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December 2019












Maggie Alderson’s pick of Surrey

homes with gorgeous views


Snow White, farm-based festive

treats and LED sword duelling –

Rebecca Cuffe’s December event picks


Inside the magical seaside flat of

interiors stylist Kimberley Watson


Be inspired by Kimberley’s home


A gloriously restored

former Elizabethan pub


How to get some ‘classical

approach’ style for yourself


We went to Leeds Castle

this month for our

loveliest festive fashion








Josephine Fairley’s beauty

tips to keep the Christmas

season sparkling (but

in a grown up way)



Sprouts, nuts, turkey and

cranberries – we wish

you a healthy Xmas!



Keep the mind and

body healthy throughout

the holiday season



Juliet Bidwell’s best

crowd-pleasing canapés



Where the presents are homemade

and the trees are home grown...

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Hilary Wilce celebrates the wonderful

work of educators everywhere


A guide to all things yuletide from

the exhibitors of our first ever

Surrey Homes Open House


A guide to December’s events


Win a guided walk, lunch

and wine tasting for two


Jane Howard gets ready for Christmas

with hand-picked holly, homemade

candles and a hand-selected yule log




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offers a collection of two bedroom apartments alongside

three to six bedroom family houses.

Set in 25 acres of landscaped grounds in the picturesque Surrey village,

Broadoaks Park will blend contemporary new build homes with historic Grade II

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West Byfleet village and train station are less than 1 mile away, with regular train

services to London Waterloo taking from 28 minutes.

Prices for phase one range from £625,000 to £1,850,000.






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purchasing criteria. 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.^Our “Assisted Move” service is only available on selected

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A stunning collection of 3 & 4 bedroom family homes

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Final 3 & 4 bedroom homes remaining at this

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Now you can have it all. Discover your dream home in a beautiful setting and enjoy the benefits of country living with commutability.

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conjunction with part exchange. Availability of other incentives/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 to the Government’s specific terms, conditions and qualifying criteria. CHECK THAT THIS MORTGAGE WILL MEET YOUR NEEDS IF YOU WANT TO MOVE OR SELL YOUR HOME

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Images featured are from Willow Meadows.

The Vanderbilt Homes ‘Pass It On’ scheme is a true win-win situation!

Friends, family members, in fact anyone you recommend to buy a brand new home at

Gratton Chase in Dunsfold, or Willow Meadows in Ash Green, will get £2000 off their new home*

and you’ll receive vouchers worth £2000 from John Lewis. *

Of course, if you are looking to buy, why not ask a friend to recommend you - it works both ways.

● Each development enjoys a highly desirable and peaceful Surrey village location ● 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes,

each include a private garden, most with a garage, or off street parking ● High specification, build quality and

detailing throughout ● Convenient for commuters - close to mainline stations for London destinations

● Part Exchange and Help To Buy options also available on selected plots - subject to criteria

● Prices are from £400,000 ● Show Homes open Thursday to Monday 10am to 5pm.

Gratton Chase

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01483 200548

Willow Meadows

Ash Green, Surrey

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Speak to the Sales Consultant at the development of your choice to complete the form.



*Home buyer details must appear on the form handed to the sales consultant at reservation, a £2000 price reduction will be given at legal completion.

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Kings Ridge comprises twelve luxury 2 and 3 bedroom apartments situated

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Surrounded by idyllic countryside yet neighbouring

Surrey’s bustling, historic market towns, Gratton

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with stylish, contemporary homes. Located a short drive

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Chase start from £400,000 with Help to Buy available.

New family homes in Dunsfold

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At Willow Meadows, the collection of three, four and fivebedroom

detached homes, in eight different house styles,

comprise classically-inspired architecture and an impressive

specification. Prices start from £529,995 for a threebedroom

detached home, with Help to Buy available.

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Pett Level Road, Pett Level

Garage with planning

Situated in a sought after location

close to Pett Level beach, this

semi-detached workshop has

planning for an extension which

could offer potential for further

uses, subject to consents.

Guide: £50-55,000* + fees

White Rock, Hastings

Shop for investment

A ground floor shop unit

located opposite the seafront

and considered ideal for

investment or occupation. It

does require modernisation and

refurbishment works. epc:d

Guide: £30-35,000* + fees

Norfolk Place, Littlehampton

Semi-detached cottage

A semi-detached character

cottage arranged over two

floors with gas heating system

via radiators, two/three

bedrooms, conservatory and

walled patio garden. epc:e

Guide: £190-210,000* + fees

Connaught Road, Brookwood

Detached house with planning

A four bedroom detached house

with planning for the erection

of a two storey rear extension,

front porch canopy and

alterations to window openings

and external finish. epc:d

Guide: £500-550,000* + fees

Stonefield Road, Hastings

House for improvement

A three storey mid terrace

property now in need of

complete modernisation

and repair. The property

offers good size living

accommodation. epc:tbc

Guide: £95,000 Plus* + fees

Avondale Road, Seaford

Detached guesthouse

An Edwardian detached

building arranged as a guest

house over three floors. It also

has planning for an 18 bedroom

HMO and consent to convert to

six flats. epc:d

Guide: £550-600,000* + fees

Stonecott Hill, Sutton

Commercial investment

A two storey investment

property currently let to a pet

shop on the ground floor and

sports therapy clinic on the first

floor. Currently let at £15,600

per annum.epc:tbc

Guide: £150-160,000* + fees

Goose Rye Rd, Worplesdon

Property for completion

A partially constructed house

set in just over one acre. The

property is partly built to roof

height. The property would be

ideal for owner occupation once


Guide: £400-450,000* + fees

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Company is not just for Christmas at

Lynwood Village. When you move here,

new friendships flourish as you become

part of our vibrant, friendly community.

There’s always something to do and

someone to talk to, all year round.

Social occasions aren’t just special

occasions here; from coffee with friends

to themed nights in the restaurant,

they’re a regular part of village life.

Ask someone who lives at Lynwood

Village what it’s like and they’ll tell you:

‘It’s a wonderful life!’.




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Nestled within a delightful, landscaped enclave and with views of picturesque countryside, each home at

Barleycroft benefits from a superior specification as well as exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail.

2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes from £399,950*


01403 885 225 Church Street, Rudgwick, West Sussex RH12 3ED

Sales Suite & Showhome open daily, 10am - 5pm (Thursdays 12pm - 8pm)

*Price correct at time of going to press. Photography depicts Streetscene and Showhome and is indicative only.

Selling Agent

01483 268 555




Leading house builder, Berkeley, has just opened a new 3 bedroom Showhome at

its prestigious ‘Barleycroft’ development of just 55 homes in the village of Rudgwick.

The Showhome interior

has been designed and

installed by Jigsaw Interior

Architecture who selected

a palette of soft, neutral colours for

the decor from the wall colours to the

furnishings, all offset with accessories

of rich texture and detail.

“The overall impression is instantly

one of ‘welcome home’,” says selling

agent, Roger Coupe. “Berkeley has

once again pulled out all the stops

to create a terrific home to be proud

of. The pretty staggered terraces and

variety of architectural features reflect

the local area. Inside, the design

layout has been carefully considered

for today’s lifestyles with open plan

living and lots of natural light.”

Enjoying a village location with

neighbouring countryside and

approached via a long sweeping

driveway, the 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom

houses at Barleycroft offer country

living combined with the best of

modern design. The first of the 3

bedroom homes will soon be ready to

move into and enjoy by Christmas.

A tour of the interior designed

Showhome showcases the

outstanding specification, including

an elegant kitchen with granite

worktops and a full range of AEG

integrated appliances, and the

elegant Laufen bathrooms. The

master bedroom is fitted with

generous wardrobes and the ensuite

shower room comes complete with

a mirrored bathroom cabinet and

display shelves.

“There are lots of little details which

Berkeley include to make life easier,

such as a master light switch near the

front door so you when you arrive

home, one simple switch turns on all

the lights. Equally when you head out,

you’ll be confident that everything’s

switched off,” added Roger.

“The living room has a real ‘wow’ factor

with a raised ceiling providing extra natural

light thanks to the three large skylights

and directional spotlights, and the double

doors open out to the garden. Storage space

hasn’t been forgotten and throughout the

Showhome there are cupboards and closets.

This is a highly practical home with 2 double

bedrooms plus a third bedroom which could

work equally well as a home study, so it’s

ideal for downsizers but with a wide appeal to

families as well.”

Berkeley also offers assistance for buyers

seeking to move to Barleycroft, including

the government’s Help to Buy scheme and

EasyMove, which enables you to select

your new home while Berkeley puts a plan

together to get your old home sold, then

they pay your agent’s fees as you plan your

move into your new Berkeley Home.

Three bedroom homes at Barleycroft are

currently available from £459,950, while two

bedroom homes start from £399,950

and four bedroom homes are from £660,000.

To make a personal appointment to view the new show home, contact the Barleycroft Sales Suite

(01403 334 040) which is open Friday to Wednesday from 10am to 5pm and Thursdays from 12 noon to 8pm.



of the

Green and Pleasant

Maggie Alderson picks her favourite Surrey homes on the

market with astounding views and abundant charm

Stocks Farm


The dream: This is the house I

would like to find in my Christmas

stocking – or at least, where I’d

like to spend the day, eating the

feast in the oak-panelled dining

room and opening presents by the

inglenook in the sitting room. A

substantial Grade II listed rambling

farmhouse, dating from around

1660 with later additions, the

principal reception rooms and

bedrooms are southfacing, looking

over the gardens. There is ancillary

accommodation with a recreation

room, bedroom and bathroom.

Where: In the country,

six miles from Oxted.

Setting: Glorious farmland

and wooded landscape.

Beds: 7 Baths: 4

Special features: The heavenly

wood panelling – even in

the master bedroom.

Pleasing details: A mature

orchard of fruit trees.

Outside: 10 acres of grounds with

superb mature trees, a kitchen

garden with a greenhouse, a

pond and swimming pool.

Time to town: Fast trains

from Lingfield in 43 minutes,

or drive to Oxted and it’s just

over half an hour to Blackfriars,

Farringdon and St Pancras.

Agent: Jackson Stops, Oxted

01833 712375


Heron’s View


The dream: An unusual 18th

Century red-brick house with

one three-storey wing and

another of two-storeys, with

wisteria growing up the front.

There are lovely views over the

River Mole – hence the name.

Where: Just outside Cobham.

Setting: Semi-rurual, on the

river, looking over countryside.

Beds: 6 Baths: 3

Special features: The kitchen has

been given a chic contemporary

makeover and slightly extended,

with a wall of windows.

Pleasing details: Fishing

rights come with the house.

Outside: Mature gardens with

steps down to the river.

Time to town: Half an hour

to Waterloo from Oxshott,

less than 15 minutes drive.

Agent: John D Wood. Cobham,

KT11 3EG 01932 645054


Wells Farm


The dream: This lovely, Grade II-listed, black

and white timber-framed, partly tile-hung

hall house is believed to date from 1500. It’s

chock-full of original, beamy, inglenooky

features and is built on an unusual long plan,

with all the rooms side by side, so many are

double and even triple aspect. Set on a 60 acre

grass farm with extensive farm buildings.

