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Out of the
Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market
The dream: This characterful halftimbered
home with a lovely roof
and chimneys has been added to over
the years in a hotchpotch which adds
greatly to its charm. The plan is truly
rambling and the fun continues outside
where there is a barn with a gym and
another which is an entertainment
complex. The interior of the main
house has been thoughtfully refitted
in a style which fits the period
setting, while offering all mod cons.
Where: A mile and a half from Oxted.
Setting: In a leafy residential strip amid
farmland with expansive views south
from the house across the Weald.
Beds: 9 (including the
two cottages) Baths: 6
Special features: The superb pool
complex is attached to the house by
a corridor and there is a lovely tripleaspect
study, with leaded windows,
perfect for contemplation.
Pleasing details: The first house we have
seen yet with a dedicated ‘dog room’.
Should be compulsory in all homes.
Outside: Eight acres of mature gardens,
with a summer house, a helipad and
a tennis court with a pavilion.
Time to town: Insanely well connected,
with just 30 mins to London Bridge,
45 to Victoria and under an hour
to St Pancras, from Oxted.
Agent: Sotheby’s International Realty,
01932 860537 sothebysrealty.co.uk
The dream: What appears to
have started out as an early 20th
century family home has been
transformed via clever renovations
into a superb contemporary living
space. The all-white ground floor
has glass-wall sliding windows
and a Poggenpohl kitchen.
Where: Bookham, ten minutes’
drive from Leatherhead, surrounded
by farmland and woods.
Setting: Among detached homes
in established gardens.
Beds: 3 Baths: 3
Special features: A ground floor
extension has created a very cool
roofed-over outdoor entertaining area,
with a log fire and an integral BBQ.
Pleasing details: A very stylish openstep
staircase with wooden treads
and glass and cable banisters.
Outside: Lawns and hedging.
Time to town: Under an hour
to Waterloo, or London Bridge
from Bookham station.
Agent: Savills, Cobham
01932 586200 savills.com
The dream: From the front this looks like a
very smart large two-storey family home, with
an integral garage – but get round the back
and you see it is actually a five-level megapad,
which backs right on to the River Mole.
You could moor your pleasure boat a matter
of metres from the 14 panels of bifold doors
on the indoor pool and fitness complex.
Where: Ten minutes’ walk from the centre
of Esher, handy for Sandown Park (where
our fabulous Open House shopping, eating
and lifestyle fair is happening in October.)
Setting: Detached houses on one
side, open views to farmland and
an equestrian centre the other.
Beds: 7 Baths: 6
Special features: All the aspirational extras
beautifully done – a walk-in wardrobe, cinema
room, his and hers bathrooms, a steam room
and a sauna…and the pool has a jet stream.
Pleasing details: Striking tropical
timber features in the kitchen.
Outside: Landscaped gardens with
box hedges, specimen trees, decking
and paving down to the riverside.
Time to town: Under 30 minutes from
Esher station, which is 10 minutes’ walk.
Agent: Knight Frank, Esher 01372
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A magical outdoor tale for all the family
Life is suddenly turned
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curiouser and curiouser…
This summer, join Alice on her amazing
journey through Wonderland and experience
an adventure like no other. Lewis Carroll’s
classic story is cleverly lifted from the
page and beautifully brought to life in Glenn
Elston’s highly acclaimed production.
Life is suddenly turned upside down for Alice, so
join her as she tumbles down the rabbit hole and
lands in the magical world of “Wonderland”. It’s
a roller-coaster of a story as she bravely bounces
from one unexpected and amazing situation to the
There’s a wildly curious assortment of characters.
Bump into the skittish, constantly late White
Rabbit, sing along with the Dodo and other
birds in the Caucaus race and meet the pepper
obsessed Duchess and her extremely crazy cook.
The Cheshire Cat will leave you with a grin and you
can’t fail to miss Humpty Dumpty on his way to
meet Tweedledum and Tweedledee as they tell the
tale of the Walrus and the Carpenter. What might
seem slightly silly then becomes downright absurd
as the Mad Hatter arrives with the March Hare and
the Dormouse to have a grand old time with Alice
at the tea party. As a magnificent finale, join the
Queen of Hearts and her parade of cards. This is
where everyone, both young and perhaps a little bit
older, can be part of the fun.
Presented in a bright performance style, with
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songs this is a perfect way to go on a wonderful
Wonderland adventure with the entire family.
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What to do and see near you this month
Who doesn’t love a new shopping destination? Not a moment too
soon for summer garden furniture shopping, Bridgman have
unveiled a brand new 3,000 square foot Showroom.
At almost double the size of their previous Surrey
store, this new space is a great spot to explore
your options for home and garden furniture
and seek out inspiration. Rattan, sleek and
minimalist or classic and timeless, their
outdoor furniture is well worth a look (our
regular readers will know their stuff can often
be found in our pages), and there are also some
great bargains to be had. You can find
this new shopper’s paradise on New
Zealand Avenue, Walton on Thames,
just a stone’s throw away from
the original. bridgman.co.uk
The Epsom Trainers’ Open Day
on Monday 26 August is an
opportunity to go behind the scenes
of the local racing yards at Epsom
Racecourse. Plus there will also be
fantastic, free entertainment for the
little ones, including inflatables,
assault courses and running races.
Pride is coming
to Surrey! It’s time to dig
out your spangliest, glitteriest,
most fabulous outfit, get yourself
a rainbow flag and come out to
support LGBT+ culture and rights
in Surrey’s first ever Pride. Visit
Woking Town on Saturday 10
August to catch the parade and
then head over to Woking Park
for a celebration of all things
A festival with a real classic
British spirit. Politeness,
kindness and cleanliness rule at
this family friendly celebration of
music and good times in the summer
sun. Dancing Daleks, laserquest, a light
railway train, a museum, axe throwing,
morris dancing and psychedelic dip body
From prosecco to paella, Indian to ice cream.
Historic Royal Palaces Food Festivals has all the most
marvellously mouthwatering goodies you can imagine,
all in the glorious setting of the historical Hampton
Court Palace. Feast on delicious street food and
insta-worthy cocktails, explore the gardens and
maze, and learn something new with masterclasses
and cookery demos. Foodie fun for the whole
family. The festival will run from Saturday 24
to Monday 26 August.
art, the attractions are completely wall but they somehow come together to
create a colourful cocktail of a community that
just works. It’s Friday 16 to Sunday 18 August at
The Rural Life Centre in Farnham. weyfest.co.uk
A great day out for all the family, and the only traditional
Agricultural Show within the M25, the Chertsey Show
aims to raise awareness of farming and growing with
arena events, demonstrations of countryside skills, farm and
domestic animals, horticultural and floral tents, traditional crafts,
shopping stalls and the Chertsey Horse Show and Companion Dog
Show. The show will be at the Show Ground on Mead Lane, Chertsey
on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August and is open to amateurs and
professionals alike with over 200 different classes of competition
covering everything from home-made wine
to art, so everyone can get involved. And
with children going free and a special
discount for Surrey Homes readers, it
doesn’t have to break the bank.
The end of August is your last chance to
see New Ashgate Gallery’s Summer Craft
Collection with its delightful mix of ceramics,
jewellery and textiles by makers including Alice
Funge, Angelina Jane and Hilary Bravo (who
made the pendant on the left). It’s a great chance
to discover new talents and find some
unique pieces at a variety of prices.
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Dig out your magnifying lens and head to Hever
Castle this month to take a closer look into the
world of flowers. An RHS tutor will visit the
castle for a one day course on flowers, pollination
and fertilisation. The course will be on Friday 30
August and is perfect for those looking to expand
their horticultural horizons. hevercastle.co.uk
Visit Kempton Park Racecourse this month for a real hidden gem
of an Antiques Fair. Often gracing the pages of elite blogs and
magazines, Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Park is a go-to
source of inspiration for many of Europe’s top design houses, film
studios and ‘London’s finest’. It’s like a hybrid mix of your favourite
vintage store, a Parisian flea market and a secret off-the-beaten-track
furniture shop, albeit with over 800 European traders stocking
antiques, collectables, vintage items, fashion and retro goods.
The gates open at 6.30am on the second and last Tuesdays of the
month with free admission and parking. sunburyantiques.com
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THE SUMMER EXHIBITION
Some of the most striking shots from this month’s interiors
include a splash of one of my favourite colours – zesty
yellow. It adds an uplifting summery vibe to both houses
and is an accent that fits perfectly with pale and deep hues alike.
