House Magazine
Previous Tab
Next Tab

Franco Manca: Once you eat Napoli you’ll never go back

Franco-Manca-1_171

Off of the back of our prior visit for the ‘pizza making’ evening, the generous team at Franco Manca invited us down for a more conventional sampling of food. Impressed with our previous visit and hungry for more, we trotted down one afternoon to give their regular menu a try. We arrived to a familiar smiling face and the warm, welcoming atmosphere – something so synonymous with Italian dining. Each taking our seats, we gazed around the rustically dressed room, now that we weren’t flipping dough behind the counter, we had time to take in the venue’s décor. Mosaic tiles, wooden cladding and highlights of exposed brickwork made up its shell, with sporadically placed pendant…

+

AJ Developments

AJ-1_171

INTRODUCING STROLLERS REACH, the highly anticipated and talked about premier development on Barton Common Road. With demolition nearly complete, the construction of just 8 bespoke apartments is underway. These homes will be completed to the highest specification and finish; this married with the enviable views they’ll boast is already making these apartments sought after, with current enquiries being taken. Through a gated entrance, this development comprises a mix of sizeable, two and three bedroom apartments, with spacious living accommodation, balconies, an internal elevator, private parking and landscaped garden areas. The Development Name ‘Strollers Reach’ has been derived from the famous pony Stroller, who was the first and only, Olympic medal-winning, Show Jumping Pony, and is…

+

Equity Release – Lifetime Mortgages: The Need to Knows

Apex-CB-5_170

We hear a lot in the media about dwindling pensions and a concern for our financial security as we age. Considered by experts as one of the soundest investments, property – for a lot of people – is key to a secure financial future and moreover our children’s financial future. We met with financial expert Liz Murley, of Apex CB Financial Planning, to find out more about Equity Release (now known as Lifetime Mortgages) and how they can work for you. Who is Apex CB Financial Planning? For those of you who haven’t (yet) heard of Apex CB, here is the background; it all started with Managing Director Chris Ryan, who opened the business back…

+

Isabel’s: Lunch in little Paris

Isabeles-1_170

There is a special kind of aura surrounding French cuisine. It’s classic – no, it’s more than that – it’s, ‘iconic’. It represents the early development of haute cuisine and is considered as the backbone of Western cookery. French food introduced many of the most elaborate, nee legendary, cooking techniques that we use today. For chefs, it is the one cuisine feared by many, yet loved by all. There is a level of respect that comes with French food and no-where locally is that more prevalent than at Isabel’s. We had been invited to sample their brand-new lunch menu, a first for the independent restaurant, having previously been known for only opening a select few…

+

Paradise At Home

Staycation-2_170

In an effort to seek some R&R, I sat down with my significant other to discuss the possibility of a holiday. Like most, we have put in the graft, working day and night to pay for all of life’s little joys; the mortgage, bills, my princess of a dog’s specific dietary needs…we, like many, were in need of a break. So one night we sat together and explored website after website, each suggesting ideas and quickly dismissing them. Arguments breaking out over flight durations, destinations and how this whole holiday finding process was actually a reflection of a deep routed inability to commit (sorry, it got personal). The point is, sometimes booking a relaxing escape…

+

Tax Changes Prompt Surge In Landlords Switching To Holiday Letting

Rumsey-3_170

If you’re a buy to let landlord you could be forgiven for thinking that the government has had it in for you in recent years I guess if you are going to raise some tax revenue then landlords are a group that you can bash without losing a lot of votes and they have certainly been bashed lately. It’s long been an investment model to push borrowing to get a second rental property. The objective is capital gain and the eventual reward comes from selling after taking a ride on the property market. Capital gains tax was reduced from April 2016 to 10% for basic rate tax payers and 20% for higher rate taxpayers but…

+

Theatre Review; Opening Night at ‘Priscilla Queen of The Desert’

