Lisa FullerLisa FullerFebruary 9, 2018
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Britain’s home owners are embracing TV Mirrors as a solution to saving precious space.

The state-of-the- art technology means they can now Skype, shop and watch movies on their normal TV, which then changes into a framed reflective mirror at the touch of a button.

‘We have seen a rapid rise in TV Mirror sales in the past 18 months,’ says Lara Kesterton, Managing Director of Overmantels Ltd.

‘With wall-space at a premium, customers want their homes to be full of beautiful objects rather than a big black box and lots of ugly wires,’ she says.

Researchers from Cambridge University found that, at an average of 76 sq m, the UK’s newly built homes were the smallest by floor area in Europe, so it’s not surprising British homeowners are adapting to make the most of their living space.

Lara finds that many of her customers want to conceal TVs and cabling in their homes without compromising on style or space.

Overmantels’ handcrafted mirrors with in-built TVs have solved a huge problem that many homeowners in today’s housing market face.

‘My husband’s TV was huge and took up half of our living space,’ says client Georgina Bowman, ‘now our mirror makes our sitting room so much bigger, especially when it’s off as it brings in so much light.’

‘It’s a traditional regency mirror, and has become a source of fascination as you would never know there was a TV concealed inside it,’ she says.

‘Many of our friends have now had Overmantels TV Mirrors installed in their own homes,’ she says, ‘once you’ve seen one you don’t know how you lived without it.’


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonJuly 26, 2017
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Barbados is an island in the Caribbean region of North America. Situated in the western area of the North Atlantic, it is known as the ultimate luxury destination. Simon Cowell, Philip Green (Arcadia Group) and Kate Moss all boast properties in Barbados and now the island can hold claim to the title of one of the most successful female pop stars, Rihanna. If this and many more reasons don’t tempt you enough, then let’s try Crane Resorts. Its fractional ownership offering at the Beach Houses at Culpepper is a perfect attraction for property investors. The Beach Houses are available for potential buyers to view and we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek on our most recent trip to Barbados.

The beach homes encompass 50 acres of land adjacent to a national park and provide a secluded location on the east side of the island, boasting unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean. Each offers a luxurious interior of pale porcelain tiles, limewood flooring and wide walls of glass to showcase the ocean views. Owners will also benefit from unlimited access to all of The Crane’s five-star facilities only a 10 minute drive away, including Zagat rated restaurants, pools, tennis courts, a gym, duty free retail shopping and a full service hotel concierge. The development provides both an exceptional holiday spot, as well as optimising financial return for its owners, offering profit from rentals and significant capital gain on resale.

In addition to the Beach Houses, The Crane  also introduced Private Residences back in 2015. When we landed at the Crane, our first call was cocktails and tapas in Bar 1887 followed by dinner later that evening at the Zen Restaurant hosted by Paul Doyle, owner and developer of The Crane and Beach Houses. Doyle is ambitious, focused and consistently looking at ways to improve what The Crane has on offer. He commented “We are delighted to announce two exciting residential developments at a time when the property market is picking up again in Barbados, which will offer our owners both optimal financial returns in terms of profit from rentals and significant capital gain on resale.  We are offering a real ‘home from home’, allowing owners of The Crane Private Residences to customise the ‘shells’ by applying their own finishing touches.  With Beach Houses, not only are we excited to create a luxurious beachside development but also an intimate residential community with a restaurant, pool, full-service spa and a grocery store.”

After dinner, we called it a night and met up the next morning (Sunday) for Gospel Breakfast at L’Azure . It was like the scene from Sister Act, just imagine Whoopi Goldberg and choir serenading you as you have some lovely Barbados style breakfast. Who said full English? There is that too. But when in Barbados it is better to indulge all the way. After a sumptuous breakfast, we took a tour of The Crane and Private Residences which also included the historic hotel (rooms dating from the 1890s). The rooms looked amazing with their original coral stone walls and mahogany floors. From ground floor residences boasting large private pools to penthouse residences with private roof decks that command sweeping coastal views, dining gazebos and pools, The Crane Private Residences are ideal for long-term living. Bright and expansive, each residence  features granite kitchen counter tops and natural stone bathrooms as well as underground parking from which residents can directly access their foyer via a private lift. Ownership at The Crane Private Residences starts from $617,000 (£472,882) to $1.3 million (£996,348).

