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Style secrets of
Meghan?s florist
pages 10-11
The guide: how to be a winner in a slow housing market pages 14-15
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A manor, plus
a Tudor tower
This Hampshire property has four acres
and a turbulent history, says Anna Temkin
n the 15th century Warblington
Castle in Havant, Hampshire, was
owned by Richard Neville, the
Earl of Warwick, famously known
as Warwick the Kingmaker
because of his role in the Wars
of the Roses. After his death and
that of his grandson, Edward
Plantagenet, who succeeded him in the
earldom, the castle was confiscated by
the Crown. In the 16th century it was
returned to Plantagenet?s sister, Margaret
Pole, the Countess of Salisbury, who was
a confidante of Catherine of Aragon.
The countess fortified the castle and
moat, but amid the turmoil of the
Reformation the devout Catholic was
accused of treason and beheaded at
the Tower of London in 1541. Her home
later fell into the hands of the Cottons,
a royalist family, who lived at the castle
until the Civil War, when it was largely
destroyed by Parliamentarian forces.
The tower, part of the gate and the
drawbridge support, however, survive,
and are grade II* listed.
The remains lie in the four-acre
grounds of a 17th-century manor house,
built of Caen stone, which still carries
the name Warblington Castle. It has
seven bedrooms, two shower rooms and
a bathroom. Among the famous figures
who have stayed there are Peggy
Guggenheim, the American art collector
and socialite, who rented the property
one summer in the 1930s. ?It is not often
you get a property that has this kind of
ownership record,? says Mark Astley, the
director of Jackson-Stops? Chichester
branch, which is marketing Warblington
Castle for �6 million.
Diana Bishop, who bought the
property with her husband 35 years ago,
says: ?I feel not so much a homeowner
as a custodian. It has been a privilege
living somewhere with such historic
connections. Over the years we have
done sympathetic renovations, and made
the tower watertight, but we haven?t
changed the layout or the character.?
The couple raised their four children
there, and say it has been ?a fantastic
family home?. It has also been the ideal
venue for all three of their daughters?
weddings. Warblington Castle is close to
Langstone Harbour and the picturesque
harbourside town of Emsworth; Astley
suspects that the buyer will have a keen
interest in sailing, like the Bishop family
and many residents in the area.
Prime properties
By the sea
Gothic style
Heacham, Norfolk
Barnes, SW13
WHAT YOU GET Built in 1830, Turret
House was modified in the 19th century
by its owner, the historian of science
Robert Gunther, who was a fellow of
Magdalen College, Oxford. He added a
semi-octagonal turret, as well as interior
marble gargoyles and stone mullions,
which may have been reclaimed from
Magdalen. The property has period
fireplaces, terracotta reliefs, three
bedrooms, a garage and a garden.
WHERE IS IT? In a west Norfolk village
facing the Wash, 14 miles north of King?s
Lynn. Heacham has two sandy beaches.
UPSIDE Whimsical decorative details.
DOWNSIDE One of the turrets can be
accessed only via the garage.
PRICE �5,000
CONTACT Bedfords, 01328 730500,
WHAT YOU GET This characterful
Georgian house has underfloor heating,
a Sonos sound system, arched doors and
windows, a reception hall with a fireplace,
period wooden flooring and a kitchen/
dining room with views of the garden.
The Gothic Cottage has two bedrooms
and two bathrooms on the top floor, two
bedrooms and a bathroom on the first
floor, and a utility room and a reception
room on the ground floor. There is an
outbuilding and off-street parking.
WHERE IS IT? On Station Road, facing
Barnes Green. The area has a village vibe.
UPSIDE The eclectic interiors.
DOWNSIDE The reduced head height
on the second floor.
PRICE �5 million
CONTACT Savills, 020 8939 6900,
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Move to a home
near a racecourse
Mid Lavant, West Sussex
This grade II listed 17th-century house with seven bedrooms is an
AA five-star B&B. On the edge of the South Downs, the red-brick
house is close to the Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve and is
two miles from Goodwood racecourse, which hosts the annual
Glorious Goodwood flat-racing event.
�275 million,
Castle in
has seven
and is on
sale for
�6 million
The balconies on the
first and second floor
of this five-storey,
four-bedroom riverside
house provide a good
vantage point from which
to view the tree-lined
River Severn, Worcester
racecourse and Worcester
Cathedral. A gate at the
end of the property?s rear
garden provides access
to the riverbank, which
is ideal for walking
and cycling.
Ascot, Berkshire
This five-bedroom period
cottage has an open-plan
kitchen/breakfast room
and a useful two-bedroom
self-contained annexe,
as well as an outdoor
swimming pool. The
house is half a mile from
Ascot racecourse, where
next month the Royal
Ascot meeting takes
place, with 18 races over
five days.
�695 million,
Arts and Crafts
Sandwich Bay, Kent
WHAT YOU GET Built in the Arts and
Crafts style from Tudor materials, this
seafront home could be England?s best
beach house, the estate agency says.
Kentlands is grade II listed and dates
from the 1920s. It has a master bedroom
with views of the bay, a further seven
bedrooms, four bathrooms, a kitchen,
reception hall, drawing room and second
kitchen. There is also a two-bedroom
cottage with a playroom and a pool.
WHERE IS IT? On Princes Drive, which
faces the shingle beach at Sandwich Bay.
UPSIDE A year-round summer feeling.
DOWNSIDE The playroom is separated
from the main house.
PRICE �million
CONTACT Strutt & Parker,
01227 473720,
Claire Carponen
Scottish Borders
Originally a dower
house built in 1795,
Springhill is a beautiful
seven-bedroom country
house in the Tweed
Valley, with 14 acres and
sweeping views of the
River Tweed and Cheviot
Hills. It is five miles east
of Kelso racecourse,
which has a First May
Day event on Wednesday.
�25 million,
Claire Carponen
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Friday May 4 2018 | the times
Brokenshire must
mend the market
Anne Ashworth
Property and Personal Finance Editor
ystery surrounds
the future for
housing policy in
the wake of the
cabinet reshuffle.
Sajid Javid has
left the Ministry
of Housing,
Communities and Local Government
for the Home Office, causing people to
speculate if direction will change under
his replacement, James Brokenshire.