Priscilla_170

In a word – fabulous! Priscilla is an awe-inspiring spectacle packed with disco fever, glamour and a rollercoaster of emotions. Having not seen the film, I entered the theatre with only a vague idea of what was in store. My mind was open for captivation and captivated it was. The curtain rose as three divas floated down from the rafters, belting a heart-pounding rendition of “It’s Raining Men”, with sequin-studded sensation ‘Miss Understanding’ (played by Ali Davis) joining them on-stage with a mash-up of Tina Turner. The first act flowed seamlessly from song to song and the integration of pop songs into the main storyline was flawless. Some particular highlights from the first half included…

+

Telephone Appointment Booker Required

The area’s finest local magazine is recruiting for a part-time appointment maker. Working in our fun, dynamic central Bournemouth studio you will be responsible for sourcing potential advertising leads and cold calling them to arrange appointments for our sales team. Highly productive and self-motivated, you will be expected to make contact with key decision makers in local and national companies so an outgoing, friendly personality is a must. You’ll need to be tough and resilient to deal with rejection, but you won’t be required to sell anything other than an appointment. You will be expected to add contact details and notes to our database to ensure our contacts are up to date as you go,…

+

The Pamper Lounge: A little you time

The-Pamper-Lounge-1_169

Sometimes a girl needs to escape her routine, put aside all dependency from work and home and just indulge in a little ‘you time’. In our on-going pursuit to review Dorset’s greatest spas and salons, we visited power-duo and besties ‘Kim’ and ‘Rachel’ at their brand new salon ‘The Pamper Lounge’. Having both studied and worked in the industry for several years it had always been a dream of the girls to have their own salon. Tired of working within other salons, the girls stuck their heads together and started planning how they could turn their dream into a reality. Shortly after the initial discussion, a potential site became available – it was a sign….

+

Franco Manca: Humble, Authentic, Delicious.

Franco-Manca-1_169

As Robin Leach once said, “In Italy, they add work and life, onto food and wine” – now THAT’S a philosophy a girl can get behind. We had been invited to an exclusive press evening, complete with pizza making and wine tasting, at the newly opened ‘Franco Manca’ – don’t mind if I do! Located in the once Debenhams menswear department is the new and shiny ‘Franco Manca’ the new ‘it’ pizza joint. Gone are the stacks of woolen jumpers and colour-coordinated socks and in its place are pendant lights, rustic wooden tables and industrial shelves filled with organic wine, chopped tomatoes and pickled artichokes. We scanned the room, our attention immediately being grabbed by…

+

Franco Manca: Once you eat Napoli you’ll never go back

Franco-Manca-1_171

Off of the back of our prior visit for the ‘pizza making’ evening, the generous team at Franco Manca invited us down for a more conventional sampling of food. Impressed with our previous visit and hungry for more, we trotted down one afternoon to give their regular menu a try. We arrived to a familiar smiling face and the warm, welcoming atmosphere – something so synonymous with Italian dining. Each taking our seats, we gazed around the rustically dressed room, now that we weren’t flipping dough behind the counter, we had time to take in the venue’s décor. Mosaic tiles, wooden cladding and highlights of exposed brickwork made up its shell, with sporadically placed pendant…

Features

Franco Manca: Once you eat Napoli you’ll never go back

Franco-Manca-1_171

Off of the back of our prior visit for the ‘pizza making’ evening, the generous team at Franco Manca invited us down for a more conventional sampling of food. Impressed with our previous visit and hungry for more, we trotted down one afternoon to give their regular menu a try. We arrived to a familiar smiling face and the warm, welcoming atmosphere – something so synonymous with Italian dining. Each taking our seats, we gazed around the rustically dressed room, now that we weren’t flipping dough behind the counter, we had time to take in the venue’s décor. Mosaic tiles, wooden cladding and highlights of exposed brickwork made up its shell, with sporadically placed pendant…

