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Within this edition... 13 TASTE OF THE WEST COUNTRY Mouth-watering recipes from the West Country’s best chefs.
30 THE BIG CAT A look at the all new stylish and sophisticated Jaguar F-TYPE.
42 SOLE PROVIDERS Step out in style and comfort with Herring Shoes’ stunning collection.
64 TIMELESS STYLE We put the best fabrics from Stewart Christie & Co to the test.
74 OUT OF SEASON Sandra Jordan celebrates the solitude of the country’s seaside towns.
86 A TASTE OF THE GOOD LIFE Get ready for the warmer weather with the Big Green Egg.
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ABOUT US In 1873 R.H. Luscombe & Sons was established as agricultural auctioneers, land and estate agents. Their premises were at Kings Barn, Offields Farm, Churchstow in the upstairs corn chamber. Itâ€™s been a story with many twists and turns but now, some 147 years later, Luscombe Maye has 8 offices across the South Hams and Dartmoor, with departments specialising in Estate Agency, Residential Lettings and Rural Professional work of many kinds. However the strength of Luscombe Maye, and what has kept it going into its second century, must be the staff â€“ totally professional and enthusiastic each and every one. Today in the 21st Century we find ever increasing interest in our region, in its lifestyle, waterside property and country homes, coming from right across the globe. This inevitably means modern technology and methods are required to manage these changes. So, looking forward, we see a process of consolidation for Luscombe Maye, building an ever stronger business upon these historic foundations.
MEET THE PARTNERSHIP TEAM
MRICS, FAAV Senior Partner
BSc (Hons) FAAV, MBIAC Partner
BSc (Hons), FCCA, PGCE Partner
Farms, Land & Smallholdings Professional Valuations Property Auctions
Agricultural/Rural Planning Basic Payments Schemes Subsidies & Grants
Residential Estate Agency Waterside Homes Department New Homes Department
Accounts Department H & S Executive Head of Personnel
T: 01548 857474
T: 01803 869911
T: 01752 872417
T: 01803 869919
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Kingsbridge T: 01548 857474
Newton Ferrers T: 01752 872417 Dartmouth
Modbury T: 01548 830831
Salcombe T: 01548 843593
T: 01364 646170
Totnes T: 01803 869920 Kingsbridge
Yealmpton T: 01752 880044
Exeter T: 01392 908137 Salcombe
London Office T: 020 7467 5330
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Newton Ferrers Guide ÂŁ2,800,000 Magnificent 5 bedroom villa built in 1924 set in a commanding elevated position in about 0.75 of an acre of managed landscaped gardens offering panoramic south facing views of the deep water pool of the River Yealm. EPC F
Waterside Property 01752 872417
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Near Down Thomas Guide ÂŁ900,000 A generous sized country home, 1 mile from the coast, set in about 0.4 of acres providing flexible accommodation, lovingly converted by the current owners with 3500 sq ft of accommodation and detached double garage. EPC D
Country Homes 01548 857474
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Diptford Guide ÂŁ2,000,000 Fletchers Combe is an idyllic Grade ll Listed 4 bedroom farmhouse and substantial 7 bedroom stone barn. The property has been a hugely successful 5* holiday letting business for many years. EPC C
Country Homes 01803 869920
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Modern life can sometimes feel transitory. The pace of change is ferocious and needs constantly adapting to, so it is very reassuring when you can find stability. Luscombe Maye has been going strong since 1873 – something we are all extremely proud about because, not only has the company stood the test of time, but we are also still growing and building on the solid foundations of nearly 150 years. You could be forgiven for thinking that the last few years have been challenging in our business but we have produced the best results in our history, with no help from Brexit. This indeed is proof of a sound business model and recruitment of very high quality and professional staff. It is no surprise that Waterside Property has also continued to attract buyers to the stunning coastline of the South Hams and we have achieved outstanding results from both our Salcombe and Newton Ferrers offices. The draw of the sea, together with all its related activities, shows no sign of slowing and it is as if Brexit did not hit as hard here in South Devon. With no appetite for buying abroad and the pound remaining weak, the lure of buying a second home in this part of the world has continued. Stock levels remained historically low throughout the year which meant that when properties come to the market, there was frequently intense interest. A number of the larger houses we brought to the market, at or above the £1m mark, went to best and final offers, particularly in certain areas of town where demand is always high such as Devon Road and Herbert Road. What is encouraging is that we still have a large register of 10 | luscombemaye.com
potential buyers who have been unable to find and who will continue to pursue their dream of securing a holiday home into a new year. What is particularly exciting to see is the growth of our business here in Salcombe. As relative newcomers to the town, Luscombe Maye is successfully building its business and becoming the agent of choice. Exceptional personal service has been at the forefront of this expansion and we pride ourselves on having two members of staff living in the town, which has been vital for providing first class advice to our vendors and buyers. We have in addition grown the ‘local’ side of our business, which gives us greater depth and also market resilience. The whole way of life here is very attractive and we are seeing many families relocating to take advantage of our superb schools and outdoor lifestyle – what better way to bring up your children?
Theo Spink BA (Hons) MNAEA Associate (Residential and Waterside Sales) T: 01548 843593 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
A TASTE OF THE WEST COUNTRY
The West Country is renowned for its food and drink scene, and every year sees hundreds of entries into the Taste of the West Awards.
Our rich pastures and clear waters are an ideal landscape for growing and farming in, but it's the combination of this, alongside the talent of dedicated growers, producers, farmers and chefs, that make the winning combination. We have plenty to be proud of, which is why we produce this ever-popular recipe book. Now in its fifth year, A Taste of the West Country has, once again, paired award-winning chefs and producers from the Taste of the West Awards to create this locally-inspired keepsake. Each pair comes from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, bringing you special recipes, using the finest local produce.
A Taste of the West Country is published by Devon-based, We Make Magazines. wemakemagazines.co.uk Photography: Guy Harrop Copies are now available to buy priced at £17.99 (plus £3 P&P). When you order your copy you can also purchase previous editions (subject to availability) for half price just £8.99 (RRP £17.99). To order yours, please call the Taste of the West team on 01404 822012 or send an email to email@example.com.
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ROASTED FILLET OF PLAICE Recipe by Janey Syrett, Head Chef, Oceans Restaurant, Bolberry 100g Cox & Laflinâ€™s Dartmoor Chorizo 1 bunch of curly kale 12 new potatoes, cubed 1 onion, diced 4 cloves of garlic 1.1l of quality chicken stock 4 plaice fillets 1 lemon, sliced 4 generous sprigs of flat-leaf parsley 4 plumes of cavolo nero cabbage Breadcrumbs (to garnish) Pea shoots (to garnish) Olive oil (to garnish)
Method 1 Dice the chorizo and sweat in a pan for a few minutes. 2 Remove, then sweat the diced onion and garlic in the oil from the chorizo for a few minutes more. 3 Add the potatoes and chicken stock, then simmer for 45 minutes. 4 Preheat the oven to 180Â°C/gas mark 4. 5 Lay the plaice fillet on a chopping board and in the centre, layer the lemon, sliced chorizo, parsley and cavolo nero. Then fold the plaice fillet over the stuffing. 6 Roast the fish for 10 minutes. 7 Add the curly kale to the broth mix, then remove from the heat. 8 Remove the plaice from the oven and rest for a minute. 9 Ladle some broth into a bowl and lay the plaice on top.
