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John Graham-Hart finds homes with space for

the extended family to live together

They have now decided to call them ‘multi-generational living facilities’

which, let’s face it, really doesn’t sound like somewhere anyone of any

generation would inhabit without a court order.

So let’s take a step back into English and call them by their original and

considerably more family-friendly handle of ‘granny flats’.

The idea of these cosy-sounding nooks, with their own kitchen, bathroom and

sitting rooms, was to provide attached – but just separate enough – spaces, where

the grandparents of the family could come and live to enjoy, and be enjoyed, by the

rest of the family, particularly their grandchildren. Thus they would be very much

part of the family and the family home but, at the same time, have their own space

and independence.

Times, however, change and today, it’s not only the grandparents who might be

making use of any self-contained space, either in a property or within its grounds.

At the age of 22, I left the family nest in Chichester and, on a cub reporter’s

salary, rented a big room in a spacious mansion block flat in Chelsea. It cost just 25

per cent of my seriously meagre earnings and came with off-road parking for my

seriously pretentious Easy Rider motorcycle.

I cannot begin to imagine what equivalent accommodation would cost my

children to rent today. The first flat I bought some years later cost £45,000. It was a

modest two-bedroom flat with a pretty roof terrace in Clapham. Oddly enough, I

saw it for sale a month ago – the price tag was £765,000.

Today, the children of the family are understandably spending longer at home

before heading out into the world and, once out, there is absolutely no guarantee

that they won’t be back. So self-contained spaces in the family home – always useful

for grandparents – have taken on a new role and new value…

4. The Ridgeway

Where? No 47 The Ridgeway is

situated in one of the most popular roads

in Fetcham just west of Leatherhead

(Google Maps KT22 9BN).

What? An architect-designed 1920’s

property, it offers both a spacious

family accommodation and a valuable

contemporary annexe. The main house

includes drawing room with exposed

inglenook fireplace and French doors on

to the patio, double aspect formal dining

room, kitchen/breakfast room, study and

a lower ground floor room currently being

used as a second study. On first floor is the

master bedroom with ensuite bathroom

featuring vaulted ceilings and a sunken

bath and four further bedrooms.

The self contained annexe has its own

private entrance accessed via a circular

tower staircase though an arched doorway

from the living room and offers a large

sitting room with vaulted ceilings and

Velux windows, a bedroom and a shower

room. Outside is an attractive is the

westerly facing mature and secluded garden

mainly laid to lawn surrounded by mature

trees, hedges, shrubs and flower beds.

How much? No 47 The Ridgeway

is priced at £1,295,000 and is Savills in

Cobham. Call 01932 586200 or visit








2. The Light House

Where? The Light House is set behind

electric gates on Fairbourne, one of

Cobham’s most popular roads (Google

Maps KT11 2BT).

What? A contemporary take on the

Arts & Crafts style, this property more

than lives up to its name. The primary

focal point of the is an impressive vaulted

and galleried family room with floor to

ceiling windows. Downstairs is also a

double-aspect drawing room with a stone

fireplace and French doors to the garden,

dining room, study and double-aspect

kitchen/breakfast room.

Above are four bedrooms, all with

ensuite bathrooms.The separate annexe

has its own entrance and offers a studio

bedroom/sitting room and shower room.

Outside are pretty, southerly facing

gardens, laid to lawn with mature beds

and trees and an attractive stone patio

perfect for entertaining.

How much? The Light House is

priced at £2,250,000 and is on the market

with Savills in Cobham. Call 01932

586200 or visit

3. Highlands Rew

Where? Highlands Rew is situated on

the lower slopes of Leith Hill just to the

south west of the centre of Coldharbour

village, about four miles from Dorking

(Google Maps RH5 6HH).

What? An attractive traditional-style

cottage in a secluded wooded location, the

property has been substantially enlarged

and renovated by the current owners.

Accommodation downstairs now includes

a double-aspect drawing room with two

sets of glass doors opening onto a large

decking terrace, a family room with glass

doors to the terrace, kitchen/breakfast

room. Above is a master bedroom with

en-suite shower room and two further

bedrooms, one with ensuite shower.

The separate annexe has a living room

with wood-burning stove, kitchen area,

shower room, bedroom and loft room.

Outside in grounds of 31.5 acres is a

swimming pool, woodland and a stable

yard with six loose boxes and a sand

school of 40m x 20m. There is also a

large field divided into paddocks plus an

additional paddock.

How much? Highlands Rew is

priced at £1,750,000 and is with Jackson-

Stops in Dorking. Call 01306 887560 or


1. Brooke House

Where? Brooke House is situated in

the rural village of Crowhurst and twoand-a-half

miles from Lingfield and its

mainline station. (Google Maps RH7


What? Built in the 19th Century, the

property has recently undergone complete

renovation and substantial enlargement

and white-on-white themed throughout

to provide a light spacious family home.

Main accommodation includes an

impressive double-aspect drawing room

with French doors to the garden, a double

aspect -aspect dining/family room, study,

a stunning kitchen/breakfast room with

bifolding doors to the garden and four

bedrooms, three with ensuite bathrooms.

