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January 2016


Logic wiLL get you

from A to B

ImagInatIon wIll take

you everywhere

Albert Einstein





John Graham-Hart finds

waterside properties



Get the know-how

on good digestion



What’s going on near

you this month



Revitalising recipes

from Cocolicious







John Graham-Hart

visits an unassuming

Dorking home – with

a spectacular interior


Fabulous home accessories



Jennifer Stuart-Smith visits

a home with a warm heart



Start the year with

bright, bold clothes

and accessories


The latest products

for your face and

body, plus a great male

grooming feature






Jo Arnell shares her

passion for seeds and

seed catalogues


Find out...


Win a night in the

Love Nest at The Bell,

Ticehurst, tickets to

their comedy night,

supper and breakfast



Jane Howard marvels at

her new-born calves

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The Property Ombudsman


Substantial Victorian home of great charm and character in a secluded and rural setting

Main house - impressive entrance porch, reception hall, elegant drawing room, dining room, sitting room, study, kitchen/breakfast room with Aga,

utility room, cloakroom, cellar with 3 rooms, elegant staircase to spacious first floor landing, 6 bedrooms, dressing room with potential to create ensuite

bathroom, two bathrooms, former coach house with consent to convert to a dwelling, covered swimming pool, long driveway with ample parking

and turning, mature formal gardens, 2 paddocks, sand school, stables and tack room, in all, about 6 acres. Annexe - family room, bedroom, en-suite

bathroom, kitchen.

Guide price £1.95m Fast Find 63222


A most appealing and superbly appointed family home in one of Reigate’s most convenient locations

Entrance porch and reception hall, charming sitting room, reception room, beautiful kitchen/breakfast/family room, utility room, potential study area,

cloakroom, first floor landing, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, four further bedrooms, luxurious family bathroom, additional WC, mature

southerly aspect garden, driveway providing parking, garage.

Guide price £1.295m Fast Find 63568

coming 26 January 2015

The Property Ombudsman

Southwater, nr Horsham

A fine Grade II Listed country house in mature grounds

Reception hall, cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, larder, conservatory, master bedroom with en-suite shower room,

bedroom 2 with en-suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, family bathroom, loft storage room, beautiful cottage style gardens.

Guide price £925,000 Fast Find 61639


Stunning and substantial luxury family home in a quiet and established location

Entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, substantial kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, lower ground floor with media room, further reception room

and cloakroom, 5 bedrooms, 5 en-suite bath/shower rooms, dressing room, storage space, 5,200 sq. ft. of living space, gardens.

Guide price £1.695m Fast Find 62871

coming 26 January 2015




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These are just a few

properties we have sold

for clients during 2015.

To see how we can help

you in 2016 call us on

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Nr Lingfield




Oxted Limpsfield Limpsfield Village

Oxted 01883 712375

coming 26 January 2015

Exciting new chapter takes shape at

Elmbridge retirement village

A computer generated image of Elmbridge

Manor, which will provide a range of

communal facilities for residents

The story unfolds


pound project

will transform

facilities for


Elmbridge Manor is the exciting

new addition to our already

established retirement village off the

Elmbridge Road, on

the outskirts of


This multi-million

pound project

represents a major

enhancement right in

the heart of the village, providing existing

residents, as well as new purchasers,

with a brand new

clubhouse and leisure facilities, plus

additional new retirement apartments.

We have worked closely with our

architects and now our builders to

ensure this is a clubhouse and

apartment project that will not only meet,

but exceed, the aspirations of people

looking for modern retirement living.

We want the clubhouse to be the type

of facility that any village, anywhere in

the country, would be thrilled to have,

while the apartments will offer people in

their mid-60s and over, the complete

answer to comfort and peace of mind in

a modern home within the wider

village setting of like-minded people.

For more information, contact Gill

Davies on 01483 676100 or

Roger Coupe (selling agents) on 01483


The new


at Elmbridge

will transform

the communal

facilities for

both existing

and new


State of the art clubhouse facilities

The new clubhouse promises

facilities that any village

community would be delighted to


There will be a village hall with

its own stage and green room,

perfect for one of the many

concerts, performances or other

social get togethers.

The clubhouse will also


- main restaurant and smaller

separate private dining room

- terrace bar and verandah

- library and reading room

- village shop

The clubhouse sits at the heart

of this established community

which already has more than 20

clubs and groups up and running.

It is an extremely active and

thriving retirement community

where there really isn’t time to

get bored or feel lonely.

LEFT: A computer

generated image of

the dining room.

BELOW; A computer

generated image of

the proposed village

hall, which can be

used for concerts.

An established

retirement setting

The beauty of moving to Elmbridge

Village is the peace of mind in

knowing you will be joining an

already established community of

like-minded people.

Owning a brand new one or two

bedroom apartment in the heart of

the village means you can watch

village life and all the comings and

goings from the comfort of your

property and join in, as and when

you want to.

Village manager, Simon Baird

said: “I think people appreciate

that everyone has their own life

to lead and so privacy and

independence are paramount.

Some people use the village as a

base and go out daily to Cranleigh

and further afield to meet up with

friends and run errands.

“Complementing this is an

extremely rich social fabric which

brings the village together. It might

be a computer club meeting or a

luncheon with guest speaker, it is

really quite amazing how much

residents have organised.

