Surrey Homes | SH57 | July 2019 | Summer supplement inside

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Contents

July 2019

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78

ACCESSORISE

Maggie Alderson finds homes

with bountiful facilities

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94

SCENTS OF SuMMER

The latest perfumes to love

from Josephine Fairley

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54

TIME FOR A CHANGE

Considering downsizing? Here’s

what you need to think about...

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30

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NOTEBOOK

A collection of the best

events coming up soon

FAIRGROuND ATTRACTION

The St. Leonards Bath House

transformed with neon, a bowling

alley and industrial style

GET THE LOOK

Pieces to help imitate the

Bath House’s look

A FINE VINTAGE

A tour of Squerryes, a magnificent

17th Century estate

GET THE LOOK

Our guide to adding some

Squerryes style to your home

HOLIDAY SHOP

Kate Watts styles summer accessories

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WILD AT HEART

Wild Nutrition’s Henrietta

Norton shares summer health

and beauty tips

SuMMER FITNESS

FuN WITH OR

WITHOuT KIDS!

Sarah Maxwell’s tips to make

exercise fun and manageable

BAKED TO PERFECTION

Mouthwatering

sourdough recipes

MAD ABOuT THE BEES

Jo Arnell tells us why she

thinks bees are the bee’s knees!

WATER RETENTION

IN POTS

Tips for potted plants

from Sue Whigham

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SCHOOL’S OuT FOR SuMMER

Hilary Wilce explores what

would happen if lengthy summer

holidays ceased to exist

WHAT’S ON

All the best events this July

COMPETITION

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cycle of the Coopers Farm herd

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01273 504232

A selection of Sussex & Surrey Lots available in our upcoming July Auction

Hillcroft Court, Chaldon

Road, Caterham

This third floor self-contained

retirement flat is located in

the village of Caterham on

the Hill.

The property is within a

McCarthy & Stone retirement

home which includes onsite

warden and communal

lounge that hosts daily

activities. epc:c

Guide: £100-110,000*

+ fees

New Rd, Ridgewood,

Uckfield

This freehold public house

known as The Brickmakers

Arms comprises ground

floor bar area with games

room, off road parking, beer

garden and three-bedroom

maisonette on the upper two

floors. epc:c

Guide: £250-275,000*

+ fees

Malling Street, Lewes

Situated on the east side of

Malling Street (A26) is this

one bedroom cottage.

The mid terraced cottage is

arranged over two floors and

has a gas heating system via

radiators and contemporary

fixtures and fittings. It is sold

with vacant possession and

is in good decorative order

throughout. epc:d

Guide: £190-210,000*

+ fees

Coppards Corner, Station

Road, Winchelsea

A freehold parcel of land

situated on the outskirts of

the village of Winchelsea

and close to the railway

station. The land is level

and has a frontage to Station

Road. The site extends to

0.18 hectare (0.44 acre)

Guide: £8-10,000* + fees

Wadhurst Road, Frant

Two parcels of adjoining

grazing land to be offered for

sale as a single lot.

There is a long road frontage

to Wadhurst Road (B2099)

with vehicular access and a

central wooded area dividing

the two grazing areas which

have been sub-divided into

paddocks. There are two

field shelters.

Guide: £100-105,000*

+ fees

Bedford Grove,

Eastbourne

An exciting opportunity to

acquire this well presented

end of terrace property

converted to provide five

flats over three floors. The

block comprises three onebedroom

flats and two studio

flats and is currently let at

£30,960 per annum. epc:e

Guide: £375-385,000*

+ fees

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

change at any time prior to Auction. Unless stated otherwise, each Lot will be offered subject to a reserve (a figure below which the Auctioneer cannot

sell the Lot during the Auction). We expect the reserve will be set within the guide range or no more than 10% above a single figure guide. All lots are

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Announcing a new development of 1, 2 and 3

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Courtyard Gardens provides a calm oasis with private outdoor space and gated parking.

Prices from £327,000*

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“HOW CAN WE SECURE

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JUST ASK CALA

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Join us on 13th & 14th July at stunning Sweeters Field for our Open House Event. You will have the chance to view our selection

of homes ready to move into and see how you can get the best of both worlds at this exceptional development.

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on achieving a sale in a 4-6 week period, part exchange considered subject to CALA’s purchasing criteria, terms and conditions. Up to 100% part exchange and other incentives available on selected plots, subject to terms and conditions and not

in conjunction with each other or any other offer. Visit cala.co.uk/terms for full terms and conditions and purchasing criteria. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON A MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER DEBT

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offers subject to lender’s criteria and CALA’s discretion. Your mortgage lender’s deposit requirements may vary, but you should usually expect to contribute a deposit of at least 5% of the purchase price. Available on selected properties, and subject

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DOUBT SEEK INDEPENDENT ADVICE. 5.2% APR typical. Internal image shown is taken from Sweeters Field showhome and features fittings, décor, flooring and soft furnishings which are not included as standard in a CALA home. Images are used

to suggest possible finishes which can be achieved in your home at an additional cost. Please ask a Sales Consultant for further details. Photography has been enhanced. Telephone calls within the British Isles will be charged at local rate. Telephone

calls may divert to a mobile service in which case call charges may vary. Calls may be recorded for training purposes. 5 stars awarded for customer’s willingness to ‘Recommend to a Friend’ in findings of the survey, undertaken by the Home Builders

Federation 2017/18. Prices are accurate at the time of going to print.


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Introducing Leighwood Fields,

a stunning new development of 3, 4 and

5 bedroom homes, exquisitely designed and

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House

Month

of the

£7,500,000

Accessorise

Maggie Alderson picks beautiful homes

overflowing with facilities

Fairmile Court

The dream: A proper mansion,

built in 1879, with nine reception

rooms and 14 bedrooms, the house

is currently divided into two fabulous

homes (one slightly smaller with

just five bedrooms), but is for sale as

one. If you fancy converting it back,

it would give you 13,000 sq feet of

prime Cobham house. It has been

brought superbly up to date by the

developers who divided it, without

losing any of the splendid period

grandeur. One of the dining rooms

has magnificent panelling and there is

superb parquet on the ground floor.

Where: Cobham – a village that

often features on ‘best places to

live’ lists and made the news for

having Dom Perignon available

to buy in the post office.

Setting: On a private road, with

upscale new homes built on what

were the original grounds.

Beds: 14 Baths: 9

Special features: An amazing double

staircase in the original entrance hall.

Pleasing details: The row of palm

trees in front of the glazed verandah.

Outside: Lawns and mature trees

within hedged perimeters.

Time to town: Stoke D’Abernon

to Waterloo in 40 minutes.

Agent: Sothebys, Cobham

01932 860 537 sothebys.co.uk

surrey-homes.co.uk

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Arbourne

£4,650,000

The dream: Houses built in the 1920s

have flowing plans and generous

dimensions which make them

perfectly suited to modern living,

with a touch of vintage elegance.

This one has a very spacious openplan

kitchen/breakfast/living room

extending into a light-filled orangery.

Where: Fabulous Esher, with

all the benefits of out of town

living, yet quicker into central

London than many tube rides.

Beds: 7 Baths: 8

Special features: A billiard room, a music

room, a gym and a fabulous indoor pool.

Pleasing details: A woodpanelled

dining room.

Outside: 1.4 acres of superbly

landscaped south-facing grounds with

specimen plants, a lovely pond, an

established potager and a tennis court.

Time to town: Just 25 minutes

to Waterloo from Esher

station, 1.5 miles away.

Agent: Knight Frank, Esher

01372 464496 knightfrank.co.uk

Moor House

£3,500,000

The dream: A substantial wedding cake

of a Georgian country house, with the

main reception rooms facing south west,

so it is filled with light. All of the rooms

on the ground floor, apart from the study

and family room, have doors straight to

the garden. The dining room has three.

Where: On the edge of Rushmoor

village, five miles south of Farnham

and 13 south east of Guildford.

Setting: A semi-rural position in the Surrey

Hills AONB, with National Trust heathland

accessible directly from the house.

Beds: 6 Baths: 6

Special features: The very fine

porticoed and pillared front door.

Pleasing details: The lovely big

entrance hall with a fireplace and double

doors into the drawing room.

Outside: A swimming pool with a pool house,

flood-lit tennis court and badminton court.

Time to town: From Farnham station –

four miles – under an hour to Waterloo.

Agent: Savills, Farnham

01252 729000 savills.com

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Notebook

What to do and see near you this month

Tudor rose

From Monday 1 to Sunday 7 July, the

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden

Festival will celebrate summer at its

finest as the picture perfect palace is

filled with colour, garden inspiration

and summery joy. Visitors can

expect a bounty of beautiful blooms,

inspirational garden ideas, expert

talks and workshops, and a shopper’s

paradise of unique trade stands.

