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the house of your dreams? Turret Estates is a property company specialising in very fine new building, extension and renovation and restoration to create beautiful homes. The company endeavours to carry out the very highest quality building work in order to create the desired environment for their clients. They strive to combine traditional craftsmanship with modern technology whilst still providing traditional customer service. Turret Estates’ strong focus on project management ensures that all projects are completed on time and budget. The company have completed many projects in both the Surrey area including many of the private estates and in Central London including Fulham, Chelsea & Belgravia. A recent successful project has been the complete renovation of a 10,000 sq ft listed property in Surrey. This family home incorporated features including Lutron Lighting, Crestron audio visual and home automation, Villavent comfort cooling, a built in vacuum system and bespoke joinery throughout.

“Our family home is everything we hoped for thanks to the expertise and detailed planning of Turret Estates”

Turret Estates' philosophy is not only to manage but to exceed the expectations of its clients. To that effect they take great pride in ensuring that the quality of their work is exemplary. Working closely with designers, architects and structural engineers is of key importance to the success of any project and they have strong relationships in these areas.

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“Turret Estates work with key companies such as S&C Bespoke Joinery to create works of art within your home, which will continue to give you pleasure long after they have left.”

The Turret Estates team is composed of a highly experienced group of building professionals who have worked together for many years. Project management is probably the single most important factor affecting the success of a project and the company’s track record testifies to the fact that this is an area in which they excel.


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THE LUXURY LIFESTYLE AND PROPERTY MAGAZINE OF Beauchamp Estates and Gascoigne Billinghurst LONDON, SURREY & INTERNATIONAL Welcome to the latest edition of ‘Reside’ which now enters its 6th issue as our ‘in house’ magazine. As we go to press our regard for ‘Credit Crunch Britain’, which has brought so much challenge and concern this past year, seems to be tempered with robust evidence that the residential property market in London and the Southern Home Counties has resilience… and promise! Most recently we seem to have an excess of demand over supply, with focused activity at the top end! As you will see, there also remains a fascinating selection of properties Abroad, in Cannes and Mykonos, and a particularly enticing proposition in Malta. As ever, our cover feature for this edition was an exciting decision to make. Some background can be found on the right hand panel, but equally please don’t miss the editorial article (page 38) on our good friend Louis Marriette, celebrity milliner who is responsible for it. Gascoigne Billinghurst and Beauchamp Estates. Two independent companies sharing not just a special relationship but also a passion for property, and a true desire to work with you in assisting with all your Residential property needs. Happy reading! Front cover: Gloria, an exquisitely designed, topaz blue, Swarovski crystal dragonfly lapel pin by celebrity milliner, Louis Mariette. Photographer: Catherine Harbour Model: Lucy Davis at Acclaim Make-up: Lan Nguyen

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Features 14 Residential Sales A selection of the finest properties currently available in London and Surrey via Beauchamp Estates and Gascoigne Billinghurst

42 Milliner Extraordinaire Reside meets with bespoke hat couture designer, Louis Marriette, at his Sloane Gardens studio about his work and TV work as one of the judges on Living TV's ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’ programme

54 Pride of Gibralter Widely regarded as the most prestigious property in Gibraltar, and possibly the highest value on the market

67 Luxury escapes with Mr & Mrs Smith The Smiths talk about their expanding boutique hotel business and pick some of their finest autumn escapes

84 I own Britain’s best home Reside magazine editor Sharon Kilby meets with Amanda Barrington, the proud owner of ‘Woodsend’, recently voted 'Britain’s Best Home 2009'

106 The thrill of a Caterham and the open road! Allie Philpin travels to Caterham in Surrey to meet with Andy Noble, the Sales and Marketing Director of Caterham Cars, built in Surrey since 1957

115 Surrey’s finest Drake’s Restaurant is Surrey’s finest Michelin starred restaurant offering gastronomic fine dining in the picturesque Ripley Village. Allie Philpin meets with chef Steve Drake for lunch and he gives us some fantastic autumn recipes

130 On the up Allie Philpin travels to Guildford to meet with Steven Glover and Robert Osborn, partners in the leading developers Consero Homes

136 How does the property market fare? Reside meets Ian Davies, MD of Gascoigne Billinghurst

140 Gary Hersham reports on the London market London market sees improvement

94 Inexpensive High Reside meets with Gabriella Somerville to chat about the world of private jets and her new company ConnectJets

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S ANDBANKS P ENINSUL A • POOLE • £9,750,000 “Solaris” is a brand new and spectacular contemporary home on an exclusive beachfront site on the Sandbanks Peninsula. This setting is one of the most sought after waterfront locations in the country and provides truly stunning views. The coastline provides unrivalled award winning sandy beaches and extensive facilities for watersports and fishing whilst nearby Poole and Bournemouth offer extensive shopping, recreational and business facilities.

Accommodation Ground floor: Double height living room/dining room, kitchen/family room, WC. First floor: Galleried library, 3 guest bedroom suites. Second floor: Master bedroom/dressing room suite with access to terraces, further bedroom suite. Lower ground floor: Leisure complex comprising cinema room, games room, indoor swimming pool, gym, showers, steam room, hot tub, WC. There is a lift to all floors, double garage, terrace and garden leading to the beach.

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8 High Street, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3DY

01932 588288

Exceptional Character Home Leigh ÂŁ3,695,000 Located in a delightful hamlet between Reigate and Dorking, Dawes Green House is protected by its own land and accessed through brick pillared electric wrought iron entrance gates set back off the road. An attractive house of red and mellow brick construction with exposed timber framework under a tile roof, the house has recently been refurnished making the most of the spacious accommodation with the majority of the rooms having attractive leadlight windows as well as a host of exposed beams. Large open fireplaces are found in most reception rooms. Surrounded by its extensive gardens with significant additional accommodation it represents an impressive village house ideal for family living and entertaining. Accommodation: 6 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, 5 bathrooms, Gym, Sauna, Steam Room, Studio, 2 bed cottage, office, garages, barn, swimming pool, stables, paddock, gardens and grounds extending to 9.77 acres.

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Exceptional Development

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Voluminous apartments

The Glebe, Chelsea, London SW3 A freehold site of 1.05 acres (0.43 hectares) in the heart of Old Chelsea with planning consent to create an exceptional development with more than 100,000 sq ft (9,290 sq m) of net saleable residential accommodation. The scheme will comprise seven exceptionally voluminous apartments including a penthouse, plus two substantial detached villas one with a gate house. Each unit will feature its own private lift, swimming pool, gymnasium, games / media room and dedicated garaging. Landscaped gardens and grounds will surround the scheme. Location The site is located south of the Kings Road between Glebe Place and Old Church Street. The area immediately around the site is known as Old Chelsea and just to the south of the site is Chelsea Embankment and the River Thames.

Development Overview On the 31st March 2009, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea resolved to grant planning permission (PP/08/02299) providing for the extension and conversion of the former school building to create seven residential apartments; demolition of outbuildings; construction of a new residential villa accessed from Glebe Place; construction of a new residential villa and gatehouse comprising two studio flatsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with vehicular access onto Old Church Street. A Section 106 Agreement forms part of the planning permission, which allows for the provision of seven off site affordable housing units on contribution land (155-157 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0TQ), which has already been acquired, plus the development of a social/community facility at 48 Old Church Street, which will create a school. An agreement to lease to the Barclay Foundation is in place relating to the school. There is also a provision in the Section of 106 Agreement for environmental improvements and public arts contributions amounting to ÂŁ135,000. In addition to the permitted scheme an amended version has been prepared which is subject to final approval but aims to enhance rather than alter the proposed development. A hardback brochure incorporating details of this scheme is available upon request.

Method of Sale The property is to be sold by private treaty. Offers are invited for the freehold interest of the site with vacant possession.

Price on application Freehold

020 7499 7722 24 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TF J.S.A. Savills

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8 High Street, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3DY

01932 588288

Prestigious Private Gated Estate St. George’s Hill, Weybridge £3,450,000 A fine detached family home originally built circa 1924 by WG Tarrant offering excellent accommodation with the elegant main drawing room being triple aspect, a well proportioned dining room with bay window overlooking the garden and a wood panelled family room and study. There is a self contained first floor flat for guest/staff accommodation. Accommodation: Situated in the St. George’s Hill Gated Private Estate, Detached Family Home, Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room/Study, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Family Room, Master Bedroom Suite, Two Further Bedroom Suites, Two Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Utility Room, Separate Flat, Further Storage Areas, Detached Garage, Grounds Exceeding 1.5 acres, Swimming Pool.

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Auping Beds offer a great night’s sleep


good night’s sleep enables you to get the most out of life. At Auping Beds they have been designing innovative beds since the 1880’s. Royal Auping is the largest independent Dutch bed manufacturer, with branches across Europe and dealerships around the world. March 2009 saw the first Auping dealership opening here in the UK, in Barnet, North London. Back in 1888, a Dutch blacksmith from Deventer, Johannes Auping was asked by his local hospital to construct a number of beds that were more hygienic than typical hospital beds of the day. Johannes developed a mesh base with a sprung layer, allowing for both comfort and ventilation. With this design, Auping laid the foundations for their beds of the future. Acclaimed Auping designer Frans de la Haye believes that a bed, more than any other item of furniture you own, possesses the true feeling of home. Your bed is a sanctuary; the only place in your home where you experience complete calm and security. De la Haye believes that good design must, above all else, represent product integrity. This rare instance of technology, functionality and

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design all coming together seamlessly, results in a product that will be a true design classic. The Auronde In 1967, Auping introduced the first adjustable bed ever produced. In 1973 Frans de la Haye designed an attractive and functional wooded surround for this adjustable bed, marking the birth of the Auronde. This beautiful, design classic has been a best seller for more than three decades, and remains an extremely popular model today. In fact in February 2008, Auping produced the millionth Auronde. The Auronde may have been a classic for over 30 years, but it continues to reinvent itself to keep up with modern times. Due to its modular construction it can be ordered in a wide variety of finishes and in various colours, including high gloss. The base is available in three different heights – there is bound to be one to suit you. An Auping double bed can be delivered with two separate mattresses but also with one large mattress with two different cores for individual comfort and a better nights sleep. The Auronde range also has available the Auronde Separable, a double bed that can be easily pulled apart at the base of the bed to allow easier bed making or cleaning.

Auping Accessories There are a whole range of Auping accessories of to choose from. Including a large choice of mix and match stylish headboards, shelves and bedside drawers, bedside lights, and sliding tables. To complete your new look bedroom Auping also offer a wide selection of bed linen, ventilating duvets and pillows.

The Mesh Base All Auping beds have an open mesh base. This exposes the underside of the mattress to fresh air, allowing for evaporation and airing. This ensures that your sleeping environment always stays healthy and dry and also helps extend the life of the mattress. The mesh base is guaranteed for life, so you can continue to enjoy the comfort of an Auping bed for years to come.

To see the whole range of Auping beds on offer why not go along to their new showroom in Barnet. Here you can try out all the different choices of beds and mattresses on offer.

The Mattress The innovative Auping AVS mattress provides a stable foundation for sleeping comfortably and also helps you turn in your sleep. The less effort you need to turn, the less your sleep will be disturbed. There is a wide range of different choices of mattresses within the range. So how do you know which mattress is best for you? Trying out the different mattresses in the store is the best way to find out. There are a number of points to watch out for. The mattress should not only support your body comfortably, but it should also allow you to turn over easily. And once you have turned over, to find a comfortable position as quickly as possible.

Auping UK Ltd, 14 Western Parade, Great North Road, New Barnet, Barnet EN5 1AE Phone +44 (0) 208 447 5547 Fax + 44 (0) 208 440 5535 Email

The Auping Royal Frans De la Haye also designed the Royal in the early 1990’s. This bed is a unique, comfortable and tailor-made Auping bed. The Auping Royal is unquestionably a thoroughbred design; it features a mesh base that can be adjusted by up to five silent motors. An Auping Royal mesh base can be ordered tailor-made to suit your exact body size. When ordering a bed they will measure the length of your upper leg, ensuring that your bed will bend in exactly the same places your body does. The Royal’s custom base also accommodates the fact that you and your partner might differ in body size. The Royal’s unlimited adjustability can give you superb comfort and support whether sleeping, reading, watching TV or having breakfast in bed. The Individual Comfort System allows you to adjust your bed at the touch of a button. Silent motors adjust the bed to any position, while you simply relax. In 2004 Auping introduced the Ultimate Climate, a programmable, heat-regulating mattress. Gone are the days of leaking hot-water bottles. Simply set the temperature and times via the control panel to experience the luxury of a lovely warm bed whenever you like.

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Mykonos Moves Mykonos real estate leads the way So whether you are sipping your favourite cocktail

The clouds of the global crisis might have cast their

“resident” level Mykonos offers many opportunities,

shadow on the real estate business all over the world

never more so than now. Investment in Mykonos has

and enjoying the sunset or admiring the deep blue of

but in Mykonos it would appear that the “meltemi” is

proved rewarding in the last decade not only from the

the sea, you cannot but be enchanted by such

blowing the clouds away.

capital return but rentals on the island are extremely

delightfulness that you could wish it would last for ever.

After all according to Conde Nast Traveller, we

high. Because of its desirability and controlled building

are on the island that has been declared for 5

regulations properties to rent for the summer months

consecutive years the best island in Europe. Its fame,

are at a premium, sometimes even exceeding

glamour and image are now known in nearly every

expectations in the south of France.

corner of the globe. The lifestyle, the weather, the charm

Despite a difficult year globally and somewhat

of the Mykonians themselves make it one of the most

against the odds, no real discernable decrease in

desirable places to visit as a holiday destination.

prices has occurred which should give courage to

For those who want to upgrade from “visitor” to

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potential investors.

Rohari – Mykonos 84600 Greece

+30 (0) 2289 023 705 or +30 (0) 2289 024 797

Gem of the Island

Villa Paradisia, Mykonos Located in Paradisia – a 15 minute drive from the Port, this impressive villa of approx. 450 square metres enjoys unobtrusive views of the sea and the islands of Syros, Tinos and Delos. This striking property was built with respect to the architectural heritage of the island and blends harmoniously with its surroundings. Designed by one of the most famous Greek architects, it was built with the finest materials, and is the gem of the island. The main feature of this villa is its unique pool that runs around the house. The villa is surrounded by lovely gardens, and pergola-shaded terraces which overlook the swimming pool and capture the beautiful views.

Accommodation Two large reception rooms, large sitting room, 2 dining areas, playroom, 2 kitchens, guest cloakroom, master bedroom suite, 6 further bedroom suites, swimming pool. Amenities: Central heating & A/C, wifi, satellite TV, home cinema, safe in all bedrooms, plasma TV in playroom, flat TV in all bedrooms, home stereo system, lift, central alarm system, night security. Maid and gardener included.

Guide Price €42,000 per week

+30 (0) 2289 023 705 or +30 (0) 2289 024 797 Rohari – Mykonos 84600 Greece

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Magnificent Grade II listed freehold

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Elegant and Spacious Eaton Place, Belgravia, London SW1 This magnificent Grade II Listed white stucco fronted freehold house comprising some 11,273 sq ft is situated on the corner of Eaton Place and Lyall Street. It has been completely restored and renovated and offers elegant and spacious entertaining rooms, generous bedroom accommodation, swimming pool complex, air conditioning and terrace. Accommodation Entrance hall, reception room, dining room, drawing room, sitting room, study, family kitchen, catering kitchen, six bedroom suites: master bedroom with en suite bathroom, dressing room and private sitting room, guest bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room, four further bedrooms (two with en suite bathrooms, one with en suite bathroom and dressing room, one with en suite shower room), two staff bedrooms, one with en suite shower room, one further shower room, three guest cloakrooms, swimming pool complex including gym, turkish bath and changing room with en suite shower room. Amenities: Full air-conditioning, passenger lift, Lutron system, Crestron system.

Offers in excess of ÂŁ27,000,000

020 7499 7722 24 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TF

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Private Oxshott Way Estate Cobham

ÂŁ3,850,000 Nearing completion a brand new 7,600 sq ft home situated in the heart of the Oxshott Way Estate built by Mayflower Developments providing excellent living and entertaining space with large rooms and plenty of light. Accommodation: Entrance Hall with circular staircase, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Study, Large Open Plan Kitchen/ Breakfast/Family Room, Wine Store, Master Bedroom Suite with Balcony, His and Hers Dressing Areas, Staircase to Sitting Room and Library, 4 Further Bedroom Suites with Bath/Shower Rooms, Bedroom 6 with En Suite, Games/Cinema Room, Audio Visual System, Hand Crafted Kitchen with Miele Appliances, Security System.


ÂŁ3,350,000 Nearing completion a brand new 6,081 sq ft home situated in the heart of the Oxshott Way Estate built by Mayflower Developments providing excellent living and entertaining space with large rooms and plenty of light.

Accommodation: Entrance Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Family Room, Study, Cloakroom, Galleried Master Bedroom Suite with Balcony, Circular Stairs to Reading/Viewing Gallery, Dressing Room with En Suite, Bedroom 2 with En Suite, Bedrooms 3 and 4 share a Bathroom, Gallery with Sitting Area and Library, Games Room/Cinema Room, Bedroom 5 with Dressing Room and En Suite, Audio Visual & Security Systems. 28 | autumn/winter collection

8 High Street, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3DY

01932 588288

Opulent Splendour Cobham ÂŁ3,000,000 A unique period gem set within delightful grounds providing a distinctly rural feel, yet within walking distance of the village. Leigh Hill House is an outstanding period property retaining an abundance of original features originally constructed in the 1790s and subsequently extended in Victorian times.

