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Maggie Alderson selects homes in
which she would like to spend
Our highlight of the top six
must-see events this month
Drama galore in a
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Everything you need to
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HARK THE LITTLE
Hilary Wilce’s take on the value of
Christmas traditions in schools
All the best events to make the
most of the last of 2018
A 50s beach house in
festive Scandi style
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THE DARK SIDE
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We celebrate stair runners
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Maggie Alderson picks glorious homes on the market where she
would love to celebrate Christmas
The dream: A lot of houses we feature
in HOM have special features –
Barhatch Farm is a special feature in
itself. The most gorgeous, characterful
Grade II-listed dream, with a beamy,
leaded-window front and an elegant
Georgian rear, built from warm red
brick, tile hung in places, with a huge
wisteria growing up the back. With
four reception rooms, a study, kitchen,
breakfast room, utility room – and a
huge cellar, it truly rambles and the
current owners have done a superb
job on the soft furnishings, glorious
pelmetted and swagged curtains, that
I would buy along with the house. A
perfect Christmas house.
Where: The Surrey Hills Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty, 20
minutes southeast of Guildford.
Setting: Green, green, green – fields,
woods, Cranleigh golf course.
Postcode: GU6 7NG
Beds: 7 Baths: 4
Special features: Window seats,
shutters, beams, lovely old doors…
Pleasing details: A hot tub inside a
Outside: About four and a half acres
of landscaped gardens, paddock and
ponds, with a creeper-covered arbour
among other treats. A tithe barn with
a workshop and two stables, a onebedroom
cottage, garaging for five cars.
Time to town: 13 minutes to
Shalford, then 45 to Victoria.
Agent: House 0800 917 0447
The dream: The best of both worlds
(looks grand, not so much upkeep)
2 Smallburgh is half of a substantial
Victorian baronial house, which has
been divided vertically. This half
benefits from the wonderful wooden
staircase in the original hallway – now
a grand dining room – perfect for a
Christmas feast. Beautifully renovated
throughout the eat-in kitchen combines
a period feel, with contemporary flair.
Where: Outside the village of Beare
Green, ten minutes from Dorking.
Setting: Farmland and woodland.
Postcode: RH5 4QA
Beds: 4 Baths: 4
Special features: Glorious original
features throughout, including splendid
stained glass windows.
Pleasing details: Stylish new
bathrooms with a lot of marble.
Outside: Three acres of formal gardens
with a pergola and woodland.
Time to town: Just over an hour from
nearby Holmwood station to Victoria.
Agent: House 0800 917 0447
The dream: The full bi-fold door,
entertaining kitchen fantasy – get your
coolest friends round on Christmas Eve
– on a road right alongside the River
Thames. The house and garden have been
refurbished with great style.
Where: East Molesey, a short walk across
the river from Hampton Court. 10
minutes from Kingston.
Postcode: KT8 9BH
Setting: The charm of the urban riverside,
right by the happening scene of Hampton
Court village on Bridge Road.
Beds: 4 Baths: 2
Special features: The master bedroom
suite is splendid, with bespoke built-ins
and a bathroom with a parquet floor.
Pleasing details: A lovely balcony on the
first floor out of the master bedroom,
looking across to Hampton Court palace.
Outside: A south-facing garden.
Time to town: 33 minutes to Waterloo
from Hampton Court (0.1 miles away).
Agent: Savills, Esher.
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Away in a Holly Barn
A magical show to share with friends and family,
The Wintershall Nativity Play is the ultimate real
life recreation of the traditional Nativity. The
setting is stunning, taking audiences from outside
in the rolling landscape of the Wintershall Estate,
to inside the intimate candle-lit Holly Barn. Plus
there will be joyful carolling, mince pies and hot
drinks, and animal stars including sheep, donkeys,
horses and even a sheepdog. The play will be
performed from Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16
December. 01793 418299 / wintershall.org.uk
Treat your elf
The Heart Shopping Centre in Walton
invites you to Elf School on Saturday
8 December. Take lessons in present
creating, gift wrapping, and cheeky elf
dancing, to graduate with a certificate
to take home. Students will also get
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Chris Orr RA, Zoomania, Lithograph, 2018
events near you
Watts Contemporary Gallery in
Compton celebrates the art of
printmaking in all its eclectic variety
with the next instalment in its In Print
exhibition series, Making Impressions. It
will be open until Sunday 6 January
and will feature some of the foremost
names in British printmaking today,
including Chris Orr RA. and the best of
techniques including linocut, lithograph,
screenprint, drypoint, and everything in
Snow White Christmas
Take a huge helping of laughs, mix in
some audience participation, spectacular
costumes, and the fairest Snow White.
Add seven dwarfs, and sprinkle with fairy
dust for a must-see pantomime. Snow
White runs from Friday 7 December to
Monday 31 December at the Harlequin
Theatre in Redhill. harlequintheatre.co.uk
Get together before Christmas with
grade 1 racing at Sandown Racecourse
at The Betfair Tingle Creek Christmas
Festival on Friday 7 and Saturday 8
December. There will be a Bavarian Beer
Hall and an after party with The Chip
Shop Boys at Esher Hall after racing on
Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is
ready to make your wishes come true from
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as Michelle Gayle stars as the Fairy
Godmother in the magical pantomime,
Cinderella. This fairy tale adventure has
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Painting Illustrated : Thomas Lamb - Trees Above River at Dawn - Oil on Linen - 122 x 155 cm
What is your favourite thing about Christmas Day? As
well as the prezzies, the champagne (essential...) and
amazing food, I always love getting dressed up.
I know some families relish spending the whole day in festive
pyjamas, but in mine everyone gets a party look on, complete
with jewellery and high heels. For breakfast.
So I particularly relish our glorious fashion story this month
– and I can’t imagine anything more wonderful than spending
Christmas at beautiful Goodnestone Manor, where we shot it.
Also in this issue are two other houses where I would be very
happy to spend the day. In super cool Scandi chic at Camber
Sands and at the extraordinary Clock House, which is decorated
as lavishly as several Christmas trees all year round.
As well as spoiling everybody else, Christmas is time to give
yourself a nurturing treat – and you’ll find lots of inspiration for
that in our Health & Beauty Supplement, from fabulous facials
to the latest perfumes, exciting new developments in skin care
and ideas for a holistic approach to self care.
Enjoy your Surrey Homes!
OPENS 29 NOVEMBER
Surrey Homes Team
Editor ....................................................................................... Maggie Alderson
Editorial Assistant ........................................................................Rebecca Cuffe
Digital Editor ...................................................................................Emily Pavey
Fashion Editor ................................................................................... Kate Watts
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Commercial Director ................................................................. Colin Wilkinson
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Previous page: The fireplace is at the opposite end of the open-plan
living area from the kitchen. Above: Matt made the kitchen table with old
scaffolding planks, so it would be big enough to seat 14 people. The kitchen
island behind is an old carpentry table given to them by the previous owner
of the house – after they had been looking for one for ages; ‘a magical gift’
As you head out across Romney Marsh towards the sea, Rye’s
medieval citadel is the most prominent view on the skyline.
Along the coast is Dungeness, where the nuclear power station
broods over the bleak shingle expanse. Spanning the middle section
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dunes - and Camber itself, unremarkable, low-rise and quiet (save
for all the film crews), like a settlement at the edge of the world.
Loma Beach House sits at the end of a sandy lane, its smart,
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something has fundamentally changed inside this 1950s house.
Gigi and her partner Matt, having successfully renovated a flat - and
finding that they enjoyed the process - had been thinking about buying
a coastal holiday property, for themselves to use, but also to rent out,
somewhere in Devon or Cornwall. In the end it was (just as the film
crews have found) the proximity to London and to Tunbridge
Above: Looking from the kitchen back to the living area. The
slate grey walls have been created using a material imported
from America, called Ardex Left: The log stores were designed
and made by Matt
Wells, where they work, that brought them to Camber.
“I grew up around here and came down to the beach in
summer and winter – all year,” says Gigi. “We were looking
in Devon and Cornwall when this house came up.”
