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OCTOBER 2012
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EMILIA FOX ON
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Whitehall Gardens W3 749,950 Freehold


An attractive four bedroom Edwardian semi detached family home in
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Beautiful garden and period features.

This large double fronted home is located in one of Ealings central premier
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A large Victorian detached house with five bedrooms and lots of living
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Osier Mews W4 920,000 Freehold


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October

CULTURE
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WHATS ON

11

CULTURE CLASH

Esther Smith rounds up this


months highlights
Ronnie Woods retrospective, Twin
Peaks UK festival and more

13

BY THE BOOK

28

FANTASTIC MISS FOX

Julia Llewellyn on her latest novel

Emilia Fox talks motherhood and movies

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In the studio with Sebastian Conran

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Coachs Legacy collection

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Star prints and eco-chic

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FRENCH CONNECTION

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FEELING GOOD

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The Globe Bars latest cocktails


Fine dining at La Trompette

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LETTER

t gives me great pleasure to welcome


you to the inaugural issues of Absolutely
Chiswick and West. Were thrilled to
bring you the cream of local living with
a dash of our signature gloss. Such is
the diversity of our fair side of town that we
endeavour to cater to it all; from local news and
interviews, to culture and travel. And, seeing as
its our very first edition, weve decided to pull
out all the stops...
Alexandra Jones caught up with our leading
lady, Emilia Fox, to talk about her sense of
adventure and Actons community spirit. On
the topic of famous families, I had the pleasure
of a guided tour by Sebastian Conran of his
Hammersmith-based studios. Despite his
prolific relations, its Sebastians infectious zeal
for design that is his most endearing trait.
Embracing the new season, Esther Smith caught
up with the ever-charming Valentine Warner,
who shared a couple of autumnal recipes with
us from his latest book.
I do hope you enjoy the magazine.

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Chiswick: Lace and leather dress,


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West: Black lace dress (worn as top),
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Diary

Esther Smith picks the hottest


tickets in town

CHISWICK HOUSE GARDENS DOG SHOW

23 SEPTEMBER

CHISWICK HOUSE AND GARDENS


The largest free dog show in west London, sponsored by John D
Wood & Co, is coming to town. See mans best friends in all their
glory as they strut their stuff through the famous grounds. Last year,
over 430 dogs entered and 2,500 people attended the day of fun and
frolics. However, if youre finding yourself getting dogmatic (sorry)
about the judging, theres also a BBQ and a bar, or you could try
the have-a-go-agility feature, run by the dog coach. Keep your eyes
peeled for a celebrity or two many of the judging panel are local
personalities. chgt.org.uk

GARDEN OF REASON

UNTIL 23 SEPTEMBER

HAM HOUSE
Showing the new work of nine contemporary
artists within their stunning 17th century
garden, The National Trust can do no
wrong. Established in 1670, the garden
exhibition has taken inspiration from the
Age of Reason period a time of great
change, with particular innovation in arts
and science. The artists have used archives
to carry out research and directly responded
to the surroundings of the garden. Using
sound, sculpture, film and performance as
well as scheduled talks by artists and curators,
this event has something for everyone.
nationaltrust.org.uk/ham-house

PAIRS HEAD OF THE RIVER RACE

13 OCTOBER

CHISWICK BRIDGE
If youre still hankering after the Olympic sporting spirit of the
summer, get behind the rowing pairs from across the country
and cheer them on as they sweat it out racing down the Thames
from Chiswick to Hammersmith bridge. pairshead.co.uk

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OXJAM

20 OCTOBER

CHISWICK HIGH ROAD


As part of Oxfams national music festival, Oxjam Chiswick hits
the High Road this October. The main takeover event is fused with
an eclectic array of music to get everyone moving their feet and
feeling united. If youre feeling political, get to the African National
Congress (ANC) talk at St Michaels and All Angels Church on
22nd September. Herbie Pallie, the ANC treasurer abroad, will be
talking about his struggles and experience of imprisonment, and will
have extracts from his new autobiography. Make sure you rock up in
one of the exclusive Fairtrade t-shirts designed by pop art legend Sir
Peter Blake. For all information, see oxfam.org.uk/oxjam

THE TEMPER TRAP

4 OCTOBER

HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
Head to see The Temper Trap at the Hammersmith Apollo this month and
get swept back up into their chilled summer
sound. The Australian indie band, who
formed in 2005 and went multi-platinum
on their home turf, moved to the UK
in 2009 to continue living the dream.
hammersmithapollo.com

CIRCLE OF TALES

13 OCTOBER

THE LYRIC
Head to the Lyric and let your
children be entertained with a lovely
tale from a time before tales existed. The
story is performed through the use of
wood and wire puppets as well as music
played on traditional African instruments.
Watch out though, getting this immersed
in the past may mean youre reluctant to get
back to the present. Most definitely a risk worth
taking. lyric.co.uk

AUTUMN PRESERVING

PUMPKIN FEST

27 OCTOBER

CHISWICK HOUSE AND


GARDENS
Back by popular demand,
Chiswick House and Gardens
will once again be hosting the
Pumpkin Fest, a spooky fun-filled
family event. Get dressed up and
bring your finest carved pumpkin;
theres also games, competitions
and a campfire, so stock up on
some scary stories too. Saturday
27th October, 4:00 6:30pm,
Western Walled Garden.
For bookings see chgt.org.uk

9 OCTOBER

LEITHS SCHOOL OF FOOD


AND WINE
If only you could produce something
similar to those cute jars of jam,
chutney and pickles that you can buy
at quaint village fairs. No fear, Leiths
cookery school is here, ready to turn
you into a domestic goddess of the
preserve making type. The cooking
teachers at Leiths will introduce you
to ways of selecting produce, sugar
proportions, pectin, methods of
testing for setting and, if that isnt
enough, storing the products too.
After a pastry and coffee on arrival,
youll soon commence - all ingredients provided - in making your very
own apple and blackberry jam, Bramley lemon curd, allotment chutney
and an onion marmalade, all rounded off by a light lunch (with wine) at
the end of the class. leiths.com
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[ART, MUSIC, FILM, BOOKS]

Culture Clash
Gimme Shelter

Hellraiser and Ealing


Art College graduate,
Ronnie Wood, is showcasing
his impressive artistic talent in
a major retrospective at Londons
Symbolic Collection. Gallery
founder Bernie Chase is renowned
for his passion for rare 20th century
pop culture memorabilia. The exhibition will
include plenty from Chases personal Rolling
Stones collection along with Woods handwritten
lyrics, paintings and sketches.
Ronnie Wood: A Major Retrospective of 50 years of Rock
and Roll at the Symbolic London pop-up showroom,
until 9 November, 34 Bruton Street, W1

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David Lynchs dark, surreal, and sometimes


comic television series Twin Peaks amassed
such a cult following that it has a fan-organised
annual festival in its honour, taking place in the
small Washington town in which it was filmed.
UK fans can get a piece of the action through
Riverside Studios, who are hosting their own
festival. This year they will be celebrating the
20th anniversary of the series film, Twin Peaks:
Fire Walk With Me, with a special screening
and guest appearances from the films stars,
Phoebe Augustine, Lenny Von Dohlen and
Catherine E Coulson. Saturday 20 October,
twinpeaksukfestival.com

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Londons fascinating
and varied architecture,
history, culture and
fashion is depicted in
Reuel Goldens ultimate
photographic homage
to the capital, London:
Portrait of a City. This
coffee-table book
masterpiece is brimming
with beautiful and
poignant photographs
that span a century and
document the social and
cultural evolution of our
city. 44.99; taschen.com

Hot off the press

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By the Book
Absolutely catches up with Hammersmith-based
Julia Llewellyn, best-selling author of The Model
Wife and Amys Honeymoon, to discuss chick-lit,
motherhood and her latest novel

anything to do with benefits. People are


very worked up about how these have
been abused by a small minority, and any
mention of them, positively or negatively,
sends my Twitter feed into spasms.

When did you fi rst start writing? Ive


always loved writing since I was a child.
My English teacher at school suggested
I wrote professionally Ill never forget
him saying that. It just shows the
power of a good teacher. Without that
comment, I might have embarked on a
completely different career.

How do you come up with ideas for your


novels? The ideas used to come through
friends and familys dilemmas, but now I
tend to be inspired through news stories.
Having said that, the book Im writing
now is about a woman whose husband
becomes famous and how uncomfortable
she feels in the spotlight. Where that
came from Ive no idea!

How has your writing style changed over


time? I write in two distinct ways. Ive been
a journalist for many national newspapers
and magazines, so Ive finely honed my
reportage style. Books give me a chance
to use my imagination. My earlier novels
were fluffy romantic comedies great fun
to write (and read, I hope), but my work has
made me aware of so many thorny issues,
like mail-order brides and alcoholic parents,
that Ive started writing about these.
How did having children affect your
writing - both in terms of your routine and
the issues that you wanted to explore?
Im lucky in that I was already working from
home before children, so there was no huge
adjustment to my routine once they came
along. As for issues, like all mothers Im
acutely aware that the Cinderella stories I used
to write have a long postscript, how life pans
out after youve hooked your Prince Charming.
The complexities of having it all fascinate me.

Ten Minutes to Fall in Love focuses on a


young woman trying to find a partner for her
widowed father through a dating agency. The
protagonist, Zu, is half Punjabi and spent
time as an aid worker in Chechnya. What
research did you do to depict these different
cultures? I talked to Punjabi friends and read
a lot about aid Ive never been to Chechnya,
but Ive been to other war zones and seen the
amazing work people do there, and also how it
often brutalises them, making it hard to
form relationships.

What other authors do you admire?


I love the more meaty chick-lit authors
like Marian Keyes, who tackle issues,
rather than just writing love stories.
For total escapism thats intellectually
stimulating too, you cant beat Barbara
Vine or Sophie Hannah. My favourite
books of all time are by Antonia Forest,
she was a much under-rated childrens
novelist. I think her psychological insights
are up there with Jane Austen.
Do you believe that it only takes ten
minutes to fall in love? I think it takes
two seconds to fall in lust, which is the
cornerstone of an ultimately successful
relationship. But love comes a lot later, and
true love, I think, can only be earned after
10 years, when youve really endured some
tests and come out on the other side.
You write for The Telegraph and Daily Mail
on lifestyle and relationship issues. What
topics do you most enjoy and which ones
are guaranteed to cause a stir? I love writing
about everything. Issues to which I will never
have given a thought become fascinating
with some examination. On the stir front, its

Whats the best thing about where you


live? I love the Thames and the fact that
few tourists venture this far out to sample its
pleasures. Theres nothing like the view north
over Hammersmith Bridge, which is why
I vehemently opposed the Councils plans
to blight it with an ugly development. For
hotspots, the Riverside Studios is a wonderful
arts venue with a great
restaurant and I love the
Indian restaurants on King
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GOLDEN WONDER

Double Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah paid the


Barnes Bridge Ladies Rowing Club a surprise visit
as part of the Join in Local Sport initiative open day.
Other famous sporting favourites Daley Thompson,
Sharron Davis and David Florence also made an
appearance for a day on the water.

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Reporting from the best


events in the area
BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE

Lana del Rey, fashions current muse and the selfproclaimed gangsta Nancy Sinatra entertained the crowds
at this years House Festival. The ultimate garden party held
in the grounds of Chiswick House also included the likes of
Keane and Basement Jaxx in its stellar musical line-up. We
also spotted local songstress Sophie Ellis-Bextor looking as
glamorous as ever.

