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BELLE-MODELLE Hello! We are people with passion for colour! Lots of it.....mixing it with patterns, clashing it, embracing it and smothering ourselves in it! We have been known to turn even the hardest of neutral pallets...into colour obsessed fiends. And for this reason we have launched our first brand called Belle Modelle (beautiful design). A place has been created where you can come and get inspiration for your home and wardrobe...where nothing is impossible and anything goes. (To a degree and help with our creative eye!) Selling and advising in interiors, furniture, home decor and soft furnishing, helping you transform tired, outdated rooms into a world of fun, warmth and beauty, and now we've gone and added a beautiful boho fun lifestyle clothing range for all occasions.... colour isn’t's really very easy to add into your world and we are here at Belle Modelle to help you on your journey to a more colourful life. arkadia magazine

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Deck the halls with Dorset artwork, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Tis the magazine with it's own quirk , Fa la la la la, la la la la. Don we now our winter collection, Fa la la, la la la, la la la. Bought to you with our affection, Fa la la la la, la la la la. See the blazing talent before us, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Raise your tankard and join the chorus. Fa la la la la, la la la la. Enjoy our mag with merry measure, Fa la la la la, la la la la. While you read through local treasure, Fa la la la la, la la la la.


Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Hail Dorset's coolest places, ye drunken lads and lasses, Fa la la la la, la la la lahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...

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‘Winter is fast upon us – with Father Christmas waiting just around the corner! And, if you act now, there is still time to enjoy Christmas and the New Year in your dream home. Thanks to our thriving offices in Dorchester, Preston and Wareham, we have a raft of fresh and exciting properties on our books. So whether you’re buying, selling or letting, come and talk to us at Domvs. You’ll be amazed by what you can achieve when we put our minds to it’.

Massive thanks to the talent and rich diverse folk of Dorset who have made this edition possible, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Julie Foxall - Proof reader/Mary Poppins. Sam Covington - Caricature of Danny Jodie House - Photo maker/Retro Van Owner Front Cover - Kevin Ferroli

Merry Christmas Dorset, from all of us at Arkadia Towers, we wish you the finest of seasonal festive fun, and a wonderfully prosperous New Year!

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Horses and Humans Photography Exhibition by Lucy Sewill at The Gallery, Sculpture by the Lakes, Dorset Horses and Humans, a soon to be released book by Lucy Sewill, captures the unique relationship between man and horse in a series of stunning and unique images by this acclaimed photographer. Launching at The Gallery, Sculpture by the Lakes (  in Dorset, the exhibition, also entitled Horses and Humans, showcases some thirty images from Lucy’s forthcoming book, with the photographs on display available as limited editions; prices start at £450. Whether it’s Olympic GBR contenders William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning, the world famous horse whisperer Monty Roberts and his once wild mustang Shy Boy or Heather Jansch and her sculpture Beltane Juno; Lucy’s detailed research into finding her subjects, being granted access to them, plus her ability to capture the profound connection between each other, all combine to make Horses and Humans a stunningly visual and emotive exhibition. Like most of her subjects Lucy started off with an inexplicable childhood passion for horses which has continued throughout her life.  Before she became a successful photographer she was an endurance rider competing across the country eventually qualifying to race ride in international competitions. Lucy spent nineteen years with her horse Nutcracker, covering hundreds of miles, mostly just in the company of each other and it was this bond that gave her the understanding and impetus for Horses and Humans. Lucy Sewill is best known for her perceptive portraits of major British celebrities. She has previously specialized in one-on-one informal portraiture in the worlds of music, broadcasting and politics. Amongst the wellknown faces she has captured are David Cameron, Phil Collins, Boris Johnson, Terry Wogan, Dizzee Rascall, Bob Geldof and Dame Edna Everage. Her work has been published world-wide and forms part of the collection in the British National Portrait Gallery. Entry to The Gallery at Sculpture by the Lakes is free, and after the preview weekend, is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm.  Alongside the exhibition the venue is worth a visit for the sheer pleasure of strolling through the 26 acres of landscaped gardens that form Sculpture by the Lakes. The exhibition will run until Saturday 12th November 2016. The book Horses and Humans published by Peridot Press are now available in all good bookshops priced at £35.00.  arkadia magazine

William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning William is an English equestrian who competed in international eventing. His career highlights include three Olympic medals, both William and Chilli Morning are in the British Eventing Team for Rio 2016.

Amy Panter and Isis Amy is an equestrian circus and aerial performer. She works all over the world and is able to form a bond with all the horses she works with. She is pictured with Lucy’s own horse, Isis. Amy and Isis, who was loose and had no tack on, only met at the shoot and within a very short amount of time were able to work together.

Sorrel Roberts and Serge Sorrel Russell from Dorset is a young eventer who events on other horses but Serge is the horse she has kept from her pre-eventing days. He is a striking thoroughbred gypsy cob and he has one blue or ‘wall’ eye.

Heather Jansch and Beltane Juno Heather is a British sculptor who makes life-sized sculptures of horses from driftwood. She is photographed with Beltane Juno a horse she created a long time ago. Beltane Juno was sold to America but Heather who wanted her back went to extraordinary lengths to bring her home. Beltane Juno appears as real as any of the horses within Horses and Humans. arkadia magazine

A Quantum Leap...

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verything started out with a mountain bike ride. First, short trips to Hengistbury Head, a place rich in ancestral history buried in time. Beautiful sunsets and moonrises were my regular companions…without realising it my rides were getting longer and longer, now crossing the Sandbanks Ferry and a whole new world from there. Studland, Purbeck, Corfe, Swanage. Every time felt like the first adventure, new routes, new views, and new sights. At some point, the bike ride went through to the evening, and that was when I discovered the beauty and excitement of Dorset at night. On my rides, I used to carry my trustworthy Sony Xperia Z camera and a small point and shoot Canon A530. That was all I owned, but I felt I needed to capture this beauty that I was seeing during the night. My first attempts started in 2014, with a Canon 450D and Tamron 17-50 2.8. Quite a difficult exercise as the cameras maximum ISO was 1600 and retrieving the data from the images was not an easy task. I thought I was doing something wrong, so I read more articles about the subject until I realised there was no other option than to upgrade my gear. In 2015 I acquired a Canon 6D with a Samyang 14mm 2.8. Since then, I have been photographing the night sky every single clear night. Now every night is a new adventure, a new discovery and lots of laughs with other fellow photographers. In the beginning, I used to cover the usual landmarks, like Durdle Door, Corfe Castle, and Kimmeridge Bay. It was at Man’O’War bay where I really found my passion was just beginning, I trained my eyes for that night and the conditions were perfect. At around 1am on a cool morning in July 2015, I was able to see clearly with my own eyes the galactic centre, the incredible stars, nebulas, the dark matter. Being able to see the space through this short window was the most amazing experience ever. Since then, I have had this connection with the night time and the starlit skies. Each night out is an opportunity to try something different. For me, the artistic part is as important as the techniques. I can say that 90% of my images are a single exposure (or multiple if the image is a panoramic or an HDR). By using the right settings for the camera lens combination, there is then little work to do in post-processing. People have seen the whole process during my workshops and have hopefully enjoyed the experience, the feedback is that this was some of the most rewarding photography that they have ever made. "So, next time you see a clear night, grab your camera, most likely I’ll also be out to capture it."

“In my work I synthesize narratives and concepts of the past with the imagery, technology and concepts for an unknown future

Mark David Lloyd is a British contemporary artist who lives in Bournemouth Dorset. His work takes many forms and utilises many mediums. He creates his work from a studio in Southbourne, teaches at the University and College in Bournemouth and exhibits his artwork internationally. Mark's career began as a graffiti artist in mid-1980; he then went on to study fine art at Falmouth and Winchesters Schools of art.

