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LET THERE BE LIGHT
John Graham-Hart finds bright
and beautiful properties
Be enchanted and inspired
by our wedding pages
THE GREEN GODDESS
Penny Kemp welcomes our
feathered friends into the garden
What’s going on near
you this month
SCENTS & SENSUALITY
Jo Fairley keeps us
Jennifer Stuart-Smith visits
Belvidere Place – a coastal
home and boutique B&B
Tips to keep you
Win an overnight stay and breakfast
in the Maiden’s Tower at Leeds Castle
GET THE LOOK
Fabulous home accessories
A focus on mental health
FABLES FROM THE FARM
Jane Howard moves on from
calving to lambing
OLD MEETS NEW
Building experts give us
an insight into timberframed
Jane Howard finds style
and functionality in this
interior designer’s home
FOOD OF LOVE
A romantic meal for
two from Jo Arnell
Sue Wigham on one of the
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Leeds Excess £1,250,000 Biddenden Guide Price £1,050,000
An exquisite Grade II• country house of immense atmosphere affording A sympathetically refurbished and extended Grade II listed country house •
wonderful views • 3 Receptions • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • 5 Bedrooms • CSCA •No Onward Chain • 3 Receptions • Conservatory • Kitchen/Breakfast
3 Bathrooms • Detached Home Office • Generous Garaging • Outbuilding • Room • Master Bedroom • 5 further Bedrooms • Bathroom • Garage • Tennis
Gardens and Grounds of 1.8 acres
Court • Outbuildings • 3.6 acres in all
Marden Guide Price £715,000 Marden Excess £700,000
A substantial family house amid beautiful landscaped grounds in a convenient A fine example of a Grade II listed attached barn and oast conversion in a
location • CSCA • 4 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Master rural setting • 2 Reception Rooms • Kitchen • Master Bedroom Suite with
Bedroom Suite • 4 further Bedrooms (1 En Suite) • Bathroom • Garage/ Mezzanine Floor over • 3 further Bedrooms • Family Bathroom • Double
Workshop • Landscaped Gardens of over 0.5 acres • EPC E
Garage • Gardens of about 0.6 acres
Sedlescombe Guide Price £550,000 Cranbrook Guide Price £250,000
A deceptively spacious Grade II listed village house providing versatile living • Development Prospect • A tucked away plot providing a rare opportunity to
space and income potential in the heart of the village• 5 Reception Rooms create a contemporary dwelling • CSCA • P. P. for Reception/Kitchen • Master
• Kitchen/Breakfast Room • 6 Bedrooms • 4 Bathrooms • Integral Garage • Bedroom with En Suite • Bedroom 2 • Bedroom 3/Study • Family Bathroom
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A substantial Edwardian family house on the edge of a popular village
Entrance lobby, dining hall, cloakroom, inner hall, cellar, kitchen / breakfast room, utility room,
drawing room, sitting room, oak-framed garden room. Master bedroom with en suite shower
room, 4 further bedrooms, family bathroom, shower room, study, office. Gardens and grounds.
Paved terrace. Woodland. Tandem garage. Store room. Planning permission for ancillary
accommodation. EPC rating E. In all about 6.37 acres.
A superb Grade II Listed country house with ancillary accommodation and beautiful grounds
Entrance hall, reception hall, great hall / dining hall, drawing room, dining room, family room, kitchen / breakfast room, pantry, utility room, boot
room, cloakroom, cellar. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, 2 dressing rooms, shower room, WC, study / home
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An attractive, well located period property with huge potential
Entrance lobby, reception hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen / breakfast room, utility room,
guest cloakroom. Master bedroom, 2 further bedrooms, 4th bedroom / study, family bathroom,
shower room. Double garage. Greenhouse. EPC rating E. In all about 2 acres.
Guide price £1,350,000
A recently completed family house on the edge of a village
Entrance hall, cloakroom, utility room, kitchen / breakfast room, garden room, drawing room, sitting room, dining room. Master bedroom with
en suite bathroom, guest bedroom with en suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms. Detached triple garage. Terrace. Gardens
and grounds. Paddock. EPC rating C. In all about 1.31 acres.
Peasmarsh, East Sussex - £485,000
An immaculate detached four bedroom chalet style property.
Accommodation includes kitchen/breakfast room, living room, 2
ground floor bedrooms, 1 first floor bedroom with en-suite, and
1 further bedroom. Family bathroom. Single garage. Extensive
driveway. Mature gardens of approx 1/2 acre. EPC F
Rye, East Sussex - £550,000
A light well-appointed modern house in a small gated private
development. Accommodation includes kitchen/breakfast
room, sitting room/dining room, conservatory, study, main
bedroom with en-suite and 3 further bedrooms. Off road
parking. Double garage. Front and rear gardens. EPC C
Udimore, East Sussex - £499,950
A well proportioned detached Victorian house. The
accommodation includes sitting room and conservatory, dining
room, open plan kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, master
bedroom and en-suite, 3 further bedrooms. Large garden.
Summer house. Garage/store. EPC F
Camber, East Sussex - £350,000
A detached single storey coastal property affording stylish, open plan
living accommodation hidden behind the sand dunes at the end of
a private sandy road. Spacious living room with wood burner, fitted
kitchen & dining room, three large double bedrooms & bath/shower
room. Sun deck and garden. Secure parking for several cars.
Rye, East Sussex - £235,000
A lovely refurbished mid terraced three bedroom Victorian
house in the town, close to the amenities and station.
Accommodation includes living/dining room, kitchen/breakfast
room, utility/rear lobby, main bedroom with en-suite, 2 further
bedrooms with family bathroom. Garden. EPC D
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Iden, East Sussex - £625,000
A well presented detached period cottage with light filled stylish
accommodation close to the village but on a quiet country lane.
