OPULENCE & SPLENDOUR - Luxury and the arts

23
Jul
2014
Throttling a cocktail FI

Throttling a cocktail

A studio apartment with a difference in Mayfair’s Mount Street   Estate agent Roy Brooks became famous in the 1960s for the derogatory descriptions he gave to the properties he marketed and such phrases as “not enough room to swing a cat” were amongst his most frequently used. His advertisements were chronicled in two books, Brothel in Pimlico and Mud Straw and Insults, and he’d have had a field day if he’d taken on a £625 per week studio flat in Mayfair

21
Jul
2014
The Hermitage FI

The house that time forgot

House where items lay untouched for 100 years remains on the market for over a year   The Hermitage in Hexham, Northumberland is a “small stately home” that truly is a time warp. Rented by the Morant family for nearly 100 years, this Grade II* listed, 14 bedroomed mansion was barely touched during that period.

19
Jul
2014
Romantic heroes FI

Romantic heroes: Ian Fleming and James Bond

James Murphy examines his romantic heroes, Ian Fleming and James Bond   I was privileged to attend the recent Masterpiece art and antiques fair in Chelsea. For me, the undoubted highlight was coming face to face with the letters of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, on Peter Harrington’s stand.

17
Jul
2014
Messing about in boats FI

Messing about in boats

Thameside cottage where ‘Lewis’ was filmed for sale   Two episodes of the Inspector Morse sequel, Lewis, were filmed at Thatched Cottage at Mile End Reach, Henley-on-Thames. The cottage – last sold in 2000 for £1,075,000 – is now on the market for £3,600,000

11
Jul
2014
Drugs and Dents FI

Drugs and Dents

A Cumbrian mansion built by opium traders and more recently used by cannabis growers comes to the market for just £1.5 million   Built by the well-known Dent family, who made their fortune trading both tea and opium, Flass is a vast 23,000 square foot Palladian mansion on the outskirts of the village of Maulds Meaburn in Cumbria. Ironically it was also the setting for one of the country’s biggest drug raids in May 2012.

08
Jul
2014
Puff FI

Reader offer: ‘Puff’ by John Agard

An invitation to the London finale of John Agard’s new satire   Readers of The Steeple Times are invited to ‘Puff’, a new play by John Agard, on Wednesday 9th July at London’s newest literary and arts private members’ club, LIBRARY on St Martin’s Lane

05
Jul
2014
Flying trees FI

Flying trees

Petra Stunt flies in mature trees from Holland for the grounds of her new London mansion   The daughter of billionaire F1 mogul Bernie Ecclestone, Petra Stunt, is never one to do things by halves and in her alterations to the £70 million Sloane House in Old Church Street, Chelsea she’s certainly pulled the stops out.

04
Jul
2014
Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman FI

Limo Communism

Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman once owed by Communist Party commander Chen Yi goes to auction   Communist and dictators are amongst the well-known to have purchased Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman limousines and one fine example is about to go to auction with Bonhams on 12th July

04
Jul
2014
Jucy Couture FI

A fond farewell to Juicy Couture

Claire Rubinstein laments the closure of Juicy Couture’s US stores   When I heard the news that the clothing brand Juicy Couture – famed for the much maligned rhinestone bedazzled tracksuits – had shut down all its US Stores at the end of last week I was somewhat surprised.

01
Jul
2014
Reducing an island FI

Reducing an island

Buy a private island in Scotland’s Summer Isles for a knockdown price   The Scottish independence campaign has been in the main funded by EuroMillions winners Chris and Colin Weir. If their desire doesn’t come to fruition, however, there’s another option for them: They could buy themselves a private island.

01
Jul
2014
Mastering Moss FI

Mastering Moss

Painting of Sir Stirling Moss for sale at Masterpiece   As Masterpiece 2014 comes towards it conclusion on the 2nd July, we feature another fine work on display there – an oil on canvas painting of Sir Stirling Moss with an Aston Martin DBR1 and a CC100 concept car

27
Jun
2014
Masterpiece tickets FI

Win tickets to Masterpiece

Reader offer: Galerie Dumonteil offers five pairs of tickets to Masterpiece 2014 to readers of The Steeple Times   Franck Laverdin of Galerie Dumonteil is one of the stalwarts of Masterpiece and a great friend of all at The Steeple Times. He has kindly provided five pairs of tickets to this art and antiques fair for our readers.