Javid regarded Generation Rent?s
exclusion from homeownership and the
Nimbyist aversion to development as
significant threats to the Tories? hold
on power. Brokenshire?s name may hint
that he is the minister to mend the
?broken? housing market, but his
stance is more difficult to discern. How
do his views compare, for example, with
those of Toby Lloyd, the former policy
boss at the charity Shelter? Lloyd is the
prime minister?s new housing adviser.
Brokenshire is a buy-to-let investor;
he also supported Help to Buy, which
aids new home purchasers. Now
everyone wants to see how quickly he
demonstrates his understanding of the
plight of the priced-out. He must ?get it?
and be ?on it?.
One way to counter the opposition
to development would be to tackle the
poor construction quality that is often
used as a pretext to protest against new
homes. A report from the Royal
Institution of Chartered Surveyors
highlights the flaws in ?permitted rights?
projects in which commercial buildings
are converted into flats.
According to the RICS, many of the
?loft apartments? created in such
projects are poky; only 30 per cent of
schemes in Camden, Croydon, Leicester,
Leeds and Reading meet national space
standards. The RICS contends that a
lack of planning controls is to blame;
This east London property designed by Studio Iro has wabi-sabi chic
Glasgow conversions are superior
because of tighter regulation in the city.
The RICS?s investigation tells us that
some local authorities and developers do
not prioritise the wellbeing of residents
and the enhancement of neighbourhoods.
If Brokenshire is to mend the market,
this issue should be at the top of his list.
Statistic of the Week
Contenders for Statistic of the Week
included the number of steps ?
450 million ? that buyers will take this
month in search of a property, the
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equivalent of 13,000 marathons,
according to House Network, the estate
agency. The figures are calculated on the
basis that each buyer views three homes,
taking 2,150 steps on each trip, and that
70,000 properties are sold. This is a very
low estimate of transactions, especially
since the mood among homebuyers is
not as downbeat as you may suppose.
Halifax?s latest house price optimism
index may show that confidence in the
market is muted, but half of those
surveyed still believe that property
values are set to rise. The study also
reveals a low level of concern about
the cost of finance. Only 29 per cent of
mortgage borrowers (our Statistic of the
Week) are worried about meeting their
repayments in the event of an upward
move in rates, compared with 42 per
cent in 2014. Raising a deposit is seen as
an obstacle to relocation, but higher
rates are not a reason to stay put. This
may be because of the perception that
this is the moment of opportunity to
secure a small, but useful discount on
a larger house. For more on how to seize
the day, see our guide on pages 14-15.
Japanese for style
At Bricks & Mortar it is our mission
to keep you updated with the latest
decor-speak. This month we suggest that
you familiarise yourself with wabi-sabi, a
newish style movement based on ancient
Japanese philosophical themes. This
elegant aesthetic combines the
best bits of shabby chic and minimalism,
as exemplified above. It?s also a doctrine
that does not insist on ceaseless
decluttering. If you see yourself sitting
comfortably in such an environment,
see more on page 7.
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Friday May 4 2018 | the times
Yorkshire: a
tour de force
for property
Jayne Dowle reports on how house prices
are buoyant in this scenic historic county
ll eyes are on the
largest historic county
in England this week
as the Tour de
Yorkshire cycling race
makes its way across
the region that?s
bucking the trend for
house prices. ?Yorkshire doesn?t seem to
be experiencing the same sort of slump
that is being felt in other parts of the
country,? says Alastair Hart, a divisional
director in the Yorkshire office of
Hunters, an estate agency. ?The buyers
are out there, from first-time buyers all
the way up to investors and retirees, and
it is important that new stock continues
to match this demand. There seems to be
a slight supply and demand imbalance in
some areas at the moment, but it appears
to be having a limited impact overall.?
Yet as prices surge in York,
Richmond and the Yorkshire
Dales, the south of the
county is awaiting its
moment in the sun. The
latest Land Registry
data suggests that
while annual house
prices in North
Yorkshire are showing
significant growth,
with 12.9 per cent in
Richmondshire and
7.9 per cent in Ryedale,
which includes the
popular market town of
Malton, less-favoured spots
are struggling.
Two areas recorded an annual fall,
This five-bedroom cottage in Arden Grange is on sale for �0,000 with Jackson-Stops. Left:
a two-bedroom flat in the spa town of Ilkley is on sale for �0,000 with William H Brown
Barnsley with a 0.3 per cent drop
and Doncaster, which fell by
0.9 per cent. Yet East Riding
reported a year-on-year rise
of 5.3 per cent. However, it
is the key staging posts of
the Tour de Yorkshire that
paint the widest picture
of the Yorkshire market.
It is the third largest UK city
with a population of more than
715,000. It?s a multi-faceted market;
apartments dominate the city centre,
fashionable hotspots such as Chapel
Allerton (average sold price �7,490,
according to Rightmove) attract young
professionals, and north Leeds, which
includes Alwoodley (�3,701) and
Meanwood (�5,667), enjoys its
affluent reputation. There has been no
significant rise or fall recently across
the city.
There has been phenomenal growth in
this West Yorkshire spot known for its
excellent restaurants, including the
Box Tree, which has a Michelin star.
Rightmove says that sold prices are
12 per cent up on last year and a
whopping 17 per cent higher than in
2015. The average property price is
�8,623, and interestingly for a small
town, apartments make a significant
impact, selling for an average of �4,114.
This former textile town is enjoying
a cultural renaissance, with the
revamped 19th-century Piece Hall
offering independent shops and
entertainment. There has been steady
house price growth of 6 per cent since
2015 in the town centre, according to
Rightmove, with terraced houses, the
most popular properties, fetching an
average �9,647. However, it?s the
outlying villages and quirky small towns
near by, such as Todmorden (average
price �3,289), Sowerby Bridge
(�0,918), Luddendenfoot (�6,732),
Hebden Bridge (�7,984) and Barkisland
(�3,959), where values are really rising.