Where: Three miles from Lingfield,

under five miles from East Grinstead.

Setting: Outstanding views

over its own farmland.

Beds: 6 Baths: 2

Special features: Quaint half-timbered

stables, with a tack room and a tea room.

Pleasing details: A vaulted ceiling

in the master bedroom.

Outside: A heated pool and established gardens.

Time to town: Around an hour to

Victoria, or under 45 minutes to St

Pancras from Lingfield station.

Agent: Robert Leech, Lingfield

01342 837783


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and garden rooms to fully finished

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What to do and see near you this month

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La Napoule mirror is £2,970 + VAT

Snow White and the

Seven Dwarfs will be brought

to life at Richmond Theatre this

festive season in a lavish production

packed full of magical mirrors, friendly

dwarfs, abundant comedy, and sensational song

and dance routines. The hysterical Jo Brand will be

on top form playing The Wicked Queen and making

sure the adults in the crowd have just as much fun

as the kids with a few jokes only they will understand.

Families of all ages will love this festive treat of bright

costumes, catchy songs, heroes (give us a cheer!), villains

(Boo! Hiss!) and all the firm favourite pantomime traditions

with audience interaction and plenty to shout about.

Will Snow White find her Prince? Will the Evil Queen

Triumph? Will the Seven Dwarfs ever tidy their

cottage?! There’s only one way to find out! Tickets

are soaring out of the box office for dates from

Saturday 7 December to Sunday 5 January, so

don’t leave it any longer to book your tickets,

or you won’t be able to look yourself

in the mirror. Heigh-ho heigh-ho,

it’s off to Richmond Theatre

you go!

Magic is well and truly in the

air at Chobham Adventure Farm

where the excitement of Christmas

is building as every day we get

closer to ‘The Magic of Christmas

flinging open its doors once

again! Experience the magic from

Saturday 30 November to Tuesday

24 December, with presents for all

(even the grown up kids). Tickets

include guided tours, festive

activities, a visit to Santa and entry

to our indoor heated play barn.

In a galaxy

not far away

Movie props at

the ready. No really

you can bring along your

light-up sabers and live out

your film fantasy for this one.

Sword Fighting International is

running LED sabre workshops

for ages 6-9, 8-14 or 14+ on

Saturday 21 December at

Blenheim House in Epsom.



Christmas all tide up

Christmas on London’s only super yacht hotel? Don’t

mind if we do! From Monday 25th November to the

5th January, the Sunborn Yacht will be offering up a

Festive A La Carte menu, festive afternoon tea, unique

spaces to host seasonal events, a delicious Christmas

Day Dinner and a New Year’s Eve Great Gatsby

themed evening, Fab.u.lous.


on Wood Street

This festive season, Bentalls Kingston is giving you the

chance to visit the all-new, enhanced Santa’s Grotto

experience. Join Santa’s Breakfast or Supper Clubs,

discover a Grotto in the toy department, decorate

your own gingerbread and seek out the secret door

taking you into Santa’s workshop where you’ll find

Santa’s sleigh parked near some busy elves and the

Christmas Dynamo Machine.

Brand new

Sarah Louise

Dix Upholstery in Surrey

are pleased to announce they are

now working with Osborne & Little.

Clients can view and order O&L, Nina

Campbell, Matthew Williamson and Margo

Selby fabrics from their inspiring showroom.

“Our clients and students love our fabulous

range of fabrics for upholstery and curtains

and we’re excited to have extended our range

in time for Christmas”. Pop in to 57 St

John’s street, Farncombe, just off the




This Christmas Hever Castle are taking the idea

of a winter wonderland to the next level as they

take you on a magical journey down the rabbit

hole and into the enchanting world of Alice in

Wonderland. Embark upon a wonderful twilight

walk filled with illuminated landmarks, vintage

fairground stalls, a carousel, and characters from

Alice in Wonderland. Santa will be hidden in his

log cabin within the snowy forest and the

Castle will be adorned with beautifully

decorated Christmas trees straight out

of Wonderland and welcoming log



of fun

Experience a Magical Christmas at Bocketts

Farm, as Father Christmas returns from Friday 22

November to Tuesday 24 December. Hop aboard

the Santa Express and travel to his workshop

where you’ll have some fun with the elves before

meeting Father Christmas himself and receiving a

golden coin to spend in the toy shop! There will

also be a Christmas trail to complete, reindeer

food to make, baby lambs to meet, a giant snow

globe to explore, heated soft play barn and a

full programme of activities.


Nothing says a fresh start to January like donning

your winter warmers and venturing into the woods

for a scrummy breakfast cooked over an open fire.

The Salt Box are inviting you to visit their beautiful

woodland venue for a Sunday morning breakfast

like no other on January 26. You’ll start with a

brisk walk through the woods to the woodland

glen, where you’ll find a two-course feast of a

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fter chatting to my colleague, Katie, on the phone

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this year. Whilst it’s true that we start planning festive

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days before the shops close their doors to grab last-minute

gifts and brave the dreaded mega supermarket shop! So, this

year, with a jump from one to three little people for Father

Christmas to visit, I’m making an early New Year’s resolution

to practise what I preach and give myself a little time to plan,

and enjoy the run-up to 25 December with my family.

With this in mind, Rebecca and I, alongside new

addition to the editorial team, Emily, have compiled a

special Guide to Christmas Supplement, with foodie, gift

and interiors ideas to inspire and help you on your way

to creating a stress-free day for everyone to enjoy.

We were thrilled that SH stylist Kimberley Watson agreed

to style her own beautiful Hastings apartment, which she

decorated to the nines with colour and sparkles for a special

festive shoot on page 42. Plus we’ve taken a look inside Toby

and Megan Osborne’s spacious Edwardian house to find

out how they renovated it into a stunning family home.





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treasured possessions, so I asked Kimberley why it was

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a bedroom where there hadn’t been one before, and styled

with Kimberley’s amazing flair, the kitchen was the first place

I headed for… and there it was. The dolls house, mounted

on the wall, all the wallpaper still in place inside, a perfect

storage space for cereal, tea bags, etc. An utter delight.

I can only imagine how it would feel to rent this flat on

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when she’s not taking a seaside break herself – and find

that dolls house cupboard in the kitchen. I think my squeal

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An impressively large parlour palm turns out to be, like all the house plants, a

very good fake – and an amazing bargain. “I noticed they were taking down

a display in River Island’s flagship store on Oxford Street,” says Kimberley

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threshold. The first thing you see on the wall opposite the

front door – only about four-feet away in the very compact

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perfect storage space for kitchen cupboard staples

this project, things seemed to fall into place around it.

“I found the bureau at Ardingly – and it was the

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The final touch in the blue/green scene is the marble

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It was the perfect match for the painted surround,” she says.

The curtains, in a yellow that contrasts brilliantly with

the teal walls, were another of Kimberley’s lucky finds – and

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make a big difference to the overall feel of a room.

In this spirit, she had surrounds made for the two sets

of double doors, copying the original trim around the

bay windows. She put in dado rails and skirting, and

created the effect of panelling by tacking up old picture

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I can only imagine how it would feel to rent this flat on Airbnb – where London-based

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kitchen. “They are plastic, from B&Q…” Painted the

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Also in rich evidence in the sitting room is Kimberley’s

stylist touch, with a wonderful blend of ornaments and

cushions, which are a mix of eBay and charity shop finds – she

is a vigilant visitor to such establishments – and TK Maxx

specials, combined with carefully chosen anchor pieces.

The wonderful Murano glass chandelier was a charity

shop scoop, the jungly cushions from TK and the lovely

brass and glass shelves more of an investment, from Swoon

Editions. The sofa was off eBay, along with the table which

became available from the same owner. “I even bought her

floral carpet for my London house,” laughs Kimberley.

The same combination is found in the kitchen, at the

back of the flat, where an old Welsh dresser has been

updated with dark grey paint and new beetle-shaped

metal handles. The dresser was saved from a friend of

Kimberley’s, who was going to put it in a skip, until she

decided she could make it work as her main kitchen unit.

A piece of marble (eBay) has been fitted into the top and

an induction hob set on that. The Belfast sink sits on a

unit that was being taken out of a friend’s bathroom.

What about the light fitting? I ask. “I found it on

the street,” says Kimberley. For someone with an eye as

refined as hers, treasures truly can be found anywhere.

In this kitchen, one special feature was already in place:

the original stone wall, which was revealed when flaking

plaster was chipped away. Kimberley sealed it and left it to

add an earthy touch to this quite otherworldly residence.

The bedroom, on the front side of the flat, has a

special atmosphere all of its own. You enter from the

sitting room, via the second set of double doors, which

Kimberley leaves open allowing extra light to pour

through from the large window in the bedroom, in a

kind of ‘when is a wall, not a wall?’ arrangement.

It also allows a glimpse of the glorious rhubarb pink

paint (also from Papers and Paints) on the walls and ceiling

in here. Stepping inside, it has a wonderfully camp feel

to it, very romantic, like a film set from the 1950s.

The room is taken up almost entirely by a steel bed – gifted

to Kimberley by a friend – made up with dramatic floral bed

linen, from John Lewis, dressed with a floral counterpane

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The curtains, with blousy pink roses on a pistachio green

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of Kimberley’s great finds. “I’ve had them for years,” she

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Tied back with lavish yellow tassels, it’s an arrangement

it would take 30 years’ experience as a stylist to have

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interesting pendants and wall lights, with plenty of

standard and table lamps creating mood and warmth.

“Nothing changes a place quite like lighting,” he says.

The drawing room, at the front of the house, promises

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the many interesting books. A wonderfully eclectic gallery

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This page: At the very top of the house, the

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Just as I thought we’d completed the

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for the day, all newcomers are made to feel

extremely welcome.

This isn’t the case at some courses that operate

more like a private members’ club and, as a

result, we do receive a number of members

each year from other courses in the area.”

A competitive club with one of the strongest

ladies sections in the county, Clandon Regis is

open to golfers of all abilities and types.

Ladies captain Linda Elliott said: “We’d like to

attract golfers who have recently moved into

the area, occasional golfers playing from timeto-time

on various courses and also people

who are new to the game.

“To this end we have an academy membership,

which includes a discounted rate and a

package of lessons with the golf pro.

“We offer taster memberships for those who

may be considering joining the club or even

whether to take up golf as a hobby – a sixmonth

membership at a third of the usual price.

“We therefore cater for everyone from the complete

beginner to the elite, competitive players.”

General manager Paul Napier said: “Like many

other industries, the golf club business has

evolved over the years.

“Indeed, a golf club just for golfers is no longer

sustainable and we now host a variety of functions,

wedding receptions and even wakes.

“We have recently obtained a civil marriage

licence, so we are now ready to conduct civil

services with the option of beautiful grounds for

a reception to remember.”

“Where Golfers become Friends”



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and ciders. We are serious about spirits too. We’ve

curated a carefully considered range of premium gins,

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What’s on the Christmas menu this year? SH speaks to the foodies to find out how local

eateries are gearing up for the festive season, and what they’ll be serving up at home

Barny Taylor,

Managing Director,

The Dysart Petersham

What is your favourite part

of Christmas at The Dysart

Petersham? More than at

any other time of year guests

are jovial and high-spirited

at Christmas time. It gives us such great pleasure knowing

that our diners are leaving feeling satisfied and content.

