John D Wood & Co. Magazine Winter/Spring 2021-22

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WELCOME to the first edition of our John D Wood & Co. magazine. e are delighted to share with you some wonderful examples of property available to move into, both within the capital, as well as further afield. And of course, also including a handful of international properties we have for sale across the globe, to get you dreaming of your next holiday home.

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It's been an immensely exciting year in the property market in the UK, and as we look further ahead to 2022, the demand to move home shows little sign of waning. This past year, I think we would all agree, has transformed how we thought we wanted to live – not just by the type of property that fits our needs, but also about where we want to put down roots. Our prime property remains in short supply, with buyers and renters seeking luxury homes to live in and often with fairly instantaneous moving timescales. Virtual viewings from abroad has increased competition for home movers, and resulted in new occupiers (in some cases) seeing their new home for the first time on the day that they collect their keys! Furthermore, cash remains key in many prime property transactions, meaning the speed of a purchase can often be completed within just a few days. Perusing our magazine will tempt most people to start thinking of what a new property might hold for them, but we would also like to add, that this is just the tip of the iceberg for us at John D Wood & Co. We have many clients whose preference is not to advertise their property or promote it directly to the market, and as such, we actually deal with many more properties than you might imagine; our ‘Secret Sales Service’ article will give you a glimpse into this off market world – a market of which we are immensely proud. After all, as a client once quoted ‘nobody keeps a secret like John D Wood & Co.’ We hope you enjoy this first magazine and look forward to presenting you with many more properties in the future.

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

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CONTENTS WINTER/SPRING 2021-22

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30 Heaven Scent

54 Perfect Escapes

82 Tailor Made

Known for creating some of the world’s most-loved fragrances, Jo Malone marks 10 years since launching Jo Loves - Pomelo.

The Iconic family offers the perfect escape in one of their hotels in London and throughout the country.

Exclusively for Women, The Deck on Savile Row is a female-driven perspective on the future of fashion, tailored to you.

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City Resilience Polly Ogden Duffy discusses the market challenges of the past year and what is to come.

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Off the Beaten Track Vincent Dennington takes us on a walk through the country house market.

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Jo Wilson provides an insight into ‘Why Surrey’ and what makes the area special.

08 The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Robert Green explores why this iconic area remains one of the most popular residential areas in London.

Surrey Muse

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Renters Return Jane Jenrick talks about the imbalance of supply and demand for rental accommodation that London has seen.

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Clapham Calling Kesha Foss-Smith and Shoeni Oates share their thoughts on what makes Clapham tick.

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Secret Sales The number of people selling their homes ‘off market’ is increasing. James Waight looks at why this hush hush tactic is so popular.

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122 Effortless Everywhere

Short Lets People are increasingly seeking out short let homes as a suitable solution to their needs.

Unmistakably Rolls-Rolls, The Cullinan is an all-terrain, all-season SUV.

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Leasehold Property Alex Ingram-Hill reveals your options when it comes to leases and freeholds.

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New Developments James Burrows discusses the new development market from city to shore.

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How To A guide on dressing your property.

140 It’s a Wonderful World Samantha McGladdery takes us through the highs and lows of property abroad as a result of the pandemic.

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OFFICES With a network of nearly 30 offices we’ve got you covered.

Richmond St Margarets

CHK Mountford Surbiton

APW Weybridge

Weybridge

CHK Mountford Esher

APW Cobham LYMINGTON

Cobham


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


The Royal Borough of

KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA This iconic area, rich in history, remains one of the most popular residential areas in London. Robert Green explores some of the reasons why. Robert Green, MRICS Director, Chelsea Green rgeeen@johndwood.co.uk 020 3151 5592

here are eight Royal Boroughs in the UK, each by command of the monarch. Kensington achieved its Royal Borough status in 1901 by order of Queen Victoria, whose home was

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Kensington Palace, her birthplace, until her accession. The original grant was for Kensington only, and despite the royal history of Chelsea dating back to Henry VIII, it was


“With so many parks and green spaces, it is not surprising to find that the residents of the Royal Borough are apparently the fourth most physically active of any area in the UK. A walk through the parks on any given day is likely to be punctuated by sightings of everything from yoga to horse riding.”

only in 1965 that Chelsea became part of a larger amalgamated borough, when the Greater London Council came into being. Today Kensington and Chelsea is an eclectic area from Notting Hill, with its Carnival celebrating Caribbean culture, to Chelsea, home of the RHS Flower Show at the Royal Hospital, whose pensioners are a regular sight along King’s Road. Many parts of the borough remain largely influenced by the great estates, who owned the fields upon which the area is built. Their impact, although often subtle, is significant as they work to ensure the areas in which they remain significant landowners, remain relevant. Often this goes down to the granular detail, including filling retail spaces with shop keepers that complement each other, and who provide the best amenity for residents. With so many parks and green spaces, it is not surprising to find that the residents of the Royal Borough are apparently the fourth most physically active of any area in the UK. A walk through the parks on any given day is likely to be punctuated by sightings of everything from yoga to horse riding, and even wild swimming in the Serpentine, not forgetting the many dog walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters. Of course, beyond the more formal parks, the borough is famous for the garden squares, immortalised in film, which provide a communal oasis for residents, and secure place for children to play after school.

“This international flavour has enhanced the variety of restaurants and foods that are available. From fine dining, through farmers markets, to Portobello Road street food, there truly is something for every taste. ”

There is stimulation for the mind as well as body, with many wonderful museums and cultural attractions. Of course, we all know about the V&A, The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, where appropriately, many of us received vaccinations against Covid recently. Beyond the obvious, there is a rich variety of cultural possibilities, from The Royal Court Theatre on Sloane Square, to

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the variety of small theatres such as the Finborough Theatre and The Drayton Arms. Music lovers can explore every genre, with the iconic Royal Albert Hall, home of the Promenade concerts, openair opera in Holland Park, not to forget Cadogan Hall, The 606 jazz club on Lots Road, or Notting Hill Arts Club. Every genre is catered for. The river has long attracted artists to Chelsea, with the likes of Whistler, Turner and Pissarro capturing a view that is still very recognisable today. Artists’ studios on Tite Street and Glebe Place were home to many great talents, whilst The London Sketch club on Dilke Street and The Chelsea Arts Club sustain that history today. Those looking to collect or enjoy can indulge their passion at venues such as the Saatchi Gallery on Duke of York’s Square. The sheer variety offered by the area has meant that it has always attracted new residents from all over the world. The population is currently around 160,000 from over 60 nations around the globe. 28 countries have their embassies here, and the provision of international schools is both cause and effect. South Kensington has long been described as the 21st arrondissement of Paris, such is the French population around the Lycee Charles de Gaulle. This international flavour has enhanced the variety of restaurants and foods that are available. From fine dining, through farmers markets, to Portobello Road street food, there truly is something for every taste. If one truly wants to know the area, ignore the buses and Underground stations, and walk. Even those who have lived here all their lives will quickly come across a detail not noticed before. The varied architecture, peppered with blue plaques, provides a window onto another era, and the great lives that have called the Royal Borough, home. Excitingly, you can be part of the history, and maybe you or your children will one day be immortalised for generations to come. Despite my country roots, I always experience a buzz of excitement as I return on the A4. To misquote Ronald Regan, anyone can become a Londoner.


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100 Sydney Street, SW3 Situated in a beautifully designed building, is this impressive lateral apartment that benefits from a west facing terrace. The apartment is finished to an exquisite standard, with generous rooms and wonderful floor to ceiling windows in the reception room. Approx. 1,663 sq ft. Energy Rating: C.

Robert Green

Merton Croisdale-Appleby

Jamie Davidson

James Burrows

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales – New Homes

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3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), dressing room, utility room, terrace, off-street parking. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £5,900,000

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Chelsea Green – 020 3151 5592

chelsea@johndwood.co.uk

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Glebe Place, SW3 Situated on one of Chelsea’s best regarded streets, which runs south from King’s Road into Old Chelsea, and is renowned for its artistic history. This family house is beautifully presented and benefits from a west facing garden of approximately 70 ft. Approx. 3,127 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, utility room, dressing room, cinema room, cloakroom, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £8,200,000

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Chelsea Green – 020 3151 5592

chelsea@johndwood.co.uk

Robert Green

Merton Croisdale-Appleby

Jamie Davidson

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

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Cheyne Walk, SW10 This magnificent double-fronted family house is over 50 ft wide, with elegant flowing accommodation that incorporates high ceilings, fine cornicing and tall windows in the principal rooms. Cheyne Walk forms an important part of Chelsea's, and indeed London's history. Approx. 6,368 sq ft.

Robert Green

Merton Croisdale-Appleby

Jamie Davidson

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

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7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, conservatory, wine cellar, pantry, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £12,950,000

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Chelsea Green - 020 3151 5598

chelsea@johndwood.co.uk

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Astell Street, SW3 A superbly modernised family house with a well-proportioned new basement, situated on an attractive tree-lined street off Chelsea Green. Astell Street is well known for its wide low-built houses, which are conveniently situated just north of King's Road. Approx. 3,531 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms (en suite), 2 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, cloakroom, garden, roof terrace. Freehold

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Guide Price £8,000,000

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Chelsea Green – 020 3151 5592

chelsea@johndwood.co.uk

Robert Green

Merton Croisdale-Appleby

Jamie Davidson

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

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City

RESILIENCE “The last year has been one of the most exciting the property market has seen since the difficult financial period in 2008” observes Polly Ogden Duffy, as she discusses the market challenges and what is to come.

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pre-pandemic – although, the recovery was not fast enough for some landlords who opted to sell up rather than ride the storm.

Whilst there have been many reasons for homeowners to move or sell their assets, the combination of haziness about what happens next, the gamble on timing of when to move money abroad, and wavering confidence, hit property transactions hard. Then, the pandemic landed and a state of total unexpected uncertainty struck the world.

The overriding impact of the last twelve months has been a critical property shortage across both the sales and rental markets. Confidence to return to London has made a sharp U-turn and is gathering at such a rapid pace, it is outstripping the supply of available properties and simply cannot satisfy the current demand. To put this in context, in October 2021, John D Wood & Co. sold double the property volumes compared to the prior year – with an average of 30 buyers for every property available for sale, and a 27% reduction in the amount of property to sell compared to 2020.

he last five years have presented the property market and estate agents with some of the most challenging circumstances to overcome: Election after election, Brexit (along with its two-year execution) and its impact on the price of pound sterling, ongoing ambiguity around Capital Gains Tax changes, and increasing Stamp Duty Land Tax for overseas buyers.

2020 saw many re-evaluate what was truly important in their lives and put worries and doubts around ‘when was the right time to move’ to the back of one’s mind. The clear priority became the importance of having a healthy, happy home with space to spread out and enjoy a safe haven from the outside world. Polly Ogden Duffy Managing Director at John D Wood & Co. hq@johndwood.co.uk

“The overriding impact of the last twelve months has been a critical property shortage across both the sales and rental markets.” *John D Wood & Co. data powered by ResiAnalytics

This mind-set spread fast, and the demand for bigger, better family homes increased, along with the desire for holiday homes – coupled with the cost of borrowing at an all-time low and household savings increasing; the drive to move has been all-consuming. I can now reflect on the turbulence and speed of the London property market and its performance over the year. *Property sales prices in the capital as a whole have risen by 3.3%, a positive rise but lower than some of the trending country and coastal hotspots where higher price increases have been seen; Lymington (5.1%), Oxford (8.1%) and Weybridge (7.2%). In the lettings market, some London locations saw rents drop as far as 25%, but have since recovered, and in some cases are now higher than 18 | johndwood.co.uk

It is important to mention that the market has suffered from a lack of overseas buyers and tenants due to quarantine restrictions, which indicates that the strength of this market has in the main been domestic, and as the travel corridors regain some normality, international demand will only serve to strengthen property prices further. As ever the UK property market remains resilient. Most of us have never lived through a pandemic, and will have never seen a mass exodus from London at such speed. That said, some 18-24 months later, recovery is in full swing and property prices have grown, meaning that London and other popular hotspots may remain more sought after than pre-pandemic. Therefore, the question simply is; have you considered investing here yet?



