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The Ultimate Lifestyle Where Coast Meets Country

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s we say a fond farewell to summer and the nights begin to draw in, Devon is starting to don its autumn colours. Low-lying morning mists give the countryside an almost ethereal quality, giving way to the glorious russets and browns that are synonymous with Devon’s woodlands and moors at this time of year. Wood burners are being lit and winter woolies are making a re-appearance and, if you’re anything like me, thoughts are turning to food – there’s nothing like an autumn walk to work up an appetite. Fortunately, I’ve been able to get plenty of culinary inspiration by reading our Media Assistant, Bethany Allen’s cover feature this month. From page 20, Bethany reflects on some of this summer’s finest foodie festivals as well as giving us the low down on what’s to come over the next few months. If you’re looking to tie the knot in our wonderful county then turn to page 47 where you’ll find our inaugural Weddings Supplement, the ultimate guide to weddings in Devon. From dream wedding venues to ideas for the big day, including photography, cakes and outfit ideas, let us do the hard work for you in searching out those little things that will make your big day one to remember forever. Last month we were lucky enough to spend a few days on the Isles of Scilly, just off the Cornish coast. With flights from Exeter airport taking just an hour, it’s the perfect island paradise for a weekend away or indeed a honeymoon! Turn to page 38 to read the full review of our island adventure. Until next month...happy reading!

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Make your house a home

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Riverside dining in Bideford

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Escape to the islands

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Holiday home living

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The art of fashion

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Artistic appreciation

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Tasty treats with a twist

Discover the Isles of Scilly At Tarka Holiday Park

Boutique retail at Angies Catch up with Nuffield Health At this year’s Annual Open Exhibition Explore the work of Maggie Davies Retirement living at Pincombe From GreenBee Entomology

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Coming to The Cotton Tree Boutique this autumn

Skunkfunk is an ethical clothing brand that designs sustainable garments for independent, fun women with an urban style. The autumn collection is inspired by the ancient art of origami and the fabrics are filled with beautiful paper birds and Jacquard designs, with each piece carefully designed from scratch in the heart of the Basque country. All garments are made using sustainable fabrics, natural fibres and organic cotton, which is what drew owner Susan to the brand. She tells us: “One of the reasons we at The Cotton Tree have decided to stock this inspiring brand is their Fair Trade values; Skunkfunk have respect for people and the planet and make every effort to make their

business ethical, even in the methods they use to package their goods and transport them.” For more information call 01822 735222

A whole new world of fitness and relaxation Starting in late September, The Woolacombe Bay Hotel in north Devon will undergo one of the most extensive renovations in its 40-year history. The regeneration of the hotel’s southern wing will include a private cinema, gym, yoga studio, extensive spa renovations, and a collection of dog-friendly suites, all available from mid-February next year!

conditioning equipment. An extensive schedule of daily classes will be available, as will a new light-filled studio offering mind-body workouts such as yoga and pilates. For more information visit www.woolacombe-bay-hotel.co.uk/ renovation-news

At the heart of the project, The Alchemist Spa will be home to four luxury treatment suites, a relaxation suite, a Rasul mud experience suite, a selection of heat experiences and more. And, once your mind is relaxed and your muscles soothed, the Salt Gym will revolutionise fitness with Keiser strength and

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Find your West Country holiday... Toad Hall Cottages has over 800 coastal, waterside and rural holiday cottages throughout the South West. We have a wonderful selection of properties to offer in locations all around the county, from the contemporary and sleek to quirky and quaint, including waterside, rural, traditional, modern, cosy and – above all – welcoming houses, cottages and apartments. If you are considering letting your holiday home, we offer free, honest, expert advice on how to get the most out of your holiday property and the potential income you could generate through marketing.

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Great golf and fine dining at Torquay Golf Club Located in the heart of Devon, Torquay Golf Club is both friendly and accessible. The team prides itself on being ‘the club to join in Devon’, creating an experience worthy of returning to time and time again! The course is always in excellent condition and now boasts some of the finest greens in the county. It’s suitable for all age groups and abilities, being not too long while remaining a true test for all the shots required. Now 100 years old, this parkland course is full of history, the most recent being Sir Nick Faldo winning his first pro competition here!

fond memories, even if their game is slightly off. For more information call 01803 314591 or email manager@torquaygolfclub.co.uk

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With stunning views, some stretching over distant bays and shorelines, as well as a welcoming clubhouse, Torquay Golf Club will leave golfers of all abilities with

The last rush to get things organised for the new school year can make it hard to find time for ourselves, but as life begins to slow down with the turn of autumn, it’s the perfect time to unwind with these two wellbeing methods, from Gerri, founder of Regain Recovery.

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“Focus on one thing at a time. Multi-tasking has been shown to increase stress, and we actually end up getting less done. Try fully engaging each act of daily life and see for yourself how much more you enjoy the little things!” The second tip is to cut back on drinking. Gerri explains: “Even a small amount of alcohol interferes with sleep patterns, increasing stress and making us wake up groggy. So, for an energy boost, try taking a break from alcohol.” For more information call 01237 405200

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The tie is not dead yet! Although no longer worn as a formality to work, the tie has been reborn and adopted by young men and women as a must-have fashion accessory. Every evening in trendy bars, restaurants and clubs in towns and cities all over the country there is a growing number of ties being worn on the necks of the fashion conscious. Women are adopting an androgynous look first seen in the 1920’s and the tie is making a real comeback with fashion houses all over the world. The trend for men is towards a small number of beautifully handmade ties in silks, cottons and linens. So, the tie has been released from the confines of corporate conformity and is instead a trendy fashion statement – long live the tie. For more information call 01271 373446 or visit www.houseofsambrook.co.uk

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Whether you’re an old hand or new to oyster shucking, head down to Falmouth this October for the annual Oyster Festival where you can indulge in the fine art of oyster shucking and enjoy live music, cooking lessons and festivities, all washed down with a glass or two of champagne or some traditional Cornish cider. Oysters are a well-known aphrodisiac, so why not make a romantic gesture and treat your loved one to a luxury stay at The Oceanic Suite Hotel – Cornwall’s luxury getaway for grown-ups. With just five designer suites offering a unique blend of five-star hotel facilities and stylish apartment living, The Oceanic is the perfect accompaniment to a weekend of oyster indulgence.

To add a bit of extra fizz, opt for the romantic room makeover where your suite will be transformed with scattered rose petals on the bed, a bottle of awardwinning Cornish bubbly, chocolate-dipped strawberries and a special Molton Brown gift set – all for just £75 extra. Recently voted one of the UK’s most romantic hotels, The Oceanic enjoys stunning views over the harbour and is just a short stroll from Events Square and the various bars, restaurants and oyster related activities. However, if you don’t like oysters, don’t despair – The Oceanic is open all year round and is the ideal choice for a mini break, a special birthday or an anniversary treat!

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clan together! Whether it’s for a special occasion, or simply because you feel like getting the whole family together, a multigenerational holiday can be a lot of fun. Toad Hall Cottages have a wide range of larger properties throughout Devon perfect for a family get together. Booking a house big enough to accommodate everyone can often work out cheaper, and you get many added bonuses such as games rooms, swimming pools, multiple bathrooms, larger gardens and, of course, plenty of space in which to relax and enjoy your time together. Some of the Toad Hall team’s favourite properties include beautiful Higher Sutton, a large 17th century farmhouse near Thurlestone, south Devon, which boasts a well-equipped games room as well as farm animals to keep the kids happy. There’s also a huge open-plan kitchen that’s perfect for cooking up a feast! And then there’s Waterside, with its own private beach and mooring just a stone’s throw from Salcombe! For more information call 01548 202020 or visit www.toadhallcottages.co.uk

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Going once, going twice, at Whittons Auctions Whittons Auctions is an auction house in East Devon with over four generations’ experience. Edward Whitton has been an auctioneer and valuer, specialising in silver, jewellery, fine art and antiques for over 25 years, regularly auctioning rare and coveted items from across Devon. Whittons hold at least six seasonal Fine Art auctions along with regular General Antiques and Silver sales. All auctions are online, meaning wherever you are you get the chance to secure beautiful and rare pieces. Online

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auctions also allow sellers to reach a much wider audience. Coming up is a Silver and General Antique sale on Thusday 4th October at 10.30 am. With bullion prices being high at present, now could be the perfect time to put your treasured heirlooms under the gavel, and entries are now being invited for the Christmas Auction on 29th and 30th November. For more information call 01404 517000 or visit www.whittonsauctions.co.uk

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A natural way to live At Home Naturally, the team is all about designing your ‘home story’ in a natural way, which will promote and enhance wellbeing. By using natural materials, paints, fabrics, beautifully handcrafted furniture, lighting and accessories into our homes, we can improve the way we live, learn and work. From Earthborn paints to lovely cottons and linens from a variety of fabric houses, Interior Designer Christine tells us: “ We can help give your home story a natural twist.” This friendly company offers a curtain and blind making service to give your windows a fresh outlook, alongside quirky, unusual furnishings, home accessories and delicious home scents to help you relax and unwind.