Accommodation: Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Master Bedroom Suite, Dressing room, 4 Further Bedrooms, (one en-suite), Family Bathroom, Guest Shower Room, WC and cellar incorporating a wine store. Secluded gardens and grounds extend to approximately 3/4 of an acre with sweeping gravel driveway providing parking leading to the double garage. autumn/winter collection | 29

Architecturally Stunning

Eaton Terrace, London SW1 A beautifully presented freehold family house situated on this popular Belgravia Street. The house offers flexible living accommodation including a wonderful and light sitting room which opens directly on to the west facing garden to the rear. Eaton Terrace is conveniently located for the local amenities of Sloane Square, Sloane Street and The Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road. Accommodation Drawing room, sitting room, dining room, library, study, kitchen, breakfast room, utility room, guest cloakroom, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, two further bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, bedroom 4, shower room/dressing room, garden.

Guide Price ÂŁ7,500,000 Freehold

020 7499 7722 24 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TF

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“We’re always looking for trouble. It’s what we do.” While most of us are asleep or away from our property, a small but determined and wellorganised criminal element is regularly up to no good, targeting unprotected properties and sites. So when Tony Bygraves, CEO of one of SE England’s most well-regarded security firms, is approached for advice about security issues by anyone who needs to protect any location round the clock, his first observation often takes his potential customers by surprise. “The cost of technology has now allowed us to provide an enhanced level of security by extending the protection of your property to the boundaries of your site. This is achieved with remote CCTV monitoring by MR Fire and Security Group which provides external detectors, CCTV cameras, speakers and microphones all at an affordable price. To protect what you have, you need to be a step ahead of the criminal. It’s not a question of throwing money at the problem – you’ve got to think smarter.” He stresses that if you choose the right technology and use it intelligently, the odds are you can protect your property more effectively. “Whatever it is you’re looking to protect – anything from your home, a construction site, a school or college campus, an office complex, a warehouse or sports stadium – the object is simple. Detect and deter.” Bygraves’ company, MR Fire & Security Group, has been helping its customers do precisely this for over 25 years. His teams are respected for their skill and expertise at

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making properties safe and secure– everything from family homes to international corporate HQs – safe and secure. The system employs strategically positioned sensors that detect the unauthorised persons, together with wide-awake high-resolution cameras. These feed live pictures to equally alert operators at MRFS Group’s accredited remote monitoring centre. If an alarm is received, they see what’s going on immediately and assess the situation. What’s more, they’ll use the audio system to address any intruders while simultaneously contacting the Police, key holders or whoever else the customers has instructed them to get in touch with. “That’s what we mean by detect and deter. It’s not enough just to watch. You’ve got to be able to stop the thief or vandal in their tracks. And that’s exactly what we do.” Bygraves maintains that technology isn’t just there to make things work better; it can make solutions better value too. “It’s no good offering our customers watertight security if it’s costing an arm and a leg. You’ve got to help them protect their bottom line as well as their property. That’s one of the reasons we’re in continual dialogue with the leading developers of fire and security systems – manufacturers like GENT who are part of Honeywell, and CRESTRON the worlds leading home entertainment systems. We’re always reminding them that our customers have to work to cost effective budgets providing the correct solutions” As the technology advances, points out

Bygraves, so it becomes more economical. “Take the new Avigilon surveillance system we now offer our customers. The HD megapixel cameras they’ve developed are astonishing. But because all it takes to enhance your existing system is to remove the CCTV cameras you have and replace them with the Avigilon units, the cost of improving your security is affordable.” The Avigilon range of cameras were produced partly in response to the demand from US Colleges and schools in the wake of the kind of tragic shootings that started with Columbine. They produce live images so sharp in any light and at any range they can be used to identify and convict intruders. “The power of these Avigilon cameras means we can provide our customers with more extensive, sharper vigilance for less money – simply because you need fewer units to do an even better job than your current CCTV system. The appeal is obvious, whatever kind of location you need to guard. For example, the system can zoom in on a troublemaker in a football ground and tell you how long ago it is since he had a shave!” The total commitment of MR Fire & Security Group to guarding their customers’ interests is there for anyone to see in Tony Bygraves’ enthusiasm for all things to do with security. “Yes, we live and breathe it. We’re always looking for trouble. It’s what we do, so we are prepared. Furthermore we like to make sure we do it better than anyone else.”

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Heart of Knightsbridge

Cadogan Place, London SW1 Accommodation Reception hall, drawing room, dining room, family room, library, cinema room, master bedroom suite including 2 dressing rooms, 4 further bedroom suites, swimming pool, gym, steam room, staff accommodation, 4 terraces, separate garaging for 3-4 cars, 6,862 sq ft (637 sq m) excluding the terraces and garaging.

Freehold Price on application

020 7499 7722 24 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TF J.S.A. Savills

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8 High Street, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3DY

01932 588288

Hidden Gem Cobham ÂŁ2,495,000 An immaculate home of grand proportions set in a private gated enclave in a quiet area, within the village of Cobham. There are 5 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, 4 bathrooms and large games room. A detached garage, and gardens complement this fine family home. There is a utility and cloakroom and galleried landing. The quality of the interior finish, together with the high ceilings on all three floors, make this a magnificent home and interior viewing is highly recommended.

Accommodation: Luxury Detached Family House, Gated Private Development, Stunning Vaulted Entrance Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Family Room, Kitchen/Breakfast/Sitting Room, Five Bedrooms, Four Bathrooms, Large L-Shaped games Room, Detached Double Garage, Westerly Facing Rear Gardens. 36 | autumn/winter collection

Traditional Exterior/ Contemporary Interior Cobham ÂŁ2,500,000 This magnificent 6 bedroom detached home in the highly sought after Fairmile area of Cobham has 5,270 square feet of well planned spacious accommodation with features such as a Crestron Home Automation System operating the intelligent lighting, audio visual system, alarm system and video door entry system.

Accommodation: Stunning New Home, Gated Entrance to Brick Paved Driveway Providing Ample Parking, Impressive Entrance Hall, Huge Kitchen/Breakfast/Family Room with Exquisite German High Gloss Kitchen Units and integrated Miele Appliances, Dining Room, Triple Aspect Drawing room with feature Fireplace, Study, Downstairs Cloakroom, Coats Cupboard and Utility/Boot room on the ground floor. The Impressive Galleried Staircase leads to 6 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms, the Master Bedroom having a range of bespoke hand made wardrobes. There is also a Games Room over the Double Garage with its Own Entrance. 38 | autumn/winter collection

8 High Street, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3DY

01932 588288

Highest Specification Cobham ÂŁ2,450,000 Situated in a quiet yet convenient location close to the ACS International School and presented in immaculate order throughout with features including stone flooring, walnut woodwork, sound system, air conditioning, underfloor heating and CCTV.

Accommodation: Galleried Reception Hall, 2 Cloakrooms, Double Aspect Drawing Room with Fireplace, Dining Room, Family Room, Study, Kitchen/Breakfast Room with built in Miele appliances, Utility Room, Master Bedroom Suite with Dressing Room, 5 Further Bedrooms (3 En-Suite), Family Shower Room, 2 Large Store Rooms, Beautifully Maintained Gardens and Grounds and electric wrought iron gates which lead to the Double Garage. autumn/winter collection | 39

Ambassadorial Residence

Avenue Road, London NW8 An elegant double fronted detached ambassadorial residence situated on the exclusive tree lined Avenue Road. The property has full planning consent to re-develop the site and to build a 15,000 sq ft family home.

Accommodation Entrance hall, guest WC, drawing room, dining room, study, sun lounge, kitchen/breakfast room, servery, master bedroom with en-suite dressing room and bathroom, 7 further bedrooms, 2 further bathrooms, 6 reception rooms, separate self contained 2 bedroom staff flat, large rear garden, carriage driveway, double garage.

Guide Price ÂŁ16,000,000

020 7722 9793 24 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TF

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Beautifully presented superb living space

Trevor Square, London SW7


A spectacular second floor lateral flat, beautifully presented throughout and offering superb living space.

Large entrance hall, reception room with dining area, family room, kitchen, three double bedroom suites, cloakroom, direct access to resident’s roof garden, lift, 24 hour concierge, 2 parking spaces.

Trevor Square was redeveloped from the old Harrods Depository building with each flat being finished to a high specification, with Poggenpohl kitchens, air-conditioning and Crestron integrated home entertainment systems; the development provides 24 hour concierge, private car-parking, resident’s roof-garden and a comprehensive security system. Trevor Square is discretely located in the heart of Knightsbridge. It is well placed for access to Harrods and the other shops, restaurants and amenities that Knightsbridge has to offer.

Guide Price £12,500,000 Leasehold 988 years remaining

020 7499 7722 24 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TF J.S.A. Savills

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Alice in Wonderland Headpiece: Louis Mariette Photographer: Dave Wise assisted by Ben Lycett Stylist: Rivkie Baum Model: Mecia Simpson @ Models 1 (Winner of Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Next Top Model) Dress: Grace Shannan Shoes: Guiseppe Zanotti Hair: Noel Gibbins assisted by Laura Hunt Make-up: Lauren Baker

Louis Mariette, Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next top model judge Photographer: David Venni

Milliner extraordinaire! Exotic bejewelled headpieces, bespoke hat couture, inspiring accessoriesâ&#x20AC;Ś a talent that is rising head and shoulders above the competition, as well as a beckoning TV career. Allie Philpin had the pleasure of talking to the charismatic Louis Mariette about his exciting life and fabulous luxury creations.

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

Louis was born in Malawi but grew up in Botswana and Swaziland - add to that his Mauritian origins. As a child he was fascinated by all flora and fauna. His love of nature and creative design became a childhood passion that has stood him in good stead, together with his flair for artistic imagination. His siblings went into the hotel industry, and Louis duly followed. But he was soon running an exclusive party planning business themed parties with fabulous table pieces and décor, all designed by Louis, and this is where he ‘dipped his toes’ into headpieces for guests using the colour palettes of the décor, flowers and trimmings. Louis says, “It was quite extraordinary; although my training is in hotels, the requests for headpieces just seemed to take over and next thing I knew, I’m being asked to design the headpieces for a fashion show!” The fashion show in question was in Milan, Italy and the man asking was Michael Dye, the Creative Director – 25 headpieces, all bespoke for each outfit. After months of work matching materials, threads and trimmings, the organisers requested a full dress rehearsal and presentation of the headpieces. “It was amazing,” says Louis, “all the models wore their outfits with their 44 | autumn/winter collection

headpieces and presented them to the organisers. They were all Italian, which I didn’t speak; they didn’t speak English and they showed no emotion or expression, so I had no idea what they thought… heart in the mouth time!” Michael Dye eventually put Louis’ mind at rest, they loved all his creations, except one, and his career as a milliner escalated. Not long after the fashion show, Louis received a telephone call from potential clients asking to meet at his studio. “I was so surprised, my first commission and the call came out of the blue. I didn’t even ask who they were!” said Louis. He soon found out… Harrods! They commissioned him to create all their window and shop floor displays, as well as providing helpful tips and advice to their clientele; and the rest, as they say, is history. And recently, his ‘Diffusion’ accessory range has been picked up by, the world’s premier luxury online retailer. Each and every headpiece or accessory that Louis creates is completely bespoke. His inspiration comes from his childhood homes and his many travels around the world, drawing on the amazing scenery he sees and different cultures he visits. “The

Bhutanese people in the Himalayas are inspirational,” says Louis. Louis works closely with the client, and says, “Hats are a very personal accessory and different creations look different on different people; it’s very individual.” In April this year, Louis was invited to be one of the judges on Living TV’s ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’. “Wonderful and so exciting!” says Louis. Working alongside Lisa Snowdon and Icelandic photographer, Huggy Rugnarsson, Louis was the ‘couture fashion’ element of the three. “Working with Lisa and Huggy has been just great,” says Louis. “I was encouraged to be just myself… we had different views on the models, but we worked well together. It’s hard for models today, they have to be so multi-functional which isn’t an easy task,” he says. Within the show, one of the tasks for the models was to present themselves to a selection of his clientele, which was challenging. Another task for the models was to re-create his stunning ‘Princess Neptune’ headpiece shoot (Photographer: Zena Holloway, Stylist: Heidi Taylor), which won the Best Hat of 2008 Award from Tatler Hong Kong. “It was such a hard thing to do,” says Louis. “The models had to immerse themselves in a tank of g

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water, and we had all the safety divers and professional photographers ready to take the right shot… all very impressive!” The last show of the series is was ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme and Louis created the headpieces for this finale. Would he do it again? “Oh, very definitely!” says Louis, “it has been such a fabulous and exciting project!” In 2005, Louis was catapulted into the highest echelons of bespoke hat couture with the creation of the world’s most expensive hat, the £1.5million Chapeau d’Amour (Photographer: Alice Wilby, Stylist: Michael Dye). The headpiece was commissioned by Harrods for the opening of their Hat and Evening Wear department. “The hat was inspired by my Mauritian roots,” recalls Louis, “and we were still finishing the little details just the day before! It is woven with platinum fabric (from the Platinum Guild) as well as diamonds and was modelled, of course, by the gorgeous Lisa Butcher.” And the accolades keep coming… in 2006 he was awarded the Celebration of Life Jewellery Design Award in Fashion Accessories by The Tanzanite Foundation, and in 2007 i-D name him one of the 250 most creative people. As recently as 2009, the Luxury Marketing Council Europe awarded Louis the Most Innovative Product Design-Range at their Luxuria Awards… not bad for an artistic and imaginative child with a passion for flora and fauna! Louis’ talent, flair, inspiration and ‘joie de vivre’ have certainly captured the imagination of many – photographers, designers and creative directors – and are worn by the famous and glamorous such as Joan Collins, Jodie Kidd, Paris Hilton, Pink (the singer), Erin O’Connor, Jerry Hall, Kate Moss, Olga Kurylenko, Princess Sabina von Stentel and Stephanie Seymour to name but a few, and he works with leading international companies like the Plantinum Guild, Swarovski, Harrods, Boucheron, Links, The Dorchester, the Royal Opera House and Cliveden House. And when he’s not working on his fabulous creations? Louis immerses himself into his other passions – interiors, sport such as jet skiing, snow skiing, anything that is fun! “I love animals, my father was a vet, and I was recently a judge at a Dog Show on behalf of the Macmillan Cancer Trust,” Louis tells us, and he has just been appointed a Vice President of The Children’s Trust as well as being a patron of the St Thomas Lupus Trust… all this as well as his marathon running – 7 so far, including this year’s London Marathon! 48 | autumn/winter collection

Flame of Desire Photographer: Camille Sanson Hair: Claudio Contrasti Make-up: Lan Nguyen Dress: Gething

Flight of Fantasy Photographer: Ian Gillet at London Fashion Week for the Manish Arora catwalk show

Another passion is his love of the rainforests. “It is so important to protect these environments, such as in Brazil,” says Louis, “it’s so important because once they’re gone, they cannot be replaced!” he enthuses. Louis’ outlook is to live life to the full and enjoy yourself. “I was a judge at the Hat Show at Royal Ascot this year which was great fun, so exciting!” he laughs. “I’ve been blessed with a fantastic thirty six years so far and I hope to be blessed with many more! To be happy, adventurous and above all to have fun… who could ask for more?” And his ambition? “I love my work and want to go on creating new and inspiring headpieces, as well as expanding and developing my brand and designs into different areas, like the accessories,” Louis explains. “I also love Thailand, it’s my favourite country. I’d love to open a small boutique or hotel over there, with a luxurious environment and feel, and attention to detail of course.” His enthusiasm is captivating, his energy is incredible, his talent is unquestionably huge, and coupled with his charisma and love of life, this particular milliner is destined to be a star.

Miss Tick Tock Photographer: Ross Perkins Model: Jasmia at Acclaim Dress: Gething

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The stunning South Western coast of Turkey is “a dream, come true”

From Antalya to Altinkum

Turkey Properties available for sale are set amidst a stunning landscape of beaches, mountains, pine forests and outstanding views. This coastline has everything. There are sunny beaches, stunning scenery and sunsets, magnificent sea and mountain views, cosmopolitan and traditional towns, sports, historical sites and much more. Properties in all price ranges, from the very affordable Didim/Altinkum region with outstanding beaches, the Bodrum Peninsula noted for its sunsets and sea views, the more traditional and diverse Marmaris, Fethiye area, Kalkan, a small, quiet, charming bay, through to Antalya with its palm lined 50 | autumn/winter collection

boulevards and prize winning marina. This area enjoys a superb sunny climate with something for everyone, from historical and scenic areas of interest to sports of all kinds. It also offers outstanding value for money with most properties having extensive views of either mountains, sea or both and all are offered with a building warranty. The new developments are small to medium size complexes (no large urbanisations) with either communal pools or private pools. Apartments start at circa £25,000 and detached Villas with private pool included through to £400,000 for substantial sea front luxury homes. Property purchase is in UK Pounds with no heavy purchase costs or ongoing costs and there are no lengthy waits for completion, some homes are even ready to move into.