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study, kitchen and utility room, 4 bedrooms. Heritage style
double garage. 1/2 acre garden. EPC F
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IDEN GREEN £1,200,000
• Period Farmhouse with acreage • Three receptions
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RURAL MARDEN £1,200,000
Family home with PP to extend • Three receptions
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two bathrooms • Swimming pool, tennis court
• Approx 2 acres • EPC: D
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Immaculately presented throughout • Three
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• Master bedroom ensuite • Three further bedrooms
• One bedroom annexe • Approx 2.5 acres • EPC: n/a
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extending to 0.9 of an acre • Gravelled Parking & turning area • Scope for updating • CSCA • EPC: G (Joint Sole agents Warner Gray)
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Two former agricultural buildings • Change of use granted under prior approval for the change of use from agricultural to residential
dwellings • Total plot size approximately 0.49 of an acre • Rural location on edge of village • For Sale as a whole
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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart
Let there be light
Great Cossington Farm | Pratling Street | Aylesford | Kent | ME20 7DQ
John Graham-Hart shuns the dark, for houses
that are bright and beautiful
Some years ago a group of Japanese scientists proved that, like fireflies and
through the same metabolic processes, we humans, too, glow in the dark.
Actually, they found that we glow even more in the daytime. No matter
– the loopies were in alternative seventh heaven. Throughout the country, ley
lines were instantly overloaded. It was official. Auras were real.
Obviously, it proved no such thing but it was, however, another quite
interesting discovery about the most complex organism on the planet. Why a
diurnal creature should have evolved this ability is anyone’s guess but it did and
it underlines, if in a rather oblique way, our love of light.
Throughout our history, light has been associated with good and the dark with
things unpleasant. Wherever we find darkness, whether literal or figurative, we
try to bring light. It follows then, as the night does the day, that among the
places where we value light most highly is the space we call home.
The earliest windows were just holes in the wall that let in all-important light
but alas, they let in everything else as well and so were necessarily small. The
Romans were the first to use glass in around 100 AD but it was over 1,000
years before the windowpane as we know it made its appearance. Finally, in the
1950s, plate glass manufacture was perfected by Sir Alastair Pilkington allowing
the creation of walls of glass and providing architects with one of their most
valuable resources. So let’s hear it for glass – and light.
1. North Barn
Where? North Barn is on a farm
overlooking fields just to the northeast of
Aylesford (Google Maps ME20 7DQ).
What? Part of a conversion of a small
group of farm buildings, North Barn is a
former Victorian flint barn which today
offers a superbly light home with virtually
one whole side of the building consisting
of floor-to-ceiling windows. On the
ground floor there is a master bedroom
with en suite bathroom plus two further
bedrooms and a family bathroom. On
the floor above – and making the most of
the views – is the vaulted living room and
adjoining dining room (with an elegant
gallery study above) and the kitchen.
Outside there are lawns as well as a wide
variety of established shrubs and fruit
trees, a large timber deck, a paved terrace,
wooden summerhouse and double garage.
How much? North Barn is with Fine
& Country in West Malling and offers are
being invited in excess of £575,000. Call
01732 222272 or visit
The Old Vicarage is a Grade II Listed home superbly located in the
heart of this idyllic Kentish village, close to the church, village pub
and a short walk from the village shop and mainline rail station. The
motorway network is easily accessed and the Ebbsfleet high speed rail
terminus is within a comfortable driving distance. The property itself
is a former vicarage that has enjoyed comprehensive and sympathetic
enhancements, creating a quite wonderful family home.
The ground floor is currently configured with a large lounge, a
panelled dining room, a spacious study and a family room. Beyond the
exceptional kitchen breakfast room is a utility room, a walk-in larder,
the former butlers pantry (now used as a small gym) and a cellar. The
bedrooms are arranged over the two upper floors and are served by
two sumptuous en suites and an equally impressive family bathroom.
Wooden entrance door opening into porch.
Sash window to side. Tumbled limestone flooring. Glazed inner door to
hallway. Ornate radiator.
Original entrance door and leaded windows to front. Ornate radiators.
Original wood flooring.
W.C. Sash window to side. Low level W.C. Wall hung wash hand basin.
Ornate radiator. Limestone floor.
Double aspect with sash windows to side and French doors with
flank windows opening onto the rear garden. Corniced ceiling. Stone
fireplace surround with wood burner. Ornate radiators. Fitted carpet.
Currently configured as a TV/entertainment room (installed equipment
including surround sound system available subject to negotiation). Sash
window to front. Wood panelling to walls. Ornate radiators.
Double aspect with sash windows to side and front. Built-in storage
and book shelves. Ornate radiator. Fitted carpet.
Sash windows to front and French doors to side. Corniced ceiling.
Fireplace surround with open fire basket. Tumbled limestone flooring
with under floor heating.
Biddenden Road | Headcorn | Kent | TN27 9JE
The Old Vicarage
Upper Street | Hollingbourne | Maidstone | Kent | ME17 1UJ
Where? Cottenden is in an idyllic
rural location down a country lane just to
the east of the pretty village of Benenden
(Google Maps TN17 4BW).
What? This contemporary, architectdesigned
house combines elegance and
practicality to provide bright spacious
and flexible family accommodation over
two floors. The open-plan kitchen/dining
room/sitting room features floor-to-ceiling
glazed panels opening out on to extensive
decking and with excellent views over
the surrounding fields and woodland.
A master bedroom with an en suite
bathroom has direct access to the outdoor
swimming pool and this floor also has
two further bedrooms and a bedroom/
study. On the lower ground floor there is
a large entertaining/reception area as well
as music/games room and two further
bedrooms. Outside there are grounds of
about an acre and a half with a kitchen
garden, raised flower beds and pond,
workshop and garaging.
How much? Cottenden is on the
market at £1,500,000 and is with Harpers
& Hurlingham in Cranbrook. Call 01580
715400 or visit
3. Oaklands House
Where? Oaklands House is set back
from the road between the villages of
Biddenden and Headcorn (Google Maps
What? A bright and spacious
Edwardian house in lovely grounds,
Oaklands House has been sympathetically
and substantially extended by its present
owners and today is a celebration of light
and space. At the heart of the home is
a huge galleried great hall/living room
and adjoining orangery. Also on the
ground floor is a large vaulted dining
room, cinema room, study, family room,
play-room, self-contained two bedroom
annexe and shower room/Jacuzzi. On
the first floor there is a master bedroom
suite, opening out on to a large balcony,
and three further bedrooms. Outside
there are extensive lawns, an all-weather
tennis court and large pond with an island
and waterfall. The property also comes
with planning permission to build two
heritage-style triple bay barns, one with
ancillary accommodation above.
