watching the rhythmic crashing of waves or listening to the unbroken hum of a river, there’s certainly something soothing about being around water...

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any studies show that the closer one is to nature, the more their mood and general mental wellbeing tends to improve – perhaps this explains the quintessentially British retreat to the seaside. Thankfully, an escape to the coast doesn’t need to be confined to the holidays. From city to coastline, there are many properties which can offer the waterside lifestyle all year round. Life by the Thames For those who thrive in the buzz of a city but still crave a presence of nature, a

London home by the Thames can offer the best of both worlds. As explained by our Cadogan Street Sales Manager, Russell Williamson, “living on the river in London adds an additional hub of life to what is already one of the most culturally diverse and vibrant cities in the world. One can also not forget that the Thames Clippers offer a wonderful alternative way to commute and sight see through some of London’s most iconic landmarks. After a long week at work, a welldeserved gin and tonic on the way home is an added bonus while taking in the views.” 132 | johndwood.co.uk


“A move to Surrey remains a favourable choice for those making the step away from London postcodes, with areas such as Thames Ditton and Walton-on-Thames amongst the most in-demand.” Set sail to Surrey

Can’t resist the coast?

A move to Surrey remains a favourable choice for those making the step away from London postcodes, with areas such as Thames Ditton and Walton-on-Thames amongst the most in-demand, thanks to their easy commute from London, and – as the names suggest – close proximity to the Thames.

With its spectacular coastline and proximity to the New Forest National Park, the picturesque Georgian town of Lymington is an ideal example of a waterside destination that ticks all the boxes for nature lovers. Our Associate Director, Kevin Allen, elaborates, “Living by the sea is a lifestyle that provides an ever-changing scenery. In Lymington, this is augmented by the presence of the town’s two marinas, whilst fronting the picturesque coastline of Christchurch Bay and having the Isle of Wight as its backdrop – the shimmering water and darting yachts bring an added vibrancy in the warmer weather. The town is also horseshoed by miles of open ancient forestry, which makes it particularly attractive for those seeking space, tranquillity and a sense of freedom.”

“Those pursuing one of these homes by the river are often leaving the frenetic, fast-paced city, and perhaps seeking the ability to live at a slower pace where they can take a little more time to see and appreciate the peaceful waterside surroundings,” describes our Esher Branch Manager, Gavin Fleming. “Being close to the water habitually encourages outdoor activities and exercise, whether it be cycling, walking, rowing, jogging or swimming, which can increase mental and physical well-being. Once the riverside lifestyle is tasted, dwellers never wish to leave it behind.”

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So, whether you are a city lover through and through or can’t resist the waves, there’s no shortage of waterside options available. Will you be drawn in by a home by the water?


Cedar Road, Weybridge This attractive detached period property is located in a private road in Weybridge town centre. The property is well presented throughout, benefitting from high ceilings, deep skirting boards and ornate architraves and bay windows to the front. Approx. 1,990 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, family room, study, utility, 2 cloakrooms, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,325,000

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Weybridge – 01932 645 716

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Telham Lane, East Sussex Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and situated on a most enviable elevated position enjoying far-reaching views, is this attractive detached period property. Approx. 2,403 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, family room, cloakroom, summer house/office, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,600,000

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Weybridge – 01932 645 716

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South Ridge, Weybridge This distinctive detached family home is set within the exclusive gated estate of St George’s Hill. Updated to accommodate modern day living, the property has further scope to extend (STPP), and has access to private leisure pursuits within the estate and surrounding areas. Approx. 2,382 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 2 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, study, playroom, cloakroom, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,950,000

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Weybridge – 01932 645 716

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Radnor Road, Weybridge Immaculate and beautifully presented, this period cottage is ideally located approx. 0.4 miles to Weybridge High Street as well as being close to the River Thames. Approx. 787 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 reception rooms. £462 Per Week | £2,000 Per Month (fees apply)

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Weybridge – 01932 645 293

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Cavendish Road, Weybridge An elegant and well-presented second floor apartment set at the foot of St George’s Hill, with a private balcony accessed from three rooms and secure underground parking for two cars within a gated development. Approx. 1,889 sq ft. Energy Rating: B. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroom, 2 reception rooms. £912 Per Week | £3,950 Per Month (fees apply)

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Weybridge – 01932 645 293

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Ashley Close, Walton-on-Thames

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Beautifully refurbished, this character property offers light and neutral décor throughout, and benefits from a spacious open−plan layout on the ground floor. Approx. 2,641 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 reception rooms, dining room, utlity room, study, cloakroom, garden, off-street parking. £1,212 Per Week | £5,250 Per Month (fees apply) weybridge@apwproperty.com

Amanda Driver

Lauren Howe

Lettings - APW Weybridge

Lettings - APW Cobham

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APW Weybridge – 01932 645 529


Northfield Farm Mews, Cobham

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This picture-perfect townhouse is set within a private gated development, within just a short distance of Cobham High Street and various notable local schools. Approx. 1,343 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), reception room, conservatory, garden, off-street parking. £681 Per Week | £2,950 Per Month (fees apply) cobham@apwproperty.com

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Sandy Lane, Cobham

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Ideally situated, this impressive gated property is located a short distance from excellent local schools, including ACS International Cobham. This wonderful family home enjoys a sizeable private garden. Approx. 4,963 sq ft. Energy Rating: B. 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (4 en suite), open-plan family room, reception room, dining room, garden, off-street parking. £2,538 Per Week | £11,000 Per Month (fees apply) cobham@apwproperty.com