Gascoignes International To appreciate the sheer beauty of the area and find your dream home we are able to offer subsidized inspection trips, call now for further details.

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Kitchens that any light. At AFG Kitchens we understand that today’s kitchens are far more than rooms to prepare food in. They quickly become the heart of the household, the room that families gather together and friends chat in. Our impressive range of high quality Miele Die Küche kitchens offer discerning customers an extensive choice of styles, materials and finishes designed to fit not only your budget, but your life too. And because kitchens are used as much in the evening as during the day, we offer some spectacular lighting options that are guaranteed to impress day after day, night after night, year after year. So, take a look at kitchens in a new light, visit your nearest AFG Kitchens Design Centre or visit our website for more information.

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Far reaching views Claygate ÂŁ795,000 A detached family home enjoying a secluded private road location with delightful, elevated views towards Esher.

Accommodation: A detached family home offering thoughtfully planned accommodation and enjoying a secluded private road location with delightful, elevated views towards Esher. Situated within a small private road and with gardens to three sides, the ground floor accommodation comprises entrance hall, cloakroom, kitchen, utility room, two principal reception rooms, and an interesting lower ground floor family / play room. The first floor provides four bedrooms, family shower room and master ensuite. 52 | autumn/winter collection


Bellano Lake Como

Italy A small project of only 16 apartments with stunning location overlooking Lake Como in Italy Lake Como is famous for its exquisite architecture and magnificent Villas. Lake Como offers something for everyone, fine dining, relaxed cruising, a wealth of outdoor activities or just strolling and taking in the breathtaking views. Lake Como is an oasis of tranquillity, offering a unique combination of warm Mediterranean sunshine, sparkling calm waters against the background of snow covered alpine peaks and just half an hour drive from the cosmopolitan and lively city of Milan. Bellano, Lake Como is in easy reach of St Moritz and Milan. The Lake Como apartment building is developed in keeping with the local architecture including the

use of wooden window frames fitted with louvre shutters. The apartment is in the sought-after location of Bellano, where you can walk along the lakefront, arrive at the little square of the port and enter the old town centre. Just 30 minutes away from the nearest ski resort, 60 minutes from the prestigious St Moritz and less than one hour from Milan’s airports, these properties are being sold for completion now. The development comprises 4 x1 bedroom units sited on the ground floor with garden and balcony, 2 x 2 bedroom units also with garden and

balcony and 10 x 2 bedroom duplex apartments. All apartments benefit from air conditioning, central heating, garage and laundry room and communal pool.

Prices range from €195,000 – €250,000 The reservation fee is €300 followed by a deposit of 30%, with the balance due on completion.

Gascoignes International 5 Church Path Woking Surrey GU21 6EJ Tel: +44 (0) 1483 226868 Email: Web:

Pride of Gibraltar Gibraltar - the gateway to Europe, rich with history, graced by beautiful beaches and some of the best views in Europe - is going through a bit of a renaissance.

ADMIRALTY HOUSE â&#x20AC;&#x153;Widely regarded as the most prestigious property in Gibraltar, and possibly the highest value on the marketâ&#x20AC;?.

House prices are rising, new flight routes are opening and new luxury developments are springing up around the marina. A flurry of wealth is descending on Gibraltar’s shores, not least due to the newly developed investor friendly tax regime, but also due to the availability of some very high calibre real estate. Top of the draw is Admiralty House, widely regarded as the most prestigious property in Gibraltar, and possibly the highest value on the market. Agent Gary Hersham of Mayfair, Cannes and Mykonos based Beauchamp Estates is coy on the subject of price, but an asking figure of £30million is more than a whisper. At such a price tag, one would expect a home designed with the highest quality design, craftsmanship and finish. This spectacular newly-built Georgian-style property boasts all this and so much more. Built on the cliff face, it is situated in one of the most spectacular positions on‘The Rock’, commanding unrivalled views over the Straits of Gibraltar to the African coastline, as well

as the Spanish shores. Gary Hersham, speaks from experience: “Whoever you share it with, the views here are undoubtedly the most awe-inspiring you will ever see, no matter how much of a seasoned traveller you claim to be. At such a unique vantage point, anyone who buys this home will really feel like the ‘King (or Queen!) of the castle”. In the landscaped gardens, a fully equipped sun terrace and mosaic-tiled swimming pool have been perfectly positioned from which to enjoy the breathtaking views. The sense of infinity and space achieved here is truly remarkable. Further appeal lies in the fact that the site on which Admiralty House is built, consequently a residential heritage site, is riddled with an enchanting history. Between 1746 and 1922 the plot was occupied by a hospital that tended the sick and wounded from many epic historic battles including the

Siege of Gibraltar, the Crimean War, the Ashanti Expedition led by Sir Robert BadenPowell and World War One. Over the years, seamen from the Austrian, German, French and Swedish navies were cared for within its walls. Undoubtedly the hospital’s most famous inhabitant, however, was Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson. After being fatally wounded in the Battle of Trafalgar, Nelson’s ship – HMS Victory – was towed to Gibraltar with his body preserved in a barrel of brandy, before being returned to England for a state funeral. After its long period of use as a hospital, the building was then home to naval and army medical staff and their families. In fact, it was used as residential married quarters up until the early 1980s. With the reduction of the military presence on Gibraltar, the British Ministry of Defence transferred the site over to the Government of Gibraltar, which tendered it for private residential development.

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A rich heritage Four years of careful design, led by architect David Orfila, have been devoted to creating a stylish, contemporary home with a period character that reflects the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich heritage. Aside from the imposing scale of the property, which is spread over three floors and covers a plot of 2,000 sq metres, much of Admiralty Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandiose personality exudes from the use of ultra-fine materials.

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ADMIRALTY HOUSE BEING OFFERED JOINTLY BY: Beauchamp Estates 24 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TF Tel: +44 (0)20 7499 7722

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Italy Award winning properties in the green heart of Umbria

Deep in the heart of this charming and lush environment, halfway between Rome and Florence and within an untouched natural reserve close to Orvieto, lies “Torre de Monaldeschi”, a dream come true. This unique Umbrian project was voted ‘Best Italian Development’ at the prestigious Daily Mail International Property Awards. “Torre de’Monaldeschi is an imaginative development of just a few properties located in the Umbrian countryside near famed Orvieto, about midway between Rome and Florence. No two properties are the same and it is so rare to see such a development in this region. The resort has been designed around an 11th century fortress and is aimed at preserving the historical and artistic value through the building plan. Torre de’Monaldeschi offers anyone looking for a tranquil retreat, the best of both worlds, using ancient building methods and new technologies to create a modern concept of living in the Borgo style. The resort comprises of a beautiful collection of one, two, three and 4 bedroom townhouses, villas and apartments built in a traditional style and from authentic materials of the 60 | autumn/winter collection

Umbrian area. It offers luxurious accommodation along with superb leisure and sporting facilities. The development is situated only 13 miles from Orvieto and 1.8 miles from Ficulle, set within green lush countryside which produces some of the best wine and olive oil in Italy. The whole area consists of cultivated lands, medieval villages, churches and sanctuaries, castles and fortresses, rocky peaks, valleys and plains. It is located halfway between two of Italy’s major art cities, Rome and Florence and within easy reach of the international airports of Fiumicino and Ciampino.

All properties are individually designed with terraces, private gardens, garages and parking. With Phase one now sold, a new release of phase two is now available with prices starting from €183,000 to €604,000.

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Clive House, 2 The Parade, Claygate, Surrey, KT10 0NN

01372 462323

Exciting interior design Claygate ÂŁ1,800,000 An authentically unique detached property, recently completed and offering in excess of 5000 sq ft of beautifully appointed accommodation in a highly regarded private estate location.

Accommodation: A recently constructed and sumptuously appointed, individual detached property offering in excess of 5000 square feet of accommodation, thoughtfully arranged across three floors. With five bedrooms and five bath / shower rooms, media room and exceptionally generous reception rooms, Sandy Ridge also offers tiered and landscaped yet modest gardens and lends itself perfectly to those with an eye to entertaining in style. One of the many 'signature' features of this 'one-off' property is the lower ground floor garaging with electronically controlled rotating turntable affording the ultimate ease of access for a number of vehicles

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A unique and high quality project just 100 metres from the sea in the main fishing village of Malsaforn on the small island of Gozo

“The Hillock Residences” is the latest project in an extensive list of high class developments both in Gozo as well as in Malta. The developer will bring to the project what they have been consistently achieving in their other developments – an elegant and superior design, coupled with exceptional quality in construction. Gozo is a small island, just nine miles by four, with a population of under 25,000 inhabitants. It enjoys a breathtaking countryside and a coastline of spectacular cliffs interrupted with small sandy, crystal clear bays and charming coves. It forms part of the Maltese archipelago, sitting right in the middle of the Mediterranean, just 94 km south of Sicily. The project enjoys the double benefit of the proximity of the bustle of a seaside resort, and the quiet and calm

atmosphere of a residential area with surrounding country and sea views. The complex will be split into a number of differentiated blocks each with its own entrance serving only a small number of apartments. There will be a choice of one, two, and three bedroom units, most with ensuite facilities, with a typical three bed apartment covering a floor area of around a hundred square metres. The project will also have a property management service on the premises that would be able attend to your maintenance needs and also look after your property in your absence.

Prices start from €94,000 up to €350,000 for a penthouse and there is a choice of 3 different levels of finishing to your apartment.

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The South East of England isn’t short on places to stay, but if you’re looking for a chic spa retreat, cosy country inn or village-set designer den, there’s only one place to turn: boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith tell Reside how they got started, and cherry-pick some of their most luxurious UK hotspots… Back in August 2001, courting couple James Lohan and Tamara Heber Percy, on the advice of a not-to-be-named travel guide, were staying at a not-to-be-named hotel in the Lake District, and not enjoying it in the slightest. ‘This had happened before – we couldn’t believe we were yet again staying in a sub-standard hotel.’ ‘We cut short the trip, and on the way home, we decided there was a need for a guide you could really trust,’ said Tam. And, with that, Mr & Mrs Smith was born. The now widely known irreverent title immediately caught people’s imagination; ‘It’s got the right level of naughtiness and fun, and it underlines that our selection is all about romance,’ says James. By January 2003, the pair had raised the necessary finance, recruited a team and begun compiling a collection of boutique hotels that offered an inspirational guide and the sort of inside information you would pass on to a friend. Eight months and 41 hotels later, the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection UK/Ireland was launched and, by Christmas, the couple were reeling as the predicted sales of 5,000 rolled into 20,000. ‘We just couldn’t believe it,’ says James. ‘All our hard work and reviewing had paid off. Although it’s great fun, we really are quite tough in terms of the criteria the hotels have to meet. Once a hotel is spotted we visit it for consideration and if it’s promising, we send a couple to do

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an anonymous review and. If they love it, we invite the hotel to join the Smith collection. ‘If it’s a close call,’ adds Tam, ‘We tell the hotel why we haven’t been able to include them and if they choose to rectify the problem then we will revisit. It’s not about being elitist, we simply have a clear idea of what the collection is about and people have come to trust our judgement. We also do regular checks, and if we receive two complaints we make a visit; three and they’re out.’ Following the success of their first book, the couple have since published several other Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotel guides under the Spy Publishing imprint: European Cities, European Coast & Country and an updated UK/ Ireland Volume 2. In 2008, they released The Global Shortlist in the States and are starting to see traffic increasing as the brand becomes more well known Stateside. ‘The books have been a phenomenal success, and continue to be popular even though our business has evolved from being a niche publisher to being a boutique property provider for styleconscious travellers,’ explains James. Recognising the need to keep reinventing their business, James, who previously owned an event company in London and started chic Clapham bar the White House, and Tam with her career in marketing, launched their website – which took the company to a new level and

meant that Smith fans could book boutique hotels through their trusted brand online. ‘We’ve now selected more than 550 properties to feature online, and the collection has got much broader, to include stylish safaris, sexy ski lodges, child-friendly getaways and our growing self-catering selection.’ James and Tam have also introduced a three-tiered membership club offering a travel booking and concierge service, which covers anything from watering your plants while you’re away to organising a romantic dinner on your trip. ‘We get an incredible 350,000 hits a month,’ beams James, ‘And 75,000 people have signed up to our various membership clubs, which gets them access to all sorts of discounts and benefits. Our entry level membership, BlackSmith, is just £15 per year, SilverSmith is £99 and GoldSmith £299.’ ‘But we didn’t stop there. We’ve introduced an innovative loyalty scheme to reward frequent bookers. Members who book trips with us will earn up to five per cent of the value of their booking back to a personal ‘Vault’, which can be viewed online. They can spend their earnings in our shop which carries all sorts of amazing high-quality brands or they can use it to book more boutique hotel stays.’ This year, much excitement has surrounded the launch of yet another guidebook: Australia & New Zealand (out in October ‘09), which has been published to celebrate the opening of Smith offices in Melbourne this May. ‘The offices in Australia mean that we can offer a 24-hour Travel Team, six days a week,’ says James. The Asia-Pacific arm of Mr & Mrs Smith (which includes Australia and New Zealand) is headed up by Simon Westcott, former global publisher of Lonely Planet and a boutique hotel connoisseur. ‘It’s all just part of our plans for worldwide domination,’ laughs Tam. And out of all the great hotels they recommend, what are their favourites? ‘Difficult, but among them all, we’d definitely go back to Endsleigh in Devon, JK Place in Florence and Ca’s Xorc in Mallorca – where we got married.’ To find out more, order a guidebook or book any of the hotels in the Mr & Mrs Smith collection, visit or ring the expert Smith travel team on 0845 034 0700. g

‘…if the decor doesn’t steal your heart, the friendly welcome from one of London’s finest concierges should have you smitten’

The Pelham 15 Cromwell Place, London SW7 2LA Style Colourfully offbeat townhouse Setting Well-heeled museumland Rooms 52, including the King Suite and the Mews Suite Rates Rates £220–£290; Mews Suite, £500; King Suite, £610. Rates exclude VAT. Breakfast: £14.70–£17.50. Smith Factor Perfectly placed for a holiday in London, with a great location off Cromwell Road, this boutique-hotel stay in Kensington looks set to be one of Mr & Mrs Smith’s new favourites. The Pelham plays 21st-century Edwardian fashionista to its sister property the Gore’s contemporary Victorian dandy, injecting renewed life into Kit Kemp’s dashing original decor. Spread over four floors, the Pelham’s spacious rooms are individually decorated with contemporary-classic prints and antiques. High ceilings and big windows provide plenty of natural light; some have lovely views over London’s rooftops. You’re close to a pub-quiz-winning number of museums, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and London’s lush green lung, Hyde Park. The Pelham’s Modern British restaurant, Bistro 15, is a treat too, flooded with light from the sash windows, with berryand turquoise-toned textiles adding pizzazz to the decorative scheme.

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Mrs Smith says… ‘Jump off the Tube at South Ken, amble for all of 100 yards, and you’ll find yourself at the Pelham. Our first impression was that we were entering a stylish Regency coach house. There’s an air of countryside freshness to the city sophistication here, no doubt the legacy of designer Kit Kemp’s deft touch. Bright floral prints, bold stripes and zingy colours – all signature Kemp. The decor has enough grownup grandeur to hint at opulence – antique grandfather clocks, wood panelling, sparkling chandeliers – but a considered and colourful application of playful modern pieces to keep things relaxed. Check-in feels like you are at a membersonly club; shoppers and sightseers scurry past this secret hidey-hole without even noticing a boutique hotel within. You might not believe this elegant white Georgian townhouse hides some 50 generously sized rooms. And if the discretion or the decor doesn’t steal your heart, the friendly welcome from one of London’s finest concierges, Jamie, should have you smitten. His seamless spiriting away of our luggage and insider advice in that soft New Zealand lilt was a class act. Strolling around this upmarket neighbourhood, we were soon rewarded with an eyeful of reasons why the Pelham is such a fantastic city-break base: grand historical

buildings nearby house the V&A and the Natural History museums, while other edifying distractions include the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park in all its café- and gallery-enhanced Serpentine splendour. With shopaholicism in our genes, we saved some attention for Harrods and Harvey Nichols too. An elegant Pelham Vintage tea in one of the pretty sitting rooms was the perfect refuel. Just-baked cakes, cucumber sandwiches, and a glass of champagne made it an extra-special upgrade from our usual afternoon cuppa. And another drawing-room opportunity to toast the Pelham? A late-night G&T fixed from the honesty bar, after supper at sister hotel, the Gore. Well, it would have been rude not to raise another glass to such a delightful host.’

‘There’s enough space in the room to dance around, swing a cat and do the fandango’

The Olde Bell Inn High Street, Hurley, Berkshire SL6 5LX Style Inn-keeping with tradition Setting Thames riverside village Rooms 17 Inn Doubles, seven Inn Suites and more to come Rates £150–£300, including breakfast and tax. Smith Factor With parts of the building dating back to 1135, the Olde Bell has a whole heap of heritage hanging off it – still palpable today in the black-wooden beams, crooked oak floorboards, and the flickering fire in the inglenook. However, interior-design guru Ilse Crawford has sprinkled her style-sorcery throughout, and has managed to give the Olde Bell a cosy modern makeover that complements rather than clashes with the inn’s mediaeval history. Rooms, although smart, comfortable and soothingly decorated in Ilse’s now-signature natural tones aren’t the focus here, Ilse’s mission has always been to rediscover the communal pleasures of the inns and taverns of yesteryear. And, at the Olde Bell, she’s accomplished that mission with aplomb: it’s the cosy bar area, the relaxed restaurant, and, in summer, the rambling meadow-style gardens that give this new breed of boutique hotel a real sense of soul.