On top of the festival’s fresh collection

of genius garden designs, there are loads

of other exciting attractions not to be

missed. Be sure to visit to the Festival of

Roses to explore showstopping displays

of the finest roses you’ve ever seen, get

a pic in Jo Thompson’s stunning rose

garden, take a sweet break in the Roses

Tearoom and see the launch of Sweet

Honey ‘Kormecaso’, 2020’s Rose of the

Year. You can also check out some live

music which will set an upbeat tone with

tunes from Soul Brothers, Brass Funkeys,

The Femmes, Charlotte Campbell and

many more across the Festival stage,

Floating stage, Woodland stage and

Hampton Introducing. Meanwhile the

Edible Eden kitchen garden will be

packed with beautiful and tasty

produce which will be used in

cooking demonstrations and

tastings, and once all that’s

worked up your appetite you

can refuel with a waterside

picnic hamper from Fortnum

& Mason, a sitdown lunch at

Dig In Restaurant or a fivecourse

Wild Garden Banquet

created by Michelin-starred

chef Merlin Labron-Johnson.

rhs.org.uk

Facing Fame

Tuesday 9 July sees ‘John

Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame’,

open at Watts Gallery. This is the

first exhibition in over 40 years to

explore the life, art and travels

of the leading British Orientalist

painter, famous for his detailed

depictions of the Mediterranean

and Middle East. The exhibition

highlights his self-portraits and

hidden likenesses, the complex

relationship he had with his own

success, and the ways in which

his travels informed his selfpresentation.

wattsgallery.org.uk

Kew the

music

Don’t miss Kew Gardens’

fantastic picnic concerts which

return from Tuesday 9 to Sunday

14 July with performances from

Beverley Knight, Billy Ocean,

Jess Glynne, Jools Holland,

Craig David, Garbage and

Rick Astley. kewthemusic.org

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News

Super

suppers

Get a taste for flavoursome modern

Indian cuisine this month as

Shampan’s Supperclub welcomes

Guest Chef Saurav Nath, formerly

at London’s Michelin-starred

Benares and Gymkhana. Visit their

Welling restaurant on Monday 1

July for A Taste of Memsaheb’s India,

the Westerham branch on Monday

15 for Indian Kebabs and Grills,

or Shampan Bromley for Along

the Grand Trunk Road on Monday

29 July. shampan-group.com

Just like Magic

Go-karts, an enchanted trail, water wars, panning for gold, a

giant sandpit, pony rides and a fairies and dragons silent disco,

can all be found at Bocketts Farm Park’s Magical Summer from

Friday 26 July to Sunday 1 September. bockettsfarm.co.uk

Summer sale

Looking for a new business

or career change? The Images

‘Pop Up’ School Art Gallery

franchise has recently been put

up for sale. This ready made

and trading business works

with schools in the Surrey

area to celebrate art and

raise funds, and has bookings

already in place up to end of

term 2019 and into 2020.

Call John 07826 556041 or

email johnb@imagesart.co.uk

for details. imagesart.co.uk

Look Forward: August

This August, join Painshill for two cinema screenings

in their stunning landscaped gardens. On Friday

16 August they will be showing ‘Bohemian

Rhapsody’ and ‘A Star is Born’ on Saturday 17

August. The Serpentine Lake and Gothic Temple

will make an incredible backdrop and with the

gate opening at 7pm and the films starting at

8:30pm, there will plenty of time to explore the

garden, set up a picnic blanket and buy some

food and refreshments. painshill.co.uk.

surrey-homes.co.uk

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THE SUMMER EXHIBITION

Editor’s

Letter

ake a look inside dramatically different homes this

issue. Imagine being able to chalk up the ultimate

strike, just a bowling ball’s throw from the sofa in the

comfort of your own personal bowling alley... or strolling

past oil paintings of your ancestors en route to the

kitchen for your morning coffee... Maggie Alderson speaks

to the owners of two uniquely memorable houses.

Kate Watts tracks down some statement accessories to liven

up your summer wardrobe (Holiday Shop page 78) and

we get crafty with Ilgin Beaton as she makes unadulterated

sourdough loaves (Baked to Perfection page 94).

Our brand new, and very glorious Summer Supplement

celebrates outdoor living at its best with information on local

events, the ultimate destinations for a staycation, irresistible

pools and quick-to-prep recipes to enjoy with friends.

Follow Sue Whigham and Jo Arnell’s guides to keeping

your garden and its residents hydrated, happy and healthy

throughout the warmer months and check out Jo Fairley’s

scent picks from the wealth of new fragrance launches.

If you fancy escaping it all for a couple of nights,

check out our competition to win a stay in an

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Above: A fairground coconut shy sign is mounted above the kitchen sink, and a painted metal spiral staircase leads up to an office space

to the advertisement from an 1864 newspaper, that Laurie

Parker has had enlarged and framed in one of the bathrooms.

But its policy to have a ladies’ day (as also stated in the ad)

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Leonards and it didn’t last very long in that incarnation.

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vaulted structure at the back to house a swimming pool. In

the 1920s, the pool was boarded over and the space became

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church was bombed in WW2, a Church of England one,

where many marriages, christenings and funerals took place.

A couple who got married there in the 1950s, now in their

nineties, have knocked on the door since Laurie and Sol

have been in residence. (Oh, to have seen their faces…)

The Bath House’s last pre-Parker family role was as a glass

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factory was long closed down, although all the stock and

machinery was still there. With trees growing through it.

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beautiful Camber Sands. We saw the signs for Rye

and Battle and went on to Hastings. We looked

round all the antique shops and loved it. Sol

immediately started looking on Zoopla and other

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place at the bottom of the list… it was described as

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“It was a nightmare even to see it. The

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“Even once we’d made an offer we had to

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to know what we were going to do with it

as it had been his father’s glass factory.”

Those hurdles would have been enough

to put less determined buyers off – and it

turned out to have been just the start.


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This page: The living space is filled with original finds, such as this

vintage shuffleboard table Top & Above: The dodgems sign was

bought from a shop in Hastings Old Town. “My first ever job was on a

fairground and my life’s ambition aged 10 was to work on the dodgems –

I just knew we had to have it,” says Sol

“We bought it in 2013 and started renovating after a

year. The entire building was completely derelict and the

main space was very dark and dingy. There were even plants

growing through the walls, and old machines from the

abandoned glass factory had been left all over the place.

“We were determined to preserve as much of the original structure

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rid of it and asked if he could buy it and they told him, if he took it out, he could have it.

We didn’t even know if it would fit in the space, but it slotted in to the millimetre.”

“It’s Grade II listed, so the conditions were very, very

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were wonderfully naïve and horrifically underestimated

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we were still living in London while we did it.”

Despite all that, two years later it was done – and the

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“It used to be in Soho House,” says Laurie. “Sol

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And it looks like it’s always been there, with lockers

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neon sign saying ‘Carnival’ – by the late neon artist and

designer Chris Bracey, who owned Gods Own Junkyard

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arcade game. “Sol gave that to me one Christmas,” says

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them a master bedroom with its own bathroom

which forms the entrance to the kitchen area – it seats a casual 14 people. “It’s built from

off-cuts from Champagne barrels,” says Laurie. “A carpenter made it for us for £800.” Whilst

the whole – huge and amply cupboarded – kitchen was made from old pallet boards.

Continuing the inventive scheme, the cocktail bar is an old carpenter’s bench

and a row of vintage gym lockers makes a brilliant pantry, with genres of food

items filed in each one. Like many of the one-off items in The Bath House,

both of these came from eBay. “Sol is eBay’s best friend,” says Laurie.

But while eBay may be Sol’s go-to site, Laurie is the queen of Google – and

the amazing suppliers she has found on there had me giving her (entirely

unsolicited) career advice that she should start a business as The Resourceress.

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Above: Laurie sourced the copper bath in the Turkish-bath inspired guest bathroom directly from the makers in Morocco

of a search for local panel beaters. The poured concrete

worktops were brought into being after she found a

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“I convinced them they could do it,” she says.

All over the house is the fabulous result of another of

Laurie’s searches – bespoke industrial (not ‘industrial

style’, the real thing) steel light switches and plug

points embossed with the words The Bath House.

“The space needed industrial light switches. The

repro ones are rubbish and vintage are very expensive,

so I did a Google search and sourced a foundry in

Hove which could make them all for us.”

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copper boat bath in the wonderful Turkish bath-inspired

en-suite bathroom off the guest bedroom. Laurie had

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– according to her decorating philosophy of starting with

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treatment follow – but they’re eye wateringly expensive.

But not one to take that as a cue to settle for something less

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Morocco and ordered one direct… £6,000 cheaper. Actually, she

ordered two; there’s another one upstairs in the master bedroom.

“We had to be resourceful,” she says with impressive modesty.

The combined impact of one feature piece and Laurie’s

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hall, in the original bath house part of the building. This

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from builders renovating a flat in Mayfair, for a princely £20 –

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Previous pages & left: The drawing room was

beautifully decorated by Henry’s mother Anthea with

decorative wallpaper she commissioned specially.