The annexe provides a further two

bedrooms, a 27-foot living room, two

bedrooms, a shower room and a kitchen

area. The house stands in just under and

acre-and-a-half of grounds which are laid

out informally, include a natural pond

and offer the potential for a paddock or

tennis court.

How much? Brooke House is on

the market with Jackson-Stops in Oxted

and is priced at £1,500,000. Call 01883

712375 or visit


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There’s something rather charming, and sweetly ironic,

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is an invisible quality that has attracted artists and musicians

to houses such as this one, on a terrace in Hastings, since the

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did not,” says Ginny, a writer and journalist. “I wanted

exactly what we have here: an independent, bohemian

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‘life’ if I was working on my own. And it has fulfilled that


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house, overlooking the garden.

“We looked at what we could get in Brighton – and there

were some charming houses - and then we looked at Hastings.

You could buy a house for half the price of a two-bedroom flat,”

says Ginny. “Plus, I really like the Old Town and St Leonards.

It’s still stridently independent and unselfconsciously eccentric.”

But what about the house itself? From the moment you come

into the dark hall and look up to a striking yellow feature wall at

the top of the stairs, it’s clear Ginny has a knack for interior


Above: The whole back wall of the kitchen is made up of bi-fold glass doors which open up entirely, letting on to the terraced walled

garden which has a planting scheme by Tony Howard of Harborough Nurseries. The slabs are Westmorland Green slate, originally

from the roof terrace of St Thomas’ Hospital, via Retrouvius

design, although she modestly describes architect Jason Wren

as “the design genius of the project. He had the imagination

to completely remodel the house and I trusted his vision, even

when I didn’t entirely understand it.”

She’s also keen to share the glory of the wonderful

paint colours used throughout the house with Patrick

O’Donnell, chief colour consultant at Farrow & Ball:

“I was used to living in places which were various

shades of white and grey, although I have always liked

splashes of colour and yellow in particular. But I was

a little bit nervous about using them because, colours

don’t always come out as you expect.”

In the spacious open-plan kitchen and dining room, the units

are painted in striking Farrow & Ball Hague Blue, with the

insides of cupboards painted in contrasting or complementary

colours. Moroccan pottery in fiery shades from the Industrial

Zone of Marrakech, is set off perfectly by this background and

natural light, flooding in through bi-fold doors, brings the

whole scene to life.

“You could be someone who is utterly hapless with

colour, doesn’t have a clue, and this service would

really help,” says Ginny. “I’m not that person. I have

quite firm ideas about what I like so, in a way, I wanted

a bit of hand-holding, to take me into the ‘dark side’.”

Farrow & Ball provided nearly all of the interior paint -

except for the bright yellow which is a feature in several rooms.

She clearly knew what she wanted: “In the end a technician at

Dulux said: ‘This is the purest yellow, with no hints of green’. I

think I tried about eight different yellows before I got there.”

The kitchen-dining area is not a room to hurry through.

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from the old British Library Reading Room - and Prussian Blue

leather chairs, all sourced through Retrouvius, a reclamation

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“The wallpaper is by Witch and Watchman and the designer

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as magpies and crows, is a hand-painted bird. “It’s an Australian

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Top: The basement originally had “lots of higgledy-piggledy little

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Above: The basement apartment offers an independent space for guests, with the bed concealed behind a vintage decoupaged screen

from AG Hendy & Co in Hastings Old Town. There is a recessed television over the vintage slate fireplace. The grey metal standard

lamp is from Heals and the ceiling fitting is one of a pair by Habitat, black with a bright yellow interior the same as the feature wall

table, we move through to the living room which looks out

over the Old Town and the sea. I ask if the chaise longue by the

window gets a lot of use, perhaps imagining the louche lifestyle

of a writer who works from home. “I try and encourage people

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apt to break, though I think it’s pretty solid now.”

Ginny sits opposite me, on a sofa made by Loaf,

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It’s clear from the eclectic furniture and decor that

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little rooms down here and very grim. We wanted a

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“So basically everything was knocked through and we

incorporated the courtyard, which was a nightmare. We

had slugs and all sorts...”

Now the room is stylishly dressed with a vintage painted

screen from Alastair Hendy’s Homestore in Hastings Old Town

concealing the sleeping area.

Just as we are about to leave, Ginny can’t resist showing me

a surprisingly modest corner: “This is my favourite room!” she

declares. It appears to be a short corridor and store cupboard. “It

used to be so dark and depressing. The tiles on the floor here are

dotted around and repeated in the front courtyard garden.

“They are by Emery & Cie, a Belgian firm and I’ve used

them in lots of different places in the house, because they’re

beautiful...and they happen to be made in Morocco.” Morocco

is a theme that crops up a lot, though not as an overriding or

clichéd ‘kasbah’ theme, and it ties in perfectly with Ginny’s love

of colour. But why Morocco specifically?