Mrs Smith says… ‘The Olde Bell’s exterior looks like any other Tudor pub – white, slightly wonky, with leadlight windows and orange roof tiles – and you’d be forgiven for walking right past. Don’t. Upon crossing the threshold, the first thing we noticed was the typical English-inn oak bar. The receptionist was efficient and friendly, and within minutes we were climbing the rushmatted stairs, ducking the low-hanging door frames (people were obviously built more compactly in Henry VIII’s day) and turning the key. Even with a king-size bed, flatscreen TV, several chairs, side table and whatnot, there’s enough space in the room to dance around, swing a cat and do the fandango. The bathroom is similarly vast and has dark oak floors and a walk-in shower with a monsoon showerhead the size of a dinner plate. The best feature, however, is the deep, claw-footed, roll-top bath. We sidled into the bar, grabbed a pew and proceeded to sample the local concoctions. We started with a Rebellion lager brewed nearby, and finished with a Rhubarb Fizz, made from a reduction of home-grown rhubarb topped with prosecco. Feeling peckish, we walked the few steps to the restaurant, where the most striking feature is a chandelier made from deer antlers, which gives it a slight hunting-lodge feel. After surprisingly moreish purple sprouting broccoli

with goat’s cheese, crispy calamari, divine lemon sole with caper butter, and a knockout cheeseboard, we retired to wingback chairs next to the roaring fire to enjoy a single malt or two. Only guests are allowed to stay in the bar after 11pm, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. I decided to run a long, hot bath while Mr Smith fetched a bottle of bubbly and an ice bucket. The rest of the evening is a bit of a blur, but I can tell you the beds are extremely comfortable, and that perhaps you shouldn’t have a piping hot bath if you’ve been drinking whisky.’

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‘Our room is extremely light and well planned, rendering it utterly inviting’ The George in Rye 98 High Street, East Sussex TN31 7JT Style Quirky-smart Regency inn Setting Cobbled streets of Rye Rooms 24, including five suites Rates £125–£225, including breakfast; midweek rates also include dinner. One-night bookings for Saturdays incur a £50 supplement. Smith Factor This inspiring coaching innconversion is located in the heart of historic Rye, a potter-paced seaside town on the East Sussex coast. The decor makes for love-at-first-sight stuff – bird-patterned wallpaper, chairs clad in monochrome Florence Broadhurst textiles, and artworks ancient and modern on the walls. Pillows loaded with lavender coupled with bottles of Florentine fig oil turn lazy nights in into a relaxing addiction. In addition to the sumptuous bedrooms, each individually designed, the hotel’s pièce de resistance is its Georgian ballroom, a dramatic, high-ceilinged chamber adorned with hand-painted silk panels – a truly wow-inducing wedding venue. The hotel makes an unbeatable base for exploring the coastline; the George’s Mediterranean kitchen (headed by an ex-Moro chef) can pack you a hamper of mouth-watering goodies to picnic upon – Camber Sands is our top pick for alfresco eating. But if picnics aren’t your thing, Rye has enough gastropubs and cake-toting teashops to ensure you’re never hungry for long.

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Mr Smith says… ‘The first thing we noticed about this 18thcentury coaching inn was that the new owners seem to have achieved what few proprietors of these ancient public houses up and down the country have: a modern, redesigned interior that is still sympathetic to the original character of the building. It’s not just that the black tarencrusted beams have all been sand-blasted clean, or that the sticky red paisley carpets have given way to the original flagstone tiles. It’s that no detail, from the nickel-coated plug sockets to burnished copper radiators, has been overlooked. Tightly packed with long sofas, chairs and beams, the George rises above the seagull-echoing street in a warren of little floors. Our room is extremely light and well planned, rendering it utterly inviting, helped in no small way by soft-touch scented pillows and hot-water bottle cosies. The bathroom has a Victorian-style bath-cum-shower, and is Aveda-product equipped, while soft-blue wood panelling lends a gently nautical air. As soon as she opened the ‘G’-branded wooden box to find an incredibly varied selection of teas, Mrs Smith immediately set to work preparing that most British of refreshments in celebration. The owners, Katie and Alex Clarke, have links with set design and prop buying, making for a tasteful but vibrant and diverse decorative scheme: psychedelic Beatles prints sit alongside pockmarked beams and distressed leather.

Chef Rod Grossmann’s menus create bold but well balanced flavours. Local produce is at the fore, and starters such as dressed crab and smoked duck are quite something. The wine we chose was English: Sandhurst Sussex Pinot Noir – what an extraordinary revelation. Having tasted no better Gevrey-Chambertin from Burgundy itself, it instantly became an all-time favourite. Rye – you made converts of us. OK, this East Sussex spot may present more-than-ample kitsch bric-a-brac window-sniggering opportunities, and maybe its one-way system is a little annoying to first-time users, but the charm and romance of this ancient fishing town is undeniable. And, if it is trying to shrug off its unfair bucket-and-spade image, then the George in Rye will help its cause no end.’g

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

Calcot Manor Near Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8YJ Style Family-friendly farmhouse Setting Homely heart of Gloucestershire Rooms 35 Rates £230–£430, including breakfast and VAT. Dinner, bed and breakfast rates (from £293 –£510, excluding drinks) are compulsory at weekends and peak periods. Smith Factor A 14th-century farmhouse set three miles from Tetbury, amid the leafy rural roll of the Cotswolds, Calcot Manor offers the acme of family escapes, with child-geared facilities at every turn and a parentpampering spa to wind down in. Staff have been trained to cater to youngsters of all ages, and the range of activities on offer for little ones (a fully staffed nursery, games room and home cinema, 220 acres of grounds for outdoorsy tykes) is enough to keep them occupied for a week. Calcot’s family-friendly credentials don’t mean that the hotel’s a passion killer, however – the couples-only rooms in the main house, sophisticated fine dining, two pools and an outdoor hot tub mean the manor is as appealing a destination for twosomes as it is for toddlers.

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Mr Smith says… ‘Our room at Calcot Manor, the Woodchester, is simply lovely. Even though my eyes range over the room in search of style faux pas, I find none. There’s not a hint of chintz in sight, and they seem to have got that hard-topull-off blend of classic look, contemporary feel just right. There’s a plasma-screen TV, high thread-count sheets, stripped wooden floors – everything, in fact, screams luxury. This continues in the bathroom, where we admire twin sinks and a shower big enough to host a Sumo bout. When our little one finally drifts off to sleep, we drift down to the reassuringly grown-up Conservatory Restaurant. Much more formal than the hotel’s child-friendly Gumstool Inn, it offers fine, unpretentious dining in a space filled with high-backed chairs and tables swathed in white cloths. Head chef Michael Croft has been working at top hotels for years, and has garnered plenty of awards while at Calcot, so our expectations are high. Thankfully, they’re met – and then some. We devour Dorset crab salad, roasted pork belly with seared scallops and some of the best beef I’ve ever tasted. The wine list, too, is excellent, and we treat ourselves to a delicious bottle of Pomerol. Full and ridiculously content after the meal, we take what’s left of the wine through to the comfortable and stylish lounge, where, on suede

sofas beneath low-level lighting, we relax with a final glass before heading up to bed. The hotel is home to a fabulous spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a courtyard hot tub that just begs to be lazed in with a glass of champagne. There’s even an outdoor open fireplace that roars away just metres from the water. There are a lot of hotels out there that put style over substance. Calcot Manor isn’t one of them – it’s got plenty of substance and now there’s a healthy coating of style, too.’

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

Cotswolds88 Hotel Kemps Lane, Painswick, Gloucestershire GL6 6YB Style Versace in verdant surrounds Setting Pastoral Painswick village Rooms 17, including three suites Rates £165–£225; suites from £225–£395, including breakfast. Smith Factor The brainchild of the larger-thanlife character behind flamboyant, kitsch cocktailerie, Loungelover in East London, Marchella De Angelis, Cotswolds88hotel is a temple to Italian design. The name may be straightforward, but that’s all that is. Gloriously over-the-top touches such as PVC-backed chairs and chrome mannequins vie for attention with the hotel’s own Palladian backdrop, and the result is a space that’s luxurious and superstylish, and that has a cheeky sense of humour. We love the six Detmar rooms – named after the famous 20th-century architect – with their vivid red accent colours, playful atmosphere and giant lip prints on the wall.

Mrs Smith says… There’s little indication that anything eccentric lies behind the hotel’s classical grey Palladian façade: its neatly coiffed bushes and groomed lawn are all so far, so country house. As we gaze across the sheep-dotted hills in the distance, it’s all swoon-stirring Jane Austenevoking stuff. Yet it’s the interior we’re eager to see. Up a few small stone stairs and one foot into the hallway and we realise this is anything but a conventional Cotswolds retreat. This is the kind of establishment where your eyes dart excitedly from object to artwork. A cursory peek at the retro-rich bar and black-and-white-striped restaurant, and it’s up the steps to the reception with a quick crane of the neck to admire an original carved ribbed-and-bossed ceiling. The super-lovely receptionist is a platinumblonde bombshell in Vivienne Westwood choker. She shows us to our suite. A mishmash of imaginative old and new, with a backdrop of glorious leaded windows looking out onto green gardens, and across to that postcard-perfect hillside. Tea on the lawn below, relaxing on modern undulating loungers that resemble reclining Henry Moores is clearly a must. After a meander around pretty Painswick, we make it back in time for champagne cocktails. Supper selected over aperitifs, we decamp to the monochrome dining room where an enormous

oversized fabric bow dominating most of the back wall elicits a gasp from us both. Our restaurant critic hats on, we put the young server’s sommelier skills to the test. He confidently recommends the cheapest of three rosés. If he’s anything less than knowledgable we can’t tell, as his suggestions are delivered with reassuring conviction. It’s an unexpected treat when a celeriac soup arrives to amuse our geules. After a heavenly night’s sleep, a long lazy soak in our splendid bathroom, and breakfast in the dining room, we’ve barely enough time for a tramp around town. We’d love to stay longer, but the Big Smoke is calling us home. We trot back to Costswolds88 to airkiss it farewell.

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

Whitehouse Chillington, Devon TQ7 2JX Style Gorgeous Georgian Setting Charming Chillington village Rooms Six Rates £180–£230, including full English or Continental breakfast, afternoon tea and tax. You can rent the whole house (sleeping 12) for £2,800 for two nights; with £1,300 for each additional night. Smith Factor Just a short meander from the South Devon shoreline, hidden away in the little village of Chillington, Whitehouse is the perfect getaway for style-seasoned city types hankering for a rustic rest-stop. The Georgian buildings have been a doctor’s surgery, a residence for GIs, and a private home in their time, but today they’ve finally found their true calling as one of Devon’s most welcoming and intimate boutique hotels. Outside, you’ll find lush green gardens and a croquet lawn (occasionally ornamented by the hotel’s two cats). Inside is a harmonious old-meets-new medley of chunky furniture, smooth pastel walls, and fireside snugness. The six rooms feature hand-made wooden beds, roll-top claw-foot baths, and showers like a jungle downpour. Peek in the bathroom and you’ll find a collection of the hotel’s own line of hand-made toiletries. As for what to do while you’re here? Well, you’re in Chillington, and the clue is in the name…

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Mr Smith says… ‘Whitehouse is the opposite of a big, soulless corporate hotel. Its owners are in fact three friends, each playing a hands-on role in hotel operations, and all happy to address guests’ requirements personally. One of them, Ally, is the gifted chef behind the restaurant’s fresh and hearty platters, and frequently opens the kitchen to show off her Aga, with special dinners and wine-tasting evenings frequently appearing on the event schedule. There are only six rooms, and I speak only for the one we stayed in, the Attic – ample space, comfortable pillow-laden beds, a showerhead comparable to the steering wheel of an articulated truck, and a colour scheme that echoes the name of the hotel. Make no mistake: this isn’t an escape aimed at hippy types who favour singsongs round open fires over a few modcons; the extras in our room included an espresso machine, flatscreen TV with all the Sky and DVD trimmings, a DAB radio and a well-stocked minibar. What grabbed me was the abundance of sofas and roaring fires that make every room a perfect place to kick back with a book or the Sunday papers after a coastal stroll. The headline act, however, is what they stick on my plate. From the just-baked scones, loaded with clotted cream and local jam, through to the delicately salty Salcombe smokie, the fresh,

mostly local ingredients were always excellent. Thank you, Ally and co. Rather than a common-or-garden fancy hotel, staying at the Whitehouse feels like spending the weekend with stylish, hospitable (and significantly better off) friends. Its appearance is the result of the owners’ good taste rather than the work of an interior designer, and it’s more a place to feel comfortable in than marvel at. We were looking for something quintessentially English, and we were lucky enough to find a homely hideaway in the middle of a splendid county. And don’t let its American-presidential-abode name distract: this hip hotel makes you feel truly patriotic. Rule Britannia, indeed.’g


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

Tuddenham Mill High Street, Tuddenham, Near Newmarket, Suffolk IP28 6SQ Style Streamlined gourmet getaway Setting Brink of the Suffolk Brecks Rooms 15 Rates £195–£395, including breakfast. Smith Factor This 18th-century Suffolk hotel is a converted water mill in 12 acres of land, enhanced with a sleek, minimalist restaurant and super-stylish boudoirs with high-spec Starck-fitted ensuites. Tuddenham Mill is somewhere to while away a lazy sunny afternoon playing boules by a swan-studded pond, or cosied up on statement furniture in a spacious lounge bar under original exposed beams. With delicious food confronting you at every turn (home-made biscuits in your room; jars of pickle at reception), you’ll hardly go hungry, but for a change of scene, take your pick from Newmarket’s restaurants and cafés, or head into Bury St Edmunds.

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Mr Smith says… ‘About as close to Manhattan as you’ll get in Suffolk, Tuddenham Mill is akin to a downtown NY hotel – set in 12 acres of gorgeous Brecks-borders land. The reception, with its generous glass double doors, welcomes you into a large lobby with cool greys and flagstone floors. Catching our eyes in the corner is a blazing fire; the ambience is relaxed and inviting and we are entirely ready to collapse onto the clean-lined furniture. We’re sleeping in the eaves of the mill, and it turns out to be a huge, double height, beamed barn of a bedroom, resplendent in sleek, Italian designed minimalism. We can’t help but wonder what the mill workers who used to toil their lives away here would make of our lazy-lubber weekend. Knowing that this hotel revolves around its restaurant, and wizard Scots chef Gordon McNeill, we’re thrilled it’s time for dinner. Centre stage, behind the bar, is the original waterwheel; it becomes a real showpiece by night when its full glory is illuminated by pulsating up-lights. Even patrons who take a table upstairs can peer down, through a glass floor-panel, at the mighty and beautiful machinery – lovingly restored, yet still resolutely functional. The kitchen team doesn’t disappoint, delivering inventive, courageous, witty and hearty fare – not suited to the squeamish, though: Gordon’s signature dish, ‘A Taste of the Highlands’, features haggis spring roll and shin of beef stovi.

Opposite me, a seafood salad is being devoured – Cromer crab, crayfish tails, king scallops, peeled prawns – a reminder that we’re not far from fleets of fishing vessels. The wine list is not only excellent, but also reasonably priced. Even the glassware is fabulous; bulbous bowls that fill your palm, perfect for each slug of shiraz. Clearly, Tuddenham Mill is a place that’s perfectly suited to foodies who like proper portions and are happy to hole themselves up in this culinary fantasyland.’

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

The Brew House Hotel 1 Warwick Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5TA Style Crisp modern makeover Setting Pantiles-handy Warwick Park Rooms 10 Rates £150–£195, including full English breakfast. Smith Factor With super-spa pampering and quirky boutiques all but a genteel totter away, the Brew House Hotel is a great choice for couples in need of some serious pampering. If you’ve come to escape the stresses of city life, you’ll find plenty of greenery to soothe souls: there’s miles of open Weald-land to explore. Inside the Brew House, the minimalist decor is saved from coldness by clever flashes of colour and touches of texture: orange chandeliers warm up the hotel’s fantastic little cocktail bar, while a pink pillar or two provide focus in the elegant restaurant. Upstairs, the white-on-white theme continues in the bedrooms, with a calming palette of greys, taupes and creams used to add warmth via soft furnishings. Our favourite feature? The catch-me-if-you-can glass bathroom walls, which flick from frosty to clear at the touch of a button – hours of fun before you’ve even stepped outside…

Mrs Smith says… ‘Set in the heart of the town centre on Warwick Park, the Brew House Hotel is a beauty – even when compared to the other stunners in the vicinity. Think warm pink stone interspersed with pale cream and a peaked arch top, and two round semi-circular windows on the ground floor that reveal flashes of pristine white and a soft spotlight glow. Judging by the clean lines in the lobby, I’m steeling myself for something rather minimalist, but am pleasantly surprised, elated even, to see that the Brew House has managed to pull off that trickiest of tricks – contemporary design using stark colours, yet still managing to infuse the room with warmth. The black glass furniture might have made the room severe, but cleverly, they’ve added touches such as champagne, silver and white fabric blinds and a black silk bedspread with a gold underside. I don’t anticipate any major hurdles – until I

switch on the bathroom light, that is. The door is made of clear glass. A jumble of situations – most of them ghastly – present themselves in my head. While my voice gets increasingly highpitched, Mr Smith calmly flicks a switch next to the light and the door frosts into opaque. My hero. Before dinner, we hit the hotel bar, which has the same decor as the restaurant, barring a blue light-filled panel of glass, strange octopus neon chandeliers, plump white chairs and dark wood floors. The Number One restaurant is almost at full capacity; I believe it’s because the Brew House offers good food – minus stratospheric prices. Champagne, Chablis, pinot noir, two starters and mains all came in at less than £100. Back in the room, the distilled silence filtering though the sea of trees and quiet that surrounds Tunbridge Wells awaits us. Egyptian cotton sheets soothe our food-heavy bodies with a soft touch, and this spotlit bubble, high above the madding crowds, is the place that Mr Smith and I love best.’