27
Jun
2014
American masters FI

American masters

Two works from American galleries on display at Masterpiece   Business on the opening day at Masterpiece 2014 was brisk with one dealership, Symbolic & Chase, selling a 1912 Cartier corsage for in excess of $20 million (£11.75 million). Our friends at Apter-Fredericks, equally, were delighted to sell an important mirror in the first hour and the pair of pagoda top cabinets we featured for a seven figure sum later in the day.

27
Jun
2014
John Stoddart FI

A window on John Stoddart

Photographer John Stoddart exhibits at Ransom   Dapper sniper turned photographer John Stoddart has been a busy man lately. Not only has he exhibited in the former Olympic Village in London’s East End this week, he’s also currently the star of the window of the renowned Pimlico Road gallery Ransom.

25
Jun
2014
Masterpiece 2014 FI

Masters of Masterpiece

The Steeple Times chooses six of the best items on display at Masterpiece 2014   Thursday marks the official opening of the fifth annual Masterpiece art and antiques fair featuring over 150 leading galleries from across the world. To accompany today’s preview, The Steeple Times asked six of the exhibitors to choose their highlight from their stands

21
Jun
2014
Living it large FI

Living it large

Brooklyn’s largest and most expensive waterfront residence is anything but modest   Built for a self-proclaimed “titan of the business world” named John Rosatti in 1989, 2458 National Drive in Brooklyn’s Mill Basin is a property with an equally large ego. Standing on a 60,000 square foot plot complete with two substantial residences with a total internal floor space of 23,000 square foot, here is a property where everything has been done to excess.

19
Jun
2014
Mansions for £1 FI

Mansions for £1

An English country house that sold for a £1 and a Scottish mansion with an asking price of just £1   Downton Abbey addicts take note: For the same price as a double cheeseburger on McDonald’s saver menu you could live like the Earl and Countess Grantham if you bought a Georgian mansion in Chirnside in Berwickshire

18
Jun
2014
Range Rover Sport FI

Cannabis Sport

Older Range Rover Sport models targeted by cannabis growers   Spotted recently by a reader in Parson’s Green in London, a pair of Range Rover Sports are telling of a trend that has spread throughout Britain: Especially prevalent in West Yorkshire – where at least 40 vehicles have been successfully targeted – gangs have been stealing the powerful LED lights from these 4x4s in order to use them to grow cannabis.

12
Jun
2014
Veni Vici FI

Conquering fashion

Claire Rubinstein meets Zak Tyler of Veni Vici Couture   Zak Tyler is a man with a vision. His aim is to turn fledgling label Veni Vici into the number one luxury European couture brand. And if his track record is anything to go by, this dream is already on the fast track to becoming reality.

03
Jun
2014
All that glitters FI

All that glitters

Gold Ferrari disintegrates   The gold Ferrari that has plagued the streets of Kensington and Chelsea in recent months is disintegrating.

02
Jun
2014
Old Friars FI

Cinematic bliss

Former home of film director Richard Attenborough for sale for £12.75 million   The Academy Award winning actor, producer and director Lord Attenborough is best known for his roles in such hits as The Great Escape, Gandhi and 10 Rillington Place but it was at Old Friars, his home of many years in Richmond, Surrey, that he was able to enjoy watching films in privacy due to the house having its very own private cinema.

22
May
2014
Chelsea blooms FI

Chelsea blooms

‘The Steeple Times’ visits the Chelsea Flower Show   The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is probably one of Britain’s most iconic events. Now in its 92nd year, the opening of this year’s garden show was peppered with the presence of everyone from the Queen to fictional characters such as The Archers’ Lynda Snell and Lillian Bellamy.