Continuing with the sunny theme, Kate Watts collates chic
holiday style with a focus on prints and chef Nicci Gurr creates
three dishes that epitomise the simple pleasure of outside dining.
Step into the vegetable garden with Jo Arnell, as she describes
how to soak up every second of sunshine with late crops to
plant out, whilst Sue Whigham picks the prettiest blooms that
will keep dishing out vibrant colour throughout autumn.
If bold botanicals are your thing, be sure to make a note
of Leeds Castle’s Festival of Flowers (14th–19th September).
You’ll find a truly impressive lineup of internationally award
winning floral designers who will be taking over the castle rooms
with magical arrangements to celebrate the 900th anniversary
of the castle. Book your tickets online at leeds-castle.com.
Elsewhere, turn to our Restoration & New Build Supplement
for an overview of the freshest local new builds, plus advice on
planning, choosing windows, the latest paint colours and flooring.
In other news, SH journalist Maggie Alderson’s latest novel is out
now! It’s set partly in Cranbrook, in a (fictional) architectural salvage
yard owned by Tessa one of three sisters. Her sister Rachel works in
London at a PR agency and Natasha is a make up artist in New York.
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kept for years, nearly tears them apart. Secret Keeping for Beginners is
published by Harper Collins. We’re looking forward to having a read!
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The colourful history behind Juliet Maingay-Cooper and Jake Mintrim’s
Hastings home, part of a mansion built by eminent Victorian travel writer
Augustus Hare, saw it once serve as a convent and school before its current
incarnation as a chic and spacious family home
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Previous pages: A cosy sitting room, used as a games room, features the original Delft tiles
around the fireplace and stone-mullioned windows; opposite the fireplace, a refectory table
provides the perfect place to set up a Monopoly board Above: At the other end of the
house, a huge sitting room with French windows provides views of the lovely garden
When you’ve lived somewhere for a while
there are certain buildings you drive
past frequently that always catch your
eye and make you wonder: what’s it like in there?
For years now I’ve driven past a grey stone
compound on Hastings’ northern limit, longing
for a peep inside the intriguing line of roofs,
gables and chimneys forming an almost circular
arrangement of buildings behind high stone walls.
I knew it had once been a convent and was
now residential, but what and how and when
and whom? And who lives there now? So it was
with great excitement that I drove inside those
walls and drew up outside to meet the owner of
one of what is now seven dwellings on the site.
And when Juliet Maingay-Cooper showed
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me inside the house she shares with partner
Jake Mintrim and their two daughters,
my years of curiosity proved to be more
than justified. The house is even more
intriguing once you get inside it, with the
family’s original style – and Jake’s skills as a
landscape gardener – greatly adding to it.
The first area you step into is an unusually
long corridor with a striking arch at one
end and high windows on the outside facing
front door side. Adding to the drama the
walls are painted black for about 40cm from
the bottom, drawing the eye along. Above,
coloured corded lighting cables are looped
along the length of it, almost like bunting.
“It’s a very long corridor,” said Juliet, “so
I wanted to make something of it.”
Walking to the left you come to the very lofty
stairwell, opening up to a gallery on the first
floor, where the looped, coloured cables – from
Dyke & Dean in Hastings – are strung across
the void as though ready for a circus trapeze act.
The scale enhanced further by two extra large
frames, one containing an old film poster found
in another Hastings resource – one of the many
brilliant junk emporia – the other a collage of
Cuban posters from a book, which Juliet had
framed together. “There’s so much space we
thought we should have fun with it,” she says.
All these clever details make it clear that
Juliet and Jake were not at all daunted by
the scale and special character of the house
– even though they moved there from a
two-bedroom flat in London’s Willesden.
Sitting on mixed vintage chairs at
the – genuine – marble-topped Saarinen
pedestal table in the kitchen, Juliet tells
me how they came to make it home.
“We made the move four and a half years
ago, when the girls were eight and five. I was
born and bred in Willesden Green, but I knew
this area because my grandparents lived in
Winchelsea and I have family in Tenterden.
“We love how close the real countryside is
and the beach. It’s a great place for the kids
and it’s a good commute up to London from
Battle, only a 10-minute drive, which I need
because I still go back up two days a week
to my business. I run the Pitta Patta Dance
School in Primrose Hill, teaching all different
styles of dance for children up to 17 years.”
But as well as the convenience and
adjacent attractions, it was the quirky town
This page: In one corner of the kitchen a funky
bright-red vintage chair and lamp with a 1970s
psychedelic print lampshade sit below a boldly
coloured painting by Juliet’s mother on the wall
itself that was right for the family. “It was an adventure to
move here – people in Hastings don’t follow the rules.”
And Juliet had an instant intro to that unconventional
Hastings creative community, via Sam Bruce, owner of
the fabulous In House Junkie online store for wonderful
one-off decorative pieces. Her house was featured in
Wealden Times / Surrey Homes June 2018 and her
name comes up frequently as a source of wonderful
items in many of the magazine’s featured houses.
“I met Sam in London at a playgroup,” says Juliet. “We have
kids of the same age. Then she moved to Tunbridge Wells and
I moved to Hastings, but Sam’s mum Helen Bartlett lives here
and Sam used to have her shop in St Leonards. So she was
our intro to Hastings and the edgy, artistic, lovely people.”
And handily, considering the number and scale of
the windows in Holmhurst, Helen makes wonderful
curtains – she’s made all of them for Juliet. But
more of the soft furnishings to come, there’s plenty
to look at in the first room we come to.
Designed by Juliet and Jake, the working part of the
kitchen is confined to one wall with cupboards in the most
appealing dusty pink, with a geometric pattern in copper
a feature on some of the doors and copper handles. The
worktop is poured concrete and the wall lights are from
eBay – but shift up one level above the white subway
splashback tiles and a bold painting shifts the mood of the
room from purely functional, to more of a hang out space.
Which is exactly what you see when you turn around and
take in the funky bright-red vintage chair and lamp with
an outrageous 1970s psychedelic print lampshade, with a
boldly coloured painting by Juliet’s mother on the wall.
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the ideas together and then Jake does the work.”
To see more of what Jake does, we head out of the
kitchen through a large glass door into the garden, where a
terrace runs along, with a lovely old stone arch to the right
and a splendid old wellhead in the centre of the lawn.
I didn’t know it while I was looking at this lovely artefact,
but it’s actually a key to the history of this whole group
of buildings – which I have since unearthed online.
The wellhead is from Venice, brought over by the
eminent Victorian travel writer Augustus Hare. It forms
a centrepiece in the garden of the mansion he built here,
extending from existing buildings dating back to the
16th and 18th centuries, with the money made from
his very successful series of illustrated travel guides.
He noted in his journal: ‘It is an early Venetian font
or wellhead, which came from one of the houses pulled
down when the new street was made from S. Moise
to S. Marco. It is not later than 12th century.’
So a pretty amazing thing to have in your garden –
and how fitting that it should now belong to someone
whose profession is making the most of outdoor
spaces, which Jake has done so cleverly here.
Solving the topographical problem of near vertical
slopes, which affects so many Hastings gardens,
as the town is built over a series of hills, Jake has
created a flat lawn which leads onto a large deck.
It’s immediately clear what a great entertaining space
this is, high up so it gets the sun and with lovely views
looking out over an adjacent tract of ancient woodland,
set off by a thicket of giant bamboo that was already there.
Crucially, Jake has treated the wood of the deck so it doesn’t
become a slippery death trap in damp British weather.
Next to it is a splendid border, designed by Juliet’s mother
and stocked as advised by eminent garden designer
This page: The lofty stairwell opens up to a gallery on the first floor, where more coloured cables from Dyke & Dean are strung across
the void. Two extra large frames, one containing an old film poster, the other a collage of Cuban posters from a book, hang on the walls
Tony Howard, of Harborough Nurseries, who Jake works
with on landscaping projects. The lovely magnolia tree
next to the wellhead was already perfectly in place.
The garden has a very special contemplative air – perhaps
enhanced by the nuns’ graveyard, which is still there in
another area, through the stone arch – and appreciating
its huge potential was one of the many things that attracted
Juliet and Jake to the property when they first came along
to view it.
“We weren’t going to look at the house when we first
saw the listing, because it was attached on both sides,
but when we did we couldn’t believe it. The garden was
in a state of rack and ruin, which apparently put other
potential buyers off, but for us it was an opportunity.”
After the garden tour, we head back into the house
via a French window, which is – although, once
again, I didn’t know it at the time – a clue to the next
stage of Holmhurst’s history, when in the early 20th
century the house became a convent and school.