To serve Garnish with pea shoots, breadcrumbs and a drizzle of quality olive oil. Hannah Veale, Restaurant Manager, and Rory Gaughan, Sous Chef, Oceans Restaurant
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PORK BELLY WITH A CHORIZO AND CHICKPEA STEW Recipe by Malcolm Church, Head Chef, The Bear & Blacksmith, Chillington For the pork 500g pork belly, skin and bone removed 1 onion 1 carrot 1 leek 1 celery stalk For the stew 300g tinned chickpeas Olive oil 2 cloves of garlic 1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 300g Good Game’s Organic Chorizo, diced 900ml chicken stock 1 bay leaf 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed Knob of butter Sea salt Ground black pepper Handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Method 1 Preheat the oven to 140°C/gas mark 1. 2 Roughly chop the carrot, leek, onion and celery, place in a roasting tray and lay the pork belly on top. 3 Pour water around the pork and cover with tin foil, making sure it is well sealed. Place in the oven for six hours, checking halfway through to ensure the liquid hasn’t evaporated. Top up if necessary. 4 Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saucepan, then add the garlic, onion and carrots and fry lightly. When golden, add the chorizo and sauté until browned all over. 5 Add the chicken stock and bay leaf, and bring to the boil. 6 Add the chickpeas and potatoes, and cook for approximately 30 minutes. Try a chickpea occasionally to make sure they are cooked. 7 Skim off any chorizo fat that comes to the surface when cooking. 8 When the chickpeas are cooked but not mushy, season to taste. Add a small amount of boiling water if you prefer a more soup-like consistency. 9 Once the pork is cooked and tender, cut into four even squares. Add a knob of butter and seasoning, and pan-fry to colour the fat.
To serve Put a bowl on a plate, divide the stew between four bowls, sprinkle with parsley and place the meat on the side.
Richard Winzer, farmshop owner, Aune Valley Meat, Clare Mundy, Landlord and Malcolm Church, Head Chef and Landlord, The Bear & Blacksmith, Rich Winzer (Jnr), Butcher and Farmer
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Newton Ferrers Price on application A distinctive Victorian 14 bedroom house built in 1898 with an outstanding southerly views of the estuary and village beyond, additional modern 4 bedroom house and 2 bedroom apartment. EPC E
Waterside Property 01548 845090
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Kingsbridge Guide ÂŁ995,000 Nestled in the rolling countryside hills on the outskirts of Stokenham, Stokeley Coach House offers private and established gardens with splendid views across the countryside to the renowned Slapton Ley and Torcross line in the distance. EPCs: D, F, F, E and E
Country Homes 01548 830831
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STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
Luscombe Mayeâ€™s New Homes operation has substantially grown over recent years. Our key philosophy is to serve our customers as a well-established and trusted business, employing experienced local people who live and work in their area. This is vitally important to assist buyers of new homes, especially when they are relocating from out of the county. Whilst we are not a corporate, we certainly have a structure that allows us to work with key like-minded New Home Developers, this is part of the reason we are now able to offer a strong portfolio of New Homes across the firm. We have been appointed as agents for a number of prestigious developers including Baker Estates, whose portfolio of developments include The View at Marlborough and Great Court Farm at Totnes, which have proved to be a tremendous success. In 2019 we have been key agents for a number of well renowned, bespoke developers including Dart Developments and Domus Homes, selling a range of new property in the South Hams and the Plymouth travel to work areas, ranging from barn conversions to special developments of quality individual homes. Already in 2020, we have a number of exciting projects that will come to the market across our network of offices. We also act for clients developing bespoke single plots and barn conversions, as well as for the larger corporate developers. 24 | luscombemaye.com
As one of the areaâ€™s leading land professionals, (sales and development planning), we are constantly seeking to build relationships with all New Home clients. We are also extremely proud of our new London connections, which no doubt will assist our New Home clients of the future. For more information on how Luscombe Maye New Homes Department can assist with your planning, new build or property conversions please contact Chris Davey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jason Hooper (email@example.com) at our Yealmpton Office, The Old Bakery, Market Street, Yealmpton PL8 2EA - 01752 880044
Jason Hooper Associate (New Homes and Residential Sales) T: 01752 880044 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
BAKER ESTATES PRESENTS
One of the reasons many people live in the South Hams is to be near the sea. The dramatic Devon coastline oﬀers a plethora of opportunities to sail, swim, surf, ﬁsh, paddleboard and a multitude of other activities. When Baker Estates launched its new development at The View on the southern edge of Malborough, it was always going to engender huge interest. Not only is the location just under half an hour’s walk from the Salcombe Estuary, but also the marketplace already knows the outstanding quality and attention to detail of a Baker Estates home, after its award winning, successful development at Great Court Farm in Totnes. With the new Show Home completed a few months ago and many of the early released units having already exchanged contracts, this exciting development has been warmly received and business is brisk. The discounted open market units for local people were eagerly embraced and, since the Show Home opened, buyers have been keen to take in the amazing outlook at the aptly named ‘The View’. An outstanding southerly aspect graces some of the plots where you can ﬁnd a 180degree panorama of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Not only that, but buyers can also walk to the glorious South Sands beach in Salcombe in under half an hour. By using local stone and slate, the homes already feel part of the local community. Buyers love the fact that they will be located
on the edge of the very popular village of Malborough – where they will have all the local facilities you would expect from shops, pubs, village hall, primary school, post oﬃce and petrol station, as well as a regular bus service to both Salcombe and Kingsbridge. Salcombe is also only about 2.5 miles away with a foot/cycle path linking Malborough to this popular town with access to the Salcombe Estuary and all the waterbased activities there. The diﬀerent types of houses on site give a wide choice for buyers and one of the most popular is the barnstyle bungalow. Its cleverly designed to be a ‘forever’ house in that it’s designed with a downstairs bedroom and bathroom ensuite. With additional bedrooms and bathrooms on the ﬁrst ﬂoor, owners can live in these stunning homes conventionally until such time as they need to use the property as a bungalow, therefore negating the need to move again in later years. With Phase 1 released earlier this year, Baker Estates is once again partnering with Luscombe Maye to help promote this stunning development.
The Show Home is open 10am – 5pm. For more information or to make an appointment, please call the Sales & Marketing Suite – 01548 859 581 or Luscombe Maye 01548 843593. Baker Estates are currently building in several locations across the south west, for more information please visit www.bakerestatesltd.co.uk.
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Newton Ferrers ÂŁ875,000 A modern 4 bedroom detached house, in a unique position on the side of the River Yealm. Water views are enjoyed throughout the property, with balconies on each level. Inchcape also has a self-contained studio/bedroom 5. Single garage and garden. EPC D
Waterside Property 01752 872417
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Newton Ferrers Guide ÂŁ1,475,000 A magnificent 5 bed detached house in one of the best property locations in the village for the spectacular water views. Remodelled by current owner to a very high specification with walls of glass providing stunning water views from all the main rooms. EPC E
Waterside Property 01752 872417
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THE HISTORY OF LUSCOMBE MAYE... R.H. LUSCOMBE & SONS In 1873 R.H. Luscombe & Sons were first established as agricultural auctioneers, land and estate agents. Their premises were at Kings Barn, Offields farm, Churchstow, in the upstairs corn chamber or granary. Some 100 years later, during a more recent sale, in the very same barn, an original R.H. Luscombe & Sons poster was discovered still pinned to the back of the barn door. Major Luscombe & Arthur Luscombe joined their father, R H Luscombe in the early twentieth century. Dick Luscombe, son of Arthur Luscombe, qualified as a chartered surveyor, prior to the outbreak of the Second World War and during the war, Dick was involved in the design and construction of a sham canvas Molberry harbour, built to put the Germans off the scent of the D-day landing. On returning from the war he went into partnership with his father and uncle. Mr. Walter Trant, a cousin, joined them towards the end of the 1940â€™s. Truly a family business.