French windows take you out into the formal back

garden Below: The second entrance hall

All houses have a vibe – but not many

have one you can bottle. Squerryes,

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century country seat of the Warde family (eight

generations and counting), but also the name

on the bottles of award-winning sparkling wine

that is now produced on the 2,500 acre estate.

The family motto is also on the bottle –

appropriately, because Licet esse beatis translates as

‘Permitted to be joyful’. “We have been creating joy

for 300 years,” says Henry Warde, sitting at the table

in the family kitchen. “Now we are bottling it.”

And joy it is most certainly bringing to those who

drink it, being awarded no less than a Platinum

rating in wine bible Decanter magazine’s 2019

World Wine Awards, for the 2014 vintage.

The house deserves the same rating. Even

before you turn into the drive (with classic estate

railing fences) the glorious countryside just outside

Westerham has Jerusalem playing loudly in your head.

As you pull up in front of the house the prospect

opens up to reveal a perfect Mr Darcey lake,

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This page: Contemporary built-in

furniture hold a portion of Squerryes’

books in the library

the first visual beat in a vista over parkland and countryside,

with a domed white folly perched on a nearby hillside.

Turn your head left towards the house and you see a glorious

symmetrical frontage from the Stuart era (1681), although it

looks more like the style we identify as Queen Anne. Built from

narrow red bricks, with a pillared and porticoed front door, it has

two storeys with three sash windows on each side, then another

layer with six mansard windows and a triangular gable with a

roundel window and splendid chimney stacks. It makes you sigh.

This urge stays with you, once you step into the huge entrance

hall with a black and white marble chequerboard floor – and

large portraits of Henry’s rels, male and female, all around and

classical busts over each porticoed doorway into adjoining rooms.

It’s just the kind of space where you want to be holding

a flute of cold sparkling white, while chatting to interesting

people – which is exactly what you get to do if you join

up to a Squerryes membership package, which involves

no joining fee, just a commitment to buy one case (12

bottles) a year. Hardly a hardship (especially as you get

15 per cent off, so really it would be rude not to).

Membership brings invitations to all kinds of jolly

events at the house – which is not open to the public

– including a summer garden party with 299 fellow

bubbly-lovers, which sounds particularly appealing.

But with a house to study and photograph, we stuck to

coffee, in the lovely light, high-ceilinged kitchen, looking

over the formal garden at the back of the house. A kitchen

which looks and feels like it has always been there, but was

actually a fairly recent conversion by Claire and Henry.

They moved into the house six years ago, when Henry took

on the commitment of running the estate and his parents

moved out to a farmhouse on the land. At that point, while

totally understanding the responsibility to preserve a house

like this for future generations – one of the bedrooms has

listed wallpaper – Claire and Henry decided to make some

thoughtful changes to adapt its old bones to


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This page: The formal dining room’s chairs feature the wolf head that is in

the family crest Top right: A portrait of Charlotte Warde, mother of The

Admiral – 4th generation at Squerryes Court – by John Opie

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Claire explains: “In 1947, in order to be able to keep the house going,

Henry’s grandparents pulled down two wings. The original kitchen had been

in one of them, so they created a small kitchen and dining room in this

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This page: Henry and Claire knocked through a small kitchen

and dining room to create a family kitchen. The lights above the

dining table were found throughout the house by Claire

be rather precious – were languishing in obscurity in

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objects in a part of the house with heavy family traffic.

“If someone throws a ball and breaks them all at

least they’ve been seen. We are going to live here.”

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north) as the kitchen, with a more domestic

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rather than just have for display. There

are some splendid paintings in this room,

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“We have rehung all the pictures,”

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family to visitors.” One in here is of the

Warde who bought the house in 1731

and another of his wife


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This page: Beautifully carved and gilded furniture sits alongside ornately framed

artwork throughout Squerryes Court

who died before they could move into

it – but not before she had commissioned

two splendid tapestries, which hang in

the bedroom over the dining room.

The bedroom opposite has the exquisite

chinoiserie wallpaper, which they are

not allowed to touch (and nor would

you want to). These rooms have not

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alongside treasures like the tapestries

and wallpaper, have a patinated charm

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north again) of the very large landing –

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and makes an excellent venue for the three

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is a second staircase, leading down to

the new entrance hall, where they have

replaced a wall with a glass balustrade,

so light now pours into the upper floor

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This page: Two splendid tapestries, which hang in the bedroom

over the dining room, were commissioned by the wife of John

Warde, who bought the house in 1731

Heritage gave all the plans the official stamp of approval.

It’s the same spirit of progress shown by Henry’s

father 13 years ago, when he dug up the fields of

wheat he’d cultivated for nearly 40 years and planted

chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes, the

classic combination used to make Champagne.

What inspired him to do it was the great interest shown

by a French Champagne house in buying their land. “It’s a

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Henry. “Part of the same geological area as Champagne.

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Left: Beautiful views over the lake to the west

of Squerryes. The family motto immortalised in

stained glass Below: The formal back garden was

designed by Henry’s mother Anthea to a more

formal design she found on old plans

beating heart of the brand, with the

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years, when the bottles were ready to release.

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5 Take a break

Fabulous staycation

options

7 Creature

Comforts

Make your garden

pollinator-friendly and

home plant-filled

9 Garden Games

Outdoor toys and

entertainment

10 Once you pop...

The coolest of canapés

11 On the rocks

Luscious cocktail

recipes to sip all

summer

13 MAKE A SPLASH

The pools and hot

tubs of your dreams

17 Pool house

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21 Poolside

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using grey sandstone tiles,

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bumblebee homes as well.

The nest underground

needs to be straw lined, but

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contemporary stone, or in the

case of my RHS Hampton

Court garden, custom made

tiles with copper inlaid bee

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nature features are functional

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Tropical Vibes

Rhipsalis

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cactus which is a

gorgeous bright

green colour and

has delicate stems

with a cascading shape. The name Rhipsalis

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to the trunks of trees. It is easy to care for as

it requires minimal watering over the autumn

and winter and just a weekly water during

the spring and summer when it is actively

growing. It’s ideal for a kitchen or bathroom

as it will enjoy the humidity, but will be happy

in any room with bright indirect sunlight.

Care tip: allow the topsoil to dry out between

waterings, but keep the subsoil evenly moist.

Add a liquid cactus feed to the water once a

month when the plant is actively growing.

Christine Bartlett, Shop Manager at that little plant shop...

picks three of her favourite exotic houseplants

Stromanthe

Triostar

(common

name: prayer

plant)

This is a really

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houseplant

which has

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in cream, green

and pink colours

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level of daylight and raise their leaves when

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and really popular as a gift. It prefers a

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minimal watering in the autumn and winter.

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is growing keep it evenly moist and add a

half-strength liquid feed once a month.

Care tip: mist the leaves in the morning to

provide humidity, or keep in a bathroom/

kitchen where the natural humidity is higher.

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Once you pop...

We

pick three of our favourite, ridiculously

moreish, summer canapés from the extensive

recipe archive online at surrey-homes.co.uk

Watercress, Roasted Beetroot

and Goats’ Cheese Roulade

by Nicci Gurr from Home Gurr’own

Prep time: 1 hour 30 mins

Cooking time: 32 mins Serves: 6

• 225g fresh watercress

• 4 medium eggs (separated)

• salt and freshly ground pepper

• 250g red beetroot

• 100g crème fraîche

• Olive oil for roasting

• 100g crème fraîche

• 200g soft rindless goats’ cheese

1Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas 5. Grease

and line a 20 x 30cm (8 x 12 inch) Swiss

roll tin with non-stick baking parchment.

2Finely chop the watercress in a

food processor, then tip this into

a large bowl. Beat in the egg yolks

and season with salt and pepper.

3In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites

with a pinch of salt until stiff but not

dry, then fold them into the watercress

mixture using a large metal spoon.

4Pour into the prepared tin and quickly

level the mixture, spreading it out

into the corners. Bake for 10-12 mins

until set and light golden brown.

5Meanwhile, peel the beetroot, roughly

dice and roast with olive oil and salt

and pepper. Cook for about 20 mins

until a knife will go through the beetroot

easily. Cool, grate and set to one side.

6Beat the crème fraîche into the goats’

cheese and spread evenly over the cooled

roulade, then spread the cooled beetroot mix.

7Roll up from the long side, using the

greaseproof paper, then carefully wrap

in clingfilm and refrigerate overnight.

8Serve, slice into rounds and pushed on

to a cocktail stick. homegurrown.co.uk

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Minted Pea and Feta

Cheese Tartlets

by Jo Arnell

Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 25 mins

Makes: 24 tiny tartlets

• 75g fresh or frozen peas

• 1 small handful of

finely chopped mint

• 1 chopped onion

• 1 whole egg

• 1 egg yolk

• 3 tbsp double cream

• salt and freshly

ground pepper

• 1 pack of ready-rolled

shortcrust pastry

• 200g feta cheese, cut

into cubes

Preheat the oven to 180°C,

1 gas 4. Toss the peas and

mint together in a small

bowl and leave to one side.