More favourites… As My Favourite Cottages continues to add to its ever-growing portfolio of selfcatering properties in the south west, there is now even more scope for you to find your favourite cottage on your next break away. We hear from Managing Director, Harry Roberts, who tells us: “We are proud to offer such a diverse range of holiday properties that currently range from traditional thatched countryside cottages, family friendly holiday homes by the sea and luxurious coastal apartments to large country manor houses with private estates. However, we are always looking to add to our collection, so if you have a property you feel would make a wonderful holiday home, please get in touch and discover our unique approach to holiday letting.” For more information call 01271 377432 or visit www.myfavouritecottages.co.uk

“If you need a helping hand, our flexible interior design service could be all you need to start a new chapter. From space planning and bespoke furniture design to full project management, we can help you realise your dream home.” For more information call 01626 833065 or visit www.homenaturally.co.uk

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Good food should have a good story! We couldn’t agree more! And, because the team at Ben’s Wine & Tapas either source directly from their producers, or make it in their own butchery and farm kitchen, they can tell it to you! From their famous sausages, first dreamt up by Ben over 35 years ago, to their delicious dry cured bacon that can be enjoyed either at one of the cafés or at home, the butchery is the heart of this fantastic business. But it doesn’t stop there! Ben and the team make a variety of mouth-watering pies, pasties, salads, cakes, dips and chutneys on site which, combined with a burgeoning range of fresh fruit and veg, as well as dairy products, wines, beers, ciders and store cupboard essentials, mean you’ll find everything you need at Ben’s Farm Shops, whatever’s on the menu.

Upgrade your bathroom with Fords Is your bathroom in need of some updating? Pay a visit to Fords in Sidmouth and you’ll find a dedicated team of designers and fitters ready to help you create the bathroom you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re converting an old cupboard into a shower room or wanting a complete overhaul on an existing bathroom, Fords will work closely with you to make sure you get it exactly how you want it – no job is too big or too small!

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For eerie Halloween fun this October half term, pay a scary visit to Pecorama at Beer. Ride the Beer Frights Ghost Train through gardens wreathed in witches, tombstones, cobwebs, bats and black cats. Enjoy spooky specials in the Garden Room Restaurant; there are monster treats for children in fancy dress and you can guess the weight of the giant Peco Pumpkin to win a free family ticket! Whatever the weather, the Peco Play Station offers multi-tiered indoor play. What’s more, the kids can enjoy daily shows in the Gallery from 20th until 28th October, and everyone

will enjoy viewing the wonderful Peco Model Railway Exhibition! All of this, located on Devon and Dorset’s World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast, combines to make Pecorama a great venue for a family day out this autumn. For more information visit www.pecorama.co.uk

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Personal, precious and made with precision Located in the market town of Barnstaple near the coast of north Devon, James Bishop Jewellery is an independent retailer that’s been trading for more than 18 years. Ran by a close-knit team of just six members, this small but impressive business specialises in bespoke, handmade and contemporary jewellery, made by James on site.

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The team works with many different metals, precious and semi-precious stones, and sells a wide range of different products. The best part is that James Bishop Jewellery has its very own workshop on site, where you can create that perfect bespoke piece of jewellery in the event that you’re unable to find the

exact piece you’ve been looking for. James, the in-house designer, will help you select and design the perfect piece, tailoring it around your tastes and budget. Specialising in wedding bands and engagement rings, in a range of different metals – including sterling silver, stainless steel, palladium, platinum, as well as nine and 18 carat gold in rose, yellow and white – James can even design rings to fit around unusually shaped engagement rings! Why not visit the James Bishop Jewellery design suite, settle into the comfortable and relaxed surroundings, and see for yourself how James and the team can help you design your own perfect piece of bespoke jewellery?

Lewis Garden Machinery sale!

Located in Chulmleigh, north Devon, Lewis Garden Machinery supplies and maintains a full range of high quality, excellent value garden machinery for your garden, country estate or contracting business. And now is your chance to make the most of the exceptional products on offer as part of the massive end of season sale. Owner Ryan tells us: “These low prices won’t be beaten, won’t be duplicated again and are on a first come first served basis – so make sure to order early to avoid disappointment!” With savings of over £100 on some products, now is the time to buy. Whether you’re after a ride-on mower, chainsaw, strimmer, hedge trimmer, blower or cultivator you can find them all and more at Lewis Garden Machinery. For more information call 01769 580378 or visit www.lewisgardenmachinery.co.uk

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hrough this feature we explore the best of Devon’s foodie scene, with a quick fire round up of all the mouthwatering food festivals that have taken place over the summer and a look forward to what’s in store for the coming months. If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that good food has the ability to tantalise our tastebuds and send us into a state of food induced bliss, or as my family fondly refers to it – a food coma. From county shows to food carnivals and everything inbetween, peruse these pages at your leisure and discover Devon’s delectable foodie feasts, spice bonanzas and spectacular spirits. On 11th August we witnessed a culmination of the world’s finest gins at The Great British Gin Festival in Exeter. This event is an unforgettable experience for all lovers of Britain’s longstanding favourite tipple. Upon arrival guests receive a gin glass and gin bible to guide them through the tasting experience, where you can choose from over 100 different international gins! Entertainment includes cocktail demos, live performances and talks creating a sophisticated festival atmosphere, accompanied by a truly sophisticated tipple. (www.ginfestivalsuk.com)

| COVER FEATURE Devon Fire And Spice Festival took place a week later on the 18th and 19th August at Powderham Castle, providing visitors with a flurry of flavours and proving that seasoning really is a chef’s best friend. Set between the castle ramparts and Exe estuary, this fiery weekend focuses on hot sauces, spice rubs, chilli plants, barbeques and smokers. Organiser Miles Halton tells us: “It’s not just about the heat of the chillies or being able to grill a sausage outside, it’s the flavour that counts.” This fantastic event combines the beautiful setting of Powderham Castle with live music, local beers, amazing street food, cooking demonstrations, and an exhibition by the South Devon Chilli Farm. (www.devonfireands picefestival.co.uk)

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DISCOVER MORE IF YOU’RE INTO SEAFOOD Keep an eye out for the Plymouth Seafood Festival (this year’s took place on 15th and 16th September), a celebration of high quality locally sourced and sustainably caught seafood.

