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Contents

July 2016

The Summer Exhibition

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LUCKY DIP

John Graham-Hart

finds houses with

swimming pools

38 89

100

HEALTH PAGE

WT on coping with

food intolerances

and allergies

Featuring Original

New Works

By Dutch Painter

Edo Kaaij

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38

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66

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89

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IT’S JULY

What’s going on near

you this month

MOUNTAIN FLAIR

John Graham-Hart

visits a surprising

cottage in Kent

GET THE LOOK

Country house

meets cabin chic

INTERIORS

SUPPLEMENT

Four fresh themes and

an interiors book to

whet the appetite

KEEPING IT

NATURAL

John Graham-Hart

on a light and bright

Wealden farmhouse

CLUB TROPICANA

Get fresh, fruity and

ready for summer

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Tips to keep you

feeling gorgeous

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105

110

114

117

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TRULY

SCRUMPTIOUS

Sunshine Smoothies

share three of their

most popular recipes

WATERY

WONDERLAND

Three swimming

pool experts share

their top tips

CUT ABOVE

THE REST

Jo Arnell on growing

your own flowers

WHAT’S ON

Find out...

COMPETITION

Win a night’s stay in

a superking room and

a five-course tasting

menu at Frasers, in

Egerton, Kent

FABLES FROM

THE FARM

Jane Howard on a

traditional form of

milk production

Exhibition Opens 16 July

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The Property Ombudsman

Dormansland

A beautiful Grade II listed country home in a secluded gated setting yet within minutes walk of mainline rail.

Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Study, Family Room, Large Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Cloakroom,

Master Bedroom Suite, 7 Double Bedrooms, 3 Bath/Shower Rooms, Detached Triple Garage, Small Barn, Potting Shed, Greenhouse, Formal

gardens and Paddock. In all circa 4 acres.

Guide Price £1,875,000

Crowhurst, nr Lingfield

A striking and substantial family home with a self-contained annexe set on a plot of about 1.4 acres in the rural village of Crowhurst.

Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Family/Dining Room, Study, Games Room, Wonderful Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Cloakroom, 6 Double Bedrooms,

4 Bath/Shower Rooms (2 En Suite), Annexe Accommodation, Private Driveway, Garaging, Gardens & Grounds of about 1.4 acres. EPC Rating: F

Guide Price £1,500,000

Oxted 01883 712375

oxted@jackson-stops.co.uk

coming 26 January 2015


The Property Ombudsman

Betchworth

Principal part of a Victorian home in a prime secluded location

Reception hall, cloakroom, magnificent drawing room, dining room, kitchen, cellar, first floor landing, 5 bedrooms, family bathroom, attic,

double and single garage, veranda and sun terrace, superb landscaped gardens, outstanding southerly and westerly views, in all about 0.7 of

an acre. EPC F

Guide Price £1.175m

Holmbury St. Mary

Charming detached cottage in a superb village location

Entrance porch, entrance hall, sitting room/dining room with wood-burning stove, study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility and boot room, cloakroom,

3 bedrooms, bathroom, separate WC, double garage, lovely cottage gardens, backing onto protected woodland, fine views over village and

surrounding countryside, in all, about 0.22 of an acre. EPC E

Guide price £875,000

coming 26 January 2015


LONGVIEW, Westhall Road, Warlingham £1,195,000

Occupying an an attractive position in in the favoured Westhall Road area of of Warlingham, a a brand new family

house by by Wolsey Developments in in conjunction with Hudson Homes. Longview is is a a traditionally styled detached

5 bedroom luxury house, beautifully presented and enjoying a a high specification, with far far reaching countryside

views to to the west. Longview also features a a landscaped gardens and a a double garage.

Warlingham village with its its village green and good range of of amenities is is around a a mile away and

Warlingham/Whyteleafe mainline railway stations are within ½ mile.

Harestone Hill, Caterham

£1,050,000

A This beautifully presented detached house is is

ready for for immediate occupation, the spacious

accommodation amounts to to approximately

3111 sq.ft arranged over four floors with a a

particularly attractive and spacious kitchen/

family room, balconies and landscaped

gardens.

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grounds and attractive landscaped gardens with areas of of lawn, raised beds, border hedges and trees.

All All apartments benefit from off off road parking and are covered by by a a 10 Year Premier Guarantee.situated in in a a

leafy road, within convenient reach of of Warlingham Village, Upper Warlingham and Whyteleafe Mainline

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SOLD £192,000 - JUNE 2016

Weydon Lane, Farnham - Freehold Ground Rents

Two adjacent blocks over three floors arranged as 21 purpose

built flats each with a garage to the rear currently let at £3,304

per annum.

We understand the freehold (via a management company)

insures, manages and maintains the block recovering the costs

from the leaseholders by way of a service charge.

Guide: £150,000 Plus - FREEHOLD GROUND RENTS

SOLD £940,000 - JUNE 2016

Franklin Road, Brighton - Freehold residetial investment

A three storey end-terrace block of three adjoining properties,

arranged as six purpose built flats, plus a basement room.

Four of the units are let and producing £24,164 per annum with

the majority of the flats now in need of upgrading. Three of the

units are vacant and there is potential to increase the total rental

income once modernised. EPC:E

Guide: £750,000 Plus - FREEHOLD

SOLD £240,000 - JUNE 2016

SOLD PRIOR TO AUCTION

Brighton Road, Hooley - Detached house with Planning

A fabulous opportunity to acquire this seven bedroom detached

house with Planning Permission for conversion into five self

contained flats. Set back from Brighton Road and with off road

parking the property offers a generous rear garden and detached

garage with pitched roof.

Once completed each flat will have its own private entrance, rear

garden and parking space. EPC:E

Guide: £550-600,000 - FREEHOLD

Eaton Court, Hove - Purpose built flat in central location

Occupying a prominent position within the centre of Hove is this

three bedroom flat which forms part of this well presented purpose

built block.

Offered with vacant possession and considered ideal for

investment or owner occupation the flat is conveniently located

within easy reach of local shops, amenities and Hove mainline

railway station.

Along with communal gardens and passenger lift the flat also has

double glazed windows and entry phone system. EPC:D

Guide: £250,000 Plus - LEASEHOLD

Guides are provided as an indication of each Seller’s minimum expectation. They are not necessarily figures which a property will sell for and may

change at any time prior to Auction. Unless stated otherwise, each Lot will be offered subject to a reserve (a figure below which the Auctioneer

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart

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Lucky dip

John Graham-Hart admires homes with swimming pools

One of my very few claims to fame – and hardly a riveting one at that

– is that I have disported myself in the oldest swimming pool in the

world. Unfortunately, my enjoyment was necessarily limited by the

fact that it was entirely waterless at the time and had been for the best part of

the last 5,000 years but, no matter, a disport is a disport.

The pool was in the ruined city of Mohenjo-daro in the province of Sindh, in

Pakistan’s Indus Valley. It was 12 metres long, seven metres wide and two-anda-half

metres deep. The provincial Minister for Antiquities explained that it had

probably been used for religious and ceremonial purposes. I preferred to believe

it had been an early Lido, brimming with screaming kids, dusky maidens and

beach balls. He seemed oddly unimpressed with my grasp of anthropology.

But whatever the first use of the swimming pool was, the idea certainly

caught on with the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans finding considerably more

amusing things to do in pools than the odd purification. Plato felt that every

child needed to learn to swim as part of a proper education. In AD 305, the

Romans built an incredible pool that was over 900,000 square feet and heated

by giant fires in the basement.

Today, a swimming pool of your own is an enviably luxury even in our

temperate climate and building your own will set you back between £20,000

and £100,000. However, although the addition of an extra bedroom

will positively affect the price of your house, the same is not, strangely,

automatically true when it comes to a pool. Which is not, of course, great news

if you are selling but cheering indeed if you’re moving and have a little aquatic

disportation in mind.

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1. The Old House

Where? The Old House is on the

edge of the highly sought after village of

Frensham and has frontage on to the River

Wey (Google Maps GU10 3EF).

What?This stunning grade II listed

house dates from the 16th century, with

late 17th century/early 18th century

and 20th century additions. The

accommodation is extensive, with spacious

reception rooms, a reception hall with

inglenook and wide-boarded timber floor.

