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contents 9 EDITOR’S LETTER 11 ABSOLUTELY LOVES Absolutely’s top five this month

ARTS & CULTURE

13 TALKING TOPICS This month’s diary

STYLE 31 ODE TO AUTUMN Jewellery picks for October

33 FASHION CONFIDENTIAL Violet Naylor-Leyland and her love of DVF rompers and cashmere cardis

34 STREET LIFE

The fi nest local labels showcased by Avenue 32

40 MEN ONLY

Leather gloves and Timberland boots for the chaps

44 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL Polished nails and a trip to the dentist are among this month’s beauty tips

FEATURES 26 LOCA FOR OKA

Edwina Langley talks furniture to furnishings Queen, Annabel Astor

40 GLORIOUS GOWNS

Zaeem Jamal tells Absolutely about lifestyle and luxury dresses

49 INTO THE WOODS

Alexandra Jones chats to eco-design duo Hendzel + Hunt about the joys of wood

INTERIORS 55 BACK TO THE FUTURE

Exclusive interiors shoot with De Gournay

63 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

Tara Craig and Emma Storey take a look at this years PAD London designers

69 GET THE LOOK

Lucy Powles designs a slick drawing room

FOOD & TRAVEL 71 RESTAURANT REVIEW Edwina Langley ventures to Pétrus and Alice Milner sups on brains in Garnier

75 LITE BITES

Earwax and pumpkins, hello Halloween.

81 THE HIGH LIFE

Blur’s Alex James discovers the Dolomites

PROPERTY 96 IN THEIR OWN WORDS Barclay Macfarlane on his happy career in property

128 PROPERTY NEWS News and views on the area

134 LIVING THE DREAM

This month’s most luxurious properties

EDITOR EDWINA LANGLEY • CHIEF EDITORIAL ASSISTANT CATHERINE HALES EDITORIAL ASSISTANT GEORGIE JAKOB • FASHION FEATURES EDITOR VIOLET NAYLOR-LEYLAND INTERIORS EDITOR TARA CRAIG • CONTRIBUTING EDITOR ALICE MILNER ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGER NICOLA OWENS • ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGER ALICE MILNER GROUP PROPERTY DIRECTOR ALEXANDRA HUNTER • PROPERTY MANAGER HUGO HUNTER CENTRAL & SOUTH WEST PROPERTY MANAGER ANNA HUTTON-POTTS ART DIRECTOR RAY SEARLE • SENIOR DESIGNER PHIL COUZENS DESIGNERS GEMMA ISTEED, TAHIR KAPUCU, ANDREW MAVIN ARTWORKER EKREM YILMAZ • JUNIOR DESIGNER EDWARD TAYLOR PRODUCTION MANAGER STEWART HYDE • PRODUCTION ASSISTANT CHRISTINE MANN FINANCE DIRECTOR ALEXANDRA HVID • FINANCE MANAGER MARIANNE MCFADDEN CENTRAL & WEST PROPERTY MANAGER LEAH DAY DIRECTOR GREG HUGHES • MANAGING DIRECTOR SHERIF SHALTOUT

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hen Scarlett O’Hara sobs uncontrollably for Rhett Butler at the foot of an ornate staircase, what one thought gives her comfort? Home. When stuck in the depths of Mordor, asleep with one eye open, what does dear old Frodo dream of? Home. Where does E.T. phone? Home. Where does Dorothy wanna go? Home. And why on earth is this place so important? Well, because it’s home; that sacred place where everything is as it should be. This month then, we’re paying homage (sorry) to all things homely with our brilliant Interiors Issue. Lady Annabel Astor, aka Boss of OKA, chats to me about starting up a furniture business and joining forces with her old friend Nicky Haslam. She also reveals exactly what she thinks about bad taste (much to my surprise). Alexandra Jones turns carpenter for the day (sort of) when she visits eco-design duo Hendzel + Hunt in their studio, to hear all about their spectacular ‘Made in Peckham’ table which found its way to Bluebird on the King’s Road. We feature our very first interiors shoot, shot exclusively for us (or you, rather) with De Gournay – whose wallpaper is so glorious I would wear it if I could. All that plus lots of decoration ideas (for house and body) and plenty more – you’ll enjoy this issue so much, you’ll want to decorate your house with it. Well, that’s the plan anyway. On that note, I’m off…home.

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This gorgeous printed silk scarf is so fabulous you won’t know whether to wear it or frame it. £195, Available from net-a-porter;

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AVEDA For all those whose sunkissed highlights aren’t 100% natural, we suggest this: Aveda's Color Conserve – brilliant at retaining that salon shine. £20.50, Stocked at Peter Jones, Sloane Square, SW1, 0844 693 1751;

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ACCESSORIZE JAEGER Cosy cable knits, that's what we love! This red classic jumper from the Jaegar AW13 Collection will liven up any work outfit and keep you warm and snug. 145 King’s Road, SW3, 020 7352 1122;

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It’s monochrome madness at Accessorize this season. Delve into a woolly treasure trove of snoods and scarves, or grab any one of the striped, studded, dogtooth or zebra print bags on offer.

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TOPICS YOUNG MASTERS Christie’s 18-21 October

The talented competitors for this year’s Young Masters Art Prize will be exhibiting their work at the Multiplied Art Fair. Pop along to Stand 16 for your chance to see it! 85 Old Brompton Road, SW7, 020 7839 9060; multipliedartfair.com

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MIYAKO ISHIUCHI

Michael Hoppen Gallery Until 31 October

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’d been coasting recently with my exercise regime, which consisted solely of a weekly hour of a ballet-pilates fusion. In the quest to add an element of aerobic exercise to my routine, I turned to another dance hybrid and self-professed ‘global lifestyle brand’, Zumba. Promised to be a ‘total-body workout that feels like a celebration’ I skipped off to Dance Attic to try it out. My class was all female but filled with women of a wide variety of ages. I rapidly regretted planting myself in the middle of the front row of the class, as I found it next to impossible to follow the choreography. Thankfully, our energetic teacher, Holly, was so forgiving that I carried on regardless; this was evidently supposed to be fun, and wholesale absence of coordination wasn’t going to stop that. We raced through numerous short, sharp dance routines, mixing various Latin American dance moves with a heavy dose of Hip Hop and a good measure of hip swinging. For much of the lesson I felt like a wannabe Shakira auditioning for a minor part in a West End musical. And this was eminently enjoyable: the hour flew by and I left having danced my heart out whilst simultaneously having done it some good. By Camilla Norton

Highly esteemed photographer Miyako Ishiuchi is renowned for work inspired by her childhood in post-war Japan. She continually looks to the past, in order to realise how it has shaped the present. This exhibition features work from throughout her career - some of which has never been seen outside of Japan. 3 Jubilee Place, SW3, 020 7352 3649; michaelhoppengallery.com

THE BIG DRAW

Chelsea Physic Garden 30 October Sharpen up those pencils and get your sketchpad ready because the Big Draw Festival is coming to Chelsea Physic Garden. Budding artists of all ages are welcome to try their hand at sketching plants, seeds and the garden landscape at this fun event for all the family. 66 Royal Hospital Road, SW3, 020 7349 6453; chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

5 FIGHTING ON THE HOME FRONT

National Army Museum 2 October Often we only think about how wars affect the soldiers who fight them, and forget about the thousands of others touched by the violence. At this event, bestselling author Kate Adie gives us an insight into how the lives of women during the First World War were changed forever. Royal Hospital Road, SW3, 020 7881 6606; nam.ac.uk

For a class with Holly Davis, 07595 547 785; hollydavis86@hotmail.com 368 North End Road, SW6, 020 7610 2055; danceattic.com

LONDON FESTIVAL OF CABARET The Pheasantry 25 October

Fancy a night of Italian cuisine and your favourite bigband classics? Multi award-winning singer Clare Teal is coming to The Pheasantry to celebrate the music of the women who led the way in the world of jazz, and who inspired her own outstanding catalogue of hit-tastic work. Bellissimo! 152 Kings Road, SW3, 020 7351 5031; pizzaexpresslive.com

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ART&CULTURE Book Picks

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In January 1895, while convicted spy Captain Alfred Dreyfus begins a lifetime of solitary confinement, Georges Picquart is rewarded with promotion and put in charge of the shadowy intelligence agency that tracked Dreyfus down. But the discovery of a German spy his superiors are reluctant to pursue, prompts Picquart to suspect all may not be well, and Picquart himself becomes a target for arbitrary justice.

1. THE FISHING FLEET: HUSBAND HUNTING IN THE RAJ Anna De Courcey £7.99 Orion

With all the eligible young men of Britain making their names and fortunes throughout the Empire, the young women of Britain took advantage of the recently opened Suez Canal and the burgeoning steam travel to find husbands. Alone abroad for the first time, the women created a new social scene, with all the usual fare of amateur theatricals and tennis tournaments but with the added exoticism of the tiger shoot and dinner at the raja’s palace. De Courcey examines the thrills and glamour and the post-honeymoon reality of life on the remote outposts.

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4. THREE BROTHERS

Peter Ackroyd £14.99 Vintage Books Harry, Daniel and Sam Hanway, born on a post-war Camden Town council estate, are marked for very different lives in the new freedoms of Sixties London, via dodgy deals and big business, Fleet Street and criminal gangs, and the wealth and corruption of Chelsea. A novel in which London figures as prominently as the brothers, making their separate ways through it.

2. BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY

Helen Fielding £18.99 Vintage Books Bridget Jones is back, and she is not without baggage. Older she may be but sex appeal must be maintained, she has no Twitter followers, televisions are a lot more complicated, the skinny jean must be contended with and technology has wrought a whole new world in which to say the wrong thing to the wrong person.

5. HISTORIC HESTON

Heston Blumenthal £125 Bloomsbury 3. 4.

British gastronomy gets full attention as the unique dishes the British Isles has produced over the centuries are given a 21st century twist. Part idiosyncratic culinary history, part coffee table tome, part staple for the truly adventurous (and abundantly equipped).

3. AN OFFICER AND A SPY Robert Harris £18.99 Hutchinson

A gripping historical thriller and compelling recreation of one of the most famous miscarriages of justice in history.

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The Royal Court Theatre Until 12 October Anke got in and is here for good; Olufemi is being coached to break back in. Bashir has been here forever, but now he’s been sent to limbo and Lisa just wants to send them all home. A fascinating insight into what it is to be a citizen and trying to find somewhere you can belong. Sloane Square, SW1, 020 7222 1234; royalcourttheatre.com

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ART&CULTURE Artist of the Month

CHRIS SUCCO CHELSEA-BASED ART CONSULTANT NICHOLAS CAMPBELL CHOOSES OCTOBER’S TOP TALENT

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t’s the Frieze Art Fair this month and since there is an abundance of artwork to choose from, I decided to keep my focus on local talent. Chris Succo, who resides at the Chelsea Arts Club when he is in London, opened his newest show at the Rod Barton Gallery, EC2, last month. Currently classed as a favourite amongst young artist collectors in Germany and the States, Succo’s work is abstract and complexly structured, but accessible and beautiful too. An impressive talent, this piece [pictured] requires a subtle wall colour.

Nicholas is Head Consultant and Director of Narcissus Arts; narcissusarts.com

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4 WELCOME ITALIA Royal Horticultural Hall 18˜20 October

Head to Westminster this month for the finest food and wine Italy has to offer. For three days the Old Country’s best food and beverage producers will converge on Vincent Square to offer up regional Italian specialities (as well as cooking classes and wine tasting). We say skip breakfast and head there super hungry for the ultimate feast of a lifetime. Perfetto! 80 Vincent Square, SW1; welcome-italia.co.uk

6 DEEP SEAS, STEEL STARS Stephanie Hoppen Gallery 1~26 October With many oil rigs and tankers named after stars and constellations, there’s an unusual parallel between these industrial superstructures and the untouched limits of the night sky. This thoughtful and accomplished exhibition of oils shows beauty can be found where you least expect it. 17 Walton Street, SW3, 020 7589 3678; stephaniehoppen.com

NICOLA BENEDETTI Royal Albert Hall 25 September

In an exclusive recital, one of the great British violinists is taking to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall. Here for one night only, the immensely talented Nicola Benedetti will perform a dynamic and fearless set, sure to have music-lovers and critics on their feet. Kensington Gore, SW7, 0845 401 5045; royalalberthall.com

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ART&CULTURE Book Review

RUSSIA: A WORLD APART by Simon Marsden & Duncan McLaren

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ith Halloween rapidly approaching make sure you pick up Russia: A World Apart, a thrilling book of beautiful, haunting black and white images of crumbling Russian palaces and estates. This collection of ethereal visual poetry perfectly captures the melancholic lost aristocratic worlds of Anna Karenina and War and Peace. Tolstoy’s descendant Tania Illingworth (née TolstoyMiloslavsky) helped to organise the duo’s three trips to Russia, exploring Moscow and St. Petersburg, taking them to the now derelict estates that had once inspired Tolstoy’s novels. The further the intrepid ghosthunters ventured from the cities, the more desolate the landscape became. Elegant 18th and 19th century country estates, which once echoed with aristocratic laughter, had become crumbling, haunted wildernesses. Spookily, Marsden died suddenly last year at the untimely age of 63. This would have been his 13th book. By Alice Coke

Chelsea Country Diary

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he final month in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s summer season promises to be as thrilling as its predecessors. Following his outstanding performance as Hamlet, David Tennant returns to the Shakespearean stage as Richard II. And running alongside this is Titus Andronicus, that most gory and gruesome of tragedies. Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire; rsc.org.uk

unning out of things to talk about at the dinner table? This year’s Turner Prize exhibition is certain to solve that. Provoking controversy since its conception in 1984, this year’s prize giving is likely to be no exception. Previous winners include Grayson Perry and Damien Hirst Ebrington Square, Derry; cityofculture2013.com

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he historical city of Oxford plays host to the UK’s biggest celebration of classical song. Now in its twelfth year, the 2013 festival includes performances from world-renowned opera star Sir Willard White and supremely talented soprano Kate Royal. With a total of 23 concerts planned for the fortnight, as well as a jam-packed programme of talks, workshops and films, there’s something here to interest any and all music lovers. In and around Oxford; oxfordlieder.co.uk

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your first cold, up pop little spires of rich purple flowers. They look like they should be hanging around in summer with the other exotics, not now when one’s dealing with mittens and Calpol. But they are there, and they are exactly what you need at that moment.

