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Welcome Featured in this issue. A wide range of guides covering everything from natural health and wellbeing, beautiful homes and gardens, weddings, celebrations and corporate functions, Christmas gifts, good food & drink, property and property renovations, coping with bereavement, unique retreats and winter escapes. We also have our Hidden Gems holiday guide featuring our selection of beautiful holiday destinations for you to choose from.

Lorraine Spicer Leigh Editor

04 Natural Health & Wellbeing

13 Christmas Gifts

20 Coping with Bereavement

06 Beautiful Homes & Gardens

14 Good Food & Drink

22 Unique Retreats

16 Property Guide

24 Winter Escapes

18 Property Renovations

26 Hidden Gems Holiday Guide

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Customer Service Denise Email: denise.spicer@livingintheshires.co.uk

Features/Holiday Guide Maria - Tel: 07711 629 899 Email: maria@livingintheshires.co.uk

Journalist Shirley Elsby - Tel: 01455 446 360

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& Corporate Functions

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Staff to Keep Spirits High at Hinckley Care Home with Fun-Filled Activities A Hinckley care home plans to keep its residents ‘entertained and happy’ with a fun-filled calendar of activities this Autumn. The Ashton, a specialist residential, nursing, dementia and respite care home in John Street, closed its doors to non-essential visitors for a second time in September due to a nationwide increase in coronavirus cases. Care home manager Laura Quince says the home has taken the steps to safeguard those in its care but remains committed to ensuring residents have lots of fun through its varied on-site activities programme. The Ashton was built at a cost of £5million and recently celebrated its sixth birthday after opening in 2014. The 72-bed home underwent some redevelopment a year later to cater for specialist dementia needs to enable the home to provide a safe and welcoming environment for individuals with dementia or serious memory problems, such as Alzheimer's disease.

The Ashton has integrated itself into the town and become a community hub for many Hinckley residents. During normal circumstances, the home would hold a tea party or similar event to celebrate its sixth birthday with residents and their families, but this year’s pandemic has put such celebrations on hold.

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family members will be able to keep in touch with residents through video calling. Manager Laura Quince said: “The Ashton is a fantastic care home with an excellent team, so I have no doubt that we can ensure that our residents remain happy and well entertained by the activities we are planning.

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“It is most important to us to ensure that we do all we can to keep our residents safe as that is our absolute priority at this time. While the home is closed to non-essential visitors for now, our residents have become well used to video calls and we will ensure that these can be facilitated frequently. We know how important it is for loved ones to stay in touch.”

However, despite the challenges, to ensure that residents continue to be happy and entertained. The team at The Ashton are planning quizzes, painting, arts and craft, baking, singalongs and other recreational activities to keep its residents busy throughout the coming weeks. They will also be able to continue to enjoy film screenings in the home’s state-of-the-art cinema room, with appropriate social distancing measures as required. Residents also have access to The Ashton’s beautiful landscaped gardens, while

For more information about The Ashton Care Home contact 01455 233350 or email info@ashtoncarehome.com

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Barwell Windows Investing on new windows, doors and conservatories is a big step for most home owners, so they want to feel certain they are getting good value for money from a sound, reliable company. Barwell Windows is exactly that company, with a 28 year track record of providing a huge range of excellent products, all precision installed at unbeatable prices. Customers start recouping their investment from the day of fitting, thanks to the top rated energy efficiency of the glazing and the added value for their homes. They also benefit from improved security through superior locking systems and may choose to enjoy features such as bi-fold doors, tilt & turn windows and composite doors made up with their preferred choices of colour, patterned glazing, letter boxes and knockers. All products are made to measure for their own property. Modern conservatories add an extra room for all seasons, staying snug in winter and cool in summer.

Locally based carpenters John Sephton and John Novak founded Barwell Windows

in 1992 after working together on major window contracts. In a time when ‘cowboy builders’ were notorious, ‘Seph’ and ‘Novvy’ made a name for great service and craftsmanship. Novvy has since retired but Barwell Windows continues to thrive under Seph’s leadership. His wife, Karina, is now the company secretary and his son, Jordan a qualified window manufacturer and installer working alongside another experienced fitter. Customers can browse the latest products at the smart showroom in Shilton Road, Barwell, or download a brochure from www.barwellwindows.co.uk.

Barwell Windows, 3 Shilton Road, Barwell LE9 8HB, Tel 01455 850143, Email seph@barwellwindows.co.uk www.barwellwindows.co.uk

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There’s a growing realisation among the body conscious that ‘natural’ is good for us and ‘chemical’ isn’t. People are being steered towards natural methods of de-stressing such as meditation and mindfulness; towards non-invasive forms of treatment to achieve smooth skin and good looks; towards natural forms of healing for injuries, illness and wellbeing. Each month we at Living in the Shires are pleased to introduce readers to businesses which facilitate natural health and beauty, enabling users to enjoy a healthier, more comfortable state of being. Some are holistic practitioners, some are specialists in one particular sort of treatment or part of the body. All have tools and techniques to make their clients feel better.

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Beautifultrooth Apothecary offers a range of deliciously fragrant handmade face and body balms to enrich the skin, moisturise and assist with uncomfortable conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or acne.

DC Massage is professional massage therapy to assist recovery from injuries, help avoid future injuries and generally help people to improve and maintain good levels of fitness.

Karen’s Foot Care is a mobile podiatry service delivered in clients’ own homes, covering everything from trimming those hard-to-reach toenails to treating fungal infections and calluses.

Our specialists are consummate professionals with wide experience and great skills to put at clients’ disposal. View their websites now to see how they can help YOU.

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Karen's Foot Care - Our Foot Care Recommendation Natural Health & Wellbeing Specialist

Karen’s Foot Care Skincare is delightfully luxurious, soothing and indulgent with the artisan organic products of Beautifultrooth Apothecary. Each one is like a little pot of magic, combining the qualities of carefully chosen plants to relax the mind and nourish the skin.

The balms created by Beautifultrooth Apothecary are multi-functional, able to be used on face and body and to be used variously as a moisturiser, cleansing balm, face mask and softener. They can even be used on the hair. All ingredients are ethically sourced, handmade in small batches and formulated to be suitable for anyone, including people with sensitive skin. Company founder Jameela Green had a long history of eczema which was

Foot Health Practitioner S.A.C Dip R.F.H.P

treated with steroid crams and ointments for many years. As the problem persisted, she became anxious to find an effective natural product which was kinder to her body. Gaining training in holistic therapies, including the use of essential plant oils, she has spent the last 5 years researching ingredients which heal and strengthen skin. Now she has formulated her own exquisite range of Hemp Body Melts, teamed with Rose & Frankincense or with Vanilla & Lavender, available in various sizes through her online shop. Jameela says: “It is very adaptable and is fantastic at treating dry skin and conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or acne. It can be used frequently and it feels amazing.” Beautifultrooth Apothecary, PO Box 6629, Stratford Upon Avon CV37 1RU; tel 07935 783122, email info@beautifultroothapothecary.com www.beautifultroothapothecary.com

Starting at £25 for an appointment Treatments include • Assessment of Feet • Nail Trimming • Thick Nail Reduction • Fungal Nail and Treatment • Reduction of Hard Cracked Skin • Corn Removal • Diabetic Foot Care • Athletes Foot • Verruca Treatment • Ingrowing Toenails • Treatment of Callus • Trimming of Finger Nails

Foot care carried out in your own home

Phone: 07469 980 030

A Weighty Issue? If recent headlines are to be believed, subscriptions to online slimming clubs are at an all-time high.