The drawing room has an attractive view

over the gardens and there is also a

panelled dining room, a sitting room,

study and adjoining kitchen and breakfast

room. Upstairs there is a vaulted master

bedroom with bathroom, dressing room

and balcony, seven further bedrooms and

three more bathrooms. To the west of the

inner courtyard there is a two-bedroom

cottage with bathroom, shower room and

kitchen. The grounds are laid out formally

and informally with an avenue of trees

and encompasses a large, stylish swimming

pool with a terrace, hard tennis court with

adjacent, ornamental pond, stabling with

two loose boxes and paddocks bordering

the River Wey.

How much? The Old House is on

the market at £4,750,000 and is with

Knight Frank in Guildford. Call 01483

610959 or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk


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2. Cranford

Where? Cranford is off Pains Hill,

close to Limsfield Common and about

two miles from Oxted.

Gardens & outbuildings

the gardens at hunters moon are enchanting and were carefully planned

by the current owners and garden designer, Fiona Lawrenson, who has

won two gold medals at the Chelsea Flower show. to the rear of the

house is a secluded seating area, ideal for outdoor entertaining during

the summer months. the garden is mainly laid to lawn and interspersed

with lush, mature beds and a variety of trees. a timber framed rose walk

leads through to an ornamental part of the garden, which features pretty

box hedging. the swimming pool area is incredibly well protected as it is

surrounded by the original garden walls, which are attractively adorned

with foliage. there is a patio area for poolside entertaining.

Beyond the gardens are the paddocks, which are fenced with post and rail

fences and the ménage. the extent of the land and woodland can be seen

on the boundary plan.

adjacent to the rear of the property is the stable block, which is a charming

period building with 4 stables, a tack room, 2 store rooms and a hay loft

above. this building may have potential for conversion, subject to the

usual consents.

(Google Maps RH8 0RF).

What? An impressive Edwardian

property built in 1912, the property has

had a number of additions over the years

and is today a light and spacious country

home. On the ground floor there are

two principal receptions rooms, both

with exposed timber and open fireplaces,

a large family room with sliding glass

door to the patio, as well as a study and

a superb kitchen/breakfast room with

French doors to the conservatory. On

the first floor there is a master bedroom,

with en suite bathroom and dressing

room, and four further bedrooms and two

bathrooms. A separate stairway leads to

a self-contained guest suite with double

bedroom and shower room. The lovely

gardens and grounds extend for almost

eight acres encompassing formal lawns,

woodland, a paddock and an attractive

leisure complex which includes an elegant

indoor swimming pool.

How much? Cranford has an asking

price of £2,350,000 and is with

Jackson-Stops in Oxted.

Call 01883 712375 or visit

www.jackson-stops.co.uk

3. Hunters Moon

Where? Surrounded by ancient

woodland, Hunters Moon is on the edge

of the village of Grayshott in Hampshire,

close to the borders of Surrey and West

Sussex (Google Maps GU26 6EG).

What? An elegant and substantial

Victorian country house, the property was

once the main house on the Kingswood

Firs estate and has direct private access on to

Ludshott Common. The house has a variety

of attractive and unusual design features,

including several arched windows and a

large bay window in the superb 32-foot

drawing room. It also features a family

room, dining room, study, wine cellar and

kitchen breakfast room with AGA.

Above, on two floors, are a master

bedroom suite with two dressing rooms

plus five further bedrooms and three more

bathrooms. The gardens at Hunters Moon

were planned by the current owners and

garden designer, Fiona Lawrenson, who has

won two gold medals at the Chelsea Flower

Show. The grounds extend to over seven

acres and encompass a secluded swimming.

There are also paddocks, a manège and

a stable block with four stables, as well as

substantial woodland.

How much? Hunter’s Moon is

priced at £2,750,000 and is on the market

with Savills in Guildford. Call 01483 796

4. Whitelands

Where? Whitelands is in a secluded

location just to the north of Brockham

village, two miles west of Dorking

(Google Maps RH3 7HB).

What? The house is a substantial family

home of considerable style and character,

built in the late 1920s. On the ground

floor there is an impressive hall and Art

Deco staircase, a 35-foot drawing room

with inglenook fireplace which is adjoined

by a garden room and a bar/snug, a dining

room, sitting room, fourth reception room

and kitchen/breakfast room. On the first

floor there is a master bedroom with en

suite bathroom and dressing room dressing

room and six further bedrooms, three with

en suite facilities. Outside the grounds are

divided into two areas – a smaller area laid

to grass with a patio and the main part of

the grounds which extend to the west and

include an attractive swimming pool. The

grounds adjoin open farmland and extend

to about an acre,

How much? Whitelands is on the

market at £1,300,000 and is with

Jackson-Stops in Dorking. Call 01306

887560 or visit www.jackson-stops.co.uk

820 or visit www.savills.co.uk

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I am going through a divorce

and the finances are now going

through the court process as

we were unable to agree, what

happens?

The financial application will be filed

at court. The court will schedule the

matter in the court’s diary and issue a

date for a first hearing, at this time the

court will also make directions to both

the husband and wife for a date when

they need to complete and exchange

their financial disclosure in a Form E.

The first hearing is known as an FDA,

the First Directions Appointment.

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information and such documents. The

information is comprehensive as this is

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court to decide a financial settlement.

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simultaneously so that one party does

not adjust what is in their document

in light of what they have read in the

other's. Once exchanged you should

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see whether there is any missing

information. If there is, the court will

make a direction for a questionnaire to

be raised.

The purpose of FDA is to decide

what more information you and

the court need in order to start to

negotiate properly. It deals with

the management of your case: the

evidence and timetable. Both parties

attend the hearing and if you have

legal representation then you do not

normally need to speak in court as

your lawyer speaks on your behalf.

The normal practice is that the lawyers

have a discussion about the case and

see what matters can be agreed. There

is then a hearing before the judge to

make decisions on these matters.

The matter will then likely be listed for

an FDR, Financial Dispute Resolution

hearing. The purpose of this hearing is

for a judge to review all the financial

information and provide an indication

of what the likely settlement would be

if this went to a final hearing. The FDR

hearing is a without prejudice hearing.

Most cases settle here or just after and

the court makes a final order on the

agreed terms. The judge sitting on the

FDR is barred from the final hearing.

If there is no settlement, the judge

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the case down for a final hearing. In

advance of the hearing bundles of

papers for the court will have to be

prepared and filed; barristers will be

briefed and may discuss matters in

conference (i.e. meetings with you);

open proposals for settlement will be

filed and served; and detailed costs

estimates will have to be filed.

At the final hearing the court will listen

to evidence, grant orders and give

reasons. Each spouse will be required

to give evidence as a witness and

be cross examined on the financial

disclosure by the other spouse or

their lawyer if represented. If there

is enough time the judgment will be

handed down then and if time is short

there may be a reserved judgement

which means the parties will need to

come back at a later date.

Julie Taylor

Buss Murton offers a free initial

30 minute meeting to discuss

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to separation, divorce and

children. We can see you at any

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Cranbrook, East Grinstead or

Dartford. To make an appointment

please contact Louise Huxstep,

Family Team Secretary on

01892 502 338 or email:

lhuxstep@bussmurton.co.uk

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Editor’s

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Inspiration comes in so many forms this month – from dreamy

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Tara and Mark’s magnificent farmhouse shows what can be

done with a lick of white paint and some carefully chosen

furnishings... though if colour is more your thing, we’ve got

gallons of it within our Interiors Supplement: Bright, Patterned

and ‘This Season’s Colours’.

Regulars this month include Jo Fairley on aftersun

treatments, a health page on food intolerances and allergies

and mouthwatering smoothies from Sunshine Smoothies, who

helped keep visitors to the fair hydrated and pepped-up with

vitamins. Penny Kemp marvels at the magnificent, ancient yew,

while Jane Howard covers the highly topical subject of milk

prices. I think we’ve got our quota.

Enjoy your Surrey Homes!