Anything on the west side of this South
Yorkshire town between Sheffield and
Leeds attracts a premium, because of
its proximity to the Pennines and good
schools. While the average sold price
in the town centre is �5,815, which
has not moved much on the average
2007 price of �0,051, a home in a
desirable village such as Cawthorne
costs an average of �6,167 (although
sold prices here are down more than
26 per cent on the pre-credit crunch
high of �8,409 in 2004).
The future looks bright for Doncaster,
with talks of an expansion plan for the
airport, Amazon setting up shop in the
area, and lots of recreational activities,
such as the racecourse and Yorkshire
Wildlife Park. The average sold price is
�6,913, according to Rightmove, with
a modest 3 per cent growth overall since
2015. Farther afield, in hotspots such as
Bawtry, with its Georgian buildings, the
average property price is �1,708.
As a key town in East Riding, Beverley
has lots of potential. State schools are
highly regarded, there?s an impressive
minster and it?s about 13 miles from the
sea. The average price of �4,483
(Rightmove) has steadied after a big
jump from �7,954 in 2014. However,
this average does take into account
a range of properties, from apartments
of about �0,000 to large Georgian and
Victorian family homes at �0,000-plus.
The A1 between Leeming and Barton
has been upgraded to a three-lane
motorway. The drive to Leeds takes 70
minutes and Newcastle is an hour away.
This has contributed to the increase in
sold prices in the area, which includes
the market town of Richmond and large
parts of the Yorkshire Dales, reported on
recently by the Land Registry. The
average price of a Richmond home is
�6,427, according to Rightmove, but
prime period properties fetch a lot more.
If you want to live by the sea in Yorkshire,
Scarborough is a ?proper? town, with
shops, decent schools and a mainline
railway station ? and it?s on the up.
North Bay has benefited from a
regeneration programme. Sold prices
have risen 10 per cent in a year
(Rightmove) to an average of �2,470;
expect to pay more in attractive villages.
This five-bedroom house near Harrogate is on
the market for �0,000 through Strutt & Parker
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houses, where they may have used
things like a lime finish, which is quite
similar to a Japanese mud-wall finish.
The Japanese are keen on texture and
nuance of colour rather than things
being very linear.
?They are also keen on ceramics that
tend to be rustic and non-symmetrical.
They like to see the hand of nature,
especially in pottery.?
The interior designer Lucy Currell,
of Studio Iro, interprets wabi-sabi as a
way of achieving wellness in the home,
and this influences all her projects. She
particularly likes introducing antiques,
modernist furniture and old items that
have a physical story to tell into a
luxurious, high-end interior.
Currell sources antiques throughout
Europe, including at Old Spitalfields
Above: Wallis bed, from �799; Elgin chair, from �9; Chenille rug, �8. Below,
inset: Tuscan dining table, from �499; Tuscan benches, from �9 (all
Big in Japan: the art
of wabi-sabi decor
f immaculate clean surfaces,
high-gloss finishes and a neatly
made bed stacked with plump
cushions terrify you, breathe a
sigh of relief because the latest
interiors trend ? wabi-sabi ?
embraces wonkiness and
An ancient Japanese philosophy,
wabi-sabi has its roots in Zen Buddhism
and is about finding beauty in the
imperfect. Designers are taking this
relaxed aesthetic, inspired by Japanese
interiors, and adding a Nordic twist.
Some have coined the look ?Japandi?,
a mix of wabi-sabi and the clean
Scandinavian decor we
have come to love; think
blond wood and
the managing
director of the
Rug Seller,
whose customers
are choosing
natural rugs
woven from jute
or hemp, frayed
materials and
crinkled fabric, with
unfinished edges, says:
?Sabi explores the acceptance
of how changes associated with ageing
can make something more beautiful.
For example, the green dappled
verdigris effect that appears when
copper is exposed to the elements
or the whiskering on a well-worn
pair of jeans.?
In home decor this translates into
old, well-loved pieces that have been
handed down through generations
? soft geometrics, matt accessories
and functional, uncomplicated furniture,
along with palettes of colours inspired
by nature, such as neutral greys,
earthy browns and rusts, blossom
pinks, sea foam blues and eucalyptus
or pine forest greens.
Natural materials are important to
the Japanese and Scandinavians, and
increasingly Brits ? more than
221,000 handmade items were searched
for in the home and garden section on
eBay in the first quarter of this year,
while the online marketplace reports
580,000 sales of wood-related items
and 100,000 linen items.
If you want to create the look,
search for handmade accessories
that have been created with skill
and care, brass bowls that have been
beaten and hammered by hand, or
steam-bent wooden accessories
and lighting.
Hannah Thistlethwaite is
a textiles buyer at Heal?s,
which has lots of
pieces this summer.
?Opt for something
that?s relaxed and
peaceful instead
of something
sleek and
natural materials
such as wood,
leather, stone
and clay. For the kitchen
and dining areas, natural
tables and benches that show
the knots and grain of the wood are
perfectly offset by dinnerware in organic
shapes and handmade ceramics,?
she says.
?For the bedroom create a
sanctuary by choosing informal
linen sheets and an arrangement of
cushions and throws in a range
of textures. Complete the look with
soft, ambient lighting.?
Japanese interiors often have textured
walls in earthy colours, says Andrew
Juniper, the author of Wabi Sabi: the
Japanese Art of Impermanence, who
also runs the interior design business
Wabi Sabi Design and makes Japanese
folding shoji screens.
?We do quite a lot of work in older
What?s not to love about a
home in a model village?
Online at
and in tablet editions
antiques market and B閠on Brut, a
modernist furniture shop, both in east
London. ?Using natural materials
within the home, such as antique
wood, old ceramics and marble, brings
rich imperfect textures with depth,
helping you to be more aligned with
nature,? she says.
?Use understated and subtle design,
so the mind isn?t overstimulated and
distracted. Bring in natural hues in
paint or furniture upholstery. This
helps to keep the space light and
weightless, calming the mind. Lastly,
keep lighting in touch with nature.
Use natural light in the day and keep
rooms softly lit at night, with muted
lighting from table and floor lamps
or low-hanging ceiling pendants.?
