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CONTRIBUTORS Nadia Pendleton Christine Phillips Felix Rowe Steve Mathews Chloe Searle Jamie Osborne Joanne Stinton

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Welcome The Helpful Holidays team

We love this time of year; the usually buzzing holiday destinations are at their calmest, the coast becomes a theatre of natural entertainment and we start thinking about next year’s adventures. Whether you need to unwind, fancy a quick Christmas and New Year excursion (it’s never too late!) or are planning for 2016, the South West really is for all seasons. Finding the perfect retreat in the perfect location isn’t always as simple as it sounds, but you’ll discover some stunning examples from page 18. That’s where we come in! As genuine lovers of the South West and enthusiasts when it comes to our holiday homes, we share with you some fantastic holiday ideas. One must-do activity (for any age!) is taking to the water and, to enjoy the complete coastal experience, there are some fabulous surf schools around, which we take a look at on page 12. And when that’s over, a warm cuppa and some good food goes down a real treat. See our top places for coffee and cake to whet your appetite on page 44, or create your own culinary masterpiece with the help of River Cottage on page 54. We’re lucky enough to be near one of the modern wonders of the world, the Eden Project. It’s become so much more than the spectacular biomes. See how the Eden Project experience has evolved into a great day out, which will forge unforgettable memories, on page 58. After all, that’s what Helpful Holidays is all about.

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DISCOVER 6 SPECIAL DESTINATION

18 HOLIDAY COTTAGES

Discovering Dittisham, a beautiful spot on the iconic River Dart

Helpful Holidays has the ideal cottage for your perfect holiday

39 TOP THINGS TO DO

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News stories and updates from Helpful Holidays

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Tempting your tastebuds with a review of the West Country’s finest ale

We take to the surf with this comprehensive feature on the South West’s most popular watersport

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Our top things to do during January and February in the West Country

44 PLACES FOR COFFEE

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We’ve selected some of our favourite places to enjoy this tempting combination

48 OWNER INTERVIEW

We take a look through the colourful looking glass with artist and holiday home owner, Clare Maryan Green

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50 EQUITY RELEASE

Raise money from your property to help live life to the full

52 SPECIAL DESTINATION

Popping into Porthleven, the picturesque Cornish harbour town

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We visit the River Cottage HQ near Axminster and learn how to cook fantastic food

58 EDEN PROJECT

An unforgettable experience in a breathtaking location, the Eden Project is a horticultural spectacle

62 SHOPPING

Reviewing two historic shopping centres, Lyme Regis and Dartmouth

66 FAVOURITE PLACES

Two of our team share their favourite beauty spots in Devon and Cornwall

68 WALK THE WEST COUNTRY Four breathtaking walks across the South West

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78 HOLIDAYS ON A BUDGET

Our top ten tips for a low cost holiday

80 JACK STEIN’S Q&A

We catch up with Jack Stein, son of Rick and Jill and Executive Chef of the family’s Padstow foodie empire

82 DEVON AIR AMBULANCE

As our chosen charity for 2016, we’ve been invited behind the scenes to find out more about this lifesaving organisation

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SPECIAL DESTINATION UNSPOILT DEVON Discover the beauty of the iconic River Dart Dittisham is one of the most attractive villages that you’ll come across in South Devon, in an idyllic location on the banks of the River Dart, two miles upstream from Dartmouth. This unspoilt little gem has given its name to the popular Dittisham dessert plum, which is grown nearby. Over the years, the village has grown popular with visitors who want to kick back with a truly relaxing holiday. It has delightful meandering, narrow lanes with traditional fishermen’s cottages nestled into the tranquil green river bank. At its heart the River Dart flows, with plenty of little boats for those keen on getting out on the water;

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the widest part of the river is over a mile from Dittisham to Galmpton, on the far shore. Whether you want some serious sailing or just ‘messing about on the water’, there are plenty of choices, with boat hire available for those who don’t bring their own. Boat trips and ferries are popular ways of exploring the waterways, with a regular ferry to Dartmouth, the perfect place for a family day out to indulge in a little retail therapy and some top nosh. Or the Greenway Ferry is a must for those wishing to visit the National Trust’s Greenway Estate, formerly home to the late crime writer Agatha Christie, with yet more stunning views over the river.

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But you may not feel the need to leave the serenity of Dittisham at all. The village has two atmospheric, traditional pubs, a post office and stores and the historic St George’s Church. While away the time fishing and crabbing off the jetty or banks of the river, out on the water with the sailing school or exploring the beautiful surrounds on foot. A short drive from Dittisham is Blackpool Sands set in a sheltered bay, a truly magnificent ‘Blue Flag’ family beach surrounded by lush evergreens and pines. Dittisham is a haven for those wanting a slice of relaxation. Visitors return year after year with their families to enjoy this unique and stunning location, and it’s not hard to see why.

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HELPFUL HOLIDAYS SPONSORS THE CHAGFORD FILM FESTIVAL Helpful Holidays was delighted to be the principal sponsor of the Chagford Film Festival, which was held in the small Dartmoor town between 19th and 26th September. Now in its fifth year, this unique and quirky festival is going from strength to strength with an amazing line-up of eclectic films, including a selection shown in the world’s smallest solar-powered cinema, which seats just eight. Talks, workshops and Q&A sessions with special guests also took place throughout the day and evening at various venues around Chagford. Moray Bowater, Managing Director of Helpful Holidays, whose head office is in Chagford, said: “We’ve seen this festival grow in both the quality of what’s on offer and the audience it’s attracted. It’s a fantastic event for both visitors and the local community alike. We’re very proud to be involved”. The French-themed opening on Monday evening, 21st September featured a screening of Les Misérables in the small cinema above The Globe Inn. BAFTA award-winning Touching the Void, introduced by director Kevin Macdonald, followed on Tuesday. Other highlights included thought provoking Ida, beautifully shot in black and white, and Oscarwinning The Theory of Everything. Younger film goers enjoyed a family screening of Paddington on Saturday afternoon. On Saturday, 26th September India came to Chagford with the spicy aroma of curries, henna artists and a colourful procession of Bhangra dancers led by a spectacular mechanical elephant. The festival culminated in the evening with the traditional awards ceremony and live music plus two exceptional films, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Namastey London.

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2016 BROCHURE

The 2016 Helpful Holidays’ brochure features nearly 600 places to stay, with a marked increase in holiday homes across Cornwall and north Devon. There’s also been a rise in the number earning higher star ratings and offering pools, demonstrating Helpful Holidays’ commitment to continually upgrade our portfolio and the quality of facilities offered.

5 star rating, while 73 are rated at 4½ star and there is an increase in the number offering use of an indoor or outdoor pool, from 65 in the 2015 brochure to 74 for 2016. Others have private moorings or fishing rights and some are on working farms. Many are within ambling distance of the beach or local pub, and more than half welcome pets.

There’s a wide variety of holiday homes, from romantic retreats for two to big country houses accommodating a maximum of 38 guests, most with stunning views out to sea or across rolling countryside; prices range from £179 to £7,175 for a week’s stay.

Many of our holiday homes are strikingly luxurious and we’ve a well-established reputation for providing big and beautiful houses.

For 2016 42 properties earn a top

READERS’ LETTER

For a copy of Helpful Holidays’ 2016 brochure call 01647 434360, email help@helpfulholidays.com or order online at www.helpfulholidays.com Terry and Christine with their bubbly and badges. Congratulations, guys! For more walks, turn to:

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I just want to say how much we enjoyed the article in Discover 04 by Pat Kelleway about walking the South West Coast Path because it rang so many bells for us. In fact, it ran so much in parallel with our own experiences on the Path that we felt we must have seen Pat and her husband at some stage!

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Many congratulations to the winner of the 2015 Helpful Holidays Photography Competition, Mrs Jean Stent, who has won a holiday voucher worth £400. The winning photo is of her grandchildren on the beach at Blackpool Sands, spotting tiddlers at the water’s edge. The family were staying at Thornbrook (our reference L204), a brilliantly positioned, large, detached, family house sleeping ten. They were holidaying just 300 yards from the beach at Thurlestone in early August and were enjoying a day out at Blackpool Sands, an award-winning, privately managed ‘Blue Flag’ family beach with turquoise blue sea giving it an almost Mediterranean feel.

We completed the Path on 7th June this year after nearly eight years of walking, although it was only in the last four years that we really concentrated on completing it. And we can thank Helpful Holidays for getting us into the right areas for tackling the Path, having stayed at over 17 of your cottages in that time, ranging from Mousehole in the west to Whitchurch Canonicorum in the east. Admittedly, we had to resort to the occasional weekend stay at hotels when we couldn’t find a suitable Helpful Holidays place in the right area, but we would never have completed the Path without you. Terry and Christine Gill Cheltenham

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Based on Cornwall’s rugged north coast, Harbour Brewing Company is building a reputation for creating a distinctive range of flavoursome, balanced and wonderfully creative beers. The popular India Pale Ale is a modern interpretation of the British classic, with distinct American hops and aromas. This wonderfully golden ale has citrus characters and robust yet balanced bitterness, perfect for sipping slowly in the sunshine.

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PIDDLE BREWERY LEG WARMER 4.3% An ever-increasing range of interestingly branded beer is popping up all over the nation, and this one’s no exception. It takes its name from the River Piddle, which runs through the village in which the ale is brewed. The Dorsetbased microbrewery produces around 300 gallons of ale per week, produced entirely by hand – even the bottling. Amongst the generous selection of beers and ales, you’ll find Dorset Piddle’s Leg Warmer, a beautifully zingy, alcoholic ginger beer, pale in colour and packed with fresh ginger, giving it a fresh and hugely flavoursome taste – refreshment at its finest!

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CHEDDAR ALES FESTIVE TOTTY 4.7% If you’re a keen ale drinker then it’s likely you’ve sampled one of the many award-winning ales from Cheddar Ales. Based at Winchester Farm on the edge of Cheddar village, near famous Cheddar Gorge, and brewing since October 2006, the brewery produces no less than nine ales, all with their own identities and quirky names. In the run up to Christmas, a must-try is Cheddar Ales’ Festive Totty, an award-winning and intensely dark ale, enriched with ruby port to give a smoother, slightly sweeter taste with hints of chocolate and fruit in the finish.

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HUNTER’S BREWERY CRACK SHOT 3.8% Hunter’s Brewery, Ipplepen, is situated in the heart of the Teignbridge countryside, in beautiful Devon. Established in 2008, Hunter’s Brewery now produces a wide range of uniquely tasty cask and bottled ales, using traditional methods and locallysourced ingredients to brew some of the region’s best beers. Crack Shot is a popular all-round easy drinker and won gold in the 2012 ‘Taste of the West’ awards. This round, dry and tangy beer is a strong rival against larger companies and may well have you converted.

MAYBE BEER AND ALE ISN’T YOUR THING BUT YOU’RE STILL KEEN TO TRY SOMETHING NEW, A LITTLE DIFFERENT OR LOCAL. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR HANDPICKED SELECTION OF THE WEST COUNTRY’S FINEST GINS. TARQUIN’S CORNWALL’S FIRST GIN FOR OVER A CENTURY Gold award winner at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2014, this contemporary take on a classic London Dry uses fragrant handpicked Devon violets and fresh orange zest to deliver an aromatic sensation unlike any other: a true triumph with tonic and a wedge of lime. PLYMOUTH GIN UNIQUE AND ORIGINAL Plymouth Gin has a great depth of flavour with deep earthy notes and a wonderfully fresh juniper and lemony bite. It has a slight sweetness with extraordinary concentration and complexity. No single botanical dominates the overall flavour. The finish is long and dry. CONKER SPIRIT DORSET DRY GIN COPPER POT DISTILLED Conker Spirit’s Dorset Dry Gin is distilled using British wheat spirit, New Forest spring water and ten botanicals, including some rather distinctively Dorset-inspired botanicals: gorse flowers, samphire and elderberries. BATH GIN GIN OF A DIFFERENT PERSUASION The Canary Gin Bar on Queen Street has created the Bath Gin, a one-of-a-kind tipple made with a special blend of 10 botanicals to give its unique taste.

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Thousands of people head to the West Country to enjoy England’s premier surfing beaches

Make no mistake, us English know all about surfing, particularly in the West Country, the UK’s premier surfing destination. The English have fallen for surfing culture ever since Captain Cook brought it back to our shores, and it’s hardly surprising with regular swell, perhaps a hundred or so surfing beaches and a massive variation in coastal aspects on our doorsteps. With all the fantastic surfing, surf hire and surf schools, it’s become firmly rooted in our culture: an essential pastime, offering

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fun for all the family and a great way to see the South West’s diverse coastline. Here we help you find the perfect location in which to stay and surf whilst on holiday, introducing surf spots with quality surf schools at the water’s edge, eager to help beginners catch their first wave, improvers tackle more challenging conditions or advanced surfers hone and perfect their skills. They’re all within easy reach of our coastal cottages, which provide the perfect base to head back to after an energetic day riding the waves.

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Cornwall – North coast

Cornwall – South coast

The north coast of Cornwall spans over seventy miles along an exceptionally beautiful landscape as its backdrop. The abundant and enormous golden sandy beaches make a perfect final destination for the year-round Atlantic rollers. The surfing scene on the north coast has been at the forefront of the European surfing scene for decades, with Newquay being one of Europe’s most famous surfing destinations.

Cornwall’s raw and rugged south coast stretches from Sennen up to Whitsand Bay, with numerous quality surfing spots in between. This array of wellknown surfing locations coupled with the south coast’s rugged contrasts and whitewashed fishing villages make for a unique experience. Generally a lot quieter than Cornwall’s north coast, you can expect to find picturesque beaches and coves with waves to suit all abilities. Beaches like Perranuthnoe, Poldhu and Whitsand Bay provide a perfect playground for all abilities, but especially for beginners keen to see what all the fuss is about. Dan Joel Surf School in Mullion has a flourishing reputation and, being situated on the beautiful Poldhu beach, you can also take in the outstanding beauty of the area. For those who have already mastered their ‘paddle and pop’ technique, slightly more challenging spots like Praa Sands or Porthcurno may be more appealing.

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a slice of surfing heaven that suits you. There are waves to suit every level of ability, with plenty of mellow beach breaks for the novice (surf schools are abundant). There are also serious waves for the experienced surfer, with some big wave spots holding in excess of 20ft on a good swell. Something for everyone! North coast spots stretch from surfing mecca, Newquay, up to the equally surf orientated town of Bude with popular beaches including Fistral, Mawgan Porth, Polzeath, Crackington Haven and Duckpool.

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Cornwall – West coast

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Quite the contrast to other areas of the county, west Cornwall typically has a constantly summery feel all year. With its mild climate and consistent waves all year round, the west coast of Cornwall is fast becoming the most fashionable surfing spot and tourist destination in the West Country.