“The real beauty is, no-one is

made to feel they have to join in,

the choice is very much theirs.”

Elmbridge is

a long



village with a

wide range of

special interest

groups and

social functions

arranged on a

regular basis.

Contact us to

find out more

Building work is well underway.

The first phase of 18 apartments

will be ready to move into

towards the end of the summer.

There will be numerous

apartment footprints from which

to choose.Floor plans,

apartment aspects and prices

are released this month.

For a brochure or DVD of

this next exciting addition to

Elmbridge Village,

please get

in touch.

Our sales specialist

Gill Davies

(pictured right)

would be delighted

to discuss our

plans with you.



Gill Davies

Tel: 01483 676100


Roger Coupe (selling agents),

tel: 01483 268555

HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart


Going with the flow

The Mound

War Coppice Road | Caterham | Surrey | CR3 6AS

John Graham-Hart finds waterside properties

1. The Mound

Where? The Mound sits high on the

North Downs a couple of miles south of

Caterham and has fine southerly views

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once met up with a friend to celebrate the birth of his first child. He

was both elated and depressed. Elated for obvious reasons, depressed

because his wife had decided on both a home birth and a water birth.

The birthing pool had been set up in their bedroom and all went swimmingly

until there was a crack like a rifle shot and pool, wife and 200 gallons of

water started to disappear through the floor into the drawing room below.

The mother-to-be scrambled clear with surprising agility but my friend’s

beautiful Georgian drawing room would never, alas, be the same. “It looks

like the Norwegian whaling fleet has been through,” he muttered.

What is it about our love-affair with water? Why are we so fascinated by it?

Humankind just can’t keep away from the wet stuff. We are the only non-aquatic

mammal that has such a close relationship with H2O. Most of us have at least

one close encounter with water every day, in the form of a bath or shower. When

we come to select that hard-earned holiday, many of us choose to spend it on a

beach. We love to watch it in motion and will even go to great pains to get it to

defy gravity and flow up into the air.

Whatever the reason, we certainly do like to be around water and have water

around us. Properties on the coast, with sea views, by rivers or on lake-sides all

come with a premium price tag. From a humble pond to a dramatic beach, we’re

up for it. So have a look and see if one of these homes whets your appetite….

(Google Maps CR3 6AS).

What? The property is one wing of a

large Victorian country house upgraded to

provide an elegant and substantial family

home while retaining attractive period

features including stained glass, high

ceilings and pretty ironwork. The drawing

room has a superb ornate ceiling, original

herringbone parquet and a bay window

with French doors to the terrace. There is

also a contemporary kitchen/dining room

adjoining a family room and a study that

opens off the entrance hall.

Above, there is a master bedroom

with en suite bathroom and four more

bedrooms. Outside, in two acres of

outstanding gardens with fine views, there

is a former grass tennis court, now a lawn,

a vegetable garden, two double garages

and an attractive ornamental pond with

decking and a gazebo.

How much? The Mound is

£1,295,000 and is with Fine & Country in

Woldingham. Call 01883 653040 of visit






pythingdean manor lodge, pulborough, west sussex




2. Ballards Shaw

Where? Ballards Shaw is in a soughtafter

private road in Limpsfield about

a mile and a half from Oxted. (Google

Maps RH8 0SN)

What? Part of a large house built

at the turn of the last century, it is in

outstanding grounds and gardens and

retains many of the original features

of its period, including sash windows

and attractive fireplaces. Downstairs

accommodation includes a spacious

drawing room with a quadruple bay

window overlooking the gardens, a sitting

room with matching bay window,

inter-connecting dining room with French

doors to the garden, a family room and

kitchen/breakfast room.

Upstairs there is a master bedroom

with en suite bathroom and three more

bedrooms. Outside, in just under an acre

and a half of grounds, is an attractive

lake with an island, extensive lawns, a

vegetable plot, greenhouse, fruit cage and

a double garage.

How much? Ballards Shaw is on the

market for £1,445,000 with Jackson-Stops

& Staff in Oxted. Call 01883 712375 or


3. Mollstone Wood

Where? Mollstone Wood is set in large

and secluded gardens just south of Hurst

Green near Oxted (Google Maps RH8


What? A handsome Arts and Crafts

home built in the 1930s and substantially

and sympathetically extended in 2003, the

property has a wealth of character features

but all the benefits of a contemporary

family home. Accommodation includes

a drawing room with fine panelling and

a fireplace as well as French doors to the

terrace, a dining room with two sets of

doors to the terrace, a sitting room, study,

games room and kitchen/breakfast room.

Upstairs there is a master bedroom with

en suite bathroom, a dressing area, four

further bedrooms – one with en suite

bathroom – and a sauna. An attached

annexe offers two more bedrooms, a

living room, kitchen and bathroom.

Outside in grounds and gardens of over

two acres, there is a large and attractive

Koi carp pond next to a pretty thatched

summerhouse and a swimming pool.

How much? Mollstone Wood is

£3,250,000 and is on the market with

Jackson-Stops & Staff in Oxted. Call

01883 712375 or visit

4.Pythingdean Manor Lodge

Where? Pythingdean Manor Lodge is

on a rural lane within the South Downs

National Park, a mile and a half from

Pulborough (Google Maps RH20 1BS).