“MJ and I run vocal workshops there, as well as in Greece,

New Orleans and Miami. Our favourite place in Marrakech

is Riyad El Cadi, where we run the holidays.” So, can anyone

come on these workshops? “Yes, anyone who fancies a sing,

from complete novices to people doing voice training.” MJ also

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For her, having space to compose and arrange music, at

home, is essential. Ginny shows me along the upstairs landing

to MJ’s music room at the back of the house. It’s a simple,


Above: The basement ‘loft’ apartment also has it own kitchen

area Right: The funky tiles in the guest cloakroom are by Lubna

Chowdhary. The vintage mirror with an integral lamp is from

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Bookshelves tucked behind the loo itself offer plenty of reading

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Tip-tapping along the landing to the front of the house, we

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The terraced, walled garden, visible over the flat roof, was

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Bringing my eye back from the view out of the window, I

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Dark floorboards contrast with the pink paintwork, while

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window, but this is not simply a pretty home. “I care very

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Top: The master bedroom has magnificent views over

Hastings Old Town and the sea, all the way to Beachy

Head. The chaise longue is from Graham & Green and

the mannequin was another find at Retrouvius Left:

There is an equally lovely view from the bath - over a

planted sedum flat roof and their neighbour’s beautiful

garden, up to Hastings Country Park. The bathroom

fittings are from CP Hart

Last but not least, is the attic, more of a romantic

lofty garret. The bathroom up here, Ginny admits

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to the invisible aura one can feel in a building: “There’s

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Ginny left the rough, exposed paintwork on the

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In the corner of the spare room, the little bird

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One last room, Ginny’s writing room, is filled with

storage boxes, and yet to be finished. It’s painted in a

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we might say ‘Oh, it’s finished now’,” says Ginny.

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Jane Anderson

Gorringes Auction House, Tunbridge Wells

Our clients frequently ask us - sometimes as a result of the

bad news they’ve just received about something they were

hoping to sell - ‘So, what is selling well at auction now?’

This is increasingly difficult to answer. With older

clients downsizing and ‘going modern’, or moving to

care homes, the market is flooded with goods that the

younger eBay generation either do not want, or haven’t

thought of buying at auction. Consequently, 90% of

our buyers are after 10% of the available goods.

But what we can say with confidence is that, whatever

you’re selling, it must be of superb quality, or iconic design

(mid-20th century Scandinavian furniture is currently more

commercial than Georgian), or of sufficient rarity that

buyers will compete in a ‘money no object’ frame of mind.

An example of the latter is the painting we sold in

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‘The Thoughts with which a Christian Child should be

taught to look on the works of God’. It made £381,860

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antique brown furniture that has been slow for a few years,

but it seems the public is now realising the value and

workmanship. They are a good investment. The industrial

look has eased up with the reproduction things coming on

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window mirrors.

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I always advise my customers to buy something they love,

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all the electronic help these days, on sites like Pinterest, people

are more confident than they used to be about being more

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inspiring and then interpret it into their own homes.

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Chinese porcelain has been achieving record prices

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comfortably houses the CDs and DVDs, and glass-fronted

display cabinets, which used to house the Royal Doulton

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showing off beautiful shoes and bags. These craftsmanmade

pieces of furniture continue not only to look good,

but also adapt beautifully to modern-day living.

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which are practical and can be used in their homes, such as good period

mahogany, walnut and oak pieces. Antique jewellery is also popular. People

are tending to spend their money on items which they like and will look

good in their homes. The priority is beautiful things to live with - rather

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Above: The drawing room has glass doors opening on to a

courtyard. The fireplace is finished with a Chesney’s limestone

surround and stainless steel insert. Jane and Chris are keen art

collectors. They bought the abstract painting above the fire

during a holiday in Sri Lanka. The Modigliani-style portrait is by

a Vietnamese artist, found at an Affordable Art Fair. The duck

feet lamp is by Porto Romana Right: The drawing room flows

from the octagonal hallway

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“The kitchen is probably now the room foremost

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at the beginning and identifying what their priorities

are - how they and their families want to live.”

This is a question that Jane and husband Chris have


Above: Jane and Chris’s extensive art collection continues on the other side of the sitting room. The brightly coloured landscape is a

view of St Paul de Vence by John Holt. The French chair in the hallway is covered in black and white checked velvet by Larsen. The

cushions on it are made from textiles designed by Larsen and by Kelly Wearstler. The paintings above it are by Charles MacQueen

asked themselves every so often during the years spent at

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The existing building was an L-shape, with the

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the front door, visitors would have to drive up into the

garden and past the main house. The most obvious

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and turn it into a three-sided courtyard. However, Jane’s

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Instead of a courtyard, he extended the L-shape parallel

to the road with a two-storey extension and a three-storey

octagonal tower incorporating a new front door and

created a new division by means of a beautiful curved brick

wall which isolated the garden. It’s a stunning solution

that has freed- up valuable space on the older side of the

house but created some delightful new areas of its own.

But let’s start where, as Jane says, so many renovations

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Above: The master bedroom is flooded with light from a vaulted ceiling and French windows onto a Juliet balcony, further enhanced

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windows on either side of the bed act like extensions of the upholstered headboard, with a pleasing symmetrical effect. The mirrored

side tables, specially designed by Nathan for this room, further bounce the light around, as do the chrome bedside lamps which are

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the kitchen would be more of a place to relax and chill

together at the end of the day,” says Jane. “I also wanted

somewhere I could cook and talk to guests at the same time.”

The room has windows on four sides, which placed

constraints on the design – further complicated by Jane’s

very firm ideas about her central island being home to a

gas rather than electric hob. She was also determined that

the Aga remain, although as more of a feature and a source

of warmth than a cooker. This meant that the floor had

to be dug to run gas across to the island and that the Aga

now stands elegantly and effectively in splendid isolation.