+

AJ Developments

AJ-1_171

INTRODUCING STROLLERS REACH, the highly anticipated and talked about premier development on Barton Common Road. With demolition nearly complete, the construction of just 8 bespoke apartments is underway. These homes will be completed to the highest specification and finish; this married with the enviable views they’ll boast is already making these apartments sought after, with current enquiries being taken. Through a gated entrance, this development comprises a mix of sizeable, two and three bedroom apartments, with spacious living accommodation, balconies, an internal elevator, private parking and landscaped garden areas. The Development Name ‘Strollers Reach’ has been derived from the famous pony Stroller, who was the first and only, Olympic medal-winning, Show Jumping Pony, and is…

+

Equity Release – Lifetime Mortgages: The Need to Knows

Apex-CB-5_170

We hear a lot in the media about dwindling pensions and a concern for our financial security as we age. Considered by experts as one of the soundest investments, property – for a lot of people – is key to a secure financial future and moreover our children’s financial future. We met with financial expert Liz Murley, of Apex CB Financial Planning, to find out more about Equity Release (now known as Lifetime Mortgages) and how they can work for you. Who is Apex CB Financial Planning? For those of you who haven’t (yet) heard of Apex CB, here is the background; it all started with Managing Director Chris Ryan, who opened the business back…

+

Isabel’s: Lunch in little Paris

Isabeles-1_170

There is a special kind of aura surrounding French cuisine. It’s classic – no, it’s more than that – it’s, ‘iconic’. It represents the early development of haute cuisine and is considered as the backbone of Western cookery. French food introduced many of the most elaborate, nee legendary, cooking techniques that we use today. For chefs, it is the one cuisine feared by many, yet loved by all. There is a level of respect that comes with French food and no-where locally is that more prevalent than at Isabel’s. We had been invited to sample their brand-new lunch menu, a first for the independent restaurant, having previously been known for only opening a select few…

+

Paradise At Home

Staycation-2_170

In an effort to seek some R&R, I sat down with my significant other to discuss the possibility of a holiday. Like most, we have put in the graft, working day and night to pay for all of life’s little joys; the mortgage, bills, my princess of a dog’s specific dietary needs…we, like many, were in need of a break. So one night we sat together and explored website after website, each suggesting ideas and quickly dismissing them. Arguments breaking out over flight durations, destinations and how this whole holiday finding process was actually a reflection of a deep routed inability to commit (sorry, it got personal). The point is, sometimes booking a relaxing escape…

+

Tax Changes Prompt Surge In Landlords Switching To Holiday Letting

Rumsey-3_170

If you’re a buy to let landlord you could be forgiven for thinking that the government has had it in for you in recent years I guess if you are going to raise some tax revenue then landlords are a group that you can bash without losing a lot of votes and they have certainly been bashed lately. It’s long been an investment model to push borrowing to get a second rental property. The objective is capital gain and the eventual reward comes from selling after taking a ride on the property market. Capital gains tax was reduced from April 2016 to 10% for basic rate tax payers and 20% for higher rate taxpayers but…

+

Telephone Appointment Booker Required

The area’s finest local magazine is recruiting for a part-time appointment maker. Working in our fun, dynamic central Bournemouth studio you will be responsible for sourcing potential advertising leads and cold calling them to arrange appointments for our sales team. Highly productive and self-motivated, you will be expected to make contact with key decision makers in local and national companies so an outgoing, friendly personality is a must. You’ll need to be tough and resilient to deal with rejection, but you won’t be required to sell anything other than an appointment. You will be expected to add contact details and notes to our database to ensure our contacts are up to date as you go,…

+

The Pamper Lounge: A little you time

The-Pamper-Lounge-1_169

Sometimes a girl needs to escape her routine, put aside all dependency from work and home and just indulge in a little ‘you time’. In our on-going pursuit to review Dorset’s greatest spas and salons, we visited power-duo and besties ‘Kim’ and ‘Rachel’ at their brand new salon ‘The Pamper Lounge’. Having both studied and worked in the industry for several years it had always been a dream of the girls to have their own salon. Tired of working within other salons, the girls stuck their heads together and started planning how they could turn their dream into a reality. Shortly after the initial discussion, a potential site became available – it was a sign….