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Superb space and views

Eaton Square, London SW1 A special third floor apartment with generous well proportioned rooms facing south over the gardens of Eaton Square from one of the most important buildings on the favoured north side. The apartment benefits from a long lease, has 24/7 porterage and security, a service lift and an impressive communal entrance. The property has recently been refurbished and is ready for immediate occupation. Accommodation Entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, guest cloakroom, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, bedroom 2 with en suite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, balcony.

Guide Price ÂŁ8,975,000 Leasehold 95 years remaining

020 7499 7722 24 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TF J.S.A. Knight Frank

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Large substantial family house Rutland House, Rutland Gardens, Knightsbridge SW7 Planning permission has been granted to restore this building into a single private residence, situated between the tranquillity of Hyde Park and the delights of Knightsbridge. Located in Rutland Gardens, a private road which runs south of Knightsbridge, Rutland House is a magnificent late Victorian freehold building over basement, ground and four upper floors, incorporating the summer house and east facing terrace, comprising some 12,050 sq ft. Accommodation Many features remain and include full height windows; the substantial terrace and grand reception rooms and potential five bedroom suites, will create this truly imposing grand family house. A further benefit is a gate lodge situated at the principal street entrance, which provides additional 24 hour security, limits access to the road and ensures private street parking.

Guide Price ÂŁ25,000,000

020 7499 7722 24 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TF

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Oh la la Crise! The French Riviera sun melts the property freeze We predict that the market as a whole will continue

After a rather slow winter on the French Riviera for many

seasonal rental – good news for the architects and

real estate agencies, the summer season is off to a

interior designers in the area who are being

in a buoyant rhythm in the months to come and that

flying start with promises of the revival of the South of

commissioned on more and more complete

much of the new wealth, having holidayed on the Rivera

France real estate market on everyone’s lips.

renovation projects to transform outdated residences.

during the summer, turn to their agents to begin a

With an overall decrease in the number of property

Exceptional properties in prime locations such as

sales on the French Riviera, what is sure is that the crème

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Monaco, Cannes, Cap d’Antibes,

of the luxury end of the market has been extremely

Roquebrune Cap-Martin and St Tropez are maintaining

well-represented in the proportion of sales.

if not increasing in value despite the “la crise”. There

What is apparent however is that the high-end Riviera

search for their own dream home in the South of France. Beauchamp Estates 19 Rue Des Etats-Unis 06400 Cannes, France

has also been an influx of French nationals searching

real estate market is changing in terms of the nationality

for Riviera holiday homes or to retire to the sun in the

+33 (0) 4939 44545

of the top applicants with more and more new Asian

1-3 million euro range.

wealth on the Côte. Rumour has it that the owner of both Kingfisher beers and the new luxury airline company Kingfisher Airlines, Vijay Mallya, has recently purchased a multi-million euro property on the Lerins Islands off the bay of Cannes. The luxury rental market is also seeing an increase in Indian clients who are beginning to join the Russians and Saudis as the south of France’s most prosperous holiday makers. The type of property at the top of the ‘most wanted’ list is another element of the market which is currently changing. Whereas in the past buyers in the south of France sought “Belle Epoque” style, grandiose Napoleonic “Maisons” or the Provencal country domain, today, they are now also demanding the more contemporary architectural villa both for purchase and

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Breathtaking Views

Hauteurs De Cannes Located in a pleasant residential area in the hills behind Cannes, this beautiful villa, entirely renovated, in landscaped gardens of 2,000m2 facing south, benefits from a breathtaking panoramic sea view.

Accommodation 4 Bedrooms, bathrooms and dressing rooms, a large sitting room, dining room, wine cellar, fitted kitchen, fitness room, infinity pool and independent studio.

Guide Price â&#x201A;Ź6,600,000

+33 (0) 4939 44545 19, Rue des Etats Unis, 06400 Cannes, France

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At Home in Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Home Sharon Kilby talks to Property Consultant Amanda Barrington

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

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

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

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sustainable UK source at Longleat, which have been crafted to form the frame, whilst the exterior of the building has been enveloped in Redwood Cedar. Woods End enjoys exquisite views of the garden designed by Amanda which includes a Japanese style water feature, bridges, decks and terraces all designed to complement the location and provide space for relaxation. The stream that flows through the grounds brings a Zen like quality to the space and adds a sense of tranquility and calm. Having really studied the landscape and its intrinsic character Amanda had a very clear vision of how the house should be built. “I felt that the house needed to look and feel as if it had naturally evolved from the land. The building needed to be exceptional in order to do justice to its location and we have kept true to this vision without compromise. The house even changes naturally with the seasons, the sedums on the roof take on a lavender hue in the autumn and the cedar cladding becomes darker and more intense during the winter. In the summer months the roof enjoys a sprinkling of white flowers and the timber walls of the house become lighter”. The interior of the house is equally breathtaking with open plan living spaces and the temperature is ambient all year round thanks to the thoroughly efficient thermal and sound insulation together with state of the art windows which cut out harmful ultra violet rays whilst also ensuring against heat loss. With function and form being adhered to in each space the building has been thoughtfully designed to allow a natural flow from room to room. Floor to ceiling windows have been introduced in many

areas and high quality contemporary fittings add to the overall feeling of understated luxury. The four bedrooms all enjoy views across the gardens and bathrooms have limestone floors, walls and surfaces and are fitted with Boffi and Fantini sanitary ware. The floors are predominately oak in the living areas and limestone in the bathrooms and are laid over a sophisticated underfloor heating system, the matt kitchen has been designed by BOC Design of Chelsea using white cabinetry by Hacker. Designed to be both comfortable and stylish Amanda’s eye for detail is clearly evident and the living space has an air of relaxed sophistication. Using local craftsmen and suppliers to create a unique and restful interior, fittings are all of the very highest specifications. Doors have been handmade in Ash, movement sensitive lighting is fitted throughout, electric Lutron blinds can be activated remotely and the whole house enjoys wi-fi and satellite links.

Drawing much inspiration from the Far East Amanda’s style is unique and whilst recognising the requirements of a contemporary lifestyle she has successfully achieved a harmonious balance between exterior and interior living. “This house has its own sense of calm and serenity which I am sure reflects the fact that it has been respectfully built taking the landscape into consideration from the very beginning. It is a wonderful place in which to live and has a positive effect on everyone that visits”. Amanda Barrington is available for exterior and interior design consultancy, Woods End is currently for sale for more information please visit or call Amanda Barrington on 07740 411710. autumn/winter collection | 89

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Aphrodite Hills

Cyprus Uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean Visually spectacular and overlooking the coastline where Aphrodite, the goddess of love, is said to have emerged from the sea, this luxury villa was a bespoke build for the current owner and completed in Summer 2008. The position is awesome, the views dramatic, and the lifestyle nothing short of stunning. Created in 2002 Aphrodite Hills Resort was the first ever leisure and golf development of its kind in Cyprus and home to a magnificent 18-hole championship (buggy only) golf course, which spreads over 6,299 metres. Its signature 7th hole is renowned and overlooked by this property, as seen in the backdrop photo to this advertising feature! The course is a dream mix of challenging pot bunkers, manicured fairways of lush Bermuda grass and generous tiered greens.

This villa occupies perhaps THE best location on “the Hills” and enjoys luxuriously appointed air conditioned accommodation arranged over three floors. With 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen, and under-floor heating for the rare days when it’s needed. There is ample accommodation for either permanent living or a home in the sun. The stunning “infinity” pool completes the picture, and with the various sun terraces, balcony and leisure areas provides an exciting ambience. Cyprus is known as a gem of a European island that enjoys more sunshine days than any other country in the Med. We have a local team on hand in to facilitate your early viewing.

Price: €2,350,000

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8 High Street Cobham Surrey KT11 3DY Tel: +44 (0) 1932 860200 Email: ian@gascoign Web: www.gascoign

8 High Street, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3DY

01932 588288


ÂŁ1,395,000 One of two newly constructed detached family homes built by Stonehaven Homes to their usual high specification incorporating air conditioning, ground floor underfloor heating and audio system to the principal rooms. Oakwood is located in a desirable private road with a range of local shops and amenities close by. An excellent commuter location with good access to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Accommodation: Private cul de sac location, 6 bedrooms, drawing room, family room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, 4 bathrooms, walking distance of Oxshott Station and local shops.


ÂŁ695,000 This mews property is a uniquely desirable residence set in communal grounds of approximately 10 acres and has the use of a tennis court, BBQ and gym. The property is ideally located within a short distance of Cobham High Street with its boutiques, cafes and amenities.

Accommodation: Terraced mews house, 4 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, 3 bathrooms, garage, 1,780 sq ft, extensive communal grounds.

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My dream home in London would be

Rosy Khalastchy – Senior Negotiator, St John’s Wood • Loudoun Road, NW8

Paul Finch – Senior Negotiator, Mayfair • Trevor Square, SW7

As a resident of St John’s Wood for most of my life I have had the advantage of living

I have worked in the property industry for over 21 years, a good portion of this with

and working in the area of London I most admire. My career in estate agency spans

Beauchamp Estates. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Mayfair

for nearly quarter of a century having spent most of this time working for

and Bayswater areas have always been my stomping ground and I have amassed

Beauchamp Estates. I pride myself on my local knowledge and am familiar with

a fantastic knowledge of these areas but I always lean towards Knightsbridge as being

nearly every street, every house and flat in the area! However, I have always

my favourite area in “town”. It is so central and yet incredibly close to fantastic parks

admired a particular, discreetly located house in Loudoun Road although the

and garden squares and some of the best shopping, restaurants and bars on the planet.

current owners have lived there for more than 30 years I am delighted to now be

We have recently taken on a magnificent apartment in the heart of Knightsbridge

able to offer it for sale. This family home is definitely one of my favourites in the area

in the old Harrods depository which, conveniently, is just across the road from Harrods

as not only is it low built being constructed over ground, first and second floors. It is

itself in Trevor Square. The building was sympathetically restored some four years

very comfortable to live in, especially as there is a delightful garden and fabulous

ago and offers all mod cons to the discerning buyer looking for the perfect central

swimming pool. The drawing room is spectacular and opens directly on to the

London home.

garden and into the dining room and the master bedroom directly over looks the garden. Price: £5,250,000 • Tenure: Freehold

The flat is situated on the third floor of the building with views directly over the communal gardens of Trevor Square itself. The drawing room, which has direct access on to a communal roof garden, is extremely generous and the family room which doubles as a cinema is simply brilliant with animal print armchairs and very trendy artwork adorning the walls. The three double bedroom suites are all laid out away from the living areas and the quality of finish is simply superb. Price: £12,500,000 • Tenure: Leasehold, Approx 990 years remaining

Jeremy Pelissier – Negotiator, Mayfair • Lion House • Holbein Place, SW1 Lion House appeals to me because not only is it situated close to some of the local amenities in central London, but it enjoys views over private gardens and has a

Svetlana Shcholokova – Head of Rentals, Mayfair

spectacular terrace on the third floor. The drawing room, the family room, the master

During the last two years I have had the opportunity to view some of the most

bedroom and main guest bedroom all enjoy direct views of the garden making

stunning flats and houses in London. Certainly my favourite has to be a huge house

this one of the most pleasantly situated properties in the area. Situated between

in Bedford Square. This wonderful Georgian house with its interconnecting mews

Sloane Square and Pimlico Road this house offers the both of best worlds – the

and lift is all a house should be – spacious and elegant entertaining rooms, terrace

sophistication of Sloane Square and Sloane Street and the village atmosphere of the

and patio and access to the private garden square, a swimming pool, gym, steam

farmers’ market and the plethora of delightful boutique shops specialising in

room and a fabulous media room all combine to make it the perfect London

antiques, art and furniture. What better way to spend a Saturday morning in

home. Beautifully furnished and presented the house is available to rent now.

central London. Price: £5,850,000 • Tenure: Freehold

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Price: £8,000 per week to rent

Ideal location close to Sloane Square

Lion House, Holbein Place, London SW1 Lion House offers 2,805 sq ft of living space over 4 floors in this ideal location close to Sloane Square, boasting an array of local amenities including some of Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most renowned shops and restaurants with views over private gardens that enhance the quiet nature in which Lion House was created. Accommodation Entrance hall, reception room, family room/dining room, kitchen, guest cloakroom, master bedroom with en suite bath and shower room, bedroom 2 with en suite bathroom, bedroom 3 with en suite shower room, balcony, private gardens.

Guide Price ÂŁ5,850,000 Freehold

020 7499 7722 24 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TF

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Seeking an Inexpensive High? Private Aviation: There has never been a better time to fly or buy

Private jets have long been associated with A-list celebrities, sport superstars, government dignitaries and the uber-rich. The post millennium arrival of business jets into Europe brought an almost immediate overnight success story; our American neighbours to the west had migrated into Europe and their timing could not have been more perfect for the industry. Following the catastrophic events of 9/11 Europe was ripe for an alternative to the lengthy queues, flight cancellations, baggage restrictions and heightened security measures that come with commercial air travel. World-weary business travellers, seeking ways to bypass the increasingly inconvenient and restrictive commercial travel system, realised that business jets were a highly efficient business tool and a vital asset for increasing a company’s operating efficiency and competitiveness – as much a productivity tool as laptop computers and smartphones.

Everything about private jet travel is a better experience. It allows you a streamlined door to door service, flying directly into small airports away from the mad frenzy of the major hubs. With more than 2,000 airports across Europe, you get a lot closer to your door than the most convenient airline route. Additionally, you can arrive at the airport just 20 minutes prior to your departure time, already pre-cleared by customs, no longer subject to the restrictive security rituals of commercial clearance. Most private jets fly at a ceiling level of about 40,000 feet, well above busy commercial corridors and inclement weather. Whilst commercial travellers are still engaged in the gruelling check-in process at Terminal 5, you are on your way, sipping champagne or hosting your own board meeting at altitude. It is no wonder that executives and individuals from all sectors see private aviation as an integral tool to their travel schedule; the sheer economics of the time-savings are proof enough that it pays to travel privately. The Experience Flying should be an experiential and evocative pleasure, tempting even the most hardened frequent flyer into a state of excitement, romance and adventure. Unfortunately, the identity, design and culture of commercial air travel has developed, adapted and mutated over time. With the emergence of the ‘low cost’ revolution, we have lost that initial engagement and traded it for economy and functionalism; in short, our relationship with the adventure and romance of travel has been diluted. However, private aviation has revived a tired industry and brought the pulse back into aviation, re-engaging the weary traveller back into the folds of travel bliss. The future Technology and design are at the forefront of our industry. The recent evolvement of the Very Light Jet along with the proposed Aerion

venture (the Mach 1.6 supersonic business jet) grants us pole position for innovation within the ranks of our sector. The airline industry has long been a catwalk for the image makers; you only have to take in the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) to witness the seismic shift in aviation design, both interior and exterior. Long gone are the days of heavy clad cabins that lacked any aesthetic appeal. Now, dependant on your personal requirements and budget, you can design the cabin of your choice – your home away from home. Versace, Hermes and Candy & Candy are adding their sparkle and dazzle; a new super league of interior design for the private jet user. An eclectic list of private jet toys is also available to order; the once world-weary high flyer is now employed with an array of gadgets, state of the art avionics, cappuccino machines and your very own Bang and Olufsen private onboard theatre, all at your fingertips. There is even talk of the installation of a spa that pampers at 40,000 feet! Thus said, the industry’s attention is still very much turned to the environment, maximising aircraft efficiency, fuel economy, and advancement in aircraft communications and safety. The Market Place Business jet usage suffered from considerable negative media coverage during late 2008 and into 2009. Much of the negative attention was associated with struggling companies who were applying for financial assistance from the government whilst retaining their private jet ownership. The resulting high profile coverage masked the fact that for the vast majority of owners and users, business jets are vital assets for increasing company productivity and competitiveness. Let us not forget that business aviation activities stimulate the economy by providing millions of jobs and generating billions in revenue annually. It has been proven that the use of a super midsize jet can save 20% of management’s total time, autumn/winter collection | 95

when compared with the scheduled airline alternative. In addition there are other less quantifiable benefits. These include ondemand flight schedules; the ability to conduct business conversations in private during flights; access to more airports; reduced stress on the company’s travellers, and protection for key employees against health and security threats. Jet Ownership – Long term investment Nearly one in five of the world’s business jets are currently for sale. There is, on average, 60% more used business aircraft up for sale now than there was last year. Asking prices have fallen by about 30% from recent peaks. At the height of the bubble we saw aircraft values trading extremely high. Michael Buffham, Marketing Director for Lloyds TSB’s business aviation finance product noted, “There has been a noticeable move in this market for buyers cancelling their options with the manufacturers, which have been countered by a move toward buying a second hand asset to make the most of the market conditions.” In simple terms, if you are in the market to buy, now is the time. The pre-owned market is bubbling with very desirable ‘slightly used’ aircraft, with low hours and some pretty crazy prices. Banking on business jets for the future is a worthy investment; China and India present enormous potential, once certain 96 | autumn/winter collection

infrastructure and regulatory obstacles are removed. ConnectJets will shortly be involved in the launch of an innovative programme for the sale and purchase of pre-owned jets. Full details will be available on our website shortly.

liquid asset at the end of a fixed term. There are variations in this sector with new leasing and partnership programs, which present the same value proposition without asset ownership. ConnectJets can advise on the best program to suit your requirements.