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“MY COLLECTION FOR OKA IS THE CREAM OF MANY YEARS’ CROPS, AND ITS DISTILLATION HAS EXACTLY THE STYLE, APPEAL AND LOOK I BELIEVE WILL ENHANCE ANY INTERIOR.” To request a catalogue telephone 0844 815 7390. View the collection at OKA, 155 Fulham Road, London SW3 6SN, or online at okadirect.com/nickyhaslam.

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We have created an amazing selection of drink and canapé packages to accompany your party no matter the size. Canapés are being supplied by Bumpkin Restaurants, known and loved for providing the ‘Taste of Britain’ – delicious, organic and sustainably sourced food. With a selection of drinks packages including our infamous Crack baby shooters and watermelon cocktails – your red hot party fun is guaranteed!

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It was a stroke of luck that Taylor Morris (Made ( in Chelsea star, Hugo Taylor, and friend, Charlie Morris’ new sunglass range) launched at Grace Belgravia on the hottest night of September, for it kept alive the illusion that summer was still in full swing. Model Poppy Delevingne worked ‘low key’ in Daisy Dukes, whilst Olivia Inge went chic in pale pink silk. Champagne popped, guests gabbled and no one was left in the shade – except those that bought shades of course.

BELLS AND WHISTLES

A host of Yummy Mummies scurried down to Fulham Road’s Ralph Lauren last month for the launch of Hats & Bells Children’s Party Cook Book. Co-writers Hatty Stead and Annabel Waley-Cohen delighted guests with miniature snacks – baby blue meringues and mini smoked salmon bagels – much enjoyed by such guests as Marina Fogle and Willow Crossley. A delightful time was had by all, especially those ‘ladies wot munch’. SAM WALEY-COHEN & RICH ASCOTT

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Fancy dress. The perfect outfit, for your little pumpkin. £21.60; potterybarnkids.com

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The Worst Witch. An oldie, but a goodie. This classic tale of Mildred, the hopeless witch, makes magical reading for girls of 5-9 years old, especially boarders. £5.99, Waterstones, 152 King’s Road, SW3, 0843 290 8423; waterstones.com

Frogs. Well it’s Halloween after all and we’re hopping mad for these – the perfect ‘Trick or Treat’, treat. Ribbit, ribbit. £2, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, W1, 0845 300 1707; fortnumandmason.com

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HEALTH&BEAUTY

THE ONLY WAY IS UP

Personal and business performance coach, Janet Murray, gives her five top tips to getting that dream job

nterviews. Shudder. From time to time we have moments when we could do with a bit more confidence. Interviewing for a new job or internship is one of those times. Sitting in a room facing a panel is not what I would consider the most confidence building of exercises. But if you want that job, you do have to show you have confidence. To help you achieve this, I have compiled five top tips on how to build up self-esteem and wend you on your way to success.

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Whether for an interview or first day on the job, make sure you dress appropriately. First impressions are very important and if you dress to impress, you probably will. Interviewers and employers expect you to make an effort and furthermore, fitting in with others makes you feel confident and part of the team. It is very hard to make a good first impression walking into a room if you are wearing ill-fitted shoes and can hardly walk.

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Relax and breathe. This might sound obvious but remembering to pause for a moment and take some deep breaths before you walk into an interview, really does help to calm the nerves and centre the

over-worry about situations and in the grand scheme of life, whatever outcome, everything will be ok and so will you. Focus on calmly preparing beforehand and doing your best.

mind and body. Leading from this, also remember to take breaths and pauses during your interview. This allows you time to think of the most appropriate response and also helps to refocus.

BODY LANGUAGE

Be aware of your body language. If I say ‘what does the body language of a person who feels unconfident and nervous look like?’, you would probably say, ‘Head and eyes down, shoulders tense’. Now think of someone who exudes confidence. What is their body language like? Shoulders back, head held high, making eye contact, confidently walking into a room. This is the body language you want to practice and adopt. Remember too, to smile!

MAINTAIN PERSPECTIVE

Make sure that you keep things in proportion – what is the worst that can happen? We sometimes

ENVISAGE YOURSELF AS POSITIVE: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO GO WELL FOR YOU

Get yourself into a positive state of mind – perhaps by playing uplifting music. Then close your eyes and visualize yourself going into that interview or first day on a job, and it going exactly as you wanted. Envisage yourself as positive: you are full of confidence and everything is going to go well for you. Make the visualization in your mind as vivid as possible. But if you find this too difficult, think of someone who you admire that has the qualities that you wish to have (it can be somebody famous or just someone that you know and respect). Imagine how they would behave in that situation and imitate their behaviour as you visualise. Somebody once said to me that you lose out on 100% of opportunities that you don’t go for. Don’t let this happen to you. You can do it – now, go for it!

JANET MURRAY BA, DIPM MASTER PRAC NLP Janet is a Master NLP practitioner and inspirational coach, passionate about working with students and graduates to help them fulfill their personal and professional potential. Having cofounded and launched her own training delivery and publishing business, Janet is a successful entrepreneur – an inspirational leader, passionate about helping people create and achieve the life they desire. janetmurray.com © 2013 | Magna Coaching Ltd

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FOR OKA From containers to cushions, Edwina Langley talks interiors to Furniture Queen, Lady Annabel Astor

behind her location choice was clear: she felt totally at home there; and it was easy to see why. The neutral-coloured mock-drawing room in which we sat was more comfortable than my own sitting room. Chill out music played softly in the background and the furniture seemed to whispered ‘relax’. Who wouldn’t want to live there? Lady Annabel Astor, former jewellery designer, came up with the idea for OKA one summer when she was doing up a house in Florida. None of the American home decor stores appealed and she was stuck. She wanted English elegance abroad and the only way to get it was to make it herself. So she rallied two friends, Sue Jones and Lucinda Waterhouse, persuaded her

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husband, William (fourth Viscount Astor), to proffer a small loan, and hey presto – her furniture venture was born. ‘We needed a visual name,’ Annabel told me from her side of a cloud-like sofa, ‘and whilst we tried various combinations of our initials, we were all about ‘earthy colours’. We thought of ‘ochre’, but that didn’t feel right, so we shortened it to OKA.’ First and foremost a mail order service (online retail didn’t exist at that point) OKA quickly flourished. Being founded in 1999, in the midst of the dotcom boom, worked in its favour and progression to the internet swiftly followed. ‘When we started, it was quite difficult,’ Annabel remembers. ‘We were working out of a barn at home. There was just the three of us, containers were coming in, and we didn’t know how to open them. They wouldn’t deliver up the road to my village, so we had to stop them a mile away. We went to the local farmer – it was midwinter – to ask if we could borrow his tractor and trailer. Then we had to unload everything. Of course we had no idea that containers have seals and you have to use pliers to unscrew them. Health and safety went out the window.’ She lets out a deep, throaty laugh. ‘It’s fun to look back. We had days which were awful, but it works smoothly now.’ Clearly. With a turnover of over £19.5million in 2012, Annabel has said she won’t stop until OKA is valued at £100million. But for someone who has worked all her life,

I wonder if even that will be enough – won’t she then want to make it £200million? ‘It’s extraordinary how the goalposts change. I love it here, but eventually there’ll have to come a time...I mean, we have lots of young people and they’ll need to take over. And we’re all getting on in years...’ Not that you’d think it to look at her, for at 65, Annabel is quite the most attractive woman I’ve met. With deep blue eyes, a flawless complexion and comfortably slim figure, dressed in an immaculate blue ensemble, she is as the epitome of chic – smart but understated, a bit like her furniture. Born to Timothy Jones and glamorous socialite Pandora (formerly Clifford), as a child Annabel claims design was ‘not of interest’. But after summers spent with her paternal grandmother, Enid Bagnold (renowned authoress of National Velvet) who loved to

make things, Annabel’s enthusiasm blossomed. ‘I came from a family that did things – designed, painted. Growing up in the various worlds that I did, I was surrounded by sensory things. My grandmother [Enid] was interested in sofa covers and used to adore chintzes. My other grandmother loved putting throws on everything, and my mother was a decorator in the 50s and 60s. So a sense of ‘living’ and ‘what you lived in’ was very important.’ At just 18 she set up her eponymous jewellery company ‘Annabel Jones’, and three years later, married Lincolnshire landowner, Sir Reginald Sheffield. Together they had two daughters, Samantha (as in the current Mrs Cameron) and Emily, and whilst their marriage lasted just five years, they remain friends to this day. In the years that followed, her jewellery business prospered and it was only in 2001 that Annabel made

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important is that it’s comfortable and you feel relaxed - everybody’s individual.’ Come on Annabel, I can’t help but scoff, you must have seen some truly horrifying interiors in your time. ‘Something may not be your taste, but it’s that person’s taste’. I think at this point I mention the words ‘mustard wallpaper’, but Annabel refuses to be drawn in. ‘I think it’s hugely about feeling homely – conducive to sitting down and having a laugh.’ I can imagine she does this often, for Annabel has the air of someone who enjoys herself. Having worked since she was a teenager, I conclude she must find as much enjoyment in her work life as she does at home. But surely this can’t always have been the case. Women in business in the early 70s had their time of it and it must have had its tribulations – glass ceilings, perhaps? She is adamant this was not the case. ‘It’s about how individuals see themselves against others in a business community, how you feel in yourself. I don’t think you have to beat the drum of feminism. I’ve kept my private life very separate from work.’ Being able to move so easily between the two – work and home – I wonder if Annabel will ever

retire, put her feet up on a large upholstered ottoman and enjoy her success? Or will she always be doing something? She looks me straight in the eye and lets out a hearty chuckle. ‘If one didn’t, one would...die.’ Annabel may not beat the drum of feminism, but I cannot think of anyone more worthy of female admiration: a mother of five, who set up two successful businesses and is on her way to making the second a £100million enterprise, whilst managing to retain the essence of a person who is grounded, comfortable and homely. The mind rather boggles. I look around at the comfy splendour of the mocked-up sitting room and see exactly, again, why Annabel would want to be interviewed in it. I love it here too. If home is where the heart is, make my address: OKA, 155-167 Fulham Road. Nicky Haslam for OKA Collection is on sale now. OKA, 155-167 Fulham Road, SW6, 0844 815 7380 / 020 7581 2574; okadirect.com

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It’s all about rich deep colour this autumn and Kat Maconie’s crazily comfortable footwear collection is full of it. These statement blue velvet numbers are worth painting your toes for and working your outfit around. In fact, they’re so heavenly it’s almost blasphemy putting them in your shoe cupboard rather than on your mantelpiece. Available at Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1, 020 7201 8641; harveynichols.com

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What I love about Diane von Furstenberg’s designs is that they’re made for women, not girls, and for those lucky enough among us to have proper boobs, hips and a waist, DVF pieces work a dream. I love what she’s done with suede this season. There’s a beautiful suede wrap-dress (but of course), yet I’m enamoured by this 70s-inspired caramel romper with its wide-legged, capri pant, swinging waist tie and slim cut sleeves. The look is striking yet über feminine and needs little else. Available at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1, 020 7730 1234; dvf.com

Yes, it’s a sad moment when you slide open the jumper draw for the first time this year, but nothing makes the cold feel more worthwhile than indulging in a little cashmere. Designer Madeleine Thompson’s stylish modern cashmere collection really hits the spot. Choose from slouchy thickribbed cardis; lightweight yet seriously luxurious nautical maxi dresses and try to resist putting a pair of these thigh length leg-warmers in your shopping basket. Ha – knew you couldn’t. Available at Austique, 330 King’s Road, SW3, 020 7376 4555; madeleine-thompson.com

BOUTIQUE~IN~BRIEF BOUTIQUE BOUTIQUE~ ~IN~ ~IN IN~BRIEF ~BRIEF | MUSE KING’S ROAD THE IDEA Bringing together a wideranging and eclectic selection of designers from Europe, the US and the Middle East, Muse houses glamorous evening dresses, smart work pieces and casual wear for the fashionable consumer looking for something a little different.

THE USP Fighting the battle against beige, Muse is the perfect place to add some vibrancy. In being a little different, it comes up trumps, with winter staples such as luxuriously toasty fur coats, exquisitely pretty printed shirts and beautifully cut wool and tweed jackets.

THE BUY My favourite concession in this shop, which really emphasises its quirky brilliance, is kooky Spanish label Vilagallo and its range of flattering wool, tweed and velvet jackets, priced between £195 and £265. 63 King’s Road, SW3, 020 7823 6517; musekingsroad.co.uk

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GOWNS, GLORIOUS GOWNS Designer Zaeem Jamal talks luxury, lifestyle and 15,000 Swarovski crystals

ABS: Zaeem Jamal describes itself as ‘design alchemy in motion’ – what does this mean? ZJ: ‘Alchemy’ essentially refers to a process – it is a journey of transformation, the creation of the best and highest form. In a physical sense, each piece is transformed when all of our signature elements, including expert artistic hand-craftsmanship, specially dyed colours, intricate embroidery and drapery, are combined.

ABSOLUTELY: How did you get into fashion design? ZAEEM JAMAL: It was a natural progression. I am the third generation of my family working in the textile business – both my grandfathers started in the industry. Growing up learning about fabrics, craftsmanship and quality during the vibrant fashioncentric 80s in London definitely helped shape my interest in fashion. ABS: You studied at London School of Economics and also London College of Fashion – a shrewd business move. How has this helped your commercially? ZJ: I have always enjoyed both sides of the spectrum. I followed both the Arts and Sciences, so it was a natural progression rather than a strategic move. As the creative side of things came so easily to me, I felt it was important to understand the machinations of business and finance. So after school I studied at LSE before plunging into the world of creativity and design. Summer schooling at LCF during university helped fine-tune some of the skills, but the creative side of fashion was really always an innate part of me. ABS: You launched the Z for Z label and then Zaeem Jamal, your namesake line, in 2009. How do the two brands differ? ZJ: When I first began establishing my own label, I explored all aspects of the luxury world. Everywhere I could see the desire for beauty, empowerment, style and innovation. Why wear less than the best? My mission is to create excellent clothes for people to experience and wear wherever they want

ABS: Is there a particular one of your dresses you would single out as being ultimately your favourite? ZJ: Each collection and each dress is special in its own way, so it would be like asking a parent to choose a favourite child!

to look and feel amazing. Lifestyle is as important an issue to me as luxury. I am creating an experience of luxury in the Z for Z brand and wearability in the Zaeem Jamal brand, so there is an interesting synergy between the two brands. ABS: Your first collection won ‘Best New Designer of the Year’ at Dubai Fashion Week – that must have been pretty amazing… ZJ: Dubai is an exciting city and really encourages innovation. After designing the first collection inspired by the Seven Sins, we were invited to preview it in Dubai and received so much attention that the organisers of Fashion Week asked us to participate. To then win Best New Designer was, of course, a great honour.