St Lukes Street, SW3 This is an immaculately presented, newly constructed house, built behind the property’s original period facade. The property offers exceptional accommodation finished to the highest standard, in an excellent position just north of the King's Road. Approx. 2,300 sq ft. Energy Rating: C.

Robert Green

Merton Croisdale-Appleby

Jamie Davidson

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

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5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 open-plan reception rooms, study, utility room, cloakroom, plant room, patio, roof terrace. Freehold

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Guide Price £5,850,000

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Chelsea Green – 020 3151 5592

chelsea@johndwood.co.uk

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Redesdale Street, SW3 This exceptional house is over 21 ft wide with high ceilings, wonderful entertaining space, and an open aspect over Radnor Walk. The property enjoys a south facing roof terrace, secluded rear patio and a comfortable self-contained basement flat with independent street access. Approx. 3,025 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 open-plan reception rooms, study, utility room, cloakroom, plant room, patio, roof terrace. Freehold

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Guide Price £5,650,000

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Chelsea Green – 020 3151 5592

chelsea@johndwood.co.uk

Robert Green

Merton Croisdale-Appleby

Jamie Davidson

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

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Old Church Street, SW3 This beautifully refurbished terraced house is arranged over three floors with a secluded rear garden, set back from Old Church Street behind a deep front garden with trees and lawn. The property also boasts a garage which is accessed from the rear of Chelsea Square. Approx. 2,106 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, open-plan dining room, cloakroom, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £4,995,000

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Chelsea Green – 020 3151 5592

chelsea@johndwood.co.uk

Robert Green

Merton Croisdale-Appleby

Jamie Davidson

Ed Coxhead

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

Sales - Chelsea Green

Lettings - Chelsea King's Road

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Glebe Place, SW3 Completely modernised to a very high specification, this house has undergone an extensive refurbishment with great attention to detail, creating a perfect space for those that enjoy an attractive period exterior with a stylish interior. Approx. 1,641 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, open-plan dining room, study, 3 cloakrooms, terrace. £1,800 Per Week | £7,800 Per Month (fees apply)

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Chelsea King's Road – 020 3151 6455

kingsroad@johndwood.co.uk

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Eaton Mews, SW1W Located within a tranquil, cobbled mews, this naturally light house has generous room proportions, and uniquely, for a mews property, windows in every room to the rear. The house is nestled between Eaton Square to the south and Chester Square to the north. Approx. 1,645 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 reception rooms, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £3,500,000

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Belgravia – 020 3151 6460

belgravia@johndwood.co.uk

Jamie Marshall

Robert Lewis

Sales - Belgravia

Sales - Belgravia

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Belgrave Square, SW1X Forming one of only two penthouse apartments in Belgrave Square, one of the most prestigious addresses in London, this apartment's location on the south side of the Square allows for impeccable views over the gardens to the front and wider London skyline to the rear. Approx. 2,680 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, study, utility room, equestrian facilities. Leasehold

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Guide Price £8,950,000

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Belgravia – 020 3151 6460

belgravia@johndwood.co.uk

Warwick Square, SW1V Set within a prominent period building, this magnificent penthouse apartment is arranged laterally over three Grade II Listed buildings. Truly unique and meticulously designed, the property benefits from a lift and use of the exclusive Warwick Square gardens. Approx. 3,721 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, utility room, dressing room, terrace, lift access. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £5,950,000

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Belgravia – 020 3151 6460

belgravia@johndwood.co.uk

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Heaven

SCENT Known for creating some of the world’s most-loved fragrances, Jo Malone CBE marks 10 years since launching her debut scent for Jo Loves - Pomelo. o Malone CBE has been described as an ‘English scent maverick’ and the woman responsible for creating some of the world’s most loved fragrances. Jo gained global cult status with the launch of her eponymous brand, Jo Malone London. In 1999, Jo sold the business to Estée Lauder Companies and remained Creative Director until she left in 2006.

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take the world by storm with her new brand, Jo Loves, an innovative scent, bath, body and candle collection inspired by the memories and moments in life that she loves. Jo Loves bottles Jo’s undeniable desire to create beautiful and unexpected fragrances, pioneering new products and entertaining experiences. Jo’s creative seal of integrity, symbolised by the red dot, is stamped across everything that bears the Jo Loves name.


Sharing her new fragrance brand, Jo Loves with the world, Jo Malone CBE launched Pomelo in 2011, bottling Jo’s undeniable desire to create beautiful and unexpected scents, whilst pioneering new products and entertaining experiences. Evoking wonderful memories of a walk along a white sandy beach in Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos amongst sand dollars, against the clear blue sky, the Jo Loves signature fragrance Pomelo was born, encapsulating notes of pink pomelo, vetiver and suede. Ten years on, Pomelo has become the brand’s bestselling fragrance and a fragrance industry classic. Since the launch of the 32 | johndwood.co.uk

fragrance and iconic candle, the scent has been extended to include Bath & Body Ancillaries and the innovative Pomelo Hand Sanitiser & Lotion Duo. To celebrate 10 years since the launch of Pomelo, inspired by the hand painted glass jars her father gave her as a child, Jo has worked with artist, Sophie Humphrey of @SophieAmeliaCreates to craft hand painted limited edition Pomelo Fragrance bottles. Each one of a kind bottle is beautifully hand painted with a floral design, which brings to life the fragrance inside. “As a little girl, I used to watch my father as he hand-painted glass bottles. They


“Each one of a kind bottle is beautifully hand painted with a floral design, which brings to life the fragrance inside.” were just beautiful. To celebrate 10 years of Pomelo and new beginnings, I asked the incredibly talented Sophie Humphrey to hand paint the story of Pomelo onto the glass bottles, just as my father had done many years ago. From sand dollars, to slices of Pomelo and beach grass, it tells us the story and reminds me of great adventures, trusting creativity and never giving up on my dream. Happy Birthday Pomelo.” Jo Malone – CBE.

Jo's autobiography 'My Story' tells her remarkable full-life story – from modest beginnings struggling with dyslexia and leaving school without qualifications, to turning her fortunes around to become one of the world’s most successful businesswomen. Jo Loves 42 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9NZ www.joloves.com 33 | johndwood.co.uk


Victoria Square, SW1 This attractive stucco fronted house forms part of an architecturally pleasing enclave surrounding a central communal garden in Belgravia. The house has been renovated to create a lovely family home and is tucked away within a short walk of Victoria mainline and Underground station. Approx. 2,524 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, study, cellar, cloakroom, communal garden. £1,850 Per Week | £8,016 Per Month (fees apply)

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Belgravia Lettings – 020 3151 6460

belgravia@johndwood.co.uk

Richard Mackarel

Russel Williamson

Robert Green

Lettings - Belgravia

Sales - Cadogan Street

Sales - Chelsea Green

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Cadogan Place, SW1X Thoughtfully divided into four residences in one of London’s most exclusive addresses in Belgravia, this house is one of the originals on the street, built in the early 1800s. The property is perfectly positioned to enjoy the direct views over the 8-acre private garden fronting Cadogan Place. Approx. 6,459 sq ft. 9 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 5 reception rooms, 2 utility rooms, terrace, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £19,450,000

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Cadogan Street – 020 3151 5032

cadoganst@johndwood.co.uk

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Moore Street, SW3 This charming home, on the west side of a popular residential street, is conveniently located within walking distance to Sloane Square as well as all the world class boutiques, cafes and restaurants that the King's Road, Sloane Street and Pavilion Road have to offer. Approx. 2,497 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, cloakroom, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £4,750,000

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Cadogan Street – 020 3151 5032

cadoganst@johndwood.co.uk

Russel Williamson

Robert Green

Simon Horne

Sales - Cadogan Street

Sales - Chelsea Green

Lettings - Cadogan Street

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Lennox Garden, SW1X This beautifully proportioned first floor apartment is located in a red brick Victorian building, overlooking well maintained communal gardens. Lennox Gardens is one of the most attractive and secluded garden squares in a convenient part of Chelsea, adjoining Knightsbridge. Approx. 1,044 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, cloakroom, terrace. Leasehold

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Guide Price £1,850,000

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Cadogan Street – 020 3151 5032

cadoganst@johndwood.co.uk

Chelsea Embankment, SW3 This stunning split-level penthouse apartment overlooks the River Thames, benefiting from underfloor heating throughout and direct lift access into the apartment. Approx. 2,134 sq ft. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, dining room, cloakroom, utility room, lift access. £1,695 Per Week | £7,345 Per Month (fees apply)

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Cadogan Street Lettings – 02031 516 431

cadoganst@johndwood.co.uk

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Off the

BEATEN TRACK

Vincent Dennington takes us on a walk through the country house market and why it’s so popular. iving in the countryside has always been a draw for many, with space to live and a feeling of enhanced wellbeing, it’s not surprising that when the pandemic struck so many more wanted a piece of the action hence the country house market saw a significant uptick in activity.

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Vince Dennington Head of Country House Dept. vdennington@johndwood.co.uk 020 3369 1158

“Since launching the Country House Department, we have seen a fantastic level of activity in the market.”

The flexibility of being able to work from home, further fuelled by the stamp duty holiday and not forgetting the very attractive interest rates we have all seen, have made the country house market an exciting market to be a part of. Since launching the Country House Department, we have seen a fantastic level of activity in the market, which, accompanied with the right kind of marketing, is invariably an important part of this market sector. Sales have been made at a much faster rate than we have seen for several years, with competitive bidding due to strong levels of demand, which has also meant those sales have fetched well over initial guide price, so for vendors it’s ‘all to play for’ as I like to say. Interestingly, country homes have proved to be very popular with avid collectors of vintage cars, where properties with extra outbuildings such as garages or converted barns and stables are available to accommodate the storage for these 38 | johndwood.co.uk

valuable assets. It is also attractive for those looking for equestrian facilities, or for people who want to become selfsufficient on their own land by growing organic vegetables and fruit, after all, who wouldn’t want an orchard of fruit trees in their back garden! The Home Counties are the top hotspots in this market. With lush open space and more privacy, all within easy reach of London via great road and rail links for short(ish) commutes; it’s making the transition to a post-pandemic life feel normal again and giving people the best of both with combined urban and rural living. So, what’s next? With the stamp duty holiday over and the talk of a possible increase in interest rates the country house market continues to thrive. However, there are currently simply not enough good properties out there to cope with the demand, but I am confident with the gradual return of overseas buyers we will see a positive shift and see this market remain buoyant for some time to come.



The Manor House, Wheatley A magnificent Grade II Listed manor of elegant proportions, steeped in over one thousand years of English history, and set in wonderful formal gardens with a tennis court, two cottages, a studio and kitchen garden. The Manor House, situated on the High Street is believed to have origins from the 10th century and was the site of a medieval manor, once the property of King Edwy before it was granted among other surrounding assets to Abingdon Abbey. Approx. 5,576 sq ft.

Daniel Parott

Vince Dennington

Sales - Oxford

Sales - Country House Department

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9 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, dining hall, drawing room, library, 3 self-contained cottages, studio, tennis court, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £3,000,000

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Country House Department – 01932 645 716

countryhouse@johndwood.co.uk

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The Gleanings, Rochester This magnificent Grade II Listed Georgian Mansion sits in a most enviable elevated position, benefitting from outstanding uninterrupted views across the River Medway and Rochester Bridge. Updated to a very high standard with no expense spared, the current vendor has introduced many bespoke pieces while retaining many of the original features of this beautiful home. Using architectural influences from both Grecian and Gothic styles, the most notable of The Gleanings' period features include: high ceilings with decorative cornices and ceiling roses, moulded door frames with gold leafed ‘lions masks’, feature fireplaces, and hand painted silk wallpaper. Approx. 5,486 sq ft.

