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to our exclusive brochure Handpicked in Devon Now in our third year we have continued to conduct surveys via email and the web in order to find the very best products and services from the length and breadth of the Devon.We now also receive thousands of suggestions via our websites and social media. Using various key criteria such as quality of service, value for money, quality of product, accessibility, existing awards, location and reputation we believe those featured genuinely deserve to be handpicked.

We have also spoken with hundreds of locals and visitors alike in order to ascertain which Devon businesses should be invited to join Handpicked in Devon.We have visited the vast majority of these establishments ourselves to confirm our surveys findings. Naturally accommodation and dining establishments have featured strongly in these findings however we believe we have also unearthed some other hidden gems from other sectors as well.

This brochure is backed by stunning website www.handpickeddevon.co.uk we invite you to have a taste of the very best that Devon has to offer.

Handpicked in Devon features superb Devon businesses from four exclusive sectors Stay: Dine: Shop: Enjoy and we feel that we have found something for all tastes and budgets. Devon luxury hotels through to charming self catering cottages and fine dining restaurants to traditional pubs and inns, superb days out and exclusive shops are also featured.

The Handpicked in Devon brochure can be downloaded or mail ordered free of charge via the website www.handpickedindevon.co.uk and will also be available from Spring 2012 at a host of venues and events: Featured in National press Handpicked in Devon is now the very first port of call for those looking for a quality stay in Devon. After the successful launch of Handpicked in Devon we have now launched www.handpickedincornwall.co.uk www.handpickedinsomerset.co.uk www.handpickedcotswolds.co.uk www.facebook.com/handpickedgroup www.twitter.com/HandpickedinDev

We hope you find Handpicked in Devon both useful and informative and please mention us when making reservations with any of our featured establishments. Thank you The Handpicked in Devon Team

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www.handpickedindevon.co.uk In tandem with this exclusive brochure our website www.handpickedindevon.co.uk is now receiving thousands of visitors and this is increasing month on month.With vibrant images, truly interactive mapping features and sophisticated search functions you are never more than a click away from finding exactly what you are looking for.

Superb accommodation, wonderful restaurants, pubs and inns, exclusive shopping and great days out are all featured plus up to the minute information regarding county and local events, traffic, tides, weather and webcams. Across four main exclusive sectors, Stay: Dine: Shop: Enjoy, we feel that we have found something for all tastes.The website www.handpickedindevon.co.uk offers more in depth information on all of those featured in the brochure as well as many other wonderful Devon businesses that due to time restraints did not make this edition.

The Handpicked in Devon website works perfectly with all the latest smart phones, tablets and mobile devices. As well as Handpicked in Devon we also have developed www.handpickedincornwall.co.uk www.handpickedinsomerset.co.uk www.handpickedcotswolds.co.uk www.greatbritishweddings.co.uk in our portfolio.

If you feel that your business is of the quality required to feature in any of our websites or publications please apply today Email: sales@handpickedindevon.co.uk Tel: 01548 560244 You can also follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/HandpickedinDev We hope you enjoy your visit to Devon with

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Cranberries Hideaway, the comfort of a boutique hotel with the privacy of a self catering holiday.

Each of our FIVE recently converted 18th Century stone barns, provides 5 star luxury accommodation, each one is individually designed and furnished to ensure the ultimate experience of comfort and luxury. 7KH ÀYH EDUQ FRWWDJHV UDQJH IURP D OX[XULRXV  EHGURRP WR D ODYLVK 6 bedroom residence. They are available all year round for rent as self-catering holidays, themed weekends, pampering breaks, corporate/activities accommodation and within staggering distance after a celebration / wedding reception in our large function suite.

