House & Gardens

Also being offered in the sealed bid sale is one man’s entire collection of garden-related objects in one single lot.

A collection that has been amassed over 100 years by three generations of the Crowther Family, who are synonymous with the production of leadwork, will be offered at Summers Place Auctions, Billingshurst, West Sussex in their biannual sale of Sculpture and Design for the House and Garden on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

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The Crowther Collection of Lead Garden Statuary

Does the thought of experiencing the lifestyle of aristocrats and celebrities both famous and infamous, appeal?  If so, then there is no grander setting then Cliveden House in Berkshire.  There have been three grand houses at Cliveden, two having the misfortune to have burnt down and the current Italianate mansion was finished in 1851.   Cliveden has been home to Princes and Dukes and from the late 19th century, the home of the fabulously rich Astor family.

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Drive leading to Cliveden from The Fountain of Love

Landford Stone is a family run company whose directors have worked within the industry for over 40 years. Their ethos is “Quality and Service” and there are currently three generations of the family working in their Wiltshire factory along with 30 skilled employees, many of whom have been with the company for many years.

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Landford Stone Pools

In my constant search for beautiful and unusual fabrics I came across Inchyra Linens.  Of course I know there is nothing unusual in linens as such, but these linens have been given a treatment so they appear to be instantly aged, thus taking on the look and feel they would normally only achieve after years of wear and washing.

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Inchyra Linens at Decorex

An appreciation by Jane McIntyre:-

As a designer I have always remained stoically faithful to my deep passion for all kinds of natural stone, be it for interior or exterior it is an ageless and elegant answer to so many spaces.  In the heady days of corian work tops and sinks I stubbornly used granite in all it’s myriad colours.  Prior to that, when the world was in love with pine kitchens, I took seconds of travertine  and marble to make my own designs for tops, bashing them up and sticking them into a mix of sand, colour pigment and tile adhesive – more off the wall than actual mosaic but a style that offered endless opportunities.  Latterly I have become more adventurous, creating whole bathrooms from marble and can only ever contemplate granite for any of my own kitchens.  So it’s with great delight that I can share with you the joys of working with that doyenne of stone and all it’s counterparts, Molly Fisher of Landford Stone.

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Molly Fisher of Landford Stone

Summers Place Auctions are the world’s leading auctioneers of Garden Statuary and fossil decoration. The sales are held in the new award winning 5000sq ft gallery nestling within 6 acres of walled gardens and the arboretum of the Victorian mansion, Summers Place.  Their specialist sales of Sculpture and Design for the House and Garden in May and October include examples of the finest garden ornaments. Evolution is their first specialist sale of natural history in which the first sale of a large dinosaur skeleton at auction in the UK will take place on 27th November 2013.

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Diplodocus Longus

We were lucky enough to attend the Veuve Clicquot Polo Gold Cup Final at Cowdray Park on 21st July, and below is an excellent account of the very exciting final by Liz Higgins, PR & Communications Manager – Cowdray Park Polo Club and action shots by The Vintage Magazine’s photographer, Doug Garvie.

Final of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, 21 July 2013

An epic Final of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, with the world’s two leading players on opposing sides, saw Lyndon Lea’s Zacara  beat Rashid Albwardy’s Dubai on Sunday 21st July after four weeks of enthralling matchplay in the British Open Polo Championship.

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Zacara and DubaiTeams at The Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup 2013

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Jane McIntyre as the Interior Design Editor of The Vintage Magazine.

Jane is perhaps best-known known locally for her inspirational design of the Stanwell House Hotel in Lymington which she transformed from a bland, uninspiring establishment to a cosmopolitan hot spot for both locals and visitors alike.

Jane has recently opened a Lifestyle atelier on Winchester’s Southgate Street.

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Jane McIntyre Logo and Portrairt

La Bastide de la Riviere  click to see more images of this stunning Provencal Estate with river running through it and surrounded by vineyards.  It is on the market for 2.5 million Euros.

Under 1hr from Nice, 45mins St Tropez, 45mins Cannes.  Only ten minutes from the motorway and five minutes from local shops, two supermarkets, a butcher, boulangerie and hairdresser etc.  A very convenient location for everything you need be it recreation, the beach, supermarkets, airports, or the train station.

Please contact The Vintage Magazine for full details of how to view this superb property.

Bastide de la Riviere and The Olive House