Mark Lloyd 2016 - So far he has received many accolades for his work including; selection for the Saatchi Gallery ‘New Sensations’ in 2012, shortlisted for the Griffin art prize 2013, selected for the Venice Biennale 2015 and being a featured artist in numerous exhibitions in the USA. Mark is an artist that is not shy of addressing topical issues and philosophical ideas. An artist that is bold, expressive and always willing to create work with drama and impact, developing a rich personal visual 'language' in his art that reflects the contemporary culture of today. Mark explores, researches, and communicates through his creativity, with an open mind and an inquisitive, constantly evolving nature. This is an artist who is diverse, extreme, passionate and also extremely talented. Mark says, “In my work, I synthesise narratives and concepts of the past with the imagery, technology and concepts for an unknown future. The shock and awe of what the future possibilities that modern technology offers fascinate and inspire my practice. I do not limit myself to one medium, it’s the concept that drives my creative processes, as such sometimes my work is painting, sometimes sculpture, sometimes projection, sometimes digital or whatever medium suits the concept that I am exploring. I do not make the art of pretty pictures, I make art that questions the human condition in the 21st century”. Mark Lloyd 2016

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Open Studio Weekend Hosted at the rather fabulous Flux 'n' Flame Jewellery School, Agatha rabbit will be there with her wild friends, A Wolf and I Jewellery, 'Silver B' Jewellery, Dinosaurs from 'Beasts from the Bench', atmospheric photography from Mark Megilley, Fairtrade Gems from Nineteen48, Abstract art from Gitta Dickson and more guests to be confirmed…. as well as , the most important part of any rabbit's Christmas shindig... MINCE PIES !!!!!

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Photography to me is more than just a ‘passion’ it’s a way of expressing how I see things artistically and hopefully making people say ‘Wow, that’s a cool image’. People see me reguarly on the bridge here in Tanfield where I live (a chocolate box view and favourite among artists and photographers alike) and say ‘Don’t you get sick of taking photos of the same view’ to which I reply ‘it’s never the same view’

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orn in the cathedral city of Ripon is perhaps the start to why I love photography, as the area I live (North Yorkshire) is full of stunning scenery from the dales to the moors and everything in between.

I guess my Dad got me started with photography many moons ago as he was a keen photographer and walker, so I’d often tag along with him when he went out especially on a Saturday evening walking around the local villages and taking in a few pubs en route. Sadly despite seeing Dad’s great photos I didn’t get the photography bug until later in life, but I’m now making up for lost time. I am also colour blind and get a little frustrated when editing images as often I’m not sure what looks correct? (Anyway, if you see an image that looks ‘slightly odd’ colour wise you’ll understand why!) I decided in 2012 after Dad passed away I’d buy another camera as I’d not had an SLR in years so I bought a Nikon D3100 and set out trying to learn how to use it. Digital photography was new to me and although I’d done a small amount of photography years ago I’d not used a digital SLR. After several weeks of testing it out I finally started taking some ‘decent’ photos but this wasn’t enough for me, I needed to get stuck in and learn new tricks. I met up with local photographer Iain Cairns in 2014 and he has helped me move on from someone taking photos to dare I say the ‘photographer’ that I am today. Iain has been a photographer for about 30 years and his passions are ‘fine art’, and trying new things in editing! A real talent in his field and a genuinely helpful person who gives a lot of time to others. I have since upgraded my camera to a full frame Nikon D610, I started learning what it could do and what I could do with it and that’s where I’m at today, still learning and still trying new things with it two years on. I do enjoy all aspects of photography from the landscape aspect, as it gives me a chance to visit new areas and take in fresh views and portrait work, which allows me to get close to my subject this being something I’m looking to do more of. Recently I bought an ‘ND filter kit’ which reduces the amount of light that passes through the sensor meaning a longer exposure is required and you can get some stunning effects especially ‘blurring/smoothing’ water.

My first experience of Dorset.. I had been on Facebook for a few years and joined several pages on there, this enabled me to pick up some good tips, talk to some helpful folks from around the UK /World and make new friends along the way including Dorset’s very own photographer Sarah Broome, who in turn introduced me to a few more of Dorset’s photographers/artists (Sophie Johnson, Andy White, Doug Chalk, Neil Barnes, Dan Kyp) and more. Sarah invited me to visit Dorset and spend time with a few of the gang, so in June 2015 I did just that and spent a week (not long enough) in your beautiful county. Having seen various images of Dorset I wanted to see how I could photograph the area through my colour blind eyes! Over the course of the week, I visited Portland, Lyme Regis and Colmers Hill with Sarah and Doug Chalk famed for his Colmers Hill calendars, Weymouth and Corfe Castle, Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Sculpture by the Lakes. Some fantastic photography opportunities were had over the week. One favourite image from my week in Dorset was through the pillory stocks at Corfe Castle which had some good comments when I posted on Facebook. I am hoping to visit your beautiful county again in September or October, if so and you see me come and say hello (or even buy me a Guinness). My photography is available to see on Facebook at Shello Sheldon Photography and a website is being built/designed as we speak. arkadia magazine

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Kingfisher Ward is under threat due to budget cuts and is desperately in need of support and funds. Closing this essential ward would deny children throughout rural Dorset access to vital treatment where delay could mean tragedy. The Paediatric Rheumatology Department at Southampton Hospital also needs a specialist rheumatology nurse, a physiotherapist and some specialist equipment. The department’s budget will not cover the cost of the first year and it is therefore of the utmost importance that they find funding elsewhere.

THE COMMERCIAL LAW PRACTICE - A landmark year 2016 is a landmark year for The Commercial Law Practice because this year we celebrate our 10th anniversary. During this time we have seen a few moves from Wimborne to Poundbury and now to our new home where we are fully established in the heart of Dorchester at Pullman Court next to Dorchester South Train Station. The practice had outgrown its former offices and moved strategically to this exciting central location. Convenient to reach for clients on foot, by train or car and with plenty of dedicated parking just outside. In the last 10 years we have built a solid base of satisfied clients due to exceptional customer care, approachability and modern delivery of a traditional service. All our data is stored and backed up electronically enabling us to retrieve any information needed with the click of a button. Enquiries can often be answered immediately and every team member can access files to update clients on the current status of their matters. But in this special year we wanted to give something back to the community and for our 10 year anniversary celebrations we chose two charity events to support. Celebrations started at the Black and White Ball which was held on September 24th at Long Bredy. An amazing committee of volunteers led by Clare Schwinge created the most beautiful setting for 320 guests to celebrate the evening in truly glamorous style. The Commercial Law Practice was joined by Duke’s Auctioneers, Westerly BMW and Hawksmoore Investment Management to support the event and raise money for two charities for young children, the Dorset County Hospital Charity and the Southampton Hospital Charity. Funds were raised to support specific wards at the hospitals namely the Kingfisher ward at Dorchester and the Paediatric Rheumatology Department in Southampton. Both wards give specialist care to children and are in urgent need of financial support in order to carry out this vital work.

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) affects 1 in 1000 children, yet most people are unaware that it is a childhood disease. It affects children of any age from 1 year to adulthood. Although Southampton Hospital is not geographically on our doorstep, it is the hospital to which children are referred if they need specialist care. Both Hospitals are in desperate need of support and The Black and White Ball did just that. With the help of the committee, the sponsors and all the guests we are very proud to have raised over £34000! A pretty good outcome from a wonderful night! Our second event just a few days later on Tuesday 27th September, was a charity golf day at the Dorset Golf and Country Club of which The Commercial Law Practice was proud to be joint sponsor along with the ACS Group of Companies. A keen Golfer herself, our Director Lee Wilkins decided that supporting Life Education Wessex would enable this local charity to carry on its invaluable educational work throughout Dorset and neighbouring counties visiting 50,000 children and young people every year and helping then to learn how to make healthy life choices and engage in good behaviours!