18
May
2014
NO 51LLY FI

Plated VIII

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

08
May
2014
Morley Hall FI

A fine classical country house

£8 million Morley Hall combines traditional style with a home fit for modern living   Morley Hall is a Georgian country house to the east of Ware in Hertfordshire. This fine residence is worthy of note as it was remodeled in the Palladian style by the renowned classical architect Raymond Erith

03
May
2014
Take Owen FI

Take Owen

Former home of Take That’s Mark Owen for sale   In 1996, at the age of just 24, Mark Owen paid £300,000 for Leck Hill House, near Kirkby Lonsdale on the borders of Lancashire and Cumbria. At the time, The Mirror described how he’d “fallen in love” with the house and we can see why.

28
Apr
2014
Plated VII FI

Plated VII

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’ Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

13
Apr
2014
From the ashes FI

From the ashes

One of England’s finest estates comes to the market for £25 to £30 million   The scene of the tragic deaths of the Conservative MP Michael Colvin and his wife Nicola in 2000 in a fire, Tangley House, near Andover in Hampshire subsequently had to be demolished. A new house was constructed on the site in 2005 by a property developer named Harry Marriott and now he’s put it on the market complete with 505 acres of land

11
Apr
2014
Footing the castle FI

Footing the castle

Own a castle (for just twenty years) for £850,000   Trematon Castle near Saltash in Cornwall is a house that I stayed in about ten years ago when it belonged to a friend of mine’s family. It was sold subsequently and now it is on the market once again.

09
Apr
2014
Ricci's Rambo Lambo FI

Ricci’s Rambo Lambo

Lamborghini LM 002 4×4 heads to auction   The Lamborghini loving Arabs who frequent Sloane Street could save themselves from having to purchase a Range Rover for their entourage by bidding on a baby blue Lamborghini LM 002 at Bonhams’ 28th April sale at London’s RAF Museum at Hendon.

05
Apr
2014
Living large FI

Living large

£27,500,000 for a flat in Knightsbridge   For the price of 110 average UK homes, a ‘high net worth’ individual can acquire an apartment in Lennox Gardens in Knightsbridge.

01
Apr
2014
Plated VI FI

Plated VI

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

31
Mar
2014
An average penthouse FI

An average penthouse

Renting a Knightsbridge penthouse for a month will cost as much as the purchase price of an average UK house   In February, the Office for National Statistics revealed that the average UK house price has hit £250,000 for the first time. For just a little shy of that figure, a super-elite renter could take a Knightsbridge penthouse for a month.

28
Mar
2014
The gold park FI

The gold park

A golden Ferrari is symbolic of the money park that is K&C   Today, financier and philanthropist Alan Miller spotted a gold metallic Ferrari in Pelham Street. This shiny hunk of metal is symbolic of what a ludicrous money park Kensington and Chelsea has become and of how utterly lacking in taste some of the non-residents of this area now truly are.

28
Mar
2014
Speedback FI

Speedback

David Brown Automotive’s Speedback is a stunning vehicle   David Brown shares not only his name with Sir David Brown of DB Aston Martin fame but also an ability to create the most stunning of cars. The contemporary Brown, though not related to Sir David or Aston Martin in any way, has plainly taken inspiration from his namesake in creating a new sports car that will be launched at the Top Marques show at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on 17th April.

26
Mar
2014
Watering down FI

Watering down

Christie’s sell two bottles of water for £23,750   Today, Christie’s in South Kensington sold a ‘piece of art’ made up of two bottles of water for £23,750 and provided indication, surely, that the world’s gone mad.

25
Mar
2014
The Diagram of Dogs FI

The Diagram of Dogs

Fascinating diagram showing how every breed of dog is connected   When we came across a diagram that delineates nearly every standard breed of dog, we knew it would be something that our animal loving readers would be fascinated to see.

22
Mar
2014
The best of BADA FI

The best of BADA

A roundup of the art worth seeing at BADA   The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair on Chelsea’s Duke of York Square is an annual showcase of art and antiques that range in price from £100 to £1 million. Here, The Steeple Times picks three of our favourite items on display that suit a wide range of budgets.