The immaculate bespoke units under the windows

are of a dark Alpi veneer and Nathan has set both the

units and appliances, such as the food larder and vast

stainless steel fridge, on bespoke aluminium plinths. ”I

wanted everything to run seamlessly together,” he says.

The parquet floor has been stained to match the units

and around the island gather a set of chic Cerner chairs in

American black walnut. The white surfaces are a quartz

composite and over both the island hob and the Aga are

Elica hoods served by dramatic bespoke steel ducting.

Completing the industrial touch are three huge industrial

Jane’s mirrored dressing table inspired Nathan to design some truly stunning dark

oak mirrored bedside units with smoky bronze Buster & Punch handles.


Above: Jane’s stunning mirrored dressing table set the tone for the decoration for the whole of the master bedroom, which combines

cool simplicity with golden era Hollywood-style glamour. This was Nathan’s inspiration for the bedside tables seen on the previous page

lights from a Czech factory. The cosy dining area sits

beneath a pretty arched window, a contemporary B&B

Italia table surrounded by antique rosewood chairs.

On the way down the hallway to the former littleused

dining room is what was, when Jane and Chris first

moved in, the kitchen. Today it’s a little womb of a media

room with American black walnut shelving, a big TV

screen and a wonderfully comfy fuchsia chenille sofa.

The former dining room has become a new genre that

until now has not really existed in the lexicon of domestic

rooms. The only way to describe it is as the Whatever Room,

in that it becomes whatever Jane or Chris want it to be at

any given moment in time. It might be a room where one

curls up quietly with book or iPad, the sunshine pouring

through French windows. It might be a Chris’ gym, Jane’s

yoga space, a formal dining room, an informal party room.

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Above: The en suite bathroom in the master suite occupies one

of the upper rooms of the octagonal tower, which links the new

extension with the original building. Light pours in through

four windows Right: the natural light bounces off the iridescent

rectangular tiles covering the wall behind the twin basins

which of course, is exactly what they are. Understandably,

Jane thinks that this may be her favourite room in the house.

In such august company this is praise indeed, for

competition comes not only from the stunning kitchen

but, across a dramatic octagonal hallway, from an

equally stunning sunken drawing room. Instead of

simply correcting the slope of the land downhill from

the older part of the house, their architect cleverly used

differing levels, so the drawing room is open plan to the

hallway but separated by a couple of steps down.

This is a lovely bright and lofty room with glass doors out

onto a courtyard, but in winter it’s snug, gathered round

an open fireplace with a Chesney’s limestone surround and

stainless steel insert. Jane and Chris picked up the terrific

centrepiece table on a walk through Paris and the lovely

abstract over the fireplace during a holiday in Sri Lanka. They

found the Modigliani-inspired painting by a Vietnamese artist

– over the cherry blossom Japanese-style cabinet in the


Above: Daughter Emma fancied a touch of baroque in her

bedroom, which Jane created by combining pale blue, rich

browns and delicate golds in a range of texured fabrics for

dressing the bed Left: A reindeer hide thrown over a chair creates

a dramatic corner on the upstairs landing. The bold pineapple

print wallpaper is Neisha Crosland

corner –at an Affordable Art Fair. Beneath a limited edition

geometric abstract by Brigitte Williams stands an amusing

Porta Romana lamp with duck feet and a silk satin shade.

The star of the show here, though, must be the grey,

contemporary take on the winged armchair by Andrew

Martin. “I wanted a wow piece in here,” says Jane.

“Every room should have something a little outrageous

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remainder of the room, inspiring Nathan to create some

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of the octagonal tower, its four windows looking out onto

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mosaic tiles having lots of fun with the incoming light.

Daughter Emma fancied a touch of baroque and

Jane has made it so, all pale blues and browns, gold

and silver with some serious luxury in the shape of

the silk flock blinds and a wall of waving golf grass

wallpaper by Mulberry Home. On the bed is an eclectic

tumble of cushions, some bespoke, some bought.

Daughter Georgia has gone for a cross between

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with the sun pouring in from windows on three

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and contrasts pleasingly with a duvet and pillows of

big pink roses. On a chic John Lewis mirrored cube

by the bed is a chic jet black Kartell table lamp.

Jane and Nathan begin every project by establishing

how exactly a family lives - or wants to live - and

then work with them to adapt their property,

however it began life, to meet that family’s needs.

Fundamental to Jane and Nathan’s design

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home should be a really enjoyable creative process - no

matter what size of project you are undertaking.

“Adopting a holistic approach, seeing the whole space

and taking control of how you want to live will mean

that our well thought out, beautifully designed spaces

will enable you to enjoy family life to the maximum.”

And this, of course, is exactly what she has done in

her own home. The result, in my personal opinion, is

truly stunning. But then, who gives a flying hoot what I

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How far in advance should a bride be

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Charlotte gives us luscious locks...

Are there any natural ways to get glossy, healthy hair for your wedding day?

Natural glossy hair is sadly a rarity, you either have it or you don’t! However, eating

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week before, to ensure there’s no regrowth in the wedding photos!

Any top tips on keeping hair looking great throughout the day? Wedding

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Hannah beautifies our cuticles...

