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Q&A Session with Greg Adams from Adams Lettings

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We quizzed Greg on the new office and a few topical issues relating to Lettings that might crop up at the Lettings Surgery…. Q: Why did you choose Christchurch? G: Christchurch is a delightful town, making it an amazing place to live and we can’t wait to be a part of that. In addition, the office will be opening in the premises of my mother’s wool shop, Honora, which has been serving the local (and not so local) community for over 60 years. Although Honora’s clientele are sad about mum’s retirement, it is a great opportunity for me to continue my family’s relationship with the unique community in Christchurch. Q: How do you see George…

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Adams Lettings: Opening New Office in Christchurch

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Join Adams Lettings in celebrating the opening of their new office in Christchurch by attending their OPEN LETTINGS SURGERY. Adams Lettings Agents are proud and excited to announce the opening of their new office on the High Street in Christchurch. We will be open for business on Friday 13th May 2016 and will be celebrating by having an Open Office ‘Lettings Surgery’ on Friday 13th as well as Saturday 14th May, to introduce ourselves to the local community, landlords and tenants. Please come in and see us and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with some cake or biscuits, whilst meeting members of the team, and discussing whatever is on your mind in relation…

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Food Review: Omelettos

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…Let the egg-puns begin! Tucked away in Bournemouth’s cosmopolitan triangle, is the flippin’ (first pun hatched) tasty ‘Omelettos’. A word of advice: don’t underestimate this cracking little place. We met with owner (also known as the omelette king) ‘Tarik’, one morning to find out what makes his food so egg-citing – ok I’ll stop, I promise. Tarik was bursting with enthusiasm, especially for a dreary Monday morning. His passion for the business really shone through and it was evident that this guy really knows his eggs. He took the time to tell us a little about how he got the business started: in the search for the perfect omelette, he tried and tested heaps of…

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Bathrooms by Ripples

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10 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE YOU BUY A SHOWER Victoria Lombard (Owner of Ripples Bournemouth) offers her advice on the 10 things to think about before you buy a shower… #1 Your Lifestyle Before you jump straight in think about how you shower and who will be using the shower, these are questions that I ask my clients, so it’s important that you ask yourself them too. #2 Your options You might like the look of an overhead shower (hotel-inspired designs are big news after-all) but think about your options, maybe you might also want to incorporate a hand-held shower too, perfect for those of you that don’t want to get your hair wet…

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Review: The Venue Salon

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Sometimes a girl (or guy – no bias here) just needs a little ‘TLC’ and for me, nothing is as satisfying as a couple of hours spent away from work being pampered. I was invited to ‘The Venue’ to see what this fresh new salon had to offer. It’s a tough job, but I remain committed as ever. The salon was buzzing – a hub of activity. I was greeted by three charming ladies, one of whom was ‘Emily’, the salon manager. At just 25 years old Emily has created a beauty empire: jam-packed with only the best treatments and tons of little extras, that takes the standard salon experience to a whole new level….

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Heidi Perks: Your, soon to be favourite, local author

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Heidi and I met one sunny afternoon at House Magazine HQ, to talk about her soon to be published novel, ‘Beneath The Surface’. Instantly captured by her charm and humility, it’s hard to believe a women so enchanting could have written a novel so dark. The story is set with a young Abigail, who returns home from a perfectly ordinary school day, only to find that her family has vanished, without a trace (or so it seems). Encouraged by her grandmother to forget the past and move on with her life, Abigail does so, until it is her turn to take on parenthood, when the secrets that were once buried, cannot be contained any longer….

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Talking Business: Leaders

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Getting to know you… The national company that are making a massive impact, in the local area. You’ve more than likely seen, or heard of, Leaders before, they are a pioneering national brand, dedicated to the buying, selling and letting of properties – but how does such a large company fit in with the local community? We visited the team at Leaders in Poole, to find out how their approach to estate agency, really does make a difference. Michelle, Ian and Abbi took the time to tell us more. Leaders as a company, have a certain way of doing things. They make it their mission to get to know their clients, with this in mind,…

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Willton Homes

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A Planning Case Study – Merley Lane, Wimborne Willton Homes have always believed that a good location is the key to a successful site and when an older home in Merley Lane near Wimborne was offered to the market for the first time in many years Willton had already identified the property with its’ exceptionally large garden and range of outbuildings as one having potential for a niche development. After successfully competing against several other bidders, Willton Homes then approached neighbouring owners, two of whom agreed to sell a portion of their gardens to facilitate a development. Commented Neville Smith-Daniels, Willton Homes Land Director, “This was a classic situation where the overly large gardens were…