Surrey Homes Team

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Above: The light-filled kitchen once had an unreliable old Aga at its heart – since replaced by a range cooker. The kitchen units are by Howdens and are

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“The cottage hadn’t really had much done to it since

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for a major rethink of how we wanted to live.” The

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Top: The couple built a two-storey extension, which has created a spacious open-plan kitchen and triple-aspect dining area with French doors into the garden

Above left: Cream-painted units and pale oak worksurfaces reflect the light Above right: A luxurious, rather masculine downstairs loo area, designed by Andrew

On the floor is a curious arcane symbol in yellow tape. As one finds oneself idly

wondering how Martine and Andrew might spend their full moons, Martine quickly

points out that it is a hexagon not a pentogram. She explains that it is, in fact,

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Above: The contemporary wood panelling throughout Martine and Andrew’s

home gives it an undeniably cosy – and high class – chalet feel Right: The

quirky giraffe is covered in Design Forum fabric, Kaleidoscope

couple and their boys, Oli (8) and Max (11) all love the

mountains. Max is on the brink of joining the England

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This hint comes in the shape of the lovely, high spec,

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often covered in Design Forum fabric.

The only major structural work the couple undertook

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Andrew’s six foot five height – the new floors are largely of

pale machined oak – and a two-storey kitchen extension

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Above: The leather turtle and hippo were both escapees from a chalet job but

seem very much at home in Kent Left: The understated, wood-lined stairway,

with bespoke handrail designed by Andrew, gives a taste of the chalet style

upstairs

French doors opening on to the garden. They also removed

the old Aga which, in my book, virtually counts as

structural.

“It was wonderful to see that go,” says Martine. “It really

was an awful thing – it never worked properly.”

The new oak-topped units and two islands are – as is so

often the case today in the smartest of renovations – from

Howdens. The chic Italian chairs around the breakfast

island are Bontempi Casa and are an over-order from their

interior design and furnishing of Richard Branson’s chalet

in Verbier. The oak dining table, surrounded by an eclectic

collection of chairs upholstered in Design Forum fabric,

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Above left: The landing to Oli’s bedoom, over the extended kitchen-dining area, includes a door on to the roof terrace. Plush, neutral carpets throughout make

the house feel extremely snug Above right: Max’s bedroom, across the way, is suitably grown-up, tastefully reflecting his interest in skiing and sailing

was originally bought for another chalet client but was

found to be slightly damaged. “We liked it anyway, so we

kept it,” Martine says. Nearby stands a Kartell Ghost chair

and armchair upholstered in Design Forum fabric.

On the floor between the islands is a curious arcane

symbol in yellow tape. As one finds oneself idly wondering

how Martine and Andrew might spend their full moons,

Martine quickly points out that it is a hexagon not a

pentogram. She explains that it is, in fact, an exercise

pattern for Max’s fitness training for his England squad bid.

On the walls are a great black and white shot of her sons,

a big portrait – there is no other description for it – of a

white cow and two very pleasing Bella Pieroni dancers,

one of a number around the house. Again, the couple had

used Pieronis in their chalets and like them so they chose

a selection for their own home. On a wall of grey Design

Forum fabric are also two large oils of apples by Folkestone

artist Tony Foster, once destined for a client. The curtains

here as elsewhere are also Design Forum and lined with

complementary fabric on the reverse.

One of Andrew’s major passions is lighting, and here as

elsewhere in the house he has largely applied the principle

that the light source itself should be hidden and only the

light it provides be used and enjoyed. Consequently, the

downlighters in the kitchen are either recessed or hidden in

small cubes that extend down from the ceiling.

In the drawing room next door, is an example of his

own lighting design – an arresting, snaking wrought iron

standard lamp that was originally one of a number destined

for a chalet. In another corner is a Kartell Bourgie table

One of Andrew’s major passions and talents is lighting and here as elsewhere in the house he

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Top, left and above: The boys’ rooms are light and airy and cleverly

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Above: The cottage is deceptively spacious, thanks to the sense of ‘flow’

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lamp and across the room on an ancient four-legged chest

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Martine intended


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Above: The main bedroom is an oasis of calm and order – helped by muted colours and the addition of an en suite dressing room and hidden cupboards

is an aged oak bench. The woodburner is double-sided and

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Above: The play room and snug shares the woodburner with the ‘adults’ living room nextdoor. Hidden cupboards, built by Martine and Andrew’s carpenter,

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Keeping it natural

Words: John Graham-Hart Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton

In an area famed for its atmospheric, timber houses, Mark and

Tara were hard-pushed to find one that provided the lightfilled

home they were after. After a year of searching and a

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“Architects in planning rooms today have forgotten their

faith in natural light,” said Khan. “Depending on the touch

of a finger to a switch, they are satisfied with static light and

forget the endlessly changing qualities of natural light, in

which a room is a different room every second of the day.”

In the Weald, we are spoiled for choice when it

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So if you’re looking for a period property – and to many

escaping London for the good life, a period property is often

seen as an essential part of the country idyll – there are

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My family was no exception and when we abandoned the

rus in urbe of leafy Clapham for the real thing, our first

home was a pretty 17th Century cottage on a vineyard.

“This place is driving me nuts,” said my wife, a week

into the idyll. “It’s like living in a tomb. I can’t see a thing.”

And it was hard not to appreciate her irritation. After the

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Above: A vaulted ceiling and honey-coloured beams above the comforting cream Aga help to make the room feel light and airy. An old clock on the bressumer

above the Aga belonged to Mark’s parents and was once natural wood. It was given a distressed white finish by Tara

a single human activity in which one could engage

without the assistance of a head torch. Try as we might,

it was difficult not to conclude that we’d spent a not

insignificant amount of wonga on a gloom with a view.

Losing the leaded lights would have been sacrilege and we’d

never get planning to increase their size or add more so the

only option was to make better use of what light they allowed

us. Accordingly, we ordered a tanker-full of white paint and

hired a sandblaster. Anything that wasn’t wood and couldn’t

move fast enough was painted white and the timbers were

blasted back to lovely clean oak. The cottage was all but

transformed and divorce was put on the back-burner.

Tara and Mark’s farmhouse is considerably larger than our

first cottage and its supply of light considerably greater but

they, too, were moving from a town property to a period

country home and for them, too, light was a priority.

Mark was the driving force behind the move with Tara a

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but when they saw their farmhouse they both knew it

was the one. The course of true love, however, often has

a habit of not running quite as smoothly as one hopes.

“We fell in love with it but we had to fight for a year to

get it,” she says. “We kept losing our buyers but Mark

was like a dog with a bone. It was the setting that was

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Above: The modern, clean-white kitchen contrasts with the rustic beams and

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Tara’s priority was the kitchen which,

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Above: The master bedroom is warmed by the natural wood of items such as this large pine wardrobe, which was stripped of black paint, a pine dome-lidded

chest and a natural oak chest of drawers. All the furniture came from antiques shops in Rochester, except the upholstered bed, which is by Hypnos

so perfect and the house had so much character.” And it’s

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Like us, Tara set to work with the white paint, the only

difference being that hers was posh white paint – Farrow &

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tin and left the manufacturer and all else to one’s imagination.

I’d love to say there was absolutely no difference and that

they both did exactly the same job but they didn’t and don’t.

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From waist to ceiling, the lathe and plaster had

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Above: The double-aspect master bedroom looks out over the gardens, which

have been a labour of love for Tara and Mark Left: Décor in the bedroom

has been kept, pale, pretty and feminine – whilst steering clear of twee

country styling

and at the back, a large area of lawn, a lovely natural

pond and, the star of the show, Mark’s Koi carp pond.

“The reason we knew this area was because we

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One of Tara’s priorities was the kitchen, which when they

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table once belonged to her aunt Colleen and was about to

be thrown on the bonfire but Tara saved it and white-


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Above left: An ornate mirror is a feature in the classic, welcoming bathroom, where tongue-and-groove panelling adds a country cottage feel alongside the

painted wood sink unit Above right: Victorian-style taps adorn the end of a freestanding, roll-top bath

distressed the legs. Surrounding it are a set of elegant Lloyd

Loom chairs by Neptune, bought from John Lewis.

The oak-topped dining room table was also a wonderful

rescue – this time from eBay – and Tara has again given it

the white-distressed treatment. She and Mark used to run a

business importing Swedish chandeliers – and examples now

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The drawing room is the oldest part of the house, dating

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sandblasted all the old dirty brickwork and renovated the

oak flooring, stripping off years and layers of dark varnish.

He also remodelled the windowsills in Limestone.