There is 100 acres of private countryside, ZRRGODQG ¿HOGV DQG ULYHUV WR EH H[SORUHG on the farm as well as courtyards and %%4 DUHDV ZLWK VHDWLQJ DURXQG WKH EDUQV Cranberries Hideaway is situated on the Devon/Dorset border within Hills Farm in Kilmington, a peaceful and secluded corner of East Devon. Nestled high on the hill, overlooking the picturesque Axe Valley with views of the World Heritage Site The Jurassic Coast. There is an abundance of local seaside resorts, Lyme Regis with the famous Cobb +DUERXU WKH WUDGLWLRQDO ÀVKLQJ YLOODJH RI %HHU DQG 6HDWRQ ZLWK LWV ZLGH promenade and historic Tramway. Kilmington and the surrounding area provide you with a fantastic opportunity to sample the best that East Devon has to offer, it is a couple of miles from the ancient market town of $[PLQVWHU ZKHUH \RX ZLOO ÀQG VKRSV JDOOHULHV FDIHV DQG RI FRXUVH +XJK Fearnley-Whittingstalls famous River Cottage Canteen and of course not forgetting the towns famous carpets. Cranberries Hideaway prides itself on its extensive Green Credentials we have achieved a fusion of green technology and 5 star luxury. Each individual barn cottage has been renovated using recycled materials with traditional building methods used. Modern, eco-friendly ground/air source heat pumps and solar energy have been provided. We also have installed a station for electric car plug-in.

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Helpful Holidays wins Silver at British Travel Awards

West Country cottage specialist, Helpful Holidays, has scooped second place and a Silver Award against strong national competition at the British Travel Awards in the Best UK cottage/self catering booking company (UK properties) category.

The British Travel Awards are acknowledged as the most definitive and largest monitor of public opinion on the performance of travel and tourism providers. Shortlisted companies are nominated by travel industry professionals, but it is the leisure holidaymakers whose votes finally determine the winners.The results were announced at a glittering ceremony on Wednesday 2nd November at the Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, London.

Delighted with the unexpected accolade, Helpful Holidays’ General Manager, Moray Bowater, said, “We’re honoured to have been nominated for this prestigious award and immensely grateful to all those who took the trouble to vote for us. Helpful Holidays has always stood for reliable, un-hyped and outstanding service to its customers.This award recognises that in the best possible way – via the votes of those we serve and those who know us.

“There's a famous quotation about 'fooling all of the people some of the time' and 'some of the people all of the time', but less famous and less quoted is the prelude to that: 'If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem'.The bit about 'fooling' followed. Lincoln knew that 'fooling' would, probably, ultimately lead to a loss of trust - and then you'd be finished. “We live in an age where that lesson is sometimes forgotten and where the evasions and deceptions of those we would hope to trust fill the media, draining our confidence and bolstering our cynicism - how exhausting! Ultimately, trust is the currency that really counts and we're happy that earning that of our customers through our straightforward and frank approach has been the touchstone of our business since we started 30 years ago.

“We believe that success and profit are the by-products of delivering outstanding service. The credit for doing the difficult job of always trying to deliver service beyond our customers’ expectations goes to every one of our team advocates for our holidaymakers and confidants for our homeowners”, concluded Moray. Oscars of the Travel Industry

The British Travel Awards are widely considered to be the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry. BTA’s Chief Executive, Lorraine Barnes Burton, said, “It’s the largest awards programme in the UK, created to reward travel companies, and the winning accolade is the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the business of travel for the UK consumer.”

To view Helpful Holidays’ portfolio of over 600 places to stay sleeping two to 48 guests in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset, visit www.helpfulholidays.com or call 01647 434316 for a free brochure. More details about the British Travel Awards can be found at www.britishtravel awards.com.

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Cottages throughout the West Country

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MANOR HOTEL & RESTAURANT

Lakeview Manor near Dunkeswell, a hidden gem set in 45 acres of beautiful gardens and lakes. The candle-lit restaurant overlooks the front lake and garden and is open to non-residents seven days a week. Head Chef, Andrew Deam, takes pride in sourcing local, high quality produce at a reasonable price.