We welcomed the 1st September with the UK Rum Festival held in The Great Hall at the University of Exeter. Featuring white rum, dark rum, gold rum and flavours of rum you’ve never even heard of, cocktail enthusiasts and spirit sippers enjoyed a rum tasting session, street food vendors and a Tiki Room Experience where they were treated to a Tiki mug and cocktail as well as being guided through the renowned history of Tiki. (www.ukrumfestivals.com)

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Then on the 2nd September, Clovelly hosted its Lobster And Crab Festival, giving visitors the chance to choose from a variety of crab and lobster dishes cooked on the quay or at the Red Lion Harbour Restaurant. Live music and cooking demonstrations kept visitors entertained as well as a selection of local food, beer and craft stalls. The event takes place in aid of the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, and during the festival the charity exhibits baby lobsters before releasing them into the sea at the beginning and end of the day. (www.nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk) Abbfest returned to Isaac’s Field in Ipplepen on the 21st and 23rd September. Nestled within stunning countryside, Abbfest has it all – craft beer, mouth-watering food and entertaining music. We particularly loved the Meat59 (www.meat59.com) street food stall, allowing visitors to bite into a homemade burger – laden with relish and lovingly pressed between freshly baked bread, there really is nothing better! Celebrating the very best of Devon’s culinary offerings as well as featuring talented and exciting chefs, the event also included a children’s cookathon on the Sunday. (www.abbfest.org) EXPERIENCE

DISCOVER MORE ALSO IN SEPTEMBER Ben’s Farm Shop showcased the South Devon Chilli Farm’s products in its stores in Staverton, Totnes, Exeter and Yealmpton on 16th September. (www.bensfarmshop.co.uk)

Nourish Festival also took part on 1st September. Set in the heart of Bovey Tracey, it’s a weekend of events designed to feed the body, the mind and the senses, filling the town with some of the best producers of food, drink and craft in the south west. Over 60 food and drink stands lined the length of Fore Street, all enjoyed alongside the outstanding programme of classical music that Nourish provides. (www.nourishfestival.org)

Now to explore the upcoming foodie feasts… Commencing with the Taste of Teign event, which takes place from 22nd until 30th September, this year, Taste of Teign joins forces with the town’s first ever Sea Shanty Festival. Picture this: a pint of craft beer or cider, a steaming bowl of mussels from the Teign and the evocative sound of Sea Shanties to warm the cockles of your heart. Last year this growing festival attracted national attention and this year, by combining great food, drink, and now with music thrown into the recipe, the menu for 2018 looks like it’s going to be even more mouth-watering. (www.tasteoftheteign.org.uk)

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As we head into autumn, the comfort of good food becomes even more irresistible, so make sure to visit the Powderham Food Festival from 6th until 7th October to satisfy all your foodie desires. Like the Devon Fire and Spice Festival, Powderham Food Festival is set against the backdrop of Powderham Castle and the two-day autumnal foodie event is set to be bigger and better than ever before. Devon Broadcaster, Judi Spiers will be hosting the cookery theatre across the weekend introducing a great line-up of popular chefs and over 170 food, arts and crafts exhibitors will line the grounds of the castle, providing all things edible, drinkable and delectable. (www.powderhamfoodfestival.com) Combining great food for a great cause, head to the Family Food Fair at the Donkey Sanctuary on 13th October. One for foodies and families alike, the event showcases some of the best food, drink and talent our region has to offer. Food is Fun will be on hand to entertain (and educate) little ones with cooking activities. And you certainly won’t go hungry, with freshly prepared, wholesome dishes also provided in the sanctuary’s new restaurant – The Kitchen. (www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/events)

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FOOD FESTIVALS GALORE Make sure to check out these festivals too: The North Devon Show: www.northdevonshow.com Honiton show: www.honitonshow.co.uk Chagford Show: www.chagfordshow.co.uk

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Kingsbridge Show: www.kingsbridgeshow.co.uk Moretonhampstead Food Festival: MoretonFoodFest Collumpton Food & Drink Festival: Cullyfoodfest The Great Food and Drink Show: www.thegreatfoodanddrinkshow. co.uk

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Next on the line up we have Dartmouth Food Festival taking place from 19th until 21st October, described by The Telegraph as “a heady mix of celebrity chefs, parties, food markets, tasting shacks and demonstrations.” The annual event is located in the picturesque harbour town of Dartmouth and includes popular chef’s demonstrations and ‘Eat Your Words’ seminars, as well as pop-up restaurant events such as those at Café Alfresco (www.cafealfresco. co.uk). The ‘Eat Your Words’ seminars allow you to join food experts, writers and chefs as they discuss new ideas and fresh challenges from the world of food and drink. (www.dartmouthfoodfestival.com) Clovelly Herring Festival follows on 18th November. The fishing village once depended on the harvest of herring but sadly, the days of massive catches are long gone. However, the village continues to celebrate and promote this tasty, nutritious fish and during the festival, you can expect talks from maritime and historian writer Mile Smylie who will be transforming herring into delicate tasting kippers in his smokehouse. (www.clovelly.co.uk)

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What better way to commemorate the lead up to Christmas than to experience Exeter’s first ever chocolate festival on 25th November? Organised by Nicola Knight, Exeter Chocolate Festival celebrates the artisan chocolate makers who have been popping up across the country. Nicola tells us: “I’m excited to introduce the south west to the world of craft chocolate.” The programme will include chocolate tasting sessions, a cacao-ceremony, talks and chocolate making demonstrations with Jim Fisher from the Exeter Cookery School. (www.exeterchocolatefestival.co.uk) Finally, December brings with it the promise of a culmination of foodie feasts, markets and food stalls during the tantalizing lead up to Christmas and the Buckfast Abbey Christmas Food And Craft Fair on 1st and 2nd December is set to be a spectacular one! (www.buckfast.org.uk) So there you have it, a delicious round up of all the most delectable foodie feasts that we’ve witnessed this summer and a mouth-watering taste of what’s to come over the next few months. Hopefully that will be enough to keep you satisfied and leave you wanting more when the food festival season approaches again next year. Until then, happy eating!

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and vintage finishes has remained popular alongside Scandi and modern minimalist designs. Comparably we’ve seen a sharp fall in demand for copper finishes, crystal chandeliers and art deco designs. However, it’s not about following a trend – it’s about being different and achieving what you want, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box.” Jamie also strongly suggests that before visiting the showroom, you have a browse on the website to get a feel for the style and themes that will complement your interior design project. Additionally, it’s worth considering how to make the most of your space; is functionality the most important objective… or creating a cosy ambient mood, or both? Finally, it’s important to consider your budget and to try and stick to it – once you’ve considered these aspects it’s time to make full use of Dusk Lighting’s free advisory service to help find the perfect lighting solution for you.

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ocated in Honiton, Realwood Furniture has just expanded its offering of beautifully crafted wood furniture by opening a new showroom, bigger and better than ever before. We hear from Realwood Furniture owner, Clive Stanbury, who tells us: “The new showroom is only 50 yards away from our other showroom and includes an even bigger bed selection as well as armchairs and sofas, allowing us to expand our offering two-fold!” The exciting move means that Clive and his team of local craftsmen have more space to cultivate their emporium of furniture. Boasting the finest oak, pine and painted designs, the showroom is open seven days a week and displays numerous styles. And having been an established manufacturer and retailer for over 30 years, the Realwood team are experts in their field, carefully curating a selection of different styles and combinations of furniture and providing everything from full ranges to individual one-off pieces, with furniture available for every room. Whether your taste is traditional or contemporary, and whether you want to pick it up that day or have it made and delivered to your door, Realwood Furniture has your furnishing needs covered. And the pedigree

of design and finish produces furniture of unrivalled style, functionality and durability. Not to mention, the timber used is gathered from sustainable sources, minimising their carbon footprint but maintaining quality. Clive continues: “Our independent and personal delivery service completes our passion for customer satisfaction, and with thousands of satisfied customers under our belt we know what you expect and we’re proud to give it.” Plus, with generations of experience, Realwood’s team of local craftsmen can create bespoke furniture that’s designed to fit your exact requirements, meaning you needn’t let those awkward spaces go to waste! In fact, the entire team is knowledgeable, helpful and happy to assist you in making your house a home. So, why not pop into one of the stores and see their expanding collection for yourself?

REALWOOD FURNITURE Unit 2b, Honiton Retail Park, Reme Drive, Heathpark, Honiton 01404 548384 realwood@btconnect.com www.realwood-furniture.co.uk

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Will wood-burning stoves be banned? We get Faraday Stoves' expert opinion.