How can a bride naturally strengthen her nails in preparation for the big day?

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keep your hands silky smooth and radiant pick your favourite hand cream and

apply a thin layer and leave to soak. Do this 2-3 times a week and you’ll notice a

huge difference. Hang nail is a big no-no, but by keeping your nails and cuticles

conditioned, and NOT picking at them, it can be easily avoided. Before bed time,

massage some lip balm into your nail beds, this will keep them moisturised and

supple all night long.

What would be in your emergency wedding day kit? My kit would have to

include a glass nail file, just in case of any broken nails or splits. A hydrating hand

cream is a must to cure any dry and dull skin, and a nourishing cuticle oil will keep

your nail beds in amazing condition and prevent any flaws or imperfections.

Hannah is based at Green Farm Kent, a beautiful farm estate deep in the Kent

countryside. For more information and to book a stay visit or

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Wood Works

The secret to the perfect work/life balance may already be in your garden

- and if it isn’t you can build one... by Isobel Mackay


Surrey, Sussex & Hampshire’s

Premier Oak Framed Specialist

Surrey Oak Barns is a specialist oak frame contractor offering

a complete and seamless multi-trade service, from simple

garages and garden rooms to fully finished buildings, all tailored

to meet our client’s specific requirements.

We offer a complete service from design, planning and

construction through to completion, ensuring our client’s

achieve their aspirations for oak buildings from a single source.

Surrey Oak Barns is the only oak framed contractor to be

awarded Chartered Building Company status which identifies

those businesses that are committed to quality of product and

service, integrity of conduct and concern for client’s needs.

We are currently offering a free planning service for detached

barns up to four bays to all prospective clients

To find out about our special offers please call 01483 420258

email or visit

Alice Robson

Jewellery studio

Working from home sounds like the dream set up –

an extra hour in bed, lunch no further than your

own fridge away, even no need to get dressed if you

don’t feel like it...

But while it sounds like the dream scenario, working at

home can very quickly become oppressive, if there’s no way

you can escape all the reminders of what you should have got

done that week - when all you want to do is put your feet up on

Friday night and veg out in front of Netflix.

Even if you have a nominated work room within your house,

just a glimpse of it as you walk past the open door with your

hard-earned gin and tonic in your hand can put a knot in your

stomach for the whole evening. The perfect solution is to work at

home - but not at home, by creating a separate working space in

your garden.

You might have an old wooden building you can convert, as

Kent-based photographer Mel Smith did with a former milking

parlour (above), which still looks bucolically quaint from the outside,

but is now a high-tech photography studio within (top right).

If you don’t happen to have an old farm building lying around,

you can commission your own wooden building – with far less

planning permission stress than required for a full new-build (subject

to the specific setting of each project).

Jeweller Alice Robson had her husband James (conveniently an

architect) design her a studio inspired by a traditional shepherd’s hut

(right), with the advantage that she could specify exactly the kind of

layout she needed for her work.

By engaging a company specializing in wooden buildings, you

can achieve exactly such a bespoke space, with all the hard work

done for you – leaving your energies intact for your own enterprises.

And on Friday evening you can lock the door and forget about it

until Monday…

Round Wood of Mayfield built

new offices for themselves

Our brief

Our rapid expansion over recent years has seen us struggle

for desk space at our site in Newick Lane, near Mayfield.

Constructing an oak framed office complex was the obvious

solution, as it also allows us to showcase the buildings we


How was this fulfilled?

The new office replaced an old L-shaped building that had

been used over the years as a workshop and for storage, so we

opted to stick with a similar shape and footprint, but add an

additional storey.

The design was developed with the intention of

demonstrating possible features on an oak framed building to

visiting customers. For instance, it includes all four available

roof-profiles: barn-hip, full-hip, gable and gablet. It also has

both oak and softwood weatherboarding, as well as traditional

oak and contemporary aluminium joinery.

As for all our buildings, we used traditional oak framing

techniques. Frames are constructed using mortise and tenon

joints, curved braces and oak pegs. It also features dovetail

joints between the tie beam and eaves beam. The frame was

dry assembled in the workshop to ensure ease of fit on site.

What feedback have you had?

The building has proved extremely popular with our

customers. They really appreciate the opportunity to see a

large-scale oak frame showing a number of possible external

features. It also allows them to see the standard of internal

detailing they can expect, including exposed beams, rafters

and a feature truss.

Round Wood of Mayfield 01435 867072


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Jo Arnell on the particular pleasure of bringing in your crops

It’s been tricky in the veg patch this year. We’ve had plenty of

rain, and winds, low temperatures and not much ripening

sunshine, combined with attacks from an ever-increasing army

of pests. But if you’ve been lucky enough to get your crops past

the storms and pestilence (no war yet, but there’s still time) here

are some tips to help you get the most from them – and from the

harvesting itself.

Harvesting crops is a basic human activity that releases the feelgood

chemical dopamine into our brains, so you get two hits – one

from harvesting itself and another from eating the produce.

Harvest timings

Time, tide and ripening vegetables wait for no man, so it’s

important to check on your crops regularly to make sure that you

haven’t missed the optimum harvest point. It’s worth looking on

the back of the seed packets (there are also useful charts online)

to find out what the approximate sowing to harvest times are for

certain crops; this will give you an idea of what to expect, and help

you to plan when - and how much to sow.