+

Franco Manca: Humble, Authentic, Delicious.

Franco-Manca-1_169

As Robin Leach once said, “In Italy, they add work and life, onto food and wine” – now THAT’S a philosophy a girl can get behind. We had been invited to an exclusive press evening, complete with pizza making and wine tasting, at the newly opened ‘Franco Manca’ – don’t mind if I do! Located in the once Debenhams menswear department is the new and shiny ‘Franco Manca’ the new ‘it’ pizza joint. Gone are the stacks of woolen jumpers and colour-coordinated socks and in its place are pendant lights, rustic wooden tables and industrial shelves filled with organic wine, chopped tomatoes and pickled artichokes. We scanned the room, our attention immediately being grabbed by…

+

Visjeune: 10 ways to improve your self-confidence this summer!

Visjeune-4_169

There is an enormous amount of pressure on us women to look a certain way, wherever you look; magazines, television, social media, they all seem to only have room for a certain ‘look’. Confidence is a woman’s best friend, if she has that, nothing can stop her, but a woman who has lost sight of what makes her beautiful is soul destroying. The truth is, there is no amount of change that can pull you out of a self-hating rut if you don’t deal with the problem on a deeper level, which is why Lisa (owner and operator of Visjuene clinic) is leading the cosmetic industry from the heart, woman to woman. Though Lisa is…

+

Basic Elegance: Experts In Interior Design

Basic-Elegance-2_169

Basic Elegance is one of the UK’s leading online furnishing and interior design companies, providing luxurious interiors to commercial agents, estate agents, property developers, landlords and private clients. We specialise in the provision of high-end, custom-made and unusual designer furniture ideally suited to interior design projects. If you are a private client looking to re-design your home, we offer a comprehensive interior design service where we will completely re-design your home from concept, through to development and final implementation. Or perhaps you are simply looking for some advice or design ideas for one room. Whatever your requirements, we work closely with you ensuring your final design scheme is both stunning and practical whilst reflecting your…

+

Sk:n Clinic

Skin-Clinic-1_168

Thinking about investing in laser hair removal? Get the low down with sk:n’s expert buyers guide. Even though Laser Hair Removal is widely available, it’s important to remember that it is a serious treatment to undergo and can have harmful complications if not delivered in a safe environment by a fully qualified practitioner. Here’s what you should consider when you are shopping around for Laser Hair Removal treatments, including details on how the treatment works; how to get the best results and the difference between laser hair removal and IPL. How qualified is the practitioner? When carrying out Laser Hair Removal, a practitioner will be directing a powerful laser at your skin to target the…

+

Portman Stone: History in your home

Portman-Stone-4_168

At the young age of 20 years old entrepreneur ‘Steve Griffiths’ started his first venture, setting up what later became one of the largest joinery firm’s in the South of England. As the years have passed, Steve’s passion for stunning natural materials and stonemasonry came to the fore as he berthed and grew ‘Portman Stone’, one of the areas foremost stone specialists and experts in their field. Stone is a remarkable material. With the nature of its conception, some stone could even be as much as 280 million years old. Portman Stone specialises in quartz, quartzite and granite. These incredible igneous rocks are products of solidified magma formed between our Earth’s surfaces, often trapping incredi-ble…

+

La Fontanella, Martello Road, Branksome Park

Odyssey-1_168

Ultimate in Bespoke Luxury By Odyssey Homes Odyssey Homes has built quite the reputation in and around the Dorset area. Known for their unique approach to property development, the team has once again embarked on an exceptional project, resulting in a state of the art, luxury, super home, named ‘La Fontanella’. This unique 6 bedroom, 9,500 sq ft family home is set in an acre of pine fringed garden and is located in the exclusive Branksome Park. La Fontanella (fountain in Italian) was formally the ‘Italian Villa’ home of Mr Forte. Chris has taken inspiration from famed architect Frank-Lloyd Wright’s ‘Falling Water’, to create this highly contemporary design with the support and expertise of David…

