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The must-see city for 2015

Winkworth opened offices in Salisbury recently, combining a wonderful panelled Jacobean room with contemporary design and the best in modern marketing. As London focuses on the country once more, Melanie Scott-Power who heads our client services department in London, chats with Matthew Hallett, Director of Winkworth Salisbury. How long have you been in the profession'   Matthew: This will be my twenty eighth year in property divided between London and the country. I understand houses both a homes and an asset class. We always strive to offer the best service to best in class properties. A flair for country houses and estates has allowed me to combine my twin passions of fieldsports and sustainable development. Which in turn enabled me to develop specialisms in both the traditional aspects of riparian and sporting, alongside opportunities for contemporary country houses.   Why Salisbury'   Matthew: When Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2015 voted Salisbury the seventh best city in the world, it summed it up rather nicely “Centred on a majestic cathedral that's topped by the tallest spire in England, the gracious city of Salisbury makes a charming base from which to discover the rest of Wiltshire. It's been an important provincial city for more than a thousand years, and its streets form an architectural timeline ranging from medieval walls and half-timbered Tudor town houses to Georgian mansions and Victorian villas. Salisbury is also a lively, modern town, boasting plenty of bars, restaurants and terraced cafes, as well as a concentrated cluster of excellent museums”. I couldn’t have put it better myself. Add to that, two grammar schools, decent rail connections and beautiful countryside and I cannot give you a reason not to live in Salisbury.   You are clearly passionate about the city. What do you like most about Salisbury'   Matthew: I am spoilt for choice, whether the property, culture, Cathedral or the market. If I had to say one thing, my favourite aspect of Salisbury is the people, who are so friendly. If I had to name one place it would be The Close, Bill Bryson said many nice things about Salisbury but of Cathedral Close in Notes from a Small Island’ he wrote “There is no doubt in my mind that Salisbury Cathedral is the single most beautiful structure in England and the Close around it the most beautiful space. Every stone, every wall, every shrub is just right. It is as if every person who has touched it for 700 years has only improved it. I could live on a bench in the grounds”   You have a good memory for detail:   Matthew: God is in the detail, so the saying goes. Houses are valuable assets, they must be treated with diligence and it is important we know as much as possible about them and our clients. We cannot truly act for our clients well unless we know all that makes this wonderful city what it is.   You have a reputation for an honest, open approach and immersing yourself in your clients properties, what drives you'   Matthew: I have been a buyer, a seller, a landlord and a tenant and I always treat clients in the way that I would like to be treated. Only by going the extra mile can we achieve exceptional results but we are also privileged to act for so many lovely houses and clients. By treating property as an asset and viewing it as a whole, only then can we give best advice. So many factors come into play when selling a house, be they legal, tax, planning or a rural issue, such as subsidies and sporting – having a broad understanding of property is everything. Preparation, diligence and attention to detail are most important, alongside communication. Talking to our clients makes the difference between a personal service and employing an agent. Ours is a client led service and it is both our names above the door – it has to be right – this is a business that puts people and property first.   Why Winkworth'   Matthew: I trained one of your board members when he worked for me in London. I can still see those standards every time we meet. I have known Winkworth for as long as I can remember and watched the network grow, as people moved out of the capital. Excellence is as much a mantra here, as it was when I had my company in London. Winkworth has everything a national firm should, a brilliant London marketing team, an effective Country House Department, a China desk, an amazing IT department and 99 offices run by individual business owners – each as passionate about their areas as they are expert. When I found The Brewery House – I knew it had to be a Winkworth Salisbury office.   You renovated the offices yourself, how was that'   Matthew: Almost thirty years in property has given me a clear understanding of buildings and planning. I have always led my businesses from the front and I can turn my hand to most things. After all, if you want something doing properly…   Poppy has been with you throughout, what is it like having a working cocker spaniel in a busy office'   Matthew: I retired my Labrador at the end of the season last year and she is enjoying her time at home. We collected Poppy the day after our last shoot and I found our offices the very next day! She has been to every site meeting and to my solicitors and banks offices! Poppy was here every day during the summer when I renovated and refitted our offices, her only foible was to walk though wet paint! She is as much part of the team as Rob or Sarah and the clients love seeing a friendly little dog when they come into our offices. She is a great excuse to make me take twenty minutes around the park or countryside every lunchtime – I am sure she feels the same way too!   Any final comments'   Matthew: There has perhaps never been better time to move to Salisbury and we have some wonderful houses coming to the market this year. We combine old fashioned customer service, with diligence, professionalism and the best modern marketing. Oh, and a sense of humor! Anyone who has trained a working cocker spaniel (I am on my third) will tell you that patience and an ability to see the funny side helps. This is a business where we move people, selling houses is a serious business but the process should also be an enjoyable one. My aim is to make every move as painless and profitable as possible for all our clients.   Please don't hesitate to contact Matthew if you have a property to sell, let or are looking to buy or rent in Salisbury on 01722 443 000 or at salisbury@winkworth.co.uk. To search for property in Salisbury or to read more about the area, visit their office page here.

