我從小在倫敦長大,平日放假我和我的家人就經常會前往倫敦附近的薩里郡Surrey去度週末/長假,我的童年很多美好的回憶都與Surrey分不開。

Surrey傳統上是英國較為富裕的地區,通常會有許多中高級企業員工居住在薩里郡,通勤到倫敦上班。Kingston西南方向的任何地方都被戲稱為“Gin and Jag County”。這是一個口語化的術語,用來定義中上階層,譬如喝杜松子酒及駕駛捷豹(Jaguars)等豪華汽車。儘管現在可能不是那麼常見的短語,但它確實讓人對這個地區的前景有了一個瞭解。當然,吸引家庭的共同因素一直存在於該地區:一流的學校,非常適合安靜的家庭生活方式,有大量的開放空間,對於那些在倫敦工作的人來說,出入倫敦很方便。

很多時候,我和我的家人會在Surrey度過一個輕鬆的暑假。我在奧特蘭公園酒店度過的時光至今令我印象深刻,因為它背後有一段令人驚歎的歷史。該酒店坐落在亨利八世建造的宏偉皇家宮殿的原址上,是一家經過精心修復的被評為歷史二級酒店。這塊土地是亨利八世在15世紀40年代收購的,用於建造皇家都鐸王宮,亨利八世的許多妻子都住在這裡。酒店本身建於1853年。回想起來,我記得我在這裡花了很多時間漫步在廣闊的庭院裡,吃著令人難以置信的傳統英式飯菜(周日烤肉、下午茶等)。

附近的韋布裡奇(Weybridge)小鎮也很受通勤者和那些希望在有後院的獨立房子裡安頓下來享受私人綠地的人歡迎。當然,Surrey也有超級黃金地段,聖喬治斯山可能是最有名的。其他非常受歡迎的地區包括科Esher和Cobham,這兩個地區以其許多高爾夫球場而聞名,後者靠近桑德敦賽馬場。在家庭方面,私立和公立學校的優秀選擇無疑是另一個巨大的吸引力。對於那些想要嘗到家鄉的味道的人來說,Cobham的Good Earth高端中餐廳一直中國家庭的最愛,香酥鴨是他們的招牌菜。如今,“Good Earth在Surrey和倫敦都有相當多的分店,所以下次去的時候一定要試一試。

就我個人而言,我與住在泰晤士河畔沃爾頓(Walton-on-Thames)的家人朋友度過了相當長的一段時間,這是一個非常傳統的郊區小鎮,靠近溫布頓(Wimbledon)。在夏天的幾個月裡,我們一家人會聚在一起享受陽光,敘敘舊。如果我今天要去Surrey,我一定會去Surrey Hills。一個被評為“傑出自然美景區”(AONB)的好地方,該地區包括許多林地,步行/跑步/自行車道,以及騎馬和藝術文化景點吸引遊客。Surrey Hills占地422平方公里,以其平緩起伏的丘陵和綠樹成蔭的景色吸引了所有的遊客,集中體現了薩里郡的自然美景。

最後,Surrey作為英格蘭富裕家庭的熱門選擇區域。這裡擁有一流的學校、寧靜的生活方式和通勤到倫敦的便利,這讓我們很容易理解為什麼它是一個適合家庭的地方,很受倫敦通勤者的歡迎。

 

作者:黃浩洋 – 仲量聯行國際住宅部資深銷售顧問

17 Jan 2022

Growing up in London, it was quite common for my family and I to spend time in Surrey. In fact, quite a few of my childhood memories and experiences in the UK are based on my time spent in towns and places in the county.

Surrey is traditionally a more affluent area of the UK, and usually sees many mid-to-senior level corporate workers living in Surrey and commuting into London for work. Anything further south-west of Kingston was jokingly referred to as “Gin and Jag” country, or the “Gin and Jag belt”. This is a colloquial term used to define the upper-middle class, characterized by drinking gin and tonics as well as driving luxury cars such as Jaguars. Although perhaps not as common a phrase nowadays, it does give one an idea of what to expect in the area. Of course, the common attraction factors for families have always been present in the area: great schools, well-suited to quiet family lifestyles with plenty of open space and an easy commute into London for those working in the City.

There would be many times that my family and I would spend some of the summer holidays in the more relaxed countryside of Surrey. I fondly remember my time spent in Oatlands Park Hotel, which has an amazing history behind it. Standing on the original site of the grand royal palace built by Henry VIII, the hotel is a Grade II listed hotel that has been carefully restored. The land was acquired by Henry VIII in the 1540s to build a Royal Tudor Palace and was home to many of Henry VIII’s wives. The hotel itself was built in 1853. Thinking back, I remember spending my time here walking the massive grounds and eating incredibly traditional British meals (Sunday Roast, afternoon tea etc.).

The nearby town of Weybridge is also quite popular with commuters and those looking to settle down in detached house with backyards to enjoy some private greenspace. Of course, ultra-prime areas are also present in Surrey with St. Georges Hill perhaps being the most famous. Other highly sought-after areas include Cobham and Esher, known for its many golf courses and the latter being close by to Sandown Racecourse. On the family side of things, the excellent choices of both private and state schools are surely another big pull. For those looking for a taste of home, The Good Earth in Esher has been a family favorite for high-end Chinese food, with the crispy duck as their signature dish. Nowadays, The Good Earth has quite a few locations across Surrey and London, so be sure to give it a try on your next visit.