A mid-century box of a house backing onto the iconic
sand dunes, the property hadn’t been touched in years,
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and Matt. With their design backgrounds – Gigi is a
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– they could see beyond the faded decor and clutter
to the basic rectangle of the building. They set about
clearing some space and paring it back to a shell.
“We completely knocked it through,” Gigi explains.
“What is now the bathroom was the kitchen and
it was all really cluttered with small rooms. There
was a garage in two parts, so we opened it all up
and put French doors in all the way along.”
They worked every weekend, barely stopping for the birth
of their daughter Luna, because, as in all the best DIY house
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shelves have been clad with OSB (flakeboard), which has been used throughout the house
“And you have to work hard,” laughs Gigi. “But
I only remember the good times. We kept it calm.
I didn’t want to change the energy. It’s important
to give a place a soul and an emotion.”
Gigi believes strongly in bringing a distinct, but
warm and welcoming approach to the holiday home,
explaining: “I like the whole concept of hippie living, but
I try to do it with love.” She and Matt have a clear vision
about what they want and what the Loma experience
should be, when people rent the house from them.
“People want thoughtfulness,” she says simply. “We’re
both welcoming, good at it, it works for us. I get people.
They want to feel essentially secure and relaxed. We’ve
set up something a bit special that acknowledges that
they’ve paid for it - and the little touches count.”
One of these is a good night’s sleep.
“We spent quite a lot on the bedding. There are high thread
counts on every bed, the mattresses are all sprung, we’ve
put in good showers. I want everyone to have lovely sleep,
hot showers, everything crisp and white and super-soft.”
It certainly sounds like bliss. “Some things
look beautiful,” Gigi adds, “but are hard and
uncomfortable and don’t give you inner peace.”
The couple’s thoughtfulness even extends to making sure
there is an endless supply of wood for the burner and: “There
are blankets everywhere - and sun hats. And I always leave
Above: A row of pegs from an old school changing room, bought in Rye, is cosy for winter with an array of
shearling and fake fur coats – in summer it’s home to beach towels and sun hats
a basket of pizza ingredients to make pizzas in the pizza oven
outside and a wish lantern, to make their own holiday wish.”
Gigi explains how they are setting up Loma to be a brand
and how the interior styling is echoed by their website,
so that in the end, whatever you can see in the house
you’ll be able to buy online. “Like a concept store - where
you can try it for size first. And see things in situ.”
They would love to expand their idea and incorporate
a yoga studio and a shoot location. “With the dunes and
the light, it’s great for that. It’s always busy down here.
One day in the summer I walked out and all down the
road there was filming - Whistles, Net-a-Porter all in
a small space. The filming helps the local community
and helps village life - the cleaners and fishermen.”
Much of the filming is in the winter, when the
beach and the dunes are empty and Christmas
has an atmosphere all of its own:
“We’ll only be here for New Year this year,” says
Gigi, “but when we are here for Christmas, we have
the traditional thing with turkey etc, but we all
muck in. This is a nice place to cook in, you can see
everything and be part of it in an open plan space.
“Tradition changes down here a bit. The focus is towards
the outdoors and the beach, so that whatever the weather
we’re outside getting that energy and then we can come
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The OSB is used throughout the building as a key
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Previous page: The main bedroom. The print of the moon is from desenio.com, the rug is from IKEA and the cushion is from
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“We used the OSB in here too; it’s a good
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The downstairs bathroom is utilitarian and the shower
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“I hate glass shower screens,” says Gigi.
Industrial finishes are softened by old French shutters
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This page: A wall of OSB (a form of chipboard) in the bedroom creates a decorative effect with a utilitarian material
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This page: The concrete-effect walls of
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With Christmas just around the corner it’s generally
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Plan and Communicate
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Christmas. If you have difficulties in communicating
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Share Christmas Day
When two separated parents live nearby it is
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It was Valentine’s Day when fashion designer, Kim
Denman, then living in Los Angeles, received a call from
the owner of the house that she had fallen head over heels
in love with in St Leonards-on-Sea several years previously.
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about its history – and wondering who lived there.
Kim’s own love affair with her ‘dream house’ began over
20 years ago, on a family trip to the seaside. ‘At the time, we
were living in Islington, North London, and our son, Joe,
who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was in need of fresh air.’
The family headed for Eastbourne, renowned for its
restorative sea breeze and while they were there Kim
spotted an advertisement for the property in a local
newspaper. Her curiosity was sparked. ‘For Sale - Victorian
folly in St Leonards-on-Sea.’ She still has that cutting.
‘I had no idea where St Leonards was,’ laughs
Kim. ‘But there was something about The Clock
House that called out to me. I was enchanted.’
On the way back to London, they drove east
along the coast to St Leonards with the intention
of seeing the property in the flesh.
Above left: A cosy sitting room off the master bedroom Above right: In the hallway, two religious statues, originally from an Irish
convent. Kim gave the organ to Paul as a Christmas present
‘I drove around St Leonards, which at the time
was the seaside town that time had forgotten not
what it is today, but I couldn’t find it, so I went
back to London feeling disappointed.’
Still she kept thinking about house. ‘I
couldn’t get it out of my head,’ she says.
The next trip to look for it was with husband
Paul and on this occasion, the hunt was successful.
‘We didn’t make an appointment! We just knocked
on the door and were welcomed in,’ says Kim.
Once inside, Kim’s love for the house wasn’t diminished.
‘Although the décor was seriously 1970s and the place
wasn’t in the best state of repair, I fell hopelessly in love.’
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smooth’ and their offer, made first thing the following day,
was rejected in favour of another. Deciding they had to
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their family from London to the arid, sunny climate of Los
Angeles, California, which they hoped would be beneficial
to Joe’s health. For the time being, sun, sea and surf replaced
the notion of romantic Gothic towers and Victorian charm
and Kim’s dream of a life in St Leonards-on-Sea was put on
hold… Until that auspicious phone call several years later.
After jumping several more hurdles, the couple finally took
possession of the house. It needed a complete decorative
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Above left: A tiled entrance porch leads out to the garden, with a bandstand-style summerhouse Above right: The lamp was made
from a 1920s candlestick, bought in LA and likely to be from a Hollywood film set. The lilies are from Shimizu Flowers in Hastings
which look as if they have always been there.
‘We scoured salvage yards and antique shops in St Leonards,
Hastings Old Town, Brighton, Bexhill and Lewes looking
for period appropriate fixtures and fittings,’ says Paul.
Partly built into a sandstone cliff with views across
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‘It took four men to move the figures,’ says Paul. ‘They were
so heavy that once they arrived in the hall, they never left!’
Stripped and polished wooden floorboards and vintage
decorative wallpaper, offset an enviable collection of religious
iconography, including over-sized brass church candlesticks
and carved crucifixes and an organ, a Christmas present from
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‘At Halloween, we throw the front door wide open
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Addams Family.’ A gilded nave-style ceiling and a
brass sanctuary lamp, complete with candles, cast a
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Above: The enormous chandelier in the dining room is from Hastings Antiques Centre in Norman Road, St Leonards. The table was
bought at an auction and the chairs from an antiques shop in Hastings Old Town. The gingerbread reindeer are from Judges Bakery,
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from a variety of eras and sources that aren’t at all
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Take the French bed, acquired from La Maison in
Islington. Fit for royalty, Kim has dressed it with a faux
fur throw that she made, topped with a sumptuous blush
pink 1930s satin quilt from Eras of Style in Bexhill,
another of their haunts for vintage and antique finds.
Curly sheepskin cushions from TK Maxx, add texture and
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A fringed pelmet above the bed has been pimped with
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to the bedhead, along with some chubby gilded cherubs.
Part of the original clock tower, the boudoir has a
beautiful sitting area, with huge arched windows that
overlook the garden and park. A generously proportioned
decorative French sofa from Fortress, has been re-covered
in leopard print fabric – the perfect place for perching, to
admire the view, both interior and exterior. At either side
of the sofa are two brass lamps from a Venetian gondola.