Everyone can benefit from massage, from elite sporting professionals to the less inspired, suffering from the aches and pains of daily life. Clients of DC Massage Therapy can benefit from treatments geared to their own particular needs, assisting with potential immediate relief. Business owner Dave Cullen is a highly qualified massage therapist. His wide experience has come not only through extensive training and work with numerous customers at all levels of fitness, but also through his own experience of assorted injuries and issues sustained through multiple sports. “Seeing the huge benefit to regular massage myself definitely assisted in my chosen career path,” says Dave. “Used regularly, it can help avoid injury, maintaining fitness and reduce stress. “I am passionate about it.” Dave is well versed in rehabilitation and physical conditioning in serious sportsmen and women as well as bringing relief to people who have no sporting interest, such as www.livingintheshires.co.uk

A varied, balanced diet should include plenty of fruit and vegetables, plenty of wholegrain foods (bread, pasta and rice), some protein-rich foods and some dairy foods.

office workers with stiff backs and shoulders. Some customers may have begun some tentative fitness training after receiving a medical wake up call. Dave can select the techniques best suited to the individual, whether deep tissue massage, postural assessment to assist in an exercise programme, kinesiology taping to aid recovery from injury or cupping therapy, using suction to promote better blood flow and removal of toxins. He is also a personal trainer who can advise on workout plans to suit your goals. DC Massage Therapy, Leicester Forest East; tel 07795 388202, email dave@dcmassage.co.uk www.dcmassage.co.uk

Your diet should also be low in fat, especially saturated fat, salt and sugar, and high in fibre (18g to 35g a day), and drink between 1.5 to 2 litres of water a day to keep your digestive system healthy. Spoiler alert: diets, quite simply, do not work. The key to a healthy lifestyle is exercise. It increases the rate at which the body breaks down foods, so less of your food intake is stored as fat reserves.

A good prebiotic supplement should help to enhance digestion and improve your metabolism. Try A. Vogel’s Molkosan Fruit diluted in a large glass of water, twice daily.

Try to exercise for at least 10 minutes a day and as your fitness levels rise, increase your activity accordingly.

Don’t go more than 4 waking hours without eating. This helps to keep your blood sugar steady and cravings at bay. Craving Essence from Jan de Vries may also help.

Make sure your diet is healthy and balanced; faddy diets that cut out an entire food group can cause all sorts of problems, including deficiencies, cravings and bloating.

For further advice, visit Gary and his team at Healthy Route, 18 Silver Street, Leicester or call 0116 253 9097.

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It takes time, effort and imagination to create and maintain a beautiful home and garden, but there are many great companies out there to help the owners achieve their dreams. Some of our favourites are right here, independent businesses with skills, flair and fantastic products to bring it all together.

Hickman & Smith Architects is a RIBA chartered practice in Leicester. The practice specialises in residential architecture and takes great enjoyment working with clients from concept to construction to deliver beautiful and well-considered architecture, from home extensions to new-build projects. Get in touch to discuss how you could improve the quality of your living space and add value to your home.

Hickman & Smith Architects are your go to professionals for designing a new space or remodelling an old one, while SC Plastering & Rendering provide durable, low cost coatings for the outside of a property. Sapcote Exterior Cleaning ensures that windows and other outside surfaces keep their sparkle. Indoors, Odin Electrical Services can take care of anything from a new plug socket to a complete home rewiring job – and the Kitchen & Bedroom Warehouse has an astonishing range of layouts to suit every taste. Kirkland Interiors designs and hand makes kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms bespoke to customers’ needs and AB Carpets supplies and fits flooring of every kind and for all budgets. Ashby Decorator Services sells high end paints, wallpapers and accessories while Lydia Rose Interiors creates highly individual and beautiful surroundings for home and business. Looking forward to Christmas? Hand pick from fresh, Britishgrown trees at New Farm Christmas Trees, Cadeby, or pre-order online for prompt delivery.

Call us on: 01455 299911 To order online visit realfreshchristmastrees.co.uk

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At New Farm, Cadeby, our real Christmas trees come direct from the field to you. You can even have it delivered straight to your door! Real Christmas Trees For Sale Welcome to the magical experience of choosing your own real Christmas tree at New Farm, Cadeby. Located in the Leicestershire countryside near to Hinckley and Nuneaton, we offer quality fresh Christmas trees in all varieties and sizes direct from the field. Our trees are managed and harvested by our dedicated full time plantation staff to ensure even growth and pleasant appearance. With such a vast selection it’s no wonder we are the Midlands largest supplier of real Christmas trees. Join us for a festive drink and mince pie while choosing your tree and browse our full range of Christmas tree stands. You can even have your Christmas tree delivered direct from the farm to your door. Order before 14:30 for the following day.

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Take heart if you’re living in lacklustre surroundings. Lydia Rose Interiors transforms people’s business premises, homes and garden into places of personality, unique spaces where her clientele can work or relax enjoying every beautiful detail. Owner Sasha Lonsdale has more than 20 years’ experience in design. She is passionate about creating bespoke surroundings for people of class and distinction, complementing their own visions with inspirational mood boards of ideas and colours. Projects are then made tangible with terrific textiles, well chosen purchases and hands-on decorating skills. No job is too big, too small or too awkward. The business eliminates any stress for the client by project managing the whole process, engaging reliable local craftspeople with expertise in everything from flooring to carpentry. Sasha’s unerring eye for colour, texture and quirkiness replaces the tired touches of yesteryear with contemporary style, always resonating with the client’s particular needs and taste. She makes great use of blinds, drapes and cushions and is a fond of upcycled features.

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Monocouche Renders / Products & Systems | Weber UK Weber monocouche renders are the ideal choice for a low-maintenance and durable finish. Consisting of just one coat, applied in two passes, monocouche render allows for fast application as a pumped or spray render which reduces scaffolding and site costs. www.uk.weber • Available in a Variety of Colours • Perfect for New & Old Buildings • 15 Years' Experience • All Work Guaranteed • Pride Taken in Every Job The Lutterworth based company is named after a treasured grandparent. Sasha says: “I love old properties and I love transforming them so they work for the present day. “My passion is to make somebody really happy with the environment they have got. I want to make it something special for them, so it feels luxurious.” Lydia Rose Interiors, Lutterworth: tel 07486 029794, email lydiaroseinteriors@outlook.com www.houzz.co.uk Facebook @ Lydia Rose Interiors

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Odin Electrical are able to offer a complete electrical and security installation and maintenance service for your home or business. All works comply with and are installed to, the current 18th Edition wiring regulations. Electrical • Domestic and Commercial installations • Fuse Board Upgrades for both domestic and commercial • Full and partial re-wires • Extra sockets and lights • LED Lighting Upgrades • Fault finding and repair • Garden and security lighting • Ring floodlights and doorbells installed • Quinetic wireless switch systems • Emergency callouts, including weekends

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• Electric vehicle charge points installed, Government OLEV approved • CCTV Systems with remote app monitoring • Wired and Wireless intruder alarms installed, repaired and serviced • Door and gate access systems installed and repaired including door entry kits, gate motors, safety photocells and new control Boards • Cat 5 & 6 network cabling for both home and office

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Where Choosing a carpet in your home is as easy as

ABCarpets Can supply and fit carpets, Vinyls, Laminates and LVT Flooring like Karndean or Amtico. We bring the samples to you in your own home or workplace which makes choosing the right colour so much easier. We Also offer a fitting only service, so if you have found a bargain remnant or purchased your carpets elsewhere we will fit them for you. We are a mobile company, we bring the samples to you at home. We do not have a showroom, and this helps keep the prices we charge down.

Call Aaron now on mobile to get an instant response to your enquiry. Alternatively you could send him a text or a whatsapp message. e: aaron@abcarpets.co.uk | f: 07447 013955

External Cleaning in Sapcote is Your Local Certified Softwash Company. We use all methods of cleaning on different surfaces to get the best results. Not everything can be pressure washed, and not everything needs pressure washing. We use the right method for different surfaces giving you the best results and in most cases longer lasting results. Our biodegradable products all carbonated in 20 days and are all apart of the environmental good stewards program. From roof cleaning to driveways and patios.

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Kirkland Interiors, a local family run business, was established in 1999 and has built a strong reputation for quality and service in the local community. Our speciality is fitted kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and bespoke home furniture, which includes providing a home 3D design service from concept to completion. Our small team of dedicated in-house tradesmen are able to cover all trades, from building works through to skilled cabinet making - all closely project managed for whatever project you decide to carry out.

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Weddings of the 21st century are so much more than they used to be! They remain an outward expression of shared love and ongoing commitment but now they are also an opportunity to showcase the couple’s own style, taste and imagination. While people may still choose the traditional, tried and trusted formulae, many modern weddings are like moving works of art. Couples can marry in many more different venues than was the case in the 20th century, including outdoors, choose same or opposite sex partners and dress to please themselves. They can also dress their venues as they wish, perhaps to a preferred colour scheme or theme and cater with anything from exotic fare to fish & chips.