Vince Dennington Sales - Country House Department

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5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (2 en suite), 3 reception rooms, dining room, study, wine cellar, garden room, workshop, storage room, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,950,000

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Country House Department – 01932 645 716

countryhouse@johndwood.co.uk

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Charlton Avenue, Walton-on-Thames A well-presented detached home, offering substantial well-proportioned accommodation over three floors, and located within a short distance of Walton-on-Thames mainline station and the local Hersham amenities. Approx. 5,196 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), 5 reception rooms, open-plan conservatory, utility room, cloakroom, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,595,000

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Country House Department – 01932 645 716

countryhouse@johndwood.co.uk

Wolsey Road, Esher This beautifully presented family home offers flexible living space, and is ideally located for Esher High Street with its array of boutiques, food stores, cinema, local schools and train station into London. Approx. 1,564 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, open-plan living room, reception room, cloakroom, workshop, garden annex, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £995,000

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Esher – 013 7239 0199

esher@johndwood.co.uk

Vince Dennington

Gavin Fleming

Sales - Country House Department

Sales - Esher

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Harrow Gardens, East Molesey An immaculately presented high-end family home, built to a meticulous specification and situated in a private gated, cul-de-sac off Palace Road, one of East Molesey's premier locations, within close proximity to Hampton Court. Approx. 1,957 sq ft. Energy Rating: B. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), reception room, cloakroom, garden annex, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,575,000

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Esher – 013 7239 0200

esher@johndwood.co.uk

Gavin Fleming

Adam Silvester

Sales - Esher

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Chatsworth Place, Oxshott A detached family home located in a peaceful gated development just moments from Oxshott train station. This property offers brilliant living space with a south west facing garden split over two levels, backing onto woodland. Approx. 3,565 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 reception rooms, dining room, study, utility room, 2 cloakrooms, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,850,000

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Cobham – 020 3151 7253

cobham@johndwood.co.uk

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The Landmark, Queens Road, Weybridge Set within a distinctive new development by Cleanslate Ltd., the Penthouse in The Landmark sports beautifully lit feature doors that lead through to a wrap around terrace with panoramic views across the treetops. Approx. 1,509 sq ft. Energy Rating: B.

Vince Dennington

James Burrows

Sales - Weybridge

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3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (en suite), reception room, open-plan dining room, cloakroom, terrace, communal garden, lift access, off-street parking. Leasehold

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Guide Price £1,250,000

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Weybridge – 01932 645 716

weybridge@johndwood.co.uk

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Jo Wilson Regional Lettings Director, Surrey, South West London and Country jwilson@johndwood.co.uk 07817 783225

“Our CHK Esher office received multiple offers on this family home which ended up being let at 11% over the asking price. A real success story for both our client and the delighted tenants.”

Jo Wilson, Regional Lettings Director in Surrey, South West London and Country, provides us with an insight into ‘Why Surrey’ and what makes the area special. ike countless other families, I followed that well-worn path out of South West London to Surrey, and haven’t looked back. Already working in Surrey, I was familiar with its draw – from the open green spaces, family friendly activities to the ever-important motorway links that continue to allow me to commute to London in c. 30 minutes. Having lived here for the past few years Surrey has certainly lived up to my expectations and I can’t see myself living anywhere else. Heightening this, my work has enabled me to spend the past 12 years viewing some of Surrey’s most beautiful and interesting homes, which, I’m sure you will agree, are quite spectacular.

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The John D Wood & Co. family has two Surrey-based lettings specialists, APW Property and CHK Mountford. Side by side, they cover the locally-known ‘golden triangle’ of Surrey in Esher, Cobham and Weybridge. Due to the selling points mentioned before, these areas have always been in extremely high demand, be it a stunning two bedroom executive apartment or high spec family house located within one of the many private estates. That being said, when it comes to the market, the past 18 months have been like no other. With demand increasing dramatically, the sheer lack of properties available is apparent. The biggest drivers of this drop in supply appear fourfold: those working from home are moving out from London as they are no longer confined by commuter time, families moving locally simply for more space, Landlords deciding to sell up and take advantage of the buoyant sales market, and finally the influx of international corporate tenants needing a home now the travel constraints have eased. Taking this into consideration, we are agreeing lets in record times at record prices, and often before a property even reaches the open market. 50 | johndwood.co.uk

A prime example of this can be found in the beautiful properties located in the exclusive St George’s Hill Estate in Weybridge. With its mix of imposing new build properties and historic Tarrant houses, St George’s Hill is arguably one of the most desirable places to live in the UK. A perfect cocktail of old and new, garnished with a private championship standard golf course and tennis club, there is an oasis behind the gates of the estate. Our CHK Esher office received multiple offers on the family home above, which ended up being let at 11% over the asking price. A real success story for both our client and the delighted tenants. Looking ahead to 2022, I envisage the supply of properties being absolutely key, with our clients still reaping the rewards of the pent up demand. Historically, the corporate relocation market has been seasonal as it takes the start of the school terms into account. However, moving into 2022 and beyond, I believe we will see the highs and lows of this market even out while the job move takes priority. I hope to also see the return of ‘accidental landlords’ who can now fulfil their own work-related move overseas and therefore need to rent out their own home. A service we are most proud of in Surrey is our Property Management team. Having a managed property takes the legislative burden away from our clients and allows us to handle the day to day running of the property, which we are rather adept at. With over 122 years of experience between them, you can rest assured there is nothing they haven’t seen or can’t handle. If you are thinking of making the move Surrey – and why not do it now – those wonderful green spaces and amenities are calling for those of you pondering that all important life changing move.


St. Anns Hill Road, Chertsey Sitting handsomely on St Anns Hill Road, this outstanding period property is within close proximity to the historic town of Chertsey, and offers a traditional ‘English’ style garden that is beautifully maintained. Approx. 2,770 sq ft. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, dining room, cloakroom, utility room, garden annex, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,350,000

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Weybridge – 01932 645 716

weybridge@johndwood.co.uk

Oatlands Drive, Weybridge An elegant apartment forming part of a prestigious gated development, the southerly facing property overlooks the immaculately maintained communal gardens and benefits from secure underground parking and a private balcony. Approx. 1,299 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, dining room, balcony, communal garden, off-street parking. £2,250 Per Month (fees apply)

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Weybridge Lettings – 01932 645 293

weybridge@johndwood.co.uk

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Portmore Park Road, Weybridge A truly stylish Victorian villa, this property has rather spacious accommodation set over three floors, as well as a indoor swimming pool, a games room and an outdoor covered pergola with a wood burner. Approx. 5,133 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, open-plan dining room, indoor swimming pool, games room, garden annex, garden, off-street parking. £1,269 Per Week | £5,250 Per Month (fees apply)

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Weybridge Lettings – 01932 645 293

weybridge@johndwood.co.uk

Bea Piazza

Vince Dennington

Lettings - Weybridge

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Grange Place, Walton-on-Thames This impressive, detached property has been designed to a high standard by the renowned builders, Octagon Developments. Centred around a grand entrance hall, the ground floor features a living room with double doors leading out to the landscaped garden. Approx. 3,314 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), reception room, dining room, study, cloakroom, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,250,000

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Weybridge – 01932 645 716

weybridge@johndwood.co.uk

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fter spending the majority of the last couple of years wistfully remembering time spent with friends and loved ones, past holiday experiences enjoyed and savouring the memories they created, we are now able to make-up for those adventures we have missed, the experiences lost and the plans cancelled. From now on it is all about resetting our travel compass, still perhaps a little closer to home than in the past, and filling our bucket list with travel experiences to enjoy once again. They say that variety is the spice of life and your travel bucket list should naturally contain an array of eclectic experiences. The Iconic Luxury Hotel portfolio of properties definitely fits into that category, as how else could you describe a collection which includes: a Berkshire stately home; a Cotswolds coaching Inn; a New Forest manor house; a Chelsea neighbourhood hotel and, fifteen Georgian townhouses in London’s Mayfair, which have taken the town by storm, becoming one of London most surprising new hotels. The UK collection currently includes: Chewton Glen in Hampshire; Cliveden

House in Berkshire; The Lygon Arms, Broadway, in the Cotswolds; and in London, 11 Cadogan Gardens in Chelsea and The Mayfair Townhouse in the heart of Mayfair. Each property has its own character, traditions and stories, but they share a refreshing commitment to delivering outstanding experiences. It was said by Katherine Sohn, from Condé Nast Traveller … “that walking into The Mayfair Townhouse, feels like entering a jewellery box – mirrored ceilings, golden front desks and a shiny peacock sculpture in the lobby covered in 25,000 Swarovski crystals”. Not even a global pandemic stopped this remarkable property becoming the fifth hotel in the Iconic Luxury Hotels’ UK collection. The Townhouse also made it onto Travel & Leisure’s ‘It List 2021’ – a list comprising of ‘Editor’s Picks of the Best New Hotels in the World’ and the Condé Nast Travellers ‘2021 Hot List’ in its first 6 months! Without the traditions of a regular hotel, there is no room at The Mayfair Townhouse that has not been thoughtfully curated. The hotel bridges the gap between ritzy high-end lavish 56 | johndwood.co.uk

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“Walking into The Mayfair Townhouse, feels like entering a jewellery box – mirrored ceilings, golden front desks and a shiny peacock sculpture in the lobby.”


hotels and the corporate enterprise properties that currently populate Mayfair. When you walk through the doors of the new Townhouse, you should expect the unexpected. Moments of surprise await around every corner of the fifteen connected Georgian buildings that line Half Moon Street. In what was once the setting for Oscar Wilde’s most famous play, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. Dandy is the cornerstone theme and design language of The Mayfair Townhouse, building on its historic connections. However, art plays a pivotal role too, with Minda Dowling, a leading art specialist curating unique and unusual pieces for the hotel to further bring each space to life. The hand-picked collection includes both known names and emerging artists to celebrate different creators of our time, all with their own wow factor. The Dandy Bar epitomizes bespoke cocktails and flavours of whimsy. Practicality defines the Townhouse’s individually designed guest’s rooms and suites, from the functional cosy Cabin Rooms and the indoor-outdoor living-themed Garden Suites to the Signature Suites, every corner of each room is thoughtfully designed and appeals to the high expectations of today’s discerning modern traveller. Without a traditional restaurant at The Mayfair Townhouse, you are invited to the Lower Ground Floor – a vibrant space located downstairs off the entrance lobby. Appealing to the nomad traveller this is a place to eat, work, explore and connect.

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home warmth to make you feel relaxed and indulged during your city break. As the only Relais & Chateaux hotel in London and recently awarded 5 Red Stars by the AA, its Chelsea location makes 11 Cadogan Gardens the perfect destination. From the moment you step onto the pavement of Cadogan Gardens you will be greeted with the sounds of very little other than the rustling of leaves in the private garden square and the faint noise of those enjoying the pedestianised shopping areas close by in Pavilion Road. Chelsea is picturesque and filled with character. In addition to the delights of our hotel, we now are able to offer visitors to London access to real Chelsea-living with the introduction of six newly, renovated apartments. These one, two and three-bedrooms luxury apartments are fully equipped to offer the perfect environment for couples, families and groups of friends to come together to reunite in a central location and relax in privacy. Each apartment reflects Chelsea’s historical architecture and celebrates chic stylish city living in its most luxurious form. The concept celebrates period features, artisan flair, sumptuous detail and timeless elegance. So the question to add to your bucket list will be who you will bring with you. Will you want to shop ‘til you drop, indulge in the finest food, relax in your own city bubble or catch-up with friends and family. The Apartments offer complete privacy if required, or guests can take advantage of all the hotel services at our property 11 Cadogan Gardens, including room service, concierge, housekeeping, dining in the relaxed setting of the Hans’ Bar & Grill, plus a welcome hamper filled with treats from the artisan shops in Pavilion Road, including all the essentials for a stay.