18
Mar
2014
Apter Fredericks FI

A window to watch

Antiques dealer Apter-Fredericks’ Spring window is one to watch   Antique dealers are often thought of as fussy and a little fuddy-duddy. In their latest display, Apter-Fredericks on Fulham Road in Chelsea show themselves to be anything but.

15
Mar
2014
Plated V FI

Plated V

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

13
Mar
2014
Money park Mayfair FI

Money park Mayfair

Mayfair flat comes to the market for an astounding £5,130 per square foot   If evidence were ever needed to show that “ultra prime” London property has become nothing other than a money park for “ultra high net worth individuals”, today it has been provided with the launch of an £18 million 3,059 square foot apartment on Mayfair’s Grosvenor Square.

12
Mar
2014
Game set and match FI

Game, set and match

One of Westchester County’s finest houses comes to the market   Westchester is a gilded county. It’s a place that has variously been home to John D. Rockefeller, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, P. Diddy and Martha Stewart and one that the rich and famous adore. With the sale of a “modern-day masterpiece” created by the “noted architect” Ralph Mackin, one could now acquire one of “Westchester County’s grandest estates”.

28
Feb
2014
Handeling a house FI

Handeling a house

One of Britain’s finest Queen Anne residences comes to the market   On the market for the first time in 600 years, Grade I listed Malmesbury House in Salisbury, Wiltshire has rightly been described as a “jewel box” of a house.

28
Feb
2014
An other worldly place FI

An outworldly place

Sarah Tucker visits Antarctica   I was on the ship that didn’t get stuck in the ice at Christmas. In the wake of Prince Harry who trekked there and was airlifted back, I went via Patagonia and Buenos Aires (a phenomenal city where they genuinely dance in the streets and they miss their archbishop), to take myself and my son to see icebergs, penguins and whales for a white Christmas to outwhite all white Christmases.

27
Feb
2014
As worldly as Whicker FI

As worldly as Whicker

1964 Bentley S3 Continental coupé to be auctioned by Bonhams   The late Alan Whicker numbered amongst those to have owned a Bentley S3 Continental coupé and now a fine example is to be auctioned by Bonhams

26
Feb
2014
the queen driving her land rover

Rolled by the Queen

A Land Rover formerly owned by the Queen comes to auction   The Queen is a well-known lover of Land Rovers and is often seen driving them on her various estates. Now, with the forthcoming auction of 2002 Defender 110 TDS County that was previously used on her Sandringham estate at the Historics at Brooklands auction on 8th March, any ardent royalist has the opportunity to acquire one of her vehicles.

22
Feb
2014
Venice sinks better than we do FI

Venice sinks better than we do

Sarah Tucker takes a trip to Venice   I’ve just returned from the Londra Palace hotel in Venice (best hotel to stay there, forget what the guide books say). Central location and within walking distance of everything (which is good as in Venice you have to walk everywhere). You may get stampeded by raging Chinese tourists but apart from that, this hotel is superb.

21
Feb
2014
A dictator's dream FI

A dictator’s dream

50,000 square foot Utah mansion that would suit an exiled dictator or lottery lout   Money and taste don’t necessarily go together and no more is this rule proven than in a $30 million (£18 million) Utah mansion

16
Feb
2014
Fool's Gold FI

Fool’s gold

Claire Rubinstein attends a party but doesn’t strike gold   The invite read: “Fashion Brands Viewing & Party At LFW – PRESS INVITE – must RSVP”. Surely, I thought, this must be something exclusive.

14
Feb
2014
WELL FUN FI

Plated IV

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

12
Feb
2014
Braking an XJS FI

Braking an XJS

Rare Jaguar XJS Lynx Eventer comes to the market   The Lynx Eventer, a conversion of a Jaguar XJS into a shooting brake, is said to be “highly regarded in pistonhead circles”. One of just 67 built has just come up for sale through KWE Jaguars.

