Wednesday 23rd May 2018
There is no denying that Spring is a wonderful time of year. The wakening of life and the warmth in the air, as Summer approaches. I love all the gorgeous flowers that begin to grace our homes and gardens and the joy they bring.
There is something so therapeutic about a garden, whether you are a gardener, or not, time in the garden is always well spent. Outside space at home seems to increases your sense of wellbeing by 100%.
Hanna Rion hit the nail on the head when she said, “The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.”Read more
Tuesday 1st May 2018
May is officially here and we are one month closer to summer, and those bank holiday weekends are within touching distance! Following on from the barbecue inspiration we shared last week, we are falling in love with outdoor living rooms.Read more
Did someone say barbecue?
Has this sunny weather had you uttering those three magic letter? BBQ!
With spring feeling a lot like summer and all those lovely bank holidays’ in May coming up, our attention is most definitely turning to outside. Jersey has a wealth of beautiful beaches, perfect for BBQs, evening dips in the sea, indulging in some water sports, catching some rays or watching the sunset.
It’s great to get out and explore the island or go to your favourite spots but there is a lot to be said for the comforts of home and the joys of your own private space.
Whether it be on a balcony, or in the back yard or garden, the sound of sausages sizzling, and that unmistakable smell of BBQ can’t be beat!
We always like a little inspiration here at Hunt Estates, because we’re not just selling houses, we’re selling homes.
Click here are a few big ideas for your barbecue area at home, and you never know, they might turn into a (long) weekend project for you!
(Image and article from Houzz.co.uk)
Making an entrance
First impressions really do count and your home should always make a good one. A warm welcoming entrance hall can be just the tonic to forget about the day when you arrive home, or to make guests feel at home.
The addition of a seat, somewhere to sit and take your shoes off or to take a moment, can be an added bonus to your hallway. Once you have your coat hooks, shoe storage and that handy place for your keys and mail, a seat or bench might seem a luxury too far or space you can't spare.
Houzz have an inspiration packed article that might have you thinking a little different! Why not click here to have a read? Perching on the bottom of the stairs to pop your shoes on may become a thing of the past!
If you are looking for some more inspiration, why not look at the 'On the Bench' highlight on our Instagram feed? Some serious hallway decor and bench inspiration just waiting for you. Click here to go to our Instagram.
Image from Instagram - Amber Interiors
To Prop or Not To Prop?
There are many questions in home decorating and staging, and a spot of help can be invaluable as you navigate the never-ending possibilities. Houzz offer great inspiration and ideas, a fresh-perspective, and articles to help with those little deco-dilemmas. This article, ’10 times propping up pictures was better than hanging them’ is a treasure trove of ideas to liven up space without getting the hammer and nails out. Because let’s face it, hanging pictures can be a nightmare or if you are in rental accommodation, a big no-no!
So, what are your thoughts on propping verses hanging?
We have a winner!
Congratulations to Sheena Kiersey who found our prize Easter egg from La Mare Wine Estate, Jersey hidden in the garden of this delightful Trinity property. We hope you enjoy the egg and afternoon tea St. Brelade's Bay Hotel, Jersey.
Easter egg HUNT!
Would you like to win this 3.5kg milk chocolate Easter egg from La Mare Wine Estate and afternoon tea for 2 at St Brelade's Bay Hotel? If so, pop over to our Facebook page (link below) and enter our competition.
We have hidden a photo of our prize egg in one of our properties, all you need to do is find it.
Full information on how to enter is on our Facebook page, the winner will be drawn on Wednesday 28th March.
Good luck and happy HUNTing!
Jersey House Price Index Q4 2017
The lastest quarterly report is now available from the States of Jersey Statistics Unit.
To read the full report for Q4 2017 click here or view the summary below.
Scroll through a selection of our finest properties.
We have seen the 2017 Q3 House Price Index results published, we have taken a few of the headlines and made some market comments for you: -Read more
JEAA Black Tie Ball 2017
At the beginning of November, the Jersey Estate Agents Association held their annual black tie ball. This gave the Hunt Estates team an opportunity to mingle with other members of the JEAA and enjoy a well-deserved evening out.
The event sponsored by Le Gallais & Luce was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel and the raffle was in aid of Jersey Hospice Care. There was a plethora of prizes donated by generous local businesses and individuals for the raffle, and a total of £2,500 was raised for the hospice. The guests were also addressed by Martin Roberts of 'Homes Under the Hammer' fame.
It was lovely to see the team looking so dapper and dressed up. Looking forward to next year's ball already.
Home Sweet Rental Home
When renting a home, it can sometimes seem difficult to make it your own. Your grand ideas for interiors and paint colours can be difficult to bring to fruition, when you are constraint by the conditions of your lease. So, how can you make your rented house feel like a home without upsetting the landlord and losing your deposit, or spending money you won’t see again?
This following article has some good solutions that will keep all parties happy, and make your rental house a home.
Jersey Estates Agents Association annual black tie ball
The Jersey Estate Agents Association JEAA annual black tie ball will be held on Friday 3rd November 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Guest speaker - Martin Roberts of "Homes under the Hammer" and "I'm a Celebrity" fame will be the guest speaker. Tickets are £75 per person and include a drink on arrival, a 3 course meal and 1/2 bottle of wine.
There are a few tables left if you would like to join us for this event. Please call Andy on 07797 968019 to book a place or for further information.
We also looking for raffle prizes, if you can donate an item, please contact Gill on 07797 721 881.
Proceeds from the raffle are going to Jersey Hospice Care.
Modern life comes with a lot of stuff, and if you live in a small flat you’ll have the challenge of finding a home for it all. If your home is a period flat, your problem is bigger: how can you accommodate your possessions without hiding or even losing the features that attracted you to the property in the first place?
Follow the link below to an article, that addresses this problem with some truly great ideas, that will maximise the space and value of your home.