What? Built in the 1970s, The Lodge is

a substantial family home in over 30 acres

of gardens, stables, pastures, woodland,

lakes and streams. The property also

includes a detached two-bedroom cottage.

The main house has a spacious drawing

room -- with inglenook and separate

doors opening on to a terrace – as well

as a conservatory, dining room, generous

study, a large games/family room, second

conservatory with lily pound and an

indoor swimming pool.

Upstairs there is a master bedroom

with en suite bathroom and three further

bedrooms, two with en suite bathrooms.

It has extensive equestrian facilities–

including four stables, two barns and a

tack room – two greenhouses and two


How much? Pythingdean Manor

Lodge is on the market with Savills in

Guildford and is £1,795,000. Call 01483

796 820 or visit

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BUSS MURTON advertorial

Government extends permission to convert office

to residential developments

Brandon Lewis, the Housing

and Planning Minister,

recently announced

that the Government

has permanently extended the

permitted development of officeto-residential


The Government initially introduced

the scheme in May 2013, and these

temporary measures were due to

expire 3 years later on 30 May 2016.

Now, the permitted development

rights have been made permanent.

This will effectively extend the time

limit for those who already have

existing prior approvals to complete

the conversion by May 2019.

Developers will have further

permitted development rights

to allow the demolition of

office buildings to then rebuild

as residential dwellings. This

will also include the change of

use from light industrial and

launderettes to residential use. A

developer will have three years

to complete the change of use.

The announcement is clearly good

news for developers and owners

of office units that are currently

underused. The shortage of

residential housing coupled with

empty office space, particularly

during the recession, meant

the scheme was an attractive

proposition for developers.

However, with an upturn in the

economy, we may potentially see

an imbalance between residential

and commercial property availability

in some areas as the demand for

office space picks up. One possible

outcome may mean a squeeze on

rental prices by commercial landlords

for tenants requiring offices.

Under the current scheme, local

authorities have the ability to

make what is known as an Article

4 direction which allows them to

continue to determine permitted

development on a planning

application basis provided they

are able to justify their decision.

It is envisaged that this will be

allowed under the new scheme

with local authorities having to

apply by no later than May 2019.

Another concern has been raised

by the Royal Institute of British

Architects (RIBA), who have stated

that whilst they are not opposed to

the idea of an offices function being

adapted to a housing use on a case

by case basis, the homes delivered

under the policy are exempt from

space and environmental standards

and there is a clear risk that this will

lead to low quality housing. They

are particularly concerned about the

number of very small apartments

being squeezed into converted

office buildings across England.

Tim Collins

As the Housing Bill passes

through Parliament, full details

of how this scheme will work

should become clearer.

Timothy Collins is a Trainee

Solicitor in Buss Murton’s Property

Department. For further advice

or to make an appointment in

our East Grinstead, Tunbridge

Wells, Cranbrook or Dartford

office, please call us on

01892 510 222 or email us at





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Natural composition...

Join Jane Anderson Wood on this two-day workshop on Saturday 30

and Sunday 31 January, and learn the basics of watercolour painting.

Using the winter trees as the perfect focus and inspiration, you’ll

be guided through interpreting a subject matter, and what material

and equipment are best used in watercolour. The cost for the two

days is £140, and this includes all materials and a buffet lunch.

To book visit or phone 01932 868113.



Exhibitions & events

near you this month...


New Year, new hobby? Learn to crochet with

artist Barbara Touati-Evans at The Lightbox,

Woking, on Saturday 16 January. Develop the

skills to get started on some simple stitches, and

make a beautiful mug warmer for your favourite

cuppa. This course is suitable for those aged

16 years and above and advance booking is

required. All materials are included in the entry

price of £18. For more information visit www. or phone 01483 737800.


Stars, hide your fires...

If you’re a Shakespeare fan then be sure to

book your tickets for the Harlequin Theatre’s

production of Macbeth on Friday 15 January.

After murdering King Duncan and seizing the

throne, Macbeth becomes consumed with guilt and

paranoia as the ghosts of his wrong doings come

back to haunt him. To book tickets visit www. or phone 01737 276500.šČerin

Charge a glass...

Join Denbies and celebrate their 30th anniversary

year. Matthieu Elzinga, Denbies’ very own

winemaker will be hosting a tasting of the beautiful

range of wines grown and created on the estate.

Including a three-course meal, tickets are £30 per

person, making it the perfect reason to get together

with friends for an evening of great fun. To book

tickets or for more information visit their website or phone 01306 742002.

Art scene...

From Saturday 16 January, pay a visit to New

Ashgate Gallery, Farnham and witness an

exciting collection of art work on display. Joseph

Harrington interprets landscapes and rugged

coastlines, whilst Heidi Harrington’s screen printed

ceramic designs are inspired by both movement

and stillness in nature. Adam Green draws from

his love of Mexican and African iconography.

Take a look online at

Discover & create...

This consumer event at Sandown Exhibition

Centre is aimed at anyone and everyone, beginner

or enthusiast. If you’re interested in learning

new crafts, stocking up on supplies or just

creating a project for a special occasion, then

this is the event for you. Enjoy demonstrations,

workshops and make & takes which cater for all

levels of ability from Thursday 28 to Saturday

30 Jan. Visit for more

information and to book tickets in advance.