What would you choose for your ultimate Christmas

menu? Many of our staff will place an order with one of

our wonderful meat suppliers for Christmas Day lunch

at home. If it is not a beautiful turkey then one can’t do

much better than roast Longhorn beef fillet from Huntsham

Court Farm! The best beef we have been able to find.

What is the highlight of your festive menu this year at The

Dysart Petersham? We always serve some old classics around

Christmas time – my favourite would be Cotswolds venison with

a traditional Cumberland jus with orange, port and redcurrants.

How are you going that extra mile to make customers feel

pampered when they dine with you? I’d like to think that we

go the extra mile all year round. A warm greeting, a spacious

yet cosy restaurant, burning log fire, no rush for the table to be

used again, and, of course, great food and wine – I know these

are the things I’m looking for when I treat my wife and me.

What is your favourite Christmas dessert? If ever there is

the time for a little decadence then it’s Christmas! So it has

to be chocolate. We use Valrhona chocolate (only the best!),

layered with Kirsch soaked chocolate cake, juniper cream

and yuzu citrus marmalade. Too delicious for words!

Find out about what’s happening opver Christmas and New

Year at The Dysart by visiting


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£60, Cox & Cox; Gold

Glitter Hanging Pegs,

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Ray gingerray.

Alina Rahbani from The Mulberry

Inn, Chiddingford

What is your favourite part of Christmas day at

The Mulberry Inn? To see all our customers gathering

together, enjoying a peaceful day over a great Christmas

dinner made from locally produced ingredients.

What would you choose for your ultimate Christmas

menu? We are happy to announce that our Christmas

Menu and Christmas Day Menu is already available on

our website. Please take a minute to check it out.

What is the highlight of your festive menu this year at The

Mulberry Inn? Our menu will accommodate all different taste

palates with a variety of dishes from vegetarian, seafood to all

kinds of meat freshly cooked on the day from our local suppliers.

All our wines are carefully selected to complement our dishes.

How are you going that extra mile to make customers

feel pampered? We are a family run business with

over 40 years of experience. Going the extra mile to

make all our customers feel welcome is our motto. It is

always great to see when customers return over and over

again, it means we must be doing something right.

What is your favourite Christmas dessert?

Alongside the traditional choices of Christmas

pudding, sticky toffee and chocolate brownie we will

be serving mulled wine panna cotta. Enjoy!

Hush Heath’s executive

chef, Fabio Vinciguerra

What is your favourite

part of Christmas day?

Opening the presents! And

spending time with my son

and wife, of course…

What would you choose for

your ultimate Christmas

menu? I like to start the

day as I mean to go on,

so begin with a Bloody

Mary and smoked salmon. Then, for the main event, it

would have to be a Beef Wellington as it is my absolute

favourite – which is one of the main reasons it is on the Hush

Heath pubs’ menus this year. I tend to have dauphinoise

potatoes with mine and it wouldn’t be Christmas without

sprouts, which I serve with pancetta and chestnuts.

What is the highlight of Hush Heath pubs’ festive menus

this year? It would have to be the Salmon Rillette and

Cucumber Carpaccio with Keta Caviar and Melba Toast. We

tend to have a lot of salmon throughout the festive period

as it makes me think of Christmases back home in Italy.

How are you going that extra mile to make customers

feel pampered when they dine in one of your pubs?

This is something which we strive to do every day as we

are passionate about reflecting the family values that run

throughout Hush Heath’s culture. The key area which I

believe we achieve this is through the staff. All of our staff

are hired for their personalities, as it is vital to have people

who truly care about what they are doing, and I believe our

guests can see and feel that when they visit any of our pubs.

What is your favourite Christmas dessert? Don’t judge me but

I love a Black Forest gateau! You can tell I’m a child of the 70s.

Find out more about the Hush Heath Estate and its collection

of six pubs across London, Kent and Sussex at


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Hot Stuff

Jazz up your Christmas feast with three

deliciously different takes on a festive stuffing

• 2 shallots

• 2 cloves of garlic

• 500 g mixed wild mushrooms

• Small handful of ground ivy leaves (alternatively, use sage)

• Few sprigs of fresh thyme

• Small handful fresh parsley

• 1 stale small sourdough loaf

• 1 stick of celery

• 100g hazelnuts or walnuts

• 75g butter, plus extra for greasing

• salt and pepper, to taste

1Finely slice the shallots,

garlic and celery.

2Source the best wild mushrooms you can

find, then roughly chop and set aside.

With the bread, slice into small chunks (the

3 staler the better!) and set aside.

In a small frying pan, dry roast

4 the hazelnuts (if using).

5Wash the ground ivy if freshly picked, then finely slice.

It’s a strongly aromatic herb, so a little goes a long way!

Chop the parsley and pick

6 off the thyme leaves.

In a deep pan, heat the butter and add the shallot, celery and

7 garlic, cooking over a medium heat until the onions have

softened (but not coloured). This should take around 6-7 minutes.

Add the mushrooms to the pan, followed by the thyme and

8 ground ivy. Once the mushrooms are cooked through and

lightly coloured, remove from the heat and leave to cool.

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Mix the cooked mushrooms

9 with the sourdough, the toasted nuts and season

to taste. Then, stir through the fresh parsley

Pop everything in a casserole dish or a deep baking

10 dish and cover with the lid (or foil). Bake in the

oven for 30 minutes, then remove the lid/foil and cook

for a further 5-10 minutes until crispy on top.

Wild Mushroom & Ground

Ivy Stuffing Recipe

by Beckie Wingrove and Christian

Armstrong from The Salt Box

Serves 8-10

Although you can use this recipe to stuff a bird, it’s even

more delicious baked alongside your festive roast. You’ll get

plenty of crisp, browned crust and loads of flavour!

About ground ivy: Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) is in the mint family

(and isn’t a close relation of the poisonous evergreen, climbing ivy that most people

are likely to be more familiar with!). Common and widespread throughout

Britain, it can be found in woodland, hedgerow, parks and gardens. It provides

good ground cover and is sometimes seen as a lawn pest, has phenomenal

aromatic herbal qualities and pretty little lavender-blue flowers in the spring.

It has a gentle earthy, herbal flavour, with a fragrance somewhere between

sage, mint and thyme, perfect for a festive stuffing! Remember: don’t pick or eat

anything you can’t 100% positively identify – if in doubt, leave it out. Only

take what you need – be sure to leave plenty for the wildlife. Why not join

a foraging course or guided walk if you want that extra bit of guidance!

To find out more about courses and dining events

at The Salt Box visit


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Roast Stuffed Squashes with Christmas Spices

by Abel & Cole

Preparation time: 30 mins Cooking time: 75 mins

Serves: 6-8

Pull up a sleigh and sit down to the best meal

of the year, starring Abel & Cole’s brilliant

winter squashes and wonderful spices.

• splash of olive oil

• 1 leek, washed and chopped

• 2 garlic cloves

• thumb of ginger

• 6 cardamom pods

• 2 tsp fennel seeds

• 2 tsp ground cinnamon

• 300g white basmati rice, washed

• 3 large winter squashes, around 2kg each

• 50g pine nuts or almonds

• handful of flat leaf parsley

Warm a splash of olive oil in the frying pan. Add the leek

1 and season. Stir-fry for 5-8 mins until soft and glossy.

Stir in the garlic and ginger. Add the cardamom, fennel

2 seeds and cinnamon. Drain the washed rice. Stir it into

the pan. Pour in 750ml hot water and cover. Bring to the

boil, then turn the heat down. Simmer for around 5 mins

until the rice is almost cooked and still a little wet.

Slice the tops off the squashes and scoop out the seeds.

3 Stir the pine nuts or almonds and parsley into the rice.

Taste and adjust the seasoning. Divide between the squashes.

Pop the squashes on a baking tray or in a roasting

4 tin and put the tops back on. Roast in the middle of

the oven for about 50 mins until tender. Carefully lift

the squashes onto a platter or board. Serve in slices

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Think of this as a cross between a

Scotch egg and arancini. If you’re

making stuffing anyway just make

a little extra for these nibbles. I

recommend making 2-3 times the

amount you think you’ll need;

I’ve seen people push their loved

ones aside to get to the last few.

• 500g herby sausagemeat


• 100g fresh mozzarella or

other good melting cheese

• 1 cup flour

• 2 eggs, beaten

• 200g Panko breadcrumbs

• vegetable or sunflower

oil for frying

• salt and pepper

To make each one, take about

140g of the stuffing and press it in

to a disc in the palm of your hand.

Break off a baked-bean-sized piece

of mozzarella and push it into the

middle and form the edges round

in your hand so you end up with a

ball of stuffing with the cheese in

the middle. Roll into an even ball

and repeat until it is all used up.

To breadcrumb the balls: lay out

23 shallow bowls, put the flour

in the first, the eggs in the second

and the breadcrumbs in the third.

One at a time dredge the ball in the

flour, shake off the excess, dip and

roll it in the eggs and drop into the

breadcrumbs rolling and pressing

until totally coated. Set to one side.

Heat enough oil in a deep pan

3 to deep fry, bring slowly up to

180˚C. Deep-fry until golden brown

and piping hot in the middle. Keep

warm in the oven until ready to

eat and serve on cocktail sticks.

Stuffing Bombs

by Riverford Organic Farmers

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 20 mins Serves: 10

Cooks notes: *To make the

stuffing: add 100g of coarse

breadcrumbs soaked in milk,

squeezed and added to 350g of

sausagemeat, the zest of 1 orange,

1 large red onion diced and cooked

until soft, a couple of finely chopped

dried apricots and some sage, thyme

and parsley finely chopped.

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Holly tag, £3.95,

Nancy & Betty Studio

Garden Bird red wrap,

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Gold fleck ribbon,

£14.50, Cox & Cox

Stripy red parcel string,

£2.95, Rex London

Grossgrain ribbon, £5,

Nancy & Betty Studio

Organic cotton wrap, £11,

Of Cabbages and Kings

100% recycled

wrapping paper,

£7, Wearth London

Hessian ribbon, £2.49,

The Contemporary





Winter seed-pods gift wrap,

£20, The Shop Floor Project

Merry Christmas ribbon

from kit of 3 designs, £4.49,

Ginger Ray

Merry Christmas gift tag,

£3.50, Sophie Allport

To get Santastandard

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need to start with a colour scheme...