Laura Whateley
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Friday May 4 2018 | the times
Style secrets of the royal wed
Philippa Craddock hints at what to expect
on Harry and Meghan?s big day and shares
some floral design tips with Anna Temkin
hilippa Craddock has
a busy couple of weeks
ahead. As the florist
chosen by Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle to
design the floral
arrangements for their
wedding, she will be
responsible for the displays at
St George?s Chapel, where the
ceremony is to take place on May 19,
and St George?s Hall, where the
lunchtime reception will be held.
?Working with them has been an
absolute pleasure,? she says. ?The
process has been highly collaborative,
free-flowing, creative and fun.?
Craddock, 41, says that the final designs
?will represent them as a couple? and
use locally sourced foliage, much of
which will be taken from the gardens
of the Crown Estate and Windsor
Great Park. Branches of beech, birch
and hornbeam will feature alongside
white garden roses, foxgloves and
peonies (which are believed to be
Markle?s favourite flowers). As well as
the bridal bouquet she will design the
florals for the page boys and flower
girls, among whom are expected to be
Prince George and Princess Charlotte
of Cambridge.
Craddock, hailed as ?the queen of
London florists?, is the creative and
managing director of her eponymous
flower company, which she set up nine
years ago. She is Selfridges? only in-store
florist and, with her team, runs
studios in Fulham, southwest
London, and rural East Sussex.
Celebrity weddings are
something of a forte; she was
chosen by Geri Halliwell
and Ronan Keating to
oversee the flowers for
their big days. Her list
of high-profile clients
also includes the
V&A museum,
Kensington Palace,
Hampton Court
Palace, Christian
Dior, Jo Malone
Philippa Craddock, right, with some
of her work, above and top right
and Herm鑣. Prices for her floral
curation services reportedly start at
�000 and can run into hundreds of
thousands. Her Instagram account is
testament to why; it is awash with
canopies covered in white roses,
mantelpieces overflowing with petals
and foliage, and extroardinary
?floral ceilings? made from white and
pink blooms.
In addition to the royal wedding,
Craddock is preparing to create a
series of ?temporary rose gardens?
in the south of France for a five-day
private event this year.
?There will be arbour
structures placed over
the dining tables and
we are working with
local farmers to use
as many growing
plants as possible,
which can be
replanted following
the event,? she says.
One imagines that
X Martha wingback
chair in lilac, �7.99
Trend alert
X Hobnail teapot and
cups by Bia, �.72
W DLM sidetable
by Hay in
lavender, �5
U Hand-tufted
Cambridge rug by
Safavieh, from �.99
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Yeaton Peverey Hall in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, is on sale for offers of more than �million with
Savills. Sir Aston Webb, its architect, designed the principal fa鏰de of Buckingham Palace
Monarchy rules: streets
that take the crown
Craddock often finds inspiration for her
designs from her countryside home.
She lives in a cottage that dates from
1580. ?It is a family home full of
imperfections and our children?s
drawings and paintings. My favourite
room is our sitting room, which has
a handsome inglenook fireplace, plenty
of comfy sofas, and windows on three
sides with views of the garden.?
She changes the floral displays in
her home regularly, but keeps a sense
of continuity throughout the rooms
with each update. ?I tend to keep the
flowers the same at any one time, rather
than focusing on specific flowers for
different rooms,? she says. ?This week
our house is full of fresh green tree
branches in large apothecary vases,
and last week we had delicate butterfly
ranunculus in moody hues, placed
in groups using small handblown
vases and bottles.?
You might try to imitate Craddock?s
style through her lifestyle collection
of vases, pots and planters, which she
launched last year after collaborating
with several artisan makers and
designers. Dainty white milk bottles
(from �, can
be used for grouping a cluster of green
stems; a trio of them placed down the
centre of a dining table, interspersed
with candles, would surely have
her approval.
Philippa Craddock is running two
workshops at the House & Garden
Festival at Olympia London, June
W Chintz or minimalism? Minimalism.
W Your design essential? An open mind.
W Your favourite interior design
?quick-fix?? Flowers and greenery add
instant change and a different feel. With
a few bold blooms you can add drama
to a minimalist space, or, with a few
well-placed large foliage branches,
calmness to a busy room.
W Your prediction for the next big
interior design trend? Gloss,
particularly paint.
W The design pitfall to avoid? Choose
items that you genuinely love and are
a representation of you; don?t try to
mimic something else.
W If you could live in anyone?s house
whose would it be and why? Rose
Uniacke?s London home, for its
tranquillity, individualism and
immensely clever use of space and
focus on architectural details.
W When decorating what do you
splurge on? Fabric, especially curtains.
W What would you save on? Carpet.
We have painted floorboards and
added rugs throughout most of our
downstairs areas.
W The best piece of design advice you
have received? Declutter. I am a terrible
secret hoarder. If it is not useful or
beautiful, hand it on to someone else.
W What is your favourite thing about
your home? It is always busy, full of
children and friends.
X Hendon quilted
velvet dining chair in
lavender pink, �
U Leather-look
cushion in
lavender, �
Compiled by Valerio Esposito
rom Prince Harry Road in
Warwickshire to the hamlet of
Markle near Edinburgh, there
are more than 27,000 UK street
and house names with a ?royal?
connection, according to research from
Royal Mail. The Queen has influenced
the names of more addresses than any
monarch in history: there are 6,000
houses, streets and buildings honouring
her reign.
Many British house names take
inspiration from royal residences; dotted
around the country are properties called
?Sandringham?, ?Balmoral? and
?Holyrood?. The research shows that
house names derived from royal
locations are especially popular on the
south coast, which has a cluster of towns
with regal links.
Meanwhile, Dataloft, a research
consultancy, has analysed Land Registry
sales over the past year and found that
properties sold on streets bearing the
names of Princes Charles, William and
George and Princess Charlotte exceeded
the UK average house price of �5,047.
Charlie Wells, the managing director
of Prime Purchase, a buying agency,
says: ?The royal influences have been
prevalent on properties of all types and
sizes, whether a little bungalow called
Balmoral or an estate with a royal
name. There is another Hampton
Court in Herefordshire, for
Names aside, a fascinating
backstory involving a royal
family member, past or
present, can create a
compelling marketing
narrative. ?If the property is
somewhere the royal family
has visited, or taken tea or
stayed, then it adds great
historical importance,? Wells says.
