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03 Sep 2020

TRANSFORMING LUXURY RESIDENTIAL SPACES: VIEWS FROM AN INTERIOR DESIGNER AND A FLORAL DESIGNER

At a time where the immediate space around us is getting more and more attention, we wanted to turn to some of the wonderful people we work with to showcase the approach we would take together in transforming spaces in prime properties. Philippa Somerset put the questions to Matteo Bianchi, Interior Designer and Elizabeth Marsh, floral designer – both of which know how to spread a little magic in their work! 

19 Aug 2020

WHY DID TWO MEN DRIVE TO SWITZERLAND AT 10PM? – AN INTERVIEW WITH IDEAWORKS

If there is one thing I have learnt from working at Somerset Estates, is that it’s invaluable to ensure you work with the right partners. We want to work with those who, at their core, share our values and put the needs of their customers above all else. 

31 Jul 2020

THE LONDON SQUARE STILL HITS THE MARK FOR THE OVERSEAS INVESTOR

The London square, from its initial development in the mid-seventeenth century to the present day, is a very ‘English phenomenon’ which would come to define the physical landscape of London’s metropolis, apprise urban planning and bring about social change. Over time, the squares have had a huge impact on the values of many prime residential properties surrounding them and for many, continue to do so.

24 Jul 2020

MAKING YOUR HOME STUDY FIT-FOR-PURPOSE

It’s not surprising, with so many working from home during the country’s lockdown, the home study has become a space that households have paid more attention to than ever before. Businesses of all sizes across the globe are now considering the work-from-home model on a more permanent basis.

26 Jun 2020

DON’T TURN YOUR SWIMMING POOL INTO A HOT TUB – LESSONS FROM A LUXURY PROPERTY MANAGER

On one occasion we were called to a client’s property, after they’d had a new 20- metre residential indoor swimming installed at their home.
The swimming pool was full of green algae which was growing and collecting in the pool, making it unusable and very unwelcoming to the client and their young family.

17 Jun 2020

‘RETREAT TO THE COUNTRY’ – HERE TO STAY OR A LOCKDOWN TREND?

Spending more time at home over the recent weeks has never been more important, so it’s hardly surprising that there has been a vast leap in demand for countryside living, with rural second properties and metropolitan homes with outside spaces becoming more sought after.

03 Jun 2020

FIVE REASONS WHY YOUR HOME NEEDS TO BE SERVICED

We all know the value and utmost importance of regular servicing from cars and motorcycles to private jets and super yachts. This is completely necessary to keep them in good working condition, prevent problems arising and ensure they are safe to operate. Homes, particularly luxury residences, should be cared for in the same way. Here are our 5 reasons why prime estates need dedicated maintenance.

26 May 2020

MEASURES WE’RE TAKING

The UK outlook and property landscape is starting to change, as the measures imposed to control the coronavirus crisis are being eased.
Over the past two weeks some restrictions have been lifted gradually, giving us hope of moving onto the next stage of recovery. Properties will begin to re-open, so if you require the best possible advice on how to manage them as effectively as possible, we are only a phone call away.

19 May 2020

PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER LOCKDOWN

As measures are starting to become eased and the return to metropolitan areas are looking more likely, is your London residence ready for your return?

Like the rest of the nation, we’re looking forward to the lockdown restrictions easing in line with the Government’s strategy. After announcements over the past week, engineers, builders and construction workers are all being encouraged to actively return to work providing that social distancing measures and other protocols are upheld.

16 Apr 2020
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LONDON’S PRIME PROPERTY MARKET DURING CORONAVIRUS PEAK

Across the globe, we are all experiencing the rapid acceleration of the coronavirus outbreak.

Whether your UK home is your main residency, second home or a pied-à-terre, we’re taking a look at how the luxury property market is adapting in the wake of covid-19 and the predicted situation in the aftermath of the crisis.