ABS: Where are your gowns made? ZJ: In our own atelier, by incredibly talented master craftsmen in each section of the dressmaking process – from patter masters and tailors, through to our embroiderers using age-old traditions which began in India. ABS: Where are your fabrics, gems and leather sourced from? ZJ: Our ‘sourcing with integrity’ policy is a strong element in everything we do. Our leathers, for example, used in our handbags and shoes, are carefully researched during development meaning we only select leather from herds that have been reared with care. The gems are currently sourced from specific crystal partners in the UK from a variety of locations around the world, whilst our pure silk fabrics (including very fine chiffons) are mostly sourced in India.

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STYLE ABS: You’ve recently introduced a shoe collection – what led you branch out into accessories? ZJ: Beautiful shoes often have a reputation for being ‘uncomfortable’ which I was determined to turn around. Working with master shoemakers in Florence, we added careful padding and specially researched angles to create a shoe that is functional and graceful. ABS: You also do bespoke designs – what has been your most complicated and outrageous commission so far? ZJ: An incredibly special twopiece corset and skirt, with over 15,000 Swarovski crystals, which incorporated literally thousands of hours of hand craftsmanship! ABS: Do your designs fit women of all sizes? Which designs work best for curvier women? ZJ: Yes we have clients of all sizes as we have a wide array of options and silhouettes. Our in-store sales staff are experienced at spotting the right style for the right shape and giving honest advise. In our London store, we have an in-house tailor who can make alternations. ABS: Why did you choose the King’s Road for your flagship London store? ZJ: It is an iconic location and has been associated with many British fashion designers. It is vibrant, alive and full of innovation. It also serves as a great location for clients as it is centrally located but away from the hustle and bustle. We are particularly delighted to be directly opposite Bluebird, who provide us with all manner of delicious food and drink throughout the day! ABS: Finally, what have you got coming up for the rest of the year? ZJ: We have an exclusive range of accessories that go with our handbags. Our signature jewellery range, featuring the ‘seed of life’ and ‘flower of life’ motifs, are currently in store too. As the shoe journey unfolds, 2013 will also see the launch of wedges, sandals and peep toes – so watch this space!

Zaeem Jamal, 309 King’s Road, SW3, 020 7100 2072; zaeemjamal.com

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COATED IN COMFORT Look at this jacket. What is it saying? Durability, warmth, strength, grrrr. Dual-ism Project marks the union between sportswear brand Descente, and designer, Yono, a partnership producing outdoorwear using the latest technology. The ‘4-way stretch polyester fabric’ of the Woodland Down Jacket, ‘laminated for warmth’ with ‘high water resistance,’ sounds just about technical enough to impress us. Sold. £396; dualism.descente.com

HOLD A HARROP

Need a holdall that’s smart and ‘sophis’ for all those shooting weekends? Look up Eddie Harrop. Each of Eddie’s handcrafted leather bags are made in a small Vietnamese workshop by skilled artisans to assure their tip-top quality. Don’t leave town without one. From £375;

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Only very smart gents wear leather gloves. We like to count ourselves amongst them, and this pair of Men’s Classics by Aspinal of London are the smartest we’ve seen. £85, 34 Long Acre, WC2, 020 7836 2655;

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BE THE MAN

The song ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)’ sprung to mind when we laid eyes on these Timberland Earthkeepers Tremont Chelsea Boots. With a washed black canvas outer layer and an OrthoLite® polyurethane footbed, these will get you through 500 miles – and then 500 more. £120, 98 King’s Road, SW3, 020 7225 3054;

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our storeys under Knightsbridge, something like a Bond villain’s lair awaits the weary traveller. This luxury labyrinth in oak, onyx and vicenza stone is where Chris, my therapist, vigorously maps out my nervous system. He tugs and rubs at my muscles and ever so gently introduces my limbs to

angles I hadn’t thought they were capable of. Herbal compresses of lemongrass and thyme glide up and down my back, soothing and lulling me into a distant reverie where I lose all sense of time and place and identity. The tensions and stresses of everyday disappear, and so do I, as two hours melt away into

the past. Be careful to tell people where you’ve gone – if you escape as effectively as I did, you won’t want to leave, and you might not remember where you live. By Simon Moore. Thai Escape Body Treatment, £250 for 120 minutes. Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, SW7, 020 7151 1010; bulgarihotels.com

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GOT IT NAILED If it’s good enough for Kate, it’s good enough for us. Salon Pro with Lycra comes in a range of shades and includes a gel finish for that all-important glorious shine. Up to 10 days chipresistant, with a precision maxi brush, why treat your nails with anything else? £4.49; uk.rimmellondon.com

BACKTYTO (BEAU ) SCHOOL Beauty expert Pia Stanchina on the health benefits of routine inally, the summer holidays are over! While I always wish they could last forever, I am relieved to re-enter the organized, scheduled trot of normal life. This sounds dull, but I love my Sunday night admin sessions. Silently sitting at my desk, planning away what we will eat the next week, going through bills, paying and filing them away with the latest status and date noted neatly at the top for future reference and noting in the kitchen calendar who needs to be where and when this coming week. What does this have to do with beauty, you ask? Everything, I say! During the holidays, I barely know which day it is, forget about scheduling beauty admin. Now, I am back to scheduled (yes, really) weekly facemasks, manicures and twice weekly baths – candle lit, with a hot cup of herbal tea and copious amounts of mineral salts and aromatherapy oils. My skin is glowing, my nails are in tiptop shape and my skin is silky smooth (as is my relaxed brow). To paraphrase Aristotle, we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence in grooming and beauty, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.

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BLEND AND MIX Boasting three blends – Enlivening, Unwinding, Balancing – BLEND Collective has recently launched at Heals. Featuring 100% pure essence oils for the ultimate treat in aromatherapy, we love the Balancing Soap, which ensures hands are left squeaky clean and full of moisture – no cracked knuckles here. Hurray! £9.50, Heals, 234 King’s Road, SW3; heals.co.uk

FIND YOUR FATE

After a new fragrance? ‘Fate of Woman’ by Amouage is the one to try – spicy accords to open, and frankincense, oakmoss and leather at the base. An odd-sounding combination, but the rich floral heart and oriental undertones of the perfume make it truly unique. 50 ml £200, Amouage Boutique, 14 Lowndes Street, SW1, 020 3031 9874; amouage.com

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Golden Cellular Facial with Byonik (the byonik healing cold laser is a revolutionary non-invasive treatment that stimulates collagen production and reduces wrinkles). There’s one for every skin type, so treat yourself to some joy and head down there. From £135, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1, 020 7893

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BEAUTY REVIEW

This month, don’t miss Dr Rita Rakus’ new Black Diamond Room at Grace Belgravia. Here you can try the awardwinning Pellevé treatment – a non-surgical procedure that gently heats deep layers of skin to tighten existing collegen and stimulate production. The result? An instantly younger look. 11c West Halkin St, SW1, 020 7235 8900; DrRitaRakus.com

KNOW YOUR H20

Did you know that water type can affect your hair? No, neither did we. So we love Area H2O, a specialist shampoo which attracts mineral ions that cause dryness, tangles etc. and simply washes them away. Sayonara mineral baddies, hello soft, lovely, sleek hair. Try it and see. Area H20 Hard, Medium or Soft Water Shampoo, £9.95 for 250ml; AreaH20.co.uk

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inspected my horrible mouth and – much to my delight – announced I had nothing wrong with my noshers at all! Then he gave them a delicate scrub (pearly whites, once again) and I was sent on my way. Charming clinic, charming staff, charming time. Do NOT go anywhere else. By Edwina Langley. 63a King’s Road, SW3, 020 7148 7148, thewellingtonclinic.com

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GO DOWN TO THE WOODS

Hendzel + Hunt tell Alexandra Jones about reclaimed cabinets and clever handcrafting

Everyone is really catching on to that thing of reclaimed timber and the charm it has, so now it costs almost more than new wood. Sometimes people are like ‘you’ve found that, it’s reclaimed, why is it more expensive?’ Well, because it takes so much more time. First to check for contaminants and foreign bodies like metal and then to try and keep the character. You don’t just cut the length there, you’re dissecting the timber to get a better pattern and a better finish.’

I’m at the Peckham studio of bespoke furniture designers Jan Hendzel and Oscar Hunt (dusty, loud, full of wooden odds and ends, just what you’d expect), they’re telling me about what it takes to make new furniture from old wood and quite frankly, I’m out of my depth. Woodwork was my worst school subject, I’m not 100% certain what ‘reclaiming’ wood entails and I don’t actually own any furniture. What I do know is that the things that they make, all by hand from those odds and ends of wood that surround us now (odds and

ends that used to be floorboards or pallets or roof joists) are intricate, elegant and wonderfully clever. They met six years ago whilst working for ‘the same sketchy cabinet maker’ who one day decided to follow his dream and move to the country. ‘He said he was leaving London and not renewing his contracts. Suddenly we had no building, no machines but still one job to do. After a lot of deliberation and searching we found this place.’ Using the deposit from their one job, they paid for six month’s rent on the

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signature range, using our local area as resource and inspiration. Waste materials are sourced from the streets and yards of SE15 and transformed into elegant and highly desirable furniture, which are imbued with their own stories informing the design process. The results hold intrigue and character, alongside a high level of craftsmanship, showcasing what can be achieved within small batch production. This has brought us a lot of interest and lots of fabulous commissions too.

studio we sit in now, ‘basically all the money we made - gone. But we had an amazing space so we just went for it, fully naive. I suppose it was the best way, if we’d really considered what it takes to set a business up then it would never had happened.’ Their USP - bespoke, handcrafted, up-cycled - happened, then, in part out of necessity and in part as a result of the resoundingly positive responses they got to their first collection, ‘Made in Peckham’. ‘We got a lucky link with The Shop at Bluebird, they loved the idea of ‘Made in Peckham’ on the King’s Road.’ Jan and Oscar’s statement piece for the shop - a dining table with a striking tree centrepiece that blended seamlessly up out from the table top - was shown at Design Week, then sold within two days. ‘Now it’s in New York, which is the most amazing kind of start. That’s when we really got the strength to

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This was a commission we won. A magical adventure in an incredible botanical gardens in the south of France. An amazing opportunity for the whole team to get out of the workshop and build a fully working boat utilising traditional green woodworking techniques. She sailed and is now a permanent sculpture for the gardens.

01 their work more widely recognised, this attention to narrative and storytelling, to making things that inspire wonder and spark conversation, will undoubtedly serve Hendzel and Hunt well. If for no other reason than it means those of us who failed woodwork can still talk about their brand and their pieces as if we know a thing or two.

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06 go: right this is what we want, good stories, good products, beautiful timber, beautiful joinery. We need to make it work.’ Since then they’ve built a brand that is synonymous with style and craftsmanship on the one hand and sustainability on the other. ‘Much of the thrill that people get from our work is to do with providence, the narrative behind the wood. When you can say, this bit is Victorian and came from a local bank, it becomes a talking point.’ As their clients get bigger (they’re working on more and more corporate projects, adding personality to clinical spaces) and

This is iconic Hendzel + Hunt from our first ever London Design Festival (2012). We created and launched ‘Made in Peckham’, our

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24hr Design Challenge

The challenge is based on our ethos of locality and craftsmanship [a group of designers are challenged to complete a design and make project in 24 hours]. The Duchess of Peckham was a complete success of a project from our first ever 24hr design challenge.

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An amazing trip in the style of our 24hr Design Challenge. We had 6 days to create whatever we wanted

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WE GOT A LUCKY LINK WITH THE SHOP AT BLUEBIRD, THEY LOVED THE IDEA OF ‘MADE IN PECKHAM’

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A project using only workshop scraps (the majority from pallet). We love this one because it highlights the quality and beauty of the different woods in pallets. This is also an ongoing project, part of ‘Made in Peckham’.

for a workshop at UnBox Festival in New Delhi. We had an incredible adventure sourcing bits from around the city. We made a table and 12 stools for the British Council New Delhi, using old tiles, bike chains and scraps of timber.

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Created for the Creative Director of the Old Vic theatre, this watch cabinet was one of the first really high end pieces we have crafted and it was for a very special owner. As with all great cabinets it has clandestine spaces and great attention to detail.

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Inspired by both ‘Made in Peckham’ and the 24hr Design Challenge, Selfridges commissioned us to make an advent calendar cabinet. 24 hidden compartments all with working wooden locks and padlocks, including wooden springs and a central combination lock. This project nearly killed us! It was such a mad timescale for so much detail and so many hidden secrets.

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Earlham WALLPAPER in special colourway on Sung Blue Williamsburg, £694 a panel, De Gournay. Fionn shaped upholstered HEADBOARD with Wearstler Collection fringing, kingsize, £1,925, Ensemblier. Smokey blue linen SATEEN by Sequana, £106 per metre, Tissus d’Helene. Khumbu BLANKET in yellow, £1,100, Rose Uniacke. Crushed linen double DUVET in white £265; Crushed linen double SHEET in white £120; Crushed linen PILLOWCASES in white, £45 each, all Volga Linen. Dahlia, saffron/champignon linen, hand embroidered CUSHIONS, £760, Vanderhurd. Calia table LAMP, £282, Michael Reeves. Vintage Adana Kilim RUG, £1,095, The Rug Company. Roman CHAIR in beech, £3,750, Howe London. Rulhman wine TABLE in oak, £950, Jamb. Small white hanging LANTERN, £1,920, Rose Uniacke. Arlington tassel TIE BACK in blue, £255, Colefax & Fowler.