With Augustus Hare long departed from this
world, it was by then a ruin, but that didn’t put
off the redoubtable Mother Mary Agnes, founder
of the Community of the Holy Family, at all.
An Italiophile, like Mr Hare, she loved the ruined
building because she appreciated the way he had attempted
to create a small part of Italy in Hastings. To her it
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This page: A generously proportioned room is now used as
a guest bedroom. Translucent linen blinds keep the space
light and airy and accents of black, pink and gold contrast
with the pale walls and carpet
was the perfect place to found a school dedicated
to ‘teaching women of all ages’. One of whom,
a few decades on, was called Joanna Lumley.
The huge sitting room Juliet and I have stepped
into – through one of the three French windows in the
bay, each topped with another multi-paned window,
drenching the space in light and views of the lovely
garden – was once called the Edgeworth classroom.
Although it is hard to imagine, with that enticing
outlook, how any of the girls ever paid attention.
While it is easy to imagine that huge room, furnished
to scale with a huge sofa that was very handily given
to them by one of Jake’s grateful clients, full of happy
party guests, wandering in and out through those
windows, there is another sitting room with a very
different appeal at the other end of the house, all
the way along that corridor and through the arch.
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Upstairs, the arrangement of space is the same
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This is used as a guest bedroom – very popular
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This page: Doors from the kitchen lead out into the garden,
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can be seen from the huge bed which Jake built. “He’s tall
and has always wanted a bed big enough for him with a
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Like the Snug below, the bedroom has a very
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Juliet’s friend, who was a pupil at the school, told
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Karen made the brave decision to start with the exterior,
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2 Stained glass film, both Purlfrost purlfrost.com
3 PowerView smart blinds, Duette duette.co.uk
4 Project by Just Shutters Surrey justshutters.co.uk
5 Sustainable wool curtains, £500, Stitched stitched.co.uk
6 Plantation shutters by The Interior Shutter Company interiorshutter.co.uk
7 PowerView smart blinds, Duette duette.co.uk
8 Linen leaf blind, from £29.85, Blinds2go blinds-2go.co.uk
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Convert garages, lofts and basements into
stunning home cinemas or media rooms.
Adding starlight ceilings and cinema seating
to complete the home cinema experience.
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entertainment systems into one interface.
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Where? Pett Level, a small peaceful seaside village
situated on the coast between Rye and Hastings.
What? Built in 2017, this four-bed masterpiece
has all the energy conscious, high tech bells
and whistles you could want to make a
new build feel well and truly modern.
How much? £2,200,000
What makes it special? Fabulous elevated sea
views, a self maintaining swimming pool (with
an air source heat pump), a heat recovery system,
Jones Britain kitchen units with electric drawers
and Miele appliances, solar panels, a surround
sound system downstairs, electric gates, underfloor
heating throughout, plenty of parking, an adorable
snug with a Stovax log fire, and a kitchen sink.
Fresh, clean, modern and contemporary. We are
celebrating new builds in all of their stunning glory
Where? The south side of Sevenoaks,
discreetly set behind electric gates
with the high street and Sevenoaks
School each less than a mile away.
What? A seven-year-old Huf Haus which
really epitomises a ‘bring the outside in’
philosophy with its stunning landscaped
gardens, abundance of windows and
balconies, and multiple options for alfresco
dining, including a gazebo and a terrace.
How much? £2,600,000
What makes it special? Dramatic
architecture, a spacious heated
swimming pool, gardens designed
to reflect the architecture with
geometric ‘rooms’, three balconied
bedrooms (one with a walk-in wardrobe),
a large self-contained garden apartment,
a glorious double height dining room,
These classy new build developments are perfectly
practical for a fresh start whether you’re downsizing,
first-time-buying or just looking for something new
Where? The heart of Tenterden, Kent, 400m from the
High Street, surrounded by rich history and enjoying
unparalleled views of the English countryside.
What? 1-2 bedroom apartments and 2-5 bedroom houses.
How much? Apartments from £250,000; houses from £375,000
Why choose this? Your choice of 10 distinctive and very
pretty character house-design options combining traditional
Kentish architecture and contemporary interiors.
Where? Set within approximately 25 acres featuring large
areas of open and beautifully landscaped grounds. Minutes
from West Byfleet’s town centre and train station, which runs
regular services into London Waterloo in just 30 minutes.
What? 2 bedroom apartments, 3-6 bedroom houses,
and 10 converted listed buildings, including a red-brick
Grade II Listed mansion, original lodges, and a coach
house which will be converted into apartments.
How much? Apartments from £625,000, houses from
£800,000, 2 bedroom listed lodge house £495,000
Why choose this? High specification fittings, the latest home
technology, contemporary kitchens and bathrooms, beautiful
communal green spaces and exciting listed building conversions.
Where? A private gated development close to
the charming village of Bookham, Surrey.
What? 2-4 bedroom houses.
How much? £749,950-£785,000
Why choose this? Professionally designed integrated kitchens
with stone work surfaces and French or bi-folding doors leading
out to the rear garden. A luxurious master bedroom with en suite
bathroom and built-in wardrobes. Garage or off-street parking.
Where? Hersham, Surrey. Set on the River Mole, with a
traditional village green with plenty of local shops, restaurants,
and a classic British pub. 30 minutes away from London,
Guilford, Woking, Farnborough, and Heathrow Airport.
What? 1-3 bedroom apartments.
How much? £299,950 - £500,000
Why choose this? Stylish and contemporary homes
that are perfect for first-time buyers, growing families and
down-sizers as they are all available to purchase on the
government’s Help to Buy scheme. Spacious balconies,
open-plan kitchens with integrated appliances, a
communal roof terrace, and perfect for commuters.
A Perfect Pace of Life
Liberties Place by Ashgrove Homes sits in the heart of the
charming Surrey village of Englefield Green, close to local
amenities and surrounded by a wonderful selection of
independent shops and eateries, whilst being ideally placed
for more extensive dining, retail and leisure facilities in
Egham and Windsor.
Englefield Green boasts a picturesque village green and
cricket ground, and with scenic walking routes and cycle paths
to explore, there’s a host of tranquil spots to relax and unwind in
the parks and woodland surrounding the village. These include the
historic riverside Runnymede National Trust site at Egham and the
spectacular 4,800 acres of Windsor Great Park and Virginia Water.
From nearby cosy gastro-pub, The Barley Mow, to the friendly, family
run Caspari’s Italian restaurant, there is something to
satisfy everyone’s tastes both on the doorstep and also a
little further afield.
Close to Liberties Place you’ll find a supermarket, pharmacy, local
butchers and bakers along with other independent shops. Nearby
Egham and Windsor offer a mix of the familiar high street names and
approx 5 miles, Heathrow airport 5.6 miles and junction 13 of the
M25 just 3.4 miles.
The homes at Liberties Place are both spacious and elegant with
beautiful interiors which mix formal and more informal, open plan
living space. The wide entrance hall opens into a fabulous kitchen,
dining and family room which in turn opens onto the rear terrace
and garden. There is a smart living room to the front of the house
with cloakroom, study and utility room also on the ground floor.
The high ceilings of the ground floor lead up to five bedrooms
and four bathrooms spread over the top two floors. Bedrooms 1
and 2 have a fully fitted dressing room with all others including fitted
It is easy to appreciate the appeal and character of this small
village and the rare opportunity it provides to acquire a new
build home in such a great location.
Prices £1.395m - call Ashgrove Homes on 01483 209600 or visit
www.ashgrovehomes.com for more details.
For families, the selection of schools locally is impressive including
The Magna Carta School, Windsor Girls’ School and the ACS
Egham International School.
For further details call 01483 209600
or visit www.ashgrovehomes.com
Superbly located in the heart of Surrey, Englefield Green has
excellent connections so you can get around easily for both leisure
Interior photographs depict the Showhome.
and commuting. Egham mainline station is approx 1.6 miles, Windsor
Farrow & Ball
Coral mix using Tilton
and Emperor’s Silk
From powerful pinks to lairy limes, there is
a whole world of uplifting colour to explore
with your paint choices. With Pantone’s
colour of the year, the bright and lush
living coral, now is the time to brighten
your home with some life affirming
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Barca de Lago
Paints free from volatile organic compounds
(VOC-free) are beneficial to both health
and the environment. When looking for
environmentally friendly paints check out
lime paint (such as Maitland & Poate’s
selection) for porous surfaces like unpainted
plaster, bricks and concrete or to get a
textured effect. Meanwhile, chalk paints (see
Annie Sloan) are great for a natural, matt
finish and aged or shabby styling and work
particularly well on furniture.