JOHN MAYE & CO John Maye was articled to John Body in Plymouth. He eventually set up on his own in Princess Square, Plymouth, in 1901. After a few years, towards 1905, he moved to South Brent where he remained a sole practitioner until the war. He took Walter Massey, his assistant & Jack Cockrem into partnership in late 1940â€™s. Mr. Roger German was taken on in 1948 as pupil to Jack Cockrem, and completed his National Service with the Royal Engineers during 1955 & 1956.
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LUSCOMBE MAYE & CO Whilst Mr German was away serving his country, three of the four partners of R.H. Luscombe & Sons, Mr Trant, Arthur and Major Luscombe died. Dick Luscombe was left as the sole remaining partner. Over in South Brent at John Maye & Co, John Maye and Walter Massey were ready to retire, leaving only Jack Cockrem. Mr German, as the only qualified employee joined the partnership in 1957. The Kingsbridge & South Brent offices were then complemented in 1957 by the addition of a third, in Plympton.
LUSCOMBE MAYE LLP Totnes and Ivybridge offices opened in 1997/98 as the firm slowly expanded. A merger with Bettisonsâ€™ Yealmpton and Newton Ferrers offices in 2007 increased the size of the firm, covering all property related and professional matters. In 2015 a prestigious new office in Salcombe was opened, with an Exeter office following in 2016 to bring the total to 8. The current Partners, Stuart Hext, Amanda Burden, Chris Davey and Mike Luffingham have a combined experience of 80 years with the firm, with, we hope, another successful 80 still to come!
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THE BIG CAT The new Jaguar F-TYPE looks more beautiful than ever and embodies Jaguar design DNA in its purest form. The two-seat sports car offers a perfect balance of performance and driver reward with an even more muscular, assertive design and a cabin defined by rich, luxurious materials and beautiful details.
The range of powerful, responsive engines includes four- and eight-cylinder options, all matched to eightspeed Quickshift transmissions with full manual control using either the SportShift gear selector or the steering wheel-mounted paddles. The new F-TYPE also offers more driver-focused technology, including a reconfigurable, highdefinition, 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display, Touch Pro infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard and software-over-the-air functionality so future software updates can be made at the customer’s convenience, without having to visit a Retailer. Two superb Meridian sound systems also offer enhanced sound reproduction. Julian Thomson, Design Director, Jaguar, said: “Design the most beautiful sports car, with purity, proportion and presence that’s unmistakably Jaguar: that was the challenge we set ourselves. The new F-TYPE is more dramatic than ever, with even greater clarity of purpose in every line, surface and feature, and embodies true Jaguar design DNA. “State-of-the-art technologies together with luxurious materials and finishes deliver beauty with purpose in an interior which will delight driver and passenger alike even before the engine starts and the journey begins. Jaguar has been making sports cars for more than 70 years, and that rich heritage has inspired the team to create something truly extraordinary.”
F-TYPE’s award-winning design has evolved still further with a focus on even greater purity and discipline to the perfectly-sculpted form. Super-slim pixel LED headlights with subtly updated signature ‘Calligraphy’ J daytime running lights, and sweeping direction indicators, blend perfectly into the ‘liquid metal’ surfacing of the new clamshell bonnet, exaggerating the car’s visual width and accentuating its assertive stance. The new front bumper and subtly enlarged grille deliver even more visual impact and presence. The rear haunches enhance the F-TYPE’s inherently dramatic, purposeful form, while the new slender rear lights combine an unmistakable LED chicane signature, inspired by the Jaguar I-PACE all-electric Performance SUV, with subtle monogram pattern detailing and a fine ‘pinstripe’ beneath. The interior combines traditional Jaguar craftsmanship with rich, contemporary materials such as Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble Chrome. Beautiful details include monogram stitch patterns in the seats and door trims, Jaguar Leaper motifs in the headrests, and subtle ‘Jaguar Est.1935’ markings on the centre console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides. The 12.3-inch reconfigurable Interactive Driver Display offers a choice of different display modes; including full map mode. As befits a true sports car, the default
mode is characterised by the large central rev counter. This feature and the gearshift light subtly convey the F-TYPE’s driver-focused character and performance potential.Even before the drive begins, the F-TYPE delights the driver with the visual theatre of flush, deployable door handles and deployable air vents. Pressing the start button brings the car to life with its hallmark exhaust flare as purposeful as ever. All engines – 300PS turbocharged four-cylinder and 450PS and 575PS V8s – feature active exhaust systems, which are switchable either as an option or as standard. Customers who choose the 450PS or 575PS supercharged V8s benefit from the new Quiet Start function, luscombemaye.com | 31
which ensures a more subtle, refined sound – the electrically-actuated bypass valves in the rear silencer remain closed until they automatically open up under load. If desired, Quiet Start can be over-ridden by selecting Dynamic Mode or by pressing the switchable exhaust button before starting the engine. The distinctive crackle and pop on the overrun synonymous with F-TYPE, remains; the sounds meticulously tuned to suit the range of powerful four and eight-cylinder engines. Highly efficient, close-coupled particulate filters reduce emissions. Alan Volkaerts, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar F-TYPE, said: “The new F-TYPE is the definitive Jaguar sports car and continues to set the benchmark for design purity, driver engagement and reward, and a truly visceral driving experience – it makes every journey extraordinary.” “Its timeless looks are more assertive than ever, technologies such as the high-definition virtual instrument cluster deepen the driver-focused feel of the interior, while the range of powertrains offers a breadth of choice unrivalled in the segment. Enthusiasts will appreciate the new F-TYPE R’s 575PS supercharged V8, enhanced chassis and intelligent all-wheel drive system, which deliver truly outstanding performance in all conditions while retaining its inherent tractability and usability.” The new 450PS supercharged V8 has been developed to offer exploitable and rewarding performance – its maximum torque of 580Nm being generated from just 2,500rpm. It is offered with a choice of all-wheel drive and – for purists – rear-wheel drive. Both versions can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds, and reach a maximum speed of 177mph. Raising the output of the all-wheel drive F-TYPE R supercharged V8 to 575PS and 700Nm (up from 550PS and 680Nm respectively) delivers truly outstanding performance in all weathers and in all conditions, while retaining its inherent tractability and day-to-day usability. Performance is exceptional: the benchmark sprint to 60mph takes just 3.5 seconds, while maximum speed is an electronically-limited 186mph. The F-TYPE R’s increased power is matched to a comprehensively uprated chassis with new, wider, 32 | luscombemaye.com
20-inch, 10-spoke wheels in Gloss Black with diamond-turned finish, and new adaptive dampers, springs, anti-roll bars and stiffer rear knuckles and ball joints, delivering even greater agility and responsiveness. Taking all of the learning accrued from the development of the limited-edition 200mph Jaguar XE SV Project 8, the Quickshift transmissions in both the new F-TYPE R and the 450PS V8 models have been meticulously recalibrated for a more engaging driving experience. The new F-TYPE R specifically offers even faster, crisper gear changes when the driver commands shifts manually via the steering wheelmounted paddles or the SportShift gear selector. Both upshifts and downshifts are more immediate and give an even more connected and responsive feel.
Customers also have the choice of the exclusive F-TYPE First Edition. Based on the R-Dynamic models, the First Edition is offered for one model year only, and has refinements such as the Exterior Design Pack in contemporary Dorchester Grey and five-spoke, 20-inch wheels in Gloss Technical Grey with contrast Diamond-Turned finish, complementing the choice of Santorini Black, Eiger Grey or Fuji White paint.