Tara points out a heart cut in the drawing room door.

“We had a heart knocker on the front door of our last

house so we took it as something of a sign,” she says.

In the hallway is a beautiful watercolour of the couple’s

children, Miles and Imogen, painted by Mark’s father,

artist Michael Leedham. Off the hallway, in the downstairs

loo, is a treasured sewing box made by Tara’s great

grandfather Arnold Melen, for Tara’s great grandmother.

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meadows offers many other lovely spots in which to sit

away all the existing black paint, a pine dome-lidded chest at

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Above all, though, Tara & Mark’s house is a triumph

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room, is nothing short of a miracle,” he said. “Just

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Hepburn handbag, £775, Ostrich 2 Love www.wealdenfairs.com/ostrich2love / www.ostrich2love.co.uk; print swimsuit, £91, blue

swimsuit with animal trim, £80, Lovell & Vie, Sevenoaks 01732 454445 www.lovellandvie.co.uk; large blue bead necklace, £8,

tassel necklace, £18, small blue bead necklace, £20, make-up bag, £6.99, Spice, Cranbrook 01580 714156 www.spicecranbrook.

co.uk; Face a Face blue glasses, £225, Linda Pope Opticians, Hawkhurst 01580 753744 www.lindapopeoptician.co.uk


VINCENT & VIOLET

Something for

everyone....

Vincent & Violet offers

a unique shopping

experience with

contemporary and

affordable clothing.

We look forward to

your visit where our

friendly staff will help

you find something for

every occasion.

You can choose

from a variety of

brands that include:

SOYACONCEPT,

CREAM, OFELIA,

FRANSA, DRANELLA,

VILA AND OTHERS.

27a The Borough, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7NJ

01252 715513 www.vincent-violet.com

Surrey’s leading occasion wear boutique

High Summer / Autumn collections now in store

www.melitaboutique.co.uk

57 High Street, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8AF

Tel: 01276 856308

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QUALITY CLOTHING AND A PERSONAL SERVICE

Winners of Best Men’s Boutique, Tenterden & Reigate The Muddy Stilettos Awards 2016

‘MEYER-HOSEN , established in 1960 in

Germany, are producers of high quality

formal and casual trousers of European

manufacture.

Using some of the finest fabrics , and

only cottons bearing the Fair Trade

Certification Mark MEYER trousers are

renowned for their Quality, Comfort, Style

and Fit.

This Spring/Summer season’s ranges

comprise ultra lightweight wool blends,

sand washed cotton, pima cottons

and kapok, in a bright colour palette,

with two-tone and over-dyed fabrics,

contrasted by trims and summery linings.

MEYER ensures that its products have

a high-quality of finish, a good fit

throughout all sizes and are comfortable

to wear.

We are pleased to offer a comprehensive

range of MEYER trousers in all three of our

stores, with sizes from 32 to 46 waist in

many ranges, and very much look forward

to having the opportunity of showing

you the new MEYER collection, together

with the other ranges of exciting summer

clothing we have to offer.

Celebrating 40 years trading in Kent

19 St. Margarets St,

Canterbury,

Kent CT1 2TH

Tel: 01227 765294

2 East Cross,

Tenterden,

Kent TN30 6AD

Tel: 01580 765159

6 High St,

Reigate,

Surrey RH2 9AY

Tel: 01737 249224

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Huit pink bikini, £76, Lovell & Vie, Sevenoaks 01732 454445 www.lovellandvie.co.uk; Aubade jungle bikini, £140, jungle kaftan, £103,

Siren & Pearl, Rye 01797 224116 www.sirenandpearl.co.uk; red tassel heels, £105, Odyl, Cranbrook 01580 714907 www.odyldesign.com;

pink tassel necklace, £19.50, Kiki & Bow www.kikiandbow.co.uk / www.wealdenfairs.com/kikiandbow; make your own sunshine purse,

£6.25, Spice, Cranbrook 01580 714156 www.spicecranbrook.co.uk; Face a Face pink glasses, £202, Linda Pope Opticians, Hawkhurst

01580 753744 www.lindapopeoptician.co.uk


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For amazing designer and bespoke

hats and fascinators as well as seasonal

hats, umbrellas and pashminas.

We also stock Rainbow shoes which can

be dyed to any colour imaginable.

Telephone 01737 226569

69 High Street, Reigate, Surrey RH2 9AE

THE MAD HATTER

12 Castle Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UW

01483 566845

www.themadhattermillinery.com

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Love the

way you

look

Love the

way you

feel

In 2016 Spire Clare Park Hospital is

offering free mini appointments to

give you the opportunity to meet a

qualified cosmetic surgeon.

Come and meet one of our

Consultant Cosmetic Surgeons

and ask any questions you may

have about cosmetic surgery.

With our patient information team

there on the day as well, we’ll give

you all the information you need to

make the choice that’s right for you.

Mini cosmetic dates:

Thursday 7 July Tuesday 19 July

Thursday 28 July Thursday 11 August

Thursday 18 August Thursday 8 September

Tuesday 13 September Thursday 22 September

For more information or to book your free

place now, please contact us on:

01252 895 490

info@spireclarepark.com www.spireclarepark.com

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Huit bikini, £45, Lovell & Vie, Sevenoaks 01732 454445 www.lovellandvie.co.uk; Vacanze Italiane poncho, £49, Siren & Pearl, Rye

01797 224116 www.sirenandpearl.co.uk; turquoise bead necklace, £20, Spice, Cranbrook 01580 714156 www.spicecranbrook.co.uk; 10feet

print blouse, £87, Odyl, Cranbrook 01580 714907 www.odyldesign.com; Res Rei glasses £225, Booth & Bruce glasses, £150, Linda Pope

Opticians, Hawkhurst 01580 753744 www.lindapopeoptician.co.uk


Do you or your

child need

straighter teeth?

Book your FREE place

at our open evening

on “Teeth straightening

solutions for all ages”*,

Monday 1 st August,

7–8.30 pm

l Find out more about the range of teeth straightening

solutions available to you over a welcome drink in a

relaxed and informal setting, and take a clinic tour

l Talk to Kostas Spathoulas, our Specialist in

Orthodontics, who offers bespoke braces to

straighten or move most children’s and adults’ teeth

l Talk to Cathleen or Sarah, our dentists who offer

a range of faster orthodontic solutions to quickly

straighten most adults’ teeth

l Book your free place at our open evening* by calling

01252 713797 or email info@elmsleighhouse.co.uk

l For more information, visit www.elmsleighhouse.co.uk

Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic

A private practice offering clinical excellence

6 Station Hill, Farnham, Surrey GU9 8AA

*Not suitable for referred patients

Give them the confidence

to smile

as teenagers

and beyond

The best time to take your child to see a

Specialist Orthodontist is between ages 8

and 9. Get in touch today to find out more.

myorthodontist.co.uk

020 8390 1839 15 St Leonards Road, Thames Ditton, KT7 0RL

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Wealden Health & Beauty

Wealden Times talks to Rachel Boxall...

Do you have a beauty regime?

I have a very simple beauty

regime, and I’m definitely a

morning person. I like to get up

and out as quickly as possible.

The quicker the regime the

closer I am to breakfast, my

favourite meal of the day. I

will not sacrifice it! You can’t

beat jumbo porridge oats

slowly cooked in almond milk,

topped with seasonal berries.

I love using LUSH tea tree

water toner; it freshens the skin

and has excellent antibacterial

properties. Water is also essential

and I always have a bottle on

hand to stay hydrated. Over the

years I feel that I have finally

mastered minimal make up.

Mascara, flick of black eyeliner,

two in one cream cheek and lip

blush. Set for the day ahead!

Is there a particular product

you couldn’t live without?

Natural products are important

to me, as I want to know exactly

what I am putting on my skin.

I will not go a day without

LUSH ultrabland facial cleanser.

It feels luxuriously thick and has

a light honey fragrance. It really

helps bring my skin back into

balance, especially as the seasons

change. I also need to take care

of my hands, whether arranging

floral displays or handcrafting

paper decorations. LUSH

salted coconut hand scrub

leaves them feeling like new!

