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Mary Martin London + Maryland

The Free State | Her Bright Materials Over numerous cups of coffee in her first floor kitchen, much laughter, and more than a few facetime calls with her numerous celebrity pals (putting the M into M People), the award winning … Continue reading

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Oranmore House + Garden Ballymena Antrim

Good Natured Of course, the drawing room mantelpiece has some rather fetching garniture. A pair of Staffordshire dogs are very on period. Books on steeplechasing ride high over the piano under a painting of ‘Beef or Salmon’, a past winner … Continue reading

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Deal Town + Pier Kent

A Diction Words do come easy to us. There are plenty to play with in Kent’s prettiest town. Take house names. The quizzical Fanny’s Dilemma. The often out of season Christmas House. Then there’s the nautical: Dolphin Cottage, Sea Haze … Continue reading

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Antrim + Down Coasts

Dockers and Carters Once a place to leave, not to live, never mind visit, least of all for a luxury travel experience, how times have changed. The east coast of Northern Ireland (Counties Antrim and Down with Belfast sitting over … Continue reading

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Deal Town Kent + The Doors

The Importance of Being Very Earnest Douglas isn’t just the capital of the Isle of Man. But Deal sure is the capital of Kent.

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Ox + Ox Cave Belfast

Strength and Honour   We’re talking lunch and dinner in the same restaurant but not on the same day. Four flights; two meals. Throw in a couple of winter storms and it’s all about dedication to the cause. Ox is … Continue reading

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Montalto House + Estate Ballynahinch Down

A Dawning of Clarity Upon Complexity Braving Storm Ciara, on a blustery photogenic winter’s day, architect John O’Connell and his client Managing Director David Wilson lead a two-to-two private tour of Montalto Estate: The Big House; The Carriage Rooms; and … Continue reading

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Rockport Lodge + Mount Druid Causeway Coast Antrim

A Penchant for the Peculiar There are two distinguished Georgian houses along the Causeway Coast with unusual fenestration. Rockport Lodge just beyond Cushendun appears to have missing windows on the canted flanks of its outer bay windows on the south … Continue reading

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The Bank House + Marine Parade Whitehead Antrim

Unprovincial Province Whitehead is off the main road from somewhere to anywhere. You have to choose to visit the town rather than drive through it. This quality has helped preserve it as an untarnished Victorian and Edwardian enclave. Some of … Continue reading

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Bushmills + The Doors

Don’t Beat Around the Bush The Petty Session Court House, built by the Macnaghten family in 1834, a pub and two cottages.

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The Windsors + Frogmore Cottage Windsor

Fit for a Princess Reel life.

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Carlton Crescent Southampton + Samuel Toomer

The City and the Pillars What does Pevsner have to say? “The most spectacular piece of Regency development in Southampton… The Crescent starts at London Road and curves northwest, composed in the main of broad three bay three storey stuccoed … Continue reading

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Rare Champagne + La Dame de Pic Four Seasons Hotel 10 Trinity Square London

Lotto and Cavagnole and Faro and Lansquenet Writing in Edwardian Architecture, Alastair Service describes the host building and its place in the architectural lexicon: “The commission for the Port of London Authority building was won in a competition of 1912 … Continue reading

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The Shard + Shangri La Hotel London

Curtins Closing The last hurrah. Armed with a camera, a lust for life and a lack of vertigo, it’s all about a 26 second ascent to the 34th floor of The Shard, roughly halfway up the UK’s tallest cloudscraper. The … Continue reading

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Mary Martin London + Fashion Fusion Citation of Honour

Just Like That It is just an ordinary Wednesday night at Mary Martin’s. Poland’s top model Katie and fellow runway success Yasmin from Sierra Leone and Lebanon are swapping notes and tips and dresses and jewellery. Dring dring. The phone … Continue reading

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