Roger Young Jaguar, Plymouth Wood Acre, Saltash Parkway, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6LF Tel: 01752 849999 www.rogeryoung.co.uk
Newton Ferrers OIR ÂŁ1,500,000 A beautiful Grade II Listed distinctive thatched cottage in a central waterside village location, sensitively remodelled throughout with fabulous period features. Detached annexe with income potential. EPC Exempt
Residential Sales 01803 869920
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Modbury Guide ÂŁ700,000 Unique home and business with exciting potential. Restaurant and Wine Bar with 5 bedroom accommodation. 2 artistsâ€™ studios, barn for conversion, beautiful garden, courtyard, parking and stone barns. EPC E
Residential Sales 01548 830831
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Luscombe Maye are committed to excellence and nowhere is this better demonstrated than by the Professional Valuation Department, which offers a comprehensive range of support services that, allied to profound local knowledge, distinguishes us from the majority of our competitors. With a number of Chartered Surveyors and Registered Valuers, Luscombe Maye offer an experienced and professional valuation service covering Devon and Cornwall. Professional valuations are carried out in accordance with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) valuation guidelines, the RICS Appraisal and Valuation Manual, also known as the “Red Book”. Luscombe Maye carry full professional indemnity insurance and offer valuations for the following purposes: • Inheritance Tax • Capital Gains Tax • Loan Security • Matrimonial • Expert Witness Reports • Land for Residential Development 36 | luscombemaye.com
As a follow on service in relation to valuations carried out for tax purposes, Luscombe Maye offer assistance to individuals and estates by negotiating with the Inland Revenue in trying to mitigate the amount of potential Capital Gains or Inheritance Tax payable. Experience, together with in depth market knowledge, derived from the residential, agricultural and commercial side of the business, enables Luscombe Maye to offer a full service to clients. Stuart has practised predominantly in the South Hams since 1993. He has accumulated expertise covering agricultural, residential and commercial property. In addition to being a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he is also a member of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and a Registered Valuer.
Stuart Hext MRICS, FAAV RICS Registered Valuer Senior Partner
Stuart Hext can be contacted at our Kingsbridge Office, 62 Fore Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1PP - 01548 800174
T: 01548 800174 E: email@example.com
Hope Cove Guide ÂŁ1,250,000 A spacious family home with two 1 bedroom letting units, having fabulous gardens, indoor pool, double garage and ample parking, only a short walk to the beach. EPC C
Waterside Property 01548 845090
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Salcombe Guide ÂŁ1,250,000 An outstanding attached house in an elevated position with Estuary views, completely renovated with a lovely south facing terrace, 2 balconies, garage and parking. EPC D
Waterside Property 01548 845090
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SMALLHOLDING & EQUESTRIAN OPPORTUNITIES As the ‘use’ of land for equestrian purposes and smallholdings within the rural economy increases, more agricultural and rural land is being bought and sold to support the increases in horse related and small holding activities. Landowners and farmers are often looking to maximise land values and will sell off small parcels of land as ‘pony paddocks’ or for smallholders. When considering the purchase of a ‘pony paddock’ it’s important to be aware of the planning legislation on keeping horses on agricultural land and the British Horse Society recommendation of a minimum of 1 acre per horse. Failure to comply with the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 could result in enforcement action. Using a field to graze horses is classified as agricultural use, if the field is used to exercise the horses, jumps are erected and horses are additionally fed then the use of that paddock is regarded as equestrian use so planning permission would be required. A change of use is not required when keeping an animal, horse or pony as a ‘pet’ at home for personal use, being incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house. Schedule 2, Part 1, Class E of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development Order) 2015 enables stables and outbuildings to be erected within the curtilage of a dwelling house for horses and animals “kept as pet animals for the personal enjoyment of the occupants of the dwelling house”, determining the exact residential curtilage can be difficult to differentiate and usually relates to the garden, drive and parking of a house. There are various restrictions to the permitted size of such development e.g. building must be less than 10m2, height no greater than 4m and also restrictions as to where they can be located in relation to existing structures. Exceptions do not apply in designated areas such as National Parks, or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. ‘Backyard’ livestock keepers and horse owners may find that there is sufficient scope within these guidelines for the construction of suitable buildings, but, for most smallholders the erection of a livestock building would classify as agricultural, rather than domestic development. It may still 40 | luscombemaye.com
mean that full planning consent is not required. Buildings for livestock and animals that are used in agriculture on holdings of over 5 hectares qualify as agricultural permitted development and benefit from permitted development rights in Part 6 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (GPDO). More limited rights including extensions and alterations adding no more than 20% to the content of the original building are available to smaller holdings of at least 0.4ha. A small holding or land used for equestrian use of less than 5ha that does not have an existing building will require consent and it is advised that consultation should be carried out with a professional or the local planning authority to ensure that the proposed development meets with the local and national planning policies. Temporary structures such as field shelters do not require planning permission so long as they are not left in a field in the same place for more than 28 days. Where development has taken place organically without consent, there are two options to legalise the use and prevent/ avoid enforcement action. A retrospective planning application, however there is a risk that the application may be refused and the other being a Certificate of Lawful Use which can be applied for after 10 continuous years of use. Luscombe Maye has extensive experience in a variety of smallholding and equestrian planning matters and would be pleased to assist with any advice on planning potential on land/ buildings working alongside out Agency staff to achieve good values.
Associate, Agricultural and Rural Planning
Lucinda Lyle in our Agriculture & Rural Planning Department can be contacted at our Totnes Office, 59 Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5NJ - 01803 869918
T: 01803 869918 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Salcombe Guide ÂŁ900,000 A spacious family house with outstanding Estuary views, charming mature gardens, balconies and picture windows with a potential annexe, garage and located in a quiet cul-de-sac. EPC F
Waterside Property 01548 845090
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We explore the wonders of Dartmoor with Herring Shoes, based in Kingsbridge. You choose your own path when it comes to what you wear. What looks good is often down to opinion, but if you feel good in what youâ€™re wearing, that is the key. It will quite simply bring out the best in you.
Left: Herring Filton Right: Herring Leconfield
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Award winning development in Totnes If you are looking for a brand new, stylish home in Totnes, look no further than this contemporary new barnstyle bungalow from Baker Estates at Great Court Farm. But you’ll have to act quickly – there’s only one left! You’ll also be safe in the knowledge that Baker Estates have just won Best Development of the year for Great Court Farm in the National Housebuilder Awards this year. In a soughtafter location, this stunning fourbedroom home boasts a separate kitchen, diner and lounge, a garage and outside parking spaces. It’s located in a lovely residential area, in a private culasac, designed with a natural slate roof and natural stone frontage, and includes ﬂooring, carpets and blinds. The barnstyle bungalows are very versatile, with a ground ﬂoor master bedroom with ensuite shower room making them perfect for multigenerational living. The exclusive development is situated on the outskirts of the unique and charming market town of Totnes, which sits above the River Dart in the heart of the South Hams.