11
Feb
2014
Films for a rainy day FI

Five of the Best: Films for a rainy day

Films to watch on a winter’s day   With flooding battering Britain and snow in New York, now’s the time to stay indoors. What could be better than a film fest? Here, in no particular order, are five of my favourites

07
Feb
2014
David Livingstone FI

I will go anywhere provided it is forward

The life and legacy of Dr David Livingstone   Dr David Livingstone is someone who most will remember from their school days. This Scottish explorer and missionary undoubtedly featured on your curriculum and with the publication of a new book on his life by a New Zealander named Paul Bayly, there is now opportunity to learn more about the man behind the legend.

02
Feb
2014
Kardashianly bad tase

Kardashianly bad taste

Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian put their tacky Calabasas home on the market   It’s often suggested that Scott Disick is a bit of style icon and though I’ve never watched the television show in which he stars alongside his partner Kourtney Kardashian, I’ve noticed this Californian’s choice of loafers and cars to generally be perfectly tasteful.   With the sale of Disick’s home in Calabasas, Los Angeles, however, I must say I now would think twice before allowing him and his wife free reign on anywhere I lived. The 5,400 square foot property, which the agent describes as “East Coast traditional”, is far from conventionally decorated.   Having been “dramatically reimagined by celebrity interior designer Jeff Andrews”, the the 5-bedroomed…

26
Jan
2014
2150 Broadway FI

A cacophony of colour

Boldly decorated New York apartment by Geoffrey Bradfield for sale   If Kelly Hoppen saw this Upper West Side penthouse, she’d likely collapse in utter shock.

25
Jan
2014
Eyeing a Roller FI

Eyeing a Roller

Rolls-Royce that belonged to the inventor Percy Shaw for sale   Yorkshireman Percy Shaw OBE (1890 – 1976) was a true eccentric and even the configuration of his Rolls-Royce cars were far from conventional.

23
Jan
2014
A step forward FI

A step forward

Aviation expert Anthony Brown reports on the replacement for Concorde   When it was announced that Concorde was to be scrapped, the ballet dancer Darcy Bussell lamented: “Why can it not be run at a loss? The National Ballet is”. Now, with the unveiling of plans for a jet that will fly between London and Sydney in just three hours, aviation enthusiasts finally have something to celebrate.

19
Jan
2014
Netherby Hall FI

Burglars and bargains

A Grade II* listed mansion for under £1.5 million   In London, if you’re lucky £1.475 million will buy you a basement flat in the outer parts of Chelsea. In Cumbria, the same figure will get you a vast Grade II* mansion on the border with Scotland. It may be isolated to the minds of some, but frankly, could you acquire a better weekend party pad anywhere else in the UK for such a figure?

17
Jan
2014
Elephant Man FI

Bonhams to sell The Elephant Man’s chair and two of Churchill’s cigars

Bonhams’ The Gentleman’s Library Sale on 28th and 29th January features 907 unusual lots. Amongst our favourites are a chair that was adapted for the ‘Elephant Man’, Joseph Merrick, and two cigars that were collected by a nurse who cared for Sir Winston Churchill

17
Jan
2014
Volkswagen XL1 FI

The world’s most fuel efficient car

Volkswagen launch car capable of doing 313 mpg   Fuel efficient cars are generally ugly beasts. Our least favourite is undoubtedly the G-Wiz but in creating the XL1, Volkswagen have created something quite stunning.

14
Jan
2014
Stoddart's Audio Loung FI

Stoddart’s Audio Lounge

Photographer John Stoddart exhibits at Audio Lounge   Renowned photographer John Stoddart is exhibiting a selection of his works at Audio Lounge in Wigmore Street between 16th January and 7th February.

12
Jan
2014
Bargaining for charity

Bargaining for charity

Former Harrods buyer offers tips on how to charity shop   Don’t sniff your noses up at charity shops. They can be a goldmine for bargains and a source for designer goods at knockdown prices. Victoria and David Beckham donated their clothes to the British Red Cross store in Old Church Street last November and other regular donors include Lilly Allen, Michael Aspel, Elen Rives.

02
Jan
2014
Gregory Peck's Mockingbird Bentley FI

Peck’s ‘Mockingbird Bentley’

Bentley owned by Gregory Peck for 34 years goes to auction   Gregory Peck loved his 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur so much that he kept it for 34 years. The very same car is set to be auctioned on 17th January by RM Auctions.