Annoyingly the harvest may fall while you’re on holiday, and

although it might be too late this year to do anything about it

(apart from encouraging friends and family to enjoy the bounty

while you’re away…), make a note to sow crops like beans, lettuce

and courgettes, which need regular picking, either late or early, so

that you stand a chance of catching the harvest.

Preserving nutrients

Harvest as close to the time of eating as possible, as this will

preserve not just the flavour, but also the living nutrients. Several

studies have shown that the nutritional content of many vegetables

decreases rapidly once they’re harvested (D J Favell Study 1998 Ref

Vit C.. IFR Extra 2010).

Peas and sweetcorn are notorious for losing their sweetness

almost instantly (to the point where some extreme harvesters put

the water on, rush out to pick the crop and throw it in the pan as

the water comes to the boil), because chemical changes, like sugar

turning to starch, start to happen as soon as the plant is picked.

Instant freezing is one way of preserving some of the nutrients

(supermarket frozen peas are more nutritious than fresh bought),

but plot straight to plate is the surest way.

Glut you like

Some vegetables ripen all at once and then need to be picked

in a rush before they go over (courgettes, tomatoes, beans,




Crown reduction, lifting

and thinning

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Deadwooding of tree canopies

Hedge trimming and reduction

Supply, planting and aftercare of new trees

& hedges

Removal and responsible recycling of

green waste

Tree Protection Order (TPO) research,

application for planning consents with local

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completed free of charge

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hearting lettuce), others are sensible enough to be ‘pick as you

go’ (open salad leaves, some root crops and slow growing leeks

and kale), enabling you to use the veg patch as a larder and only

collect as much as you need for each meal.

Try to pick crops like beans and courgettes while they’re still

fairly small. Beans become stringy and less tender as they age,

and tiny courgettes reach gargantuan proportions as soon as you

turn your back on them.

Storing and preserving

Gluts can be glorious if you’re prepared for them and have

recipes to make the summer bounty last. Squashes and

pumpkins, having tough outer skins, will store as they are for

many months.

Root crops like potatoes, parsnips and carrots can also be

stored for a long time if kept in the dark (parsnips and carrots

are traditionally stored outside in a ‘clamp’, layered in sand

under a mound of earth). Storing other vegetables requires more


Fermenting - is an ancient (but rapidly re-emerging)

method of preserving food through microbial activity. Sugars in

vegetables convert to lactic acid when placed in brine and kept

in anaerobic (oxygen-free) conditions. The food is preserved

naturally, and contains beneficial pro-biotics which help

improve gut health.

Freezing – works well for crops which are best eaten very

fresh (see above). In general choose younger vegetables for

freezing. Wash and chop (if desired), blanch quickly in boiling

water (a minute or two, depending on the veg) then plunge into

a bowl of iced water. Dry on kitchen paper or a clean towel, lay

on a tray and freeze on a speedy-freeze setting. Store Freeze in a

sealable bag, making sure as much air is removed from the bag

as possible. Freezing also works well with soft-leaved herbs like

chives, parsley, basil, coriander. Pick early in the morning when

they are full of flavour. Chop before freezing, pop into ice cube

trays with a little water. Basil can be painted on either side of the

leaf with olive oil, then frozen on trays so that the leaves don’t

stick during storage. Coarse herbs like rosemary, sage and thyme

can be dry frozen on trays and then packed in freezer bags.

Label and date freezer bags or (if you’re like me), you’ll end up

with lots of mysterious packages and surprise meals…

Drying – is suitable for tomatoes, peppers and chillis. Slice

tomatoes thinly and lay on a baking tray. Place in a very low

oven and dry for several hours. Store in airtight containers and

use within a few weeks. Bay, rosemary, thyme can also be dried

in the microwave, then stored in sealable jars.

Preserving in oil – herbs, chillies and garlic can be bottled

in oil. Ingredients must be either thoroughly dried, or acidified

first, in order to prevent the risk of food poisoning.The oil

doesn’t preserve the food, but simply excludes air, preventing

oxidation – but not preventing the action of anaerobic bacteria.

Keep any produce sealed in oil in the fridge and use within a

few weeks.

Pickling – is excellent for things like onions, tomatoes,

courgettes, green beans, beetroot. Follow a classic chutney recipe

or have fun inventing your own ‘glutney’.

Contact Jo for border designs, planting and garden

advice: 01233 861149

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What’s On In August

children & Family

Mon 1 - Thurs 11 Aug


Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe

Road, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4AD

Wild Learning

A great half term adventure holiday club.

Have fun and explore the woods with

Wild Learning. Booking Essential. For

children aged 5-12 years.

Info: 01483 424400 /


Tues & Thurs throughout Aug 10am

& 1.30pm

Garsons, Winterdown Road, West End,

Esher, Surrey KT10 8LS


To celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday,

join in and read some old favourites.

Entry; Free

Info: 01372 460181 /

Sun 7 Aug 11.30am-1pm

Magna Carta Tea-room car park,

Windsor Road, Old Windsor,

Berkshire, Surrey TW20 0AE

Enchanting Dragonflies

Join us on a guided walk to witness the

fascinating lives of the dragonflies and

damselflies that thrive in the beautiful

Runnymede meadows.