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IS YOUR ESTATE AGENT WORKING FOR YOU? When people decide to sell a property – particularly their home – it is usually a huge decision and one made for a variety of reasons: from up-sizing (more room needed); down-sizing (less room needed), move closer to employment, schools or family; move to a different location, or to a location that has the dream aspect (close to the sea, a river, the Moor); or just because it is time to move on. Whatever the reason, there is not only an emotional consideration (upping sticks and moving the family) but there is also a financial consideration. It should never be underestimated that when you sell your home, you are often selling the single-most financially valuable possession in your life and therefore the whole task needs to be carried out with a great deal of care and thought. When estate agents are asked to visit a property for a Pre-Marketing Appraisal (PMA), the majority of them who are working to stringent targets want you to put your house on the market now! and they will value your home at today’s date as it is - without a passing thought as to whether any additional value can be created at the property. We feel it is important to ensure that every vendor is aware of any additional value that can be created by a planning approval, a Certificate of Lawful Use or confirmation that Permitted Development Rights may be available. Potential purchasers who are presented with a planning consent showing, on a piece of paper, that permission has been granted for a particular development, will be aware that this adds value to the property but it also gives certainty to lenders/mortgage brokers that there is good value in the property. Added to this, it also gives prospective purchasers who may lack imagination, confirmation that a particular kind of development is possible. 48 | luscombemaye.com
Whilst adding value to a house could be just confirmation that Permitted Development Rights will allow a conservatory or extension to be created to provide additional room in the house, it could also mean that erecting stables would make the property appeal to the equestrian market. Or it could mean that a barn/building within the grounds could be converted to possibly an annex for a dependent relative, a holiday cottage for additional income or an unrestricted dwelling to either let out or sell. Not every property will have an opportunity to add value, but there is no doubt that there are more opportunities than the average estate agent would consider. At Luscombe Maye, we believe it is important that our team of Professionals work very closely with the Estate Agency team to ensure that any of our prospective vendors will achieve maximum potential and we, as property specialists, are on hand to answer any planning queries and direct purchasers to the right advisors to get good independent advice, thus providing some confidence in prospective purchasers’ interest in your property. We would be delighted to provide any help and advice to add value to your property. Amanda Burden in our Agriculture & Rural Planning Department can be contacted at our Totnes Office, 59 Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5NJ - 01803 869911
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Noss Mayo OIR ÂŁ850,000 Snaefell is a 4 bedroom detached family home offering panoramic river estuary views towards Newton Ferrers. A gate at the end of the rear garden provides easy access to the water. EPC D
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Thurlestone Guide ÂŁ895,000 A spacious detached bungalow with lovely sea views, private gardens and shared use of Rectory Gardens, within walking distance of both the beach and village centre. EPC D
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THINKING OF INVESTING IN A HOLIDAY HOME? Lana Stephens, New Property Development Manager at the award-winning holiday cottage agency Coast & Country Cottages, answers some of the most frequently asked questions from owners starting their holiday letting journey.
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What sort of holiday home should I invest in? Where is the most desirable place for a holiday cottage? What are the key features customers want in a holiday property? These are questions we regularly hear from those thinking of buying a holiday home. With the right advice you could find yourself the perfect property that is both your personal retreat and a profitable investment. We’ve seen enormous growth in the UK staycation market – 2019 was record breaking for Coast & Country Cottages, with bookings a massive 46% up year on year. How do I choose the right holiday home? Your holiday home has to be somewhere you love to holiday… not just a potential letting income. In 2018 Salcombe and Dartmouth were amongst the top three towns in the country for a staycation! However, why not consider one of the many beautiful smaller areas in the region with USPs, like the villages of South Pool, Beesands or Noss Mayo. Don’t feel confined to a specific shape or size of property – whether it be a large countryside farmhouse, or a luxury waterside apartment with river views, in South Devon we see demand for all types! The most popular features include a garden, off road parking and an open fire. What are the costs involved? Letting costs can vary quite significantly, depending on the level of service you require, plus the property size. Things to consider include linen and laundering, cleaning and caretaking, maintenance, property running costs, business rates and council tax, plus agency fees and commission. At Coast & Country Cottages we provide a free appraisal of the potential fees, charges and property income you can expect. Can I use the property myself? At Coast & Country Cottages, we have a booking allowance from April to September, but there are no owner booking restrictions between October and March. We never forget that it is your property! How can I ensure my holiday home gets bookings? To maximise your income and allow your home to reach its full letting potential, there are a number of things you can do.
Accepting dogs opens your property up to a larger clientele. In one in three holidays in the UK, people bring a dog – meaning that if you can offer high standard pet friendly accommodation, you will reap the rewards. Short breaks are increasingly popular and can maximise your income, as selling two in a week will generate more than 100% of the weekly price. In 2019 43% of web searches made for holidays in April, May, June, September and October were for short breaks. How hands on will I need to be with running my property? A good agency should help you at every stage of preparing and letting your holiday property, to make the process as hassle-free as possible. Coast & Country Cottages has its own dedicated Managed Services team who handle everything from general maintenance and every day property running to
full renovation projects, as well as an in-house VisitEngland inspector who will give advice on maintaining or increasing your property standards. As part of the Sykes Cottages family, at Coast & Country Cottages we bring our owners the resources of a national company, coupled with support from our award-winning, experienced locally based team in Salcombe and Dartmouth. To download our free Owners Guide visit www.coastandcountry.co.uk, or to speak with our New Property Team call 01803 227992 for help and advice, whatever stage you are at.
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COUNTRY HOMES ACROSS THE SOUTH HAMS
Luscombe Maye have been successfully selling fine country homes throughout The South Hams since 1873 providing professional advice and service with a personal touch. The Country homes market across the South Hams has remained consistent this year, with demand still out stripping supply. The political climate has led to lower transaction levels year on year although this has led to prices pushing upwards across the region, as the South Hams still remains the destination of choice. Through our network of offices including London and as well as our high profile marketing we are able to keep abreast of these market trends. We always work closely with our clients to identify and maximise value, providing a bespoke approach for each property sale. We have seen and sold a wide range of country homes from village cottages to large country houses and probably everything in between. The trend for purchasing land or redundant farm buildings and either converting or building your own rural idle continues to be an extremely popular option. We have a highly experienced team of rural planning specialist who work hand in hand with our sales departments to be able to provide advice for both sellers and buyers alike. To discuss your specific country home requirements then please do not hesitate to contact your nearest Luscombe Maye office. James Rideout can be contacted at our Totnes Office, 59 Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5NJ - 01803 869920 54 | luscombemaye.com
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Dartmouth Guide ÂŁ850,000 Strete Lodge is a substantial period residence with breathtaking panoramic views over the wide expanse of Start Bay towards Start Point lighthouse. EPC E
Waterside Property 01548 857474
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Kingsbridge Guide ÂŁ695,000 Friends Cottage dates from circa 1770's and has been thoughtfully and sympathetically extended to create a substantial family home enjoying an abundance of character features and an acre of garden. EPC E
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Kingsbridge Guide ÂŁ645,000 A charming semi-detached character home in a highly desirable location near to Collapit Creek, with a Landing Stage and glorious views of the South Hams countryside. EPC E
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PROPERTY AUCTIONS THROUGHOUT THE WEST COUNTRY
Ever since Luscombe Maye was established in 1873 it has been conducting public auctions and records held by the firm show a wide range of properties having been sold in this way throughout the West Country. With this level of experience, Luscombe Maye are very pleased to continue to offer the auction method of sale to the property market and particularly at a time when this method of sale is becoming increasingly popular for certain types of property. What Selling by Auction Means for a Seller
What Buying at Auction Means for a Buyer
The property is aggressively marketed over a period of six weeks working up to the auction, at which an exchange of contracts is achieved at the fall of the hammer. Legal completion normally then follows twenty eight days later.
A transparent method of purchase within a clearly defined timescale.