Menagerie reversible

wrapping paper, £12.50,

Cox & Cox

Gold mini stars Gift

Tags, £7.50, Cox &


Scandinavian-style gift wrap,

£2.95, with paper ivy, £4.50,

Paper Tree

John Lewis & Partners,

Mini tree wrap, £5, John


Grossgrain ribbon, £5,

Nancy & Betty Studio

Kraft trees gift bag,

£3.50, Paperchase

Iridescent self-adhesive

bow, £2, Paperchase

Vintage ribbon, £4.96,

Cambridge Imprint

Elephant gift tag, £3.50/

set of 8, Sophie Allport

Little stars patterned paper,

£2.50, Cambridge Imprint

Foxy lady wrapping paper, £3, and

gift tags, £3/pack of 10, Chase &



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Penguin card, £7.50/pack

of 6, Happy & Glorious

‘Good Tonics We

Bring’ gin card, £2.50,

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Reindeer pop our bauble

Christmas card, £3.50, Top


Handmade wax seal

card with envelope

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6 Sleepy Bee Studio

‘Naughty or Nice’ card,

£2.95, Nancy and Betty


Chase And Wonder Snow

Princess card, £3.99,


Muffin eco tree planting

card, £2.99, 1 Tree Cards

‘Santa Baby, leave

some Prada under the

tree’ card, £4. Taylor


Lasercut winter scene

card, £3.75, Paperchase

‘Dachshund through the snow’

card, £3.25, Blightys

Winter Goods blank

greetings card £2,

Graham Clarke

‘Merry Christmas’ card,

£2.50, Cambridge Imprint

Bird card by Surrey

artist Martin Hayes,

£3, Bourneside Gallery


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County Clothes

Quality clothing and a personal service

Kent Surrey East Sussex



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County Clothes


Quality clothing and a personal service

Kent Surrey East Sussex

Silver Sabres Surrey

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LED Sabre workshop

Sat 21 Dec 2019

Adult (16+ class Thurs nights

8.30-9.30 at Epsom College)

New classes starting in Jan 2020

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to register interest

Further information at

Ideal Christmas present for a

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Cheesy, comic, chic or sparkly…

Everyone loves a Christmas jumper




1 ‘Christmas calories don’t count’, £26,

Dorothy Perkins

2 MaxMara Studio at Fenwick Acciuga

roll-neck in Bordeaux, £505, Fenwick 3 Penguins, £32, Lipsy 4 Pagoda pom-pom, £59.95,

White Stuff 5 ‘Bah Hum

Pug’, £26, Next 6 Cotton present

all-in-one, £10, M&S

7 Rudolf, £10, M&S

8 Juliet star stud, £220, WYSE London 9 Barbour Fair Isle

lambswool, £89.95, Counry Clothes 10 Frost

blue split hem star, £67, Pure Collection




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Put a

Ring on It

Clockwise from top left: Gisela Graham mixed fir leaf wreath with blueberries and cones, £40, Amara; In title: Pine needle Christmas

garland, £39.95, Melody Maison; Anngarsk bauble wreath, £30, Habitat; Rowan MacGregor hedgerow wreath:

No.2 ‘Young Oak Leaves’, £145, The Shop Floor Project; House LED lit wreath, £55, Laura Ashley;

Rowan MacGregor hedgerow wreath: No. 7 ‘Crisp Leaves’, £155, The Shop Floor Project Centre: Eucalyptus, berry and

amaryllis wreath finished with frosted greenery, silver sparkly baubles and ribbon, £328, RTfact Flowers


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Put a

Ring on It

Clockwise from top right:

Autumnal leaf wreath,

£125, Funky Bunch


Glitter and sequins Christmas

wreath, £75, Selfridges&Co; Natural blush

eucalyptus wreath, £52, Rose

and grey;

A by Amara leaf and pine cone

wreath, £105, Amara;

Christmas outdoor pre-lit red

berry wreath, £32.99, Lights4Fun; Handmade

wreath, from a selection

starting at £24.99, House of

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Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Kate Liz Watts

Hair Stylist: Kirsty Fellows, Blonde Ambition Model: Cat Williams, Fresh Agents


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Previous page (left): Mori heels, £195, Sante +

Wade Previous page (right): Vivien Westwood

Anglomania dress, £289, Hoopers; Dina heels,

£195, Sante + Wade; leather silver star earrings, £25,

Dark Horse Ornament; chunky chain necklace or

two separate bracelets, £375, Julie Tucker-Williams

Jewellery; poinsettia decorations available at the

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22-carat gold plate bronze ring, £79, Who’s

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Icelandic wool knit, £55, Hawk &

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skirt, £330, cashmere rib scarf,

£115, Hoopers; black leather tassel

boots, £285, The Boot Room

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Lauren, Ralph Lauren velvet pyjamas,

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wool lined suede moccasins, £35,

Copperhurst British Romney wool

throw, £70, Romney Marsh Wools;

vintage Christmas wool jumper, £45,

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Shine Bright

like a Diamond

Sparkle like a grown-up with Jo Fairley’s tips

for applying shimmering festive party make-up

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Filter, £34 for 30ml

There is a difference between sparkle, shimmer and

glitter. The latter is for Elton John and under-sevens.

The former, however, can be incredibly flattering

for faces of uncertain age, shall we say. It’s often drummed

into us that we shouldn’t gleam but, in fact, the judicious

positioning of light on a face can be super-flattering,

making us look lit from within. (Caravaggio, Vermeer

and John Singer Sargent certainly knew all about that.)

I understand why you might run scared from gleam

and glimmer. All those beauty editors’ lectures (from

people like me) about ‘not applying shimmer to wrinkles

or it makes them look worse!’ And it does: avoid the

crease of the eye, at pretty much any age, with shimmer.

But elsewhere...? Here’s what I know about shimmering,

without looking like the fairy on the Christmas tree.

A gleaming primer can really awaken the face. Primers

are applied before your foundation, of course,

and serve two purposes. First is to help your

make-up to stay put longer – and almost

magically they do. But at the same time, they

can colour-correct, eliminating redness (the new

Daniel Sandler Anti-Redness Foundation Primer,

£24.50 for 30ml, is excellent for that).

But in this instance, we’re talking

about primers that also add a fine

veil of halo-like gleam underneath

your usual more velvety or matte foundation.

There are two particular glow-getting

primers that I recommend:

Nars Radiance

Primer, £29 for 30ml, is amazing for

smoothing out the face and adding subtle


Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood

Flawless Filter, £34 for 30ml,

meanwhile, promises ‘superstarlit’

skin and has more gleam, but

offers the advantage of coming

in seven different shades, acting

like a filter on your skin. I


Rouge Allure

Ink Matte Liquid

Lip Colour range,

£31 each

“Don’t go for it

the first time as

you’re prepping

for a big event.

Have a play


like it as a primer, but you can also add a touch or two to

your regular foundation to ramp up the face-lighting factor

– alternatively, dab it over your foundation as a highlighter,

though you’d want to practise this to get it right. (And I can’t

recommend too highly that you nip to your chosen brand’s

nearest counter to have either of these demo-ed on you and

see with your own eyes how they create a sort of ‘halo’ effect.)

My one caveat? If you already use a ‘radiant’ foundation

featuring light-reflective pigments, this is probably

overkill, and you could end up looking sweatily shiny.

Up the wattage of your eyes. This does not mean

applying a shimmery shadow all over your lids, sockets

and brow-bone, as a particular four-year-old in my life

loves to do. It means the merest whisper, to open the eyes.

Sometimes I remind myself of the astonishing power of this

by applying my regular taupe-to-brown eyeshadow look

without adding a final gleaming touch. It

looks fine. But then that dab of shimmer –

and hey, presto! Instantly younger and more

‘alive’. (Such are the miracles of make-up...)

Glimmering ivory, rose gold, silver or

white will perform the same job – and

powder products are easier, here; with

liquid or cream shadows, it’s easy to get too

much from the dispenser and be tempted

to slap it on rather than waste it. Although

I generally discard the applicator that comes with most

eyeshadows, the little sponge-tipped wand in mirror-lidded

Chanel Ombre Première Longwear Powder Eyeshadow, £26

(mine is shade 10 Flesh). More affordably, check out the

completely wonderful Bourjois Little Round Pots, £5.49, in

Generose or Ingenude – or use that shimmering shadow

in the corner of a palette you already own, which you’ve

been avoiding like the plague. (Having said that, my

Ombre Première is going strong two years in, although I

do consider it right up there with the loaves and fishes that

I’ve managed to hang onto the applicator for that long.)

But again, the golden (literally) rule with party make-



up is: don’t go for it the first time

as you’re prepping for a big event.

Have a play beforehand, when

you’re got a moment. (Which I

appreciate is all any of us has, as

we count down to Christmas.)

Illumintate your limbs. At this

time of year, when bodies are dry

and (I’m looking at my forearms as

I type this) can be flat and almost

dusty-looking, it works really well

to smooth in or sweep on a swoosh

of product featuring the teeniest

particles of gold, to catch the light.

Notwithstanding colder weather,

many of us have a bit of extra skin

on show during the party season:

shoulders, décolletage, forearms or

legs. (The late Princess of Wales’s

leg-lengthening trick, FYI, was to

blend a shimmering product into her

bare shins, which created the optical

illusion of even greater length.)

A body oil infused with gleam

does double-duty, nourishing skin

wherever you apply it. The original

(and I think still the best) is Nuxe

Huile Prodigieuse Gold Shimmer

Dry Oil, £34.50 for 100ml, but

you could also try adding a few

squirts of The Body Shop Drops

of Gold, £12, to your usual body

cream or oil. And gosh, if you’re

feeling really splurge-y, Tom Ford

Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil,

£72 for 100ml, featuring tiny

fragments of platinum and gold leaf,

infusing skin with a glorious floral/

sandalwood scent. Alternatively, with

your biggest, fluffiest powder brush,

swirl on a light veil of shimmering

powder – and my current favourite

for this is Guerlain Météorites Pearl

Powder Blush, £36 (shade Dore). It’ll

probably last me a lifetime of parties!

Kiss your lips with gleam. Here’s

the thing about shimmer after a

certain age; you don’t want it all

over your face. So I would probably

counsel against highlighter, or

shimmering blushers, focusing on

radiant skin, eyes – and a touch of

shimmer on lips. This also deceives

the eye, making lips appear fuller

(and most of us long for that).

The new Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Matte Liquid Lip Colour range,

£31 each, showcases long-lasting

lip stains which in some cases also

feature metallic microparticles (I

am carrying round 208 Metallic

Red everywhere with me). I

am equally devoted to Guerlain

Kiss Kiss Satin Effect Diamond

Lipstick, £29.50, in Red Jewel.

If you’d rather stay within your

comfort zone by wearing your

regular shade of lipstick, meanwhile,

why not just add a finishing flourish

of shimmering gloss to the bottom

lip, then smack them together to

blend? Laura Mercier Candleglow

Lip Glacé, £20.50, is a bronze-y

shade, while Pat McGrath Lust Gloss

(in Blitz Gold), £25, offers pure

22-carat glam. At the high street

end of the price spectrum, L’Oréal

Glam Shine, £5.99, also does the

trick. But remember: less is more!

Last, but not least, embrace

dazzle on your nails. For years I’ve

been wearing a shimmering polish

that makes my fingertips look like

they’re adorned with pearls, thereby

distracting from hands that haven’t

aged as well as some other bits of me.

My polish-of-choice is OPI Infinite

Shine (in Pearl of Wisdom), £14.50,

but any gold, silver or shimmering

white has the same effect. Frankly,

in this day and age there is no nail

polish that is age-inappropriate,

so go as crazy and glimmery as

you like on your manicure.

And one last bit of advice:

just add pearl earrings. As

Vermeer understood, nothing

illuminates the face better...