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? I have

recently discovered hot Hatha

Yoga. It helps me to focus,

unwind and most importantly

stretch after a busy week. I’m

also lucky to have a lovely

friend, Ellie from The Beauty

Aisle. She offers holistic massage

and facials using all natural

skincare products. A trip to her

hideaway retreat in Burwash

really is the ultimate treat.

Who’s your style icon? I have

a few people that inspire me.

The first being Iris Apfel, for

being bold and confident

in her choices and for

highlighting the importance

of a good pair of round

glasses. I also admire Agyness

Deyn and her androgynous

style. My childhood wardrobe

often inspires me and I

subconsciously seek similar

nostalgic patterns, prints and

stripes to wear as an adult.

Rachel has a new independent

floral design business, focused

on seasonal flowers and event

styling, as well as offering

handmade paper flowers

and decorations. For parties

and workshops contact

thefloweredit@gmail.com

More than a meal...

If you think it’s only for the

birds, then you’re wrong! Millet

is available in many varieties

and is a staple in various Asian

and African diets. In South

India, Little Millet is served

with Sambhar, a lentil based

vegetable stew, and Ethiopians

use the soft cooked ‘grain’ as

baby food. It is in fact, a seed,

despite having a grain-like

appearance, and is an ideal

alternative for those with a

gluten or wheat intolerance,

being non-allergenic. It acts

as a pre-biotic for the gut’s

micro-flora, has high levels of

magnesium which can reduce

the effects of migraines, and

digests easily. Use it as an

alternative to rice or potatoes

with an evening meal or try

adding ground millet flakes to

homemade breads and muffins.

Make a delicious sweet

breakfast porridge by slowly

simmering it in a pan with

nut milk and a little honey.

Top this with fresh or dried

fruit, nuts, cacao nibs or any

yummy topping of your choice.

pretty pout...

This month we have had

the pleasure of trying out

the beautifully tinted lip

balms from Lanolips. With

a choice of Red Apple,

Perfect Nude, Rhubarb

and Rose, there’s a shade

for every skin type. They’re

the perfect size for a small

handbag and are ideal for

summer, adding a little

touch of colour to a fresh

face, whilst giving a healthy

glow and hydrating lips.

They’re rich with ultra

moisturising lanolin, and

contain SPF30, giving you

extra protection during the

summer months. You can

even pop a little on your

cheekbones as a highlighter

and then apply on lips as

needed throughout the day.

All Lanolips products are

animal cruelty and horrible

nasties free and are available

from Boots, Waitrose

or www.lanolips.com

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July

At The Clinic

LONDON | PARIS | SOUTH OF FRANCE

Fat or thin, short or tall, the dreaded cellulite is the bane of most women’s lives. Supermodels,

athletes and pop icons… no one is immune. In fact, about 85 per cent of British women over 20

suffer the condition and there’s even evidence of it in paintings from as early as the 17th century.

What Causes

Cellulite?

No one knows for sure but age and lifestyle usually

trigger cellulite in most women but it can also be

hereditary so blame your mother! Often described

as cottage cheese or orange peel, this lumpy, bumpy

skin is most often seen on the thighs and hips but

can also appear on the tops of the arms. It is actually

bulging fat cells enveloped between layers of fibrous

tissue. As these fat cells become larger, because of

weight gain, hormonal changes or water retention,

they squeeze the connective tissues causing the skin

to pucker. The amount of fat in your body is, of

course, an issue too and even the thickness of your

skin can determine how visible cellulite is.

How can I Fight

Cellulite?

1. VIORA REACTION

This non-invasive treatment uses radio-frequency energy

with vacuum therapy to attack the irregular fat cells on the

multiple layers of skin. It targets different tissue depths

and the deep tissue heating breaks downs the fat while the

vacuum therapy stimulates lymphatic drainage to reduce

cellulite, contour and tighten skin. This treatment takes

around 1 hour and is suitable for hips thighs, abdomen

and underarms.

2. BODYTITE

A cannula is inserted under the skin which levels out the

bulges of fat. At the same time, RF energy warms the skin

making it tighter and smoother. The procedure is carried

out under local anesthesia. Only one treatment necessary.

Immediate and permanent results.

We invite you to book a FREE consultation with

us for either of these treatments. Simply quote

Surrey Homes/1” when booking. Offer ends 30/09/2016.

Call the clinic on 01737 247 246 to book today!

The Harley Street Skin Clinic, 16 Bell Street, Reigate, RH2 7BG

www.harleystreetskinclinic.com 01737 247 246


Adverse reaction

In a world of instant access to endless information, it can all get a

little confusing. We dispel a few myths and find out first-hand...

The Allergy uK expert

Amena Warner is the

Head of Clinical Services...

Is there a difference between food allergy

and intolerance? Allergic reactions to

food involve an abnormal response of the

immune system. Allergic symptoms can

vary from mild, to moderate, to severe.

Mild symptoms can include itching, rashes,

sneezing and a runny nose. Moderate

symptoms vary from swelling, vomiting,

stomach pains and coughing, with severe

symptoms being difficulty in breathing

or talking, which may lead to individuals

passing out. Severe allergic reactions can be

fatal, and are referred to as an anaphylactic

shock, which is an acute medical emergency

that needs prompt medical treatment.

Intolerances are different to food allergies

- they’re not caused by the immune system

and are not life threatening, although they

can reduce quality of life significantly.

Intolerances usually affect adults, rarely

infants, who are more likely to have

allergy. There are no validated tests for

food intolerances other than lactose.

Are there any common symptoms?

With a food allergy, symptoms usually

arise within a few minutes of eating the

offending food, although they may be

delayed by up to a couple of hours. These

can include rashes, wheezing, itching, severe

gut pain or, rarely, sudden collapse. The

rapid onset of symptoms, which always

occur in response to the same food, means

that most people will already recognise that

the food causes them a problem. However

intolerance reactions are usually delayed and

symptoms may take several hours or days

to appear. The most common symptoms

are gastro-intestinal bloating, wind, loose

stools or rashes, joint pain and headaches.

If someone thinks they might have an

intolerance, but is not sure what to, do

you have any advice? Food intolerances can

be diagnosed with the help of a registered

dietitian by a process of elimination of

the suspect food, resolution of symptoms

and monitored reintroduction. This

is often via the use of a food diary.

Allergy UK offer help and advice online or

over the phone so visit www.allergyuk.org or

call 01322 619898 for further information.

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Nut allergy

Hayley discusses day-to-day dealings...

When did you first realise you had an allergy to peanuts and what happened? I can’t

really pinpoint when I discovered my allergy, because it was always thought I just had

asthma. As a small child I vividly remember my aunt giving me a marathon bar out

shopping, but the change happened when I tried peanut butter. The next time I came into

contact with peanuts was at a Christmas party later that year. I had an asthma attack and

the doctor was called. Christmas was when I always suffered most due to nuts being out,

and I have to be careful at parties. It has been known for someone to kiss me on the cheek

and leave a lip mark having just eaten nuts!

What do you do now to avoid coming into contact with peanuts? I’m obviously careful

what I eat and check packets if I’m buying something different. My local Chinese restaurant

know I have an allergy so they are careful with my order and my daughter and fiancé

watch what they eat too. If we eat out I always let the waiter know, although sometimes it’s

unavoidable if someone has had nuts on the same surface. I’ll know about it shortly after!

Are you allergic to anything else/ any other nuts? I have a mild reaction to most

nuts but I don’t really test! Almonds make me sick and roasted chestnuts turn my

stomach. Walnuts make me itch, although I am fine with coconut. I do have to

be careful with beauty products as some contain nut extract which badly affects

my skin, so I use hypoallergenic cleanser, toner and foundation to be safe.

Wheat and gluten intolerance

Christian gives us an interesting insight...

What symptoms did you have that made you question celiac disease? Celiac disease

didn’t come to mind at all until much further down the line. At first I’d occasionally get

pain in the lower abdomen but there wasn’t an obvious correlation between what I was

consuming and the symptoms I had. Once fatigue crept in, the abdominal pain increased

and the constant feeling of general unease took over, I began the search to find out what

was actually going on. At that point it felt as if all food was off the menu because everything

seemed to make the symptoms worse.