The property is exposed to an extensive database of buyers and the property is advertised through local, regional and national media. The whole period of time it could take from the point of starting marketing to completion can be as short as eight weeks. Selling a property by auction offers transparency to buyers which is highly desirable but more importantly from a sellerâ€™s point of view offers some finality and certainty to a transaction. Public auction can mean the best possible price being achieved through competitive bidding in the market at that given time.
All legal documentation is made available prior to the auction enabling the buyer to raise any enquiries as they or their advisors may feel necessary. All surveys and all other research must be carried out in advance of the auction by the buyer to prepare themselves, as this cannot take place after the auction. Buyers are required (at the auction) to produce two forms of identification, such as a driving licence (photographic) and a utility bill as proof of address. At the fall of the hammer, the buyer is required to sign the contract and pay 10% deposit of the purchase price, this constituting an exchange of contracts. The balance of the purchase price and legal completion normally takes place twenty eight days later.
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Salcombe Guide ÂŁ695,000 A spacious family home on 3 levels with well laid out accommodation, pretty balcony, large terrace, level garden and parking for several vehicles. EPC C
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TIMELESS STYLE From chunky knits to rugged tweeds and luxe corduroy, we put the best fabrics to the test in the Scottish Highlands. Think warm cable knits. Plush corduroys. Timeless tweeds. These are the materials that, for so many guys, are the real heroes of menswear. And we wanted to celebrate them. That's why we set out for Scotland, and the sprawling beauty of the Gleneagles Hotel and its expansive grounds, to put them to the test.
Left: Jacket and vest by Stewart Christie, available at stewartchristie.com; vintage shirt by Liberty; chinos by Polo Ralph Lauren; boots by Joseph Cheaney, available at cheaney.co.uk Right: Sweater by Stewart Christie, available at stewartchristie.com; coat by Chrysalis, available at chrysalisengland.co.uk; trousers by Louis Vuitton, available at louisvuitton.com
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Left: Sport coat by Stewart Christie; shirt by Viyella, trousers by Stewart Christie all available at stewartchristie.com; sweater by Polo Ralph Lauren, available at ralphlauren.com Above: Sweater by Stewart Christie; shirt by Viyella, both available at stewartchristie.com; coat by Polo Ralph Lauren, available at ralphlauren.com; jeans by Drake's, available at drakes.com; boots by Hunter, available at hunterboots.com Right: Sport coat by Ralph Lauren Purple Label, available at ralphlauren.com; sweater by Drake's; vintage shirt; jeans by Drake's, all available at drakes.com; boots by Joseph Cheaney, available at cheaney.co.uk
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The Commercial Department of Luscombe Maye offers a bespoke service for vendors and purchasers, landlords and tenants, across the spectrum of commercial property throughout South Devon. The Commercial Department complements the service offered to clients by Luscombe Maye through the firmâ€™s Rural Planning and Agricultural Departments, particularly where clients are seeking alternative commercial uses for former agricultural buildings. The South Hams is not an area traditionally renowned as having a strong commercial base, given the geographical nature of the region, covering some of the most spectacular coastal areas along the South Coast. However, there are many businesses throughout the region deriving benefit from the increased visitor numbers generated by the tourist industry, particularly through the summer months, which is an important part of the underlying economy in this region. Commercial management is an integral part of the service offered by the company and we manage a number of retail and industrial properties on behalf of clients, including the boatstores in Island Street, Salcombe, which have been an integral part of the marine business in the town for many years and Luscombe Maye have been managing these traditional boatstores on behalf of overseas clients for in excess of 20 years. In an ever increasing regulatory environment, potential landlords need to be properly advised of their responsibilities and be made aware of necessary minimum requirements 68 | luscombemaye.com
regarding energy efficiency standards as it is now illegal to let property with an F or G EPC rating and to ensure that the property is fully insured prior to letting. Luscombe Maye have been managing a mixed retail and office investment property in Plymouth Road, Plympton for many years and the first floor offices were vacant, dated and proving difficult to re-let. Our overseas based client instructed the firm to sell the property and a buyer was secured off a guide price of ÂŁ250,000 and will be converting the first floor offices to residential flats. Our Chartered Surveyors are pleased to offer clients advice and act in the sale and acquisition of letting vacant shops, offices or warehouse/distribution premises on a freehold or leasehold basis and commercial property with businesses as a going concern. We regularly receive instructions from major banks and other lending institutions to provide secured lending valuations for commercial and rural property, undertaken in accordance with the RICS Valuation Standards, tailored to the needs of the lender and client.
Antony Stumbles can be contacted at our Kingsbridge Office, 62 Fore Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1PP - 01548 857474
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Malborough Guide ÂŁ699,995 A fully furnished newly built family home with stunning south-facing countryside views in an AONB on the edge of the village with double garage. EPC rating to be confirmed.
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South Milton Guide ÂŁ675,000 A charming period house with adjoining former School and Hall (permission for conversion), having generous gardens in the heart of this popular village and close to the coast. EPC G
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FARMS, LAND & SMALLHOLDINGS
Luscombe Maye’s roots are in the rural property sector, having become established in 1873 as a firm of agricultural auctioneers, land and estate agents. Since that time, the firm has been involved in the sale (or in some cases, the purchase) of a very large number of whole farms, bare blocks of land and smallholdings throughout Devon and Cornwall and are delighted to be able to continue to provide this specialised service. Our Farms, Land and Smallholdings Department offers realistic, knowledgeable and genuine advice, for those who are considering a sale of their farm, land or smallholding. As well as selling fully equipped whole farms and smallholdings, Luscombe Maye also deal with the sale of a large number of blocks of land (with or without buildings), paddocks, modern, traditional barns, woodland, fishing and sporting rights. At Luscombe Maye we make every effort to understand our clients objectives in selling and try to ensure that the advice we give, and particularly in respect of the method of sale, is suited to the particular client, to achieve the best possible outcome. Marketing is a key element of the sale of any rural property and with eight networked offices across Devon, including our Cheriton Bishop office near Exeter, helps us reach out and keep in contact with buyers looking to acquire one or a number of the different types of rural property. In advising our clients, we also try to explore how any added value can be introduced before the farm, buildings or land is offered for sale and this may mean applying for planning 72 | luscombemaye.com
consent, for conversion of traditional or modern farm buildings. Once any added value is achieved, we then analyse carefully, with the client, the possible lotting that can be applied to the rural property, to ensure we reach as wide a market of buyers as possible, to thereafter achieve the maximum price. Our London Mayfair office provides contacts with national publications and offers opportunities to expose the property to a wider market, both on a national and international basis, it being linked to 350 other agencies worldwide. Stuart Hext, the Senior Partner, who is very involved with the marketing of farms, land and smallholdings, commented “There seems to be a continued demand from buyers for farms, land and smallholdings of varying sizes and in varying locations and sought after for a wide range of reasons. Generally speaking, the supply of farms, land and smallholdings hasn’t yet outstripped the demand and as a result the prices achieved for this specialist commodity can deliver some good results.”
Stuart Hext MRICS, FAAV RICS Registered Valuer Senior Partner
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OUT OF SEASON We take a look at Sandra Jordan Photography, an award-winning fine art photographer who creates minimalist photographic meditations.
Sandra is a fine art photographer living in London. Whilst recovering from a back operation in her early 20’s she dabbled a bit in photography but it wasn’t until a train journey from London to Istanbul in 2007 that she became really hooked. For the next 9 years she split her time between working in the film industry and pursuing her photography, in 2016 she decided to make the leap to full time photographer and hasn’t looked back since.