Merry motoring...

Mini Aces club on Thursday 14 January brings

Brooklands Museum to life through stories, craft,

song and dance. With a focus on different objects,

stories and exhibits, children will discover the

treasures we have in our collection and build

self-confidence in a new and exciting environment.

Contact 01932 857381 or visit

for more information.


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The new hedgehog friendly gravelboard from Jacksons will help our prickly friends to roam from garden to garden and forage more easily, keeping off the roads.

Find full details on these and all our 25 year Jakcure guaranteed products by going to your dedicated page

Jacksons Fencing

Giving hedgehogs a helpful hole

I think you must have been

completely out of circulation

recently, not to have heard about

the plight of the humble

hedgehog. These appealing little

chaps, who are commonly

considered the gardener’s friend

because they feed on some of

the pests in the garden, have

suffered a severe decline in

numbers. The current population

is estimated to be around 25%

down in the last decade, which

may mean there is only a million

or so left.

This may be caused by a

reduction in their natural

habitat, the countryside. Which

means more of them are

resorting to living in towns,

where unfortunately a whole raft

of new threats exists. The most

obvious is getting run over by

vehicles - possibly 50,000 come

to grief on roads. We all know

that the hedgehog’s first defence

mechanism is to curl up, so they

present a prickly ball, not many

predators will find an attractive

proposition. Sadly this doesn’t

work in any way to deter cars,

they just squash them!

The list of bad stuff that can

happen to hedgies (as I like to

call them) is lengthy: many

drown in garden ponds because

we don’t think of putting

something in there to help any

hapless creatures climb out. They

are also poisoned by careless

gardeners who still haven’t

cottoned on to the fact that

slugs eat slug pellets, slugs are

then eaten by hedgehogs, then

hedgehogs die a very nasty

death from poison!

The list continues with getting

trapped in netting, which can

result in horrific injuries when

they try to escape, being burnt in

bonfires that seem to be a nice

place to make home, until it is

set on fire, and apparently

strimming accidents are fairly

common too.

So what can we do to help?

We can avoid leaving netting

around for them to get caught

in, also check carefully before

strimming that there aren’t any

animals that will get hurt when

you let rip with the machine,

and check the bonfire hasn’t

become a hedgie hotel. If you

have to use slug pellets, please

find a wildlife friendly version

that isn’t going to harm any


If you are of a kind nature you

could try feeding them a little

cat food and please don’t forget

the water.

Hedgehogs used to be able to

move much more freely

between gardens, finding a

variety of locations to feed and

make a home. Nowadays we are

all a lot keener on fencing in our

properties, and sturdy

gravelboards at the bottom of

fence panels probably have put

an abrupt stop to many an

established hedgie run.

Here at Jacksons we’ve tried

to find a way to help our

spiky friends, we’ve created

the hedgehog friendly

gravelboard. It is the same as a

normal gravelboard, but it has a

hole at one end, large enough

to allow them free passage,

with a reinforcing strip along

the top of the board to ensure it

isn’t weakened by the hole.

It may seem a small and simple

move on our part to try to

redress the balance. We know

there will probably only be a

small percentage of our

customers that will opt for

installing one of these boards in

their fence run, but it will give

us, as a company, the chance to

talk about the hedgehog decline

to our customers and anyone

else who will listen. The sincere

hope is that it will help to make

a difference.

One last word to the dissenters,

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who immediately shout out that

having a hole in the

gravelboard will encourage rats.

My response is, if you’ve got

rats, a gravelboard will not

deter them. They are prolific

climbers and they have a

special squishy skeleton (there

is a scientific name for this, but

I refuse to look it up!) the

flexibility of their bone structure

allows them to squeeze through

unfeasibly sized cracks, so a

gravelboard won’t put them off,

they will simply climb over the

fence, or burrow under!

Special thanks to all at for

their help with the hedgehog

photo shoot.

For info on any of Jacksons products or brochures please call

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It is often said that ‘mother knows best’. In the case of this 1920s home in

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Above: The kitchen space was once three rooms and a corridor, but is now

open-plan light and airy Right: Pops of colour add to the general brightness

of the rooms

Once upon a time we lived in caves. It wasn’t ideal

but it sure beat rubbing two sticks together in

the pouring rain. However, after a few tens of

thousands of years, some bright spark grew tired of the

damned great hole where his cave met the elements and

decided to build a mud wall across the entrance. It probably

collapsed two or three times in the making but ultimately it

was finished and he stood back to admire his work. His wife

joined him and after a moment or two he turned to her.

“Architecture is reaching out for truth,” he grunted. “A

great building must begin with the immeasurable, must go

through immeasurable means when it’s being designed and in

the end must be immeasurable.” In the blink of a low-browed

eye, architecture had been born and with it, architects.

Both are, by and large, A Good Thing. The latter, however,

can have a tendency to eclipse Miss Piggy when it comes

to pretention – the words above were not actually spoken

by our caveman but by the great American architect Louis

Khan. There are of course, exceptions and one of the most

notable is Sir David Chipperfield whose contribution to

architecture worldwide is truly immeasurable and whose

pronouncements are invariable enlightening and inspiring.