Lee’s daughter’s school was visited many times over the years by the Life Bus which reaches children from 3 to 13 years and teaches them important facts about healthy living and how to avoid risky behaviours that may damage their health and their futures. Ask your kids who Harold the Giraffe is, you may be surprised how many know and remember him. The Golf Day was supported by 16 teams playing 18 holes in dry conditions. In the evening the Sponsors hosted a dinner at the golf club, a well supported raffle and silent auction and ended with the prize giving ceremony. All participants had a wonderful day and we are again proud to say that together we raised £11,516! Our 10th Birthday has been a truly memorable one which we have been privileged to celebrate in style with our friends and clients, whose generosity has in turn helped us raise over £45,000 for three wonderful charities. We would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who helped us achieve this. arkadia magazine

‘WEDDINGS IN THE GARDEN ROOM at Cranborne' The perfect English country garden setting for beautiful weddings. The Garden Room at Cranborne is nestled in a quiet corner of Cranborne Garden Centre in the walled, former kitchen garden of Cranborne Manor. This contemporary events building, with its own private garden, is a stunning venue for unique and beautiful wedding receptions which will be bespoked to suit each couple’s individual requirements. Wedding receptions can be held on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays throughout the year. The Garden Room can seat up to 70 guests for a formal wedding breakfast or 90 for an informal buffet or aftrnoon tea. Larger parties of up to 120 can be accommodated within a marquee on the lawn. Working with their approved, local suppliers, the team at Cranborne will tailor-make your day to provide catering, drinks, floristry, styling and all the little details just the way you would like them.

Claire Whitehead, co-owner of Cranborne Garden Centre comments ‘We are so excited to be launching weddings in The Garden Room. This is a beautiful, contemporary building with a lovely private garden and a stunning outlook to the mature trees in the Manor Garden. I believe that every wedding should be unique and personal to each couple and I’m delighted to be working with some of the best local caterers, florists and wedding suppliers who will help us create really individual packages. Planning a big event can be really stressful and time-consuming, so each couple will have a wedding co-ordinator who will take care of the details, both in the run-up and on the day, allowing you just to relax and have fun’ To celebrate the launch of Weddings in The Garden Room, the team are offering special offers for weddings booked this year for 2017 weddings. For more information and to discuss your particular requirements, please contact us for an informal discussion. Tel - Claire Whitehead 01725 517248 or email


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eing one of the first food reviews we had completed in the new launch edition of Arkadia some four years ago, we're delighted to say The Fontmell is back and it's full steam ahead for this delightful country Inn! Under new ownership, John Crompton and business partner Simon Crumplin, have had just over 6 months running the Inn and what a time it has been! The restaurant has had an overhaul and is beautiful in more ways than one, having been lovingly crafted by Head Chef and long-time local boy Tom Shaw, who pours his soul into every dish he prepares and yet still manages to keep his team smiling and buoyant! I arrive on a Friday lunchtime, the front of house is half full with locals, having a quiet pint, and highvisibility vests are slung over high back chairs with the banter of work and the weekend filling the small, cosy, fireplace nook. There is a real sense of normality in this very welcoming bar as I chat with John about his time at the helm. The restaurant starts to fill and families with pushchairs are keen to get settled into some lovingly prepared local dishes. I admire a pub that has managed to keep the locals happy whilst letting visiting folk discover the wonders of a top end menu at prices you’d expect to find in your local ‘stack em high’ high street chain. When I discover that the two chaps who decided they want to run their own pub, made an offer after sitting in the beer garden having a drink, and the offer was accepted, it has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride for these guys! arkadia magazine

John is the man on scene with his beautiful wife Claire by his side. These guys have gone one step further in developing the Dorset ‘buy local, shop local’ ethos by raising pigs on Simon and wife Carols home-stead! They have then had the means to provide the finest local hand reared meats that go straight into the kitchen; the sneaky sausage roll I took from the bar tasted like nothing I have ever eaten before, it was wholesome, thick and bursting with flavours. What an ethos, and with cattle and sheep being added to the list this will create an enviable menu to savour. John has a background that reads like a 'who's who' of gourmet, with ten years as Group Development Officer with Micheal Caines restaurant chain working across the UK and 7 years locally. The main ingredient he wanted to use in his own place was to make it fit for locals and for the surrounding area as a place to come daily, not just for that special occasion. He also wanted the prices to reflect the quality of the menu and to showcase the ingredients. Being a great local haunt, the food is served with great flair and a considered amount of thought, just as John wanted it. The Fontmell is a great place to be and you can easily excuse yourself an evening meal from the extensive menu several times a week. It is a real charm to find and an unusual experience in this day and age in Dorset. There were guys passing through on the way to campsites in Bere Regis, workmen, the fabulous site of several families having a catch-up lunches, and even a business deal or two being derived over mains and a small Pinot Grigio, the balance seems to be working.

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The chef is in his element, his team seem to be thriving off of this new warm approach, with an eclectic mix downstairs. You could always book one of the fabulously designed, country retreat bedrooms upstairs and just sink into the claw foot bath at the bottom of the bed and watch some Friday night TV. Set in the beautiful vales and with the pub extending over Collier’s Brook and Fontmell Magna’s village stream, which flows between the bar and the dining room, this place is set in a serene and delightful environment in which to eat and relax. The Fontmell is the perfect place to catch up with friends and realise life is all about the little pleasures, good food, good company and maybe a sausage roll for the journey home...

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WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE THEY GOT FUN AND GAMES... It isn't often that you find a cool new bar as quirky as this one, especially not in the centre of the ever so quaint and slightly mild town of Shaftesbury. This is Angola 76, the newest, coolest and certainly the funkiest bar in the area. With another business in supplying military based props to film and television, John Morgan has used his knowledge to design this bar around the same theme. With pre-war luggage, leather goods and old officer’s effects, this bar is the perfect place for friends to relax with a cocktail in one hand and a cigar in the other. Once a small vegan cafe, John, who owns the whole bar and what seems most of the centre of Shaftesbury, has taken his imagination and gone a little wild. Angola76 is John's brainchild, which can be seen throughout the whole establishment thanks to the décor and the very chilled vibes. We often see John at our Arkadia events and he's always smiling! He's a fantastic character with a gregarious attitude that can be seen in the décor; from 1930's hunting trophies on the wall, to the huge bison taking centre stage over the fireplace. During my visit, I was fortunate enough to spend an evening at Angola76 with John and his wonderful bar manageress Sarah watching the social shift as the night grew closer. The whole place changes from one of quiet contemplation from late afternoon; a place to read your latest novel and have a quiet pint and a 'speciality' burger. Then weaving energetically into the after work dinner brigade; groups of friends sharing platters of fiery steak strips, hot spicy sausages and glasses of cold 'rum runners'. As I sat sipping my French mojito - a crisp refreshing raspberry-inspired blend, I watched the bar shift into evening mode and fill with a wonderful array of local characters. This place really comes alive at night! arkadia magazine

With cargo netting upstairs in the loft, comfy couches and candlelight, giggling gangs can be heard throughout the bar from thrill-seeking locals relaxing under the twinkling stars and the neon lights. The vibe is cool and collective, with a harmonica being played in the background, one chap is stood around, jigging with the folk and happily swaying to the sweet sounds of the southern charm! The music here is a blend of funky soul and sixties revival with regular bands being showcased from as far as London and Brighton. The night seems to take on an air of old school magic with the smell of Piri-Piri wafting through the courtyard; a vibe you find in the old lanes of London. Relaxed tunes, lovingly inspired dishes and a sense of belonging helps make this place spark and being open all day only adds to its changeable atmosphere. An eclectic mix of people grace this bar, from local artists to ladies meeting up after running the empires of enterprise on the high street of this historic town. The gorgeous menu is becoming the star in this part of the world, and we love the fact the walls are adorned with horns, but to be honest, it doesn't really have a serious bone in its body, more of a delightful feeling that one cocktail becomes two or three or a meal becomes an event. The night beckons, and with a cosy corner found, it's a chance to forget your daily grind, and delve into the jungle that is Angola 76. I just wish I lived a little closer as this has all the makings of my kind of local hotspot! I will be on the hunt for more of John's adventures in the future, an experience I would wish to repeat again and again...