Plants are enhanced into uniquely memorable gifts and focal points by the imaginative crafting skills of Interior Plant Creations. The company’s beautiful living displays make ideal wedding favours, keepsakes and souvenirs of special occasions. They also make splendid centrepieces and artistic arrangements to grace any home or workplace.

The trend is for big occasions of any kind to be more creative and innovative than ever before, whether a wedding, a celebration such as a special birthday party, anniversary or baby shower or a corporate event like a product launch, conference or presentation evening. Venues increasingly have knowledgeable staff to help with planning all those special touches that stand out and leave great impressions. The touches that Interior Plant Creations can add to make any event yet more special are all alive and growing, wonderful plants that can range from tasteful gifts to stunning centrepieces. Whatever your ideas or occasions, this business will be able to complement them in beautiful and memorable ways.

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Interior Plant Creations is the brainchild of Aimee Jones-Sockett, who makes the displays bespoke for her customers. Weddings are her forte, allowing brides and ‘grooms to ‘let love grow’ in the form of succulents, aromatic herbs such as sage or oregano, little veggie pots or

tiny terrariums which are easily cared for thereafter. Seed bags, saplings and floral plants are also great favourites, as are packs of confetti made with real petals. All can be imaginatively planted and presented for diverse occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and baby showers. COVID restrictions have enabled another area of the business to flourish. With so many people spending additional time at home now, whether working, shielding or on furlough, Aimee is offering a professional styling service for homes, studios and offices, to help with colour co-ordination, themes, mood lighting and appropriate plants in unusual or complementary containers from baskets to jars. “Plants clean the air, make you feel good and look lovely,” says Aimee. “There are so many benefits to having them around!” Interior Plant Creations, Dadlington, Leicestershire, tel 07921 263836, email aimee@interiorplantcreations.co.uk Facebook @ Interior Plant Creations.

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No matter how many shopping days are left until Christmas, they never seem to be enough! That’s because however early the stores display their Christmas wares, shoppers often don’t put on their present hunting hats until the final few days and then find extra unforeseen duties competing for the time. Unless you actually love the frenetic rush to get it all wrapped up with only hours to go, the secret is to start now, even if ‘now’ is 12 months away. Be alert all year round to the perfect present for anyone likely to be on the gift list. Buy there & then – if you have the resources - and allocate a drawer,

a cupboard or a corner to keep a stash. If you can’t trust the family to keep out, sweet talk your way into a spot at someone else’s house! Bookshops always provide fruitful hunting grounds for exquisite gifts, none more so than Hunt’s in

High Street, Rugby. This friendly, independent business offers an amazing selection for readers of all ages and dispositions. The knowledgeable staff are always ready to offer help, advise and give great suggestions. They can also order in that elusive title.

Hunt's Bookshop - Recommendation of the Month

T: 01788 551867 Hunt’s bookshop is home to a unique selection of new and used books, enjoyed by both adults & children. The shop prides itself on a quality, friendly service. To compliment the books, Hunt's offers a large selection of sheet music books covering all instruments and vocals. • Friendly Atmosphere • Personal Service • Expert Knowledge • Ordering Service • Wish Lists • Free Delivery • Specialist Books • Imports • Book Suggestions • Reading Lists (inc Children’s) 9 High Street, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 3BG E: enquiry@huntsbookshop.com www.huntsbookshop.com

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Eating out remains one of the very best ways to socialise, whether your company is with family, friends, colleagues or that very special someone in your life. Eating experiences are as different as the people we know, but there are some places that make it extra special, whether they are offering fine dining or traditional home cooking. Burbage Fishery has built up a great reputation for serving fabulous food, not just seaside quality fish & chips but also kebabs, beefburgers, halloumi burgers and southern fried chicken. Mini portions and kids’ meals are available. Pre-order and either collect or have it delivered fresh to your door. Shakespeare Kitchen offers festive dining without the stress, sending fully prepared Christmas dinners to your door with instructions of how to serve it to perfection within 30 minutes. You can shop for your own recipes at the company’s online farm shop or, if isolating, even order festive fine dining cooked by a chef in your own home.

T: 0116 279 2247

A traditional village pub, live music, great friendly atmosphere and quality food cooked all day until 9pm Monday - Saturday. Sunday 12-5. We offer a comprehensive range of beers, ciders, spirits and wine.

Hercules Revived is a delightful country coaching inn in Sutton Cheney serving hearty and moreish English food, not to mention local ales and wines from around the world. Check out the new autumn menu and take comfort every Tuesday, designated Comfort Food Night. The Coach & Horses, Kibworth, offers quality food every day in friendly, welcoming surroundings along with a wide range of well kept beverages. The Royal George in Cottingham, near Market Harborough, can lay claim to being the oldest inn in England offers a contemporary fine dining experience complemented by exquisite wines, craft beers and other tipples. Guest accommodation is also available.

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There are five things you need to know about The Royal George. We serve the finest food. We stock superb ales. We have five beautiful B&B rooms, including our newly-opened Heritage Suite. The inn has a claim to being the oldest in England. And our name has a fascinating provenance… All our dishes are lovingly prepared and cooked right here, in our own kitchens. Our menu changes regularly as we like to make the very best of our local suppliers and seasonal produce. Not forgetting lagers, ciders, wines, spirits and a host of other refreshing liquid delights. As a Free House, we love to select the very best ales from renowned breweries locally and farther afield. We also now have five stylishly furnished, comfortable bedrooms, each with private en-suite facilities and quality beds.

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THERE’S ALWAYS AN UPSIDE TO A NEGATIVE SITUATION AND IN THE CASE OF COVID-19 IT APPLIES TO PEOPLE MOVING HOUSE. THE CHANCELLOR HAS ANNOUNCED A HOLIDAY FROM THE NEED TO PAY STAMP DUTY – THE TAX LEVIED ON PROPERTY PURCHASES – UNTIL MARCH 31, SO UNLESS YOU’RE BUYING SOMETHING FOR OVER £500,000 THERE’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO MOVE. Two key services come into play for most people when they are thinking of changing where they live. One is to find an excellent estate agency to help you sell or rent out your own property, to handle the valuation, marketing and viewings, handle negotiations and generally help everything to run smoothly. The other is to arrange the best possible mortgage. Our advertisers can help on both fronts! House2Homes is an excellent online estate agency with many

years’ experience of the property market. Working with a huge network of contacts, it can cut through confusion, smooth the way and give expert advice about every locality in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. When you’re selling or letting, it will give fuss-free access to the ideal new occupier. When you’re buying or renting, wherever your perfect home is, House2Homes will help you find it! To go ahead with your chosen purchase, simply look up Louise Daniels Mortgage Services and enjoy a friendly, expert path to the perfect

mortgage for your circumstances. It works whether you’re anyone from a first time buyer to an older hand at the property market looking to downsize and release capital. As an independent specialist, Louise has access to numerous mortgage possibilities and is able to advise clients so they benefit from the lowest interest rates and most favourable deals. She guides them through the whole process from initial exploration to final agreement, always making sure there’s never any baffling jargon.

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As one of the leading Leicester Estate Agents, House2Homes will provide you with a diverse and full portfolio of properties and clients. We collaborate with Market leaders and experts such as Zoopla. With over 25 years of experience and knowledge of property management in the Leicestershire area, our expertise lies in removing the confusion out of selling or letting your property and using our skills, knowledge and training to provide a very clear direction to buyers, vendors and landlords alike. We have tailored services to suit your needs, with multi channel marketing, consultancy packages and property clinics, all designed to make your property experience seamless and successful. Contact us here at House2Homes for a free Sales or Rental valuation today. Or for any other sales, lettings,

we look forward to helping you.

Whether you’re looking to take your first step on the property ladder, remortgaging, downsizing, looking for equity release or investing in a Buy-to-Let property, I can help you find the right mortgage that suits your circumstances. Unlike a bank or a building society, I’m not limited to what one lender has to offer. I have access to many mortgages and can find the right product at the right rate that best suits your needs. I’m here to help you with every stage of your mortgage application, from your initial instruction through to credit checks and submission to receiving your agreement in principle and offer from your mortgage lender and life insurer. And there’ll be no financial jargon – I’ll keep it simple so there’s no complicated small print.