Info: 01784 432891 /


Thurs 11 Aug

Lavington Common, Duncton, West

Sussex, GU28 0QR

Woodland Art and

Campfire Cooking

Join us for hands-on natural art making

and outdoor cooking in the woods.

Info: 01730 816638 /


Sat 13 & Sun 14 Aug 10am-5pm

Sandown Park Racecourse,

Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10


Buster Lang

An all American classic, custom, hot rod

and bike show.

Tel: 07850 886818 /

Sat 13 Aug 2-4pm

Woking Park, Woking, Surrey

GU22 9BA

Summer Sounds

Throughout the summer crowds will be

entertained by a range of jazz ensembles

to steel and brass bands. Relax with a

picnic and listen to the coolest sounds


Info: 01483 755855 /

Fairs & shows

Fri 5 Aug 9am-3pm

Catholic Church Hall, Downside

Bridge Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11


Cobham Bric-a-brac Fair

Antique & flea minimarket, selling

antiques, toys, glass, china, books,

clothes, jewellery, cakes and much more.

Info: 01932 269566

Sat 6 Aug 10am-4pm

Guildford Guildhall, 131 High Street,

City Centre, Guildford, Surrey GU1


Craft and Gift Market

Quality craft and gifts you won’t find on

the high street, including art, jewellery,

bags, leather goods, metal goods, textiles,

beauty products, glassware, homeware,

cards and much more.

Entry: Free


Sun 7 Aug 10.30am-4pm

Lingfield Park Racecourse, Racecourse

Road, Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6PQ

Lingfield Antiques,

Collectables and Vintage


Come along to explore up to 130 indoor

stalls at this fantastic fair. Bristling with

some amazing antiques, collectables

and vintage items, this friendly and

welcoming fair is held in the top class

modern facilities of Lingfield Racecourse.

Refreshments are available, as well as a

licensed bar.

Entry: £3, Earlybird entry, £5

Info: 01293 690777 /

Sat 13 & Sun 14 Aug 10am-6pm

Mead Lane, Chertsey, Surrey KT16


Chertsey Agricultural


The Chertsey Show is a fantastic trip out

for the whole family with arena events all

day, a whole range of different farm and

domestic animals, horticultural and floral

tents, traditional crafts and many stalls

to browse.

Info: 01932 564366

Sat 27 Aug 11am-4pm

St Mary’s Church,Reigate Road,

Buckland, Surrey RH3 7BB

Art & flower festival

See an amazing transformation of the

church and enjoy wonderfully coloured

and scented displays. Visit the art

exhibition and sale in the reading room;

all work by local artists.

Entry: Free

Info: 01737 845935

Sat 27 Aug 12.30-5.30pm

West End Common, Esher, Surrey


west end summer show

Traditional bank holiday family fun in an

idyllic village green setting.

Entry: Free

Info: 07725 574066 / westendflowershow.

Mon 29 Aug 1-4.30pm

Walking Bottom, Peaslake, Guildford,

Surrey GU5 9RR

Peaslake summer fair

Enjoy a slice of village life and all the fun

of the fair with bouncy castles, Punch

& Judy, a coconut shy, face-painting,

a BBQ, Pimms and beer tent, live

entertainment and stalls.

Entry: Free

Info: 07775 517366


Mon 1 Aug

Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,

Surrey GU1 3UX

The Secret Garden

Using live music, puppetry and just a

little bit of magic, the Yvonne Arnaud

Youth Theatre presents The Secret

Garden, before its run at the Edinburgh

Festival Fringe.

Info & Booking: 01483 440 000 /

Tues 23 Aug 6-8pm

Hatchlands, East Clandon, Guildford,

Surrey GU4 7RT

Wizard of oz

You’re invited to click your heels, journey

over the rainbow and follow the yellow

brick road as Immersion Theatre proudly

present the Wizard of Oz, a magical

pantomime guaranteed to have you in

stitches from beginning to end.

Entry: Adults £12, Children £8

Info: 01483 444334


Tues 9 Aug 9.30am-12pm

St John’s C Of E And Methodist

Church, Northdown Road, Belmont,

Surrey SM2 6DY

Children’s sewing


Children aged 7 to 11 are invited to

learn basic sewing and pattern making

techniques to make a jellyfish design to

take home.

Entry: £12 per child

Info: 07554 351643

Every Thursday in August 10am-4pm

Watts Gallery - Artist’s Village,

Compton, Guildford, Surrey GU3


Family drop-in

photography studio

Learn about photography and borrow a

camera to create your own print to take


Info: 01483 810235

Sun 14 Aug 1 / 2 / 3pm

Watts Gallery - Artist’s Village,

Compton, Guildford, Surrey GU3


Linocut printing

Join artist Norma Kennedy to discover

different techniques of linocut printing.

See samples of designs and watch as she

demonstrates how to cut and print a


Info: 01483 810235 /

Mon 15 - Fri 19 Aug 10am-3pm

The Abinger Cookery School,

Guildford Road, Abinger Hammer,

Dorking, Surrey


Children’s cookery


Do you have a budding chef in the

family? Then take part in this specialist

cookery masterclass, suitable for children

aged 10-14.