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more of Jo’s make-up and

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Health & Wellbeing

Have a Healthy Christmas

Henrietta Norton explains how, despite the extra indulgence, it’s

still possible to have a nourishing and nutritious festive season


has shown that

Brussels sprouts

have significant



Mid-winter celebrations give us the opportunity

to commune and foster cheer, bringing

light to the darkest month of the year.

However, in our modern interpretations of Christmas

it can also be a time of over indulgence, a feast of sugarladen

and alcohol-dipped temptations. Despite our latter

day adaptations to this seasonal feast, the original Christmas

fare was in fact extremely nutritionally rich, providing those

vital nutrients for the body’s needs at this time of year.

Nourishing indulgences this Christmas:

Turkey – an abundant source of L-tryptophan, the precursor to

serotonin the main brain chemical that gives us the ‘feelgood’ factor

during the darker months. Particularly in the darker meat, zinc and

iron are both important for the generation of energy and hormones

that stress adaption. It is also an excellent source of selenium needed

by the thyroid gland to support the body’s use of food for energy.

Brussels sprouts – too often left to the side of the plate – most

especially by children – but research has shown they have significant

cancer-preventative properties. Steamed Brussels sprouts have

also been shown to reduce cholesterol by supporting gall bladder

function and digestion. Just 10 of these little green bombs will give

you over 140% of your recommended daily amount of vitamin C

Nuts – freshly cracked walnuts by an open fire are one of many

joys at this time and research shows that there are a great deal of

health benefits to be achieved from this activity too. Walnuts are

rich in vitamin E and the antioxidant group ‘phenols’, both of

which support cardiovascular health. Rich in protein they also

support blood glucose fluctuations that can lead to sugar cravings

or energy lows. More recently, walnuts have been researched

for their ability to promote the production of melatonin, the

brain chemical that induces sleep. The best benefits come

from freshly cracking them and eating all but the shell.

Cranberries – the accompanying traditional recipe for

cranberry sauce can be rich in anthocyanidins, powerful

antioxidants with a known ability to fight off infection

(especially in the urinary tract). They are also rich in vitamin

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Banish the

Winter Blues

Christmas stress can be kept at bay with a

little self care, Sarah Maxwell explains


t this busy time of year

exercise and wellbeing will

usually be last on your

list of priorities, however... !

Christmas can be a stressful time

of year and exercise is actually one

of the best ways to combat it.

Studies have found that active people

experience significantly less anxiety and

emotional distress than active people.

Endless lists, shopping bags, keeping

everyone happy, excess alcohol, edible

treats and less sleep all adds up to

exhaustion, overload and stress.

The average British person gains

around 5lbs at Christmas. If you

manage to maintain a regular exercise

programme, or at least be active and take

care of yourself, you will have a much

less stressful holiday season and be ready

to hit the ground running in January.

I am a huge fan of quick workouts and

I have devised an exercise programme

that I call ‘on the go workouts’ – when

I’m flat out I do these to keep up my

energy levels and combat the difficulty

I have with short dark days. I find it

really helps my mood (especially as I

get rather uptight at this time of year).

In truth this is not just about keeping

Sarah Maxwell is a multiple awardwinning

Fitness and Lifestyle coach

and mum of two who juggles a lot

of balls. Find out more about Sarah

and her work at

Sarah shares her Fitness and

Lifestyle tips on Instagram


fit and exercising it’s about giving

yourself some energy and calming your

mind. If I didn’t do some exercise at

some point in the day or do something

just for myself I wouldn’t be able to

juggle everything quite so well.

Take the pressure off yourself and do

the exercises in bite-size chunks so you

don’t have to go to the gym or class if

you’re running short on time (aren’t

we all). Try squats while waiting for

the kettle to boil, throw yourself into

a plank while you’re waiting for the

bath to fill, stretches while watching

your favourite TV programme and

if you’ve got young children put

on your favourite music and dance

with them (I’m sure they will love

Michael Buble’s Christmas album).

Every minute counts as we enter

into the festive season, as we do

more shopping online we don’t

walk around the shops as much

as we used to and that takes a toll

on our health and wellbeing.

This year, take time out to nurture

yourself, move more and spend some

quiet time alone. I can guarantee

you will have the merriest, fittest

and calmest Christmas yet!

“Take the pressure off yourself and

exercise in bite-size chunks”

Exercise of

the month:


This is a great exercise for

thighs and bottom

(a prefect pre-ski exercise too)

Stand with your back about

10in/2.5cm away from a wall

and place your feet hip

width apart.

Lean against the wall and

slide down until your thighs

are parallel to the floor.

Be careful not to push

your knees beyond your toes and

don’t allow your bottom to be

lower than your knees. Put the

weight on your heels and arms

crossed over your chest.

Try to hold for up to a

minute and repeat 3 times.

Have a Merry Christmas x



pear and

apple baubles,

£2.50 each,

sequinned branch,

£10, Maisie K

Get the

Party Started

Juliet Bidwell combines the freshest flavours for

four scrumptuous canapés to get your Christmas

or New Year’s party off to a very tasty start

Recipes: Juliet Bidwell

Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Lucy Fleming

Artichoke Crisps with Black Forest Ham

Cooking time 10-15 mins Prep time 20 mins

Serves 10

• 200g Jerusalem artichokes


• 1 tbsp olive oil

• Salt and ground black pepper

• 100g crème fraîche

• 4 slices of Black Forest ham

• 4 tbsp red onion marmalade

or cranberry sauce

• 1 tbsp cress or chopped

chives to garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, 350˚F, gas 4. Slice the artichokes

thinly on a mandolin. You’ll need big slices as they will shrink.

Toss them in oil and season. Lay the slices on a baking tray and

roast for 10-15 mins until golden and crisp.

2. Pull the Black Forest Ham into strips and twirl. Top the

artichoke crisps with ½ tsp of crème fraîche, Black Forest ham

and ½ tsp red onion marmalade or cranberry sauce. Garnish

with cress or chopped chives.


Five-spiced Duck with Plum

Sauce & Cape Gooseberries

Cooking time 30 mins Prep time 30 mins

Serves 10

• 1 tortilla wrap

• 1 tsp olive oil

• 2 tsp Chinese five-spice

• 2 tsp runny honey

• 1 duck breast

• 100g crème fraîche

• 4 tbsp Chinese plum

sauce or a good brand mango chutney

• 1 punnet Cape gooseberries cut into quarters

• 2 tsp toasted sunflower seeds

• 2 tsp chopped chives

• 1 mini muffin tin

1. Preheat oven to 180˚C, 350˚F, gas 4. Brush tortilla wrap

with oil and cut into 18 squares. Place oil side down in

the muffin tin and bake for 10 mins until crisp and dry.

2. Mix the five-spice and honey together. Score the skin of

the duck breast and spread with the five-spice and honey

mix. Roast the duck breast for 15-20 mins, it should still

be pink in the middle. Slice thinly when cool.

3. To assemble: put ½ tsp of crème fraîche in a tortilla cup,

followed by ½ tsp plum sauce or mango chutney, 1 slice

of five-spiced duck and a Cape gooseberry quarter.

Top with toasted sunflower seeds and chopped chives.


acorn branch,

£4.95, Maisie K



sprigs, £2.50

each, Maisie K

Cheese Soufflé Toast

with Cherry Tomatoes

Cooking time 15-20 mins Prep time 10 mins

Serves 10

• 20g butter

• 5 slices of thick sliced

white bread

• Salt and pepper

• 2 good pinches of

cayenne pepper

• 500g strong Cheddar,


• 300ml double cream

• 4 eggs, whisked

• 1 vine cherry tomatoes

• 23cm square tin

1. Butter the base of the tin. Remove bread crusts and cut

so they completely cover the base of the tin. Season the

bread base with salt, pepper and a pinch of cayenne.

Spread the Cheddar cheese evenly over the bread base.

Whisk the cream into the whisked eggs and season. Pour

the cream and eggs on the cheese making sure it goes

right to the edge of the tin.

2. Bake the cheesy toast for 15-20 mins, it should be risen,

reasonably firm and golden brown. When cooked leave it

to rest and then cut into 3cm squares. Serve dusted with

rest of cayenne and cherry tomato vine.


Juliet and her team at Juliet’s Catering

provide delicious seasonal menus for

any event, be it a wedding, special

dinner, lunch or drinks party. To

find out more, call 01797 270347

or visit


fur leopard

scarf, £14.95, gold

pompom clutch,

£23.95, macaron

baubles, £3.95

each, Maisie K

Brandy Snap Baskets with

Passion Fruit & Mango

Cooking time 30 mins Prep time 90 mins

Preheat oven 190˚C Serves 12

• 110g butter

• 110g caster sugar

• 4 tbsp golden syrup

• 110g plain flour

• Zest and juice of ½ lemon

• Pinch of ground ginger

and allspice

• 50g dark chocolate

• 10g butter

• 100ml double cream

• 2tsp icing sugar sifted

• 2 large passion fruit

• ½ mango peeled and finely


• 2 stem ginger diced finely


• 10 mint leaves

• 5½cm and 2¼cm pastry

cutting rings

• Parchment paper

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup together, remove

from the heat and stir in the flour, lemon zest and juice

and spices. When cool, use a teaspoon to make balls

the size of marbles and place 4 on the baking tray, leave

room for them to spread. Bake for 10-12 mins until

golden brown. While still warm cut with the 5½cm

cutter into a neat round and mould over the 2¼cm cutter

into the shape of a basket. If the biscuits harden and won’t

mould, pop them back into the oven on a baking tray for

a minute to soften.

3. Melt chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of warm

water. Turn the brandy snap basket upside down and

spread melted chocolate on the outside base; leave to cool.

4. Whisk cream and icing sugar together, then add the seeds

of 1 passion fruit, the diced mango and stem ginger, if

using, and spoon into the baskets. Top with the remaining

passion fruit seeds and decorate with a mint leaf.


Brown paper packaging can

be tied up with string, but a

length of ivy secured around a

parcel can look even better than

a ribbon in a rustic sort of way.

Dream of a Green


Jo Arnell shares her top tips and tricks for an eco-friendly festive season

Christmas trees are

greener when you grow

them in a pot and bring

them in each year”

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And the most

wasteful – if my rubbish and recycling bags are anything

to go by. Every year I vow to walk past the mounds of

glittery plastic and not get lured into the festival of shopping

that Christmas has become – but the pull is strong. This

year will be better, more organised, more crafty and more

mindful. It takes a little planning, but once you stop to

think about what can be made from simple ingredients

and foraged from our surroundings, a world of beautiful

and natural ideas – that carry no air miles – opens up.

Grow your own lunch

This is hard to do from scratch now, unless you want to serve

mustard and cress to your guests, but next year you could

be smugly serving your own homegrown fare. Most of the

ingredients for Christmas lunch are easy to grow – perhaps

not the turkey, but there are plenty of local farms where

happily raised birds can be bought directly. A vegetarian

alternative, such as a nut roast or decadent pie, is a greener

alternative to the traditional meat heavy feast and with the

right preparation, just as delicious. Out on the patch carrots

and potatoes will need lifting and storing in the autumn,

but sprouts, parsnips, cabbage and leeks can be left in the

ground – waiting in an outdoor larder until you are ready

to pick them. Even cranberries are fairly straightforward

to grow, but unless you want to give the birds a Christmas

treat, you may need to protect them with netting.