How much? Oaklands House is
priced at £1,400,000 and is with Fine
& Country in Tenterden. Call 01580
766388 or visit www.fineandcountry.com.
4. The Old Vicarage
Where? The Old Vicarage is in the
village of Hollingbourne, on the North
Downs just to the east of Maidstone
(Google Maps ME17 1UJ).
What? A handsome Georgian Grade
II listed property, the Old Vicarage is
awash with light pouring through superb
windows that grace virtually every room
and are one of the joys of the period.
Downstairs is a double aspect drawing
room with French doors opening out
into the garden, a panelled dining room,
a double aspect study and a superb openplan
kitchen/breakfast room/family room.
Upstairs there is a master bedroom suite
with dressing room and elegant bathroom
and four further bedrooms, one with en
suite bathroom. Outside are attractive
gardens with views toward the North
Downs and encompassing split-level areas
of lawn – one level a former tennis court
– as well as an ornamental fish pond and
a brick storage-shed. Access to a generous
driveway is by electrically operated gates.
How much? The Old Vicarage is
with Fine & Country in West Malling
and offers are invited in excess of
£1,500,000. Call 01732 222272 or visit
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or want the reassurance of a detailed anomaly scan at 20 weeks. Whatever your reason we can offer expert advice
and reassurance in a calm and relaxed environment.
What scans are available?
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PRE NUPS: to have or have not?
Although the multi million pound divorce
settlements which are often reported
in the press are of little relevance
to the vast majority of divorcing
couples, the financial consequences of
any divorce can be significant and far reaching.
It is hardly surprising therefore that couples
planning marriage are increasingly considering
entering into pre nuptial agreements in order
to try to retain control over their finances.
So what is a pre nup? Essentially it is an agreement
governing financial arrangements not just during a
marriage, but crucially, in the event of a divorce. Pre
nups can govern all financial issues including what
should happen to the family home, how other capital
assets should be divided, how pensions should be
shared and even whether maintenance should be
paid by one partner to the other and for how long.
Understandably, many engaged couples feel that
they would rather deal with what should happen
to their finances in the (hopefully) unlikely event of
a divorce, whilst they are able to do so amicably
and on a theoretical basis, rather than against the
background of an actual breakdown in the marriage
with all the emotional upheaval that brings. However
by definition, pre nups deal with future arrangements
and so without a crystal ball, it can be very difficult
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very unfair some years down the line when one party
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however is very clear, is that no one should enter
into a pre nup lightly, as even though the divorce
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nup, increasingly, as long as certain safeguards are
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met, the courts are enforcing these agreements. So
any couple contemplating a pre nup should obtain
legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity to
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them and if so, what its precise terms should be.
Melanie den Brinker is the head of the Family
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Three of the best! February can be a grim month, but
don’t despair – here are three of the best of our customer
projects with some photos of glorious gardens to inspire
you to think of 2016 garden projects and to help get you
through the cold winter months.
Below: You can almost feel the heat radiating off the gorgeous
circular paving in Maureen Vinall’s garden designed by Earthstone
Landscapes. One of the aims of the redesign was to make what
was essentially quite a small garden appear more spacious. This
was achieved by terracing different levels within the garden using
Jakwall to make flowerbeds that radiate outwards and step
upwards from a central round paved area.
Above: Jacksons Venetian panels are used to dramatic effect in
this stunning garden refurbishment by Brighton designer Dawn
Banks - she says“I always use Jacksons Fencing as it provides the
high quality contemporary effect required within my designs. The
added benefit of the 25 year guarantee is very important when
creating a beautiful space for clients. It is important, not only to
use the highest quality material, but it is essential that they stay
looking good and last for many years to come. A garden is an
investment that grows and matures over time, so it is unthinkable
to introduce a product that will perish or rot. So by installing
Jacksons I can be sure these integral parts of my design will stay
looking great as the garden grows around it.
Below: The lovely garden below belongs to Brian Hattersley. He
saw the Retreat shelter at a show Jacksons were attending and
decided to incorporate it into the design for his new garden. He
explained that he actually wanted something a bit larger than the
standard Retreat shelter, so he’s adapted it to make a ‘one and a
half’ sized one, see below. I think you will agree, it looks great,
especially with the matching Venetian fencing.
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boutique B&B and play at being princesses on a bridal fashion
shoot at Leeds Castle. There’s also plenty for those who aren’t
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atmosphere and style attracts an arty crowd, as well as those
in the mood for proposing. For those who’d rather stay in, Jo
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perfect for preparing in advance – leave more time for romance.
Regulars include our health page, which this month focuses
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Spring is in the air, as well as love, it seems.
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When Jilly Sharpe left Peckham, south London, for Broadstairs, she needed a
home and a way to make a living. Belvidere Place, a run-down and dilapidated
Georgian building that had been neglected for 200 years, was to be her saviour –
but only once she had carried out some serious salvation of her own ...
Above: Much of the furniture in Belvidere Place, such as this elegant pedestal dining table, came from Jilly’s former home in Peckham, south London. Jilly was
inspired to paint the downstairs breakfast room in dark grey after using, and liking, the colour of a grey undercoat she had been using to paint woodwork
As well as bringing many of her London friends with her, Jilly also brought the
contents of her London home – items which fit perfectly with
the pared-down rustic interior of Belvidere Place
In the latest film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s
The Lady in the Van, Miss Shepherd escapes her
unconventional Camden existence to spend short
spells by the sea in Broadstairs. Admittedly, she is far
from your average holiday-maker but, nonetheless,
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In 2007, Jilly Sharpe was also an escapee from
London, but from Peckham in her case and, rather than
living in a van, her former home was a large London
townhouse. “I already had a house in Broadstairs, so
knew the town, but moving here was a matter of survival.
I was a single mum who needed to make a living – so
it wasn’t just a case of escaping to the seaside.”
It should also be noted that the huge Georgian building
she was about to buy, was not an entirely tempting
holiday destination or home. “Nobody had repaired it
in 200 years and it was rotten to the core,” says Jilly. “It
had been run as a B&B, although initially I bought it
simply as a home for my son Gus and me. It was horribly
institutional, with fire doors and glass partitions everywhere
and many of the original doorways were boarded up.”