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“Located within 130 acres of gardens on the edge of the New Forest and a few minutes’ walk from the coast, Chewton Glen is a family-friendly destination renowned for continually innovating and evolving.”

Above and left: Chewton Glen, Hampshire

If a relaxed family holiday in the Hampshire countryside is high on your list, then Chewton Glen could be just right for you. The original ‘Iconic’ luxury hotel, this 5-star Relais & Chateaux property is one of the finest in the country. Located within 130 acres of gardens on the edge of the New Forest and a few minutes’ walk from the coast, this family-friendly destination is renowned for continually innovating and evolving. Recent additions include the fabulous Treehouse Suites and The Kitchen an exciting meet, eat, cook venue overseen by TV Chef James Martin. Activities available within the grounds include a 9-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a croquet lawn, walking and jogging trials, forest bathing and even a Sheep Ram’ble with the hotels own coloured Ryeland breed ‘Teddy Bear Sheep’. With the ancient New Forest on your doorstep, you can also explore and enjoy horse riding, cycling and rambling and some exceptional water-based activities including paddle boarding, kayaking, RIB and yacht charters. 59 | johndwood.co.uk

The recently renovated Chewton Glen Spa offers sumptuous surroundings and outstanding service. All of the 58 rooms and suites in the Main House at Chewton Glen have been individually designed to provide the ultimate in luxury and comfort and, high among the canopy of the New Forest, Chewton Glen has created 14 wonderful Treehouses Suites designed to have as little visual and physical impact as possible on their idyllic surroundings. Inside, the lodges feature floor to ceiling windows, vaulted ceilings, secret bunk rooms, wood burners and the large hardwood decks help enhance a sense of place amongst the tree canopy. High on your Iconic travel list, and towering above the Berkshire countryside, is the breathtakingly beautiful Cliveden House. It is a unique property, a historic National Trust country house just 40 minutes from London and 20 minutes from Heathrow. Set in 376 acres of Grade 1 listed formal gardens and woodland and enjoying panoramic views over the River Thames, it has a rich historic heritage as a venue


for entertaining royalty, politicians and socialites, with tales of parties, privilege and power. Today Cliveden is as glamorous and decadent as it has ever been. As a member of the Iconic Luxury Hotels collection, it has undergone an ambitious and sympathetic restoration with the crowning glory being the exclusive Cliveden Spa. Guests can enjoy a delicious choice of dining experiences, including the sumptuous award-winning Cliveden Dining Room and The Astor Grill, located in the former Duke of Westminster’s stables. The hotel has 47 spacious rooms and suites in the main mansion, plus Spring Cottage, a summerhouse on the banks of the River Thames, together with boathouse and boats. There is a palpable sense of history, for this is a house that for well over 350 years has been dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, power and politics.

delivered luxurious comfort and chic style, while retaining the inn’s distinctive heritage, character and Cotswolds charm. Features include: 86 guest rooms and suites, The Lygon Bar & Grill, for relaxed dining in the magnificent Great Hall, an inviting wine bar, relaxing cocktail bar, luxurious spa for indulgent pampering and secret gardens, including the Gin & Tonic garden, vegetable gardens and a maze. Focusing on guests that love the outdoors, The Lygon Arms is the ideal base for walking, cycling or exploring the Cotswolds. In addition with secure gun storage and private dining opportunities, The Lygon Arms is perfectly situated to access a selection of nearby local shooting estates and of course, as well as being fabulously family friendly, the property is also dog friendly. The Lygon Arms is a taste of history reimagined. www.iconicluxuryhotels.com

Completing our Iconic bucket list of travel opportunities should be a trip to the Cotswolds, with its honey coloured stone cottages, leafy locations, sweeping hills and cobbled streets. Each Cotswolds town and village comes with its own unique charm and character, which is why exploring the area is a must during your stay at the fifth of UK Iconic Luxury Hotels, The Lygon Arms, Broadway. A Cotswolds institution, this stunning 600-year-old coaching inn is located in picturesque Broadway, which is often referred to as the ‘Jewel in The Cotswolds’. The inn has been a destination for centuries, attracting guests as varied as King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and even Prince Phillip. Recently, The Lygon Arms underwent a major refurbishment programme that has 60 | johndwood.co.uk

Above: Cliveden House, Berkshire Below: The Lygon Arms, Cotswolds



Hampton Court Road, East Molseley

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This beautiful Georgian style property, set over four floors is situated close to Hampton Court Palace and is perfect for entertaining with the added benefit of an indoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi. Approx. 8,792 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, swimming pool facilities, bar, games room, garden. £6,923 Per Week | £30,000 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


Briarbank Close, Fetcham

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This fabulous newly built home is beautifully presented with an open-plan kitchen/living area, perfect for family living. Fetcham is nestled between Bookham and Leatherhead stations. Approx. 2,782 sq ft. Energy Rating: B. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), 2 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, study, utility room, garden, off-street parking. £5,500 Per Month (fees apply) cobham@apwproperty.com

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APW Cobham – 01932 645 503


Norwood Farmhouse, Cobham Norwood Farmhouse is a charming Grade II Listed Georgian period residence, with 16th Century origins. Surrounded by beautiful mature gardens it offers the tranquillity of a country setting and yet is only a short drive from the cosmopolitan high streets of Cobham and Esher. Approx. 7,282 sq ft. 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), 3 reception rooms, study, dressing room, media room, utility room, equestrian facilities, outdoor swimming pool. £16,000 Per Month (fees apply) | CHK Esher – 01372 390 058 esher@chkmountford.co.uk

Gavin Fleming

Lettings - CHK Esher

Ryan Letch

Lettings - CHK Esher


Pelhams Road, Esher Located in one of the most exclusive private roads in Esher, this property affords stunning views across the Surrey Hills and is ideally suited for a family requiring comfortable accommodation, located within easy walking distance of the Esher town centre and train station. Approx. 3,181 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (3 en suite), reception room, dining room, utility room, study, cloakroom, outdoor swimming pool. £7,500 Per Month (fees apply) | CHK Esher – 01372 390 058 esher@chkmountford.co.uk


Renters

RETURN Jane Jenrick, Head of Lettings, talks about the imbalance of supply and demand for rental accommodation that London has seen, and the sprint to secure its limited availability.

Jane Jenrick Head of Lettings jjenrick@johndwood.co.uk 07850 919 604

“The last few months have seen a big shift with price hikes of up to 20% in some areas and bidding wars between prospective tenants.” *John D Wood & Co. internal data 2021

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t was well publicised that London’s rental market was hit quite severely by the pandemic, as many moved away from the city, but it is now rebounding with a bang. The last few months have seen a big shift with price hikes of up to 20%* in some areas and bidding wars between prospective tenants. As the UK capital comes back to life, the strain on the rental market has become considerable. Prior to lockdown restrictions fully easing, a flood of flats, student properties and former short-let accomodation meant opportunistic renters could pick up incredible bargains. We saw renters trialling new areas of London, making swaps from areas like Clapham to Chelsea as they could get more, or something out of their typical price range, for their money. With the mood now swiftly swinging in the opposite direction, landlords are back on the front foot with more demand than the market can fulfil. Some new tenants, particularly in Surrey and the Home Counties, are paying rents 25% above the previous tenant and this frenetic market place shows no sign of abating during the winter months and moving into 2022. Enquiries have shot sky high with the reappearance of the international 66 | johndwood.co.uk

students, people going back to offices and record-breaking numbers of corporate employees relocating to the UK. This demand has only added to the historically low levels of dwindling housing stock, and disappointed potential tenants who are missing out on their dream home is now becoming commonplace as a result of the fierce competition. The unprecedented corporate activity we are also experiencing is a clear demonstration that London and the surrounding areas are seen as a safe and desirable place to relocate your family to. As a Londoner, (albeit growing up in the countryside) it has been hugely satisfying to see our wonderful city return to ‘normal’ and see our vibrant communities and street life return - in many ways with more vibrancy than before! The introduction of bars and restaurants extending their seating over our pavements and the human drive to reconnect and make up for lost time together has been a great source of encouragement for many people living in the city.



North End Road, Steeple Claydon A most charming Victorian house with superb party barn, set in beautiful gardens. The Moat is ideally positioned in approx. half an acre of mature gardens with the benefit of a variety of outbuildings including a fine period timber framed and barge board clad barn. Approx. 3,553 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), 4 reception rooms, study, conservatory, utility room, cloakroom, garden annex, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,325,000

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Oxford – 01865 575 209

oxford@johndwood.co.uk

Daniel Parott

Jackie Smith

Sales - Oxford

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West Cottage, Buckland An exquisite stone-built cottage, the property has a peaceful setting with superb southerly views towards the Berkshire Downs. Semi-detached, the house includes equestrian facilities from stables to stores and a manege. Approx. 2,648 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, study, utility room, equestrian facilities. £3,400 Per Month (fees apply)

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Oxford Lettings – 01865 575 208

oxford@johndwood.co.uk

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Brynmaer Road, SW11 Moments away from Battersea Park, and occupying a prime position, is this beautifully presented family house. Bynmaer Road runs parallel to Prince of Wales Drive and is close to the local shops, restaurants and bus services on Battersea Park Road. Approx. 2,352 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (2 en suite), reception room, open-plan dining room, dressing room, utility room, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,500,000

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Battersea – 020 3151 5529

battersea@johndwood.co.uk

Alex Oppenheim

Anntonia Redding

David Mendel

Sales - Battersea

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Brynmaer Road, SW11 This beautiful family home has a fantastic double reception and eat-in kitchen with access out onto the patio garden, creating a charming 'oasis' of green. There are excellent bus routes nearby as well as mainline stations providing access to Victoria and Waterloo. Approx. 2,606 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (2 en suite), reception room, open-plan dining room, study, dressing room, cellar, garden. £1,730 Per Week | £7,500 Per Month (fees apply)

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Battersea Lettings – 020 3151 6445

battersea@johndwood.co.uk

Courtfield Gardens, SW5 This raised ground floor apartment, overlooking Courtfield Gardens, is exquisitely restored and refurbished, located close by to Gloucester Road and Earl’s Court Underground stations. This is a perfect pied-a-terre or first time buy. Approx. 527 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, communal garden. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £895,000

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Earl's Court – 020 3151 3962

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Clapham

CALLING Kesha Foss-Smith Branch Manager

Shoeni Oates Associate Director clapham@johndwood.co.uk Sales: 020 3151 6209 Lettings: 020 3151 5754

Clapham, widely known for its acres of green open spaces and anchored by its high street, has made its mark on the hospitality scene. Local Estate Agents Kesha Foss-Smith and Shoeni Oates share their thoughts on what makes the area tick and who is moving there. icture elegant stucco-fronted Regency buildings in the Old Town, Art Deco blocks, Victorian conversions and terraced family homes throughout the Abbeville Village grid; properties in Clapham are undoubtedly varied. With its ‘town meets country’ atmosphere, Abbeville Village in Clapham South is equipped with everything needed to deliver that local community feeling. Nestled amongst beautiful treelined residential streets, its selection of independent shops – from the local and infamous butcher, Ginger Pig, and a fishmonger, to eateries like Nue Ground Café and Gail’s Bakery – ensures there is something to suit every taste.