WEDDING BELLES

Popstrel Katie Melua tied the knot with former World


Superbike champion James Toseland in the gorgeous
settings of the Nash Conservatory at Royal Botanic
Gardens, Kew Gardens. Celeb guests included music
producer William Orbit, composer Mike Batt and Prince
Pieter-Christiaan Michiel of the Netherlands. The
stunning bride wore a bespoke off-white beaded number
by designer Claire Pettibone. Photo Jo de Banzie

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BAG IT UP!
The Legacy Collection has been inspired by the
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A fresh spin has been put on the brands best loved handbags to create a range of
modern classics. We absolutely love the Legacy duffle bucket bag in a sumptuous shade
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23/08/2012 15:22

ECO CHIC

Eco-warrior, Chiswick resident and one


half of an extremely handsome couple,
Livia Firth has collaborated with virtual
designer fashion store Yoox.com and
their ethical initiative, Yooxygen, to
launch Livia Firth Design. The exclusive
collection encompasses a concise, elegant
capsule wardrobe of five limited-edition
staple pieces all ethically produced, of
course. Our pick is this dapper 1920s
style cloche hat, which Mrs Firth pulls
off with aplomb. yoox.com

[FASHION NEWS]

Style
Notes

Cuts from the Catwalk

Pretty Flamingo

Its Oxjam music festival this month, which


reminds us of the wonderful work Oxfam
do and the fantastic non-donated products
they have in store. Were flaunting our
inner Alice in Wonderland with this fun
Fairtrade silver flamingo necklace; part of
their new season collection. 39.99, oxfam.
org.uk, 190 Chiswick High Road, W4

CONRAN COUTURE

Though sadly no longer our neighbour since selling the illustrious


Walpole House for a whopping 12.5m, were still coveting the
clobber of flamboyant designer Jasper Conran. Heres a sneak
peek of the A/W12 range; sleek, structured pieces in camel and
chocolate brown with a hint of party season sequins. Divine.
jasperconran.com

In Vogue: The Prettiest Star


5 of the best
star prints

CURRENT/ELLIOTT NORTHERN
STARS PRINTED STILETTO
SKINNY JEANS 239, MYWARDROBE.COM

WILDFOX OPEN KNIT INTARSIA


JUMPER IN BLACK 205,
HARVEYNICHOLS.COM
STAR GARLAND
NECKLACE
32, OLIVERBONAS.COM

EMILIO PUCCI GOLD


CRYSTAL STAR RING
148, STYLEBOP.COM

SIMEON FARRAR STAR


CLUSTER CANVAS AND
LEATHER TOTE BAG
85, LIBERTY.CO.UK

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Favourite art

I love Flame by Nic Fideon-Green. We were at an opera


which was being held in an incredibly beautiful but
dilapidated stately home in Hampshire and this sculpture
was standing in a quiet, dimly lit alcove. It was so beautiful,
serene and life-like, I was absolutely stopped in my tracks.

FAVOURITE ICONIC
PIECE OF JEWELLERY

Pick of the collection

Im seriously excited about the new Betty


Collection its a lower case diamond
set alphabet necklace. We developed the
collection because I dont particularly like the
capital E and this started me thinking that
many alphabet letters are actually softer and
more feminine in lower case.

A pair of chandelier diamond earrings that


Mike Todd gave to Elizabeth Taylor, known
as The Mike Todd Diamond Earrings.
They are one of a kind. Elizabeth
Taylor was a true icon.

FAVOURITE
FILM COSTUME

CREDITS, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: BETTY DIAMOND ALPHABET NECKLACES BY MOLLY B COUTURE, 275 EACH; CHRISTIES IMAGES LTD; GOLD
INNES BRACELET BY MOLLY B COUTURE, 850; 9CT GOLD LOVE KNOT NECKLACE BY MOLLY B COUTURE, 1,100; BULGARI.COM; REX FEATURES

I just LOVED the


green dress that Keira
Knightley wore in
Atonement.

[MOOD BOARD]

INSPIRING
DESIGNERS

Molly B

Vintage Chanel jewellery is gorgeous


and I love the way Coco Chanel worked
pearls. I think pearls are the little black
dress of a jewellery box.

STYLE ICON

Jackie Onassis. She was


so incredibly stylish but
also an amazingly strong
woman and mother.
And great sunglasses!

Erica Illingworth - Founder


and Creative Director of
Molly B Couture

Inspirations

I love classic, timeless jewellery and I


have pieces on my wish list from Van
Cleef & Arpels, Bvlgari and Cartier as
Im sure many women do. With Molly
B Couture, the aim was to create a fine
jewellery collection that captured the
essence of these great jewellery houses
and create designs that are enduringly
beautiful, feminine and elegant but
importantly, affordable. Our core
collections are The Love Knot, Innes,
Strand, Drowsy Cross and of course The
Signature Bow.

Treasured possession

A clay giraffe model that my son, Tom made. I love it


and it is so precious to me that when we moved house
I actually carried it with me in a little box in case it
was damaged.

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Costume
drama
Embrace fashions dark side
with autumnal hues and bold,
structured shapes
Photographer: Helen McArdle
Stylist: Charlie Moore

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13/09/2012 16:57

Fantastic
Miss Fox
Alexandra Jones catches up with
Silent Witness actress Emilia Fox on
acting, Acton and adventures

m not really an adventurer, says a


hushed Emilia Fox, whose daughter
Rose is asleep next to her as we
speak. Although I do love New York.
Its one of the landmarks in my life.
I did a play out there in my twenties
and just had such a great time; the atmosphere,
the nightlife, everything. So perhaps thats
how the very English actress has become an
ambassador for a very New
York hotel - The Surrey
(think, swanky Upper East
Side address, heavenly Art
Deco interior and some of
the most delicious cocktails
in Manhattan).
Its pretty clear that its
not just New York she has
fallen for: I sort of had a
love affair with Africa. I was
really lucky to be sent out there on jobs, once a
year for about five years so Ive travelled around
Botswana and Tanzania pretty impressive
for someone who wouldnt call themselves an
adventurer. Well, I suppose thats the great
thing about acting, youre sent off to different
countries and locations, places you wouldnt
otherwise get to go.
This all sounds completely dreamy, but it
almost never happened. Despite being born
into an acting dynasty (her parents are Joanna

David and Edward Fox, James Fox is her uncle


and both her brother, Freddie, and cousin,
Laurence, are actors), Emilia initially eschewed
the family business, choosing to study English
at Oxford instead. Im actually rather shy in
my real life. It was only a reluctance to waitress
during summer holidays that drove her to
audition for the part of Georgiana Darcy in
Pride and Prejudice which led to a change of

Burton. It was a bit nerve-wracking because


she left such an amazing legacy. Amanda
was so identifiable with the series; Sam Ryan
[Amandas character] made Silent Witness what
it is today, so I wanted to do justice to her.
But the producers assured me that they didnt
want a replacement Sam. And it all seems to
have worked out rather well because Emilia is
currently filming the 16th series and the show
continues to draw some
eight million viewers.
In a fickle industry,
shes had a charmed
career, spanning critical
and commercial successes
albeit tempered by the
odd disappointment. I
was in a play that got the
worst reviews, probably
ever! Shes referring to
the doomed 2003 production of Les Liaisons
Dangereuses, which was canned after just three
weeks and through which she met her now
ex-husband, actor Jared Harris. It went to such
an extreme that it actually became quite funny,
we made the reviews into fish and chip paper at
our wedding!
The experience left her reluctant to return to
the stage, I found it so nerve-wracking, getting
up in front of an audience every night. I think
people who do it are admirably brave.

With acting, your own self is


hidden away... Im not quite so shy
when I can be someone else
heart. I found that with acting, your own self is
hidden away. Its an odd paradox of being; Im
not quite so shy when I can be someone else.
That was 1995 and since then shes
appeared on screen and stage playing harlots,
heroines and one very un-squeamish forensic
pathologist. I was brought up on crime drama
and Ive always really enjoyed watching it, so
it just seemed to work out. Playing Dr. Nikki
Alexander in the BBCs Silent Witness, Emilia
took over as lead in 2004 from Amanda

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SILENT WITNESS PROMO BBC

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SILENT WITNESS PROMO BBC

I would like to consider that one day I could be


admirably brave again.
At the moment though, shes enjoying
the pace of filming and despite having been
beamed into our living rooms in one guise
or another for almost 20 years, she still
manages to hover just below the paparazzis
radar. Theres a big difference for me
between public life and private life. Ive been
brought up with parents whove been in
the business and who consider their private
lives incredibly important. This may explain
her reluctance to discuss her relationships,
some of which have been high profile; she
was engaged to Vic Reeves before marrying
Harris and more recently there have been
rumours that she is dating gravelly voiced
chef Marco Pierre White.
I dont really get noticed at all. I think
its probably because I dont look very much
like I do after Ive been in hair and make-up
and costumed up to the hilt, she laughs. But
there must be some Hollywood moments?
Free designer dresses and swanky parties?
Tables at the top restaurants? Few and far
between Im afraid.
It strikes me that there are quite a few
paradoxes of being for Emilia. Even with
the famous family and the fame she has
in her own right, she still lives the quiet

London life of a working mother. She loves


Acton (for its sense of community) and The
River Caf (dont we all?) and The Royal
Academy. On Sundays, coffee and a
bacon sandwich at Columbia Road
Market. Oh, and the parks! I think
the parkland in London is a gift!
Her luxuries are also reassuringly
British and often come from old
friends such as Alex Monroe, Alice
Temperley and Kate Halfpenny. For
special occasions she has a soft spot
for William Vintage. I wore one of
his dresses to the BAFTAs this year.
He tailors them to you which really
does feel like the most glamorous
thing in the world.
And what about free stays at The
Surrey, which, I think, is just about
as glamorous as a William Vintage
dress? I havent had a free stay at
The Surrey she laughs, because
Ive got Rose, I havent had as
much opportunity to travel. If I
had a dream, though, it would
be to travel to as many places as
possible. I mean, the world is
there to be explored, isnt it? If
you get the chance to. So, no,
not really an adventurer

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STICKY FINGERS

Just how sumptuous is Jo Malone


Londons current campaign?
Blackberry & Bay evokes childhood
memories of berry picking and
stained lips and hands. The scent
packs a sensorial punch with
elements of tart blackberry and
grapefruit and freshly picked bay
leaf, vetiver and cedarwood.
Practically good enough
to eat. Blackberry & Bay
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Treatment of the month


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Looking to add something new and a little


exotic to your beauty treatment regime? Then
head to K Spa at Chiswicks K Hotel the
fi rst spa in the UK to launch Russie Blanche
treatments and products, and the only London
spa boasting a Snow Paradise room. Former
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traditional Russian Baniya therapies using
Russian plant ingredients. It involves a twohour hot and cold experience which detoxifies,
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[HEALTH & BEAUTY]

Feeling
Good
Our guide to staying
absolutely beautiful

Ice Queen

Theres no denying it, the mania of


the Christmas season is in sight once
again. In-laws, harsh winter weather
and battling the high street is bound
to do damage to the skin, so were
welcoming the launch of this handy
new kit from Skyn ICELAND. The
pack includes cooling eye gel pads and
relaxing bubble bath, and all products
are specifically designed to treat effects
of stress using natural ingredients from
Iceland. 30, M&S, 236 High Road,
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THINK PINK

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and nail polish maestros


Essie have introduced a special collection of four hot pink hues, with
part of the proceeds going to UK based cancer charity, Future Dreams.
Beautiful nails and a brilliant cause. 9.95 each; essie.com

Fix up, look sharp

Beauty giants Benefit have just launched an exciting new range


of instant beauty essentials for girls on the go. The aspirationally
titled How To Look The Best At Everything kits are encased in
characteristically quirky packaging and are a must have for girls who
want to look good without lugging around a heavy load. 24.50, 382
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BOBBLE BOTTLE

If our record-breaking turn at this years Olympics has inspired you to get in shape,
then the least you can do is rock up to the track in style. Not only do these Bobble
vessels come in an array of colours, they also filter water through an ingenious
activated carbon filter. 10.95 each, available at Selfridges; waterbobble.com,

