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Country Life Every Week - - Contents - Edited by Hetty Chid­wick

Ac­tress Sa­man­tha Bond and Hetty Chid­wick’s top picks

SPRUCE up your skin­care regime with the Sloane Club’s Bio­ef­fect Resur­fac­ing Fa­cial. Avail­able to mem­bers and non-mem­bers, the treat­ment in­cludes aqua der­mabra­sion—high-pres­sure blasts of icecold saline so­lu­tion—ex­trac­tion and, to help you re­lax, a shoul­der mas­sage. Unique to the Lon­don Club, the fa­cial was de­vel­oped by its spa in con­junc­tion with Bio­ef­fect, an Ice­landic com­pany that’s been pi­o­neer­ing anti-age­ing treat­ments for the past 10 years. Your beau­ti­fully prepped skin is then slathered with a col­la­gen mask and a su­per-hy­drat­ing dou­ble dose of Bio­ef­fect serum. You’ll be given a small vial of the serum to take home to help pro­long the treat­ment’s ra­di­ant results. Bio­ef­fect Resur­fac­ing Fa­cial £130 (020–7730 9131; www.sloaneclub.co.uk) RP

BENT­LEY launched the ul­ti­mate spe­cial edi­tion for fly fish­er­men last year and, now, the com­pany’s Mulliner divi­sion has cre­ated the Ben­tayga Fal­conry. Hand­crafted in Crewe, the £75,000 ac­ces­sory set in­cludes a boot-mounted flight sta­tion, GPS track­ing sys­tem and wal­nut-ve­neered load cases. The leather bird hoods and gaunt­let match the SUV’S lux­u­ri­ously trimmed in­te­rior and the fal­con can sit on one of two perches that at­tach to the boot floor. In tran­sit, the bird sits on a cork-cov­ered perch that slots be­tween the Ben­tayga’s two front seats (0808 100 5200; www. bent­ley­mo­tors.com) JT

ON a re­cent visit to Posi­tano, I could have done with some blinkers, as ev­ery shop caught my eye and none more than the Emporio bou­tique at the ho­tel Le Sirenuse. Its lat­est col­lec­tion of re­sortwear is in­spired by the ‘pas­tel po­etry of Mediter­ranean colours’ and the dolce vita vibe of the Ser­sale fam­ily’s ho­tel. It’s full of dreamy silks, kaf­tans and swimwear, as well as jew­ellery and ac­ces­sories, and now menswear, too, so beware of vis­it­ing af­ter a cock­tail or two at the ho­tel’s world-fa­mous res­tau­rant

(right). Rooms at Le Sirenuse start from £330 (www.sirenuse.it/en)

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IF you’re in Strat­ford-upon-avon on June 13 and 17, be sure to pop into the jew­eller Ge­orge Prag­nell’s show­room to view the en­tire 2017 Patek Philippe watch col­lec­tion. The two com­pa­nies have en­joyed a fruit­ful work­ing re­la­tion­ship since 1969, when Jeremy Prag­nell’s first Patek watch was per­son­ally de­liv­ered to him by the Swiss watch­maker’s owner, Phillipe Stern, now the firm’s Honorary Pres­i­dent. Patek col­lec­tors will be pleased to learn that the Genev­abased brand has re-re­leased its classic 5396 (left)—a watch that’s nei­ther too big nor too small and only needs ad­just­ment once a year—as part of this year’s col­lec­tion. ‘We are proud to host the Patek Philippe Ex­hi­bi­tion in con­junc­tion with our long­stand­ing part­ner Ge­orge Prag­nell,’ de­clares Patek’s Mark Hearn. ‘This pro­vides a spe­cial op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the Patek Philippe col­lec­tion, with more than 90 ladies’ and gen­tle­man’s time­pieces to see in store, in­clud­ing newly re­leased mod­els from Basel­world 2017’ (01789 267072; www.prag­nell.co.uk).

Get on board

For the first time in the event’s his­tory, this year’s Hen­ley Royal Re­gatta is to be spon­sored by a se­lect few Bri­tish her­itage brands, in­clud­ing Bre­mont, Hack­ett and As­ton Martin. Bre­mont—the Hen­ley-on-thames-based watch com­pany—is the of­fi­cial time­keeper. ‘Re­mark­ably, Hen­ley Royal Re­gatta is one of the few sport­ing events that’s still timed me­chan­i­cally rather than dig­i­tally, which is very in keep­ing with what Bre­mont is all about,’ en­thuses Giles English, co-founder of the com­pany that’s mak­ing cus­tom hand-held chrono­graphs for all the um­pires. Bre­mont will also host a pop-up bou­tique at the his­toric row­ing event, which runs from June 28 to July 2 (01491 571900; https://www.hrr.co.uk)

SUF­FOLK’S Hevening­ham Hall is not only host­ing the Coun­try Fair this July, but, along­side it, one of the most el­e­gant mo­tor­sport and avi­a­tion events in the calendar, Con­cours d’elé­gance. Tak­ing full ad­van­tage of the 5,000 acres of Ca­pa­bil­ity Brown-de­signed park­land around Hevening­ham, the event brings to­gether 50 of the world’s finest mo­tor­cars and has evolved to in­clude some spec­tac­u­lar pro­pel­ler planes, too. En­trance is by cat­a­logue only, along with a ticket, £10, for the Coun­try Fair, with all pro­ceeds do­nated to char­ity (www.hevening­ham­con­cours.com) Beau­fort & Blake, mak­ers of in­cred­i­bly com­fort­able ca­sual shirts and box­ers, have di­ver­si­fied into swim­ming shorts. I adore this camel-print pair and think they’d look pretty spec­tac­u­lar on a gen­tle­man of any age. £59 (020–3793 2867; www. beau­for­t­and­blake.com)

A grape suc­cess

Jew­ellery and bub­bles have an ob­vi­ous link and Chapel Down—one of Eng­land’s best sparkling-wine pro­duc­ers—has taken the sym­bio­sis a step fur­ther by invit­ing jew­ellery de­signer Stephen Web­ster to con­ceive a new tast­ing room in which it’s pos­si­ble for up to 60 guests to savour the vine­yard’s el­e­gant wines. En­joy a guided tour of the vine­yards and win­ery, then a tu­tored tast­ing for £15 per per­son or the Classic Gift Ex­pe­ri­ence, which also in­cludes a three-course lunch, £60 per per­son (www.chapel­down.com)

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