• First Time Buyers • Home Mover Mortgages • Re Mortgaging • Life Insurance • Home Insurance • Critical Illness Cover • Income Protection Insurance • Equity Release Tel: 01162 869 131 Mob: 07790 037617 Email: louise@ldmortgageservices.co.uk www.ldmortgageservices.co.uk

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Louise Daniels Mortgage Services is an Appointed Representative of PRIMIS Mortgage Network, a trading name of Personal Touch Financial Services Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority This firm usually charges a fee for mortgage advice. The amount of the fee will depend upon your circumstances and will be discussed and agreed with you at the earliest opportunity. AN EQUITY RELEASE PRODUCT WILL REDUCE THE VALUE OF YOUR ESTATE, WILL NOT BE SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE AND MAY AFFECT YOUR ENTITLEMENT TO STATE BENEFITS. TO UNDERSTAND THE FEATURES AND RISKS PLEASE ASK FOR A PERSONALISED ILLUSTRATION YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE

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Home improvements started booming under the UK coronavirus lockdown as people stayed home from work and play and diverted their energy into Do-It-Yourself. Now it seems likely that people will continue ploughing money into property upgrades, perhaps using the resources they might otherwise have spent on holidays abroad. A survey by the logistics company XPO showed that 56% of Brits started DIY projects during lockdown. A whopping 75% planned still more improvements as the year progressed, such as redecoration, new bathrooms or kitchens, extensions and remodelling. While other sectors have suffered, this one has had a surge or interest which may well continue, given ongoing uncertainty surrounding travel, leisure opportunities and COVID restrictions.

Trees add a huge feel good factor to any garden where the owner cares about nature, not only because of their own good looks but also for their attractiveness to wildlife. They do need looking after, however, and Broadleaf Midlands Tree Care offers a full range of competitively priced arboricultural services to keep them at their best.

Money spent on the home is really an investment, whether it be to enhance the kerb appeal, improve energy efficiency, weatherproof or modernise.

Brandon is happy to make recommendations and ensures that customers agree in advance what work is to be done.

One of the best ways to add value is to indulge in a smart new kitchen or bathroom, taking advantage of the great looking new products around to make everyday experiences really special. Splashout Fitted Bathrooms has been designing fabulous bathrooms for many years. Now it has turned its well-honed skills to kitchens as well. Sourcing products from manufacturers large and small, it showcases innovative designs for both in an extensive range of layouts at the Coalville showrooms. Outdoors, Broadleaf Midlands Tree Care provides expert arboricultural services so residents can enjoy their gardens – and especially their trees - to the full. Prices are always competitive and care of both the tree and the customer is second to none.

Crown reductions can increase the light reaching a house or garden and ongoing maintenance ensures good health and abundant fruit yields. Older trees which are feeling their age can be supported with cable bracing. Pollarding keeps size under control and scrub clearance is also undertaken.

Customers’ needs are paramount to this Leicestershire/Nottinghamshire/ Derbyshire company, which is run by tree enthusiast Brandon King. Brandon is a fully qualified, experienced tree surgeon who started his own business last year. Services include removing dead, diseased or badly located trees, grinding out stumps and making trees safe after storm or accident damage.

“We offer an experienced, reliable and affordable service,” he says. “Our operatives are registered and certified by the National City & Guilds NTPC. All our work is fully insured and carried out safely, complying with British Standard 3998, so customers can feel totally confident.” Broadleaf MidlandsTree Care, tel 07803 295297 email Broadleaftreecare.midlands@gmail.com www.broadleafmidlandstreecare.co.uk

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It’s sometimes been said that funerals are not for the person who has passed but for the people they have left behind. Without doubt, a funeral which is sensitively arranged and thoughtfully handled can be a source of great comfort to the bereaved and bring families together to share memories and sentiments with one another. For many people, the holding of an appropriate funeral service, whether religious or non-religious in nature, whether traditional or quirky, can give a sense of closure and help profoundly with the grieving process that takes place when people lose someone close. It can also give a point of reflection and insight for everyone involved, even if they were not particularly close but perhaps more distant relatives. Whatever form it takes, the ceremony also serves to bring together members of a family whose members live distant from one another, something which may happen only rarely. Nowadays there is great choice about the style and

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content of a service and the manner of disposal of the body, including the choice of coffin or casket, burial or cremation and the nature of the memorial. Increasingly people are leaning towards natural burials such as those arranged by the family owned Willows Natural Burial Ground at South Croxton, in the Charnwood countryside. These beautiful surroundings include woodland, wildlife meadow and pond areas which are nurtured to provide solace as people reflect and pay respects. Caskets are made of biodegradable materials and ashes can be scattered or buried. Visit www.willowsnaturalburialgrounds.co.uk to learn more.

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Burial Ground of the Year (Living magazine 2020, Award of Excellence)

An increasing amount of people are discovering the tranquillity of natural burials as they come to terms with the loss of loved ones, or make their own end of life arrangements. The Willows Natural Burial Ground situated in the beautiful Charnwood countryside offers picturesque surroundings rich with flowers, trees and wildlife. This peaceful space allows those left behind to gain solace in memories and peaceful reflection. The Willows is a 10-acre family owned natural burial site near South Croxton, Leicestershire, with commanding views of the Charnwood countryside. The natural burial ground has three distinct areas; wild flower meadow, woodland and a woodland reflection area. All burials are hand dug graves with eco-friendly coffins or caskets, such as cardboard, willow, wool or banana leaf to name a few. Ashes can be buried in eco-friendly urns or sub-surface scattered in designated areas. Single plots, or multiple side by side plots, are available to purchase. The Willows can accommodate graveside funerals and are proud to uphold no restriction on the time taken by family and friends for their service. The natural burial site can also act

solely as a burial site, after a service elsewhere. If families do have a service on site, the fees include provision and setting-up of windbreaks, with seating and soft drinks for 10-12 people. The Willows caters for people of all faiths and no faith. A range of commemorative memorials are available, such as; Welsh slate engraved plaques and sustainably sourced wooden benches. Many people choose to remember their loved ones by planting a tree or a native rose bush. The natural burial option is a cost-effective alternative to a traditional cemetery burial or cremation. Chris and Jenny work with the family’s chosen funeral directors to ensure everything goes smoothly, whilst respecting the

parameters set out to protect and promote the site as a natural, wildlife friendly environment. Owners Chris and Jenny Scroby and their family, have been transforming the site with extensive tree and bulb planting since opening in 2011, inviting families and friends of the deceased, or people who have pre-purchased plots, to join in with planting. Over the tree and bulb planting weekend in November 2019, 3,750 native British bluebell, snowdrop and daffodil bulbs where planted, whilst simultaneously raising money for local charities. (Due to the current UK Covid-19 pandemic, please refer to government guidelines for numbers of people who can attend a funeral service with social distancing).

Chris says: “We don’t want it to be a sombre place. We want it to be a place of natural beauty, with a respect for nature, and where people can reflect and enjoy the surroundings in an atmosphere of peacefulness.

This is our vision and we are passionate about it.” The Willows Natural Burial Ground Ltd, Barsby Road, South Croxton, Leicestershire LE7 3RZ; Telephone: mobiles: 07889 092045 / 07857 105900 or landline: 01455 888699; www.livingintheshires.co.uk To advertise please call 01455 845 969 EMAIL: info@willowsnaturalgurialgrounds.co.uk; Website: www.willowsnaturalburialgrounds.co.uk

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People who enjoy rural life and natural countryside will love the region around our Glamping Business of the Year, Hush Hush Glamping. This is farming country with plentiful wildlife and panoramic views. The whole area around Radnorshire and Powys is full of fantastic places to discover and explore. One of the first places a Midlander could encounter approaching Hush Hush is Presteigne, the former county town of Radnorshire and one of the ‘Gateways to Wales’ along the border with England. Sitting on the south bank of the River Lugg it is a good looking place in which to break a journey and maybe explore the pleasant local shops and attractions such as the stunning Hergest Croft Gardens, open until November 1 and reopening next spring, with one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in the UK. One place not to miss when you’re in these parts is Llandrindod Wells, with natural springs which has been

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enticing the health conscious since Victorian times, when the Central railway line put it firmly on the map. Find out all about this, and much more, at the Radnorshire Museum in town. The theme of wellness is prevalent here, and a beautiful lake encourages people to run, walk, cycle or take a boat. Prince’s Avenue Leisure Park encourages family games such as table tennis and giant chess sets but current COVID restrictions mean people should take their own equipment. Elan Valley is a picturesque area known for its five reservoirs, six dams and 73 mile aqueduct built by Victorian men of vision. Its visitor

centre is also a hugely interesting place to gain an education about the epic engineering project which was entailed to supply desperately needed clean water to the Birmingham, and how it is maintained to this day. Mid Wales supports an astonishing range of wildlife, with one of the most successful modern stories being about the revival of the once critically threatened red kite population. The Rhayader Wildlife Centre of Wales is proud to be ‘kite country’ and also enjoys peregrine falcons, red grouse, wheatears, stonechats and whinchats, among others.