Christmas trees are greener when you grow them in

a pot and bring them in each year, but this does restrict

their size – until you release them and plant them in the

garden – where they shoot up to rival the Norway spruce

in Trafalgar Square. Although a fake tree can be used

for many years (20 apparently, to negate its effects on

the environment), it is not an environmentally friendly

thing. The production and felling of real trees involves

emissions, but at least while they are growing on their

plantations they are carbon positive. The most ecological

thing to do is not have one at all. Bah humbug!

Crafting your own Christmas stationery can be a satisfying

task if you have the time (but rather fraught if you’re up

against it…). Brown paper looks effective with a simple hand

printed design (remember potato prints?), or if you are artistic

you can even draw a unique design directly onto it. The

same goes for labels and cards. Cut sections from last year’s

leftover cards for labels too and recycle what you can from

other packaging. I have even used twigs and foliage from the

garden on tags and cards. Brown paper packaging can be tied

up with string, but a length of ivy secured around a parcel

can look even better than a ribbon in a rustic sort of way.

Homemade and homegrown presents

Chutneys, jams and relishes go down well as presents and

look attractive in recycled jars embellished with pretty labels

and ties. Most chutneys need a little while to develop their

flavours, but a quick last minute (and beautifully coloured)

relish/present solution is homemade cranberry sauce. It is

a doddle to make: just simmer 100g cranberries with

“Crafting your own Christmas

stationery can be a satisfying task

if you have the time”

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the juice and a little zest of an orange, add 50g muscovado

sugar (or to taste) and, if you’re feeling ultra festive, a

measure of port. Stir in the pan for five minutes or so until

the berries begin to burst and the sauce thickens, then

cool and refrigerate. It will keep for a week in the fridge.

Drinks such as Sloe gin and Damson vodka are very easy

to make from foraged fruits. It is even possible to grow

your own gin makers hedgerow by planting a mix of native

woody plants such as blackthorn (produces sloes), Rosa

rugosa, Elder, plum and others with edible berries. Beautiful,

bountiful and un-buyable ingredients abound in the garden

and the hedgerows. The only thing to remember (apart

from making sure you’re not picking anything poisonous)

is that while the fruits and berries are an extra bonus for us,

they are crucial for the survival of many birds and animals

through the colder months, so if you do go out gathering,

make sure that you compensate the creatures for raiding their

winter larders – put out extra food on the bird table, keep

fresh/unfrozen water available and provide sheltering places,

such as log piles, hollow stems and cosy piles of leaves.

Cosmetics like soap, bath bombs and hand creams are

satisfying and relatively easy to make. Soap can be made

using sustainably sourced olive or almond oil, rather than the

palm oil so often used in commercial products. It is a bit of a

process to make soap from scratch, but not too difficult. As

an alternative, a pre-made ‘melt and pour’ soap base can be

used – you just heat it gently until it melts, add in fragrances

and other ingredients, pour into moulds and, once your

soap is set, package it up in pretty paper to give away. It is

much gentler on the skin than most commercially made

brands, but make sure you add a list of the ingredients

somewhere on the packaging in case of allergies.

Plants make the ultimate green gift. Carefully

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“Beautiful, bountiful and

un-buyable ingredients

abound in the garden and

the hedgerows”

evergreens and bulbs will go on giving long after the

Christmas tree has been assigned to the shredder/bonfire/

recycling van. If you are planning for next year, then forced

bulbs such as Hyacinths and Paperwhite narcissi can be

planted and triggered into flowering in time for the festive

season. Poinsettias are also primed to show off their red

bracts in December, but they are tender plants and don’t

like cold draughts – even the journey from the shop to

their destination can upset them. They can be kept after

Christmas as house plants, but to get the red bracts to

appear again the following year is a complicated process

involving the manipulation of light levels. Cyclamen

are a better bet, but there are several different varieties

available at Christmas and not all of these are hardy.

Gather some decorations

While you are out on the gin foraging session, pick a few

cones, seed heads and twigs to make decorations with. It is

great fun making place settings, napkin rings, wreaths and

table decorations from things you find growing outside. Many

dried seed pods can be gathered and dried well in advance

and then added to foliage nearer the time. Smaller cones, like

pine, alder, beech and acorns can be added as embellishments,

but the seed heads of plants like Artichokes, Alliums and

Agapanthus are of a good size and look glamorous in their

own right. Spray them with metallic paint for extra sparkle,

or leave them looking as nature intended for a natural (and

more ecologically friendly) look. Use the twining stems

of ivy and other climbers as bases for swags and wreaths

and tie around picture frames, doorways and banisters.

Once you start thinking about simple, home made

alternatives to a shop bought Christmas and unleash your

creativity, the preparations – providing you have the time

– become as enjoyable as the day itself. May your days be

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Hilary Wilce pays tribute to the life-changing work of our teachers

It’s the season of joy and goodwill so let’s give a great big

shout-out for our country’s teachers. Every day they get

up, go to work and very often do things that profoundly

change their students’ lives. Sometimes these are small,

supportive nudges. Sometimes they are well-timed words of

kindness or wisdom, and sometimes they are painstaking,

long-term exercises in teeth-gritting supportive belief.

I remember, for example, Christopher, a wiry, lonely

eight-year-old from a highly dysfunctional family.

Christopher could barely read or write, was disruptive in

class, and so uneasy in his own body that he was forever

having accidents and sporting a cast or a bandage.

This was long ago, in the very earliest days of school

technology, and one day a computer was

delivered to Christopher’s classroom. He was

immediately fascinated. When he typed on

the keyboard his letters came out looking like

everyone else’s, not the illegible scrawls he

produced with his pencil, and since no one in

the class knew how to use a computer he didn’t

have to feel hopeless and inferior as he got to

grips with it. On the contrary, he seemed to pick

it up faster than most of the other children.

Seeing this, his teacher made a very big

decision. For a whole term she re-jigged

Christopher’s timetable so he dropped art, music and games to

work on the computer. She also stayed on in her classroom at

breaks and in the lunch-hour so he could have even more time

at the keyboard. As a result, Christopher’s literacy came on

in leaps and bounds, and almost like magic, his behavioural

and co-ordination problems dwindled. He walked and talked

like a different boy, made friends in class, and moved on up

to secondary school looking confident and feeling able.

“They are






and cheerleaders”

That teacher took her own, unorthodox gamble on

unseen ability. In today’s more regulated schools this is

not always possible, but still teachers carry on steering

and encouraging students. They help them see what

they are capable of, teach them to think for themselves,

provide support through difficult patches, and bring

dry subjects alive with imaginative exercises.

Not all teachers, of course, are brilliant at their jobs. They

vary, just like any other large group of people. But good ones

know when to push and when to coax. They are instructors,

counsellors, befrienders, storytellers, administrators and

cheerleaders. And their daily round can encompass almost

anything from sitting for a few quiet minutes with an

infant whose cat has just died, to reading

the riot act to a student who thinks he can

wing his A-levels without doing any work.

You are never too grand to have a teacher

you can thank. I learnt this when interviewing

well-known people about their best teachers.

The writer Maya Angelou told me a wonderful

story about “Mrs Flowers”, a teacher who

had helped her to learn to speak again after

a childhood trauma had left her mute. Mrs

Flowers took the young, silent Maya to the

library and encouraged her to read her way

back into words “starting with all the books from A to C”.

Through that simple act Maya regained her voice. “I never

had a chance to talk to Mrs Flowers as an adult,” she said,

“but if I had I would have said, ‘Thank you, thank you.’”

So when it comes to sending Christmas cards to

your children’s teachers think about anything you – or

your children – might want to thank them for, and

add it in. It will be the best present you can give.


Surrey Homes



Christmas guide


Open House brings you some fantastic ideas and inspiration for

your festive gifts from this year’s handpicked exhibitors.


1 The 12 Days

of Christmas

Signature advent sleighs

and stylish seasonal

home décor and gifts!

01622 844559

2 2 Little Boys

Exciting range of unique

gift ideas for all the family.

020 8400 3606

3 Äiti London

Contemporary Nordicstyle

designer knitwear,

cashmere and scarves.

07810 481480


5 Alpine Lifestyle


An eclectic mix of Alpine

inspired homewares

and furniture.

01943 602633

6 Amulette

See our exciting designer

jewellery collection.

7 Annie Gray Designs

Handmade framed silhouette

pictures and portraits.

07854 162978


8 Annie with Alex

Bags lovingly made by

our family for yours.

01923 229714

9 Around The

Garden Table

Mobile garden boutique,

flowers, plants and garden/

living accessories.

07538 182772

11 Babette Wasserman

Beautiful silver jewellery

for women and elegant

cufflinks for men.

020 8964 9777


12 BeeInspired

Natural skincare creams

made from our own

honey and beeswax.

07825 278044

13 Birdie London

Luxury Merino wool

activewear for men

and women.

14 Blades Heating


Authorised distributor of

Aga and Everhot appliances.

01883 713378

15 The Boot Room

Leather & suede boots,

also offering a bespoke

fitting service.

07957 887844

16 Brownstone

Contemporary home

fragrance and gifts, including

candles, diffusers and bags.

01252 821669

17 Bukhara

Vintage handwoven

textiles collected from

across the Islamic world.

18 Butternut Box

We make freshly prepared

dog food. Delivered

in perfect portions.

020 3936 4888


19 Captain Tortue

Chic French clothes company

offering smart casualwear in

capsule collections.

01372 270177

4 Alpaca Sol

Beautiful handmade alpaca

knitwear, designed in

Bristol, made in Bolivia.

07914 382981

10 The Artisan Designers

Decoupage with a twist

& home decor.

07855 385824



20 Cashmere & Cotton

Stunning collection of

100% cashmere knitwear

& crisp cotton shirts.

01829 219016

21 Cashmere & Silk

Specialising in unique

100% cashmere and

pure silk scarves.

07785 551254

22 Catherine De


Unique, lightweight,

handmade statement

jewellery that brightens

up any outfit.

07590 472722


23 Ceramica

Beautiful Spanish grater

plates that grate ginger,

garlic, cheese and nutmeg.

07769 771632

24 Chandrika

Thomas London

Luxury lifestyle range

of fragrances for

body and home.

07885 269268




25 Choice of Scandinavia

Bringing Scandinavian

trends to your home!

Let us inspire you!

07718 483812

26 Coban Rugs

Unique rugs and runners

handwoven from natural

undyed goats’ wool.

07769 800321 /rugs.html

27 Cozi

An exclusive range of

coats, jackets, gilets,

hats and accessories.

01923 854999

28 The Curious Yak

London textile retailer

working closely with

independent makers.

07743 058374


29 Desavery

Skincare with pure, plantbased

ingredients designed

to boost your mood.

07748 693693

30 Drysure

The use anywhere boot &

shoe dryer - improves smell.

07971 019974

31 Ella & Cherry

Beautiful clothing with

exquisite details including

ruffles, roses & crystals.

07801 289899


32 Em&Lu

Adorable collection of

children’s nightwear,

bedroom, bathroom

and baby accessories.

