Living On A Liner

The liner has become the new fashionable place to be this year. It’s easy to see how the appeal of a holiday on a grand liner can translate into the desire for everyday liner luxury living. The ocean liner evokes images of grand design, luxury lifestyle and the exhilarating freshness of sea breezes. Indeed, the Queen was in Southampton only this month to name the rather magnificent new P&O cruise liner, The Britannia

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Tom Dixon has just masterminded the new interiors of the Mondrian Hotel London located within Sea Containers House and opening this summer. This former 1970s hotel has been given a new lease of life with decor and design conjuring up images of sailing on a gigantic 1920s cruise liner. Even the roof has been remodelled to echo the lines of a grand ship. The ocean liner was a defining influence on the 1920s and 1930s art deco and modernist architects of the period. 

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The ocean liner has also had a defining influence on the shape and architectural character of homes in coastal Poole, Dorset. A J Seal, the 1930s creator of the significant modernist buildings Harbour Court (below) nearby Conning Tower and FJB’s Harbour Heights Hotel is one of the area’s most celebrated local architects – these homes were also mentioned by Pevsner as ‘a brave and enterprising group of Early Modern buildings.’

Harbour Court echoes the shape of a grand 1920s liner with its flat roof, roof-top sun lounge and ‘stern deck-like’ balconies.

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Berkeleys has just let the second floor apartment in Harbour Court. With sea glimpses, an expansive terrace for alfresco summer dining and close proximity to Sandbanks beaches, this is an ideal home for those searching for a long summer rental and regular weekend escapes to the coast. Priced at £1,295 per month (fee apply) it is probably a more affordable way to live in the spirit of a luxury cruise liner, and it can last a lot longer too.

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Contemporary Luxury Home For Sale In Branksome Park, Poole, Dorset.

Berkeleys, Canford Cliffs office is delighted to offer for sale a striking 1930s art deco inspired home in Branksome Park, Poole, Dorset. ‘Dunes,’ – so named for its close proximity to the beaches of Branksome Chine – exudes the popular design principles of early modernist architecture with its linear style, white fascias and top floor studio with sun terrace.

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This home very much embraces the best of a coastal lifestyle – feel the sand between your toes on the Blue Flag beaches, go fishing, go sailing, or for the more adventurous – try your hand at the many watersports on offer along the beautiful coast of Poole Bay and Poole Harbour.

Afterwards, head home to a hidden oasis of calm, relax with sundowners on the top floor terrace, looking across the treetops of Branksome Park towards the Purbecks.  Entertain family and friends in the generous open plan living area, and open the bifold doors and spill out onto the balcony overlooking the large south facing garden.  As the twilight appears, the garden lights illuminate the tropical planting, and the sea breeze whispers through the trees, echoed by the distant sound of the sea.

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The sumptuous master bedroom suite offers comfort and space, and there is ample space for family or visiting guests to stay – there are 4 further bedrooms all with en-suites.  

As the seasons change, the house retains a sense of summer, remaining bright and light with its cream floors effectively warmed by the underfloor heating. On cooler nights ignite the living flame log fire which flickers gently in the lounge.

‘Dunes’ has over 3,860 sq. ft of accommodation.  It is immaculately presented throughout including the latest technology, with a cinema room and high spec audio-visual system installed.  The double garage with electric doors (reached via the driveway fronted by electric gates) ensures security for those times you have to travel away.
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Located in Branksome Park, Poole, an area synonymous with tree-lined avenues and leafy chines leading down to the sea, ‘Dunes’ offers excellent transport links by rail (London about 1hr 45m) with Bournemouth and Southampton Airports within easy reach. 

‘Dunes’ is currently offered for sale for £1,575,000.
Contact Berkeleys on 01202 708383 to arrange a viewing.

Berkeleys top 5 tips from The Listed Property Show

If you are the fortunate owners of a Grade I or Grade II Listed property – or you are on the look-out for a home with a significant heritage, then the Listed Property Show, held at London Olympia is a great place to go.

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We popped in to see what was on offer: it was a busy Sunday afternoon with a respectable amount of footfall meandering through the plethora of specialist suppliers and heritage home services. Here’s a recap of our top five tips and take-outs from the show.