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Hush Hush Glamping - Glamping Business of the Year 2020

Hush Hush Glamping

In November, Hush Hush Glamping will be opening a larger second pod, suitable for 4-6 adults. The second pod is over 130 metres (5 average swimming pool lengths) away from the first, in order to ensure guest privacy.

Guests are on a high from the moment they arrive at Hush Hush Glamping. The views from this spectacular spot in mid-Wales (elevated at 1,300 feet above sea level) are often above the clouds on crisp autumnal mornings, overlooking the red kites drifting on the thermal currents below. Hush Hush Glamping is situated on a 90-acre family farm, overlooking the beautiful Radnor Valley and Black Mountains. The resident neighbours are sheep, birds, deer and a small herd of friendly alpacas.

Living in the Shires is pleased to present owners Kevin Jones and Alice Pond with our Award of Excellence for Glamping Business of the Year 2020.

Alice said: “This award means a lot to us, especially as we’ve only been operating for just over a year. It is a beautiful spot and the views from the pod are absolutely breath taking.” Hare’s Form, the lovingly-crafted pod for two, is perfectly designed for a romantic getaway. It features a super-comfy Hypnos double bed, an en-suite shower and toilet, a compact but well-equipped kitchen and a cosy living area with a wood burning stove and TV. There is plenty of seating both inside and out on the patio.

The site is COVID secure and very hygienic. Safe4 antibacterial handwash and surface cleaner, proven to kill the virus, is provided for guests’ peace of mind. The surroundings are ideal for walkers, mountaineers, mountain bikers and horse riders. Sailors, canoeists and kayakers flock to the nearby River Wye, the spectacular Elan Valley reservoirs and Llandrindod Wells Lake, which is located just a few miles away. Local attractions include the Kington & Cloud 9 Spa and the Red Kite Feeding Centre at Gigrin Farm, where these once-rare birds arrive en masse.

Hush Hush Glamping, Kinnerton, Mid Wales, Powys; tel 07882 135027, email info@hushhushglamping.co.uk www.hushhushglamping.co.uk Facebook @ Hush Hush Glamping

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winter escapes

After all that we’ve been through with the COVID 19 dramas this year, getting away from it all may feel more urgent than ever, but rest assured our advertisers are ready to welcome you safely and hospitably on your winter escapes. If you’re having a staycation when you would normally be heading off abroad for these cooler months, you’re in for a treat as they show just what Britain has to offer. Starting in the south, Dorset is an amazing county, from the Jurassic Coast which it shares with East Devon to its borders with Somerset and Wiltshire. Weymouth, Poole and Bournmouth are seaside resorts with everything for the enjoyment of families, thrill seekers and culture vultures alike, providing plenty of places to eat, drink and get warm after exhilarating days out. Literary people will love the Thomas Hardy connections in these parts, especially in the county town of Dorchester where there are walking trails to follow to identify landmarks 24

of his legacy. Learn about his boyhood at Hardy’s Cottage, run by the National Trust, and before you leave the area, check out the martyrs of trade unionism in Tolpuddle. Buxted sits on the edge of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in East Sussex, within reach of Brighton, Royal Tunbridge Wells and the Ashdown Forest, where Winnie the Pooh enthusiasts can locate 100 Acre Wood and the House at Pooh Corner. Taunton lies at the heart of the fascinating county of Somerset,

famous for cheese, scrumpy and many more culinary treats to be enjoyed in the town bars and eateries. Anglesey offers an amazing range of treats for visitors, including beautiful Beaumaris Castle and the landmark Menai Bridge, while Llandysul epitomises the natural beauty of Ceredigion, in the Teifi Valley, great for fishing, canoeing and wildlife watching.

Hengistbury Reach

Heading to the north east coast, Scarborough is North Yorkshire’s archetypal seaside resort, with perfect sandy beaches, wonderful attractions, a lively town centre and a colourful history. Turning west to Lancashire, Carnforth sits at the northern end of Morecambe Bay and has a rich history as a railway town, proudly presented in the visitor centre.

Stourwood Corner

Highly regarded and conveniently located, our two high quality home from home properties are situated on the South Coast to the East of Bournemouth, near Christchurch, Mudeford & the New Forest. Southbourne is a thriving coastal suburb offering award winning eateries, enticing shops, stunning Blue Flag sandy beaches and the tranquil nature reserve at Hengistbury Head. Beautiful places to stay whatever the season. We’re family friendly, dog friendly, with a five star attention to detail.

Call Ginny on: 07984 789 635 or email: enquiries@southbourneholidaylets.com www.southbourneholidaylets.com

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T: 07711 019414

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Whether you are local or travelling from afar, we have all the homely touches we think you will need. Fully equipped kitchen with tea and coffee facilities, instant hot water, dining area, top quality king size bed, fluffy towels, woollen pillows and duvets, crisp cotton sheets and our favourite - an Esse multifuel stove to keep you snuggly warm! Bathroom with an awesome shower, bespoke sink and WC with a view of Glastonbury Tor! There is also a decking area with seating under cover. There is a fenced off garden area with a fire pit to enjoy in the evenings and a grill on which to cook some bbq food.

Fosters Farm, Knapp, Taunton TA3 6BB | www.willowbankshepherdshut.co.uk

Môn Pods are at Gweirglodd Bach - a smallholding in Penmynydd on Anglesey. The views towards the Snowdonia Range ( Carneddau, Tryfan, Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr) are spectacular. Staying in one of our pods will provide you with the opportunity to enjoy the panorama. You can watch the sun rise over the Carneddau whilst sitting on the decking in front of the pod, or on the sofa inside; or even lying in the double bed! Gweirglodd Bach, Penmynydd, Anglesey, LL61 6PG - T: 07719 030 920 / 07801 996 533 E: post@podiaumonpods.co.uk - www.podiaumonpods.co.uk

T: 07552 596776 Positioned over one floor Heath Retreat offers beautiful views of the Sussex countryside on the outskirts of the fantastic Ashdown Forest. Spacious modern holiday accommodation with a lovely heated swimming pool (inflatable cover in winter) and tennis court. Perfect for exploring all of the sights and attractions in the area from sumptuous gardens and activities such as water sports and golf. For longer periods of time for work or family commitments then you will find a home from home feel.

Pound green, Buxted TN224PH | E: robertminter1@hotmail.com

Seaside Hideaway, your getaway, your holiday

Seaside Hideaway is wonderful quirky apartment down a short flight of steps on the south side of Scarborough with all the facilities that you could need. With a great garden terrace with wood fired hot tub overlooking a wonderful green space. Seaside hideaway is only a short walk from the cliffs, beach and town. 23 The Garlands, Scarborough, YO11 2SU | www.seasidehideaway.co.uk

Stay in our stone built, one bedroom cottage which is a full, luxury renovation of our 1740’s agricultural barn. There is everything you need for a self-catering getaway including an enclosed garden and access to our private woodland for you to explore. The cottage is 15 minutes drive away from stunning blue flag beaches and the 65 mile long Ceredigion coastal path. It’s the perfect place to relax, unwind and feel that bit closer to nature.

Walker's Lodge 41 is positioned right by the side of Pine Lake, Carnforth, with beautiful views in every direction. Mindfulness and yoga retreats, with meditation and therapists offering the best from reiki reflexology and more. Great local walks and a stunning location. A perfect place to relax. Patio doors open out onto a private decking veranda over the lake where you can enjoy a relaxing drink whilst enjoying the sun and the lovely views. Just perfect for families or couples, Pine Lake site has a leisure centre with a pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym, beauty therapist, crazy golf, tennis courts, water sports, bar, restaurant, shop, games room, live entertainment, fishing and more.