02
Jan
2014
Rolling along nicely FI

Rolling along nicely

Rolls-Royce and Bentley are prospering   Yesterday’s financial press rightly hailed the success of two of Britain’s finest brands: Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Their results during 2013 were frankly astounding.

31
Dec
2013
Pottery and drama FI

Pottery and drama

£3 million castle once owned by the Wedgewood family comes to the market   Robin MacDonald, the current owner of Caverswall Castle in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire is a man once described as “having it all”. He’s also a man who plainly attracts drama and with the sale of his castle, a new chapter looms for his Grade I listed, moated home.

27
Dec
2013
The house of fun FI

The house of fun

A coastal estate complete with its own private cove comes to the market for £7.5 million   Described by the selling agents as a “private coastal estate with fun as its mantra”, Redlap House near Dartmouth in Devon is situated in a 30-acre frost free valley that runs down to the sea.

23
Dec
2013
Brereton Hall FI

A Prodigy house

A country seat with a prodigious history   Historic Brereton Hall in Brereton, Cheshire is a fine Elizabethan country house but one that has been sadly separated from much of its original estate.

22
Dec
2013
Katie Price pink Range Rover FI

Pink and Pricey

Katie Price tries to sell her pink Range Rover   Katie Price is a woman known for not being particularly refined. With the sale of her pink Range Rover, a buyer of equally poor taste could acquire this hideous vehicle for £69,950.

21
Dec
2013
A classic English home FI

A classic English home

A former rectory that truly is a classic English home   Old rectories and vicarages are the things of novels: Jeffrey Archer lives in one near Cambridge that was previously the home of the poet Rupert Brooke and Joanna Trollope waxes lyrical about them regularly.

20
Dec
2013
I'm out FI

I’m out

Duncan Bannatyne slices £100,000 off asking price of his former marital home   Listed in June 2013 for £899,000 according to Zoopla and now reduced to £799,995, Duncan Bannatyne OBE’s troubles with selling his home near Middlesbrough were detailed in yesterday’s ‘City Diary’ in The Telegraph.

19
Dec
2013
1 Cheyne Mews FI

Russians, rock stars and royalty

A £6 million mews house on the site of Henry VIII’s manor house   Cheyne Walk in Chelsea has long been a favourite address of Russians, rock stars and royalty. Cheyne Mews, situated to the rear of it, is built on the site of King Henry VIII’s manor house and with the sale of a £5,950,000 mews house there, a purchaser has the opportunity to acquire what agents Chesterton Humberts describe as a “discreet country cottage in the heart of Chelsea”.

18
Dec
2013
Messing about on the Mouette FI

Messing about on the Mouette

A houseboat in Chelsea for £795,000   Ratty, Mole, Mr. Badger and Mr. Toad in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows lived by the belief that: “There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”. Whomever purchases the M.S. Mouette, a converted former passenger ferry moored on Chelsea’s Cadogan Pier, is likely to be someone who’ll also live by this mantra.

17
Dec
2013
Bears and postmen FI

Bears and postmen

Charles Mitford Cust tells the tale of a Steiff bear with a fascinating past   I was routing around in the family safe one rainy day recently when I spotted an unusual object hidden behind a pile of ancient documents right at the back, it turned out to be a near mint condition 1908 Steiff teddy bear which following some simple arithmetic I soon realised had been hiding there for over one hundred years.

15
Dec
2013
Daisy Hill House FI

My Mansion

My Travel tycoon puts Jersey mansion on the market for £19 million   David Crossland is a fine example of a “Northern lad done good”. Starting out in the 1970s he turned two small travel agencies into a package tour empire and now with the sale of his Jersey mansion, one can see how truly successful this businessman’s career has been.

14
Dec
2013
A Dragon's Lair FI

A Dragon’s Lair

Hilary Devey slices £250,000 off asking price of her country residence   Bolton born businesswoman and former Dragons’ Den star Hilary Devey CBE has slashed the price of her Staffordshire home from £2.2 million to just £1.95 million through agents Fisher German.