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Above left: This ‘babyfoot’ table came from Columbia Road in east London and, according to Jilly, ‘it could tell some stories’ Above right: For vintage finds and
quirky items, Jilly is a fan of the Sunbury Antiques Market as well as Dolly Miller in nearby Margate. “I just buy what I like,” says Jilly. “There is no grand plan.”
London is still a big influence here, and Jilly thrives amongst the
creative crowd that has been attracted to Broadstairs in recent years,
either as permanent residents or as guests at Belvidere Place
As funds dried up, Jilly decided that she would return
it to being a B&B – but one that would attract people
rather than repel them. Her background as a fine art
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stead as far as decoration was concerned, as would a
seemingly huge array of creative friends and contacts.
“At one point, I was at rock bottom financially but
due to open in a matter of weeks. A huge parcel arrived
and it was full of beautiful embroidered cushions made
by my friend Charlene Mullen.” Charlene’s quirky,
distinctive cushions are still dotted throughout Belvidere
Place, adding a touch of Shoreditch cool – as well as
London scenes – to this Kentish seaside home.
London is still a big influence here, and Jilly thrives
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“Some fantastic people live round here; there’s a great
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The paying guests obviously add to the family atmosphere
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As well as bringing many of her London friends with
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interior of Belvidere Place. A characterful refectory
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grandfather and a large circular pedestal dining table is
equally fitting. Less ‘fitting’ and rather more funky is a
giant representation of a Royal Mail stamp, made from
buttons sewn on to cloth, which hangs over the fireplace.
It is another reminder of Jilly’s art-world connections
and was made by the artist Ann Carrington, one of the
Above: The living room has bare floorboards, blackboard paint on the chimney breast and, on closer inspection, brown wrapping paper on the walls
– a surprisingly effective look
‘YBA’ who became well known at the same time as Damien
Hirst, the Chapman Brothers and Tracey Emin. There is
another Ann Carrington original, this time of a Union
Jack, over the bedstead in one of the guest bedrooms.
Each bedroom has a very different feel, though none
of them is named or numbered, thus keeping a sense of
homeliness – and avoiding hints at the building’s former
life as a rather unpleasant boarding house. Despite the
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Above: An Ann Carrington original, this time of a Union Jack, hangs above the bed. The embroidered cushions were made by Jilly’s friend, Charlene Mullen
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“We do seem to be a popular place with actors,” she says,
though she’s careful not to name-drop, “and it makes a great
party place.” She still doesn’t advertise and attracts almost
all her business through word-of-mouth recommendation
– and appearances in numerous glossy magazines.
Opposite the ground floor breakfast room and its
roaring fire is a living room with retro wood-burner,
comfy chairs and a distinctive ‘foosball’ or ‘babyfoot’
table – which, apparently, is often a focal point at
parties. Jilly bought it on Columbia Road in London.
“It could tell a few stories!” says Jilly, though that is as
much as she will say. I can’t help imagining Dame Maggie
Smith – who plays Miss Shepherd in the film adaptation
of Alan Bennett’s play – playing a game or two of table
football. (I am informed, sadly for me at least, that Dame
Maggie has never in fact stayed at Belvidere Place.)
The living room has bare floorboards, blackboard paint
on the chimney breast and, on closer inspection, brown
wrapping paper on the walls – a surprisingly effective
look. Against the wall is a large, glass-fronted ‘cupboard of
curiosities’ which in a way reflects the eclectic contents of
the building itself: in the breakfast room a vast mirror is in
fact an old TV prop, there is an armchair from Claridge’s in
one of the bedrooms and a stunning Japanese-style cabinet
– which contains a kettle and other B&B goodies – in
another. “There was no grand plan or design,” says Jilly.
Each bedroom has a very different feel, though none of them is named
or numbered, thus keeping a sense of homeliness – and avoiding hints at
the building’s former life as a rather unpleasant boarding house
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“When we first bought the place it was horribly institutional, with fire doors
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original doorways were boarded up,” says Jilly
Above left: The carpets have been removed throughout, to leave characterful, marked floorboards which fit perfectly with the original panelling on the stairwell
Above right: The grey-painted hallway is naturally lit by an original fanlight window above the front door as well as more contemporary fairy lights and spots
Sea view or no sea view, it’s clear that guests love the atmosphere
at Belvidere Place, the homely touches and the romance of this
majestic building, in a quintessential English seaside town
It’s hard to imagine that the interior wasn’t carefully
planned and curated, especially as the dark-grey walls
and woodwork downstairs make such a bold statement.
“It’s not a fancy Farrow & Ball colour. I was doing
some woodwork and liked the colour of the grey
undercoat I was using – then had a similar colour mixed
especially. I’ve thought of trying other colours since,
but few things go so well as they do with grey.”
Jilly also takes the same ‘unplanned’ approach with
furniture: “I just buy what I like.” Sunbury Antiques
Fair is one place she likes to visit, as well as Dolly Miller
in Margate and Spitalfields Market in London.
Other sources include boot sales, a doctors’ surgery
and even a skip: “A lamp upstairs was on its way to
the tip, before I rescued it.” The furniture just seems
to fit – rather like Jilly’s many happy guests.
“I don’t do internet bookings, only phone
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they book,” she says. “I need to talk to them, to
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One thing she makes clear straight away, is that there
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“We get loads of proposals here,” says Jilly, with a certain
pride. “One was at breakfast time, and all the guests welled
up.” She has also advised guests on a romantic, outdoor
spot to pop the question. “Kingsgate Bay is gorgeous. I
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occasion – we’re not Claridge’s, but we’re homely and cosy.”
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Old meets new:
Travel anywhere in the Weald, by car, on foot or by bicycle and
you’d be hard-pushed not to pass an ancient timber-framed
building – probably one of the most distinctive forms of historic
building in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.
The reason for this is largely down to the area’s geology and
the fact that it was, and is, the most wooded part of Britain. Oak
trees thrive on the clay soils of the Weald, (‘Weald’, translated
from ‘wald’, means a wood or forest) so almost all vernacular
Wealden buildings used oak for timber frames, as well as clay for
tiles, daub for walls, and bricks when the owners and builders
could afford them.
Here we look at four companies who are continuing this
tradition, restoring historic buildings and making modern timberframed
buildings, built to last as long as their predecessors.
