Surrey Homes | SH50 | December 2018 | Health & Beauty supplement inside


The lifestyle magazine for Surrey - Inspirational Interiors, Fabulous Fashion, Delicious Dishes


December 2018

HEALTH & BEAUTY Supplement inside

Inspirational Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes

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December 2018





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

Gothic revival house


Everything you need to

get some Gothic glamour

into your home






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


Cool Christmas products

for a Scandi-style interior


Dark and rich wood

flooring inspiration


We celebrate stair runners


Tiled floors which imitate

the wooden look







Kate Watts styles luxurious

country Christmas fashion


A hand-picked selection of

stocking filler inspiration


Nicci Gurr’s fabulous

festive canapé recipes to

delight and impress


Jo Arnell’s tips for lovely

plastic-free decorations for

your home this Christmas

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Jane Howard’s update on Christmas

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Where There’s Space, There’s Value

Add it or Move?

In this uncertain climate, many home owners are choosing to stay in their

current property and create their ideal home - and by opting to extend and

maximise their existing residence, they are potentially avoiding both the time

and costs associated with moving. However, the big questions for this group

of ‘let’s stay put’ home owners are: ‘What to build, how to achieve the build,

how to attain the planning consent and what is the likely cost?’

Thankfully, in leafy Surrey there are very few areas

where adding extra space won’t add value to a property.

A company that knows all about refurbishments and

extending – up, side-ways and even down – is Dorking

based Compass Construction.

For the past 10 years, Compass Construction has been

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of listed buildings, and everything in between, including

light commercial projects.

A leader in its field of expertise, Compass Construction

has its own team of qualified well-practised project

managers and skilled trades who work seamlessly with

external professional partners such as architects and

planning consultants. In an industry where reliability

and meeting deadlines is critical to the success of the

end result there can be no room for error, which is

why the company only uses its own labour force and

the professionals with whom it has enjoyed a long

standing relationship.

to work with our interior design consultant, which has

huge benefits for those who have vision, but are unsure

of their choices. Some clients enjoy the interior design

process and choosing specification items and colour

palettes, whilst others look forward to the end result

but not the process. This area of the build is where the

interior design service becomes invaluable, in order

that the programme can be adhered to and the client is

inspired by design confidence”, comments Construction

Director – Steve Cadman.

Fully insured and professionally qualified, Compass

Construction is committed to providing a totally

consistent service that incorporates multi-disciplined,

turn-key solutions, which enables clients to take a handsfree


Founder Directors, Steve Cadman and Richard Taylor

RICS, are justifiably proud of both the business they have

created and their extensive portfolio of projects. The

list of very satisfied clients is testament to their success

and for them, it has become both a personal and a

professional quest to be hands-on and actively involved

with each and every project.

Richard Taylor comments, “Design and build success

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‘expectation reality check’ for both sides, at the point

of instruction. We are of the opinion that honesty,

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is critical for a good working relationship between our

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The company has gained a richly deserved reputation,

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its services and acknowledging that the open

communication between the client and service

providers is outstanding. Without exception, its results

demonstrate that having the Compass Construction

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the design and build journey easier and the entire

experience more enjoyable.

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Within its suite of services, Compass Construction

offers a full design and build facility, which is the perfect

scenario for clients who have little or no knowledge of the

intricacies of building-works or developing new property.

“In addition, private clients are offered the opportunity



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Maggie Alderson picks glorious homes on the market where she

would love to celebrate Christmas

Barhatch Farm

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

beamy conservatory.

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




Beare Green

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).

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events near you

this month

Print works

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.

Horsing around

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

Friday 7 December to Sunday 6 January

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!


Surrey Homes Team

Editor ....................................................................................... Maggie Alderson

Editorial Assistant ........................................................................Rebecca Cuffe

Digital Editor ...................................................................................Emily Pavey

Fashion Editor ................................................................................... Kate Watts

Design ...........................................................................................Powerful Pierre

Design Team ................................................................................Anthony Boxall

Freya Bruce

Ryan Huggins

Tanya Goldsmith

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Colony Interiors resides in the beautiful market town of

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inspiration across all products required for comfortable,

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ceramics and vases together with stunning handmade flowers

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Colony believes that every home has individual requirements

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They provide expert advice on all of their products which can

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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

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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

is Camber Sands, with its acres of golden beach backed by tufted

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,

but coastal, black-clad facade hinting, or rather, broadcasting, that

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,

something that might have put others off, but not Gigi

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.

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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

projects, the baby arrived just at the messiest part of it.

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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

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Previous page: The main bedroom. The print of the moon is from, the rug is from IKEA and the cushion is from Above: The shower enclosure in the downstairs bathroom is made from galvanised steel. The walls and floor are

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Previous page: The drawing room. The wallpaper 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.

Her dream house, an early Gothic revival pile designed

by father and son Regency architects James and Decimus

Burton was back on the market and Kim and her husband

Paul, had been offered the first bite of the cherry.

‘It was an incredibly emotional and surreal

moment,’ says Kim. ‘I had become obsessed with

the house from the first moment I saw it.’

