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Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant: The Afternoon of Dreams

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It’s no secret that our team are partial to the occasional afternoon tryst, so we asked ourselves; where does one go to fully enjoy such a (rare) glorious sunny day? Why the ‘Upper Deck’ restaurant in Christchurch, of course. So we hoisted our sails and off we went. The restaurant is housed inside the luxurious ‘Christchurch Harbour Hotel’, home to a state of the art spa, as well as another multi-award winning restaurant; ‘The Jetty’. This is the place to be if you’re seeking an opulent break in Dorset. A short and scenic route from coast to quay and we had arrived. As we were seated at our perfectly dressed table on their stunning terrace,…

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Frieda’s Tea Tour: Brings a whole new meaning to ‘meals on wheels’

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The classic afternoon tea; crustless finger sandwiches, delicate cakes and the quintessentially British scone. Over the years cafés, restaurants and hoteliers alike have taken the tradition in many different directions, but ultimately the afternoon tea is a unique (and may I say utterly delicious) custom. I’ve been to a few marvelous examples in my time, but this one takes the cake (pun intended). Frieda’s is known by locals as the place to go to enjoy homemade cakes and various other delightful baked goods just off Old Christchurch Road in the town centre. Each day, owner and chief baker ‘Frieda’ begins her morning by making pretty much everything you’ll find in the quaint café and the…

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Koh Thai Tapas Salisbury: Tapping Out on Tapas

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Spring had finally arrived in the UK and we were in the mood for a little drive through the countryside. Passing through our delightful county on to the next, we wound our way round the country roads through one idyllic village after another, until we arrived in historic Salisbury. Best known for its landmark cathedral and attractive river walks, we were there for something decidedly less English – we were there for Koh Thai. Arriving at the newest enclave of the Koh Thai family, we were greeted by some very friendly staff and escorted to our table. Walking through the restaurant I was immediately struck by the atmosphere of intimacy they had created here. Low,…

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Four Corners: ‘Bubble Your Troubles Away’

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It’s no secret that the average working week is becoming increasingly more difficult. Hours are longer and you’re probably taking work home with you too. Our weekends are now more important than ever, for that little piece of rest and relaxation. Imagine having a place where you can go and fade your stresses into the background – in your very own home, garden, to be more precise. Four corners are offering state of the art hot tubs, saunas and spas – shipped all the way from Norway, from the best manufacturer in Europe. They will fully set-up and install your chosen model, ready for all year round leisure. As effusively knowledgeable builders by trade, their…

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NEO Restaurant: Testing out the New ‘It’ Spot

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Suspended in a glass bowl overlooking Bournemouth’s seafront is the newly built NEO restaurant, or rather newly completed I should say. Townspeople have been waiting with baited breath for years to see what would finally take up residence in the empty premises. Just as folk were about to give up, the owners of said premises made the big announcement. Our stirring curiosities lead us to further investigate, and ever in the exhausting pursuit of helping our readers (we take our job very seriously), we set the date and the impending review was arranged. We arrived at NEO the Friday of the Wheels Festival and in true Friday spirit began our experience with some sinful libations:…

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The Burley Manor: This princess doesn’t want rescuing

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Nestled in a corner of New Forest shrubbery is the ‘Burley Manor’, talk about a scenic route. Ridding in the passenger seat of a grand carriage (Ok, a Honda!) I felt like a princess, as though I was being transported to a neighbouring kingdom to meet with my betrothed in his gargantuan mansion. Alas such dreams remain that exactly. Never the less, driving up the winding stony path a kind of magic was most certainly stirring. A word of warning drivers: be sure to be on high alert for the signpost as it’s easily missed. As we exited our wagon and set down our luggage, we stood and gazed at our surroundings. It was totally…

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Serenity Interiors: Making your dreams come to life…

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We visited Serenity Interiors in Westbourne where we met co-owners Rob and Roy. To discuss their views on fitted bedrooms. Rob and Roy are long-term associates, school friends in-fact. They have worked within the building and interior industry for over 3 decades. Rob found his niche specialising in bedrooms and Roy in all other aspects of interior & building work. So it was fitting that they should join forces to consolidate their extensive knowledge to create Serenity Interiors. Behind them is a small, but incredibly efficient, team of around 10 people. Together they create a friendly and trustworthy team, with the capabilities to help you create your ideal interiors. Serenity Interiors can and have completed…

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The Skinny Kitchen: Feed Me Skinny