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HERITAGE CLASSIC

Tate Britain are presenting a major exhibition on the Pre-Raphaelites this autumn. A key member of the
Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood and the Arts & Crafts movement was William Morris, with many of his
collections from Morris & Co carrying the rich and detailed aesthetic of the period. If youre not brave
enough to deck your living room entirely in Morris, pop down to his one-time abode, the delightful
Kelmscott House in Hammersmith, which The William Morris Society keep up-to-scratch.
Artichoke Wallpaper, 55/r, william-morris.co.uk

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Absolutely the best trends,


local gems and designers
BACK TO NATURE

Textile designer Maggie


Levien is part of John
Lewis exclusive Design
Collection, a portfolio of
top interior design talent.
Levien has previously
worked for The National
Gallery and The Savoy
Hotel before setting up
her eponymous company
in 2006. Her signature
style takes inspiration
from Oriental fabrics,
nature and Kew Gardens.
johnlewis.com

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

Theres an overtly surreal quality to the homeware


of London-based designer Tina Tsang, founder of
Undergrowth Design. Her diverse background in,
amongst many other disciplines, fashion, photography,
costume design and animation has given her a unique
perspective. The humble tea cup is given a makeover with
a risqu pair of legs poking out in lieu of a handle. Blaue
Blume tea cup, 37.90, undergrowthdesign.com

12/09/2012 17:31

Interiors

s part of the Conran family


dynasty, a life and career
in design was somewhat
inevitable for Sebastian
Conran. He has, however,
made his own distinctive
mark in the industry by becoming one of the
most prolific names in contemporary product
design. After graduating from Central St
Martins with a degree in Industrial Design
Engineering in 1977, Conran joined the
prestigious Wolff Olins, then moved to
Mothercare (where he worked as Head
of Design) before setting up on his own
in 1986. Sebastian Conran Associates is
an independent design and development
company, perhaps most commonly associated
with domestic appliances and a longstanding collaboration with John Lewis. It
is with surprise, then, that I discover the
Hammersmith based studios are in a wholly
unassuming building set on an inconspicuous
leafy side street. Conran exudes a charmingly
boisterous enthusiasm for his work and
his team of zealous staff. Im swiftly taken
for a guided tour by the man himself. The

smart and deceptively small practice houses a


photographic studio, workshop, meeting room
and a whole floor dedicated to products and
prototypes in various stages of development.
The creative hub, as any should be, is littered
with personality; professional accolades,
sketches, models and Clash posters Conran,
rather bizarrely, worked with the band in their
early years to produce promotional material,
clothes and record sleeves. Less than 10
minutes after entering the studios and I find
myself seated in an armchair with speakers
embedded in the headrest, Conran blasting
Sittin on the Dock of the Bay through his iPhone
into the impressive sound system. Apparently
the chair was born from an impromptu idea;
a chance to break away from client briefs and
for Conran to experiment. I was with my son
who was playing Call of Duty on his Xbox
and I attached some speakers to a chair with
rubber bands it was just an idea and he said,
Dad this is amazing! Its like I can hear the
shell cases bouncing off the ground! Conran
regales the story with animated gesticulation
and I can tell that this is going to be an
entertaining interview...

Im sure youre constantly asked about your


family, but how did coming from a creative
background influence you and when did
you decide that product design was the
career for you?
When I was a child I wanted to be an
inventor. I was good at maths, physics and
chemistry when I was at school and I grew
up in design it was what I knew so
it seemed like a semi-obvious choice. I
like making things and Ive always had a
workshop. I worked in the Habitat store
(father Sir Terence is the founder) stocking
shelves and eventually graduated to working
in the design studio.
What do you think of British design?
The thing about design is that its driven by
culture and circumstances. If I talk to you
about Scandinavian design, youll probably
get a little picture in your mind of quite
playful, clean shapes. With German design,
you think formulaic, efficient think of
BMW cars, for example - they all look
the same. I would define British design as
playful pragmatism.

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As Sebastian Conran prepares for
a presentation at Design Junction,
he talks to Gemma Billington about
having design in his DNA

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Do you think, in terms of product design, that


the answer is always a simple solution?
Well the route to simplicity is very complicated!
We try to make things as simple as we can. How
can I make it simpler, how can I make it better?
Nothing designed by man cant be made better
thats why we need more women designers!
Is it a very male dominated area then?
Yes it is. You go to the Conran shop and 75% of
our customers are female, yet its a hetrosexual,
male-dominated business. When I went to
college there were only two or three females on
our course of 25.
Given the financial climate, is it more difficult
for companies and graduates starting out now?
Much more difficult, yes. When I started in
the mid 70s London was pretty bleak, there

When I was a child I wanted to be


an inventor... I like making things
and Ive always had a workshop

were piles of rubbish everywhere and everyone


I knew seemed to be on the dole. In the late
80s, however, it was really easy. When I started
my business in 1986 it was a great time, people
were clambering over themselves because they
wanted design but the trouble was that we didnt
really know what design was, it was much more
to do with style then.
Youve worked in such a variety of different
designs, briefs and companies. Any that
particularly stand out?
I really enjoyed my time at Mothercare.
That was a big project and we were dealing
with products that hadnt really had a lot
of thought put into them, so a little bit of
effort went a long way. It was a huge success
and sales of the new products went through
the roof. It was a real demonstration of how
good design could succeed over reckless or

ill-conceived design. To succeed now, good


design is not enough, it has to be outstanding
design because the world has caught up.
Apple is an example of what outstanding
design means. We expect much higher.
Are you something of a technophile then?
I bought my first Apple Mac in 1988 and it
transformed my business. What Apple did was
they harnessed computer technology and made
it more appetising than the alternative which
was the PC. I want technology thats elegantly
neutral as it were, and thats what we try to do
with our designs.
Who are some of your favourite designers?
I love Dieter Rams. He was someone I tried
to emulate when I was at college. I like the old
greats but I think if you asked me to pick one
designer it would be Achille Castiglione.

I like Castiglione because its not a formulaic


or cookie cutter style. Everything hes
designed looks different.
How involved are you with everything at
Sebastian Conran Associates?
My view is that people dont go to college for
five years to just come and carry out other
peoples ideas. What I try and do is work
with people and focus their ideas. I might
give them a grain of an idea for them to build
a pearl around, or they might have the idea
and I say I think it should be more like this
or like that, and then sometimes they have
a great idea and I tell them to get on with it.
From a marketing point of view what were
trying to do is sell products which are from a
designer rather than from a company so that
theres a face behind it. Im hands on with
absolutely everything right down to the last
millimetre. Whats important is the best idea
wins and where that idea comes from is not
the important thing. One tries to keep the ego
down to a minimum - though its difficult for
a Conran!
Sebastian Conran will be speaking on 20th
September at the Transport for London
Canteen. Design Junction, The Sorting
Offi ce, 21-23 New Oxford Street,WC1.
Tickets from thedesignjunction.co.uk
Opening event 19th September
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Food&
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A novel
approach
lead interview.indd 47

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13/09/2012 12:53

Food&
Travel

Leiths School of Food


and Wine founder
Prue Leith spills the
beans to Gemma
Billington on her
foray into writing
and the release of
her long-awaited
autobiography

he day I call Prue Leith is an unfathomably warm, sunny one and


I entertain the idea of discussing
this most welcome heatwave with
her (how British of me) as a way
to break the ice. It quickly becomes apparent,
however, that Leith is not one for idle chit
chat. And why should she be? Prue Leith
CBE has had the kind of career most people
can only dream of; founder of the eponymous
schools and restaurant (which she has since
sold), food writer, columnist, Veuve Clicquot
businesswoman of the year 1991, television
judge on The Great British Menu and, in
her own words, a serial committee woman.
And at 72, shes showing no signs of slowing
down. Despite Leiths countless professional accolades and thriving in the cutthroat restaurant industry, it is the world
of fiction writing that now occupies the
bulk of her time and has, ostensibly,
been the hardest nut to crack.
Despite the slightly frosty start,
Leith melts into an affable, articulate
interviewee with a wicked sense
of humour that illustrates her
unashamedly ambitious nature.
Born and raised in South Africa,
the young Prudence Margaret
Leith was a serial flunker and
tried her hand at art school,
architecture and drama before
convincing her long-suffering
father that she needed to go to
Paris to study French. Whilst
there, Leith discovered a
love of food (it would be
hard to be in Paris and not
be interested in food she
says), and went on to set-up
her prestigious catering
company in west London
in 1972. Im surprised to
learn, however, that Leith
hasnt written a recipe
in 20 years and sold
her enterprise in order
to dedicate her time
to writing. Why the
change? Ive always

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LEFT & RIGHT: PRUE


AND RAYNE WITH
DAUGHTER LI-DA
AND SON DANIEL

written something, she explains, when I was a


child I wrote poems and then I was a journalist
and Ive done a lot of food writing. Then I
decided: if I dont stop writing cookery then
Id never write the novel. Youve only got so
much writing energy. I ask if it was a difficult
transition not for Leith personally, but for
people to accept her as a serious writer Oh
yes she answers unequivocally. There were
two reactions; one was the slightly patronising
Not bad for a cook or the other was a slight
indignation; Why does she
think she can write novels?
Quite a lot of novelists felt
that I was mottling in on
their territory. Even her
agent doubted the move to
fiction, She said, frankly,
Youre a very good food
writer and successful at it,
why do you want to write a novel when you can
carry on making a good living writing food?
Leith then laughs heartily, so I changed
my agent!
Since publishing her debut novel, Leaving
Patrick in 2001, Leith has released a steady
string of novels and has this year had her biggest
success in the form of her autobiography, Relish:
My Life on a Plate. In sardonic Leith fashion,
she cant quite contain her disappointment
that the book narrowly missed a coveted
best-seller spot (it reached number 11 on the
chart, Extremely close, I comment, But not
close enough! she retorts). It transpires that an
autobiography had been on the cards for some
time; Because Ive had such a varied life, Ive
often been asked to write an autobiography

she explains, usually by publishers who have a


business angle glass ceilings, women making
it in a mans world and they wanted me to
write a sort of how I did it book. But I think
thats incredibly boring! Instead, Leith tells
the story of her extraordinary life, warts and
all, in characteristically witty prose. Her main
concern prior to agreeing to commit her life
story to paper was that her childhood was one
of contentment; Most memoirs are about
people whove had miserable lives and Ive had

much prevalent. She is chair of the School


Fund Trust and founded the British Food
Trust; which helped change both the law and
nutritional standards in school dinners. She
has since described it as the most important
job shes ever done.
With so much on her plate (excuse the pun)
I ask the inevitable whats next in the pipeline
question. I want to write a trilogy with the
development of food as its background, she
says. Unlike a plethora of writers and their
idiosyncratic approach
to their craft (solitary
confinement, handcuffed
to a laptop), Leith is able to
write anytime, anywhere,
including boring cocktail
parties and airport lounges;
her ability to become
completely absorbed has
even caused her to miss flights. Her potential
new project would focus on the life of one
family through generations; from World War
rationing to modern day hoteliers. Its a bit
ambitious and Id better get on with it because
Im getting so forgetful that I wont be able
to remember from one book to the next
who anybody is! she laughs. An enormous
challenge, yes, but from Prue Leith, I
really wouldnt expect
anything less.