Cwmbychan, Ffostrasol, Llandysul SA44 5SB t. 01239 851440 e. hello@littlevalleywales.com www.littlevalleywales.com

Lodge 41, Pine Lake, Warton, Carnforth LA6 1AA T: 07712 805909 | E: enquiries@walkerslodge.co.uk www.walkerslodge.co.uk

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MANY PEOPLE LIKE TO USE THEIR HOLIDAYS AND SHORT BREAKS TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL AND RELAX IN IDYLLIC SURROUNDINGS, AWAY FROM THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND CLOSE TO NATURE. OUR SELECTION OF HIDDEN GEMS GIVES PEOPLE THE CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE PEACE AND TRANQUILLITY IN PLACES THEY’D PROBABLY NEVER FIND EXCEPT BY CHANCE. Our selected properties offer quality accommodation in beautiful locations, seemingly tucked away but actually never that far from the road network to anywhere. This month we invite you to consider our choices in some of the very prettiest parts of England, together with a Welsh pearl in Pembrokeshire.

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From Cornwall to the Lake District, Norfolk to County Durham, they are privately owned, COVID-19 secure locations where the owners take real care of their properties and the guests who come to stay in them. They’re the kind of places you’ll want to visit again and again.

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28 North Yorkshire 30 St Austell 31 Hunstanton, Norfolk 31 East Yorkshire & Hull

34 Dartmoor 34 County Durham 35 Lake District 35 Pembrokeshire

Luxury private 2 bed roomed riverside Durham letting in the historic centre of Durham City, with large private balcony, secure gated access, own courtyard entrance and onsite parking. Wonderful views, within a few minutes walk of the Cathedral, Castle, Market Place, Railway Station, University, chic bars, restaurants and shops, it provides a great alternative to a hotel or guest house. Clements Wharf, Back Silver St, Durham, DH1 3RP Tel. 07824 697014 | info@riversideretreat.co.uk www.riversideretreat.co.uk

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NORTH YORKSHIRE IS A LAND OF CONTRASTS, WITH DIVERSE LANDSCAPES AND INNUMERABLE INTERESTING THINGS TO SEE, DO AND ENJOY. FROM ITS STUNNING EAST COAST BEACHES AND HOLIDAY RESORTS TO FASCINATING INLAND TOWNS, IT HAS THE MEANS TO DELIGHT HOLIDAYMAKERS ONE & ALL. One of its most famous landscapes is, of course, the Yorkshire Dales, one of two National Parks alongside the North York Moors. Anyone who’s been enjoying the new series of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, based on the memoirs of a real country vet of the 1930s, may find it fascinating to explore the landscape in person. The trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to The World of James Herriot, the home and surgery of the original in Thirsk. In this vicinity it’d be madness not to visit also Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, a stunning National

Wilderness and indulgence come hand in hand at Studford Lodges. Our six luxury self-catering tree houses are entirely unique, built on stilts in private forest in the North York Moors National Park, and spaced well apart for ultimate privacy and peace. Each lodge has its own spacious decking, hot tub and sauna.

High Street, Nr Ampleforth, York, YO62 4BH | Email: info@studfordluxurylodges.com

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Trust pairing in the Skell Valley near Ripon. The ruins and sculpture-filled landscaped gardens are so dramatic and beautiful they have earned protected status as a World Heritage Site, for showing ‘outstanding universal value’. Wenselydale Creamery is another ‘must see’ in this locality, as recommended by Wallace and Gromit, while the beautiful spa town of Harrogate offers a luxurious experience through its splendid shops, eateries, cultural scene and abundant green space. You can still take the waters in its famous Turkish Baths.

B&B & HOLIDAY COTTAGE Newsham Grange Farm is an award winning 4 luxury family run Bed and Breakfast. Based on the outskirts of the Ancient market town of Thirsk in North Yorkshire lying below the Hambleton hills. The farm house is set in 16 acres of land with an orchard dating back to Georgian times. The decked terrace Garden Room overlooking the orchard is a pleasant place to sit and watch the sun go down on a summer evening. Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice 2020 Place this hotel in the top 10% worldwide.

Newsham Grange Farm, Newsham, Near Kirby Wiske, Thirsk YO7 4DF | T. 01845 588047 E. sue@newshamgrangefarm.co.uk | www.newshamgrangefarm.co.uk

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NORTH YORKSHIRE

T. 01751 473792 www.clifffarmholidays.com

Welcome to Cliff Farm Holidays, Sinnington, North Yorkshire

Galloway House

The Farmhouse

Greendale Lodge

Award Winning Luxury Holiday Homes in Yorkshire Well placed for reaching York, Harrogate and Durham, the east coast seaside towns and the rolling Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors National Parks. The three houses each have their own private outdoor space complete with BBQ and The Farmhouse has the added attraction of a large hot tub. Tunstall Road, Catterick DL10 7PP | tel: 07762 950214 or 07762 210393 email: info@tunstallroadfarm.co.uk | www.tunstallroadfarm.co.uk

Cliff Farm Holidays is a family friendly caravan site located in the heart of Ryedale on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. There is also a glamping barn for groups of upto 12 people and two modern holiday homes which both sleep upto six people. We are in easy travelling distance of the East Coast including Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington. The beautiful market towns of Pickering, Helmsley and Malton are all within a 20 minute drive.

Sinnington, North Yorkshire, YO62 6SS - E. enquiries@clifffarmholidays.com

A friendly, family run farmhouse B&B Gill and Kev invite you to enjoy a peaceful break at Moorside Country B&B. An idyllic tranquil location in the heart of the stunning North York Moors in rural North Yorkshire. We are set within 38 acres of grassland where the rare breed Belted Galloways and Whitefaced Woodland sheep graze.

Book Now: 01969 622569 | www.grovehouseleyburn.com

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Brown Howe Farm, Brown Howe Road Stape, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 8HT Email: enquiries@moorsidebedandbreakfast.co.uk www.moorsidebedandbreakfast.co.uk

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ST AUSTELL THE NAME ‘RIVIERA’ REFERS TO A COASTAL REGION WITH SUB-TROPICAL CLIMATE AND VEGETATION. WHEN YOU VISIT ST AUSTELL YOU ARE IN THE AREA FONDLY DUBBED THE ‘CORNISH RIVIERA.’ PALM TREES, BAMBOOS, DRAMATIC LILIES, AGAVES AND NUMEROUS OTHER SPECIES THRIVE HERE AS THEY MIGHT IN BRAZIL OR SOUTH AFRICA. Two of the most famous gardens, the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, are just 11 miles apart with St Austell inbetween. They contrast hugely. Eden houses thousands of plants in futuristic rainforest and Mediterranean ‘biomes’. Heligan became overgrown after the staff went to fight WW1, but in 1990 it was rediscovered and subsequently restored. If you own so much as a pot plant, you’ll love visiting them both!

Treburthick House offers superb accommodation for families, friends and groups of up to 15 in an idyllic corner of Cornwall. There’s ample room for different guests to get together or find their own space, while the acre of landscaped gardens reaches almost on to a perfect beach with golden sand, rockpools and a gentle slope to the sea ideal for paddling and play. THE SOUTH WEST COAST PATH IS JUST OUTSIDE THE GATE AND THERE ARE SAILING AND RIDING CLUBS NEARBY. This splendid, dog friendly house, rated 5 Star by www.cottages.com, is in Porthpean, near St Austell. Two of Cornwall’s iconic garden attractions, The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, lie within a few minutes’ drive while the coastline visible from many of the windows is famous for shipwrecks, smugglers and Poldark. Nearby Charlestown harbours tall ships and its heritage centre celebrates the locality, including its role in Cornwall’s vibrant china clay industry. Treburthick House is owned by a family with close links to Porthpean

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and has been lovingly refurbished, furnished, equipped and maintained. It retains its period character but with 21st century refinements, including en-suite bathrooms for most of the eight bedrooms and modern appliances throughout. A wood burning stove and open fire add cosiness and there is ample parking, storage and play space, including a games room. Jenefer Farncombe, 01494 677788, email treburthickporthpean@googlemail.com www.cottages.com/cottages/treburthickhouse-tpj

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HUNSTANTON, NORFOLK HUNSTANTON – OR ‘HUNSTON’ TO THE LOCALS - IS THE EAST COAST RESORT WHICH FACES WESTWARD. THIS QUIRK OF NATURE ENABLES VISITORS TO ENJOY STUNNING SUNSETS OVER ITS HORIZONTALLY STRIPED CLIFFS AND ENDLESS BEACHES, PERHAPS AFTER THEY’VE SPENT RELAXED TIME WALKING THE DOG, SPOTTING THE AMAZING BIRDLIFE OR EXAMINING THE ROCKPOOLS FOR CRABS, CRAYFISH AND OTHER CRITTERS. It's a popular part of the coast which has been nurturing holidaymakers since Victorian times with everything from great fish & chips to quality accommodation. Hunstanton is proud of its gardens, offering a self guided Horticultural Trail so none are missed. Local attractions include the royals’ Sandringham estate, majestic Houghton Hall – built by Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole – and the sweetly aromatic destination Norfolk Lavender.