Jersey Hospice Care - Planted With Love
Inspired by the poppy installation at The Tower of London, Jersey Hospice Care are creating a temporary remembrance garden of yellow ceramic flowers. Their gardens are enjoyed all year round by patients, visitors, volunteers, and staff alike, and this summer they will be transformed into a sea of yellow.
You are invited to purchase a flower in memory of a loved one, to be planted in the gardens, which will be returned to you in October.
We are proud to be supporting this cause and have a beautiful display of the flowers in our office, along with information and order forms. Please feel free to pop into our 9 New Street office, during opening hours.
Further information is available in the Jersey Hospice website.
What do men and women want when it comes to property?
We all know that men and women view things differently, and this is just as applicable when choosing a property to buy. Knowing what your partner is look for when viewing a property can help you navigate the pitfalls of house hunting. I witnessed this at a recent viewing, especially when the wife claimed that the AGA alone would make her purchase the property. Who doesn't love an AGA? The following article goes into details and might just be a life saver when picking your new home.
How to add space and value to your home
One of the best ways to sell your home quickly, is to give it an edge over similar properties. There are plenty of ways to spruce up your home from a lick of paint to decluttering and tidying up the garden, to improve kerb appeal. Remember, first impressions count! OnTheMarket.com have some great ideas for improving your property and giving it that edge, subject to time, budget and of course, planning permission.
Click on the link below to read the article for yourself.
All our properties are featured on onthemarket.com, a national property portal, giving your home the best chance of finding new owners.
Hunt Report Q1 2017
The Hunt Report Q1 2017 is now available.
The Hunt Report gives a concise overview of the Jersey housing market, comparison with the U.K., house price trends and insights from Gill.
Paper copies are available from our 9 New Street office or you can request a copy to be emailed to you by clicking the email address below.
It can also be viewed on our Facebook page, via the link below.
Are you hardworking, enthusiastic and interested in property?
Hunt Estates are looking for an energetic and motivated person to join our team in delivering the best standards in estate agent services.
The successful applicant will have an eye for the property market and will be willing to work irregular hours if required.
Ideally, you will have an appreciation of property values and good knowledge of the Island. You will also demonstrate integrity and client focus as you will be required to reflect the company's values.
As a negotiator within our team you be responsible for:
•Gaining new property instructions
•Organising your appointments and property viewings
•Preparing and writing sales particulars
•Handling all aspects of the sales process
•Drawing up legal sales agreements
Providing excellent client service
If you would like to be considered, you should possess:
•A successful and proven sales history
•Excellent communication, negotiation and networking skills
•Self-motivation and drive
•Great people skills
•Good command of the English language (both written and oral)
•Be prepared to undergo further training as necessary
•A current Driving License
Remuneration is on a commission only basis based on achievement.
If this sounds like you, we would like you to join our team!
If you do not have all the required experience but believe you possess many of the above attributes, we would still like to hear from you.
Please send your resume to Steve Ryan, Hunt Estates, 9 New Street, St. Helier JE2 3RA or email: email@example.com
Is your property just on the market or is it onthemarket.com?
Here at Hunt Estates we endeavour to maximise the exposure we give our properties, that's why we are proud to announce that we have teamed up with onthemarket.com, ensuring that your property is exposed to as many buyers as possible. Take a look at the link below to see for yourself!
Making the right impression
The first time a potential buyer or tenant sees your property, is in the photographs. They say first impressions count so what they see can be the difference between them booking a viewing or not. Following the guidelines in the attached article, can help to show your home in the best light, not just when we come to take photographs but for viewings as well.
You may be interested to know that we enlist the services of a local photographer, Andy Habin, for high value properties. His expertise in photographing interiors and using a drone to capture a bird’s eye view, gives your property the extra edge it deserves.
Do you want to know what is happening with house prices in Jersey? The Hunt Report gives a concise overview of the Jersey housing market, comparison with the U.K., house price trends and insights from Gill. Why not stop by our office and pick up a copy of the Hunt Report? Electronic copies can also be obtained by emailing Gary Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcoming our newest team member
Hunt Estates are very pleased to welcome our newest member of the team, Sacha Butlin.
Sacha was born and educated in Jersey, (apart from 3 years attending an equestrian school in Dorset) Sacha returned to Jersey and completed her A levels at Beaulieu Convent school. It was during her A levels that her interest in property came to the fore and she secured a temporary placement for work experience at another local agency
Sacha took it upon herself to enrol and travel to Manchester to undertake Estate Agency exams which were run by the National Association of Estate Agents, which, in turn, put her in good stead for joining our select team at Hunt Estates.
Sacha is already proving to be a valued member of staff, with her enthusiasm and professional approach. She is undergoing in depth in-house and on-the-job training, supplemented by further N.A.E.A courses.
When not in work, Sacha enjoys all things equestrian, including competing in shows and competitions, during the summer months she can also be found out in one of our beautiful bays as she has a great love of water sports.
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And the winner is ....
Back in December we decided to spread a little luxurious cheer and ran a competition for our Facebook followers. We wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been supporting us and helped to get Hunt Estates noticed. There was no question in the office as to where the prize should be from, Longueville Manor got everyone’s vote. Today we got to meet our competition winner, Emma Soley. She popped into the office to collect her £100 voucher. Congratulations once again Emma and hope you enjoy treating yourself at Longueville Manor.
As Christmas draws nigh, I thought I would discuss the topic of Angels in Art History.
Angels are often associated with Christmas but in fact they are not only for Christmas.
They are painted by artists on lots of different subjects and you will find them depicted from early thirteenth century art well into the eighteenth century....
They are always so beautifully painted and are seen as a go-between from heaven to earth, bringing messages, glad tidings, supporting a story or as representatives of God.
They are often playing music and are shown with a wide variety of musical instruments.
Here are a few of my favourites:
Sistine Madonna by Raphael.
The two gorgeous cherubs at the bottom of this painting by Raphael are more famous in their own right rather than in the context of the rest of the picture! I love the way Raphael has painted them as though they are resting on the frame of the painting. They cannot help but bring a smile to your face.