Winkworth opened offices in Salisbury recently, combining a wonderful panelled Jacobean room with contemporary design and the best in modern marketing. As London focuses on the country once more, Melanie Scott-Power who heads our client services department in London, chats with Matthew Hallett, Director of Winkworth Salisbury.

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How long have you been in the profession'

  Matthew: This will be my twenty eighth year in property divided between London and the country. I understand houses both a homes and an asset class. We always strive to offer the best service to best in class properties. A flair for country houses and estates has allowed me to combine my twin passions of fieldsports and sustainable development. Which in turn enabled me to develop specialisms in both the traditional aspects of riparian and sporting, alongside opportunities for contemporary country houses.  

Why Salisbury'

  Matthew: When Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2015 voted Salisbury the seventh best city in the world, it summed it up rather nicely “Centred on a majestic cathedral that's topped by the tallest spire in England, the gracious city of Salisbury makes a charming base from which to discover the rest of Wiltshire. It's been an important provincial city for more than a thousand years, and its streets form an architectural timeline ranging from medieval walls and half-timbered Tudor town houses to Georgian mansions and Victorian villas. Salisbury is also a lively, modern town, boasting plenty of bars, restaurants and terraced cafes, as well as a concentrated cluster of excellent museums”. I couldn’t have put it better myself. Add to that, two grammar schools, decent rail connections and beautiful countryside and I cannot give you a reason not to live in Salisbury.  

You are clearly passionate about the city. What do you like most about Salisbury'

  Matthew: I am spoilt for choice, whether the property, culture, Cathedral or the market. If I had to say one thing, my favourite aspect of Salisbury is the people, who are so friendly. If I had to name one place it would be The Close, Bill Bryson said many nice things about Salisbury but of Cathedral Close in Notes from a Small Island’ he wrote “There is no doubt in my mind that Salisbury Cathedral is the single most beautiful structure in England and the Close around it the most beautiful space. Every stone, every wall, every shrub is just right. It is as if every person who has touched it for 700 years has only improved it. I could live on a bench in the grounds”  

You have a good memory for detail:

  Matthew: God is in the detail, so the saying goes. Houses are valuable assets, they must be treated with diligence and it is important we know as much as possible about them and our clients. We cannot truly act for our clients well unless we know all that makes this wonderful city what it is.  

You have a reputation for an honest, open approach and immersing yourself in your clients properties, what drives you'

  Matthew: I have been a buyer, a seller, a landlord and a tenant and I always treat clients in the way that I would like to be treated. Only by going the extra mile can we achieve exceptional results but we are also privileged to act for so many lovely houses and clients. By treating property as an asset and viewing it as a whole, only then can we give best advice. So many factors come into play when selling a house, be they legal, tax, planning or a rural issue, such as subsidies and sporting – having a broad understanding of property is everything. Preparation, diligence and attention to detail are most important, alongside communication. Talking to our clients makes the difference between a personal service and employing an agent. Ours is a client led service and it is both our names above the door – it has to be right – this is a business that puts people and property first.  

Why Winkworth'

  Matthew: I trained one of your board members when he worked for me in London. I can still see those standards every time we meet. I have known Winkworth for as long as I can remember and watched the network grow, as people moved out of the capital. Excellence is as much a mantra here, as it was when I had my company in London. Winkworth has everything a national firm should, a brilliant London marketing team, an effective Country House Department, a China desk, an amazing IT department and 99 offices run by individual business owners – each as passionate about their areas as they are expert. When I found The Brewery House – I knew it had to be a Winkworth Salisbury office.  

You renovated the offices yourself, how was that'

  Matthew: Almost thirty years in property has given me a clear understanding of buildings and planning. I have always led my businesses from the front and I can turn my hand to most things. After all, if you want something doing properly…  

Poppy has been with you throughout, what is it like having a working cocker spaniel in a busy office'

  Matthew: I retired my Labrador at the end of the season last year and she is enjoying her time at home. We collected Poppy the day after our last shoot and I found our offices the very next day! She has been to every site meeting and to my solicitors and banks offices! Poppy was here every day during the summer when I renovated and refitted our offices, her only foible was to walk though wet paint! She is as much part of the team as Rob or Sarah and the clients love seeing a friendly little dog when they come into our offices. She is a great excuse to make me take twenty minutes around the park or countryside every lunchtime – I am sure she feels the same way too!  

Any final comments'

  Matthew: There has perhaps never been better time to move to Salisbury and we have some wonderful houses coming to the market this year. We combine old fashioned customer service, with diligence, professionalism and the best modern marketing. Oh, and a sense of humor! Anyone who has trained a working cocker spaniel (I am on my third) will tell you that patience and an ability to see the funny side helps. This is a business where we move people, selling houses is a serious business but the process should also be an enjoyable one. My aim is to make every move as painless and profitable as possible for all our clients.

  Please don't hesitate to contact Matthew if you have a property to sell, let or are looking to buy or rent in Salisbury on 01722 443 000 or at salisbury@winkworth.co.uk. To search for property in Salisbury or to read more about the area, visit their office page here.

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