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Bathrooms by Ripples

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This year “Scandinavian Design” makes a huge mark on the interiors world and it’s BIG news in the world of bathrooms. Scandinavian design is created through ample light, the use of natural wood, minimalism and functionality. Designs are kept simple and often stylise the natural environment, by using natural materials and neutral colours. Victoria Lombard is the owner of luxury bathroom showroom Ripples in Westbourne, Bournemouth. Follow Victoria’s tips on how to get the look in five easy steps. 1. Tiles – Keep it simple! We have recently seen a trend towards non textured matte finished tiles on the walls which gives a casual and natural look within the room. When it comes to floor…

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Food Review: Koh Thai Ringwood

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A little piece of Thai heaven, nestled in the New Forest You know we’re no strangers to the Koh concept, but after much arm-twisting (yeah right), we decided to visit Koh’s relatively new Ringwood enclave to see if the offering was just as sumptuous as their other branches. We ventured on one drizzly afternoon, in dire need of having our spirits lifted, and lifted they were! With already high expectations built from our previous visit to their Christchurch cousin – Koh Noi, we were excited to see what surprises were in store. The décor follows the usual east meets west theme, with handmade satin cushions, and picturesque Thai murals contrasting the exposed brick walls and…

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Quarters

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Burger me that’s tasty! Word had spread to House HQ, of an infamous bar & grill serving (and I quote) “the BEST burgers in town”. Naturally our curiosity couldn’t keep us apart, so off we went to see what all of the fuss was about. We arrived in trendy Southbourne, team in tow, ready and waiting to sample some divine meaty treats. Met by our friendly waiter and shown to our table, we were seated adjacent to the window, the sun beaming in, it seemed right to raise a toast to such splendid day; My toast of choice? – A crisp and refreshing, alcoholic (you would have done the same) ginger beer. The first sip;…

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Q&A Session with Greg Adams from Adams Lettings

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We quizzed Greg on the new office and a few topical issues relating to Lettings that might crop up at the Lettings Surgery…. Q: Why did you choose Christchurch? G: Christchurch is a delightful town, making it an amazing place to live and we can’t wait to be a part of that. In addition, the office will be opening in the premises of my mother’s wool shop, Honora, which has been serving the local (and not so local) community for over 60 years. Although Honora’s clientele are sad about mum’s retirement, it is a great opportunity for me to continue my family’s relationship with the unique community in Christchurch. Q: How do you see George…

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Adams Lettings: Opening New Office in Christchurch

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Join Adams Lettings in celebrating the opening of their new office in Christchurch by attending their OPEN LETTINGS SURGERY. Adams Lettings Agents are proud and excited to announce the opening of their new office on the High Street in Christchurch. We will be open for business on Friday 13th May 2016 and will be celebrating by having an Open Office ‘Lettings Surgery’ on Friday 13th as well as Saturday 14th May, to introduce ourselves to the local community, landlords and tenants. Please come in and see us and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with some cake or biscuits, whilst meeting members of the team, and discussing whatever is on your mind in relation…

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Food Review: Omelettos

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…Let the egg-puns begin! Tucked away in Bournemouth’s cosmopolitan triangle, is the flippin’ (first pun hatched) tasty ‘Omelettos’. A word of advice: don’t underestimate this cracking little place. We met with owner (also known as the omelette king) ‘Tarik’, one morning to find out what makes his food so egg-citing – ok I’ll stop, I promise. Tarik was bursting with enthusiasm, especially for a dreary Monday morning. His passion for the business really shone through and it was evident that this guy really knows his eggs. He took the time to tell us a little about how he got the business started: in the search for the perfect omelette, he tried and tested heaps of…

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Bathrooms by Ripples

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10 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE YOU BUY A SHOWER Victoria Lombard (Owner of Ripples Bournemouth) offers her advice on the 10 things to think about before you buy a shower… #1 Your Lifestyle Before you jump straight in think about how you shower and who will be using the shower, these are questions that I ask my clients, so it’s important that you ask yourself them too. #2 Your options You might like the look of an overhead shower (hotel-inspired designs are big news after-all) but think about your options, maybe you might also want to incorporate a hand-held shower too, perfect for those of you that don’t want to get your hair wet…

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Review: The Venue Salon

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Sometimes a girl (or guy – no bias here) just needs a little ‘TLC’ and for me, nothing is as satisfying as a couple of hours spent away from work being pampered. I was invited to ‘The Venue’ to see what this fresh new salon had to offer. It’s a tough job, but I remain committed as ever. The salon was buzzing – a hub of activity. I was greeted by three charming ladies, one of whom was ‘Emily’, the salon manager. At just 25 years old Emily has created a beauty empire: jam-packed with only the best treatments and tons of little extras, that takes the standard salon experience to a whole new level….

