Moving up in the world
PUBLISHED: 13:26 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:17 20 February 2013
Colchester estate agent, Adrian Bagnall, comments on re-housing a Beirut hostage and why the Scottish Highlands will always hold a place in his heart
Tell us about your family
I've been married to Louise, a trainee teacher, for 15 years and we have two daughters, Flora, ten, and Katie, almost eight.
Do you have any pets?
The girls have five mad guinea pigs that, when not in their hutches or their 10-foot run, run amok in our hall.
How old are you? 48
Where do you live?
In a modern farmhouse situated in a fabulous rural area just outside Boxford on the Essex/Suffolk border.
How long have you lived there?
We have been there for five years. Prior to moving here, we rented in Dedham for a year having sold our house of ten years in South West London and migrated up the A12.
What do you like about where you live?
The area has beautiful countryside with hills, valleys and coast as well as beautiful towns and villages that have inspired some great artists. At the same time London is only about an hour on the train and the towns of Colchester and Ipswich are nearby.
What do you do for a living?
I'm an estate agent based in Colchester running the country house department in North Essex and South Suffolk for Beresfords.
What do you love about your job?
My two passions in life are people and property, what else could I do? Plus working and living in such a fabulous area is a great privilege.
What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?
Getting to know and assisting one of the Beirut hostages in identifying and buying an apartment in London. It was shortly after his release and his lack of anger against his former captors and his philosophical approach to life so impressed me.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Selling country properties of all types throughout Essex and Suffolk.
What are your hobbies?
I love gardening (never thought I would say that), cinema, theatre, music, and travel. I am also passionate about the Highlands, the Islands and the south west of Scotland where I grew up.
How do you relax?
I love Sundays spent with the girls relaxing at home or out for dinner with friends. We also have the Fleece Jazz Club on our doorstep with great live jazz every Friday night.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I can play Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata on the piano.
What is your worst habit?
I am a recovering smoker.
Which five guests would you invite to a dinner party and why?
I would invite Jim Morrison from the Doors for music, Gordon Ramsey to cook the dinner, Sir Hugh Munroe to talk about Scotland, Sir David Attenborough to talk about animals and his travels and finally Dame Helen Mirren to talk about film, theatre and to add glamour to the evening.
What is your favourite song or piece of music and why?
Highland Cathedral. It always reminds me of my childhood and Scotland.
Where are the best views to be had in Essex?
In the Colne Valley near Chappell.
Describe Essex in one sentence
A county of character, distinction and outstanding natural beauty.
What is your favourite town in Essex and why?
Thaxted. Because of its old buildings, church, restaurants and hotels, and because of the swathe of the county it sits in.
Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
My wife and children. Essex and Scotland come a close second.