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The brothers Hallett

Matthew and Jon Hallett have over fifty years’ experience in property between them. They also both opened Winkworth’s latest office in Wiltshire and Berkshire towards the end of last year. Susannah Sheppard, Head of Winkworth PR caught up with the brothers at Winkworth’s office in Mayfair; Susannah Sheppard: You have both had successful careers in property. What made you both take this path' Matthew Hallett: The history of our island is built upon property. Two quotes from Mark Twain have stuck with me since school, the first was ‘When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years’ and the other was ‘Buy land, they're not making it anymore’. I couldn’t wait to get into property and to start learning. After nearly thirty years, I am still learning, which is why I love what I do. Property is an asset class, but is the only one you can live in and call home. Jon Hallett: I never had the patience to finish a game of Monopoly but I loved the properties! I have grown up understanding property and the way it works with our economic cycle. I cannot imagine doing anything else. Susannah Sheppard: You both opened new Winkworth offices in the autumn, was this planned or a coincidence' Matthew Hallett: It was driven by finding the right office and wanting to be open in time for 2015, which is an important and exciting year for Salisbury. 800 years of the Magna Carta, # 7 Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2015 cities to visit and news of the road tunnel at Stone Hedge, to name but a few! Jon Hallett: A bit of both! Having run my own business in Reading for many years, I wanted to expand upon this experience. Winkworth’s 60 offices in London and Reading’s ease of rail connection to the capital made this the perfect time, particularly as property focus shifts from London to the Home Counties. Susannah Sheppard: What made you choose Winkworth' Matthew Hallett: Winkworth is a network of individuals. You provide the best in London marketing, through the Country House Department and the brilliant PR team. The back-up of a Chinese Desk, Client Services Department, IT Department and almost a hundred offices, specialising in everything from lettings to rural matters gives a local business everything our clients need. But it is precisely the ability to operate and run our own businesses in the local markets we know and love that made Winkworth the right choice for Salisbury. Jon Hallett: The quality of agency provided by an owner led business will always be popular. To be part of a national network connects a vibrant town like Reading, with its strong business and transport links, to a well-respected framework. Yet as a business owner, I and my Partners can run our business in the best way for our clients. Susannah Sheppard: Matthew, you ran your own business in London before becoming a country house agent, Jon – you have focused on andspecializedin the market around Reading. Does this play toyour strengths' Matthew Hallett: In order to understand the country market, you first need to know London. Most country house buyers move from London and an in-depth knowledge of both markets is paramount. I love London but my heart is in the country. Jon Hallett: Reading has long been a busy city for commerce. First manufacturing and more recently media and digital. The town has a diversity that makes it a compelling place to live and work. I know it intimately and understand both its path and where it is going. Salisbury and Reading are 60 odd miles away, are there similarities and do you get to see each other much' Matthew Hallett: Salisbury is a historic city surrounded by beautiful countryside. It has a wonderful choice of schools. Reading shares these features. Opening and running a new business means there is little time for anything else but I do call Jon when I can! Jon Hallett: What makes Reading is the people. I understand the same is true of Salisbury. The schools in Reading a first-rate too. The phone is as close as I get to Salisbury at the moment! Susannah Sheppard: Your offices are each striking and whilst clearly Winkworth, they are completely different. Do they reflect your personalities' Matthew Hallett: Absolutely. My love of history and period buildings is satisfied by the wonderful Jacobean ceiling and panelled walls of my lovely offices at The Brewery House, with their Georgian façade. I renovated the building myself and also managed to include sporting images and a Banksy in the design! The addition of a working cocker spaniel completes the perfect office for my favourite rural city. Jon Hallett: Blagrave House is a classic brick building in the financial district, close to the station. The recent refit and interior design brings contemporary relevance to this handsome property, which reflects me perfectly! Susannah Sheppard : Tell me more about the brothers behind the businesses. What do you get up to on days off' Matthew Hallett : I have a young family, which I love spending time with. I am teaching my son to fish and shoot, which are my twin passions. I am also still training Poppy, to replace my Labrador who recently retired. I also adore opera, cooking and my garden. Jon Hallett: I also have a young family. My other love is Reading football club and have long been a Rotarian. I too love cooking and eating out, alongside music and socializing. For property advice in Salisbury call 01722 443 000 or email; salisbury@winkwoth.co.uk and for Reading 0118 4022300 and reading@winkworth.co.uk  

Matthew and Jon Hallett have over fifty years’ experience in property between them. They also both opened Winkworth’s latest office in Wiltshire and Berkshire towards the end of last year. Susannah Sheppard, Head of Winkworth PR caught up with the brothers at Winkworth’s office in Mayfair;

Susannah Sheppard: You have both had successful careers in property. What made you both take this path'

Matthew Hallett: The history of our island is built upon property. Two quotes from Mark Twain have stuck with me since school, the first was ‘When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years’ and the other was ‘Buy land, they're not making it anymore’. I couldn’t wait to get into property and to start learning. After nearly thirty years, I am still learning, which is why I love what I do. Property is an asset class, but is the only one you can live in and call home.