The Wilton Diptych
This stunning depiction never fails to mesmerise me. I find it completely enchanting and always make a ‘bee-line’ for it whenever I visit the National Gallery in London. I just have to stop by, even if only for a few minutes. It is a double sided portable panel depicting Richard II paying homage to The Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus. There are 11 stunning angels surrounding Mary. The angels are adorned with the emblem of King Richard , the white hart. The colours are Jewel -like; the use of expensive ultra marine blue and gold create a beautiful contrast next to one another. It is believed to be painted around 1395 and the artist is unknown.
Mystical Nativity by Botticelli
Another beautiful painting which can be seen in The National Gallery London. You can spend quite a while gazing at this painting as it has so much going on. The angels dance with joy in heaven at the birth. Good triumphs over evil, see if you can spot to demon’s retracting into the underworld.
The Coronation of the Virgin. Lorenzo Monaco
This large alter piece was painted by a monk, Lorenzo Monaco painted this in 1407. There are choirs of angels with musical instruments. Each time I see this alter piece, I am drawn to the angel’s wings in the foreground of the picture. It makes me think that the famous fashion designer Pucci must have taken inspiration for their signature knit wear!
So my love of all things French is well known, and at this time of year I thought it may be useful to post about the French Christmas markets.
The architecture in France lends itself to the mental image of quaint towns, laden with crisp white snow and the backdrop with the twinkle of lights in the dark evenings.
The French markets embrace their location and offer a variety of goods and festive cheer. It is impossible to go without feeling that you are somewhere special, where traditional values have not been overtaken by commercialism and where Christmas definitely feels like it used to when you were young and the thought of Christmas excited you.
Whether you just pop across to St.Malo and enjoy the festivities behind the wall or venture further afield, you are guaranteed a wonderful experience that will leave you feeling warm and Christmassy!
Here are a selection of some wonderful places to visit this season.
I am fortunate enough to have both lived and travelled all over the world. I most recently spent 11 months living in Dubai. Dubai is now well known for its amazing architecture where the crazier the idea, the quicker it gets built. The bigger the better, with the world’s tallest hotel, highest building and the newly crowned busiest airport, Dubai is really positioning itself at the forefront of the world.
People get the wrong idea about Dubai, many friends have said to me, why would you move there? However, Dubai has a vibrant lifestyle with people all over the city every hour of the day, if you were to watch the main road, which runs straight through the middle of the city, Sheik Ziad Road, a 14 lane highway which is as busy at 3 o’clock in the morning as it is at rush hour. It really is a 24hr city.
There are shops that never close, beach bars that show every game of football, MacDonald’s have a Lamborghini delivery car and more sky scrapers per mile than Manhattan. Where expats outnumber the locals by 9 to 1, Dubai really is a cultural mix of all nationalities. However, with this cultural melting pot there is basically no crime and different cultures live in harmony.
Dubai is hot all year around and flights with Emirates arrive from all over the world, the city is built for tourists, with cheap taxis (1000's of them) everywhere, 100's of 5 star hotels lined along the coast and a seamlessly unlimited options of things to do.
Below is a list of my top 5 things to do if you go there.
At.Moshphere @ The Burj Khalifa – You can either go here for food or a few drinks, there is a restaurant on one side and a cocktail bar on the other. Most tourists would go to the top of the highest building in the world on the vision deck. However, At.Mosphere is located on the 122nd floor so this is a much better option. On a clear day you can see the whole of Dubai.
Zero Gravity Beach Club – Zero Gravity is located a short drive from Dubai Marina, it is a beach club during the day and a nightclub at night. With direct views of the Marina skyline and JBR walk this is a great spot to relax all day either in the pool or in the sea.
Mall of the Emirates - Many people go to Dubai Mall, this is far too big for me. I heard that a man could not find his car in the carpark here, so, he went to the car showroom in the carpark and bought a new car. Mall of the Emirates is smaller and has most of the same shops. If you like cars, even if don’t, you can admire the exotic cars which are parked outside the mall all hours of the day. If shopping isn’t your thing you can ditch the bags and go for a ski or look at the penguins who are residents in the Mall of the Emirates indoor ski slop
The Atlantis - The Atlantis is now world famous, every New Year’s Eve the fireworks start from the hotel and work their way around the Palm. The Atlantis has a waterpark with a lazy river that is a mile long. You can swim and slide all day, go for food in the many 5 star restaurants available in the hotel. After all that you can pop in for a beer at Nasimi Beach Club. Nasimi is a private beach club set within the hotel and has live DJ’s playing most nights.
Brunch – Anyone who has been to Dubai knows about Friday brunch. It is a must! Ranging from around £50 all the way up to £200, you get unlimited food and drink for around a 4 hour period. You can do this at pretty much any hotel, restaurant, beach club and pub in Dubai. Friday brunch is basically a religion over there.
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Stunning St. Brelade apartment - see the video here!
Coming soon for rental
Coming soon for rental
New purpose built apartment with sea views, east of island, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, good size balcony, parking and storage.
Please call Gill Hunt 07797 721881
Last month whilst in London, I took the opportunity to visit The Royal Academy for their annual Summer Exhibition. I have managed to visit this wonderful exhibition for the last four years. It always takes place in June and really does draw in the crowds. I think the thing about it is that anyone can submit their artwork. Thousands of people do each year, then an auspicious panel of Royal Academicians chose which to display.
The logistics of seeing the tens of tho...usands of entries each year and dwindling them down to approximately one thousand must be such an interesting task.
People from all walks of life submit from the amateur to the professional, the unknown to the famous, young and old alike.
Last year, I loved the story of the ninety year old lady who had been submitting for years and had always been rejected, she finally had her artwork accepted and displayed. Harry Hill was ‘accepted’ last year and again this year with his picture of David Beckham (diptych).
The Summer Exhibition has a very long history. It was started in 1769 by the famous artist Sir Joshua Reynolds. Many famous artist have displayed over the years including Turner, Gainsborough, Constable and more latterly, Hockney, Keifer and Emin.