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Sandra uses photography as a type of meditation, a chance to slow down and take a break from the hectic lifestyle of living in a big city, but it has been so much more than that through photography she has been lucky enough to see 23 polar bears in the wild, view the Northern Lights on many occasions, work as an Expedition Photographer on board a ship sailing around the High Arctic and teach photography to disadvantaged teenagers in Morocco, all incredible experiences that she will never forget. Photography has taken her to Morocco, Turkey, France, Croatia, Germany, Poland, Norway, Italy, Spain, Hungary and Russia and she still has a long list of other countries she’d like to visit and photograph. Creating what she calls ‘visual meditations’ Sandra’s work is minimalist in style. Blocking out any distractions is important to allow space within the image. This element not only allows the work to breathe but enables her, as the photographer, to create a moment of reflection and stillness within her own mind. Her aim is for that to follow through to others when viewing her work. We live in such a fast paced world, bombarded with constant noise and distraction, her aim with her work is to offer the viewer an opportunity to stop and take a moment. luscombemaye.com | 77
Much of her work centres around the expansive and remote Arctic, but even when photographing in an urban/coastal environment, she still seeks moments of solitude and calm. In her series Out of Season Sandra creates long exposure photographs of UK coastal resorts in the Winter. In the Summer they are thriving hubs full of life but come Winter time they appear to be abandoned forgotten places. It is within this solitude that Sandra finds peace and simplicity, uncovering a beauty in their emptiness. For more information or to view her work please visit www.sandrajordanphotography.co.uk
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RURAL GRANTS & SUBSIDIES The Rural Professionals team at Luscombe Maye, operating across Devon and Cornwall, offer tailor made advice with all matters relating to rural grants and subsidies. We are renowned for our attention to detail and take great pride in maximising our clientsâ€™ income streams where possible and demand for such advice continues to grow year on year with subsidies and grant funding being an integral part of farming incomes, coupled with the uncertainty of Brexit fast approaching. As a team at Luscombe Maye, we deal with in excess of 250 Basic Payment Scheme applications on an annual basis on behalf of our clients and we assist with a whole range of matters to include initial registration through to mapping changes, registration and transfers of land parcels, entitlement sales, along with the actual completion of the annual claim form and submission to the Rural Payments Agency. We also assist new entrants and young farmers in applying for the scheme and any top up payments that might be available. The service we offer to our clients also includes advice in relation to any incorrect or late payments and we have been successful at appealing penalties, where our clients have undergone farm inspections. We are fully up-to-date with all the latest grants on offer, such as the Rural Diversification Grants, Woodland Creation and Management Grants, Water Capital Grants, Mid and Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship and Hedgerow and Boundary Grants. We offer a bespoke service tailoring our advice to each individual client after understanding their short and longer term farming and land management objectives. The second round of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme came to an end in the Autumn of 2019 and we were delighted that our 100% success rate continued with each application being successful. We can offer help and advice in making an application and claim with regards to this and any other rural grants that become available. This year has been an extremely busy year for Countryside Stewardship with previous Entry Level Stewardship agreements with Natural England having come to an end and therefore many farmers are looking to enter into a new scheme. Although applications are competitive, successful agreements can be lucrative, with a number of capital works on offer and we look forward to continuing our 100% success rate with this yearâ€™s round of applications. Lucy Heard in our Rural Professionals department can be contacted at our South Brent office at 6 Fore Street, South Brent TQ10 9BQ. 80 | luscombemaye.com
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Newton Ferrers Guide ÂŁ650,000 Primrose Cottage is a detached 5 bedroom house with water views, a large detached garage and ample parking Providing adaptable accommodation for multigenerational living in a central village location. EPC C
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STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE What sets our Residential Letting Team apart from the competition is our astute understanding of the trials and tribulations of moving home and the juggling act that can come from moving from afar. Well-versed in supporting our clients, the team is proficient in building relationships and assisting both tenants and landlords in what may initially seem like a complicated process. With a growing number of previously owner-occupied properties joining the rental market we feel that it is important that there is knowledge and support given where it is required most.
Full Managed Service • Up to date Market Appraisal • Advice on preparing your property (Including support with MEES & EPC Regulations) • Advertising on all major property portals including Rightmove and Zoopla • High quality photographs and marketing • Accompanied viewings • Selective registration process • Tenant referencing • Deposit registration and arbitration • Preparation and signing of Tenancy Agreements • Tenant check in and check out
Luscombe Maye’s Residential Letting department is continually delivering a superior service in the management and support of some of the most idyllic, characterful properties in the region. The very nature of South Hams brings great variety in both landscape and culture and with this comes properties in all shapes, styles & flavours. The many villages and towns throughout South Hams benefit from strong commuting links to Plymouth and Exeter on the A38 and the main towns within South Hams such as Totnes, Kingsbridge, Modbury & Yealmpton on the A379 which allows tenants a greater choice in where they may choose to settle down. A great mixture of Country Walks, Beach Excursions or Hamlet Wandering can be had on the doorstep of all our properties. If Schooling is a deciding point, then one of the 46 Primary and Secondary schools in the region should provide sufficient choice and with a high proportion, either ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ in the recent Ofsted report the decision should be easy. Within Luscombe Maye, we have a team of highly experienced and knowledgeable lettings staff, all of whom live in South Hams and pride themselves on their local knowledge. It is this familiarity that enables the team to provide suggestions and alternatives to those looking to move to the area and allows us to deliver a service unlike any other. There are many reasons for renting a property out; whether it is part of an on-going investment portfolio, to fund the purchase of another property or purely as a stop-gap between sales, we can formulate a strategy to ensure that the objectives are met and correct tenants are placed. With this in mind, we have the following services to support the initial decision of how involved you would like to be in the process of letting your property.... 82 | luscombemaye.com
• Independent inventory clerk to carry out the inventory • Meter readings and informing the relevant agencies • Rent processing & accounting • Annual rent assessments and issuing of Section 13 Notices • Regular property inspections & reports • Notices & full legal compliance • Certification and reminders • Maintenance Management
Tenant Find Only • Up to date Market Appraisal • Advice on preparing your property • Advertising on all major property portals including Rightmove and Zoopla • High quality photographs and marketing • Accompanied viewings • Selective registration process • Tenant referencing • Preparation and signing of Tenancy Agreements
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Kingsbridge Guide ÂŁ650,000 Located in the tranquil hamlet of Elston, The Granary is a thoughtfully adapted and modernized barn conversion enjoying far reaching views of the South Hams countryside. EPC D
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Modbury Guide ÂŁ650,000 Fine example of Georgian architecture in this Grade II Listed townhouse showcasing many original features. Versatile and light filled accommodation with courtyard and parking. EPC Exempt
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A TASTE OF THE GOOD LIFE For flavour that’ll change your life, consider the Big Green Egg.
