UVA trip to THE­ATRE­LAND

Lo­cated in the heart of Lon­don’s West End, One Ald­wych is a must for any the­atre-lover look­ing for a spe­cial treat

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mas­sages to pedi­cures. An ex­tra sur­prise is the Lounge at One – a guests-only space of­fer­ing free tea and cof­fee, news­pa­pers, cof­fee ta­ble books and a chance to un­wind be­hind a hid­den door by the concierge desk.

One Ald­wych of­fers not one, but two fine restau­rants. In­digo over­looks the lobby on a mez­za­nine floor, and has an im­pres­sive prethe­atre menu at a bar­gain­ous two cour­ses for £23, or three for £28. Ev­ery dish is gluten and dairy-free – and ac­cred­ited by Coeliac UK. Not that it is ob­vi­ous when eat­ing the fare. Par­tic­u­lar hits were the starters of com­pressed wa­ter­melon and cured salmon, the pork ten­der­loin, and a beau­ti­ful fig and pis­ta­chio tart with white choco­late ice cream to fin­ish – ac­com­pa­nied by a

‘I love this whole re­gion; the blend of for­est, hills and coast and the fact that around ev­ery cor­ner there is a quaint vil­lage, a his­toric build­ing, rolling land­scape or a great pub. When I was young (and at heart I am still 7!) I loved Ash­down For­est, search­ing for the 100 acre wood and play­ing Pooh sticks off the much vis­ited lit­tle bridge.’

Mark, our Re­gional De­vel­op­ment man­ager, lived a large part of his life in Sus­sex and Kent and has won­der­ful child­hood mem­o­ries of hol­i­days spent ex­plor­ing. And now we’d like to in­tro­duce our large fol­low­ing of dis­cern­ing guests to all that the south east has to of­fer, from quaint cot­tages hid­den down leafy lanes to water­side apart­ments, or bi­jou abodes tucked be­hind the streets of Tun­bridge Wells, we’re seek­ing out the best places to stay for short breaks and week long for­ays in the English coun­try­side.

We may be new to the area but we’re not new to the world of hol­i­day let­ting, with over 40 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence build­ing our ex­clu­sive col­lec­tion of ex­cep­tional homes that make great hol­i­days. Clas­sic Cot­tages are still a fam­ily-run hol­i­day let­ting com­pany to this day, grow­ing from a few be­spoke fish­er­man’s cot­tages in far west Corn­wall, across the coun­ties un­til we’ve reached your door.

Hol­i­days in Sus­sex and Kent mean mak­ing mem­o­ries in an un­spoilt cor­ner of Eng­land, only a short trip away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of city life in Lon­don. Mark re­mem­bers,

‘My Dad found a spot he called Echo Val­ley and we could hear our voices bounc­ing across the hills as we bel­lowed our names. But when we wanted the coast it was only a short drive to Brighton with its cos­mopoli­tan feel and shop­ping in The Lanes, East­bourne with its band­stand (which he loved) or Cam­ber Sands with its golden beaches. Our of­fice is close to Tun­bridge Wells with its great din­ing, re­tail ther­apy and of course Jazz on the Pan­tiles. I still love a Sus­sex pub lunch by a roar­ing fire (but who doesn’t) af­ter a long walk around Bewel Wa­ter or Cuck­mere Haven.’

Mark is based in our new of­fice in May­field, a his­toric vil­lage nestling in the mid­dle of the Wealden District, a con­ve­nient and ac­ces­si­ble lo­ca­tion for you to pop in and say hello. We’d love the chance to in­tro­duce our­selves in per­son and give a free ap­praisal or just an­swer any ques­tions you have, what­ever stage of the jour­ney you’re at. We’re small enough to pro­vide you with a per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence and lo­cal ex­per­tise, but big enough to have some clout in the on­line world so if you have a prop­erty you think might be suit­able for hol­i­day let­ting, or a pocket of land ripe for glamp­ing, we’d be happy to ad­vise with no obli­ga­tion.

We’re look­ing for the best places to stay, from lux­ury apart­ments to grand manor houses and any­thing spe­cial in be­tween, of­fer­ing an ‘out of the box’ prop­erty man­age­ment ser­vice tai­lored to your re­quire­ments. So if you think we’re on to some­thing, bring­ing to­gether the best prop­er­ties and the high­est level of ser­vice, then we look for­ward to work­ing with you.

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