Example Dishes Steamed West Country Mussels in a lemon, garlic and coriander broth Pan Fried Duck Breast with Winter Berry & Port Sauce,Sweet Potato Parmentier Warm Chocolate & Roasted Hazelnut Brownie, Chocolate Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce

Lakeview Manor Hotel & Restaurant tel 01404 891358 www.lakeviewmanor.co.uk Dunkeswell, Honiton, Devon EX14 4SH

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Set in a 200 acre haven in the rolling north Devon hills Highbullen represents all that is great about the English country house. Couple comfort and a warm welcome with the opportunity to play a championship golf course or have a swim and use our other extensive leisure facilities; and we hope you will not be able to resist. Highbullen Hotel Golf & Country Club, Chittlehamholt, Umberleigh, North Devon, EX37 9HD +44 (0)1769 540561

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Lewtrenchard Manor • Lewdown • Near Okehampton • Devon • EX20 4PN Tel: 01566 783222 • info@lewtrenchard.co.uk • www.lewtrenchard.co.uk

Award winning 3 Rosette Restaurant and “The Purple Carrot”, a unique private dining experience

A JACOBEAN MANOR TUCKED AWAY IN ITS OWN SECRET VALLEY

Gidleigh Park Chagford, Devon TQ13 Visit8HH www.odetruefood.co.uk

Tel: 01647 432367 Email: gidleighpark@gidleigh.co.uk Web: www.gidleigh.com Tel 01626 873 977

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LUXURY HOTEL & APARTMENTS WITH ELEMIS SPA & RESTAURANT

Book now www.dartmarina.com or call 01803 832580.

dart marina HOTEL & SPA

Country House Bed & Breakfast and self contained accommodation in the heart of beautiful west Devon. Garden events and Group visits.

Coombe Trenchard Lewtrenchard Devon EX20 4PW tel: 01566 783179 sarah@coombetrenchard.co.uk www.coombetrenchard.co.uk

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gitcombe house country cottages & leisure spa contemporary holiday cottages, in the country, by the sea

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Huccombe House

Huccombe House has been renovated to the highest standards recognised by its 5 Star award from Enjoy England. The three large bedrooms have beautiful en-suite facilities and stunning views of the meadows below and the rolling hills beyond.

“Our intention is to make our guests feel welcome and totally at home to enjoy this lovely, peaceful environment.�

Huccombe House, Huccombe, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2EP Tel +44 01548 580669 huccombehouse@aol.com | www.southdevonbandb.co.uk

Seven en-suite bedrooms, evening meals Tuesday to Saturday, lounge bar, conservatory, dining room overlooking East Dart River and open moorland, 500 metres from Clapper Bridge. Afternoon Cream Teas available during the season.

Lydgate House Hotel, Postbridge, Yelverton, Dartmoor. Devon, PL20 6TJ T: 01822 880209 E: info@lydgatehouse.co.uk W: www.lydgatehouse.co.uk

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There is no better place to explore the lovely Dart estuary than from Fingals Hotel.

Set in a secluded valley just back from Dittisham Creek it is an oasis in itself although guests rarely miss the opportunity of venturing out onto the banks of the Dart. From Fingals guests enjoy a gentle stroll into the beautiful, riverside village of Dittisham, originally a home to fishermen with their tiny, colourful cottages lining the Quay, this is still a thriving village with The Ferry Boat Inn and The Anchor Stone Café overlooking the water and serving excellent local ales and food. Ringing a big brass bell at the end of the pontoon summons a ferry to take them over to Greenway and Agatha Christie’s summer home now owned by the NationalTrust and well worth a visit. From here they can turn south and enjoy stunning vistas of the estuary opening up while walking down to Kingswear – another beautiful National Trust property, Coleton Fishacre, built by the D’Oyly Carte family now beautifully restored and re-furnished is not far away. A short ferry ride to Dartmouth on the opposite bank presents a superb view of this historic town, and the hike back up the western side past the magnificent Britania Royal Naval College completes a part of the beautiful DartValley Trail. However, if energy levels are flagging the Dartmouth-Dittisham Ferry is a glorious alternative for the final leg.