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DISCOVER MORE Kiln dried wood is ideal for burning since it has low moisture content. For more information regarding the proper use of your stove make sure to visit: www.burnright.co.uk

e can all appreciate the dancing flames and warmth of fire and there’s something inherent within us that responds to the flickering glow, after all it’s our oldest form of central heating and something that defines our humanity. However, there has been a lot of negative press recently regarding wood burners and misleading headlines that wood-burning stoves may be banned. Graham Terry of Faraday Stoves says the stove industry's main regulatory body HETAS has stated that a ban isn’t going to happen; the government is simply concerned about air pollution and wants to reduce emissions from domestic wood burning. This will be achieved by ensuring that stoves produce very low harmful emissions and all new stoves are Eco-Design compliant by 2022. What does this mean for us then? Well, to do your bit for the environment it’s best to purchase an Eco Design-ready stove that is more environmentally friendly. However, if you already have a stove or use an open fire then here are some of Faraday Stove’s top tips to help reduce your impact on the environment. Graham explains: “Make sure to burn wood that has been properly dried and ensure the moisture content is less than 20%, or buy fuel with

the ‘ready to burn’ logo on pre-packed logs and you’ll be set to reduce your emissions. Burning damp wood produces more smoke, burns slower and produces less heat, making well-seasoned dry wood a more efficient option all round. Don’t let your stove slumber, always burn with some flame. Slumbering not only leads to the production of noxious smoke, it also causes tar and creosote to settle in the chimney which can lead to chimney fires. Keeping your chimney clean is just as important as keeping your stove clean so for optimum results, make sure to get it serviced regularly and the chimney swept at least twice a year." And finally, Graham tells us: “When replacing older stoves make sure to look for more efficient ones, ideally those that have emissions meeting the new Eco Design standards.” Getting a more efficient stove means you’ll be able to help reduce emissions and do your bit for the environment too.

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Faraday's stunning Eco Design-ready stoves

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Unit 6, Park Court, Heathpark Industrial Estate Honiton EX14 1SW 01404 44777 faradaystoves@gmail.com www.faradaystoves.co.uk Find more like this: www.devon-living.co.uk

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Scilly is renowned for its vast stretches of idyllic, deserted beaches

Discovering the enchanting archipelago of the Isles of Scilly.

or those with busy lives trying to arrange a weekend away and find a date that suits family, work and animals can be a challenge. Add to the mix the unpredictable nature of the great British weather and the challenge becomes very real. Had someone told me we could make this happen, with hotter weather than the Mediterranean, I’d have answered: “Yeah right! And England will win their quarter-final against Sweden in the World Cup!” They did and so did we, but for us that was only the start of an amazing adventure. With the stars aligned and all children, dogs, cats and horses accounted for we set off in the early part of this summer on an amazing Scilly adventure. Flying to the Scillies on the Skybus from Land's End is, in my view, the only way to travel to the islands. As you leave the mainland behind, with the Longships lighthouse in the distance, each passing second of the short 15 minute flight sees your worries and stresses just slip away. Shoulders drop, frowns disappear and a

sense of peace and tranquillity takes hold as St Mary’s approaches. As if by magic the whole world changes and becomes a much better place. On arrival we are collected from the airport by the Tresco Shuttle team who transfer us to St Mary’s quay and our boat transfer to Bryher. There’s nothing quite like the sights, sounds and smell of the quayside to make you feel ‘at home’ on Scilly – salty air, azure blue skies reflected in clear waters and the bustle of boatmen helping visitors board the off-island launches. After a short trip across the water we arrive at our home for the weekend – the awardwinning Hell Bay Hotel, a private oasis, set in an idyllic cove overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We are shown to a lovely suite, with our own secluded patio on which to relax and soak up Scilly. Once unpacked, with tummies rumbling, we set of in search of lunch. We have heard that Bryher-based Island Fish not only serves the freshest catch but that proprietor, and Scillonian, Amanda Pender has a great story to tell.

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DISCOVER MORE The Islands Partnership is a non-profit making organisation, funded entirely by membership subscription together with some corporate sponsorship. It is responsible for marketing the Isles of Scilly as a destination and for managing the Visit Isles of Scilly brand in all its facets including the management of the Tourism Information Centre on St. Mary’s. It is the only dedicated destination marketing and PR organisation on the islands for the islands. www.islandspartnership.co.uk

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Hell Bay Hotel, our home for the weekend

Meeting Amanda, and listening to her reflections on her life on Scilly really resonates with me. A self-confessed, mid-life crisis saw her leave Islands Partnership, Scilly’s dedicated marketing and PR organisation and, with brother Mark, start Island Fish from the conservatory in her house. It’s a compelling story of passion and perseverance involving a Scillonian family who, for three generations, have followed in the footsteps of their ancestors’ proud fishing tradition. For visitors, life on Scilly appears idyllic, but there’s a certain resilience required to survive island living and the Pender’s story depicts this perfectly. Amanda tells us that fishing has always been part of family life. Her father Mike, brother Mark and now her own 18 year old son Shamus bring the catch of the day back to Bryher, where it is cleaned and prepared for customers at the newly built shop and fishworks that opened in April this year. Island Fish can be found just up the track from the quay and, like everything on the island, is easy to find as Bryher has an area of just 330 acres.

Offering an eat in or takeaway menu, my choice of lobster, served with potato wedges and coleslaw lunch is a steal at only £10 and both this and my wife’s crab quiche are to die for. Both dishes are part of an extensive selection of fish, and it’s award-winning to boot! A stroll around the island follows, much needed to work off our splendid lunch.

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David Wynne's iconic 'Children' sculpture

DISCOVER MORE Walk Scilly Long Weekend 11th - 15th October Autumn is the perfect time of year to experience the islands. The fifth Walk Scilly Weekend is bigger and better than ever, with 24 walks taking place across eight islands, including, for the first time, some special walks with walking artists. Tickets are now on sale. www.visitislesofscilly.com/walkscilly

As often happens with childfree weekend getaways our time mostly revolves around food and so, after an afternoon exploring, we end our first day on Bryher with a fish and chip supper at the Fraggle Rock Bar. After a wonderful night’s sleep, induced by all that fresh air and the sound of the ocean, we breakfast in the hotel (I wasn’t joking about the food!) before heading out for a day on Tresco. We have always wanted to visit the Tresco Abbey Garden and were intrigued as to what we would find. We weren’t disappointed – the garden is stunning, a sub-tropical gem, home to thousands of exotic plants from around the world. Built in the 19th century around the ruins of a Benedictine abbey, a meander around the garden reveals David Wynne’s magnificent ‘Children’ sculpture that rises majestically behind a border of vibrant Agapanthus. The Abbey Garden just keeps on giving at every turn and the unique Valhalla museum, with its 30 figureheads from Scillies’ shipwrecks honour the final century of sailing tradition dating back some 3,000 years, is a fitting end to our garden tour.

And you guessed… it’s lunchtime again! And what a lunch it is, declared to be: “one of the best ever” by my wife. Ruin Beach Café has quite possibly one of the most idyllic locations – the sand is golden and the water is the clearest blue. Our vegetarian sharing platter and succulent pan-fried fish are enjoyed overlooking this exquisitely beautiful and peaceful bay. Walking off lunch takes us to the north end of Tresco and a visit to the ruins of King Charles’ Castle before completing the six-mile walk that circumvents the entire island.

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The South Devon Experts

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Letting your holiday home? Blueriver Cottages is a truly local holiday letting agency who market over 200 properties across South Devon. Here are some of the reasons why our home owners choose – and remain – with us: •

High booking levels and competitive commission rates result in the best income for you

Strong online presence across multiple booking websites

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Popular, family-friendly, self-catering accommodation with indoor pool, tennis court and play area located in the beautiful North Devon countryside.