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FAR LEFT Mountains Above Clouds WALLPAPER on gold gilded paper, £509 per panel, De Gournay. Hope CHAIR, in oak with hand stitched horse hair saddle seat, upholstered in goatskin, £2,853, Howe London. 19th century arts and crafts TABLE in ash wood, £2,200, Dean Antiques.George II giltwood LOOKING-GLASS in the manner of William Kent, original bevelled glass, £5,000, Ossowski. Hermes bleu d’ailleurs TEAPOT £323; TEA CUP & SAUCER £119; COFFEE CUP & SAUCER, £101, from Thomas Goode. LEFT OWL LIGHT, £1,232, Collier & Webb. The Milne LAMP with Ikat SHADE, £500, Soane. ABOVE Kiso Mountains WALLPAPER on statue India tea paper, £805 per panel, De Gournay. Italian Settle SOFAS upholstered in Argento silk velvet, £4,965, De Gournay. Hardwicke buttoned-top OTTOMAN, £1,528, Dudgeon. Hoof occasional TABLE, £2,640, Rose Uniacke. Hoof occasional TABLE with marble top, £2,640, Rose Uniacke. Atlas, charcoal, hand embroidered CUSHION, £640; Flower cut out,coral/moonstone linen, hand printed CUSHION, £220; Criss + cross, cream/charcoal linen, hand embroidered CUSHION, £500; Berber zig zag, saffron/champignon linen, hand embroidered CUSHION, £760, all from Vanderhurd. Aqua sari silk klimt RUG, £8,004, Luke Irwin. Cluster column LAMP BASE, £1,264; Cream SHADE, £115, Collier & Webb. Hermes bleu d’ailleurs TEA CUP & SAUCER, £119, Thomas Goode. Casey Moore PICTURE framed by Campbells of London. FLOWERS by Nikki Tibbles,Wild at Heart

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L’Eden WALLPAPER on custom red scenic xuan paper, £1,554 per panel, De Gournay. Livia shaped upholstered HEADBOARD with antiqued studs, kingsize, £1,925, Ensemblier. Coral nappa leather, £15.92 per sq ft, Howe Fabrics. Urn-shaped plaster table LAMP with orange cotton LAMPSHADE, £2,400 for the pair, Talisman. Dark grey linen double DUVET COVER, £258; Dark grey and light grey linen standard PILLOWCASE, £43.20, both from Larusi. Traquair bright cashmere THROW, rust, £475, Johnstons of Elgin. Asan ruby hand woven DHURRIE, £695, The Rug Company Studio Collection. Essential support double divan BED set from Myers, £299, Furniture Village. Gueridon pattes de lion, Flower cut out, coral/moonstone linen, hand printed CUSHION, £220, Vanderhurd. SIDE TABLE with lion feet, £13,249.99, Marc de Berny. Victorian hall CHAIR, mahogany, £1,200 for the pair, Hawker Antiques. Gloria TRAY, £390, Hermes. STYLISTS: Tara Craig & Emma Storey PHOTOGRAPHER: Natalie Dinham WITH THANKS TO: Rachel Cecil Gurney and White Van Gentlemen.STOCKISTS: campbellsoflondon.co.uk/colefax.com/ collectionpierre.com/collierwebb.com/deanantiques.co.uk/degournay.com/dudgeonsofas.com/ensemblierlondon.com/furniturevillage.co.uk/hawkerantiques.com/uk.hermes.com/ howelondon.com/jamblimited.com/johnstonscashmere.com/larusi.com/lukeirwin.com/michaelreevesassociates.co.uk/ossowski.co.uk/soane.co.uk/talismanlondon.com/tcraig.co.uk/therugcompany.com/ thomasgoode.com/tissusdhelene.co.uk/vanderhurd.com/virginiawhite.co.uk/whitevangentlemen.com/wildatheart.com

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OSSOWSKI

Ossowski specialise in fantastic mirror frames. Their antique pieces are from the 18th century (when the best mirror frames were designed) and they will also hand carve and gild a bespoke mirror to your exact measurements. 83 Pimlico Road, SW1, 020 7730 3256; ossowski .co.uk

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THE TRADING ROOM

. . .interior alchemy Lands and centuries travelled, fine elements sought out, selected and gathered, all at The Trading Room. 215 Munster Road, SW6, 020 7386 7522; thetradingroom.me

DESIGNS FOR THE BEST HOME FURNISHINGS, LOOK NO FURTHER...

CHRISTOPHE EDWARDS

Pair of superb coral laquer armchairs in the Chinese taste. Paris Circa 1920, in the manner of Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux, who was designing in Paris at that time. Core One, The Gasworks, 2 Michael Road , SW6, 020 7384 0268; christopheedwards.com

OUT OF THE DARK

Out of the Dark is a social enterprise that recycles, restores and revamps pre 1970s furniture as a means to train, educate and employ disadvantaged youngsters. Young people are taught dying crafts such as french polishing, restoration, caning, reupholstery, by retired crafts people in the historic epicentre of British furniture manufacture. Then they apply their skills to design commissioned furniture pieces or furniture sold through such prestigious shops as Heal’s. 01494 550286; outofthedark.org.uk

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PICTURE: ANTONY ARMCHAIR BY JEAN PROUVÉ 1954, POA, COURTESY OF GALERIE DOWNTOWN, FRANCE. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIE CLÉRIN

INTERIORS PAVILION OF ART AND DESIGN (PAD) PAD is London’s leading fair for 20th century art, design and decorative arts. We are featuring pieces from three international galleries exhibiting this year, whose designers use skilled craftsmanship. 16-20 October, Berkeley Square, W1; pad-fairs.com

INTERIOR

INSPIRATIONS RHODES RUG

by Ralph Lauren Home Celebrating ‘30 Years of Iconic Design for the Home’, Ralph Lauren has certainly had presence over London’s Design Week. The rug featured below has a mesmerising pattern which has undoubtedly been inspired by Turkish designs, toned down to create a Mediterranean feel. £800, 105-109 Fulham Road, SW3, 020 7535 4600; ralphlaurenhome.com

DESIGNERS TARA CRAIG & EMMA STOREY SELECT THEIR PICKS FROM PAD LONDON

TABLE LAMP

by Pietro Chiesa 1938 for Fontana Arte Originally housed in a building by Italian architect Mollino in 1939, this surreal lamp with a sculpted hand is one of extraordinary design by Pietro Chiesa. Combining modernity with outstanding technical ability, this is definitely one to look out for at the fair. POA, Made of wood, plaster, mirrored glass and nickelled brass. Courtesy of 88 Gallery; 88-gallery.com. PAD London

RACKET CHAIR

2013 by The Campana Brothers Brazilian brothers Fernando and Humberto lead the way as the most cutting-edge designers from the emerging Brazilian market. ‘Circles’ chair from their latest collection is fun, with handicraft and experimentation equally at the forefront. POA, Made of brass tubes and woven nylon. Courtesy of Friedman Benda, USA. PAD London.

JAR TABLE 2004 by Eric Schmitt

ontemporary French designer Eric Schmitt aims to promote themes of enigma and intrigue through his pieces, whilst ensuring they retain their functionality. The initial

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impression we got of this table is that it was solely a work of design art with a playful form, yes? Not quite! Look closer and you will see how remarkably usable it is. What genius! POA, Edition of 8 in patinated bronze with marble top. Courtesy of Jean-Jacques Dutko, France. PAD London. For further interior ideas, visit Tara Craig at tcraig.co.uk

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HIGHLY DECORATED Award-winning Interior Designers, Intarya, reveal how they transformed this Belgravia Apartment

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full interior architectural and design scheme was required for this duplex apartment located within a grand house in Belgravia. The brief to design an elegant and comfortable home with an effortless informality was achieved with a gentle colour palette in neutral tones merged with deep hues and textures, whilst combining classical detailing with modern furniture, art and accessories. The internal hall was clad to stunning effect in floor to ceiling cut mirror panels. An Art Deco style console in a modern black lacquer finish with burnished silver surround sits beneath a beautiful, unframed photograph of an Andalusia horse. The mirror, soft recessed lighting and subtle tones give the space a sepia-like quality. Subtle lime washed wooden flooring completes the look and leads from the hallway right through the main reception. Painted warm stone walls and cornicing with dentil detailing complement the strong architectural form of the carved Portland stone chimney piece of the main reception, typifying the designs of Inigo Jones. The flat fronted jambs with their scrolling capitals reflect their Palladian influence, whilst the burnished grate is of an early Regency design. Above hangs a mirror reminiscent of the Regency

THE INTERNAL HALL WAS CLAD TO STUNNING EFFECT IN FLOOR TO CEILING CUT MIRROR PANELS

period with its circular and convex mirror, modernised with simplified detailing and hand-painted. Either side of the fireplace within the wall recesses are a pair of modern paintings. Blocks of colour in gold, black and bronze surround the sketched figures of the female form, framed in antique gold and silver. Modern nickel picture lights, subtly light each painting. As if admiring the artwork, tall, slim Giacometti-like figurine bronze sculptures stand animated upon simple bronze consoles with black stone tops and gold veining. Two nickel floor lamps with oval black pleated

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shades guard either side of the fireplace. Beautifully symmetrical, each piece stands reflected, only the vases at one end of the mantel are placed in a sculptural irregularity. Two deep soft suede upholstered sofas with dark stained timber bases are covered with textural cushions of pleated silk, beading and trims in bitter chocolate and bronze. Between the two seats a large beautifully veneered high gloss zebrano coffee table with distressed silver detailing. Cut glass and silver carafes, bone and silver boxes, books and a sculptural textured bowl are placed in exacting

positions of equidistance upon the table. Two round-buttoned stools allow for additional low level seating maintaining a seamless view across the room. Opposite the fireplace, an impressive 1940’s style antiqued mirror arranged in panels with silver moulding and bronze studs has been carefully positioned to reflect the light and space. A delicious deep-buttoned chocolate soft leather sofa covered in textural cushions sits beneath. A more asymmetrical layout to this side of the room, two different style side tables appear either side of the sofa carrying grand bronze table lamps with cast leaf pattern.

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A streamlined integrated AV system in dark stained wooden paneling with fine bronze shagreen detailing and nickel ironmongery stands along one wall. By the window, a modern wing chair sits upright against Thai silk bronze curtains bordered in a black silk and pooled gently on to the floor. The long elegant funnel headings hang from black painted poles with nickel finials and rings. French headed sheers hang softly behind. Large silk rugs with a ripple pattern lay beneath both seating areas. An unusual ottoman with combined coffee table is central to the space, upholstered in suede with traditional fringe skirt,

whilst the table has a modern black lacquer finish. Formality and grandeur were brought to the open plan kitchen/ dining room by using a dramatic contrast of light and dark in opulent textures and finishes. An impressive floor to ceiling wall mosaic of Bonaparte adds drama to the space. Beautifully shaped dining chairs with splay legs and wing arms in contrasting crushed velvets with silver nailing detail sit along the rectangular dining table of dark stained wood. On the other side a slim elegant curved banquette upholstered in a subtle patterned wool cloth. A Murano chandelier hangs above the table with 16 classic

TWO ROUNDBUTTONED STOOLS ALLOW FOR ADDITIONAL LOW LEVEL SEATING MAINTAINING A SEAMLESS VIEW ACROSS THE ROOM

shaped arms and black silk shades formed into a modern rectangle with bright nickel base. Walls of warm grey with white painted cornicing and ceilings enhance the sense of height. The luxurious understated finishes of white marble flooring, dark honed slate work surfaces, and glossy white cabinets combined with the classic architectural detailing and modern furnishings bring a timeless elegance to the space.

INTARYA 8 Albion Riverside, 8 Hester Road, SW11 020 7349 8020 • intarya.com

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Christophe Edwards’ and Andrew Webb’s gallery has the atmosphere of an artist’s studio. The showroom displays an eclectic mix of carefully selected furniture, pictures, objects and sculpture. All items have been chosen, in whatever medium they may come, for their integrity, exceptional design and quirky individuality. Consequently, the gallery has become a fruitful hunting ground for top interior designers from the UK, Europe and the U.S.A 

TEL/FAX: 020 7384 0268 MOB: 07831 707 043 www.christopheedwards.cominfo@christopheedwards.com Core One (9 of London’s top dealers) The Gasworks, Michael Road, London SW6 2AD (Free Parking)

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TABLE LAMP

Matching table lamps with piped shades are an elegant addition. £155, OKA, 155 Fulham Road, SW3, 020 7581 2574; okadirect.com

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LOOK DESIGNER LUCY POWLES’ STYLE TIPS FOR A TOP DRAWING ROOM

ARMCHAIR

CUSHION

The chrome angular arms make this chair very contemporary and complement the room’s symmetry. £1,850, Andrew Martin, 198-200 Walton Street, SW3, 020 7225 5100; andrewmartin.co.uk

VASE

An exceptional crystal vase reflects light and injects instant glamour. £935 by Baccarat, Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1, 020 7730 1234; harrods.com

Cushions create a sumptuous atmosphere and different textures achieve depth. £130, Allegra Hicks, 2 Michael Road, SW6, 020 7736 1372; allegrahicks.com

PICTURE FRAME

Picture frames, especially silver ones, go well with chrome details. £195, Louise Bradley, Kimbolton Row, SW3, 020 7589 1442; louisebradley.co.uk

INTERIOR DESIGNER: Lucy Powles for Cocovara Design, 020 7245 0203; cocovara.com

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CANDLE

Oversized candles function well as sweet-smelling centrepieces. £40, Katharine Pooley, 160 Walton Street, SW3, 020 7584 3223; katharinepooley.com

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FOODRESTAURANT &TRAVEL Edwina Langley digs deep in Pétrus

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étrus. Think Ramsay (Gordon) think Wareing (Marcus), think a culinary marriage made in heaven, followed by a culinary divorce made in Hell’s kitchen. Whilst Ramsay retained the name, moving the restaurant to Kinnerton Street, Wareing claims to have retained its ‘essence’, infusing it into his own venture at The Berkeley. I love a tale of culinary crossknives, so off I went for dinner with my friend, Miss Right (who I’ve never fought with for she is never wrong).