Some places have an inexplicable ‘pull’ and I can

vouch for the fact that Kim’s ideal home is such a

place. Having moved recently to St Leonards myself, I

spotted the house one evening, through the trees, while

walking through St Leonards Gardens. With its huge

Gothic-style arched windows illuminated by a crystal

chandelier, it stopped me in my tracks and left me curious

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.’

But as with most love affairs it didn’t immediately ‘run

smooth’ and their offer, made first thing the following day,

was rejected in favour of another. Deciding they had to

move on – literally – Kim and Paul, bassist for Sade, moved

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.

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possession of the house. It needed a complete decorative

overhaul, despite attempts by several owners, including the

actress Maria LeBrock, mother of actress Kelly, to update it.

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and a local builder refurbished the majority of

the interior, which took over two years.’

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sympathetic additions made by Paul and Kim. Sandstone

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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

picturesque St Leonards Gardens (also designed by the

Burtons), The Clock House is a stone’s throw from

the sea and the cool shopping hub of Norman Road,

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The main entrance, situated on Maze Hill, sets the scene

and gives a taste of what’s to come in the rest of this fairytale

home. The jaw-droppingly beautiful hallway is complete

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a Catholic convent in Ireland, draped theatrically with fake

fur stoles and adorned with antique crowns. Like patron

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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

Kim to Paul.

‘At Halloween, we throw the front door wide open

for trick or treaters and I play the theme from The

Addams Family.’ A gilded nave-style ceiling and a

brass sanctuary lamp, complete with candles, cast a

golden glow that continues throughout this floor.

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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,

also in Hastings Old Town

from a variety of eras and sources that aren’t at all

true to the Gothic Revival style – but they work.

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

cosiness to the overall feeling of luxury – and decadence.

A fringed pelmet above the bed has been pimped with

tassels and feathers, adding a theatrical flourish: very much

Kim’s signature. She has also attached mini antler plaques

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

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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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Above left: The seating area off Kim’s boudoir. The caryatids –

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which were sourced and fitted by Paul and his builder.

A wall-mounted vintage wooden cupboard is the perfect

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Adjacent to the master bedroom, a cosy sitting room that

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a grand-scale gilded chandelier brings a touch of theatre

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addition, along with the Pugin-inspired patterned wallpaper.

On the next floor, accessed by a spiral staircase, there is a

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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

house it’s uncompromising in every way. Paul upholstered

the patterned sofas, complete with tassels and fringes. ‘We

don’t do understated, we do stately,’ he says, with a smile.

Patterned wallpaper from Shand Kydd continues the

rich, dare I say it, Vatican style, that the couple have

created. Religious statues sit alongside scene-stealing

gilt candlesticks and a supersized coffee table – brought

back from LA – injecting a little Hollywood glamour

to the ecclesiastical backdrop. The icing on the cake?

Vermilion and gilt patterned curtains with swags, tails

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maker, complete with ruched Schiaparelli pink blinds, a

vibrant backdrop to a Madonna crowned with stars.

‘Some of our inspiration comes from houses like

Chatsworth which I visited as a child with my parents,’ says

Paul. ‘And of course every Hammer Horror film ever made.’

The lower ground floor flows into the garden, with a tiled

entrance porch, part of the original clock tower, flooded with

natural light. The porch is home to a glass-topped metalwork

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in LA and likely to have come from a Hollywood film set.

The elegant dining room, papered in gilt-patterned

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Above left and right: Paul and his builder installed the claw-foot

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Above: The basin and bath in the second floor bathroom are from Aston Matthews in Islington and the Madonna is from Eras

of Style. The wallpaper is from Vintage Bird

a place where he can play bass without disturbing the

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.

An intricately carved bed and wardrobe attributed to

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with football posters and punk memorabilia that Paul

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What does it mean to embrace the passage of time

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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,

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“There has been a slow move in focus away

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emotional health.” Whereas the impossibly

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once have propelled those anti-ageing product

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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

beauty ideals.

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

biggest impacters

on our outward

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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


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hormone, oxytocin, which we release when we are with

family, friends and beloved pets, also curbs the cortisol

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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.

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.

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.

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

an all-natural

celebration of

beauty, with an

esoteric twist (sage

smoke energy

clearing) and a

plethora of makeit-yourself


recipes for hair,

body, skin and bath.

Eminé Rushton is Wellbeing Director-at-Large at

Psychologies magazine, and co-founder of the conscious

living blog, The Balance Plan,

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There’s plastic surgery – the scary kind with general anaesthetics and scalpels – and then

there is a whole other area of new developments in aesthetic therapies, strictly no stitches.

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.

Skin-tightening patients

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 07557875177


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Eternal Clinic

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

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the hot sensation

Liquid Facelift

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,

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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?

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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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Party pieces

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

Gruyère gougères

Baked Camembert with

cobnuts and honey

Makes 20 canapés Prep time: 90 minutes.

Choux pastry

• 200ml/7fl oz cold water

• 85g/3oz unsalted butter,

plus extra for greasing

• 115g/4oz plain flour

• pinch salt

• 3 medium eggs, beaten

Cheese sauce

• 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

wet finger.

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

to serve.

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

runny inside.