I have included some pictures and footage from this year’s Exhibition. It runs until 21st August.
Staff day out to Chausey
Staff Day out in beautiful Chausey.
With the hottest day of the year looming a day to Chausey was duly scheduled, starting with a boat trip to the Minquiers and then on to the beautiful island for lunch.
Did you know Chausey forms part of the Channel Islands from a geographical point of view, but, because it is under French jurisdiction, it is almost never mentioned in the context of the other Channel Islands?
Thanks to Chris Sawyer our captain for the day and Gill for the fabulous lunch. (hope more hot weather is on the way!)
Did you know that Cheesecake originated in Greece?, and dates back 4,000 years?!.
Here’s a brief history of one of our favourite deserts.
Cheesecake was thought to be a good source of energy to the people of Greece. Evidence shows that it was served to athletes during the first Olympic Games in 776 B.C. It was also known to be used as wedding cake.
The first cheesecake recipe was written by a writer named Athenaeus back in 230 A.D, although it was a very basic recipe by today’s standards.
When the Romans conquered Greece, they took the recipe for Cheesecake with them, they adjusted the recipe by adding eggs and crushed cheese and named their cheesecake ‘Libuma’.
As the Roman Empire expanded across Europe, they introduced the Europeans to cheesecake. Each country added their own individual ingredients native to each region.
In 1545 the first cookbook was printed, included in this book was a Cheesecake recipe.
When the Europeans set off to start a new life in America, they also took the recipe with them. It was in America that cream cheese was added.
Today Cheesecake is enjoyed all over the world, from its basic beginning over 4,000 years ago to some of the weird and wonderful flavours that are served today, this popular desert has truly stood the test of time!
This extra special cheesecake is a far cry from the first cheesecakes served in Greece. If you like Mint Aero and like cheesecake, then you will love this one, well everyone in the office seemed to!!!
Mint Aero Cheesecake
Makes 12 portions
2 packets of oreo biscuits
6 oz butter
600 gm of cream cheese
400gm of icing sugar
500ml double cream
1 bar of Mint Aero broken into small pieces
3 (113gm) bags of Aero Bubbles
Begin by separating the Oreo biscuits and take out the cream filling. Put the biscuits into a food processor and blend them to a fine crumb. Melt the butter and add the biscuits, transfer the mixture to a springform cake tin, spread evenly and press down firmly with the back of a spoon, put in the fridge to set.
Mix together the cream cheese and the icing sugar, whip the cream and add to the mixture along with the bar of broken Aero.
Spread the mixture on top of the biscuit base and decorate with the Aero Bubbles.
Transfer the cheesecake to the fridge and leave to set for at least 8 hours or preferably overnight before serving.
Thursday 23rd June 2016
In support of Jersey Hospice Care's Go Yellow Day on Friday 24 June, Hunt Estates at 9 New Street will be joining in the fun.Read more
Coming soon for rental
New purpose built apartment with sea views, east of island, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, good size balcony, parking and storage.
Please call Gill Hunt 07797 721881
One of my previous blogs talked about the connection between art and gardens. I had visited the Monet exhibition at The Royal Academy, ‘Painting the Modern Garden’ earlier this year and what a fabulous show and enormous success it was.
I do love gardens and now that the better weather is here, my husband and I have been planning, planting and weeding (and more weeding) at every possible spare moment.
It has always been a wish of mine to go to the Chelsea Flow...er Show, so when an invitation came several weeks’ ago, I of course jumped at the chance.
So last week, off we went, all eight ladies together. We were lucky to get in early so it was not quite so packed.
We were able to see the amazing show gardens. I had watched all the back stories on TV, so they were much more meaningful. There are people around to answer any questions and they even give out planting lists, so you remember exactly what you have seen. Of all the gardens, some big, some small, the one that appealed to me the most was the Husquvarna garden by Charlie Albone. I have attached pictures and a small video. Charlie Albone is Australian and quite a big celebrity there. Previously he had worked with Alan Titchmarsh when he last presented at Chelsea. I absolutely loved the layout design and tranquillity of the garden. The cubed trees and box hedging gave it form set against the breezy moving border planting and the beautiful tones of purple, white, green and pink. There was a centre section of gorgeous white Peonies, my most favourite flower.
The Belmont British Pullman carriage was a real surprise and we were actually able to walk through it. It was like going back in time to a most elegant era. The train is actually still in service and you are able to book that special journey in the UK. As you can see the carriages are set perfectly for dinner. I even had to take a picture of the beautiful mosaic work that was on the loo floor! I have already checked out the trips online. Top Tip: A seasoned traveller I was chatting to in the line, told me that the Royal Scotsman is the best one to book.
The poppy exhibit was very moving and looked quite spectacular set in front of the Chelsea Barrack building.
The design and creativity that has gone into the show is astounding. It really is living art on a grand scale.
I hope to visit Monet’s Garden in Giverny later this summer so keep tuned for the next instalment.
Go to our facebook page and see the video of the stunning garden at the show.
In my continued quest to reveal to you all my experiences and passion for France I thought that I talk about our holiday home which is situated in a small village outside of Combourg.
Owning a holiday home is often something that we dream about, but the price can be prohibitive. Then there’s location, what would be the point in owning a second home if you could not use it regularly and cost effectively?
Well my solution was to get a mobile home in France. Mobile home I can hear you say!! Yes you need to be open minded and not judge before you see, as just across the water in France are many fabulous mobile home parks that are well-located and offer the highest quality facilities for a reasonable annual charge.
Well some of these mobile homes come complete with en suite facilities, dishwashers, full size cookers, they are now double glazed and insulated, they are really like a home from home, and the sites that they are on seem to have a mix of people from all ages and all walks of life.
I find that Condor offer excellent sailings to St. Malo for Jersey residents, my wife and I frequently go on a Friday evening returning on the early boat on a Monday morning (It docks about 8.10 ready for a day’s work) so my wife and I can really make use of the weekend. Most sites have Wi-Fi so if you need to work or receive e-mails it’s not a problem.