The seating area is flanked by two colossal plaster
caryatids found in a vintage shop in The Lanes, Brighton.
Other delights include a marble and metal table from a
vintage shop in LA, a pair of pale blue and gold upholstered
18th century French dining chairs and a bedside chest of
drawers from the French Depot in St Leonards, a mecca
for reclaimed French furniture and architectural salvage.
But the real knockout has to be a pair of crystal chandeliers,
which wouldn’t look out of place in any palazzo – probably
because they really do have a royal history. ‘These
chandeliers belonged to the Romanovs,’ reveals Paul. ‘The
Russian royal family. They were exported to England from
Russia when the remaining Romanovs were exiled. They
were still in their packing crates when we found them.’
From the boudoir, we move into the bathroom. Steeped
in luxury, it incorporates bookshelves laden with Kim’s
fine art and fashion book collection, decorative French
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the freestanding claw foot bath that has been installed in
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The master bedroom is a gorgeously glittering boudoir of a room,
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Above left: The seating area off Kim’s boudoir. The caryatids –
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On the next floor, accessed by a spiral staircase, there is a
spacious drawing room, large enough to accommodate three
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fabric, and a carved gilt settee in plush plum velvet. This is a
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Above left: The bespoke kitchen has a central island where Kim displays her charity shop and boot fair mix and match plates
Above right: The ground floor cellars with a workshop at the back
those with a penchant for minimalism. Like the rest of the
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Patterned wallpaper from Shand Kydd continues the
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Vermilion and gilt patterned curtains with swags, tails
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‘Some of our inspiration comes from houses like
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Paul. ‘And of course every Hammer Horror film ever made.’
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Above left and right: Paul and his builder installed the claw-foot
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On the walls, Edwardian mounted deer trophies are
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tranquil ambience of the rest of the house. Paul covered
the walls with black and red vintage fabric from Wayward
in St Leonards – with the help of a staple gun.
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Swarovski crystal statement necklace £POA, Wild Rose
Couture Limited 01797 270401 wildrosecouture.com; topaz
and silver ring £250, Augustine Jewels augustinejewels.com;
pure geelong lambswool roll-neck £109, Who’s Wearing
What Boutique whoswearingwhat-boutique.co.uk; vintage
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Street, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1UX 01892 537241
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suede pumps £119.95, MADELEINE madeleine.co.uk
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For amazing designer and bespoke
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velvet tunic £99, SW19 London sw19london.com
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5 Best face forward
Three of the best expert facials are
tried and tested
9 Skin deep
Josephine Fairley recommends
15 What’s on the outside
Rebecca Cuffe selects makeup with
utterly gorgeous packaging
17 How to age naturally
Eminé Rushton’s advice on how
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The Perfume Society’s Suzy
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Best face forward
There’s more to facials these days than
a nice snooze with some creams rubbed
on and off – Maggie Alderson tries the
one that gives the Duchess of Sussex her
The Sculpted Facial by
It seems appropriate to be having the facial made famous
by the Duchess of Sussex, in Sussex – and indeed, The
Old Rectory in Hastings Old Town is the only place outside
London where you can have this amazing treatment.
Charlotte Connoley was trained in the technique by the
Duchess’s personal facialist, Nichola Joss, who calls it ‘the
Inner Facial’, because for a crucial part of it, the therapist
massages your facial muscles from inside your mouth. Surgical
gloves on, open wide, in they go.
As that might hint, this is not one of those beauty
treatments where you lie down and zone out in a bliss of
relaxation. Not just the rubbing on and rubbing off of creams
(although various lovely Decleor oils and unguents do feature)
this is a serious facial workout. Boot camp for cheeks.
So while the beautifully decorated pale grey treatment room
(The Old Rectory is exquisite throughout) would be very
conducive to drifting off, I was wide awake and chatting for
the whole thing, possibly gabbling nervously at times when
things got particularly brisk, but mainly because Charlotte
is so lovely and so interesting to talk to. As well as being a
walking billboard for the method.
She massages her own face every night and her skin
really does glow, while her cheeks have that peachy
plumpaliciousness we all craved after seeing Meghan Markle
(as she still was for a few more minutes) walk up the aisle of
St George’s Chapel on that special day last May.
The secret of the Sculpted Facial – and where said sculpting
happens – is a firm (at times, very firm) facial massage, which
promotes deep detoxification through lymphatic drainage
and stimulates blood flow, triggering production of collagen –
that girl’s-best-friend protein fibre which gives skin structure,
strength and elasticity.
Just as with a shoulder rub, this facial massage smooths
and stretches the muscles which keep our faces in place and
in which, Charlotte explained, working on the very tight area
around my left jaw where I had (medical) surgery twenty-five
years ago, we hold so much tension.
By the end my face certainly knew something new and
interesting had happened to it. It felt the way my body does
after a great yoga class – pushed and tested, but happier for it.
I rushed to the mirror and was really quite amazed by the
perky face looking back at me. My cheeks looked at least a
centimetre higher, my jaw line firmer. Noticeably tingling and
rather bright pink too – evidence of that increased blood flow.
The benefits have continued to develop post-treatment. Ten
days later, my skin was looking fresher and plumper than it
has for years and I swear the cheek and jaw lift are still visible.
Work colleagues have commented and even my family – the
most unforgiving critics – agree.
Charlotte’s regular clients go every four weeks, brides
once a week for six weeks up to the wedding. I’ve
already made my next appointment.
The Old Rectory, Harold Road,
Hastings, TN35 5ND 07827 811011
Facial at the
With 2019 fast approaching, you may be starting to think
of what New Year’s resolutions you’re going to put in place.
For many, that involves making positive changes to your
lifestyle, eliminating unwanted bad habits and trying brand
new things. And one of the most popular resolutions? Of
course, it’s to get to the gym, eat healthy and lose that
Although a gym membership may seem like the ticket to
hitting and maintaining your fitness goals, the actual fact
is that this simply isn’t the best option for many of us. With
today’s busy lifestyles, more and more people are choosing
to train at home. Proving more practical and effective, here
are just a few reasons why…
1. Time is on YOUR side – When you’re a gym
member, you have to fit your regime around opening
hours and equipment availability, not to mention
other gym members! When you have equipment
at home, you can exercise whenever
it suits you. Plus, with no travel to
consider, you can complete your workout
that bit faster.
2. No distractions – When it comes to
working out, most of us just want to get
on and focus. Small talk can be distracting
and annoying. At home,
nobody will disturb you. Plus, you’re always
first in line to your equipment and
you can hog it for as long as you please!
3. Create your own personal
workout haven – When you have your own workout space,
you don’t have to worry about anyone’s needs. You can
set up your equipment exactly how you like, listen to
whatever music you like (as loud as you like), and
you’re in charge of what equipment you have.
You can do your research to find the best
brands and know that you’re using
equipment that you trust and will
deliver the best results.
4. Save money – The cost of a gym
membership adds up over time and we
don’t often get the full benefit.
Exercising at home, you can choose key
pieces to suit your budget, which means a
great investment. Once you have what you
need, you can add to your personal collection
as and when you want to. And you don’t have to
spend a fortune either. There are fantastic options
to suit all budgets, as well as plenty of inexpensive
functional pieces that can really complement your
training, such as resistance bands, kettlebells,
dumbbells, and medicine balls.
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rowers and compact multi-gyms are
designed for tighter spaces, and free
weights are incredibly versatile but
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After decades as a beauty editor Josephine Fairley
has a healthy scepticism about skincare ‘miracles’
– here she shares the ones she does rate
The world of skincare moves on apace. Almost
every day news of an innovative ‘wonder
molecule’, or a jaw-firming gadget, or a weirdly
shaped sheet mask lands in my Beauty Bible
(beautybible.com – my beauty website) inbox.
Some of these rainbows are definitely worth chasing,
but I generally wait till the frenzy’s subsided a bit before
embracing a new ‘miracle peptide’ or face-vibrating gizmo.