Glorious sunsets, beautiful walks and an abundant birdwatching scene are just a few of the bonuses to be enjoyed from Ellinbrook Guest House. Rated 4 Star Gold by Visit England and holding a Breakfast Award, this excellent Bed & Breakfast venue on Norfolk’s stunning coast is just a few minutes’ walk from both the beach and the vibrant town centre of Hunstanton.

Ellinbrook Guest House was taken over by Richard & Nicola in September last year. They had barely opened their doors when the coronavirus lockdown began, but since reopening have been full to capacity. They now expect their tastefully modernised Victorian premises to thrive over the late autumn & winter season as guests come to relax on miles of sandy www.livingintheshires.co.uk

beaches, cycle the lovely lanes and enjoy the rare and plentiful wildlife of the nearby RSPB reserves, Titchwell Marsh and Snettisham. Local businesses provide good ale, great food and a warm welcome. In season, popular attractions include the royal Sandringham Estate five miles away and the Norfolk lavender fields. The Ellinbrook’s six double and twin rooms deliver modern style and convenience. All of them have en-suite facilities, plenty of space and quality beds to ensure a good night’s sleep. RICHARD SAYS: “THERE ARE ALWAYS THINGS GOING ON IN HUNSTANTON AND WE GET AMAZING SUNSETS OVER THE SEA HERE, AS OUR COAST IS WEST FACING.” Ellinbrook Guest House, 37 Avenue Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 5HW; tel 01485 532022, email inquiries@ellinbrookhouse.com

EAST YORKSHIRE & HULL

EAST YORKSHIRE’S MARITIME CITY OF HULL WAS NAMED UK CITY OF CULTURE IN 2017. NOW NEARING THE END OF THAT THREE YEAR DESIGNATION IT HAS BEEN REGENERATED AND TRANSFORMED, OFFERING VISITORS A VIBRANT MIX OF SHOPPING, NIGHTLIFE, VIBRANT SEAFARING AND OTHER HISTORY AND, WHEN COVID RESTRICTIONS ALLOW, ECLECTIC ENTERTAINMENT. Entering Hull via the iconic Humber Bridge is memorable in itself and the new look city centre exciting, but don’t miss the cobbled streets of the Old Town with its fascinating free museums and Wilberforce House, home of the famous slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce. The East Yorkshire coast is beautiful all year round, with Bridlington an ever popular traditional seaside resort. Don’t miss Beverley, the beautiful market town with its own minster.

Summerfield Road, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO15 3LF - Tel: 01262 673425 Email: info@bayridgebridlington.co.uk - www.bayridgehotel.co.uk

Whether you have a bed and breakfast weekend break in mind, or a summer holiday around the Yorkshire Coast - it is worth taking a closer look at Bridlington where you will find the Bay Ridge, situated on Summerfield Road. We are just two minutes from the golden, sandy South Beach and Promenade, and only five minutes from the town centre. We Look Forward to Welcoming You.

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PENZANCE IS A GREAT PLACE FROM WHICH TO EXPLORE WESTERN CORNWALL, A LAND OF COVES AND CAVES, SHIPWRECKS, SMUGGLERS’ TALES AND PIXIES. HAVING PLENTIFUL SHOPS, BARS, RESTAURANTS AND AMENITIES TO CATER FOR ALL TASTES AND AGE GROUPS, IT’S THE BEATING HEART OF THE LAND’S END PENINSULA AND ALSO THE PLACE THAT PROVIDES PUBLIC TRANSPORT; BUSES AND TRAINS TO EVERYWHERE AND FERRIES TO THE ISLES OF SCILLY. THE DRAMATIC SEASCAPE OF LAND’S END ITSELF IS ONLY 10 MILES AWAY. Penzance an ancient market town set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a busy harbour and attractive promenade. It sits by the edge of Mount’s Bay, within close sight of the iconic St Michael’s Mount, where a harbour village is dominated by the handsome castle and gardens which have been the home of the St Aubyn family since the 17th century. While adult visitors may imagine the lives of the monks who occupied the earliest buildings in the 12th century, or marvel at treasures including art by Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough, children may hunt for

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a giant’s stone heart, the armour of a samurai warrior and a mummified cat, among other things.

the biggest fishing fleet in southern England, attracted a colony of some 15 nationally recognised artists in late 19th Century, charmed by the quality Penzance is a magnet for watersports of the light and the many charming enthusiasts, known for numerous clean subjects to be found in the locale. The beaches with wave power to please ‘Newlyn Group’ painted people in their the most ardent sailors and surfers. natural surroundings, often outdoors. Watercolourist Walter Langley was the There are opportunities for beginners to master the moves and for families to first to arrive, but Alexander Stanhope Forbes raised the public profile enjoy safe swimming, not to mention and another great talent, Elizabeth rock pooling and shell hunting. Armstrong, later became his wife. The Penzance area has much to offer Penzance’s Penlee House Gallery and by way of the arts and culture. The Museum holds a substantial collection nearby port of Newlyn, which supports of the Newlyn art.

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PENZANCE

Grenfells Cottage is a delightful, pet friendly holiday retreat for self caterers on the northern coast of Cornwall. It has sea views from every room and is only a short walk from Levant and Geevor tin mine and other clifftop scenes where romantic Captain Ross Poldark strode windswept on camera for an enduringly popular TV series. With a newly built ensuite double ground floor extension, this Victorian cottage sleeps six with adouble , a twin and two singles . It has a cosy living room, a dining kitchen, family bathroom and parking at the front. In fine weather, many guests take breakfast on the front patio or barbecue a sunset supper.

The family owned cottage retains its period character while catering for modern needs with amenities such as Wi-Fi, shower and woodburning stove. Located three miles from St Just, it links to the South West Coast Path and other long distance walks noted for beauty and interest. St Ives, with its arts and food scene, is seven miles away and the afore-mentioned Levant Mine forms part of the seven mile Tin Coast designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. OWNER MORWENNA SACKS SAYS: “IF YOU WANT TO ESCAPE FROM THE WORLD, THIS IS THE PLACE. IF YOU WANT TO CONNECT, YOU CAN DO THAT TOO. IT’S A LOVELY WALK DOWN TO THE SEA AND THERE’S A FRIENDLY PUB 100 YARDS AWAY.” Grenfells Cottage, Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7SU; tel 07714 284939 or 07969 265039, email grenfellscottagecornwall@gmail.com www.grenfellscottagecornwall.co.uk

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Walkers, dog lovers, nature watchers and beachcombers will all love the luxurious self catering accommodation of Borah Farm Cottages near Penzance. Whether you choose either of the two delightful cottages, the romantic lodge or the splendid safari-style glamping tents, you’ll be finding bags of character and indulgent comfort, right down to your own private hot tub. Dogs are welcome by arrangement and you’ll be only a 20 minute stroll from the exhilarating South West Coast Path, a 90 minute walk from the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole. It’s an easy drive to iconic locations such as Land’s End and St Ives. The cottages are modern conversions of granite barns, carried out with great taste and the finest of mod cons including large flatscreen TVs, Wi-Fi, log burning stoves and efficient central heating. They have furnished patios for taking in views of the Lamorna Valley, while the hot tubs are located for glorious relaxation under starlit skies.

The larger cottage sleeps six people comfortably and the second four. Wooden Borah Lodge is ideal as a couple’s retreat and all have self contained gardens and parking space. LAMORNA SAFARI TENTS ARE SPACIOUS ACCOMMODATION FOR SIX. THEY, TOO, HAVE WOOD BURNERS, HOT TUBS AND WONDERFUL BEDS, PLUS WELL EQUIPPED KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS WITH HOT SHOWERS AND FLUSH TOILETS. CHILDREN SHARE AN OUTDOOR PLAY AREA AND CINEMA/GAMES ROOM.