If ferry rides seem too tame there are sailing boats, dinghies, canoes, paddle boards or launches to hire. Sometimes guests can borrow the Fingals rowing boat or go in their launch (or even help paddle a 12 seater canoe) in order to visit welcoming hostelries at Tuckenhay or Totnes (taking note not to get caught on a mud bank on a falling tide!). Sharpham Vineyard and Café is another favourite as this involves tasting wines and cheeses produced right here on the luxuriant banks of the River Dart. Fingals is surrounded by all this beauty and offers a haven from the modern, chaotic world.


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FINGALS

A Fine Country House Hotel

Fingals Hotel, Old Coombe, Dittisham, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 0JA Telephone: 01803722398 Email: richard@fingals.co.uk Website: www.fingals.co.uk

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Ashburton Arms

Situated in the heart of the South Hams with locations such as Dartmouth, Salcombe and Dartmoor all in easy reach 3 well appointed, newly refurbished and very comfortable en-suite bedrooms

Dinner, bed and breakfast deals also available, min 2 nights for 2 people sharing a twin/double room

Ideal for an overnight stop, or longer, enabling you to explore all that the South Hams has to offer

Kitchen open every lunchtime and every evening serving serious

homemade food at sensible South prices, Sunday Lunch being a firm favourite Ashburton Arms Nr Kingsbridge, Devon Telephone: 01548 531242 Hearty full English breakfast Well behaved dogs are welcome as overnight guests www.ashburtonarms.co.uk info@ashburtonarms.co.uk AshburtonEmail: Arms Nr Kingsbridge South Devon Telephone: 01548 531242 www.ashburtonarms.co.uk Email: info@ashburtonarms.co.uk

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Ask the Chef Horn of Plenty, Gulworthy,Tavistock

At Handpicked in Devon we have heard great things about the dining experience at the Horn of Plenty so thought we would find out more… Name of Head Chef: Scott Paton

When did you decide to become a chef and where did you train? My first experience of cooking was when I was 5, we had a French breakfast day in school where we made baguettes and hot chocolate. I have always loved cooking and as a kid I often made my family smile with my “strange concoctions”. I trained at The Jack in the Green, initially washing dishes. It was my first job in the industry and I soon got stuck in. I worked with Mat Mason and Paul Parnell for 9 years, so they have obviously had a massive influence on my career. I was initially inspired to be a Chef by the adrenaline of a busy service, by the creativity and the buzz. I guess that’s still the case today, but it’s the combination of creativity and discipline which drives me. That, and the fact that you’re always learning, you never stand still. The thing I like least is having a quiet restaurant. I hate being bored! Have you won any awards? I’ve won some great accolades that I’m really proud of. In 2008 I won ‘dessert of the year’ from the Association of Pastry Chefs, and in 2009 I won South West Chef of theYear in the young professional class.

What style of food can guest expect at The Horn of Plenty? I wouldn’t say my food has a specific style, it’s not British, not French. My food is simply the food of Scott Paton at The Horn of Plenty. My food and my menus have been designed around the region, the location and the clientele.

Do you have a Signature Dish? I wouldn’t say I had a signature dish as such either. My food is always changing and moving with the times. I don’t want to be cooking the same things now as in 5 years time. Right now some of my favourite dishes include Roasted venison with chicory jam, and milk chocolate mousse with banana & passion fruit parfait.

Who has influenced or inspired you? There have been a couple of chefs who have really influenced me. Pierre Herme is a fabulous pastry chef who I was fortunate enough to work with for a couple of days. He’s known as the Picasso of Pastry, he’s the guy who brought pastry bang up to date. I’ve also been hugely impressed by Tom Kerridge at The Hand and Flowers in Marlow. For me, he’s re-written the fine dining rule book. He’s just been awarded 2 Michelin stars, but