To begin with, quite a lot


of novelists felt that I was
motelling in on their territory
a very happy life she comments. Indeed, the
only scandalous revelation is her admission
to a 13-year-affair with writer Rayne Kruger,
the husband of Prues mothers best friend and
former business partner. Described, by Leith,
as practically incest and Kruger 18 years her
senior, the couple eventually went on to marry
and have two children, Daniel and adopted
daughter Li-Da. In a twist that even Hollywood
would balk at, the wronged wife forgave the
couple and all parties remained magnanimous.
Leith and food will always be an
inseparable partnership. Her experience has
served as a backdrop to some of her novels
(Leaving Patrick, Sisters, A Serving of
Scandal) and, more pertinently, her passion
for quality food and education is still very

Relish: My Life on
a Plate, published by
Quercus, 16.99
prue-leith.com
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PHOTOS HOWARD SOOLEY

Food&
Travel

Funny

alentine
Warner is a
funny man.
Not that, he
insists, the
comparisons to Russell
Brand come anywhere
close to the mark,
despite their persistence
since he first appeared
on our television screens
in 2008. But what, I
ask, is so wrong about
his being likened to the
controversial comedian?
For a start, he says, I
do all my buttons up on
my shirt.
It is Warners dry and
quintessentially British
humour, coupled with
an articulate and frank
honesty, that makes him
so charming. These traits become all the
more apparent when I ask him why, after
spending his youth studying to be a painter,
he eventually alighted at the idea of becoming a chef? Because I spent more time
thinking about what I could do to goats and
octopuses than I did about finishing my
commissions, he says. Its certainly hard to
argue with that.
Warners enthusiasm for seasonal food,
which is intrinsic to his cooking ethos, is
obvious as he explains why autumn is his
favourite time to cook. With characteristic

hes not averse to


supermarkets as he
cites Morrisons, the
Co-op and Waitrose as
his favourites.
Given the conviction
with which Warner
talks about food, it
doesnt surprise me
when he confesses
to a touch of control
freakery in the kitchen.
When Warner does
occasionally step outside
of his own kitchen, it is
often to London
restaurants Racine and
Sushi Say, though he
says his most memorable meal was abroad
in Contramar, Mexico
City: I went to an
amazing fish restaurant,
literally ate the whole menu and went back
the next day. Having worked in a number
of restaurants, I cant help but wonder
whether he has any plans to open his own.
Warner as Ive come to realise - tends to
deliver his answer with a decisive lack of
half measures. If I can build a restaurant
out of wood, in a wood and cook on wood,
then Ill do it, he laughs, before asking: any
offers?

Valentine
The ever charismatic Valentine Warner
chats to Esther Smith about seasonal
cooking, foodie secrets and all those
comparisons to Russell Brand...

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fervour he tells me, Autumn catches the


end of the enjoyable and wonderful summer; fantastic, brilliant tomatoes, peppers
and runner beans. The new agricultural
season also has a touch of exciting things to
come, such as plums, raspberries and game.
He is adamant that he doesnt have an
all-time favourite dish. It all depends on
my mood, he says, or if there is something
Im particularly hankering after. However,
butter, salt and vinegar remain essential
to much of Warners cooking. For supplies
he frequents local farmers markets, though

Recipes taken from: The Good Table: Adventures in and Around My Kitchen by Valentine Warner; published by Mitchell Beazley

12/09/2012 17:20

Boquernes, but
with sardines

Pork chop with


apple & crispy sage

6 small sardines, scaled, gutted and filleted


2 generous teaspoons of flaked sea salt,
50ml white wine vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
8 tablespoons good olive oil
Black pepper
2 large garlic cloves, finely sliced
2 tablespoons finely sliced flat-leaf parsley
Good bread, to serve

1 pork chop (about 300g)


1 dessert apple (Coxs is ideal)
A little cider vinegar
A little caster sugar
Flaked sea salt and black pepper
30g butter
8 large sage leaves

Serves 34 as a pre-dinner snack

METHOD

Lay the sardine fillets skin-side down in a shallow flat-based dish and scatter the
salt evenly all over them.
Pour over the vinegar and lemon juice. Turn the fillets over so that the skin is now
facing up. Cover the sardines and leave them like this for 2 hours in the fridge.
Briefly rinse the fillets under a cold tap to wash away any excess saltiness. Pat dry
with kitchen paper.
Lay the fillets on another dish and splash over with a couple of tablespoons of
their marinade. Cover with oil, a good grinding of black pepper and the garlic and
parsley.
Leave the fillets for another couple of hours in the fridge, covered, to allow them to
come into their own.
Eat with really good bread and enjoy them with wine

Serves 1

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 200C fan/220C/Gas 7. Deeply score through the rind of the
chop with a very sharp knife at 2cm intervals all the way along. Peel the apple and
cut off two sides as close to the core as possible (eat the smaller two uncut sides).
Splash the apple pieces all over with cider vinegar, then scatter a little sugar over
them followed by some salt.
Melt the butter in an ovenproof frying pan over a mediumlow heat. When it starts
to foam, lay in the sage leaves without overlapping. Cook, undisturbed, for a minute
or so on both sides, or until crisp, and then transfer to a piece of kitchen paper.
Turn up the heat a little and season the chop well. Lay the apple pieces flat on the
chopping board and, keeping them intact at one end, cut them into 5mm slices.
Keeping each sliced half together, as if in one piece, transfer them to the frying pan
with the chop. Push the apple slices a bit, so that they lean to one side. This will help
them catch some good colour. Cook the apple and chop for 2 minutes or so, or until
the pork is deep and richly browned, then turn the chop on to its uncooked side,
spoon some butter over the apple pieces and put the whole frying pan in the oven for
78 minutes, or until the pork is cooked but retains the faintest pinkness.
Put the chop and apples on a plate and pour over a little of the butter from the
frying pan. Pile the crispy sage on top and eat with a glass of good cider.

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REVIEWED
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PERFECT TEN

Chiswick institution Annies is celebrating a landmark 10 years in the business this September
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Foodie
News
THOU SHALT HAVE A FISHY

Award-winning eatery Kerbisher & Malt have certainly


raised the bar when it comes to high-quality, contemporary
fish and chips. Following from the success of their Brook
Green branch, a second site has recently opened in Ealing.
The menu is a modern take on Britains favourite cuisine and
includes crispy calamari, fresh whitebait, fennel & dill salad
and specialities from Billingsgate Market and the coast.
All washed down with a refreshing Fentimans ginger beer.
Lovely. kerbisher.co.uk, 53 New Broadway, Ealing, W5

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BRUCES COOKBOOK BY BRUCE POOLE

This months food review takes place at Chiswicks beloved La


Trompette, and Michelin-starred chef Bruce Poole (one half of
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food I want to eat. Honest food, plain and simple. With rich yet
straightforward dishes such as boeuf bourguignon with parsnip
pure and ceviche of salmon with crme frache and coriander, its a
delightful addition to your kitchen bookshelf. 25, collins.co.uk

ts a perfect, balmy evening for afterwork cocktails when I arrive at the


Chiswick Moran Hotel. Though it
may not seem like the most obvious
choice for tipples, the hotel is a surprisingly
sleek four-star affair. The Globe Bar,
situated on the ground floor, is huge and
retro-chic. It also has a fantastic ace up its
sleeve, being the only late licence bar in
Chiswick. The staff at The Globe Bar also
have an ardent enthusiasm for their craft,
creating seasonal and cultural specialities.
The drinks menu is dangerously tempting
and extensive; comprised of fruit cocktails,
martinis, shots, champagne cocktails the
list goes on. Excitingly, we at Absolutely
can exclusively reveal the bars two new
cocktails; the fairytale inspired Cinderella
and Prince Charming, launched especially
to celebrate their late licence. It would be
churlish to ignore the newest arrivals, so
I gallantly get stuck in. Cinderella is as
pretty and delicate as the name suggests.
Definitely a winner if youre partial to a
sweet treat. A mix of Crme de Fraise des
Bois, Crme de Framboise and topped
up with champagne, shes fruity with a
hardy alcoholic kick; a rather precarious
combination. Prince Charming then
appears and at first sight seems like a
run-of-the-mill champagne cocktail. After
we spend more time together I realise he
is actually a more sophisticated blend of
ingredients: spicy Sailor Jerry rum, Passoa
liqueur, orange juice, Monin passion syrup,
grenadine and lime garnish. A satisfying,
suave drink that is the perfect balance of
flavours. A real charmer. It would be easy
to while away the hours making my way
through the menu but, alas, its a school
night and the clock is about to strike twelve.
Nevermind, all the more reason to return
for a weekend night out, when the bar stays
open until 1am. Cant wait to sample more
of whats on offer at this fantastic late-night
hotspot. GB 626 Chiswick High Road, W4
chiswickmoranhotel.com

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Food&
Travel

Blow your own

Trompette
La Trompette

5 - 7 Devonshire Road, W4
020 8747 1836
latrompette.co.uk

hiswicks charming Devonshire


Road is the home of La
Trompette, which has been
serving contemporary French
delights since 2001. I visit on an
unseasonably grim Tuesday afternoon, yet
the place is positively bustling with ladies
at lunch, families and clusters of business
folk. La Trompette, it would seem, is the
culinary place to be.
The restaurant is the brainchild of
restauranter Nigel Platts-Martin and
Michelin-starred chef Bruce Poole, the duo
behind the successful Chez Bruce and The
Glasshouse at Kew. The cuisine embraces
thoroughly modern twists a number of
dishes being inspired by different countries
and pallets not to mention a delectable
(and extensive) wine list. For starters I opt
for watercress soup with smoked salmon
and cream cheese scone whilst my dining
partner chooses the more unusual goats
cheese panna cotta with sauce vierge, fennel
and black olives. Both are delicious and
Im assured that the richness of the goats
cheese is countered well with the sweet
red peppers on which the panna cotta is
elegantly placed. My soup, ordered with the
slightest of apprehension that it would be as

weak as, well, watercress, is in fact a strong,


earthy dish made all the more memorable by
the light-as-air scone, smoked salmon and
lashings of cream cheese.
We select distinctively un-French dishes
for our main course; saute of parmesan
gnocchi and globe artichoke with girolles,
peas and onions, and the Moroccan inspired
rump of kofta of lamb with aubergine,
couscous, piquillo pepper and chickpeas.
The gnocchi takes me by surprise; as one
of my all-time favourite comfort foods,
its a bold twist on the dish (sure to ruffle
a few Italian feathers) but its delicious in
its originality. Surprisingly sweet, it is the
addition of the plump, sumptuous girolles
that really give it an edge.
For all of La Trompettes unimposing

glamour and Bruce Pooles inventive menu,


it is actually the desserts that are in danger
of stealing the show. Practically every listing
is a huge temptation and our charming
waitress gladly steers us through the menu
and her personal recommendations. The
cheeseboard (which I would most definitely
have tried were I not filled to burst) is on
rotation, with plans to feature a Spanish
inspired board and, rather delightfully, an
Isle of White one too.
Relaxed and charming, La Trompette
excels with an exciting and imaginative
menu of stand-out dishes that are well
proportioned and moderately priced, despite
the ingredients and attention to detail in
every one. This is a west London staple with
plenty of surprises still up its sleeve. GB
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Food&
Travel

Lucknam Park
A luxurious weekend escape to the country

THE HOTEL
A hop away from Bath, this stunning
country pile ticks all the right boxes: theres
an award-winning spa, a Michelin-starred
restaurant, an equestrian centre and even
a whopping 500 acres. Approached by a
mile-long avenue lined with 400 lime and
beach trees, the whole place is a clever mix of
tradition meets contemporary.
THE BEDROOMS:
Walking into one of the 13 suites and 29
bedrooms is like jumping into the pages of a
Jane Austen novel; it screams elegance. And
thats before one has even taken a look at the
stunning views. Antiques and traditional
country furniture fill the richly decorated
rooms which are lined with gorgeous patterned wallpaper. The four-poster bed
provides the most marvellous (and comfortable) centrepiece while the chaise-longue,
positioned in front of the roaring fire, comes
a close second.
THE BATHROOM:
A shimmering vision of marble which features a massive bathtub sunken into a marble
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THE RESTAURANTS:
Headed up by executive chef Hywel Jones,
there are two restaurants to choose from: The

Park and The Brasserie. For the height of


indulgence, plump for Michelin-starred The
Park a gastronomic adventure which boasts
an incredible seven-course gourmet menu
and uses produce from the abundant kitchen
garden. Or, head to The Brasserie and
sample a selection of lighter dishes they do
sublime soups and salads. Traditional afternoon tea is served in the drawing room overlooking the park. This autumn, Lucknam
Park is launching a cookery school. Under
the guidance of Hywel Jones, a variety of

courses, from Indian Street Food to Cooking


at Home, will be offered for all those keen to
hone their kitchen skills.
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Rooms start from 330 per night, inclusive
of full English breakfast and use of the spa
facilities. Cookery School courses from 175
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Hunter
Gatherer