We adore Brittany, it just has so much to offer that we never get bored, whether we choose to relax on our decking with a glass of wine and a good book, eat out in one of the many restaurants or visit one of the many tourist attractions from the picturesque port of Dinan to the architecture at Mont Saint-Michel its all available, then of course there is the shopping, whether its popping to Ikea, or one of the many well-stocked supermarkets for the all-important cheese and wine, its all on our doorstep, duty free allowances are generous allowing us to bring our spoils home.
Brittany is also a great place to have a base should you wish to venture further afield during a longer trip, with Paris and Disney a couple of hours away and for the more adventurous you can travel into neighbouring countries, a weekend in Monaco (for the Grand Prix?) the possibilities are endless, and they all start with your mobile home!
We checked out http://www.bonnevieholidays.co.uk/ as they are the local agent for Willerby and Pemberton Homes, Jayne was very helpful, knows the area inside out and made the whole transaction very smooth and without stress. There is even an open day this Saturday!
TOMATO AND CORIANDER SOUP
As this is the start of British tomato week and tomatoes are in abundance, I wanted to share this wonderful soup recipe which is full of flavour and delicious served hot or cold (on a warm day).
Tomatoes are so versatile and there are numerous ways to use them both raw and cooked, from a simple tomato salad to a luxurious lobster linguine.
I have used plum tomatoes as they have more flavour than your classic bog standard round tomato, or use any tomato you prefer. If you wish you can replace the coriander with tarragon for a different twist on the recipe.
If you like some ‘heat’ add a fresh red chilli or two!
To make this a vegetarian recipe use vegetable stock in place of chicken.
2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic (chopped or crushed)
1 kilo of fresh plum tomatoes (chopped)
1 tbsp of sundried tomato puree
2 tbsp of plain flour
750 ml of good chicken stock
4 heaped tbsp of chopped fresh coriander leaves
150 ml of double cream
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a large pan, add the chopped onion and fry until transparent, add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the tomatoes, sundried tomato puree and flour, cook for a further few minutes. Add the stock and chopped coriander, put the lid on the pan and simmer for 20 minutes. Using a stick blender, blend the soup until smooth, add the cream, season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, stir and serve.
Serve with French bread or garlic Ciabatta
Is there a role for the Estate Agent in a Digital Age?
Is there a role for the Estate Agent in a Digital Age?
The rate of change is phenomenally rapid in all professional sectors. Consumers are all powerful in a digital age. All of a sudden, patients are becoming Dr Google and diagnose themselves, dental patients try DIY braces through YouTube demos and writing your own Will is becoming de rigueur in some sectors. If you want to avoid the pitfalls of DIY Land when it comes to your property, then please come along to my talk.
I shall be presenting for the Jersey Consumer Council on Wednesday 27th April at The Library in Halkett Place from 1.10pm -1.50 - the talk is FREE. I will be sharing my knowledge and experience from my 16 years as an Estates Agent in Jersey and as a Fellow of The National Association of Estate Agents.
We will be sharing some promotions for attendees only, so please join us for a fast paced, fun and informative seminar. We would love to see you.
For more information, please contact Hunt Estates, 9 New Street Tel: 01534 860650, mobile: 07797 721 881 or email: email@example.com
To be honest, I had never really ‘got’ Van Gogh. I used to look at those wonky bedroom paintings and wonder what all the fuss was about. I know that art is subjective and what one person appreciates the next might not.
However, I had my ‘light bulb’ moment a few years ago on a trip to Paris. I had always wanted to visit the Musée d’Orsay, knowing what a world class collection they have.
After a wonderful time spent there, looking at the many diff...erent masterpieces, why did I come away with this particular painting in my mind, over all the others? Why, even now when I think of the Musée d’Orsay does that picture come to mind? Why was it the ‘stand out’ piece and why can I still vividly remember how emotional I felt – it hit me like a thunderbolt!
The particular piece in question is Starry Night over the Rhone, painted in Arles, France. The impact of the vibrant colours, the contrast of the inky blue black water and the twinkling bright gas lights, night sky and shining stars, Van Gogh’s colour choices are full-on, you are pinned to the spot, totally mesmerised. When I look back now even in books or on the internet, the colours never replicate properly and the impact is not the same. The painting is 72 x 92 cms, like a TV screen, you are drawn in, you are in the moment, in the action. The size adds to the impact. Van Gogh uses impasto, thick layers of paint which sit proud of the canvas. It adds texture , giving the water a sense of movement. It also conveys passion. One can imagine Van Gogh pouring his every being into each stroke.
Van Gogh lived and breathed his art and when you think of the man himself, his personality and how he suffered with what we now know as bi-polar, spending bouts in clinics and institutions, we get a greater sense of how intense he was, ‘I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process’ . His brother Theo loved and supported him his whole life in spite of the emotional dynamics and stress it brought on his life too. If it were not for his brother , we may not even have the pleasure of Vincent’s masterpieces today. Theo died just six months after his brother. The cause of death was listed as dementia paralytica caused by "heredity, chronic disease, overwork, sadness”. They are buried alongside one another in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
There have been quite a few films on the life of Van Gogh most famously portrayed by actor Kirk Douglas and more recently Benedict Cumberbatch. I am now eagerly awaiting the up and coming film, Loving Vincent by Breakthru Films. Many artists have come together to animate his life story. What a feat of art in itself! Here is the trailer, take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47h6pQ6StCk
With Spring upon us I thought it would be good to talk about Dinan, of all the places I revisit in Brittany, the port of Dinan is by far my favourite. There really is nothing better than sitting by the river, eating a bowl of Moules drinking a glass of chilled wine watching the world go past, slowly, very slowly! We used to enjoy staying at the harlequin Hotel, (Pictured) not because it was modern and clean, not because it was inexpensive, but just beca...use it was French in every way, from the building to the poorly lit and frugally furnished rooms, it opitimised what I thought was traditionally correct. Waking up and looking across the river to the black and white framed windows of the buildings just lit my fire and are one of the reasons I return so often.