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APW Cobham – 01932 645 503



Green Lane, Cobham Skilfully converted from stables, this stylish home has been modernised to benefit from bespoke home technology systems and interior designed décor. It also boasts a separate detached annexe with a bedroom and bathroom, ideal for guest accommodation. Approx. 3,624 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (3 en suite), reception room, open-plan dining room, utility room, 2 cloakrooms, garden, off-street parking. £2,654 Per Week | £11,500 Per Month (fees apply) | CHK Esher – 01372 390 058 esher@chkmountford.com

Gavin Fleming

Lettings - CHK Esher

Ryan Letch

Lettings - CHK Surbiton


Upper Brighton Road, Surbiton Located in a central Surbiton location, this wonderful property boasts high ceilings, period features, and rooms with proportions befitting the grandeur of the Victorian era. Approx. 1,905 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (2 en suite), reception room, dining room, cloakroom, garden. £646 Per Week | £2,800 Per Month (fees apply) | CHK Surbiton – 02031 510 061 surbiton@chkmountford.co.uk


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Hogshaw Farm Barns, Buckinghamshire The Hogshaw Farm Barns offer three link-detached barns recently converted by Cotswolds New Homes to a high specification. Each house has a double carport, a south facing landscaped front garden, access to an outside store, an enclosed courtyard garden and an acre of private land. All barns have 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 living areas. Sizes range from approx. 2,958 sq ft. to approx. 3,030 sq ft. Sold as Freehold

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Prices range from £1,169,000 to £1,195,000

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Oxford – 01865 575 209

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James Burrows

Sales - Oxford

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New Homes – 020 8618 4564


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Ravensbourne, Kent Representing an unparalleled level of luxury and quality, this development is a unique and important part of the political and social history of the last two centuries. Carefully and imaginatively refurbished, The Ravensbourne Collection is an exclusive and extremely desirable place to live. Direct access to underground parking and private roads assure maximum seclusion, security and tranquillity. Apartments, Leasehold

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House, Freehold

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Starting From £1,395,000

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New Homes – 020 8618 4564

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Office

DIRECTORY Battersea

Kensington

Weybridge

501 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 4LW Sales: 020 3151 5529 Lettings: 020 3151 6445

162 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4BN Sales: 020 3151 6258

7 Baker Street, Weybridge, KT13 8AF Sales: 01932 645716 Lettings: 01932 645293

Belgravia

Lymington

Wimbledon

48 Elizabeth Street, London, SW1W 9PA Sales: 020 3151 6205 Lettings: 020 3151 6460

53 High Street, Lymington, SO41 9ZB Sales: 01590 540071 Lettings: 01590 540085

5 Church Road, London, SW19 5DW Sales: 020 3151 6805 Lettings: 020 3151 6450

Cadogan Street

Notting Hill

APW Cobham

59 Cadogan Street, London, SW3 2QJ Sales: 020 3151 5032 Lettings: 020 3151 6431

129-131 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3LB Sales: 020 3151 3898 Lettings: 020 3151 6426

65 Portsmouth Road, Cobham, KT11 1JQ Lettings: 01932 645503

Chelsea Green

Oxford

APW Weybridge

9 Cale Street, London, SW3 3QS Sales: 020 3151 5592

235 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7HN Sales: 01865 575209 Lettings: 01865 575208

134 Oatlands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 9HJ Lettings: 01932 645529

Chelsea King's Road

Parsons Green

CHK Mountford Esher

296 King's Rd, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UG Lettings: 020 3151 6455

287 New Kings Road, London, SW6 4RE Sales: 020 3151 5811 Lettings: 020 3151 6447

53 High Street, Esher, KT10 9RQ Lettings: 01372 390058

Chiswick

Primrose Hill

CHK Mountford Surbiton

68-70 Turnham Green Terrace, London, W4 1QN Sales: 020 3151 7253 Lettings: 020 3151 6717

166 Regent's Park Road, London, NW1 8XN Sales: 020 3151 6287 Lettings: 020 3151 6451

162-164 Ewell Road, Surbiton, KT6 6HG Lettings: 020 3151 0061

Clapham

Richmond

Vanet Asset Management

31 Sheen Road, Richmond, TW9 1AD Sales: 020 3151 6301 Lettings: 020 3151 4002

Unit 2, 37b Millharbour, Canary Wharf, London E14 9TX Sales: 020 3369 0682 Lettings: 020 3369 0721

Cobham

Southfields

Other Services

2 Church Street, Cobham, KT11 3EG Sales: 01932 645538

21 Replingham Road, London, SW18 5LT Sales: 020 3151 7351 Lettings: 020 3151 6742

Corporate & Relocation Services 020 3151 5875

Earl's Court

South Kensington

239 Earl's Court Road, London, SW5 9AH Sales: 020 3151 3962 Lettings: 020 3151 6741

125 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4TE Sales: 020 3151 6425 Lettings: 020 3151 6440

International 020 3151 0367

Esher

St Margarets

53 High Street, Esher, KT10 9RQ Sales: 01372 390199

127 St Margarets Road, Twickenham, TW1 1RG Sales: 020 3369 4891 Lettings: 020 3151 5917

Fulham Broadway

Wandsworth

506 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5 NJ Sales: 020 3151 3989 Lettings: 020 3151 6709

324 Trinity Road, London, SW18 3RG Sales: 020 3151 6697 Lettings: 020 3151 6457

53 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JX Sales: 020 3151 6209 Lettings: 020 3151 5754

Country House Department 020 3369 1158

New Homes 07736 732341 Press Enquiries 07395 248874 Short Lets 020 3151 1579 Valuations 020 7802 3279

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