Designed by the internal Crane Resorts architect team, the external design of Beach Houses has been consciously created around the harmony of the surrounding natural environment to blend seamlessly into the landscape.  Each offers a luxurious interior with wide walls of glass showcasing ocean views, opening out to an external dining and entertaining area.  These private patios feature infinity edge pools with hot tubs, outdoor showers, hammocks and barbecues for the ultimate luxury retreat.  Interconnecting doors and a removable lock-off across the pool of each home allow for flexibility in owning a one, two, three or four-bed property.  Fractional ownership starts from $160,000 (£122,627) for four weeks and from $1.9 million (£1.5 million) for full ownership.

The tour was followed by a hosted sunset catamaran cruise on Bolador from Bridgetown, the capital of the island. Perfect ! It was our last day on the island and to send us off in style, Mel Harding, Guest Relations Manager at The Crane took us on an island tour of the picturesque East Coast, St. Nicholas Abbey, and the West Coast. With fantastic beaches, exciting culture, tasty cuisine and amazing locals – buying a property in Barbados is certainly well worth the investment.

Crane Resorts is tempting owners to be with two exciting developments to be unveiled on the secluded east coast over the next 18 months, available to purchase either outright or with the resort’s fractional ownership scheme. Those keen to have a slice of Caribbean paradise to return to each year can choose The Crane Private Residences, a luxury gated residential community within the Crane Resort, or the Beach Houses, a development of 63 single storey studio to four bedroom beach homes overlooking the incredible natural beauty of Skeete’s Bay and Culpepper Island.

For further information on The Crane Private Residences, please visitwww.thecraneprivateresidences.com

For further information on Beach Houses, please visit beachhouses.bb


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonMay 21, 2017

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The combination of sleek technology and luxury home living provides the inspiration behind the ‘Smart APPartment’, the newest innovation in smart living from home automation experts Cornflake. Chelsea Monthly visited the apartment to discover the latest Series 5 range from Linn in the lounge, showcasing the incredible style and sound of the speakers in the hub of the apartment. With cutting-edge technology in every room, the ‘Smart APPartment’ showed  just how luxurious every aspect can be, from the way you enter your homes to the exquisite sound provided by Linn.

The latest Series 5 range from Linn offers two options for the discerning music connoisseur; the elegant Linn 530 System which provides power, precision and incredible musical accuracy, while its little sister, the Linn 520 System exudes musicality and style with a discreet form factor.

For its Series 5 range, Linn has teamed up with luxury designers Harris Tweed and Timorous Beasties to create a beautiful range of exclusive changeable covers – fit for the homes of the most style conscious music lovers.
A Series 5 system complete with Harris Tweed and Timorous Beasties covers are available to order now starting from £9,600 with additional covers available from £350. Visit www.linn.co.uk for more information.


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJune 9, 2016

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With everyone consistently on a tight schedule, it’s often a challenge to plan a luxury holiday especially when you want the best money has to offer. Location is key and access to a range of destinations is happiness! Where do you find the time to get the perfect home away from home?  Introducing.. The Hideaways Club, an alternative form of foreign home ownership, which allows members to invest in, and holiday in, a collection of luxury homes in fantastic locations across the globe.

The Hideaways Club is designed for those looking to invest in a second home, but who want the flexibility of travelling to different locations, rather than being restricted to holidays in the same place every year and who don’t want the hassle of maintaining a foreign property.The properties are all hand-picked for their outstanding location and access to great holiday activities and are all worth more than £1.2 million.

Investing in the Hideaway Club makes sense and you will be good company. Tim Henman is a member of the Club. The global portfolio now consists of  Villas in France, Italy (including Sardinia), Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Croatia, Mauritius, South Africa and South East Asia as well as Ski Chalets in France, Switzerland and Japan.

There is also a concierge service for consumer that require the additional touch. So, if you have ever considered second home ownership, but want to have the flexibility to literally pay once for the price of several home options worldwide. Then the Hideaways Club is certainly the perfect choice.

For more information. Go to: http://www.thehideawaysclub.com


Kristina FosterKristina FosterAugust 13, 2014

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Everyone needs that accent of colour to make their interiors pop. The new colour-blocking range of luxury furniture designer, Christopher Guy offers a plethora of statement pieces which are sure to induce living-room envy.