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Heidi Perks: Your, soon to be favourite, local author

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Heidi and I met one sunny afternoon at House Magazine HQ, to talk about her soon to be published novel, ‘Beneath The Surface’. Instantly captured by her charm and humility, it’s hard to believe a women so enchanting could have written a novel so dark. The story is set with a young Abigail, who returns home from a perfectly ordinary school day, only to find that her family has vanished, without a trace (or so it seems). Encouraged by her grandmother to forget the past and move on with her life, Abigail does so, until it is her turn to take on parenthood, when the secrets that were once buried, cannot be contained any longer….

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Talking Business: Leaders

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Getting to know you… The national company that are making a massive impact, in the local area. You’ve more than likely seen, or heard of, Leaders before, they are a pioneering national brand, dedicated to the buying, selling and letting of properties – but how does such a large company fit in with the local community? We visited the team at Leaders in Poole, to find out how their approach to estate agency, really does make a difference. Michelle, Ian and Abbi took the time to tell us more. Leaders as a company, have a certain way of doing things. They make it their mission to get to know their clients, with this in mind,…

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Willton Homes

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A Planning Case Study – Merley Lane, Wimborne Willton Homes have always believed that a good location is the key to a successful site and when an older home in Merley Lane near Wimborne was offered to the market for the first time in many years Willton had already identified the property with its’ exceptionally large garden and range of outbuildings as one having potential for a niche development. After successfully competing against several other bidders, Willton Homes then approached neighbouring owners, two of whom agreed to sell a portion of their gardens to facilitate a development. Commented Neville Smith-Daniels, Willton Homes Land Director, “This was a classic situation where the overly large gardens were…

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Bathrooms by Ripples

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This year “Scandinavian Design” makes a huge mark on the interiors world and it’s BIG news in the world of bathrooms. Scandinavian design is created through ample light, the use of natural wood, minimalism and functionality. Designs are kept simple and often stylise the natural environment, by using natural materials and neutral colours. Victoria Lombard is the owner of luxury bathroom showroom Ripples in Westbourne, Bournemouth. Follow Victoria’s tips on how to get the look in five easy steps. 1. Tiles – Keep it simple! We have recently seen a trend towards non textured matte finished tiles on the walls which gives a casual and natural look within the room. When it comes to floor…

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Food Review: Koh Thai Ringwood

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A little piece of Thai heaven, nestled in the New Forest You know we’re no strangers to the Koh concept, but after much arm-twisting (yeah right), we decided to visit Koh’s relatively new Ringwood enclave to see if the offering was just as sumptuous as their other branches. We ventured on one drizzly afternoon, in dire need of having our spirits lifted, and lifted they were! With already high expectations built from our previous visit to their Christchurch cousin – Koh Noi, we were excited to see what surprises were in store. The décor follows the usual east meets west theme, with handmade satin cushions, and picturesque Thai murals contrasting the exposed brick walls and…

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A Clever Approach For Any Building Project by Clever Build and Design

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Extending or refurbishing your home can increase both your quality of living and the value of your home. Yet many people are concerned with facing spiralling unforeseen costs, major disruption to living, and a never ending project, Alan Cass, Director at Clever Build and Design explains why planning and building your project the clever way can eradicate those fears and ensure your vision goes according to plan. In today’s society, we understand that finance is at the top of everyone’s agenda. No matter the size of any project, it is imperative that the money you invest in your property leads to a return on your investment. This doesn’t necessarily need to be a quick return,…

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K & B Installations, Welcome to Kitchens and Bathrooms

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K&B Installations are a local, family run, independent business, who have been trading successfully for over four years. With more than 15 years experience in the kitchen and bathroom industries, they have a vast amount of first hand experience with virtually all styles and types of projects. They began their journey with just one man and big dreams, and now slowly but surely having three vans on the road, progress is continuously being made. K&B installations are now very excited to have finally opened their first ever kitchen and bathroom showroom, where they can showcase some of the fantastic products that they have to offer, as well as having a static hub to finally call…

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Food Review: Schpoons and Forx