Round Wood, Mayfield, East Sussex
When was the company founded and by whom?
Round Wood have been supplying oak framed buildings for
over twenty years. The business, originally founded in the
aftermath of the Great Hurricane of 1987 with just a mobile
sawmill, naturally progressed into this area after establishing
itself as a supplier of high quality oak. It now also offers
hardwood decking, cladding, oak and walnut flooring, garden
planters and a wide range of home and garden features,
How have your building methods changed
over the years?
The demand for oak framed buildings has grown
significantly over the years, requiring the construction
workshop to relocate to larger premises on several occasions.
The team now includes various sales personnel, surveyors,
planning assistants, CAD technicians, workshop managers,
joiners and dedicated oak framers.
Whilst traditional crafting techniques are always adhered
to, machinery has also been improved. This includes the
acquisition of a CNC machine that is able to rapidly
produce standard buildings at the touch of a button using
CAD templates we produce in house. All are hand fitted in
workshop to ensure ease of fit once the building arrives on
site. Using their expertise and experience, Round Wood have
planned, manufactured and erected thousands of oak frames
over the last two decades. Customers are offered as much, or
as little support as required.
What are the main stages of a project, and what
services do you offer in-house?
Round Wood’s sales team, technical department and CAD
specialists are able to assist throughout the planning and build
process. Customers can put forward their own design and
ideas, or can make use of a standard design that can be altered
to suit bespoke requirements.
Joinery and glazing are also available, along with roofing,
ground works, plastering and insulation services. Site visits,
consultation and initial sketches are available subject to site
What type of projects do Round Wood undertake
and have any recent projects been particularly
The range of projects tackled is vast. These have included
entire oak framed houses, offices, shops, work spaces and
sports pavilions along with the more traditional garages,
garden rooms, extensions and pergolas. The Round Wood
team prefer not to regard any project as challenging, believing
that any requirement for a project can be met given
appropriate thought and planning.
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This Grade II Listed 18th-century farmhouse is on the outskirts of
All external elevations required extensive sympathetic repairs and
maintenance to brickwork, chimneys and re-roofing. Traditional lime
mortars, locally soured second-hand bricks and roof tiles were used to
match the existing. A small first-floor window was added to balance the
proportions of the farmhouse and add light to a new bathroom. The
original single glazed windows had to remain and required complete
refurbishment. The entire house was re-wired, re-plumbed with a
pressurised heating and hot water system added using surface copper
pipes so as not to damage the original fabric of the house.
A T Palmer Ltd, Smarden, Kent
When was the company founded, by whom and
In 1949, a young man had a vision of owning his own
business. He discussed this with his wife, as without her help
it would have been impossible. She readily agreed to run the
office and together they bought a small business with six
tradesmen and a dilapidated van. They were Arthur and Myra
Palmer and the firm became known as A T Palmer (Builders
& Contractors) Ltd. The rest is history, as they say.
Today we employ a highly skilled workforce of 30, covering
all trades with many years’ experience, as well as working with
various specialist subcontractors. Our specialist craftsmen
appreciate the buildings they are working on and we run
apprenticeship schemes in various trades – so that our
experts can pass on their skills. Our most recently qualified
carpenter apprentice gained his experience working on a large
timber-framed listed farmhouse renovation and he recently
represented the South of England in the national finals of The
Skill Build competition in Birmingham.
What are the greatest challenges of working on
historic timber framed buildings and what are the
Working on historic buildings can have its challenges, with
conservation and listed planning issues, so we have to take
careful consideration of the existing structure as well as
sourcing local natural materials such as clay, timber and stone.
However, the rewards of working on these wonderful old
buildings are that we are able to work closely with our clients
to create their vision, coordinate all trades using traditional
materials and methods that truly take into account the
building’s history whilst blending our work seamlessly into the
structure and providing top quality, contemporary living.
Do you have any recent, interesting projects you
could tell us about?
One recent one was a Grade II Listed 18th-century farmhouse
on the outskirts of Lamberhurst. Before the Industrial
Revolution Lamberhurst was the centre of the Wealden iron
industry. This farmhouse and its estate formed part of the
Gloucester Furnace where they made the railings for St.
Paul’s Cathedral. The farmhouse had been untouched for
60 years. We completed a full renovation, extension and
refurbishment project over 11 months.
Farmhouse before the extension was built
An oak-framed extension was hand-built using green European oak to
form the new kitchen and master bedroom suite. It was constructed using
traditional materials and methods, by skilled craftsmen.
The new porch was hand-built in European oak with bricks
and tiles sourced locally to match the existing house.
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Monarch Oak, Vines Cross, East Sussex
When was the company founded and by whom?
Monarch Oak was founded by Tom Wallis in 2011 after he
spent more than 15 years working in the oak-frame
What are the greatest challenges of working with
green oak and what are the greatest rewards?
There are many rewards that come with working with oak.
One of the most important ones for Monarch Oak is to keep
traditional building methods alive. Unlike other oak frame
companies, all of our buildings are still made today by hand
using age-old practices such as mortise and tenon joints and
wooden pegs. We also ensure curved braces are a feature in
every design as these really do stand out in the overall build.
The beauty of oak as a material is that it weathers with age
and turns an attractive silver colour after a short time.
Where do you source specialist building materials,
and what are they?
We use the best quality green oak and cut the beams and
braces out of large, chunky pieces of timber which gives a
much nicer overall effect. Depending on the client brief and
specification, we also hand select reclaimed tiles and bricks
from suppliers across the UK.
Where do you look for inspiration when
designing a timber-framed building?
When designing an oak-frame building it’s important to
ensure it reflects the style of the property it will sit alongside.
With years of experience in the oak frame building industry
we offer free design and build advice to the client to make
certain their design suits their home. It can be a simple
suggestion like altering the roof pitch or adding an upstairs
dwelling to a garage. We pride ourselves on creating a design
that is sympathetic to its environment too – whether that’s in
a rural setting or alongside a busy road.
What is the most unusual or quirky building you
have worked on?