CORFFE HOUSE & COTTAGES, TAWSTOCK, DEVON, EX31 3NZ 01271 268292 info@corffe.co.uk www.corffe.co.uk

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"The best sharing plate ever!' at Ruin Beach Café

After a happy day exploring we return to Hell Bay Hotel sun kissed and happy. The weather has been amazing for our trip and has transformed Scilly into what could easily be mistaken for tropical islands. It’s warm enough for us to dine outside and we are blessed with a romantic sunset to accompany our delicious supper. Sunday sees us divide and conquer. My wife heads off to enjoy a relaxing treatment at the hotel while I pay a visit to Bryher’s shop and Post Office – packed full of produce they offer an invaluable delivery service for self-catering visitors, bringing everything you need for your stay direct to your holiday home door. Next stop for me is Hillside Farm where I am warmly greeted by owners Ruth and Graham who take me on a tour of their working farm. The spring and summer

months see them harvesting vegetable, salad and soft fruit crops that are sold from their roadside stall. They also raise a herd of North Devon cattle and British Saddleback pigs that supply the island with rare breed, free-range pork and beef, and are another example of the entrepreneurial spirit that makes the island’s businesses unique. As our final day draws to a close, and we prepare for our return to the mainland in the morning, we both comment on how our visit has been one of sheer relaxation. The Scilly way of life has a different pace to the mainland – one that perhaps we should all adopt in order to take in the finer in things in life and all that Cornwall and its unique islands have to offer. If you’ve never visited, book soon – you won’t regret it!

FIND OUT MORE Isles of Scilly Travel 01736 334220 www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk Isles of Scilly Tourist Information Centre 01720 620600 www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk Islands’ Partnership 01720 620601 www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk

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Tarka Trail

We explore the benefits of owning your own holiday home at Tarka Holiday Park.

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ocated less than five-miles away from the largest town in north Devon, Barnstaple, Tarka Holiday Park is nestled within tranquil grounds and is ideally situated just minutes from the fun activities on Devon’s north coast. It’s not surprising that people dream of owning a holiday home in this area and now you no longer have to imagine how fantastic it would be to have keys to your very own slice of Devon; Tarka Holiday Park allows you to achieve your dreams with its top of the range holiday homes. Over £1 million has been invested in developing the holiday park over the past few years, resulting in a beautifully landscaped holiday retreat where holiday home owners can enjoy stays for 11 ½ months of the year. Tarka’s unique atmosphere of serenity and seclusion is perfect for discerning holiday home owners where peace and tranquillity is high on the holiday wish list. Indeed, nestled in such a beautiful, natural setting, Tarka is the perfect antidote to the everyday stresses of modern life. We did a little digging and found this review from one happy customer: “We found it a most relaxing and friendly park, and the overall ambiance was quiet and peaceful, not to mention very dog friendly!” On offer is an enviable lifestyle, just a stone’s throw from some of the region’s most celebrated beaches and countryside. Or, you can easily access the nearby Tarka Trail, a figure of eight walking and cycling path

through rolling hills and wild moors. Plus, the breathtaking Exmoor National Park is only a half-hour’s drive from this holiday paradise. So, is owning a holiday home at Tarka just a privilege for the well off? Certainly not! Tarka is part of one of the country’s most successful park groups and consequently, has a vast amount of experience in making holiday home ownership a reality for everyone. So, why not pay the park a visit and let the team show you the benefits of holiday home ownership in this stunning area of Devon?

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TARKA HOLIDAY PARK

Braunton Road, Ashford, Barnstaple, North Devon EX31 4AU 01271 441151 www.parkholidays.com/tarka-ownership tarkasalesmanger@parkholidays.com Find more like this: www.devon-living.co.uk

DID YOU KNOW? Now is the time to buy because Tarka is offering a keen introductory price of £19,995, low rate 6.9% APR finance* and completely free pitch fees for this year and throughout 2019 on selected models. Plus, luxury lodges now have no pitch fees to pay until 2022!** *Finance subject to status, written details on request. Deposit criteria applies. **Terms and conditions apply

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Luxury lodges

RUDA Croyde Bay

Exmoor National Park

Baggy Point

Barnstaple

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Our lodges boast modern appliances and luxury finishes as well as being equipped with everything you’ll need to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Enjoy open-plan living in a stylish, modern interior; perfect for time together with friends and family after a busy day exploring the local area. We are proud to showcase luxurious lodges from the UK’s leading traditional lodge manufacturers. These holiday lodges really are 5 star luxury...

Dartmoor National Park

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Paignton Brixham Dartmouth

CHALLABOROUGH BAY

To find out how you can own your own holiday home on the coast call us today on: 03300 580683# or visit: www.parkdeanresorts.co.uk/ownership *Prices and deposits vary between models and Parkdean Resorts parks. Subject to availability. Images are for illustration purposes. All prices include VAT. #Calls to 03 numbers are charged at standard UK rates and will be included in any inclusive minute bundles..

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LUXURY HOLIDAY HOMES FOR SALE & HIRE Buy your own luxury holiday home situated in Cornwall’s outstanding natural beauty

Boscrege Caravan Park, Boscrege, Ashton, Cornwall, TR13 9TG Tel: 01736 762231 • enquiries@caravanparkcornwall.com

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Golf course Spa Restaurant Boat trips Kayaking Tennis courts

Doggy welcome packs Woodland exercise area Gardens leading to the river Cottages with enclosed gardens

Budock Vean Hotel, Nr Helford Passage, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5LG Reservations: 01326 252100 Email: relax@budockvean.co.uk www.budockvean.co.uk

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EXPERIENCE A CLASSIC DAY OUT…

Devon Distillery are proud to present

Devoncello available to purchase at good wine merchants and at www.devondistillery.com

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You’ll find Black Friars Distillery bursting with unexpected experiences. England’s oldest working gin distillery has been home to Plymouth Gin since 1793. A day can take you from gin tastings through a Master Distiller’s tour to the Tanner Brothers’ award-winning Barbican Kitchen Brasserie. Why not cap it off with a Dry Martini in our world-class Refectory cocktail bar. Book now and experience the new spirit of Plymouth Gin.

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warm welcome always awaits at The Pickwick Inn, situated on the B3392 at St Anns Chapel. Visit us for locally brewed ales, hand made pizzas and Sunday roasts. The Pickwick Inn is a perfect stop-off for those wishing to visit the beaches at Bigbury on Sea and Challaborough. It is also a great place to refresh and get a bite to eat or grab a drink whilst enjoying one of the many local walks.

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Weddings

The ultimate guide to weddings in Devon October 2018

Venues

AND VEILS Top tips and ideas for planning your perfect wedding day

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Vegan and Ecofriendly salon in the heart of town KNOW WHAT WE’RE MADE OF

THE ART OF LUXURIOUS HAIR

Feel free to visit during normal business hours. Luxy Locks, 2 Fore Street, Seaton, 01297 20054 Open today 09:30 – 17:30

holidaysplease Online Travel Agency of the year 2018

Bespoke Honeymoon Planning Service Paws For A Treat

One night dinner, bed and breakfast from £110 prpn for you and the furriest family member

Honeymoons are as individual as your wedding day, so don’t just settle for something ordinary! I can offer everything from sun-kissed beaches in the Maldives, touring holidays in China, India and The US, wildlife holidays in Africa, Canada and Sri Lanka, to adventure holidays in South America and cultural visits in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Nowhere is impossible!

All you need to do is enquire, and let’s see where your honeymoon will take you...

Moorland Garden Hotel,Yelverton, Nr Plymouth, Devon, PL20 6DA. Call 01822 852245 to book now or stay@moorlandgardenhotel.co.uk

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News & I dos KEEP IN THE LOOP AT WWW.DEVON-LIVING.CO.UK

A few ideas from across Devon for making your big day as special as it deserves to be.

PHOTOGRAPHIC FUN FOR YOUR

BIG DAY

Westcountry Photobooths’ Magic Mirror Photobooths are a fantastic alternative to the traditional photo booth, promising to give any event the ‘wow’ factor! The screen animations lead guests through the fun while it takes full-length photos, before signing the mirror screen and printing instant pictures for everyone.