13
Dec
2013
Christmas gifts FI

Five of the best: Christmas gifts

Our favourite gift ideas for Christmas 2013   Gift suggestions for those with sophisticated tastes

12
Dec
2013
A house that hasn't sold in 14 years FI

A house that hasn’t sold in 14 years

‘Cotswold style’ mansion dramatically reduced in price after 14 years on the market   Americans love all things British and they especially love to replicate our architecture. In the Northern Californian town of Hillsborough, a fine example is a 35,000 square foot mansion named The Tobin Clark Estate.

29
Nov
2013
All hatted out FI

All hatted out

Christmas sale on 3rd December in Ladbroke Grove   The delightful milliner Lady Laura Cathcart answered our twenty question interview in March and now readers of The Steeple Times have a chance to purchase hats from her current collection at a 30% discount for one day only.

27
Nov
2013
A Greek marriage FI

A Greek marriage

Steven Berkoff’s ‘Greek’ at The Barons Court Theatre   Running until Saturday 30th November, Greek by Steven Berkoff is performing nightly at The Barons Court Theatre within The Curtains Up public house.

26
Nov
2013
Adair FI

Adair and a Berry

Adair UK to participate in the British Red Cross London Christmas Fair   On Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th November, one of The Steeple Times’ favourite homeware brands, Adair UK, are amongst 70 firms participating in the British Red Cross London Christmas Fair.

26
Nov
2013
Moulton's Mini FI

Moulton’s Mini

The late, great Alex Moulton’s car collection goes to auction   The eccentric engineer Dr Alexander Moulton CBE (1920 – 2012) is best known for his innovative bicycles and the work he did with Sir Alexander Issigonis on the Austin Mini. A number of Dr Moulton’s personal vehicles will be auctioned by Bonhams on 9th December 2013

26
Nov
2013
Plated III FI

Plated III

30 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Continuing our series, below we feature 30 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

24
Nov
2013
A hothouse and a half FI

A hothouse and a half

Britain’s most stunning bungalow available for £2.5 million   Whilst Strutt & Parker have yet to achieve the £8 million asking price they seek for the Grade I listed Georgian mansion Mamhead House, buyers on a more limited budget can acquire a smaller property on the estate named The Orangery.

22
Nov
2013
Sex and Sunninghill FI

Sex and Sunninghill

Prince Jefri’s former Long Island estate on the market again   The purchaser of Prince Jefri of Brunei’s Long Island estate, Sunninghill, is plainly keen to offload it as it is currently for sale for £494,000 ($800,000) less than they paid for it. Perhaps its links to the somewhat colourful royal could be part of the reason.

21
Nov
2013
An orgy of a mansion FI

An orgy of a mansion

Repossessed Somerset mansion goes to auction for just £250,000   It’s rare to find Grade I mansions in the hands of the receivers, but Halswell Park in Somerset is an exception to that rule. Now, Clive Emson auctioneers on behalf of Citi Private Banking, seek just £250,000 to £500,000 for the main house and £635,000 to £960,000 for the entire estate.

19
Nov
2013
The Empire of Bentley FI

The Empire of Bentley

A Bentley turned into artwork celebrating British history goes to auction   A Bentley turned into a piece of artwork celebrating British history by Paul Karslake FRSA comes to auction on the 30th November through Historics at Brooklands at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge, Surrey.

17
Nov
2013
Purple rain FI

Purple rain

A house kitted out entirely in purple is surely the most tastelessly decorated home in Britain   A 4-bedroomed semi detached house in Hillingdon, Middlesex is a not something we’d normally feature, but given its décor, it was an absolute must.

16
Nov
2013
Bollywood booms FI

Bollywood booms

Conferro Auctions to sell Bollywood posters at The Westbury   New auction house Conferro Auctions are to sell a collection of Bollywood film posters and LPs at The Westbury Hotel on the 29th November.

14
Nov
2013
Plane FI

The Gunbus

Solid silver model of a Vickers Fighter FB5 for sale   A solid silver model of a Vickers FB5 military bi-plane – better known as “The Gunbus” – made in 1916 has come to the market through Trinity House for £32,000.