Now run by Head Chef Sean Burbidge, Pétrus is a very different restaurant to that which it was, though it seems frightened to make this a statement. Take the interiors. Remarkably understated for a joint wishing to stand as the ‘new’ Pétrus. Similarly, the layout. Tables line the periphery of the room, as if afraid to venture out into the middle and proclaim that: ‘YES. WE ARE TABLES.’ Strangely emphasising this is its atmosphere. At nearly three quarters full, it was quiet; the quiet that only comes after a massive showdown...

That said, the staff couldn’t have been friendlier (the sommelier especially) and the menu couldn’t have looked more delicious. No one could leave Pétrus hungry, not least when you are offered a pre-pre starter (an amuse-bouche of miniature foie gras sandwiches) and a prestarter (baked potato jelly with floating crunchy crispy bits). Then came the actual starters. Miss Right opted for Pan-fried Sea Scallops, which were delish (perhaps a little overdone for me, but perfect for her) and I opted for the Slow Poached Breast of Pigeon with Confit Leg and Pickled Beetroot – an autumnal plate, colourful and wonderfully juicy. Next up, the Fillet of Casterbridge Beef and Bone Marrow for Miss Right – rich and seriously good – and the Roasted Lobster Tail, Farfalle Pasta with Charred Leek for me; a real once-every-six-month buttery treat. Of course a break was needed between main and pudding, and by break, I mean cheese. A stellar selection. But the pièce de résistance, was the

pudding. Or rather my pudding: the Chocolate Sphere – which should be renamed ‘The Bomb’, because it was. A thin chocolate sphere encased cracked honeycomb, chocolate mousse and a perfect ball of milk ice cream. Glistening hot chocolate sauce was then poured decadently over. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. Miss Right, suffering from lactose intolerance (which the restaurant accommodated in a very impressive way) had coconut sorbet, which she enjoyed so much she had seconds. As I said, the staff were heavenly. I do so wish Ramsay hadn’t won the battle for ‘Pétrus’, for the restaurant at Kinnerton Street warrants a different identity. A newer, forwardthinking name, that leaves behind past battles and revels in the delicious nature of the restaurant’s present.

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hen my companion and I set off for dinner at Earl’s Court’s elite restaurant Garnier, we have visions of civilized, chic French dining with the odd escargot thrown in for effect. Initially, all was as expected – we enter serene cream, red and mirror lined interiors and take a seat among a select group of distinguished diners who clearly know a thing or two about serious food. Our French waiter is a genial host and it all seems rather grown up and innocuous. Little did we know what Head Chef

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Andreas Engberg (formerly from Racine in Knightsbridge) had in store. After a few sips of exquisite Gevrey Chambertin 2008, our starters appear. A mysterious mound of beautifully garnished batter is placed under my companion’s nose. What is it? A calf’s brain to be exact. When spoken in French, its title – ‘Beignet de Cervelle de Veau, Oeuf de Canard’ – sounds delicious. But this overtly distracts from the terrifying nature of the dish, much like its perfectly crisp golden batter. My companion approaches it tentatively; eyes agog, cutlery aquiver. To my surprise, his eyes close in sheer delight at the delicacy’s rich flavour and gentle texture, which is complemented by the oozing duck egg. In awe (and polite horror), I cling to my comparatively tame dish - Warm Goat’s Cheese, Aubergine Caviar, Mixed Leaves and Basil. As a recent goat’s cheese convert, I’m in at the deep end with this one as it comes with a punchy, goaty kick. I relish the accompanying aubergine – soothingly silky. This restaurant is France on a plate. Even the crunchy French stick in our breadbasket tastes of ‘90s family holidays in the sunbaked Dordogne. Our nostalgic feast cranks up to another level when our Filet de Boeuf au Poivre appears. Cooked to pink perfection and proudly presented on a throne of potato, the king of French dishes stuns us both into silence. Our knives glide through the tender fillet studded with hot peppercorns that pop on the palate and add a piquant punch. We round off our

meal with crème brûlée which is served in true text book fashion. Perhaps a little too rich and cloying post brain and beef, but delicious nonetheless. This dining experience is not for the faint-hearted. Owners Eric and Didier Garnier have created a restaurant that arouses the epicurean appetite even in its most sophisticated diners. I watch as the couple next to us tear into their lobster and oysters with abandon. With our actual brains merrily soaked in fine wine, we step onto the Earl’s Court Road disorientated and smiling – forgetting we aren’t in the depths of France. Garnier has made Earl’s Court so much more than a tube stop.

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VENISON & BRAMBLE SAUCE SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS 4 Venison steaks (or beef fillet steaks) • Olive oil • Salt and black pepper SAUCE 150g (5½ oz) Blackberry conserve 150ml (¼ pint) Port • 1 tbsp Red wine vinegar • Juice of ½ a lemon • Black pepper GARNISH Watercress or chopped flat leaf parsley

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reenwood Grange is idyllically set at the heart of Thomas Hardy country, just a brief drive from the Jurassic Coast and home to some of the UK’s most beautiful beaches. It’s a fantastic location – but even if you’re not looking to explore the area there’s ample entertainment at the Grange itself. It’s a converted farm that offers 16 holiday cottages on a spacious, green site and we stayed in one of a series of small but cosy two-bedroom cottages located around a central courtyard and backing onto a large lawn. Within seconds of arriving, our children have vanished, having sniffed out an entire play field complete with swings, trampoline and a marvellous yurt filled with toys beyond their wildest dreams. They emerge in full fancy dress to stroke the friendly Shetland ponies that live at the end of the field – all this before we’ve even found the pool. Yes, there’s an indoor pool here, perfect for a morning dip before you head to the

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HAMPSHIRE e are shown to a room named Old Spot and find personalised pig-shaped biscuits on our pillows. Why? This is The Pig, of course, the New Forest country house hotel that has become so popular that it’s spawned a second piglet nearby and is soon to open another two hoggish hotels further afield. Technically this is not a family destination – it’s more of a foodie place with its own kitchen garden, smoke house and resident quails, pigs and chickens, as well as a philosophy of foraging and sourcing all its ingredients from a 25 mile radius. But of the 26 delightful bedrooms, two are family rooms and if you can bag yourself one of them, your children will be in for a treat. Squeals of delight erupt from the kids when they find not only a bunk

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bed but also a television in their room, but they’re easily persuaded to leave it when outside there are real pigs to marvel at and a supersized swing on the lawn. This is a stylish outpost for urbanites chasing the rural idyll, all tasteful shades of green and grey and a dining room that’s full of plants, herbs in pots, colourful Spanish tiles and views over the vast lawn where children can play croquet while you take advantage of the fantastic menu (more pig here: we order a Bath Tap pigs cheek, Hampshire chorizo and pulled pork toast, alongside a designated menu for ‘piglets’). The restaurant is the main attraction – the place describes itself as ‘really a restaurant with rooms’ – so be prepared for a feast. • The Pig, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7QL • 0845 779 494 • thepighotel.com

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FOOD&TRAVEL rolling down the mountainside until they were exhausted, and then one by one we’d fallen asleep telling stories around the fire. And it was glamorous. The Dolomites, the mountain range in Northern Italy where the cabin lies, are a pristine wilderness – think Heidi, but with Michelin-starred restaurants and you’ve got it. The alpine slopes were in their summer glory, a mass of flowers and cascading streams – quite the setting – and the log cabin itself, despite lacking mod cons, was a beautiful thing crammed with other beautiful things: soft blankets, bathrobes and candles. The cabin is an outpost of The Rosa Alpina where we were staying in nearby San Cassiano. The hotel has a couple of these traditional huts, way up on the slopes, that guests are free to use. The previous evening a porter had delivered everything we needed for a spectacular banquet: marinated steaks and chops, part-cooked aubergines and artichoke hearts for the barbecue along with endless salads and sides, a spectacular strudel and a couple of bottles of wine that I’d taken some pleasure in choosing from their extensive cellars. They’d offered to send a chef up too, but the kids all wanted to help with the cooking so I lit the torch paper on the outdoor range and 20 minutes later we were cooking in the free world: appetites sharpened by fresh air and exercise, the warmth of the fire in the twilight, not a soul for miles around. It was the feast of a lifetime. After breakfast in the morning (also brought up by the porter) we wandered down the hillside, stopping at one of the many adventure playgrounds that pepper the area. The tourist infrastructure in Alta Badia, the immediate local area, is extensive without ever intruding on the natural beauty of the mountain range (the Dolomites are a World Heritage Site).

In winter, it’s a world-class ski resort but the cable cars, bars and restaurants all run throughout the summer months too, and unlike many tourist destinations, it really works all year round. It’s paradise for kids. Children never tire of basic, elemental stuff: splashing around in mountain streams, poking fires, looking for bears. That’s why I wanted to bring them here, for a big slice of nature. It’s one of those places that would be fine even if there was no organised activity – but there is so much to do. Mountaineering was a big hit. The guide came to meet us at the hotel, dug out climbing shoes and harnesses for everybody and half an hour later I watched my nine-year-old scale a vertical cliff face like a spider. Even the four-year-old got half way up the sheer mountainside before abseiling down. Once the kids had been up and down a couple of times I had a go – they were much better at it than I was but I’m not sure who enjoyed it the most. And that was the best thing about Alta Badia. Its delights are universal. I’m not sure who was happier in the spa at Rosa Alpina, the three-year-old or her mother. Rosa Alpina is a very rare thing, a spectacular hotel that has been in the same family for generations. It felt like home, largely due to the diligence of Hugo Pizzinini, the current proprietor who was always in evidence. The family touch makes it feel small and friendly but is big enough to have all the bells and whistles – one of the restaurants has two Michelin stars and there’s a fullon spa. It’s exquisite in every detail but what really set it apart was the service. There was always somebody making a helpful face, puffing up a pillow or asking if we needed anything. We stayed in the penthouse with a key operated lift that, to the children’s endless delight, opened directly into the room.

The best definition of holidays I’ve ever heard is ‘any time you put on weight’ but we walked so much we all came back looking pretty buff, despite gorging ourselves. One of the best walks was up to Scotoni – about a mile vertically and roughly three along. We were ravenous by the time we got to the restaurant hallway up the mountainside, a simple hut knocking out dazzling barbecued mixed grills, polenta and pasta – the simple wholesome food at which the Italians excel. I don’t think it is possible to get bad food anywhere in Italy, or at least you’d have to try very hard. There are twenty Michelin stars in Alta Badia. We only managed to tick off the two at St Hubertus, one of the restaurants at Rosa Alpina. I can only take a napkin wafting, chair-pushing-in type affair once or twice a year, but it was bliss to put the kids to bed with the babysitter, walk into the hushed dining room and whisper candlelit conversations. We had the ‘chef’s special’ and it certainly was, with all the psychotic attention to detail that is historically the hallmark of haute cuisine: minuscule carrots and teeny rack of suckling pig. One of the countless courses came with six vintages of a local wine to taste, just a mouthful of each. An embarras de richesses if you will, but then that’s the area in a nutshell. We didn’t even get around to white water rafting, which was top of my list, or tandem hang gliding… Next time. 7 nights for the price of 6 at Rosa Alpina from £3840 per family, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing two Deluxe Double Rooms, including breakfast and return flights from London Gatwick to Innsbruck with Carrier (0161 492 1357; carrier.co.uk). For further information on Rosa Alpina, visit rosalpina.it. For further information on the area, visit the South Tyrol Tourist Board: suedtirol.info

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There In Spirit Want a mid-autumn spa and spiritual journey? Yes please! The Leela Palace in Udaipur, India, offers just that, with a choice of a three, five or seven day experience. Enjoy Ayurvedic spa treatments, astrology sessions, private yoga lessons, even treks to the Karni Maata Temple, the holy Jain temples at Ranakpur and the historic Kumbhalgarh fort. All that set in Rajasthan’s most magical landscape makes it one of this season’s most relaxing getaways. From £1,087 per person in a Lake View Room with breakfast. heleela.com

Happy Glamper Half Term is nearly upon us and rather than jetting off somewhere exotic, it might be nice to stay at home. People talk about ‘camping’ and one shivers in one’s skin, but why not try ‘glamping’? Mill Farm in Wiltshire offer guests the ultimate luxury ‘glamping’ holiday, including no soggy tents but luxurious canvas lodges, wood fire stoves, cool boxes, organic eggs, Wi-Fi… Excellent for children, this is a back-tonature experience you won’t forget – or regret. From £374; millfarmglamping.co.uk

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IMPERIAL WHARF COURTYARD HOUSE SW6 A penthouse with river views and exceptional outside space in the luxurious complex of Imperial Wharf adjacent to Chelsea Harbour. The flat also benefits from two underground parking spaces, 24 hour concierge and a lift. 2 reception rooms n 3 bedrooms n 3 bathrooms n Roof Terrace n Lift 24 hour concierge n Private parking n Energy efficiency: Band C

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CHELSEA CHEYNE PLACE SW3 A bright and spacious apartment in a beautiful period building located in the heart of Chelsea, with views over Chelsea Physic Gardens. Easy access to the Kings Road and its excellent local amenities.