Three of the best places to enjoy


the truffle hunting season

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Food&
Travel

HOTEL CRILLON LE BRAVE, FRANCE

The romantic among us go weak at the knees at the mere thought of


travelling by train, so it is with unbridled enthusiasm that we look upon
Eurostars direct summer service from London to Avignon. Forget
airport queues and luggage restrictions, in just over six hours you can be
winding your way past vineyards, poppy fields and olive groves to the
hilltop village of Crillon le Brave. This Medieval cluster of yellow-ochre
buildings is home to the five-star Hotel Crillon le Brave. Made up from
seven restored houses joined together by original cobbled alleyways and
Romanesque arches, Crillon is like a village within a village. Rustic yet
luxurious, the 32 bedrooms have cottagey dcor with exposed beams,
tile flooring, full-length windows and distressed wooden furniture.
Despite the panoramic views of picture-perfect Provence afforded by
its terraces, their truffle hunting season (autumn and spring) is Crillons
main draw. Join truffle expert, Eric Jaumard, into the forest with his
reliable and trusty dog, where he talks through the techniques which
have been keeping this unique and old-fashioned pastime alive in
this delectable corner of France. There are some fantastic truffle and
wine weekends that are worth looking out for, too: they cater for a
morning of hunting, a wine-tasting visit to the world-famous winery
of Chteauneuf-du-Pape, before a dinner with a menu peppered with
truffle literally on every course.
Prices range from 250 to 510 per room, per night; suites go from 360 to
780 per room, per night (+ 3349 065 6161; crillonlebrave.com). Eurostar
has a direct service from London to Avignon with prices starting from 109
return (eurostar.com, 08432 186 186)
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Food&
Travel

KEMPINSKI PORTOROZ,
SLOVENIA

PALAZZO SENECA,
ITALY

The Slovenian and Croatian truffle scene


is often overlooked in favour of the one
found in Italy and France but that
shouldnt be the case. On the peninsula
of Istria, which sits just across the water
from the Italian city of Venice and shared
by both Slovenia and Croatia, locals boast
three sorts of black truffles, as well as
the coveted white truffle, often known
to be the most valuable in the world. The
epicentre of the buried Istrian treasures
terrain is the hilltop Croatian town of
Buzet, but there are worthwhile visits to
the nearby truffle-rich Motovun forest,
too (it depends on which guide you follow,
for hunters each own different plots of
land and guard them passionately). The
Kempsinki Portoroz, situated on the
Slovene stretch of Istria, and which offers
fabulous views over the Adriatic and Sea
and the Istrian countryside, is the place
to turn for the complete experience. The
luxurious Portoroz, situated in Slovenia,
should be your fi rst port of call when
booking visits to local truffle sites, tours
with local professional hunters and lessons
on how to pick and what to look for. There
are plenty of packages available, plus the
chance to combine them with other local
activities: private jet tours over the Slovene
mountains, visits to the asparagus festival
in April, the Dekani olive festival in June
and the salt, wine and olive festival in
Piran come October. Dont miss Istria in
November, however, for thats when Buzets
much-loved annual Truffle Festival a
trade show where hunters, gatherers and
truffle enthusiasts descend to heap praise on
the highly-prized rich and earthy flavour
these gems produce takes place.

Italy is the most famous truffle-bearing


of all the countries that are fortunate
to be rich in Black Diamonds. But it is
in the central Italian region of Umbria,
and specifically the truffle-capital
Norcia, where one ought to focus their
attention come truffle-hunting season.
The impressive Palazzo Seneca, located
within a 16th-century Umbrian palace
and situated at the heart of Sibillini
National Park, is the place to stay. For
at the time of the year that the globallyrevered and highly-valuable subterranean
mushroom is ready for its picking,
this family-run, white-washed hotel
have a perfect and irresistible offer for
you. Take the Truffle Package and you
will be treated to a guided tour with a
trifulau, a professional truffle hunter
(and his dog), who guides and tutors
newcomers to this endlessly-fascinating,
age-old practice by demonstrating all the
techniques he and his helpers follow in
the unearthing of this precious foodstuff.
And if thats not enough, there is also a
truffle-focused cooking class with Head
Chef Flavio Faedi to follow that, as well
as the appearance of this particular and
rare speciality within both the Granaro
del Monte restaurant and the exquisite
Vespasia. Choose from an incredible
selection of seasonal specialities including
local farmers poached eggs with black
truffle sauce, risotto with black truffle
sauce and fresh giuncata cheese and
Gnocchi made from Castelluccio potatoes
stuffed with black truffles. You get the
message. Its a truffle heaven and
absolutely divine.

Prices start from 195, (+386 5692 7000;


kempinski.com/en/portoroz)

Prices start from 111. +39 0743 817 434;


palazzoseneca.com

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Vive la

France

Katie Jarrett bids farewell to the bad old days of the school French
exchange once and for all, and instead goes in pursuit of the real
France - via lashings of tarte Tropezienne, naturally

nyone whos ever been


on a school exchange to
France will know that
one normally comes away
having absorbed very
little culture. Thats
not because it isnt there, but if youre
anything like me, you cry regularly
down the phone to your parents, glean
no knowledge of food except hoarding
packets of Galettes Bretonnes in your
room and out of pure desperation
only learn how to shout arretez la
voiture et laissez moi sortir,
or other such hopelessly
useless gems.
So after accepting
what was labeled a
gastronomic tour of

France across three regions I was prepared


to revisit the old clichs. What I didnt
know before this trip was that I had
previously been looking for the real France
in all the wrong places.
First stop was Deauville, which is to
Paris what The Hamptons are to New
York. Known well to the French but not
so well to the English, this is a seaside
town boasting a rich history in northeastern Normandy. Houses in the town
are painted in pastel shades and adorned
with decorative quoins, turrets and delicate
wooden balconettes.
Its claims to fame are numerous:
Coco Chanel established her
first luxury boutique here
in the early 1900s, and
it holds an annual

film festival in September, to which stars


of stage and screen flock and can be found
sipping chocolat chaud in its handsome
patisseries.
Off the beaten track and a few
miles away from the town centre is the
extraordinary Les Manoirs de Tourgevilles,
a four-star hotel situated in the middle of
the countryside. Originally built as a film set
by Claude Lelouch, the film was abandoned
and the structure a neo-Norman manor
house and a series of outbuildings were
converted by hotel group, Groupe Floirat.
The landscape around Les Manoirs is all
rustic idyll. The apple orchards and green
pastures strewn with horses and rickety
wooden farm machinery are truly Chauceresque. Inside, it is like a royal hunting lodge.

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Rooms span three-floors, the sitting room


sprawls the length of one of its cloisters and
one is always met by a crackling fire. The
resident restaurant, Le 1899, headed up by
Executive Chef Emmanuel Andrieu prepares
traditional Normandy
fare (starting, always,
with the delightful
Croquettes de
Fromages Normands),
giving a sense of old
France preserved.
A short flight later,
and I was in St Jean de
Luz, a picturesque place
in the Basque region.
It is an old town which
has suffered at the hand of its fair share of
drama, having hosted a royal wedding Louis
XIVs first marriage to 22-year old MariaTheresa of Spain in 1660 and the evacuation
of the Polish army during World War Two.

In season, the fishing port accommodates


the yachts and second homes of the
European sailing elite. The architecture is
varied: 16th-century churches and houses
which have remained standing through

sell sailing gear at exorbitant prices. Up on


the cliff, Hotel La Reserve overlooks St
Jean de Luz and its turquoise bay-trapped
sea. The view from one of the comfortable
terraced rooms is of coastal paths, trendy
shops and restaurants where
you go to see and be seen.
If Deauville hosts French
aristocracy, then St Jean de
Luz hosts the daredevils
and trendsetters of French
society. The Ilura restaurant
at La Reserve embodies
this daring. Head chef
is 20-something Fabrice
Idiart, who has been given
the freedom to manage a
kitchen which combines his creativity and
a true knowledge of Basque cuisine (confit
du canard, grilled sea bass la biscayenne,
fraises gariguettes de bayonne, and so
on.) His repertoire is full of unexpected

If Deauville hosts French


aristocracy, then St Jean de
Luz hosts the daredevils and
trendsetters of French society
batterings and beatings by war and sea, sit
alongside 1960s hotel blocks reminiscent
of English seaside towns, characteristic
squares with coiffed trees, quaint clock
towers and hyper-fashionable shops which

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OPENING PAGE: ST TROPEZ HARBOUR;


THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE: THE
RESTAURANT AT BYBLOS; THE POOL AT LA
RESERVE; THE TERRACE AT LA RESERVE

of comfort food in the form of bio boiled


egg one minute, and experimental food,
octopus rock, the next. It was all wonderful
until the Tropezienne tarte appeared just
as I thought Id had my gastronomic fill for
the night. Native to the region, the tarte is a
custard cream cake made in heaven, which,
when paired with a sharp raspberry sorbet
turned me into what Martin Amis would call
a gurgling wizard of calorific excess.
And that is the charm of this quaint port
made famous by its annual influx of celebrity
and billionaire visitors; when one thinks all
eyes should be fixed on the marina, awaiting
the arrival of another gargantuan vessel, in
fact, St Tropezs real delight is on ones plate.
And so it was throughout my travels
through these three corners of France; over
my umpteenth serving of Tropezienne tarte,
I realised just how splendidly gourmand this
country really is. There are secret recipes and

long histories behind everything the French


eat and for the entirety of this one fortunate
week, all those I met on each contrasting
coastline, had successfully changed my
perceptions of France through menus alone.
Suffice to say, I didnt need to call my
parents once.
For further information about Groupe Floirat
visit groupe-floirat.com
A Manor Room at Les Manoirs de
Tourgville, Deauville (+33 2 31 14 48 68;
lesmanoirstourgeville.com) from 152* per room
per night; Standard rooms at La Rserve, St
Jean de Luz (+33 5 59 51 32 00; hotel-lareserve.
com) cost from 95* per room per night; Byblos,
St Tropez (+33 4 94 56 68 00; byblos.com) offers
classic rooms from 424* per room per night. All
the above prices are based on a room-only basis,
with 2 adults sharing a room.

combinations (beef carpaccio and anchovy


anyone?) but they work.
Next stop was St Tropez and through
the gates of exclusive five star Hotel Byblos.
Away from the competing yachts at the
waters edge, this is undoubtedly where
the beautiful people go, possibly one of
only a few places in the world which can
be name-dropped without explanation indeed, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger hosted his
legendary raucous reception for his wedding
to Bianca here.
The interior of Byblos reflects the tiny
but endlessly idiosyncratic St Tropezienne
alleys which wrap around the property. No
two rooms are the same here: some come
spread over mezzanines, while others come
to life as two vast apartments attached at
the hip.
Vincent Maillards Le Spoon, situated
within the hotel, has racks of variety and a
delicious ten-course tasting menu consisting
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A substantial Grade II-listed Victorian family house attributed to the renowned architect E J
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Original Grade II-listed artist studio attached. Approx. 4,939 sq ft. 6/7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms,
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Chelsea
020 7589 6677

Kensington
020 7795 4288

Notting Hill
020 7221 4805

Ladbroke Grove
020 7221 0330

Brook Green
020 7603 5181

We believe
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Many agents over promise and over price.
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We simply step into action efciently
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Brianna Joss, lettings manager in Brook Green, is typical
of our staff. She relies on her in depth market knowledge
to deliver the optimum outcome when letting your home.
Clients like my understated confidence and ability to
deliver outstanding results. It may be why so many of our
clients 97% in fact - are happy to recommend us.