What precautions do you take and how do you manage it? The obvious precaution

is avoiding gluten, but that task is a challenge if you like eating anywhere that isn’t a

specialized, quarantined facility where only you and your grain fearing friends have coded

access to. Most folk think being gluten free means replacing your bread with an overpriced,

over processed cardboard-like substitute, but the reality is that gluten protein is lurking in

places you wouldn’t expect. Foods that are naturally gluten free are often cross-contaminated

when they’re commercially processed. That’s why it’s imperative to be label savvy, or even

better, listen to the advice in the next question.

Do you have any advice for someone who thinks they may have celiac or an

intolerance? Celiac disease and any other food intolerance force an individual to become

more conscious about his or her food choices. It’s a chance for someone to reevaluate how

and what they define as ‘food’. However, the mainstream response to gluten intolerance

has created a huge market for speciality food-like products which imitate culturally popular

‘food-items’. Gluten free alternatives for processed boxed cereals, pastas, breads and biscuits

have flooded the supermarkets. Whether you choose to consume the regular version of

these items or its gluten free counterpart, they are sub-optimal for fuelling a vibrant, fully

functional human being. By keeping 95%-100% of your food shopping within the fresh

produce aisle, you take the first step in becoming much healthier and happier beyond the

management of your medical condition. In a nutshell, eat food and less food-like products.

Christian Hindley is a Personal Trainer & Remedial Therapist.

Contact him on 01580 211775.

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Freshly made American pancakes

with blueberries and maple syrup.

Start your day at the cafe with

the view. Open 7 days a week.

Sunshine Smoothies share three of their favourite recipes

– so you can try making your own at home

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton

All of Sunshine Smoothies’ recipes make a drink that is more

than 150ml. The fruit is picked fresh, then frozen in batches,

ready to be made into a cool, refreshing drink – without the

addition of ice. They use organic produce whenever possible,

and home-grown too, and the juices used come from Moor’s

Organics in Teynham, near Sittingbourne.

Squirrel Hill, Newlands Corner GU4 8SE

01483 222659 info@squirrel-hill.co.uk

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The taste of Kent

from your own local farm shop

Minty Pink

Makes one large smoothie (150ml)

• 21g raspberries

• 40g sliced apple (organic)

• Sprig of mint

• Blended with 6 fl oz (100ml) pear juice (organic)


You’ll taste the difference when you purchase

your produce from us.

We’ve sourced fruit and veg from local

suppliers so we can guarantee its’

freshness – and that means great tasting food.

Why not make

a day of it?

Visit Polhill Garden Centre

for the best ideas for

your garden

And why not treat yourself to some of our

specialist items: jams, pickles, chutney, cheese,

milk, biscuits, honey, confectionary, ice cream,

frozen foods and much more. Great for gifts –

or treat yourself!

We’ve got easy on-site parking so come and

visit us soon.

London Road,

Badgers Mount,

Sevenoaks,

Kent TN14 7BD

Tel: 01959 533089

The Taste of Kent

Winner of the Garden Centre Association

Farm Shop of the Year Award 2010

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Strawberry Fields

(Makes one large smoothie)

• 20g banana (organic)

• 43g strawberries (ideally

home-grown or local)

• Blended with 6 fl oz (100ml)

apple juice (organic)

Lime Green

Makes one large smoothie (150ml)

• 9g lime juice and zest frozen

into an ice cube (organic)

• 5g pea shoots

• 68g sliced apple (organic)

• Blended with 6 fl oz (100ml)

apple juice (organic)

At the beginning of 2017,

Sunshine Smoothies will have

their new smoothie lollies in

a few selected health food

shops, along with frozen

fruit packs for you to blend

at home. Find out more and

follow their story at www.

sunshinesmoothies.weebly.

com, find them on Facebook

or give them a call on

07854 811916.


Watery

wonderland

As the weather warms up, having a swimming

pool becomes an ever-more tempting option...

Positioning your swimming pool

Chris James, Graduate Landscapes

Our raison d’être is to ensure the finished landscape is

integrated and visually pleasing with a pool merging seamlessly

and organically into the landscape. We spend a great deal of

time planning the shape, position and landscaping of a pool,

taking into account the changes that the seasons bring and

the growth and alteration of the garden over time. If we get

this stage right, the finished project not only adds value to

your property, but it will be a fabulous addition to the garden

for decades. There are some obvious considerations about the

siting of a pool. Avoid shady areas such as under large trees

or a north-facing position where shade will make the pool

less enticing. If in doubt, go for a south-westerly orientation

to get the heat of the sun during the day as well as the last

of the late afternoon and early evening sun. In most cases a

swimming pool is a dominant feature of the garden and will

require softening in order to integrate into the wider landscape.

The most effective way of doing this is to design planting

beds around the pool to blur the line between hard and

soft landscaping and at the same time creating an attractive,

comfortable and tempting space. Subtle planting such as box

hedging and topiary will provide year-round interest and, with

a natural swimming pool, the planting zone will automatically

create a more organic feel to the surrounding area.

Keep the patio area around the pool uncluttered and furniture

to a minimum but buy the best furniture your budget will

allow, to enhance the ambience and feel of the pool area. For

practical reasons, the heating system needs to be close to the

pool, though these buildings should be inconspicuous and

screened with shrubs and climbers so they fade from view.

We try to use the best quality materials for the patios, but

endeavour to keep its size to a minimum to reduce the hard

look of the area, particularly in winter. We have had great

results using a variety of pre-cut and bespoke stone. Both are

naturally beautiful products and can suit any budget.

This is the perfect time to think about enjoying a pool in your

garden or rejuvenating an existing one.

Graduate Landscapes, 01428 724080,

www.graduatelandscapes.co.uk

Heating your swimming pool

David Horne, Origin Leisure

There are a wide variety of methods to heat a pool, the

most suitable method will depend on a number of factors

which can include; if it is outdoor or indoor pool, the

services (Gas, Electric, Oil) available in the area and how

close you are to them, the size of the pool, the temperatures

required, how quickly you want to be able to warm the

pool up also for outside pools the period of the year you

want to be able to swim. Traditionally gas oil and electric

were most common heating sources for pools but the rapid

developments of greener technology such as; Solar thermal,

air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps make

them a viable alternative. It is important to consider all

the factors in the design to make sure it meets the client’s

requirements and is a cost efficient solution. Air source

heat pumps and outdoor pools work exceptionally well

together as typically the heat pump is most effective at

heating the pool in the warmer weather – which is when

most people like to swim. They can also be specified to

facilitate swimming all year round so it is important to

understand how the pool will be used. Indoor pools often

have additional heating requirements for showers, hand

basins and heating for the air for dehumidification, so this

often leads to using a combination of heating sources such

as air source heat pumps and electric or gas.

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Your project.

From beginning to end...

Building perfect pools for over thirty

years. Ring Origin on 01895 823366

or email for our information pack

info@originleisure.com

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leisure

the original

indoor & outdoor

pool company


Maintaining your swimming pool

Ben Smith, XL Pools

The most important thing you can do for your pool during the

peak of the summer is pay more attention to it. In particular,

the way it looks. If its dirty, the water has gone cloudy or it’s

starting to change colour then it generally means something is

wrong. The quicker you remedy this the better. It is advisable

to test your PH and chlorine daily, but if this is too onerous,

weekly will do. You should also check and clean your skimmer

basket and the filtration pump at this time. There are many

factors that can greatly change the balance of your pool water:

swimmers, heat and storms.

A day of entertaining family and friends is great fun but

remember that, after a day like that, your chlorine levels are

going to drop. If you have had a lot of swimmers in the pool,

or if it’s been an unusually hot day, it’s important to check your

PH and chlorine levels. If you don’t have enough chlorine in

the pool your pool water will turn cloudy and start to change

colour. A great addition to your pool filter system is a salt-water

chlorination system. It will help maintain your chlorine and

chemical balance. A salt-water chlorination system will disinfect

the pool water which dramatically improves the look, smell and

feel of your pool water. It’s perfect for children’s delicate skin

and for those suffering from allergies. It also helps to prevent

alkalinity fluctuations saving you hundreds of pounds which

you would otherwise spend on sanitizing chemicals.

After a storm, its important to spend a bit of time tidying the

pool and the pool area. A storm can make the pool turn green

overnight. The first thing to think about is the water level.