Gently fry the onions and

2 then leave to cool slightly.

Beat the eggs and cream

together. Season if you wish

at this point, but remember

feta is a salty cheese.

Cut out small squares of

3 pastry and place into a

greased muffin tin. Place 1

tsp of onion into the bottom

of each tart, add another

tsp of egg mixture, then top

with minted peas and finally

some cubes of feta (I used 5

or 6 tiny cubes per tartlet).

Bake in the oven for 25

4 mins, or until golden.

Serve warm or cold.

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Mini Margarita Cheesecakes

by Jo Arnell

Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins Serves: 12

• 100g digestive biscuits

• 50g melted butter

• 300g cream cheese

• 1 egg

• ½ tsp vanilla extract

• 120g caster sugar

• 100ml soured cream

• 100g strawberries

• 50ml tequila (2 shots)

• 2 tsp lime juice

• 1 tbsp granulated sugar


1Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas 4. Prepare

biscuit base by crushing biscuits (in a

food processor, or use a pestle and mortar).

Combine with the melted butter and then

press 1 heaped tsp of the biscuit mix into

each section of the mini cheesecake pan/

muffin tin and set to one side (or refrigerate).

Beat cream cheese, egg, ¼ tsp vanilla

2 essence and 100g of the sugar together

until smooth. Add 2-3 tsps to the top of each

biscuit base and bake in the oven for 20 mins.

3Mix soured cream with remaining 20g

sugar and ¼ tsp of vanilla essence.

Remove cheesecakes from the oven and

4 add 1 tsp of the soured cream mixture to

the top of each one. Turn the oven down to

160°C, gas 3 and return cheesecakes to the

oven for 10 mins. Cool and refrigerate.

Chop strawberries and combine with

5 other topping ingredients, mashing

some slightly to release the juice.

Remove cheesecakes from tin and carefully

spoon a little topping onto each one.

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For a non-alcoholic version, add 30ml water and

20ml lemon juice instead of tequila and lime.


On the rocks

Lottie Muir, the creator of the Midnight Apothecary pop-up

cocktail bar, set on a roof garden in London, shares her recipe

for a sweetly satisfying seasonal cocktail

Wild Strawberry and Rose Daiquri

Strawberries and roses are from the same family (Rosaceae) that gives us so

much pleasure, from apples and pears to these two beauties. Wild strawberries

(Fragraria vesca or F. virginiana) are those tiny, jewel-like treasures that you

sometimes find in woodland clearings and meadows, on forest edges and along

trails, and even in some quiet urban areas. Here they are combined with white

rum and Rose Petal Syrup to conjure up summer meadows on a hot day.

• 1½ oz (45ml) white rum

• ¾ oz (20ml) Rose Petal Syrup

(see right)

• 2 tsp (10ml) freshly squeezed

lime juice

• 10 wild strawberries or 3

large strawberries,

hulled and halved

• ⅔ cup (100g) crushed ice

• 3 wild strawberries, toothpick or

cocktail stick, to garnish

1Combine all the ingredients in a

blender and pulse/blend at a high

speed for 30 secs or until smooth.

2Pour into a rocks glass. Garnish

with 3 wild strawberries threaded

on a toothpick or cocktail stick.

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Rose Petal Syrup

(Makes approx. 1½ pints (750ml)

This recipe involves massage, roses, and

perfume… don’t blame me if things get

out of hand! use the most perfumed

roses you can find and make sure they

are unsprayed.

It also helps if their petals are quite

thin. Two good choices that grow wild

and adorn many a private and public

space are Rosa rugosa and the wild dog

rose, R. canina.

Whenever I use wild dog rose, which

has very delicate pink petals, I add a few

petals of a red rose to give a really

rich-coloured syrup.

• 6 handfuls of pink and/or red rose

petals

• 6 cups (1.2 kg) superfine caster sugar

• 3 cups (750ml) water

• Zest of ½ unwaxed, organic orange

• 1 tbsp lemon juice

• Pinch of salt

• Sealable presentation bottle(s),

sterilized

1Snip off the bitter white tip at the base

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to do, but worth it. Alternatively, when

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the petals in a clump with one hand and

snip the base off in one go with the other.

2Loosely pack the petals in a non-reactive

bowl and add about 2 cups (400g) of

the sugar. Gently massage the sugar into

the petals to bruise them and start the

maceration. Cover with a clean tea-towel

and leave overnight or for up to 12 hours.

3You should return to a gooey mess,

where the petals have shrunk and the

sugar has extracted some colour and flavour

out of them. Tip this sugar and petal mix

into a non-reactive pan, add the remaining

sugar, the water, orange zest, lemon juice,

and a pinch of salt, and gently bring to

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Leave to simmer for 5 mins or until you

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4Let the syrup cool. Strain it into a wide

mouthed pitcher, then funnel into the

sterilized presentation bottle(s) and seal.

You can store the syrup in the refrigerator

for well over a month.

Floral Cocktails by Lottie

Muir, published by Ryland

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Photography by Kim

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Beauty

Josephine Fairley takes a look at this season’s new releases

I

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Lauder’s granddaughter)

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dress as an evening dress.

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For me, there are fragrances that come

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and vice versa. Scent is very much part of

my wardrobe – and a glance at my dressing

table will tell you: that wardrobe’s expanding.

It will certainly be somewhat more crowded

after summer 2019, meanwhile – because there are just

so many beautiful scents being launched around now.

Before I share the fragrances I’d long to add to my summer

fragrance line-up, though, a few caveats. It’s wise never to

spray directly onto skin, when you’re going to be spending

any time at all outside, because of possible interactions

between scent ingredients (particular citrus notes) and UV

light. There’s a risk of irritation, but also more longer-term

of pigmentation problems. Instead, I like to mist my hair (a

great carrier of perfume), and also my clothes. Just do the

Kleenex test, first: spritz a tissue, and once you’ve established

that the liquid dries completely clear, it’s safe to spray on

fabric. My clothes have an incredible mélange of fragrances

sprayed onto them – and somehow, because I like all the scents

I do that with, it creates something even more wonderful.

And now, my summer perfume lust-haves…

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Riviera (£99 for 125ml eau

de toilette). Chanel perfumer Olivier Polge is creating an

olfactory map of Gabrielle Chanel’s life through his Les Eaux

de Chanel collection. After Paris-Biarritz, Paris-Deauville and

Paris-Venice, he now plants a flag in the sands of the Côte

d’Azur, evoking the sun-drenched paradise Chanel helped

to popularise via a bouquet of sheer summer petals, woven

together with fresh citrus notes, jasmine and neroli and

warmed by resinous benzoin and sandalwood. Wear it with…

jaunty palazzo pants and a striped Breton shirt, à la Coco.

Burberry Her Blossom (from £44 for 30ml eau de toilette).

Longstanding Burberry perfumer Francis Kurkdjian explains

that this fresh, airy interpretation of Burberry Her was

‘inspired by London’s parks in spring.’ (It’s equally gorgeous

for high summer, though, with the combination of plum

blossoms, citrus notes and delicate peony petals creating an

unexpected floral breeze, and the addition before creamy

sandalwood and hints of musk emerge. The so-prettyin-pink

flacon is inspired by an archival Burberry design,

meanwhile – definitely my kind of hip flask. Wear with…

the prettiest, floatiest of summer dresses. Ideally chiffon.

Floris Neroli Voyage (£120 for 100ml eau de parfum).

Inspired by an expedition Floris Perfumery Director Edward

Bodenham took to retrace the footsteps of his ancestor,

Robert Floris, this transports us from Antibes across the

Ligurian Sea to the aromatic isle of Corsica and onwards

to the Italian coastal town of Positano, our sails filled by a

breeze fragrant with neroli, lemon, marine notes, jasmine,

ginger and fennel seed. It weighs anchor via musk, amber

and oak wood, indigenous to Corsica’s famous maquis.

Wear with... white linen as crisp as the scent itself.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Cherrysia (£59 for 75ml eau

de toilette). I’m often wary of cherries, in a fragrance. (They

can be a bit ‘juicy fruits’ synthetic-smelling.) But rather

than the fruit itself, this showcases cherry blossom, that

most ephemeral of blooms, famous for lighting up Japan

in spring. The liquid refreshment begins with a dash of

bergamot, overtaken by diaphanous notes of nashi par and

watermelon, with a too-too-pretty, powdery, softly woody

end-game. Wear with… pretty-as-a-picture pastels.

L’Occitane Herbae Par L’Occitane (£59 for 50ml eau de parfum).

Now that we’ve (finally) shrugged off layers to head outdoors,

here’s the perfect fresh air spritz: a green floral creation from

Shyamala Maisondieu and Nadège Le Garlantezec focused

around wild grasses, all tangled up in bramble, nettle and wild

roses. Bergamot and pink pepper open, and as the sun warms

Herbae on your skin, you’ll begin to make out a honeyed

sweetness, touches of musk and woody, spicy Cashmeran.