Honeymoon with

Holidaysplease Holidaysplease provide a bespoke honeymoon planning service and book more honeymoons than any other type of holiday. Your honeymoon is one of the most important and exciting holidays you will ever experience, and that’s why Holidaysplease provide a dedicated advisor to help you get the most out of your holiday. They also offer a free gift list service where your friends and family can help pay towards your honeymoon, meaning an upgraded room or even upgraded flights! Expert Travel Consultant Gretchen Kibbler tells us: “Honeymoons are as individual as your wedding day, so don’t just settle for something ordinary! I can offer everything from sun-kissed beaches in the Maldives, touring holidays in China, India and the US, wildlife holidays in Africa, Canada and Sri Lanka, or adventure holidays in South America – anything is possible!” For more information call 01548 562045 or visit www.facebook.com/ GretchenHolidaysPlease

The team personalises all aspects of the Magic Mirror for you, including the animations and photo designs. All Magic Mirror bookings include a free photo guest book for you to take home, plus a USB

stick and an online gallery containing all photos taken. The team will even supply props for guests to use! For more information call 07515 666464 or visit www.westcountryphotobooths.co.uk

WEDDING HAIR

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Luxy Locks’ exclusive AVEDA salon is now offering bespoke wedding packages for 2019. This eco-friendly and cruelty-free hair and beauty salon is dedicated to using products that have environmental welfare in mind, setting an example for environmental leadership and responsibility. These wedding packages can be flexible to suit your big day and you can choose either to go to the salon, or have the team come to you. They will work closely with you and your bridal party to ensure your wedding morning goes smoothly, offering all the treatments you’re likely need to give you the

radiant look you’ve always envisaged yourself with on your wedding day. For more information call 01297 20054 or visit www.luxylocks.co.uk

When it comes to catering, why not go the whole hog? If you’re looking to feed the five thousand at your wedding without the steep ‘per head’ costs, Taste of the West Gold award winner, Hungry Hog South West, may just be the answer. Owner Mark and the team provide the whole hog roast experience; slow cooked for eight hours to ensure maximum tenderness and juiciness, you also have a choice of beef or lamb, spit-roasted chicken and even sausages for the children! What’s more, they use only local produce, and Mark is fully

qualified and with over 20 years’ experience in the catering industry, meaning he can easily soothe your catering headache! Mark’s speciality is serving juicy hog roast meat in a Mediterranean wrap, stuffed with a Greek salad, and it’s been going down a storm recently! But don’t take our word for it. Head to the website and check out the rave reviews for yourself! For more information call 01822 660363 or visit www.hungryhogsouthwest.co.uk

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Wedding DIRECTORY Lovingly made

A show to remember

Poshcakes

The Swing Kings

From her rural design studio, Lindy Adams Foster creates edible works of art using the finest ingredients. Lindy specialises in creating bespoke luxury wedding cakes in her studio using her unique designs, sugarcraft skills and amazing flavours. Each wedding cake is designed by Lindy to reflect your own individual style and wedding story and after a consultation in her beautiful studio Lindy will design and create a dream wedding cake for your big day.

The Swing Kings offer a completely unique and tailored wedding entertainment service, with a shop in Plymouth that’s well worth a visit. This allows you to create your own personal show on your wedding day with a live performance of all your favourite music! Whether you’re looking to hire a live wedding band for 50 guests or 500, The Swing Kings can tailor a show to match your requirements and by using the very latest in sound and light technology, bringing an aweinspiring sound and visual performance to your big day.

www.lindyadamsfoster.co.uk

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Let's make a toast

Capturing your story

Lyme Bay Winery

Nova Wedding Photography

Offering a classy and home-grown alternative to Prosecco or Champagne, why not toast your engagement or wedding with a glass of award-winning Brut English sparkling wine, a vibrant, fruit driven sparkling wine that is guaranteed to add a twinkle to the proceedings, providing an even sweeter way to commemorate your big day. And if you’re a guest and are stuck for present ideas, a bottle of Lyme Bay Wine could provide the perfect wedding gift too!

Nova Wedding Photography is run by husband and wife team Katherine and Steve, who combine their talents as photographers to capture beautiful wedding moments. Producing documentary style images in a creative ‘story telling’ approach to photography, Nova organically follows your wedding day, capturing all the special moments as they really happen. It might be a knowing look, a poignant embrace, sunlight filtering through the window – it’s seeing these moments and capturing them beautifully that Nova does best.

www.lymebaywinery.co.uk

www.novaweddingphotography.co.uk

An intimate boutique

Suited and booted

Lovely Bridal

Donalds Menswear

This appointment only shop is perfect if you want to enjoy an Edwardian wedding boutique all to yourself, with a team on hand to offer style advice when it’s wanted. Appointments last an hour and a half and come complete with a chilled bottle of bubbly, meaning you and the important women in your life won’t feel rushed or that you missed out on trying anything fabulous, whether you’re shopping for bridesmaids’ dresses or the all-important bridal gown.

Donalds Menswear, an independent men’s outfitter situated in the centre of Okehampton, is always well stocked with high quality, fashionable brands and products to suit all ages. The store is also an agent for Cameron Ross Hire – recognized by a multitude of awards as one of Britain’s leading formal hire companies. Donalds also sells a range of men’s suits, from classic to slim fit, as well as a made-to-measure suit service, perfect for the discerning groom and groomsmen.

www.lovelybridal.co.uk

www.donaldsmenswear.co.uk

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•EXPERIENCE• A W E D D I N G O N T H E M O O R ’ S E D G E AT B A D G E R S H O LT Badgers Holt has a rustic, natural charm that is the perfect backdrop to your bespoke wedding. Set along the banks of the river Dart, with riverside gardens and easy access to the moors, it’s the ultimate venue for couples who share a love for the outdoors.

BADGERS HOLT

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Head to the historic and iconic Duke of Cornwall Hotel this October for its fantastic Mini Wedding Collection wedding fare.

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he ever-popular Mini Wedding Collection is back at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel this autumn! This free wedding fare designed exclusively for engaged couples is a chance to see work showcased by a select array of the hotel’s recommended wedding suppliers. Taking place from 5.40pm until 7.30pm on Thursday 18th October, the Mini Collection promises an evening of fantastic displays and entertainment, with plenty of creative ideas to inspire your vision for your upcoming wedding day. As well as exhibiting the talents of our wedding partners, the evening will also show how some of the hotel’s most popular function rooms look when prepared for a wedding. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see the hotel’s sensational spaces lit and decorated in full celebration glory – with chairs and tables beautifully dressed, wedding items on display and entertainment to complete the feel of a wedding day. The show will take place across the Ballroom, Hayward Room and Millbay Room, giving you a sense of the variety of spaces available to you at the Duke of Cornwall should you opt to

celebrate your wedding there. Plus, the team will be opening up their honeymoon suite and a selection of bedrooms, to give you a glimpse of the luxury accommodation available to you and your guests. The Mini Wedding Collection will also be a chance to meet the Duke’s expert wedding team, and to talk through ideas for your big day. With their extensive knowledge and experience, the Duke’s experts are adept at making the most of the stunning features of this iconic venue. They’ll be on hand during the event to discuss how the hotel’s diverse range of spaces and flexible packages could work for your own wedding celebration. So, whether you’re recently engaged or have been patiently waiting to find the perfect venue for your special day, be sure to pencil The Mini Wedding Collection into your diary this October to see this unique setting in action.

THE DUKE OF CORNWALL HOTEL Millbay Road, Plymouth PL1 3LG 01752 275850 enquiries@thedukeofcornwall.co.uk www.thedukeofcornwall.co.uk

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DISCOVER MORE DON’T MISS IT! To book your place at this fantastic free event, simply search ‘Duke Mini Collection’ on www.eventbrite.co.uk

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We reveal just some of our favourite brands available at fashion boutique, Angies.

ast issue, we took a look at Angies boutique, a fantastic store on the high street in Budleigh Salterton that brings everything back to the experience of shopping, rather than the act of purchasing itself, which we found somewhat refreshing in today’s world of impersonal online and department store retail. Owner Jane Levingston, who last month told us how she aims to create a bespoke form of shopping – the chance to escape the frenzy of everyday life in favour of a more civilised haven – invited us to take a tour and while we were there, we thought we’d handpick some of our favourite brands in order to give you an idea of what you can expect next time you’re shopping in the area!

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DID YOU KNOW? Angies will be hosting a fashion show this autumn at East Devon Golf Club, in conjunction with the Golf Pro Shop, with the aim of raising money for Prostate Cancer Charity and the Bramble Ward Trust Fund at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Tickets are available from September!