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I have always been fascinated by the traditions we keep in Dorset, so we sent our aspiring journalist Jodie House to chat with Edward Goodfellow, a young man in his art at 34. Married to wife Jo and father to young daughter Felicity they live and work at Higher Silkhay Farm, near Bridport in Dorset. Edward is an independent sheep shearer as well as working as a multi-skilled farm worker undertaking all of the usual mass of farm jobs needed to keep this business going. Edward was taught to shear by his Dad Kevin Goodfellow when he was a young boy on their organic dairy farm. In 1998 they started farming organic beef and became one of the lead suppliers to Sainsbury’s and local organic outlets such as the beautiful ‘Washing Pool Farm’ shop. Edward is a member of the British Wool Board BWB, a non-profit making organisation, returning to producers the market price for their wool, less its own costs, here he trained with the best in the country. The wool that the farm produces is bought by BWB and Edward shears over 10,000 sheep across Dorset in a year! He can shear up to 50 to 80 sheep in just two hours! The BWB grade Edwards’s wool and purchase it from him, it then goes on to be used in a huge amount of artisan products. Edward uses the 'Bowen' method of shearing – which is a New Zealand method, by Walter Godfrey Bowen MBE (13 February 1922 – 2 January 1994), certainly, no one could accuse this man of not achieving! He was born in Te Puke, and began shearing when he was sixteen, in 1953, he set a new world record by fleecing 456 sheep in nine hours. He had analysed shearing methods thoroughly, and developed his own special ‘Bowen technique’. The crux of it was using orderly strokes, and keeping the sheep relaxed. The New Zealand Wool Board were so impressed that they invited Bowen to set up a nationwide shearing training scheme, this technique is still used across the UK amongst many shearers. The list of true sheep shearers in the UK is small, Edward is only the 4th blade shearer in the country and is keen to support shearing and hopefully becoming an Olympic sport. For those who may fancy a career in shearing, you can contact, where there is a mass of information about starting out in the shearing industry. Dorset is a flourishing farming region and shearing is a stable and profitable pathway. Having travelled the globe working and competing in places such as Australia and New Zealand, Edward is hugely passionate about his work, which is very apparent when watching him shear. He is methodical and said “no one ever remembers a fast job, they remember a good job”. He hopes to take over the farm one day and continue to raise his family in the beautiful Dorset countryside, keeping the spirit of rural farming alive for the future of his family and the love of doing a job right. Edward, we salute you my friend.


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Paul Russell I’m a street photographer and have lived in Weymouth for the past 15 years. I’m interested in telling stories using photos – either through individual, self-contained images like the “duelling ladies” shot here or with a sequence of photos, such as my seaside series. It’s important to me that my photos are completely candid and not set up or posed in any way. I studied animal behaviour at university, and I think of my photography as a sort of pictorial natural history and ecology of humans. I’ve been a fan of street photography for over 30 years and been photographing for all that time, going through various subject matter from street to landscape. I only really started concentrating on street photography when digital came along. Having gone from taking a few rolls of film every month, in 2003 I bought a £100 digital camera and took thousands of photos in the first month. Looking through all the photos using the speedy digital feedback, the pictures I was most interested in were those containing people. Straight away I set up a new website for my new digital shots at, which started out as a visual diary and evolved into a showcase of my best shots. Growing interest in my website led to invitations to exhibit solo shows at art centres and galleries around the UK and being invited to join the In-Public collective ( In 2010, I was one of 46 photographers profiled in Thames & Hudson’s landmark Street Photography Now book, being given the same amount of space as well known Magnum photographers such Bruce Gilden and Martin Parr. Shortly after this, my work was collected by the Museum of London. At this point, I had been mixing work as a freelance sub-editor with my photography but a period of illness led me to lose my sub-editing work, and this seemed like an opportunity to focus solely on my photography. I now concentrate on print sales, giving workshops and licensing images via my website to fund my photographic interests… arkadia magazine

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As well as teaching, Al & Jesa are working professional jewellery designers who run Flux ’n’ Flame alongside their second business ‘A Wolf and I’ through which they make jewellery to commission, collections for galleries and sell their work internationally.

Thirteen years ago award winning jewellery designer makers Jesa & Al Marshall (A Wolf and I Jewellery ) decided to set up a small jewellery school in order to share their passion for silversmithing, metalwork and jewellery.

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‘At Flux ’n’ Flame we aim to provide professional level jewellery making courses for all abilities in a relaxed, fun and creative environment. Our workshop has been described as a ‘little haven’ or ‘refuge’ in the middle of the Dorset countryside where you can totally lose yourself in the magic of silversmithing, helped every step of the way by Jesa and Al or one of our little team at Flux ’n’ Flame.

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We keep our courses as flexible as possible, so you can come along with any level of experience, with a project in mind or not, its up to you! We don’t tell you what to make but instead we guide you through the making process to create a piece or pieces of jewellery that you have chosen. This means everyone is working on their own project at their own pace and makes for a fabulously creative vibe and it also allows everyone to see a wealth of different techniques which are taking place in the workshop at any one time! Students at Flux ’n’ Flame can work in copper, silver or even gold and learn a huge variety of techniques from soldering to stone setting, acid etching to enamelling. We run 1, 2 and 3 day courses over the weekends throughout the year as well as regular weekly classes and a week long Summer School. Have a look out our website for dates!! You can also have a look at students work on our Facebook page, where we upload photos of lots of the lovely pieces produced over the weekend courses and classes!! Open Studio Weekend 26th & 27th November. Come and visit us at Flux ’n’ Flame - see the workshop and meet Al & Jesa. There’ll also be jewellery to see and buy from A Wolf and I, PLUS: Guest Jewellers, Ethical Gemstones from Sri Lanka, Photography and lots more …as well as mince pies (well, it's nearly Christmas !!!) .

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THE SEASON OF THE COUNTY The quiet time has arrived.

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Summer season is abundant, isn’t it? Being by the beach, having great places to go and dine in the evenings, taking on board the suns warm energies and the calm cool clement evening nights. Those of us who have experienced winter evenings on these shores, who’ve taken the time to meander through the streets of our quaint, quiet small villages, the ones who have tasted the brittle night air, we know that this is a distinctive time for us ‘local folk’. We spend the whole year dwelling in our beautiful county, and love to call it home. This season we have to come after our stunning autumn sheds its array of golden tones, we have the peace of the beaches, the pick of the best tables, and the still of the ocean as it gently laps at the clean beach front. This is becoming fewer and fewer of us, as the ‘out of towners’ flock to purchase a piece of our lovingly untouched shores, or a cliff top view of our incredible islands, and then depart us like the millions of colourful thrushes such as redwings, geese and swans, our ‘visiting’ birds that arrive during the autumn. This is my favourite time of year, one where I find the real meaning of Dorset, taking my boxer

puppy off to find new places that are always and easily found living in a county. It is full of adventure, the random heathland passageways and the narrow thicket fences that open up into incredible morning mists of green pastures, the wildlife alive to the sound of your boots crunching in the soft earth. This is the reason we wanted to run a new photography competition, you guys capture the spirit of Dorset, and we love showing off the talented amateur photographer who lives and breathes for the changing of the seasonal tides. Here are just a selection of the images we had flooded into us from you all, we hope you’ve made it onto our hallowed pages, and I do hope this inspires you to get out there and do the same thing, enjoy your winter wonderland, and we’ll see you all in spring, for a new and imaginative look at our unbelievable land we call home. If you have a ‘Spring Time’ image you’d like to submit to us, please email ‘Spring Time’ to and we will do our best to feature your work