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Ahh summer; the growing warmth, brighter evenings, the short-shorts – it’s a magical time of year. Some (myself included) consider summer to be the best season of them all, but for others it conjures a feeling of deep and unrelenting fear. A fear that summer, in all of its glory, means that it is officially time to unleash one’s ‘bikini body’… myself included. I’m no fool, I know that no idyllic figure came from indulging in mountainous heaps of carbohydrates and that maybe the odd sit-up might help. However I, like so many others, can be categorised (oh so appropriately) as follows; ‘Fit-ish’. ‘Fit-ish’ (by Urban Dictionary definition): Semi-fit; kind of fit; someone who likes…

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Courthouse Clinics: ‘Faceswap’ just got a whole new meaning…

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Women are constantly trying to refresh their look and the beauty industry has developed tons of ways in which we can do so. It seems every month there is a new treatment to try. Whether you’re hoping to look more youthful, less spot-ridden, or maybe you desire an all over even skin tone. Ultimately we are all looking for a little confidence boost, whatever we consider our flaws to be. We kind of have the upper hand on men here: we have mastered the art of smoke and mirrors and there are plenty of ways a girl can change up her look. I was invited to the ‘Courthouse Clinics’ to investigate a few of their…

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Finding the Perfect Smile with Ocean Dentalcare

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With more and more people craving whiter teeth we wanted to find out the facts and options of getting that perfect smile. Who better to talk to than the smiley team at Ocean Dentalcare, we were introduced to the very nice Dr Christopher Manlow who explained the process. How do our teeth get stained? There are some pigments in the food we eat that stains the enamel layer of our teeth. These pigments slowly penetrate into the porous surface of our teeth through cracks and crevices in our teeth. Over time these stains become darker and make our teeth look discoloured. Even the conventional brushing isn’t good enough to get rid of these pigments. Having…

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Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant: The Afternoon of Dreams

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It’s no secret that our team are partial to the occasional afternoon tryst, so we asked ourselves; where does one go to fully enjoy such a (rare) glorious sunny day? Why the ‘Upper Deck’ restaurant in Christchurch, of course. So we hoisted our sails and off we went. The restaurant is housed inside the luxurious ‘Christchurch Harbour Hotel’, home to a state of the art spa, as well as another multi-award winning restaurant; ‘The Jetty’. This is the place to be if you’re seeking an opulent break in Dorset. A short and scenic route from coast to quay and we had arrived. As we were seated at our perfectly dressed table on their stunning terrace,…

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Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant: The Afternoon of Dreams

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It’s no secret that our team are partial to the occasional afternoon tryst, so we asked ourselves; where does one go to fully enjoy such a (rare) glorious sunny day? Why the ‘Upper Deck’ restaurant in Christchurch, of course. So we hoisted our sails and off we went. The restaurant is housed inside the luxurious ‘Christchurch Harbour Hotel’, home to a state of the art spa, as well as another multi-award winning restaurant; ‘The Jetty’. This is the place to be if you’re seeking an opulent break in Dorset. A short and scenic route from coast to quay and we had arrived. As we were seated at our perfectly dressed table on their stunning terrace,…

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Frieda’s Tea Tour: Brings a whole new meaning to ‘meals on wheels’

Frieda-1

The classic afternoon tea; crustless finger sandwiches, delicate cakes and the quintessentially British scone. Over the years cafés, restaurants and hoteliers alike have taken the tradition in many different directions, but ultimately the afternoon tea is a unique (and may I say utterly delicious) custom. I’ve been to a few marvelous examples in my time, but this one takes the cake (pun intended). Frieda’s is known by locals as the place to go to enjoy homemade cakes and various other delightful baked goods just off Old Christchurch Road in the town centre. Each day, owner and chief baker ‘Frieda’ begins her morning by making pretty much everything you’ll find in the quaint café and the…

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Koh Thai Tapas Salisbury: Tapping Out on Tapas

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Spring had finally arrived in the UK and we were in the mood for a little drive through the countryside. Passing through our delightful county on to the next, we wound our way round the country roads through one idyllic village after another, until we arrived in historic Salisbury. Best known for its landmark cathedral and attractive river walks, we were there for something decidedly less English – we were there for Koh Thai. Arriving at the newest enclave of the Koh Thai family, we were greeted by some very friendly staff and escorted to our table. Walking through the restaurant I was immediately struck by the atmosphere of intimacy they had created here. Low,…