Devon has numerous good quality and varied breaks, most of which are on the north coast. Its location takes advantage of powerful swells from the Atlantic Ocean throughout the year. Due to the quality and consistency of the waves and the untouched and beautiful scenery, Devon has also gained a reputation for somewhere not only to holiday, but also to surf.

The immensely impressive ‘Jurassic Coast’ running through east Devon, Dorset and beyond is one of only two natural World Heritage Sites to be designated in the United Kingdom. There are a variety of coastal towns and colourful harbours dotted along the coastline and although not well known for its surfing, waves are certainly present, as well as people wanting to ride them.

The area is striking in its wildly unique granite landmass. It is (for now at least) less famous for conventional surf spots; however, it has its gems dotted around the coast, and where it falls short in terms of quantity, it certainly makes up for it with quality waves. The very popular expanse of beach on the shores of St Ives Bay running from the Hayle river mouth to Gwithian offers miles of golden sands and surfing peaks for all ages and abilities. Holywell Bay, Porthtowan and St Agnes are amongst other commonly surfed spots, all with surf schools and equipment to hire. St Ives Surf School and Breakers Surf School in St Agnes are firm favourites with visitors.

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Croyde could well offer the best wave in north Devon and is considered to be a world-class beach break. It has a thriving surf scene, several surf shops, surf schools and equipment to hire. Lynmouth is another north Devon gem, one of the best left-hand surf spots in the country when conditions are right, though not for the fainthearted. Devon’s south coast has its share of good surf spots, most of which are a lot less punchy than other coasts can sometimes be. Bantham and surrounding beaches are the bestknown surfing spots along the south Devon coastline and Bantham’s Surfing Academy comes highly recommended and offers much more than surfing lessons.

For something a little different, there’s a selection of beaches for water babies to visit in Dorset and Somerset, including Kimmeridge, Highcliffe and Bournemouth, and if you’re there at the right time you’ll likely surf some quality waves Kimmeridge has three spots to surf: The Bay, Broad Bench and, the most well known, The Ledges. Highcliffe is great for beginners and longboarders, offering funsize rollers on to the beach. Bournemouth has a strong surfing scene, waves breaking in both directions off the pier.

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CLIFF END: R73 At Whitsand Bay, around 30ft above the beach on the very edge of Tregonhawke Cliff, a detached, singlestorey cliff-side chalet for 4 with stunning, uninterrupted panoramic sea views. Cliff End is aptly named; about 350 yards of footpath lead to it from the road, down gorse and flower-strewn cliffs.

BELOW Dan Joel Surf School

WHITSAND BAY TRELAWNEY: Z70 A mile inland from the gorgeous, fine, white sand beach of Porthcurno, in the hamlet of Trethewey, is a large home-from-home detached bungalow for 6. To the front, a level lawned garden sheltered by mature hedgerow/tree; at the back, a safe, enclosed lawned garden, (table/ chairs, barbecue).

PORTHCURNO HEADLAND POINT: Q3 In Newquay, quietly situated on the headland, a groundfloor apartment for 4, 200 yards from Little Fistral beach and only 300 yards from Fistral Beach (world famous surfing), with spectacular 180 degree views out to sea and along the coast - a scene of yachts, crabbing boats, pleasure craft, dolphins and seals: binoculars essential.

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Surf safely Surfing is thrilling, setting your pulse racing and adrenaline surging, but it is important to respect the power and unpredictable nature of the sea and we strongly recommend that you surf on lifeguard-patrolled beaches. And if you’re new to the world of surfing, invest in guidance from one of the many brilliant surf schools across the West Country. As well as teaching you how to pop to your feet and ride the waves, they’ll also advise you how to keep safe in and around the sea. Here are a few practical things to consider when you’re heading for the coast: • Some beaches are only accessible at low tide, so check the tide tables in advance to make sure you won’t be cut off. Take a look at the weather forecast too. • Beaches which aren’t lifeguard patrolled may not be advisable for

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children or poor swimmers learning to surf. Even experienced swimmers and surfers can get caught out by waves and currents which are stronger than they appear, so know your own limits. • Tell someone where you’re going and always take your phone. A few helpful tips for beginners: • Never have your board between yourself and the coming waves. To avoid collision with others, keep a safe distance, say 15ft or the length of you, your leash and board combined. • Beginners should always wear a leash or leg rope tied to their surfboard. • Every beginner surfboard should also have a safety nose guard to prevent dangerous impacts. • Beginners should always surf with a buddy, plus it’s cool to share your

surf experiences with someone else! • When you come up, try to be facing the oncoming waves and look for your board’s location immediately. Loose boards in the ocean can be dangerous for swimmers. Basic surfing essentials. If surfing with a surf school/instructor, correct equipment will usually be provided as part of the cost. If surfing independently with your own equipment, please consider the following: • SURF OARD - Ability is pretty much the most important factor to consider when buying a board. When starting out you’re going to want something long and stable, but you could consider a hard epoxy board like a funboard. A longer board will give you much more stability when practising standing up.

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Croyde

North Devon BEACHWALK: K40

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On a private no-through-road in Croyde, just 500 yards by footpath from the magnificent sandy beach and an easy stroll from the shops/pub, a smart, spacious and beautifully presented, detached seaside home for 10. Big rooms are full of light with gleaming, fresh white decor, simple contemporary furnishings and the occasional splash of colour.

THE STABLES: F67 In Lynton, a large, superb house recently converted with flair and style from mews stables to the grand Victorian Lynton Hotel; once horsedrawn carriages swept under the archway into the yard, which now provides a private enclave for a few dwellings and this stunning house sleeping 8.

NEAR LYNMOUTH VINE HOUSE: L68

• WETSUIT - Warmth, comfort and fit are the primary things to look for when choosing the right wetsuit for you. A summer suit is not going to keep you in the water very long, unless you only plan on surfing in the hottest weeks of the summer months. • LEASH - This essential bit of kit is a length of plastic cord that attaches the surfer to his/her board, stopping it washing ashore when you fall off. The leash is normally attached comfortably to the surfer’s ankle via a velcro strap and you shouldn’t surf without one.

1¼ miles inland from the beach and Bantham village, approached by ¼ mile of private lane, a handsome, semi-detached Edwardian house for 8 on three floors with lovely, rural views over the gentle, tranquil valley in which it shelters. To the back and side, an enclosed lawned garden on several levels with grape-vine shaded table/bench.

LEFT Croyde, north Devon ABOVE Grishka’s Surf Safaris

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• SURF WAX - This is important if you plan on staying on your brand spanking new epoxy board! Trying to surf without it is going to be a thankless task. Slipping and sliding all over the deck of the board is also a sure way to get hurt!

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Wootton House E12

Butleigh Wootton

COTTAGES With an extensive variety of fantastic cottages in wonderful locations across the West Country, catering for any size party and style of break, we have the perfect place for you.

A family business since 1982, based at the heart of the West Country, we have a dedicated and excellent team of 40 who help arrange over 17,000 holidays a year. We inspect each and every one of our holiday cottages and know them inside out, with our aim a simple one - to do all we can to make sure you have happy holidays. Our approach to achieving this is by being honest and straightforward with our customers from start to finish. We are proud to deliver on the expectations we raise

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and this ethos has earned us a faithful and growing fan club. We’ve handpicked around 600 of the finest self-catering holiday cottages in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. If you’re looking for a family retreat, a pet-friendly weekend away or a simple escape for two in a snug coastal cottage, you’re sure to find just the right place for a happy holiday. If you have any queries, please do get in touch. We’re here to help.

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Perfect holiday homes for those special get togethers with family and friends. Why should your fourlegged friend miss out on a holiday? Visit one of our dog-friendly cottages.

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NEW COTTAGES

COTTAGES WITH POOLS

Take a dip, swim and splash in one of our beautiful holiday homes with pools.

Embrace the West Country’s spectacular coastline. As good for the environment as it is for you - go green in luxury. Book a festive family retreat and cosy up on chilly winter evenings. More outstanding cottages to choose from.

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HOLIDAY HOMES

Flock to the manor born with all your friends and family at these magnificent holiday homes.

Ash Park This quite simply magnificent holiday home for 12 sits nestled into its rocky hillside with equally magnificent 180-degree view, spanning over lush green farmland toward the coastline and over the vast ocean. In sunshine year-round due to its south-facing frontage, the house is imaginatively designed and set in the most beautiful three acres of landscaped

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garden, with a pond, rolling green lawns, winding paths, huge rocks and trees, an outdoor heated swimming pool and spacious patio with furniture. Even indoors you’ll continue to feel immersed in the outstanding view and garden, with the large picture windows drawing the outdoors in. Light flows throughout the whole house freely and spills down the hall and into all the rooms. Off

the hall lies a spacious drawing room with vast picture windows taking nothing away from yet more breathtaking views over the coast and sea. This room benefits from a gas fire and opens up access to a south-west facing sunroom with door to balcony and pool. The large dining room has a mahogany dining table seating 10 at its centre, a perfect setting for family feasts. Again, you’re

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East Prawle South Hams

Ash Park L12

East Prawle, South Hams

completely surrounded by large windows letting in the light and easy access to the well fitted facing kitchen that comes fully equipped with everything needed for a convenient and comfortable stay, as does the equally equipped utility room. Off the entrance hall is a second sitting room with large fireplace, TV/DVD and Xbox 360. Opposite is an extravagant twin bedroom with

balcony and views over the garden to the sea, with a shower-room across the hall. Follow the elegant stairs up to a large landing, off which are three more excellent bedrooms – the master double with large en suite bathroom, a second double with separate bathroom, and a large twin with en suite shower-room. A newly refurbished garden room is accessed by steps from the kitchen

and terrace, with a double and two single day beds and en suite bathroom with large south-facing French windows with stunning views of the gardens and sea.

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Merryfield Manor N378

St Cleer, South Cornwall

Big party ? No problem Merryfield Manor and Merryfield Farmhouse can be boo ked together, ensuring plenty of spa ce for a gathering of friends or family. The farm sleeps 17 in tota l, so is ideal for an annual get together or families who like to travel toge ther but still have their own space.

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Merryfield Manor Merryfield Manor is in the thick of Cornish country and moorland, just two miles from the charming village of St Cleer. The impressive thick stone work and Cornish slate roof mean the house sits comfortably and unobtrusively in its rich green surroundings. Sleeping ten in five tasteful and restful rooms, Merryfield Manor’s beamed interior gives it a sense of welcoming grandeur. Sit back on one of the large Chesterfields by the hearth and heart of the home. The striking woodburner, within a fireplace built up to house height, gives

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the spacious living room the atmosphere of a castle’s great hall; a minstrels’ gallery, flagstone floor and Cornish tapestry wall hanging complete the look. The kitchen is warm, welcoming for all and comes very well equipped. The big refectory table with high backed chairs and bench-style seating make mealtimes noble affairs. A door to the enclosed garden, with bright borders, pretty shrubbery and apple trees, leads on to the gem of an indoor swimming pool. An advantage for those with limited mobility, there’s a twin room with en suite shower-room on the ground

floor, adjacent to the living area. The children can tuck themselves into bunks in the other ground-floor bedroom, great if they like to be close to the family as they drop off to sleep. The lovely owners live in a house nearby and do their utmost to ensure you have all you need throughout your stay. They’re always happy to advise on the best walks and day trips; the fantastic National Trust Lanhydrock House and gardens with woodland cycle trail and play area are a must-see. Stabling at Merryfield Manor can be arranged by appointment.

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St Cleer South Cornwall

Merryfield Farmhouse N379

St Cleer, South Cornwall

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Merryfield Farmhouse The 16th century Merryfield Farmhouse with its Victorian extensions has been lovingly restored to offer warmth, space and beauty for seven guests. Beamed ceilings and a woodburner keep the farmhouse feeling cosy. The homely feel is enhanced by the soft furnishings, lavish fabrics draped over four-poster beds and quilts in dainty floral prints in classic farmhouse style. While the four bedrooms are decorated in period style, they all have very modern bathrooms. One downstairs twin bedroom has a

wet-room style shower-room en suite. Up the stairs from the living room, a double has its own dressing room and en suite too. The other double upstairs also has generous en suite facilities and the single has access to the same bathroom through an adjoining door. This is a fun house. There’s a big games room with table tennis, pool table and darts, and a spacious lawn at the back that you can happily play kick-about games in. You can cook on the barbecue and dine outdoors and visit the 114 acre organic farm next door. In spring the lambs leap and bound to everyone’s delight. The best

secret is in a converted barn; trees and natural flooring make the indoor pool and sauna feel like a tropical paradise. Swim all you can, then pick a book from the large library and lounge in the warmth, whatever the season. Merryfield Farmhouse and Manor are set in stunning Cornish countryside. Stroll a couple of miles to the village of St Cleer for a pint in one of the local pubs or to pick up some milk from the local shop. Walk in the opposite direction from the door and you’ll soon find yourself on rugged Bodmin Moor, wild and unspoiled.

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Drewsteignton Dartmoor

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Primrose Cottage A5

Drewsteignton, Dartmoor

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If leaving man’s best friend behind isn’t for you, visit one of our dog-friendly cottages, perfect for two and four legs! Sally Knight tells us why she - and her dogs, Buzz and Floss love our cottages. Helpful Holidays We discovered Helpful Holidays while staying near Chagford. It seemed a lovely day and we headed off along the river with our dog of the moment, a collie cross, to walk to Drewsteignton. Heavy Dartmoor clouds soon descended and we were soaked when we arrived at The Drewe Arms in the village. The cheerful landlord welcomed us warmly, wet dog and all. Sitting in the bar by a crackling fire, warmed by a bowl of soup and crusty bread, we were inspired to investigate local holiday cottages, undeterred by the weather. That was the start of 15 years of an assortment of Helpful Holidays cottages, mostly enjoyed in spring and early autumn. We look for a base for exploring the local area, by foot or public transport if possible. ‘Local village pub’ is a box I tick on the website, as eating out is part of the break for me, and most are dog-friendly, though the notice on one, “Dogs welcome, children on leads!” seems a little radical. We lost our own village shop long ago, so brilliant

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stores full of delicious West Country goodies are a treat too. There are small things, possibly only noticed by other dog owners, which we appreciate on holiday. An entrance porch is a plus for drying dogs, a ‘fall-out’ shelter before they come in. Lots of hanging space and room for muddy boots is a boon too.