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Art & Stone Ever since I was a child I wanted to be an artist. I always drew and painted and made things with my hands. My teacher let me draw even during lessons, the only child allowed to do so and he kept my portfolio afterwards. I went to evening classes to learn painting, but I also learned on how to find and develop ideas. And when I had the opportunity to study art at a Teacher’s Training College in Germany, I worked really hard to get into it. After I finished my studies I moved to Surrey, England because I thought I would have more freedom to pursue my goal. Besides, it was near London with all its wonderful Art Galleries and Museums. While I was waiting to take up my first teaching post, I was unemployed for 3 months, I used this time to work on my first stone carvings. I then worked as an art teacher for a short time, before I had my son. This quiet time at home raising my son gave me the chance to develop my sculptures and to start to exhibit them. When my son went to Kindergarten, I learned to work fast. We swapped our beautiful big flat for a grotty little house, because it had a garden and a shed, which became my first studio. After my son went to school, I really got going and worked full-time on my sculptures.

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One year when my son was 5 or 6 my friends invited us to come to Swanage on holiday, where I found out about Stone Carving Festivals. From then on we spent many happy summers by the seaside, with me carving on the Quay and him playing on the beach with the children of the other stone carvers. And when I had the opportunity to move to Purbeck, I could not resist. My new husband claimed I had only come here for the stone and the muscle. That and his brother-in-law’s quarry! Whatever the motives it gave me the chance to make bigger sculptures. Later, when my son went off to university I had no time for any empty-nest feelings, as it coincided with my first big commission; this work is ‘Children by the Rockpool’ and can be found in the Children’s cemetery in Poundbury, near Dorchester. My son has been really essential for my profile as a sculptor, as he persuaded me to get familiar with computers. He helped me set up my website and facebook page, as well as designing some beautiful cards for me. Now my husband is retiring, I have convinced him that he should spend more time in our own garden, so that we can display my sculptures better during my Open Studio exhibitions. This allows me to concentrate on making sculptures. Quite some time ago, my father had a look around my studio with interest. He then said; your grandfather and great grandfather had tools exactly like yours. As my parents had both been refugees, this was news to me and it turned out, that my ancestors where quarry men in Pomerania, now in Poland, but formerly Eastern Germany. So there you are, it was in my blood all along. Angelika Seik

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A LIGHT FIESTA AT WESTBOURNE THIS CHRISTMAS Westbourne welcomes you to join them as they light up the town with their FIRST EVER Light Fiesta and Festivities and join forces in the spirit of Christmas. Westbourne will be shining bright and transformed into wonderland of activities for all to enjoy this Christmas. This year, instead of a standard Christmas Light Switch On, on the 3rd December visitors will see the streets lit up for the first time EVER with a spectacular ‘Christmas Light Fiesta’ - an explosive celebration of light highlighting Westbourne’s unique qualities. The "Christmas Light Fiesta" will be a street party, taking place from 4 - 6 pm and will include music, light performers and dancers, UV lights, LED balloons as well as glow paint and more! For those early risers the morning of Saturday 3rd December Westbourne shops and traders will be serving up delicious delicacies, wintery fayre, hand-made gifts and an array of other goodies, as well as running exclusive offers, showcasing specialist products, and an range of special tastings to tempt you too, and enticing you back into town in January. The grand opening of Santa’s Grotto will take place on 26th November in the new pop up Grotto, this is once again located in the Arcade, in association with Westbourne Rotary. Everyone is welcome to come and meet the Westbourne Santa, along with balloon modellers and face painters to keep you entertained. As well as the new Santa Grotto, other magical aspects this year are a brand new Nut-Cracker trail, plus live music and fun activities such as festive crafts, gingerbread making and decorating, for all to enjoy. Look out for the festive street entertainment and choirs, getting you into the Christmas spirit. Before or after your visit to Santa, don’t forget that The Westbourne Post Office have a special Christmas post box, for all your personalised letters and special requests. Said Lia Martin, Chairman of the Westbourne Business Association and Director of the Coastal BID, “We are inviting you all to come and join us to celebrate Christmas in Westbourne and we look forward to seeing you all in your winter jumpers and winter warmers, everyone is welcome and there is something for the whole family from stocking fillers to unique gifts. Westbourne is a wonderful destination with a variety of independent and national shops, it is a perfect location for visitors to browse and to find that special gift – of all price ranges. When you need a break from shopping there is a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants. This December we also have a ‘Best Dressed Christmas Window’ and a selfie competition, as well as an array of exclusive promotions and offers from the Westbourne Businesses to help fill your Christmas stockings and shopping requirements. There really will be something for everyone to see and do in Westbourne this December, and we are even providing FREE shopping bags for your Christmas shopping in our stores from 25th November too.” arkadia magazine

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The Kids Are Alright!!! It’s easy for every generation to look back on their childhood years with nostalgic reverence and, in turn, look down upon the ‘yoof of todays’ penchant for inexplicable mobile devices and violent video games. But seriously, did we really have it all that good? Oh, those halcyon days of being made to sit in the car, for what seemed like an interminable stretch, placated by nothing more than a bottle of coke and a bag of crisps. What were the grown-ups thinking? Did they really believe that stuffing siblings in a small vehicle with mildly stale potato snacks, overly sugary beverages and zero stimulation could end in anything but disaster? Inevitably, boredom took hold, and we found ourselves inventing new and exciting ways to torture each other. Along with general hair pulling, poking and pinching we became masters of the ‘Chinese burn’. Yup, those were the days. If you were lucky enough to grow up in Dorset, you already had the edge. I didn’t. Hailing from over the border in Somerset, my experiences seem annoyingly pale in comparison. You had lush, dramatic rolling hills – we had the levels. We, of course, had Burnham- On- Sea and Weston Super Mare, but with all due respect to those coastal locations, they’re no Weymouth or Studland are they now? Time has enhanced this beautiful location to offer the kids of today rich and varied experiences. Take the sand sculptures that have adorned Weymouth beach for many years - they now have their own house. Yes, a world made of sand! My younger self would have been in awe of these remarkable creations, and most likely, would have encouraged me to improve upon my own poorly conceived efforts. The wealth of extraordinary talent in Dorset has ensured that the younger generations are offered expansive activities that we could only have dreamt of. We whiled away many a summer out with our skateboards building ramps, and if we were lucky, careering up and down a rusty old half pipe at the local park. The kids now have a wide range of custom built skate parks, where young talent can really be nurtured. Instead of randomly climbing trees or doing somersaults around the bars in the carpark like demented hamsters, kids can take free running and parkour classes, focusing their energy into something skilful and laudable. As much as we enjoyed our days at the beach, you can’t help but think how much more excited we would have been to have a crack at sailing in a dinghy, or thrashing the water, kite surfing. Even babies are getting in on the action. Now, clearly, I have little or no recollection of that period of my life, but I’m pretty sure I hadn’t started practising Yoga. Yes, Yoga, for babies. Pretty cool huh? What is clear, is that you don’t need to grow up in a metropolis to have access to a wide range of activities. There is a wealth of exciting, edgy and imaginative things for kids to get involved with, all set within this magnificent county we call home. So get stuck in, because the kids are more than alright.