After heavy rain the water is going to be higher. If this is the

case, you should make sure that you lower it to allow leaves and

debris to skim into the basket. It would be better still to catch

the leaves before they skim into the basket. So, spend a bit of

time with your net, picking up as many as you can. Heavy rain

will also cause chlorine levels to drop significantly. It is a good

idea to take your water sample up to your local pool shop for

testing. In addition, garden run-off can lead to phosphates in

your pool which can also turn your pool green. Finally, check

the clock and timer on your chlorine generator to ensure that

lightning has not damaged it.

If you are going away on holiday, here are a few pointers that

will help keep your pool healthy for when you get back...

Fill the pool as high as you can; high water levels will reduce

the amount of leaves in the skimmer basket. You may come

back to a dirtier pool but there is less chance of damaging

your pumps. If you have a solar cover over your pool, make

sure you turn your chlorine generator down as pool blankets

may lead to high levels of chlorine because chlorine is not lost

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Jo Arnell on the pleasure of growing your own cut flowers

Imagine floating serenely down rows of beautiful blooms,

pausing every now and then to pick some perfect buds on

long sturdy stems – then filling the house with delicately

arranged vases of flowers. Just the thought of growing your

own cut flowers is a gorgeous and ecologically sound thing

to do (thinking uses very little carbon), but the reality is

slightly less dreamy. Growing cut flowers requires space, time

and effort, if you want to get a good – and varied crop.

Where to grow them

A sheltered, sunny position is ideal, as blooms need

protection from the wind and weather. Some flowers flourish

in the shade, but most will do better in full sun – and with

access to water if possible. The number of flowers you need

will be an important factor when you’re deciding where to

grow your flowers. Annuals, some roses and repeat-flowering

plants with many blooms can easily be grown in existing

flower borders – they respond well to picking, so it’s just early

dead-heading. In reality you might not want to deplete your

borders, so it can be worth finding a separate space. A corner

of the veg patch can work well, and dahlias, sunflowers and

sweet peas will appreciate the rich, well-cultivated soil.

It makes sense to grow cut flowers in rows, as you would

any other crop, as this will make weeding, picking, and

general maintenance easier. My cutting garden has narrow

beds – about a metre wide, but they’re quite long, with small

paths in-between. If you choose to have grass paths, ensure

that you can get the mower down them...

How to grow them

Soil preparation, as with the production of any other crop,

is key. Clear perennial weeds and apply some organic matter

(well-rotted manure/spent mushroom compost) to improve

soil structure and fertility. Budget will dictate whether you

start with good-sized plants that will crop in the first year,

or whether you take the cheaper, longer, but ultimately

more satisfying route of growing from seeds and cuttings.

Once established, clumps of perennials can be divided and

replanted, shrubs can be layered, or propagated from cuttings,

and you will learn which annuals and biennials enjoy your

conditions and happily self-sow – saving you time and effort.

A general purpose fertiliser raked in at the start of the season

will keep the plants fed and a mulch applied in spring will

also release nutrients, retain moisture and help prevent weeds.

Watch out for aphids and other pests and try to catch them

early before they infest your plants. A potassium-rich feed in

mid/late spring will encourage flowering and the ripening of

fruit. This will be especially useful for those plants that flower

repeatedly and will keep them going for longer.

What to grow

Much of this will be down to personal taste and you will have

a good idea of the flowers you simply must include – and

probably a hate list too, but don’t forget to think about the

overall structure of your bouquets and arrangements. Flower

arranging is similar in principle to border design. Colour

schemes are important, but shapes are also key. Aim for a mix

of plants that will allow you to design an effective bouquet of

flowers for as long as you need. Think about shapes; spikes,

larger focal points, foliage as structure and background, and

fillers to soften and act as a foil or buffer in between blooms.

Perennials and bulbs

Grow peonies and dahlias for impact, majestic spires of

delphiniums, verbascums and lupins, with Gypsophilla or

Alchemilla as fillers and Melianthus for foliage interest. Bulbs

are great for spring colour, but remember that you only

get one stem per bulb. Peonies won’t appreciate too much

hacking either, but if you cut lupins and delphiniums right

to the ground after flowering/picking, they should put on

another show in the autumn.

Annuals and biennials

Some of these will self-sow if they like you, but be prepared

to grow a new batch from seed each year. Sweet peas,

Cerinthe major, Bupleurum griffithii, sunflowers, Amni

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Shrubs and foliage

Shrubs for foliage, bark, berries and blossom are vital for

autumn, winter and early spring displays; the stems of plants

like Pussy willow, dogwoods, Viburnum bodnantense and

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Cut your flowers in the early morning, or at dusk, as these are

the times when the stems are turgid and full of sap. Airlocks

may form once stems are cut, so make a slanted cut with

sharp scissors and plunge them immediately into luke-warm

water; apparently tepid water is better, as it has less oxygen

than cold and therefore less chance of airlocks.

Once the stems have been cut, it’s time to prepare them.

Cut a further 3cm off the stems and strip off leaves that will

end up below the surface of the water to stop them rotting

and remember to keep your flowers cool once cut. Soft stems

should be kept in deep water and left for several hours if

possible. Hollow stems can be turned up-side-down and filled

with water – use your thumb to plug the stem then quickly

invert them back into the water to stop the airlock. Do not

smash stems, as was once recommended, as this prevents the

flow of water up the xylem.

There are many simple tricks to help improve vase life.

Bacteria multiply in unwashed vases, so keep them clean –

and you can use a teaspoon of bleach in the water. Also keep

your tools, such as secateurs clean. Use floral preservative,

or a spoonful of sugar in vase water, to prolong the life of

the flowers.

Planning and preparing to grow cut flowers is great fun,

but the reality can be somewhat gruelling, so factor in time

constraints, not to mention the weather/pests/weeds or Acts

of God/dogs/chickens/children. With any luck, you’ll soon

be harvesting armfuls of home-grown flowers and gladdening

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Sat 2 - Sun 24 Jul 10am-4.45pm

Guildford House Gallery 155 High

Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3AJ

North Surrey Artists

Summer Exhibition

Guildford House is pleased to host

North Surrey Artists, a group of local

artists, mainly from three of Surrey’s

leading Art Societies - Farnham,

Guildford and Woking. The

group comprises both professional

and experienced amateur artists,

a number of whom are elected

members of national art societies.

They span a wide range of styles

and media creating a varied and

interesting exhibition.

Entry: free

Info: 01483 444751 / www.guildford.

gov.uk/guildfordhouse

Tues 5 - Sun 10 Jul

10.30am-4.30pm

Apt 12 A, Hampton Court Palace,

East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Royal School of

Needlework Summer

Exhibition

Featuring hand embroidery projects

by our Certificate & Diploma and

Future Tutor Students, the exhibition

will showcase a variety of techniques

including Jacobean crewelwork, silk

shading, black and goldwork.

Entry: Free

Info: 020 3166 6932 / www.royalneedlework.org.uk

Sun 17 Jul 1-4pm

Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village,

Down Lane, Compton, Guildford,

Surrey GU3 1DQ

Pottery Open Studio

Watch pottery demonstrations with

resident potter James Parsons.

Info: 01483 810235 / www.

wattsgallery.org.uk

Sat 23 Jul 7.30pm

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,

Surrey GU23 6QB

Photography Morning

Capture the beauty of summer

mornings as the garden opens early

for photographers. Normal garden

admission applies and tickets can be

booked in advance.

Info: 0845 260 9000 / www.rhs.org.

uk/gardens/wisley

Wed 27 Jul 7-9.30pm

Haslemere Educational Museum,

78, High Street, Haslemere, Surrey

GU27 2LA

A Crafty Get-together

Join artist Diana Burch for a relaxing

evening of crafts. Take inspiration

from the European Peasant Arts

Collection and create a 15cm square

to be part of the community artwork

on display throughout September.

Booking advisable. Price includes a

glass of wine.

Info: 01428 642112 / www.

haslemeremuseum.co.uk/

Children & Family

Wed 6 Jul 10-11am

Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village,

Down Lane, Compton, Guildford,

Surrey GU3 1DQ

Mini Make

Children can explore the textures in

paintings by G F Watts and imagine

a holiday. Have a photo taken and

make your own holiday background.

Led by artist Barbara Touati-Evans.

Suitable for 2-5 years olds.