Above left: Kate has mixed designer items with affordable pieces from shops such as IKEA and Above right: The ‘simple yellow’ of the Tesco bar

stools in the kitchen is echoed by lamps in the living room and the painted doors of a downstairs storage cupboard.

“There is a danger when every building has to look

spectacular, to look like it’s changing the world,” he says.

“I don’t care how a building looks if it means something,

not to architects but to the people who use it.”

Which brings us, perhaps a little circuitously, to Kate

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Two years ago the couple decided to move from

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in the Dorking area and, as fate would have it, this

was the first house they looked at. “I don’t think I was

wild about it but I knew it would work,” says Kate.

The property had only just come up for sale for the

first time in a generation and the market was moving

fast. They immediately put their own house up for


Above: The stylish white-topped oak desk in the home office space once served as Kate and Jason’s kitchen table. The white bookshelves are from Ikea and the

on-trend grey sofa was £100 from Homesense. A white leather rocking chair, to the left of the picture and on the previous page, was from Habitat

sale and again fate took a hand and it sold within 48

hours. In two weeks it was a done deal. There was only

one slight problem -- they were going to have to do

a considerable amount of pretty radical work on the

property, had nowhere to live and winter was coming on.

The answer was to move into a campervan in the driveway,

make swift decisions and watch builders tearing apart walls,

interior and exterior, as temperatures began to fall. They did,

however, have a design heavyweight on their team – Kate’s

mother, the artist Gill Wyche. Gill and her husband designed

and built their own home, Tyneham House in Caldy, a

property shortlisted in this year’s Northern Design Awards.

“My mum has had a big influence on this house,” says Kate.

Looking at the acres of glass at Tyneham House, one can

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priority she has brought to her daughter’s home. From an

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six children, it has become a contemporary home with fewer,

larger rooms and fewer walls – both internal and external.

Wherever possible, entire exterior walls have been replaced

with great expanses of glass in the shape of bi-folding doors.

The new kitchen space, for instance, was three rooms

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wall entirely composed of bi-folding doors with oversized

panes opening out on to a patio and high-banked flower

beds. “This side of the house is south-facing so the light

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Above: A central landing allows light to flood into every room and is an

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All the units are bespoke and in a Little Greene grey.

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Above: Amber’s room is painted in a ‘simple white’ but livened up with bright and cheerful fabrics. Kate, rescued the miniature wrought iron day bed from a

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The downstairs loo was one of the few rooms with sufficiently straight walls

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Its owners, Sarah and Dean, moved to the house near

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Above left: The couple bought this Salvador Dali lithograph, from the Femmes des Fleurs series and dated 1939, in Paris. It hangs above a chaise longue that

Sarah had re-upholstered by Steve Burton in Appledore Above right: Cocker Spaniels Milly and Pip enjoy the fire in the living room

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Above: The view from the kitchen window, across the lawn to the oak-framed,

cart-shed-style garage Right: The kitchen’s flag-stone floor was already in place

when the couple bought the farmhouse and is ideal in a household where

visitors often have muddy wellies – or muddy paws

businesses, and we liked them and their family business

instantly,” she says. “They did a stonking job, especially as

none of our walls are straight – and I kept on changing my

mind on colours!”

It’s certainly an interesting space in which to fit a kitchen

– but with gorgeous existing features, including long, low

windows under the eaves and an original, reconditioned,

Aga at its heart.

A Welsh ‘deuddarn’ cupboard next to the Aga, which

Sarah and Dean brought with them from their old house

(their Herts home was dated 1595, whereas their current

home is even older, dating from 1525) would originally have

been a larder in the top half and clothes storage in the

lower half. Today it holds crockery. They also brought an

old-fashioned clothes airer with them, which hovers,

perfectly, high above the room.

At the pantry and utility end of the kitchen, there is a

charming loo, decorated with quirky chicken wallpaper,

designed by the artist Belynda Sharples. “I’m not making

it up, but I was on a hen weekend in Norfolk, and met the

artist,” says Sarah. “There was this fantastic craft market

in Burnham Market – I was nipping round – and was


Above: Notable upstairs, are the unspoilt views from every room, out over little

Wealden fields and hedges, or across the extensive lawn. Right: The ‘snout’ of

a 24-stone marlin, caught by Dean in Mauritius, is used as a doorstop in the

master bedroom

The floors in the upstairs bedrooms

are so uneven that Sarah and Dean

had special furniture made, with

different-length legs, to compensate

drawn to her work. I decided then and there I would find a

place for it in our house.” The downstairs loo was one of the

few places with sufficiently straight walls for wallpaper, one

of the foibles of an historic house.

Yet, for a house of this age, it’s surprisingly warm and

draught-free. “It does take a bit of heating, but the Aga

makes a huge difference, and I have put heavy roller blinds

and thick curtains in every room,” says Sarah. The blinds

are discreet and dark purple, so when rolled up, are hardly

visible, whereas striking curtains throughout the house, are

from Bell House Interiors in Cranbrook. “We also put new

carpets in every room – thick sisal, which I love – which is

tough, practical and keeps the cold out.”