Jon Hallett: I never had the patience to finish a game of Monopoly but I loved the properties! I have grown up understanding property and the way it works with our economic cycle. I cannot imagine doing anything else.

Susannah Sheppard: You both opened new Winkworth offices in the autumn, was this planned or a coincidence'

Matthew Hallett: It was driven by finding the right office and wanting to be open in time for 2015, which is an important and exciting year for Salisbury. 800 years of the Magna Carta, # 7 Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2015 cities to visit and news of the road tunnel at Stone Hedge, to name but a few!

Jon Hallett: A bit of both! Having run my own business in Reading for many years, I wanted to expand upon this experience. Winkworth’s 60 offices in London and Reading’s ease of rail connection to the capital made this the perfect time, particularly as property focus shifts from London to the Home Counties.

Susannah Sheppard: What made you choose Winkworth'

Matthew Hallett: Winkworth is a network of individuals. You provide the best in London marketing, through the Country House Department and the brilliant PR team. The back-up of a Chinese Desk, Client Services Department, IT Department and almost a hundred offices, specialising in everything from lettings to rural matters gives a local business everything our clients need. But it is precisely the ability to operate and run our own businesses in the local markets we know and love that made Winkworth the right choice for Salisbury.

Jon Hallett: The quality of agency provided by an owner led business will always be popular. To be part of a national network connects a vibrant town like Reading, with its strong business and transport links, to a well-respected framework. Yet as a business owner, I and my Partners can run our business in the best way for our clients.

Susannah Sheppard: Matthew, you ran your own business in London before becoming a country house agent, Jon – you have focused on andspecializedin the market around Reading. Does this play toyour strengths'

Matthew Hallett: In order to understand the country market, you first need to know London. Most country house buyers move from London and an in-depth knowledge of both markets is paramount. I love London but my heart is in the country.

Jon Hallett: Reading has long been a busy city for commerce. First manufacturing and more recently media and digital. The town has a diversity that makes it a compelling place to live and work. I know it intimately and understand both its path and where it is going.

Salisbury and Reading are 60 odd miles away, are there similarities and do you get to see each other much'

Matthew Hallett: Salisbury is a historic city surrounded by beautiful countryside. It has a wonderful choice of schools. Reading shares these features. Opening and running a new business means there is little time for anything else but I do call Jon when I can!

Jon Hallett: What makes Reading is the people. I understand the same is true of Salisbury. The schools in Reading a first-rate too. The phone is as close as I get to Salisbury at the moment!

Susannah Sheppard: Your offices are each striking and whilst clearly Winkworth, they are completely different. Do they reflect your personalities'

Matthew Hallett: Absolutely. My love of history and period buildings is satisfied by the wonderful Jacobean ceiling and panelled walls of my lovely offices at The Brewery House, with their Georgian façade. I renovated the building myself and also managed to include sporting images and a Banksy in the design! The addition of a working cocker spaniel completes the perfect office for my favourite rural city.Reading_montage_SMALL

Jon Hallett: Blagrave House is a classic brick building in the financial district, close to the station. The recent refit and interior design brings contemporary relevance to this handsome property, which reflects me perfectly!Reading_interiors

Susannah Sheppard : Tell me more about the brothers behind the businesses. What do you get up to on days off'

Matthew Hallett : I have a young family, which I love spending time with. I am teaching my son to fish and shoot, which are my twin passions. I am also still training Poppy, to replace my Labrador who recently retired. I also adore opera, cooking and my garden.

Jon Hallett: I also have a young family. My other love is Reading football club and have long been a Rotarian. I too love cooking and eating out, alongside music and socializing.

For property advice in Salisbury call 01722 443 000 or email; salisbury@winkwoth.co.uk and for Reading 0118 4022300 and reading@winkworth.co.uk

 

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