Life & Style

We look at some of the best ways to enhance your home and lifestyle this month.



Brora is one of Britain’s best-loved and most successful modern cashmere brands. Since its beginning in 1993, Brora has steadily grown into a fully-fl edged fashion label with its own distinctive viewpoint – wearable, subtle, but highly individual and mainly British made. Scottish cashmere is still at Brora’s heart, but every season the founder, sole owner and creative director, Victoria Stapleton, creates an ever-growing range of clothing to build a complete wardrobe using only the fi nest fabrics, such as tweed, silk and wool. Brora remains true to its quirky, slightly vintage inspired self, while moving with the turn of fashion’s wheel each season.

Energise Your Home

Energise Your Home

At this time of year, living space at home and work can feel a little gloomy and unwelcoming. Using mirrors in dark corners to amplify light and colour can literally double the impact. Candles, lamps and warm colours all help to create a welcoming ambience and intimate feel, energy we crave in colder weather. If you have a challenging house or office that doesn’t feel good whatever you do, contact Charlotte Haynes, a local specialist property consultant who can help you optimise your living space so you feel more at home or focused at work.

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Generating Interest

Generating Interest Ltd
Help from the Government!

All new businesses need a helping hand, but seldom is the Government as helpful as it has been to Generating Interest Ltd. Generating Interest Ltd provides specialist advice and supplies and installs generators, particularly those that cut in automatically when there is a power cut, and switch off when the mains power returns.

So, how has the Government helped? By closing down power stations and not building others. In Britain, there’s a real power crisis with no end in sight. In October 2014, The Grid published a graph showing a 4.1% surplus of peak supply over peak demand. In the same month, the power station called Didcot B burned down. On May 21 this year, Didcot C was shut down, not because it wasn’t working well, but to comply with emissions regulations. By March 2016, four more power stations will have been closed for the same reasons.

There are various contingency plans: there is talk of closed power stations being recomissioned to fill the gap, but how will they be compliant when they were shut down for non-compliance? The Grid has a large number of big diesel generators ready to help, but these cannot come close to providing the amount of power required.

The Telegraph has run three articles with stark headlines, for example: “Avoiding blackouts ‘will cost households billions in extra bills.’” The unacceptable fact is that this power gap will be with us for some years – which is how the Government has provided help to Generating Interest Ltd!

The Hide Out


With the one year milestone passed, celebrated in style with a live band, we are now so excited to be heading into our second Christmas. We are open throughout the festive period and available for private hire and parties, as well as being perfect for intimate group lunches. For more information or to book your party, call us or visit our website.

With the weather getting colder and the days getting shorter, it’s a great time to check out our cosy upstairs bar and try an amazing cocktail off our extensive list. It’s also the perfect time to start thinking about New Year’s Eve; we still have limited availability, so why not book your party with us and see it in style?

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We all like to have something different – exclusive even – which is why Palulo has created a range of limited edition gifts and homeware. Crafted from fine materials and made to the highest standard, Palulo’s designs offer something for everyone. Keep loose change in a cart money box; add decorative style with a vintage bear; or keep newspapers/magazines tidy in a wooden news bin. There is a range of reader offers and discount prices on now to help you stretch your budget further. To see Palulo’s full collections and special offers, visit their online store at

Eastwell Manor


Throughout November and December, Eastwell Manor Hotel and Spa near Ashford, Kent is celebrating 20 years of ownership by the Parrett family with ‘Twenty Twenties’: 20 special offers based on the 20 theme. The Twenty Twenties include an exciting and varied mix of afternoon tea; special lunches in the pavilion and the manor restaurant; golf; gym membership; vouchers to spend at the hotel; and discounted rates and loyalty cards.

During November, all guests will be eligible to enter a celebration raffle, with a top prize of dinner and bed and breakfast for two people, including a spa treatment each and full use of the extensive spa facilities.

Bought by Mr Turrloo Parrett in November 1995, the family-run business has gone from strength to strength and now has four members of the Parrett family on the board. During his ownership, Mr Parrett has overseen the hotel’s expansion from 23 en-suite bedrooms to 62 en-suite bedrooms, increased the private dining rooms and function suites to seven and built a luxury spa and beauty salon, a nine-hole golf course and two 20-metre pools. Rated by the AA as a four-red star, two-Rosette Inspector’s Choice hotel, Eastwell Manor is also a proud member of the Pride of Britain Consortium and Condé Nast Johannsen.

Eastwell Manor’s reputation for running special events throughout the year is a further source of pride: these include Narropera, open-air theatre and concerts, gala evenings, commemorative dinners and fine dining events. Further information is available on the website