Info: 01306 730470 /

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but may be subject to change. Readers are

advised to check with venues before making

arrangements. We can list your event in the

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would like your event listing to be accompanied

by a full colour reproduction (42.5 x

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Race Events

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Hidden deep in the Garden of England, Hush Heath Estate is

home to award-winning English sparkling wine, Balfour Brut

Rosé. Since its beginnings the Estate has grown its product

range substantially and now boasts an exquisite selection of

wines and ciders all produced from fruit grown in their beautiful

vineyards and apple orchards. The expert team of winemakers

combine their skills in the state-of-the-art winery to create this

delicious range.

The Estate comprises 400 acres of perfectly manicured

vineyards, apple orchards and ancient oak woodlands rich with

wildlife, flora and fauna all of which add to the beauty and

provenance of what they produce.

It’s the team’s passion for what they do that makes Hush Heath

Estate unique and very special. What started as a hobby for

entrepreneur Richard Balfour-Lynn is now a quickly expanding

family based wine and cider business.

Enter the competition to win a VIP guided tour and tasting for

up to six people, followed by a delicious handmade ploughman’s

picnic lunch to be enjoyed on the winery terrace overlooking

our beautiful estate.

You will also win a mixed case of Hush Heath Estate’s awardwinning

wine and cider to take home. A truly fabulous prize to

be enjoyed for up to one year from the date of issue.

Find out more about Hush Heath Estate at

For your chance to win VIP Winery

tasting tour and picnic for six, just

answer this question: How many acres

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in the online form at wealdentimes. or post to: Hush

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Kent TN17 3HF by 15th August

2016. There is no cash alternative and

the prize must be taken by August

2017. *All entrants’ details will be

passed on to Hush Heath Winery and

Wealden Times Events. Please let us

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The Farm

Jane Howard plants a

wildflower meadow and

accidentally makes her

pigs deliriously happy …


y new wildflower meadow is an oasis of calm and

makes me feel utterly content whenever I wander

through it.

My dear old mum was a really keen naturalist and so when

she died and left me a bit of money, establishing the meadow

seemed a wonderful way to remember her and make Coopers

Farm just that little bit more of a wildlife haven.

But turning a monoculture five-acre rye-grass field into a

dream meadow with myriad different species of flowers and

grasses proved to be a far more difficult task than we imagined.

First, we had to spray it off three times. Every time we did

it, the grass went brown and died, only to bounce back with

impressive vim and vigour. But eventually we won.

Then we had to scalp the top inch of soil to get rid of the

thick thatch of roots that would prevent the new seeds from

getting their roots down. A scalping machine did the biz but

we hadn’t expected the huge volume of scrapings this produced.

Enough to fill a tennis court to a depth of about eight feet!

The only place to put it was in the pig wood where it was

received with boundless enthusiasm by gleeful pigs who spent

hours running up the mounds, running down the mounds and

burrowing through the mounds. Porcine Alton Towers.

And so by last autumn we were left with a bare brown field

that looked very sorry for itself. The seed was sown on a cold

February day. Then the rains came and the field sat sad and

waterlogged. Expectations weren’t high.

But magically in April it started turning green and has now

exploded into a gentle haze of reds, yellows, blues and whites –

a meadow worthy of a Monet painting. So now the pressure’s

on to try and identify what’s there.

It came with a list of the 50 odd species that had been sown,

but I never realized how many wild plants have flowers that are

daisy or dandelion doppelgangers. So I must confess I bought a

wild flower book from a charity shop and cut it up to produce a

bespoke guide to each species I was expecting to find.

Now I can tell Lady’s Bedstraw from Pepper Saxifrage and

Rough Hawkbit from Cat’s Ear. They’re all yellow and quite

similar so my botanical tail is right up.

But I’m not the only one in this happy state. This morning,

I was walking through “Mum’s Meadow” when I realized I was

not alone. Five ewes were heads down, also tails up, enjoying

the smorgasbord that is indeed my 50 species. Aaaaagh.

I couldn’t use the dogs to catch them up as the flowers are

too tall and dense, but luckily a bucket of grub did the job and

not too much damage was done. However, later in the summer

when it’s all flowered and seeded they can come back and graze

to their heart’s content.

Wild-flower flavoured lamb? Now there’s a new possibility.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm – on Instagram @


Congratulations to Andrew Hunter from Smarden who wins our June

competition for a Big Cat Experience



A Summertime offer

you Will not

want to miss out on

Call Thy Will Be Done

during August or September and

you will be able to arrange:


to protect your partner and your children for just

£99 + VAT (£118.80) usual price (£222 inc)


to help prevent your home being sold to pay for

your care and protect your children for just

£99 + VAT (£118.80) usual price (£479 inc)



for Health & Welfare or Property & Finance for just

£99 + VAT (£118.80) usual price (£359 inc)

And all severance of tenancy and conveyancing

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Call us now on:

ALDERSHOT: 01252 246170

CAMBERLEY: 01276 423175

CRAWLEY: 01293 270745

DORKING: 01306 898522

EAST GRINSTEAD: 01342 459034

GUILDFORD: 01483 346772

HASLEMERE: 01428 288491

HAYWARDS HEATH: 01444 617078

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