Christopher Guy’s furniture epitomizes the spirit of luxury, furnishing some of the finest residences, hotels and resorts in the world, including the Mayfair Hotel in London and the Venetian in Las Vegas. Chairs are upholstered by Dedar, the Italian textile editor therefore offering furniture of the finest quality.

Reclining Ottomans, jacquard armchairs and one-of-a-kind coffee tables are sure to bring a touch of elegance, opulence and style to any room. Still retaining those classic shapes for which he is so renowned, Christopher Guy also introduces a boldness to this new collection with clean, geometric shapes that give an art-deco appearance lending itself to both modern and traditional interiors and sure to brighten any colour scheme.

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Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongMarch 18, 2014

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A new  bi-monthly shopping experience launches in London in May. Blueberry Nation is aimed at connecting unique and exciting brands directly to consumers in a one stop event geared at putting the fresh and exciting feeling back into Shopping.

IEG Global (the organisers) have partnered with both Chelsea Monthly and Brand Weekly magazine to put on an event which is set to revolutionise the way we shop.

Lucy Coleman, Editor of Chelsea Monthly commented “Blueberry Nation aims to deliver a seamless, tailor-made experience  by understanding that channels have multiple roles for shoppers; they aren’t just where shoppers buy products, they are where they go for advice, prices, inspiration, excitement , prices, savings, information, special offers, range, and product experience in order to make a purchase”

From fashion, gadgets, jewellery, health, beauty, sports , leisure , food and drinks.  All participating brands will receive the exciting opportunity to introduce their products directly to consumers enabling them to make a lasting  impact on the purchasing  journey in many more ways than before. The opportunity to change shopper behaviour is better than it has ever been. Blueberry Nation will provide the retailer or brand the environment to  all the channels at its disposal to meet shoppers needs and  reap the long term  rewards.

With a perfect mix of entertainment, a fully functional cocktail bar, a live fashion catwalk show, music performances, photo-booth fun, and a chance to enjoy some of the UK’s best DJ’s . The atmosphere at Blueberry Nation will certainly be a Shoppers Paradise.

BlueBerryNation(BB)blueHead of Marketing at Blueberry Nation, Steve Campbellcommented “Our aim is to make Blueberry Nation, the ultimate shopping party. We want to create an environment which alters the traditional , embraces creativity and celebrates fun. Put quite simply, Blueberry Nation is putting the fun back into shopping for consumers and the excitement back into selling for passionate brands looking forward to introducing their products directly to our target audience”.

For more info. on Blueberry Nation. E-mail: blueberrynation@chelseamonthly.com 


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongApril 26, 2013

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 A Weymouth-based Holiday Group, which includes Waterside Holiday Park & Spa, Chesil Vista Holiday Park and Osmington Holiday Park, has introduced a number of new caravan and luxury lodge models at its three parks ready for the 2013 holiday season. The new accommodation gives the opportunity for more holiday goers the chance to soak up the Dorset sun, in one of the most sought-after locations in the United Kingdom, for up to ten and a half months of the year. 

At Chesil Vista Holiday Park, the new show lodges, available for viewings from April, are designed by leading manufacturer Prestige and are state-of-the-art holiday homes. There are two models – the flagship ‘Matrix’, offering over 800sq ft. of interior space designed in a style that gives a feeling of spacious, modern loft living. The other a ‘Sky Deck’ possesses a perfect feature of a roof terrace accessed by a spiral staircase, making the most of the spectacular views. These fantastic lodges start from £189,950. Chesil Vista Holiday Park also has a range of caravan holiday homes available on site which includes the ever popular BK Sheraton, featuring double glazing, central heating, panoramic window, en-suite and walk-in-wardrobe. Prices for brand new caravan holiday homes start from £34,250 with pre-owned models also available. 