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places to eat lunch and dinner on top of those – Clapham is set up to fulfil anyone’s appetite. Whether you’re feeling adventurous or have a craving for the staples, the area checks all the boxes. Take the Pear Tree Café; with live music it makes the perfect backdrop for a cosy coffee after a winter morning jog on the Common. Or perhaps the Bistro Union, a quintessentially British neighbourhood bistro located in the heart of Abbeville village. And if you want impressive cocktails in the evening, No. 32 is the place to be. Of course, this list would be incomplete without a perfect Sunday roast, for which the Windmill Pub is the place to go.

Home to more brunch spots than you can visit in a year, and with so many

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neatly away, and if you don’t live here you wouldn’t necessarily know about it… yet everyone here knows each other” adding that “there are many villages in London, but this certainly feels special and people love it when they are introduced to the area.” Close neighbourhoods include Clapham Old Town – with its own high street and grand manor style properties, and Clapham Common with its North, South and West sides – “who wouldn’t love to be surrounded by that expanse of greenery all year round, especially if you’re looking for the best of city and country life wrapped up in one, it provides that space so many craved to jog, skate and play", says Kesha.

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Clapham High Street has the nightlife to kick off that weekend feeling, keeping it politely contained while the rest of the area provides a more calm and relaxed feeling, drawing in families for the exceptional schools such as Eton House, The Manor School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary and Bonneville Primary. Kesha reminds “Not forgetting the plethora of Montessori style nurseries, including a bilingual French and English nursery called Raphael on Poyners Road.” Recent life in lockdown taught many lessons, a crucial one being that “your house is more than just a home” adds Shoeni Oates, Associate Director at John D Wood & Co., “and when some of us turned our homes into classrooms and offices, others needed a home gym or a sourdough bakery, but to most, their home just needed be a safe haven.”

“There are many villages in London, but this certainly feels special and people love it when they are introduced to the area.”

Shoeni continues, “Clapham is renowned for being somewhere families want to call home, whether you own or rent, the balance of family life and nightlife attracts young families and professional sharers alike, and Clapham cements its status as a prime choice for commuters. As dynamic and fast moving as its inhabitants, the property market is as solid as ever and we have already seen a huge surge of interest from buyers, sellers, landlords and renters in the SW4 area” where John D Wood & Co. opened a new office in Abbeville Road at the beginning of September.

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o consolidate our network and expand our reach, we are happy to announce the opening of a new office on Abbeville Road, Clapham. We are delighted that we have expanded our business into Clapham. Combining our experience of over 20 years in South West London, we really value what the area has to offer. With the desire to live in Clapham everincreasing, our new team is here to help you throughout your property journey.

“Our aim is to provide a bespoke service and a local expertise that has been trusted for generations.”

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Klea Avenue, SW4 This stunning home has been recently refurbished to the highest standard throughout, and with the exposed brickwork in the open-plan kitchen results a trendy yet classic interior. Approx. 2,122 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), 2 reception rooms, utility room, cellar, study, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,000,000

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Clapham – 020 3151 6205

clapham@johndwood.co.uk

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Drakefield Road, SW17 Occupying the lower levels of a grand Victorian building, this immaculately presented maisonette boasts a landscaped south facing garden with a summer house to the rear. Approx. 1,597 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, utility room, dining room, garden. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £1,200,000

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Clapham – 020 3151 6205

clapham@johndwood.co.uk

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Hannington Road, SW4 This stunning Victorian conversion is in excellent condition throughout with a 47 ft south facing garden. Located within Clapham Old Town, just off The Chase, the property benefits from transport links at both Clapham Common and Wandsworth Road. Approx. 794 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, open-plan dining/reception room, garden. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £850,000

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Clapham – 020 3151 6205

clapham@johndwood.co.uk

Moore Park Road, SW6 This elegant family home, located on the sought after Moore Park Estate, offers substantial family living accommodation. Moore Park Road is a desirable street located on the Chelsea/Fulham borders and within easy reach of Fulham and Kings Road. Approx. 3,374 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, wine cellar, cloakroom, garden, terrace. £2,850 Per Week | £12,350 Per Month (fees apply)

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fulhambroadway@johndwood.co.uk

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Sedlescombe Road, SW6 This impressive four-storey home has been completely extended and refurbished to a fantastic standard, with plenty of entertaining space that leads out onto a 21 ft garden area. Approx. 2,533 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, utility room, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,300,000

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Fulham Broadway – 020 3151 3989

fulhambroadway@johndwood.co.uk

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Talgarth Road, W14 Designed by Frank Wheeler in the 1890’s, this magnificent property is situated in the midst of a short terrace of similar Grade II Listed buildings. Built in the popular style of the time, the spacious first floor reception room is a sight to behold with incredible ceiling heights. Approx. 2,296 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, utility room, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,800,000

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Fulham Broadway – 020 3151 3989

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TAILOR Made Whilst working with renowned Savile Row tailor, Huntsman, The Deck Founder Daisy Knatchbull noticed the absence of any brands specialising in made-to-order suits focusing exclusively on women. he Deck offers an empathetic women-for-women service; understanding its clients' needs and emotional relationship with clothing, ensuring it knows all aspects of the client from her body shape to height and most importantly, her lifestyle. This ensures it creates the perfect suit which will become a timeless staple of her wardrobe. The Deck’s primary focus is crafting timeless, beautiful, and versatile suiting. The process allows for a fully

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customizable experience of the four styles offered (named after the suits in a deck of cards) including your bespoke choice of cloth, linings, buttons, monogramming and styling details. The Deck sits in the middle ground between contemporary and classic, tailoring house and fashion brand. In today’s disposable fashion and mass made culture, the Deck offers the alternative to fast fashion: an investment piece unique to you. A suit is not just a


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“In today’s disposable fashion and mass made culture, the Deck offers the alternative to fast fashion: an investment piece unique to you.”

symbol of independence, authority, and elegance but it is also versatile, timeless, and comfortable. The Deck is so much more than a tailored suit, it is an investment in each client. This realisation became the seed from which Daisy’s brand ‘The Deck’ launched – a tailoring business seeking to empower women. This was solidified when Daisy became the first woman to ever wear a bespoke morning suit at Royal Ascot. The Deck launched in April 2019, challenging the idea that tailored suiting is a man’s world and women’s merely an afterthought. In September 2020 in the middle of a global pandemic, The Deck opened it’s doors on the prestigious Savile Row, The Deck is the first female shop front in Savile Row’s history. Daisy Knatchbull has also received the respected award of ‘The Pioneer’ for 85 | johndwood.co.uk

‘Rake Of The Year’ from The Rake in late 2020. Selected by The Rake for various reasons some of which Wei Koh has listed below but also because in a year which has been extremely challenging for businesses Daisy Knatchbull and The Deck have outperformed anyone else in her field by miles and opened a new store in the middle of a pandemic. This has been achieved with a lot of hard work and determination and has been executed with elegance and grace. “One major reason for Daisy’s success is her ability to change the perception that women’s suits are business wear. Daisy and her clients understand that her suits are for every part of a woman’s life. From an ethical perspective, The Deck also frees its clients from the cyclical nature of fashion and trend and introduces the concept of clothing that can be worn indefinitely and that will look more beautiful with time.” Wei Koh, The Rake.


“One major reason for Daisy’s success is her ability to change the perception that women’s suits are business wear. Daisy and her clients understand that her suits are for every part of a woman’s life.” “Sustainability and mindful purchasing is an intrinsic part of The Deck philosophy. By producing only on a made-tomeasure basis, each piece is made just for you, only when you decide you need it. With no inventory or bulk order fabrics, we are able to eliminate waste from our business, counteracting the devastating scale of overproduction that is currently going on in the fashion industry, the majority of which often ends up in landfill.” “We work with highly skilled artisans and craftsmen, helping to keep long traditions, techniques and cultures alive. Alongside this, we are committed to using responsible materials such as wool, linen, and organic cotton, which are all naturally biodegradable. As investment pieces that are multi- seasonal, durable and versatile, we are confident that The Deck suits will stand the test of time in your wardrobe, and we hope that they 86 | johndwood.co.uk

will be passed down generations to come. A small, versatile and considered wardrobe can be mighty - particularly for the planet.” Daisy Knatchbull. Daisy’s personal style and taste aided her curation of the four silhouettes, each named after the suits in a deck of cards. Under the teams expert guidance you can choose the cloth and styling details before an expert tailor creates your unique suit. With an incomparable fit, these timeless pieces are deliberately designed for their versatility and exceptional quality. 4 styles, 7000 cloth choices, 20 measurements, 2000 stitches. Your choice of cloth, lining, button, thread & monogramming. From the comfort of your home, office or Savile Row atelier. www.thedecklondon.com



Victoria Road, W8 A unique and substantial double-fronted villa near Kensington Palace and Hyde Park. The house has been built to the highest standards and provides desirable off-street parking for two cars and a spa with a swimming pool. This immaculate interior designed lateral house, with a frontage of over 40 ft and triple aspect windows, offers the perfect balance of modern living and luxurious comforts with state-of-the-art technology. Approx. 6,385 sq ft. Energy Rating: C.

Matthew Harrop

Andy Harris

Sales - Kensington

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6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms , 3 reception rooms, cinema, bar, indoor swimming pool, spa facilities, gym, garden, roof terrace, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £22,500,000

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Kensington – 020 3151 6258

kensington@johndwood.co.uk

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Pembroke Gardens, W8 Beautifully arranged over four floors, this attractive house boasts a naturally lit, open-plan family room that leads through to a 41 ft west facing garden. Approx. 3,783 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 3 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, dressing room, study, 2 cloakrooms, boot room, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £7,000,000

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Kensington – 020 3151 6258

kensington@johndwood.co.uk

Matthew Harrop

Andy Harris

Will Vaughan

Sales - Kensington

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Notting Hill Gate, W11 Known as the 'Hidden House', a long hallway and a pair of front doors separate this superb property from Notting Hill Gate. There is a real sense of calm and great natural light from three floor-to-ceiling windows which overlook the split level patio to the rear. Approx. 3,314 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 reception rooms, studio, conservatory, utility room, cloakroom, terrace. Freehold

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Guide Price £4,000,000

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Notting Hill – 020 3151 3898

nottinghill@johndwood.co.uk

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Kensington Place, W8 Prominently positioned between Kensington High Street and Notting Hill Gate, this appealing terraced house is flooded with natural light and has been opened up to allow maximum living and entertaining space. Approx. 1,502 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, open-plan dining room, utility room, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,890,000

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Kensington – 020 3151 6258

kensington@johndwood.co.uk

Matthew Harrop

Andy Harris

Rupert Simmons

Sales - Kensington

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Lexham Mews, W8 This charming mews house enjoys a lovely open aspect to the front, with views over the communal gardens from the first floor. Lexham Mews is ideally situated within walking distance of Kensington High Street and the open spaces of Kensington Gardens and Holland Park. Approx. 1,445 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), reception room. £1,730 Per Week | £7,496 Per Month (fees apply)

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Notting Hill Lettings – 020 3151 6426

nottinghill@johndwood.co.uk

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Portobello Road, W11 A wonderful house in an excellent position on Portobello Road. Organised over three floors, it is presented with a modern disposition, with the original windows still in place which add a good amount of period character. Approx. 1,460 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, open-plan dining room, garden, terrace. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,500,000

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Notting Hill – 020 3151 3898

nottinghill@johndwood.co.uk

Palace Wharf, Rainville Road, W6 An exceptional interior designed penthouse apartment with private terrace and river views set within this newly converted, warehouse style, gated development on the River Thames. Approx. 841 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, riverside gated development, fitted wardrobes. £1,300 Per Week | £5,633 Per Month (fees apply)

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Fulham Broadway Lettings – 020 3151 6709

fulhambroadway@johndwood.co.uk

Will Vaughan

Chantelle Springer-Daniels

Alexandra Westcott

Sales - Notting Hill

Lettings - Fulham Broadway

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Grimston Road, SW6 Located just moments away from Parsons Green, this beautifully light house offers a layout which is very functional for family living. The house is enviably located off the New King's Road, near to the many cafes, bars and boutiques of Parsons Green. Approx. 1,938 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, cellar, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,850,000

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Parsons Green – 020 3151 5811

fulham@johndwood.co.uk

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THE SECRET Sales Service

The number of people selling their homes ‘off market’ is increasing. James Waight looks at why this hush hush tactic is so popular, despite it seeming counter-intuitive, by answering some common questions and concerns.