We designed an outside eating area for students at a school in
Hurtwood, Surrey. The school is a beautiful building set in the
heart of the English countryside, so the design had to be just
right and the build executed perfectly.
panelling and laying oak floors, or hanging beautiful handmade
doors, are backed-up by a highly skilled team of joiners
in the workshop, producing a range of bespoke windows,
doors and other purpose-made joinery. Our plasterer insists
on using cow dung in the lime plaster to produce a fabulous
durable finish and our bricklayers use lime mortar and handmade
bricks so that it is difficult to tell which is original and
which is a repair. Our ethos is very much about working with
the building and understanding its social history to produce
a beautiful restoration. Cox Restorations is renowned for its
extensions to historic buildings which seamlessly join the new
to the old.
Cox Restorations, Charing, Kent
When was the company founded, by whom
Cox Restorations was founded in 1986. David Cox
has spent a lifetime in and around historic buildings; his
imagination was fired up when working on a building in
the 1980s which stirred his passion for understanding and
repairing old buildings
How has the company developed since then?
With the company entering its 30th year it has expanded,
employing a very skilled workforce. Our oak framers can
repair meticulously old timber-framed houses and barns,
some more than 500 years old, in a way that leaves the repairs
indistinguishable from the original; this requires great skill and
experience. Our carpenters and joiners, when on-site repairing
The company is now creating historic-looking
new-builds. What’s so special about these homes?
In 2015 Cox Developments (Charing) Limited was set up to
build six high-quality homes in Challock. The houses have
weatherboarding painted a soft cream colour under a handmade
tile roof and the brickwork is an old-fashioned Flemish
bond (unlikely to be used by many developers). Walking up
the brick path you arrive at a wide farmhouse door under
a David Cox-designed porch with trellis and hand-made
tiles. The rural cottage feel is complemented by locally made
chestnut fencing and gates. High-performance joinery and
insulation makes for cost-effective living. Internally, the
houses are created for modern living, with open-plan layouts,
underfloor heating, as well as a sitting room with an inglenook
for a woodburner which can be connected to the heating and
hot water. Glass balustrades on the stairs add a contemporary
feel, mixed with oak-planked doors and oak floors.
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After spotting the potential of this Victorian house
near Camden Road in Tunbridge Wells, Justine
Hodgson-Barker, an interior designer, and her
husband James set about transforming it into a
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Justine studied design at The Chelsea College of Art
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Above: The neutral, simple kitchen units are from Krieder in Tunbridge
Wells with open shelving as a design feature in itself and home to colourful
ingredients and recipes books, as well as a collection of retro Homepride
‘Freds’ Right: Light floods into the narrow kitchen from three sides, including
the large glass doors which lead out on to the garden
topped by polished concrete work surfaces. “This was
an experiment,” explains Justine. “I love trying out new
materials and, although it looks beautiful, it’s not all that
practical; advice I can at least now pass on to my clients.”
The look does however appeal to James’ desire for a
modern minimalist feel, while Justine has funked it up
with colourful displays of oils, spices, books and jars.
Then she’s added quirky touches like the glass lampshades,
originally funnels from a science lab and sourced from
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offs’ with Ikea stainless steel shelf units – and, hey
presto, it’s a great look and keeps everyone happy.
What was the dining room and previously used as a
‘walk through’ is now effectively the hub of the home
and a useful family room. Decorated in neutral tones
the room is brought to life by an eclectic collection of
pieces that Justine has picked up along the way. “Being an
interior designer, I am always going to antique fairs and
shows such as the Midcentury Modern in Dulwich – a
great source for the best 60s, 70s and 80s pieces – and
Above: Justine is on-trend with her copper-coloured kitchen accessories and
complementary ply retro boards used as a splash-back Below left: The layout
of the downstairs was reconfigured to create an ‘inside outside’ feel and easy
access to the ‘mojito garden’ – as friends affectionately call it.
looking for signature items for my clients. Or sometimes
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1960s Swedish design by Uno Kristiansson, the antique
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dresser is new from Blooms in Southborough. And then
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– many sourced from Love Inc in Tunbridge Wells.”
Unusually for a terraced Victorian house, this one has
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“Personally, I like quirky, old-meets-new interiors with signature pieces, while James prefers
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art deco and modernist pieces are sourced from another
of her black book contacts, MAR-DEN. By leaving the
copper pipes exposed and panelling the bath with an old
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really imaginative and interesting use of a small space.
The front room is still ‘work in progress’, the room she
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Above: The girls’ bedrooms are very much the creation of the Hodgson-Barker’s
eldest daughter who wants to be a teacher, so chose to have a blackboard
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antiques fair. The new bathroom off this landing, painted
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Above: The master bedroom is painted in Bone China by Little Greene with
a striking light fitting from Gong Lighting – who specialise in vintage ideas
with a twist Left: An original fireplace makes the perfect focal point for the
room and a collection of ‘objets trouvés’
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What makes Leeds Castle a great place
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What do couples enjoy most? Couples
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summer months is an unusual and lovely
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Afternoon tea in the restaurant is also a
favourite with couples wishing to celebrate
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Have you had any proposals at Leeds
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Recently, the winners of the ‘Your Kent
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the groom to arrange a romantic proposal
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What else is there to do in the area?
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Halycon is the St. Leonards home
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this page: flower headdress & bouquet (provided exclusively for Wealden Times), Ali, Sissinghurst Flowers, 01580 852144 www.sissinghurstflowers.co.uk;
Eden earrings, £10, Tanglewood Studios www.wealdenfairs.com/tanglewoodstudios; vintage Laura Ashley dress, price on request,
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SPRING / SUMMER 2016
With the new season fast approaching, we are already
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ranges, amongst these are collections from DIGEL, a
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owl, Leeds Castle Falconry www.leeds-castle.com/Falconry
Wealden Times would like to say a huge thank you to Gemma, the Hospitality
team and the Falconry team at Leeds Castle for providing a beautiful location,
table setting, flowers and Dougal the snowy owl. Wedding packages at the castle
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After deciding on a date, a venue and a guest list,
one of the trickiest considerations can be choosing
your flowers; for your bouquet, for the ceremony
and for the reception
eciding on what ‘look’ you want is hard enough –
whether it’s classic and romantic or rustic and a little
bit wild. And that’s before you discover that flowers
have historic significance and hidden meanings. Although it’s
important not to get bogged down in the significance of certain
flowers, if you want to add another layer of meaning to your
bouquet, or your table decorations, it may be worth giving it
some thought. Just remember, the most important thing is to
have what you like, what makes you smile, and flowers that
you and your guests will remember for years to come. Below
are a few floral (and foliage) favourites and what they signify.