Beauty

The striking

bottle is

tied at the

neck with

gardener’s

raffia. Wear

with… your

favourite scruffy

gardening gear, or any

summer frock. It’s equally

at home in a herbaceous

border as on a terrace

enjoying lunch outside.

(Put a visit to their Covent Garden

boutique on your perfume pilgrimage

‘map’, after reading this!) Effervescent

bubbliness abounds here in in a sunfilled

creation from rising star perfumer

Jérome Epinette (who has created all

Floral Street’s collection), with sparkling

rhubarb popping the cork on a frothy

gush of gardenia, exotic frangipani and

radiant jasmine Sambac. Wear with…

a sleeveless summer party frock. It’ll

have you wanting to kick off your shoes

and dance barefoot on the lawn.

Floral

Street Electric

Rhubarb £58

for 50ml eau de

parfum

Coach Floral Blush

(£49 for

50ml eau de parfum). Don’t we

all need cheerfulness and optimism,

right now…? That’s precisely what

Coach Floral Blush sets out to deliver,

in a spirit-lifting blend powered by

goji berries. What do they smell like,

in a scent? Juicily tart, sitting alongside

grapefruit, mellowing to an armful

of tea roses in the heart, before a

white woods finale. A playful floral

that celebrates ‘the carefree energy of

summer.’ Wear with… that vintage crêpe

de chine tea dress you most treasure.

BYREDO Sundazed (£110 for 50ml

eau de parfum). This is probably my

favourite yet from cult perfumers

BYREDO. Paying tribute to the era

of free love, Sundazed comes wrapped

in all things sunshine; bright, dazzling

mandarin and Californian lemon. Neroli

shimmers like the twinkle of light on

water while Arabian jasmine cloaks your

skin with its soft, yet opulent, touch.

A dry-down of cotton candy and skin

musks evokes distant memories of

summers spent at beachside funfairs.

Definitely a scent in which to bask

in a state of summer-induced bliss.

Wear with… a sarong, beside a pool or

lounging around on the back terrace.

Perfumer H Petit Grain (£220 for 100ml

eau de parfum). Right at the other end

of the price spectrum from Floral Street

are the fragrances created by perfumer

Lyn Harris, best known as founder

and for many years creator at Miller

Harris, who has a new scent boutique

on Marylebone’s Crawford Street where

she releases seasonal collections. I’ve been

saving pennies to build a mini-wardrobe

of these stunning scents, and for spring/

summer 2019 have my eye (or maybe

nose?) on this gust of citrusy greenness,

zestily powered by Italian bergamot,

Florida orange, and Paraguayan

petitgrain. Aromatic herbs, woods and

musks endow this with a much longer

skin life than most Colognes. If you can

afford to, splash with abandon. (And if

money’s really no object, splash out on

the hand-blown Michael Ruh bottle of

this, which is priced at a cool £450).

But whatever you spend – and

whether you’re matching your

fragrance to a tennis frock, a

Glyndebourne gown, a linen kaftan

or a snuggly pashmina – may you

enjoy a beautifully fragrant summer.

See perfumesociety.org for more of

Jo Fairley’s fragrance reviews

Chanel Les

Eaux de Chanel

Paris-Riviera £99

for 125ml eau

de toilette

Floris

Neroli

Voyage £120 for

100ml eau de

parfum

Floral Street Electric Rhubarb (£58 for

50ml eau de parfum). Floral Street is a

disruptive new fragrance house making

a splash for all sorts of reasons. First off,

they scooped ‘Retailer of the Year’ in the

prestigious Fragrance Foundation Awards

2019 (against very tough

competition). Secondly,

they’re offering

wearable ‘niche’-style

fragrances at very

mainstream prices.

L’Occitane

Herbae Par

L’Occitane £59

for 50ml eau

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Perfumer H

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The word solstice is derived from the

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and for me this says so much; this is the

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beauty of nature and the powerful effect that

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feasting on nutrient-rich seasonal delights,

such as artichokes, asparagus, Jersey

potatoes, watercress or strawberries.

The longer, lighter evenings allow us to

relax with friends over a light evening

supper or wild swimming with your

family. Whichever ritual you choose

to celebrate nature’s gift of summer,

do so with abandon and gratitude.

Upping my water intake

During the winter or colder, damper

seasons, my water intake can be lower,

coming primarily through broths,

vegetables and fresh teas. In the summer

however, I have a natural pull to drink

more room temperature water, and water

rich fruits, such as watermelon. Adding

a morning green juice is a great way

to start the day feeling hydrated and

energised. A vegetable juice will provide

condensed nourishment from vitamins,

minerals and phytonutrients, but also

the natural water content they provide.

Try to make your juice with fresh

ingredients, such as cucumber, celery,

courgette, lettuce, fennel, lemon, lime

and mint, and drink within 15 minutes.

Eating summertime foods

The summertime produces some of

the most wonderful foods, such as

strawberries, that are particularly rich

in vitamin C, raspberries, apples,

runner beans, fennel, cucumber,

melon, rhubarb and rocket.

Eating in season also ensures

you are getting the best

flavours and nutrition

from your food and

can also support the

immune system and

skin from seasonal

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Health & Wellbeing

Wild at Heart

Henrietta Norton from Wild Nutrition explains how

she’ll be harnessing summer goodness to keep her

body and mind healthy throughout July

Here are just some of the changes I will

be making in this Season of Abundance

Exercising outside

What better way to enhance the benefits

of exercising than with an outdoor

routine in summer. Immersing ourselves

in nature supports our mental health

and physical wellbeing and is immensely

stress relieving. We don’t need a scientific

study to know that a walk through the

woods or cycling through the park is

uplifting and healing for the soul.

Adjusting my skincare

You can extend your summer changes

to your skincare routine, make-up and

sunscreen, too. There are some wonderful

naturally-derived, ethical products

available (my supplement regime shifts

during this season too) to help protect

your skin from oxidative damage and

contribute to collagen production.

SUPER BERRY SMOOTHIE

This smoothie will give you a nourishing kickstart

to the day, providing fats and protein to keep

hunger at bay and deliver a wonderfully creamy

texture. The seasonal berries offer a generous boost

of phytonutrients, such as anthocyanidins.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 dssp almond butter

(or a nut or seed butter of your preference)

½ an avocado

1 tsp coconut butter/oil

2 tbsp raspberries

(or blueberries/blackberries – fresh or frozen)

1 dssp Manuka honey

Fresh ground cinnamon or vanilla powder to taste

Almond milk to cover

Instructions

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend!


Health & Wellbeing

Summer fitness fun

with or without kids!

Sarah Maxwell breaks down the sometimes daunting

prospect of exercise into easily manageable activities

that can be slotted into a busy lifestyle

Whether you have children or

not, summer is the time when

your regular exercise class can

go out of the window, or even stop for the

summer altogether! Holidays, days out

and family time give us endless excuses for

‘getting back on it tomorrow’. However,

summer can be a great time to shake up

your fitness routine or get started on a

new one – with or without the kids! Nicer

weather (hopefully) and longer evenings all

give perfect opportunities to get out there

and get moving, so this summer I have been

trying out something a little different to get

all ages moving. Here are my favourites…

Playground memories

I recently went to a ‘Rabble’ class in

Tunbridge Wells (at the cricket ground) and

it took me straight back to my schooldays,

running around playing British Bulldog,

Dodgeball and throwing frisbees! I had

such a great time at the class and can’t wait

to go back. An hour passes in the blink

of an eye and you get a great workout

without even realising it – maybe next

time I won’t fall over trying to “Dodge

that ball”! The beauty of it is that all ages

are welcome so you can go along with the

kids or on your own. joinrabble.com

Bouncing into fitness and fun

If you do have children to entertain over

the holidays, open jump sessions are

perfect. Many of my clients with children/

grandchildren find that the summer holidays

can be rather stressful and often tell me

they feel guilty when they use ‘family time’

to do their fitness programmes. It needn’t

be that way. Open jump sessions are for

all ages and are a brilliant way to burn off

those calories and have some fun with the

kids at the same time. I went to urban

Jump in Heathfield, East Sussex, to try it

out and can definitely recommend it.

Entertaining teenagers can be tricky but

urban Jump’s urban Fit is something a

little different for those aged over 16 – a

45-minute class involving 30 minutes of

trampoline fun followed by 15 minutes in

the urban rainforest assault course. Swinging

and climbing at your own pace makes for

a fun and effective workout and will work

multiple muscle groups. urbanjump.co.uk

Love being in water? Prefer

looking at water?

With Bewl Water on our doorstep there

is definitely something for everyone here:

cycling, walking, watersports AND the

new Aqua park! There is 1500 metres

of inflatable fun for individuals, groups,

families, adults and children. I know

where I’m heading this summer!

