Category Archives: Town Houses

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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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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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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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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The House of Lavender’s Blue + Filmography

The Tapestry of Dawn “Your house is so cinematic!” Film Director Stephan Pierre Mitchell “This is a museum! When you wake up that’s how the house makes you feel.” Model Yasmin Jamaal “Creativity is creativity.” CEO Big Deal Films Dhanny … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Montparnasse Paris

Positive Capability The 14th Arrondisement hosted the vanguard of 1920s avant garde Paris. Writer Alice Toklas called it “the city of boulevard bars and Baudeloire”. Poet Guillaume Apollinaire went further: “a quarter of crazies”. Marianne Faithfull now calls it home, … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Rue de Rivoli Paris

A Boulevard of Dreams and Things “We met at the little bar across the place from Dior’s called the Fontaine-de-something and had one – two – three Champagne cocktails on my expense account. Then we had lunch.” Shamrocks and Unicorns, … Continue reading

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Paris + Autumn

Coucou Loulou Frou Frou Paris was a dream that autumn, a beautifully drawn dream.

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Deal Town Kent + Lady Dalziel Douglas

The Importance of Being It’s not every coastal town that has a restaurant run by a descendent of the lover of the greatest wit of the 19th century. But Deal in Kent isn’t just another coastal town. It’s chockablock with … Continue reading

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Cheyne Walk London + The Doors

The Pursuit of Love and More Well, if it was good enough for Marianne Faithfull…

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JAKS Brasserie + Bar + Concept Store Truro

French Open  “My wife Karine has the eye for colour,” says John Baker gazing round the chocolate brown ground floor lounge bar. “We met in Luxembourg. Having lived on the Continent for around 20 years, we are looking to bring … Continue reading

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COYA Restaurant + Bar Mayfair London

The Journey “You need to go to COYA. It’s the best Peruvian restaurant. The food, the feel, the waiters – all are amazing!” recommends leading businessperson Astrid Bray. “It’s a fav of mine!” And so we make haste while the … Continue reading

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Verona + The Doors

Shakespeare + Co More than Juliet balconies.

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Verona + Lavender’s Blue

Palladio Palladian Palladium It’s really about having a sense of proportion these days. As Reverend Jonathan Aitken told us recently, “Above all, it’s a journey.” Verona is worth a worthy detour along the way. Fine Art Dealer William Thuillier calls … Continue reading

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