Finance Finance is still available, although in this economic environment, cash is king, with lower loan to value ratios and more capital being put up by the prospective buyer. In short, although financing is tight, it is still available. The fall in jet pricing has created a silver lining. Business jets tend to hold their value over the long term better than commercial aircraft. We are also witnessing some manufacturer deals: Cessna is offering a money-back guarantee on certain used Citation models, promising to buy back jets in two years time for the same price at which they were sold.

Jet Cards – Short term commitment This last year has seen an abundance of next generation ‘Jet Cards’ hitting the market; improved pricing models have kept this sector buoyant over the past 12 months. Jet cards are ideal for individuals who fly 25 hours or more per year. This is equivalent to as many as 6 to 12 trips in Europe, depending on your destination and departure points. You can fly whenever, wherever and with whomever you like. They offer guaranteed availability which means you can call 24 hours prior to your required departure time and an aircraft will be there to meet you wherever you are. There are numerous card programs on the market; some companies offer a 20% discount on same day returns while others provide a more appealing hourly rate. ConnectJets will advise you on the best card program to suit your flight requirements.

Fractional - Mid to long term investment Fractional schemes offer a lower outlay strategy that retain some of the tax advantages but avoid many political problems associated with full jet ownership, and an alternative to whole aircraft ownership. Fractional ownership allows you to purchase a share in an aircraft, starting at 50 hours or more, with a guaranteed buy-back agreement ensuring that your aircraft is a

Air Taxi The Air Taxi model was introduced just over two years ago; it is a relatively low cost initiation to private aviation and offers another private jet travel solution at a

significant cost saving. Air Taxi provides a more competitive form of travel for the busy executive, with its more economical size and lower operating costs. For Example: Four passengers travelling on an air taxi from Farnborough to Paris in the region of 800GBP Per Person* Seven Passengers travelling on a King Air from London Fairoaks to Nice in the region of 1100GBP per person* Charter – Pay as you go Charter is proving to be the most popular option in the current economic climate, with booking rates cut by over 20%. New and existing private jet users are making the most of these rather attractive price points and here at ConnectJets we are seeing a surge in last minute bookings. Charter is suited to just about everybody – it is a straightforward proposition and requires no further commitment than the flight you have booked. How does it work? All you need to do is make a call to ConnectJets; as a broker we go out to our field of operators and fix you the best price, dependant on your flight requirements, number of passengers, departure point and destination. We will then get back to you with a quote and book your flight. For example: Seven passengers travelling on a light jet out of London Northolt to Geneva will cost in the region of 1,200GBP per person*

Whatever your thoughts about private aviation, it is a guaranteed certainty that the benefits of time savings and other economic advantages of choosing business aviation means private jets are here to stay. These are truly wonderful business tools for busy people managing demanding schedules. For the consumer there has never been a more attractive time to fly privately. The current economic downturn has lowered the cost of private jet travel and reduced the price point on most card and fractional programmes; and for those of you considering a jet purchase, ConnectJets provides a consultancy service offering a wide range of aviation industry expertise to help with your purchase, from determining which aircraft best suits your needs to financing, delivery, upkeep and staffing advice. About ConnectJets ConnectJets has developed a very comprehensive range of private jet travel products and solutions to suit every business jet requirement and maximise the buying power of corporate and individual travel budgets. Offering air taxi, jet charter, jet cards, jet share, lease, fractional and ownership programmes, ConnectJets provides clients with an intelligent ‘one stop shop’ opportunity. By understanding the unique travel requirements of each of its clients,

ConnectJets can put together the best bespoke solution to fit all jet travel needs. ConnectJets conducts a thorough analysis of a client’s travel requirements to create a bespoke client profile and determine which option is most suitable, based on the number of hours flown annually, airports used, ideal aircraft type, average distance flown, average number of passengers, and in which region. With a collective 40 plus years in aviation, ConnectJets offers independent, impartial market intelligence in securing the most viable business jet travel solutions for clients looking to purchase a private jet, or simply fly privately from time to time. *The price points indicated are current at the time of writing, and therefore subject to change. The numbers represent price per seat, based on number of passengers travelling and not per aircraft.

Contact ConnectJets at: + 44 (0) 1932 834949 Images appear by kind permission of Air Partner / Blink / Bombardier / Vistajet

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Beautifully Refurbished

Bristol Gardens, London SW15 A superb opportunity to acquire a beautifully refurbished and recently extended freehold detached house in this quiet and exclusive location on Putney Heath. The entire house has been beautifully modernised and redecorated and is equipped with the finest quality fittings and furnishings throughout.

bedroom suite with en suite dressing room and shower room, bedroom with en suite sitting room, four further bedrooms, family bathroom /shower room, two further shower rooms. Amenities: Part air-conditioning, Banham security system with part video camera system, part under floor heating, piped music system, Lutron lighting, electronically operated gates, off-street parking for 3-4 cars, garden.

Accommodation Overall the accommodation offers some 4742 sq ft over primarily three floors. The property features a magnificent west facing garden approaching from the reception room. The house is set behind wooden electronically operated gates that lead to a paved forecourt with ample parking for 3-4 cars. Accommodation: Entrance hall, drawing room, family/dining area with bar, study area, kitchen, two guest cloakrooms, utility room, master

Guide Price ÂŁ5,500,000 Freehold

020 7499 7722 24 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TF J.S.A. Russell Simpson

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Candy & Candy Candy & Candy is as ever keen to innovate and challenge, working on projects which encompass apartments, houses, transport and all that lies between.

Known for its sumptuous, elegant and always

All characterised by an unrivalled combination of

Candy & Candy has partnered with Pritzker prize winning

exemplary quality solutions, the firm have been lucky

detailing, dynamic design, cutting-edge technology

architects on three breathtaking residential landmarks;

to embrace all design styles. Candy & Candy’s primary

and the profound exclusivity synonymous with individually

Richard Meier for ‘One Beverly Hills’ in Beverly Hills,

objective always being to bring to life a Clients desires,

tailored projects. Consequently the Candy & Candy

Lord Rogers for ‘One Hyde Park’ in Knightsbridge and

evolving their chosen aesthetic and reinventing what

brand is recognised across the globe and has been

Lord Foster for ‘21 Chesham Place’ in Belgravia. Candy

may have gone before as well as complimenting with

featured on the pages of leading design magazines,

& Candy has also worked with Stirling prize winner David

futuristic touches. Candy & Candy designs do not date,

creating headlines worldwide.

Chipperfield and renowned architect Ken Shuttleworth

they simply mature and as such have become as

Founded by Nick and Christian Candy in 1999,

renowned and collectible as a Bugatti motor car or

Candy & Candy’s ethos is driven by the pursuit of

Louis Vuitton suitcase.

perfection. Bolstered by the successful delivery of various

Candy & Candy is recognised as one of the world’s

Group has since evolved to incorporate design

companies. Showcasing the very best in British creativity,

management. To date they have applied our striking

talent and skill, Candy & Candy’s design heritage is

aesthetic concepts to both large and boutique

woven into the fabric of the company; offering not only

residential properties in London, as well as designing

intricate attention to detail but ground breaking originality

the ultimate in luxury commissions for private clients as

married with the finest craftsmanship.

far reaching as Monaco, Spain, Italy, America, Russia,

design; from sumptuous homes in some of the world’s

leading artists, James Turrell and Angela Murray.

uber luxury residences in choice London areas, the

leading interior design and development management

Candy & Candy lead the way with bespoke

of Make Architects and is currently collaborating with

Hong Kong, Qatar and Dubai. With an uncompromising commitment to the

most coveted locales, to yachts, jets and luxury cars

ultimate design, Candy & Candy work alongside the

and a wide range of commercial environments.

world’s elite. Driven to exceed client expectations,

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A Truly Spectacular Residence inNewmarket within approximately1/12 hours of Central London






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An oasis of peace, privacy and security

TheCourtyard at Balaton Place NEWMARKET

SUFFOLK Located approximately 1 mile from Newmarket Town Centre and set in the heart of the exclusive Balaton Place development, The Courtyard at Balaton Place is approached along a gated, cobbled road, lined with specimen trees.

The Courtyard is perfect for entertaining whilst offering the comfort and intimacy of a spacious family home. The property benefits from exquisite views over its tiered Italianate courtyard garden which, together with the privately gated ‘outer’ courtyard, provides a unique sense of Peace, Privacy and Security. Accommodation The property benefits from extensive, flexible accommodation with lovely reception rooms and eight to ten bedrooms, including those in a separate, though integrated, three bedroomed guest house. There is an office wing, a six car garage and a two bedroom staff lodge. Amenities include a beautiful indoor pool, spa and steam room, gym, dedicated cinema with a 112" screen, Lutron Homeworks lighting control, Multi Room Audio Visual System and a wonderful fibre-optic lighting installation that brings the courtyard to life after dark.

P O O L , S PA A N D S T E A M R O O M

Offers in excess of £4,950,000

020 7499 7722 24 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TF J.S.A Strutt & Parker CINEMA - 112” SCREEN

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Invest in your future from the

Beach Grahame Clist Director

Buy the perfect overseas property investment with your Pension and take advantage of huge tax advantages available NOW.

”On Sal Island, Cape Verde is a 5 star resort development set to become one of the fastest selling Island developments to date” says Grahame Clist, Director of Gascoignes International, “It is an outstanding investment opportunity for rental or resale buyers as well as those looking for a holiday home and is available for purchase through your SIPP”. Investing in one of these properties has never been easier and now you can fund your purchase through your pension using a SIPP (Self Invested Personal Pension) or FPT (Family Pension Trust). This not only offers incredible tax advantages but also puts you in control of how your pension is invested for the future.

And the process is much easier than you may think! We have partnered with the UK’s leading pension and investment experts to give you the independent professional advice you need and to help guide you through your options. They will deal with transferring any “frozen” pensions from previous employment or businesses and/or funds from other personal pensions. All you have to do is select the property you want in your pension fund. Contributions into a SIPP attract relief at an individual’s highest rate of tax. So, for a higher rate taxpayer, putting £60,000 into their fund would give buying power of £100,000 to invest in a prime resort property. It is also possible to borrow additional funds against the value of your SIPP or FPT. As much as 50% of the value of a SIPP/FPT can

be borrowed to increase the overall fund for property investment. So, as an example, a fund that has a value of £150,000 can be increased by 50% or £75,000 to make a total fund of £225,000 available to invest in property. And the good news doesn’t end there as the property purchased by your pension will benefit from future capital growth and rental income from participation in the Hotel Managed Rental scheme. This is the easy way of putting your property in the experienced and professional hands of our five star hotel partner and world-leading resort operator.

To find out more about investing in property through a Self Invested Personal Pension or Family Pension Trust get in touch using the contact details alongside.

Gascoignes International 5 Church Path Woking Surrey GU21 6EJ Tel: +44 (0) 1483 226868 Email: Web:

Iconic period building


The Penthouse, Victoria House, Howick Place SW1 An iconic period building dates from 1894 with a 1912 extension to the corner of Howick Place and Francis Street. This newly redeveloped former Victorian Royal Mail building is now home to Phillips de Pury, the auction house as well as contemporary art and art collectors. Accommodation Creative Space – OPTIONS: This incredible open space lends itself to create either one or two penthouses. OPTION 1: Single residential penthouse comprising some 8,100 sq ft – approx 6,000 sq ft on the main level and 2,100 sq ft on the mezzanine and usable terrace area of some 800 sq ft. OPTION 2: Two residential penthouses – Unit 1: Comprising some 4,780 sq ft – approx 3,750 on the main level and 1,030 sq ft on the mezzanine. Unit 2: Comprising some 3,320 sq ft – approx 2,200 on the main leveland 1,120 sq ft on the mezzanine. Terracing to be apportioned.

Option 1: £5,950,000 Option 2: £2,300,000 and £3,650,000 Leasehold 999 years

020 7499 7722 24 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TF J.S.A. Knight Frank

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The thrill of a Caterham and the open road! Launched as the original ‘race car for the road’ in the late 1950s, declared ‘too fast to race’ by the authorities in the 1970s and banned from competition, overall victory in the 1992 Nelson Ledges 24 hour race, class victory at the 2002 Nurburgring 24-hour race… and now in its 52nd year of manufacture.

If you haven’t heard of, seen or driven a Caterham Seven then you are surely missing out on something special! Allie Philpin went to visit Caterham Cars in Caterham, Surrey to find out just what makes this impressive, lightest of sports car so special.

Originally built as a lightweight sports car by Colin Chapman and launched as the Lotus 7 in 1957, the Caterham Seven has become the icon of motorsport. In 1973, Caterham purchased the rights to manufacture the car from Lotus and the car has gone from strength-to-strength since then, celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2007. So what makes this car so special? Well, ask its many fans and you’ll get a variety of descriptions – control, agility, lightweight, utter excitement, impressive performance, its looks and racing lines, fun, thrilling… the list goes on. Ask Chris Rea, the musician, and he’ll say, “All my racing life, driving and spectating, there’s been that motorsport feeling with Ferraris and Sevens. Caterhams still do it for me…!” If you ask Caterham Cars, it’s Colin Chapman, a pretty clever chap by all accounts! To have designed a British sports car that is still being manufactured over 50 years later that is still based on his original blue prints, adding a little of our modern technology and techniques, is quite an achievement. Graham Nearn’s Caterham Car Services was appointed as a Lotus 7 dealer in 1959 and for over 10 years, continued to sell this magnificent range of sports cars which were growing in popularity. However, in 1972, Lotus decided to cease manufacture, so Caterham 108 | autumn/winter collection

purchased the rights to the Seven from Lotus in 1973 and production of the Series 4 re-started, with new models being introduced over the years such as the Roadsport, the Superlight and most influentially the CSR. The launch of the CSR model in 2005 coincided with the sale of Caterham Cars by the Nearn family after 40 years. But the new management team, led by Ansar Ali who is formerly of Lotus, are passionate about the Caterham Seven, its history, and its future. In 2007, Caterham offered the all-new range of Ford Sigma engines, replacing the muchloved K-series, together with an improved chassis which adds greater torsional stiffness. And there have been their special editions too. In 1981 they produced their Silver Jubilee model; in 1989 they brought out the Prisoner Special edition as a tribute to the Series 2 Lotus 7 that starred in ‘The Prisoner’ TV series in 1967! Then came the Silverstone Special edition in 1998, the Beaulieu Special edition in 2001, the Tracksport and SV30 Special editions in 2003 and, of course, their 50th Anniversary Special edition in 2007 – an R400 Mk2. So what’s the line up today? Well, it starts with the Classic which represents the very heart of the Seven. Housing a 1.4 litre K-series engine with a top speed of 110mph and

0-60mph in 6.5 seconds, that’s enough to give the average person a true racing thrill. But if you want more, and taking into account our British weather, how about the Roadsport? This 150 model has a 1.6 litre Sigma engine, a top speed of 120mph and can achieve 0-60mph in just 5.0 seconds! It has been built to give you the same high performance in all weather conditions, as well as on the track. The Superlight has been described by Performance Car magazine as “The purest, most intense driving hit on planet Earth,”and judging from top speed of 120mph and 060mph in 4.7 seconds, we can see why! The R300 and R400 models are just as impressive, both with 2.0 litre Duratec engines, top speeds of 140mph and 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds and 3.8 seconds respectively, they are just awesome. EVO magazine describe the Superlight R400 as “A true original and still King.” However, it is probably the Superlight R500 model that really stands out. Winner of Top Gear’s Car of the Year 2009, this car really does demonstrate Colin Chapman’s ultimate driving machine. With a 2.0 litre Duratec engine, a top speed of 150 mph and 0-60mph in just 2.88 seconds, this model epitomises outstanding on-road and track performance, backed up by the Stig’s amazing lap time on Top Gear’s test track of 1.17.9

and beating cars such as the Pagani Zonda F, the Bugatti Veyron, a Ferarri Enzo and a Lamborghini LP670SV! Top Gear says of the R500, “At this point in time, there is no other car like the R500 on the planet.” Jeremy Clarkson endorses this statement, “The ultimate Top Gear prize goes to a thirty five thousand pound car that came here and smashed the Bugatti’s one million pound face.” He continues, “I’m far to old, rich, soft and poncey, and still slightly too big for what, without any doubt, is the ultimate driving machine.” And James Martin adds his comment, “The R500 is excessive, unnecessary and probably the work of the devil.” With the new management in place, Caterham Cars recently launched the CSR and probably their most sophisticated model to date. With a 2.3 litre Duratec engine, a top speed of 155mph and 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds, performance is still at its height but the improvements to the suspension, aerodynamics, chassis, driver space, the thrill is as exciting as ever with a little more comfort. But it doesn’t end there… Caterham have their own races series and a race car to suite every driver on every budget. The unique structured programme and the similarity of the sports cars creates a suspense-filled day of close racing. In 1995, the Caterham

Academy was launched for complete novices and allows drivers to progress in terms of both speed and agility, and is a package that includes a competition licence, circuit guides, technical and set-up seminars, an ARDS course and exams, a medical, test days, car control handling days and, of course, the races themselves. Caterham have developed the Academy car especially for novice drivers which is a road-legal race car. And in 2005 they launched the ‘Sevens for Schools Scheme’, a scheme to encourage schools and colleges to introduce an extra-curricula project to build a Caterham Seven, which has proved very successful. Says Richard Hammond of Top Gear, “Best school project ever. A school in Caterham took a Caterham Seven sports car in kit form, the kids built it learning about physics along the way. Once

finished, it will be sold and that will pay for a kit for the following year. Brilliant!” The Caterham Seven is now a truly international revered sports car with 50% of its current production heading for foreign countries such as Japan, France, Germany, the United States, South Africa, Bahrain and Turkey. Today there are probably more Sevens racing around the world than any other make of sports car – over 700 competitors in 11 countries during the 2006 season, and growing. Tempted yet to take a test drive? Then head on down to Caterham Cars and have a go. Their Caterham Drive Experience, founded in 1997, will give anyone with a driving licence the thrill of their lives. This particular sports car is here to stay and just gets better and better. Tel: 01883 333700 autumn/winter collection | 109

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8 High Street, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3DY

01932 588288

Spectacular Contemporary Home St. George’s Hill, Weybridge £7,250,000 Outstanding new contemporary home, architecturally designed to complement the elevated site within the prestigious private gated St. George’s Hill estate. The clean lines and open plan interior create a striking modern home of elegance and style without comparison.