Drewsteignton This village ticks all the ‘advanced search’ boxes for us! It’s a wonderful walking centre and heaven for dogs. The Teign Valley walk around the Fisherman’s and Hunter’s Paths is beautiful at any time of year and The Fingle Bridge Inn, mid-route, is probably the most dog-friendly we’ve encountered. The Woodland Trust and National Trust have recently acquired 528 acres of ancient woodland on the far side of the Teign for public access, including a river path to Steps Bridge which is flat and easy. Chagford is within walking distance and has fascinating shops and pubs. Drewsteignton’s shop and Post Office is friendly, welcoming and helpful, a great source of local

information and local produce. The thatched pub has changed hands several times, but serves good food and local beers. Dogs are a great conversation opener and we’ve met fascinating people over the years and heard great stories. Many start with, “I had a Jack Russell once…”

Primrose Cottage Primrose is a lovely, bright cottage for four with a big, tiled farmhouse kitchen, easy to mop over and ideal for dogs and dog beds. It’s a great kitchen for humans too, with jigsaws and games to spread out while the kettle simmers on the Rayburn and the dogs sleep after a long walk. There’s a small porch and enclosed sunny front garden from which dogs and their humans can greet their local equivalents. The owners have managed to combine the quirks of an old cottage with all you need for modern living and the cottage has a special charm which makes it one of our favourites. When you open the door you know there will be a welcome tray with treats for dogs and people. From that moment you relax and feel at home.

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South Hams

Linney Cottage L107

Rookwood Cottage

Dittisham, South Hams

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Drewsteignton, Dartmoor

Rookwood Cottage

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Here’s another lovely cottage in Drewsteignton for dog walkers. The living room is large and spacious with ample room for four adults and dogs to spread out. We had a memorable family Christmas here with a tree from Castle Drogo shop, service in the church, supper and carol singing at the pub, nibbles at The Fingle Bridge Inn on Christmas Day and a walk to Chagford for the Boxing Day hunt.

Dittisham, or ‘Ditshum’ as locals call it, is a favourite village of ours, with wonderful walks and interesting transport. Ring the bell at the jetty for the ferry to Agatha Christie’s Greenway, then follow the Dart Valley Trail to Kingswear. The woods are full of wonderful scents for dogs and glimpses of the river for you.

The kitchen is well equipped, even for conjuring up Christmas dinner. The pretty paved, enclosed garden is great for dogs to stretch in early morning and late evening. Thoughtful extra touches make it a special place. Like Primrose, the ancient charm, with inglenook and oddly shaped rooms and ceilings, has been brought up to date with care and thought. I thoroughly recommend this cottage. The owners are welcoming and helpful, always leaving a tray of goodies with a pretty card to greet you. At Christmas they brought round a wreath for the door and festive greetings.

Ferries take you over to Dartmouth where there’s a choice of dog-friendly pubs. The Cherub hands out dog biscuits before they take your order, giving you a sense of your place in the world! If you’re still lively you can walk the other side of the river home or save that for another day and return by ferry. From Dartmouth take the South West Coast Path via the castle to Stoke Fleming. Quite a steep walk, but a more direct route over the ridge is an alternative. The Green Dragon welcomes dogs and the food is excellent. Every fortnight a community bus goes to Totnes from Dittisham, ideal for following the river back along the Dart Valley Trail with three dog-friendly pubs en route. There are two dog-friendly pubs in

Dittisham, both serving good food with plenty of atmosphere. The Red Lion also doubles as the shop, Post Office, craft centre and café and is not to be missed; the shop is literally ‘open all hours’. The Ham, down by the river, is the local dog-meeting centre, great for a game of ball and a chat to local dog owners.

Linney Cottage This is part of an attractive barn development in Dittisham village. There are beautifully maintained communal gardens for dogs on leads and the cottage has its own private garden off the living room, a lovely place to sit on a sunny day while the dogs play. The bench at the edge of the communal garden is the spot to sit and watch the sun set over the river. The owners use Linney Cottage themselves, and you feel you’re stepping into a much-loved home, with personal touches, photographs, paintings and memorabilia, as well as a well-equipped kitchen. If you eat at home the village shop will supply all you need for a delicious meal. This is a lovely cottage in a vibrant village community, and your dog will appreciate it too.

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Lustleigh Dartmoor

Lower Elsford Farm A135, A136, A137, A139 Lustleigh, Dartmoor

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A great way of making friends with other families, a shared pool is a huge bonus, especially when your children want to swim on when you’re ready to towel down.

Lower Elsford Farm Wildlife and farm life are on the doorstep at this spectacular Dartmoor farm with four inviting cottages. The expansive, open grounds ensure you experience space and nature in their finest forms. As well as gloriously landscaped gardens and wild areas, there is superior indoor entertainment in the shape of a well designed swimming pool. It has its own changing rooms with child-safe features and a lovely paved sun trap outside for catching some rays.

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There’s a play area in the garden with climbing frame, Wendy house, sandpits and slides, as well as a great games room. Choose between the three converted barns that sleep four or five or the cottage that accommodates four, all creatively designed to make the most of the rural features. The owners welcome guests on their 35 acre farm to collect duck and hen eggs and meet the sheep and lambs in season, and there are gardens with two ponds and woodland that’s visited by deer. You can see

the distant sea from the fields and get a breath of fresh air in Devon’s finest countryside. Take a short walk to Lustleigh village for a great pub and local shop, or wander further to the local picturesque reservoir for birdwatching or fishing and to woods that are lovely for walking and spotting badgers, deer, foxes and owls.

The Roundhouse Bickleigh Farm is a 300 acre working mixed farm. Set in the grounds are three superb barn

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Halwell

South Hams

The Roundhouse L266

Halwell, South Hams

Bickleigh Farm

L266, L267, L2, L3, L135 Halwell, South Hams

conversions and two cottages that share an indoor swimming pool plus toddlers’ splash pool, play area with swings, slides and climbing frame and a games room. All-day sun bathes the back gardens, steps away from wild meadows filled with flowers and walnut and fruit trees. Cute lambs, calves and kittens across the farm make it a great place for families. Things have been super-sized in The Roundhouse, a seven bedroom, seven bathroom farmhouse that sleeps 18. To make the most of the

high vaulted ceiling and wide views over the rolling farmland, it turns the traditional layout upside-down. The open-plan living room doesn’t just have a TV, it has a home cinema system surrounded by red leather sofas comfortably seating a dozen. There’s a cool ladder from the living area to the galleried mezzanine den where a few more can cosy down. In the kitchen 18 people can sit around the long oak and granite table for leisurely suppers. At each end of the main level there are double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms.

The other five bedrooms are on the ground floor. Another den with TV/DVD has been created in the hall.

The Hay Barn The Hay Barn is one of the other imaginatively converted barns on the farm. It’s a detached dwelling that sleeps five, with wide oak floors and high beams keeping it light and fresh. It benefits from a great southfacing patio with table and chairs and a barbecue, as well as a manicured courtyard outside that’s car-free, perfect for little ones to roam.

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Blakewell

North Devon

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Blakewell, North Devon

WITH PRIVATE blue lagoon in your own home: POOLS Athe ultimate holiday luxury that everyone will enjoy. The Old Mill Water would have powered this stunning Grade II listed mill back in the 18th century when it was built. Nowadays the main water feature is the fabulous indoor heated swimming pool, built adjoining the mill, together with a games room. The owners have thought of everything, from arm bands and floats to beach balls to play with. The changing room and loo in the pool area are useful for young families.

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Set over three floors, the house sleeps 11 in two doubles, one single and two family rooms. It’s easy to feel as though you have the house all to yourself as family and friends all find their own space in which to relax. A large living room with woodburner, bright conservatory and a great kitchen are all inviting. The bedrooms are beautifully welcoming, both day and night, with sofas and chaise longues, full bookcases and TVs. Step into the fresh air and there

are rich pickings in the orchard of old Devon apple trees and tranquil places to wander, sit and play in the beautifully landscaped gardens. Just 100 yards away try your hand at trout fishing or browse the fresh local produce at the organic farm shop; the village pub isn’t much further. Follow the stream through the valley from Blakewell to Barnstaple for boutique shopping, restaurants, cinema and a market popular with foodies.

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Boscastle

North Cornwall

Camellia House P293

Boscastle, North Cornwall

Camellia House You’ll feel completely at home in this characterful house on the hillside in Boscastle, Cornwall. Camellia House has all the characteristics of a lovely holiday home: great views to the fabulous harbour and countryside, a well fitted kitchen, living room with open fire, three large bedrooms that sleep five and an attractive enclosed garden. However, tucked behind the kitchen

is something extra that sets it quite apart from its neighbours: a gorgeous indoor pool and sauna, complete with dolphin mosaic and neat shower-room for your pleasure. The housekeepers really

do think of everything to ensure you have the real home from home feeling - extra towels for the pool and buckets, spades and windbreaks for the beach, to name a few.

“Great holiday house with an amazing pool that kept the children entertained for hours. Best equipped kitchen we have ever been to, I’ll recommend to friends and family.”

Mrs Loverock, May 2015

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Torcross

South Hams

Bayview L138

Torcross, South Hams

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Coastguard’s Cottage L161

Hope Cove, South Hams

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Unpack and settle in just a stone’s throw from stunning beaches, and be the first and last to walk the shores each day.

Bayview

Are you looking for the perfect peaceful seaside getaway for two? This cosy first-floor apartment in Torcross looks across the beach and right out to sea. A cleverly designed modern renovation of an old fisherman’s cottage, complete with woodburner and Juliet balcony, it couldn’t be a more romantic place to stay. Despite

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its prime beachfront location, it’s a peaceful spot. Traffic is only allowed for access and visitors to the beach come and go, leaving you the chance to dip your toes into the ocean and enjoy long sunset walks along the shore.

Coastguard’s Cottage In the small village of Inner Hope you can be sure of enjoying the

sound of the sea from your bed. The beach is just yards from this former coastguard’s cottage. Sleeping eight, with two doubles and two twins, the house is ideally located for those who want to get down to the water’s edge or take strides to explore the Coast Path beyond. It’s easy for all the family to cosy up with a hot chocolate in front of the woodburner when you get back.

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Port Isaac

North Cornwall

Harbour Cottage F82

Castle View

Minehead, Exmoor

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Port Isaac, North Cornwall

Harbour Cottage If you’ve dreamed of throwing the curtains open to a pretty harbour full of colourful fishing boats and bobbing pleasure boats, we can make your dream a reality. This 17th century terraced cottage in Minehead, Exmoor’s jewel of a harbour town, has captured and kept the charm of its long past and nautical surroundings. The house sleeps six in one double and two twin bedrooms. There are plenty of places to while away the day, watching harbour life and the

passers-by: the sunny patio at the front, your own roof terrace or, on chilly days, the window seat for nestling in the cosy kitchen.

Castle View Looking out from Castle View across the manicured green garden with slate borders to the magical blues of the sea and sky is breathtaking. From pale sunbleached baby blues to Monetesque rich azures, it’s mesmerising. The large house has abundant space for eight, with two doubles

and two fresh twin rooms. The kitchen is well designed so you can step down to the large dining room where the table sits elegantly in front of huge glazed doors that can be folded back to bring the inside out and the outside in. Families will feel at home immediately with the help of a games room with toys aplenty. Pirates and fair mermaids can head down to explore the beach, protected by an ancient breakwater, once a smugglers’ haunt.

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The Music Room L249

Aveton Gifford, South Hams

Leave a light footprint with these beautiful, unique and cleverly created eco holiday homes.

The Music Room Be inspired by a Grade II listed former music room in Aveton Gifford beside the River Avon, Devon. If you like to sing in the shower, whistle in the kitchen or serenade by the bed, the acoustics of this great room will help carry a tune. Once home to concerts and recitals, The Music Room has been converted into an open-style

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perfect place for two; the tall fourposter bed on stage, surrounded by candles and draped in lush thick fabric, creates an atmosphere of grandeur and romance. The vaulted stucco ceiling and arched windows with stained glass borders fill the room with light and colour. Cosy yourselves by the woodburner and play the piano or, if you’re not so musically talented, put your favourite rom-com on the cinema

projector. Outside you can hear the songs of nature within the walled garden and around the six acres of meadowland. Make music or enjoy the sweet sound of silence in this unique escape.

Danecroft Harvest a feast of fruits and herbs, from apples to raspberries and peaches, from the garden of Danecroft, a naturally inviting

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Danecroft C3

Brixham, Torbay

Crookedoak Cottage K32

Holsworthy, North Devon

house. Just five minutes’ walk from Fishcombe Cove and the beach, on the edge of Brixham, the house sleeps five but could feed the five thousand in season. Inside, you’ll feel a sense of home from home. The kitchen is very well equipped, the rooms comfortable and the welcome warm. The garden room gives lovely views over the greenery of your own garden, allotments behind and the coast beyond. Dogs are welcome at

this home, so there’s no need to leave any member of the family at home.

Crookedoak Cottage Fancy a wild swim in a lake? Enjoy exploring unspoiled countryside? We’ve a cottage that’s a natural, gentle rural retreat. Within 35 acres of pasture and woodland sits a pretty, 14th century semi-detached cottage. Low beams, ancient oak

panelling and steep stairs show the character of this historic house, while the sparkling fitted bathrooms and kitchen are what you’d expect from any modern home. Outside, the garden is a picture of quaint English countryside with a pond bursting with life and flowers spreading bright colour.

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Holsworthy North Devon

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Parnacott House M274

Holsworthy, North Devon

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Retreat from the city and find your true festive spirit with family and friends.

There is something special about celebrating Christmas or New Year in a charming country manor house: twinkling lights, ivy wrapped around the banisters, wreaths on the walls, garlands round the fireplaces, not forgetting the fir tree in the hallway. We have many stunning houses in our collection which are perfect for extended family and friends to welcome in the winter. Here are a couple.

feel at home. The magnificent Grade II listed house in Holsworthy, north Devon, has been in the same family since 1580. Beams and elegant furniture, including a 17th century bed and ancestral portraits on the wall, showcase the history and lineage of the property. Sleeping 14, this classic house has all the features for a fairytale Christmas, roaring fires and puppet theatre included.

Parnacott House

Each of the three double bedrooms and four twin rooms are tastefully furnished. From the windows you’ll enjoy far-reaching views over the 12 acres of gardens and wildlife in the outlying grounds.

Leave the hustle and bustle behind and take the private, tree-lined lane to Parnacott House, a manor where everyone you invite to share your magical celebration will

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Be it the scent of ginger from Christmas baking, orange and cinnamon from the mulled wine pan, perhaps the smell of roasting turkey or simply the warmth of the woodburner, you’ll be drawn to spend time in the kitchen with adjoining sitting room. Professional caterers are available should you prefer to enjoy your holiday without having to cook for the masses. Children need not wait for their gifts from Father Christmas to be entertained. A large, slatefloored, beamed children’s room has a TV/DVD/video, PlayStation 2, Wii, squashy sofas to chill on, toys, dressing-up boxes, puppet theatre

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Wootton House E12

Butleigh Wootton, Somerset

and half-sized pool table. Not to mention the barn with table tennis. If you don’t just want to eat, drink and be merry, the house is a great base for all kinds of activities; from country classics such as horseriding and clay pigeon shooting, to winter surfing in nearby Bude, there will be plenty to do throughout your holiday. And for a memorable setting in which to tie the knot, Parnacott House even has a wedding licence too.