Maitland & Poate
for Modern Applications
to Her Majesty
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part of your home.
We can design and install exterior lighting to enhance your outside space.
Call us today to arrange your personal lighting consultation, free of charge.
For a timed appointment please call
Sky Electrical on 020 8894 1799
22 Fifth Cross Road, Twickenham,
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Surrey Homes speaks to planning experts, The Rural Planning Practice, about the
benefits of choosing to use a planning advisor when dealing with rural development
Why choose a planning advisor?
Planning advisors, who are qualified,
professional specialists, will provide you
with advice and guidance at all stages
of the planning process. The Rural
Planning Practice provides specialist
planning advice for development
in market towns, villages and the
countryside. These areas present
unique planning challenges which
require specialist knowledge and
bespoke planning solutions. Projects
in rural communities throw up their
own set of challenges, such as listed
building consent, protected species,
noise, highways and contamination.
We are used to dealing with projects
in designated land areas and Areas of
Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
We always take time to understand
the clients’ end goals, project aims
and business objectives and believe
attention to detail is absolutely key
throughout the whole process.
What kind of projects does
the company work on?
We work on a wide range of projects
from planning applications and
objections to site appraisals and
certificates of lawfulness. We have a lot
of experience dealing with equestrian
properties, listed buildings, farm
diversification and planning appeals.
Our clients vary from individual
householders to large rural estates.
We have recently launched a new
service offering pre-purchase advice.
Over time we discovered that a
significant number of our new enquiries
were from potential property buyers
who wanted a view on a planning
matter prior to deciding whether to
proceed with making an offer. In
response we have developed the Pre
Property Purchase Package (PPPP).
Is there a particular area of
planning that you specialise in?
As our name implies we specialise in
all rural planning matters. A number
of our staff are keen equestrians so
we particularly enjoy any jobs in that
sphere, which can vary from obtaining
planning permission for sand schools or
stables, to change of use of land from
agricultural to equestrian. However,
we enjoy all our jobs, each of which
presents its own particular challenges.
For more information on The Rural
Planning Practice, call 01580 201888 /
01285 323200 or visit therpp.co.uk
A staircase is your chance to add a real wow factor and elevate your restoration or new
build project to superior levels of style. To help you on your way we have collected some
of our top sources of inspiration along with some tips and terminology
not the cheapest
option but they
make a real
and can be
as a landing
Fully open: no
walls on the
sides of the
turn: two straight
a 90 o angle,
joined by a
Left to right: A seven level, carved oak staircase with
landings and galleries £250,000+VAT Deacon
and Sandys deaconandsandys.co.uk; a one-off
chrome-on-brass Art Deco metalwork bannister
by Burvills Ornamental Metalwork burvills.co.uk
with a Wilkinson Chandelier wilkinson-plc.com
(Surrey Homes February 2015); a sleek and clean
Oxshott staircase (Surrey Homes October 2018);
a country landing is made light and airy with
floor to ceiling windows and a runner by Avalon
Flooring avalonnaturalflooring.co.uk (Surrey
Homes March 2011); a retro cool spiral (Surrey
Homes July 2019); a staircase designed for a 1930s
chapel conversion in Hastings (Surrey Homes
January 2019); a sweeping and dramatic staircase
in mild steel, approx £20,000 P&R Fabrications
pandrfabrications.com; an industrial Rye home
utilises a concrete plinth and rope handrail (Surrey
Homes July 2017)
A smooth finish: Simon van der Cruyssen can apply his French polishing and wood finishing skills to new and existing staircases. He can
also undertake stripping, staining and re-polishing on panelling, hand rails, furniture and doors. 0208 974 9022 / 07956 884431
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SIMON VAN DER CRUYSSEN
P&R FABRICATIONS LTD
We know how to make an entrance
• Specialists in gate automation
• Bespoke gates and railings
• Architectural fabrication
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We pride ourselves on the fi nest craftsmanship.
Offering free expert advice, free site surveys, free
quotations. Let our experience and expertise
guide you through your next project.
Bespoke oak stairs and balustrades are one of our specialities; complex,
intricate and beautifully joined works of art that make a centrepiece of
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The finest handcrafted joinery
Tel | 01959 522981
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New showroom now
open in Reigate
Fine Carpets & Flooring coverings -
Town & Country Carpets & Flooring is a family run fl ooring company
established in 1987, specialising in all domestic and commercial
projects. Boasting a prestigious client base and approved by Surrey
trading standards, we offer all types of quality carpets & fl ooring, friendly
professional advice, a fi tting service & reputation that rivals all our
Visit our new showroom in 12 BELL STREET, REIGATE,
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your f loors
Personalised, customised, bespoke, handmade and unique.
There is no reason to settle for anything less than exactly
what you want when updating your flooring
1 Handmade drops tile,
£125/m 2 , Maitland & Poate
2 Handknotted Savonnerie
rug, £2,995, Hand Made
3 Tiles inset into floorboards
in a Tunbridge Wells Home
(Surrey Homes June 2018)
4 Bespoke doorstep, from
£900 /m 2 , Tile Emporium
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Oak Frame Buildings
Over 50 years’ experience making oak frame buildings
• Garden Rooms
• Bespoke Buildings
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CARPET, VINYL & WOOD FLOORING SPECIALISTS
Based in Surrey, our family-run business
stocks, supplies, and fits every type of
flooring and floor covering you could need.
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THE TILE EMPORIUM
Visit our showroom to view our collection
31a Bell Street, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7AD
Tel: 01737 223922
Wood effect porcelain
Victorian and Encaustic designs
Full installation service available.
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With 45 years of experience and extensive knowledge
in the tiling industry, Worcester Park Tiles not only supplies a
beautiful range of tiles sourced from all over the globe, we also
offer a unique tile fixing service with an enviable reputation
Carpets : wood flooring & restoration : Amtico & Karndean LVT
To find out more visit our showroom in Surrey
382 Malden Road, Worcester Park, KT4 7NL
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5 Lattice by Dee Hardwicke with
border, £46.80/m 2, Harvey
6 Handmade Keidos tile,
from £105/m 2 , Maitland &
7 Victorian Floor Tiles black and
white tile, £255/m 2 , Tile Emporium
thestonetileemporium.com 8 Custom
New Zealand wool stair runner
project, Custom Carpet Company
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Karl Terry Roofing and
Surrey Oak Barns talk
us through two tiled
projects that have
BrieF: to restore the roof of new place
in Banstead to its former glory
“We were engaged to re-roof this magnificent Arts & Crafts
Mansion and told to take whatever time was needed to make it
perfect. The project involved stripping and replacing all 50,000
hand-made clay tiles, renewing the felt and batten, upgrading the
insulation and renewing seven tonnes of leadwork.
The project took five months and we were very proud when it
won the Double Lap tiling Award 2015 at The National Roofing
Awards & The Worshipful Company of Bricklayers prestigious
Triennial Award for Excellence in Roof Tiling in 2017.”
Karl Terry Roofing 01797 270268 / 07958 495787 kentpegs.com
BrieF: to create a bespoke
structure incorporating features
chosen by the client
“On this and every project we
work closely with our clients,
choosing from the variety of
roof finishes available – new or
reclaimed, tiles, slate or cedar
shingle – to provide them with
an individual look that not only
sits harmoniously within the
environment but enhances the
attractiveness of the oak barn.
A rich but soft coloured tile
was chosen to blend beautifully
with the golden oak and the
black frame of the roof lights. As
a bespoke design the client chose
to include oak trusses and oak
collars to create a stunning effect
in the internal roof space.”