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020 7589 6677

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Brook Green

Sutton Lane North

A blue plaque, grade II listed Victorian house (405 sq m/4,359 sq ft sq


ft approx.), fronting onto Brook Green. 5 bedrooms, dressing room,
3 bathrooms, 3 shower rooms, 4 reception rooms, bar, 2 kitchens,
conservatory, utility room, cellar, balcony, garden, 3 parking spaces.

A beautifully refurbished, detached, double-fronted house (241 sq m/2,604 sq ft


approx.) overlooking Turnham Green. 5 double bedrooms, en suite bathroom,
shower room, large open plan reception room/dining room, kitchen/breakfast
room, study, garden, secure gated access with off-street parking.

Freehold 4,500,000

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Blythe Road

Bolingbroke Road

An award winning refurbished Victorian terraced house (200 sq m/2,152


sq ft approx). 5 bedrooms, 3 en suite shower rooms, bathroom, shower
room, open plan reception/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility
room, eaves and basement storage, court yard garden.

A bright and stylishly furnished, four storey mid terraced Victorian family
house (169 sq m/2,056 sq ft approx.), situated in one of the Brook Green
conservation areas favoured streets. 6 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 shower
rooms, reception room, kitchen/dining room, utility room, garden.

Freehold 1,950,000

Freehold 1,550,000

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Sulgrave Road

Rowan Road

A splendid example of an end of terrace Victorian family house (201 sq


m/2,163 sq ft approx.), which retains many of the original features. 5
bedrooms, family bathroom, double reception room, kitchen, conservatory
dining room, orangery, cloakroom, garden, freestanding garden office.

An exciting and innovative new gallery style development (146.4 sq m/1,576


sq ft approx.), formed from part of an Art Deco building within a secure gated
development. 3 bedrooms, en-suite shower room, bathroom, open plan
reception/dining/kitchen area, roof terrace, front garden, off street parking.

Freehold 1,550,000

Leasehold 1,295,000

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Brackenbury Road

Ceylon Road

A unique opportunity to acquire a newly remodelled ground and first floor


maisonette (188 sq m/2,024 sq ft approx.). 3 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, 2 en
suite shower rooms, open plan kitchen/reception/dining room, library, study
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A fully refurbished four story, semi detached house (112 sq m/1,205 sq


ft approx.), decorated in a highly contemporary manner. 3 bedrooms, 2
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Melrose Gardens

Bolingbroke Road

An extremely large Victorian home with flexible accommodation has


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Awellproportionedandattractivefamilyhouselocatedonthisprettytreelined
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Sinclair Road

A beautifully decorated, spacious family home (approximately 1900 sq


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A spacious and bright first floor duplex apartment has become available to
rent in this period conversion. This large property has four great size double
bedrooms, very modern bathrooms and a stunning kitchen. 4 bedrooms,
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A very smart, fully refurbished flat with a great size private garden just a very
short walk from the Central Line at Shepherds Bush. The property benefits
from wood flooring throughout, plenty of storage and its own private entrance.
2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, reception, garden.

An extremely smart, spacious flat has undergone complete refurbishment


and benefits from wood flooring throughout. Sinclair Road is an ideal location
for commuting being just a short walk from Shepherds Bush or Kensington
Olympia. 2 bedrooms, large reception, separate kitchen, bathroom.

Furnished 450 per week

Unfurnished 435 per week

Brook Green W14

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Windsor Way

Masbro Road

A well-presented and spacious one bedroom apartment set on the ground


floor of this apartment building situated in this secure gated development
with porter, just a short walk from Hammersmith Broadway station.
Bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, reception room.

A very smart, modern one bedroom property that has been recently
refurbished to a very high standard. The flat benefits from wood flooring
and a small patio area. Masbro Road is situated in the heart of Brook Green.
Bedroom, shower room, reception, kitchen, patio.

Furnished 400 per week

Furnished 325 per week

Brook Green W14

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Property

In their
own words

Derek Fletcher, Associate Director,


John D Wood & Co
PHOTOGRAPHY: RICHARD CLARK

t seems like only yesterday we were cheering on our athletes at the Olympic
Games and all eyes were on the gold medals. As those memories fade, along
with the summer light, focus once more turns to other challenges, in particular, the traditionally busy autumn property market.
It is increasingly evident that Chiswick has become the destination for
many people moving out of Holland Park, Kensington, and Notting Hill. Buyers
are attracted by its green open spaces, excellent schools, transport links, river
walks and pubs, not to mention the reasonable prices. There has certainly been
tremendous change during the 30 years I have worked in Chiswick today we
have so many fashionable restaurants, the streets are filled with designer buggies
and on Saturday mornings every caf is bursting with people enjoying their
morning coffees. Its far from the sleepy garden suburb of the past.
There is a continuing shortage of property family homes in particular.
Chiswick is now becoming a supply driven market, with many buyers finding
themselves in competitive bidding situations and being forced to pay premium
prices for the right property. Buyers, however, are taking a long term view and
seem less worried about the current economic doom and gloom in the knowledge
that they may not be selling for many years. They have confidence that putting
their money in bricks and mortar is a better option than keeping it in the bank.
With demand from property purchasers across the country at lower levels than
during the market peak in 2007, hopefully an increase in supply is likely to ease the
pressure on property prices, in an already price sensitive market. Either way, it is a
challenging market for sellers and buyers which is even more reason to make sure
you are dealing with agents you can trust, and who have experience and knowledge
of the market. At John D Wood & Co. we can offer a combined experience in
excess of 100 years in the local Chiswick market and are able to offer an unrivalled
level of local expertise.
During the summer we launched a new rental department due to demand in
the area. It is being run by Elena Baskerville who is busy building her portfolio.
She is already marketing several large family homes in Bedford Park and Chiswick
Park as well as some smaller apartments in Chiswick and Brentford. Elena and
her team are also able to help local residents wanting to move to Holland Park and
Richmond though working with our neighbouring offices.
Were coming up to the annual Chiswick House Gardens Dog Show on 23rd
September, which John D Wood & Co. is sponsoring. Once again Im judging
The Best in Show competition with George Nissan and I look forward to seeing
whether my Dalmatian, Lucky, and long-haired miniature Dachshund, Buster,
win their Best in Breed categories. I expect to see several of our local
dog loving celebrities there and hope the event raises lots of money and
awareness for The Dogs Trust.

John D Wood & Co., 68 -70 Turnham Green Terrace, W4.


Tel: 020 8995 9394

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CHISWICK MALL, W4
A wonderful and charming Victorian cottage located on the banks of the River Thames, with the most
fabulous mature gardens, approx. 80 ft. of river frontage, unrivalled river views and its own private mooring.
4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, conservatory,
garage, landscaped gardens.
Freehold Guide Price 4,000,000

CHISWICK 020 8995 9394 chiswick@johndwood.co.uk

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7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, 2 kitchens, cloakroom, study, gym, wine cellar,
media room, garden.

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A substantial, Victorian semi-detached family house located in the Bedford Park Conservation Area
of Chiswick. Recently modernised throughout to an exacting and meticulous standard to provide
contemporary living space. Approx. 5,275 sq ft.

TRUSTE

BEDFORD ROAD, W4

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Property

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Freehold Guide Price 4,750,000

CHISWICK 020 8995 9394 chiswick@johndwood.co.uk

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CHISWICK GREEN STUDIOS, W4


An outstanding Manhattan loft-style penthouse apartment in arguably Chiswicks most desirable, secure
development with on-site porterage, double-height underground parking space and use of the residents
gymnasium. Approx. 2,784 sq ft.
2/3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open-plan reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, mezzanine level,
roof terrace of approx. 1,000 sq ft.
Freehold Share Guide Price 1,999,950

CHISWICK 020 8995 9394 chiswick@johndwood.co.uk

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Master bedroom suite with dressing room, 4 further bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,


double reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, 51 ft. rear garden.

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An elegant Victorian, Grade II lListed family house designed by the renowned architect Norman Shaw and
located in the heart of the Bedford Park Conservation Area. Boasting many original period features, ample
storage space and a spacious media loft room. Convenient for Turnham Green Underground station.

TRUSTE

WOODSTOCK ROAD, W4

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Property

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Freehold Guide Price 2,600,000

CHISWICK 020 8995 9394 chiswick@johndwood.co.uk

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Property
News
Absolutelys monthly overview
of the market

MARKET INSIGHT:
BROOK
GREEN BUZZ:
Last year the Brook
Green and Brackenbury
Village property
market witnessed
minor fluctuations, but
essentially remained
level following
significant price rises
(which grew by 25%+
in some cases during
2010). This year we
have seen gradual
growth between January and June, after which
time the market levelled off. Prices remain
strong, but there is now more parity between the
vendors market and buyers market. That said,
stock levels remain chronically low and potential
buyer numbers sky high. For this reason, I feel
that the market will remain stable and the trade
level will be increasing for the remainder of the
year as more stock is made available during the
autumn market. Even if the economy remains
slow, I suspect that considerable sums will be
invested in the London property market next
year in a continued effort to safe guard peoples
cash reserves and thus propagate steady growth
through the first six months.
Justin Knight MRICS
Manager
jk@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

EALING INSIGHT:

BROOK GREEN FUN DAY


The Friends of Brook Green charity is set
up and run by local volunteers of all ages and
backgrounds as an independent community
group recognised by the London Borough of
Hammersmith and Fulham. Through events
such as Brook Green Fun Day, the charity
aims to raise money to protect and enhance the
beautiful open space of Brook Green, the heart
of the community. Over the years the charity
has helped foster a sense of community and
conviviality around the green and local residents
have been able to enjoy the space. Marsh &

Parsons have been part of Brook Green Fun


Day since 2010. This year the event is being held
on September 15th on the Green and theres
something there for everyone from steel bands,
arts and crafts, food and refreshments, childrens
entertainment, including the fantastic Helter
Skelter ride, which Marsh & Parsons are very
proud to be the sponsor of. The ever popular
Marsh & Parsons face painter will certainly
be there on the day, keeping the children
entertained. marshandparsons.co.uk
friendsofbrookgreen.org.uk

The Ealing sales market


has kept its head
high above water this
summer with buyers
and sellers using the
Olympic period as a
good excuse to focus on
moving. We have seen
some excellent prices
achieved this year on
large family homes
with a sale on Blakesley
Avenue W5 at 3.2
million, and another on
Cumberland Park W3 at
1.95 million. There has also been a significant
uplift of interest in three/four bedroom houses
in the 550,000 - 750,000 price range as family
buyers concentrate on securing a new home that
they can be in by Christmas. We have agreed
sales on two houses in that category this month
and both received multiple offers.
Although the summer period has been busier
than expected, the 2012 market has largely been
overwhelmed by distractions with the Queens
Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a month of solid
rain and, of course, the London 2012 games. To
that end, many people have not moved yet this
year, so we are expecting a busy final quarter of
the year as a result.
Matthew Gilbert, Sales Manager
gilbertm@hamptons-int.com

ANDREW NUNN & ASSOCIATES DELIGHTED TO SPONSOR THE GROVE PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Grove Park Music Festival features a
programme of high quality music, played and
sung by top professional artists in three local
Chiswick churches.
A concert given by the choir of Kings College
Cambridge opens the Festival on Sunday,
September 23rd at 7.30pm in St Nicholas
Church. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity
to hear Britains most prestigious choir directed

by Stephen Cleobury.
At the same venue on Wednesday 26th
September at 7.45pm, we are delighted to present
the Royal Academys famous ensemble, Heavenly
Harps, directed by Skaila Kanga and joined by
the acclaimed counter tenor Michael Chance.
On Saturday, 29th September at 7pm in St
Michaels Church, Elmwood Road, we welcome
the return of the outstanding young musicians of

the Wells Cathedral Orchestra.