Wootton House Overlooked by the monument of Admiral Sir Samuel Hood high on Polden Ridge, this historic fine

country house on the edge of Butleigh Wootton has picture book qualities. The 1,000-acre estate, the farmlands, wild woodlands, lake, parkland and mature gardens are all spellbinding, especially when sparkling with winter frost in golden sunshine. The house has evolved since its construction in the 18th century for the Hood family. This gentle and graceful residence with grand pianos tuned for duets, large hall, drawing room, games rooms and large French windows leading to terraces makes an ideal location for a fabulous party. Comfy living rooms welcome those who want to

nestle in and warm themselves by the fireplaces. There’s fun to be had in the Abbot’s Room, an enormous games room with table tennis, children’s snooker table, darts, TV and Hammond organ, and when you’re feeling a little indoorsy and ready for some outdoor festive merriment, enjoy getting rosy cheeks walking and playing in the gardens and outdoor playground. With eight bedrooms that can sleep 16, you’ll no doubt make great use of the country kitchen. Its huge fourdoor Aga and electric cooker will help you cook Christmas dinner for all.

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Rinsey Cove The Lizard

Evergreen T23

Rinsey Cove, The Lizard

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Fresh on our books, be the first off the blocks to book one of these new cottages.

Neptune P116

Constantine Bay, North Cornwall

Evergreen Float into this house delightfully decorated in white and filled with French antiques and fabulous mirrors and you feel like you’re on set for a magazine shoot. A glance out of the window will confirm you’re staying in the house of dreams, with sweeping views over Mount’s Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The open-plan living room is a vision with its painted beams and open fire, and the pretty bedrooms sleep six in two doubles and two singles. Complementing

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the linen-fresh interior, the lush green garden and summer house remind you of the natural wonder that’s all around. Follow the path from the house straight to the beach at Rinsey Cove or head to nearby fishing village and foodie heaven, Porthleven.

Neptune Just minutes’ walk from one of nature’s most stunning natural swimming pools and the sheltered bay at Treyarnon with rock pools and great surf for bodyboarding, swimming and exploring, is a shiny

new development. Let the sun and sea air drift in from your own sun terrace through the sliding doors to the great open-plan living room and kitchen. Wide windows all around help bring the glorious outside in. The house sleeps six with one double, a twin and a bunk bedroom, making it a great escape for families. This is a case of great house plus location, location, location. With the wide dune-lined beach at Constantine Bay just minutes away, Ocean Blue couldn’t be a better base for your Cornish seaside holiday.

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Pippin Be among the first guests to step inside a great new build just 500 yards from the beach at the end of a private drive in Charmouth. Eight people can share this fresh and funky house, its ‘upside down’ layout and great bi-folding doors giving you a special panorama of coast and country. ‘Mod cons’ here include USB sockets, integrated wine cooler, induction hob and two electric ovens - very 2016. The

second living room can be a study or extra sleeping space. You might come to the ‘Jurassic Coast’ to see fossils, but this holiday home certainly won’t count among them.

The Chapel Architectural ingenuity has given this converted chapel in Milborne St Andrew a very modern industrial twist and created a superb holiday space. Through the old brick doorway is a flash of chrome, aluminium and polished wood.

The open modern kitchen stretches the width of the chapel, lit all the way along. No height has been lost under the incredible vaulted ceiling and light filters in gently through leaded windows. Two spiral staircases wind their way up to bedrooms tucked under the eaves that sleep four in one double and one twin. This is a great place for a family with older children, or friends looking to explore Thomas Hardy country together.

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OF THE CROP Our top things to do during January and February in the West Country

It’s always a good time of year to head to the West Country for a short break, with a whole host of fantastic things to see and do whatever the season. It’s not all about topping up your tan over the summer! Whether you’re a

foodie fanatic, an adrenaline junkie or simply someone who enjoys a gentle stroll through some stunning scenery, you’ll find plenty to beguile you over the winter months too. So, here are our top tips for things to do in January and February.

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Have a cream tea

So you’ve arrived at your destination, and the next few days are ripe with the endless possibilities of relaxation, exploration and discovery. But before getting too adventurous, how about starting your stay the proper way – with a cream tea? American and continental-style coffee chains tend to dominate the high street these days, and they certainly have a place. But nothing beats a traditional tea room, stocked to the rafters with a tempting selection of teas and delicious home-baked cakes, presented on mismatched crockery. Cream tea is a British institution, currently making a resurgence thanks to popular TV shows like The Great British Bake Off. And no one does it better than the South West, a region celebrated for its fantastic dairy produce. A pot of tea, two scones, a generous helping of fruit

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jam and, of course, a large dollop of our beloved clotted cream. Rodda’s in Redruth, Cornwall, produces up to 25 tons of golden cream in a day! It’s a serious business, with Cornish clotted cream recently receiving protected status. But Devon lays claim to the original cream tea, with references dating back to Tavistock Abbey in the 11th century. Wherever the origins, perhaps the most pressing question of all is whether to put the jam or cream on the scone first. The Devonshire method is to put the cream on first, then jam, while the Cornish find this nothing short of blasphemous! Either way, it’s not just the dairy that’s celebrated, with delicious Boddington’s jam produced near Mevagissey and even Tregothnan tea is actually grown in Cornwall. There are some increasingly elaborate afternoon teas these days too, with many chefs turning it into an art form. If you’re really

up for a treat, we recommend the afternoon tea at the two-Michelinstarred Gidleigh Park on the edge of Dartmoor, for its selection of smoked ham, egg mayonnaise, smoked salmon and chicken finger sandwiches, complemented by a fruit tartlet and assorted cakes. Why not add a sparkle of pizzazz with a glass of bubbly? The Old Forge in nearby Chagford recently won Tetley’s national Afternoon Tea Experience Challenge with their Victorian-inspired sweet and savoury tea-time spread. And then there’s historic Bovey Castle, a truly stunning setting, where the food is as awe-inspiring as the views.

Discover the great outdoors The South West Coast Path stretches for 630 miles across four counties, all the way from Poole Harbour in Dorset to Minehead in Somerset, making it the longest National Trail in the country. There’s so much to take in: rugged and craggy cliffs, golden

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The Lizard

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BOVEY CASTLE

2 miles from North Bovey in a lovely setting is renowned hotel, Bovey Castle. Carefully hidden in the grounds are 22 private, granite-built lodges of which we offer 12. These smart, stylish, comfy lodges sleep 6 and overlook the Edwardian gardens, lake and tennis courts and all the hotel facilities are yours to enjoy (golf, pool, gym, spa and restaurants).

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POPPY COTTAGE: H73 Built in 1860, Poppy Cottage, which sleeps 4, is a charming little mid-terrace cottage with a real ‘own home’ feeling. It sits within a cluster of about 12 on the edge of Charlton Marshall. Rural, peaceful and quite unspoilt, the home enjoys an enclosed garden with a table and chairs, roses and clematis.

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beaches, stunning hidden coves, historic engine houses, lighthouses, ancient monuments and pretty fishing villages. From up high, you’ll witness stunning ocean views and rare plants and bird species like the Cornish chough, and perhaps even a seal or two. Of course, attempting the whole 630 miles in one trip would be a bit extreme, but the beauty is you can choose a particular stretch to cover during your stay. Some people plan to walk the entire path in a series of installments over several years; it’s a fantastic and rewarding challenge, and with dramatically varied scenery and terrains along different coasts, you could have a completely unique experience each time. Planning a walk carefully, there are usually some beautiful vantage points and lovely country pubs and tea rooms to stop off at for a bite to eat. If you’re visiting with young children or dogs and you’re wary of scaling

LEFT Afternoon tea at Gidleigh Park

Stay in a smart, renovated, 17th century, terraced cottage with lots of original features and absorbing views over Minehead quay and harbour. It’s ½ mile from the town centre. To the front of the cottage, which sleeps 6, there is a small patio beside the parking area, great for kicking back and enjoying harbourside life.

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MINEHEAD high cliffs, then there are hundreds of beaches to discover too. The great thing about visiting throughout January and February is that the seasonal dog restriction on many beaches is lifted, allowing you to play on the shore with your four-legged friend. And if you’re feeling brave, you could even go for a dip in the sea. Most will avoid the water at this time of year, but if you’re an experienced surfer

with a thick winter wetsuit, then it can be a fantastic season to enjoy the waves, particularly while there are fewer people around, maybe even getting the beach to yourself. However, be aware that beaches are rarely lifeguard patrolled at this time of year, so you should know your limits and surf in groups, with someone on shore to keep an eye on you. For tips on the top surf spots in the South West, turn to page 12.

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As well as its world-class coastline, the South West has some beautiful countryside and wild, rugged moors to explore too. Abounding with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks and Bodmin Moor all make great destinations for hiking, horse riding and getting close to nature.

Hit the shops for the January sales So, as you’ve gathered, the South West is blessed with stunning countryside as far as the eye can see. But if you fancy a spot of retail therapy, there are several picturesque cities and historic market towns to satisfy that craving. To name but a few, there’s Taunton, Dorchester, Exeter, the ocean city of Plymouth and Cornwall’s only city, Truro, all with something special to offer. Walk the ancient cobbled streets and more modern precincts to discover a tempting mix of independent boutiques and high street chains, with lots of great bistros, pubs, restaurants and cafés to eat at too.

bigger cities and towns, it’s a great opportunity to take in some of the impressive, historic architecture the South West has to offer. When heading west, the first thing you might spot is a tower or spire of a church, rising elegantly above the rooftops. This part of the world certainly isn’t short of impressive cathedrals, churches and abbeys to visit. In Devon, Exeter Cathedral isn’t a bad place to start, and while you’re there, it’s well worth a visit to the historic quayside too. If you visit Plymouth, then you must make a trip to the Hoe, with Smeaton’s Tower Lighthouse and the Royal Citadel, a 17th century fortress, a tidal bathing pool, Naval War Memorial and the Art Deco Tinside Lido. Plus, of course, there are the stunning ocean views to soak up.

Visit a local landmark

If you’re really bowled over by historic architecture, then the beautifully imposing façade of Wells Cathedral in Somerset has to be seen in the flesh – or stonework - to be appreciated. From here, it’s not too far to Cheddar Gorge and its ancient caves.

If you’re heading into any of the

For incredible buildings, Bath is a

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place like no other. From its abbey to the Roman baths, there’s no wonder it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Why not make a trip to Glastonbury? We all know Glastonbury for its famous music festival, but the town and surrounding area are rich in history and mysticism. Visit the ancient ruin of the abbey, and trek up to the tor where you’ll be rewarded with sweeping panoramic views for miles around. Dorset boasts miles of ‘Jurassic Coast’ and the ruin of Corfe Castle is a must-see. But don’t forget Sherborne Abbey with its dramatic 15th century church and Wimborne Minster crowning a pretty, historic market town. Truro’s skyline is dominated by its neo-Gothic cathedral in the heart of the city, while the rest of Cornwall is dotted with ancient monuments and landmarks, from stone circles and Celtic crosses to castle ruins like the mighty Tintagel perched on a cliff edge on the north coast.

Take a cookery course

The South West is a real foodie destination. We’ve mentioned the fantastic dairy produce, but let’s not forget the scrumptious array of

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Ashburton

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SANDPIPERS: S80 In Feock, this stunning waterside house sleeping 9 is designed to make the most of the wonderful views, with spacious rooms and large windows. The enclosed garden is mostly lawn, with flower beds, fruit trees and patio. Kayaks, boats and bicycles can be hired so you can make the most of the entertainment that the outdoors has to offer.

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meats, vegetables and fish. So as well as sampling the delicious produce on offer, why not have a go at creating your own at one of several top cookery schools? You’ll learn from the masters who’ve cooked in top hotels and restaurants across the globe. Ashburton Cookery School, on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park, is an award-winning school in a truly stunning location. Here you can experience everything from advanced level courses to beginners’ cookery weekends. Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s muchloved River Cottage puts on a wide range of cookery courses, teaching you everything you need to know, from meat curing and smoking to bread making, cheese making and foraging. Turn to page 54 for more on River Cottage. Padstow Seafood School, Rick Stein’s award-winning cookery school, offers the perfect balance of chef demonstrations and hands-on cooking, as well as plenty of tasters to enjoy whilst looking across the beautiful Camel estuary. All the dishes are inspired by Rick’s travels around the world, and from tasting evenings and one-dish workshops to children’s

ABOVE Ashburton Cookery School MIDDLE Sunset at Windy Post near Moortown, Dartmoor LEFT The historic city of Bath

Only 4 miles from the centre of Bath, and in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is Week Farm, which sleeps 18. It’s an elegant Georgian manor house within its own 98 acres of grounds and gardens. Lavender spills over sweeping paved terraces, with a hot tub for 12 set on a raised platform with views across Combe Hay valley.

NEAR BATH MAYS COTTAGE: P115 Attention to detail and flair give a rustic French feeling to this St Issey cottage, which sleeps 8. With all modern comforts, you’ll be sure to settle into this home with ease. It faces the large and very pretty garden with two patios and a lawn. The living room with its oak beams and woodburner makes this an idyllic place to stay.

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cookery and two-day courses, there’s something for everyone. Prices start from £35. Turn to page 80 for our interview with Jack Stein, Executive Chef of Rick Stein’s restaurants and cookery school.

Finally, put your feet up! As you can see, a short stay in the West Country is a great opportunity to discover something new and venture

into the great outdoors. But, equally, sometimes it’s just nice to while away time beside a glowing fire in the comfort of a beautiful holiday home. After all, there’s something primal in us all that draws us to a proper open fire. Many Helpful Holidays’ cottages and houses have woodburners which make the home warm and snug. So pile a few logs on the burner, sink into a comfy chair and get nice and cosy with a glass of your favourite tipple!

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e k a C d n a e e f f o C TOP SPOTS FOR

We’ve selected some of our favourite places across the South West to enjoy some refreshment.

Coffee and cake are quite simply a match made in heaven, something few can resist. Whether it be a good old chinwag in the local café, some quality ‘me time’, gazing out of the window and watching the world pass by, or meeting family and friends in a favourite spot, a hot cup of coffee and a slice of sticky cake has become a welcome tradition. Boston Tea Party, Honiton A popular spot for those travelling to and from the West Country via the

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A30, Honiton is just five minutes off the dual carriageway and certainly worth the short detour. Described as an English tearoom with an urban buzz, the coffee house is very much an eclectic mixture of both, in keeping with the town itself, and is quickly gaining a reputation for its live music. Serving very wellmade coffee in all forms and sizes, exactly the way you like it, and with a tantalising selection of homemade cakes, flapjacks and other goodies to choose from, you’ll be sure to find

your favourites. For those wanting something more substantial to eat, the café offers a refined and very tempting full menu. Being a converted house, the café certainly doesn’t lack space and has a real rustic feel to it. You can find a quiet corner to relax in or, if the weather allows, you can sit outside in the secluded ‘secret garden’. Popular with locals and people passing by, the atmosphere and great service make Boston Tea Party a perfect stop. bostonteaparty.co.uk

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Honiton East Devon

COTTAGES nearby... THE OLD LOGSHED: G196 Set deep in leafy lanes 3½ miles from Honiton and quietly tucked away at the end of a private tree-lined drive, this striking cottage which sleeps 4 is one of a pair of smartly converted stables. It has its own enclosed garden with large level lawn and suntrap terrace.