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there’s no white linen in the restaurant, no smartly uniformed staff, just quirkly little pub with wonky tables and a fantastic atmosphere, but he’s managed to capture the essence of his pub in his food. I think creativity is hugely important, but I’m never creative when I’m busy. I find I have my best ideas when I’m relaxing, often when I’m asleep. I often dream about what food should look like, then match flavours to suit.That’s kind of against the rule – most Chefs start out with the flavours, then focus on making the dish look good. Having said that, here atThe Horn we’re not about whacky food or clever food. We’re about taking the traditional and bringing it bang up to date with a touch of “wow”! We hear you have your own kitchen garden, how is that going? We have big plans for our kitchen garden. We’ve seen our first butternut squashes this year and we’re just starting to redevelop the garden more seriously. Next year, we’ll have our own beetroot, carrots, courgettes, onions, Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus, peas, beans, salad leaves and berries. We’re not going to be self sufficient, but it’s the start of an exciting journey.

What has been the highlight of your career so far and what are the plans going forward? The highlight of my career so far has to be taking the reins here at The Horn. Damien and Julie have presented me with a fantastic opportunity. I want The Horn to be back up there with the big boys in the South West.The Horn has such a rich food history which goes back over 40 years. Over the next 5 years, we want to see The Horn regain the Michelin Star it deserves. We also want to become one of the Top 100 Restaurants in the UK, with a reputation for everything from canapés to mains to afternoon teas: we want to get everything as close to perfection as we can. The long term ambition is to achieve what Michael Caines has done at Gidleigh – taken a superb reputation, and driven it on to a whole new level. But we’ll do that in a way that’s true to The Horn: outstanding food served in a relaxed, informal environment, with a focus on warm, friendly, attentive service and wonderful views. The Horn of Plenty is highly recommended by Handpicked in Devon, call 01822 832528 or visit their website at www.thehornofplenty.co.uk

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Passionate about fresh, seasonal and local produce, with well crafted and consistently delivered menus. Thoughtful service, relaxed yet professional puts diners at ease and makes for an enjoyable time at Rumours on every visit. Our Opening times are: Monday to Saturday 10am till 11pm and sunday 6pm until 10.30pm

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Beesands Kingsbridge South Devon TQ7 2EN For reservations and general enquiries please call 01548 580215 or e-mail enquiries@the cricketinn.com www.thecricketinn.com

The Inn on the Shore...

The Harris Arms Country Inn on the border of Devon and Cornwall

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Reservations: 01752 254879 Email: team@dolphinhousebrazzerie.co.uk Web: www.dolphinhousebrazzerie.co.uk

The Harris Arms, Portgate, Lewdown, Okehampton Devon EX20 4PZ Tel: 01566 783331 Email: info@theharrisarms.co.uk

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The Maltsters Arms Tuckenhay

Tuckenhay 01803 732 350

Situated overlooking Bow Creek, The Maltsters Arms is in an idyllic spot. Dine in the superb restaurant overlooking the water or weather permitting, the quayside is a popular spot to eat and soak up the atmosphere be it with friends, family or dog. Real ales, fine wine, local cider and a fabulous menu of fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

Open All Day. Every Day. Cosy but lively. Sunday roasts. Board games. Barbecues on the quayside. Regular live music.

maltsters@tuckenhay.com www.tuckenhay.com Tuckenhay, Nr Totnes, Devon TQ9 7EQ

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The Good Food Guide 2011, 2012 National Pub Chef Of The Year, 2011 National Kitchen Team Of The Year, 2011

Millbrook Inn reasurringly pubby

South Pool, Kingsbridge, South Devon TQ72RW Tel. 01548 531581

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Your Place in the Country by Helen Tilliott at Garfield House

Garfield House is a unique country house retreat offering luxury ensuite accommodation and gourmet meals, all delivered with panache and a personal touch.With wonderful views, rambling gardens and easy access to Dartmoor this is a spectacular place to stay, relax or learn.We also offer a range of activities, workshops and courses to both residents and visitors

The South Hams of Devon has so much to offer: with Dartmoor to the North - very much in the press recently thanks to Steven Speilberg’s film War Horse, and with the beaches and pretty coastal towns of Salcombe and Dartmouth to the South. The breadth of stunning scenery and amenities is endless. Whether you are looking for a seaside holiday with the children or a more adventurous activity holiday, Devon has it covered.