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Eagle-eyed property market watchers may have noticed a change. Certainly those in London will have seen a marked difference from a year ago. The market has done an about-turn in favour of buyers. Fewer buyers and more properties available have changed the fortunes of purchasers. What does this mean for the market elsewhere? Well, often where London leads other areas follow. In a buyers’ market purchasers have more choice, negotiate harder and have the luxury of taking their time in finding a new home. There is no need for them to be rushed into quick action. For sellers this new dynamic will create a different set of questions and decisions. Pricing will be key. So too will property presentation and condition. But one of their biggest decisions will be which estate agent to use. Some might not have sold a property for a long time and there have been many changes. New options are available. While there was a strong sellers’ market, low-cost online property listing companies sprang up to cash in when selling property was relatively straightforward, but now things will change. Simply listing a property on a property portal will no longer be enough. Each house or flat will have to be competitively and accurately priced, serious and motivated buyers will have to be found rather than fallen over, and once a sale has been agreed it will take experience and expertise to keep it on track through all the legal, financial and dependent sales complications that are an inevitable part of most property transactions these days.

These all take time, tenacity and training - things that the bargain basement operators aren’t well equipped for. Of course one should always look for great value, but sometimes that does not mean the lowest price - or commission in estate agency terms. In estate agency, good value means finding the firm that will get the top price from the best

buyer, often in the quickest time. Anything else is of no value at all. In fact, it is a false economy. It is hoping for the best, and that has no place when it comes to selling such a valuable asset. So if you are selling in what may soon become a buyers’ market, it is best to shop around and ask your estate agent what he or she will do differently in this different market. Ask what makes one firm better - not cheaper - than another. It is very easy to be the cheapest choice. It takes skill, expertise and sustained performance over many years to be the best choice.

LUCKY FOR YOU The fabulous Rio Olympics reminded us that dedication, natural talent, great coaching, relentless training, self-belief and a total focus on winning are what creates a gold medallist. Luck comes last on the list, for Olympians can’t rely on luck. Instead they have to depend on things they have control over. A 16th century proverb says, ‘Diligence is the mother of good luck’, and it is diligence that wins gold medals. If selling houses were an Olympic sport, who would you want to represent you? An inexperienced, poorly trained, badly equipped person whose ethos is cutting costs and, in the main, relying on luck? Or would you prefer a professional armed to the teeth with an impressive array of features, benefits, experience and training, all designed to help you get the most from your sale? Sadly there are lots of competitors entering the race for your business and offering cheap fees for a cheap service. Did the highly successful GB cycling team cut costs? No it did not. It did not put top riders on their parents’ old bikes and then hope that everyone else in the race would get a puncture. Instead it invested in technology. It invested in training. It invested in people. It invested in success. No stone was left unturned in preparing to come first. Winning a gold medal can be a life-changer for the recipient, but it can never be left to luck. Too much is at stake. Winning at selling your property can be a life-changer too, as your home is so much a part of your life. It provides shelter, it helps sustain your family and it helps you to build security and wealth. It helps you win in life. So when you are deciding who will represent you in selling your home, check out the competitors, weigh up their past successes, their experience, their desire to win and their complete disregard for luck, because the best make their own luck, and that will be lucky for you.

BUY TO LET An investment worth consideration In recent years, Buy to Let has become a booming business, and property has always been regarded as one of the safest investments for those with the means and funds available. Whilst there may be some risk involved, if research is carried out correctly the return can be twofold. The rental will help to cover the mortgage, and you should receive capital growth on your investment. Buy to Let is not a get-rich-quick scheme and should be looked on as a long term investment. Look at being a Landlord as a business venture. Ensure thorough research is carried out, and always remember the property is a business and not your home. Make sure you take advice on the best areas to purchase a property, and research which properties are currently being sought by tenants. Look at local employment and, most importantly, think about the type of tenant you wish to attract. Research the costs you will incur against the rental yields you will receive to ensure Buy to Let is financially viable for you. Ensure you factor in ongoing repair cost, rental voids and annual safety checks. Also allow for redecoration approx. every four years. In preparing the property to let, take advice on what attracts tenants. Try to stick to neutral colours; again, remember this is a business and not about personal taste. Finding the right tenant is extremely important. Ensure they are fully vetted and Right to Rent checks are carried out. Lettings legislation is continually changing and it is

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OUR ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY Our philosophy is based on knowing the area we work in and being part of the local community. This helps us understand what makes each area unique, which in turn helps us deliver a top class service. During 2016 alone we will have been involved in over fifty local events. Over the next few weeks we are one of the lead sponsors of the Dorchester Literary Festival; we have arranged, in conjunction with Duke’s Auctioneers, a free antiques valuation morning at our Wareham office; we are sponsoring the Christmas Craft Fair at Kingston Maurward College; and supporting the Macmillan Christmas Craft and Gourmet Food Show also at Kingston Maurward College.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US - Here’s just six examples from the last six weeks Ideal tenants were found very quickly by your lettings department. Viewings were conducted very well and we were given good feedback. Everything was first class; thank you very much Debbie. Mr and Mrs York We are so grateful to DOMVS for offering us such an invaluable service. Very professional whilst maintaining a warm and friendly manner. Mr and Mrs O’Neill Excellent; all very helpful and friendly. Never having bought a house before we didn’t know what to expect, and were most impressed by how helpful everyone was even after our offer was accepted. Mr and Mrs Vaughan DOMVS is pro-active, enthusiastic and a dream to work with. Would give you a ‘6’ if ‘5’ weren’t the top score! Ms Hamilton Professional and obliging. DOMVS kept us informed, but our own agent didn’t! We had quite a difficult sale, but buying went smoothly, which was helped by the calm approach of your staff. Mr and Mrs Hayes Initial appointment was conducted well; all members of the team we dealt with were amazingly efficient and always courteous. We will definitely recommend your services in the future. DOMVS were head and shoulders above other estate agents. Dr and Dr Sword

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This substantial detached four-bedroom property (master en-suite) with large garden, ample parking, and double garage is situated in a private no-through road, nestled within a quiet cul-de-sac. The property takes advantage of its elevated position and salubrious views with a generous wrap-around balcony. The village is located between the county town of Dorchester, with its mainline railway station (London Waterloo), famous weekly market and reputable schools, and Blandford Forum, with its boutique-style shops, tea rooms and riverside walks. Winterborne Whitechurch itself offers an historic church, farm shop, primary school, tea rooms and bistro pub. The northern part of the village parish is within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Large garden Situated on a private, no-through road Generous accommodation


• Detached house • Four bedrooms (master en-suite) • Roof terrace • Double garage

Winterborne Whitechurch Dorset £495,000 EPC: Rating D arkadia magazine

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Dorchester Dorset £585,000 EPC: Rating F

A perfect opportunity for a handsome family home with period detailing intact, not least some fine coloured leaded light glazing, ornate coving, tessellated tiling, together with original fireplaces. The house has much potential from which to create an elegant and extremely spacious home, right in the heart of the county town, with an unusually large south-facing garden and the rare attribute of plentiful parking and a garage. The accommodation on the ground floor includes three generous reception rooms and a large kitchen and utility room, with seven bedrooms spaced over the first and second floors. Some refurbishment required. Perfectly located for easy, level access to wide-ranging amenities including mainline rail link to London Waterloo, county hospital, cinemas, arts centre, museums, wine bars and schools. Sporting facilities include golf at Came Down and sailing at Weymouth and Portland. The famous Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site - a simply stunning coastline – is just a few miles away. Overall, Dorchester is steeped in history and enjoys some of the county's most noted period architecture, all set amongst beautiful rural countryside with easy access of the coast at Weymouth.