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CHELSEA CRESSWELL GARDENS SW5 A beautifully refurbished apartment situated just off Old Brompton Road, close to local amenities. Open-plan reception room n Kitchen n 2 bedrooms n 2 bathrooms Private entrance n Private garden n Energy efficiency: Band D

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SOUTH KENSINGTON HARRINGTON GARDENS SW7 With its own private entrance and situated on this attractive street, this apartment on the lower ground floor of this period building offers scope for first time buyers and pied-a-terre seekers alike. Reception room

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IN THEIR OWN

WORDS BARCLAY MACFARLANE Partner at Strutt & Parker, Fulham Photography: Rebecca Noonan

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y path to becoming an agent was a rather smooth one. I had no particular aspirations of becoming an estate agent, but after finishing my degree course I began to consider my career options. Following a brief stint working for a firm of commodity brokers in the City, I found that I enjoyed working in a sales environment. I then decided I would try my hand at estate agency. I started soon after at a national brand based in Tower Hill and after three years building my knowledge and experience, I set my sights on Prime Central and joined Lane Fox, who in 2007 merged with Strutt and Parker. It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made, and my working life is now filled with diversity and excitement. No two days are ever the same. In the last seven years at Strutt & Parker Fulham I’ve witnessed some of the industry’s best and toughest markets in recent memory. From the build up to the peak in 2007 to the more recent post Lehman Brothers fall out, it’s been quite something. During this time our Fulham office has weathered the storm and now we are witnessing record prices on an almost daily basis. Parsons Green is a great place to work; it is the epicentre of Fulham, which in itself continues to grow and develop. It is vibrant and friendly here, and that coupled with the appealing period architecture is now attracting more buyers than ever before. Of course much of this recent activity is coming from European buyers, particularly the French, who are flocking here in their droves to join an already established community. They are, understandably, attracted to Fulham because of its fantastic schools such as the L’ecole Marie

d’Orliac, and the cosmopolitan lifestyle the area has to offer. The Fulham Road has a wonderful selection of independent boutique shops such as Indian Summer and Emma Bridgewater. Fulham is also full of green spaces to go for a stroll, with the towpath along the river and the new look Bishops Park, it’s no wonder so many families are drawn to the area. Fulham has changed hugely since I came here. Only a couple of years ago 20% of our sales were to foreign buyers - that figure is now more like 50%. It is because of international investment that prices now being achieved here are at record levels. Of course, the low interest rates are helping as well. The bottom line is this: Fulham represents good value compared to down the road in the Royal Borough, where you still have to pay at least double for the same amount of space. Fulham continues to achieve record prices and sales values are up 15% this year so far. It’s not just the well-known locations around Parsons Green which are attracting huge interest. The new Riverside developments have totally transformed areas like Sands End, which appeals greatly to young buyers because of its vibrant atmosphere. The fact remains that there is still a shortage of good housing stock in the area, and I can’t see this changing anytime soon. With an influx of new buyers, who are being priced out of other parts of more central London, it looks like a rosy time ahead for SW6!

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Portland Road, W11

£3,700,000 for sale

Three Bedroom Maisonette For Sale On Portland Road This stunning three storey apartment offers superb accommodation throughout. The generous reception room and open plan kitchen benefits from eight large windows and offers an abundance of natural light. throughout the principal rooms.

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Onslow Square, SW7

£1,450 per Week

Two Bedroom Flat For Rent On Onslow Square

Beautifully refurbished first floor two bedroom apartment in a red brick period building. The reception room enjoys high ceilings with period features and is South facing.

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Prime Purchase

Vendor Advice Valuations

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he valuation of a property is not an exact science and opinions will vary. The biggest factor an agent should rely on is comparable evidence, taking into consideration the size, condition, location, lease length, ceiling height and outside space. Other factors to take into account are noise from neighbouring bars or the tube, and what floor number it is, if an apartment. A pound per square foot is worked out and applied to the size of the property and an experienced agent, having sold many in the area, will have an accurate gut feeling on the market price. It is human nature to think your property is worth more, but a senior valuer should be able to provide you with evidence to back up his/her conclusion. A higher price is not always a good thing. It is important to note that an overpriced property on the market will normally stick for a while whilst the market catches up. Although the vendor may be happy to wait, it will quickly become stale and a price reduction should be recommended. Overpricing a property therefore wastes time for both the vendor and the agent, and should be avoided at all costs.

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orgo Le Vaglie is a unique project, the vision of Italian developers, Pagus, to create six luxury villas on 52 hectares of unspoiled beautiful Tuscan countryside. Once a farming estate owned by the Zuppardo family, the site enjoys perfect panoramic views of the gentle landscape and the historic cultural city of Arezzo is a short 15 minute drive away. The location is convenient for visiting the cultural centres of Siena, Florence,

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Six villas are available off-plan through Beauchamp Estates, Florence

Assisi and Perugia and has access to the international airports at Pisa and Florence. When completed, Borgo Le Vaglie will offer six individual villas, each with their own guest house and private swimming pool. All the residences will be designed in keeping with traditional Tuscan style using authentic materials. Furthermore, each client will have the opportunity to be involved in the design and selection of bespoke features and finishes to suit their personal preference and lifestyle.

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Tasso Road, W6

£1,150 per week

An impressive and outstanding property that has been newly renovated throughout and provides superb interiors and a high quality finish. Unfurnished and available immediately. EPC Rating C. Five Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms (One En-Suite), En-Suite Shower Room, Cloakroom, Double Reception Room, Kitchen/Dining/Family Room, Garden.

Prothero Road, SW6

Rainville Road, W6

A four bedroom house in need of modernisation with the potential to extend, STPP, located in Central Fulham close to both Fulham Broadway and Parsons Green underground stations. EPC Rating E.

An extremely well presented two double bedroom garden flat located close to the River Thames as well as to the shopping and transport amenities of Hammersmith Broadway. EPC Rating D.

Four Double Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms, Reception Room, Kitchen, Garden

Two Double Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms (One En-Suite), Open Plan Reception Room/Kitchen, Garden

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For Landlords INSURANCE

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oth Landlords and Tenants need insurance when renting properties. Tenants should simply have adequate cover for their possessions. For Landlords it’s slightly more complicated – in regard to Buildings Insurance, cover should continue at the Landlord’s expense through any Tenancy – if the property is mortgaged, the mortgage will almost certainly be subject to buildings insurance. For Landlord Contents Insurance, we would always recommend at least minimal cover. Landlords should check with their provider as to whether cover is offered for properties that are Tenanted (particularly if the property has been their home). Tenants typically pay a deposit against dilapidation of around 6 weeks rent, and Landlords should check with their agent what arrangements are being made for the inventory and check-in. The Landlord’s agent could be seen as biased in favour of the Landlord, hence the importance to have a professional document drawn up. It’s worth asking your agent to see a typical inventory, nearly all will include photos and are really very extensive in detailing cleanliness, and wear and tear. Landlords might also be interested in specialist Landlords insurance policies offering Rent Guarantee and Legal Protection. The level of cover and the small print can vary from provider to provider so it’s worth weighing the cost of the premium and level of cover given. For Landlords particularly, there is always an element of risk in letting properties out – a professional agent will advise you of any potential pitfalls and go to lengths to document everything very carefully to minimise your risk.

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A beautiful apartment situated in the heart of Chelsea.

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truly stunning apartment situated within a lovely complex which offers residents the ultimate in luxury living. The apartment boasts a stunning reception room, large bedroom, full modern bespoke bathroom and a kitchen. Further

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Mews Apartments, SW3 £2,700 Per Week

benefits include a weekly cleaning service, full access to a private gym, 24 hour security and concierge. Private members bar, dining facilities and chauffeur available at an extra charge. All bills are included. Available to rent on a short and long term basis.

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Elystan Place Chelsea SW3

A well presented four bedroom family home situated in the heart of Chelsea Green. Within walking distance of the ings road loane uare and outh ensington underground stations. The property bene ts from wooden floors neutral décor and two roof terraces. The house comprises three double bedrooms, single bedroom/ study, two bathrooms, reception room, separate kitchen and WC. Energy Rating D. 4 Bedrooms · Reception Room · Separate Kitchen · 2 Bathrooms · 2 Roof Terraces

£1450pw (£6,283.33 pcm) Available Now. Unfurnished.

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Grosvenor Square W1K

A two bedroom second floor (with lift) flat ideally situated in the heart of Mayfair. The flat has been refurbished to a high standard with great care taken to retain original period features. The flat is situated close to the shops, amenities and transport links of Mayfair and Green Park. Energy Rating D. 2 Bedrooms · Reception Room · Seperate Kitchen · 2 Bathrooms · Porter · Lift

£2,300 pw (£9,966.67 pcm). Available Now. Furnished.

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Cranley Gardens South Kensington

This charming garden flat on Cranley Gardens is approached via a secluded private patio garden and offers extremely quiet and secure accommodation. Large Reception Room with Dining Area · Double Bedroom · Kitchen · Bathroom · Patio garden · Access to Communal Gardens · EPC Rating D

Asking price £925,000 Share of Freehold

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An elegant house situated on this extremely attractive terrace with views across to St Paul’s Knightsbridge. The house is presented beautifully throughout and offers flexible accommodation and grand reception spaces. Just around the corner from Hyde Park and a short distance to Green Park and the world renowned shopping district of Knightsbridge, including Harrods and Harvey Nichols. M A S T E R B E D R O O M W I T H E N S U I T E B AT H R O O M , 5 FU R T H E R B E D R O O M S , B AT H R O O M , 2 S H OW E R R O O M S , 3 R E C E P T I O N R O O M S , D I N I N G R O O M , K I T C H E N / B R E A K FA S T R O O M , L A U N D R Y, VA U LT S , G A R D E N , TERR ACE .

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FREEHOLD £8,000,000 ANDREW EVERILL AE@BECTIVE.CO.UK CHELSEA OFFICE 020 7589 6 67 7

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An exceptional and highly individual house of great volume. Designed with over 7,500 sq ft of contemporary double and triple height accommodation with interconnecting reception rooms. Upper Cheyne Row is situated in the heart of ‘Old Chelsea’ between the King’s Road and the Thames River. 7 B E D R O O M S , 2 B AT H R O O M S O N E E N S U I T E , 4 S H OW E R R O O M S E N S U I T E , 5 R E C E P T I O N R O O M S , K I TC H E N / B R E A K FA S T R O O M , S A F E R O O M , W I N E R O O M , P L A N T R O O M , R O O F T E R R AC E , PAT I O GA R D E N , O F F S T R E E T PA R K I N G F O R T WO C A R S .

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A rare opportunity to acquire an unspoilt family house on the western side of this quiet street having both garden and roof terrace with the potential to extend subject to the necessary consents. Langton Street is a wide attractive street between the King’s Road and the Fulham Road, both offering a wonderful selection of shopping facilities, restaurants and bars. 6 B E D R O O M S , 2 B AT H R O O M S ( 1 E N S U I T E ) , C LOA K R O O M /S H OW E R R O O M , D O U B L E R E C E P T I O N R O O M , DINING ROOM , KITCHEN , GARDEN , ROOF TERR ACE .

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Surely one of the most distinguishable houses in Old Chelsea. An individual period house arranged over four floors with excellent living accommodation and a fantastic roof terrace built on the original site of Wrights Dairy. Old Church Street runs south of King’s Road to the river close to the many excellent restaurants and shops situated in this fashionable and sought after location. 4 B E D R O O M S , 2 B AT H R O O M S ( 1 E N S U I T E ) , D R E SS I N G R O O M , C LOA K R O O M , 2 R E C E P T I O N R O O M S , K I T C H E N / B R E A K F A S T R O O M , C O U R T YA R D , R O O F T E R R A C E , S H A R E D P A R K I N G .

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Period Perfection SYDNEY STREET CHELSEA SW3

FURNISHED £4,750 PER WEEK

A beautifully designed family house in the heart of Chelsea. This newly refurbished property maintains its original features, whilst being finished in a stunning contemporary style situated moments from the Fulham Road. 5 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 3 shower rooms (1 en suite), cloakroom, reception room, dining room/kitchen, office area, study, roof terrace, patio garden, garage. Energy Rating D.

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A charming well presented town house arranged over three floors with the benefit of a garage and south facing garden. Royal Hospital Road is close to Chelsea Embankment and Burton Court and a short walk away from the King’s Road. 3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, cloakroom, reception room, kitchen, dining area, garden, garage. Energy Rating F.

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Chelsea Living E LY S T A N P L A C E C H E L S E A S W 3

UNFURNISHED £1,350 PER WEEK

A family home with exceptional entertaining space and two terraces. The property benefits from being newly neutrally decorated and wooden floors. Elystan Place is close to Chelsea Green and located just off the King’s Road. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), reception room, kitchen, study, 2 roof terraces. Energy Rating D.

S O P H I E M U R R AY SSM@BECTIVE.CO.UK CHELSEA OFFICE 020 7589 6 67 7

Delightful Period Home

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COULSON STREET CHELSEA SW3

UNFURNISHED £1,250 PER WEEK

A beautifully presented Grade II listed period house which offers flexible accommodation with excellent reception space and pretty walled patio garden. The house is in a sought after street just off the King’s Road and close to all the shops, restaurants and transport links of Sloane Square. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception, kitchen/dining room, utility room/shower room, patio garden. Energy Rating E.

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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD Rochester Row, SW1P £950,000 Leasehold

An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House A superb, two bedroom, first and second floor period maisonette situated in the heart of Westminster. The apartment is presented to an is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to excellent standard throughout, with a wealth of character and further boasts a large decked roof terrace. The opportunity to extend the include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and roof space and out over the roof terrace exists, subject to gaining the relevant consents and regulations. brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | Two Bedroom Maisonette | Excellent Condition | Superb Location | Amazing Roof Terrace | Split Level Accommodation | Period Property over six acres of land

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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD Artillery Mansions, SW1H £800 Per Week Unfurnished

An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House An excellent apartment situated within a most charming building, offering three bedrooms, porter, parking and a fantastic reception is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to room. The building is located just off Victoria Street where a range of excellent amenities can be found, along with transport from Victoria include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and Station, St James’ or Westminster Underground. brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | Three Bedrooms | Two Bathrooms | Bright Reception With Dining Area | Porter | Popular Mansion Block, Within Easy Reach Of Various Transport over six acres of land Facilities

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Beyond your expectations

Fernhurst Road, SW6 A stunning five bedroom family home with large private garden in this popular residential street in the heart of Fulham. The house has excellent living accommodation on the ground floor and a full mansard extension. The nearest underground station is at Parsons Green. EPC: D

£2.400,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Formal Reception Room Extended Kitchen/Breakfast Room Five Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms Utility Cellar Guest Cloakroom Garden

Hamptons Fulham Lettings. 020 7717 5447 | Sales. 020 7717 5445

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Sloane Court East, SW3 ÂŁ2,950 per week Unfurnished A fantastic four bedroom house quietly situated in the heart of Chelsea. The property has the rare benefit of direct access to the elegant communal gardens and private garage. This family home has excellent entertaining space, high ceilings and staff accommodation. EPC: D

Smith Street, SW3 ÂŁ600 per week Furnished A lovely light and bright one bedroom apartment in the heart of Chelsea. Conveniently located ideally just off the Kings Road, all the shopping and travel amenities of Sloane Square make this property the ideal London flat. EPC:D

Hamptons Sloane Square Lettings. 020 7717 5483 | Sales. 020 7717 5481

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Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Redcliffe Square, SW10 ÂŁ79 5 per week Furnished A beautiful and bright two double bedroom apartment situated on the top two floors of this period conversion in SW10. The property has lovely views over the church on the communal square from the reception room and from the spacious decked terrace which is perfect for entertaining. EPC: E

Coleridge Gardens, SW10 ÂŁ750 per week Furnished A fantastic two bedroom, two bathroom apartment in SW10. The Kings Chelsea development benefits from gym, swimming pool and communal grounds with tennis courts. The apartment has been recently redecorated and would ideally suit a professional couple looking for modern living. EPC: C

Hamptons Chelsea Lettings. 020 7717 5433 | Sales. 020 7717 5431

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Victoria Square SW1W, £3,250 per week An exceptional residence over five storeys & interior designed throughout. EPC: E

The Atrium SW1P, £575 per week Two bedroom apartment with use of communal gym, gardens, porter and parking. EPC: B

Caxton Hall SW1H, £740 per week Beautiful two bedroom split level apartment moments from St James’ Park. EPC: D

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Beyond your expectations

Belvedere House SW1V, £800 per week Immaculately presented two bedroom riverside apartment. EPC: C

Carlisle Mansions SW1P, £1,395 per week Exceptional three bed apartment moments from Victoria Station. EPC: E

Romney House SW1P, £675 per week Stunning two bedroom apartment situated in the heart of Westminster. EPC: D

Emery Hill Street SW1P, £995 per week Bright and spacious three bedroom apartment in a convenient quiet location. EPC: C

Moreton Mews SW1V, £625 per week Charming Mews property close to Pimlico tube station & amenities. EPC: D

Hugh Street SW1V, £595 per week Wonderful period house ideally situated in the Pimlico Grid. EPC: E

Hamptons Pimlico and Westminster Lettings. 020 7717 5479 | Sales. 020 7717 5477

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Ask the Sales Experts

Our panel of professionals give you the edge in the property market

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Should I redecorate pre-sale?