Humans are a communal sort. There’s no better feeling than getting together and sharing a moment you’ll look back on with fondness. And there’s no denying it: fabulous food plays a huge part, summer barbecues, dinner parties — nothing quite unites us like a good spread. All that said, don’t you ever feel… frustrated with it? The whole ritual: tending the oven, running around the kitchen while your guests are torn between having a wonderful time without you and wondering where you are. And the stress; what if by some cruel twist of fate it all goes wrong? It happens. Too many hobs on the boil. Too many timings and temperatures to navigate your way around. It’s enough to make you throw in the towel, and order a takeaway instead. Before you do: there is a solution to all that. Something that not only makes food taste delightful every single time, but something that’s simple, novel, and that frees you up to enjoy your occasion. Maybe you’ve heard about it. It’s called the Big Green Egg. The Big Green Egg is not a normal cooker. For a start, it’s charcoal-fueled and sits in your garden. Don’t let that vex you. It might not be conventional, but by the time you’re done with your first cook, you’ll be ready to throw the rulebook out of the window. The EGG is the lovechild of ancient Japanese cooking traditions and modern sensibility. By taking a tried-and-tested way to cook and infusing it liberally with the needs of the contemporary
home-chef, you’re not only left with a versatile cooking machine, you’re left with the undisputed, the original flavour maker. The EGG is an oven. But not as you know it. The secret is in the ceramics. The Big Green Egg is handcrafted where ceramics were once invented, using ceramic technology that NASA uses to build space shuttles. This unprecedented quality allows you to get your EGG to screaming hot temperatures in 15 minutes or fewer. And it’ll stay hot for up to 24 hours if you’ll let it. Conversely, it will allow you to cook extremely low, for slow, considered cooks that your normal oven simply won’t be capable of. It isn’t just about heat, either. The ceramic dome locks in moisture and flavour, so whether you’re cooking steaks, slow-cooking some meltingly tender beef short rib, or even infusing your favourite sticky toffee pudding with the gentle, aromatic smoke of pecan chips, the result will be worlds apart from anything you’ve experienced before. Listen to us: blowing our own trumpet. You don’t have to take our word for it. Just ask one of the countless Michelin chefs that obsess over the EGG, and insist upon having one in their kitchens. Or one of the thousands of EGG lovers all over the world. Better still, consider tasting the EGG for yourself. Be careful though: it might just change your life. luscombemaye.com | 87
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ROASTED FORE RIB OF BEEF 1 4-bone rib of dry-aged beef (ask your butcher to French trim the rib as this looks amazing. Also, keep the trimmings for burgers) Maldon sea salt 25 ml rapeseed oil Freshly ground black pepper
Method Set up your EGG for indirect cooking with the ConvEGGtor legs up and the stainless steel grid on top. Your target temperature is 120c/230f. If you own an EGGspander, set up without the top shelf. You'll add this later when your beef is resting. Remove the beef from the fridge a minimum of 2 hours before cooking to allow it to reach room temperature. Rub the meat with rapeseed oil and season heavily all over with salt. When you're done, place it in the EGG. Roast for 3-4 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 58c â€” the perfect temperature for a fore rib of beef. Once you've reached this internal temperature, remove the joint from the EGG, wrap in foil and leave to stand. Remove the ConvEGGtor from the EGG and replace with the stainless steel grid or cast iron searing grid if you have one. Raise the EGG temperature to 250c. Put the joint back on the EGG, and sear each side for some trademark searing lines. This should only take a matter of minutes. As a guide, for medium-rare, cook to 55-60c, medium: 60-65, or medium-well 65-70c. Remove the beef, season with freshly ground black pepper and rest in a warm place for at least 45 minutes. The ideal resting temperature is 58-60c. Then carve off of the bone and make sure to give each person a thick slice. It's easier to portion and serve, and looks very impressive!
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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING AN EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY With around 1 million horses in the UK under private and professional ownership, it’s no surprise that there is strong demand for equestrian property. Keeping horses at home is every horse owner’s dream. Finding the right property depends on what type of rider you are, a recreational rider is likely to want 10 plus acres of pasture with 3-4 stables and good hacking and a professional rider will be looking for a larger set up with extensive facilities that often include an indoor or outdoor manège, gallops, horse walker, land and a range of stables and building.
set up will often have traditional timber stables looking into an outside space. A dry and secure storage area for tack/ equestrian equipment and space to store hay and bedding is vital. Not all equestrian properties will offer every facility that you require in their current state, but it is important to consider the practicalities and cost of changes you may wish to make.
Finding the right location is hugely important and often the desired location will depend on what type of rider you are. Clearly, good access to bridle paths and tracks is desirable and, even better, a gallop across open moorland or a sandy beach is paradise to confident riders. If you are a serious rider that competes, you’ll need to consider access and proximity to training and competition facilities. If you’re planning to run a business from your equestrian property, you should also consider any planning issues and if there is a potential pool of clients in the area.
And finally, remember the house itself, professional riders such as showjumpers, eventers and racehorse trainers will often settle for a home of modest quality, their priorities being the location and facilities for their horses. For recreational riders the house is often very important. Some buyers favour a traditional character farmhouse, whilst others seek a modern, bright eco-friendly modern house. We recommend equestrian buyers to remain flexible in their approach as equestrian properties are not in plentiful supply and improvements can always be made at a later date. We work closely with our other specialist teams at Luscombe Maye and can offer advice on planning and diversification.
The British Horse Society recommends 1-1.5 acres of grazing land per horse, the land should be able to be split allowing for grazing on rotation which will reduce poaching the ground. The grass should be well established, the soil should be free-draining with a preference for lighter loams. Soil may not be the deciding factor but it is important to consider as it will impact the winter management and safety of your horse, free draining ground helps grow strong bones for young stock and enable horses to be turned out for 12 months of the year. Shade, shelter and water are two other factors worth considering when looking at land. Stabling ideally needs to well ventilated and spacious, the American Barn arrangement is particularly favourable to most horse owners especially in the winter months, a domestic smaller 90 | luscombemaye.com
Our specialist equestrian department is based in our South Brent office and supports all seven of Luscombe Maye’s South Hams offices with a further office near Exeter that encompasses the Teign Valley, Mid Devon and the Dartmoor National Park. The team is made up of keen riders some who compete themselves, this means that we have a deep understanding of all things equestrian and can offer you accurate and practical advice to ensure that you make the right purchase.
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A NEW BEGINNING
According to government stats the number of people over 65 and living in the UK is due to increase to 12 million by 2027 – an increase of 20%. Advances in healthcare since the war have seen a steady rise in the top quartile age group and this is not going to change. At the same time, people have more disposable income and are increasingly open to looking at a wider range of housing options than the standard bungalow in the South West, which for many people, has represented the only option in the past. Here in the South Hams, and South Devon in general, we have always experienced high demand from retirees – people are commonly retiring earlier now, with many of the enquiries we receive, from people in their fifties. Better health and good levels of disposable income have lead ‘active retirees’ to look at options which include an element of flexibility in terms of being able to lock up and leave an apartment to travel, or visit family living further afield. Although the majority of retirement villages and apartments are not occupied by people requiring medical care, it is undoubtedly true that having an apartment where maintenance, repairs, security and other issues are dealt with by the management company, and where you can have day care if required, in your own home, is an excellent option for many. There are of course, charges associated with living in a retirement property, which can vary greatly and which relate to the level of services provided. Many people welcome a set monthly charge, rather than having to deal with a slew of bills and costs for insurance and gardening, and the peace of mind that this brings. 94 | luscombemaye.com
Living in an environment where the buyer perceives that there will be other ‘like minded’ people, and that they will become part of a community, where many older people fear isolation and loneliness, is also a powerful factor in encouraging people to look at non-traditional options in the property market when they retire. Many of the retirees to Devon with whom we deal, come from affluent parts of the UK or are returning home from abroad, and the price of an apartment can represent very good value when compared with the value of the home they are selling in, for example, Surrey or Dubai. Luscombe Maye has a number of retirement properties available through our eight offices in the South Hams and provide advice to potential buyers from across the country and, indeed, the globe, not least through our London Office and the international network of 500 independent estate agents to which we belong. The future looks bright for retirees in the South Hams and Luscombe Maye is proud to be at the forefront of the active retirement revolution. In our opinion there is no better place in which to enjoy later life to the full.
BSc (EST MAN), FNAVA, FNAEA Associate (Retirement Living Department)
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