?People love it; new and old owners
of houses with royal connections will
dine out on those stories. The other
week I went to a William and Mary
house, which had a grand garden gate
that Queen Anne had walked through,
and ever since it had been called Queen
Anne?s gate.
?There is nothing better than going to
a country house and people saying, ?King
Edward VII stayed here.? At least once a
year you will see something like that in
the particulars, especially with large
manor houses,? he says. ?Foreign buyers
love a property with a royal connection
? they love the romance of it and the
idea that someone of historical note
has walked around the garden or slept
in that room.?
Nina Harrison of Haringtons, a buying
agency, says: ?In central London the
royal connections are visible in street
rather than house names: Kensington
Palace Gardens, Palace Gate, Kings
Road, Royal Avenue, Buckingham Palace
Road, Queen Victoria Street and many
others. Some street names with royal
connections are very much of their time
and are tied to events, which date them
nicely. There is definitely a positive
connection with [property] values,
particularly with the addresses around
Kensington Palace because it is in a
public park. It is easy to visit and closely
associated with the younger royals.?
?The town is, of course, synonymous
with royal history, and there is certainly
a sense of prestige for homeowners
living at a regally named address,? says
John Henson, the head of Savills
Windsor in Berkshire.
?Kings Road and Queens Terrace are
highly desirable streets, populated with
period townhouses that can command
�5 million to upwards of �5 million.
Yet it?s not just historic roads that have
been given a royal moniker. Over the
years housebuilders too have named
developments with a royal
connection, Queens Acre being
one example of a gated
community of several homes
close to Windsor Great Park.?
Jo Chadwick of Strutt &
Parker Ascot also cites
Clarence Crescent, which is
popular with buyers because
of its private park, off-street
parking and good-sized
family homes.
The Royal Crescent is Bath?s most
famous regal address. ?It doesn?t just hold
value and cachet because of its name, but
it sits next to Victoria Park, one of the
A grade II
first parks given over from the Crown to
listed fivethe public,? says Luke Brady, the head of
the southern region at Savills. ?Queen
house on
Charlotte also lived in Bath and there are
a number of addresses with connections
to her. Queen Charlotte?s Orangery, a
Berkshire, is very unusual house that we were
marketing recently at about �million,
on sale for
�195 million has gone under offer.
?Wherever there is any type of royal
with Strutt &
connection, you will see increased
interest from potential buyers. Arguably
that link creates in itself a higher
demand, and probably a higher price.?
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The interior designer
Sophie Ashby is
launching a collection
of handmade pieces.
By Carol Lewis
here is a growing desire
for items made in the
traditional way using
high-quality ingredients
? a movement that is
leading to a resurgence
in British craftsmanship,
whether it is artisanal
bread or bespoke furniture.
Now Sophie Ashby, one of Britain?s
foremost interior designers, is launching
the Peninsula Collection, a limitededition range of handmade furniture by
five UK-based craftspeople. Created in
partnership with the Greenwich
Peninsula luxury development in
southeast London, it is due to launch
on May 9 during London Craft Week.
?This is not a full furniture package,
but some hero pieces ? really special
things to invest in,? says Ashby, 30, the
founder of the interior design practice
Studio Ashby. ?I have the highest respect
for minimalists, but the spaces I want to
live in are cosy, calm and comfortable,
and I want to be surrounded by
pieces that mean something to
me. We look to recreate the
feel of heirlooms with the
pieces we choose.
?Because we live in smaller
spaces everything has to mean
more, which is why we are
adding more personality to our
homes. Design has to work a
lot harder and furniture has to
work a lot harder. Everything
has to have a dual function.?
Matthew Galvin is a
co-founder of Galvin Brothers,
a cabinet-making and joinery
company based in Beverley,
East Yorkshire, that has made
The interior designer Sophie Ashby
and, left, her work in the show home in
Upper Riverside, Greenwich Peninsula
Heron cushion
by Emily
Potter, �0,
and, left,
a wooden
chair by
�0. Both
are part of
the Peninsula
a dining table and chairs for Ashby?s
collection. He believes the rebirth of
the craft movement is ?an antidote to
the overstyled, undervalued designs of
the 1990s?.
However, craft isn?t yet as valued as
it should be, but design is, he says.
?We still see craft as a means to an
end, although that is shifting and people
like Sophie and this project are
testament to that.?
Galvin Brothers has created a dining
table with a raw bark edge from solid
oak (from �950) and square spindlebacked wooden chairs (�0 each) that
connect with leather straps to form a
bench. Pottery West, a ceramics studio
in Sheffield, has created 12 mugs for the
project (from � each), which reflect the
design of the Galvin Brothers chairs.
Emily Potter, a Brighton-based
embroiderer, has created a series of
vibrant, jewel-toned velvet cushions with
Irish embroidery designs of Thames
wildlife, including fish, dragonflies and
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up bespoke homes
wo big names in the
hospitality industry have
moved into property
development. Simon
Woodroffe, who started
Yo! Sushi, and Hugo Warner, a
co-founder of the upmarket caf� chain
Benugo, are launching their first homes,
but taking very different approaches.
Warner, who sold Benugo with his
brother Ben eight years ago, is selling
a property development called the
Fisheries. It is made up of 23 one, two
and three-bedroom flats in Hackney,
east London, eight of which are sky
houses (penthouses, but on two storeys).
It is called the Fisheries because there
was a fishmonger on the site before
Warner bought it that supplied fish
to Benugo caf閟 and restaurants.
Warner is building for wealthy
hipsters, and the flats don?t come cheap;
prices start at �5,000 for a 771 sq ft
two-bedroom flat (all the one-bedroom
apartments have been sold) rising
to �2 million for a 1,362 sq ft
three-bedroom flat. These are aimed at
small business-owning creatives.
Warner is positioning himself as
the opposite of a volume house-builder.
?My view is that people want to be
treated as individuals rather than living
in a box,? he says. Apartments that are
compromised by their position are
compensated with other features.
?There?s one flat that doesn?t have any
outdoor space, so we added two big
balconies and a huge sliding door
between the bedroom and the living
room, something none of the other flats
have,? he says.