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Kate Watts clashes pattern for effortless holiday style
Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Kate Liz Watts
Hair & Make Up: Penny Williams at Blush! Beauty & Hair
Nails: Paint by Jaz Model: Ella Parsons, Fresh Agents
The home of contemporary and luxury
footwear direct from the heart of Europe
Always one step ahead, they have established
themselves on their quality and first-rate service
Call 020 7376 7442
Visit them at: 174 Kings Road SW3 4UP
Buy Online: www.bluevelvetshoes.com
Previous page: Dress £249, earrings £22, fan £12, Who’s Wearing
What Boutique; hunting coin necklace £195, green amethyst ring
£105, Pearl & Queenie This page: Vintage Laura Ashley straw hat
£95, Nine West American Vintage espadrilles £38, Déjà vu; cotton
shirt £77, skirt £88, St Leonards Modern Goods; bag £59, Mint
Velvet; Russian band ring £90, chunky chain bracelet £295, hexagon
bangle £42, triple bangle £54, Pearl & Queenie
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Goods; earrings £60, Pearl & Queenie; sandals £109, Mint Velvet
Above: Dalmatian jasper ring £105, green amethyst ring £105, cuff
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Paint by Jaz paintbyjaz.co.uk,
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01424 272925, Instagram:
Above: Wide brim straw hat £18, silk blend wrap
jumpsuit £35, 100% silk printed blazer £58, Déjà Vu;
diamanté disc necklace £28, circle necklace £58, T-bar
necklace £125, Russian band ring £90, chunky chain
bracelet £295, hexagon bangle £42, triple bangle £54,
Pearl & Queenie; Wall art, Rug Man
Right: Beaded bag £39, Mint Velvet; Dalmatian jasper
ring £105, green amethyst ring £105, Pearl & Queenie
Rewind & Revitalise
Josephine Fairley explains the beneficial effects the right
make-up products and techniques can have on ageing skin
It happens to most of us, at an
uncertain age: one day we wake up,
reach for our make-up bag, go through
the usual motions of doing our face –
and realise it’s just not working the way
it used to. With confidence wobbling,
one of two things tend to happen. We
decide that ‘more must be more’, and
overdo things. Or alternatively, with
images of spider-lashed Barbara Cartland
or lipstick-smeared Baby Jane haunting our
nightmares, we start to use less make-up –
which instead brings the risk of fading away. I’ve
seen it happen, time after time. Complexions get
paler. Hair colour tends to do the same, and brows,
with it. And before we know it, we’re almost ghosts
of our former, younger, more attractive-feeling selves.
Yet used judiciously, and with some adjustments,
make-up can absolutely roll back the years. Indeed,
as consultant dermatologist Dr. Andrew Markey once
observed to me, “More women should explore what
make-up can do for them before taking a leap into the
world of cosmetic surgery.” So, over my decades as a
beauty editor, I’ve pumped many top make-up artists
for the how-to. Here are the key lessons learned…
Foundation is your friend, not your foe. Says Mary
Greenwell: “Every woman over 40 has to wear foundation.
Ironically, up until that point it can be ageing.” But go
lightly, and choose the right formulation. You almost
certainly want ‘light-reflective pigments’, which help recreate
the radiance of younger skin, without looking too shiny.
As the creator of my all-time favourite age-defying base,
the (weirdly-named and somewhat pricy) By Terry Terrybly
Densillis Foundation, £78 for 30ml, make-up genius Terry
de Gunzburg knows her stuff here. “After your forties,
skintone is no longer uniform – which makes you look tired.
Your complexion may be a bit red, or look a little shadowy
or grey and sallow. But this doesn’t mean just applying
more of the foundation you’ve always worn (if you have).
Layers of heavy foundation make all lines look worse.” Use
a foundation brush and light, feathery strokes; microfibre
brushes – like the brilliant Cailyn O, Wow! Brush, £12.49
(amazon.co.uk) – deliver an incredibly seamless finish; first
apply the foundation to the back of your hand and pick
it up from there with the brush. Other great age-defying
foundation finds include Guerlain L’Essentiel, £44 for 30ml
(best applied with the fantastic matching charcoal-infused
fibre brush, £38) and Nars Natural Radiant Longwear
Foundation, £35 for 30ml. None of these, you’ll note, are
inexpensive. But foundation is one area I’d never ever skimp
on – and that becomes even more important as we age.
Conceal flaws with a whisper-light concealer. Where you
need extra coverage – under-eye shadows, for instance – use
a light-reflective concealer and pat into skin. I’m a massive
fan of the new Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Concealer, £32
(it comes in an impressive 18 shades) – or check out the
new options in the legendary YSL Touche Éclat line-up.
Powder lightly. When face powder settles dustily into lines,
it looks Miss Havisham-esque on the best of us. So Mary
Greenwell recommends using a smaller 2cm (¾-inch) brush,
to apply powder. “This is small enough to make it easy
to avoid getting powder into crinkles, which emphasises
them,” she advises. Use it just on the T-zone, which at this
stage in life is probably the only bit that needs de-shining.
Rethink your blush. Ariane Poole – who is of a certain
age herself and has a wonderful make-up range that
accommodates the needs of more mature women
(arianepoole.com) – observes: “The placement of your
blush has to change as you age. You need to move slightly
lower down with your blusher placement and focus on
the apples of your cheeks, rather than higher up the
cheekbone. This will give your cheekbones a lift and make
your face appear less jowly as the colour is centred in the
face. If you do apply your blusher upwards towards the
corner of your eye this will just highlight the crow’s feet
and lines and actually make the eyes look smaller.”
And avoid ‘tawny’ shades for cheeks. Adds Ariane: “We
lose pigment as we age, and our skin gets paler, so we
need that pop of colour. We notice the pigment change
in our hair but it’s more difficult to notice the change in
the skin so women will often continue using their matte
brown shades, but this will age you. You want that pop of
colour that gives you a healthy, youthful flush.” (A perfect
shade, in fact, is her own Matte Mineral Blush, £18.50,
in Whisper. Pinks and peaches are the thing, here.)
Adapt your eye make-up technique. It’s difficult to be
because eyes present very different
challenges. (Some of us develop crow’s
feet, others crêpiness or hooded lids.)
My best advice would be to make
like Goldilocks and try out several
different makeover options at your
nearest department store, see which
eye look pushes your buttons, and
try to mimic the technique, then
possibly – deep breath – investing
in those exact products. But unless
you’re 110% happy with what you
see in the mirror, don’t be pressured.
You’ll almost certainly need
to define the shape of your eyes
differently, as you age. ‘Using a dark
powder shadow to create the “crease”
in the socket, as you might have done
when you were 20, just won’t work,”
advises Terry de Gunzburg. Her preferred
technique is a sheer wash of eyeshadow – for
instance, a mushroom-y shade – over the
lid, then focusing on eyeliner and mascara
to frame the eyes. Or try Mary Greenwell’s
approach: she recommends applying a light
toned rose-pink on the bottom half of the
top eyelid (closest to the lashes), to open
up the eye area. And, Mary adds, “Don’t be
frightened to play with shimmer or worry about
highlighting lines and creases. It’s all about
the placement and technique. Matte colours
can sometimes be ageing, whereas shimmer
adds luminosity and softness to the skin.”
I’ve always loved this tip from the everyouthful
Lulu (who I had the privilege of
working with on a book some years ago).
She does use powder shadow (in a grey or
for 30ml byterry.
taupe-y shade) in the socket, but she does it
using a mirror that’s a good 60cm away, so she
can gauge the effect from the distance most people
see you from. (Then use a hand mirror while you use
a blender brush to ensure the edges are seamless.)
Don’t let your brows fade away. Oh, this is one of the
biggest ‘age-rs’ of all: Disappearing Brow Syndrome. As the
years roll by, brows become more sparse or go grey, causing
the face to lose definition – because quite simply, brows
are your face ‘architecture’. I often have my brows tinted
(they are literally invisible naturally), and it takes me from
‘Where’s Jo?’ to ‘There’s Jo!’ When the tint fades (as it does
after two weeks), I have an entire arsenal of products to fill
them in. But you need to balance your brows with your
eye make-up. More on your eyes means subtler brows’ less
eye make-up means that you can play up your brows.
Eyebrow product preference is incredibly personal. Today
there are powders, gels, pencils, in many different shades.
So I honestly cannot recommend too highly that you
take yourself off to a Benefit counter – they’re the ‘brow
kings’ – and ask a consultant there to show you which are
your key products for brow enhancement in their range.
They offer almost a dozen different products and a wide
shade spectrum. Personally I couldn’t live without their
Benefit Gimme Brow, £18, which is a tinted brow gel that
grooms wayward hairs while sweeping on subtle colour, and
Precisely, My Brow!, £21.50 a really fine propelling pencil
for light, feathery strokes – brilliant for filling in gaps.
But a PS: if you powder your face, always brush
brows through afterwards with a brow brush (or an old
toothbrush repurposed for the task); Mary Greenwell
notes: “Otherwise, they can look dusty and dirty. And
‘clean’ brows are very important at this time in life.”
Accentuate your lash-line. Forget liquid liner at this time
in life. It’s fiddly and difficult to get right, even when you’re
twenty-something – never mind when you have to factor in a
slight shake of the hands. Use a liner pencil instead – and as
Mary Greenwell advises, “apply it along the natural lash line,
getting right into the roots of the lashes.” She adds: “When
using an eyeliner, always build the liner up slowly, focusing
on the outer corners of the eyes. Step back and take a second
look, and you can always add more until you’re happy with
the overall shape.” (Echoes of Lulu’s wisdom, above.)