1)      Join the Listed Property Club. For £48 a year subscription you can gain access to unrivalled expertise in this sector, as well as receive a rather beautiful glossy members’ magazine filled with inspiration, guidance and a supplier’s directory for Listed home renovation and restoration projects. www.lpoc.co.uk

2)      Make windows  a priority.  With the current weather conditions, keeping the rain and coastal wind out can be a losing battle. There were several specialist window suppliers at the show, but Vale attracted our attention with its architectural bronze casements collection.  With the rich patina of metals heralding a come-back in interior design, handmade bronze window casements have both heritage and contemporary appeal. We loved the idea of double-glazed, leaded stained-glass window casements to frame window ‘works of art’. The floor to ceiling doors with bronze frames had a minimalist, modernist look and feel, perfect for either the Cap D’Antibes or indeed the Cap de Canford Cliffs, Dorset!
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3)      Consider the third way: reclaimed artisan floor tiles. Parquet floor or stone floor? – a common restoration dilemma – but there is another rather exciting option attracting attention today. Bert & May presented these eclectic reclaimed floor tiles. With Art Deco and Eileen Gray influenced graphic designs, these tiles speak warmth, authenticity and uber-good taste.

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4)      Embrace cast iron radiator classics. This little style tip can transform a room from just restored to newly resplendent. Paladin Radiators had an attention-grabbing display of radiators at the show. Choose from the smooth contemporary Sloane range to the ornate traditional Shaftsbury collection. As a National Trust preferred supplier, this is one not to be missed.

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5)      Still searching for your Listed home? Finally, with many beautiful heritage homes coming on to the market this Spring, making the right investment requires focus, effort and patience. We found Listed Building Surveys at the show, and they offered some solid advice and survey expertise in Listed buildings specifically. Having the right survey done before an acquisition ensures you flush out any issues or challenges with Listed building compliance and conservation matters.   

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We hope you enjoyed our insights, go to http://www.lpoc.co.uk for more information.

An Art Deco Weekend in Poole, Dorset

Napier, New Zealand and Miami celebrate Art Deco architecture every year with a weekend extravaganza. If Deco is your passion, and you are in England, then you need travel no further than Poole, Dorset, to find a host of original Art Deco buildings. Take our tour and fall in love with these heritage treasures.

Following the recent sale of this magnificent Art Deco home in Poole, Dorset, by Berkeleys, we were inspired to bring together these magnificent Art Deco buildings – a visual feast of authentic coastal architectural style.

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Lilliput in Poole has a number of original Art Deco homes close to Poole Harbour. There is a charming Art Deco apartment building in the area, with a typical curved, linear, white Art Deco facade. http://bit.ly/146QfUE

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Salterns Way in Lilliput harbours several Art Deco houses, most of which have been restored and enhanced to reflect their former glory. All embracing a nautical theme and making the most of their waterside location, you will see perfectly rounded windows in the shape of portholes, curved flat roofs and balconies, white-washed exteriors and curved wave-like walls.

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De Mauley Road, Canford Cliffs is another fine example of an Art Deco home, this one sympathetically extended in the same style, white-washed with sea-blue painted window frames. As a gentle breeze fans the palm trees in front of the house, Miami springs to mind.

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Travelling further around Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks, head to Haven Road to see yet more 1930s buildings.

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Finally two more Art Deco destinations of note. Local bakery Bennetts, situated on the High Street in Poole town centre, has a wonderful Deco shop front.

Bennetts Bakery, PooleOn the Sandbanks peninsular, The Royal Motor Yacht Club is  fine example of an Art Deco style building, carefully nurtured and enjoyed by its members today.

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With the release of The Great Gatsby movie by Warner Bros. in May this year, popularity in the movement has grown and grown. http://bit.ly/15uO6jl Further afield, the Telegraph online has published a fabulous photo-library of world-famous Art Deco buildings including New York favourite the Chrysler Building and England’s very own Hoover Building in West London. You can see the full gallery here: http://bit.ly/Wpe302.

If you are visiting Poole, Dorset or if you are local, find a little time to take our Art Deco tour of the area, and celebrate these local architectural heritage assets. It’s always there to visit and it costs nothing to enjoy!