Accommodation: Double height galleried reception hall, 5 reception rooms, bespoke kitchen/breakfast room, 6/7 bedrooms, roof gardens, indoor swimming pool complex 18 seat cinema room, self contained staff accommodation, triple garage, landscaped south east facing grounds of approximately 1.14 acres.

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Idyllic Sea Views

Villa Serenity, Mykonos An elegantly furnished 350 square metre newly built villa in the area of Houlakia enjoying magnificent sunsets and extensive views towards Dilos and the neighbouring islands of Tinos and Syros. Situated in a wind-sheltered location the house interior is a combination of modern and Cycladic style. Accommodation Main House: Entrance hall, reception room, dining room, study, kitchen, guest cloakroom, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, staff bedroom. Guest House: 2 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, kitchen. Swimming pool.

Guide Price â&#x201A;Ź2,000,000

+30 (0) 2289 023 705 or +30 (0) 2289 024 797 Rohari â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mykonos 84600 Greece

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Outstanding Orme Square

Orme Square, London W2 Situated in this beautiful garden square opposite Kensington Gardens, this unusually light contemporary house has been designed by the modernist architect Mark Guard and offers impressive accommodation. Accommodation Entrance hall, drawing room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, guest cloakroom, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 3 further bedrooms (one with en suite shower room), 2 further bathrooms, garden room, garden and terrace. N.B Planning permission was granted for the construction of a garden building thereby increasing the overall square footage (City of Westminster 06/02170/CLOPUD).

Guide Price ÂŁ3,500,000

020 7499 7722 24 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TF

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SURREY’S FINEST In the heart of the picturesque village of Ripley, near Guildford, you will find one of Surrey’s finest Michelin -starred restaurants, with an eclectic yet simple décor, and an imaginative, inspiring, delicate cuisine. Allie Philpin enjoyed lunch and a chat with chef proprietor, Steve Drake.

Drake’s Restaurant, within an elegant Georgian building set back from the road, which looks more like a home than a restaurant, offers light and spacious dining in a simple, tranquil décor with French influences, and paintings from local art galleries adorning the walls… and the very best of menus. Seating up to 32 diners with a small lounge where you can enjoy an aperitif or coffee and petit fours, there is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There is also a charming panelled private dining area, seating up to 12 diners, with its own lounge and, of course, a bespoke menu created by Steve himself. But where did it all start? Steve’s love of food and cooking was inspired by his Home Economics teacher at school, Mrs Banks, and as a teenager the idea of becoming a chef was born. “The very day I left school, I didn’t have a job,” says Steve, “so I opened the Yellow Pages and rang the restaurant with the largest advert. They gave me a part-time job, which became a full-time job, and it went from there really.” Encouraged by one of the lecturers at college, he left home on his 17th birthday to seek a job in a London. “I stayed at the PM Club, a hostel in London, and in 1990 started at The Ritz,”

Steve explains. “When I first walked in, it was exciting and I relished it,” says Steve. “I remember the head chef at the time, Keith Stanley, who was really tall and had his name embroidered on the bottom corner of his apron …” Steve is a big believer in ‘hands-on training’. “You learn a lot, it opens your eyes to a lot of different techniques and you get to see how a kitchen is structured,” says Steve. He would recommend, when starting out, going into a hotel environment where there are more outlets to feed, i.e. room service, afternoon teas, an a la carte menu, etc. “You learn things like how to hold a pan without burning yourself!” he says. “If you start in a small team, each plate has to go out perfectly every time and that’s a lot of pressure for a youngster just entering his first job in a professional kitchen.” Steve has worked for some of the country’s leading chefs, such as Nico Ladenis and Marco Pierre White, and in 2000, having worked as a sous chef at Aubergine for two years, Steve started as head chef at Drakes on the Pond in Abinger Hammer. “It was a fantastic experience,” says Steve. “I was in the autumn/winter collection | 115

kitchen on my own most of the time, and it was hard work both physically and mentally.” Steve continues, “It was very challenging because the restaurant was off the beaten track, so we were busy on Saturdays but quiet during the week, which meant we had to put a lot of technique into the menu and preparation of the food.” But the hard work paid off and in 2003, Drake’s on the Pond gained a coveted Michelin star. While working at Drakes on the Pond, Steve won the Roux Scholarship at the third attempt. “Funnily enough,” says Steve, “two of the lads who were in the finals this year were on their third attempt too. Before the final, one of them emailed me to ask for my advice!” The Roux Scholarship, the ultimate in British competition and started by the Roux brothers, is a tough competition. “It’s all about nerves,” explains Steve. “The first year I was a bit cocky and tried to do too much. You only have two and half hours, which goes so quickly.” So, would he enter more competitions? “Yes, I would like to. I was going to enter ‘Chef of the Year’ this year, but ran out of time!” Winning the Roux Scholarship meant a period in France with Marc Veyrat, who at the time had not one, but two restaurants, with three Michelin stars each, in Annecy. “It was an amazing experience,” enthuses Steve. “Marc was very much a ‘hands-on’ chef; he always had to be there. It was a huge operation with a full lunch and dinner every day, and the food was quite simple. He had a great style and he had a theme to his food which was such an inspiration. I try to emulate that and it’s my ambition to build a theme to the food at Drake’s which takes time.” The thought of opening his own restaurant in France has crossed Steve’s mind at times. “It’s a kind of romantic idea, but I can’t ever really see it coming off to be honest!” says Steve. In 2004, Steve and his wife Serina opened Drake’s at the Clock House in Ripley with great success and, just a year later, achieved his first Michelin star together with three AA Rosettes. He also won ‘Newcomer of the Year’ from the Good Food Guide – an absolutely fabulous achievement. Steve has worked on developing his own signature dishes and style at Drake’s. “I remember when I first started at Drake’s on the Pond, I tended to copy the dishes of chefs I had worked for, like Nico and Marco, but changing them a bit. However, over the past three to four years, I’ve really started to develop my own style and flavour combinations,” explains Steve. “It’s all about technique and it takes a while to understand that.” Gaining a Michelin star is all about your 116 | autumn/winter collection

food, your chefs and your personality, Steve believes. “Michelin don’t tell you the parameters,” says Steve. “All they say is that it is about the food on the plate, and if you try to talk to them about the wine list or the décor, they aren’t interested!” But he believes that those aspects must have an influence on the decision. “The food is the first priority, but it has to be within your style and personality so everything has to ‘fit’ into the environment – service, décor – it all has to come together,” he says. Does he want a second Michelin star? “Yes, but I don’t like to say! I try to stay relaxed about the whole Michelin thing. If they like us, that’s great and if they give us another star, that’s great too. I like to keep everything natural and flowing, but it is certainly an aim now.” he adds. Steve describes his style of cooking at Drake’s as ‘Artisan’, a French expression. Steve explains: “From my point of view, I try to emphasise the fact that everything is ‘hand-crafted’, lots of technique. We don’t make big batches of things like stock or sauces, it is all very fresh, turned over quickly and is all about craftsmanship and skill,” he says, “the point we’re trying to get across is that we’re passionate about the food we produce.” He and his hand-picked team’s

inspiration usually stems from flavour combinations. “I like to use herbs and spices, and dishes are generally built from a flavour. You remember flavours of foods and wines that you have tasted before, then work at combining them together. It takes ages!” he explains. So will he be here in five years time? “Oh, definitely,” says Steve. “I’d like to have a bigger team and be busier so that I can spend more time developing dishes, and I’d like to achieve more in the guides. I’ve got a desire to open another restaurant too…” And if he could invite just four people to dinner? “Well, David Beckham, because he brings a bit of inspiration, Nico Ladenis because he gave me my first proper job,” he pauses, “Barack Obama because he’s the man of the moment and, of course, my dad!” This is a restaurant that is definitely going places. Steve and Serina have created a wonderful atmosphere in the most charming and serene of environments. Together with beautifully presented and exquisitely prepared dishes, Drake’s Restaurant is very definitely worthy of its Michelin star. Over the following six pages are three recipies from Michelin star chef Steve Drake. Drakes Restaurant – 01483 224777

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Pumpkin soup with wild mushrooms

50ml olive oil 1/2 onion, finely chopped 500g pumpkin 500ml chicken stock 100ml single cream 50g grated parmesan 200g mixed wild mushrooms 25g butter Sherry vinegar Salt and pepper 1/2 lemon Serves 4

Cut the pumpkin into quarters and remove the skin and seeds. Chop roughly into 3cm dice. Heat the olive oil in a wide pan, add the onion and sweat for 5 minutes without colouring. Turn the heat to full, add the pumpkin and season with some salt and pepper. Allow the pumpkin to break down so it becomes almost a pulp. Still on the heat, keep stirring to dry out the pumpkin and add the parmesan, stock and single cream. Bring to the boil, then liquidise. Cook the mushrooms in the butter for a few minutes, season with salt and pepper and a few drops of lemon juice and sherry vinegar. To finish, place the mushrooms in four warm soup bowls and pour the hot soup over the mushrooms to fill the bowls. If the soup tastes a little sweet, add a couple of drops of lemon juice to balance the flavour. Serve with walnut and sultana bread or a good crusty brown bread.

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Roasted Sea Bass, Pear and Saffron Chutney, Fennel, Sorrel and Red Wine Sauce

4 x 100g Sea bass portions (cut from a large fish) 6 tbsp Olive oil Salt and Pepper 1/2 Lemon 4 tbsp Pear and saffron chutney (see recipe below) 1 bulb Fennel 2 large Sorrel leaves 4 tbsp Red wine sauce (see recipe below)

Pear and Saffron Chutney 200g Peeled, cored and diced Granny Smith apple 200g Sultanas 1 tbsp Orange zest 2 Orange juice 1/2 Cinnamon Stick 11/4 Grated Nutmeg 1/2 tspn Cayenne 40g Ginger (peeled and grated) 250g White wine vinegar 160g Sliced onion

Red Wine Sauce 750ml Full bodied red wine 375ml Ruby port 750ml Brown chicken stock Star anise 1 sprig Thyme 1/2 tsp Cracked black pepper 1/2 tsp Coriander seeds Small piece Dried orange peel 1 Bay leaf

350g Caster sugar 1/2 tsp Saffron 1kg Conference pears

Boil the wine and port till reduced to 500ml, add brown stock and other ingredients and simmer until the volume has reduced to 500ml, pour through a fine sieve.

Place all the first ingredients in a pan and reduce to 2/3, then add the caster sugar, saffron (infused in 100ml cold water), cook for 5 minutes then add the pears (peeled, cored and diced), simmer for 2 hours, cool completely and then blitz in a blender. If it is too sweet, adjust taste with sherry vinegar Score the sea bass on the skin side with a very sharp knife. Shred the fennel using a mandolin, add 2 tbsp of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon, season with salt and pepper. Heat a non stick pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil, salt the fish on both sides and place in the pan with the skin side down. Leave on the hob for 1 minute and then place the pan in the oven gas 7 (190C) for a further 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 minutes, remove from the oven and turn fish over, push a cocktail stick through the thickest part of the fish, there should be no resistance, add a squeeze of lemon juice to the fish. Place a spoonful of the warmed chutney on the plate to one side (not too much as it can over power the fish), add a pile of raw fennel in the middle, sit the fish on top, shred the sorrel and sprinkle over and finally add a drizzle of red wine sauce.

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Crème Renversee, Apple Tuile, Apple Sorbet

Crème Renversee (6 portions) 350g Double Cream 4 Egg yolks 1 Vanilla bean 60g Sugar Whisk sugar, yolks and vanilla bean together, add double cream, pass mixture through chinois/fine sieve into a metal jug, cover with cling film and place in fridge. Allow to sit for min 5 hours.Skim the foam off the top, distribute into 6 ramekins, and cook at 120ºc in a bain marie with a lid on for about 30 minutes, when cooked, chill immediately.

Apple Tuiles 180g Stock syrup 20g Lemon juice Slice apples very thinly, place into stock syrup/lemon juice and place a cling film directly onto the apples, allow to ‘macerate’ for 5 minutes, lay onto greaseproof paper and dry at 90ºc for 30-35 minutes, remove from the greaseproof paper whilst it is still warm. Allow to cool completely before storing to retain its crunchiness.

Apple Sorbet 400g Stock syrup 400g Peel of 8 Granny smith apples 1/2 Lemon juice Place 1/2 lemon juice in a big bowl. Into a blender weigh 400g stock syrup. Peel 8 granny smith apples into the lemon juice, ensuring they are well coated. Weigh the peel and make up the weight with the flesh of the apples. Blend for 11/2 minutes, strain it through a fine sieve and churn in an ice cream machine To Serve Place crème in middle of a bowl with a ball of sorbet on top and dried apple pieces around the sorbet.

Stock Syrup 240g Glucose Syrup 600g Sugar 1 litre Water Place all the ingredients in a pan and bring to the boil, then cool.

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Greek Islands

Samos 5 Star Resort, Spa and Marina in sea front location with stunning views

Accommodation at Halcyon Hills will represent the very pinnacle of the luxury property market a lavish and sumptuous lifestyle in addition to an established exit strategy. Welcome to the opportunity that is the Halcyon Hills Luxury Resort & Spa. Halcyon Hills Luxury Spa Resort nestles in a sheltered bay on the south eastern tip of Samos, Greece. Meticulously designed so

that every property owner enjoys the panoramic sea views from their own terrace, Halcyon Hills represents a superb investment opportunity and stunning lifestyle choice. World class spa featuring a generous infinity pool, thirty six berth exclusive marina with a super-yacht mooring, beautifully designed properties that reflect the character and heritage of Samos; the facilities at Halcyon Hills redefine the meaning of luxury on the island. Greece maintains a strong resales market due to its traditional popularity with holiday makers and second home owners. This ensures demand for property is always high. Halcyon Hills is a rare example of how a luxury holiday resort

offers owners Luxury Five Star Spa Resort – Proven Demand. 2 Year 8% Rental Guarantee Finance Available • Investment & Lifestyle 36 Berth marina

Prices start at £176,000 to £735,000 for front line luxury villa Fractional ownership opportunities also start at £21,000 to £76,000

Gascoignes International 5 Church Path Woking Surrey GU21 6EJ Tel: +44 (0) 1483 226868 Email: Web:

lettings & property management

The path to a successful letting this autumnâ&#x20AC;Ś Corporate and private tenants for short and long term rentals. Managing properties, vacant and let. ARLA membership and qualified. May we let your property?

Claygate 01372 462323

Cobham 01932 588 299

Woking 01483 725500

Clive House, 2 The Parade, Claygate, Surrey, KT10 0NN

01372 462323

Elegant period property Claygate ÂŁ595,000 A substantial four bedroom period property offering elegant and beautifully proportioned accommodation.

Accommodation: A substantial period property offering elegant and generously proportioned accommodation set over two floors. The ground floor accommodation comprises hall, sitting / family room with central free-standing chimney & woodburning stove, cloak / shower room, beautifully appointed kitchen / dining room with kitchen by 'Kitchen Culture' of Esher and playroom. Upstairs there are four bedrooms and a family bathroom. The present owners have thoughtfully added a garage directly to the rear of the property to facilitate secure offstreet parking whilst there is also a modestly-sized, attractive 'courtyard' style garden to the rear.