Dinan however is a historic town with fabulous buildings, roads and architecture. The 2700m of ramparts, ten (out of the original fourteen guard towers), four massive gates and the castle, are all beautifully preserved and restored, they once protected the medieval citadel which spread over thirty hectares.
The ramparts were built in the 13th century when Dinan became a duchy and were continually improved until the Wars of Religion of the 16th century after which they lost their defensive role.
In 1357 Bertrand Duguesclin and his brother Olivier were responsible for the defense of the city that had been besieged for many months by the Duke of Lancaster.
Bertrand negotiated a truce of 25 days on condition that none of the defendants was supposed to get out of the city walls.
Olivier, Bertrand’s brother, violated the agreement and was taken prisoner by Thomas of Canterbury who, of course, demanded an astronomical ransom in exchange for his freedom.
The quarrelsome Bertrand du Guesclin became enraged and said that he would recover his brother’s freedom by fighting a duel with the English knight under the chairmanship of the Duke of Lancaster.
Middle Ages were not an era for weak-willed people; the strongest and most cunning prevailed…
Bertrand got rid off his heavy knee pads, leggings and boots, threw himself on his opponent and furiously pounded his face with the pommel of his dagger.
His men had to step in to stop him from killing the Englishman.
Needless to say that these arguments were effective. Canterbury freed Olivier and did not ask for ransom.
The spot where the singular duel took place is marked by a discrete commemorative stone and the square, once known as Place du Marché, was renamed Place du Champ Clos.
An equestrian statue of Bertrand du Guesclin by the artist Emmanuel Frémiet (1824-1910) gave its name to the Place Duguesclin.
If you are an early riser I would suggest you visit the old town on a Thursday, park and enjoy the superb outdoor market, then walk down to the port for the aforementioned Moules and mandatory glass of wine. (Unless you are driving!)
Gill's blog.................I have long wished to visit Kings College Chapel in Cambridge and last weekend, I finally had the chance.
As you can see from the pictures the weather was lovely and the gorgeous blue sky really set off the beautiful carved limestone facades and stunning architecture. It was built in the Perpendicular English Gothic style.
The building of The Chapel began in the early 1400’s and was finally finished in 1509. The majority of the work was completed a...mid the reign of Henry VII under the Tudor reign. One can clearly see the Tudor Rose and the Portcullis of the Beaufort Family adorning the interior of the whole chapel.
Henry VII’s mother was Margaret Beaufort who schemed to bring her son to the throne. She gave birth to Henry at the tender age of 13. Later when her husband died she sent her son into exile in France whilst he was growing up, as she knew he could be killed as there was a legitimate blood line and claim to the throne of England. It was Henry VII who later returned to England and defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth.
The most spectacular feature in the chapel, is the magnificent fan vault ceiling. There are only three other fan vaults which spread more than 26ft, Peterborough, Bath and Westminster Abbey. Cambridge is by far the largest of them all spanning over 40ft. What an amazing feat of craftsmanship.
The large windows were something new at the time. The use of external supporting buttresses allowed greater openings in the walls to accommodate the wonderful colourful windows. Some are stained glass and others painted.
The upper windows depict scenes from the Old Testament, and the windows below from the New Testament. Previously churches were relatively dark places lit only by candlelight, now the light flooded in. You can imagine the impact of this new design upon entering the space, truly awe inspiring.
The Tudor dynasty, through this church, design and architecture, aligned themselves with God and enforced their belief of the Divine Right of Kings.
Continuing with my Brittany theme I took my wife to the walled city in St Malo for Valentine’s Day. We stayed in the prominently placed Hotel Chateaubriand, which overlooks the main restaurants and is at the centre of all who come and go from this magnificent fortification. Tourists walk the streets and the walls, marvelling no doubt at how it has been kept so in time despite being built centuries before.
Like so much of France, this area is steeped in history, the walls were built to house and protect the privateers (pirates who were approved by the King)
Saint-Malo became notorious as the home of the corsairs, French privateers and sometimes pirates. The corsairs of Saint-Malo not only forced English ships passing up the Channel to pay tribute, but also brought wealth from further afield. Jacques Cartier, who sailed the Saint Lawrence River and visited the sites of Quebec City and Montreal, and is thus credited as the person who discovered Canada, lived in and sailed from Saint-Malo, as did the first colonists to settle in the Falkland Islands, hence the Islands' French name "Îles Malouines," which eventually gave rise to the Spanish name "Islas Malvinas." In 1758, the raid on St Malo saw a British expedition land intending to capture the town. However, the British made no attempt on Saint-Malo, and instead occupied the nearby town of Saint-Servan, where they destroyed 30 privateers before departing.
World War II brought devastation as American mortars pummelled the area raising most of it to the ground. They believed (quite wrongly) that the walled city was full of German soldiers, when in fact just 100 Germans were located there. The Germans had shut the gates and thus prevented French citizens from leaving, many of whom died in the fire which ripped through the buildings as the mortar shells fell.
Lisa's fabulous February blog!
KEEMA, PEA AND POTATO PIE
As we are coming up to British Pie Week in early March, I thought I would share with you one of my own creations which is one of my favourite pie recipes
This recipe is the ultimate east meets west in comfort food, combining Indian and British favourites to create an incredibly tasty pie. The filling in this pie is an Indian recipe for Keema curry which my Father used to cook regularly when I was a child.
The wonderful aromas of the Keema cooking away immediately transports me back to my childhood in the late 1970's, bouncing around on my orange Space Hopper, listening to ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ on the radio, complete with a bag of Ringos and a packet of Spangles.