NEAR HONITON SANDSGATE: A3 Just 3 miles from Chagford, this magnificent detached house has superb sweeping views across the River Teign valley to Chagford, Castle Drogo and the moors beyond. It has been beautifully refurbished, catering for a party of 12. With great attention to detail, this large and roomy home is ideal for extended family or groups of friends.

The Birdcage, Chagford Sometimes the best things come in small packages, and The Birdcage certainly proves just that. Set in the stunning Dartmoor National Park in the equally stunning town of Chagford, The Birdcage is a place to discover. Sitting pretty in the town’s main square, the café offers a truly special atmosphere. The Birdcage is vibrant and brilliantly decorated with funky lighting and furniture and, of course, the (artificial) bird perched in its

cage. The Birdcage has been said to serve ‘the best coffee in Devon’, as well as offering a variety of fresh, homemade cakes and scones that you’ll find extremely difficult to resist. One thing that may have you refusing that slice of your favourite cake is the daily menu, offering cooked breakfast, mid morning or afternoon cream teas, baguettes, paninis and jacket potatoes for lunch, as well as justifiably popular gourmet pizzas on offer in the

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evenings. Another noteworthy draw is that the café is dog-friendly, making it a perfect stop off before or after a walk on the moors with fourlegged friends. Simply put, The Birdcage caters for all, so whether you’re looking for a friendly place to unwind and chat over a hot coffee and a slice of scrumptious cake, a spot of lunch or a gorgeous pizza to eat in or take away, be sure to stop by The Birdcage. thebirdcagechagford.co.uk

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Seadrift Kitchen Café, Porthleven You can find the hugely popular Seadrift Kitchen Café in the stunning fishing village of Porthleven on the beautiful south Cornish coast. What used to be a run down and forgotten building perched on Fore Street is now a dazzling gem in Porthleven’s foodie crown, offering a delicious selection of homemade cakes, cupcakes, brownies, slices and flapjacks, all available to nibble on with a hot mug of tea or coffee. Quaint in size, Seadrift has a subtle retro feel to it, furnished with turquoise-blue diner-style chairs and real woodburner for those chilly winter days. You’ll most certainly end up gazing at the numerous photos taken by the award-winning photographer Carla Regler, one of Seadrift’s owners, or out of the window as the world passes you by. seadriftporthleven.co.uk

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The Vintage Store and Coffee Shop, St Ives If you’re after a cracking coffee and a slice of your favourite cake with a view, The Vintage Store and Coffee Shop, St Ives, is certainly the spot for you. Nestled on the picturesque harbourfront, you’re truly spoilt with amazing views over the fishing boats, right across St Ives Bay and beyond. It may take you a while to notice the view though, as this quirky and very cool coffee shop also has an eye-catching array of unusual vintage goods to explore and marvel at, from beautiful furniture and homeware to vibrant artwork and collectables. The atmosphere is cool and calm with records played in the background, sofas to lounge on and most tables having games such as dominoes to get stuck into. The coffee is excellent

and served with a smile. As well as exceptionally tasty Origin coffee, the shop offers a great selection of tea, some a little less familiar than others. 01736 797530 André’s Café, Wells You will more than likely stumble across André’s Café while wandering the historic streets of Wells after a spot of sightseeing. This charming little corner café is much more than a place for coffee and cake. Busy with a great atmosphere, coupled with high standards of service and great food (the English breakfasts are renowned), this petite and well-established café is a popular stop off. andrescafe.co.uk Amid Giants and Idols, Lyme Regis A wave of demand for speciality

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PROSPECT COTTAGE: T22 Tucked away within Porthleven’s harbour area and within a 5 minute stroll of the beach is this traditional fisherman’s cottage dating from 1848. This cosy example of a traditional cottage sleeps 4 and has an ideal outside area for alfresco dining. Inside, there is a wealth of charm and character.

PORTHLEVEN DOLPHINS: Z29 This home is just 350 yards from the Tate Gallery in St Ives with lovely long views over Porthmeor Beach and ‘the island’. Sleeping 6, this modern house is situated on a quiet no-through-road ending in a footpath to the Coast Path, and is 400 yards from shops, pubs and restaurants.

ST IVES GLEBE COTTAGE: E64 This home is peacefully tucked away on the edge of Wookey, near Wells. The semi-detached cottage, which sleeps 4, is smartly renovated, facing a meandering garden that leads through gates to a river. The interior has been created with comfort in mind and holds characterful features.

coffee is growing at a rapid rate, with independent roasters popping up all the over the South West, and people in search of much more than the standard freeze-dried coffee of yesteryear. This micro roastery on the Devon/Dorset border, located in Lyme Regis, serves a variety of seasonal coffees with exceptional quality and flavour from the world over. It’s not just for coffee lovers however, serving a range of speciality teas and smoothies, as well as fabulous bakes and light bites. amidgiantsandidols.com

TOP A brew with a view at The Vintage Store and Coffee Shop in St Ives

NEAR WELLS THE OLD MANOR HOUSE: H17 Set back from the main street in Charmouth and about 7 minutes’ walk from the beach, this beautifully refurbished early 16th cent. home, which sleeps 10, is Grade II listed. It is a comfortable and elegant family house decorated and furnished to a high standard, including a large landscaped garden.

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Heyden Cottage F45

Bratton, Exmoor

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Through the colourful looking glass with artist and holiday home owner Clare Maryan Green Clare was in a field of hungry sheep when I first called. The sound of their bleating filling the airwaves. So very much at home and happy with the country farm lifestyle, it’s surprising to discover she grew up in Surrey. Fortuitously, her parents travelled a lot and would often send her to visit a neighbour’s farm, Croscombe Barton on Exmoor. By the age of eight, she’d decided it was where she wanted to be. After a short spell working in London in her late teens and a stopover in Bristol, she moved

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west, a part of the world she describes as “simply exquisite”. Clare began working with stained glass aged 21. She says: “It just sort of happened. I went down to a local glass merchant and spent two days learning how to cut glass. I played with it and made small items that I began to sell locally, at craft fairs and shops.” Proud of the art-form, she explains how it’s still vibrant and strong all over the world, with more stained glass windows than paintings in Northern Europe. There are lots of interpretations,

with many people working in a contemporary style. Her work is very much rooted in the traditional. The beauty of glass work for Clare is that anyone can create it. “A beginner’s work may be naïve, yet still be really good.” Clare has serious talent and has since been commissioned for a huge number of works, large and small. Her qualification, BA Hons in Fine Arts, is the crowning glory on top of her achievements. Part of the work is restoration and she spends a lot of time in listed and

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Bratton Exmoor

COTTAGES nearby... HEYDEN COTTAGE: F45 1½ miles west of Minehead, just above Bratton hamlet, is a classic Exmoor cottage that sleeps 5. Set in 150 acres of mixed-leaf woodland with red deer and birdsong, there are walks to be had, whortleberries to pick and an enclosed orchard for you to enjoy. No other houses are visible so clear night skies are free of light pollution.

BRATTON, NEAR MINEHEAD ALICE COTTAGE: F60 This cottage is just a mile from Minehead and next to a ford below high heathertopped and wooded hills with sea views, a fantastic place for ramblers. On a tiny lane in the hamlet of Bratton, this pretty, detached cottage which sleeps 3 benefits from bags of character and a very private, enclosed, tranquil garden.

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old buildings, working to maintain old windows. “It’s beautiful, fragile work,” she says. In the restoration of her stunning thatched holiday cottage (F60) in Bratton, she made no less than 18 windows, choosing an Alice in Wonderland theme for some of the creative decorative windows. The house is now appropriately named ‘Alice’. As well as some fun and whimsical windows, the natural world features in her works, birds and small animals in particular. The land around Heyden Cottage (F45), her

Georgian holiday home that sits in 150 acres of woodland, inspires many works. “Guests often leave comments about deer coming to the house and other wild animals visit the woodland.” Exmoor is an International Dark Sky Reserve, meaning it’s a magical place to see the stars, a great getaway from the City. “Although you’re completely isolated in terms of the cottage, it’s still only 1½ miles from Minehead town.” Alongside traditional restoration work, Clare works on people’s

private homes. “No two customers are the same,” she explains. “I go into their homes, look at their style, see how they use the space and then ask them to show me things that they like. Space dictates the work, where the sun rises and sets, how much colour is in the home and how much can be brought in.” Her acute understanding of design, light and space means the holiday homes she looks after are all beautifully presented, with a sense of considered warmth and welcome to them.

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EQUITY RELEASE TIPS Raise money from your property to help maintain your lifestyle

More and more people are turning to equity release in their retirement to help purchase ‘big ticket’ items. As The Telegraph recently noted, “If you’re a homeowner aged 55-95 you could be sitting on a great source of cash.”

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Believe it or not, many of us are better off than we think. While you might not be cash rich, you may be sitting on assets that could really unlock your lifestyle. Your hard earned assets could help you to continue enjoying the pursuits you love, or perhaps help you purchase a holiday home. For many, the biggest asset we own is our home. And while considering the potential hidden away in our homes, we looked to Harris Begley Financial Planning to help guide us through it.

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There’s more to equity release than the interest rate. Consider your future needs and find something that fits. The equity release market can be incredibly varied. Talk to family and trusted friends, and get them involved. Your plans could affect any inheritance plans you might have. 3. Spend wisely Given that you can’t access the equity until after your 55th birthday, it’s not a good idea to use the money to invest. It will be unlikely that you’ll get a greater return than what you put in.

You may be sitting on assets that could help you purchase your own holiday home

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4. Take a look at your financial circumstances If you claim any benefits, having extra savings could affect them. If you’re unsure, just ask your advisor. 5. Get good advice Last but not least, get good advice from someone who’s on your side and knows how to get you the best deal. There’s more to this than meets the eye, and a good professional guide to see you through is essential. Harris Begley Financial Planning The Regent, Chapel Street, Penzance TR18 4AE 01736 366550 www.harrisbegley.co.uk enquiries@harrisbegley.co.uk

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SPECIAL DESTINATION SENSATIONAL SOUTH COAST A picture book location with stunning coastal scenery Porthleven is the most southerly working fishing port on mainland Great Britain. The port’s unquestionable beauty and prime location has made it a hugely desirable destination, with visitors wishing to embrace the abundant charm of this historic village.

Porthleven beach is popular with families wanting to soak up rays and forage in the many rock pools in the summer or stretch their legs on a blustery winter

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At Porthleven’s heart is the large stone harbour, completed in 1825 to offer refuge for ships in distress. It is now home to a fl eet of colourful local fi shing boats that potter in and out daily. You can watch the fi shermen landing their catch

on the quay or hop on board and take a day trip sightseeing or fi shing. There is certainly no lack of things to do whilst staying in Porthleven. Taking leisurely strolls around the harbour and National Trust owned Penrose estate would be among the first things to enjoy whilst exploring the village and surrounds, most of which are Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Enjoying the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness at River Cottage HQ

I have a new food hero. In fact I have two - Andy Tyrell and Will Livingstone, head chef and chief gardener respectively at the fantastic River Cottage in Axminster, Devon. One day with them inspired me to create magic in the kitchen, get my kids involved in cooking fresh feasts for friends at the weekend and peg out two veg patches in my back garden. My journey up from Cornwall took a couple of hours. The pink sunlight and light mists in the air cleared to reveal a bright and sunny autumn day. Upon arrival at HQ, I was greeted by a big blue tractor which would take me and a dozen or so other students across the farm and down to the barns where our cookery courses would be held. My fellow passengers had travelled from near and far to attend the veg cookery course and an advanced gluten-free baking course. The setting is simply stunning. Lush

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pastures and swooping landscapes are framed beautifully by the huge windows of two brilliantly converted barns. We headed into our own classroom, decorated with fresh wildflowers and bunting, to be welcomed by tea and coffee and warm toast with homemade marmalade. My slice of delicious, nutty, crusty, chewy, gluten-free sourdough was a delight, unlike any gluten-free bread I’ve ever tasted. [Note to self: ask husband/ mother/Father Christmas to get me a voucher for the gluten-free baking course ASAP] At the front lay our ingredients for the day, a good-looking collection of brassicas, roots, vegetables, herbs and spices, a colourful feast for the eyes that got the camera phones clicking and the Twitter feeds buzzing before we’d even started. Andy explained that this course, like most at River Cottage, was about teaching us some fundamental principles of

cooking with a collection of recipes whose method would remain the same while the produce of the season changed, giving us an almost infinite number of possibilities. We started with a fresh simple vegetable broth, learnt some knife skills along the way, then made fresh cheese, before being sent out to the gardens to pick herbs, flowers and a few shoots and leaves to finish our lunch dishes. Knowledge and enthusiasm ooze from head gardener Will like butter from toast: warm, unassuming, but absolutely indispensable. As we wandered the gardens and farm he talked about everything from crop rotation and animal welfare to composting. Sexy or not, these are topics essential to creating great ingredients, the foundation of good food. Back in the classroom Michelle, our kindly host, warmed our cockles with an apéritif of local apple

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Axminster

Cottage The home of River

COTTAGES nearby... HORNSHAYNE FARMHOUSE: G25 On the edge of Woodbridge hamlet, ¾ mile from Farway, is Hornshayne Farmhouse which sleeps 11, a large and beautiful thatched farmhouse in the midst of this 335 acre dairy/ arable farm. ‘Gentrified’ in the 1700s, this farmhouse retains many original and fascinating features.

NEAR RIVER COTTAGE HISCOX COTTAGE: G192 About a mile from Southleigh, a detached cottage which sleeps 5 sits on a hillside above a picturesque valley, with almost 180 degree views of amazing rolling countryside. It’s surrounded by about 200 acres of fields and bluebell woods which you are welcome to wander and enjoy deer and badger watching.