The innovations detailed here, as far as this beauty editor is
concerned, will survive the test of time – rather than falling
from skincare fashion faster than you can say ‘ra-ra skirt’.
Topical vitamin C is a weapon we all need in our skin arsenal:
it’s anti-inflammatory and can help to guard against several
different kinds of radiation (including UV), as well as the
ageing free-radical damage caused by pollution and blue light.
(Who knew that our computers were actually ageing us?) It
can also help to tackle the challenge of uneven pigmentation.
Vitamin C is actually very tricky to formulate in a
way that remains effective (it’s a fragile molecule) and
is pleasant to use – but a few products that tick that
box include: LixirSkin Vitamin C Paste, £32 for 50ml
(victoriahealth.com), Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening
Skin Corrector, £28 for 10ml, and Clinique Fresh-
Pressed 7 Day System with Pure Vitamin C, £25.
I am a great believer in cooling or even chilling skin.
(Provided you’re not excessively prone to broken veins,
which can be exacerbated by chilling the skin through
Vitamin C Paste,
£32 for 50ml
£28 for 10ml
splashing of cold water, or blasting icy winds.)
I’m incredibly impressed by a new gadget that enables you
to do ‘at-home cryotherapy’ treatments. 001 Eyecicles have
scooped a Beauty Bible Award in the past: two water-filled
globes that you keep in the fridge and use to massage away
under-eye puffiness. (Pretty darned miraculous they are, too.)
Now 001 have launched the CRYOpress beauty
roller, £75 (001skincare.com) which dramatically helps
improve blood circulation, tightens skin and helps
drain lymph. Just brilliant before a night out.
Facial massage brushes
I’m all for massaging the face. It’s incredibly effective for
brightening the complexion, banishing puffiness, generally
putting back a glow when you feel you’re looking (as
Charlie Brown might say) ‘bleeeaurgh’. You can use your
fingers, but sonic massage devices are even more effective.
The FOREO LUNA brushes were originally designed to
be used as part of your cleansing routine – and there’s no
doubt they work brilliantly with pretty much any cleanser
– but for me, it’s the vibrating action that’s so impressive
at restoring glow. The minis start at £85, but I like the
bigger ones, which are priced £129, if budget allows.
Retinol is an alternative name for vitamin A. Originally
designed to target acne, dermatologists rapidly realised that
retinoids were extremely effective at fighting signs of ageing.
They work by promoting rapid skin cell turnover,
revealing new skin beneath – a kind of invisible exfoliation
“I generally wait till the frenzy’s subsided
a bit before embracing a new ‘miracle
peptide’ or face-vibrating gizmo”
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process. Although bear in mind that the fact they slightly
thin the skin in this way means it’s more vulnerable to sun
damage, so you’ll need to layer an SPF over the top.
Results from over-the-counter retinols – retinyl palmitate,
retinyl acetate and retinyl linoleate – may take some months
to show benefits. And just on a personal note, I’ve never
got on with them as they make my skin red and sore.
But if your skin can take it, options include Murad
Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream, £65 for 50ml
and La Roche-Posay Redermic R, £29.50 for 30ml.
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These have seemingly come out of nowhere as a beauty
category but are actually an introduction via Korea.
Are they different to night creams? Well, what these
creams/masks also offer is a jolt of specifically facewaking
ingredients – in line with what a regular mask
delivers, but working their magic as we slumber.
What I would say about sleeping masks is, if you have
dry skin, more is more. I love them and favourites include
Erborian Sleeping BB Mask, £36 for 50ml, Fresh Black
Tea Firming Overnight Mask, £29 for 30ml, and Origins
Drink Up Intensive Overnight Face Mask, £15 for 50ml.
Possibly my favourite molecule ever. A single gram,
apparently, can hold up to six litres of water – explaining
hyaluronic acid’s ability to quench skin with moisture,
infusing the cells to hydrate and ‘plump’ them. No
wonder it’s become a byword for hydration. It’s
completely kind to skin, ideal even for sensitive types.
Hyaluronic is very, very different to those acids like
glycolic and lactic acid and does not peel or irritate
skin in any way. I love, love, love, love, love it.
Favourite places to find it? Garnier Moisture Bomb 3-in-
1 Hydrating Day Cream, £7.99 for 50ml, Sarah Chapman
Intense Hydrating Booster, £59
for 15ml, and Vichy Mineral
89 Serum, £16 for 30ml.
Marula is packed with antioxidants
(60% more than argan), vitamins
and omegas and is regarded as a
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in Namibia, where it hails from.
It’s a great multi-tasker –
soothing and smoothing
even greasy. One
of these days
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women to use oils – I’m still hoping, but they would
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Personally, I really like this oil for ‘locking in’ moisture,
applying a couple of drops or so over night cream (in
particular). It leaves it silky, but traps the dewiness
inside, too. Also good for smoothing through hair –
add just a drop or two to the palms, then rub these
and your fingers together and skim through hair, for
instant ‘texture’ but also gleam and nourishment. (And
no, it won’t leave your hair looking greasy. Promise.)
Try Life-Flo Pure Marula Oil, £18 for 30ml (victoriahealth.
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Marula Luxury Facial Oil, £34 for 15ml (cultbeauty.com).
I think we can expect to see a lot more products that
do double- or even triple-duty, in future. A wonderful,
quintessential example of the genre is Frances Prescott
TRI-Balm, £46, a twist-up stick of all-natural cleanser,
exfoliator and moisturiser in one. (And yes, it does
all those things beautifully – and happens to include
hyaluronic acid, alongside antioxidant vitamin C and
blackcurrant). Great for travelling when you don’t want
to pack too much in your in-flight see-thru plastic bag.
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What does it mean to embrace the passage of time
– gently, holistically and positively? asks Eminé Rushton
Ageing – as natural as breathing. So, why do we strive
so very hard to stymie the passage of time? The
Western take on ageing is rooted in fear. We worry
that we’ll become less attractive, less relevant, less important.
A multi-billion pound industry feeds on this deeply ingrained
societal insecurity – promising ever-more innovative (and
sometimes ludicrous) ways to stop the clock.
73-year-old Helen Mirren put it brilliantly when she said,
“You only have two options in life: die young, or get old.
There is nothing else.” It would seem that Mirren’s candour
and common sense are steadily catching on.
“Traditional ways of marketing – specifically around age,
gender and ethnicity – are becoming less relevant,” says Alexia
Inge, co-founder of online beauty giant, Cult Beauty.
“There has been a slow move in focus away
from eternal, youthful perfection to a spirit of
positivity, confidence and psychological and
emotional health.” Whereas the impossibly
ironed-out face of a 50-something starlet might
once have propelled those anti-ageing product
sales, now we are savvier and increasingly cynical
and, crucially, fewer and fewer of us want to
look artificially ‘anti-aged’ in the first place.
As Inge explains, the beauty we most aspire to comes from
within – a glow of good health and happiness; a twinkle
in the eye. There is also a societal sea change happening
all around us too. After generations of insecurity-preying
advertising, women have savvied up and are ever more
vociferously rejecting archaic, limiting and perfectionpeddling
Big brands themselves are now embracing the pro-ageing
movement and across social media and glossy magazine
covers, the woman of the moment is increasingly real, wise,
strong and inspiring. So, if you’re feeling ready to embrace
“One of the
on our outward
your age – whatever it is – here are some celebratory, soft and
kind ways to boost your inner and outer glow, and embrace
the skin that you are in.
Feed skin from within
We have all heard it before, but one of the biggest impacters
on our outward appearance and the vitality of our skin, is
nutrition. From getting a diet rich in essential fatty acids
(lovely, skin-restoring good fats, found readily in oily fish,
chia seeds, egg yolks, avocado and flaxseed oil), to those
naturally anti-ageing brightly coloured vegetables, red wine,
darkest chocolate and good olive oil (rich in antioxidant
polyphenols and phytonutrients, which, handily, help our
body mop up those prematurely ageing free radicals from UV
light, pollution and infrared-emitting devices),
it makes good skin sense to eat a varied,
delicious, natural diet.