Personally, I spent a decent amount of time with family friends who lived in Walton-on-Thames, a quite traditional suburban town close to Wimbledon. During the summer months, our families would get together to enjoy the sunshine and catch up. If I were to visit Surrey today, I would be sure to visit the Surrey Hills. Designated as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” (AONB), a nationally protected landscape that stretches across the county. The area includes many woodlands, walking/running/cycling paths as well as horse-riding and arts & culture attractions to its visitors. The Surrey Hills, which spreads over 422 square kilometers, encapsulates the natural beauty of Surrey with its gently rolling hills and greenery captivating all that visit.

Ultimately, the county Surrey spreads across South East England and will remain a popular and sough-after choice for affluent families in England. With its combination of great schools, tranquil lifestyle and generally easy commute into London make it easy to see why it is a family-friendly and popular place for London-based commuters.

 

Author: Michael Wong, Senior Sales Consultant, JLL International Residential

14 Jan 2022

其實,我去葡萄牙里斯本的假期幾乎不應該發生的。

里斯本: 不要錯過Timeout Food Market!

在2018年冬天,我計劃到北非的摩洛哥旅行,而最終要決定回途中的停留地。由於里斯本是連接中東和其他主要城市的樞紐,我們在里斯本度過了一星期。經過那次的體驗,我覺得里斯本是一個經常被低估並忽視的歐洲城市。

我們選擇了住在阿爾法瑪 (Alfama),是里斯本最古老的城區。老建築、狹窄的鵝卵石街道令這裡充滿個性。我們住的兩房服務式公寓雖然有新裝修、室內設備齊全,但它仍然是一座沒有電梯的舊建築。住在頂樓的我們,完全明白為什麼里斯本設有電梯的新建築需求很大(笑)。

我想很多人都會同意探索新美食是旅行中必然的。在葡萄牙,不能避免的是以很多不同方式烹製的鱈魚和沙丁魚。整體來說,它的食物是令人難以置信地好,而我很欣賞能夠從美食品嘗葡萄牙的歷史和來自世界各地的影響。對於美食家,我強烈推介Timeout Food Market。這裡的食物來自葡萄牙著名的餐廳和廚師,以及來自全國的手工食品。每個人都可以自由地選擇想吃什麼,適合一群人一起去。

在摩洛哥待了一個多星期後,我期待著喝一杯,幸好我發現里斯本也有一些好地方。在老爺爺和老奶奶經營的當地餐館裡, 儘管有語言障礙, 大家都很親切。我總是喜歡冒險和去一些沒有華麗廣告的小餐館。就夜生活而言,我最難忘的記憶是看到阿爾法瑪牆上有一個洞(真是一個洞)。原來洞裡隱藏著一間酒吧,由葡萄牙/加拿大人經營。後來發現,他曾經是一名在我大學任教的教授!這間意外發現的酒吧沒有餐牌 - 調酒師會問你喜歡什麼,然後當場給你做一杯雞尾酒。總之,考慮到食物的品質,我發現就餐花費與倫敦或阿姆斯特丹相比大約是平時的一半。

到處都是葡萄牙的標誌:阿茲勒赫瓷磚畫

 

遊覽里斯本非常方便。當我旅行時,我喜歡在城市裡漫步,在里斯本也不例外。可是,使用地鐵也非常簡單和方便。我強烈建議乘坐28號電車穿過一些最狹窄的城鎮,並在里斯本的唐人街停留 - 只要注意扒手!

在里斯本四處走的亮點是可以看到各種建築風格。我個人最喜歡的是欣賞來自13世紀阿茲勒赫瓷磚畫 (Azulejo Tiles) 的細節。有時,還會在高檔咖啡廳內看到這些設計。 我去里斯本的時候剛好很有聖誕氣氛,尤其在Praca do Comercio,一個開滿小商店和咖啡廳的行人專用街道。

為了享受里斯本的時尚生活方式,我會花一些時間在Chiado購物,一個傳統上比較富裕的區。附近有一些很棒的購物場所,包括新潮的商店、當地品牌以及非常時尚的咖啡廳和餐館。

聖誕時的葡萄牙

 

去欣賞這座城市和海岸線,我決定參觀Castelo de S. Jorge。沿途非常有趣,能看到老城區是如何建造的,與城市其他部分相比。在下山的路上,有很多咖啡館可以享受濃濃的咖啡與pastel de nata(蛋撻)。

里斯本給我的印像是一個非常悠閒的城市,有著十分友好的人。與其他主要歐洲國家相比,它相當便宜,我絕對明白為什麼來自其他歐洲城市的年輕人會考慮住在這裡。你可以感覺到這裏的人喜歡享受生活。在我多次歐洲旅行體驗中,只有幾個城市可以真正令我感受到城市的動力,而里斯本就是這罕有城市之一。一個充滿歷史和性格的地方,我希望有機會更深入地探索里斯本以及葡萄牙其他地方。

里斯本都以低密度建築為主

 

作者:黃浩洋 - 仲量聯行國際住宅部資深銷售顧問

14 Jan 2022