Generous family home Large south-facing garden Perfectly positioned for town centre

• Seven bedrooms • Three reception rooms • Ample parking • Single garage

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Located in the shadow of Poundbury Hill, looking across the water meadows of the River Frome, Bradford Peverell is very much a 'picture box' village, with its core of period properties set amidst open countryside, with riverside walks close to hand. On a practical note, it is close to Dorchester with its varied shopping and dining facilities, weekly markets, restaurants, cafes and bars, in addition to mainline rail links to London Waterloo (approx. 2.5 hours). This delightful three-double bedroom detached cottage is generously proportioned with well-planned accommodation, impeccably finished. Of particular note is the spacious kitchen/breakfast room, which has been designed to allow ample storage and contains abundant marble work-surfaces, and the large conservatory overlooking the private garden. The property has the added advantage of a south-easterly-facing garden and double garage. • Desirable village location • Immaculately presented • South-easterly facing garden • Three double bedrooms

Stunning village location Character property with contemporary convenience Ample parking and double garage

Bradford Peverell Dorset £475,000 EPC: Rating D

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Winfrith Newburgh Dorset £650,000 EPC: Rating C

Immaculately presented Beautiful village location Four double bedrooms inc. guest suite Presented immaculately, this excellently proportioned country house is located in the centre of this particularly popular village, and contains four large bedrooms including a self-contained guest suite. The sitting room is a particularly generous size, with French doors framing views of the large rear garden, which enjoys wonderful country views. The property also has a garage, car port and further parking. Winfrith Newburgh sits in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, the unique beauty of which is reflected in its status as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village itself enjoys varied amenities including a village store/delicatessen, public house, post office, church, pre-school, primary school and an active village hall that plays host to innumerable community events throughout the year.

• Detached four-bedroom home • Large, beautifully landscaped garden • Countryside views • Large conservatory • Carport and garage

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Sutton Poyntz Dorset £800.00 P.C.M. EPC: Rating D

This adorable cottage is situated in the picturesque location of Sutton Poyntz, just a short distance from the village duck pond with its weeping willows and mellow stone period properties; a setting popular with local artists attracted by its 'chocolate box' appeal. The village lies within a conservation area nestled beneath the chalk downs to the north of Preston, and has the distinct advantage of easy access to open countryside, while also being within convenient reach of Weymouth and Dorchester. The property is beautifully presented throughout, with three bedrooms, a stunning sitting room complete with stone fireplace and a dining room with wood burning stove, which overlooks the delightful rear garden with patio area, ideal for outside entertaining.

. . • Perfect village setting • Spacious living area • Three bedrooms • Quiet location • Pretty garden Considerable charm Two reception rooms Sought-after location

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This detached property is set in the most sought-after location of Stoborough; hugely popular due to its close proximity to wonderful walks at Stoborough Heath and Arne Nature Reserve. The market town of Wareham, famed for its delightful riverside setting and gateway to the Isle of Purbeck, is also close at hand. The five well-proportioned bedrooms, three bathrooms, and extensive living accommodation including a kitchen/breakfast room overlooking the simply delightful rear garden, all contribute to an incredibly spacious family home, which offers considerable flexibility.

• Close to riverside market town • Generous garden • Five double bedrooms • Quiet location • Ample off-road parking

Perfect family home Sought-after location Spacious and flexible accommodation

Stoborough Dorset £1200.00 P.C.M. EPC: Rating D arkadia magazine

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This generous first floor apartment reflects the heritage of the period and, together with a contemporary finish, creates stylish, elegant accommodation located within this genteel square alongside similar properties of the period. Elegant rooms with high ceilings include three double bedrooms, contemporary kitchen, separate sitting/dining room with open fireplace, plus large sunny communal garden and private single garage.

Located off Wyke Road within a conservation area, Lansdowne Square is populated with homes from a similar period, and is a popular residential location within this well-regarded area. The square very much enjoys a community feel, and is within reach of Weymouth Harbour and the town centre. Facilities in nearby Wyke include a bakery, post office, convenience store, public houses, health centre, library and 12th Century church.

Beautifully-presented apartment Well-maintained communal garden Within reach of Weymouth Harbour

• Stylish décor • Private well-regarded location • Three double bedrooms

Weymouth Dorset Offers over £250,000 EPC: Rating E

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Weymouth Dorset £338,000 EPC: Rating C

This beautifully-presented, three-bedroom detached bungalow is located just a short distance from Weymouth town centre. The property offers a light and versatile open-plan living area with a well-equipped kitchen, with large sliding doors opening to the garden. The master bedroom is situated to the front of the property, with fitted wardrobes and ample room for further furniture. The option of an en-suite bathroom is available, with plumbing in the deepest section of the fitted wardrobes.

Well-maintained and peaceful garden Ground floor accommodation Desirable location

The split-level garden has decking immediately outside the sliding doors. A large area is laid to lawn, with shrubs bordering one side and a paved path leading to the large store on the other. To the front, there is parking for two cars, and an area for plants and shrubs adjacent to the front door. Conveniently located in a quiet residential area of Weymouth, the property is within easy reach of the Esplanade and beach, and benefits from a local bus service.

• Contemporary décor • Open-plan kitchen/dining/living room • Three bedrooms

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Broadwey Dorset £675,000 EPC: Rating E

A beautiful Regency house understood to have been constructed in about 1805, with a grand addition in approx* 1850. The handsome rooms are elegantly proportioned with some delightful cornicing, and as well as fine sash windows with original shutters, there are some attractive fireplaces. With two large reception rooms and a large kitchen, the property has an abundance of entertaining space, in addition to six bedrooms. The large walled gardens enjoy a high degree of privacy, with greenhouse, bee hive, chicken house and an impressive triple garage block with timber up-and-over doors, and an office on the first floor. The property is nestled away in Broadwey, providing an enchanting family home with lots of original period features. One of the oldest houses in the area, it has been sympathetically improved by the present owners. An ancient parish church and innumerable walks through rolling countryside are on the doorstep, and the area further offers an array of amenities such as a convenience store, florist and garage with small Marks & Spencer's.

Mature gardens Popular location Bespoke kitchen/breakfast room

• Elegantly proportioned rooms • Six bedrooms • Triple garage • Separate studio/workspace

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This detached character property has a great sense of fun and quirkiness about it, set in the most enviable of positions. Delivering flexible accommodation of over 3,000 ft2, the property offers space in abundance, both inside and out, with the luxury of a sea view and character features. A sense of ‘country house’ meets ‘town' meets 'sea’; an intriguing combination. The property benefits from three reception rooms in addition to a generous kitchen/breakfast room, making this the ideal property for those who seek to maximise their entertaining space. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms complete the accommodation. Outside, there is parking for at least six vehicles, a workshop, a garden room/office and substantial garden with sea views towards Portland. Weymouth itself is famous for the award-winning sandy beach abutting the Esplanade, and the imposing Regency buildings that flank the sea front. The state-of-the-art Sailing Academy and shallow waters of Weymouth Bay make it the ideal location from which to make the most of the water sports opportunities on offer. • Sea views • Generous garden • Large master en-suite

Plentiful parking Popular location Timber garden room/office

Weymouth Dorset Guide price £650,000 EPC: Rating E

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Upwey Dorset Offers over £1,250,000 EPC: Rating C

This beautiful contemporary ‘Manor House’ sits proudly in grounds which extend to 1.75 acres, and is finished with impressive touches. This simply stunning residence has been carefully considered and beautifully designed. Modern touches such as HDMI, surround-sound cabling and under-floor heat recovery system are integrated into over 4,000 ft2 of spacious accommodation. The property consists of five bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bath or shower room, and four reception rooms including a stunning, open-plan kitchen/dining/living room.