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brandy, setting us back to work on our lunch - roasted pumpkin gnocchi with sage butter and Asian spiced broth. Our convivial lunch was a great opportunity to find out more about my fellow cooks. Julie from Sidmouth admitted she hadn’t really cooked in 25 years and thought it was time to fix that; Gill and Nigel from Hertfordshire had done a few courses since retiring and seemed to enjoy the healthy competition it gave them in the kitchen. There was another couple from North Yorkshire, keen growers who love Hugh’s TV shows, who raved about how reasonably priced and delicious dinner in River Cottage Axminster was the night before, compared to their usual restaurants back home. Whatever their motivation for getting there, everyone was thoroughly delighted with how the day was going, many, like me, planning which courses they’d do next. In the afternoon we created a simple dish of pan-roasted Romanesco

cauliflower tossed in merguez spices, made fresh polenta and a versatile ragu and finished the day with a vegetable tarte tatin. The table was re-laid for an informal dinner, the bar stayed open, as it had been all day, and the team seemed in no hurry to push us out the door. Unable to eat or drink any more, they vac-packed and wrapped my dishes to go. I set off into the sunset, having had a most mouth-watering, magnificent time. From start to finish, the experience at River Cottage HQ was warm, inviting, relaxed and inclusive. I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do on an autumn day, or any other day for that matter. With cookery courses covering meat, fish, veg, baking and preserving, as well as a range of master classes with cheesemakers, beekeepers, brewers, foragers, florists and more, there’s something to suit every interest. Prices start from £135; gift vouchers are available online, making an ideal gift for your friends, family or yourself.

Win! A one-day cookery course at River Cottage Cookery School On this brilliant course you ’ll cover a little bit of everything, inc luding meat, fish, veg and bread. You’ll create a seasonal starter, main course and pudding… and eat them too, of course! Competition closes 1st Apri l 2016, T&Cs apply.

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SAVOURY TARTE TATIN Parsnips, shallots, puff pastry Serves 4-6

Ingredients 1 200g ready-rolled puff pastry sheet 1 tbsp olive, sunflower or rapeseed oil 3–4 small-medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 2cm thick rounds 150g shallots, peeled but left whole 30g soft brown sugar 30ml cider vinegar 15g butter Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Take a non-stick, ovenproof frying pan or tatin dish, 20–25cm in diameter. If your pastry isn’t ready-rolled, roll it out to about 5mm thickness. Using the pan or tatin dish as a template, cut a disc of pastry the diameter of the top of the pan. Chill in the fridge while you prepare the filling.

Exclusive offer £50 off a cookery course at River Cottage Cookery School The award-winning River Cottage Cookery School in Devon is home to hands-on, seasonal cookery courses. Whether you’re an amateur cook, food enthusiast or a full-blown smallholder, there’s a course to inspire you. Lasting from one to four days, and hosted by the River Cottage team of expert chefs and authors, courses have an emphasis on local, seasonal produce with a nose-to-tail approach. Enjoy £50 off any course priced from £195 which takes place before 31st May 2016. Simply book online at rivercottage. net by 1st April 2016 and enter the code DISCOVER50 to redeem.

2. Heat the oil in the frying pan or tatin dish over a medium heat. Add the parsnips and shallots and fry gently for 3–4 minutes. Turn them over and cook for a few more minutes so both sides take on a nice caramel colour. 3. Combine the brown sugar and cider vinegar with 30ml water then add to the pan along with the butter and plenty of salt and pepper. Cover the pan tightly with foil and place in the oven. Roast for about 40 minutes until the parsnips and shallots are tender. Remove from the oven. If, at this stage, the sugar-vinegar syrup is looking a little dry, add 1–2 tablespoons water and give the pan a good shake to release any veg that are sticking. 4. Lay the pastry disc over the parsnips and shallots, patting it down and tucking the edges down the side of the pan. Turn the oven setting up to 190°C/Gas 5 and return the pan to the oven. Bake for 20–25 minutes until the pastry is puffed up and golden brown. 5. Leave the tart to cool in its dish for about 15 minutes. Then, to turn it out, put a large plate over the top and invert the plate and pan to unmould the tart. Scrape any juices left in the pan back over the tart, and it’s ready to serve. Delicious served with a crisp green salad trickled with a mustardy dressing.

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As the battle continues to save Castle Drogo, you can see the castle in a whole new light. Castle, gardens, café, shop and estate open daily.

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l a c i TropWanderings An unforgettable experience in a breathtaking location, the Eden Project is a horticultural spectacle, with over a million plants spread across 35 acres of stunning global gardens.

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The Eden Project’s two vast biomes are a wonder of the modern world, housing landscapes, crops and stories from the Rainforest and Mediterranean regions. You can immerse yourself in the steamy heat of the largest rainforest in captivity and marvel at a close-up view of the tree tops from the Canopy Walkway, then take a stroll through the sights and scents of the Mediterranean. The outdoor garden caters for all seasons and is home to some of the world’s oldest and rarest plants. A fresh spring day brings drifts of sweetly scented Narcissus and a multitude of miniature Iris, which relish the damp, sunny conditions of early spring. A host of wildflowers follow and vie for your attention - bluebells, primroses, violets, blossoming fruit trees and shrubs. Though there’s more to the Eden Project than its flora and (keep an eye out for them!) fauna. The exhibitions and exhibits bring their stories to life while the è

With lovely long views over the estuary in Fowey to wooded hills beyond, this semi-detached house, which sleeps 7, has three levels and provides contemporary comfort and style. Both back and front gardens have decking (table/chairs) to take advantage of the sun and the views.

NEAR THE EDEN PROJECT ISLAND HOUSE: S65 In Golant, on the edge of the harbour, sits a fabulous cottage, which sleeps 6. The location is superb, with water views from every window, and from the first floor the river’s moorings can be seen beyond the Victorian railway embankment. The enclosed pretty garden with sun terrace is made complete with table and chairs for alfresco dining.

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Eden Sessions are a memorable experience. The live concerts and theatre performances are enhanced by the unique and magical location (especially at night). The café, which showcases the flavours of the food growing around you, serves a great selection of food to keep you going. You’ll discover a packed programme of family-friendly events at Eden, including the space-themed weekends which take place in January and February half-term. Fun with Stick Man and mouth-watering chocolate activities take place during the Easter holidays. There are also themed trails across the site and a whole range of imaginative play areas for kids to explore, including a

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wooden climbing frame called The Nest, a spiral garden, hideaways, stepping-stones, sand pits, willow tunnels and cut-throughs. For those in search of an adrenaline rush, pay a visit to Hangloose (check hanglooseadventure.com first!). The Drop features two new heart pounding activities: the 10 metre Airbag Drop, and the Quick Jump, which is a 20 metre free fall simulator. For a truly memorable experience, see Eden from a completely different perspective when you soar over the biomes on SkyWire, England’s longest and fastest zip wire, while Gravity, The Giant Cliff Swing, is suspended 19 metres in the air.

Opening times Winter: open daily except 25th December and selected dates January/February: 10am – 4pm (last admission 2.30pm) Summer: open daily, 9.30am – 6pm (last admission 4.30pm) The Eden Project is an educational charity that connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work together towards a better future.

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This historic harbourside resort offers many vibrant and interesting boutiques and bistros.

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Lyme Regis, or ‘The Pearl of Dorset’ as it’s fondly known by many, sits just on the border of Devon on the south coast, with Exeter to the west and Dorchester to the east. It’s a historically significant town on the fossil coast, steeped in heritage and geographic interest spanning millions of years, from the early Jurassic period up until D-Day and beyond. Indeed, visitors of note have included literary great, Jane Austen, American wartime commander General Eisenhower, and Scelidosaurus, one of the first armoured dinosaurs.

Today, exploring the old town of Lyme Regis and its wealth of quirky and independent shops is the perfect pastime for those craving a spot of retail therapy. Discovering the range of gifts, clothes, jewellery, books, fossils and antiques, as well as an extensive range of fantastic restaurants and locally produced food, is sure to keep you entertained for an hour or two. As well as the independent boutiques, the town also offers a selection of national chains, in addition to three banks and a Post Office.

These days, however, you’re more likely to spot holidaymakers and wildlife lovers flocking to this beautiful destination to stroll along the ‘Cobb’, the ancient stone harbour wall which helped Lyme Regis to develop as an important port and shipbuilding centre. It now also houses an aquarium with local species of fish and marine wildlife.

Being situated on the ‘Jurassic Coast’, famous for abundant fossils that can be unearthed from the surrounding blue clay, the town has many shops specialising in these unique, 180 million-year-old artefacts. Lyme Regis also has a number of exquisite art galleries throughout its winding streets and alleys, plus many specialist antiques

and collectables dealers. There’s a thriving foodie scene here too. You’re spoiled for choice among the many restaurants, with bakeries offering freshly baked pies and pasties, freshly made sandwiches and baguettes and cakes galore. Locally grown, organic, whole food and specialist imported foods can be bought, along with organic fruit and vegetables. Wetfishshop With hundreds of miles of coastline, the South West is of course famed for its fresh fish. The great news is that this is readily available in Lyme Regis too, from Wetfishshop at the harbourside, right next to the Cobb. It’s been in business since 1934, with the claim that it “still smells as wonderful as day one, all those years ago”! Why not see for yourself? wetfishshop.com

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MARLBOROUGH COTTAGE: G39 On the edge of Combpyne, on a quiet lane, this beautiful, thatched, detached, Grade II listed cottage, which sleeps 7, has been expertly decorated and is a beautiful and relaxing place to stay. Behind the cottage there is ½ acre of garden with lawns, terraces, steps, paths, shrubs, summer house and lovely rural views.

NEAR LYME REGIS THE OLD MANOR HOUSE: H17 Set back from the main street in Charmouth and about 7 minutes’ walk from the beach, The Old Manor House, which sleeps 10, is a beautifully refurbished, early 16th cent. Grade II listed building. It’s a comfortable and elegant home, decorated and furnished to a high standard. Up some steps from the courtyard is a large, enclosed, private and beautifully landscaped walled garden. MAIN Lyme Regis beach

ABOVE AND INSET Town Mill Cheesemonger

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Primary Colours Primary Colours is a delightful independent clothing shop for the little ones, promising “quality clothes for cool kids”, from babies right up 12 years old. They also stock wonderful wooden toys that are almost works of art in themselves, a refreshing change from the mass-produced plastic ones that seem to be everywhere you look. We really love the London double-decker bus, and also the ammonite snail puzzle, a small nod to the coastline’s heritage. primarycolours.com

businesses at the restored Town Mill.” All the cheesemongers are trained at the Guild of Fine Food, so they really know their stuff! The cheesemongers have received Gold status from Taste of the West for five consecutive years, and their list of awards can’t go unnoted either. As well as the finest cheeses around, you’ll also find delicious biscuits, preserves, chutney, olives, fine local charcuterie, oils and balsamic vinegars, and much more. Why not have a go at cheesemaking yourself, with one of the fantastic kits? townmillcheese.co.uk

Town Mill Cheesemonger If you enjoy good food, then there’s one place you simply must visit: Town Mill Cheesemonger, in their own words, an “unashamedly old-fashioned shop, based in the historic heart of Lyme Regis, amidst the stimulating company of the other creative and artisan

Ad Lucem The Town Mill is also home to Ad Lucem, or ‘To the Light’ in Latin. This delightful hidden gem showcases a stunning range of contemporary jewellery designed by Lucy Campbell. Lucy takes inspiration from the beach and sea, with typical recurring motifs

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including circular forms, shells, fossils and other patterns associated with the seashore. If you pop in, you might even see Lucy busy at work in her workshop as you browse. In addition to Lucy’s jewellery, the shop also has traditionally-crafted leather work by Grace Gillan, interesting textiles by Sam Fowler Johnson and colourful original paintings and prints by Pat Campbell. lucycampbell.net Fat Face If you’re looking for stylish outdoor wear, then you’re bound to find something you like in Fat Face. Although a chain high street store, Fat Face retains the feel, charm and vision of its entrepreneurial founders, who share a love for the great outdoors. Whoever said you can’t be warm, practically dressed and stylish too? fatface.com

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A mooch around Dartmouth’s historic quayside, with its winding Elizabethan streets, delivers many happy hours browsing, shopping and eating. Dartmouth, with its own medieval castle nestled on the riverbank, is an enchanting corner of the world. Situated on the water’s edge on the western bank of the River Dart, it lies within one of south Devon’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dartmouth continues to grow and thrive year after year and it’s hardly surprising. Its location and ‘on the water’ lifestyle are enough to have you coming back for more, with many more treasures to explore and experience unveiling themselves on each visit. And with so much to do on Dartmouth’s doorstep, it’s the perfect location in which to unwind with family and friends. Shopping is always a great way to spend quality time on holiday, and while Dartmouth has plenty else to keep you occupied, it certainly caters for those who enjoy rummaging through the rails to find

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the season’s latest fashions. Ever popular with visitors all year round, Dartmouth offers a unique shopping experience, with its own distinct character and style, away from the hustle and bustle of large cities and shopping malls. You can find everything you need among the pretty, colourful streets, lined with individual shops, restaurants, galleries, bars and cafés. With its own food festival and farmers’ market, Dartmouth is fast becoming a foodie destination. So you’re quite simply spoiled for choice in all areas! Visit the Old Market Square, which includes a unique range of small specialist shops. Everything you need is here in abundance; whether you’re seeking gifts to take back for friends, or a treat for yourself to remind you of your time in Dartmouth, you’re guaranteed to find something unique.

Here’s a small selection of the wonderful shops on offer: M & H Antiques This place is a real treasure trove of interesting items, from dressers and tables, to glassware and ceramics. Of course, the beauty of visiting an antiques shop is that you never know what gems you’re going to stumble upon; each one is different and you’ll never find the same item twice. mandhantiques.co.uk Simon Drew Simon Drew is a surrealist artist with a penchant for wildlife and a clear sense of mischief injected into his work. Described by one critic as ‘half artist, half wit’, drop into his gallery on Foss Street to see his effervescent and idiosyncratic works for yourself. He stocks everything from cards and prints to aprons and tea towels, as well as original artworks. simondrew.co.uk

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COTTAGES nearby... BIGHT BOATHOUSE: L288 This spacious detached home, which sleeps 11, is set high on the riverbank with panoramic views up and down river with its own private indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, hot tub and poolside gym. Clever layout over three levels with floorto-ceiling windows and doors gives ever-changing views.

DARTMOUTH BIGHT BOATYARD: L289 Bight Boatyard, which sleeps 8, is a spacious four-storey cottage with direct water frontage. It is one of a small row with superb river views over the Higher Ferry to Kingswear and out to sea. The walled riverside terrace is right at water level and is a great spot for outdoor dining or just watching river life go by.