Avoid eyelash clump. The No. 1 Baby Jane/Barbara Cartland
make-up nightmare. Be sure to work the mascara into the
roots of your lashes – try a zig-zaggy movement – because
that’s what really creates the illusion of length. But the big
challenge is that eyelashes tend to become more sparse over
time – hence the risk of spikiness, because there are simply
wider gaps between the lashes. This is the time to get into
the habit (if you haven’t already) of wiping your mascara
wand on a tissue before applying to your eyes. If you do get
clumps, don’t touch them; if you try to wipe mascara away,
your fingers are more likely to push the lashes together. Invest
in what’s called a ‘spool’ brush, which looks like a mascara
wand, to sweep through – or thoroughly wash and dry an old
mascara wand and keep it handy for tarantula emergencies.
Watch – and learn. I’d also point you in the direction
of some fab online tutorials for older faces. Lisa
Eldridge does these particularly well; she has a raft of
watchable and instructive how-to videos on her website
lisaeldridge.com. Prop an iPad up in front of your
mirror, and follow her make-up lessons. Genius.
And remember: less isn’t always more. There’s one
exception to the rule, according to Bobbi Brown.
“If you’ve never worn make-up, it’s never too late
to start. We may tend to get washed out as we age
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A healthy diet will
nourish your skin
from the inside out
A healthy diet will show on the
outside wit h glowing radiant skin.
Eating seasonal food rich in vitamin
C, vitamin E, zinc, selenium and
essential fatty acids nurtures our skin
cells, provide antioxidant protection
and promotes skin healing after it
has been exposed to the elements.
Support your levels
of hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a gel-like
substance found abundantly in the skin.
HA has a unique ability to retain water
preventing loss of moisture. HA also
increases when the skin is healing and
helps to reduce inflammation on the
skin’s surface. It is therefore useful after
you have been in the sun and if you have
sunburn. Choose a naturally extra low
weight form of HA as this is much more
effective at reaching the skin surface.
Check the ingredients in
your beauty products
Always choose products with clean
ingredients for your beauty regime and
sun protection. Some of the more toxic
products containing synthetic colours
and fragrances, phthalates and sodium
lauryl sulfate (SLS), to name a few,
are best avoided. If you are unsure, a
great book is The Nature of Beauty by
Imelda Burke which provides excellent
information about ingredients and how
to make your own simple products.
Herbs for your skin
Gotu kola and ashwagandha are
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Fitness, Mind & Body
Sarah Maxwell breaks down the sometimes daunting
prospect of exercise into easily manageable activities
that can be slotted into a busy lifestyle
this summer i will be heading
to the beach to reap the many
benefits of the seaside. Fresh
sea air, the sand between your toes
and the ability to switch off from the
stresses of daily life can all contribute
to increased wellbeing – and the
beach itself offers the perfect location
for exercise outside of the gym.
So if you’re going on holiday this
summer, by the sea or pool, use this
opportunity to feel your very best and
increase your wellbeing both physically
and mentally. Kick off your trainers or
sandals and go barefoot, as not only will
this give you a better workout on the sand,
walking on both wet and dry sand will
challenge your body in different ways.
Scientists continually say that it takes
more energy to walk or run on sand
than it does to move at the same pace
on hard surfaces, and that energy is used
to strengthen all the lower body muscles
– especially your calves, quadriceps and
glutes. The drier the sand, the harder it is.
Regular runners may prefer wetter, firmer
sand in order to maintain proper form.
You can also expect to burn a lot
more calories on sand than you would
on hard ground and all the while
you are getting a free foot exfoliation
from being barefoot in the sand!
Walking in the surf: Just walking in
ankle deep water is a great challenge,
working against the ebb and flow of the
tide and you have yourself a great lower
body workout as you engage those core
muscles to stay upright! The deeper you
go the more challenging you can make it.
playing in the waves: Jumping up and
down in the surf is great fun and a
challenge to your entire body. Diving
under waves and swimming against the tide
is a great way to work out, with the ocean
providing extra resistance, working your
muscles and improving your fitness levels
But not only is the beach good for
physical activities it can also help to
increase your mental wellbeing. Spending
time in the sunshine can increase your
levels of vitamin D and research has shown
that this can help to improve calcium
absorption, stress levels and your mood
(an especially great advantage if you find
that family holidays often turn out to be
Now we’ve spent all that time in the
water, and by the water, we need to
focus on drinking water! We all know
drinking plenty of water is important,
we all (probably!) know we should be
drinking more than we actually do, but
do you know how crucial water is to
everything that is going on in our bodies?
It helps to flush out waste and bacteria,
it assists in weight management, leads to
increased energy levels and it naturally
plumps and hydrates our skin. This is
particularly so in the warmer weather
when it’s essential to stay hydrated
(even more so if we are exercising)
Learn to listen to your body: yawning
and daytime fatigue can quite often be
signs of dehydration. Often we mistake
this for being hungry, so before you reach
for that sugary snack have a glass of water
first and you will probably find that ‘pang
of hunger’ just disappears! Make carrying
around a water bottle your new habit
and make sure you refill it frequently.
For advice on how to keep safe in the
water this summer, and water safety
in general, see Royal Life Saving
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Sarah Maxwell is a
Fitness and Lifestyle
coach and mum of two
who juggles a lot of balls.
Find out more about
Sarah and her work
Sarah shares her
Fitness and Lifestyle
tips on Instagram
– sea or pool –
or on the sand)
This is a great exercise for
the whole body and much
more fun in the water!
Jump with your legs
apart, at the same time
raise your arms and create
a star shape with your
body. (Keep knees soft
and your core engaged.)
Aim to do 30 seconds;
rest 20 second; repeat 3x.
Serves 6 Prep time: 30 mins
No cooking required
• 600g of 3 dips – hummous,
• 300g of 3 types of cold cooked
meats – chorizo, ham, chicken
• 600g of 3 types of veg – celery,
carrots, yellow peppers, etc
• 300g of 3 types of fruit – tomatoes,
dried apricots, blackberries
• 300g of 3 types of cheese – cubed
Cheddar, mozzarella balls, Kent Blue
• 300g olives – large green perello
and black marinated, pitted
• 1 x loaf of sourdough bread – we use
Light House Bakery Black Russian
• 600g biscuits for cheese, 3 types –
Bath Oliver, poppyseed, breadsticks
Gap filler ideas:
• Vegetable crisps
• Pistachio nuts
Putting it together
1Begin by choosing a large platter
and using 3 points, start by
placing the elements in all 3 areas.
2Decant your dips into 3 small
bowls and place in a triangle
formation on or near the board.
3Next start with the meats
and snuggle each one
into little mounds.
4Slice the peppers and place near
the first meat you put down.
Baton the carrots and place closely to
the second meat. Wash and cut the
celery into long strips and place into
a glass placing by the third meat.
5Next, put the tomatoes next
to the pepper, the blackerries
next to the batons, and the apricots
next to the glass of celery.
6Using the fruit as a barrier
add the cheese. I like to cube
the cheddar and place near the
pepper, slice the Blue and place
next to the blackberries and put
the mozzarella near the apricots.
7Put the olives into two
bowls or jam jars.
8Now slice your loaf and
arrange your biscuits.
9The final stage is to fill the gaps
with the crisps, nuts and pretzels.
There are no rules here. But
10 this is a guide to variety
and weights. Consider colour and
different heights with the carbs
and seasonality when buying
your vegetables and fruit.
A taste of the
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Words: Nicci Gurr from Home Gurr’own
Photographs: David Merewether
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Serves 6 Prep Time: 40 mins + overnight resting
• 1kg courgettes (grated)
• 2 tsp salt
• 50g grated cheddar
• Salt and freshly ground
pepper for seasoning
• 1 tsp Nigella seeds
• 1 beaten egg
For the filo pastry:
• 100g flour
• 50ml hot water
• 30g of hot smoked
• 5g salt
1Grate the courgettes
and sprinkle with salt.
Cover with a tea towel and
leave overnight in a colander
with a bowl underneath.
2The next day, submerge
the courgettes in water
to rinse the salt from them.
Then gather in a clean tea
towel and ring out to get
rid of any moisture. Mix
the courgettes with salt and
pepper and grated cheddar.
Method to make filo pastry:
Place the flour, hot water,
hot smoked rapeseed
oil and salt into a mixer
or bowl and stir until
incorporated, then knead
for 5 mins. Cover and rest
overnight in the fridge
Assembling the spanakopita:
1Take the filo pastry
and roll out as long
and thin as possible. Then
using heavily floured hands
stretch and manipulate the
pastry so it is paper thin.