Borah Farm Cottages, Lamorna, St. Buryan, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6BJ; tel 01736 810360 or 0770 8558573, email borahfarm@live.com www.borahfarmcottages.co.uk

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DARTMOOR

COUNTY DURHAM

DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK IS AT THE HEART OF DEVON’S WILDLY WONDERFUL COUNTRYSIDE. IT OFFERS 386 SQUARE MILES OF ADVENTUROUS FUN FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO BE ACTIVE ON FOOT, CYCLE, HORSEBACK OR PERHAPS CAVING, CLIMBING OR CAVORTING IN THE WATERS OF THE RIVER DART.

COUNTY DURHAM IS RICH IN HISTORY, CULTURE AND NATURAL BEAUTY, A UNIQUE AREA WITH A VIBRANT CITY AT ITS HEART.

The area is famous for its unique breed of free-wandering ponies, for the moorland backdrop to The Hound of the Baskervilles and for granite hilltops known as tors, the highest of which is High Willhays, 2,037 ft above sea level. Charming towns and villages include Bovey Tracey, home to the House of Marbles glass studio and Devon Guild of Craftsmen, while the working Benedictine monastery of Buckfast Abbey offers peace and tranquillity. Young animal lovers can enjoy the friendly animals of Pennywell Farm, while Dartmoor Zoo showcases exotic species including big cats, bears, wolves and baboons.

The combined UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle are the hub 2020’s tourist designation as the Year of Pilgrimage, marked by the launch of six new walking routes known as the Northern Saints Trails. These encourage people of all ages to explore the landscape and heritage of the Durham Dales, North Pennines and heritage coast including Holy Island, Lindisfarne. Not to be missed in this region are the world famous Beamish Museum, telling the story of northern life through living history including a 1900s town, pit village, colliery, war time farm and many other features. Enjoy, too, Locomotion, with legendary locomotives and other heritage rail vehicles explaining the area’s role as the ‘Cradle of the Railways’.

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Holne Moor Shepherds Huts is a new venture along side our working Dartmoor hill farm, founded April 2020. Our 2 new luxury Blackdown shepherds huts are suitable for upto 2 adults, fully self-contained with a pull-down double bed, seating area, fully equipped kitchen with hob, refrigerator, utensils, crockery and glasses, shower, toilet and a wood burner for those cosy evenings. Outside there will be a firepit, gas bbq, seating and plenty of star gazing opportunities on those clear nights! Priddons Farm, Holne, Newton Abbot TQ13 7SS, UK T: 07730 257028 E: holnemoorhuts@gmail.com www.holnemoorshepherdshuts.co.uk

A warm welcome awaits you at Peartree Cottage, a charming two-bedroom, self-catering cottage standing in the 2-acre grounds of Howards Gorhuish, Devon. Our cottage is ideal for countryside lovers who just want to get away from it all. It is ideal for those who enjoy cycling, horse riding, golf, fishing, or walking the many footpaths and trails, not forgetting of course, the wonderful South West coastal path, exploring the coves and quaint fishing villages along the way. Howards Gorhuish, Higher Gorhuish, Northlew, Okehampton, Devon EX20 3BT. T: 01837 658750 E: jackie.ann.ellis@btinternet.com www.peartreecottagedevon.com

Situated high up on a hill above Tunstall Reservoir, in a hidden valley on the edge of the North Pennines, Backstone Bank Farmhouse is a fabulous property in a stunning location. Located next to a working farm, in spectacular surroundings overlooking the Tunstall Valley, this 16th-century farmhouse has amazing views from every room. It offers accommodation of the highest standard, and has been renovated and lovingly furnished, retaining many original features with the addition of top quality facilities. Wolsingham, near Stanhope, Co. Durham DL13 3LZ T. 07768 825608 E. katefenwick66@gmail.com

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Our holiday homes are meticulously hand-selected by our team to ensure they meet our strict standards. All of the properties in our portfolio have the complete Stay North East stamp of approval so you can rest assured you’re in good hands. With luxury holiday homes and serviced apartments across Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham and more - Get in touch with us.

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LAKE DISTRICT ENGLAND'S LARGEST NATIONAL PARK, THE LAKE DISTRICT, IS NOW A WORLD HERITAGE SITE, 912 SQUARE MILES OF NATURAL BEAUTY, FARMLAND AND PRETTY TOWNS AND VILLAGES. IT’S A LANDSCAPE REPLETE WITH AWESOME PEAKS, ANCIENT MONUMENTS, HISTORIC PROPERTIES, MUSEUMS, GALLERIES AND SOME 16 LAKES, ALTHOUGH ONLY ONE, BASSENTHWAITE, IS CALLED A LAKE. THE OTHERS ARE DUBBED MERES OR WATERS, INCLUDING THE DEEPEST, WASTWATER. The mountains in these parks are known as fells, with Scafell Pike the highest at 3,209 feet. This is a place of adventuring for all tastes, not only on water but on hundreds of miles of trails for walking and cycling. Many of these are ‘Miles without Stiles,’ accessible for people with limited mobility including wheelchair users. The Lake District even has its own coastline, with Ravenglass its only town, lying on the estuary of the rivers Esk, Mite and Irt.

Situated 3 minutes walk from Keswick Town Centre, Dorchester House was built in 1896 as a Lakeland Guesthouse and retains many of its original Victorian features. Eight cosy and comfortable en-suite guestrooms, with singles, doubles, twins and family rooms available. Full breakfast menu includes local meats and produce, vegetarian and vegan options available.  We can accommodate individuals, families and groups, all welcome!  17 Southey Street, Keswick CA12 4EG E: stay@dorchesterhouse-keswick.co.uk www.dorchesterhouse-keswick.co.uk

Tel: 01524 761344 An Excellent Base for Exploring the Lake District

Kentwood offers two en-suite bedrooms that are located at the front of the house on the first floor and have views of the Estuary and Viaduct. One with a King size bed and the other a super King linked zipped bed which can be made into two singles if necessary. Each bedroom has a 32-inch flat screen tv with built in radios, hairdryers and with tea and coffee making facilities, a welcome tray with fresh fruit and bottled Lakeland water. USB point to charge your phone or I pad etc. The bedrooms have free internet access.

1 Church Hill, Arnside, Carnforth LA5 0DB | Email: stay@kentwoodguesthouse.co.uk | www.kentwoodguesthouse.co.uk

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PEMBROKESHIRE

THERE ARE DEFINITE FRINGE BENEFITS TO VISITING PEMBROKESHIRE, THE PICTURESQUE SOUTH WEST CORNER OF WALES. ALMOST ALL OF THE COUNTY’S COASTAL EDGE HAS BEEN DESIGNATED A NATIONAL PARK BECAUSE OF ITS UNSPOILED TERRAIN, AND VISITORS CAN WALK ALL OR SOME OF THE 186 MILES OF IT VIA THE PEMBROKESHIRE COAST PATH. This is fabulous territory for the outdoor adventurer, a rugged and beautiful landscape in which to enjoy seaborne activities such as canoeing or swimming, clamber up the rocks or hike out in search of wildlife. The fearless few indulge in coasteering, perhaps cliff jumping, cave swimming or otherwise exploring without boats or boards. The more reticent may get their kicks simply from enjoying world class beaches such as Barafundle. There are many friendly and interesting towns to visit, such as Tenby, Saundersfoot, Milford Haven and Pembroke itself, not to mention the tiny city of St Davids, England’s smallest. If you want to entertain the family, consider Wales’s biggest theme park, Oakwood, or Heatherton World of Activities, with 30 exciting activities from traversing tree top trails to zorbing in transparent orbs.

Cwt Gwyrdd Shepherd's Hut and Pod Glamping Situated at the end of a winding path in a beautiful riverside position in North Pembrokeshire, this unique glamping accommodation offers privacy for a single group of up to 6 people at a time. We provide a Shepherd’s Hut, a Pod and a large Bell Tent, each of which accommodates up to 2 people. Whether you are a couple, a group of friends or a family, this is an ideal flexible solution for your holiday.

Isfryn, Pontyglasier, Pembrokeshire. SA41 3SA Tel: 01239 891392 Email: pontyglasier@gmail.com www.pembrokeshire-west-wales-glamping.co.uk

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