Happy days for skin
I love Roald Dahl’s quote: “If you have good
thoughts they will shine out of your face like
sunbeams and you will always look lovely”
– because it’s true. Happiness is beautiful, and
there is a scientific reason for this, too.
When we are happy, when we smile, when we laugh, we
produce more serotonin. This happy hormone significantly
reduces our cortisol levels.
“Elevated cortisol levels induce
inflammation and suppress
the immune system,” says
dermatologist, Dr Jennifer
Linder. “Inflamed cells are
also prone to breaking down
collagen, the protein that
keeps skin smooth and strong.” Likewise, the love
hormone, oxytocin, which we release when we are with
family, friends and beloved pets, also curbs the cortisol
cycle. As simple as it sounds, a life rich in laughter and
love is naturally good for your skin.
Glow and go gently
When we run (particularly on hard surfaces) it is not
only our joints that feel the impact – our faces, too,
experience a lot of impact-induced movement, with
the skin around our cheeks and jawline in particular,
being subjected to significant ‘bounce’ (much like our
breasts without a good sports bra), which, over time,
can cause the elastin in the lower face to weaken.
If you love nothing more than to run, by all means do, of
course, but if you’re keen to move in a more holistic way, you
may want to choose a low intensity activity instead. Yoga,
pilates and swimming are wonderful suppleness-supporting
choices, with yoga also having been studied with regards
skin health: specifically inversions (such as shoulder or head
stands) being shown to boost circulation and promote more
youthful, supple and radiant skin in the process.
Look to the East
In both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda
age is viewed rather differently. In Ayurveda one is said to be
in the prime of life until around 70 and in TCM, a woman’s
golden age is during menopause – when she comes into the
wholeness of her self and can embrace life to the absolute full
because she is no longer defined by her reproductive system
(from menstruation and pregnancy, through to child-bearing
and breastfeeding). Likewise, in the East, beauty is celebrated
all the more as you age; the wisdom behind the eyes, the
laughter lines of a life heartily enjoyed.
Beauty rituals, too, are more focused on relaxation and
enjoyment (a quick swipe over the face with a value cleansing
wipe won’t cut it). Taking the time to care for ourselves is
important. From salubrious baths with nourishing oils to
massage treatments and holistic facials, self-care rituals such as
these feed up the soul, and enhance our inner/outer glow, too.
Less is more beautiful
Our skin is incredible – a flourishing microbiome of good
bacteria, acids and enzymes live upon the skin we are in.
Holistic beauty protocols seek never to interfere with the
skin’s natural balance, they support, bolster and strengthen,
instead. Try paring your beauty routine back to a nourishing
balm or cream cleanser, a hydrating and brightening serum
and a replenishing face oil. Brilliant natural brands I trust
include Josh Rosebrook, de Mamiel, MV Skincare, Lani Hair,
Ra Oils, Balance Me and Neal’s Yard Remedies.
Pro-ageing natural skincare for radiant skin
Neal’s Yard Remedies launched their Age Well Revolution
earlier this year to wide acclaim and their new adverts
feature women between the ages of 45 and 80. The
supporting Frankincense Intense range (certified organic)
looks to strengthen ageing skin, while imparting glow,
firmness and tone, and costs from £55 for the Eye Cream.
MV Organic Skincare Gentle Cream Cleanser, £39. With
a camellia oil base, this nourishing oil-infused cleanser
is wonderful for drier and delicate skins and deliciously
aromatherapeutic too. cultbeauty.co.uk
Twelve Beauty Hyaluroil Lip Treatment, £28. This allnatural
unctuous oil restores bio-lipidic balance to skin with
encapsulated hyaluronic acid and leaves lips supple, glossy
and healthy. twelvebeauty.com
Balance Me Vitamin C Repair Serum, £32. A wonderful
combination of naturally brightening stabilised vitamin C and
deeply hydrating hyaluronic acid, which has been receiving
rave reviews since its launch, last month. balanceme.co.uk
By Sarah London Organic Facial Oil, £32. Purest certified
organic oils of argan, pumpkin seed, apricot and sweet
almond make this essential organic facial oil ideal for sensitive
skins, and can be used day and night in lieu of face cream.
Three holistic beauty books
Skin Delicious Recipes & the Ultimate Wellbeing Plan for
Radiant Skin in 6 Weeks, by Liz Earle, £25. A vocal supporter
of ageing naturally and well, Liz’s wonderful book (one of
over 30 she’s written...) features holistic wellbeing advice,
nourishing recipes and skincare tips aplenty, garnered from
her decades of experience.
Perfect Skin, Unlocking the Secrets by Alexandra Soveral,
£12.99. If we forgive the word ‘perfect’ in the title, the
premise of Soveral’s book is a wholly holistic and natural
approach to supporting the skin to age as well as it can. With
massage, nutrition, wellbeing and skincare
protocols throughout, it comes
from the wise, wondrous hands
of one of the world’s
best holistic facialists.
Whole Beauty by
Shiva Rose, £21.99.
From the American
founder of Shiva
Rose beauty, comes
beauty, with an
esoteric twist (sage
clearing) and a
plethora of makeit-yourself
recipes for hair,
body, skin and bath.
Eminé Rushton is Wellbeing Director-at-Large at
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We asked two experts to tell us more about their most popular treatments
Jaye Bird Aesthetics
Exilis Ultra 360 Femme
The Exilis Ultra is a skin tightening and fat reduction
treatment used on the face and the body. Patients
typically range from 35 to 75.
Sessions range from 30-90 minutes and results are
immediate, but a course of four to six sessions, every seven to
14 days is advised to achieve optimum long lasting results.
The results from a course of treatment can last
anywhere from 12-18 months, maintenance
treatments are advised for optimal results.
It doesn’t hurt – in fact it feels very similar to a hot stone
massage – but due to it being a heat treatment, the skin may
be pink and warm afterwards, so we advise clients to avoid
other heat treatments e.g. sauna, steam rooms, and hot showers
until the skin has returned to normal colour and temperature.
Price ranges from £350 to £750 for individual sessions.
Courses start from £575.
Our fat reduction patients have said that they feel they have
a smoother silhouette in their clothes and feel slimmer. Skin
tightening patients report less crêpey and wrinkling tissue,
tighter contours and plumper skin.
report less wrinkling
tissue, tighter contours
and plumper skin
Hydrafacial is a six-step vortex fusion treatment for deep
cleansing and intense hydration, suitable for all skin types
and skin concerns. Results are immediate, but a course of six
sessions administered weekly is recommended for optimum
results, which can last anywhere from six to nine months.
Maintenance treatments are then advised for optimal results.
Due to it being a vacuum and chemical treatment, the skin
may be pink and warm after treatment, so clients are advised
to avoid other heat treatments until the skin has returned to
normal colour and temperature. It’s not painful, just a little
scratchy and tingly.
Price ranges from £120 to £180 for individual sessions and
courses start from £600.
Every patient has reported clearer skin, a more even tone
and a healthier complexion. Makeup glides on and lasts longer,
and pores have reduced.
Soprano Platinum Ice
Soprano Platinum Ice is a trio wave laser for hair removal,
suitable for all ages and skin types with hair dark enough to be
seen against the skin.
Seven to 14 days after your first session, the treated hairs will
fall out and you will be hair-free for a minimum of four weeks
before your next session is required. After a minimum course
of six sessions the hair growth will have reduced significantly,
but maintenance sessions will be required to keep optimal
The treatment is virtually painless although some areas are
more sensitive than others. Due to being a heat treatment,
the skin may be pink and warm after treatment, so we advise
clients to avoid other heat treatments until the skin has
returned to normal colour and temperature.
Price ranges from £75 to £200 for individual sessions,
depending on the size of the area, and courses start from £250.
Every patient has reported that their results have been life
changing and that the treatment is revolutionary.