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Compass Bookshop Dartmouth Community Bookshop Sometimes on holiday you just want to curl up with a good book. Compass Bookshop (01803 835915) has a wide range of secondhand books, so if you’re looking for rare collectables, something for the children or simply a trashy beach read, you’re in luck. For new books, head over to Dartmouth Community Bookshop, a not-for-profit co-operative with a fantastic selection of the latest page-turners. dartmouthcommunitybookshop.co.uk Weird Fish Escape the ordinary by popping into Weird Fish to view the range of casual lifestyle clothing for women, men and children. Fantastic fleeces, winter jackets, funky woolly hats – it’s the perfect outdoor clothing to go exploring; hardwearing, comfortable and stylish too. weirdfish.co.uk

Pepper’s World Foods Foodie lovers, rejoice! You’ve found a beautiful cottage in a stunning setting and now you want to test your culinary skills by cooking up a feast for all the family. Pepper’s World Foods stocks an extensive range of herbs and spices, dried fruits, seeds, nuts, pulses and grains. And if any of your party has specific dietary requirements, you’ll also find gluten free pasta, flour, noodles and sauces. Bon appétit! 07570 979096 Trish Thomas Jewellery Modern or vintage, everyday or that special occasion, add a bit of sparkle to your Dartmouth adventure by stepping into Trish Thomas Jewellery on Foss Street. As well as Trish’s own chic designs, you’ll find a whole host of beautiful items from other artists too, including glass wall tiles, handbags and scarves. trishthomasjewellery.co.uk

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The Good Intent The Dartmouth Ice Cream Company Nothing beats an ice cream on a hot day. Whether you’re bananas about Baileys, hooked on honeycomb or obsessed with Oreo cookies, you’re bound to find the perfect flavour for you among the choice of 22 ice creams on offer. But if the wintery chill is still in the air and you’d rather a piece of fudge, why not indulge in some cherry and walnut, lemon meringue or Devon cream tea flavoured fudge? You know you want to! dartmouthicecream.com

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m a e T s e t i r u o fav DAVID HALL Helpdesk Manager Having explored north Devon and Exmoor, David and his partner, Emma, decided it was time to discover west Cornwall. With their dog, Summer, for company, they opt for pet-friendly cottages with good walking routes nearby, typically in autumn or spring. “The Birch Studio at Lamorna appealed because we hadn’t been to that historic far end of Cornwall before, plus the name ‘Lamorna’ is very evocative and the actual location looked very atmospheric too. We knew it was the base for an artists’ colony from the early 20th century and in the cottage we

found some books about the west Cornwall art scene, which added even more colour to the location.” They found the Birch Studio was the perfect place to unwind, in a breathtaking location. “ Simply lighting the fire in the evening, opening the wine and cooking something tasty was a delight,” said David. But whether eating in or out, David’s advice is to make sure it’s as local as possible. “During the day we walked the Coast Path in both directions: to Mousehole and Newlyn on the first day, where we bought some fresh fish by the harbour, and then westwards from Treen.”

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Indeed, in this far west region, there’s only five miles or so between the north and south coasts, abounding with Cornish heritage in all directions, from prehistoric stone circles and monoliths, to mighty engine houses. “We had a day out at the Geevor Tin Mine museum site, taking the tour down into one of the old underground workings, and then walked past the Levant Mine to see the very dramaticallysited Botallack Mine Engine House.” “We ate at The Logan Rock Inn and got drawn into a quiz evening for which we won the booby prize!” From Logan Rock, they walked via the incredible Minack Theatre and Porthgwarra (location for some Poldark episodes) to Nanjizal, “which I had always wanted to see for its name alone”, David jokes. In fact, they had such a good time that it looks like they are set to break with tradition. “We’re not the returning kind usually, but we’d definitely go back there, simply because the location is so good, and the cottage is just right for us.”

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SYLVIA LOUIS Administrator Sylvia was brought up in Cornwall. “And I love it!” she explains, “Especially the far south-west peninsula. I spent several holidays in Carbis Bay, near St Ives, enjoying the beautiful coastal walks, watching the surfers at Sennen Cove, riding the open-topped double-decker bus along the thrilling coastal road from St Ives, via Zennor and St Just, to Penzance, and the peace and quiet of that particular part of Cornwall in the spring.” Although Sylvia now lives on Dartmoor, she often visits the neighbouring National Park, Exmoor. “It’s the ideal place for a relaxing, chill-out holiday, far from crowds.” With less traffic in the springtime and fantastic scenery to take in, it’s not hard to see why! Sylvia stays at West Huckham Barn, a stunning 200-year-old barn conversion in the rolling countryside of Wheddon Cross. “I primarily enjoy visiting old haunts like Tarr Steps and Dulverton, my very favourite town of all. It has everything on offer: shops of all description, good pubs and eating places, an interesting museum, the church with its tiered

graveyard, rising steeply, so beautiful in spring with masses of different flowers, and the amazing ‘Tantivy’ shop, which sells everything beautiful as well as useful.” One of Sylvia’s favourite activities is travelling on the West Somerset Steam Railway, from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard, occasionally stopping off to explore en route. “I also especially love the wooded 2½ mile walk from Porlock Weir to the enchanting tiny church at Culbone, and later lunching at the welcoming Wortleberry Tearoom in Porlock. Another good eating place is The Rest and Be Thankful Inn at Wheddon Cross – the Sunday carvery is excellent!” After tea and toast at The Copper Kettle tearoom in Dulverton, Sylvia lunches at West Huckham Barn before sitting in the conservatory, enjoying the view and reading or doing puzzles and crosswords. “Whatever the weather”, she exclaims with enthusiasm, “it’s wonderful! Having friends and family to visit makes it an ideal holiday.”

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HOPE COVE, BOLT TAIL AND BOLBERRY DOWN Walk from the thatched village of Outer Hope, past Hope Cove and around the high headland of Bolt Tail. Follow in the footsteps of smugglers and the Spanish sailors who narrowly escaped with their lives here. 1. From the entrance to the beach

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car park at Outer Hope, turn left to follow the lane past the Hope and Anchor Inn and on to Hope Cove.

4. When the Coast Path hits a lane

2. At Hope Cove carry on along the lane to pick up the South West Coast Path by the slipway. From here the path travels around the headland to the substantial rampart.

joining from above, below the mast, turn left on to it and walk to the junction beyond. Carry on over the cattle grid, past the houses and the mast, ignoring the green lanes to your right and then turn left, to the T-junction at Bolberry.

3. Detour to the tip of Bolt Tail

5. At the T-junction turn left, forking

to visit the prehistoric promontory fort. Returning to the Coast Path afterwards, carry on along above the cliffs and on through Bolberry Down, ignoring the path back to Hope Cove and several others

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right by the fingerpost after the barn and dropping downhill before climbing to where the road turns sharply right at the top.

6. Turn left on to ‘Sweethearts Lane’, and left again at the

Bolberry Down T-junction beyond, taking the footpath signed to Galmpton. The footpath swings right just before Higher Barton, bearing slightly left in the first field to go through the hedge into the next field. Carry on alongside this hedge to the track at the top.

7. Turn left to take the footpath

heading over the stone stile by the tall waymarker, and follow it along the hedges of several fields, back to Hope village. Cross the road to take the path down the steps beside St Clement’s Church, turning right on the Coast Path to retrace your steps to the car park.

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MARTINHOE ROMAN FORTLET This is a wonderful walk along a green Roman carriageway high above the sea, winding through rocky scree-clad hillsides covered in old oak woodland and boasting one of England’s highest coastal waterfalls. 1. From the road outside the car park at Hunter’s Inn, take the path to the right-hand side of the inn and walk a short way uphill until it forks. Take the left-hand fork and follow it downhill and alongside the river for about three quarters of a mile, until you come to a path to your right, leading uphill through the woods.

2. Take this path out of the woods and up the hillside. At the headland it turns abruptly to the right and continues along the coast, around the outcrops at Great Burland Rocks and into the combe at Hollow Brook. 3. The path carries on around the

cliffs and starts to climb between the outcrops and into the ancient oak woods. Stay with it into West Woody Bay Wood.

4. Leave the Coast Path above

Martinhoe Manor and take the right hand fork on to the track which climbs back up towards the lane above.

5. When you come to the path on your right, towards Martinhoe, turn on to it and make your way up through the heathland and on to the path running along the top. 6. Turn right on to this path and follow it as it doubles back the way

you came, but via the top of the cliffs, around the curve of Hollow Brook, through some woodland and then once more out on to the green Roman carriageway.

7. High above Great Burland Rocks and a little way beyond, you’ll come to a tiny path to your left, winding up the grassy hillside above you to the Roman fortlet. 8. Returning to the carriage track, stay with it as it winds around the headland, turning twice to your left and to the combe at Hill Brook. From here it dog-legs to your right and curls around into the woods, to Hunter’s Inn.

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LIZARD POINT The Lizard is Britain’s most southerly place, a rugged tail of rock with savage reefs. This is the best place to spot a chough, the Cornish national emblem, and look out for seals below. 1. Parking on the village green at

Lizard village, take the road to Lizard Head slightly downhill. When the road curves to the left, follow the footpath downhill until the track stops in front of some houses and go through the gate straight ahead of you. Follow the track towards the coast, to join the South West Coast Path at the Caerthillian National Nature Reserve.

2. Turn left on the Coast Path and

follow it through the National Trust land at Old Lizard Head, continuing above a tiny cove with steps carved into the rock and a ladder at the bottom, and a cave in the cliff beyond. From here you can see the lifeboat station ahead at Polpeor Cove.

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another tiny cove. Cross the footbridge into the tamarisk grove on more National Trust land at Pistil Meadow. Carry on up the steps, passing above the lifeboat station to come out at Lizard Point.

4. Ignore the road heading uphill to your left (unless you want a shortcut back to Lizard village). Carry on along the Coast Path, past the lighthouse to drop down some steps into a gully above Housel Bay. 5. Climbing the steps beyond, carry on past the Housel Bay Hotel (open to non-residents) to Bass Point. 6. Passing beneath the Coastwatch hut, keep going around Bass Point. After the houses the Coast Path runs along a track for a few metres and then pulls away to the right on a small

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path. Carry on along the Coast Path to round Hot Point, coming in to the new lifeboat station at Kilcobben Cove.

7. Drop down a few steps beside the lifeboat house and follow the Coast Path around to the left to round its final headland before Church Cove.

8. Into Church Cove, a small footpath leads away inland. Turn left on to this and follow it up to the grassland above, carrying straight on ahead at the top along a narrow path through some trees which will bring you to the top of the hamlet at Church Cove. 9.Turn left on the road, turn left a moment later. Coming out opposite the school, go left to carry on ahead along Beacon Terrace, which brings you back to the green at Lizard village.

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TYNEHAM VILLAGE AND FLOWER’S BARROW In times gone by Tyneham was a lively village. Today it’s a ghost village, its school and church showing life in the village as it was before it was taken over by the MOD during the Second World War. 1. From the Tyneham village car park take the farm track that leads from behind the church, climbing steadily to the chalk ridge of Whiteway Hill. 2. Turn left as you reach the summit, to take the track leading along the ridge past the trig point. From here it descends gently before pulling up to Rings Hill, ahead, topped by the massive embankments of the Iron Age hillfort of Flower’s Barrow. 3. At Flower’s Barrow turn on to the

Coast Path and follow it to the left, descending steeply to Worbarrow Bay.

4. For a shortcut from the beach, take the fairly level surfaced track following the river through the Tyneham Valley, turning left at Tyneham Farm to return to the car

park. For the longer walk carry on along the Coast Path around the headland at Worbarrow, climbing above Gad Cliff for about a mile, until you come to a track on the left, heading inland.

5. Take this track and descend with it to the valley, carrying straight on ahead at Tyneham Farm to return to the car park. This walk is entirely on the Ministry of Defence’s Lulworth Firing range, and is only accessible at weekends (excluding six each year) and during Christmas, Easter, all of August and all public holidays. As live ammunition is used, you must not stray off the paths which are clearly marked by yellow posts, and do not pick up any metal objects lying on the ground.

FIND MORE WALKS The South West Coast Path is just as good for short walks and gentle strolls as it is for long-distance hiking. All 630 miles of the Coast Path are an incredible journey, and with the path broken down into bite-sized chunks, you can experience it (in most cases) in less than 5 miles at a time. Go online to The Walkfinder tool to quickly narrow down your selection by multiple themes, distance and difficulty. It really is the best place to experience the wilds of the coast, rugged ridges hugged by heather, crashing waves, salty spray and quiet fishing villages. Whether you want to amble in the sunshine, get motivated for a healthier lifestyle or embark on the full 630 mile experience, the South West Coast Path is a must-do. www.southwestcoastpath.com

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What’s on

MAIN IMAGE Obstacle course at the Eden Project

Cornwall is stunning whatever the season, and while the summer is certainly when it’s busiest, there are many fantastic things to do over the winter and spring months too. With well-known attractions like the Eden Project and some great food festivals, here’s a selection of exciting events and activities to keep you occupied.

Roy al Cornwall Show

Images courtesy of: Matt Jessop www.mattjessop.com

Flora Day, Helston

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EVENTS DIARY

JUNE 2016

Oct 17 - Feb 28 Ice Skating at Eden St Austell Dec 6 - Jan 3

Dick Whittington and his Mousehole cat Truro

Dec 12 - Jan 2 Mousehole Christmas Lights Mousehole

Jan 9

Vampires Rock Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Jan 20

Cinema by the Sea - 45 Years (cert. 15) Looe

Jan 22

Jubilee Quartet Truro

Jan 9

Launceston Market in the Square Launceston

Jan 25 - 30

New Jersey Nights Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Feb 6

Wildwood Kin Calstock

Feb 17

Rag Rug Workshop Tintagel Old Post Office

Feb 8

St Ives Feast and Hurling the Silver Ball St Ives

Feb 20 - 21

Apple Grafting Workshop Cotehele

Feb 14 - 18

Pick a Pot and Grow a Crop Trengwainton Garden, Penzance

Feb 25

Heads South Charlestown

Feb 15 - 19

Pirates Ahoy Pendennis Castle

Feb 28

Urban Survivor Falmouth

Mar 1 - 6

St Piran’s Day Celebrations Falmouth, Bodmin, Redruth, Perranporth

Mar 18 - 20

Cornish Arms Beer and Mussel Festival Padstow

Mar 5

World Pasty Championships Eden Project

Mar 19

Easter Eggstravaganza Launceston Castle

Mar 10 - 28

Falmouth Spring Festival Falmouth

Mar 25 - 27

Oyster and Cornish Produce Festival Falmouth

Mar 12

Fifteen Cornwall’s Farmers’ Market Watergate Bay

Mar 25 - 28

St Endellion Easter Music Festival Port Isaac

Apr 2 - 3

Cornwall Spring Flower Show Lostwithiel

Apr 16

Porthleven Food Festival Porthleven

Apr 12

Camellia Day Antony

Apr 29 - May 2 Nancy Belle River Trips Cotehele

Apr 13

Conservation in Action Antony

Apr 30

Apr 15 - May 5 Bluebell Festival Godolphin

Saltash May Fair Saltash

Apr 30 - May 2 National Surfing Championships Newquay

May 1

St Agnes Bolster Festival St Agnes

May 7 - 14

Fowey Festival of Words and Music Fowey

May 1

Art8 - Newquay Arts and Culture Festival Newquay

May 21 - 28

Open Studios Krowji, Redruth

May 2

May Day St Ives

May 21 - 30

Fal River Festival Falmouth

May 7

Flora Day Helston

May 27 - 30

Bude and Stratton Folk Festival Bude

Jun 9 - 11

Royal Cornwall Show Wadebridge

Jun 18 - 19

St Austell Feast Week St Austell

Jun 14 - 16

Walk West Cornwall Porthleven, Penzance

Jun 18 - 25

Polperro Music Festival Polperro

Jun 17 - 19

Sea Shanty Festival and Classics Regatta Falmouth

Jun 25 - 26

Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival Saltash

Jun 18 - 19

Fowey Mussel Fest Fowey

Jun 25 - 26

Looe Food Festival Looe

Images courtesy of: Jon Crwys Williams

MAY 2016

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MARCH 2016

FEBRUARY 2016

JANUARY 2016

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What’s on

Images courtesy of: dartmusicfestival.blogspot.co.uk

There are plenty of great events on in Devon in 2016, and we can’t wait to check them out. Whether a fan of music, art or food, you won’t be disappointed. The Budleigh Jazz Festival is well worth a visit, while The Dart Music Festival in May is always a popular event.