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The long awaited arrival of Bournemouth’s newest crowning glory has been unveiled, and what lies beneath is truly something special. Although this review took place just weeks ago, the Schpoons and Forx story began several centuries before (the seventeenth century to be precise), with a ‘Mr. Bertram Bell’. Though you may never have heard the name, Bell is the essence of this culinary emporium. Bertram Bell was a proud craftsman, descendent from a long line of Master Cutlers before him. His legacy, however, was not his craft, but rather his torturing inability to pronounce his s’s properly, not ideal for a public speaker. The Cutlers’ Feast of 1733 was the most coveted event for the…

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Food Review: The Pig Hotel

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We arrived early afternoon, on a rare sunny day, during the dampest week on record. Beyond the winding country lane, tucked behind shrouded hedges, stood The Pig. The presence of this country mansion rendered us wide-eyed and open-mouthed, momentarily unable to move for fear the infamous clock would chime midnight and all would melt before us, a building of this stature certainly wagered a ‘fairytale-esque’ tragedy. A quick pinch to prove it was all real, and onward we went. It’s a strange feeling to be on the one hand so at home and on the other, in awe of every detail around you. You can almost imagine a time where wealthy Lords and Ladies spent…

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Bathrooms by Ripples

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Victoria Lombard (owner of Ripples’ Bournemouth showroom) offers her advice on three things to consider before designing a bathroom… 1. Think about your tiling options: A tile will look very different on its own, compared to how it looks when it’s in place in your bathroom. It’s absolutely vital that people think about where they want their tiles placed, the colour and the size, before they make a final decision, these decisions will have a huge impact on the overall design of the bathroom. When it comes to tiling there’s a lot more to think about than people first realise and the style of the room will impact which tiles I would suggest someone picks,…

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Food Review: Koh Noi, Christchurch

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Tiny food, big flavour! For years, people have indulged themselves in the typically European ‘tapas’ food concept, but Thai tapas? Now that is really something special. After years of frustration with the Thai food industry in the UK, never quite hitting the spot as true Thai cuisine should, three entrepreneurs set out to create the ‘Koh Thai’ that we know and love today. Whilst their brand is ever growing and developing, we took a little time to visit one of their fairly recent additions: ‘Koh Noi’ in Christchurch. Now I must stress that this review will almost certainly leave you drooling, and lusting for some tasty Thai food afterwards. So, we suggest (for your own…

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No Sweat: Gym-Free Slimming

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We all love the idea of getting in shape without all the hard work of gym, exercise or restrictive diets. But can you really get results? According to Helen, a happy customer of The Slimming Rooms in Parkstone, the answer is a resounding yes! “I genuinely feel like this is working. I’ve tried so many faddy diets, Slimming World, Weight Watchers but after two treatments [with The Slimming Rooms], my trousers are baggier and I feel better.” “It’s encouraging me to be more active, to I walk more after work, and also to really think about what I’m eating and what I’m feed my children as well. So I really feel like this journey is…

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Just Shutters: A heavenly home

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Making the most of original features This charming converted chapel combines traditional woods, patterns and colour pallets, with contemporary solutions, making every inch pack a punch when it comes to character. The clean bright backdrop is framed beautifully with the warm wooden ceiling and dark feature wall, bringing a sense of home comfort to a large space. This is enhanced by the use of sumptuous fabrics, throws and warm wood furniture. The grand windows are a real feature of the room, a challenging shape to dress, the owners have opted for striking plantation shutters that create an impact without detracting from their beauty and uniqueness. The grandest of windows The first thing you notice when…

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Food Review: The Crown Hotel

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The jewel in the crown… My lords, my ladies! Lend me your ear for the story we have you really must hear! Four words for you, Crown Hotel: where have you been? This hidden gem looms in the courtyard of The Guildhall (Poole town’s registry office). It seems this local haunt has been working on a few great marriages of their own. It is said that some of the best relationships are born between polar opposites, and we can’t help but think back to this having visited this humble tavern. Initial appearances may have indicated that their menu would follow traditional pub style cuisine, but my, oh my, were we wrong. Upon arrival we were…

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Maximising Space in a Cloakroom

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Tips from Victoria Lombard Owner Of Ripples Showroom In Bournemouth The cloakroom is perhaps the most exciting of the bathrooms in a house, if often the smallest. It is the one bathroom which possibly all visitors will use and is free from the practical restrictions imposed upon other bath or shower rooms. Cloakrooms provide a great opportunity for the house owner to make a statement or demonstrate an interest, achievement. Unfortunately cloakrooms are often very small spaces, so maximising space is really important. There are some very simple and effective ways of doing this. 1. Mirror Image: Large mirrors cut to size or shape and used carefully make a huge difference to the perception of…

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