The site, pre-Fisheries, was a series
of warehouse buildings, so the interior
design is based on east London loft
Two-bedroom flats in
the Fisheries in Hackney,
east London, start at
�5,000, rising
to �2 million for
three bedrooms, with
living. There is a lot of exposed brick,
polished concrete, industrial-style
lighting and reclaimed wooden
floorboards. Below the apartments are
15 studios and 150 workspaces. There
will be someone there to oversee IT and
delivery services, with the cost shared
between the development?s business
owners and freelancers. You can rent a
desk in the office space for about �0
a month, including business rates and
utilities. Warner is also building a small
auditorium, where business owners can
give talks or presentations.
birds, for the collection (from �0). She
adds that needlework, too, is making a
comeback. ?In the past embroidery was
either super-regal or a hobby, but fashion
designers such as Erdem and [Mary]
Katrantzou have made it cool again.?
Rather less traditional are the
handwoven light shades (from �0)
made from bamboo paper for the project
by Naomi Paul, a lighting designer, and
a series of specially commissioned
limited-edition prints of the area
surrounding the development by the
London-based Norwegian photographer
Thea Lovstad (from �0).
The Peninsula Collection closely
follows the launch this year of Studio
Ashby?s debut range of products
handmade by British artisans for the
Invisible Collection, the Anglo-French
online interior design website.
Pieces from both collections feature
in the show apartment for Upper
Riverside, Greenwich Peninsula, where
Ashby has designed the communal
areas and interiors of the apartments in
the third residential tower. It will be
available on the project?s website,, and at
Find out more about London Craft
Week at
A career in hospitality is good
training for becoming a property
developer, Warner says, because when
you are creating an environment for
eating and drinking it?s essentially
about having fun. It is the same with
homes. ?It?s about making sure that
people love where they live, even if it
costs a bit more.?
Woodroffe?s Yo! Home micro-flats ?
talked about for three years ? will
launch in Manchester next year. The
flats are on their third prototype.
Woodroffe is happy to explain the
delay. ?I don?t want to release anything
until it?s absolutely, radically superb,?
he says.
While he doesn?t want to reveal too
many details before the development?s
launch, we know that the concept is
based on very small, space-efficient
apartments with a futuristic feel and
flexible living spaces that can change
from sitting room to bedroom. There
will be two sizes: 370 sq ft and 500 sq ft.
They will incorporate lots of technology
and be sold internationally.
Woodroffe says the ultimate aim is to
?give everyone the things rich people
have?, achieved through good design, a
production line and lots of gadgets.
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How to be a
winner in a slow
housing market
We asked the experts for their insider secrets on how to
come out on top, whether you?re buying or selling a property
t would be easy to be dismayed
at the latest housing market
news. Halifax is reporting that
confidence in the market is at
its lowest for five years, as
homebuyers are held back by
fears about job security and
the difficulty in accumulating
a deposit. There has been a dip
in mortgage approvals, which
Capital Economics, a research
consultancy, sees as yet another
sign that high house prices are
suppressing activity.
However, although spirits may
be low in some locations, price
falls are mostly confined to
London. There is much more
enthusiasm for house-hunting in the
Midlands, the north and Scotland.
?When the narrative is dominated by
falling prices the temptation is to freeze
and put everything on hold, but for the
canny buyer there?s opportunity,? Johnny
Morris, a housing analyst, says. ?Often
it?s how well homeowners buy which
decides their profit. In a market that
favours buyers there are deals to be
had. For investors and first-time buyers,
the appeal of a chain-free offer will
often secure a better price than in
a rising market.
?For those with a home to sell, the
maths is in your favour too. If you?re
looking for a bigger, more expensive
home, trading in a falling market could
leave you better off; a 5 per cent discount
is a bigger cash sum on an expensive
In the village of Uley in
Gloucestershire, this
five-bedroom manor is
on sale for �75 million
with Strutt & Parker
home. Don?t succumb to the allure of
wait-and-see. Act, but do so cautiously.
Get to know the markets where you
want to buy, speak to agents, find out
the prices of the latest deals, build your
evidence base for the inevitable
negotiation with the seller.?
Jeremy Leaf of Jeremy Leaf & Co
estate agency says: ?Is now a good
time to buy or sell? It depends on
whether you?re a glass half-full or
half-empty person. Four out of five
sellers are said to be buyers, so
half-full and it could be an
opportunity to buy at a realistic
level in a street you?ve always
aspired to live in ? provided you
can get a reasonable price for your
home. Half-empty and the market?s a
threat ? you will more likely sit on your
hands and have nightmares about how
rapidly your property value is falling.?
If you believe that fortune favours the
bold, follow these tips on how to be a
winner in a slow market, whether you
are buying, or selling, or both.
Advice for sellers
Get the price right
?If you are trying to sell your home,
don?t overprice it,? says Rupert Bradstock
of Middleton Advisors, a buying agency.
?When the agents come round to value
your home, don?t choose the highest of
the valuations they give you. The market
will always find the correct level for a
home. You may fear that you are setting
Lottisham Manor, near Glastonbury in Somerset, is grade II* listed and is on sale
too low a price, but this means that there
will be more than one person interested
and you end up at the correct price.?
Analysts agree that overpricing is one
of the biggest factors contributing to the
housing market slowdown. ?Buyers can
easily spot a speculative price and ignore
a property that is out of line with others
near by,? says Miles Shipside, a director
of Rightmove, a property website.
Caroline Edwards, a partner at Carter
Jonas Suffolk, advises buyers to ?look for
signifiers such as whether a property has
been on the market for more than two
months without going under offer, and
use them as a platform from which to
negotiate on price?.
Looks matter
The estate agent?s adage that you never
get a second chance to make a good first
impression is one that you should listen
to in a market slowdown. ?Remember
that better-presented homes tend to sell
quicker and for more money, irrespective
of market conditions,? Leaf says.
?Most buying decisions are made within
a few minutes of arrival, so ensure
your home is as presentable as possible.?