Spacious family home 1.75-acre garden Rural location, close to town

The master suite offers an impressive room with vaulted ceiling, and glazed elevation including patios doors opening to a Juliette balcony with views over the garden. The dressing room has plenty of natural light, with fitted wardrobes and storage. The en-suite bathroom has a large walk-in shower, Jacuzzi bath, ‘his and hers’ basins with vanity storage, and WC with privacy glass surround. Outside, electric double gates open to the extensive block paved driveway, where there is space to park several cars. The driveway continues behind the house and leads to an extended triple garage with electric doors and electric side motorbike door. The garden is predominantly south/south-westerly facing, and is mainly laid to lawn, with mature trees providing privacy. There is also an extensive decked area perfect for entertaining. • Detached contemporary manor residence • Contemporary open-plan living accommodation • Five en-suite bedrooms • Off-road parking and triple garage

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Charm and character can both be found at this country home located close to the coast at Osmington. Lovingly restored and maintained, fine character features include tiled flooring and exposed bricks and beams within impressively proportioned accommodation. The garden has stunning views over the hills and countryside of Osmington and Sutton Poyntz, with a unique view of the White Horse and Hardy's Monument in the far distance. The garden also offers a patio sun terrace area surrounded by raised beds and shrubberies. Paved steps lead to the lawn and a generous vegetable plot, a greenhouse with power, and a garden shed. There is also a workshop with power, storage sheds, a wood store and a coal store. The house is situated within the delightful village of Osmington, and is only a short walk from the coast along Shortlake Lane. Osmington, where John Constable spent his honeymoon, is a vibrant community. Within the village are many beautiful stone and thatched buildings, and the church of St Osmund with 15th Century tower. • Views over Osmington and Sutton Poyntz • Character throughout • Four bedrooms (en-suite to master)

Annex potential Off-road parking for five cars Popular village location

Osmington Dorset Asking price £475,000 EPC: Rating D

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Wareham Dorset Guide price £495,000 EPC: Rating G

An elegant end-of-terrace Grade II listed town house with wonderful Victorian features, which complement this lovely family home. With three double bedrooms (one en-suite), family bathroom, two receptions and cellar, this is a surprisingly spacious property within walking distance of all amenities and mainline rail link to London Waterloo. A delightful, large and private walled garden and a garage are additional features to this lovely town house. Set in the heart of this riverside market town, known as the 'gateway to the Purbecks', and the Jurassic coast with its stunning views and wonderful beaches.

• Delightful walled garden • Within a Saxon walled town • Three double bedrooms • Two receptions and cellar

Elegantly presented Grade II listed town house In the heart of a riverside town

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Situated in the heart of Swanage and just a stone's throw from the beach, this property dates back to 1885. Steeped in history, Clare House was once the Park Street Market and, during the Second World War, was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers. In recent years, and up to the present day, it is run as a very successful Bed & Breakfast, and would make a stunning family home.

With seven double bedrooms, all en-suite, and three reception rooms, the property is located in the heart of Swanage, with its eclectic mix of shops, cafes and award-winning restaurants. Prince Albert Gardens, Downs and Durlston Country Park are close by and offer breath-taking views of the coastline.

• Close to the sea front • Seven double bedrooms, all en-suite • Central location for shops and restaurants • Wonderful walks and stunning views

Swanage Dorset £815,000 EPC: Rating G

Located on the Jurassic Coast Elegantly and stylishly appointed Walking distance to sandy beaches

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Kingston Dorset £635,000 EPC: Exempt

Historic Grade II listed farrier's cottage Sought-after village location Large private garden

A delightfully quirky Grade II listed former farrier’s cottage, located in the popular hamlet of Kingston. With four bedrooms and three reception rooms, large private garden and garage, there are many original features including open fireplaces, exposed beams, panelled walls and window seats, all adding immense charm to this lovely family home. The property is set in the pretty village of Kingston, about two miles south of historic Corfe Castle and five miles west of Swanage and its sandy beaches. The village is situated on a hill near Swyre Head, the highest point of the Purbeck Hills, surrounded by woods and famous for its commanding views.

• Fabulous location • Full of character • Four double bedrooms • Single garage

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Stunning panoramic sea views are a wonderful feature of this generously sized five-bedroom maisonette. The versatile accommodation is set over two floors, with three bathrooms, surprisingly large kitchen, dining room and sitting room, all with views from Lymington to Swanage Bay, taking in the Isle of Wight. The property is perfect for a large family or entertaining holiday guests, set above the sandy beaches of Swanage, a nostalgic seaside town, offering an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants.

• Stunning sea and hillside views • Balcony overlooking the bay • Five generous bedrooms • Off-road parking

Superb panoramic sea views Spacious living accommodation Close to town and beaches

Swanage Dorset Offers over £550,000 EPC: Rating D

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Wareham Dorset £1,250,000 EPC: Rating F

An elegant detached gentleman’s residence, with six double bedrooms, three receptions, garaging and ample parking. Placed within approximately five acres of gardens and woodland, with swimming pool, tennis court and direct access to protected heathland. A commanding house in an idyllic setting, the property was built in 1939 for a local businessman, and has only changed hands twice since then. A unique opportunity to purchase this imposing property, which has rarely been on the market.

• Elegant country house • Six double bedrooms • Stunning rural setting • Woodlands and formal gardens • Swimming pool and tennis court

Wonderful gentleman’s residence Just over five acres PERIOD CHARM Highly sought-after location GENEROUS ACCOMMODATION HEART OF POPULAR VILLAGE

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A wonderfully secluded cottage set in the heart of the historic village of Corfe Castle. Once a chapel and then a reading rooms for the village, it is believed to have been built in 1856 and converted into a dwelling at the turn of the 20th Century. Surprisingly spacious ground floor accommodation includes a sitting room and delightful garden room with glorious views across fields towards the rolling Purbeck hills. Three generously sized bedrooms with period fire places, also having stunning views. There are three bathrooms and a pretty courtyard garden with direct access onto the Halves Common.

Superb rural views Full of character A hidden treasure • Quiet, semi-rural location • Extremely well presented • Spacious living accommodation • Close to local amenities

Corfe Castle Dorset £525,000 EPC: Rating G

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Dorchester Dorset £565,000 EPC: Rating D

Large garden Prime Dorchester location Generous accommodation This substantial detached three-bedroom property with two-bedroom annex is situated on the outskirts of the town of Dorchester, and comes complete with large garden, ample parking, garage and workshop. The property is immaculately presented and has an abundance of charm and character. St George’s Road is conveniently situated for easy access to the town centre. The market town of Dorchester is steeped in history and enjoys some of the county's most noted period architecture, all set amongst beautiful rural countryside with easy access of the coast. Amenities are plentiful and include a mainline rail link to London Waterloo, cinemas, arts centre, restaurants, wine bars, hospital and many new businesses located in the nearby Brewery Square development. .

• Detached house • Three double bedrooms • Two-bedroom annex • Garage and workshop

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FOR SALE BY INFORMAL TENDER - BIDS TO BE RECEIVED BY MIDDAY, THURSDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2016. This small development comprises a two-bed apartment, one-bed apartment and studio right on the Esplanade, offering direct sea views and the rare advantage of private parking. The one-bedroom apartment sits over its own garage; the separate single storey contemporary studio offers its own garden and two parking spaces; and the garden apartment with its glorious sea views, offers two double bedrooms (both en-suite) and light and airy open-plan living. The property commands an extraordinary position with direct sea views and immediate access to the promenade and beach. Located at Greenhill, it is a gentle stroll along the promenade past Greenhill Gardens to the award-winning sandy beach and imposing Regency buildings on the Esplanade flanking Weymouth's sea front. It is also within equally convenient distance of all the facilities in the town centre, and the mainline (London/Waterloo) railway station. If you are seeking a coastal property, it is the perfect opportunity! CAN ALSO BE SOLD INDIVIDUALLY – PLEASE CALL FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. • Two-bed garden flat with direct sea views and three parking spaces • One-bed apartment over its own garage, with sea views • Purpose-built studio with direct sea views, garden and two parking spaces •

Spectacular seafront location Investment opportunity Annex potential

Greenhill Dorset Asking Price £850,000 EPC: C

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