First up, we have Adesso. Part of a wellestablished, family run business with more than four decades’ experience in the footwear industry, Adesso’s designers forever have their ears to the ground, producing shoes that fashionistas are really looking for. Combining style and just the right amount of quirkiness, along with the utmost comfort, Jane loves Adesso’s footwear and we’re certain you will too! Another firm favourite of Jane’s is ERFO. This German brand makes stylish blouses and shirts in high-quality cotton, linen and mixed fabrics. Cut to fit the body beautifully,

ERFO designs easyto-wear shapes with modern styling at the forefront of each and every piece. No wonder they prove so popular at Angies! Another top German brand – and indeed one that’s impossible to ignore – is Just White. Feminine, high-quality and utterly designer, Just White is one of the leaders in designing blouses and tops for all occasions, whether you’re pairing them with jeans for a casual look, or adding style and sophistication to a more formal outfit. Jane tells us that she meets a lot of people who already know what suits them. If this sounds like you, you may well love the Angies offering of Monari clothing. An awardwinning Italian brand demonstrating an innate passion for beautiful attire, Monari brings flair to the contemporary knitwear market, perfect if you’re starting to sort your winter wardrobe! Winter is probably the time we most want to feel relaxed and cosy, whether we’re out and about or snuggled on the sofa. Fashion brand Toni is renowned for its superb fits, high quality and expertise in style. The criterion that Toni had to meet to develop the new Relaxed range was that each piece be top quality, guaranteed to fit and easy to wear, and it’s fair to say the team of designers have exceeded all expectations.

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The only problem we foresee is that they won’t be on the shelves for long! Indeed, the Angies team absolutely loves Toni, stocking a plethora of the latest pieces, and it’s easy to see why. According to the website, Toni is the absolute expert in the production of women’s trousers, proving a firm favourite for nearly 50 years with those looking for top-quality ladies’ trousers that fit perfectly. As autumn and winter begin to creep in, it’s absolutely vital we have the right footwear to stand up to the test of Devon’s worst weather. This is why Angies stock Van Dal shoes. With more than a century of skill and craftsmanship going into every pair, it’s no surprise that more than half a million pairs are made each year. Stylish and hardwearing, Van Dal expertly bridges the gap between winter comfort and seasonal style, so they’re definitely worth checking out next time you pay Angies a visit!

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12 High Street, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6LQ 01395 443117 info@angiesofbudleigh.co.uk www.angiesofbudleigh.co.uk

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We get to the heart of the problem with help from the experts at Nuffield Health.

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he team of experts at Nuffield Health, Exeter Hospital, are working hard to raise awareness of the symptoms of an irregular heartbeat, known as arrhythmia, and what to do if you suspect you or someone you care about is at risk. These are some signs and symptoms to look out for: a fluttering in your chest; a racing heartbeat (tachychardia); a slow heartbeat (bradycardia); chest pain; shortness of breath; lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting or near-fainting. These symptoms are relatively common and can simply be caused by stress levels or disorders like dehydration and anaemia, but it could be worth getting your heart checked by a GP or cardiologist to make sure that there isn’t a more serious underlying cause. And if you’re worried about your heart, there’s no need to wait; Nuffield Health, Exeter Hospital provides rapid, convenient and high-quality treatment and is a unique collaboration formed by leading cardiologists to offer the latest techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions. Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Matthew Lovell explains why the electrics of the heart can go wrong: “There are many reasons why electrical signalling through the heart can go wrong. These include issues with the heart’s natural pacemaker, conduction problems or damage to the heart muscle, which blocks the electrical signal to certain parts of the heart wall. Malfunction of the nervous system can also lead to problems.” Therefore, it’s well worth having a check up if you’re experiencing any of the problems listed.

ç INSET Get rapid, convenient and high quality treatment at Nuffield Hospital

Director of Nuffield Health’s Exeter Hospital, Paul Taylor tells us: “People can be missing out on major events and activities in their later years because of waiting for medical tests and treatment. With no waiting lists at our hospital we’re able to help people get on with life as quickly as possible. Even if you don’t have private medical insurance you can access our care by paying for yourself.” Nuffield Health is a trading charity so it has no shareholders, any profits are reinvested back into its UK hospitals and gyms. It is one of the UK’s leading healthcare organisations and has been looking after people for more than 60 years, meaning you can literally trust your heart in their hands.

NUFFIELD HEALTH

Exeter Hospital, Wonford Road, Exeter EX2 4UG 01392 247491 exeter.enquiries@nuffieldhealth.com www.nuffieldhealth/hospitals/exeter Find more like this: www.devon-living.co.uk

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Problem with your heart? No need to wait. Exeter Heart in partnership with Nuffield Health Exeter Hospital are now delivering rapid, convenient and high quality treatment. If you’re worried about your heart, there’s no need to wait, we’re here to help. With rapid, convenient and high-quality treatments available now at Nuffield Health Exeter Hospital. Treatments: • Outpatient based advice, lifestyle and tablet treatment. • Pacemakers and electrophysiology ablation (including ablation of atrial fibrillation). • Coronary angiograms including stent insertion. • Cardiac surgery; bypass grafts, traditional or transcatheter (TAVI) valve replacement. What will it cost? We have an open, transparent pricing policy where you only pay one fixed fee per consultation, investigation or treatment. When you phone we will discuss the costs in full.

Contact us now for rapid assessment, investigation and treatment.

01392 262175 www.nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/exeter www.exeterheart.com

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IN TORQUAY

T H E H E A RT O F T H E E N G L I S H R I V I E R A We are a thriving and traditional members club situated just three miles from Torquay’s centre. Founded in 1909, the course has steadily evolved to present a first class parkland layout that offers a challenging yet rewarding test of golf in beautiful natural surroundings. Extensive views from the course encompass Lyme Bay in the east across the water to as far afield as Portland Bill, and to the rugged tors of Dartmoor to the west. Our tree lined fairways and high quality greens present an interesting challenge on each hole.

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We offer a warm welcome to visitors and societies.

Torquay Golf Club, Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon TQ1 4QF Office 01803 314591 • Course Information Line 01803 326413

Great shoe shopping in Sidmouth THE HOME OF SARTORIAL EXCELLENCE.

Just back from the Esplanade in Fore Street

We specialise in bringing together traditional tailoring and craftsmanship with modern design, style and aesthetics. With our years of experience handcrafting a wide range of bespoke clothing and accessories, as well as making alterations to garments, we pride ourselves in offering the best service to all of our customers. Underpinned by our expertise, we know clothes make the man – and so we make the clothes!

WHITE & SON SHOES @ SIDMOUTH

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he South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts is a registered arts education charity, promoting the creation and appreciation of Fine and Applied Arts across the south west. As part of its exhibition programme, the Academy welcomes national and regional artists to exhibit with the Academicians for the Annual Open Exhibition, held in the prestigious Exeter Castle from 11th until 23rd November. A Selection Panel decides which of the public entries will join the members to celebrate excellence in art across a whole spectrum of mediums, ensuring that only the very best are on display. Academy members are elected by the Trustees on the basis of their outstanding contribution to the arts and their significant, sustained accomplishment across a diverse range of practices. Indeed, as well as regional recognition, many of the Academicians are well known across the globe, including Alan Cotton, June Arnold, Laurel Keeley, Ray Balkwill, Wendy McBride and James Tatum. The exhibition is set to be opened by renowned actress and singer, Maria Friedman – a West End star, producer and three-times winner of the much-coveted Oliver Award – which is especially fitting with one of this year’s special features, ‘A Celebration of Women’. This will be held

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Celebrate the finest arts across a whole spectrum of mediums at this year’s Annual Open Exhibition in Exeter.

in Exeter Castle’s ballroom and will mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage by celebrating the work of the Academy’s women artists. As part of this, there will be a talk on the work of Olive Hockin – an artist, author, arsonist and extraordinary suffragette – on 17th November at 2.30pm and is certainly not to be missed! The Academy holds several exhibitions each year and also provides workshops for children, young people and adults, as well as demonstrations and exhibition walk-through tours and talks. So, if you’re planning your autumnwinter itinerary and would like to join in celebrating some of Devon art scene’s biggest movers and shakers, be sure to pencil in the Annual Open Exhibition.