I’m struggling to find my next property It may be because you are looking in the wrong place. If you are solely relying upon online property portal alerts, you will be missing a vast swathe of available properties. Over 18% of John D Wood & Co.’s sales so far this year have been agreed without any external advertising. Our very own ‘MI6 style’ sales service is becoming increasing popular amongst our clients.

James Waight Regional Director, London jwaight@johndwood.co.uk 07921 749 875

“So, if you are looking to buy, it is vital you register your details with us to ensure you have full visibility of the market and access to our ‘little black book’. ”

What is an ‘off market’ property? It’s a property available for sale but not advertised, either online or offline, and will only be introduced to specific buyers registered with us. Currently over 28% of our properties for sale in London are off market. So, if you are looking to buy, it is vital you register your details with us to ensure you have full visibility of the market and access to our ‘little black book’. King Henry VIII famously kept a little black book with the names of those who should be punished for their sinful ways, no parallels with ours, although it would be a sin to miss out on some of these properties! Why is off market a popular way to sell property? There is a combination of reasons; many of our clients value their privacy. They do not want to alert their neighbours unnecessarily if an acceptable offer fails to materialise. We live in a digitalised world, information and data has never been easier to access. As a result, if you market your 96 | johndwood.co.uk

home online but then decide to delay your move and withdraw from the market, you will leave a digital footprint. Your delay may be perfectly innocent, the children could have drawn all over the walls and you want to re-decorate before going back on the market. However, future buyers may perceive this as the property simply failing to sell, which can affect its desirability. It is an estate agent's responsibility to guide homeowners through the selling process and to secure the best possible price, and protect the property’s digital footprint – and to do this we carefully judge the optimum time to launch a full marketing campaign and ensure we have advised a sensible pricing strategy. Could I benefit from adopting an ‘off market approach’? It depends on a number of factors such as your timescales, type of property, time of the year and level of demand. This method of sale is not exclusive to any one type of property, our off market sales this year have ranged from one bedroom apartments to large family houses, whether hundreds of thousands or multi-million pound properties – we could give values, but they are a secret and as one client quoted many years ago, ‘nobody keeps a secret like John D Wood & Co.’



Gloucester Crescent, NW1 A welcoming family home, the property is laid out across five floors and enjoys particularly good natural light and interesting period features. Benefitting from a superb mature walled garden to the rear, this house has fantastic entertaining space both inside and out. Approx. 3,007 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, open-plan dining room, utility room, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £4,350,000

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Primrose Hill – 020 3151 6287

primrosehill@johndwood.co.uk

Chalcot Square, NW1 Set behind a colourful facade, this uniquely configured garden apartment occupies the best spot on Chalcot Square, Primrose Hill’s most popular address. The spacious and stylish property has its own front door and pretty gardens both front and rear. Approx. 768 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, garden, studio. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £1,150,000

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Primrose Hill – 020 3151 6287

primrosehill@johndwood.co.uk

Hamish Gilfeather

Kate Martin

Gioia Joshi

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Gloucester Avenue, NW1 Presented in a modern style, this recently refurbished apartment features a contemporary open-plan living room with superb ceiling heights, a Juliet balcony and a smart kitchen. The property is within a short walk of Regents Park, Camden Town and Primrose Hill itself. Approx. 593 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room £520 Per Week | £2,253 Per Month (fees apply)

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Brewers Lane, TW9 Mimicking the feel of a Cotswolds cottage, this split-level apartment is situated moments away from Richmond Green and the River Thames. The property has been beautifully restored and retains many of the original features, including the oak beams. Approx. 593 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room £387 Per Week | £1,675 Per Month (fees apply)

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Richmond Lettings – 020 3151 4002

richmond@johndwood.co.uk

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Albert Road, TW10 This charming cottage has been sensitively updated to offer contemporary living, while embracing the inherent warmth and character of a Victorian home. With bi-folding doors that open onto a secluded rear garden, there is a great sense of space in the open-plan kitchen. Approx. 804 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, open-plan reception room, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £945,000

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Richmond – 020 3151 6301

richmond@johndwood.co.uk

Jessica Butler

Benjamin Thomas-Ross

Jack Marchant

Sales - Richmond

Sales - South Kensington

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Bolton Gardens, SW5 A superbly located second floor apartment, situated within an imposing converted Victorian building. Presented in exceptional condition, it offers a bright open-plan living space and communal garden access to both Bolton Gardens and Bramham Gardens. Approx. 1,133 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open-plan reception room, cloakroom, communal garden. Leasehold

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Guide Price £1,995,000

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South Kensington – 020 3151 6425

southken@johndwood.co.uk

Southwell Gardens, SW7 Immaculately finished, this lateral apartment is ideally located for all the amenities of Gloucester Road and South Kensington. Full of character, this apartment offers a fantastic reception space with plenty of natural light coming through the bay window. Approx. 1,275 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, study, patio. £825 Per Week | £3,575 Per Month (fees apply)

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South Kensington Lettings – 020 3151 6440

southken@johndwood.co.uk

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Have you ever considered a

SHORT LET Short lets is an area of the property services industry that often gets forgotten about. Most people, at some point in their life, will buy, sell, rent or let a property. But how many have rented or let a property on a short-term basis?

ith the prevalence of homestay sites such as AirBnb this is a trend that we have seen grow in recent years, and people are increasingly seeking out short let homes as a suitable solution to their needs.

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Where demand is strong, supply follows. For that reason property owners are taking the opportunity to capitalise on this buoyant sector, with an influx of properties that go on to achieve a healthy return on investment. So, what is a ‘short let’? Quite simply, as the name suggests, a ‘short let’ is a rental agreement with a smaller duration than a long let, specifically for anything less than six months. Fairly straightforward, but firm in the eyes of the law. There are various reasons why people chose to rent a property on a short term basis and at John D Wood & Co. we tend to see the bulk of demand coming from three key sources. Relocating Expats Choosing to go into a short-term rental whilst they settle into life in the UK, expats relocating from abroad use these properties while they find a longterm solution for the period of their secondment. For this reason our Short Lets Department sits alongside our Corporate & Relocations Service Department.

Sales Chain Most frequently, a short let tenant is an individual or family who have sold their property and await completion on their onward purchase. With an incredibly busy sales market, demand from these tenants has been increasing month-onmonth. Upcoming Trends In previous years, international travel – for both business and pleasure – has fuelled the demand for short let properties. With restrictions easing, both tourists and business travellers are resurfacing, so we expect to see a fourth source of demand for short let properties in London and the South of England in the coming months. At John D Wood & Co., we recognise the demand from these tenants and the opportunity it presents for our clients. Property owners tend to know what they want from their investment, whether that is the sale of their property or long-term rental income. In the instances when the decision isn’t clear cut, we encourage our clients to consider the flexibility that comes with letting their property on a short-term basis. Yields on short-term rentals can be very attractive and provide clients with a profitable solution, designed to meet their needs and timeframes without the need for a longterm commitment.

Home Renovators Particularly active in recent months, with the pandemic changing the way we live in our own homes, many people have chosen to rent a property in their own neighbourhood on a short-term basis, allowing them to stay local whilst disruptive building works are carried out.

“Where demand is strong, supply follows. For that reason property owners are taking the opportunity to capitalise on this buoyant sector, with an influx of properties that go on to achieve a healthy return on investment.”

Tanya Hasking is John D Wood & Co. Director of the Short Lets and Corporate & Relocation Services teams. With many years’ experience in the corporate relocation world, working with embassies, blue-chip firms and some of the most well know football clubs around the UK, she is adept at supporting with any situations clients might find themselves in.

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Old Brompton Road, SW5 This truly magnificent family home, arranged across five floors, enjoys a central location between South Kensington and Chelsea, further benefiting from access to communal gardens via a private patio. Approx. 4,885 sq ft. Energy Rating: E.

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8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (2 en suite), reception room, dining room, open-plan living room, study, 4 cloakrooms, patio, communal garden. Freehold

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South Kensington – 020 3151 6425

southken@johndwood.co.uk

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Townshend Terrace, TW9 This beautiful semi-detached Victorian villa is situated on a popular road close to Richmond town centre. The laterally configured space is arranged over two floors and allows for generous family accommodation, with the added benefit of an internal studio. Approx. 1,859 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (en suite), reception room, open-plan dining room, garden room, internal studio, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,000,000

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Richmond – 020 3151 6301

richmond@johndwood.co.uk

Richmond Mansions, Denton Road, TW1 A magnificent apartment located on the banks of the River Thames, with mature gardens extending to the Thames towpath. This landmark Edwardian building has a red brick facade with contrasting stone detailing and ornate carved stone entrance. Approx. 1,301 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, communal garden. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £1,195,000

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St Margarets – 020 3369 4891

stmargarets@johndwood.co.uk

Jessica Butler

Simon Philp

Sales - Richmond

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French Street, TW16 Situated in the historic riverside village of Lower Sunbury is this exquisite Grade II Listed town house with origins from the mid-17th Century. Believed to be part of the original Hampton Court Estate, the house is one of three that form a handsome terrace within a stone's throw from the River Thames. Approx. 2,741 sq ft. 5 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, utility room, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,425,000

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St Margarets – 020 3369 4891

stmargarets@johndwood.co.uk

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Richmond Road, TW1 An unusual property, this charming country-style cottage is tucked away just off Richmond Road. With a private garden and a contemporary interior, the property is surrounded by green open spaces despite its location between Twickenham, Richmond and St Margarets. Approx. 496 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, garden. £398 Per Week | £1,725 Per Month (fees apply)

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Cambridge Park, TW1 Set on the top floor of a commanding period building is this delightful split-level apartment. It enjoys a prime location with all the amenities of East Twickenham just a few minutes away, as well as St Margarets Village and Richmond town centre accessible on foot. Approx. 870 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room. £375 Per Week | £1,625 Per Month (fees apply)

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St Margarets Lettings – 020 3151 5917

stmargarets@johndwood.co.uk

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Lavenham Road, SW18 A simply stunning home, this property is situated on a tree-lined residential road on the Southfields 'Grid'. Recently renovated to an exacting standard, it boasts a magazine-featured kitchen which includes air conditioning. Approx. 1,604 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, open-plan dining room, cloakroom, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,250,000

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Southfields – 020 3151 7351

southfields@johndwood.co.uk

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Wincanton Road, SW18 Imaginatively and stylishly refurbished, this spacious house has been designed to suit the changing requirements of a growing family whilst retaining period features. Approx. 1,593 sq ft. Energy Rating: ?. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, open-plan dining room, garden. Freehold

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southfields@johndwood.co.uk

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TO EXTEND... Or not to extend In this instance, we’re talking about leasehold property rather than arranging a builder. Alex Ingram-Hill reveals your options when it comes to leases and freeholds, and how acting now could hugely improve your sale.