07502 405932


33 Eton Taylor

Ladies’ timeless elegant

luxury clothing and


07720 548510

34 Eva Nagy Massages

Take care of your body,

it is your home too.

07752 112404

35 Fairydusk

Beautiful range of

decorative lighting for

your home, & gifts.

07976 525824

36 Faro Home

A colourful edit of India -

homeware and homewear.

07908 532683










37 The Fashion

Loft Boutique

Beautiful ladies clothing

collection, accessories &

jewellery at affordable prices.

07801 930570


45 fwp by rae

Stylish, ethically produced

T-shirts and sweatshirts

fusing design and wine.

07584 418927


38 The Firebowl Shop

Beautiful antique and

new firebowls that you

can cook on.

07762 251347


39 Flint & Flame

Premium quality kitchen

knives, blocks, chopping

boards and sharpeners.

01403 740230

40 Flock Design

Super soft giant Merino

wool handcrafted

home accessories.

07979 536275

41 Flot & Jetsam

Seasonal clothing,

activewear, exclusive

cashmere sweaters, knitwear,

accessories and more!

07487 696985

42 Flutterby

2019 collection of stylish,

original jewellery. Unique

pieces. Show Offers.

07890 348196

43 Forever England

Exquisite Bedspreads,

Bedding and Cushions.

‘Millie Mae’ Fashion


01935 811970

44 From Belo

Award-winning kind, luxury

accessories formed from

re-purposed materials.

07887 537008

46 Gifts for Urchins

Lots of gorgeous gifts

for girls, from preschool

to teenagers.

47 GoodToBee Ltd

Handmade, reusable,

organic cotton, beeswax

food wraps and bags.

07715 749239


49 Hermosa London

Neoprene and velvet

pouches, tote bags &

overnight travel bags.

07875 846776

50 The Holiday

Shop London

Stylish and practical

accessories for sport, leisure

and holiday adventures.

07486 671395

51 Home Portraits 4 U

Hand-drawn, detailed

commissioned portraits of

your house by Eli Ofir.

07851 791772

52 Hopeful London

Beautiful and stylish

brand-designed accessories,

exclusively made in the UK.

07979 694771

hopefullondon. com



48 Hare & Bone

An instinctive fashionfocused,

style and trend

conscious hair salon

01737 924800





53 Hülsta Furniture

- Esher

Modern quality fitted

furniture, made in Germany.

01372 479726


24 74



54 Image Plus

Country Collections

Suppliers of ethically sourced

sheepskins, cowhides and

beautiful leather goods.

01424 893461

55 Initially London

Monogrammed accessories,

linens and gifts.

56 Inky & Mole

Unique, stylish and vibrant

hair accessories for women.

01935 826071

57 Isabel Haines

Heritage Brands

Fine European heritage

homeware brands: Redecker,

Opinel, Berard & Durance.

07733 113440

58 Jin Designs

Clean, simple and stylish

designs on contemporary

British made products.

01273 777070




59 Jo Hooper

Art & Design

Highly detailed and

realistic Equine, Pet &

Wildlife pencil portraits.

07958 797313

60 Kaaren Buchanan

Classic, everyday

jewellery with an edge.

01635 201708


61 Kastur Jewels

Unique, handmade heritage

inspired jewellery with

a contemporary take.

07512 907522

62 KC Collection

Ladies outwear and


07950 027148

64 Kitty Clogs Sweden

Sustainable, ethicallymade

footwear for fashion,

fairness and the future.

65 La Costa Del Algodon

Luxury loungewear

brand from Spain.

66 Ladies Who

Lunch Boutique

Handmade jewellery

in fabulous colours

and unique designs &

complementary accessories.

01323 423816

67 Laslett England

Luxury hand-finished

scarves and pocket squares.

Modern & vintage twist.

01424 532484

68 Law & Co

Former model Denise Law

reveals her latest boutique

clothing collection.

69 Lighthearted

Metal garden sculptures

made from recycled washing

machines & fridges.

07708 936923

70 Lightstyle London

We provide innovative

lighting ideas for the

home and garden.



71 LilyMatthews

Interiors Ltd

Makers of curtains,

blinds, soft furnishings

for trade & residential.

01580 241614

72 Little Plum

Ribbon Memo Boards,

Jewellery Boards, Photo

Frames. Original,

useful presents.

01672 540427


73 LittleLeaf Organic

Luxurious organic cotton

bedding to superking,

plus designer babywear.

01428 712583


63 Kirei Home

Lifestyle brand combining

best of vintage homeware

with more modern.

07909 543755

74 Liv Morgan

Luxury real leather

handbags and accessories

at affordable prices.

07702 886420

75 Lottie’s Loft

Boutique store, ladieswear

including Robell,

cashmere, linen & silk.

01622 679642

76 Loved By Da

Cool & comfy Ibiza inspired


07737 307329

77 Lulu B Ltd

Lulu B is a collection

of stylish and affordable


07973 771014


80 Marie & Lola

Up and coming French

fashion brands for women.

07779 275816

81 Mary Ann Watt Art

Beautiful, contemporary

homeware featuring stunning

painted flower images.

07831 211056


Uniquely versatile

loungewear. Made in

Britain. Made to order.

85 NoLoGo-Chic

Soft cotton, linen

embroidered, printed

nightwear along with

resort wear.

07812 734582

86 The Oak & Rope


Handmade and hand

personalised items made

in oak and rope.

01227 469413


89 Organise-us

Beautiful diaries,

notebooks, guest books,

wallets and handbags.

01252 781878


90 Pelle London

Beautifully designed suede

garments for women

hand-tailored in London.

07967 223729


78 Maisie K

A unique lifestyle store

offering the latest fashion

trends, luxury home

accessories and furniture.

01580 715123


79 The Make Shed

Handmade and hand selected

clothing, home fragrance,

gifts and accessories.

07776 477641

82 Mette Høj

A unique collection of

rare semi-precious stones

and pearl jewellery.

07887 573136

83 Moon Flower Cobham

Designer florist in the

heart of Cobham.

01932 863843



87 Odyl

Independent ladieswear


07973 391548

88 ORA Pearls

British luxury pearl jewellery

made in Chelsea, London.

07771 778856

91 Phoebe Grace

A British designed luxury

leisurewear brand.

07711 017063

92 Plooms

Fabulous fountain pens

in gorgeous colours.

07881 348609




93 Polkadot Parsley

Ceramic oven to

tableware, French

coated linen tablecloth,

napkins, tea towels.

07798 797068





99 Rikke Line

Contemporary Danish

jewellery design.

07932 162439

100 Romney Marsh Wools

A simple, yet stylish woollen

range from our own farm.

01233 721800

65 91

108 Simply Naturale

Gorgeous skincare and

fantastic home textiles

from Florence, Italy.

020 8941 5223


Delightful children’s gifts.

020 8780 0025

94 Possum Merino

Exceptional, comfortable

possum Merino knitwear

from New Zealand. Non


01488 668938

95 Princess Alice Hospice

Providing outstanding end of

life care in Surrey, Middlesex

& South-East London.

01372 468811

96 The Real Ruler

Height Chart Company

Fantastic 6ft 6in

wooden height charts

for all the family.

07790 306220


101 Rose & Bows

Country Boutique

Country boutique

fashion accessories, home

furnishings and gifts.

07578 112220


102 Rosella Style

Lovingly sourced gifts,

homeware and clothing.

Brighten up your life.

07885 464678

103 RTfact Flowers

Specialists in Luxury Faux

Flowers, Trees and Greenery.

01372 470580

104 Sally Wilcox

Sally handmakes beautiful

silver floral jewellery.

105 Sansho -

Handmade in Japan

Sansho works with

traditional craftsmen

to develop beautiful

Japanese homewares.

020 7387 9256

106 Sante + Wade

A contemporary footwear

label for women who

own their difference.

020 7030 3981

107 Silver Pink

UK designed cashmere

jumpers and cardigans

co ordinated with

beautiful shirts.

07774 724630



110 Squiggle Dot

& Squeeze

Children’s craft, activity

kits ages 3-9.

111 St Bert’s Clothing

The 1970s inspired “Go To”

brand for adults and kids.

01273 891848


97 Really Helpful Club

Free online network to share

great recommendations,

discover outstanding

businesses and connect

at inspiring events.

07796 262045

98 Reg&Bob

A stylish, vibrant, yet

totally practical collection

of dog products.









117 Tatum Diamond


Luxury hand-crafted bags

for today’s women who

care about tomorrow.


127 WellBake

WellBake cookware.

CleanZone oven/Aga liners.

NoBurn oven gloves.

01832 731526

112 Stoned and

Waisted Ltd

Stoned and Waisted

-”Everyday Luxury”.

Stunning shearling

coats and accessories.




A stylish clothing

collection from British

& Danish designers.

020 8404 0623


114 Swann Forge

Artisan blacksmith couple

creating bespoke products

for house and home.

07751 752930

115 Swole Panda

Luxuriously soft bamboo

socks and scarves &

handcrafted bamboo watches.

07515 854320

116 T London

Home fragrance and

bath & body products.

020 3846 4900


118 Taylor Bell

Contemporary womenswear.

Classics with a twist.

07939 568051


119 Taylor Jayne

Avant Garde lifestyle,

statement framed prints,

beautiful home fragrances.

120 This Wild House

Vintage furniture, maps,

chandeliers, homewares, gifts

& Taschen Sumo books.

01737 211216

121 Three Grey

Unusual new, reclaimed &

vintage pieces for the home.

07973 440965


122 Tipperleyhill

Quirky animal prints,

personalised with calligraphy

in any chosen phrase.

07814 024280

123 Total Wardrobe Care

Natural anti-moth

clothes products and

wardrobe solutions.

01420 588588

124 Urban Wool

Organic wool bedding,

including wool duvets.

01562 950133


125 Varca

Taste of Mediterranean

style - Boots, Sandals,

Loafers and more.

01903 746677

126 Warp & Weft

Handmade clothing,

accessories & homeware.

Bespoke, made to

order service.

01424 437180

128 Welligogs

British clothing and footwear

brand providing luxury

and stylish elegance.

01785 662277


129 White Ginger

Feminine resort wear with

stunning accessories and

homeware from Singapore.

07747 667788

130 Wild Planet


Natural home fragrance to

enhance your wellbeing.

01959 523920

131 Will and Pop

Customised vintage jackets,

hoodies and bags. The

perfect personalised gift.

07736 677589



135 ZUT

Exquisitely designed

and handcrafted

Colombian suede for

stylish elegant women.

07950 059457


132 WOOD like to PLAY

A beautiful range of wooden

educational puzzles and

Noah’s Arks.

01785 813014

133 Woven Store

Timeless clothing, accessories

& handcrafted lifestyle

goods. Made to last.

07585 705626


134 Zed & Co

Stylish high-quality

placemats, coasters,

china mugs, kitchen

textiles and more.

01892 782991


136 Alsop & Walker

Award-Winning artists

in Cheesemaking (Cow

and Sheep Cheese).

01825 831810


137 Cocoloco Chocolates

Cocoloco Chocolates. Singleorigin,

artisan, handmade

chocolates from East Sussex.