DISCOVER MORE All exhibition work will be for sale, along with a selection of prints, cards and books. Entry is free, but as a registered charity, the Academy welcomes donations to support the continuation of its educational work.

THE SOUTH WEST ACADEMY www.southwestacademy.org.uk

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We explore Maggie Davies’ stunning artwork, from cityscapes to representations of the natural world.

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aggie Davies is best known for her vibrant use of colour; whether it’s in her cityscapes or representations of the natural world, her artwork incorporates a bold use of colour and shapes that stand out against the canvas. Here at Devon Living we particularly love her ‘Autumn Hare’ depiction, which sees a cantering hare boldly leap across the canvas in striking yellow and to a backdrop of deep autumnal oranges and reds. Growing up in the Worcestershire countryside, experiencing city life in Birmingham, and now living on the north Devon coast, Maggie has always enjoyed an intense relationship with her environment, and this is very much revealed in her artwork. In 2014 Maggie established Portland Art Gallery and Open Studio in Ilfracombe, just minutes from the picturesque harbour, which itself provides an on-going source of inspiration to her work. This informal and welcoming gallery provides Maggie with a studio space and an excellent gallery area in which to exhibit some of her own work alongside a carefully selected group of local artists. It also provides a great venue for creative workshops, talks and art based

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children simply told, and the engaging and colourful book will be available towards the end of the year. Maggie’s highly individual style is instantly recognisable within the book and she particularly enjoys the challenge of commission work, where a client has very specific subject matter in mind but wants her unique approach to its representation. Maggie explains: “My paintings are a reflection of what I see, what I remember, what I feel and what I imagine.” Maggie has a free-spirited approach to painting, where colours and shapes dance across the canvas in an imaginative waltz across the page and into the artist’s mind. So, if you want to view Maggie’s paintings in person then make sure to visit the gallery and studio in Ilfracombe where you’ll be assured of a warm welcome.

PORTLAND ART GALLERY AND OPEN STUDIO

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social events, and a central information point for the now well-established Ilfracombe Art Trail, held in May each year and involving over 50 artists in 30 venues, and attracting over 400 people who follow the town based trail. Maggie has enjoyed successful exhibitions of her work in the UK since 2005, and more recently has been very well received in the USA, with paintings from the series entitled ‘Adventures in the City’ about which Maggie tells us: “Cities fascinate me. I relish the tricks that light, perspective, colour and construction play upon our senses.” And it’s this skewed perspective that Maggie captures within her artwork, for example in ‘City Lights’ Maggie’s use of colour suggests a cityscape viewed in darkness or low light; when the blurry form of buildings are synthetically lit with electric light, casting a murky haze of orange light pollution into the sky. In complete contrast to her paintings on canvas, Maggie is currently working on illustrations for a children’s book by Worcestershire based author Margaret Gardner called The Badgers of Briarwood. The story carries an important message for

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ocated in the popular area of Littleham, in Devon’s oldest seaside resort, the development is perfectly set for residents to explore the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site which stretches from east Devon to Dorset and is perfect for those who want to enjoy the great outdoors. There’s also an extensive range of amenities nearby, including a village shop, hairdressers and the thriving seafront and town square, which is home to an abundance of restaurants and friendly cafés. Exmouth has a vibrant community, with a full events calendar throughout the year, from Christmas markets to the annual Exmouth Mussel Festival – a firm foodie favourite. The popular Exmouth Pavilion also hosts a fantastic variety of comedy acts, theatre productions and musicians throughout the year, meaning there really is something for every taste. Pincombe comprises a stunning selection of 30 two-bedroom apartments, each thoughtfully designed by an award-winning interior designer and exclusively for those

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aged 55 and over. Each enjoys a high-spec kitchen with built-in appliances, made by the much-coveted Symphony Kitchens, as well as spacious balconies or patios to enjoy the fresh ocean air. Each apartment also features underfloor heating throughout, ensuring cosy warmth all year round. The development boasts beautifully landscaped gardens – looked after by McCarthy and Stone’s expert management team – meaning homeowners can relax and enjoy the outside space without the hassle of maintenance. And, along the same vein, the Management Scheme and Pincombe also includes 24-hour security monitoring, building insurance, security lighting and maintenance for the other communal areas, as well as window cleaning and grounds maintenance, which, in translation, means total peace of mind for you. Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone South West, Kevin Sims, tells us: “Our Pincombe development in Exmouth features a choice of high-quality apartments designed to suit those who want to live their retirement to the full in

a stunning coastal location; whether they want to relax and enjoy the development’s surroundings, spend hours strolling along the coast, or use their new home as a welcoming, low-maintenance ‘lock up and leave’ home to return to between holidays and other retirement adventures.” Speaking of adventures, Exmouth is well connected via good transport links, including a train station located just two miles from Pincombe, with services to surrounding towns and cities such as Exeter, meaning there is plenty on offer for those looking to explore further afield. More than nine out of ten customers would recommend McCarthy and Stone to a friend, so it’s no wonder that this fantastic company has received the full Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation for 13 consecutive years! Indeed, McCarthy and Stone is the only house builder of any size or type to achieve this, but don’t just take our word for it; open Monday to Sunday from 10.30am until 5pm, why not book yourself in for a tour of the Pincombe show complex and start planning your next chapter?

MCCARTHY AND STONE 0800 2014742 www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk

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DISCOVER MORE Two bedroom apartments at Pincombe are currently priced from just £325,000! Why not book yourselves in for a tour of the Pincombe show complex?

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Dispelling the ‘yuck’ factor from edible insects, GreenBee Entomology founder, Heather, offers their delicious treats to HRH Prince Charles.

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or many, the thought of eating an insect or a bug is one that leaves them feeling squeamish, however, despite politely declining the tempting offer from the team at GreenBee Entomology, HRH Prince Charles was impressed and, dare we say it, even a little tempted! Greenbee Founder, Heather Gibbard, tells us: “He was a little taken aback when told there were whole crickets in the flapjacks. We think he’s been watching too much I’m a Celebrity!” Heather explains that edible insects are given an undeservedly negative image, but that they are packed with protein, vitamins and minerals. Heather’s thriving ‘bug’ farm in Devon offers customers access to British grown insects, which can be enjoyed in delicious treats or as ingredients to experiment with at home. Heather discovered entomophagy – the use of insects as food – when she tried her first edible insect seven years ago. “The chocolate covered crickets were pretty good, a bit like chocolate crispies. I went on to try chapulines (Mexican grasshoppers) in a taco and they tasted amazing, so I immediately ordered another one!” With a projected global population of nine billion in just a few short years, there is a definite need to start looking at traditional animal protein sources. “Our YumBugs range of products allows us to expand our protein sources and give access to delicious food that our ancestors and other cultures around the world have been enjoying for years.” According to the team at Greenbee, eating insects is also great for children, and their YumBug products have been developed with kids in mind, giving them a nutritious alternative to high sugar snacks. Heather adds: “In our trials, even fussy children and adults were able to over-ride the ‘yuck’ factor.” Even though the royal couple declined to try them on camera, Heather gave them

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some Pirate Island Flapjacks and some Rhubarb and Ginger Bread Butterflies. “Perhaps they tried them off camera in their helicopter home.” She continues: “Meeting them in person was a pleasure. They were warm and lovely to talk to, and we hope they enjoyed their hamper of local treats!” Having built a cyclic farming system that minimises waste and ensures sustainable products, Heather and co’s bug barn is highly energy efficient, feeding the insects on ‘wonky’ veg and off cut stalks, and will soon incorporate solar panels to make production even more green! “To round it all off, we only use compostable packaging to deliver your YumBug goodies!”

GREENBEE ENTOMOLOGY Kilmington, Axminster EX13 7SP 07426503282 yumbugs@greenbeeento.co.uk

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