Sarah and Dean have resisted putting a wood-stove

into their classic inglenook fireplace: “When we arrived,







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Above: The cosy attic bedroom, with a newly fitted en suite is reached via

steep ‘paddle stairs’, as sometimes seen on yachts Right: Ascending and

descending the stairs takes some practice

it looked like a pub fireplace, with a large metal hood, and

horse brasses all around,” says Dean. “We had a guy remove

the hood, and hide it in the space above the fireplace,

but we didn’t know if the fire would draw properly. We

decided it was worth a try, and that if it didn’t work, we’d

put in a wood-burner. But it burns a treat.” The fireplace

features firedogs, bought this year from an antiques market

in Montpellier, France, while the fireback is one of several

purchases from Symonds reclamation yard at Bethersden. It

is a fitting focal point for the living room, which contains a

mixture of antiques, many of which were bought from the

renowned antiques dealer, John Bly, as well as replica pieces

skilfully made by the Headcorn carpenter, Tim Smith.

A rustic wooden door to the right of the fireplace leads

to the dining room and the stairs. The dining room is

furnished with dark, period furniture – almost all from their

former home – including a refectory table and ladder-back

chairs from about 1780.

Despite the care that has gone into sourcing these

antiques, this is no showroom – and the room is regularly

used for lively dinner parties. A large, seemingly old,

maritime painting along the side wall gives a nod to

the couple’s sense of fun: “I said to the artist, Donald


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Above: A seating area in the garden with a fire-pit made by Cranbrook Iron

Right: Sarah is kept busy tending the large garden, which includes a duck

pond, fruit trees and trellises, as well as a vast lawn

‘We threw a party to celebrate finishing

the house. The guy who dug out our pond

brought round some of his homemade cider

and we all got extremely merry’

MacRead: ‘I want a picture of Nelson beating the French at

sea,’ so he knocked this up for me.”

Shallow stairs lead upstairs to the first floor, with a

gorgeous master bedroom, modern wet room and a

spectacularly wonky guest room. Notable, on this level, are

the unspoilt views from every room, out over little Wealden

fields and hedges, or across the expansive lawns. The main

bedroom has the pick of the views, across the garden to a

newly built oak-framed cart shed, and paddocks beyond. It

is also home to an impressive roll-top bath: “It’s meant to

look like cast iron, but we would never have got it upstairs,

and I was worried about the floor taking the weight,” says


Hidden behind doors next to the upstairs chimney

breast is a generous walk-in wardrobe, with textured

pebble flooring to echo that of the wet room. It works


eautiful oak framed buildings

Above: The duck pond at the back of the house is thought to be the result of digging for clay to make roof tiles. When the couple decided to clear the pond and

dig down to its original depth, they discovered that it was 20 feet deep. ‘The digger and driver completely disappeared out of sight,’ says Sarah

surprisingly well and, as Sarah says, is ideal when your floors

are so uneven; tiles just wouldn’t work.

One look in the second bedroom, and you can see the kind

of uneven floors the couple have had to deal with; floors so

uneven that they had to have a special bedside table made,

with different-length legs.

Short legs are needed upstairs, in the attic bedroom –

though on guests rather than on the furniture. Nestled into

the upper beams of the house is a gorgeous, almost secret

bedroom which has been made extra cosy with the addition

of thick luxurious carpet, a reindeer skin on the floor and

discreet lighting. It is reached by a quirky and steep ‘paddle

stairway’, as you sometimes see on boats, and Sarah and

Dean had a loo and basin installed en suite, to save guests an

awkward climb down the stairs.

This kind of consideration is typical of Sarah and Dean,

consummate hosts and now a key part of village life.

Both these facts are borne out by a story about the end of

their restoration and decoration: “At the end of the job, we

had all of the tradesmen – about 20 of them – plus some

of our neighbours, round for a party. The guy with the

digger, who dug out our pond, brought round some of his

homemade cider, and we all got extremely merry,” says Sarah.

What an appropriate way to celebrate moving to Kent.

Address Book:

Bell House Fabrics and Interiors Cranbrook

01580 712555

Belynda Sharples (Wallpaper and fabric designer)

01508 531171

Cranbrook Iron 07765 344298

Headcorn Hardware 51 High Street, Headcorn

TN27 9NL, 01622 890409

John Bly 020 7351 7799

JM Interiors Frittenden 01580 291221

Symonds Salvage Ltd Bethersden 01233 820724

T J Smith Headcorn 01622 891025


Tone &

To start the New Year, here’s a few bright and


beautiful pieces for you to reflect upon.