Entry: £4

Info: 01483 810235 / www.

wattsgallery.org.uk

Sat 9 Jul 12-9pm

Woking Park, Kingfield Road,

Woking, Surrey GU22 9BA

Party in the park

Families can enjoy a day of

time travel, space-age fun, live

performances and outdoor cinema in

Woking Park, in honour of War of

the Worlds author, H.G. Wells.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483 755855 / www.

celebratewoking.info/party-in-the-park

Sat 9 - Sun 10 Jul 11am-4pm

Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village,

Down Lane, Compton, Guildford,

Surrey GU3 1DQ

woodland fairy fair

Join in a weekend of magical

adventures in the wild woodlands

of the Artists’ Village. Make fairythemed

crafts, have your face

painted, have a go at den-building

and try tree climbing with The Great

Big Tree Climbing Company.

Entry:Free

Info: 01483 810235 / www.

wattsgallery.org.uk

Sun 10 Jul 1-6pm

The Spike, Warren Road,

Guildford, Surrey GU1 3JH

Seaside Extravaganza

Enjoy the delights of a Seaside

Extravaganza in the heart of the

Surrey Hills. Throw a coconut and

play tug-of-war, take a ride on a

donkey, croon to live music, and

adults enjoy a pop-up-pub. There

will be ice-cream, craft stalls, bricka-brac,

a BBQ and a Victorian

tearoom.

Entry:£4

Info: 01483 444334 / www.tickets.

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Sun 10, 17, 24 & 31 Jul 3-5pm

Gostrey Meadow, Union Road,

Farnham, Surrey GU9 7RH

Music in the meadow

Visit Gostrey Meadow, Farnham, on

Sundays during the summer months

for Music in the Meadow, and enjoy

an afternoon of live music from a

variety of local bands and groups.

Entry:Free

Info: 01252 712667 / www.farnham.

gov.uk

Sun 10 Jul

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square,

Farnham, Surrey GU7 2NN

Bike: A Festival of Cycling

Love the open road or crazy about

twisty singletrack? Come to Farnham

Maltings for a festival that celebrates

cycling.

Info: 01252 745444 / www.

farnhammaltings.com

Sat 16 Jul 7pm

National Trust Claremont

Landscape Garden, Portsmouth

Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG

Peter Pan

Chapterhouse Theatre Company

are delighted to bring to life the

unforgettable story of Peter Pan, the

boy who wouldn’t grow up, presented

by special arrangement with Great

Ormond Street Hospital Children’s

Charity and Samuel French Ltd.

Entry: £14 / £10 / £40

Info: 01372 467806 / www.

nationaltrust.org.uk/claremont

Sat 23 Jul 1-5pm

Ripley Village Green, Ripley, Near

Woking, Surrey GU23 6AR

ripley classic cars

The Ripley Event is an annual fair

with stalls, children’s entertainment,

a dog show, live music and a large

classic car display. All proceeds go to

Woking Hospice.

Info: 01483 766182 / www.

ripleyevent.org/

Mon 25 - Sun 31 Jul 9am-5pm

Godalming High Street, High

Street, Godalming, Surrey GU7

1AF

Godalming Tiger Trail

Ten toy tigers will be placed in shop

windows up and down the high

street along with one tiger related

question ready to be discovered. No

registration is needed to take part,

just head to Godalming Art Shop at

the bottom of the high street any day

of the week to collect your answer

sheet and trail map. Find the tigers,

fill in the answers and hand it in at

Waterstones Book Store.

Info: 01483 272323 / www.

davidshepherd.org

Wed 27 Jul 10am-6pm

Birdworld, Holt Pound, Farnham,

Surrey GU10 4LD

Teddy Bears Picnic

Bring your teddy along for this

favourite annual event at Birdworld.

There will be fun, games, dancing

and loads of prizes to be won.

Info: 01420 22992 / www.birdworld.

co.uk

Fairs & markets

Tues 5 Jul 10.30am-3.30pm

Guildford, Surrey GU1 3QT

Guildford Farmers’

Market

Buy high quality, fresh, local produce

direct from over 50 local farmers and

producers. Try the best of seasonal

produce and ask questions about

growing, rearing, manufacture and

cooking methods. Enjoy the freshest

meat, fish, cheese, eggs, fruit,

vegetables and breads.

Entry: Free

Info: www.guildford.gov.uk/

FarmersMarket

Tues 5 - Sun 10 Jul 10am-7.30pm

Hampton Court Palace, East

Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Hampton Court Flower

Show

The world’s largest annual flower

show did not disappoint in 2015,

and we hope to give you a great

show this year too. Visit the show

set in the magnificent grounds of

Hampton Court Palace and enjoy

spectacular summer blooms.

Info: 0844 209 1810 / www.rhs.org.

uk/

Fri 8 - Sun 10 Jul 10.30am-5pm

Cranleigh School, Horseshoe Lane,

Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8QQ

Quality Antiques & Fine

Art Fair

A quality antiques and fine art fair

with some 30 nationally known

dealers offering a wide range of items

for sale, to include town and country

furniture, silver, English & Oriental

porcelain, jewellery, books, clocks,

glass, antique and contemporary

paintings, bronze sculpture and

many decorative items to furnish any

home with style.

Entry: £5

Info: www.gallowayfairs.co.uk

Sat 16 - Sun 17 Jul 10am-5pm

Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey

GU3 1HS

Decorative Home &

Salvage Show

Expect to find the best in reclaimed

and salvaged materials, garden

furniture and statuary, restored and

up-cycled furniture, period home

fixtures and fittings, decorative and

architectural antiques, furnishings

and industrial items.

Info: 01298 27493 / www.asfairs.com/

salvage-show/loseley-park

Sun 24 Jul 10am-5pm

Brooklands Museum, Brooklands

Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13

0QN

RetroJumble & Classic

Car Show

Over 60 stands selling everything

from vintage clothing to motoring

memorabilia and car boot jumbles.

Alongside this is the BTM Classic

Car Show, filling the museum site

with classic vehicles of all ages.

Info: 01932 857381 / www.

brooklandsmuseum.com

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doubt you were aware that June 1st was World Milk

Day, an initiative of dairy farmers desperate to draw

attention to the plummeting price they receive for

each pint of milk they produce. Fact is that most of us

with any interest in the countryside are all too aware of

their plight but feel impotent to do anything about it.

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dairy cows that live all their lives under cover in big barns and are

fed on processed food. No seasons, no grass, no dawn chorus

and no sunsets. Unimaginable.

But there are a few rays of sunshine in this otherwise bleak

outlook. Some farmers are managing to keep dairy cows on

small farms, feed them on grass and remain in business by

looking at niche markets.

One such tale concerns a truly beautiful ancient farm in a valley

near to us. It looked as if my mate Guy would have to sell his

cows, then he was approached by the Stonegate Cheese Dairy

(winners of the 2016 Sussex Food Producer of the Year) who have

always wanted to make cheese from their own pasture-fed cows

whose quality of life they could guarantee. They only needed the

milk from 50, but the deal has allowed Guy to keep at least some

of the Froghole herd that has been in his family for generations.

But for this to work Guy has to change his cows from twice a

day (TAD) milking to once a day (OAD). In the West Country,

a small but growing group of farmers have been doing this for

some years now and all swear by it. The cows are fed on grass and

hay and not surprisingly produce less milk, but the farmer incurs

much lower costs, and has more free time to do other things. And

the cows are happier too. Cows milked once a day are healthier,

more fertile and live much longer productive lives.

Of course there might be quite a lot of leg crossing as the girls

switch from TAD to OAD but apparently it can be done and

there’s one other real bonus from this new arrangement.

Cheese is made using solids from the milk. Whey is what’s left

behind, a liquid that is still full of nutrients. Traditionally, when

cheese was made on small farms across the country, the whey was

always fed to pigs. But with the advent of much larger production

units the whey now gets treated as a waste product. However…

as Guy now sets off from Froghole to the Cheese Dairy with a

tanker full of fresh milk he will be coming back with the whey.

And guess what, the pigs are arriving soon. Now that’s what I call

sustainable farming. Good luck to them all (especially the cows).

Follow Jane on Twitter @coopers_farm

Congratulations to Anthony Webster who won our May competition for a

three seater bench from Memorial Benches UK.

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