Named after an ancient Persian princess and a goddess of
the moon, just the name of this scented foliage is rather
beautiful. Also known as Lad’s Love it was historically used as
a buttonhole, because of its aromatic scent, and is still used in
perfumes today. Its feathery, silver-green foliage adds a subtle,
aromatic touch to a bridal bouquet.
A symbol of innocence, many people associate daisies with
childhood fascination and the first flower they ever picked.
Various forms of daisies – though usually white – are popular
with brides having a country-style wedding and as the main
flower in flower-girl posies. Their simple, open face is also
popular, with a certain naïve charm.
Said to suggest lightness and levity, this form of Delphinium
is perfect for the ‘cottage garden’ look, as well as the individual
flower petals being popular for use as confetti. Its tall,
pastel flower spikes lend themselves perfectly to large floral
arrangements such as pedestals. The flower gets its name
from the spike at the back of the flower head, resembling
a lark’s claw.
Lily of the Valley
Kate Middleton chose English-grown Lily of the Valley for her
bridal bouquet – both for its pretty, white bell-like flowers but
also, one imagines, for its incredible perfume. All of the flowers
in her understated white and green bouquet were grown in the
UK and were seasonal, so flowering in late April. She was
no doubt aware that Lily of the Valley symbolises
‘trustworthiness’ when she paired it with myrtle foliage,
representing love and hope.
Peonies not only have huge, abundant flowers, but they also
have an abundance of meaning. The traditional floral symbol
of China, with their lush, round blooms, in pastel to dark
pink, embody romance and are regarded as an omen of good
fortune and a happy marriage. In Victorian Britain they were
also associated with bashfulness – though this quality is hard
to imagine in a flower that’s so out-there and blousy. These are
flowers that never go out of fashion with brides.
According to the book, The Language of Flowers, from 1875,
ranunculus suggest that you are ‘radiant with charms’. The
flowers are certainly radiant, and come in a variety of colours,
from bright orange and yellow – hinting at their origins, in the
buttercup family – through to pastel shades. They are spring
flowers which, in recent years have been specially bred for
cutting – with long straight stems and large, papery flowers.
As well as being a classic symbol of love, roses are also
associated with beauty and grace. Many modern, cultivated
roses have lost their scent so, if you want a truly sensuous
experience, go for old-fashioned varieties which smell
incredibly. Roses come in every colour, and with a poetic list
of names, so if you want to be really clever, choose something
topical, like Sweet Juliet or Wedding Day – but perhaps not
Jennifer Stuart-Smith is co-founder of Blooming Green, a
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Josephine Fairley shares her choice of the most
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Having not so long ago set up The Perfume Society,
I spend much of my day, nowadays, immersed
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often asked is: ‘does fragrance make you sexier?’ To which I
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A quick poll will probably reveal that most of us do it
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you’ve read, yet be bottled. From the dawn of perfumery,
fragrances have certainly been confected to beckon someone
closer, enticing them within nuzzling distance. And,
with Valentine’s Day beckoning, I thought I’d do a little
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Shalimar, £43.20 for 30ml eau de parfum. Every now and
then the folks at Guerlain have a go at tweaking Shalimar to
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Tom Ford Black Orchid, from £45 for 30ml eau de
toilette. Definitely one with a gorgeous come-hither vibe, this.
Black truffles shaved over ylang ylang, fresh bergamot and
blackcurrant in that opening, while at Black Orchid’s carnal
heart we meet once more that black orchid signature – created
from Tom Ford’s quest for ‘the perfect flower’. The conclusion
is a ‘noir gourmand’, made delicious with vanilla tears, balsam,
sandalwood, incense and patchouli.
Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan, £74 for 50ml. I once wrote
in a magazine that this was ‘sex in a bottle’, which triggered
a national stampede to the Serge Lutens fragrance fixture –
and heck, I’m going to stick my neck out and say it again.
Amber definitely seems to do things to men – and this is a
gold-standard amber, sweet and resinous, but with botanical
whispers of thyme, coriander and marjoram.
Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur, £110 for 50ml.
It tells you almost all you need to know about this fragrance
that I am banned from wearing this outside the house. My
liberal, laid-back, ex-hippy, utterly (and rightly) trusting
husband thinks that this is basically going to make other men
kidnap me. It certainly is seriously animalic (it’s not a gazillion
miles from Shalimar, actually), with lashings of warm vanilla,
woven with bergamot and lavender. It also smells divine on
the men I know who wear it.
Calvin Klein Obsession, £29.99 for 50 ml eau de parfum
The dimly-lit tangle of naked bodies in Obsession’s advertising
when it launched in 1985 got America all a-fluster – and this
remains an unashamedly erotic Oriental: a light-the-bluetouch-paper-and-retire
scent that is seriously carnal, thanks to
purring base notes of amber, musk, vetiver, oak moss – and
lots and lots of vanilla.
Ormonde Jayne Vanille d’Iris, £90 for 50ml eau de
parfum (at ormondejayne.com). If you don’t know this
perfume house, you really should follow your nose to its
flagship boutique next time you’re in Mayfair, where the
Ormonde Jayne boutique – founded by Linda Pilkington
– is tucked away in Bond Street’s Royal Arcade. This latest
creation hypnotically marries two of perfumery’s most
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Molton Brown Tobacco Absolute, £39 for 50ml eau de
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Sue Whigham shares her passion for one of the
nation’s favourite flowers – the simple,
yet delicious, sweet pea
There is an old jug full of greenery on the kitchen
table at the moment – there because we had a
young couple in for B&B over the New Year and I
thought that some greenery would brighten up the kitchen
while the days are so dark. I rushed round the garden
in the rain and picked a few sprigs of Viburnum tinus,
some variegated box and some Vinca major – the white
form – in bloom at the end of December. The scent of the
viburnum has been intoxicating and it reminded me to at
least think about ordering sweet pea seeds for this year.
I’ve never been very successful with planting in the autumn,
although evidence has it that doing this produces more robust
plants. No matter, there is plenty of time, with March being
a bit of a cut-off date. I must say that, as with parsley, some
people have the knack of growing sweet peas. My son, who is
a professional gardener, grows wondrous columns of them in
his vegetable patch and, when asked for a few tips, just says:
compost, more compost and compost.