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton

Hybrid dress, £128, Odyl, Cranbrook 01580 714907; 1950s red and navy beaded necklace, £135, brooch, £125,

Eclectica Vintage Jewellery 020 7607 6327 /; Maharaja short pendant, £80,

Maharaja bracelet, £75, Maharaja earrings, £65, Bill Skinner

Ochre blue cashmere jumper, £99,

Spice, Cranbrook 01580 714156; Glen Prince orange

lambswool scarf, £46, Darcey Sussex Boutique,

East Sussex 0800 111 4974;

blue tassel keyring, £5, Cashara, Tenterden

07966 033000; amazonite

and labradorite necklace, £70, gold and

white agate Bonbon bracelet, £60, silver and

Korean jade Bonbon bracelet, £55, Victorious

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Joy visited Eastwell Manor

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I arrived at the Dreams

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Manor to be met by

Ellen who talked

through the whole

process of the facial,

the products being used and

what to expect. She explained that although

this facial is suitable for all skin types, it would

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it has to be said - mature-skin. Whilst it would

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any sinus problems, which is something I

frequently suffer from. After being left to make

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Ellen began with a very soothing cleanse and

tone, followed by an enzyme peel to exfoliate

and the rose infinity anti-ageing facial oil

massage on both my face and décolletage. An

eye cream was then applied and while all of

the beautifully rose aromatics worked on my

face, Ellen massaged my scalp with the oils. I

think it was at this point that I first fell asleep,

much to my later embarrassment! I don’t

think I have ever fallen asleep while someone

is massaging my face and scalp! After this

heavenly treatment, more was to come with a

rose hydrating face treatment, the first of two

masks. This was followed by a shoulder, neck

and back massage – I think this may have been

my second drift into oblivion, I’m not really

sure as the whole process was one long, warm

and dreamy state of relaxation. The second

treatment was an overnight repair mask. The

eye and sinus area were very gently massaged

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Finally, a serum eye cream and nourishing

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I was ready to get up, and reluctantly leave

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Jen visited Just Heaven

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This really was the perfect antidote to festive,

or post-festive stress, and left me feeling blissed

out - and beautifully scented - for the rest of

the day. Hannah, the owner of Just Heaven,

showed me to the cosy upstairs treatment

room, before leaving me to get ready for my

treatment. I slipped under the warm cover of

the treatment table and waited a few moments.

I’ve had a few massages in my time, including

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muscle rub, rather than a tickle... and this

was the perfect combination. Hannah started

on the backs of legs, before working up to

my back and shoulders, using ‘revitalising’

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The light oil was just right for this time of

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smell was gorgeous. I lost track of time, so

when Hannah had finished on my back and

neck, I was convinced that my massage was

over. It was a lovely surprise to find out that

my feet, front of legs, arms and face were still

in for a treat. The foot rub was especially nice

and reminded me of a relaxing reflexology

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and tension I didn’t realise I had - from the

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to less obvious places such as the palms of

my hands. She finished by using a scented,

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As a long time proponent of slouching and poor

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fought in my back is pretty regular. Hence,

when I walked into Fenwick for my Energising

Back, Neck and Scalp massage I was hoping for

a comfortable chair and a firm hand to ensure

I sat properly whilst some poor soul tried to

cure me. I got neither of those things. Instead,

I was led to the Clarins Spa in the corner of the

lower level. There I was soon made to realise,

much to my surprise, that I would in fact be

getting the full works, not fully clothed as I

had initially expected. Despite the confusion, I

was put completely at ease by the staff and the

ambience of this calm oasis in the otherwise

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Toni led me to a fragrant, dimly lit room with

a massage bed in the middle and an adjoining

changing room complete with a shower. It

was only when she left me to undress that I

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I doubt it would have mattered if I had been

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either to finish relaxed with an active mind, or

total relaxation. I suspect this article may never

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began with breathing exercises to ease the tension

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aroma of the oils. I then turned over and after

some exfoliation Toni began to untie my back.

I made sure to apologise for its state as Toni got

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temperature was intoxicating. Though I tried to

keep mental notes of the process, I must confess it

did not take long for my mind to surrender along

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of my back up and down with Clarins’ “Tonic”

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She finished with a scalp massage, using Clarins’

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body. It was only whilst I was getting changed

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Can this be treated through diet alone, or are there any other lifestyle changes that

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Jo Arnell shares her excitement for seed catalogues

Hark! Is that the merry thud of the Christmas post,

or rather, the post-Christmas post landing on the

mat? The arrival of the seed catalogues is - for sad

old me anyway - part of the magic of the season. It might

be dire and dismal outside, but inside their glossy pages it’s

already high summer and looking gorgeous. The fact that

these are just pictures and ideas of what could appear after

laborious sowing, growing and nurturing is, right now, in the

depths of winter, a side issue. I’m ashamed to say that even

before the turkey’s cold I’m ready to settle down in front of

the fire with a pile of them and start my spring dreaming.

Seed sowing trends for 2016

The gardening world turns fairly slowly, so many of last

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Heirloom varieties There are also subtle changes on the

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stripe. The heirloom, or heritage, tag is banded about in much

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racehorse, but much more expensive than ordinary seed.

Meadow flowers - We are still stuck on the meadow theme

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Butterflies and bees

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worthy, planet saving reasons and because they bring our

gardens to life. Growing companion plants in the veg

patch and simple (as opposed to over-frilled and sterile

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beautiful butterflies and buzzing bees into your garden.

Cut flowers

Annuals make ideal cut flowers because the simple act of

cutting them keeps them flowering, and the more you

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cosmos, and sunflowers are easy to grow from seed and once

they start to flower, will fill your vases all season long.

A perennial problem

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out of dormancy by passing through the digestive tract of

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Chiltern Seeds - quirky and charming descriptions of

the plants make for an entertaining read. The printed

catalogue is description only, but the online version now

has pictures too. Chiltern offer an enormous range of seeds,

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plants or even giant trees. You have been warned…

The Real Seed Catalogue - sells new and unusual

heirloom vegetable seed, although most varieties

have been around for at least 100 years. These vegetables

have been grown for their flavour, reliability and beauty.