2Make a sausage shape
of the courgette filling
along one end of the pastry
and roll away from you.
Taking the long filled sausage
of courgette stuffed filo,
carefully roll into a flat spiral
and place on a baking tray.
Brush with the beaten
egg and sprinkle the
nigella seeds over the top.
Bake for 45 minutes at
180°C slice and serve.
Goats’ cheese, Parma Ham & Nectarine Salad
Serves 6 Prep Time: 10 mins
• 4 x ripe nectarines (sliced
• 80g Parma ham or Prosciutto
• 100g salad leaves/rocket
• 50g toasted pine nuts
• 6 tbsp of rapeseed or olive
oil (we like Pure Kent Oak
Smoked Rapeseed Oil)
• 125g local goats’ cheese (we
like The Traditional Cheese
Wash and spin the salad leaves.
Wrap the wedges of nectarine
with the strips of Parma ham and place
randomly over the leaves. Crumble
the goats’ cheese on top and sprinkle
with the toasted pine nuts. Serve with a
simple dressing of rapeseed or olive oil.
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Late season crops
Jo Arnell proves that, with a little planning, there’s still plenty
to grow in the veg garden as colder months approach
There might be gaps appearing on the plot this month.
I’m hoping it means you’ve been able to celebrate
all that hard work and harvest some produce, but it
could well be that disaster has struck. Disasters come in many
forms: life events, pests – even the weather can cause crops
to fail. You may not have got round to growing anything yet
(time flies when you intend to grow your own). Take heart
and gather yourself. There are still plenty of vegetables that
you can sow now that will mature in just a few weeks, or for
a harvest later in the autumn and winter. It may be too late to
sow plants that take a long time to grow, like leeks, parsnips,
purple sprouting broccoli, but there is definitely still time.
Fresh new crops for autumn and winter
Sow some hardy vegetables now and you will have a supply
of fresh produce for the coming season. Radishes, beetroot,
mangetout, short carrots and dwarf beans can be sown
now to harvest in under 12 weeks. You can make sowings
of kale, Swiss chard, spinach and pak choi this month and
have a supply of nutritious greens for autumn and, because
these are hardy crops, right through the winter too.
I grow a few stalwarts to last the winter; kale, Swiss chard
and perpetual spinach are consistently reliable. Kale is hardy
in the coldest of winters, heroically shrugging off frost and
snow, but you may need to protect chard and spinach with
a cloche. These plants do not grow much in the winter
months, but will tick over and act like an outdoor larder,
supplying you with fresh green leaves whenever you need
them. Winter lettuces, mustards, pak choi and other oriental
leaves are also surprisingly hardy. The good news about
growing these crops at the end of the season is that the
insect pests begin to disappear as the weather gets colder,
but you may still need to net brassicas like kale, as pigeons
find them irresistible and will shred any unprotected leaves.
Many vegetables are suitable for growing in containers; but
remember that a plant in a pot is your prisoner and reliant
on you for adequate food and water. Vegetables are greedy
and often thirsty, so will need regular care and attention in
Above: Keep an eye on the nutritional needs of any new plants and add more compost as needed. Some of the early crops may have
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order to provide a decent crop. Short carrots, beetroot, radishes,
leafy greens and pea shoots are reliable and quick, so may be
less demanding than other crops if you are short on time. Sow a
packet of fast growing salad leaves and lettuce into a planter by the
kitchen door, for tasty cut-and-come-again leaves that will appear
within a month. If you just pick off the outer leaves, you’ll be able
to keep them going for the rest of the summer and into autumn.
As you harvest vegetables this month you may well be creating
gaps in your plot. Fill these with fast growing crops such
as rocket, khol rabi, radishes, sugar-snap peas, dwarf beans
and salad leaves. Grow leafy plants in semi-shade, or keep
them well watered, as they may bolt (run to seed) in hot, dry
weather. If you are eager to cram as much into the season as
possible, you can sow into guttering pipes before the gaps
appear, so that a ready made row can slide into the ground
once you’ve harvested the current crop. This is a useful way
of ensuring a constant supply of peas, beans and salad.
Above: Kale and cabbages growing side by
side. Grow leafy plants in semi-shade, or keep
them well watered, as they may bolt.
Soil preparation and fertiliser
Keep an eye on the nutritional needs of any new plants, and
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‘Nature abhors a vacuum’ so Aristotle is rumoured to
have said, which when translated to the vegetable garden,
means that any bare soil will be filled immediately –
with weeds. If you are not keen on growing lots more
vegetables this year, then beat nature to it and fill your
vacuum with a green manure. This will keep the weeds
down, stop soil erosion and when it’s been dug in, add
nutrients to the soil and improve the soil structure.
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round, but it is entirely possible. The plants do grow a little
more slowly from midsummer onwards, but so do the weeds
and pests. At this time of the year there are less pressing tasks
elsewhere in the garden, the soil is warm and receptive and
the weather is often kinder too. Let’s get growing (again).
Top: Jo Arnell’s garden at Hornbrook Manor
Above: Rows of lettuces make for a pretty combination of colours
Vegetables to sow in August
Carrots – try growing short Chantenay,
or Nantes carrots that won’t take as long
to grow as longer roots. These can even
be grown in containers and that way
kept out of reach of pesky carrot flies.
Beetroot – grow some tasty ‘baby’
beets in around 12-14 weeks.
These are best lifted before the
end of the autumn, as they tend to
become woody in cold weather.
Dwarf beans – because these beans
don’t have to spend time climbing up
poles and sticks, they start flowering
and setting pods earlier than climbing
varieties. From an early August
sowing you could be harvesting green
(or purple) dwarf French beans by
the beginning of October. Don’t
leave sowing any later than this
though, as they are a tender crop
and may be hit by an early frost.
Peas – the quickest peas to grow
are the sugar-snaps and mangetout
varieties, as you are harvesting the
whole pod and not waiting for the
peas inside to swell and ripen.
Kale – this is probably one of
my ‘desert island’ vegetables; it
stands tall and impervious to
the winter weather, nutritious to
the end. Protect from pests.
Swiss chard – as beautiful as it is
good for you, chard is available in a
rainbow array of colours, although
a white one ‘Fordhook Giant’ may
be the best culinary variety.
Rocket – Reliable, quick (as its
name suggests) and tasty, rocket
will also self-seed around the
patch, so you may find you don’t
have to make repeat sowings…
Oriental greens – crops like pak choi,
mustard, kai lan (Chinese broccoli)
and napa cabbage are fast growing
and make fantastic additions to stir
fries and soup recipes. They may
need netting to protect from flea
beetle (which makes tiny holes in the
leaves), caterpillars and pigeons.
Salad leaves – loose leaved, ‘cut
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chervil, coriander and spicy mesclun
mixes of assorted leaves, all make
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few years ago a group of us went
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in the mid-1880s and the estate, which
he extended, became his life’s work. We
have so much to thank him for as he
was at the forefront of the movement
rebelling against the high Victorian
style of gardening with its regimented
bedding in bright colours ‘highlighted’
with rather incongruous plantings of
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Sue Whigham gives her tips for glorious autumn colour
Top: Bupleurum fruticosum Above: A blush pink mop head hydrangea
the British Arts and Crafts movement
of the early twentieth century and one
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October at Gravetye...
I felt like a Jack in the Box with the
excitement of the autumn colours in
their fabulous borders and remember
that it was a beautiful day and the beds
really were brimming with so many rich
colour combinations. All late flowerers of
course: amongst them dahlias, aconites
and salvias. I can’t remember what
we ate but those plants and planting
combinations were just lovely.
Aconites really come into their own
from July onwards. One of the first to
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‘Spark’s Variety’. Anyway, this plant has
a long flowering period and deep purple
hooded flowers. Like most monkshoods,
it can be grown in both sun or partial
shade provided it is provided with a
good fertile soil, which is really the same
for all aconites. Give the plants a good
mulch in the spring to retain moisture.
To continue the late flowering season
with these plants, try A. carmichaelii
‘Arendsii’ which goes through August
and into September. This is a tall plant
with enormous blue flowers and totally
self-supporting, upright stems. You’ll
need a bit of space for this but there are
shorter forms worth trying. Aconites look
marvellous grown with late season grasses.