Jaye Bird Aesthetics 8-10 Bellfields Road, Guildford Jayejayebirdaesthetics.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org 07557875177
4D Laser Facelift
This is a collagen-boosting, skin-tightening, pore-reducing,
skin-brightening and antiwrinkle laser treatment. Clients
are middle-aged men and women with signs of skin ageing
such as loss of elasticity, sagging, static lines and wrinkles,
pigmentation, broken facial veins and a dull complexion.
Treatment sessions last one and a half hours during which
four different laser modes are used. This is repeated at
monthly intervals, three or four times, depending on the
severity of the signs of ageing.
Immediately after treatment the skin feels hot (like
sunburn) for 12 hours and remains pink or red and mildly
swollen for up to a week. On day three, the skin will feel dry
and will start peeling off. It is possible to carry out normal
activities and even continue working after this procedure,
however it is ideal to do it before a weekend to give yourself
time to take it easy and look after the skin.
Aftercare involves using gentle cleanser and a recovery balm
with peptides which accelerates healing, plus a high spectrum,
mineral sunscreen with SPF over 40. These are all included in
a complementary Post Procedure Kit at Eternal Clinic.
We make sure that laser treatments do not hurt, using a
potent local anaesthetic gel and very cold air which tricks the
brain to focus on cold rather than hot sensation. The skin’s
temperature and its response to laser energy is monitored
during treatment using a special sensor.
One treatment session including the Post Procedure Kit is
£520. 10% discount applies when three treatment sessions are
booked and paid for upfront.
Clients who have had this procedure felt that their skin was
tighter, brighter and smoother. They noticed a reduction in
lines and wrinkles, pore size and pigmentation. Many have
said that it has given them their confidence back and reduced
the need to use heavy make up.
We make sure laser
treatments do not hurt – very
cold air tricks the brain to
focus on the cold rather than
the hot sensation
When we age, apart from suffering from skin
changes caused by genetics, ultraviolet radiation
and diets rich in sugar, we lose volume on the
face as the result of bone and fat atrophy.
This leads to a tired looking face with sunken eyes
and temples, changes to the area under the eyes,
flat cheeks, Marionette’s lines by either side of the
mouth, jowling and loss of jawline contour.
Volume loss can be effectively treated with dermal fillers or
regenerative techniques using goodness from your own blood
to stimulate collagen production and replace the volume
where it is needed over a number of treatment sessions.
A typical client is a man or woman in their 40s, 50s
or 60s, male or female, who started noticing that their
face looks tired and sad. Often they have been thinking
of having some anti-aging treatment for years but kept
postponing until a life event occurs, such as a divorce,
or a new relationship, or simply wanting to look well
for their age and feel good about themselves.
A full liquid facelift can be done at one session lasting
between 60 to 90 minutes, or it can be done in stages
treating only the upper, middle or lower face at the time.
Depending on the type of dermal filler used, the results
will last between one to two years following which a
repeat of the procedure is usually necessary. Because
our body responds to the injected substance by
producing collagen at the injection site, less product
is needed the second time to maintain the result.
Immediately after treatment the face may be
mildly tender and bruised. This usually settles within
one to two weeks. The injected product becomes
integrated with own tissue after four weeks.
The results are immediate and improve over time
as water is absorbed by hyaluronic acid resulting
in more volume replacement. The motto when
injecting dermal fillers is “less is more”.
Aftercare involves avoiding touching the face with
unwashed hands to avoid possibility of infection and
managing bruising with arnica if it occurs. We add
complementary LPL LED light treatment after our
injectable procedures which helps to minimise side effects.
Injectable treatments can be uncomfortable so to
minimise the discomfort we offer local anaesthetic cream
half an hour before the procedure. Some products contain
a little anaesthetic. Using a cannula reduces the number
of injection points and further reduces discomfort.
Cost depends on the volume of product used and ranges
from £350 up to about £1600 for full face liquid facelift.
Clients who have had this procedure said that they
loved the natural look and felt more confident and
happier within themselves. They friends commented
how well they looked and asked them why?
Eternal Clinic, 12b York Road, Weybridge 01932 300340 email@example.com eternal.clinic
Love the skin you’re in
“I came across AlumierMD skin care a couple of years ago whilst studying for my
Masters degree in Aesthetic Medicine at QMUL. I was impressed with the quality
of the product and its state of the art, scientifically-proven ingredients.
Having grown with this brand I am proud to exclusively introduce AlumierMD
to Eternal Clinic in Weybridge.
Whatever your skin problem, including sun damage, ageing, sensitivity, acne
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Eternal face & body clinic is now open in York Road Weybridge.
Laser treatments, dermatology, skin care, slimming, injectables.
Love the skin you’re in.
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Crisps don’t cut it – Nicci Gurr suggests some delicious canapés
to make at home and pass round at your Christmas party
Food: Nicci Gurr Photographs: David Merewether
Wine pairing: Victoria Aldwinkle of Kent Wine School.
Parma ham has an oily
texture but the nutty hard cheese
adds a more complex element to the
canapé. A lovely rich, delicately-oaked
Chardonnay would make a fabulous
match, so pair with Florent Rouve Viré-
Cléssé 2016, M&S £14. Made from
100% Chardonnay from the Mâcon,
the wine is rounded with peach,
honeysuckle and citrus aromas
and a hint of vanilla
Parma ham and
Baked Camembert with
cobnuts and honey
Makes 20 canapés Prep time: 90 minutes.
• 200ml/7fl oz cold water
• 85g/3oz unsalted butter,
plus extra for greasing
• 115g/4oz plain flour
• pinch salt
• 3 medium eggs, beaten
• 150ml whole milk
• 250ml double cream
• 50ml white wine
• 50ml hot vegetable stock
• 1 bay leaf
• 4 tbsp plain flour
• 50g salted butter
• 150g grated Gruyère
• 5 pieces of Parma ham
Preheat the oven to
1200C/400F/Gas 6. Place
the water and butter into a
large saucepan and heat gently
until the butter has melted.
Turn up the heat, then pour in
the flour and salt all in one go.
Remove from the heat and
2 beat the mixture vigorously
until a smooth paste is formed.
3Once the mixture comes
away from the side of the
pan, transfer to a large bowl.
Beat in the eggs, a little at a
time, until the mixture has a
soft dropping consistency.
Grease a large baking sheet.
4Using a piping bag and
plain 1cm/½in nozzle, pipe
the mixture into small balls
across the baking sheet.
To make a crispier top, gently
rub the top of each ball with a
5Bake for 12–15 minutes
until risen and golden.
Remove, cool and hollow out.
6Pour cream, stock, milk,
bay leaf, wine and grain
mustard into a large saucepan
and bring to the boil.
In a separate pan melt butter
over a medium heat then
add flour and cook until the
mixture has a sandy texture.
7Slowly pour the warm
cream and milk mix into
the flour mixture and whisk
until smooth. Remove from
heat, take out bay leaf and add
cheese. Leave to cool.
8Take 5 pieces of thinly
sliced Parma ham and grill
until crispy, then leave to cool.
9Fill the choux buns with
the cheese sauce, warm and
poke in the crispy Parma ham
Serves 6-8 Prep time: 5 minutes. Cooking time: 35 minutes.
• 150g to 200g round
Camembert (we like the
local Chaucers Kentish
• 50g roughly chopped
Kentish cobnuts or
• 2 tbsp (30ml) local honey
• 1 baguette or epi
Preheat oven to 180C. Take
1 the scored cheese out of the
wooden box. Score the top of
cheese crossways to make
an ‘X’ pattern. This helps
the heat penetrate to the
Wrap it in
parchment paper and
place onto a baking tray.
Cook in the pre-heated
oven for 25 minutes until
3Place the warm cheese
onto a wooden board
with either some sliced warm
baguette, or pain d’epi.