We are also lucky to have so many excellent restaurants and pubs serving very good. I would highly recommend The Millbrook Inn at South Pool.The food there is excellent and the bar well stocked with good local beers and wines. Be aware though, that this pub is on the estuary and gets very busy at high tide it’s worth checking out the tide time tables!

Another good day trip out is to Beesands to the beautifully renovated Cricket Inn, good fish on the menu here, in fact on a summers day you can eat out on the sea wall watching the small fishing boats bobbing on the water and the catch being hauled on to the beach. Since I moved to here 13 years ago Devon now can boast so many really good food establishments. There is some notable shopping to do in South Devon for those with taste and individuality.The town of Ashburton is a Mecca for foodies, and for lovers of antiques and vintage bric-a-brac.The fish deli is a prime example and let’s face it if you are in Devon you must try the local fish. If you are looking for trendy clothing and art then head to Salcombe - Amelia’s Attic is a must.

There are many bonuses to this slower pace of life, in particular the warm welcome and generosity that is shown to all who visit. However if you are shopping even in a local chain supermarket expect them to finish a conversation before they serve you. Everyone knows everybody else and as a rule not only what you do but what you are going to do next. A TV celebrity and former pop star who stayed at Garfield House in the summer loved the whole idea that even in a supermarket the assistant advised her that “Sparkling wine is much cheaper than Champagne and you can’t really taste the difference”. And then promptly ID’d her for, as she pointed out,“I don’t know you from Adam!” our celeb was thrilled - it was her 30th Birthday last year! There are however more and more of us that have left London behind and thanks to the internet can live in Devon and work. Come visit and enjoy I can assure you on the way home you will still be contemplating whether you could live and work in this beautiful piece of England.

Garfield House - “Your Place in the Country” a unique place to stay, offering excellent food, fine wines and many activities. We are on the edge of Dartmoor and just off the A38 Expressway. See us on the Handpicked in Devon website Page 22

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MINERS ARMS HERMERDON VILLAGE, PLYMPTON

The Seahorse SEAFOOD AND MEAT GRILL

• The freshest seafood & meat cooked over charcoal.

Superb Sunday Lunches Large Tables Catered for Delightful Garden Area The Miners Arms has to be one Bespoke Wedding Venue of the best dining experiences in Safe Kiddies Area The restaurant is situated in a glazed atrium with stunning views down the valley and towards Plymouth Sound.

the South West.

The Miners Arms, Hemerdon, Plympton, Devon, PL7 5BU www.theminersarmspub.co.uk Tel: 01752 336040

• Regular events with guests including Gregg Wallace, Matt Dawson, Mark Hix & more. Join our newsletter at www.seahorserestaurant.co.uk • Pearlfisher, our own courtesy launch, can collect or return you across the river – just advise when booking. The Seahorse 5 South Embankment, Dartmouth, TQ6 9BH 01803 835147 | enquiries@seahorserestaurant.co.uk

Ashburton Arms

Situated in the heart of the South Hams with locations such as Dartmouth, Salcombe and Dartmoor all in easy reach Serious homemade food at sensible prices, using local produce where possible

Sunday Roast “quite possibly one of the best in the South Hams” Home of “Steak on the Rocks” a thick juicy 8oz steak served on a hot stone

Kitchen open everyday lunchtime and evening

accommodation South with a hearty full English breakfast Ashburton Arms NrEn-suite Kingsbridge, Devon Warm and welcoming reception Telephone: 531242 Well 01548 behaved dogs are welcome, but on leads please www.ashburtonarms.co.uk info@ashburtonarms.co.uk AshburtonEmail: Arms Nr Kingsbridge South Devon Telephone: 01548 531242 www.ashburtonarms.co.uk Email: info@ashburtonarms.co.uk

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The Tradesmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arms The Tradesman's Arms is the ideal location should you wish to visit us for a glass of wine, a pint of traditional real ale, a tasty bar snack or an enjoyable evening meal in our delightful restaurant. We can now also offer two charming double en-suite rooms, your perfect base to explore the area.