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“Good professional advice on lease extensions and enfranchisement has become increasingly important for improving the sale of a property.”

espite the possibility of new legislation in the leasehold reform sector, there are still many instances when it makes sense to extend your lease or buy your freehold. Chief among these are if you are thinking of selling, and have a short or sensitive lease length. Good professional advice on lease extensions and enfranchisement has become increasingly important for improving the sale of a property, and we consider some of the key issues below. With buyers increasingly aware of leasehold issues and mortgage lenders tightening their belts on borrowing criteria – especially where a lease is between 80 and 90 years, or has an unattractive ground rent review on the horizon – extending your lease prior to marketing for sale is proving to be a good idea. The same is true of people looking to sell short or mid-term leases. Whilst such leaseholders may benefit most from eventual legislative changes, this prospect does not help those needing to sell in the short to medium-term. Therefore, extending the lease should still be considered to greatly improve marketability and price. As long as ‘marriage value’ (payable on lease extensions where the existing lease is less than 80 years, and defined as 50% 114 | johndwood.co.uk

of the notional difference in the interest of the leaseholder and landlord pre and post extension) remains part of the valuation methodology, any lease which is soon to fall below the 80 year threshold should be extended. With the timing and detail of the Government’s reforms being unclear, there is simply no point in allowing any lease drop below 80 years as this will usually result in the price of the extension almost doubling. Finally, collective enfranchisement, where leaseholders in a block of flats collaborate to buy their freehold, should not be overlooked as an option. This can still hold a wide range of benefits outside of the fundamental valuation issues, and offers the benefits of management and control of a building, usually including a removal of any threat of development works, which continue to be important considerations for many leaseholders. Alex Ingram-Hill is a specialist providing a comprehensive range of leasehold reform services from initial valuations and guidance to representation in negotiations and at tribunal.



Wilna Road, SW18 Situated in an attractive enclave of tree-lined streets, this Victorian terraced house is extremely well presented with a wealth of period features throughout. Fully extended, the garden also boasts am operational home office. Approx. 1,390 sq ft. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, open-plan dining room, garden annexe, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,125,000

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Wandsworth – 020 3151 6697

wandsworth@johndwood.co.uk

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Tonsley Hill, SW18 Classically arranged and tastefully decorated throughout, this beautifully presented property has maintained it's period charm whilst modernised for the 21st Century. Tonsley Hill is part of the highly regarded “Tonsleys”, a fashionable enclave of Victorian streets. Approx. 1,625 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (en suite), reception room, open-plan dining room, cloakroom, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,500,000

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Wandsworth – 020 3151 6697

wandsworth@johndwood.co.uk

Price's Court, Cotton Row, SW11 Fully modernised, this duplex penthouse comes with three balconies. There are impressive views over the River Thames, a dual aspect for morning and afternoon sunlight as well as a balance between living and entertaining space. Approx. 1,600 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (en suite), reception room, open-plan dining room, cloakroom, lift access, 3 balconies, communal garden, off-street parking. Share of Freehold

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Guide Price £1,450,000

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Wandsworth – 020 3151 6697

wandsworth@johndwood.co.uk

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New Developments Galore

FROM CITY TO SHORE

Leas Pavilion, Folkestone

The Landmark, Weybridge

James Burrows is a residential development specialist, running the New Homes Department at John D Wood & Co. Having spent the last 15 years working on some of London’s most recognisable new developments he advises clients on their sales and marketing strategies in order to provide buyers with some of the best homes on the market.

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ver the past 24 months, it’s been a very rocky road for new homes in Central London. We’ve witnessed a large portion of the population looking to move away from city centres in search of a larger property or a property with private outside space. What this has meant is that there has been a dramatic surge in demand for New Home houses on the outskirts of London and the South. We’ve witnessed some of our strongest sales results in locations like Oxford, Lymington and Weybridge in Surrey. I don’t envisage this demand slowing down anytime soon, especially while the supply is not satisfying the demand.

Coming out of lockdown, there is definitely a larger percentage of the population who have moved their requirements such as wellness to the top of their priority list. Personally I can relate to this and am delighted that we’re collectively paying more attention to it. From a New Homes point of view, we’re witnessing a greater demand for developments with onsite wellness and fitness facilities. One of our most exciting developments for 2022 is Leas Pavilion in Folkestone. What’s not to like about a beautifully restored, Grade II Listed tea room with moulded ceilings and a grand staircase? The development has cleverly integrated the tea room with a modern luxury apartment building, offering breath-taking panoramic sea views. Not only will this new development mix the new with the old, something that resonates with us at John D Wood & Co., it will provide residents with, effectively, direct access to the beach as well as access to the onsite private gym.

James Burrows Head of New Homes jburrows@johndwood.co.uk 07736 732341

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with the stunning ocean views, they will also have excellent connectivity on their doorstep. Early interest has shown that buyers are looking to purchase main homes or second homes with high speed access to Central London and the Channel Tunnel. Lure of London continues As restrictions have eased and connectivity around the world opens up we’re starting to see the return of the domestic and international investor. I believe 2022 will see London thrive once again and demand for a home in Central London’s golden postcodes has always been a desirable purchase. Take 100 Sydney Street, set in the heart of Chelsea, it is one of the best boutique developments on the market. A completed development of only eight apartments offering a collection of two and three bedroom private residences. 100 Sydney Street is an exclusive address with access to an onsite concierge and secure off-street parking.

100 Sydney Street, Chelsea

Looking ahead to 2022, it’s very difficult to say for certain what will happen given the uncertainty around so many different factors in 2021. What we can say, if we look back at the start of 2020 prior to the pandemic lockdown, is the sales market was off to a flyer and personally I think 2022 will pick up from where we left off.


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Montague Road, SW19 Designed by the award-winning boutique developer, Marldon, this newly built family home has flexible accommodation over four floors, with a stunning kitchen that has full length bi-fold doors leading to the part-decked landscaped gardens. Approx. 2,291 sq ft. Energy Rating: B. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, (1 en suite), 3 reception rooms, utility room, cloakroom, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £1,700,000

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Wimbledon – 020 3151 6805

wimbledon@johndwood.co.uk

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James Burrows

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Leas Pavilion, Folkestone A high-end collection of 91 apartments, all with sea-views and large terraces in Kent, just 52 minutes from London. The development will see the former Pavilion restored to its 1902 former glory and used as the main entrance for residents and as a communal lounge area. Gym, concierge services. Apartments range from 1-4 bedrooms, 1-3 bathrooms. Sizes range from approx. 500 sq ft to approx. 2,000 sq ft. All Apartments Sold as a Share of Freehold

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Effortless

EVERYWHERE When Rolls-Royce launched Cullinan three years ago, it did so in the knowledge that its customers around the world had asked it to build “The RollsRoyce of SUVs”. Many of these customers were younger, very successful high-net-worth individuals who are heavily engaged in the experience economy, and wanted a Rolls-Royce that would take them to the ends of the Earth in ultimate luxury.

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“Our answer to the visionaries, adventurers, explorers and those who believe in the supremacy of liberty is the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.”

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utomotive mobility has always been a fast moving and dynamic business, with new concepts – such as SUVs – appearing with great regularity. But those new concepts need to be perfected in order to be adopted by those customers who will accept no compromise – the patrons of true luxury. Hence the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. “History set our precedent, and today Rolls-Royce answers its call to action,” comments Müller-Ötvös. “Our answer to the visionaries, adventurers, explorers and those who believe in the supremacy of liberty is the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.” The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is Rolls-Royce as it’s never seen before. When Sir Henry Royce said, “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it”, he could have had Cullinan in mind. “We knew we had to offer our clients what they couldn’t find in the SUV market,” continues Müller-Ötvös. “They do not accept limitations or compromises in their lives. They are the new pioneers, and for them it’s about their sense of adventure and daring in how they live their experiences. This approach to life demands a motor car that can goanywhere in ultimate luxury and style – Rolls-Royce style. Hence Cullinan.” It was clear that these new, younger and more adventurous customers wanted a Rolls-Royce that would take them completely off the beaten track and 124 | johndwood.co.uk

reward them with life’s most enriching experiences. What they didn’t want was a vehicle as ubiquitous as an SUV with compromises such as increased cabin noise due to the “two-box” formula; shared platforms that affect performance and comfort; the choice of being good either on-road or off-road; or a lower, more featureless SUV that blends in and becomes just another car. “Cullinan is luxury in its purest form blended with perfect practicality and offroad capability,” comments Müller-Ötvös. “Effortless, Everywhere is not just the promise behind Cullinan. It’s the fact.” The ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ taken off-road The integration of new technologies into the architecture was also key to ensuring the fundamental quality of Cullinan as Effortless, Everywhere. The engineering team began by creating a drivetrain that would bring Rolls-Royce’s famous ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ off-road. “The drivetrain system we engineered for Cullinan had one key job to do,” explains Caroline Krismer, Engineering Project Leader for Cullinan. “To bring the famed Rolls-Royce ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ to all other terrains possible, while ensuring class-leading on-road behaviour in the SUV sector.” Rolls-Royce’s celebrated Magic Carpet Ride impresses off-road as well as onroad thanks to the new lighter architecture, and the latest generation of self-levelling air suspension. Through a thorough re-engineering of the existing


air suspension system – including adding larger air struts with more air volume to cushion the blows of the toughest of terrains – the strengthening of drive and prop shafts, the inclusion of drive to the front wheels as well as the back for the first time in Rolls-Royce history, and the complete reworking of the new 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 Rolls-Royce engine to deliver just the right level of torque (850Nm) at the lowest possible revolutions (1,600rpm), the Rolls-Royce engineering team has ensured Cullinan will take owners to places no modern Rolls-Royce owner has travelled in luxury before. The suspension makes millions of calculations every second as it continuously varies the electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system – reacting to body and wheel acceleration, steering inputs and camera information. A new double-wishbone front axle and 5-link rear axle deliver astounding levels of control over lateral roll and shear forces and deliver incredible agility and stability, as does the addition of four-wheel steering, all contributing to incredible drivability and nimbleness. 125 | johndwood.co.uk

In the case of driving off-road, the electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system uses an air compression system to actively push down any wheel it detects losing traction to ensure every wheel is constantly in contact with the ground and maximum torque is being provided to all wheels. “Put simply, what makes the car great on-road makes the car great off-road,” concludes Krismer. The final piece of the puzzle of ensuring that the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is Effortless, Everywhere is one single button. Known within Rolls-Royce as the ‘Everywhere’ button, one single push is all it takes to harness all the aforementioned peerless Rolls-Royce engineering and unleash all of Cullinan’s off-road capability. Once engaged, the driver can finesse the off-road setting to glide over any situation, whether it be rough track, gravel, wet grass, mud, snow or sand delivering all 850Nm of torque to all four wheels without interruption. And faced with deep snow, sand or the need to ford streams, Cullinan delivers the deepest wading depth of any super-luxury SUV at 540mm thanks to its highest ride height.


One life, many lifestyles Driving to your remote location is simply the first part of the adventure in a RollsRoyce Cullinan. Further enjoyment awaits in the shape of a Rolls-Royce Recreation Module. Imagine the scene. Having chosen your adventure you call down to your garage. “Jason, we’re going to go drone racing today. Can you load the Drone Module into the Cullinan?” Downstairs, Jason selects the Drone Racing Module from the rack containing several other Recreation Modules that the owner has had commissioned from Rolls-Royce to satisfy his or her preferred recreational pursuits.