Also at St Michaels on Sunday, 30th
September at 3pm we have a concert for the
whole family featuring the Hounslow Chamber
Choir, conducted by Emma Taylor in Red
Riding Hood, narrated by Matthew Sharp.
andrewnunnassociates.co.uk
Tickets can be bought from the Box Office on 0208
797 6544 or online at gpmf.net

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Property

W4
Absolutely

PAUL COONEY, SALES MANAGER AT


KINLEIGH FOLKARD & HAYWARDS
CHISWICK BRANCH, COMMENTS:

CHISWICK HOUSE GARDENS


ANNUAL DOG SHOW
The eighth Chiswick House Gardens
Dog Show, sponsored by estate agents
John D Wood of Turnham Green
Terrace, will be held this year on
Sunday 23 September from 10.30am3.45pm on the cricket pitch area within
the Gardens (entry via Staveley Road).
The show is organised by Chiswick
House Organised Walkers in
association with Chiswick House
Friends, raising funds for Chiswick
House and Gardens. It is thought to
be the largest free dog show in west
London.
Last years event, opened by Maureen
Lipman, was a great success with over
430 dogs entered into the various fun

classes, and estimated visitor numbers


in excess of 2,500. The show is always
supported by local businesses and
charities.
The fun show has many novelty
classes, and has become part of
Chiswicks social calendar. In addition
to taking part in classes, many of
them judged by local personalities,
you can also enjoy refreshments from
the barbecue and bar, or maybe try the
Have-a-Go-Agility feature run by The
Dog Coach.
Watch out for details about this
years show plans on the Dog Show
website. johndwood.co.uk
Hotline enquiries tel no 07586 318326.

Favourite restaurant
Sams Brasserie is one of the
most romantic and ambient
restaurants in Chiswick.
The food is great and on a
Sunday, they have happy
hour from 5-7 and live Jazz
in the bar from 6:30.
Best kept secret Colin
Firth has joined forces with
his wife Livia, her brother
Nicola and Chiswick
financier Ivo Coulson to
launch Eco Age. A shop
filled with everything for
the eco warrior inside us all.
Finest cocktail Bellini
at High Road House is
the finest cocktail in town,
which is always enjoyed
over an evening of celebrity
spotting at this great venue.

UP YOUR STREET
WITH PAUL PRICE, ASSOCIATE
DIRECTOR, MARSH & PARSONS

Stylish boutique The Old


Cinema is a treasure-trove
of vintage finery, from
furniture to clothes and
knick-knacks, making it
the perfect place to choose
a gift.

A lost hour A coffee and


the papers in the grounds
of Chiswick House and
Gardens, built by the third
Earl of Burlington in 1729,
is a wonderful way to while
away the hours.
Sulgrave Road, from an aerial view, forms a clear curve along with Minford
Gardens and Sinclair Road. This was not by chance, but due to the London and
South Western Railways construction of a loop line in 1869 through what is now
Kensington Olympia station, round the north of Brook Green to Hammersmith.
The name Brook Green is derived from a stream that ran along the south side
of the green. After leaving Brook Green, it flowed under the Hammersmith Road
by means of a brick culvert and then on into the Thames. In the 19th century,
local historian Thomas Faulkner described the area as a pleasant village with
some good houses. Though the area is no longer quite so bucolic, and is a stones
throw from the bustling Westfield Shopping Centre, it certainly still has some
fantastic abodes. This Sulgrave Road home is bright and spacious and comprised
of four large bedrooms over three floors. Through Marsh & Parsons, Brook Green
Sales, 020 7605 7760, marshandparsons.co.uk

An exceptional property
Staveley Road, a beautiful
semi-detached Grove Park
family home, located close
to Chiswick House grounds.
Staveley Road, Chiswick
W4, 1,275,000 Freehold
Paul Cooney MNAEA, pcooney@kfh.co.uk, 020 8742 8686

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Cornwall Grove,
Chiswick, W4
900,000
Freehold
Chiswick 020 8742 8686
Email sck@kfh.co.uk

10.12 KFH Chiswick and West.indd 2

Beautifully presented period family


home with unique features of the
highest order, offering an avant garde
reception room with glass panelled
walls, a bright kitchen leading onto
a Mediterranean styled 27ft rear
garden. This property also benefits
from three double bedrooms, two
bathrooms (one en suite) and a spiral
staircase leading to a loft room.
Situated off Chiswick Lane which
provides excellent road and rail links.

Four double bedrooms


Large reception room
Kitchen/breakfast room
Two bathrooms
27ft rear garden
Excellent transport links

03/09/2012 11:19

Tabor Road,
Hammersmith, W6
1,350,000
Freehold
Hammersmith 020 8563 9633
Email shm@kfh.co.uk

10.12 KFH Chiswick and West.indd 3

An outstanding family home


combining a perfect blend of
period charm with modern living.
This property is situated along a
quiet tree lined road in the heart of
Brackenbury Village close to local
shops and amenities, Hammersmith
and Ravenscourt Park underground
stations, Westfield shopping centre,
the River Thames and the open
spaces of Ravenscourt Park.

Four/five double bedrooms


En suite bathroom
Stunning 23ft kitchen
Period details throughout
Circa 1,700 sq ft
Downstairs WC
Third reception room
Attractive 26ft garden

03/09/2012 11:21

Stanley Court,
Ealing, W5
1,650 pcm
A lovely two double bedroom flat in Ealing.
This property comprises bright and spacious
open plan kitchen/reception, modern kitchen
and bathroom, two double bedrooms and
wooden flooring. Conveniently located within
walking distance of Ealing Broadway station.
Ealing 020 8579 6279
Email lel@kfh.co.uk

Lord Napier Place,


Hammersmith, W6
2,426 pcm
A beautiful two bedroom Victorian town
house in Hammersmith. This property is
well presented throughout and comprises a
spacious reception room, wooden flooring,
modern kitchen/dining room, modern wet
room, downstairs cloakroom and private
patio garden. Unfurnished.
Hammersmith 020 8563 9889
Email lhm@kfh.co.uk

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Property
Portfolio
Absolutelys monthly overview of the market

HOLINSER TERRACE ON THE


GROVE, W5

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A superb four-storey townhouse combining intimate and


contemporary styling, located on a premier road in Ealing
Broadway. This modern four bedroom property is situated
in a private mews and is offered to the market in exceptional
condition throughout. The property comprises a fantastic living
space, including a separate fully fitted kitchen, large open plan
lounge and a unique patio garden area located in the centre of
the property. There are four double bedrooms over two floors
and three bathrooms including one master en-suite. The
property benefits from a private off-street parking space, garage
and patio terrace. The Grove is situated moments from the
shops, bars and restaurants along Ealing Broadway. It is also
near transport links of the Uxbridge Road, Ealing Broadway
Station and Ealing Common is nearby. To let for 1,270
per week through Orchards Of London 020 8992 4242
orchardsoflondon.com
12/09/2012 17:46

Property

CRESWICK ROAD,
W3

An immaculately presented family


home with a fantastic 79 garden,
off-street parking for two cars, a
balcony to the master suite and 3/4
additional bedrooms. The house has
been refurbished and incorporates
some stunning features, such as a
handmade walnut fitted kitchen with
granite worktops, walk in fridge and
newly installed bathrooms. Creswick
Road is conveniently located for the
amenities of Ealing and Acton and
transport links. 1,750,000 freehold
through D&G 020 8563 7100
douglasandgordon.com

CARDROSS
STREET, W6

Two double bedroom cottage,


family bathroom, double reception,
family kitchen and secluded
garden. Pretty residential street in
Brackenbury. Unfurnished.
635 per week through
Finlay Brewer
020 7371 4171
finlaybrewer.co.uk

STOWE ROAD,
SHEPHERDS
BUSH, W12

This semi-detached corner house is


presented in immaculate condition. There
are two double bedrooms and three
reception rooms, one of which could be a
bedroom if required.
Stowe Road is located within
walking distance of various stations,
Westfield Shopping Centre and
Ravenscourt Park. Freehold 765,000
through Faron Sutaria 020 8740 7766
faronsutaria.co.uk

THE BEAUMONT
ECO DEVELOPMENT, W4

An exciting new development of seven exceptional properties located


within this private gated setting in a convenient and popular Chiswick
location. Specific attention has been given to the ecological impact
of this scheme, and the properties have superior energy performance
ratings, achieving a Sustainable Homes Code Level 3. Comprising of
a two-bedroom and two bathroom apartment, four cottages with two
bedrooms, and two houses with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The properties offer a bespoke finish with quality materials and are
arranged around a central parking area. Through Andrew Nunn &
Associates, 020 8995 1500 andrewnunnassociates.co.uk

BLAKESLEY
AVENUE, W5

A stunning and spacious interior


designed three bedroom conversion
flat. This first floor flat benefits from
high ceilings and large bright rooms
with three double bedrooms, two
bathrooms, luxury kitchen, large
reception room with views over
communal gardens.
Price: 550,000
Through Gardiner Residential
020 8579 5242
gardinerhomes.co.uk

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SALES & LETTINGS

WESTVILLE ROAD, W12


A superb semi-detached corner house presented in immaculate decorative condition displaying
contemporary style behind a traditional Victorian facade. 4 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room,
2 reception rooms, garden.
900,000 Freehold 020 8740 7766 shepbush@faronsutaria.co.uk

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SALES & LETTINGS

HAZLITT ROAD, W14


A stylish and contemporary apartment situated in the heart of West Kensington, close to the
Westfield Shopping Centre and High Street Kensington. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room,
double reception room, garden.
925,000 Leasehold 020 8740 7766 shepbush@faronsutaria.co.uk

OUR SERVICE WILL MOVE YOU

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06/09/2012 13:52

Prime
purchase
Four Winds, Park View Road, W5

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Property

n important opportunity to
acquire a classic detached residence in Ealings premier location with vestibule entrance,
main hallway, guest cloakroom,
south facing drawing room, double aspect
dining room, smallbone family kitchen,
laundry room, principal bedroom suite, four
further bedrooms, family bathroom, long
private drive, two double garages and amazing landscaped south facing grounds.
Perfectly located in this elevated position
by the green spaces of Hanger Hill Park, and
within easy reach of Ealing Broadway station
(main line and tube lines). It is also planned
as one of the major hubs to Crossrail. This

unique house was built in the style of a small


country manor house at right angles to the
road and facing south. The house has been
meticulously maintained by our clients for
over 35 years and thoughtfully improved to
provide a glorious and comfortable home.
It offers boundless potential to extend and
reconfigure to your own designs.
Standing in a beautiful landscaped double
garden plot (nos 48 & 50) extending nearly
1/2 acre with an inset swimming pool,
plus two double garages. For sale freehold.
Viewing is strictly by appointment with the
owners sole agent Sinton Andrews.
Sinton Andrews 020 8566 1990
sintonhomes.com

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www.sintonhomes.com

BY EALING COMMON
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

ESTATE AGENTS & SURVEYORS

A superior Gothic Victorian detached residence offering outstanding space (nearly 4000
sq ft) brimming with period features and tastefully restored to provide a gracious family
home with self-contained 2 bedroom annexe. Landscaped west garden and 2 garages

2.500.000 Freehold

FACING EALING CRICKET GROUND


EALING AT ITS MOST APPEALING

JUST OFF HAVEN GREEN


FOR DON QUIXOTES EVERYWHERE

A wonderful 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom detached Victorian residence


with fantastic entertaining space and a large west garden.

That special Victorian 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house you have been


dreaming of. Nicely restored throughout, with a lovely garden and parking.

2,200,000 Freehold

749,950 Freehold

www.sintonhomes.com / 020 8566 1990 / 8 Springbridge Road, Ealing Broadway, London W5 2AA
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THE PARK VIEW ROAD


SEEING IS BELIEVING
An important opportunity to acquire a classic and
handsome residence in Ealings premier location.
This unique house was designed by a renowned
architect in the style of a small country estate.
Approached via a long private drive and standing
in a delicious south facing garden of about acre
With 2 double garages and a heated pool

Meticulously maintained by our client for 35 years


as their much loved family home and offering
boundless potential to extend and configure to
your own designs.