Stokenham, Nr Kingsbridge, South Devon 01548 580996 www.thetradesmansarms.com thebar@thetradesmansarms.com

Exmoor Cottage Kitchen brings you great quality meals using local produce and delivered direct to your home or holiday home in North Devon and Exmoor. Exmoor Cottage Kitchen Birchwood House, Knowstone, Devon EX36 4RZ 07889 744555 suzanne@exmoorcottagekitchen.co.uk www.exmoorcottagekitchen.com

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Dart Valley â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Staverton

The South Hams is the southern-most region of Devon with costal and rural destinations with exceptional natural beauty. These range from Dartmoor National Park with its rugged wilderness and stunning scenery, to the famous South Hams beaches which nestle alongside fantastic coastal paths extending for miles providing a fantastic combination of sea and countryside views. A wonderful area for walkers and dog lovers alike.

The well known and ever popular historic town of Totnes is a bustling market town that lies at the head of the estuary of the River Dart. The river runs down from Dartmoor and passes through some beautiful and quaint little villages along the way. Nestled in the rural Dart Valley along the banks of the river lies the picturesque village of Staverton where you will find the Sea Trout Inn - an atmospheric South Devon Inn described as Devon's hidden gem with parts dating back to the 15th century.The Inn is an ideal place to stay, relax and wine & dine with friends. Renowned for providing excellent quality bed and breakfast and serving Modern British Cuisine and wonderfully positioned for a restful weekend break, pub lunch or a romantic dinner, the Sea Trout Inn is a welcoming and friendly place for all. It offers a fantastically varied menu ranging from the classic freshly battered fish, chips & garden peas to the a la carte, locally sourced, Venison.The menu also extends to meals with an Asian influence such as an authentic Thai Massaman curry to get your taste buds tingling.

You can catch the South Devon Railway Steam Train from Totnes to Staverton station, step off and explore. This small village offers more than one would think at first glance.The river walk is Page 26

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DINE deemed to be one of the most beautiful and tranquil around. With the seasons comes the varying flora and fauna. In the early months the well known snow drop walk takes place, which in turn becomes the bluebell walk as the seasons progress. The magnificent river Dart that glides from Dartmoor through this delightful village provides home to some wonderful wildlife too. Otters can sometimes been seen basking in the sun down by the historic Staverton Bridge and early in the evening as dusk draws in, at the right time of year the intriguing horseshoe bats can been seen following the line of the river back to their home situated along the bank near the bridge. Kingfishers are frequently sighted by those taking a quiet stroll along the river path whilst heading to the pub. Stunning scenery comprising of Staverton Church, charming staggered cottage roofs with terracotta chimneys gently trickling smoke provides somewhat of an ideal setting for a peaceful and relaxing meal at the Sea Trout Inn.

The walk from the train station will take you all the way along the river, through a small woodland area and back up the road past Staverton church which leads to the Sea Trout Inn. The stretch of River that runs from Buckfast down through Staverton and to the Totnes Weir that is maintained by the Dart Angling Association. You can spend your time fishing the Dart which plays host to many Salmon, Sea Trout & Brown Trout. Fly fishing tickets are available for sale from the Sea Trout Inn and are required in order to fish. The Sea Trout Inn are proud supporters of the Dart Angling Association and offer accommodation & fishing packages. The offers vary throughout the year but consist of accommodation and daily/weekly tickets for use on a beautiful stretch of the River Dart.

You can get back on the train and head on to Buckfastleigh which has the Butterfly farm and the Otter Sanctuary situated a short walk from the station. All in all it makes a great day out. Frequently changing menu to reflect the season Luxury accommodation Lunch and dinner served daily

Staverton · Totnes · Devon · TQ9 6PA · 01803 762 274 theseatroutinn.co.uk · info@theseatroutinn.co.uk

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DEVONBATHROOM CENTRE

Located in Exeter we have an extensive showroom with knowledgeable staff. Our designers use a 3D cad system which helps to detail in scale your new bathroom and provide you with a plan, quotation and technical information.