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

requires a wine with palatecleansing

acid but some sweetness

due to the honey, try Majestic’s

Mahana Riesling, Nelson, New

Zealand £11 for perfect

balance between sweetness

and acidity.

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Salmon gravadlax

with beetroot

Makes 20 Prep time: 40 minutes - with some preparation the

day before.

• 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

Salmon preparation

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

coarser mix).

Add the warm water slowly

until a dough-like consistency

is formed.

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

before serving.

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

remaining dill.

Celeriac remoulade

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

(approx. 1)

• 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

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cooked then set to one side to


Method apples

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).

To serve

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

very drinkable.



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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Smoked salmon

and cucumber bites

Makes 20 Prep time: 20 minutes.

• 200g smoked salmon

(sliced strips)

• 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

cucumber slice.

3Then take each

slice of smoked

salmon and cut them

into strips, (with 200g

Fabulous food

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

to garnish.


Salmon is another food

that loves sharper wines like

Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc,

but for something a little different

try a lovely palate-tingling Australian

Semillon like Laithwaites Barbarian

Semillon Chardonnay blend

South East Australia 2017


More recipes to make your mouth water


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Keeping it real

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.

Festive Foraging

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.

The tree

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.

Above: Dogwood stems are perfect for Christmas decorating





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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.

So mark your diary, put your phone away, cram

your pockets with emergency tissues, and prepare

to wallow in the true joy and purity of Christmas

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In Print: Making


Watts Contemporary Gallery

celebrates the art of printmaking

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next instalment its distinguished

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series, Making Impressions.

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Saturdays Sat 1 – Sat 22 Dec

Up the Garden Studio, Green

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Graham Clarke Studio

Open Days

For those who missed him at

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Graham Clarke, one of Britain’s

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opening the charming ‘Up the

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browse and perhaps find some

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Thu 22 Nov – Mon 24 Dec

Bocketts Farm, Young Street,

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Meet Santa at Bocketts


Hop on board the Santa Express

trailer with one of the elves and

you will soon find yourself riding

through the magical gates into

Santa’s workshop, set deep in

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grotto, each child will meet Father

Christmas and receive a wrapped

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Wed – Sun Wed 24 Nov – Sun 9

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Hever Castle, Hever Road,

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Castle Christmas

To celebrate the festive season,

Hever Castle’s rooms will be

decorated and themed around

stories including The Nutcracker,

and ‘Twas the Night Before

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and log fires. Outside, discover an

interactive trail themed around A

Christmas Carol and a carousel,

fairground stalls, characters from

Christmas tales and a chance to

pose for a picture with a husky.

Sat 24 Nov – Mon 24 Dec

Chessington Garden Centre,

Leatherhead Road, Chessington


Christmas Wonderland


Start with a trip to the Christmas

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embark on a fantastical journey

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traditional grotto. Your complete

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photo opportunities, interactive

experiences throughout and a meet

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Entry: Family of four £37

Selected dates 29 Nov – 7 Dec

Squire’s Garden Centres

Christmas Masterclass

Create a beautiful wreath for your

front door, or a stunning candle

centrepiece for your dining table

with tuition from gardening

experts. All materials are included

as well as a voucher for a free tea

or coffee and cake in the Café Bar,

and 10% off all plants purchased

that day. Plus while you’re there

you can stop by Santa’s grotto

or see “The Greatest Snowman”

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Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy

Hatch, Sevenoaks TN15 0NT

What’s On in December

A Magical Christmas at

Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote opens its doors for

the festive season. Tour the house

which will be dressed for a grand

Victorian Christmas. Find a taste

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

be celebrated with a Christmas

market of local produce around

the carriage circle lawn, and

children will also be able to impart

their wishes with a visit to Father


Sat 1 – Mon 3 Dec & Fri

7 – Mon 24 Dec excluding


Lapland UK, Whitmoor Forest,

Swinley Road, Winkfield Row,

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Lapland UK

A magical experience. Make

toys in the factory, decorate

gingerbread with Mother

Christmas, try ice skating, enjoy

an immersive theatre experience

and set off through the snowy

forest, past the reindeer to

visit Father Christmas for a

personalised meeting. Father

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husky dog, a framed photograph

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New Year’s

Mon 31 Dec

Brooklands Hotel, Brooklands

Drive, Weybridge KT13 0SL

New Year’s Eve at

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A glamorous night to remember.

Brooklands Hotel is rolling out

the red carpet and delivering A-list

glitz and glamour. Walk the red

carpet to your glass of Prosecco,

tantalise your taste buds with

arrival canapés and an exquisite

four-course meal, then party into

the New Year with a DJ.

Entry: £125.95pp

Mon 31 Dec 7.30-12.30pm

Denbies Wine Estate, London

Road, Dorking RH5 6AA

New Year’s Eve


Begin your evening with sparkling

wine, soft drinks and canapés,

followed by a fabulous four course

meal. Then it’s time for coffee

before the DJ starts a disco and

your sparkling wine is poured at


Entry: £95


Nov & Dec

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Jewellery Making

Spend a day in a professional

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

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

unusual extras.

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

good medlar.

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!

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm – on Instagram @coopersfarm


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