Drizzle the cheese with
4 the honey, scatter on the
cobnuts and serve while still
Such a tasty canapé with
lots of runny cream cheese
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due to the honey, try Majestic’s
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Makes 20 Prep time: 40 minutes - with some preparation the
• 200g fresh salmon
• 5g rock salt
• 35ml vodka
• 10g dill
• 50g cooked beetroot
For the oatcakes
• 225g oats
• 60g plain flour
• ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
• 60g salted butter
• 1 tsp salt
• ½ tsp sugar
• 60-80ml hot water
1Finely chop the raw
salmon, put in a bowl, add
half of the chopped dill, the
vodka and the salt, cover and
leave in the fridge overnight.
This is a super tasty canapé
with fat in the fish and crème
fraiche and acid in the beetroot. A fuller
bodied style of sparkling wine will cope
brilliantly with the textures in the foods
so treat yourself to 1701, Franciacorta
Saten DOCG from Les Caves de Pyrene
Guildford £31.70. Traditional method
from Italy, with 30 months ageing
so richer than usual.
Method for oatcakes (or buy a
packet of mini oatcakes)
1Place the oats, flour,
bicarbonate of soda, butter
and sugar in a blender until
you have fine crumbs (you can
blend by hand if you prefer a
Add the warm water slowly
until a dough-like consistency
Sprinkle flour on a work
surface, then roll the dough to
about a £1-coin thickness and
cut out 1-inch circles (a shot
glass is good for this if you
don’t have a cutter).
2Bake at 180C for 10-15
minutes until cooked all
the way through. Allow to cool
1 hour before serving
1Take the salmon mix out
of the fridge, add the
finely chopped beetroot and
place back in the fridge.
2Place a blob of crème
fraiche on each cooled
oatcake, then about ¾ of
a teaspoon of the salmon
mix, garnish with the
on a new potato base
Serves 20 Prep time: 40 minutes.
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes.
• 100g celeriac
• 1 lemon juiced and zested
• 1 tsp grain mustard
• 2 tbsp good quality
• 10 small new potatoes
• 50ml olive oil
• 200g Bramley apples
• ¼ tsp cinnamon
• ¼ tsp mixed spice
• 20g butter
1In a bowl grate the celeriac
and immediately add the
zest and juice of the lemon
to reduce the celeriac going
2Add the mayonnaise and
whole grain mustard and
mix. Cover and rest in the
fridge (this mix can be made in
Method (potato base)
1Preheat oven to 180C.
Slice the potatoes around
the equator so you get about
20 nice even rings, these will
be your bases for the canapés.
Brush the potato rings in
2 olive oil and roast for 10
– 15 minutes at 180C until
The heart of this canapé
is the spiced apple and the
celeriac which has subtle celery
and nutty overtones. Extra richness
is provided by the mustard, so the
wine needs some body and freshness.
Try apple scented and spicy oak
Kaapzicht Bush Vine Chenin
Blanc, Stellenbosch, 2017
cooked then set to one side to
1Peel and core the apple and
dice. Add the spices and
butter to the apple.
Cook until tender (it should
have an apple sauce consistency).
1When ready to serve, place
about 1 tsp of the apple mix
on top of the potato, and the
celeriac mix on top of the apple.
Finish with a grating of nutmeg,
or a sprig of parsley to garnish.
With this smooth hummus
canapé, look for a wine that has
a lovely round texture and some
spice. Try the white pepper-scented
white wine of Austria Grüner Veltliner.
My favourite one this year has been
the Felsner Moosburgerin Grüner
Veltliner from Waitrose £11.99
It is unoaked, fruity and
Makes 10-15 crackers Prep time: 10 minutes.
• 200g cooked peas
• 1 garlic clove, crushed
• 1 tbsp tahini
• squeeze of lemon
• 50g chickpeas from a can
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1 packet of charcoal
crackers to serve
• 5 radishes to garnish
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1Blitz in a food processor
all the ingredients (except
crackers and radishes). For a
more rustic, less smooth finish
mash with a fork.
2Place the hummus mix
onto the crackers.
3Finish with a quarter of
radish on each cracker.
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Makes 20 Prep time: 20 minutes.
• 200g smoked salmon
• 1 medium-sized
• 150g cream cheese. (We
like Slipcote Garlic and
Herb - from Sussex)
• dill - 1 pack
1Peel, then slice the
cucumber into about 20
rings - 1cm thick.
2Place about ½
teaspoon of the
cream cheese on each
3Then take each
slice of smoked
salmon and cut them
into strips, (with 200g
of salmon you should end up
with about 20 strips).
4Roll each salmon strip
tightly into a spiral and
place on top of the cream
5To serve, add a sprig of dill
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but for something a little different
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Ditch the plastic says Jo Arnell and decorate your home with boughs
of real holly (and other lovely things)
Our Christmas decoration box is full, we’re wading
through clutter and I really do want to cut
back on plastic and un-recyclable trimmings.
Luckily there are some beautiful things for decorating
in the garden – and they come with added benefits.
Organic decorations won’t clog up your life or your
loft, they’ll just fade naturally and sweetly away after
Christmas. Making naturally festive decorations will
satisfy that creative urge (even if it is buried as deeply as
last year’s fairy lights). When it’s all over they’ll leave no
trace, no footprint, except perhaps a momentary one in
the snow as we trudge down to the compost heap.
Serotonin levels drop as the amount of daylight decreases
and we produce far less of this mood-enhancing chemical in
the low winter light. Seasonal Affective Disorder can make
us sluggish and out of sorts – even causing severe depression.
Outdoor exercise at this time of the year will help to keep
serotonin levels up. and will picking and gathering will
release the ‘dopamine effect’. This is the ‘reward’ chemical
released in the brain, also triggered by gaming and shopping,
but originally meant for hunter-gathering. So, a winter
walk with a purpose, will definitely help to lift the mood.
Whether it’s a traditional Norway spruce, non-drop Nordman
or a fancy blue job, nothing beats a real tree and they are
more environmentally friendly than fake versions. Because
no matter how many years an artificial tree is kept, it will
probably end up as more plastic in landfill, it was made
using the earth’s resources and quite possibly it had to
travel many miles across an ocean to reach your hearth.
Making your tree last
Keep it outside for as long as you can before bringing into
the dry indoor heat. Chop a little off the bottom to freshen
up the stump and put it in water straightaway (many
Christmas tree stands have a built-in water reservoir).
Position it away from radiators and open fires. Water
every day. Like a cut flower it will carry on taking
water up through the trunk for a good while.
An alternative to a whole tree is to use an artistically
shaped branch, or bunch of twigs cut from a tree or
shrub with attractive stems, like Silver Birch, Cornus
(Dogwood), or Willow (as seen in our Christmas house
in this issue). These look best treated simply and hung
with just a few berries, baubles or fairy lights.
Berry and Bright
Use real berries and fruits to decorate both the tree and the
house, they will last a long time – admittedly not as long as
their plastic equivalents, but that is only to be celebrated.
Berries might traditionally come in red, but there are many
other colours to mix into your festive scheme. Sorbus (Rowan/
Mountain Ash) cultivars are available with multi-coloured
berries: Sorbus hupehensis ‘Pink Pagoda’ (pink), ‘Joseph Rock’
berries are yellow and Sorbus cashmiriana has white berries.
The black clusters of ivy berries look great in wreaths
and swags, as do rosehips. For an unreal-looking, metallic
purple try the berries of Callicarpa bodinieri. Remember
to compensate wildlife if you take berries and fruits.
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Fresh foliage and long-lasting leaves
Once you start looking in the garden it’s amazing
how many plants are naturally decorative in winter.
Evergreen leaves tend to be glossy, which also helps to
stop them losing moisture once they’re brought inside.
Holly is very traditional, but can be
hard on the fingers, so wear gloves.
Ivy is still one of the best Christmas
evergreens, with long pliable stems, attractive
leaves, flowers and fruits. The variegated forms
add a touch of white or gold for contrast.
Spotted Laurel (Aucuba japonica) can
be used as a wreath base, or to line a plain
bowl piled with nuts or clementines.
Conifer foliage is effective as a wreath or
swag base and many varieties are scented.
Viburnum tinus - often overlooked in the garden
for much of the year: a dark green blob that blends
into the background, but it lasts very well inside and
often has the added bonus of winter flowers too.