01424 602614

138 Feudo San Lorenzo

Artisanal extra virgin

and flavoured olive

oils from Sicily.

07949 110538

139 Goupie

Devilishly moreish, chewy

chocolate, confection

with a hint of crunch!

01580 211440

140 Longtooth Gin

Longtooth. The relaunch

of the iconic 1960s

London Dry Gin.

07860 419155

141 New York Delhi

ViPnuts - The gourmet

peanut brand.

020 8876 7057


142 Nonya Secrets Sauces

All natural award-winning

delicious south east

Asian cooking/sauces.

020 8995 7530


143 Pinkster Gin

Pinkster Gin is a smooth

dry award-winning gin.

01763 849739

144 Potash Farm

Potash Farm are the

country’s leading cobnut

& walnut growers.

01732 882734


145 Rose Cottage Drinks

Alcoholic mixers for

Champagne, prosecco,

cocktails and desserts.

07974 769669

146 Silent Pool Distillers

Silent Pool Distillers

makes award-winning

gin in the Surrey Hills.

01483 229136










What’s On in December

Children & Families

Sat 21 – Mon 23 Dec

11am & 2pm

Farnham Maltings, Bridge

Square, Farnham GU9 7QR

Outside the Igloo

Join The Knotted Project & Hawk

Dance Theatre on an interactive

icy adventure for ages 4+ and

their families! Three penguins

step out of their igloo for the

first time and embark upon an

adventure of discovery and magic,

following cracks in the ice, scaling

mountains and swimming in

freezing lakes. Sitting amongst the

set and performers, the children

in the audience play an essential

part in helping the penguins on

their journey. Age guidance: 4+

Entry: £10 (family tickets and

group bookings available)


22 Nov – 5 Jan from 9am

weekends & from 10am

weekdays (excl Christmas Day)

Hampton Court Palace, Molesey,

East Molesey KT8 9AU

Hampton Court

Palace Ice Rink

Prepare to be swept away. Picture

skating against a backdrop of

one of the greatest palaces on

earth. It’s the very best of festive

fun and one of the country’s

most scenic skating settings,

with an Ice Rink Café Bar for

spectators and sweet treats.

Saturdays & Sundays from

Sat 18 Nov - Sun 15 Dec &

Mon 16 Dec - Tue 24 Dec

Various Squire’s Garden Centres

Santa’s Grotto

Meet Santa in his magical grotto.

As well as seeing your child’s face

light up when they see Santa

and receive a beautiful wrapped

gift, you’ll also get a warm festive

glow as you’ll be benefitting

local charities including Phyllis

Tuckwell Hospice Care, Cancer

Research and Elmbridge Mencap.

There’s no need to book, simply

turn up on the day, but don’t

come between 12-1pm as Santa

will be feeding his reindeer!

Entry: £6 per child (£1 from

every ticket will be donated

to Squire’s local charities)

Food & Drink

Sat 7 Dec 6-10pm

The Gin Kitchen, Punchbowl

Lane, Dorking RH5 4DX



Featuring local seasonal produce,

this three course meal is perfectly

paired with cocktails and a tour

of the Gin Kitchen’s distillery.

Entry: £100


Sat 7 Dec – Sun 5 Jan

RHS Garden Wisley,

Wisley Lane, Wisley,

Woking GU23 6QB

Glow 2019

An illuminated adventure that

invites you on an enchanting

trail of light installations themed

around the four seasons. See a

selection of Wisley’s best loved

trees illuminated in brilliant

colour, the spectacular view of the

iconic Laboratory all lit up and the

Enchanted Botanical Christmas

display in the Greenhouse.

Music & Theatre

Fri 6 Dec – Sun 5 Jan

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,

Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX

Sleeping Beauty

With award-winning

choreography, fabulous sets,

sparkling costumes, magical

illusions and enough laughter

to wake up even the sleepiest of

princesses, this year’s Sleeping

Beauty is a must-see for all

the family. X Factor finalist,

Holly Tandy will be starring as

Sleeping Beauty alongside Kit

Hesketh-Harvey as the Bad Fairy

Carabosse, Eagle Radio’s Peter

Gordon as Nanny Fanny and

everyone’s favourite Brummie

Jamie Brook as Muddles.

Entry: From £23


Sat 7 Dec 10am-2pm

The Salt Box, Red Oak Barn,

Priory Farm Estate, Sandy Lane,

South Nutfield, RH1 4EJ




If you’re feeling inspired by our

Guide to Christmas Supplement

you may like to try The Salt

Box’s wreath making workshop

in collaboration with Poppy

Wild Floral. Visit the beautiful

Priory Farm Estate to go on a

woodland walk, foraging for

wild foliage, berries and pine

cones for your wreath. Then

head over to a cosy barn to learn

how to create a beautiful wreath,

before enjoying a seasonal feast

inspired by local ingredients

from Surrey and Sussex.

Wed 11 Dec 10am-4pm

Leith Hill Place, Leith Hill

Lane, Leith Hill RH5 6LY

Christmas Cake


Bring along an un-iced Christmas

cake and join a relaxed workshop

in which you can learn to

marzipan it, cover it in soft roll

out fondant icing and decorate

it with an edible wreath of holly

and Christmas roses. Simple

piping will finish it off around the

bottom edge then finally add a

ribbon of your choice. You’ll need

to bring a 20cm round deep rich

fruit cake (either made yourself or

a good quality shop bought one)

and a 30cm round cake drum.

Entry: £28

01306 711685 /

Wed 11 Dec 7pm-9.30pm

The Pavilion,Woodbridge

Road, Guildford GU14RP


Calligraphy Workshop

with LouPaper

Learn to write beautifully, using

a nib and ink to create Christmas

cards and tags, and make a

beautiful Christmas decoration for

your tree. Includes a calligraphy

starter kit worth £25, a hand

glazed ceramic Christmas star, and

a workbook of exercises and tips,

so you can continue practising at

home. The classes are kept to a

minimum, 12 people per class.

Entry: £60

Look Forward:


Sun 15 Dec

12noon-1pm & 2-3pm

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon,

Guildford GU4 7RT

Family Christmas


Enjoy an informal, fun family

sing-along at a classic country

house. Head to the music room

and get your singing voice

ready for Christmas carols,

songs and readings including

all of your festive favourites.

Entry: Adult £8, children

£4, families £20

01483 222482 /

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Win A guided Walk, Lunch

AND Wine Tasting For TWO

Glorious cliff-top views of the Beachy Head

lighthouse, Belle Tout, Birling Gap and the

Cuckmere estuary! That’s what you could get from

the Seven Sisters cliff-top guided walk from Fizz on Foot.

Or you could meander your way along the Cuckmere River

from Alfriston to Littlington, walk over the hill and past

Charleston Manor and see the White Horse at Frog Firle

up close. Or even a walk through Friston Forest to West

Dean and on to Littlington. These are your choices if you

win the Fizz on Foot prize in our December competition.

Two people will enjoy a guided walk and wine tasting tour.

This includes a morning stroll with Fizz on Foot’s qualified

lead walker who is a geologist and history enthusiast and

makes the area come alive with stories of Alfred the Great and

other famous personalities who have graced our South Downs.

Your prize includes a delicious lunch in a traditional Sussex

pub championing local produce – enjoy a glass of locally

produced wine or beer with your meal.

Following lunch you will be taken to a Sussex prizewinning

vineyard for a tour and wine tasting. You can hear

the ‘vine to wine’ story and see the vines in all their glory.

You’ll hear about the incredible efforts the winemakers go

to so the vines don’t get caught by frost and are pruned,

trimmed and harvested. You’ll see how sparkling wine is made

and learn about the fascinating production time frame.

Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to taste the wine

and enjoy a lively talk by the vineyard’s winemaker.

How to enter:

For your chance to win just answer the

following question: Which estuary could you

see from the Seven Sisters walk? Enter your

answer with your contact details in the online

form at by 31

December 2019. There is no cash alternative

and the prize must be taken by 31 July 2020.

You must be over the age of 18 to enter.


Congratulations to David Thirlaway

who wins our October competition for

a Laksen Balfour Field Sports Jacket.

Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Jane gets naturally creative this Christmas

So Christmas is coming. We don’t have any geese at

Coopers but I’m eyeing up what else the farm might

offer to add a home-spun touch to the festivities!

The bees are now all safely tucked away in their hives

and I won’t be looking at them again until the spring,

usually not until the redcurrant bushes come into flower.

With so much rain this summer it hasn’t been a bumper

honey harvest but I did manage to collect a lot of wax.

Having spun the honey from the frames in August I then

took the older, tattier frames, melted them down over a slow

heat and then poured the wax into tin foil trays. All the flotsam

and jetsam rises to the top, cut this off and you are left with

blocks of fragrant pure beeswax – perfect for making candles.

Now you can just buy a silicone mould, insert a wick, fill

it with molten wax and, hey ho, job done. And undoubtedly

the selection of moulds available is impressive, boy owl,

girl owl – how on earth do you tell the

difference? – Rodin’s Thinker or the Titanic

to name but a few, but no, I have decided

to go all traditional and dip mine in the

time honoured candle making tradition.

I shall be taking long lengths of wick and

dipping each end into a deep pot of hot

wax and then hanging them over the back

of a chair for each end to cool and set. By

repeating the dipping and setting many,

many times one should be able to create

stately, long, deep yellow candles that will

grace any Christmas dinner table. I tried this

once before and they were indeed aromatic

and magnificent but sadly not perpendicular

and dripped yellow wax all over the

sprouts. Hopefully, this year, they might be upright.

And as ever there’s quite a lot of things that won’t be on the

table, despite best efforts! The walnut tree managed about 100

“I shall be taking

long lengths of

wick and dipping

each end into a

deep pot of hot

wax and then

hanging them

over the back

of a chair”

nuts – yes, sadly, we do make a hopeful count every autumn –

but the squirrel got there first. He also managed to take all the

cobnuts and the mice have eaten the Bramley apples which were

so carefully and individually wrapped in newspaper and stored,

not touching, on wooden slatted shelves.

But I did manage to pick a whole load of

holly laden with berries before the blackbirds

had all that too. It was Monty who alerted

me (and the nation in case you thought

I had a personal hotline) to the need to

pick it in November and store it in a cold

shed, as it will always be stripped bare by

Christmas by the blackbirds and fieldfares.

And then, of course, there’s the all

important trip to the woods to find the

Yule log. The Druids, who spent most of

their time living outside, not surprisingly

worshipped the sun, which was seen as a

wheel that changed the seasons. It was from

the ancient word for a wheel “houl” that the

word yule is thought to have come. They believed the sun

stood still for 12 days after the winter solstice on December

21st, so during this time a log was lit to conquer the darkness,

banish evil spirits and bring luck for the coming year.

It is one of life’s great pleasures wandering around

the woods looking for that special log and family, not

to be confused with Druid, tradition has it that this is

also a good time to check that the 2018 Sloe Gin has

reached maturity. The search can take a long time!

Then all that remains is to deck the house with masses of

satisfyingly berry-laden holly, open a bottle of good red and

sit down to a huge rib of 28-day hung, grass-fed Sussex beef.

Happy Christmas everyone.

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


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