11
Nov
2013
The Wicked Lady FI

The Wicked Lady

Repossessed mansion under offer for £6 million less than it was originally marketed for   Formerly known as Markyate Cell and renamed Cell Park in 1984, a Grade II* listed Hertfordshire manor house which inspired the film The Wicked Lady has seen its asking price slashed to just £4.9 million. The repossessed property is now under offer for £4 million.

10
Nov
2013
Parnassus Luxury Travel November FI

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09
Nov
2013
Splendor on the Riviera FI

Splendor on the Riviera

Galerie Dumonteil’s ‘Splendor on the Riviera’ exhibition   The opening of Galerie Dumonteil’s latest exhibition, Splendor on the Riviera, in New York was very much an Anglo-American affair.

09
Nov
2013
Blakes FI

Blakes, James and don’t spare the horses

Lady Weinberg puts the former Blakes taxi up for auction   London’s first boutique hotel, Blakes in Roland Gardens, South Kensington, is best known for its unique design and as a favourite of the rich and famous. Now, a 1935 12/4 Austin taxi that was used by the hotel between between the 1970s and 1990s is to be sold at auction.

07
Nov
2013
The modern day Docker FI

The modern day Docker

As Sir Bernard and Lady Docker’s Mayfair apartment comes to the market, parallels can be drawn with the removal of Charles Morgan from the board of his eponymous company   Last month, just as an apartment that was formerly the home of Sir Bernard and Lady Docker comes to the market, parallels to the couple’s life can be drawn from events surrounding the removal of Charles Morgan from the board of the Morgan Motor Company.

06
Nov
2013
London International Players FI copy

London International Players at Cadogan Hall – 8th November

The Steeple Times is delighted to support the London International Players in their 8th November 2013 performance at London’s Cadogan Hall. For tickets telephone +44 (0) 20 7730 4500 or to book online click here.

05
Nov
2013
Dark Estates FI

Dark Estates

James Murphy reviews ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘The Fifth Estate’   Thor: The Dark World and The Fifth Estate are two movies that do not seem ripe for comparison at first glance. Their genres – one based upon fact, one in fiction – antipathetic; their motivations disparate – one aims to entertain; the other to provoke and inform.

04
Nov
2013
A Front and a half FI

A Front and a half

A coastal estate in a spectacular setting on the White Cliffs of Dover   Known as The South Foreland Estate, an 11.5-acre parcel of land overlooking the English Channel at The Front, St Margaret’s Bay in Kent includes a main house, three further residences and a decommissioned lighthouse that was used in a film starring Oliver Reed.

03
Nov
2013
Braun's bunkum FI

Braun’s bunkum

A door from a cabinet in Eva Braun’s room in Hitler’s Berlin bunker surfaces on ebay   Nazi memorabilia can command high prices amongst the strange sorts who still idolise Hitler and his lot, but even by these standards the £50,950 set for a door from a cabinet owned by Eva Braun seems quite ridiculous.

02
Nov
2013
Whimsical bird cane Fi

Up before the beak

A whimsical bird cane that would make the perfect gift from Jeremy Clarkson to Piers Morgan   Geoffrey Breeze is an antique cane specialist. Based in Bath, this dealer regularly sells the most unusual items and we were especially impressed by a whimsical bird cane that he currently has on offer.

01
Nov
2013
Seeing Twilight FI

Seeing Twilight

Robert Pattinson sells his Los Feliz Hills home   Given the fortune he made from Twilight and Harry Potter, actor Robert Pattinson’s starter home was never going to be basic. London born Pattinson, whose uncle was chairman of Coys of Kensington, bought 2666 Aberdeen Avenue from retired basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for £3.9 million ($6.275 million) in September. He lived there with his on-off actress girlfriend Kristin Stewart.

28
Oct
2013
Exploring Burma FI

Exploring Burma

Theo Osborne explores Burma for The Steeple Times   Today, our new contributor Theo Osborne introduces his firm, the Parnassus Travel Group, before taking readers deep into to Burma.