Make sure your home looks its best by
following the principles of home ?staging?
agents, who contrive to make a property
look like a show home, but not like a
sterile hotel. Start outside, and check
that your house has maximum kerb
appeal. Cut the grass, plant some
bedding flowers and tidy away the bins.
Clean the windows and the door.
The inside of your home must be
immaculately clean. You should also fix
broken handles on cupboards and any
damaged tiles. Replacing threadbare
patches of carpet is also important.
Your aim should be to neutralise,
which means removing most personal
items so that potential buyers can see
themselves living there. You may prefer
strong colours, but grey and beige are
more likely to appeal to everyone else. As
part of the decluttering process, consider
putting bulky furniture into storage, or
rearranging furniture to maximise space.
The power of great photography
?A lot of vendors or agents try to take
photos themselves, but that is a false
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in Leicester. Other incentives include
homes being fully furnished. ?There are
offers around free parking spaces,
which in a more buoyant market
might command between �0,000
and �0,000 in their own right,?
says Tim Macpherson, the head of
London sales at Carter Jonas.
Carter Jonas is selling
properties at Great Kneighton in
Cambridge from just under
�2 million. They come with the
stamp duty paid and the option
of part-exchange. A selection of
four-bedroom townhouses in Histon,
Cambridgeshire, are on the market
for �5,000 and are also available for
Some agents will go to extraordinary
lengths to stop a sale falling through.
through Strutt & Parker for �75 million. It has six bedrooms and a coach house
economy,? says Andrew Perratt, the head
of residential sales in Scotland and the
north of England at Savills estate agency.
?It?s worth getting photos taken by a
professional photographer. Having 30
photos of the same room isn?t going to
help the sale. You need to make sure the
right rooms are photographed. People
want to see the reception rooms, the
kitchen, the views and the gardens.?
Perratt says that too often people are
reluctant to have a ?for sale? board
outside their home, but he regards it as
?an essential ingredient?.
Broadband is vital
Many of the top 20 features that could
secure the sale of your home come as no
surprise. The list includes parking, lots of
electrical sockets and a garden. However,
at No 5 is ?a good, reliable broadband
connection sufficiently strong to stream
films and TV?, a feature rated more
important than local shops or friendly
neighbours, according to research by
Gocompare, a price comparison website.
Be aware that potential buyers may use
Ofcom?s broadband and mobile checker
app to test the mobile coverage and
internet connection in your area.
Advice for buyers
Go that extra mile to move to the
perfect area
In a slow market, simply posting an
advert with an estate agency won?t
always work. ?Post your search on social
media. You?d be amazed who might
think of selling if they know you are
looking,? says Henry Pryor, a buying
agent. ?Drop postcards through the
doors of homes where you want to live,
even if they are not for sale. Tell your
friends and work colleagues ? word of
mouth is powerful.?
Build a rapport with your agent
Edwards says that a strong relationship
with your estate agent is a prerequisite
for getting ahead. ?Be transparent about
your situation and requirements and
ensure that you can proceed before
establishing contact,? she advises. ?Once
you?ve built an agent?s trust you?ll be well
positioned to ask probing questions, such
as which vendors are receptive to offers
or desperate to move. Ensure that you
stay in regular contact with them ? take
This five-bedroom townhouse in
Stamford, Lincolnshire, is on sale for
�25 million. Above right: in Horsham,
West Sussex, this four-bedroom home
is �0,000, both with Strutt & Parker
their calls, get them chatting, and they?ll
divulge more than you might expect.
?The market very much resembles a
trading floor at the moment, and a good
agent will act quickly to orchestrate a
price reduction if a property hasn?t gone
under offer within eight weeks. No one
wants to drag a property into the
autumn market, so buyers can use this
to their advantage.?
Get a mortgage arranged in advance
With mortgage regulation much stricter
since the financial crisis, the approvals
process can hold up the chain. ?If you
can get your finance in order before you
even start the process, that makes a huge
difference in a tough market,? says
Charlie Ellingworth, the founder of the
buying agency Property Vision.
Look for incentives
As the market slows, developers have
had to work much harder to sell
properties ? particularly flats. As a
result, the number of incentives being
thrown in to persuade house-hunters to
buy new properties has grown, ranging
from free gym memberships to electric
cars and, in one recent case, a Porsche,
offered with a luxury grade II listed
townhouse in Connaught Square,
west London.
Forty/8, a developer, has said that it
will cover buyers? mortgage payments
for the first year if they buy in its
new Liverpool and Manchester
developments, and for the first two years
Jamie Snell, the head of new homes
sales at Strutt & Parker in Exeter, says:
?In my previous role one of my buyers
was being pushed to move out by the
rest of the chain, but the new home
they were buying wasn?t ready yet,
so we sent them on a two-week
cruise and put their cat into a
cattery, free of charge, so they
could complete their purchase.?
However, do be wary of being
stung. ?Developers will mostly still
jack up the price to cover the stuff
they?re supposedly giving you for
free,? warns Roarie Scarisbrick, a
partner at Property Vision. ?It?s all
smoke and mirrors really, and you are
still paying for this stuff.?
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Superyachts and stars return to Cannes
Tech tycoons are
among the buyers
scouting for homes in
this Riviera resort,
says Liz Rowlinson
hings have been sluggish
down on the C魌e
d?Azur since 2012, but
President Macron?s
election last year has
brought renewed
confidence to France
and its prime property
markets. This was clear at last month?s
MIPIM, the world?s biggest property
exhibition, held annually in Cannes.
Corporate networking jamborees
were buzzing along the palm tree-lined
Boulevard de la Croisette, with private
strips of beach available to hire for
?1 million a week. There were some
very serious buyers in town, according
to Fredrik Lilloe, the chief executive of
Knight Frank in Cannes. ?This year
the billionaires showed up themselves,
rather than sending representatives like
they usually do. They came because
they wanted to spend time here, or
buy a new home.?
It?s one of several events in the
town of Cannes, including next
month?s film festival, that have
brought global recognition and
a steady stream of clientele
with high purchasing power,
be they film stars, Middle
Eastern royalty or
Californian tech tycoons.