And then there are the Agastache,
brilliant for flowering late and for
extending the flowering season in your
borders from July right through to
October. These are perennial plants with
so many plus points; from the aromatic
foliage through to the way that they
attract bees and hoverflies. They like a well
drained soil – good for a Mediterranean
planting in gravel garden perhaps. Two
worth mentioning are A. ‘Blue Fortune’
with dark bracts and violet blue flowers
and A. ‘Blackadder’ with spikes of furry
violet blue flower and dark calyxes.
I took a photo this morning of the buds
of a Japanese anemone. How pretty they
are. Perched on long stems are furry grey/
pink/white perfectly formed bobbles.
I read somewhere that they reminded
the writer of pearls and I think that is
such a good description. This particular
anemone is A. x hybrida ‘Honorine
Jobert’, with pure white flowers with a
distinctive green centre surrounded by
bright yellow stamens. Easy to grow and
easy to source. Growing with dark foliage
as a backdrop like Sambucus ‘Black Lace’
they light up the garden until October.
This is the way to see them at their
best. They spread like mad but are so
charming and make up for their manners!
Oh, another one that is rather
beautiful is the double pink, A. hupensis
var. japonica ‘Pamina’ which has rather
elegant grey black stems. Bees love
Japanese anemones so grow them!
I think it was quite late in the
season when we went to Malverleys in
Hampshire. What a garden. Particularly
memorable in their stunning white
garden were enormous quantities of
the self-seeding biennial sea holly,
Eryngium giganteum, commonly known
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blessed with the plant. She apparently
sowed seed wherever she visited.
Eryngiums are great late flowerers
and I love this one for its silver white
flower heads. There are lots to try.
Eryngium planum ‘Blaukappe’ as its
name suggests has lots of bright blue
flowers. Eryngium x oliverianum has blue
flower and amethyst stems. They take a
while to establish and colour up but are
worth the wait. For a bit of drama try
E. pandanifolium ‘Physic Purple’ from
the Chelsea Physic Garden. Tall, very
tall, its tiny purple heads are magnets
for all manner of pollinating insects.
And late flowering shrubs? Buddleja of
course are brilliant for late flowering
colour and for providing food for
butterflies. There are so many new
cultivars but I love B. davidii ‘Dartmoor’
which has fan shaped multiple spikes
of purple blossom. It is highly scented
and butterflies really do besiege it.
Bupleurum fruticosum is a shrubby late
flowering evergreen with masses of green
umbellifer flower heads. It is lovely for
“Visit William Dyson’s salvia
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cutting. It doesn’t seem to mind having
a good hair cut in the spring to control
its size. It just comes back better and
even more floriferous. Grow it with tall
Salvia confertiflora or Salvia involucrata.
Both are smashing late flowering plants
but the latter is hardy so perhaps easier.
You really do have to remember to bring
in S. confertiflora but you are rewarded
for your diligence the following year.
I almost forgot to mention the shrubby
salvias with their incredibly long flowering
period. Visit William Dyson’s salvia
nursery in the gardens of Great Comp,
near Sevenoaks, to see his amazing, ever
increasing, collection of salvias. He has
been growing salvias in Kent for over 20
years. I particularly like S. ‘Royal Bumble’
with its combination of dark stems and
rich scarlet flowers. It’s in a pot at the
moment and probably would benefit from
being planted out, but the stems break off
easily and it may not be the moment now.
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Above: Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’ with yarrow
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For all of us, summer is a time of play. Children play
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What’s On in August
has all the most mouthwatering
goodies you can imagine, all
in the glorious setting of the
historical Hampton Court
Palace. Feast on delicious street
food and insta-worthy cocktails,
explore the gardens and maze,
and learn something new with
masterclasses and cookery demos.
Foodie fun for the whole family.
Fri 30 Aug- Sun 1 Sep
Woking Town Centre, adjacent
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Woking Food and
Three free days of delicious
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interactive activities that all the
family will enjoy. There will be
live cooking demonstrations,
eating competitions, bite-size
talks, tastings, signings, music, and
special celebrity guests (including
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Music and Theatre
Sat 10 Aug
Gatwick Aviation Museum,
Charlwood, Gatwick, RH6 0BT
Open Air Cinema:
Back to the Future
A magical outdoor screening of
the 80s classic, Back to the Future,
in support of Kent, Surrey and
Sussex Air Ambulance. Plus
you can explore the Aviation
Museum, there will be live music
at sunset and the helicopter will
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(subject to medical emergencies).
Entry: £17.50 (booked in advance)
Sun 18 Aug
Albury Vineyard, Silent Pool,
Shere Road, Albury GU5 9BW
Opera on the Vineyard
Seren Singers will be performing
much-loved music and all
your favourite opera classics,
while you sit amongst the
vines and enjoy beautiful views
over the Surrey Hills, sipping
on Albury Vineyard’s awardwinning
Tue 10 Sep
Sotheby’s International Realty
38 High Street, Cobham
Sotheby’s Watch and
Sotheby’s Auction House are
coming to Cobham with some
of the country’s finest specialists
to value consignments from
£3,000 per item by houses such
as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels,
Rolex, etc. Telephone Kate on
01932 860537 to reserve a time.
Sarah Louise Dix, 57 St
John’s Street, Farncombe,
Godalming GU7 3EH
Sarah Louise Dix’ ten week
upholstery courses begin next
month with options for all levels
of experience and tools
and materials provided
(excluding top fabric).
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Congratulations to Neil Carter who wins our June
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Jane tackles the challenge of
a wildflower meadow
The wild flower meadow has not only been looking
wonderful all summer but more than ever before it’s
been buzzing with bees, and birds and butterflies have all
taken advantage of the many different flowers and seeds on offer.
We made the meadow five years ago. It was a huge
project that involved turning back the clock and accepting
it would be less productive in terms of the amount of
grass it produced, but it has been worth every penny.
I don’t imagine you ever give it a second thought but the
fact is almost all the fields of grass you see round and about,
will in recent history have been ‘improved’. Over 97% of
original Wealden meadows which would
“Over 97% of
meadows have been
ploughed and sown
with high yielding
grasses, such as
perennial rye grass”
have supported about 50 different species
have been ploughed and sown with high
yielding grasses, such as perennial rye
grass, a fast growing, tough thug that
doesn’t let any others get a look in. This
kind of intensive grass production while
supporting more sheep and cattle leaves
little room for plant diversity or wildlife.
New wild flower meadows are called ‘semiimproved’
and it’s much harder to make one
than you might imagine. To get rid of the rye
grass we had to spray it off in the autumn
not one, not two but three times and then as though making
turf, a machine was brought in to slice and remove the top few
inches of rooty soil. This created a house size pile which we put
in the woods much to the delight of the pigs who thought we’d
built them their very own piggy Alton Towers. It was then left to
overwinter as a sad, bald patch of land. In February, seed from
a host of different species of clay-loving wild flowers and grasses
were sown and ever since it has been an annual riot of colour.
But it’s gang warfare out there and to prevent the bad
boy grasses, thistles and docks, from moving back in we
have to make every effort to keep the soil fertility low. And
one of the key heroes in this ongoing battle is yellow rattle,
a semi-parasitic annual plant that attaches
to the roots of the vigorous species and
takes nutrients, thus preventing them outcompeting
the gentler wildflower species.
Often known as the meadow maker it’s such
an important plant that it has a whole line-up
of regional names, including pots and pans, hen
pennies, tiddlibottles and shacklecaps. And while
on the subject of monikers there may be many
ways I didn’t get 10 out of 10 for my parenting
skills – no piano lessons, too busy to take them
to museums or make things with egg boxes and
sticky-back plastic – but I did teach my girls the
names of all the wild flowers they came across. And even if it
won’t feature on their CVs I remain immensely satisfied, maybe
if I’m honest a touch smug, that they can tell Jack in the Hedge
from Herb Robert and Ladies Bedstraw from Yellow Archangel.
Another way to keep the fertility down is to cut the meadow
every year for hay. In the other fields on the farm we cut hay
in late June and later spread muck taken from the cow sheds
the winter before. But the meadow gets left till late summer,
usually the end of August when all the seeds have dropped and
having been mown it gets not so much as a sniff of manure.
Talking of aromas it also produces the most delicious
smelling hay, a heady mixture of vaguely medicinal
Meadowsweet, mingling with the soporific scent of Ladies
Bedstraw (which was why it was used to stuff mattresses)
and the slightly vanilla scented sweet vernal grass.
And it’s not just the smell, evidently if you’re a cow
or sheep you really can taste the difference. Open a bale
of that on a cold wet February morning in the sheep
shed and it’s a race to get there first. Cue music and sexy
voice, “It’s not just any hay, it’s late-cut meadow hay”.
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