We can work with your architect or builder specifying every detail. If you are looking for installation we fully project manage and supply all the trades to a very high standard. Visiting the showroom gives you access to over 50 settings with bathroom products direct from leading european companies Villeroy & Boch, Duravit, Laufen, Hansgrohe, Dornbracht etc. Our aim is to offer quality bathrooms which are both inspirational and unique.

01392 823030 sales@devonbathroomcentre.co.uk www.devonbathroomcentre.co.uk Devon Bathroom Centre, 5 The Venture Centre Yeoford Way, Marsh Barton, Exeter, Devon EX2 8LB

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Avon Mill ƒ cafe ƒ garden centre ƒ deli

ƒ delicious treats to eat ƒ gourmet foods for the larder ƒ beautiful things for your house & garden ƒ riverside walks ƒ dogs welcome Avon Mill, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4DD ƒ 01548 550338

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Providing Jewellery, Perfume and other Fine Gifts for Ladies & Gentlemen & for the Home, with good value and a focus on customer service.

89 Fore Street, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 1AB 01548 856176 Email admin@tiptopfinegifts.com Web www.tiptopfinegifts.com

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Simply Flowers PASSION FOR DESIGN AND CREATIVITY

RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year, Silver Gilt & Bronze Medal Winner 2010 & 2011 Simply Flowers can provide glorious bouquets, ZHGGLQJ Ă RZHUV V\PSDWK\ WULEXWHV HYHQW Ă RZHUV and much more â&#x20AC;&#x201C; buy online or contact us on : 01626 833373 Simply Flowers: 59 Fore Street: Bovey Tracey Devon:TQ13 9AB LQIR#VLPSO\Ă RZHUVGHYRQFRP ZZZVLPSO\Ă RZHUVGHYRQFRP

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Fantastic selection of readymade Hampers â&#x20AC;&#x153;Create Your Own Hamperâ&#x20AC;? for a truly personal gift 2QOLQH Ă&#x20AC;QH IRRG VKRS ´5HVWRFN <RXU /DUGHUÂľ Produce 100% made in Devon Delivered to your Door - Holiday Home - Business

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Bespoke Kitchens and Islands Granite and Wooden Work Tops Supplied and Fitted Tables made to measure a selection of Seagrass, Rattan and Willow Chairs and Basketware Soft Furnishings, Lamps, Mirrors Driftwood and Giftware Full Carpentry Service Available w w w .t h e - w o o d - s h e d - c o . u k

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I Love Devon Because…

We asked our followers on Twitter at @HandpickedinDev for their I Love Devon Because… and from the thousands of replies received here is just a very small selection

I love Devon Because… the sea, the moor and the city are no more than an hour away.

I love Devon Because…you get water bills in excess of £1000 per annum living here, makes me feel important

I love Devon Because… just walked the dog 5 miles and never saw anyone

I love Devon Because… only here can you feel on holiday yards from your front door!. I love Devon Because…it's still my home even after years of living away.

I love Devon Because… I have an allotment with views of the sea and it costs £14 per year

I love Devon Because…I never worry about my families safety www.handpickedindevon.co.uk

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Prince Hall COUNTRY HOUSE Hotel & Restaurant

Eat, Sleep, Walk, Dartmoor Set on rolling moorland in a uniquely spectacular location, Prince Hall is the ultimate base for exploring the walks and wilderness of Dartmoor and sampling delicious locally sourced seasonal and home grown produce. Owner-run and with eight comfortable rooms, the hotel offers a luxurious home from home with an informal relaxed atmosphere together with impeccable service. Just imagine your romantic weekend or a luxury YL[YLH[ YLSH_PUN MVY H ML^ KH`Z Ă&#x201E;ZOPUN YPKPUN HUK V[OLY outdoor pursuits available.

T: 01822 890403 www.princehall.co.uk

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