Kings Seeds - this company have been producing their own

seed for many years, both for wholesale distribution and

direct to the public. They offer very good value for money and

have a broad range of no nonsense vegetables and flowers.

Seeds of Italy (Franchi) - are very generous with

their seed and good for Mediterranean vegetables like

tomatoes, courgettes, and also salad leaves, green beans

and cavolo nero. I like their strapline too - ‘you will reap

what you sow.’ It must sound less ominous in Italian.

Sarah Raven sends out ravishing catalogues and has a great

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The Pavilion, Guildford

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A night of sizzling Latin Jazz to

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Cirque Berserk

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The Farm

Jane looks forward

to a new year and

new calves

It is hardly surprising that having a laugh at The Bell is proving so

popular. The venue’s first season of comedy evenings has featured

the very best from the Edinburgh Festival and top London comedy

venues. By visiting festivals and shows across the country to scout

for acts, we’ve brought amazing talent to The Bell – some famous,

some up-and-coming. Comedy trickster Paul Zenon, fabulous

musical comedy act Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo, laconic

raconteur Marcel Lucont, rap comedians Abandoman and the

amazing Frisky and Mannish are all recent sell-out acts.

On 11 February, young stand-up Ivo Graham will take to the

stage at The Bell. This award-winning comedian has appeared

on various Radio 3, Radio 4 and 5 Live shows, has sold out at

London’s Soho Theatre and now he is coming to Ticehurst.

The Bell is offering two tickets to see Ivo on Thursday 11 February

with supper, plus an overnight stay in its famous Love Nest. Enjoy

a sinfully comfortable bed, wood-burner and copper bath in your

room as well as a twin shower – encircled by luxury. Goodness,

there is even a curved TV! In the morning, you’ll start your day

with a delicious Bell breakfast before departing.

The Bell would like to offer Wealden Times readers 20% off

room and lodge rates for a mid-week stay throughout March

and April, subject to availability. To take advantage of this special

offer, call Reservations on 01580 200234 quoting ‘WT1’. For

more information on up-and-coming comedy at The Bell, go to

For your chance to win two comedy

show tickets, supper, an overnight stay

and breakfast at The Bell, just answer this

question: ‘What is the name of the rap

comedy act that appeared at The Bell?’

Enter your answer with your contact

details* in the online form at www. or post to:

The Bell Competition, Wealden Times,

21 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17

3HF by 18 January 2016. There is no

cash alternative and the prize must be taken by Thursday 11 February. *All

entrants’ details will be passed on to The Bell and Wealden Times Events. Please

let us know if you do not wish your details to be passed on.

After all the good living and late-night partying that’s

been going on in recent weeks it’s pleasing to be

back to normal in terms of meals and bedtimes

– except that we’re not. Last year our new bull George

arrived at Christmas and, being keen to get on and use him,

we let him run with the cows earlier than usual, from late

March, so the calves will start arriving in early January.

It’s a very special time, and after fifteen years, still every

bit as wonderful as a new calf slips into the world, usually

in the dead of night. All being well, after all the heaving

and pushing, the mum will be straight up again licking

her newborn – that’s where the saying ‘licking into shape’

comes from – talking to it in a low, gentle moo and

generally encouraging it to get up and start drinking.

And that’s very important, because the calf needs to drink

2½ litres of colostrum – the thick milk produced once the

calf is delivered – in the first six hours of life. This special

milk is full of the mother’s antibodies and, during the first

hours, the calf can absorb these large molecules which protect

it from all the local microbes. After six hours the gut lining

changes and the antibodies can’t pass through, so the calf that

hasn’t drunk has no resistance to disease and will succumb,

most commonly to E. coli, in the first few days of life.

If it’s been a difficult birth and the cow and calf are

exhausted, it is best to leave them for an hour or so to

recover, but you can’t leave it too long. As a beginner, I

used to really worry and was never sure if the calf had

drunk or not drunk. Now, if it’s an older experienced

cow, they’re both up and about and she’s speaking to

it and shoving it in the right direction (towards her

udder) then chances are that all will be well and it will

soon be sucking. There are four options after all!

But with the heifers you can’t be so sure. For these firsttime

mothers you can quite understand why, after pushing

out a 30kg calf, they are sometimes startled, cross and not

the least bit enamoured with the prospect of motherhood!

So you then have to tether mum, usually between a gate

and the wall, and encourage the small, slippery calf to stand,

find the udder and latch on – without either of you getting

kicked. A good trick is to squirt some warm milk from the

teat over the calf’s nose and ideally into its mouth – along

the lines of a ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ message.

Quite often you miss and squirt milk up your sleeve

or into your own face, and all this as the mum sambas

this way and that, swishing her mucky tail around your

head. Not a job for the squeamish! But heavenly when

at last mum and calf get it together and you leave the

cowshed covered in milk, muck – and worse – but

very content. I’ll take my coffee black, thank you.

Follow Jane on Twitter @coopers_farm

Congratulations to Jonathan Nixon who wins the December competition for

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