Located at the heart of
the C魌e d?Azur, 30 minutes
from Nice, which has the
second busiest airport in
France, Cannes has been
attracting European royalty
and movie stars since the
1950s. Today a growing
number of young, globally
mobile buyers fly in from Dubai
or the US seeking high-spec,
turnkey properties.
?Cannes has everything,? says
Alex Balkin, executive director of
the French Riviera office of Savills.
?The film festival has been the big
driver of it becoming such a yearround entertainment venue and
people want to buy into that
glamour. An apartment on the
Croisette is a ?bucket-list location?,
alongside a property in New
York?s Central Park West and a
villa in St Barts.?
The focus of the 12 days of prime
Cannes Harbour. Above, Palais, down which Hollywood A-listers
global advertising is la Croisette. With its right: First Croisette, a
will sashay. Above two floors of shops
rows of high-end designer boutiques
there will be seven floors of super-luxury
luxury development of
(Gucci is new this summer) and grand
lateral apartments with terraces, and
21 apartments starting
five-star hotels, such as the Carlton, set
a 200 sq m spa and concierge, which
from ?3.575 million,
beside the Mediterranean, it is a market
sets it apart from the other prestigious
rising to ?26.5 million
in its own right, with the highest prices
for a penthouse. Left: the mansion blocks near by. The 286 sq m,
outside Monaco for seafront
six-bedroom penthouse with private
actress Uma Thurman
apartments. In fact, even that has
pool is priced at ?26.5 million. Knight
at Cannes Film Festival
a micromarket. The premium end
Frank reports that four apartments have
last year
of the promenade closest to the
been reserved.
Palais des Festivals, including
If you can?t wait for its 2020
properties 1-72 (the revamped
completion, next door at 1-2 Croisette
Hotel Martinez being the
there?s a three-bedroom, three-bathroom
cut-off point), command the
penthouse apartment on sale for
highest prices in Cannes, with
?8.5 million. It offers great
penthouses typically selling for
entertaining spaces, including an
?70,000 a square metre.
impressive terrace with a plunge
Rue d?Antibes
At MIPIM there was a lot
pool. It rents well during events,
Le Banane
of interest in First Croisette,
with the French owner reporting
the most expensive
a net income of ?70,000 for the
apartment development on
five-day Cannes Lions, a festival
the French coast, with 21
for creative types, ?40,000 for
apartments ranging from
MIPIM, and ?100,000 for the film
La Croisette
?37,000 to ?90,000 a
festival. There?s a glitzier property
Golfe de la
square metre. The block is
at 55 Croisette, a four-bedroom,
500 metres
located at 3-4 Croisette
four-bathroom apartment full of glossy
(not 1 as you might
monochrome marble and Hollywoodexpect), opposite the
inspired decor with a garden (rare for
famous steps of the
the location), for ?19.5 million (also
through Knight Frank).
So who buys in Cannes? It?s a mix
of second-home owners, some retirees,
with Parisians, Russians, Middle Eastern
and British in the mix on la Croisette.
While the British market is down a little,
French buyers are very much back this
year, accounting for about half of the
transactions between ?2 million and
?5 million on the C魌e d?Azur, according
to the latest market report on the region
by Savills. Yet, with discounts on asking
prices of between 10 and 30 per cent,
it?s still a buyer?s market.
Only about 10 per cent of owners
on la Croisette rent out their homes,
according to Charles Montuoro, a broker
specialising in Cannes apartments for
Knight Frank. ?People with a property
on the Croisette tend to want to use
it themselves, but rentals get very
interesting if you go one step behind ?
to the Rue d?Antibes, the main
commercial street ? where you can
earn 10 to 11 per cent yields. Prices are
?7,000 to ?11,000 a square metre,
compared with ?18,000 to ?40,000
on the Croisette.?
Le Banane, the crescent of streets
behind la Croisette, is one of four
other micromarkets of Cannes, all
of which attract a different kind of
buyer, says Meta Looij, the regional
manager of Group Mercure, an
estate agency.
?Le Banane is the busiest market
for investors and apartment rentals for
festivals and congresses, while Palm
Beach [at the far end of La Croisette]
is a more residential area, popular
with owner-occupiers or
second-home owners,? she says.
Farther afield, Super-Cannes is a small
pocket of private residences, with prices
ranging from ?5,000 to ?20,000 a
square metre, and Californie offers the
glamorous lifestyle synonymous with the
1920s and 1930s, where palatial villas can
sell for up to ?50,000 a square metre.
Looij says that, along with Saint
Tropez, Monaco and Nice, Cannes
offers the best returns on investment
on the C魌e d?Azur, ?but the fact that
there is only one Cannes means values
retain consistency?.
We live next to a sports ground,
which has always been busy at
weekends. Now the owners
have laid some all-weather
pitches and the ground is being
used intensively during the
week. Do we have any legal
basis to complain?
The organiser of a sports club can be
liable for an actionable private nuisance
when it generates excessive noise.
Neighbours have succeeded in cases
involving noisy football, or car, motorboat
and motorcycle racing. The same applies
to any nuisance caused by balls. For
example, a golf club has been held liable
for injuries caused by stray balls.
In the 1977 case of Miller v Jackson, the
Court of Appeal found a village cricket
club had to take reasonable precautions
to stop cricket balls being hit into
neighbouring gardens. However, where
such occurrences are infrequent, there
may be no nuisance. In the 1951 case of
Bolton v Stone, a passerby was injured by
a cricket ball driven a distance of more
than a hundred yards. There was
evidence the feat had been achieved
only six times in more than 30 years,
so the House of Lords decided this was
only a negligible risk that had been
adequately protected against by a high
fence at the edge of the ground.
Indeed, there is effectively a public
policy that favours sporting and
recreation. So in Miller v Jackson the
court refused to order the club to stop
playing matches and simply awarded
compensation to the neighbours for
past and future inconvenience.
In a famously wistful judgment
about village sports, the cricket-loving
Lord Denning stated that the club?s
right to play took ?precedence over
the right of the newcomer to sit in
his garden undisturbed?.
It follows that the sports club may
be liable for nuisance if the new
pitches cause excessive noise or balls
coming into your garden, but you may
not be able to get an injunction to
stop it operating.
Mark Loveday
The writer is a barrister with Tanfield
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