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Fly fishing, photography, rock climbing, snowboarding, parascending, kite boarding, base jumping, volcano boarding or simply sitting and taking in the view, anything is possible thanks to the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective. Easily slotted and plugged into the boot of Cullinan, each Recreation Module contains a motorised drawer housing the equipment and paraphernalia specific to each Cullinan owner’s pursuits. When the owner is ready to play, it presents itself. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London 50 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8HD www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/london



Bathgate Road, SW19 Fully refurbished, this imposing family home is situated across four floors and finished to the highest standard throughout. Set behind electric gates, the property benefits from a driveway, a fully landscaped garden, cinema room and swimming pool. Approx. 4,990 sq ft. Energy Rating: B. 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (3 en suite), 4 reception rooms, cinema room, study, utility room, indoor swimming pool, spa facilities, garden, off-street parking. £22,000 Per Month (fees apply)

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Wimbledon Lettings – 020 3151 6450

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Old Warren Farm, SW19 This historic Farmhouse has a balance of characterful and modern features, from the banquet hall to the gym. Located in the heart of Wimbledon Common, there is also an outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, stables and beautiful grounds. Energy Rating: B. 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, study, banquet hall, annex, spa facilities, gym, garden, outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, equestrian facilitiies. £5,076 Per Week | £22,000 Per Month (fees apply)

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Wimbledon Lettings – 020 3151 6450

wimbledon@johndwood.co.uk

Marryat Road, SW19 With vaulted ceilings and a courtyard garden, this immaculately presented home enjoys a sense of tranquillity whilst still within reach of all the amenities of city living. Approx. 1,382 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), open-plan reception room, dining room, utility room, garden, off-street parking. £2,307 Per Week | £10,000 Per Month (fees apply)

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wimbledon@johndwood.co.uk

Alexandra Crocker

Shoeni Oates

Kat Mitchell

Lettings - Wimbledon

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Candlemakers Apartments, SW11 Located in a converted Candlemakers Factory, this loft style split-level apartment is presented to a high standard, with a large roof terrace that enjoys views over South London. Approx. 1,097 sq ft. Energy Rating: B. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, pantry, terrace, off-street parking. £542 Per Week | £2,350 Per Month (fees apply)

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The Paddock, Brockenhurst Beautifully presented and located in central Brockenhurst, this spacious property has a bright conservatory which leads out to the private garden and the outdoor games room. Approx. 1,966 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, conservatory, games room, cloakroom, garden £865 Per Week | £3,750 Per Month (fees apply)

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Fleetwater Farm, Minstead This charming former Manorial Farmhouse of period origins, with a separate guest cottage, is situated out on the open forest on the periphery of the village of Minstead. The property has an interesting provenance in that it has featured in the popular television series Out of Town (1959 -1981). The property stands in spectacular gardens that have evolved over the years to make a delightfully tranquil setting, having the backdrop of its own parcels of fenced pasture for grazing purposes. Approx. 5,810 sq ft. Energy Rating: E.

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3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, conservatory, dressing room, guest annex, study, gym, workshop, equestrian facilities, garden, off-street parking. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,000,000

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Lymington – 015 9054 0071

lymington@johndwood.co.uk

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Haven Point, Lymington Only a five minute walk from Lymington High Street is this attractive and contemporary townhouse. With interesting dual aspect views from the kitchen and living room, the property benefits from an abundance of natural light. Approx. 1,424 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), reception room, open-plan dining room, utility room, balcony. £438 Per Week| £1,900 Per Month (fees apply)

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Lymington Lettings – 015 9054 0085

lymington @johndwood.co.uk

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How to:

DRESS YOUR PROPERTY • Warm lighting creates a welcoming atmosphere – some viewings happen at night • Position your furniture so pathways flow throughout • Make sure it’s easy to get to the window – people will always want to check the view outside • Tidy and tuck away to demonstrate adequate places to store belongings Filling cracks Often small issues around a home could be “red flags” for potential buyers or tenants. For example, if you had a leak from an upper floor that happened years ago and was fixed at the time, but marks are still on the wall, people viewing may see it as a possible problem and extra expense.

Does the smell of freshly baked bread really help sell a home or is it down to the right shade of Farrow & Ball paint?

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irst impressions count, don’t they? With that in mind, we have created a ‘how to’ guide on dressing your property – whether it’s on the market to sell or to let.

Hanna Coleman Associate Director ssd@johndwood.co.uk

When preparing a property for viewings, it’s good to bear in mind that agents are trying to sell the property itself and not the owner’s lifestyle – this can make a significant difference to help buyers or tenants see your property as the one they want. Façade According to some studies, it only takes seven seconds to make that first impression, so it’s worth looking at the front of the house to check how inviting it appears to an outsider.

“According to some studies, it only takes seven seconds to make that first impression, so it’s worth looking at the front of the house to check how inviting it appears to an outsider.”

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There may be cracks in the walls or ceilings that don’t indicate any serious problems and current owners have lived with for years, but to buyers or tenants it may mean potential extra work. The advice here is very simple: make sure the cracks are filled, walls with dirt or damp marks are fixed and repainted, tiles re-grouted, and new sealant put around the sink, bath or shower tray. Usually, these can be quick and simple to do, and the money spent on these repairs will allow you to present your property with pride. Finishing touches Many properties have some kind of “imperfect” feature, so by using mirrors or lighting to divert attention away from these areas it’s possible to make them appear insignificant. That way, the elements that originally attracted the current owners to the property are better highlighted. Pictures on walls not only play a decorative role, but they also lead the eye upwards and make the ceiling appear higher. Think about what you find visually appealing when you check into a hotel. Maybe add a few cushions on your sofa and bed, a colourful vase or bowl in the kitchen, and contrasting towels or bottle of soap in the bathroom. If you are selling or letting and need some extra help dressing your home, and ensuring your property looks the part, our interior consultants can handle everything for you, please email ssd@johndwood.co.uk


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Corkran Road, Surbiton This detached house comprises a spacious and welcoming hallway with oak flooring and panelling. Combining tradition and modernity, the property sits in a charming mature plot with a wrap−around garden. Approx. 3,526 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), reception room, dining room, conservatory, garden, off-street parking. £1,315 Per Week | £5,700 Per Month (fees apply) | CHK Surbiton – 02031 510 061 surbiton@chkmountford.co.uk

Ryan Letch

Lettings - CHK Surbiton

Gavin Fleming

Lettings - CHK Surbiton


Grove Park Gardens, W4 An impressive semi-detached Victorian family house located on a popular road in Grove Park, offering grand proportions and beautiful original period features throughout. Living space arranged over three floors with a wonderful 100 ft south facing garden. Approx. 3,258 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), 3 reception rooms, utility room, conservatory, terrace, garden. Freehold

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Guide Price £2,750,000

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Chiswick – 020 3151 7253

chiswick@johndwood.co.uk

Julian Masson Sales - Chiswick

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Above: Avlaki, Corfu, Greece

As we begin to regain our travel freedom once again, Samantha McGladdery takes us through the highs and lows of property abroad as a result of the pandemic.

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he world continues to re-open to international travel again, with no countries on the UK red list (at the time of going to press) and the hard-hit travel industry announcing excitedly that bookings are bouncing back strongly for 2022. With vaccinations forming some stability and providing more straightforward checks and a greater degree of freedom, people are able to make travel plans once again. The Office for National Statistics Overseas Travel & Tourism, reported: • 23.8 million visits abroad by British residents in 2020, the lowest figure since 1985 and a 74% drop on 2019 figures.

Samantha McGladdery Senior International Consultant international@johndwood.co.uk 020 3151 0367

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• While 2021 figures are not yet complete, some operators estimate two thirds of British people took a staycation in 2021, with an increasing focus on travel planning and bookings for 2022. Travel, and the state of the tourism industry, is relevant to the international property market and certainly the demand for holiday homes overseas. Tourist hot spot Spain was hit by the pandemic, experiencing a 49% drop in visitors for the first six months of 2021, with only 273,333 arriving from the UK. Far from the dizzy heights of 2019, where 2.1 million British people visited Spain in the month of June alone. However, foreign demand has risen over 2020 figures with The Balearic Islands, Catalonia and The Canary Islands superseding the Costa del Sol as the most popular destinations.


Above: Royal Westmoreland, St James, Barbados. Below: Ciutadella, Menorca, Spain

Despite the drop in tourist figures, there has not been a rush of properties coming onto the market, and much like the UK, property prices have continued to rise, which is most apparent in the Balearic Islands that remain some of Spain’s highest value real estate. Indeed, our partners on each island would welcome more property to sell in the most heavily demanded areas of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca. Motivated buyers have been active despite lockdowns and restrictions, with some even using virtual or video tours to purchase, and only visiting for the first time after collecting their keys.

“Villas in beautiful countryside settings or historical homes in desirable locations are being sold quickly, as more people prioritise making their dream a reality after this extraordinary time.”

Above: La Zagaleta, Benahavis, Malaga, Spain

Barbados, a long-standing favourite amongst the more affluent British buyers, creatively adapted its tourism offering Welcome Stamp Visas to remote workers, allowing them a year’s residency on the island. The scheme has been so successful, filling rental property when tourists stayed away, that the authorities are running it for a second year. Our partner office on the west coast tells us “the visitor season is starting early there this year, such is the pent up demand.” Remote working has had a positive impact in Portugal too, with a successful Digital Nomad visa scheme, boosting not only rental demand but also property purchases. This is in addition to another investment incentive for non-EU citizens seeking EU residency, the Golden Visa. According to some of our partners, “the Golden Visas Schemes are gaining more traction with British people post pandemic, now Third Country Status in Europe is being realised.” Greece offers a Golden Visa scheme with Europe’s lowest investment entry point at ¤250,000 euros. Our partner office in Corfu has noticed increased demand for villas with privacy and space, as the appetite grows post-pandemic above packaged hotels. Since flights reopened, our partners have had one of the busiest periods in the last fifteen years. 141 | johndwood.co.uk

This could be said by our colleagues on the ground in France too, Notaires de France highlighted 1.1 million re-sale transactions in the 12 months to end of May 2021. A record level that reflects how dynamic the market remained, especially outside the major cities where residents were relocating to small and medium sized towns. Highest sale price increases in Q1 2021 were seen in Amiens (+18.1%), Montpellier (+13.7%) and Limoges (+10.7%). In Italy, luxurious, refurbished villas in beautiful countryside settings or historical homes in desirable locations are being sold quickly, as more people prioritise making their dream a reality after this extraordinary time. With prices rising, British buyers had been in danger of missing out in the overseas holiday home market but with a returning freedom to travel, propertyviewing tours are increasingly back on the agenda! If you are considering a move, or would simply like to discuss the current market with an expert, please contact Samantha McGladdery on 020 3151 0367 or international@johndwood.co.uk


Umbria, Italy Set in the Umbrian countryside, this magnificent stone villa may have a rustic setting but has been sympathetically restored to suit modern day living. With immense ceiling heights and large French doors that open onto the portico, the bright space is transports one to another world. The unique, tiered garden is accessed both via the ground and the first floor, allowing easy access to the swimming pool and green spaces beyond.

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Guide Price £906,000

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International – 020 3151 0367

international@johndwood.co.uk

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Algarve, Portugal Hosted on over four acres of land, in the idyllic setting at the edge of the Bravura Lake, this full-equipped villa offers privacy and tranquillity with its own private shoreline and stunning views. With a spacious terrace that leads to the pool and gardens, the property also benefits from a helicopter landing pad. Guide Price £1,343,000

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International – 020 3151 0367

international@johndwood.co.uk

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Corfu, Greece Built in a peaceful olive grove, this lovely villa enjoys stunning scenic views, all within a stroll of the fabulous beach at Avlaki. A sweeping driveway leads up to the villa where you enter into a spacious living area, with enormous windows overlooking the pool and the view beyond.

Guide Price £1,666,000

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International – 020 3151 0367

international@johndwood.co.uk

Mallorca, Spain Built over 120 years ago, this enchanting country house still retains some of its original features such as the oil press, stone facade, arches and pebble floors. Imbibing a genuine Mallorcan old-style country house, the property is walking distance from Pollensa old town.

Guide Price £1,343,000

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International – 020 3151 0367

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Wimbledon

48 Elizabeth Street, London, SW1W 9PA Sales: 020 3151 5580 Lettings: 020 3151 6460

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Notting Hill

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 3130 6974 Lettings: 020 3369 0721

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

Cobham

Southfields

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

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

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

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St Margaret's

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

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

Short Lets 020 3369 0170

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

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