Castle Drogo

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EVENTS DIARY

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Nov 3 - Jan 31 Exhibition of Paintings Mayflower Galleries, Tavistock

Jan 2

New Year Johann Strauss Gala Exeter

Dec 3 - Jan 10

Night and the City by John Duffin Brook Gallery, Exeter

Jan 18

Circus of Horrors Exeter Corn Exchange

Dec 12 - Jan 3

Sleeping Beauty Panto Exeter Corn Exchange

Jan 22 - 24

RSPB Avocet Cruises Topsham

Jan 1

The Polar Express Tram Ride Seaton Tramway

Jan 24

Dave Gorman Exeter Corn Exchange

Dec 8 - Feb 7

Artist Reflections RAMM and Art Gallery, Exeter

Feb 18

Ellen Kent’s Tosca Princess Theatre, Torquay

Feb 4

Buckfastleigh Farmers’ Market Buckfastleigh

Feb 18

Manaton Produce Market Manaton Parish Hall

Feb 12 - 13

Sarah Millican Plymouth Pavilions

Feb 21

Northern Brass Newton Abbot

Feb 13 - 14

Antique and Vintage Home Show Exeter

Feb 26

Pete Canter Trio City Gate Hotel, Exeter

Mar 5 - 6

Star Trek Night Walk Challenge Ilfracombe

Mar 18

Brian Conley Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay

Mar 12

Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra University of Exeter

Mar 19

Sacconi String Quartet Teignmouth

Mar 15 - 19

Singin’ in the Rain Malborough Village Hall, Kingsbridge

Mar 20

Plymouth Philharmonic Choir Plymouth Guildhall

Mar 17

Plymouth Symphony Orchestra Plymouth Guildhall

Mar 25

Pete Canter Trio City Gate Hotel, Exeter

Apr 3

Bucks Mills Cabin Open Day Bideford Bay and Hartland

Apr 14 - 16

Tucker’s Maltings Beer Festival Newton Abbot

Apr 7

Family Walling Day Woolacombe

Apr 22

Festival of South West Food and Drink Exeter Castle

Apr 10

Mark Watson Exeter Corn Exchange

Apr 22 - 24

Budleigh Jazz Festival Budleigh

Apr 30

Pirate Festival Brixham

Apr 13 - May 4 Hard Hat Tours Castle Drogo

May 1

Dawn Chorus Walk Mortehoe

May 19 - 21

Devon County Show Westpoint, Exeter

May 4

Brixham Fish Market Tours Brixham

May 20 - 21

Bill Bailey Princess Theatre, Torquay

May 13 - 14

Banff Mountain Film Festival Exeter Corn Exchange

May 28 - 29

Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta Brixham

May 13 - 15

Dart Music Festival Dartmouth

May 28 - Jun 1 BrixFest Brixham

Jun 10 - 12

The Contemporary Craft Festival Bovey Tracey

Jun 17 - 19

Gold Coast Oceanfest Croyde

Jun 11 - 12

Exeter Respect Festival Exeter

Jun 17 - 19

Teignmouth Folk Festival Teignmouth

Jun 11 - 17

Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration Ilfracombe

Jun 19

Elton John Westpoint, Exeter

Jun 16 - 19

Shaldon Music Festival Shaldon

Jun 26

Dartmoor Classic Newton Abbot

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What’s on Dorset and Somerset are the gateways to the South West, both enjoying rolling countryside and dramatic coastlines. They’re also great destinations for entertainment and festivals. Whether exercising your funny bone at the Bath Comedy Festival or enjoying Thundercat Racing in Bournemouth, you won’t be short of things to do.

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EVENTS DIARY

JUNE 2016

MAY 2016

APRIL 2016

MARCH 2016

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Oct 10 - Jan 3 Kurt Jackson, Gallery and Talk Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

Jan 3

BSO Family Orchestra Kinson, Bournemouth

Nov 13 - Jan 3 Festival of Lights Longleat, Warminster

Jan 10

Allington Strings New Year Concert Bridport

Nov 28 - Jan 3 Invitation to The Gibbs Family Home Tyntesfield, Wraxall

Jan 12

Wildlife Trust Talks Hamworthy, Poole

Jan 14

Ed Byrne at the Electric Palace Bridport

Feb 3

Steve Knightley: All at Sea Lyme Regis

Jan 10

Prehistoric Pottery Demonstration Stonehenge

Jan 1 - Feb 21 Sherlock’s Super Sleuth Mystery Trail Tyntesfield, Wraxall Feb 6 - 21

Fab Feb Half-term Fun Tyntesfield

Feb 6

Come in Pink Wimborne

Feb 7

Fire and Life Stonehenge

Feb 14 - 27

Purbeck Literary Festival Wareham

Feb 18

Talks and Lectures at The Holburne Bath

Feb 20

Vinyl Saturday Bridport

Mar 18 - 20

Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival Bristol

Mar 4 - 7

Blues and Roots Festival Swanage

Mar 26 - Apr 5 Archery and Pistol Shooting Dunster Castle

Mar 5

T’Pau Lyme Regis

Mar 27

Trust 10 Tyntesfield

Mar 13

Mindfulness Walk Swanage

Mar 29

Tempering Chocolate, Frances Cooley Bath

Mar 19

The Wurzels and Skimmity Hitchers Symondsbury, Bridport

Apr 1 - 10

Bath Comedy Festival Bath

Apr 3

Bournemouth Bay Run Bournemouth

Apr 4

The Cottage Uncovered Coleridge Cottage, Bridgwater

Apr 16 - 17

Weldmar’s Colour Run Weymouth

Apr 27

Spring on the Farm Chard

Apr 23

Thundercat Racing Bournemouth

Apr 29

Abbey Hill Steam Rally Yeovil Showground

Apr 24

Classic Car Rally and Charity Day Swanage

May 2

Kingsbury May Festival Kingsbury Episcopi

May 2

Lyme Regis Food Festival Lyme Regis

May 10

Ladies Day Wincanton Racecourse

May 18

Love Your Market Bridport

May 27

Bath Fringe Festival (until Jun12) Bath

May 20

Poole Harbour Boat Show Poole

May 28 - 30

Cycling - Tour of Wessex Wessex

May 29

Pirates Day West Bay

Jun 1 - 4

Royal Bath and West Show Bath

Jun 11 - 12

Vintage Tractor Rally Bridport

Jun 3 - 5

Let’s Rock Bristol, the Retro Festival Bristol

Jun 12 - 18

Food and Beer Festival Bridport

Jun 18 - 19

Armed Forces Weekend Weston-super-Mare

Jun 18 - 20

Armed Forces and Veterans Celebration Weymouth

Jun 18 - 26

Langport Festival Langport

Jun 20 - 22

Jurassic Coast Golf Tournament Dorchester, Lyme Regis, Bridport

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A fabulous self-catering holiday won’t burn a hole in your pocket. It’s a great way of budgeting in advance what you’re likely to spend and having a wonderful time without spending a fortune. Here are our Top Ten Tips for a low cost holiday:

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CHECK SPECIAL OFFERS Check out Helpful Holidays’ special offers page. We always have great price reductions and sometimes you can bag a cheap last minute cancellation.

LEARN TO LOUNGE Enjoy the simple pleasures of lounging. No commuting, no school run, no clock watching – lie in bed as long as you like in the morning, breakfast in your PJs, sun worship or star watch in the garden and hang out with the family – quality time comes free.

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TAKE TWO WHEELS Bring your bikes, park up the car and get pedalling! There are lots of safe cycle routes around the West Country, many of them flat and family-friendly. No need to fill the petrol tank, explore peacefully by pedal power and get fit in the process.

COOK UP A STORM Forget mini bars and over priced hotel restaurants – browse for delicious local food and drink at the village shop or pick your own at a local fruit and veg farm and enjoy cooking without pressure. Blackberries and wild strawberries from hedgerows, whortleberries, fungus forays (be sure you know your stuff) and seaweed and shellfish from the beach make delicious free food.

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SPLASH OUT Book a cottage with a pool. It will keep the children entertained for hours and you can sneak in for a quiet dip after they’ve gone to bed wonderfully worn out.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Get out and about in the wide open miles of Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor – fly a kite, paddle in a crystal moorland stream and fish for tiddlers, spread out a picnic, listen to the skylarks sing. It won’t cost you a penny.

PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD Walk the world famous South West Coast Path. Around the coast from Poole to Minehead, it’s over 630 miles of stunning scenery punctuated by pretty little coves and fishing villages to take a breather. Choose a different stretch each day – the views are more memorable than any blockbuster movie.

IT’S A SNIP Get snipping our ‘What Shall We Do Today?’ guide and present the vouchers at a wide range of the most popular attractions in the West Country to qualify for great discounts. We’ll send the guide with directions to your holiday home.

SURF’S UP Grab a board and dive into the surf. Bodyboarding is great fun for all ages or the more intrepid can catch a wave on one of the many West Country beaches renowned for surfing. Lots of beaches have lifeguards to make sure you’re safe.

A FESTIVAL OF FUN Be in the thick of the action at a marvellous range of free events, some earnest, some quirky, some hilarious, all great entertainment. Jolly, colourful carnivals parade through towns at all times of year, villages hold traditional fêtes, Plymouth hosts the British Fireworks championships… and so much more free fun!

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We catch up with Jack Stein, son of Rick and Jill and Executive Chef of the family’s Padstow foodie empire, to discuss travel, the beauty of local produce and catching Cornwall’s best waves.

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Q. How has growing up in the South West inspired your cuisine? A. Being by the sea has influenced everything about my cooking style, and obviously having parents who ran a seafood restaurant helped that too! Q. What role have your travels around the world played? A. We used to close for three months every winter, and each year we’d go somewhere different, as Dad was trying to find inspiration. We went to India a lot and Thailand and Australia. Since growing up, I’ve gone somewhere with waves and distinctive food every year; I’ve just returned from the Maldives and Indonesia. I ate a lot of fish! Q. What else inspires you? A. I really like food you eat when you get out of the sea; in Indonesia it’s things like nasi goreng; in Mexico it might be fish tacos; in

Cornwall it’s a pasty and cup of tea! I always feel good after being in the sea, so this food makes me happy! Q. What do you love most about the South West? A. The raw produce and the producers, without a doubt. You are nothing without them; the fishermen and farmers inspire me a lot. Also the other chefs who are so welcoming and collaborative; it’s not competitive like it used to be back in the early days. Q. What is your vision for the future of the business and are there any specific plans on the horizon? A. Haha, I have a big plan for something new. It’s an X Project, but stay tuned, the drawings are epic! Q. What has been the highlight of your career so far? A. My first day cooking on the sauce section at The Seafood Restaurant (that was Dad’s section).

We had 140 people for dinner and I kept up. I was pretty proud of that. Q. What has been the most challenging thing you’ve done? A. Ross Geach (Padstow Kitchen Garden) and I tried to do a ‘one mile meal’ at our cookery school, sourcing products from the mile between his farm and us. That was hard! I thought getting flounders from the iron bridge would be easy! Q. What’s your favourite beach in Cornwall and why? A. Trevone; it’s where I was born and brought up. It has a really fickle reef and gets good waves but no-one ever comes down. It’s in a surf guide and they say “Be respectful, the locals are heavy there”. But there are only five people from the village that really surf and we’re all very friendly! Plus Mum lives there and she has a really nice outdoor shower!

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An independently funded and managed organisation, Devon Air Ambulance’s paramedics, pilots and team make a massive difference to the lives of people who live in and visit Devon. As our chosen charity for 2016, we were invited behind the scenes to find out more about this life-saving organisation. Fundraisers were invited to see how the money they’ve raised makes a difference. The fabulous Friday Walkers group from Seaton were among the first we met. The group runs weekly walks, charging £1 to join. Their oldest member, 85-yearold Joan Rookes, still walks a couple of miles, despite recently having two knee replacements. Like many others, Susan Swanridge from Kingsbridge followed her mothers’ footsteps in supporting the charity’s lottery. All these individuals, like John Ipplepen and his cousin Pauline who collect 150 charity boxes around the South Brent area, really make a difference. The day belonged not just to those who give to the charity, but to those who have been airlifted. One of those who had returned to meet his rescuers was Jamil Shakhamat whose motorbike crashed into a lorry just over a year ago. Despite serious injuries and many operations on his knee, he was able to walk

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into the centre to see the team who saved his life. Rob Mackey was on duty at the scene that day and filled Jamil in on the gaps in his story. Rob was pleased to see the young man walking after witnessing the serious trauma first hand. These paramedics have to be tough; they’re called to the most severe traumas, incidents and medical emergencies across the county. Their skills and training are taken to a level beyond that of land ambulances. The next project is to collaborate with a team of doctors, helping to up-skill the paramedics and also give the doctors insight into how they can better communicate and receive patients from the choppers. The pilots are not to be forgotten; they’re highly skilled and extremely experienced in their field and play the most vital role in the service. The service wants to do even more to keep the community safe. Their aim is to be night flying by 2016.

TOP LEFT Our Editor, Jackie, meets one of the pilots at the Air Ambulance HQ

They’ll require £1 million more each year to operate at night, needing to fit the helicopters with lights and train the paramedic crew to work with night vision gear. Critical to the success of night rescues is their ability to land safely in the dark where they’re needed. You may not appreciate the true value of the Devon Air Ambulance until you or a loved one really need it. But by supporting the organisation we can help keep these heroes flying, day and night, helping people and saving lives.

Did you know...

It currently costs £4.5 million to operate the Air Ambulance, with all funds being raised by the organisation itself. • • • • scene of an emergency over the majority of the county within 10 minutes.

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