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e are very particular when advising our clients on the presentation of their properties prior to marketing, and consider the appearance and condition to be one of, if not the most important points to address – after all, a garage would never sell a dirty car! To simply redecorate ones dated flat or house pre-sale, can make a significant difference to the overall impression that buyers get. This usually enhances the saleability and will always improve the presentation tenfold! The cost of doing such works tends to be money well spent, and can often pay dividends. If, however, the property needs to be completely refurbished rather than just redecorated, our advice may differ. There is a constant demand for unmodernised property in Chelsea, and as such these rare opportunities often attract multiple interest, if priced and marketed properly.

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Where should I invest?

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When is the best time to sell?

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rime central London is the best place to invest if you can afford it as the market is very strong due to international demand. Other peripheral boroughs such as Fulham and Battersea are definitely seeing marked price increases too due to the overspill.

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2. Anita Sanford � 020 7584 7020 • carterjonas.co.uk

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4. Leo Comer

To get the highest possible price for your property it’s essential to instruct a strong agent

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Should I use a Financial Adviser?

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t is always extremely important to obtain the correct advice from a trusted and qualified professional. The recent changes in tax legislation have created the potential for significant tax liabilities dependent upon the type of entity through which a property is owned. Significant savings can be made by buying and selling property through tax efficient schemes and a financial adviser will be able to educate a property owner on the best way to navigate the intricate tax system.

3. William Hughes-Ward

Carter Jonas, Associate

Strutt & Parker, Partner

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verpricing and choosing the cheapest fee. To get the highest possible price for your property, it’s essential to instruct a strong agent. They’ll have access to, and attract, the best buyers, ultimately achieving the best possible price. For example, on a £1million property, a discount of 0.5% is £5,000 of an agent’s fees. This may seem like a bargain at the time, but in the long run it is likely to jeopardise your net gain.

he London property market is seen as a safehaven when it comes to buying homes and investing money in the market. Purchasers and investors will always look to maximise their profits when acquiring a property, whether it is to become a family home for a decade or a capital appreciation return for an investor. This being said, from our point of view as agents, it is our job that we must always act in our clients best interest and advise accordingly as to when our client should release his property to the market. The general property trend in prime central London for the sales market tends to be busy for the first quarter, and then will continue to be busy up till the summer months. It will then drop off for July/August and become very busy for the final run into the end of the year. It is our job as agents to identify the property the client wishes to release to the market and correlate this with the busiest time of the year, in order to get the best result for the client in terms of the desired time frame, bearing in mind if they want to sell quickly or to maximise the price.

1. Harry Wigram

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What common mistakes do sellers make?

Marsh & Parsons, Associate Director � 020 7590 0800 • marshandparsons.co.uk

5. Jamie Hope

Engel & Volkers, Head of Sales

Maskells, Director

� 020 7584 1100 • engelvoelkers.com

� 020 7581 2216 • maskells.co.uk

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OFFICES THROUGHOUT SOUTH WEST LONDON clapham south

balham

battersea

clapham north

020 8673 6111

020 7801 3400

020 7840 3700

020 8675 1222

fulham central

fulham south

tooting

020 7381 7381

020 7736 6110

furzedown 020 8769 7900

020 8772 7080

Rosebury Road, SW6

£1,250pw

A fabulous five bedroom family home presenting contemporary living, luxurious modern fixtures and fittings, high ceilings and bright space throughout. The property comprises a double reception room/dining room, a separate kitchen, five double bedrooms and a pretty patio garden. • Beautifully finished • Arranged over four floors • Five double bedrooms • Fantastic entertaining and living space

aspire fulham south 020 7736 6110 fulham@aspire.co.uk

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OFFICES THROUGHOUT SOUTH WEST LONDON clapham south

balham

battersea

clapham north

020 8673 6111

020 7801 3400

020 7840 3700

020 8675 1222

fulham central

fulham south 020 7736 6110

furzedown

tooting

020 7381 7381

020 8769 7900

020 8772 7080

Letterstone Road, SW6

£1,100,000

A wonderful three double bedroom house set within the popular Munster Village boasting a bright double reception room with a bay window and with access to the patio garden at the rear, a fantastic, stylish kitchen with dining area, three double bedrooms and a family bathroom. • • • •

Quiet residential road Excellent transport links close by Large living area Three double bedrooms

aspire fulham central 020 7381 7381 c.fulham@aspire.co.uk

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Orbain Road, SW6

£985,000

Set on a desirable street in the Northern part of Fulham is this cleverly converted family cottage providing special features throughout. Comprising a larger than average kitchen, a large reception room, two double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a large master bedroom with an en-suite. • Prime location • Large master bedroom with en-suite • Double reception room • Outside patio area

aspire fulham central 020 7381 7381 c.fulham@aspire.co.uk

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Property News Cranley Gardens

House Hunting Jamie Hope Director at Maskells � 020 7581 2216; maskells.co.uk

1. Property I’d most like on my books and why? Any of the houses on Egerton Terrace. In my view, it’s one of the prettiest roads in London and is located in a very private and secluded part of Knightsbridge. 2. The best place to invest? If it is stability and long term growth you are looking for, prime central London. On the other hand, areas such as Battersea are seeing faster growth. However, the area is less proven.

3. The most interesting property I have been involved in is... I was involved with the sale of a house behind a house on Kensington Square, which was accessed via a tunnel which led under the houses on the square. A hidden gem! 4. The toughest sale and why? I once acquired a charming off market house in Belgravia for a client. The vendor’s solicitor had a policy of not speaking to estate agents, which made progress painstakingly slow. 5. Finest property showcase... We have just been instructed on the perfect pied-a-terre in South Kensington. With a private patio garden, this must be one of London’s best “lock up and leave’s”. Cranley Gardens, £925,000, subject to contract.

Georgina Clarke Lettings Director at Jackson-Stops & Staff Pimlico � 020 7828 4050; jackson-stops.co.uk

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he Lettings market appears to be a bit more balanced, with the level of stock returning to more manageable levels. This is due to the increased seasonal demand from tenants and new graduates which we see a deluge of in September and October. We have also seen a slight improvement on corporate activity, although the lack of City recruitment is still having a big effect on the numbers of corporate tenants that we would usually see at this time of the year. On the whole the outlook is good for Landlords and the number of lets we have agreed over the summer months has been at an all-time high.

Can you afford to delay your move? Wayland Ward-Smith Manager at Sullivan Thomas Fulham � 020 7731 3333; sullivanthomas.co.uk

DIFFERENT bands of Fulham properties have seen significant variations in the price growth over the last couple of years. Properties valued in excess of £2m have seen the lowest growth, whereas properties valued between £1m and £2m have seen the highest. As a result, the price gap for someone trading up from a typical 1500-2000 sq ft three or four

bedroom Fulham house to a larger five or six bedroom 2000-3000 sq ft house in Fulham has significantly reduced in the last couple of years. Our belief is that these larger houses are now undervalued relative to the smaller ones, and there has never been a more affordable time to trade up. What will it cost you to delay making a move now?

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5 minutes...

Tim Macpherson

Partner at Carter Jonas, Knightsbridge

1. What makes CJ the go-to-agent in Chelsea? The team either lives, or was brought up in Chelsea, so we know the area particularly well and understand the market and different values from street to street. We offer a bespoke service from our team who have decades of experience and a proven track record.

2. How long have you been in the area? I’ve been in the area for over 30 years and have lived in SW1, SW3 and SW10. One of my colleagues lives in between Fulham and King’s Road while another has worked on Walton Street. 3. What is your company ethos? We currently have five Prime Central London offices that cover from Holland Park to Regent Street and from the River to St John’s Wood. We do a lot of off-market sales for private clients and work with integrity and discretion. 4. What can we expect for the rest of 2013? The market is currently appreciating and we’ve sold a lot of our stock, which we now need to replace. The market is strongest at the sub £2m level and the £2m to £5m has the next most activity. 020 7590 4694; carterjonas.co.uk

Lisa-Jane Stratton,

Manager, Benham and Reeves Residential Lettings’ Knightsbridge office � 020 7581 2112; brlets.co.uk

A Tenant’s Market

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e’re very busy at the moment, business is brisk and rental demand is still strong in the SW3 postcode in particular. Over the last few weeks this demand has been driven partly by professionals taking up new positions in the City and looking for new homes, some with families and more

professional sharers than usual. We’ve also got a high percentage of existing tenants renewing their leases. These two factors are leading to a shortage of good properties. While demand is good, there is still pressure on corporate budgets. Applicants know that it’s a tenant’s market and expect landlords to negotiate.

A new look for Bective Leslie Marsh

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tanding still is not an option” according to Peter Rickenberg, Managing Director at Bective Leslie Marsh estate agents, who have just launched a whole new look in time for the autumn rush. “We wanted to create a fresh, stylish and artistic look to complement the company’s bespoke attitude and service. We believe there is a huge market for customers who want individual attention and service, and we have the expertise and most importantly the motivation to meet our client’s expectations.” Bective’s new look has a distinct and artistic feel which draws inspiration from many landmarks within central London. Renowned illustrator, Rebecca Lea Williams, worked with design agency Both Associates to create a London map that seeks to highlight much of the areas heritage and history in a series of drawings covering the capital’s most loved neighbourhoods. Peter comments further “we love the areas in which we work and our new branding shows a deep emotional connection and total understanding of the local environment. This knowledge, expertise and motivation is what makes us stand out from the crowd”.

Edward Corry-Reid, Associate director at Aylesford International

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ere at Aylesford’s London residential sales office, the quiet summer is something of a distant memory as already we’re encouraged by the increase in the number of valuation requests and are seeing a healthy number of new instructions coming to the market. The recent positive news on the indications that our economy is rallying is a confidence booster for would-be buyers and sellers and appears to be triggering further activity. All of the signs are that we should expect a busy Autumn for residential sales and a strong finish to the year.

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CHALDON ROAD SW6

£1,250,000 F/H

A beautifully presented four bedroom period house which offers well in excess of 1500 sq ft of well laid out space.

• 4 Bedrooms

• Kitchen/Breakfast Room

• 2 Bathrooms (One En Suite)

• Garden

• 2 Reception Rooms

• Good Space

Full online details including the EPC are available by scanning this code using any QR code scanner

Fulham Bishops Park Sales: 020 7731 3333

CLONCURRY STREET SW6 £2,750,000 F/H A beautifully presented six bedroom semi detached period house offering in excess of 2600 sq ft of usable space.

• 6 Bedrooms

• 2 Bathrooms (One En Suite)

• Double Reception Room

• Shower Room

• Kitchen

• Cellar

• Conservatory

• Garden

Fulham Bishops Park Sales: 020 7731 3333

Fulham Bishops Park Sales: 020 7731 3333 Lettings: 020 7751 8898 Fulham Parsons Green Sales: 020 7751 8899 Lettings: 020 7751 8898

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GOWAN AVENUE SW6

£550 p/w

A very well presented 2 double bedroom garden flat in this period conversion, located on this residential road and close to the amenities Fulham Road has to offer.

• 2 Double Bedrooms

• 1 Bathroom

• Open Pam Reception

• 1 Shower Room

• Open Plan Kitchen

• Furnished/Unfurnished

BURLINGTON ROAD SW6

£595 p/w

A beautiful 2 double bedroom cottage conveniently located off Fulham Road and close to Putney Bridge Tube Station.

• 2 Double Bedrooms

• Cloakroom

• Large Reception

• Garden

• Kitchen • Bathrooms Fulham Parsons Green Lettings: 020 7751 8898

Wandsworth Common Sales: 020 8767 7711 Lettings: 020 8682 3121

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Full online details including the EPC are available by scanning this code using any QR code scanner

Fulham Parsons Green Lettings: 020 7751 8898

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Ask the Lettings Experts Our panel of professionals give you the edge on the property market

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Why should I use a property management agent?

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s you are likely to have invested heavily in your rental property, you have a vested interest in seeing it properly maintained, and your obligations as a Landlord discharged appropriately. By instructing an agent to provide a full management service, not only will you typically benefit from their services in connection with maintenance and safety obligations, but they will inspect the property periodically, offer advice on interiors and refurbishments and, importantly, deal with your Tenant’s deposit during the Tenancy and its subsequent release. Property management is often a thankless task, but delivered well it offers peace of mind.

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How to attract the best tenants?