50 grams of butter
2 tablespoons of rape seed or vegetable oil
2 large onion (finely sliced)
4 cloves of garlic (crushed)
1 ½ inch piece of ginger (grated or finely chopped)
1 bay leaf
1 small Cinnamon stick
20 grams of fresh finely chopped coriander (stalks and leaves)
2 teaspoons of freshly ground cumin
3 teaspoons of freshly ground coriander
½ teaspoon of turmeric
500g of minced lamb
2 medium tomatoes (chopped small)
1 red chilli (finely chopped)
2 medium potatoes peeled and diced small
75/100 ml of water
1 heaped teaspoon of Garam Masala
100 grams of frozen garden peas
2 sheets of ready rolled puff pastry
1 x beaten egg
Heat butter and oil in a heavy based pan and add onions, cook over a medium/high heat for about 30 minutes until well browned, add the garlic, ginger, bay leaf and cinnamon stick and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Add the finely chopped coriander stalks and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the ground cumin, coriander and turmeric, cook over a low/medium heat for 10 minutes. Turn the heat up and add the minced lamb, brown the lamb in all the lovely spices, the smell is amazing, once the lamb has browned turn the heat down and add the chopped tomatoes, red chilli, water, the diced potatoes and salt to taste, cook over a low heat for 40 minutes, stirring from time to time. Add the peas, Garam Masala, finely chopped coriander leaves and cook for a further 5 minutes, stir and leave to cool slightly, remove the cinnamon stick.
Take one sheet of the pastry and line a pie dish, add the Keema mixture to the pie, brush the edges of the pastry with beaten egg and top the pie with the remaining sheet of pastry, trim away excess pastry and brush with the beaten egg.
Cook in the oven at 180 degrees for 35 minutes until golden brown.
I have been working with Hunt Estates for nearly three months now where I have been gaining experience in all aspects of estate agency. Every week one of the staff members writes about something that they are passionate about for the Facebook blog and website news feed. I was kindly invited to contribute.
I am passionate about: film. What I have been endlessly explaining to anyone who asks - and everyone else who'll listen -... is the difference between the superhero films of 2016.
Comic publishers Marvel and DC - once only established comic book companies but now global entertainment companies - are releasing two superhero films each this year. (The on-going X-Men franchise will also have two films this year.) But will you recognise the characters in these films? With DC's 'Batman v Superman', of course you will! Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are iconic characters who have appeared endlessly on TV and in films for the last few decades. With Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War' or 'Doctor Strange', however, you might have trouble recognising the characters if you haven't already seen the previous 12 films in the franchise. You'll know Spiderman, the Hulk and likely the now infamous Iron Man but probably not Black Panther or Doctor Strange. Even DC's villains such as the green-haired, red-lipped Joker or the bald scheming Lex Luthor will be more familiar than Marvel's ultimate villain so far, the purple alien Thanos.
The next major difference is the themes of the films. Whilst 'Batman v Superman' and 'Civil War' share the theme of repercussions - a foe most heroes have somehow managed to avoid - DC takes the theme of darkness and Marvel takes light. However serious Marvel gets, jokes and a moral about friendship or selflessness are ever-present, whereas DC films look like they will favour a serious tone, arguably more realistic but equally as ridiculous as Marvel's stories.
In the end, you can guarantee all four superhero films this year and beyond, you will find elaborate costumes, epic action, superheroes fighting everything that moves (especially each other) and villains you wish would finally win. But don't worry - relax! - as Disney boss Bob Iger has said, there's no rush to watch these films now because, with superheroes, "you're dealing with thousands and thousands of characters - that will go on forever".
So…my secret passion is art. Art History to be exact, which covers not only paintings but sculpture and architecture too. I have always been interested in the subject from my school days but in recent years I have had the opportunity to study it more seriously in my spare time at evening class.
When people see art, they know what appeals to them or not. They might close their minds to art they do not like, but the good thing about studying art in all its forms is that it gives you a better understanding and appreciation of the skills involved, reasons they came about and the people behind the wonderful or perhaps not so wonderful creations. Art can really provoke strong opinion either way.
Art is such a wide and varied subject, it is difficult to know where to start with my blog, however just last weekend I was able to visit the latest Royal Academy Exhibition ‘Painting the Modern Garden’, so perhaps this is most appropriate.
It is a brilliant exhibition on many levels. Initially, what struck me is what a superb job the curators have done bringing so many masterpieces, not only on loan from many museums around the world but from private collections too. How they managed to ‘pull it off’ is a feat in itself. Never again will you be able to see all these paintings together in one place again. The exhibition’s subtitle is ‘Monet to Matisse’ but there are also many other Masters; Van Gogh, Klimt, Pissarro, Bonnard, Renoir, Munch and Singer Sargent (a personal favourite of mine) to name just a few, around 150 paintings in total.
You are able to get so close to the paintings; the colours, the mood, the hue, the vibrancy, sometimes the scale, can simply take your breath away. No book, printer or computer monitor can ever reproduce these paintings in the same way or evoke such emotion or feeling that you experience when you first lay eyes on these amazing works.
To think today how popular the Impressionist movement is and of those artists that followed and were inspired by them, yet as they struggled to initially to be accepted. They were the first to go out into the ‘Plein air’ easel under arm and began to simply paint what they saw. They were the first within Europe to portray the subject of gardens direct from real life focusing on colour and form rather than what had gone before which were in the background for historical or literary themes.
As you wander around the exhibition, the final highlight is the monumental Agapanthus Triptych, the first time it has been seen in the UK. His other works in this style can be seen in the Musee Orangerie in Paris.
The garden theme is oh so popular and appealing and so for those of you that love your garden too, take inspiration in our dark days of winter and enjoy this exhibition that feeds your soul.
So far you have read (and hopefully cooked) Lisa’s soup recipe and heard about Angela’s yoga and fitness, now let me tell you a little about my interest……..France.
I have been very fortunate throughout my working life and have travelled extensively throughout Europe and have been state side to the big Apple, Boston, and Hawaii. That said, I love France, I love the fact that on a Friday night I can be in France, savouring the French cheese and wine, yet Monday morning the boat... brings me back just after 8 to start another working week.