+

Is finding a good builder as hard as it used to be…

Clever-Build_168

It always seemed there were never any guarantees when it came to employing a builder to undertake work on your home, but have things changed in recent years making it easier to decide who to employ? Clever Build and Design think it has. The building and design company has taken a fresh approach to the industry by developing a transparent work ethic and quotation system that puts the customer in full control of their building projects. Simon Smith, Managing Director at Clever Build and Design, strongly believes people must have a clear understanding of all and any work that might be involved in a new building or design project before they sign the dotted line…

+

All Surface Care: All Shiny & New

All-Surface-Care-3_168

Picture this; last year, you had a new stone floor installed somewhere in your home. When you first got it, it was beautiful, highly polished and pristine; you couldn’t wait to come down for your morning coffee to see it. Since then it has been subject to all manner of stains, scuffs, trodden in dirt and those few unfortunate ‘accidents’ the kids and dog couldn’t control. You feel at a loss, your mind calculating the cost of a replacement. Likewise with your kitchen worktops, which once immaculate are now covered in scratches and scrapes. Well, hang on for just one moment, because All Surface Care is what some are calling ‘stone restoring miracle workers’. Specialising…

+

Dancing Moose: Just seriously good food

Dancing-Moose-1_167

Ok, off the bat spoiler alert: WOW. Dancing Moose take a well-deserved bow [claps ferociously in head]. I suppose you’re wondering what prompted the premature congratulations, well, allow me to explain… Situated in the heart of locally adored Ashley Cross, the Dancing Moose is an integral part of the community hub. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner (among various other unique food specials throughout the week) this is the place to go for round the clock grub. With a new menu on the horizon our team were invited to get sampling, and so sample we did. It was a gorgeous day, the sun was shinning and anticipation was stirring for the food that was to come….

+

E-save Heating: 21st Century Insulation

E-save-3_167

For over a decade now we have revered the familiar, accepting fiberglass as the go to insulator for our homes. Whilst old faithful has served us well, it’s time for a modern solution to an age-old heating problem. Introducing ‘E-save Heating’, the South’s pioneering installer of new age ‘Foam Insulation’. We interviewed owner and insulation guru ‘Vince Rice’, to find out more. Who is E-save Heating? Having worked as a national sales manager for one of the largest solar energy companies in the UK, Vince has a lengthy career history in the energy industry. It all started when Vince was making a visit to a client regarding their solar panels, when he stumbled across something…

+

The Cottonwood Boutique Hotel: Investigating the new “D’hote menu”

Cottonwood-2_167

Aaah The Cottonwood; House Magazine’s favourite boutique hotel. Having attended the launch of their recent ‘chocolate buffet’, we were thrilled to receive an invite to the unveiling of their new summer menu. No sooner did the email come through, did the team gather their things and make their way over. We sat in their hot pink dining room; the walls adorned with gilded mirrors, grand paintings and velvet fabrics. You could never say that the décor was ordinary, but never the less always eye-catching. As we sat down we were each handed a menu entitled ‘Dinner Table D’hote Menu’. Creating a menu for a hotel is always challenging. With a broad variety of guests always…

+

Western Design Architects

Western-Design-4_167

Miss L. Randolph from Tarrant Keyneston asks… ‘I am buying a listed cottage, it is really run down and the layout isn’t ideal for my family, what can I do to the listed building’? Conservation Architect and Director at Western Design Architects, Phil Easton answers this question. The great majority of listed buildings are Grade II which means although what you do is controlled, it is not as strict as the Grade I and Grade II* listings that apply to more significant historic buildings. It is a good idea to look in the National Heritage List for England to check if your property is listed. This will tell you about the reason for your building’s…

+