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Four Corners: ‘Bubble Your Troubles Away’

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It’s no secret that the average working week is becoming increasingly more difficult. Hours are longer and you’re probably taking work home with you too. Our weekends are now more important than ever, for that little piece of rest and relaxation. Imagine having a place where you can go and fade your stresses into the background – in your very own home, garden, to be more precise. Four corners are offering state of the art hot tubs, saunas and spas – shipped all the way from Norway, from the best manufacturer in Europe. They will fully set-up and install your chosen model, ready for all year round leisure. As effusively knowledgeable builders by trade, their…

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NEO Restaurant: Testing out the New ‘It’ Spot

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Suspended in a glass bowl overlooking Bournemouth’s seafront is the newly built NEO restaurant, or rather newly completed I should say. Townspeople have been waiting with baited breath for years to see what would finally take up residence in the empty premises. Just as folk were about to give up, the owners of said premises made the big announcement. Our stirring curiosities lead us to further investigate, and ever in the exhausting pursuit of helping our readers (we take our job very seriously), we set the date and the impending review was arranged. We arrived at NEO the Friday of the Wheels Festival and in true Friday spirit began our experience with some sinful libations:…

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The Burley Manor: This princess doesn’t want rescuing

Burley-Manor_2

Nestled in a corner of New Forest shrubbery is the ‘Burley Manor’, talk about a scenic route. Ridding in the passenger seat of a grand carriage (Ok, a Honda!) I felt like a princess, as though I was being transported to a neighbouring kingdom to meet with my betrothed in his gargantuan mansion. Alas such dreams remain that exactly. Never the less, driving up the winding stony path a kind of magic was most certainly stirring. A word of warning drivers: be sure to be on high alert for the signpost as it’s easily missed. As we exited our wagon and set down our luggage, we stood and gazed at our surroundings. It was totally…

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Serenity Interiors: Making your dreams come to life…

Serenity-2

We visited Serenity Interiors in Westbourne where we met co-owners Rob and Roy. To discuss their views on fitted bedrooms. Rob and Roy are long-term associates, school friends in-fact. They have worked within the building and interior industry for over 3 decades. Rob found his niche specialising in bedrooms and Roy in all other aspects of interior & building work. So it was fitting that they should join forces to consolidate their extensive knowledge to create Serenity Interiors. Behind them is a small, but incredibly efficient, team of around 10 people. Together they create a friendly and trustworthy team, with the capabilities to help you create your ideal interiors. Serenity Interiors can and have completed…

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The Skinny Kitchen: Feed Me Skinny

Skinny-1

Ahh summer; the growing warmth, brighter evenings, the short-shorts – it’s a magical time of year. Some (myself included) consider summer to be the best season of them all, but for others it conjures a feeling of deep and unrelenting fear. A fear that summer, in all of its glory, means that it is officially time to unleash one’s ‘bikini body’… myself included. I’m no fool, I know that no idyllic figure came from indulging in mountainous heaps of carbohydrates and that maybe the odd sit-up might help. However I, like so many others, can be categorised (oh so appropriately) as follows; ‘Fit-ish’. ‘Fit-ish’ (by Urban Dictionary definition): Semi-fit; kind of fit; someone who likes…

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Courthouse Clinics: ‘Faceswap’ just got a whole new meaning…

Courthouse-web-2

Women are constantly trying to refresh their look and the beauty industry has developed tons of ways in which we can do so. It seems every month there is a new treatment to try. Whether you’re hoping to look more youthful, less spot-ridden, or maybe you desire an all over even skin tone. Ultimately we are all looking for a little confidence boost, whatever we consider our flaws to be. We kind of have the upper hand on men here: we have mastered the art of smoke and mirrors and there are plenty of ways a girl can change up her look. I was invited to the ‘Courthouse Clinics’ to investigate a few of their…

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Finding the Perfect Smile with Ocean Dentalcare

Ocean-Dental-2

With more and more people craving whiter teeth we wanted to find out the facts and options of getting that perfect smile. Who better to talk to than the smiley team at Ocean Dentalcare, we were introduced to the very nice Dr Christopher Manlow who explained the process. How do our teeth get stained? There are some pigments in the food we eat that stains the enamel layer of our teeth. These pigments slowly penetrate into the porous surface of our teeth through cracks and crevices in our teeth. Over time these stains become darker and make our teeth look discoloured. Even the conventional brushing isn’t good enough to get rid of these pigments. Having…

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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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