We have a static home on a superb site just outside of Combourg, if you would like to have a look the site can be found at www.domainedulogis.com. It’s like a home from home in many ways, the site is full of Channel Islanders many taking advantage of the fortunate ferry times that we have from Jersey.
Combourg is a small French town, oozing charm and character, the locals are warm and accommodating and the small restaurants and café’s all seem to enjoy a great local trade which welcome tourists to eat alongside them.
The Chateau is a particularly impressive structure, sitting high above the surrounding buildings, it was a castle that dates back to the 12th century when construction on the first tower began.
When you think of France and romance you think of Paris but Wikipedia says ‘The castle was made famous by the renowned writer and politician, Viscount François-René de Chateaubriand, whose family acquired the property in 1761, and it is where he spent part of his childhood. From his descriptions of the castle, it has come to be considered "the birthplace of Romanticism". Chateaubriand wrote in his Memoirs from Beyond the Grave, "I became what I am in the woods of Combourg."
In 1876, Count Geoffroy de Chateaubriand, grandson of François-René’s eldest brother (Jean-Baptiste de Chateaubriand), undertook its restoration. The project was led by the renowned French architect, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, whose other restorations include the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, the abbey of Mont Saint-Michel, the medieval city of Carcassonne, and the castles of Pierrefonds and Vincennes.
We are so fortunate living in Jersey, to have the historical buildings that we have, the sandy white beaches and the truly gifted way of life, but to know that a quick hop across the water gives you access to the historical gems of Brittany, surely only enhances what we have here.
My next trip is to St Malo (behind the wall) for Valentines day so will bring you more on this beautiful country then.
I have always loved cooking from an early age. I am originally from South Yorkshire but have lived in Jersey for most of my life. My Mother who is from Yorkshire taught me how to cook traditional northern food, roasts, stews, etc. My Father who is originally from India, is an excellent chef and has taught me how to cook superb Indian food. I have on occasions combined the two cuisines to create one of my unusual dishes of lamb bhuna served in a Yorkshire pudding! Believe me it works...
I love travelling which has introduced me to new flavours and recipes. On returning home I feel inspired and ensure I always bring ideas and ingredients home with me.
I have a passion for being in the kitchen and creating new dishes, often it can take up to two days to prepare for a dinner party.
We are very fortunate to live on this wonderful Island with it’s fabulous local produce, which I try and incorporate into my cooking on a daily basis.
With Burns night approaching, I wanted to come up with a twist on the traditional haggis neeps and tatties, so I came up with the idea of a soup. This soup combines all of these wonderful flavours with the addition of onions, chicken stock, Jersey cream and whole grain mustard.
It has been a huge success in our office, I hope you enjoy it as much as The Hunt Estates team.
Here's my recipe for Burns night soup!
20 grams of butter
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 medium onion peeled and chopped
500 grams of peeled and chopped potatoes
250 grams of peeled and chopped swede (called turnip in the north)
250 grams of haggis (cut into small pieces)
1200 ml of good chicken stock
150 ml of double cream
2 heaped teaspoons of wholegrain mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Melt the butter and olive oil over a medium heat, add the chopped onion and cook till soft.
Add the potatoes, swede, haggis and chicken stock, cover and simmer for 40 minutes untilthe vegetables are cooked.
Blend until smooth (I use a stick blender), add the cream, wholegrain mustard and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with a ‘wee dram of whisky’ on the side or in the soup!
A little bit about us!
At the start of the new year at Hunt Estates, we thought we would tell you all a little bit more about ourselves.
Whilst we all love property and spend most of our time living and breathing all property matters, we do squeeze in time for one or two other interests.
Each week our property negotiators will present a small blog about what interests them. We would love you to join in, comment, like and share.
This week, Lisa is on the starting blocks………look out for her blog starting tomorrow
Hunt Estates working for our clients throughout the Christmas period.
During the festive period, whilst our office was closed, we were still busy working for our clients. We conducted viewings for those who were able to use their holiday time to best effect, we had an open viewing, we received offers and agreed a sale. We even met new tenants late on the evening of Sunday 27th, after their flight was delayed, ensuring them a proper Jersey welcome!
We love helping people with all their property needs , if you are looking to sell or rent a property why not call us today on 860650 to discuss your requirements further?
Wishing all our clients old and new a fabulous Christmas and a prosperous New year
Looking for a new home in 2016?
Thursday 10th December 2015
We'd love to see you, pop in and see us soon!
Please welcome Lisa Ajmal
Our new team member at Hunt Estates - sincere with integrity, Lisa has enjoyed an excellent reputation in the business for over 11 years. Lisa moved to Hunt Estates to work with like minded people and we are thrilled to have her on board.
Contact Lisa on 07797 748450 or her DD 860654 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org
Charity Fundraiser for MacMillan
Last Friday we held a charity fundraiser for MacMillan in our offices in New Street. Our MacMillan coffee afternoon was supported by many people and raised a whopping £158 for the charity. Thank you to all those that not only attended but kindly donated cakes for us to offer.
It was good to see so many people support this wonderful cause and the afternoon received an unexpected solo performance by Freddie Whalley who gave us several tunes on his guitar. Thank you Freddie!
Macmillan cancer support
Hunt Estates are holding a coffee morning on Friday afternoon 25th September at 4pm !!! (we like to be different) in our office in New Street, we will have fresh cakes baked by staff and friends and you can enjoy your cake with a glass of bubbly, or a soft drink for those that are driving (or working!)
We would love for you (and your family and friends) to attend, but to ensure that we do not run out please let us know if you are coming and how many of you there may be! (email me at email@example.com)
It’s for a great cause and one that is being supported across the country on Friday, we really would appreciate it if you could join us!
We look forward to hearing from you
Sunday 12th July 2015
You may have noticed the stylish new office of Hunt Estates, with its smart grey exterior and boxwood planting. As you peer through the windows you’ll see the latest in digital technology. The displays play both video and multiple property images giving you the opportunity to view as many properties as you like. The bright and fresh look of 9 New Street is clearly visible from Coffee Republic and Sure in King Street.Read more