At Osmington Holiday Park, March saw the launch of two spectacular new show lodges located on its Smuggler’s View development which have already sold, plus another three new lodge bases arrive in another section of the park in the same style as Smuggler’s View. The lodges here are cedar-clad and all have more spacious than usual plots with great views, set alongside a stream. As at Chesil Vista Holiday Park, these lodges are designed by Prestige and Wessex, and are state-of-the-art. They also offer the ‘Enhance Pack’, so buyers can personally specify their requirements to suit them. These lodges start from £199,950.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with the addition of an American style sports bar, two-storey soft play area and coffee shop,Waterside Holiday Park & Spa has a wide range of caravan holiday homes on show from the leading manufacturers in the industry including Willerby, Prestige, Regal, Swift and Victory.  Long considered one of the most sought after parks upon which to own a caravan holiday home, Waterside has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

All three parks are no more than five miles from Weymouth town centre and all enjoy nearby beaches, picturesque landscapes and plenty of opportunities for adventure and excitement, as well relaxing and recharging your batteries. Waterside is right on the beach at Bowleaze Cove, Chesil Vista is right next door to Chesil Beach and Osmington is a short stroll from the magnificent views from the headland.Graham Frampton, General Manager at the Waterside Holiday Group, said: “With golden beaches, picturesque countryside and pretty villages aplenty, Dorset is enough to rival the French Riviera – and at half the cost! All of the park’s locations have luxurious surroundings, and the parks are no exception with five star holiday accommodation and facilities. Now we have these fantastic new lodges and caravans available, plus great facilities and recent developments at all three parks, this is definitely going to be an exciting year for us at the Waterside Holiday Group.”Lodge and caravan owners at all three parks receive fantastic benefits, including:
·        Owner’s Loyalty Card, offering 10 per cent off on all the park’s bars, restaurants and take-aways
·        Free use of seasonal leisure facilities for owners and immediate family
·        Free membership to bars and restaurants
·        Free membership to children’s entertainment facilities and events 
·        Free bus travel for owners to and from Weymouth
·        Invitations to exclusive owner’s events
·        Freedom to visit throughout the season – 1st March to 15th January
·        Clear licence agreement
·        Manufacturer’s warranty for at least a year for every new holiday home
·        Quality check with high standards for all pre-owned models


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongApril 26, 2013

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Internationally acclaimed lighting designer Sharon Marston will be presenting a range of specially selected designs at the new and exciting INTERIORS LDN next month (19-21 May 2013).

Sharon Marston is a London based lighting designer renowned for her sculptural use of fibre optics. Materials, craftsmanship and techniques are cleverly interwoven into her light features in surprising innovative ways. As a result, her work has a fluidity, drama and sculptural quality that clearly sets it apart from other contemporary light designs.

The spectacular FlightAmberMorelleDujardinDiore and Cluster are the six chosen designs to illuminate Marston’s stand at INTERIORS LDN. Each design has been specially selected from the company’s current portfolio to illustrate the wealth of materials and components used to create her truly breathtaking chandeliers.

 

INTERIORS LDN will be housed in London’s ExCel from 19 – 21 May as part of the May Design Series, along with popular shows kbb LDNThe ARC Show and DX. INTERIORS LDN will showcase original and innovative contemporary interiors for the mid to high-end retail and contract markets.


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongApril 26, 2013

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A new guide, Forbes Travel Guide this week  announced its expansion into Europe, bringing its globally recognised Star Rating programme to central London’s top hotels and spas. Six hotels and two hotel spas have been awarded the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating. These properties join an elite group of 76 hotels and 35 spas across North America and Asia that have achieved the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star status. London is among the top three destinations worldwide with the greatest concentration of Five Star properties in the more than140 markets rated and inspected by Forbes Travel Guide.

Forbes Travel Guide Five Star London Hotels

Forbes Travel Guide Five Star London Spas

45 Park Lane

Claridge’s

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

The Dorchester

The Lanesborough, London

The Savoy

The Spa at Four Seasons

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London

 

A further 16 hotels and 7 spas in London have earned the distinguished Forbes Travel Guide Four Star rating, joining 226 Four Star hotels and 136 Four Star Spas worldwide.

 

 

Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Hotels

Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Spas

51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences

London Belgraves, A Thompson Hotel

Brown’s Hotel

Bulgari Hotel & Residences London

Corinthia Hotel London

Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf

InterContinental London Park Lane

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

One Aldwych

The Berkeley

The Connaught

The Goring

The Egerton House Hotel

The Langham, London

The Ritz London

The Stafford London by Kempinski

 

Aman Spa at The Connaught

Chuan Spa at The Langham, London

Claridge’s Health Club & Spa

ESPA Life at Corinthia

The Berkeley Health Club & Spa

The Dorchester Spa

The Health Club at One Aldwych

 

Michael Cascone, President and Chief Operating Officer of Forbes Travel Guide, said, “London is a world-class city, and we are pleased to introduce our global Star Rating system to the United Kingdom and Europe through the inaugural ratings awards. It comes as no surprise that London’s hotels and spas performed strongly against our global hospitality standards. The personalized service and attention to detail delivered at the city’s top properties places them among the finest hospitality experiences in the world.”

 Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, has provided the most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since its founding in 1958. The Forbes Travel Guide inspection process includes unannounced visits by a professional inspector culminating with a formal incognito inspection from which the property is measured against 500 standards. These standards weigh facility and service performance, with a primary emphasis on guest engagement and service delivery, across 17 categories of evaluation, including Arrival Service and Guest Room, with nine classifications such as Courtesy & Manners and Graciousness, Thoughtfulness, and Sense of Personalized Service.

Forbes Travel Guide’s system of inspections and ratings sets it apart as the undisputed authority on the finest hotels, restaurants and spas across North America and in Asian markets including Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Shanghai, and now London. The next European destination to be unveiled will be Paris in 2014.            

 

London, the destination, and its award-winning properties are showcased on Startle.com, the online home of Forbes Travel Guide. The site features access to many of the world’s leading hospitality brands and travel industry experts, with credible reviews and original answers to travellers’ questions from Forbes Travel Guide’s editors, tastemakers and inspectors.

 


A new guide, Forbes Travel Guide this week  announced its expansion into Europe, bringing its globally recognised Star Rating programme to central London’s top hotels and spas. Six hotels and two hotel spas have been awarded the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating. These properties join an elite group of 76 hotels and 35 spas across North America and Asia that have achieved the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star status. London is among the top three destinations worldwide with the greatest concentration of Five Star properties in the more than140 markets rated and inspected by Forbes Travel Guide.

Forbes Travel Guide Five Star London Hotels

Forbes Travel Guide Five Star London Spas

45 Park Lane

Claridge’s

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

The Dorchester

The Lanesborough, London

The Savoy

The Spa at Four Seasons

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London

 

A further 16 hotels and 7 spas in London have earned the distinguished Forbes Travel Guide Four Star rating, joining 226 Four Star hotels and 136 Four Star Spas worldwide.

 

 

Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Hotels

Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Spas

51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences

London Belgraves, A Thompson Hotel

Brown’s Hotel

Bulgari Hotel & Residences London

Corinthia Hotel London

Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf

InterContinental London Park Lane

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

One Aldwych

The Berkeley

The Connaught

The Goring

The Egerton House Hotel

The Langham, London

The Ritz London

The Stafford London by Kempinski

 

Aman Spa at The Connaught

Chuan Spa at The Langham, London

Claridge’s Health Club & Spa

ESPA Life at Corinthia

The Berkeley Health Club & Spa

The Dorchester Spa

The Health Club at One Aldwych

 

Michael Cascone, President and Chief Operating Officer of Forbes Travel Guide, said, “London is a world-class city, and we are pleased to introduce our global Star Rating system to the United Kingdom and Europe through the inaugural ratings awards. It comes as no surprise that London’s hotels and spas performed strongly against our global hospitality standards. The personalized service and attention to detail delivered at the city’s top properties places them among the finest hospitality experiences in the world.”

 Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, has provided the most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since its founding in 1958. The Forbes Travel Guide inspection process includes unannounced visits by a professional inspector culminating with a formal incognito inspection from which the property is measured against 500 standards. These standards weigh facility and service performance, with a primary emphasis on guest engagement and service delivery, across 17 categories of evaluation, including Arrival Service and Guest Room, with nine classifications such as Courtesy & Manners and Graciousness, Thoughtfulness, and Sense of Personalized Service.

Forbes Travel Guide’s system of inspections and ratings sets it apart as the undisputed authority on the finest hotels, restaurants and spas across North America and in Asian markets including Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Shanghai, and now London. The next European destination to be unveiled will be Paris in 2014.            

 

London, the destination, and its award-winning properties are showcased on Startle.com, the online home of Forbes Travel Guide. The site features access to many of the world’s leading hospitality brands and travel industry experts, with credible reviews and original answers to travellers’ questions from Forbes Travel Guide’s editors, tastemakers and inspectors.