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These are just a few of the things I have

tried, but there are lots of activities and

courses over the summer that will take

you outside and get you moving – with or

without the kids! Try searching the local

area online or checking our your local

Facebook groups to see what’s on offer

Now for something that can be done

without leaving the comfort of your own

home, this month’s exercise of the month!

With my hectic lifestyle I have to fit in

exercise as and when I can. Contrary to

popular belief, many of us in the health and

fitness industry stand around a lot telling

other people what to do without actually

doing the whole classes we are teaching!

This simple exercise (see right) can be

done anywhere – I often do it while I’m

brushing my teeth! A triple achievement

– clean teeth, improved balance and

stronger core in just two minutes!

Now that really is multi-tasking!

Sarah Maxwell is a

multiple award-winning

Fitness and Lifestyle

coach and mum of two

who juggles a lot of

balls. Find out more

about Sarah and her

work at sarahmaxwell.

com Sarah shares her

Fitness and Lifestyle

tips on Instagram

@sarahmaxwelllifestyle

Exercise of

the month:

Core strength

and balance

It’s well known

that working on

single leg balance or

simply standing on

one leg can help you

with foot and knee

stability, but did

you know that this

simple exercise engages

your core muscles too?

Stand straight (maintain

a good posture) raise

one leg off the floor and

balance with the other.

Aim to maintain this

position for a minimum

of 20 seconds. If you

can do it for longer

than 60 seconds, try it

with your eyes closed!

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Baked to

Perfection

Recipes: Ilgin Beaton from Just Sourdough by Ilgin

Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Lucy Fleming

Tangy, flavourful and satisfyingly chewy, sourdough’s

addictive appeal as an easier-to-digest alternative to regular

bread means that it has amassed quite the fanbase. Here,

Sevenoaks-based sourdough expert Ilgin Beaton – who, as

her company name Just Sourdough by Ilgin suggests, solely

focuses on crafting unadulterated sourdough loaves – shares

three recipes for you to try at home

You’ll need:

Sourdough Starter

There are a wide range of sourdough starter recipes

online if you wish to make your own from scratch. This

usually takes around 10-12 days. On Ilgin’s website,

justsourdough.com you can buy ready-made Organic

White Sourdough Starter and Organic Wholemeal Rye

Starter. Alternatively, book onto one of Just Sourdough

by Ilgin’s ‘Introduction to Sourdough Baking’ workshops

and you’ll go home with a jar of Ilgin’s own starter to

jumpstart the process and get baking straight away.


Recipe One

Makes 1 loaf Prep time: Up to 24 hours

Cooking time: Around 50 mins

You will need: A Dutch Oven or

baking stone, a bread scoring knife/

blade, a round banneton or colander

• 100g active starter (you can

make your own or buy online

at justsourdough.com)

• 330-350g water (filtered or

mineral water), lukewarm

• 400g organic unbleached

strong white flour

• 100g of stoneground organic

wholemeal flour (or 50g

wholemeal, 50g spelt)

• 9g fine sea salt, dissolved in 9g water

• rice flour, for dusting the banneton

1In a large bowl mix the

starter and water and stir

until the starter is dissolved.

2Add all the flour and mix until the

ingredients come together into a

large ball. (At this stage we are only

mixing the water, starter and flour.)

3Cover and let the dough rest

on the side in the kitchen for

between 30 mins and 2 hours ‒ this

is what bakers call ‘autolyse’.

4Add the dissolved salt mixture to the

dough. Make sure the salt is distributed

evenly throughout the dough using a ‘Slap

& Fold’ technique (you repeatedly slap

the dough down onto the work surface

and fold it over on itself). This traps

some air whilst developing the gluten.

Continue for around 6-8 minutes, then

set aside in a bowl for 10-15 mins.

5The next stage is to ‘Stretch &

Fold’. Lift and fold your dough in

half over on itself, do a quarter turn

of your dough and repeat three more

times. Place back in the bowl ‘seam’

side down. Repeat this process three

times at 30-60 minute intervals with a

final 15-30 minute rest at the end.

6Shape the dough lightly into a ball then

place into a round banneton dusted

with rice flour (with a handful of mixed

seeds at the bottom, if desired). If you don’t

have a banneton, use a clean tea-towel

dusted with rice flour inside a colander.

Dust the top with rice flour, then cover.

7Prove. Leave your dough to

one side until it is 50% bigger,

then transfer to the fridge and leave

to prove there for 8-12 hours.

8The next morning, preheat your oven

to 250°C, pop in your Dutch Oven

or baking stone with a large pan of ice or

boiling water underneath, and heat for at

least 30 mins before you are ready to bake.

The hydration helps form a beautiful crust.

9Once the oven is up to full heat,

carefully remove the Dutch Oven,

then tip your dough inside carefully and

score the top with your scoring knife/

blade. This determines where the bread

will tear as it rises. Spray with water and

bake for 30-35 mins with the lid on.

Towards the end turn the heat down to

180-200°C, remove the lid and bake for

another 15 mins, or until you achieve

the colour of crust that you prefer. Take

it out of the Dutch Oven and leave to

cool down for up to 2 hours. Enjoy!

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The following are more complex recipes with a mixture of flours, but the

taste is divine and the loaves are even more wholesome as they contain

ancient, unmodified grains. They use the same method as previously.

Recipe Two

• 350g water

• 100g active starter

• 250g unbleached strong white flour

• 100g einkorn (an ancient grain)

• 50g khorasan (also known as

kamut – an ancient grain)

• 100g Organic Light Malthouse

Flour from Shipton Mill

• 9g fine sea salt, dissolved

in 9g water

Recipe Three

• 330-335g water

• 180g active white starter

• 300g unbleached strong

white flour

• 100g wholemeal spelt flour

• 50g wholemeal flour

• 50g khorasan (also known as

kamut – an ancient grain)

• 9g fine sea salt, dissolved

in 9g water

Find out more about Ilgin’s sourdough workshops at justsourdough.com

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Mad about

the BEES

Jo Arnell explains why, in a world full of pesticides, making your garden a destination

for bees provides them with the ecological haven they’re crying out for

Insects are in crisis at the moment, their numbers declining

at a frightening rate, so anything we can do to attract them

into our gardens will be of benefit. In fact, our gardens are

proving to be bastions of hope and protection in an inhospitable

environment. The attention is on bees, because they are such

vital pollinators for crops and without them our own existence

would be under threat too. Our gardens are fast becoming a

vital resource for them, providing food and shelter and hopefully

safety from pesticides. The sight and sound of bees buzzing

brings a garden truly to life and reminds us that a flower’s

job is to attract pollinators, that their beauty has a profound

purpose, intricately linked to the existence of the insects.

Honey bees, bumble bees and stingless bees are in the

Apidae family. There is just one honey bee, but there are 24

different species of bumble bee; some are social and live in

colonies, some are solitary, some are tiny, some huge and

furry – and easy to spot as they noisily bumble around the

flower borders. Added to these are the leaf cutters, mason,

mining and carder bees – and more besides. All bees do a vital

job transferring pollen from one flower to another as they go

about collecting nectar and pollen for their own purposes.

With a little thought, and a little less tidiness, your garden

can easily be made more insect friendly. They just need places

to build nests, shelter for overwintering and a reliable source

of food and water. Food comes in the form of nectar and

pollen and a plentiful supply all year round is really beneficial.

Most flowers die back in the winter, but there are quite a

few trees and shrubs that will produce winter flowers.

Water

Bees and other beneficial insects need to be able to

access water, preferably fairly shallow, so that they

won’t drown. Bees use water to drink, but also to cool

the hive when the weather gets really hot. If you don’t

have a pond, then a shallow dish of water, containing

pebbles or stones for climbing onto, will provide them

with a place to drink and collect water for the hive.

Shelter

Bees live in different kinds of habitats, depending on the

species, but all pollinating insects need overwintering

places where they can hibernate as adults or pupae. You

can easily help them by leaving log piles, leaves and

hollow perennial stems and seed heads for them to hide

in. You could also build a bee hotel; make your guests

feel at home using cut off sections of bamboo cane,

pinecones and bundles of sticks inserted into a frame and

positioned out of the prevailing wind and weather.

Providing nectar all year round

Most pollinating insects and bees will disappear when

the weather starts to get cold, but on warmer winter days

they occasionally wake up, or wake from hibernation

much earlier. This is happening increasingly as a result

of climate change, especially in the warmer south of

England where some species have stopped hibernating

altogether. It is vital to provide the winter insects


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and early emergers with food to help them get through

this period when resources may be scarce elsewhere.

Nectar from flowers may be in short supply in the

winter, but there are other sources: ivy flowers late in the

year, the winter cherry tree Prunus subhirtella autumnalis

flowers sporadically throughout the autumn and winter,

Clematis balearica is in flower from mid-winter and once

the worst of the January weather is over, there’s a host

of late winter flowering shrubs to choose from, with the

added bonus that many of them are scented. Early spring

brings the first of the bulbs, together with woodland

natives like primroses, aconites and wood anemones.