PRICE ON APPLICATION

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138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD LONDON W6 7PB


Telephone: 020 7371 4171 Facsimile: 020 7371 4166
Email: sales@finlaybrewer.co.uk Web: www.finlaybrewer.co.uk
138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD LONDON W6 7PB
Telephone: 020 7371 4171 Facsimile: 020 7371 4166
Email: sales@finlaybrewer.co.uk Web: www.finlaybrewer.co.uk

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10/09/2012 09:49

138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD LONDON W6 7PB


Telephone: 020 7371 4171 Facsimile: 020 7371 4166
Email: sales@finlaybrewer.co.uk Web: www.finlaybrewer.co.uk
138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD LONDON W6 7PB
Telephone: 020 7371 4171 Facsimile: 020 7371 4166
Email: sales@finlaybrewer.co.uk Web: www.finlaybrewer.co.uk

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10/09/2012 09:50

The Avenue, Chiswick, W4

1,750,000 Freehold

A three storey, semi-detached period property with off-street parking, situated just a couple of minutes walk from Turnham Green
Terrace. Currently arranged as a five bedroom house, this family home offers scope for the new owner to make it their own. Situated
at the southern end of The Avenue, many local shops, restaurants and boutiques are close at hand and so is Turnham Green Tube.
Measuring in excess of 2000 sq ft, the house is certainly substantial and we do suggest an early viewing.

Chiswick office 020 8994 7096 chiswick@winkworth.co.uk


269 Chiswick High Road London W4 4PU

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BEST FOR KIDS

Andrew Nunn, Director,


Andrew Nunn Associates
andrew@andrewnunn
associates.co.uk, 020 8995 1500
Rock Lane football ground run
an extensive programme of term time and
holiday football courses for all age groups.
They host sporting birthday parties too,
involving football, tennis, netball, cricket,
crazy golf or multi-sports. Then its all aboard
their London Routemaster bus for the
birthday tea. rockslane.co.uk

INTERIOR
INSPIRATION

Derek Fletcher, Associate


Director, John D Wood
dfletcher@johndwood.co.uk
0208 995 9394
With their mural covered walls and
interesting shaped mirrors, Genco is blazing
the trail in cutting edge masculine design. I
would thoroughly recommend this grooming
salon for male treatments and interior
inspiration. 9 Devonshire Road, Chiswick,W4
2EU

FAVOURITE
LOCAL STREET

HANG OUT

YOU NEVER KNEW


THIS ABOUT...

TIME OUT FOR MUM

Andrew Dunford, Director,


Winkworth
adunford@winkworth.co.uk
020 8994 7096
Devonshire Road is host to lovely boutiques,
like Polomo and Frivoli and restaurants
including La Trompette and Quantus. Theres
also an annual street party thats at the heart
of the community.
devonshireroad.com

Brianna Joss, Letting Manager,


Brook Green, Becktive Leslie
Marsh
bj@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk
020 7603 5181
Brook Green was home to the famous
Vineyard Nursery, which opened in 1745,
where fuschias were first cultivated on a large
scale in England.

Adrian Johnson, Sales Manager,


Hamptons
johnsona1@hamptons-int.com
020 8987 8444
Hole in the Wall Pub is
Chiswicks hidden gem. Situated just off the
High Road, it offers a great gastro menu
featuring one of the best beer gardens in the
area.
12, Sutton Lane North, London, W4 4LD

Dean Moriarty, manager,


Faron Sutaria
dmoriarty@faronsutaria.co.uk
020 8740 7766
K Fit is the perfect environment
for yummy mummies looking to stay in
shape, or simply unwind in K Spa. There is a
beautiful hydrotherapy pool, sauna, sanarium,
steam room and Londons first Snow Paradise.
K West Hotel and Spa, Richmond Way, W14
0AX, k-west.co.uk

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Black Lion Lane, W6 000,000 per week

Black Lion Lane, W6 000,000 per week

Combining period charm with contemporary style, a

Combining period charm with contemporary style, a

stunning newly refurbished, three storey flat-fronted

stunning newly refurbished, three storey flat-fronted

Victorian house, located in the St Peters conservation

Victorian house, located in the St Peters conservation

area of Hammersmith.

area of Hammersmith.

lettings@andrewnunnassociates.co.uk
Telephone 020 8995 1600

lettings@andrewnunnassociates.co.uk
Telephone 020 8995 1600

Twyford Avenue, W3 1,275,000 Freehold


A stunning 7 bedroom period residence presented beautifully throughout
with a wealth of character:
Superb lateral living space
Four reception rooms
Particularly spacious rooms
Kitchen/family room
Larger
than
average
hallway and
landing
Black
Lion
Lane,
W6 000,000
per
week
Black Lion Lane, W6 000,000 per week
Eight bedrooms
Country
Luxuryliving
fittedinkitchen
/ breakfast
room
London!
A significant
Combining
period
charm
with
contemporary
style,
a
Combining
period charm with contemporary style, a
Five
bathrooms
detached
Modern
bathrooms
with
under floor
heating
house
set within
mature
walled
stunning
refurbished,
three storey flat-fronted
stunning
refurbished,
three storey flat-fronted
Close
to newly
the River
Thames
extending
0.25acres
gardens
Wellnewly
stocked
andtomaintained
west facing garden
Victorian house, located in the St Peters conservation
Victorian house, located in the St Peters conservation
and Chiswick House and grounds
Hardstanding for two cars

Dartmouth House, W4
3,650,000 Freehold

area of Hammersmith.

area of Hammersmith.

lettings@andrewnunnassociates.co.uk
sales@andrewnunnassociates.co.uk
Telephone
020 8995 1600
Telephone 020 8995 1500

lettings@andrewnunnassociates.co.uk
Telephone 020 8995 1600

No chain

www.andrewnunnassociates.co.uk
drewnunnassociates.co.uk
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Property

Luxury Lettings
Milnthorpe Road is this months most coveted rental property

truly spectacular and unique


seven bedroom detached house
in the popular Grove Park area,
featuring fabulous outdoor
swimming pool and secure
parking at the front of the house.
Set over 5,700 sq feet of painstakingly
refurbished accommodation, the house is
entered by spectacular open hallway with
sweeping staircases and views all the way up to
the atrium ceiling.
Flooded with natural light, the ground
floor offers beautiful Botticino marble in
the entrance hall and solid oak parquet
flooring throughout the large double
reception room. Dining room leading
to modern Bulthaup kitchen with fully
fitted appliances including Gaggenau
ovens. Folding doors from the reception
and a dining room and kitchen that offers
access to a beautifully landscaped garden

extending to 19.4 metres.


Swimming pool, pool
house with shower and
separate boiler/pump
house.
Ground floor WC and
large study room with
stairs leading to a basement
conversion featuring fully
fitted utility room, wine
cellar, sauna and great
cinema room with projector
screen.
From the ground floor
landing, the large staircase
leads up to the first floor
which offers a master bedroom with separate
dressing area (wall-to-wall wardrobes) and
full en-suite bathroom with bath and separate
shower all done up to the highest of quality.
In addition, there are also three further

double bedrooms on the same floor, all with


built in wardrobes and en-suites with either a
shower or a bath.
The second floor offers two large double
bedrooms, one with an extra study/play area
and en-suite bathroom and one with an ensuite shower room, plus small 7th bedroom.
Every aspect in the home has been lovingly
looked after by the current owners and offers
a family a truly stunning living space and an
opportunity to live in arguably one of the best
houses in Chiswick.
4,000 a week
Hamptons International
Chiswick Lettings
hamptons.co.uk
020 8987 8443

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Ed Mead
Superbike Racer and Sales Director
Qualified racer Ed will never cut corners but
thinks nothing of taking them at great speed on
his Ducati superbike. Our people are what make
us great and Ed is brave and committed.

douglasandgordon.com
Extraordinary people

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Three is the
magic number
If you are looking to buy or sell in South Kensington
D&G now have three offices with the opening of our
new Harrington Road office.

1,495,000 Freehold
Weltje Road W6
Located within a stones throw of the River, this four/five bedroom house
offers an amazing amount of living and entertaining space.

4/5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, Kitchen/breakfast room,


Cloakroom, Utility, Garden.

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Sales 020 8563 7100


hammsales@dng.co.uk

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1,350,000 Freehold
Iffley Road W6
An immaculately presented, four bedroom house on one of Brackenbury
Villages most popular streets.

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast


room, Cloakroom, Cellar, West facing garden.

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Sales 020 8563 7100


hammsales@dng.co.uk

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New website
Its time to refresh your browsers for major
changes to douglasandgordon.com with many
new features and improved navigation.

895,000 Freehold
Dalling Road W6

635,000 Leasehold
Rosedale Terrace W6

This wonderfully light three bedroom house, arranged over four


floors, offers an excellent balance of space.

A fantastic two/three bedroom Edwardian maisonette with a


private garden.

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Reception room, Kitchen,


Dining room, Utility room, Garden.

2/3 bedrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Study/third


bedroom, 16ft garden, Own entrance.

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Sales 020 8563 7100


hammsales@dng.co.uk

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Sales 020 8563 7100


hammsales@dng.co.uk

545,000 Share of Freehold


Adelaide Grove W12

350,000 Leasehold
Aldensley Road W6

A truly delightful and very well presented split-level three bedroom


flat with a private garden.

Located absolutely in the heart of Brackenbury Village - a


fantastic purchase for a first time buyer or rental investor.

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Reception room, Kitchen,


Dining room, Utility room, Garden.

2 bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Second


floor, Long lease.

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Sales 020 8563 7100


hammsales@dng.co.uk

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Sales 020 8563 7100


hammsales@dng.co.uk

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Text dng to
84840 for details
of properties near
you now.

North
Chelsea
Fulham
Hammersmith &
Shepherds Bush

Kensington
Kensington Gate
South Kensington
Notting Hill
Pimlico & Westminster

South
Balham
Battersea
Battersea Park

Clapham Southside
East Putney
West Putney
Southfields & Earlsfield

www.douglasandgordon.com

1150 per week Unfurnished


Ravenscourt Park W6

690 per week Unfurnished


Vespan Road W12

A wonderful and extremely well presented family house, ideally located very
close to the park.

A unique three bedroom house with plenty of flexible living space


and fantastic entertaining areas.

5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Eat-in kitchen, Reception room, Utility


room, Cloakroom, Decked garden, Available immediately.

3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 flexible landing areas, Double


reception room, Eat-in kitchen, Cellar, Patio garden.

Hammersmith lettings Office: 020 8563 4422


hammlets@dng.co.uk

Hammersmith lettings Office: 020 8563 4422


hammlets@dng.co.uk

650 per week Unfurnished


Westville Road W12

595 per week Unfurnished


Riverview Gardens SW13

A stunning three bedroom family house which is immaculately


presented throughout.

An immaculate two bedroom mansion flat, benefitting from a


private patio in this sought after area of Barnes.

3 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Kitchen/breakfast room,


Reception room, Cloakroom, Decked garden.

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Eat-in kitchen,


Patio garden, Available early October.

Hammersmith lettings Office: 020 8563 4422


hammlets@dng.co.uk

Hammersmith lettings Office: 020 8563 4422


hammlets@dng.co.uk

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Arranged over the top two floors of a Victorian conversion, this recently renovated duplex apartment offers sumptuous
reception space flooded with natural light from the west facing terrace, a bespoke open plan kitchen making this
a fantastic space for entertaining and a useful utility room. The bedroom accommodation comprises three double
bedrooms and three bathrooms (all with under floor heating). Share of Freehold. Sole Agents.

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This superb apartment is presented in excellent condition having been completely refurbished. The property benets from
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This stylish apartment is excellently presented and offers modern bright and spacious living throughout. The apartment comprises
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