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Tempting Tinos

Diles & Rinies The ‘Diles & Rinies’ private estate on the island of Tinos is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the Cyclades, with easy access to the port, the beaches and the villages of the island. The estate enjoys breathtaking views of the nearby islands of Mykonos, Paros, Rinia, Dilos, Syros as well as Vryokastro and Ksovourgo and is situated just 3 km from the island of Tinos.

environment of the development which harmonises with the surrounding countryside and stunning scenery. Tradition blends with modern amenities and luxury living including a large swimming pool, steam bath, outdoor seating areas, gardens and parking spaces.

Accommodation The estate consists of eight individual villas ranging in size from 90 m2 to 170 m2. Attention has been given to the unique natural

Price on application

+30 (0) 2289 023 705 or +30 (0) 2289 024 797 Rohari – Mykonos 84600 Greece

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Contemporary Mougins

Mougins Situated at close proximity to Mougins and its local stores, restaurants and golf courses, this superb 300m2 villa located on 2500m2 of land is decorated with a choice of refined and elegant furnishings. This fabulous villa has a charming garden, swimming pool, pool house, garage for 3 cars as well as a boules pitch. The property is south westerly facing and has a lovely view over the hills of Mougins.

Accommodation Comprised of 6 bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms, 5 with private terraces. The villa has a large living dining-room of 100 m2 with a lovely fireplace, open-plan kitchen, laundry, gym and steam room, swimming pool, pool house, landscaped garden, parking space for 4 cars and a garage.

Guide Price â&#x201A;Ź5,500,000

+33 (0) 4939 44545 19, Rue des Etats Unis, 06400 Cannes, France

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On the up Allie Philpin travels to Guildford to meet with Steven Glover and Robert Osborn, partners in the leading Surrey developers Consero Homes

Front of Treetops, St George's Hill, Weybridge (computer generated image)

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Sole Agents Gascoigne Billinghurst Contact Stuart Cole â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tel: 01932 588288

In the buzzing and vibrant, historic town of Guildford in Surrey, with offices adjacent to the picturesque River Wey, you will find an innovative, quality, stylish, luxury, reputable residential developer , Consero Homes – a company worthy of these adjectives. Established in 2004, they have quickly built and enviable reputation for designing and building individual homes and apartments, in unrivalled locations, throughout the Home Counties. Allie Philpin went along to meet the directors, Robert Osborn and Steven Glover, to find out just why they’ve been so successful. A few years ago, introductions via mutual friends brought Steven and Robert together. After a 4-5 hour conversation and a handshake forming a ‘gentleman’s agreement’, Consero Homes was born. Steven’s background in land management and sales, having worked with well-known house builders and with experience in the luxury home market, was a perfect synergy with Robert’s background in Surveying, Design and Finance in both the commercial and residential sectors at Board level, in the luxury end of the market. Robert has worked with some of the worlds leading Architects and Designers on

landmark projects and linked with Stevens Land skills it’s a winning team. Robert and Steven are very much involved in each development. From the outset, their mantra has been quality first and foremost, attention to detail, and wanting to ‘push the boundaries’ with each new project. Coupled with their exclusive ‘5-star Customer Service Charter’, this is a difficult combination to beat. The Directors take an active role in the design, architecture, landscaping and interiors of each and every new home; sourcing new and innovative materials from far and wide, gaining inspiration from their travels, to create an inspiring international ‘feel’. Robert comments, “We aim to provide that luxury feeling into all our homes, and we believe our houses portray that wish.” One of Consero`s earliest projects certainly did just that. Located within an exclusive private road in Cobham, they built their first luxury detached house complete with air conditioning, underfloor heating, a Boffi kitchen, bespoke joinery… and more – again, quality shone through. But each new home is different in both appearance and layout, and this has been a conscious decision from the start. Steven

and Robert wanted to make sure that no one house was the same as another. They wanted Consero Homes to earn its reputation from the quality of their craftsmanship, their innovative designs and the luxury accommodation, not because you could spot one of their houses a mile off as they all looked the same! Steven says, “It was important to us to give our customers the individuality they asked for, with a high specification, endless attention to detail and an excellent quality. With green issues becoming more and more important in today’s house-building activities, Robert and Steven created a new subsidiary company, Consero Green, to ensure every new home is energy efficient. Consero Green’s principal role is to provide compliance advice and direction on sustainable energy efficiency requirements. They introduce innovative solutions, overand-above regulatory requirements, research new energy saving methods and initiatives in the domestic and international spheres. Consero Green adheres to the UK government’s ‘Code for Sustainable Homes, and Consero Homes is working towards ensuring that every house they build has its g

Steven Glover, Rob Brydon and Robert Osborn at the 2009 Evening Standard Awards

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own 5-star rating based on this Code. Another division of Consero Homes is their Consero Private Client department. As their reputation spreads worldwide, international buyers are appreciating Consero’s level of quality and craftsmanship. Based on this international support and personal recommendations, the Design & Build side of their business has grown and is going from strength-to-strength. Steven comments, “It’s amazing, people keep coming back, recommending us to others, and we’re being asked to build individually designed and innovative homes for them. It is a side of the business that we are very pleased with.” And its becoming more and more obvious that the international set aren’t the only ones who believe that Consero Homes is doing something well… awards are coming thick and fast, demonstrating that their innovative designs are being recognised. In 2008, they won the Best Luxury New Home Award from Evening Standard for Willow House Oxshott.

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They also won the Silver Award for Best Luxury Development at the 2008 What House Awards for Woodland Drive Sandy Lane Cobham. This year, 2009, they have won a further three awards from the Evening Standard and anticipate more. So, what’s in the future for Consero Homes. Well, after a period of reviewing their structure and practices, it looks like business is picking up again. There is no doubt that the ‘credit crunch’ and the subsequent, ongoing recession has severely affected a lot of developers, and it has made life extremely difficult in the house-building industry, as has been well-reported in the press. Overall, house-building has dropped off significantly over the past year as their hasn’t been a comparable level of buyers. However, activity is improving all the time and Consero have sales in the book for 2009, a great prospect. In terms of land buying, Steven admits that this activity is mow on the agenda again, with opportunities increasing.

A good example of this activity is Consero’s new project – Warrenhurst in Weybridge, an exclusive luxury private gated development of just 8 properties due for release in Autumn 2009, and they are getting enquiries already! This development again shows Consero’s penchant for innovative design and individuality. Based around the 8 homes, they are looking to create a ‘community’ within Weybridge, hoping to bring back neighbourly friendliness around a central landscaped garden and elegant water feature, with underground parking and private access to each home. The plans look quite stunning and the development is sure to prove popular. Robert comments, “It’s an exciting time for Consero at the moment. There is far more activity in the marketplace which looks set to continue, albeit slowly, as the year progresses. We believe that Consero will continue to establish its reputation and grow.” And judging by the passion, pride and drive of this company, we do not doubt it.

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How does the property market fare? Reside meets Ian Davies, MD of Gascoigne Billinghurst Not far from the City of London, with the scenic River Mole flowing by, sits the popular village of Cobham in Surrey. More lately associated with the sparkle of famed Chelsea Football club, who have their training ground there, but in its own right a stylish and vibrant place that Ian Davies

attracts a cosmopolitan community, Cobham has an enviable reputation, not least due to the excellent schooling in the area, convenient commuting, and accessibility to International airports Allie Philpin went along to this “jewel in Surrey’s crown” to meet local resident and leading estate agent Ian Davies, whose company Gascoigne Billinghurst help more than just the favoured few to make their home here. A dynamic character, Ian established the Gascoignes Property Services Group in 2002, shortly after which he and partners acquired Surrey agent “Billinghurst Higby and Chard”, renamed the business Gascoigne Billinghurst, and opened a new branch in Cobham. He takes personal pride in the company and it’s ethos that branches have a managing Partner who not just leads the local team, but is also a Director and shareholder: “Estate Agency

Gascoignes Billinghurst Cobham Office

“...‘results’ only comes before work in the dictionary...”

experience an upturn as more home movers sought

is not a job for us, it’s a way of life” muses Ian, who goes

‘could not control the wind we would trim our sails’…

on to surmise that in his experience, successful agents tend

roughly translated we rebalanced our business,

to “eat, breathe, dream and sleep what we are doing.”

maintained a high profile, drilled our people to focus

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and like any business operator we recognised that if we

But it hasn’t been without it’s challenges these past

on creating business opportunities and sought new ways

18 months of ‘credit crunch Britain’. “During the latter part

of interacting with buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants

of 2008, when economic woe was reported on a

alike. As Ian says, “We don’t get paid for great effort and

seemingly daily basis the local residential sales market

hard work, only for results,” and you’ll often hear him

effectively ‘closed up’ – a bit like the power plug being

quoting to his team: “the only place where results

pulled out of the socket!”, Ian says. And how did

comes before work, is in the dictionary!”

Gascoigne Billinghurst respond to this new environment? Cobham Mill across the River Mole

short term solutions, so we focused more attention there,

“Well, we simultaneously saw our lettings activities

As a local resident Ian is deeply embedded in the Cobham and Elmbridge community. “I love the benefits

of living in Cobham”, says Ian, “After 25 years in the

can see that there will be opportunities, and the UK is a

being able to network and take advantage of

locality and with 4 children who attended between them

growing population with the average age increasing;

opportunities. It’s not an easy environment but, ironically,

7 different local schools, I can certainly speak with

people will seek houses abroad for half the price, a

that environment will present me and my business with

personal experience on almost every aspect of life in the

nicer house and a kinder climate.” He’s confident that

more opportunities… change equals opportunities!”Ian

area”, he adds. Is there anywhere he would rather live?

of steady improvement and believes that, as the Pound

is of the opinion that if we haven’t reached the bottom

“I think not, Cobham really does either have it all, or you

gets stronger and as the UK market improves, it will have

of the Surrey downswing then we are all but there. He

can get to so many other places and facilities from here,

a knock-on effect on the international market. Meanwhile,

doesn’t predict a bounce up in prices although draws

be that London’s West End or the delights of our south

he sees the opportunities of the weaker pound against

attention to the recent shortage of properties in the

coast seaside. “Mind you”, he says whimsically, I’ve always

Euro and Dollar as a convincing dynamic to attract

market place and that relevance to the laws of supply

had a penchant for Austria and life in the alps… and if

overseas buyers.

and demand. “Brand new properties which are on the

there’s one thing Cobham doesn’t have it is mountains!”

“...Russian Connection...” The business has a colourful international division, Gascoignes International, headed by Ian’s close colleague Grahame Clist. Principally active in Mediterranean Europe areas, this business has not only established a high profile for those aspiring to holiday and 2nd home ownership overseas, but has also helped Gascoigne Billinghurst Surrey Estate Agency business open doors to a select range of overseas buyers wishing to buy in the UK! Ian tells the interesting story from yesteryear when the business was established when a hot contact saw him hopping on a ‘plane to Cyprus at

From for sale to sold in a blur!

Ian has found that the top-end of the local market

market this year were built and conceived a year or so

a few hours notice, to meet a new business contact:

has remained relatively active this year and they have

ago, while new homes starts are currently fewer and

“as a result of creating such an impact with immediate

achieved some impressive sales, notably in Cobham’s

further between. During 2009 and 2010, fewer new

attention I ended up making a ‘Russian connection’

favoured ‘Fairmile’ area and also on ultra exclusive St

houses will be built so there will be fewer to the market.

that led to the sale of a property back home at some

George’s Hill in nearby Weybridge. “Ironically, our success

“I predict that values will not be as flat as 2008, but less

eight million pounds!” This pattern of almost instant client

on ‘the Hill’ has often reflected the lateral approach we

than we would like,” he says.

attention on an international level has not just helped

have to finding buyers and actually selling the area…

the development of the overseas sales division but has

as opposed to only the property… to buyers previously

bottom line is results in terms of sales, lettings and satisfied

virtually redefined the company’s Surrey business at the

unaware of some of Surrey’s hidden secrets. We have

clients and he expects the second half of 2009 to be

top end, where the company last year arranged the

a remarkable and ‘special’ relationship with Mayfair

better than the first half!. The market may not necessarily

sale of the highest value home yet sold on vaunted St.

based ‘Beauchamp Estates’ whose clientele have in

be strong, and buyers & sellers are looking for quality of

Georges Hill, in Weybridge.

many case not ventured outside of central London

service as much as value for money.

Today, Gascoigne Billinghurst is a broad-based service related business and although the international markets have suffered quite considerably due to the

Ian defines success in a number of ways, but the

and are dazzled when we personally bring them down to Elmbridge”. Personally, Ian believes the harsh economic

“...change equals opportunity...”

recession – people’s holiday or second homes abroad

environment that they are operating in at the moment,

were one of the first luxuries to go! – they are still active

is unlikely to ease for a significantly period. He says,

in this marketplace. Ian is keen to maintain an international

“I don’t think there is a quick fix or an easy way out –

relationship with Beauchamp Estates based in Mayfair,

presence. He says, “We’re in it for the long term, we

what I do know is that the best thing we have done is

London and Ian has a strong personal friendship with

Gascoigne Billinghurst have an astonishingly close

Gary Hersham who operates that company. This sees Superlative luxury home in Cobham

a cross pollination of buyers between the two areas. Together they produce the company’s luxury publication – ‘reside’. “I believe it is the definitive estate agency magazine in the area, and it’s great to be working with Beauchamp Estates and Steven Hall of Leycol Publishing who design and print the publication,” says Ian. In fact, it’s such a well respected publication that VistaJet, the private jet charter company, featured copies of reside 5 for their passengers in each and every one of their jets worldwide! So where does Ian see Gascoigne Billinghurst’s future. “I believe in BGWA,” says Ian, “Business Generation by Walking Around! People generally underestimate their abilities. We may become accustomed to a more challenging marketplace, but I lead a team that can create as well as recognise opportunities!”

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along with the correct presentation to secure the appropriate funding. It is true that lenders are enforcing higher margins in their lending, but borrowing is still historically cheap. In the commercial sector we have also successfully negotiated a multitude of fixed rate deals on bespoke terms that suit the portfolio and the borrowers other exposure. Competition appears to be slowly creeping back into property funding. For a period of more than 12 months, lenders were tripping over themselves to find reasons not to lend but now that they are confident asset prices are nearing their bottom, they are more comfortable with their security. This has already led to a change of approach whereby lenders are now looking to protect their market share which, for some, means aggressive lending for the coming months. As that competition increases, lending terms will become more favourable and criteria will become more flexible. As opposed to the traditional mortgage market, we are now introducing a lot of borrowers to private banks whose appetite has synergy with our clients requirements. We have relationships with the majority of well known private banks as well as some small, niche banks that are less recognisable. 2010 and the latter part of 2009 is a period of genuine opportunity. For those that have survived the vigorous shake-up in the property sector, they should be able to take advantage of the market conditions over the next 12-18 months and leave themselves in a stronger position than they were at the beginning of the economic turbulence in late 2007. We would be only too happy to look at your existing portfolio, or a proposed acquisition and give you an honest, informed opinion of whether your current position can be improved. We also have a particular specialty in the funding of personal design and build schemes or speculative property development and would be pleased to advise you accordingly.


When is the time right to enter the property market This is a dilemma for many individuals and companies alike at the moment.

There has been plenty of talk about the economic ‘green shoots’ appearing that will indicate the beginning of the end of the current turbulence. Whereas that was initially anecdotal, there is now a growing amount of statistical evidence to support this viewpoint and is reflected across both consumer and business analysis. Whilst most anticipate anything but a smooth ride out, there appears to be some room for cautious optimism. For those well positioned financially, the beginning of the now infamous credit crunch heralded a period of opportunity to build their property portfolio, be it residential or commercial. Prior to this period it had been near impossible to find a purchase that provided a satisfactory return as access to finance was so easy that a flood of amateur landlords had been created who had dreams of becoming overnight property millionaires! Indeed, some did find a fast track to wealth but many more have come unstuck as their reliance on constant capital growth and the ability to access their equity meant they couldn’t withstand the removal of those factors, despite the historically low interest rates. Many barriers to entry have returned property investment to a more exclusive business, with equity requirement being top

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Gary Hersham reports on the London Market London Market sees improvement Over the last few months the activity at the top end of the London residential market has increased exponentially compared to the period Nov 08 to April 09. This not to say that the level of transactions has dramatically increased so much but several top end flats and houses have been sold in excess of £20m. Indeed I am aware of a house that not only sold recently at £33m (achieving approx £2,250 per sq ft for effectively an unmodernised product), but the buyer gazumped an expectable lower bid of £31m and exchanged promptly. There is evidence that not only are higher prices per square foot being achieved but also the quantum of the purchase price is increasing. There are several properties in Belgravia asking circa £4,000 per sq ft and albeit in very rare instances the £5,000 per sq ft barrier has not only been exceeded in recent weeks, but the quantums have been at the higher end of the scale, to my first hand knowledge. The flow of buyers from such places as The Gulf, Kazakhstan and Ukraine is now regular and many top end properties are being viewed although with certain exceptions buyers still believe they can negotiate hard on price. The difficulty in these instances is that sellers are not prepared to accept low offers and getting a buyer through the finishing line can prove difficult. In summation activity in terms of viewings has greatly increased. Agents are very busy and it is my belief that deal flow over the next few months will increase considerably.

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