Flowers

Flowering plants have co-evolved with insects. Without

insect pollinators there would be no real flowers – the

plants would all have to rely on wind pollination, which

is a fairly haphazard and wasteful process. Much better to

pay someone to do the job properly. Nectar is the reward

for pollinators and it is only produced in the nectaries of

flowers as a lure – the plant has no need for it at all.

Some flowers hide the nectar in order to make doubly

sure that enough pollen is collected, the bees have to go

down deep into the flower to get to it, covering themselves

in pollen in the process. These blooms tend to be tubeshaped

and some even have landing strips to guide the bee

to the right part; look closely at a foxglove and you will see

the speckles inside are arranged in a specific way to help the

bee. Snapdragons have a hinged lip that opens only when a

heavy enough bee lands on the right spot, thereby ensuring

that the pollen will brush off when the bee squeezes inside.

Other flowers are more open about the process and go

to lengths to make things easy for their pollinators. Plants

in the daisy (Compositae) family make a wide and secure

platform for insects to land on; the centre is packed with

lots of individual tiny, nectar-filled flowers surrounded by

a fringe of sepals. This also means that once the bee has


Top: Echinops is a ‘bee magnet’ in late summer Middle left:

Flowers in the daisy family make great ‘landing pads’ for insects

Middle right: Chives and other alliums are nectar rich

Bottom: A honey bee collecting nectar from lavender

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landed, it can spend more time collecting food from one

place, rather than wasting time flitting from bloom to bloom.

Colour sends a message

Plants use colour to send a signal, advertising to the insects

that the nectar bar is open for business. Brightly coloured

flowers are naturally found in sunny situations, but in the

shade the flowers tend to be pale, often white or cream, as this

shows up better in dim light. They lure in the insects with

scent rather than colour, pumping out their fragrance more

vigorously in the evening to attract in moths and beetles.

Although bees will collect nectar from different flowers,

they are very drawn to flowers at the blue end of the spectrum,

with herbs such as lavender, thyme and borage most favourite.

Plants to grow for the bees

Native species, but not necessarily our natives, are the most

valuable plants to pollinating insects, rather than highly bred

cultivars encouraged to give up on producing nectar and

pollen in favour of extra large or frilly petals instead. These

tend to be sterile too, so of no interest to hungry insects. Stick

to blooms that are open hearted with a single row of petals,

instead of the show-offs which always remind me of the huge,

puffy, Princess Diana-style wedding dresses of the 1980s.

Contact Jo for gardening courses and advice: 01233 861149

jo@hornbrookmanor.co.uk

Some useful nectar rich plants:

Early flowers

Lonicera fragrantissima – a shrubby,

winter flowering honeysuckle with

very fragrant, nectar rich flowers.

Hellebore – both the early Helleborus niger

(Christmas rose), the slightly later Helleborus

orientalis (Lenten rose) and the shrubbier Helleborus

argutifolius will provide a vital source of nectar for

early emerging bumble bees and other insects.

Early spring bulbs, such as winter

aconites, crocuses, Scillas and Muscari

will carpet under trees and shrubs.

Mid-season

Aquilegias – these appear at the end of spring

and will self-seed in favourable conditions

Herbs, such as Thyme and Marjoram, are

very pretty when they flower – just cut

them back as you would lavender once

they’ve finished to keep them tidy.

Scabious – a mound forming perennial for the

front of the border with long lasting ‘pin cushion’

flowers in shades of pale blue, pink or white.

Late summer and autumn

Buddleia – our beloved butterfly bush that flowers

in late summer and attracts a mass of pollinating

insects. Prune hard in spring so that you will be

able to appreciate the flowers at eye level – left

unpruned buddleias grow too tall and unruly – and

the flowers will appear right at the top of the plant.

Hebe – these mainly evergreen shrubs come

in many sizes, but all produce nectar rich

flowers at around the same time as buddleias

Verbena bonariensis – a tall, wiry, but elegant

meadow plant from Argentina. If it likes you, it will

set seed literally everywhere…

Asters – with their late flowering daisy flower

heads will flower into October and beyond.

Abelia grandiflora – an autumn flowering shrub

with small, pale pink flowers and long lasting

darker, rusty pink bracts

Above: A lavender hedge will keep the bees happy for weeks

Right: Hellebores are a great source of early nectar.

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Garden

Water retention

Get water-saving savvy

with Sue Whigham’s

tips for keeping your

pots’ occupants happy,

healthy and hydrated

this summer

in Pots

The weather is like a yo-yo. Temperatures soar, then

the following day it is overcast and drab – now, as

we speak, it is tipping it down. My rain gauge tells

me that we have had 30mm since yesterday

but yes, farmers need it for their crops and

we all need it for our gardens. Last year’s heat

and lack of rain was a disaster here when the

low oxygen levels in the pond meant that the

ghost carp, grown from tiddlers over the past

15 years or so, just didn’t make it. And that was

despite all our valiant efforts to re-oxygenate

the pond using a hose. I was glad to hear

that my bed and breakfast guest was a keen

fisherman and so was seen in a tangle of willows

at the side of the pond stretched out on his

stomach retrieving a very large and beautiful

fish. It was all very traumatic, like losing an

old friend, but thank goodness he was here to help.

Whether we do have a dry summer again or not, it is worth

thinking about water retention, bearing in mind that water is

“Try to avoid

watering in

the evening as

moisture can

get trapped in

the pot as the

temperature drops

leading to mildew

and fungus”

such a valuable resource and, if you have a pot garden rather

than flower beds – maybe due to lack of space or just by

preference – it is worth thinking of ways to retain moisture

in them so that you don’t have to spend hours

watering, especially if you are on a meter.

I was reading about ollas, clay pots used

for thousands of years to irrigate plants.

These are pots with a round base and a

bottleneck opening that you bury into your

pots or borders having filled them with

water. As they are porous, water seeps into

the adjoining plants’ roots via a suction effect

and the roots grow round the olla and take

water in when its needed. But maybe a few

ideas work just as well but less interestingly.

One major thing to think of is mulch and

a healthy compost heap will give you all

the humus-rich compost you would need for pots. It’s an

idea to use large pots if possible as whilst they need filling

with a good deal of compost, they will not dry out in


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the same way as small containers do. Add the mulch,

whatever it is that you use, in the spring and you could

also use moisture retentive Perlite in the soil. Avoid peat

based multi-purpose composts, which dry out quickly,

and instead go for the loam based John Innes mixes.

Try to avoid watering in the evening as moisture

can get trapped in the pot as the temperature drops

leading to mildew and fungus. Shame really as

the evening ritual of watering and having a glass

of wine is usually not too much of a chore!

Other mulches that help retain moisture would include

bark and leaf mould. Actually, the latter is ideal for

acid loving plants as it is low in nutrients and humus.

If you have a seaside garden, a mulch of shells and

gravel look good, but oddly they don’t quite work in

gardens away from the coast – I don’t really know why.

Straw, grass cuttings, mushroom compost. They can

all work. And have a think about grouping your pots

together in one place, rather than having isolated pots

around the garden. One seems to protect the other.

Wind is a cause of pots drying out and their contents

become rather desiccated, so, if possible, protect them

from prevailing winds by planting a native hedge or

purely a hawthorn hedge. The birds will thank you, too.

We have a proliferation of recently planted leylandii

down the lane. No use to man nor beast. Go native.

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• Avoid planting in dark-coloured pots. They

retain heat and accelerate moisture evaporation.

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the other in a reservoir of water. Good for a

group of pots if you are going away for a while.

• Try any number of the plant gels that are

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especially when they are trying to establish

trees and plants in desert areas. This particular

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I think I’m going to try that one.

inexpensive rolls of split bamboo or reeds attached

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capital for yourself, or to help family

members. Whatever the reason, when

deciding to leave the family home

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practical issues. While you are likely to

have considered the potential impact

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impact downsizing may have on your

wider affairs. Francesca Sassoli, of law

firm Cripps, incorporating Pemberton

Greenish, outlines some legal

considerations you should be aware of.

Your will

When contemplating downsizing,

you should review your will. It may

need updating to reflect the change of

property to avoid an unwanted outcome.

For example, you may give the

property to your partner and the rest

of your estate to your children. If you

do not amend your will to refer to

your new property, the gift to your

partner may fail, so your new property

unintentionally passes to your children.

property ownership

If you are buying with another person,

you should take advice as to whether to

hold it as “joint tenants” or “tenants in

common”. Various factors, including

your will, may impact your decision.

Properties owned as joint tenants pass

automatically to the survivor on the

death of a co-owner. But if you intend

to give your share of the property to

another person, or to a trust, in your

will, the new property should be

purchased as tenants in common so

that your share passes under your will

and not to the co-owner automatically.

