Entries by Nino Rosella

Prop-making and set design in the 4K age

4K Ultra High Definition TV (also known as UHD), and high frame rates (HFR) are two of the hottest buzzwords in the TV and film industries at the minute, and for good reason. 4K delivers four times as much detail as the 1080p HD that’s the norm in the industry, and indeed, in most households […]

Playing Houses

If a plain old Wendy house doesn’t quite do it for you, check out the luxury handmade playhouses by The Master Wishmakers. Weatherproof and with sustainably sourced wood, prices start from £5,000. Pictured is the two-storey Adventurer’s House, £54,000, which might sound steep but it does come complete with a car, aeroplane, slide, custom-made kitchen […]

Bespoke: Dreams Do Come True

For those with deep pockets, these Wishmakers will literally create the bedroom or playhouse of your little darling’s dreams. A hobbit hole at the bottom of your garden – easy. A Winnie the Pooh bedroom – done. They’ve even made an entire pirate island complete with lagoon and tavern. Tempting to have them kit out […]

Pirates of Cambridgeshire

Shiver me timbers! This pirate island has been custom built in a lake on a millionaire’s 60-acre private estate – in the arrrrrght of Cambridgeshire. James Challis, a member of the local Dickerson family, created it in memory of his grandad, haulage and gravel extraction tycoon John. Challis Island, just five miles from Cambridge, comes […]

Avast Expense: Millionaires Pirate Island

A millionaire spent a fortune building a pirate island – in a lake miles inland. Company heir James Challis, 29, created the Pirates of the Caribbean-style hideaway as a tribute to his late grandad. The retreat in Cambridgeshire features a guest house called Coffer Cabin, The Black Doubloon tavern, Lubber’s Locker beach hut, a ‘ruin’ […]

Pirates of the Cambridge countryside: Millionaire creates 60-acre treasure island with its own beach and ruined buildings

Multimillionaire builds fantasy pirate island on Cambridgeshire estate Challis Island includes pub, guest house, beach, lagoon and boat dock What do you buy the pirate-loving multimillionaire who has everything? Their own Caribbean oasis of course. Except this 60-acre island paradise is more than 4,500miles away from the traditionally pirate-infested waters surrounding the Bahamas. It is […]

It’s a Pirate’s Life For Me

“Let’s jump on board, and cut them to pieces.”  – Blackbeard Up until this point, The Master Wishmakers have been known for creating the finest luxury playhouses, Wendy houses and bespoke bedrooms but all that has changed with the introduction of Challis Island. As with any great adventure there is always an intriguing and captivating story behind it. […]

Playing King’s and Queen’s

“An Englishman’s house is his castle” – English proverb derived from Sir Edward Coke’s The Institutes of the Laws of England, 1628 It’s thought that the United Kingdom is home to somewhere in the region of seven hundred castles – the vast bulk of which were built in the Middle Ages, beginning after the successful conquests of William […]