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he golden rule here is that the best properties attract the best tenants, so if you are buying a property to let go for a property in the best location you can afford. Avoid basements and flats on high floors without a lift, homes on busy roads or that are too far from public transport. It is worth spending money initially on remodernising and refurbishing a property as, if you think about it, a really good tenant that will look after your property is someone who will have high standards themselves when it comes to the way in which they wish to live. They will not choose to live in a property which is not well located, fresh and modern, clean and tidy and extremely well presented, both on the inside and the outside.

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uccessful long-term investors in both camps argue that their preferred strategy works best, but many believe a mixture of both approaches is the safe and sure way to build wealth. Others say they can find individual properties that offer both strong capital growth and high rental yield. With the sales market constantly rising in both W6 and SW6, having a property located in these areas offers great capital growth. Rental yields, to date, have shown a good return due to the huge popularity of both areas.

in bricks “ “ Invest and mortar

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Who is renting in the area?

Rental yield vs. capital growth?

Best BTL investments?

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nvest in bricks and mortar. While borrowing is cheap, many are reaping the benefits of putting their money into something tangible. The best buy-to-let investments are those closest to local amenities, bars, shops and green spaces, with good transport links in and out of London. If considering a family house, the property needs to have well-proportioned rooms with bedrooms at the top of the house. Conversions, modern developments, small or large properties are all strong buy-to-lets, depending on what the individual’s budget may be and their long term plans. The landlord needs to let the market dictate and be guided by a reputable agent. Those with large void periods tend to be those who do not react quickly enough to the market.

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ulham attracts a vast range of tenants from those looking for a weekly pied-a-terre, professional couples or sharers seeking a first rental home in the Munster Village and Sands End areas to international families seeking one of the larger, prestigious properties in areas such as the Peterborough Estate or the lanes off Fulham Road. There are a number of French schools within the Fulham area and we certainly find ourselves renting to French internationals wishing to place their children in either the L’ecole des Petits on Hazlebury Road or the L’ecole Marie d’Orliac on Clancarty Road.

1. Caroline Hawking

2. Tom Ward

3. Virginia Skilbeck

Associate Director, Hamptons International

Sales and Lettings Director, aspire

Lettings Director, Douglas & Gordon

� 020 7717 5291 • hamptons.co.uk

� 020 7381 7381 • aspire.co.uk

� 020 7581 6666 • douglasandgordon.com

4. Paula Reclawowicz

5. Sophie Murray

Lettings, Lockett Estates

Residential Lettings, Bective Leslie Marsh

� 020 7381 4998 • lockettestates.co.uk

� 020 7589 6677• bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

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‘After 25 years we’ve moved home. Come in & say hello, we’d love to meet you’

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Property Round Up The most luxuriously appointed properties on the market. Rosebury Road, SW6

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superb, newly refurbished period house set in the desirable ‘Bury Triangle’ in South Fulham. The property comprises of five double bedrooms, four bathrooms, and sizeable living space set across two reception areas. The stunning kitchen in the basement benefits from unbelievable head height and a private terraced garden. The house is located close to the many amenities of the Wandsworth Bridge Road and boasts proximity to many local bus routes and rail links. No expense has been spared in creating this outstanding home.

£1250 Per Week � 020 7736 6110; aspire.co.uk

D&G Diary Ed Mead, Director, Douglas & Gordon

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.5% annual price rises in UK and 6.5% in London, everyone must be really desperate to call that a boom. Sadly the flash and brash new breed of agents are persuading sellers to buy into this, creating a blockage in an already thin market. Almost a third of all property on the market over £1m has been reduced and when it does, it sells, says it all really. An unexpected corollary of this “boom” press is that many buy to let landlords are now opting to carry on renting and not sell. This is exacerbating an already well supplied letting market and further strangling sales. With Stage 2 help to buy coming in January we certainly don’t need any help with demand, but wondering when more will start to sell is becoming the long running $64k question. � 020 7225 1225 • douglasandgordon.com

Rosebury Road, SW6

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beautifully designed, split-level, two double bedroom flat in the popular ‘Bury Triangle’. Completely refurbished to exacting standards, this immensely bright flat has been carefully designed to appeal to the most demanding of style focused buyers. The property is full of natural light and comprises a stylish kitchen with breakfast bar, reception room, two double bedrooms, two stunning shower rooms and ample storage. Situated at the end of terrace on Rosebury Road, near to all of the amenities and transport links of Wandsworth Bridge.

£650,000 Leasehold

� 020 7610 9755; featherstoneleigh.co.uk

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The Piper Building, SW6

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his spacious and well-presented four-bedroom apartment is located within the iconic Piper Building on Peterborough Road, Fulham. The apartment comprises of four bedrooms, a large kitchen leading onto an open plan reception with high ceilings, a private balcony and a mezzanine reception.

£995,000 Share of Freehold

� 020 8563 0202; lawsonsanddaughters.com

Heathfield Terrace, W4

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n immaculate three-bedroom boutique style apartment on the ground floor of this detached three storey building. The spacious kitchen opens onto a private patio garden. The property benefits from air conditioning in all the principle rooms and underfloor heating throughout. Heathfield Terrace is situated opposite the green spaces of Turnham Green.

£1,499,995 Long Leasehold

� 020 8987 8444; hamptons.co.uk

Allonnes, Pays de La Loire

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his beautiful house in the Loire Valley boasts a heated swimming pool and a natural spring set in 1.5 hectares of land, and a successful catering business with four Gîtes. There is also the possibility of acquiring a further 10 hectares of land. The property consists of nine bedrooms, five receptions and five bathrooms.

€495,000 Freehold

� 020 7381 4998; lockettestates.com

JOHN D WOOD & CO. SPONSOR AN EVENING WITH JAMES STOURTON

ON GREAT HOUSES OF LONDON ON 22ND OCTOBER

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ohn D Wood & Co. is sponsoring an ‘Evening with James Stourton’ at St Peter’s Church, Eaton Square, Belgravia on Tuesday 22nd October 2013. The event will be chaired by Peter York, coauthor of the Sloane Ranger Handbook, broadcaster and journalist with all proceeds going to St Peter’s Church fund. James Stourton, former Chairman of Sotheby’s, will deliver a talk based on his latest book and will discuss some of the Capital’s lesser known architectural gems, offering a glimpse inside some extraordinary houses, most of which are inaccessible to the general public. The event begins at 6:00pm and tickets cost £10 to include a glass of wine on arrival.

� To book tickets for the talk please email Juliette Jackson at juliette@sru.co.uk or contact John D Wood & Co.’s Belgravia office on 020 7824 7900 or Belgravia@johndwood.co.uk.

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Imperial Wharf

ÂŁ1,650 pw Furnished

3 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 3 Bathrooms Balcony | 24hr Concierge | River View | EPC - B Imperial Wharf 020 7348 7620 iw@brlets.co.uk Ten offices open six days a week Monday - Saturday Beaufort Park 020 8732 7980 | Canary Wharf 020 7517 6088 | City 020 7213 9700 | Ealing 020 8280 0140 | Hampstead 020 7435 9681 Highgate 020 8341 2335 | Hyde Park 020 7402 9866 | Imperial Wharf 020 7348 7620 | Kensington 020 7938 3522 | Knightsbridge 020 7581 2112

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To arrange a viewing or for more information call

0800 092 9656

Knightsbridge

£395 pw Furnished

London’s Letting Agency

info@brlets.co.uk www.brlets.co.uk

Imperial Wharf

£550 pw Furnished

Studio Apartment | 1 Bathroom 24hr Porter | Lift | Near Amenities | EPC - C Knightsbridge 020 7581 2112 knight@brlets.co.uk

2 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 2 Bathrooms Balcony | Parking | Amenities Closeby | EPC - B Imperial Wharf 020 7348 7620 iw@brlets.co.uk

South Kensington

South Kensington

£800 pw Unfurnished

2 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 1 Bathroom Period Conversion | Close To Tube | EPC - E Knightsbridge 020 7581 2112

knight@brlets.co.uk

£1,450 pw Unfurnished

3 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 3 Bathrooms Communal Garden | Amenities Nearby | EPC - D Knightsbridge 020 7581 2112 knight@brlets.co.uk

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Offices throughout London

Brompton Park Crescent

£585,000

Burlington Place

£420,000

This newly refurbished third floor apartment is located in the ever popular Brompton Park Crescent. Accommodation comprises 2 double bedrooms , 2 bathrooms, open plan kitchen/reception room & 2 balconies. Leasehold. EPC = D

This 2nd & 3rd floor split level purpose built apartment has a lovely reception room with a south facing balcony, separate kitchen, 2 double bedrooms and bathroom with separate WC. Leasehold . EPC = D

Fulham Office  020 731 2808 fulham@bushells.com

Fulham Office  020 7731 2808 fulham@bushells.com

Moore Park Road

£695,000

Lillie Road

£2,500,000

This beautifully presented 1st & 2nd floor conversion flat offers a light and spacious open plan reception room with modern kitchen and duel aspect. On the second floor two bedrooms and a modern bathroom. 3 minutes to Fulham Broadway EPC = E

This freehold premises offers an investor a fantastic opportunity to acquire a well located commercial building with three self contained flats. in need of work. 0ver 3500 sq ft. Freehold. EPC = D , D & C

Fulham Office 020 7731 2808|fulham@bushells.com

Fulham Office  020 7731 2808 fulham@bushells.com

Acton  Balham  Bloomsbury  Battersea  Camden  Clapham  Dulwich  Fulham  Hammersmith  Islington  West Hampstead

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Pursers Cross Road

£1,200,000

Located in the heart of Parsons Green, this beautifully presented Victorian house benefits from two double bedrooms, family bathroom, shower room, double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room leading to a conservatory, cellar and side return extension, ideal as a home office. It is possible to extend into the loft space and create another bedroom and bathroom subject to planning permission. Pursers Cross is located off Fulham Road which offers excellent local amenities including bars, restaurants and Parsons Green underground station. EPC = E Fulham Office 020 7731 2808 fulham@bushells.com

PART OF THE EDMUND CUDE GROUP

Acton  Balham  Bloomsbury  Battersea  Camden  Clapham  Dulwich  Fulham  Hammersmith  Islington  West Hampstead

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jackson-stops.co.uk

Upper Addison Gardens,W14 This property has been completely re-developed incorporating a rear extension and high specification interior. The property includes the private garden to the rear which the 31ft reception room opens up into with bi-folding doors, creating light and depth to this beautiful apartment. EPC Rating = D

Offers in excess of ÂŁ1,500,000

AB54078

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Holland Park

020 7727 5111

holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

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Eccleston Square, SW1 A truly excellent example of a two bedroom, two bathroom garden flat located within the prestigious Eccleston Square, Pimlico SW1. The apartment has been extensively refurbished to an outstanding finish and it also benefits from a superb and well-designed balance of space. EPC Rating = E

ÂŁ995,000 (STC) Leasehold AB54110

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Pimlico

020 7828 4050 pimlico@jackson-stops.co.uk

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The United Nations of Douglas &Gordon Our worldwide web extends beyond the internet with six affiliated global offices and more opening later in the year. Dubai / Moscow / New York / Paris / South Africa / Sydney

£2,350,000 Share of Freehold Emperor’s Gate SW7 A wonderful and spacious three double bedroom second floor flat in this elegant period conversion.

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Large reception room, Open-plan kitchen and dining space, Utility room, Entrance hall, EPC: D.

Kensington Gate Sales 020 7581 1152 kengatesales@dng.co.uk

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douglasandgordon.com

£2,250,000 Leasehold Cheyne Gardens SW3 A three bed ground floor maisonette with a terrace and garden in an historic period building between the King’s Road and The River Thames.

Master bedroom with en-suite shower room, Second bedroom, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Study, Communal garden, Lift, Porter, EPC: D.

Chelsea Sales 020 7225 1225 chelseasales@dng.co.uk

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74: 11 00:00 years

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WATER RESISTANT 50m

£895,000 Leasehold Royal Avenue SW3

Only 75 years left on your lease? If you are considering selling a long lease is essential. Call our Leasehold Enfranchisement Dept on 020 7591 8746

A south-facing fourth floor (with lift) flat with a balcony enjoying wonderful all day sun.

Chelsea Sales 020 7225 1225 chelseasales@dng.co.uk

Bedroom, Shower room, Reception room, Kitchen, Balcony, Lift, Porter, EPC: E.

£635,000 Share of Freehold Musard Road W6

A beautifully presented two double bedroom flat located moments from the Queen’s Club.

Fulham Sales 020 7731 4391 fulhamsales@dng.co.uk

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room with open-plan kitchen, Roof terrace, EPC: C.

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ÂŁ1,995 per week Unfurnished Rostrevor Road SW6

An exceptional family home offering fantastic entertaining and living space.

ÂŁ1,250 per week Furnished Draycott Avenue SW3

A stunning flat which benefits from a great open-plan reception room with wonderful views.

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Fulham Lettings 020 7731 4791 fulhamlets@dng.co.uk

6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen, Utility room, Garden, EPC: E.

Chelsea Lettings 020 7581 6666 chelsealets@dng.co.uk

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room with open-plan kitchen, Study, Lift, EPC: E.

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THESE HOUSES ARE NEAR YOU NOW:

DetailstoMobile Simply type in ‘dng’ to 84840 for details of properties near you now.

£825 per week Unfurnished Queen’s Gate SW7

A light, south-facing flat, with direct lift access, on the third floor of this lovely period building.

£795 per week Unfurnished Claxton Grove W6

A fantastic family house which has just been refurbished to an extremely high standard.

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Kensington Gate Lettings 020 7589 5252 kengatelets@dng.co.uk

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Roof terrace, EPC: C.

Fulham Lettings 020 7731 4791 fulhamlets@dng.co.uk

4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Roof terrace, Garden, EPC: D.

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douglasandgordon.com

ÂŁ650 per week Furnished Ebury Street SW1

A recently refurbished flat benefitting from good security and an ideal location in Belgravia.

ÂŁ585 per week Furnished Rosary Gardens SW7

An exceptionally presented raised ground floor garden flat located on this quiet street.

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Chelsea Lettings 020 7581 6666 chelsealets@dng.co.uk

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception Room, Kitchen, Lift, Caretaker, EPC: D.

South Kensington Lettings 020 7584 8888 sthkenlets@dng.co.uk

Double bedroom, Shower room, Reception room, Kitchen, Private patio garden, EPC: D.

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