Surely, the sweet pea, Lathyrus odoratus, must be one of
the world’s most famous flowers – but their origins are a little
mysterious. It is certainly true that in 1699 a Sicilian monk,
Father Cupani, sent seeds of sweet peas growing wild on Sicily
to various plantsmen around the world. Some were received
by a Dr Uvedale who developed a few new forms but, by the
late eighteenth century, there were still only five or so varieties
known, including L.o. ‘Cupani’, the wild form, and L.o.
‘Painted Lady’ which has a two-toned, red and white flower
and a particularly scrumptious scent. However, once Henry
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By the turn of the 20th century, Silas Cole, a gardener
working on the Spencers’ estate at Althorp, not only grew
Eckford’s creations but successfully bred sweet peas with even
larger flowers and frilled petals, thus creating the Spencer
sweet peas. Hugely popular in the 1920s and 1930s and
madly flamboyant were the ‘stripes’, which have a ‘picotee
edge’ – with a darker colour around the edge of the petal.
These are all the rage again and I’m determined to grow L.o.
‘Wiltshire Ripple’ this year – with chocolate, maroon and
deep pink markings on a white background.
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Grandiflora sweet peas and the Spencer types being thrown
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For us lesser mortals, some preparation of the site is useful,
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trench help too and, later on, as the plants take off, feeding
them with comfrey pellets will help development. As they
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Before this, and unless you are buying-in seedlings, you
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growing tube: root-trainers are great for sweet peas as they
can accommodate the long root system they develop – as
can cardboard loo rolls, although these are sometimes not
long enough. Push the seeds in about an inch below the
surface, two to a tube. Use a good multipurpose compost and
don’t think about planting them out until their roots fill the
growing tube. Pinch out the plants, removing the growing tip,
once they reach about six inches high, so that they don’t waste
valuable time growing straight on up but have a chance to
plump out a bit. Sweet pea seeds are quite slow to germinate
and need checking regularly but they should show signs of
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some other means of deterrent. Cover your seed trays with
newspaper to keep the moisture in but the light out. Once
you have planted your seedlings out, you now have to think
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Sun 21 Feb 10am-4pm
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Many quality exhibitor stands
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Artichoke Gallery, Church
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Jane welcomes more
calves and prepares
e started calving at Christmas and now, as February
approaches, we’re almost half way through. We should
be finished by the end of the month – apart from the
stragglers – and at Coopers Farm there always seem to be one or two.
On many farms, these out-of-step girls wouldn’t be allowed.
Labour is one of the most expensive costs of running a beef suckler
herd and during calving the stockman needs to be on 24-hour call
– and get up at 3am to check all is OK. So, not surprisingly, steps
are taken to ensure the whole herd calves in a tight block of about
six weeks. This includes some simple and obvious measures like only
letting the bull run with the cows for two cycles (six weeks) but it
also pays to have a youngish herd.
When people discover we are livestock farmers the two questions
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morning? (answer: not as early as most) and b) how long do farm
animals live? This is more difficult to answer. A cow is capable of
producing a calf well into her mid-teens but as she ages it takes
longer to conceive – often not the statutory two cycles – so she will
be culled in favour of younger models. I should, I know, adopt such
a sensible strategy and, when I’ve been doing that 3am shift for two
months, I always swear I will. But somehow those favourite cows
always seem to get the benefit of the doubt and a few more weeks
with the bull.
While the cows are nearly done and dusted, we’re just getting
ready to start lambing in March. The scan man has been to PD
(pregnancy diagnose) the ewes. Like a human scan he simply rubs
the camera under their belly (though the sheep version seems to
work through wool). A dot is then sprayed between the shoulders
if they are expecting a single, above the tail for twins or a strip across
the rump for triplets – vital information when you have a tricky
birth and need to know how many lambs are involved.
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days, it’s possible to know the order in which the ewes will lamb.
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May – when at least it should be heavenly weather!
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Suzie Lee Knitwear
Having been taught how to knit and receiving an introduction
to the world of craft courtesy of her nanny and num, Suzie
Lee has become a proud British designer and maker. Using
a vintage knitting machine, she creates beautifully soft wool
scarves, blankets and accessories.
What inspired you to start your business? After my
studies I decided that I wanted to pursue knitting full time, whilst also
being able to create something unique and reflect my love for colour
and natural fibres.
Have you always been a creative person? I’ve always
had an interest in making things since I was a child. My nanny and
mum both taught me how to knit and do lots of other amazing crafty
things when I was little which was great fun.
Did you have any training? After being introduced to the
craft world by my family, I studied fashion textiles with business
studies, specialising in knitwear at University of Brighton.
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for me was that I wanted to go back to traditional values. More than
anything I wanted to create and offer a really practical, well made
product that will last for 25 years and is made in the UK.
What is the essence of
the business? My business is
about creating something special
for you or a loved one. I believe
that knitting has an emotional
element and the soft textures are
a highlight of something special.
I love being a British designer
and maker, so where possible
I source raw materials for all
aspects of my business from
within the UK.
Tell us about the
process of creating
are machine knitted on my
vintage knitting machine. First
I choose the colours of yarn,
which is mainly British spun
100% lambswool. I then set the
pattern to knit the design. To get
the softest texture I lightly felt
each item and add the finishing
touches to create the final piece.
What’s your favourite
product from your
collection? The Fair Isle wrap
is my favourite as you can wear
it as a wrap and it’s also super
cosy as a scarf. It always gets lots
of admirers when I take it out
Do you enjoy working
for yourself? I can’t imagine
working for anybody else,
although I do enjoy doing
collaborations with other
companies. It always results in
creating something unique. I like
the freedom of deciding on my
own working hours and having
full control of choosing the fun
stuff like colours and designs.
What makes all the hard
work worth it?
I love the winter time, after
I’ve spent all year making the
items, to then bring them to
my various shows is great. I get
the chance to meet lovely people and to see their
reactions to the colours and even help them choose
something special as a gift for a loved one.
Clockwise from above, Fair Isle Wrap Scarf in Charcoal &
Light Grey, £120; Knitted Fair Isle Wrap Blanket, £120;
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