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property, you should check your

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see if any other parties have an interest

in your property. It is not uncommon

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family home to a trust or to their

children during lifetime or on the

first death, which will have an impact

when downsizing. This is sometimes

recorded by a charge or restriction

registered against the property. Legal

advice should be taken regarding these

arrangements before downsizing.

residence nil rate band

This is a tax-free allowance (£125,000 at

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to £150,000 from 5 April 2019)

available in addition to the ordinary nil

rate band (currently £325,000) for those

passing their home to descendants on

death. The allowance was introduced

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£25,000 every tax year until it reaches

£175,000 in the tax year 2020/21. The

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married couples or civil partners if

it is not used on the first death.

When downsizing, you should

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new property is worth enough to fully

utilise the allowance available, to avoid

wasting some of it. If your share of the

new property is less than the available

allowance (£250,000 for a couple at

the time of writing but set to increase

to £300,000 from 5 April 2019), a

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available so your estate can still benefit

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Lasting Powers

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documents nominating attorneys to

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Downsizing –

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• Are you ready for the

emotional impact of leaving

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to your inheritors?

• Will downsizing affect the

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• Are you prepared for the risk

you may not be well enough to

complete the sale and purchase?

• Have you considered the

alternatives?

• What will you be doing with

any surplus cash as a result

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If you lose capacity without an LPA, an application to the

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which can take months. If you do decide to downsize, you

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You may wish to consider alternatives to downsizing.

Despite some bad press in the early 2000s, equity

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up in the family home without having to move.

Equity release should not be entered into lightly. Even

though most providers now offer a “no negative equity

guarantee” (meaning you will never have to pay back

more than the value of the property), high interest rates

and early repayment charges can reduce the value of your

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advice from an independent financial advisor and meet

with a solicitor before entering into any arrangement.

Tax planning

Downsizing can provide the opportunity for inheritance

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allow the potential to save tax to be your sole motivation.

You must be comfortable with the lifestyle changes

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income from hosting residential music schools

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be hosting day holiday clubs and activity camps, but far

too many school buildings up and down the country

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trying to fill up the days. In the summer, a surprising

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London’s hottest picnic concerts

return this month. Any one would

be a real treat for all generations

with performances from Beverley

Knight, Billy Ocean, Jess Glynne,

Jools Holland, Craig David,

Garbage with Sleeper and Du

Blonde and (no we’re not Rick

rolling you) Rick Astley.

kewthemusic.org

Sat 27 Jul

Apps Court, Apps Court

Farm, Hurst Road, Waltonon-Thames

KT12 2EG

Icons Festival 2019

A unique river-side festival which

is all about the line-up. This one

is the ultimate chance to rock

out with all your old favourite

tunes as it brings together all the

best of classic tribute acts in one

stellar line-up. Your host for the

evening is the one and only, Tony

Blackburn, who will introduce

you to acts including Killer

Queen, Limehouse Lizzy, Absolute

Bowie, Illegal Eagles, Live/Wire

and Ben as Michael Jackson.

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What’s On in Xxxxxx

Look Forward:

August

Sat 3, Sun 4, Sat 10

& Sun 11 Aug

Painshill, Portsmouth Rd,

Cobham KT11 1JE

Children’s Theatre

at Painshill

The Cat’s Grin Theatre

Company brings entertaining

and enlightening productions of

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

(Saturday 3 and 10 August)

and The Wind in the Willows

(Sunday 4 and 11 August) to

the beautiful award-winning

landscape gardens of Painshill.

Entry: Adults £12.50, children £10

painshill.co.uk

Fri 16 – Sun 18 Aug

The Rural Life Centre,

The Reeds Road, Tilford,

Farnham GU10 2DL

Weyfest

A polite stress-free weekend in

the country, with over 30 hours

of the finest music, camping,

posh loos, friendly staff and

plenty to occupy the kids with

music, drama and creative arts

workshops, and train rides.

weyfest.co.uk

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Blackland Farm

Outdoor Activity Centre

Kayaking

Canoeing

Bungee trampolining

Rock climbing

Archery

Crate challenge

Zip wire

Abseiling

Aeroball...

...and many more!

Come and join us for

fun-filled activity days.

Why not have your

birthday party here too?

01342 810493

blackland@girlguiding.org.uk

www.blacklandfarm.org.uk

Blackland Farm

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Competition

Win A two-night stay, with breakfast,

for either a couple or a family of

four at molly dishwasher in sussex

Molly Dishwasher, along with

Skylark, are one of the most

established glamping destinations

in the South East. Situated in the heart of

the countryside, yet just five miles from

the vibrant town of Royal Tunbridge

Wells, it’s an hour from London on the

train and 45 minutes from the coast.

Founded in October 2010 by two

sisters, Issie and Mops, who wanted to

create “camping with a little luxury”, each

shepherds hut sleeps up to two adults and

two children, nestled in their own meadow

with uninterrupted views. There is a double

bed and two bunk beds that double up as

a sofa during the day. In the crisp of the

autumn and the chill of the winter, there

is a wood-burner to keep you warm and

cosy while playing traditional board games

or watching the native birds and wildlife.

Both huts come with their own fullyfitted

kitchen and bathroom located some

80 yards from their respective hut. Children

can explore the magical woodland, make

their own camps and spot the wildlife. They

can come and feed the animals, collect the

eggs and meet legendary Plum the dog!

A choice of cooked or continental

breakfast is included and will be delivered

to your hut. You can also order a barbecue

box provided by the award-winning

family butchers, Fullers, ready for you to

cook on your fire-pit beside the hut.

Whether you are a couple, a family of

four or a large party that would like to

celebrate a special family occasion or simply

a get together with friends, you can book

both the shepherds huts, the Bell Tent,

Nuthatch, and the holiday cottage, Snaffles.

Find out more at mollydishwasher.com

How to enter: For

your chance to win a twonight

stay, with breakfast,

for either a couple or a

family of four at Molly

Dishwasher, just answer

the following question:

How many miles from

Royal Tunbridge Wells is

Molly Dishwasher situated?

Enter your answer with

your contact details in the

online form at surreyhomes.co.uk/competition

by 31 July 2019. The Prize

must be taken before 31

July 2020. Please note:

unfortunately the site

isn’t wheelchair friendly

as there are steps up

into the hut and an

80-yard walk from the

kitchen and bathroom

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Congratulations to Josephine Frances Hickman who wins our May competition for a seven night boating holiday with Le Boat

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Jane explains the breeding cycle

of the Coopers Farm herd

If anyone ever asks us when we calve, I confidently

say we have a spring calving herd, which means

our 25 cows should all deliver their calves between

February and April. Three months is generally deemed

an acceptable period of time to be getting up every

night to check for new arrivals and for dealing with

all the management tasks that calving involves.

Truth is, however, we had two cows calve in June this

year and two of the old girls have still to deliver their

bundles of joy. Old being the key to this conundrum.

The natural life span of a cow is about 15 to 20 years,

although these are not all reproductive years and typically

a British beef cow will be kept in the herd for about 10

to 12 years. Typically, she will ‘see’ the bull for the first

time in the summer when she is two (I just love this coy

cow parlance) and nine months later will produce her first

spring calf. She then gets three months off before going

back to the bull for the whole process to start again.

All being well, this cycle of events should

produce a calf a year, every year. After 10, her

teeth may get a bit wobbly (or fall out) which

means her cudding (chewing) is less efficient

and she will find it harder to maximise the

goodness in the dry winter forage, usually

hay, so she won’t be in good condition to

see that bull again the following spring.

And of course, just like humans, her fertility

will also decline as she gets on in years.

If one had a crystal ball it would be easy

to decide when the middle-aged girls should come to the

end of their mothering careers and not be put back with

“Typically, a

British beef cow

will be kept in

the herd for

about 10 to

12 years”

the bull to spend a lazy summer of bovine canoodling. Ever

the optimist, all too often I give them the benefit of the

doubt, one more turn round the block I hear myself say and

then I’m surprised when things don’t go exactly to plan.

And we can’t blame it on the bull. Rather

like the cows he is at his best when he is

young and keen and Captain, our new three

year old bull, is just that. He will spend the

summer months vigilantly patrolling the

field passing from cow to cow just checking

whether any of them might be coming into

season and in need of his amorous advances. A

young chap will happily attend to two or three

cows in a day. For the more mature gentleman

it is an altogether more relaxed affair.

For starters there won’t be any patrolling, he will simply

wait for the cows to alert him to oestrus. When a cow

is coming into season, known as bulling, she will jump

on the back of the other cows until she ovulates, when

for a few hours she will stand still for the other cows to

jump on her. Seeing all this bouncing around the older

bull will obviously want a slice of the action but one at

a time is generally the order of the day and so some may

get missed and that calving pattern gets stretchy again!

So I’ve been very firm with myself this year and have

brought lots of new young heifers into the herd who – bing

– will (should) all conceive first time around, and next year

I shall be done and dusted with the calving business in the

tightest of tight patterns. By May I’ll be filing my nails and

wondering what to do with myself. Well that’s the plan.

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

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