Pittosporum - leaves on this delicate looking
evergreen last very well among cut flowers, but
go carefully as some varieties aren’t as robust
and frost-hardy as our native evergreens and
won’t appreciate a mid-winter hacking.
Other long-lasting leaves to try:
Ruscus, osmanthus and euonymus have
small leaves and are useful as fillers in table
decorations and on wreaths or swags.
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Seedheads and cones
Many dried seed pods, skeletal forms and the tracery of
stems and umbellifer can be made to look festive, but
you may need to think ahead with these. Collect them
once they’re dry, but before the weather gets to them,
as they can quickly rot away to un-festive sludge in wet
winter conditions. They can be picked weeks, if not
months in advance and stored as dried arrangements.
Mini-cones of alder and beech are great for decorating
wreaths and table displays. Teasel heads can also be used
in wreaths, or as tree decorations, but they are prickly, so
handle with care. The orange seed cases of Physalis will
add drama to decorations in their complete state, but
occasionally the casing is eaten away to make a delicately
skeletal form that can look as lovely as any bauble. Allium
seed heads look like glamorous decorations whether left
in a natural state or sprayed silver for extra sparkle.
You won’t need much: a pair of secateurs and gardening
gloves (if you’re rummaging through the hedgerows and
picking prickly bits), some florists’ wire and ribbon for
hanging things. A glue gun is a useful thing if spherical fruits
and seedheads can’t be wired on and for creations that need
to hang outside in the weather for any length of time.
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Hark, the little angels sing
Hilary Wilce celebrates school Christmas traditions – and everything they teach our children
Christmas is coming, with all its midwinter sparkle
and cheer. It’s not unknown for parents to feel
a little frazzled right now as they contemplate
their present lists, family budget and the politics of
who will visit who on Christmas Day, but there is a
fabulous and foolproof antidote to festive overload
and that is any school’s Christmas celebration.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a traditional nativity play,
a carol service, or a more multicultural smorgasbord. The
magic is in the sparkle in the children’s eyes, the home-made
costumes, the enthusiastic piano playing, the breathless
declamations and the hearty, if not always tuneful singing.
And while the festive season outside the school gates
seems to be increasingly about getting and spending,
most schools do a very good job of fostering a Christmas
atmosphere that celebrates the more important things of life.
Schools bring children together through songs and drama,
encourage them to think about those less fortunate than
themselves and introduce them to religious ideas that can help
them start to think about the big questions of being human.
And while ‘normal’ lessons often get hijacked, think
what those preparations are teaching pupils. Children are
learning that to decorate a classroom you have to plan
and prepare, make your decorations, and work together to
put them up – practical project management in action!
They are learning that to put on a successful Christmas
concert, everyone has to go on a journey that starts with being
introduced to an unknown piece of music, goes through all
kinds of dips and troughs when it seems as if no-one will ever
be able to master either the tune or the timing, but ends up
in a successful sing-out for an audience of family and friends.
Christmas is a perfect example of how schools are
always busy doing so much more than just teaching
maths, English and other basic subjects.
Through the annual rhythms of the school year they
help their pupils see the importance of structure and
effort. They encourage team work and partnerships
and show them how to find their place in a community
of people that is bigger and more complicated than
home - but still a safe place full of familiar adults where
mistakes can be made, successes applauded, festivals
celebrated, and where everyone gets to play a part.
Sometimes, of course, schools aren’t always such
constructive places, and as a parent you might be struggling
with a classroom situation that is making your child
unhappy. In which case, you might not be feeling much
Christmas love for your child’s school right now.
But even the difficult patches of school life can offer
important learning to children and most young people
will leave school with the kind of good memories that are
very likely to include Christmas jumper day, or singing
‘Little Donkey’ in the Christmas concert, or the picture
of Mr Edwards, the school caretaker, playing Santa with
such gusto that his ho, ho, hos blew his beard off.
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to wallow in the true joy and purity of Christmas
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Down Lane, Compton,
Guildford GU3 1DQ
In Print: Making
Watts Contemporary Gallery
celebrates the art of printmaking
in all its eclectic variety with the
next instalment its distinguished
In Print annual exhibition
series, Making Impressions.
The exhibition will feature nine
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Saturdays Sat 1 – Sat 22 Dec
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Graham Clarke Studio
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Thu 22 Nov – Mon 24 Dec
Bocketts Farm, Young Street,
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Meet Santa at Bocketts
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Hever Castle, Hever Road,
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To celebrate the festive season,
Hever Castle’s rooms will be
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and ‘Twas the Night Before
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fairground stalls, characters from
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Sat 24 Nov – Mon 24 Dec
Chessington Garden Centre,
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Start with a trip to the Christmas
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traditional grotto. Your complete
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and 10% off all plants purchased
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A Magical Christmas at
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the festive season. Tour the house
which will be dressed for a grand
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of Christmas in 1950s America in
the library, an impressive tree in
pride of place in the Great Hall,
and the original kitchen, small
dining room and scullery, all
opening to the public for the first
time. From Saturday 1 to Sunday
2 December, the opening will
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the carriage circle lawn, and
children will also be able to impart
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From decorating the house to making her own
wine, Jane’s excited about Christmas
It’s coming. I’m one of those people who gets completely
over excited at the very thought of Christmas and the best
part is always the planning and preparation.
First job is to quite literally deck the house with boughs
of holly – tra la la la la, la la la la (I think you’ll find that’s
the right number). However if you’ve left the task of
collecting said holly till these December days, you’ll be sorely
disappointed because there isn’t a berry in sight.
Branches that were laden in October have now been
stripped by the thrushes, blackbirds, fieldfares and finches. So
next year be sure to cut branches early on and store them in a
shed in a bucket of water until it’s time to decorate.
At this time of year our very old and quite dark house full
of beams, nooks, and crannies comes into its own. By going
for quantity rather than quality and artfully shoving copious
amounts of greenery around the place, the effect, though I say
it myself, is rather enchanting. And not a cobweb in sight!
Then of course one’s thoughts turn to the Christmas feast
itself. Needless to say we always enjoy
a huge rib of Sussex beef with lots of
home grown veg but it’s always worth
testing people’s culinary nerve with a few
The Meeches Prolific (a quince) has
been just that this year, we’ve baskets of them and, apart from
their lovely perfume, they add a certain something when
grated into the mince pie mix. They’re easy to deal with
compared with the medlar – a rock hard brown fruit that
looks like a big squashed rosehip.
I’m reliably informed they are quite a delicacy but first you
have to master the art of blatting – letting them rot gently
“The Meeches Prolific –
a quince – has been just
that this year”
so they morph into a soft and fragrant pulp which you then
enjoy with cold cream. Mine however seem to wilfully bypass
that part of the process, turning instantly from bullets into a
mildewy rotten mush, so the jury is still out on the joy of a
Has anyone else noticed a squirrel
explosion this year? We planted a
walnut tree about twenty years ago and
in the past few years it has come into its
own producing at least 60 nuts a year,
enough to enjoy with the port and Stilton on the big day.
Problem is from September the squirrel – same one or
many, hard to tell, but only ever one – arrives every morning
and busies himself burying one or two in the lawn. It is quite
endearing but without a trip to Waitrose or adding roast
squirrel to the menu it will be yet another nut-free occasion.
And then of course there’s the alcohol. We’ll be having the
professionally made variety with our dinner, but last year I
came across an ancient Sussex recipe for birch (as in the tree)
wine and thought it sounded light and sweet and might make
a passable pudding wine, so decided to give it a try.
In March, when the sap was rising, I cut off a branch, hung
a bucket on the birch tree stump and amazingly it soon filled
with sap. I boiled it with sugar, then using a piece of toast as
the pontoon floated a lump of yeast on the top for a few days,
added some almonds and ignored it thereafter.
It says in the book it will be a pale silvery gold wine, with
little flavour but a curiously pungent aroma and passable by
Advent. I can hardly wait.
Happy Christmas one and all!
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